Open Forum: September 8, 2018

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  1. Roger

    If you think the ABC is staff-captured and ignoring its charter, TheirSBS is sprinting past them with rainbow and multi-culti flags flying.

    Given that the satellite dish means recent arrivals can now tap into TV from their homeland for a modest investment, what exactly is the rationale for SBS?

    We surely don’t need two Prog Left national broadcasters.

  2. Snoopy

    It’s a bad night for SBS. 75 Muslim Brotherhood thugs sentenced to death in Egypt and Assad’s forces moving on Idlib. Cue footage of brave White Helmets.

  3. Death Giraffe

    Chris
    #2812855, posted on September 9, 2018 at 6:29 pm
    Well done Arky

    ..
    Thanks Chris.
    Sinc put the post up.
    I got the automated reply to my email, so sorry for the double post.
    Won’t do it again.

  4. Mitch M.

    What we really “need” is an independent OS for devices and PCs that regular chumps can use; that allows for custom made apps.

    These are around Dot. Alternatively there is virtual machine software for W10 that can emulate for Android apps. Rumours are that MS will eventually release a modularised version of W10 so we can avoid all the bloatware it now comes with but the upcoming W10 upgrade appears to be the last with new features and finally a radically redesigned update facility.

    https://www.howtogeek.com/190217/10-alternative-pc-operating-systems-you-can-install/

    https://www.computerworlduk.com/galleries/applications/-free-alternatives-windows-10-3639433/

  5. Geriatric Mayfly

    Remember when liberals in the media disdained everything about the Catholic Church? Simpler times. Then Pope Francis came along and muddied things. He talks about climate change, castigates capitalism and plays verbal footsie with lefty Catholic hobby-horse issues like divorce and gay acceptance. This Francis guy, they think, might be one of us. Since former papal nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano alleged that he warned newly installed Pope Francis in 2013 about the crimes of former Washington D.C. Archbishop McCarrick, those media liberals have settled into a narrative: a dark cabal of Church conservatives are trying to oust the liberal pontiff. And he must be protected. Newsbusters.

    Don’t go within 100 light years of the water cooler, but has the ABC caught up yet on this dramatic shift in the narrative? This ‘good Pope’ is almost a twin of that ‘good Turnbull.’ Both originally from stables demanding nothing but contempt and derision from Google’s minions.

  6. zyconoclast

    Paul Joseph Watson

    Tha’s him. He sounds pretty decent, so I don’t understand what he’s doing hanging around with Fatty Jones.

    $$$$$

    or it could be a Slipper/Ashby/Mussels like deal.

    Remember, Jones is into tranny pron

  7. Eugenics, euthanasia and state control of every aspect of other peoples behaviour were the call to german frustated beta male bank clerks and Science! graduates. The very things white collar bugmen are slobbering over today.

    Bugmen certainly like killing the most vulnerable in their society.

  8. mh

    Paul Joseph Watson has been working with Alex Jones for nearly 20 years.

  9. mh

    Makka’s NRL tip, the Broncos, crashed out of the finals tonight.

  10. stackja

    zyconoclast
    #2812869, posted on September 9, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Newsweek source.

  11. Makka

    Makka’s NRL tip, the Broncos, crashed out of the finals tonight.

    Thank’s for the reminder mh. They choked. My comments are upthread.

  12. stackja

    Winston Smith
    #2812738, posted on September 9, 2018 at 3:58 pm
    Boambee John;

    Chase up The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer.

    Read it several times. There have been several claims that the work is fiction, but the maps and battles tend to give his story credence. I accept the book as being authentic based on ‘feel’ – the daily life detail seems well described without being overly detailed which is what happens when a novel tries to be a personal history.

    The Forgotten Soldier
    From Wikipedia

    The British writer Alan Clark, author of Barbarossa: The Russian-German Conflict 1941-45, refers to Sajer’s book in his Diaries as a book “to which AC [Alan Clark] often turned”.[4] The book was considered by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College to be an accurate roman à clef and has remained on their recommended reading list for World War II, along with other historical novels. It is also on the recommended reading list of the Commandant of the United States Marines Corps.[5]

  13. mh

    My tip: Roosters v Storm final. Roosters win.

    Final will be billed as Smith vs Cronk. Apparently Smith has been filthy with Cronk for leaving the Storm and won’t speak to him. Not sure if there is anything else to it.

  14. H B Bear

    Five killed in suburban Perth. World is becoming a crazy dangerous place. Guy in his 20s “assisting police with their enquiries”. Drug fried psycho I would suspect. Link

  15. Makka

    I’m hoping for a Storm v Bunnies GF. I think Storm will win the GF even if they play the Chooks mainly because the Chooks have poor discipline and give too much away.

  16. Snoopy

    Looks like hard work too, kicking that high.

    Female crack troops. Confirmed!

  17. Gab

    Looks like hard work too, kicking that high.

    That clip should be played to Can-Can music.

  18. DrBeauGan

    Watched bits of your atheism debate, Death, but couldn’t find the nude jello wrestling, thank god.

    The thing that seems wrong about it to me is that there’s fairly complicated arguments on both sides and they get treated like a discussion about a footy match, only with more ums and ahs. I don’t think you are clear about your audience. Are they ordinary blokes with little time for philosophy or intellectuals with no time for the practical details of life? You seem to be falling between two stools. It will bore the practical man to death and outrage the philosophers by its shallowness.

    I’m in a curious position here, I’m a practical man with a knowledge of logic and argument. As a practical man, when I meet someone who tells me he believes God exists, I am mildly curious about why he believes that, and I wonder whether he uses the words “believe” and “exist” in the same sense as I do when I say that I believe that baked beans exist. I have concluded after talking to religious people that the words mean something very different. Until one confronts this different usage, people talk past each other. Which isn’t something I want to wstch on video.

  19. Steve trickler

    It’s good fun going back in time.



  20. Snoopy

    Updated 10 minutes ago.

    The ABC’s election analyst Antony Green has called the Wagga Wagga by-election for independent candidate Dr Joe McGirr.

  21. Death Giraffe

    The video makes the argument Dr. BG.
    The philosophic introduction was a nescesity nod to the history of ideas the later science inevitably collides with.
    Sorry you didn’t like it.

  22. cohenite

    cohenite, Pickles

    At least one of you understands defamation law, at least one of you is a barrister.

    What about the SHY offer to Lanehome?

    Must be the other guy; according to head prefect I’m just a conveyancer (an honourable and under-rated profession bringing joy to home buyers and sellers but I digress).

    Such offers are made to establish a position for costs at the conclusion of the matter; and if the offer was done in the correct form it will enable indemnity costs to be applied for.

    I understand the position now is that the whale has dropped the slut shaming aspect of the alleged imputations and is going for a more generic claim for loss of reputation. We’ll see what L comes up with. He may counter offer such as each party pays its own costs and the claim is dropped.

  23. zyconoclast

    Acadia University confirmed Friday that Rick Mehta has been dismissed, several months after the Wolfville, N.S., school launched a formal investigation into complaints against the psychology professor.

    University spokesman Scott Roberts said he is unable to comment or “provide any elaboration” on the dismissal as it is a confidential personnel matter.

    Mehta was outspoken both on campus and online about a range of contentious issues including decolonization, immigration and gender politics, garnering both supporters and opposition.

    He came under fire for saying multiculturalism is a scam, denying the wage gap between men and women, and dismissing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a vehicle for “endless apologies and compensation.”

    On Twitter, he retweeted a post that said it is “statistically impossible for all Native children to have had a negative experience with residential schools.”

  24. zyconoclast

    Death as Punishment “for Disbelief”: Extremist Persecution of Christians, February 2018
    by Raymond Ibrahim • September 9, 2018 at 5:00 am

    “I was beaten and taken to a bathroom. I asked what was my mistake, and they [the police] replied that I was his cousin…. Later they asked me to pull his pants down and s0d0mize him. I refused.” — Christian man, Pakistan.

    “One of the Boko Haram said, ‘You’re not ready to convert to Islam, so I’m going to teach you a lesson.'” He then proceeded to drown her 3-year-old son Jonathan in a nearby river. — Nigeria.

    “The equality that is named as a law in the Constitution of Egypt disappears before Article 2 of the Constitution, which stipulates that Islamic law is the main source of legislation.” — Fadi, a Coptic lawyer, Egypt.

  25. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I understand the position now is that the whale has dropped the slut shaming aspect of the alleged imputations and is going for a more generic claim for loss of reputation

    “Loss of reputation?” Hanson Young? Reputation? Don’t make me laugh.

  26. Eddystone

    Mitch M.
    #2812874, posted on September 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    That was great, thanks.

  27. rickw

    My stab is that shorten will access the super funds of Australians to fund his stay in power schemes.

    Super raiding is already underway. I got slugged a rather large additional amount of tax. I am able to pay it out of my super.

  28. John Constantine

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-06/out-of-favor-aussie-is-acting-like-an-emerging-market-currency

    We can save the dollar and the property Ponzi by mass importing a million welfare State clients and dropping them from helicopters in rural Australia until every town looks like Shepparton.

    Of course, Shepparton even after the mass population growth still relies on European backpackers to get the horticultural produce picked from the fields.

    The devaluing Dollar is our Strength.

    Our debt-funded mass population growth is our Strength.

    Importing backpackers to do our manual labour is our Strength.

    Comrades.

