Wednesday Forum: October 31, 2018

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  1. OldOzzie

    Minister’s veto exposes the rot within the humanities

    By Bella D’Abrera

    The news that former federal education minister Simon ­Birming­ham vetoed several hum­anities research projects submitted to the Australian Research Council last year has sparked a flurry of protests by the academic Left.

    The real cause of the offence and outrage is because these academics have been outed to the public.

    Academics employed in hum­anities departments have cried that this was a case of unwarranted political interference that posed a serious threat to academic freedom. However, this has nothing to do with political interference by a politician or academic freedom, as they claim.

    Taxpayers have been given a glimpse of just how their money is being misspent, and just how far the humanities departments have strayed from their original purpose.

    Birmingham’s veto of several humanities research projects should be met with thanks by hardworking taxpayers. His decision to scrap a total of 11 proposals submitted to the ARC last year has not only saved taxpayers $4 million but also has helped to expose what is going on in our universities.

    His commonsense vetoing revealed just how corrupted the various humanities disciplines have become. It is fine for academics to research whatever they want, but not at our expense.

    Birmingham simply was using his common sense and doing what his position required of him. This is not a parody — some of the projects he decided to scrap were entitled “Beauty and ugliness as persuasive tools in changing China’s gender norms”, “Post-orientalist arts in the Strait of Gibraltar” and “Writing the struggle for Sioux and US modernity”.

    These research projects are a complete and utter waste of time and money, bad scholarship and bogus education. The only error of judgment in what was an excellent decision was to keep his decision quiet rather than publicising the rot in the humanities departments.

    It turns out that Birmingham was just doing his job. He was not, as opposition innovation, industry, science and research spokesman Kim Carr put it, “pandering to knuckle-dragging right-wing philistines”.

    An examination of the application process for funding as explained in an infographic on the ARC website entitled “I have applied for a grant from the ARC. What happens to my application?” shows the last two stages involved:

    ● Recommendations to the minister in which the minister for education determines proposals for funding and the budget for each proposal.

    ● The minister for education and training determines proposals for funding and the budget for each proposal.

    It is a pity that in his time in office Birmingham did not choose to veto yet more risible projects, such as “A history of women as consumers” using “Filipino elite and migrant women between 1902-2010”, and “Modern women and poetry of complaint, 1540-1660”.

    From the Renaissance until the 1960s, the humanities, derived from the expression studia humanitatis, or the study of humanity, made it their purpose to make sense of and understand the world through the Western tradition of art, culture and philosophy. There appeared in the 70s and 80s, however, a range of “new humanities” subjects that completely rejected this tradition and that are underpinned by a range of radical post-structuralism and postmodernist theories.

    This is just the latest case that exposes the corruption of humanities departments by an academe that is obsessed with radical identity politics. Most notably, three academics in the US pulled off a highly successful grievance studies hoax by having several fake papers accepted by respectable and referred journals.

    They discovered in the process that in making absurd and horrible ideas fashionable, they managed to have them accepted.

    One paper proposed that dog parks were “rape-condoning spaces”. Another, published in a gender studies journal, was a reworking of part of Mein Kampf, entitled “Our Struggle is My Struggle: Solidarity Feminism as An Intersectional Reply to Neoliberal and Choice Feminism”.

    One of the most wicked examples is a paper presently waiting for revisions and that espouses the chaining of privileged students to the classroom floor. If it weren’t so profoundly disturbing, it would be laughable.

    In their journey of enlightenment and discovery, the hoax’s authors also showed there was a religious element to this entire business.

    Certainly, the response in Australia has been one of intense moral outrage, horrified that an outsider or nonbeliever, a mere politician at that, has dared to venture into the sacred and unknowable world of the humanities. The main tenets of this new cult of identity politics are that privilege is sin, whiteness is bad and Western civilisation is responsible for all evils in the world, past, present and future.

    This religious fervour was displayed on Monday night at the University of Sydney when a group of academics gathered to argue against the introduction of a Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation course on the grounds that the centre, and thus by default Western civilisation, was “structurally, institutionally, morally and epistem­ically violent to other know­ledges”.

    The fact this is the pervading orthodoxy in academe is even more of a reason as to why we need a bachelor of arts in Western civilisation.

    Bella d’Abrera is the director, Foundations of Western Civilisation, at the Institute of Public Affairs.

  2. Dr Faustus

    Demand for Australia’s thermal coal exports to be dire in future, IEEFA report warns

    Economists are predicting Australia’s thermal coal exports to plummet faster than expected due to falling demand across Asia that appears permanent and irreversible.

    The NSW coal industry is not predicting such a dire, plummeting future:

    “We’re also seeing record levels of coal exports through the Port of Newcastle with steady growth in demand, particularly from traditional Asian markets such as Japan,” he said.

    Australia is the world’s second largest exporter of thermal coal, and industry estimates are predicting price rises and export growth in Asia linked to population growth in emerging markets like Bangladesh and the Philippines.

    But Tim Buckley, one of the IEEFA study’s authors, said these forecasts ignore both the falling price of renewable energy, and global action on climate change.

    [IEEFA is a not-for-profit institute, funded through philanthropy, with a focus on green technologies and renewable energy.]

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    Economists are predicting Australia’s thermal coal exports to plummet faster than expected due to falling demand across Asia that appears permanent and irreversible.

    ROFL.

  4. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    They are out to shear away masculinity

    By Dimitri Gonis
    12:00AM November 1, 2018
    277 Comments

    The castrati were boys deprived of their masculinity in the name of a sublime, sonic effeminacy so that others could celebrate the higher registers of culture. Eunuchs also were castrated before they reached puberty so that they became more submissive and servile to their masters. In both cases, the mutilation of manhood drastically reduced their testosterone levels, with boys developing high-pitched voices and more effeminate characteristics.

    The literal castration of boys may be a practice of bygone eras, but psycho-cultural castration is very real and happening throughout the Western world.

    Today’s boys are being psychologically and culturally neutered in the early stages of their cognitive and affective development through a subliminal conditioning aimed at the gradual rejection of their masculinity to ensure their development along the lines of fluid identities.

    Gone are the days of “man” and “woman”, “strong” and “weak”. Introducing our children to this fluidity is a crime against their humanity, in that it is deliberately engineering their personalities, sense of gender, even sex. A sinister agenda driven by political correctness and rabid misandry.

    Throughout the Western world children are being inoculated against the inherent “toxicity” of masculinity. They are taught that it is an evil social construct, and part of a trans-historical male ­despotism; that it has long been the source of injustice for billions of society’s more vulnerable.

    The unspoken aim of this “humanism” is to reduce masculinity to an ailment that must be cured via collective psycho-cultural emasculation. This involves nipping it in the bud before boys discover the advantages of their testosterone, and by altering their reality. This means changing the cultural grammar required to articulate their existential predicaments — thus transforming them into passive acolytes of the new, effeminised vision of humankind; a place where the primal brutishness of males has been subdued and everyone is judged on their merit, on a level playing field

    From the Oz.

  5. teddy bear

    Anyone want to start a lotto for when the boats full of women and kids start coming, or should it be when they cave and let them in?

  6. OldOzzie

    Trump campaigns on borders – The Australian editorial

    With so much at stake for him in Tuesday’s mid-term elections, there should be no surprise Donald Trump has deployed more than 5000 troops in a dramatic move to reinforce security along the US-Mexican border. Pew Research shows there is no issue likelier to ensure a big turnout by Republican voters than illegal migration, and with caravans made up of thousands of South Americans from Honduras and elsewhere on the march through Mexico, determined to “stampede” their way into the US, the President could not be expected to do otherwise. The caravans, some organised by the left-wing Honduran Libre Party linked to Venezuela and Cuba, are a political gift that keeps on giving for Mr Trump. According to Pew, 75 per cent of Republicans are deeply worried about illegal immigration. That is important for Mr Trump as he seeks to maximise the Republican vote and retain control of congress in elections normally marked by low voter turnout.

    Still, even without the imperative of the crucial mid-terms, he is right to take strong action. The President is seeking to make good on his 2016 election pledge to put an end to abuses of the system of “birthright babies” which awards automatic US citizenship to anyone born there. Understandable concern has been raised about Mr Trump’s assertion he can achieve this by signing an executive order that countermands a birthright enshrined under the 14th amendment to the US constitution. Lawyers argue he does not have that power.

    But that does not diminish Mr Trump’s argument. He says it is time to rethink a system in which as many as 275,000 babies a year (or 7 per cent of all births) are being born to illegal immigrants, giving them automatic citizenship and the right to sponsor family members for citizenship. Mr Trump described this “baby tourism” as “ridiculous … a person comes in and has a baby and the baby is essentially a citizen of the US for 85 years with all of those benefits”. He has a point, just as he has had a point in making illegal migration and the march of the caravans towards the US border a central issue in the campaign.

  7. OldOzzie

    TV report: Israel silent as Iran hit by computer virus more violent than Stuxnet

    Tehran strategic networks attacked, Hadashot TV says, hours after Israel revealed it tipped off Denmark about Iran murder plot, and days after Rouhani’s phone was found bugged

    Iranian infrastructure and strategic networks have come under attack in the last few days by a computer virus similar to Stuxnet but “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated,” and Israeli officials are refusing to discuss what role, if any, they may have had in the operation, an Israeli TV report said Wednesday.

    The report came hours after Israel said its Mossad intelligence agency had thwarted an Iranian murder plot in Denmark, and two days after Iran acknowledged that President Hassan Rouhani’s mobile phone had been bugged. It also follows a string of Israeli intelligence coups against Iran, including the extraction from Tehran in January by the Mossad of the contents of a vast archive documenting Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and the detailing by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN in September of other alleged Iranian nuclear and missile assets inside Iran, in Syria and in Lebanon.

    “Remember Stuxnet, the virus that penetrated the computers of the Iranian nuclear industry?” the report on Israel’s Hadashot news asked. Iran “has admitted in the past few days that it is again facing a similar attack, from a more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated virus than before, that has hit infrastructure and strategic networks.”

  8. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Jennifer
    1 hour ago
    My son is married to an American extreme feminist who ticks all of the other virtue signalling, identity politics, did a psychology degree, worked for UN, Trump derangement etc. boxes as well. They live and work in San Francisco and have been married for 3 years. I have witnessed the gradual emasculation and effeminisation of this young man much to my dismay and sadness to the point that it sounds like I’m talking to a teenage American girl whenever we converse. I have tried to point this out to him but he doesn’t seem to have a problem with it. The covert conditioning of our men exists people. Be very wary of the type of girl your son is thinking of marrying, alert him to what is happening in this area and if necessary dissuade him if you can. I fear it is too late for my boy as the tyranny of distance makes it difficult for me to have an influence but I’ll keep trying.

    Comment, from the article in the Oz.

  9. Top Ender

    iI knew it was Birmingham up to no good!

    Birmingham simply was using his common sense and doing what his position required of him. This is not a parody — some of the projects he decided to scrap were entitled “Beauty and ugliness as persuasive tools in changing China’s gender norms”, “Post-orientalist arts in the Strait of Gibraltar” and “Writing the struggle for Sioux and US modernity”.

    Mine was the last one. It was to investigate the presence of the Sioux at the Alamo, and whether Custer could have used his Gatling Guns – which he foolishly left behind – to change the outcome of the battle.

    Plus there was a side-trip to NY, Las Vegas, and Florida to investigate the outcomes of roulette and blackjack and whether they are impervious to ESP impulses while under the influence of first-class Bourbons.

  10. “If we continue to burn coal and gas for decades to come, … we will not have a habitable planet and hundreds of millions of people will die.”

    The best way to take these people to task?

    1) Loud raucous laughter

    2) Requests for them to specifically explain, with numbers, evidence and reasoning.

    Where do they get these people from?

  11. Senile Old Guy

    Their ABC:

    When the “African gangs” narrative ramped up in Australian media earlier this year, Irene Bakulikira was forced to modify her behaviour. “Obviously everywhere you go, you’re African so you have to be very, very careful. I’ve never had to be careful in my whole life but I am now because of what it is going on,” she said.

    The ABC links to a piece by the BBC because the ABC can’t link to an ABC piece…because they ignored the issue. And it is not a “narrative”; it is gangs of African young men committing crimes.

    This new version of Antigone is set in Thebes, but resonates with contemporary Victoria — where race, politics and the notion of “African gangs” collide.

    Again, the “notion” of “African gangs”, as if they were not real but imagined.

    That narrative is thought to have started with coverage of Melbourne’s Apex gang, in 2015, but a series of crimes in December 2017, committed by people with African heritage, reignited the theme — and popularised the catchcry “African gangs”. Just last week, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told Sydney radio station 2GB that Victoria needed to deal with its “African gangs”, saying that “you have large numbers of these gangs gathering, it’s going to result in very serious outcomes or death”. But many members of Australia’s African community, and in fact the Victorian police, have disputed the “African gangs” characterisation.

    Um, “people with African heritage” is code for Africans. The Victorian police are incoherent on the subject. They don’t use the term “gangs”, because that would look bad, but they refer to “groups of people”, which, when they are committing crimes, most people call “gangs”.

    Craig Gunguta, who plays Polynices, grew up in Zimbabwe. He says the media doesn’t “understand how that [coverage] affects us as African youth”. “Me and my friends, we’re walking in the street now [and] we get asked where we’re going at train stations, by the police and all that, all because of somebody choosing to say things about us and victimising our community,” he said.

    By “victimising”, does he mean bashing, robbing, invading homes and other thugish behaviour?

    “We didn’t really talk about culture and race when I was younger,” said Finn Lloyd, who plays Creon. “Throughout all of Australian history there’s always been a group that’s blamed for everything, and that’s never been me obviously — so I never really thought about how that would affect people.

    Utter bs.

    Nowhere in this piece is there any recognition of what Australia has given these recent immigrants.

    This is rather like the ABC itself, which takes $1 billion from ordinary Australians and then spits on them. If they had to rely on adverts and donations, they would be bankrupt within a day.

    The link, if you must.

  12. C.L.

    Nelson W. Cunningham has served as … general counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee under then-Chair Joe Biden, and general counsel of the White House Office of Administration under Bill Clinton.

    LOL.

  13. mh

    The caravans, some organised by the left-wing Honduran Libre Party linked to Venezuela and Cuba,

    Very disingenuous of the Australian Editorial to run interference on who is really behind the migrant caravan.

    MEDIA RUNS INTERFERENCE ON GEORGE SOROS’ CARAVAN CONNECTION

    https://www.infowars.com/media-runs-interference-on-george-soros-caravan-connection/

  14. We need to distinguish what risk entails – acts of negligence. I can tolerate and understand higher penalties for intentional acts (voluntary manslaughter) with unforeseen circumstances but not unintentional acts (involuntary manslaughter). The reason why is a lack of mens rea, concomitant with the jurisprudence on the invalidity of CP in manslaughter cases.

