Friday Forum: January 4, 2019

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  1. Tel

    The bloke did eight tours and they go after him for killing the enemy.

    We have reached peak Onion. No one knows what’s real anymore!

    Psyops for the win.

  2. Tel

    Me for the win … on top of page pedestal.

  3. egg_

    In 2014, 74 percent of Chinese population used a mobile phone, a total of about one billion mobile phone users in China. * Individuals of any age who own at least one mobile phone and use the phone(s) at least once per month; excludes Hong Kong. Forecasts for 2015 through 2019.

  4. DrBeauGan

    jupes
    #2898667, posted on January 4, 2019 at 6:58 pm
    Why would I need an iphone?
    Give me five reasons.

    1. You don’t need to carry a camera.
    2. You can keep up to date with footy and cricket.
    3. You can use it as a GPS.
    4. You can win arguments in the pub.
    5. You can read the Cat.

    I do all those things, and lots more, with an android phone that is a quarter of the price, Jupes.

  5. RobK

    Hot Pant dazzles Aussies.

  6. Zyconoclast

    Okay Pant got his ton and they’re still batting.

    New weapon for on for Australia – Khawaja!

    Khawaja the brother?
    Lobbing grenades?

  7. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    How to Lose Tens of Thousands of Dollars on Amazon
    A growing number of self-proclaimed experts promise they can teach anyone how to make a passive income selling cheap Chinese goods in the internet’s largest store. Not everyone’s getting rich quick.

  8. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    US Navy SEAL to deny he murdered IS teen

    Associated Press
    2 hours ago January 4, 2019

    A decorated US Navy SEAL is facing charges of premeditated murder and other offences over the fatal stabbing of a teenage Islamic State prisoner under his care in Iraq in 2017 and the shooting of unarmed Iraqi civilians.

    Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher is also accused of posing with the teen’s corpse at his re-enlistment ceremony.

    His lawyer, Phil Stackhouse, said Gallagher will plead not guilty to all of the charges.

    The case stands out because of the seriousness of the allegations against an elite special warfare operator and the fact that the prosecution’s case includes the accounts of fellow Navy SEALs, an extremely tight-knit group even by military standards.

    Stackhouse said on Thursday his client was being falsely accused by disgruntled SEALs who wanted to get rid of the demanding platoon leader.

    Gallagher was awarded the Bronze Star twice.

  9. Tel

    Whilst female Engineers were definitely involved, it was likely a male (ego) that fvcked up with the FIU bridge disaster – still awaiting the NTSB Report (they weren’t given the revised design figures, at last report).

    I’m still freaked out over the woman who said that the tower and stays were “decorative” and it was really a truss bridge. There’s something deeply distrubing about that.

    You can have a boxy truss bridge like this:

    _____________
    |X|X|X|X|X|X|

    Or you can have a nice equilateral truss like this.

    .____________
    /\/\/\/\/\/\/\

    But those tight corners with angles of less than 45 degrees just don’t work in a truss bridge. They do work when that bridge is hanging on cables, but a very first level mechanical engineer knows that the force vector triangle has the same angles as the real truss so if all the triangles are equilateral then forces are roughly equal on all sides, if the triangle has a long side (like the diagonals on a boxy style bridge) then force is higher on the long side (works with steel cables in that case because steel cable is extra strong in tension).

    One glance at that “truss” design tells you the force will concentrate at the corner on the long side, unless you fix that up by putting a freaking tower on top and some stay cables coming down off the tower.

    Sorry, but no. Pedestrian bridges have been done, there’ no more room for design creativity there. It’s no longer an engineering problem, it’s a logistics and labour relations problem.

  10. Entropys

    I do all those things, and lots more, with an android phone that is a quarter of the price, Jupes

    Deep down, though, you worry it isn’t an iPhone and gaslight those that could afford one 😆

  11. stackja

    Police operation after multiple car crash, stabbing leaves man dead on road
    Derrick Krusche, The Daily Telegraph
    8 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    A man is dead and another stabbed in broad daylight following a multi-suburb crime rampage that included a carjacking, numerous crashes and a police car being rammed.

    The crime spree — now the subject of a critical incident investigation — started in Bass Hill after police tried to pull over a 4WD without any number plates at 3pm and only ended when the driver stabbed himself to death in Arncliffe just half an hour later.

    Police to face criticism for actions of an unstable man?

  12. Entropys

    There is plenty of design opportunities for pedestrian bridges, Tel. How else can you convince a politician to part with $100 million OPM? Just look at that spider webby monstrosity on the Brisbane river.

