Open Forum: December 1, 2018

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  1. Crossie

    In other words, the LNP should not have dumped Turnbull, even though he was useless. And Turnbull will now wreck them out of spite.

    The right approach would have been not to let him near the party at all.

  2. stackja

    Meanwhile in Dan land:

    New research shows Melbourne’s traffic flow ranks below New York and Rome
    KIERAN ROONEY, Transport Reporter, Herald Sun
    December 2, 2018 10:40pm
    Subscriber only

    Traffic in Melbourne is now worse than in New York and Rome, with a new report finding motorists on our network are delayed by more than half an hour for every 100km they travel.

    New research from GPS company Here Technologies has revealed the Victorian capital has some of the worst congestion issues in the world, ranking 25th for traffic flow in a list compiled of 38 major cities.

  3. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Malcolm Turnbull has launched a spectacular intervention in the preselection process

    This deposed man has an ego bigger than Whitlam but it is far more fragile. Whitlam managed an assumed gravitas which carried him through the years in his own comfortable cloud of satisfaction.
    Turnbull is too insecure for this and it shows. He has a bad case of relevance deprivation syndrome.
    There is no dignity in his petty narcissistic revenge efforts. Failed Republican and failed PM. He can’t deal with it well.

  4. stackja

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2877497, posted on December 3, 2018 at 8:09 am

    And MT law practice and banking business?

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    Glad Bag fails again.

    Her obsession with very expensive trams is the most irritating one. Best description of this fad was by Steven Hayward last week:

    After the “renewable energy” scam, the next greatest rent-seeking scam has to be urban “light rail” transit, or what I have sometimes called “The Quest for the Holy Rail,” or “A Desire Named Streetcar.” Construction costs are always underestimated (funny how consistent this is) while ridership projections are always way higher than reality. And then after a while, like San Franciso’s BART or Washington DC’s Metro, “deferred maintenance” results in a run-down system that loses more riders—and more money.

    I just bet the Ncl light rail Gladys built will undershoot estimated ridership too. The thing is bonkers.

  6. min

    Turnbull last August supported preselection for current seat holders in Victoria. Seems NSW does not deserve the same treatment. He is behaving like a true narcisisst , rage, revenge and retribution. I will make you pay for rejecting me . Abandonment by mother leaves a very damaged individual . A pity he had not spent some of his millions on therapy , oh I forgot someone so smart and perfect does not need therapy.
    Unfortunately Malcolm ,you are all on show and it is not a pretty picture.

  7. Twostix

    Failed businessman too.

    Handed everything, could only get anywhere through crony connections.

    He is James Taggart.

  8. Senile Old Guy

    This deposed man has an ego bigger than Whitlam but it is far more fragile. Whitlam managed an assumed gravitas which carried him through the years in his own comfortable cloud of satisfaction. Turnbull is too insecure for this and it shows. He has a bad case of relevance deprivation syndrome.

    Spot on. Remember, Abbott destroyed the ALP and won in a landslide. Turnbull has destroyed the LNP in two years, through a combination of ineptness and spite.

  9. Tel

    The right approach would have been not to let him near the party at all.

    Turnbull wielded wallet. They had no defence against that.

  10. Peter Castieau

    If Morrison had any balls he should announce the expulsion of Waffleworth from the Liberal party!

  11. stackja

    Tasmanian Anglican Bishop Richard Condie announces revised list of churches for sale
    JACK PAYNTER, Mercury
    December 3, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    A FIERCE community campaign has saved about one-third of Tasmania’s Anglican churches earmarked for sale.

    The Anglican Church softened its controversial sell-off plans with the Diocesan Council yesterday announcing 34 of the 107 properties listed for sale had been spared.

    The final sale list contains 73 properties, including 51 churches, 22 of which have cemeteries attached. The first property is expected to hit the market early next year.

    High-profile churches and cemeteries are among those granted a reprieve, including St Mary’s Church in Hagley where the remains of the state’s first Tasmanian-born premier, Sir Richard Dry, are interred under the altar.

    Will people now support churches to save buildings? Julia wanted this?

  12. Eyrie

    It isn’t an edifying sight, little Malcolm pouting, stamping his feet and generally behaving like a two year old having a tantrum.

