Wednesday Forum: August 29, 2018

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  1. H B Bear

    Graeoogs shares your interest in preserving family history. He mainly uses formaldehyde and salt.

  2. rickw

    Requesting suggestions on things to do in:

    Dublin
    New York
    Washington
    LA (Newport Beach)

  3. zyconoclast

    How Louis CK was able to make a comeback

    He is a lefty. They can say and do what they like.

  4. zyconoclast

    A retreat for gay priests, brothers, and deacons

    Retreat Theme Description
    Inspired by the Gospel of John, Jesus’ call to live in the truth (John 8:32) in order to have abundant life (John 10:10) will provide the focus for this retreat. Jesus invites us to pattern our ministry and our sexuality according to his embrace of truth. Embracing God’s truth, discovered in our deepest selves, both challenges and empowers us to live more authentically in every dimension of our lives.

    Dates and Location
    Tuesday-Thursday, October 2-4, 2018 | Siena Retreat Center, 5637 Erie Street, Racine, WI

    Retreat Leader

    Fr. Bryan Massingale

    Rev. Bryan Massingale, a professor of theology at Fordham University, will facilitate the retreat. Rev. Massingale is one of the world’s leading Catholic social ethicists and scholars of African-American theological ethics, racial justice, and liberation theology. A priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Rev. Massingale served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and authored over eighty books and articles. He has led workshops on transgender topics at the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference and served as convener of the Black Catholic Theology Symposium. His book Racial Justice and the Catholic Church won first prize from the Catholic Press Association.

  5. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Requesting suggestions on things to do in:

    Dublin

    The old gaol, where the ringleaders of the 1916 rebellion were shot.

  6. Nick

    Rick, I was in Dublin yesterday. It’s a nice place in comparison to Belfast.
    Trinity College is ok, viewing the book of Kells is interesting, but a circus. There isn’t a huge amount to see per se, though I can recommend the EPIC Irish Immigation museum and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Temple Bar is touristy but fun for a beer. For food I can recommend The Winding Stair? On the banks of the Liffey, a stones throw from Temple Bar. The Hotel Grand Canal is also a reasonable place to stay.

  7. Nick

    Zulu, the gaol requires a booking and was booked out, go figure.

  8. zyconoclast

    “It Was All A Set-Up” – Pentagon Whistleblower Exposes Russia Probe Reality

    Adam Lovinger, a former Defense Department analyst, never expected that what he stumbled on during his final months at the Pentagon would expose an integral player in the FBI’s handling of President Donald Trump’s campaign and alleged Russia collusion.

  9. Hydra

    rickw
    #2805714, posted on August 30, 2018 at 6:46 pm
    Requesting suggestions on things to do in:

    Dublin
    New York
    Washington
    LA (Newport Beach)

    Rickw – I personally love Javier’s Cantina at Newport Beach – have been twice for work. A lot of Americans will decry that it is not as good as street food Mexican but I found it delicious and the service impeccable. Also affordable on a moderate budget. And you’ll spot a lot of beautiful cars in the carpark (3 Rolls’ when I was there in June).

  10. Hydra

    Rick make sure you book, I should add.

  11. Roger

    Requesting suggestions on things to do in:

    Dublin

    Glasnevin Cemetery Museum.

  12. rickw

    Agencies warn Trump’s latest aid cuts already hitting Palestinians hard.

    Nice to see such encouragement of DJT’s policies!

  13. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Zulu, the gaol requires a booking and was booked out, go figure.

    New one on me – FWIW, the first time we ever went to Dublin, I’m looking at the statue of Daniel O’Connell, and thinking “Shyte, they look like bullet holes.” The General Post Office was just up the street……

  14. Nick

    Same. I popped in to get a stamp and remembered, Hang in this is THAT GPO.

  15. Habib

    Dublin- go on the Guinness brewery tour, get bladdered for nix.

  16. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I should have said ‘a specific pre-Roman settlement’ for that is what the name actually refers to, pinpointing details of a specific location, a place of Gallic settlement, when it is disaggregated etymologically. The Coat of Arms iconography inflects this same locational feature.

    That settlement still exists today on the borders of Belgium and France.
    A very small part of me came from there. So did anyone else bearing my unusual surname.
    My dad’s father, whom we hardly knew, had already traced English lineage and the original French location. Hairy chased up the rumoured Brugge’s link two nights ago, finding the name of the man she married, after I said dispiritedly that maybe it was Gente not Brugge, as my childhood memory was hazy about it. When we took that name, and my family name, to enquiries, they got very enthusiastic indeed.

    And no more now about that; the First World War calls. Far more recent history.
    I did have a relative in that conflict but will leave it at that. He returned alive, but damaged.

  17. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Requesting suggestions on things to do in:

    Dublin

    Kilmainham Jail. Absolutely unmissable re Irish history.

  18. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Same. I popped in to get a stamp and remembered, Hang in this is THAT GPO.

    Did you see the statue of Leda’s children, turning into swans, commemorating all those who died for Ireland’s freedom?

  19. Baldrick

    Bolt on Sky falls for the spin that the Stupid.Fucking.Liberals new Energy Minister will cut power prices.

    I give it 3 months until he realises he was wrong.

  20. rickw

    Rick make sure you book, I should add.

    Brilliant, will do that on Friday night! I need something more formal / el fresco / waterside for Thursday evening, staying at Balboa Resort, so nearby would be good!

  21. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Oh, sorry to see it was booked out. But there are many other historic sites of the rebellion.
    The General Post Office building is one of them; easy walk in and walk out.
    Look for the statue of Cucuhlainn. Irish mythic iconography.

  22. Death Giraffe

    My, that’s a long one:


  23. stackja

    Baldrick
    #2805712, posted on August 30, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Does Federal Court override NSW District Court ?

  24. Spider

    Wait a minute. The French au pair was apparently seeking entry on a tourist visa. So all this week the ABC has been conflating the extension of a temporary tourist visa for three months with refugees seeking a permanent residency here.

    Have I got this right?

  25. Spider

    Is the issue that she was to work for the pastoralist family but claimed to be volunteering.

  26. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Kilmainham Jail. Absolutely unmissable re Irish history.

    That was the name I was trying to recollect, upthread. Stone cutters Yard, where the ringleaders of the 1916 uprising were shot, was a very gloomy place.

    Also, see if the Arlington Pub still has Irish folk nights. Two Aussies, two South Africans, one New Zealander and four hundred and fifty Irishmen, all half cut, belting out Irish tunes may not be your style, but the Irish lassies dancing there, would bring a stone idol howling, off its pedestal..

  27. stackja

    Neighbours of Footscray West factory fire endure day of toxic smoke, smells and sirens
    Patrick Carlyon and Aleks Devic, Herald Sun
    4 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    IZZY Millwood was roused by the sirens and helicopters just after dawn.

    Her first thought was a stabbing — street crime, she says, isn’t unknown in these parts.

    When Ms Millwood heard the bangs, she assumed shipping containers. She lives close to the logistics warehouses that nestle alongside the wool sheds and timber yards of West Footscray, and her house shakes each time a container is dropped.

    A TV reporter spoke of an “apocalyptic vision”. From the West Gate Bridge, the smoke rose in a mushroom shape better associated with 1945.

  28. stackja

    Arsenic poisoning claim: Toxic soil forces Diamond Creek family from home
    Brittany Shanahan, Diamond Valley Leader
    23 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    A YOUNG Diamond Creek family believed to be suffering arsenic poisoning from abandoned gold mines in the area, has been forced to leave their home.

    The family’s Hoddle Place home, and numerous other houses, abut a site which was fenced off for 15 years, before a housing developer allegedly acquired it three years ago.

    That site is still vacant.

    Law form Gordon Legal is now gathering evidence for a class action against the EPA, who is believed to have known of dangerous levels of arsenic on that site, at 50 Fraser St, for a staggering 18 years.

  29. Top Ender

    Cloive all class as usual:

    Clive Palmer described Townsville mayor Jenny Hill as a “bitch” on camera while launching his political campaign office in the North Queensland city.

