Monday Forum: July 30, 2018

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  1. Armadillo

    At the track we consider it rude to interupt record breaking attempts.

    Thanks for your input, Hydra.

  2. Armadillo

    New thread. Look over there.

  3. Armadillo

    Seven – the number of warts on mOnsters left nostril.

  4. Armadillo

    Eight – A number in JC’s “hotline” – 1800 181 181

  5. Armadillo

    Nine – Can you spare JC a dime? Staff to under pay and stuff.

  6. Armadillo

    Ten bucks you bastards are waiting to comment when I get to 41.

    I have a cunning plan involving “obscure old threads” that no one notices, and very few comment on.

  7. Armadillo

    You would be correct if you are searching for any of Sinc’s or Kates.

  8. Armadillo

    Could be a ruse. Dozen now.

  9. Armadillo

    Thirteen? Bakers dozen. Pity the publicans and bottle shop owners don’t follow suit. Greedy bastards.

  10. Makka

    I reckon Alex Jones is correct:

    He’s been banging that drum for months. He’s lost traffic to Q sites so revenues are suffering. There’s a lot of chatter that Jones is a CIA affiliated Psy Ops plant there to showcase the whackos. Jones mate Corsi is jealous that Q posts cut his grass too.

  11. Armadillo

    Fourteen. The number of players NSW allow on the field when the ref isn’t watching.

  12. Mark A

    Jesus Christ, can’t you peeps have consideration.
    Another valiant attempt is ruined.
    At 41, yes, would be cruel, but expected.
    Sheesh.

  13. Armadillo

    I’m going to have to make another attempt after one of Death [shudder]’s videos. If it doesn’t send them to sleep, nothing will.

  14. Pedro the Ignorant

    Fully concur that most mining towns are dumps that no family would see as a long term residence.

    Facilities are generally sub-standard and expensive, medical and educational are third world standard and housing run down or decrepit.

    Then top it off with unemployed and feral locals who spend their time drinking, doing drugs and terrorising or mugging people and burgling residents’ houses.

    By contrast, the majority of FIFO accommodation camps, while basic, are clean comfortable and well run, most have good meals and recreational facilities supplied.

    FIFO wages are good, expenses are few, but the lifestyle can be lonely and hard, and is better suited to young singles than family men, especially in the longer term.

    I am not surprised that most FIFO workers never set foot outside of their camp off shift and rarely interact with the locals.

  15. Armadillo

    I also suspect DG is operating from rented premises. Or he’s a squatter.

  16. Armadillo

    Nice checker board floor. Probably the owners kitchen he’s fucking around with and cutting their cupboards up to make his frame.

  17. Armadillo

    Quite likely to be planning on using their Thermomix as and engine, flying out the 2nd floor window and skipping the rent.

  18. Armadillo

    Hes an ex school teacher. Nothing would surprise me.

  19. Armadillo

    A bit unfair. Observant Cats would have heard children laughing in the background in DG’s last video.

    He might be a slave child trader? Merely speculation, of course.

  20. Armadillo

    We really should get Anne to investigate. She has a knack for this sort of stuff.

  21. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just got back from a late arvo game drive on the Maasai Mara (two a’s if it is the place, one a when it is the Masai people). Mara means ‘a spotted place’ and that is what the thousands of Wildebeast pouring in to the amazingly lush yellow on top and green underneath grasslands look like, spotting the landscape. Great bunches and trails of these animals everywhere slowly advance over these wide lands and skies with sunlight glowing the grass a Van Gogh yellow against the darkening advance of tonight’s rainstorm. The rain at this time is unusual and explains why the migration this year is late. A few days earlier and we might have missed it. East Africa has had good rains everywhere this year and the animals have not been driven by hunger till now as the Serengeti has been more lush than is usual at this time. This arvo we noted the many Zebra who also migrate as do many others who all join in the great migration to the Mara and Ngorongoro Crater (more than a hundred miles wide not thousands as I misrecorded earlier).

    We also saw a lioness on a rock, and stopping to watch her saw one cub (half-grown up) point up his little ears in the grass and then another and then a third. Oh’s and ah’s all round as from a steep dip leading to a small waterhole surrounded by bushes emerged a fourth cub and then growing amazement from watching safari vehicles and a slow whispered count from four to seven, as seven cubs lined up next to mum, geared up ready to learn from the easy pickings of young Wildebeast and Zebra, as we noted too that the few Mara trees, spindly but with no vegetation below giraffe height, and with flat tops, were absolutely bulging with big grey blobs: vultures waiting. It’s on, said this universe of expectation.

  22. Rossini

    No one to talk too Armadillo?

  23. Rossini

    No excuses for being late to the party!
    I notice that every one has left………….just like the liberal supporters

  24. Rossini

    I hope Tom turns up on time!

  25. Mark A

    Rossini
    #2777647, posted on August 1, 2018 at 3:38 am

    No excuses for being late to the party!
    I notice that every one has left………….just like the liberal supporters

    Still hanging around, only 7:45 PM here, just nothing interesting to mention.

  26. Rossini

    Just noticed the battery is almost flat on the iPad”………..hopefully it will see Tom out!

  27. Mark A

    “nothing interesting to mention.” although, if I had a nasty streak I could say, that it never stopped others commenting.

  28. Mark A

    Rossini
    #2777651, posted on August 1, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Just noticed the battery is almost flat on the iPad”………..hopefully it will see Tom out!

    LOL I swear I didn’t see that before posting.

  29. Tom

    Before we get started (on today’s meagre ‘toon landscape), the really important news: happy birthday to all the horsies!*

    *Racehorses all have their official birthday in Australia on August 1 each year.

  30. Tom

    Mark Knight on the national figure of fun who now leads our laughing stock of a government.

  31. Tom

    … the schizophrenic America, thanks to the fake news mainstream media that Gary Varvel is confronted with every day.

    .

  32. Siltstone

    A good way to start the day: Tom’s ‘toons.

  33. Herodotus

    “Husar skipped NDIS hearing for concert.”

    So? What’s a single mum supposed to do?

    (answer: do something else, but not politics)

  34. Bruce of Newcastle

    Mark Knight is clear winner this morning. Cuts right to the heart of the problem.
    Over in the land of the schizophrenic this one is my favourite today so far:

    Painting of Trump team ‘Crossing the Swamp’ touches off social media frenzy

    It’s a ripper!

  35. Goanna

    Painting of Trump team ‘Crossing the Swamp’ touches off social media frenzy

    It’s just as well they’re armed.

  36. calli

    Mr Falzon, on leave from his job as chief executive of the St Vincent de Paul Society

    Hells bells! The CEO poses in a Lenin tshirt to commemorate the muder of the Romanovs and countless others.

    I just dropped in bags of beautiful, high-end clothes to Vinnies for re-sale. It was a wrench – but now two sizes too big. The Sallies are out because of relentless SJWing.

    Looks like the long trip over to the Presbyterian OpShop in Maitland next time.

  37. Top Ender

    Husar husars on:

    Husar case is whiffy and voters expect it to be dealt with
    JANET ALBRECHTSEN
    COLUMNIST
    @jkalbrechtsen

    Like the image of Bronwyn Bishop emerging from a sleek and expensive helicopter at taxpayers’ expense, one similarly grating image will dog Labor MP Emma Husar until she leaves parliament: the photo of one of her employees leaning over to pick up the excrement of Husar’s dog reeks of a publicly funded boss who has lost sight of what’s acceptable in the real world.

    Bishop was in parliament for almost 30 years, so maybe that’s her excuse for failing the pub test. It’s no excuse, of course, but it happens. Husar is a rookie Labor MP who won the marginal NSW seat of Lindsay at the 2016 election. What explains her snout seemingly being so deep in the trough of entitlement that she thought it appropriate to expect her staff to pick up her dog’s excrement?

    It’s bad enough that MPs misuse taxpayer-funded entitlements. Husar is being investigated for misusing employees. So far, the claims against Husar are unproven and the ALP has appointed Jack Whelan to investigate the allegations internally. While Whelan’s report may be referred to the state party’s administrative committee, all eyes are on how Bill Shorten will deal with this.

    In the lead-up to the Super Saturday by-elections, the Opposition Leader did everything to deflect Husar’s troubles so she wouldn’t interfere with saving Labor MPs in Longman, Braddon, Perth and Fremantle. In a case of out of sight, out of mind, Husar went on leave. But with Shorten’s win behind him, will he now try to save Husar, too?

    That will surely depend on whether serious claims against her are found to be proven. In an office that has seen staff turnover of more than 20 in just two years, one former staff member claims “everyone had a turn in being her slave”. There are claims Husar called staff members “f..kwits” and “c…s”. One ex-staff member said people in her office were afraid to go to work. Husar reportedly instructed one male staff member to do the dishes so he could learn about “white male privilege”. It is also claimed that staff members were expected to babysit her children, perform other household chores and pick up after her dog. Another staff member described Husar as “rude and aggressive and intimidating and just cruel”. A Labor volunteer claims that as a direct result of “constant verbal abuse” by Husar, he spent a month in a psychiatric hospital.

