Open Forum: August 11, 2018

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  1. None

    Rafe Champion

    #2786923, posted on August 12, 2018 at 11:50 am

    That should be a post and a Masthead for the cat.

  2. Chris

    How much longer do we have to put up with the Aldi troll?
    Days, weeks… not months surely?

    I am trying to work out how much $19 champagne bought at $65 is needed to reach lethality by

    a) starvation due to bankruptcy or
    b) alcohol poisoning.

    Probably an econometrics guy could do a two-curve model and solve it for me for me in SPSS for under twenty grand of Government money.

  3. None

    Tickner -Red Cross
    Costello-World Vision
    Keneally -Opportunity International
    Falzon -Vinnies
    Lefty dregs -Amnesty International

    Whether as CEO’s or ambassadors or whatever office holders, lefties absolutely destroy everything they touch. They are toxic, just as leftism is toxic, lefties are toxic.

  4. Mallee Miss

    Hi Tint
    I left them in no doubt that all donations have ceased. There are plenty of other places that could do with the support.😎

  5. zyconoclast

    How a Chauffeur Could Bring Down Argentina’s Political Elite

    (Bloomberg) — A chauffeur’s notes could send dozens of Argentina’s political and business elites to prison. On Aug. 1, Argentine newspaper La Nacion published an investigation that detailed alleged bribes from business executives to officials in the former governments of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her late husband, Nestor Kirchner. Evidence in the eight notebooks, kept from 2005 to 2015 by the chauffeur of a former government official, have led to the arrests of more than a dozen men. And Kirchner could be next.

  6. zyconoclast

    In his latest move to defend the traditional family, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has declared that future identification forms will ask for mother and father instead of “parent one” and “parent two”.

    The leader of the populist League Party gave the order for the change earlier this week following a number of other measures promoting the concept of the traditional family.

    “Enough with parent 1 and 2. I have restored father and mother,” Salvini said, Il Giornale reports.

    “I was told that on the interior ministry’s website, forms for an electronic identity card had ‘parent 1′ and parent 2’,” Salvini said, adding: “I immediately made them change the website restoring the definition of ‘mother’ and ‘father’ — it is a small gesture, but I will do everything possible that it is provided for under the Constitution.”

    “We will defend the natural family founded on the union between a man and a woman,” he added.

    The firebrand Interior Minister also reiterated his opposition to child surrogacy or “wombs-for-rent” and reiterated his pledge to support Family Minister Lorenzo Fontana with policies designed to boost the Italian birthrate.

    “The goal that I put from here until the end of the government is to introduce the concept of a family quotient, in order to reward the birth rate and bet on the future,” he said.

    The League pro-family policy includes free daycare options, tax breaks for families, and other incentives to have more children. The party announced that they would be implementing a three percent tax on money being sent overseas by migrants to help pay for the new programmes.

    Salvini also noted that proposed tax cuts on VAT would help new families saying: “A euro less tax is an extra euro for children. Of course, it is not decisive, the goal is to make the family unit a tax-recognszed person.”

  7. zyconoclast

    Ecuador declares state of emergency over Venezuela migrant influx
    More than 4,000 migrants are arriving in Ecuador each day in an attempt to flee the ongoing crises in Venezuela.

  8. Confused Old Misfit

    “We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”

    Orwell/Churchill

  9. zyconoclast

    WestJet passenger says she was ‘in shock’ after gate agent outed her as transgender

    Lenore Herrem was leaving Calgary when she says a WestJet agent outed her in front of fellow passengers

    A passenger flying from Calgary to Saskatoon said she was left feeling “unsafe” and the target of stares and pitying comments after a WestJet agent outed her as a transgender woman to the other passengers on her flight.

    Lenore Herrem said the agent at the gate was “upset and confused” when she presented her ID and boarding pass for her flight home to visit her parents Wednesday evening.

    Herrem’s gender presentation is female, but her gender on her Quebec health care card is marked as male. The accompanying five-year-old photo on the ID card is also presented as male.

  10. DrBeauGan

    WestJet passenger says she was ‘in shock’ after gate agent outed her as transgender

    It’s tough being a nutter.

  11. Snoopy

    The Blood Bank has its share of idiots. I was a regular donor but dropped off when I went to live remote. Coming back to civilisation I read that regular blood donations can lower the amount of gout causing uric acid in the blood.

    Went to the local blood bank clinic and found I was no longer on the Red Cross donor list (I have a very rare surname). Filled out the application form noting conditions and prescribed medications including Allopurinol. Interview with nurse went well until I unwisely volunteered that I was hoping that regular donations would lower my uric acid. She went off her tree and informed me that my new file had been annotated and until I returned with a letter from my GP I would not be permitted to give blood.

    Haven’t been near the place since.

  12. Snoopy

    Tickner -Red Cross
    Costello-World Vision
    Keneally -Opportunity International
    Falzon -Vinnies
    Lefty dregs -Amnesty International

    __________________

    David Burge
    @iowahawkblog
    1. Identify a respected institution.
    2. kill it.
    3. gut it.
    4. wear its carcass as a skin suit, while demanding respect.
    #lefties

  13. John Constantine

    “A group of United Nations experts have produced a figure which puts a price tag on seven years of war in Syria in terms of overall destruction to the country: nearly $400 billion.

    The UN just concluded a two day meeting of over 50 Syrian and international experts in Lebanon who met under the aegis of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

    According to the AFP, the group of economic analysts concluded that the “volume of destruction in physical capital and its sectoral distribution” is estimated at more than $388 billion (334 billion euros).
    Image via Al Shahid
    The ESCWA experts added that the figure does not include “human losses resulting from deaths or the loss of human competences and skilled labor due to displacement, which were considered the most important enablers of the Syrian economy.” The group said it will produce a full final report of its findings later in September. ”

    It seems that their transnational looting cartel quisling puppet regimes of rudd/Gillard/rudd/turnbull have managed to do more financial damage to Australia than the civil war did to Syria.

    Destroyed and dynamited our electrical infrastructure, destroyed and bulldozed our irrigation infrastructure, flattened our manufacturing, targeted our flocks and herds for the chop.

    Established millions strong enclaves of revolutionary freedom fighters, with command and control bunkers funded by foreing powers and infrastructure/logistics funded by Australian taxdollars.

    In a hundred years, there will still be a Syria, but there will no longer be an Australia.

    Comrades.

  14. .

    It seems that their transnational looting cartel quisling puppet regimes of rudd/Gillard/rudd/turnbull have managed to do more financial damage to Australia than the civil war did to Syria.

    Mind-blowing. In as far as it should change the way we conduct the operations of government.

    It ought not be a central focus of our lives, furthermore, it has become predatory.

  15. pete m

    Vinnies does fine on the ground work. I focus on the good deeds of the real workers and ignore the top brass wankers. No organisation is without such folk – govt, private or charity. The list of “avoid XYZ group” would be impossible to keep if you wanted to attack them all for leftyism of one or other of their people.

    Good luck with it.

    I will not soon forget the look of gratitude on a mum’s face when we delivered xmas goodies for vinnies whose son was dying of cancer and she was struggling to feed her family.

  16. zyconoclast

    We Already Know How To Cure Cancer

    Delivered at the Sixtieth Annual Awards Dinner National Health Federation Woodland Hills, California January 31, 2015

  17. Confused Old Misfit

    WestJet passenger says she was ‘in shock’ after gate agent outed her as transgender

    There is some need that passengers be identified according to their actual physical gender. Consider the problem of identification of a badly mutilated/burnt corpse as the result of a crash.
    If the passenger list shows 50 male and 50 female POB on departure and the post crash investigation produces 49 male and 51 female corpses what are the investigators to do?

  18. Tintarella di Luna

    I might start donating more to causes such as Peter Ridd etc. As a recently retired individual I might also make better use of my time by starting to call out some of the crap that happens in govt.

    Good on you Mallee Miss both very worthy pursuits

  19. Gab

    WestJet passenger says she was ‘in shock’ after gate agent outed her as transgender

    We should hear about transgenders more often. Every time something comes up in the news about this guy turning “female” or that female “turning” into a male reaffirms that there are only TWO genders.

  20. .

    Pisstake? Blair Cottrell is not taking the piss. His ideas about “international jury” funding feminism and glorification of Alois Shicklegruber are cringeworthy at best.

  21. old bloke

    Another light has gone out, V. S. Naipaul died in London yesterday.

  22. zyconoclast

    “We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”

    Orwell/Churchill

    Rudyard Kipling – Tommy (1890)

    (Third stanza)

    Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
    Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
    An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
    Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.
    Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, ‘ow’s yer soul?”
    But it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
    The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
    O it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll.

  23. will

    As a recently retired individual I might also make better use of my time by starting to call out some of the crap that happens in govt.

    You need to realise that this is a full time job. There is a lot to call out, and never underestimate the impact you can have. You may never get much more than a dismissive response, but tying up bureaucrats and politiian’s time with having to justify their policies and expenditure has a real impact. The public sector organisation I work for loaths complaints. But I would estimate that they appear to have little opposition to their stupidity (like “carbon neutral”).

    To have a real impact, start with the publicly available budgets and annual reports and ask them to justify their profligate stupidity. Keep up the pressure. There is a real need for a groundswell conservative libertarian voice, to counter the crushing social media presence of Getup and Green activism.

  24. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The firebrand Interior Minister also reiterated his opposition to child surrogacy or “wombs-for-rent” and reiterated his pledge to support Family Minister Lorenzo Fontana with policies designed to boost the Italian birthrate.

    currently 1.37 on the road to extinction

  25. Snoopy

    Let’s not forget the Salvation Army feeding the mongrel G20 protestors in Brisbane back in 2014.

