Wednesday Forum: December 5, 2018

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  1. Tel

    Have a smaller family*
    Eat a plant-based diet
    Avoid air travel
    Live car-free

    I do all of those things.
    * I have fewer children than Ted Turner, also fewer than George Soros.
    * My diet is based on plants, plus some extra food chain on top of that.
    * I fly significantly less than Al Gore, and also any of the Clintons.
    * I don’t own as many cars as Arnold Schwarzenegger nor even as many as Prince Charles.

    I’m good. Doing my bit. No problem.

  2. zyconoclast

    Over 400 ex-DOJ employees sign letter protesting Whitaker appointment

    The ex-staffers say Mr. Trump skirted the Constitution by appointing Mr. Whitaker, who was chief of staff for his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, instead of elevating the department’s number two official, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    Project Democracy, a left-leaning group government accountability group, organized the effort. It said the signatories have served in administrations of both parties and the majority were “non-partisan career civil servants.”

  3. Frank

    Have a smaller family*
    Eat a plant-based diet
    Avoid air travel
    Live car-free

    If you look at the linked infographic it rates twisty bulbs as the least effective method to combat climate change. Waffles wins again.

  4. Fisky

    Sky News Australia

    Verified account

    @SkyNewsAust
    5m5 minutes ago
    More
    How many refugees should Australia accept annually? Forty-two per cent of people said zero. That was the most popular option.

    Good. No one wants refugee resettlement. Very expensive program of national self-abasement supported only by cucks.

  5. calli

    Watching The Thin Red Line for the first time. Sucked me in with “In Paradisum”, now I’m hooked. Guadalcanal is also part of my family’s story.

    The Greatest Generation.

    What would those guys make of the “edgy” queer family photos I wonder.

  6. Tel

    What’s the chance of getting a photo of Peanut Head wearing one of those French yellow jackets?

    There’s got to be a meme in this. Something for the Leak cartoon dynasty perhaps.

  7. Fisky

    The morons who want to increase Australia’s refugee intake are fiscally and socially irresponsible. There are no jobs for low-skilled migrants in the future. Everything is being done by robots. Immigration is now mostly redundant. Sad but true.

  8. Fisky

    How many libertarian dinner party guests will proclaim their support for the UN Migration Pact this weekend? I bet there will be lots!

  9. John Constantine

    If APRA really do over ioof, who would put their money in the discredited hands of the company?.

    Who will apra do next?

    Will ioof have to firesale holdings to payout people leaving?.

    Will ioof linked advisers leave and take their client books?.

    In a wounded market, apra shooting the stragglers might not be a good thing.

  10. calli

    Eat a plant based diet and die early.

    My family vegan has now relented – fish is on the menu.

    Baby steps…

  11. Tel

    My family vegan has now relented – fish is on the menu.

    Fish are based on plants for sure, they either eat plants or smaller fish which in turn eat plants.

  12. zyconoclast

    Immigration is now mostly redundant. Sad but true.

    Nothing sad about it.

  13. Top Ender


    Always interesting on this anniversary:

    Darwin:
    Total No. bombs: 681
    Total tonnage (kgs): 114,100kg

    Pearl Harbor:
    Total weapons released including 40 torpedoes: 461
    Bomb tonnage including 40 x 800kg torpedoes: 133,420kg

  14. Mark A

    Top Ender
    #2880695, posted on December 7, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Always interesting on this anniversary:

    Darwin:
    Total No. bombs: 681
    Total tonnage (kgs): 114,100kg

    Pearl Harbor:
    Total weapons released including 40 torpedoes: 461
    Bomb tonnage including 40 x 800kg torpedoes: 133,420kg

    Comparative damage done?
    Not political, actual.

  15. Eyrie

    As a result of an hour today, this blog is now known to a cross bench Senator from Queensland. Straight up bloke whose views align with those of most of the commenters here.

  16. zyconoclast

    Lois Sindbad a 27-year-old asylum seeker from Cameroon admitted to killing the 54-year-old pastor Alain-Florent Gandoulou, who was from the Congo himself during prayer in Berlin on 22 February.

