Wednesday Forum: November 14, 2018

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  1. JMH

    From the Monday thread:- “Presently, the My Health Record Opt Out website is unavailable due to “the server unexpectedly dropped the connection“.
    Nov 14, 2018”

    My Opt Out was signed, sealed and delivered at 9.54 am this morning. Sailed through!

  2. Mother Lode

    Sgt Lamb of the Ninth!

  3. Mater

    Radicalised extremists could be fitted with GPS tracking devices and banned from Melbourne’s CBD

    Great idea. Force them to go all ‘stabby’ in a regional area, where cops are 20-30 minutes away.
    They are likely to do far less damage in Bourke St.

  4. Percy Popinjay

    Radicalised extremists could be fitted with GPS tracking devices and banned from Melbourne’s CBD under tough new counter-terror laws being proposed by the Victorian Coalition.

    Did anyone else laugh out loud after reading this? I’d be perfectly happy to be banned from ever having to go to Mosquebourne again. Unfortunately, I have to head there next week for two days.

    Fabulous policy, coalition idiots. Dunderhead Dan’s no doubt quaking in his gumboots.

    BTW, is there such a creature as an “unradicalised extremist”?

  5. pete m

    We have stayed in the my health record.
    I can smell a nice little earner when they fuck up and some data is breached and I get to join a tasty class action and make some $.

  6. Carpe Jugulum

    Top Twenny

    Boo Yah 😎

  7. JMH

    Good point, pete m but I bet there is one hell of an escape clause lurking around somewhere.

  8. Confused Old Misfit

    Thanks Pete! Good to know someone who will be getting the benefit of my tax dollar.

  9. Tator

    Mater,
    more likely though to come across a farmer with a shotty in his ute than a copper though.

  10. Makka

    Radicalised extremists could be fitted with GPS tracking devices and banned from Melbourne’s CBD under tough new counter-terror laws being proposed by the Victorian Coalition.

    Seriously?

  11. jupes

    Roger Shanahan is all over the shop in this article.

    He makes some good (if blindingly obvious) points e.g.

    Radical Islamist terrorists are very religious … Even if an attacker had mental health issues, that does not mean it wasn’t an act of terrorism …

    Can’t be said enough. More from Roger:

    The reality is that in many instances the family knows the individual was radicalised but don’t want to admit it. This reluctance might be because of the shame it will bring on the family, because they are in denial, or because they are actually broadly sympathetic to the individual’s worldview.

    Nearly got it Roger. The majority of Muslims are “broadly sympathetic to the individual’s worldview.”

    Roger’s problem of course is that he is an academic and as such over-analyses the situation, hence this self-beclownment:

    I was an expert witness in the coronial inquest into the 2014 Lindt cafe siege. I was of the opinion that it was not a terrorist act because gunman Man Haron Monis’ intent was to pursue individual grievances, rather than any cause.

    Monis was the Muslim who murdered a hostage after demanding that he be given an Islamic State flag. But hey, not a terrorist according to Shanahan the ‘expert’.

  12. Fred

    I put a jihad on Anne Aly. And if you don’t believe me, I’ll put a jihad on you too.

  13. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    more likely though to come across a farmer with a shotty in his ute than a copper though.

    Hanged from the nearest tree by a group of irate locals, and his carcass fed to Jonesy’s pigs?

  14. C.L.

    Let’s keep it positive.
    Monty wants positive.

  15. C.L.

    Greens endorse r-ape:

    Greens defend rapping candidate again, this time over boasts he can ‘choke a b**ch’.

    The Greens candidate who apologised for vile misogynistic lyrics he wrote in the past also wrote a song this year that spoke of strangling a “b**ch”, the ABC can reveal.

    But despite the fresh evidence, Greens leader Samantha Ratnam is standing by Footscray candidate Angus McAlpine.

    Mr McAlpine caused the party embarrassment yesterday when it was revealed that he rapped about condoning date rape, drug use and domestic violence years ago.

    The lyrics included lines such as: “Got no class when trying to get some a**, put a rowie [Rohypnol] in your glass and wait for a few minutes to pass” and “Date rape drugs in her drink, then have my way”.

    He told reporters that it was a bad attempt at crude humour, called the lyrics “reprehensible”, and said they were written when he was an “incredibly stupid and moronic” young man.

    Since writing those lyrics in 2010, when he was the frontman of hip hop outfit Broken Aesthetiks, he said he had been on a journey of discovery that had taught him about “toxic masculinity”.

    But in a video posted in March this year, Mr McAlpine — performing as Angus Younga — raps: “It ain’t nothing for Angus Younga to choke a bitch.”

    Another line in the song appears to make light of the Bill Cosby sexual assault scandal, saying: “Don’t cross me, girl … I ain’t even tryin’ to sweat it like Bill Cosby”.

    Ms Ratnam said she had not heard the song, but maintained that her candidate was on a journey of change.

    “A process of change is a journey and there are steps on the way, it often doesn’t happen overnight,” Ms Ratnam said.

    “The Greens believe in the capacity to change.”

  16. .

    I am sure that Goolag is curating innocent comments and meddling with “likes”.

  17. .

    Green members be giving
    our bitches so much dick
    They be chewin down RU486ers
    like they are pingers!

    Props to DJ Aly Waleed!

  18. vr

    I am sure that Goolag is curating innocent comments and meddling with “likes”.

    No longer available.

  19. Zyconoclast

    Power from the people: homes paid to supply electricity to the grid

    Pool pumps, airconditioners, batteries and other smart devices could become money spinners for households under a $50 million NSW government plan to create a “virtual battery” to shore up the power grid.
    Under the plan, participants would agree to feed excess electricity into the grid at certain peak demand times, such as during heatwaves, getting paid as much as $1000 over a three-year period for the service.

    The government will seek expressions of interest in the Smart Energy for Homes and Businesses program from Wednesday up until Christmas before deciding on the final outline of the plan.
    It expects to sign up as many as 40,000 participants willing to supply power for periods during five days a year, creating the equivalent of 200 megawatts of instantly available electricity.

    “Smart technologies play a critical role in maximising the potential of our energy system – allowing us to access and co-ordinate stored energy for when and where we need it most,” Don Harwin, Energy Minister, said.
    Devices likely to be eligible will need to be remotely controllable, as is already the case with many airconditioners and some pool pumps. Batteries, including those used by some electric vehicle manufacturers – but not Tesla – are also likely to be candidates.
    John Grimes, chief executive of the Smart Energy Council, welcomed the NSW plan as a positive for those considering adding home storage, such as for their solar panels.
    “This policy aligns the interests of families and the interests of the community and that is very smart,” Mr Grimes said. “There is massive community interest in battery storage and this policy will be a significant boost to the solar and storage industry.”
    It is understood the government is hoping to establish the business model for a potential expansion, particularly as more households add batteries to the solar PV systems.
    About one in six new PV systems going up on rooftops are already adding storage, a ratio expected to grow as battery prices fall.
    Funding for the three-year program, expected to begin next year, will come from the government’s $222 million Climate Change Fund.

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/electricity-grid-batteries-houses-state-nsw-20181113-p50fsy.html

  20. thefrollickingmole

    From ye olde thread.

    Doesn’t the fact that miners are the baddies and scientists trying to preserve the environment (of dirt and microbes) i.e. greenies are the goodies give you the shits? I can’t stand that lefty bullshit.

    The first series didnt present as good/bad so much as set up friction between those who wanted to do science and the rest who were relied upon to make the venture economically feasible.

    If they ramp that up a bit it should be good viewing, if they run the miners=bad and lose sight of whos bankrolling the affair it will get tedious.

  21. Hay Stockard

    Well done Custard. Keep up the good work

  22. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Greens defend rapping candidate again, this time over boasts he can ‘choke a b**ch’.

    Didn’t the Greens lead the charge over Alexander Downer’s “things that batter” remark?

  23. thefrollickingmole

    plan to create a “virtual battery”

    Is this fancy pants talk for “we can switch your shit off remotely”??

  24. Ubique

    Radicalised extremists could be fitted with GPS tracking devices and banned from Melbourne’s CBD

    No. Fiddling while Rome burns. Instead:

    1. Cease and desist from bringing high risk categories of people to Australia. We all know who such folk are (hint – they don’t include Singaporeans, Presbyterians or Sikhs).
    2. Any high risk category people brought in from today must be settled in Canberra, preferably to live next door to public service mandarins, politicians and ANU academics.
    2. Deport high risk individuals.
    3. If legal obstacles to deportation present themselves, change the law, or pay “surrender citizenship and passport and go-away” money. It’s cheap, whatever the cost.

  25. jupes

    If they ramp that up a bit it should be good viewing, if they run the miners=bad and lose sight of whos bankrolling the affair it will get tedious.

    Judging by the ads, my money is on tedious.

  26. H B Bear

    The Simpsons are totally played out mUnty.
    It was so sad when they axed the series in 1997.

    Umm,,, OK. If you say so General Custer,

  27. stackja

    Mater
    #2864088, posted on November 14, 2018 at 1:49 pm
    Radicalised extremists could be fitted with GPS tracking devices and banned from Melbourne’s CBD

    Great idea. Force them to go all ‘stabby’ in a regional area, where cops are 20-30 minutes away.
    They are likely to do far less damage in Bourke St.

    Fit them with striped uniform and they have to wear ball and chain.

  28. Ubique

    The Greens believe in the capacity to change

    News to us. They don’t seem to harbour such views in relation to President Trump or George W Bush.

  29. Rossini

    Top 40 if anyone is still listening!

  30. Mark from Melbourne

    On the Great Bunnings Onion Controversy…

    I was chief cook at a Remembrance Day BBQ last Sunday. All the actual assembly was strictly DIY.

    Not one person that I can recall, of the 80 or so who tucked in, placed the onions (or indeed any of the other available condiments) under the sausage.

  31. Mark from Melbourne

    Probably already been mentioned, but well done Peter Campion on today’s Oz letter.

  32. Mater

    Mater,
    more likely though to come across a farmer with a shotty in his ute than a copper though.

    I thought of that, but realistically no one in a regional shopping area will have the 22 under the car seat (not like the old days).
    Mercifully, we do have the occasional shopping trolley available…and plenty of ICE addicts to wield them!

  33. Top Ender

    Too true to be left on the Olde Fredde:

    no television series in history has ever changed the world

    False.

