Open Forum: December 22, 2018

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  1. John Constantine

    Their incoming shorten looting cartel will have their State sanctioned paramilitary vengeance squads.

    Above even vikpol.

    The lists of enemies for payback and vendetta are drawn up already, the purges are only a hundred odd days away.

    State appointments to replace the purged pale stale males will be twenty-something wymynsys radical activist university red guards. Locked in for Stalin on unbreakable forty year contracts.

    Australias Cultural Revolution looms.

    Comrades.

  2. Steve trickler

    You can be up on that mountain pass for days and not see a thing.

    Good luck planing a holiday around it.



  3. Tom

    Financial Times Person of the Year: George Soros.

    Beyond belief: the London Financial Times reserves its biggest gong for 2018 for billionaire Euroscum campaigning for Big Government and the subversion of the American democratic system, of which capitalism is the bedrock.

    How is it that 90% 0f the financial journalists outside America are communists?

  4. Peter Castieau

    I’ve been playing golf for over 40 years and after a lack of consistency and acute shoulder pain in August I decided to change my whole swing to this.
    http://moenormangolf.com
    I haven’t shot worse than a nett 76 since and yesterday for the first time broke my handicap (38 points)
    Hopefully will go to the land of the free for some lessons at some point.

    /Spacechook off

  5. Nob

    Possibly the only time the MSM cares about or even mentions anti-semitism is when it can be pinned on a Far Right Extremist.

    The rest of the time it’s BDS and we *heart* Palestinians.

  6. DrBeauGan

    bespoke
    #2891053, posted on December 23, 2018 at 12:03 pm
    Black Ball
    #2891049, posted on December 23, 2018 at 11:50 am
    https://babylonbee.com/news/braveheart-to-get-all-female-reboot-starring-lena-dunham
    If only it were true.

    He! funny until you realize that’s not far from what they think.

    Paramount is hoping the film can make at least $10 at the box office, according to insiders.

  7. rickw

    The fictional novelist Arthur Less is gay, single, and about to turn 50. He’s stuck on his latest book, and he’s just received a dreaded invite to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

    Spoiler alert: They all get really pissed at the “wedding”, say really nasty things about each other, beat the shit out of each other, then bugger each other. One of them gets a black eye, one of them loses a tooth, they all have HIV.

  8. DrBeauGan

    Spoiler alert: They all get really pissed at the “wedding”, say really nasty things about each other, beat the shit out of each other, then bugger each other. One of them gets a black eye, one of them loses a tooth, they all have HIV.

    Happy ending, then, Rick?

  9. cuckoo

    Baby steps to sanity. The people who run Melbourne’s trains have embarked on the radical policy of not bringing the entire underground loop to a crashing halt every time someone has a dizzy spell or a blood nose. Previously, trains were stopped at a station so paramedics could board the train, which remained stationary until the patient had been dealt with. Under the radical new policy, ‘patients’ will be, er, removed from the train and treated on the platform allowing the train to proceed. An idea so crazy it just might work!

  10. cuckoo

    Beebwatch. The second series of the historical soap opera Victoria, which casts Queen Victoria as a kick-ass feminist fighting for Social Justice, descends further into fantasy. Last night’s ep concluded a story arc about two gay males having a torrid romance. And if I’ve viewed the promo for the Christmas Special correctly, Victoria and Albert adopt a little black girl. No, seriously.

  11. Peter Castieau

    @realDonaldTrump
    Brett McGurk, who I do not know, was appointed by President Obama in 2015. Was supposed to leave in February but he just resigned prior to leaving. Grandstander? The Fake News is making such a big deal about this nothing event!
    9:48 AM · Dec 23, 2018 · Twitter for iPhone

  12. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    japanese disappearing into their own navels
    The estimated amount of babies born in Japan this year has dropped to the lowest number since comparable data became available in 1899, government figures showed Friday.

  13. H B Bear

    Having babies is a vote on the future.

  14. OldOzzie

    ‘Don Harwin’s climate virtue signalling is a recipe for disaster’

    Piers Akerman, The Sunday Telegraph
    December 23, 2018 12:00am

    From Malcolm Turnbull to Don Harwin, members of the so-called Moderate faction of the NSW Liberal Party have acted like a fifth column against the best interests of their party, the nation and the state in their vain attempts to signal their virtue.

    Mr Harwin, the NSW Energy Minister, may have believed he was distancing the NSW government from Prime Minister Scott Morrison when he challenged his federal counterpart Angus Taylor to act on emissions last week but he was actually white-anting the federal government’s strategy to bring down power prices.

    Mr Harwin’s attempt to upstage Mr Taylor was a futile grandstanding endeavour tellingly supported only by ministers from Labor states. When a NSW minister, even one as ineffectual as Mr Harwin, finds his political support coming from the left, it says a lot about his values and intelligence deficit.

    That NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, a member of the same faction as Mr Harwin, failed to rebuke him for his outlandish stunt demonstrates how determined she is to let the rot in the NSW party continue.

    On energy, the NSW government is taking its lead from the ill-informed, brainwashed children who played truant a few weeks ago to please their left-leaning teachers and claim with zero understanding of the nature of the atmosphere that carbon dioxide is a poison responsible for global warming.

    Weaponising ignorant kids is a favoured tactic of those who wish to silence debate — just ask those who suffered at the hands of children when Mao launched his anti-intellectual book-burning Cultural Revolution in China.

    It’s the same today in much of the West where ignoramuses like Mr Harwin and his Labor backers attempt to paint those who believe in science and not supposition and modelling as climate deniers.

    Yet, universally, the carbon pricing emissions controls he and the Labor Party support are regarded as failures because they are confected and government-controlled markets that bear no resemblance to genuine markets.

    In reality, the so-called renewable industry can’t exist without billions in subsidies from taxpayers.

    For the benefit of Mr Harwin, and his stablemate on green ideology, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, here are some important numbers — since 2016, almost 11GW of new large-scale capacity has been firmly announced, far exceeding the 6.4GW needed to meet the 2020 target.

    Further to the Clean Energy Regulator’s publicly available pipeline, there is additional capacity of approximately 7.2GW (across the country), to be developed in the near future.

    This would suggest 18GW of large-scale wind and solar coming online in the next three or so years around the countr

    However, South Australia provides a prime example of a market in distress. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) intervened 25 times in the past year to keep the lights on — more than the previous seven years combined.

    In the third quarter of 2018, 10 per cent of electricity generated from wind in SA was “dumped” or “spilled” — $14 million worth of electricity, in order to maintain the stability of the grid. This dismal state has approximately 40 per cent renewable energy. Labor wants 50 per cent nationally — and they don’t have a plan to stabilise the grid and keep the lights on. The claim by GetUp! and Greenpeace, the ALP and the Greens, that coal is a dead end industry is just not sustainable.

    In fact, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald on Friday, coal will be the nation’s most valuable export this financial year, surpassing iron ore because of supply concerns.

    The demand for our coal internationally is pushing the value to $67 billion in 2018-19, ahead of iron ore’s $61 billion export value.

    Don’t expect Mr Harwin or Mr Shorten to understand though. Neither seems to understand most ordinary Australians just want reliable energy at a reasonable cost.

    Because of the inane antics of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and others who’ve drunk the Green Kool-Aid, Australians are paying more for their power than almost everyone else in the world, although we have greater energy resources than almost every country.

    We are paying more simply because energy producers like AGL, a client of the NSW Moderate faction’s godfather Michael Photios’s lobbying firm, are shutting reliable coal-fired power plants in favour of subsidised unreliable and expensive renewable energy farms.

    The ABC, which is as active as Mr Photios in lobbying for inefficient renewable energy, was thwarted by Mr Taylor when it challenged him over emissions reduction targets last week.

    He told the ABC’s obviously frustrated presenter Hamish Macdonald that Australia will not only reach its current 26 per cent emissions reduction target in the electricity market in just five years’ time, in 2023 — seven years ahead of the 2030 deadline — but will exceed the target with a 28 per cent reduction.

    To reduce emissions across every sector, including transport and agriculture, as demanded by the ABC, Labor, the Greens, GetUp! and Mr Harwin, would demand massive culling of livestock and bring the trucking industry to a standstill.

    If this is what the Berejiklian government intends to campaign on before next March 23’s election, they can kiss National Party supporters goodbye and every rural seat they hold. Their dwindling band of supporters can gather to munch carrots collectively by candlelight in the inner-urban suburbs as they huddle together for warmth.

    It goes almost without saying that Labor’s policies are not only a lot worse, they are potentially more lethal. Under Labor, installers of solar units are going to risk death, according to the Clean Energy Regulator — which has warned more than 30 installation companies about their dicey practices.

    Labor’s pink batts scheme was lethal, and the solar racket threatens to be even riskier.

    With the best will in the world— and Lord protect us from the well-intentioned — all of the flawed suggestions for emissions trading systems in Australia will not alter the climate any more than a spit in the ocean is going to make the seas rise.

  15. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Well I am personally looking forward to the all female cast of
    Saving Private Ryan’s Nail Polish

    fixing, fixing! a fixing we will go

  16. Death Giraffe

    Mark A
    #2890903, posted on December 22, 2018 at 11:03 pm
    OT
    Help if you can.
    Looking for the make and model of an old firetruck, possibly mid 1940s.

    Thanks

    ..
    Looks like a 1920’s Austin radiator.

  17. OldOzzie

    H B Bear
    #2891040, posted on December 23, 2018 at 11:26 am

    I have now purchased a Air Pressured Corkscrew and Vacuum Stopper set (pierce the cork with a needle then pump to pressurise and push the cork up) and will be trying out on Christmas Day on Bin 407 1994.

    Not sure I’d be to happy pumping a wine bottle like that. Any flaw in the glass and you would be collecting the bottle from every corner of the room. Do you wrap the whole thing in a towel or something?

    I would not think there would be a problem – the cork should be hell of a less pressure resitsant than the bottle

    Hope it works – will report back on use after Christmas Day

  18. areff

    81 but sprightly, Boambee Joan. If Ruth Bader Ginsburg can occupy a SCOTUS seat at 85, Pierre could manage the Pentagon. Not that he’s on anyone’s hiring horizon, mind you.

  19. OldOzzie

    Fellas, clean up your bloody act

    PETA CREDLIN

    December 23, 2018 12:00am

    WHEN news broke this week that the Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, had flown to Hong Kong to hook up with a woman he’d been flirting with online, I said on air that the people of his electorate would take a dim view of this sort of carry-on.

    And so it turned out as, just a day later, he announced he wouldn’t run again.

    For years, as a prime minister’s chief of staff, I was written up as the tough enforcer who wouldn’t let ministers and MPs stay in the very best hotels or fly first class, or hire their own family to work in their offices on $130,000 a year.

    I was exacting when it came to their use of taxpayer entitlements and meeting cabinet deadlines, and implementing things. I think we now know why this was necessary.