  13. Armadillo

    You don’t need to carry a camera.

    That’s kinda creepy. Why the hell would a bloke be carrying around a camera before the invention of the iPhone? I never recall a camera being vital. Never had one in the Globite at school. Nor a GPS for that matter. We sort of knew the general direction we were going.

    We had a radio in the car and a TV at home for the footy/cricket updates. The pub was somewhere to tell outrageous lies. No one admitted to owning Cats, just dogs.

  14. DrBeauGan

    Sorry, but no. Pedestrian bridges have been done, there’ no more room for design creativity there. It’s no longer an engineering problem, it’s a logistics and labour relations problem.

    It’s a stupidity and ignorance problem.

  15. Memoryvault

    A growing number of self-proclaimed experts promise they can teach anyone how to make a passive income selling cheap Chinese goods in the internet’s largest store. Not everyone’s getting rich quick.

    That kind of scam predates the internet by at least a couple of decades. Versions of it were advertised in the Melbourne Truth back in the 1980’s. Probably a lot longer.

  16. DrBeauGan

    Deep down, though, you worry it isn’t an iPhone and gaslight those that could afford one

    Nah. I feel pleasantly superior for not being conned.

    I bought the first iPhone. Since then it’s been android all the way.

  17. Bruce of Newcastle

    PANT’S GIANT STRIDES

    I thought that was Bumrah.

  18. Armadillo

    Amway has been around a while. Quite a while.

  19. JC

    Fault head

    You were running a gold selling scam on that august newsletter, no?

    How many people did you sell overpriced gold to?

  20. Elle

    areff

    #2898683, posted on January 4, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    PANT’S GIANT STRIDES

    You still got it, areff.
    If Blair were here he may just trump you. I doubt it though.

  21. cohenite

    The only ethnic poetry worth reading is by the Romantics.

    Nazi poetry?

    I don’t get it.

  22. Armadillo

    Tupperware started it all. Organised scamming on a global scale.

  23. RobK

    Pant’s run streak browns off Assies.

  24. Armadillo

    Arky could have made himself useful and gone through his cupboard, searching for matching Tupperware. That would have been entertaining. Too late now. He’s slinked off and is sulking.

  25. Tel

    Tupperware started it all. Organised scamming on a global scale.

    A scam is Pyrex bakeware that doesn’t contain any borosilicate glass… but Tupperware is so lovable, helps you organize the fridge!

  26. Oh come on

    Jim Webb for SecDef?

    Interesting option. Webb was the Dems’ last faint hope of sanity.

  27. Infidel Tiger

    Romanticism led to Nazism.

  28. Elle

    Not compelled to post comments and engage with faceless people; I reckon Arky may well be the happiest he has ever been, Arma. Good on him.

  29. egg_

    Tel
    #2898680, posted on January 4, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    It was a detensioning issue and yes one of the longest vertical truss elements failed (after it had already been detensioned – too late!).

  30. OldOzzie

    For CAT Dog Lovers who love Snoopy’s Prognostication on Cats

    “Cats are the Crab Grass in the Lawn of Life”

    You will enjoy this SuperBowl Ad

    Doritos commercial Man’s Best Friend super bowl commercial 2012

  31. Tel

    Just look at that spider webby monstrosity on the Brisbane river.

    Holy crap I just saw the photo.

    Programmers have a word borrowed from the German for “clever” and it’s used when something is too clever by half… we say “Kludge”.

  32. Zyconoclast

    Muddy
    #2898548, posted on January 4, 2019 at 4:27 pm
    For the military nerds: some cool photos of U.S. forces in 2018.

    What! No trannies!!!

  33. Elle

    I think Arky is probably the happiest he has ever been, Arma. No longer compelled to post comments and engage with faceless people.

  34. Elle

    I don’t think he is sulking, Arma.

  35. Memoryvault

    Tupperware is so lovable, helps you organize the fridge!

    Anybody old enough to remember the Tupperware parties?
    My mother was attending them when I was still a teenager, I think.
    We had a Tupperware container for just about every substance consumed by humans.
    Only the beetroot was still in use a decade later.

  36. Mother Lode

    Barack Obama has accomplished many great things in his life, like…landing one of those huge development deals that Netflix loves to hand out,

    Netflix was able to achieve what 6 decades of hammy acting and laughable prosthetics with increasingly misquoting scientific concepts, and endless parodying of itself could ever do – they managed, with their series “Discovery”, to kill the Star Trek franchise.