    Husar says many of the claims are “lies”. But if serious allegations of bullying are proven, she should be sacked because the voters of Lindsay deserve better than her. At the workers’ party in particular, misusing and abusing your staff ought to be a heinous crime that attracts heinous penalties.

    So far, Labor’s defence of Husar has been riddled with nonsense and hypocrisy. Labor MP Mike Kelly said he has no problem with a single mother of three using staff with taxpayer-funded salaries to help her juggle life as a federal politician. “It’s a small price to pay for having a truly representative democracy and facilitating the ability of women to participate in our parliament,” Kelly told Sky News last week.

    It is an insult to single mothers doing it tough to suggest they would do what Husar, who earns about $200,000, is claimed to have done to her staff. Single mum or not, employers should not expect staff to clean up after the boss’s dog, or bully their staff.

    Kelly’s defence of Husar is also an insult to representative democracy. If allegations against the Lindsay MP are proven, and we follow Kelly’s argument about representative democracy to its logical conclusion, does that mean we must fill parliament with a representative sample of bullies and crooks?

    The Opposition Leader’s defence of Husar was equally dopey. True to form, Slippery Bill stretched credulity by claiming he knew nothing about this political train wreck until 10 days ago. And then Shorten asked voters to remember that this involves a “therapy” dog for her son, as if the mention of therapy makes Husar the bigger victim.

    And on the weekend Husar took victimhood to another level. She told The Daily Telegraph that we needed more women in parliament and that she was “deeply concerned that the pile-on we’ve seen over the last week will scare off some young women from political careers”. Husar is right that we need more women in parliament. But her attempt to be the victim of a “pile-on” and then to turn this into an issue for other women is low-rent politics. If Husar wants to make this about gender, let’s turn it around. If a male MP were accused of bullying his staff and treating them like slaves, he would be cut adrift. A therapy dog would not save him. Gender aside, an employer has been accused of bullying staff and it deserves scrutiny. End of story.

    If Husar’s predicament scares off some people from political ­careers, then it’s a safe bet those people — men or women — shouldn’t be in parliament.

    Unfortunately, the Husar mess may have further to go yet. Questions are being raised quietly about whether her alleged abuse of staff started only when she became an MP or whether it occurred in her previous jobs. Her ex-husband, whom she has accused of domestic violence, doesn’t want to discuss 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.

    The prospect of more sordid details makes one wish this was just another routine story of an MP misusing taxpayer-funded entitlements. Husar has been accused of that, too: there are claims she used parliamentary entitlements to buy household groceries and charged taxpayers more than $2000 for limousine travel outside of the Comcar rules.

    At least we’re used to this kind of vanilla — and very bipartisan — abuse of entitlements, if proven. It earns an eye-roll until news of the next rort, like reports this week that the Victorian Labor government has asked Victoria Police to investigate whether the Victorian Liberal Party misused taxpayer-funded entitlements by using government staff as campaigners in the lead-up to the 2014 election. That comes just days after we learned that Victoria Police’s fraud squad is investigating whether Victorian Labor MPs or staff misused parliamentary allowances heading into the same election.

    Or news last month of another newbie MP, senator Lucy Gichuhi, who repaid taxpayers because she billed us thousands of dollars to fly a few members of her family for her “50th birthday plus GST” party last October. Would an ordinary worker think it appropriate to bill their employer to fly some family members to their birthday? Would it cross your mind? Cue another eye-roll. Maybe some in the class of 2016 missed the induction program about keeping snouts out of troughs.

    Husar’s dilemma is altogether different. If claims of her abusing staff are proven, her political ­career should be over.

    Even the most diverse and inclusive kind of representative democracy should not include this.

    [email protected]

    Link but as usual no comments allowed.

  38. Top Ender

    She’s gotta be gone!

    Emma Husar skipped NDIS hearing for concert
    BRAD NORINGTON
    ASSOCIATE EDITOR
    @BradNorington

    Federal Labor MP Emma Husar went to a Bruno Mars concert in Brisbane with a close friend who is a police officer, months after other officers from the same area command in western Sydney were called to her house over an alleged incident involving a ­family member.

    The Australian has confirmed from large deleted portions of Ms Husar’s personal Facebook page and parliamentary expenses records that she skipped the second day of an NDIS parliamentary hearing in far north Queensland in March and travelled instead to join the friend at the concert in Brisbane.

    Ms Husar’s friend, Chief ­Inspector Tracy Stone, a police officer from the MP’s western Sydney electorate, took leave from her position in the Nepean area command, flying north for the musical rendezvous. Ms Stone called her Brisbane trip “adventure time” in a post on Facebook. Ms Husar commented: “Come at me baby.” Ms Stone replied: “On my way.”

    The Australian is not suggesting Ms Stone was involved in ­investigating the incident at Ms Husar’s family home nor that she knew the officers.

    After the March 14 Bruno Mars concert at the Brisbane ­Entertainment Centre, the two dined at the city’s ­riverside Blackbird Bar & Grill, ­according to a ­deleted Facebook post.

    Facing an internal party investigation into alleged staff bullying and misuse of entitlements, Ms Husar appears to have expunged all material before April this year from her personal Facebook ­account but left a second, official MP’s Facebook account intact.

    Ms Husar had attended the first day of NDIS hearings in Cairns, before flying to Brisbane to meet Ms Stone. Ms Husar’s parliamentary colleagues remained behind in Cairns and travelled to Townsville for a second day’s NDIS committee proceedings. A spokesman for NSW Police said Ms Husar and Ms Stone had been friends since attending school together.

    The Australian has learned Ms Husar’s ex-partner, Peter Fenton, has made an official complaint to the permanent internal investigative unit of the NSW Police Force about the conduct of western Sydney police officers in relation to an incident involving Ms Husar.

    The Australian understands Mr Fenton has asked the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, which replaced the Police Integrity Commission in NSW, to ­investigate the behaviour of senior police linked to an incident at Ms Husar’s home in November. Police were called to Ms Husar’s home on November 19 following the reporting of an incident, but no action was taken.

    The political future of Ms Husar, the federal Labor member for Lindsay, remains unclear while an internal inquiry is conducted for the NSW ALP head ­office by barrister John Whelan into allegations she bullied staff and misused her parliamentary entitlements. Ms Husar has denied these allegations.

    Mr Whelan’s report, which follows interviews with up to 20 former staff who have worked for Ms Husar over the past two years and since left, is due to be handed to the NSW ALP’s administrative committee late next week. The separate referral to the LECC follows what is believed to be the unhappiness of Ms Husar’s former partner about police follow-up after the alleged incident at her home in South Penrith in November. The Australian understands the LECC referred the matter to the Nepean area local command, and one officer may have been counselled over the issue.

    Ms Husar has not charged taxpayers for the cost of two nights’ travel allowance for time spent away from home around the Brisbane trip, suggesting she was perhaps not on official business.

    But she did charge $570 for a Comcar before leaving Sydney, $114 for a Comcar on arrival in Brisbane, and $186 for another on arriving back in Sydney.

    A spokesman for Ms Husar said last night: “Of course no work expenses were used to attend a concert. Any assertion otherwise is preposterous. Emma was in Cairns on 14 March to attend a day-long committee hearing on the National Disability Insurance Scheme. She also met with Ruth’s Women’s Shelter in Cairns on the 13th. On 15 March, she attended meetings in Brisbane with two ­organisations — The Micah Project and DV Connect — to discuss domestic violence policy matters, specifically the development of consistent best-practice national standards for women’s shelters.

    “These meetings were relevant to Emma’s role as secretary of the opposition status of women caucus committee and noting her involvement in domestic violence policy development.”

    The spokesman said the concert tickets were a birthday gift.

    After the Brisbane engagements, Ms Husar boarded a flight for Sydney and attended an Ed Sheeran concert at ANZ Stadium.

    Link but no comments

  39. Senile Old Guy

    Hahahaha!

    Malcolm Turnbull has backtracked on his claim the Super Saturday by-elections was a referendum on leadership. The prime minister instead told reporters the Coalition never gave any indication the party expected two win any of the by-elections. Mr Turnbull used the opportunity to hit out at the Labor party for using ‘outrageous lies’ in its campaign for Longman and Braddon.

    So Lord Waffle backflips on everything he said before Super Saturday. And he calls out the ALP lies after the elections are over, instead of before when it might have made a difference. He really is a master political strategist.

    Quote is from Sky.

  40. Baldrick

    Via TheirABC

    Hottest July on record for southern Queensland prompts warnings of more to come
    With parts of south-east Queensland recording the hottest July temperatures on record, one of Australia’s leading climatologists has issued a dire warning about what lies ahead on the weather radar.
    The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) will today release weather figures showing July maximum temperatures were the warmest on record for areas including Brisbane, Oakey, Gatton and parts of the Gold Coast.

    Naturally, they forgot to mention this

    A cold snap has delivered some of the chilliest temperatures in decades to parts of Australia’s east coast, with more frosty mornings to come.
    Both Parkes and Cowra in New South Wales have set new all-time coldest minimum temperature records today with the mercury dropping to -6.6 and -5.8 degrees respectively. Both sites opened back in 1958.
    Dubbo’s low of -6.0 degrees was its coldest night in 78 years while Lithgow’s -9.3 degrees was the coldest it has been since 1972.
    In Sydney, temperatures remained above zero overnight, dropping to 5.1 degrees, while Melbourne wasn’t too far behind, dropping to 6.7 degrees.