    When Broad told the Nationals leader Michael McCormack about his indiscretions weeks and weeks ago, someone in the Deputy Prime Minister’s office should have gone over what was confessed with a fine tooth comb. Broad’s career was probably unsalvageable, but his exit should have been managed so that it didn’t obliterate the good news of a hard-won surplus and an outstanding set of budget numbers.

    The Coalition is good on policy but has no political management.

    And fellas, clean up your bloody act.

  20. cuckoo

    ABC/SBS are orgasmic over the street protests against Orban in Hungary, but the pretext for the protests has me checking my hearing aid. A law change that increases the amount of overtime an employer can ask employees to work. Not exactly a bread riot. Spain and Greece would love to have a problem stemming from more paid work available.

  21. Leigh Lowe

    Not sure I’d be to happy pumping a wine bottle like that. Any flaw in the glass and you would be collecting the bottle from every corner of the room. Do you wrap the whole thing in a towel or something?

    Bottles are pretty strong.
    Some restaurants use a similar system to serve high end wines by the glass. It either pressurises or vacuums the bottle so that the wine in a half full bottle will remain in good condition for days or weeks.

  22. OldOzzie

    Tis the season to count our blessings

    PETA CREDLIN

    December 23, 2018 12:00am

    There’s lots of ways we recognise we’re getting older.

    For me, one of clearest signs was that moment, a few years ago, when I stopped wanting to race to the end of the year and started wanting to slow down time.

    As a child, Christmas couldn’t come fast enough, yet as I’ve grown older it seems it was only just here before it is on us again.

    When you are younger, you think you have all the time in the world to live the life you imagined; time to get everything done, to travel, to raise a family, and to be the sort of person who has left a mark on the lives of others when you’re are gone.

    Once you come to grips with your own mortality, you recognise time as the most precious possession we have, for as long as it is ours.

    Christmas brings all of this into sharp relief. It is a time of family, it is a time of assessment and reassessment, and it is a time of faith; or it was until we started to see faith, or at least the Christian version as something to revile.

    Tearing down our institutions is not the mark of a civilised nation because civilisation only builds over time. Pouring scorn on values and good manners as old-fashioned is not something of which we should be proud. Growing-up, my parents ran a small-business and as with most small-business families (especially during Keating’s recession), as kids, we had to help out.

    Because most customers were polite, the ones that weren’t really stood out. These days, standing in a queue, I listen to how some people speak to staff behind the counter or push their way through the crowd, and wonder where our courtesies and civility have gone? I sit in traffic, as most of us are too often forced to do, and watch more and more drivers refuse to let other cars merge into their lane and get on the horn to remind everyone how busy they are. We’re all busy; life is busy and that’s part of the problem.

    It should sadden us to see how dumbed down we’ve allowed our world to become. The other day I listened to a radio program discussing the last print edition of Encyclopedia Britannica; first published in 1768, the final 32 volume hardbound set hit the shelves in 2010. Sure, it’s online the tech-heads will say, but beyond a quick look at a Wikipedia entry, how many of us go online to learn rather than just regurgitate? And it is not just books starting to disappear from lives. Have you noticed how you can walk into homes now and see fewer photographs than in years past? Despite taking more photographs than ever before, we never get around to putting them in an album, let alone a frame, so there go years of family histories as our digital record vanishes with us.

    For me, the jury is still out on that great measure of human advancement, the World Wide Web. I worked for the communications minister in the late 1990s as the internet first become commonplace, and then again in the same portfolio a decade later. While it certainly has transformed retail, general communications and made the world smaller, it has also brought a lot of unwelcome grief. For gamblers, it has helped fuel addiction with its 24/7 availability.

    For p##dophiles, it has provided a way to feed their sickness and to form networks that ‘normalise’ what is abhorrent. For young people, it is robbing them of human interactions, putting enormous pressure on how they see themselves and stunting their academic development as we replace thought with keystrokes. Gone is a childhood getting bored enough to make your own fun, or reading for pleasure — replaced instead with aimless scrolling through an Instagram feed and the dark world of online games.

    Thank God I grew up in an age where the computer was restricted to a desk in the study and didn’t live in my palm, occupy my every waking moment or track youthful mistakes and indiscretions. How many of us have let our lives become dominated by technology rather than just helped by it? When younger, it infuriated me that my father would often let the phone ring out if he was busy, and I would say to him, why didn’t you answer it? His answer was that the phone was there for his convenience, and not anyone else’s. There’s something in that and maybe 2019 will be the year I make a better effort at unplugging again.

    For someone who now makes a career out of analysing and critiquing where Australia is headed, the end of the year is a good time to stop and put things into perspective. As a country, we have so much to be grateful for and so much to be proud of but we always seem to be complaining: everything costs too much; the roads are clogged; our kids are being brainwashed; the neighbourhood’s not the same; even the weather doesn’t seem right; and, above all, haven’t the politicians stuffed things up! When it comes to lamenting all that’s going wrong, I have to admit to being right up there with the worst of them, because criticism of politicians who don’t meet our expectations is part of my job.

    Still, it’s almost Christmas and Christmas is a time to count our blessings and to cherish all the people who have made us who we are. There really is a lot that could and should be better, especially in our public life, but our country’s self-evident strengths owe much to all of us, including — even — the politicians because, as Churchill famously said, democracy is the worst possible form of government, except for all the others!

    Merry Christmas and stay safe over the coming summer season.

  23. DrBeauGan

    because, as Churchill famously said, democracy is the worst possible form of government, except for all the others!

    Yes, I miss living in one. Because what we currently have in Australia sure isn’t one. It’s a repressive bureaucracy.

  24. Boambee John

    areff
    #2891087, posted on December 23, 2018 at 1:12 pm
    81 but sprightly, Boambee Joan. If Ruth Bader Ginsburg can occupy a SCOTUS seat at 85, Pierre could manage the Pentagon. Not that he’s on anyone’s hiring horizon, mind you.

    Not sure I would hold RBG up as an exemplar of the modern manager!

  25. egg_

    Had zero problems with Vacuvin with various varieties, highly recommended.

  26. areff

    How about Hyman Rickover then? He was running the US nuclear navy well in his 80s.

  27. egg_

    Yes, I miss living in one. Because what we currently have in Australia sure isn’t one. It’s a repressive bureaucracy.

    Sir Humphrey Appleby knows what’s best for us.

  28. C.L.

    His brain was the last organ to go …
    Penning a boilerplate anti-Trump column, ailing US expert Graham Richardson forgot Bill Clinton:

    It is hard to recall a President who has had to make very large payments to two women who claimed to have had sexual relationships with him.

    In The Weekend Australian.

  29. Eyrie

    ” because, as Churchill famously said, democracy is the worst possible form of government, except for all the others!

    Yes, I miss living in one. Because what we currently have in Australia sure isn’t one. It’s a repressive bureaucracy.”
    Repressive, oppressive and totalitarian with overtones of anarcho-tyranny. Look carefully and you will find that all our government departments are of any use only to their employees. The ultimate self licking icecream cones.

  30. egg_

    Andrew Broad, had flown to Hong Kong to hook up with a woman he’d been flirting with online,

    Turd trapped in a honey pot?

  31. egg_

    Looks like a 1920’s Austin radiator.

    Plenty still floating around UnZed?

  32. zyconoclast

    The Labour MP found guilty of lying to police to avoid a speeding charge has compared herself to Jesus and Moses in a defiant message to her colleagues.

    Fiona Onasanya, 35, was suspended and urged to quit the Commons by the Labour Party after her conviction for perverting the course of justice.

    She told party colleagues yesterday: “I am in good biblical company along with Joseph, Moses, Daniel and his three Hebrew friends who were each found guilty by the courts of their day.”

  33. Senile Old Guy

    Thank God I grew up in an age where the computer was restricted to a desk in the study and didn’t live in my palm, occupy my every waking moment or track youthful mistakes and indiscretions.

    Peta Credlin has lost the plot. I read her column on this tablet. Which I can use to read the news, check the TV guide, check weather radar, buy stuff, watch movies and read books. And I can buy those ebooks from anywhwere, nearly instantly. Yeah, the old days were better…not.

  34. rickw

    Merry Christmas and stay safe over the coming summer season.

    “Staying safe” in Australia used to mean not getting drunk and driving, now it means staying away from large crowds that might attract muslim terrorist attacks.

    Can I get Australia back for Christmas?

  35. zyconoclast

    The Labour MP found guilty of lying to police to avoid a speeding charge has compared herself to J3sus and M0ses in a defiant message to her colleagues.

    Fiona Onasanya, 35, was suspended and urged to quit the Commons by the Labour Party after her conviction for perverting the course of justice.

    She told party colleagues yesterday: “I am in good biblical company along with J0seph, M0ses, [email protected] and his three H3br3w friends who were each found guilty by the courts of their day.”

  36. Infidel Tiger

    Not sure I’d be to happy pumping a wine bottle like that. Any flaw in the glass and you would be collecting the bottle from every corner of the room. Do you wrap the whole thing in a towel or something?

    I wouldn’t use the vacuum system.

    Coravin on the other hand is excellent.

  37. Black Ball

    First of many beers has been cracked. Merry Christmas to you all, has been fun.

  38. Sinclair Davidson

    Some comments are being spammed at the moment – I’m not sure why.

  39. DrBeauGan

    Senile Old Guy
    #2891114, posted on December 23, 2018 at 2:03 pm
    Thank God I grew up in an age where the computer was restricted to a desk in the study and didn’t live in my palm, occupy my every waking moment or track youthful mistakes and indiscretions.

    Peta Credlin has lost the plot. I read her column on this tablet. Which I can use to read the news, check the TV guide, check weather radar, buy stuff, watch movies and read books. And I can buy those ebooks from anywhwere, nearly instantly. Yeah, the old days were better…not.

    Completely agree, SoG. They were better in some ways, but not with communications. I get my information on a nice big smartphone, and have access to the considerable wisdom of the West any time, night or day, at negligible cost. That’s wonderful. On the other hand, I get wistful about democracy and freedom from bureaucrats now and again.

  40. Bespoke

    Merry Christmas Black Ball. I’m saying it now because your going to be to waisted on the day

  41. H B Bear

    Some comments are being spammed at the moment – I’m not sure why.

    Join the club.

  42. mh

    ABC/SBS are orgasmic over the street protests against Orban in Hungary, but the pretext for the protests has me checking my hearing aid…

    They are getting their cues from the BBC who have never forgiven Orban for enforcing the countries borders against the African and middle eastern invaders. The banning of the Soros operation was the cherry on top.

  43. DrBeauGan

    I also like being able to email people really cool video Christmas cards. There are those who complain that it’s not traditional, stodgy old farts the lot of them.

  44. C.L.

    Great column by Credlin.
    So very true.

  45. Well I am personally looking forward to the all female cast of Saving Private Ryan.

    Saving Private Ryan will remain an all male cast. Just don’t expect to see many Anglo-Saxons among them. This will present a bit of a speed bump in how to cast the German Army.