  37. Elle

    Two comments in moderation. Both in support of DG. That one got through though. 🙂

  38. egg_

    Tupperware started it all

    Selling cheap Chinese crap on Amazon/ebay/&c. when there’s already a flooded market?
    There’s a sucker born every minute.

    Crapperware toilet accessories?

  39. Oh come on

    Re Paul Joseph Watson’s video about Fauxcahontas chugging a beer:

    That Bosnian war criminal looked more comfortable taking a swig of poison

    ROFL absolutely nailed it! Actually, the whole video is great. Her poor husband is clearly not on board with his crazy wife.

  40. thefrolickingmole

    Police priorities, in my State…

    Nope.

    2 old blokes and their sister have had multiple burglaries over the Christmas period. This included home invasion and one of the old blokes was struck with an iron bar.
    Coppers rushed to the house and the first priority was to state “You have a firearm in the house, where is it”?

    Then they didnt take a statement or record a crime because the trio are basically illiterate and it would be too much hassle.

  41. Entropys

    Tel, the next bridge being built, at Queen’s wharf, is pretty good looking though.

  42. cohenite

    Romanticism led to Nazism.

    I thought Hitler did.

    Seriously can you elaborate.

  43. Oh come on

    “Er…why are you thanking your husband for being in your own house?”

    LOL

  44. Armadillo

    I don’t think he is sulking, Arma.

    More likely plotting revenge.

  45. Bruce of Newcastle

    Crapperware toilet accessories?

    You can buy vaginal eggs on Amazon, so why not the three stones?
    Twelve pages of vaginal eggs…

  46. OldOzzie

    cohenite
    #2898695, posted on January 4, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    The only ethnic poetry worth reading is by the Romantics.

    Nazi poetry?

    I don’t get it.

    Sorry I will take Australian Poetry any day

    CLANCY OF THE OVERFLOW – A.B. “Banjo” Paterson

    I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better
    Knowledge, sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago,
    He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him,
    Just “on spec”, addressed as follows: “Clancy, of The Overflow”.

    And an answer came directed in a writing unexpected,
    (And I think the same was written in a thumbnail dipped in tar)
    ‘Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it:
    “Clancy’s gone to Queensland droving, and we don’t know where he are.”

    In my wild erratic fancy visions come to me of Clancy
    Gone a-droving “down the Cooper” where the western drovers go;
    As the stock are slowly stringing, Clancy rides behind them singing,
    For the drover’s life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know.

    And the bush hath friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him
    In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
    And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,
    And at night the wondrous glory of the everlasting stars.

    I am sitting in my dingy little office, where a stingy
    Ray of sunlight struggles feebly down between the houses tall,
    And the foetid air and gritty of the dusty, dirty city
    Through the open window floating, spreads its foulness over all.

    And in place of lowing cattle, I can hear the fiendish rattle
    Of the tramways and the buses making hurry down the street,
    And the language uninviting of the gutter children fighting,
    Comes fitfully and faintly through the ceaseless tramp of feet.

    And the hurrying people daunt me, and their pallid faces haunt me
    As they shoulder one another in their rush and nervous haste,
    With their eager eyes and greedy, and their stunted forms and weedy,
    For townsfolk have no time to grow, they have no time to waste.

    And I somehow fancy that I’d like to change with Clancy,
    Like to take a turn at droving where the seasons come and go,
    While he faced the round eternal of the cashbook and the journal –
    But I doubt he’d suit the office, Clancy, of “The Overflow”.

    The Bulletin, 21 December 1889.

  47. Tintarella di Luna

    Re Paul Joseph Watson’s video about Fauxcahontas chugging a beer:

    That Bosnian war criminal looked more comfortable taking a swig of poison

    ROFL absolutely nailed it! Actually, the whole video is great. Her poor husband is clearly not on board with his crazy wife.

    If Fauxcahontas runs in 2020 Trump will have a field day. Trump doesn’t drink or smoke or try to pretend to be normal, he’s Trump and knows his base and he’s still trying to get the wall built.

  48. Diogenes

    Reasons there should be no new laws #223523657 and police (especially highway patrol) are held in contempt #1267128

    In this instance the new slow down when you see flashing lights laws in NSW.

    Just got home after visiting favourite no1 son on the Sunshine Coast coming down the Pacific Highway. On 3 occasions hurtling down a 110km piece of road doing road speed , come around a corner , Highway Patrol car with lights flashing – no other vehicle in sight, slam on brakes to get below limit , which I do… just. The first, just south of Coffs , saw me nearly being rear ended by a Qld plated car (they don’t know about the law), who swings into the outside lane and keeps going at well over 40k – HP vehicle then takes off lights flashing after him , and a a few k down the road , has pulled him over.

