Wednesday Forum: October 10, 2018

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  1. jupes

    Steyn:

    A squirrel can identify as an emotional support animal, a white man can identify as a person of color, but a woman can no longer identify as a woman because that’s transphobic. One begins to detect among some of the chippier feminists a faint sense that this trans thing is a reverse phallocentric takeover of the entire woman business.

    We can only hope.

  2. .

    Kanye and Fitty are going to spearhead a subversive pro-capitalist, conservative rebellion against the Dems.

    Fitty’s outfit used to call themselves “The Black Wall Street”.

    Contrast and compare:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuMBmK5uksg

  3. .

    Well anyway…this rap song is very, very subversive against the Democrats.

    Californians, pro-capitalist, black, anti-abortion, pro law and order…

  4. .

    Deny and you can repeat the lies so they are believed:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/08/17/no-one-third-of-african-americans-dont-support-trump-not-even-close/?utm_term=.daee0db2b391


    Monkey Cage
    Analysis
    No, one-third of African Americans don’t support Trump. Not even close.

    What an unfortunate article category.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    This morning I linked a story about witches in Brooklyn intending to hex the Donald.
    I see now that Brooklyn really is pissed with him:

    Tiny Busts of President Trump Pop Up Across Brooklyn With Signs That Read ‘Pee On Me’ (via BCF)

    Several small statues of President Donald Trump – circa 1980 – with yellow signs that read “Pee on me” are popping up throughout Brooklyn, New York. The statues encourage dogs (and possibly humans?) to urinate on the bust of Trump which is placed atop a small patch of astroturf.

    The tiny statuettes are mounted atop little patches of astroturf that has been sprayed with dog potty-training aids that actually encourage any dogs who happen to be passing by to relieve themselves.

    There’s a lot of urination in a nation.

  6. DrBeauGan

    jupes
    #2837344, posted on October 12, 2018 at 1:57 pm
    Steyn:

    A squirrel can identify as an emotional support animal, a white man can identify as a person of color, but a woman can no longer identify as a woman because that’s transphobic. One begins to detect among some of the chippier feminists a faint sense that this trans thing is a reverse phallocentric takeover of the entire woman business.

    We can only hope.

    I’ve stopped finding loonies funny. They have always been pathetic, but now they are starting to piss me off.

  7. H B Bear

    Plibbers and the Liars won’t be touching religious freedom legislation. The ALPBC and chattering classes are using it as an another opportunity to take a swing at Christians but the Liars know the real problems come with the muzzies out in the Western Sydney wastelands.

  8. H B Bear

    Feminism was always going to struggle once you could be a woman and still have a penis. Too funny.

  9. P

    JC
    #2837068, posted on October 12, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Camille Paglia is incredible. A true feminist.

    https://youtu.be/mb2JEX8DYYE

    Thank you JC for this video.

  10. thefrolickingmole

    Feminism was always going to struggle once you could be a woman and still have a penis. Too funny.

    I wasnt going to link this because its in bizarro world territory.
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/11/karen-white-how-manipulative-and-controlling-offender-attacked-again-transgender-prison

    Transgender politics – like any politics – can be divisive. Yet in the case of Karen White, who is legally still a man but was put in a female-only prison, both sides of the transgender rights debate are united in the belief mistakes were made.

    White entered the UK prison system as transgender. However, despite dressing as a woman, the 52-year-old had not undergone any surgery and was still legally a male. She was also a convicted paedophile and on remand for grievous bodily harm, burglary, multiple rapes and other sexual offences against women.

    In September last year she was transferred to New Hall prison in West Yorkshire. During a three-month period at the female prison she sexually assaulted two other inmates.

    The decision to move White to a women’s prison was made public after she admitted in court to the sexual assault and to multiple rapes committed before she was sent to prison.

    Those who met White were shocked that she was moved to a female prison, describing the convicted sex offender as “manipulative and controlling”, and questioned her commitment to her transition. The Ministry of Justice has since apologised for the placement.

    For now, White is being held at HM Prison Leeds, a category B men’s prison, and is undergoing gender reassignment surgery.

    Jenny-Anne Bishop, from the transgender rights group Transforum, said a local transgender case board made up of prison managers and psychologists decides where to place prisoners such as White within three days of a prisoner being taken into custody.

    The board allows the prisoner to make representations, and considers any risks and whether the individual has been living in the gender with which they identify.

    If this board’s decision is challenged, a local review board reconsiders the evidence. Finally, a “complex case board” can be set up to handle cases involving those aged 21 and under and for those at risk of causing harm to themselves or others.

    It is believed the decision to place White in a women’s prison was made only at the first level – by a local case board. Bishop says the board should have taken into account all offending history but failed to do so.

    Be sure to have a look at the picture of “Karen” 1/2 way down the article.

    Before entering the prison system White was living in a social housing complex in the village of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire. Previously known as David Thompson, within a fortnight of moving in she had asked to be known as Karen White.

    Residents said over a three-year period she presided over a reign of terror, physically and verbally abusing others, with some residents having to move away. All wanted to remain anonymous, for fear of reprisals.

    One of the residents said White was initially “charming” but over time she became “incredibly aggressive” and residents feared for their safety. She said White was controlling and threatened to report many for hate crimes.

    “We did not have a problem with her being transgender. We already had another transgender woman living here and we all got on just fine,” the woman said. “She was always calling the police accusing us of hate crimes against her. And then she started getting violent – it was a terrifying time for all of us – we wish she had never been placed here.”

    The final straw came when White repeatedly stabbed an elderly male resident in his own home, claiming the pensioner had sexually assaulted her. The man said: “She just went for me – it was completely out of the blue. I still feel scared in my own home.”

    The man staggered into another resident’s flat, the police were called and White was finally removed.

    Born in July 1966 as Stephen Terence Wood, the former Manchester drag artist was convicted in 2001 on two charges of indecent assault and gross indecency with a child of primary school age, and jailed for 18 months.

    While in prison, she changed her name to David Thompson.

    White’s arrest for that stabbing and a burglary in 2017 came just as the Ministry of Justice updated its policy “on the care and management of transgender prisoners” after the death of two trans prisoners in male prisons.

    The new 60-page policy introduced in January 2017 emphasised the right of prisoners to “self-identify” and to be treated “according to the gender in which they identify”. Previously, prisoners requiring such treatment would have needed a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) or to have had a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

    Citing article 8 of the European convention on human rights, the new policy allowed those who did not have the GRC and who identified as a different gender to their biological sex to be located “in the part of the estate consistent with the gender they identify with”.

  11. .

    Sweet jesus.

    I bothered to read the comments in that WaPo article.

    There was an articulate and young black man who put forward the nationalist and cultural argument for Trump (and he criticised him as not being fiscally conservative enough).

    The comments after that were absolutely disgusting.

    Blacks who support Trump are fake, Uncle Toms or Russian bots, etc.

  12. H B Bear

    The comments after that were absolutely disgusting.
    Blacks who support Trump are fake, Uncle Toms or Russian bots, etc.

    Like Bungjourno you mean?

  13. thefrolickingmole

    reposted with naughty words denaughtied…

    Feminism was always going to struggle once you could be a woman and still have a penis. Too funny.

    I wasnt going to link this because its in bizarro world territory.
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/11/karen-white-how-manipulative-and-controlling-offender-attacked-again-transgender-prison

    Transgender politics – like any politics – can be divisive. Yet in the case of Karen White, who is legally still a man but was put in a female-only prison, both sides of the transgender rights debate are united in the belief mistakes were made.

    White entered the UK prison system as transgender. However, despite dressing as a woman, the 52-year-old had not undergone any surgery and was still legally a male. She was also a convicted p$$dophile and on remand for grievous bodily harm, burglary, multiple r$pes and other se$ual offences against women.

    In September last year she was transferred to New Hall prison in West Yorkshire. During a three-month period at the female prison she s$xually assaulted two other inmates.

    The decision to move White to a women’s prison was made public after she admitted in court to the s$xual assault and to multiple rapes committed before she was sent to prison.

    Those who met White were shocked that she was moved to a female prison, describing the convicted s%x offender as “manipulative and controlling”, and questioned her commitment to her transition. The Ministry of Justice has since apologised for the placement.

    For now, White is being held at HM Prison Leeds, a category B men’s prison, and is undergoing gender reassignment surgery.

    Jenny-Anne Bishop, from the transgender rights group Transforum, said a local transgender case board made up of prison managers and psychologists decides where to place prisoners such as White within three days of a prisoner being taken into custody.

    The board allows the prisoner to make representations, and considers any risks and whether the individual has been living in the gender with which they identify.

    If this board’s decision is challenged, a local review board reconsiders the evidence. Finally, a “complex case board” can be set up to handle cases involving those aged 21 and under and for those at risk of causing harm to themselves or others.

    It is believed the decision to place White in a women’s prison was made only at the first level – by a local case board. Bishop says the board should have taken into account all offending history but failed to do so.

    Be sure to have a look at the picture of “Karen” 1/2 way down the article.

    Before entering the prison system White was living in a social housing complex in the village of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire. Previously known as David Thompson, within a fortnight of moving in she had asked to be known as Karen White.

    Residents said over a three-year period she presided over a reign of terror, physically and verbally abusing others, with some residents having to move away. All wanted to remain anonymous, for fear of reprisals.

    One of the residents said White was initially “charming” but over time she became “incredibly aggressive” and residents feared for their safety. She said White was controlling and threatened to report many for hate crimes.

    “We did not have a problem with her being transgender. We already had another transgender woman living here and we all got on just fine,” the woman said. “She was always calling the police accusing us of hate crimes against her. And then she started getting violent – it was a terrifying time for all of us – we wish she had never been placed here.”

    The final straw came when White repeatedly stabbed an elderly male resident in his own home, claiming the pensioner had s$xually assaulted her. The man said: “She just went for me – it was completely out of the blue. I still feel scared in my own home.”

    The man staggered into another resident’s flat, the police were called and White was finally removed.

    Born in July 1966 as Stephen Terence Wood, the former Manchester drag artist was convicted in 2001 on two charges of indecent assault and gross indecency with a child of primary school age, and jailed for 18 months.

    While in prison, she changed her name to David Thompson.

    White’s arrest for that stabbing and a burglary in 2017 came just as the Ministry of Justice updated its policy “on the care and management of transgender prisoners” after the death of two trans prisoners in male prisons.

    The new 60-page policy introduced in January 2017 emphasised the right of prisoners to “self-identify” and to be treated “according to the gender in which they identify”. Previously, prisoners requiring such treatment would have needed a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) or to have had a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

    Citing article 8 of the European convention on human rights, the new policy allowed those who did not have the GRC and who identified as a different gender to their biological s$x to be located “in the part of the estate consistent with the gender they identify with”.

  14. H B Bear

    Once you start accommodating the unreality of trannies there is no natural point you can call them out. No wonder they are running all over people.

  15. Mother Lode

    Blacks who support Trump are fake, Uncle Toms or Russian bots, etc.

    This, of course, is the weakness of progressives: They obstinately refuse to understand their enemy. They have long since made up their mind about them, and it is like as a cog in the mechanical model of the world.

    If that cog changes the machine ceases to function, and if there is one thing progressives are proud of, which justifies to them their conviction that they ought to have their hands on the levers, it is that they have an ‘understsanding’ of how the machinery of society works.

    They don’t of course. It is something that looks like a machine – there are levers, pulleys, cogs, pistons and such, but it is in fact a rigid system which cannot move. And that is why their solution when it doesn’t work is always just to push harder. But, like someone who buys a Ferrari and thinks owning it makes them as cool as it, lefties have bought their machine and, goddam it, they are now engineers.

  16. .

    Trump trailed Hillary in the popular vote by 2.1%.

    The black support of Trump has moved up by 17%; they make up 12.7% of the US population.

    That increase equates to an increase in votes of 2.159%.

    This is why the Dems are so pissed about it.

    The WaPo doubles down:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/10/11/trump-seems-think-kanye-west-speaks-black-americans-kanye-speaks-kanye/?utm_term=.41dd1ecdbc53

    Some great comments:

    47 minutes ago
    Why can’t people accept that people speak for themselves? Kanye West speaks for himself. No Washington Post reporter has been appointed to speak for anyone but him or her self. Racism rants are boring.
    1 hour ago
    (Edited)
    Yikes! Another ideological slave escapes from the Democratic plantation:

    Herschel Walker calls for CNN to fire Don Lemon over ‘racist’ Kanye West criticism
    Former NFL running back Herschel Walker characterized a recent CNN segment about Kanye West’s support of Donald Trump as “despicable” and said he wondered why anchor Don Lemon and commentators Bakari Sellers and Tara Setmayer aren’t taken “off the air.”

    So Trump has got black rappers, businessmen and NFL athletes on his side.

    The swamp and progressives have got Chuck and Amy, Eminem, ChiDiFi and Michelle Wolf.

  17. struth

    Bloody hell dot………………………

    What the hell did you post that left wing red, headed gutter trash American on this fine blog for, sir?
    I actually pressed play and watched around 30 seconds of that.
    I’m just looking for an apology before I seek legal advice!!!!

  18. Yikes! Another ideological slave escapes from the Democratic plantation

    Candidate for best one liner for 2018.

  19. .

    You should force yourself to watch TheGame and 50 Cent.

    Subversive, conservative content, something Paul Joeseph Watson would love.