    Sure, but why would this be any different with the child in utero? Are you suggesting that someone that intentional assaults a mother with child should be treated differently so far as the child in utero is concerned because they may have been unaware that the mother was with child? Irrelevant. If the assault constitutes a wrong against the mother then that is a wrong against the child in utero as well.

    I think that would not only give women a lot of power but make them extremely privileged. It is not only the status of one class of people over others I would worry about but also the basis for further policy here.

    It would provide them with no more than they have now while also introducing the means to curtail it which is why they are generally opposed to such a law even though it expressly excludes the mother in the Act.

    I don’t think it does and I reckon your perceived benefit is lower than you assess it to be. The amount of legislation and regulation proclaimed and promulgated since the 1970s is phenomenal.

    There is no small perceived benefit by recognizing the moral status of the child as a matter of law which is why, again, those most opposed to Zoe’s law are feminists, etc.

    Our Parliaments have an awful habit of not repealing laws that already exist, even if they are contrary to a contemporary principle, perhaps found in recent legislation and current policy.

    Agreed, but sometimes the best means of repealing a bad law is to press the point that it is contrary to a principle, or in this instance, by introducing into law an amendment that lends some force to that principle.

  15. C.L.

    Saudi Arabia kills two sisters in New York:

    Saudi Arabian sisters found duct-taped together in New York’s Hudson River.

    A day before their bodies were discovered, their mother told detectives she had received a call from an official at the Saudi Arabian embassy, ordering the family to leave the US because her daughters had applied for political asylum, New York police said.

  16. John Constantine:

    As soon as shorten is in power, their ABC will obtain footage from activist groups requiring Australian piggeries to be dynamited.
    And all pork to be imported from the chicom peoples liberation army.

    Shortens program is already working. I look at the sliced ham in the local IGA and see the 30% Australian product label and wonder where does the rest come from?
    China is going to destroy our food producers by dumping, when the Belt and Road opens up Central Asia to chicom factory farming.
    And you thought they were just trying to destroy our industrial base?
    Wait until 50% of the worlds food production comes from Uncle Maos Fine Factory Foods!

  17. Rae

    All for a cup of tea.

    This type of rot is beginning to be imposed upon small business.
    The benefit is zero

    Little to do with a cup of tea. All to do with safety (duty of care). Ensuring patients, visitors, customers, staff are not scalded by a faulty faucet is just good practice.

  18. cohenite

    Ann Coulter: The True History of Millstone Babies

    Anne Coulter is brilliant.

  19. P

    “Lyle Shelton is the Conservatives lead Senate candidate for Queensland.
    History will record that this was Australia’s lost decade.
    It’s time to return to our roots and rebuild Australia.”

    The Qld Conservative Podcast 01

  20. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Scott Morrison ‘deeply disappointed’ at Ben Roberts-Smith accusers

    Richard Ferguson
    Reporter
    @RichAFerguson
    An hour ago November 1, 2018

    Scott Morrison says he is deeply disappointed at the recent treatment of Victoria Cross winner Ben Roberts-Smith by the media and, allegedly, former Defence colleagues.

    Mr Roberts-Smith has taken Fairfax Media to court over reports alleging he was involved in war crimes and bullying which he said were “completely without any foundation in truth”.

    The Prime Minister said he was disappointed by the treatment of the Afghanistan war hero and by alleged leaking against from within the Australian Defence department.

    “Those who are responsible for that, they’re just not showing any of the values,” he told 2GB.

    “You know Canberra, you know the Canberra bubble. These things deeply disappoint me. There are processes for dealing with serious issues but they are not processes for being dealt with in newspapers.

    “Everyone should be treated with respect, especially those who have served our country.”

    In a defence document presented to the Federal Court last month by Fairfax Media, the organisation accused Mr Roberts-Smith of the murder, or being complicit in the murder, of six Afghan males and of bullying Army colleagues. Mr Roberts-Smith denied the allegations.

  21. Infidel Tiger

    My God that Cannon-Brooks fella is the ultimate urban bugman.

    He must weigh about 60kgs and yet he still has man boobs. What a slob and a creep.

  22. Senile Old Guy

    The Rush travesty:

    During his cross examination, Mr McClintock questioned why key claims Ms Norvill made in court were not in a statement she signed in August. They included her claim that Mr Rush was sharply reprimanded by director Neil Armfield during rehearsals when he allegedly made sexual gestures over Ms Norvill while she was lying down with her eyes closed. “Perhaps it was something that came to me later,” Ms Norvill said. Also not included was Mr Rush’s alleged use of the words “scrumptious” and “yummy” to describe his younger colleague. “I’ve had to think over this time in my life again and again and again and again and those words came to the fore,” Ms Norvill told the court. She claimed she had omitted allegations Mr Rush rubbed her palm and fondled her hands because she was unsure whether it constituted a crossed boundary, but later realised it was relevant as context.

    What an utter travesty and perversion of justice. Most of this seems fabricated after the fact.

  23. C.L.

    The Prime Minister said he was disappointed by the treatment of the Afghanistan war hero and by alleged leaking against from within the Australian Defence department.

    “Those who are responsible for that, they’re just not showing any of the values,” he told 2GB.

    They’re showing the new ‘values’ of the ADF as created by successive federal governments – most especially Liberal governments.
    Roberts-Smith is being white-anted by jealous desk pansies.

  24. Snoopy

    Ensuring patients, visitors, customers, staff are not scalded by a faulty faucet is just good practice.

    Has anyone ever seen one of these scalding faulty faucets?

  25. C.L.

    During his cross examination, Mr McClintock questioned why key claims Ms Norvill made in court were not in a statement she signed in August. They included her claim that Mr Rush was sharply reprimanded by director Neil Armfield during rehearsals when he allegedly made sexual gestures over Ms Norvill while she was lying down with her eyes closed. “Perhaps it was something that came to me later,” Ms Norvill said. Also not included was Mr Rush’s alleged use of the words “scrumptious” and “yummy” to describe his younger colleague. “I’ve had to think over this time in my life again and again and again and again and those words came to the fore,” Ms Norvill told the court. She claimed she had omitted allegations Mr Rush rubbed her palm and fondled her hands because she was unsure whether it constituted a crossed boundary, but later realised it was relevant as context.

    This woman smells of a hundred cats.

  26. C.L.

    Via Bolt, $500,000,000 expansion for the War Memorial?
    The Commonwealth is recruiting overweight lesbians and cross-dressers as “soldiers” but they have half a billion to spare on that increasingly mawkish Shinto temple of ancestor worship?

  27. Rafe Champion

    Four years together in the Antarctic, what could go wrong?

  28. Snoopy

    Is it the beginning of the end for Donald Trump #BelieveAllWomen?

  29. Death Giraffe

    Not me, mc.
    Being married to an asian lady has deepened my racism as my house is now full of asians.
    It’s an invasion.
    Wouldn’t be so bad if she could cook.
    Menopause is shaping up as hell too.

  30. C.L.

    New Republican ad highlights Democrats’ support for psychopathic serial killer ‘migrants’:

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1057728445386539008

    Devastating.

  31. lotocoti

    Custer could have used his Gatling Guns – which he foolishly left behind

    A common misconception.
    He had Spooky on call, but the wrong Colour of the Day.

  32. Death Giraffe

    I’ve had to think over this time in my life again and again and again and again

    ..
    You probably should have let it go.

  33. Gab

    All Hallows’ Eve was appropriated by the pagans who turned it into Halloween.

  34. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Australian War Memorial’s $500m upgrade to honour modern vets
    Joe Kelly
    Political Reporter
    @joekellyoz
    12:00AM November 1, 2018
    4 Comments

    The Australian War Memorial will receive an almost $500 million ­upgrade to better tell the stories of Australian servicemen and women from the past 30 years, ­including a new underground entran­ce and an 83 per cent expansion to its total exhibition area.

    The upgrade — which includes a new ANZAC Hall, research centr­e and glass atrium large enough to display a Black Hawk helicopter — has been driven by AWM director Brendan Nelson.

    Dr Nelson told The Australian yesterday he had pushed for an expansion to the iconic building — which he likens to the soul of the nation — since his first two days in the job in December 2012.

    Suffering Christ.

  35. jupes

    I just doesn’t see the point in visiting a site that is not open to rational discussion about certain topics or certain words without hysteria.

    You got called out on your antisemitism Stimpy.

    Fuck off.

  36. H B Bear

    The Green’Left Weekly Radio (now) Half Hour formerly known as AM abandons any pretense of reporting and goes into campaign mode ahead of the US mid-terms. Link

  37. jupes

    Via Bolt, $500,000,000 expansion for the War Memorial?
    The Commonwealth is recruiting overweight lesbians and cross-dressers as “soldiers” but they have half a billion to spare on that increasingly mawkish Shinto temple of ancestor worship?

    It’s worse than that.

    The half billion will be used to honour those very same overweight lesbians and cross-dressers. They will be accorded the same status as those heroes who fought the wars of last century.

  38. Roger

    Some good news:

    Asia Bibi, the Christian woman indicted on a blasphemy charge in Pakistan and facing the death penalty since 2010, yesterday had that charge over turned and the penalty set aside by Pakistan’s Supreme court.

    However, with a bounty placed upon her head by Muslims, she and her family will almost certainly have to find refuge in another country. And all this because she stated, when pressured by neighbours to convert, that Muhammed had done nothing for humankind, in contrast to Jesus.

    Would the European Court of Human Rights, which as of last week upholds Muslim blasphemy law, have dismissed her case?

  39. mh

    Jennifer
    1 hour ago
    My son is married to an American extreme feminist who ticks all of the other virtue signalling, identity politics, did a psychology degree, worked for UN, Trump derangement etc. boxes as well. They live and work in San Francisco ….

    🤢

    No one should have to write those words.

  40. Black Ball

    Any pretense of change in Australian cricket has been blown away by Justin Langer. He claims that ball tampering is an international issue. Stop the press! Most cricket followers would acknowledge it is a problem. So don’t blame our guyz Langer seyz because everyone else does it! FMD why have an expensive review into what is wrong with cricket here when all you need to do is talk to this idiot for 5 minutes along with Boof and Davey?

  41. Death Giraffe

    Anyone got any insights what to expect as your woman goes into menopause?
    What can I expect?
    Is the asian menopause worse? They stay smoking hot for fifty + years, then in the course of three weeks it all goes.(so I have heard) This must be brutal. What can I do to help?
    Should I start drinking heavily again?
    I’m hoping to get five years more out of the old girl before it all collapses. Is there anything I can feed her to stave off the thing?
    It’s too late for divorce, so I’m strapped in for the ride.
    [I’m joking dear]
    I’m not joking help me!

  42. thefrolickingmole

    On “weird sex cases” we have this one.

    The bloke is a creeps creep and a beardie weirdie apologist as well, the case looked fairly straight forward…but then…

    RTWT, its hard to pick out enough to appreciate just ow weird it gets.

    Henda Ayari, 41, a former Salafist Muslim who is now a feminist activist, went to police last November and accused Ramadan of rape, sexual violence, harassment and intimidation. She said he raped her in a hotel room in the east of Paris in spring 2012 during a conference where he was speaking.

    was going to die,” she told Le Parisien newspaper.

    Another woman, known as Christelle, who is a convert to Islam and was left disabled after a car accident, later told police Ramadan raped her in a Lyon hotel room in October 2009 during another conference. Media reports have said her lawsuit describes blows to the face and body, forced sodomy, rape with an object, and being dragged by the hair to the bathtub and urinated on.
    ….
    A third woman, in Switzerland, has since accused Ramadan of raping her in a Geneva hotel and a formal investigation has been opened.

    All fairly damning so far.

    But the inquiry took a turn last week when Ramadan changed his story, admitting to investigating judges that he did have sexual relations with the women, but saying they had sought the encounters and fully consented to the “dominant-submissive” relationship.

    This change happened after computer experts extracted hundreds of text messages from an old mobile phone belonging to Christelle. Ramadan had earlier said he only met her in a hotel bar. But text messages from him – which have been quoted by lawyers and published in the media – give her instructions to come up to his hotel room. The text messages detailed Ramadan’s sexual fantasies of domination before the alleged attack. A leaked report prepared by computer experts working on the investigation shows he texted her after their encounter saying: “I sensed your unease … apologies for my ‘violence’”.

    The texts are now the topic of a public row between the legal teams. Ramadan’s lawyer insists that the messages show Christelle was consenting, that she sent Ramadan many sexual messages and that one of them, sent on an unknown date, stated: “I missed you as soon as I left”.
    ….
    Ramadan’s defence have said they also found text messages sent by Ayari to Ramadan of an explicit sexual nature showing that she was consenting and wanted to have sex with him.

  43. mh

    C.L.
    #2854024, posted on November 1, 2018 at 10:48 am
    New Republican ad highlights Democrats’ support for psychopathic serial killer ‘migrants’:

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1057728445386539008

    Devastating.

    And so true.

  44. Myrddin Seren

    BoltA courtesy cohenite upthread:

    But get this: not a single journalist in the room said: “Are you nuts?” Not one asked: “What’s your evidence?”

    Journalists are supposedly trained to notice stuff, and surely, the journalistic cream in the National Press Club must have noticed exactly the opposite is so far happening outside their front doors.

    Short summation – from the illustrious David Burge:

    Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.

    The thing is – they aren’t ‘reporters’ any more.

    They are ‘journalists’ – they have narratives to curate and advance. All together. Arm-in-arm. Boldly stepping out – Left foot first.

    Most are probably degree qualified. Some probably from Sydney Uni. ( see the other thread about The University of Sydney versus Western Civilization ).

    Good luck at trying to shame this lot, Andrew. They won’t read your piece and even if they do, they will be cheering the next attempt by the Antifa to king hit you.

  45. Top Ender

    Anyone got any insights what to expect as your woman goes into menopause?

    Yes, but too scared to discuss it here.

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  46. Did Stimpy really leave in a huff because he couldn’t discuss the J*ws? Poor form on every level.

  47. Death Giraffe

    Also this.
    Old cats.
    How do you go rooting when you are old? What happens there?
    Isn’t it revolting? Does some mental trick or change happen in your brain that you don’t see you are rooting an old woman?
    Or do you just hang it up at say, 55. Like a rooting retirement? Of a retirement of rooting?

  48. .

    Reminds me of the ‘Gabba phone exchange during the 90s. Helstra were going for an ISO 9001 quality accreditation so they could bid for federal govt work. Long story short, the ‘Gabba was one of Helstra sites selected for auditing – one of the tick boxes were for things being labelled.

