Open Forum: August 18, 2018

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  1. zyconoclast

    Not a parody.

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    is a real thing.

  2. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I claim this thread in the name of George MacDonald Fraser, historian, and novelist extraordinaire.

  3. BrettW

    Flashman for Chief of Defence Force !

  4. Talleyrand

    Neon, Nein, 99 -Siegfried in Get Smart

  5. Nob

    From the Wednesday:

    Snoopy
    #2792194, posted on August 17, 2018 at 11:29 pm
    Projections for 2018 are hardly ‘in the pipeline’, but even so I note the proportion of planned renewables is the lowest since 2010.

    So no. Not wrong.

    Proportions are for when the actual numbers don’t look so good.

    I mean, WTF else can wind and solar be but “98% of new renewables capacity” when the other real contender, hydro, is prevented from building new dams?

  6. BrettW

    I note with horror the suggestion that PM might put up Elizabeth Broderick as a future GG.

    She is responsible for much of the diversity garbage that has spread throughout various institutions. Male Champions of Change I believe was her idea and from there we got CEO’s pandering to diversity and former Chief of Army Morrison becoming head of the Diversity Council etc. The senior staff of the Diversity Council currently 14 females and 3 males. Check out the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and will find no gender equality in senior positions there either.

    After her job as Sex Discrimination Commissioner she set up her own consultancy business and one of her first clients was the AFP. She produced a report that was all about making it easier to recruit women, make the job more attractive to them, more rapid promotions and ensure they got good postings etc. The bias was towards what benefited women but little concern about how it affected operational efficiency and deployment issues. Naturally she wanted implementation of 50 per cent women ASAP. If I recall correctly some of her staff on that project had worked with her as Sex Discrimination Commissioner where they worked on subjects such as the treatment of pregnant women in the corporate world. It was apparent that the AFP report project was all about making things easier for women but failing to take into account their impact on the male officers who had to cover more work due to the fact women who have children have a lot of time away from the office etc.

    However if you look at Broderick and the teams she has had working on such projects what you will find they are dominated by females who have never worked in the institutions they are seeking to change. No diversity as pretty much no male team members. What was simply amazing about the AFP report she produced was that there were no references to what other major police services were doing elsewhere in the world. Not even a simple Annex showing %ages in other major Police organisations. No mention of experiences or issues elsewhere. The reason for that is probably because there are no overseas police that are anywhere near 50% women. Yet in Australia every police service is enthusiastically charging towards 50% women whilst declining to accept good male candidates in favour of mediocre females who will have more down time due to family commitments.

    Broderick is part of a huge industry dominated by women telling traditionally male organisations how to operate. Naturally if any males in those organisations disagree they are standing in the way of progress or are misogynists etc.

    Meanwhile the male morale in the ADF and Police plummets in response to preferences being given to females. However good luck getting the guys to openly criticise their organisations because it will do their careers no good.

  7. Rossini

    That is it folks I feel the sandman nocking on the window!
    Goodnight all still out there reading.

  8. Nob

    After her job as Sex Discrimination Commissioner she set up her own consultancy business

    This kind of legalised corruption is a cancer in Australia.

    The rulemakers create jobs for themselves by imposing on the productive.

  9. H B Bear

    The AFP are the second finest police force in this wide brown land.

  10. H B Bear

    Three times the evidence? By weight? Or length?

  11. Mitch M.

    How this schoolgirl teaches herself the science behind these genius inventions
    There is no explanation for these cases other than an innate talent that emerges without training. Another striking example of that is those cases of brain injury where the individual becomes brilliant in maths or music, or some art form, but the former two seem prominent. Many years ago Alan Synder tried to probe this by using TMS to suppress certain areas of the brain. Haven’t heard about it for years so it is another fail in understanding. I am left with the view that within some brains lie certain extraordinary untapped gifts. If only we could find out how to get at that.

  12. None

    One (wo)man, a laptop, and lots of footnotes.

    StopTurnbull.com examines Kerry Schott the woman behind NEG.
    http://stopturnbull.com/the-architect-of-turnbulls-energy-policy-is-a-lifelong-labor-supporting-socialist/

  13. None

    Ok, I’ll ask, Bear, who’s the first?

  14. None

    Brett W, no need to convince me Broderick is bad news and I say that as a woman.

  15. Tom

    Stop Press: Ben Garrison on Project Veritas’s new service, Veritas Leaks.

  16. OldOzzie

    SAS Didn’t go to pick Flowers” –

    SAS soldier’s widow criticises ‘bullying’ of Ben Roberts-Smith

    Andrew Burrell

    The widow of decorated Special Air Service Regiment soldier Matthew Locke, who was killed in ­Afghanistan in 2007, has lambasted those “bullying” Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith over allegations he committed war crimes during the bloody conflict.

    Leigh Locke-Thomas, who has remained close to Mr Roberts-Smith, blamed tall-poppy syndrome for the emergence of the claims. “I just think it’s disgusting,” Ms Locke-Thomas told The Weekend Australian.

    “I’m 100 per cent behind Ben. Where’s his rights? I just think give him a fair go, he can’t defend himself. To me it’s bullying.”

    Referring to the role of the SAS in ­Afghanistan, she said: “They weren’t over there picking flowers. They were there for war, they weren’t there to be friends with anyone. And they were protecting the country. And in my case, my husband never came home.

    “Everyone loves you when you go off to war, but when you come home do you really have to fight another fight?”

    Ms Locke-Thomas was speaking before Mr Roberts-Smith yesterday filed a defamation action in the Federal Court, suing Fairfax Media over recent articles he says portrayed him as a “callous, ­inhumane” murderer and a bully.

    Mr Roberts-Smith, now a senior executive at Seven West Media, has previously accused a small band of disgruntled former SAS troopers of running a smear campaign against him to ruin his reputation. He has also vehemently denied a claim of domestic violence referred to in one Fairfax Media report.

    Sergeant Locke and Mr ­Roberts-Smith were close friends and fought alongside each other in the elite SAS.

    Locke was awarded the Medal for Gallantry in December 2006 for “courage of the highest order” while deployed on Operation Slipper in Afghanistan.

    Mr Roberts-Smith was awarded the Medal of Gallantry in the same year and went on to receive a Victoria Cross, Australia’s highest military honour, following an ­attack on Taliban machinegunners during an operation at the village of Tizak in Oruzgan province in 2010.

    Mr Roberts-Smith was a pallbearer at a military ceremony marking the return of Locke’s body to Pearce airbase in Perth in 2007.

    Six years later, Mr Roberts-Smith said of his friend: “He was a very, very brave person, Matt, in every sense of the word.

    “He was one of those guys who would stand up in the middle of a firefight in front of a wave of fire and just hook in.

    “I looked up to him a lot as an operator and thought, that’s the gold standard, you want to behave like this guy, he knows his job inside out. The way I saw him fight in Afghanistan on a number of occasions was inspirational. He wouldn’t look for a fire position. He’d just take it and you’d be thinking, just get down, mate, you’re going to get hit. He never cared, always cool and calm.”

    Ms Locke-Thomas, who has remarried, said she believed a long-running official inquiry into the conduct of the SAS in Afghanistan should be allowed to run its course before any allegations were made public.

    The inquiry by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force is due to report by the end of the year.

    Australia’s oldest living Victoria Cross recipient, Keith Payne, told The Australian this week that “jealousy” could be behind attempts by some disgruntled soldiers to discredit Mr Roberts-Smith. Mr Payne, 84, received Australia’s highest military honour for his actions in rescuing Australian, US and Vietnamese soldiers while under sustained enemy fire during the Battle of Ben Het in 1969.

    Mr Payne said soldiers who had served their nation in past conflicts were never subjected to long-running investigations such as the one being conducted by the Inspector-General of Defence.

    Ms Locke-Thomas was also angered by the release of a book last year that revisited a battle in the Chora Valley in June 2006 in which then Lance Corporal Roberts-Smith and Sergeant Locke “neutralised” a young Afghan male who threatened to compromise their SAS patrol’s concealment.

    The book, No Front Line by Chris Masters, used competing soldier accounts to put question marks over the need for killing the suspected Taliban spotter, as well as Mr Roberts-Smith and Locke’s management of the incident.

    Parts of the book also refer to Locke’s bravery and describe how he was seen as “the glue” among soldiers.

  17. OldOzzie

    Retreat on Paris emissions target may not save Malcolm Turnbull – Simon Benson
    National Affairs Editor Joe Kelly Political Reporter

    Malcolm Turnbull has dumped the government’s plans to legislate the 26 per cent Paris emissions-­reduction target, in a dramatic ­capitulation to rebel MPs and ministers threatening to cross the floor and vote it down.

    Senior government sources confirmed that Mr Turnbull’s praetorian guard had come to the conclusion on Thursday night that threats to his leadership were real and that a bold move was needed to head off the growing likelihood of a revolt.

    This followed a group of ­marginal-seat MPs from Victoria, Queensland and NSW approaching Home Affairs Minister and leading conservative Peter Dutton over the course of the past week to express their concerns that the government was heading towards a disastrous defeat.
    Read Next

    The Weekend Australian has confirmed with several of those MPs that Mr Dutton would have their support should Mr Turnbull’s leadership become terminal.

    Under the backdown, the 2015 climate change commitment would be retained but mandated through a ministerial order and only after advice from the competition regulator that it would not ­increase power prices.

    The plan to carve out the target from the federal legislation follows a rearguard action from a group of 10 rebel Coalition MPs who have withheld their support for the ­national energy guarantee and threatened to cross the floor in a direct challenge to Mr Turnbull’s authority as leader.

    Despite the last-minute policy shift, some conservative MPs were saying last night the policy recalibration would not be enough to win over all of the Coalition holdouts or restore confidence in Mr Turnbull’s leadership, following the poor showing at the Longman by-election last month and the Prime ­Minister’s 38 consecutive Newspoll defeats.

    Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce last night suggested Mr Turnbull should reconsider his ability to lead the Coalition to ­victory before the next federal ­election but denied knowledge of any move.

    “I’ve always said openly that if a person gets to a point where they think they can’t win an election then they should consult with their colleagues about what happens next,” Mr Joyce told ABC radio.

    Asked when Mr Turnbull should reconsider his position, the former Nationals leader said: ­“Before the election.”

    The changes to the energy shake-up were swiftly condemned by Tony Abbott, who told The Weekend Australian he was concerned about whether the new plan would allow a future Shorten government to ramp up emissions-reduction targets more easily.

    “It does look like policy on the run and, given that both the Prime Minister and the Minister for ­Energy emerged on Monday to declare overwhelming support for their policy, it seems a little strange that the policy has now been turned on its head,” the former prime minister said.

    “I have grave concerns about anything which would enable a ­future Labor government to ramp up what are already very onerous emissions-reduction targets, particularly if it is still intended that there be massive fines for any breach of emissions-reduction ­requirements.”

    Victorian Liberal MP Kevin Andrews — one of the leading rebels on emissions-reduction targets — declared Mr Turnbull’s plan for regulation “was just as bad as legislation”.

    “We have signed Paris and will meet the target. We need neither legislation nor regulation,” Mr ­Andrews said.

    The Weekend Australian has also confirmed the Prime Minister will pursue an aggressive campaign to force down energy bills that will include arming the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission with divestiture powers to strip the big three energy ­companies of generation assets if their early closure leads to higher prices.

    It is understood that Mr Turnbull will legislate to give the ­government the broad powers to act against the big three power companies, or “gentailers”, in a campaign that has the hallmarks of the government’s crackdown on the banks.

    Mr Turnbull and Scott Morrison will use the weekend to finalise the package of measures to present to Coalition MPs as early as Monday.

    Late yesterday, Mr Turnbull decided that the 26 per cent Paris target would not survive a vote in the parliament, with at least six Coalition MPs confirming they would cross the floor.

    A decision was made to ensure the 2015 climate change commitment would instead be mandated through ministerial regulation or executive order and only following advice from the ACCC that would need to be tabled in the parliament.

    If a minister wanted to change the target they would have to ­inform the energy regulator and the ACCC so they could provide a ­report detailing the impact on ­prices. That report would need to be ­released publicly before a decision was made.

    This means the model being adopted by Mr Turnbull would force a Labor government to seek the same assurance from the ACCC that its 45 per cent ­target would not raise power ­prices.

    It is understood that the decision to remove the Paris target from legislation was made on Thursday night in a late-night meeting between Mr Turnbull, Scott Morrison and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg.

    It will mean the only legislation required by the government to ­fulfil the commonwealth component of the NEG would be minor and include carbon credits and offsets.

    The Weekend Australian can also reveal that the legislation that was being proposed — but being kept secret from Coalition MPs — would have legislated an emissions-intensity target over time.

    Mr Abbott said the decision not to share the legislation was “shambolic” and “no way to run a government” as well as a “serious breach of due process”.

    Additional reporting: Dennis Shanahan, Ben Packham

    The Comments are running Strongly to Get Rid of TurdBull

    – Get on with it. Get rid of him. You’ll be slaughtered at the elections if you don’t and you can win so easily if you do with the right energy and immigration policies.

    – The Chair of the Backbench Committee on Energy was NOT given a copy of the legislation up to last night whereas The Labor Party got it from Turnbull on Wednesday Night . An absolute disgrace and undemocratic to be giving the opposition the legislation before your own side . Turnbull has completely lost the plot and now its a policy fix on the run which as Craig Kelly said last night “that regulation was even worse than legislating the target as it made it far easier for a future Labor Gov to ramp up the targets to 50%”. This whole exercise if futile and extremely costly for NO gain. Paris should be dumped and Turnbull should be dumped. Enough of this madness by a PM who is , has been and always will be completely out of touch with the vast majority of party members. Trying to turn the Liberal Party into Labor Light was never going to end well , its just a shame it has taken way too long for errant MP’s to realise that as they are now on the brink of extinction.