    Wow.

    http://reachingamerica.org/kanye-isnt-the-only-black-supporting-trump-heres-why/

    FiveThirtyEight did a study on 266 hip hop songs and lyrics referencing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. From 1989 until 2015 Trump was positive and represented money, power and what many strive to achieve, including “Listen I ain’t from the slums, I fought my way up out the slum / Arrogant rich n — — , we might vote for Trump,” Cam’ron rapped on “Dope Spot” in 2015 .”. Most references to Hillary Clinton were negative including “Never Put Your Trust in Hillary Rodham”.

    Even some of the most recognized black leaders including Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton praised Donald Trump for his diversity efforts. Trump endorsedJesse Jackson for his failed attempt to run for President years ago.

    So something besides just ideological differences has to be going on here, right?

    Is it Trump, is it the Republican Party, is it the policies he represents? Most people I ask give reasons that are personal, as well as what they’ve heard through liberal media.

    In the song Kanye said, “See that’s the problem with this damn nation / All Blacks gotta be Democrats, man, we ain’t made it off the plantation.”

  20. Mother Lode

    Transgender politics – like any politics – can be divisive.

    Is there anything that is not political? (I am not invoking the Thomas Mann quote.)

    You reduce everything to politics and then, surprise! You find they are all essentially the same. And if you have mastered ‘politics’, you have mastered all.

    That is why people like the Greens feel entitled to weigh in matters of science, society and economics with such breathtaking ineptitude.

    It is like taking photos of the world, and trying to change the world the way you would in photoshop.

  21. C.L.

    Leaked sections of Liberal Party elder Phillip Ruddock’s report on religious freedom indicate it proposes changes that would restrict the ability of religious schools to use existing laws, introduced by the Gillard government in 2013, to discriminate against teachers and students based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

    So let me get this straight. The Liberals are actually planning to crack down on private schools on behalf of the homosexual lobby?
    Forget about the fake news misdirection that led to the opposite being reported. The real story here is the Liberal Party selling out its base (again) and playing footsie with the “safe schools” gimp.

  22. C.L.

    Leaked sections of Liberal Party elder Phillip Ruddock …

    Is there any other Anglophone nation that refers to party and tribal and cultural “elders” like Australia? What are we, the fucking Amish now?

  23. Tel

    Feminism was always going to struggle once you could be a woman and still have a penis. Too funny.

    No no no, you keep attempting to engage with the B.S. which is equivalent to nailing a cow turd to the wall. The best you can do is to get yourself covered in turd.

    This is about cultural Marxism, victim mentality and political divide & conquer. It’s about injecting people with a grievance mentality so they are easy to control. Having victim groups at each other’s throats gives more power to the Marxist power brokers… that’s what they thrive on. It isn’t supposed to make sense, it’s designed as an exercise in supplication. Identify the individuals who think for themselves and then the power brokers know who to smack down. The purpose is to raise a zombie army.

  24. notafan

    My family is caught up in a nightmare saga that typifies the world created by progs

    I am so so over it but there is nothing we can do but endure.

  25. Entropy

    .
    #2837335, posted on October 12, 2018 at 1:49 pm
    Other than frost, why is sugar cane not grown inland – or even further north?

    Rain?
    Soil quality?

    Sugar cane is a tropical grass and grows quickest in warm temperatures. There is about six months difference in the maturity time for Cane at Mossman compared with Wardell.
    But the real reason cane is not grown too far inland is water needs. I’ve seen the estimates for how much irrigation water needed to establish a cane industry on the Gilbert River. A perennial crop like cane would need about 20 Ml/ha. Compare that with cotton, which grows for half a year: 10 megs. And cotton is a sinful crop if you ask your average urban greenie.

  26. thefrolickingmole

    Diverse it gets the better for the progs.

    Has there been a single grievance industry which declared victory, wound itself up and went home?

    The best way to deal with single issue fanatics is to refuse all demands and never, never allow them any legitimacy.

    Look at the “animals Australia” loons, the live trade thought they would co-opt them or make them see reason by allowing them some legitimacy and status, all its done is sharpen the knife for their own throats.

    https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/live-export-shipboard-cruelty/

  27. C.L.

    Via GWP: Left-wing protester flat-out threatens to r-ape female conservative reporter.
    Crowd of left-wing women then turn on … the conservative woman and deny what just happened, happened.

    (I love this woman’s hair, by the way).

    https://twitter.com/KaitMarieox/status/1050476127523954688

    Her Twitter masthead is a triggering classic:

    https://twitter.com/KaitMarieox

  28. Geriatric Mayfly

    A proper survey needed a trained surveyor with his offsider and all his equipment, all at $$$ cost to the explorer, whereas GPS could be operated by anyone with some training in map reading and land navigation.

    Had an informative chat with one once, who would spend a six week stint out woop woop doing triangulations and setting trig points. Some faint star marks the south celestial pole, which gives the appearance of being fixed and was critical to their work. Sometimes, if the wind persisted, they built rough towers and clad them in hessian bags, so they could drop the plumb line true. Recall seeing some of this handiwork on the Canning Stock Route, staked and fenced off with warnings of dire consequences if interfered with.

  29. So let me get this straight. The Liberals are actually planning to crack down on private schools on behalf of the homosexual lobby?
    Forget about the fake news misdirection that led to the opposite being reported. The real story here is the Liberal Party selling out its base (again) and playing footsie with the “safe schools” gimp.

    ScoMo has some explaining to do.

  30. (I love this woman’s hair, by the way).

    CL, are we related? Our taste in women (and their hair) is uncanny.

  31. C.L.

    What beautiful hair.
    Ay caramba.

  32. struth

    ScoMo has some explaining to do.

    The Liberal party have explained things very well, with their behaviour.
    Time for rough justice, methinks.

  33. My family is caught up in a nightmare saga that typifies the world created by progs

    I am so so over it but there is nothing we can do but endure.

    Chin up, Nota.

  34. notafan

    Thankyou DB

    I am very angry and will do what I can to baet them.

  35. .

    Just thinking about decolonised Australia.

    The European Alps have over 20 times the area of ours (and 14 mn people living there), and ours are basically unpopulated.

    The fact is development is essentially banned because of national parks.

    Proportionally, we could have a population of around 580,000 living up there, farming, tourism, mining, forestry, aquaculture…

  36. calli

    Just dropped in and saw your comment, Nota. Phil4:13. It’s unlimited, so take hold of it with both hands. The hour of trial will pass.

  37. notafan

    So much better than relying on anti depressants Calli 🙂

  38. DrBeauGan

    C.L.
    #2837371, posted on October 12, 2018 at 3:06 pm
    Via GWP: Left-wing protester flat-out threatens to r-ape female conservative reporter.
    Crowd of left-wing women then turn on … the conservative woman and deny what just happened, happened.

    (I love this woman’s hair, by the way).

    https://twitter.com/KaitMarieox/status/1050476127523954688

    Her Twitter masthead is a triggering classic:

    https://twitter.com/KaitMarieox

    Spiky looks a lot like her. But Spiky doesn’t carry a gun.

    As far as I know.

    I like tough chicks.

  39. bundyrum

    Nota….you ain’t the lone ranger….try to smile if possible, i despise the bastards too.

  40. DrBeauGan

    Hang in there, Notafan. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

  41. twostix

    West’s remarks about the 13th ammendment were dynamite, I’d never heard the idea before.

    Thoughtful guy. Watch as the left – the new NeoMEGAcucks – come running to the defence of the American private prison / black slave labour complex.

  42. calli

    Drove through Haight Ashbury this morning. Nothing sadder than old hippies. Except dead hippies, and there are plenty. There was a photo of Janis Joplin on the restaurant wall. She looked about thirteen.

    Wound my way down the Lombard Street chicane. It’s full of garden beds and tourists and motorists. In Australia, it would be closed to traffic because nanny.

    I swear the Top Deck bus was a Leyland Atlantean with the top cut off. The door had been swapped to the other side, but not the driver. And the giveaway was the little window above the driver that gave him a view of the top floor.

  43. twostix

    No wonder the left are in meltdown, West’s little message there is the message they were pushing until about five minutes ago and the black demo is pumped and primed for it. The problem – as they instinctively know – is they just go on about that stuff to get votes and cause trouble, they have no intention of ever actually fixing it.

    He on the other hand means it and Dr President Trump loves what he’s hearing.

  44. Myrddin Seren

    Regrets – can’t see the whole article behind The Times paywall, but the leader gives you a sample of our ‘Hunger Games’ future.

    Michael Gove’s hot tip: hunt for gold in others’ rubbish

    Michael Gove has a plan to boost post-Brexit Britain — open the nation’s waste dumps for business.

    The environment secretary wants all council waste sites to let people pick over reject appliances, old TVs and half-used paint cans to find things they can use.

    I think the Venezuelans are ahead of the Tory Party on this one.

  45. .

    That’s right twostix.

    Michael Moore ranted about this years ago.

    Trump is going after a lot of the stuff that Moore complained about, but from the right for solutions, not the left.

    He praises Trump’s intelligence but his leftism has made him paranoid – publicly declaring Trump will create a false flag terrorism event.

  46. calli

    Lots of signs about with “Hiring now” on them. Things must be on the up here.

  47. Herodotus

    Janis Joplin’s mum said something along the lines of “I don’t know why she sings like that. She has a lovely voice.”

  48. Herodotus

    Cue Eric Burdon’s “San Francisco”.

  49. Snoopy

    Australia, there’s nothing it can’t do.

    A same-sex penguin couple at a Sydney aquarium has become the first in Australia to be handed a foster egg and staff say the two are showing signs they’ll be “amazing parents”.

  50. Myrddin Seren

    A same-sex penguin couple at a Sydney aquarium….

    So it definitely something in the water supply here ?

  51. H B Bear

    Homo penguins in Sydney. Now that is a surprise. How fabulous darling.

  52. DrBeauGan

    That is why people like the Greens feel entitled to weigh in matters of science, society and economics with such breathtaking ineptitude.

    It is like taking photos of the world, and trying to change the world the way you would in photoshop.

    It’s magical thinking, the belief that if you change the words, you can change the things they are used to talk about. To some extent, it works. You can con people with a weak sense of reality. So you can talk yourself to power over the credulous. It goes badly wrong when applied to the physical world which doesn’t give a damn about your beliefs or feelings. It can take a very long time to learn this for some people.

  53. Cactus

    Been looking at some of this Kanye stuff.

    One thing that strikes me as really unhealthy is the fact that ~90% of African Americans vote Democrat. How is it a healthy democracy when you see a statistic like that? The US is still clearly a very divided place. The Civil War was in the 1860’s abolishing slavery via a Republican President and the Civil rights movement made a lot of ground in the 1960’s and 1970’s championed by the Democrats. All these years later the country is still that divided? Sad.

  54. OldOzzie

    Myrddin Seren
    #2837392, posted on October 12, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Regrets – can’t see the whole article behind The Times paywall, but the leader gives you a sample of our ‘Hunger Games’ future.

    Michael Gove’s hot tip: hunt for gold in others’ rubbish

    Michael Gove has a plan to boost post-Brexit Britain — open the nation’s waste dumps for business.

    The environment secretary wants all council waste sites to let people pick over reject appliances, old TVs and half-used paint cans to find things they can use.

    If some find the idea Dickensian, they could be right. Gove is a fan of Charles Dickens one of whose books, Our Mutual Friend, is about a family who become rich by sifting rubbish for valuables.

    Gove said he wanted a change in the law on domestic dumps so that people could recover others’ cast-offs. “We must reduce the amount of material we waste,” he told a meeting. “At the moment if I take something to the dump for which I have no use but which you could happily have picked up and reused then you are not allowed to.

    “It is not an answer to everything but greater reuse is one way to ensure that pressure on resources diminishes. I do not want to go full ‘Good Life’ but resource efficiency is good for the economy.”

    Some councils already have reuse shops at their dumps, which have become popular with some people for family excursions at weekends.

    “I go every few weeks,” said Ian Palmer, who visits the Farthinghoe tip, run by South Northamptonshire council. “I found a digital radio, nearly new, for about £7 and a big round mirror for about £10. At another dump I found a scooter for my kid.”

    Such recycling is limited to certain products. Electrical goods, for example, must be tested for safety, often making resale unprofitable.

    Gove’s plan will be part of his resources and waste strategy, due out next month, which will focus on reducing plastic waste by making producers pay for disposal. Single-use plastics are a target, with a consultation soon on phasing out straws, stirrers and cotton buds.

    An initiative by the Treasury could see chewing gum classed as a plastic too. Gum is mostly made from the same synthetic rubber used in cycle inner tubes. “Chewing gum is an example of a problematic single-use plastic item,” said the Treasury. “We expect to set out more detail in this month’s budget.”

    Treasures from the trash
    A few British waste tips are already open for business — a sample of prices is shown below:

    ● Child’s scooter £2
    ● Child’s bike £5-£10
    ● Dyson vacuum cleaner £5
    ● Microwave oven £10
    ● Flatscreen TV £35
    ● Top-end road bike £30-£40
    ● M&S sofa £200

  55. A same-sex penguin couple at a Sydney aquarium has become the first in Australia to be handed a foster egg and staff say the two are showing signs they’ll be “amazing parents”.

    Insanity.

  56. Indolent

    Turnbull fingers ScoMo for reef call
    The is the leader in the online Australian. Does anyone have access.

    I didn’t think Turnbull could go any lower but he’s proved me wrong. Odd isn’t it that its him and his family who have close ties with the directors of the Barrier Reef Foundation. I seem to remember Josh Frydenberg saying that Turnbull ran the meeting at which the grant was decided and didn’t he say that Morrison wasn’t even there?