    Outside of high tech engineering, ISO is a scourge that needs to be doubled killed.

  49. Death Giraffe

    Yes, but too scared to discuss it here.

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    ..
    Oh shit.
    It’s that bad?

  50. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Oh shit.
    It’s that bad?

    Believe every word Top Ender says.

  51. Rae

    Ensuring patients, visitors, customers, staff are not scalded by a faulty faucet is just good practice.

    Has anyone ever seen one of these scalding faulty faucets?

    Dunno. Maybe the SOP check lists are working. You know … “Ensuring patients, visitors, customers, staff are not scalded by a faulty faucet.”

  52. .

    Rampant green left progressivism.

    A Melbourne cafe’s nightmare after being in the VCE English exam

    By Henrietta Cook & Carolyn Webb

    “Stronger students may have picked up on the attack on consumerism and the hipster dig about the tablet-wielding employee with a man bun, as well as the cranes in the background of the cartoon signalling the author’s fear about development,” she said.

    F&*k these sour old poor sillys. The best thing to do would be to kick all English teachers to the kerb, Orban style.

  53. Diogenes

    Shortens program is already working. I look at the sliced ham in the local IGA and see the 30% Australian product label and wonder where does the rest come from?

    The water and salt that is pumped into it, and the ‘smoke’ flavouring

  54. Hay Stockard

    Death Girraffe,
    Thamks for that you rotten Berk. I now have to bleach my minds eye.
    It wasn’t a problem until you brought it up.

  55. hzhousewife

    Half a billion dollars? Really? According to Google, Australia’s entire military budget for 2016-17 is $32.4 billion. So half a billion on the museum?

    Over ten years I think.

  56. thefrolickingmole

    What can I expect?

    Its going to get hairy.

  57. Hay Stockard

    To remind us all we once had a functioning military. (Inclising for the pedants, Naby and Airforce. Military coming from the Latin, Mille, a soldier.)

  58. .

    On that note:

    Why Don’t English Teachers Write Books

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    Because they’re lazy.

  59. Top Ender

    The devil is in the detail:

    Safe Schools activist on the trail
    EXCLUSIVE
    REBECCA URBAN

    SOCIALIST CANDIDATE BACKED BY WOMAN WHO CALLED AUSTRALIAN FLAG RACIST

    Safe Schools architect and outspoken activist Roz Ward is campaigning for Victorian Socialists candidate Stephen Jolly in his bid to gain an upper house seat in the coming state election.

    Ms Ward, a former La Trobe University employee who was suspended but later reinstated for comments on Facebook describing the Australian flag as “racist”, has been working as a co-ordinator for Mr Jolly’s campaign for the past three months, speaking at the recent launch of the party’s election manifesto.

    The Safe Schools program she co-founded in 2010 continues to operate in Victorian secondary schools, and is funded by the state government, despite attracting widespread criticism for its promotion of identity politics and gender theory.

    Mr Jolly, currently a City of Yarra councillor, said he was grateful when Ms Ward volunteered to run his campaign in Richmond, one of 11 districts comprising the Northern Metropolitan Region he was contesting. He said the pair, who did not know each other before the campaign, did not agree on every aspect of politics, but he was impressed by her commitment to the campaign.

    “She’s frigging amazing,” he said. “She’s a long-term political campaigner, community campaigner, and she’s got to be one of the most committed and hardworking and reliable people I’ve ever worked with.

    “If I won I would be offering her a job in my office straight away.”

    Mr Jolly has himself been involved in community politics for more than 25 years, having taken on the former Kennett government over its plans to close Richmond Secondary School. He was elected to Yarra City Council in 2004 and in 2014 he was a leader of the blockade campaign that defeated the East West Link.

    The English-born Ms Ward has been involved in socialist politics for several years but is best known for co-founding the Safe Schools initiative, which launched in Victoria in 2010 and later attracted commonwealth funding for a nationwide rollout. Initially designed as an anti-bullying program, its promotion of gender and identity politics attracted widespread criticism and led to the federal government cutting funding in 2016.

    While the Victorian government severed ties with La Trobe University and Ms Ward in 2017, the Safe Schools program is still delivered by the Education Department and it is compulsory for secondary schools to sign up.

    Ms Ward has since left La Trobe and has been busy campaigning for Mr Jolly, organising doorknocking events in Melbourne’s inner-northern suburbs.

    She spoke at the Brunswick Town Hall in August, where more than 400 people attended the launch of the party’s election manifesto, an 80-page plan to address the state’s “chronic public housing shortage, inadequate public transport and divisive law and-order regime”.

    The document also affirms the Victorian Socialists’ support for the rights of transgender and gender-diverse young people at school and claims the “undermining” of Safe Schools “leaves LGBTIQ young people worse off and the campaign waged against it by Liberals and The Australian newspaper was homophobic and transphobic”.

    Opposition education spokesman Tim Smith confirmed the Coalition would, if elected, abolish Safe Schools and deliver a universal anti-bullying program.

    Oz print edition

  60. lotocoti

    Orange Man gives great rally.

  61. Bruce of Newcastle

    Some good news

    May not be good news.

    I read that the state authorities who have her in gaol say they are waiting for a court order on paper from the Paki Supreme Court before they will release her.

    The intimation of the wording suggested that when they release her that is exactly what they will do. Take her to the entrance of the gaol and put her out the door. Whereupon she will be torn apart by a mob of howling muslims.

    I may be wrong, but Imran has been burnishing his Islamic credentials and isn’t firm in his chair. The politicians are all scared of the fanatics. A Pilate-style handwashing may be what they see as their least dangerous option. I really do hope I’m wrong.

  62. hzhousewife

    Jennifer
    1 hour ago
    My son is married to an American extreme feminist who ticks all of the other virtue signalling, identity politics, did a psychology degree, worked for UN, Trump derangement etc. boxes as well. They live and work in San Francisco ….

    Why, and for how much longer?

  63. Roger

    Over ten years I think.

    It’ll be a construction site for 10 years?

    What a country.

  64. pete m

    You are welcome to attend church and honour your celebrated days. Pretend it is 1000AD and hold it in latin for all I care.

    For the rest, we are welcome to join a community event where your so-called bogans (which in my neighbourhood includes doctors, accountants, teachers etc, aka God’s children) enjoy each others company instead of hiding behind large brick fences, have fun scaring kids and admiring costumes, and share a few laughs. It helps break up the year with few public holidays at this time.

    And at bedtime parents can tell their children of the origins of the night.

  65. stackja

    C.L.
    #2854020, posted on November 1, 2018 at 10:46 am
    Via Bolt, $500,000,000 expansion for the War Memorial?
    The Commonwealth is recruiting overweight lesbians and cross-dressers as “soldiers” but they have half a billion to spare on that increasingly mawkish Shinto temple of ancestor worship?

    AWM is not mawkish. Remembering past sacrifice.

    “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

  66. thefrolickingmole

    Raes house is surrounded by elephant repellent signs.
    The signs must keep him safe as he hasnt has an elephant in his yard since he got them.
    (or before, but he was lucky then)

    Rae probably thinks they should be mandatory for everyone and the government must fine people who dont have them.

    Rae is a running dog lickspittle to the establishment.
    Dont be like Rae.
    (or Raes mummie)

  67. Roger

    I read that the state authorities who have her in gaol say they are waiting for a court order on paper from the Paki Supreme Court before they will release her.

    ’tis hoped a Western embassy is already conducting back door negotiations for her to be released into their safe custody. Her family is already in hiding with state support. I don’t think Khan wants this to go pear shaped now.

  68. .

    You are welcome to attend church and honour your celebrated days. Pretend it is 1000AD and hold it in latin for all I care.

    Thank you. I am glad this apeing of Americans has ended.

  69. .

    ncreasingly mawkish Shinto temple of ancestor worship?

    Catholic Lord forgets the holy mother church allows saints to intercede for us.

    What a cheeky lad.

  70. thefrolickingmole

    Sinc, your spamminator/birdstrike device is off its meds again.

    I have not one clue what has set it off this time.

  71. jupes

    Should I start drinking heavily again?

    No. Not heavily but moderately.

    You will need as many small pleasures as you can get to ease you through this difficult time in your life.

  72. Death Giraffe

    The USA is the greatest nation in the world since the demise of the British Empire.
    We should ape them more.
    Specifically their constitution, in particular 1st and 2nd ammendments thereof.

  73. Black Ball

    Farmer Gez, Ed Gannon in today’s Hun nails what you have brought up in regards to the Bureau of Meteorology. The kicker is a computer that cost 77 million to predict the weather. Needless to say, it’s shit.

  74. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    You will need as many small pleasures as you can get to ease you through this difficult time in your life.

    Second that. Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster.

  75. Death Giraffe

    It wasn’t a problem until you brought it up.

    ..
    You are welcome.

  76. cohenite

    My God that Cannon-Brooks fella is the ultimate urban bugman.

    He must weigh about 60kgs and yet he still has man boobs. What a slob and a creep.

    A slob and a creep worth $4.9 billion who it is obvious is going to tick as man virtue signalling boxes as possible.

    I’d like to know one rich conservative benefactor. I can’t think of any. Rhinehart is too busy throwing vast sums at her family to defend their claims against her to be bothered even though she is a sceptic. Who else is there?

  77. jupes

    He claims that ball tampering is an international issue. Stop the press! Most cricket followers would acknowledge it is a problem. So don’t blame our guyz Langer seyz because everyone else does it!

    Not sure that was Langer’s message exactly. Nevertheless he is correct. Everyone does do it but only Australia is stupid enough to ban its two best batsmen for a year because of it.

  78. calli

    Halloween pub report…🦗🦗🦗

    Back in the hotel watching gridiron. Which is equally bemusing.

  79. calli

    Arky, you will survive your wife’s menopause as well as she has survived you.

  80. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Arky, you will survive your wife’s menopause as well as she has survived you.

    Survive is the key word. It is not an enjoyable time of life.

  81. Notafan

    I said nothing about Halloween.

    Why do people so need to denigrate Christian belief and practice?

    All you do is sing from the same songbook as Communists, socialists and their progressive spawn.

  82. stackja

    Death Giraffe
    #2854072, posted on November 1, 2018 at 11:29 am
    The USA is the greatest nation in the world since the demise of the British Empire.
    We should ape them more.
    Specifically their constitution, in particular 1st and 2nd ammendments thereof.

    Australian Constitution framers didn’t foresee leftist stupidity. Madison did.

  83. RobK

    Survive is the key word.
    Some might say “charator building”.
    Neither of you will be the same, but that’s normal and ultimately fun.

  84. zyconoclast

    Black women deliver justice in a Southern city. Their own way.
    “We have broken the mold for women as much as we have broken the mold for African-Americans,” said LaDawn Blackett Jones, the solicitor in South Fulton, Georgia.

    Defendants plead for a second (or third) chance in courtrooms across the country on a daily basis, but here in this majority African-American town, where the population is just over 100,000, the criminal justice system is unique: Black women are in charge, and they say they run things differently.

    South Fulton only became incorporated as a city two years ago and has been up and running for about year. It has received praise for its approach to criminal justice, which includes balancing enforcing the law with compassion.

    The young man here pleading for mercy is the latest case testing that philosophy.

    As a black woman and a judge, Carter Sellers told NBC News she can be tough on crime while at the same time give a fairer shake to defendants, depending on the circumstances.

  85. I am bespoke

    DrBeauGan
    #2853797, posted on November 1, 2018 at 12:37 am
    Mark Bolton, I don’t want to communicate with you. You have more affectations than lady gaga and miss piggy combined, and nothing much to say.
    If you survive for a year and cut out the bullshit I’ll reconsider.

    No offence but I got kick out of that the same way Candy triggers Dot.

  86. zyconoclast

    Immigration Continues to Surge
    A look at arrival data from the American Community Survey

    Newly released data show that 2016 tied with 1999 as the highest single year of immigration in U.S. history, with the arrival of 1.75 million new immigrants (both legal and illegal).1 The new numbers represent a continuation of the dramatic rebound in new arrivals since 2011, when annual immigration bottomed out after the Great Recession. Newly arrived immigrants include new green card recipients (permanent residents) and long-term “temporary” visitors (e.g. guestworkers and foreign students), many of whom eventually become permanent residents. They also include new asylum seekers, as well as new illegal immigrants who sneak into the country or overstay a temporary visa.

    Among the findings:

    The arrival of 1.75 million immigrants (legal and illegal) in 2016 continues the post-2011 surge in immigration. In 2011 it was 1.08 million; in 2012 it was 1.21 million; in 2013 it was 1.28 million; in 2014 it was 1.5 million; and in 2015 it was 1.62 million. (Figure 1)
    Half of the increase in new arrivals (legal and illegal) since 2011 has been from Latin America, which doubled from 335,000 in that year to 668,000 in 2016. (Figure 2, Table 1)
    Latin America surpassed Asia (East Asia and South Asia combined) as the top sending-region in 2016. Asia had been the top sending-region since 2010. (Figure 2, Table 1)
    Annual immigration from Central America alone has nearly tripled, from 46,000 in 2011 to 133,000 new arrivals in 2016. This reflects in part the dramatic increase in illegal immigrant families from Central America crossing the southern border. (Table 1)
    Compared to 2011, new immigration (legal and illegal) from South America is up by 250 percent, to 171,000 in 2016, and new arrivals from the Caribbean roughly doubled to 168,000 over the same time period. (Table 1)
    Other regions showing a large increase in new annual arrivals since 2011 are South Asia (Indian subcontinent), up 54 percent to 244,000 in 2016; East Asia, up 30 percent to 355,000 in 2016; and the Middle East, up 78 percent to 137,000.2 (Table 1)
    Mexico and India are in a statistical tie as the top sending countries, with 196,000 and 194,000, respectively, arriving in 2016. China was third, with 171,000 new immigrants. (Table 1)
    While the number of new arrivals from Mexico has increased nearly 50 percent since 2011, the number coming remains well below the annual level of more than a decade ago, when 400,000 to 500,000 new arrivals (legal and illegal) came from our southern neighbor each year.
    The dramatic increase in new immigrants settling in the United States in recent years is primarily driven by the nation’s generous legal immigration system, both long-term temporary visa holders (e.g. guest workers and foreign students) and new permanent residents (green cards).
    There is evidence that the arrival of new illegal immigrants may also have rebounded in the last few years. The number of new less-educated Hispanic immigrants increased 76 percent between 2011 and 2016. However, the level remains well below what it was before the Great Recession.3 (Figure 4)
    The decision to admit large numbers of unaccompanied minors and families at the southern border likely accounts for some of the increase in new illegal immigration since 2011, particularly from Central America.
    While complete data for 2017 will not be released until next year, in the first six months of 2017, 930,000 new immigrants settled in the country. This is less than in the first six months of 2016, and may indicate that new immigration fell somewhat between 2016 and 2017. (Table 3)
    The falloff in arrivals in the first part of 2017 may reflect increased enforcement, lower refugee admissions, and more robust vetting of applicants undertaken by the Trump administration.
    Based on past patterns, when the data becomes available for all of 2017, it may show 1.61 million new immigrants arrived in all of 2017, though that projection is only preliminary. If correct, it would mean that new arrivals in 2017 were lower than in 2016, but still higher than any year since 2000, with the exception of 2016.4

  87. H B Bear

    The English-born Ms Ward has been involved in socialist politics for several years …

    Another fvcking whinging Pom bringing their 1960’s class struggle to Australia. Truly the worst of the worst.

