Wednesday Forum: September 12, 2018

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  1. Stimpson J. Cat

    A member of punk protest group Pussy Riot has been hospitalised in a grave condition for what could be a possible poisoning, Russian news reports say.

    This is what we in the business call TCS aka Toxic Carpet Syndrome.

  2. JC

    Pete, I really don’t care much financially because the big proportion of my assets now reside overseas in the big Dollar It’s more if I ex out the house etc. so I have less of a personal concern in terms of what’s going on here. But it’s tragic in terms of what has been allowed to occur at the woyal commishion and the result will be an even more smashed up, more expensive financial sector and if we’re not careful could send a decent part of it 6 feet under. It would be ironic if this occurred seeing we managed to get through the GFC with a limp or two.

    Tell me Pete, other than small community theater theatrics what is the point of putting Mrs Bogan on the stand to whine about a transaction that went bad. How the fuck is that supposed to set up policy going forward. Policy which is supposed to make the finance industry agile and innovative?

  3. JC

    I didn’t post that you fucking lunatic.

    I know, but I assumed you agreed with it. 🙂

    Iphones can be problematic.

    Shelley has a lot answer for then.

  4. JC

    Shelley

    No kidding, are you doing ice or crack? That bimbo wannabe prosecutor isn’t doing anything other than terrorizing business executives to make them look bad in a setting equal to a star chamber. In a just world she would be leap frogged out of there with a decent kick in the backside.

  5. Snoopy

    I know, but I assumed you agreed with it. 🙂

    A lie straight up. You never surprise.

  6. JC

    Text

    Don’t be silly it’s not a lie. It’s just joshing. BUT Lets say I at first suspected say Dot or some other free market type had made that ridiculous claim about that stupid bint. Of course, I’d take another looksee and then confirm it wasn’t Dot etc. It’s most unlikely a free market guy would directly or indirectly claim this woyal is going swimmingly for the country.

    I can’t say that about you. Hence the small error.

  7. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    JC is on the cat more frequently than my wife is on facechook… just sayin…

  8. JC

    Less than you though, these days, Zipperhead.

    What’s happening on the muzzo front on Live Leak today…..watched any new beheadings?

  9. zyconoclast

    How long before the locals enact this gender equality legislation?

    Groups welcome passing of Bill on gender quotas

    GENDER QUOTAS are set to become law after the Electoral Amendment (Political Funding) Bill 2011 passed all stages in the Dáil yesterday.

    The legislation, which has yet to be signed by the President, will halve State funding to parties unless 30 per cent of their candidates at the next general election are women. This figure will rise to 40 per cent at subsequent general elections.

    An advocacy group that campaigns for gender equality in Irish politics, the 50:50 group, welcomed the Bill’s passage and praised Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan, who sponsored the legislation.

    Chairwoman Edel Clancy described the development as “extremely positive”.

    “International research continually shows that candidate gender quotas are a successful contributor to increasing women’s political representation worldwide.

    “We warmly welcome the gender quota proposal as we believe it will contribute significantly to redressing the gender imbalance in Irish politics,” she said.

    However, she called for the quota to be extended to local elections in 2014.

    The lobby group Women for Election also welcomed the development, but said the legislation would not be enough to encourage more women into politics.

    Co-founder Niamh Gallagher said other “proactive” measures, such as mentoring and training, were necessary to encourage more women to run for office.

    The legislation has proved contentious in the past, with a small number of Government backbenchers speaking out against it.

    Earlier this year Fine Gael general secretary Tom Curran said the measure was essential to bring more women into politics, but warned “there’s going to be blood on the floor” at selection conventions as a consequence.

  10. Shelley

    I am glad the RC is going after financial advisers and the insurance industry. Financial advisers and their commissions/trailing commissions are ripping too much from hard working and time poor people, along with vulnerable people (note the lad with downs syndrome highlighted this week). You go to a FA to look out for your best financial interests, not focus on lining their own pockets. So yes I am happy that they are going after this sector. Sure they are not all bad – as in any area of life. But enough of them are spivs lining their own pockets.

  11. Senile Old Guy

    International research continually shows that candidate gender quotas are a successful contributor to increasing women’s political representation worldwide.

    Surprise! If there is a requirement to have a certain percentage of candidates female, is it any surprise that this happens? It doesn’t mean that they are any good.

  12. Shelley

    No kidding, are you doing ice or crack?

    You are disgusting.

  13. .

    Financial advisers and their commissions/trailing commissions are ripping too much from hard working and time poor people, along with vulnerable people (note the lad with downs syndrome highlighted this week).

    This is bloody communism. You don’t want financial advisers to earn commisions and trailing fees, that is BE PAID FOR PERFORMANCE? Are you bloody serious?

    But enough of them are spivs lining their own pockets.

    Then YOU CAN CHOOSE to get advice from a provider for an upfront fee, which most poor/financially illiterate people could never afford.

    How the hell is the spastic kid helped by no commissions if he was being cold called for a product he did not need or understand?

  14. .

    Shelley
    #2815878, posted on September 13, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    No kidding, are you doing ice or crack?

    You are disgusting.

    You sound like a bloody commo.

  15. .

    So the RC can rip into banks, but the Federal Government; ASIC, TIO, AFP, ACCC etc cannot catch any of the scam callers “calling from Telstra”?

    Seriously, there is a major fraud racket going on and the AFP are asleep at the wheel, or taking their 26 weeks of possible holidays (which they can trade for a lower salary).

  16. JC

    I am glad the RC is going after financial advisers and the insurance industry. Financial advisers and their commissions/trailing commissions are ripping too much from hard working and time poor people, along with vulnerable people (note the lad with downs syndrome highlighted this week).

    You left out the LGBTQ crowd in that rant. Shame on you.

    The reason the financial planning industry is fucked is because we have compulsory super, which forces people totally who are totally investment ignorant to buy products they have no idea what they are buying. Score one for government failure.

    Having said that, it’s assumed adults are quite capable of taking care of themselves. Now, if they fuck it up they want the goberment to step in and assist them. It won’t no matter how many regulations are imposed. The reason is that there will always be people under this system purchasing stuff they don’t understand and never will.

    You go to a FA to look out for your best financial interests, not focus on lining their own pockets. So yes I am happy that they are going after this sector. Sure they are not all bad – as in any area of life. But enough of them are spivs lining their own pockets.

    You don’t have to buy a used car. The government doesn’t force you to, but it does force you to purchase investment products.

    You’ll be having this discussion in about a decade when it goes pear shaped again and when you do I hope you also include LBGTQ and the aboriginal community in your list of vulnerable people, otherwise you’re being wacist.

  17. Shelley

    No Dot. I don’t want a FA who tells me he is ‘independent’ to only recommend one type of insurance (one that he gets a big fat commission for) that is not suitable for me. Yes advice should be paid for but not the way the industry is set up. I am better off doing my own research and comparisons and reading the fine print. But not everybody is.

  18. JC

    Shelley
    #2815878, posted on September 13, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    No kidding, are you doing ice or crack?

    You are disgusting.

    Yea I know, it’s yuge failing or mine. Burp.

  19. JC

    No Dot. I don’t want a FA who tells me he is ‘independent’ to only recommend one type of insurance (one that he gets a big fat commission for) that is not suitable for me. Yes advice should be paid for but not the way the industry is set up. I am better off doing my own research and comparisons and reading the fine print.

    Oh, so you don’t want someone lying to you, but you know enough to be able to ascertain if he is not not. So not just walk out the door instead of whining here?

    But not everybody is.

    Yea, over a century of this current system of our state has go us to this. Legislation and more regulation to the point that it hits the moon. Lets not forget the vulnerable among us.

  20. .

    The reason the financial planning industry is fucked is because we have compulsory super

    Exactly.

    Shelley
    #2815883, posted on September 13, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    No Dot. I don’t want a FA who tells me he is ‘independent’ to only recommend one type of insurance (one that he gets a big fat commission for) that is not suitable for me

    If people cannot understand how insurance works, how interest works, then they don’t even know if something is in their interest or not, it is unlikely their adviser will either.

    You can always compare products online through aggregator sites and you can always choose fee for service providers. Typically YOU, as the consumer, will be rebated any commissions!

    https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Corporations_and_Financial_Services/Completed_inquiries/2004-07/superannuation/report/c07

    Fee-for-service

    7.9 Fee-for-service remuneration is an up front payment negotiated on the basis of the agreed value of the advice provided, which is normally determined by, and charged at, an hourly rate. This reflects the arrangement clients generally have with other professional advisers such as lawyers. Advisers being paid through this arrangement usually rebate back to their clients any commissions paid to them by the funds.

    So what the hell are you complaining about?

    So you’re going on vacation tomorrow to Hawaii and you think it is wrong that an upfront cost is the way to defray a commission you don’t pay? Seriously?

  21. I haven’t been following the banking RC very closely but I caught a bit of Blot the other night having girly hysterics over some phone sales guy selling insurance to someone with down syndrome. How TF is some 20 something kid supposed to be able to tell? I can’t think of many people who would know they are talking to someone with DS over the phone. So they’re blowing shit up over a couple of hurty-feely ‘impact statement’ incidents that somehow the CEO’s were supposed to magically know about, how fucking typical; one death is a tragedy and all that.

    I await to see the same blowtorch applied the Union spiv scum scammers who forcibly sign up their members to Industry Super and who are then shoved into opt-out Income Protection Insurance schemes where they have between $50 and $200 taken from their Super EVERY MONTH. Money which goes into paying the lucrative salaries to the thugs and ex-Labor dregs and buying lying TV ads about how their funds “don’t pay commissions” and “only profit their members”.

    Of course we all know this isn’t going to happen since the entire purpose of this RC is to take another step closer to corporatist-State control. The delusion of a free market run by maaaaates who prop up pollies and their parties to legislate in their collective favour.

  22. JC

    Rusty

    I may be mistaken, but I believe the investigation dealing with industry super is over, or at least partially over. The feedback was they passed with flying colors and the union spivs are an example to all.

    How about that, hey?

  23. Neil

    I am glad the RC is going after financial advisers

    Two years before the GFC I got a phone call from the Comm Bank They noticed I had a lot of money in a savings account with almost no interest. I turned up for the meeting. The Comm Bank adviser showed me all these graphs about how the share market goes up and down but over the long term it always goes up. So he convinced to put my money into Colonial First State. Then the GFC happened and I lost $15,000. And then I had to withdraw my money because I needed it for a home deposit.

