Wednesday Forum: October 3, 2018

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  1. Armadillo

    Strong and intelligent women realise that life is a partnership.

  2. Roger

    Good thing we have our two best players suspended for the Curries series.

    Great work Cricket Australia.

    I don’t think Steve Smith would recover from being booed on Australian soil.

    Let him make his comeback in England.

  3. Tailgunner

    Honey Badger ditched all the floozies?
    Good work that man.

  4. mh

    Nobel peace prize 2018 won by Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

  5. Armadillo

    Owls would root your labrador, key your car and murder your family given half a chance.

    I rest my case.

    #Imissarky

    Arky was a loveable bloke who spoke of his apricot trees.

  6. Nick

    Sydney’s priorities:

    Uncertainty over future use of the buildings had prompted Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore to raise concerns the Hordern could also be turned into offices for sporting groups. She feared the area would no longer be available for the Mardi Gras after-party.

  7. Leigh Lowe

    So what is the latest on the Kavinator vote?

  8. Delta A

    Arky was a loveable bloke who spoke of his apricot trees.

    … and the diarrhoea resulting from his love of that apricot tree.

    Come to think of it, I don’t miss Arky at all.

  9. Owls would root your labrador, key your car and murder your family given half a chance.

    Sounds about right

  10. Steve trickler

    Very clever.

    Historical footage digitally remastered and slowed down to the correct frame rate. Everything looks normal to the eye.

    With no real sound available at the time, ambient sounds have been added to match the scenes. The end result takes you back in time.

    Excellent technique, ladies and gents.

    May 1896. Moscow.



  11. Burnt Stump

    I chose the seat on the train where the serious looking woman had to move her bag. There were other free seats but couldn’t resist. I did say excuse me though.

  12. Steve trickler

    So clear to watch.

    People long since passed now, “alive” again for a few brief moments.



  13. Eyrie

    “Far from formidable, Russia’s spy agency now looks like a comedy outfit”
    If I was running a spy outfit, that is EXACTLY how I would want it to look like to the outside world.

  14. Armadillo

    Everything looks normal to the eye.

    There is a lamp post. Other things look awry.

  15. rickw

    Australia Post at its best: a parcel sent to me from Chatswood to Newcastle last Tuesday has taken a short detour via Melbourne and is now back in Sydney. Maybe next week.

    Auslamic Post. There isn’t a single thing that muslims can’t fuck up.

  16. Leigh Lowe

    Burnt Stump

    #2832387, posted on October 5, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    I chose the seat on the train where the serious looking woman had to move her bag. There were other free seats but couldn’t resist. I did say excuse me though.

    I dips me lid.
    Shits me every time the Wymminses pages runs some stupid “man-spreading” story.
    Chubby middle-aged bag ladies taking up two seats outnumber so-called manspreaders about ten-to-one.

  17. Knuckle Dragger

    I’ll stand corrected, but I think I just watched an event in Canberra that didn’t start with the fraudulent ‘Welcome to Country’.

    It’s only front hole 20/20 cricket, but it’s something.

    ‘A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step’ – some Chinese dude back in the day.

    Naturally, it’s sufficiently shit that I’m going to watch Zombie Nation on Netflix. Try a Welcome to Country on that show and see how far it gets you.

  18. stackja

    Daily Telegraph story, woman now alledgly murdered, posted on facebook she feared former friend.

  19. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad win joint 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

    AAP
    34 minutes ago October 5, 2018
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    Denis Mukwege, a gynaecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State in Iraq, have won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

    The Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday said it had awarded them the prize for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. “Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes,” it said in its citation.

    Mukwege, a gynaecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, leads the Panzi Hospital in the eastern city of Bukavu. Opened in 1999, the clinic receives thousands of women each year, many of them requiring surgery from sexual violence.

    Murad is an advocate for the Yazidi minority in Iraq and for refugee and women’s rights in general. She was enslaved and raped by Islamic State fighters in Mosul in 2014.

    The prize will be presented in Oslo on December 10, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who founded the awards in his 1895 will.

    From the Oz.

  20. John Constantine

    Zero tolerance for gangs in yarragrad.

    Each one individually taken aside, breath tested, drug tested, while sniffer dogs check them over, their drivers licences checked, vehicle rego checked and roadworthies done.

    Rebels motorcycle club obviously doesn’t know all they had to do was to get a girl to rent an Air bnb house to party in and it is as good as a get out of jail card.

  21. Armadillo

    Sinc, please ban Steve Trickler. He’s the reason we don’t believe in Hollywood anymore.

  22. rickw

    Mukwege, a gynaecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, leads the Panzi Hospital in the eastern city of Bukavu. Opened in 1999, the clinic receives thousands of women each year, many of them requiring surgery from sexual violence.

    You don’t need to do this if everyone’s got a Colt 1911.

  23. Nick

    Panzi Hospital, sexual violence hahahha Hahahahha. Sorry.

  24. Armadillo

    Each one individually taken aside, breath tested, drug tested, while sniffer dogs check them over, their drivers licences checked, vehicle rego checked and roadworthies done

    Real “Bikies” travel in 4WD’d, Merceedes, Kombi Vans or Commodores.