  13. stackja

    Another day in Dan land:

    Victoria now relying on SA for power as wind production rises and coal plants close
    Daniel Wills, State Political Editor, The Advertiser
    December 3, 2018 12:51am
    Subscriber only

    Green-powered South Australia is now sending Victoria more electricity than it takes back as wind production surges, leading energy experts to warn that more storage is the key to keeping the local grid stable.

    A major report from the Australian Energy Market Operator has revealed SA was a net exporter to Victoria during the 2017-18 financial year, marking the first time that has happened in at least nine years.

    However, the switch is mostly due to the closure of Victoria’s huge Hazelwood coal-fired power station, leaving it more reliant on SA for power.

    AEMO warns both states are at risk of forced blackouts this summer due to possible power shortages.

    The connector?

  14. Peter Castieau

    If Morrison had a pair he would announce the expulsion of Waffleworth from the Liberal party

  15. Entropy

    I am regularly amazed at how closely Turnbull and his legacy has turned out exactly as many on this blog predicted.

  16. Peter Castieau

    WTF is b-a-l-l-s putting me into the spaminator?

  17. stackja

    Man Postpones Retirement to Save Reefs After He Accidentally Discovers How to Make Coral Grow 40 Times Faster
    By McKinley Corbley – Dec 1, 2018

    One man’s happy accident has brought new hope to the recovery of coral reefs around the world.

    Dr. David Vaughan stumbled upon the groundbreaking discovery as he was working with corals at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida. He had been trying to remove a coral from the bottom of a tank when it broke into a dozen pieces.

    To his shock, all of the pieces regrew to the same size in just three short weeks, as opposed to the three years it had taken to grow the original coral.

  18. Country folk pay taxes for education but the cream flows to the city.
    My daughter is very keen to do well in Year Twelve and wants to attend lectures at Melb Uni for students preparing for VCE.
    The session costs are reasonable but by the time we pay for accomodation for attending the course, spread over a ten days, we are up for many hundreds of dollars.
    The city parents have a tram, train or parking cost at the most.
    Did any of the well paid educators at the Uni spare a thought for county kids?

  19. stackja

    Peter Castieau
    #2877513, posted on December 3, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Slanging match?

  20. calli

    About the light rail – I agree. It’s a dud and whoever did the QS and spec should be in a pillory at Martin Place.

    However, I’m very suspicious of all these go-slows and understaffing and no-shows of drivers. This is typical union pre-election warfare. Cause as much chaos as possible and then blame the government.

  21. Traffic in Melbourne is now worse than in New York and Rome, …

    Already knew that.
    Been bitchin’ and complainin’ about it here for ages.

    And it is gunna get worse.

    Pattern #1, rural fringe major road, build houses to the very edge of road. no chance of road widening in the future. rinse ‘n repeat.

    Pattern #2, inner suburban developments add cars to inner suburb. per block wait times to enter commuter road increase, SO add a traffic light (or two or three) to stop the traffic on the commuter road

    (subscribe for more “planning” side effects)

  22. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’m very suspicious of all these go-slows and understaffing and no-shows of drivers. This is typical union pre-election warfare.

    After the ALP wins the election one of the very first things they will do is announce that drivers and guards will be added to the NW link trains because safety.

    Debts must be paid.

  23. areff

    rambler: in reverse order of loathsomeness:

    3/ green teachers
    2/ social workers
    1/ town planners

  24. calli

    Hang on…didn’t Victorian voters elect a government that paid out a billion not to build a road?

    It’s unfortunate for Melb Cats, but actions have consequences.

  25. Percy Popinjay

    Have any NSW Cats heard the Gladys ads?
    When I hear Gladys finish with “Let’s get it done NSW”, I have been yelling profanities.
    What moron told her that was a good message?

    Anyone here remember Morrie Enema’s election slogan all those moons ago? “We’ve been a complete disaster, but we promise to improve” or something similarly lame. Then of course the liberals selected as leader the most lacklustre dullard in NSW political history and labor staggered across the line. Leading of course to another cavalcade of idiots such as the former garbologist and Bambi Keneally, who at least had the good grace to then lead labor to its most almighty election defeat ever.

    Ah, NSW politics – what a goat rodeo.

  26. calli

    NSW politics has been popcorn worthy since the Rum Corps.

    Nothing changes except the faces. Or is that the faeces? Sometimes it’s hard to spot the difference.

  27. Rae

    “Let’s get it done NSW”

    “get it done” was a favourite saying of Julia Gillard.