  88. calli

    Survive is the key word.

    Seriously? That was said tongue in cheek.

    If only the rest of life was so easy.

  89. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Another fvcking whinging Pom bringing their 1960’s class struggle to Australia. Truly the worst of the worst.

    Maggie Thatcher ran them out of England.

  90. zyconoclast

    REPORT: Central American Migrants Set Fire to Mexican Immigration Facility

    A group of Central American migrants facing deportation set fire to a Mexican immigration facility in an apparent attempt to escape. The alleged arson comes at a time when Mexican authorities reported the use of firearms and Molotov cocktails within the migrant caravans as they make their way through Mexico to the United States.

  91. OldOzzie

    Myrddin Seren
    #2854038, posted on November 1, 2018 at 11:06 am

    BoltA courtesy cohenite upthread:

    But get this: not a single journalist in the room said: “Are you nuts?” Not one asked: “What’s your evidence?”

    Journalists are supposedly trained to notice stuff, and surely, the journalistic cream in the National Press Club must have noticed exactly the opposite is so far happening outside their front doors.

    Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.

    The thing is – they aren’t ‘reporters’ any more.

    I only read FauFax SMH for mainly Drive and some Domain articles. but one of their Investigative Journalist over the years has been very good

    Kate McClymont

    Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.

  92. For the rest, we are welcome to join a community event where your so-called bogans (which in my neighbourhood includes doctors, accountants, teachers etc, aka God’s children) enjoy each others company instead of hiding behind large brick fences, have fun scaring kids and admiring costumes, and share a few laughs. It helps break up the year with few public holidays at this time.

    This is what holydays also involve, its not just attendence at church but when you strip it of this it loses its substance.

  93. stackja

    zyconoclast
    #2854101, posted on November 1, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Will the USA Congress support the Mexican caravan invasion?

  94. jupes

    I only read FauFax SMH for mainly Drive and some Domain articles. but one of their Investigative Journalist over the years has been very good

    Investigative journalist my arse!

    Kate McClymont was (is?) part of the propaganda machine at the NSW ICAC. She was fed strategic leaks to smear victims of that kangaroo court.

  95. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Not me, mc.
    Being married to an asian lady has deepened my racism as my house is now full of asians.
    It’s an invasion.
    Wouldn’t be so bad if she could cook.
    Menopause is shaping up as hell too.

    time for a trade in to wife 2.0.

  96. OldOzzie

    Harry Reid Furiously Backpedals After Trump Tweets 1993 Anchor Baby “Mistake”

    But

    If Trump needs clips of any more prominent Democrats arguing for strong borders, look no further:

    1. Bill Clinton – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=Hy8UwpenlEA

    2. Dianne Feinstein – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aqOfDbZmj8

    3. Senator Charles Schumer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=VdL2k8jbnAs

    4. Hillary Clinton: Send some immigrant kids home – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=N1FP6t0OUlk

    5. President Obama Gives a Policy Speech on Immigration – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=cVuuzTJBE5Y

    All Supporting President Trump – worth watching DemoCraps Hypocrisy at work – all short clips

  97. Zatara

    Trump sorted the Supreme Court just in time.

    Fetal homicide ruling mandates ‘Roe exception’ challenge, Alabama justice says

    As the Alabama Supreme Court upheld the state’s fetal homicide law in a ruling this month, one of the justices said the decision should force the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

    Justice Tom Parker said it is a “logical fallacy” for the government to consider a fetus a life for the purposes of a murder conviction but not when it comes to a woman deciding to end her pregnancy.

    The case in Alabama involved Jessie Livell Phillips, who was convicted of killing his wife when she was eight weeks pregnant.

    A jury found him guilty of murder of “two or more persons” by one act, using a 2006 law that defined “person” as including a child in utero. The court sentenced him to death.

  98. Death Giraffe

    time for a trade in to wife 2.0.

    ..
    Nah.
    I got the last relatively sane one.
    Not trading that in.

  99. Roger

    …its not just attendence at church but when you strip it of this it loses its substance.

    True enough, dover; but if a little bit of borrowed American civic liturgy brings neighbours out of their brick walled McMansions to spend some time together it’s not all bad, surely?

  100. OldOzzie

    VictoriaStan at work – The State of Crome

    Melbourne gang in violent 14-hour crime spree – Rachel Baxendale
    Victorian Political Reporter

    Victoria Police are investigating six violent robberies allegedly perpetrated by a gang of caucasian and African youths in Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs overnight.

    No arrests have yet been made over the 14-hour crime spree, which allegedly involved male and female offenders, the theft of a car and mobile phones, the use of a machete and violent assaults on members of the public, some of whom required hospital treatment.

    Police say the first incident took place at about 5.30pm yesterday, when three men were walking south along Coral Drive, Hampton Park and were approached by the occupants of a white Volkswagen sedan who threw eggs at them.

    Following a verbal confrontation between the victims and the occupants of the vehicle, one man was punched in the head, and two men and two women fled in the Volkswagen with a mobile phone and speaker belonging to one of the male victims.

    The second incident occurred in Osborne Street, South Yarra at about 12.30am.

    Police say two men were approached by the occupants in a white sedan who struck up a conversation before punching and kicking one of the victims and stealing his mobile phone, keys and wallet.

    The 41-year-old Hawthorn man sustained bruising and abrasions to his head and body which required treatment in hospital.

    The third incident occurred in Carlisle Street, Caulfield where police say a woman was approached on the street by three men in a light coloured sedan about 12.50am.

    The pair demanded the 24-year-old Caulfield North woman’s mobile phone before fleeing west on Balaclava Road.

    The fourth incident occurred at the intersection of Blessington and Carlisle Streets, St Kilda about 1.00am.

    Police say detectives have been told a 45-year-old man was set-upon by three men in a VW sedan who tackled him to the ground before kicking and punching him.

    The St Kilda man sustained swelling and bruising to his head and torso.

    The offenders stole the man’s bag, which contained his mobile phone, and drove west on Carlisle Street.

    The fifth incident occurred just after 1.30am at a McDonald’s restaurant at the intersection of Jamieson Street and Nepean Highway, Cheltenham.

    Police say investigators have been told a group of men arrived in a VW sedan and one of the men entered the store wearing a mask and gloves.

    The offender demanded cash from staff before fleeing empty-handed in the vehicle.

    The sixth incident occurred after a woman arrived at her home in Colac Court, Patterson Lakes about 3.25am.

    It is believed four or five offenders, one armed with a machete, threatened her before stealing her Volkswagen golf, registration 1BR4MW.

    Two further offenders fled in a white VW sedan.

    The victim was not injured during the incident.

    Police say their Southern Metropolitan Regional Crime Team detectives are investigating whether the same group of offenders was involved in all six incidents.

    They say the offenders were “perceived to be of both caucasian and African in appearance”.

    The crime spree comes after an RACV survey of 1000 Victorians released today found 85 per cent still believe the state has a crime problem

  101. thefrolickingmole

    I got the last relatively sane one.

    And shes about to enter men-all-pause, its like that bit on the old maps marked with mythical monsters and “here there be dragons”.
    On the upside we will all get to mock you as you chronicle the “WTF, did I do wrong today” diaries.

  102. The Commonwealth is recruiting overweight lesbians and cross-dressers as “soldiers” but they have half a billion to spare on that increasingly mawkish Shinto temple of ancestor worship?

    But we don’t have enough money to maintain our Abrams tanks which are currently parked on bricks.
    Purge Now!

  103. H B Bear

    The crime spree comes after an RACV survey of 1000 Victorians released today found 85 per cent still believe the state has a crime problem

    Democracy – good and hard. Thank you sir – may I have another.

  104. Baldrick

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has taken a swipe at his predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull, saying he should stay out of politics and will not be representing the Coalition government at any more international meetings.

    Well that didn’t work according to plan:

    Malcolm Turnbull ✔ @TurnbullMalcolm
    A few facts. @ScottMorrisonMP asked me to discuss trade and the embassy issue in Bali and we had a call before I left to confirm his messages which I duly relayed to @jokowi There was a detailed paper on the issue in my official brief as well.

    Stupid.Fucking.Liberals

  105. No. Not heavily but moderately.

    Moderate drinking is like half a root.

    If you are gunna drink, do it properly, otherwise avoid it all together.

  106. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I’m hoping to get five years more out of the old girl before it all collapses. Is there anything I can feed her to stave off the thing?

    HRT (hormone replacement therapy), Arky. Get her to see her doc. It won’t stave it off, but it will smooth out the bumpy ride. The wheel has turned full circle on this one, after an epidemiological revision of the flawed Nurses Health Study which made HRT the big, bad demon vs. the ‘natural’ cures promoted by certain feminist ideologies. Natural HRT is about as useful as natural childbirth. Hit the drugs for help on this.

    I wonder. Do women lose fewer of their charms as they age than men do? It’s a moot point. 🙂
    ———

    On Halloween. Gab is correct saying pagans appropriated the Christian idea of All Hallows Eve, but only in that ‘modern’ pagans will latch onto anything that makes Christianity look bad.

    It is undeniable that the northern hemisphere pre-winter season in ancient times in north-western Europe had a ceremonial recognition of an October time of ‘thin air’ leading into a release of the ancestral realm of spirits, just as the spring time of April/May entailed a ritual recognition of fertility and renewal of life giving fecundity in general.

    Onto these regular seasonal events, Christianity shaped its own version of meaning, over many centuries, most likely in an iterative process with more ancient concepts. To recognise this is not to deny any validity to Christian precepts concerning the life of Christ, which some may see to overlay, but certainly not mimic, earlier seasonal traditions.

  107. True enough, dover; but if a little bit of borrowed American civic liturgy brings neighbours out of their brick walled McMansions to spend some time together it’s not all bad, surely?

    Not all bad, but you have to ask, what is keeping them walled up? It wasn’t for nothing that the term religio meant to bind.

  108. Ragu

    Anyone got any insights what to expect as your woman goes into menopause?
    What can I expect?
    Is the asian menopause worse? They stay smoking hot for fifty + years, then in the course of three weeks it all goes.(so I have heard) This must be brutal. What can I do to help?
    Should I start drinking heavily again?
    I’m hoping to get five years more out of the old girl before it all collapses. Is there anything I can feed her to stave off the thing?

    Chardonnay and Zoloft.

    Or get her into other things, like conspiracy theories. Like Annie.

  109. Myrddin Seren

    A number of producers, writers, designers and members of the “Black Panther” film team said that it’s crazy for white parents to bar their children from dressing up as characters from the movie.

    “I see kids far and wide embracing the concept of a superhero,” said the film’s costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who urged parents not to get hung up on the fact that the superhero character is black. “If we don’t embrace other cultures and let other ethnicities embrace ours, then we’re hypocrites,” Carter added.

    It would appear that the ‘Woke’ don’t realise that Wakanda is not a real country and the Black Panther is a comic book character – created by two white guys – not an ‘Other Culture’.

  110. Myrddin Seren

    Here is part two of the train traveling through Arizona heading south. This baby is LOADED to the hilt‼

    Errrm

    Is there something about ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ we are not being told ?

  111. Knuckle Dragger

    IR,

    Persactly. Words to live by.

  112. Cohenite:

    I’d like to know one rich conservative benefactor. I can’t think of any. Rhinehart is too busy throwing vast sums at her family to defend their claims against her to be bothered even though she is a sceptic. Who else is there?

    Rhinehart should say to the Chinese government “I would love to give you a $5 a tonne discount on the next years shipments, but, unfortunately, I’m hard pressed to not raise prices because of the legal fees from my family.”
    …and wink.
    😉

  113. calli

    Expect nothing but the usual day to day stuff. If you have children, that’s a given – they’ll add to distractions.

    Some women make heavy weather of these things for attention. It’s all part of life’s rich tapestry. Get over it and get on with it. There are worse things.

  114. C.L.

    Asia Bibi, the Christian woman indicted on a blasphemy charge in Pakistan and facing the death penalty since 2010, yesterday had that charge over turned and the penalty set aside by Pakistan’s Supreme court.

    However, with a bounty placed upon her head by Muslims, she and her family will almost certainly have to find refuge in another country. And all this because she stated, when pressured by neighbours to convert, that Muhammed had done nothing for humankind, in contrast to Jesus.

    Bring her and the family here. They are very welcome.

    Would the European Court of Human Rights, which as of last week upholds Muslim blasphemy law, have dismissed her case?

    Excellent question.

  115. calli

    Okay Arky. Now you’ve smoked out all the “post” gals! Well done. 😀

  116. cohenite

    Here is part two of the train traveling through Arizona heading south. This baby is LOADED to the hilt‼

    And with Trump that gear will be used; hopefully on the leftie activists as well as the phony refugees.

  117. C.L.

    For the rest, we are welcome to join a community event where your so-called bogans (which in my neighbourhood includes doctors, accountants, teachers etc, aka God’s children) enjoy each others company instead of hiding behind large brick fences, have fun scaring kids and admiring costumes, and share a few laughs. It helps break up the year with few public holidays at this time.

    Nothing’s stopping you from having a weekend barbecue. This idea that people need Halloween to speak civilly to Mrs Blogs next door is hilarious and utterly stupid.

  118. Farmer Gez, Ed Gannon in today’s Hun nails what you have brought up in regards to the Bureau of Meteorology. The kicker is a computer that cost 77 million to predict the weather. Needless to say, it’s shit.

    They’re worse than useless because they mislead industry into making business decisions that fail to pay.
    They are useful as a counter to climate change propaganda.
    The super computers are the same ones that run models for the climate disaster series. It’s a bit like putting a new tapered bearing centre in and old cone, failure guaranteed.

  119. calli

    Troops to the border? CNN was going nuts over this a couple of hours ago,

  120. Steve trickler

    A great Halloween story for all.

    The day will come, when we take our last breath, and die.



  121. OldOzzie

    Cleese’s Classes

    Lectures and laughs from the comic actor and Monty Python legend.