  25. Delta A

    Steve trickler
    #2832388, posted on October 5, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Great video. Thanks, Steve.

    Just sent this to my history-buff brother who is currently in New York.

  26. Armadillo

    Rarely in advance, usually a day behind.

  27. .

    Kates should chronicle all of the recent Democrats scandals, breaches of national security, perjuries and burglaries.

  28. .

    WOW

    Joe di Genova and law partner (Victoria Toensing) basically say Katz, Avenatti, Bromwich & McCabe ought to be referred for breaking bar rules…and that Perkins Coie is gonna get sued over fabricating the Wussia piss leaks.

  29. Boambee John

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    #2832407, posted on October 5, 2018 at 8:34 pm
    Kates should chronicle all of the recent Democrats scandals, breaches of national security, perjuries and burglaries.

    Poor man will starve to death trying to get it done in less than a year.

  30. Armadillo

    The “bikie” has evolved from the Vietnam era it was sporn from. Too much romantification of James Dean I suspect.

  31. Armadillo

    Kates should chronicle all of the recent Democrats scandals, breaches of national security, perjuries and burglaries.

    Absolutely.

  32. .

    This thing is a full-blown conspiracy.

    I’M NOT KIDDING. This is as big as Watergate.

    Matt Dollinger
    Matt Dollinger
    21 hours ago

    Still no one talks about Shelia Jackson Lee envelope she gave Ford’s lawyer and now one of her aids did some kind illegal leaking.

    Thumpin Billy
    Thumpin Billy
    21 hours ago

    Her staffer was just arrested for leaking addresses of GOP members.

    Gawanipony 3
    Gawanipony 3
    21 hours ago
    Matt Dollinger

    Sheila’s staff member is the one arrested too for doxxing senators

    Fox News senior judicial analyst says the people who don’t want to see Judge Kavanaugh confirmed now have more ammunition and doubt. Judge Napolitano is disappointed the FBI didn’t interview to Ford and Kavanaugh.

  33. Delta A

    The “bikie” has evolved from the Vietnam era it was sporn from.

    I always thought the bikies evolved from the old ‘bodgies’, well before Aus/US involvement in Vietnam.

    After the bodgies, and their lady friends, widgies, came the opposing groups rockers and surfies. Then everyone got too lazy to fight in gangs until we were blessed with antifa, the scourge of the 21st century… when their mums let them out of the basement.

  34. Delta A

    But yes, Arma, you’re right about the James Dean influence.

  35. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I always thought the bikies evolved from the old ‘bodgies’, well before Aus/US involvement in Vietnam.

    The “bikie gangs” emerged in the United States, after Wobbly Wobbly Two, as returned servicemen wanted some adrenaline.

  36. Delta A

    returned servicemen wanted some adrenaline.

    Bikies/bodgies were more than thrill seekers. Many of them were out and out thugs. Don’t you remember the gang wars, with chains, knives and other weapons?

    As a child in the 50’s, I was terrified of them, solely from what I heard on the radio and from adult conversation. I never came within cooee of one, but the fear remained.

  37. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Don’t you remember the gang wars, with chains, knives and other weapons?

    Before my time, but I’m remembering how Perth cops smashed the “skinhead” gangs by methods that were robust, to say the least. The leader of one gang was interrogated with the aid of a telephone book……

  38. Empire 5:5

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    #2832413, posted on October 5, 2018 at 8:41 pm
    This thing is a full-blown conspiracy.

    Expand your thinking. This is just a side show, a postscript.

  39. Steve trickler

    Hello Delta.

    This Paris clip is remarkable. Application of ambient sounds is fast becoming a craft.



  40. Empire 5:5

    You don’t need to do this if everyone’s got a Colt 1911.

    Perhaps the lady would prefer something a little lighter than .45 ACP?

    Just sayin’

  41. cohenite

    Fox News senior judicial analyst says the people who don’t want to see Judge Kavanaugh confirmed now have more ammunition and doubt. Judge Napolitano is disappointed the FBI didn’t interview to Ford and Kavanaugh.

    Complete bullshit. Kavanaugh has been interviewed previously; both spent quality time in front of the SJC. It wouldn’t matter if the fbi had Kavanaugh’s DNA profile (they probably have) the demorat fuckwits still wouldn’t be happy.

  42. Empire 5:5

    .
    #2832407, posted on October 5, 2018 at 8:34 pm
    Kates should chronicle all of the recent Democrats scandals, breaches of national security, perjuries and burglaries.

    This work has already been done and is available to anyone who wants to find it.

  43. slackster

    Best meme so far on this Kavanaugh debacle I have seen so far:

    https://imgur.com/a/lzdm2Hc

  44. Armadillo

    Delta, I’m way too young to opine on this stuff 🙂

    However, I have listened to my elders over the years. History is not always as it seems to be. The loudest voice is not always the most accurate. There is always a “nuance”. God forbid a child in 50 years reads and believes what the current MSM says about this time in history.

    They say that “the victor” writes the history. At this particular moment, had 2016 turned out in Hillary’s favour, it would have changed the world (for the worse). And for a very long time.