  26. Stimpson J. Cat

    David Burge
    @iowahawkblog
    1. Identify a respected institution.
    2. kill it.
    3. gut it.
    4. wear its carcass as a skin suit, while demanding respect.
    #lefties

    He’s a pipe puffing bowtie spinning Libertarian all right.

    David Burge
    @iowahawkblog
    Where does a pro-gun, pro-immigration, pro-border enforcement, pro-gay marriage, pro-military, pro-weed legalization voter go? #justasking
    3:00 PM · Mar 4, 2015

  27. H B Bear

    currently 1.37 on the road to extinction

    Children are a vote of confidence in the future. No surprise that so many of the political elite are barren.

  28. Bruce in WA

    Someone upthread mentioned absinthe.

    A woman goes to her doctor and explains, very red-faced, that she is suffering badly from flatulence.

    Not only that, but whenever she lets Fluffy off the leash, it sounds like a motorcycle … a very loud motorcycle.

    The doctor asks her to demonstrate, which she reluctantly does.

    “Ah”, says the doctor. “I think I see the problem.” He leans forward and rests his elbows on his desk. “You’ve been drinking absinthe, haven’t you?”

    “Yes”, she admits, somewhat puzzled. “But what does that have to do with anything?”

    “Well,” says the doctor, “everyone knows that absinthe makes the farts go Honda”.

    (Try the veal.)

  29. Steve trickler

    It is fascinating to watch.



  30. Boambee John

    Mallee Miss
    #2786982, posted on August 12, 2018 at 1:41 pm
    And if you don’t agree with them, they will dox, black ban, imprison or kill you
    Boambee John – I fear that Australia is on a precipice, but Vinnies can be non-partisan without my donations. I might start donating more to causes such as Peter Ridd etc. As a recently retired individual I might also make better use of my time by starting to call out some of the crap that happens in govt.

    I share your general fear for the future. More power to your arm in your intention to fight back.

  31. Mark from Melbourne

    Bruce in WA
    #2787032, posted on August 12, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Don’t give up your day job.

  32. Boambee John

    Snoopy at 1415

    She went off her tree and informed me that my new file had been annotated and until I returned with a letter from my GP I would not be permitted to give blood.

    We spent time in the UK in the 1980s, and are banned from donating because of Mad Cow Disease risk.

    After over 30 years, I am starting to wonder what the incubation period is.

  33. Boambee John

    Snoopy
    #2787005, posted on August 12, 2018 at 2:19 pm
    Tickner -Red Cross
    Costello-World Vision
    Keneally -Opportunity International
    Falzon -Vinnies
    Lefty dregs -Amnesty International

    __________________

    David Burge
    @iowahawkblog
    1. Identify a respected institution.
    2. kill it.
    3. gut it.
    4. wear its carcass as a skin suit, while demanding respect.
    #lefties

    Old Soviet tactic, “entryism”. Communists never change.

    Sinistra delenda est.

  34. Snoopy

    He’s a pipe puffing bowtie spinning Libertarian all right.

    Stimpy. Please. I wish you hadn’t done that.

    Sad. 😥😥

  35. OldOzzie

    zyconoclast
    #2786996, posted on August 12, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    How a Chauffeur Could Bring Down Argentina’s Political Elite

    (Bloomberg) — A chauffeur’s notes could send dozens of Argentina’s political and business elites to prison. On Aug. 1, Argentine newspaper La Nacion published an investigation that detailed alleged bribes from business executives to officials in the former governments of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her late husband, Nestor Kirchner. Evidence in the eight notebooks, kept from 2005 to 2015 by the chauffeur of a former government official, have led to the arrests of more than a dozen men. And Kirchner could be next.

    Meanwhile – Surprisingly The Washington Post

    <strong>Explain the Chinese spy, Sen. Feinstein

    By Marc A. Thiessen
    Columnist
    August 9

    Imagine if it emerged that the Republican chairman of the House or Senate intelligence committee had a Russian spy working on their staff. Think it would cause a political firestorm? Well, this month we learned that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) had a Chinese spy on her staff who worked for her for about 20 years, was listed as an “office director” on payroll records and served as her driver when she was in San Francisco, all while reporting to China’s Ministry of State Security through China’s San Francisco Consulate. The reaction of the mainstream media? Barely a peep.

    Feinstein acknowledged the infiltration but played down its significance. “Five years ago the FBI informed me it had concerns that an administrative member of my California staff was potentially being sought out by the Chinese government to provide information,” Feinstein said in a statement — which means the breach took place while Feinstein was heading the Intelligence Committee. But, Feinstein insisted, “he never had access to classified or sensitive information or legislative matters” and was immediately fired. In other words: junior staffer, no policy role, no access to secrets, quickly fired — no big deal.

    But it is a big deal. I asked several former senior intelligence and law enforcement officials how serious this breach might have been. “It’s plenty serious,” one former top Justice Department official told me. “Focusing on his driver function alone, in Mafia families, the boss’s driver was among the most trusted men in the crew, because among other things he heard everything that was discussed in the car.”

    A former top CIA clandestine officer explained to me what the agency would do if it had recruited the driver of a senior official such as Feinstein. “We would have the driver record on his phone all conversations that Feinstein would have with passengers and phone calls in her car. If she left her phone, iPad or laptop in the car while she went to meetings, social events, dinners, etc., we would have the driver download all her devices. If the driver drove for her for 20 years, he would probably would have had access to her office and homes. We would have had the source put down an audio device in her office or homes if the opportunity presented itself. Depending on the take from all of what the source reported, we would use the info to target others that were close to her and exhibited some type of vulnerability.”

    “In short,” this officer said, “we would have had a field day.”

    It seems improbable that Feinstein never once discussed anything sensitive in her car over a period of years. But let’s assume that Feinstein was extraordinarily careful and never discussed any classified information in front of her driver or on any devices to which he had access. Even so, one former top intelligence official told me, “someone in that position could give an adversary a whole bunch on atmospherics and trends and attitudes which are from time to time far more important than the things we call secrets.” He added, “It’s like [having access to her] unclassified emails.” (And we all know no one ever exposes classified information on unclassified emails).

  36. bundyrum

    I noticed on Breitbart that an article about our enrichers of african appearance & their recent meet up in that park in Melbourne was on there.
    Although plod sat around scratching their arses & basically doing bugger all….one commenter who appeared to have local knowledge said (i obviously don’t know if it is correct) that the cops did manage to lay out a few fines at the locals who had lapsed rego on their cars.
    This would not surprise me in the slightest.

  37. zyconoclast

    Wind and Solar Energy: Good for Nothing

    The defenders of wind and solar claim that subsidies are a minor help to get a new industry going. These defenders counter critics with the fallacious claim that fossil fuels receive huge subsidies. Actually, the fossil fuel industry pays huge taxes.

    Focusing on explicit subsidies is the wrong approach for understanding the subsidies provided to wind and solar. The explicit subsidies include such things as a 30% construction subsidy for solar and a 2.3-cent-per-kilowatt-hour subsidy for wind. Both technologies benefit from tax equity financing, a scheme based on special tax breaks and gaming the corporate income tax of a highly taxed corporate partner.

    A better way to measure the wind and solar subsidies is to look at the benefits and losses to the economy. A net loss to the economy implies a subsidy. Once it is recognized that a subsidy is present, the next step is to figure out who is paying for it. Invariably, it is either the taxpayer or the consumer of electricity.

  38. OldOzzie

    Wildfires seem unstoppable, but they can be prevented. Here’s how.

    RYAN ZINKE | OPINION CONTRIBUTOR | 6:00 am EDT August 8, 2018

    The flames of the Ferguson Fire in California have become the latest symbols of a seemingly perennial challenge of fighting fires in the West. I just returned from the Ferguson Fire camp, where I met with firefighters who are working to combat the fire as it bears down on Yosemite National Park and its visitors, workers and nearby residents.

    President Donald Trump has taken decisive action, issuing an emergency disaster declaration for California as dozens of wildfires rip through the forests and communities that populate the area.

    There are currently about 100 wildfires burning across the west, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate. Many have lost all but the clothes on their backs. We are just now hitting the peak of a traditional fire season and already this year we have seen about 5 million acres of land and thousands of structures destroyed. We’ve lost friends and neighbors, including firefighters who dropped everything to respond to the call to duty. Their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

    The fires are burning hotter and more intense, due in part to hot and dry weather and in part to the fuels that overload our forests. These fuels fill forests from the floor, where highly-combustible, dry pine needles act as kindling to jump-start the tiniest spot fire, all the way up to the crown where beetle-killed trees dot the mountains like matches. In between the floor and the crown, there are years’ worth of dead logs, overgrown shrubs and snags, which many firefighters call “widow makers” because they are so deadly. The buildup of fuels is the condition we can and must reverse through active forest management like prescribed burns, mechanical thinning and timber harvests.

    Why we need to manage our forests

    There are three reasons for active forest management:

    First, it is better for the environment to manage the forests. Wildfires produce smoke and emissions. The release of gases and particles can negatively affect air quality. Fires also damage watersheds, and as we see fires burning hotter and longer, the soil is actually becoming scorched and sterilized, preventing regrowth. In addition, while many of the frivolous lawsuits waged to stop timber harvests cite habitat as a concern, environmental litigants are little concerned when an entire forest burns to the ground and the habitat and wildlife are lost.

    Second, active forest management is good for the economy. Logs come out of the forest in one of two ways: They are either harvested sustainably to improve the health and resilience of the forest (while creating jobs), or they are burned to the ground. Jobs matter, and logging has long been a cornerstone of rural economies. Fortunately for all, these economic benefits go hand-in-hand with our goal of healthy forests.