    At first he beat the man with a metal cross and moved on to shove an umbrella down his throat. The victim died due to serious head trauma.

    The perpetrator entered Germany as a refugee in 2014 and claims to be a Christian but believes in witchcraft and ghosts. According to his story a ghost that had already possessed his brother, who also lives in Germany, supposedly had taken over his body.

    Frightened by this he sought help from his victim. Allegedly the pastor did not defend himself but only called for help in German during the deadly assault.

    Following his arrest Lois Sindbad has been placed in a closed, psychiatric institution. The trial will continue in the coming weeks.

  17. John Constantine

    Australias immigration policy is designed to topple the anglosphere by mass importing voteherds that will elect politicians with tribal loyalties.

    Australia isn’t importing a class of bespoke intergenerational dunny cleaners to compete with robots, it is importing a new ruling class of tribal big men and socialist aristocrats.

    Comrades

  18. zyconoclast

    US judge investigated after ‘letting drugs suspect escape through the back door’ to avoid ICE agents in courthouse

    The Boston Globe said the Dominican defendant had already been deported from the United States twice before.

    In the audio recording of the courtroom, Judge Joseph can be heard saying ICE “is going to get him” and “I’m not going to allow them to come in here” before telling a clerk to turn off the recording.

  19. zyconoclast

    Oregon could soon be on its way to legalizing psilocybin mushrooms, following the Secretary of State approving language for a 2020 ballot initiative. Should activist accumulate 117,578 signatures to qualify for the ballot, Oregon voters could decide to decriminalize “magic mushrooms” and allow for their growth with a license.

  20. John Constantine

    If i mention that i bought a yellow jacket today, to wear while driving the truck, is that domestic terrorism?.

  21. Empire 5:5

    In a wounded market, apra shooting the stragglers might not be a good thing

    Anything and everything will be sacrificed to shield the root cause problem: the shibboleth of compulsory superannuation. Inflows currently tracking at $100B+ p.a.

    It shall not be debated.

  22. cohenite

    This comment was deemed too extreme for quora:

    Wow what a long-winded way of saying nothing. Trump has raised economic conditions beyond anything any previous POTUS has done, including producing the lowest unemployment rates for all minorities. He did that by a number of precise economic measures particularly lowering company tax to its lowest level and protecting US companies from overseas dumping, particularly by the Chinese. Trump obviously cares about the US more than any other POTUS. All my link to Magapill does is provide objective sources for what I am saying. Trump has enjoyed 92% NEGATIVE coverage by the fake media – cnn, wapo, nyt, MSNBC – which have hysterically covered every bit of rubbish from stormy daniels to what Mrs Trump is wearing as though it is part of some sinister plot. And they have slavishly supported the illegal Mueller get Trump probe while ignoring the manifest criminality and corruption of the Steele dossier, the involvement of nearly every high ranking FBI, DoJ, CIA official in this scandal. But that’s ok to never-Trumpers like yourself adopt a supercilious morally superior tone while also ignoring that grave threat to the institutions of the US. It is you who has been brainwashed and are willing to sacrifice the security of the US on the alter of your hatred of Trump and support of these corrupt forces. “Deep conspiracy mindset”: lol.

  23. zyconoclast

    Amid the chaos, France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has devised a brilliant plan to try and placate French citizens, which would (in theory) make it less likely that they would join the protests.

    Speaking at a conference in Paris on Thursday, Le Maire said he had met with the CEOs of French companies, who agreed to give their workers a one-off tax free bonus.

    Le Maire said the bonus would be a “pay-back” for their efforts for the economy. Le Maire also said “anything to increase the paycheck” of workers has his support, (though he claimed measures to “artificially” increase the minimum wage would lead to job losses). “We’re going through a crisis that shows that the dikes have been breached, France no longer is spared from the populist wave,” he said, which is why France needs “stability” in fiscal policies.

  24. Empire 5:5

    Oregon could soon be on its way to legalizing psilocybin mushrooms, following the Secretary of State approving language for a 2020 ballot initiative. Should activist accumulate 117,578 signatures to qualify for the ballot, Oregon voters could decide to decriminalize “magic mushrooms” and allow for their growth with a license.