    In hindsight I got bad advice. But there is buyer beware. But it was not immoral advice. Perhaps people should take more responsibility for their own actions rather than blaming the banks

  24. cohenite

    Caveat emptor is a great aspect of a free society. It depends however on full disclosure and accessible explanation. Anyone who has signed a super form or loan application and who says they understood it is either naïve or the smartest person alive.

    Banks, insurance companies and now super spivs thrive on the ignorance and politeness of their customers. Unconscionable conduct as an actionable tort is an important part of consumer protection. The real issue for me is when red tape turns green and filth ideology intrudes on commerce.

  25. Diogenes

    shoved into opt-out Income Protection Insurance

    Thank TLS for that one. It was added to the super legislation on her watch. Mrs D who not in an industry(ie union) fund had income protection(Mrs D is unemployed) & life insurance (& we already had LI on her) taken from her account . The fund emailed her that this was happening & was cancelled lickety split. I am in a union fund , and they never informed me.

    Thank JWH for allowing EBAs to include mandatory super fund.

  26. Senile Old Guy

    According to the Women’s Sports and Fitness Federation, women’s sport only gets 7 per cent of media coverage, and barely 0.4 per cent of commercial investment goes to women-only sport.

    A whinge over at their ABC, who make their money from the taxpayer and do not have to be concerned about what people watch.

  27. .

    cohenite what do you think of the rules regarding utmost good faith, underinsurance and overinsurance?

    To me they are shitty laws that unfairly favour insurers.

  28. JC

    Caveat emptor is a great aspect of a free society. It depends however on full disclosure and accessible explanation. Anyone who has signed a super form or loan application and who says they understood it is either naïve or the smartest person alive.

    If that’s your real problem then the solution is easy to understand standardization of client agreements. Americans have that in some states where a loan agreement has to be written in easy to understand english. 500 additional pages of regulations is not the answer, which is where its heading.

    But, let me ask you, what’s your solution to what is essentially a complex area?

    Banks, insurance companies and now super spivs thrive on the ignorance and politeness of their customers. Unconscionable conduct as an actionable tort is an important part of consumer protection. The real issue for me is when red tape turns green and filth ideology intrudes on commerce.

    Huh, take a look and see what David Murray has said about corporate governance. It’s basically a working manifesto of the Australian Greens.

  29. Dr Faustus

    This is what we in the business call TCS aka Toxic Carpet Syndrome.

    Remind me to always be very, very polite to you.

  30. Stimpson J. Cat

    JC what we need is a Royal Commisions into Traders drug use.
    Think of all the Cocaine and lives we can save.
    Make it happen!

  31. Senile Old Guy

    Barnaby Joyce accuses Malcolm Turnbull of trying to bring down Government after ex-PM urges High Court referral of Peter Dutton

    Of course Turnbull is going to burn the place down. How dare they reject him? And it was always ever only about him.

  32. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stop sticking up for these disgusting globalist fat cat cretinous old white men bankers JC.
    It’s not that sort of blog.
    You are lowering the tone.

  33. JC

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2815899, posted on September 13, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    JC what we need is a Royal Commisions into Traders drug use.
    Think of all the Cocaine and lives we can save.
    Make it happen!

    I once said, I never did coke for one simple reason. I knew that I’d like it too much and end up being hooked. Some dudes did prescription stuff though and they believed it calmed them down, allowed them to focus and make more money. Never done any of that crap either. I’m just hardwired normal.

  34. H B Bear

    Barnaby Joyce accuses Malcolm Turnbull of trying to bring down Government after ex-PM urges High Court referral of Peter Dutton

    I am hoping for once in his life Lord Waffleworth succeeds at something.

  35. JC

    Stop sticking up for these disgusting globalist fat cat cretinous old white men bankers JC.

    You really shouldn’t talk about Mike Smith that way. Former ANZ chief.

  36. cohenite

    To me they are shitty laws that unfairly favour insurers.

    The business of insurance is betting while manipulating the odds and stifling collection of winnings. I think it’s fascinating. I learnt most of my practical stats from guys who did the numbers for bookies who are just insurers against winning.

    Good faith is fine and the quantum of insurance, if agreed, is also fine.

  37. Senile Old Guy

    Bolt:

    The Liberals should be very clear about this: they are not now paying for having sacked Turnbull. They are paying for making him leader in the first place. What were they thinking when they made a Labor-lite man the leader of the Liberals, and let him drag them to the Left with his global warming obsession? Turnbull fatally crippled the Liberals in his three years on top, losing 16 seats in the election, losing all five byelections in July, losing every Newspoll in his last 23 months and losing the Liberals’ political compass.

    Textor’s “nowhere else to go” quip is looking spot on now! Morons.

  38. John Constantine

    Scoop can announce an election policy of calling a royal commission into the telephone scam cold call Industry.

    The voters hate it as much as our elites are humoured by it. Nobody believes turnbull gets phone calls about his windows

  39. Stimpson J. Cat

    Remind me to always be very, very polite to you.

    Manners are not just for when dealing with the mentally ill, Dr Faustus.
    Sane people need to use them too.
    We live in a society!

  40. cohenite

    Huh, take a look and see what David Murray has said about corporate governance.

    What’d he say. Anti-trust and the need for coverage of unions and religions are the crucial things.

  41. struth

    International research continually shows that candidate gender quotas are a successful contributor to increasing women’s political representation worldwide.

    There’s been nothing successful about it.
    From the time we let them vote until now, Women’s natural tendancy to Marxism and their need for protection from the real world via government, it’s been an absolute abhorrent failure.
    There are exceptions, but as women are forcing this based on nothing more than genitalia, generalisations need to be made.

    The fact that they are pushing quotas, is in itself enough to draw the above conclusion.

  42. Stimpson J. Cat

    I’m just hardwired normal.

    Look, I’m mentally ill and love denim shorts.
    You love white jeans.

    Just a couple of normal everyday guys JC.
    😁

  43. JC

    What’d he say. Anti-trust and the need for coverage of unions and religions are the crucial things.

    No, Murray is he real deal. He appears to hate the Left.

  44. struth

    What have the banks been found doing wrong?

    As long as we aren’t forced to use them, and there is competition, what did we need the banking RC for?

  45. .

    Good faith is fine and the quantum of insurance, if agreed, is also fine.

    I agree about this. I understand if you are not at liberty to discuss good faith in light of unconscionability and the difference in rules regarding under insurance and over insurance.

  46. Tel

    The Euroweanies are spiraling up their own collective dates.

    They passed a law which makes you pay a tax for every time you link to something with a URL.

  47. Stimpson J. Cat

    You really shouldn’t talk about Mike Smith that way. Former ANZ chief.

    The very idea that this bloated fat porcine swine has more hair than me is an offence against God and Man.
    Look at his piggy little eyes.

  48. JC

    Tel
    #2815921, posted on September 13, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    The Euroweanies are spiraling up their own collective dates.

    They passed a law which makes you pay a tax for every time you link to something with a URL.

    Tel

    The one startling thing I found while in Euroweenieland was the sheer number of US sites that are blocked. They didn’t appear to be blocked by Euroweenies though. It was the site owners appearing to block views in Europe.

    Is that what’s causing it?

  49. struth

    Left wing people are pushing for quotas.
    If the vast majority of women held the views of Margaret Thatcher, or Sarah Palin, would they still be?

    Of course not.
    It’s a percentages game.
    They also know what I said above.
    Women, in far greater percentages, are more easily lead down the Marxist path.

  50. struth

    How many men do I know that vote right wing, but who’s wives are off with the fairies, voting green.

    I honestly don’t know how they could climb into the same bed with them.

  51. Mark A

    Snoopy
    #2815787, posted on September 13, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Today’s AUD/USD cash rate from currency exchange bureau TravelEx.

    Anyone using that service needs advice and to look around.
    I use Transferwise, Travelex; AUD1 to Euro .5922 Transferwise; AUD1 to Euro .619.
    other currencies I regularly transfer are even worseusing Travelex.
    Yes the $ is down for sure.

  52. None

    Julie Bishop’s had a couple of buckets of filler stuffed into her face. I think those pig hormones are starting to affect her brain.

  53. JC. I have encountered a few US sites that have a blurb that goes like “we don’t comply with EU privacy laws and as your IP appears to be in the EU, this is the only content you will see”

  54. JC

    Yea, that or very similar, Rambler.

  55. Stimpson J. Cat

    How many men do I know that vote right wing, but who’s wives are off with the fairies, voting green.

    Women like lunch with The Gays,
    Struth.
    It makes them feel cosmopolitan and in vogue.

  56. Tel

    The one startling thing I found while in Euroweenieland was the sheer number of US sites that are blocked. They didn’t appear to be blocked by Euroweenies though. It was the site owners appearing to block views in Europe.

    The Euros claim to be able to issue fines internationally to any business that does not comply with GDPR.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation

    However this new tax on URLs is on top of that, and I’m not sure if they are attempting to tax internationally. If they try that one on things will go nuts, but even if they simply tax inside the EU it will still be crazy. The are trying to hit things like search engines that link to almost everything.

  57. JC

    The American 60 Minutes guy accused of inappropriate behavior sent out this message and apparently fired because this.

    If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up you will be held responsible for harming me… Be careful. There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me and if you pass on these damaging claims without your own reporting to back them up that will become a serious problem.”

    I don’t see anything wrong with it.

  58. Senile Old Guy

    Interesting! If I search for”leaked google video” on Google, it says that I am offline, which I am not. On DuckDuckGo, it is fine.

  59. Senile Old Guy

    Something weird with my browser.

  60. Roger

    How many men do I know that vote right wing, but who’s wives are off with the fairies, voting green.

    My wife is so far to the right she makes me look like a Green.

  61. Mark A

    Senile Old Guy
    #2815935, posted on September 13, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Interesting! If I search for”leaked google video” on Google, it says that I am offline, which I am not. On DuckDuckGo, it is fine.

    No problem here with FFox or Chrome any number of sites coming up.
    I don’t use MS IE.

  62. Rae

    No kidding, are you doing ice or crack?

    You are disgusting.

    Fair comment.

  63. egg_

    are you doing ice or crack?

    Grigs prefers to keep his cracks on ice, especially in the hot weather.