    – t so brings to mind the story of moving the deck chairs on the Titanic. Turnbull if finished. If he is not dumped now the whole lot of them will be dumped at the coming election. I suspect for the first time in 2 years Shorten might loose some sleep as he might be in for a real fight for the Lodge If Turnbull is rolled.

    – Turnbull thought he could sideline his own MP’s by cutting deals with labor. It has failed. He betrayed them, and the coalition, with his Machiavellian game. He will now pay the price for that final betrayal.

  18. Atoms for Peace

    What are the chances of a couple getting ion scanned just about every time we fly? I flat out laughed at last night’s random security check.

  19. Bruce

    Mitch:

    About “learning’..

    See: “The Brain that Changes Itself” by Norman Doidge, MD (ISBN: 9781101147115 )

    Neuroplasticity is a wonderful thing.

    Docco here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK51nv8mo-o

  20. Herodotus

    They’re keeping an ion you, Atoms.

  21. None

    The trouble with going to Dutton is that he’s on a very marginal seat and given his current portfolio will be the target of every man and his dog including Get Up.

  22. Atoms for Peace

    Gawd. Well done

  23. None

    The second problem with going to Dutton in fact with anyone is that no one has seriously pointed out that they should just drop Paris or together. So in other words what the schmucks will do is keep Paris and pretend that we can achieve it voluntarily and however long Paris is there means that’s how long Shorten has to kill us with his punitive greenschemes to appease the unions. Remember the CFMEU came out in favour of this monstrosity.

  24. None

    It is understood that the decision to remove the Paris target from legislation was made on Thursday night in a late-night meeting between Mr Turnbull, Scott Morrison and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg.

    if that’s true that’s the 3 dunderheads you need to get rid of first. I remember JC loving scomo as Immigration Minister and the way he would piss off the media that as I pointed out then scomo has never had a real job and has sucked off the public teat all his life. Sovereign Borders had been planned for a year while the lips were still in opposition so also know how to do with front up and mouth off because all the hard work and the policy settings have been decided. He showed how useless he was a social security minister and in hindsight we now know why he ran dead within months of being appointed to that role. He’s gutless and self serving and frankly quite incompetent.

  25. Eyrie

    “The book, No Front Line by Chris Masters, used competing soldier accounts to put question marks over the need for killing the suspected Taliban spotter, as well as Mr Roberts-Smith and Locke’s management of the incident.”
    Memo to young Afghans – Do not make yourself look like a Taliban spotter. Somebody might think you are one.
    This is similar to Larry Niven’s advice to protestors after Chicago 1968 – Do not throw shit at armed men.
    Also do not stand next to anyone throwing shit at armed men.

  26. Herodotus

    The BBC’s Science In Action program made this assertion:

    The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of warming elsewhere, and since what happens there affects the whole world’s weather, it is probably causing the heatwaves we’re seeing everywhere.

    That’s science? Sounds closer to pointing the bone or consulting chicken entrails. I await BoN’s assessment.

  27. Herodotus

    Was that the “spotter” who exploded when shot?

  28. OldOzzie

    Malcolm Turnbull to blame for his endangered leadership

    Dennis Shanahan
    Political Editor

    Malcolm Turnbull is on notice that he will face ministerial resignations and a leadership challenge unless there are drastic changes to the national energy guarantee and an improvement in Newspoll.

    There are talks between ministers about replacing the Prime Minister and the recognition that if there is to be a challenge it will have to be before the end of September.

    For months conservative MPs have urged Peter Dutton to stand against Turnbull, but there is no challenge yet and the Immigration Minister remains loyal to his leader.

    The rebellion of conservative MPs, including Tony Abbott, Barnaby Joyce and Andrew Hastie, over Turnbull’s proposed deal with the states to provide more ­reliable and cheaper electricity is the immediate cause of leadership destabilisation.

    But discontent with Turnbull is much wider than just his handling of the NEG, and even dropping his preferred Paris emissions target from the legislation may not head off a leadership crisis.

    Dutton is being thrust forward as an alternative leader as ministers lose faith in Turnbull. Dissatisfaction, already high because of the removal of Abbott, the hits on superannuation, and the blunder on Catholic schools funding, is rising dangerously.

    The by-election results last month, particularly in the Queensland seat of Longman where Labor won and the Coalition’s primary vote dropped further, and continuing poor Newspoll results, including Turnbull’s 38th losing survey in a row to the ALP on a two-party preferred basis, have alarmed ­Coalition MPs.

    For some time, ministers have discussed a possible leadership change as conservatives fear an electoral wipeout at the next election that could hand Labor up to 20 seats, including 10 in Queensland.

    The Coalition’s primary vote has crashed since the last election, and defectors are not returning.

    Dutton, as the most senior Queensland Liberal, has obvious appeal in the north but has managed to use his hardline on immigration and law and order to garner support elsewhere, including in Victoria.

    Right now there is no challenge: Dutton has not declared and there are unlikely to be any calculated or public moves next week or before the two-week sitting in the middle of September after the NEG legislation has gone to the Coalition partyroom, parliament resumes and the next Newspoll is published.

    Throughout the Liberal Party, at state and federal levels, and within the federal parliamentary party, there is an acceptance that the political process for leadership challenge has begun. Turnbull is not helped by the deep divisions among his Nationals partners.

    There will be false starts and feints, positioning among contenders and counter moves from Turnbull and his supporters in the next parliamentary week, and a lot of media speculation. In this situation it is possible a leadership crisis begins by accident or misadventure.

    Turnbull’s leadership is on the line, his handling of the diabolic complexity and political conflict in the NEG deal will be crucial to his survival, but this moment of political life or death has come about ­because of an accumulation of poor political judgments, a lack of connection with the public and an alienation of conservative voters and key voting blocs.

    Dutton’s declaration this week that while he was in cabinet he was bound to support government policy and the leader, makes it axiomatic that the moment he resigns a challenge will be under way.

    In the meantime, there will be public displays of shadow boxing and a behind-the-scenes exercise of the dark arts to discredit and ­derail any potential contenders. But Turnbull is on notice.

  29. Elle

    Top 40! I love music. 🙂

  30. John Constantine

    Can turnbullites make it to fifty losing news polls?.

  31. None

    Thanks Ozzie. Another problem with going to Dutton is that he holds a very important ministry that needs a very well managed handover to someone who’s equally competent and committed whenever Dutton moves on. I don’t know whether it’s worth risking national security by having a Turnbull lightweight put in that portfolio should Dutton resign.

  32. Elle

    Listening to the gardening show on 2GB and the host, Graham Ross, managed to slip in political statements about climate change – mentioning “the deniers in Canberra” and after getting a call from a guy with an accent, Graham said something like he welcomes all on his show, not like that boof head (Anning) in Canberra. Mixing gardening with politics? I guess we get manure.

  33. Tintarella di Luna

    BrettW
    #2792225, posted on August 18, 2018 at 1:04 am

    Lisping Lizzy Broderick is an opportunist and trouble-maker of the worst kind, in the ADF, in the universities, in board rooms she’s the modern-day equivalent of Typhoid Mary, spreading social contagion wherever she goes. She causes the problem then claims she can provide the solution.

    Unfortunately Australian Human Rights Commission has not been abolished outright for it disgraceful divisive behaviour over the last decade and a half but at least Lisping Lizzy the Lawyer was not ensconced as the President of the Commission.

  34. John Constantine

    Their Stabby McStabface bishop to be appointed Governor General?.

    What a brilliantly well leaked idea Julie bishop.

    This right here is the gasping canary in the coal mine, when even lifelong trough scum like bishop go looking for an escape route, it lets us know that all their private focus group testing has revealed to them that Steiners Army is not going to reinforce their blackhanded turnbullites election winning machine.

    Governor General for a full term and sucking shorten’s little fat one every day of it.

    What a brilliant idea Julie bishop, has Hillary asked for a donation to endorse you yet?.

    Comrades?.

  35. Empire 5:5

    When all you have left is compromised judges:

    Attorney Chris Gowen, a former aide to Hillary Clinton, argued to Judge Tanya Chutkan, a President Barack Obama-appointee, that Imran should be spared jail, in part because of Trump, who engaged in “incoherent rambling” about the former IT aide.

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/08/16/awan-trump-republicans-jail/

  36. John Constantine

    Will bishop swing behind Dutton if he pays her price of making her governor general?.

  37. 132andBush

    Turnbull is going to end up with quite the political resume.

    – Led the failed republic drive
    – Voted out of leadership, while in opposition, over manic adherence to a religious cult.
    – White anting of a democratically elected leader
    – Destruction of the Liberal party because of adherence to aforementioned religious cult.
    – Record number of poll losses

    What an utter failure of a “potentially great” man.

  38. classical_hero

    Even though it might be warming in the Arctic, it’s still below freezing. So there will still be ice up there.

  39. Snoopy

    Thanks for the Stop Turnbull link, None.

  40. None

    Mike Keane has a compelling piece in today’s Oz on the disappearance of MH370 and our aviation authorities.

  41. None

    You’te welcome, Snoopy.

  42. John Constantine

    Their shortfilth will be turnfailures poisonous legacy to Australia.

    How a crawling mafia lickspittle toad can be gifted both houses of parliament, because he is the only way to get rid of turnbull is a reality that makes me vomit in my own mouth in and endless cycle of gulping and refluxing.

    Looting billy shortfilth, the mouthvomit Australia has to have.

    Purge them all, comrades. [ except bishop, she can go on the abc as governor general and urge the obsolete deplorables to collaborate and inform upon deniers to the State.]

    Comrades.

  43. Trump, who engaged in “incoherent rambling”

    Correction. Trump, who engaged in “incoherent rambling®”

  44. John Constantine

    Last thought, isn’t it wonderful how bishops political instincts have grasped upon the way she gets to survive the revolution and serve the shortfilth looting regime:

    As shortens loyal governor general.

    What a contemptable country.

  45. None

    132andBush

    #2792277, posted on August 18, 2018 at 7:49 am

    You forgot that Turnbull also f*** Australia up the a***. In fact when the time comes for Turnbull to give his blubbering and belligerent concession speech, as it will, he will cite that as his greatest achievement and give some pompous ass speech about love. The destruction of marriage and its replacement by a public servant approved love contract so that men who shove their dicks up other men’s shitholes can pretend they’re married is surely the most stupid and destructive legacy of all.

  46. C.L.

    This really happened ..
    CNN and WaPo demand Judge Ellis tells them the names of the jurors in the Manafort case – so they can be stalked and assaulted if they don’t deliver the right verdict.
    Ellis refuses.
    The Judge has also revealed his own life has been threatened.

  47. None

    What a brilliantly well leaked idea Julie bishop.

    Sieve in chief.

    I’m trying to work out if my contempt for the Turnbullites is more or less than my contempt for the GillardGreen. God they should all be in jail.

  48. Empire 5:5

    None
    #2792238, posted on August 18, 2018 at 2:58 am
    One (wo)man, a laptop, and lots of footnotes.

    StopTurnbull.com examines Kerry Schott the woman behind NEG.
    http://stopturnbull.com/the-architect-of-turnbulls-energy-policy-is-a-lifelong-labor-supporting-socialist/

    This.

  49. Empire 5:5

    Maybe Mal wants to go and he’s salting the Earth on the way out.

    It’s name was Nessie the Cat.

    The GBR half bill handout leaked, now the windmill rorts. Some time before the next election, what happened after Alexander had beers with George and Australia’s true role in Pissgate will be revealed.

    Maybe it’s time to get rolled, buy a bolt-hole in Queenstown and GTFO?

  50. Entropy

    Dutton, as the most senior Queensland Liberal, has obvious appeal in the north but has managed to use his hardline on immigration and law and order to garner support elsewhere, including in Victoria.

    This is bullshit. Dutton is in a marginal seat, and facEs the mother of all GetUp campaigns and they thin they will get him. He also has all the charisma of a fence post. He doesn’t actually have much appeal. I don’t have any animus towards him. I think he is a hard worker. But I do not think he will still be the local member after the election.

  51. GD

    Another problem with going to Dutton is that he holds a very important ministry that needs a very well managed handover to someone who’s equally competent and committed whenever Dutton moves on.

    Hastie would be able to do it.

  52. OldOzzie

    Jim Kunstler Exposes The Democratic Party’s “Three-Headed Monster”

    The faction that used to be the Democratic party can be described with some precision these days as a three-headed monster driving the nation toward danger, darkness, and incoherence.


    The first head is the one infected with the toxic shock of losing the 2016 election.
    The illness took hold during the campaign that year when the bureaucracy under President Obama sent its lymphocytes and microphages in the “intel community” — especially the leadership of the FBI — to attack the perceived disease that the election of Donald Trump represented. The “doctors” of this Deep State diagnosed the condition as “Russian collusion.” An overdue second opinion by doctors outside the Deep State adduced later that the malady was actually an auto-immune disease.

    The agents actually threatening the health of the state came from the intel community itself: Mr. Brennan, Mr. Clapper, Mr. Comey, Mr. Strzok, Mr. McCabe, Mr. Ohr, Ms. Yates. Ms. Page, et. al. who colluded with pathogens in the DNC, the Hillary campaign, and the British intel service to chew up and spit out Mr. Trump as expeditiously as possible. With the disease now revealed by hard evidence, the chief surgeon called into the case, Robert Mueller, is left looking ridiculous — and perhaps subject to malpractice charges — for trying to remove an appendix-like organ called the Manifort from the body politic instead of attending to the cancerous mess all around him. Meanwhile, the Deep State can’t stop running its mouth — The New York Times, CNN, WashPo, et al — in an evermore hysterical reaction to the truth of the matter: the Deep State itself colluded with Russia (and perhaps hates itself for it, a sure recipe for mental illness).