    MASH made an entire generation think cross-dressing chaps were normally to be found in the ranks of the US Army.

    And lo, in a few decades, it came true.

  34. Cassie of Sydney

    “The Greens believe in the capacity to change”

    Only when it comes to themselves.

  35. Mc

    Rather than GPS track high risk individuals why not just make them ineligible for centrelink payments.

  36. Indolent

    MASH made an entire generation think cross-dressing chaps were normally to be found in the ranks of the US Army.

    Actually, no. What MASH showed was that it was purely self-serving and not genuine as, I would suggest, much of it is today.

  37. “The Greens believe in the capacity to change”

    You mean “The Greens believe in their capacity to change the climate.

    *And overcome the laws of thermodynamics

  38. Top Ender

    Beautifully put:

    Donald Trump’s White House is entitled to ban CNN’s Jim Acosta

    By JAMES FREEMAN

    The US District Court for the District of Columbia will soon have to consider what America owes to a CNN television correspondent named Jim Acosta.

    Today he and CNN filed a lawsuit asserting that unlike almost every other person in the country, Mr Acosta has a constitutional right to a “hard pass” allowing him to enter and exit the White House unescorted and uninvited. Whatever one thinks of his novel legal theory, both in his lawsuit and at his appearance last week at the White House, Mr Acosta has mischaracterised recent events.

    Today’s lawsuit, which names the President and various government officials as defendants, arrives after the White House revoked Mr Acosta’s pass following his boorish breaches of protocol at last Wednesday’s presidential press conference.

    Here’s how the lawsuit describes the scene as the President showed up to share his thoughts on Tuesday’s midterm elections:

    President Trump delivered opening remarks and then invited questions from the media in attendance. Acosta, sitting in the front row, raised his hand. President Trump called on Acosta to “[g]o ahead” with a question. Acosta was one of the first reporters the President called on for questions.

    Speaking through a hand-held microphone, as did all the White House journalists who asked questions, Acosta asked a question about one of President Trump’s statements during the midterm campaign — namely, whether a caravan making its way to the United States from Central America constitutes “an invasion” of the country, a significant feature of the President’s messaging during the just-ended campaign.

    This is not an accurate rendering of what happened. A video recording of the event (you can watch it above) shows that after four reporters took their turns asking questions, the President called on Mr Acosta, who made it clear that he would not simply be asking questions and seeking information as reporters do but intended to provide a rebuttal to recent comments made by the President. “I wanted to challenge you on one of the statements that you made in the tail end of the campaign — in the midterms,” said the CNN commentator.

    Mr Acosta mentioned Mr Trump’s characterisation of the immigrant caravan making its way through Mexico as an “invasion.” At this point Mr Acosta did not ask a question but simply issued a declaration. “As you know Mr President, the caravan was not an invasion. It’s a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border with the US,” said the CNN correspondent.

    So instead of simply serving as a reporter Mr Acosta chose to offer commentary — and according to standard dictionaries he was wrong. The large group of immigrants had crossed illegally into Mexico and plainly intended to illegally enter the US.

    Mr Acosta may think that an invasion must include a military force but Mr Trump’s use of the word is common. Merriam-Webster defines invade as “to enter for conquest or plunder,” but also “to encroach upon” or “infringe.” Other dictionaries have similar definitions, such as “to intrude” or “violate.”

    Having wrongly asserted that the caravan could not be called an invasion and wrongly asserted that Mr Trump knew he was saying something untrue, Mr Acosta then asked why Mr Trump had done so and if he had “demonised” immigrants. Yes, Mr Acosta was now asking a question, but doing so while demanding that the President accept a false premise.

    Mr Acosta then interrupted the President as he tried to answer. Then Mr Acosta editorialised again:

    “Your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls and so on. But they’re not going to be doing that.”

    Is Mr Acosta now a spokesman for the caravan? After another interruption, Mr Acosta insisted on continuing to talk after the President called on a reporter. Then Mr Acosta fended off a White House intern as she attempted to retrieve the microphone to allow others to ask questions.

    The First Amendment prevents the President or anyone else in the federal government from restricting the ability of citizens to report and publish. Does it also require the President to listen to ill-informed lectures for as long as the lecturers choose to speak? Obviously if everyone had the right to refuse to surrender the microphone at press conferences the result would be fewer members of the press corps having an opportunity to ask questions, not more.

    But there’s something special about Mr Acosta and about CNN, at least according to the lawsuit. The suit argues that special White House access not available to the general public is “essential” for reporters like Mr Acosta, and that CNN is suffering from his absence, even though many other CNN staff still enjoy such access.

    There are no doubt myriad online producers and reporters who would love to have the privileges enjoyed by CNN and its star commentator. But are Mr Acosta and his network entitled to such privileges?

    The Journal’s Jacob Gershman reports:

    “A similar question confronted a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. more than 40 years ago. That case was brought by a Washington correspondent for the Nation who was denied White House press credentials for vague security reasons.

    The appeals court in the 1977 ruling, Sherrill v. Knight, said the public doesn’t have a right of access to the White House and that a president can grant one-on-one interviews to whomever he chooses.

    But the court said there were “important First Amendment rights implicated by refusal to grant White House press passes to bona fide Washington journalists” and that at minimum, a journalist shut out of the White House has the right to a lodge a formal protest and get a written explanation for a denial.

    UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh said the White House doesn’t necessarily need to have a powerful reason to keep Mr Acosta out. More recent First Amendment case law suggests that the president could win by convincing a judge that the decision was merely reasonable, according to Mr Volokh.

    The key for the White House, he said, is showing that it took action against the CNN reporter not based on his reporting or critical views about Mr Trump but because of his conduct at news conferences.’’

    His conduct last week was reason enough. Yet again and again the suit demands special constitutional treatment for Mr Acosta.

    How exactly does one qualify as a member of the entitlement estate?

    The Wall Street Journal

  39. Atoms for Peace

    Hook up the true climate believers to the smart grid and let them live within the sack cloth and ashes of their CAGW religion. Renewables only for those clowns…

  40. Diogenes

    Radicalised extremists could be fitted with GPS tracking devices and banned from Melbourne’s CBD

    Wow, that will stop them just as much as did the AVO for that poor lady killed by her ‘partner of 37 years’ in Tweed Heads yesterday.

    Sooooo scared of a piece paper if I am prepared to kill someone

    (NADT & sarc in case it wasn’t obvious)

  41. I was chief cook at a Remembrance Day BBQ last Sunday. All the actual assembly was strictly DIY.

    You served deconstructed hot dogs? Hipster.

  42. zyconoclast

    How many unmanned petrol stations and Kwik-E-Marts are there in Canada?

    How a trickle of Sikh refugee fleeing India for Canada became a torrent

  43. Diogenes

    Not one person that I can recall, of the 80 or so who tucked in, placed the onions (or indeed any of the other available condiments) under the sausage.

    Have a class of pre-apprenticeship lads (covering for a colleague) that were laughing about the great onion directive.

    As for my opinion – I hope I am not forced to get fried onion as a result … you do not want to be in the same postcode as me if I eat them (or fried cabbage – yet sauerkraut does not have the same effect).

  44. Roger

    The reality is that in many instances the family knows the individual was radicalised but don’t want to admit it. This reluctance might be because of the shame it will bring on the family, because they are in denial, or because they are actually broadly sympathetic to the individual’s worldview.

    Jennifer Oriel was right on Credlin last night:

    Migration from Muslim countries can be justified purely on risk assessment grounds.

    There is no right to emigrate to Australia, but Australians have a right to protection and the government has a duty to provide it.

  45. zyconoclast

    NGOs teaching migrants to lie and act

  46. Dr Faustus

    Pool pumps, airconditioners, batteries and other smart devices could become money spinners for households under a $50 million NSW government plan to create a “virtual battery” to shore up the power grid.

    Voluntary load shedding by any other name. The feed-in from rooftop solar batteries offers exactly the same set of control problems as rooftop PV – the rooftop power cannot go upstream of the local 415v transformers, so has to be balanced off on local demand a few streets at a time.

    Good luck achieving all that for $50 million.

  47. zyconoclast

    Half of white women continue to vote Republican. What’s wrong with them?

    What is wrong with white women? Why do half of them so consistently vote for Republicans, even as the Republican party morphs into a monstrously ugly organization that is increasingly indistinguishable from a hate group? The most likely answer seems to be that white women vote for Republicans for the same reason that white men do: because they are racist.

  48. Rather than GPS track high risk individuals why not just make them ineligible for centrelink payments.

    It took them a while, and they were a bit slow but vicpol eventually demonstrated the correct way to handle “high risk individuals”.

  49. Roger

    Cn,: A ban on migration from Muslim countries…

  50. zyconoclast

    France and Facebook announce partnership against online hate speech

    The French president announced on Monday a six-month partnership with Facebook aimed at figuring out how the European country should police hate speech on the social network.

    As part of the cooperation — the first time that Facebook has teamed up with national politicians to hammer out such a contentious issue — both sides plan to meet regularly between now and May, when the European election is due to be held. They will focus on how the French government and Facebook can work together to remove harmful content from across the digital platform, without specifying the outcome of their work or if it would result in binding regulation.

  51. cuckoo

    Just had to do an online training course (Vic public service) about the Privacy act. It’s a series of scenarios illustrated by stock photos. Almost every ‘typical’ office worker in these photos is a black woman. There was only one white man in any of them, and he was being given directions by a young woman of colour.

  52. H B Bear

    CNN heading for another be-clownment.

  53. zyconoclast

    Latinos could turn Texas blue in 2020 if enthusiasm* holds, some say

    Figures for the 2018 midterm are not yet available, but an early analysis from Latino Decisions, a national polling group, found that overall turnout surged in Texas from 2014 to 2018 in heavily Latino counties, especially those along the border:

    Dallas County — 86 percent increase

    Hidalgo — 105 percent increase

    Cameron County — 115 percent increase

    El Paso County, O’Rourke’s home county — 168 percent increase

    National Latino voter turnout has been on the rise steadily, according to the Pew Research Center. About 12.7 million Latinos voted in 2016; 11.2 million voted in 2014; and 9.7 million voted in 2008.

    *what they mean is if legal and illegal immigration continues at the current rate.

