Wednesday Forum: October 25, 2018

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  1. RobK

    Bumper crop of toons today. Thanks Tom.

  2. Diogenes

    To add to Toms list, whilst not political seems to sum up the intelligentsia

    http://dilbert.com/strip/2018-10-25

  3. Coalition government: ALP, Gangreen, Liberal and National Parties.

    So who is the opposition?

    Is there anyone out there? Hellllooo. Hellloo. Hello.

  4. OldOzzie

    Tom,

    Thanks, equal winners today – Ben Garrison and Pat Cross

  5. Fscken echo in here.
    The place is near empty.

  6. Snoopy

    If we must have a Federal ICAC it should be fully funded by a levy on Commonwealth public servants and Federal politicians and their staff.

  7. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Ariail (both) and Zanetti are my smiles for today, but it’s a strong field. Thanks, Tom.

  8. OldOzzie

    Several “Hoax” Mail Bombs “Not Capable Of Exploding” According To Officials

    Several of the 10 suspected mail bombs sent to high-profile Democrats and noted anti-Trumpers were flawed and incapable of exploding, invesigators said Thursday, adding that others have yet to be fully analyzed, reports NBC. In some cases the flaws were significant, while others were more subtle.

    The news, expected to be detailed at a joint NYPD/FBI briefing in New York shortly, comes after investigators said the devices appeared poorly made and that it was unclear if they were hoaxes or simply cases of bad construction. Earlier in the investigation, officials in multiple states had described the items as live explosives and a number of senior bomb techs briefed on the probe said they had all the components necessary for successful explosions.

    Investigators cautioned that the analysis is far from complete, and they say anyone who encounters one of the parcels should treat it as dangerous. -NBC

    None of the devices have detonated, and nobody has been hurt in what appears to be a not-so elaborate hoax.

  9. Several of the 10 suspected mail bombs sent to high-profile Democrats and noted anti-Trumpers were flawed and incapable of exploding …

    “Several” = umm… 10?

  10. egg_

    Great post inco.

    Crap!
    /Wanna stoush?

  11. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I’m crawling back to bed. Reading, sleepless, till 3am. Can’t re-establish an antipodean sleep pattern yet.
    Attapuss still functioning on his get-her-up-at-6am demands for fresh meat and a play.
    His early-rising minders while we were away had no idea about how to ignore him when he does this.
    And Hairy has not yet re-established his pattern of throwing a discouraging cushion at his persistence.
    We missed him a lot and he’s obviously missed us; he’s all over us, a beautiful cat, our tiger tabby.
    I’d like to see anyone try to turn him vegan. Good luck with that.

    So much re-learning for all concerned after a three month absence. 🙂

  12. Top Ender

    What was the name of that song?

    From the suitably named Men at Work?

    That’s right! Who Can it Be Now….

    ABC calls in reporter over multiple ‘sexual harassment’ claims

    The Australian is aware of several women who accuse the reporter of inappropriate conduct at separate functions. Picture: AFP
    The Australian is aware of several women who accuse the reporter of inappropriate conduct at separate functions. Picture: AFP
    11:00PM OCTOBER 25, 2018
    The ABC has taken “follow-up action” relating to a male ABC TV reporter accused of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behaviour towards several women.

    After questions from The Australian, the ABC yesterday confirmed it had “followed up on and made inquiries into a small number of complaints relating to the journalist’s professional conduct towards colleagues”.

    “Our inquiries have concluded and appropriate follow-up ­action has been taken in accordance with the ABC workplace policies,” an ABC spokeswoman said. “To respect the confidentiality of those involved, the ABC will not comment further.”

    The spokeswoman would not confirm the name of the male reporter, known to The Australian, or claims there had been 11 other complaints relating to him.

    These are understood to be mostly from female journalists with the ABC and other media organisations, but the spokeswoman said there were “rumours and some misinformation surrounding” the allegations.

    The Australian is aware of several women who accuse the reporter of inappropriate conduct at separate functions. It is understood he has been confronted with the allegations and delayed or prevented from taking a planned position within the ABC.

    In one incident several months ago, it is alleged he made persistent sexual advances to a female reporter at a social function. When she resisted the advances, it is alleged he became verbally insulting towards her and threw the contents of his glass at her.

    Then again, it IS fashionable, to make these sort of claims.

    From the Oz – no comments of course.

  13. ScoMo has announced a big drought fund.
    Oh great!
    Why don’t they just deposit it into the bank accounts of “support” bureaucrats and save the cockies all the paperwork involved in being deemed not eligible.

  14. Crap!
    /Wanna stoush?

    If you’re feeling lucky, punk.

  15. Snoopy

    Stimpy?

    Lithium is a potent psychiatric drug, one of the primary prescribed medications for bipolar disorder. But it’s also an element that occurs naturally all over the Earth’s crust — including in bodies of water. That means that small quantities of lithium wind up in the tap water you consume every day. Just how much is in the water varies quite a bit from place to place.

    Naturally, that made researchers curious: Are places with more lithium in the water healthier, mentally? Do places with more lithium have less depression or bipolar or — most importantly of all — fewer suicides?

    Via Instapundit

  16. Snoopy

    The spokeswoman would not confirm the name of the male reporter, known to The Australian, or claims there had been 11 other complaints relating to him.

    A straight male ABC reporter? That’s a very narrow field.

  17. OldOzzie

    While Demanding ‘Civility,’ NYT Publishes Fan Fiction Depicting Trump’s Assassination

    Should The New York Times, which published Trump-killing fan fiction, be held to the same standard it expects of the president?

  18. OldOzzie

    Venezuela: The Mafia State Next Door
    .

    The ongoing man-made disaster in Venezuela was already bad enough, with millions of people fleeing deprivation and repression. Now a former senior U.S. State Department official says the country has morphed into a full-blown “mafia state” that threatens U.S. borders and regional stability. With Washington D.C. being closer to Caracas, Venezuela’s capital, than it is to Los Angeles, it is time U.S. policymakers begin to craft a broader strategy to neutralize that threat.

  19. Shy Ted

    The spokeswoman would not confirm the name of the male reporter, known to The Australian, or claims there had been 11 other complaints relating to him.
    ABC ladies get hit on??!! Now that’s one sick dude. Blind drunk as they say.

  20. Baldrick

    ScoMo has announced a big drought fund.

    The only sentence missing from SloMo’s announcement of spending $5 billion, “By 2030 no Australian farmer need live with drought.”

    Stupid.Fucking.Liberals

  21. Snoopy

    David Burge
    @iowahawkblog
    Stray thought: maybe if the government wasn’t a $4 trillion, panopticon, armed-to-the-teeth leviathan, we wouldn’t consider elections as a life-or-death struggles that morally justify violence.

    12:58 AM – Oct 25, 2018

    Via Ace of Spades

  22. Relax Baldrick.
    It’s only 100 million per year and the rest invested to build to 5 billion by 2035.
    About a weeks subsidy for ruinables.

  23. OldOzzie

    How the Russia Collusion Story Revealed a Scandal to Obstruct President Trump
    By Sharyl Attkisson

    Special counsel Robert Mueller is more than a year and five months into his investigation into whether President Donald Trump “colluded” in some illegal fashion with Russian President Vladimir Putin (or any other Russians). But Mueller has yet to reveal what he has—or hasn’t—concluded.

    On the other hand, there’s now an impressive body of public evidence to address another facet of this international controversy: collusion against Trump.

  24. Top Ender

    Whoever made the US bombs went to the Road-Runner School of Bomb-making.

    Wires out the end of the pipes. Some sort of timer device strapped on. Traces of sulphur.

    Designed for the media.

    Surprising they didn’t have “Bomb!” written on the outside for CNN.

    Then again, when Mate 1 who makes the devices has Mate 2 in the media one doesn’t need to be too overt.

    Clowns.

  25. OldOzzie

    Malcolm Turnbull still firmly involved in politics as Scott Morrison suffers wheelspin
    Sharri Markson, The Daily Telegraph

    FOR Malcolm Turnbull to insist he is retired from politics is a joke. He is in daily contact with the prime minister, cabinet ministers and backbenchers and he freely offers his view to all of them.

    His claim that he stayed away from Wentworth to give Liberal candidate Dave Sharma a better shot at winning without the distraction of a former leader on the hustings, lacks credibility.

    Don’t forget, Turnbull sent a clear message to Morrison and his advisers after the leadership coup that he should go straight to the polls — guaranteeing an early Shorten Government.

    While perhaps he can’t be blamed for feeling this way, in my view, Turnbull never wanted Morrison to win Wentworth.

    That’s also the conclusion being drawn at the highest levels of the Morrison government.

    Scott Morrison knows Turnbull well. This is why Morrison has been reluctant to reverse his decision to send Turnbull to represent Australia at the oceans climate change conference in Bali on Monday, with all ­expenses, from flights to five-star ­hotels, covered by the taxpayer.

    Morrison offered Turnbull the trip as an olive branch in the expectation he would then help him win ­Wentworth.

    After the Wentworth result — and in the days leading up to polling day — Morrison openly expressed to colleagues and advisers that he was done with Turnbull. The view from his camp was that had Turnbull done a robo-call, it may have made the ­difference. It was war and he wanted nothing more to do with him.

    His comments have been ­confirmed to me by four people close to him.

    However, he has not had the courage to say this publicly.

    I’m told his view is a war with Turnbull would be devastating for him as leader and the Liberal Party.

    He’s right on this point: Public brawling between two prime ministers — think of Rudd and Gillard as well as Abbott and Turnbull — would be horrendous for the Liberals ahead of the federal election.

    It would further tear open the wounds between the moderates and conservatives that are wreaking havoc in the government. But ­another reading of this situation is that Morrison is fearful of the damage Turnbull would cause him if he wasn’t ‘on-side’.

    One suspects Morrison is ­immensely scared of Turnbull and his vengeful nature.

    The leaks that have been designed to damage Morrison presumably come from the moderate camp and have been numerous, from the ­religious freedoms report to the WhatsApp messages sent to Marise Payne.

    But it was always going to be thus. This is the transactional cost of overthrowing a prime minister and, in ­particular, a strong character like Turnbull.

    Even though he lied when he told the Wentworth Courier and The Daily Telegraph when he said he’d stay on as MP if rolled, the former PM was ­direct in his warnings to colleagues that he’d quit his seat and cause a by-election.

    He even expected others to follow, including Craig Laundy and Julie Bishop.

    Yet, this is the path the Liberal Party chose. And so now the party must bear the consequences — leaks and all.

    The damage to Morrison, however, is significant.

    And he has other obstacles ahead: a Barnaby Joyce-led leadership coup against Michael McCormack in ­November when Parliament returns, and more MPs, such as Laundy, ­deciding they will not recontest their seats at the next election.

    Meanwhile, moderate MPs are flexing their muscles to demand asylum seekers be removed from Manus and Nauru.

    Morrison’s strong momentum since emerging victorious in the leadership spill has collapsed in the wake of the Wentworth result.

    Liberal MPs are terrified for their own seats and have lost hope of winning the next election.

    They’re as cynical about Morrison’s chance of leading a recovery as voters are.

    Liberals point out that Sharma’s primary of 43 per cent was a great ­result and better than Turnbull himself achieved in 2004 of 41.8 per cent.

    While this is correct, you cannot overlook the fact the Liberals lost the seat for the first time in history.

    And, while Morrison has rid himself of Turnbull from the parliament, he faces a towering figure in Phelps who will be equally as troublesome for him.

    Wentworth chose to elect an MP in Turnbull’s mould — economically conservative and socially progressive.

    The difference is, Turnbull suppressed his views on asylum seekers, the ­republic and climate change, so his message was seen as unconvincing and inauthentic, while Phelps openly advocates for the same policies her predecessor embraced.

    Morrison’s statement that he has been presiding over a minority government for the past eight weeks, and it will be business as usual post-Wentworth, shows the extent to which he has underestimated the reality of the new Parliament.

    While Phelps says she is unlikely to support a no-confidence motion against the government, there is no question she will be problematic for the Morrison government. She may only have five sitting weeks in Canberra until the federal campaign kicks off, but her intention is to force the government’s hand on a range of ­issues, starting with getting children off Nauru for medical treatment.

    She has a dismal view of the Morrison government and has not fought a hard-won campaign, complete with nasty attacks, to sit obediently on the crossbench. That is not her style. Just ask Clover Moore.

  26. Mak Siccar

    An excellent article in American Thinker.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/10/dispelling_the_transgender_myth.html

    Exploding the Transgender Myth
    By Avrohom Gordimer
    The Trump administration is finally bursting the bubble – a bubble full of hot air, falsehoods, and nefarious social agendas.

    The administration’s move to define gender biologically is causing hysteria among outspoken transgender activists and celebrities, protesting with the rallying cry of “We will not be erased!” After years of effort to promote transgenderism as a normal and even “in” and “cool” type of identity, deserving of broad protections and demanding respect bordering on that of a royal class, the bubble is being burst with a pierce of reality.

    As reported by the New York Times:

    [T]he Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance.

    The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.

    “Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” the department proposed in the memo, which was drafted and has been circulating since last spring. “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”

    The entire transgender legitimacy movement is a fabrication in which new vocabulary was introduced to glorify those who suffer from the psychiatric condition known as gender dysphoria. Although it has been sanitized to reflect political correctness and liberal values, the American Psychiatric Association’s classification of gender dysphoria treats the condition as a mental disorder; it is hard to avoid the inescapable scientific truth. Under President Obama, the federal government was directed to deny this truth and to treat those with gender dysphoria as really being of the sex they imagine they are, due to their disorder. President Trump has corrected this error and should be applauded.