    Third, and most important, the active management of our forests will save lives. The Carr Fire in northern California has already claimed half a dozen lives, and the Ferguson Fire has taken the lives of two firefighters. Sadly, these are not the only wildfire casualties this year.

    Every year we watch our forests burn, and every year there is a call for action. Yet, when action comes, and we try to thin forests of dead and dying timber, or we try to sustainably harvest timber from dense and fire-prone areas, we are attacked with frivolous litigation from radical environmentalists who would rather see forests and communities burn than see a logger in the woods.

    Ryan Zinke is the U.S. Secretary of the Interior

  39. rickw

    Although plod sat around scratching their arses & basically doing bugger all….one commenter who appeared to have local knowledge said (i obviously don’t know if it is correct) that the cops did manage to lay out a few fines at the locals who had lapsed rego on their cars.
    This would not surprise me in the slightest.

    I brought my little guy the original set of Thomas The Tank Engine books. Last night we discovered the raison d’entre for Toby was Plod booking Thomas for not having a cow catcher or side plates when doing a run to the quarry, rail line on public road. Some things never change.

  40. Good stuff.

    Indeed, a trainwreck interview which exposes both the idiocy and tendentiousness of the Vic gov, but I have no sympathy for Sky. They invited this with their ridiculous reaction last week.

  41. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Orwell/Churchill

    Attributed to George Orwell, but there’s some doubt as to whether he actually coined that phrase.

  42. mh

    Trump wants a roaring economy, and that means getting former inmates back to work

    Roughly 650,000 inmates are released from prison each year, two-thirds of whom get rearrested within three years in a costly, $270 billion criminal justice system cycle.

    President Trump promised to make it his priority to help former inmates get a second chance at reintegration into society. In his State of the Union speech early this year, Trump said, “We want every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work.” His administration is keeping that promise by fighting for opportunity for all Americans — including those who have served prison sentences.

    The Trump administration’s compassionate reforms will tackle the high cost of crime and defend our communities against future crime. The president has convened experts to discuss potential changes to our criminal justice system, and taken action such as commuting the prison sentence of Alice Johnson, who served 21 years for a nonviolent drug offense….

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/trump-wants-a-roaring-economy-and-that-means-getting-former-inmates-back-to-work

  43. bundyrum

    Hey ZK2A, I know you like war books & a while back i asked if you had ever read The Devils Guard….you may have missed my post.
    Very interesting read on the French Foreign Legion having ex German fighters in their ranks after WW2 in Vietnam?

  44. Pedro the Ignorant

    WA’s Sunday Times has an article on skimpies in Kalgoorlie pubs (with photos!) and whether political correctness has killed off the skimpy business.

    I emphatically deny that anyone boycotted Kal pubs because of skimpies during last week’s Diggers and Dealers, except maybe Ernst and Young wusses and some of the “good with colours” chaps.

    Even some of the mining gels in sensible shoes were impressed.
    Behold the skimpies!

  45. .

    Probably already reported here.

    Our hero, on the up and up:

    https://www.perthnow.com.au/business/retail/tony-galati-wins-battle-for-new-spudshed-store-in-bellevue-ng-b88901093z

    Coles and nearby shopping centres at Midland Gate and Bassendean, Darling Ridge had opposed the new store, which will be the 10th Spudshed in WA – raising concerns it would be competition for other centres and was based outside of the usual shopping areas.

    Well, no shit. That’s a good thing, dummies.

    Yet, the Metro East JDAP gave approval to the store, with a report saying it would provide more choice for locals and was too small to impact trade on the nearby Midland Gate Shopping Centre.

    The fact that you can basically stop the comp. by complaining about their existence – this country is a shit splattered latrine.

  46. Frank

    Pedro:

    met a girl in Melbourne in the 90s who worked in the NT as a topless barmaid for a while. She said part of the gig was to dunk a nipple in the beer for an extra 50c if the customer requested it.

  47. mh

    Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn attended a pedophilia-themed party, according to photographs surfacing online.

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2018/08/11/photos-surface-of-guardians-director-james-gunn-at-pedophilia-themed-party/

  48. calli

    Frank
    #2787061, posted on August 12, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    She’s now at Byron Bay according to C.L.

    Still dunking.

  49. Behold the skimpies!

    Noyse photos of the buildings.

  50. Pete of Perth

    In a central equity presentation flogging real estate in Melbourne CBD. Buy or not?

  51. Pete of Perth

    Here because of the missus wanting two free nights in Melbourne.

  52. Snoopy

    That’s not appreciated, Calli.

  53. Pete of Perth

    Everything is fantastic in Melbourne. …. so sayeth the presenter

  54. Snoopy

    Here because of the missus wanting two free nights in Melbourne.

    You’re already in front. Why FIU?

  55. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ben Roberts-Smith calls for criminal probe amid ‘smear campaign’

    Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith has called for a criminal investigation into the conduct of Fairfax Media over its reporting of a secret inquiry into the conduct of SAS troops in Afghanistan.

    Australia’s most decorated war hero, who has also launched defamation proceedings against the company over what he’s called a “smear campaign”, today doubled down with a formal request to the Attorney-General to refer the matter to Australian Federal Police.

    Mr Roberts-Smith, a former SAS trooper who is now the Seven Network’s managing director in Queensland, has accused Fairfax of breaching Commonwealth laws, including the Defence Force Act, by publishing information about the operational activities of the SAS.

    A secret two-year inquiry into the conduct of SAS troops is being conducted by the Inspector General of the Australian Defence Force. Though he is yet to give evidence, Mr Roberts-Smith says his reputation and service record has been ruined by a series of news stories accusing him of everything from war crimes in Afghanistan to bullying and domestic violence.

    Mr Roberts-Smith has categorically denied all allegations.

    On Friday, he failed to stop Fairfax from publishing the allegations when the Federal Court ruled he did not have the standing to pursue a breach of Commonwealth law

    From the Oz.

  56. calli

    That’s not appreciated, Calli.

    I live to serve.

  57. egg_

    What is 245D?

    The Caterpillar model required to separate M0nster from a box of Krispy Kremes?

  58. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Well, the Hanseatic League is something all youse economists should know about and far be it for me to tell you the detail from the little I have gleaned from the Hanseatic Museum which exists at the front of our hotel. This league was a big trading and defensive group of merchants who, travelling originally in convoys, combined in various ways to kick off the growth of European mercantile capitalism and investment. Started in the twelfth century it declined somewhat by the fifteenth century but continued strongly enough in the Baltic for much longer. Both this museum and our hotel are in conjoined historic old buildings down here on the waterfront of Bergen in Norway. This waterfront set of old wooden buildings are the ones you see in all the tourist pictures of ‘old Bergen’. Today it is reclaimed for well-off tourists to sit outside waterside restaurants and bars drinking wine at extraordinary prices while musing on the nature of capitalism, government taxes on alcohol, and the passing parade of beautiful Nordic girls.

    I chose this hotel on the internet (usually I leave it to Hairy) because I wanted something a bit quirky and historically Norse. I got it. We have just had a sleep in a totally wooden medieval building where we are on the attic floor. I worried about fire in my dreams all night. Talk about being on top of a ready-made pyre. To get to our room you had to go three wooden floors up in a lift, cross a wooden bridge to another wooden building, go along a corridor, take a turn left, then a turn right, go up two flights of twisting stairs (no lift for that, poor old Hairy struggling up with the luggage, five star pricing but no porters) and get to the garret. Lots of Hanseatic swirls in the furnishings and wallpapers, velvet upholstery everywhere and bedside tables and TV stand that are imitation pirate’s leather chests with metal edges. Very, very trendy. Beds (the usual twins pushed together) super comfortable, so that is a plus from me.

    Restaurant here good, glass of basic wine more than $30 a glass, and the bottle of vin ordinaire in the room around eighty bucks. We are on holidays, says Hairy, caring not.

    I have to rouse him now from dreamy slumbers for brekkie, and then we’ll try for lunch that comes with a performance of some Grieg pieces. Grieg was born and lived in Bergen. I love his Peer Gynt so much, that if they perform Solveig’s Song or In the Hall of the Mountain Kings, I shall expire with delight.

  59. calli

    Restaurant here good, glass of basic wine more than $30 a glass, and the bottle of vin ordinaire in the room around eighty bucks. We are on holidays, says Hairy, caring not.

    Holy cow, Lizzie! Ned Kelly Cellars.

  60. Mark from Melbourne

    Restaurant here good, glass of basic wine more than $30 a glass, and the bottle of vin ordinaire in the room around eighty bucks.

    Welcome to Norway… some of the most expensive (and wildly inconsistent, so far as the wine goes) grog in the World.

  61. John Constantine

    Hanseatic League?.

    Try Polesotechnic League.

    http://poulandersonappreciation.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-end-of-polesotechnic-league.html

    “We are comparing, or contrasting, the Polesotechnic League and Avalon with the Round Table and Avilion. See The End Of Camelot.

    Both the Table and the League dissolve – but so does every human institution, says you. Both Tennyson and Anderson convey the sense of the good old days that are gone. Anderson’s series, being a fictional history, shows beginnings as well as endings. He quotes Shelley, “The world’s great age begins anew…” See here.

    Arthur says that God fulfills Himself through successive social orders whereas the Ythrian Hirharouk sees God’s shadow over van Rijn’s way of life”

  62. H B Bear

    In a central equity presentation flogging real estate in Melbourne CBD. Buy or not?

    Not unless you have got a bunch of cash you are not particularly attached too. Aren’t Central Equity in the doggiest of dogbox end of the market?

    As soon as these inter-state marketing deals come up you know the market is completely shot.