    Mr Palmer was referring to a defamation battle he had with Ms Hill — settled out of court and which led to her making a public apology earlier this month — when he made the comment at his new campaign office in Townsville on Wednesday night.

    “The mayor of Townsville said I was a white-collar criminal, I should be in jail. That I was responsible for all of these bad things that happened at QNI, and none of them were true,” Mr Palmer told the crowd in a video first revealed by 7 News.

    “So I thought well, stuff the bitch. We’ll sue her.”

    He and members of his audience then laughed.

    Link

  30. rickw

    Dublin- go on the Guinness brewery tour, get bladdered for nix.

    I’ve got to be “certified” on something I’ve been doing for 20 years, so a definite possibility!

  31. stackja

    NRL launches brand new women’s competition
    Sam Bremner backing Dragons youngsters to make big mark in women’s NRL
    AMANDA LULHAM, The Daily Telegraph
    an hour ago

    DRAGONS captain Sam Bremner says stars will be born in the upcoming NRL women’s premiership and more than a few with be wearing red and white.

    The Jillaroos stalwart says a strength of the side, one of four competing in the inaugural league, is the hidden talent of some of the Dragons youngsters.

    The Dragons have specifically adopted a policy of providing youth with opportunity in season one of the competition and surrounding them with the experience of players such as Bremner, fellow Jillaroos Kezi Apps and Talesha Quinn and Kiwi Fern gun Honey Hireme.

    “There is a lot of uncovered talent in this side “ Bremner said just over a week out from the start of the four-week competition.

  32. cohenite

    Bolta is convinced scomo is the real thing and Taylor will build coal and fuck reruinables off.

  33. areff

    ZKTA: Yep, Kilmainham Jail was where the ratbags of the Easter Uprising set back the cause of peace in Ireland by a century and got what was good for them. Left-wing to the last of them. James Connolly, for one. His great contribution was inspiring Larry Kirwan, a latter day Irish ratbag, to write this.

    Protestants have all the best hymns and Leftoids the best songs. It just ain’t fair:

  34. cohenite

    Bolt on Sky falls for the spin that the Stupid.Fucking.Liberals new Energy Minister will cut power prices.

    I give it 3 months until he realises he was wrong.

    3 things: Liddell and Eraring, and snowy 2. Developments with those will indicate whether scomo has turdball’s hand up his backside.

  35. Gab

    Arky, you never cease to amaze me. How on earth do you know all those things to put this car together? Okay, I can’t even replace a blown headlight bulb in my car, so I look at your skills with awe.

    Anyways, she’s coming along nicely. I do wonder though how loud the rain will be on that roof if you take her out when it’s raining.

  36. candy

    A.Bolt is taking the wait and see approach. That is good and reasonable, logical. I don’t see a problem with that at all. He blogs about the dangers of being too one-sided, biased, and we should give people a fair go. He is doing that.

  37. Dave in Marybrook

    So can we start a book on when the first girl will be carried off unconscious from the VNRL?
    I’m thinking first game, second half. There’ll be some pumped up femme wanting to go down in history as the scoring the winning try, and it’ll be her or whoever gets in her way.

  38. stackja

    Blue Sky 2018 loss: $86m in red ink, Oaktree seeks tough terms
    Liam Walsh, The Courier-Mail
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    BLUE Sky is considering dumping its name after an “annus horribilis” in which the former star of Brisbane’s fund management industry lost $86 million.

    “Our financial result has been dreadful, our reputation has been materially diminished and market sentiment has collapsed,” Blue Sky Alternative Investments chairman John Kain wrote in the company’s annual result.

    But Mr Kain argued the company planned to build a stronger future and had retained the support of key institutional clients.

    Blue Sky oversees more than 85 funds, ranging from student accommodation to an online shoe seller. The company sprouted into a market darling after 2012 by claiming resounding successes on the values of these funds.

    That faith was shattered in March when a short-seller, who makes money from stock prices falling, issued a devastating critique that alleged the performance had been manipulated. While Blue Sky rejected that assertion, some funds have subsequently dropped in value such as ones for online footwear selling operation Shoes of Prey, which ceased trading this week.

    HANDING BACK FEES

    Problems came home to roost in full-year accounts filed on Thursday. Blue Sky took the odd step of reversing revenue — returning almost $18 million in management and transaction fees after cancelling some development projects.

    It also set aside $28 million against potential problem loans made to Blue Sky funds that had been “going through challenging periods”.

    Costs jumped from $46.1 million to $98.2 million, including the costs of hiring lawyers and retrenching staff.

    The accounts showed Blue Sky’s former CEO, Rob Shand, who quit in April, received $582,000. That included $331,000 in termination payments, which included his contracted entitlements and unpaid leave.

  39. calli

    Dublin – Post Office bullet holes (photo opportunity) plus pubs. Lots of pubs.
    New York – walk through Central Park, Museums and galleries – Guggenheim, Met and Natural History
    Washington – Smithsonian aerospace. Sit in the 747 cockpit, visit the shop for your very own star ship Enterprise model. In fact as much of the Smithsonian museums as you can handle. Then pop down to the library and report back (I haven’t seen it yet, except on National Treasure).

    🙂

  40. Confused Old Misfit

    Anyways, she’s coming along nicely. I do wonder though how loud the rain will be on that roof if you take her out when it’s raining.

    Gab, he’s got to out to a sheep run and pick up a bag full of wool leavings to pack into the roof like insulation!
    Joking Arky! You’re doing a great job and I covet your planer!

  41. Confused Old Misfit

    New York – The Frick and The Cloisters.

  42. Tel

    Bolta is convinced scomo is the real thing and Taylor will build coal and fuck reruinables off.

    No, he’s attempting to create a “vibe”, it’s what media people do. Don’t confuse apparent enthusiasm for sincerity.

  43. calli

    Oh, and don’t forget to visit the Tart with the Cart.

    Her bosoms are very shiny. I can’t imagine why.

  44. calli

    Thanks for reminding me Misfit. Missed the Cloisters last time. I’m in NYC next July.

  45. stackja

    Adelaide weather: Thousands without power as gusty winds whip across SA
    Jordanna Schriever, Polly Haynes, Tristan Willes, The Advertiser
    an hour ago

    THOUSANDS of properties and several intersections across Adelaide are without power — but a severe wind warning has now been cancelled as a strong wind gusts ease.

    SA Power Networks reported 6540 customers were without power at 530pm, down from 25,550 at 12.45pm.

    The Bureau of Meteorology has now cancelled a severe weather warning for damaging winds across Adelaide, the Mid North, Renmark and the southern part of the state.

    ..

    Conditions will worsen ahead of the first day of the Royal Adelaide Show on Friday.

    “It’s going to be another wet day … throughout most of the day on Friday,” Mr Bierman said.

    “Ten degrees as the minimum, then 16 degrees as our maximum, so quite a bit cooler.”

    He said cooler weather is forecast for the weekend, with a shower or two and 15 degrees on Saturday and a possible shower and 14C for Sunday.

  46. Confused Old Misfit

    It’s still there I believe. I last visited it in 1962 or ’63.

  47. Top Ender

    Speaking of the rozzers:

    DRAMATIC FOOTAGE SHOWS POLICE ARREST TAXI DRIVER

    DRAMATIC footage has emerged of a taxi driver being arrested for allegedly misusing his horn and repeatedly refusing requests by police to produce his license.

    but Daily Tele has it paywalled.

  48. C.L.

    Mark Latham’s entire defence in Osman Faruqi’s defamation case against him has been thrown out by Federal Court judge Michael Wigney.

    Wigney said Faruqi’s tweets could not reasonably be said to vilify or demonise white people…

    Which is total and absolute bullshit.

  49. Top Ender

    Apparently also The Trollop with the Scollops.

  50. bundyrum

    Candy we need cheap power, for both domestic & indusrial use now….it also needs to be long term to stop any more sovereign risk, for which we are in a bad state right now.
    We cannot keep waiting.