  64. Tel

    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/06/crucial-next-few-days-eus-copyright-filter-and-link-tax-battle

    As we reported last week, JURI, the key European Parliamentary committee working on copyright reform, voted on June 20th to support compulsory copyright filters for media platforms (Article 13), and to create a new requirement on websites to obtain a license before linking to news stories (Article 11).

    You need a license to be allowed to link to a news story.

    These guys make Monty look like that wise oracle on the mountain.

  65. Natural Instinct

    If Google is an employer of choice,
    Then their HR policies will be studied and emulated. Ie everyone takes the same happy pill.
    .
    Parkinson and Public Service push-back mentioned elsewhere.
    .
    I wonder if an Australian public service “all hands meeting” would have been the same as google after abbott666 win?
    .

  66. .

    I really don’t get this stuff anymore:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/style/modern-love-he-asked-permission-to-touch-but-not-to-ghost.html

    He Asked Permission to Touch, but Not to Ghost

    A culture of consent, one woman argues, should be less about self-protection and more about genuine care for the other person.

    and…

    SHE SAID: “I invited a guy from Tinder to my empty apartment on a snow day,” I said. “Let’s just assume you have blanket consent.

    HE SAID: “I’m not comfortable with that.”

    Now, the OP, a woman, is declaring the younger man acted without consent because he ghosted her later on! So now she demands ongoing contact?! State enforced stalking?!

    Basically, the feminists want to take the place of toxic patriarchs and alpha males. They want to take everything they want without consent.

    This is so bizarre it is like crazy cat ladies are going to force poor incels and betas to marry them.

  67. JC

    huh, Gools, lets not forget you’ve been thrown off the site several times for stalking women here and generally exhibiting the kind of personality, such as someone sitting on Death Row in a US jail who’s been convicted of serial killing waiting for the needle. You keep returning under other blog names despite no one really wanting you here.

    As a passing comment, I’ve been possibly the only person to take pity on you since you advertised your illness, but like a shark you bite anyone.

    Don’t get too confident, you can judge anyone.

  68. I’m waiting for the civil suits for unfulfilled sexual promises.

  69. Makka

    Unbelievable. Desperate to keep the corruption spigot open;

    Kerry Meeting With Iran to Salvage Nuke Deal With Rogue Diplomacy
    Shadow diplomacy aids Iran’s regional pursuits

    “I think I’ve seen him three or four times,” Kerry said, adding that he has been conducting sensitive diplomacy without the current administration’s authorization. Kerry said he has criticized the current administration in these discussions, chiding it for not pursuing negotiations from Iran, despite the country’s fevered rhetoric about the U.S. president.

    Kerry’s comments are in line with previous reporting on his behind-the-scenes attempts to save the nuclear deal and ensure that Iran continues receiving billions in cash windfalls. These payments were brought to a halt by the Trump administration when it abandoned the nuclear agreement and reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran that have nearly toppled its economy and sparked a popular revolution.

    Kerry said he met Zarif in Norway, Munich, and other international forums.

    As Iran continues to plot terror attacks across the globe and transport weapons to regional hotspots in Syria and Yemen, Kerry has tried to help Zarif preserve the nuclear agreement with European nations.

  70. old bloke

    #2815951, posted on September 13, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    He Asked Permission to Touch, but Not to Ghost

    I’m sorry Dot, but what does “Ghost” mean here?

  71. Tel

    I really don’t get this stuff anymore:

    Dot it’s simple, here’s the key paragraph.

    But in the days and weeks after, I was left thinking that our culture’s current approach to consent is too narrow. A culture of consent should be a culture of care for the other person, of seeing and honoring another’s humanity and finding ways to engage in sex while keeping our humanity intact. It should be a culture of making each other feel good, not bad.

    What she wants it a Christian marriage, but she doesn’t want to say that because she’s been told Christians are stupid, so she’s reinventing it in different words.

  72. Gab

    Female boss is a nightmare. I can’t handle working for females in the public sector. Absolute nightmare. I’ve worked for many male bosses so I can compare. The ego, the arrogance, the rudeness, the constant interruptions mid-sentence, the snarking about everyone else in the organisation (apparently they are all idiots), this need to incessantly discuss the minutiae. There are about 5 blokes and 70 females in the organisation and my God, it is a toxic environement. Farrrk.

    /therapy session over. How much do I owe the Cat?

  73. cohenite

    Unbelievable. Desperate to keep the corruption spigot open;

    Kerry Meeting With Iran to Salvage Nuke Deal With Rogue Diplomacy
    Shadow diplomacy aids Iran’s regional pursuits

    I think that’s treason and after due process he should be shot. That’s the problem right now; the left are literally doing what they want and Trump and the non-RINOs are still playing by some rules.

  74. Tel

    Kerry Meeting With Iran to Salvage Nuke Deal With Rogue Diplomacy

    Let’s see how long John Kerry’s security clearance lasts. This could get hilarious.

  75. Death Giraffe

    therapy session over. How much do I owe the Cat?

    ..
    You need some stress relief.
    Go watch a video of some guy banging nails into a Ford Model A.

  76. Farmer Gez

    Unfortunately Gab I can’t take your word that ladies in power can be nasty.
    I’ll get that Fact Checked……..

    Not true at all Gab. Women are just the bestest and nicest people in the workforce eva.

  77. Gab

    Go watch a video of some guy banging nails into a Ford Model A.

    Ooooh, have you posted a new car video?

  78. John Constantine

    Peta Credlin is nearly there on their Paris signed accords.

    Don’t ask why we are so unwavering though, it is simple.

    Sanctions chopped down the Rhodesian economy and saddams economy and sanctions imposed on North Korea reduced the peasants to eating grass.

    Their Paris signed conventions are sanctions designed to bring about the downfall of Old Australia, pure and simple. The settler colonialist economy will be crushed by sanctions and debt and demographically adjusted until sanctions are no longer considered to be required.

    Until that time, unwavering compliance with the required downfall will be Our Strength.

    Crushing any move by the proles to do sanctions busting by exiting the conventions signed by our quisling elites is Our Strength.

    Comrades.

  79. Death Giraffe

    I’m thinking of a new video series.
    Chicks in bikinis using nail guns.
    Is there a market out there?

  80. .

    They’re called twitch thots, Arky.

  81. DrBeauGan

    Death Giraffe
    #2815968, posted on September 13, 2018 at 6:57 pm
    I’m thinking of a new video series.
    Chicks in bikinis using nail guns.
    Is there a market out there?

    I’ll try it, Death.

  82. I’m thinking of a new video series.
    Chicks in bikinis using nail guns.
    Is there a market out there?

    Yes but a gang war scenario like in the Warriors would be cool, with gang names like;

    The Nail Guns
    The Impact Drivers
    The Rattle Guns
    The Cutoff Saws

    I see great potential

  83. Death Giraffe

    Ooooh, have you posted a new car video?

    ..
    No.
    And it will be quite some time.
    I have bits at various places being made, and nothing to go on with until I get them back.
    Glazier sent side windows off to be made from toughened glass.
    Suspension bits waiting for importation of spring steel.
    Sandblaster backed up with a lot of work.

  84. John Constantine

    Their yarragrad andrews government is imposing sanctions on victoria, poison pilled sanctions that cannot be sanctions busted.

    To strangle the old economy and bring about eternal change.

    Comrades.

  85. zyconoclast

    At hotpot restaurants in China, most of the ingredients are relatively inexpensive. Customers dip pieces of raw meat and vegetables into a big vat of simmering broth until everything cooks and bubbles to the surface.

    For one Chinese restaurant chain, however, an item found by a customer at one of its outlets has proved to be particularly costly: a rat.

    A video of a small, dead rat — boiled, gelatinous and with its stunned arms outstretched — fished out of a vat of bubbling broth has shocked China and sent shares of a popular restaurant chain plummeting.

  86. You need some stress relief.
    Go watch a video of some guy banging nails into a Ford Model A.

    I subscribe to a YouTube channel that does that. Small world.

  87. Death Giraffe

    I subscribe to a YouTube channel that does that. Small world

    ..
    Some bastard stole my idea?
    Who is it?
    Does he have more than 22 subscribers?

  88. RobK

    Chicks in bikinis using nail guns.
    Is that a new nail lacquer applicator? Like on televend.

  89. Delta A

    Does he have more than 22 subscribers?

    Arky, how do I subscribe?

  90. Gab

    I don’t know how true this is, but it would not surprise me in the least if it was factual:

    Henry Sire’s (@DictatorPope) book on Pope Francis, The Dictator Pope, reports Francis used funds from Peter’s Pence to help fund the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign (p.188).

  91. Death Giraffe

    I’m putting a new gun safe in tommorow.
    Requires a hammer drill into brick wall.
    Now all I need is a lady in a bikini. How does one go about acquiring one?

  92. DrBeauGan

    Now all I need is a lady in a bikini. How does one go about acquiring one?

    I’m afraid they’re expensive, Death.

  93. RobK

    Now all I need is a lady in a bikini.
    You will need a bigger safe first.

  94. Death Giraffe

    Arky, how do I subscribe?

    ..
    Go to Youtube.
    Set up an account.
    Go to my channel.
    Hit subscribe button.
    As a bonus, you can now upload your own videos onto your very own Youtube channel.
    You are a Youtuber and can resign from work and spend all day on social media.

  95. Gab

    Florence now downgraded to a Cat 2.

    Wow, there really is nothing Trump cannot do!

  96. egg_

    Now all I need is a lady in a bikini. How does one go about acquiring one?

    Grig’s mother will do it for free.

  97. Rae

    Gools

    Hmmm …

    Sinclair Davidson #2815320, posted on September 12, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Gentle people – please stick to using pseudonyms and screen names.

    Who is “Gools”?

  98. Gab

    No.
    And it will be quite some time.
    I have bits at various places being made, and nothing to go on with until I get them back.
    Glazier sent side windows off to be made from toughened glass.
    Suspension bits waiting for importation of spring steel.
    Sandblaster backed up with a lot of work.

    I understood everything right up until “time”.

  99. Myrddin Seren

    Henry Sire’s (@DictatorPope) book on Pope Francis, The Dictator Pope, reports Francis used funds from Peter’s Pence to help fund the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign

    Without trying to go full metal Jeff Rense here, I genuinely hope someone can debunk this as a fantasy to sell a book.

    Because if Pope Fonzi has been writing cheques for Killary, I am pretty sure we are at The End of Days.

