Monday Forum: July 30, 2018

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  1. mh

    JC, I recently noticed my jocks had a large hole, so I checked the label to make sure that I didn’t buy that brand again. The brand was Holeproof. I checked the other Holeproof ones, all had a large hole appearing in them. The other brands were fine.

  2. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Americans looking to land a first job or break into a dream career face their best odds of success in years.

    Employers say they are abandoning preferences for college degrees and specific skill sets to speed up hiring and broaden the pool of job candidates. Many companies added requirements to job postings after the recession, when millions were out of work and human-resources departments were stacked with résumés.

    This is truly fantastic news.

    It is well past time to smash credentialism. Universities are baby sitting clubs for kidults and of no earthly use to 99% of the people who attend them.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/employers-eager-to-hire-try-a-new-policy-no-experience-necessary-1532862000

  3. Baldrick

    Islamic terrorist Saeed Noori ran down 18 people, killing one. No, he was not just a ‘Flinders Street Driver’.

    ABC Melbourne ✔ @abcmelbourne
    Accused Flinders Street driver has paranoid schizophrenia, court told

  4. zyconoclast

    New Hampshire, 94 Percent White, Asks: How Do You Diversify a Whole State?

    New Hampshire, like its neighbors Vermont and Maine, is nearly all white. This has posed an array of problems for new arrivals, who often find themselves isolated and alone, without the comfort and support of a built-in community.

    It has also posed problems for employers in these states, who find that their homogeneity can be a barrier to recruiting and retaining workers of different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.

    The issue prompted about 100 business leaders, government officials and members of nonprofit organizations to meet Thursday to search for ways that New Hampshire — which is 94 percent white — might lure other racial and ethnic groups, as well as younger people.

  5. zyconoclast

    SOUTHPORT, N.C. — An entire police department in North Carolina was put on leave after the arrest of the department’s chief and lieutenant, according to WECT.

    The Southport Police Department’s police chief and lieutenant were arrested Thursday for allegedly moonlighting as truck drivers while officially on the clock at the police department.

  6. zyconoclast

    The additional security doors at various Fifth Third banks around the city will be coming down. Protesters said security measures at nearly a dozen Fifth Third Bank branches in Chicago were racist for their presence in predominantly African American neighborhoods.

    The first extra security door disappeared Wednesday.

    “I think it’s a victory of respect for the community,” said Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church, knowing what he called the “jail-like doors” are gone from the Auburn Gresham Fifth Third branch.

  7. .

    The Southport Police Department’s police chief and lieutenant were arrested Thursday for allegedly moonlighting as truck drivers while officially on the clock at the police department.

    If the job is that easy, they need downsizing.

  8. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Great column from Judith, highlighting the immigration ponzi destroying the social, cultural and economic bonds of this country:

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/judith-sloan/swelling-cities-need-a-breather-from-mass-migration/news-story/0d43c53de69d2e50f797d3f9fd5706ad

  9. zyconoclast

    As Seattle gentrifies, blacks no longer feel welcome

    Not so long ago, few whites wanted to live in Seattle’s diverse Central District, so it housed the people who had no choice.

    Synagogues point to the neighborhood’s long-gone Jewish past, an immigrant community that was joined by Japanese-Americans. Their internment in World War Two left the way clear for a wave of African Americans, who settled in big numbers and turned the area into the heart of Seattle’s black community.

    Now things are changing once again and the district’s long-term black residents don’t much like it.

  10. C.L.

    Two new Rugby League Immortals to be chosen his week.

    Nominees:

    Dally Messenger
    Frank Burge
    Dave Brown
    Brian Bevan
    Duncan Hall
    Ken Irvine
    Norm Provan
    Ron Coote
    Mal Meninga
    Darren Lockyer
    ———————-
    I’ll back Messenger and Meninga.

    There’s controversy surrounding Provan, the St George legend many believe should been Immortalised years ago. I disagree. He was part of a great team, to be sure, but he was not in the same league (so to speak) as Meninga. Big Mal would have run over the top of him.

  11. old bloke

    Des Deskperson
    #2776928, posted on July 31, 2018 at 9:17 am

    ‘labour kicked out the last adult when they booted Beazley.’

    Beazley finding jobs for all his dodgy mates??

    Peter Walsh was the last Labor adult. Was he ‘Cassandra”?

    Martin Ferguson was also in the adult club, there’s no one there now worth listening to.

  12. Old School Conservative

    The Southport Police Department’s police chief and lieutenant were arrested Thursday for allegedly moonlighting as truck drivers while officially on the clock at the police department.

    NSW fire fighters look out.

  13. .

    Looks like we can extend mass sackings to essential services as well.

    The more you know.

  14. zyconoclast

    Whites and Indians will be barred from new pro-Zuma political party

    “What we are saying is that coloureds are our nephews and nieces. They are black and they are natives in our land. So they are welcome. With the issue of Indians‚ Indians are seeing themselves as next to the whites by their behaviour.

    “So we know that we were oppressed equally or more than them but we respect their existence‚ but we are not racist. But what we are saying you can’t do the traditional binding of your home with a witch. You can’t do that. So that’s our logic‚” he explained further.

  15. mh

    If Twitter had been around in September 2001, we would have seen

    ABC Melbourne ✔ @abcmelbourne
    Accused amateur pilot dies in Manhattan

  16. Confused Old Misfit

    Climatology’s startling error – an update
    Guest Blogger / 52 mins ago July 30, 2018
    By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

    Well, we sent out our paper On an error in defining temperature feedback to a leading journal for review. The reviewers did not like it at all. “And, gracious! How Lord Lundy cried!”

    Monckton strikes again!

  17. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    New Hampshire, 94 Percent White, Asks: How Do You Diversify a Whole State?

    Speak to the Australian Liberal Party, who have managed to do it a whole country in 20 years.

  18. zyconoclast

    Rein in sceptics or we’ll walk: Victoria’s ultimatum on energy scheme

    “Malcolm Turnbull is trying to get us to sign up to something that hasn’t gone to his own party room – a place full of climate sceptics,” Ms D’Ambrosio’s speech notes say, arguing that climate change sceptics in the Coalition’s ranks have stood in the way of progress on reducing emissions for too long.

  19. zyconoclast

    States sue Trump administration, company over 3D-printed guns

    Washington: Eight states are filing suit against the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun, contending the hard-to-trace plastic weapons are a boon to terrorists and criminals and threaten public safety.

  20. C.L.

    It’s been a while but here’s another installment of …

    “Calls” watch:

    Cricket Australia’s sacking of Angela Williamson over abortion tweets should face inquiry, MLC says.

    There is a call for an inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s role in Cricket Australia’s sacking of Angela Williamson over tweets about the state’s abortion services.

    Make that “call” watch (singular).

    Ms Williamson took to social media to criticise the Tasmanian Government’s closure of abortion services, and was soon after sacked from her government relations role at Cricket Australia.

    She has alleged a senior member of the State Government had disclosed to her employer the fact she had had a pregnancy terminated…

    MLC member for Murchison Ruth Forrest wants an inquiry into the Government’s role in Ms Williamson’s sacking…

    Ms Forrest described Ms Williamson as a “brave woman”.

    Brave.

    Ms Williamson had to travel to Victoria for an abortion.

    “I think when you’re sharing your deepest thoughts, and how you feel, and how dark it can get, or how lonely or afraid — I’m an educated woman with the financial means to do what I did, and I just thought there were a lot of voices in Tasmania that didn’t have that access,” she said.

    A 39 year-old with plenty of money.

    “It was really confronting to hear the language being used by the Government — they were using words like ‘abortion on demand’ and ‘hospitals are there for saving lives’, and this language just really didn’t match with what was needed.”

  21. C.L.

    New Hampshire, 94 Percent White, Asks: How Do You Diversify a Whole State?

    You don’t.

  22. H B Bear

    Rein in sceptics or we’ll walk: Victoria’s ultimatum on energy scheme

    Who would have thought that we would one day rely on neo-Marxists to save us from Lieboral policies?

  23. IT, can you blockquote the best three paragraphs of Judith’s column?

  24. Leigh Lowe

    New Hampshire, 94 Percent White, Asks: How Do You Diversify a Whole State?

    “New Hampshire” is asking no such question.
    A tiny minority of SJWs who live in New Hampshire are winding up a non-issue.
    #wewantaghettotoo

  25. “It was really confronting to hear the language being used by the Government — they were using words like ‘abortion on demand’ and ‘hospitals are there for saving lives’, and this language just really didn’t match with what was needed.”

    This brave, brave woman that just wanted to kill her child in utero, confronted by accurate language, and a trip over Bass Strait.

  26. Geriatric Mayfly

    In order of preference. 1.Jocks 2.Socks 3.Gardening Gloves. Regardless of brand ruin for the former in the fangs of a Jack Russell. Even Calvin Klein has failed the test.

  27. Baldrick

    Ms Williamson took to social media to criticise the Tasmanian Government’s closure of abortion services, and was soon after sacked from her government relations role at Cricket Australia.

    The Tasmanian government did not close the abortion clinic …
    Dr Paul Hyland had been the state’s primary surgical abortion provider for 17 years, but said rising costs and a drop in demand had meant he had closed the service.

    and…

    With the closure of the dedicated clinic, the only other option to access a surgical termination in Tasmania is at a private gynaecological clinic in Hobart, at a cost of up to $2,500.

    But hey, the government needs to look after me.

  28. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    That evil Tasmanian slag has 3 kids.

    How in hell can anyone that has given birth kill their unborn child?

  29. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    There were important population figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics last week. The most important was “the number of overseas arrivals was the highest on record”. That’s right, the highest on record.

    Note that only people who are resident in Australia for at least 12 out of 16 months are included in the figures. In 2016-17, 540,000 people arrived in Australia, with 315,000 arriving on temporary visas. Of those who arrived on temporary visas, there were more than 150,000 international students, just more than 50,000 working holiday-makers and 32,000 temporary workers.

    Where did these migrants go? Overwhelmingly, Sydney and Melbourne. In 2016-17, almost 40 per cent went to NSW and 34 per cent to Victoria.

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    Queensland also attracted a relatively large share — more than 13 per cent.

    The numbers are substantial. Net overseas migration (arrivals over departures) added 104,000 people to NSW in 2016-17, although quite a few NSW citizens got fed up and headed to other states, principally Victoria. Victoria had a net gain of 18,200 people from interstate on top of the 90,000 it gained from net overseas migration.

    I should apologise for the blitz of figures. But there really is no alternative to highlight the sheer scale of migration and the destination of the migrants, thus under­pinning the conclusion that our migrant intake is out of control.

    For a long time, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton had the lame excuse the Coalition government had a better record than Labor in controlling immigration. This was based on the sole NOM figure of 300,000 that occurred in 2008-09, at the height of the mining boom.

    But at that time migrants were heading to Western Australia in record numbers. The NOM figure for Western Australia was 44,000 in 2008-09.

    The NOM figures for that state have fallen to 15,000. It was a completely different ball game then. Migrants now overwhelmingly head to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane (or southeast Queensland). It’s time for Dutton to put the “we’re better than Labor” excuse in the bin.

    His real problem is that NOM for the country as a whole is on the rise. There have been two consecutive increases and the latest figure of 262,000 is approaching the figure of 300,000 so derided by Dutton.

    The ABS figures also put the numbers in some context.

    Labor is promising to clamp down on the number of temporary workers, but the number of net temporary workers in 2016-17 was less than 17,000, which is only 6.5 per cent of the total NOM. Halving their number would make little difference.

    The largest single group is higher education students, with 101,000 arrivals in 2016-17. The numbers are higher again in 2017-18. These students need accommodation, services and use public transport. Given their work rights — 20 hours a week during semester time, unlimited at other times — their numbers also have a noticeable impact on the labour market.

    If we consider the face of the population across a longer time­frame, we can begin to see what impact the migration settings have had. In 1996, there were 119,000 China-born residents living in Australia — 20 years later, it was 526,000, an increase of 342 per cent. In 1996, those born in China made up 0.7 per cent of the population; in 2016, it was 2.2 per cent.