  46. C.L.

    And I too let the phone ring out when it suits me.
    My grandparents didn’t own a phone and, as far as I know, never missed anything important.

  47. H B Bear

    Gotta disagree SOG. Email and smartphones are the worst thing that has happened to work in my lifetime. Always on, ridiculous expectations around turn-around times and just stress creators. The good old days when you got a letter, threw it in the IN tray and went to a boozy lunch.

  48. bespoke

    Have you noticed how you can walk into homes now and see fewer photographs than in years past?

    I didn’t until now. Less constant reminders of people that matter. Ill go and thank my wife for her photo frame fetish.

  49. Black Ball

    Merry Christmas Black Ball. I’m saying it now because your going to be to waisted on the day

    Mmmyes most likely. Boxing Day sees the Kerang Cup being run, not sure Winx will line up, her loss.

  50. DrBeauGan

    C.L.
    #2891129, posted on December 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm
    And I too let the phone ring out when it suits me.
    My grandparents didn’t own a phone and, as far as I know, never missed anything important.

    Do you ignore emails and txt messages too, CL?

  51. OldOzzie

    NBN two years late, $900 million over budget, suffering from out-of-date technology

    The National Broadband Network is as much as two years behind its completion deadline and the technology needs “billions and billions of dollars” to “catch up”.

    The project is also facing a budget blowout of $900 million and, according to experts, could cost millions of dollars more in repair work that has yet to be revealed.

    The stark predictions came as NBN Co admitted almost 1.2 million households due to receive one of the faster connections to the $51 billion network were instead stuck in NBN limbo, with more than half of the former pay-TV network deemed in such bad condition it was “unserviceable”.

    Broadband and networking experts yesterday urged NBN Co and the Federal Government to ditch the technology — as New Zealand has done — and replace it with faster equipment to rescue the project and its deadline.

    Former NBN Co chief technology officer Gary McLaren, who now runs a Hong Kong broadband provider, was among those voices, predicting the NBN’s beleaguered HFC connections would cost more money to fix and would deliver below par internet speeds.

    “They will certainly have to pay more (to fix HFC connections). A legitimate question to ask is, ‘is it better to pay more or to go and put a more robust fibre network in?’” he said.

    “The more fibre they put into the network, the better the outcome will be over the long-term.“

    NBN Co recently revealed 1.19 million households and businesses were in broadband limbo after their HFC connections to the network were deemed unserviceable — more than any other connection type.

    Analysis of NBN figures by Mr McLaren also showed the major infrastructure project had fallen significantly short of previous targets for broadband connections and activations, largely due to HFC delays, and would not be able to correct the trend by 2019.

    At the same time, the number of households deemed unable to receive an NBN service had skyrocketed to more than 1.3 million, and costs had ballooned.

    Mr McLaren said the infrastructure project had already failed in its original goal to provide Australians with a “future-proof network” and would not be internationally competitive when it was completed.

    “The message coming from NBN Co and the Government is that the job is being done and it’s being finished but the reality is that there’s still a lot of work to do and Australia is still a long way behind the rest of the world,” Mr McLaren said.

    “Billions and billions of dollars would be needed to catch up.”

    RMIT network engineering association professor Mark Gregory said ongoing delays connecting HFC premises would see the NBN fail to meet its 2020 deadline by at least two years, and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s decision to regulate Telstra’s copper network until 2024 showed it could take longer for everyone to be connected.

    “There’s just no indication from the numbers that NBN are going to complete the network in 2020,” he said.

    Mr Gregory said NBN Co were already trying to blur the definition of a complete network, announcing its goal to have premises “ready to connect” by 2020, even though they would not be fully connected until 2022.

    “In the legislation it defines it as being built and fully operational,” he said.

    But NBN Co chief executive Stephen Rue insisted the network would meet the deadline, with 11.7 million premises ready to connect to the NBN, and 8.1 million households and businesses actively using it.

    “There will inevitably be challenges in the remainder of the build, some known, some new,” he said. “But our ability to deploy the network at speed and scale is evident.”

    Have been connected to NBN over Tesltra HFC for a year now with Aussie Broadband, who have been excellent

    Initially for first 3 months had problems with NBN contractors addressing pits around the area and trying to use Powerline adapters over 3 phase Electricity House Network after lots of trial and error and assistance from Aussie Broadband, Powerline adapters over 3 Phase turned out to be susceotible to intermittent errors and drop outs.

    So bit the bullet and ran Cat 6a Cable from where NBN came in, up cavity brick walls and through ceilings to 4 outlets both in Old Premises and new 2 storey Full Brick and Concrete Extension.

    Used Internet splitters at outlets to connect multiple devices and replaced Aussie Premium Modem with NetGear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router (Plus Cisco SPA112 2 Port Phone Adapter as Aussie Braodband Modem had included VOIP) and standardised with this router in 2 other places.

    iMac is connected directly by Ethernet Cat6a Cable from splitter coonected to 6a Wall outlet.

    Pay for Max 100Mbps Download and 40 Mbps Upload on Aussie Broadband Plan as this is Maximium on NBN HFC Broadband

    Has been running smooth;y for the last 8 months and I am consistently seeing 98 Mbps Download and 38 Mbps upload on both direct connected iMac and Mobile connected by WiFi to Netgear Nighthawk WiFi router from Cat 6a Wall outlet – 6a Cable run from back of house to this point in front of house

    Today on OKLA Speedtest on iMac saw 100.6 Mbps Download and 39.8Mbps Upload

  52. DrBeauGan

    H B Bear
    #2891130, posted on December 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm
    Gotta disagree SOG. Email and smartphones are the worst thing that has happened to work in my lifetime. Always on, ridiculous expectations around turn-around times and just stress creators. The good old days when you got a letter, threw it in the IN tray and went to a boozy lunch.

    You can do exactly the same with emails, Humphrey. Try it, it’s very liberating.

  53. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Always on, ridiculous expectations around turn-around times and just stress creators.

    When I first went into the world of working in an office, in the late 80’s, action in two days was the norm. By the mid nineties, the wail was “But I sent you an E mail half an hour ago…”

  54. calli

    Do you ignore emails and txt messages too, CL?

    I do, in that I don’t respond to them unless it’s a question.

    But commenting here is just plain irresistable.

  55. Black Ball

    Saving Private Ryan will remain an all male cast. Just don’t expect to see many Anglo-Saxons among them. This will present a bit of a speed bump in how to cast the German Army.

    Elba Idris as Tom Hanks character, a cameo appearance of Morgan Freeman as Churchill, Bill Nighy as Hitler. The German Army will remain white, heroic blackness to the rescue.

  56. johanna

    cuckoo
    #2891076, posted on December 23, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Beebwatch. The second series of the historical soap opera Victoria, which casts Queen Victoria as a kick-ass feminist fighting for Social Justice, descends further into fantasy. Last night’s ep concluded a story arc about two gay males having a torrid romance. And if I’ve viewed the promo for the Christmas Special correctly, Victoria and Albert adopt a little black girl. No, seriously.

    I’m just waiting for the fillum where Maggie Thatcher has a black bisexual trannie lover with HIV.

    Sad, but there is a silver lining.

    SJW movies have unerringly bombed in Hollywood. The new, ‘woke’ Dr Who has already lost a third of its viewers. The Australian movie ‘industry’ with its heavily subsidised PC products is avoided like the plague by punters.

    The brutal logic of economics and bums on seats defeats this nonsense. Every time dickhead leftie investors lose their shirts on the latest Hollywood preachathon, they are poorer for it, by millions of dollars. Good.

    As for State subsidised crap like at the BBC and ABC and the Fillum Commissions, it is time some decent comedians, satirists and writers held them up to the ridicule that they deserve. If only Barry Humphries was 60 years younger, he would have these poltroons on a skewer over a very hot barbie. He would create a couple of iconic characters often seen in subsidised media. The feisty female professional, the downtrodden indigene, etc. One can dream …

    In local news, it is a perfick day here in Queanbeyan, electric scooter capital of the nation. Sunny, light breeze, about 23C.

    I was at the mall yesterday and the local Baptist church had their choir singing carols inside. There were about 25 choristers, half and half male and female, mostly young, quite a few Asian faces. They were very good indeed for a bunch of amateurs, lots of part singing and all the verses of every carol. It lifted the spirits.

    Speaking of spirits, I got the last bottles of my favourite Scotch and Veuve Cliquot at the liquor store. Coles was busy. Maybe the economy is drab elsewhere, but not here.

    Flowers are blooming everywhere, the Golf Course is green, and at present it is completely quiet here except for the odd birdcall.

    Despite our lousy politicians, I believe that this is still a very lucky country.

  57. DrBeauGan

    calli
    #2891137, posted on December 23, 2018 at 2:30 pm
    Do you ignore emails and txt messages too, CL?

    I do, in that I don’t respond to them unless it’s a question.

    But commenting here is just plain irresistable.

    I ignore everything if I’m busy, I even ignore the Çat if I have interesting things to do.

    But now it’s Christmas, so I can be bone idle.

  58. OldOzzie

    From one week back – just in case it was missed

    Rita Panahi: How Life of Brian became real life

    December 18, 2018

    We are living in the Life of Brian. Who could have predicted that Monty Python’s 1979 masterpiece would be prophetic in foreseeing society’s gender neutral folly? In one scene, characters played by Eric Idle and John Cleese discuss the injustice of men not being able to carry babies:

    Stan: I want to have babies.

    Reg: You want to have babies?!?

    Stan: It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.

    Reg: But … you can’t HAVE babies!

    Stan: Don’t you oppress me!

    Reg: I’m not oppressing you, Stan. You haven’t got a womb! Where’s the foetus going to gestate? You gonna keep it in a box?

    (Stan starts crying)

    At that point the others in the group decide to “fight the oppressors” for Stan’s “right” to have babies even though he lacks a womb. What was once considered high farce is now being taught at schools and those who resist are condemned as bigots lacking compassion. We learned this week that a city council in Britain has issued guidelines to teachers requiring them to tell children as young as eight that boys can menstruate as well as urging schools to provide sanitary disposal bins in both boys and girls toilets.

    The Brighton & Hove City Council report stated: “Trans boys and men and non-binary people may have periods” and that “menstruation must be inclusive of all genders”. It’s all part of a “gender-inclusive” push in the UK that is evident from biological men with functional penises who identify as women being sent to female prisons, to campaigns to rename “feminine hygiene” aisles in supermarkets. Even the once sensible BBC is using the word “menstruator” instead of women in order to be more inclusive.

    This latest development in “progressive” indoctrination has not gone unnoticed by people sick of the spread of woke madness. A host of prominent people from sportsmen to women’s rights campaigners have commented on the loopy plan:

    Feminist and co-founder of Justice for Women Julie Bindel said: “To tell impressionable children that boys can also menstruate sidelines girls who should be getting support when they start their periods.”