  100. Top Ender

    a small, dead rat — boiled, gelatinous and with its stunned arms outstretched — fished out of a vat of bubbling broth …

    …were particularly prized in the days of Nelson’s navy by midshipmen, as featured in the Hornblower novels and (IIRR) those of Patrick O’Brian.

  101. Roger

    I see the Liberals are prepared for war under their new leader.

    With each other, that is.

  102. cohenite

    According to the Energy Council the hunchback’s boondoggle to have victoriastan 40% renewable by 2025 will achieve the best of both worlds: attract more LSEC subsidies to victoriastan while decreasing electricity reliability and supply.

  103. calli

    Florence now downgraded to a Cat 2.

    Really? They were carrying on like it was Katrina MkII on Seven’s news bulletin. Salivating at the prospect of horror.

  104. H B Bear

    Teh Dumb keeping the idiocy stream coming with The Legover Man. Will opine for publicity.

  105. H B Bear

    I see the Liberals are prepared for war under their new leader.
    With each other, that is.

    The modern Lieboral politician is only capable of attacking two kinds of people – their constituency and other Lieborals. Maybe SloMo will finally get that primary vote into the 20s after all.

  106. Rae

    Florence now downgraded to a Cat 2.

    Really? They were carrying on like it was Katrina MkII on Seven’s news bulletin. Salivating at the prospect of horror.

    Dunno. Don’t watch Seven. But Florence at Cat 2 is still going to cause substantial damage.

    Dangerous Hurricane Florence is on a path that will put millions of people at risk and threaten billions of dollars in property damage centered on the Carolinas beginning on Thursday and continuing through this weekend.

    Florence dipped to Category 2 hurricane strength with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph on Wednesday evening and is expected to maintain that strength through Thursday evening.

    Even though Florence is moving swiftly to the northwest at this time, AccuWeather meteorologists believe that the hurricane will stall and meander near the Carolina coast from Thursday night to Saturday.

    As this happens, coastal areas will be bombarded with torrential rain, high winds, coastal erosion and storm surge, not for a few hours, but possibly for a couple of days.

    There will be extensive damage inflicted by Hurricane Florence as it drifts slowly toward the coast late this week before making landfall near the North Carolina and South Carolina border later Friday into Saturday. Winds on the east side of the storm are going to be most effective in driving storm surge flooding as the wind and waves pound the coast. That is one of many factors in why AccuWeather is estimating $50 to 60 billion in economic impact and damage from Florence,” AccuWeather Founder and President Dr. Joel N. Myers said.

    “While other sources are monitoring the intensity of the storm, AccuWeather is focused on the overall impacts of the storm on people and their lives. The maximum damage from hurricanes is generally caused by flooding on land. Typically, the second most costly aspect of a hurricane occurs along the coast as an angry sea is driven inland due to powerful onshore winds, especially when there is a large fetch and particularly when a storm moves consistently and perpendicular to the coast. Following inland flooding and coastal damage, winds, on average, are often the next biggest cause of hurricane damage and economic costs,” Myers said.

  107. Dave in Marybrook

    Run out of homegrown autumn spuds, so the Lady Doctor Wife got some from the fruit’n’veg.
    “Brushed”, as in raw dirty. “White”, as in tasteless water balloons. Green at the skin and $4 a kilo.
    What one of you Cat morons that was saying that spuds would come down in price, up in quality and broaden in choice as a mater of course following deregulation?

  108. .

    So you’re saying we ought to gaol Tony Galati?

  109. Death Giraffe

    Grow your own spuds.
    The are the easiest vegetable to produce.

  110. Death Giraffe

    Probably comparing the stuff from the supermarket to your homegrown ones was your mistake.

  111. Dave in Marybrook

    McGowan directing the DPP to drop the debt recovery case against Galati was gobsmacking. Unprecedented and inexcusable.

  112. mh

    Someone get the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to rate Florence. Then it will soon be up to a Category 5.

    Strongest ever!

  113. Leigh Lowe

    Grow your own spuds.
    The are the easiest vegetable to produce.

    Even when you are not trying.
    If you don’t dig up every last one you keep getting them for years.
    Jeez, I’ve even got two sprouting out of the compost heap.

  114. Tel

    You are a Youtuber and can resign from work and spend all day on social media.

    Live it up!

    Until some algorithm detects a slightly conservative opinion in your general vicinity.

  115. .

    Dave in Marybrook
    #2816007, posted on September 13, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    McGowan directing the DPP to drop the debt recovery case against Galati was gobsmacking. Unprecedented and inexcusable.

    1. It wasn’t criminal, was it?

    2. Didn’t Galati and other farmers get paid back anyway?

  116. Death Giraffe

    Until some algorithm detects a slightly conservative opinion in your general vicinity.

    ..
    Already happened I think.
    My channel was growing views from “suggested videos” quite organically and nicely.
    Until I joined Twitter and added Srr to my feed.
    Then it went to zero.

  117. Jannie

    Florence now downgraded to a Cat 2

    Did she say something to offend Sinc?

  118. Death Giraffe

    Lena Dunham is saltpeter in bipedal form.

  119. Pedro the Ignorant

    Good Lord, Zippy.

    You should give a trigger warning before linking to things like that.

    Stiff brandy now called for.

  120. JC

    Lena Dunham is saltpeter in bipedal form.

    That’s good, right?

  121. Robber Baron

    Do we have a Wentworth thread?

  122. JC

    Robber Baron
    #2816021, posted on September 13, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Do we have a Wentworth thread?

    As in the Foxtel series? Why?

  123. RobK

    Lena Dunham is saltpeter in bipedal form.
    So much real estate, so little inkwork.

  124. Geriatric Mayfly

    If you don’t dig up every last one you keep getting them for years.
    Jeez, I’ve even got two sprouting out of the compost heap.

    Quite so. But when the tentacles start coming out from gaps in the storage cupboard what to do? I dig a trench and chuck ’em all in. A mongrel variety come harvest time. But as you say, they are willing buggers.

  125. Boambee John

    Kerry Meeting With Iran to Salvage Nuke Deal With Rogue Diplomacy
    Shadow diplomacy aids Iran’s regional pursuits

    Don’t the Americans have something called thale Logan Act which prohibits this kind of activity?

    Indeed, wasn’t that one of the accusations against the Trump transition team, that meeting foreign diplomats before the inauguration broke the Logan Act?

    Perhaps m0nty can clarify when tbe talking points email arrives.

  126. Dave in Marybrook

    Amazing. The spuds were flavourless. As in zero flavour. It was quite an out-of-body experience.
    I mean we’re used to award-winning Marybrook Potatoes(TM), but weird. We just got “ghosted” by some mash.
    With this sort of mind-numbing featurelessness, maybe I should get into Wodka making.

  127. Robber Baron

    Wentworth …. Liberal party preselection. No doubt it will be an interesting outcome.

  128. H B Bear

    What one of you Cat morons that was saying that spuds would come down in price, up in quality and broaden in choice as a mater of course following deregulation?

    I’d say the problem is where you are shopping. I haven’t bought those rubbish white potatoes for years, once they were pretty much all you could get. Royal blues and kipflers are pretty much all you need.

  129. Delta A

    Baldrick hasn’t checked in for a while.

    Hope all is well with him.

  130. H B Bear

    Royal blues for mash. With a potato ricer.

  131. Snoopy

    Papadopoulos is going to make Dirty Bob’s pals pay for his fourteen day sentence.

    Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos says that, with his attorneys’ permission, he is willing to testify before Congress about a series of mysterious contacts he had during the 2016 presidential campaign.

    Papadopoulos sent a tweet Wednesday to the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence saying that he is willing to discuss his contacts with Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud, Australian diplomat Alexander Downer and FBI informant Stefan Halper.

  132. Gab

    The Liberals look like they’re doing a Nazi salute. Scott seems proud of it.

    https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP/status/1040173134396121088

  133. P

    Wentworth Preselection tonight at Rose Bay. Who will it be?
    Dave Sharma
    Peter King
    Mary-Lou Jarvis
    Katherine O’Regan,
    Richard Shields
    Michael Feneley
    Carrington Brigham
    Maxine Szramka

    They each have eight minutes for a speech and then take 12 minutes of questions.
    Voting occurs until one person earns a majority.
    It is all done behind closed doors — sources have told the ABC the process will be hotly contested and have alleged some “dirty tactics” in the lead up.
    And that brings us to the second rule of fight club — you do not talk about fight club.
    The gloves will be off tonight.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-13/wentworth-liberal-preselection-vote/10238564

  134. Snoopy

    Grow your own spuds.
    The are the easiest vegetable to produce.

    That’s why they cost next to nothing to buy.

  135. mh

    DALAI LAMA TELLS MIGRANTS ‘EUROPE BELONGS TO THE EUROPEANS’

    The exiled spiritual leader of Tibet said Wednesday that, while Europe can help refugees, “Europe belongs to the Europeans” and migrants should rebuild their homelands.
    The Dalai Lama made the comments at a conference in Malmo, Sweden, which has struggled with an increase in rape and violent crimes correlating to an increase in refugees from Syria and other predominantly Muslim countries. The Dalai Lama argued that European countries were “morally responsible” for assisting “a refugee really facing danger against their life,” but that refugees should ultimately go back and rebuild their home countries.
    “Receive them, help them, educate them … but ultimately they should develop their own country,” the Dalai Lama said, according to AFP.
    “I think Europe belongs to the Europeans,” he added, saying “they ultimately should rebuild their own country.”…

    https://www.infowars.com/dalai-lama-tells-migrants-europe-belongs-to-the-europeans/

  136. Gab

    Wentworth Preselection tonight at Rose Bay. Who will it be?

    One of the females.

  137. Eyrie

    Why are you people eating spuds? They are carbs. Carbs are bad. Carbs are slow poison.

  138. Rebel with cause

    IPA subscribers may have already seen this, but you can see for yourself the insanity of modern progressives here.

    Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police Commissioner, Anglican Priest, UK Labour stooge, and insane leftist is only to happy to demonstrate the vacuity of modern progressivism that ranks ‘hurty feelings’ ahead of actual crimes.

    Demonstrating all the moral clarity you would expect from a twice divorced, three times married, card carrying Labour party member, Cambridge educated, C of E clergy.

  139. Dave in Marybrook

    Only Metrosexuals are afraid of carbohydrates.
    Spuds are minerals, vitamins, fibre and a small amount of good carbs.
    Eat with fat for regulating glucose uptake.
    They are a near complete superfood, but for want of fats.
    Everyone should eat more potatoes.
    Even that carnivore Peterson.