    The second head of this monster is a matrix of sinister interests seeking to incite conflict with Russia in order to support arms manufacturers, black box “security” companies, congressmen-on-the-take, and an army of obscenely-rewarded Washington lobbyists in concert with the military and a rabid neocon intellectual think-tank camp wishing to replay the cold war and perhaps even turn up the temperature with some nuclear fire. They are apparently in deep confab with the first head and its Russia collusion storyline. Note all the current talk about Russia already meddling in the 2018 midterm election, a full-fledged pathogenic hallucination.

    The third head of this monster is the one aflame with identity politics. It arises from a crypto-gnostic wish to change human nature to escape the woes and sorrows of the human condition — for example, the terrible tensions of sexuality. Hence, the multiplication of new sexual categories as a work-around for the fundamental terrors of human reproduction as represented by the differences between men and women. Those differences must be abolished, and replaced with chimeras that enable a childish game of pretend, men pretending to be women and vice-versa in one way or another: LBGTQetc. Anything BUT the dreaded “cis-hetero” purgatory of men and women acting like men and women. The horror….

    Its companion is the race hustle and its multicultural operating system. The objective has become transparent over the past year, with rising calls to punish white people for the supposed “privilege” of being Caucasian and pay “reparations” in one way or another to underprivileged “people of color.” This comes partly from the infantile refusal to understand that life is difficult for everybody, and that the woes and sorrows of being in this world require fortitude and intelligence to get through — with the final reward being absolutely the same for everybody.

  53. None

    GD – much as I like Hastie you don’t give a super ministry like that to a man who’s only been in parliament a couple of years and is just a backbencher with no ministerial experience whatsoever, heck never even a parliamentary secretary. For goodness’ sake we want rational government don’t we? Leave the searches for the messiah to to the lefties.

  54. None

    Agree Entropy, Dutton’s gonna face the mother of all campaigns to keep his seat. That doesn’t mean he won’t make a play for the leadership it just means people are so desperate they are not really thinking things through. On the other hand what would be absolutely delightful as if the conservatives are using Dutton as a decoy to shake the tree only then to roll Turnbull to install Tony Abbott. That would be so deliciously funny.

  55. Caveman

    I was tinkin Dutton would hand over to Abbott, thought he was good mates with him.

  56. mh

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo retracted his controversial statement made Wednesday where he said, “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.”
    “The expression I used the other day was inartful, so I want to be very clear: Of course America is great, and of course America has always been great — no one questions that,” Cuomo now says.

    https://www.infowars.com/total-reversal-cuomo-backtracks-admits-america-has-always-been-great/

    Donald J. Trump

    @realDonaldTrump
    Wow! Big pushback on Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York for his really dumb statement about America’s lack of greatness. I have already MADE America Great Again, just look at the markets, jobs, military- setting records, and we will do even better. Andrew “choked” badly, mistake!
    12:10 AM – Aug 18, 2018

  57. OldOzzie

    Texas Man Claims Record-Breaking 3-Mile Shot

    A West Texas man has taken aim at becoming one of the world’s top marksmen.

    Bill Poor, 41, says he hit a target from 3 miles away with a .408 bullet on Jan. 14 near Midland.

    Hitting a target from that distance would break the record of 2.8 miles set by retired Navy SEAL Charles Melton in September.

    For Poor, it was a shot that was three years in the making.

    “It didn’t happen overnight,” he said. “It took a lot of homework and a lot of science.”

    His efforts have brought him attention from reporters and firearms enthusiasts, but establishing his record may prove difficult.

    Guinness World Records did not recognize Melton’s shot — and probably won’t acknowledge Poor’s either.

    “They do not recognize shots with optics,” said Poor, who used a large scope on his rifle. “Several guys have tried and sent them in everything, but for some reason they just don’t want to take it.”

    Poor’s rifle was built by a gunsmith who specializes in precision rifles for long-range shooting. He and Melton both used the same base for their weapons, a .408 CheyTac.

    It’s reported that Poor took only eight shots to hit the target, which is even more impressive. By comparison, Melton took 38.

  58. Tel

    132andBush #2792277

    What an utter failure of a “potentially great” man.

    Mal still has as much potential as ever, what makes you think he’s done yet?

  59. H B Bear

    No guarantee Hastie will be there either, although he has the benefit of encumbancy this time around and Emperor Barney and the WA Lieborals are largely forgotten except for their 19 billion dollar legacy of debt.

  60. BrettW

    According to the Oz it seems Clive Palmer is buying his way back into politics especially FNQ and Townsville.

    Shame on the Patriots motorcycle club for accepting $10,000 from him.

    How quickly they forget what a train wreck he has been.

  61. 132andBush

    – Backdoor introduction of homosexual “marriage “.
    – Feeding the already bloated scientific industrial complex centered on AGW.

  62. RobK

    The WA EPAct has a clause to the effect that policy shall be law. It is the most disgusting thing I’ve read.
    This turn of events by Malcolm is also a mission creep capper by stealth. Welcome to China but with economic shakles.

  63. Anthony

    Can the Liberals survive under Turnbull?
    No!
    What can they do? Anyone but Turnbull.

  64. Anthony

    How old does one have to be to be stripped of the ‘potentially’ great man nonsense?
    He was always flawed by his own conceit.

  65. None

    Another problem for the liberals is they’ve left it so long to do something about Turnbull that those who have left the libs are unlikely to support the libs again. And again the lives under mind their own leader and then rolled him consequently they don’t deserve a second chance.

  66. Leo G

    “The expression I used the other day was inartful, so I want to be very clear: Of course America is great, and of course America has always been great — no one questions that,” Cuomo now says.

    Given that “artful” normally means “slyly crafty or cunning; deceitful; tricky”, Cuomo appears to have apologised for a lapse in cunning.
    Nonetheless, the inarticulate governor has rather humbled himself with the implied admission that he is a “no one”.

  67. Farmer Gez

    Godwin Grech.
    Magnificent Malcolm has no ability to judge character in others let alone himself.

  68. H B Bear

    Did you include Lord Waffleworth’s sale of FAI to HIH in his list of achievements? Another maaates deal with the criminal Larry Adler Jr that took a bucket load of Goldman Sachs to keep from getting charged.

    Turnbull’s record of failure is unequalled, interrupted only by the Ozemail insider maaaates deal that landed him his fortune. He, Daddy and Lucy will succeed in destroying the Lieborals hopefully.

  69. struth

    Malcom will be done at the next election.
    He has an agenda to complete.
    The electorate and party don’t need to love him, and he doesn’t care whether they do or not.
    Fronting the media is still just the act it always was.
    Say anything required.
    Get the agenda enacted.

    If you understand this, you are not surprised by anything he does.
    The back down is no such thing and he knows it.
    It’s just a temporary blip and may even be presented as a union presents a claim for more than it really wants, to be able to fall back on the regulation instead of law preferred option.
    According to our PM, the actual real life Bond bad guy, angry that the world doesn’t see his genius , he will play us dumb proles and get his revenge.
    And then head over to the U.N. and RULE ZE WORLD hahahahahahahahahahahaha

  70. OldOzzie

    AFR – Malcolm Turnbull scrambles NEG in bid to fend off leadership challenge – by Phillip Coorey

    The Turnbull government is set to make a key change to the design of the National Energy Guarantee, as it scrambles over coming days to salvage the policy and stave off a leadership crisis.

    Amid rising internal chatter about a challenge by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and warnings by MPs that the next 48-to-72-hours was critical, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his senior minsters agreed to dump plans to legislate the emissions reduction target associated with the NEG.

    This addresses the principal demand of those threatening to cross the floor – that any commitment to Australia’s Paris climate change targets should not be locked in by legislation.

    AFR Weekend understands that as part of a raft of changes and new measures to be presented to the Coalition party room on Tuesday, the requirement under the NEG that the electricity sector reduces its emissions by 26 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030 will instead be set by regulation, which is a stroke of the pen by a minister.

    Ironically, the Labor states have been demanding the target be set by regulation so a future federal government can more easily increase the NEG’s emissions reduction target.

    Until now, the federal government has refused to budge, saying the target needed to be locked in by legislation to make it harder to adjust and ensure investor certainty.

    To try to guard against ad hoc changes using regulation, the modified NEG will include a mechanism requiring a future government to demonstrate the impact on power prices as a condition of regulating a higher target.

    A party strategist said the solution should satisfy rogue Liberals who have made a legislated Paris target their tipping point for crossing the floor. There were early signs it had worked.


    Prospect of a spill was ‘bullshit’

    One prominent MP who had been threatening to cross the floor on this very point, and who was involved in internal discussions Friday, told AFR Weekend last night that the prospect of a leadership spill was “bullshit”.

    He said Mr Turnbull “was listening and we have made good progress today”. He said the issue was getting the policy right, not changing leader.

    The backdown on the NEG is just one of several measures being packaged together in a bid to address every legitimate concern about the NEG by both the Coalition and Labor.

    The strategist said there was no hope of reasoning with Tony Abbott, whose motive was toppling Mr Turnbull, and rogue Nationals frontbencher Keith Pitt was also considered a lost cause.

    Otherwise it was hoped everyone else would be satisfied by the new measures and changes that could be announced as early as Monday.

    As revealed on Friday, the government will also directly address the concerns of MPs that the NEG does not do enough to directly lower prices by vowing to hit power companies with regulation to stop them gouging consumers.

    It will also adopt several recommendations from last month’s Australian Consumer and Commission Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry which will have a direct impact on price.

    These include forcing retailers to offer customers the option of low-cost, default price contracts and effectively underwriting the construction of a new generator of “firm” electricity by agreeing to be a buyer of last resort of its power.
    Dissent broader, more serious

    Up to eight MPs in the lower house and at least two Senators have threatening to cross the floor in the House of Representatives but the disenchantment with the policy is deeper.

    The dissent in the party is also broader and more serious than that propagated by Mr Abbott and his followers. People feel the power issue has been mishandled because it took too long to address the price concerns of MPs.

    This has built on fears and frustrations that grew in the wake of the party’s July Longman byelection defeat and its ability to hold crucial seats in Queensland.

    Mr Dutton, the lead candidate for a leadership change and a Queenslander with a marginal seat, is being urged by some of the disgruntled to make a run but he is playing a passive role.

    The conservatives are far from united and most are still trying to make the NEG and Mr Turnbull’s leadership – work.

    In Victoria, the Right is holding behind Mr Turnbull and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg, a local towards whom there is significant goodwill among conservatives.

    Sources said Victorian Liberal powerbroker Michael Kroger, whose influence these days is diminished, is nonetheless working behind the scenes and has personally urged Victorian MP and key Abbott ally Kevin Andrews not to cross the floor on the NEG.
    ‘The next 48 hours will determine it’

    Mr Andrews was one of 10 MPs and Senators who reserved their right to do so at Tuesday’s party room meeting.

    One Liberal who backs Mr Turnbull, said the leadership situation was the most serious it had been since Mr Turnbull rolled Mr Abbott in September 2015.

    “It’s up there, it’s up for grabs, the next 48 hours will determine it,” he said.

    “Whether they can pacify people or whether it’s too late, who knows?”

    He said the briefing from Tuesday’s party room meeting when the NEG was adopted by a ratio of three MPs to one, was too optimistic.

    “It gave a false impression about how enthusiastic the support was,” he said.

    He said while 10 did speak against the policy, “everyone else who spoke was heavily qualified.”

    He also warned the government not to go too far with regulation, pointing out the Liberal Party was supposed to be about the free market.

    “Some of us are worried about over regulation. It won’t send a good investment signal,” the MP said.

    One conservative said of the leadership: “The colleagues are definitely talking but nothing is imminent.”

    “People are pissed off big time over the NEG even if they haven’t spoken up in the party room.

    “There are much broader issues too.”

  71. Tiny Dancer

    I’d rather lose having a go under Dutton or Abbott than dying on our knees under Team Turnbull. Any day.

  72. Entropy

    Philip Coorey wrote that OldOzzie. He was probably briefed by Turnbull.

  73. Top Ender

    Has a moustache and ticks all the boxes:

    Born and raised in regional NSW, Filipino on her father’s side, Wiradjuri on her mother’s, and identifying as a queer woman of colour, Mojo Juju has always been aware of the visibility of her difference, and the uninvited scrutiny and questions that come with it.

    But she’d held back writing songs about it.

  74. struth

    Can somebody tell me, (something that is very prominent problem in my industry) that a minister signing something is worth anything more than the same something you wipe your arse with.

  75. Snoopy

    Tiny Dancer
    #2792319, posted on August 18, 2018 at 8:57 am
    I’d rather lose having a go under Dutton or Abbott than dying on our knees under Team Turnbull. Any day.

    Ditto

  76. OldOzzie

    Entropy
    #2792320, posted on August 18, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Philip Coorey wrote that OldOzzie. He was probably briefed by Turnbull.

    Entropy, yes realised that – just good to have the Fairfax Love Turnbull View as an Alt

  77. Tel

    Struth, if the minister in question has executive power, he can make a personal promise to use that power in certain ways. That does not make law, but executive power can still be significant.

    For example, the Iran “deal” signed by Obama was a personal agreement backed by Obama’s executive power as POTUS, it was not law in any sense, nor was it a “treaty” which would require Congress. Trump never signed any “deal” with Iran and isn’t bound by Obama’s promise either.