    Imagine someone suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (which was previously referred to as Multiple Personality Disorder) being assigned two Social Security numbers, two legal names, and two different birthdays, due to the person’s psychiatric delusion that he is two different people. It would be absurd for one’s legal identity to be controlled by fantasies that are the product of a mental disorder. Is not the transgender issue equally absurd, such that one’s imagined sex, which represents a psychiatric ailment, should dictate to the government whether such a person is legally male or female?

    Farcically, New York mayor Bill de Blasio has taken it all one step farther, recently signing a bill that allows residents of New York City to register their birth certificates at will under Gender “X,” meaning that a person is neither male nor female. This follows previous legislation signed by de Blasio that allows New Yorkers to change their birth certificate sex from male to female and vice versa, as well as a massive array of programming under the name “LGBTQ Youth” introduced by de Blasio, plus steep fines for New Yorkers who use the wrong sex pronouns for transgender people.

    Transgender advocates get upset when various transgender “types” are randomly treated as one category and not individually distinguished. Let’s take a closer look and see who should really be upset.

    Gender dysphoria, a term shunned by transgender advocates, signifies a mental disorder, as described above. The other type of transgenderism – which is really something else and hence is not legitimately part of the congenital transgender classification – is referred to as “gender nonconformity,” about which the American Psychiatric Association states:

    Gender dysphoria is not the same as gender nonconformity, which refers to behaviors not matching the gender norms or stereotypes of the gender assigned at birth. Examples of gender nonconformity (also referred to as gender expansiveness or gender creativity) include girls behaving and dressing in ways more socially expected of boys or occasional cross-dressing in adult men. Gender nonconformity is not a mental disorder.

    In other words, males and females voluntarily acting like the opposite sex are manifestations of gender nonconformity. Transgender activists adamantly demand that “gender nonconforming” men who opt to act like women, and women who opt to act like men, be accorded special status and protections and be allowed to legally identify under this abnormal classification. Transgender advocacy for this sorry hoax reaches the heights of audacity and, as we would say in Hebrew and Yiddish, is downright chutzpah.

    For those of us who believe in the Bible, none of this is necessary, for we read in the Book of Genesis (1:27), “male and female did He [God] create them.” This is an immutable and existential truth that renders the entire transgender discussion moot. But since our government is run for the most part according to secular values (despite various affirmations of faith in God in America’s foundational documents), we must work within the system – a system that for way too long as been indoctrinated with belief in an agenda-driven myth. Thank God, President Trump has instead chosen the undeniable truth.

    Avrohom Gordimer serves on the editorial board of Jewish Action magazine, is a staff writer for the Cross-Currents website and is a frequent contributor to Israel National News and a host of other publications. He is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America and the New York Bar, and he is also a senior rabbinic fellow at Coalition for Jewish Values. By day, he works as an account executive at a large Jewish organization based in Manhattan. The views expressed in the above article are solely those of the writer.

    The Trump administration is finally bursting the bubble – a bubble full of hot air, falsehoods, and nefarious social agendas.

    The administration’s move to define gender biologically is causing hysteria among outspoken transgender activists and celebrities, protesting with the rallying cry of “We will not be erased!” After years of effort to promote transgenderism as a normal and even “in” and “cool” type of identity, deserving of broad protections and demanding respect bordering on that of a royal class, the bubble is being burst with a pierce of reality.

    As reported by the New York Times:

    [T]he Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance.

    The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.

    “Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” the department proposed in the memo, which was drafted and has been circulating since last spring. “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”

    The entire transgender legitimacy movement is a fabrication in which new vocabulary was introduced to glorify those who suffer from the psychiatric condition known as gender dysphoria. Although it has been sanitized to reflect political correctness and liberal values, the American Psychiatric Association’s classification of gender dysphoria treats the condition as a mental disorder; it is hard to avoid the inescapable scientific truth. Under President Obama, the federal government was directed to deny this truth and to treat those with gender dysphoria as really being of the sex they imagine they are, due to their disorder. President Trump has corrected this error and should be applauded.

    Imagine someone suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (which was previously referred to as Multiple Personality Disorder) being assigned two Social Security numbers, two legal names, and two different birthdays, due to the person’s psychiatric delusion that he is two different people. It would be absurd for one’s legal identity to be controlled by fantasies that are the product of a mental disorder. Is not the transgender issue equally absurd, such that one’s imagined sex, which represents a psychiatric ailment, should dictate to the government whether such a person is legally male or female?

    Farcically, New York mayor Bill de Blasio has taken it all one step farther, recently signing a bill that allows residents of New York City to register their birth certificates at will under Gender “X,” meaning that a person is neither male nor female. This follows previous legislation signed by de Blasio that allows New Yorkers to change their birth certificate sex from male to female and vice versa, as well as a massive array of programming under the name “LGBTQ Youth” introduced by de Blasio, plus steep fines for New Yorkers who use the wrong sex pronouns for transgender people.

    Transgender advocates get upset when various transgender “types” are randomly treated as one category and not individually distinguished. Let’s take a closer look and see who should really be upset.

    Gender dysphoria, a term shunned by transgender advocates, signifies a mental disorder, as described above. The other type of transgenderism – which is really something else and hence is not legitimately part of the congenital transgender classification – is referred to as “gender nonconformity,” about which the American Psychiatric Association states:

    Gender dysphoria is not the same as gender nonconformity, which refers to behaviors not matching the gender norms or stereotypes of the gender assigned at birth. Examples of gender nonconformity (also referred to as gender expansiveness or gender creativity) include girls behaving and dressing in ways more socially expected of boys or occasional cross-dressing in adult men. Gender nonconformity is not a mental disorder.

    In other words, males and females voluntarily acting like the opposite sex are manifestations of gender nonconformity. Transgender activists adamantly demand that “gender nonconforming” men who opt to act like women, and women who opt to act like men, be accorded special status and protections and be allowed to legally identify under this abnormal classification. Transgender advocacy for this sorry hoax reaches the heights of audacity and, as we would say in Hebrew and Yiddish, is downright chutzpah.

    For those of us who believe in the Bible, none of this is necessary, for we read in the Book of Genesis (1:27), “male and female did He [God] create them.” This is an immutable and existential truth that renders the entire transgender discussion moot. But since our government is run for the most part according to secular values (despite various affirmations of faith in God in America’s foundational documents), we must work within the system – a system that for way too long as been indoctrinated with belief in an agenda-driven myth. Thank God, President Trump has instead chosen the undeniable truth.

    Avrohom Gordimer serves on the editorial board of Jooish Action magazine, is a staff writer for the Cross-Currents website and is a frequent contributor to Israel National News and a host of other publications. He is a member of the Rabbinical Council of America and the New York Bar, and he is also a senior rabbinic fellow at Coalition for Jooish Values. By day, he works as an account executive at a large Jooish organization based in Manhattan. The views expressed in the above article are solely those of the writer

  27. OldOzzie

    Andrew Bolt: Turnbull no good for ScoMo and must be dumped

    POOR Scott Morrison is in an abusive relationship and can’t get out. Memo to the Prime Minister: dump him. Don’t send Malcolm Turnbull to Bali. Turnbull is no good for you. You keep giving in to him but he’ll keep slapping you around.

    So here’s where you make a stand: tell that bully he’s out. You’re not sending him as your representative to next week’s Ocean Conference in Bali after all.

    It is astonishing that Morrison does not see how stupid it is to send Turnbull to a conference where organisers say “participants are encouraged to announce their commitments …. to preserve the oceans’ health” from threats including “climate change-related impacts”.

    Really? What a dumb decision from the get-go.

    After all, Morrison has been trying to convince voters he’s actually keener on cutting their power prices than on cutting global-warming emissions, which was Turnbull’s obsession.

    He’s boasted how he won’t send another dollar to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund, to which the Liberals handed $200 million.

    So how does it help the Morrison Government to now send a red-hot, global-warming believer like Turnbull to a conference demanding more action on global warming?

    It can only make Morrison seem a flake or a fraud. If he really needs to send an ex-prime minister to Bali, he should send climate sceptic Tony Abbott, instead. That would send a more accurate or consistent message.

    But I get it. Morrison was desperate to keep Turnbull sweet after he was dumped as prime minister two months ago. He didn’t want Turnbull lashing out in his famous fury, leak damaging secrets or wrecking the Liberals’ recovery — just like Turnbull ratted out late billionaire Kerry Packer to the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal when they fell out over their bid to buy the Fairfax newspapers.

    So Morrison gave Turnbull this Bali trip as a sop to his wounded pride. He also guaranteed him a travel fund and, at every stage, insisted on praising Turnbull rather than burying him.

    But with every gift, how did Turnbull reward him? With a slap in the face.

    Turnbull quit parliament, forcing a totally unnecessary by-election in his seat of Wentworth that would cost the government its one-seat majority. Turnbull also pointedly rejected urgent appeals to help Liberal candidate Dave Sharma, who lost narrowly.

    Meanwhile, Turnbull surrogates and relatives urged voters to reject the Liberals and made fake claims of Liberal MPs bullying women. Someone also leaked Cabinet secrets to rob Morrison of credit for government announcements.

    It was pathetic. And it was war. How much more evidence does Morrison need that Turnbull has a deep need for the Liberals to fail, to prove to himself that they were wrong to sack him?

    Turnbull will keep abusing the Liberals, perhaps for the rest of his life, so for Morrison to keep trying to placate the implacable makes him seem a poor judge of character.

    But, worse, it makes Morrison look weak, and in every which way.

    Here is Morrison rewarding a man who sabotaged his campaign to save Wentworth. That’s weak.

    Here is Morrison even now making Turnbull look needed, as if sacking him really was an awful mistake by a party which can’t now survive without him.

    That’s weak, too

    How does it help the Morrison Government to now send a red-hot, global-warming believer like Turnbull to a conference demanding more action on global warming?

    Morrison is also presenting Turnbull as the best person he could find — better than himself, his Foreign Minister or his Environment Minister — to represent Australia in Indonesia. That makes his whole government look weak.

    What’s more, Morrison is giving a platform to a former prime minister who now wants the Liberals dead. That doesn’t just make the Liberals look weak, but makes them so.

    And Morrison is using Turnbull to promote exactly the global- warming issue that Labor, the Greens and the ABC will use to smash the Liberals at the next election. That weakens the Liberals even more.

    Morrison needs to show some strength and independence from the ghost he’s invited on to his table.

    So ring Turnbull, Prime Minister.

    Tell him he is a backstabber. Tell him he’s neither wanted nor needed. Tell him there are plenty of people in the government who could represent Australia better.

    Dump him. No Bali for him.

    Of course, you risk having Turnbull’s dwindling bunch of mates in the government — people like the ineffable Craig Laundy, say — then going the full jihad on their own side.

    That would weaken the government, too. But in this battle of the weak, wouldn’t it be good not to seem weak yourself?

  28. classical_hero

    The Pat Cross cartoon is sadly far too accurate about the left. 😞

  29. John Constantine

    It is possible it won’t be shorten in charge after the election, it could easily be someone worse.

    The open intention is to destroy enemies and reward friends.

    The banks are where the money is.

    Shorten is the smartest man n the room when it comes to finding the loophole he needs to crawl through next.

    Everybody that ever underestimated him and mocked him is roadkill, and he is top of the mountain.

    Almost time to look at supermarket ask charts and see which companies the crony maaaaaaates money is getting out of.

  30. OldOzzie

    Why we should say ‘thanks for serving’ more often
    BRENDAN NELSON

    AUSTRALIANS all let us rejoice, for we are young and free.

    The first line of our national anthem. We sing it often. We hear it sung often.

    Less often do we pause to reflect on what it really means to be free.

    Strangely, it is often those things in life most important to us that we tend to take for granted. Among these are the magic vitality of youth which we don’t appreciate until it has gone; good health; families who love and support us, giving meaning and context to our lives.

    Whether conferred by birth or by choice, Australian citizenship gives us political, economic and religious freedoms. We live in a country with a free press; an independent judiciary and where faith coexists with reason.

    Yet how often do we give thanks for these things? Who do we thank and how do we do it?

    Look no further than those who wear and who have worn, the uniform of the Royal Australian Navy, Army and Royal Australian Airforce.

    Almost 2 million have served our nation in uniform, under our flag and in the name of the truths by which we live. More than 102,700 have given their lives for us in war and peace.

    Many more have borne physical wounds and lived ongoing mental traumas.

    For every one of them is a family. Their lives are lived constantly moving, uprooting kids, multiple postings, modest, makeshift living and multiple absences.

    Then there is war. The daughter of one of our Special Forces soldiers said “He’s not the same Dad we sent to Afghanistan”.

    As Wes Carr and Corporal Elizabeth Smith sing in a new tribute: “After the war, will you still know who I am? Will the dream crumble like sand?”

    Yet no group of Australians has worked harder nor given more to shape our values and beliefs as these men and women.

    Witness to it all from the very front during the First World War, the official correspondent Charles Bean realised he was observing an emerging Australian character. Wherever the Australians went and fought, they were sustained by belief in their own worth and one another, “whether their own death or the end of the world would come”. While life was very dear, their greatest determination was to not let one another down — “to remain true their ideal of Australian manhood”.

    We call it “mateship”. It is the spirit that binds us in the face of adversity and hardship.

    On 11 November we will pause as free and confident heirs to this legacy, a century after the guns of the First World War fell silent. Victorious but inconsolably mourning our 62,000 dead, we would be given a greater belief in ourselves and in time, a deeper understanding of what it means to be an Australian.

    Look at our Invictus athletes. Look at these young Australians bearing their physical wounds, lost legs and arms and carrying their inner demons. Look at families and friends cheering them on as those whom they love wear the green and gold of our nation.