    Professor at Large

    Who knew that besides Python and Fawlty, myriad business-training films, A Fish Called Wanda, and a couple each of Harry Potter and James Bond flicks, Cleese not only hosted but wrote a four-part BBC documentary called The Human Face, all about presentation, perception, and identity. Cleese offers many fine takeaways on the complexity of physiognomy. Pointing to his mouth, he says, “If I want to disguise my appearance, if I wear dental prosthetics, teeth that push my lips out like this, people actually don’t recognize me.”

    Cleese’s second major concern is religion. He confesses that his Church of England upbringing turned him off organized worship for a good 20 years. Then he began reading Alan Watts and Aldous Huxley. Soon he was forging his own particular relationship with the Almighty. It’s a work in progress.

    “I am still puzzled why, in the West,” he says a few months before 9/11, “there’s been so little interest in experiencing the divine and so much emphasis on religion as crowd control. Is it because, once Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, it attracted as priests some who were unconsciously motivated by the desire for power?” Cleese has interviewed the Dalai Lama, admits that “Love your enemy” is a concept “simply beyond my emotional capacity,” and emphasizes that the Son of God was, ultimately, a mystic. For the record, Cleese believes in an afterlife. “The trouble comes when you try to say how it works.”

    Regarding faith, he can be glib: “I bet that the gap in intelligence between God and me is rather bigger than the gap between me and [my cat] Wensley.” He can be snide: “If Dick Cheney were scourged for hours and then crucified, I would genuinely feel sorry for him . . . eventually.” But really, he is altogether disarming. He recalls when zealots excoriated Monty Python’s Life of Brian: “We were condemned by the Jewish Orthodox folk, the Jewish liberal folk, the Catholics, the Lutherans, and the Calvinists. And we were very proud about that because, as Eric Idle said, ‘We’ve given them the first thing they’ve agreed on for five hundred years.’ So I like to think of us Pythons as ‘uniters.’”

    Inexplicably, Cleese thinks Life of Brian a better movie than Monty Python and the Holy Grail because it has “quite a good story.” No religious quarrels here; Grail, while a lot looser, is just plain funnier.

  122. Myrddin Seren

    Horror for US ABC.

    Seems the people who watched ‘Roseanne’ were mostly Deplorables – not ‘Woke’ SJWs.

    Like most everyone in Hollyweird are and who piled in on her after Ambien-Tweeting – and who never watched ‘Roseanne’ in the first place anyway.

    ‘Roseanne’ minus Roseanne is a dumpster fire.

  123. C.L.

    Trump sorted the Supreme Court just in time.
    ————-

    Fetal homicide ruling mandates ‘Roe exception’ challenge, Alabama justice says

    As the Alabama Supreme Court upheld the state’s fetal homicide law in a ruling this month, one of the justices said the decision should force the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

    Justice Tom Parker said it is a “logical fallacy” for the government to consider a fetus a life for the purposes of a murder conviction but not when it comes to a woman deciding to end her pregnancy.

    The case in Alabama involved Jessie Livell Phillips, who was convicted of killing his wife when she was eight weeks pregnant.

    A jury found him guilty of murder of “two or more persons” by one act, using a 2006 law that defined “person” as including a child in utero. The court sentenced him to death.

    A crucial case. A contest between irrefutable science and logic vs. convenient lies and legal trickery.

  124. OldOzzie

    Cleese’s Classes

    Lectures and laughs from the comic actor and Monty Python legend.

    Professor at Large

    Who knew that besides Python and Fawlty, myriad business-training films, A Fish Called Wanda, and a couple each of Harry Potter and James Bond flicks, Cleese not only hosted but wrote a four-part BBC documentary called The Human Face, all about presentation, perception, and identity. Cleese offers many fine takeaways on the complexity of physiognomy. Pointing to his mouth, he says, “If I want to disguise my appearance, if I wear dental prosthetics, teeth that push my lips out like this, people actually don’t recognize me.”

    Cleese’s second major concern is religion. He confesses that his Church of England upbringing turned him off organized worship for a good 20 years. Then he began reading Alan Watts and Aldous Huxley. Soon he was forging his own particular relationship with the Almighty. It’s a work in progress.

    “I am still puzzled why, in the West,” he says a few months before 9/11, “there’s been so little interest in experiencing the divine and so much emphasis on religion as crowd control. Is it because, once Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, it attracted as priests some who were unconsciously motivated by the desire for power?” Cleese has interviewed the Dalai Lama, admits that “Love your enemy” is a concept “simply beyond my emotional capacity,” and emphasizes that the Son of God was, ultimately, a mystic. For the record, Cleese believes in an afterlife. “The trouble comes when you try to say how it works.”

    Regarding faith, he can be glib: “I bet that the gap in intelligence between God and me is rather bigger than the gap between me and [my cat] Wensley.” He can be snide: “If Dick Cheney were scourged for hours and then crucified, I would genuinely feel sorry for him . . . eventually.” But really, he is altogether disarming. He recalls when zealots excoriated Monty Python’s Life of Brian: “We were condemned by the [email protected] Orthodox folk, the [email protected] liberal folk, the Catholics, the Lutherans, and the Calvinists. And we were very proud about that because, as Eric Idle said, ‘We’ve given them the first thing they’ve agreed on for five hundred years.’ So I like to think of us Pythons as ‘uniters.’”

    Inexplicably, Cleese thinks Life of Brian a better movie than Monty Python and the Holy Grail because it has “quite a good story.” No religious quarrels here; Grail, while a lot looser, is just plain funnier.

  125. Ragu

    Should I start drinking heavily again?

    You can do that while spending enormous amounts of money. Just to really keep it real.

    Like a friend of mine. Bought a 36 Swanson yacht. Put it on hard stand for a month a $200/day to fix the galley and add an auto-helm and fridge that holds 100 cans

    Get it out on the water in the middle of the pacific and post the GoPro footage to YouTube with the two hot young things from Bulgaria that you invited along.

    Chardonnay and Zoloft work.
    Ro the fooooootage ooof why it’s awesoome

  126. jupes

    However, with a bounty placed upon her head by Muslims, she and her family will almost certainly have to find refuge in another country. And all this because she stated, when pressured by neighbours to convert, that Muhammed had done nothing for humankind, in contrast to Jesus.

    Yet another example how the west doesn’t understand the threat of Islam. In the wars this century the refrain from Western leaders is that the regime / terrorist group is the enemy and we are there to help the local Muslim people.

    Yeah nah, the local Muslim people are the problem in all the Muslim shithole countries. The leadership represents the people.

  127. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Peter Dutton says asylum seeker children brought to Australia will not stay permanently

    Richard Ferguson
    Reporter
    @RichAFerguson
    4 minutes ago November 1, 2018
    63 Comments

    Peter Dutton says asylum seeker children brought to Australia will not stay here permanently, but he could not confirm if parents would be allowed to leave Nauru with them.

    The Australian revealed today that Scott Morrison plans to have all 40 children in the island detention centre relocated to Australia by the end of the year.

    The news has been welcomed by staunch critics of the Coalition’s border policy like former human rights tsar Gillian Triggs.

    “We’re in the process of doing it in Nauru but we’re doing it in a way that’s not going to restart boats … we’ve been very clear that people are not settling permanently here,” Mr Dutton told 2GB.

    “We’ve been very clear that when they receive medical assistance, then the expectation is that they will return to their country of origin.”

    When asked if parents on Nauru who were rejected by the United States on security grounds would be allowed in Australia, Mr Dutton said he would look at each case individually.

    “I’ve had cases before where I’ve made decisions that the father will stay in custody and the child and the mother will go out into the community,” he told 2GB.

    “We work through each of those cases.”

    Ms Triggs, the former Human Rights Commission president, said it was “remarkably good news” the government will move children off Nauru, but she wants adults transferred too.

    I think we can say it’s remarkably good news that these children will now have access to proper medical care in Australia,” she told ABC radio.

    From the Oz. Just so glad Twiggly Puff has had her say. One of the comments points out that, per head of population, Nauru has more doctors and medical professionals then Australia.

  128. Yeah nah, the local Liberal voters are the problem in all the liberal shithole countries. The leadership represents the people.

  129. jupes

    Peter Dutton says asylum seeker children brought to Australia will not stay permanently

    LOL

    Yeah right dickhead.

  130. Astronomers find dust clouds in Lagrange Points L4 and L5.
    Prolly find some missing votes from the last Wentworth election if they look hard enough.

  131. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    If you are gunna drink, do it properly, otherwise avoid it all together.

    Nothing nicer than moderate and well-paced occasional imbibing of a tasty slurp of alcohol, if you’re a girl. Women’s physiology just can’t cope with large amounts of alcohol, as early experimentation with teenage up-chucking often demonstrates most instructively and effectively. 🙂

  132. jupes

    Malcolm Turnbull ✔ @TurnbullMalcolm
    A few facts. @ScottMorrisonMP asked me to discuss trade and the embassy issue in Bali and we had a call before I left to confirm his messages which I duly relayed to @jokowi There was a detailed paper on the issue in my official brief as well.

    I posted a few days ago that Turnbull and Krudd shared the same bad characteristics but Krudd was more vindictive.

    Looks like I was wrong. At the moment they are neck and neck but Turnbull should be in front by the end of his QandA appearance.

  133. Oldozzie

    WSJ – Republicans Show Strength in Early Voting

    In key Senate races, the numbers so far suggest a major GOP swing since 2016.

    By Karl Rove
    Oct. 31, 2018 6:40 p.m. ET

    The final week of a midterm election is always brutal. Candidates rush from event to event, staffers debate the campaign’s closing message, fundraisers scrabble for the last dollar, and volunteers beg supporters to turn out to vote.

    Get-out-the-vote efforts now assume special importance. Careful planning, precise targeting, months of preparation, and vast amounts of volunteer hours now either pay off in early and absentee voting as well as Election Day turnout, or they don’t and campaigns sink. But initial reports are good for Republicans. Last week NBC News found “GOP-affiliated voters have surpassed Democratic-affiliated ones in early voting in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, Tennessee and Texas”—all of which have key races for Senate, governor or both.

    Nevada is the only state with a crucial Senate race in which NBC reported a Democratic advantage in early voting. That’s accurate but incomplete. As of Tuesday night, Nevada’s early-voting results show an over 3-percentage-point swing toward the Republicans from the last election’s early voting. Since Democrats carried the state by 2.4 points in 2016, the GOP looks to be in the hunt for the state’s Senate and gubernatorial races.

    Early voting also suggests the GOP has made gains in Arizona. As of Monday night, 464,491 Republicans had voted, compared with 356,106 Democrats and 252,810 independent and other early voters. That represents a 5.4-point swing to Republicans in a state they carried by 3.6 points in 2016. That’s good news for GOP Gov. Doug Ducey and Senate hopeful Martha McSally.

    Florida Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott and gubernatorial standard-bearer Ron DeSantis also look to be benefiting from early voting. As of Tuesday night, Republicans have cast 41.9% of early and absentee ballots, versus 40.1% by Democrats. This represents a 3-point swing toward Republicans in a state President Trump carried by 1.2 points in 2016.

    These early results—and others from Indiana, Montana, Tennessee and Texas—suggest the GOP’s odds of holding the Senate remain strong. Yet early voting is only a preview of the election—and not always an accurate one. Trends favoring Republicans may not continue. The Republican get-out-the-vote machine could falter; Democratic numbers could improve; independents could break decisively against the GOP; or soft Republicans could cast protest votes, diminishing the party’s apparent improvements. Moreover, the GOP early-voting advantage could turn out to be fool’s gold: Republicans may be transferring votes from Election Day to early or absentee ballots without expanding the universe of GOP voters. Republicans should not take anything for granted and instead keep operating at flank speed.

    Razor-thin margins could decide many races in this election. In 2006, control of the House was settled in 16 contests where the difference between the winning Democrats and the losing Republicans was a cumulative 115,388 votes out of three million total, or an average margin of 7,212 votes. This time, control of the House and Senate will also come down to a few votes in what’s expected to be the highest midterm turnout since 1966.

    Last-minute events could alter the outcome. The electorate’s response to the horrific anti-Semitic massacre in Pittsburgh, the explosive devices mailed to liberal and Democratic figures, and the caravan of Central Americans making its way to the U.S. border could all prove crucial in close contests. The president’s approval ratings have dipped from last week’s highs and Republicans are doing worse on the generic congressional ballot.

    Victory depends on the energy and effectiveness each party brings to its get-out-the-vote effort. But getting the true believers out to vote—as important as that is—won’t be enough. To win, each party needs to win over a critical mass of those Americans who can still be persuaded. That’s the other key challenge for Republicans and Democrats with less than a week to go.

  134. Arky:

    We should ape them more.
    Specifically their constitution, in particular 1st and 2nd ammendments thereof.

    They have a great constitution. We should adopt it.

  135. Rae

    Fetal homicide ruling mandates ‘Roe exception’ challenge, Alabama justice says

    As the Alabama Supreme Court upheld the state’s fetal homicide law in a ruling this month, one of the justices said the decision should force the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

    Don’t see why. Revisiting Roe v Wade has not been mandated by any decisions in any of the other 37 US States that have had fetal homicide laws in place as far back as 1973.

  136. Zyconoclast

    Dreams dashed for Tesla rival
    Faraday Future’s vehicle manufacturing future looks bleak.

    Ambitious start-up company Faraday Future has seen its production plans dashed.
    Last year, the company unveiled its first vehicle, the FF91 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, confirming it would build fully-electric vehicles to rival Tesla.
    Now, the American-Chinese vehicle design company has been left in the dark after a $2 billion contribution from its primary investor, Evergrande Health Industry Group turned sour.
    Last week Faraday Future said in a statement it needed to take immediate steps to re-evaluate its business priorities due to the serious and unexpected cash shortfall.

    Faraday Future’s co-founder Nick Sampson, who has since resigned, says the company is “effectively insolvent in both its financial and personnel assets”.

    Comments:

    1. FF may be gone but the Chinese still have the IP

    2. oh.. how unusual… a chinese backer has backed out , the developer has lost everything and now the chinese have the IP…how unusual….

    https://www.drive.com.au/motor-news/dreams-dashed-for-tesla-rival-119950.html?ffref=smh&trackLink=SMH0

  137. Roger

    Not all bad, but you have to ask, what is keeping them walled up? It wasn’t for nothing that the term religio meant to bind.

    And it still does, I note, even in the atrophied form of modern Christmas, Easter & now Halloween celebrations, the difference being that Christmas and Easter have become strictly familial celebrations whereas Halloween invites a communal approach at the local level. How dull and completely atomised would life in neo-Puritanical suburbia be without these secularised holy days? Besides which, cheesy though they be, they can provide a point of contact for the Gospel with the post-Christendom world.