    Basketballer Andrew Bogut tweeted: “Better talk to my sons & stock up on tampons.” Satirical tweeter Lisa @godblesstoto posted: “My son hasn’t had his period yet. Could he be pregnant?”

    Stephanie Davies-Arai, founder of Transgender Trend, said: “Girls going through puberty are already having a difficult time. What they should be given is clear language to be able to talk about their bodies and their female biological functions without couching it in politically correct terms.”

    Conservative MP David Davies wrote: “Latest example of barking mad trans-activism comes from Brighton (surprise surprise) where 8-year-old pupils will be told ‘boys can have periods too’ under new sex education guidelines.” This year Davies was threatened with police action because he held a meeting to discuss transgender concerns with the Fair Play for Women group which is concerned that girls’ and women’s rights are being undermined “in the rush to reform transgender laws”.

    In many ways the UK has become an example of what to avoid if you want to create a healthy, cohesive society free of the excesses and ills of PC culture. In recent years we’ve learned of the shameful grooming gangs across the country that saw thousands of vulnerable girls abused and raped by men who operated with impunity because authorities were too concerned about cultural sensibilities to make arrests.

    There is the growing knife crime that in February and March saw London’s murder rate overtake New York’s. Meanwhile, the thin blue line in the UK is devoting significant resources to policing hurtful online posts that include new-age offences such as “deadnaming” and “misgendering”.

    Graham Linehan, an Irish comic and co-creator of a host of successful programs including Black Books and Father Ted, was given a verbal harassment warning by police in October after getting into a dispute with trans activist Stephanie Hayden on social media.

    Linehan was accused of deadnaming and misgendering after he called Hayden by the male name she was given at birth and referred to her as a “he” not a “she”. Despite the police action, Hayden is said to be pursuing civil action.

    Deadnaming is a made-up name for a made-up offence and yet anyone who uses social media is expected to consider it an unforgivable hate crime or risk being silenced. In November, Twitter permanently banned prominent leftist feminist Meghan Murphy for posting tweets saying “men aren’t women”. That statement of fact is now considered so controversial that it can get you permanently banned for violating Twitter’s “rules against hateful conduct”. This may cause a problem if you’re ever asked who won gold at the decathlon in the 1976 Olympic Games.

    You may guffaw at such outlandish nonsense but a council in the UK instructing educators to tell children boys can have periods is no laughing matter. It’s naive — given all we know of the radical gender theories that underpin much of the misnamed Safe Schools program — to think we don’t have educators with similar ideas.

  59. Zatara

    Parental consent means just that. It does not mean consent of the child, no matter how much you wish it did.

    And in the US a marriage is a legal contract. One that cannot be forced onto a minor.

  60. Boambee John

    areff
    #2891099, posted on December 23, 2018 at 1:40 pm
    How about Hyman Rickover then? He was running the US nuclear navy well in his 80s.

    You are scratching around among the outliers. How many surgeons in their 80s do you want operating on you?

  61. calli

    Maybe the economy is drab elsewhere, but not here.

    Do not visit Port Stephens.

    It’s full.

    No room at any inn (or so I’m told). Might be a vacant chook shed up for a holiday let though. Never know your luck.

  62. calli

    The Cat – breakfast, lunch, arvo tea and maybe after dinner. FIFO.

    Retired people can be very busy!

  63. bespoke

    DrBeauGan getting all squishy in his old age. 🙂

  64. DrBeauGan

    bespoke
    #2891152, posted on December 23, 2018 at 3:09 pm
    DrBeauGan getting all squishy in his old age.

    Yep. Sending a Christmas card to the Çats. Whatever next.

  65. Tom

    I hope this works.

    Your best post, BeauGan.

  66. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Spot of spacechooking, for military type Cats.

    Max Hastings new book on the Viet Nam wars, contains the account of the French soldiers, who volunteered to parachute into the besieged position of Dien Bien Phu, in 1954, without any “jump” training at all.

    The French army later refused to award them – those who survived – “wings” because they hadn’t completed a full training course…

  67. DrBeauGan

    Tom
    #2891156, posted on December 23, 2018 at 3:13 pm
    I hope this works.

    Your best post, BeauGan.

    Thank you, Tom. I think.

  68. DrBeauGan
    #2891151, posted on December 23, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    I hope this works.

    メリークリスマス

    Merii Kurisumasu

  69. johanna

    In another nice little earner for promoters of the nanny state. ACT bus drivers are among those who will have to endure training about domestic abuse (note that it is no longer confined to violence) as follows:

    ACT coordinator general for family safety Jo Wood said workers would be taught to recognise different types of abuse, how to discuss the issue empathetically and where to refer someone for more expert advice.

    She said the training would be available face-to-face or online, and would extend to “an incredibly diverse range of roles and people”.

    “That will include bus drivers, people who work in Access Canberra, teachers in schools, nurses in the hospitals, people doing policy work in the centre of government,” Ms Wood said.

    “We know that one-in-four women and one-in-13 men have experienced violence from an intimate partner — and when we start to raise this issue in the workplace, including through the training, more people are going to … feel they are able to disclose it in the workplace,” she said.

    ‘We know that one in four women have experienced violence from a domestic partner?’ Really? You know no such thing, but it’s good for business. It’s rubbish.

    I’m so glad that I crossed the border and am no longer paying for these people’s leftist fantasies. As an aside, I had lunch near my old shack in Narrabundah recently and there is a glass and concrete two storey box going up in the middle of a cul de sac of single storey, pleasant suburban homes. I might add that when I inquired about the possibilities of redeveloping my block, all doors were closed. But once a developer bought it, tiresome bureaucratic obstacles (Le Carre) were magically cleared away.

    Des and I have previously remarked on the ‘No Waste by 2010’ painted on garbage trucks, still there in 2013. Reality is never an issue for these people.

  70. Mitch M.

    And I too let the phone ring out when it suits me.
    My grandparents didn’t own a phone and, as far as I know, never missed anything important.

    In the land line only decades one night a friend was visiting me and my phone started ringing. I didn’t answer it and he became upset, insisting I should answer it. When visiting now I often silence my mobile phone.

    But … on numerous TV programs it is standard that the person will always stop whatever they are doing to answer their mobile phone. I don’t understand that, it seems rude to turn away from someone in front of you. My old friend’s attitude has become the norm, most people consider it vital to answer their phone.

    A month ago I was sitting on the train and all four people opposite me had their heads buried in their phones. I’ve walked into supermarkets and seen teenagers sitting in a row heads buried. We live in strange times.

  71. woolfe

    I believe there was a remake called Saving Ryans Privates which featured a lot of females. Not that I’ve seen it.

    Oh and my ADSL2 internet in Perth is lucky if we het 7 download and o.7 upload. Supposedly due for NBN in November 2018. Oh, what’s that, its December already and no NBN?

    I also find email nearly redundant, of 20 emails per day maybe 1 is not junk.

  72. DrBeauGan

    メリークリスマス

    to you too, carpe.

    Google translate handles it well, incidentally. You can communicate entirely in Japanese from now on!

    明けましておめでとうございます

  73. DrBeauGan

    Mitch M.
    #2891165, posted on December 23, 2018 at 3:43 pm
    Low-dose radiation from A-bombs elongated lifespan and reduced cancer mortality relative to un-irradiated individuals

    Since we’ve evolved in a low level radiation environment, this conclusion is not entirely surprising. The linearity no threshold hypothesis was never justified.

  74. DrBeauGan

    I also find email nearly redundant, of 20 emails per day maybe 1 is not junk.

    Block ’em. Build your own spaminator.

  75. Bruce of Newcastle

    Low-dose radiation from A-bombs elongated lifespan and reduced cancer mortality relative to un-irradiated individuals

    The lying Greens have been pushing the LNT model ever since they grew out of the no nukes movement. The data has always supported the hormesis model. Good to see this new paper.

  76. Senile Old Guy

    The linearity no threshold hypothesis was never justified.

    Correct. It was always stupid.

  77. Boambee John

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2891171, posted on December 23, 2018 at 4:04 pm
    Low-dose radiation from A-bombs elongated lifespan and reduced cancer mortality relative to un-irradiated individuals

    The lying Greens have been pushing the LNT model ever since they grew out of the no nukes movement.

    Ask the Slime how often they fly, that increases their exposure to radiation.

    No more international conferences, you know it makes sense!

  78. Senile Old Guy

    Currently reading…Carrier Attack, Darwin 1942. Bought yesterday.

  79. Senile Old Guy

    Fascinating.

    The Australian defence chiefs suggested that the Japanese could occupy Darwin in early April with only two divisions of infantry, if they were supported by at least four aircraft carriers carrying some 200 aircraft. The chiefs further predicted that even an attack on a much smaller scale would be effective, because of the inadequacy of the forces available to defend Darwin. These forces included US submarines based at Fremantle, about two-thirds of one army division and a pathetically weak air force comprising two under-strength RAAF squadrons of Hudson bombers and one squadron of already obsolete Wirraway aircraft badly in need of major reconditioning. Two squadrons of US Dauntless A-24 Banshee dive bombers had been diverted from Manila to Australia, but these were plagued with mechanical problems and very few could fly.

  80. From the Ramblers to all Kats and Klittehs:

    A Merry Christmas and Happy Start to the next trip around the Sun.

  81. Senile Old Guy

    Quote.

    Soon war cabinet members were startled to hear that a million pounds worth of radar equipment, intended for the US forces who were beginning to arrive in Australia, was sitting in cases on Melbourne wharves as waterside workers took industrial action over pay and conditions.

    …as noted here on occasion.

  82. Senile Old Guy

    Holy crap!

    An order that authorised the Australian Navy to immobilise vessels by whatever means at a given signal was implemented on 10 March. Other orders under national security regulations were secretly put into effect without public knowledge. They included tunnelling under airstrips and placing explosives, especially in northern Australia, so that strips could be destroyed if the Japanese tried to land. The aerodrome at Mackay, in central Queensland, was one of the first to be readied for demolition. Key bridges in northern Australia were prepared for destruction. Priority was given to the destruction of vital facilities in coastal areas which could not be adequately protected by troops.

  83. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    …as noted here on occasion.

    My grandfathers brother sailed from Fremantle for North Africa, with 2/32nd battalion reinforcements. Leaving Fremantle, the “wharfies” offered to post what may have been “last letters”home, in exchange for “something towards a beer.” None of those letters was ever posted.

    Returning to Australia, after El Alamein, the soldiers were refused permission to download their own personal gear. “Nothing moves on these wharves, unless it’s moved by union labor.”

    Every man in the unit had their kitbag slashed open, and anything worth stealing was stolen. Welcome home.

  84. Gab

    And I too let the phone ring out when it suits me.

    Me too! They can leave a message if they really want my attention.

  85. None

    That’s a lovely sentiment, Dr Beaugan. May your Christmas be joyful and blessed.