  78. 132andBush

    Potentially the greatest destructive force from a cultural standpoint for the country and the party he leads, in Australian political history. And yes, that’s including Gough.

  79. Snoopy

    Another problem with going to Dutton is that he holds a very important ministry that needs a very well managed handover to someone who’s equally competent and committed whenever Dutton moves on.

    If Turnbull stays that “very important ministry” will likely be managed by that ALP muppet that no one knows the name of.

  80. struth

    Struth, if the minister in question has executive power

    They don’t in Australia.
    Only , maybe, over the actions of the own department that don’t contradict the law.
    And enforcing a regulation on a private company that isn’t law, is unlawful in this country.
    I think we are very much the worse here in Aus for not standing up to the intimidation and corruption that is used to enforce unlawful regulation.
    I have stood up against it in my industry, and it does crumble, (although only at the last minute before court)

  81. candy

    Fairfax trying to explain away Malcolm Turnbull’s confusion, because it is baffling how he can change a very significant policy seemingly overnight. Whether you like him or not, it’s hard to grab hold of the meaning and intent of the policy when it’s it basic substance is changed in the blink of an eye.

  82. OldOzzie

    Desire to help out next generation tempered by need to prevent mollycoddling
    DERRICK KRUSCHE, EXCLUSIVE, The Daily Telegraph


    THE age of entitlement has hit a new peak with research now showing most Australians believe parents should give up holidays and a night out at dinner so they can set up their children financially in later life.

    And the study shows it is young Australians, aged 18 to 25, who most strongly support the idea parents should sacrifice their own luxuries to benefit their kids.

    But some experts warn parents giving up too much of their own lives to make things easier for their children amounts to mollycoddling that fails to teach the next generation how to look after themselves.

    A survey commissioned by Sydney finance author Vanessa Stoykov found 63 per cent of respondents believe parents should make sacrifices for their children’s financial future.

    Top of the list of things that parents should forgo for their children was buying expensive cars, followed by eating out and taking holidays overseas.

    Among those aged 18-25, 72 per cent said parents should make sacrifices for their children, with people older than 65 the next most likely to support the idea, at 70 per cent.

    The results showed 60 per cent of men and 64 per cent of women backed sacrifice, and that the views were consistent across NSW, Victoria and Western Australia.

    Ms Stoykov told The Saturday Telegraph parents should talk to their children about things such as school fees, deposits to buy a home and weddings

    “Make sure your kids understand you are sacrificing for them and don’t take it for granted,” said Ms Stoykov, who collated the research for her new book The Breakfast Club For 40-Somethings.

    “So many people don’t talk about money around the dinner table and that means their kids aren’t financially literate,” she said.

    But parenting expert and father-of-six Justin Coulson said that he would be telling his children they must financially support themselves after they turn 18.

    “If I can use an analogy, a baby doesn’t learn to walk by being carried everywhere,” he said.

    Dr Coulson said all parents make sacrifices for their children but it was important for children to learn how to grow.

    “I hear parents all the time say, ‘I don’t want children to go through what I went through,’” he said.

    “My response is that if you don’t give those children the same trials, they will never develop the capacity to grow.”

    From the Comments

    Your current poll indicates 84% disagree with the premise of going without to make life easier for their children! I suggest this woman author has concocted her own theory to push the sale of a controversial book nothing more.

    It is widely accepted/conceded that millennials are the most “entitled” generation ever, so this book just plays into their mindset. Bet the author fits into this category??

  83. Tel

    And enforcing a regulation on a private company that isn’t law, is unlawful in this country.

    Ahhh but Parliament has in the past decided to delegate powers, and now those departments hold onto the delegated powers.

  84. Snoopy

    Mueller’s team has 3 times the evidence for Paul Manafort’s next trial than his current trial

    Why wouldn’t you give your best shot first? Is it because the aim is persecution as the prosecution cases are so weak?

  85. Entropy

    candy
    #2792335, posted on August 18, 2018 at 9:20 am
    Fairfax trying to explain away Malcolm Turnbull’s confusion, because it is baffling how he can change a very significant policy seemingly overnight. Whether you like him or not, it’s hard to grab hold of the meaning and intent of the policy when it’s it basic substance is changed in the blink of an eye.

    He has not changed his goal, merely the mechanism. In fact he has doubled down. He could now change the target by simply tabling a Regulation in parliament. It comes into effect the day the GG signs off on it, before it is tabled.

  86. Leigh Lowe

    H B Bear

    #2792315, posted on August 18, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Did you include Lord Waffleworth’s sale of FAI to HIH in his list of achievements? Another maaates deal with the criminal Larry Adler Jr that took a bucket load of Goldman Sachs to keep from getting charged.

    Turnbull’s record of failure is unequalled, interrupted only by the Ozemail insider maaaates deal that landed him his fortune. He, Daddy and Lucy will succeed in destroying the Lieborals hopefully.

    The overlaps between Ozemail, FAI-HIH and Offset Alpine printing are intriguing.

  87. struth

    Ahhh but Parliament has in the past decided to delegate powers, and now those departments hold onto the delegated powers

    I’m being obtuse, but they just can’t do that.
    States, unfortunately can do basically what they want to a certain degree until it conflicts with the constitution, but federally, our constitution is clear.
    If it isn’t law, tell them to shove it up their proverbial.
    Produce the specific law, or f off.

  88. Roger

    Blair: “Turnbull is running out of rooms in which he is the smartest.”

  89. candy

    He has not changed his goal, merely the mechanism. In fact he has doubled down. He could now change the target by simply tabling a Regulation in parliament. It comes into effect the day the GG signs off on it, before it is tabled.

    I see that Entropy, but I had the idea that the legislation idea was to take the “politics” out of the energy issue and for that he was lauded, so governments could “move on”, sorry to be trite. I’m trying to look at it objectively.

  90. struth

    Example.
    NHVR
    National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is trying to do exactly what you describe.
    Make up regulations and then just get it signed off by a minister.
    They enforce this based on bluff that it is lawful.
    It isn’t.
    The states had these laws and then they had to hand over to an extra level of bureaucracy, but unfortunately it is a federal bureaucracy that therefore comes directly under the constitution.

    You would be (or may not be) surprised at the level of wilful ignorance on the department side and of course on the business side, just plain ignorance to our federal constitution.
    If it ain’t law, get out of my face.

    They say things like “it goes to parliament”
    This means it goes to the minister’s office to be signed off.
    It’s nothing.
    Zilch.

  91. C.L.

    Born and raised in regional NSW, Filipino on her father’s side, Wiradjuri on her mother’s, and identifying as a queer woman of colour …

    The next Chief of the ADF.

  92. Snoopy

    CNN and WaPo demand Judge Ellis tells them the names of the jurors in the Manafort case – so they can be stalked and assaulted if they don’t deliver the right verdict.
    Ellis refuses.
    The Judge has also revealed his own life has been threatened.

    How difficult would it be to put a tail on jurors as they leave the Court? I’ll bet CNN and WaPo already know the identity of the jurors. They were just seeking cover for the inevitable doxxing by anonymous social media accounts.

  93. C.L.

    As Ace points out, CNN and WaPo requested the names and addresses of the Manafort jurors so those 12 citizens know that if they don’t deliver a pro-Democrat verdict they will be hunted down and doxed. That’s exactly why they did it.

    At Ace’s:

    Spicy Take: @redsteeze writes on twitter:

    We’re not enemies of the people. Also we want the names and addresses of jurors. No reason.

  94. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The next Chief of the ADF.

    A Greens seat, somewhere, surely?

  95. C.L.

    I can’t believe anyone is seriously contemplating giving the prime ministership to Dutton.
    He should still be verballing Abos and rolling drunks for the Brisbane CIB.

  96. OldOzzie

    WSJ – The Press Abets a Coverup

    There is much to know about America’s own spies in 2016, but it would be impolitic to ask.


    The two biggest shoes are yet to drop in the 2016 investigations. We still don’t know the origins and back story of the intercepted Russian intelligence document that was pivotal in James Comey’s unprecedented, ill-advised and possibly decisive (according to numerous Democratic and independent election analysts) interventions in the presidential race.

    Depending on what report you credit, the information was false, it was planted by the Russians, or it accurately indicated an illegal conspiracy to obstruct justice by the Clinton campaign and Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch. If it was a Russian fabrication, then Mr. Comey was spoofed by the Kremlin into his improper intervention in the race. If the parties to the incepted exchange were simply misinformed, it’s hard to understand Mr. Comey’s reason for intervening.

    Presumably some of the questions are answered in a still-secret annex to the inspector general’s report that criticized Mr. Comey’s performance, but even that won’t tell us everything we need to know. What did fellow intelligence agencies, such as the CIA, tell the FBI about this intercept? What did they advise Mr. Comey to do?

    The second shoe concerns the Steele dossier. Who were the alleged Russian sources behind it? What were their motives? Go back and read Robert Mueller’s indictment of the Russian hackers in the DNC email theft. It is not a remarkable account of hacking, but it is remarkable that it exists, with its detailed re-creation of specific actions by specific Russian officials sitting at their laptops. Your government could use the same resources to get to the bottom of an episode that has had exponentially more influence on our political life than even Russia’s trafficking in DNC emails.

    After all, a foreign citizen produces a catalog of unverifiable, scandalous accusations against a U.S. presidential candidate, attributed to unnamed Russian officials. Paying for this “opposition research” is the candidate of the party in power. Her confederates, including elected Democrats, conspire to use the FBI’s possession of this document to get U.S. media outlets to report allegations from sources who won’t identify themselves, who offer no support for their claims, passed along by an operator whose political motives are manifest.

    George Smiley, the careful, methodical, skeptical spy of the John le Carré novels, would have considered it a matter of good housekeeping for any spy agency to learn how it might have been misled or manipulated into ill-advised actions. Both subjects fit into Robert Mueller’s remit. Both involve Russian influence on our election and include prima facie evidence of crimes by U.S. persons.

    Unfortunately, our most prominent ex-spies bear no resemblance to George Smiley. If you are not by now open to the suspicion that the blowhardism of former Obama intelligence officials John Brennan and James Clapper is aimed at keeping the focus away from their actions during the election, then you haven’t been paying attention. In his New York Times op-ed this week after being stripped of his courtesy, postretirement security clearance, the CIA’s Mr. Brennan finally put his collusion cards on the table: Mr. Trump’s ill-advised remark during the campaign inviting Russia to find the missing Hillary Clinton emails.

    Really? This is it? Mr. Trump’s behavior was typically unpresidential in the fashion that we have now become used to, such as referring to a fired White House employee as a dog. But his jibe was at least as much aimed at the media, which he correctly noted would eagerly traffic in the stolen emails even as it deplored Russian meddling.

    When Mr. Trump tweets and blurts out so many offhand things, are you really going to build a “treason” case (a term Mr. Brennan has used) out of just another free-form Trump campaign riff of 2016? If that’s all he’s got, the secret knowledge Mr. Brennan keeps hinting at is a fabulous fraud.

    Which brings us to the press. The two stories outlined above are of legitimate, pressing interest, but editors and reporters say to themselves: “Might not looking into these matters be construed as pro-Trump? We can’t have that.” Not one U.S. paper, despite lavish coverage of the DOJ inspector general’s report, even noted the existence of a secret appendix. According to reports in his own Washington Post, Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book will be an upmarket “Fire and Fury” looking into the known knowns of Mr. Trump’s chaotic first year in office. Meanwhile, history is screaming at Mr. Woodward to dig into the known unknowns of U.S. intelligence activities in the campaign that elected Mr. Trump.

    In fact, these stories cut both ways. They suggest foolish if not corrupt meddling in the U.S. election by our own intelligence agencies, but also that Mr. Trump may occupy the White House because their malign intervention inadvertently pushed him over the top.

    Appeared in the August 18, 2018, print edition.

  97. C.L.

    ACT government school improvement director Kris Willis announces the abolition of facts:

    Announcing the Future of Education strategy, acting school improvement director Kris Willis said it was “time for change” … “Facts and figures once held as paramount in classrooms, and knowing facts and figures, is no longer relevant in today’s society,” he said …

    Principal Craig Edwards said rather than teaching Shakespeare, the class teaches skills that they will use long after their school days. “Currently in class we’re talking about, ‘What is creativity?’ Last semester we talked about, ‘What is a good communicator?’ ” Mr Edwards said.

    These are the abusers who should be confined to their homes wearing tracking devices.
    —————
    Via Bolt.

  98. C.L.

    ACT government school improvement director Kris Willis announces the abolition of facts:

    Announcing the Future of Education strategy, acting school improvement director Kris Willis said it was “time for change” … “Facts and figures once held as paramount in classrooms, and knowing facts and figures, is no longer relevant in today’s society,” he said …

    Principal Craig Edwards said rather than teaching Shakespeare, the class teaches skills that they will use long after their school days. “Currently in class we’re talking about, ‘What is creativity?’ Last semester we talked about, ‘What is a good communicator?’ ” Mr Edwards said.

    These are the people who should be confined to their homes wearing tracking devices.
    —————
    Via Bolt.

  99. Philippa Martyr

    Must be time to revisit the original Malotto stakes:

    18-Aug-18 Marcus
    18-May-19 Slayer of Memes
    23-Jun-19 Andrew
    1-Nov-19 thefrolickingmole
    2-Nov-19 Bruce of Newcastle
    Infinity Tel

  100. Ivan Denisovich

    Blair: “Turnbull is running out of rooms in which he is the smartest.”

    Reality described, hilariously. I’ve long believed that Turnbull is a bit of a dim bulb, an Australian Chauncey Gardiner if you like, who has risen through luck and having the right connections. Perhaps that’s harsh but he’s of average intelligence only, imo, far from the intellectual powerhouse that the hype would have one believe.