    In 1996, there were 80,000 India-born people living in Australia. In 2016, the number was 469,000. This is an increase of 486 per cent. Their share of the population has risen from 0.4 per cent to 1.9 per cent.

    By contrast, the number of people born in Britain and Ireland has remained relatively steady, rising from 1.218 million to 1.284 million. Their share of the population has fallen from 6.7 per cent to 5.3 per cent.

    Australia has a much higher proportion of its population born overseas (28 per cent) than most other developed countries. In the US, the figure is only 13 per cent; in Britain, it is 12 per cent, as in France.

    Australia’s population has changed dramatically in numbers and ethnic composition. It’s not clear whether there has ever been an explicit debate about these changes. But political enthusiasm for unrestrained growth of migrant numbers has, if anything, intensified in recent years, including on the part of the Turnbull government.

    Lured by the false prognostications of Treasury and egged on by the Department of Immigration (now Home Affairs), politicians have embraced the Big Australia message as an economic saviour. Take the recent advice from Treasury that a drop of 20,000 in the migrant intake would lead to the loss of tax revenue of $500 million a year. It’s just nonsense. If this were true, every single one of those 20,000 migrants would immediately be earning more than $80,000.

    The secondary applicants have much poorer labour market outcomes than the skilled migrants they accompany. We also know that family migrants are not net tax contributors. Family entrants would make up about 7000 of this hypothetical reduced intake.

    What’s even more unforgivable, Treasury will not have estimated the additional costs associ­ated with higher migrant intakes which, admittedly, are largely borne by the states and territories: school places, healthcare facilities, additional infrastructure.

    Let’s hope there are sufficient numbers of cabinet ministers who realise that estimates such as a loss of $500m in tax revenue by ­reducing the migrant intake are plain wrong.

    They are meant to get politicians to support excessive migrant intakes — they make the economy look bigger.

    The fact that per-capita income falls in the short term is known by all sensible economists.

    If the government has any hope of winning the next election, it must do something radical about the migrant intake numbers.

    There is a strong case to institute immediately an inquiry into international students, both at the university and vocational college levels, to get to the bottom of the rorts and the misuse of the student visa categories as pathways to permanent residence as well as other issues.

    In the meantime, educational providers should be called on to freeze international student enrolments at today’s levels — or preferably lower.

    Our cities need a breather and the Turnbull government cannot afford to keep its head in the sand.

    Whoops, I accidentally posted all of Judith’s column. How absent minded of me.

  30. Leigh Lowe

    Geriatric Mayfly

    #2777057, posted on July 31, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    In order of preference. 1.Jocks 2.Socks 3.Gardening Gloves. Regardless of brand ruin for the former in the fangs of a Jack Russell. Even Calvin Klein has failed the test.

    Hopefully you weren’t wearing them when the JR went feral.

  31. JC

    There were important population figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics last week. The most important was “the number of overseas arrivals was the highest on record”. That’s right, the highest on record.

    Artie, that’s a good market for Sydney Airport earnings.

  32. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Words that are unacceptable to The Australian comments editors:

    Ponzi. Culture. Suicide.

  33. OldOzzie
    #2776980, posted on July 31, 2018 at 11:01 am
    It’s cash for ethics as GetUp! gets down and very dirty – Nick Cater Columnist

    Cater and Hedley Thomas must be the only national investigative journalists left in the media. But, yet again, the Stupid Fucking Liberals will do nothing about this. This is straight out racketeering; in a just world Sheikh and his cronies only contact with nature would be the one hour they are allowed outside to pace the prison yard.

    We shouldn’t be surprised though. An organisation setup with Nazi collaborator money utilising the Nazi corporatist model which sees their favoured cronies receiving Government (taxpayer) money while their Greenshirt thugs shut down the competition using labels and accusations of “greed” all so that they can enact the radical environmental policies of the Nazis in order to achieve the Nazi aim of global depopulation.

    But apparently we’re the Nazis.

  34. John Constantine

    The more voters turnbull imports that he can expect to vote for a republic, the closer turnbull gets to rubbing conservative noses into diversity revolutionary republicanism.

  35. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    I wonder if they will accept my comment about third world detritus, Uber, 7/11 and corporatist filth?

  36. Farmer Gez

    Oh dear.
    The two cities that primarily elect the idiots who have allowed mass migration are whining about the consequences.
    Suck it up or move.

  37. Mother Lode

    The actors blame Trump:

    That would actually be a clever strategy on the part of the actors. Now keeping the director fired is like letting Trump off the hook. I suspect they would rather blame Trump so…

    I mean, this is Hollywood. They have two dimensional morality which looks substantial from in front (what we see), but becomes invisible from the side. They were content to overlook Wankstain’s peccadilloes as long as he brought in increasingly elusive money, i am sure they can forgive Gunn his tweets. There will vague be talk about some bizarre rehab or counselling and…done.

    But does the article explicitly blame Trump? America is divided, and if you were a Trump hater you would read that as him being referred to, but if you were sane you would identify that it is the various extreme democrat loud mouths like Warren, Pelosi, Waters, Sanders, that wild-eyed Orca woman in New York etc. that are working themselves into a lather trying to turn Americans on each other.

    Hillary herself inspires nothing but pity,

  38. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    In 1996, there were 80,000 India-born people living in Australia. In 2016, the number was 469,000. This is an increase of 486 per cent. Their share of the population has risen from 0.4 per cent to 1.9 per cent.

    So far they are largely managing to not shit in the street, so assimilation is doing some good.

  39. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    In 2 decades we now have more Indians than Aboriginals.

    How in fuck’s name is that being allowed?

  40. H B Bear

    Without 500,000 Indians how would we pay for our petrol?

  41. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Without 500,000 Indians how would we pay for our petrol?

    Two lovely white girls behind the counter at BP Rosegarden yesterday.

    No coincidence that WA is the last bastion of Australia that looks, feels and smells like Australia.

    Didn’t try and flog expired chocolate to me either or make creepy comments to my wife that “they could guess her name” after she scanned her FlyBuys card.

  42. H B Bear

    Enjoy that enclave life while it lasts IT.

  43. Helen

    How in hell can anyone that has given birth kill their unborn child?

    Probs had a test and discovered it was going to be conservative, or at least a white male.

  44. Rossini

    Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)
    #2777063, posted on July 31, 2018 at 12:46 pm
    Thanks for your post, makes interesting reading. Although I think Judith’s portion re Chinese residents in my suburb is way,way understated! Just saying that’s all …………..better than moosies I guess.

  45. Helen

    How in hell can anyone that has given birth kill their unborn child?

    Probs had a test and discovered the kid was going to be a conservative voter, or at least, a hetero white male.

  46. Dr Faustus

    Now the AEC tallies are pretty much complete, the electoral picture becomes rather clear:

    1) Around 40% of voting Australians are sick of beltway politics and want something other than the ALP and Coalition dreck;
    2) The Turnbull Coalition cleverly capitalised on this zeitgeist to pump Shorten’s tyres and give comfort to the ALP and the ‘progressive’ left generally.

    Longman: By running a recycled LNP State MP who was flung out by the same voters with an 18% swing in 2015 – and avoiding doing the necessary staff work to pick up a his medal discrepancy in a by election that was all about not doing staff work – Team Turnbull gave the forks to the voters and handed a helpful competitive advantage to an otherwise dreadful ALP candidate.

    Mayo: By parachuting Mz Downer into her ancestral family seat, Team Turnbull gave the forks to the voters and assured that the conservative vote wouldn’t stray from Rebekha Sharkie. The ALP vote actually went sharply backwards (2018: 5,247 vs 2016: 12,859) in a ringing endorsement of Class Warfare.

    Perth and Fremantle: By not running candidates, Team Turnbull gave the forks to the voters – and consequently about 25,000 of them in each seat didn’t bother to turn up to draw penises on their ballot papers. The result was that the ALP candidates were able to claim huge swings (as though this was some sort of endorsement of fairness and Class Warfare) despite the fact that the ALP candidates received substantially fewer first preference votes than in 2016 (Perth: -8,703, Fremantle: -2,093).

    Braddon: A very close result, with Justine Keay barely holding on with a 0.25% swing – despite a 3,050 fall in the ALP primary vote.

    So, in the wash up, thanks to deft practical politics by the Turnbull Golden Victory Winning Team, Tumescent Bill Shorten gets to keep his job and scamper around bragging about swings and the signpost to a forthcoming ALP government.

    Despite the slump in the ALP primary vote.

    Winning.

  47. John Constantine

    The danger with quoting net migration figures this deep into the population Ponzi scheme, is that some churn is now setting in.

    The earliest Ponzi clients now have right of return and can call on Australia to come and get them if they get in trouble overseas.

    If people can postal vote and be medivacced into Aussie hospitals and be airlifted out of earthquakes, why deduct them from our population numbers?.

    Just for Spin?.

    Comrades.

  48. C.L.

    Words that are unacceptable to The Australian comments editors:

    Ponzi. Culture. Suicide.

    I see that Blair has today posted an extraordinary admonishment to News Corp’s own blog editors.

  49. Rossini

    “they could guess her name”

    Sheila!

  50. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Tim Blair, The Daily Telegraph
    July 30, 2018 4:43pm
    Please stop deleting quite so many comments.

    Also, please stop deleting them again after I’ve rescued and approved them.

    Thank you,

    Tim

    Wow.

    Blair should quit.

  51. C.L.

    John Birmingham at Fairfax joins the moral panic/virtue signaling cause du jour

    Join him here and feel sorry for a well paid 39 year-old executive white woman who was “forced” to kill her unborn child (because it was either that or she would literally have starved to death or been compelled to take in Johns and ironing).

  52. .

    Arky got me watching some hoon videos.

    The comments can be brutal

    5:55 “Every time I touch it, there’s something wrong with it”. “Continuous issues”.

    Few seconds later “Can’t fault it”.

    You Sir, are a fucking cooked unit.

    Its like one step away from a Chev badge and a giant holden sticker across the front windscreen.

  53. C.L.

    Blair knows publishing legals back to front. If he rescued comments and they were subsequently re-deleted, that is obviously the waging of ideological war against his commenters.

  54. Boambee John

    C.L.
    #2776995, posted on July 31, 2018 at 11:34 am
    Of course they do:

    Guardians of the Galaxy stars want director who joked about rape reinstated.

    If it had been a conservative like Tim Allen or John Nolte, the “jokes” excuse would have been screamed out of bounds.

  55. Confused Old Misfit

    the conservative vote wouldn’t stray from Rebekha Sharkie.

    Anyone voting for Sharkie should not call themselves conservative. She is labour/green to the core. What gets her in is her work for the individual in her riding. She communicates well to the people on their problems. But I can tell you from long correspondence with the lady that she is no conservative!

  56. Leigh Lowe

    Tim Blair, The Daily Telegraph
    July 30, 2018 4:43pm
    Please stop deleting quite so many comments.

    Also, please stop deleting them again after I’ve rescued and approved them.

    Thank you,

    Tim

    Wow.

    Blair should quit.

    No.
    He should insist that the SJWs tampering with his blog get the arse.
    I have suspected this for quite some time and even tested it.
    A few years back I trawled back through Blot’s posts and found generic comments from months earlier personally abusing Abbott in particular, but also Hanson and others.
    Copied them and did a find-replace and substituted in names like Gillard, Rudd, Swan, Hanson-Young etc.
    Must have submitted 15-20 of them.
    Not one made it through moderation.

  57. .

    Conservatives, particularly Christians, particularly Catholics, have only got themselves to blame regarding social justice.

  58. thefrolickingmole

    interesting.
    Lots of qualified statements, but when a party attracting 25% of the vote is actively calling for your death/overthrow you do have a bit of a problem.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-31/south-african-farm-murders/10013298

  59. Geriatric Mayfly

    In order of preference. 1.Jocks 2.Socks 3.Gardening Gloves. Regardless of brand ruin for the former in the fangs of a Jack Russell. Even Calvin Klein has failed the test.
    Hopefully you weren’t wearing them when the JR went feral.

    Getting close. With much artifice and stealth the gloves are usually purloined from a trouser pocket.