  41. Elle

    *Racehorses all have their official birthday in Australia on August 1 each year.

    Yes, I heard my alarm clock, Alan Jones, mention that this morning.. You learn something new everyday!

  42. calli

    Lol. Coles is now handing out their new thick bags to shoppers – indefinitely.

    Told youse it would last a month.

  43. Elle

    Thanks for the toons, Tom.

    That’s a violent one by Mark Knight. I think Tony Abbott was the first on Turnbull’s hit list. Though Abbott came out of it with a knife in his back.

  44. calli

    The thick free bags must be more environmentally friendly than the old free singlet bags.

    Or something.

  45. Mark A

    calli
    #2777669, posted on August 1, 2018 at 6:46 am

    I just dropped in bags of beautiful, high-end clothes to Vinnies for re-sale. It was a wrench – but now two sizes too big.
    Pics or it never happened.
    Good on you!
    ”””””””””””
    The Sallies are out because of relentless SJWing.

    Include them with the Red Sickle/Cross, last time they called we reminded them about the diversion of money from one specific purpose to another, the young lass didn’t have a clue, we told her to ask her supers about it.
    —————————
    Looks like the long trip over to the Presbyterian OpShop in Maitland next time.

    The only one for us is the Glenhuntly Posh-Opshop.
    No politics there.

  46. Bruce of Newcastle

    Will the ABC cover this story d’ya think?

    Report Finds NGO Staff Sex Abuse ‘Endemic’ Across Aid Sector

    Sexual abuse of the most vulnerable and poverty-stricken is “endemic” across the international aid sector, according to a new government report, which accused NGOs of “complacency verging on complicity” regarding the problem.

    In a report published Tuesday, the Commons international development committee found that the delivery of aid to crisis-hit communities had been “subverted by sexual predators … to exploit some of the most vulnerable people in the world”.

    Highlighting how the “globalised and often chaotic nature” of aid work makes it an “attractive sector for people who wanted to exploit others”, MPs called for the creation of a global register of aid workers to tackle the scandal of “predatory and potentially dangerous” individuals being able to evade consequences for their behaviour by moving from one charity to another.

    Given their unquenchable interest in the RC investigating churches surely they will have three articles per day for the next year on predatory sexual behaviour by NGO employees. Surely.

  47. Tel

    Lol. Coles is now handing out their new thick bags to shoppers – indefinitely.

    I’ve redirected my not inconsiderable alcohol purchasing budget to the local independent “Little Bottler” for a number of reasons but the baggy fiasco was part of that. It might be some time before I consider coming back. I want to make sure it has sunk in that the shop exists to serve the customer, and not the other way around.

  48. Nerblnob

    Given their unquenchable interest in the RC investigating churches surely they will have three articles per day for the next year on predatory sexual behaviour by NGO employees. Surely.

    As soon as they find a Catholic example …

  49. Mater

    calli
    #2777681, posted on August 1, 2018 at 7:03 am
    The thick free bags must be more environmentally friendly than the old free singlet bags.
    Or something.

    Surely not! That would be illegal.
    They specifically banned “biodegradable, degradable and compostable” bags.

    Two thirds of respondents supported including biodegradable, degradable and compostable shopping bags in the ban. Most respondents told us that, like typical plastic bags, biodegradable, degradable and compostable shopping bags can still harm wildlife if littered. They also produce greenhouse gases as they break down in landfill.

  50. areff

    I’ve redirected my not inconsiderable alcohol purchasing budget to the local independent “Little Bottler”

    Likewise. Hard-working Chinese family run the local thirsty camel franchise. Prices are a little higher, but they give you a bag for free and the plonk, for the prices they charge, is a better quality.

    At the Coles bottle shop I took $84 worth of grog to the counter, which was rung up, then I was asked if I wanted a bag to put the booze in. Upon learning there was an extra charge, I told them to put the plonk back on the shelves and I’d shop elsewhere.

    Haven’t been back since.

  51. EvilElvis

    Bloody Perth. Rock up to the domestic airport after a 2 hour bus ride for a 1 hour regional flight and it’s delayed. For 6 and a half hours!! FMD! I could have driven you useless bastards!

  52. EvilElvis

    Conveniently I’m stuck at the international section, an area that if arriving from a foreign country you could walk into any three shops or communicate with any three service people and have no frigging idea what country you’re in. Go Aussie. FMD.

  53. Baldrick

    No guessing which side TheirABC take …

    Iran rejects US President Donald Trump’s offer of talks as ‘a humiliation’ without value
    Senior Iranian officials have rejected US President Donald Trump’s offer of talks without preconditions as worthless and “a humiliation” after he acted to reimpose sanctions on Tehran following his withdrawal from a landmark nuclear deal.
    “The United States is not trustworthy. How can we trust this country when it withdraws unilaterally from the nuclear deal?” Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli was quoted as saying by Fars.

    The ABC would rather embarrass a democratically elected President by quoting Totalitarian religious zealots back at him.

  54. Tel

    “The United States is not trustworthy. How can we trust this country when it withdraws unilaterally from the nuclear deal?” Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli was quoted as saying by Fars.

    The US Constitution is easily available for perusal, they knew it was Obama’s deal and a real treaty must go through Congress. That’s the rules, no secret about that.

  55. Tom

    It’s a ripper!

    It is indeed, Bruce of Newk — a marvellous MAGA re-imagining by Jon McNaughton of the American classic by German-American Emanuel Leutze, with the floating icebergs in the Delaware River replaced by the swamp of modern DC politics.

    McNaughton imagines President Trump’s cadre in the crossing of the Delaware as: U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley; Defense Secretary Jim Mattis; Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson; Attorney General Jeff Sessions; first lady Melania Trump; Secretary of State Pompeo; White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders; the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump; National Security Adviser Bolton; Kellyanne Conway; and Chief of Staff John Kelly.

    It will be quite valuable after Haley wins the presidency in 2024 — providing she can beat Mike Pence.

  56. Andreas

    Most respondents told us that, like typical plastic bags, biodegradable, degradable and compostable shopping bags can still harm wildlife if littered.

    Has anyone told them what wind turbines do to wildlife?

  57. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    With parts of south-east Queensland recording the hottest July temperatures on record, one of Australia’s leading climatologists has issued a dire warning about what lies ahead on the weather radar.

    by hottest on record they mean a pleasant low to mid 20s

  58. Infidel Tiger

    Bernie Sanders is a good man and much more sound than most libertarian crackpots:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/redsteeze/status/1024305663755931650/photo/1

  59. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    deserves a full quote

    10) Mark Felt – Deputy director of the FBI, aka “Deep Throat” during the Watergate scandal. This was the first public instance of a senior FBI officially directly interfering in America’s political affairs. Forerunner of James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Andrew McCabe.

    9) Bill Ayers– Represents the deep and ongoing leftist ideological damage to our education system. An unrepentant American terrorist who evaded punishment, he devoted his career to radicalizing American education and pushing leftist causes. Ghost wrote Obama’s book, “Dreams of My Father.”

    8) Teddy Kennedy – Most folks remember Teddy as the guy who left Mary Joe Kopechne to die in his car at Chappaquiddick. The real damage came after he avoided punishment for her death and became a major Democrat force in the US Senate, pushing through transformative liberal policies in health care and education. The real damage was the 1965 Hart-Cellar immigration bill he pushed hard for that changed the quota system to increase the flow of third world people without skills into the US and essentially ended large-scale immigration from Europe.

    7) Walter Cronkite – Cronkite was a much beloved network anchor who began the politicalization of America’s news media with his infamous broadcast from Vietnam that described the Tet Offensive as a major victory for the Communists and significantly turned the gullible American public against the Vietnam War. In fact, the Tet offensive was a military disaster for the NVA and Viet Cong, later admitted by North Vietnamese military leaders. Decades later Cronkite admitted he got the story wrong. But it was too late. The damage was done.

    6) Bill and Hillary Clinton—It’s difficult to separate Team Clinton. Bill’s presidency was largely benign as he was a relative fiscal conservative who rode the remaining benefits of the Reagan era. But his sexual exploits badly stained the Oval Office and negatively affected America’s perception of the presidency. In exchange for financial support, he facilitated the transfer of sensitive military technology to the Chinese. Hillary, a Saul Alinsky acolyte, is one of the most vicious politicians of my lifetime, covering up Bill’s sexual assaults by harassing and insulting the exploited women and peddling influence around the globe in exchange for funds for the corrupt Clinton Foundation. She signed off on the sale of 20% of the US uranium reserve to the Russians after Bill received a $500,000 speaking fee in Moscow and the foundation (which supported the Clinton’s regal lifestyle) received hundreds of millions of dollars from those who benefited from the deal. Between them, they killed any honor that might have existed in the dark halls of DC.