  101. Roger

    “Some of us are worried about over regulation. It won’t send a good investment signal,” the MP said.

    This from a member of the party that introduced and currently presides over the RET.

  102. johanna

    Forgot to re-mention that references to people who post comments on breasts, body shape and vaginas were always acceptable, especiaaly those from JC.

    This hairy little ape couldn’t wait to share his views on women he would never be closer to than in a video wankfest. But, he is beloved of the boss.

    Ya get that.

    I’ll check in now and again, expecting to find the same.

    Cheers. I love youse all!

  103. Boambee John

    Entropy at 0928

    He has not changed his goal, merely the mechanism. In fact he has doubled down. He could now change the target by simply tabling a Regulation in parliament. It comes into effect the day the GG signs off on it, before it is tabled.

    Regulations can be disallowed by a vote in Parliament.

  104. .

    None
    #2792297, posted on August 18, 2018 at 8:25 am

    GD – much as I like Hastie you don’t give a super ministry like that to a man who’s only been in parliament a couple of years and is just a backbencher with no ministerial experience whatsoever, heck never even a parliamentary secretary. For goodness’ sake we want rational government don’t we? Leave the searches for the messiah to to the lefties.

    Why not? Don’t we want to drain the Molonglo Billabong/Water Quality Control Centre?

    He’s been in management, thoroughly right wing and he’s no creampuff.

  105. H B Bear

    Blot highlights the problem when Teh Australian snoozer Paul Kelly doesn’t bother to wake up before he files his column,

    The extraordinary irony of the week is that Turnbull and Frydenberg scored a critical partyroom victory on Tuesday for their energy policy but saw victory turn into chaos.

  106. Baldrick

    All those advocating a shift by the Stupid.Fucking.Liberal.Party to Dutton need to remember he supported Malcolm’s decision to ratify the Paris Climate Ponzi, put on a sequin’s dress in support of homo-hoedowns, Gonski 2.0 and higher taxes to fund the NDIS.

  107. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Vets honoured as Long Tan cross comes home

    Primrose Riordan
    Political reporter
    @primroseriordan
    12:00AM August 18, 2018

    In the hours after the battle of Long Tan, Ross Smith crawled through the jungle in search of the injured.

    With the night “as black as a black dog’s arse”, the Vietnam veteran moved through the trees ­towards the “cries of agony” from young men, barely finished school, dying around him.

    Those were the thoughts that haunt still those who gathered in Canberra yesterday to witness the unveiling of the Long Tan cross in the Vietnam Gallery at the Australian War Memorial, which opens to the public today for Vietnam Veterans Day.

    Mr Smith said he would go to Junee, in NSW’s Riverina, today to have a beer with his former forward scout, second scout and ­riflemen he served with.

    “I came to pay my respects today for those who fought at the battle of Long Tan, who will never be forgotten, just to say goodbye to them … there one day and they were dead the next day,” he said.

    The exhibition also describes the Royal Australian Regiment 6th Battalion’s effort to erect the cross at the battle site in Viet Cong territory three years later, on August 18, 1969.

    The white concrete cross was built and flown in, suspended ­beneath an RAAF Iroquois helicopter. Soldiers secured a perimeter around a clearing they created before a chaplain held a memorial service.

    Last year Vietnam gave the cross to Australia after resolving a diplomatic spat in which Vietnamese authorities cancelled a 50th-anniversary event at the battle site in 2016.

    Australia since has upgraded ties with Vietnam and signed off on a “strategic partnership”, with the sides discussing military co-operation.

    From the Oz.

  108. Steve trickler

    This would be a hoot on RAGE ( Our ABC ). All hell would break loose if somehow, this got slipped into the playlist.



    Meaningwave ®

  109. .

    We can’t really whinge about no new blood when we turn it down. Hell, Hastie could probably run for PM as there is no one with any charisma in the party and Aussies will give him a fair go, or at least a honeymoon period because we love diggers.

    (The penny drops).

    You know, this could be the reason why there is a “probe” into the ADF/SAS.

    Malcolm might be PM for a while. He’s ratfucking the comp in the party and he’s sealed off the Senate to anyone to the right of Entsch. He’s just got to appear to be more likeable than Shorten for 6-8 weeks.

  110. H B Bear

    Reality described, hilariously. I’ve long believed that Turnbull is a bit of a dim bulb, an Australian Chauncey Gardiner if you like, who has risen through luck and having the right connections.

    Connections is right. Waffles is just another Sydney insider maaaaate. Just like Bucket Guts but with a nicer house.

  111. Roger

    All those advocating a shift by the Stupid.Fucking.Liberal.Party to Dutton need to remember he supported Malcolm’s decision to ratify the Paris Climate Ponzi, put on a sequin’s dress in support of homo-hoedowns, Gonski 2.0 and higher taxes to fund the NDIS…

    …and verballed Fraser Anning, intimating he was a Nazi sympathiser.

  112. Baldrick

    Environazi’s take on Islamic Tree Jihadis …

    Islamic leader accused of illegal land clearing claims his group is exempt from Australian law
    A religious leader accused of illegal land clearing on a rural property used for religious prayer has claimed a Western Sydney council is infringing on his group’s religious freedoms by pursuing him over the allegations.
    Hawkesbury City Council has launched civil action against Dr Mustapha Kara-Ali and Diaa Kara-Ali in the Land and Environment Court, alleging they carried out illegal land clearing, earthworks and built gates, fences and driveways without seeking any of the relevant development approvals at a property in Colo, in Sydney’s north west.
    “As the Imam of Diwan Al Dawla and its spiritual leader, I, therefore, ask the Hawkesbury City Council to revoke its letter … on the basis that its demands infringe upon our religious freedom and tamper with our mode of worship in contravention of our ACNC status as a Basic Religious Charity.”

    Break out the popcorn.

  113. Ivan Denisovich

    average intelligence only

    average intelligence at best

  114. Gary

    Steve trickler
    #2792377, posted on August 18, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Thanks

  115. Roger

    Hawkesbury City Council has launched civil action against Dr Mustapha Kara-Ali…

    A doctorate from Harvard yet he believes ACNC status exempts him from Australian law.

    And formerly a member of John Howard’s ‘Muslim Community Reference Group’.

    The company our politicians keep…

  116. 2dogs

    Break out the popcorn.

    It’s going to be great whoever wins that one.

  117. Mark A

    Boambee John
    #2792372, posted on August 18, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Entropy at 0928

    He has not changed his goal, merely the mechanism. In fact he has doubled down. He could now change the target by simply tabling a Regulation in parliament. It comes into effect the day the GG signs off on it, before it is tabled.

    Regulations can be disallowed by a vote in Parliament.

    Yes, but given the current and future composition of parliament, is that likely?

  118. Ivan Denisovich

    UWA surrenders to Safe Space thugs:

    The University of Western Australia (UWA) has canceled a speech by a prominent critic of transgenderism just days after admitting that canceling the speech would set a negative precedent for academic debate.

    Dr. Quentin Van Meter is a pediatric endocrinologist and president of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), a socially-conservative group of children’s health providers and experts. He was slated to speak at the university today as part of a nationwide tour sponsored by the Australian Family Association (AFA).

    As LifeSiteNews reported Thursday, the event came under fire by pro-LGBT activists due to Van Meter’s contentions that transgenderism is a “delusional disorder” for which “no biological basis” can be found, that giving gender-confused children puberty blockers is akin to child abuse, and other views that defy the secular consensus on gender identity.

    UWA students gathered more than 9,000 signatures for a petition demanding that the school not host Van Meter. Initially, UWA vice-chancellor Dawn Freshwater distanced UWA from his views but maintained that canceling his speech “would create an undesirable precedent for the exclusion of objectionable views from the campus.”

    The university reversed itself on Friday, however, the Daily Mail reports. It claimed the “risk surrounding the event has been elevated to a higher level, which mandates a more robust event management plan,” which the AFA was allegedly “unable to provide.”

    UWA claimed that it still “does not wish to set a precedent for the exclusion of objectionable views from the campus,” but insisted that in this case the event hirers [AFA] provided “no confidence that UWA could ensure safety on campus.”

    UWA Student Guild president Megan Lee, one of the leaders of the protests against Van Meter, celebrated his cancellation, but said she was “disappointed” the university cited a procedural reason for the decision rather than agreeing that he was a purveyor of “hate speech.”

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/australian-university-cancels-speech-by-us-prof-critical-of-transgenderism-

  119. All those advocating a shift by the Stupid.Fucking.Liberal.Party to Dutton need to remember he supported Malcolm’s decision to ratify the Paris Climate Ponzi, put on a sequin’s dress in support of homo-hoedowns, Gonski 2.0 and higher taxes to fund the NDIS…

    …and verballed Fraser Anning, intimating he was a Nazi sympathiser.

    All true. Dutton would be even worse than Turnbull.

  120. stackja

    Des Houghton: We don’t need to encourage more bludgers, we have enough already
    Des Houghton, The Courier-Mail
    August 18, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    I STILL believe Malcolm Turnbull can win the next election.

    It may seem like Mission: Impossible, but he only has to awaken the sleeping army who will be hurt most if Labor wins.

    This army is made up of the 8 million Australians over 50 whose retirement funds and pensions will be looted by Labor to fund welfare handouts to squibs, malingerers and downright bludgers.

    The silent army includes people now planning to retire and those who have already done so.

    Ten organisations have now formed the Alliance for a Fairer Retirement System.

    Its website was launched last month by Sunday Mail finance guru Noel Whittaker.

    Whittaker gave an example of a couple who had saved $1 million in shares who would be worse off than a pensioner couple who had saved $300,000 in shares.

    How bizarre. And among those worst hit will be traditional Labor voters like teachers, nurses and ambos.

  121. Entropy

    Regulations can be disallowed by a vote in Parliament.

    Yes, they have a couple of weeks to call for a vote. So what? It would already be in effect, and anyway by then the ALP and Greens will control the house.
    The point is never agree to anything you can lose control of. Turnbull would be well of that, and actually wants it to happen becuase he trusts the opposition to do what he wants more than many of his fellow party members.

  122. Gary

    Ivan Denisovich

    The hecklers veto is now the norm.

  123. stackja

    Flinders University students and staff claim proposed assessment model is a ‘rip off’
    Tim Williams, Education Reporter, The Advertiser
    August 17, 2018 7:44pm
    Subscriber only

    STUDENTS rarely ask for more assignments, but it’s happening at Flinders University as they claim they would be “ripped off” by a proposed assessment system.

    Both the student association and staff union say management wants to allocate teachers one hour per student for marking work in each subject, regardless of the degree.

    They claim it will result in fewer or lower quality assessments and inadequate feedback, or force staff to work for more time than they are paid.

    Current arrangements are more flexible, with time allocated according to the requirements of the subject and the type of assessment, they say.

    Flinders University Students Association president Ashley Sutherland said students were already receiving less feedback on assignments, doing more group assignments and even “peer assessment” where they marked each other’s work, and the proposed change would make the situation worse.

    “We don’t think it allows students to get their money’s worth or the quality learning experience they think they are getting when they choose to study at Flinders,” she said.

    “(The uni) essentially cheaping out on what they are giving staff in return for their work is shafting us as well. If staff conditions aren’t good we are being ripped off too.”

  124. OldOzzie

    Jo Nova – Abbott wins this round: Turnbull pulls Paris Agreement from NEG, but still wants to meet it “for free”

    Too little, too late, not enough


    Turnbull has to go.

    Faced with a possible and imminent challenge from Peter Dutton, a limping Malcolm Turnbull has done the barest minimum just to stay in power. He has capitulated, and won’t try to mandate the Paris agreement through law, but he still wants the nation to meet the Paris agreement. If he had pushed it through Parliament he would have faced a leadership challenge for sure, and pundits are saying it’s still likely. How long will liberal lemmings allow him to lead and give up the easiest, well trodden and winning election strategy?

    Tony Abbott is leading the nation from the back bench.

    When will the Liberals grow a spine and dump the Paris agreement completely?

  125. Top Ender

    And here is the Alliance for a Fairer Retirement System website….

  126. Leigh Lowe

    Morning coffee spoiled.
    Picked up the sugar sachet which came with the coffee.
    The reverse side says “Enjoy Responsibly”.
    FMD.

  127. struth

    GD – much as I like Hastie you don’t give a super ministry like that to a man who’s only been in parliament a couple of years and is just a backbencher with no ministerial experience whatsoever, heck never even a parliamentary secretary. For goodness’ sake we want rational government don’t we? Leave the searches for the messiah to to the lefties.

    Same argument was used to install Hillary.

    We need more new blood, not less.
    All so far in our parkyour arse ament, are found wanting.
    We could clear the lot out and put in the local model aeroplane club members and it would be a massive improvement

  128. Boambee John

    Mark A at 1050

    Yes, but given the current and future composition of parliament, is that likely?

    Possibly in the Senate, particularly if a few from the Liars happened to be “strategically” absent from the division.

  129. mh

    The Middle East Eye reported that Turkish diplomats are ready to comply – but want something in return.

    Oh no, they still think they are dealing with Barry.

  130. zyconoclast

    How Muslims, Often Misunderstood, Are Thriving in America
    They’re a vibrant and increasingly visible part of the tapestry in communities across the nation.