  60. Mother Lode

    John Birmingham at Fairfax joins the moral panic/virtue signaling cause du jour …

    I can’t read the article (I have just eaten) but would his argument rely upon free speech? This woman broadcasting her opinion to the world.

    As opposed to Lauren Southern who was going to also state her opinion but to a closed group in a private venue.

    I suspect this because lefties always seem to think free speech means saying whatever they want and there must never be any consequences (even if it shows you are unable to do properly what you are paid for) and it is illegal to state any disagreement.

    The first of the above being the issue here.

  61. Roger

    So, in the wash up, thanks to deft practical politics by the Turnbull Golden Victory Winning Team, Tumescent Bill Shorten gets to keep his job and scamper around bragging about swings and the signpost to a forthcoming ALP government.

    Despite the slump in the ALP primary vote.

    Winning.

    Christopher Pyne certainly thought they were on Monday’s AM, until Frank Elly owned him after he mentioned the Ryan by election. You could almost hear the deflation of his ego coming through the radio.

  62. C.L.

    If you see a man from the government today, push him down some stairs …

    Government Forces 91-Year-Old Woman to Dismantle Home Wheelchair Ramp.

  63. .

    Just posted on Blair

    “Catallaxy”

    Catallaxy Commenter sez:

    I’m the kind of guy that wants a “brown pepe gay marriage in a mosque shirt” to wear around and offend people, and I find this SJW moderation of Mr Blair’s column very ominous and offensive.

    Timmy, consider pulling up stumps and teaming up with Mr Latham.

    It could be like a long lost lovers reconciliation.

    Latho loves a beer!

  64. .

    A rare brown gay Imam pro MAGA pepe appears!

  65. thefrolickingmole

    I gave up on Blairs a long time ago, every comment, even the most bland moderated away.
    Someone has a list of whos naughty or nice from his old blog…

  66. .

    It says my comments are pending. They mean trolling.

  67. .

    I have MPD on SpewsCarp. It’s all good.

  68. C.L.

    Tits weighs in: joins abortion moral panic …

    Shorten wants cricket sacking investigated.

    Which is interesting because Labor MPs are banned from speaking out against abortion.

  69. Roger

    In 2 decades we now have more Indians than Aboriginals. How in fuck’s name is that being allowed?

    Be thankful it’s not 500 000 Pakistanis.

  70. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #2777096, posted on July 31, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    John Birmingham at Fairfax joins the moral panic/virtue signaling cause du jour …

    From the article …

    Cricket Australia’s got some explaining to do. And probably a hefty damages bill to pay out when Angela Williamson’s lawyers have finished paddling them with a Gray Nicolls Viper.

    Birmingham knows fuck all about the law.
    Contracts for jobs like hers always contain a clause about developing and fostering good relationships with Government contacts. She is clearly in breach by publically bagging the very people she is meant to be schmoozing. Imagine if your PR client was a Renewball Energy company and you started to call climate change a massive fraud on Twitter. You would get the arse quick smart and no-one at Nein-Fewfacts would be beating the drum for you.

    Things appear to have escalated quickly. Someone in government discussed Williamson’s personal medical information to CA, informing them that she had taken time off work to terminate a pregnancy earlier in the year.

    An outright lie.
    She publicised the abortion herself on Soshul Meeja.

  71. thefrolickingmole

    C.L.

    Stories like that should be followed by “the now unemployed government pecksniff expressed alarm that the cardboard box he now lived in under the freeway overpass was not up to code and should be confiscated”.

    There just are no consequences for being grigorybots and snivel servants.

  72. C.L.

    I hope Blair and Burge make millions in some – possibly illicit – scheme and retire.
    Then Blair can bring back his old blog – if he is so inclined (and not sick and tired of people).

  73. Roger

    Conservatives, particularly Christians, particularly Catholics, have only got themselves to blame regarding social justice.

    Why do you say that, dot?

  74. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #2777119, posted on July 31, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Tits weighs in: joins abortion moral panic …

    Shorten wants cricket sacking investigated.

    Which is interesting because Labor MPs are banned from speaking out against abortion.

    But it is “too early” to comment on Mzzz Sukar MP’s revolving door of sackings.

  75. Leigh Lowe

    Christopher Pyne certainly thought they were on Monday’s AM, until Frank Elly owned him after he mentioned the Ryan by election. You could almost hear the deflation of his ego coming through the radio.

    Do you mean Christopher Pahn, the self-proclaimed “election winning machine”?

  76. .

    Roger
    #2777124, posted on July 31, 2018 at 1:38 pm
    Conservatives, particularly Christians, particularly Catholics, have only got themselves to blame regarding social justice.

    Why do you say that, dot?

    What are the philosophical origins, particularly the modern origins and origins of the perversion of the first principles, of social justice?

    To be more blunt and offensive, why in christ’s name would I not say that?

  77. .

    Cool, I got through on SpewsCarp.

    Let’s see how long it lasts!

  78. Roger

    What are the philosophical origins, particularly the modern origins and origins of the perversion of the first principles, of social justice?

    Marxism.

    Now why are Christians to blame for that?

  79. .

    Blair’s blog is not like Turnbull’s twitter. You cannot like your own comments.

  80. calli

    Tim Blair, The Daily Telegraph
    July 30, 2018 4:43pm
    Please stop deleting quite so many comments.

    Also, please stop deleting them again after I’ve rescued and approved them.

    Thank you,

    Tim

    So now we know. He has zero control regardless of attempts to allow free speech in the comments, the majority of which were witty, intelligent and a pleasure to read. News is officially an *SST* and an outpost of GetUp clones.

    Leave, Tim, while you still have your sanity.

  81. Dr Faustus

    In 2 decades we now have more Indians than Aboriginals. How in fuck’s name is that being allowed

    We have a taxi industry and 24:7 convenience stores all screaming out for operatives with an MA in International Business Studies.

  82. jupes

    You Sir, are a fucking cooked unit.

    But at least he can count Muslim terrorists.

  83. Whoops, I accidentally posted all of Judith’s column. How absent minded of me.

    Thanks IT.

  84. .

    “Christians are not to blame for how their churches, either episcopal, presbyterian or congregationalist are governed and any apeing of real politicians they engage in as committees or by their leaders or outspoken members…”

    I’m starting to think Christians like being victims.

  85. Marxism.

    Now why are Christians to blame for that?

    Quite, but I think dot has Rerum Novarum in mind but given that this was written in response to Marx the blame seems wrongly placed.

  86. Snoopy

    Snoopy5 HOURS AGO
    What is the evidence for the claim that “(s)omeone in government discussed Williamson’s personal medical information to CA, informing them that she had taken time off work to terminate a pregnancy earlier in the year”?

    LesChat4 HOURS AGO
    It was reported thus yesterday.

    My follow up comment,

    So there is none.

    didn’t pass moderation.

  87. calli

    Conservatives, particularly Christians, particularly Catholics, have only got themselves to blame regarding social justice.

    Could you please elaborate on that, Dot? I’ve read it a few times and I don’t understand.

  88. .

    I have middle-class cardigan wearers who argue over the costs of turning the heaters on during Sunday mass at 8 am in July in mind.

  89. Roger

    I think dot has Rerum Novarum in mind

    Right, thanks dover.

  90. .

    calli
    #2777138, posted on July 31, 2018 at 1:50 pm
    Conservatives, particularly Christians, particularly Catholics, have only got themselves to blame regarding social justice.

    Could you please elaborate on that, Dot? I’ve read it a few times and I don’t understand.

    I went to a Catholic high school. I was *taught* about social justice.

    Did it concentrate on the bit about private property being vital to get out of poverty?

    Hell no.

  91. Lysander

    Now why are Christians to blame for that?

    I hate to admit it but many communist dictators were educated in Catholic schools… particularly French ones (not an empirical truth but just something I recall observing some time ago).

  92. Leigh Lowe

    So now we know. He has zero control regardless of attempts to allow free speech in the comments, the majority of which were witty, intelligent and a pleasure to read. News is officially an *SST* and an outpost of GetUp clones.

    Leave, Tim, while you still have your sanity.

    I think this is but the first shot in the battle.
    He pulls a lot of eye-balls into the DT and his editor knows that (if he was just a peripheral blogger they wouldn’t bother trying to slowly paywall him to pull in subscribers).
    Also, he is building a bit of a TV presence on Sky, so he has another string to his bow.
    I suspect we will hear more soon about revisions to the moderation policy. Tim is no idiot. He will have precise examples of the inconsistencies and bias in moderating comments.
    I would love him to announce that his entire moderation crew has been turfed.

  93. Snoopy

    I’m so old I remember when Leftists held Jesuits in the same regard as Opus Dei. Now, if I’m not mistaken, Frank Brennan SJ has a float in the Gay Mardi Gras.

  94. Roger

    Did it concentrate on the bit about private property being vital to get out of poverty? Hell no.

    But that’s clearly a perversion of Christian doctrine.

    The 7th and 10th commandments – as Catholics number them – presuppose the right to private property.

    In fact the second table of the commandments really sums up the principles of social justice, properly understood: act justly towards your neighbour.

    The whole apparatus of social justice theology is, it seems to me, an ersatz belief system that permits unbelievers to stay in and be employed by the church.

  95. Fisky

    LOL, Charles Koch sounding like a total SJW –

    Billionaire plutocrat and GOP mega-donor Charles Koch says President Donald Trump’s tariffs on aluminum, steel, and thousands of Chinese-made imports are “ridiculous” and “unfair” to foreigners.

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/07/30/charles-koch-trump-tariffs-ridiculous-unfair-foreigners/

  96. Snoopy

    Also, he is building a bit of a TV presence on Sky, so he has another string to his bow.

    I wonder how Tim would have fared if he had accepted the invitation to join PJM pre his DT blog?

  97. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    The Australian now banning any comments regarding immigration and business lobby groups.

  98. .

    All taxes are by definition, ridiculous and unfair.

  99. C.L.

    Shorten says abortion tampering scandal in Tasmania proves we must have a national ICAC.

    WT Actual F?

  100. calli

    Thank you, Dot. I was edumacated in the state system and we defended our “stuff” to the death. Also raised in fiercely “work ethic” Protestantism, you know the sort – “if a man will not work, let him not eat”.

    A completely different world.

  101. British Supreme Court Rules Patients Can be Starved to Death Without Consent, Without a Court Hearing:

    The British Supreme Court has ruled that doctors and families can revoke a patient’s life support and withhold food and water without his or her consent and without a court hearing.

    The ruling essentially allows doctors and families to guess what a patient might [w]ant if no advance directive is in place — allowing patients to have their life support and food and fluids terminated and their lives taken even if that may not be the decision they would have wanted.

    RTWT.

  102. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    I wonder how Tim would have fared if he had accepted the invitation to join PJM pre his DT blog?

    PJM has done nothing, so no difference.

    Apart from Instapundit they are irrelevant.

    Blair’s main problem is that he has no social media presence so he is unfortunately now an irrelevancy, same as Bolt.

    Iowahawk took to the Twitter and is world’s best practice.

  103. Leigh Lowe

    Tim Blair, The Daily Telegraph
    July 30, 2018 4:43pm
    Please stop deleting quite so many comments.

    Also, please stop deleting them again after I’ve rescued and approved them.

    Thank you,

    Tim

    What is going on here is that they are supposed to moderate on legal grounds but, like so many SJWs, I’ll bet they have now unilaterally extended moderation guidelines to include those very ephemeral and vague grounds “social licence”.
    That is … “the comment is not defamatory per se, but I, the 22 year old j’ism graduate have adjudged that some lefty who never reads or subscribes to the DT will become outraged, leading to “reputational damage” for the DT”.
    Forget the “reputational damage” arising from constantly feeding a conservative readership left-wing talking points passed off as news.

  104. Did it concentrate on the bit about private property being vital to get out of poverty? Hell no.

    But that’s clearly a perversion of Christian doctrine.

    Exactly.

  105. .

    But that’s clearly a perversion of Christian doctrine.