  29. DrBeauGan

    Death Giraffe
    #2812892, posted on September 9, 2018 at 7:48 pm
    The video makes the argument Dr. BG.
    The philosophic introduction was a nescesity nod to the history of ideas the later science inevitably collides with.
    Sorry you didn’t like it.

    May be me being grouchy, Death. I read Lizzie’s article in Quadrant this afternoon too, and didn’t like that either.. I had some thoughts about being tactful in Lizzie’s case, but not in yours. You may take that as a compliment. I take it that you can handle my saying what I think.

    I don’t feel grouchy. A bit hungry, perhaps.

  30. zyconoclast

    The star of the film version of novel The Hate U Give has admitted she found it hard to have her casting queried because she is not darker-skinned.

    “It was the first time in my life that I’d ever had my blackness questioned,” Amandla Stenberg told reporters at the Toronto Film Festival.

    “I’ve never thought of myself as not being black enough,” she went on.

  31. Memory Vault

    Super raiding is already underway.

    Obviously you’re imagining things, RickW.
    Everybody knows only Labor under Bill Shorten would ever do such a thing.
    No Liberal government has ever even proposed, let alone acted, to take any of your Super.

  32. Bruce of Newcastle

    Mehta was outspoken both on campus and online about a range of contentious issues including decolonization, immigration and gender politics, garnering both supporters and opposition.

    He came under fire for saying multiculturalism is a scam, denying the wage gap between men and women, and dismissing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a vehicle for “endless apologies and compensation.”

    The new religion is a jealous religion.

    Academic Cowardice Reaches a New Low

    Prof. Ted Hill, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Georgia Tech, wrote an article, whose background research had been supported by the National Science Foundation, on the ‘Greater Male Variability Hypothesis’ (GMVH), which asserts that there are more idiots and more geniuses among men than among women. This hypothesis is well known in the data on sex differences, and has a long lineage in evolutionary biology. After working with some other scholars to review the data further and enlisting one (Sergei Tabachnikov of Penn State) as a co-author, Hill secured publication in the journal Mathematical Intelligencer, whose editor-in-chief is Marjorie Wikler Senechal, Professor Emerita of Mathematics and the History of Science at Smith College.

    She liked our draft, and declared herself to be untroubled by the prospect of controversy. “In principle,” she told Sergei in an email, “I am happy to stir up controversy and few topics generate more than this one.

    You can guess what happened next.

    That same day, the Mathematical Intelligencer’s editor-in-chief Marjorie Senechal notified us that, with “deep regret,” she was rescinding her previous acceptance of our paper. “Several colleagues,” she wrote, had warned her that publication would provoke “extremely strong reactions” and there existed a “very real possibility that the right-wing media may pick this up and hype it internationally.”

    It gets still worse from here. The authors placed the article online in a second journal, the New York Journal of Mathematics, only to see the article suddenly disappear after another campaign to suppress it.

    The fascinating thing is they brook no dissent because they can’t win any argument. Yet they Believe, and refuse anyone else’s right to object based on science and data. We truly live in an age of obscurantism.

  33. P

    DrBeauGan, you are good value on Catallaxy.

  34. stackja

    zyconoclast
    #2812911, posted on September 9, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Didn’t stop BO.

  35. Pickles

    I have nothing to say about the matter of MLSB v Woobinda the Very Rude Animal Doctor other than I hope to Christ it doesn’t go to trial.

  36. Neil

    The Australian banking system would shut down within a week without access to the international debt market. Australian governments have been in debt since the First Fleet.

    The Commonwealth became debt free in 2006. In 2007 NET debt was minus $40B. ie we had net $40B in the kitty. Sometime around 2003 Treasury had a review into whether all govt bonds should be paid out reducing our gross debt to zero. The conclusion was to keep the bond market open and always have $50-$55B on issue even though the Commonwealth did not need the money. That is why from 2003-2008 gross debt stayed constant

    https://www.austrade.gov.au/images/useruploadedimages/5723/iload39901___source.gif

    The beauty of running surplus budgets is that the govt does not need foreign money.

  37. DrBeauGan

    P
    #2812915, posted on September 9, 2018 at 8:28 pm
    DrBeauGan, you are good value on Catallaxy.

    Thank you, P. I think I can safely say that the risk of praise inflating my ego further is slight.

  38. Death Giraffe

    Have a snickers Dr BG.
    Also you shouldn’t treat Lizzie more gently than me.
    I’m sensitive, I am.
    Now sod off.
    😄

  39. P

    Pickles,

    I reckon you’re also good value here on Catallaxy.

    Cheers.

  40. DrBeauGan

    Have a snickers Dr BG.
    Also you shouldn’t treat Lizzie more gently than me.
    I’m sensitive, I am.
    Now sod off.

    I’m every bit as sensitive as you, Death.😁

  41. .

    The beauty of running surplus budgets is that the govt does not need foreign money.

    This is a really strange thing to aim for.

    No public sector debt.
    Low, efficient taxes.
    Responsible spending that passes cost-benefits analysis.
    Utilitarian based policy.
    Sound money such as following market monetarism or the Taylor rule.

    Is what we ought to aim for, along with a respect for private property, civil rights & common law rights.

  42. P

    I think I can safely say that the risk of praise inflating my ego further is slight.

    My sincere comment will in no way be of credit to you on this blog. You well know my reputation here.

  43. DrBeauGan

    The new religion is a jealous religion.

    And an abomination.

    The material about the different variance for males and females is well known, applies to length of bones and muscle mass, and also to other species. Females are built to tigher specifications than males and there are good evolutionary reasons for this.

    Suppressing truth for political reasons does not go well in the longer run. Like lying for Jesus, it has a big downside.

  44. John Constantine

    Argentina can always ‘dollarise’ like Zimbabwe.

    They are shot anyway, might as well let the proles eke out a subsistence existence, they should be right for beef and cereal and soybeans for rations anyway.

    Any real reason that once Australia disposes of its obsolete culture and imports a socialist totalitarian peasant one that we don’t just go Argentina with Koalas?.

    Their billy shorten, Australias Eva Peron.

  45. Memory Vault

    You well know my reputation here.

    Just ignore the knockers, Mrs P. They aren’t worth the effort.

  46. H B Bear

    Maybe it is time to start working on an Argentinian version of my Venezuelan cookbook? Are there any flamingos in Argentina? The Australian one won’t be far behind.

  47. P

    Think of you often MV and pray for you.

    Hope all will continue to go well.

    Cheers my friend.

  48. Siltstone

    Another good Manhattan Contrarian contribution (I hope the linky works)
    Explaining The Kavanaugh Freak-Out

    https://www.manhattancontrarian.com/

  49. Snoopy

    Argentina can always ‘dollarise’ like Zimbabwe.

    Gresham’s Law coupled with an appreciating USD is killing Zimbabwe.

  50. Bruce of Newcastle

    Argentina can always ‘dollarise’ like Zimbabwe.

    Hehe. I visited Argy just after they dollarized last time. They knocked three zeroes off the currency and fixed the new peso to the USD one-to-one. I still have some peso notes of both kinds somewhere.

    And here we are again!

  51. Robber Baron

    Hot yoga…is that even a thing?

  52. P

    Thanks John Constantine for Don’t Cry for me Argentina.

    My fav from Joan Baez will always be:

  53. Siltstone

    Thanks stackja for posting readable Manhattan Contrarian linky thing, never seems to work when I try it.

  54. mh

    Hot yoga…is that even a thing?

    Are you suggesting a conspiracy?

  55. Memory Vault

    never seems to work when I try it.

    You can review both your link and where it leads to before you hit “Post Comment”.

  56. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The five victims of what appears to be a mass murder in Perth are eighteen month old twin girls, their three year old sister, mother and grandmother. A 20 year old is “assisting police with their inquiries.”

  57. stackja

    Siltstone
    #2812944, posted on September 9, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    I googled Explaining The Kavanaugh Freak-Out
    Then used Sinc’s link for the url. You can test the link by right mouse on the preview panel url. So far works.

  58. stackja

    NewsPoll ALP ahead. ScoMo ahead of BS.

  59. JC

    John Constantine
    #2812930, posted on September 9, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Argentina can always ‘dollarise’ like Zimbabwe.

    No. They should have floated the currency when they had an opportunity, which I think is Macri’s big mistake. Macri is still trying to clean up the mess left behind by the previous corrupt administration.

  60. rickw

    Obviously you’re imagining things, RickW.
    Everybody knows only Labor under Bill Shorten would ever do such a thing.
    No Liberal government has ever even proposed, let alone acted, to take any of your Super.

    If they slug you with extra tax and then “allow” you to pay for it with Super. How is that not raiding your super?

  61. rickw

    “It was the first time in my life that I’d ever had my blackness questioned,” Amandla Stenberg told reporters at the Toronto Film Festival.

    Asians and light brown people who are on the beat up the whites bandwagon have to be the dumbest people ever.

    They’re next!

  62. Infidel Tiger

    Good poll numbers for Morrison.

    He is already more popular than that last guy what’s hisname and is smashing Tits.

  63. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Newspoll: Coalition faces election wipeout with 40th straight loss

    Exclusive
    Simon Benson
    National Affairs Editor
    @simonbenson
    28 minutes ago September 9, 2018
    Scott Morrison has moved ahead of Bill Shorten as preferred Prime Minister and is now a more popular leader than Malcolm Turnbull but the Coalition remains on track for an election wipeout, notching its 40th straight losing Newspoll.