    I haven’t the slightest doubt that the entire planet would be under UN control in 8 years time. That’s the way it was heading under OBama. The EU were hoping. The U.K. were infiltrated. Australia was complicit. Hillary was poised to enact it. Free men (and women) no longer.

    I just hope that history reflects exactly what has happened here.

    Trump is God.

  45. Gab

    Great vid, Steve. Loved the opening scene of Notre Dame and to think those people were strolling in front of the church completely unaware of what lay beneath the forecourt. Where almost 70 years later excavations would unearth what is now the Crypte archéologique de l’île de la Cité. I’ve been lucky enough to have gone down into the Crypte when I was in Paris. I urge anyone with a love of history to visit it.

    http://www.crypte.paris.fr/en/crypt

  46. mh

    Slackster, that is fantastic!

  47. Zatara

    So what is the latest on the Kavinator vote?

    If today goes as planned the vote for cloture will happen at about 1300 DC time today.

    30 hours of debate follows.

    Final vote ~1700 Saturday DC time.

  48. zyconoclast

    If you are going to show a Kylie Minogue, this is the the one.

    NSFW

  49. zyconoclast

    sorry for the double.

  50. Harlequin Decline

    Stuck in moderation so trying again with an alteration-

    I occasionally skim the comments in Larry Pickering’s blog site. A lot of the commentators aren’t too tightly wrapped but occasionally there is something worthwhile like the following dissertation on Byron Bay from Jackass99-

    ‘I have a message for the Mayor of Byron Bay who was interviewed last night by Bolte. He is changing the date of Australia Day to the 25th January to appease the b**ngs. Does he know that his town is a finalist in the competition to be the shittiest town in Australia. This is what the judges are saying.

    Known as Australia’s easternmost point, Byron Bay is also the country’s biggest dickhead magnet. Every type of fuckwit under the sun gravitates to Byron: smelly hippies spilling out of their housevans, tattooed surfers fighting each other for territory, barefoot bogans fighting each other for fun, cashed-up boomers flittering between overpriced organic cafes and bullshit galleries, and overseas millionaires buying up the entire town for holiday homes. It’s the sort of place that corporate shills on their second divorce fantasise about moving to so they can open a yoga retreat and root a dreadlocked barista on the beach. Byron Bay is Disneyland for dropouts, the Gold Coast for people who prefer their Meter Maids to have hairy pits.

    Overrun by tourists and littered with their half-eaten takeaways and used condoms, the only people who actually live in Byron Bay are pretentious trustafarians who turned up for Splendour in the Grass and forgot to fuck off home after the mushies wore off. These private school plastic hippies use their old man’s money to live the ‘Byron dream’, subsidising their supposed ‘free spirit lifestyle’ which actually consists of wearing cheap jewellery they bought in Bali while complaining about other fake hippies, catching herpes from German backpackers and generally doing large amounts of serious fuck all. Byron Bay gained national notoriety for rejecting fast food giants McDonald’s and KFC under the pretence that junk food didn’t fit with the ‘Byron lifestyle’ – maybe if Macca’s started serving kombucha and lentils and giving away hacky sacks in their Happy Meals it might have got the Byron seal of approval.

    Byron Bay is known for its nightlife, which consists of drunken drongos and schoolies smashing each other’s teeth out and projectile vomiting at passersby. It’s also a primo spot for seeing whales, which is why Byronites were still slaughtering humpbacks as recently as the 1960s. A popular feature is the Cape Byron Lighthouse, which serves the vital purpose of warning passing seafarers away from the complete wankeropolis of Byron Bay. We suggest you heed its warning.

    JimJim comments-

    Ah, Bogan Bay. Dreadful one day, worse the next.’

  51. Leigh Lowe

    If today goes as planned the vote for cloture will happen at about 1300 DC time today.

    30 hours of debate follows.

    Final vote ~1700 Saturday DC time.

    So, cloture vote 3 am Sat AEDT, and final vote 7 am Sunday +/- daylight savings.

  52. Gab

    Oh and peak hour traffic back in the 1890s was just as bad as it is today in Paris!

  53. slackster

    Trump is God.

    Just blessed by him – and I never would have thought i would have ever said this as an ex JW

  54. Armadillo

    Oh great.

    Now I’m confused wether to read about “Crypte archéologique de l’île de la Cité” or watch Kylie Minogue.

    Sorry Gab. Zyco posted it twice. He’s shown more commitment.

  55. zyconoclast

    Trudeau on fake hijab story Jan 2018

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked about the attack during a speech wrapping up a two-day cabinet retreat in London, Ont., on Friday afternoon.

    “My heart goes out to the young girl who was attacked, seemingly for her religion. I can’t imagine how afraid she must have been,” he said.

    “I want her and her family and her friends and community to know that that is not what Canada is.”

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Oct 2018 refused to directly condemn a violent attack on a young pro-life woman by a pro-abortion advocate that happened in broad daylight during a pro-life event in Toronto on Sunday. A video of the attack has gone viral on social media.

    Despite that video, self-avowed feminist Trudeau did not directly condemn the violence against the pro-lifer when contacted by LifeSiteNews Thursday morning.

    Instead, a media request to the prime minister was handed off to the minister of public safety. That office then issued a generic statement: “We condemn all forms of violence.”