    You can’t sweep away the Fabian sway in the church as a highly educated person by declaring something “doctrinally incorrect”. The effect is not that you know (as you should) that it is an errant way of thinking.

    The effect is that it legitimises far left ideology to hundreds of millions of people.

  106. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #2777151, posted on July 31, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Shorten says abortion tampering scandal in Tasmania proves we must have a national ICAC.

    WT Actual F?

    Um, ICAC would rule on corrupt practices by bureaucrats and maybe politicians … not Cricket Australia you moron.
    But this is actually great.
    It shows the little shop-steward is drunk with power after beating the world’s most insipid man in a couple of by-elections.
    I reckon he will don the suicide vest and blow himself up in coming weeks with whacky shit like this.

  107. .

    Pending on Blair’s article on Southern:

    If you read sections 87,201 and 202 of the Law Enforcement Powers and Responsibilities Act 2002 (NSW), it seems that Insp. A. Plod might have made some serious errors.

    It begs the question if those religious fellows down the road themselves ought to be subject to an order of some kind.

  108. .

    Shorten’s ICAC comments are beyond bizarre.

    Come on Albo. Now’s the time.

  109. stackja

    dover_beach
    #2777153, posted on July 31, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Living will necessary. I have one.

  110. calli

    the Fabian sway in the church

    Yes. I have noticed it creeping in – it’s quite acceptable to put the guilts on worshippers who appear to have more than others, regardless of circumstances. The influential book for my generation of Proddies was “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger”. The embryonic SJWs leapt onto it like blowflies on a juicy steak.

    It’s had a few reprints and revisions. A real winner.

  111. None

    Steady, not all Christians are Catholics nor subscribe to Catholic lunacy. We might agree with 99% of Catholic doctrine but all that socialist lefty bullshit that emanates from the curia, not so much.

  112. Zyconoclast

    Federal Judge Orders Government To Seek Consent Before Medicating Migrant Children

    A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered the Trump administration to seek consent before administering psychotropic drugs to immigrant children held in a facility in Texas.
    U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee ruled that the government was in violation of a court decree dating to the mid-1980’s known as the Flores settlement which governs the treatment of detained immigrant children. There are more than 10,000 minors in federal custody. The vast majority of them arrived at the southern border unaccompanied from Central America long before the current controversy over separated families created by the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. The settlement required the government to hold youths in the least restrictive setting possible.
    Lawyers argued that the children at the Shiloh Residential Treatment Center in Manvel, Texas, were administered powerful psychotropic drugs without any explanation to them. Such drugs are used to treat a range of conditions from schizophrenia to depression. In some cases, children allegedly were told that if they didn’t take the drugs their detention periods would be prolonged.

    Judge Gee says the government must get parental consent or a court order before giving children psychotropic drugs, unless it is an emergency. The judge also ordered the government to explain to the children in writing why they are being detained. She also ruled that the government cannot detain a minor only for “reported gang involvement.”
    In addition, Gee ordered that all youths covered under the Flores ruling be removed from the Shiloh Residential Treatment Center unless a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist determines that a minor poses a risk to himself or others.
    The judge’s ruling follows another decision issued Friday in which she said she would appoint an independent monitor to oversee the facilities where immigrant children are detained.
    A spokesman for the Justice Department declined comment on Gee’s ruling.

    https://www.npr.org/2018/07/30/634171415/federal-judge-orders-government-to-seek-consent-before-medicating-migrant-childr

  113. stackja

    Jesus said what on social justice?

  114. Roger

    You can’t sweep away the Fabian sway in the church as a highly educated person by declaring something “doctrinally incorrect”. The effect is not that you know (as you should) that it is an errant way of thinking. The effect is that it legitimises far left ideology to hundreds of millions of people.

    Well, aren’t the bishops meant to oversee what is taught in the schools of their dioceses?

    If the blame is to be placed upon anyone in the church, it is them.

  115. stackja

    NZ business confidence hits 10-year-low
    Australian Associated Press
    32 minutes ago

    Pessimism among New Zealand businesses has reached its worst point in a decade, according to a bank survey, continuing a trend emerging since the country’s Labour-led government took power.

    ANZ’s latest survey on Tuesday showed a net 45 per cent of respondents in July expected the country’s economy to worsen in the year ahead, compared to 39 per cent last month.

    ANZ chief economist Sharon Zollner warned the trend was increasing the risk of the economy stalling.

    “Sustained low business confidence increases the risk that firms will delay investment and hiring decisions, in what could become something of a self-fulfilling prophecy,” she said.

    The figures are now at their lowest point since May 2008.

    Their downwards trend has been an ongoing target of attack by New Zealand’s centre-right opposition, which says Jacinda Ardern’s government has spooked companies with its policies.

    “This government is having the same effect on business confidence that a global finance crisis did a decade ago,” National Party leader Simon Bridges told reporters on Tuesday.

    Changes such as a ban on future oil exploration, industrial relations laws and new immigration rules were already seeing more Kiwis heading to Australia, he said.

    But the government has rejected that, saying the figures reflect bias on the part of business and global conditions, rather than any change in the domestic economy.

    “The fundamentals of the economy are sound. We’ve still got relatively low unemployment, we’ve got a surplus, we’ve got debt tracking down,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said on Tuesday.

    “Quite clearly we know from previous business confidence surveys that, when there is a Labour-led government, (businesses) have generally been pessimistic.”

    New Zealand’s gross domestic product, the envy of the developed world in recent years, has slipped since late 2017.

    It saw growth of 0.5 per cent in the first three months of the year, compared to an average of 0.9 per cent since 2014.

    Treasury forecasts the economy will average about 3 per cent annual growth for the next few years, and as much as 3.8 per cent in the year ending June 2019, but most economists now forecast growth to be below 3 per cent in 2018.

  116. .

    Seems like the comments on Blair’s moderators are scum article are going down, slowly from 173 to 172 to 171.

  117. .

    Wow, the speculative legal comment on the Southern chick fred got through.

  118. stackja

    Zyconoclast
    #2777169, posted on July 31, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Gee true to Dems.

  119. Steady, not all Christians are Catholics nor subscribe to Catholic lunacy. We might agree with 99% of Catholic doctrine but all that socialist lefty bullshit that emanates from the curia, not so much.

    LOL. Aren’t you familiar with the work of the World Council of Churches? And not a Catholic in sight.

  120. Tel

    Jesus said what on social justice?

    He said be charitable with your own money and don’t virtue signal.

  121. Gab

    If that public servant was advocating against abortion she would have been sacked. So she was really sacked for doing something on the taxpayers dime for which she had no remit. QED.

  122. Lysander

    The Church’s breadth, width and “subscribership” is huge. There are some charismatic catholic groups in Italy, and elsewhere, that are considered elitist because they appeal to an upper middle class educated demographic. There are other deeply conservative movements in the Church hierarchy as comprehensively documented in George Wiegel’s 1,000 page canonical book on Karol.

    Then you could join the Sisters of Charity in India and leave all your ownership behind and give everything to the poor. You could be a Leftist Jesuit or a conservative Mercy Nun or a Desert Father of the Church or a Papal Activist against a French Papacy or a wealthy adviser to an English King. Henry, say. You could be a rampaging Catholic French Nationalist Feminist… or you could be a simple fisherman or a hooker.

    You can’t sweep away the Fabian sway in the church

    You choose to see Fabian and nothing else.

  123. Natural Instinct

    Just purchased four cartons at $1000 worth of cigarettes. What two businesses in Australia would not throw a plastic bag at me?
    And the ACCC says we do not have a duopoly or oligopoly in groceries sales

  124. C.L.

    I heard right:

    Mr Shorten said claims of interference by the Tasmanian government must be investigated.

    “Women in Tasmania do not have access to the same medical resources that women on the mainland have, this is wrong, and it just shows you the Liberal Party don’t get health care,” he told reporters in Burnie on Tuesday.

    “If they have released private health information, or if they have sought to have this woman blacklisted, that shows you why we need a national anti-corruption commission in Australia.”

    News.com.

  125. H B Bear

    NZ business confidence hits 10-year-low

    That didn’t take long. #OverJacindamania

  126. C.L.

    Everybody welcomed Jacinda’s baby.
    Miss Cricket’s not so much.

  127. H B Bear

    Until John Key the natural state of economic affairs in NZ was that they were always six months away from recession or already in one.

  128. JC

    It’s a shocking assault and unprovoked. However the magistrate thinks it’s fine to grant bail because the lunatic sucker puncher isn’t much of a threat, jails are full and would cost 100K to jail him. Also, randomly sucker punching someone walking down the street isn’t that serious a crime, according to magistrate Ross.

    I wonder if Magistrate Ross Betts was a Hulls appointment?
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/victoria-former-chief-magistrate-defends-bail-for-frankston-assault-accused/news-story/eac24cf5bbf3ff6b05427ae21896e2a8

  129. pete m

    maybe Turnbull wanted to go badly in the by-election polls to ensure wee willy stayed as oppo leader until the next election?

    doubt they’d be thinking long game

  130. Mater

    .
    #2777160, posted on July 31, 2018 at 2:11 pm
    If you read sections 87,201 and 202 of the Law Enforcement Powers and Responsibilities Act 2002 (NSW), it seems that Insp. A. Plod might have made some serious errors.
    It begs the question if those religious fellows down the road themselves ought to be subject to an order of some kind.

    It seems weird that a young slip of a girl can be stopped from walking a street based on the possible response of the locals, whilst Antifa thugs are allowed to gather outside the location of a peaceful gathering when their violent, unlawful intent seems absolutely clear and, in many cases, is openly stated.
    Yes, different states…but surely not that different.

  131. John Constantine

    Technically, somebody that leaves Australia to fight for isis in the middle east offsets somebody coming to Australia as a permanent arrival, so the net figures are easier to swallow.

    The isis fighter can call upon Australian consular officials and Julie bishop for help getting out of Turkish jail for example, then upon return to an Australian jail system have conjugal visits and have the Australian taxpayer fund multiple wives and children.

    Net figures don’t have a lot of meaning.

  132. Tintarella di Luna

    Googles Guthrie responds to complaint by Warren Mundine about Bungjourno’s racial ‘Uncle Tom” slur

    REMY VARGA
    REPORTER
    17 MINUTES AGO JULY 31, 2018NO COMMENTS
    Aboriginal leader Warren Mundine has released ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie’s response to his complaint over commentator Paul Bongiorno’s tweet containing a racial slur.

    Bongiorno tweeted on July 8: “As many ‘righties’ on Dky (sic) after dark panels … and that includes ‘Uncle Tom’ lefties craving relevance.”

    Mundine wrote that the slur “Uncle Tom” “condemns black people who don’t hold left-wing or activist political views or who achieve things associated with being ‘white’” in an op-ed published in The Australian.

    In Ms Guthrie’s letter, which Mundine published on his blog, he said the ABC’s social media policy didn’t apply to Mr Bongiorno as his involvement at the national broadcaster was as a “external political commentator”.

    “I need to reassert that the comment to which you refer was not made on an ABC platform and therefore the ABC does not have direct responsibility for the remark.

    “While there are caveats, it is impractical and unjust for the Corporation to be held accountable for every utterance on a third-party made by any person who has ever appeared on an ABC program.”

    In her response to Mundine, sent last Monday, Guthrie said Bongiorno had deleted the tweet and apologised.

    “I note that Mr Bongiorno has subsequently stated that he did not intend his remark to constitute a racial slur and has deleted it.”

    At the time of writing the tweet was still up.

    Suren Senat
    @suren_senat
    · 8 Jul
    How many Lefties does it take to say the exact same thing? #insiders #auspol https://twitter.com/insidersabc/status/1015731763673329665

    Paul Bongiorno

    @PaulBongiorno
    As many “righties” on Dky after dark panels…and that includes “Uncle Tom” lefties craving relevance.

    9:54 PM – Jul 8, 2018
    42
    102 people are talking about this
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    Mundine argued that as Bongiorno is a paid contractor of the ABC, he should be held to the broadcaster’s social media policy.

    “Mr Bongiorno’s tweet calling Sky News commentators such as myself “Uncle Toms” was made in a specific defence of the ABC. He was seeking to counter a claim that the ABC’s Insiders program did not have a politically balanced line up.” he wrote on his blog.

