Open Forum: September 8, 2018

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  1. Mark A

    Dammit missed the top spot

  2. I am the Resistance inside this thread.

  3. Damienski

    Top ten. First time ever.

  4. Damienski

    Resistance is useless. Sorry m0nty – couldn’t resist

  5. mh

    Kudlow: Job gains, wage growth show Trump’s ‘economic boom continues’

    White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow is extremely optimistic about the U.S. economy.

    “The economic boom continues,” he said on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” Friday, citing the August jobs report and the month’s wage gain data. “It’s the big story of 2018.”

    The August jobs report came in above expectations Friday. The U.S. economy created 201,000 nonfarm payroll jobs for the month versus the 191,000 estimate from economists surveyed by Reuters. Average hourly earnings rose 2.9 percent for the month on an annualized basis, the highest since April 2009.

    Kudlow also referenced other recent reports as evidence for the strong economy.

    “Wages are rising very very well. This is great stuff. And it’s widespread,” he said. “ISM manufacturing BOOM! ISM services BOOM! There is no let up to this. Consumer spending, we’re probably emerging into a capital goods boom right now … This is the take-off.”

    Last month, the government said GDP grew at a 4.2 percent annualized rate in the second quarter, the fastest pace in nearly four years.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/07/kudlow-job-gains-wage-growth-show-trumps-economic-boom-continues.html

  6. zyconoclast

    Exposed: EU & Spain complicit in Europe’s new migration catastrophe

    Spain has become the number one destination for migrants coming into Europe in 2018, overtaking Italy and Greece after it elected a socialist Government who has relaxed Spanish border policy.

    This year Spain has taken in over 34,000 migrants compared to just 20,000 in both Italy and Greece, according to the UN Refugee Agency, this is over 4,000 more migrants entering Spain than in the entirety of 2017.

    Ceuta is a Spanish enclave in Morocco where almost 2,000 migrants have entered the small city this year.

    Westmonster visited Ceuta and spoke to local politicians from a new anti-mass migration party in Spain called Vox.

    One Vox member who works in the local Port, Juan Manuel Aguiar Moreno, explained the tactics used by migrants as they use “corrosive liquids, box with excrement inside to throw to the police, flamethrowers”.

    He continued: “the police have direct orders from the Government, please don’t use the violence if anyone jumps no problem you only try to catch… but if you are receiving attack a direct attack… you need to use minimum defence to your life.”

  7. Some smooth house tunes for the late late late hours.

  8. Average hourly earnings rose 2.9 percent for the month on an annualized basis, the highest since April 2009.

    As we have been discussing over in Sinc’s other thread, seeing as inflation is also 2.9% in the US right now, this is actually nothing to crow about at all. Unless you are mathematically illiterate, that is.

  9. mh

    Comedy, 2018 style:

    Samantha Bee Launches Midterm Elections Mobile App Months After Calling Trump’s Daughter ‘C*nt’

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2018/09/06/samantha-bee-launches-midterm-elections-mobile-app/

  10. mh

    Yes Monty, no doubt the Federal Reserve will ignore the wage growth figures.

  11. Infidel Tiger

    Tesla in free fall after video of Musk smoking pot emerges.

    He’s gone mad.

  12. Leigh Lowe

    Tom

    #2811642, posted on September 7, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    As I predicted, the Geelong Amateurs have no reason to win because there are no consequences for losing. Go Dees.

    5 goal margin.
    In general play it should have resulted in a 10-12 goal belting.
    The dream-team midfield … Ablett gave off about five hospital handballs to avoid contact, Selwood lost his rag bigtime and Dangerfield failed to finish at critical times.
    3 million dollars worth of nothing.

  13. H B Bear

    Tesla going to zero. Don’t tell JC.

  14. Leigh Lowe

    Tesla in free fall after video of Musk smoking pot emerges.

    He’s gone mad.

    Tesla and Nike announce merger.
    Electric shoes.
    No idea.

  15. squawkbox

    Tesla announces deal with Twitter to disable your car if you tweet politically incorrectly

  16. Empire 5:5

    I am the Resistance inside this thread.

    You are the comic relief, the idiocy, the raging dumb. Don’t imagine for even a second that your pixels count for anything.

  17. Infidel Tiger

    I am the Resistance inside this thread.

    Sounds like a conversation between Monty’s fat arse and his underwear.

  18. Cpt Seahawks

    BHO is going full trumptard.

  19. Nick

    Am in Sibiu. Romania surprises me. ‘German/Saxon’ Romania is as far away from ‘Borat Romania’ as you can get. Some Roma around though Romania is fun, good food and cheap as chips.

  20. Beachcomber

    Spain has become the number one destination for migrants coming into Europe in 2018, overtaking Italy and Greece after it elected a socialist Government who has relaxed Spanish border policy.

    The socialist government was not elected in Spain, it was installed in a coup d’etat by the EU political-media elites.

  21. Mark A

    Nick
    #2811715, posted on September 8, 2018 at 2:44 am

    Am in Sibiu. Romania surprises me. ‘German/Saxon’ Romania is as far away from ‘Borat Romania’ as you can get. Some Roma around though Romania is fun, good food and cheap as chips.

    Géza II of Hungary established the town in around 1185 with Saxons from the area of today’s Luxembourg.

    Sadly, while in 1977 they were still about 20% of the population, today they comprise less than 5%
    A great city, Nagyszebes in Hungarian. Hardly any Hungarians there now.

  22. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Rickard rules! It’s dinner time here. We’ve finished our swim, showered and sat in the sun by the pool for a while, as the weather has perked up again. Took a tourist boat down the Lot River today from Saint-Cirq-Lapopie near where we are staying. It was voted France’s most loved village in 2012 and thus is absolutely crawling with tourists, even though it is now shoulder season. It perches strong footed on the highest clifftop, beside a ruined fortress which is still climable (we did it), and all named after an unknonw C7th Saint called St. Cyr, the sort of unknown Saint who regularly popped up in the 5th to the 7th century at very ancient ritual sites, such as this must have been, as happened also Rocamadour. It is a gorgeous old medieval (c13th on) town these days, with a towering cliff-edge church rebuilt in grand style after the 100 years war to declare all’s well again. Very beautiful scenery on the river, and fun at the lochs.

  23. Nick

    Mark A, plenty of Hungarian influence around in Transylvania still, more langos and language though lol. I’d rate the Saxon influence as far more dominant than the Hungarian at present in places such as Sibiu/Hermannstadt.

  24. Mark A

    Nick
    #2811723, posted on September 8, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Mark A, plenty of Hungarian influence around in Transylvania still, more langos and language though lol. I’d rate the Saxon influence as far more dominant than the Hungarian at present in places such as Sibiu/Hermannstadt.

    Hermannstadt. although, established in, the then Hungary, along with a few other cities were uniquely German in all respect.

    Having Hungarians in what was Hungarian territory, for more than a millennia, is hardly surprising.
    Despite what the historical revisionists try to present as facts. Victors in wars are always well rewarded.
    Nothing new in that.

  25. Nick

    Mark A, yet they all get along. Having a common enemy in the Turks has helped. Sibiu is a gem.

  26. Mark A

    Nick
    #2811726, posted on September 8, 2018 at 4:24 am

    Mark A, yet they all get along. Having a common enemy in the Turks has helped. Sibiu is a gem.

    Yup, you have to get along to get along.

    True blue here BTW, just working here in Europe and getting to know the history of the natives’.
    Love the place.

  27. Nick

    Mark A, have you tried the Tuica/Palinka that’s made by locals ? Puts hairs on your chest 🙂

  28. struth

    You two make me sick.
    Swanning about Europe like that and letting us all know what you’re doing.
    You get back here and be miserable like the rest of us.
    Bloody Lizzie can come home too whenever she likes.

  29. Nick

    Struth, if it’s any consolation, I’ll need to go on a diet when I get back.

  30. struth

    Technology.
    I have strirred in bed and decided to check for Tom’s cartoons.
    Laying here in the dark and with this little phone communicating with people on the other side of the world and don’t even wake Mrs Struth.
    I am remembering the phone home adverts with wogs crying while the song Memories played in the background , as they phoned Italy and said a quick bonjorno to their relatives.
    Probably saved up for a year to afford it.

  31. Mark A

    Nick
    #2811728, posted on September 8, 2018 at 4:35 am

    Mark A, have you tried the Tuica/Palinka that’s made by locals ? Puts hairs on your chest 🙂

    I did Nick, but I have to admit when it comes to Palinka I’m a wuss. It takes the hair off your chest in my opinion.
    I like Brandy, or Cognac when I feel rich, and I thought that was hard liquor.
    Compared to proper Palinka it’s like lolly water.
    The best Pálinka I had was the Apricot one, beautiful, full of flavour.

    It’s surprising that they allow it to be distilled here in Hungary for private consumption, to the chagrin of the EU commission.
    As you can see alcohol is freely available in Europe and I can’t see any more drunks that in OZ, prolly less.

  32. struth

    Technology.I have strirred in bed and decided to check for Tom’s cartoons.Laying here in the dark and with this little phone communicating with people on the other side of the world and don’t even wake Mrs Struth.I am remembering the phone home adverts with wo gs crying while the song Memories played in the background , as they phoned Italy and said a quick bonjorno to their relatives.Probably saved up for a year to afford it.

  33. Nick,

    Let me know if you get up to Holland. Would be good to catch up again.

  34. Mark A

    Sorry to break up the flow of your toons’ Tom.

  35. Nick

    Hi Adam, thanks, I’d like that, unfortunately not this trip it would seem. I hope Holland is going well for you.