  54. H B Bear

    Can anyone give a one paragraph summary of how they are able to give such precise slice and dice statistics on US voting patterns? Is it just ex-post polling? Surely this would then simply include all the sampling errors that has made pre-poll figures increasingly useless.

  55. Infidel Tiger

    Latinos could turn Texas blue in 2020 if enthusiasm* holds, some say

    50% of Latino voters in Texas voted for Cruz.

    If Texas turns Blue it will be cause suburban whites vote overwhelmingly Democrat.

  56. .

    https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/11/13/idaho-professor-says-male-gamers-promote-technomasculinity/

    God forbid I want to try to partially assemble some lights for Christmas myself this year from what I’ve picked up in learning about electronics.

  57. Atoms for Peace

    ,nuther book on the way. ” The War Scientists ” Thomas Craughwell

  58. Old School Conservative

    Radicalised extremists could be fitted with GPS tracking devices and banned from Melbourne’s Parliament House precinct.
    That’s what the Opposition Leader really means.

  59. Atoms for Peace

    Can anyone recommend an Australian one stop shop for model kits. Looking to buy some aircraft kits, paints etc for presents.

  60. Atoms for Peace

    How long before the social justice posers wear fake anklets to stand in solidarity with the Allens Snackbars?

  61. Atoms for Peace

    Who the hell reads Kermit Facebook ?

  62. Roger

    Radicalised extremists could be fitted with GPS tracking devices and banned from Melbourne’s Parliament House precinct.
    That’s what the Opposition Leader really means.

    Urban bugmen will be protected by sub-machine gun wielding police.

    Suburban bogans and pensioners visiting their local shopping centre will have to fend for themselves with trolleys should an attack occur, whilst waiting for plod to arrive, batons at the ready.

  63. Bruce of Newcastle

    Can anyone recommend an Australian one stop shop for model kits. Looking to buy some aircraft kits, paints etc for presents.

    Atoms – Frontline Hobbies, which used to be in central Newcastle CBD until someone decided to build a light rail line there.

    Now in Broadmeadow iirc.

  64. Leo G

    Power from the people: homes paid to supply electricity to the grid

    If that was economically feasible there would be no need for an electricity grid.

  65. Should be noted:

    – Fox News hasn’t tweeted since Friday
    – neither has National Enquirer
    – neither has Wikileaks
    – Drudge deleted all his tweets

    Something going on?

  66. Top Ender

    A beautifully skewering review from the Speccie:

    But does it pass the breath, er, pub test?
    Tony Thomas
    10 November 2018

    Unfettered and Alive: A Memoir.
    Anne Summers
    Allen & Unwin, pp.496, $39.99

    Anne Summers in 2011 was named by Vogue magazine as ‘one of the world’s wisest women’. After reading her memoir Unfettered and Alive, I’d say she’s feisty and crazy-brave, but wise? No.

    In 1994, editing Fairfax’s Good Weekend, she rewarded readers with one of her quirky surprises in the cooking section. Celebrity chef Gay Bilson, egged on by Summers, ran a column ‘The blood of others’ about planning to make sausages for dinner guests from three litres of her own blood. Her guests begged off and readers gagged over the ‘wonderful piece of writing’. Summers ‘counted this article as one of those I was most proud to publish’.

    Her career nearly collapsed in late 1983 during her switch from head of the Fin Review in the press gallery to running Keating’s Office of Status of Women (OSW, initially SOW). Driving home from a late dinner the nascemt FAS PM&C refused a breath test and overnighted in a cell. Her rationale was that the Canberra Times reported on drunk drivers, and she’d become a joke and couldn’t advance women’s causes: ‘No, I couldn’t let that happen.’ Her permanent head Geoff Yeend was ‘soothing’ and ‘gracious’, Labor minister Susan Ryan and ex-Treasurer John Howard vouched for her and the obliging magistrate let her off without a conviction. Claiming victim status, Summers now writes, ‘The only nastiness was from the media’. Such as? The Melbourne Truth, unlike the press gallery hacks, did its job and reported the charge against the gallery president; one journo tried to blackmail her by demanding leaks. She shows no contrition.

    It’s Boxing Day, 1997 and one of the world’s wisest women finally gets to meet Germaine Greer at an annual party in Balmain hosted by rugby identity Murray Sime and celebrating Chairman Mao’s birthday. Summers: ‘I had had too many glasses of Jim Beam, a drink I had never tried before (or since) and, embarrassingly, had thrown up in front of her… Despite our both being champions of feminism, we have never really connected; it was probably our first meeting that saw to that.’ Amen. As for rugby, it’s ‘violent and boorish’.

    In her job as Keating adviser, she organised a True Believers’ Victory Dinner for 600 in parliament’s Great Hall to celebrate Keating’s 1993 electoral win. Labor HQ was dubious about the $100 a ticket party ($180 today), but she assured them it would be self-financing with volunteer tradies and free entertainment by Yothu Yindi. At the last minute she discovered that the idle parliament unions had to be paid off for any work done by others, and Yothu Yindi’s crew also wanted pay. She flung herself on the ALP’s mercy and during the partying ‘sat on the floor at the back of the room, sobbing with humiliation’ while being pestered to sign for more booze. The bill came in at $35,000 ($64,000 today).

    Summers’ peak fame was in New York in 1987-88. She organised with publisher Sandra Yates the purchase of Gloria Steinem’s struggling Ms, first for Fairfax ($US12.5m outlay) and then for themselves (plus teen mag startup Sassy) in a $US20m management buyout in mid-1988. After phase one, Summers found chaos including a Ms staffer shickered every lunchtime, subsiding under her desk and passing out.

    Most staff were paid a pittance but some at the top were paying themselves ‘extremely well’. As for Steinem: ‘I’d been horrified by the patronising cruelty she dispensed to women she regarded as unimportant’.

    In phase two, there was projected buyout value of $US100m value in five years, or $US40m net for the duo. But in a bare three weeks, their business model turned turtle. They’d mass-mailed a Sassy flier that offended religious conservatives. Six top advertisers withdrew $US25m billings and 53 retail chains de-stocked Sassy, dooming the business by September with a $US1m monthly deficit. Back in Canberra as Keating adviser, and dudded on her final year $US200,000 Ms contract, she had to couch-surf while dispatching almost her whole $1,700 weekly salary to New York at 50c exchange rate to pay her mortgage there.

    She bags her breath-test saviour John Howard extravagantly. When he inveighed against political correctness in 1996, ‘Australian politics changed forever that day.’ He ‘literally opened the floodgates (to) astonishingly hateful racist abuse (that) points to a barely concealed violence simmering beneath the surface of our society.’

    Her career was in the doldrums by 2011, which she remedied in calculated fashion with a 7,000-word hatchet-job on Andrew Bolt for the Monthly. Her scoops included embittered quotes from Bolt’s early days girlfriend/fiancee, sliming of Bolt’s dead mother as raised in the ‘notorious’ Nazi-led Dutch town of Aalsmeer, and a swipe at Bolt’s wife Sally Morell which required correction and apology. After this triumph the Left crowd snowed her under with requests for speeches and Fairfax exposure. The big one was Newcastle University’s Human Rights and Social Justice Lecture. It became her celebrated defence of Julia Gillard, sufferer of obscene internet abuse. Summer’s nose for controversy paid off again, few noticing her correction and ‘unreserved apology’ to Medibank Private staffers she’d slandered.

    Next came her free e-zine Anne Summers Reports (ASR), a bold and classy Left package. The ABC’s Richard Aedy, despite clear ABC guidelines, rattled her can on-air for donations. Summers’ book claims ASR had ‘rigorous fact checking (and) tough editing’. Maybe not. The August 2015 issue with ‘a few mistakes’ had to be e-pulped and replaced. Another had a 61 word unproofed para sprayed with 12 typos.

    The reports morphed into very successful public ‘Conversations’. The one with Gillard packed out the Opera House and Melbourne Town Hall. Summers: ‘She walked out of the darkness towards the love and admiration and the sheer joy of her presence that awaited her that night.’ I doubt Summers’ conversation included questions about Gillard’s colourful one-time lover Bruce Wilson.

    Alas, by 2016 digital ads remained elusive and donations from her 16,500 subscribers fell short. ASR folded in June 2016 after 13 issues and eight Conversations – notwithstanding the Copyright Agency donating $15,000 of authors’ money to the e-zine three months earlier.

    After the folding, $40,000 more donations came in. But essentially, Summers had overlooked that the Left likes its stuff free.

  67. Roger

    Something going on?

    A protest against Twitter publishing Tucker Carlson’s address.

  68. I am bespoke

    Not online ones Atoms.

  69. Mother Lode

    How exactly does one qualify as a member of the entitlement estate?

    Like being an aboriginal.

    Identify as one, claim to have some pedigree from a j’ism school and be recognised as such by a tribe (or established MSM entity).

    Earnest, intelligent people who spent time in the field they would discuss and therefore had no time to be initiated by the manifold rituals can forget it.

  70. A protest against Twitter publishing Tucker Carlson’s address.

    Why would National Enquirer care about that?

  71. Roger

    Why would National Enquirer care about that?

    They clearly don’t; they’re still tweeting.

  72. Baldrick

    Ibrahim Abbas, Hamza Abbas, Abdullah Chaarani & Ahmed Mohamed … all of Melbourne.

    Shannon Deery ✔ @s_deery
    BREAKING: a trio of wannabe terrorists has been found GUILTY of planning a deadly terror attack in the heart of Melbourne. Verdict delivered two weeks ago, but legal reasons restricted reporting.
    Lawyers for two of the men tried to have the verdict kept secret. The trial judge refused to issue a suppression order, and they sought leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal. That court today refused that application in the interest of open justice.
    More to come @theheraldsun

  73. Des Deskperson

    Here’s an ABC report on Canberra Raiders player Jack Wighton avoiding time behind bars after pleading guilty to several charges, including assault and urinating in public – a particular penchant, it seems, among Raiders players – during an alcohol-fuelled attack in the Canberra city centre earlier this year. He was handed a suspended two-month sentence and a $3,500 fine in the ACT Magistrates Court

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-14/jack-wighton-avoids-jail-over-assault/10495980

    Whatever the appropraiteness of the penalty, I was struck by this particular sentence in the report

    “Wighton appeared in the Galambany court, a specialised court for Aboriginal offenders within the ACT Magistrates Court.

    He told the Aboriginal elders in the sentencing circle his family had paid the price for his actions.”

