Open Forum: October 27, 2018

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  1. Oh come on

    Numbers is a cockhead. He should be on his knees every day thanking posterity for sending him to Vietnam. He’s been dining out on it his entire life. He’d be a complete nobody if not for that. He brandishes his military service for all to see – he even uses his service number as his handle here. The way he exploits his service for his political ends is extremely unseemly.

    What’s interesting is that the guy was, by his own admission, a left wing student activist prior to being called up. So basically he was in the tank for North Vietnam the whole time he was fighting the communists (show me a leftist student activist from that period who wasn’t pro-Hanoi).

    Numbers is an extremely convincing argument against conscription. I don’t thank him for his service because I think he has hijacked it to enrich his life story greatly. He should be thanking the country for providing him with the opportunity to serve.

  2. After a candidate forum Tuesday night, State Rep. Greg Leding (D-Fayetteville) approached the stage where his opponent, Republican Dawn Clemence, was still standing. Footage from the incident shows Leding walk up to the base of the stage and being speaking to Clemence. He then starts pointing a finger at her before climbing onto the stage and getting up close to Clemence. He continues to approach her as she backs away, before putting his hand on her shoulder. He then abruptly walks away.

    He suddenly figures out what he’s done.

  3. Texas law enforcement officials have arrested four women for allegedly targeting elderly voters in the 2016 elections in a “voter fraud ring” that was funded by a Democratic Party leader, according to court documents filed this week by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

    This scab will never come off.

  4. Tom

    Jon Kudelka makes an unintentionally excellent point about the NDIS.

  5. Top Ender

    Under-pressure reporter’s fears for ABC career
    DEBORAH CORNWALL

    The ABC reporter allegedly harassed by NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley at a 2016 Christmas party is reportedly feeling under intense pressure to make a formal complaint despite her fears it will damage her career.

    The explosive accusation, first levelled at Mr Foley in the NSW parliament by Corrections Minister David Elliott two weeks ago, has sparked a leadership crisis for the ALP.

    It allegedly involves an incident at Sydney’s Martin Place Bar after a 2016 parliamentary press gallery Christmas party.

    Sources have told The Australian another journalist at the party witnessed the incident but the female reporter decided at the time not to report the event to her ABC bosses because of the professional and political fallout it could cause.

    They say Mr Elliott’s decision to make the allegations public has placed the reporter in an excruciating dilemma.

    If she doesn’t give her account of events, Mr Foley is left strenuously defending himself against unspecified allegations in an escalating political scandal. If she does make a formal complaint to her ABC bosses, it has the potential to trigger the ousting of the Labor leader less than five months out from a state election.

    The ABC’s acting managing director, David Anderson, last week told Tasmanian Liberal senator Eric Abetz the allegation would be investigated, despite the reporter not yet having made a complaint.

    Mr Foley’s troubles were further compounded when Senator Abetz tabled a series of questions during an estimates hearing asking for clarity about the nature of the incident and whether it included an alleged “assault”, “sexual assault”, “indecent assault” and “improper physical contact”.

    Senior Labor sources told The Australian last night the “dirty” campaign against Mr Foley reflected the disastrous recent polling results for the Berejiklian government.

    “They are trailing us at the moment to the point where if we went to an election next week, we would pick up at least seven seats, enough to form a minority government,’’ one senior Labor source said.

    “You only have to look at the exodus of senior ministerial staff over the past few months. They are in desperation mode.”

    Opposition health spokesman Walt Secord yesterday lashed out at the NSW government’s “political smear” campaign against Mr Foley, a move he said was being orchestrated directly by the Premier’s office.

    “We all know her staff are personally pushing and peddling this story,’’ Mr Secord said.

    Senior NSW Liberal members are reportedly so confident Mr Foley’s leadership is “cooked” that they yesterday turned the heat on the man next in line to take over the reins, his deputy Michael Daley.

    They’ve warned that if Mr Daley were to lead Labor to the March election, they intend to use footage of the member for Maroubra when he appeared to be drunk in parliament in 2012, slurring his speech.

    Mr Secord has dismissed any suggestion of a leadership challenge.

    “Luke Foley will be the next Labor premier of NSW and Gladys Berejiklian will be forced to return to the corporate banking sector in April 2019,’’ he said.

    Print version of the Oz

  6. Snoopy

    Sayoc has been charged with

    five federal crimes, including interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications, and assaulting current and former federal officers.

    No attempted murder of current and former federal officers? These seem low end charges if the bombs were real.

  7. Up The Workers!

    To Top Ender at 5.10am,

    It is hard to imagine that any such allegation could possibly be levelled at a Party led Federally by Bill Shorten.

    Shock! Horror!

    It is as utterly unthinkable as suggesting that the Pope is an Argentinian Leftard loon!

  8. Entropy

    Opposition health spokesman Walt Secord…

    Sounds like a fake movie star name.

  9. Snoopy

    Sounds like a fake movie star name.

    Close. He has a history of fantasy in North America. He is a Canadian born ex journalist.

  10. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Elle, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing and watching that Hava Nagila (so that’s how you spell it, I had no idea). Last time I heard it I was leaning out of our front window looking down on the plaza before the beautiful Sephardic House Hotel where we stayed in the J3wish Quarter within Jerusalem’s Old City walls, watching a Barmitzfa with accompanying drums and ram’s horn and fiddle players. All the boy’s male relatives were circling him dancing and then everyone joined in with enthusiastic excitement.

    You and Cassie belong to an amazingly old and vibrant heritage. You don’t realy need me to tell you to hang on to that, so I’ll just say with you and do my best to support everywhere what the Israeli soldiers promise about atop Masada about anti-Semitism: ‘Never Again’. I was so impressed by all we saw in Israel. It was also fascinating to visit the ancient Christian sites and reaffirm my own Sunday School memories of long ago.

    On Wentworth: the Libs MUST re-take it from the Member for Get Up at the next election (slogan: bring Wentworth home), probably with the help of lower house AC preferences to scare them (building the AC’s is a longer game which I will play but Wentworth won’t just yet). The ostrich Libs badly need to lose to the Australian Conservatives in the Senate from Wentworth votes. Just to put the Libs right about common sense. And if he’s running again, for goodness sakes move Dave Sharma into someone’s spare room NOW. Libs here are territorial in the extreme. Keep him profiling everywhere too and do some early leafleting to destroy the Wentworth Courier’s green-left whiteanting. All local government has been infested with green-leftism around here, with the Sydney City Council a nest of bored rich women flirting with incipient lesbianism.