    In them is this spirit of giving your all for one another and for Australia. They gave their health and the best of their youth for us, our values and our freedoms in the aftermath of the murder of innocent people in terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 and then Bali.

    Saying thanks for serving may not seem a lot, but it is. Say it and think it, not only for those who have served but perhaps even more so, their families. The most meaningful tributes in life cost little, if anything.

    On Long Tan day in August, I stepped through the front doors of the Australian War Memorial with a mate wearing his Vietnam service medals. Two young blokes stopped, shook his hand and said “thanks for your service mate”. He became very emotional and still talks about it. “No one ever said that to me before”, he whispered.

    As a people, we will honour them best by the way we live our lives and shape our nation, especially to think less of ourselves and more of others.

    That is what service is about.

    For we are young and we are free.

    Brendan Nelson is the director of the Australian War Memorial.

    Thanks for Serving

  31. John Constantine

    ‘Taking the waters’.

    We know the State won’t rest until it has Soma in our rations.

    Besides, the State putting lithium in the drinking water of all wymynsys, while real men drink beer sounds good to me.

  32. classical_hero

    Swetnick and the CPL have both been referred to the Justice Department for potential criminal behaviour.

  33. John Constantine

    My phone autocorrected sharemarket asx charts to something different.

    Godless commo phone.

    Comrades.

  34. Old School Conservative

    If you like a good stoush and enjoy the great game of Rugby, get hold of Alan Jones’ article in today’s Australian.
    Some highlights:
    The appointment of Castle is easily the biggest mistake Rugby Australia has ever made.

    In Australia, not even 1 per cent of the population is tuning in to watch Super Rugby. In any evaluation, this must be considered another diabolical failure.

    The only thing (the board of RA) are scoring well on is being politically correct.

    Forrest replied: “It is rubbish. (The board of RA) are doing their absolute best to stop (Western Sydney having a rugby team).

    Post script: perhaps the best metaphor of the problem lies in the fact that the Wallabies are playing the All Blacks tomorrow. Does anyone know where or when?
    Reading the whole thing is very enjoyable.

  35. Old School Conservative

    Thank you Old Ozzie.

  36. stackja

    Windows 10 – Besides the usual system fixes, this update includes adjustments in response to Venezuela’s recent currency redenomination due to its inflation crisis. The central bank in August released a new sovereign bolivar that was worth about 100,000 old bolivars.

    This build “addresses the redenomination of local currency that the Central Bank of Venezuela implemented to enter the bolivar soberano into circulation.”

    It changes the Venezuela’s currency symbol, the English currency name, local currency name and international currency code.

  37. Ellen of Tasmania

    ‘Taking the waters’.

    We know the State won’t rest until it has Soma in our rations.

    Most amazing thing about that whole article is that it never seemed to occur to the writer that individuals could make up their own minds about whether they wanted to add stuff to their own drinking water without any government intervention whatsoever. Unreal.

  38. OldOzzie

    Trump blames media for American anger: ‘Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!’

    A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!
    Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018

  39. OldOzzie

    classical_hero
    #2849539, posted on October 26, 2018 at 8:40 am

    The Pat Cross cartoon is sadly far too accurate about the left.

    Agreed and should be highlighted again along with Ben Garrison – Thanks Tom

  40. Ellen.
    The gubbmint should add ethanol (excise free) to the water supply.
    It would remove the dependency on wine, beer and whisky.

    “♫♫ Too much wine, too much beer. I can’t get my arse in gear. ♫♫”

  41. .

    I could go on a rant about the ARU but it is a confluence of not desire to win, snobbishness, poor media networking, a bubble now ruled by apathetic Gen Xers, no respect for the opposition capabilities and a lack of heart and bastardisation from the coach or captain.

    It explains the losses, lack of growth, piss poor marketing (which was better when Channel 10 were doing it for them back in the dark ages, as they had no other sports to offer) and bastardry committed on the Western Force.

  42. .

    Snoopy
    #2849504, posted on October 26, 2018 at 6:58 am

    If we must have a Federal ICAC it should be fully funded by a levy on Commonwealth public servants and Federal politicians and their staff.

    Brutal. Brilliant.

  43. Snoopy

    At least 200 journalists, most of them retired or semi-retired, have signed on to a letter condemning President Trump’s attacks on the media and accusing him of inciting violence against the press.

    Are they courageous or is it possible that they simply aren’t living in fear of an attack incited by Trump?

  44. .

    Reread my post last night. I am sure autocorrect fucked it up for me. “Bruits leave the US…”

    I swear to Allah I did not type that…

  45. .

    The gubbmint should add ethanol (excise free) to the water supply.

    That would not breach the Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper protocol.

  46. OldOzzie

    Why Democracies Are Turning Against Belt and Road

    Corruption, Debt, and Backlash

    China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), an enormous international investment project touted by Chinese President Xi Jinping, was supposed to establish Chinese soft power. Since late 2013, Beijing has poured nearly $700 billion worth of Chinese money into more than sixty countries (according to research by RWR Advisory), much of it in the form of large-scale infrastructure projects and loans to governments that would otherwise struggle to pay for them. The idea was to draw these countries closer to Beijing while boosting Chinese soft power abroad.

    Today, however, China faces a backlash to BRI at home and abroad. Many Chinese complain of the initiative’s wasteful spending. Internationally, some of the backlash is geopolitical, as countries grow wary of Beijing’s growing influence. But much of it is simply political. Unlike Western lenders, China does not require its partners to meet stringent conditions related to corruption, human rights, or financial sustainability. This no-strings approach to investment has fueled corruption while allowing governments to burden their countries with unpayable debts. And citizens of many BRI countries have reacted with anger toward China—an anger that is now making itself felt in elections. Far from expanding Chinese soft power, the BRI appears to be achieving the opposite.

    Long but interesting read

  47. .

    I’m all for Our Girl May-gahn Kelly fleecing NBC for 69 mn.

    She was told to apologise etc. Fuck them. 69 mn is a good incentive not to curate discourse like a Chinese Central Leading Group on Preventing and Dealing with Heretical Religions Officer.

  48. I swear to Allah I did not type that…

    I see the problem.

    It is Jehovah fscken with you.

  49. .

    Unlike Western lenders, China does not require its partners to meet stringent conditions related to corruption, human rights, or financial sustainability.

    Neither has the UN, World Bank or IMF.

    China might be bastards, but they have skin in the game.

    China might get it wrong 9/10 times. Sachs is 10/10.

  50. OldOzzie

    Brexiteers should support a border in the Irish Sea

    This article was originally published on The Spectator’s UK website.

    Extra checks at Northern Ireland’s sea ports and airports would be perfectly reasonable as a sign of our good faith

    Would it really be so terrible if there were checks at the Irish Sea instead of at the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland? Such checks could be carried out without threatening the constitutional status of Northern Ireland as part of the UK.

    Some say that there should be no differences between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK but there are already differences of the most fundamental kind. The Belfast Agreement accepts that if the majority of people in Northern Ireland vote to join the republic then the UK government will not stand in their way. There is also a British-Irish Council which gives the Irish Government a role in policy making north of the border.

    Northern Ireland already has special status and it is only because we in the UK have given it a unique position that additional checks at the border are necessary. When we leave the EU, the relaxed border will no longer mark the division between two EU members but between the EU and a third country.

  51. .

    classical_hero
    #2849549, posted on October 26, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Swetnick and the CPL have both been referred to the Justice Department for potential criminal behaviour.

    Let’s get those subpoenas ready. Let’s see if Feinstein and Eshoo wiped their servers “what, with a cloth?”.

  52. C.L.

    Swetnick and the CPL have both been referred to the Justice Department for potential criminal behaviour.

    That can’t be right. Monty was convinced Swetty was the whore who would break the camel’s back.

  53. OldOzzie

    Why the Caravan Matters

    It’s a synecdoche—and a dramatic one—for the biggest issue in global politics.

    PS – Synecdoche refers to the whole of a thing by the name of any one of its parts. For example, calling a car “wheels” is a synecdoche because a part of the car, its “wheels,” stands for the whole car.

  54. pete m

    dot, she did apologise, then got sacked. This sacking was really due to poor ratings.

  55. .

    Tailgunner
    #2849214, posted on October 25, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I was in the cfmeu++++ gay unions city takeover in Melbournibad on Tuesday.
    Mucho Socialist agents/ALP candidate npc’s, small Green contingent, keeping well away from the tattoed bro’s up front.
    Crazy Marxists waving propaganda newsletters at the boys. No takers.
    Spatarcists. Lol.
    5arget rich environment.
    I tried to start a few “Death to communism” chants. Results may vary.
    Couldn’t find my MakeAustraliaGreatAgain hat, so had to wear my hardhat&kekistan hoodie. I roll with “Hillary for prison, Lock Her Up! ” on the front, a smug Pepe on the rear on the hardhat.
    A few guys saying “Dude, take your hat off, we ain’t on site! ”
    The socialists had no answer to my Death of 150m to socialism+national socialism/Hitler was a socialist opener. “Boys, don’t talk to the communists”hahaha
    At one point, harpy on the loudspeaker “And that’s why we have to vote the liberals out! ”
    I gave a huge “YEEEESSSSSS!! VOTE CONSERVATIVE!!! ”
    Good times.

    God’s work.

    *Spartacists*?
    Antifa Beobachter.
    Handed out by a crazy,supremacist lizard.
    Haha, the Leftist neoNazis, fighting the war from 3 wars ago.
    Shoving homemade newsletters at what they imagine are their stormtroops.
    CFMEU ripe for Deplorable takeover.
    The boys are natural Trumpists.

    Yeah…except there are generations of them who have been inculcated about “tories” and they understand how their scams work.

  56. .

    That can’t be right. Monty was convinced Swetty was the whore who would break the camel’s back.

    Have the Dem’s superstar lawyers – Avenatti, Harris and Booker been contacted?

    Binders of sexual assault victims!

  57. .

    Mardi Gras motion from left-wing group calls for Liberal Party to be banned from parade.

    Wazza and Topher must keep on bringing Gazpacho or Doritos to those bring a plate thingies.

  58. feelthebern

    The carbon neutral Stanford campus experienced a 5 hour black out today.
    Uh-oh spaghetti-oh.

  59. C.L.

    Whatever they’re criticising, they’re doing:

    ‘Sex harass’ claims put to journo

    The ABC has taken ‘follow-up action’ relating to a male ABC TV reporter accused of sexual harassment.

    The Australian

  60. .

    C.L.,

    Staring at someone for too long is “sexual harassment” these days. Which is equivocated with the worst kinds of sexual assaults.

  61. OldOzzie

    Reports: Megyn Kelly Fired by NBC…

    Apparently NBC has found their excuse to rid themselves of the $69 million dollar mistake known as Megyn Kelly following her comments about “blackface” to an aghast audience. Reports are now confirming the caucasian version of Omarosa has been dispatched from the network.

    Rupert’s Princess became famous for working with Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Fox Political Vice President Bill Sammon during the August 6th, 2015, Presidential Primary on a scripted plan to attack front-runner candidate Donald Trump… [CTH saw it coming on July 30th, and fired up the warning flare – We were correct] Her career as the Caucasian Omarosa was all downhill from there.

    Megyn Kelly – Before Trump After Trump

  62. Jessie

    Snoopy and lithium @ 7.27

    FYI The history of lithium therapy

    A 2018 hypothesis to the linked articles (Austria/Texas studies 2011-2013) in yours is:
    Psychiatric benefits of lithium in water supplies may be due to protection from the neurotoxicity of lead exposure, with no data available.

  63. .

    Yeah…except there are generations of them who have been inculcated about “tories” and they understand how their scams work.

    You might even say they believe in…kinship economics!

  64. I’m going to change my name to Secksuel Harris.

    Then you can ask: “What Secksuel Harris meant?”

  65. cohenite

    Swetnick and the CPL have both been referred to the Justice Department for potential criminal behaviour.

    Good.

  66. .

    Both the left and right have had enough of occupational licensing, which destroys jobs for the least well off.

    https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2015/01/27/nearly-30-percent-of-workers-in-the-u-s-need-a-license-to-perform-their-job-it-is-time-to-examine-occupational-licensing-practices/

    “Nearly 30 Percent of Workers in the U.S. Need a License to Perform Their Job: It Is Time to Examine Occupational Licensing Practices”

    https://ij.org/press-release/licenses-tour-guides-unconstitutional-doesnt-work/

    The report compares the quality of licensed and unlicensed tour guides in Washington…

    That’s right, they were licensing tour guides in D.C. at one stage.

  67. Breaking: ‘Pipe bomb’ found addressed to RBG had return address: Ret. General Custer of the Alamo. Sources close to the investigation say this was a very ineptly put together device. Not only was the timer unconventionally left outside of the device, but it was set to AEST. However, investigators have been mystified by a rake watermark. Investigations are ongoing.

  68. Geriatric Mayfly

    Staring at someone for too long is “sexual harassment” these days.

    ‘Ogling’ is borderline rape.

  69. Bruce of Newcastle

    “Nearly 30 Percent of Workers in the U.S. Need a License to Perform Their Job: It Is Time to Examine Occupational Licensing Practices”

    Licence Raj

    The Licence Raj or Permit Raj (rāj, meaning “rule” in Hindi)[1] is the elaborate system of licences, regulations and accompanying red tape that were required to set up and run businesses in India between 1947 and 1990.[2]

    The Licence Raj was a result of the Nehru government’s decision to have a planned economy where all aspects of the economy are controlled by the state and licences are given to a select few.[3] Up to 80 government agencies had to be satisfied before private companies could produce something and, if granted, the government would regulate production.[4]

    Reforms since the mid-1980s have significantly reduced regulation, but Indian labour laws still prevent manufacturers from reducing their workforce without prohibitive burdens.

