Wednesday Forum: December 26, 2018

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  1. calli

    NSW police are being infected by the Victoriastanis.

    Spotted on Salamander Way outside golf course entrance this morning – an old fart local who lives directly opposite being booked for using his golf cart in the bicycle lane. He had the hide to cross the road in it too.

    Well and bravely done officer!

  2. stackja

    2GB NSW ALP wants to close shops to let workers take holidays. Listeners want to work to get money.

  3. The média:
    Two days ago ‘Trump first President since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmas’
    Now: Trump visits troops.
    No apology of course.

    Yeah, Trump should apologise for being late and letting the media bully him into it.

    He’s probably only doing it so that he gets a ride back to Mar-a-lago, as he wasn’t allowed to use AF1 for domestic flights during the shutdown.

  4. Twostix

    Science confirms: snowflakers have lower IQs than their fathers and grandfathers

    But what did their fathers and grandfathers do or fail to do which caused that?

  5. Leigh Lowe

    I have seen a couple of references here recently to NAB having a dividend yield of over 12%.
    The NAB dividend has been 99 cents for the last four years ($1.98 per annum).
    At a price of around $23 that is a yield of 8.6%.
    Sure, if a NAB shareholder has a marginal tax rate of zero, the dividend imputation refund brings the total return to 12.2% …. BUT …
    (1) not everyone is on a zero tax rate; and
    (2) franking refunds will go when the SLF gets elected, so you only have one more refundable dividend to go.

  6. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Coroner: ‘I’m just glad it’s not my son’AMOS AIKMANFollow @amosaikman

    12:00AM December 27, 2018
    43 Comments

    When Northern Territory Coroner Greg Cavanagh recently likened the “preventable” death of Private Jason Walter Challis to a scene from the Clint Eastwood film Heartbreak Ridge, the Australian Army brass at an inquest in Darwin certainly seemed to be operating from a script.

    There was the apologetic Brigadier Matthew Pearse, who appeared just in time to give the first word to the arriving cameras; the supplicating Colonel Richard Parker, eager to emphasise recent reforms; the preppy young officers with their “Yes sirs” and matching blue suits. There was even an officious PR woman trying to prevent journalists from talking to the family whose son her employer had, in May last year, accidentally killed.

    Then there was the dead fellow, who the inquest heard would probably still be alive if the army folk in charge of him had followed their own rules.

    Challis’s family declined to give interviews, so what we know about his life comes from other sources. He was born in Geelong in 1992 to Helen and John Challis, who separated 18 months later. When he was five, his mother partnered with Mirko Brandich, an army reservist. Challis left school at Year 10 and became a joiner for eight years before enlisting in February 2016. Ten months later, he took cover behind a concealed target during a live-fire training exercise and was shot in the head.

    Challis appears in photos grinning in his army uniform and clutching a beer while wearing a blue singlet among friends at a rural pub. His father arrived at his funeral with long, grey hair and goatee beard and a leather vest. The Challis-Brandich family’s battler-esque attire contrasted painfully with the sleekness of the army lot at the inquest. Young officers emerged from key sessions surrounded by burly men in dark glasses, to be ushered into waiting limousines. The family ambled out looking glum and left on foot. Several observers commented on this, perhaps because they knew Challis didn’t just work for the army — he worked for all of us.

    Challis was one of those who stuck his hand up to protect Australia with his life – as have all the army folk at the inquest. It heard Challis’s “combat ready” unit was among those most likely to be deployed, after Australia’s special forces. Yet within minutes of Challis and his colleagues beginning their part of Exercise Tigers Run, several were in the wrong places, missing targets and pointing guns at each other. When the training resumed after a reset, no one checked that Challis was not still in the line of fire.

    Challis and his mates were being trained when he died. The army’s oft-repeated excuse was that while everyone involved was appropriately qualified, “there were deficiencies in commanders’ ability to assess the competency” of, in particular, safety staff. Read that as they had the paperwork but weren’t up to the job — not too reassuring for a bunch of blokes overseeing a novices’ shoot-em-up. Nor did the junior officers running the exercise get the blank ammunition they needed or the time they required, or, it appears, a great deal of sympathy from superiors who told them to stop complaining and get on with it.

    From the Oz. First question asked, after any training accident. “Have I covered my ar$e sufficiently?”

  7. stackja

    Shaggy Ridge Operations

    Initially, orders from II Australian Corps for 7th Division to limit its operations to a scale that could be maintained by the limited supplies available prevented action being taken to capture Shaggy Ridge, but by late December sufficient supplies were available to conduct a limited operation to secure a foothold on the southern end of the ridge around a knoll called the Pimple. B Company of the 2/16th Battalion attacked just after 9am, following an intensive aerial and artillery bombardment of the Japanese positions. Clambering up the precipitous slopes, still supported by artillery fire, the Australians quickly captured the Pimple and pushed on for another 100 metres to capture the next knoll along the ridge. B Company was subsequently relieved by D Company, which renewed the attack the next day and captured the next two knolls along the ridge, the last being named McCaughey’s Knoll after the commander of the leading platoon. The Japanese counter-attacked that afternoon but were beaten off and thereafter were content to shell the Australian’s newly-won position with a mountain gun.

  8. Twostix

    Nice try m0nty you grub.

    You tried the same thing with Abbott when he visited and couldn’t announce it beforehand.

    Get off your belly.

  9. Zyconoclast

    Another caravan on the way: 15,000 heading north but destination is Chiapas
    They plan to look for work on Maya Train or government’s reforestation project

    https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/another-caravan-on-the-way/?utm_source=Mexico+News+Today&utm_campaign=26e96c8501-MNT+dec24-2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f1536a3787-26e96c8501-349518097

  10. You people still believe in Trump? At your mental age of seven, that’s a bit marginal.

  11. Leigh Lowe

    And Hilary-ous is President, right?

  12. Zyconoclast

    Hallmark: No More Whitewashed Christmas, But It Could Make the Yuletide Gayer
    As the longtime American brand takes over the holiday TV space, it’s looking to be more inclusive onscreen and off.

    https://www.amren.com/news/2018/12/hallmark-no-more-whitewashed-christmas-but-it-could-make-the-yuletide-gayer/

  13. Top Ender

    Charles Woolley of 60 Minutes has scored an article in the Oz. Now you really know it’s the Silly Season.

    Exposed at last: Apple Isle’s wicked war on wildlife
    CHARLES WOOLEY

    The statistics are awful. On average, more than 30 animals are killed every hour on Tasmanian roads. That adds up to about a half-million animals massacred each year, a score of one for each Tasmanian — unless the tourists are doing it, which they are not….

    SO, of course Charles wants a tax:

    A $30 Tasmanian entry tax could be spent by local council patrols to remove the dead animals from the road

    Some of the comments are instructive:

    Dee
    30 animals an hour. When I went to school I’d calculate it as 30 x 24 x 365 = 262,800 annually. Not quite a half million. What other facts are wrong Charles?

    Monarchist
    I like a fluffy cute animal like anybody else, but Heavens to Murgatroyd, if I am beetling along at a legal speed and a wombat waddles into my way and it becomes a choice of him or myself or my family…I’m sorry, but Fluffy gets it.

    Mine was:

    “It will be hard to get Tasmania’s dopey and thoughtless drivers to change their ways…”

    I’m in Tassie at present, Richard.

    Interesting article, but if we’re driving along and a potaroo decides to step out in front of the car – with bush running to within a metre of the sides of the road – then how is a driver being “dopey and thoughtless”?

  14. stackja

    Sydney streets fitted with anti-terror concrete bollards
    The Daily Telegraph
    44 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    Boxing Day shoppers were confronted with dozens of new anti-terror concrete bollards which turned Sydney’s CBD into a fortress.

    Teams of construction workers began laying the last of the bollards along Market, Pitt and Elizabeth streets at dawn to stop the possibility of vehicles disrupting the multimillion-dollar shopping bonanza.

    Security operations for New Year’s Eve and the holiday period are already underway in crowded areas such as Bondi Beach.

    Residents on Thursday morning noticed concrete barriers had been installed on the Esplanade ahead of Monday’s celebrations.

    The barriers are also used in Sydney’s CBD and are commonly used to prevent vehicle ramming terror attacks.

  15. C.L.

    But what did their fathers and grandfathers do or fail to do which caused that?

    They invented the internet.
    The thinking is that screen time is chiefly responsible.

  16. Zyconoclast

    Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March, told the New York Times that “white J3ws … uphold white supremacy.” She also told a fellow left-wing activist “that J3ws [need] to confront their own role in racism.”

    https://tinyurl.com/y7vmm6er

  17. C.L.

    US troops welcomed Obama like they welcomed an outbreak of barracks dysentery.

  18. C.L.

    Spoiler alert: yes they are (obviously).
    At American Thinker: Are the Investigations the Cover-Up?

  19. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    You people still believe in Trump? At your mental age of seven, that’s a bit marginal.

    Trump id God. He drives the Lefty rabble before him, and rejoices in their humiliation and despair, the sobbing of their wives and the lamentations of their children.