  36. struth

    Would you agree that there is less freedom in Australia than Europe generally?
    Yes the EU have bought in some crazy shit but all up with autobahns and alcohol sold anywhere even Roadhouses, and without photo ID as required in the NT plus, shock horror, people ride push bikes without helmets and vape!

    Love the sea level rise cartoon Tom.

  37. Nick

    Struth, decent full strength beer served in glass and people smoking at will!

  38. Mark A

    struth
    #2811746, posted on September 8, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Would you agree that there is less freedom in Australia than Europe generally?

    Definitely, struth.

    Since the mid seventies it was all downhill but we didn’t see it happening.
    Boiling frog.
    Whitlam?

  39. struth

    It’s happening quick here now.
    The power will be off a fair bit this summer.
    Hard to believe.
    They are already preparing people for it with television adds in SA.

  40. Mark A

    struth
    #2811749, posted on September 8, 2018 at 5:14 am

    It’s happening quick here now.
    The power will be off a fair bit this summer.
    Hard to believe.
    They are already preparing people for it with television adds in SA.

    Only a few years ago, when energy production came up, I boasted to my overseas colleagues of our near inexhaustible coal reserves. How sad it is that we turned our back on it.

    And here I’m am helping the euroweenies to mine thousands of tons of coal daily under much harder conditions than what we have in Aus.
    And it’s still profitable!

  41. Hi Adam, thanks, I’d like that, unfortunately not this trip it would seem. I hope Holland is going well for you.

    Bugger. Let me know for next time and have a good trip. Also, Holland going very nicely.

    Would you agree that there is less freedom in Australia than Europe generally?

    Struth,

    There is no comparison really. Australia is so under the thumb and yet the majority of people reckon they’re just bonza. The proverbial boiling frog. Holland is a complete breath of fresh air. Best move I ever made.

    We purchased a nice house in the center of a lovely town and our back garden is directly on a main river. Under 300K local money. 30 minute drive from the center of Amsterdam. I’ve never owned a house before. Never had a chance in Australia.

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    The subject is:
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  43. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Leftoids dumber than dogshit
    “Nigel Farage you can’t hide we can see your Nazi side” and “Nazis are racist, Muslims are not” are among the chants being yelled.

  44. Atoms for Peace

    I see that Vicpol is getting it’s mojo back; couple of arrests this morning after a street altercation.
    Low hanging fruit, but it’s a start..

  45. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “I think it is national security. I would say Jeff should be investigating who the author of that piece is because I really believe it is national security,” Trump told reporters traveling with him Friday on Air Force One.

    In response to Trump’s comments, Sessions’s spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores, said only that “the department doesn’t confirm or deny investigations.”

    The New York Times said in a statement that “we’re confident that the Department of Justice understands that the First Amendment protects all American citizens and that it would not participate in such a blatant abuse of power.”

  46. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Struth, if it’s any consolation, I’ll need to go on a diet when I get back.

    Me too. Not because of the Frenchie food but the way we were so well fed in Africa and then on the Hurtigruten up to the Arctic Circle – in both cases for twelve days three course meals three times a day, and the food so good you coudn’t resist. Here in France I must admit I am glad we are flying out tomorrow to Rome. I am sick of French food – or French food in the land of extremely precious patrimonie and terroir. Most of the tourists here are French seeking these things, and the menus are so very much the same in every restaurant wherever you dine and at all pricepoints. Duck, duck, duck, duck, done in similar ways, and salade, and fois gras far too often, pate, pate, pate, and entrecote bleu, bleu, bleu, and Rocamardour small goats cheese pats, like Camenbert with a coating of ammonia; rinse and repeat with an occasional let out of porc or agneau. No rich sauces and far too many accompaniments of frites.

    The wines are local terroir though and are very good. 🙂

    We are precisely half-way through this three month trip now Struth so with luck I will not be coming home any time soon; we are going where the mood takes us from now for a while. Hairy has made some bookings, but not too many.

    Interesting to see such positive reports from Cats dwelling in Europe. In some ways, I agree, in Australia we have some of the worst PC ever. I mean, I said to Hairy how do the French really get on with PC gender stuff when every time they open they mouths they use masculine and feminine words and the men and women are so flirtatious with each other. The truth is that they largely ignore all of that American nonsense and ‘viva la difference’ is the state of the nation. Same as Norway. They are not caught up in total PC as Australia has become in recent years. When the Somalis get too much for Norwegians they just decide to send them back (as they have now decided to do), just as they shoot polar bears when they are a nuisance, and they drill oil when they feel like it. No bicycle helmets in much of Europe either. Fewer enforcements and more lip service ignored in the breach. And cheaper property, as Mark notes.

    Still, Oz is home and I am missing it. Internet and Skype makes absence easier.

  47. Bruce of Newcastle

    Spanish luvvies complained about those orrible Britons infesting their beaches. There even were demos against tourists. Now…

    Tourist crackdown backfires: Barcelona hotels in crisis as income plummets 20 PERCENT

    Jordi Clos, president of the Barcelona Hotels’ Association, has likened the present situation to “a cold which needs curing before it becomes pheumonia”.

    Hotel groups are horrified that the turnover of hotels in the city fell by a huge 20 per cent during August, with the luxury establishments being the worse hit.

    They are blaming incidents of so-called “tourismphobia” and the negative international publicity caused by various attacks and demonstrations, including holiday coaches being held up by protesters.

    Tourist BACKLASH: Balearics see visitors PLUMMET as Britons snub islands after price hike

    The popular archipelago, which includes Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza, has seen 220,000 fewer tourists arrive from its two main markets – the UK and Germany.

    The sudden drop comes after activists staged a series of anti-tourism campaigns across the islands in recent months and following a tourist tax hike by the regional government.

    The pain in Spain falls mainly on the insane.

  48. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    That said, the level of bureaucracy in France is similar to India’s and the siesta shop closure in these villages is alive and well. It’s lunchtime and we want lunch so everything is closed for lunch, says Hairy grimly in one place, where we ended up at the kiosk.

  49. Shy Ted

    Aagh, all cars look the same these days. Won’t just one manufacturer make a beautiful car at an affordable price?

  50. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hairy just announces: Jerusalem booked. Looks like Isreal’s been snuck in after all. He’s determined to show me Israel, which he loves. Don’t know when, but I’ll fire you a line when we get there.
    Rome next, then I think it’s Crete, which he’s travelled in before but I really want to see.

    Nope, I stand corrected. Malta is next, then Crete. Both have excellent Neolithic sites.

  51. Shy Ted

    I see Gerard H wants Tonightly to return. So do I but on commercial TV. It’s so awful I hear Ch10 are expected to snap it up. I also hear Aunty is replacing it with something infinitely worse. Looking at the ABC programme guide it could be any of the shows.

  52. Shy Ted

    Pickering’ cartoon wins. It’s funny cos it’s true.

  53. Clam Chowdah

    Lizzie, the boulangerie and patisserie are your friend. Grab some baguettes and jambon in the morning for a cracking repast at noon.

  54. Clam Chowdah

    Jerusalem is fabulous. You’ll love it.

  55. Boambee John

    From the old thread

    Memory Vault
    #2811643, posted on September 7, 2018 at 10:23 pm
    Boambee John
    #2811638, posted on September 7, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks, John.
    I read the comments. I won’t be bothering with a reply.
    You can’t argue with absolute fvckwits. So it’s not really worth the effort of trying.

    If you think he is a fcukwit on matters electoral you should see him on gerbil worming! A true believer.

  56. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Clam Chowdah! Nice to see you here again. Yes, we have latched onto the make your own baguette trick when we are doing long drives and don’t want to stop for a sit-down lunch. Find a nice ‘aire’ and do a pic-nique. I have a special canvas bag we bought in Japan that serves as our ‘kitchen’ bag. In it are 2 plastic cups, knives, forks, spoons and a bottle opener. It is also useful for when we don’t want to get up for brekkie nor be disturbed by room service; we just buy stuff and eat in room. 5 star camping.

    I am very good at making any hotel room or cruise cabin feel like home. Within five minutes I have everything organised into places for my stuff, his stuff and our stuff. Occasional small pieces of furniture rearranged for new functions or greater functinality. Sides of the bed of course come pre-allocated into mine and his, and sides of the bathroom also. My towel and his towel chosen and placed. Power adapters and points to be used all organised for his gadgets and mine. My perfume bottles and souvenirs get displayed for decorative effect. Nice. Tea brewed from my stash if Twinings not provided. Homely.

  57. Elle

    Thanks Tom. Ben Garrison #2 – lol

  58. Tintarella di Luna

    Obama trying on his best alinsky – gets trolled
    Former President Barack Obama attacks Trump, who says he ‘fell asleep’ during speech

    Who wrote the speech for him and who operated the teleprompter –

  59. Clam Chowdah

    Haha, you sound just like my own “Minister of the Interior”.

  60. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Riccardo, so sorry to miss the Bellevue Hill Conservatives meet up; we get back to Oz two days later.

    They sound like a ‘friends of Abbott’ group of Libs, so worth getting to know. It is so good to see you moving in high profile circles now with that line-up of stars. You’ll need that come the election.

    See you both again at drinks when we return.

  61. Tel

    Aagh, all cars look the same these days. Won’t just one manufacturer make a beautiful car at an affordable price?

    Irresistible cuteness doesn’t do it for you?

    http://www.nissan.com.au/-/media/images/360-exterior-images/juke/magnetic-red/desktop/01.ashx

    You probably don’t like ponies and rainbows either, am I right?