  11. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Elle, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing and watching that Hava Nagila (so that’s how you spell it, I had no idea). Last time I heard it I was leaning out of our front window looking down on the plaza before the beautiful Sephardic House Hotel where we stayed in the J3wish Quarter within Jerusalem’s Old City walls, watching a Barmitzfa with accompanying drums and ram’s horn and fiddle players. All the boy’s male relatives were circling him dancing and then everyone joined in with enthusiastic excitement.

    You and Cassie belong to an amazingly old and vibrant heritage. You don’t really need me to tell you to hang on to that, so I’ll just say with you and do my best to support everywhere what the Israeli soldiers promise about atop Masada about anti-Semitism: ‘Never Again’. I was so impressed by all we saw in Israel. It was also fascinating to visit the ancient Christian sites and reaffirm my own Sunday School memories of long ago.

  12. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Elle, enjoyed the Hava Nagila you put up.

    I have written a bit more about it, but in moderation. Such a bore.

  13. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I also wrote this, re Wentworth. Let’s see if that gets banned too.

    On Wentworth: the Libs MUST re-take it from the Member for Get Up at the next election (slogan: bring Wentworth home), probably with the help of lower house AC preferences to scare them (building the AC’s is a longer game which I will play but Wentworth won’t just yet). The ostrich Libs badly need to lose to the Australian Conservatives in the Senate from Wentworth votes. Just to put the Libs right about common sense. And if he’s running again, for goodness sake move Dave Sharma into someone’s spare room NOW. Libs here are territorial in the extreme. Keep him profiling everywhere too and do some early leafleting to destroy the Wentworth Courier’s green-left whiteanting. All local government has been infested with green-leftism around here, with the Sydney City Council a nest of bored rich women flirting with incipient lesbianism.

  14. Herodotus

    Thanks for the ongoing cartoon series Tom, and for your insights into the sordid world of media.

  15. Herodotus

    One for BoN.

    The Science Show on ABC, hosted by Robin “100m” Williams, continues to amaze.

    Williams had a nice chat with Nature magazine editor Campbell, and they both agreed that the reason they wouldn’t bother publishing or featuring scientists sceptical about climate change (Williams even managed to insert the word “deniers” into the flow) was that “they have nothing new to add to the discussion”. Campbell also offered in evidence that he’d been so generous as to have one sceptical scientist’s piece “peer reviewed”, but that had revealed so many mistakes that it simply couldn’t be run. So there, all tarred with that brush.

    Robin had another nice chat with a former BBC News bigwig and they agreed that public broadcasting was terribly important because it provided “accurate” reporting.
    Can you bear it?

  16. Bruce of Newcastle

    Semper Fi.

    US Troops Drank Almost All the Beer in Iceland

    After American troops landed in Iceland in preparation for a major NATO military exercise, locals found that their visitors drank every single beer in their capital city. According to local media reports, Navy soldiers and Marines plundered Reykjavik’s bars throughout their stay during the largest NATO military drill, named Trident Juncture, since the Cold War.

    ‘Ale the conquering warriors!

  17. Setting the record straight on this myth as trotted out again upthread –
    “Seventh Battalion, second tour? Passed out of the school of insanity, sorry Infantry, at Singleton, and were told these are the battalions going to Viet Nam, if you don’t want to go to Viet Nam, don’t put your name down for these battalions”.

    After researching every battalion parade held for all Infantry units 6 months prior to embarkation, I found no record of any opt-out parade. Records of all CO’s Parades are on the AWM website – https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1374150

    This tallies with research done by Mark Dapin for his PhD which became The Nashos War.

    I then wrote to the Anzac Day Commemoration Committee asking them to correct the statement on their webpage which claimed that every Nasho that fought in Vietnam was a volunteer.

    It took them about a year, but eventually they did, and emailed me an apology.
    Gratifying…….
    Read the correspondence here – http://1735099.blogspot.com/2018/08/setting-record-straight.html

  18. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Thanks for the ongoing cartoon series Tom, and for your insights into the sordid world of media.

    Stirling work, Tom. Good to see the glory days of Bunyipitude being recalled here too.

    I am still jetlagged, can’t seem to shake it off, even with a mother’s little helper, still wake in fright after about four hours sleeps, and not even a drink in me last two nights. Funeral today may have something to do with it. Hairy thinks I should say a few oratorial words, but I will wait and see.

    I’ll see how I go sleepwise after that with a couple of mind-free days of ‘no-one bother me I’m sleeping in a guest room’ before falling blurry-eyed on doc and saying your pills are crap. Sadly for me, our guest rooms were full last night with other funeral attendees, some of whom we are driving there. Will go and wake the mob now.

    Come on you lazy buggers, time to get up. They’ll love that, won’t they? 😀

  19. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Brekkie laid out now on the kitchen benchtops as self-serve: flakes, muesli, bread next to toaster, butter, marmalade, yoghurt, cheeses, milk, tea, coffee, sugar, orange juice, glasses, bowls and plates, cups and mugs, cutlery, paper serviettes and check out is at 9am. We have a long drive. Showers now in full flow and more suitable attire provided for some.

    All of these hotel brekkies have improved my style.
    But not doing the Full English this morning. 🙂

  20. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    And fruit: blueberries and bananas. Forgot to mention the fruit.

  21. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    And nuts: walnuts and almonds. For the flakes to spark them up a bit.

  22. Snoopy

    More of that “accurate” reporting from TheirABC:

    ‘A thing of the dark ages’: First baby born with syphilis in SA in 18 years

    Or perhaps just a Freudian slip by a Just In editor.

  23. notafan

    Dark ages?

    More like the UK (or France) at the turn of the 19th century.

    Sypllitic babies were well able to be recognised by then, and there were plenty of them.

    Iirc 20% of the population had one or the other.

    Only one safe way to avoid them, even now.

  24. stackja

    Gab.com Statement On The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

    GAB
    Gab.com’s policy on terrorism and violence have always been very clear: we a have zero tolerance for it. Gab unequivocally disavows and condemns all acts of terrorism and violence. This has always been our policy. We are saddened and disgusted by the news of violence in Pittsburgh and are keeping the families and friends of all victims in our thoughts and prayers.

    We refuse to be defined by the media’s narratives about Gab and our community. Gab’s mission is very simple: to defend free expression and individual liberty online for all people. Social media often brings out the best and the worst of humanity. From live streamed murders on Facebook, to threats of violence by bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr. that went unaddressed by Twitter, and more. Criminals and criminal behavior exist on every social media platform.