    Now be a good little Fascist hyena, and remember your blood pressure.

  20. Tel

    Science confirms: snowflakers have lower IQs than their fathers and grandfathers.
    It’s why I can them the Dumbest Generation.

    It’s not their fault, the education system has let them down. Here’s more from Graeber’s Communist Manifesto:

    There is an almost perfect inverse relation between how much your work directly benefits others, and remuneration. The result is a toxic political culture of resentment.

    Those in the largely pointless jobs secretly resent teachers or even auto workers, who actually get to do something useful, and feel it’s outrageous when they demand nice salaries and health care and paid vacations too. Working class people who get to do mostly useful things, resent the liberal elite who grabbed all the useful or beneficial work which actually does pay well and treats you with dignity and respect.

    I’m happy to pay a mechanic to do maintenance, sometimes I do some of the work myself but the local mechanic does a pretty good job and he owns the business so he is pitching his price based on what people are willing to pay. He can’t “demand nice salaries and health care and paid vacations too”, because he owns the business there’s no one to demand these things from.

    It is hard to find an honest mechanic who really will do the work though. My wife got really shitty at a different shop where they claimed to have changed the wiper blades and stuck that at the bottom of the invoice. Before she took the car in she had slightly bent up the clip on one of the wipers and when she picked up the car she looked at the invoice and took the guy out and pointed to the bent clip, “So you guys replaced the wiper blades huh? And you carefully bent the new clip in exactly the way I bent the old clip before I brought it in here? That seems kind of unlikely. Now what other work is on the invoice that you didn’t bother doing?”

    The first time she let them get away with it, but the bastards pulled the same stunt a second time and that was it. If Graeber knew a bit of economics, he would understand the concept of an agency problem and knowledge imbalance.

    Let’s talk about teachers. I’m not secretly resentful of teachers … I’m openly disdainful of the entire teaching industry. They are using a model based on the Prussian education system, and they blatantly indoctrinate. Nothing has changed in the design for 200 years. The actual quality of education is steadily becoming more expensive for worse outcomes, not because teachers themselves are worse, but because there’s been massive neglect of fundamentals and a shift towards bullshit social justice education. Those teachers who don’t comply are removed from the system.

    You don’t think Greta Thunberg put those whacky ideas into her own head … she’s been systematically indoctrinated to believe without question. There didn’t even used to be a profession which was “teacher” it used to be that people doing regular jobs would teach a few others at a time on an as-needs basis. The Prussian military were the ones who devised the concept of a professional teacher who doesn’t have a real job doing things, but is supposed to teach not based on personal experience but based on what he or she is told to teach.

  21. Bruce of Newcastle

    I have seen a couple of references here recently to NAB having a dividend yield of over 12%.

    Leigh – I always say ‘before tax’. Yes it is 12%+ before tax. And franking credits are still theoretically worth 30% even after Shortchanger comes to power, provided you have income that requires you to pay net tax in the FY.

    I don’t know what the implications are for SMSFs as I don’t have a super fund any more. I trust Canberra will eventually try to steal it, or lock it all up until age 70 to force wukkas to keep wukking and paying yummy taxes.

  22. Tel

    They invented the internet.
    The thinking is that screen time is chiefly responsible.

    The Internet is the last chance the kiddies have of getting a proper education. They sure as heck won’t find much of any use in the modern school system… the whole lot has been Gramsci long-marched. At least the Internet was designed to be somewhat resilient to such abuse.

  23. C.L.

    Monty, I was thinking of you when I was half-watching Deck The Halls (Danny Devito), only difference being you and one of your leftist virtue-signaling neighbours were trying to outdo each other by decorating your houses with ever-more numerous Aborigines, lesbians, single mothers and refugee midgets.

  24. rickw

    US troops welcomed Obama like they welcomed an outbreak of barracks dysentery.

    Obama looked like dysentery whenever visiting US troops in a combat zone.

    Always on the verge of shitting himself and puking all at the same time.

  25. stackja

    C.L.
    #2892727, posted on December 27, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Happened here in 1940s-1950s-1960s, and still today. Doc Evatt ‘carelessness’. John Wear Burton, did what? Khemlani. And David Combe.

  26. Mother Lode

    Much has changed since the Obama days. He would have been able to announce his arrival in Afghanistan or Iraq in the Daily ISIS or the Jihadi Tattler and could have walked around wearing just a t-shirt saying ‘Al Prez’ and nothing would have happened.

    The MSM would have discribed how Bambi’s beatific serenity softenened the heart of everyone within a range of 50 miles. In truth, it would be because Obama was their ace in the hole, representing their propaganda to the American people.

    Just as a party trick Obama could have pressed a loaded gun to the side of his head and loudly started counting down from five. By the time he reached two some slovenly goat botherer with an AK-47 would have raced up and squeezed his own head between Obama’s ear and the muzzle screaming Allah Akhbar awaiting his moment of his own death.

  27. rickw

    The barriers are also used in Sydney’s CBD and are commonly used to prevent vehicle ramming terror attacks.

    “Commonly” meaning since the wholesale importation of muslims into Australia.

  28. stackja

    Tel
    #2892732, posted on December 27, 2018 at 10:42 am

    The Internet allows people to get news that MSM won’t or can’t report. USA DT. Oz GP.

  29. A Lurker

    Sadly this is from WSJ (via Drudge) so is paywalled, and I can’t see what other strange and disgusting stuff people put on themselves to try to live forever.

    It’s very simple.
    Stay out of the sun.
    Stop spreading poisonous crap (i.e. cosmetics) on your skin.

  30. Leigh Lowe

    Leigh – I always say ‘before tax’. Yes it is 12%+ before tax. And franking credits are still theoretically worth 30% even after Shortchanger comes to power, provided you have income that requires you to pay net tax in the FY.

    “Before tax” is normally taken to mean before tax is applied (be it tax levied or refunded). That is, around 8% for NAB.
    If you have income which requires you to pay tax, by definition the after tax return can never be 12%, because that only applies to taxpayers with a zero tax rate.

    I don’t know what the implications are for SMSFs as I don’t have a super fund any more.

    If the SMSF is in pension phase the tax rate would be zero, so the dividend yield would be 12% after imputation refund (noting of course that Shorten will put a crimp in that).
    If the SMSF is in accumulation phase, the the dividend yield would be about 10% after imputation refund.

  31. Bruce of Newcastle

    You people still believe in Trump?

    He fights.
    Indeed he fights you guys, gals and yxes.
    He fights to prevent the West turning into Zimbabwe and Venezuela and Cuba.
    Do you like not having toilet paper M0nty?
    And no, being Froggie-like squirted up the bum is not a valid alternative, since socialism also makes tap water unaffordable.

  32. Roger

    Boxing Day shoppers were confronted with dozens of new anti-terror concrete bollards which turned Sydney’s CBD into a fortress.

    A fortress offers no protection against the enemy within.

  33. At American Thinker: Are the Investigations the Cover-Up?

    This piece raises an interesting point: whatever happened to the Inspector General’s report? You lot promised me arrests, convictions, gaol time for Democrat evildoers! But nothing.

    Monty, I was thinking of you when I was half-watching Deck The Halls (Danny Devito), only difference being you and one of your leftist virtue-signaling neighbours were trying to outdo each other by decorating your houses with ever-more numerous Aborigines, lesbians, single mothers and refugee midgets.

    CL, I thought of you exactly zero times over Christmas. Thankfully there were no painfully stereotypical Racist Old Uncles at our do to remind me of you.

  34. Anne

    Anonymous 12/26/18 (Wed) 14:36:50 ID 24cc88 No. 4475835

    For arrests to happen we need:

    1. Country shutdown – ✔️
    2. Q said Trump would be safe out of the country – ✔️
    3. Stage set – ✔️
    4. EO’s in place – ✔️
    5. GITMO ready – ✔️
    6. SC – ✔️
    7. Senate – ✔️
    8. Digital army in place – ✔️

    WWG1WGA

  35. Muddy

    Monty,
    Normally I imagine you as an incontinent, crack-addicted ferret who sticks voodoo pins in a limp carrot and softly strokes a rusty cheese grater called Nigel.

    That’s it.
    As you were.

  36. He fights.

    He doesn’t actually. Tweeting is not fighting.

    Pelosi is already treating him like a tantruming two-year-old.

    Pelosi mocked the shifting message from the White House about whether Trump wanted a “wall,” a fence or some other structure.

    “First of all, the fact … that he says, ‘We’re going to build a wall with cement, and Mexico’s going to pay for it’ while he’s already backed off of the cement – now he’s down to, I think, a beaded curtain or something, I’m not sure where he is,” Pelosi said.

    Nancy smash!

  37. Bruce of Newcastle

    “Before tax” is normally taken to mean before tax is applied (be it tax levied or refunded). That is, around 8% for NAB.

    Leigh – The ATO adds the franking credit to your pretax income. You never actually had that money, but the ATO regards that you did.

    Then they work out the tax you are required to pay on your grossed up income.