  62. Tintarella di Luna

    There are not many supportive comments on this piece about the most recent former foreign minister:

    Julie Bishop unable to serve after her record repudiated:
    PAUL KELLY
    EDITOR-AT-LARGE
    12:00AM SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 204 COMMENTS (warning: some unflattering)
    Julie Bishop resigned as foreign minister because she felt it was untenable for her to serve in the Morrison government after the party’s repudiation of her leadership credentials and her record, and the liquidation of Malcolm Turnbull.

    Bishop goes to the backbench alienated from the new government but loyal to the Liberal Party. This is a potentially dangerous situation for Scott Morrison. Although the Prime Minister offered her the foreign ministry post, Bishop felt unable to accept a cabinet position in the new government. Morrison suggested she have an envoy role connected to the UN. But they agreed such a role would not be necessary since Marise Payne, at Bishop’s suggestion, would be Foreign Minister.

    The Morrison-Bishop conversation was hardly a success. It canvassed a number of possible roles for Bishop, including being a mentor to women in the party and her role in fundraising — but these were activities she would perform anyway. During their conversation, Morrison emphasised that he wanted to “take a team” to the next election — the implication being that Bishop, if she accepted, would need to contest the election as part of the team.

    The result of the leadership change is that the Liberals do not have a woman in the four parliamentary leadership positions, raising the risk the weak female representation may become an issue in the election.

    It is significant that, since the leadership crisis, Bishop has spoken out, strongly criticising the Liberal Party’s weak representation of women, the ­“appalling behaviour” in the ­parliament and the cycle of leadership changes. In 1999, Australia was 15th in the world in terms of female ­political representation, while today it is 50th — a vast decline largely attributable to the Liberal Party.

    Bishop has promised the party there will not be a by-­election in her seat before the general election is called. She has not made a final decision on whether to contest Curtin at the next election.

    Bishop is keeping her options open and is now free to speak her mind.

    If the Morrison government initiates foreign policy changes that constitute a rejection of the Turnbull-Bishop framework it would be entirely unsurprising if Bishop was quick to defend her record

  63. calli

    Dump the frites and eat the fat Lizzie. 😀

    Twenty five kilos down and still dropping. (Yes, I was a short little porker – I blame flour and sugar).

  64. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Clam, don’t know if you’ve been following Quadrant at all but in recent years I’ve been doing a bit of writing there. This month’s magazine edition has quite a long article from me. You were always encouraging to me when I first came here, so it’s good to know you are still around and looking in occasionally.

  65. calli

    Amusing that Obama accuses Trump of cosying up to Russia.

    Short memory.

  66. calli

    Enjoy Israel, Lizzie. I’d go back there in a heartbeat.

    Heads up on restaurants – they’ll ask you “meat or dairy?” before you order and you have to choose. Kosher rules, and it’s delicious!

  67. Peter Castieau

    Congratulations Riccardo, great work. I doubt the Libs over here would have the courage to even hold such a meeting.

  68. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Twenty five kilos down and still dropping.

    Calli, that is amazing. Don’t get too thin though. Remember how gaunt Nigella started to look.
    A little bit of cuddle is quite OK. And so is ‘a little bit of a cuddle’. (H/t Darcy Niland’s shy way of putting it, as reported by Ruth Park in her autobiography)

  69. calli

    No risk of that, Lizzie. My mum will get stuck into me if I start to look “poorly”. At the moment she reckons I look 20 years younger. But that might mean she needs a trip to Specsavers.

  70. Entropy

    In 1999, Australia was 15th in the world in terms of female ­political representation, while today it is 50th — a vast decline largely attributable to the Liberal Party.

    Sure. If you were a young girl looking for a worthy career to be proud of, why on earth would you follow the examples of Ms Gillard, Ms Bishop the elder, or Ms Bishop the backstabbing Stick Hillary?

    Seriously, what sort of damaged individual would want to be like one of them?

  71. Entropy

    In 1999, Australia was 15th in the world in terms of female ­political representation, while today it is 50th — a vast decline largely attributable to the Liberal Party.

    I am sure they are batting well above the general population for other genders though.

  72. Elle

    On toons. How not to create cartoon images.

    From Tim Blair’s blog.

  73. calli

    Wilcox is a leftie scold. Who knew?

  74. C.L.

    Pope Francis finally speaks out …
    … against market economies.

    He wants a switch to communism and environmentalism:

    Pope Francis hits out at money-centred culture that ‘promotes slavery’.

    Pope Francis has hit out at what he describes as a money-centred culture that ‘promotes poverty, slavery and waste’.

    The Pope ranted about modern society in an interview with Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, saying it valued money over people.

    The pontiff said: ‘We can’t ignore the fact that an economy structured like this kills because it makes money central and only obeys money.

    ‘When people are no longer central, when making money becomes the one and only objective, then we’re outside all ethics and that’s how we get structures of poverty, slavery and waste.’

    Talking about unemployment in Europe, the pope decried ‘an economic system that is no longer able to create jobs, because it idolises money’.

    The Argentine pope has repeatedly criticised what he calls the ‘culture of waste’ which excludes the poorest and weakest people and destroys the environment.

    ‘There is still much work to do to reduce behaviour and choices that don’t respect the environment and the planet,’ he said.

    ‘It is imperative to promote integral human development, reduce inequalities… and abandon consumerism,’ he added.

  75. Cassie of Sydney

    “m0nty
    #2811688, posted on September 8, 2018 at 12:08 am
    I am the Resistance inside this thread.”

    I think Monty is losing his grip on reality. He needs to get his medication checked…pronto.

  76. C.L.

    That quote again:

    “There is still much work to do to reduce behaviour and choices …”

  77. Cassie of Sydney

    “C.L.
    #2811792, posted on September 8, 2018 at 8:15 am
    Pope Francis finally speaks out …
    … against market economies.

    He wants a switch to communism and environmentalism:

    Pope Francis hits out at money-centred culture that ‘promotes slavery’.”

    It’s official….the first communist pope…the sainted Pope John Paul II must be turning in his grave.

  78. Geriatric Mayfly

    From the old thread.
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    Red Bandanna Man has written another book, about the mutiny on the “Bounty.”

    Another one of those folksy door stoppers, full of undocumented banter? An enclosed disc of Sea Shanties might alleviate the readers’ suffering as they journey across the open seas in Bligh’s whaleboat.

  79. Entropy

    Why anyone from Argentina could have the sheer gall to talk matters economic is embarrassing for Catholics anywhere. Unless it is a sign to do the opposite of whatever it is the idiot is saying.

  80. Cassie of Sydney

    “Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2811765, posted on September 8, 2018 at 7:19 am
    Hairy just announces: Jerusalem booked. Looks like Isreal’s been snuck in after all. He’s determined to show me Israel, which he loves. Don’t know when, but I’ll fire you a line when we get there.
    Rome next, then I think it’s Crete, which he’s travelled in before but I really want to see.

    Nope, I stand corrected. Malta is next, then Crete. Both have excellent Neolithic sites.”

    Lizzie darling, I am thrilled you are going to Israel. YOU WILL LOVE IT!

  81. calli

    I wonder if Bandanaman pays homage to Bligh’s remarkable achievement in getting those poor, condemned men to Java?

    And no, I won’t be buying it to find out.

  82. calli

    Crete is great. Be careful at pedestrian crossings. They are there for decorative purposes only.

  83. mh

    Despite the dark tone of his speech, Obama urged his supporters to stay positive.

    “Out of this political darkness, I’m seeing a great awakening,” he said.

    Chin up, Monty.

  84. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    5h
    Under our horrible immigration laws, the Government is frequently blocked from deporting criminal aliens with violent felony convictions. House GOP just passed a bill to increase our ability to deport violent felons (Crazy Dems opposed). Need to get this bill to my desk fast!

  85. Elle

    Hairy just announces: Jerusalem booked

    I’m going to Israel next year for the first time with a group of friends who attend an Anglican church. The minister there is a Jew who converted to Christianity! He’s a fascinating man. He’s organising the trip. I can’t wait!

  86. lotocoti

    I think Monty is losing his grip on reality.

    He has a secure, doubled-handed grip, but only if you read resistance as urinal cake.

  87. Elle

    Hairy just announces: Jerusalem booked

    I’m going to Israel next year for the first time with a group of friends who attend an Anglican church. The minister there is a J*w who converted to Christianity! He’s a fascinating man. He’s organising the trip. I can’t wait!

  88. Mark M

    Irony is not one of his strongest suites …

    Simon Holmes à Court, who believes windmills can prevent bad weather, mocks PM Morrison for believing prayers might bring drought breaking rain …
    https://twitter.com/simonahac/status/1037541949408927745

    “are you shitting me? australia’s drought mitigation strategy is to ask the man in the clouds to make it rain?”

  89. Geriatric Mayfly

    “Out of this political darkness, I’m seeing a great awakening,” he said.

    Soaring oratory comes back to haunt us.

  90. Mark M

    PS. The best part about being blocked by mods on twitter is you can now read the tweets of everyone who has blocked you! – Mark M aka nosegoblin.

  91. Entropy

    What’s ScoMo up to with the NEG, anything real? The headline in the Oz looks like a lot of promise, but excuse my cynicism.

  92. Twostix

    “Out of this political darkness, I’m seeing a great awakening,” he said.

    Trump is the awakening dumbo.

  93. Tintarella di Luna

    No risk of that, Lizzie. My mum will get stuck into me if I start to look “poorly”. At the moment she reckons I look 20 years younger. But that might mean she needs a trip to Specsavers.

    calli that is a good indicator 1 year younger per kilo. Good on you calli, you must feel so proud of yourself. Well done.

  94. Entropy

    Anyone who thinks we could mitigate our decadal cycle of droughts is in denial. I would respect a drought adaptation strategy.