  138. Mother Lode

    And with Trump that gear will be used; hopefully on the leftie activists as well as the phony refugees.

    They must surely have a strategy to prevent the caravan walking up with children in front – Palestinian style.

    The sight of children in agony with whatever injury (whether inflicted by the US or the Caravan – which frankly is more likely) will not go down well with Republican voters.

    They must be able to show that it could not possibly have been the US military.

  139. Myrddin Seren

    Climate scientist Kate Marvel on the true meaning of Halloween:

    We know a little bit about the horrors that await us in the climate haunted house—

    The hallway teems with rats, some the size of human infants. …. The shorter winters mean longer breeding seasons for urban rats, and they’re manifestly enjoying themselves. In these increasingly ideal breeding conditions, two rats can, within three years, turn in to almost half a billion.

    Right. Rodentageddon.

    ….if we focus only on scary things, we miss the true meaning of Halloween, which is to force small children into humiliating costumes for our amusement.

    My own toddler insists that he wants to be “a squid that helps people,” which mystifies his parents and reveals a poor understanding of cephalopod biology.

    Mother of the Year….

  140. candy

    Not keen on asylum seeker kids being brought to Australia without their mother or both parents.
    It is wrong to separate families and I think a family unit would be better on Nauru together than separated completely.

    Turnbull/Morrison should have accepted the NZ offer when they first offered, and sent them all to NZ, instead of this incessant changing of their minds and it would have been done and dusted. Now it’s in the news that children go to Australia and the smugglers will get wind of it.

  141. Rae

    Turnbull/Morrison should have accepted the NZ offer when they first offered, and sent them all to NZ, instead of this incessant changing of their minds and it would have been done and dusted. Now it’s in the news that children go to Australia and the smugglers will get wind of it.

    Yep.

  142. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Inexplicably, Cleese thinks Life of Brian a better movie than Monty Python and the Holy Grail because it has “quite a good story.” No religious quarrels here; Grail, while a lot looser, is just plain funnier.

    ‘Grail’ is a hoot of a send-up, but ‘Brian’ is a miracle of film-making, with a script, well, I’ll say it, to die for. 🙂 We watched it again, after our visit to Israel, and it was still as funny as ever, in fact more so, and extremely pertinent to Jerusalem and environs, the real Wild West territory of world religions.

    We actually saw real examples of ‘Jerusalem syndrome’ while we were there, Messiahs in the making. It gave new meaning to ‘he’s not the Messiah, he’s just a very naughty boy’. ‘Blessed are the cheese-makers’ is still a fall-about-laughing moment. As well as the clips endlessly reposted on the Cat over the years: Biggus Dickus, and Splitters, as well as as ‘a man’s ‘Right’ to have babies’.

  143. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Oh, and what may come to be the Western Civilisation epitaph: ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?”

  144. Myrddin Seren

    Top Climate Scientists Warn Governments Of ‘Blatant Anti-Nuclear Bias’ In Latest IPCC Climate Report

    “The anti-nuclear bias of this latest IPCC release is rather blatant,” said Kerry Emanuel, a climate scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “and reflects the ideology of the environmental movement. History may record that this was more of an impediment to decarbonization than climate denial.”

    Other signers of the letter include Tom Wigley, a widely-cited climate scientist who has contributed to IPCC reports on 13 separate occasions, David Lea, professor of Earth Sciences at University of California, Santa Barbara, and Peter Raven, Winner of the National Medal of Science, 2001.

    “Such fear-mongering about nuclear has serious consequences,” the authors write.

    The letter signers include leading radiation experts who expressed outrage that the IPCC had claimed a link between nuclear power stations and leukemia when in reality “there is no valid evidentiary support for it and the supposed connection has been thoroughly dismissed in the literature.

    The SPM seems to be the most blatantly political document the IPCC has yet issued, and arguably a direct shot at Australia with its anti-coal, anti-nuke, anti-meat ‘climate science’.

    Doubtless it will be the foundation for policy under the Shorten Reich.

  145. Cactus

    Driving around the South Island of Nz on a work trip. Man this place is beautiful. Tell me why I shouldnt sell up quit and buy a bolt hole here among the mountains?

  146. Zyconoclast

    Ms Triggs, the former Human Rights Commission president, said it was “remarkably good news” the government will move children off Nauru, but she wants adults transferred too.

    “I think we can say it’s remarkably good news that these children will now have access to proper medical care in Australia,” she told ABC radio.

    Gillian Triggs daughter, Victoria, was unavaible for comment.

  147. Diogenes

    of Nz on a work trip. Man this place is beautiful. Tell me why I shouldnt sell up quit and buy a bolt hole here among the mountains?

    Jacindamania

  148. Top Ender

    The Mocker: Where the streets have no name, courtesy of Bec Cody

    Where the streets have no name
    Where the streets have no name
    We’re still building then burning down love

    In the U2 song Where the Streets Have No Name, the city depicted is Belfast, Ireland — but I had in mind Canberra and its glorified town council, otherwise known as the ACT Legislative Assembly. One of its members is Labor backbencher Bec Cody, who was elected in 2016. Her base wage is $164,382.

    So what does the member for Murrumbidgee think is the most pressing concern for her constituents? Is it enacting anti-consorting legislation to combat the outlaw motorcycle gangs who have committed numerous drive-by shootings and arsons in the suburb of Kambah? Not at all. Her number one priority is changing the names of streets and suburbs she deems to be “hurtful”.

    “I was a hairdresser for 30 years,” she told ABC’s Radio National on Tuesday, “and people were often telling me about some of the hurtful place names that we have in Canberra and the pain that they feel when they have to see them.” This was quite the revelation. As someone who has frequented Canberra’s barbers I have overheard many conversations there, none of which involved clients bursting into tears over distressing naming conventions. It appears Cody is embellishing a tad or ten, but at least we can take solace knowing she once worked in a useful occupation.

    Her motion will be debated in the Assembly next month, but Cody has already asked the ACT Place Names Committee to review all place names to ensure they meet “community standards”. In the meantime she is taking her scissors to the suburb of Stirling, named after WA’s first governor, who in 1834 led a party of police, soldiers, and settlers in what became known as the ‘Battle of Pinjarra’, resulting in the deaths of 14 indigenous people and one police superintendent.

    “Some people would have a real problem with a person being commemorated for massacring Aboriginals,” she said. Some people would have a real problem with a politician using straw man arguments to justify cultural cleansing, you might retort. Next on her list is a city park named after British WWI field marshal Douglas Haig, who commanded forces on the Western Front. He, according to Cody, sent in troops “just to be killed”.

    “The reason for my motion is to start a conversation,” she said this week. No problems. Let’s do just that. We begin with the suburb of Watson, named after Australia’s first Labor PM. In 1901 the then Opposition Leader asked the Barton Government to deal firmly with the “coloured alien trouble generally”, saying “Chinese, Hindoos (sic) and such like objectionable races should be dealt with promptly and effectively”. What is the solution to this historical blight? Elementary, Watson: it’s time for a new name.

    Then there is the suburb of Fisher. Delivering an election speech in 1913 to sugarcane farmers in Maryborough, Queensland, that Labor PM was unabashedly bigoted. “Legislation will be passed to equalise the bounty and excise, and thereby protect the white growers against unfair competition by those employing coloured labour,” he declared. Andrew, you’re about to be airbrushed.

    I hope you are taking notes, Bec Cody, for the suburb of Scullin is also tainted. In 1928, only a year before James Scullin became PM, this Labor leader publicly announced “The first plank of Labor’s Fighting Platform” was to be “the maintenance of a White Australia.” Former Labor leader Francis Forde was PM for only eight days, but he still has a suburb named after him. Not for much longer though. In 1932 the then Deputy Opposition Leader angrily denounced the Lyons Government for granting trade concessions to the British colony of Fiji. This “struck a blow at the ‘White Australia policy,” he protested, “one portion of which was to prevent the products of black labour entering the country”.

    The residents of Curtin take pride in having a suburb named after the great Labor wartime PM, but that too will change. In 1917 he attacked PM Billy Hughes, claiming the latter intended to dismantle the White Australia policy, and replace “Anzacs with Chinese” while the “white sons of Australian mothers are fighting for the Empire on the bloodstained fields of France”. Ditto the suburb of Chifley. He may be remembered as an affable Labor PM, but in 1928 a young Chifley castigated the Bruce Government for admitting “so many dagoes and aliens into Australia”.

    The suburbs of Evatt and Calwell, both named after former Labor opposition leaders, will suffer a similar fate. As Attorney-General, Evatt told Parliament in 1947 that the White Australia policy was “absolutely basic to the politics and economics of this country”. Calwell was also known for his racist remarks, as evident by his “Two Wongs don’t make a white” joke in 1947 when he was Minister for Immigration.

    Last year the ACT Government announced it had gazetted the new suburb of Whitlam. He was, according to Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry, “a one-of-a-kind man and prime minister, who helped Australia rethink the way we approach ideas relating to inequality and social justice”. Presumably she is unaware of Whitlam’s inhumane response to the fall of Saigon in 1975. “I’m not having these f..king Vietnamese Balts coming into the country with their religious and political prejudices against us,” he said when urged by his Foreign Minister, Don Willisee, to grant South Vietnamese refugees asylum. “Vietnamese sob stories don’t wring my withers,” he said contemptuously. Does that meet your community standards, Bec Cody?

    We can also look forward to the demolition of a $72,000 taxpayer-funded bronze statue of Whitlam’s Immigration Minister Al Grassby in Canberra’s Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre. Grassby worked tirelessly for his Griffith constituents, especially the Calabrian ones. Following the disappearance and murder of anti-drugs campaigner and Liberal state candidate Donald MacKay at the hands of the mafia in 1977, Grassby unsuccessfully tried to persuade a NSW state politician to read out in Parliament a disgusting claim that McKay’s wife and son were complicit in his murder.

    A commission of inquiry later found Grassby had acted to protect the real murderers, and that “no decent man” could have disseminated the “scurrilous lies” that Grassby did. On that basis we can be sure Cody already has an angle grinder in hand if she is true to her principles. And given her insistence the name of Stirling is no longer suitable as it does not meet “community standards”, it must follow the suburbs of Calwell, Chifley, Evatt, Fisher, Forde, Scullin, Watson and Whitlam be renamed.

    In the event Cody resisted such moves, she would be a rank hypocrite. By her own assertion she supposedly has a zero tolerance for racism. Last year in a speech in the Assembly she labelled the RSL Club in the NSW town of Sussex Inlet “a disgrace”. The crime? The tiles in the men’s bathroom include those depicting indigenous men in a traditional setting. “In 2017 in Australia in a club that promotes itself as championing our values and respect for our national heritage, men are expected to urinate on Aboriginals,” she said, telling an outright falsehood. Club president David Woodbridge noted there had never been an official complaint about the tiles since their installation in 1971, thus confirming Cody’s claims of toilet racism were nothing but piss and wind.

    Perhaps the would-be Minister for Monikers should reconsider her virtue thought bubble, especially given what renaming the suburbs would mean for her party idols and what remains of her credibility. There is also the slight matter of the inconvenience this would cause for the 29,000 residents in the suburbs concerned, not to mention the emergency and postal services.

    On a related topic, the ACT Government, a Labor/Greens coalition, will name the streets of a new suburb, Denman Prospect, after activists, particularly feminists and unionists. Even the militant Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union will be so honoured, notwithstanding its appalling history of flouting industrial laws and the thuggish behaviour by many of its officials. Do not count on Cody’s objection. Her Twitter profile proudly features her displaying the CFMMEU’s former logo. This, from the same politician who wants to rename suburbs “to make life a little kinder for others”?

    I think we should review place names in the ACT because some of them are named after bad people, and are hurtful to the victims. It’s a small task for us to make life a little kinder for others. #ACTpol

    — Bec Cody (@Rebecca_Cody) October 28, 2018
    Incidentally, you might think the citizens of Canberra deserve this circus they have elected, and to a large extent you would be right. Spare a thought though for the roughly 40 per cent of voters who wanted nothing to do with Labor or the Greens and must suffer this progressive idiocy. With them in mind, let’s end with the opening lyrics of Where the Streets Have No Name:

    I want to run, I want to hide
    I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside

    THE MOCKER
    The Mocker amuses himself by calling out poseurs, sneering social commentators, and po-faced officials. He is deeply suspicious of those who seek increased regulation of speech and behaviour.

  149. Mother Lode

    Yet another example how the west doesn’t understand the threat of Islam. In the wars this century the refrain from Western leaders is that the regime / terrorist group is the enemy and we are there to help the local Muslim people.

    Progressives are, for the most part, mediocre intellects with pretensions of brilliance. They consider their opinions (shared by innumerable brief passing contacts among their own kind – like ants share pheromones throughout the colony) to be unassailable.

    One of these is the belief that, at bottom, everyone wants the progressive vision, and only timidity or lack of vision prevents them seeing it.

    It really does not occur to progressives that anyone could hold their own beliefs as dearly and closely as theirs. Everyone else is confused, you see.

    They cannot imagine that, in the perfect green/socialist world, a Muslim might feel impelled to overturn it in favour of their beliefs.

    Very mediocre.

  150. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Regarding the $500 Mill to the War Museum, a commenter on Bolta wants to know if, after the election of the Shorten/Di Natale Government, how long will it be before there is a gallery commemorating the anti war protests against Viet Nam and Iraq, or the unionists of World War Two who did so much to hinder Australia’s war effort?

  151. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Nauru is good enough for the Nauruans, and it is good enough as a place of first refuge (a joke given the number of countries these shoppers have traversed for their boat trip); if we must adhere that outdated piece of UN dogma at all. Those on Nauru should be invited to apply for entry to Australia as genuine refugees under the same requirements as those in refugee camps wishing to come here are invited to apply. Their wait in Nauru is no worse, indeed, much better, than any of those awaiting our help in African refugee camps or other such camps around the world. Otherwise, those on Nauru can consider a paid return to homeland of their choosing or to a UN refugee camp elsewhere.

    Loosening of this policy will only invite more child deaths at sea.

    The only way out of this dilemma is to ensure that those on Nauru are absolutely the last who are not turned back to Indonesia when 3 miles out to sea. Better still, no financial help from us to Indonesia until these boats stop at source. I note, by the way, that Japan is doubling its refugee intake to 40 a year. Forty from Nauru, health checked, would be ideal applicants.

  152. Ragu

    My own toddler insists that he wants to be “a squid that helps people,” which mystifies his parents and reveals a poor understanding of cephalopod biology.

    Talking about children you have in the third person is a good indicator that you’re full of shit. Unless, of course, you’re a fucking weirdo.