  51. stackja

    Top Ender
    #2805784, posted on August 30, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    still image

  52. Baldrick

    Looking good Arky 👍

  53. Death Giraffe

    How on earth do you know all those things to put this car together?

    ..
    The benefits of not being particularly good at anything and getting the sack a lot as a young man.

  54. miltonf

    The Australian political class works against Australia’s national interest. They truly are quislings. And it didn’t take long to see what morison is all about.

  55. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    no mention of feminist mediocrity
    Women directors slam ‘toxic masculinity’ of Venice film festival
    It is the second year in a row that Venice has featured just one film by a woman among the 21 vying for the top prize

  56. mh

    ABC and SBS have gone full retard over Dutton and a tourist visa for an au pair.

  57. stackja

    Confused Old Misfit
    #2805773, posted on August 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm
    New York – The Frick and The Cloisters.

    Clint as Coogan visited The Cloisters.

  58. stackja

    mh
    #2805798, posted on August 30, 2018 at 7:49 pm
    ABC and SBS have gone full retard over Dutton and a tourist visa for an au pair.

    I am shocked!

  59. Elle

    Impressive, Arky. Seriously!

    Tough Kiwi. No need for safety goggles. Glad work, health, safety police aren’t about. 🙂

  60. H B Bear

    Gillon McPolo-Pony following the proven media management strategy of disappearing.

  61. Stimpson J. Cat

    Should I marry the lady who wrote this.
    /asking for a friend.

    Unless you are an uneducated Lesbian you literally have no chance

  62. Habib

    Fat Boy may have had a stopped clock moment. She sure sounds like a bitch.

  63. Stimpson J. Cat

    “going through challenging periods”.

    It’s hard sometimes am I right ladies?

    😁

  64. Infidel Tiger

    #2805798, posted on August 30, 2018 at 7:49 pm
    ABC and SBS have gone full retard over Dutton and a tourist visa for an au pair.

    I am shocked!

    If the ABC is going mental keep going. You’re on the right path.

    Stupid Liberals should know this by now.

  65. miltonf

    So many ‘conservatives’ have come out in their true colors in the last 5 years. Greiner, Downer are two recent ones that come to mind.

  66. Infidel Tiger

    Xunts never said shit when Di natale was busted having two foreign slaves.

  67. Snoopy

    If Dutton’s rejection of departmental advice is such a terrible thing, why does ministerial discretion even exist?

  68. mh

    U.S. GDP Growth Revised Up in Second Quarter

    It’s been revised up to 4.2%. Just saying.

  69. Gab

    Oh yeah, there’s also some eye candy at that link for youse blokes.

  70. stackja

    Dutton’s real ‘crime’, he got MT.

  71. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stefan Molyneux
    @StefanMolyneux
    ·
    Aug 29
    The mainstream media NEVER passes up an opportunity to attack Christianity – except now when it involves child rape coverups at the highest level.

    Makes you think.

  72. Top Ender

    At the risk of starting a vitriolic debate…

    What are Cats’ opinions on how many people a day were dying, in the Pacific theatre, as a result of WWII as it continued on after the German surrender?

  73. Stimpson J. Cat

    Oh yeah, there’s also some eye candy at that link for youse blokes.

    Don’t be sexist Gab.
    We need eye candy for everyone.

  74. Bruce of Newcastle

    Stimpy – Don’t you have anything else to do but follow Lena Dunham’s twitter feed? We have lots and lots of local frightbats who surely would love the attention.

    Lena Dunham makes her sexts public as she shares personal selfie stash to Instagram (22 Aug)

    Lena Dunham Poses Nude For Hysterectomy Anniversary (15 Aug)

    She’s clearly not in Kansas anymore.

  75. Boambee John

    Snoopy
    #2805816, posted on August 30, 2018 at 8:04 pm
    If Dutton’s rejection of departmental advice is such a terrible thing, why does ministerial discretion even exist?

    Withdraw all delegations from the minister to departmental officers. Make them write full submissions on all matters. Then remind them that they are advisers, subject to ministerial direction.

  76. Top Ender

    Hey stackja…

    Those Victorian cabbies just won’t get out and put your stuff in the boot unless you make them…

  77. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    What are Cats’ opinions on how many people a day were dying, in the Pacific theatre, as a result of WWII as it continued on after the German surrender?

    I’m trying to recall a figure, including civilians.

  78. Mark A

    Morgan Freeman, wasn’t he accused by some me#too opportunist?

  79. C.L.

    ABC and SBS have gone full retard over Dutton and a tourist visa for an au pair.

    They were more casual about certain accusations about one of their own, recently, as I recall.

  80. Boambee John

    Top Ender
    #2805830, posted on August 30, 2018 at 8:22 pm
    At the risk of starting a vitriolic debate…

    What are Cats’ opinions on how many people a day were dying, in the Pacific theatre, as a result of WWII as it continued on after the German surrender?

    Most fighting in Burma was over for the monsoon by May. However, Japanese soldiers were still dying in large numbers there. Fighting in Borneo was continuing, also Bougainville, New Britain, New Guinea. Lots dying in the Philippines, US, Filipino, Japanese. Also in China but in larger numbers. Okinawa still going in May, but not entirely. Plus POW still dying in large numbers. IIRC, most of the Sandakan deaths were after May.

    Impossible to be precise, but between five and ten thousand a day would not be beyond the bounds of possibility.

  81. Zatara

    I need something more formal / el fresco / waterside for Thursday evening, staying at Balboa Resort, so nearby would be good!

    Not terribly formal but one of my faves when I lived just down the coast from there was the Fly N Fish Oyster Bar and Grill. It’s on the ocean almost at the base of the Newport Beach Pier. About a 3km walk from the Balboa but plenty of taxis.

    If you have the time and are into things nautical the RMS Queen Mary is now a museum ship up in Long Beach as is the US battleship Iowa. Long beach also has the excellent Aquarium of the Pacific.

  82. Stimpson J. Cat

    CIA
    @CIA
    So, who is a CIA agent?

    Our operations officers recruit well-placed human agents with access to secrets. These recruited spies are agents. Agents/spies are invaluable. They provide critical information about their country to help America.
    2:10 AM · Aug 30, 2018

  83. Cassie of Sydney

    “stackja
    #2805827, posted on August 30, 2018 at 8:18 pm
    Dutton’s real ‘crime’, he got MT.”

    He is now public enemy numero uno.

  84. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stimpy – Don’t you have anything else to do but follow Lena Dunham’s twitter feed?

    Let’s examine the empirical evidence Bruce.
    I posted ONE link on Lena Durham,
    while you posted TWO.
    Ergo, you are more interested in Lena than myself.
    😁

  85. rickw

    Don’t be sexist Gab.
    We need eye candy for everyone.

    Warnings Please!!!

  86. C.L.

    Scott Morrison to be interviewed by Darryl Brohman on the Footy Show after tonight’s game.
    Really.

  87. Cassie of Sydney

    “stackja
    #2805827, posted on August 30, 2018 at 8:18 pm
    Dutton’s real ‘crime’, he got MT.”

    I also reckon Malturd triggered this.

  88. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Plus POW still dying in large numbers.

    One time father in law had survived the Burma Railway, and was in a camp near Ubon, in Thailand. Working parties began digging long trenches, six feet wide, outside of the camp. One of the Australians commented that he “didn’t think the Japs were taking up gardening.” A few days later, the news came of the surrender.

  89. Stimpson J. Cat

    Warnings Please!!!

    Literally my finest moment.

  90. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Dumping of Turnbull shows why 16-year-olds should be able to vote

    Voting age should be raised to 25, and the franchise restricted to those who own property.

  91. Snoopy

    TheirABC has fallen out of love with the NDIS. Apparently.

    She was shocked when disability support provider St Giles told her its Launceston respite care service, used and adored by both children, had become unviable under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

    “The kids love it; they thrive off it,” Ms Walkden said.

    “It’s something that we do rely on when we’re needing a break.”