  95. Tintarella di Luna

    Lizzie darling, I am thrilled you are going to Israel. YOU WILL LOVE IT!

    Lizzie my lefty son loved Israel, he said he was so impressed with the ingenuity and enterprise of the the people. He reckons he had the best pulled pork in Tel Aviv

  96. .

    Talking about unemployment in Europe, the pope decried ‘an economic system that is no longer able to create jobs, because it idolises money’.

    Um, he’s not very bright, is he?

  97. Elle

    Warren Mundine interviews Tony Abbott.
    Tony’s first interview as Special Envoy for Indigenous Affairs. It’s on Mundine Means Business this Sunday on Sky News & Sky News on Win 5pm (AEST) & 3pm (AWST).

  98. Tintarella di Luna

    Another one of those folksy door stoppers, full of undocumented banter? An enclosed disc of Sea Shanties might alleviate the readers’ suffering as they journey across the open seas in Bligh’s whaleboat.

    Novelising history is what this bozo does best.

  99. candy

    The Pope wants to sound like Jesus but he will have to sell off the Vatican first and dispense with all the luxuries there, and dispense with all his employees and live the life of a simple aged pensioner.

  100. Peter Campion

    On the old Fred, struth noted the importance of ranting on blogs. This is an enormous help to my practical relaxivism project. As struth noted, some Cats can condense issues better than most people.

    In practical relaxivism I harvest the best of the best from the Cat and other sources and tie them together for my region’s newspapers’ opinion columns. Copied below is a letter printed in the Cairns (Weekend) Post today (h/t struth and Jupes).

    The Editor
    The Weekend Post

    The UN’s Paris Climate Accord selectively requires some countries to reduce their use of coal while others can massively increase theirs.

    China is the world’s biggest coal user yet the Paris treaty allows them to increase emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

    This tells us that the Paris treaty has nothing to do with “climate”; the claimed reason it exists.

    In fact, the Paris treaty is a global wealth redistribution scheme; developed nations are forced to hand over cash and industries to developing nations.

    This process forces up our power bills and reduces our manufacturing capability for zero effect on climate.

    Would you ever vote for a party that promised that? No? Me, neither. Yet our politicians and bureaucrats have signed us up for precisely that.

    In a sane world these people would be rotting in jail for crimes against their own nation.

    (143 words)
    Peter Campion

  101. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #2811688, posted on September 8, 2018 at 12:08 am
    I am the Resistance inside this thread.

    The many lives of Walter M0nty?

  102. None

    The Pope wants to sound like Jesus but he will have to sell off the Vatican first and dispense with all the luxuries there, and dispense with all his employees and live the life of a simple aged pensioner.

    After leaving his trade as a carpenter Jesus lived off the generosity of others for a few years and he wined and dined so much he was accused of being a glutton in a party animal. I also love those people who demand others give up everything to be like Jesus. I always invite them: you first.
    For the record the Vatican museums, library and archives hold treasures which they make accessible to everyone in the world and the last thing I would want is to see those items treated like objects in a salvo bin ready for a Bagdad mob to raid.

  103. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I am the Resistance inside this thread.

    Any Resistance monty ever mounted would be up there with the indigenous, for the most publicized, and least effective.

  104. John Constantine

    Their godless commo revolutionaries will not feel the resistance is Uber Alles until their Venezuela Diet has dropped hundreds of millions of kilos off the combined biomass of the Australian proles.

    Being ruled by totalitarianism is the only eternally infallible weight loss diet known to man.

    The crushing weight on your soul doesn’t show on your scales.

  105. Boambee John

    From the Paul Kelly column

    Bishop is keeping her options open and is now free to speak her mind.

    As different to Tony Abbott, who was “sniping from the back bench”?

  106. Woolfe

    Mark M this will probably get me blocked

    Les Deplorables

    @woolfe

    Hey #muslims, @simonahac thinks you worship a Sky Fairy!

  107. candy

    I always invite them: you first.

    None, I’m not sure the Pope knows the poor, as Jesus did. Consumerism raises conditions for the poor, better food, better health and longer life, better education. Saying “the poor” always sounds condescending, sorry.
    He speaks from a privileged position.

    I’ve never read in the Bible that Jesus was a party animal. Perhaps you could point to that part, please.

  108. Tintarella di Luna

    The crushing weight on your soul doesn’t show on your scales.

    Wow John that’s such an exquisitely evocative sentence John, that’s the weight I’ve been feeling since 2007 – a small hiatus on 7 September, 2013 then that crush again when 18C was abandoned. Notwithstanding the despatching of the treacherous snakes that crushing weight has not lifted.

  109. Snoopy

    I’ve never read in the Bible that Jesus was a party animal.

    Anyone who can change water into wine shows promise.

  110. calli

    I am the Resistance inside this thread.

    Speed Bump meet Humvee.

  111. Cassie of Sydney

    “Elle
    #2811820, posted on September 8, 2018 at 8:50 am
    Warren Mundine interviews Tony Abbott.
    Tony’s first interview as Special Envoy for Indigenous Affairs. It’s on Mundine Means Business this Sunday on Sky News & Sky News on Win 5pm (AEST) & 3pm (AWST).”

    I will watch. As an aside, I saw Warren Mundine yesterday at the Speccie Brekkie. He is very handsome.

  112. Tintarella di Luna

    Anyone who can change water into wine shows promise.

    He’s always at my place but we never run out of wine so that promise hasn’t be utilised…yet.

  113. Boambee John

    candy
    #2811822, posted on September 8, 2018 at 8:51 am
    The Pope wants to sound like Jesus but he will have to sell off the Vatican first and dispense with all the luxuries there, and dispense with all his employees and live the life of a simple aged pensioner.

    What are those vows again? Poverty, chastity and obedience?

    Perhaps he could lead by example.

  114. Tintarella di Luna

    I will watch. As an aside, I saw Warren Mundine yesterday at the Speccie Brekkie. He is very handsome.

    He’s looking very fit indeed, Cassie. And Jacinta Price was there too, what a lovely gal she is.

  115. None

    The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners .

    Gospel according to Matthew. *sigh* It would help if the Bible bashers here kind of knew what was in the Bible.

  116. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “Out of this political darkness, I’m seeing a great awakening,” he said.

    Beelzebub stirs in the embers of communism

  117. Cassie of Sydney

    “Tintarella di Luna
    #2811838, posted on September 8, 2018 at 9:15 am
    I will watch. As an aside, I saw Warren Mundine yesterday at the Speccie Brekkie. He is very handsome.

    He’s looking very fit indeed, Cassie. And Jacinta Price was there too, what a lovely gal she is.”

    Darling Tintarella, didn’t we have a great time yesterday?

  118. mh

    Dems say the darndest things:

    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) described a pocket-sized version of the U.S. Constitution belonging to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as “that book you carry,” on day three of the judge’s confirmation hearing.

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/09/07/watch-kamala-harris-calls-kavanaughs-pocket-constitution-that-book-you-carry/

  119. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I am the Resistancegoofball rakemeister inside this thread.

    fixerela!

  120. None

    I see Chris Kenny and a few others are starting to call out Morrison for being all style and no substance. But I’ve been telling you that here for years.

  121. None

    Wicked cartoon by Pickering today, but funny.

  122. Infidel Tiger

    Comfortably Smug
    @ComfortablySmug

    After we jail Elon Musk we’re gonna force Tesla to make their cars run on clean coal.

  123. H B Bear

    The entire Holmes à Court family should just shut the fvck up until they repay the tens (hundreds?) of million dollars paid by the people of WA when the government imposed a $50 levy to recapitalise the SGIC after Robert Holmes à Court dumped his insolvent company into it after WA Inc and the 87 stock market crash. Bob enjoyed what might be called a “timely death” that meant he didn’t end up doing a stint in stone college with Bondy.

  124. Infidel Tiger

    The Holmes a’ Courts have always confused their wealth with intelligence.

    Lefty scum.

    Some very unsavoury rumours about Bob before he carked it too.

  125. H B Bear

    An Argentinian giving economic advice? Clearly God does have a sense of humour.

  126. Myrddin Seren

    Farcical:

    Roger Stone Ally Randy Credico, and His Dog, Face Mueller’s Grand Jury

    No – I did not make that headline up:

    Comedian and radio host Randy Credico, accompanied by his dog Bianca, appeared before Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury Friday to answer questions about President Donald Trump’s ally and political operative Roger Stone.

    The grand jury appearance lasted a little more than two hours. Credico appeared under subpoena. He said he had turned down a voluntary appearance.

    Credico spoke to reporters for about 10 minutes, smoking an e-cigarette and clutching a copy of a book he said was written by a friend, while Bianca waited at his feet.

    After being confronted by a bystander holding a sign that said “Team Putin,” Credico, known for his impressions, said he was a supporter of onetime presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and launched into impersonations of both Sanders and former president Ronald Reagan before leaving to take his dog for a walk.

    Beyond parody – satire is dead.

    ( h/t Drudge )

  127. candy

    The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners .

    He hung out with all types of folk to get to know them and see if they were open to leading a more temperate and kinder life. I don’t believe that passage meant he was a drunk, None.

  128. Nob

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2811765, posted on September 8, 2018 at 7:19 am
    Hairy just announces: Jerusalem booked. Looks like Isreal’s been snuck in after all. He’s determined to show me Israel, which he loves. Don’t know when, but I’ll fire you a line when we get there

    .
    I might have been to Israel more often than any cat, or at least any goy cat in recent years.
    Business, no time for tourism but have had a bit of a look round Tel Aviv and Haifa and parts between. Prices are Australia-high, food is good, people friendly and chatty.