    Shortly after the attack, Gab was alerted to a user profile of the alleged Tree of Life Synagogue shooter. The account was verified and matched the name of the alleged shooter’s name, which was mentioned on police scanners. This person also had accounts on other social networks.

    Gab took swift and proactive action to contact law enforcement immediately. We first backed up all user data from the account and then proceeded to suspend the account. We then contacted the FBI and made them aware of this account and the user data in our possession. We are ready and willing to work with law enforcement to see to it that justice is served.

    We have nothing but love for all people and freedom. We have consistently disavowed all violence. Free speech is crucial for the prevention of violence. If people can not express themselves through words, they will do so through violence. No one wants that. No one.

  25. C.L.

    First baby born with syphilis in SA in 18 years

    Is there a smoking ceremony that will fix it?

  26. stackja

    Maybe It’s Time To Stop Trying To Get Along
    Derek Hunter Derek Hunter |Posted: Oct 28, 2018 12:01 AM

    There was a time when Americans from both political parties managed to get along. I know that seems crazy, like some sort of fever dream, but it’s true. More than that, on some occasions, politicians came together as one and stood up for our country. Now we don’t even speak the same language anymore.

  27. stackja

    Absolute Lunacy: Cops, Trump, And U.S. Embassy Move Blamed For Horrific Synagogue Shooting; UPDATE: Suspect Identified As Robert Bowers
    Matt Vespa Matt Vespa | @mvespa1 |Posted: Oct 28, 2018 1:23 AM

    We’ll be sure to revisit this on Monday—and all the horrible hot takes and insanity that’s brewing from the far left fringes of America about this tragic event. What ever happened to this attack is an atrocity and the person who did it is complete and total scum? Instead, we’re blaming the president, cops, and there’s soft victim blaming here with the Israel/U.S. embassy comments.

  28. Pravda on the Yarra: The unforeseen consequences of sex robots

    Still:
    1. Lower risk of syphilis (don’t share your robot around).
    2. Lower risk of the robot claiming you did something nasty in 30 years time.

  29. notafan

    Don’t worry

    More and more of the churches of Europe need security (landmark ones certainly have it, especially in Rome)

    Attacks during services are still rare (just ask the late Father Hamel) but desecrations are common in France, Germany and Italy.

    You’d think having common cause with muslims and BDS types would give NWO types (some of whom infest this blog) pause but nothing rational gets in the way of the conspiracy theorist.

  30. Delta A

    Touching story from today’s $Oz:

    Musicians serenade Gill through his final hours

    On Saturday afternoon, about 70 musicians gathered on a quiet street in Sydney’s inner west to honour a creative evangelist like no other.

    Word had gone out the previous night that Richard Gill, the much-admired conductor and educator, had only hours to live. So they set up outside his Stanmore home, took out their instruments and started to play.

    First they played the theme from The Dam Busters, a favourite Gill film, then Waltzing Matilda. “I expected maybe 15, 20 people there,” said Paul Goodchild, associate principal trumpeter at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

    “There are so many lives that Richard has touched and enriched. It was a chance for people to say goodbye and thank you.”

    Gill died early yesterday, aged

    76. He leaves behind a considerable legacy, having been inaugural dean of the West Australian Conservatorium of Music, founding director of Oz Opera and Victorian Opera, and more recently the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program. He was also a regular presence on ABC’s Spicks and Specks.

    His fervent devotion to music education was a common theme throughout his life.

    Gill, who in 2016 became an officer of the Order of Australia, among many honours, argued consistently for greater access to music education for children. As recently as August, as his fight with cancer continued, he told The Australian: “My view is that if we had music in every single school, especially preschools through to grade six, the face of the country would change.”

    Media executive Kim Williams, a former student and close friend, said: “He was a passionate advocate for music. Not in a hectoring way, just in a quiet, deliberate endlessly committed way to advocate for music and for the rights of children to have music.”

    The musicians gathered outside Gill’s home on Saturday included players from the SSO, the SSO Fellows, the NSW Police Band and other musicians he had taught over the years.

    “Richard generated that kind of loyalty and devotion from people because he was such a special individual,” Williams said. “He’s what I’d describe as a true citizen of music to the end.”

    Opera Australia artistic director Lyndon Terracini said: “Richard Gill made an incalculable contribution to music education in this country.”

  31. stackja

    Cannabis set-up found in burning building
    Australian Associated Press
    23 minutes ago

    A hydroponic cannabis set-up has been discovered inside a building that went up in flames and caused traffic chaos near Sydney Airport.

    Emergency services were called to the blaze on the upper level of the industrial site on O’Riordan Street in Mascot just after 4am on Monday.

    No-one was in the building at the time but firefighters later found a crop of cannabis inside. Police are now investigating.

    It’s believed cars parked on the building’s lower level have sustained smoke and water damage.

    Smoking ceremony?

  32. notafan

    There are many who pretend that their confected outrage against Israel doesn’t extend to all J”s

    But time and time again they prove everyone else right.

    As for Islam, where did I read that, in addition to the Koranic basis for kill kill kill, there is much anger that a group of people who were once entirely subjugated are now thumbing their nodes in freedom?

    When you know everything Islam touches turns to dross, dust and desert why would anyone support being islamified by welcoming an invasion?

    Looking at you Pope Francis.

  33. stackja

    The chocolate king, the air race and the hero town
    Jamie Duncan, Herald Sun
    October 29, 2018 7:00am
    Subscriber only

    MELBOURNE confectionery millionaire Sir MacPherson Robertson was behind a tribute for Victoria’s centenary that was too sweet for the world’s aviators to resist.

    The man whose gave us Freddo Frogs and Cherry Ripes also gave the world the MacRobertson Air Race.

    The race was devised by Melbourne Lord Mayor Sir Harold Gengoult and run by the Royal Aero Club but MacPherson Robertson stumped up the £15,000 in prize money.

    Twenty teams entered the race, which began at Royal Air Force base Mildenhall in England and finished at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse.

    To reach Melbourne, 18,000 kilometres away, the racers had to make compulsory stops in Baghdad, the Indian city of Allahabad, Singapore, Darwin and Charleville but otherwise could use any aircraft, any number of crew members and any route they chose.

    One team from the royal Dutch airline KLM took a unique approach, with a crew of four people and three paying passengers — the only aircraft in the race to take passengers along for the ride.

    Its near-new Douglas DC-2, called Uiver (Dutch for Stork) was an all-metal aircraft with retractable landing gear and a maximum speed of just under 340km/h.

    The racers took off from RAF Mildenhall at dawn on Saturday, October 20, 1934.