    Under the NDIS, funding goes to people with a disability or carers to spend on services, rather than to the services themselves.

    But in a letter, St Giles told parents the NDIS exposed it to the market and made it unviable.

    “The service is now entirely reliant on sufficient people booking bed nights to ensure its financial viability,” St Giles client services director Mark Deverell wrote.

  92. Makka

    They spy on private citizens and then share the intel with one another. But it’s all good because we also watch China and Russia.

    Five Eyes intelligence partners will deepen cooperation on combatting foreign interference, threatening to jointly name and shame hostile nations for “coercive, deceptive and clandestine activities”.

    In a meeting on the Gold Coast this week, ministers representing the five security allies – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Britain and the United States – also called on tech companies to do more to contain harmful material on their platforms and allow law enforcement “targeted” access to encrypted data.

    Targeted. Yeah, right.

  93. Voting age should be raised to 25, and the franchise restricted to those who own property.

    And no wymens.

  94. mh

    I was looking at Trump’s twitter account, and accidentally linked to Hillary’s account. OMFG. She needs to get back to the woods. Or get help.

  95. Bruce of Newcastle

    Literally my finest moment.

    Do you get these pics from the same place Blazing Cat Fur gets them, wherever that is?
    Those five lovely ladies(ahem) appeared on BCF this morning with a little photoshopping:

    Stunning Canadian Trade Reversal Now Seems Increasingly Likely – Nervous Freeland/Trudeau Trying to Position for Political Face Saving…

    BCF has a fine taste in such things, for certain definitions of ‘taste’.
    Here you go, just for you Stimpy: Antifa tanks.
    Go on, I dare you.

  96. Stimpson J. Cat

    Go on, I dare you.

    Why do you assume I am one of those crazy people with PIC(Poor Impulse Control)?
    I am not going to click on your link just because you dare me to Bruce.
    I am the calm stillness in the eye of the storm.

  97. Dear lord, does the feminist on the far right of that photo have hair growing out of her chin?

  98. Stimpson J. Cat

    Goddamit Bruce f$cking cosplay….

  99. H B Bear

    Andwew Pwobyn and the ALPBC certainly seem to think they are on a winner with Gillon McPolo-Pony’s au pair. They will avenge the tearing down of their man.

  100. Stimpson J. Cat

    Dear lord, does the feminist on the far right of that photo have hair growing out of her chin?

    Did you just assume it’s gender Adam?
    Grow up.
    Just grow up.

  101. Snoopy

    I don’t think you are permitted to say ‘its gender’.

  102. Bruce of Newcastle

    Sniff. Stimpy, you’re no fun.
    Do tennis players go on strike when the opponent returns their serve?
    Ok here you go, a higher class pic. One guaranteed to detonate the heads of three quarters of society.

  103. Did you just assume it’s gender Adam?

    I had a good long look which I’m still struggling to recover from.

  104. Makka

    Trump is getting his judges into place;

    If you follow Senate activity, in the space of barely an hour yesterday the Senate confirmed seven district court judges and paved the way to confirm eight more next week.

    Of the 15 nominees, six were confirmed by voice votes on Tuesday. Another one was confirmed on a recorded vote. The remaining eight will get quick votes next week.

    It’s a major win for Trump and McConnell, whose No. 1 priority is filling up federal courts with conservative judges ― many of whom are incredibly anti-abortion, anti–LGBTQ rights and anti–voting rights. Trump has gotten 26 circuit court judges confirmed, more than any other president at this point in his term. Another way of putting it: 1 in 7 U.S. circuit court seats is now filled by a judge nominated by Trump.

    The left aren’t happy;

    “An entire branch of government is being lost for generations, and Senate Democrats are willfully blind to it,” Fallon said. “In the coming months and years, these same Democrats will issue outraged statements about the rulings issued by the very judges that they could not be bothered to try to slow down. It is pathetic.”

  105. calli

    Is there anything bacon can’t do?

  106. cohenite

    Voting age should be raised to 25, and the franchise restricted to those who own property.

    Are women property?

  107. Gab

    Is there anything bacon can’t do?

    It can’t be Trump!

  108. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I don’t think you are permitted to say ‘its gender’.

    confused, is it them’s gender or they’s gender?

  109. Top Ender

    Is there anything bacon can’t do?

    Gonna find out tomorrow morning.

    I’m in charge of cooking bacon for 150 or so dads who are getting a Father’s Day brekkie….

  110. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Are women property?

    I asked the Memsahib if she considered herself my property. What’s a “male chauvinist pig?”

  111. What’s a “male chauvinist pig?”

    I suspect it is something to do with you about to be turned into bacon, if you’re not careful.

  112. Frank

    Cool it on the tranny porn or there will be links to Zombietime’s Fulsom St Fair.

  113. Infidel Tiger

    Generators and big energy users say Scott Morrison’s move to decouple carbon emissions cuts from energy policy has dealt a blow to investor certainty, threatening his overriding goal of bringing down power prices.

    Promising signs.

    The spivs and charlatans are upset.

  114. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    the real russian collusion!

  115. Infidel Tiger

    Are women property?

    Depreciating assets.

    Most people are just renting them these days.

  116. Snoopy

    Promising signs.

    The spivs and charlatans are upset.

    I won’t be optimistic until I see tears of blood.

  117. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    the real russian collusion!

    The expression “Shake that booty” takes on a whole new meaning..

  118. pete m

    New York – if you have time take the ferry to Statute of Liberty / Ellis Island. Ellis Island museum was especially moving. Row a boat in Central Park. Walk side streets lined with trees and Brooklyn Bridge – photo with wires is my favourite. World Trade Towers memorial. Empire State top floor viewing. So much to do. DB would be a good bet on food.

  119. Rae

    Requesting suggestions on things to do in:

    New York

    Go to the:
    – Baseball at Yankee Stadium
    – Basketball at Madison Square Garden

  120. Fat Tony

    Snoopy
    #2805904, posted on August 30, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    I won’t be optimistic until I see tears of blood.

    I’d just settle for blood – lots of it, in arterial spurts

  121. Makka

    Generators and big energy users say Scott Morrison’s move to decouple carbon emissions cuts from energy policy has dealt a blow to investor certainty, threatening his overriding goal of bringing down power prices.

    Speed dial to super lobbyist Photios. Who will be in Scomo’s office, stat.

    “Scottie, how are my green energy customers expected to maintain their margins if you aren’t subsidizing them?”

  122. feelthebern

    Stimpy, are you taking 30mg of Lexapro every day ?
    That’s a big dose.
    & at night time too?
    Isn’t it usually taken in the morning?

  123. .

    If you made voting voluntary and had a simple civics test beforehand, you’d knock out a lot of LIVs, rustedons and 19-year-olds.

    Being a net income taxpayer and IQ tests are nice but not low hanging fruit.

  124. .

    Our Dave makes a fairly good speech in the Senate (last week) about how insidious occupational licensing is a waste that just attacks employment.

    Good stuff, but an odd way to say Google…

  125. Top Ender

    Boambee John…Impossible to be precise, but between five and ten thousand a day…

    Yes…I have done some calculations from a variety of sources, and it comes to approximately 9700 a day, fatalities-wise.

  126. Rae

    Rae may attempt to mock.

    What’s to mock?

    I am Tess of the D’Urbervilles!

    More Beth of the Boganvilles I’d say.

    Don’t mention the Wet Nurse/Lady in Waiting to Queen Victoria’s kids. So plebean, everybody has one.

  127. Stimpson J. Cat

    Cool it on the tranny porn or there will be links to Zombietime’s Fulsom St Fair.

    Alex Jones Explaining The Tranny P$rn On His Phone.

  128. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stimpy, are you taking 30mg of Lexapro every day ?
    That’s a big dose.
    & at night time too?
    Isn’t it usually taken in the morning?

    Don’t be silly.
    Antidepressants don’t work on me.
    Lexapro pfffffffft.