    An exclusive Newspoll, conducted for The Australian between September 6-9, has the Coalition trailing Labor 44-56 on two-party preferred vote, with the Opposition lifting its primary vote a further point to 42 per cent on the back of continuing turmoil surrounding the government.

    Labor’s primary vote marks the strongest support for the party since the days following Kevin Rudd’s dismissal in July 2010 and almost at the level of popular support that led to Labor’s 2007 landslide victory against John Howard.

    The Coalition primary vote increased one point from 33 to 34 per cent.

  64. .

    So in Wagga Wagga, a state election with OPV; the primary votes might mean jackshit, the Green Ant might be totally wrong.

    Here’s the thing;

    A lot of people on this blog reckon to vote informal in Federal elections (CPV). I’ve changed my mind; wouldn’t it be more chaotic to simply put the uniparty last and ultimately sitting members dead last? Usually, I’m undecided between putting the Greens last and the concept of informal voting in the House.

    The idea that preferences are given ultimately to the uniparty is predicated on them getting enough primary votes in the first instance. Too many people vote informal and the uniparty might retain significant enough first prefs. so they stay in power.

  65. mh

    Smashing tits! Great headline.

  66. Memory Vault

    How is that not raiding your super?

    My apologies, RickW. Obviously I don’t do satire very well.
    Suffice to say way back in 2014 I wrote my first comment detailing precisely how the then government intended to ultimately confiscate everybody’s super. I included copious links to the actual official policy document outlining the plan.

    As events unfolded I was asked to re-explain it another four times over the following few months, complete with links to the original document. I thought every man and his dog here knew the details by now (obviously erroneously).

    Again my apologies.

  67. H B Bear

    Preferred PM is a meaningless number.

  68. Beachcomber

    This is my favourite from Joan Baez.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-VIygLO4Is&list=PLX-u2pmeFrokJ9nRJ1kBuwvNEgT1_3nJF&index=11&t=0s
    A posturing elitist leftist, but what a set of pipes!

  69. Steve trickler

    The tube algorithms are keeping this clip buried.

    The imagery is not acceptable. You’ll see why.



  70. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #2812967, posted on September 9, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Good poll numbers for Morrison.

    He is already more popular than that last guy what’s hisname and is smashing Tits.

    I don’t know if you’re joking but it’s okay. It shows that Tits is on the nose. Morrison has to do two things. Not fuck up policy like bubblehead always did and look PMish. He’s out there trying to make a go of it and is pretty visible. He’s also very articulate and quite prepared to fight back in a very dignified way. He’s also a commoner and won’t turn up his nose living in the Lodge or Kirribilli House. He may not have enough time to turn things around, but he could give it a bit of a go. The punters just don’t like Shorten, which is not altogether different than the view they had about Abbott. If they can be reminded that an unpopular leader is itself a cause of instability.

  71. H B Bear

    Most people regard Peanut Head with something between mild distaste and outright hostility and would not allow the offensive union stooge in their house.

    Barring a Tampa like miracle he is also going to be the next PM.

  72. JC

    H B Bear
    #2812979, posted on September 9, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Preferred PM is a meaningless number.

    It may be, but it’s the cause for Rudd then Abbott to lose their jobs. Sometimes it’s in play. Tit’s is not liked.

  73. JC

    Most people regard Peanut Head with something between mild distaste and outright hostility and would not allow the offensive union stooge in their house.

    Barring a Tampa like miracle he is also going to be the next PM.

    I don’t think people trust him, nor do they like him much.

    I saw him in action at Perth airport. He’s full of himself and if you exchange glances there’s nothing there. Most politicians are always playing retail and smile, but he’s too self absorbed.

  74. Oh come on

    Twostix is right. Whenever people think of the Germans going wrong, they immediately fixate on the Nazis – but that was just the most extreme outgrowth of general Germanic wrongness. The Germans (and any ancestors associated with German culture and values) however, have a long and sorry tradition of being wrong about everything of any significant importance. The one exception is of course music, but that is only true for the modern era.

  75. H B Bear

    Tits has been on the climb and the make for the past 30 years. He is everything that is wrong with modern politics. Despite this no-one is unelectable.

  76. .

    Historicism school of economics, rejection of the 1849 constitution, von Metternich, the welfare state, funding Lenin’s revolution, allying with Tsarist Russia, allying with the “sick man of Europe” (Turkey), allying with the Italians who changed sides (twice), getting onto colonialism rather late, building a military rivalry with Britain for a “place in the sun”, the very concept of geopolitics (“rimland” etc), centuries of antisemitism, bizarre occultism, Greenism as a religion, Marxism, …

    I think you’ve won me over on this one OCO. The Germans got physics and beer right…that’s about it.

  77. JC

    Morrison has the common touch that Australians really like. He’s like Hawke in that respect. I wouldn’t rule him out.

  78. Oh come on

    Here’s the thing with the Krauts. They make excellent employees – the best. Germany ought to be a very prosperous, advanced nation.

    But never give them any real power or influence outside of their technical abilities. They lose perspective on what their abilities are able to accomplish very easily.

  79. Anne

    Great song, Steve.

    I love those patriotic American songs.

    Here’s my current favourite.

    Battle Hymn for the Republic

    https://youtu.be/r5Q8Xa0bPy8

  80. mh

    Are the Sweden Democrats really a ‘former Neo-Nazi Party’ like the media portrays?

  81. Oh come on

    Haha dot. German beer ain’t a patch on Czech beer, and the Nazis rejected critical elements of physics as ‘J-oo science’ and thus disposed of their only genuine shot at a wunderwaffe.

    I’ll stick with music.

  82. JC

    I think you’ve won me over on this one OCO. The Germans got physics and beer right…that’s about it.

    I don’t like them much, but they’re decent at engineering and shit like that. They’re language is perfect for science because of the way you can slop words together to elongate meaning. This is great for science and engineering. The only reason the language is no longer used for science etc, is because the autist fucks start too many wars and are a pain in the neck. The American had enough after WW1.

    Russia was a pretty bad actor in the cold war, but the East Germans were just c..ts and I reckon they possibly egged the Russians on to be even more doctrinaire at times. It’s strange but the West was still at war with Germans for most of the 20th C. East Germany after WW2. The East German regime were complete c…ts.

  83. .

    German beer ain’t a patch on Czech beer

    True, Pilsner Urquell is pretty good but I am partial to Chimay (Belgium) as well.

  84. JC

    Are the Sweden Democrats really a ‘former Neo-Nazi Party’ like the media portrays?

    They say that, but it could also be fake news. We do know that the Swedish leftist party had it’s genesis as the first politcal party to be an adherent follower of Karl Marx. That’s a fact.

    They’re also c..nts. Sweden and the German left were the originators of gerbil warming after the acid rain crap couldn’t be peddled any longer.

  85. zyconoclast

    Sweden told ‘60% of [email protected] born abroad’ – will horror crime stat tip election?

    The Mission Investigation programme, broadcast by SVT, said the total number of men convicted of [email protected] or attempted [email protected] in the last five years was 843. Of those 58 percent were born abroad – 197 were from the Middle East and North Africa, with 45 coming from Afghanistan, and the rest from South Africa and other non-European countries.

  86. None

    It may be, but it’s the cause for Rudd then Abbott to lose their jobs. Sometimes it’s in play. Tit’s is not liked.

    No it’s a meaningless number because it does not signal voter intention. Howard was never much for being preferred p.m. but one for elections without it. And it was not rolled on preferred p.m.. The only numbers that count are the primary vote and maybe 2pp but that’s increasingly less useful with the plethora of minors and changing preference deals. Both the majors have a threshold primary vote above which they know they have a chance. Preferred p.m. is just for the media fuckwits.

  87. JC

    No it’s a meaningless number because it does not signal voter intention. Howard was never much for being preferred p.m. but one for elections without it.

    It partially influenced the dumping of two PMs in the past ten years. You may not think it’s important, but the people in parliament do.

  88. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This one’s for Anne…”Battle Hymn of the Republic” indeed..

  89. None

    JC I can guarantee you that preferred p.m. does not register with them apart from the fact that both the majors run their own internal polling which is far more sophisticated than the crude newspoll and their focus is on marginals sometimes right down to particular booths. The preferred p.m. figure is really quite meaningless. Tiger from gogglebox you might like the guy who would still never vote for him and in fact you don’t vote for him in your local electorate anyway ( once again we blame idiot child John Howard for trying to force presidential politics on to Australia. The hubris of that man still astonishes me. It’s up there with Rudd and Turnbull).

  90. Oh come on

    Wtf Zulu?

    ”Battle Hymn of the Republic” indeed..

    Not sure what you’re trying to say. It’s either really bad or really dumb.

  91. mh

    Tennis authorities need to review Serena William’s behaviour and take action against her for bringing the sport into disrepute. ASAP

  92. None

    Women’s tennis brings all sport into disrepute.

  93. Anne

    Thanks, Zulu but…

    That’s probably not the best version of that song is it?

    There’s another beautiful song about the South during the war. I wish I could remember the name of it.

    It’s starts off, Virgil Kane was my name…

    I’ll go look.

  94. Anne

    I’ve never heard of those girls, Steve. Very sweet.

    One hit wonder?

  95. Memory Vault

    It’s starts off, Virgil Kane was my name…

    “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”.
    Many versions on You Tube.