  56. Gab

    You are nothing if not fair, Arma. And a red-blooded male. 😀

  57. Oh come on

    The Michael Moore vs Kathy Griffin pink-on-pink attack (as reported at Drudge) is delicious. Not from a visual perspective – as no one wants to think of Jabba the Hutt* and Julia Gillard rending each other’s garments – but the exchange itself is a thing of beauty:

    Five days ago Dems & ‘liberals’ did the same old thing, claiming some empty ‘victory’ when Flake feigned shame, and then foolishly placing their hopes in the FBI – THE FBI! – doing an ‘investigation,’” Moore wrote.

    “When is our side going to wake up and start FIGHTING? Stop hoping & start acting!” he added.

    To which Griffin replied, “Michael…WE LOST.” “What more could we have done? We don’t have the Senate or the Presidency. What more can we do for god sakes?”

    She added, “We should focus on the midterms but stop criticizing without a real world solution.”

    As a final jab, Griffin asked, “And frankly what were you doing?”

    Yeah, fatso, what were you doing apart from emptying KFC buckets?

    Love it! Moore please.

    *Kim Beazley? Standby with the brain bleach because Bomber and TLS probably did bump uglies, following the time-honoured and disgusting ALP tradition

  58. slackster

    Since this is the open thread- for all you 80″s music lovers – from the soundtrack to Vice City:

  59. Oh come on

    (I don’t yet want to gloat about the “we lost” bit, because the stupid party is perfectly capable of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, so let’s just put that on ice for a couple of days.)

  60. zyconoclast

    Trump’s ‘public charge’ rule for immigrants is a cruel proposal

    (JTA) — Closing America’s doors to the “tired” and “poor” yearning for freedom is at the heart of the new reported proposal by the Trump administration. The proposal would make it more difficult for immigrants to come to this country, or obtain visas or green cards, if they or members of their household have ever used public welfare programs.

  61. Infidel Tiger

    Kylie’s a middle aged old banger who will die alone with a cat eating her face off.

    Sad but she is the embodiment of western decline and should be shunned by the righteous and used as an example of a failed and horrid life.

  62. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    *Kim Beazley? Standby with the brain bleach because Bomber and TLS probably did bump uglies, following the time-honoured and disgusting ALP tradition

    I would have thought it more of a challenge to find anyone in the Labor Party who wasn’t dancing the honeymoon hornpipe with TLS.

  63. zyconoclast

    Students Filed Title IX Complaints Against Kavanaugh to Prevent Him From Teaching at Harvard Law

    In the days before Harvard Law School announced embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh will not teach in Cambridge this January, undergraduates eager to block his return to campus struck on a new strategy: file Title IX complaints against the conservative judge.
    Over the past week, several students filed formal complaints alleging Kavanaugh’s presence in Cambridge would violate Harvard’s policy prohibiting sexual and gender-based harassment — though several Title IX experts said this strategy was unlikely to succeed.

  64. zyconoclast

    I would have thought it more of a challenge to find anyone in the Labor Party who wasn’t dancing the honeymoon hornpipe with TLS.

    Kevin Rudd may be the only example.

  65. .

    Title IX is an absolute disgrace.

  66. Empire 5:5

    Slackster
    #2832430, posted on October 5, 2018 at 9:36 pm
    Best meme so far on this Kavanaugh debacle I have seen so far:

    Fukken saved. Brilliant.

    If the left could meme this would’ve been a much closer thing.

  67. slackster

    Designated sucker- i mean driver is here- lets see whats changed in the Melbourne bar scene in these 5 years

  68. Leigh Lowe

    In the days before Harvard Law School announced embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh will not teach in Cambridge this January, undergraduates eager to block his return to campus struck on a new strategy: file Title IX complaints against the conservative judge.

    Who is the replacement?
    Michael Avenetti?
    Saul Goodman?
    Lionel Hutz?
    Chris Murphy?
    Who?

  69. 132andBush


    Trump is anti-Australian.

    Along with most Australian politicians and all the greens.

  70. Leigh Lowe

    In the days before Harvard Law School announced embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh will not teach in Cambridge this January, 

    It would be great if one of the first SC cases heard by The Kavinator was a First Amendment case brought against a Liberal STFU Uni.

  71. Empire 5:5

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    #2832470, posted on October 5, 2018 at 10:11 pm
    Trump is anti-Australian.

    He has every right to be.

    Morrison/ Payne doubled down this week with their joint UK&NZ muh Russia horseshit and in doing so confirmed the 2016 treachery was cabinet endorsed.

  72. Leigh Lowe

    Trump is anti-Australian.

    He hates the leeching Uni-party policies.
    So do I.

  73. 132andBush

    Greens don’t count as pollies.

    Enemy insurgents.

  74. Empire 5:5

    Designated sucker- i mean driver is here- lets see whats changed in the Melbourne bar scene in these 5 years

    Men in women’s clothing, but easier to score. Otherwise same old, same old.

  75. .

    Geez I was taking the piss, but some valid points are brought up.

  76. Infidel Tiger

    Trump is anti-Australian.

    No, he’s anti leech.

    He’s loves Australia and Australians.

    Hates our swamp. He’s spot on.