  140. P

    One of the females.

    If it is a woman then I would guess Katherine O’Regan who is mentioned somewhere in the media as a “moderate”.

  141. Snoopy

    If it is a woman then I would guess Katherine O’Regan who is mentioned somewhere in the media as a “moderate”.

    Green loon?

  142. .

    I’m sorry but Alan Billings 2nd and 3rd wives’ names are like bond gals/Austin Powers level trolling.

    Linda Woodhead
    Veronica Hardstaff

  143. P

    The seat of Wentworth, named after William Charles Wentworth who with Blaxland and Lawson made the epic crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813.
    It includes affluent suburbs and has never been won by Labor.
    At the last election Liberal won with a 17.7% majority. It’s hard to see Libs losing it.

    Alex Turnbull is backing his friend who is running for Labor in the electorate.

  144. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    An alternative to materialism.

    without having read the book, which is not out till april 2019. The papers he does provide, to me, still suffer from what I call mental existentialism, that consciousness has some sort of independent existence to the computation of the brains and bodies neural network. Since I can’t read the book yet but without some sort of falsifiability there is nothing revolutionary here.

    The issue as usual in these discussion is the nature of qualia, personal experience. Where does the redness of red come from? etc. Unfortunately endless philosophical debates about consciousness are no more useful then endless religious debates that are trying to prove something via reason alone and generally are not convincing.

  145. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    They’re called twitch thots, Arky.

    twitch thots? you learn something every day

  146. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    You should give a trigger warning before linking to things like that.

    I thought the OMFG was warning enough, obviously not.

  147. Snoopy

    Tesla Inc. (TSLA) has just lost another high-ranking executive.

    Justin McAnear, vice president of worldwide finance and operations at the automaker, confirmed that his last day at the company will be Oct. 7.

    Shortly after Bloomberg broke the news about McAnear’s departure, Tesla’s head of global finance issued a statement to explain why he was leaving. McAnear, who joined Tesla three years ago from Apple Inc. (AAPL), said his decision to resign was motivated by a desire to further his career.

    I guess that’s what the young and ambitious say in preference to ‘spend more time with family’.

  148. zyconoclast

    Why are you people eating spuds? They are carbs. Carbs are bad. Carbs are slow poison.

    The Potato Hack for Rapid Fat Loss | The All Potato Diet

    About 5 1/2 years ago Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, decided to live on nothing but potatoes for 60 days.

    He did this to make a point.

    The paleo and low carb movement have demonized potatoes…

    …and Chris wanted to show that potatoes are nutrient dense and actually have a positive impact on health.

    He wound up losing 21 pounds (he wasn’t even trying to lose weight).

    Not only did Chris lose weight, his HDL, triglycerides and fasting glucose levels improved dramatically.

    Richard Nikoley was the first major paleo blogger (as far as I recall) who challenged the paleo diet rule of avoiding potatoes.

    Richard led the charge, but a guy by the name of Tim Steele began commenting on Richard’s site about “Resistant Starch” in potatoes.

    Some time after that…

    Richard and Tim teamed up on podcasts discussing how resistant starch makes the potato an incredible food for gut health and weight loss.

    Tim eventually started his own blog in 2014.

  149. zyconoclast

    Wentworth Preselection tonight at Rose Bay. Who will it be?
    Dave Sharma
    Peter King
    Mary-Lou Jarvis
    Katherine O’Regan,
    Richard Shields
    Michael Feneley
    Carrington Brigham
    Maxine Szramka

    Is that Magda Szubanski trying it on?

  150. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    twitch thot. NSFW

  151. P

    It looks like it’ll be after mid-night before we know the Liberal candidate for Wentworth.

  152. .

    amouranth reminds me of the crazy bitches I used to do coke with

  153. Stimpson J. Cat

    Why are you people eating spuds? They are carbs. Carbs are bad. Carbs are slow poison.

    This site is infested with Paddy’s.
    To be sure.

  154. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    3m
    More text messages between former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are a disaster and embarrassment to the FBI & DOJ. This should never have happened but we are learning more and more by the hour. “Others were leaking like mad” in order to get the President! ……..

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    51s
    …..”It is a cesspool of corruption, and the people who did this need to be brought to justice.”
    @GreggJarrett

  155. Top Ender

    Doing the rounds on Spacechook:

    Anglican Parish of Gosford is with Jem Vandermeer and 4 others.Like Page
    9 hrs ·
    Harper Nielsen is correct. ‘Fair’ in our National Anthem refers to white skin, it is racist and it should not be sung. She is also correct when she says that the term ‘young’ excludes the worlds oldest living culture. Not to mention the obvious lie that we have ‘boundless plains to share’ with ‘those who come across the seas’; we don’t, we lock them up.

    As for Senator Hanson threatening violence,’ I’d give her a kick up the backside’ to a child for standing up for her principles? This only confirms how inappropriate it is for Hanson to sit in our parliament. If Harper Nielsen is not free to hold an opinion without the threat of violence, we cannot claim to be a people who are ‘free’.

    This is a clear case of order triumphing over justice and this dynamic is the root of all injustice. Clearly we are not a ‘fair’ nation in any sense of the word.

    I’m done. #ISitWithHarper I will not sing these racist words, I will not stand to honour a lie. We need new lyrics for our National Anthem.

    Fr Rod Bower.

  156. Dave in Marybrook

    Thanks, Zyco- interesting stuff.

  157. .

    Kislich is a vegan loon.

    That’s the basis of your “potato diet” BS.

  158. Confused Old Misfit

    Here’s a link for all you watchers for fresh disasters. Web cam off Cape Fear North Carolina.

  159. zyconoclast

    Someone mentions girls with hammers & nails or something like that.

    NSFW

  160. zyconoclast

    Best handy hints, repairs jobs made easy etc. Best Channel on youtube for this type of thing.

    NSFW
    https://www.youtube.com/user/EyeHandy/videos

  161. Top Ender

    The Lord’s Prayer is set to continue in the Senate after an inquiry found there was no reason to adopt a Greens push to change it.

    The upper house’s procedure committee found not much had changed since 1997 when the proposal was last floated, with the vast majority of more than 800 submissions to the inquiry opposing the move.

    Greens leader Richard Di Natale said the prayer was inappropriate because half of Australia no longer identified as Christian.

    “We make it very clear that this is a country where there is separation between church and state,” Senator Di Natale told parliament on Thursday. But the inquiry found people in favour of the prayer strongly favour its retention, while those opposed were less concerned to see it changed. “The committee does not consider, on the evidence before it and after its own deliberations, that there is a momentum for change,” Labor senator Sue Lines said in her report.

    But the committee did note senators could be invited to pray or reflect in their own way on your responsibilities to the people of Australia and to future generations during the traditional prayer.

    Oz

  162. Mitch M.

    that are trying to prove something via reason alone and generally are not convincing.

    I agree with that Zippy but many people seem to think a plausible argument is proof. I’m not convinced of that because history repeatedly demonstrates that without some form of empirical evidence we are often whistling in the dark. The only way I can see people justifying that reason is always sufficient is that they ascribe some ethereal quality to cogitation. It is a fact that the great progress in understanding over the last 300 years has been through empiricism. It has gone far beyond just thinking about stuff and there is no forseeable end to that progress. Yet I am prepared to entertain alternative views because there is some evidence in physics that we should at least give these views a look. The problem with the arguments around qualia is the presumption that we currently know enough about how brains work to declare that qualia can never be explained by neuroscience\psychology. Again, history shows us … .

  163. zyconoclast

    Here’s a link for all you watchers for fresh disasters. Web cam off Cape Fear North Carolina.

    Cape fear 1962. Great movie.

  164. Chairwoman Edel Clancy described the development as “extremely positive”.

    Such shocking assumption of gender right there.

    I suggest, from this point forward, male, female, or other, it henceforth be called “Chairthing”.

  165. cohenite

    Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police Commissioner, Anglican Priest, UK Labour stooge, and insane leftist is only to happy to demonstrate the vacuity of modern progressivism that ranks ‘hurty feelings’ ahead of actual crimes.

    The personification of what is stuffing Western culture.

  166. Top Ender

    Dieu Atem, 18, has been remanded in custody for allegedly driving a car into a young man during a riot in Collingwood.

    Mr Atem appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court wear a hi-viz labourer’s top. He was arrested this morning at a construction site in Dandenong.

    His lawyer Grace Donovan said it was his first time in custody and that he would not seek bail.

    David Bilal, 18, is still in hospital due to the crash. He is a witness in the case of the stabbing death of 19-year-old Laa Chol in a CBD apartment tower last July.

    Mr Atem was first arrested by police the day after a riot broke out at the Gasometer Hotel in Collingwood during a hip-hop music label’s launch party. But he was released pending further inquires.

    In the jug until 7 Jan for next appearance – Oz article complete no comments of course

  167. zyconoclast

    Russia’s Military to Build a Giant Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Moscow

    A waste of time considering

    There were about 1,689,884 (11.5/1,000) births in 2017, a decline of 10.7% relative to the 1,893,256 (12.9/1,000) births in 2016. There were about 1,824,340 (12.4/1,000) deaths in 2017, a decline of 3.4% relative to the 1,887,913 (12.9/1,000) deaths in 2016.

    Consequently, the rate of natural increase declined from 5,343 (0.0/1,000) in 2016, to -134,456 (-0.9/1,000) in 2017.

    Unlike the pattern in previous years, the decline seems to have been concentrated in ethnic Russian regions; births declined by only 6% in Buryatia and Tuva, by 5% in Dagestan, and outright increased by 5% in Chechnya and 8% in Ingushetia.

    The population was estimated at 146,877,088 as of Jan 1, 2018, up from 146,838,993 exactly one year ago. This implies about 172,551 long-term net immigration.

  168. Top Ender

    Feminists using bullying accusations as power play
    MIRANDA DEVINE

    SERENA Williams and her army of feminist enablers can play the gender card as hard as they like, but everyone else who watched her behaviour at the US Open Final knew exactly what they were seeing.

    A bully. A shrieking, shouting, emotionally incontinent bully wagging her finger at the umpire, eliciting boos and jeers from the mob, abusing her position as the most powerful women in tennis.

    And all because she was losing the game. She was down 6-2 in the first set against a younger, faster female opponent, Japan’s Naomi Osaka, 20, and lost the second set 6-4.