    My theory is that national service knocks the pretentiousness out of them.

    There’s a place in TA around the bottom of Yehuda ha Levi that does the most awesome corned beef sandwich I’ve ever had. I can’t find it on Google maps, I just walk around the and follow my most until I find it.

  129. The treasures of the Church are not the hierarchies to dispose of, they are the patrimony of every Christian, past, present and future, held in trust and for their ultimate good.

  130. Gary

    I’m not religious but it reassuring to read that those that are have a sense of humour about it.

  131. cuckoo

    ABC radio ‘news’ this morning gloating about the pencil-necks in black balaclavas attacking the Nigel Farage event. They were careful to point out that VicPol will be charging the Farage people for police attendance. If only we had an Opposition in this state.

  132. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bob enjoyed what might be called a “timely death” that meant he didn’t end up doing a stint in stone college with Bondy.

    Harsh, but fair.

  133. stackja

    Girl Guides Victoria to allow boys who identify as girls to join
    Susie O’Brien, EXCLUSIVE, Herald Sun
    September 7, 2018 7:30pm
    Subscriber only

    GIRL Guides Victoria now allow boys who identify as girls to be members and share sleeping and bathroom facilities with girls.

    A new diversity and inclusion policy means boys who have a female gender identity, or who are transitioning to be a girl, are able to be Girl Guides.

    The historic organisation, which has been staunchly female-only for more than 100 years, still maintains only girls and women can be members.

  134. stackja

    Gold Coast politician couple Meaghan Scanlon and Mark Bailey in relationship
    Paul Weston, Gold Coast Bulletin
    September 8, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    MEET the surprise Queensland political couple whose careers are dependent on the highway which divides their lives — the congested Pacific Motorway.

    Mark Bailey is the State’s Transport Minister who represents the south Brisbane electorate of Miller. Meaghan Scanlon at 24 last year became Queensland’s youngest female MP after winning the Gold Coast marginal seat of Gaven.

  135. stackja

    Mum and daughter refuse to leave family home in dispute with Bundaberg sugar
    Sarah Steger, Bundaberg News Mail
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    A MOTHER and her teenage daughter are facing arrest for refusing to leave their childhood home.

    Tess Haynes, 40, and her 14-year-old daughter live on the banks of the Kolan River in a home built by their grand and great-grandfather.

    The three-bedroom stumped weatherboard house has been home to Ms Haynes’s family for generations.

    But now, that long history could be frozen in the past forever, with Bundaberg Sugar demanding the mother and daughter move out on Monday.

    In July 2013, Bundaberg Sugar sent a letter to residents living on its private land that they had “identified a risk … and said they wouldn’t renew (leases) in 2018.”

    This prompted a handful of people to leave their shacks behind between May and June this year.

    “But our place is not a shack. It’s a house,” Ms Haynes said.

    “We were always willing to do what they wanted but we had a big house and the others were all tin sheds.

    “We just needed more time.”

    Bundaberg Sugar changed the lock to the gate several weeks ago, after Ms Haynes allegedly cut it.

  136. calli

    The treasures of the Church are not the hierarchies to dispose of, they are the patrimony of every Christian, past, present and future, held in trust and for their ultimate good.

    Could you expand on that please Dover?

  137. None

    Clearly no bonking ban in Queensland. You can even bonk your son’s girlfriend.

  138. stackja

    Developer rushes to find new builders amid Sommer woes
    Glen Norris, The Courier-Mail
    September 7, 2018 9:38pm
    Subscriber only

    THE developer of a major residential project at West End is rushing to find new builders as one of the state’s biggest construction companies finds itself in financial strife.

    The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) this week suspended the licence of Brisbane-based Sommer and Staff Constructions, which was building Equire Development’s 106-unit Citro apartment complex in West End.

    Equire general manager Tiel Lillehagen said the building, which features a pool, outdoor cinema, BBQ and dining areas, was about 12 weeks from completion.

    “This is going to have an impact on us in terms of time and costs,” said Mr Lillehagen. “We are now talking to some large Queensland companies about finishing the project. It is largely the cosmetic finishes.”

    Mr Lillehagen said hopefully subcontractors who had worked for Sommer could be engaged to complete the work. Sommer also was working on the Ivory apartments in Upper Mt Gravatt.

    The QBCC suspended the 44-year-old company’s licence on Wednesday because of concerns about “the real likelihood of serious financial harm to suppliers, subcontractors or consumers.”

    It is believed to owe subbies about $9 million. The company was licensed to perform work up to $60 million, placing it in the top 1 per cent of the state’s construction firms. Calls to Sommer yesterday were not returned.

  139. stackja

    Revealed: The Northern Territory’s Top 5 streets as voted on by our real estate agents
    ISABELLA HOOD, NT News
    September 7, 2018 11:30pm
    Subscriber only

    FROM million dollar mansions standing tall along the Top End coastline to quaint cottages hidden among lush, leafy streets, there’s certainly a wide range of five-star streets that feature in the Territory’s blue-ribbon suburbs.

    In a bid to uncover the Northern Territory’s best street, the NT News consulted a team of 20 key real estate agents to find out what they believe are the top five streets.

    Their choices were then rated from 1-5, with the top pick achieving five points, then down to the fifth preference achieving one point.

    Unsurprisingly, Fannie Bay’s iconic East Point Road took out the top spot with 63 votes, followed by Larrakeyah Terrace in Larrakeyah and Casuarina Drive in Fannie Bay, with 55 votes and 21 votes respectively.

  140. stackja

    Territory Labor general secretary Kent Rowe to quit after power struggle
    ASHLEY MANICAROS, NT News
    September 7, 2018 4:40pm
    Subscriber only

    THE Territory Labor general secretary at the centre of a power struggle earlier this year will leave the role at the end of his contract.

    Kent Rowe, who fought off a bitter facgtional action at the Labor Party conference in May, sent an email to members this week telling them he would not be seeking to renew his contract.

    Mr Rowe confirmed he would not be staying on to the NT News on Friday.

    He said he would be seeking other opportunities in the private sector including working as a consultant.

  141. stackja

    Weekend plans thrown into chaos by flight cancellations at Hobart airport
    SHAUN McMANUS, Mercury
    September 7, 2018 10:41pm
    Subscriber only

    HUNDREDS of Tasmanians have had their weekend travel plans thrown into chaos after a string of flights to and from Hobart Airport were cancelled.

    About seven flights either arriving at or departing from the airport were cancelled due to a mix of operational and weather issues on Friday afternoon and into the evening.

    A Jetstar flight operating between Hobart and Melbourne scheduled to depart at 12.35pm was cancelled due to engineering issues, with customers allocated on the next available flights.

    Multiple thunderstorms in Sydney caused the cancellation of a further two Jetstar flights between Sydney and Hobart and Hobart and Sydney on Friday night.

    Jetstar staff were keep busy reallocating passengers on the next available flights.

    “We understand delays are frustrating but safety is always our number one priority,” a Jetstar spokesman said.

    Betty Davidson, of Hobart, was scheduled to travel on the 12.35pm flight to Melbourne with her husband to pick up a new car.

    She was hoping to catch a midnight flight.

    “Quite a few people were intending to go to the football tonight, so they’ve had their plans ruined,” Mrs Davidson said.

    A Qantas flight to Melbourne from Hobart scheduled to depart at 5.15pm and one from Melbourne to Hobart scheduled arrive at 8.35pm were also cancelled.

    “A return flight between Hobart and Melbourne was cancelled tonight (Friday) due to a technical issue with the aircraft,” a Qantas spokeswoman said.

    “Engineers were flown to Hobart to inspect the aircraft.

    “Customers have been transferred onto the first flights out of Hobart and Melbourne tomorrow (Saturday) morning.

    “We thank our customers for their patience as we worked to get them on their way as quickly as possible.”

    Virgin flights between Hobart and Sydney were also cancelled.

    Virgin was contact for comment.

  142. Roger

    Within the year our PM could be an alleged r^pist who dumped his wife at the footy and threatened a female small business owner over a cold meat pie, a man who is beholden to the most corrupt and violent union in the country for his position, a man whose political rhetoric seeks to divide Australians on the basis of class for his own gain.

    Meanwhile, the ABC is obsessed with the allegedly boorish behaviour of some Liberal parliamentarians and a former immigration minister who thought a couple of European au pair girls presented no great threat to the country.

    “No bias. No agenda.”

  143. ABC radio ‘news’ this morning gloating about the pencil-necks in black balaclavas attacking the Nigel Farage event. They were careful to point out that VicPol will be charging the Farage people for police attendance. If only we had an Opposition in this state.

    It is the gloating and sneering of ABC news, that really gets up my nose. But, never mind, it is a sure way to stir unrest amongst the peasants.

    And you are correct, there is no opposition in Victoristan. There is another party though that “believes” in AGW, ruinabaubles, abortion, euthanasia, higher taxes, banning gas exploration and further constraints on freedom of assembly and speech, removing the dicks of male school children, same as, same as … .
    Anyone remember the party’s name?

  144. H B Bear

    Clearly no bonking ban in Queensland. You can even bonk your son’s girlfriend.

    Nice work if you can get it. The Liars are one big incestuous family.

  145. calli

    I knew you’d surface with that story eventually, DG.

    What do you know, and when did you know it?

  146. None

    Please learn to read, Candy.

  147. mh

    And the ABC is cheering on an act of sedition in the United States.

    No bias. No agenda.

  148. Clearly no bonking ban in Queensland.

    Hah! You think that’s good? In Victoristan sodomizing the electorate is compulsory!

  149. mh

    Scott Morrison, we need to talk about Victoria.