    The Uiver’s crew, led by Captain R.D. Parmentier, followed a route similar to that it took to fly from Amsterdam to Batavia in the Dutch East Indies (now Jakarta, Indonesia), which was about 1600km longer than the official race route.

    It carried mail and dropped off passengers along the way.

    But its most dramatic moment came in the final leg of the race, between Charleville and Melbourne, while it was a contender for victory.

    The year 1934 was a particularly wet one in eastern Australia thanks to a La Nina. Killer storms and floods swept through Melbourne in late October and early November 1934, claiming more than 30 lives.

    Weather proved to be the Uiver’s Achilles heel. As it crossed inland NSW on the night of October 23, it flew into a savage electrical storm and the crew became hopelessly lost.

    The storm interfered with the plane’s navigation and wireless communications, and it way off course.

    The intended route from Charleville was via Cunnamulla, passing east of Bourke to Hillston, then over Yarrawonga and Seymour to Melbourne.

    Signallers at RAAF Laverton called on people in NSW towns to listen for any signs of it in the air.

    Over Tallangatta, the Uiver turned for Albury.

    The aircraft circled the racecourse twice, dropping two flares on parachutes to assess conditions, before landing safely in the racecourse’s vast infield at 1.17am, stuck fast in deep mud.

    Arranged by the local mayor Alf Waugh, a team of around 300 people gathered at the racecourse at daybreak to pull the Uiver free of the mud and allow the crew to continue the race.

    The crew of the Uiver completed the race that day, arriving 19 hours behind the winning aircraft thank to its unscheduled layover in Albury.

    The winning aircraft was the purpose-built De Havilland Comet Grosvenor House flown by British aviators Charles William Anderson Scott and Thomas Campbell Black.

    Still, the Uiver finished second overall and won the handicap prize, proving that long-haul international flights could be safe and comfortable.

    Albury’s role in the rescue of the Uiver was a significant boost to Albury, a town left shocked and demoralised seven weeks earlier following the discovery of the body of a murdered woman known as the Pyjama Girl beside a road west of the town.

    It also prompted an outpouring of goodwill from the Dutch people.

    Messages of thanks were broadcast to Albury from The Netherlands.

    KLM donated £200 to the Albury Hospital, while Cr Waugh was awarded a Dutch noble title, the Officer of the Order of Orange Nassau, on the approval of Dutch King George V, along with all four Dutchmen in the KLM crew.

  34. Cassie of Sydney

    “notafan
    #2851324, posted on October 29, 2018 at 9:18 am
    There are many who pretend that their confected outrage against Israel doesn’t extend to all J”s”

    But time and time again they prove everyone else right.”

    Yep…..the bullshit mantra of leftist Green scum….”oh we don’t hate J*ws, we’re not anti-Semitic, we just have a problem with the waaacist apartheid state of Isr*el.

  35. stackja

    Newspoll results show Bill Shorten likely to be next PM: Here’s what we can expect
    Des Houghton, The Courier-Mail
    26 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    IT looks for all the world like CFMMEU lapdog Bill Shorten is going to be Australia’s next Prime Minister.

    I hope I’m wrong but it seems that despite his best efforts Scott Morrison is running out of time.

    Now it is time for the media to turn the spotlight on Slippery Shorten. I hope so.

    The Opposition leader has been adept at avoiding questions on everything from Labor’s stance on coal and climate change to union power, border protection and welfare handouts.

    As far as I can see the ALP promises a raft of higher taxes on personal incomes, company profits, retirement savings and housing investments.

    Labor-proposed changes to negative gearing and the capital gains tax will smash the construction industry and send independent self-managed retiree onto welfare.

    Labor seeks to harm the very workers it says it will protect.

    And electricity bills will go up, not down under Labor. This will further imperil small business.

    When is the media going to start asking him some tough questions?

    The ACTU’s ridiculous “Change the Rules!” campaign is aimed at convincing the Labor Party to making sweeping changes to the Fair Work Act will give unions a lot more power and impose major restrictions on businesses.

    Labor is rewriting its handbook to redefine profit as a dirty word.

    The Australian Industry Group has pointed out that much of the information the ACTU is distributing as part of its campaign is misleading and inaccurate.

    Labor is toying with a retrograde change whereby unions would be allowed to go off the job in support of an industry-wide log of claims. This would be at odds with the spirit of enterprise bargaining all the way back to Paul Keating’s 1993 reform.

    Less than 10 per cent of Australians belong to unions. But they still wield inordinate power in the ALP.

  36. Myrddin Seren

    When is the media going to start asking him some tough questions?

    When Shorten is PM-for-Life, and the Media Party will then recalibrate and push him from the Left, to move further Left.

    In the meantime it is all puppies, kittens and pom-poms.

  37. Old School Conservative

    v_maet
    #2851325, posted on October 29, 2018 at 9:20 am
    Bolsonaro takes Brazil with 55.6%

    That would be the bloke Sunrise described this morning as “far right”.
    The same show that would never label Adam Ant and Sarah Sea Patrol as “far left” despite that label being accurate.

  38. When is the media going to start asking him some tough questions?

    Easy answer. When plibbers makes her run for PM.

  39. stackja

    Surge in complaints against electricity retailers over new system of installing meters
    Miles Kemp — Exclusive, The Advertiser
    October 29, 2018 7:30am
    Subscriber only

    COMPLAINTS about electricity retailers have surged by almost one third, because a new system of replacing and installing meters is keeping some homeowners out of their new properties for months and others are facing financial hardship.

    Since retailers took over installations last December, customers have faced delays of up to five months. Previously, companies which distributed meters were also responsible for installations.

    The SA Energy and Water Ombudsman’s annual report, released today, reveals total complaints about electricity companies have jumped 31 per cent from 6375 to 8359 in 2017-18, but gas industry complaints have dropped from 1800 to 1448 and water supply complaints from 534 to 470.

    Despite his office being funded by the companies themselves, Ombudsman Sandy Canale is scathing of the bungle in his annual report.

    There are 53,000 electricity meters installed or upgraded in South Australia each year, mainly because of new housing and upgrades for solar panels.

    The annual report also shows that the State Government-owned SA Water is a star performer for customer satisfaction, with only six complaints for the year per 10,000 customers compared to the worst performing Amaysim Energy with 333.

    SA Water was beaten only by SA Power Network which was the subject of five complaints to the Ombudsman for every 10,000 customers.