  57. jupes

    Calli, I was in LA a couple of weeks ago but didn’t make it to San Francisco.

    I thought LA was a dump. A few nice places but poverty (deros galore) and run down areas only a block or two away.

    One good thing and strangely out of place were some of the underground train stations. Truly unique and beautiful designs and kept clean. Unlike the filthy streets outside.

  58. Indolent

    Actually, Turnbull may well be doing us a favour by carrying on like this. Morrison seems to have been happy to continue carrying his water but perhaps this might make him wake up. I was appalled when he supported the reef decision. This might make him think again.

  59. Myrddin Seren

    An initiative by the Treasury could see chewing gum classed as a plastic too. Gum is mostly made from the same synthetic rubber used in cycle inner tubes.

    Chewing gum is an example of a problematic single-use plastic item,” said the Treasury. “We expect to set out more detail in this month’s budget.”

    FMD.

    The really are coming for we Hapless Proles – aren’t they ?

  60. A same-sex penguin couple

    What makes them such a thing?

  61. Myrddin Seren

    And speaking of coming for the Hapless Proles.

    Fellow humans can be unreliable at mass extermination. Doable, but not without mental issues.

    Meet the T-500 Proto-Terminator, demonstrating how running away will be futile as the Terminator swarm relentlessly tracks down humans deemed surplus to Elite requirements.

  62. OldOzzie

    Obama Had a Secret Plan in Case Trump Rejected 2016 Election Results

    One of the most likely reasons for Simpson to take the fifth amendment is his network of activity extends beyond the DOJ and FBI, and directly connects to the Obama White House during the election time-frame the dossier was being assembled. It does not seem coincidental the Obama administration began feeding the media with a story about why the White House was active in the ‘Trump Russia Collusion’ narrative.

    The New York Magazine article dated October 10th (yesterday) is a clear signal that someone in/around the previous Obama administration team is seeking to create a plausible ‘by the book‘ excuse, for why the White House was engaged with the same elements constructing the Trump dossier. The timing is simply too transparent.

    The NYMAG article outlines a secret meeting and secret strategy from the Obama White House to force candidate Donald Trump to accept a defeat in the 2016 election:

    In October 2016, senior staff in the Obama White House discussed what they should do if Hillary Clinton won the November election and Donald Trump refused to accept the result as legitimate.

    […] The Obama White House plan, according to interviews with Rhodes and Jen Psaki, Obama’s communications director, called for congressional Republicans, former presidents, and former Cabinet-level officials including Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, to try and forestall a political crisis by validating the election result.

    In the event that Trump tried to dispute a Clinton victory, they would affirm the result as well as the conclusions reached by the U.S. intelligence community that Russian interference in the election sought to favor Trump, and not Clinton. (read more)

    Remember, despite the claims by DNI James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan, in the final report NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers disagreed with the premise the Russian election involvement was to help Trump. Specifically the Russian efforts went both ways including the organization of anti-Trump rallies at Trump Tower.

    That NYMAG report, published yesterday, appears to be an attempt to make an excuse for why the White House was engaged with the participants in the Russia Collusion narrative.

    However, in hindsight, the actions and motives by all of the participants in October 2016, become increasingly clear. As quoted by Hillary Clinton during the second debate, October 9th, 2016:

    HILLARY CLINTON: “But, you know, let’s talk about what’s really going on here, Martha, because our intelligence community just came out and said in the last few days that the Kremlin, meaning Putin and the Russian government, are directing the attacks, the hacking on American accounts to influence our election.

    And WikiLeaks is a part of that, as are other sites where the Russians hack information, we don’t even know if it’s accurate information, and then they put it out. We have never in the history of our country been in a situation where an adversary, a foreign power, is working so hard to influence the outcome of the election. And believe me, they’re not doing it to get me elected. They’re doing it to try and influence the election for Donald Trump.“

    Again, in hindsight, the above highlighted part of Clinton’s statement during the second debate inherently implies her knowledge of the closed-door white house meeting. Clinton didn’t stop at saying Russia was trying to interfere in the election, she specifically framed the issue as Russia trying to help Trump win the election.

    Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank. pic.twitter.com/8f8n9xMzUU

    — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 1, 2016

    Back to Glenn Simpson…

  63. Diogenes

    I swear the Top Deck bus was a Leyland Atlantean with the top cut off.

    When we went (6 years ago to the day according to Mrs D’s Facepalm) I was looking forward to riding the F Line from Castro to the Embarcadero (we were staying with Mrs D’s aunt at West Portal). After getting over the shock of seeing naked fat (gay) men sunning themselves on the “Beach” (a small piece of fake grass) , I was greeted by the F Line’s Melbourne Tram – which elicited the comment, “Typical, fly 19 hours to come to San Francisco to ride a f’ing Melbourne Tram’. Decided to go get a cuppa , and wait for the next one – a pair of cute little orange Milanese jobs (trams not the gay men) were the next ones.

  64. JC

    There’s an old lady in my ma’s nursing home who’s 107. I don’t think I’ve ever met or seen a centarian. Are there more than 5000 people in the world 107? She’s Jewish who escaped Europe in time.

  65. .

    Musings from Canberra

    Senator David Leyonhjelm

    No, not of all will like it all, but read on for some entertainment, you paraphilians:

    Some time has elapsed since my last Musings. In August Malcolm Turnbull was still Prime Minister and a flagship Liberal Democrats policy, the Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015, was scheduled for three days debate during the next sitting. It looked likely to pass in the Senate and move to the House of Representatives for a free vote.

    Despite Turnbull’s assurance that Liberal Party Senators would be allowed a conscience vote, several Liberal supporters of my bill were pressured into voting against it. The final vote was lost 36 to 34 on August 14. You can watch my concluding speech here.

    Ten days later Turnbull was rolled by his own party, but not before one final crushing defeat for his government.

    When it became apparent the Coalition’s company tax cut package would not obtain the necessary numbers from the crossbench, in a last ditch attempt to get the bill through the Senate I went so far as to agree to support Derryn Hinch’s amendment to lock the big four banks out of the deal. The Senate voted down the government’s company tax cuts package anyway, 36 votes to 30.

    There were plenty of other money-grabbing bills to speak against, including Treasury’s attempt to ramp up corporate tax on the quiet through its misnamed Tax Integrity Bill, and legislation to impose heavier penalties for tobacco smuggling. The problem of tobacco smuggling would have never arisen if tobacco tax wasn’t so unconscionably high in the first place.

    Nanny state idiocy chalked up another depressing victory during the September sitting with the Senate voting to appoint more government officials to police a tobacco plain packaging policy that doesn’t work.

    On other matters concerning nicotine, I stuck to my guns when three minor health bills came up for debate in mid-September. I will continue to oppose all bills originating from the Health Minister until Greg Hunt reverses his opposition to nicotine e-cigarettes.

    Government assaults on personal freedom continue unabated. In the last two months I’ve spoken against a bill allowing stop, search and seize powers for law enforcement officers that would pose a real threat to a liberal democracy and the Unexplained Wealth Legislation Amendment Bill, which effectively throws out a fundamental tenet of Western civilisation that we are all presumed innocent until proven guilty.

    Further hysteria was whipped up in parliament over immigration quotas and I repeated the Liberal Democrats mantra that it is the quality of immigrants that really counts, not the quantity. Our immigration debate must become much more nuanced.

    The permanently outraged continued to take up time – this time the Greens and Derryn Hinch – with a private senator’s bill to restrict the long haul export of live sheep and lambs during the northern hemisphere summer. I’ve written about this issue previously in The Australian Financial Review and took the opportunity to reinforce my views in the Senate. Calls to impose a ban on live export have nothing to do with genuine concern for animal welfare.

    The bill narrowly passed the Senate but the Government refused to allow debate in the lower house.

    Perhaps the Greens can take solace from the fact that at least our strawberries are now fully protected from cruelty under law thanks to our newly minted PM’s call for increased jail time for food tamperers. Those caught sticking needles into strawberries in the future face imprisonment for up to 15 years. The maximum penalty for sticking needles into humans, if it is deemed an act of torture, remains 10 years imprisonment.

    Meanwhile the Senate was busy with its own food security bill. The Imported Food Control Amendment Bill passed on September 11, so we can now all look forward to increased cost and reduced availability of imported foods because of more red tape.

    Our strawberry farmers certainly felt the economic brunt of the needle contamination crisis last month, but at least they can continue to hire seasonal workers to pick their crops without being pricked by the ATO or militant unionists. I persuaded the Government to proceed with a bill to remove a requirement for the Australian Taxation Office to publish on the Australian Business Register the names and addresses of businesses (mainly farmers) that intend to hire backpackers.

    The Government agreed to introduce the bill in exchange for my vote on the working holiday maker program, which resulted in backpackers being subject to a flat tax rate of 15 per cent. It took some persuading to bring certain members of the crossbench around but I eventually gained the numbers and the bill passed. You can watch my speech here.

    As I am writing these musings, news is trickling in that Philip Ruddock’s yet-to-be publicly released report into religious freedoms is recommending that religious schools face no legal sanctions if they reject students and teachers based on their religious convictions.

    I am a supporter of religious freedom – nobody wants to be forced to do something that they do not believe in.

    My solution, in the context of the same sex marriage debate, was to amend the Sex Discrimination Act to protect wedding service providers who do not wish to participate in same sex unions.

    This was an issue of considerable significance to both the Liberal Party and the Nationals when the issue was debated, but when I moved an amendment to a bill that would have achieved that, some of those who opposed the SSM bill seemed to have changed their mind. Some were clearly just confused.

    The amendment failed, with the vote shown below.

    Fun in Question Time was had when I challenged the government over its Paris Accord commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 per cent between 2005 and 2030 while at the same time China is expected to increase its emissions by up to 88 per cent and India by up to 408 per cent.

    Irrespective of views on the climate change debate, our emissions reduction contribution is inconsequential on a global scale while countries such as these continue to increase their emissions.

    The word fun doesn’t usually come immediately to mind when preparing adjournment speeches for the witching hour in the chamber. But I have to confess I enjoyed delivering my speech urging people everywhere to deface the large yellow eyesores that have invaded billboards across the country thanks to Clive Palmer.

    The opportunity to have a second dig at the Palmy Army arose after he jumped on our bandwagon, calling for the removal of GST on electricity. As I pointed out in the chamber, the Queenslander did nothing to bring down the cost of electricity when he was last in parliament.

    If there was ever a case for why voting should not be compulsory, Clive Palmer is it.

    Of course Palmer’s rebranded United Australia Party is not the only political outfit that appears to stand for not much more than the continued aggrandisement of its eponymous leader. We’ve had Jacqui Lambie, Nick Xenophon and we’ve still got Pauline.

    The Liberal Democrats may also be a small party on the crossbench, but we’re vastly different in that we have a clearly defined core set of principles that do not change according to the whims of the leader.

    I made use of another opportunity during adjournment to outline what the Liberal Democrats stand for and why we are the only true liberal party in Australia today. Have a listen here.

    Around the House

    My regular meetings with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann continue, as do meetings with my loose alliance members Senators Cory Bernardi and Fraser Anning.

    An Australian Baptist delegation attended a meeting in my office to voice their concerns over religious freedom. I discussed with BetEasy executives how to resist increasing government interference into the wholly legal activity of gambling.

    The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry wined and dined members and senators including me, and I participated in a panel discussion as part of the organisation’s Business Leaders Summit.

    The Select Committee on Red Tape which I chair has held two hearings over the past two months. I spoke to the committee’s interim report on childcare that concluded red tape is a major contributing factor to the escalating costs to parents and taxpayers.

    A second interim report on red tape in occupational licensing recommended a default position against licensing and the expansion of automatic mutual recognition between states and territories in the interests of increasing labour force mobility.

    Parliament reconvenes next Monday, where I am looking forward to speaking on my Private Senator’s bill seeking to remove Commonwealth restrictions on cannabis. Then we’re up for another week of Senate Estimates.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

  66. JC

    There’s an old lady in my ma’s nursing home who’s 107. I don’t think I’ve ever met or seen a centarian. Are there more than 5000 people in the world 107? She’s [email protected] who escaped Europe in time.

  67. calli

    It’s an odd city, unlike any I’ve ever visited. Apart from the civic buildings, it has a real air of impermanence about it, like a movie set.

    Funny little weatherboard houses with ostentatious stucco work – pediments, porticos, bay and oriel windows, doric columns, little towers in the corners. All painted in pastels. Very little actual brickwork. A building under construction revealed a concrete lower ground and ground floor, the remaining two floors all timber frame. I’m guessing earthquakes have something to do with it.

    One block away from my hotel is seedyville. In fact you trip over vagrants lying in the street just outside. There is a doorman to move people on. Yet there is no lack of employment.

  68. OldOzzie

    Malcolm Turnbull points finger at Scott Morrison for $443m Great Barrier Reef Foundation grant

    Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed his succesor Scott Morrison was largely responsible for the Coalition’s controversial $443.3 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, amid revelations more taxpayer funds could be paid to the charity over the next six years.

    A letter obtained by The Australianfrom the former prime minister to Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson, who is chairing the inquiry looking into the one-off grant, confirms the Environment Department’s initial two proposals for additional funding to support the health of the reef were rejected by the Turnbull government.