    And then they deduct the franking credit from that amount of tax. You then pay any tax in excess, or (until Shorten comes along) you get a refund for the excess tax that the company paid on your behalf.

    So it is exactly as if the dividend was 1/0.7 times bigger – unless you a have combination of more franked shares and less other income to let you take advantage of the franking credits in Shorten’s enlightened tax gouging utopia. I currently am in that situation, so I’m looking to buy some more shares to up my tax rate, which also ups my income and ups my overall risk level. Hence the NAB shares I bought on Christmas eve. I wish I’d bought more, but you never can tell when the dead cat will bounce.

    (This only applies to Aussie individual PAYG taxpayers. I don’t know enough about company tax or superannuation tax to know what happens with them. OS investors don’t pay tax here so they can’t use the franking credits.)

  38. WWG1WGA

    Wasn’t there supposed to be mass arrests on December 5? Oh well.

    Q is turning out all Charles Mansony.

  39. mh

    While Trump was in Iraq at Christmas meeting the troops with wife Melania, Matt Drudge had a night time pic of the White House with the headline Alone.

  40. Confused Old Misfit

    Visits to Overseas service personnel during the Christmas season:
    Clinton:
    Bosnia-Herzegovina Sarajevo, Tuzla Met with the Bosnian Collective Presidency and with Bosnian Serb President Plavsic; visited U.S. military personnel. December 22, 1997
    G.H.W. Bush:
    Somalia Mogadishu, Baidoa, Baledogle Visited international relief workers and U.S. military personnel. December 31, 1992–January 2, 1993
    Donald J. Trump:
    Visited U.S. military personnel. December 26 2018 Closer to Christmas than ony other modern era president in the last 35 or so years.

  41. Leigh Lowe

    Bruce.
    I fully understand financial and taxation nomenclature.

  42. candy

    The Dow surging and best retail sales figures for the holiday Christmas season for 6 years, higher employment figures for minorities. And troops finally being pulled out and rationalisation of which conflicts to be involved in.

    Very sad news for the Dems, it seems. The shut down seems the worrisome issue. The Dems will push that to the limit. Very challenging for Trump. I don’t understand the mechanics of it, I think to Australians it seems very troubling.

  43. Bruce of Newcastle

    Pelosi is already treating him like a tantruming two-year-old.

    That would be the same Pelosi who as Speaker inflicted melting cornstarch spoons upon Congressional staffers in the House cafeteria? Or the one who has constant brain freezes?

  44. mh

    Monty is in fantasy land like Hillary. But then they are both on meds.

    2020 VISION? Hillary Christmas message includes photo from White House

    http://www.theamericanmirror.com/2020-vision-hillary-christmas-message-includes-photo-from-white-house/

  45. dover_beach

    Not everyone gets past the rules stage.

    Not everyone even gets to the rules stage. The rules stage is absolutely necessary. Rules provide a means of talking about and evaluating conduct. But these rules need to be internalized by habituation and thereby to the development of virtue.

  46. calli

    Visited U.S. military personnel. December 26 2018 Closer to Christmas than ony other modern era president in the last 35 or so years.

    Surely not! He was all alone in the White House. The News said so, so it must be true!

    These people.

  47. Nick

    Fancy Trump wanting to build the wall he campaigned to create. You just know that if he doesn’t build a wall, the first people raising it as an issue would be the same Leftists!

  48. dover_beach

    Wasn’t there supposed to be mass arrests on December 5? Oh well.

    This is coming from the fantasist that is still eagerly awaiting Muellerween 2016.

  49. dover_beach

    Film-makers now depicting historical figures as homosexuals just to brainwash people.

    This has been happening for at least a decade. I laughed out load when they had the ging assassin in The Borgias engage in a homosexual tryst.

  50. dover_beach

    Sorry, Muellerween 2017.

  51. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bruce.
    I fully understand financial and taxation nomenclature.

    I am very bad on financial and taxation nomenclature.
    I have the same problem with sciency terminology.
    Give me data and a graph or two any day.
    Words I have problems with.
    Spreadsheets are ace.

  52. Oh come on

    Wasn’t there supposed to be mass arrests on December 5? Oh well.

    Wasn’t there supposed to be a Muellerween? A Muellermas? Multiple Mueller crescendos? Oh well.

    m0nty you are on super-thin ice when you crow about this shit. I don’t know why you continue to comment about the Mueller investigation here. Your track record of analysis has proven to be a faultless counter-indicator of what actually transpires.

  53. Roger

    The old Australia still lives outside the cities:

    A woman in Oakey, QLD put on a free Boxing Day lunch for truckies beside the Warrego Hwy.

    “…only condition that you have no allergies cause (sic) there is absolutely nothing gluten free, nut free or fat free or seafood free with this lunch” she told reporters.

    Local TV news showed truckies expressing their surprise and thanks.

  54. max

    What are the advantages of buying shares in, say NAB or Qantas or BHP, as opposed to investing in an ETF ?

  55. OCO:

    m0nty you are on super-thin ice when you crow about this shit.

    Monty lives on thin ice.
    He’s our Danger Man.
    Livin’ on the edge…

  56. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    staright outa wolflandia

    A motley crew of “lone wolves”, including two street vendors, a plumber and a carpenter, hunted backpackers to kill in the Moroccan mountains.

  57. Your track record of analysis has proven to be a faultless counter-indicator of what actually transpires.

    I nailed every prediction about the midterms.

  58. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Q is turning out all Charles Mansony.

    what kind of moron reads Qanon crap? oh wait….

  59. Oh come on

    I nailed every prediction about the midterms

    …except we aren’t talking about that. We’re talking about your deranged commentary on the Mueller investigation.

    (Besides, GOP keeps Senate, Dems take HoR was always the most likely result.)

  60. Bruce of Newcastle

    What are the advantages of buying shares in, say NAB or Qantas or BHP, as opposed to investing in an ETF ?

    ETFs are vulnerable to fads. The traders are trying to maximize their salaries and bonuses, so they will tend to follow the crowd. They also tend to use software.

    ‘Algos’ are very good at short term directional trading. JC uses such software very well. The problem is that when it all goes tits up the software goes tits up too. In the big-swings environment we’re in now ETFs and automated trading are a big risk. It is even worse if the ETF is leveraged.

    My view with algos is they have no patience. They operate on a microsecond timeframe. They are hopeless at long term decadal trends and fundamentals. Humans still have the edge on that timeframe – like Warren Buffet.

    An example today is this article in the Oz:

    Lithium miners’ ups and downs

    It was a year of milestones for Australia’s lithium companies, but for their shareholders it’s been nothing but misery.

    I don’t know what else it says as it is paywalled. But I resolved a while ago not to touch lithium miners with even a radiation-proof glove. They were a fad based on the climate scam. Then the explorers found oodles of lithium all over WA. The state seems to float on the stuff there’s so much of it. So anyone who bought into the fad has probably been burned. As will the graphite, cobalt and REE plays which also rely in the climate scam.

    NAB is good, as the other banks are also, because banks are where the money is.
    Qantas is good because their profit is based on the oil price and the oil price is low because Trump.
    BHP is good because they find and mine monster orebodies for stuff we all must use, like copper.

    Which is not to say they won’t faceplant. Humans are good at faceplanting.

  61. max

    Thanks, Bruce. I asked because your previous comment about company dividends seemed important when comparing the two.

    An ETF does not pay a quarterly dividend as I understand.

  62. egg_

    I nailed every prediction about the midterms.

    Uh-oh, the parallel Clown Universe is taking hold.

  63. stackja

    219 Makin to Chifley
    Cablegram 835 WASHINGTON, 27 June 1947, 7.18 p.m.
    TOP SECRET AND PERSONAL
    My telegram 400.
    1. Recently a meeting was called by the State Department at which Political and Service Representatives were requested to attend.
    The following were present at the Meeting
    Mr. Alfred Stirling, Minister
    General J. A. Chapman, Head of Military Mission
    Captain S.H.K. Spurgeon, Naval Attache
    (Group Captain M.O. Watson, Air Attache, was absent sick)
    United States-Mr Arthur Richards, British Commonwealth Division
    Mr Robert Margrave, Military Liaison Officer and Officer
    responsible for Munition questions at State Department.
    2. Although Richards had been unable to give any details of the discussions, he had mentioned over the telephone that it concerned the policy of the release of United States Military or Defence information to Australia. The Service Representatives were aware that the United States had been developing a New Policy since December last, and in view of delicate negotiations that had already been in progress, a Meeting of the Australian Representatives was held in the Chancery prior to going on to the State Department.

  64. egg_

    Apple Isle’s wicked war on wildlife

    Green Brown is molesting gerbils?

  65. stackja

    My accountant recommended a finance planner. My finance plan investments are varied. I get a payment every month.

  66. egg_

    Those in the largely pointless jobs secretly resent teachers or even auto workers, who actually get to do something useful

    Sounds like a bad case of projection.

  67. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #2892718, posted on December 27, 2018 at 10:21 am
    You people still believe in Trump? At your mental age of seven, that’s a bit marginal.