  86. Senile Old Guy

    ZK2A, I have read of that before. Scum.

  87. DrBeauGan

    None
    #2891186, posted on December 23, 2018 at 4:48 pm
    That’s a lovely sentiment, Dr Beaugan. May your Christmas be joyful and blessed.

    Yours too, None.

  88. None

    After spending years jumping on the phone at work I very soon learnt to just ignore the phone at home. My mother then informed me that if the phone rings once and stops and then rings again she wants me to pick up.

  89. None

    ありがとうございます Carpe さん. あなたもね.

  90. cuckoo

    John Malkovich is a great actor who makes some odd casting decisions. He was completely wrong as Tom Ripley (physically, in manner, everything) and now he’s going to play Hercule Poirot. There is only one Poirot, David Suchet, though I give Albert Finney a silver medal. The ludicrous spectacle put on by Kenneth Branagh only serves to make my point.

  91. calli

    I would be interested to see Malkovich as Poirot.

    So far Suchet is my favourite by a country mile. Brannagh is a bit of an OTT ham. Probably does much better on the stage.

  92. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2891183, posted on December 23, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    And

    Breaking the Codes: Australia’s KGB Network, 1944-1950 / Ball, Desmond and Horner, David

  93. Bruce of Newcastle

    now he’s going to play Hercule Poirot

    That would be this Poirot?

    BBC Poirot Drama to Reinvent Agatha Christie Tale as Anti-Brexit Parable (15 Dec)

    The BBC are reinventing Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot story The ABC Murders as a morality tale comparing Brexit to the rise of fascism.

    Showrunner Sarah Phelps, previously a writer for the long-running EastEnders soap opera, will shift the story from 1935 to 1933 for her three-part Christmas drama, and “bring Brexit into the mix, inviting audiences to draw parallels between the rise of fascism in 1930s Britain and the state of the nation today,” according to the Telegraph.

    Get your SJW bingo cards ready.

  94. DrBeauGan

    calli
    #2891196, posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    That was lovely Dr Beau.

    Glad you liked it, Calli.

    I prefer them to the cardboard ones. My sister sent me one, so I checked out the possibilities and that one got me. I’m old fashioned in some ways, but I like to try new things.

  95. Frank

    A month ago I was sitting on the train and all four people opposite me had their heads buried in their phones.

    In the past they had newspapers instead. It seems like a lot of it is for reducing anxiety. Being immersed in the phone frees you from having to acknowledge the people sitting right next to you.

  96. jupes

    There is only one Poirot, David Suchet,

    Indisputable, though Suchet played two slightly different versions of Poirot. The earlier version played with a slight sense of humour, and the later more serious version. Even the mustache changed slightly. Both versions worked brilliantly though I prefer the earlier version.

    The problem with more credentialed actors such as Ustinov and Branagh is that they seem to feel a need to change Poirot’s essential character and look from how he is described in the books. I can’t imagine Malkovich remaining faithful to Christie’s Poirot either. He’ll butcher it.

  97. calli

    The ABC Murders is an excellent read, not so good as a dramatisation (a lot of crucial stuff goes on in Cust’s head). And it’s one of her more far-fetched ones.

    After some of the hideous re-writes of perfectly good plots over recent years (particularly the Marples), nothing these morons can do to the Divine Agatha* would surprise me.

    * h/t Joh

  98. calli

    I bet it has:

    A poc
    A lesbian/tranny/gay
    An evil white male

    And climate change forebodings

  99. DrBeauGan

    calli
    #2891204, posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:33 pm
    I bet it has:

    A poc
    A lesbian/tranny/gay
    An evil white male

    And climate change forebodings

    Let’s hope so. The sooner these idiots kill their audience numbers the better.

  100. Senile Old Guy

    After some of the hideous re-writes of perfectly good plots over recent years (particularly the Marples), nothing these morons can do to the Divine Agatha* would surprise me.

    But Joan Hickson’s Marple was nearly perfect. They only changedthe plot slightly and for necessity. For instance, they added a nephew in one so Marple had some-one to explain things to.

  101. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Australian defence chiefs suggested that the Japanese could occupy Darwin in early April with only two divisions of infantry, if they were supported by at least four aircraft carriers carrying some 200 aircraft

    Does the book go into the details of the Japanese invasion plans – two plans were put forward by the Imperial Japanese Navy for the invasion of Australia, but both were vetoed by the Army? They had neither the troops to occupy this country, nor the half million tons or so of shipping to supply those troops.

  102. Saving Private Ryan will remain an all male cast. Just don’t expect to see many Anglo-Saxons among them. This will present a bit of a speed bump in how to cast the German Army.

    Elba Idris as Tom Hanks character, a cameo appearance of Morgan Freeman as Churchill, Bill Nighy as Hitler. The German Army will remain white, heroic blackness to the rescue.

    The new videogame Battlefield 5 based on WWII was released this year. The series has been widely seen as the benchmark for historical video war gaming. However, the latest edition featured women, blacks and even transsexuals storming the DDay beaches. It didn’t go down so well.

  103. Do you ignore emails and txt messages too, CL?

    Emails are checked at least once a week by me.
    Likewise for snail mail, every week or so we’d check the post, I’ve rarely gone more than 2 weeks without checking both email & snail mail.

    Texts? They may, or may not, be read.

  104. Dr Beau,

    Great job on the Christmas card.

    Merry Christmas everyone from The Netherlands.

  105. egg_

    Mark A
    #2890903, posted on December 22, 2018 at 11:03 pm
    OT
    Help if you can.
    Looking for the make and model of an old firetruck, possibly mid 1940s.

    Thanks

    ..
    Looks like a 1920’s Austin radiator.

    The grille seems to have an encircled letter A with wings, but the vehicle appears to be LHD – WW2 US vehicle?

  106. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Merry Christmas everyone from The Netherlands.

    Did the Netherlands ever get rid of “Black Peter?”

  107. Armadillo

    This is for the Cats “history book” lovers….

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=K-RSpEbiex8

  108. Did the Netherlands ever get rid of “Black Peter?”

    I am very happy to report that Black Pete is defiantly alive and well.

  109. Rae

    Suchet is my favourite by a country mile

    C.L. should like him:

    “I am better than the police.”

  110. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I am very happy to report that Black Pete is defiantly alive and well.

    My compliments, and thank you. Well done the Netherlanders. (FWIW, the Memsahib was born in Rotterdam.)

  111. Rae

    Mark A #2890903, posted on December 22, 2018 at 11:03 pm
    OT
    Help if you can.
    Looking for the make and model of an old firetruck, possibly mid 1940s.

    The badge looks like it’s from an early model Buick.

  112. egg_

    I believe there was a remake called Saving Ryans Privates which featured a lot of females.

    Caught in a wringer?

  113. I believe there was a remake called Saving Ryans Privates which featured a lot of females.

    That type of movie could be made also with an all-male cast, just sayin’

  114. Senile Old Guy

    Does the book go into the details of the Japanese invasion plans – two plans were put forward by the Imperial Japanese Navy for the invasion of Australia, but both were vetoed by the Army? They had neither the troops to occupy this country, nor the half million tons or so of shipping to supply those troops.

    Yes, I am reading that section now. Cosiderable detail.

  115. Bruce of Newcastle

    This is for the Cats “history book” lovers

    Speaking of history lessons…

    Rapper Talib Kweli: ‘Nazi Germany Had a Wall Called the Berlin Wall’

    Talib Kweli Greene @TalibKweli
    So, you’re unaware of the fact that nazi Germany had a wall called the Berlin Wall that was torn down in 1991 in order to foster humanity and diversity? Walls didn’t work for Nazis so why build them here? Build bridges not walls Nazi lover. @thefeltyperro @jabbawa78
    10:52 AM – Dec 22, 2018

    I think that bit of TDS qualifies as an epic fail.

  116. John Constantine

    How the Tyrant for life of all the chicoms works his one belt one road one way thing.

    Australia is condemned by Malaysia for threatening to shift the embassy in birdword to other birdword.

    The Tyrant clears a million islamist nomads off their traditional lands into re education camps, and Malaysia slumps as mute as a whipped dog, the funding for one belt having them bought and paid for.

    Their abc crows as Malaysia calls out australia for islamophobic racism, but never mentions the silence on the big chicom issue.

    Comrades.

  117. calli

    SOG, the Hickson Marples were the best. The McEwan/McKenzie ones contain unspeakable abominations in plot manipulation and characters out of nowhere. Not all of them, but way too many.

    It’s how Jackson murdered The Hobbit. Except in Middle Earth, not the Green and Pleasant Land. Although it’s debatable that they are one in the same.

  118. Senile Old Guy

    SOG, the Hickson Marples were the best. The McEwan/McKenzie ones contain unspeakable abominations in plot manipulation and characters out of nowhere. Not all of them, but way too many.

    I do not watch recent Christie movies/TV. It is always PC runbish. There is also an excellent set of videos of Tommy and Tuppence. Also faithful to the original. And those are my favourite Christie.

  119. Senile Old Guy

    And I did not bother with The Hobbit. 3 three hour movies for one book with a slender plot?

  120. It’s how Jackson murdered The Hobbit. Except in Middle Earth, not the Green and Pleasant Land. Although it’s debatable that they are one in the same.

    I loved his Lord of the Rings films but I refused to watch The Hobbit. As soon as I heard that it was also going to be three films then I understood that bad things were going to happen.

  121. Bruce of Newcastle

    Dare you to repeat this in Urdu sonny.

    Pakistan Defends Ally China’s Crackdown on Muslims: Foreign Media ‘Sensationalized’ Issue

    Pakistan on Thursday defended its close ally China’s internment of up to one million Muslim Uighurs in re-education camps where detainees are forced to renounce their religion in favor of communism, saying foreign news outlets have “sensationalized” the issue.

    “Some section of foreign media are trying to sensationalize the matter by spreading false information,” Mohammad Faisal, a spokesman for Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs, told reporters on Thursday, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) agency reported.

    I am awed that a government in Pakistan that is more than usually Islamic is so skint that they are prepared to welcome a million muslims sent to gulags just so they can stay sweet with their sugar daddy. Wow.

  122. Senile Old Guy

    Don’t get me wrong. The Lord of the Rings (book) is genius; The Hobbit, not so much.

  123. Black Ball

    Lord Of The Rings is nothing short of a masterpiece. Hobbit trilogy can go fuck itself. How Titanic held the record of Academy awards is beyond me. The Fellowship sets the scene, magnificent.

  124. Senile Old Guy

    Quote:

    At 10.45 p.m. – somewhat belatedly – the navy alerts the air force to the Japanese presence at Sydney: ‘MIDGET SUBMARINES NUMBER UNKNOWN AT ENTRANCE TO PORT JACKSON APPROXIMATELY 2245K [local time] /31. POSSIBILITY OF SOME BEING IN HARBOUR.’