    Sounds familiar. Nehru was of course a Marxist.

  70. Mindfree

    Dover B
    Breaking: ‘Pipe bomb’ found addressed to RBG had return address: Ret. General Custer of the Alamo. Sources close to the investigation say this was a very ineptly put together device. Not only was the timer unconventionally left outside of the device, but it was set to AEST. However, investigators have been mystified by a rake watermark. Investigations are ongoing.

    LOL

  71. OldOzzie

    In France, a Push to Teach Arabic in Public Schools, Not Mosques – WSJ

    With mosques offering most Arabic instruction, Macron’s government is considering a controversial plan to promote instruction in school

    PANTIN, France—Every Sunday, parents in this working-class neighborhood just north of Paris bring their children to a small school operated by the local mosque. Half of the three-hour lesson is devoted to learning Arabic, the other half to learning the Quran.

    Now President Emmanuel Macron’s government is considering giving parents a secular alternative to that intertwining of Arabic and Islam by prodding more of France’s public schools to offer children as young as age 6 Arabic lessons—without religious content.

    France is home to one of the world’s biggest Arab diasporas, but only a fraction of the country’s public schools have the resources to offer Arabic courses. Instead, tens of thousands of children attend classes partly funded by Arabic-speaking countries, according to the government. Countless others attend private schools linked to mosques, where instruction ranges between teachers with a clear command of Arabic and those who don’t fully understand the language and encourage rote memorization of Quranic verses.

    The idea of teaching Arabic across the public school system touches a nerve in France, a country that jealously guards the classroom as an incubator for its particular brand of colorblind, religion-free republicanism. The first public spaces where France banned the wearing of headscarves were its schools for fear the Muslim garb was blurring the country’s strict separation of church and state.

    “We’ve made Arabic into an object of fear and now people in France struggle to see it as something positive,” said Karima Taibi, 32, who shuttles her 9-year-old daughter to private Arabic classes twice a week at a cost of €250 ($288) a year.

    For senior French officials, the absence of Arabic in most public schools has had the unintended consequence of fueling communautarisme, a term the French use to describe the social divide between France’s Muslim-minority community and the rest of the country.

    “We’re questioning the way in which Arabic is taught today, in separate structures with communitarian tendencies,” Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer recently told French radio.

    Much of France’s Muslim population flocked to the country after its rule of North African colonies crumbled in the 1950s and 60s. Many live in banlieues like Pantin, suburbs at the edge of cities where unemployment and crime tend to run high.

    These areas have become recruiting grounds for radical preachers and jihadists who target young Muslims cut off from the rest of French society. When Islamic State conquered swaths of Syria and Iraq, France was one of the West’s biggest exporters of fighters to that territory.

    “Arabic courses have become for Islamists the best means of attracting youth in their mosques and schools,” Hakim El Karoui writes in “The Islamist Factory,” a study published in September by the Institut Montaigne think tank. Radical preachers wield their seeming knowledge of Arabic to impress younger generations, Mr. El Karoui writes. His writings resonate in the government, where he has been advising the education minister to train a corps of Arabic teachers imbued with republican values as a counterweight.

    But in some areas of France where Muslim minorities are heavily concentrated, local officials and some residents fear Mr. El Karoui’s ideas will backfire, deepening the cultural divide.

    Robert Ménard, mayor of the southern town of Béziers, said some of the elementary schools he oversees have classrooms where 90% of the students have parents who are immigrants.

    “Nobody integrates,” Mr. Ménard said Robert Ménard, mayor of the southern town of Béziers. “Teaching Arabic will create more ghettos.”

    In Aubervilliers, a suburb north of Paris, 51-year-old street-sweeper Franck Durieux was dropping his 9- and 10-year-old sons off at the Babeuf elementary school.

    By now the French-speaking boys are used to hearing their friends speaking Arabic, he said. Some children “arrive at the school and don’t speak a single word of French,” Mr. Durieux said, adding that France needs to make its national tongue a priority.

    For now, part of the demand for Arabic instruction is being met by the governments of Algeria, Morocco and other former French colonies that send teachers to France and pay their salaries through a program the French government created decades ago. Its aim was to help the children of immigrants maintain ties with their ancestral homeland so they could eventually return there.

    More than 40,000 children in France attend such classes, which are held outside of school hours and have a degree of government oversight. It is harder to pinpoint how many students attend Arabic courses at mosques or religious schools with religious affiliations, but a 2016 study by Mr. El Karoui put the figure at more than 80,000 young people.

    At the Centre Culturel Islamique Bangladais, a mosque north of Paris in the town of Stains, crayon drawings dot the walls where about 180 children study Arabic in separate classrooms for boys and girls. Balayei Khan, a 22-year-old instructor from Bangladesh, said he doesn’t fully understand the Arabic he teaches. Instead, he shows students how to pronounce words without comprehending them.

    Boys took turns coming up to the front of the class to read verses from a Quran that had Arabic lines on one page and a French translation on the other. The point is to learn how to pray in the language of the Quran, Mr. Khan said.

    “Understanding comes later,” he added.

    Islam Sirajul, the 60-year-old president of the mosque, said rote memorization of the Quran helped his three children mentally prepare for the medical and engineering schools they now attend as adults. “When they’re small you have to give them Quranic lessons so when they grow up you won’t have problems,” he said.

    A 20-minute drive away, at the mosque in Pantin, Dalila Ouelgag-Idrissi arrived with her 6-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son. “I do this for my children not to lose Arabic, because I lost it,” she said.

    Boys and girls crowded into a single classroom with Safaa Hamoud, a 50-year-old Syrian refugee who taught in public schools in Damascus for 35 years before fleeing to Paris.

    Teachers who can speak literary Arabic like Ms. Hamoud are rare, because North African dialects are more commonly spoken in France, said M’hammed Henniche, who heads a local association of mosques.

    Ms. Hamoud led the children in a song about the five senses, touching her nose, eyes, ears and mouth as she pronounced each word in Arabic.

    “The kids see the difference,” Mr. Henniche said. “She’s a pearl.”

  72. Bruce of Newcastle

    Apparently NBC has found their excuse to rid themselves of the $69 million dollar mistake known as Megyn Kelly following her comments about “blackface” to an aghast audience.

    Never try to escape the petting zoo.

  73. OldOzzie

    After Papadopoulos Interview, GOP Lawmakers Question Premise Of FBI’s Collusion Probe

    Papadopoulos, 31, is said to have been the catalyst for “Crossfire Hurricane,” the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign. The bureau opened the inquiry on July 31, 2016, after receiving a tip from the Australian government that Papadopoulos had mentioned in a conversation two months earlier that Russians may have derogatory information on Hillary Clinton.

    Alexander Downer, who served as Australia’s top diplomat to the U.K., claimed that during a meeting in London on May 10, 2016, Papadopoulos told him that Russia had information on Clinton. Downer has said that Papadopoulos did not provide details of the information and that he did not claim that Donald Trump or the campaign was aware of the unspecified material.

    The FBI’s collusion probe went in additional directions soon after it started. In October 2016, the FBI obtained the first of four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Carter Page, another Trump campaign aide.

  74. OldOzzie

    “She Wants to Come Back”: Megyn Kelly Eyes Returning to Fox

    But, still burned by their breakup, Fox doesn’t appear to want to take her back.

    Would Fox take her? The answer right now appears to be no. A source close to Lachlan Murdoch, C.E.O. of Fox News’s parent company “New Fox,” said he is “extremely pleased with the current lineup.” Two high-level Fox staffers said any final decision about Kelly would be made by Lachlan and his father, Rupert Murdoch the company chairman.

    Another giant question is whether the Fox audience would welcome Kelly back. It’s hard to see the Murdochs making a spot for her in their pro-Trump primetime lineup, given her tangled history with the president. She could join the ranks of Fox journalists like Shepard Smith, Bret Baier, and Chris Wallace, but her interviews at NBC with Vladimir Putin and Alex Jones were widely panned. In a world where cable-news stars have defined themselves by their affinity to the president, or rejection of him, she occupies an uncomfortable role.

  75. OldOzzie

    Search for Bomb Suspect Intensifies – WSJ

    Investigators believe some of the 10 suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats and Trump critics were mailed from Florida

    Investigators hunting for the terrorist behind 10 suspected bombs addressed to prominent Democrats and outspoken critics of President Trump have zeroed in on Florida and New York, federal officials said Thursday.

    At least some of the packages were sent from Florida, according to two federal officials briefed on the investigation, and it appears that most went through the postal system, one said.

    Early Thursday, three more packages were found—two addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden in Delaware, where he lives, and one to actor Robert De Niro in New York City. They all had the telltale signs associated with the seven others: manila envelopes with six U.S. flag stamps and the return address of a Florida office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, with her last name misspelled, officials said.

    “These devices should be considered dangerous,” said William Sweeney, assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He said the probe is “in its early stages,” and the agency is working quickly to analyze clues from the packages at its facility in Quantico, Va.

    Investigators are trying to determine whether the suspected bombs were operational, officials said.

    There could be more packages, Mr. Sweeney warned, and he called on the public to provide any information that may be helpful to the investigation. As of Thursday afternoon, no new packages had been discovered for eight hours, according to Philip Bartlett, a senior postal official.

    President Trump was briefed several times Thursday on the suspected bombing attempts, tracking what one White House official called “a fluid situation.”

    At the White House, press secretary Sarah Sanders faced questions about Mr. Trump’s campaign rhetoric and whether his attacks on political foes have inflamed voters ahead of the midterm elections.

    “The president has condemned violence in all forms,” Ms. Sanders said.

    Mr. Trump lashed out at the news media, suggesting it played a part in fueling the vitriol that culminated in the attempting bombings.

    “A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News,” he wrote on Twitter. “It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description.”

    A challenge investigators face is zeroing in on the suspect, or suspects, while also responding to emergency calls about suspicious packages and analyzing the 10 seized packages.

    Authorities expressed confidence about the investigation. “I can say with certainty that we will identify a person or people responsible for these acts,” said New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill at a news conference.

    When asked whether the homemade devices were designed to explode, Mr. O’Neill said law-enforcement officials are treating them as “live devices” and not as hoaxes. “This is something that should be taken seriously,” he said.

    The FBI’s Mr. Sweeney said a powder found in the package delivered to CNN’s Manhattan office on Wednesday and addressed to former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan didn’t present a biological threat, but investigators were conducting further tests.

    Police were on the scene at a mail facility in Opa Locka, Fla., early Thursday, investigating a tip that one of the suspicious packages addressed to Mr. Biden had passed through it, a federal official said. The package was found later at a Delaware postal facility, he said.

    At the FBI facility in Quantico, Va., the suspected bombs will be tested for “everything under the sun,” a federal official said. Investigators will analyze the packages and devices for any fingerprints or DNA and will look for similarities in how they were built.

    “Once that information is gleaned this will move forward quickly,” the official said.

    Brad Galvan, a former supervisory special agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said that markings on the packages from the U.S. Postal Service or other carriers are among the best clues.

    “It would give you the facility where it was shipped from and the date it was shipped,” said Mr. Galvan. “You would go back to the facility and pull the video [of customers] and interview all the employees.”

    Surveillance footage from a FedEx store played a key role in tracking down a serial bomber in Austin, Texas, earlier this year.

    Especially helpful for investigators is packaging tape, Mr. Galvan said, because if the bomber used tape to seal the packages there is a good chance there will be a fingerprint on it. The device itself will also provide clues. “Every single component will be analyzed, from the container to the wires to the circuitry,” he said.

    The first suspicious package was found Monday in the mailbox of the Westchester County, N.Y., home of George Soros, a billionaire who is a prominent liberal donor. Late Tuesday, one addressed to Hillary Clinton was intercepted at her home, also in Westchester County, and on Wednesday, several were found addressed to other prominent Democrats, including Barack Obama and Rep. Maxine Waters of California.

    Early Thursday, a retired NYPD detective working at Mr. De Niro’s property in Manhattan recognized that a package that had been received was similar to ones investigators alerted the public about, and he called the police bomb squad.

    Mr. De Niro, who backed Mrs. Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, has been outspoken in his opposition to President Trump. At the Tony Awards earlier this year, he walked on stage and said, “I’m gonna say one thing: F— Trump.”

    A Trove of Evidence

    The FBI is analyzing the manila envelope packages, each containing an explosive device, at its lab in Quantico, Va. Brad Galvan, a former ATF supervisory special agent, explains what clues to look for.

    Return addresses list Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and an address in Florida, both with misspellings.

    Each package had six American flag stamps. Investigators will try to pull DNA from the stamps, Mr. Galvan said. Bombers almost always put on too many.

    Address and return address were typed on white background in bold, block type.

    Note: Addresses have been redacted by the FBI.

    Sources: Federal Bureau of Investigation (photo); senior law enforcement office

  76. C.L.

    Ace has some mid-term news and it’s big:
    WHOAH: PATRICK MORRISEY TAKES LEAD OVER JOE MANCHIN IN WEST VIRGINIA?

    Are you shitting me right now with this?

    Republican Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey has taken the lead over Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin in West Virginia according to a new poll, the Washington Examiner reported.
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee poll shows Morrisey, the state attorney general, leading Manchin 44 percent to 42 percent. Libertarian Rusty Hollen has 3 percent, and 12 percent are undecided.

    With Hollen taken out of the equation, Morrisey beats Manchin 47 percent to 45 percent, with 8 percent undecided.