    The second time near Kempsey saw two long lines of traffic desperately braking with lots of tyre smoke from trucks and very close to having a massive highway closing pile up.

    The third time was near Raymond Terrace which saw a repeat of the second incident.

    Once is chance, twice is coincidence, three times conspiracy.

  49. Memoryvault

    OldOzzie
    #2898722, posted on January 4, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks, Old Ozzie.
    Been quite a while since I last read that glorious poem.

  50. Tel

    Re Paul Joseph Watson’s video about Fauxcahontas chugging a beer:

    I claim PJW as a slightly late Gen-X because he’s way too cynical and shrewd for a millennial.

  51. JC

    Cronkers

    Read Martin Durkin’s

    NAZI GREENS – An Inconvenient History

    He argues the Nazis didn’t just appear out of nowhere but had its roots from the romanticist philosophers.

  52. Armadillo

    We might re-discover Princess Cruises later this year All being well.

    Don’t be a tight arse. Go on a decent boat.

  53. Elle

    Good stuff, OldOzzie. Love Banjo Paterson. Thank you!

  54. calli

    I still have Tupperware from my 1976 kitchen tea.

    [runs away]

  55. Stimpson J. Cat

    I’m prepared to bet good Monopoly money counted by Dr BeauGan that the music, art, poetry, and religions of my Mentally Ill Brethren(of any ethnicity-we are ALL brothers and sisters in madness) sh$ts all over any Sane equivalent.

    Prove me wrong.

  56. JC

    The purpose of exploring Nazi environmentalism is not just to upset the greens. If environmentalism were a curious but peripheral aspect of National Socialism, it would be of no real historical interest. Environmentalists could be forgiven for saying, Ah well, it just goes to show, there’s a little bit of good in the worst of us. But environmentalist ideology was not an accidental, optional-extra to National Socialism. As we shall see, green ideas were at the core of Nazi thinking. The German Volk and Nazi movements marched beneath the banners of ‘Nature’ and the ‘organic’. However, what follows here is not simply a potted history of Nazi environmentalism. It is, at the same time, a brief history of early environmentalism writ large. As will become clear, it is not so easy to draw a line between two types of green thinking.
    To understand why green ideology emerged at all, and why it happened in Germany, we need to go back in time, a few centuries, to set the scene. We have described elsewhere on this blog (The Greens: A Warning from History), the transition from feudal society to capitalism. To the greens this great historical change is more or less the source of all evil. In Germany, it was a process which began, falteringly, in the 13th Century.

    Also interesting is that when the modern left argues that the German upper classes were mostly in cahoots with the Nazis is not entirely wrong, but as always with the left, it’s dishonest and misleading. The German upper classes were virulently anti-capitalist.

    more from Durkin.

    This feudal anti-capitalist reaction, this anti-capitalism of the upper classes, this anti-capitalism from above, was not a phenomenon limited to Germany. It happened all over Europe and beyond. (We even see echoes of it in the American Civil War, in the politics of the reactionary South.) Even England, the pioneer of capitalism, produced reactionary anti-capitalists like Thomas More, Thomas Malthus and others. But in England, such men were outsiders. In thrusting capitalistic, liberal England, the embittered grumbling of men like Malthus could not compete with the enlightened, thrilling, progressive ideas of men like Adam Smith and David Ricardo

  57. JC

    and this:

    Picture the scene. At the edge of a forest, German soldiers point their guns at rows of naked people who follow the Jewish religion. Among them are young mothers clutching their babies. The shots echo through the woods and the dead bodies fall into the ground. Down the road, while this is happening, their German army comrades are busy establishing nature walks and bird sanctuaries and planting trees. The Nazis conducted horrific experiments on children (I have seen footage so upsetting it can’t be shown on TV) but at the same time they banned medical experiments on animals. The same Nazi monsters who committed crimes of unimaginable barbarity also advocated vegetarianism, organic agriculture, forest preservation and homeopathic healthcare. How can we possibly explain this? What was the connection between the inhuman brutality of the Nazis and their gushing idealization of ‘Nature’?