    Mr Turnbull — who is holidaying in New York after he lost the prime ministership and quit federal politics — said the expenditure review committee sought an “alternative proposal be brought forward” to create a tied reef fund with an organisation outside the government sector.
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    It would be funded in the 2017-18 financial year with “appropriate governance arrangements”.

    “This approach was taken because the Treasurer (Mr Morrison) and Finance Minister (Mathias Cormann) were open to funding a substantial package for the reef so long as it was expensed in 2017-18,” Mr Turnbull said.
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

    “This was because government revenues were promisingly strong in 2017-18 and they believed the budget in that year could accommodate the substantial investment proposed for the reef. However, that may not be so in in subsequent years.

    “This was the reason why a partner outside the Commonwealth Government sector was sought; it also brought with it the possibility of leveraging the Commonwealth’s contribution with private sector contributions.”

    Senator Whish-Wilson wrote to Mr Turnbull in August, when he was still prime minister, asking a series of detailed questions about the grant, including a request for a copy of his diary on the day he met with GBRF chairman John Schubert to propose the funding.

    Mr Turnbull has largely ignored Senator Whish-Wilson’s questions but said it was then environment minister Josh Frydenberg who “asked me to join him in a meeting with Mr Schubert to establish the willingness of the foundation to participate in the partnership”.

    Talking points for the meeting provided to Senator Whish-Wilson reveal “further payments from the reef trust may also be made over the life of the partnership”, meaning government payments to the charity could exceed the $443.3m.

    The Prime Minister took responsibility for the grant nearly two weeks ago in comments to The Australian, attempting to set the record straight following months of pressure from Labor and the Greens.

    Senator Whish-Wilson acknowledged Mr Turnbull’s answers “firmed up the role” of Mr Morrison and Senator Cormann in determining the amount of the grant and the budget tactics used for the reef grant.

    “But we are still none the wiser as to whose idea it was to give the money to this small private foundation in the first place. It seems like no-one wants to take responsibility for this,” Senator Whish-Wilson told The Australian.

    READ MALCOLM TURNBULL’S LETTER HERE

    Rosie Lewis
    Reporter

  69. Boambee John

    Notafan

    Just catching up.

    Stay strong in your time if trial. These things shall all pass.

  70. OldOzzie

    Apologies – missed removing usual garbage from The Australian Article above

  71. bundyrum

    Slomo is no different to the arsehole before him except he smiles more.
    When slomo goes to church it is amazing he doesn’t burst into flame.
    Trumbles brat takes money off the Australian taxpayer & lives in Singapore, make of that what you will.
    What a shit country we now live in.

  72. OldOzzie

    New exchange cements Singapore’s leading crypto role

    Southeast Asia’s first currency-to-crypto exchange is launched to trade multiple currencies from around the region

  73. calli

    Thanks for the heads up on fat naked gay men. I will prepare to avert my eyes as we travel down to the embarcadero tomorrow (off to Alcatraz).

    The place is like a giant Oxford Street and Newtown rolled into one, but more flamboyant. The greeter at our lunch restaurant was the spitting image of Chris Tucker’s Ruby Rodd (minus blonde wig). I had to hide my smile as he minced along to show us to our table.

  74. Myrddin Seren

    “But we are still none the wiser as to whose idea it was to give the money to this in the first place. It seems like no-one wants to take responsibility for this,”

    This is a major f**king problem with all levels of government in this country. Once they think they have budget, away they go willy nilly.

    It may be corruption. It may be empire-building. It may be utter incompetence.

    But there appears to be absolutely zero prudential controls on these thieves until after the fact.

    See.

    Submarines-French-concept only.
    NBN – back of a napkin.
    Sydney – Light Rail
    on, and on, and on.

    It would be cheaper if we could just strike a deal with all politicians with spending discretion. We will give you $10 mill each. No questions asked. But you have to agree to spend not one single other cent that is not open, transparent and passes cost-benefit analyses.

  75. Myrddin Seren

    Annals of the Fall – Episode 6666

    Trans Disabled Teen Model Aaron Philip Is the Future of Fashion

    Probably will make no difference to the death of the rag trade after we are all consigned to wearing Mao suits with built-in Terminator trackers.

  76. The Liberal party have explained things very well, with their behaviour.
    Time for rough justice, methinks.

    Ha ha hee hee ho ho.
    What are you going to do, Struth?
    Only give the Libs your second preference, and deny them $2.60?
    That’ll learn ’em.

  77. OldOzzie

    Beware the RSPCA’s mischief making – Jack the Insider


    I want to let you into a little secret. There’s a big race on tomorrow.

    You might have heard a whisper or two earlier in the week about a race at Royal Randwick tomorrow, a weight-for-age event, featuring a host of Australia’s best sprinters (with one from the US and another from Japan) battling it out over six furlongs.

    The Everest is Australia’s richest racing event with combined prizemoney of $13 million. A gigantic presentation cheque will be handed to the connections of the winner featuring a six followed by six zeros with a couple of commas in the right places.

    Of course, we all know this because of the brouhaha over a brief display of the barrier draw projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House. A thousand or so angry folk assembled on the forecourt on Tuesday night, desperately attempting to outshine the projected images.

    As I quipped on Twitter, this all took place while yesterday’s eight-race card at Wyong went tragically unpromoted.

    It is probably true that the melee would not have had quite the impetus without Alan Jones’ intervention last week and his crude interview with the Opera House’s CEO, Louise Herron. Jones subsequently apologised.

    It is also true that a good number of the protesters assembled to demonstrate what they felt was a loss of public space or at least what they perceived to be a corruption of it.

    I understand the argument and have some sympathy for it but there is something darker at work.

    I watched the protest at close quarters and followed reactions on social media. I saw one tweet from a protestor in attendance declaring the throng had stuck it up Racing NSW (I am paraphrasing to avoid offending readers’ gentle sensibilities). Upon examination of his profile, I was unsurprised to find he appeared to be a hippy, a professional protestor, in need of a good scrub down with a big soapy brush.

    He was in fact part of a group at that protest who exploited public anger to further the call for a ban on thoroughbred racing.

    Back in August I wrote an article along these lines, attempting to identify the areas where the racing industry was losing the argument to animal rights’ groups. I used a figure, cited by the RSPCA, of 8500 horses going missing in any given year in recent times.

    After the article was published I received a number of calls from people within the industry, some angry, others calm and thoughtful. I took the time to examine the issue further and I have since learned it is nowhere near the figure cited by the RSCPA and studies undertaken by academics both within and outside the racing industry prove it.

    The wastage issue, while serious, is heavily overplayed by the RSPCA. The 8500-horse figure is utterly inaccurate and a piece of mischief. Industry studies examining foaling and horses that leave racing for one reason or another reveals a much lower figure. In reality, no more than a few hundred horses are found not to be rehomed.

    Regrettably, the RSPCA simply can’t be trusted on this issue or indeed in almost any statement it makes on the welfare of thoroughbred horses. It has become an advocate for the banning of the sport and even when it undertakes studies it cannot be relied upon to report on them rationally and fairly.

    My real failing in that article was to ignore my own experience over the shrieking of so-called experts.

    Racing is a part of my family’s history and folklore. I could tell many stories but one of my favourites relates to arguably one the greatest stayers ever to run in this country, Rising Fast. In 1954, the New Zealand gelding won Australia’s Triple Crown — the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup, a feat never achieved before or since.

    As a six-year-old, Rising Fast was handed to ‘Father’ Fred Hoysted for training. Fred was in his dotage at this stage, his sight failing. Rising Fast was tended to for the most part by his son, Bob.

    Years later Bob recalled that Rising Fast did not like being enclosed in the stables, preferring to gently graze in a paddock next door. This was all perfectly acceptable until Rising Fast decided to jump the fence and partake in a spot of tourism of the local area.

    I can only imagine the shock that that must have hit Bob when he discovered Rising Fast was missing. The story of Bob running down the back streets of Mentone in Melbourne’s south east, in a breathless but ultimately successful search for a horse that would in today’s money be worth at least $20 million, amuses me possibly more than it should.

    Rising Fast returned to the paddock because that is what it wanted but Bob knew to keep a constant eye on it.

    I visited those same stables many years later and found it to be a menagerie of ducks, chickens, cats and dogs. Peering into the stables I was taken aback at the sight of an elderly pony, possibly in its thirties with teeth like a piano keyboard rendered by Salvador Dali. It was no Melbourne Cup fancy, put it that way.

    But there, just behind the pony, was Manikato, at that time the greatest sprinter in Australia and only the second horse after the sublime Kingston Town to win a million dollars in prizemoney.

    In that admirable way of animals, the pony was revered by all furred or feathered and especially by Manikato. The champion sprinter would fret in its absence, so much so that wherever Manikato went, Bob would bring the pony along for the ride. The pony became Manikato’s constant companion, the oddest of equine couples bouncing along in the float together.

    Fred, Bob and Bob’s brother Bon, who had been Manikato’s trainer until his premature death, were horse whisperers who trained their charges to the second. They understood horses and cared for them better than any jumped up official from the RSPCA could or does.

    The notion that industry people — owners, trainers, strappers, track riders and jockeys — could have their livelihoods roughly taken away at some point in future is real. As with the failed attempt to ban greyhound racing in NSW, it needs to be understood that a banning of horse racing would necessarily lead to the mass slaughter of animals.

    I am continually astonished to see people who I regard as otherwise rational and thoughtful espousing the line that horse racing should either be banned or regulated to within an inch of its life.

    But that is what the RSPCA wants and in its public mischief-making legitimises the ugly foot stompers who reside at the outer edges of animal rights activism. I worry that these people are slowly but surely winning the public over.

    The industry has changed since Rising Fast galloped around the streets of Mentone but what drove it then is the same force that drives it today. With almost all people in the industry that force is not just a proper regard for equine welfare but a love of horses.

    But don’t just take my word for it. Go to the races tomorrow and see for yourself. And have a little fun while you still can.

  78. C.L.

    A same-sex penguin couple at a Sydney aquarium has become the first in Australia to be handed a foster egg and staff say the two are showing signs they’ll be “amazing parents”.

    They’re homosexuals and they have hands?

  79. John Constantine

    Never met a hundred year old person?.

    Don’t worry,in the near future Big Crony Australia will mean centurions are out on the street providing bespoke shoe shining services for the novelty value, with anecdotes from the last great depression thrown in.

    It will be you no work, you no eat, in our Brave New Global Equal and Borderless Decolonialised World.

    Comrades.

  80. OldOzzie

    Shorten dubs Gillard-era anti-gay laws ‘out of date’
    Rachel Baxendale

    Bill Shorten has described laws introduced by the Gillard government which allow religious schools to reject gay students and teachers as “out of date”, vowing to work with Scott Morrison to “make sure no child is denied human dignity”.

    The Opposition Leader’s comments contradict those of Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek, who this morning said Labor had “no plans” to change the laws.

    Leaked sections of Liberal Party elder Phillip Ruddock’s report on religious freedom indicate it proposes changes that would restrict the ability of religious schools to use existing laws, introduced by the Gillard government in 2013, to discriminate against teachers and students based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull appointed Liberal Party elder Mr Ruddock to chair a federal review into religious freedom following the same-sex marriage postal survey last year, amid concern from religious and conser­vative groups that the legalisation of same-sex marriage could infringe upon their ­religious freedoms.

    The government is yet to respond or publish the report, despite receiving it in May.

    “I don’t mind saying I have been a bit disappointed in the last 48 hours about the strange silence of our Prime Minister on the issue of whether or not we should extend laws to allow discrimination against kids who are gay,” Mr Shorten said.

    “As soon as I heard about it, I said it’s a silly idea.”

    Mr Shorten said Prime Minister Scott Morrison shouldn’t be blaming Labor for the Gillard-era law.

    “What we would say to government is this: as any parent, there’s no case, there’s not rationale to discriminate against kids based on their sexuality,” he said.

    “Those laws are out of date, if they were ever in date. I have been speaking with some of the religious educational administrators in this country.

    “They don’t even use the existing laws, so if Mr Morrison wants to back up his statement, I will work with him to make sure that no child is denied human dignity.”

    Fairfax Media this morning published all 20 leaked recommendations of the Ruddock review, having on Wednesday published only Recommendation Seven, which states that:

    The Commonwealth should amend the Sex Discrimination Act to provide that religious schools may discriminate in relation to students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status provided that:

    — The discrimination is founded in the precepts of the religion.

    — The school has a publicly available policy outlining its position in relation to the matter.

    — The school provides a copy of the policy in writing to prospective students and their parents at the time of enrolment and to existing students and their parents at any time the policy is updated.

    — The school has regard to the best interests of the child as the primary consideration in its conduct.

    Recommendation Seven appears to be an addendum to Recommendation Six, which states that:

    Jurisdictions should abolish any exceptions to anti-discrimination laws that provide for discrimination by religious schools in employment on the basis of race, disability, pregnancy or intersex status. Further, jurisdictions should ensure that any exceptions for religious schools do not permit discrimination against an existing employee solely on the basis that the employee has entered into a marriage.

    Labor to keep anti-gay laws

    Ms Plibersek earlier said the opposition had no plans to abolish the Gillard-era exemptions, which allow religious schools to reject gay students and teachers.

    However, Ms Plibersek said it would be “wrong”, “irresponsible” and “abhorrent” for a school to turn a child away because of their sexuality.

    “It’s not Labor’s plan to reduce any of the existing exemptions, but any expansion of the right to discriminate is certainly something we’re not contemplating,” Ms Plibersek said when asked whether Labor would seek to abolish the exemptions it introduced.