    I used to think they are stupid, but some parents are fully “woke” to whatever ideology prevails that they are clearly bonkers. The meek wont inherit the earth, they are making it possible for those that can make physical products calm the world with ammunition.

  153. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Next on her list is a city park named after British WWI field marshal Douglas Haig, who commanded forces on the Western Front. He, according to Cody, sent in troops “just to be killed”.

    The same Douglas Haig who commanded the British and Commonwealth armies during the “Hundred Days” – the longest series of complete victories ever won by those armies? As John Terraine pointed out, it WAS a German delegation who crossed the lines, under a white flag to request an Armistice, not the other way around.

  154. Herodotus

    That toddler’s been watching the Octonauts.
    One of the very best programs on the ABC.

  155. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Grassby worked tirelessly for his Griffith constituents, especially the Calabrian ones.

    LOL

  156. Mother Lode

    Huh?

    In moderation?

    The word pheromone is a no-no?

    This sucks ♭@££$

  157. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    “I was a hairdresser for 30 years,” she told ABC’s Radio National on Tuesday, “and people were often telling me

    lol again. You can’t get hairdressers to shut up. Someone’s told them their job is about ‘communication’ and they have taken it to heart. You can’t close your eyes and pretend to sleep either, or else they will destroy your hair in revenge (so it seems, anyway; the truth may be that, unsupervised, their idea of style is not yours).

  158. jupes

    Nauru is good enough for the Nauruans

    Exactly. The reffos actually have better facilities and services than the locals.

    What did we do to deserve someone as stupid and weak as SloMo?

  159. Shy Ted

    Cactus #2854170, posted on November 1, 2018 at 1:16 pm
    Driving around the South Island of Nz on a work trip. Man this place is beautiful. Tell me why I shouldnt sell up quit and buy a bolt hole here among the mountains?

    Do it again in the rain.

  160. Myrddin Seren

    That toddler’s been watching the Octonauts.

    Thanks Herodotus – you have confirmed my suspicion.

    Mom and Dad are so busy being ‘Woke’ and writing climate fiction, they have no real engagement with their junior carbon-emitting unit.

    ‘Mommy – wead me a stowey !’

    ‘Not now, Dear, Mommy is writing a blog that will Save the Planet’.

  161. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    BHP plans $US10.4bn capital return

    By David Winning
    Dow Jones
    10:11AM November 1, 2018
    1 Comment

    BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company by market value, said it would return US10.4 billion ($A14.7bn) to shareholders via a stock buyback and special dividend after completing the sale of its US onshore oil and natural gas assets.

    The announcement lifted BHP shares as much as 6.2 per cent in early trade to a three-week high of $34.20.

    BHP, which has faced pressure from activist investor Elliott Management Corp to improve returns, said the move would bring the total cash handed back to shareholders over the past two years to $US21 billion.

    The Melbourne-based company (BHP) said it planned to buy back shares worth $US5.2 billion and pay a special dividend to shareholders totalling $US5.2 billion. It said the capital-management program would begin immediately.

    From the Oz. Very noice, than you!

  162. JC

    Ronery

    Let’s see you figure out how much that works out per share.

    I doubt you can.

  163. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Stimpy, your chosen topic, the J3wish people, is one that carries along with it many very nasty folk and an historical litany of lies and prejudices, which Sinc does not want polluting his blog.

    I miss your wry take on the world here, but your pointless topic perplexes me. Drop it, and return to the crazy sanity we all love, not the birdstrike sort of stuff we find very objectionable.

  164. Mother Lode

    Malcolm Turnbull ✔ @TurnbullMalcolm
    A few facts. @ScottMorrisonMP asked me to discuss trade and the embassy issue in Bali and we had a call before I left to confirm his messages which I duly relayed to @jokowi There was a detailed paper on the issue in my official brief as well.

    Don’t we have a Trade minister for that – who can actually make commitments as part of the government?

    And the other stuff about the Australian Embassy in Israel? Trumble was expected to…negotiate with the Indos about this or something?

    A small man struggling with a big ego.

  165. Justice Tom Parker said it is a “logical fallacy” for the government to consider a fetus a life for the purposes of a murder conviction but not when it comes to a woman deciding to end her pregnancy.

    Indeed.

  166. Zatara

    Don’t Like Tribalism? Sorry, You Missed the Bus

    You can see the worldview behind the question John Dickerson poses. He just has no clue that his side, the elite educated-class media bubble, is playing identity politics and shooting off virulent attacks on the other side every day of the week. But he is shocked, shocked, at the violent rhetoric of the customers at the bar of Rick’s Café Américain Don’s Café Trumpien. Basically, our liberal friends are saying “No Fair” that the Trump Republican Party is now doing the “Alinsky-style thing.” ‘Cos Alinsky’s Rules are for Radicals, not for Deplorables.

    The reason we got Trump is that the conservative movement – that’s you, Jonah & Co. – and the Republican Party – that’s you, Paul Ryan & Co. – failed to defend ordinary middle-class people from years and years of the left calling us all racists, sexists, and homophobes.

    Instead, we have our General Trump, of whom some like to say, “We can’t spare this man. He fights.”

    Interesting piece.

  167. max

    Better still, no financial help from us to Indonesia until these boats stop at source.

    I saw recently there are 130,000 refugees in camps in Indonesia, unable to work or children receive an education. I’m sure the news about Nauru will be circulating and preparations being made. The authorities there are looking for payoff from people smugglers or the Australian government. It doesn’t matter to them.

  168. Zyconoclast

    Media Statements
    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham
    Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Queensland leads the way on climate change
    Parliament has passed laws that make Queensland the first Australian State or Territory to require climate change and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ values to be addressed in future water planning.
    New laws passed today require government planners and any future Minister to take potential climate change effects into account when developing and approving the state’s water plans.
    The changes also now require the values and interests of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders to be considered.

    http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2018/10/18/queensland-leads-the-way-on-climate-change

  169. Makka

    Everyone does do it but only Australia is stupid enough to ban its two best batsmen for a year because of it.

    Captain and Vice Captain of the Australian Cricket Team. Over paid by squillions and behaving like a pair of fkg cry babies. These 2 embarrassing specimens should have been banned for life.

  170. Snoopy

    The changes also now require the values and interests of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders to be considered.

    I’m reasonably certain that the values and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can be accommodated at a price.

  171. .

    We need to distinguish what risk entails – acts of negligence. I can tolerate and understand higher penalties for intentional acts (voluntary manslaughter) with unforeseen circumstances but not unintentional acts (involuntary manslaughter). The reason why is a lack of mens rea, concomitant with the jurisprudence on the invalidity of CP in manslaughter cases.

    Sure, but why would this be any different with the child in utero? Are you suggesting that someone that intentional assaults a mother with child should be treated differently so far as the child in utero is concerned because they may have been unaware that the mother was with child? Irrelevant. If the assault constitutes a wrong against the mother then that is a wrong against the child in utero as well.

    No – not for intentional acts or omissions & reckless indifference.

    I think that would not only give women a lot of power but make them extremely privileged. It is not only the status of one class of people over others I would worry about but also the basis for further policy here.

    It would provide them with no more than they have now while also introducing the means to curtail it which is why they are generally opposed to such a law even though it expressly excludes the mother in the Act

    .

    All I can do here is disagree. I think we have a difference in opinion here based on enumerated rights and relative risky behaviours that are incentivised.

    Agreed, but sometimes the best means of repealing a bad law is to press the point that it is contrary to a principle, or in this instance, by introducing into law an amendment that lends some force to that principle.

    I don’t think we’re a society that has enough interest in politics for this to work.

  172. .

    Justice Tom Parker said it is a “logical fallacy” for the government to consider a fetus a life for the purposes of a murder conviction but not when it comes to a woman deciding to end her pregnancy.

    He should also be acutely aware that a crime is simply what the government decides is a crime.

  173. Myrddin Seren

    Parliament has passed laws that make Queensland the first Australian State or Territory to require climate change and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ values to be addressed in future water planning.

    New laws passed today require government planners and any future Minister to take potential climate change effects into account when developing and approving the state’s water plans.

    The changes also now require the values and interests of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders to be considered.

    So – no more dams because it will never rain again and we don’t want to upset the Dreamtime spirits.

  174. .

    Parliament has passed laws that make Queensland the first Australian State or Territory to require climate change and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ values to be addressed in future water planning.

    Simple. An Aboriginal with a good credit rating can buy a farm and water rights that come downstream of a dam. An Aboriginal living in a traditional community doesn’t have a hope in hell having any water rights.

    Too blunt? Oh, and climate change is a non-problem; if it was serious we’d have nuclear power.

  175. Shy Ted

    Had to stand in a queue first thing this morning and on one of the (many) cretinous morning TV shows was Jane Caro “talking” about the fish and chip shop “The Battered Wife”. Naturally the hosts were all abnormally white teeth and makeup and vigorous nodding. Is it me that thinks Caro is recruited cos “she’s a loon you love to laugh at” or do any of them actually think she has anything to say that’s worth listening to? It wasn’t the fAkeBC where it’s a given that she’s the font of all wisdom. It was either 7 or 9. Hard to tell, they all look and sound the same.

  176. Zyconoclast

    Tanzanian authorities are set to track down and arrest gay people — who face at least 30 years in prison — after the announcement of an anti-gay surveillance squad.

    https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-01/tanzanian-governor-launches-anti-gay-squad/10454722

  177. mh
    #2853980, posted on November 1, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Ann Coulter: The True History of Millstone Babies

    So the lying left took a histo-political event that was designed to naturalise emancipated slaves and mutated it into a weapon to brand people as “Raaaaaaaaciiisst!”. Only in the inverted reality dominion the left has constructed could this happen.

    Exactly the same thing happened here with the 1967 Abo referendum. The lying left took that event and mutated it into the “Abo’s were flaura and fauna before 1967” lie and also added the “and Saint Gough freed them all!” total and utter fucking lie.

    When will the left stop lying?
    Oh hang on, if they did that then the wouldn’t be the left would they.

  178. C.L.

    The 1948 menu of Mack’s Snacks cafe in Warrnambool shows what this country used to stand for.
    Meat.

  179. H B Bear

    BHP plans $US10.4bn capital return

    Well that will be a change from pissing it up against the wall in an acquisition only to right is all off five years later.

  180. Zyconoclast

    Russia has opened an investigation into suspected terrorism after a 17-year-old blew himself up in an office belonging to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-01/russian-teen-detonates-bomb-in-fsb-office/10454208

  181. Myrddin Seren

    Parliament has passed laws that make Queensland the first Australian State or Territory to require climate change and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ values to be addressed in future water planning.

    Think about it.

    Governments used to build stuff the nation needed. Maybe not well – but harking back to the early days of electricity and telephones etc – they built or helped facilitate the development of infrastructure.

    The main role of the Uniparty in this country now seems to be to:

    stonewall infrastructure such as power, water and roads needed by the rapidly growing population they facilitate ( minus an electoral mandate ) to pander to the pearl-clutching One-percenters.

  182. Myrddin Seren

    Russia has opened an investigation into suspected terrorism after a 17-year-old blew himself up in an office belonging to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).

    Want to bet the Russkies are a lot more certain about the ‘terrorism’ aspect than TheirABC is ?

  183. H B Bear

    Argh … write it all off.

  184. feelthebern

    monty, were all the neighbourhood kids upset last night when you had nothing to give the trick or treaters about from servo tomato sauce packets, after you ate all the lollies?
    Sauce packets & raisins.

  185. Top Ender

    Rural Victoria’s ice crisis claims more victims as drugs trash towns
    By Danny Tran

    The men who feed the crippling ice addiction consuming Margaret Harrison’s grandson are so fearless that they run a home-delivery service.

    Both she and her husband John are devout Mormons and strict pacifists, but seeing the cause of all their angst sitting brazenly at the foot of the driveway is too much.

    “It makes me feel really angry,” said Mrs Harrison, 72, who lives in Drouin, a town of more than 12,000 people in eastern Victoria.

    A glass pipe, used for smoking the drug ice, sits on a bench.

    “I’m normally a gentle person but it makes me so angry that I feel like going out there and yanking them out the car and dealing with them, but I know I can’t do it because it’s too dangerous and I’m not young.”

    Their 24-year-old grandson, who they are reluctant to identify, became addicted to ice earlier this year.

    Link

  186. No – not for intentional acts or omissions & reckless indifference.

    So we are agreed so far as the above is concerned, we differ only as to whether someone’s negligence carries over from the mother to the child in utero too. Again, I don’t see why this should differ from acts we agree it does. If the mother is owed a duty of care, that should carry over to the child in utero too. That is why the makers of thalidomide are liable for any harm that occurs to the child in utero through the use of their product.

    He should also be acutely aware that a crime is simply what the government decides is a crime.

    Only in some trivial sense. Moreover, there were some men tried at Nuremberg that found the opposite to be the case.

  187. Death Giraffe

    calli
    #2854133, posted on November 1, 2018 at 12:33 pm
    Okay Arky. Now you’ve smoked out all the “post” gals! Well done. 😀

    ..
    Yeah. I’m a bastard.
    My missus is still a smoking hot 40 something.
    I just wanted to see what everyone else had.
    Sorry.

  188. Death Giraffe

    Actor recalls Rush making ‘boob-squeezing gesture’.

    ..
    Unless he made the “ohhhh -o -gah” vintage horn sound while he did it, he should be safe. There is precedent on this from that US democrat and the journalist chick.

  189. H B Bear

    That poor woman. Imagine the shock at finding yourself working with a heterosexual luvvie in Sydney.

    What are the odds?

  190. Death Giraffe

    Driving around the South Island of Nz on a work trip. Man this place is beautiful. Tell me why I shouldnt sell up quit and buy a bolt hole here among the mountains?

    ..

    Turnbull/Morrison should have accepted the NZ offer when they first offered, and sent them all to NZ,

    ..
    That’s why.

  191. slackster

    Hmm Filter ate my archived version:

    Check out this tweet from Sarah Hanson:

    https://twitter.com/sarahinthesen8/status/1057793981701009408

  192. Senile Old Guy

    The wheel has turned full circle on this one, after an epidemiological revision of the flawed Nurses Health Study which made HRT the big, bad demon vs. the ‘natural’ cures promoted by certain feminist ideologies.

    Correct. The statistical in the first paper was flawed. When corrected, the revised analyses confirmed existing beliefs.

  193. Mother Lode

    So the lying left took a histo-political event that was designed to naturalise emancipated slaves and mutated it into a weapon to brand people as “Raaaaaaaaciiisst!”. Only in the inverted reality dominion the left has constructed could this happen.

    They took the means of bestowing a precious gift on the lowly and turned it into a way to make the gift worthless.