    I actually believe that there may be case for some sort of intervention along these lines when the defendant is a disadvantages and marginalised Indigenous Australian, but Wight is a League star on a base salary of at least half a million dollars with a whole army of powerful and influential supporters headed by Raiders chair Alan Hawke, former Secretary of the Department of Defence, who reportedly tried to have the CCTV evidence suppressed.

    The resources of the Galambany court, assuming they are necessary ay all, could have been much more effectively used.

  74. Tel

    If Texas turns Blue it will be cause suburban whites vote overwhelmingly Democrat.

    People who up until recently lived in California but had to move out because they couldn’t afford to live there… and all the jobs are in Texas and besides that… for some unknown random reason California has just became a complete $#!+ hole lately.

  75. Andreas

    Ibrahim Abbas, Hamza Abbas, Abdullah Chaarani & Ahmed Mohamed … found GUILTY of planning a deadly terror attack in the heart of Melbourne.

    No doubt inspired by Bible verses.

  76. ian3029

    Atoms
    Hearn’s Hobbies in Melbourne (and online). Very old well-respected company. Price comparison – don’t know.

  77. Notafan

    It was out of respect for Issa that they chose Christmas Day-just ask Monty

    article on the Christmas Day terrorists in the Canberra Times

  78. Old School Conservative

    No wonder Sam Henderson, ex Sky Business, is now selling hampers on-line.

    The royal commission heard evidence Mr Henderson was found by the Financial Planning Association to put his “own interests above those of his clients”, funnelled the majority of his clients into managed investment schemes in which he held shares and wrongly told clients he had a master’s degree in commerce.
    From The Oz.

  79. zyconoclast
    #2864144, posted on November 14, 2018 at 3:14 pm
    UKIP has received reports from party members and donors that their PayPal accounts have been suspended without explanation. The party is currently investigating the claims.

    I gave Paypal the arse when I heard they cancelled and froze Tommy Robinsons account. They did not deny it when questioned so that was it. Socialist virtue signalling wankers.

  80. Des Deskperson

    Atoms

    Any ‘Toyworld’ shop – the yellow ones with the rainbow ‘Toyworld sign – has reasonable collection. In Sydney there is a shop on the first floor of the QV Building

    http://hobbyco.com.au/hobby-store

    Which is quite good.

  81. Mrs Beardsley

    I don’t use Twitter. I got on Gab. And minds.

  82. John Constantine

    “In an attempt to boost their popularity, Iceland has decided to get Marmite involved – a foodstuff of equally love/hate proportions.

    Wayen Edwards, director and co-founder of the The Food People, said: “Whether you love it or hate it, this tasty side dish from Iceland has a unique flavour profile that is a combination of umami, salt and yeast.

    “Combining Brussels sprouts and Marmite draws out the natural sweetness of the vegetable, while suppressing some of the bitterness. Not only does this give the sprouts a real flavour boost, but the taste is similar to that achieved when pairing chocolate and salt together. ”

    http://www.ladbible.com/news/food-iceland-are-flogging-marmite-brussels-sprouts-for-christmas-20181113?fbclid=IwAR2r5dgsLcrv7_MaLlx_dhR5q_O6B13Z9hEIGGg4MBVIJfKDGcJeJHfikjM

    Perfect companion food for chrissy pudding.

  83. Mater

    Hearn’s Hobbies in Melbourne (and online). Very old well-respected company. Price comparison – don’t know.

    Hearn’s are pricey.
    Metro Hobbies are consistently competitive with anyone else on the web.

  84. Atoms for Peace

    Thanks people..will check out the recommendations

  85. Atoms for Peace

    Sprouts halved, nuked for 30 seconds at a time until just tender, then pan with olive oil.
    Must have been Italian pirates in my English lineage

  86. .

    https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/math/a25050375/michelle-obama-stem-education-girls/

    “With girls, one of the things when I talk to groups in education is that we have to think about how we teach math and science. I’ve seen in my own girls, they’re incredibly bright, they’ve gone to great schools, they’ll go to great colleges. But they lost interest in math so early because math is taught like a race: If you don’t know the unit within a period of time, you don’t get a good grade. The speed in which you learn the subject should have nothing to do with teaching it, but that’s how our system is set up. If you can’t get it in a week, maybe you could get it in two. But if you haven’t gotten it well in a week, it’s on to the next one. So we have to really think through whether we’re teaching to a system that is designed for the way the male mind works. Is the competition and the structure something that is turning off girls? I think we’ve got to open all of that up.”—Michelle Obama

    So why aren’t unis hit with tonnes of mature age women studying maths instead of useless degrees such as poetry, library studies or puppetry?

    Did MO just concede that men are generally better at maths?

    This is how this STEAMing load of shit turns up. Art is great but you can’t dumb down STEM with bad artists. I know some (female) artists that aren’t great at maths or even financial management…but they’re great artists.

    Why can’t people just be different?

  87. Tel

    Why can’t people just be different?

    Sure they can be different: socialist rulers and socialist underlings.

    How different do you want it?

  88. Why can’t people just be different?

    Coz
    diversidy, equalidy, …

    Equal opportunidy don’t count, we must have equalidy of outcome.

  89. Notafan

    on other words Michelle Obama

    if we just take a really really long time to teach girls maths they will eventually get it

    How is that a GOOD THING?

    Should we also take a really really long time to teach boys English lit too?

    I have a daughter who happens to be very good at math and works in a STEM field, not just men and women are different but so are individuals.

    Fancy that.

  90. .

    “Combining Brussels sprouts and Marmite draws out the natural sweetness of the vegetable, while suppressing some of the bitterness. Not only does this give the sprouts a real flavour boost, but the taste is similar to that achieved when pairing chocolate and salt together. ”

    Just awful.

    I’ll take a ratburger with Mr Friendly first, Dr Cocquetau.

  91. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Disaster tourists: federal police officer reveals shocking behaviour after Brussels Airport attack

    Robyn Ironside
    Aviation Writer
    @ironsider
    12:37PM November 14, 2018
    23 Comments

    A federal police officer who was first on the scene of the Brussels Airport attack, has described some of the shocking behaviour of members of the public.

    Speaking at the Australian Airports Association conference in Brisbane, first commissioner with Belgium federal police, Jean-Pierre Devos, relived March 22, 2016, when co-ordinated suicide bomb attacks claimed 35 lives at the airport, and a metro station.

    Two bombs exploded inside the airport terminal on the morning of March 22, 2016, shortly after Commissioner Devos began his shift on site.

    He said he initially thought the first explosion was a new type of aircraft taking off, but it was quickly followed by a second.

    When he went outside to investigate, one of the first things he saw was “disaster tourists” filming the mayhem on mobile phones.

    “My personal fear was ‘imagine if there was an active shooter, a person with a machine gun’,” Commissioner Devos said.

    “I started immediately to evacuate the people in all the languages I knew, in Dutch, in French, and English. My first instinct was these people should go away.”

    From there he ran into the terminal and was confronted with a shocking scene.

    “You walk in this terminal three or four times a day and you see everything in a normal situation,” he said.

    “The first view was a shock. I remember the smell of the two explosions, the fire and victims crying for help.”

    As he and colleagues went about assisting the injured and securing the scene he was stunned to see other travellers stepping over bodies to retrieve their luggage.

    “I said ‘you have to get out, it’s not safe’ and the response was ‘yeah, but it’s the backpack just over there’,” Commissioner Devos said.

    “I said ‘if you don’t go out I will shoot you out’.

    From the Oz.

  92. Mak Siccar

    As a relatively new Cat observer and very occasional commentator, I now ask for advice on how to vote in the forthcoming Victorian election. The party affiliations are as follows:

    ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY
    LIBERAL
    AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
    AUSTRALIAN GREENS

    The seat is, unfortunately, a very safe Laybore one. Regrettably I must number every candidate if my vote is to remain valid, something to which I very strongly object as I don’t want to give the Greenfilth even my last vote. And, of course, what can one say about the Lieborals? I find it incredible that Victorians consistently vote for Laybore and, it seems, in spite of the corruption and ineptness of the Andrews dictatorship, these scum will get voted in yet again.

    Very depressing.

    Help!!!

  93. .

    I have a daughter who happens to be very good at math and works in a STEM field, not just men and women are different but so are individuals.

    I bet standards were not lowered for her either, and she was better for it.

    …and yes, everyone is different. Modern social engineering cannot compute this fact.

  94. Notafan

    no they were not dot

    They didn’t need to be

    besides which people generally like doctors engineers pilots etc to be competent

    clearly some people think gender equality should trump such considerations

  95. JC

    Bug eyes is going to be a terrific addition tom the house. She’s like a younger version of Maxine Waters and we have years to go with laughs.

    “We don’t have a choice. We have to get to one hundred percent renewable energy in 10 years. There is no other option,” Ocasio-Cortez added.

  96. .

    Why no nukes? She’s just spouting nonsense she was programmed with, in attending the public school system.

  97. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Great idea. Force them to go all ‘stabby’ in a regional area, where cops are 20-30 minutes away.

    They are likely to do far less damage in Bourke St.

    Fit them with striped uniform and they have to wear ball and chain.

  98. JC

    Dot

    It’s hard to figure out who dumber out of bug eyes and Handsome&Young.

  99. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Mak, you may just have to use your ballot to demonstrate your artistic abilities rather than your numbering abilities.

  100. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Or, if you can stomach them, do a Langer vote knowing it shall end up in the informal pile.

  101. JC

    Zipperhead, you’re starting to post gore porn on here again?

  102. Atoms for Peace

    JC..Maybe OC is channeling Marty Feldman

  103. Makka

    Mak Siccar
    #2864194, posted on November 14, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Whatever you do, don’t reward the Libs. They deserve to be wiped out.

  104. Muddy

    Zippy at 4.49pm.
    I have absolutely no problem with what Gen. Loan did. His mistake was to do it in front of a press photographer.
    Ah, the ‘media’. So much has changed in the intervening 50 years, huh?

  105. None

    Mak.
    Animal Justice – unless you’re in an electorate where they might get more than 4% of the vote and therefore get government funding but usually they only get a few hundred votes in which case put them first and deny the others any public funding.
    2. Liberals – they are the least Kooky of a very bad lot but at least you’re letting it known that they’re not worth your first preference vote
    3. Labor
    4. Greens

  106. Ubique

    As a relatively new Cat observer and very occasional commentator, I now ask for advice on how to vote in the forthcoming Victorian election.