  63. H B Bear

    Blues up at half time. I hope they can get over the line just to watch Lyons presser. Escaped any scrutiny for another crap match last week thanks to Gaff.

  64. Pete of Perth

    To be built along city road in South Bank. 489K for a 1 bedroom.

  65. Mark from Melbourne

    To be built along city road in South Bank. 489K for a 1 bedroom.

    Run.

  66. Pete of Perth

    Escaped with my wallet intact. Now for a lovely walk around Perth on a beautiful sunny day.

  67. John Constantine

    Just trying to remember exactly when the peak of the:

    “Fly free to the gold coast and just sit through our property presentation” days were.

    Sign of the times.

    Comrades.

  68. Megan

    No power since 8.45am this morning on the most bitterly cold day in Melbournistan. Scheduled outage gone horribly wrong apparently…not likely to be back before 8pm. Good lurk though – the Sunday penalty rates will make it all worth the bruvvers time out in the elements. I’m heading out for a hot dinner…please send my electricity back before I get home.

  69. Snoopy

    Escaped with my wallet intact. Now for a lovely walk around Perth on a beautiful sunny day.

    Wait! What? You’re not in Melbourne?

  70. .

    Wow.

    The whole child support thing in the US is pretty fucked up. Paternity, via DNA tests, do not count.

    Then there is the whole deal of the States getting kickbacks out of Federal SSA funds for child support enforcement.

    Apparently, Texas gets a lot of their state budget out of this sham.

  71. John Constantine

    “Venezuela’s socialist president Nicolas Maduro announced last week that the country plans to rein in hyperinflation by lopping off five zeroes from its currency. If you recall, Zimbabwe similarly tried to combat soaring prices of its own by issuing a cartoonish $100 trillion banknote—which in 2009 was still not enough to buy a bus ticket in the capital of Harare.

    Without structural governmental reforms, a new bolívar is just as unlikely to steady Venezuela’s skyrocketing inflation or remedy its crumbling economy.

    Gold could save your life

    So where does this put gold? At some point, hyperinflation gets so ludicrously out of control that discussing exchange rates becomes pointless. But as of July 30, an ounce of the yellow metal would have gone for 211 million bolivars—an increase of more than 3.1 million percent from just the beginning of the year.”

    http://www.silverbearcafe.com/private/08.18/venezuela.html

    We will live to see el presidente shortfilth on television, declaring that the Australian economic situation, having not necessarily developed in our favour, we be dealt with by chopping six zeroes from the end of the currency.
    Always go one better.

    Comrades.

  72. H B Bear

    To be built along city road in South Bank. 489K for a 1 bedroom.
    Run.

    Yep. Rode that road to work every day to work in the late 1990s, it ain’t prime real estate. If you really think it is a good idea wait for the property Ponzi to really unwind and start putting in some vulture offers to distressed sellers for established places.

  73. egg_

    met a girl in Melbourne in the 90s who worked in the NT as a topless barmaid for a while. She said part of the gig was to dunk a nipple in the beer for an extra 50c if the customer requested it.

    Did she get tips?

  74. Gab

    Behold the skimpies!

    Those poor girls get such little wages they can hardly afford to clothe themselves. People who go to Skimpies should leave big tips.

    I said tiPs.

  75. None

    This witch hunt of Ben RS – who is behind it and who has the most to gain? And if confidential military stuff has been leaked why isn’t the fat lady breathing fire or is she like Christine Nixon too busy stuffing her face? Where is a useless A-G in all this and note I tagged him as useless from his ore fed days for useless he is and invariably wrong.

  76. None

    The fact is Fairfax is playing the old Truth game. For example I can ring up Fairfax and say mr x is an alien and all they have to do with report that a woman rang up Fairfax and alleged Mr X is an alien and they’d be legal in the clear.

  77. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Hey ZK2A, I know you like war books & a while back i asked if you had ever read The Devils Guard….you may have missed my post.
    Very interesting read on the French Foreign Legion having ex German fighters in their ranks after WW2 in Vietnam?

    Read “Devil’s Guard” a few years ago – came to the conclusion it was fiction, based on the work of the French G.C.M.A’s (Composite Airborne Commando Groups) operating permanently in Viet Minh controlled territory, and fighting a “no – quarter” war. There’s a good account of their operations in Bernard Fall’s classic “Street Without Joy.” Fall also looks at the issue of ex – German soldiers in the French Foreign Legion – obviously they were serving there – about 7,000 or so, but he makes the (valid) point that some of the earlier arrivals were Nazi’s, but French intelligence sorted out any actual war criminals. Fall also make the (valid ) point that older men, with no jungle experience were more of a liability then an asset, so the average age of the Legion enlistees was 23, with most “at the worst, in his Hister Youth” shorts, when the Third Reich collapsed.

  78. JC

    I can’t believe the number of US websites that are closed in UK/EU along the lines that Tel described yesterday.

  79. RobK

    Those poor girls get such little wages they can hardly afford to clothe themselves. 
    Generally they make sure the clothes are out of harms way before the evening gets too untidy.

  80. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Those poor girls get such little wages they can hardly afford to clothe themselves. People who go to Skimpies should leave big tips.

    I’ve seen skimpies that were so unprepossessing that the drinkers “passed around the hat” for the poor girl to buy herself some new clothes.

  81. Tom

    Fear not, Humphrey. Carlton are so pathetic under their post-modern junior pretend-coach (who’s never played AFL football) that they will be thrashed today, even by the Ross Lyon Coaching Superannuation Fund. Just wait for the Blues membership revolt in a few weeks time. They’ve had a gutful.

  82. None

    I can’t believe the number of US websites that are closed in UK/EU along the lines that Tel described yesterday.

    Bloody hell for what reason?

  83. JC

    George gets the car of the week. An Audi Quattro .

  84. None

    Oh my god did that treacherous twerp Dastrayi really pose on that magazine cover dressed up as a Chinaman? And can we have a day when we don’t have a front page story telling us how f***** in the head our politicians and ex politicians are?

  85. H B Bear

    Yeah Tom – 7 goals to zip in the third quarter. Members should burn Princes Park to the ground but only after making sure the players, coaches, football department and board are inside.

  86. Snoopy

    Is AMP appearing before the banking royal commission this week?

  87. None

    Crikey JC what’s up with you? You’re blushing bright pink.

  88. Stimpson J. Cat

    People who go to Skimpies should leave big tips.

    Oh believe me I do.
    “How long to go until you have paid off that Uni degree?
    Have you considered investing in Gold?
    Have you thought about a career in Blockchain?
    When was the last time you called Dad?
    Less makeup, more exercise sweetheart.
    Etc, etc”

  89. JC

    None

    I mentioned it and Tel later responded suggesting that because of all the draconian EU laws non-EU sites just find it easier to block viewers here.

    The EU is one huge arsehole fest.

  90. Nick

    I’m on the highway to Dubrovnik. Carlton walloped after being up? Things are normal back home it would seem.

  91. JC

    Are you issuing fishing licenses ?

  92. John Constantine

    Interesting that in Dry times, we start to see some from our politicals class declaring that obviously, those farmers that only saw higher stocking rates in good times as profit machines, without making provision for hard times, or building reserves, without building dams and grain storage and haysheds and infrastructure–our politicals declare that people that operated as short-sightedly as this were always going to suffer in a bad year.

    Completely blind to any analogy stocking rate wise to importing mass millions of consumption machines to sleep in their clothes on bare mattresses in vertical slums, powered by windmills and sunshine, to drink rebirthed sewerage, and funding the lot on debt that always compounds, is never paid down, debt so great that it demands more borrowings to cover the interest.

    Any farmer that ran his farm like yarragrad is run would be sold up in an instant.

    Comrades.

  93. Bruce of Newcastle

    Restaurant here good, glass of basic wine more than $30 a glass, and the bottle of vin ordinaire in the room around eighty bucks. We are on holidays, says Hairy, caring not.

    Goldrush prices.
    Black gold in this case.

  94. None

    It’s getting desperate out there gang.

    Newsweek:TRUMP ATE SENSITIVE DOCUMENT AFTER COHEN MEETING, FORMER WHITE HOUSE AIDE CLAIMS

    I see that said White House aide’s book is appropriately titled “Unhinged”. As I keep saying: the left always parodies themselves.

  95. Snoopy

    The Brexit vote was an absolute disaster for the UK.

  96. Gab

    TRUMP ATE SENSITIVE DOCUMENT AFTER COHEN MEETING, FORMER WHITE HOUSE AIDE CLAIMS

    How uncouth! I bet he burped and picked his teeth afterward too!

  97. JC

    Looks like it, especially in London. Lots of people complaining Brexit fucked up london.
    What do you think though, putting on your dept of fisheries and wildlife hat on..as an economist?

  98. calli

    Ricepaper.

    Snack of champions.

  99. Hydra

    I lived on City Rd Southbank for 2 years and know someone who has lost a fair bit on a 2 bedder.

    It’s a nice place to live but don’t buy there. Rental. Returns also poor.

  100. None

    The EU is one huge arsehole fest.

    Agree. I deal with the odd European and the EU s*** that you have to deal with is incredible. I counted it a victory the other day when even a German thought some legalese sent to me by a Belgian firm was b*******. Long live the Russians is all I say.

  101. Stimpson J. Cat

    JC that pink icon is unseemly.
    Are you in an Audi or something?

  102. None

    Anyone who buys an apartment in Melbourne CBD is a fool. The only rentals you’ll get ate ovetseas students who are notoriously bad payer and generally trash the place as they sublet and cram it full of 50 of their friends and pocket the profits at your expense.

  103. JC

    I don’t quite understand the hallucinations about Brexit. You can argue social grounds for an exit but Brexit never made any sense in economic terms.