    As PJ Media reports, it gets worse:

    Ronna McDaniel✔@GOPChairwoman
    New polls show voters are rejecting Chuck Schumer’s Democrat allies in Senate races all across the country:
    #NDSen: Cramer +16#MOSen: Hawley +7#NVSen: Heller +6#TXSen: Cruz +5#INSen: Braun +4#WVSen: Morrisey +2

  77. Myrddin Seren

    …but her interviews at NBC with Vladimir Putin and Alex Jones were widely panned.

    I don’t have Foxtel so I have never really watched her.

    The commentary on her NBC experience suggests her trainwreck is like Romy and Michele doing Talk Show.

    What on earth would anyone imagine she brings to the table that justifies the amount of money that certain soon-to-be-unemployed NBC execs convinced everyone she was worth ?

  78. OldOzzie

    Mathias Cormann ‘grateful’ for Malcolm Turnbull’s Bali mission

    Senior government minister Mathias Cormann has expressed gratitude to Malcolm Turnbull for representing the Morrison government at a conference in Bali, conceding the former prime minister had “an opportunity to make a real difference” as the Coalition tries to advance a free-trade agreement with Indonesia.

    The former prime minister will attend the Our Ocean 2018 Bali conference next week amid serious tensions with Indonesia over the government’s decision to “consider” moving Australia’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    The Morrison government will also review Australia’s support for the Iran nuclear deal.

    Senator Cormann, formerly a key ally of Mr Turnbull’s, acknowledged Mr Turnbull had a “very good personal relationship” with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

    Asked on Sky News if Mr Turnbull was “the man” to get the FTA “over the line”, the Finance Minister said: “Obviously Simon Birmingham as the Trade Minister is working very hard to build on the work that was done by Steven Ciobo in that job, and indeed (are) Scott Morrison and Marise Payne.

    “I’ll be in Jakarta next week incidentally so all of us continue to engage with our friends in Indonesia but Malcolm does have a particularly special personal relationship with President Widodo and he does have an opportunity to make a real difference and we’re very grateful that he is prepared to do so.”

    Mr Turnbull’s return to the political sphere comes after a long holiday in New York with his wife Lucy following his ousting from the top job.

    The former prime minister infuriated some colleagues by refusing to endorse the Liberal Party’s Wentworth candidate Dave Sharma ahead of last Saturday’s by-election, which the government is set to lose. The government will also lose its one-seat majority in the House of Representatives.

    Mr Widodo personally invited Mr Turnbull to attend the oceans conference and that arrangement was adhered to because the Prime Minister was unable to go.

    “I thought it was a very good decision,” Senator Cormann said.

    “The Trade Minister in Indonesia has made absolutely clear there is no suggestion that Indonesia is considering walking away from the free trade agreement.”

    Foreign Minister Marise Payne found out about Mr Morrison’s move to consider relocating Australia’s embassy in Israel just two days before it was announced, Senate estimates revealed yesterday, and her department was not consulted.

    Senator Cormann defended the government’s decision-making process, saying it must always look at whether existing positions served Australia’s national interest “or where there is a better way forward”.

    “We made the decision through the normal processes of government. All of the relevant officials were briefed once the relevant decisions were made in the usual way,” he said.

    Senator Cormann’s declaration in August that he had lost confidence in Mr Turnbull’s prime ministership was considered a crucial moment in the campaign to remove him and trigger the leadership spill.

    From The Comments

    – It is mind blowing blowing how stupid government ministers like Cormann and our current Prime Minister are. Their demonstrated lack of personal convictions is even more pronounced than Turnbull`s. As Keating said about Turnbull you need a microscope to see what he believes in. Ditto Cormann and The Prime Minister.

    – I don’t know who is the biggest fool, Cormann or Morrisson, the way they are going, after the next election, there won’t be enough of them to fill a telephone box.

    – So , is he going to make a good difference or a bad difference ? The guy is toxic .

    – I guess when a political party decides to commit suicide, they may as well do it in a big way.
    The Liberals are well underway to their final “Harrah”!
    Bill has already selected the color of the drapes in Government House, and is now looking at furniture.

    – I previously held you in reasonable regard Mr. Corman. Bury your head in the sand a bit deeper.

  79. I listened to the Wrap this morning. Even the token Liberal, Tim Something, was ‘very worried’ about the ‘domestic terrorism’ of the last few days. Nothing about the ricin sent to Trump and the charges that have followed. Clinton’s remark yesterday were noted but not those of two weeks ago in which she bags ‘civility’ and justifies attacks Democrat opponents. The urban bugman is entirely encased in a sarcophagus of their own making which they call the sensible Centre. They cannot see anything beyond it.

  80. Snoopy

    Larissa Waters
    @larissawaters
    ·
    Oct 23
    Women in federal parliament – 33%
    Women affected by domestic and family violence – 33%
    Gender pay gap – 14.6% (or 22.4% if you include total remuneration)
    Need for the Office for Women – 100%
    Credibility of Senator Leyonhejlm’s call for an Office for Men – 0%

    Wow! Huge smackdown, Larissa.

    Someone with half a brain might wonder why something so evidently ineffective is needed at all.

  81. Snoopy

    In defence of the OfW, I suspect it well serves as a speed dating venue for lesbian public servants.

  82. Snoopy

    A secret investigation into possible war crimes committed by Australian Special Forces troops in Afghanistan has blown its deadline and will not report until next year, prompting calls for the investigators to finalise their long-running inquiry.

    Too much fun is never enough.

  83. Confused Old Misfit

    A secret investigation into possible war crimes committed by Australian Special Forces troops in Afghanistan has blown its deadline and will not report until next year, prompting calls for the investigators to finalise their long-running inquiry.

    Not really “secret” is it?
    Only investigating “possible” war crimes? No whiff of “probable”?
    Won’t report until “next year”? Would that be around an election time?
    Wouldn’t be a stitch up at all would it?
    Curious minds want to know!

  84. C.L.

    I listened to the Wrap this morning. Even the token Liberal, Tim Something

    LOL. It’s getting like that, isn’t it?

  85. calli

    There were no bombs. There were several left wing props laid out for the media.

    I expect so.

    The source should be easy enough to find if investigated thoroughly. I’m not holding my breath.

  86. Snoopy

    Uh, oh. Trump loses the Really Unconvincing Trannie demographic.

    “Sadly, I was wrong. The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president,” she wrote.

  87. calli

    Yikes! Shoulda refreshed.

    I’ve been downtown to old Mob Vegas, watched the Belaggio go off with a bang and witnessed the most stupid, rude and corpulent people in the world at play.

    The Cat is an oasis of sanity by comparison.

  88. Boambee John

    Apparently NBC has found their excuse to rid themselves of the $69 million dollar mistake known as Megyn Kelly following her comments about “blackface” to an aghast audience.</em

    I wonder has NBC ever joined the fascist left chorus of criticism of high executive salaries?

  89. C.L.

    Interesting … In all the pictures of Harry and Meggs in Tonga, Meghan’s frowning British female “bodyguard” is nowhere to be seen. Maybe her panicked evacuation in Fiji the other day didn’t go over too well. I do note, however, that a uniformed Tongan police lady is shadowing Meghan and looks like she can handle herself.

  90. Myrddin Seren

    Here is the reception @DonaldJTrumpJr received from young black conservatives at the the Young Black Leaders @TPUSA Summit tonight.

    Now, @DonaldJTrumpJr mentions the Black unemployment rate being lowest in recorded history.
    Room of young black leaders erupts into “Build The Wall” chants.
    Never thought I’d see the day.

    Democrats are going to have to form posses and unleash the Dawgs to get those people ‘Back on the Plantation’.

  91. C.L.

    The Democrats will dispatch Mr Stonesipher and his dogs to deal with those young GOP escapees.

  92. Zatara

    Mexican Trucking Company, With U.S. License, Identified Moving Central American Caravan…

    That one was interesting Old Ozzie because in yesterday’s propaganda videos I noticed at least two of the trucks that were panned had been repainted stark white, recently and very poorly. You could see the wet paint streaks on the tires and bumpers.

  93. jupes

    Some easy Friday morning (Perth) listening. LRB It’s a Long Way There.

    Nice work on guitar by Rick Formosa.

  94. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ace has some mid-term news and it’s big:
    WHOAH: PATRICK MORRISEY TAKES LEAD OVER JOE MANCHIN IN WEST VIRGINIA?

    Polls are a complete waste of time and money now.

    Two polls tell very different stories in West Virginia Senate contest (Wash Times)

    One survey this week puts Democrat Manchin up by 16, another has GOP’s Morrisey up 2

    Polling companies are by and large just as Gramscized as the MSM, for the same reason: trying to get Dems to vote and to inhibit Republican voters from bothering. Couple this with the shy righty phenomenon and polls have become pure fiction.

  95. zyconoclast

    ADOPT THE TERMS
    BELOW ARE RECOMMENDED POLICIES FOR CORPORATIONS TO ADOPT AND IMPLEMENT TO ADDRESS HATEFUL ACTIVITIES ON THEIR PLATFORMS.

    While a free and open internet creates immense social value, it can also be used to engage in hateful activities and to do so at a large scale.

    For example, white supremacist and other organizations inciting hate are using online platforms to organize, fund, recruit supporters for, and normalize racism, sexism, xenophobia, religious bigotry, homophobia and transphobia, among others.

    This chills the online speech of the targeted groups, curbs democratic participation, and threatens people’s safety and freedom in real life.

  96. calli

    Political advertising here in the States has ramped up to eleventy.

    I can’t tell who belongs to what. It’s nuts. Full of insults, accusations and general creepiness at a level unheard of in Australia.

    It’s like looking into our future. That’s if we still get to vote.

  97. zyconoclast

    Birth canals are different all over the world, countering a long-held evolutionary theory

    The shape of a mother’s birth canal is a tug-of-war between two opposing evolutionary forces: It needs to be wide enough to allow our big-brained babies to pass through, yet narrow enough to allow women to walk efficiently. At least that’s been the common thinking. But a new study reveals birth canals come in a variety of shapes in women around the world.

    The idea that women’s pelvises have been shaped by an evolutionary compromise—also known as the “obstetrical dilemma”—has been influential in anthropology, says Jonathan Wells, an expert in human evolution at University College London who was not involved with the work. But recent studies have challenged it, and the new findings add to that research, he says. If the obstetric dilemma held true, one would expect birth canals around the world to be relatively standardized, Wells says. But that’s not what researchers found.

    Lia Betti, a biological anthropologist at the University of Roehampton in London and evolutionary ecologist Andrea Manica of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, measured the pelvises of 348 female human skeletons from 24 different parts of the world. The birth canals were far from carbon copies of each other. Those of women from sub-Saharan Africa and some Asian populations were overall narrow from side to side and deep from front to back, whereas Native American women had wider canals. Native Americans and Europeans also had the most oval-shaped upper canals, the team reports today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

    Betti and Manica also found that there was less variability in birth canal shape in populations farther from Africa, such as Native Americans. That pattern has been seen in other traits, and is thought to simply reflect lower variability in genes and traits among the relatively small bands of people who moved out of Africa to populate the world. Overall, the analysis suggests a population may have ended up with a particular birth canal shape simply by chance, not because of any sort of selective pressure.

    Temperature could also be a factor. Colder climates favor wider bodies, which are better at holding in heat, and this could have an impact on birth canal shape. But the pelvic data only weakly followed that trend. Wells argues that other environmental factors may play a role and should still be explored.

    The work could improve practices surrounding childbirth, Betti says. For example, a fetus must rotate to negotiate the twisting passage of the birth canal during labor, and these movements may vary depending on the shape of the birth canal. Betti says midwives she has talked to are well aware that women from different parts of the world have marked differences in labor, though it’s not part of their formal training.

    The new findings suggest that if a baby’s movements differ from what’s considered normal for a particular region, she says, it’s not necessarily cause for concern. It may simply reflect the range of birth canal shapes seen throughout the world.

  98. Dr Faustus

    Cosmic stupidity:

    The former prime minister will attend the Our Ocean 2018 Bali conference next week amid serious tensions with Indonesia over the government’s decision to “consider” moving Australia’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    So:

    Team Morrison blindsides everyone by springing the Jerusalem Embassy stratagem as a cunning plan to shore up Wentworth in the absence of Turnbull’s support;

    The cunning plan turns to shit faster than an Australian batting collapse;

    Before the corpse of Wentworth has stopped twitching, Trumble is dispatched to somehow help explain the situation to his Best Friend Forevah,.Joko Widodo.

    This is Morriswan’s ‘Good Government That Has Lost It’s Way’ moment.

  99. zyconoclast

    ‘Do white people dominate the outdoors?’ MEC apologizes for using only white models

    In a surprising apology, Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Canadian outdoor apparel giant, admitted to helping advance the “vastly incorrect notion” that the outdoors is for white people only, criticizing decades worth of its own advertisements and catalogues for depending almost exclusively on white models to sell wares.

  100. zyconoclast

    The Austin Public School District’s non-white student population has exceeded its white students this year.

    According to the district’s Oct. 1 numbers, non-white students now account for 50.9 percent of the district’s entire population; Hispanics make up 29 percent, Asians 9.2 percent and blacks 8.3 percent.

  101. calli

    “Online tools have been used to coordinate attacks, including violence against people of color, immigrants, religious minorities, LGBTQIA people, women and people with disabilities,” the report reads. “This chills the online speech of the targeted groups, curbs democratic participation, and threatens people’s safety and freedom in real life.”

    In other words, Shut Up you bad white straight Christian healthy men.