    Here you go. It’s easy once you remember that the Greens always, without fail, go last; and Labor second last. Labor can go third last in special circumstances where either the Communist Party or a National Socialist Party is running a candidate.

    1. Liberal
    2. Animal Justice
    3. Labor
    4. Greens.

  107. Mark from Melbourne

    Hipster

    M0nty, you have absolutely no idea how wrong that is!

    But I did like the line.

  108. I am bespoke

    JC
    #2864208, posted on November 14, 2018 at 5:05 pm
    Zipperhead, you’re starting to post gore porn on here again?

    Maybe this is more to your liking, JC.

  109. Rococo Liberal

    Whatever you do, don’t reward the Libs. They deserve to be wiped out.

    So we can have Shorten and his inept Labout mates completely stuff up the country?

  110. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I have absolutely no problem with what Gen. Loan did. His mistake was to do it in front of a press photographer.

    Given the circumstances under which the prisoner was captured, given the fact that he fulfilled none of the conditions to claim prisoner of war status, neither do I.

  111. Baldrick

    So we can have Shorten and his inept Labout mates completely stuff up the country?

    Mmyess, vote Liberal because they’ll stuff up the country a little slower than Labor.
    Good thinking 99.

  112. Rococo Liberal

    Why do I feel I am in a world which is like a rerun of Britain in the 70s, with the left being evil arseholes intent on ruining everyhting, cos feelz, and the Tories being so wet you could shoot snipe off them?
    jesus, it’s not as if we haven’t seen before the evil that socialism causes.
    But now the idiots in the US want to push it on the world again, with many people all over the world doing the same. The new socialism may be more about healthcare provision, CAGW, and ”anti-bigotry” than pure economics. But it is still all about government control . When will a new Thatcher arise to kick all these socialists in the goolies?

  113. Baldrick

    As a relatively new Cat observer and very occasional commentator, I now ask for advice on how to vote in the forthcoming Victorian election.

    1. Animal Justice Party – Spit
    2. Liberals – Spit
    3. Labor – Spit
    4. Greenfilth – vomit

  114. jupes

    Ibrahim Abbas, Hamza Abbas, Abdullah Chaarani & Ahmed Mohamed … all of Melbourne.

    Ah yes … Mohamed. Now there’s a name you can trust.

  115. H B Bear

    A beautifully skewering review from the Speccie:

    Anne Summers career is one of patronage and serial failure. No wonder she gets on so well with Gillard.

  116. jupes

    As a relatively new Cat observer and very occasional commentator, I now ask for advice on how to vote in the forthcoming Victorian election.

    Draw a penis and vote in the senate.

  117. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    1. Animal Justice Party – Spit
    2. Liberals – Spit
    3. Labor – Spit
    4. Greenfilth – vomit

    Allow me to correct you

    1. Animal Justice Party – vomit, loudly and copiously.

    I can’t believe this set of knuckle dragging morons got a seat in N.S.W.

  118. I am bespoke

    Draw a penis and vote in the senate.

    Your voting Greens?

  119. areff

    Lib Dems are on the upper house ticket in Victoria.

  120. entropy

    Should we also take a really really long time to teach boys English lit too?

    No, that would be cruel to the boys.

    I have a daughter who happens to be very good at math and works in a STEM field, not just men and women are different but so are individuals.

    ditto. she is pulling A+ in STEM, maths and science. Completely unlike her brother who hated those subjects.

    Obama of course is blatantly stereotyping. She can get away with it though, because she is not a white middle aged male. Which is an arch stereotype of course whose members have the principle feature of definitely not being allowed to stereotype, because they are too good at it. Like maths.

  121. entropy

    jupes

    #2864224, posted on November 14, 2018 at 5:48 pm
    As a relatively new Cat observer and very occasional commentator, I now ask for advice on how to vote in the forthcoming Victorian election.

    Draw a penis and vote in the senate.

    that is an illegal recommendation, Jupes. You definitely did not mean to recommend that someone provide some entertainment to the vote counters.

  122. H B Bear

    Draw a penis and vote in the senate.

    Yep, the only responsible response as a citizen is a c o c k and b a l l s.,

  123. Makka

    So we can have Shorten and his inept Labout mates completely stuff up the country?

    And the Libs aren’t doing a proper job of stuffing the country now? If you want to have a decent Right or Conservative Govt in this country it won’t happen with the jelly backed, soft left Libs occupying that space as they do now.

    Burn the Lib house to the fkn ground.

  124. entropy

    Rococo Liberal
    #2864220, posted on November 14, 2018 at 5:43 pm
    Why do I feel I am in a world which is like a rerun of Britain in the 70s, with the left being evil arseholes intent on ruining everyhting, cos feelz, and the Tories being so wet you could shoot snipe off them?

    because that generation of politicians’ children are now in charge.

  125. JC

    And the Libs aren’t doing a proper job of stuffing the country now?

    In slow motion. I prefer a long term fuck up than three years of living hell.

    Pick your poison.

    If you want to have a decent Right or Conservative Govt in this country it won’t happen with the jelly backed, soft left Libs occupying that space as they do now.

    Burn the Lib house to the fkn ground.

    We’ve seen changes that don’t require that level of nihilism. The tea party movement is just one example.

  126. Baldrick

    Alternatively Mak, just number each candidate with a 4.

  127. Makka

    We’ve seen changes that don’t require that level of nihilism.

    Not here we haven’t. At the moment what see is the continued unrelenting trajectory left of the Libs.

    Pick your poison.

    FFS get it over with so these gay, wet, leftist, green Lib frauds are forever history.

  128. amortiser

    Atoms for Peace
    #2864130, posted on November 14, 2018 at 2:59 pm
    Hook up the true climate believers to the smart grid and let them live within the sack cloth and ashes of their CAGW religion. Renewables only for those clowns…

    This shouldn’t be difficult to do. In Qld a few years ago you could opt to have green power when signing up with Energex. So the utilities have a record to those who want it. They will also know at any particular time the makeup of the power supply so it shouldn’t be a particularly difficult problem to solve to shut off the power to the green users when that green source has been exhausted.

    How many users do you reckon would exist when the reality of their choice becomes apparent and they have no power?

  129. JC

    I’m going out for dinner, Makka. When I get back I would like to see a summary of a manifesto from you. What is that you want a conservative government to do.

    In fact that should apply to everyone here that wants to see the destruction of the libs. What policies do you want to see.

    Me? LDP manifesto is pretty decent. This is not a queue for a moronic attack on libertarians which rarely makes sense. I genuinely would like to see a manifesto of some sort. A summary of policies.

  130. I am bespoke

    No chance of a Tea party movement hear.

  131. Tel

    In fact that should apply to everyone here that wants to see the destruction of the libs. What policies do you want to see.

    I’ve already told you all I want the Libs to do is live up to their own standards here.

    https://www.liberal.org.au/our-beliefs

    They haven’t come remotely close to that for the past 30 years or more. A good start would be stop being slavish followers of the UN and stop being in the pockets of the mega-corporations and start thinking about contractors and small business, but if that’s too much to ask perhaps narrow it down to three things: [1] restrict all immigration (severely restrict illegal immigration) and start being selective about who becomes a citizen, doesn’t mean zero, give Australia a chance to get some breathing space; [2] cut government spending and bring the debt under control, cut by at least 2% per year which is bugger all in the scheme of things; [3] abandon the RET and all the other green scams like tipping fresh water into the ocean, outlawing dams, preventing fire hazard reduction, oh you know them all I’m sure.

    That’s probably enough, see how we go with that lot.

  132. areff

    Just received a press release for a book by Ms. Alison Evans to be released in January:

    Bodies on the TV, explosions, barriers, and people fleeing. No access to social media. And a dad who’ll suddenly bite your head off – literally. These teens have to learn a new resilience… Members of a band wield weapons instead of instruments. A pair of siblings find there’s only so much you can joke about, when the menace is this strong. And a couple find depth among the chaos.

    Highway Bodies is a unique zombie apocalypse story featuring a range of queer and gender non-conforming teens who have lost their families and friends and can only rely upon each other.

    Quality writing, no doubt; indeed, it must be, as Ms Evans is the recipient of a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.

    BIO: Alison Evans is a nonbinary author from Melbourne, Australia, a regular speaker at festivals, schools and events, on writing, gender and sexuality, they are co-editor of Concrete Queers, a maker of zines and a lover of bad movies. Alison’s first book, Ida, established a firm fan base of teens and adults (mostly within the queer community) who loved seeing queer and gender-diverse characters in a fun genre novel. Their work has been published in various Australian and international magazines, lit journals and zines, and their novel, Ida (Echo), was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. You can find them on twitter @_budgie or their website, alisonwritesthings.com

    Notice the “they”

  133. Burn the Lib house to the fkn ground.

    We’ve seen changes that don’t require that level of nihilism

    Nah. burn it. more fun that way and we can cook the onions on the fire.

  134. jupes

    In fact that should apply to everyone here that wants to see the destruction of the libs. What policies do you want to see.

    Off the top of my head:

    Scrap all climate change policies and subsidies i.e. no Paris Agreement, no RET etc
    Shut down all agencies to do with climate change.
    Ban Muslim immigration and implement an otherwise discriminatory immigration policy e.g. only allow immigration that benefits Australia, no 3rd world savages.
    Leave the UN, or at the least leave UN treaties that harm Australia (all of them?).
    Ban safe schools and promotion of homosexuality and trannies.
    Slash aid budget – e.g. no money to Palestinians or African shitholes.
    Stop the emasculation of the ADF – start with a ban on further recruitment of women and trannies.
    Shut the ABC down.
    Shut down all useless agencies such as the AHRC and office for women.
    Apply strict funding standards to universities and schools.
    Stop official political correct protocols such as Welcome to Country ceremonies.
    Repeal two pieces of legislation for every piece of legislation passed.
    Shut Aboriginal courts – rule of law applied.
    Cut company taxes in line with the USA.
    Scrap taxes such as alcohol, tobacco and luxury car tax.
    Stop using the GST to reward the poor decisions of idiot states such as SA and Tasmania.
    Above all fight lefties following the example of the Great Man.

  135. My STEM kids (top 1%) could only get sh1t jobs in AU.
    Now in the US making a motza.

  136. Makka

    What is that you want a conservative government to do.