    The pound is again heading south and the Stockmarket is doing badly. But what do they know when we have the fishing license issuer spending 24/7 telling people otherwise.

  104. mh

    The Tories gave the job of Brexit to a remainer, Theresa May. Dumbest decision ever. And the Conservative Party are still letting things drift. Fucking unbelievable.

  105. None

    John Constantine

    #2787127, posted on August 12, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Comrade. Word.

  106. stackja

    he Sauce: Civil war erupts over who will replace Emma Husar in Lindsay
    LINDA SILMALIS, MIRANDA WOOD and ANNIKA SMETHURST, The Sunday Telegraph
    August 12, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    EMMA’S AFTERSHOCKS

    A CIVIL war has erupted in western Sydney over who will be the next Labor candidate to replace Emma Husar in Lindsay.

    In a move to override the warring branches, the NSW ALP office will call for “expressions of interest” ahead of the standard preselection process to find a suitable candidate.

    The move also adds “an additional layer” to the candidate selection process, allowing for greater scrutiny of prospective MPs.

    Among names being touted is Londonderry MP Prue Car, a former “bestie” of Husar before
    the pair spectacularly fell out after Ms Husar accused Ms Car of snubbing her at events on their shared electorate turf. Ms Car has been ruling it out, but her backers remain hopeful she’ll change her mind.

    SECRET HIDE-OUT

    SO where had Emma Husar been hiding the past few days? After tiring of being followed by paparazzi, the outgoing Lindsay MP “disappeared” last Saturday, refusing to answer calls from both media and party advisers for several hours. The mother-of-three later turned up at the home of a charity mate, before pulling herself together for an exclusive tell-all on Monday.

    A senior Labor figure said Ms Husar’s behaviour throughout the investigation had been less than impressive.

    TRY SPINNING THIS

    AS the party hunts for a replacement candidate, Ms Husar herself is searching for a media adviser. A senior Labor source said the positions has been vacant for at least six months.

    “No one wants to work for her,” the source said.

    Of her former staff, many are undergoing counselling with the NSW ALP office covering the costs after the Department of Finance refused to pay.

    It is understood many of the staff were not party members, but from the local community.

  107. stackja

    Rita Panahi: Why Victoria Police needs to act on ‘gang violence’
    Rita Panahi, Herald Sun
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    SOMETHING is terribly wrong when dozens of louts break the law in full view of heavily armed police without a single arrest being made.

    Police command may be patting themselves on the back for “moving on” the youths wreaking havoc in Taylors Hill last week but the lack of arrests conveys weakness, as does the obfuscation on what constitutes gang violence.

    Victoria Police’s preoccupation with semantics is bordering on the bizarre. How can we be confident that police officers are tackling African gangs when Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton ties himself in knots trying to redefine the word gang?

    Ashton said the “traditional” label of a gang might confuse Victorians and make them think of people in leather jackets, such as the New York street gangs of West Side Story.

    The aversion to the word gang is widespread among the upper echelons of the force.

    After police arrested 14 members of a youth gang on Friday, in relation to armed carjackings and aggravated robberies, they were at pains to point out that they were not a gang but “a collective group of individuals who know each other”.

    Gangs, groups, posses, mobs, squads … call them what you want.

    The fact is that they exist and they are a problem. Only 0.11 per cent of the Victorian population are Sudanese-born but they are vastly over-represented in official crime statistics. According to Crime Statistics Agency data released last December they are close to 10 times more likely to offend than the general population. That over-representation increases further when looking at violent offences such as aggravated burglaries and serious assaults.

    Among youngsters, the statistics are even more sobering.

  108. Gab

    JC you’ve been in London one week and already your gravatar has turned pink! Get out while you still can!!

  109. Snoopy

    If only I had a degree in finance.

  110. .

    You can argue social grounds for an exit but Brexit never made any sense in economic terms.

    Tell me why the UK should have stayed then. I was like “nah, stay” but then enough trash was talked about the EU it seemed convincing. Too much pointless regulation was one very good reason. What will the UK get out of contributing to a common EU army?

    I remember when monty rambled on about the poor Welsh not getting EU grants. Turns out Wales is doing better than a lot of Australians. The idea that a town with a below average income, say Moruya, needs subsidies from the OECD or New Zealand is bit of a joke.

  111. Gab

    How you can appear in public with that gravatar is morally wrong. Just wrong and should be made illegal too.

  112. Tel

    I don’t quite understand the hallucinations about Brexit. You can argue social grounds for an exit but Brexit never made any sense in economic terms.

    If the UK mostly wants to trade with Europe and happily take free movement of people in and out of Europe then staying in the EU makes sense.

    If the UK mostly wants to trade with people outside Europe (mostly Asia and the USA) and prefers to be able to choose their own terms for immigration then Brexit is a great idea.

    People inside the UK are understandably divided because various individuals stand to gain from various scenarios.

  113. Roger

    You can argue social grounds for an exit but Brexit never made any sense in economic terms.

    Social arguments trumped economic ones…and it’s a medium to long term game.

  114. Tel

    I remember when monty rambled on about the poor Welsh not getting EU grants.

    The EU grants come to about half of what the UK pays the EU anyhow, so the UK could continue all those grants and then a bunch extra and still come out ahead of where they are now. Not sure where exactly that surplus will go if and when the UK ever manages to break free but at least in principle it could pay all the same people without any hardship.

  115. Eyrie

    John Constantine, thanks for the Poul Anderson link. I was just thinking the same thing. Anderson was great.

  116. stackja

    Cyclist killed after horrific hit-run crash with stolen SUV on Chapel St
    Aneeka Simonis, Herald Sun
    10 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    A FEMALE cyclist has been killed after a stolen SUV clipped another vehicle and rolled on top of her on Chapel Street this morning.

    The horrific incident occurred near Grosvenor Street about 10am and police have confirmed the victim is a 27-year-old Dutch national.

    Police have released this image of a man following a fatal hit-run collision in South Yarra.

    He is described as caucasian, aged in his late 20s to early 30s with dark hair and a dark beard.

    Vic Pol defines caucasian?

  117. Siltstone

    Dont buy apartments in Australian cities. The supply just keeps expanding and suppresses prices. Near-CBD detached houses are a safer bet (if you want real estate).

  118. .

    Social arguments trumped economic ones…and it’s a medium to long term game.

    No, you’re making economic arguments you don’t want to quantify. Like John Greenfield used to say “THE ECONOMY IS SOCIAL”.

    The EU grants come to about half of what the UK pays the EU anyhow, so the UK could continue all those grants and then a bunch extra and still come out ahead of where they are now.

    My thoughts exactly. To a degree, it is about the poms engaging in a little light MASS SACKINGS.

  119. JC

    It wouldn’t help much having a finance degree, as you’re loser. Nothing would help.

  120. mh

    The economic powerhouse regions are Asia and now the good old USA once again. Staying a prisoner in the EU stagnating economic zone is no vision for the UK. Every day that remainer Theresa May is in charge is another opportunity lost for the UK.

  121. JC

    I know, I think the blogowner is punishing me.

  122. JC

    Mh

    The markets have basically voted. Brexit is terrible for the UK economy. As for which sectors benefit.. the supply chains are very long and complex in Europe as a result of the EU. UK manufacturing will also take it up the rear.

  123. cohenite

    For example I can ring up Fairfax and say mr x is an alien and all they have to do with report that a woman rang up Fairfax and alleged Mr X is an alien and they’d be legal in the clear.

    No they would not. Unless of course Mr x looked like this:

  124. Gary

    “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”–Benjamin Franklin

  125. Roger

    No, you’re making economic arguments you don’t want to quantify. Like John Greenfield used to say “THE ECONOMY IS SOCIAL”.

    The economy is social in that it involves transactions between people.

    A majority of Brits have decided they’d like a say in who those people are.

  126. BorisG

    Green Activists have been legally pursuing Monsanto for years with little success for it’s GM crop varieties. Court action over Roundup is just another front in the same battle.

    Yes this actually makes sense. I thought I remembered the company name from somewhere. Now connected the dots.

    Hope it is overturned on appeal.

  127. mh

    France Q2 GDP growth was 0.2 %. Why should the UK have to hand over their cash to French economic miscreants?

  128. BorisG

    The markets have basically voted. Brexit is terrible for the UK economy.

    Which was clear from the outset. But you know, Cats (and many other Brexit supporters) are not interested in economics, only in culture wars. And they may be right in a sense in the long run… as long as those who voted for it are prepared to accept the costs…

  129. Atoms for Peace

    Who in their right mind would want to piss off the SAS?

  130. BorisG

    A majority of Brits have decided they’d like a say in who those people are.

    Sure they did. Now they have to put their money where their mouth was. Literally.

  131. mh

    JC, what has happened is that the UK still cannot independently trade with the world. They haven’t exited from the EU. Whatever the markets are doing is not reflective of a Brexit because there is no sign of a Brexit happening.

  132. Confused Old Misfit

    Who in their right mind would want to piss off the SAS?

    To probably mis-quote FDR: “Earnest, thick legged women.”

  133. Roger

    Sure they did. Now they have to put their money where their mouth was. Literally.

    A small price to pay for national sovereignty in the short term.

  134. Geriatric Mayfly

    To probably mis-quote FDR: “Earnest, thick legged women.”

    Was not he married to something similar?

  135. Confused Old Misfit

    Geriatric Mayfly
    He was indeed, poor bugger.

  136. stackja

    Ray Marsden’s two-year nightmare before being found innocent
    Kay Dibben, The Sunday Mail (Qld)
    32 minutes ago

    His solicitor, Ross Malcolmson of Fisher Dore Lawyers, says there are lessons to be learned from Marsden’s experience of being prosecuted after taking the packages to police.