    Serena, 36, accused umpire Carlos Ramos of “stealing” from her when he penalised her because her coach was coaching from the sidelines, which he admitted, because she smashed her racquet on the ground and because she abused him.

    “I have a daughter,” she wailed. What kind of a role model is a mother who tantrums like a spoiled brat in public?

    Worst of all was Serena’s attempt to play the gender card, accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism and claiming men aren’t treated so harshly, as if John McEnroe wasn’t once thrown out of a match after abusing a line judge.

    Criticism of her behaviour, even a cartoon depicting her as a toddler having a tantrum, is dismissed as sexism or racism, which just gives her a licence to bully some more.

    She’s been getting away with it all her career. Almost a decade ago at the US Open after being called for a foot fault, she was recorded screaming at the line judge: “I swear to God I’m f**king going to take this f**king ball and shove it down your f**king throat, you hear that?”

    No consequences then. None now.

    That doesn’t make a champion. It makes a monster.

    Imagine if she were a man and the umpire a woman. Let alone swap the skin colours. He’d be hung, drawn, and quartered.

    What actually is sexist and racist, is making excuses, on the basis of her sex and skin colour, for behaviour that would not be excused in anyone else. That implies that women, or black women, lack the emotional control to deal with adversity and treat umpires with courtesy.

    This is the poison of identity politics, which forces people into competing victim groups according to superficial qualities such as race and gender and ends up insulting and infantilising the very people it purports to protect.

    But if you’ve read a book, or lived a life, you will recognise what we saw at Flushing Meadows on the weekend as pure, full throated bullying, practised by an expert. Mean, aggressive, out of control.

    And then Serena had the hide to cast herself as a feminist martyr: “I’m going to continue to fight for women,” she said at her press conference after the match. “I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions, and that want to express themselves, and want to be a strong woman.”

    This is a classic tactic of bullies, to turn the tables on their victims by claiming to be the victim themselves.

    Accusations of bullying have become a feminist weapon to gain power.

    We’re seeing it in Canberra, from female Liberal MPs who complain they were bullied during the latest coup, with the implication that men were the perpetrators. Of course, without specific allegations, we don’t know what exactly happened to these women, so dismissing their complaints would be unwise.

    But it sets a terrible example to perpetrate the myth that women are always the victims and men always the bullies. It allows men and women who bully men and women who bully women to get away with it. Pretending bullying is purely a male disorder does a disservice to the victims of female bullies.

    You just had to watch the ABC’s Q&A high school special this week to see how entrenched that myth is, with one female student claiming that having more women in parliament would fix the problem of bullying.

    In her dreams. It would just change the nature of bullying.

    The worst bullies I’ve ever known are women. Men’s bullying at least is out in the open and easier to call out.

    With women bullies, it’s covert and difficult to report. Victims are often “gaslighted” — or made to doubt their own perceptions of reality.

    According to the US Workplace Bullying Institute, of the 40 per cent of bullies who are women, almost three quarters pick on other women.

    Female bullies use sophisticated techniques of social aggression honed from early years in the playground, such as “excluding, ignoring, teasing, gossiping, secrets, backstabbing, rumour spreading and hostile body language [such as] eye-rolling and smirking,“ writes Dr Ditta Oliker in Psychology Today.

    Serena Williams’s real target was not the male umpire. It was her female opponent, Osaka. To her credit, Osaka wasn’t put off her game.

    But the intimidation took its toll and she dissolved in tears on the winner’s podium. In what should have been her proudest moment she had to pull her cap over her face to hide her distress as Serena’s fans booed and jeered. And then she apologised for winning.

    Serena accused the umpire of stealing the game from her. But it was Serena who stole Osaka’s joy at winning her first Grand Slam title.

    She is nothing but an entitled bully, the ultimate mean girl. Every workplace has them. Time to call it out.

    Daily Tele – probably paywalled

  169. zyconoclast

    Yale University Class of 2022 by numbers.

    When respondents were given the option to list one or more ethnic backgrounds that they identify with, 9 percent identified as African or African-American, 18 percent as Asian-American and 14 percent as Hispanic-American. About 12 percent of respondents identified as Arab-American, Native American, Pacific Islander or South Asian.

    Around three-fourths of those surveyed identified as straight, while nearly 5 percent identify as gay and just over 9 percent as bisexual or transsexual. Three percent opted not to answer, and the remaining 8 percent identified as asexual, ace spectrum or questioning their sexual orientation.

    Twenty-three percent of respondents identified as agnostic, 16 percent as atheist, 16 percent as Protestant, 15 percent as Catholic, 6 percent as other Christian denominations, 10 percent as J3wish, 3 percent as Muslim, 3 percent as Hindu, 2 percent as Buddhist and 6 percent as other.

    Nearly three-fourths of respondents identify as “very liberal” or “somewhat liberal.” While just over 16 percent said they were centrist, and almost 9 percent somewhat “conservative,” slightly less than 2 percent of respondents identified as “very conservative.”

  170. Oh come on

    You should give a trigger warning before linking to things like that.

    I thought the OMFG was warning enough, obviously not.

    Actually, if the link contains the words

    Lena Dunham strips off

    it’s pretty obvious what horrors you’re getting into if you click that link.

  171. zyconoclast

    Italy’s Interior Minister keeps election promise as Italy starts deporting migrants

    Yesterday 165 Nigerians were repatriated back to their country, more than half the number deported during the first six months of 2017, so one can expect the number of deportations this year to dwarf those of last year.

    After reaching several agreements with their country of origin, Italian authorities loaded the immigrants onto a boat to Libya, where they’d then be put on a plane to Nigeria. Later, Mr Matteo Salvini commented: “there’ll be 165 fewer potential [email protected] of our women, and this is only the beginning.”

  172. Zatara

    Someone get the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to rate Florence. Then it will soon be up to a Category 5.

    Interestingly, the US and Oz use different scales to measure hurricanes/cyclones.

    As of this moment Florence has 95 knot sustained winds which is a category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale used in the US, Atlantic, and Central Pacific.

    In Australia or Fiji that would be a category 4.

    In the North Indian Ocean it would be an “Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm”.

    In the Western Pacific it would be a “Very Strong Typhoon”.

    On the Beaufort Scale Florence rates a 12+.

  173. .

    That Russia Insider is absolutely appalling.

  174. Death Giraffe

    Unlike the pattern in previous years, the decline seems to have been concentrated in ethnic Russian regions; births declined by only 6% in Buryatia and Tuva, by 5% in Dagestan, and outright increased by 5% in Chechnya and 8% in Ingushetia.

    ..
    In ten years time we will all be fleeing to Russia to escape communism.

  175. zyconoclast

    Explosive Ivy League Study Repressed For Finding Transgender Kids May Be A Social Contagion

    ‘Rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ may be a social contagion linked with having friends who identify as LGBT, an identity politics culture, and an increase in internet use, finds a Brown University study.

  176. zyconoclast

    Novelist who wrote about ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ charged with murdering her husband

    A novelist who wrote an essay about how she plots her books titled How To Murder Your Husband has been charged with murdering her husband. Nancy Crampton-Brophy – whose tomes include ‘The Wrong Husband’ and ‘Hell on the Heart’ – allegedly shot spouse Daniel, 63, dead in June.

  177. Death Giraffe

    Dieu Atem, 18, has been remanded in custody for allegedly driving a car into a young man during a riot in Collingwood.

    ..
    Was it a Commodore?
    Nearly all the mayhem in the world is caused by Commodores or giraffes.

  178. zyconoclast

    A would-be $100 billion city in the Malaysian jungle is in jeopardy over a growing rift with China

    Malaysia’s new government has swiftly moved to block or amend the rules for major Chinese-led works in the country. For the giant Forest City project, that could mean disaster

  179. zyconoclast

    Leaked s3x abuse report rocks German church, 3,677 victims

    September 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Two German major media outlets – Der Spiegel and Die Zeit – leaked today the findings of a s3xual abuse commission funded by the German Bishops’ Conference and which Cardinal Reinhard Marx had planned to present to the public on 25 September.

    The report shows that many abusing priests were simply transferred to other parishes and that only one-third of them were ever investigated by the Church.

    The majority of victims were boys under 14 years of age. There also now arise serious concerns about the lack of academic independence of the official researchers.

    The leaked information about the so-called “MHG Study” is causing a great stir in Germany, since it finally brings to light the murky history of the German bishops’ handling of abuse cases. And, as expected, their conduct is similar to many bishops in the U.S.: cover-ups and moving priests into another parish.

    As Der Spiegel reports, the study which had been conducted by a team stemming from three German universities (Mannheim, Heidelberg, and Gießen) in the name of the German Bishops’ Conference under Cardinal Marx, looked into abuse cases from 1946 until 2014. Importantly, the study states that there were counted “3,677 mostly male minors as victims of s3xual abuse.”

    1,670 clergymen have been accused of these crimes.

    As Die Zeit specifies in its own report: “62% of the victims are male, and 35% are female. In some partial investigations, the percentage of male victims even went up to 80%.”

    More than half of the victims were, at the most, 13 years old, reports Walter Mayr for Der Spiegel. He also points out, quoting from an executive summary of that official report that is to be presented by Cardinal Marx on September 25 that in many cases the archives and files concerning the accused clergymen have been “destroyed or manipulated.”

  180. Rebel with cause

    slightly less than 2 percent of respondents identified as “very conservative.”

    I wouldn’t have identified as conservative at uni either.

  181. hzhousewife

    ‘Rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ may be a social contagion

    A fad just like hula-hoops. Sadly it will pass only when something diabolically worse comes along.

  182. zyconoclast

    A man has been charged following the deaths of at least 137 wedge-tailed eagles in Victoria, Australia.

    Authorities found the animals – Australia’s largest bird of prey and a protected species – in April, prompting raids on several properties.

    The man is alleged to have used poisoned baits to kill eagles since October 2016.

    State officials described it as the largest case of suspected wedge-tailed eagle killings they had ever seen.

    Authorities have previously said that the true number of dead birds may be even bigger.

    Under the state’s Wildlife Act, killing a wedge-tailed eagle carries a fine of up to A$7,928 (£4,350; $5,700) and a maximum six-year jail term. Additional killings carry a fine of A$792 each.

    The carcasses were found hidden in scrub on properties that covered about 2,000 hectares in East Gippsland, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning said.

    Authorities said the man was charged after an investigation involving about 30 people. They did not discuss a possible motive.