    If you are interested in this, and get to Darwin, Defence of Darwin is good, at least for a layman. Better than I thought it would be.

  125. DrBeauGan

    Lord Of The Rings is nothing short of a masterpiece.

    The book was and remains a masterpiece. The films were good, with the occasional irritation, such as the dwarf tossing. But in the main, impressive.

  126. Mark A

    Death Giraffe
    #2891083, posted on December 23, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Mark A
    #2890903, posted on December 22, 2018 at 11:03 pm
    OT
    Help if you can.
    Looking for the make and model of an old firetruck, possibly mid 1940s.

    Looks like a 1920’s Austin radiator.

    Thanks Arky, here is a better picture.

  127. John Constantine

    Their Pakistani government is as unswervingly committed to complying with all friendship with the Tyrant requires as the Australian one party State is hellbent on despoiling our country for One Bead, One Mirror, One Way.

    Comrades.

  128. None
    #2891193, posted on December 23, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    ありがとうございます Carpe さん. あなたもね.

    どういたしまして

    Dōitashimashite

  129. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I am awed that a government in Pakistan that is more than usually Islamic is so skint that they are prepared to welcome a million muslims sent to gulags just so they can stay sweet with their sugar daddy. Wow.

    apparently surplus USD could only be invested by china in US gov bonds…. who could have foreseen this development…

  130. Senile Old Guy

    Lord Of The Rings is nothing short of a masterpiece.

    The book was and remains a masterpiece. The films were good, with the occasional irritation, such as the dwarf tossing. But in the main, impressive.

    I was referring to the book but I agree with this comment.

  131. mh

    Talib Kweli Greene @TalibKweli
    So, you’re unaware of the fact that nazi Germany had a wall called the Berlin Wall that was torn down in 1991 in order to foster humanity and diversity? Walls didn’t work for Nazis so why build them here? Build bridges not walls Nazi lover. @thefeltyperro @jabbawa78
    10:52 AM – Dec 22, 2018

    Without hip hop I would not have known that. He seems even smarter than Ice Cube.

  132. DrBeauGan

    I’ve never watched Titanic. I trust Leonard deCaprio drowned?

  133. md

    Not all politicians are evil:

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed a bill Friday that would have increased benefits for deceased first responders’ families because lawmakers tacked onto the bill a $13,000 pay increase for themselves, according to reports.

    “I would have signed such a bill into law,” Kasich wrote, referring to the assistance for first responders’ families, according to the Enquirer. “Unfortunately, I cannot support or condone the last-minute rush to include a controversial pay raise for elected officials into what was an otherwise commendable bill.”

  134. Shy Ted

    The ABC Murders is an excellent read. You made my day for a moment but then I realized you were talking about Agatha Christie.

  135. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’ve never watched Titanic. I trust Leonard deCaprio drowned

    I don’t know – I went to sleep before the end.

  136. Senile Old Guy

    The ABC Murders is an excellent read. You made my day for a moment but then I realized you were talking about Agatha Christie.

    Haha! Pay that man.

  137. Shy Ted

    Tee hee. It’s funny cos it’s true.

  138. Steve trickler

    I wonder what it looks like today.

    This volcano blew its top to 55,000 feet last night.



  139. Steve trickler

    The footage above was from October this year.

    This blokes channel is interesting.



  140. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    burn her
    How arrest of Chinese ‘princess’ exposes regime’s world domination plot
    It turns out that “Princess” Meng, as she is called, is Communist royalty. Her grandfather was a close comrade of Chairman Mao during the Chinese Civil War, who went on to become vice governor of China’s largest province.

    She is also the daughter of Huawei’s Founder and Chairman, Ren Zhengfei. Daddy is grooming her to succeed him when he retires.

    In other words, Meng is the heiress apparent of China’s largest and most advanced hi-tech company, and one which plays a key role in China’s grand strategy of global domination.

  141. Infidel Tiger

    Kasich is the worst of politicians.

    A vainglorious arsehole.

  142. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’ve never watched Titanic. I trust Leonard deCaprio drowned?

    Via a story at American thinker I saw this article today…

    A study has revealed the actors in the worst-reviewed movies of the past 20 years. A surprising number of Oscar nominees make the cut.

    The report, whose results were compiled by the London-based SEO firm Verve Search on behalf of British comparison-research site GoCompare, aims to offer statistical evidence of something we all sense: There are some actors who just seem to turn out one bust after another.

    The report saw [Jessica] Alba average a Metacritic score of 39.0 for the movies she starred in during the preceding two decades. That’s only slightly better than the male performer with the worst-reviewed movies of the modern era: Mike Epps.

    In fact, only 5 percent of the movies starring Epps, Pollak and Alba were given overall positive reviews.

    Stinkers. Well, then again…

    The highest-ranked men? Adam Driver and Leonardo DiCaprio, with 71.7 and 69.3.

    There you go. DiCaprio the climate warrior with a yacht the size of the Titanic is one of the top two bankable male stars in Hollywood.

    I have never watched a movie he’s been in as I can’t stand the guy.

  143. Perfidious Albino

    Mark A – the colour photo looks like Europe, possibly Germany based on the buildings and the livery on the modern van. Haven’t been able to find a match, but maybe an Opel of some description?!

  144. Rockdoctor

    I wonder what it looks like today.

    This volcano blew its top to 55,000 feet last night.

    Hope the ash doesn’t linger. Am on a flight to Singapore just after Christmas. Looking at the upper levels 300mb & 200mb the winds are looking quite slack at that altitude…

  145. stackja

    IT wants “pay raise for elected officials”?

  146. Infidel Tiger

    No stackja, but Kasich is a disgusting immoral scumbag.

    Try to read and learn. I find it helpful.

  147. Atoms for Peace

    No matter how Hollywood spins it, the Titanic sinks.

  148. What does Bamboo and Penny Wong have in common?
    They’re both Chinese plants.

  149. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I wonder what it looks like today.
    This volcano blew its top to 55,000 feet last night.

    Geez. Past explosions here have caused a notable global cooling; wonder if we will see that again, added to the cooling we are already experiencing. But it seems this one is smaller than past explosions.

    Looking at Attapuss as a possible provider of a nice ‘volcanic winter’ fur collar.
    Nope, just joking. Love him too much for that. We can eat him instead, Venezuela style.
    He had a hard time last nite locked in our shed while we had a group of guests carousing.
    Some Catallaxians included!
    Hairy says I am cruelty personified to exclude Attapuss from the gathering.
    I point out that he hates all men but Hairy, so I had an eye on our insurance liability.
    To say nothing of the welfare of occasional Catallaxians. 🙂

  150. Bushkid

    Beautiful, Dr. BG. Thanks you, and a very Happy Christmas to you and yours too.

  151. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I see that Doomlord has the Christmas bells up at last on our header.
    Must be that time of the year again. They’re out late this year. 🙂

  152. stackja

    Infidel Tiger
    #2891272, posted on December 23, 2018 at 8:33 pm
    No stackja, but Kasich is a disgusting immoral scumbag.

    Try to read and learn. I find it helpful.

    Read what?

  153. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    And I too let the phone ring out when it suits me.
    Me too! They can leave a message if they really want my attention.

    We rarely answer our landline; only way to beat the marketers.
    Message systems are there to foil them.
    With mobile phones, if we don’t recognize the number we don’t answer.
    Let them leave a message, or text us for attention, then we respond as needed.

  154. mh

    Without hip hop I would not have known that. He seems even smarter than Ice Cube.

    Just want to point out that I do understand that the ‘rapper’ who tweeted that comment is totally ignorant of European history.
    My comment could have been taken another way.
    👀

  155. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    That was a lovely card, Dr. BG. Reminds me of some of the Norwegian scenery up beyond the Arctic Circle.
    Little towns on a coldish starry night. So beautiful.

  156. Armadillo

    Looks like a 1920’s Austin radiator.

    Looks like a piece of crap that somehow escaped the metal crusher. It would make about 10 perfectly good beer fridges. Or about 200 chainsaws. What a waste.

  157. bespoke

    It maybe further evidence that I’m an ignorant heathen but couldn’t stand Lord Of The Rings.

  158. classical_hero

    Satp, that’s an image I never wanted to think about.

  159. Armadillo

    “Lord of the Rings” was possibly the worst movie ever made. It was about 20 hours long. I could have read the book quicker. The only decent scene was the battle. The orcs should have won that. It was total bullshit.

  160. I’m unable to comment if the “Lord of the Rings” movies were good or bad.
    For I fell asleep very early in each of them.

  161. Armadillo

    The dwarf dudes should have just handed over the ring when they got to the village outskirts and headed back to the tavern. Would have saved me 3 hours of my life.

    The “trees” save the day. FMD.

  162. Steve trickler

    Creepy. And good fun.



  163. P

    Armadillo #2891286, posted on December 23, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Looks like a 1920’s Austin radiator.

    Looks like a piece of crap that somehow escaped the metal crusher. It would make about 10 perfectly good beer fridges. Or about 200 chainsaws. What a waste.

    WWII was the waste.

    Polski Fiat 621 was a Polish 2.5-tonne truck, the basic lorry of the Polish Army during the 1930s.

    Serial production started in 1935 at the Państwowe Zakłady Inżynieryjne Works and lasted until 1939. In 1940 the production was to be replaced with PZInż 703 family of trucks, but the outbreak of World War II and invasion of Poland ceased all production. Wikipedia

  164. Helen

    Merry Christmas all you cats.

    We are going to put ours off until we have rain at dead cow hole. It used to have another name, but they have been bogging for weeks, mustered off 5 times and still drag themselves back, through wire, to die at Dead Cow Hole. Carting water again tomorrow, and mustering away again.

    I can’t see my self making anything splendid while that is going on. At least the two we dragged out tonight got up. One was so far out in the mud I had to use her as a pontoon to get the rope around her head. The other I managed to lassoo ok, but then she jumped up before I could get the rope off, so fun and games.

    We went looking for the blind heifer, but she has disappeared in the nothing. There was a baby calf at Dead Cow Hole the dogs had got. I could tell by how its little limbs were splayed out and its guts eaten out and its ears chewed off. I went to it and said I’m sorry little one. It was quite dry from the heat – 42 dgrees today, on the veranda in the shade. The breeze was like opening the oven when you are cooking a roast, except with out the lovely smells.

    It is pretty good everywhere else, so count the blessings.

    And, as I said to myself, you can’t save them all.

  165. Back in emergency department with high blood pressure. 🙁

  166. Armadillo

    The sensible thing would have been to give Gollum a nose ring and tell him to piss off.

  167. Black Ball

    Beg to differ Armadillo. The tenets of power are eerily similar. Trump is Frodo, the man who marched across Mordor. To win the war against the Left. Our way of life is at hand.

  168. cohenite

    Trump is Frodo, the man who marched across Mordor. To win the war against the Left. Our way of life is at hand.

    No doubt, only taller with better hair; and the orcs are definitely commies.