  58. JC

    and this:

    Picture the scene. At the edge of a forest, German soldiers point their guns at rows of naked people who follow the [email protected] religion. Among them are young mothers clutching their babies. The shots echo through the woods and the dead bodies fall into the ground. Down the road, while this is happening, their German army comrades are busy establishing nature walks and bird sanctuaries and planting trees. The Nazis conducted horrific experiments on children (I have seen footage so upsetting it can’t be shown on TV) but at the same time they banned medical experiments on animals. The same Nazi monsters who committed crimes of unimaginable barbarity also advocated vegetarianism, organic agriculture, forest preservation and homeopathic healthcare. How can we possibly explain this? What was the connection between the inhuman brutality of the Nazis and their gushing idealization of ‘Nature’?

  59. Oh come on

    I claim PJW as a slightly late Gen-X because he’s way too cynical and shrewd for a millennial.

    That video is so full of win. He is just brutal. “Looks like when you buy your parents their first iPhone and they realise it has a camera.” Hilariously brutal.

    And whoever dubbed that hip hop song over the footage of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing in her college t-shirt without a bra on is a genius.

  60. zyconoclast

    Explosion Outside AfD Office in Germany Damages Three Buildings

    An explosion occurred in front of Alternative for Germany’s (AfD) office in Dobeln, Saxony on Thursday evening, according to Frankfurter Allgemeine.

    The AfD office building as well as two neighbouring buildings and two parked cars were damaged; fortunately, nobody was hurt.

    According to a report published on the site saechsische.de, at the time of the explosion “a few flashes of light like the fireworks” were seen. Eyewitnesses also observed a man placing something in a trash can on the roadside just before the explosion. Furthermore, suspects were observed hurrying to a car and driving off.

    Saxony’s State Office of Criminal Investigation has started looking in to the crime, and is considering the possibility that the incident could have been politically motivated.

  61. vr

    With all this talk about Apple today, one more thing needs to be mentioned. Spending $1 billion of shareholder funds on a new office buildingnot so long ago

  62. zyconoclast

    J3wish fundraiser for NY mayor convicted of bribing police

    Businessman Jeremy Reichberg faces up to 65 years in prison for acting as a ‘fix-it guy’ who gave gifts to cops in exchange for favors.

    A former fundraiser for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was convicted of bribery and fraud in federal court in Manhattan.

  63. egg_

    You can buy vaginal eggs on Amazon, so why not the three stones?

    100% pure pumice bum stones?

  64. zyconoclast

    Birth Tourism’ Is Legal in Canada.

    RICHMOND, British Columbia — Melody Bai arrived in Vancouver from China in the late stages of pregnancy with one goal: to give birth to a Canadian baby.

    Awaiting her was an elaborate ecosystem catering to pregnant women from China, including a spacious “baby house” where she spent four months, attended to by a Mandarin-speaking housekeeper.

    Caregivers offered free breast massages to promote lactation, outings to the mall, lectures on childbirth with other Chinese mothers-to-be and excursions for high tea.

    “It’s an investment in my child’s education,” Ms. Bai, a 28-year-old flight attendant, said by phone from Shanghai, months after returning to China with her newborn and passport in hand. “We chose Canada because of its better natural and social environment.”

  65. cohenite

    Read Martin Durkin’s

    NAZI GREENS – An Inconvenient History

    He argues the Nazis didn’t just appear out of nowhere but had its roots from the romanticist philosophers.

    I have. The distinction between the environmentalism of the Nazis and the reverence of the romantic poets for nature is profound. The Nazis saw nature as the basis for a feudal ranking of humanity, that is suppression of those less worthy.

    The romantic poets saw nature as a means of unifying the emotion and intellect of humans although there was no consistency between them in how they saw nature’s role in bringing out the best of humanity. Their perspective was one of individual apotheosis. The Nazi’s saw nature as a justification for collective regression.

    Now go away and read Ode to a Grecian Urn and shut the fuck up.

  66. Diogenes

    With all this talk about Apple today, one more thing needs to be mentioned. Spending $1 billion of shareholder funds on a new office building not so long ago

    And predictably the workers started “using it wrong”

  67. JC

    Cronkite

    If you had read Durkin, you wouldn’t be asking about the connection, you arrogant flea rake. He did a masterful job of tying it down. If I recall, I sent you to Durkin a few years ago. Obviously you didn’t read what he had to say.

  68. max

    The poet, W.H. Auden, thought Romanticism and the Romantic poets had many affiliations with Nazism.

  69. Tel

    With all this talk about Apple today, one more thing needs to be mentioned. Spending $1 billion of shareholder funds on a new office buildingnot so long ago

    Plush corporate headquarters tend to be a manifestation of the skyscraper curse.