  129. John Constantine

    “By Andrew Penn – Chief Executive Officer at Telstra
    Today I was in Toowoomba, in the heart of the Darling Downs region in Queensland, where we have proudly achieved another 5G first – activating the first 5G mobile base station in a regional city in Australia.
    It is an incredibly exciting time as we start expanding 5G coverage to more capital cities and regional centres over the coming months.
    It follows our switch on in selected areas on the Gold Coast, cementing our position as the first mobile network in Australia to be 5G ready.
    Bringing the transformational technology of 5G to Toowoomba, a regional centre and one of the fastest growing cities in the country, is exciting for the possibilities it will enable in education, health, community services, business and agriculture – all major industry sectors in the local economy. We’re only starting to imagine the possibilities.”

    NBN, is it worth a cent in the dollar yet?.

    Comrades?.

    For a sector like agriculture, the fibre-like data speeds, low latency and high performance and capacity of 5G open up fantastic opportunities for growth as well as for overcoming some very real challenges.

  130. Fat Tony

    Rae = Trollius Faecus

    Hey everyone – look at Rae.
    Rae is a fuckwit.
    We should be understanding to the mentally handicapped.
    But it’s Rae – so:

    FUCK OFF RAE

  131. Fat Tony

    .Dot
    #2805917, posted on August 30, 2018 at 10:01 pm
    If you made voting voluntary and had a simple civics test beforehand, you’d knock out a lot of LIVs, rustedons and 19-year-olds.

    Being a net income taxpayer and IQ tests are nice but not low hanging fruit.

    Something we agree on dotty.
    Voluntary voting would be soooo good.

  132. .

    5G offers download speeds 30 times that the NBN originally envisioned, and three times Conroy’s bullshit about “turning on boxes” to ramp the speed up tenfold.

  133. Fat Tony

    5G offers download speeds 30 times that the NBN originally envisioned,

    what sort of realistic speeds? and what sort of variance in these speeds?

  134. John Constantine

    Wagga Wagga lambs set new records today, as the best new season suckers sold over 10 bucks a kilo dressed for pen after pen.

    I am sure I heard 330 dollars a head mentioned in the report.

    This is an indication of how thin the supply of well finished sappy lambs are, now that we are irrigating the sea in dry times with water out of our dams, not pastures.

    Comrades.

  135. If we had voluntary voting, after a few elections only about 30% of the population would bother.

  136. Rae

    We should be understanding to the mentally handicapped.

    Fuck that. I think you should be given the derision you deserve.

    You just keep leading with your chins Fatso. Looks like I’m gonna have to kick your fat arse again.

  137. .

    https://www.southernphone.com.au/Blog/2018/Mar/5G-in-australia-what-to-know

    The simulation in Frankfurt utilised a more basic network, 100 MHz on a 3.5GHz spectrum with an underlying gigabit-LTE network on 5 LTE spectrum bands. For a 4G user, the browsing speeds hovered around 56 mbps. For the 5G user? The rates leapt up to over 490 mbps, an approximately 7x quicker response rate. As for download speeds, most users in the simulation experienced an 8 mbps download speed on 4G LTE, and 100 mbps download speeds on 5G.

    The San Francisco model worked with a network operating in 800 MHz in a 28 GHz mmWave spectrum, built on top of a gigabit-LTE network on four licensed LTE bands and License Assisted Access (LAA) bands. Whew—that’s a lot of technical jargon! But the key takeaway is this:

    Browsing speeds grew from 71 mbps to 1.4 gbps, and download speeds skyrocketed up from 10 mbps to 186 mbps. In tests of video streaming, better quality was also reported.

    That’s pretty impressive. The NBN is toast.

  138. Requesting suggestions on things to do in:

    New York

    Grab a vanilla malt at the Shakeshack in Madison Square and then grab a seat looking back onto the Flatiron building. When you’re done cross the road and grab a bite to eat at Eately. Walk the Highline. Visit Washington Square. Talk the A train to the Cloisters. Visit Bergdoff and have afternoon tea, get a table by the window, and then walk down 5th to at least St Patrick’s. Get a Statton Island ferry and back and see the sights of NY harbour.

    That is just scratching the surface.

  139. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If we had voluntary voting, after a few elections only about 30% of the population would bother.

    You have far more confidence in the electorate then I do – it was very gravely explained to me by one of the true believers (“My dad voted Labor, and his dad before him, and I’ve voted Labor all my life”) that we had to have compulsory voting, otherwise the Labor Party would never be elected. How I kept a straight face..

  140. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    OMG the COck Hero failure is awake.

  141. JC

    memoryvault
    #2805934, posted on August 30, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    If we had voluntary voting, after a few elections only about 30% of the population would bother.

    The stupid person’s pied piper snags one.

    Voter turnout in countries which have similar systems to our – parliamentary- is around 69%. Even those which have weak presidential systems are up there.

    https://www.idea.int/data-tools/country-view/74/40

  142. we had to have compulsory voting, otherwise the Labor Party would never be elected

    Yes.
    That’s a feature, not a bug.
    Then all we have to do is discourage the Liberal voters.

    Imagine an election with only informed voters.

  143. JC

    Further proof that the moon landing was faked. Hollywood has come out with First Man and it looks pretty good. But then, who really knows if it was faked, right? 🙂 Who knows?

  144. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    1h
    The news from the Financial Markets is even better than anticipated. For all of you that have made a fortune in the markets, or seen your 401k’s rise beyond your wildest expectations, more good news is coming!

  145. Oh, if you love American BBQ, visit Dinosaur BBQ. If you do, visit Columbia Uni and Grant’s Masoleum while you’re up there.

  146. Its remarkable

    John Constantine: Some thoughts:
    Yes, good lambs are worth great money, as usually happens when supply is short. Funny that, called market. Grains likewise. Obviously hay.
    Some of the madness coming from the main stream media is getting truly delusional. Things like trucking water to pump into farm dams (instead of troughs), baling barley straw in WA (once harvested in, say, November) and trucking it to NSW, when by then Victorian or SA grain, or hay will be available is silly.
    Droughts happen. Good farmers can handle these.
    City-based people have no idea, but are often very well meaning.
    Most of what is being donated is being wasted.
    Radio announcers are interested in ratings, and controversy, hence constant drought noise.
    It always rains at the end of a drought, and might start sooner than one thinks.
    Good farmers are OK

  147. Infidel Tiger

    If you are going to New York, ask JC if you can stay in his apartment.

  148. Infidel Tiger

    First death from female footy.

    Bloody awful.

  149. JC

    The news from the Financial Markets is even better than anticipated. For all of you that have made a fortune in the markets, or seen your 401k’s rise beyond your wildest expectations, more good news is coming!

    Isn’t he just lovable.

    At least there’s a prez now who’s happy when people make money. The Kenyan would get upset if stocks went higher because it meant the inequality.

  150. min

    What is stopping the Libs going Shorten for putting a woman in the Senate whom Dyson Hayden had recommended to be investigated for fraud? That was another of Turnbull’s tricks to close down TURC with 70 or more referred to police.

  151. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    ye of little faith – insomnia

  152. Most of what is being donated is being wasted.

    That’s an interesting comment, Remarkable.
    As a self-confessed ignoramus on the matter, I’d like to know more.
    Any chance of you writing a guest article on the subject?
    I’m pretty sure it would interest many Cats, and the Doomlord would print it.

  153. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #2805960, posted on August 30, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    If you are going to New York, ask JC if you can stay in his apartment.

    I’ve been offering to everyone and wifey is really pissed off, so I banned her family staying. (I haven’t but that’s the threat). With Italy the exception, we’ve glommed other people’s houses and apartments, so I’m not going to be mean.

    Reno work starts early next month and it should be ready by after 100 days. That’s all the time we have from the board. It’s going to be gorgeous. Classic 60’s building with the apartment on the 15th floor and amazingly little obstruction view wise. The top floor is a sun deck and the view is something like I’ve never seen before. Pete m is talking about going up the Empire state. The sun deck in on the 35th floor looking mostly to the south is a wonderful view.