    “His tweet received widespread publicity and a great deal of condemnation. It included a racial slur. He is a paid ABC commentator and highlighted on the ABC website as key talent.”

    Mundine said while he was not seeking “any particular consequences” for Bongiorno, wanted the broadcaster to formally review the tweet under its social media policy and take disciplinary action if appropriate.

    “It would be very disappointing to see the ABC wash its hands of one of its paid commentators abusing others with a racial slur in a public forum and fail to apply its Social Media Policy which very clearly applies.” he wrote.

    Bongiorno apologised on Twitter on July 16, saying he apologised for causing offence.

    Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO

    @nyunggai
    · 16 Jul
    Replying to @nyunggai and 2 others
    I expect you to withdraw it and apologise. It’s a disgraceful term to use.

    Paul Bongiorno

    @PaulBongiorno
    I never intended it as a racist slur, as I explained, I withdraw any racist implication – something I abhor – and apologise for causing offence. I have long admired your commitment to indigenous social justice

    6:50 PM – Jul 16, 2018
    10
    See Paul Bongiorno’s other Tweets

  133. Speedbox

    doubt they’d be thinking long game

    Pete, your kidding right? Turdbull et al playing a machiavellian hand to let Shorten win? Don’t do that again because I laughed so hard I near shit myself.

  134. Lysander

    maybe Turnbull wanted to go badly in the by-election polls to ensure wee willy stayed as oppo leader until the next election?

    doubt they’d be thinking long game

    Yes, it’s a smart thought Pete M. Which is exactly what Maocon would not be doing cos its not about him! 🙂

  135. JC

    Artie and others…

    I don’t want to debate you on your immigration views, but just as a pointer. Do you think Indian immigration is a yuge threat to Australia as much as magistrate Ross Betts, whose name suggests he’s lily white.

    This piece of trash trash allowed bail for a fellow piece of white trash who randomly attacked a stranger walking down the street.

    Sure, immigration is preventable whereas a mother spawning Ross Betts isn’t – although this could be qualified.

    The threat is and always has been Leftism.

  136. John Constantine

    The number of born overseas for a demographic of Australian citizens utterly masks the size and power of the diaspora involved.

    Culturally, one of frasers lebs from the seventies could easily feel more Australian than one of his six kids, or thirty-six grandkids.

    The third generation actually seem the angriest and most revolutionary and most likely to identify as part of the caliphate diaspora than the first generation.

    Fashionable decolonialisation theory, as taught cult style in our uni system depends upon creating cannon fodder for the revolution from embittered diasporas.

  137. jupes

    A surprisingly even handed look at violence in South Africa from the ABC.

    While the article is mainly about violence against white farmers, they do make the point that most violence in SA is against blacks. What they don’t emphasise of course is that the perpetrators are themselves black.

    To me the two points to take from this are:

    Black people free from the shackles of white law and order revert to tribal savagery.

    The fact that the murder rate in SA is increasing exponentially yet there is no international condemnation, shows that black deaths (or persecution) perpetrated by whites is considered morally worse than black or white deaths perpetrated by blacks.

  138. Des Deskperson

    ‘Contracts for jobs like hers always contain a clause about developing and fostering good relationships with Government contacts. She is clearly in breach by publically bagging the very people she is meant to be schmoozing.’

    Indeed, but if it went to court, it may depend on whether the contract made it clear that a breach of the clause could result in termination. Otherwise it could be argued that a reprimand would have sufficed.

    Williamson may well be a piece of work, but on the basis of my knowledge of the case, I think she has been treated a bit harshly.

  139. calli

    Mundine argued that as Bongiorno is a paid contractor of the ABC, he should be held to the broadcaster’s social media policy.

    Like any other contractor.

    But, hey, it’s the ABC and a law unto itself.

  140. John Constantine

    https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/failure-to-extradite-terrorist-neil-prakash-is-political-20180720-p4zsoc.html

    Caliph erdogan won’t extradite neil prakesh to Australia, and who would be surprised if he slips away from turkish jail somehow and sooner than later.

  141. JC

    Williamson may well be a piece of work, but on the basis of my knowledge of the case, I think she has been treated a bit harshly.

    Harshly or not, an employer should have the right to fire anyone at any time, or perhaps you don’t agree with that Desk…. it’s not APS enough?

  142. jupes

    Do you think Indian immigration is a yuge threat to Australia as much as magistrate Ross Betts, whose name suggests he’s lily white.

    Probably depends on what percentage of those Indians are Muslim.

    However while we certainly produce many our own fuckwits, what is the point of importing more of them? After all, we’ve never had to produce bollards or ban parking at the footy to protect us from lefty lawyers.

  143. Tel

    The fact that the murder rate in SA is increasing exponentially yet there is no international condemnation, shows that black deaths (or persecution) perpetrated by whites is considered morally worse than black or white deaths perpetrated by blacks.

    I disagree.

    It shows that a systematic distortion is in place for the purpose of fooling people and controlling political opinion. Morality isn’t even being considered, we are talking 100% manipulation.

  144. Geriatric Mayfly

    In Ms Guthrie’s letter, which Mundine published on his blog, he said the ABC’s social media policy didn’t apply to Mr Bongiorno as his involvement at the national broadcaster was as a “external political commentator”.

    Did Goggles G. say we will not be having the prick back again on any of our outlets?

  145. Boambee John

    Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)
    #2777076, posted on July 31, 2018 at 12:57 pm
    In 2 decades we now have more Indians than Aboriginals.

    How in fuck’s name is that being allowed?

    They look enough like (real) aboriginals to simulate a presence in the streets, but are in general better behaved and more productive than a significant proportion of aboriginals?

  146. JC

    Jupes

    In my experience, I’ve found Indians ( of the Hindu variety) to be okay immigrants. I think that at 30% foreign born, we should slow the pace down a bit and let the everything work itself out.

    It appears though, that 50% of the resident population – mostly likely white are fucking lunatics who shouldn’t be allowed to roam around the country let alone hold down important jobs in law enforcement. Betts sounds like he’s a leftwinger who’s made a career from parasitism. He’s more of a fucking danger to the rest of us and he’s far, far from alone.

  147. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)
    #2777076, posted on July 31, 2018 at 12:57 pm
    In 2 decades we now have more Indians than Aboriginals.

    How in fuck’s name is that being allowed?

    Seriously.
    Have you ever eaten Kangaroo Vindaloo?
    Appalling.
    But, yes, 1,000,000 tandoori cooks and 7/11 counter jockeys is possibly an oversupply.

  148. jupes

    It shows that a systematic distortion is in place for the purpose of fooling people and controlling political opinion. Morality isn’t even being considered, we are talking 100% manipulation.

    Please explain.

    Who’s manipulating who?

  149. JC

    Trump’s an abberation, who may end up losing the 2020 election if he runs, but no matter, by 2024 the US will be looking at a full retard socialist as the presidential candidate. Enjoy the good time while it lasts.

    It’s begun. We’re having a debate over socialism.

    Not over whether it’s fair to call Democrats socialists. Not over whether socialism has been good for Venezuela or some other faraway, unfortunate country. But no-kidding socialist policies right here in the United States.

    The press attention to a new study of the costs of Medicare for All, or universal health coverage paid for by the government that goes much further than ObamaCare, is a sign that it is a live issue.

    Popularized by the socialist Bernie Sanders, Medicare for All is not just a fringy left-wing talking point anymore. It’s a fringy plank of a growing element of the Democratic Party. A raft of prospective Democratic presidential candidates have endorsed the policy, while about a third of Democratic members of the House have joined a caucus devoted to it.

    The good news for Sanders & Co. is that, in the wake of the failure of an attempted GOP repeal of ObamaCare, the health care debate is clearly moving left. The bad news is that Medicare for All is still a completely batty, politically unserious idea.

    https://nypost.com/2018/07/30/like-it-or-not-america-is-now-seriously-debating-socialism/

  150. Baldrick

    An actual ABC headline …

    ABC News ✔ @abcnews
    The richest income earners in Australia have >60% of the wealth, the poorest have less than 1%. “Is this inevitable? No. Is it driven by government policies? Absolutely.”

    Apparently, being successful through hard work in Australia is now considered vewy vewy bad.
    Toilet!

  151. Geriatric Mayfly

    They look enough like (real) aboriginals to simulate a presence in the streets, but are in general better behaved and more productive than a significant proportion of aboriginals?

    They also know that every cent in the 100 makes up a dollar. And are fairly inventive and entrepreneurial in raking in every single one.

  152. Mother Lode

    Shorten’s ICAC comments are beyond bizarre

    He is just euphoric at having shat all over Turnbull on Super Saturday.

    Not because it amounts to a defeat of Turnbull, but puts Albo’s ambitions back a bit.

    He will likely celebrate by driving along a street side swiping a row of cars, leaping into milk bars just before closing demanding meat pies, taunting the cleaners for how low their salaries are.

    Highlights of his life.

  153. Boambee John

    LL at 1341

    Do you mean Christopher Pahn, the self-proclaimed “election winning machine”?

    I didn’ t know that Chrissie was Chinese!

  154. Mother Lode

    How the hell is that ‘news’?

  155. JC

    Get a fucking load of this. It’s an article discussing income inequality in a Australia. There’s a box showing median income in various Australian regions and cities. You could draw a line around $47,000ish for Australia, but there is one standout. Guess which?

    Canberra, with a median income of $67,090. These parasites are paying themselves at a median rate that is 43% more than the rest of us. Incidentally, Sydney and Melbourne are around the $58,000. Canberra has a higher median than these two expensive cities.

    Here’s an idea, reduce equality by sacking 95% of these parasites today. Not tomorrow, but today!

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/all-things-being-equal/news-story/c3ac0ad4591c4c4f88a4474ae3904613

    Absolutely fucking sickening.

  156. Tintarella di Luna

    The richest income earners in Australia have >60% of the wealth, the poorest have less than 1%. “Is this inevitable? No. Is it driven by government policies? Absolutely.”

    particularly the government policy that funds the ABC public broadcaster $1.2billion per year whose CEO in on a wicket of about $500,000 and others on six figure salaries.

  157. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Apparently, being successful through hard work in Australia is now considered vewy vewy bad.
    Toilet!

    Most wealth in Australia is generated through rent seeking and corporatist thievery, so the ABC has a point.

  158. Tel

    Please explain.

    Who’s manipulating who?

    I think there’s a “Progressive” concept that the evils of the world must always come from Western Europeans, so therefore any evil coming from anywhere else must be not really there. The point is to maintain maximum guilt amongst the only people who actually care much about feeling guilty (but that’s rapidly changing as the guilt is being taken advantage of as a political lever).

    Who gets value out of this? Mostly the people who want to co-opt resources and land belonging to other people… “Hey you have to give me this, because I deserve it, you have to repay your debt” … that kind of stuff.

    Now, personally I do believe that Western Europeans have done some evil things, but so have Africans, Arabs, Asians, etc. Making the ledger very one sided is a handy way to claim a bit extra, if you get what I’m saying. Since a lot of the media, politicians, UN functionaries, and similar communication-oriented or control-oriented professions buy into this, that’s the perspective you mostly end up hearing. Everything gets tweaked a little quarter turn to the left, if you get my drift.

  159. Leigh Lowe

    Indeed, but if it went to court, it may depend on whether the contract made it clear that a breach of the clause could result in termination. Otherwise it could be argued that a reprimand would have sufficed.

    Williamson may well be a piece of work, but on the basis of my knowledge of the case, I think she has been treated a bit harshly.

    I have no doubt the courts will contort themselves to find in her favour.
    However, I reckon CA have decided to go hard so that they can claim “irretrievable breakdown” of the relationship.
    This would mean a payout, but not reinstatement.
    I suspect her latest little skirmish is probably the last in a long line of SJW guerrilla actions in the CA office.
    BTW, the reporting of her “success” in chiselling several hundred thousand out of the Tassie gummint for wymminses cricket sounds like a bullshit story to me. I doubt they would be paying more than the cost of airfares and accommodation to get a wymminses BBL game in Burnie.