    5) Valerie Jarrett – The Rasputin of the Obama administration. A Red Diaper baby, her father, maternal grandfather and father-in-law (Vernon Jarrett who was a close friend and ally of Obama mentor Frank Marshall Davis) were hardcore Communists under investigation by the U.S. government. She has been in Obama’s ear for his entire political career pushing a strong anti-American, Islamist, anti-Israeli, socialist/communist, cling-to-power agenda.

    4) Jimmy Carter – Carter ignited modern day radical Islam by abandoning the Shah and paving the way for Ayatollah Khomeini to take power in Tehran. Iran subsequently became the main state sponsor and promoter of international Islamic terrorism. When Islamists took over our embassy in Tehran, Carter was too weak to effectively respond thus strengthening the rule of the radical Islamic mullahs.

    3) Lyndon Johnson – Johnson turned the Vietnam conflict into a major war for America. It could have ended early if he had listened to the generals instead of automaker Robert McNamara. The ultimate result was: 1) 58,000 American military deaths and collaterally tens of thousands of American lives damaged; and 2) a war that badly divided America and created left wing groups that evaded the draft and eventually gained control of our education system. Even worse, his so-called War on Poverty led to the destruction of American black families with a significant escalation of welfare and policies designed to keep poor families dependent on the government (and voting Democrat) for their well-being. He deliberately created a racial holocaust that is still burning today. A strong case could be made for putting him at the top of this list.

    2) Barack Hussein Obama – Obama set up America for a final defeat and stealth conversion from a free market society to socialism/communism. As we get deeper into the Trump presidency, we learn more each day about how Obama politicized and compromised key government agencies, most prominently the FBI, the CIA and the IRS, thus thoroughly shaking the public’s confidence in the federal government to be fair and unbiased in its activities. He significantly set back race and other relations between Americans by stoking black grievances and pushing radical identity politics. Obama’s open support for the Iranian mullahs and his apologetic “lead from behind” foreign policy seriously weakened America abroad. His blatant attempt to interfere in Israel’s election trying to unseat Netanyahu is one of the most shameful things ever done by an American president.

    1) John Kerry – Some readers will likely say Kerry does not deserve to be number one on this list. I have him here because I regard him as the most despicable American who ever lived. After his three faked Purple Hearts during his cowardly service in Vietnam, he was able to leave the US Navy early. As a reserve naval officer and in clear violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, he traveled to Paris and met privately with the NVA and the Viet Cong. He returned to the United States parroting the Soviet party line about the war and testified before Congress comparing American soldiers to the hordes of Genghis Khan. It was a clear case of treason, giving aid and comfort to the enemy in a time of war. We got a second bite of the bitter Kerry apple when as Obama’s secretary of state, he fell into bed with the Iranian (“Death to America”) mullahs giving them the ultimate green light to develop nuclear weapons along with billions of dollars that further supported their terrorist activities. Only the heroic Swift Vets saved us from a Manchurian Candidate Kerry presidency. Ultimately we got Obama.

    Dishonorable Mentions! (Just missed the list)

    John Brennan –Obama’s CIA director who once voted for Communist Gus Hall for president. A key member of the Deep State who severely politicized the CIA. Called President Trump treasonous for meeting with the president of Russia.

    Jane Fonda – movie actress who made the infamous trip to Vietnam during the war in support of the Communists. She represents hard left Hollywood that has done so much damage to our culture.

    Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin – Both revered entertainers helped usher in the prevailing drug culture. Joplin personally suffered the consequences. Karma’s a bitch.

    Robert Johnson /BET – Helped popularize ho’s, bitches and pimps while making millions on great hits such as “Jigga my Nigga”, “Big Pimpin’”, “Niggas in Paris” and “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.” Many scholars within the African American community maintain that BET perpetuates and justifies racism by adopting the stereotypes held about African Americans, affecting the psyche of young viewers through the bombardment of negative images of African Americans. Who can disagree?

    Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr./The New York Times – Once the gold standard of American journalism, the paper always had a liberal tilt and occasionally made bad mistakes. As the years have gone along, the paper has slid further and further left and today is virtually the primary propaganda arm of the increasingly radical Democrat Party. Still retains influence in Washington and New York.

    George Soros – Jewish former Nazi collaborator in his native Hungary who as a self-made billionaire has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into left wing groups and causes. The damage he has caused is difficult to measure, but it’s certainly large. He has funded much of the effort to kill the Trump presidency.

    Frank Marshall Davis – Anti-white, black Bolshevik, card-carrying Soviet agent. Probable birth father and admitted primary mentor of young Barak Hussein Obama.

  60. Andreas

    “The United States is not trustworthy. How can we trust this country when it withdraws unilaterally from the nuclear deal?” Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli was quoted as saying by Fars.

    A bit rich coming from the religion that brought us the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah:

    After taking over Yathrib, now Medina, Mohammed struck south to attack Mecca, to get revenge on those who had driven him out. However, the Meccans were too powerful.
    So Mohammed signed a truce, a hudna, for ten years: The Treaty of Hudaybiyyah.
    Mohammed used the time to re-arm; and broke the hudna at the first opportunity, using a minor incident as an excuse to invade an unsuspecting Meccan populace.

    Less than two years after making a treaty with the people of Mecca, Muhammad returned with an army and took the city by surprise. – The Myths of Mohammed

    That is a hudna. A dishonest ten-year truce, made only to buy time, and broken at the first available opportunity.
    And what kind of treaty has Obama signed with Iran? A ten year treaty, which gives the Iranians time to get a nuke, and which has escape clauses allowing the treaty to be broken at the Iranians’ convenience, over minor issues.

  61. Rockdoctor

    Makka
    #2777579, posted on July 31, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    +1000. Moranbah like most mining towns during the boom was grossly overpriced and heaving with pretention by some of the less aesthetically pleasing ladies that would rival some inner city areas. We found it cheaper to send one worker including half a days wagers to Mackay to source anything as the Cental Highlands either didn’t stock it, had a substandard cheapie at full price or had the fit for purpose item at eyewatering prices even managers with cashed up budgets would baulk at. I have noticed in the last few months prices in Mackay on the rise again as the pick up gathers pace only a matter of time before it spreads.

    Not only that accommodation was at such crazy prices a worker on $150K would be forking out well over half to live in a weatherboard Queenlander style house if you could get it. As someone above mentioned services are sub standard due to the tyranny of distance, travel can be a nightmare if you are paying for it try booking a flight Moranbah-Brisbane for anything under $400 one way on a Qantaslink Dash 8. Building towns is not the answer IMO as they will become ghost towns sooner or later, with air travel now cheaper & easier FIFO workforce makes sense, just need Civeo to start looking after their camps at bit more as they are falling apart due to the lack of maintenance during the downturn.

  62. feelthebern

    Emma Husar apparently called her ALP staff “fuckwits & c*nts”.
    They probably were.

  63. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    deserves a full quote

    10) Mark Felt – Deputy director of the FBI, aka “Deep Throat” during the Watergate scandal. This was the first public instance of a senior FBI officially directly interfering in America’s political affairs. Forerunner of James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Andrew McCabe.

    9) Bill Ayers– Represents the deep and ongoing leftist ideological damage to our education system. An unrepentant American terrorist who evaded punishment, he devoted his career to radicalizing American education and pushing leftist causes. Ghost wrote Obama’s book, “Dreams of My Father.”

    8) Teddy Kennedy – Most folks remember Teddy as the guy who left Mary Joe Kopechne to die in his car at Chappaquiddick. The real damage came after he avoided punishment for her death and became a major Democrat force in the US Senate, pushing through transformative liberal policies in health care and education. The real damage was the 1965 Hart-Cellar immigration bill he pushed hard for that changed the quota system to increase the flow of third world people without skills into the US and essentially ended large-scale immigration from Europe.

    7) Walter Cronkite – Cronkite was a much beloved network anchor who began the politicalization of America’s news media with his infamous broadcast from Vietnam that described the Tet Offensive as a major victory for the Communists and significantly turned the gullible American public against the Vietnam War. In fact, the Tet offensive was a military disaster for the NVA and Viet Cong, later admitted by North Vietnamese military leaders. Decades later Cronkite admitted he got the story wrong. But it was too late. The damage was done.

    6) Bill and Hillary Clinton—It’s difficult to separate Team Clinton. Bill’s presidency was largely benign as he was a relative fiscal conservative who rode the remaining benefits of the Reagan era. But his sexual exploits badly stained the Oval Office and negatively affected America’s perception of the presidency. In exchange for financial support, he facilitated the transfer of sensitive military technology to the Chinese. Hillary, a Saul Alinsky acolyte, is one of the most vicious politicians of my lifetime, covering up Bill’s sexual assaults by harassing and insulting the exploited women and peddling influence around the globe in exchange for funds for the corrupt Clinton Foundation. She signed off on the sale of 20% of the US uranium reserve to the Russians after Bill received a $500,000 speaking fee in Moscow and the foundation (which supported the Clinton’s regal lifestyle) received hundreds of millions of dollars from those who benefited from the deal. Between them, they killed any honor that might have existed in the dark halls of DC.