    “I think there’s a very easy way for Scott Morrison to deal with this debate, and that’s to release the report that’s been sitting on his desk for five months into religious freedoms.

    “Now Labor absolutely believes that no one should be discriminated against on the basis of their religion.

    “People absolutely have a right to practice their religion as long as it doesn’t in any way contravene Australian law, but the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of your religion is not the right to discriminate because of your religious views, and this debate is getting very messy very quickly because Scott Morrison refuses to release the report that he has, that’s been given to him by an expert panel of eminent Australians.

    “Why doesn’t he want to release the report before the Wentworth by-election? What’s so bad in it? What’s the government contemplating that could be so controversial that they’re not prepared to talk about it before the Wentworth by-election?”

    Ms Plibersek said it would be “wrong and irresponsible’ to turn a child away because of their sexuality.

    “I think it’s absolutely, frankly abhorrent to send that message to a child that there’s something wrong with them,” she said.

    “There have been exemptions in the past for the staff of schools, if schools are religious-based.

    “I would really urge schools to reconsider whether they make use of provisions like that, and I’ve got to be honest with you: I think the vast majority of schools simply don’t.

    “I think the vast majority of schools are grateful to their skilled teachers and really aren’t sending the bedroom police around to their place on the weekend to see who they’re living with.”

  81. Diogenes

    Thanks for the heads up on fat naked gay men.

    Calli,
    they are the Castro end of the F Line, which is the ‘other’ end of Market Street. Can’t miss Castro, it has the world’s biggest rainbow flag.

  82. Atoms for Peace

    What someone should start up is a uni course on how militant feminism has destroyed our young men. I’ve always admired capable people of both sexes ( yes 2 only for the purposes of this post) Second wave bitter harridans deserve a serve. I’m sick of being polite and having my ankle kicked under the table.

  83. John Constantine

    Votes do not matter, the base do not matter.

    what matters is that we all make an effort to get in an elevator with elected liberal and national politicians and loudly congratulate them on how far left australia has gone, and ask them for a share in the spoils.

    Comrades.

    Bronny Bishop knew turnbull was socialist filth, hellbent on burning old australia to the ground, but she lived in more terror of chrissy pyne than me, simply because i never made the effort to personally introduce myself.

    Comrades.

  84. Arnost

    Cactus:

    …and the Civil rights movement made a lot of ground in the 1960’s and 1970’s championed by the Democrats.

    That the Democrats championed the black cause into the 60’s and even 70’s is VERY debatable. The Democrats were then very much the party of Jim Crow. And even today, when someone like “ye” escapes the plantation… there is still hell to pay. And indeed Justice Roberts called it a lynching when it occurred to him.

    https://www.theacru.org/americas-real-civil-rights-history/

  85. OldOzzie

    Fly me to the moon, apparently it heats the planet less than eating a hamburger – Cut & Paste

    Coal kills. Simon Evans, The Australian Financial Review, yesterday:

    “Coal is having its asbestos moment,” (federal Greens MP Adam) Bandt … (said and) directors of coal-fired power station companies … (are) “merchants of death”.

    Pretend it’s World War III and coal is the Nazi. Gus Gos­well and Lauren Day, ABC News online, Wednesday:

    Billionaire Sir Richard Branson has likened climate change to World War III and criticised the Australian government for failing to do more to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions. “It’s going to need the world to take this problem very, very seriously,” he told 7.30. “Let’s pretend this is World War III … I think (the Australian government) needs to do a lot more and coal is definitely, I’m afraid, something that should be a thing of the past.” Sir Richard is presently training to be an astronaut in the hope of travelling to space through his Virgin Gal­actic enterprise.

    Let’s pretend space travel is green. Nicholas Schmidle, The New Yorker, August 20:

    Three months ago, (Richard) Branson called me from Necker, his private island in the Caribbean, and said … “I believe that, once people have gone to space, they come back with renewed enthusiasm to try and tackle what is happening on this planet.”

    Earth to Branson, how big is your carbon footprint? Leo Hickman, The Guardian, May 12, 2009:

    The laws of physics tell us that it takes an awful lot of energy to escape the Earth’s gravity — and that means plenty of rocket fuel. Virgin Galactic … has presented a positive spin, as is the hallmark of any Virgin venture … (saying) the “CO2 emissions per passenger on a space flight will be equivalent to approximately 60 per cent of a per passenger return commercial London/New York flight”. It’s hard to see how that calculation stacks up, but Virgin has yet to break down these figures, so we have no real way of knowing … Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn added another extraordinary environmental claim to his growing collection … (saying) viewing Earth from space would transform people’s attitudes to the environment … Isn’t this a rather extravagant … way to reach such a conclusion … Couldn’t they just watch a David Attenborough documentary like the rest of us?

    Pretend it’s World War III and cows are the Nazis. Annabel Fenwick Elliot, Britain’s The Telegraph, May 25:

    We’ve already touched on saving the planet … but what might this actually involve, I persist? It shouldn’t be ignored that here is a man who says he’s concerned with the issues of climate change, at the helm of a major airline. But it’s a lesser-known fact … that cattle farming is responsible for … more greenhouse gases than … (all) forms of transport put together. “I’ve stopped eating beef,” (Branson) says …

    How green is my private jet? Matier and Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, September 16:

    One of the hottest spots during the just-concluded Global Climate Action Summit was the private runway at San Francisco International Airport, where … corporate jet traffic was up 30 per cent … The three-day climate confab drew more than 4000 elected officials, business executives and environmentalists … (many of whom flew in on private jets) … (It) was organised by Gov Jerry Brown … (who in 2015) flew with real estate mega-millionaire and major Democratic Party donor George Marcus via private jet to a climate change conference at the Vatican … the go-green governor (also) jetted off with Marcus for a two-week trip … in Italy, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.

  86. Bruce of Newcastle

    He should’ve chosen a homosexual penguin.

    Al Gore Panics, Says We’re ‘Running Out Of Time’ On Global Warming, Endorses PENGUIN For Congress

    You may not have asked for it, America, but Al Gore is back with some advice on how you should vote in the mid-term elections.

    In a statement on the IPCC Climate Change report issued Monday, Gore insisted that the United Nations’ climate scientists have made their final proclamation on the subject of global warming — and the news is dire.

    “Today the world’s leading scientific experts collectively reinforced what Mother Nature has made clear — that we need to undergo an urgent and rapid transformation to a global clean energy economy,” Gore tweeted.

    But that’s not even the weirdest part of Gore’s most recent overture to the public, begging them to make climate change a priority in upcoming elections. In a video released Monday night, Gore made his long-awaited endorsements for Congress … and he endorsed a penguin.

    Apparently he’s not amused that righties don’t like his video or something.

  87. Pedro the Ignorant

    Spot price of gold bubbling along nicely at $A1715 per ounce.

    Up from $A1643 on 1 October.

    Plus, RNC’s Beta Hunt mine at Kambalda, scene of the giant clump of gold dug up on Father’s Day, has just dug up another chunk with an estimated 1000 ounces of raw gold.

    Big cheesy grins abound in red dirt country.

  88. Arnost

    Cactus:

    the Civil rights movement made a lot of ground in the 1960’s and 1970’s championed by the Democrats.

    That the Democrats championed the black civil rights movements in the 60’s and into the 70’s is VERY debatable. The Democrats were ever the party of Jim Crow. And when someone like “ye” escapes the plantation today, there is hell to pay. Justice Roberts actually called it a lynching when it happened to him. And this is driven principally by the Democrats now.

    https://www.theacru.org/americas-real-civil-rights-history/

  89. Atoms for Peace

    FFS..How many IPCC predictions have come to nowt. If they were a company, they would be done like a dog’s dinner for misleading the punters.

  90. OldOzzie

    Left-Wing Nightmare: Jim Brown Schools the Press on NFL Kneeling and Standing with Trump

    In the midst of the horrific event, while at a press conference in front of the White House, 82-year-old Jim was asked his opinion of NFL kneeling.

    Brown — who New England Patriots General Manager Bill Belichick has called “the greatest football player in history,” kicked a field goal, square into the teeth of leftist attitudes:

    “I can be very blunt about taking a knee. See, first of all, I’m an American. That flag is my flag. The things that I’ve overcome in this country have allowed me to make me a better person. I don’t think we should take knees in protest instead of standing up for our flag. I think we should work out our problems as a family. And that’s what I would advocate to my children and to all the young people that I deal with. I am an American, that flag is my flag, and I want to represent it that way.”

  91. Atoms for Peace

    Watching Gore makes me thank God for hanging chads.

  92. Des Deskperson

    If any Cats are still contemplating a visit to Canberra’s much vaunted Floriade Festival – it finishes on Sunday – don’t waste your time.

    What used, even just few years back, to be hectares of brilliant blooms is now a sort of side-show alley and pop-up food hall, with a few buckets of tulips spread about.

    Another example of the shoddiness, incompetence and greed of our Labor/Greens government in the ACT.

  93. Zyconoclast

    So let me get this straight. The Liberals are actually planning to crack down on private schools on behalf of the homosexual lobby?

    The Libs are the homosexual party.
    Chrissy Pyne
    Timmy Wison
    Dean Smith
    Trent Zimmerman
    Trevor someone from Qld
    And who knows how many closeted fetishists.

    I suspect the political staffers in the Liveral party have more homos than an Oxford Street bath house.

  94. Top Ender

    the story of the Petty Officer on the sinking HMAS Voyager – too big to fit through the porthole

    Chief Petty Officer Jonathan Rogers, later to be given the George Cross for this action.

    When I was instructing at the Royal Australian Naval College, our classrooms were imaginatively named Alpha, Bravo etc. In a bit of a re-organisation, we were allowed to rename them after heroes; Classroom Rogers was one.

  95. Bruce of Newcastle

    RNC’s Beta Hunt mine at Kambalda, scene of the giant clump of gold dug up on Father’s Day, has just dug up another chunk with an estimated 1000 ounces of raw gold.

    One of my favourite books as a kid was Midnite by Randolph Stow. Should be in schools instead of the angsty trannie crap they now force down children’s throats.

    Midnite and his Siamese cat discovered the golden mile, or so the novel would have it… 😀

  96. stackja

    NT woman ranger missing. Crocodile suspected.

  97. Atoms for Peace

    Bruce. Famous Five, Secret Seven etc. I vacuumed that library dry. The nuns trusted me with some take home chemistry set where I let the breaking bad fly. Fun days.

  98. Atoms for Peace

    Whilst I think about it, bring back Billy Bunter. He would be considered svelte the days.

  99. JC

    This is going to interesting.

    This year, 42,749 students applied to Harvard College, and only 1,962 were admitted. How Harvard decides who makes the cut has long been a mystery.

    That’s about to change. A trial beginning Monday in Boston federal court will examine how the elite institution uses race to shape its student body. It will force Harvard to spill details about its admissions practices.

    Isn’t this the point?

    Elite colleges, 60% of which consider race in admissions, say the trial’s outcome could threaten their autonomy to craft undergraduate classes. If forced to exclude race from admissions considerations, many schools say, their student demographics would change significantly.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-secrets-of-getting-into-harvard-were-once-closely-guarded-thats-about-to-change-1539272436

  100. amortiser

    JC
    #2837419, posted on October 12, 2018 at 4:13 pm
    There’s an old lady in my ma’s nursing home who’s 107. I don’t think I’ve ever met or seen a centarian. Are there more than 5000 people in the world 107? She’s [email protected] who escaped Europe in time.

    My wife’s aunt lived to be 111. She was the daughter of a Methodist minister. She never worked outside the home, never married or had children.

    At her funeral we speculated that she was likely the oldest virgin in human history.

  101. C.L.

    If forced to exclude race from admissions considerations, many schools say, their student demographics would change significantly.

    What that means is the number of blacks at Harvard would plummet massively.
    This issue (and law suit) arose because Harvard was caught excluding Asians on specious ‘cultural’ grounds so as to make room for affirmative action black applicants.

  102. Gab

    I like the old days when university admissions were based on intelligence.

  103. I like the old days when university admissions were based on your secondary school achievements.

  104. DrBeauGan

    Gab
    #2837470, posted on October 12, 2018 at 5:22 pm
    I like the old days when university admissions were based on intelligence.

    Bigot! Why should someone be denied a PhD just because they’re stupid?

  105. Atoms for Peace

    Gab. Bring back the days when uni entrance was Darwinian. I hate it when unis think that bringing in some mandated group will allow them to magically and osmotically blossom. Bit effing late by then.

  106. C.L.

    The American left are scarred shitless of the Harvard trial.
    Google returns these strained pieces on the subject:

    Anti-Asian Bias, Not Affirmative Action, Is on Trial in the Harvard Case
    The New Yorker · 13 hours ago
    ————
    Opinion | No, Affirmative Action Has Not Made Asian-Americans The ‘New Jews’
    HuffPost · 20 hours ago

    Those, to be sure, are the two competing leftist tactics on the subject:

    1) en-blacken Asians as victims.
    2) en-whiten Asians as racists.

  107. Why should someone be denied a PhD just because they’re stupid?

    It’s not a problem. I know plenty of very stupid PhDs.