  96. Oh come on

    Preferred PM is a meaningless metric. If there is a genuinely massive gulf in the preferred PM numbers, that will probably bleed over to the 2PP because the PM is either incredibly shit hot or even more incredibly shit relative to the opposition leader. But 2PP is where it’s at.

    The incumbent PM has a natural advantage in the preferred PM stakes. They’re actually doing stuff, shaking hands with world leaders, signing papers that actually mean something, pulling strings that actually do stuff, looking Prime Ministerial etc etc, while the opposition leader is consigned to ripping shreds off of the PM and/or ineffectually posing as PM whilst having zero PM power.

    But the government the ‘Preferred PM’ leads can still be popularly despised much more than the opposition is feared. That’s how governments in parliamentary democracies have lost elections since forever.

  97. Oh come on

    “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”.

    Yes let’s mourn the slaveholding xunts. Old Dixie was a tyrant of the worst kind. This song should be a celebration rather than a dirge.

  98. Steve trickler

    Anne
    #2813021, posted on September 9, 2018 at 11:30 pm
    I’ve never heard of those girls, Steve. Very sweet.

    One hit wonder?

    Maybe not.



  99. Anne

    That’s it! Thanks, Vault.

    It must be this one, the Joan Baez version, I have on the iPod. Sounds like this:

    https://youtu.be/fW1Cv42xzYk

  100. Memory Vault

    Now you’ve done it, Zulu.
    Upset one of the Fatuous Four.
    Go stand in the naughty corner.

  101. Anne

    Yes let’s mourn the slaveholding xunts. Old Dixie was a tyrant of the worst kind.

    You let too many things upset you, OCO.

    Relax, enjoy the song.

    Get that foot tapping.

  102. Oh come on

    Go and be wrong about everything somewhere else, MV.

  103. Memory Vault

    It seems I’ve also upset one of the Fatuous Four as well, Zulu.
    Gee, and I thought we were just posting music.
    I guess I’ll have to come join you in the naughty corner.

  104. None

    #Newspoll

    Federal 2 Party Preferred: L/NP 44 (0) ALP 56 (0)

    Federal Primary Votes: L/NP 34 (+1) ALP 42 (+1) GRN 10 (0) ON 6 (-1)

    Preferred PM: Morrison 42 (+9) Shorten 36 (-3)

    The Libs are toast.

  105. Oh come on

    You let too many things upset you, OCO.

    Relax, enjoy the song.

    Nonsense. It’s an inextricably political song. Why would I relax and enjoy it when there exists a countless number of apolitical songs and pieces of music that are at least as relaxing and enjoyable?

  106. Oh come on

    Don’t forget to wear your dunce’s cap in the corner, Memory Fault. You’ve spent a lifetime earning it. Never take it off.

  107. mh

    Morrison up 9 points.

    That means Australians are listening to him. Australians had stopped listening to Turnbull.

  108. Oh come on

    This dude is probably angling for a job in the Trump WH. But what he writes rings true, too.

    (Via Drudge)

  109. Oh come on

    More breaking news via Drudge:

    German pop singer missing after going overboard from cruise ship

    Holy shit! David Hasselhoff missing? Call the World Police! He must be found!

  110. zyconoclast

    Number of married people in Italy plunges – ISTAT

    Statistics agency reports big rise in divorced, unmarried

    (ANSA) – Rome, September 6 – ISTAT said Thursday that the number of people in wedlock in Italy has plunged over the last three decades. The statistics agency said that the percentage of men who are married in the 25-34 age group dropped from 51.5% in 1991 to 19.1% this year and the rate declined from 69.5% to 34.3% for women. In the 45-54 age bracket almost a quarter of men have never married, while almost 18% of women are unmarried.
    It said the number of divorced people increased fourfold in all age groups, going from around 376,000 in 1991 to over 1.671 million.
    The agency say same-sex civil unions constituted in Italy and those registered here after being celebrated abroad amounted to 13,300, 0.02% of the resident population.
    It said 68.3% of these couples were male.

  111. Rae

    Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has offered to settle her defamation case against senator David Leyonhjelm for a payment of $75,000, as well as a verdict in her favor and costs.

    Remember when Googleray reckoned that Lanehome would keel over and offer a generous settlement, whilst sobbing in the fetal position?

    Nothing to remember. “Googleray” didn’t reckon any such thing. But, here is what I said (my bolding):

    Also seems SHY has given up on her claims against Ljeyonhelm:
    https://www.spectator.com.au/2018/08/shys-victimhood-card-is-declined/

    Yeah? No. Sarah Hyphens action against Lyinhelm is for defamation, because of what he said about her on TV, among other places. You think the blog owner here was deleting many of the comments about it on the Open Forum for some other reason? Seriously?

    Stay tuned for a likely settlement to be paid to Hyphen by Lyin, and a public retraction of what he said.

    And nothing but your imagination here too:

    cohenite, Pickles

    At least one of you understands defamation law, at least one of you is a barrister.

    What about the SHY offer to Lanehome?

    There ain’t no offer by Hanson-Young. Just a few unsourced and unsubstantiated words from Nick O’Malley at the SMH.

    Has the Labrador recovered yet? Did you pay the Vet bill. Much damage to the scooter?

  112. zyconoclast

    Sweden: Forced and Child Marriage reports increasing

    The National Suppression of Honour Prevention of Childhood and Forced Marriage, a hotline set up for victims, reported that the number of calls from victims wanting out of forced or child marriages has steadily increased in Sweden.

    The organisation’s hotline has seen 101 children and young people wanting out of forced marriages from 2014, when the organisation was established, to 2018, SVT reports.

    In 2018, the number of calls has drastically risen, as hotline operators have received 132 calls relating to child and forced marriages. At this rate, the number will pass last year’s total of 139.

    With 101 potential victims of forced or child marriage, both of which are illegal in Sweden, successfully identified, only six cases have resulted in court convictions.

    The issue of child marriage in Sweden has developed into a significant problem following the 2015 migrant crisis as most child marriages occur in families with migrant backgrounds or with newly arrived asylum seekers.

    Despite objections from parties within the Swedish governing coalition, Swedish Parliament voted in March to totally ban the recognition of any child marriages from overseas. They had previously released a pamphlet for new migrants on the topic of child marriage, however it was quickly withdrawn due to public backlash.

  113. Makka

    It’s starts off, Virgil Kane was my name…

    The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down…

    best version by The Band…. freaking awesome. A real tear jerker.

  114. C.L.

    Let’s examine the words, phrases and tricks in this AAP copy, appearing in left-wing trash newspaper, The Australian:

    Angry protest at Nigel Farage event.

    About 200 demonstrators have gathered outside a Melbourne hotel to protest the presence of conservative UK politician Nigel Farage.

    The right-wing figurehead is at the Sofitel Hotel in the CBD giving his last speech in an Australian tour which opened on September 2.

    Confrontations with people trying to attend the event have been aggressive and police intervened several times.

    The crowd have (sic) been organised by the Coalition Against Racism and Fascism (CARF).

    Andrew Nolch, the man charged with defacing the Eurydice Dixon memorial after the young woman’s recent rape and murder, was one of those entering the event.

    Right-wing activist Neil Erikson was also seen entering.

    “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.

    At least a hundred police officers are at the event, forming a four-officer deep barricade at the Sofitel entrance.

    A protest organiser has just told the crowd the event has succeeded in reducing the attendance at the event.

    demonstrators = left-wing extremists
    gathered = stormed
    to protest = to threaten
    right-wing – believes in freedom of speech
    Confrontations with people = assaults on people
    one of those/was also seen —->>> attendees named as though committing an offence
    A protest organiser —->>> leader of the violent mob has his identity protected by reporter Andi Yu

  115. zyconoclast

    Afghan Prez Tells Germany Not to Become a ‘Fortress’, Low Birth-Rate Europe Needs Migrants

    The president of formerly war-torn Afghanistan told Bild that he is “delighted” that so many Afghans had fled his country “straight from camps” to Germany to become “leading doctors, engineers, computer experts, and others”.

    Dodging the question from the German tabloid’s reporter whether it was safe for his citizens to return home, President Ghani said that “Safety in Afghanistan is a very difficult notion to define,” and implied that each migrant decides “psychologically, morally” if it is safe for them to return.

    In 2017, Germany logged 16,423 asylum applications from Afghan nationals — the third highest after Syria and Iraq — while granting refugee status, subsidiary protection, and humanitarian protection to a total of 51,169 who can stay in the country. Some 56,722 applications were rejected.

    However, Germany does not have a strong record for successful deportations of failed asylum seekers after it was revealed that the country had failed to deport some 21,000 migrants last year.

    The Bild reporter raised the issue of Germans’ increasing scepticism about the ability of third world migrants to integrate, with President Ghani asserting in response: “Germany cannot become a fortress.”

    Evoking a post-Nazi Germany, the Afghan said that the country had “fundamentally transformed itself” and told Germans to judge Afghan migrants by their “successes” — not the standard set by the many who have been convicted of acts of murder, rape, or terrorism.

    “Germany stands for me as a beacon of hope, and as a beacon of social integration and economic growth, and also compassion – human compassion,” Ghani told the tabloid, adding that he thinks “the third generation of Afghans is really likely to come back and transform this country”.