  183. zyconoclast

    A fad just like hula-hoops. Sadly it will pass only when something diabolically worse comes along.

    The yo yo?

  184. gingerbeer

    Don’t let BoN anywhere near that bloke !!

  185. zyconoclast

    Gov. Brown’s Biggest Climate Foe Isn’t Trump. It’s Car-Loving Californians

    California is convening an international summit this week to push for global action on climate change. As the Trump administration has rolled back federal climate policies, California has partnered directly with other nations and cities.

    On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown set the stage by signing a new state goal for 100 percent clean energy by 2045.

    But if California is going to reach its ambitious climate change targets, the state will have to tackle its toughest challenge yet: cars. Transportation is the state’s top source of carbon emissions and those emissions are on the rise.

    It will take a complete transformation. To produce enough emissions cuts, every new vehicle sold in California will have to be plug-in by 2040.

    Today, electric and plug-in hybrid cars are only 6 percent of new vehicle sales in the state.

    To get them on the roads, California is requiring automakers to sell zero-emission vehicles in the state. The goal is 5 million vehicles by 2030. Nine other states have similar policies.

    Gov. Jerry Brown also unveiled $2.5 billion plan to increase charging stations and expand rebates.

    But changing the minds of car-loving Californians is a much trickier problem.

    Electric cars have made major inroads in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. In Palo Alto, where Teslas are common sight, plug-in cars were 29 percent of new vehicle sales in 2017.

    “I’m getting green vehicle, an electric vehicle,” says Pablo Chang-Castillo, picking up his brand-new, black Chevy Bolt at Concord Chevrolet. He says using electricity instead of gas will save him money on his long commute.

    Still, the majority of car buyers have a different take.

    “My wife just told me her car’s too small,” says Mark Bauhs, who is test driving mid-size SUVS. “So, I need a bigger car.”

    An electric car isn’t on his shopping list.

    “I haven’t quite moved over to electric cars yet,” he says. “It definitely has never crossed my mind for a family car.”

    “The main issue [is] that most of the Californians are not aware of the benefit and opportunity of buying plug-in electric cars,” says Gil Tal, who directs the Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at UC Davis.

    While interest in electric cars is growing, surveys show that most people don’t know much about them.

    “It’s the same as what I know about convertibles,” says Tal. “They are out there. That’s it. I know nothing more than that.”

    Tal says in California, electric cars are cleaner than gas cars, because the electricity comes from a growing amount of solar and wind power.

    “If you buy an electric car today and you drive it for 10 years in California, your car will be cleaner every year,” he says.

    That might be an incentive for some buyers, but there’s still a perception that electric cars aren’t practical. Tal says that perception is no longer true.

    Many electric cars go more than 200 miles on a charge, so most drivers only really need to charge them at home, not everywhere they go.

    Newer models of electric cars are also more affordable and automakers plan to release new plug-in crossovers and SUVs. In California, a buyer can get $10,000 back in federal tax credits and state rebates.

    But Tal says that doesn’t necessarily inspire everyone to switch.

    “It is ambitious because there is nothing really wrong with the cars we drive today,” he says. “The electric car isn’t so different that we will dump whatever we have and buy electric.”

    Car buyers usually have their minds made up long before they get to a dealership.

    “A lot of the purchase process happens ahead of showing up,” he says. “At the dealer is usually too late to shift someone to buy electric.”

    But chances are most people have never seen a television ad for an electric car from a major car company.

    “This is a very difficult segment,” says Steven Majoros, marketing director for Chevrolet Cars & Crossovers. “It’s a difficult product proposition.”

    So far, Chevy hasn’t run a national TV spot for the Chevy Bolt, only regional ads in markets like the Bay Area.

    “Let’s just be realistic,” he says. “How big is the EV market? In the United States, right, it’s about 1, 1 and a half percent of the market. So, we have to always balance market demand, market size, with how much we ‘advertise.’ ”

    That’s a trend across automakers. According to one analysis, major car companies only spend a fraction on advertising electric cars compared with their best-selling models.

    Volkswagen is running a public service announcement for electric cars, but that’s part of its penance for their emissions cheating scandal.

    Chevy is counting on word of mouth.

    “We like to say I’d rather have 100 people drive a Bolt EV than have 10,000 people just hear about it,” Majoros says. “So, we invested very heavily in experiential activities with drive events, auto shows.”

    Even then, electric cars face another hurdle: our car culture.

    “The automobile is an emotional object,” says Mimi Sheller, professor of sociology at Drexler University. She says just look at the messaging we get in car ads.

    “There’s a long history of associations with masculinity and speed and power,” she says. “You could call it a kind of social capital.”

    Many ads for SUVs focus on families, highlighting safety, protectiveness and caring.

    “I think we are influenced in many ways by all those cultural suggestions that are around us,” Sheller says.

    “We buy the car for very different reasons than what we use the car for,” says Tal. “It’s an extension of our personality, in a way.”

    Today, demand for trucks and SUVS is up in the U.S. So, Sheller says the switch to a new technology, from gas to electric, might take a disruption of some kind, like higher gas prices.

  186. gingerbeer

    Someone better let them know that they need to increase their electrical grid capacity by about 3-4x if they want to go 100% electric vehicles !

  187. Mark A

    None
    #2816099, posted on September 14, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Shhhh, gingerbeer.

    Funny that, they never question where the enormously extra amount of power needed will come from?
    Someone should ask it sometime.

  188. None

    Bloody hell no one he can afford to put the lights on much less recharge a car, Mark A. And that’s only when the power is on cuz it’s more of the not it’s off.

  189. None

    Love Credlin.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/skynewsaust/status/1040150553366429696
    Does anyone know if Niki Savva-s husband lost his job when Turnbull had his dummy spit? Haha.

  190. Mark A

    None
    #2816102, posted on September 14, 2018 at 12:48 am

    Love Credlin.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/skynewsaust/status/1040150553366429696

    I like her not much but she is OK I think. Still not sure how much of the blame of TA’ s failure as a PM she is responsible for?

    But more importantly, do myy eyes are playing a trick on me?
    In that video she looks like she is sitting behind a static outfit. Like behind a cardboard cutout, with no arms to be seen. Weird.

  191. Mark A

    edited but got it wrong anyway sheesh.
    Do my eyes playing…

  192. Cpt Seahawks

    Death Giraffe
    #2816005, posted on September 13, 2018 at 7:46 pm
    Grow your own spuds.
    The are the easiest vegetable to produce.

    Electrify until glowing and serve with butter.

  193. None

    Hahaha yes it’s not the world’s most flattering top that Credlin was wearing. I don’t know what it is about the women on TV lately but a lot of them have been wearing these bare shoulder outfits or some sort of frou frou that really is inappropriate for news reading or commentating. It’s very hard to take someone seriously when they’re dressed like the local ho ( not that I think Credlin was that bad tonight, it was just very distracting top).
    I have no doubt, not for a minute that Credlin is innocent of most of the outrageous slurs that were held against her by Abbott’s enemies. I think she was the scapegoat because if he sacked her they would have been turned around and called him a misogynist and if he didn’t well they could just keep blaming her. Being a staffer she was not allowed to publicly defend herself. I think the people who bullied Credlin are among the most despicable in public life and I wouldn’t trust them as far as I could throw them. I say this knowing that Credlin’s politics are actually a lot more wet than mine and I probably would disagree with her about a fair few things. I just like the fact that she’s a straight shooter. I also believe that while she was Tony’s chief of staff she won a defamation case against someone and she donated the $50,000 damages she got to a family in need. Apparently she did lots of things like that.

  194. None

    You know, if Ross Cameron had just kept his dick in his pants, he could have been Prime Minister today.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/SkyNewsAust/status/1040188917469732864

  195. None

    You have to remember too Mark, that Credlin used to be Malcolm Turnbull’s deputy chief of staff (Chris Kenny was his COS) and she was in that position when Abbott rolled him and then she went to work for Tony Abbott as his chief of staff. Rmember too that Malcolm Turnbull is a vindicative s*** and was probably behind a lot of that agitation against her. In addition Niki Savva’s husband was the first person that Malcolm Turnbull employed when he rolled Tony Abbott.

  196. None

    1. Sharma 2. Shields 3. King 4. Mary Lou J 5. O’Regan Sharma 119 Shields 83

    Sharma is still a wet shit.

  197. Mark A

    None
    #2816110, posted on September 14, 2018 at 2:32 am

    You have to remember too Mark, that Credlin used to be Malcolm Turnbull’s deputy chief of staff (Chris Kenny was his COS) and she was in that position when Abbott rolled him and then she went to work for Tony Abbott as his chief of staff. Rmember too that Malcolm Turnbull is a vindicative s*** and was probably behind a lot of that agitation against her. In addition Niki Savva’s husband was the first person that Malcolm Turnbull employed when he rolled Tony Abbott.

    Good point, Malcolm liked to employ supportive ‘yes’ personal, and he can bear a grudge like a woman.

    Hence the question on an other thread, why doesn’t Morrison and didn’t TA get rid of M Parkinson?
    Trump they are not.

  198. None

    And here is where Fairfax is right
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-needs-a-better-answer-to-this-very-reasonable-question-20180913-p503lz.html

    Actually we should not call them Fairfax anymore cuz Fairfax is no more. Tee hee.

  199. None

    On that I do agree Mark A. I think Tony Abbott’s axed some climate change people pretty pronto but otherwise he’s just not a Scorched Earth clean sweep kill people’s livelihoods type of guy. He should have been at least with some of those senior public Servants who are not short of a dollar and whose existence would not be threatened by unemployment, while their continuing employment threatened Australia’s wellbeing.

  200. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Sharma. Ex Ambassador to Isreal. Cassie, information please, just in case in our last week in London, we can go to Australia House to vote. Will be voting Aust Cons natch but would like to know the field. We are arriving back the day after the election.

    Malta: hot, bad traffic, ex-British colony and has Hairy’s sort of shaving cream. Visited offshore island of Goza, short ferry ride, to World Heritage Neolithic temple, oldest non-excavated man- made standing structure in the world. Well displayed and extraordinary. Malta itself is only 9 x 17 miles and it is jam packed with British and Irish holiday makers. English is widely-spoken and many Brits retire here. Rabbit is a National dish and I attest it is juicy and tasty as long as you don’t think too long on little caged bunnies being fattened up on bunny farms. Not run rabbit run for them. More megalithic structures tomorrow and outta here the next day.