    Lots of pictures maps and graphs

    • NewYork: 290.
    • Los Angeles: 79.
    • Philadelphia: 73.
    • Houston: 63.
    • District of Columbia: 58.
    • Dallas-Fort Worth: 55.
    • Atlanta: 49.
    • Detroit-Dearborn: 49.
    • San Francisco: 47.
    • Miami: 37.
    • Minneapolis-St. Paul: 35. (This is the only major city where most Muslims come from one country/ethnic group: Somalia.)
    • Boston: 28.
    • Seattle: 28.
    • Baltimore: 27.
    • Tampa: 23.
    • Riverside: 22.
    • Orlando: 20.
    • San Diego: 19.
    • Columbus: 17.
    • Raleigh: 17.
    • San Jose: 17.
    • Sacramento: 16.
    • Buffalo: 14.
    • Denver: 11.
    • Richmond: 11.
    • Virginia Beach-Norfolk: 10.
    • Austin: 9.
    • Flint: 9.
    • San Antonio: 9.
    • Albany: 8.
    • Peoria: 6.
    • Poughkeepsie: 6.

  131. OldOzzie

    Steve trickler
    #2792407, posted on August 18, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Great presser.

    Thanks for that, agreed “Great Presser” and the one thing I hope he does is get rid of quarterly reporting and go to 6 Month Reporting for Companies

    Working for a US Company, what drove me around the twist was the constant emphahsis on Quarterly Reports rather than concentrate on closing business.

    WSJ City: Trump Weighs an End to Quarterly Reporting

    President Trump on Friday said he had asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to study moving financial reporting for publicly traded companies to a six-month schedule rather than the current quarterly system.


    In speaking with some of the world’s top business leaders I asked what it is that would make business (jobs) even better in the U.S. “Stop quarterly reporting & go to a six month system,” said one. That would allow greater flexibility & save money. I have asked the SEC to study!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2018

    The comments could reignite a long-running debate over whether there is too much emphasis on quarterly results at the expense of a business’s performance down the road.

    Transparency vs. Short Termism?

    In an opinion article in The Wall Street Journal earlier this year JP Morgan Chase CEO and Business Roundtable Chairman James Dimon and Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett said that companies should stop giving quarterly earnings guidance, saying it puts too much weight on hitting short-term targets and discourages longer-term investment.

    At the same time, the executives said they still supported quarterly reporting, saying transparency about results is an “essential aspect of US public markets” and that quarterly and annual results let the public “ reliably assess real progress.”

  132. Entropy

    We need more new blood, not less.

    Yes, the whole place needs a clean out. It has gotten too lucrative, so much money stinking up the place it has attracted a miasma of blowflies.

  133. zyconoclast

    How the Department of Labor Undermined the Black Community

    Americans from all ends of the political spectrum usually agree on a need to address racial disparities in schooling, workforce participation, and incarceration rates. Ironically, some of these gaps have gotten even worse for blacks born after the Civil Rights Movement. A prime example of this alarming trend is the disproportionate incarceration rate of black men who were born after 1960 (Fig. 1). Since the data for both groups is based on men who did not complete high school, this gap cannot be blamed on large differences in education.

  134. Entropy

    Guidance is a joke anyway. Of only interest to day traders.
    I think a better balance of transparency and reporting would be quarterly release of P&L and balance sheet and that’s it. No guidance at all.

  135. struth

    Oh dear.

    I am moving around Australia for work but back in South Australia at the moment.
    Another blackout.

    Can’t charge up the bloody laptop to winge about it.

  136. Dr Fred Lenin

    See musk the taxeater is suing the Quebec government for stopping him draining the taxpayers purse , bastards should be put against a wall,him soros gore and the rest of the capitalist/u.n.communust fascist alliance . It is proof positive that the renewables bullshit cannot survive alone without subsidy and backing from real power sources ,its all a bloody con ,shoot the grubs and restore sanity.

  137. None

    I forgot another Turnbull achievement. Introducing sharia finance. One of the first things he did.
    On the sly as well.

  138. zyconoclast

    Citing hurricane in Puerto Rico, lawsuit seeks bilingual ballots in 32 more Florida counties

    The legal action demands Spanish-language voting materials to help displaced Puerto Ricans.

    Voter advocacy groups aligned with Hispanics and Democrats filed a lawsuit Thursday calling on Gov. Rick Scott’s administration to order all ballots and election materials to be printed in English and Spanish in 32 counties in the November general election.

    The action cites the arrival of Puerto Ricans in Florida after Hurricane Maria last fall, and estimates that more than 30,000 people are affected.

  139. struth

    See musk the taxeater is suing the Quebec government for stopping him draining the taxpayers purse , bastards should be put against a wall,him soros gore and the rest of the capitalist/u.n.communust fascist alliance . It is proof positive that the renewables bullshit cannot survive alone without subsidy and backing from real power sources ,its all a bloody con ,shoot the grubs and restore sanity.

    I’d vote for you MR Lenin, sir.

  140. zyconoclast

    Girl, 3, ‘needed emergency surgery after FGM in London’

    A three-year-old girl needed emergency surgery after allegedly being subjected to female genital mutilation which left her severely wounded.

    A London couple were appearing in court today accused of carrying out the procedure.

    It is alleged the man, 42, and woman, 36, both understood to be of African heritage, mutilated the girl at their east London home.

  141. zyconoclast

    A Democratic New York state lawmaker proposed legislation this week to make it a hate crime to call 911 on law-abiding people of color.

    State Sen. Jesse Hamilton’s proposal would allow people to be prosecuted if they place racially motivated calls to police without evidence of malice, The Patch reported Wednesday.

    “That’s gonna be a hate crime,” Hamilton said. “This pattern of calling the police on black people going about their business and participating in the life of our country has to stop.”

  142. None

    Baldrick

    #2792375, posted on August 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Someone’s awake.

  143. zyconoclast

    ‘White Whores’: Islam’s Unwavering View on Western Women

    Muslims S3xually Enslaving Children: A Global Phenomenon

    The question begs itself: If Muslim minorities have no fear of exploiting “infidel” women and children in non-Muslim countries—that is, where Muslims themselves are potentially vulnerable minorities—how are Muslims throughout the Islamic world, where they are dominant, treating their vulnerable, non-Muslim minorities?

  144. Jessie

    None @1151
    I forgot another Turnbull achievement. Introducing sharia finance. One of the first things he did.
    On the sly as well.

    Little mention as yet of his career pre and post NBN ………….

  145. Bruce in WA

    He and Melton both used the same base for their weapons, a .408 CheyTac.

    Plenty of flat, uninhabited land in WA to try to equal or better that record. There’s just one fly in the ointment:

    Police ask 14 WA gun owners to prove why they need to keep high-powered firearms

    POLICE have ordered more than a dozen WA gun owners to prove why they need to keep their high-calibre firearms, in letters described by one MP as “unusual”.

    In letters tabled in State Parliament last week, 14 owners were asked to provide evidence of their shooting skills and experience to justify continued licensing of their firearms, which are all above .308 calibre.

    “In order to exploit their increased capabilities, very powerful firearms require a greater level of skill and experience than that required for shorter range recreational firearms,” Licensing Services officer in charge Sen. Sgt Carl Fisher wrote in a letter to the owners late last month.

    “Therefore, in the interest of public safety, and to reasonably justify possession of such powerful firearms, the licence holder should demonstrate they possess suitable shooting skills and experience to safely and effectively engage targets at these extended distances.

    “Please provide, in writing, evidence of your shooting skills and experience to justify continued approval (of your firearm) for recreational hunting and shooting purposes.”

    Owners with multiple weapons, including those below what is considered “very powerful”, were asked why those were not enough.

    Liberal Democrat MP Aaron Stonehouse, who asked the question in Parliament, said several of the gun owners had contacted him about the letters.

    “For most people it took them by surprise,” he said. “Firearm owners were not expecting to receive a letter like this — it is a little unusual because you have to justify a genuine need for every firearm that you licence.

    “The people who have these licences have already justified their need for them and now the police are following up again.”

    Mr Stonehouse said for many of the owners the firearms were tools for their work.

    “The concern here is while the police do have the power to audit firearm licence owners at any time, and that’s the justification they are using, in this instance it’s a little strange that they’re picking particular calibre,” he said.

    “A firearm like this is a tool, and you’ve got different tools for different jobs. There are plenty of legitimate reasons why you might need to have two high- calibre rifles.”

    As part of the response to Mr Stonehouse’s question, Police Minister Michelle Roberts described the letters as part of the “regulatory process”.

    “The WA Police Force advises it regularly undertakes audits on firearms and firearm licences to ensure compliance,” her response read. “Fourteen letters have been sent to individual licence holders who have a 0.50-calibre firearm or a 0.408 CheyTac firearm.” Police were contacted for comment.

  146. DrBeauGan

    As LifeSiteNews reported Thursday, the event came under fire by pro-LGBT activists due to Van Meter’s contentions that transgenderism is a “delusional disorder” for which “no biological basis” can be found, that giving gender-confused children puberty blockers is akin to child abuse, and other views that defy the secular consensus on gender identity.

    UWA students gathered more than 9,000 signatures for a petition demanding that the school not host Van Meter. Initially, UWA vice-chancellor Dawn Freshwater distanced UWA from his views but maintained that canceling his speech “would create an undesirable precedent for the exclusion of objectionable views from the campus.”

    The university reversed itself on Friday, however, the Daily Mail reports. It claimed the “risk surrounding the event has been elevated to a higher level, which mandates a more robust event management plan,” which the AFA was allegedly “unable to provide.”

    UWA claimed that it still “does not wish to set a precedent for the exclusion of objectionable views from the campus,” but insisted that in this case the event hirers [AFA] provided “no confidence that UWA could ensure safety on campus.”
    UWA Student Guild president Megan Lee, one of the leaders of the protests against Van Meter, celebrated his cancellation, but said she was “disappointed” the university cited a procedural reason for the decision rather than agreeing that he was a purveyor of “hate speech.”

    9,000 is best half the student population of UWA. Obviously it has far too many third rate students.

    Is it hate speech to tell someone who suffers a delusion the truth? It might be a lot kinder than supporting the delusion and letting them face reality alone and too late.

  147. Tel

    It is alleged the man, 42, and woman, 36, both understood to be of African heritage, mutilated the girl at their east London home.

    Any comment on the Mayor about how many police he will redeploy away from monitoring Twitter and start investigating such crimes?

  148. Tel

    … you don’t give a super ministry like that to a man who’s only been in parliament a couple of years and is just a backbencher …

    The preference would be for someone who has never set foot in Canberra ever in their life and does not intend to, but hopefully a couple of years as a backbencher hasn’t tainted him too much.

  149. Geriatric Mayfly

    Picked up the sugar sachet which came with the coffee.
    The reverse side says “Enjoy Responsibly”.

    Can see some sense in this. Don’t they powder sugar to bulk up mind altering substances? Using responsibly might mean getting the balance right and not stuffing up the market.

  150. struth

    Therefore, in the interest of public safety, and to reasonably justify possession of such powerful firearms, the licence holder should demonstrate they possess suitable shooting skills and experience to safely and effectively engage targets at these extended distances.

    “Please provide, in writing, evidence of your shooting skills and experience to justify continued approval (of your firearm) for recreational hunting and shooting purposes.”

    Appropriate response..
    You guys check that I am doing everything legally.
    Am I?

    Yes.

    Well fuck off then.

  151. Bruce in WA

    Appropriate response..
    You guys check that I am doing everything legally.
    Am I?

    Yes.

    Well fuck off then.

    Well, yes … but then this is WA.

    Police response would more likely be, “Don’t like it? Take the case to the State Appeals Tribunal then. In the meantime, approval for the firearm is withdrawn. Hand it over. Oops, sorry, didn’t mean to drop it on the scope like that …”

  152. struth

    Police are making up their own laws and enforcing them.
    If you don’t fight it, you’re part of the problem.

  153. .

    Never forget NSWPol recently made up 395/397 firearms charges in one ham fisted (and probably, politically motivated) investigation.

    No disciplinary action, no performance review, no charges or indictments of perjury or other “justice” offences. This was not done by one PC on their own either.

    This at the same time where Police Commissioners are given far too much say in what laws are or lobby for powers to request what the law ought to be. They need a massive pay cut, removal of many of their powers and be renamed peace officers.

  154. Steve trickler

    Tommy Robinson goes after the press.

    Full clip.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYrYfOHTsYg

    Paul Weston edit.



  155. DrBeauGan

    struth
    #2792461, posted on August 18, 2018 at 1:13 pm
    Police are making up their own laws and enforcing them.
    If you don’t fight it, you’re part of the problem.

    Too many little hitlers in the country. We need to take them down.

  156. Cassie of Sydney

    “Steve trickler
    #2792471, posted on August 18, 2018 at 1:33 pm
    Tommy Robinson goes after the press.

    Full clip.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYrYfOHTsYg

    Paul Weston edit.

    I watched Tommy’s full clip last night. It was great watching Tommy confront and tear down the piece of shit aka the Daily Mail “reporter”. One thing I noticed though is that Tommy seems both a lot harder and a lot shrewder than he was……..I guess that’s the inevitable result of spending two months in a stinking hot cell in a Muslim majority prison courtesy of Her Majesty’s sharia compliant government, police force and judicial system, all the while being threatened by the adherents of the death cult whilst locked up in that cell. I think that he has come out both harder and tougher…useful traits as far as I am concerned in the wars to come. Tommy Robinson is a hero.

  157. Cactus

    Where is the evidence that Turnbull is smart. I see it often said. But give me something, anything that shows this.

  158. Makka

    Where is the evidence that Turnbull is smart. I see it often said. But give me something, anything that shows this.

    The fact that this scurrilous empty headed turd rose to become our PM must require smarts at some level, yes?

  159. Pedro the Ignorant

    Vietnam veterans day today.

    Half a dozen Vietnam vets have gathered in this small WA town for a get together and lunch at the local pub.