  154. JC

    The place is supposedly ready by about January. I don’t want to go before March or April and already her sisters have tried to book it. Not happening. Theoretically they would get to stay there before I did. Before I even see it.

  155. JC

    You know mh, Trumps comments about stocks etc is a very important signal to markets. He’s basically signaling he has out back and will promote investor friendly policies. He saying, get into stocks as I won’t hurt you…. and in fact I will support you. This also has a political element to it too. More of an investor class helps the GOP.

  156. Infidel Tiger

    Sounds good JC.

    I’ll let you know what I require in the fridge and the bathroom soon.

    I like a medium mattress and quite a large pillow choice too.

  157. Snoopy

    The Philippines has again ordered the deportation of Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox over allegations she engaged in political activities, after a reprieve two months ago.

    Please President Duterte, just send the old commo crone to the Sulu Archipelago.

  158. Stimpson J. Cat

    The place is supposedly ready by about January. I don’t want to go before March or April and already her sisters have tried to book it. Not happening. Theoretically they would get to stay there before I did. Before I even see it.

    You can’t let women stay there JC.

    It will get all Sex in the City.

    Put your foot down.

  159. Oh come on

    Why are we not letting Bradley Manning into the country? It is important to let the influential-crazy speak. Let’s hear what they have to say. Let’s see who turns up to listen.

    Fact is that we ought to have the right to hear what someone like Manning has to say if we so choose. We ought to be able to make informed judgements for and against those views as they are presented. We also need to pay attention to those taking these views on board.

    This is all an important part of the process of civil society regulating itself. Government intervention not required.

    Sure, Manning is clearly bonkers and has some really kooky ideas, but that alone isn’t a good enough reason to deny his visa. Alex Jones is nuts as well. If he were to apply for an Oz visa, it would be very bad to refuse his application, too.

  160. Oh come on

    I’ll let you know what I require in the fridge and the bathroom soon.

    I like a medium mattress and quite a large pillow choice too.

    Make these requests on JC’s Airbnb site.

  161. Infidel Tiger

    Why are we not letting Bradley Manning into the country? It is important to let the influential-crazy speak. Let’s hear what they have to say. Let’s see who turns up to listen.

    Traitor and a criminal who should have been executed.

  162. Oh come on

    True but that is the Americans’ business, not ours.

  163. Snoopy

    Traitor and a criminal who should have been executed

    His treason was responsible for the deaths of far fewer US assets than Hillary Clinton caused.

  164. mh

    I have no idea whether the US stock market bull run is totally positive, and I don’t have much at stake either.

    I do know that a Nobel prize winning economist said on the day Trump was elected that the markets would never recover. Imagine if the Dow Jones fell back to the levels before Trump was elected. The world would be coming to an end.

  165. Oh come on

    Manning’s sentence was commuted (which was a Marc Rich-level misuse of US executive power) but that is their business, not ours.

  166. Habib

    Drop the old bag in Mindanao, they just lurve commies and christians there.

  167. struth

    JC
    Is there a straight line of fire between your apartment and Turnbull’s?
    Asking for a friend.

  168. Habib

    The Hildebeest should’ve been topped as well, treasonous geriatric harpy. Probably wouldn’t have even had to shove her out of a CH53 either, just fail to secure a hatch and the senile slag would trip and fall out.

  169. JC

    I highly recommend the Amalfi coast. It’s out of this world beautiful. I’ll be heading back there next year.

    Leigh Lowe… Positano is how I imagine heaven, but without the steps.. Incredible. I can’t eat anymore seafood though as I’m stuffed to the gills… no pun.

    Rome is just divine too. The only issue with Rome is that it felt like half of Queensland was there. You’d sit in a restaurant and the fuckers next to you are Queenslanders… almost to a man , they were involved in property development.

    The great thing about Rome was the side street shopping off the main drags where all the so-called luxury brands are. I call them the old gang and it’s really off putting.

    Wifey went shopping nuts in those small streets.

    I don’t get the fuckers. I really don’t. Our hotel was on the via Borghese in the district or burb called Parioli, which is supposed to be the most expensive burb in the joint. It’s magnificent. The homes and apartments are incredibly beautiful and there are trams running up and down the main drag. But here’s thing. The streets had weeds growing and the sidewalks were basically unkempt. However, the homes & apts had great looking gardens, which means they have gardeners. It doesn’t look like the home owners tell their gardeners to go out on the sidewalk and pull the weeds. And then, you see magnificent looking apartment buildings and there would be 20 antennas and radar dishes on the roof, thereby totally spoiling the look. How about just one each and you share it, you idiots? There are also wires running down the sides of the buildings.

    They also don’t fuck around. It felt like there were two military guys with M 16 looking arms on almost every street corner. They also looked menacing too. There were no chicks pretending they were military either. Cops and militarily fuckers were everywhere and well armed. It’s a funny feeling seeing that amount of policing. You both feel safe(ish) and a little uncertain.

  170. Habib

    & if real Hillary and stick Hilary “fell” simultaneously from an aircraft at 10,000 ft, who would impact the ground first?

  171. Infidel Tiger

    His treason was responsible for the deaths of far fewer US assets than Hillary Clinton caused.

    Is exexute her too.

  172. Oh come on

    I don’t think Manning was a traitor as such. A traitor needs to be working explicitly for the enemy. Manning saw himself as some kind of truth-teller and I don’t think he was working for the enemies of the US. Snowden is more likely a traitor as he seems very chummy with the Russians, but even then we can’t be sure. Both Manning and Snowden obviously committed several serious crimes, but there isn’t much publicly available evidence that treason was amongst them.

    In any event, the accusation of ‘treason’ is being devalued massively on all sides of the debate, much like sexism/racism/homophobia/transphobia etc etc

  173. Habib

    The Itis have 4 or 5 different police forces, all tooled up, and all utterly fucking useless. They make the frogs seem competent.

  174. JC

    JC
    Is there a straight line of fire between your apartment and Turnbull’s?
    Asking for a friend.

    No thank God. I read today he’s on the Westside, but I’m pretty sure it’s on Central Park South, which is basically midtown and kinda shitty to be living there. I wouldn’t want to, but it all horses for courses.

    Artie and I were critiquing the bad taste apartment a couple of years ago. I mean look, his home in Sydney is worth a fortune (i get that), but it’s really ugly. He has no taste and neither does his wife.

  175. I highly recommend the Amalfi coast. It’s out of this world beautiful. I’ll be heading back there next year.

    The Good Wife and I stayed at the Grand Hotel Cocumella in Sorrento last year. Stunning in every aspect. They have their own 19th century two masted sailing ship which you can rent for a day. We went to Capri with 2 other couples on it which was a blast.

  176. if real Hillary and stick Hilary “fell” simultaneously from an aircraft at 10,000 ft, who would impact the ground first?

    Neither.
    The earth, seeing an opportunity to be free of a noisome pest, would shift in its orbit to avoid them.

  177. JC

    The Itis have 4 or 5 different police forces, all tooled up, and all utterly fucking useless. They make the frogs seem competent.

    Yea.. but the fuckers on street corners brandishing M16s were military and they looked trigger happy too.

    Habib, I have to disagree about the frogs cops. I think they are quite good and they don’t fuck around. They shoot to kill. Basically, if you’re a muzzo , accidentally lose control of your rented truck and mow down people, or accidentally shoot people in the street, the French cops will kill you on the spot… and there’s no second chance. They will keep shooting and make sure your next stop is the morgue.

    I got to talking to an Italian dude in a restaurant, who was a middle class type. He reckoned that the Italian government does almost everything bad, but the one good thing they do is have a handle on the muzzo issue in the sense that they are hard edged with them. I didn’t see that many letter boxes in Italy.

  178. Leigh Lowe

    JC … encouraged to hear that Italy hasn’t changed although I don’t remember Military types hanging around the streets.
    Sign of the times I guess.
    Ah … Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento …bewdiful!
    Don’t sweat da weeds in de street.
    Is Italy.
    Decay is what they do since da Roman times.