    Would that be the same mental age as someone who wishes all Boomers, including his own parents, would die?

  68. egg_

    Fancy Trump wanting to build the wall he campaigned to create. You just know that if he doesn’t build a wall, the first people raising it as an issue would be the same Leftists!

    Can we build a wall around the Leftists?
    Tissue paper would suffice.

  69. C.L.

    Monty is the King of Err, the Duke of Bungle, the Ayatollah of Wrong-in-Rolla.

  70. egg_

    Hillary Christmas message includes photo from White House

    Looks like there’s and old bat loose in the belfry.

  71. Bruce of Newcastle

    An ETF does not pay a quarterly dividend as I understand.

    Big ASX companies only pay out every six months, which can be difficult if you are relying on the dividends. You can choose companies with differing cycles however. For example CBA pays their dividends in March and September whereas ANZ pays in July and December.

  72. C.L.

    Re Trump’s Iraq visit, CNN calls for enthusiastic troops to be court-marshalled

  73. egg_

    The shut down seems the worrisome issue.

    Bullsh1t jerbs?

  74. Gab

    Monty is the King of Err, the Duke of Bungle, the Ayatollah of Wrong-in-Rolla.

    and Rake Master of the 10th dan.

  75. egg_

    Do you like not having toilet paper M0nty?

    M0nster is looking forward to Chihuahuas on toast.

  76. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #2892747, posted on December 27, 2018 at 11:04 am
    At American Thinker: Are the Investigations the Cover-Up?

    This piece raises an interesting point: whatever happened to the Inspector General’s report? You lot promised me arrests, convictions, gaol time for Democrat evildoers! But nothing.

    You predicted Trump would be impeached before he was even inaugurated. Almost two years later???

  77. egg_

    M0nster just wants Sarah Huckabee Sanders to do him in a gimp outfit.

  78. Bruce of Newcastle

    Late Christmas present from a Mr Windschuttle…my dead tree Quadrant has arrived.
    Lizzie features!

  79. JC

    Good summary, Bruce.

    Giving it some more thought, I don’t think the rate rise was wrong. Ultimately 25 basis points doesn’t matter and in any event the US economy is chugging along nicely. What does matter though is the Fed signaling and Powell is just fucking hopeless at it.

  80. John Constantine

    “In any of these scenarios, what is vexing for friends of Britain is the spectacle of a country losing not only its focus, but also its influence. Voices within the British government and the foreign policy community in London lament this turn of events and the accompanying level of frustration. It’s likely that whatever the outcome, the United Kingdom simply does not have unlimited capacity to address the technical and political requirements of this crisis and yet continue its traditional engagement in world affairs. We shouldn’t expect a lot of energy for debates on the future of foreign relations with China, or on specific problems from Venezuela to Korea to Afghanistan.

    In a way, the most important part of what’s happening because of Brexit is what’s not happening because of Brexit. The opportunity cost is huge. Only with time will it become clear what the absence of the United Kingdom’s talents, interests and clout in the global arena – during this dynamic period of global political, economic and technological change – will mean over the long term. Undoubtedly, new actors will drive solutions to global diplomatic and military issues, and we may see clever initiatives and new thinking. Sadly, one must fear that without full British attention, what materializes may not be as good as it could be with full British attention. And we’ll all be the poorer for it.”

    https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/opportunity-cost-brexit-drama?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article

    Basically, the transnationalists want the remnants of the Anglosphere to submit to transnationalism and throw their dying gasping strength into progressing transnational Tyrannical socialism, English taxes paying for the european union to buy the rope to hang England.

    Much like their australian left demand that stale pale rural australian pensioners volunteer to provide ratefunding and support and services to welfare voteherd plantations that are dispersed into rural host communities.

    Not only is the anglosphere to be wiped from the face of the earth, but it is required to keep the ovens clean and functioning as the racist Nazi anglos are incinerated into the forgettery.

  81. JC

    ETFs do pay dividends. Check out IHD. I’ve been buying a load for my mother’s account through the year. The stock is down from where I bought it on average but the div are 4 times a year at around 5%.

  82. John Constantine

    The Brexit report above reveals the stabby mcstabbyface bishop mentality.

    We have signed so many suicidal transnational conventions that australia is doomed, but that willingness to unswervingly self-immolate gives us a voice, where our elites can reach their skeletal hands out from their graves to leave edifaces in transnational treatydom to their memories.

    Self-immolation Is Our Strength.

    Comrades.

  83. C.L.

    If you want to arrest a plane geek, forget about drone-lovers.
    This bloke tracked and posted the real-time flight path of Air Force One en route to a war zone.

  84. Woolfe

    VAS pay dividends quarterly, 4-5% pa.

  85. calli

    Is Sultan of Slop too harsh?

    No. I didn’t think so either.

  86. A Lurker

    Thinking of buying some shares and precious metals.

    Trying to find a balance between solid and conservative, good dividends and value for money.

    New to this venture so any tips would be appreciated.

  87. C.L.

    Julia Banks, neurotic nutcase:

    ‘There was bullying, people were afraid’
    DECEMBER 27, 2018

    Julia Banks says she was “devastated” when Scott Morrison emerged victorious from August’s leadership spill.

    Ms Banks quit the Libs last month to sit on the crossbench as an independent, plunging Scott Morrison further into minority government.

    The member for Chisholm cited the leadership coup against former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull as the main reason for her defection as well as alleged bullying within the party.

    In an interview with the Australian Women’s Weekly, Ms Banks said knew she couldn’t stay with the Coalition when the party line moved to the right.

    “I spoke up many times and particularly on programs about women I’d get the eye roll from the right-wing reactionary group.” she said.

    Ms Banks said the messy leadership coup, which intended to deliver the top job to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, was driven by former PM Tony Abbott’s camp.

    “It was all driven from Tony Abbott’s opposition,” says Julia. “Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton, Greg Hunt — that whole program to knife Malcolm was driven by and led by them.”

    Ms Banks said the bullying that went on during the coup made people fearful.

    “I said no, I’m voting for Julie in the first round, and then I had people sent to me and phone calls, trying to move my vote.”

    “The thing that happens with bullying is people were afraid. They started becoming really concerned that Peter Dutton was seriously going to win. Men and women were being harassed and bullied.”

    “If it wasn’t going to be Malcolm it had to be Julie. She’s 20 years in the parliament, lauded as the best foreign minister in the world, communication skills of a genius, and a woman. Seriously, a true Liberal and we knew Julie Bishop was Labor’s worst nightmare. I thought if it loses by one vote and it’s Peter Dutton then I’ll quit straight away.”

    Ms Banks said when Mr Morrison became PM she was shocked.

    “I felt devastated.” she said.

    Ms Banks said when she spoke publicly of bullying within the party she was painted as hysterical.

    [FANCY THAT! – CL]

    “I’ve seen it in the business world, where the woman is either a liar or she made it up or she’s doing it for publicity or notoriety. She’s emotional or she’s overemotional,” she said.

    Ms Banks described Mr Morrison as a traditional man and said the party still largely viewed women as caregivers.

    “I think John Howard is his mentor and it was only two years ago, the week before my maiden speech, I remember when John Howard said, we will never get to 50-50 representation in politics because women focus on their caring responsibilities. … I think that view is quite entrenched.”

    “Most of the men in the Liberal Party, their wives don’t work. They’re at home with the kids. Now I don’t have an issue with stay-at-home mums but I do in the sense that I believe all women should be, if not at some period in their life, they should ensure their financial independence … and not to be dependent on anyone.”

    So there you have it. She was panicked to illness by eye-rolls, phone calls and visits to her office and she believes stay-at-home mothers are worthless prostitutes.

  88. struth

    Eye rolling right wingers are bullies, yet death threatening left winger twitter trolls are “offended”

    It’s well past the time for the gloves to come off against the side of politics whose dribbling retards can’t work out that there are only two sexes.

    Enough.

    Ms Banks said the bullying that went on during the coup made people fearful.

    I’ve seen it in the business world, where the woman is either a liar or she made it up or she’s doing it for publicity or notoriety. She’s emotional or she’s overemotional,” she said.

    Stupid Greek bitch, that’s called an own goal.

  89. Julia Banks is a major part of what is wrong with centre right parties. A middling intellect saturated in liberal pieties that have exercized the emotions wrongly.

  90. gingerbeer

    Re the tower in Homebush – a precast panel between columns sounds like a shear wall. Possible that they didn’t allow correctly for the long term creep shortening of the columns and load is ending up somewhere that it shouldn’t. Doesn’t sound particularly threatening to the overall structural stability, but what a PR nightmare !

  91. H B Bear

    Banks needs a Bex and a good lie down.

  92. old bloke

    Muddy
    #2892541, posted on December 26, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Interesting. Thanks Old Bloke.

    You’re welcome Muddy. Checking back, I found I overstated the number of cavalrymen escorts the Parthians provided to the Chinese Ambassador. It was 20,000, not the 200,000 I mentioned (link here).