    Complaints per 10,000 customers

    333 Amaysim Energy

    164 Alinta Energy

    138 Powerdirect

    117 M2 Energy

    103 Energy Australia

    101 Lumo Energy

    100 Simply Energy

    77 Origin Energy

    68 AGL

    68 Momentum Energy

    5 SA Power Networks

    Source: Electricity Ombudsman annual report 2017/18

  40. OldOzzie

    watching recorded Mexico F! GP

    Danny Ric has “straya mate” on the back of his Racing Helmet

    like the Australian F1 GP 2018

    Daniel Ricciardo’s 2018 helmet

  41. Old School Conservative

    Thanks Bolta. I would never have seen this on the ABC, SMH, The Project, etc:

    Just last week, Louis Farrakhan, leader of the US Nation of Islam, called Jews “termites” in his speech for the annual Million Man March, and sent the video to his 960,000 Facebook followers.

    For all the criticism he gets, Bolt does score many more home runs for truth and conservative thinking than most Australians.

  42. Myrddin Seren

    …and there’s soft victim blaming here with the Israel/U.S. embassy comments.

    Blaming J-Ooos for the Squirrel Hill massacre is amping up since the first Tweet came out from leftist Julia Ioffe.

    The new hot is going all Maxine Waters on J-Ooos who aren’t part of The Resistance:

    A Nazi murders J-Ooos, & the Atlantic blames J-Ooos. Ugly.

    | “enhancing the security of…J-Ooory shld involve shunning Trump’s J-Oooish enablers…. Their money shld be refused, their presence in synagogues not welcome. They’ve placed their community in danger.”

    This seems a [email protected] argument – ‘H1tler didn’t want to kill you – you made him do it !’

    #CivilWar2

  43. Old School Conservative

    Went into moderation due to inadvertent copying of banned word.
    Here is a re-do with with changes:

    Thanks Bolta. I would never have seen this on the ABC, SMH, The Project, etc:

    Just last week, Louis Farrakhan, leader of the US Nation of Islam, called J**s “termites” in his speech for the annual Million Man March, and sent the video to his 960,000 Facebook followers.

    For all the criticism he gets, Bolt does score many more home runs for truth and conservative thinking than most Australians.

  44. thefrolickingmole

    Damn those pesky rule and evidence requirements…
    Also seems cuck husband was happy his wife could suck dick for roles…

    Harvey Weinstein: could #MeToo’s highest profile case be crumbling?
    New York’s criminal case is proving how hard it is to prosecute the powerful, even as our culture evolves

    In May, Weinstein was charged with six counts brought by three women, including Evans. He has denied all charges of non-consensual sex, and is fighting remaining charges in the courts.

    But a major problem in the case was revealed recently when the Manhattan district attorney’s office acknowledged that a detective involved in the case had “failed to inform” their office of evidence that could support Weinstein’s defense.

    At issue is Evans’s claim that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in his office in 2004, an allegation first reported in the New Yorker last year. That was drawn into question when a friend of Evans’s told detective Nicholas DiGaudio that Evans had told her the encounter with Weinstein was consensual – with Evans agreeing to sexual demands in return for career prospects.

    That’s according to a letter made public at the request of Weinstein’s lawyer, which alleges that DiGaudio coached this friend to downplay her conflicting evidence, telling her she was under no obligation to cooperate with authorities and that “less is more”.

    The contentious letter also notes an email Evans wrote – which she says she never sent – to her husband several years ago, in which Evans allegedly described the interaction with Weinstein differently than how she described it to police.

    Evans says the account drafted over email does not differ meaningfully from what she told investigators. And she insists that she never told her friend the interaction with Weinstein was consensual, and also claims that her friend verified her claim to the New Yorker magazine previously.

    Weinstein’s lawyer Ben Brafman has argued Evans lied to the New Yorker and perjured herself before the grand jury earlier in the process, and that the dismissal of her friend’s story has “tainted” the entire prosecution. The New Yorker has denied wrongdoing.

    Then earlier this month, DiGaudio was accused of telling another claimant, a woman who says Weinstein raped her in his hotel room in 2013, to feel free to delete personal material from her cell phone before turning it over to prosecutors.

    “The primary question in my mind was what in the hell is going on behind the scenes?” said Norm Pattis, a New Haven criminal defense lawyer. “When you’ve got a state investigator basically telling a witness that they can destroy phone messages or text messages, it creates an inference that perhaps they were hiding something that the defense was entitled to.”

    Pattis added: “The prosecution’s missteps may not yield a complete victory for Weinstein but they signal serious trouble for the state’s case.”

    But the more surprising split in opinion is within the prosecution itself. “Essentially there’s an ongoing dispute between investigators and actual district attorneys in terms of what kinds of information was provided,” said Todd Spodek, a New York criminal lawyer and managing partner at Spodek Law Group, told the Guardian. “It’s come to a point where they’re pointing fingers at each other and it really does affect the integrity of the case.”

    “A woman should not have to surrender confidential intimate information that’s immaterial to the case to defend herself against a sexual predator,” Palladino added. “This appears to be just another smear campaign against Detective DiGaudio to cover up the Manhattan DA’s own incompetence.”

    The developments play into a previous argument by Brafman that relationships between Weinstein and complainants were consensual. For instance, he noted in court papers, Weinstein and one woman in question exchanged 400 emails in the “weeks and years after the alleged rape”.

    “The prosecutor did the right thing, she had to drop that count,” Jill Stanley, a trial lawyer and former New York prosecutor, told the Guardian. “Not because Lucia’s story was untrue, but because this is a very high-profile case and any weakness can hurt the rest of the case.”

    She concluded: “The bummer is going to be if there is anything else that is not clean. And it’s really scary to victims of sexual assault to come forward and have this happen to them.”

    Hollyweird is a grubby place full of grubby grifters and users and anything coming from there is sure to be coated in slime.

  45. Myrddin Seren

    Arrghhh – despite best efforts, the Bird filter got First Post !!

    Second attempt
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    …and there’s soft victim blaming here with the Israel/U.S. embassy comments.

    Blaming J-Ooos for the Squirrel Hill massacre is amping up since the first Tweet came out from leftist Julia Ioffe.

    The new hot is going all Maxine Waters on J-Ooos who aren’t part of The Resistance:

    A Nazi murders J-Ooos, & the Atlantic blames J-Ooos. Ugly.

    | “enhancing the security of…J-Ooory shld involve shunning Trump’s J-Oooish enablers…. Their money shld be refused, their presence in synagogues not welcome. They’ve placed their community in danger.”

    This seems a [email protected] argument – ‘H1tler didn’t want to kill you – you made him do it !’

    #CivilWar2

  46. v_maet

    OSC:
    That’s the one.