  108. C.L.

    The American left are scarred shitless of the Harvard trial.
    Google returns these strained pieces on the subject:

    Anti-Asian Bias, Not Affirmative Action, Is on Trial in the Harvard Case
    The New Yorker · 13 hours ago
    ————
    Opinion | No, Affirmative Action Has Not Made Asian-Americans The ‘New J-ws’
    HuffPost · 20 hours ago

    Those, to be sure, are the two competing leftist tactics on the subject:

    1) en-blacken Asians as victims.
    2) en-whiten Asians as racists.

  109. stackja

    NSW used to have UAC score for university. Now called ATAR.

  110. Atoms for Peace

    Dr Beau Gan. Btw, that just twigged. Anyhow, depends on the course and the resultant useless PhD that in most cases flattens IQ.. one of my fave sites is Retraction Watch where the discarded plastic of the academic world washes up and gets dropped into the yellow bin.

  111. I like the old days when university admissions were based on intelligence.

    The good old days, Gab. Uni entry was based solely on matriculation results, and individual areas of study had specific prerequisites. For instance, anything involving “science” required both Maths A and B, plus two of Physics, Chemistry, and/or Biology, and entrance to anything required English Lit.

    Competition for places was based on aggregate score.

  112. C.L.

    The main reason (now exposed) that Harvard used to exclude Asians is hilarious.
    They had better scores than black applicants (and they were not white; remembering it’s OK to ‘positively’ discriminate against whites).
    What to do, what to do.
    Well, basically entrance officials blackballed many Asians as, basically, socially and culturally autistic. Because, you know, they were smart, focused and (obviously) unaffected by racism.

    I’m not making this up.

  113. Atoms for Peace

    I still remember the UQ course book that ran to just few pages.

  114. stackja

    Benjamin Law has PHD in journalism

  115. H B Bear

    Surely Havard yellowballed the Asians?

  116. JC

    I really don’t know the answer to this. Normally I would say private universities could do whatever the fuck they want, because they’re private. But they really aren’t wholly privately funded as a lot of government money gets handed over either directly or indirectly through student loans bullshit.

    Here’s the problem that I really have no solution for. In my kid’s year, he once told me it was 90% Asian. Most of the kids had difficulty communicating in English and there was zero socialization with the 10%.

    I’m sure Harvard is exaggerating, because they’re hypocritical leftist twats and they always lie. Harvard Claims if the qualitative element was removed, Asian enrollment would rise to ~43%. LOl

    You can see what dishonest racist weasels they are from the lawsuit. This is one to put the feet up, light up a cig and enjoy the fireworks, because Harvard fucking deserves it in spades.

    Also, Asians tend to be less leftwing.. so there’s that. 🙂

  117. DrBeauGan

    It’s not a problem. I know plenty of very stupid PhDs.

    And more of them every day. Social justice!

  118. C.L.

    For example:

    Harvard Rated Asian-American Applicants Lower on Personality Traits, Suit Says.

    Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower than others on traits like “positive personality,” likability, courage, kindness and being “widely respected,” according to an analysis of more than 160,000 student records filed Friday by a group representing Asian-American students in a lawsuit against the university.

    Asian-Americans scored higher than applicants of any other racial or ethnic group on admissions measures like test scores, grades and extracurricular activities, according to the analysis commissioned by a group that opposes all race-based admissions criteria. But the students’ personal ratings significantly dragged down their chances of being admitted, the analysis found.

    The court documents, filed in federal court in Boston, also showed that Harvard conducted an internal investigation into its admissions policies in 2013 and found a bias against Asian-American applicants. But Harvard never made the findings public or acted on them.

  119. JC

    The American left are scarred shitless of the Harvard trial.

    Oh good, let’s hope Harvard loses big time then.

  120. H B Bear

    Benjamin Law has PHD in journalism

    What a waste of time. Being a gaysian gets you a walk up start at the ALPBC.

  121. Atoms for Peace

    Let’s face it. If there are hoops to jump through for unis, someone will find a fix. They rehearse the interviews so they don’t come across as autist Hannibal Lectors

  122. JC

    It very funny, Jupes. Sammy K talks about maintaining the good old aussie way of doing things and therefore vote for AC.

    Sammy K sounds like he or his family comes from the old Yugoslavia, Bernardi is Italian and Bossi is also of Italian background too. What’s going on here? LOl

  123. stackja

    Clive Palmer still advertising.

  124. JC

    Stack still texting.

    Hey Stack, on a serious note. I saw a fire truck traveling south on St. Kilda road.

  125. Atoms for Peace

    I have a relative who is doing a PhD via a Suisse institution. No prisoners. Gonski.

  126. stackja

    1940s New Australians quickly assimilated.

  127. JC

    If a few of these big names come out like this, black American males will vote for Trump in large numbers ……finally leaving the reservation.

    Herschel Walker calls for CNN to fire Don Lemon over ‘racist’ Kanye West criticism

    Lemon is a nasty little gay man with issues.

  128. stackja

    FIFO trying to be smart.

  129. JC

    Don Jr goes for the throat.

    Donald Trump Jr.

    @DonaldJTrumpJr

    Your campaign and the DNC spent over $12,000,000.00 working with foreign agents to creat a fake dossier with them… you should really sit this one out.

    Then again, keep going. Every time you talk we win. We appreciate the support.
    Hillary Clinton

    @HillaryClinton

    Seriously, you asked Russia to hack me on national television. https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1050190299614593029

  130. Ivan Denisovich

    The American left are scarred shitless of the Harvard trial.

    Yep:

    aw professor and scholar at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin co-wrote an article on Tuesday insisting that then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh – now Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh – should not be confirmed due to his opposition to affirmative action.

    UT law lecturer Shavonne Henderson and UT Juris Doctorate postgraduate fellow Martin Kamp penned the op-ed, titled “Kavanaugh Could Undermine Diversity on College Campuses” and published the piece on the University of Texas at Austin’s official news site.

    “The Supreme Court’s longstanding position has been that colleges and universities have a compelling interest in diversity and may consider race among many factors when assessing qualified students for admission,” the professor and postgraduate fellow write. “But if Brett Kavanaugh is appointed, that position could change and would probably signal a return to pre-Civil Rights era race-neutral admissions policies.”………………………………………….

    “This is not what America needs,” Henderson and Kamp assert in the op-ed, published Tuesday. “Race-conscious admissions policies remain vital for ensuring diverse student bodies that reflect our ever-changing society. If Kavanaugh can’t support this longstanding position, he should not be confirmed.”

    The scholars cite Kavanaugh’s praise of late Chief Justice William Rehnquist and the late “anti-affirmative-action jurist” Antonin Scalia as evidence that he should not be confirmed. But the article does not make clear how aligning with past Supreme Court justices on the issue of affirmative action disqualifies a potential Supreme Court justice.

    Henderson and Kamp acknowledge that Kavanaugh’s opposition to affirmative action policies stems from his belief that such policies contradict rights granted by the Fourteenth Amendment. They then reason that, “given his position on the constitutional validity of reproductive rights, it is doubtful that Kavanaugh will support race-conscious admissions policies.”

    “Race-conscious admissions ultimately benefit all students,” the pair conclude in the piece.

    Students for Fair Admissions, a group representing Asian American students, is contesting this notion and has filed a lawsuit against Harvard, claiming that the Ivy League school’s affirmative action policies discriminate against Asian American students, docking their application in categories such as likability and “positive personality.”

    “The record evidence demonstrates that Harvard’s race-based admissions process significantly disadvantages Asian-American applicants compared to applicants of other racial groups — including both white applicants and applicants from other racial minority groups,” the Justice Department stated in August.

    Students for Fair Admissions will take its lawsuit against Harvard to Boston’s U.S. District Court on Oct. 15.

    https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11385

  131. jupes
    #2837491, posted on October 12, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Sam Kekovich is now a spokesman for the Australian Conservatives.

    The Cat’s own Ricardo Bosi pops up in the photo. Looking good.

    And Custard (Peter C) was on the right hand side.

    Cool

  132. Ivan Denisovich

    A law professor and scholar………

  133. Delta A

    1940s New Australians quickly assimilated.

    Exactly, stackja.

    And proud to be Australian.

  134. thefrolickingmole

    On Yank Unis.

    How well will the diversity pimps go Vs tiger mothers protecting their future doctor children?

    If they cant gerrymander admissions to ensure unqualified “victims” enroll then their entire world comes crashing down.
    RTWT
    https://www.city-journal.org/campus-diversity-bureaucracies-16223.html

    It’s no wonder, then, that campus diversity officers have already formed a rent-seeking trade association, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), complete with annual conferences, self-serving “standards for professional practice,” a political agenda, and—since this is academia, after all—a pseudo-scholarly publication, the quarterly Journal of Diversity in Higher Education (priced at $681 per year for institutions). A typical article is entitled “The Influence of Campus Climate and Urbanization on Queer-Spectrum and Trans-Spectrum Faculty Intent to Leave.” Hundreds of universities, public and private, large and small, are members of NADOHE, including Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and my alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin. NADOHE finances its activities with hefty membership dues for institutions ($1,250 per year), while offering individual and student memberships at lower cost.
    ….
    The sheer size of the diversity landscape is staggering. The University of Michigan’s diversity bureaucracy employs nearly 100 full-time employees, one earning more than $300,000 per year, at an annual cost of more than $11 million. More than a quarter of UM’s diversocrats make more than $100,000 a year, far more than the average salary of assistant professors with doctorates. UM is not exceptional. The University of Texas at Austin employs a similar number of bureaucrats in its Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (boasting eight vice presidents), at an annual cost of $9.5 million. The head of UT’s diversity bureaucracy makes over $265,000 a year, more than most tenured faculty.

    The Economist reports that UC Berkeley has 175 diversity bureaucrats, and nationwide, the trend is toward increased spending in this area. According to The Economist, “Bureaucrats outnumber faculty 2:1 at public universities and 2.5:1 at private colleges, double the ratio in the 1970s.” Over the same period, tuition has soared. Ohio State’s Richard Vedder estimates that more than 900,000 nonteaching administrators—most of them unnecessary—bloat university payrolls.
    ….
    Diversity bureaucrats exist to service the grievances of an evolving—and potentially unlimited—number of supposedly oppressed groups recognized by postmodern identity politics. Thus, by promoting “social justice” and encouraging “marginalized” students to embrace victimhood, diversocrats ensure their own job security. The mission of campus diversity officers is self-perpetuating. Affirmative action (i.e., racial and ethnic preferences in admissions) leads to grievance studies. Increased recognition of LGBT rights requires ever-greater accommodation by the rest of the student body. Protecting “vulnerable” groups from “hate speech” and “microaggressions” requires speech codes and bias-response teams (staffed by diversocrats). Complaints must be investigated and adjudicated (by diversocrats). Fighting “toxic masculinity” and combating an imaginary epidemic of campus sexual assault necessitate consent protocols, training, and hearing procedures—more work for an always-growing diversocrat cadre. Each newly recognized problem leads to a call for more programs and staffing.

    Unless the cycle of promoting and nursing imaginary grievances is ended, diversity bureaucracies will take over our colleges and universities, supplanting altogether the goal of higher education.

  135. jupes

    the story of the Petty Officer on the sinking HMAS Voyager – too big to fit through the porthole

    Dunno about fitting through a porthole (small round window). Diversity in the ADF has made that activity pretty much redundant.

    I’ve spent a little bit of time on RAN vessels (no I’m not and never have been a sailor). I did learn though that the hole in the decks is called a hatch. Hatches are made of metal and must be able to be sealed to maintain the watertight integrity of the ship in case it takes on water.

    On some decks there are large hatches (in order to move equipment between decks). At sea these hatches are shut and smaller round hatches for personnel are used instead. This is because it is harder for one man to open and shut the larger hatches and the smaller hatches slow down the intake of water if the ship begins to sink.

    It is navy policy that the large hatches remain closed while at sea. However I have witnessed the ditching of this policy because fat females in the crew couldn’t fit through the small hatch. I kid you not, the navy put the ship in danger so fat chicks could be crew members.

    Just another example of diversity as a strength in the ADF.

  136. Nick

    Remember that scene in Django Unchained when the plantation escapee is set upon and killed by Mr Stonecipher’s dogs on the orders of Master Candie?

    Despite that scene, Leftists complained not, about a black man being ripped apart by dogs, but by the N word being used. Go figure?

  137. Good evening Delta,I’ve been having a look for you whenever I have stuck my head in here.
    I have sad news about those cortisone tablets. You can only take them for a week.
    I gave my GP a right royal serve when he told me.

    Sorry about that.

  138. Myrddin Seren

    In my kid’s year, he once told me it was 90% Asian. Most of the kids had difficulty communicating in English….

    So, they probably aren’t Americans of Asian ancestry, but fresh off the China Eastern flight, via the family’s pied-a-terre in Portland, Seattle or San Francisco.

    And if they have difficulty in communicating in English, which is kind of a key skill at a college in an Anglophone country, then they are filling JC Jr’s class because ??? Ka-ching $$.

    Meaning the discrimination is probably running against actual Americans of Asian ancestry, but who have Tiger Moms and have helped/pushed/driven them to be high achievers.

  139. Had a good chat with Sam Kekovich at an event where he was the entertainment.
    He grew up on a farm and is genuinely interested in other people and their experiences. He downplays his own achievements in the good old fashioned way.
    He’s s big unit. His handshake is a bone crusher.

  140. jupes

    And Custard (Peter C) was on the right hand side.

    Sorry Custard, missed you there mate.

  141. jupes

    Sammy K sounds like he or his family comes from the old Yugoslavia, Bernardi is Italian and Bossi is also of Italian background too. What’s going on here? LOl

    All proud Aussies JC. Exactly what we want.