    Asked whether he thought German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to unilaterally open the continent’s floodgates to a pledged unlimited number of migrants in 2015 had spurred on the migrant crisis, the Afghan leader said that he believed Merkel was taking her “classic approach” and made a “rational decision” given Europe’s declining population and declared that “Society’s capacity for absorption is much greater than fear-mongers believe.“

    “You see, the issue that Europe does not confront is the system of demography. You don’t have the birth-rate to underwrite your social policies. You need labour. You need the injection of a younger generation,” he said.

    The Afghan leader’s optimism over the contributions his people can make in Europe comes against a backdrop of protest in the German city of Chemnitz where locals have been protesting the murder of Germans by illegals, migrants, and asylum seekers. They took place in the same week that a migrant, reportedly an Afghan, was convicted of murdering his German 15-year-old ex-girlfriend out of jealously and revenge because she had broken up with him.

  116. Makka

    Nonsense. It’s an inextricably political song.

    No doubt the politics of the Civil War were despicable, that’s true. What shouldn’t be lost also is the sheer scope of the slaughter , among families , between families. There was plenty of tragedy and the North were far from saints in the the whole bloody mess. They had their share of murderers and murdering. Over 600,000 dead by the end. Unbelievable.

    The song is more about family tragedy than politics. It’s a great song, for a brutal time.

  117. Mark A

    zyconoclast
    #2813046, posted on September 10, 2018 at 12:20 am

    “the Afghan leader said that he believed Merkel was taking her “classic approach” and made a “rational decision” given Europe’s declining population”

    It all depends, would it still be a Germany or a Sweden or a Poland… in culture and spirit with mass non integrating immigration?

    For a population to decline to a critical level takes time for one thing, for an other, we don’t know that, in five, ten years down the rack, for whatever reason, the birthrate would pick up?

    Is it worth damaging a nation for a misguided ideology, political expediency, and for false GDP numbers in the short term, and bugger it up long term?
    Not in my book.

  118. Mark A

    <spacechooking

    Friend sent me an ebook, Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson.
    I love good scifi and have many books on the subject, but I draw the line on some themes, namely colonising lifeless planets, specially airless-lifeless planets.

    I mean, how bad can the Earth become, not to try making our inhospitable areas habitable in preference for a distant planet that is a magnitude worse?

    I know, I know but some credibility please.

    </spacechooking

  119. None

    Like a Germany has known for decades that the shit is about to hit the fan in the next few years with mass retirements but instead of doing the hard yards like reforming industrial relations, raising the pension age –
    we are living longer after all- and so on and so on Merkel has done sweet FA in fact she’s the first German Chancellor who has not implemented any reforms whatsoever. She thinks that a million male Muslim refugees are going to wipe aging German arse. She is possibly the most destructive world leader alive today.

  120. Nick

    fled his country “straight from camps” to Germany to become “leading doctors, engineers, computer experts, and others”.

    Let me guess, their names are ‘asif’?

  121. Tom

    Johannes Leak (with the Paywallian’s Media Diary column).

  122. Mark A

    None
    #2813052, posted on September 10, 2018 at 1:52 am

    Demography is destiny

    If the reduction of the native population goes unchecked to the inevitable extinction then yes.
    I don’t believe it would happen in a nation of many millions eventually an equilibrium would be achieved.

    I also believe that the fear of running out of productive workers to pay the pensions and healthcare for the old is a furphy.

    With technology both in industry and agriculture we can/could provide for an enormous number of people with very few actual workers in this field.

    The biggest fear I see is, what to do with all the idle people?

  123. Tintarella di Luna

    Morrison up 9 points.

    That means Australians are listening to him. Australians had stopped listening to Turnbull.

    Since 2015 Every time one of the treacherous Black-Handed Political Assassins would utter a syllable I would turn off the radio or walk out of the lounge-room. I haven’t listened to the leader of the Turnbull Treason Team since 2008

  124. struth

    The lack of reproduction has been caused by government policies in the first place.
    The young paying for older retirees means the taxes those elderly paid all their lives was wasted elsewhere by government.

    You do not require an ever increasing population to maintain the wealth of a nation.
    Freedom creates wealth.
    The only reason governments play this population ponzi is because of their incompetence and over taxing.

  125. rickw

    The biggest fear I see is, what to do with all the idle people?

    What I currently see is a diminishing pool of people who actually work, increasingly preyed upon by all manner of parasites. What will all the idle people do? Sponge off those that work.

  126. rickw

    The lack of reproduction has been caused by government policies in the first place.

    Immigration to fix a problem that government policy created, thus creating a new raft of problems requiring more policies, etc. etc.

    The best example of their phenomenal incompetence is the energy sector, as soon as the clowns in government got interested in energy, the whole activity started spiraling towards disaster.

  127. Nick

    The BBC, the existing far right Government in Sweden is good the new, far right party that has taken 25% of the vote, is bad.

  128. Nick

    The BBC, the existing far Left Government in Sweden is good the new, far right party that has taken 25% of the vote, is bad.

  129. Rafe Champion

    Liberty Quote

    Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.

    — Adam Smith

    Wind and Other delivering 3% of demand before the breakfast peak.

  130. stackja

    Chaos at Airbnb party in Spencer St building
    Mark Buttler and Tamsin Rose, Herald Sun
    September 9, 2018 8:53pm
    Subscriber only

    AN Airbnb apartment in the city has been trashed and neighbouring units plundered as rioting youths once more caused mayhem in short-stay accommodation.

    Dozens of young party-goers, described as being of African appearance, fought in corridors and in the foyer of the Neo 200 complex in Spencer St on Sunday morning.

    The Herald Sun understands the youths are also connected to ­aggravated burglaries of two other apartments in the 37-level building.

    Horrified residents were helpless to intervene as the marauding louts wreaked havoc, in the latest of a spate of such incidents in Airbnb houses and flats across the city.

  131. stackja

    Collingwood brawl: Gang investigators raised warning
    David Hurley, Herald Sun
    September 9, 2018 10:32pm
    Subscriber only

    SPECIALIST gang investigators warned local police command of the potential for trouble in the lead-up to a chaotic night of violence in Collingwood.

    A rap music event at The Gasometer Hotel descended into anarchy after a fight broke out about 2.45am on September 2. About 200 people spilt onto the streets as a riot erupted.

    An 18-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a car rammed into him, while six other men aged between 18 and 21 were also hospitalised following the night of violence.

  132. stackja

    Rita Panahi: Nike’s Colin Kaepernick advertisement a cynical exercise
    Rita Panahi, Herald Sun
    September 9, 2018 11:00pm
    Subscriber only

    NIKE’S new marketing campaign featuring former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a cynical exercise in corporate virtue-signalling.

    By aligning their brand to a mediocre former player better known for his cop-hating, Castro-loving politics than for his on-field prowess, Nike has taken a significant but calculated risk.

    The face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do it” advertising campaign was a bench-dweller for the San Francisco 49ers when, in 2016, he began kneeling during the national anthem before games, to protest against what he called the oppression of black people and people of colour in America — at a time when America had a black president.

  133. Herodotus

    “Dark days” report the MSM when the Egyptian regime imprisons (and even imposes death penalties on some) Muslim Brotherhood supporters including (shock, horror) journalists. There are parallels to what happened all those years ago in Chile.
    No such dark days colouration when the Erdogang imprisoned a wide swatheof people after the fake coup, essentially a piece of street theatre to use as a pretext for assumption of more power.
    That group included not just journalists but members of the judiciary and military.

  134. marauding louts wreaked havoc, in the latest of a spate of such incidents in Airbnb houses and flats across the city

    The reason for the lack of arrests?
    The marauders of no particular ethnicity and no distinguishing features are either just youfs having a bit of fun OR are not identifiable by police.

    gimme a break

  135. Herodotus

    Hey, UK. How do you like your Diversity?
    “kill-kill-kill-woman-in-headscarf-chases-pedestrians-with-foot-long-knife-in-english-town-one-wounded”
    Breitbart

  136. Wind and Other delivering 3% of demand before the breakfast peak.

    Coal is king.

    Many cats have proposed nukes as the way out of the mess.
    The problem with nukes is that government will build and/or oversee/administer.

    Can you imagine a RGRT* government managing a nuke installation?

    * adding a T to the familiar RGR

  137. Bruce of Newcastle

    The BBC, the existing far Left Government in Sweden is good the new, far right party that has taken 25% of the vote, is bad.

    I wonder why the left likes muslim immigration so much?

    How Is The Swedish Election Coming Along?

    Results from no-go zone Rinkeby with over 90% migrant population.

    Socialists: 77%
    Left / Communists: 12%
    Greens: 3%
    Swedish Democrats: 3%

    Looks like the left’s mass migration policies are paying off.

  138. stackja

    Parents anger as school charges for early drop-off
    Judith Kerr, Quest Newspapers
    September 10, 2018 5:00am
    Subscriber only

    A LOGAN state primary school has told parents they will have to pay to drop children off before 8.30am.

    The move sparked concerns from working parents with children at Burrowes State School in Third Ave, Marsden.

    In an email to parents last week, new school principal Kristine Sleeth Lemon said on-site before school care would cost upwards of $2.60 per child.

    The email said it would “be offered by KDK at a very small price for parents who work or have appointments and need to have their children cared for — they also feed your child/children breakfast within the cost. Prices starting from $2.60 per child.”

    The school told parents the new opening time of 8.30am would be patrolled from Term 4, which starts on Monday, October 8.