  179. JC

    We went to Capri with 2 other couples on it which was a blast.

    We didn’t stay in Capri and just went there for the day like 3 billion others. It’s unbelievably stunning. That’s my hang out for a few weeks next year.

  180. struth

    I really enjoyed Italy.
    After uptight Germany we headed to Italy via Austria and you felt alive again.
    Shit going on, people living life to the full.
    A madhouse at times and regulation free……
    Well if there were regulatios they seem to be ignored.
    How refreshing for over governed Australians.
    The Amalfi coast was exquisite.
    I feel alive like that in the States as well.
    Even in England but to a much smaller degree.
    We really live in a shithole here .
    It isn’t a place for those that enjoy all the good and bad freedom offers.
    Those things that let you know you’re alive.

  181. zyconoclast

    no mention of feminist mediocrity
    Women directors slam ‘toxic masculinity’ of Venice film festival
    It is the second year in a row that Venice has featured just one film by a woman among the 21 vying for the top prize

    Asia Argento was unavailable for comment

  182. Struth,

    Holland is turning out to be better than when I lived in Italy. Strange but true. Very beautiful landscape although you wouldn’t think so if you listened to the Dutch. And a wonderful combination of amazing organization and efficiency with a big onus on personal responsibility, a wonderful combination.

    Favorite town thus far is Haarlem which is like a mini-Amsterdam minus the tourists.

  183. JC

    JC … encouraged to hear that Italy hasn’t changed although I don’t remember Military types hanging around the streets.

    And they’re burly mean looking too. The rifles aren’t pointed to the ground either. They’re like at 45 degrees which is sort of unsettling.

    Don’t sweat da weeds in de street.

    Leigh, I checked the values on a couple of of international real estate sites. A villa with a decent garden in Parioli will set you back E15 million and decent sized apartments around E 3 million. Dude, there’s fucking weeds growing on the street! I don’t get it.

  184. Leigh Lowe

    Habib, I have to disagree about the frogs cops. I think they are quite good and they don’t fuck around. They shoot to kill.

    Absolutely.
    You see them around the tourist spots in central Paris.
    Sure, there are a few PR cops to talk to tourists and do photos, but there are the others … hard as nails, tooled up and not to be fucked with. They seem to me to be always deployed in groups of three, and it struck me that you would only ever take one of them … maybe … before you ended up ventilated.
    Trouble is, 4 or 5 blocks away, it is Little Somalia sans Gendarmerie.

  185. Leigh, I checked the values on a couple of of international real estate sites. A villa with a decent garden in Parioli will set you back E15 million and decent sized apartments around E 3 million. Dude, there’s fucking weeds growing on the street! I don’t get it.

    Some of the most luxurious homes in Italy that I visited as a guest of the owners were drab as fuck on the outside. But once you stepped inside, holy moley. We’re talking original paintings by Dutch masters on the walls sort of stuff. The serious money makes damn sure to keep the outside looking plain so they don’t get any attention from the Albanian home invaders.

  186. Leigh Lowe

    Dude, there’s fucking weeds growing on the street! I don’t get it.

    The EU banned Monsanto Roundup.
    What can I say?

  187. JC

    A madhouse at times and regulation free……
    Well if there were regulatios they seem to be ignored.

    Umm Struth, Wifey and I were booked 54.50 Euros each for riding in tram without a ticket. I was told by the arsehole inspector that you buy tickets at the Tobacconist. He was a fucking prick and threw us off the tram. I thought you bought them when getting on and also thought this is Italy, who gives a shit when I realized they weren’t sold onboard.

    The best way I would describe Italy is disorganized organization. It does work , but in a disorganized way.

  188. struth

    It couldn’t be that the women were just shit directors?

    We must simply start laughing and mocking the hysterics of the femarxists.

    The experiment has results.
    We should have never let them out of the kitchen.

    Who really knew just how utterly immature, envious and entitled the souls of many women were?

  189. Infidel Tiger

    Umm Struth, Wifey and I were booked 54.50 Euros each for riding in tram without a ticket.

    Did you pay?

  190. Bruce in WA

    New York??

    Whatever you do, don’t miss the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

  191. Leigh Lowe

    And they’re burly mean looking too. The rifles aren’t pointed to the ground either. They’re like at 45 degrees which is sort of unsettling.

    Military in the street is never relaxing.
    The most disconcerting thing I ever saw was a Brit patrol in Northern Ireland during the “troobles”.
    Five of them working their way up the street ten yards at a time, each turning to cover the next as they moved until the last one in the line turned around to face us. It wasn’t his armaments which bothered me … he looked like he was 15.

  192. Habib

    I think you’ll find they’re Carabinieri, they’re an odd combo of state TRG and provos. Highly prone to UDs, had one let go in Rome airport when I was stuck there following an engine fire. Safety catches and fingers outside trigger guards are optional and discretionary. The frog gendarmerie are pussies, most sand goblin banlieues are no-go areas for them, a gaggle of Clouseaus barely able to roust a blind beggar and his filthy minkey.

  193. JC

    Did you pay?

    No! Of course not, but he threw us off the tram… the undersized prick. He reckoned he was going to send the bill to the Australian consulate and they would get in touch with me. That’s just crap. He wanted me to sign a ticket that spewed out of his hand held contraption and I refused. He then threw us off the tram and also because I refused to give him my credit card.

  194. Infidel Tiger

    Do you speak Italian Jc? Or do you just wave your arms around and quote The Sopranos?

  195. Bruce in WA

    JC

    Mate. It’s Italy!

    We jumped on a HOHO bus in Rome. The driver was outside having a smoke. He climbed in and said, “This-a bus will-a leave at-a 2.10 pm sharp-a!” He shrugged. “Or maybe 2.15 or 2.20 … or maybe not-a at all!” The he went outside to finish his durrie. Everyone on the bus just laughed.

    Italy!

    Went to a nice little trattoria near Castello Sant’Angelo. Ordered some food but we only wanted a glass of wine each because it was a long trek back to our hotel.

    I asked the waiter if they did wine by the glass.

    “Si! Si”, he said, scuttling off.

    He returned a couple of minutes later with two large glasses and a bottle of red. He put the glasses down in front of us — and poured half the bottle into my wife’s glass and half into mine.

    “See”, he said, beaming. “Wine by ze glass!!”

  196. struth

    Waiting for a nine o clock tour to stsrt we were all lined up outside tbe bus, from all nationalities.
    The driver was smoking and chatting up a chicky babe.
    I yelled out, hey it’s nine thirty…….
    Yanks in line tut tutted.
    Apparently I was not getting the culture and should just put up with it.
    The fact is I understand the culture very well so it needed to be said.
    That’s the fun of it.
    As a tour driver myself for many years, I knew just how ignorant Italians are of others talking at the tops of their voices etc.
    Also how yanks would be screaming blue murder if you were one minute late for their pick up.

  197. Infidel Tiger

    Went to a nice little trattoria near Castello Sant’Angelo. Ordered some food but we only wanted a glass of wine each because it was a long trek back to our hotel.

    I asked the waiter if they did wine by the glass.

    “Si! Si”, he said, scuttling off.

    He returned a couple of minutes later with two large glasses and a bottle of red. He put the glasses down in front of us — and poured half the bottle into my wife’s glass and half into mine.

    “See”, he said, beaming. “Wine by ze glass!!”

    Bellissimo.

    Italy is the one reason I don’t want Europe to die.

  198. struth

    Snap……
    Musta been the same bloody driver.

  199. JC

    I speak it reasonably well, but obviously with a twang they immediately cotton onto. Wifey is banned from even saying thank you in Italian. It’s horrifying. I literally banned her.

  200. Habib

    A country that can simultaneously build the Laverda V6 and the Piaggio Ape is seriously fucked up.

  201. JC

    Waiting for a nine o clock tour to stsrt we were all lined up outside tbe bus, from all nationalities.
    The driver was smoking and chatting up a chicky babe.