  28. min

    Well I guess he saved himself some money as narcissists do not stay in therapy , well not the one I practised. Narcissists blame everyone else for their problems ,no insight . No therapy can change situations only how you deal with them . For example from a conversation I had the other day. I was told that psychologists are no good. “What makes you think that?” I sent my daughter to see one and she sat there and said nothing for 2 sessions and I refused to pay out more money.”
    ” That must have been disappointing especially if you could see she was not coping ”
    ” what do you think she said when the psychologist asked what had brought to the office”
    “Because my mother made me”
    How does that make you Feel”
    “She is interfering with my life ” ” so how does that make you feel?”
    Hope Cats can see where that leads , dealing with anger, because I bet the reason the daughter said nothing was the assumption my mother thinks I am nuts so I won’t talk.
    Malcolm has spent his life proving to his mummy how marvellous I am ,you should never have left me
    Although I have seen those who tell themselves I am worthless unloveable etc that is why mummy left me and act accordingly.

  29. Baldrick

    I am regularly amazed at how closely Turnbull and his legacy has turned out exactly as many on this blog predicted.

    … and doing a sterling job of destroying the Stupid.Fucking.Liberal.Party.
    Go you good thing.

  30. Roger

    ABC TV News:

    Brisbane temperatures “unprecedented”.

    Max temp yesterday: 35C.

    Highest on record for December: 40C, 24th, 2001.

    Shameless liars answerable to nobody, it seems.

  31. Robber Baron

    Anyone remember ORANI?

    Yes. Yes I do. And do you remember Peter Brain?

  32. bespoke

    No therapy can change situations only how you deal with them .

    Well min, I don’t distrust individual therapist but like any industry they aren’t immune from creating new markets for the of dollars and influence. They don’t push back on the latest quackery on raising kids because it mite diminish the credentialed hierarchy.

  33. Boambee John

    Malcolm Turnbull has urged Liberals to defy the PM to force an early election, saying Scott Morrison just wants to “keep his arse” in the prime ministerial car.

    He is like a particularly sulphurous fart hanging around in a lift.

  34. Bruce of Newcastle

    Highest on record for December: 40C, 24th, 2001.

    That doesn’t sound right for Brisbane in December. The record is only 104 F? What about years like 1934? Hot Christmas Days aren’t exactly unusual.

    Has BoM and the ABC been cooling the past again?

  35. Boambee John

    . Tacking a mate to the pub or doing some other distracting activity is better to fend of depression then telling them to go to counselling.

    Remember the scene in Crocodile Dundee I in New York, when Dundee was told someone was seeing a trickcyclist for depression? “Hasn’t he got any mates to talk to?”

  36. Snoopy

    Roger, The BOM Brisbane forecast for yesterday may have been unprecedented.

  37. Baldrick

    Mmmyes, should should only be the perverse of Governments …

    The Daily Telegraph ✔ @dailytelegraph
    Energy Minister Angus Taylor has accused energy giants of recording soaring profits by taking cash from the “wallets of hardworking Australians”.

  38. bespoke

    No therapy can change situations only how you deal with them .

    Well min I don’t blame the individual therapist. But like any other industry they aren’t immune to creating new markets and chasing the power and influence. They don’t do enough to challenge the latest quackery because it mite diminish there credentialed hierarchy.

  39. Roger

    AEMO warns both states are at risk of forced blackouts this summer due to possible power shortages.

    When the wind isn’t blowing or is blowing too hard, that is. More storage required!

    A NZ electrical engineer was tasked by higher up boffins with installing scaled up Tesla power walls in a sub-station to enhance storage capability.

    Given the expense, he pushed them on how much power they would store for residents reliant on the sub-station: 7 minutes worth.

  40. Mater

    Energy Minister Angus Taylor has accused energy giants of recording soaring profits by taking cash from the “wallets of hardworking Australians”.

    Do you think he’s looking at ‘Big Wind’?
    Didn’t think so.

  41. Snoopy

    For November, the Brisbane maximum is 38.9c.

  42. bespoke

    Boambee John
    #2877541, posted on December 3, 2018 at 9:37 am
    Remember the scene in Crocodile Dundee I in New York, when Dundee was told someone was seeing a trickcyclist for depression? “Hasn’t he got any mates to talk to?”

    Yep that was the old Dundee the new one is a NY tosser.