  77. Empire 5:5

    Kylie’s a middle aged old banger who will die alone with a cat eating her face off.

    Never collected, but dependable match reports verify a fine ride.

  78. JC

    Trump is anti-Australian.

    Naaa. He’s actually a typical American American. He doesn’t give a shit about Australia. For some reason -ever since the 80s with the Croc Dundee movies, Australians seemed to believe they were sort of special to Americans. We’re not. They don’t dislike us, but they also don’t give a rats.

  79. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Kevin Rudd may be the only example.

    Not all the brain bleach ever distilled could rid the mind of the thought, of such a spectacle..

  80. Fisky

    Trump is anti-Australian.

    Maybe once our government apologise for colluding with the US Deep State in their attempted coup-d’état, Trump will treat us a little better. But between Dolly Downer, the Skeleton, the Crimton Cash Fund, and the use of the Five Eyes alliance to intervene in the US election, Trump has every right to be pissed off.

  81. .

    He doesn’t give a shit about Australia.

    Honestly, why would they?

    Do any Australians really care about Cape Verde?

  82. .

    That’s right Fisk. We have Julie Bishop handing over huge sums of money to Bill and Hillary.

    This is quite insane to think about, but it is current year.

  83. JC

    Dolly Downer should get a serious beating for what he did. He deserves several beatings. The disgusting swine handed over millions of dollars to the Clinton Crime Foundation.

    A story, a few years back, suggested Clinton daughter’s wedding was paid for through foundation dollars. That of course didn’t dissuade Downer from still siding with them and trying to take down Trump.

    He’s an absolute pig of a human being.

  84. Empire 5:5

    *Kim Beazley? Standby with the brain bleach because Bomber and TLS probably did bump uglies, following the time-honoured and disgusting ALP tradition

    There’s a market for gerontobese porn.

    When the corruptocrats are sleeping in cardboard boxes under bridges, it may be their last road to dignity.

    May the Lord have mercy on their evil lard.

  85. JC

    Did the anorexic hand over cash to the Clinton’s too? Is that correct?

  86. Infidel Tiger

    Alex Downer is undoubtedly a foreign agent.

    Employed by huawei and also up to his eyeballs with Papadopolous.

    Very bad look for this country.

    If I was Trump I would have nuked Australia by now and stolen all our minerals.

  87. JC

    Downer could end up in serious trouble if the tables turn over the Wussian thing. If it does, he could be one of the first cabs off the rank receiving a subpoena to testify or even an indictment.

    Fuck, I’d do cartwheels if Downer went down that road.

  88. miltonf

    Dolly Downer should get a serious beating for what he did. He deserves several beatings. The disgusting swine handed over millions of dollars to the Clinton Crime Foundation.

    I presume this was during John Howard’s PMship. Was he cool with this?

  89. Infidel Tiger

    In a righteous world Downer would be being r&ped right now by a jihadist in gitmo.

  90. Infidel Tiger

    US unemployment hits a new record low: 3.7%

    Trump is God.

  91. JC

    Dolly should also be very careful traveling overseas and I would stay put if I was him. There could be a secret extradition out for him he doesn’t know about. He ends up getting nabbed in a foreign port and sent to the US to either answer questions or an real live indictment.

  92. min

    Breaking news Kavanagh was nude with 3 nurses minutes after he was born,a

  93. Armadillo

    Kylie’s a middle aged old banger who will die alone with a cat eating her face off.

    Dare I say it, Infidel is probably correct.

  94. Empire 5:5

    Don’t shoot the fishnet messenger.

    Alex is an inbread panty sniffing freakazoid. We already knew that.

    Let’s focus on the Point Piper Python, the GS injected PM installed in a local coup d’état, who colluded with Traitor44.

    Let’s focus on who else was complicit in a blatant act of treachery against our greatest ally.

  95. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    In a righteous world Downer would be being r&ped right now by a jihadist in gitmo.

    Alexander Downer started the process that led to the Australian Labor Party doing the American wheat industry’s dirty work for them. In a just world, he would be sodomized by a giraffe, before being sewn into a Thermomix, and being flung over the castle walls from a trebuchet.

  96. Leo G

    Wall Street Journal reports that Leyland Keyser was pressured to change her statement by former FBI agent Monica McLean, who was also a long-time friend of Christine Ford.

    A friend of Christine Blasey Ford told FBI investigators that she felt pressured by Dr. Ford’s allies to revisit her initial statement that she knew nothing about an alleged sexual assault by a teenage Brett Kavanaugh, which she later updated to say that she believed but couldn’t corroborate Dr. Ford’s account.

  97. jupes

    Fuck, I’d do cartwheels if Downer went down that road.

    Do we have an extradition treaty with the US? I hope so.

    The global deep state’s attempt at spying on and trying to take down Trump is the biggest scandal of this century. Downer deserves to cop it for his part in this sordid affair.

  98. .

    Yep JC, she was FM since 2013.