    Somewhat along the lines of the LDP manifestoproviding they:

    Adopt current Lib Policy on border protection with the Navy -OSB. In all it’s forms unchanged.
    Drop the purchase a visa plan.
    Drop all the ‘ free movement of people across borders’ crap.
    Agree to halt ALL immigration or restrict it dramatically – max 10k per year. The fraudulent current skilled visa policy is a hoax and should be trashed. Moslem immigration stopped. Completely.
    Multi-culti abolished.

    LDP have smaller Govt and taxes right also de-regulation. They have energy, the AGW fraud , access to welfare, freedom of speech and citizenship right.I’m on the fence, undecided , on their gun control policy but that wouldn’t be a show stopper.

    That’s the ballpark as I want to see it.

  137. Makka

    My STEM kids (top 1%) could only get sh1t jobs in AU.
    Now in the US making a motza.

    Yep. Mine is headed there too – or Switzerland if she can. A ski freak.

  138. entropy

    stop fuel excise indexation.

  139. 2dogs

    1. Animal Justice Party – Spit
    2. Liberals – Spit
    3. Labor – Spit
    4. Greenfilth – vomit

    Vote LDP.

  140. a new Thatcher arise to kick all these socialists in the goolies?

    I wish.

  141. Armadillo

    FFS. I knew this would happen.

  142. hzhousewife

    Notice the “they”

    sarc/It is invigorating indeed that they have garnered a firm fan base on the occassion of ONE BOOK ONLY.
    I have passed this review on to my dear friend who is in training to become an English Literature teacher, since she will be teaching this enchanting novel to her charges before long.

  143. Gab

    I hate fruit mince pies too, Arky.

    Hey, yesterday’s video you said you would be soaking the fruit for a couple of weeks while adding more alcohol to it. What happened to that?

    Also, am so glad your beautiful assistant asked what suet was as I didn’t know either!

    And marvelous chopping technique by you.

  144. zyconoclast

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6387435/Muslim-Grand-Mufti-Ibrahim-Abu-Mohamed-blames-government-Melbourne-Bourke-Street-terror-attack.html

    Seems it’s all everybody else’s fault.

    He is actually right.
    The Government let them in,
    keeps letting them in
    and has yet to start mass deportations.

  145. Gab

    PS. How long do you boil the pudding for?

  146. Makka

    BIO: Alison Evans

    …lives off grants.

    The End.

  147. I am bespoke

    On top of what Tel/jupes said.

    Vouchers for all including home schoolers up to year 6 then private funding from there on.

  148. Top Ender

    Full details on article headlined above:

    Trio guilty of Melbourne Christmas terror plot

    Three men have been found guilty of planning a jihadi-inspired mass casualty terror attack in Melbourne’s Federation Square at Christmas in 2016.

    A Supreme Court jury took six and a half days to deliver its verdict in the trial of Ahmed Mohamed, Abdullah Chaarani and Hamza Abbas, finding they had conspired with a fourth man, Ibrahim Abbas, to plan a terror attack in Melbourne’s CBD.

    The three men laughed and smiled at each other as the verdicts were read.

    The guilty verdicts were handed down on November 2 after a 10-week trial. A suppression order on the outcome of the case was lifted today.

    Ibrahim Abbas, who is Chaarani’s cousin and Hamza’s brother, had pleaded guilty to the conspiracy in February and gave evidence in the trial as a prosecution witness.

    The court heard the four men had attempted to make improvised explosive devices and had bought machetes in preparation for carrying out the attack where they sought to “maximise casualties”.

    The trial heard evidence Mohamed bought seven boxes of Ramset power load cartridges, which contain explosive charges used to drive nails into concrete.

    Prosecutors also played to the jury CCTV footage of Mohamed purchasing hydrogen peroxide from a Chemist Warehouse with Hamza Abbas.

    Abbas told police following his arrest that he thought the chemical would be used to treat warts.

    The court heard extensive evidence of extremist materials recovered from Chaarani and Mohamed’s phones.

    Chaarani’s phone contained copies of Dabiq magazines which referred to the Melbourne terror attack by Numan Haider and the Lindt Siege.

    In issue six, there was a reference to Man Haron Monis, describing him as a Muslim who resolved to join the mujahidin of Islamic State and acted alone “striking the kuffar where it would hurt them most”.

    Mohamed’s phone contained videos with images of people being beheaded, shot and set on fire in a cage, bloodied and dead children and a prisoner with an explosive device around his neck that is then detonated, decapitating him.

    The court heard Chaarani and Ibrahim Abbas purchased two machetes at Boating, Camping and Fishing.

    The four men organised to meet at the Hume Islamic Youth Centre on December 20 before heading to Federation Square on a reconnaissance trip of their intended target.

    The following day police secretly recorded a conversation between Mohamed and Ibrahim Abbas where Mohamed repeatedly said he was “shitting bricks”.

    Mohamed however went on to say he was “not backing down … I’m just worrying bro”.

    The two also discussed strapping Mohamed’s wife with an explosive device.

    “Strap her and just drop her,” Mohamed said.

    “Drop her off and go.”

    Abaas rejected the idea.

    “What if it doesn’t blow up on her, she gets caught?” he said.

    “See it’s different if we get caught, but if she gets caught. If she gets caught her-what’s-it called, her honour is gunna get touched.”

    Ibrahim Abbas was recorded talking about the machete purchased earlier.

    “I am in my house and I miss my sword bro,” he said.

    “I just wanna hold it. I don’t want to let it go bro. It’s like a part of me now.”

    A police officer gave evidence Chaarani urged police to make him a martyr when he was arrested with Mohamed.

    The officer told the court Chaarani was telling federal police: “You could have made me a martyr. Go on, make me a martyr.”

    Minutes before as police pointed guns at the car containing the men Chaarani was captured on a secret microphone telling his passenger: “F..k these guys are serious bro.”

    Police uncovered a red tub at Chaarani’s house containing more than 800 match heads and 400 sparklers, a piece of pipe and two taps.

    On October 10 he had used his phone to search for ingredients of sparkles, fire sparklers and ingredients of fire sparklers.

    Following his arrest Hamza Abbas described himself to police as a “fishbrain” and questioned why he was being charged with terrorism.

    “It’s very dumb, yeah, there’s no point,” he said.

    “What’s the point of it? It’s just causing more mess — massacre and stuff, you know.”

    Prosecutor Nick Papas QC however had argued that Hamza Abbas “is not just a dupe”.

    Incompetent brainwashed halfwits.

  149. Armadillo

    Death, you can BUY a Christmas pudding for about 10 bucks. Wake up to yourself.

  150. Death Giraffe

    Hey, yesterday’s video you said you would be soaking the fruit for a couple of weeks while adding more alcohol to it. What happened to that?

    No you top the cooked pudding up over the next four weeks.
    Tonight it gets cooked five to seven hours depending on how the sacrificial pudding I’m cooking at the same time fares.
    Tune in for part 3!

  151. Top Ender

    Someone was saying bricklaying is coming back in????

    Perth-based FBR has achieved what it says is a world-first with the fully automated construction of a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in less than three days.

    The ASX-listed company – formerly known as Fastbrick Robotics – says civil and structural engineers verified that the structure – completed on Monday in Western Australia by a robotic arm from a 3D model – met relevant building standards, setting the stage for commercialisation of the product.

    The company’s Hadrian X – a truck loaded with pre-cut bricks – is able to drive to a construction site, where a laser-guided robotic attachment feeds blocks through an arm and continuously places them into position.

  152. Delta A

    Not bad, Arky. Only one mistake.

    The pudding must be stirred by everyone in the house, including grannies and babies… and any passers-by, delivery chappies, postmen etc.

    And… you didn’t wrap the mix in cloth before boiling, so you won’t be able to decorate the puddings quite so well. Not a mistake, mind you. Just a possible improvement for next year.

    And BTW, I’m chuffed to appear in Arky’s Christmas Pudding video, even as a muffled cough. I won’t be buying the series, but.

  153. notafan

    Another facet to the ‘ambulance crisis’

    Someone called emergency services to attend a passed out drunk in a local park.

    2 police 2 ambulance officers must now be the protocol if there’s any risk that the patient might be abusive.

    Someone tell me that’s not true.

    Brought to you by girl power.

  154. Steve trickler

    👀 Use a decent knife, Giraffe.

  155. cohenite

    Did we just kowtow to terror? After last week?

    Mark Powell The Spectator Australia 14 November 2018

    The Australian Government has refused to offer immediate asylum to Asia Bibi, the Christian woman falsely accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. This follows the UK also rejecting her application out of fear for attacks upon their embassies and civilians. According to The British Pakistani Christian Association:

    Australia has essentially issued a statement in their refusal of political asylum to Asia. In an abhorrently administrative letter, Australia has essentially told Asia to “queue up,” citing her failure to be granted United Nations (UN) Refugee Status and the pressures on the offshore component of its resettlement programme. In light of the recent Melbourne terror attacks, I cannot help but wonder whether this is a veiled attempt to pretend Australia’s refusal of asylum is connected to alleged pressures on its offshore program, when in reality it’s about submitting and cow-towing to extremists? What does this say about Australia (a modern, western nation, often lauded for its views on human rights) if it cannot take a strong and audacious stance against extremism and protect those threatened by it?

    This is indeed a sad moment for two great nations who celebrate their democratic ideals and freedom of religion.

    After having spent the past eight years on death row—in solitary confinement—this mother of five children who was falsely accused of committing blasphemy, has been fully acquitted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court and is now in hiding in fear of her life. Indeed, according to Agence France-Presse, thousands of Muslims have recently taken to the streets of Karachi to not only protest against her acquittal, but to also call for her beheading.

    What’s more, as writer and commentator Melanie Philips explains:

    The accusation against her was a travesty. As she picked berries with other Punjabi farmworkers in June 2009, a quarrel developed with two Muslim women after she was asked to fetch water and they said they wouldn’t drink from a vessel touched by a Christian. The women later alleged to a village mullah that Asia Bibi had insulted Mohammed, accusations which the supreme court said were “concoction incarnate”.
    The acquittal prompted thousands of violent demonstrators to take to the streets calling for Asia Bibi to be hanged and threatening the supreme court judges with death. The leader of the Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan threatened that if she left the country there would be war.
    Incredibly, it has been less than a week since Melbourne’s much-loved cafe co-owner, Sisto Malaspina, was murdered in an act of Jihad rage.