  160. jupes

    It appears though, that 50% of the resident population – mostly likely white are fucking lunatics who shouldn’t be allowed to roam around the country let alone hold down important jobs in law enforcement. Betts sounds like he’s a leftwinger who’s made a career from parasitism. He’s more of a fucking danger to the rest of us and he’s far, far from alone.

    I agree he’s a danger and may even be more of a danger than a million Hindus. But he isn’t more of a danger than a million Muslims. Far from it.

    It is arguable whether leftism is worse than Islam. We’ve only had communism for a century of so. In most cases commy regimes start off harsh as fuck then gradually became more easy going. We even had the case of Russian commies voting themselves out of existence and China becoming a capitalist powerhouse.

    Islam has been around a lot longer and would seem to be harsher for a lot longer. In cases where they became more easy going, they seem to revert to harsh as fuck after a generation or two.

    Of course the worse case for Australia would be to encourage both. We already have more than our fair share of lefties, so let’s not make it worse for ourselves and bring any more Muslims here.

  161. JC

    Canberra has a 43% higher median income than Sydney or Melbourne. Let that sink in slowly.

    Turn Canberra into a ghost town! Fire them all!

  162. areff

    JC: Ross Betts acts like a Hulls appointment, but he was appointed by the one-term Liberal government in 2013.

    Appointments like this explain why, even if the Libs get up in November, things won’t change very much.

    They’ll just trade corruption for incompetence.

  163. .

    rabz and Graeme Bird left a great legacy.

    MASS SACKINGS NOW

    Shut it Down. Fire them All.

  164. Tintarella di Luna

    Do you mean Christopher Pahn, the self-proclaimed “election winning machine”?

    It’s the house accent of a mincing poodle that makes it so — Pyne becomes Pahn when pronounced by the BlackHanded leading hand of the circle jerk

  165. H B Bear

    … particularly the government policy that funds the ABC public broadcaster $1.2billion per year whose CEO in on a wicket of about $500,000 and others on six figure salaries.

    Try $900k +

  166. jupes

    I think there’s a “Progressive” concept that the evils of the world must always come from Western Europeans, so therefore any evil coming from anywhere else must be not really there.

    Right, got it.

    Thanks Tel.

  167. Tintarella di Luna

    Try $900k +

    Really? OMy now that is a lot of money but I guess 5th columnists don’t come cheap.

  168. JC

    The richest income earners in Australia have >60% of the wealth, the poorest have less than 1%. “Is this inevitable? No. Is it driven by government policies? Absolutely.”

    I bet a few bucks there’s a sleight on hand in this proposition as it seems the writer is mixing income with wealth.

    Why not measure the highest income earners to the lowest and see where that comes out instead of throwing in wealth.

    High income earners don’t have to be the wealthiest people. It’s not the same thing.

  169. Tintarella di Luna

    Appointments like this explain why, even if the Libs get up in November, things won’t change very much.

    They’ll just trade corruption for incompetence.

    Indeed areff

  170. JC

    Thanks Areff.

    He just sounded awfully like a Hulls deal to me.

  171. H B Bear

    The Canberra mean salary would be distorted by the lack of pensioners as well I suspect. As soon as your defined benefit plan maxes out who would stay in Canberra? No-one that’s who. Take a leaf from their ALPBC and head for Byron Bay, Tasmania, the South Coast … anywhere basically.

  172. John Constantine

    Sting time.

    In a tight capital market, the KNO raise that closes in an hour or so was looking like calling upon the underwriter to pick up heaps.

    Perfect timing today was to release an announcement from the ANZ, their anchor client indicating strong support for years ahead.

    The run in shareprice, on small value and volume could well have induced some suckers to chip in at the last moment via bpay for the now discounted raising.

    https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20180731/pdf/43wxsy4tsg0csz.pdf

    I have no broker firm allocation, just the standard form because I had a few left over from a past trade, in the dabble in machine learning/ai portfolio. [ which I lose interest in frequently]

    so mugs away at seven cents. sign of the times how hard minnows have to work to gouge capital from its rightful home.

  173. .

    They infest Broulee once they hatch from Kingston.

  174. Nick

    Mundine argued that as Bongiorno is a paid contractor of the ABC, he should be held to the broadcaster’s social media policy.

    Had he say, tweeted against abortion or had been Andrew Bolt, then the response might have been different.

  175. C.L.

    It’s a shocking assault and unprovoked. However the magistrate thinks it’s fine to grant bail because the lunatic sucker puncher isn’t much of a threat, jails are full and would cost 100K to jail him. Also, randomly sucker punching someone walking down the street isn’t that serious a crime, according to magistrate Ross.

    A photo caption is a rather strange place for the DM to park this information:

    Wells (pictured) is also under investigation for another assault which left a man in hospital for ten days with bleeding on the brain and a broken nose

  176. JC

    Most wealth in Australia is generated through rent seeking and corporatist thievery, so the ABC has a point.

    Well no. The rent seekers are all friends of their ABC, so the ABC doesn’t have a point. Take how money is made from development and who supports restrictive code.

  177. Tintarella di Luna

    I have no doubt the courts will contort themselves to find in her favour.

    Well I know they did for the public servant who was engaging so vigorously in an extra-marital bit of in-and-out that a light-fitting fell from the ceiling (giving her another bonk on the bonce) and she sued the government for workers compensation

  178. Boambee John

    JC at 1533

    I think that at 30% foreign born, we should slow the pace down a bit and let the everything work itself out.

    Tiny steps, but great to see!

  179. Boambee John

    Tintarella di Luna
    #2777226, posted on July 31, 2018 at 3:54 pm
    Do you mean Christopher Pahn, the self-proclaimed “election winning machine”?

    It’s the house accent of a mincing poodle that makes it so — Pyne becomes Pahn when pronounced by the BlackHanded leading hand of the circle jerk

    I was thinking more of the Chinese difficulty with pronouncing the letter “l”!

  180. Boambee John

    Or is that a Japanese problem?

  181. Death Giraffe

    Death Giraffe clickbait edition:
    Famous celebrities who could have cut themselves with power saws.
    You won’t believe what happens next!

    ..


  182. testpattern

    WA 1905. A progressive pearler. I hate doing this to natives but –

    THE CHAIN GANG FROM A PEARLERS POINT OF VIEW

    ‘if he pleases you minister to the inner n….. if he displeases you lather him’

    ‘I would sooner feed a native than flog him any day but if I have a man working for me…’

    ‘I do not advocate the flogging of natives I do not even advocate the employment of natives…they cannot be got to work satisfactorily without cuffs and kicks … a n….. doesn’t understand any other treatment’

    ‘I have seen a whip of which the handle was a young sapling and the lash a bullock chain and this pretty instrument was used by a squatter for correcting unruly native employees’

    ‘despite what I have said about the necessity to use physical violence toward native employees’

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/211406846?

  183. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #2777238, posted on July 31, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    It’s a shocking assault and unprovoked. However the magistrate thinks it’s fine to grant bail because the lunatic sucker puncher isn’t much of a threat, jails are full and would cost 100K to jail him. Also, randomly sucker punching someone walking down the street isn’t that serious a crime, according to magistrate Ross.

    And here’s the thing.
    If it wasn’t for CCTV, in the unlikely event Wells and his knuckle-dragging brother and mate were caught, they would have cooked up a story that the other bloke threw the first one and Wells just defended himself.
    Dog.

  184. jupes

    I suspect her latest little skirmish is probably the last in a long line of SJW guerrilla actions in the CA office.

    I have no sympathy for CA.

    A typical 21st century, virtue signalling Australian sporting body, they decided to employ this stupid bint to hoover tax-payer’s money from government.

    Reap what you sow dickheads.

  185. .

    Famous celebrities who could have cut themselves with power saws.

    Good god man this is Australia! Where the hell is your ear protection, eye protection, hi vis, hard hat and approved safety footwear?

    Did you get a noise abatement exemption permit? Are those tools tested and tagged?

  186. max

    Famed opera singer blames #MeToo for her husband’s suicide: ‘You can break a person’

    She was scheduled to perform a Schubert selection, singing German poems that told of the Erlking’s trickery and the leaping of the Trout, with the accompaniment of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

    But Anne Sofie von Otter, the world-renowned Swedish opera singer, canceled just days before the three March concerts, after the unexpected death of her husband, Benny Fredriksson, who was by her side on an international tour.

    “New Zealand, so beautiful,” she had written on Facebook that month, posting photos of rolling green hills and bright pink lilies. Then the mezzo-soprano fell silent.

    Now, von Otter, 63, is speaking out against the Me Too movement, which she says expelled her husband from his job, cast him into the “deepest depression” and, ultimately, drove him to take his own life.

    “You can break a person,” she said in an expansive interview with Die Zeit, a weekly newspaper published in Hamburg.

    She laid blame on tabloid journalism for trading in what she described as fallacious claims. But she also offered a broader critique of the human rush to judgment — one cause, she said, of widespread social misery. “What are we doing with our beautiful world?” she asked.

    She said a herd mentality had taken hold, threatening “independent, critical thinking.”

    Von Otter’s statements position her as one of the most prominent skeptics of the campaign against sexual harassment and assault that has swept the globe since allegations surfaced against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Perhaps no industry has been roiled as profoundly as arts and entertainment, which has also been the site of some of the most vehement pushback against the stricter enforcement of social codes. The Grammy-winning vocalist joins film star Catherine Deneuve — among 100 French women who signed an open letter in January denouncing the social movement — in finding fault with the treatment of some of the men accused of improper behavior.

    A Washington Post investigation this month found more than 50 classical musicians, from local instructors to global superstars, who said they were victims of sexual harassment. A violinist, Zeneba Bowers, said William Preucil, the concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, had forced himself on her in his hotel room in 1998. Preucil was suspended on Friday.

    [Assaults in dressing rooms. Groping during lessons. Classical musicians reveal a profession rife with harassment.]

    The debate over sexual misconduct is incendiary in part because it is so personal; few speak from a neutral position, and individual testimony has been central and searing.

    Von Otter’s account adds a different perspective to the conversation. The Irish Times labeled her “the world’s most prominent #metoo widow.”

    For 16 years, her husband led Stockholm’s Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, the capital’s premier arts and culture center. He discovered his love for theater at the age of 13 or 14, von Otter recounted to Die Zeit, and began working in the city theater at 16. The playhouse was an escape from Fredriksson’s hard-knock childhood, circumscribed by the one-room apartment where his family lived. His mother was an alcoholic, his wife said.

    Last December, accusations emerged in the Swedish press that Fredriksson, 58, had behaved like a “capricious dictator,” tolerating sexual abuse and harassing his own employees.

    Aftonbladet, a tabloid, cited the anonymous accounts of dozens of people in describing an alleged culture of fear and harassment under Fredriksson’s leadership. According to the newspaper, the theater director had required an actor to rehearse naked, had told an employee to choose between having an abortion and giving up a role, and had protected male employees accused of sexual abuse. “Human dignity is zero,” one woman said. Expressen — another tabloid, whose symbol is a wasp and whose motto is “it stings” — followed with an account in which an actor called Fredriksson a “little Hitler.”

    An internal city investigation did not substantiate the claims leveled in the tabloids. Sweden’s press ombudsman, Ola Sigvardsson, declined in an interview Monday to confirm the existence of an independent review.

    But Lena K. Samuelsson, the publisher of Aftonbladet, confirmed that her paper’s coverage of Fredriksson has come before the ombudsman and is awaiting a decision. In a statement to The Washington Post, she called Fredriksson’s death a “tragedy” but said the story was “relevant to tell.”

    “The investigation regarded leadership and conditions in the organization and was based on more than 40 testimonials and interviews,” said Samuelsson, who became the paper’s publisher after the publication of the disputed report. “It is also a fact that heavy criticism had been expressed on several occasions before during the last couple of years. The board had taken no actions or responsibility.”

    At the same time, Samuelsson said coverage “might have been” shaped by “the turmoils of the Me Too movement” and said there is “certainly room for self-criticism.” Lena Mellin, a deputy to the publisher, said none of the articles in question has been modified.