  169. Armadillo

    Back in emergency department with high blood pressure. 🙁

    Santa, alls I want for Christmas is a blackout.

  170. Nick

    Back in emergency department with high blood pressure. 🙁

    I’m sure the indigenous medical centre you went to, will be able to solve it with its chief remedy, smouldering gum leaves.

  171. zyconoclast

    Baby Jesus beheaded in Ilford*

    A nativity scene has been “destroyed by idiots” outside the Christmas tree in the High Road.

    The statues were installed and paid for by the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) to remind residents about the real meaning of Christmas and while the Virgin Mary and Joseph were smashed, the infant Jesus got decapitated.

    One resident, who is not religious, reported the crime to the Recorder and described the incident as “religious desecration”.

    “It is three days before Christmas and this happens,” she said.

    “Any other religion and there would be an outcry and it would have been fixed already.

    “It is a desecration of a religious icon – I am disgusted.”

    She reported the incident to Redbridge Town Hall but claims they refused to deal with it as it was not their nativity scene and were about to go to lunch.

    *Iflord 2011 demographics is 45% islamic

  172. Armadillo

    No doubt, only taller with better hair; and the orcs are definitely commies.

    Nah. The orcs were the good guys attacking the “Ivory Towers” (I.e the Castle). They wanted to get the ring of power back from the incompetent dwarf dudes. Frodo was more like Macron.

    It’s why the Greenie trees intervened to help him out.

  173. Armadillo

    mOnts is bludging on the health system again.

  174. zyconoclast

    Witchcraft is thriving in the US, with an estimated 1.5 million Americans now identifying as witches – more than the total number of Presbyterians.
    As Christianity declines across the country, paganism has swung to the mainstream, with witchcraft paraphernalia for sale on every high street and practises normalised across popular culture. In the past two years, it has also become darkly politicised.

    Dakota Bracciale, a 29-year-old transgender/queer witch and co-owner of Catland Books and witch shop in Brooklyn, is pleased with the outcome of the ritual hex placed on US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in October. The curse, carried out from Catland Books, was well attended by witches, atheists…

  175. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    mOnts is bludging on the health system again.

    The Fascist hyena would have private health cover, surely.

  176. Perfidious Albino

    You’re an unusual lady P.., but we’ll done.

  177. Rae

    “Lord of the Rings” was possibly the worst movie ever made. It was about 20 hours long. I could have read the book quicker.

    The book was definitely better than the movies.

  178. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Dakota Bracciale, a 29-year-old transgender/queer witch and co-owner of Catland Books and witch shop in Brooklyn

    I don’t have a reference, but IIRC, burning at the stake was never formally abolished as a punishment for practicing witchcraft in certain parts of the United States?

  179. zyconoclast

    Short-staffed Royal Canadian Mounted Police looking at ‘everything’ to attract new recruits

    The RCMP are taking a radical look at their recruitment strategy and could ditch credit checks and the ban on recruits with criminal backgrounds to help them rebuild their depleted ranks.

    The Mounties have been plagued by staffing challenges in recent years and are looking at how to convince more women and visible minorities to don the red serge.

    An internal document, obtained through access to information, suggests credit checks, the criminal background ban, the two-hour aptitude test and long stints at the training depot could all be eliminated from the hiring process as senior ranks try to make a career as a Mountie more attractive.

    The document notes that some of the mandatory requirements can create barriers for communities the force wants to attract, including “groups more likely to have contact with the criminal justice system.”

    It asks: Are we “tuned-in or tone deaf?”

    The review exercise is the brainchild of Vaughn Charlton, the director of gender-based-analysis-plus with the RCMP.

    She was brought over from Status of Women Canada in April 2017 at the request of then-commissioner Bob Paulson and tasked with focusing on gender and inclusion within the force.

    “We need to stop assuming there’s only one kind of person who belongs in policing,” she said in an interview with CBC News.

    “If we’re going to have mandatory requirements, we want to make sure we’re not creating unintended barriers for reasons that really have nothing to do with whether you’d be a great police officer.”

    For example, someone coming to the force later in life might not be able to spend 26 weeks at the training depot in Saskatchewan. Credit checks — long part of the RCMP security screening process — can be a barrier for single parents or those who’ve been forced to take long-term leave, said Charlton.

    The document also flagged hearing and vision tests and long shifts as potential barriers and questioned the value of the aptitude screening assessment — which, among other things, tests memory, logic, judgment and comprehension.

    “I can definitely say we are looking at everything really seriously,” Charlton said. “These are questions worth asking and thinking, ‘Are they still relevant criteria in 2019?'”

    So far, Charlton said, her questions have gone over well with top brass.

    The recruitment review exercise is ongoing with no set deadline, she said. The entrance exam is getting its own fairness review through the Public Service Commission.

    “I think the challenge for us going forward is looking at diversity and inclusion as seriously as we look at security,” Charlton said.

    When Commissioner Brenda Lucki took over as top Mountie earlier this year, she was warned in a briefing binder that “the RCMP has a growing vacancy rate that exceeds its present ability to produce regular members at a rate that keeps pace with projected future demands.”

    The briefing note says that in the last five years, there has been a “dramatic” increase in the number of new recruits required to fill operational vacancies and evolving program requirements.

    The RCMP says that in 2018, 21.6 per cent of regular members self-identified as women and 20.8 per cent of members above the inspector level were women. According to a 2017 report, about 10 per cent of the force identify as visible minority and eight per cent are Indigenous.

    Christian Leuprecht, a Royal Military College professor who has written about the RCMP’s structure, said public service organizations like police forces are plagued by cumbersome hiring processes and low pay. On top of that, the RCMP have been plagued in recent years by allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation within the ranks.

    “What this all points to is that the RCMP is going to have to change the way they do business, both as an organization and in particular in the way they recruit,” he said.

    But Leuprecht cautioned against dropping too many of the mandatory requirements simply to raise the number of applicants. In an age of complex cybercrime investigations, terrorist threats and sophisticated organized crime operations, he said the force needs to ask itself how it can bring in more of the country’s top minds.

    “The discussion is always about, ‘Well what can we do to kind of eliminate some barriers to this race to the bottom?'” he said.

    “The RCMP is the largest police organization in the country and it is also our federal police force. This needs to be the force that shows the greatest professionalism, the greatest competence and that needs to position itself as an employer of choice and an employer that affords equality of opportunity to all Canadians.”

  180. The Mounties have been plagued by staffing challenges in recent years and are looking at how to convince more women and visible minorities to don the red serge.

    It doesn’t get much more tone deaf than this.

  181. Justin Trudeau named Brenda Lucki as Canada’s first permanent female RCMP commissioner Friday in Regina. He lists her responsibilities, including promoting gender equality and addressing workplace harassment.

    Not one word from the boy PM about the Commissioner’s responsibility including catching crooks or (haha..) enforcing Canadian law.

    From Commissioner Lucki:

    ”I hope the RCMP is more tolerant, it’s more inclusive, it’s more diverse,”

    Likewise in more than 400 words on her day of taking up the appointment, not one word from her about catching crooks, or enforcing Canadian law.

  182. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    From Commissioner Lucki:

    ”I hope the RCMP is more tolerant, it’s more inclusive, it’s more diverse,”

    Who’s her speechwriter, David Morrison?

  183. The Globe & Mail gives the game away:

    But as an assistant commissioner who was two ranks removed from the top job, she was nowhere near the list of favoured candidates when Bob Paulson retired last year.
    Still, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wanted the appointment to signal the birth of a new RCMP that is more representative of the public it serves. As he looked at the top five candidates for the job, Mr. Trudeau specifically asked how they broke with the RCMP’s past, said Frank McKenna, the former New Brunswick premier who chaired the selection panel.

  184. Re RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, there’s lots written about how she has this unequalled ability to “connect” with the rank & file, blah blah blah.
    Quote everywhere about it.
    All coming from…. senior officers (who are now subordinate to her)

    Absolutely nothing from actual rank & file RCMP officers about how their new girl-pal Commissioner gets down & “connects” with them.

    Nada… total silence from them.

  185. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Globe & Mail gives the game away:

    The immediate challenges facing Commissioner Lucki are numerous and varied, including improving morale, bringing in increased civilian oversight, overhauling the investigation of harassment complaints and fostering a new approach to policing in aboriginal communities.

    Globe and Mail sure does give the game away.

  186. So far that “new approach” in aboriginal communities has consisted of Commissioner Lucki apologising to the Indians for the RCMP’s numerous misdeeds and failings.

    This could take a couple of years, as she’s going through them pretty much one case at a time & rending her garments again & again.

    This should keep the grievance industry going for a while. No need for law graduates at Canadian universities to worry about having to compete for a job, or even worry about finding a private sector law firm to take them on.

  187. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Back in emergency department with high blood pressure. 🙁

    Trump Derangement Syndrome

  188. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Trump Derangement Syndrome

    Snork, snork…well said, Zippy.

  189. mh

    Don’t mention Uncle George.

    m0nty
    #2890213, posted on December 21, 2018 at 3:37 pm
    Oh Monty, what a weak retort.

    I guess criticism of George Soros has to be anti-semitic as well, huh? Just like the MSM says.

    Yep, pretty much. The dog whistle is sounding loud and clear.

  190. Finally back home. Hopefully an increase in heart medications will fix it.

  191. Bruce in WA

    This is not a nanny state … it’s a f*&^ing kindergarten!

    Coffs man to face Tweed court over multiple firearm charges

  192. Infidel Tiger

    FFS Monts. You need a health overhaul.

    Look after yourself please.

  193. Death Giraffe

    I’m going for a run.
    You wanna come Monty?

  194. Death Giraffe

    No sex please Monty.
    Don’t put your missus through the horror of having you cark it on top of her and have to call the fire brigade to get free.

  195. classical_hero

    I tried reading the books and only got halfway through the first book out of 6. It was boring to read, whereas the movies are great to watch, although the last one goes on too much.

  196. C.L.

    So far Suchet is my favourite by a country mile.

    He will never be bested in the role.
    Suchet is an interesting and intelligent man. His doco on St Paul is a must-see.

  197. mh

    Anthony Mundine deserves another shot because the last fight really could have gone either way.

    😄

  198. Bruce in WA

    “I don’t want to die wondering, man. Just give me one more shot.

    “I gots to know.”

  199. egg_

    You’re an unusual lady P.., but we’ll done.

    Good Googlery image search.

    Poland is LHD, by the way (note the windscreen wiper).

  200. zyconoclast

    “I gots to know.”

  201. Zatara

    “I don’t want to die wondering, man. Just give me one more shot.”

    No need to wonder mate, it’s all on video. You’ll have to look carefully though as it’s only 1 minute 36 second long.

    Unless you are angling for a classic Apollo and Rocky all sweaty alone in the gym one night scene that is.