    And yet, some Muslim leaders have been careful to deflect blame by saying, “It’s not our job to stop terror attacks”. But as Miranda Devine has tweeted this week, it’s all of our responsibility. Especially if the overwhelming majority of those committing these atrocities are identifying themselves with a particular religion.

    Surely, the events of last week make the case of Asia Bibi all the more urgent. She has been pronounced innocent of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. All that stands between her and certain death is the political will of a nation who really believes in democratic freedom and the rule of law to extend an open hand of welcome.

    And as such, David Coleman, and even the Prime Minister himself should exercise the political courage to do what no other nation in the Western world is currently willing to do. They must offer Asia Bibi asylum and not be intimidated by militant Islamic extremists.
    Mark Powell is the Associate Pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Strathfield.

  156. zyconoclast

    Gold hidden in secret vaults beneath the Bank of England worth $248bn

    A fifth of the world’s gold is hidden under London, worth an estimated £172 billion ($248 billion).

    The vaults under the Bank of England on Threadneedle Street are said to hold 5,134 tonnes of gold.

    This makes up the majority of the 6,256 tonnes kept safe beneath London’s streets, according to the BBC, which recently sent a reporter to visit the 300,000 square foot space.

  157. Armadillo

    PS. How long do you boil the pudding for?

    Gab, don’t encourage him.

  158. Death Giraffe

    👀 Use a decent knife, Giraffe.

    ..
    The good knife was still in the wash from cutting the back out of my runners.

  159. hzhousewife

    2 police 2 ambulance officers must now be the protocol if there’s any risk that the patient might be abusive.

    Someone tell me that’s not true.

    Brought to you by girl power.

    I guess that if both police and both ambulance officers are girls, then 4 people to handle one drunk might be almost acceptable.

  160. Bruce in WA

    Come forth

    And Jesus did say “Come forth and get your brains”.

    And I did come fifth and got sweet FA.

  161. zyconoclast

    Taliban Slaughter Elite Afghan Troops, and a ‘Safe’ District Is Falling

    SANG-E-MASHA, Afghanistan — One pickup truck after another arrived at the government compound in a district capital in Afghanistan on Sunday, pulling around to the back of the governor’s office to unload the dead, out of sight of panicked residents.

    Soldiers and police officers, many in tears, heaved bodies of their comrades from the trucks and laid them on sheets on the ground, side by side on their backs, until there were 20 of them.

  162. Black Ball

    I recall a meeting of Melbourne mayors not long ago decrying the use of the term ‘gang’ by media outlets in describing crime by African yoof. Just wondering what their thoughts are now after what happened in Bourke Street? Are they going to unite and denounce the young Somali terrorist or throw a tanty against Dutton and the Federal Government?

  163. Snoopy

    The Australian Government has refused to offer immediate asylum to Asia Bibi, the Christian woman falsely accused of blasphemy in Pakistan.

    Coupled with the back down on moving our Embassy to “Israel’s contested capital, Jerusalem” as TheirABC descibes it, we should have nothing to fear from Islamic terrorism ever. Right?

  164. Steve trickler

    Comedy gold.

    Nice work with the Mortein ad.

    11:25 onward guarantees a grin from ear to ear.



  165. bundyrum

    I like Jupes list, but i would have the ABC shutdown as one top priority, the propaganda from that place is insidious, none of those items will be in slomos tiny brain though….so cock & balls in the reps is the way to go.

  166. zyconoclast

    WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the “distinguished” Miriam Adelson, wife of Sheldon Adelson, his largest political donor.

    “Miriam Adelson is a committed doctor, philanthropist and humanitarian,” the White House said. “She has practiced internal and emergency medicine, studied and specialized in the disease of narcotic addiction, and founded two research centers committed to fighting substance abuse. With her husband, Sheldon, she also established the Adelson Medical Research Foundation, which supports research to prevent, reduce, or eliminate disabling and life-threatening illness.

    The Adelsons donated $25 million to Trump’s presidential campaign efforts and $5 million to his inauguration, making the couple the largest donors in the 2016 election cycle. They have maintained a close relationship with the president, helping to convince him to relocate the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and, as recently as Tuesday, watching the midterm election returns from the White House residence.

    The pair gave more than $100 million to Republicans in the midterm races.

  167. Atoms for Peace., ,

    I do like lithium batteries btw. Did the cats know perchance that a Ryobi 36v blower used under couches etc blows out the dog fur for the Dyson stick vacuum to deal with.? Mars and Venus ay

  168. zyconoclast

    NY taxpayers to pay $48,000 per Amazon HQ job

    According to Amazon, the cost per job for New York taxpayers is $48,000, compared to $22,000 for Virginia and $13,000 for Tennessee.

    In a statement released by Amazon, Cuomo called the agreement “one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in U.S. history.”

  169. Snoopy

    A free trade agreement with Israel would quickly identify our fairweather ‘friends’.

  170. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Kimberley fracking backed by Yungngora Aboriginal Corporation ‘to beat drugs’

    exclusive
    Andrew Burrell
    WA Chief Reporter
    @AndrewBurrell7
    19 minutes ago November 14, 2018
    10 Comments

    An Aboriginal group in the Kimberley that famously protested against oil drilling at Noonkanbah station in 1980 says it supports controversial gas fracking on the land so its young people can get off drugs and alcohol and find work.

    In a submission to an independent West Australian inquiry into whether fracking should be allowed in Western Australia, the Yungngora Aboriginal Corporation said it backed plans by ASX-listed Buru Energy and Japan’s Mitsubishi to explore for gas at Noonkanbah, 320km east of Broome.

    “We have lots of young people in our community that need somewhere to work,” the native title holders said in their submission.

    “We don’t want them sitting around drinking and causing trouble because they are bored.

    “Drugs and alcohol are the biggest threat to our community. A gas project on Noonkanbah will strengthen our community for now and future generations by giving our people jobs and training.”

    From the Oz. Any Western Australian Cats see the irony here?

  171. 👀 Use a decent knife, Giraffe.

    ..
    The good knife was still in the wash from cutting the back out of my runners.

    That’s two references to running in as many days.
    Has anyone seen a Fitbit on the wrist in the videos?
    There’s an aroma of a convert in the air.

  172. Black Ball

    Should have been approved in the first instance Zulu. Blacks all over the country want cash, just don’t want to work for it.

  173. Gab

    And BTW, I’m chuffed to appear in Arky’s Christmas Pudding video, even as a muffled cough.

    Some are more special than others! My invite must still be in the mail.

  174. RobK

    Radicalised extremists could be fitted with GPS tracking devices and banned from Melbourne’s CBD under tough new counter-terror laws being proposed by the Victorian Coalition.
    How well do they think these things work if wrapped in alfoil.

  175. Armadillo

    Not a mistake, mind you. Just a possible improvement for next year.

    Please God, spare us from a re-run of the Arky “Christmas Pudding Series” in 2019.

    I suspect next year will more likely be a series on “How to Skin a Reindeer” OR “Correctly Punishing Santas Elves”. He’s just lulling the ladies here into a false sense of security.

  176. Gab

    Anyone else notice the book “The God delusion” placed on top of the garbage bin?

    Nice touch, Arky.

  177. zyconoclast

    Today I saw three parked police cars blocking a road with the lights flashing.
    6 policemen surrounding what looked a like a mid-twenties, female backpacker emptying the contents of her bag on the ground.

    Overkill?

  178. Gab

    Hey Arky, the leftover “juice” from the drunken mixed fruit is the base for a good mead. You should do a video on that.

  179. Gab

    Poor Arma. We still love you, but.

  180. bundyrum

    I notice the palace chuck mob is now debating death squads for the sick & elderly….they call it assisted death….so soon after agreeing to execute 20 odd week old clumps of cells.
    Keep importing loads of shit from the turd world to boost the population numbers.
    What a country.

  181. Death Giraffe

    Nice touch, Arky.

    ..
    Research for the Atheism debate video.

  182. Black Ball

    Today I saw three parked police cars blocking a road with the lights flashing.
    6 policemen surrounding what looked a like a mid-twenties, female backpacker emptying the contents of her bag on the ground.

    Need more bollards

  183. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The Australian Government has refused to offer immediate asylum to Asia Bibi, the Christian woman falsely accused of blasphemy in Pakistan.

    Muslims are already controlling public policies through implied threats of extreme violence. How much longer do we have to put with this insipid appeasement of the evil of islam?

  184. H B Bear

    Just been talking with my sister. Anyone looking to understand the difference between the US and Australia should just Google “Youtube Angels Landing.” Sums it up in a 5 minute video.

  185. Tel

    … 6 policemen surrounding what looked a like a mid-twenties, female backpacker …

    I must admit that my policy as an employee has become [1] do all the easy jobs, especially if no one else is doing them and [2] don’t do anything dangerous, always come home at the end of the day.

    I perfectly understand police doing the same thing. Indeed, as a taxpayer I don’t want to pay for dead police.

    Having pointed out the honest truth in these matters, we must be realistic about what police actually do: they clean up the mess after criminals are done and gone, and they act as a deterrent by busting small time lawbreakers, and by investigating major crimes to sometimes track down the culprit (also they collect tax from regular people). Those are useful jobs, but never ever will substitute for individual self defense in a moment of need… nor should anyone with half a brain expect the police to be that substitute.

  186. Death Giraffe

    Tomorrow’s video is going to be a cracker:
    “Breeding Armadillos for the Pot- How Do I Mask that Strange Smell”?

  187. Tel

    The Australian Government has refused to offer immediate asylum to Asia Bibi, the Christian woman falsely accused of blasphemy in Pakistan.

    That’s massively gutless. I think the Peanut Head party might move up to second last place on my ballot.

  188. Mak Siccar

    Thanks for the voting advice everyone. I may just very well follow the suggestion of the Sage:

    Baldrick
    #2864234, posted on November 14, 2018 at 6:20 pm
    Alternatively Mak, just number each candidate with a 4.

  189. Atoms for Peace., ,

    Blackball. Where they packing Coles trolleys or using the locked Aldi ram….

  190. Atoms for Peace., ,

    Were…Sister Claver just gave me the stink eye from heaven.

  191. Atoms for Peace., ,

    Mak. 42 works for me.