    For the military minded Cats here assembled, I found this interesting video description of the first Roman / Parthian war (link here). There were three major Roman / Parthian wars, the Romans were soundly beaten on every occasion.

    One of the major reasons that the West is going down the gurgler, we don’t know the stories of our fathers.

  93. Infidel Tiger

    Wow. That Julia Banks is a complete fruit loop.

    I hope she never procreated or at least had minimal contact with her kids.

  94. Tel

    Wow. That Julia Banks is a complete fruit loop.

    Na, she’s making a calculated play, deploying the helpless fragile female card and the strong successful woman card at the same time. People keep falling for it *shrug*.

  95. bespoke

    Total of 2018 Condemnations adopted at UN General Assembly:
    🇮🇱 Israel 21
    🇮🇷 Iran 1
    🇸🇾 Syria 1
    🇰🇵 North Korea 1
    🇷🇺 Russia 1
    🇲🇲 Myanmar 1
    🇺🇸 US 1
    🇩🇿 Algeria 0
    🇨🇳 China 0
    🏴‍☠️ Hamas 0
    🇮🇶 Iraq 0
    🇵🇰 Pakistan 0
    🇶🇦 Qatar 0
    🇸🇦 Saudi 0
    🇸🇴 Somalia 0
    🇹🇷 Turkey 0
    🇻🇪 Venezuela 0
    🇿🇼 Zimbabwe 0
    — Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) December 26, 2018

  96. Crossie

    2020 VISION? Hillary Christmas message includes photo from White House

    Even if she were to win the election she would not be in the White House unti 20th January 2021.

  97. Crossie

    “It was all driven from Tony Abbott’s opposition,” says Julia. “Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton, Greg Hunt — that whole program to knife Malcolm was driven by and led by them.”

    She had that right, Tony Abbot was/is the real Opposition in parliament since the rest of the coalition is on the same page as Shorten and Labor. They are only arguing about the placement of a comma.

  98. Roger

    Wow. That Julia Banks is a complete fruit loop.

    Don’t give the perfidious ingrate an excuse.

  99. Crossie

    “If it wasn’t going to be Malcolm it had to be Julie. She’s 20 years in the parliament, lauded as the best foreign minister in the world, communication skills of a genius, and a woman. Seriously, a true Liberal and we knew Julie Bishop was Labor’s worst nightmare. I thought if it loses by one vote and it’s Peter Dutton then I’ll quit straight away.”

    All I can do is laugh or I would cry thinking how much harm that high heels wearing genius did to Australia.

  100. John Constantine

    If Bishop has communication skills, why have grey never been used to explain to the proles why Australia must cease to exist as a nation and pay to establish colonies in its cities from superior dominant cultures?.

    Why did we unswervingly comply with our genocide, Julie?.

    Comrade?.

  101. Notafan

    Abu Dhabi and their Sheik Zayed quotes- it’s his year apparently.

    “A nation without a past does not have a present or a future.”

    Is that supposed to be incredibly insightful?

    As though nations have always existed.

  102. struth

    A nation without a past does not have a present or a future.”

    Sand Monkey intellect.

  103. Notafan

    Got wished happy holidays at the end of my flight.

    Do the can’t say Christmas dummies know holidays are Holy Days?

    Incidentally Abu Dhabi airport has lots of Christmas decorations, all the same.

  104. Entropy

    The types that wish people “Happy Holidays” can’t seem to fathom why those that take the various religious festivals seriously get offended. After all, they are trying to not give offence by being inclusive.

  105. Boambee John

    Via Instapundit

    21ST CENTURY POLITICS: An apology from the Internet billionaire who funded a Russia-inspired disinformation campaign to support Democrats in the Alabama Senate race.

    This is the kind of electoral malfeasance that the fascist (or is it communist) m0nty supports.

    No condemnations from m0nty about actual voter suppression, disinformation (not simply misinformation), or campaign finance violations from the Demorats, only unproven alkegations about the Repubs.

  106. candy

    Imagine going through life frightened of an eyeroll. She would need strong mediation surely for anxiety that bad.

  107. World Health Orgnisation ‘Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe’ suggests that children 0-4 should be given information about masturbation and given the right to explore their gender identities”.

    On page 89 of the UNICEF published ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health Manual’ UNICEF listed situations in which one can obtain sexual pleasure that included sexual responses directed towards inanimate objects, animals, minors and non consenting persons“.

    https://youtu.be/KnSVaDt5C9E

  108. Steve trickler

    Trolling a Nigerian scammer. This is a masterclass on how to do it.

    This guy has skills to share.



  109. JC

    Eye rolling runs in wifeys family. Her countless sisters do it and so does our daughter. It’s genetic. Our kid is an expert both as to timing and the act itself. She both rolls and blinks at that same.

  110. Leigh Lowe

    ‘There was bullying, people were afraid’
    DECEMBER 27, 2018

    Julia Banks says she was “devastated” when Scott Morrison emerged victorious from August’s leadership spill.

    Ms Banks quit the Libs last month to sit on the crossbench as an independent, plunging Scott Morrison further into minority government.

    The member for Chisholm cited the leadership coup against former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull as the main reason for her defection as well as alleged bullying within the party.

    Translation …
    “The Trumble/Bishop camp offered me a shadow cabinet position after the next election.
    Trumble blew that up by calling the spill.
    I have had a career set-back and someone will pay.”

  111. Leigh Lowe

    Peter Siddle.
    Dropped catch.
    Vegan.

  112. Infidel Tiger

    The types that wish people “Happy Holidays” can’t seem to fathom why those that take the various religious festivals seriously get offended. After all, they are trying to not give offence by being inclusive.

    One day they may work out what a “Holiday” is.

  113. Infidel Tiger

    The dog box economy is rooted.

    This is a great end to the year.

    Families need houses and back gardens. Serfs live in vertical slums.

  114. John Constantine

    If we build a second trebuchet, we can have one full time flinging property developer landshark billionaires into volcanoes and the backup can operate flinging godless commo internet billionaires into the eruptions.

    Have a Big Fling on the Big Screen during change of innings at the Big Bash.

    That is the Big Australia closest to my heart

    Comrades.

  115. mh

    “World Health Orgnisation ‘Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe’ suggests that children 0-4 should be given information about masturbation and given the right to explore their gender identities”.

    On page 89 of the UNICEF published ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health Manual’ UNICEF listed situations in which one can obtain sexual pleasure that included sexual responses directed towards inanimate objects, animals, minors and non consenting persons“.

    The globalist elites are into p*dophilia – big time. This is the excuse to set up UNICEF:

    The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II

    HQ is New York, of course, on land donated by the Rockefellers.

  116. JC

    Artie

    Will you stop it with this backyard nonsense. Have two homes 🙂 Back yards cause terrible allergies.

  117. JC

    HQ is New York, of course,

    New York of course… like how expected? Agent Orange was conceived in NY and lived there all his life.

  118. Infidel Tiger

    If you grew up with a garden you wouldn’t get allergies.

  119. min

    To be devastated by someone winning whom you do not like is hardly rational thinking . Rational, in the psychological sense, would be disappointed , so low emotional intelligence. However I have found Mrs Banks ( see earlier post on Sincs post) knows how to manipulate to get her own way so a bit of hyperbole in how she was affected by the “trauma” of it all.
    She “hates” those on the right so why didn’t she join the Labor Party.? Perhaps she thought she could help Turnbull get rid of the Liberal Party .

  120. If you grew up with a garden you wouldn’t get allergies.

    Not always.
    I still have an allergy to ryegrass pollen. Lots of exposure.
    Nothing else gets to me at all.

  121. Senile Old Guy

    If you grew up with a garden you wouldn’t get allergies.

    I grew up with a garden and pets. I have bad allergies.

  122. struth

    She “hates” those on the right so why didn’t she join the Labor Party.? Perhaps she thought she could help Turnbull get rid of the Liberal Party .

    Career politician.

    Female.

    The party is not important.
    Making sure you don’t stand for anything that matters, just keep the peace.
    Right wingers get the noisy left burred up.
    Why would a career pollie want that?

  123. JC

    I did grow up with both a front, rear garden and the requisite veggie patch. I even mowed the lawn.

    I still suffer from allergies. This is interesting if true. A doc once told me your immune system resets every 7 years and has no memory.

  124. bespoke

    JC
    #2892913, posted on December 27, 2018 at 4:05 pm
    HQ is New York, of course,
    New York of course… like how expected? Agent Orange was conceived in NY and lived there all his life.

    Lame defence, deduct 200 points. 🙂

  125. JC

    No it’s not a lame defence at all. Sure, NY is overrun with leftwing idiots, but the few righties there are the best in the entire country. A NY attitude coupled with right wing thinking is unbeatable.

  126. mh

    JC, don’t bring Trump into the argument on p*dophile globalist bankers.

  127. Bruce of Newcastle

    If you grew up with a garden you wouldn’t get allergies.

    If you grew up with a garden you are more likely to get allergies to garden stuff.
    That is because when you get the flu the immune system latches onto whatever is around.