    The email, sent to parents on September 3, said the change was for the safety of students on school grounds and followed similar rules in nearby schools which had “recorded reduced incidents of behaviour” before school as a result.

    Parent Cherie Thompson said the new rule was “extremely unfair” to working parents.

    “As a working parent, I find it extremely unfair that the school is suggesting I find an additional $100 a month so I can pay for before school care for my child especially considering that there has always been supervision from 8am at the playground courts,” Ms Thompson said.

    “I will continue to drop my daughter off to school each day by 8am and understand that she may be unsupervised prior to 8.30am. However, I would hope that due to my work and the fact that I can’t afford additional care for her that there will be no consequences for her.”

    Education Queensland said principals, in consultation with the school community, made the decision.

    “If parents have concerns about issues at their children’s school, they are encouraged to speak directly to the principal,” the department said.

  139. Snoopy

    Obese lesbian Wozza Stench has entered the Libs bullying ‘ conversation.

  140. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    This forum will tick over soon, I’ll grab a few spare minutes when few are around.

    Getting to Bordeaux airport turned into a nightmare after the pleasant hour long stop at the Services, because we had so much time before an a mid-evening flight to Rome. So we’re bowling along the freeway around 6.30 pm with heaps of what I all ‘contingency’ time and what Hairy calls my ‘panic’ time, when there’s a major traffic jam about 6km short of the airport. There are roadworks ahead and we are on the equivalent of the M4 just short of Heathrow, or Southern Cross Drive in Sydney, and suddenly we are being redirected, which takes an age to reach the point of merge and move, and which then takes us back in the other direction along the freeway, Hairy, fuming at closing such a major road for what seems like non-active roadworks (dey’ve all gone home), sees a major stuff-up ahead, as they are directing us off-ramp and to a t-turn. This is all the traffic on to Toulouse, and all traffic going anywhere past the block, and there is NO direction to it at all. All signs stop. Turn on ya phone and hotspot it, he snaps at me, saying time to take charge. He’s sniffed a missed plane in this. So we get Mr. Google Blue Dot to work on his ipad hotspotted to my phone and in spite of my left-right probem – oh no, not your fucking left-right problem – I manage to direct us successfuly on a convoluted route to the airport through a multitude of small and unsigned suburban streets. I have a small and secret satisfaction that I am right about contingency time, but for the sake of marital harmony did not say so too much. Our complaints at the car rental drop off and check-in counters were met with Gallic shrugs.

    Naturally we are glad to get to Rome, especially after the plane was delayed for more than an hour and we were concerned our driver would have given up on us, leaving us stranded close to midnight in the lesser airport in a noted ‘bad’ area, as this was one of the few direct Bordeaux-Rome flights. Luckily he was there with his nice BMW arranged by the hotel, and we thankfully piled in for the ride to the hotel, which is in the centre of the old city, very near the Pantheon. At first all was good, reception was expecting us, with its velvet furnishings and marble busts of Roman emperors, and we were taken to our suite upstairs. Hairy, why did you do this? I ask as we enter and turn on the lights. It is true we have an excellent view of some old Roman ruins, it is true that it is very spacious, an old palazzo with 12 ft ceilings and dark oak flooring, it is true that I asked for these things: but I didn’t ask for an enormous circular bed (which side is mine?) with the ‘head’ end encircled by a shining gold embrasure up to the ceiling, nordid I suggest a massive oval spa bath in the room to accompany it. Nor did I, or he apparently, expect that the chi chi modern electronic lighting switches would be impossible to manoeuvre at 1am when we wanted to turn them out: they require a Certificate 2 at least. I put an airline mask on and crawled into the circle to sleep as the mood tones in the bath (inside the damn thing as well as on top of it) kept turning from blue to pink to green and then orange with no let up. I don’t know when Hairy retired; he was busy with the mini bar, muttering all style but no functionality as a sort of mantra.

    We had a good day today walking around looking at things we’ve seen before: Colisseum, Pantheon, Forum, Marcus Aurelius astride his horse on Capitoline Hill (got a shot there for you, Ross baby, when I next see you), and eating things non-French. We returned back to the hotel to test my claustrophobia by getting stuck in their small lift for half and hour, slowly suffocating in the heat while endlessly ringing the alarm bell without anyone noticing. Luckily an Italian woman was there too, taking up precious room but able to call someone on her phone to advise them in Italian that the Anglese was getting agitated and they’d better hurry up.

    All worth it though. Today I found out that the temple Augustus commissioned to honour Julius Caesar was dedicated to Mars Ultor. That name again, known in Medieval France as Mars Alator. In modern Italian it is Marte Ultore (Mars, the bull), which fits in rather nicely with my secondary theory about the name of Arthur; that its earliest derivation is from the Basque word for father, which is Ator, and that Ator itself is derived from that very ancient term for a high place, which is Tor. Bulls anciently derived their names from Tor (as in the Taures or Torres Mountains in what is now Turkey). Bull cults can be clearly seen in the Lasceaux cave art and other art of early homo sapiens in the Dordogne and Lot valleys, which we have just left, and also in Crete, which we go to soon. So interesting. Only travel really makes it live.

  141. Socialists: 77%
    Left / Communists: 12%
    Greens: 3%
    Swedish Democrats: 3%

    Coming soon to an election near you.

  142. Snoopy

    Check out the photo from AFP illustrating this BBC report on the Swedish election. Unbelievable.

  143. Rafe Champion

    Paris climate accord on the brink of collapse, how surprising!

  144. Top Ender

    Added for the Joan Baez song arguers. The notes this uploader has put in are instructive:

  145. Eyrie

    While we’re talking American Civil War 1.0 (seems 2.0 might along soon) songs:

  146. Snoopy

    From Rafe’s ‘Paris’ link.

    The US under President Donald Trump will leave the Paris process in 2020, but multiple delegates in Bangkok told AFP it was still actively hindering progress in talks.

    One senior negotiator said the US was “poisoning” the atmosphere of trust that led to the Paris accord.

    Poisoning = truth telling?

  147. seems 2.0 might along soon – a scifi writer from a long time ago (can’t remember who) wrote a great story of how across the world civil wars erupt between city states and the others.
    It now seems almost realistic.
    NY, Chicago, LA versus the rest.
    Syd/Mel versus the rest (CBR would be early collateral damage).

  148. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    . I read Lizzie’s article in Quadrant this afternoon too, and didn’t like that either.. I had some thoughts about being tactful in Lizzie’s case, but not in yours.

    I can handle any substantive criticism Dr. BG, indeed, I welcome it. Either here or you can email me. If you don’t want to bother Sinc for my email, then Tinta has it and you probably have hers from some drinks meet up.

  149. Snoopy

    More bad news.

    This week, however, Nature magazine published a major new study with much more precise measurements and analysis than the UNGFRA based on 35 years’ worth of satellite imagery, and it finds that since 1982 (world) global forest cover has increased by 7.2 percent, or 2.24 million kilometers.

  150. Eyrie

    incoherent rambler – I read Kurt Schlichter’s “Indian Country” recently about a split USA. It was also pretty much a “how to” manual for running an insurgency.

  151. Eyrie, what I find interesting is the “values” differential between city states and smaller cities and rural areas.
    For example, the gap between Sydney and rural QLD is a bigger difference than the difference with some other countries.

  152. Ubique

    Merkel’s solution to Germany’s problem of a shortage of young people caused by low fertility rates and over a million aborted babies was to replace them with Middle Eastern economic refugees. Socialism is a form of insanity.

  153. Farmer Gez

    Billie Jean King
    Twitter › BillieJeanKing
    (2/2) When a woman is emotional, she’s “hysterical” and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” & and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.

    Just in case you thought King had a shred of decency left.

  154. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Chaos at Airbnb party in Spencer St building

    Nothing to be worried about here, it’s just a normal cultural chimpout.

  155. Geriatric Mayfly

    It’s the turn of the Insurance Industry at the Banking RC today. No shonkiness there, so it should be over fairly quickly.

  156. Snoopy

    S.44 is back getting attention at TheirABC.

    Section 44 is not fit for purpose and is now a political weapon, so why not reform it?

    What could it possibly mean, Jason?

    #Failinski

  157. Tis S.44, tis good.

    Why?

    LNP, ALP and ABC don’t like it.

  158. Snoopy

    Don’t dare take umbrage over Obama’s claim that Benghazi was a mere conspiracy theory.

    John Cardillo

    @johncardillo
    Active Twitter accounts:

    – Farrakhan
    – Hamas
    – Ahmadinejad

    Suspended Twitter account:

    – Benghazi hero Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto

    1:23 AM – Sep 10, 2018
    4,814
    4,286 people are talking about this

  159. Entropy

    I will continue to drop my daughter off to school each day by 8am and understand that she may be unsupervised prior to 8.30am. However, I would hope that due to my work and the fact that I can’t afford additional care for her that there will be no consequences for her.”

    Of course, if their precious petal kid came to harm they would sue the school and the department of education.
    At private schools they have always had to go into before school care if they turn up to early.

  160. Tel

    Anti-Coal activists set for a big week stopping the boats in Newcastle:

    Calculate the losses caused by this, and cut off Centerlink and Medicare for the people concerned on a cost recovery basis.

  161. mh

    #2813094, posted on September 10, 2018 at 7:52 am
    Billie Jean King
    Twitter › BillieJeanKing

    Serena called the umpire a thief and a liar. Serena’s coach also openly admitted to coaching her.
    Serena got beaten by a better player on the day, just like Serena got beaten by the same player earlier in the year. She was not good enough. Childish Nike brat.