    “Irrespective of the co-operation you might be giving police or Federal agents, it always pays to obtain legal advice before doing so, even if you think you are doing nothing wrong,’’ he says.

    The Australian Federal Police refused to comment on whether Marsden should have been charged, only saying the force “accepts the decision of the court’’.

    Marsden has recently returned to Nepal, where he will spend the next four months living simply, doing Buddhist courses and spending time with Pashupati and his family.

    A few days before he left Australia, Marsden said: “I need a couple of months of quiet contemplation, to understand what has happened.”

  137. Snoopy

    Anyone know how many years it would take to reduce the number of foreign-born residents in Australia to 13%?

  138. None

    What did Ray Marsden do (I’m too lazy to Google)

  139. Makka

    Sure they did. Now they have to put their money where their mouth was. Literally.

    A small price to pay for national sovereignty in the short term.

    +100.

    Those advocating for a life and future under the Socialist boot of Brussels have to be cucks of the lowest order.

  140. Tel

    JC, what has happened is that the UK still cannot independently trade with the world. They haven’t exited from the EU.

    What’s Europe gonna do? Bomb them?!?

    Of course the UK can (and should) start operating independently of the EU but the choose not to because May is a Bremoaner pretending to support Brexit and sadly undermining democracy in her own country.

  141. Stimpson J. Cat

    You can argue social grounds for an exit but Brexit never made any sense in economic terms.

    Letterbox Lover Confirmed!!!

  142. mh

    Just googled Brexit latest, for a giggle, and found this at the Express:

    EU ON THE BRINK: Orbán aligning with Russia to secure protection from EU collapse

  143. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    He was indeed, poor bugger.

    She once described sex with her husband as “something to be borne.”

  144. Geriatric Mayfly

    Green Activists have been legally pursuing Monsanto for years with little success for it’s GM crop varieties. Court action over Roundup is just another front in the same battle.

    The GM furphy is another example of confected Green angst. Also the fact that these ‘modified’ specimens are patented. Even though they prove better varieties, their superiority competes with organic growers of rocket and fair trade soya bean which is something to be decried. Also, Monsanto is just another target in their endless crusade to bring down corporate giants, as they did with tobacco. Big Pharma is on the horizon along with others. One by one we’ll blast ’em away.

  145. Makka

    Tel,
    She was put their for that very purpose. Her job is to make the punishment for Brexit process so painful that some way to remain becomes viable. She’s doing her best to usurp the people’s will to exit Europe.

  146. mh

    I would think in the age of Trump you have to be quicker on your feet than May appears to be. She is just not smart enough.

  147. stackja

    Tasmania pays tribute to VC hero Percy Stattion in the centenary of his acts of bravery in World War I
    Mercury
    August 12, 2018 5:36pm

    THE great granddaughter of World War I hero Percy Clyde Statton has told of her family’s pride that the Victoria Cross winner has been honoured with a memorial garden in his childhood home of Zeehan.

    At ceremonies in Zeehan and Maydena this weekend, Sergeant Statton’s great granddaughter Kerri Morley (nee Statton) said she was thrilled to play a part in recognising her ancestor’s achievements.

    On the West Coast yesterday, Mrs Morley was invited to open Zeehan Primary School’s VC Memorial Garden.

  148. Confused Old Misfit

    She once described sex with her husband as “something to be borne.”

    I think the Franklin could well have made the same assessment.

  149. John Constantine

    The exploiter Class running Britain have identified a more profitable breeding line of proles to departure upon the Green and Pleasant Land.

    All there is to it.

  150. stackja

    Fight heats up against Anglican church sales
    HELEN KEMPTON, Sunday Tasmanian
    August 11, 2018 9:42pm
    Subscriber only

    A RESISTANCE group formed to challenge the Anglican Church’s sale of properties to fund a redress scheme for victims of abuse is rallying support with a series of public meetings to be held this week.

    The Save Our Community Soul group, established after a meeting in Campbell Town on Thursday, is also approaching the State Government to clarify legal issues associated with the church’s plan to sell 108 properties around Tasmania, including 76 churches.

    But SOCS says communities should not have to raise money to stop community-owned and maintained assets from being sold by those who are holding them “in trust”.

    “The legal case is a fascinating one, which may set new standards in the area and see how earlier British law is applied in this country,” Alderman Thomas said.

    “Under that law a property was given back when there was evidence of a breach of the purpose for the original gift. It was not time linked.

    “There is at least one church, St Barnabas in South Arm, and potentially many more where there is a clear restriction on the title.”

  151. Bruce of Newcastle

    You can argue social grounds for an exit but Brexit never made any sense in economic terms.

    One word: Switzerland

    The Swiss National Bank Now Owns $87.5 Billion In US Stocks After Q2 Tech Buying Spree (9 Aug)

    They also own approaching a trillion euros worth of EU assets, because the SNB printed money and bought forex to keep the CHF from skyrocketing. All because Switzerland is a safe, prosperous, well-governed country which is close to but not in the EU. It is also a financial centre.

    The UK is the same. There’re only so many safe Swiss francs to go around. I predict that when the Brexit hyper hype settles the pound will be the next franc, and the Bank of England will end up owning vast swathes of Europe to keep the pound from going nuts.

    European debt is like musical chairs. Everyone who can gets out before the music stops.

  152. Stimpson J. Cat

    Bill Maher’s production company, Kid Love Productions, made the 1991 film Pizza Man in which he stars. The climax of the film is him killing Donald Trump. Sounds nuts, but it’s real.

    How many coincidences can a coincidence coincidence?

  153. John Constantine

    Depasture.

    Darn brexit remainer spellcheck.

    Comrades.

  154. Entropy

    JC
    #2787160, posted on August 12, 2018 at 7:22 pm
    Mh

    The markets have basically voted. Brexit is terrible for the UK economy. As for which sectors benefit.. the supply chains are very long and complex in Europe as a result of the EU. UK manufacturing will also take it up the rear.

    In th bushier term that would have to be true as the economy adjusts to a new paradigm. Ultimately though I believe the UK would benefit, as it would be decoupled from a on increasingly sclerotic EU. Importantly, no one ever said freedom was free.

    For much the same reasons I am in favour of Qld being split in two. North Queensland is hostage to SEQ. Going it’s known way though, at least in the short term, would be hard. Very hard. But in the long run they would be better off not beholden to Brisbane sensibilities.

  155. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I think the Franklin could well have made the same assessment.

    Seems, at one stage he was going OTS with his social secretary.

  156. John Constantine

    When caliph erdogan suicide bombs the Euro by crushing the EU banks that won’t see any caliphate debt repaid, the independent British currency will be a safe haven for the Eurofilth elites.

    Comrades.

  157. Confused Old Misfit

    OTS with his social secretary

    Who could blame him! Eleanor has to be close to the least appealing of all the First Ladies.

  158. jupes

    Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith has called for a criminal investigation into the conduct of Fairfax Media over its reporting of a secret inquiry into the conduct of SAS troops in Afghanistan.

    Excellent.

    They should expand the investigation to determine whether the ads placed in the Afghan media by the Inspector General of the ADF inviting the enemy to give evidence against Australian soldiers is in fact, treason.

  159. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    They should expand the investigation to determine whether the ads placed in the Afghan media by the Inspector General of the ADF inviting the enemy to give evidence against Australian soldiers is in fact, treason.

    Does “treason” still carry the penalty of hanging, drawing and quartering?

  160. Boambee John

    Snoopy
    #2787176, posted on August 12, 2018 at 7:39 pm
    Anyone know how many years it would take to reduce the number of foreign-born residents in Australia to 13%?

    Some estimates on an earlier tgread.

    Best case scenario involved stopping all immigration and cancelling lots of temporary entry visas, perhaps 15 years.

    More conservative estimate, stop all immigration, let current numbers of visas stand, and breed it out, up to 40 years.

  161. Snoopy

    They should expand the investigation to determine whether the ads placed in the Afghan media by the Inspector General of the ADF inviting the enemy to give evidence against Australian soldiers is in fact, treason.

    And a criminal investigation into the leaks from the inquiry to Fairfax.

  162. cohenite

    I wonder whether Latham should be back in parliament when he is writing stuff like this outside of the shithole:

    Latham’s law

    Mark Latham The Spectator Australia 11 August 2018

    Just when the health system in inner-Melbourne and Sydney was coming to terms with the psychotic conditions caused by Donald Trump’s presidency, a new challenge has presented itself: Diversity Derangement Syndrome (DDS). It’s a mental illness unique to identity politics. DDS sufferers turn any social situation into an audit of skin colour and gender, usually for the purposes of segregation. It was on display at a Melbourne University dance performance recently, as ushers, dabbling in the fine art of racial-profiling, herded patrons into different rooms. White-skinned people were then harangued for their ‘white privilege’.

    The Labor MP Emma Husar has taken the syndrome a step further, making her white male staffers wash the dishes as punishment for the race and gender with which they were born.DDS is also being practiced in airport lounges. One would normally think if there’s a diversity deficit in places like the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge it’s because of too many rich people. Old-age pensioners and other welfare recipients can’t afford to fly, lugging their caravans up the Pacific Highway in search of Queensland’s winter sunshine. But think again. According to the head of the Diversity Council Australia (DCA), Lisa Annese, the problem in airport lounges is not an absence of poor people. It’s those pesky white guys, again.

    In her blog a fortnight ago, Annese wrote of how she was ‘waiting to board a flight from Dallas to Sydney after speaking at the Eighteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations.’ This was when her DDS kicked in. She complained ‘that the airport departure lounge was not very diverse’ because it was ‘full of business people’. Who was she expecting, the Paxton family? Even worse for Annese, the business people were ‘mostly men, probably straight white men, probably with families at home awaiting their return from doing their terribly important work.’