    Different people have different immunological responses of course.
    Recently I linked an article about CFS, which found an autoimmune cause – after an infection.

  128. JC

    Bruce

    That is because when you get the flu the immune system latches onto whatever is around.

    Explain that.

  129. Infidel Tiger

    If you grew up with a garden you are more likely to get allergies to garden stuff.
    That is because when you get the flu the immune system latches onto whatever is around.

    What horseshit.

  130. mh

    CH7 are really fvcking up the cricket coverage now. Going to the ‘touch screen’ for lessons on cricket in the middle of overs. Cocks.

  131. Bruce of Newcastle

    You must have a nice immune system Infi.
    I wasn’t writing theoretically.

  132. JC

    Not just horseshit, but grass and jasmine. Jasmine is shocker and should be banned.

    Everything else is in this fucked over country.

  133. struth

    A NY attitude coupled with right wing thinking is unbeatable.

    An American attitude coupled to right wing thinking is unbeatable.
    Hivis-estan right wingers shit themselves upon confrontation.
    Pathetic.
    I reckon Bolt has grow tired for sure.
    He gave it a good shot, but you see it even on this blog.
    The relentless attacks by right wing arm chair critics against the fighters like Trump and at one time Bolt means here, in Hivizestan,those fighters rightly figure, fuck it, I’ve done my bit, you deserve what you are gonna get.
    I mean they actually go out of their way to find something they don’t like and obsess about it.
    When Bolta was the only bloke on tele having a crack…………………………..oh no, he interrupts too much, or other small issues.
    Trump’s hair, speech, mannerisms…TDS as we have witnessed has not just been a left wing disorder.
    There is a real fear of winning with many on the right.
    But don’t they just love having a whinge?
    If they actually won, they might not have anything to whinge about.
    Can’t have that.
    Australia, what a shithole.
    That was me having a whinge about people having a whinge………………………….he he…………..

  134. Infidel Tiger

    People who have allergies, asthma etc are in fact badly bred.

    I would always be enquiring of these poor genetic markers prior to mating with someone. I know my genes would surely cure them but why mate with such a weak and enfeebled offering?

  135. JC

    Artie

    Don’t be disrespectful to the Bruce. He’s a smart fucker and we’re in short supply here currently.

  136. mh

    Australia dropping catches.

    Not good.

  137. Infidel Tiger

    Kohli, Pant and Sharma all dropped.

    Nah, they won’t cost us.

  138. Infidel Tiger

    Don’t be disrespectful to the Bruce. He’s a smart fucker and we’re in short supply here currently.

    Maybe he’s IYI?

  139. Knuckle Dragger

    If our Australian muppets could catch we’d be batting by now.

    Still a disaster of a pitch, as well.

  140. Stimpson J. Cat

    I’m allergic to Sane People talking absolute Sh$t.

    It’s literally everywhere these days.

    Was never that bad when I was a kid.

    Sad.

  141. struth

    Was never that bad when I was a kid.

    Where you a sane kid, Stimpson?

    When did insanity first rear it’s head (so to speak)?

  142. Bruce of Newcastle

    Scroll wheel is in the middle of the mouse Infi any time you want to use it.

  143. Infidel Tiger

    No way. I love your input.

  144. mh

    Stimpy, Cortez is just following the lead of Nancy Pelosi when she said to look for the spark of divinity in MS-13 gang members.
    Neither are worthy of public office.

  145. struth

    I’m allergic to cats.
    But I don’t think I’m missing out on much.
    You can still shoot them while not being effected.

  146. JC

    Artie

    As a kid I never had allergies. I got them when I was older – in my 40s. Every spring I end up having a cat scan on my lungs just to see if I’m dying from smoking related lung cancer or in fact it’s just an allergy. A couple of puffs and a few telfast cures all, but the allergies always come in a different format – hence the test.

    This year, a smoker pal in the US ended up with lung cancer from smoking. The fucker may make it because of a new treatment and they caught it early. This why I get an annual cat scan with contrast. If I ever get it I’m off to his clinic in NYC.

  147. Stimpson J. Cat

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    The only problem our economy has is the Fed. They don’t have a feel for the Market, they don’t understand necessary Trade Wars or Strong Dollars or even Democrat Shutdowns over Borders. The Fed is like a powerful golfer who can’t score because he has no touch – he can’t putt!

  148. will

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2892940, posted on December 27, 2018 at 4:38 pm
    Holy Sh$t This Is Epic.

    Chancey the Gardener has a rerun as a female person of colour. How progressive. Who knew Peter Sellers could successfully predict a future politician. I thought it was comedy satire when he came out with “Being There”.

  149. JC

    He’s totally 100% correct, Stimson. Powell has no sense of effective signaling!

  150. Infidel Tiger

    I guarantee you if ACO could run in 2020 she would win in a landslide.

    She’s tapped into the same zeitgeist Trump used.

  151. Oh come on

    I am on moderation at your blog, JC. Annoying!

  152. JC

    It would be a freaking riot if she ever became the prez. It would be like Pelosi and Maxine had a kid together.

  153. mh

    IT,
    Cortez thought that she could run in 2020 because she believed the restrictions only applied to men.

  154. Oh come on

    Hasn’t she been inaugurated in all three chambers of government? I’m pretty sure that means she can impeach Trump single-handedly as soon as she gets her first pay cheque and moves into her apartment.

  155. Infidel Tiger

    No she didn’t.

    That’s a lie perpetuated by ning nongs on twitter.

    The same idiocy that fuelled Trump is going to get propel that horse faced, big fitted wench to the big office.

  156. JC

    OCO

    That’s technically not my blog. It’s rones’ blog.
    Unfortunately we’ve decamped to the beach and will only be able to get it through when I get into town. You know, I’ve tried and tried to figure how to open the comments section, but still unable to.

    It’s had a giant readership spike of late too , so it’s getting more popular. 🙂

  157. Stimpson J. Cat

    She’s tapped into the same zeitgeist Trump used.

    She is the complete package.

    Let me know when the sites NPC moderators are capable of allowing human people to post.
    This is f®cking ridiculous.
    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Everyone!!!!

  158. Infidel Tiger

    One thing AOC and Trump share is a hatred of Washington and no clue as to the separation between the branches of government.

  159. Oh come on

    No she didn’t.

    She didn’t what? You’re saying she didn’t talk about how she would be inaugurated and about the chambers of government?

  160. Top Ender

    Speaking of the Romans etc, I’m trying to write a very simple 2000 word explanation of how infantry fought in formations, from the ancient Greeks through to the Romans through to the Middle Ages.

    Part of the problem is keeping it simple: not too complicated for your average punter, but sophisticated enough to be accurate.

    It sort of goes:

    – Greeks had round shields and in a ranked formation pushed forward
    – Romans had rectangular shields and threw spears; closed the enemy, and pushed and shoved and slashed
    – Medieval chaps had no shields, and heavy infantry assisted by light with skirmishers.

    The last is very much hazy though, as strangely enough the records are worse for 600 years ago than they are for 2000+

  161. Infidel Tiger

    She didn’t think she could run for President because she had a vag.

  162. Infidel Tiger

    2018 at 5:07 pm
    Opal Tower residents told to leave again

    Fantastic news.

    We must all pray it collapses.

  163. Oh come on

    no clue as to the separation between the branches of government.

    This isn’t really pre-requisite knowledge these days as the principle isn’t worth a damn.

  164. Confused Old Misfit

    Somewhere there is help for JC.

  165. Oh come on

    I think the National Library of Australia is preserving that blog, too. It has important historical significance. Like old money.

  166. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Late Christmas present from a Mr Windschuttle…my dead tree Quadrant has arrived.
    Lizzie features!

    Whoo hoo!! Published now four times in the dead tree with online access (The Woman Who Was Eddie Durack, My Fair Lady, Decoding King Arthur and I guess this next is The Husband Hunters) and two times online only (A Gentleman in Moscow, The Last Kingdom). ps – Anyone wanting more depth on The Last Kingdom should check out Joe Dolce’s excellent review of Cornwall’s oeuvre, in Quadrant recently.

    Six times all up! Thanks Cats for your patience in giving this Nervous Nellie a go here first, and to Quadrant for taking a punt on me. Johanna, one day I will even finish Ye Booke of Arthur.
    After that, how about a novel featuring a group of squabbling people on a website? 😀
    Or my take on the Cinderella tale? Every girl needs to know that one day a prince might arrive.

    And that reminds me. If they ever make Cinders into a trannie I’ll personally bust her corset. They’ve already done their best to take away Snow White’s awakening kiss as sexual harassment.

    Oh noes. What if they turn the prince into a Lezzo in another ‘Colette’ special?
    Wouldn’t put any of it past them.

  167. Herodotus

    Allergies, smallergies. I’ve lost count of the things that could have killed me as a kid (some might say should have) – and exposure to the big bad outdoors was all we had.

  168. JC

    Huge failing of mine, misfit.

  169. cohenite

    Don’t be disrespectful to the Bruce. He’s a smart fucker and we’re in short supply here currently.

    We’ll always have you.