    They can’t buy a drink, and are being treated with great respect by the much younger local population.

    What a difference to the abuse they copped when they came home all those years ago.

  160. wivenhoe

    The fact that this scurrilous empty headed turd rose to become our PM must require smarts at some level, yes?

    You may be confusing “smarts” with rat cunning.

  161. Pedro the Ignorant

    I should have added that I believe that a couple of Cats who post here are Vietnam veterans.

    Thank you for your service, and wonderful to see that service recognised and appreciated by the vast majority of Australians.

  162. wivenhoe

    They can’t buy a drink, and are being treated with great respect by the much younger local population.

    Thanks for that, Pedro. The way Viet Vets were treated should forever bring shame on the perpetrators.

  163. Steve trickler

    Cassie of Sydney
    #2792473, posted on August 18, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    A lesson to all when the press confronts you. You ask them questions, and you do not relent if the truth is on your side. Proverbially, poke and prod all of them with your questions.

    Go on the attack. Turn the tables on them. Rip up the media machine.

    ( :



  164. Cactus

    Any success he has had has been either solo or in very small teams. He has never had to get a large and diverse bunch of people togethor and get them to acheive a goal. Yes he headed GS many years ago. But that was a small flat org in Australia back then. Lots of individuals who are self motivated, autonomous and eat what they kill.

  165. Makka

    You may be confusing “smarts” with rat cunning.

    It’s rather silly to assume you can get to be PM because your dumb. He’s also worth a fortune. He’s not stupid. He’s dangerous.

    Smarts comes in all forms.

  166. Makka

    Well said Pedo and yes, All The Best to the Vietnam Vets today. Your service will always be remembered. The way you were treated was a shameful blot on our country.

  167. .

    I dunno Makka. Look at Dan Andrews.

  168. Cactus

    Yeh Makka. That’s a good point.
    I also used to think Kim Kardashian was dumb. Then it was pointed out to me she has built a $1bn business empire. I am still just typing angry musings into the cat…

  169. DrBeauGan

    Smarts comes in all forms.

    Including a talent for manipulation.

  170. .

    Vacuous, not dumb.

    Kristin Cavaliri…sick of her ads on Foxtel.

  171. .

    This will cheer you all up.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MEQ2v-8CQE

    (I cannot even bring myself to watch the ABC…note the “comments are closed”.)

  172. Boambee John

    Makka
    #2792476, posted on August 18, 2018 at 2:11 pm
    Where is the evidence that Turnbull is smart. I see it often said. But give me something, anything that shows this.

    The fact that this scurrilous empty headed turd rose to become our PM must require smarts at some level, yes?

    At Lucy’s level perhaps?

  173. The fact that this scurrilous empty headed turd rose to become our PM must require smarts at some level, yes?

    Do not confuse intelligence with rat cunning.

  174. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    About to jump in Race 6 at Randwick

  175. H B Bear

    This will cheer you all up.

    I wonder what people like Douglas Murray really think as they sit opposite talentless buffoons like Ballard?

  176. Infidel Tiger

    Great to see battlers like the Inghams finally get a good horse.

  177. Who was it who originally came up with the idea of putting a tax on air (starting with the CO2 component)?

  178. About to jump in Race 6 at Randwick

    Abbot to jump in race at Canberra.

  179. H B Bear

    Great to see battlers like the Inghams finally get a good horse.

    Anyone who has eaten one of their tasteless, cotton-wool textured chooks has a small part in the win.

  180. Makka

    dotty, dismissing them as stupid just enables them in their activities and keeps us lazy and un-engaged.

  181. testpattern

    #Little_Cheap_Shots

    Shane – A big hand please for young Peter Dutton folks! Peter does dirty racist tricks for votes, is that right Peter? Which one are you going to do for us tonight?

    Peter – I’m going to do my dogwhistle!

    Shane – Well don’t blow that thing too close to me haha .. ok folks here’s young Peter and his dirty racist dogwhistle take it away Peterrrr !

  182. Mitch M.

    I wonder what people like Douglas Murray really think as they sit opposite talentless buffoons like Ballard?

    I thought Murray’s expression during the introduction and end of the discussion when he shook hands made it look like he was there in forbearance only, his gaze seemed to stab Ballard.

  183. Gary

    Neo-Conservative Douglas Murray ?

  184. testpattern
    #2792513, posted on August 18, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Just say no to crack

    mmmkay

  185. Zatara

    How Muslims, Often Misunderstood, Are Thriving in America
    They’re a vibrant and increasingly visible part of the tapestry in communities across the nation.

    Really? Well since Houston, Texas is the first thriving yet misunderstood muslim community they talk about lets have a look.

    Islam: Jordanian immigrant gets death for Houston ‘honor killings’. Note how many fellow muslims knew about him and didn’t say a damned thing.

    Houston Muslim “refugee” pleads guilty to trying to bomb malls for the Islamic State

    But hey, the article was about how misunderstood islam is in America. So lets have a look at that.

    Islamic Terror on American Soil – nothing to misunderstand there it seems.

    I often think of how the green/left scream bloody murder about the damage that can be done if a ‘non-native’ plant, animal or fish are inserted into an ecology but insist on claiming it is beneficial to do so with demonstrably non-compatible human cultures.

  186. Mitch M.

    dotty, dismissing them as stupid just enables them in their activities and keeps us lazy and un-engaged.

    There is a general tendency to over rate the intelligence of politicians but I’m generally not impressed with the intellectual caliber of them. Turnbull is no idiot and might even be in the superior intelligence range. We can’t know by listening to them because so many of them are robots and verbal skill is only one aspect of intelligence. However I think that anyone who manages to rise in the ranks must have something going for them upstairs. Oh wait …. Hockey. My brother met at a dinner function, said he was an idiot on stilts.

  187. OldOzzie

    Roger L. Simon
    Manafort’s Purge Trial


    Lest you think I am overstating, it’s worth considering that countries have unique traditions. Totalitarianism sneaks in the door in disparate manners, sometimes overtly via coup, sometimes covertly, even to the extent the citizenry doesn’t realize it’s happening. Russia is very different from the USA. If extreme oppression arrives here, its styles and techniques will not necessarily be what we have seen before.

    Here that oppression appears to be coming from a pervasive — almost enforced in the sense that it is a “given” — conformity among large portions of our government, the Democratic Party, many corporations, the mainstream media with hundreds of newspapers writing anti-Trump editorials in unison, the academy, the entertainment industry, and, now, most ominously, social media, all of which are dominated by nearly identical worldviews.

    If you’re not part of this, you suffer what the ancient Greeks called ostrakon.

    The Trump/Russia investigation then becomes the natural outgrowth of this new conformity, a warning to cooperate, to actually conform. Thus the trial of Paul Manafort then becomes the first show trial of our own incipient version of covert Stalinism or Stalinisme sans Gulag.

    The groupthink behind this is extreme. Facts are less important than feelings motivated largely by the need to belong. There is the sense among these people that even if Trump didn’t collude with the Russians, he wanted to. And even if he didn’t want to, he’s still bad and deserves to suffer for this non-existent collusion he didn’t do or want.

    This, of course, comes from the very people who themselves were colluding with the Russians only minutes ago, but that is the nature of groupthink. A healthy amount of self-delusion is necessary. The party line is ever moving. Don’t panic. Just stay with the nomenklatura. They’re always right. (If you don’t think we have our own nomenklatura, you’re not paying attention.)

    It may be, however, that the jury isn’t cooperating. The media is sensing this and demanding to know their identities, to force these potential reprobates to confess their apostasy, no matter what happens to them in this hate-filled world these very media-types have helped create. So far Judge Ellis, himself subject to death threats, is holding the line and refusing to reveal who the jurors are. He’s doing the right thing. If he didn’t, the way things are going, few will want to serve on juries again.

  188. Robber Baron

    Politicians are not that smart. They are determined people.

    Turnbull’s dad was a business broker, in fact he sold hotels etc. That’s a difficult job. It takes real salesmanship to sell assets like that. No doubt young Turnbull learned how to sell from his dad.

    Turnbull knows how to sell himself…and sell-out everyone else.

  189. Steve trickler

    Body language is fun to watch., Penny Wong.



  190. OldOzzie

    Democrats Frighten Manafort Jurors [Updated]

    The case that Bob Mueller has brought against Paul Manafort has nothing to do with Donald Trump or the 2016 election. It is irrelevant to any significant political issue. But Democrats worry that Mueller’s prosecution of Manafort for years-ago tax evasion may fail, thereby making a laughingstock of the special counsel investigation in which they have invested so much. What happens when Democrats are afraid they may lose a political battle? Things get nasty.

    Politico reports on the latest, shocking developments in the Manafort trial:

    Paul Manafort’s trial will stretch into a fourth week, as jurors headed home Friday without reaching a verdict for the second straight day and the judge overseeing the case alluded to “threats” the jury may be receiving.

    “I had no idea this case would incite this emotion,” U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III said in an open court hearing, responding to a motion from seven news organizations, including POLITICO, seeking access to sealed materials related to the trial that would have publicly identified the jurors.

    Ellis denied the motion, telling the courtroom that jurors were “scared” and “afraid.” As a result, Ellis said, he didn’t “feel right” releasing the names of the 12-person jury.

    Good for Judge Ellis. Why do you suppose seven news organizations–all liberal, presumably–wanted to know who the jurors are and where they live? They are worried that the jury, having heard the evidence, may not render the “right” verdict, i.e., the one that helps the Democratic Party.

    So they want to know who the jurors are so they can apply pressure on them through mob action, newspaper denunciations, online harassment and so on. This is how today’s Democratic Party operates. If the jury fails to render the Democrats’ preferred verdict, what do you suppose Maxine Waters will suggest Democrats should do to the jurors if they venture out in public?

    UPDATE: Via a commenter, these are the Democratic Party news outlets who want to know the names and addresses of the jurors who have not yet fallen into line for the Democratic Party: CNN, NBC, the New York Times, Politico, the Associated Press, Buzzfeed and the Washington Post. That tells you every single thing you might have wanted to know about what is going on here.

  191. H B Bear

    I thought Murray’s expression during the introduction and end of the discussion when he shook hands made it look like he was there in forbearance only, his gaze seemed to stab Ballard.

    Yeah whoever organised the tour would have been blasted as he left the studio. Fair enough if you are dealing with dropkicks with ratings but Ballard’s total viewers would fit in a single bathhouse (and probably all were).

  192. stackja

    What are the names of the jury members of all past cases? Can appeals be mounted on all these cases?

  193. Boambee John

    stackja
    #2792532, posted on August 18, 2018 at 3:44 pm
    What are the names of the jury members of all past cases? Can appeals be mounted on all these cases?

    That’s different because SHUT UP!

  194. OldOzzie

    Faced With a Collapsing Narrative Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr Tries Reversing Claims on Russian Conspiracy….

    The Associated Press published an interview with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr today where the intensely corrupt Senator Burr tries to reverse all his prior positions, publications and manipulated committee findings, against President Trump.

    (AP) […] Burr said there is “no factual evidence today that we’ve received” on collusion or conspiracy between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign. But he said he’s still open on the issue and hasn’t personally come to any final conclusions, since the investigation isn’t finished.

    “Bruce Ohr of DOJ is in legal jeopardy, it’s astonishing that he’s still employed. Bruce & Nelly Ohr’s bank account is getting fatter & fatter because of the Dossier that they are both peddling. He doesn’t disclose it under Fed Regs. Using your Federal office for personal…….

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2018

    ….financial gain is a Federal Gratuity Statute Violation, Bribery Statute Violation, Honest Services Violation….all Major Crimes….because the DOJ is run by BLANK Jeff Sessions……” Gregg Jarrett. So when does Mueller do what must be done? Probably never! @FoxNews

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2018

    Bruce Ohr, Chris Steele and Oleg Deripaska are keys to blowing the conspiracy wide open.

    The collateral damage will consume people like Senator Burr; a corrupt never-Trumper who aligned in common cause with the conspiracy crew.

  195. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    testpattern
    #2792513, posted on August 18, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Just say “No” to the eleventh schooner over the lunch table at the Burbridge. You will not end up, face down in the car park, posting shit on your mobile.

  196. bundyrum

    I don’t care if the LNP throw Trumble under a giant bus, they could install Tommy Robinson for all i care.
    I am done with them.

  197. testpattern

    ‘Just say no to crack’

    #just say no to white crack

  198. struth

    Shane – A big hand please for young Peter Dutton folks! Peter does dirty racist tricks for votes, is that right Peter? Which one are you going to do for us tonight?

    There is no such thing as race according to teste logic so there cannot be racists.

  199. testpattern

    The real face of white Australia project. History project transcribing Gov records that document how the White Australia Policy worked

    https://twitter.com/InvisibleAus

  200. Boambee John

    testpattern
    #2792537, posted on August 18, 2018 at 3:54 pm
    ‘Just say no to crack’

    #just say no to white crack

    U r a racist.

  201. John Constantine

    Robots for everything.

    I, Woebot.

    https://www.woebot.io/

  202. DrBeauGan

    John Constantine
    #2792542, posted on August 18, 2018 at 4:08 pm
    Robots for everything.

    I, Woebot.

    https://www.woebot.io/

    There are some pathetic inadequates about who will find woebot very helpful.

  203. Harlequin Decline

    Tommy Robinson goes after the press.

    The Mal Brown school of dealing with the press is also an option.

  204. Bear Necessities

    For from I here on the news they don’t say no to young black crack in some remote communities in the Northern Territory.

    Poor kids who have to live in that society.

  205. DrBeauGan

    There are apps you can get that will tell you jokes. Might be better than woebot.