  43. I have a really cool idea of how we can use stored solar energy in almost unlimited amounts for use when we need it. It is also compatible with the electricity grid.

    I have decided to call it COAL.

  44. Roger

    Has BoM and the ABC been cooling the past again?

    From what I gather if a weather station is relocated or its equipment is updated the records are reset, so to speak.

    The current climatology records for December only go back to 1999, the other months 2000.

    So, a change in weather stations happened c. Nov-Dec 1999.

    But the news reports never mention this…leaving old timers scratching their heads and wondering if they imagined those heatwaves of yore.

  45. bespoke

    No therapy can change situations only how you deal with them .

    Well min I don’t blame the individual therapist. But like any other industry they aren’t immune to creating new markets and chasing the dollars and influence. They don’t do enough to challenge the latest quackery because it mite diminish there credentialed hierarchy.

  46. Roger

    You have to go digging on the BOM website to find the historical records.

  47. Tom

    Energy Minister Angus Taylor has accused energy giants of recording soaring profits by taking cash from the “wallets of hardworking Australians”.

    That’s what companies do to maximise the return to their shareholders, you fuckwit. Government policy has made Australia one of the world’s most lucrative markets for parasitic subsidy miners like AGL. It’s more profitable for them to mine government subsidies than compete on price and product.

    Five years ago Taylor was seen as a future leader of the Stupid Fucking Liberals. What a clown he turned out to be and what a laughing stock they are. That’s what you get when you believe in nothing and let a Labor guy buy the prime ministership.

  48. Bruce of Newcastle

    AGL has also been mining a near monopoly in gas supply. AMEO’s wholesale gas price today is $9.71/TJ helped by Lock The Gate crazies and captive governments.

    Last week in Texas the price was zero…

    Natural Gas Prices Fall Below Zero In Texas

    Surging U.S. oil production in the Permian basin has helped crash oil prices. But the Permian is also home to skyrocketing natural gas production, and output is growing so fast that drillers are trying to give it away for free. When they can’t, they just burn it off into the atmosphere.

    We could easily have cheap gas here too.

  49. bespoke

    Well min I don’t blame the individual therapist. But like any other industry they aren’t immune to creating new markets and chasing the money and influence. It seems they don’t do enough to challenge the latest quackery because it mite diminish there credentialed hierarchy

  50. John Constantine

    Vulture fund pitches debt funded highly geared takeover for gnc graincorp.

    GNC never recovered from the mcgauchie curse, where it paid huge money for crony consultants to put it into diversity situations that it is now paying huge money for crony consultants to unwind.

    Vultures promise to be good new owners of the debt strangled graincorp vehicle.

  51. stackja

    SILO (Scientific Information for Land Owners) is a database of historical climate records for Australia. It provides daily datasets for a range of climate variables and in formats suitable for a variety of applications.

  52. We could easily have cheap gas here too.

    Nope.
    Gas $9.71/TJ. -> GST receipt of $0.97/TJ (first call)

    No way will government give up any of that 97c per TJ.

  53. Bear Necessities

    I watched Bohemian Rhapsody yesterday to escape the heat. A fairly light weight movie and it has its faults but it is good to see a movie which celebrates wanting success, being the best and achieving it. It doesn’t dwell too much on the whoa as me, I’m gay, look at me angle. What could of made the movie better was going into the other band members characters a bit more. But Freddie sells tickets not the others.

    A good waste of a couple of hours with great music. The Live Aid concert reenactment was very good.

  54. H B Bear

    Malcolm Turnbull has urged Liberals to defy the PM to force an early election, saying Scott Morrison just wants to “keep his arse” in the prime ministerial car.

    Lord Waffles doing his best Dr John Hewson impression. Better get used to it.

  55. Rafe Champion

    As if installing more turbines in SA or anywhere else will help when the wind is low and the demand is high. Our gaols are already overcrowded so they will have to do something else with all the people who were criminally negligent in the plan to subsidise windmills and things.

    One more time. My new career as a multimedia tart explaining the Why Wind Wont Work. That might be the overlay when we do it again after I have learned how to say Australia.

  56. mh

    Trump fanning the flames of anti-Semitism again:

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    This week, J*ws around the world will celebrate the miracles of Hanukkah.
    @FLOTUS
    Melania and I send our very best wishes for a blessed and Happy Hanukkah!

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