    But seriously, you smoke. A seriously dumb habit. Give it up numbnuts.

  170. Confused Old Misfit

    Fear not JC. We all have them. 😉

  171. JC

    I’ve lost count of the things that could have killed me as a kid

    I can see that, Herod. Nature is good but it makes mistakes. It also tries to rectify those mistakes.

  172. JC

    Cronkite

    No. It’s a great habit and if you weren’t such a ladyboy and smoked you’d know what I mean. I tried vaping, which could be okay, but I suffered from what I call an exploding head after a few puffs. I don’t have the same feeling with regular smokes. Anyway I aspirationally have one a day, which turns out to be three or four. It could end up killing me, but I won’t die miserable and unhappy.

  173. cohenite

    If you smoke you’ll die miserable. My son diagnoses the poor bastards.

  174. Knuckle Dragger

    Injuns declared.

    Aussies must face 7 overs before stumps.

    This may not end well.

  175. calli

    After that, how about a novel featuring a group of squabbling people on a website?

    The Appendices must include:

    Thermomix recipes
    Handy household hints
    Mankini patterns

  176. mh

    JC
    #2892976, posted on December 27, 2018 at 5:08 pm
    Mh

    Here

    https://roneryzulu.wordpress.com

    Not sure why you directed me there, but I had a look. Not my type of blog.

  177. Tintarella di Luna

    The Appendices must include:

    Thermomix recipes
    Handy household hints
    Mankini patterns

    calli I’m ready to assist

  178. vlad

    Penny Cook has died aged 61.

  179. Tintarella di Luna

    Late Christmas present from a Mr Windschuttle…my dead tree Quadrant has arrived.
    Lizzie features!

    Congratulations Lizzie

  180. Tintarella di Luna

    Penny Cook has died aged 61.

    So young, very sad. RIP

  181. JC

    Cronkite

    He’s a doc, I presume. An Australian one too, which makes him a nurse in American medical standards. What would he know?
    Three is not going to kill me and if I do end up with lung cancer then so be it. Long life is not what it’s cracked up to be. My mother is going on 95, never would have had a cig filter in her lips, nor drank as much as half a glass of beer in her life. She’s a mess because she had a terrible fall.

  182. JC

    Mh

    Then don’t go there. You asked and I responded, so don’t snark.

  183. JC

    I just got a new ipad from Xmas. How do you enable spell check in the comment box at the cat like I used to have on the old one. That’s the red underline. Must admit, the keyboard on these new ones are fabulous.

  184. mh

    Mh

    Then don’t go there. You asked and I responded, so don’t snark.

    Ok, prove I asked. GO!

  185. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’m trying to write a very simple 2000 word explanation of how infantry fought in formations

    Greeks had money for bronze.
    Romans had more money for steel.
    Mediaevals had steel down pat.
    Then firearms were invented to poke holes through plate armour, whereupon armour was discarded.

    Infantry was all about projectiles vs armour, how effective vs how heavy. Xenophon’s Anabasis is fun for the scene where about a million Persians surround 10,000 Greeks and dare not fight them. The Greeks were the Abrams of 400 BC. All because they could afford the bronze and iron for their armour.

    Plus a bit of training too. 😀

  186. JC

    Oh it was bespoke who asked. My error. Still, no reason to snark, as you could have just pointed out it wasn’t you asking, seeing it was obvious to anyone with a 76 iq my comment was a response.

  187. cohenite

    He’s a doc, I presume. An Australian one too, which makes him a nurse in American medical standards. What would he know?

    You’re right, keep smoking.

  188. Confused Old Misfit

    It seems the skeptical viewpoint must continue to fight.

    Here are just a few examples of major electric utilities gripped by green mania:

    Alliant Energy (LNT) plans to reduce carbon (dioxide) emissions by 40% in 2030 and 80% in 2050. These are increasingly popular targets, pushed originally by the Obama Administration and the Sierra Club.

    Ameren (AEE) matches this with an expensive plan to cut harmless emissions by 35% in 2030, 50% in 2040 and 80% in 2050.

    DTE Energy (DTE) aggressively promises “steady retirement of all our coal plants” plus a 30% cut in harmless CO2 emissions by the early 2020s, 45% in 2030, 75% in 2040 and 80% or more in 2050.

    MidAmerican Energy (part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy) tops the list with a goal of 100% renewables, mostly from wind. What they do when the wind fails to blow the required 20 to 30 mph, which is more often than not, they do not say. This is a clear case of what I call 100% renewable deception.

    Shell Announces Major Pivot To Green Energy

  189. mh

    Sorry to snark, JC. I can see you have put a lot of work into that site.

  190. Leigh Lowe

    JC

    #2892909, posted on December 27, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Artie

    Will you stop it with this backyard nonsense. Have two homes  Back yards cause terrible allergies.

    A window box with a bonsai elm in NYC is not a backyard, OK.

  191. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Tasmania fires: Drone pilot could face five years imprisonment

    Matthew Denholm
    TASMANIA CORRESPONDENT
    @MatthewRDenholm
    2 hours ago December 27, 2018

    A 37-year-old drone pilot whose alleged actions grounded seven firefighting helicopters in southern Tasmania on Christmas Day could face up to five years imprisonment.

    Tasmania Police today said it had interviewed a drone pilot from the Hobart suburb of Howrah, and were forwarding witness statements to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

    If CASA decides to investigate, any finding that aircraft safety was jeopardised could result in a prosecution for offences carrying a maximum jail term of five years.

    “Tasmania Police has interviewed the … drone pilot … who has been fully co-operative with police following an incident involving a drone on Bruny Island on Christmas Day,” a police statement said.

    “Police are currently obtaining witness statements and will then forward on to the CASA. CASA is the regulatory body for drones and will determine what or whether further action is required in relation to this incident.”

    A CASA spokesman said once the authority had received all the information from Tasmania Police it would assess it to determine whether an investigation was warranted.

    “Depending on the outcome of any investigation, we may then determine any penalties to be applied, if that is the outcome,” he said.

    Fines for offences relating to drone misuse ranged from about $1,000 to almost $10,000, while a successful prosecution for use of a drone in a manner that endangers the safety of an aircraft can attract a jail term of up to five years.

    The waterbombing and water-spraying helicopters were deployed on Christmas Day to try to control a bushfire that caused mass evacuations on southern Bruny Island, south of Hobart.

    From the Oz.

  192. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Top Ender, I expect you will be dealing with the Testudo formation. Cornwall in his books on the ninth century Alfred the Great makes much of it (or at least the TV version does).

    I think the Medieval stuff becomes very complicated because of the extent of ‘turncoat’ activity. Also with knightly rules of engagement; knights vs knights etc. Armies became extraordinarily stratified and not all that unified. In possible turncoat situations, people hung around a lot to see what would happen. That occurred too of course with the Goths within the Byzantine armies when they fought other Goths, so it is hardly new.

  193. Top Ender

    Infantry was all about projectiles vs armour, how effective vs how heavy…

    Interesting how the longbow was sort of made redundant by really good plate armour, except it sort of wasn’t. And if the bowmen were present cavalry wasn’t that useful, except when it was – sudden charges from ambush in the right places, and in the rout.

    Having a big argument with a mate over the latter; the rout, where soldiers fleeing from the battle were pursued and cut down:

    But why must it have been the case that a soldier would have deprived himself of everything? A sword does not weigh much – two to three kilograms perhaps for most – and it is a most effective means of defence: it does not need reloading, and in the hands of a trained user it can be used to defend oneself against an attacking horseman. Some men armed with bows and bills amongst the retreating soldiers might also have retained their weapons to use. Of course, others would have panicked, and flung down everything, and made off as fast as they could.

  194. JC

    Cronkers

    On a serious note. He’s a lung specialist? Ask him this for me because docs I’ve asked don’t ever have a good straight forward answer.

    Smoker goes from age 45 on from a pack a day to 6 per day. A decade later smoker goes to 1 to 3 , but when overseas goes back to half a pack ,then goes back down to three per day on return. Can he quantify the risk?

  195. Top Ender

    Yes Lizzie, but the testudo was more defensive than anything from what I gather.

    Nice and protective but not so good against highly mobile spearmen and bowmen who would attack you from behind or the flanks if they could.

  196. Leigh Lowe

    Smoker goes from age 45 on from a pack a day to 6 per day. A decade later smoker goes to 1 to 3 , but when overseas goes back to half a pack ,then goes back down to three per day on return. Can he quantify the risk?

    I’ve done the sums.
    Dead by Australia Day.
    Pass it on to whoever it is.

  197. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The Appendices must include:
    Thermomix recipes
    Handy household hints
    Mankini patterns

    The full horrors of the pineapple on pizza debacle will of course be carefully dramatized in the text.

  198. JC

    Leigh

    If you want green crap there’s Central Park, which is pretty decent. Also, it’s really surprising how green it gets just out of NYC. Just take the Sawmill expressway and you’re in a freaking forest just after Yonkers. Up to your ears. Also, jersey is pretty lush too very close to NYC.