  102. zyconoclast

    Portland Racial Nonprofit Seeks To Heal Communities With Reparations Power Hour

    “I’m about shifting civic capital,” Whitten said. “And so what I said was, ‘White folks, we’re already putting in our effort. Where’s your effort? Will you donate to make sure that this can happen monthly? We put up a donation page, and we said, ‘Hey, we’re giving $10 to every black, brown, indigenous person who shows up because they’re putting work in, and they are building that community that you say you so desperately want in Portland.”

    POC are showing up for the event, and white folks are showing up financially.

  103. Dr Faustus

    On the Megan Markle Fiji imbroglio, it’s perhaps worth noting that Fiji (and Tonga) are at high risk of transmission of the Zika virus. Given the horrible birth defect consequences, the itinerary seems rather risky for a pregnant royal.

  104. calli

    I notice “women” is slipped in between QWERTY and the disabled.

    Women are not a minority group.

    Victimists!

  105. zyconoclast

    The Pope compares populists to HITLER and says ‘the sowing of hate’ was to blame for World War Two
    The 81-year-old pontiff told crowds at a book launch in Rome, Italy that Nazi Germany rose to power through the use of populism.

    Pope warns against sin of hostility to migrants
    Pope Francis has called hostility aimed at migrants and refugees a sin, urging communities not to yield to fear of the other. The pontiff delivered his message at a special Mass for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

  106. zyconoclast

    In France, a Push to Teach Arabic in Public Schools, Not Mosques

    With mosques offering most Arabic instruction, Macron’s government is considering a controversial plan to promote instruction in school

    Now President Emmanuel Macron’s government is considering giving parents a secular alternative to that intertwining of Arabic and Islam by prodding more of France’s public schools to offer children as young as age 6 Arabic lessons—without religious content.

  107. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Interesting work on the female pelvis across various regions. Variability in minor form is to be expected, by the nature of genetic pools. But nowhere is childbirth still a cinch for the struggling human female, although some individuals (and even groups?) may have it more comfortably than others. The basic evolutionary issue relates to a much earlier period in human development of the upright stance, especially regarding the cranial sutures found in the head of all human infants, an adaptation that allows a larger brain development in the human species than is found in other hominids and pongids.

    I don’t see this new research adding much to that fundamental proposition. I haven’t read the detail of course, so I may be wrong. Just forming a view from what is reported so far, above.

  108. calli

    “Migrants” is Newspeak for “invaders”. The Pope knows this (or he’s an idiot).

    A “refugee” is something completely different. It is someone fleeing genuine danger.

    Words have meaning.

  109. Roger

    Maybe her panicked evacuation in Fiji the other day didn’t go over too well.

    The Suva market is an ill-lit, claustrophobic place with thousands of vendors and even more customers, but the only danger lurking there for Western visitors is dodgy seafood.

    I’d wager the bodyguard panicked.

  110. zyconoclast

    OldOzzie
    #2849611, posted on October 26, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Beat me to it.

  111. C.L.

    Interesting work on the female pelvis across various regions. Variability in minor form is to be expected, by the nature of genetic pools. But nowhere is childbirth still a cinch for the struggling human female, although some individuals (and even groups?) may have it more comfortably than others.

    Fortunately, evolution gave women men and they invented obstetrics and gynaecology.

  112. C.L.

    The 81-year-old pontiff told crowds at a book launch in Rome that Nazi Germany rose to power through the use of populism.

    A lot like this papacy, in fact.

  113. calli

    Fortunately, evolution gave women men and they invented obstetrics and gynaecology.

    Lol. No man has ever built a highway as long as that birth canal feels. With a lane as tight as the approach to the Harbour Bridge. 🙃

  114. C.L.

    Fake news, fake bombs, now fake cops:

    Roll Call: Top Comstock Challenger Criticized for Fake Cops in Ad.

    A new ad for Jennifer Wexton, a top Democratic challenger to Virginia GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock, briefly features three police officers signing a poster promising “Change is Coming.”

    But none of them are actual law enforcement. In fact, one of them is Matt Leslie, Wexton’s field director, who, according to his LinkedIn profile, has never been and is not currently police.

    The uniform the officers are wearing do not match any of the 11 law enforcement agencies — sheriff’s offices and police departments — in Virginia’s 10th District, where Wexton, a state senator, is challenging Comstock in what is expected to be one of the most closely contested races this November.

    “I have never seen uniforms in Virginia like that … at collective trainings or otherwise,” Brian White, a former sheriff’s deputy in Portsmouth, Virginia, said. “Looks like Party City uniforms.”

  115. Mother Lode

    The Pope compares populists to HITLER and says ‘the sowing of hate’ was to blame for World War Two

    How did such an ignorant gullible man come to such a preeminent position?

  116. Mother Lode

    A lot like this papacy, in fact.

    And like so many ‘conservatives’ at this time, this papacy courts the approval of people who have absolutely no intention of committing to his organisations actual traditional values.

  117. Roger

    How did such an ignorant gullible man come to such a preeminent position?

    A cabal of cardinals is responsible.

    (And I suggest the pope is neither ignorant nor gullible.)

  118. C.L.

    This pope’s problem is that he isn’t very bright.
    Cunning as a shit-house rat but not very bright.
    His big idea was to raise up the Church by appealing to the editorial board of the New York Times.
    As Megyn Kelly and Liberal Mardi Gras lovers are discovering this tactic never works. Ever.
    All cravenness achieves is giving your enemies the A-HA! moment they’ve craved and an appetite for more. Always more.

  119. zyconoclast

    The Pope compares populists to HITLER and says ‘the sowing of hate’ was to blame for World War Two

    How did such an ignorant gullible man come to such a preeminent position?

    The same method that allowed homos3xuals and child molesters free reign.

  120. zyconoclast

    Pueblo Sin Fronteras

    For more information on Pueblo Sin Fronteras, see Centro Sin Fronteras and La Familia Latina Unida (Nonprofits)

    The Pueblo Sin Fronteras (“People Without Borders”) is a project of La Familia Latina Unida, a Chicago, Illinois-based 501(c)(4) illegal immigration advocacy organization formed in 2001 by Elvira Arellano, an activist for immigrants living illegally in the United States. The organization is affiliated with the Chicago-based 501(c)(3) pro-illegal immigration groups Centro Sin Fronteras and Pueblo Sin Fronteras. Together, the organizations have been involved in organizing approximately 1,000 economic migrants from Central America to attempt to cross the U.S. and Mexican borders illegally since 2010.[1]

  121. Des Deskperson

    ‘In defence of the OfW, I suspect it well serves as a speed dating venue for lesbian public servants.’

    Back in the late nineties, i was my agency’s rep at meetings of what was then the Office of the Status of Women.

    Snoopy’s description is not entirely unfair.

    Its name was changed to Office for Women in 2013 and given additional responsibilities in relation to domestic violence. Despite its grandiose name, it isn’t an agency in its own right, it administers no legislation and produces no annual report. Top heavy and expensive to run – the office head – a FAS would have a remuneration package of around $300,000 pa – I never thought of it as much more than a sinecure for political mate-esses, including Anne Summers, Anne Sherry and Pru Goward.

    Well, at least the FAS’s salary will go some way to redress the gender pay gap.

  122. thefrolickingmole

    Victoria, direvtly advertising for “students” to prop up their ponzi state from South America.

    Im sure this is a great idea that could not in any way have a negative outcome at all.

    https://www.smh.com.au/world/south-america/a-place-for-them-here-it-s-the-latin-americans-trump-rejects-that-will-make-melbourne-best-20181011-p5095k.html

    As at July, approx 14,000 Latin American students were enrolled at Victorian institutions – Colombia, Brazil and Chile being the major source countries with Colombia alone accounting for more than 7000.

    Victoria is hoping to attract about 28,000 Latin American students in the next 10 years, with Dalidakis counting also on the flow-on effect to tourism, as families seek to visit their enrolled relatives. The goal is to welcome more than 90,000 Latin American travellers a year.

    The bolded bit includes those who will seek to engage Australias refugee system by any chance?

  123. zyconoclast

    California’s Feminist Corporate Coup

    The crown jewel of California’s Progressive-feminist policy this year was Senate Bill 826 which mandates publicly-held corporations to put women on their boards. It was passed and signed by Governor Jerry Brown. California now proudly leads the nation in identity politics. The law requires a minimum of one woman board member by 2019, and by 2020, two for boards with five members and three with boards of six or more.

    Despite advocates’ insistence that women on boards enhance corporate performance and that diversity of task groups enhances their performance, research findings are mixed, and repeated meta‐analyses have yielded average correlational findings that are null or extremely small. …

    Rigorous, peer-reviewed studies suggest that companies do not perform better when they have women on the board. Nor do they perform worse. Depending on which meta-analysis you read, board gender diversity either has a very weak relationship with board performance or no relationship at all…

    The results of these two meta-analyses, summarizing numerous rigorous, original peer-reviewed studies, suggest that the relationship between board gender diversity and company performance is either non-exist (effectively zero) or very weakly positive.

    Further, there is no evidence available to suggest that the addition, or presence, of women on the board actually causes a change in company performance…

  124. Mother Lode

    the office head – a FAS

    FAS?

    Frumpy Angry Sapphic?

  125. mh

    The Suva market is an ill-lit, claustrophobic place with thousands of vendors and even more customers, but the only danger lurking there for Western visitors is dodgy seafood.

    Was in downtown Nadi on Monday, left me wondering what I was doing in the 3rd world. I was expecting to see Huggy Bear step out to give Honky some much needed advice.

  126. H B Bear

    China’s other man in Canberra, Joel Fitzgibbon, gives us a taste of the Peanut Head government after SloMo’s 2 hour drought “summit” squawking “climate change, renewables, climate change, renewables” like a pet shop parrot. Naturally ALPBC news carry this as the only vox pop from the event.

  127. Des Deskperson

    “FAS?

    Frumpy Angry Sapphic?”

    Brilliant, and an apt description of many senior APS employees.

    FAS is officially ‘First Assistant Secretary’. When one looks at the PM&C org chart, the head of the Office For Women would seem to be considerably overpaid, at that level, compared to the duties and responsibilities of your average line agency FAS.

  128. H B Bear

    Unless you have to go and wave the flag for Her Maj why would you go to Fiji?

  129. I am bespoke

    calli
    #2849639, posted on October 26, 2018 at 11:57 am
    Yikes! Shoulda refreshed.
    I’ve been downtown to old Mob Vegas, watched the Belaggio go off with a bang and witnessed the most stupid, rude and corpulent people in the world at play.
    The Cat is an oasis of sanity by comparison.

    Hold my beer!!

  130. zyconoclast

    Police officer who taught cyber safety in schools charged with child s3x offences

    Senior Constable Dean Michael Perkins, 43, from Mt Druitt Area Command has been suspended since his arrest shortly before 4pm on Thursday.

    He has been charged with an aggravated act of indecency, two counts of aggravated indecent assault, attempted s3xual intercourse with a child under 10, grooming a child under 14 years for unlawful s3xual activity, two counts of having s3xual intercourse with a child aged 10 to 14 and peeping or prying.

    The charges relate to offences that allegedly occurred between 2007 and 2018 in western Sydney.

  131. mh

    Snoopy
    #2849637, posted on October 26, 2018 at 11:53 am
    Uh, oh. Trump loses the Really Unconvincing Trannie demographic.

    Ok, Trump has lost Caitlin but picked up Kim and Kanye.

    #stillwinning

  132. thefrolickingmole

    Looks like the lid was left off the “nuttier than squirrel shit” jar again.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/25/jair-bolsonaro-brazil-democracy-rights

    This piece was drafted by the Paris-based Association Autres Brésils, and signed in support by:

    • Celso Amorim, diplomat, Brazilian; Frei Betto, author, Brazilian; José Bové, member of the European parliament (Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance), French; Chico Buarque, musician, Brazilian; Noam Chomsky, linguist, American; Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona; Karima Delli, member of the European parliament (Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance), French; Benoît Hamon, politician, French; Naomi Klein, journalist, Canadian; Noel Mamère, politician, French; Joana Mortágua, MP (Left Bloc), Portuguese; Bill McKibben, author, educator, environmentalist, and co-founder 350.org; Bresser Pereira, economist, Brazilian; Carol Proner, lawyer, Brazilian; Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, diplomat, Brazilian; Chico Whitaker, co-founder of the Brazilian World Social Forum.

    Apparently a man who is in danger of being elected in fair and open elections will destroy the world!!!

    Brazil is going through the worst crisis in its history since the civil-military coup and the establishment of the dictatorship in 1964. On 7 October, in the first round of the presidential election, far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro obtained an impressive 46.03% of the votes cast, or one-third of the registered voters.

    So let me get this straight, if a man is elected the already incredibly violent crime wave will continue on as it did under leftists?
    Oh noes…

    If Bolsonaro is elected head of the Brazilian state, this hatred risks becoming institutionalised and this physical violence unleashed. Brazil is already, unfortunately, one of the most violent countries in the world: 61,619 homicides were committed in 2017 according to the Brazilian Public Security Forum, representing nearly 170 people killed every day, including a young black man every 23 minutes.

  133. Mother Lode

    Senior Constable [slight edit. Sinc], from Mt Druitt Area Command has been suspended since his arrest shortly before 4pm on Thursday.

    Plod and a kiddy-fiddler.

    I hope they give him an opportunity to get his affairs in order before sending him to prison. It will be a life sentence measured in hours.

  134. Zatara

    Western Media and Elites Supported the Bolsheviks in the Russian Civil War – the Ugly Truth Emerges

    The author may have had a point but he tripped right out of the gate with this gem of falsehood:

    “The White armies in the Russian Civil War received not a cent from the west. Not a shell, not a rifle reached any faction of the White forces from the west.”