    These are serious crimes: being white, being male, being heterosexual, running a business that employs people and keeps the economy going, and having a family at home who love you so much they want you to come home. Leftists like Annese have dedicated their lives to fighting these anti-socialist principles of prosperity and family togetherness. In the Dallas airport lounge she also displayed one of the special powers of DDS sufferers: ESP. From across a crowded room, she was able to identify the sexuality of the businessmen waiting for their flights. They weren’t gay. Perhaps she needs to fly Qantas, where last year the staff were made to wear same-sex marriage ‘acceptance rings’. Annese continued her essay by outing the primitive recreational interests of the straight white fiends in suits. ‘It struck me how much airport lounges represent the lack of diversity in leadership: men talking loudly on their phones, drinking beer and watching sport or the news’, she sneered. Now we’re talking crimes against humanity. No one should have the freedom to enjoy a quiet Budweiser, watch TV, plus talk on the phone (especially if they are organising for loved ones to pick them up from the airport).

    Here is Lisa Annese and the rest of her useless bunch:

    https://www.dca.org.au/about-dca/our-team

    I mean, how many of these fucking groups are there in Australia being paid by us to break down our society?

  163. Boambee John

    jupes
    #2787201, posted on August 12, 2018 at 8:03 pm
    Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith has called for a criminal investigation into the conduct of Fairfax Media over its reporting of a secret inquiry into the conduct of SAS troops in Afghanistan.

    Excellent.

    They should expand the investigation to determine whether the ads placed in the Afghan media by the Inspector General of the ADF inviting the enemy to give evidence against Australian soldiers is in fact, treason.

    If you think the AFP will find fault with any actions by the bureaucracy in this matter, you haven’t been paying attention lately.

  164. Snoopy

    Best case scenario involved stopping all immigration and cancelling lots of temporary entry visas, perhaps 15 years.

    Not close BJ. Zero immigration, zero international students and zero backpackers gives 21% foreign-born after 15 years!

  165. jupes

    If you think the AFP will find fault with any actions by the bureaucracy in this matter, you haven’t been paying attention lately.

    You are right.

    I will conduct the investigation myself in a fraction of the time and cost. I will even provide the one-man firing squad at bargain-basement rates.

  166. Boambee John

    Cohenite at 2018

    Here is Lisa Annese and the rest of her useless bunch:

    https://www.dca.org.au/about-dca/our-team

    I mean, how many of these fucking groups are there in Australia being paid by us to break down our society?

    Not much diversity in the DCA. A couple of men, predominantly white women.

    All statutory bodies should be established (if they must be) with a sunset clause. Those set up so they can be stacked with political maaaates, who make “independent”decisions that a minister should accept responsibility for should have the relevant minister’s parliamentary seat abolished with them.

  167. mh

    Bill Maher’s production company, Kid Love Productions,

    That’s a flashing light right there.

  168. JC

    It gives you around 17%. Makka and his pet suggested the only way it could be done was for a population doubling. Proof that two innumerate idiots doubling up gives you double stupidity.

    Ent

    It’s not as easy as you think. The Brexit vote could very likely put Corbyn in No. 10. Polls are showing labor ahead.

  169. Snoopy

    I will even provide the one-man firing squad at bargain-basement rates.

    Look for something belt fed.

  170. Boambee John

    Snoopy at 2023

    Hmmm. We are so screwed!

    Time to purge the quislings, either electorally or otherwise.

  171. Snoopy

    It gives you around 17%.

    Rubbish.

  172. Bruce of Newcastle

    Does “treason” still carry the penalty of hanging, drawing and quartering?

    No. You get unfriended on Facebook.

  173. Gab

    No. You get unfriended on Facebook.

    Oh the humanity!

  174. calli

    Lisa is a regular contributor to publications including The Guardian and Huffington post. She also makes regular appearances on ABC’s The Drum and speaks widely and publicly in all areas of diversity.

    Lisa has had a long career in the diversity and inclusion space across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sector.

    What a productive, useful individual.

  175. JC

    Bruce

    The SNB acxumuklated those assets when it pegged to the Euro. Unless they are still intervening in fx markets that accumulation ended when the peg did.

    I don’t quite get why you consider an enormous amount of foreign assets a accumulation to be a good thing when the add was made during a period of a fixed exchange rate.

    Please explain this.

  176. Death Giraffe

    I have tee’d up an atheist to make a video with, Atheism v. Belief debate.
    Happening in three weeks.
    Give me your best arguments for or agin the existence of God, or post links, suggest books to read to familiarize myself with their satanic arguments.
    Already watched Harris v. Kermit the frog tonight, and am reading The God Delusion by that boring guy.

  177. .

    Wow. Woah! Arky is like becoming our Joe Rogan, man!

    Seriously though keep it up.

  178. Death Giraffe

    Also, the guy I am debating is very entertaining.
    Will blow your socks off.

  179. JC

    Sure it did dickhead. On the other hand you agreed with the ditch digger that the only way you could reduce the foreign born 50% was by a doubling of the population.

    Stick to issuing fishing licences.

  180. jupes

    What the fuck is going on with your Avatar JC?

    Please don’t tell me you’re transitioning!

  181. Tel

    She was put their for that very purpose. Her job is to make the punishment for Brexit process so painful that some way to remain becomes viable. She’s doing her best to usurp the people’s will to exit Europe.

    It’s a plausible theory that fits the available observations, but not proven because it requires insight into the intentions of the Tory party members.

  182. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Brexit vote could very likely put Corbyn in No. 10. Polls are showing labor ahead.

    Corbyn’s baggage is multiplying.

    Daily Mail: Photos prove Jeremy Corbyn honored Munich Massacre terrorists at 2014 ceremony in Tunisia (10 Aug)

    A memorial wreath in his hand, Jeremy Corbyn stands feet from the graves of terror leaders linked to the Munich Massacre.

    The picture was among a number taken during a service to honour Palestinian ‘martyrs’.

    Buried in the cemetery in Tunisia are members of Black September, the terror group which massacred 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics.

    One picture places Mr Corbyn close to the grave of another terrorist, Atef Bseiso, intelligence chief of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

    Bseiso has also been linked to the Munich atrocity. Another image shows the Labour leader apparently joining in an Islamic prayer while by the graves.

    Last night sources close to Mr Corbyn insisted he was at the service in 2014 to commemorate 47 Palestinians killed in an Israeli air strike on a Tunisian PLO base in 1985.

    But on a visit to the cemetery this week, the Daily Mail discovered that the monument to the air strike victims is 15 yards from where Mr Corbyn is pictured – and in a different part of the complex.

    Instead he was in front of a plaque that lies beside the graves of Black September members.

    Being caught laying a wreath at the graves of Black September terrorists only 4 years ago is not an especially successful way of defusing the anti-Sem1tism scandal that the Labour Party is mired in right now.

    On the other hand the wet Tories are just as incompetent as Mal’s bunch. So you never know.

  183. Snoopy

    Sure it did dickhead. On the other hand you agreed with the ditch digger that the only way you could reduce the foreign born 50% was by a doubling of the population.

    You’re lying. Do you really want me to repost your brilliant workings?

  184. calli

    A memorial wreath in his hand, Jeremy Corbyn stands feet from the graves of terror leaders linked to the Munich Massacre.

    What a disgraceful creature.

    Those poor, innocent young athletes.

  185. Boambee John

    JC

    If you exclude cutting out temporary visas, such as students, the only way is to breed it out. That takes decades, and does involve a large increase to the population (unless we start expelling lots of PR holders, as well as temporary visa holders).

  186. Gab

    Arky, watch this series. It’s free and it’s rather well done. You just have to give your email address and the only emails you get are the ones advising you when the next episode is available. Also watch this, which is a backgrounder to the movie The Case for Christ. (Journalist for Chicago Tribune sets out to disprove Christ existed and uses historians, psychiatrist, doctor, and archaeologists to make his case).

  187. Tel

    Ray Marsden’s two-year nightmare before being found innocent

    If you see something, say “I’m outta here!”

  188. JC

    Lying always with the lying when you receive a pasting.

    The 24/7 try hard quipper.

    Explain your doubling theory, dickhead. Ball up and explain it 🙂

  189. Snoopy

    Being caught laying a wreath at the graves of Black September terrorists only 4 years ago is not an especially successful way of defusing the anti-Sem1tism scandal that the Labour Party is mired in right now.

    At least Corbyn is anti-Brexit.

  190. Bruce of Newcastle

    I don’t quite get why you consider an enormous amount of foreign assets a accumulation to be a good thing when the add was made during a period of a fixed exchange rate.

    Please explain this.

    This.

    But while it has long been known that the SNB, along with the BOJ, directly purchase equities and ETFs in the open market, what was stunning in the SNB’s statement is that it expects to report an annual return of 54 billion francs ($55 billion) – a sum equivalent to 8% of Switzerland’s GDP.

    I don’t know how much in dividends the SNB remits to the central government, but that is revenue that most politicians would hang, draw and quarter themselves for.

    Nice when other countries pay for your welfare.

    (See the second link I gave.)

  191. Snoopy

    Explain your doubling theory, dickhead. Ball up and explain it 🙂

    How about you LINK to my doubling theory.

  192. mh

    Trump revs it up with 180 bikers at his Bedminster golf club, where leather-clad crowd heckle the press and lead impromptu Pledge of Allegiance on President’s doorstep

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6051257/Trump-hangs-180-bikers-Bedminster-golf-club.html

  193. H B Bear

    Bushier = shorter.

    Not in my experience.