    The freaking north east is actually a forest when you look down with towns and cities cut out.

  199. Nelson Kidd-Players

    How many mankini patterns do you have, Tinta?

  200. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Halberds, hooks on pikes, were apparently great for pulling knights and other cavalry off their mounts. As encouraged here. (An excuse to replay for any newbies one of my fave Irish warrior toons).

  201. JC

    An observation, the North East of the US would have to be the largest forest complex in the world and I would hunch it’s even bigger than the Amazon.

  202. JC

    The forest area of Russia alone is the size of the entire continent of Australia!

    That was on a google search. I’m calling this bullshit because the trees in Siberia are basically twigs in comparison. 70 year old trees there have trunks not much larger than the circle you make with a thumb and index finger.

  203. Leigh Lowe

    JC

    #2893028, posted on December 27, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    An observation, the North East of the US would have to be the largest forest complex in the world and I would hunch it’s even bigger than the Amazon.

    It is magnificent.
    And the lesson for greenies is that, in the dense verdant forests there are the remnants of stone walls and chimneys. Large tracts of it were cleared farmland about a century ago … a blink of an eye in ecological terms to fully recover to dense forest.

  204. John Constantine

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrRPH4gpKw0

    Trump takes the axe to fake news, Punisher tribute style.

  205. Bruce of Newcastle

    Tercios are a good example. Initially firearms are slow to load and very inaccurate. So you have to keep the cavalry off, as they’d run you over whilst loading. And keep off the armoured infantry who were still fast enough to attack you after a volley or two.

    So mix pikemen to hold off cavalry with armoured swordsmen to keep off infantry, and add arquebusiers to blow them all away when they finally get around to loading up their cumbersome firearms.

    Tercios were very slow, but like WW1 tanks that was ok so long as they were tough enough defensively.

    Once firearms were better and faster it wasn’t worth the cost of manufacturing very expensive armour anymore.

  206. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Large tracts of it were cleared farmland about a century ago … a blink of an eye in ecological terms to fully recover to dense forest.

    Personally, I prefer the vistas of open farmland to the overplanted paddocks of bushfires-to-be we find farmers are compelled to produce these days under green edicts. Greens know diddley-squat about the environment. Burned out National Parks declared by greenies never to recover for 100 years are strong and healthy again within ten years. All habitats can recover over time. Depends what you want. I like vistas, especially towards sea, across rivers or around Sydney harbor. Disclaimer: I might have a vested interest in the latter but the point still stands; views are great for everyone’s enjoyment. Who wants to feel hemmed in by trees all the time?

  207. old bloke

    JC
    #2893032, posted on December 27, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    70 year old trees there have trunks not much larger than the circle you make with a thumb and index finger.

    The giant tingle trees in south-west WA most likely have the largest girth of any Australian native trees.

  208. Tel

    Greeks had money for bronze.

    The Greeks traded tin and copper to make money. For a while bronze literally was money (although gold and silver have always been attractive, bronze was the go to exchange item). The Greeks were great sailors and explorers.

    Romans had more money for steel.

    No, the Romans were in a position where if they wanted bronze they would have to buy tin and copper but iron they could make themselves. They put effort into improving the metallurgy of the day in order to AVOID paying for bronze (they also invaded England in search of more metal, and imvaded everywhere else but by that time no one was interested in bronze any more).

  209. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    In the sin bin for saying Greens know diddley-squat about the environment.
    A forbidden term? Or is it due to something else I said?
    Time will tell, sorry Sinc for giving you extra work.

  210. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’m calling this bullshit because the trees in Siberia are basically twigs in comparison. 70 year old trees there have trunks not much larger than the circle you make with a thumb and index finger.

    Too cold to grow most of the year. I often think that the reason Putin ignores the climateers is globule worming would turn a blisteringly cold wasteland the size of Australia into yummy territory he could use. What’s not to like?

  211. JC

    Leigh

    There was a Princeton study about a decade ago that said the North American
    continent is now redirected to the same extent as when whiteman arrived.

  212. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Greeks traded tin and copper to make money.

    Lavrion Ancient Silver Mines

    In 483 BCE the discovery of rich vein of silver in the vicinity of modern Ag. Konstantinos, otherwise known as Maronia, prompted large scale extraction and processing of the mineral by the Athenians.

    The wealth produced in the Lavrion mines was initially used at the insistence of Themistokles to construct a formidable navy of war triremes. Athens relied heavily on sea commerce for its wealth and on imports for food, so Themistokles argued that the navy would help Athens in it’s long standing rivalry with the island of Aegina, and in the ongoing war with the Persian empire.

    The rich vein that Athens found not long before Xerxes got his knickers in a twist is what saved Greece by making Salamis possible. It also helped pay for armour – which won the Battle of Marathon for the Greeks.

    Once they had a fleet Athens used it for trading rather than let it sit and decay.

  213. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Iron was always a great improvement on, bronze, Tel. It’s inherently much harder, also much easier to work and as you note, there is plenty of it in many localities. New forging methods improved it even more..

    I thought the Romans were more interested in British lead than iron, although they’d take anything of value they could find, mining extensively in the Lake District, and in Wales for British gold. We passed by a major industrial gold mine of the Roman times on our last trip through Wales; they flooded hills to collect alluvial gold at the bottom of them. What interested me especially about that site was that it had and ancient name that related to Arthur as Odin (drawing thus a direct connection between the Druid owner operators and the ancient belief system of the All Father Odin/Eiddyn). Controlling Druidic gold was one of the main reasons for Claudius’s invasion, causing the later Boudiccan rebellion against Rome. Rome also sought cereals from British lands, to feed the armies in Gaul. British copper and tin was mostly exhausted by the Bronze Age traders up from the Mediterranean. Bog iron was the poorer quality iron used a lot by the Britons.

  214. Oh come on

    Turns out Muellermas is a real thing after all!

    I really feel bad for these people. They’re so tragic. m0nty is super burnt that he didn’t get an invite to appear, I reckon.

    (H/t: Insty)

  215. egg_

    how about a novel featuring a group of squabbling people on a website?

    ‘Shut Up Little Man‘: A Viral Sensation Long Before The Internet Took Over

  216. egg_

    If they ever make Cinders into a trannie

  217. cohenite

    Can he quantify the risk?

    You first; tell me what shares are going to rise and by how much in 2 weeks time.

  218. Bruce of Newcastle

    I thought the Romans were more interested in British lead than iron, although they’d take anything of value they could find, mining extensively in the Lake District

    Again what the Romans were really after is silver, which occurs with lead ores. The lead smelter at Port Pirie produces about 500 tonnes of silver a year – over 19,000 talents worth in the old measure. A vast amount!

    A nice read from an Oxford scholar is The Silver Pigs by Lindsay Davis. I haven’t read the whole series of novels but the half dozen I have read are good stuff. The scholarly basis for the British silver-lead mines in the novel looked to be pretty accurate, although it’s been a while since I read it.

  219. JC

    Ask yourself this, mh. Why are images of her always with a black background?

    Let me tell you why. The D’rats have a sophisticated system of wires and pullies to pretend she’s still alive. Don’t believe it she’s left any hospital, as the old crow is as dead as a dodo and has been for years.

  220. Helen

    Lizzie, your book must include a paragraph or two on the Great Lizard Wars.

  221. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’ll tell you. The FAS mobile will be up in two weeks.

    Leveraged.

    Leverage was what caused traders to try to fly like birds in 1929.

    It didn’t work out well for them.

  222. Oh come on

    Skip to the 40sec mark to watch RBG opine over the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing. The woman is clearly full of formaldehyde and being operated by a skilled ventriloquist with an unfortunate intellectual disability.

  223. Death Giraffe

    Running for those who hate running, part 2:


  224. Leigh Lowe

    The absolute worst thing about Channel 7 doing the cricket …
    Jim Fucking Wilson.

  225. egg_

    ‘Shut Up Little Man‘

    Don’t think I’ve ever come across a narc with male pattern baldness, Stimpy.
    Girly men?

  226. cohenite

    Ok; smoking will shorten your life and create major health issues before you die. Smoking causes many cancers not just lung cancer; google nose cancer.

  227. Infidel Tiger

    Ok; smoking will shorten your life and create major health issues before you die. Smoking causes many cancers not just lung cancer; google nose cancer.

    Most pleasures have an opportunity cost. Best not be an obsessive weirdo about them.

  228. pete m

    JC the doctors cannot give you odds as it depends on other factors than just number of smokes per day.

    For example family history is a large factor, and moreso than smoking 5 or 10 per day.

    Any reduction is going to help. I would suggest you solely focus on getting to zero or as close as you can, exercise and eat a sensible diet.

    Less stress is important too.

  229. Bruce of Newcastle

    Running for those who hate running.

    I hate running so I ride a bicycle.
    Popped a tube today. Tubes are getting thinner and thinner. Bloody miserly Chinese tubemakers. Grr.

  230. Gab

    Running for those who hate running, part 2:

    LOL Funniest video I’ve seen all week!

    But please, Arky, get a pedicure!

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