    Lol. We witnessed a similar thing the other evening. We went out to eat and the maitre’d sat us down outside, so we got to see who was coming and going. This overweight American couple show up and he couldn’t even face them. He talked to them looking away in contempt.

    Good looking females would arrive, his eyes would light up and would be ever so helpful and chatty.

    He couldn’t even look at the American couple.

  202. struth

    We did a tour once to Pompeii.
    On the way the tour stopped for lunch on the Amalfi coast.
    Never let wogs sit down for kunch or the never get started again.
    After running kate our tour guide and driver turn up and can’t get the vehicle out of the carpark.
    We were lste to get to a site I waired all I my life to see and the walkung guide said sorry you’ll have to come back again to see the whole thing.

    Still love the place though.

  203. struth

    We did a tour once to Pompeii.On the way the tour stopped for lunch on the Amalfi coast.Never let wo gs sit down for lunch or the never get started again.After running late our tour guide and driver turn up and can’t get the vehicle out of the carpark.We were late to get to a site I waited all my life to see and the walking guide said sorry you’ll have to come back again to see the whole thing.Still love the place though.

  204. We were late to get to a site I waited all my life to see

    Your toes?

  205. Leigh Lowe

    If you want Italy, go to Italy.
    If you want Switzerland, go to Switzerland.
    If you want Somalia, go to Dandenong.
    Depends what you want.

  206. JC

    We did a tour once to Pompeii

    We did that too. I feel a little guilty though because I took a small loose rock from one on the walls just to keep as a souvenir. I supposed there would be nothing left if we all did that. But it was loose!.

    Those places must have smelled to high heaven as they dumped piss and shit out the front door.

  207. struth

    Hmmmm….walking guide.
    Humour I see….

    No I don’t wear thongs or sandals Adam.
    toes rarely seen in public.

    myself and another Australian took off looking for the noted brothel and the penises.
    Please no jokes about that Adam.
    Closing time and just me and him in this part of the large ancient town of Pompeii, looking for a 2000 year old brothel by following stone penises…………

  208. JC

    I saw that too struth. They had cement beds in the brothel. There was also a couple of stores right in front and on the side where they sold their version of fast food.

  209. Cpt Seahawks

    CNN special documentary about the death of the reef due to man bear pig; our climate change dollars well spent. Naught.

  210. Stimpson J. Cat

    They also don’t fuck around. It felt like there were two military guys with M 16 looking arms on almost every street corner. They also looked menacing too. There were no chicks pretending they were military either. Cops and militarily fuckers were everywhere and well armed. It’s a funny feeling seeing that amount of policing. You both feel safe(ish) and a little uncertain.

    You need that level of security with Catholic priests and refugees around JC.

  211. Pete of Perth

    Wolf’s nipple chips.

  212. myself and another Australian took off looking for the noted brothel and the penises.
    Please no jokes about that Adam.

    Okay. I’ll contain myself.

    Female Aussie Rules player dies in hospital after head knock.

    Thus far the comments are uniform at expressing how sad this situation is. I assume that the moderators are purging all the comments expressing the view that this was entirely predictable.

  213. struth

    Anyway, back here, where history prior to European settlement shows nothing much achieved at all, a bit of a civilization for a couple of hundred years, and now we’re heading back to the stone age again.
    Boring and stupid beyond belief.
    Some of that stupidity I believe is due to young people not having great historical buildings art and monuments surrounding them daily.
    It is a permanent reminder to the very fleeting thing your own life is.
    This plays out on our politics to a degree.

  214. Stimpson J. Cat

    Thus far the comments are uniform at expressing how sad this situation is. I assume that the moderators are purging all the comments expressing the view that this was entirely predictable.

    It’s not the first time a woman has accidentally killed another woman and it won’t be the last.

  215. struth

    I think we need to ban all violent female sport.
    Toxic femininity. ………

  216. struth

    And European women……….
    Holland must be hell for you Adam.
    Falling in love constantly does you no good at all.

  217. Surrounded by beautiful blondes riding bicycles. It’s damn tough I tell ya …

  218. struth

    Yes well this year I have been doing a bit of work in Arnhem.

    Unfortunately that’s Arnhem land Australia.
    What you see there definitely ain’t blondes on bikes.
    Don’t know if I’ve actually laid eyes on a good looking woman this year.
    Nothing to make me look twice.
    Sufficiently depressed I must hit the fart sack.

  219. Gab

    From JC’s link

    Hollywood has come out with First Man

    This is going to be ahistorical emotional mishmash. Among other things, the American flag is not planted on the moon in the movie. According to Ryan Gosling, that’s how Neil Armstrong would have wanted it, which is quire the lie.

  220. rickw

    First death from female footy.

    Bloody awful.

    Died playing a sport she wasn’t built for. Terrible waste.

  221. Bruce of Newcastle

    Among other things, the American flag is not planted on the moon in the movie.

    You can see why they’d dare not do that. News this morning is the Left is calling for a boycott of a fast food chain just because they donated a bit of money to the other party.

    California Democrats call for In-N-Out boycott after burger chain donates $25G to GOP

    They’ve also been donating to the Democrats, but no, these days that doesn’t get you any forgiveness.
    Insane.

  222. Shy Ted

    struth #2806040, posted on August 31, 2018 at 1:43 am
    Yes well this year I have been doing a bit of work in Arnhem.
    Unfortunately that’s Arnhem land Australia.
    What you see there definitely ain’t blondes on bikes.
    Don’t know if I’ve actually laid eyes on a good looking woman this year.

    Give my regards to all my ex’s.

  223. stackja

    Cardinal Says Pope Has More Important Things to Address Than Abuse Scandal Like The Environment and Immigration

    On August 22, an explosive letter was released by former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States (and retired bishop) Carlo Maria Vigano. The letter alleges that Pope Francis knew about, and intentionally lifted, sanctions imposed by Pope Benedict XVI against known sexual predator (and now former cardinal) Theodore E. McCarrick.

    Not too long later, when Pope Francis was asked by journalists whether or not Vigano’s assertions about his attempt to protect McCarrick were true, the pontiff told members of the media that he would “not say a single word”, and that they should draw their own conclusions instead.

    The pope’s decision to remain silent frustrated a number of Catholics, who are wanting answers. There appears to be an orchestrated cover-up of the sexual predations of high-ranking Church officials.

    Now though, it would appear that not only is Pope Francis not talking, but a progressive Chicago cardinal is pouring gasoline on the fire.

    Yesterday, in a controversial sit-down interview with a Chicago NBC affiliate, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich affirmed and defended Pope Francis’ much-criticized decision to refrain from commenting on Vigano’s 11-page letter. The ex-nuncio’s controversial testimony has since drawn significant public support from a number of bishops, who believe the charges against the pope (and several bishops and cardinals) are credible enough to warrant further investigation, and comment from the pope.

    But in yesterday’s interview, Cardinal Cupich asserted that the news media needs to “go on, and press him for information”–meaning Vigano–adding that for Pope Francis to address Vigano’s allegations against him would be “in some way inappropriate.”

  224. stackja

    When it comes to honoring McCain, I have no problem with the concept, but I do have an issue with naming buildings after politicians in Washington, DC. If the states senators represented want to honor them by naming anything after them, I’m all for it, and if the Navy wants to name a ship after John McCain (like they have his father), I’m all in. But the names should be stripped from federal buildings.

    Times change, what was once acceptable becomes unacceptable as society advances. Senator Richard Brevard Russell, whose name now adorns the building they’re pushing to rename, was a staunch Democrat who opposed civil rights legislation. Why did they honor him in the first place? Who cares? In 50 years people would be wondering why they honored McCain and there will be a push to change the name again. It’s the “circle of politics.”

    It’s time to stop. Members of Congress are temporary representatives of “we the people.” They aren’t better than anyone else, and Lord knows they aren’t our moral superiors. If the people in the states they represented want to honor them, good. But no one senator or congressman represents the whole country, no matter how they are portrayed in the media.

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