    The editor of Expressen did not return a request for comment.

    In her interview with Die Zeit, von Otter said she was in London with the couple’s younger son when the explosive allegations appeared. She said her husband was “at a loss” in responding to the “character assassination.” He quickly resolved to step back from his job, she said.

    At first, he was relieved, she said. But depression soon set in. No one would defend him publicly, she said, for fear of being “dragged into the muck by the media.”

    She said her husband suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder that became acute about three months after the initial shock. She offered to cut her tour short and return to Sweden, she recounted, but he insisted on staying abroad with her in the spring.

    “You are my everything, he often said,” von Otter recalled.

    The opera singer fiercely backed her husband’s innocence, saying he was a difficult boss — “he could yell sometimes,” she said — but that he was blameless of sexual misconduct.

    “Benny was not a womanizer, he didn’t look at women’s breasts or behinds,” she protested. She judged that it was unwise for her husband to have stepped down so quickly, a view that he came to share, she said.

    “The atmosphere was extremely charged,” she said.

    An agent for von Otter said the singer had no further comment. She lives in Stockholm with her two sons.

    Von Otter was born in Stockholm and studied in the Swedish capital and in London. Her father, Göran Fredrik von Otter, was a Swedish diplomat in Berlin during World War II. He was involved in efforts to convey information about the Holocaust to Sweden, which maintained a policy of neutrality during the war.

    She made her professional debut in 1983 at the Theater Basel in Switzerland. Her 2001 album with Elvis Costello, “For the Stars,” won an Edison Award, and an album of French songs, “Douce France,” netted her the Grammy award for best classical vocal solo in 2015.

    The opera singer told Die Zeit that she has never been subjected to sexual harassment. She said she “read with interest all about Harvey Weinstein, what he did in Hollywood in the hotel rooms with his bathrobe.” When Swedish actresses banded together and complained of abuse, von Otter said, she found much of what they described “bad and unacceptable.”

    But she also accused the media of exaggerating the charges of lewd conduct, saying “pornographic undertones” became a strategy to attract readers. She said she hoped the case would be a “rude awakening” for newspapers that she said tarred her husband.

    “We all have good and bad sides, but we no longer live in the Middle Ages,” she said. “We do not publicly pillory anyone and spit on or stone him or her.”

  187. egg_

    Could that financial inducement be driving GetUp!’s rabid campaign against Josh Frydenberg’s energy plan, which will put an end to the subsidies Meridian has been milking for years?

    The Dodgy Brothers Libtards are copping it from all sides?
    Good.

  188. .

    But she also accused the media of exaggerating the charges of lewd conduct, saying “pornographic undertones” became a strategy to attract readers. She said she hoped the case would be a “rude awakening” for newspapers that she said tarred her husband.

    Aftonbladet and Expressen must be the same lowbrow crap as the Daily Mail.

  189. jupes

    I was thinking more of the Chinese difficulty with pronouncing the letter “l”!

    Same with the Thais; ‘r’ and ‘l’ are interchangeable.

    Which makes this:

    Do you mean Christopher Pahn, the self-proclaimed “election winning machine”?

    A very good joke. Well done.

  190. Death Giraffe

    Where the hell is your ear protection, eye protection…

    ..
    What?!!
    I can’t hear you. I’m busy scraping the swarf out of my eyeballs.

  191. stackja

    Frankston attack: Bail for man accused of assault
    Jack Paynter and Brianna Travers, Frankston Standard Leader
    July 31, 2018 11:05am
    Subscriber only

    THE man accused of a brutal, unprovoked Frankston street attack has walked free on bail.

    Ryan Wells, 32, of Frankston South, faced court yesterday charged with inten­tionally and recklessly caus­ing injury, assault and ­affray.

    The concreter was accused of allegedly elbowing a man as he walked along Nepean Highway about 7.40pm on Thursday.

    Detective Senior Constable Belinda Rampal told Frankston Magistrates’ Court the victim, a 43-year-old Frankston North man, was too scared to report the attack for fear of retribution.

    Police opposed bail, arguing Wells posed an unacceptable risk to the public, but his lawyer successfully argued he had stable work, income and a place to live.

    Wells was supported in court by his mum and dad, sister and girlfriend. His brother, Joel, was not there.

    Magistrate Ross Betts placed Wells on a 9pm-5am curfew and ordered him to not consume alcohol or drugs, attend licensed venues or contact witnesses.

    The decision to grant Ryan Wells bail sent social media into a meltdown with former Premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett and Brownlow medallist Patrick Dangerfield weighing in.

    Mr Kennett told the Herald Sun Ryan Wells being released on bail was “totally unacceptable” because the footage was “harrowing”.

    “Nothing has made me cringe more than the footage I saw of this individual, walking down the street, landing a blow on an innocent individual walking in the other direction,” Mr Kennett said.

    “That could have been you, it could have been me, it could’ve been any one of the 99 per cent of law abiding citizens … I cringed.

    “Then to find this individual has been released on bail beggars belief. It was the most terrible act. It was the most awful footage.”

    Geelong Cats star Patrick Dangerfield simply tweeted the perpetrator was a “pathetic human”. Wells’ next court appearance is on August 6.

  192. Speedbox

    What I find disturbing is that socialism is even a starter in the US. That Bernie Sanders is credible as a candidate for POTUS is unbelievable to me. Once upon a time, and not that many years ago, the US Democratic Party was more or less equivalent to the (old) Australian Liberal Party in terms of philosophy/policy. Sure, there were a few lefties but nothing even approaching Sanders who is a self proclaimed socialist. The Republicans were further to the right in the areas of less Government, less tax etc.

    America was the land of free enterprise. Entrepreneurs were encouraged and those who had made money celebrated. Business and ingenuity were hallmarks. Everybody was encouraged to ‘have a go’ for a prosperous personal future and to build the nation.

    That the US, the bastion of capitalism and democracy could even entertain Sanders and similar others is a stark demonstration of creeping global leftism. All I can imagine is that it is going to end badly.

  193. calli

    The point is to maintain maximum guilt amongst the only people who actually care much about feeling guilty (but that’s rapidly changing as the guilt is being taken advantage of as a political lever).

    A nice description of SJWing from the pulpit. Some are wising up. Not enough though.

  194. Baldrick

    Do Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Supporters Understand Socialism?

  195. calli

    DG, I speed-read that as “have cut themselves”. Watched through slit eyes wondering which body part would go.

    So many horrifying safety breaches I can’t number them.

    Good work.

  196. None

    Famous celebrities who could have cut themselves with power saws.

    I’ve never seen anyone use a power saw like that before. My dad (who built my mum a car from two dumped Morris Minors) was pretty…er…cavalier with power tools but not like that. I now understand DG why you quit your job. This stuff is addictive.

  197. Makka

    Two new Rugby League Immortals to be chosen his week.

    My heart says Ronnie Coote. This guy was my idol growing up. He could run fast, pass a dream but his tackling was precision perfect. I saw him play lock (8) for Australia many times. He chopped the Poms to pieces with his tackling, it was devastating. Legend. Then he left Souths for the silvertails at Easts…

    Yes CL, Mal has to be a fave – just ahead of Lockyer IMO. Lockyer’s toughness is understated.

  198. None

    Bring back Jeff Kennett I say. FFS Victoria is a toilet. Their judiciary AND their cops are corrupt imho.

  199. Bruce in WA

    This is over 12 months old, but worth replaying — and, sadly, Australia still has done nothing.

  200. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Bring back Jeff Kennett I say. FFS Victoria is a toilet.

    Kennett is one of the reasons.

    He is a complete and utter nong.

  201. Baldrick

    You’re a hard man on those power tools DG. 🔨

  202. Speedbox

    Recent article from Australian Tribune.

    Perth had decided the city needs facial recognition technology in its CCTV cameras. This technology, which may be outsourced to private contractors, can recognise you at a glance. And with a network of cameras in place it can track your every move.

    This type of government overreach could be justifiable under martial law. But the last we checked Perth was still a free civilian city. And one of the world’s safest cities at that.

    So, if Perth isn’t worried about being overrun by terrorists, then why introduce facial recognition technology?

    Problem drinkers, of course!

    As the AAP reports, the same facial recognition technology is already being used to target problem drinkers in northern Western Australia. And it could now be rolled out in Perth.

    According to the state government, alcohol-fuelled domestic violence offenders and repeat drunk-drivers would be some of the people added to the Banned Drinkers Register.

    This would see the technology instantly recognise them. Then it would presumably be up to the store clerks to deliver the bad news that the machine’s decision is final. No booze for you!

    Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia told The West Australian on Monday that he would consider what the existing technology already provides. He also said he would ‘look towards in the future having something like facial recognition technology’.

    This is not the kind of technology that, once implemented, is likely to go away.

    Governments, as you know, don’t cede power easily. And there is nothing to prevent the current or future governments from expanding it to include all types of infringements and social engineering experiments.

    Is Medicare footing the bill for your diabetes treatments? No sugary snacks for you!

    George Orwell would blush.

  203. Neil

    Kennett is one of the reasons.
    He is a complete and utter nong.

    Kennett saved Victoria. Surely you have not forgotten the Cain/Kirner ALP govt. By the way is there an ALP govt that has not trashed the budget. In NSW Labor appears to be OK with money but everywhere else they produce nothing but debt

  204. stackja

    John Cain (19 January 1882 – 4 August 1957) was an Australian politician, who became the 34th premier of Victoria, and was the first Labor Party leader to win a majority in the Victorian Legislative Assembly.

    Cain was now 73, although he remained outwardly vigorous and his real age was a well-kept secret.

  205. Boambee John

    Bruce in WA at 1645

    Muslims want a separate country in Australia?

    Nice piece of country around Maralinga, no need for electricity, power built in to the ground!

  206. Makka

    I think that at 30% foreign born, we should slow the pace down a bit and let the everything work itself out.

    Of course it’s important that any immigrant should be productive and assimilate. I don’t think that is the real pressing issue. It’s the NUMBER, the sheer volume of migrants being shoe horned into Australian cities over a short time. It has to be cut. We need to vastly open up new residential lands , new public amenities, infrastructure etc over at least a decade and more to ease the overcrowding. The population ponzi is destroying Australia.

  207. H B Bear

    Kennett saved Victoria. Surely you have not forgotten the Cain/Kirner ALP govt.

    Jebus I agree with Neil. Was in Melbournibad during this period and it was a basket case. The city was full of half finished office buildings and all of them were in the hands of receivers, Pyramid building society went under, businesses were shutting left right and centre. Anyone who could leave the place picked up and went.

  208. Farmer Gez

    Craig Kelly now on ABC 774 with Raph Epstein.
    This will be a laugh.

  209. H B Bear

    Craig Kelly now on ABC 774 with Raph Epstein.
    This will be a laugh.

    Kelly is part of the Waffleworth brains trust. Stop and think about that for a minute.

  210. JC

    Of course it’s important that any immigrant should be productive and assimilate.

    That’s reasonably fair,

    I don’t think that is the real pressing issue. It’s the NUMBER, the sheer volume of migrants being shoe horned into Australian cities over a short time.

    You currently feel hemmed in… in Africa?

    We need to vastly open up new residential lands ,

    Of course we do.

    new public amenities, infrastructure etc over at least a decade and more to ease the overcrowding.

    Since when has infrastructure ever led population increase?

    The population ponzi is destroying Australia.

    Dude, its a fucking continent the size of the US and we have 24 million people – the size of Texas. Argue your case on social grounds, but don’t touch economics, as you’re horrible at it. Horrible.

  211. Leigh Lowe

    Frankston attack: Bail for man accused of assault
    Jack Paynter and Brianna Travers, Frankston Standard Leader
    July 31, 2018 11:05am

    Police opposed bail, arguing Wells posed an unacceptable risk to the public, but his lawyer successfully argued he had stable work, income and a place to live.

    Stable work and income, you say?
    Not for long buddy.
    He and his brother run a concreting business.
    It is all over Soshul Meeja as a “do not touch”.
    As for a place to live, well he should move into a new place on Monday with a stainless steel bog.