    Baloney. The Allied Powers had been shipping supplies to Tsarist Russia since the beginning of the war in 1914 through the ports of Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, and Vladivostok.

    The Allies become so concerned about the status of those huge quantities of supplies and equipment sitting in dumps around the Russian ports that they sent over 36,000 soldiers, including 150 Australians, to protect the supplies from falling into the hands of the Bolsheviks OR the Germans.

    The supplies were there, what the incompetent beyond words Tsar did, or rather did not do with them is another issue altogether.

    It appears the author let his eagerness to have a good old anti Semitic bash overload his mouth and thus drifted into the realm of fantasy. “But, but, but. the Rothchilds, Disraeli, and the hoo-ish bankers…. they killed Kenny!”

  135. Atoms for Peace.

    Maybe the current Pope could open up the Vatican archives and let historians look at the period 1939 to 1945.

  136. Atoms for Peace.

    And let’s not forget the church’s acquiescence to the Chinese.

  137. thefrolickingmole

    Zatara

    That was my take on it as well.
    The allies did provide some gear to the “whites” but the last thing they wanted was to push the “reds” into allying with the central powers.

  138. Notafan

    Maybe the current Pope could open up the Vatican archives and let historians look at the period 1939 to 1945

    has been done already

    extensively refutations of the bogus claims against Pope Pius XII have already been published, only part of which has been translated-I have read the book cant recall the title

    as as a more recent title

    Chutch of Spies the Pope’s Secret War against Hitler by Mark Reibling., which I have on my to read pile

  139. Armadillo

    that they sent over 36,000 soldiers, including 150 Australians

    25,000 of those were American volunteers IIRC.

  140. thefrolickingmole

    From the “you need a heart of stone not to laugh” files.

    BBC faces existential crisis as young people turn to rivals – Ofcom
    Media regulator says BBC is losing viewers and listeners to commercial rivals and online services

    Oh dear the herd is leaving the reservation..

    The BBC is facing an existential crisis as a result of its failure to reach younger audiences in the face of competition from commercial rivals and online services such as YouTube and Netflix, according to Ofcom.

    The research found that 16- to 34-year-olds spend about an hour and 20 minutes a day consuming BBC content – around half the average time across all age groups.

    One in eight young Britons currently consume no BBC content at all in a given week – a worrying figure given the corporation’s current funding model is based on convincing the vast majority of the public to pay £150.50 a year for a TV licence.

    Thats not how you spell “compelling under threat of imprisonment”…

    The regulator also pointed out that the online-only BBC Three channel was reaching only about 8% of people in the 16-34 category each week, despite being specifically designed to appeal to younger viewers.

  141. .

    Pius XII worked with British intel, the German resistance and considered sponsoring a plot to kill Adolf Hitler.

    He also harboured Dues inside the Vatican as “nuns” and “priests”.

  142. What notafan said. The Church under Pope Pius XII was stalwart. As CL noted a few days ago, the more we learn about him the more magnificent he becomes. He would be terrific right now.

  143. Mother Lode

    has been done already

    I remember reading about the utter calumny heaped on Pius XII. It was a deliberate strategy by – this sounds so conspiratorial now – by the Russians. Just another effort to delegitimise a person who was opposed to communism.

    The sad thing is how many Catholics fall for it because they don’t hear it debunked at the same volume it is originally bunked. And it really was bunk.

    I went through Catholic schooling in the 70’s convinced that the mediaeval church was backward, vicious and hopelessly superstitious, persecuting anyone departing by a hair’s breadth from dogma, and fiercely anti-science.

    Oh, and the Crusades were just a murderous indulgence with no justification.

    Well, we did’t learn from history regarding that last one. And here we are again.

  144. the Crusades were similar to Bush I armies in Iraq; neither of them finished the job.

  145. Notafan

    The sad thing is how many Catholics fall for it because they don’t hear it debunked at the same volume it is originally bunked. And it really was bunk.

    Exactly

    And too many ‘Catholics’ rely solely on the MSM for information

    A MSM that has gunning for the Catholic Church for as long as I can remember

    Why would that be?

  146. Snoopy

    Qantas: hero to zero with TheirABC and leftoids (BIRM).

  147. However, properly catechized and educated Catholics wouldn’t fall for the MSM slop if they weren’t fed the same slop in secondary school.

  148. Notafan

    Too true DB

    I don’t remember being taught anything about Church history at school,my father’s family were/are those properly catechized and educated Catholics.

    relying on most Catholic schools to provide a Catholic education, probably after the 1960s was foolish, as a parent, I fell for it too.

  149. Armadillo

    Seems the FBI is making some progress in their investigation.

    CNN reporting that the identikit sketch is a dead set ringer for Donald J Trump.

  150. Makka

    More troops for the border showdown;

    The Pentagon is expected to deploy about 800 troops to the US-Mexico border, two US officials told AFP on Thursday, after President Donald Trump said the military would be used there to tackle a “national emergency.”

    The active-duty troops would augment the 2,000 or so National Guardsmen already deployed to support operations on the border, and could come from multiple military bases around the US.

  151. Roger

    Unless you have to go and wave the flag for Her Maj why would you go to Fiji?

    In three words: the Coral Coast.

  152. Mother Lode

    CNN reporting that the identikit sketch is a dead set ringer for Donald J Trump.

    Have they found Gender Studies professor at some voguish college heavily involved with Democrat party politics who insists that Trump blew them up when they were in kindergarten. She can’t remember where the kindergarten was, what year it happened, if she was there, or not, or neither, or both, who drove her there, who didn’t drive her there, or anyone else who was there (apart from her best friend who says it didn’t happen).

    But she is absolutely certain it was Trump, and that she was wearing $20 million mittens for which she never received compensation.

    Thing is, if they do find a gender studies professor and put them in front of the camera, chances are her face will actually look like it was pulverised by an explosion. Feminists and leftists typically do.

  153. Armadillo

    Update: NYT has verified CNN reporting, adding that the use of the “hoodie” was to conceal his horns.

  154. Zatara

    Bourgeoisie of the World, Unite!

    As of last week, more than half of the world is middle class.

  155. Muddy

    I’m not sure about everyone else, but I’m ordering seven copies…

    Becoming
    by Michelle Obama

    An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

    In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world.

    In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it-in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations-and whose story inspires us to do the same.

    This has been out for a while now, so sales must be a lot slower than hoped for, as I received an email plugging it.

  156. Myrddin Seren

    As of last week, more than half of the world is middle class.

    Panic breaks out amongst the Protected Classes and Globalists.

    This simply has to be stopped.

  157. Armadillo

    Update: Suspect that delievered high explosive bombs to post office was carrying a Trident at the time. Postal employee didn’t notice at the time, but a totally convincing “suppressed memory” has since emerged.

  158. thefrolickingmole

    Monty, get in here, explain how this is going to finally bring the tanned tyrant of toytown down…

    Chuck Grassley, the chair of the Senate judiciary committee, has referred the lawyer Michael Avenatti and Julie Swetnick, one of Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers, for criminal investigation.

    In a statement, Grassley said he was referring the two to the justice department for a “criminal investigation relating to a potential conspiracy to provide materially false statements to Congress and obstruct a congressional committee investigation”.

    Swetnick, who was represented by Avenatti, came forward in late September to allege that Kavanaugh took part in efforts to gang-rape women at drunken parties. She said she too was gang-raped at one such party, but did not directly accuse Kavanaugh of being involved.


    Grassley accused Swetnick and Avenatti of knowingly misleading the committee. “That’s unfair to my colleagues, the nominees and others providing information who are seeking the truth,” said the Iowa Republican.

    “It stifles our ability to work on legitimate lines of inquiry. It also wastes time and resources for destructive reasons. Thankfully, the law prohibits such false statements to Congress and obstruction of congressional committee investigations. For the law to work, we can’t just brush aside potential violations. I don’t take lightly making a referral of this nature, but ignoring this behavior will just invite more of it in the future,” Grassley said.

    Also has anyone seen monty and Avenatti in the same room before, they could be twins.

    In a tweet, Avenatti responded: “It is ironic that Senator Grassley now is interested in investigations. He didn’t care when it came to putting a man on the SCOTUS for life. We welcome the investigation as now we can finally get to the bottom of Judge Kavanaugh’s lies and conduct. Let the truth be known.”

    He added that the move could also open new legal proceedings around Kavanaugh.

    “[Grassley] just opened up Pandora’s box as it relates to Justice Kavanaugh’s conduct. It is Christmas in October!” he said in a second tweet.

  159. Armadillo

    Could you pass the HSC mathematics general 2 exam?

    Is this a trick question? The answer is “No”.

    Impossible to pass if you only get to answer 10 questions on the exam paper. No marks for blank spaces I’m assuming.

    Journalists are indeed morons.

  160. Tel

    zyconoclast #2849768: “Could you pass the HSC mathematics general 2 exam?”

    I had difficulty with question 22, so I gave up and checked the answer. They gave answer B which is kind of strange because there is no answer B anywhere given in the question. This must be my own fault for clicking through to the SMH.

  161. Makka

    If anything will GOTV for the GOP, this debacle will;

    White House weighs executive actions to block migrant caravan at the border

    Insty;

    It is reported that the caravan of mostly military-aged Honduran males has swelled to over 14,000 people as it marches up Mexico to the US border.

    The DHS confirmed this week that gang members and other dangerous criminals are embedded in the caravan.

    Migrants from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia have also latched onto the caravan, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

  162. John of Mel

    Unless you have to go and wave the flag for Her Maj why would you go to Fiji?
    In three words: the Coral Coast.

    A couple of years ago we went on our first real beach family holiday (camping next to the 90 mile beach doesn’t count). We considered Queensland, but after all the inclusions, like buffet breakfast, meals for the kids (we have five), kids club etc., it came up more expensive than Fiji (Warwick resort).
    It was awesome. The resort is managed by a very nice Aussie guy. The locals are very friendly, mostly Christian, love kids (they even had a separate passport control booth for families with little kids). The food was very good. And yes, snorkeling among the corals, feeding fish out of your hand is fantastic and right next to the resort.

    Would be nice to see Queensland too, though.

  163. Natural Instinct

    Some HSC exams have come and gone. Children grow up.
    .
    Concerned Mother telephones daughter:

    How was it? Did you do OK?

    Finished daughter murmurs into phone.

    Not now Mum. I am talking to a boy from the exam.

    Click!

  164. Armadillo

    meals for the kids (we have five)

    Crazy bastard. Do you know all their names?

  165. Armadillo

    Just kidding, John. I’ve got 7 siblings. Strangely enough in this day and age, we all have the same mother and father.

  166. Atoms for Peace.

    Fair enough , I missed that bit. My brother’s suicide due to abuse in a Christian Brothers school has me in a bad place at times. Just glad my mum never found out before she died a few years ago. And yes, it destroys families.
    I can verify to Sinc if needs be.

  167. Armadillo

    Long term share tip: Buy Ancestory.com shares.

  168. John of Mel

    Do you know all their names?

    Of course I do. I do mix them up sometimes.

    Crazy bastard.
    Well, somebody has to.
    I think if you have less than 3 kids you have no right to complain about high immigration rates.

  169. Armadillo

    Imagine the kids of the women preyed on by the Pakistani rape gangs in the UK (and elsewhere).

    You would join Ancestry just so you can track down your “Dad” and kill the arsehole.

  170. Armadillo

    Of course I do. I do mix them up sometimes.

    It happens. My father used to call me my brothers name constantly. In hindsight, it was better than him calling me one of my sisters names.

  171. 2dogs

    t happens. My father used to call me my brothers name constantly. In hindsight, it was better than him calling me one of my sisters names.

    You’re lucky. Both my parents used to mix up our names, and I would often get called the dog’s name.

  172. Death Giraffe

    As of last week, more than half of the world is middle class.

    ..
    Will I be able to cruise througb my last few decades doing SFA and stay off the bottom?
    Ah, who cares.
    Middle class tossers.

  173. Death Giraffe

    Fortunately, evolution gave women men and they invented obstetrics and gynaecology.

    ..
    One day we will invent a woman who can easily give birth without breaking every bone in your hand, but is still watertight.
    Jokes on my missus: thought she was breaking my hand that day, but actually had got hold of the doctor’s hand.
    Ha ha.

  174. Death Giraffe

    where the hell is everyone?

  175. Confused Old Misfit

    Death Giraffe
    #2849796, posted on October 26, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    where the hell is everyone?

    Out shopping.

  176. Armadillo

    where the hell is everyone?

    Watching.

  177. thefrolickingmole

    where the hell is everyone?

    Well Im keeping the economy humming along slaving away on a salt mine.

    I assume everyone else knocked off early and went to the pub, its Friday.

    Oh and montys favorite singer backs him to the hilt.

    Barbra Streisand: ‘Trump is corrupt and indecent and is assaulting our institutions’

    “I can’t bear the man!” she says at one point, her voice rising up to the roof. “He’s a man with no manners! He doesn’t see his own flaws; he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. You know? He has no humility.” He is, she concedes, “good at marketing. He knows how to sell; he’s a conman. That’s what he’s good at. But he doesn’t think he needs anyone’s help, he thinks he can go it alone.” She adds, drily: “The big guy.”

    Walls is not a concept album, but it is the first album in which Streisand has linked the songs with a broad theme – the danger Trump poses to the country she loves. “This is what’s on my mind,” she says. “This is a dangerous time in this nation, this republic: a man who is corrupt and indecent and is assaulting our institutions. It’s really, really frightening. And I just pray that people who are compassionate and respect the truth will come out and vote.” Actually, she says: “I’m saying more than just vote. Vote for Democrats! Vote for what they want their country to look like and feel like and be like. And treat each other with kindness and respect – I have friends who are Republicans and we have dinner and agree to disagree.”