    I remember hearing an investment talk on startup companies where they used the boardroom table metric … big boardroom table is apparently a bad sign in a startup company.

  70. cohenite

    You are confusing a political ideology which incorporates a dog’s breakfast of pre-industrial, agrarian social structures filtered through a military function, Nazism, with a poetic device used to express a gestalt conception of individual consciousness.

    Durkin and plenty of others have correctly described the abortion of Nazi environmental philosophy but it has nothing to do with the Romantic poets.

    I know you think you are educating me but I really know more about this than you. Now go and read Ode to a Grecian Urn and report back as to how it connects with Nazism.

  71. Infidel Tiger

    So we agree that Romanticosm led to nazism.

    Good. That was easy and is not disputed by anyone of sound mind.

  72. egg_

    mh

    #2898529, posted on January 4, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Tonight’s headline?

    Pant pulls Australia’s pants down.

    PANT’S ON FIRE!

    Pant’s suffering a little Delhi belly, but he took it all in his strides.

  73. cohenite

    The poet, W.H. Auden, thought Romanticism and the Romantic poets had many affiliations with Nazism.

    Please elaborate.

  74. DrBeauGan

    The poet, W.H. Auden, thought Romanticism and the Romantic poets had many affiliations with Nazism.

    The obvious thing in common is the devaluing of reason and the elevation of feeling and sentiment. Something the modern left also prizes.

  75. cohenite

    So we agree that Romanticosm led to nazism.

    Good. That was easy and is not disputed by anyone of sound mind.

    Fuck off.

  76. Tel

    Püt an de leader bootzen wir haßen die Nazi romance… YA!

  77. Infidel Tiger

    Fuck off.

    You’re very passionate about poetry.

    Nazi fag.

  78. cohenite

    The obvious thing in common is the devaluing of reason and the elevation of feeling and sentiment. Something the modern left also prizes.

    Blake devalued reason? And Keats. Ode to a Grecian Urn as I have been casting pearls before the resident swine, is a most intellectual exercise.

  79. JC

    I’m not a philosophy major and most certainly neither are you, Cronkite, so stop with wankfest.

    Not just Durkin, but the book, Green Tyranny made the connection between nazism and romanticism.

    Loving nature without sound moorings leads to all sorts of nonsense. Nature has a place and only one place. The serve humanity’s needs. That’s it. End of story.

  80. Infidel Tiger

    The only poetry worth a pinch of shit is Public Enemy, NWA and early Snoop.

  81. cohenite

    You’re very passionate about poetry.

    Nazi fag.

    I am. Ignorant swine.

  82. vr

    Plush corporate headquarters tend to be a manifestation of the skyscraper curse.

    Keep your eye on Salesforce as they just moved into their new skyscraper HQ.

  83. None

    The obvious thing in common is the devaluing of reason and the elevation of feeling and sentiment. Something the modern left also prizes.

    you have a point. I mean look at all the Nazi propaganda films for euthanasia which was the precursor to the gas chambers. All sentimentalist crap. Ditto contemporary leftism anything from gay marriage to pill testing. All sentimentalist Nazi crap.

  84. Old School Conservative

    Anybody old enough to remember the Tupperware parties?

    Yep – me. Mrs OSC went to several and hosted one back in the day. She continued to buy Tupperware products simply by ringing the rep and placing an order.

    The party plan selling method is still alive and well in Australia today.

  85. JC

    Cronkite

    You have a real serious problem accepting that you’re wrong. What I mean is, it sends you into an angry spasm. See a shrink. In fact I’m happy to a few therapy sessions, but you’ll have to bring a rope in case it goes haywire.

  86. egg_

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi brought up the issue in her opening address while touting a new select panel to come up with ideas on how to solve it

    Beyond parody.

  87. Candy

    Germans loved the idea of purity.

  88. cohenite

    I’m not a philosophy major

    No shit.

    Nature has a place and only one place. The serve humanity’s needs. That’s it. End of story.

    True. And that’s what the Romantic poets used it for. They sought an apotheosis. Which means elevating above natural constraints. They were the first to use Synesthesia as a poetic and symbolic device to represent this and to express the supranatural.

    Perhaps you illiterate are confusing Nietzsche with the romantics.

  89. JC

    They still do Candy, which is why they along with the Swedes, they began to peddle gerbil warming to the world after the global cooling and acid rain scams faltered.

  90. egg_

    The idea of having tacos for dinner has never inspired me to read Inca poetry.

    I often recite poetry whilst stuffing tacos.