    From a site I don’t normally visit:

    On 22 September 2014 in New York, FM Julie Bishop and Bill Clinton witnessed the signing of a new MoU with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) “committing Australia and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to work together to transform access to health in developing countries over the next five years”.

    http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2018/02/recent-australian-government-data-direct-clinton-foundation-taxpayer-donations-total-130m.html

  99. JC

    We do Jupes. However , I think it would be politically inexpedient formally request a Dolly extradition directly from the Australian government. It would be quicker and cleaner if the prick was nabbed in say Singapore and sent to the US. The Americans sometimes issue these sorts of requests.

    Dolly shouldn’t travel overseas. He just shouldn’t

  100. .

    The global deep state’s attempt at spying on and trying to take down Trump is the biggest scandal of this century.

    Absolutely. From donors, Senators, FBI agents, perjuring true believers, sleazy lawyers, “grassroots” movements, long time D’rat PR shills, his 2016 opponent, staffers to politicians in allied countries.

    This is like Watergate, only bigger, and by the Democrats this time.

  101. Oh come on

    He doesn’t give a shit about Australia. For some reason -ever since the 80s with the Croc Dundee movies, Australians seemed to believe they were sort of special to Americans

    I think since 9/11 and the Coalition Of The Willing era, a larger than usual segment of the US IR hawk community viewed Australia with unusual affection. A disproportionately large part of the right-wing online punditry in the US are IR hawks. So we right-wing online pundits in Australia came to think of ourselves as being more indispensable to the US than we actually are. We aren’t indispensable to them, nor them us, but maintaining the alliance that we have done so since WW2 suits the interests of both sides. However, because they’re the vastly senior partner in the arrangement, they loom far larger in our national consciousness than we do in theirs.

    Australia has paid its dues in the alliance. We have been at the side of the US in just about every major conflict they’ve embarked upon in the Pax Americana era. I think Australia built up an unusual reservoir of sentimental goodwill in some quarters of the US as a consequence of the solidarity shown throughout the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – and, to a lesser extent, the war against IS – but the MAGA agenda has drained that reservoir. Given the defence postures of Australia and the US, we share too many common interests to not be close allies. This transcends individuals. There may be a time in the future when Australia could be to Trump what we were to Dubbya, but most Australians will always be able to name the US President whilst most Americans would struggle to name a single Australian.

  102. Zatara

    Fuck, I’d do cartwheels if Downer went down that road.

    Do we have an extradition treaty with the US? I hope so.

    Yes there is a treaty. .

    It’s not as clear cut as it sounds though.

  103. Empire 5:5

    The more pressing problem right now is the cabal installed equine PM in NZ.

    This no talent commie marionette provided Killary access to intel during her last visit to NZ.

    Her office must be terminated ASAP to send a clear message to the swamp – don’t shit in the South Pacific or you will be minced.

  104. Fisky

    Donald J. Trump

    Verified account

    @realDonaldTrump
    3m
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    More
    The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad. Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love! #Troublemakers

  105. jupes

    Dolly shouldn’t travel overseas. He just shouldn’t

    Trump should lure the egotistical prick out.

    Maybe stage a “foreign minister of the century” award in a seven star hotel in some foreign shithole and nab the prick there.

    Better still, bomb the joint and get rid of plenty of gormless fuckwits like Krudd while he’s at it.

  106. Fisky

    The world’s leading economist, Paul Krugman, forced to concede that blue collar Americans are winning bigly under Trump!

    Paul Krugman

    Verified account

    @paulkrugman
    38s
    38 seconds ago

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    One little-noticed point about today’s employment report: the unemployment rate for less-educated workers is also at historic lows, just 3.7 percent for non-college HS grads 1

  107. Oh come on

    The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad. Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love! #Troublemakers

    The trolling here is breathtakingly good. “Very rude elevator screamers”!! That is going straight to the pool room.

  108. Leo G

    but most Australians will always be able to name the US President whilst most Americans would struggle to name a single Australian.

    Tas Devil was married, I expect?

  109. Oh come on

    I am a sexual assault survivor!

    No, you’re just a very rude girl.

  110. Infidel Tiger

    “Made in the basement from love”

    My God. Trump is brilliant.

    We are truly witnessing genius. Or an idiot savant. I could care less.

  111. Oh come on

    I should add that the US has also paid its dues in the alliance. If it weren’t for the hard power umbrella the Americans provide Australia, we would have to spend a lot more on defence than we are used to spending.

  112. JC

    Fellas

    Do you understand at all that Trump has basically governed as a neo-con? Is this working it’s way through your minds yet?

    He’s talked about cutting immigration to the US, but at this stage he’s done shit. He may do something about illegals, but that’s an entirely different story.

    He’s cut taxes, which is very neo-con.

    The new NAFTA is a little tougher, but it’s a joke compared to what he really talked about. Moreover the agreement with the Canadians on the dairy side is market opening.

    And if the new NAFTA agreement is any indication there will be neo-con deals with the EU and China down the road.

    All good stuff.

  113. .

    Set for 10 years. I think it is going to trend up now. US unemployment is approaching the “frictional” rate now.

    https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/labor-force-participation-rate

    This, more than the raw U/E rate is what is going to get Trump millions of disaffected voters and former Democrats, perhaps a lot of blacks and latinos too.

  114. Oh come on

    I wouldn’t say Trump has governed as a neo-con – much more so a conservative, though.