  202. Zyconoclast

    Reads like the script for a grassroots, non political rural independent…

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/grassroots-tony-abbott-warringah-election-independent-20181222-p50nvo.html

    The grassroots push to oust Tony Abbott from Warringah

    Over the past few days a taut and angry social media screed about Tony Abbott’s performance as a local member spread virally through the prosperous suburbs that make up the seat of Warringah, traditionally a Liberal Party safe space.

    We are not political. We have never been involved in a movement or a political party. We are just trying to get on with life. But enough is enough. We feel compelled to speak up,” the post begins.

    Wake up Warringah! Let’s get out of the habit of just voting for whomever the Liberal Party throws at us. Please, don’t vote for Tony Abbott, the man who denies the reality that our world is changing.”

    The comment, posted on the Facebook and Instagram pages of the group Vote Tony Out, went on to castigate Abbott for his decision to award Australia’s highest honour to Prince Philip in the Australia Day honours of 2015 and for his stance on gay marriage.

    “If you vote for Tony Abbott and his myopic beliefs,” it said at one point, “you also follow a misogynist into a dark cave made of coal.”

  203. Mundine deserves a rematch.
    If the previous match had lasted only another Thirty-Four Minutes and Twenty-Four seconds it would have gone the distance.

  204. johanna

    Suchet is an interesting and intelligent man. His doco on St Paul is a must-see.

    He’s much brighter, more thoughtful and more balanced than your average actor, in an industry that attracts a lot of flaky types.

    There was an episode of Who Do You Think You Are featuring him. His background is interesting, including recent Jooish ancestry. The name is French, he is a bitzer of the best type.

    Of course, the Poirot role was a very lucky happenstance for him professionally, kept him in work for decades, especially after it was decided that the producers would make very single Poirot story, of which I think there are about sixty.

    You do see him in British movies and the odd TV role as well, and he proves to be a pretty versatile actor.

    His actual speaking voice is sort of upper middle class English, but he’s pretty good at accents.

    It’s refreshing to know that there is at least one member of that benighted profession that one would be delighted to have dinner with.

  205. DrBeauGan

    I’ve been looking for a video clip of Hannah gadsby being funny. No luck so far.

  206. I’ve been looking for a video clip of Hannah gadsby being funny. No luck so far.

    More chance of finding hen’s teeth, rocking horse dung, or a virgin aged over 10 years in a remote “community”.

  207. DrBeauGan

    She’s supposed to be a stand up comedian,socrates. And allegedly brilliant. All I see is a female who dresses like a bloke and has a fat bottom. Neither are funny. Quite the contrary. I get the impression she is trying desperately to establish that she’s a human being. I was prepared to take that for granted.

    It’s as if she is capitalising on being a lesbian and we are all supposed to admire her for it.

  208. Tom

    LOL. Being a leftard zombie, Peter Broelman thinks agrarian socialists are the “far right”.

  209. Tom

    Californian Lisa Benson on the stafe’s rail fantasies.

  210. Leigh Lowe

    Quick scroll through.
    Choc Mundine wants a re-match with Hannah Gadsby.
    Monty’s application to join the Mounties vetoed by the RSPCA.

  211. Mark A

    Tom
    #2891364, posted on December 24, 2018 at 4:28 am

    Californian Lisa Benson on the stafe’s rail fantasies.

    bit of spoonerism early in the morning. LOL thnx

  212. None

    Blind Canadian mountiea. Yep that’ll work.

  213. Bruce of Newcastle

    That didn’t take long:

    Shaunna Lee Rushton 🍃 @veganshaunna
    Waking up and hearing about Indonesia is heartbreaking. I hope coverage does this tragedy justice and recognises this is the very real effect of climate change. #Tsunami #ClimateBreakdown
    6:30 PM – Dec 23, 2018

    How is it possible that she can be this dumb? Blair has a couple more similar tweets from other lefties.

    KILLER TSUNAMI CRASHES INDONESIAN STAGE

  214. egg_

    Choc Mundine wants a re-match with Hannah Gadsby.

    Have Hannah Gadsby and Hannah Mouncey been seen in the same room together?

  215. calli

    Agreed about Suchet. I watched the Beeb’s Great Expectations adaption last night. Who should pop up but Suchet as Jaggers, and a very toughtful, nuanced effort. At first I didn’t recognise him…but those eyes gave him away.

    He was also in the remake of Dial M for Murder with Douglas and Paltrow. He stole the show as the policeman, Karaman. I prefered the Hitchcock version, but Douglas was satisfyingly evil and Mortenson delightfully gormless as the lover.

    Suchet’s a Christian. A hotel Gideon’s Bible opened at Romans is the culprit. As Lewis said, a man can’t be too careful about the books he reads. 🙂

  216. egg_

    Blind Canadian Mounties.

    They swing their guide dogs around for a look around.

  217. calli

    thoughtful

    Although Jaggers was tough too.

  218. egg_

    No sex please Monty.
    Don’t put your missus through the horror of having you cark it on top of her and have to call the fire brigade to get free.

    Did the Earth move for the neighbours, too?

  219. Up The Workers!

    Labor(sic) and Monty – both have no need for “U”.

    Regarding Bruce of Newcastle’s comment at 6.22 am, I got up this morning and stubbed my toe while walking to the bathroom.

    It must be gerbil worming.

    It’s real, I tells ya!

  220. egg_

    Regarding Bruce of Newcastle’s comment at 6.22 am, I got up this morning and stubbed my toe while walking to the bathroom.

    You Krakatoa too?

  221. calli

    Blind Canadian mountiea. Yep that’ll work.

    Specially trained Guide Horses.

    You know it makes sense.

  222. Top Ender

    Who’s the real ‘irritant’

    TIM BLAIR

    The Project’s Waleed Aly claims he has never been more ‘shocked or angry’ after he was strip-searched at an airport, yet he dismisses terrorism as an ‘irritant’

    The tiniest little thing can upset people these days. A little thing like, say, mocking their holy super lord wisdom emperor.

    Waleed Aly’s fans are a devoted bunch, exceptionally so, and they don’t much like it when their leader is questioned. Even when Aly is gently called to account for saying something ridiculous, which from time to time he is prone to do.

    For example, back in 2013 Ten’s The Project co-host offered a few theories about the Boston Marathon bombing.

    “The most encouraging one is that we’re finally maturing in the way we handle terrorism,” Aly wrote. Waving goodbye to the “ridiculous promises of a terrorism-free world”, Aly celebrated the “far more sober, pragmatic recognition that terrorism is a perpetual irritant’’.

    “While it is tragic and emotionally lacerating,” Aly decreed, “it kills relatively few people and is not any kind of existential threat.”

    Aly then repeated inaccurate predictions that Boston’s Islamic terrorist bombers might turn out to be “self-styled American patriots”, but that’s neither here nor there.

    Just keep in mind his dismissal of terrorism as a mere “irritant” while you consider Aly’s furious description last week of an atrocity so appalling that Aly has never been more “shaken or angry”.

    Following an interview on The Project with some dippy local leftwing activist who claimed she had been strip-searched, Aly volunteered his own terrifying tale of semi-naked humiliation.

    “I’ve only experienced it once, and it wasn’t here. It was overseas,” Aly told a shocked and distressed Project panel. “I was trying to leave Israel and as I was leaving they just picked me out and just took me aside and it just went for hours basically.”

    It went for hours? Really? (By the way, Aly’s line about “trying to leave Israel” is adorable. It isn’t as though negotiating Ben Gurion Airport is like scaling Everest’s treacherous north face.) So how was Aly occupied during his “hours” of captivity?

    “I did have to undo my jeans and all sorts of things.”

    At this point Aly’s co-hosts Peter Helliar and Gorgi Coghlan, who apparently have never heard of anyone being searched at an airport, much less sainted Waleed, wore expressions of such profound concern you’d have sworn they were listening to an inoperable cancer diagnosis.

    “You’re just in this situation, you don’t know why,” Aly continued.

    Actually, he does. Israel is under frequent attack from Waleed’s co-religionists and must therefore take understandable security precautions. Any reasonable person would be aware of this. “The power imbalance is horrific,” Aly next observed, apparently demanding equal authority to an Israeli airport security guard working in an Israeli airport. Don’t they know who he is? Then came Aly’s shattering conclusion: “I’ve never left a situation more shaken or angry than that particular thing. We don’t need more of that.” September 11. The Bali bombings. Attacks on the London rail system.

    The murder in Melbourne of Sisto Malaspina.

    Repeated deadly onslaughts in France and Germany.

    The Boston bombings, committed by Muslim immigrants to the US who killed three and savagely injured hundreds.

    Islamic State torture killings in Syria and Iraq.

    Suicide bombings and bomb attacks throughout the Middle East, particularly in Israel.

    Beheadings just last week in Morocco of Scandinavian tourists Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland, whose deaths were filmed and posted online.

    These are “irritants” in Aly’s world. What really gets him shaken and angry is being pantsed in an airport. The lad has interesting priorities.

    As it happens, I’ve also undergone a strip search at the very same airport. Arriving in Israel for the first time in 2007, I was directed by security to a small room, invited to disrobe and asked numerous questions. All very routine. I’ve copped similar treatment at a few other airports.

    The most annoying part of the entire Ben Gurion procedure was forgetting my belt, such was my haste to leave and begin exploring Tel Aviv.

    On the “shaken and angry” scale, being dakked by bored but polite security personnel was about equal to being given a small serve of fries when I’d asked for large.

    Anyway, I mentioned some of this last week at my Daily Telegraph blog. The reaction from Aly’s Twitter admirers was wonderful.

    “Someone called Tim Blair is writing garbage about a decent and responsible person in Waleed,” one chap wept.

    “This is the kind of Fox News rant hate piece I would expect to find in a badly printed neo-nazi fanzine. Disgraceful attack,” another screamed.

    And my favourite:

    “Tim Blair should not be given a platform in the media. Only Murdoch would print this disgusting piece. We need a decent Media Standards Watchdog in Oz, with very sharp teeth. Much of Murdoch’s media output wouldn’t pass muster.

    “Wahleed Ali is a goid smart man. Blair is a not.”

    A not I may be, but at least Jackie from the Gold Coast spelled both of our names correctly. Stand by for another “shaken and angry” tirade from “Wahleed Ali”, whoever the hell he is.

    The most annoying part of the procedure was forgetting my belt, such was my haste to leave and explore Tel Aviv

    Complete article from the NT News

  223. calli

    M0nty – how I got rid of high blood pressure:

    – lose weight, lots of it (I went low carb, then keto. Watch the LDLs if you do though, mine spiked)
    – change your diet (sort of goes with the first)
    – exercise (walking, hirt, swimming), vary it don’t just do the one thing

    You owe it to yourself and your family not to keel over.

    Mitch M. would have plenty of other strategies.

  224. Notafan

    Sounds like Mounties problem is low morale, carpy pay and knocking back the traditional intake who would do a 26 week induction

    Young white men.

    But sure recruit convicted criminals to uphold the law

    It makes perfect sense.

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