    5) Valerie Jarrett – The Rasputin of the Obama administration. A Red Diaper baby, her father, maternal grandfather and father-in-law (Vernon Jarrett who was a close friend and ally of Obama mentor Frank Marshall Davis) were hardcore Communists under investigation by the U.S. government. She has been in Obama’s ear for his entire political career pushing a strong anti-American, Islamist, anti-Israeli, socialist/communist, cling-to-power agenda.

    4) Jimmy Carter – Carter ignited modern day radical Islam by abandoning the Shah and paving the way for Ayatollah Khomeini to take power in Tehran. Iran subsequently became the main state sponsor and promoter of international Islamic terrorism. When Islamists took over our embassy in Tehran, Carter was too weak to effectively respond thus strengthening the rule of the radical Islamic mullahs.

    3) Lyndon Johnson – Johnson turned the Vietnam conflict into a major war for America. It could have ended early if he had listened to the generals instead of automaker Robert McNamara. The ultimate result was: 1) 58,000 American military deaths and collaterally tens of thousands of American lives damaged; and 2) a war that badly divided America and created left wing groups that evaded the draft and eventually gained control of our education system. Even worse, his so-called War on Poverty led to the destruction of American black families with a significant escalation of welfare and policies designed to keep poor families dependent on the government (and voting Democrat) for their well-being. He deliberately created a racial holocaust that is still burning today. A strong case could be made for putting him at the top of this list.

    2) Barack Hussein Obama – Obama set up America for a final defeat and stealth conversion from a free market society to socialism/communism. As we get deeper into the Trump presidency, we learn more each day about how Obama politicized and compromised key government agencies, most prominently the FBI, the CIA and the IRS, thus thoroughly shaking the public’s confidence in the federal government to be fair and unbiased in its activities. He significantly set back race and other relations between Americans by stoking black grievances and pushing radical identity politics. Obama’s open support for the Iranian mullahs and his apologetic “lead from behind” foreign policy seriously weakened America abroad. His blatant attempt to interfere in Israel’s election trying to unseat Netanyahu is one of the most shameful things ever done by an American president.

    1) John Kerry – Some readers will likely say Kerry does not deserve to be number one on this list. I have him here because I regard him as the most despicable American who ever lived. After his three faked Purple Hearts during his cowardly service in Vietnam, he was able to leave the US Navy early. As a reserve naval officer and in clear violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, he traveled to Paris and met privately with the NVA and the Viet Cong. He returned to the United States parroting the Soviet party line about the war and testified before Congress comparing American soldiers to the hordes of Genghis Khan. It was a clear case of treason, giving aid and comfort to the enemy in a time of war. We got a second bite of the bitter Kerry apple when as Obama’s secretary of state, he fell into bed with the Iranian (“Death to America”) mullahs giving them the ultimate green light to develop nuclear weapons along with billions of dollars that further supported their terrorist activities. Only the heroic Swift Vets saved us from a Manchurian Candidate Kerry presidency. Ultimately we got Obama.

    Dishonorable Mentions! (Just missed the list)

    John Brennan –Obama’s CIA director who once voted for Communist Gus Hall for president. A key member of the Deep State who severely politicized the CIA. Called President Trump treasonous for meeting with the president of Russia.

    Jane Fonda – movie actress who made the infamous trip to Vietnam during the war in support of the Communists. She represents hard left Hollywood that has done so much damage to our culture.

    Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin – Both revered entertainers helped usher in the prevailing drug culture. Joplin personally suffered the consequences. Karma’s a bitch.

    Robert Johnson /BET – Helped popularize ho’s, bitches and pimps while making millions on great hits such as “Jigga my Nigga”, “Big Pimpin’”, “Niggas in Paris” and “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.” Many scholars within the African American community maintain that BET perpetuates and justifies racism by adopting the stereotypes held about African Americans, affecting the psyche of young viewers through the bombardment of negative images of African Americans. Who can disagree?

    Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr./The New York Times – Once the gold standard of American journalism, the paper always had a liberal tilt and occasionally made bad mistakes. As the years have gone along, the paper has slid further and further left and today is virtually the primary propaganda arm of the increasingly radical Democrat Party. Still retains influence in Washington and New York.

    George Soros – Joowish former Nazi collaborator in his native Hungary who as a self-made billionaire has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into left wing groups and causes. The damage he has caused is difficult to measure, but it’s certainly large. He has funded much of the effort to kill the Trump presidency.

    Frank Marshall Davis – Anti-white, black Bolshevik, card-carrying Soviet agent. Probable birth father and admitted primary mentor of young Barak Hussein Obama.

  64. feelthebern

    Front page of the Oz.
    Emma Husar rorted the system.
    I wonder if this will blow over as quickly as Chrissy Pynes business class fares for his kids to see the Sydney test match, or Tony Burkes business class fares for this kids & his new squeeze, who was his chief of staff.
    Pyne & Burke have done more damage to oz by a factor of 100 than this useless backbencher from Western Sydney.

  65. EvilElvis

    Emma Husar apparently called her ALP staff “fuckwits & c*nts”.
    They probably were.

    Trying paying for them then, Em.

  66. Infidel Tiger

    I’ve redirected my not inconsiderable alcohol purchasing budget to the local independent “Little Bottler” for a number of reasons but the baggy fiasco was part of that. It might be some time before I consider coming back. I want to make sure it has sunk in that the shop exists to serve the customer, and not the other way around.

    It essential that everyone start shopping independent and local, even more so for booze.

    Independent liquor stores have a much much better range than Coolies for starters. They support small wineries, spirit makers and brewers.

    Keep the dream alive people

  67. Infidel Tiger

    Silly list from AT.

    Any list that doesn’t have George W Bush on it can be easily discounted.

  68. Snoopy

    With parts of south-east Queensland recording the hottest July temperatures on record,

    Read as south-east Queensland in its entirety recorded unexceptional July temperatures,

  69. Snoopy

    AFAIK there are no independent liquor stores in Queensland.

  70. C.L.

    Daily Mail reports that Emma Husar used public money to attend Bruno Mars concert “with her police chief girlfriend,” Chief Inspector Tracy Stone.

    Mmm.

  71. Infidel Tiger

    AFAIK there are no independent liquor stores in Queensland

    I know of several.

    I have ordered online from them.

  72. calli

    But his sexual exploits badly stained the Oval Office and negatively affected America’s perception of the presidency.

    I’m sure that particular wording is intentional.

  73. C.L.

    Diversity:

    Horrifying moment nurse visiting daughter’s grave is fatally dowsed with acid as she is caught in crossfire of violent drug deal row – as teenager is jailed for 17 years for her manslaughter.

    A remorseless killer who was found guilty of the first acid attack death in the UK hurled abuse at the court as he was jailed for manslaughter, today, shouting ‘f*** you bro’ at the judge.

    Xeneral Webster, 19, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Joanne Rand part way through his trial in April at Reading Crown Court.

    He admitted killing the dementia nurse by splashing her from head to toe in acid during a fight with another man in Frogmoor, High Wycombe on June 3 last year.

    But as the length of his prison term was read out, he shouted at the judge: ‘All of you will probably dead by the time I am out of here, f*** you bro’.

    Ms Rand was sitting alone on a bench after visiting her daughter’s grave.

    Webster was arguing with a man nearby when he took a bottle of acid from his bag. It was knocked out of Webster’s hand and splashed Ms Rand from head to toe.

    The nurse died eleven days later from multiple organ failure after contracting septicaemia due to the burns.

  74. mh

    Re most destructive Americans,
    So many on the list are still there causing massive destruction. Because of that, I believe that Trump will later be seen as the greatest American ever.

  75. Some History

    That’s an interesting photo (Husar) from the Dailymail article.

    https://imgur.com/1vKC4AH

  76. Tom

    Can you remember the late 1980s when a 150-seat Boeing 727 landed on a US highway because the pilots, under pressure to scrimp on costs after deregulation, ran out of juice? Hundreds — sometimes thousands — of people around the world died each year because regulators hadn’t grounded the cowboys.

    But that is so long ago this morning’s news is truly shocking because it is so rare: an Aeromexico Embraer 190 regional jet crashes on a domestic flight in Mexico, with the fate of 97 passengers and four crew unknown. The plane burned after crash-landing and breaking into pieces.

    It should be remembered that Mexico is a Third World jurisdiction where such human-caused disasters are still seen as fate — possibly because knives and forks are out as tacos are best enjoyed slopped all over unwashed fingers.

  77. calli

    Hahaha! Apparently “environmentalists are outraged” about Coles’ decision.

    Good.

  78. C.L.

    A fitting symbolic finale to Sweden:

    Thieves have stolen the Swedish crown jewels.

  79. C.L.

    A fitting symbolic finale to Sweden:

    Thieves have stolen the country’s crown jewels.

  80. C.L.

    The most idiot filter in the world is banning all references to a certain story about Sweden and a theft.