  91. jupes

    The pub was somewhere to tell outrageous lies.

    This was the weakest of my five points.

    In fact I reckon the iPhone has ruined pub arguments. Back in the day, arguments about, say, whether a crocodile was faster in a burst than a cheetah could go on for days. Weeks even.

    Now they’re over in a few seconds.

  92. cohenite

    You have a real serious problem accepting that you’re wrong.

    No I don’t numbnuts, I’m married. But I prioritise my concessions and you don’t rate; except for amusement purposes.

  93. DrBeauGan

    Blake devalued reason?

    Blake was a raving nutter. He wouldn’t have ever tried it.

    Blake is stimpys best bet for his claim.that looonies beat sane people on the poetry front.

  94. Armadillo

    She continued to buy Tupperware products simply by ringing the rep and placing an order.

    The first company in the world to design lids with legs. There is probably a warehouse full of the fuckers at a secret, hidden location.

  95. entropy

    The only link I can think of between romance and germans is the scene in Blazing Saddles when Lili von Shtüpp, the “Teutonic Titwillow”, tried to seduce Sheriff Bart.

  96. jupes

    RIP, Captain.

    The Captain (4!) and Tennille (2) play six keyboards in that song. Six!

  97. JC

    You left the other part, where I said you’re also not a philosophy major, Cronkite. Typical dishonest swine.

    True.

    Of course it is and I don’t need you to affirm it, doofus.

    Perhaps you illiterate are confusing Nietzsche with the romantics.

    Nope, I’m not. You should stick to land transfers and making sure rates are apportioned correctly.

  98. entropy

    In fact I reckon the iPhone has ruined pub arguments. Back in the day, arguments about, say, whether a crocodile was faster in a burst than a cheetah could go on for days. Weeks even.

    Now they’re over in a few seconds.

    Sigh. I then start an argument that iPhones promote fake news. That can go for days.

  99. None

    Nature is a social construct. Why I always thought the J–s and Christians were far more sensible by referring to creation.

    You know I really think it’s fucked that we have to avoid referring to J3ws and wipeout their names just because of stupid bird strikes.

  100. None

    Nature is a social construct. Why I always thought the J–s and Christians were far more sensible by referring to creation.

    You know I really think it’s fucked that we have to avoid referring to J–s and wipeout their names just because of stupid bird strikes.

  101. None

    Much as I have a soft spot for the Germans – well at least the Bavarians – I don’t find anything romantic or attractive about them. Even that hot German cop had a profile with the mandibles of a local mud crab.

  102. Knuckle Dragger

    Cohenite,

    Haven’t read Clancy since the 70’s. Still brilliant.

  103. Armadillo

    whether a crocodile was faster in a burst

    I recall being told if you get chased by a crocodile, to run in circles. I have no idea why. I never bothered to ask. Some dickhead at the pub. I’ve always regretted not asking – why? Now I’ll never know.

  104. mh

    The only poetry worth a pinch of shit is Public Enemy, NWA and early Snoop.

    Public Enemy were East Coast and politically inspired, albeit with copious amounts of ignorance and naïvety.

    Whereas NWA were West Coast and culturally inspired, the lyrics relating to localised events like banging prostitutes and selling drugs to young teens.

    And as for Snoop Dogg – sacré bleu! I request you please reconsider your thesis, good Sir.

  105. JC

    No I don’t numbnuts, I’m married.

    You are wrong and now totally incoherent. You’re married. Great. Poor her. But being married has zero to do with this discussion, you nincompoop.

    But I prioritise my concessions and you don’t rate; except for amusement purposes.

    Don’t be so nasty. I rate you, Cronkers. I’ve given you plenty of feedback such as when you were peddling Hansen for our vote. I’ve also warn you when you’re veering toward fascism. I’ve always tried to be helpful.

  106. Memoryvault

    The first company in the world to design lids with legs. There is probably a warehouse full of the fuckers at a secret, hidden location.

    I don’t know where it is, Armadillo, but it’s right next door to the place where odd socks hang out.

  107. max

    Shelley: poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

    Auden: poetry makes nothing happen.

  108. cohenite

    Blake was a raving nutter.

    Well, I know you’re taking the piss so I’ll concede Blake’s eccentricity but not his coherence. He was of course a polymath and his view that religion resides and finishes at an individual level and should not be organised makes his view relevant today.

    Anyway I have to walk the dog so:

    The Tyger
    By William Blake

    Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
    In the forests of the night;
    What immortal hand or eye,
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

    In what distant deeps or skies.
    Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
    On what wings dare he aspire?
    What the hand, dare seize the fire?