    I thought of getting woebot and explaining that I want to conquer the world but haven’t got the energy. What does it recommend?

  206. Steve trickler

    Tom Ballard and his greatest hit from the ABC.



  207. Baldrick

    Who was it who originally came up with the idea of putting a tax on air (starting with the CO2 component)?

    A politician.

  208. H B Bear

    Just doing the weeds in the driveway, hopefully before they set seed. Round Up now seems to be green. Is that what upsets the Greenies?

  209. H B Bear

    Fremantle being humiliated down at Kardinia Park – 20 unanswered goals.

    Ross Lyon is the Lord Waffleworth of football.

  210. OldOzzie

    RealClearPolitics – An Open Letter to the Colluding Press

    By Sean Spicer & Tommy Hicks
    August 17, 2018

    An open letter to The Boston Globe and media outlets that authored coordinated editorials about President Trump:

    President John Adams once wrote, “The liberty of the press is essential to the security of freedom.” We at America First couldn’t agree more. A free press is a bedrock of a democratic society. It is at the heart of our constitutional rights. But with liberty comes responsibility—the responsibility to report information accurately and fairly. Unfortunately, too many times, the media have failed to live up to their responsibility.

    Let’s cite a few egregious examples that fall under three different categories:

    Category 1: Straight-Up Inaccurate Reporting

    Let’s remember how it all started. After an initial pool spray that took place within hours of President Trump’s inauguration, a Time magazine White House correspondent incorrectly reported that the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office. This false detail even made it into a White House pool report about Trump’s first actions in the Oval Office as president. Was this an honest mistake, or a blatant attempt to make the president appear racially insensitive? We try to give all people, including the press, the benefit of the doubt—but this was far too suspicious, a “gotcha” moment gone wrong.

    Then there was the time ABC News had to suspend reporter Brian Ross for four weeks after a seriously erroneous Trump report. Ross was eventually fired, and rightfully so.

    More recently, a CNN senior White House correspondent falsely claimed that President Trump hadn’t answered questions on the news in “at least a week.” Mind you, this claim was made the day after the president had answered reporters’ questions at a joint press conference—a press conference that said reporter attended.

    And who can forget the infamous Time magazine cover, and its editor even doubling down on this massively misleading and embarrassing misstep, instead of simply apologizing?

    Category 2: Biased Reporting

    Shortly before the election, CNN declared a Trump victory would be America’s Brexit and cause U.S. stocks and global markets to tank. Politico agreed. Well, we all know just how wrong they turned out to be.

    Then there was the huge screw-up by the New York Times, which falsely insinuated the Trump administration was covering up a report on climate change.

    Speaking of the New York Times, both that publication and the Associated Press took the president’s comments on MS-13 completely out of context in May.

    And, of course, there was Chris Cuomo’s recent defense of Antifa violence.

    Category 3: Sins of Omission

    What the media choose to not report on is just as damning as the examples above. Here are a couple stories that highlight such sins:

    Giving a Trump victory its due: Media ignores his ISIS success, mocks him

    Media ignores success of Trump economy: Varney

    We could go on, but the evidence is clear. The litany of transgressions began on Day 1 (literally) of Donald Trump’s presidency and hasn’t slowed much since. And let’s face it: Some of the media undermine their own credibility when they lose any semblance of objectivity.

    All editors have the right to opine, as they did in their editorials yesterday (that’s what you do in an editorial, after all), but they still ultimately fail to understand the role of a journalist. Yes, a journalist should be tenacious in pursuit of the truth, but the pursuit of truth does not entail omitting certain facts, overlooking a president’s key achievements, promoting a political agenda, or slipping into the role of an activist.

    Thankfully, the American people are a lot smarter than the media think they are. Poll after poll show that wide swaths of the public believe that the media are biased and inaccurate and report news they know to be false or purposely misleading.

    And the overwhelmingly negative coverage of our president and his policies isn’t just a matter of opinion; it’s backed up by a number of studies by the Media Research Center, Pew Research Center, and Harvard. The Harvard researchers found that, in the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, CNN’s Trump coverage was 93 percent negative, and 7 percent positive. The numbers were the same for NBC.

    We do not believe anyone in the Trump administration wants to undermine a free press. The president himself tweeted Thursday that he wants a free press: “There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people. HONESTY WINS!”

    What the president is against is the press’s coordinated efforts to push an agenda that vehemently works against him at every turn. In fact, the Globe’s coordinated editorial experiment proves this very point. The signature of a free press is diversity of thought and opinion. A parade of more than 300 newspapers marching in lockstep is, quite ironically, the very opposite.

    Overlooked in these editorials is the indisputable list of accomplishments of President Trump.

    So, in an effort to remind the press (yet again), we here provide a recap, by no means comprehensive:

    Almost 4 million new jobs have been created since President Trump’s election.

    African-American, Hispanic-American, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached the lowest levels in history.

    Women’s unemployment rate has reached the lowest level in 65 years.

    Veterans’ unemployment rate recently reached its lowest level in nearly 20 years.

    The unemployment rate for Americans without high school diplomas is at the lowest level ever recorded, and the Trump administration’s new workforce initiative will deliver job-training to more than 4 million Americans.

    Manufacturing jobs are being created at the fastest pace in over three decades.

    Nearly half-a-million manufacturing jobs have been created since the president took office. In the month of July alone, nearly 40,000 new manufacturing jobs were added.

    Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since President Trump’s election.

    The president crafted the largest tax cut in a generation, which led to savings for more than 80 percent of households and pay raises and bonuses for 4 million American workers.

    President Trump protected American taxpayers by asking Congress to rescind $15.4 billion in unused appropriations.

    The president has hired/nominated an impressive number of women to senior positions in his administration, including the first female director of the CIA, Gina Haspel.

    He’s appointed two Supreme Court justices, and the Senate has now confirmed 26 appellate court judges of his choosing, as well as Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

    He successfully negotiated the return of four American hostages in one month’s time.

    President Trump’s Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Action has exceeded the 2:1 mandate, eliminating 22 job-killing regulations for every one new regulatory action.

    President Trump signed the “Right to Try” Act to give terminally ill patients a chance to try lifesaving treatments.

    The Department of Homeland Security arrested 796 MS-13 gang members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the previous year.

    The president signed the VA Mission Act, which allows veterans who don’t live near a VA facility or can’t get an appointment in a timely manner to seek medical care from private health-care providers.

    Signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which provides an $82 billion funding increase for the Department of Defense over the current period, including a $617 billion Pentagon budget, $22 billion for the nuclear weapons program and $69 billion for U.S. military efforts abroad, as well as new tanks, ships, and planes. The package includes a salary boost for service members, about a 2.6 percent raise—the biggest military pay raise in nearly a decade.

    Numbers don’t lie, so in the name of a free and fair press, we implore all journalists to start sharing them—instead of their own personal biases.

    Sincerely,

    Sean Spicer
    Senior Adviser and Spokesman
    America First Action
    Author of “The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President”

    Tommy Hicks Jr.
    Chairman
    America First Action

  211. Infidel Tiger

    FME. The Dockers are a disgrace.

  212. zyconoclast

    More housing or unhappy locals? NSW wrestles with desire for growth

    The Berejiklian government is stalling on some of Sydney’s largest residential development schemes, torn between a desire to increase housing supply and community concerns about over-development.

    After nominating housing affordability as her foremost priority as Premier on her first day, Gladys Berejiklian’s government is increasingly either deferring, or referring to councils, initiatives it had recently declared critical to boosting the supply of affordable dwellings in the city.

    One example is the lack of recent movement on so-called planned precincts – once dubbed “priority precincts” and before that, “urban activation precincts” – in which higher-density housing would be partly master-planned by the state.

  213. Infidel Tiger

    How in hell do you lose by 133 points after winning the 1st quarter?

  214. H B Bear

    FME. The Dockers are a disgrace.

    Lyon must have photos of the Docker’s Board strategic planning day at Old McDonalds Farm if they keep backing him after this.

  215. zyconoclast

    A major stoush is looming over the future of the country’s richest agricultural operation, once owned by media mogul Kerry Packer, with several high-powered international parties including Chinese bidders circling the sprawling Consolidated Pastoral cattle.

    The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age understands Shimao Property Holdings, controlled by Chinese-Australian billionaire Hui Wing Mao, is one of several Chinese outfits showing a significant interest in the company, which operates 16 cattle stations valued at $1 billion.

  216. H B Bear

    Geelong pick up about 7 percentage points after this. The remaining AFL teams should launch a class action against Freo and Lyon for bringing the game into disrepute.

  217. zyconoclast

    Revealed: How many passengers on Qantas’ 17 hour non-stop flights from Perth to London

    The CAA datas shows that over the whole of April – after the service launched in late March – 10,692 passengers flew to or from Perth. As Qantas is operating a daily flight in each direction, using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner capable of carrying 236 passengers, its monthly capacity totals 14,160 seats, meaning that in April 75.5 per cent of the potential maximum flew direct between London and Perth with no further onward travel.

    In May, this figure rose to 76.2 per cent and increased again in June, the most recent month for which figures are available, to 83.7 per cent. It is not possible from the data to tell how many passengers began or ended their journey in Melbourne or Sydney or airports beyond London.

  218. DrBeauGan

    Spiky is watching The Meg, and drinking champagne in a gold class lounge in Sinny. I still haven’t found a replacement blonde.

    Life is harsh for some of us.

  219. Boambee John

    testpattern
    #2792540, posted on August 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm
    The real face of white Australia project. History project transcribing Gov records that document how the White Australia Policy worked

    https://twitter.com/InvisibleAus

    If done properly, this will be highly embarrassing for thenALP and the unions, which originated the policy and as late as the mid-1960s the ALP was still led at federal level by Arthur Augustus “two Wongs don’t make a white” Calwell.

  220. Snoopy

    There is also some disquiet among the Nationals about the failure of Chinese textile giant Shandong Ruyi to cut its ownership in the country’s largest cotton farm, Cubbie Station, from 80 per cent to 51 per cent – which it was originally meant to do by October 2015.

    Meant to? How?

  221. Bruce of Newcastle

    Lefties are a lot of fun:

    A Simon and Schuster subsidiary paid Omarosa Manigault a reported seven figures for a book in which she claims that Trump wanted to take his oath of office on a copy of The Art of the Deal instead of the bible. The source of the story appears not to be Trump, but a popular Trump impersonator.

    Someone should have noticed that.

    And remember Michael Wolff who also got a seven figure advance?

    A parody tweet featuring a faked except from Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury book created the Gorilla Channel meme as media types quickly fell for the idea that President Trump spent 17 hours a day watching an imaginary cable channel where gorillas fight each other.

    But surely someone isn’t just making stuff up. I know! I’ll create a meme and see how far it goes. How about this: “Trump has photos of Mueller he uses for target practice in the shooting range in the White House basement”. Surely no one would believe that.

    NY Times Columnist: Trump ‘Would Certainly Like to’ Murder People Without Due Process

    Um, well ok, maybe they would.

  222. C.L.

    History project transcribing Gov records that document how the White Australia Policy worked

    It worked well.
    In less than two centuries, Australia became one of the greatest, richest and freest societies in human history. By contrast, non-white nations like Waleed Aly’s ancestral Egypt remain toilets today, after millennia of failure. How come?

  223. None

    Steve trickler

    #2792524, posted on August 18, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Good on DL for calling out SHY and her lies and her fundraising under false pretenses. Given she has since withdrawn her defamation action one has to ask what happened to that $60,000. All here would know that I am no fan of DL but to censure him for this was an abuse of parliamentary process and a disgrace. Sarah Hanson-Young has outed herself as a liar and fraud and the proof is as DL said- her public wailing, her state of claims, and her failure to stop the fundraising based on lies.

  224. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Crossie, in response to your query yesterday re puffins up at the top of the Arctic Circle at Cape North, the highest land latitude on the European continent, we went yesterday on the famous ‘bird safari’ there. We came back as enthused as any other participant about the trip in a small boat in often rough seas (not so for us luckily) around some scattered rocks beyond the Cape, which have for eons been home to much birdlife. A Viking man called Uttar is known to have told the ever-curious King Alfred of Britain about it in the ninth century (not Utrech, the ‘destiny is everything’ Viking from ‘The Last Kingdom’, but close enough). There were so many puffins there you woulnd’t believe it, their little orange legs so cute as they took off from floating on the waters with their characteristic frantic beating of little wings up and down; a factor that made them identifiable then as they flew around in great flurries of activity way up high above us – I hadn’t realised puffins, which look rather like little fairy penguins, flew so well and so much. They looked like bees flocking high above the cliffs, joined by other seabirds in an endless circling and rising – ganets, gulls, cormorants, and kittywakes plus others we couldn’t immediately identify. But the big surprise was eagles, for this is a nesting ground for them. So many, in various stages of growth, hovering up high, especially the really large ones: lions of the air, Hairy calls them. It was not unusual to count fourteen or fifteen of them all together, and even more when we approached a dead whale corpse lying on some rocks, being a fine source of food for them, not far from a small colony of sleek black seals. Memorable, and wonderful.

  225. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The puffins here had orange beaks to match their legs, whereas the few that we saw at the top of the Shetland isles, waddling on the rocks and not flying at all, had beaks that seemed quite red.

  226. None

    A religious leader accused of illegal land clearing on a rural property used for religious prayer has claimed a Western Sydney council is infringing on his group’s religious freedoms by pursuing him over the allegations.

    21st century Waco’s.
    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-18/islamic-leader-accused-of-land-clearing-claims-exempt-from-law/10133930

  227. Tel

    Given she has since withdrawn her defamation action one has to ask what happened to that $60,000.

    I doubt that anyone has to ask what happened to the money.

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