  150. John Constantine


    “Mathematically, he would eat that stuff for breakfast,” he says.

    “I would look at that rocket science and I’d probably get my mind around it if I studied it on paper and thought about it, whereas he just does it in a canter.”

    Twenty years ago, he saw how the late Robert Holmes a Court was able to make profits by trading BHP shares in circles — selling the shares only to immediately buy them back. He talked to Mr Holmes a Court about his BHP activities and the presumption was that he knew that Mr Sisson had figured out that the share-trading profits were not sustainable.”

    Robert holmes a court used to ‘trade’ bhp shares with a little help from his friends. No lose situation, regular cashflow extracted from the market.

    All I will say is that if exactly the same thing were tried these days…………

    Comrade Maaaaates.

  151. stackja

    Regarding Vatican ‘treasures’. Someone wrote a novel.

  152. H B Bear

    Hah! You think that’s good? In Victoristan sodomizing the electorate is compulsory!

    Democracy good and hard. Coming in dry. And they’ll line up for more.

  153. miltonf

    Re the Vic libs- the Federal ones are a big disappointment including Sen Paterson who I actually voted for.

  154. H B Bear

    Teh Australian resident snoozer Paul Kelly wakes from his slumber to file a piece on The Performing Stick Insect. Nearly 400 comments and the number of positive comments are less than The Insect got in the PM ballot.

    As IT says, Teh Australian really hates it readers.

  155. stackja

    Rare insight into life on isolated, single-island nation of Nauru
    Sheradyn Holderhead in Nauru, The Daily Telegraph
    September 8, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    IN the neighbourhood known as Danic Location in Nauru, residents’ children play in wrecked cars and wash in algae-filled water pooled outside their homes.

    Years ago, when this tiny Pacific Island nation was one of the wealthiest in the world per capita, the suburb was the thriving home of hundreds of workers benefiting from the island’s only natural land resource, phosphate.

    But the last of the phosphate was scraped away at the turn of century, and these days the country is dependent on foreign aid — including billions poured in by Canberra since 2013 when it began processing asylum seekers who tried to reach Australia by boat.

    “Before in Nauru the money came from mining, now the money comes from refugees,” said Maruko, who runs a kava bar with her husband in the neighbourhood.

    A visit by The Saturday Telegraph this week offers rare insight into life on the isolated, single-island nation where Australia’s policy of stopping the boats has resulted in an economic turnaround.

    Sydney University Pacific expert Prof John Connell said Nauru’s limited natural resources left it with few options to build wealth for its people, and the dependence on foreign aid helped drive inequality.

    “Nauru is a classic government island. If not employed in the government directly it is indirectly in the services supported by government wages,” he said.

    Education and Health Minister Charmaine Scotty told the Telegraph the country was rebuilding after an economic collapse blamed on government mismanagement and bad investments in the years after the mining boom.

  156. H B Bear

    Prof van Wrongselen really has his vagina in a twist over the Lieborals.

  157. Steve trickler

    Great story with a surprise ending.

    I’ve never heard of Giannini until…just now.



    Probably well known at the CAT.

  158. None

    As I keep saying Cputts-Trotter and his deranged wife Plibersek should keep their grubby little hands off other people’s kids https://mobile.twitter.com/RealMarkLatham/status/1037853077531836418

  159. None

    incoherent rambler

    #2811878, posted on September 8, 2018 at 9:54 am

    South Australia turned it into an art form and Canberra turned it into an HSC subject.

  160. Infidel Tiger

    I subscribe to The Australian only so I can abuse its stable of idiots.

    If Kelly and Sheridan were horses, you’d give them the green dream.

    As for US correspondent Cameron Stewart… poor guy. That level of ignorance and delusion is just sad.

  161. None

    I seem to recall Nauru had a sovereign wealth fund which got frittered away for some reason; corruption probably.9

  162. None

    Scott Morrison likes groping other men.

  163. Leigh Lowe

    mh

    #2811893, posted on September 8, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Hollywood Gushes over Obama’s Trump Trashing Speech: ‘I Love Him’

    Oh?
    Has he “broken his dignified silence” again?

  164. Shy Ted

    I saw Warren Mundine yesterday at the Speccie Brekkie. He is very handsome.
    That would be the Aboriginal features showing through.

  165. C.L.

    ABC Online/Reuters lie for poor old Obama

    Former US president Barack Obama has delivered a stinging indictment of American political life under President Donald Trump, blasting his successor’s pattern of pressuring the Justice Department and reminding voters that the economic recovery began on his watch.

    Not claiming. Reminding.

  166. Farmer Gez

    The ABC ladies are such a joy.
    Nicole Chvastek (regional radio Victoria) loves sexism and the past week has her nearly apoplectic in indignant rage for the Lib ladies she would never vote for.
    You throw that old smelly sexism bone over the fence, she brings rings it back.
    You bury it in the garden, she digs it up.
    You put it in the trash, she knocks the bin over and gnaws on it at the back door.
    Pavlov ABC style.

  167. P

    dover_beach
    #2811854, posted on September 8, 2018 at 9:29 am

    The treasures of the Church are not the hierarchies to dispose of, they are the patrimony of every Christian, past, present and future, held in trust and for their ultimate good.

    I instantly thought of the hymn “Faith of Our Fathers, Living Still” when I read the above comment.

    Do We Still Have the Faith of Our Fathers?

    G.K. Chesterton, the great English journalist, once wrote the following about the importance of Tradition and the importance of letting our ancestors be heard.
    Chesterton stated: ‘Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. Tradition is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.’

  168. Shy Ted

    Hollywood Gushes over Obama’s Trump Trashing Speech: ‘I Love Him’
    This speech?

  169. C.L.

    You have to feel for Obama, I guess.
    Every university placement and position he’s ever held – including the presidency – was an affirmative action appointment. Now he’s in his 50s and stuck at home with one of the world’s angriest, ugliest women. He has no interests that anyone is aware of – not cars or hiking or hunting or stamp collecting.

  170. Farmer Gez

    Obama also claiming that Trump is profiting from the politics of resentment.
    Breathtaking cynicism from a rhetorical robot.

  171. I see that vicpol had some trouble managing Dan of the Dead’s zombies last night.

    That’s what happens when there is no weekend AFL game for Richmond and Hawthorn.

  172. Infidel Tiger

    Trump has broken Obama too.

    He has the same talking points as Monty!

    This is exquisite!

  173. Roger

    …and reminding voters that the economic recovery began on his watch.

    Once he got a Nobel prize just for being Obama.

    Now he’s reduced to riding on Trump’s coat tails and doing dodgy land deals in Chicago to ensure his legacy.

  174. zyconoclast

    More evidence of Baddies versus baddies.

    Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo has claimed Kurdish authorities in north-east Syria have made relentless attempts to drive Christians out of the region of Hassaké-Nisibi, charity Aid to the Church in Need reported.

    He said the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS), the Kurdish self-governing regional authority, have been shutting down schools that teach Christianity to children.

    He said some schools that have been shut down have been operational for more than 85 years and that the reason they are forcing the institutions to shut is because teachers have refused to teach the Kurdish curriculum.

    The senior church leader said: “The Kurdish officials had assured us that they would not even look at the private Catholic schools, but they not only looked at them, they closed them.

    “For years I have been saying that the Kurds are trying to eliminate the Christian presence in this part of Syria.

    He added: “Since the beginning of the year, the local government has already taken possession of about 100 state-run schools and introduced their own curriculum and textbooks.”

    “They do not want us to instruct pupils in the liturgical language, Syriac, and they do not want us to teach history because they prefer to drum their own history into the heads of pupils.”

    The archbishop said he believes all Christian schools will be closed unless urgent action is taken from the international Christian community.

    He said: “The West cannot keep silent.

    “You are obligated to bring everything that is happening out into the open and prevent further violations of our rights and further threats to our presence in this region.

    “We have been warning against this danger since at least 2015. They want to oust us Christians to strengthen their own presence.”

    In 2015, Kurdish forces defeated Islamic State which had occupied 35 Christian villages in the region.

  175. struth

    The crushing weight on your soul doesn’t show on your scales.

    Good Moaning.
    It’s the very corrupted food triangle forced down people’s throats, that caused the obesity of the west.
    The first time in history an obesity epidemic occurs, and surprise surprise, it’s the first time in history government started telling people what foods are good for them.
    It hasn’t all been from lack of manual labour.

    Anything government gets itself involved in completely destroys it, as completely and as utterly as the Australian government getting involved in Aboriginal welfare, or regulating power.

    Good on you Peter.
    I think it’s a point that needs to be pushed everywhere as it really does smack Australians in the face, whether or not they follow politics.
    How can the UN claim there is an international climate emergency when the big “polluters” that aren’t the west, can go crazy using coal and building hundreds of coal power stations?
    All with the U.N. global socialist blessing.
    Next time you talk to a lefty, tell them if they believe in man made climate change, why doesn’t the U.N.?

    It’s a bit like the massive immigration invasion going on, where GDP increases because welfare goes through the roof, police forces are increased, and nearly all government departments, “G”, and if bringing people in cures all economic problems then why not send our immigrants to Venezuela?

    No matter how “educated” lefties believe they are, they can’t answer these simple, straight forward questions.
    They’re the questions that resonate with Aussies.

  176. Shy Ted

    Ah, Geraldine Doogue. I love the sound of superiority and sanctimony on a Saturday morning. “Interviewed” Paul Twomey this morning, he’s a senior bureaucrat. He’s talked to Ministers and other bureaucrats and he knows how things work. He told a tale of talking to a capitalist who recommends we now adopt Marxist principles. Wikipedia says “Dr. Twomey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Queensland, a Master of Arts from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD from Cambridge University.”
    TWO arts degrees! How blessed we are.