    But these are all intermediate steps in their relentless march.

    The final step will be when an elite class will rule over the ordinary people, the soulless benighted ignorant improvident vicious lizard-brained ordinary people, who will live out their in a penned-in bliss they could never have won for themselves.

  194. A non-utilitarian defense of the right to bear arms:

    The right to life has fundamental weight that is not dependent on the outcome of a simple cost-benefit analysis. The same goes for other rights that are derived from the right to life, such as the right to bodily integrity: it would be wrong to rape someone even if doing so would save ten lives. Our moral rights function as “trump cards” that resist appeals to utility.

    We can think of the right of self-defense in similar terms. Since our right to life cannot be ordinarily overridden in the name of social utility, and since the goal of self-defense is to protect one’s life, it stands to reason that our right of self-defense also cannot be ordinarily overridden in the name of social utility. For the right of self-defense to be meaningful at all, it must fully extend to all cases in which our lives are worth protecting. Our right of self-defense must therefore have equivalent strength and scope to the right to life. Like the right to life, the right to defend ourselves also has fundamental weight that can’t be defeated just because it would produce a net benefit. We don’t run a cost-benefit analysis before we allow individuals to defend themselves.

    Now since the right to a reasonable means of self-defense is an essential component of the right of self-defense, it must also have equivalent strength to the right to life, meaning that it isn’t subject to an ordinary cost-benefit analysis. Since the right to own a gun is an instance of this right, it follows that the right to own a gun cannot be overridden by a mere cost-benefit analysis. If the organ donation, rape, and fat man examples work, then the harms would have to be at least many more times greater than the benefits for us to consider restrictive gun control. But this scenario does not hold, even if we make the most generous empirical assumptions in favor of the pro-control side.
    […]
    None of this is to say that empirical studies aren’t relevant at all. Rather, the kinds of empirical studies we should be looking at are those pertaining to the effects of guns in resisting crime and their frequency, not those pertaining to their deterrent effect. And on that subject, there is a clear scholarly consensus that guns are extremely good at self-protection.

    RTWT.

  195. Cassie of Sydney

    “slackster
    #2854239, posted on November 1, 2018 at 3:31 pm
    Hmm Filter ate my archived version:

    Check out this tweet from Sarah Hanson:

    https://twitter.com/sarahinthesen8/status/1057793981701009408

    Don’t know what others think but I think that SHY deliberately set that up and took the photo That sign is very “manufactured”.

  196. stackja

    Donald J. Trump
    ‏Verified account
    @realDonaldTrump
    So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other. It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words “subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” Many legal scholars agree…..

    6:25 AM – 31 Oct 2018

    Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

  197. cohenite

    Parliament has passed laws that make Queensland the first Australian State or Territory to require climate change and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ values to be addressed in future water planning.

    New laws passed today require government planners and any future Minister to take potential climate change effects into account when developing and approving the state’s water plans.

    The changes also now require the values and interests of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders to be considered.

    The fucking arseholes did that when they converted Wivenhoe dam from a flood mitigator to a drought mitigator with the result that 36 people died.

  198. Chris

    Anyone got any insights what to expect as your woman goes into menopause?

    Yes, but too scared to discuss it here.

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    You need to up your game. Take her on dates, and create surprises. Make sure she is in love with you, if not for your body then for the back rubs, foot massages, flowers and occasional trips to exotic destinations. Phillip Island for instance.
    Important: Do not come home and sit on the Cat peeling skinsuits off Grigs all day and night.
    Then, when the hour is dark, she will want to treat you better and say to her doctor “Doc… could we try to tweak the testosterone in my HRT a little higher?”
    Make sure your life insurance is paid up, your aerobic fitness is tops and the sit-ups, hammer curls and bench presses are well in credit. Also, mention that steak helps stamina.

  199. Chris

    Anyone got any insights what to expect as your woman goes into menopause?

    Yes, but too scared to discuss it here.

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    You need to up your game. Take her on dates, and create surprises. Make sure she is in love with you, if not for your body then for the back rubs, foot massages, flowers and occasional trips to exotic destinations. Phillip Island for instance.

    Important: Do not come home and sit on the Cat peeling skinsuits off Grigs all day and night.

    Then, when the hour is dark, she will want to treat you better and say to her doctor “Doc… could we try to tweak the testosterone in my HRT a little higher?” Make sure your life insurance is paid up, your aerobic fitness is tops and the sit-ups, hammer curls and bench presses are well in credit. Also, you should mention to her that steak helps stamina.

  200. Leo G

    Check out this tweet from Sarah Hanson:

    SHY unhappy about unresponsive inanimate morons on Adelaide streets. She’d be OK though if they were Green.

  201. John Constantine

    https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Exclusive-Inside-the-USS-Vermont-499037681.html

    Worlds deadliest submarine, three billion dollars and in the water in 2020.

    Difference is the Americans still have an attitude among some of their political class that their country is worth fighting for.

    To chrissy pyne and the turnbullites and the shorten looting cartel, this country is worth no more than whatever they can sell it out for.

    Australias submarine joke is never intended to be a deployable weapon, unless you class a tool designed to progress Stalinism as a weapon.

    Comrades.

  202. Old School Conservative

    Make sure your life insurance is paid up, your aerobic fitness is tops and the sit-ups, hammer curls and bench presses are well in credit. Also, mention that steak helps stamina.

    Chris, isn’t aerobic fitness necessary for exercise lasting many minutes? Redundant.

  203. . I note, by the way, that Japan is doubling its refugee intake to 40 a year. Forty from Nauru, health checked, would be ideal applicants.

    Yeah – No

  204. Rae

    Interesting how much blatant electioneering the PGiC is doing in the run-up to the mid-terms. The latest effort being grandstanding to his redneck base about birthright citizenship.

    If he thinks an Executive Order can override a provision in the 14th Amendment that was ratified in 1868, then he’s whistling Dixie. It would be immediately challenged in the US Supreme Court and thrown out with a majority, possibly unanimous decision.

  205. stackja

    2GB report The death of a seven-year-old boy in southwest Sydney was caused by the meningococcal disease, local health authorities say.

  206. Ragu

    Death Giraffe
    #2854231, posted on November 1, 2018 at 3:07 pm
    calli
    #2854133, posted on November 1, 2018 at 12:33 pm
    Okay Arky. Now you’ve smoked out all the “post” gals! Well done. 😀

    ..
    Yeah. I’m a bastard.
    My missus is still a smoking hot 40 something.
    I just wanted to see what everyone else had.
    Sorry.

    You’ve got nothing. Admit it. You married an ok bird, with a bush that for reasons unknown thought you were useful.

  207. Ragu

    There is nothing more useless than a kiwi trying to think of a comeback.

  208. Armadillo

    My missus is still a smoking hot 40 something.

    Let’s not take too much notice of Arky. He’s an ex school teacher who is doing up a Model-T Ford and uses the monicker “Death [Shudder], whilst his gravitar is a Meer Cat. FMD.

    That crazy bastard “Stimpson” will be of no great loss to this place either.

  209. Old School Conservative

    Rae, from the great man himself:
    So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other. It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words “subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” Many legal scholars agree…..
    I’d say his legal scholars trump your opinion.

  210. Armadillo

    The “Cartoon Cat” will be back once he forgets to take his medication again. Possibly before midnight.

  211. Rae

    Many legal scholars agree…..

    Lol.

  212. Ragu

    Interesting how much blatant electioneering the PGiC is doing in the run-up to the mid-terms. The latest effort being grandstanding to his redneck base about birthright citizenship.

    If he thinks an Executive Order can override a provision in the 14th Amendment that was ratified in 1868, then he’s whistling Dixie. It would be immediately challenged in the US Supreme Court and thrown out with a majority, possibly unanimous decision.

    Jeez you are a knob. No where does it say that citizenship is an automatic right. It’s fucking clear as day “ subject to the jurisdiction thereof”

    Ergo

    If you are an illegal alien then you are adjudged as such,and ineligible for citizenship.

    Fairly easy to understand for the most retarded of our universe

  213. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Actor recalls Rush making ‘boob-squeezing gesture’

    that has to be worth at least a toe-hold on the victimology totem and commensurate dollars to match.

  214. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Then, when the hour is dark, she will want to treat you better and say to her doctor “Doc… could we try to tweak the testosterone in my HRT a little higher?”

    Selenium and cholesterol seems to be on the critical path to testosterone. It’s an open secret that a brazil nut a day, (packed with selenium) and a high cholesterol meal like steak fried with butter the day before a playdate works wonders.

  215. If it goes to the Supremes they will uphold the Order. Count on it.

  216. Top Ender

    Evil gamblers!

    Chinese doctors have removed a 20-centimetre long spoon which was stuck in a man’s throat for a year.

    The patient swallowed the spoon as a bet. He only suffered pain after being punched in the chest a year later.

    Three doctors took two hours to remove the spoon via his mouth. The man, aged in his early 20s and identified only as Mr Zhang, swallowed the spoon in 2017.

    He did this on impulse while “betting” with friends, a statement from the Xinjiang Coal Mine General Hospital said.

  217. Rae

    Hmmm … cogit ergo sum.

    Fairly easy to understand for the most retarded of our universe

    Clearly not, Hun. And you shouldn’t hold yourself up as an example.

    I repeat. If he thinks an Executive Order can override a provision in the 14th Amendment that was ratified in 1868, then he’s whistling Dixie. It would be immediately challenged in the US Supreme Court and thrown out with a majority, possibly unanimous decision.

  218. Gab

    Actually it’s: Cogito, ergo sum

  219. Death Giraffe

    Let’s not take too much notice of Arky.

    ..
    Probably a good idea.
    It is horrifying to go back through the thread and see that a couple of posts by me generates dozens of replies on a topic.
    Awful.
    Wake up to yourselves, or I will ask Sinc to put me back into moderation.

  220. JC

    Gools

    Neither Trump nor anyone in the administration would believe an executive order trumps a constitutional amendment. You asshat. Get back in the basement and this time stay there!

  221. Ragu

    This moderator call sign is beyond belief

    If he thinks an Executive Order can override a provision in the 14th Amendment that was ratified in 1868, then he’s whistling Dixie. It would be immediately challenged in the US Supreme Court and thrown out with a majority, possibly unanimous decision.

    No, it’s pretty clear. When you are subject to the laws of the state, which means if you are an illegal immigrant, then you have no recourse to local law. Simples.

  222. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Driving around the South Island of Nz on a work trip. Man this place is beautiful. Tell me why I shouldnt sell up quit and buy a bolt hole here among the mountains?
    Do it again in the rain.

    Or an earthquake.

  223. stackja

    Cricket Australia chairman David Peever quits in wake of ball tampering saga
    Russell Gould, Herald Sun
    5 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    CRICKET Australia chairman David Peever has quit.

    He has spent the afternoon phoning board members to inform them of his decision, which has come in the wake of fierce criticism over his handling of the fallout from the scathing Longstaff review.

    Peever has followed chief executive James Sutherland and national coach Darren Lehmann in quitting their posts following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, which also cost national captain Steve Smith his role.

    Official confirmation is expected to come from CA this afternoon.

    Earl Eddings, endorsed as Peever’s successor at last week’s annual general meeting, will serve as interim chairman.

  224. Armadillo

    Lizzie mentioned up thread about hairdressers spouting their “political wisdom”. I can report that barbers aren’t much different.

    Just cut my hair you fucking idiot. A “short back and sides” should take about 5 minutes. Maximum.

    I’m not particularly interested in your “Footy Team”, your political views or the lying bastards at the BOM.

    It’s almost as if the prick is daring me to insult him whilst he’s got me strapped in a chair whilst holding a pair of scissors, a sharp razor, and a line of dolts on the bench behind awaiting their turn.

    Sheep in the shearing shed probably feel more comfortable. They know it’s going to be all over in a few minutes. They will be pounds lighter and they can go on their merry way. None of the bullshit.

  225. Rae

    Actually it’s: Cogito, ergo sum

    Actually it wasn’t when I typed it.

  226. JC

    Ragu

    Foreigners are granted rights while in the US. Obviously not all but you do accrue rights and there’s a term for that which i forget.

    I think the birth issue is really on the edge though. I’m not sure it’s as clear cut as some people here believe… that being born in the US doesn’t confer right to automatic citizenship. I think it does. I taught constitutional law at Harvard while Cronkite was there teaching conveyancing as a visiting professor at the same time.

  227. rickw

    Arky:

    We should ape them more.
    Specifically their constitution, in particular 1st and 2nd ammendments thereof.

    They have a great constitution. We should adopt it.

    Agreed! But in the interim we should live it regardless:

    1) Say whatever the hell you want.
    2) Own as many guns as possible.

  228. stackja

    Mentally ill son found not guilty of murdering Lanell Latta
    The Daily Telegraph
    November 1, 2018 1:17pm
    Subscriber only

    A YOUNG man with chronic schizophrenia who stabbed his mother to death in her bedroom on Sydney’s northern beaches has been found not guilty of murder on mental health grounds.

    Joel Woszatka, 26, had pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness in the NSW Supreme Court to murdering 50-year-old Lanell Latta with a kitchen knife in their rented Avalon Beach home in mid-September 2017.

  229. Death Giraffe

    Armadillo
    #2854283, posted on November 1, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    ..
    RUOK Dillo?
    You are not your normal cheerful self.
    And why are you getting your hair cut by some hipster loudmouth?
    Get a set of clippers and do it at home.

  230. Jumpnmcar

    Conundrum of the day,

    Why are the people shouting “ my body, my choice “ also the loudest proponents of compulsory bicycle helmet laws ?

  231. Arky

    Here.
    I’ll revert to Arky for the rest of the day.

  232. Rae

    Foreigners are granted rights while in the US. Obviously not all but you do accrue rights and there’s a term for that which i forget.

    I think the birth issue is really on the edge though. I’m not sure it’s as clear cut as some people here believe… that being born in the US doesn’t confer right to automatic citizenship. I think it does. I taught constitutional law at Harvard while Cronkite was there teaching conveyancing as a visiting professor at the same time.

    That’s near enough until the PGiC issues an Executive Order on it and that Order is subsequently thrown out by the US Supreme Court.

  233. rickw

    Is the asian menopause worse? They stay smoking hot for fifty + years, then in the course of three weeks it all goes.(so I have heard) This must be brutal.

    My guess is that you will get your cock cut off and it will be fed to ducks.

  234. Nick

    I’m dividided about the Rush case. Sanctimonious Leftist scolds outed as abusers or a man unfairly treated? Not sure yet.

  235. Armadillo

    Here.
    I’ll revert to Arky for the rest of the day.

    Promises made, promises kept? Forgive my scepticism.

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