  212. JC

    Poor guy

    Ryan Wells
    6 hrs ·

    Just to make it clear, I am not the Ryan Wells involved in the coward punch incident in Frankston.

    The only thing I have in common is the same name. I don’t know that Wells family or even knew there was another Ryan Wells in the area.

    I’ve been receiving numerous personal abusive messages about the incident and have had people call work asking if was I was the Ryan involved and that numerous people are looking for him.

    That sort of behaviour is far from my personality and character and I would never do such a weak act like that.

    So again, same name that is all.

  213. Helen

    This would see the technology instantly recognise them. Then it would presumably be up to the store clerks to deliver the bad news that the machine’s decision is final. No booze for you!

    Hhahahahaha! Bush mechanics already passed that one in Katherine. They gwet others to go in and buy (On commission? Who knows?) and you see them walking the floor talking on the phone describing the selection and price.

    Then they buy and head out. Security know it is happening but cant do anything about it. Facial recognition stuffed by stone age. Gotta laugh!

  214. C.L.

    Top ponzi bugman lashes out:

    Migration decline ‘bad news’

    Wesfarmers chief executive Rob Scott has warned lower migration levels will lead to fewer jobs and lower wages.

    The Aust.

  215. Makka

    Dude, its a fucking continent the size of the US and we have 24 million people – the size of Texas.

    Around 40% of our population live in 2 cities. Or much less than .5 % of our land mass. A lot of which you have absolutely no clue about.

    Fkwit, which part of this did you not comprehend?

    It’s the NUMBER, the sheer volume of migrants being shoe horned into Australian cities over a short time. It has to be cut. We need to vastly open up new residential lands , new public amenities, infrastructure etc over at least a decade and more to ease the overcrowding.

    STFU and go back to your manicure.

  216. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Dude, its a fucking continent the size of the US and we have 24 million people – the size of Texas.

    So what?

    Immigration is out of control. Our culture and society is being hollowed out, diluted and smashed by corporatist shills, spivs and hate filled big government filth who are either enriching themselves on the Ponzi, or shitting themselves it will collapse.

  217. Spider

    On The Drum discussing the HILDA survey, of course it being the ABC, they have to repeat the Labor talking point about wages remaining stagnant.

    This gets a run almost anytime now an ABC talking head opens their mouth no matter what the subject. Q&A, Insiders, 7:30 Report are all on board.

  218. Roger

    Wesfarmers chief executive Rob Scott has warned lower migration levels will lead to fewer jobs and lower wages.

    And a market place where businesses have to innovate and offer value to customers to make a profit.

  219. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Wesfarmers chief executive Rob Scott has warned lower migration levels will lead to fewer jobs and lower wages.

    What a lying xunt.

    More likely Wesafrmers will have to pay higher wages when they are not being suppressed by imported hordes of low skilled checkout fodder.

  220. .

    Around 40% of our population live in 2 cities. Or much less than .5 % of our land mass. A lot of which you have absolutely no clue about.

    So why don’t people move out of the cities?

    Agriculture and mining are the most productive industries of all, in terms of inter-industry multipliers.

  221. C.L.

    Famed opera singer blames #MeToo for her husband’s suicide: ‘You can break a person’

    She laid blame on tabloid journalism for trading in what she described as fallacious claims. But she also offered a broader critique of the human rush to judgment — one cause, she said, of widespread social misery. “What are we doing with our beautiful world?” she asked. She said a herd mentality had taken hold, threatening “independent, critical thinking.”

    I agree with Fru von Otter. It has become yet another wacko Nazi leftist feminist monstrosity.
    Even if true, ninety percent of these MeToo stories are trivial nonsense.
    Nobody is perfect and few have a faultless record of opposite gender interaction (male or female).
    If somebody slapped somebody else’s arse 30 years ago, I don’t give a shit.

  222. thefrolickingmole

    Death Giraffe

    Foer a horrible moment I thought it was going to be a home surgery session for a sex change.
    And love the mark 1 safety glasses, AKA: squinting…

    And wheres your high viz, hearing protection, gloves and face shield?

    /nanny knows best off.

  223. Mater

    So why don’t people move out of the cities?

    They are Dot. The predominantly white, anglo saxon refugees from the big cities are now starting to overwhelm the relatively modest infrastructure of the country towns and villages.
    The State Governments are not going to come to the rescue of these towns in terms of infrastructure spending. There’s not enough political mileage to be gained.

  224. Snoopy

    So why don’t people move out of the cities?

    Where do you live, Dot? It’s not Walgett. JC thinks Pascoe Vale is the outback.

  225. Geriatric Mayfly

    threatening “independent, critical thinking.”

    I have been led to believe that critical thinking is all the go. Isn’t it one of the great advances bestowed on the world by the post-modernists?

  226. .

    What is your address and Medicare number Snippy?

    Asking for some Nigerian friends.

  227. Roger

    Dude, its a fucking continent the size of the US and we have 24 million people – the size of Texas.

    If we take environmental factors into consideration – climate & water supply chief among them – only about 10% of the Australian continent is comfortably habitable.

  228. .

    The predominantly white, anglo saxon refugees from the big cities are now starting to overwhelm the relatively modest infrastructure of the country towns and villages.

    Really, come off it.

  229. Snoopy

    I’m not surprised you are working for Nigerian scamsters, Dot. Are they in Nigeria or are they here?

  230. cohenite

    re: the wallopers refusal to allow Miss Southern to walk on public streets in Lakemba; this is was happened to liz hayes in 2013 when she went to Lakemba after the Lee Rigby atrocity in 2013:

  231. Tel

    Around 40% of our population live in 2 cities. Or much less than .5 % of our land mass. A lot of which you have absolutely no clue about.

    Housing isn’t really a problem, it’s easy to build more boxy monstrosity human storage cabinets.

    Australia can certainly feed more people than we currently have, but could it feed 10x more to achieve something close to the USA? I really doubt that. Maybe if we terraform the Simpson desert into farmland but let’s see if that’s possible before we commit.

    Then there’s water. We aren’t even allowed to build any new dams, and last big drought most of the dams that run the cities were low and they built useless desalination plants instead.

    And electricity… we can’t even deliver reliable electricity to our current population. If these new people flooding in are doing to have any jobs at all Australia will need some kind of industry, and we aren’t allowed to build that, and even if we could our minimum wage is so much higher than the rest of the world that no one could afford to hire anyone.

  232. .

    Is it rude to say “I’m not surprised you’re acting like our very own ersatz Grigory” in his absence?

  233. calli

    Jobs outside the major cities are thin on the ground. Not a lot of opportunities.

  234. Mater

    Really, come off it.

    What, you think country towns can’t be overwhelmed in terms of traffic, parking or education and recreational facilities?
    I’ve got spare room. Happy to show you around.

  235. .

    Jobs outside the major cities are thin on the ground. Not a lot of opportunities.

    1. So how did the mining boom happen?
    2. Ditto soft commodities?
    3. Why don’t retirees escape?
    4. But why are there more jobs in the cities, particularly the capital cities? In particular, why do young people and graduates move there?

  236. Snoopy

    Dotty, please don’t try to be cruel. It’s obvious your heart’s not in it.

  237. .

    What, you think country towns can’t be overwhelmed in terms of traffic, parking or education and recreational facilities?

    It is nothing like the hell hole that is the Spit to the Warringah Freeway.

  238. JC

    If we take environmental factors into consideration – climate & water supply chief among them – only about 10% of the Australian continent is comfortably habitable.

    Roger, by my guess that would be close to Italy, France and half the UK.

    Australia is just under 8 million sq ks.

  239. Snoopy

    Jobs outside the major cities are thin on the ground. Not a lot of opportunities.

    Not for backpackers. They’re everywhere.

  240. Marcus

    So, from the good news crime file:

    Psychopath Attacks Tourist Couple, Gets Soundly Defeated With Own Weapon.

    Okay, the actual headline isn’t as dramatic as mine. But seriously, with all due respect to the harrowing ordeal those hikers have suffered, as crime stories go this one had a pretty great ending.

  241. Eyrie

    “If we take environmental factors into consideration – climate & water supply chief among them – only about 10% of the Australian continent is comfortably habitable.”

    As I’ve said before, much of Australia needs terraforming to make it suitable for human habitation. Exterminating Eucalypts would be a good start, but at present most of it is suitable for strip mining, nuclear waste storage and keeping the coasts apart.

  242. Bruce of Newcastle

    LOL. Methinks she doth protest too much!

    Lobbeth into email just now:

    Dear **** [name spelt wrong],

    Mark Twain was famously miffed about reports of his death being greatly exaggerated, but he might have felt better reading reports over the last few decades about the Herald’s parent company, Fairfax Media.
    The most recent round began less than a week ago, with the announcement that Fairfax would seek shareholder approval to merge with the Nine television network. This move, unanimously endorsed by the boards of both companies, means the country’s most respected and enduring mastheads including the Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review, stand to become key assets of the country’s biggest cross-media company.

    While nobody is under any illusions at the significance of the proposal and how it could change the media landscape, last Thursday was absolutely not – as at least one of our competitors tried to claim – “the day Fairfax died”. [So why are you called Nein then? (oops sp. mistake from me)] Rather, on a basic level, it is a reasonably straightforward ownership change of the company, designed to allow greater investment in journalism, greater scale to appeal to advertisers and increased opportunity for growth. The proposed Nine company will remain independent, answerable to its shareholders.

    Many have bemoaned the looming loss of the Fairfax name from Australia publishing as the regrettable end of an era [were my celebratory backflips of joy too obvious?], but such nostalgia should not be exaggerated [first time that the spell checker has ever rendered ‘nausea’ as ‘nostalgia’]. After all, the quality, independent journalism many argue is invoked by the Fairfax family name was actually infused in the mastheads directly long ago. Readers don’t identify with a Fairfax story [I sure don’t] – it’s the mastheads like the Herald that simultaneously give consumers the story and the history, strength and power of those publishing it. Indeed, no member of the Fairfax family has controlled the company close to 30 years, after young Warwick Fairfax’s brief and disastrous tenure at the helm left it in the hands of receivers.

    While our competitors have predictably jumped in to fuel uncertainty and speculate wildly about the future of our journalism [journalism?], it’s important to note that we are in a strong position both editorially and commercially. We have had more than a year of stability in the newsrooms without cost-cutting, and have been entering a phase of consolidation and growth. We continue to produce more game-changing journalism [is that what they call fake news now?] than ever before, as evidenced by our unparalleled recognition at last year’s Walkley Awards [hoho]. Our newsrooms pack a bigger punch [bowl?] than ever before, as we focus on uncovering the news that matters most to our valued readers.

    Our charter of editorial independence ensures that journalists “must record the affairs of the city, state, nation and the world fairly, fully and regardless of any commercial, political or personal interests, including those of any proprietors, shareholders or board members” and “that full editorial control of the newspapers, within a negotiated, fixed budget, be vested with the editors of the papers”. [Oh wow, is that a brontosaurus-sized porkie or what?]

    That has always been a non-negotiable. It is part of the newsroom’s DNA and it will continue to be under any new owners. It was more than encouraging to see the Nine chief executive, Hugh Marks, pledge to sign up to this charter immediately.

    The Herald is Australia’s oldest continuously published masthead and is today the most-read masthead in the country across both digital and print. [Maybe it’s just me but I thought that was The Daily Telegraph] As part of a $4 billion company with rich assets across television (Nine), radio (Macquarie Radio), property (Domain) and streaming services (Stan) we expect to have greater reach across the country and bring our unique and valuable brand of journalism to more consumers.

    There’s no doubt these are interesting, and uncertain times, but I am as confident as ever that the Herald’s 187-year publishing history is far from dead – it may even just get a new lease on life. [Zombies are alive?]

    In the words of the Herald’s chief political correspondent, David Crowe: “The way the competition wishes us dead just makes me more inclined to keep kicking, thanks all the same.” [Someone call Will Smith]
    I couldn’t agree more.

    Kind regards,

    Lisa Davies
    Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

    Awesome.

    [I might’ve done a bit of editorialization…]

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