  177. struth

    In 1999, Australia was 15th in the world in terms of female ­political representation, while today it is 50th

    So women in parliament are only representing women?
    But of course.

  178. Bruce of Newcastle

    Scott Morrison likes groping other men.

    If he has them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow.
    We’ll see if he drags them in the right direction.
    Hopefully there will be pain and screaming.

  179. Cassie of Sydney

    “Infidel Tiger
    #2811895, posted on September 8, 2018 at 10:19 am
    I subscribe to The Australian only so I can abuse its stable of idiots.

    If Kelly and Sheridan were horses, you’d give them the green dream.

    As for US correspondent Cameron Stewart… poor guy. That level of ignorance and delusion is just sad.”

    Cameron Stewart is just a total f*ckwit. However there are some goodies at The Oz….Albrechtson, Kenny, Henderson. Chris Mitchell writes well too. As for Sheridan, I gave up reading him during the 2016 US primaries……..he was absolutely deranged.

  180. Snoopy

    He has no interests that anyone is aware of – not cars or hiking or hunting or stamp collecting.

    Not so.

  181. Cassie of Sydney

    “Shy Ted
    #2811915, posted on September 8, 2018 at 10:39 am
    Ah, Geraldine Doogue”

    Doogue has always been a talentless mediocrity.

  182. Shy Ted

    I think the Nissan Juke is funky but – The Nissan Juke blends individual looks with plenty of equipment, but it’s let down by its poor practicality and jittery ride. Maybe that’s why all cars look the same.

  183. struth

    I find it amazing that cultures that also found they had less physical work to do, due to technology (developed in the west) but who weren’t influenced by the food triangle, did not get fat.

    Stopping vaping causes weight gain for some people who are better judges of what they are individually doing to get fat than the typically collectivist wrongology disguised as advice, or forced upon them.

    Excessive government kills people in many and varied ways, but it always kills people.
    From depression, obesity, to the overwhelming failure and disaster of the Australian government dividing Aboriginal Australia from the rest of us and chucking them on welfare, and Victoria’s euthanasia laws, it is very much the case here in Australia, as I type.

  184. Roger

    Paul Twomey

    A self described “businessman” who has spent most of his working life on the government teat.

    His idea of a “capitalist” is the corporate executive he farms out contracts to with a 25% mark up because it’s…nudge,wink…government work.

    Why wouldn’t they want more central planning?

  185. C.L.

    Haven’t heard Geraldine Doogue’s name mentioned for a long time.
    I seemed to remember her excusing herself from the usual Catholic obstacles to divorce.
    I Wikied her as a memory refresher:

    Doogue was married to Tim Blue, then to ABC executive Ian Carroll, who died from pancreatic cancer on 19 August 2011. She and Carroll had two children and two stepchildren. Her elder daughter with Tim Blue, Eliza Harvey, is also an ABC journalist based in Sydney and is married to Adam Harvey, a son of journalist Peter Harvey.

  186. Boambee John

    Infidel Tiger
    #2811911, posted on September 8, 2018 at 10:32 am
    Trump has broken Obama too.

    He has the same talking points as Monty!

    They get tge same daily DNC/MSM/Soros talkng points email?

  187. calli

    married to Adam Harvey, a son of journalist Peter Harvey.

    Incestuous as any cult.

  188. Roger

    …married to Adam Harvey, a son of journalist Peter Harvey.

    Another ABC journalist. This used to be funny; now it’s just weird.

  189. Myrddin Seren

    Okay – this is about as succinct as it gets – and bear with me, it has relevance here in Australia too.

    A conservative professor from George Mason University ( note the ticker bar from TheirCBC can’t get that affiliation correct ), is interviewed about his reaction to the death spiral of NAFTA and Canada’s part in this.

    As he points out, Justin Castro-Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland virtue-signalled their contempt for The Donald and tried to turn NAFTA in to an SJW manifesto.

    Trump and his trade negotiators have completely outflanked Canada and done a bi-lateral deal with Mexico. Canada is now in a ‘take it or leave it’ trade bind.

    If destroying NAFTA was the Trudeau-Freeland plan – ‘Mission Accomplished !’.

    If the plan is to continue to trade with the US and support Canadian businesses and workers – get ready to eat a rancid turd sandwich to stay in the game. So much for virtue signalling and SJW non-diplomacy.

    Let us recall here that PM Trumball and FM J-Bish were loud supporters of Killary, and no one in government knew how to contact the Trump campaign after the election. I think Joe Hockey had to get a phone number from Greg Norman so Martin Trumball could make a clenched teeth phone call.

    As of now, there is still no US ambassador to Australia – although we have managed to export Trumball to his natural home in Killary’s home state.

    Not sure Marise Payne is going to be any improvement over Stick Hillary in terms of the US relationship, but somebody in Canberra better look at what Canada has just walked itself in to and get on a plane to Washington.

  190. mh

    It will be great to watch the Dems in November when the blue wave doesn’t arrive.

    🍿🍿🍿

  191. when the blue wave doesn’t arrive

    because of wussion interference.

  192. Cactus

    Lizzie. I like the reports from Europe. A bit jealous to be Frank but enjoy the random happy thoughts from a holiday. Does break up a lot of the negativity we sometimes bask in here.

  193. calli

    A former work colleague had a classic “don’t you know who I am?” moment with Doogue many years ago. Madam was trying to queue jump for a service and thought she’d bully her way into what she wanted.

    Sent packing with a flea in her ear.

  194. calli

    The Beloved just booked a scenic chopper flight over the South Rim. Cost an arm and a leg but if you’re going to do one of these things, do it big. And you can’t get much bigger than the Grand Canyon. I shall report back.

  195. Infidel Tiger

    Hastie on the hustings
    It’s not every day you see a Liberal MP on the back of a truck at a protest in support of striking unionists, by that happened on Friday when Canning MP Andrew Hastie spoke to Alcoa workers negotiating a new EBA.

    But it’s also not too much of a stretch to imagine the conservative politician has more in common with the AWU than might be first apparent.

    This guy is smart.

    Why other Liberals aren’t doing this I will never know.

    https://www.watoday.com.au/politics/western-australia/weekend-washup-which-liberal-mp-was-out-supporting-striking-workers-20180907-p502hi.html

    Meanwhile that idiot ScoMo is trying to start a war with the CFMEU. The average private sector union member has far more in common with conservatism than Labor.

  196. Roger

    …somebody in Canberra better look at what Canada has just walked itself in to and get on a plane to Washington.

    No need…Joe’s there.

  197. Roger

    This guy is smart. Why other Liberals aren’t doing this I will never know.

    Someone’s been paying attention to Trump.

  198. Infidel Tiger

    It will be great to watch the Dems in November when the blue wave doesn’t arrive.

    The House vote is hard to tell, but I would think there is no chance Don is losing the Senate and he may even gain a seat.

  199. John Constantine

    Back when I was a hundred and ten kilos, I could do a hundred meters in eleven seconds on foot.

    Weigh less now, but it takes me eleven seconds just to get in the ute so I can drive the same distance.

  200. Infidel Tiger

    ScoMo has 5 months to get power prices down any way possible, slash immigration and formulate policies that appeal solely to the middle/working class.

    Any policy that has the approval of the inner city or the leafy blue ribbon seats must be rejected in its entirety.

  201. Cassie of Sydney

    “Infidel Tiger
    #2811939, posted on September 8, 2018 at 11:14 am
    Hastie on the hustings
    It’s not every day you see a Liberal MP on the back of a truck at a protest in support of striking unionists, by that happened on Friday when Canning MP Andrew Hastie spoke to Alcoa workers negotiating a new EBA.

    But it’s also not too much of a stretch to imagine the conservative politician has more in common with the AWU than might be first apparent.

    This guy is smart.”

    Yes, that is smart politics. Good on Andrew. Meanwhile….look at the Lib dregs in NSW, in Victoria, in South Australia, in Queensland. All missing in action on key issues to hammer Labor with, all cretinous dullards.

    Today’s by-election in NSW is gonna be very interesting!

  202. Shy Ted

    Let’s play “guess the author”. Love the last line – “It’s hard not to think there’s something wrong with you when you’ve never kissed a man, let alone had sex.”
    My guess – Katherine Murphy.

  203. Roger

    ScoMo has 5 months to get power prices down any way possible, slash immigration and formulate policies that appeal solely to the middle/working class.

    He didn’t take Immigration from Dutton because he wants to slash numbers.

  204. candy

    He didn’t take Immigration from Dutton because he wants to slash numbers.

    I imagine he wants Dutton out of the way and not too visible. Just in case.

  205. Infidel Tiger

    He didn’t take Immigration from Dutton because he wants to slash numbers.

    I am fooling myself that it will be an election policy instead.

    I have a feeling that Labor are going to announce a big cut and if they do, I will vote for them for the first time in my life. Then they will reverse the policy in government and will enter an unrecoverable shame spiral.

  206. Shy Ted

    Let’s play “guess the author”. Love this line – “Thirty seconds after I orgasm, it feels as if hot pins are being stabbed in to my testicle”.
    I hope it’s Barrie Cassidy.

  207. Top Ender

    What an idiot:

    PETER VAN ONSELEN
    CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
    12:00AM SEPTEMBER 8, 2018156 COMMENTS
    This week my 11-year-old daughter won a NSW writing competi­tion run by the University of Western Sydney. There were 4000 entries from across the state and she came first for the years 5 and 6 category.