  81. Herodotus

    Mark Steyn:

    …most people don’t want to think about it, they want to believe the liberal illusion because as on so many things we wonder sometimes at the conservative end why is conservatism such a tough sell? Because conservatism deals with the hard facts of life, with reality, and it’s easier, it’s easier to to let the default setting of society be the left side, to say there’s nothing to worry about here. There’s nothing to worry about. We can all just gamble and frolic on the diversity quilt together. And there is no Islamic enemy and there is no civilizational clash and there is no bloody borders between one culture and another as it loops up from West Africa through the Magreb into the Middle East and through Asia until eventually it snakes through the dance floor of a gay night club in Orlando, Florida. And it’s easier to believe the liberal illusions and bear that in mind when you look at the stupid news headlines and the idiotic tweets this morning.

    https://www.steynonline.com/8743/the-party-at-the-end-of-the-world

  82. Geriatric Mayfly

    A pedant strikes! Having camped on the floor of the Ngorongoro, I think it needs further paring down. It is 2okm in diameter and the area within the collapsed caldera is 300 square kms. Giraffe are conspicuously absent as they find negotiating the steep walls too difficult. Because of human habitation outside the crater the free movement of animals has been curtailed, and there are concerns that the resident lion population is losing genetic diversity. There is a plaque on the rim recording the death of a biologist studying rhinos in the crater. One his ungrateful subjects killed him.

    This arvo we noted the many Zebra who also migrate as do many others who all join in the great migration to the Mara and Ngorongoro Crater (more than a hundred miles wide not thousands as I misrecorded earlier).

  83. calli

    This one?

    Thieves have made off with priceless Swedish crown j-wels, in a daring heist reminiscent of a Hollywood movie.

    According to Swedish radio the offenders took two crowns and a royal orb known as a ‘riksapple’ from the ancient cathedral in Strangnas, west of Stockholm, around lunchtime on Tuesday.

    They were the funeral crowns of Karl IV and his wife Queen Kristina, who died in the early 17th century
    Thieves have made off with priceless crown jewels in a speedboat moored below the ancient Strangnas cathedral.
    Two men were seen to jump into a motor boat moored just below the church.

    Police quickly mobilised and pursued the thieves by sea, on land, in helicopters and planes.

  84. Old School Conservative

    The Oz carefully avoids any slur on Emma Husar by stating there is NO connection between the Penrith police officers investigating an “incident” at Husar’s home and the Penrith police chief/close friend who attended the Bruno Mars concert with Husar.

    How close a friend I hear you ask.
    From The Oz: Ms Stone called her Brisbane trip “adventure time” in a post on Facebook. Ms Husar commented: “Come at me baby.” Ms Stone replied: “On my way.”

  85. Infidel Tiger

    I’ll guarantee that Coles has suddenly discovered people aren’t using the self serve checkouts now the bag changes have come in and the wage costs are getting them.

    These companies need to be destroyed and we can all do our little bit. Your custom is powerful. Wield it wisely you degenerate slobs.

  86. calli

    Lol. I tried to post the story about the theft of the Swedish Crown Birdwords and I’m into moderation too.

    Has the Doomlord been doing a bit of burglary?

  87. Mater

    Re most destructive Americans,
    So many on the list are still there causing massive destruction. Because of that, I believe that Trump will later be seen as the greatest American ever.

    https://youtu.be/VhekULbTrP8

    Monica Crowley is very good at explaining this point.

  88. calli

    That bio of Kerry is an eye-opener. Scum rises to the top.

  89. Tel

    Bernie Sanders is a good man and much more sound than most libertarian crackpots:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/redsteeze/status/1024305663755931650/photo/1

    It might be a bit early for the Koch bros to help support Trump’s 2020 campaign. But maybe not, let’s see how this plays out.

  90. Some History

    Health Minister, Greg Runt, has highlighted that previously an opt out was not an opt opt out. Your ehealth record would be archived for 130 years. What!?! Changes made to the legislation mean that an opt out is now an opt opt out where your ehealth record will be deleted permanently.

  91. Snoopy

    Thieves steal Swedish crown jowels, flee in motor boat, chase ensues
    By Nick Miller

    Thieves have made off with priceless Swedish crown jowels, in a daring heist reminiscent of a Hollywood movie.

    According to Swedish radio the offenders took two crowns and a royal orb known as a ‘riksapple’ from the ancient cathedral in Strangnas, west of Stockholm, around lunchtime on Tuesday.

    They were the funeral crowns of Karl IV and his wife Queen Kristina, who died in the early 17th century.

    Thieves have made off with priceless crown jowels in a speedboat moored below the ancient Strangnas cathedral.

    Two men were seen to jump into a motor boat moored just below the church.

    Police quickly mobilised and pursued the thieves by sea, on land, in helicopters and planes.

    “We are on land, in the water and in the air,” a police spokesman said.

    But the pair somehow evaded pursuit and vanished.

    The spokesman said they could have left the motorboat and jumped in a getaway car heading west into the hinterlands, or east to Stockholm.

    “We are spreading out in all directions.”

    Police chief spokesman Thomas Agnevik told Swedish TV the lost objects were “invaluable objects of national interest”.

    By 9.30pm there had still been no arrest.

    The royal regalia were originally buried with the couple but were later exhumed and put on display.

    At the time of the theft the church was open and staff were on duty. A spokesman said no-one had been injured “physically or mentally”, but they had decided to keep the church closed for the rest of the day.

  92. cohenite

    Coles reinstates plastic bags.

  93. Snoopy

    Coles reinstates FREE plastic bags.

    Occasionally something happens that makes you proud to be Australian. Very rare, but this is one of those times.

    No longer do I have to thieve bags at the self-service checkout.

  94. mh

    I bet Bernie’s underling Cortez from the Bronx supports open borders.

  95. mh

    Now we need Coles to reinstate the grey bags that Australians love.

  96. Infidel Tiger

    No. The new bags are huge and don’t breakdown.

    You can kill far more sea life with them.

    I just want them for free.

  97. Dr Faustus

    The thick free bags must be more environmentally friendly than the old free singlet bags.
    Or something.

    The Chinese shopkeepers of Sunnybank were ahead of the game. Even before the ban took effect, they started handing out single use bags loudly printed with (and I quote):

    Strong bag for recycle

    They cost $0.0002 each, instead of $0.0001.
    Their customers must have demanded them.

  98. Snoopy

    Now we need Coles to reinstate the grey bags that Australians love.

    I’m prepared to give up that pleasure for the more Gaia destroying alternative.

  99. Spider

    Love it. In relation to roll out of health record data Tanya Plibbers has the audacity to criticise the Libs and their management of large projects.

    Last time I looked they hadn’t killed anybody.

  100. vr

    AFAIK there are no independent liquor stores in Queensland.

    CRU and Emporium in the Valley.

  101. mh

    The grey bags are best for disposing of food scraps, and shitty things in general. Easily sealed tight and popped into another bigger kitchen bin liner, or straight into the wheelie bin. This just isn’t going to be done effectively with the new bags, which will result in stinky neighbourhoods come the warmer weather. And more rats.

  102. Anne

    Follow this person. [Her Father was FBI buddy of Obama]

    Tweet @SaRaAshcraft
    This is me at 13, the age I was when @tomhanks purchased me from my father for s e x as a dissociated #mindcontrol doll. I wonder how much he paid? I wonder how much $$$ my father made for breaking my mind & selling my child body throughout my life. Will I ever get to know?

    Sad for the Cabal infiltrated Social Media. This is not going away.

  103. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I bet Bernie’s underling Cortez from the Bronx supports open borders.

    only with cuba and venezuela

  104. EvilElvis

    The new bags are huge and don’t breakdown.

    Surely there’s a business opportunity to collect these bags after one use and dump them in every green voting cbd in Australia.

  105. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The most idiot filter in the world is banning all references to a certain story about Sweden and a theft.

    j*wels

  106. Mater

    I’ll guarantee that Coles has suddenly discovered people aren’t using the self serve checkouts now the bag changes have come in and the wage costs are getting them.

    Yep. The weighing system on the self-serve registers are having massive problems dealing with non-standard bag weights and are locking up the system regularly (six times during may last modest shop). It’s driving the customers and assistants crazy and driving people away from the whole concept.

  107. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Emma Husar skipped NDIS hearing for concert

    Brad Norington
    ASSOCIATE EDITOR
    @BradNorington
    2 hours ago August 1, 2018

    Federal Labor MP Emma Husar went to a Bruno Mars concert in Brisbane with a close friend who is a police officer, months after other officers from the same area command in western Sydney were called to her house over an alleged incident involving a ­family member.

    The Australian has confirmed from large deleted portions of Ms Husar’s personal Facebook page and parliamentary expenses records that she skipped the second day of an NDIS parliamentary hearing in far north Queensland in March and travelled instead to join the friend at the concert in Brisbane

    Ms Husar’s friend, Chief ­Inspector Tracy Stone, a police officer from the MP’s western Sydney electorate, took leave from her position in the Nepean area command, flying north for the musical rendezvous. Ms Stone called her Brisbane trip “adventure time” in a post on Facebook. Ms Husar commented: “Come at me baby.” Ms Stone replied: “On my way.”

    The Australian is not suggesting Ms Stone was involved in ­investigating the incident at Ms Husar’s family home nor that she knew the officers.

    After the March 14 Bruno Mars concert at the Brisbane ­Entertainment Centre, the two dined at the city’s ­riverside Blackbird Bar & Grill, ­according to a ­deleted Facebook post.