  115. Leigh Lowe

    The world’s leading economist, Paul Krugman, forced to concede that blue collar Americans are winning bigly under Trump!

    Is that the same Paul Krugman who penned that “End of the World As We Know It” op-ed on November 9th, 2016?

  116. Armadillo

    The Democrats have currently got Gillard, Rudd and Turnbull in town, and cast your mind back to the Australian elections prior to that.

    The Democratic Election Machine in America was “invincible” with “Hillary – I’m with her”. Staffers from Australia involved in “volunteering”. The ALP getting “fined” for interference.

    The “polling” and the very way that they ran campaigns is “step in hand”. Control of the media (ALPBC). The large social media presence. The constant emails. An “Americanised Election” in Australia.

    I’m not inferring that Australians were influencing America, but rather learning from what was supposed to be the “Hillary Victory”. The bounty paid via “deals” and “subsidies” continues.

    Beware.

    At the end of the day, “trust” is the only commodity of any value.

  117. JC

    OCO

    Okay call it what you want, but he’s more Reagan than Reagan.

  118. Armadillo

    You can’t buy trust, you can only earn it.

  119. Zatara

    He’s talked about cutting immigration to the US, but at this stage he’s done shit.

    Not exactly. He’s got the ball rolling.

    Donald Trump proposes law to cut immigration numbers by half in 10 years

    Donald Trump announced plans for new immigration laws on Wednesday that would cut the total number of immigrants admitted to the US by half over a decade and prioritize those who can speak English or are well educated.

    The proposed legislation, unveiled at the White House, would also cap the number of refugees admitted to the US every year at 50,000, and eliminate the diversity visa lottery, which currently allocates 50,000 visas a year to residents of countries that do not currently send significant numbers of migrants to the US.

    An estimate provided by the office of one of the bill’s sponsors, the Republican senator Tom Cotton, stated that if passed, the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (Raise) Act would reduce the number of immigrants admitted to the US by 41% in its first year and by 50% over a 10-year-period.

  120. Infidel Tiger

    Bullshit IC. Trump is the antithesis of a Neo-con.

    Trump is a hybrid of FDR and other much older Presidents. His manner is very reminiscent of 19th century American politics.

    I’ve said it before but I believe Trump to be the most “American” person who ever lived. We will never see his type again… except maybe Kanye.

  121. Steve trickler

    Check it out when you have 14 minutes to spare.

    You’ll be surprised.



  122. Leigh Lowe

    We are truly witnessing genius. Or an idiot savant. I could care less.

    Genius on even numbered days.
    Idiot savant on odd numbered days.
    He is many things, but he is not Hilary.
    We thank God for this every day.

  123. Leigh Lowe

    Trump is a hybrid of FDR and other much older Presidents. His manner is very reminiscent of 19th century American politics.

    Better than Coolidge?

  124. JC

    Trump is a hybrid of FDR and other much older Presidents.

    FDR was just a dickhead. His economics worsened everything. Trump is not stupid like him.

    His manner is very reminiscent of 19th century American politics.

    You realize these dudes to a large extent were open border fuckers, right? I can’t recall the year, but you didn’t even require a passport to enter the US. You just showed up… and the southern border was open… totally open until the 30s.

  125. sdfc

    Trumpy is basically a dope.

  126. zyconoclast

    Netflix viewing eats up world’s data

    Video streaming service Netflix is the world’s most data-hungry application, consuming 15% of global net traffic, according to research from bandwidth management company Sandvine.

    Video in general accounts for more than half of net traffic, it suggests.

    Other media streaming such as embedded video on websites accounts for 13.1%, YouTube, 11.4% and web browsing, 7.8%.

    The report also found that gaming and file-sharing are becoming a significant force in traffic volume.

    Video accounts for 58% of the total volume of downstream traffic on the internet, followed by web browsing (17%), gaming (7.8%) and social media (5.1%), according to the report.

  127. Fisky

    Unfortunately, legal immigration levels are set by Congress so Trump has little power over that. Where he has been magnificent is in refugee admissions – reduced from over 100K to about 27K in a year!

  128. JC

    Tell you what, if stocks don’t get pulled down hard as a result of the US bond market (long-end yields rising) US bank stocks will Pluto higher. What need to happen is market perception grows that bond yields have to rise because of very strong economic activity.

    If the quarterly results come out decent, banks stocks could fucking fly.

  129. JC

    sdfc
    #2832568, posted on October 5, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Trumpy is basically a dope.

    Sure looks like, hey SDFC. Sure looks like it. NOT!

  130. Leigh Lowe

    One little-noticed point about today’s employment report: the unemployment rate for less-educated workers is also at historic lows, just 3.7 percent for non-college HS grads 1

    Deplorables with jobs!!
    I am surprised that Krugman didn’t spin it as “they are paying far more tax under Trump (employed) than they would have under Hilary (unemployed)”

  131. Infidel Tiger

    FDR was an American hero, a patriot and a great man. No one gets everything right. Yes he was a nincompoop at times but he was a great man.

    The idea that the US was ever an open borders country is lunacy. Take the ferry to Liberty Island and read the story of immigration.

    Culture matters. Borders matter.