  201. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Once again the Neolithic did not disappoint with choice of location and view. All of the 5000 year old and older sites or further developed sites I drag Hairy to inspect are to the practiced eye (mine) located the best surrounding landscape of the area. Ritual landscapes, I pronounce gravely. Often hardly recognized by the interpretations on offer. They all have interesting commonalities too. Eagle eyes, that’s me. 🙂

  202. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I think it is a great idea that the Russian military are building a big new Christiab cathedral in Moscow. Only way to let the Islamics know who is in charge. Build churches not sell them and curtail the growth of mosques. Appearances count in this race.

  203. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Send the military on church parade every Sunday. It won’t hurt them and its what Muzzies do every Friday.

  204. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    So. I see upthread that potatoes are back. Good. Malta still has fries with everything just like France and Italy. In spite of Calli’s warning I feel licensed to order them again tonight and blame the laundry for the tightening waist button. Hairy solved the problem simply. He bought a new Italian leather belt. 🙂

  205. Shy Ted

    It’s early. Who is Miss Piggy in Zanetti? Ta

  206. Top Ender

    Interesting she had her torpedo tubes being readied for an attack…

    Open air valve ‘sank WWI submarine’ HMAS AEI

    SAM BUCKINGHAM-JONES
    JOURNALIST

    One hundred and four years to the day after the mysterious disappearance and tragic loss of 35 sailors aboard one of Australia’s first submarines, the HMAS AE1, investigators have released new and detailed research revealing what sunk the vessel.

    The report, Baseline Survey of HMAS AE1, found a critical, hand-operated ventilation valve designed to supply air to the engine room was partially open when the E-class submarine dived on September 14, 1914, flooding the rear half of the vessel and causing it to lose control.

    It disappeared off the present-day Duke of York Island, near Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, but remained lost until late last year when, on December 20, a team of experts using an underwater drone launched from the Fugro Equator ship discovered the wreck. No human remains have been found.

    “The ship’s ventilation hull valve has been found 60 per cent open; this may have initiated a ­sequence that led to the flooding of the after (rear) end of the submarine, causing it to sink, out of control, past its crush depth, leading to an implosion that would have killed the crew instantaneously,” investigators wrote.

    There was a jammed engine clutch, which meant the submarine could not power to the surface, and as the heavy, flooded stern sank first below the 90 to 120-metre crush depth, the front, unflooded area of the vessel imploded, killing the crew and likely blowing the engine room hatch off.

    A crew with a “low level of dived training” in an embryonic submarine fleet was a major factor in the accident, the report found.

    However, after more than a century on the sea floor, the heavily rusted submarine is perilously close to “major structural collapse” — expected to occur within 12 years, according to the report — and some of the lightweight steel has disappeared.

    “It is estimated that in 80 years only the conning tower, propellers and shafts and engine bed plates will remain,” the report, written by Find AE1 and the Australian National Maritime Museum, found.

    The report recommends more research on the rapidly degrading vessel.
    Eight times in the 180-page document, the authors stated they “do not know” an element of what happened in the AE1 in September 1914. Why, they asked, were the caps of the rear and forward torpedo tubes open? It is hypothesised the submarine may have been preparing to engage a German steamer seen off the Duke of York Island.

    “If so, AE1 was lost seeking out the foe!” the report said.

    Vera Ryan, a 75-year-old relative of AE1 crew member Petty Officer John Messenger, said the overriding feeling among the roughly 85 living relatives was “absolute amazement”.

    “It was rather confronting, but absolute amazement at the work the team has done,” she said. “I’ve sort of felt that they’re now re­united with (sister ship) AE2 crew members in memory.
    “We remember them both; they’re not separate, they were shipmates.”

    Rear Admiral Peter Briggs, who led the search, said the biggest questions had been answered.
    “There are some follow-up examination issues we’d have a look at; there are still puzzles out of the data we’ve got,” he said. “The big answer is there, what happened is pretty well solved.”

    He paid special tribute to a former Royal Australian Navy officer who spent decades searching for the AE1.
    “We followed in the footsteps of Commander John Foster and others who have searched over the years, spurred on by the patient vigil of the descendants in Australia, UK and New Zealand who have never forgotten their menfolk lost in AE1,” he said.

    “Australians say ‘we will remember them’; today we have done that for the crew of AE1.”

    Maritime museum director and chief executive Kevin Sumption said the report was a result of the combined efforts of a team of volunteers including retired submariners, maritime archeologists, naval historians and specialists. The report recommends the PNG and Australian governments declare the wreck site a protected area.

  207. Elle

    Thanks Tom.

    Shy Ted, it doesn’t resemble Julie Bishop …
    Or maybe it does.

  208. Elle

    Our parliament is indeed the Muppet Show.

  209. Cassie of Sydney

    “None
    #2816108, posted on September 14, 2018 at 2:27 am
    Hahaha yes it’s not the world’s most flattering top that Credlin was wearing. I don’t know what it is about the women on TV lately but a lot of them have been wearing these bare shoulder outfits or some sort of frou frou that really is inappropriate for news reading or commentating. It’s very hard to take someone seriously when they’re dressed like the local ho ( not that I think Credlin was that bad tonight, it was just very distracting top).
    I have no doubt, not for a minute that Credlin is innocent of most of the outrageous slurs that were held against her by Abbott’s enemies. I think she was the scapegoat because if he sacked her they would have been turned around and called him a misogynist and if he didn’t well they could just keep blaming her. Being a staffer she was not allowed to publicly defend herself. I think the people who bullied Credlin are among the most despicable in public life and I wouldn’t trust them as far as I could throw them. I say this knowing that Credlin’s politics are actually a lot more wet than mine and I probably would disagree with her about a fair few things. I just like the fact that she’s a straight shooter. I also believe that while she was Tony’s chief of staff she won a defamation case against someone and she donated the $50,000 damages she got to a family in need. Apparently she did lots of things like that.”

    Agree entirely.

  210. Farmer Gez

    ABC news. Frank Lowy loves mass immigration and hates Trump.
    You’re rich Frank but shopping centres are hardly man’s greatest works and self interest doesn’t look pretty on an old model.

  211. Snoopy

    Researchers equipped with kerchiefs and handguns undertake study on blue devil fish.

  212. Dr Faustus

    Novichok ‘assassins’ may be lovers on UK holiday, not spies

    TWO men suspected of carrying out a nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy and his daughter have hinted they are in a gay relationship and had nothing to do with the poisoning.

    The pair said: “Our friends had been telling us for some time we should visit this extraordinary town.”

    “Of course, we went there to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum, but we couldn’t do it because there was muddy slush everywhere.

    “The town was covered by this slush. We got wet, took the nearest train and came back [to London].”

    Putin in mano a mano troll battle with Trump: Who gives the fewest fucks about Theresa May and UK public opinion?

  213. It’s early. Who is Miss Piggy in Zanetti? Ta

    Kwissy Poyne?

  214. .

    Wow, a fish can go 20m deeper to where it is commonly encountered (30 m), it must be da climate (that no one cares about anymore).

    This is fucking retarded.

    Let me guess they’re going to make the same claim if a benthic fish is seen higher up?

  215. Snoopy

    If anyone didn’t catch this on the previous page, do yourself a favour. The Mocker certainly demonstrates the wisdom of conducting a bit of research before putting fingers to keys.

    Top Ender
    #2815852, posted on September 13, 2018 at 3:02 pm
    Serena Williams: we know who the real victim is here

    Pic: Serena Williams (right) looks at US Open champion Naomi Osaka as she covers her face during the trophy presentation. Photo: Mega

    THE MOCKER

  216. calli

    Thanks Zatara for the clarification on hurricane scales. I wondered about the coverage which seemed overly breathless.

    Still bracing for the inevitable dose of distaster pron though.

  217. it must be da climate (that no one cares about anymore).

    I caught a flathead.
    It must be da climate.

  218. calli

    I caught a Spanish mackerel at Costi’s.

    A dash of olive oil, a rub of hot paprika, a few lemon slices and hey, presto! Delicious.

    The oven climate changed from 0 to 180, but only shortlived. About 30 minutes to be exact.

  219. C.L.

    Hey, remember ISIS?
    They were big in the Obama era.

  220. Snoopy

    nformation please, just in case in our last week in London, we can go to Australia House to vote. Will be voting Aust Cons natch but would like to know the field.

    So you’ll be voting informal natch?

  221. calli

    Speaking of Costi’s, I was the only lound eye at the counter yesterday. Castle Hill resembles HK in its reverse diversity.

    Upside – bargain basement prices at the asian grocery.

  222. .

    I know right I caught my first snapper a few years back (I’m from the inland, 3kg anyway) in about 60 m of water and I brought it up quick…it died. It wasn’t a busted swim bladder, it was the change in temperature of course.

    He was then cremated in sunflower oil that night. He wore his best white bleached flour suit. A wake was held with some cider and beer. His scales and bones were spread at the Eurobodalla Shire Council tip. I wasn’t there though because I had a writer’s festival in honour of Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet to attend.

    I bought a carbon credit in his memory. We were gonna call him Coolie the Vegan Snapper but it might be racist and give people the wrong impression that Snapper is an aggressive meat-eating species with high blood pressure.

    So we called him Happy Mooloobala. It is a shame he can no longer welcome to country the Patagonian Toothfish that are climate refugees.

  223. .

    Ahkenatan thought he was bigger than ISIS, too.

  224. Snoopy

    It’s over. Social media and TheirABC bring down Trump.

  225. .

    They’re finally ripping on grammar Nazi Gillard for hyperbowl.

  226. Diogenes

    I don’t know what it is about the women on TV lately but a lot of them have been wearing these bare shoulder outfits or some sort of frou frou that really is inappropriate for news reading or commentating

    For the last few weeks the blonde newsreader on NBN Newcastle must have been very cold , and it has been emphasised by the cut of her top.

  227. Cactus

    Re: SMH is again going after University Colleges. Why cant we just have an approach where 1) people who want to have lots of fun go to college and 2) Prudes who don’t want to have any fun, just stay away and leave those that do – alone. Instead all the wowsers who don’t like fun feel entitled to campaign to removing any semblance of fun from those that seek it.

    Going to a University College was the best years of my life. The friends, fun, silly stuff you did, stories. It saddens me that no one can have that same experience in the future.

  228. .

    Okay folks, I know this isn’t the most joyous TGIF we’ve had…

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