    Facing an internal party investigation into alleged staff bullying and misuse of entitlements, Ms Husar appears to have expunged all material before April this year from her personal Facebook ­account but left a second, official MP’s Facebook account intact.

    From the Oz.

  108. Bruce of Newcastle

    The grey bags are best for disposing of food scraps, and shitty things in general.

    I suspect there’s a crisis amongst dog walkers.

  109. Tintarella di Luna

    Emma Husar skipped NDIS hearing for concert

    It’s because she’s sorted out her child’s autism with a support dog so she’s not interested in hearing the relevant stuff at an NDIS hearing which was probably in relation to people who can’t fund raise $29,000 to get a support dog for their family members with permanent severe, profound and life-long disabilities.

  110. None

    Emma Husar typifies the average politician today. No one with any brains or capability goes into politics –
    there only two types of people that do these days. First all the usual shysters from the party machines- the unionists and staffers who think they’re entitled to a safe seat who have never had a job and secondly, those who are unemployable and see politics as easy money. This will be like the Jacqui Lambie’s and the Emma Hissars and all those one nation party bankrupts and so on and so on.

  111. Death Giraffe

    Armadillo
    #2777639, posted on August 1, 2018 at 1:59 am
    I also suspect DG is operating from rented premises. Or he’s a squatter.

    ..
    Prison workshop.
    It’s very nice here.
    Three squares a day and all.
    You get used to the shankings.

  112. ABC this morning running hard promoting an opt-out system for organ donation.

  113. Bruce of Newcastle

    Coles reinstates FREE plastic bags.

    It’s psychological torture.
    I am just back from Coles.
    Dutifully I arrived at the checkout with trolley with stuff.
    Checkout lady checks it out.
    I start putting it all back in trolley.
    “Do you want a bag…?” asks checkout lady.
    {wince}
    “No”, says I.
    Psychologically pressured to explain my odd behaviour I say:
    “I have a box in my car”
    “What a good idea!” says she.
    {wince, again}
    I restrain myself from pointing out that Coles has millions of boxes they could freely provide us persecuted shoppers. I restrain myself from mentioning the only reason I do this is because of Coles’ stupid religious haram bag bonkers sharia Gaia loving and I am totally pissed off with them and their competitors. But I don’t say this to the elderly checkout lady because she surely doesn’t deserve to be the victim of a spray of spittle-flecked venom.

    Grr.

  114. Snoopy;

    Just spent the last month driving Brisbane, Mitchell, Barcaldine, Longreach, Isa, Camooweal, Gregory, Cloncurry, Hughenden, Mt Garnet, Portland Roads and back down the coast.

    And you didn’t drop in for a beer? Well, fuck you too, mate.
    Go and join Pete from Perth in a male bonding session of dipping yer nuts in paint stripper.

  115. egg_

    his sexual exploits badly stained the Oval Office

    Were the curtains drawn?

  116. egg_

    family members with permanent severe, profound and life-long disabilities.

    Good Husar genes?

  117. Herodotus

    ABC this morning running hard promoting an opt-out system for organ donation.
    All your body parts belong us!
    Or:
    You didn’t build that.

  118. H B Bear

    Lol. Coles is now handing out their new thick bags to shoppers – indefinitely.
    Told youse it would last a month.

    I expect the first few weeks of management reports are in showing the effect on staffing costs and check-out productivity.

  119. max

    These words just should not be together:

    Frogmoore, High Wycombe, high strength sulphuric acid attack, knife, “all of you will probably dead by the time I am out of here, f— you bro”.

    One more measure of our time.

  120. egg_

    Ms Husar commented: “Come at me baby.” Ms Stone replied: “On my way.”

    Recreational truncheon grinding?

  121. Herodotus

    Come at me baby!
    Egg: Some people here use the term Liars and Shaggers Party, for some strange, inexplicable reason reason.

  122. Des Deskperson

    From Janet’s article on Husar:

    “Labor MP Mike Kelly said he has no problem with a single mother of three using staff with taxpayer-funded salaries to help her juggle life as a federal politician. “It’s a small price to pay for having a truly representative democracy and facilitating the ability of women to participate in our parliament,” Kelly told Sky News last week.”

    Kelly has always stuck me as unintelligent and nasty, in the mould of Plibster. Still, he’s a war hero. isn’t he?

    On the other hand, the actual roles and responsibilities of Parliamentary staffers in assisting officers, Senators and Members to carry out their parliamentary duties are extremely – and in my view, deliberately – vague. If Husar has used taxpayer-funded staffers to ‘help her juggle her life as a federal politician’, then it may be against the spirit of the legislation, but it may not be unlawful.

    Of course, the short answer to Kelly is, as Janet points out, Hussar as a politician already earns enough money to employ domestic staff from her own purse, as presumably does every other MP.male of female, who needs to ‘juggle’ their lives.

  123. Herodotus

    Pardon the typo typo.

  124. Senile Old Guy

    ABC this morning running hard promoting an opt-out system for organ donation.

    When Guthrie took over, the ABC said quite clearly that they were going to campaign for their causes, in direct contravention of their charter. None of the ABC managers has directed them otherwise.

  125. Herodotus

    Des, the real issue is a single mum’s inability to cope, and tendency to use the vagueness to their advantage. It’s a flow-on from the modern denialism about what constitutes a workable family.

  126. egg_

    Some people here use the term Liars and Shaggers Party

    Grogarly’s missing out on all the hot action?

  127. Zyconoclast

    ‘Refugee camp’ tour simulates traumatic scenarios faced by world’s displaced people

    You have 60 seconds to choose the five items to take with you when fleeing your home, only to lose half of your possessions to a hostile guard at the border crossing.

    Next, you try and fill out a United Nations form, none of which is in English, before you fight for a lifejacket and board a tiny boat for Australia.

    Refugee Camp In My Neighbourhood is an immersive tour and exhibition open now in Sydney’s west offering a glimpse into the experience thousands of Australians have been through.

    While the simulation can be a confronting experience, it’s easy to spy a Hills hoist from inside the Auburn Community Centre’s mock tent city and be reminded you’re still in Australia.

    But the issue of global displacement is not as easy to forget.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-01/refugee-camp-in-my-neighbourhood/10055502

  128. Bruce of Newcastle

    ABC this morning running hard promoting an opt-out system for organ donation.

    Surely the virtuous staff of the ABC can afford to donate a kidney each.

  129. egg_

    ‘help her juggle her life as a federal politician’

    ‘Fvckwits and c#nts’ in the ALP clown circus?
    Quelle surprise!

  130. Leigh Lowe

    Mater

    #2777773, posted on August 1, 2018 at 10:02 am

    I’ll guarantee that Coles has suddenly discovered people aren’t using the self serve checkouts now the bag changes have come in and the wage costs are getting them.

    Yep. The weighing system on the self-serve registers are having massive problems dealing with non-standard bag weights and are locking up the system regularly (six times during may last modest shop). It’s driving the customers and assistants crazy and driving people away from the whole concept.

    Text book case of taking the noise from Twatter and assuming it reflects a unanimous community view.
    Then comes the surprise when they find that 90% of real customers think it is bullshit.

  131. egg_

    the real issue is a single mum’s inability to cope, and tendency to use the vagueness to their advantage.

    AKA a con job.

  132. Zyconoclast

    The Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood project is a project of the Auburn Community.

    The camp would not be possible without the following partner organisations:

    Auburn Tamil Society

    Australian Afghan Hassanian Youth Association

    Australian Afghan Khorasan Association

    Cultural Society Bosnia & Herzegovina NSW

    Dinka Literacy Association

    DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club

    Human Care Welfare

    Iraqi Renaissance

    Kateb Hazara Association

    Mursalin Afghan Association

    Nile Football Academy

    RACS – Refugee Advice and Casework Service

    NSW Refugee Health

    Sierra Leone Women’s Wan Ward

    Somali Welfare and Cultural Association

    STARTTS – NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

    Sydney Tamil Women’s Welfare Group

    Tamil Women’s Development Group

    The Kian of Persian (Iran e Kiani)

    WIN (Whoever in Need)

    http://refugeeweekauburn.com.au/partners/

  133. ZK2A;

    They may decide what the Imperial Japanese Army decided in Wobbly Wobbly Two – it’s too far way and we don’t have the troops to occupy the place, or the shipping to resupply those troops?

    My concepts for defending Australia revolve around our advantages: Russia has General Mud and General Winter. Australia has General Hot and General Dry. If an enemy wants to drop a million troops into Australia, that’s fine, but like the Italians in North Africa in 1941, you don’t have a million bayonets, you have a million bellies.
    Give it six months and we’ll interdict all your supply lines with our dozen Virginia class subs and then we’ll swap your infantrymen their rifles for a gallon of water, your pilots can have a 44 of water for an aeroplane, and a new tank in running condition will get you a dozen MREs.
    Deal?
    I don’t see any reason that this wouldn’t work, eh?
    🙂

  134. C.L.

    Coles reinstates FREE plastic bags.

    LOL.