  142. Old School Conservative

    memoryvault
    #2837479, posted on October 12, 2018 at 5:33 pm
    …The good old days, Gab. Uni entry was based solely on matriculation results, and individual areas of study had specific prerequisites. For instance, anything involving “science” required both Maths A and B, plus two of Physics, Chemistry, and/or Biology, and entrance to anything required English Lit.
    Competition for places was based on aggregate score.

    I challenge anyone to adequately explain the whole mess of today’s university entrance system.
    Exam marks move from raw marks to “aligned marks”; school assessment marks are “moderated”; the final ATAR is a ranking of students relative to their Year 7 peers; some courses are less academically challenging but still count towards the ATAR….and so on in a mess of statistical complexity.

    No wonder kids boil it all down to “does it scale well?”

  143. Myrddin Seren

    I kid you not, the navy put the ship in danger so fat chicks could be crew members.

    Fortunately, the whole policy weight of the government, permanent public service and the ADF leadership is designed to ensure short, fat persons of all 748 genders are never, ever placed in a combat situation – such as their uselessness might see the ship lost in real action.

    Our diversity and pre-printed surrender documents are our strength – Comrade.

  144. Confused Old Misfit

    I hope all of you stingy mungrels sent in $10 to finance the airing of that Australian Conservatives Sam Kekovich commercial!

  145. Boambee John

    In a statement on the IPCC Climate Change report issued Monday, Gore insisted that the United Nations’ climate scientists have made their final proclamation on the subject of global warming — and the news is dire.

    The one thing we can be confident about is that this will NOT be the “final proclamation”.

  146. vlad

    Atoms for Peace
    #2837461, posted on October 12, 2018 at 5:09 pm
    Whilst I think about it, bring back Billy Bunter. He would be considered svelte the days.

    I’ve occasionally wondered what Billy Bunter did after he left school. I’d say he became a stockbroker – wasn’t his father one? – and died of a massive coronary in his early forties.

  147. Sorry Custard, missed you there mate.

    Peter Castieu

  148. I hope all of you stingy mungrels sent in $10 to finance the airing of that Australian Conservatives Sam Kekovich commercial!

    It’s always struck me as funny, in a perverse sort of way, how pretty much anybody running for politics in this country, the first thing they do is tell you how much better they will “manage” the economy.

    The second thing they invariably do, is ask you for a handout.

  149. DrBeauGan

    Confused Old Misfit
    #2837524, posted on October 12, 2018 at 6:16 pm
    I hope all of you stingy mungrels sent in $10 to finance the airing of that Australian Conservatives Sam Kekovich commercial!

    I was going to send them a lot more. But they wanted lots of information about where I lived, and they ain’t getting it.

  150. Nick

    Lol, it would be fun to count the list of things that wouldn’t be PC or allowed these days, compared to Billy Bunter.

  151. vlad

    Herodotus
    #2837395, posted on October 12, 2018 at 3:48 pm
    Janis Joplin’s mum said something along the lines of “I don’t know why she sings like that. She has a lovely voice.”

    Tiny Tim could sing baritone surprisingly well if you’ve only ever heard him sing falsetto.

  152. Roger

    I was going to send them a lot more. But they wanted lots of information about where I lived, and they ain’t getting it.

    You could always send a cheque or money order earmarked “for Kekovich ad campaign”, BeauGan.

    Lateral thinking!

  153. vlad

    In the fifties at Melbourne if you passed Matric (ie presumably with the right subjects) you could do Medicine. End of story.

  154. Delta A

    I have sad news about those cortisone tablets. You can only take them for a week.

    Thanks for that, MV. ‘One week’ suggests that they are either very potent or have the potential to do damage to organs and other nasty side effects. Not nice.

    Having said that, I’m (almost) ready to investigate cortisone injections, as suggested by my GP. Apparently, the relief they give lasts for three months… if they actually work at all.

    (Don’t laugh, all you fit young things. Us oldies were all as young and fit and gorgeous as you are. Your time will come.)

    Keep well, MV, and keep posting.

  155. vlad

    Benji Law’s phd was in creative writing. Nuff said.

  156. Bruce of Newcastle

    C’mon guys.
    You know how hard it is these days to get enough warm bodies on deck.
    Ugly fat chicks and sailors is how you get more sailors.
    Who’d want to be married to a sailor these days?
    And sailors tend to be less discriminating than most.
    Win win!
    The navy has just added 2+2 in hope of a multitude.

  157. DrBeauGan

    You could always send a cheque or money order earmarked “for Kekovich ad campaign”, BeauGan.

    Lateral thinking!

    They want my money, they can damn well make it easy for me to send it.

    What are cheques?

  158. Old School Conservative

    stackja
    #2837477, posted on October 12, 2018 at 5:29 pm
    NSW used to have UAC score for university. Now called ATAR

    Not quite.
    The Universities Admission Centre today manages the technical calculation and distribution of Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks.
    The ATAR used to be called the Tertiary Entrance Score in 1967, then Tertiary Entrance Rank, then Universities Admission Index. Of course the aggregate scores predated all of the above, and ATARs call for large numbers of well paid public servants to process the complexity.

  159. H B Bear

    Peanut Head and the Liars are running TV ads in WA at the moment. Lieborals are broke and probably couldn’t rustle up enough volunteers for an ad anyway. Unless Peanut Head really stuffs this up they are going to get slaughtered.

  160. the story of the Petty Officer on the sinking HMAS Voyager – too big to fit through the porthole

    Dunno about fitting through a porthole (small round window). Diversity in the ADF has made that activity pretty much redundant.

    I’ve spent a little bit of time on RAN vessels (no I’m not and never have been a sailor). I did learn though that the hole in the decks is called a hatch. Hatches are made of metal and must be able to be sealed to maintain the watertight integrity of the ship in case it takes on water.

    On some decks there are large hatches (in order to move equipment between decks). At sea these hatches are shut and smaller round hatches for personnel are used instead. This is because it is harder for one man to open and shut the larger hatches and the smaller hatches slow down the intake of water if the ship begins to sink.

    It is navy policy that the large hatches remain closed while at sea. However I have witnessed the ditching of this policy because fat females in the crew couldn’t fit through the small hatch. I kid you not, the navy put the ship in danger so fat chicks could be crew members.

    I will explain as my first sea post was on the same class of ship as the Voyager, HMAS Vampire, that is the one moored in Sudney at the maritime museum. Try to find a picture of it or if you have seen it this will make a bit more sense.

    When the ship was cut in two this was aft of the wheelhouse at the maintop (the flat bit in the middle).

    Those trapped below decks were in the junior sailors cafe, this ends at the rear of the front turret (Alpha Turret) and extends aft for about 25 metres with the PO’s and Comms messdecks below, just forward of that on the same deck is 2C messdeck (2 Charlie with 3Ca and 3Cz below).

    Now just in front of Alpha turret about 2 metres down is a small oval shaped opening that is held in place with a centre line bolt. That was the escape hatch and there was one on both sides at the rear of 2C, if you have seen it you can see there is not much room for a person to get out, bearing in mind that it had to be unbolted from a butterfly nut on the inside.

    As for why hatches above and below would have been secured, not including engine and boiler rooms as they were secured via their airlocks, the ship was operating in close company at night and would have been closed up in damage control state 1 Zulu with doors and hatches secured with at least 2 dogs (Handles), the realy heavy ones for blast protection had counterweights to help you open them.

    Hope this helps.

  161. Having said that, I’m (almost) ready to investigate cortisone injections, as suggested by my GP. Apparently, the relief they give lasts for three months… if they actually work at all.

    Good luck with that. It’s become big business.
    One would think you were having open heart surgery.
    My drug dealer pharmacist suggested Goanna Oil.
    At least it takes the edge off enough for me to do what I want/need to do around the house.

  162. stackja

    OSC – Thank you. I only heard about UAC.

  163. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I will explain as my first sea post was on the same class of ship as the Voyager, HMAS Vampire, that is the one moored in Sudney at the maritime museum. Try to find a picture of it or if you have seen it this will make a bit more sense.

    It does, thank you Carpe. One of the survivors of H.M.A.S. “Voyager” was posted to H.M.A.S. “Vampire” He was allocated the same bunk on “Vampire” as he had been occupying on “Voyager” at the time of the collision. He left the Navy soon afterwards.

  164. rickw

    I kid you not, the navy put the ship in danger so fat chicks could be crew members.

    Doesn’t this all make damage control easier?

    Fat chick, plug that hole! No, not that fat chick, the fatter one!

    Fat chick’s on the port side now, we’re listing! Fat chick’s, the port side is in the up hill direction! If you are to obese to climb uphill, stay where you are, do not go downhill!

  165. Further to my post above

    https://www.anmm.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/action-stations

    Next to the 11 is a porthole, keep going aft and the next one is the escape hatch.

  166. rickw

    Lemon is a nasty little gay man with issues.

    Wouldn’t you be a bit nasty and have issues if you were regularly being buggered!!

  167. stackja

    Voyager inquiries were much reported.

  168. stackja

    HBB – ALP have unions. LNP are abandoned.

  169. HBB – ALP have unions. LNP are abandoned.

    Jeez, I wonder why?

    Still, credit where credit is due.
    Turdbull did an excellent job of destroying them.

  170. I’ve spent a little bit of time on RAN vessels (no I’m not and never have been a sailor).

    metoo.

    I was given three instructions to follow:
    1. Watch your head.
    2. Don’t run
    3. If you see someone running, follow them.

  171. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Voyager inquiries were much reported.

    Didn’t two Royal Commissions spend a great deal of time tap dancing around the issue of whether Duncan Stevens (“Drunken Duncan”) was fit to command a toy boat in his bath, let alone H.M.A.S. Voyager?

  172. If you see someone running, follow them.

    When Number 1 son successfully completed his powder monkey course, he was given a tee shirt.
    “I am a bomb disposal expert.
    If you see me running, try to keep up.”

  173. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk referred to Ethics Committee amid bribery claims

    Jared Owens
    @jaredowens
    13 minutes ago October 12, 2018

    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has been referred to the parliamentary Ethics Committee amid claims she committed bribery by threatening to withdraw resources from her political opponents unless they backed her agenda in parliament.

    The allegations stem from Ms Palaszczuk’s decision last month to sack four staffers allocated to Katter’s Australian Party after its MPs refused to condemn senator Fraser Anning’s call for a referendum on restoring the White Australia policy.

    Before she sacked the KAP staffers, Ms Palaszczuk told parliament she “would like to see members of the Katter Party here in this parliament get up and say” they condemned Senator Anning’s speech.

    The Crime and Corruption Commission assessed the allegation of bribery and found that, as it occurred in parliament, it was for MPs to decide whether the Premier should be punished.

    It also recommended the Premier surrender her power to allocate parties’ staff in future.

    Breaking news, from the Oz.

  174. stackja

    Zulu – Stevens had ulcer. Should have retired.

  175. Breaking news, from the Oz.

    And there are STILL Cats who pay for a subscription to that communist propaganda rag.

  176. DrBeauGan

    rickw
    #2837563, posted on October 12, 2018 at 7:31 pm
    JLP:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UGSFOWbQ6uc

    I like JLP. He’s sane and he’s smart.

  177. Roger

    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk referred to Ethics Committee

    Ms. Palaszcuk, whose government is presently sponsoring an abortion bill that will see terminations permitted up to birth for non-medical reasons and who has announced her intention to introduce euthanasia laws next, thinks the KAP are neo-Nazis.

  178. Top Ender

    Didn’t two Royal Commissions spend a great deal of time tap dancing…

    Tom Frame’s book Where Fate Calls: The HMAS Voyager Tragedy (1992) is still I best on the subject, I reckon.

    Secondhand copies available

  179. Empire 5:5

    Fat chick, plug that hole! No, not that fat chick, the fatter one!

    Admiral Fatchick [fash-ik].

  180. rickw

    Ms. Palaszcuk, whose government is presently sponsoring an abortion bill that will see terminations permitted up to birth for non-medical reasons and who has announced her intention to introduce euthanasia laws next, thinks the KAP are neo-Nazis.

    We can spend a lot of time and effort trying to understand the logic and rationale of these people.

    A simpler and more useful approach is to simply out what it is: Evil.

    It cuts through the rationalising, sophisticatory and hypotheticals like a knife.

  181. H B Bear

    Pony Club politicians should be required to assist on the tools for a few of those abortions just to get a feel for it.

  182. A simpler and more useful approach is to simply out what it is: Evil.

    +100 RickW

  183. mh

    The media are certainly triggered by seeing a black man in the White House that is not promoting a socialist new world order.

  184. Empire 5:5

    Halal vegan low fat cupcakes on the bridge.

  185. .

    I thought late-term abortions was something people generally didn’t like, even if they are rock-ribbed that women absolutely have a right to terminate pregnancies.

    How anyone could go along with a late-term abortion that is not incidental to the health of the mother is just beyond me (and such instances are very rare).

    Singer (IIRC) tried to argue that children could be killed off until…the eleventh trimester (24 months).

    If that’s so, then why is child abuse even a crime?

    [OBVIOUSLY, I don’t have that view, just making the connection].

  186. John Constantine

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xsoyuAceVM

    Their turnbullites are the Trabant of Australian politics.

    Am i willing to bet my liver and kidneys that the shorten looting cartel will not be able to branch stack the electorates of australia so they become the thousand year reich?.