  132. sdfc

    If dopey’s trade policy pushes inflation higher, the Fed may decide to tramp on it. Then it’s look out.

  133. Leigh Lowe

    You realize these dudes to a large extent were open border fuckers, right? I can’t recall the year, but you didn’t even require a passport to enter the US. You just showed up… and the southern border was open… totally open until the 30s.

    How much was the dole and all the other SJW benefits back then?

  134. Infidel Tiger

    Trumpy is basically a dope.

    Guy became President at his first ever run for office of any kind on earth.

    If he’s a dope, what are you?

  135. JC

    The idea that the US was ever an open borders country is lunacy. Take the ferry to Liberty Island and read the story of immigration.

    Take a look at the chart 1/3 of the way down the page.

    That’s a very steep climb for a place with strong borders. Presumably they were fucking so much each family had 20 kids.

  136. Armadillo

    Until a President takes a bullet, he’s unproven.

  137. The idea that the US was ever an open borders country is lunacy.

    Thank you for today’s dose of sanity here at the Cat, IT.

  138. JC

    Artie

    FDR was worse than Hoover.

  139. Empire 5:5

    The UK/AU/NZ muh Russia narrative pushed this week was prepared in April

    The Prime Minister has attended a top-level intelligence meeting in London to discuss growing international tensions with Russia.

    The meeting of countries belonging to the Five Eyes network was a late addition to Jacinda Ardern’s European tour.

    She sat down with her British, Australian and Canadian counterparts amid accusations of Russian interference on millions of computers around the world.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2018/04/jacinda-ardern-meets-with-five-eyes-leaders-over-russia.html

    Stupid beyond belief.

  140. sdfc

    If he’s a dope, what are you?

    Daddy’s money Trump is entertaining. I don’t deny that.

  141. JC

    See what you’ve done, Artie? You woke up the only libertarian on the site. Ask him as he’ll tell you. While you’re at it, ask him about the some other issues that needs to be aired.

  142. Infidel Tiger

    Open borders is great when everyone who turns up is the same religion and culture more or less.

  143. Leigh Lowe

    Open borders is great when everyone who turns up is the same religion and culture more or less.

    And it is work or starve.
    No incentive to rock up with the begging bowl at the ready.

  144. zyconoclast

    U.S. Immigrant Population and Share over Time, 1850-Present

    Declines from a peak of 14.7% in 1910 to 4.7% in 1970. 13.5% in 2016.

  145. Infidel Tiger

    FDR was a great man but also a fairly awful President as far as economics go. A patriot though.

    Hoover a smart guy but a weirdo.

    American decline began with Woodrow Wilson. A contemptible man and the worst and most destructive American in the last century.

    I tell you what is hugely strange to my Australian eyes, these ancient old coots on the US Senate. Feinstein must be 356 years old. Grassley might have gone to school with Methuselah.

  146. JC

    Open borders is great when everyone who turns up is the same religion and culture more or less.

    Very true, but US didn’t have restrictions until the 20th C.

    During World War I (1914–1918), European countries instituted passport requirements. The Travel Control Act of May 22, 1918, permitted the president, when the United States was at war, to proclaim a passport requirement, and President Wilson issued such a proclamation on August 18, 1918.

  147. Empire 5:5

    The pissed idiot from the west is a late arrival this evening.

    More drunk and stupid than usual, but always an envious dope.

  148. Oh come on

    Trumpy is basically a dope.

    If true, this is the greatest argument for libertarianism ever. The head of state is a moron – so say you – and yet the country is flourishing. It would seem in that case that government is the problem. Or, to be more precise, government run by non-dope professional politicians is the problem.

  149. JC

    Fuck, I hope they lose everything. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of arseholes.

    David Swensen, who’s known as Yale’s ‘Warren Buffett’ because of his investing success with the university’s endowment, is making his first big bets on cryptocurrency following the recent swoon in the price of bitcoin and other digital currencies.

    Swensen, who is chief investment officer of Yale’s $29.4 billion endowment, has invested in two venture funds dedicated to cryptocurrency, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Swensen’s team invested in Andreessen Horowitz’s inaugural $300 million crypto fund, which closed in June, said the sources, who declined to be named because the investment was confidential. It also backed Paradigm, a new blockchain and cryptocurrency-focused fund started by Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam and former Sequoia Capital partner Matt Huang, the people said.

  150. Infidel Tiger

    Very true, but US didn’t have restrictions until the 20th C.

    M

    I’ll give you a clue, not too many other folk were cruising around on P&O looking for digs back then.

  151. Leigh Lowe

    Trumpy is basically a dope.

    Possibly.
    But he has enough private enterprise intuition to know that the best the government can do for the economy is get the fuck out of the way.
    And he isn’t Hilary.

  152. Mindfree

    Olivia

    This is 19080

    ww.youtube.com/watch?v=DnkHf069fvA&index=3&list=RD3poFyK54xbc

  153. Jupes:

    The global deep state’s attempt at spying on and trying to take down Trump is the biggest scandal of this century. Downer deserves to cop it for his part in this sordid affair.

    About seven years ago, there was a Canberra scandal and it was mentioned that two labor politicians were passing secrets on to the CIA.
    Suddenly fell off the radar after about 24 hours.

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