    To say I’m proud is an understatement. I remember how hard she worked on the piece through several weeks, picking the topic herself and really getting into the research to fill out her ­argument.

    Kids clearly absorb what they witness at home, conversations that go on around them, experi­ences their parents talk about. The guiding principle for pupils was to choose a topic that mattered to them; Sasha chose to write an essay on women’s rights.

    Comments rip in:

    1RodneyLIKEREPLY
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    Anthony 4 HOURS AGO
    Most kids could sum up anything better than you PVO

    FLAGSHARE6ByrnePaulKayteTerrenceLIKEREPLY
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    Benson 4 HOURS AGO
    Wild theory: This column is and has been for some time written by a 13 yo.

    FLAGSHARE9JohnJohnsonDByrnecarolynLIKEREPLY
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    Judith 4 HOURS AGO
    Dear me

    FLAGSHARE5PeterKayteTerrenceRodneyLIKEREPLY
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    Hadyn 4 HOURS AGO
    Drivel. Half the population, being women, already has access to all the opportunities available. Whether they take those opportunities is only up to the individual. With the Wentworth by-election how many women have sought pre-selection?

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    Stop blaming the “system “. You would do better to encourage those who sit on the sidelines and whinge to get on the paddock and have a go.

    FLAGSHARE11HelenTrevor HByrnePaulLIKEREPLY
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    Peter 5 HOURS AGO
    Twaddle. Quota’s elevate people above their capability. Women simply need to start fighting at the grass roots to win the factional battle for pre-selection, not get handed a set. Then they need to fight to win their seat, not a safe seat. They need to do hard yards on the back bench to get on top of their duties and earn a promotion. Then perhaps they won’t cry ‘bully’ at the first sign of adversity.

    FLAGSHARE8HelenByrneBronwynKayteLIKEREPLY
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    bevan 5 HOURS AGO
    Quotas kill feminism.

    FLAGSHARE6ByrnePeterKayteLynnLIKEREPLY
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    Larry 5 HOURS AGO
    PVO should be proud raising and indoctrinating a leftie so young. She will be so brainwashed that she will not be able to think for herself. And why bring his daughter into this?

    FLAGSHARE1AdamLIKEREPLY
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    Leona 4 HOURS AGO
    @Larry she will grow up with a sense of entitlement that because she’s a woman she can’t possibly make it to the top on her own merits but needs to be elevated there by men.

    It’s all pretty cringy.

    FLAGSHARE8geoffreyJohnByrneMiguelLIKEREPLY
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    Grant 6 HOURS AGO
    Quotas – The losers idea of equality and meritocracy

    FLAGSHARE21geoffreyNoelFrankPeterLIKEREPLY
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    Justin 2 HOURS AGO
    @Grant if you think we are in a meritocracy then you are delusional.

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    Johanna 6 HOURS AGO
    You are so right, stuff quality as long women get 50% of the cake.

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    Alison 7 HOURS AGO
    No, PVO, half the population does not deserve access to half the opportunities on offer. All of the population deserves access to all of the opportunities on offer, based on merit. Quotas actively prevent this. You can’t overcome discrimination by engaging in more discrimination. Women are perfectly capable of winning positions based on their ability rather than being patronized by virtue signalers.

    FLAGSHARE1AdamLIKEREPLY
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    Rae 2 HOURS AGO
    @Alison A very sensible comment.

    FLAGSHARE1AdamLIKEREPLY
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    Justin 2 HOURS AGO
    @Alison delusional.

    FLAGSHARELIKEREPLY
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    Timothy 8 HOURS AGO
    If there is a perceived problem of gender discrimination in the workplace then having enforced quotas is an extremely dumb way to go about addressing it.

    Apart from being demeaning and insulting to intelligent women, who will always be unfairly confronted with the express or implied belief that they could never have attained their workplace success or status without the “assistance” of a quota, it seeks to replace one form of alleged discrimination with another.

    This will just foster resentment among those who don’t have the benefit of a quota as a determinant of their eligibility for a job (men) against those who do (women).

    Admittedly quotas do at least serve one purpose and that is to evoke warm feelings of smugness and self satisfaction among those virtue signallers who go about promoting them.

    But that doesn’t make quotas sensible or logical.

    And whilst I have no doubt that Van Onselen’s daughter is an intelligent young lady she would benefit much more from developing her skills in logical and critical thinking than impressing the group thinking progressive caste with essays that conform with the tenets of their pious moralising.

    FLAGSHARE30ernierichardgeoffreyHelenLIKEREPLY
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    Peter 6 HOURS AGO
    @Timothy Smart, intelligent and hard-working women I know don’t find it the least bit demeaning and insulting if a quota gets them deservedly promoted ahead of some dumb, time-serving bloke who would have otherwise only got the job because of his gender.

    FLAGSHARE1RobLIKEREPLY
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    Christopher 8 HOURS AGO
    “Kids clearly absorb what they see at home…”. It’s no surprise to me that your wonderful six-year old daughter would find inspiration in your work Peter; it’s us adults that have a problem with it.

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    David 10 HOURS AGO
    I have three young daughters and ‘ll make sure they know the sacrifice that millions and millions of men made in order for them to have the best life in history for women and that the world is theirs to do whatever they wish to do. Given that 60% of university grads are female it’s a fair bet that by the time they are adults that women be in charge of most companies and governments overseeing an underclass of uneducated men. Good luck with that.

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  208. Bruce in WA

    He has no interests that anyone is aware of – not cars or hiking or hunting or stamp collecting.

    Obama does like skeet shooting

  209. candy

    I am fooling myself that it will be an election policy instead.

    Well, they have announced transporting refugees to rural areas with corresponding infrastructure.
    To go back on that now would seem Turnbull-like flip flopping.

  210. Entropy

    When I first did a chopper flight at the Grand Canyon they used to drop into the canyon. I don’t think they do that anymore.

  211. Roger

    Morrison’s idea of immigration reform thus far is having the 190 000 p.a. intake as a cap, not a target, attempting thereby to placate those concerned about numbers while also reassuring big business that nothing would change. Meanwhile, immigration lawyers welcomed David Coleman’s appointment to the portfolio in their official newsletter. Morrison could well be outwitted by Labor and end up going into an election campaigning for high immigration; with one deft move Labor re-frames him from suburban dad to lackey of the big end of town.

  212. Snoopy

    when the blue wave doesn’t arrive

    I hope you’re right. If the blue wave does arrive, the US stock market will tank severely due to Trump’s economic strategies proving to be a disaster.

  213. Tintarella di Luna

    Darling Tintarella, didn’t we have a great time yesterday?

    Indeed Cassie, what a way to spend the day, I would to attend something like that once a month. I couldn’t get to either the Nigel Farage talk or the Andrew Neil talks but that Speccie Brekkie was like a smorgasbord of political commentary, Andrew Neill, Nigel Farage, Tony Abbott, David Flint, Janet Albrechtsen, Steve Ciobo, Matt Canavan, Ticky Fullerton and of course the elegant and eloquent Rowan Dean did a great job. At lunch it was a treat talking to the two very enthusiastic women who’d flown down from Brisbane for the brekki.

    Looking forward to supporting the Bettina Arndt talk and hoping to get to the Eastern Sydney Conservative forum in October. I felt soenergised though I must say the long walk back to my car in my stilettos was my small penance for the day.

  214. Snoopy

    Sasha chose to write an essay on women’s rights.

    Remember when PVO was copping flak for not having any women on his Sky show a few years ago? He told his wife to come in.

  215. Infidel Tiger

    The Australian interviewed Wentworth voters and they said immigration and infrastructure were big issues. In Wentworth!

    My god imagine what an issue it is west of Parramatta.

    Just shows how Australian politics is totally captured by the donor and lobbyist class. It’s an absolute no brainer to slash immigration, but the pay masters won’t let them.

  216. Infidel Tiger

    Remember when PVO was copping flak for not having any women on his Sky show a few years ago? He told his wife to come in.

    He should have hoisted up his skirt and shown the audience his vagina.

  217. John Constantine

    What would happen to a kid that wrote a free thinking analysis of the way Trump is making America Great Again by getting government out the way, compared to Australia using State totalitarian control of mass millions of State services Clients, up to the Stalinist gulag creation of welfare plantations that have no freedom of internal movement without approved papers.

  218. Myrddin Seren

    Their CBC in Action!
    https://twitter.com/NEWSneil/status/1037751131097772034

    Whoa.

    That’s a big unit. Must take some braking distance to pull up once it gets motoring.

  219. Ainsley Hayes

    So many weighty matters here on the thread this morning so I must chime in quickly and say that like any woman with eyes I also find Warren Mundine handsome. He’s a bloke that gets better looking as he gets older, which is okay with me.

    On less important things, my dept recently threw a staff party, sorry, a seminar of celebration, for the Liquor, Guns, Bacon and Tits crowd. I believe that nobody or at least very few people showed. Thus, in terms of our nation’s Virtue Signalling Grid, I conclude that signal generation is currently outperforming shareholder expectations but transmission and retail sales are declining thanks to the weird noises coming from the wacky 60s infrastructure. For my part, I’m off right now for a short petrol-powered putt-putt to blow away the cobwebs before the rain sets in. I might just zoom past those bird slicers of Lake George again with another loud rebuke from my screaming eagles to warn our non-renewable avian friends.

  220. John Constantine

    Their labor could well target the million plus imported visa holders slipping in through turnbullites lawyer loopholes.

    Union movement not keen on chicom developers using peoples liberation army slave labour in Australia, even if union bosses get payoffs.

  221. Steve trickler

    Nigel Farage was asked some questions.



  222. Another day, another Trump operative sentenced to gaol.

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