  194. Death Giraffe

    Good stuff Gab.
    Keep it coming.
    I’m bookmarking the thread.

  195. C.L.

    Channel 7 tonight:
    Crime Investigation Aust: Most Infamous Blood Sport – The Bondi Gay Murders

    Described on Seven’s own TV guide (and others):

    In the 1980s and ’90s, on a cliff-top walk near Bondi Beach, gangs of thugs staged bloody attacks on anyone they perceived to be gay and then hurled them to their deaths into the ocean below.

    There is no evidence anything of the kind happened, despite numerous inquiries and a police task force. These are the times we live in: fake, ginned up lies masquerading as news.

  196. JC

    Boambee

    That wasn’t the challenge though. The challenge was to reduce the number down 50%. I showed it could be done down to 17% to comply with the draconian request.

    Those two boneheads suggested it could only be done through a doubling. That’s innumerate stupidity.

    Actually it was macaroni who suggested it. The pet went along with the ride because I make fun of his job and wanted to get back at me. He issues fishing licenses.

  197. slackster

    Coming soon to Australia no doubt:

    Under the project, white men in senior academic posts will be assigned a junior female colleague from an ethnic minority as a mentor.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2018/08/09/male-pale-stale-university-professors-given-reverse-mentors/

  198. Gab

    Arky, I forgot. I found another link to the series. It’s the same series and it is in the correct order. In English with Chinese subtitles.

  199. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Spot of spacechooking here, for Cats with an interest in military history.

    There’s a good account of the Allied Defence of the Malay Barrier – the Netherlands East Indies, in 1941 42, by one Tom Womak. He makes the points that the Netherlands East Indies were the main objects of the Japanese attack in 1941. The Japanese invasions of Guam, Wake Island and the Philippines were diversionary operations to safeguard their main assaults on Dutch and British colonies, and the Japanese had coveted the vast oil reserves of the Netherlands East Indies since 1919. Interesting reading.

  200. Snoopy

    Those two boneheads suggested it could only be done through a doubling. That’s innumerate stupidity.

    Provide a link to where I claimed that. Or STFU.

  201. Gab

    Oh and Thomas Aquinas’ Five Proofs (Quinque viæ) is a worthy read. Just google it and you;ll find plenty of material on it.

  202. JC

    Prove what dickhead. You both agreed and supported the ditchdigger all the way.

    Now the denial.

  203. JC

    Snoopy
    #2787237, posted on August 12, 2018 at 8:51 pm
    Being caught laying a wreath at the graves of Black September terrorists only 4 years ago is not an especially successful way of defusing the anti-Sem1tism scandal that the Labour Party is mired in right now.

    At least Corbyn is anti-Brexit.

    As I said earlier.. a c..t

  204. jupes

    JC

    No one can take you seriously with a pink avatar.

    Just saying.

  205. Snoopy

    You can’t provide a link because you’re lying.

  206. Infidel Tiger

    Modern Australia:

    War hero Ben Roberts-Smith is being pilloried and defamed, his character assassinated and his magnificent achievements belittled.

    Chinese communist party spy, drug addict and treasonous xunt Sam Dastyari is having puff pieces written about him.

    What a country.

  207. .

    Does anyone think Anselm’s proof of a prime mover assumes that creation must have happened?

    I suppose it is implied given the universe has a shelf life of 110 bn years.

  208. C.L.

    Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith has called for a criminal investigation into the conduct of Fairfax Media over its reporting of a secret inquiry into the conduct of SAS troops in Afghanistan.

    We have now seen undeniable criminal collusion between two Australian networks and ideologically motivated rogue police/ADF personnel whose intent was to pervert the course of justice and frame two iconic Australians for non-existent crimes; this as part of a campaign to denigrate two institutions which share a hostility to the race and gender-obsessed Maoism taking hold of this country. Roberts-Smith is the second; the first was a high-ranking Catholic figure.

  209. Snoopy

    At least Corbyn is anti-Brexit.

    As I said earlier.. a c..t

    You don’t get sarc do you Stupid?

  210. Crossie

    Ben Roberts-Smith for Prime Minister. I don’t need any more proof of his fitness for the job than that Fairfax mafia are against him.

  211. mh

    jupes, don’t look at the splinter in JC’s eye….

  212. .

    We have now seen undeniable criminal collusion between two Australian networks and ideologically motivated rogue police/ADF personnel whose intent was to pervert the course of justice and frame two iconic Australians for non-existent crimes; this as part of a campaign to denigrate two institutions which share a hostility to the race and gender-obsessed Maoism taking hold of this country. Roberts-Smith is the second; the first was a high-ranking Catholic figure.

    What are the chances of say a vast left-wing conspiracy being uncovered in a data breach?

    I mean something like JournoList but for all higher level uniparty operatives?

  213. Tel

    There is no evidence anything of the kind happened, despite numerous inquiries and a police task force. These are the times we live in: fake, ginned up lies masquerading as news.

    There’s evidence that a bunch of people died and bodies were found at the bottom of the cliffs. Others vanished in that general area and were not found.

    How they went off the edge is still an open investigation.

  214. rickw

    Under the project, white men in senior academic posts will be assigned a junior female colleague from an ethnic minority as a mentor.

    FFS

  215. Snoopy

    Roberts-Smith is the second; the first was a high-ranking Catholic figure.

    I think Peter Hollingworth was the first.

  216. Bruce of Newcastle

    Dot – You yourself could probably code a simple universe simulator which runs through 110 bn years in minutes if you wanted to. Time is irrelevant when you are outside of the space-time universe.

    We are like ants crawling across a painting God already painted. He is looking at the whole artwork, we just see the bits we come across as we travel along the time axis.

  217. .

    I’m a big fan of the 2D projection model. We also have an aether; even though SR and GR are mostly correct.

  218. Confused Old Misfit

    Death Giraffe
    #2787222, posted on August 12, 2018 at 8:38 pm
    A belief in “God” may not be necessary but… (there’s always a but) *what* started this whole shebang off? And if it was a “Big Bang” … *what* caused the “Big Bang”?
    There had to be a force, a centre of energy (and where did THAT come from?).
    “God” is as good a name for it as any other.

  219. Crossie

    … this as part of a campaign to denigrate two institutions which share a hostility to the race and gender-obsessed Maoism taking hold of this country. Roberts-Smith is the second; the first was a high-ranking Catholic figure.

    What are the words of that song? Ah yes, we shall overcome. At the next election.

    Next week Liberals will all knuckle under to Malcolm and endorse NEG in the name of party unity and then next year we will retire all of them in the name of sanity.

  220. Confused Old Misfit

    Under the project, white men in senior academic posts will be assigned a junior female colleague from an ethnic minority as a mentor.

    Mine had better be <24 y.o, and smokin' hot or there'll be no mentoring done whatsoever!

  221. JC

    You don’t get sarc do you Stupid?

    You’re lying now.

  222. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2787250, posted on August 12, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Operation Matador failed.

  223. Snoopy

    We also have an aether

    Can I buy a bottle of it on eBay? Maybe I’d be better off trying AliExpress?

  224. John Constantine

    Not every prole is as effective in a role as any other prole.

    The most effective individual demographic change agents are capable of outperforming a dozen or more unmotivated demographic statistics.
    Raw percentages do not matter, effectiveness matters.

  225. calli

    Meditation in a Toolshed, C.S. Lewis. Two ways of looking at the world.

    A title tailor made for DG. 🙂

  226. Rae

    Also, the guy I am debating is very entertaining.
    Will blow your socks off.

    Grigory M.

  227. Crossie

    … *what* caused the “Big Bang”?
    There had to be a force, a centre of energy (and where did THAT come from?).
    “God” is as good a name for it as any other.

    According to Jonah Goldberg’s father it’s turtles all the way down.

  228. Delta A

    Confused Old Misfit
    #2787270, posted on August 12, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Believer or not, that really is the bottom line.

  229. rickw

    Victoria Police’s preoccupation with semantics is bordering on the bizarre. How can we be confident that police officers are tackling African gangs when Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton ties himself in knots trying to redefine the word gang?

    Just wait till fatty’s crew get open up on with one of those AK-47’s, not arresting them is only going to work for a little while.

  230. Steve trickler

    Things have changed.

    The Americans are attacking the loop with gusto.

    Every pilot knows they’ll be filmed. And they are running amok.



  231. John Constantine

    A Chinese chick that comes to Australia, learns English, takes an Australian name, marries a six foot plus Aussie bloke, has a kid, has her millionaire husband sponsor her parents over to babysit.

    Demographic impact, one tiger mother’s kid doing medicine.

  232. .

    A discussion of the errors in GPS devices that point to an aether.

  233. Confused Old Misfit

    According to Jonah Goldberg’s father it’s turtles all the way down.

    This is demonstrably false! Any student of Pratchett will be able to explain to you that there are elephants involved on at least one level!

  234. None

    cohenite

    #2787161, posted on August 12, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Haha. You forgot were talking Fauxfacts. Now swallowed by 9.

  235. John Constantine

    Mo, born to one of Fraser’s lebs.

    Imports a cousins fourteen year old as his second pleasure wife as settlement of a debt.

    Lives from the proceeds of car rebirthing and a community childminding Rort plus the national disability support pension.

    Demographic impact, fourteen kids born in Australia, dedicated revolutionary freedom fighters against racist settler colonialist injustice.

    Comrades.

  236. Geriatric Mayfly

    Ben Roberts-Smith for Prime Minister. I don’t need any more proof of his fitness for the job than that Fairfax mafia are against him.

    And amongst that Fairfax mafia, I wonder what the gender balance is. Like a certain prelate it is fertile ground for the permanently aggrieved, witchy-bitchy hackettes to gather ’round the cauldron.

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