    This is retarded. They exist naturally. Who’s on the make? Follow the money.

  25. Empire:
    Not this little black ducks superannuation. I just sent in the paperwork to get my last $30 out before Shorten gets in and kamikazes the economy.
    I’ll need a new shed to fill with baked beans.

  26. P

    Far-right parties overtake Macron for first time in France poll

    In a further sign of the rise of the far right across Europe, Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National (RN) has overtaken French president Emmanuel Macron’s La République En Marche! (LREM) party in a poll.

  27. Roger

    Immigration is now mostly redundant. Sad but true.

    Nothing sad about it.

    As regards mass immigration, yes, but the targeted immigration of highly skilled individuals will always have a place.

    Expect our second rate politicians to wake up to this in about 10 years.

  28. Boambee John

    Empire 5.5 at 2132

    Anything and everything will be sacrificed to shield the root cause problem: the shibboleth of compulsory superannuation. Inflows currently tracking at $100B+ p.a.

    Anything and everything will be sacrificed to direct compulsory superannuation to industry siper funds controlled by the unions. This includes non-industry funds and SMSF. Inflows currently tracking at $100B+ p.a.

    Fixed.

  29. Boambee John

    Super funds, not siper, though there are a lot of parasites sipping at the industry funds.

  30. Gab

    Far-right parties overtake Macron for first time in France poll

    What exactly makes them “far” right as opposed to just Right?

  31. DrBeauGan

    What exactly makes them “far” right as opposed to just Right?

    Right means to the left of Stalin. Far Right means not to the left of Stalin. Or at least, not much.

  32. Stimpson J. Cat

    How many refugees should Australia accept annually? Forty-two per cent of people said zero. That was the most popular option.

    Cool.
    Now do immigrants and Kiwis, and Kiwi immigrants.

  33. P

    What exactly makes them “far” right as opposed to just Right?

    Far-Right in Europe at this time seems to be applied to those who want to stop immigration and globalisation.

  34. Armadillo

    Super funds, not siper, though there are a lot of parasites sipping at the industry funds.

    Anyone follow the BRC? Mrs A paid almost $10k in premiums last year for “Trauma and Life” paid via her “Super Fund”. It’s seems ridiculous considering it’s a reasonable percentage of her contribution, and that I’m the beneficiary of it. It’s approaching 60% of her super contribution. We have zero debt and plentiful assets. We both work because we enjoy it. If you don’t work, you pretty much die inside.

    Can any Cats with knowledge of the BRC findings point me to the relevant section in relation to Superannuation contributions? Seems wrong to me.

    I suspect the reason “Super Funds” get away with this stuff is that the statements pronounce a 17% return or whatever. It doesn’t come out of your “pay check”, so you don’t notice it.

    I can feel a very terse letter coming on.

  35. P

    I’ve enjoyed reading this article Don’t Listen to Conservative Quitters, so I share it with you.

    Excerpts:

    I stand with Trump, even in his failures, because I know the cause of freedom is worth fighting for—and that it is a winning effort. The stakes are our freedom or their tyranny.

    Lord Macaulay’s “Horatius” (which Winston Churchill, the leader of another reputed lost cause, loved to quote so often):

    Then out spoke brave Horatius,
    The captain of the gate:
    “To every man upon this earth
    Death cometh soon or late.
    And how can man die better
    Than facing fearful odds
    For the ashes of his fathers
    And the temples of his gods . . .”

  36. Zyconoclast

    This strong independent woman spent the interview whinging that the Banking RC unfairly picked on women especially AMP women.
    Says it made young women feel uncomfortable.

    Kathryn Fagg has just stepped down as President of Chief Executive Women. She sits on the boards of Boral, Incitec Pivot and until recently, the Reserve Bank.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/programs/the-business/2018-12-06/extended-interview-with-kathryn-fagg/10592066

  37. cohenite

    Climate change sparked Queensland fires: Palaszczuk

    AAP The Australian December 7, 2018

    The Queensland premier says climate change caused the state’s bushfire crisis and the federal government’s attempts to blame her are cheap. Annastacia Palaszczuk has lashed out at the federal government after it announced an inquiry into Queensland’s land clearing and management policies in the wake of the fires.