    Born in Glicério, São Paulo, Bolsonaro graduated from the Agulhas Negras Military Academy in 1977 and served in the Brazilian Army’s field artillery and parachutist groups. He became known to the public in 1986, when he penned an article for Veja magazine criticizing low wages for military officials, after which he was arrested for fifteen days despite receiving letters of support from peers in the army; he was acquitted two years later.[2]

    Bolsonaro joined the reserve in 1988 with the rank of captain, and ran for the Rio de Janeiro City Council that year, being elected as a member of the Christian Democratic Party. In 1990 Bolsonaro was elected to the lower chamber of Congress, and was subsequently re-elected six times. During his 27-year tenure as a congressman, Bolsonaro became known for his strong support of national conservatism. He is a vocal opponent of left-wing policies, including same-sex marriage,[3] feminism,[4] abortion,[5] affirmative action,[6] drug liberalization,[7] and secularism.[8] In foreign policy, he has advocated closer relations to the United States[9] and Israel.[10] During the 2018 presidential campaign he started to advocate for economic liberal and pro-market policies.[11] A polarizing and controversial politician, his views and comments, which have been described as far-right and conservative in nature, have drawn both praise and criticism in Brazil.

  47. Rae

    In the meantime it is all puppies, kittens and pom-poms.

    We need more Chloe.

  48. cohenite

    The GBR boondoggle continues:

    Graham Lloyd The Australian October 28, 2018

    The Great Barrier Reef Foundation will use a global reef symposium in Bali tomorrow attended by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull to announce a major new initiative that does not involve any of the federal government’s controversial $444 million funding. The Foundation has joined with BHP Foundation, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Rockefeller Foundation and the Nature Conservancy to launch a reef initiative based on the successful “100 Resilient Cities” program.

    The project is aimed at providing key World-Heritage listed coral reef sites with the best possible chance at survival by building resilience in the face of climate change.

    Coral reef managers will partner with global climate resilience experts and local community stakeholders to build and embed resilience into their management of World Heritage sites.

    to build and embed resilience into their management of World Heritage sites

    Truer words were never spoken; these leeches have got their suckers into the money trail and will never let go. The fucking GBR didn’t exist 10000 years ago and probably won’t exist in 10000 years.

  49. Myrddin Seren

    The Foundation has joined with BHP Foundation

    BHP ( thinks ): ‘Woo Hoo – that will stop Adani !’

    global climate resilience experts and local community stakeholders: ‘Immediately close the Gladstone, Hay Point and Abbot Point coal loaders ! To Save the Planet !!’

    BHP Board: ‘Wait – what ?! Who approved this ??’

    BHP Minion: ‘You did’

    What a pack of stupid cucks.

  50. stackja

    Road chaos warning as fire rips through Mascot car park lot
    The Daily Telegraph
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    A HYDROPONIC drugs set-up has been discovered after a massive blaze broke out at a Mascot valet car parking business, leading to road chaos around Sydney Airport today.

    Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting out of the building in which a number of cars, including a red Ferrari, were parked on O’Riordan Street just after 5am.

    After the blaze was extinguished by Fire & Rescue NSW, a hydroponic cannabis crop was found inside the building.

    Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Norm Buckley said the crop was uncovered amid a “rabbit warren of rooms” in the upper levels of the industrial building.

    “It took crews quite a while to the seat of the fire – where the fire was,” he said.

    Mr Buckley said the fire started somewhere in the top storey of the building where the crop was also located.

    He said police investigators would inspect the scene once firefighters had declared the area safe.

    “(Police) don’t have the protective gear that we have, so once we make it secure and make it safe we can start allow them to go in,” he said.

  51. Rae

    He is a vocal opponent of … secularism

    Bolsonaro is another South American dictator in the making.

  52. stackja

    RECALL: The swimmers you can’t get wet

    by Adam Hourigan
    27th Oct 2018 1:00 AM | Updated: 28th Oct 2018 12:13 PM

    SPORTSWEAR company Adidas has recalled a line of swimwear with an embarrassing problem. They can’t get wet.

    The company announced a voluntary recall of kids’ swimwear products of the Infinitex 3-Stripe range. It is strongly recommended that children up to and including the age of 14 stop using recalled products immediately. Affected products can be returned to adidas or authorised dealers for a full refund.

    The company recently received customer reports where the three stripes on swimwear of the Infinitex range might come off unexpectedly when in contact with water. A subsequent third-party investigation has shown that using the affected swimwear products could pose a potential safety risk to children as the stripes might get caught on objects or other children outside or inside the water and become entangled, potentially leading to injuries. No injuries have been reported to date.

    “As a precautionary measure, we are recalling all swimwear products of the affected product range worn by children up to and including the age of 14 years. The safety of our consumers is our highest priority. We continue to be committed to quality and apologise for any inconvenience this safety notice may cause to consumers”, said Harald Habermann, Vice President Product Operations, Advanced Creation at adidas.

    Sales of affected swimwear products in all sizes through adidas.com or adidas retail stores have been stopped immediately. Additionally, adidas has notified authorised adidas dealers to remove affected products from inventory for sale.

  53. Cassie of Sydney

    Rae
    #2851349, posted on October 29, 2018 at 9:57 am
    In the meantime it is all puppies, kittens and pom-poms.

    We need more Chloe.

    Oh yes “Chloe”…the always common looking blonde born with a silver spoon in her mouth, married to an architect and the mother of two children who, whilst still married to the architect, had an affair with a man who was married to another woman and got herself impregnated by this married man.

    Meaning of the word “Chloe” = vulgar, common, up the duff to a man other than your husband at the time.

  54. Herodotus

    The left can’t make up its mind whether dictators are really bad or fairly tolerable.
    Its more about who is supporting them or attacking them.

  55. Meaning of the word “Chloe”
    Naked sheela (genital free), entertaining drinkers in a Melbourne pub.

  56. Rae

    Meaning of the word “Chloe”

    Picture this.

    By comparison, “Cass” is crass, Hun.

  57. thefrolickingmole

    Donald, the ultimate Rorschach test.
    If the Dems blue wave fizzles then the howling insanity seen so far will be nothing compared to whats coming.

    ‘Edge of the knife’: Trump drags divided states of America towards his midterms reckoning
    There are pipe bombs in the mail, racist invective is flying, a synagogue has been attacked. The president feeds the fire

    …..

    Where his predecessors have sought to build bridges and unify, he has embraced the politics of polarisation across gender, race and culture lines in the hope of firing up his base, tacitly acknowledging he has lost a vast swath of the nation for good. The midterms will provide the first official measure of whether the sum of love for Trump is exceeded by the sum of hatred.