    But surely they are not Trump supporters? “They don’t like Trump. They like other aspects of being a Republican.

    Babs likes cucks, no surprises there.

  178. Armadillo

    It’s the Friday afternoon “lull”, Death [Shudder].

    Announce a “Mens Only” Friday night Cat open thread party and see what happens. I dare you.

  179. egg_

    Announce a “Mens Only” Friday night Cat open thread party

    The “Catallaxy Socialist Men’s Shed”?

  180. zyconoclast

    where the hell is everyone?

    Watching.

  181. egg_

    Did None order a Minoan bull’s penis ornament?
    I think Arky has the lathe ready?

  182. zyconoclast

    Inulin (chicory root powder ) is Often Added to Processed Foods.

    Promotion of intestinal tumor formation by inulin is associated with an accumulation of cytosolic β‐catenin in Min mice

    DISCUSSION
    In our present study, we have demonstrated that Min mice fed the diet enriched with inulin [β (2‐1) fructan, 10% w/w] developed significantly more and larger tumors in the distal small intestine than their counterparts fed the nonfiber control diet. The promoting effect of inulin on tumor formation and growth was consistent over 3 feeding periods of varying length (until the ages of 9, 12 and 15 weeks) and was accompanied by changes in β‐catenin levels and cellular localization during the course of tumorigenesis. These results are in accordance and extend the data of our previous study in which feeding inulin at 2.5% (w/w) for a period of 6 to 8 weeks promoted tumor formation and increased cytosolic β‐catenin in the intestine of Min mice.27

  183. Delta A

    Announce a “Mens Only” Friday night Cat open thread party and see what happens.

    Nothing will happen.

    Any Kitteh who wants to comment will simply identify for the evening as a man.

  184. Death Giraffe

    Any Kitteh who wants to comment will simply identify for the evening as a man.

    ..
    I would like to announce this, the first gay only Friday on the cat.
    Gays only from now on please.

  185. zyconoclast

    As power prices surge, Victorians are embracing solar — and it’s causing problems

    The rate of growth is astonishing — every minute, on average, six and a half solar panels are installed on Australian rooftops.

    “The challenge of managing that much PV, particularly where it will be concentrated in some suburbs where there’s a lot more flat roofs, for example, is a big deal,” he said.

    “I don’t think it’s evident yet that we’ve properly planned for how that’s going to work.”

    Mr McCarthy agreed.

    “I’m very comfortable with the way technology is going — I think at the moment we’re suffering from a lack of planning.”

    Victoria’s energy grid simply wasn’t designed to cope with a system where each house can feed its own electricity back into the network.

    “It actually does hurt the stability of the grid,” said Audrey Ziebelman, from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

    “We’ve identified already areas that we’re worried about,” she told the ABC’s RN Breakfast program, “particularly in the mid-afternoon where there’s very low demand.”

    Eventually, Mr McCarthy said, smart household batteries will solve many of the problems.

    Too much power to handle
    The challenge to the grid isn’t just from households feeding power back into the network.

    Six new wind and solar farms have been backed by Victoria’s Government, with an aim they will start generating power by 2020.

    But the farms are located in the state’s north and west, where transmission lines are thin and can’t handle more power coming into the system.

    “There is currently insufficient capacity within existing transmission infrastructure in western Victoria to enable the amount of proposed generation,” AEMO said in a statement.

    “Generators connecting to this part of the network may be heavily constrained to protect the network and maintain electricity supply.”

    Plans for the state’s largest solar farm, at Kiamal, near Mildura, stalled earlier this year because of capacity issues.

    But the company behind the project — the French energy giant Total Eren — was able to come up with an engineering solution.

    It’s added a massive machine, known as a synchronous condenser, to the project. It can balance the energy output and protect the grid.

    The downside is it’s a hugely expensive piece of equipment.

    So expensive, in fact, that its manufacturer offered to absorb some of the cost in order to help the Kiamal project go ahead.

    “We’ve had to go to a lot of lengths, extraordinary lengths, to get this project over the line,” Total Eren’s Michael Vawser said.

    “There’s so many renewable energy projects being built, it’s just increasing the complexity of every connection in the market, and we’ve sort of hit the perfect storm, in a way, with our project.”

    Electric cars and the thirst for power
    Opponents of renewable energy have seized on infrastructure issues to criticise the growth in wind and solar.

    But Mark Wakeham, from advocacy group Environment Victoria, believes the fears are overstated.

    “I think people will start changing the way they use energy and there’ll be a lot more use of energy when the sun is shining and the solar resource is really strong,” he said.

    “We’ll see people charging their electric vehicles during the daytime, but we do also need government incentives to ensure that people are storing some of that energy.”

    Mr Wood agreed electric vehicles would be a game changer, but was less optimistic about how they would fit into the system.

    “If tens of thousands of people drive their electric vehicles home in the evening and plug them in, that’s an even bigger load than air conditioners,” he said.

    “So what you need to be able to do is give those people the incentive or structure so that they don’t plug all their cars in at the same time to be recharged.

    “[These issues] are going to be far more important, in a sense, and I’d be putting my money into that rather than providing subsidies for people to put more PV on their roofs.”

  186. Tel

    We need a blockchain where people can digitally sign their wobbly bits.

    That would sort this out for once and for all.

  187. Bruce of Newcastle

    None shall pass.

    President Trump May Take Extraordinary Action Against Caravan and Migrants, Say Media Reports

    A battalion of engineers could roll out a three high stack of razor wire pretty quickly I should think. Effective if combined with some tear gas and fire hoses. If the caravan tries to bypass the razor wire roll out more razor wire. Soon you have a border wall!

    Meanwhile:

    Hundreds Of Caravan Migrants Accept Bus Rides Home Amid “Sickness, Fear And Police Harassment”

    Shadowy people have been paying for the buses and trucks moving all these people closer to the US border. Now other shadowy people are paying for buses to carry tired “marchers” back home. It’s a battle of the buses!

    And the last word goes to James Woods after all those fake bombs suddenly turned up:

    James Woods‏Verified account @RealJamesWoods
    And just like that, invasion horde disappeared from the news…
    10:30 AM – 24 Oct 2018

    Indeed.

  188. Tel

    It’s added a massive machine, known as a synchronous condenser, to the project. It can balance the energy output and protect the grid.

    The downside is it’s a hugely expensive piece of equipment.

    That only stabilizes the frequency, it stores a little bit of energy… enough for maybe a minute or two.

    You might achieve slightly better power factor with the synchronous condenser but if the wires are too thin it won’t make any significant difference.

  189. Myrddin Seren

    “I think people will start changing the way they use energy and there’ll be a lot more use of energy when the sun is shining and the solar resource is really strong,” he said.

    Like 200 years ago before electricity and the light bulb.

    Sun up – get up. Sun down – go to sleep.

    Regressives.

  190. One ScoMo doesn’t make a Spring

    Our ‘friends’ to the North are ramping up their activities. I understand contractors to our Govmint have received several hundred thousand hacks to computers over the past few days. Essentially shutting down operations. The concentrated and concerted efforts appear to be military backed. Probing defences would be a suitatable term. This is getting serious folks.
    Friends : think rhymes with diner.

  191. Armadillo

    “I think people will start changing the way they use energy and there’ll be a lot more use of energy when the sun is shining and the solar resource is really strong,” he said.

    Obviously hasn’t the slight clue about demand management. None at all.

  192. Myrddin Seren

    Probing defences would be a suitatable term.

    Hack the AEMO and this country would be on its knees and asking for an ‘armistice’ within a week.

  193. zyconoclast

    think rhymes with diner.

    Carolina

  194. Armadillo

    I understand contractors to our Govmint have received several hundred thousand hacks to computers over the past few days. Essentially shutting down operations. The concentrated and concerted efforts appear to be military backed. Probing defences would be a suitatable term. This is getting serious folks.

    Perhaps a single shred of evidence might improve your assertion.

  195. RobK

    It’s added a massive machine, known as a synchronous 
    The primary reason for doing that is to keep the Power Factor (cosine of the phase shift angle between voltage and current) better than 0.8 so transmission is kept efficient. Poor P.F. means reactive energy is heating powerlines and tripping breakers. It does also take care of noisey harmonics and other rubbish on the line. It adds what spinning machines do intrinsically for nothing.

  196. RobK

    After subsidised solar panels will come the push for subsidised batteries….for the chosen few to signal their virtue at the expense of the rest.

  197. Snoopy

    Birds do it. It’s natural.

    Same-sex penguin couple at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium become parents

    TheirABC. Of course.

  198. notafan

    People will drive at night and plug their electric vehicles in during the day.
    Hilarious and stupid in one gold plated package.

  199. One ScoMo doesn’t make a Spring

    Armadillo

    Sorry, Reliable source is best I can do.

  200. Armadillo

    Illuminated roof solar panels are the answer (like the solar lights you put in your garden – except bigger).

    It will be like daytime, even when it’s night time.

  201. Bruce of Newcastle

    After subsidised solar panels will come the push for subsidised batteries….for the chosen few to signal their virtue at the expense of the rest.

    Already happening.

    Victoria government offers $5,000 grants for household batteries (11 Sept)
    South Australia Home Battery Scheme – up to $6,000 subsidy on battery costs (10 Sept)
    Interest-free loans for solar and storage (Qld govt website)

    ACT also has subsidies and WA look like they’ll be bringing them in in the near future.

    Never stand between a government and a bucket of other people’s money.

  202. thefrolickingmole

    How peculiar.
    Their ABC has a story about a story from 2003 on the “escape from Woomera” game.

    A person not arse licking the ABC might query why their ABC thinks this is newsworthy other than to keep “all ‘fugee, all the time” in the news in one form or another.

    In April 2003, an anonymous collective of Australian artists and games developers were on the receiving end of public ire from federal ministers, the Australian Human Rights Commissioner and Refugee Council of Australia.

    Their wrong-doing? Developing a video game in which an asylum seeker embarks on a hero’s journey.

    Escape From Woomera was a response to the Howard government’s mandatory detention policies for asylum seekers and refugees, and an attempt to circumvent that government’s strategic media blackout around detention facilities, including Woomera Immigration Reception and Processing Centre (which, coincidentally, closed that same month) and similar facilities in Port Augusta, Port Hedland and Villawood.

    Far from me to suggest they are once again (and consistently) dropping all pretense at reporting news and are again engaged in pure advocacy for their favorite hobby horse.

  203. Armadillo

    Sorry, Reliable source is best I can do.

    That’s the CNN defence.

    OK, if our Government is aware of this (which I assume they are), why the hell hasn’t immediate pressure via sanctions or withdrawal of aid funding been applied.

    Oh wait. They have no b a l l s.

    As you were.

  204. mh

    Roger
    #2849762, posted on October 26, 2018 at 4:16 pm
    Unless you have to go and wave the flag for Her Maj why would you go to Fiji?

    In three words: the Coral Coast.

    Or the Mamanuca Islands. You just need to pick the island resort that suits. 🏝 🐠

  205. Boambee John

    Armadillo
    #2849772, posted on October 26, 2018 at 4:25 pm
    Update: Suspect that delievered high explosive bombs to post office was carrying a Trident at the time.

    Further update: Neptune has denied any involvement, suggesting that the trident was actually a pitchfork.

  206. Confused Old Misfit

    Neptune has denied any involvement, suggesting that the trident was actually a pitchfork.

    Must have been a three tined hay fork then.
    A manure fork has five tines.

  207. Geriatric Mayfly

    A battalion of engineers could roll out a three high stack of razor wire pretty quickly I should think.

    Please. Not pics on an endless loop (ABC/SBS) of the lill chill’un hanging on the old barbed wire.

  208. RobK

    Must have been a three tined hay fork then.
    Guy with hayforks thinks he’s Guy Fawkes.

  209. rickw

    where the hell is everyone?

    Driving through central Vic, it occurred to me that:

    Australia has abundant space and resources, second to few.

    Yet in Australia, essentials and commodities cost more than just about everywhere else, thanks to the world’s most Fucktarded Government.

  210. Armadillo

    Why would the devil be carrying a pitch fork? Was he a farmer or something?

  211. Top Ender

    Total Irrelevancy Syndrome:

    ‘I’m proud to have become a Muslim’: Sinead O’Connor announces she has converted from Catholicism – and says she’s now called Shuhada Davitt

  212. Boambee John

    A battalion of engineers could roll out a three high stack of razor wire pretty quickly I should think.

    The Donald missed a great opportunity last year to plant lots of environmentally friendly thorny bushes along the border.

  213. Armadillo

    At a time of drought, you city slickers are trying to diss farmers by associating them with the devil.

    You should be ashamed of yourselves.

  214. Geriatric Mayfly

    The Irish rockstar, who was ordained a priest by a fringe Catholic group in the 1990s, announced the news on Twitter where she shared a pictured of her wearing a hijab.
    The mother-of-four, who has struggled with her mental health, wrote: ‘This is to announce that I am proud to have become a Muslim.’

    She caught it before becoming a Muslim, it will soon be damned sight worse.

  215. RobK

    Why would the devil be carrying a pitch fork?
    I’m guessing it represents menial labour, like mukking out stables.

  216. Confused Old Misfit

    Why would the devil be carrying a pitch fork?
    I’m guessing it represents menial labour, like mukking out stables.

    Then de debil would have been using a five tine manure fork!

  217. Confused Old Misfit

    You can’t shovel shite with a three tine hay fork!

  218. RobK

    I agree it has lost something in the translation. My guess is probably wrong. I do own a pitch fork and a manure fork which has 8 tynes iirc, they will out live me.

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