  135. Geriatric Mayfly

    ‘Refugee camp’ tour simulates traumatic scenarios faced by world’s displaced people
    You have 60 seconds to choose the five items to take with you when fleeing your home, only to lose half of your possessions to a hostile guard at the border crossing. Next, you try and fill out a United Nations form, none of which is in English, before you fight for a lifejacket and board a tiny boat for Australia.

    Assuming tissues are provided, and for the totally distraught, counselling services, comfort animals and those weirdos who help people grieve.

  136. egg_

    Text book case of taking the noise from Twatter and assuming it reflects a unanimous community view.

    Fvckwit management far removed from the shop floor.

  137. C.L.

    Was the therapy dog taken along to Bruno Mars with Mrs Husar and her policewoman “friend”?
    Questions, questions …

  138. “environmentalists are outraged”

    We all know occam’s razor.

    Rambler’s razor:

    Anything that outrages enviroloons is probably the best option.

  139. John Constantine

    PDN paladin announces a mop up off smm summit.

    https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20180801/pdf/43wzlfh0kwmmr2.pdf

    Can print its own shares to use as currency for the move, and save itself real cash and compliance burdens if it works.

    Stage of the cycle where every little bit matters capital wise.

  140. C.L.

    ‘Refugee camp’ tour simulates traumatic scenarios faced by world’s displaced people
    You have 60 seconds to choose the five items to take with you when fleeing your home, only to lose half of your possessions to a hostile guard at the border crossing. Next, you try and fill out a United Nations form, none of which is in English, before you fight for a lifejacket and board a tiny boat for Australia.

    Notice that – incongruously – they don’t change the destination country in this exercise?
    That’s because all the non-white countries in the world are not places anybody would be fleeing to. So instead they ask Australians to imagine getting on a tiny boat to come to … Australia.

  141. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2777755, posted on August 1, 2018 at 9:38 am

    No. The new bags are huge and don’t breakdown.

    You can kill far more sea life with them.

    Exactly.
    We will be waist deep in dolphins and turtles if we don’t reintroduce grey bags.

  142. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    You have 60 seconds to choose the five items to take with you when fleeing your home, only to lose half of your possessions to a hostile guard at the border crossing. Next, you try and fill out a United Nations form, none of which is in English, before you fight for a lifejacket and board a tiny boat for Australia.

    What’s the prob? just the usual morning rush hour in Sydney.

  143. thefrolickingmole

    Its odd, that ‘fugee experience missed the “fly to Indonesia”section of the trip, I wonder why?

  144. Rebel with cause

    So Coles has got the greenies to admit that the new bags they have forced on everyone are worse for the environment than the bags they are replacing? This is great news. Left wing nutbaggery on full display.

  145. thefrolickingmole

    Leftys, its hard to know whats parody and whats not.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/01/coles-backflips-on-banning-free-plastic-bags#comment-118966534
    This is “guardian pick”in the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the plastic ban backflip. I honestly dont know if its someone parodying a lefty or if they think this is a convincing argument.

    aygeebee 52m ago
    Guardian Pick

    South Africa, Uganda, Somalia, Rwanda, Botswana, Kenya & Ethiopia all have total bans in place. China has total bans in effect regards plastic bags since June 1st 2008. Bangladesh introduced a strict ban in 2002

    If they can do it so can Coles

  146. Snoopy

    And you didn’t drop in for a beer? Well, fuck you too, mate.

    I did think about it Winston, but the trip to Isa was necessarily a rush. We only overnighted at Blackall and just stopped in Barky to buy pies for breakfast and check if a workmate from a previous life still had the pie shop. She doesn’t.

  147. Rebel with cause

    So paying $5 to visit a GP was going to see pensioners dying in the street, but forcing people to pay 15c just for a plastic bag is a totes awesome idea?

    This country is stuffed.

  148. Snoopy

    The Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood project is a project of the Auburn Community.

    The camp would not be possible without the following partner organisations:

    Auburn Tamil Society

    Australian Afghan Hassanian Youth Association

    Australian Afghan Khorasan Association

    Cultural Society Bosnia & Herzegovina NSW

    Dinka Literacy Association

    DOOLEYS Lidcombe Catholic Club

    Human Care Welfare

    Iraqi Renaissance

    Kateb Hazara Association

    Mursalin Afghan Association

    Nile Football Academy

    RACS – Refugee Advice and Casework Service

    NSW Refugee Health

    Sierra Leone Women’s Wan Ward

    Somali Welfare and Cultural Association

    STARTTS – NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors

    Sydney Tamil Women’s Welfare Group

    Tamil Women’s Development Group

    The Kian of Persian (Iran e Kiani)

    WIN (Whoever in Need)

    I’ll bet every single one of these organisations receives funding from the NSW and/or Commonwealth governments. Thanks for playing, taxpayers.

  149. Lysander

    I see hear has a new Chief of Staff.

    what number is this?

  150. Lysander

    Let me try that again…

    Maocon has a new Chief.

  151. Death Giraffe

    So paying $5 to visit a GP was going to see pensioners dying in the street, but forcing people to pay 15c just for a plastic bag is a totes awesome idea?

    ..
    You environmentally unconscious reprobate.
    I hope a gang of porpoises break into your home and slap some gaea love into you with their slimy flippers and force you do unmentionable things to their blowholes.

  152. Senile Old Guy

    Its odd, that ‘fugee experience missed the “fly to Indonesia”section of the trip, I wonder why?

    They also missed the pay $10,000 to people smugglers bit. And the “destroy documents before arriving in Australia” tip.

  153. Bruce of Newcastle

    For Christian Cats: I was switching channels just now in the ad break of the news. Greg Sheridan was on Studio Ten spruiking a book he has out (launched tomorrow). He just gave the most marvellous exposition of the Old Testament I’ve heard in any single 30 second period. He managed verses from Genesis through Micah word perfect. The Ten lady was obviously quite nonplussed by this, like it was a foreign language or something. Well done Mr Sheridan!

  154. Geriatric Mayfly

    Refugee camp simulates deliberate scenarios enacted by the world’s country shoppers.
    You have months to choose who to leave behind, when walking out of your home, and to ensure you have wads of moolah in your possession to pay the accommodating immigration men at the borders. Next you collect all your forms, each one well comprehended, to jettison later. You give up remaining cash for a spot on a rickety boat to Australia (and Centrelink) fully aware of the risks involved.

  155. Macbeth

    ZK2A, I have respect for your service, but as a participant, I at no stage noticed WW2 wobbling. I wobbled a bit myself, but that’s another story (to remain untold).

  156. Lysander

    Thanks Brucey; nice heads-up.

  157. stackja

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2777840, posted on August 1, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Kel Richards 2CH had interview.

  158. Dr Faustus

    Greenpeace’s Zoe Deans is inadvertently half right:

    “This decision makes a complete mockery of Coles’ claim to want to reduce plastic waste and is a betrayal of the millions of their customers who want the supermarket to do the right thing in favour of a vocal minority,” Ms Deans said.

    I’d need to see the names and addresses of the “millions of their customers” who want the bags banned in favour of a vocal minority.

  159. Fisky

    Next, you try and fill out a United Nations form, none of which is in English, before you fight for a lifejacket and board a tiny boat for Australia

    LOL. Do the refugee activists actually believe this is what happens??

  160. mh

    Although I am a strong advocate for re-introducing our much loved grey bags into supermarkets, the reason is totally unrelated to dog poop. This is because if you are a dog walker, just buy the dedicated bags for collecting dog poop, they take up bugger all space and won’t cost much. After walking someone else’s dog, I would rather use those than go finding a grey supermarket bag every day.

  161. Fisky

    Refugee camp simulates deliberate scenarios enacted by the world’s country shoppers.
    You have months to choose who to leave behind, when walking out of your home, and to ensure you have wads of moolah in your possession to pay the accommodating immigration men at the borders. Next you collect all your forms, each one well comprehended, to jettison later. You give up remaining cash for a spot on a rickety boat to Australia (and Centrelink) fully aware of the risks involved.

    They forgot to mention – use your data roaming plan to give Ian Rintoul of the Refugee Action Collective and his lefty lawyer mates a call to let them know you’re about to embark…

  162. Speedbox

    The grey bags are best for disposing of food scraps, and shitty things in general.

    Yeah and for months before the ban came into being I was hoarding those bags and would take, say, 50 extra each time I went shopping. Ripped them straight off the dispenser when going through the self serve checkout. I know, I know, cheap me but it was also a form of protest. Our family has literally thousands of these bags neatly stacked in a cupboard. We will be using them for years into the future.

    In fact, I’m tempted to take them to the supermarket – after all, why can’t they be my “reusable bags”?

  163. Baldrick

    Anyone in need of a laugh?
    Just read the comments on the ABC Twitter feed about shopping bags.

    Madeleine @HelmsMadeleine
    They’ve have lost me as a customer for going back to plastic! Shame on them! @Coles

  164. Des Deskperson

    ‘Leftys, its hard to know whats parody and whats not.’

    Mole, reminds me of back in the nineties when Australia was being urged by the usual suspects to sign some codicil or other – which we probably did in the end – upping the ante on the rights of women under the UN Convention.

    The supposedly clinching argument was that even Saudi Arabia had signed it.

    There was no evidence of parody or irony.

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