    AHEM!
    And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

    ..
    It all suggests America is a tinderbox and its president is like a child playing with matches. At last, after the anger and grief since January 2017, voters have an opportunity to impose some sort of check on his power. Should Democrats take both the House and the Senate, they will have the power to impeach Trump and seek to turf him out of office. But a divided government is more likely, enabling the president to take credit for his party’s wins and blame others for their defeats, and teeing up an even more noxious contest for the White House in 2020.

    Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota, said: “It’s going to be a mixed picture and pretty unsatisfactory for those who expected Donald Trump to be punished. Republicans will be punished in the House, yes, but in the Senate they might expand. For those expecting the 2018 election to be a satisfying referendum on Trump: not going to happen.”

    The magical thinking of NPCs, ORANGE MAN BAD, they chant and have it reinforced by a nutcase “bomber” (who deserves long jail time as an example to any other idiots doing the same thing), an anti -JOO shooter (disregarding ORANGE MANS own family connections) and the horrible sense of greivance VAGINA CRONE GOOD didnt get her turn.

  58. Snoopy

    Just last week, Louis Farrakhan, leader of the US Nation of Islam, called J**s “termites”

    With the full approval of Facebook and Twitter. Apparently.

  59. Notafan

    He is a vocal opponent of left-wing policies, including same-sex marriage,[3] feminism,[4] abortion,[5] affirmative action,[6] drug liberalization,[7] and secularism.[8] In foreign policy, he has advocated closer relations to the United States[9] and Israel.[1

    Seems like a great guy to me.

  60. C.L.

    The wonderful LifeSiteNews has been dumped by its host after a Nazi-leftist campaign.

  61. Notafan

    I read on and have slomewhat revised my view

    Bolsanaro had a chequered history

    Bolsonaro is a conservative Catholic, but he spends a considerable amount of his time on his campaign organizing with evangelical pastors and their congregations.

    on his third wife?

    the conversation said it, so perhaps not

  62. thefrolickingmole

    C.L.

    “Shut up” they explained….

    Amazing how many otherwise intelligent mobs seem to miss the point that any argument is never settled for all time.
    Its necessary to re-educate every generation, preferably b open debate and pointing out the holes in the “other sides” arguments.
    This impulse to censor or declare certain topics closed for all time is profoundly stupid.
    The “right” has done this with assuming everyone knows communism/socialism is a ridiculous idea, and by largely refusing to state the same arguments against it over and over suddenly find 50% of youth like the sound of it.
    The abortion mobs seem to think censorship is just dandy, especially if they can get a 3rd party to enforce it for them. This will stop about 5 minutes after the first successful lawsuit.

  63. Snoopy

    ‘Edge of the knife’: Trump drags divided states of America towards his midterms reckoning
    There are pipe bombs in the mail, racist invective is flying, a synagogue has been attacked. The president feeds the fire

    Has The Guardian ever published a similar piece on Obama’s close relationship with convicted terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn?

  64. Bruce of Newcastle

    Mole – Stop reading the Guanoraid or it’ll rot your brain.

  65. stackja

    C.L.
    #2851367, posted on October 29, 2018 at 10:29 am
    The wonderful LifeSiteNews has been dumped by its host after a Nazi-leftist campaign.

    The new normal. Shut down any ‘non-conformist.’

  66. Mother Lode

    Where his predecessors have sought to build bridges and unify, he has embraced the politics of polarisation

    ‘Building bridges’ here, of course, means placating the left which always comes bearing not arguments, but intimidation and the threat of violence.

    And when they talk of ‘polarisation’ they mean that people are being told that their opinions – even if not Left wing orthodoxy are valid, they are allowed to say them, live them, and argue them.

    Bit if a give away talking of people ‘clinging to their religion and guns’. The writer has already dismissed as some kind of a pathology the beliefs of half the country, and they still talk about ‘building bridges’. How do they imagine it can happen after that?

  67. C.L.

    Where his predecessors have sought to build bridges and unify …

    LOL,

  68. Hay Stockard

    Rae is so obviously grigory, whom the Doomlord(pboh) had to kick off the site for making an absolute seahunt of himself. Why Sinclair has let him back on puzzles me. Still, Sinclair’site, Sinclair’s rules.

  69. Death Giraffe

    absolute seahunt

    ..
    Talking of seahunts, what happened to the Seapatrol and Ljonjhejmjl court case?

  70. Death Giraffe

    Must have got at least one of those js in the right place.

  71. Myrddin Seren

    Moley:

    Its necessary to re-educate every generation, preferably b open debate and pointing out the holes in the “other sides” arguments.

    This impulse to censor or declare certain topics closed for all time is profoundly stupid.

    A timely discussion.

    Gab.ai bills itself as a free speech social media alternative to Twitter.

    Twitter happily hosts Louis Farrakhan and his anti J-Oooish posts. As we know, numerous non-Leftist accounts have been shut by the Twitter and Spacechook. But it is a day ending in “Y”, and the double standards roll on.

    So Gab.ai. Now getting deplatformed for having some accounts that are deemed beyond the pale, including the Squirrel Hill Nazi:

    Silicon Valley has decided Gab is not allowed to be on the Internet. Apple refused its app, Google pulled its app, now PayPal has cut it off and its hosting provider will pull their services on Monday.

    Here is an interesting commentary from self-described Libertarian Styxhexenhammer666

    I Literally Warned the MSM and Big Tech of a Coming Robert Bowers- Their Censorship is to Blame

    ( h/t – Smalldeadanimals )

  72. mh

    Healthy Conversation? Twitter Takes No Action as Louis Farrakhan Calls J*ws ‘Termites’

    Racist and anti-semite hate preacher Louis Farrakhan referred to J*ws as “termites” on Twitter earlier today. Twitter has said it will do nothing….

    (From Breitbart. Cannot link as URL contains J*ws)

  73. Death Giraffe

    I am of course talking about Sjnator Davjd Ljonjhjeljm.

  74. cohenite

    Rae is so obviously grigory

    I thought the little troll was near death.

  75. Snoopy

    Gab.ai is back with a new hosting provider.

  76. Death Giraffe

    Gab.ai is back with a new hosting provider.

    ..
    As long as she keeps watching my videos, I don’t care where she lives.

  77. Death Giraffe

    The leftist media whores are vaguely right about one thing.
    The tone is getting pretty nasty in the US. And it is a worry. Violence is to be avoided. Don’t play that game. At all.
    But it is Trump matching the bar they already lowered.
    And also a result of forces in media: cable news trying to stay relevant, clickbait headlines, the bleeding and blurring of opinion into news.