    Wouldn’t it be Terrific if those that were proud to be branded the Turnbull Team couldn’t laugh the base off with some jollies anymore?.

  187. mh

    The media have been obsessed with Kanye’s wife’s arse for more than a decade.

    But Kanye is the guy who goes home and shags that arse. #Winning

  188. Nick

    Strange how a late term abortion is a woman’s choice, but I don’t have the choice over the lightbulbs I want to use, because of future lives.

  189. Delta A

    Late term abortion is infanticide.

    Murder.

    I cannot comprehend that a woman can carry a baby for nine months in her body, only to murder it at birth.

    Everyone involved in this appalling procedure is evil.

  190. C.L.

    Ms. Palaszcuk, whose government is presently sponsoring an abortion bill that will see terminations permitted up to birth for non-medical reasons and who has announced her intention to introduce euthanasia laws next, thinks the KAP are neo-Nazis.

    Thrice-divorced before 50 and childless.
    These are the kind of woman-monsters being vomited forth in contemporary Western polities.

  191. Delta A

    And, I will add, any government who condones this form of infanticide is completely evil.

  192. C.L.

    The media have been obsessed with Kanye’s wife’s arse for more than a decade.

    But Kanye is the guy who goes home and shags that arse.

    He’s welcome to it.

  193. Roger

    A mistake or a demotion?

    Emma Alberici just reported on ABC news and was introduced as “economics correspondent”, not “chief economics correspondent”.

  194. Roger

    These are the kind of woman-monsters being vomited forth in contemporary Western polities.

    Feminism’s best and brightest.

    Her abortion bill will permit sex selective terminations.

  195. Tintarella di Luna

    These are the kind of woman-monsters being vomited forth in contemporary Western polities.

    Indeed and just imagine what the future will be like with all those little grrrrrl-montsers who will grow up to fill the ranks of woman-monsters — pussy-hatted, empty-eyed viragoes – I feel rather pessimistic about it all.

  196. Frank

    How anyone could go along with a late-term abortion that is not incidental to the health of the mother is just beyond me (and such instances are very rare).

    They either don’t think about it, compartmentalise very well or it never occurs to them that they can think about it.

    A lot of them don’t know what they are agreeing with. When you point out what partial birth abortion is they freak out and shy away from the images associated with the google search, seemingly unaware of the contradiction inherent in feeling that way while slagging off the dumb Christians that protest against these things. This refers to some supposedly clever educated females I’ve met, young though.

  197. H B Bear

    Teh Dumb scraping the barrel tonight having to rely on an ALPBC co-dependent Chaser “boy”. Unsurprisingly the subject of domestic violence and men who stay silent with knowledge of it didn’t come up.

  198. .

    Ms. Palaszcuk, whose government is presently sponsoring an abortion bill that will see terminations permitted up to birth for non-medical reasons

    I could not support this if I was a lefty.

    I certainly can’t support it as a libertarian.

    This hadn’t even dawned on me. Wow.

    One of my best friends has a boy and girl who were premature. Those kids treat me like an Uncle.

    This is fucked.

  199. H B Bear

    Her abortion bill will permit sex selective terminations.

    While importing hundreds of thousands of culturally backward people at the same time – good luck girls, you are going to need it.

  200. Frank

    Thrice-divorced before 50 and childless.

    Vindictive spinsterhood again by the sounds of it.

  201. Tintarella di Luna

    This refers to some supposedly clever educated females I’ve met, young though.

    Ah, I guess you mean the clever educated but uncivilised females killing an almost full-term foetus is OK by the barbarians because they convince themselves it’s just a bunch of cells.

  202. H B Bear

    Phil “Amnesty” Ruddock also gets a guernsey on Teh Dumb. Would have been a great opportunity to ask him how he thought his South Sudanese reffos were working out for the country.

  203. vlad

    I’ve seen it attributed to Reagan and I hope he said it – it was worthy of him:
    “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”

  204. Frank

    Ah, I guess you mean the clever educated but uncivilised females killing an almost full-term foetus is OK by the barbarians because they convince themselves it’s just a bunch of cells.

    Yeah, one of those. Nine month old bunch of cells. If it is any consolation the individual in mind has since gone on to suffer from what could only be described as explosive obesity. Ironically looking as though she is preggers with triplets.

  205. H B Bear

    A mistake or a demotion?
    Emma Alberici just reported on ABC news and was introduced as “economics correspondent”, not “chief economics correspondent”.

    My money would be on mistake. Alberscreechi and Andwew “Potplant” Pwobyn are the brave freedom fighters for the ALPBC staff co-op independence. Their weapons? Bias, ignorance and incompetence.

  206. Dot;

    I could not support this if I was a lefty.
    I certainly can’t support it as a libertarian.

    I can’t support it because I am not a Fascist.

  207. .

    The Australian military going really well.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-12/australias-f-35-fleet-grounded-us-joint-strike-fighter-crash/10371052

    All we seem to have is one airlift squadron, 2 SF regiments and 4 commando regiments, and we are only ever able to field the equivalent of 2 battalions at any one time.

    The ships and strike planes are clapped out junk.

    Don’t worry, Chrissy Pyne asks us to hold his beer.

  208. cohenite

    Thrice-divorced before 50 and childless.
    These are the kind of woman-monsters being vomited forth in contemporary Western polities.

    You can add the 3 M’s to that list as well: May, Merkel and Macron: all childless, all with no biological investment in the future; and while macron is nominally a man the way he was rubbing himself against some young black island boys recently suggests to me what ever is going on in his groin isn’t masculine.

  209. Death Giraffe

    He grew up on a farm and is genuinely interested in other people and their experiences.

    ..
    That is as gay as penguins.

  210. I see an F-35 self-destructed, and the rest are grounded.
    Not even in service yet, and they’re already falling out of the sky.
    Interesting to note from the article that Australia has already “taken delivery” of nine of them.
    Mind you, we can’t actually fly them here, they’re not up to it.
    They are sitting, unused and unloved – and currently unflown – at an air force base in Arizona.

    Australia grounds Joint Strike Fighter fleet after
    US Marine Corps F-35 in catastrophic engine failure and crash

  211. Crossie

    I’m watching the royal wedding and my observation is that Princess Eugenie’s dress is nicer than Megan’s which I found ordinary. So much for that Hollywood pizzazz.

  212. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Tom Frame’s book Where Fate Calls: The HMAS Voyager Tragedy (1992) is still I best on the subject, I reckon.

    Thanks, Top Ender, I’ll dig my copy out:The other book I found interesting was Peter Cabban and David Salter’s book on the subject.

  213. Death Giraffe

    Comedian Chelsea Handler was slammed on social media on Thursday for posting a tweet about a Republican Senator that many users saw as “homophobic” and in poor taste.
    “If you’re wondering why Republicans took a sick day today, it’s probably because it’s #NationalComingOutDay. Looking at you @LindseyGrahamSC,” Handler tweeted.

    ..
    Lefties just can’t hide their nasty bigotty bigotry.
    Everything they say about the right being fascist, racist, homophobic, misogynist is projection.
    If they performed like Graham has these last two weeks, I couldn’t care if the whole damn Republican party was queer for each other.
    H/t Dirty Harry.

  214. Death Giraffe

    Why can’t our closeted homosexual LNP pollies be as effective in a crisis as the Republican closeted homosexuals? That’s the real question.

  215. Frank

    Lindsay Graham lost his parents when he was 22, and then adopted his sister who was thirteen at the time.

  216. C.L.

    Lindsay Graham lost his parents when he was 22, and then adopted his sister who was thirteen at the time.

    I didn’t know that.
    Well done, sir. Well done indeed.

  217. JC

    The black Anglican bishop has a really big, shiny head. It’s like a giant reflector. Stick him outside reflect back the sunlight and bingo.. gerbil warming is a non issue.

  218. Tintarella di Luna

    the individual in mind has since gone on to suffer from what could only be described as explosive obesity

    It is terribly sad that young women have been told that killing a baby in your womb is just like hawking up some phlegm – I’ve read a couple of books by Melinda Tankard Reist the saddest was one called Giving Sorry Words, stories of women whose lives were absolutely crushed by the decision to abort their baby. The other I read was Defiant Birth which was such a counterpoint to the sadness, John Anderson and his wife were one of the stories in that book – deeply moving.

  219. Death Giraffe

    You know, if I joke about homosexuality, or woman’s muppety arms, or how my house has been invaded by asians, there is no malice there. It’s a joke about people’s differences. Like most on the right, I don’t look down on ’em or think of anyone as less than human.
    On the right, all of us, understand there are consequences for decisions you make for sure.
    But there there are things about you that are immutable and you are no less human for these things.
    The left doen’t see it that way. Read that tweet from Handler again. Understand it. To the left homosexuality is a slur you throw at an ideological enemy.
    Their identity games ard disgusting and hypocritical.

  220. mh

    The wymyn are still bitching:

    ‘The View’ Blasts Melania: She Has ‘No Friends,’ Doesn’t Care, Revels ‘in Not Knowing’

    …Goldberg added, “You know what the real true problem here—this is when you don’t do any homework… when you think about some of the things that have been said about Africa, you know I would think that, I kind of thought well, maybe she’s going to see for herself, but clearly she didn’t do the research just to make sure this was on the right footing because basically a pith helmet says we own you.”

    https://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/10/11/the-view-blasts-melania-she-has-no-friends-doesnt-care-revels-in-not-knowing/

  221. I’m watching the royal wedding and my observation is that Princess Eugenie’s dress is nicer than Megan’s which I found ordinary. So much for that Hollywood pizzazz.

    Dear God the inhumanity.
    I’m stuck with the wife and daughter number two watching the horror unfold.
    Bocelli was a nice diversion singing a very Catholic number.
    Get Robbie Williams up for a tune.

  222. Gab

    I’m watching the royal wedding and my observation is that Princess Eugenie’s dress is nicer than Megan’s which I found ordinary.

    And how lovely to watch a normal wedding without all the “entertainment” as with the previous showy affair.

  223. Death Giraffe

    but clearly she didn’t do the research just to make sure this was on the right footing because basically a pith helmet says we own you.”


    This is entirely made up bullshit, and they know it.

  224. JC

    Gez

    It’s a beautiful church and the singing is quite nice. Dunno about the guests but it looks like a very traditional wedding.

  225. Frank

    You know, if I joke about homosexuality, or woman’s muppety arms, or how my house has been invaded by asians, there is no malice there.

    Alternatively you can go down the equal opportunity hater route. One that does mean, it a bit, but it is evenly spread about in a non discriminatory manner. It becomes even more plausible yet if you hold yourself to the same standards. This approach has the benefit of freeing you from having to defend yourself, it becomes a case of “of course I mean it, so what?”

    Erm, hypothetically speaking, of course.

  226. Tintarella di Luna

    Farmer Gez
    #2837630, posted on October 12, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    I am home alone and I wouldn’t put that stuff on ever, never, ever. My dear Italian mamma though absolutely loved royalty, she followed assiduously stories and gossip about European nobles and who was who in the Italian Houses of Savoia, Parma, Milano, she loved everything about the British Royal Family – she watched the entire broadcast of Diana’s funeral. So glad I didn’t inherit that fascination.

  227. Sydney Boy

    They are sitting, unused and unloved – and currently unflown – at an air force base in Arizona.

    Ummmm, wrong. The F-35 is in service with the US Air Force and US Marines and has been operating for a year now. Australia has taken delivery of a bunch of F-35s and Australia currently has a bunch of guys in the US flying them and training on them and doing “train the trainer” courses for every aspect of their use – flying, maintenance, armament, etc. They really are a massively big step up from out current Hornets and Super-hornets. Well, for probably the last-ever generation of manned fighter aircraft, anyway.

    As for a fleet being grounded after a crash – that is normal business practice. Army have just withdrawn the vehicle jacks for the Bushmasters from service after one failed. Now all will have integrity testing until the fleet of jacks is cleared for use.

  228. Tintarella di Luna

    And how lovely to watch a normal wedding without all the “entertainment” as with the previous showy affair.

    Such a welcome change from the circus that was Prince Harry and Meghan Markel’s extravaganza and all the Hollywood look-a-mes

  229. Death Giraffe

    Look.
    I see what you’re saying Frank.
    But it isn’t anyone’s blackness or gayness or midget lesbianism that I hate as such. For example:
    I couldn’t give a fuck what colour or orientation the fat guy on the flight home with the incessant cough was.
    The annoying thing was his cough, his fatness, and the fact that I was stuck next to him for six hours.
    Don’t bring your damn coughing fatbody near me and you can be as black or white or midget or gay or vegetarian as you like.
    I’m no saint, I’m just like the 99.9% of people who feel the same way.
    It blows my mind that in 2018 anyone gives a damn. But there you go. Acaddmics and leftists just can’t leave people the fuck alone to rub along like they almost always do.

  230. Boambee John

    Giraffe at 2205

    Indeed, but how many bureaucratic and academic careers depend on this sh1t?

    That is why it will never end until the whole priocess is defunded.

  231. Crossie

    Who with any functioning brain cells watches The View for entertainment or information value? The only time I see any of it is short clips showing the stupid cows beclowning themselves.

  232. Death Giraffe

    Tonight I finish the course of antibiotics for the damn chest infection that fat, useless coughing sod gave me.
    I spent the flight with the blanket over my head trying to avoid the germs.

  233. JC

    Tonight I finish the course of antibiotics for the damn chest infection that fat, useless coughing sod gave me.

    I didn’t know you were friendly with Monst.

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