  162. calli

    “I will continue to drop my daughter off to school each day by 8am and understand that she may be unsupervised prior to 8.30am.

    Breathtaking. A child alone in a now-advertised playground.

    What could possibly go wrong?

  163. Tel

    When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” & and there are no repercussions.

    Load of bullshit. MackenRude copped so many fines for misbehaviour, he would probably be the nominal owner of every major tennis club in the Western world.

  164. Entropy

    I could observe that back in the day kids would walk long distances unsupervised to and from school. And arrive at all times. In fact they wasn’t any state accrdited child care. However, modern society would not tolerate this risk, including once they arrive at school

  165. stackja

    Entropy
    #2813107, posted on September 10, 2018 at 8:25 am

    My 1950s local police sergeant kept everyone safe.

  166. Snoopy

    This tweet beautifully reveals the state of European politics.

    Centre Left – Centre Right – Far Right.

    Nevermind that the “Centre” Left is comprised of Socialists and Greens.

    Richard Milne
    (@rmilneNordic)
    Sweden’s ruling centre-left leading centre-right by 144 seats to 143 with 99% of districts counted – unbelievably close. Sweden Democrats with 62 seats in 3rd.

  167. calli

    True, Entropy. Teachers only did “playground duty” at lunchtime. And that was usually to supervise the emu bob of shame.

  168. calli

    Oh, lovely. Greenpeace erect a yellow, obviously biodegradable plastic banner at Parliament House criticising Morrison on his coal policy.

  169. It’s quite unbelievable that Boris Johnson is being criticized for suggesting that May has fitted a ‘suicide vest’ on the British Constitution re her Brexit proposal. Apparently, metaphor is now dead. We had a conga line of so-called Tory MPs condemning his choice of words. There are few things more odious then CINOs.

  170. Tel

    My 1950s local police sergeant kept everyone safe.

    That was the days. Tom and Bob got some interesting pushback on the topic of how much better off people are today as opposed to the 1970’s. I dislike the “disqus” comments format they use but I’ll paste it here because it brings up some interesting issues:

    We didn’t lock our doors at night.

    Sitcoms didn’t portray men as stupid, women as nasty and children as percocious in every way, especially sexually.

    The abortion disaster was not yet the roaring freight train it is now.

    Little to no sex ed in schools. Obvious correlation to the two above points.

    No swat teams.

    No SJWs. Colleges concentrated on teaching academics, and college tuition didn’t bankrupt a whole generation.

    Academic science wasn’t corrputed by patents, although the fed govt had already taken over basic research.

    People had the patience/ability to read real, adult books. You probably didn’t know this but adults now read children’s books. And, frighteningly, the best selling book of all time is 50 Shades of Gray, essentially written in baby talk.

    You could walk into a bank, say your name is Jane Doe and open an account. Yes, there was bank privacy in the US.

    You could go to a doctor OF YOUR CHOICE, have a conversation with him and pay in cash on the way out. Most could afford the prices without insurance, and those who couldn’t would be given a break by the md becasue that was his code of ethics.

    The news media wasn’t dominated by six multi-nationals, and one or two conduits on line. There were thousands of small local newpapers, and most large cities had at least two dailys.

    Appliances didn’t have short-lived, buggy computer chips in them and they lasted 30-40 years.

    Clothing was higher quality, no doubt about it. People had fewer clothes of higher quality.

    Cars have improved in many ways, but also are much more expensive due to govt regulation. The back up cameras are only needed because the feds mandated safety nonsense forcing the manufacturers to make the windows too small. Most of the pollution controls are not necessary, either and just add cost while sacrificing safety. See Eric Peters on this.

    Illegal immigration was modest. For example, CA was 90% caucasion.

    No 24/7/365 data collection and surveillance.

    Mortgage applications didn’t weigh three pounds.

    Incadescence light bulbs weren’t demonized in favor of unhealthful LEDs.

    We weren’t irradiated with wifi 24/7.

    Cops didn’t arrest you for drunk driving. They would take your keys from you and drive you home. I went to the local county court house for the afternoon a few years ago and the vast majority–like 90%–were there for drunk driving. This is mostly tax collection by another name.

    In fact, in the towns I’ve lived in when younger, the cops were actually “peace officers,” no chips on their shoulders, and not petrified for their personal safety. Wasn’t until the 1990s when the state I lived in started using the cops for tax collection.

    I could go on and on, but this is the low hanging fruit. Yes, there are tech advances, mostly evolutionary, not revolutionary but I’m willing to say that most over the past 15ish years are not for the betterment of mankind but for the aggrandizement of the state. Once you take the very negative social changes into account, I’d gladly give up the intrusive spy phone to have a healthier society.

    https://contrakrugman.com/ep-154-the-economic-freedom-of-the-states-proves-our-point-not-krugmans/

  171. Dr Faustus

    “I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff.”

    Serena Williams: standing up for tennis laydeez’ right to cheat, smash rackets and abuse umpires and all kinds of stuff.

    Falling on the way down the mountain.
    (Pro tip: Aussie Sam Stosur will knock her out in the 2nd round in the 2019 Australian Open.)

  172. H B Bear

    The Green-Left Weekly Radio (now) Half Hour formerly known as AM are more excited than mUnty with a box of donuts watching All the President’s Men over the NYT op-ed. Their sources? John Kerry and Bob Woodward (hint WATERGATE!!!! WATERGATE!!!!!) The Donald to be removed for insanity any day now.

    The only way this story could have any less credibility is if it was filed by Zoe Daniel’s kids or even Zoe Daniel herself. And we are forces to pay for this.

  173. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    For a population to decline to a critical level takes time for one thing, for an other, we don’t know that, in five, ten years down the rack, for whatever reason, the birthrate would pick up?

    The birth rates in all modern industrialised countries generally fell below replacement during the 70s when gender equality began being pushed by government in ernest.

  174. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    8h
    Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison. Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!

    Nike advertising campaigns won’t be helping.

  175. Delta A

    The birth rates in all modern industrialised countries generally fell below replacement during the 70s when gender equality began being pushed by government in ernest.

    …and with the ready availability of the contraceptive pill.

  176. Snoopy

    Shock! Swedish Socialist PM seeks coalition with his “Centre Right” opponents.

  177. H B Bear

    The Prof turns the wrongology up to 11 today. “Moderates are Fleeing the Lieborals.” No wonder van Wrongselen is an academic.

    Behind Teh Australian paywall. Pretty optimistic asking people to pay for this.

  178. thefrolickingmole

    Who could possibly have imagined this outcome??

    S^xual assaults in women’s prison reignite debate over transgender inmates
    Prison reformer criticises ‘decisions that have harmed women’ in Karen White case

    Karen White was on remand for multiple r^pes and other se^ual offences against women when she transferred to New Hall prison, near Wakefield.

    Last week it emerged that after transferring to the female prison, she was accused of four se^ual assaults against other inmates between September and November last year, before being moved to a men’s prison.

    White admitted to the se^ual assault of two inmates when she appeared at Leeds crown court on Thursday to admit to a r^pe she had committed before she was sent to prison.

    Note, being the gruinaid they still persist in calling him a her even though it seems fairly obvious the bloke is using “but Im a lady” to get access to the womens prison.

  179. teddy bear

    PVO’s latest effort is stunning in its delusions, this is the short para from his latest article
    “In Turnbull the Libs enjoyed a PM who helped drag the party vote north. Instead of nurturing that advantage, they got rid of it.”

  180. P

    Melania and I wish all Jewish people Shana Tova and send our warmest greetings to those celebrating Rosh Hashanah and the start of the High Holy Days…

  181. Death Giraffe

    In Turnbull the Libs enjoyed a PM who helped drag the party vote north.

    ..
    North up the Khyber pass.

  182. None

    When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” & and there are no repercussions.

    Tell that to Nick Kyrgios.

  183. Given PVO’s drivel, I think it is now safe to assume that Trumble ensured the destruction of the Libs.

    P.S.
    rejoice

  184. mh

    With the NFL ratings haemorrhaging, Nike’s Colin Kaepernick helps drive ratings down further:

    Colin Kaepernick Tweets Thanks to Dolphins Players Who Took a Knee During Anthem

    https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2018/09/09/colin-kaepernick-tweets-thanks-to-dolphins-players-who-took-a-knee-during-anthem/

  185. That’s one mainstream party down, one to go.

    Do you reckon we can talk Mal into helping out the ALP?

  186. Boambee John

    Ubique
    #2813093, posted on September 10, 2018 at 7:49 am
    Merkel’s solution to Germany’s problem of a shortage of young people caused by low fertility rates and over a million aborted babies was to replace them with Middle Eastern economic refugees. Socialism is a form of insanity.

    The birth rate problem (which is not a fertility problem) is the result of mass abortions in western societies.

    A few years ago there were between 80,000 and 100,000 abortions annually in Australia.

  187. C.L.

    It’s quite unbelievable that Boris Johnson is being criticized for suggesting that May has fitted a ‘suicide vest’ on the British Constitution re her Brexit proposal. Apparently, metaphor is now dead. We had a conga line of so-called Tory MPs condemning his choice of words. There are few things more odious then CINOs.

    Who can forget that vomitous fraud George Brandis condemning Pauline Hanson for wearing the burka in the Senate? He was close to theatrical “tears” we were told by his new-found leftist admirers.