  78. H B Bear

    Reports of Graegooglery’s demise are unfortunately greatly exaggerated.

  79. Tintarella di Luna

    Chloe” = vulgar, common, up the duff to a man other than your husband at the time.

    you forgot social climber climber

  80. Myrddin Seren

    It’s like one of those sci-fi movie franchises that keep rolling on:

    The Hillarynator: Hillary: 2020

    The re-engineered Killbot T-1000 with newly armoured shoulder pads plans to re-appear in 2020.

  81. Death Giraffe

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    9m
    The Fake News is doing everything in their power to blame Republicans, Conservatives and me for the division and hatred that has been going on for so long in our Country. Actually, it is their Fake & Dishonest reporting which is causing problems far greater than they understand!

  82. Death Giraffe

    Notice how I think precisely what Trump thinks, only five minutes before he does.

  83. thefrolickingmole

    Bruce of Newcastle

    But the sheer wrongness of it is so compelling.

    Where else can you get quality, paid joural-jism like this?

    Thomas the Tank Engine had to shut the hell up to save children everywhere
    Tracy Van Slyke
    Classism, sexism, anti-environmentalism bordering on racism: any parent who discovered these hidden lessons will be glad the show’s star just quit


    “What are you doing James? You’re a big pink steamie,” says Diesel, the bad-boy engine. (For the record, all the “villains” on Thomas and Friends are the dirty diesel engines. I’d like to think there was a good environmental message in there, but when the good engines pump out white smoke and the bad engines pump out black smoke – and they are all pumping out smoke – it’s not hard to make the leap into the race territory.)

    ,,,
    At first blush, Thomas and his friends seem rather placid and mild. And there are certainly a lot worse shows in terms of in-your-face violence, sexism, racism and classism. But looks can be deceiving: the constant bent of messages about friendship, work, class, gender and race sends my kid the absolute wrong message.

  84. Geriatric Mayfly

    Has The Guardian ever published a similar piece on Obama’s close relationship with convicted terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn?

    Ayers ghosted The Kenyan’s stamp on the western canon of great literary works. I’d also like The Grauniad to investigate how many times in eight years Ayers might have been ushered ,via the back door, into the White House to reminisce over a reefer or three about the good old days.

  85. Macbeth

    ZK2A, I take your point re those relatives you mentioned. They would have contributed far more in WW2 than I ever did. To other Cats, thanks to all for the good wishes . Out.

  86. jupes

    What to make of this?

    More than half of West Australians support a tax on sugar-laden drinks blamed for rising rates of obesity in adults and children, a poll has found.

    Results from Cancer Council WA’s LiveLighter survey found that 57 per cent of people supported a sugary-drinks tax and 60 per cent favoured restricting the sale of sugary drinks in government-owned buildings such as hospitals and public recreation centres.

    Either more than half of West Australians are wowsers or you can’t trust Cancer Council WA.

    My money’s on the latter.

  87. Bruce of Newcastle

    Brollygate!

    Viral clip of Donald Trump and his umbrella is a metaphor for his whole presidency

    Donald Trump did more than just play the victim-blaming game after Saturday’s horrific synagogue shooting. He also abandoned an umbrella as he climbed aboard Air Force One.

    In a clip that quickly went viral, Trump is seen walking up the stairs leading to his presidential jet, umbrella in hand. As he reaches the door, Trump’s hand drops lower and lower until the umbrella is scraping the floor. Seconds later, he ditches it entirely and disappears into the plane.

    Quick, we must impeach him and get someone who can properly and safely handle an umbrella.

  88. thefrolickingmole

    Thomas the tank engine now sets off the spamminator??

    Bruce of Newcastle

    But the sheer wrongness of it is so compelling.

    Where else can you get quality, paid joural-j*sm like this?

    Thomas the Tank Engine had to shut the hell up to save children everywhere
    Tracy Van Slyke
    Classism, sexism, anti-environmentalism bordering on racism: any parent who discovered these hidden lessons will be glad the show’s star just quit

    “What are you doing James? You’re a big pink steamie,” says Diesel, the bad-boy engine. (For the record, all the “villains” on Thomas and Friends are the dirty diesel engines. I’d like to think there was a good environmental message in there, but when the good engines pump out white smoke and the bad engines pump out black smoke – and they are all pumping out smoke – it’s not hard to make the leap into the race territory.)
    ,,,
    At first blush, Thomas and his friends seem rather placid and mild. And there are certainly a lot worse shows in terms of in-your-face violence, se#ism, racism and classism. But looks can be deceiving: the constant bent of messages about friendship, work, class, gender and race sends my kid the absolute wrong message.

  89. thefrolickingmole

    Thomas the tank engine now sets off the spamminator??

    Bruce of Newcastle

    But the sheer wrongness of it is so compelling.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/22/thomas-the-tank-engine-children-parents

  90. thefrolickingmole

    Thomas the tank engine now sets off the spamminator??

    seriously…
    I cant link to thomas the tank engine…
    really?

  91. thefrolickingmole

    trying comment in parts, as insane ghost in the machine is “triggerered” by something previously unknown to science.

    Bruce of Newcastle

    But the sheer wrongness of it is so compelling.

  92. thefrolickingmole

    Results from Cancer Council WA’s LiveLighter survey found that 57 per cent of people supported a sugary-drinks tax and 60 per cent favoured restricting the sale of sugary drinks in government-owned buildings such as hospitals and public recreation centres.

    Fixed it for you

    Results from the department of providing wankery disguised as research for government to raise taxes WA’s LiveLighter survey found that 57 per cent of people supported a sugary-drinks tax and 60 per cent favoured restricting the sale of sugary drinks in government-owned buildings such as hospitals and public recreation centres.

  93. Snoopy

    Can Peruvians living around Brisbane please assist?

    The RSPCA is trying to find homes for more than 200 guinea pigs seized from harmful conditions in Brisbane, following a complaint to the cruelty complaint line last week.

  94. .

    Infidel Tiger
    #2851065, posted on October 28, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Gab is a shitstain of a website beloved by white supremacists and anti-Semites. Denying this is idiocy.

    Tell us what you really think of BitChute!

  95. .

    What’s interesting is that the guy was, by his own admission, a left wing student activist prior to being called up. So basically he was in the tank for North Vietnam the whole time he was fighting the communists (show me a leftist student activist from that period who wasn’t pro-Hanoi).

    Are you saying he should have been banned from serving?

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