    The federal parliamentary inquiry will look at all states and territories and how their laws on vegetation and land management affect farmers. But Queensland’s laws, brought in in May to stop broadscale landclearing, will be in the spotlight amid claims they exacerbated blazes that raged across the state for two weeks.

    “If Queensland’s laws are locking up agriculture’s potential and making fires worse, we need to know about it,” federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said as he announced the probe on Friday.

    The premier has hit back, telling the government to look at Queensland’s unprecedented fire danger and heatwave conditions if they want the real answer. “If you want to know what caused those conditions I’ll give you an answer — it’s called climate change,” she told reporters.

    “It is only the LNP (Liberal National Party) who could watch Queensland burn and then blame the trees.” She said her government’s landclearing laws had changed nothing in terms of what farmers could do to protect their properties from bushfires. She said every candidate at the next federal election must reveal their stance on global warming, so voters would know if they were supporting climate change deniers or not.

    Under Queensland laws, farmers and landholders can still establish fire breaks without a permit, but some other clearing activities do require permits. Cattle producer David Marland says his story shows the system is failing terribly.

    He holds a lease to run cattle on 18,000 hectares of the Bulburin National Park, between Gladstone and Bundaberg.

    In December last year he spent $2500 putting in fire breaks in the park and then lodged an application to carry out fuel reduction burns.

    He still hasn’t got his permit but it doesn’t matter anymore. His leasehold area is now black and barren after “holocaust” fires tore through. He’s now having to move out cattle that grazed in the national park because there is nothing left for them to eat.

    “I’d met all the criteria. They had months and months to process that. The rest is history. There’s nothing there now,” he told AAP on Friday.

    Palachook is disgusting but typical of pollies in this country. Look at her and the hatchet faced harridan behind her:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156117766619370&set=pcb.10156117769729370&type=3&theater

  38. JC

    Stop making it about female appearance, Cronkite. It’s just not nice.

  39. Leigh Lowe

    Somethink not right, Poncho.

  40. Oh come on

    The ABC is obsessed with Milo. It’s a bit creepy and weird because no one else cares.

  41. Steve trickler

    Nice find in the basement of Ytube.



  42. Oh come on

    The Milo post is third from the top of the ABC News app’s top stories. Sad.

  43. Oh come on

    Mrs A paid almost $10k in premiums last year for “Trauma and Life” paid via her “Super Fund

    Um opt out?

  44. Muzzlehatch

    OCO. Speaking of Milo. If you are of a mind to engage in a little virtual homophobic catharsis you can join our Abrahamic co religionists in a little flight simulator action.

    Milo Tosser

  45. Nob

    “Orphanage trafficking” – wtf is that all about?

    Any cause with “trafficking” appended has to be highly suspect.

    So of course, Australia has to Be First with pointless legislation.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-46390627

    It’s so easy to Be First in crap like this.

  46. Oh come on

    Speaking of Milo. If you are of a mind to engage in a little virtual homophobic catharsis

    Yes that’s all very 2016. Thing is that it’s 2018 and almost 2019. The creeps at the ABC still have a hard-on for Milo, which is pretty weird. Everyone else moved on long ago.

  47. Steve trickler

    Inspired from a Giraffe.



  48. Muzzlehatch

    OCO
    Milo has been the target of some caustic bitchery from the blight right ever since the Rogan Pedo ohh ahh. Now he is being accussed of being a scam artist. I was one of the dedicated shit posters who got revenge on De Paul University for allowing that appalling fracas to go on during a talk from Milo.

    Milo seems to be no more radical than Barry Humphries .

    Who can account for the Australian Bolshevik Collective? They irritate and depress me. If there were a way of driving thier stocks down other than futile salty correspondence I would like to know.

  49. Steve trickler

    Nice work areff.

    Simon and Garfunkel just sang all of it.

  50. Snoopy

    At 4.59 pm US stock futures are green, Baby!

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