    He was rewarded handsomely for his bugman piety.

  188. C.L.

    Isn’t it a bit late in the day for Serena Williams to identify as a woman?

  189. C.L.

    Today in Muslims:

    ‘Two British tourists’ are among seven people injured as knifeman goes on rampage through central Paris before locals armed with BOULES try to disarm him.

    Two British tourists are said to have been injured by a knifeman who went on the rampage in the centre of Paris before locals playing petanque tried to stop him with boules.

    French police have arrested the knife-wielding attacker who injured seven people in the capital, four of them seriously.

    The man, who was reportedly carrying a knife and an iron bar, is said to have stabbed three people outside a cinema.

    The attacker, who was described as an Afghan national, went on to target other victims in the head and chest, Le Parisien reports.

  190. H B Bear

    Prof van Wrongselen obviously not talking about the 2016 election or the 38 Newspolls. Anyone other than van Wrongselen have any idea what he is talking about?

    At least it gets him off Lieboral vagina numbers for a day or two. Nice to see Brokeback Warren come out (no pun intended) to support the sisterhood.

  191. H B Bear

    Paris – the city of knives.

  192. candy

    Serena Williams acted like a bully.

    I was gobsmocked at her outfit, too. A black nightclub type tutu strange skirt, full flowing hair, earrings and other jewellery and long painted nails, none of it with any discretion or taste (in my opinion).

  193. None

    Tim Wilson on Kenny on Sunday basically backing off any sort of protection for free speech or religious Freedom. Chris Kenny did right to raise that seriously worrying case in Queensland where a Christian care organisation is being taken to a tribunal because it advocated against gay marriage during the postal survey. Remember it was a postal survey and if gay marriage is a political issue then everybody has a right to a political opinion including to remain against gay marriage just as those fuckwits were against traditional marriage which was then upheld in law. Tim Wilson is no champion of freedom. I’ve always said that and I know that I will be proved right and right again.

  194. cohenite

    Isn’t it a bit late in the day for Serena Williams to identify as a woman?

    She did drop a kid; but then so did big arnie.

  195. None

    it’s now 40 newspolls HB.

  196. C.L.

    Incredible gold find in WA.
    Report.

    When he came back to the same area for his next shift, Mr Dole thought it was business as usual.

    “Everything was covered in dust, and as I watered the dirt down there was just gold everywhere, as far as you could see,” he said.

    “I’ve been an airleg miner for 16 years. Never in my life have I ever seen anything like this.

    “There was chunks of gold in the face, on the ground, truly unique I reckon.

    “I nearly fell over looking at it … we were picking it up for hours.”

    Lots of pics.

  197. H B Bear

    38 for Lord Waffles. He was really killing it. Bit rough to load up SloMo with Waffles era of fail but I suspect we will be seeing a bit of that.

  198. Dr Faustus

    In Turnbull the Libs enjoyed a PM who helped drag the party vote north.

    The AEC Virtual Tally Room tells me:

    2013
    Liberal primary: 4,134,865
    Coalition primary: 5,882,818
    2PP: 6,908,710

    2016
    Liberal primary: 3,882,905
    Coalition primary: 5,131, 505
    2PP: 6,818,824

    Not quite sure what Professor PVO means by “drag the party vote north“.
    Presumably a new expression for ‘failed by any measure’.

  199. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Isn’t it a bit late in the day for Serena Williams to identify as a woman?

    Do these comps not check for HGH and steroid use???

  200. Pyrmonter

    Sweden

    So after a lot of huffing and puffing on the part of English-speaking journalists and commentators, the ‘Swedish Democrats’ (to be polite, ‘nationalists’) stay in third spot overall, gaining 4.7% of the vote. The left block falls by 3% net – losses by the Greens and Social Democrats (still the largest party by a good margin) offset by a swing to the communists/’Left’ party. The centre-right group gains modestly – all the losses by the conservatives (Moderates) offset by gains by the Christian democrats, Agrarians/Centre and (social) Liberals. The populism of Visegrad seems to be regionally specific. A net rise of 6.9% to parties that can fairly be described as ‘anti-liberal democratic’; troubling, but still hardly the stuff of the end of liberalism.

  201. feelthebern

    Was Julie Bishop bullying Warren Entsch when she grabbed him on the arse?

  202. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The birth rates in all modern industrialised countries generally fell below replacement during the 70s when gender equality began being pushed by government in ernest.

    …and with the ready availability of the contraceptive pill.

    If you look at the graphs, the pill dropped the birth rate to above replacement from its post war highs however it leveled out till about early 70s and fell off a cliff.

  203. candy

    Turnbull got knifed like he did to TA. Karma.

    PVO can’t complain.

    His idol, Malcolm Turnbull, made LNP knifing leaders acceptable, they are probably thinking about it again right now just before the next election. He took the risk it would happen to him, too.
    It did. C’est la vie.

  204. Presumably a new expression for ‘failed by any measure’.

    On those figures Trumble only lost 750,000 primary votes (in a year or so).

    Given the recent importation of another 750,000 ALP voters and the resurrection of a few hundred thousand ALP zombie votes and a few more years of Trumble, the Liberals are headed for pummeling of epic proportions.

  205. H B Bear

    When discussing fertility, abortion and the pill are the mechanisms, feminism is the cause.

    Now I would say that the primary cause is predominantly economic in Australia. House prices mean that most couples are working until their late 20s at least until they can afford a dwelling. Even having crossed that threshold childcare and the expense of children is still an issue for many couples.

  206. Leigh Lowe

    Billie Jean King
    Twitter › BillieJeanKing
    (2/2) When a woman is emotional, she’s “hysterical” and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” & and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.

    Like when BillieJean stood strong with Margaret Court when gay men were calling for her to be lynched.

  207. Chris

    “There was chunks of gold in the face, on the ground, truly unique I reckon.

    “I nearly fell over looking at it … we were picking it up for hours.”

    Ahem. #metoo.
    Helping pick up for days, pouring bars etc. Lovely change from driving zeros and ones around the screen.

  208. mh

    Where are the congratulations from the tennis world on Japan’s first Open champion?

    Instead they want to focus on how ‘woke’ Serena Williams is. Pathetic virtue signallers.

  209. thefrolickingmole

    C.L.
    Chris

    Have been down at Beta Hunt before as part of the mines rescue team.
    I think it was owned by a Russian millionaire at the time.
    Has been a fairly steady producer considering its sitting at the edge of the whole Goldfields mining operation.

    Chris
    Were you around when Goldfields built the new plant then found out the dirt they had based building it on had been processed for nickel years before?
    They went over old WMC drill cores but never actually looked at the ground.
    Saffies sacked nearly everyone above shift boss position over the next 6 months.

  210. Myrddin Seren

    Troll-level Grand Master from The Donald:

    Happy Anniversary! #ProudDeplorable

  211. Chris

    Hi frollicking! MRT is a cool and serious part to play, and all respect to them all.
    I have been here only a shorter time and hadn’t heard that story.

  212. thefrolickingmole

    Chris

    In a nutshell goldfields planned and built the new gold plant based on the old drill cores.
    I was at the old plant at the time.
    Whole plant was built and then they went to dig the dirt and it was already gone.
    Nearly sank the company, only thing that saved their ass was the price of gold had just began its surge up, but a big enough stuffup to make the parent company in South Africa a bit wobbly.
    Immediately they sacked the GM and parachuted in a Saffie toecutter, then over the next few months department by department everyone even peripherally involved in the commissioning of the new plant or the geo work was axed.
    From memory around the same time the “Junction” underground operation was being wound up, good producer but the ground was too dangerous and unstable. Got Goldfields the nickname killing fields after a run of fatalities.

    Fond memories of Kambalda, the “swinging arms” still a bloodpit?

  213. thefrolickingmole

    Interesting…

    North Korean anniversary parade full of colour but without any intercontinental missiles

    Hows that “Trunp is an amateur in diplomacy and we will all die in nuclear hellfire narrative”going Monty?

  214. thefrolickingmole

    Everyone be vewwy vewwy quiet, Im hunting a new thwed…

  215. Top Ender

    Britain’s first gender-fluid family prepare for total transformation as father Louise is set to become a woman and mother Nikki will become a man called Charlie.

    Son is called son Star Cloud and is aged five.

    Really, who cares what these people do with their demented lives, but think of what they’re doing to the kids in their control….

  216. H B Bear

    Good luck kid. You are going to need it.

  217. Elle

    Where are the congratulations from the tennis world on Japan’s first Open champion?

    Instead they want to focus on how ‘woke’ Serena Williams is. Pathetic virtue signallers.

    Indeed. Wasn’t Alan Jones quick to defend her this morning re her siting the gender issue!

  218. .

    Has the Labrador recovered yet? Did you pay the Vet bill. Much damage to the scooter?

    Geez. What a dumbarse (Googleray). This bloke gets called out for stalking and then projects some crap about a kid he watches all day.

    I leave readers to draw their own conclusions.

  219. Chris

    Fond memories of Kambalda, the “swinging arms” still a bloodpit?

    Pretty quiet now. They do a great, huge parmi, and you ought to see the size of the rump steaks!
    Kambalda is a ghost of what it was and majority of shops are empty. Like much of the regions. Still good and interesting people, but also the ones who lost the jobs over piss tests or blown shifts are the majority of local hires, and the jobs are going to fifo people as a result.

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