  192. Tel

    Alternatively Mak, just number each candidate with a 4.

    Be sure to write the 4 like this:

  193. Delta A

    And BTW, I’m chuffed to appear in Arky’s Christmas Pudding video, even as a muffled cough.

    TBH, Arky, I don’t use a recipe for Christmas puddings (or cakes or biscuits) anymore. My mo is much like yours: throw in whatever seems right. For the last few years I’ve gone overboard with cranberries. Yummy little beggars in just about everything.

    The most essential ingredient in Christmas cooking is company, whether that’s one delightful assistant, or many, as is the case Chez Delta. The more love, laughter and mess the better.

  194. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Muslims are already controlling public policies through implied threats of extreme violence. How much longer do we have to put with this insipid appeasement of the evil of islam?

    No wonder they regard Western culture and governments as weak and in decline.

  195. Frank

    Which is an arch stereotype of course whose members have the principle feature of definitely not being allowed to stereotype, because they are too good at it. Like maths.

    Of course, both stereotyping and mathematics are examples of abstract thinking.

  196. Atoms for Peace., ,

    Delta. My dear departed mum in law cooked like an angel but her recipes could not be relied on 100 percent. My wife watched her like a hawk and would pick up on the deviations and correct the recipe. Our version of oral history, and we are making sure it is passed on.

  197. Death Giraffe

    My mo is much like yours: throw in whatever seems right.

    ..
    I figure the final consistency is the main thing.

  198. Atoms for Peace., ,

    Z2KA..wait until some OMG member or relative becomes collateral damage in a bollard attack.

  199. Delta A

    Our version of oral history, and we are making sure it is passed on.

    Yes, but make sure that Mum in Law’s originals are passed on, too, not so much for the culinary value, but for the insight into her quirky nature.

  200. Tel

    No wonder they regard Western culture and governments as weak and in decline.

    In all fairness I would have to agree. Wish it weren’t the case but we are freaking decadent, our leaders are useless, we have no self respect, and our institutions have been long marched. Unless we change we are screwed.

    Fortunately, change is inevitable 😉

  201. Snoopy

    A farmer who suffered a painful fall after slipping on a caramelised onion at Bunnings has welcomed a health and safety move to put onions at the bottom of their iconic sausage sizzles.
    >
    Trevor said he suffered a panic attack upon his return to Bunnings, and whenever he visits the store he is sure to check the floor for onions.

    A farmer. Sad.

  202. Mak Siccar

    Tel
    #2864308, posted on November 14, 2018 at 8:10 pm
    Alternatively Mak, just number each candidate with a 4.

    Be sure to write the 4 like this: 四

    I’m showing my ignorance but I’ve never seen a four written like that before!

  203. Snoopy

    I never thought I would say this but I hope Mundine knocks Jeff Horne’s block off.

  204. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    In the present report, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism,
    racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance analyses the threat posed by
    nationalist populism to the fundamental human rights principles of non-discrimination
    and equality. The focus of the report is ascendant nationalist populist ideologies and
    strategies that pose a sobering threat to racial equality by fuelling discrimination,
    intolerance and the creation of institutions and structures that will have enduring
    legacies of racial exclusion. The report condemns nationalist populism that advances
    exclusionary or repressive practices and policies that harm individuals or groups on
    the basis of their race, ethnicity, national origin and religion, including in combina tion
    with gender, sexual orientation, disability status, migratory status or other related
    social categories. The objectives of the present report are: (a) to contribute a measure
    of analytical clarity to human rights debates regarding nationalist populism; (b) to map
    the most pressing of the dangers it poses from a racial equality perspective; and (c) to
    recall the international human rights equality and non-discrimination standards that
    apply in this context.

  205. Rockdoctor

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2864315, posted on November 14, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Yeah saw that as well. It would be interesting to know who was first called, the doctor or the ambulance chaser…

  206. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    There are “indications” that former Minister Ivo Opstelten of Justice and Security urged the Public Prosecution Service in 2014 to prosecute PVV leader Geert Wilders for hate speech over statements he made about Moroccans, Wilders’ lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops said. He asked the court for “further investigation” into the question of whether the Minister influenced this case, Knoops said to RTL Nieuws.

  207. slackster

    Hearing more and more people talking about accelerationalism as a response to the current political situation in the world.

    Inttersting times ahead

  208. zyconoclast

    I never thought I would say this but I hope Mundine knocks Jeff Horne’s block off.

    Why?

  209. H B Bear

    A mixed bag on Teh Dumb tonight. No tinted women, a Pommy academic carrying on about the end of the world, Fat Fingers Farr the dinosaur j’ismist and a babe frightbat from the trash new media. Still a freakshow, just a different kind.

  210. H B Bear

    Hearing more and more people talking about accelerationalism as a response to the current political situation in the world.

    Inttersting times ahead

    Put money on an outbreak of military level violence somewhere in Europe within a couple of decades. Look to history. Political failure can only continue for so long.

  211. Roger

    The Australian Government has refused to offer immediate asylum to Asia Bibi, the Christian woman falsely accused of blasphemy in Pakistan.

    Meanwhile, Canada is aggressively negotiating with Pakistan to resettle her there.

    Justin Trudeau has bigger balls than Scott Morrison.

  212. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ASEAN Summit: Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern meet in Singapore

    31 minutes ago November 14, 2018
    4 Comments

    Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern have cemented their trans-Tasman ties over the most unlikely of items: the humble sausage sizzle.

    Bunnings appears to have offended not just Australians but New Zealanders too after issuing an unusual decree.

    The hardware giant is demanding that barbecues hosted outside its stores must serve the onion under the sausage because it poses a slipping threat.

    Meeting the Australian prime minister for the first time, Ms Ardern joked there were no greater international issues facing world leaders.

    “I don’t know about you but I’ve had a few phone calls,” she told Mr Morrison during a meeting in Singapore on Wednesday.

    “I think we should make a commitment, a joint commitment, that on our watches the Bunnings sausage sizzle should continue.” Mr Morrison wholeheartedly agreed.

    “Onions on top or underneath, however you like it,” he said. Earlier the prime minister said no matter how the onions were served he would not stop buying sausages in bread.

    From the Oz.

  213. rickw

    Trevor said he suffered a panic attack upon his return to Bunnings, and whenever he visits the store he is sure to check the floor for onions.

    Who walks around Bunnings without keeping their eyes peeled for onions on the deck?

  214. slackster

    Has anyone posted this video of the guy who yelled out on the live broadcast of CH7 news after the attack in Melbourne?

    https://twitter.com/iheartmindy/status/1062469372751503360

  215. Boambee John

    Via Instapundit

    Lack of sunspots to bring record cold, warns NASA scientist
    November 12, 2018 by Robert
    “It could happen in a matter of months,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center.
    ________________

    “The sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age,” wrote Dr Tony Phillips just six weeks ago, on 27 Sep 2018.

    Sunspots have been absent for most of 2018 and Earth’s upper atmosphere is responding, says Phillips, editor of spaceweather.com.

    Data from NASA’s TIMED satellite show that the thermosphere (the uppermost layer of air around our planet) is cooling and shrinking, literally decreasing the radius of the atmosphere.

    To help track the latest developments, Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center and his colleagues recently introduced the “Thermosphere Climate Index.”

    The Thermosphere Climate Index (TCI) tells how much heat nitric oxide (NO) molecules are dumping into space. During Solar Maximum, TCI is high (meaning “Hot”); during Solar Minimum, it is low (meaning “Cold”).

    “Right now, it is very low indeed … 10 times smaller than we see during more active phases of the solar cycle,” says Mlynczak

    The Thermosphere Climate Index by Mlynczak and colleagues.
    Displays times of Cold, Cool, Neutral, Warm, and Hot since 1940.
    Record cold in a matter of months

    “If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold,” says Mlynczak. “We’re not there quite yet, but it could happen in a matter of months.”

    Wonder how the CAGW crew will spin it if the “matter of months” turns out to be real.

  216. Rae

    fruit mince pies

    aka Flies Graveyards.

  217. egg_

    Hearing more and more people talking about accelerationalism as a response to the current political situation in the world.

    Is that what trolley man did with his trolley?

  218. Top Ender

    Cry for Freedom!

    “It woz the speed that I was after. The power. The feel of wind in my hair.”

    But no!

    A man who used a mobility scooter to tow a boat along the Pacific Highway near Newcastle has been charged by police.

    The 35-year-old man charged on Wednesday with multiple offences and will face court early next year.

  219. A farmer caused the Bunnings sausage sizzle fiasco?
    The shame!
    I might hazard a guess that a undersized snag of a lawyer is to be found somewhere in the family tree.

  220. Snoopy

    A Queensland schoolboy is heading to NASA after his proposal to build watches for colourblind people won a national science competition.

    A solution for global warming can’t be far off.

  221. Armadillo

    Put money on an outbreak of military level violence somewhere in Europe within a couple of decades. Look to history. Political failure can only continue for so long.

    The “new war” has been slowly humming away since 1979. The enemy has already breached the city walls, and they are raping and pillaging the citizens. The city officials have been either asleep or complicit.

    The “Awakening” will happen. Eventually.

    I suspect it will be at the point of a REAL financial meltdown. Pumping borrowed money into economies to provide “stability” is the only thing staving it off at the moment. That can’t (and won’t) last forever.

    #whenfreestuffrunsout

  222. Snoopy

    I never thought I would say this but I hope Mundine knocks Jeff Horne’s block off.

    Why?

    Horne is trolling Mundine over his assumed (perfectly normal) reaction to the promoter having gay, lesbian and trannie round card ‘girls’.

  223. Atoms for Peace., ,

    Bugger. My watches designed for my colour blind beagle are now moot. Another summer of 0430 baying at the food bowl rather than checking her watch.

  224. slackster

    That can’t (and won’t) last forever.

    I guess this is what this accelarationalism is aiming for- to bring about the collapse and a reset as fast as possible instead of limping along slowly to the same eventual result.

    I for one could use a few more years poolside though.

  225. candy

    Onions aren’t even slippery. Too solid even whey they are fried.

    He slipped on some grease used in the making of the sanger, I would think. Or even possibly something else entirely on the floor not cleaned up.

  226. Snoopy

    “If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold,” says Mlynczak. “We’re not there quite yet, but it could happen in a matter of months.”

    Bring. It. On.

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