    And what shoulder, & what art,
    Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
    And when thy heart began to beat,
    What dread hand? & what dread feet?

    What the hammer? what the chain,
    In what furnace was thy brain?
    What the anvil? what dread grasp,
    Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

    When the stars threw down their spears
    And water’d heaven with their tears:
    Did he smile his work to see?
    Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

    Tyger Tyger burning bright,
    In the forests of the night:
    What immortal hand or eye,
    Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

  109. Infidel Tiger

    Early Snoop was fantastic.

    He quickly became a sell out bitch, but a man has to eat.

  110. JC

    Cronkite

    On a serious note, how do you apportion rates etc during a leap year in a conveyance?

  111. Knuckle Dragger

    Gez,

    Standard Mallee practice back in the day was to ram a crowbar as far as you could into a hay bale, take it out and get it out of the shed. If the bar was red hot, trouble up t’mill. If you had water, you soaked it. If not, push/drag it to the nearest stubble/fallow paddock and wait.

    One of the farmer’s activities totally unacknowledged by those people who have never driven on dirt.

  112. cohenite

    I split the difference and keep half. Actually I’m a divorce lawyer. I think I’m acting for your wife.

  113. Armadillo

    ram a crowbar as far as you could into a hay bale,

    Forget the hay bale, Knuckles. That was hours ago. We’ve now got crocodile problems. Do pay attention.

  114. Armadillo

    Although, the crowbar might still work. Versatile tool that.

  115. JC

    Now I know you’re lying. She wouldn’t choose an incompetent wuss with anger issues.

  116. Elle

    Much as I have a soft spot for the Germans – well at least the Bavarians – I don’t find anything romantic or attractive about them. Even that hot German cop had a profile with the mandibles of a local mud crab.

    None, I’m a German-Jew. Maternal family born in Cologne.
    I speak German and Hebrew.
    Multilingual 🙂

    Are there others here who speak another language?

  117. DrBeauGan

    What dread hand? & what dread feet ,

    When I get dread feet I see a chiropodist.

    That line ruins the poem. It makes everyone giggle.

  118. Elle

    Much as I have a soft spot for the Germans – well at least the Bavarians – I don’t find anything romantic or attractive about them. Even that hot German cop had a profile with the mandibles of a local mud crab.

    None, I’m a German-J*w. Maternal family born in Cologne.
    I speak German and Hebr*w.
    Multilingual 🙂

    Are there others here who speak another language?

  119. Tel

    … ram a crowbar as far as you could into a hay bale,

    Common country pastime?!?

  120. Tel

    And as for Snoop Dogg – sacré bleu! I request you please reconsider your thesis, good Sir.

    IT made a massive blunder when he forgot about Insane Clown Posse.

  121. None

    Elle. Ich kann nicht mehr Deutsch. Ich hab’s seit vielen Jahren nicht mehr gesprochen. But I still have to read technical stuff in German which I find quite tedious. I’m limited to classical Hebrew+some Aramaic/Syriac, much neglected. I do have some other languages under my belt.

  122. DrBeauGan

    I don’t say Blake wasn’t a great poet, Cohenite, he can send shivers up the spine.

    Some are Born to sweet delight, Some are Born to Endless Night.

  123. Snoopy

    It’s time to play ‘Spot That Missing Word‘.

    A remote pastoral station is under investigation after hundreds of cattle allegedly died from being left without adequate water in scorching conditions.

    The ABC understands the cattle belonged to Noonkanbah Station in Western Australia’s far north.

  124. egg_

    … ram a crowbar as far as you could into a hay bale,

    Common country pastime?!?

    That’s one way to find a-needle-in-a-haystack – ouch!

  125. None

    I’m a published poet #astonishingbuttrue

  126. entropy

    Infidel Tiger
    #2898813, posted on January 4, 2019 at 10:12 pm
    Best twitter account ever:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/aoc_dances

    Heh heh. When i am making up dance clips for my girls to give to their grandparents each Christmas, I enjoy annoying them by making any of their dances, be it ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical what ever, all take place to the Magnum PI theme tune.

  127. egg_

    Even that hot German cop had a profile with the mandibles of a local mud crab.

    Imagine what a female Predator would look like?

  128. None

    Elle. Ich kann nicht mehr Deutsch. Ich hab’s seit vielen Jahren nicht mehr gesprochen. But I still have to read technical stuff in German which I find quite tiring. I’m limited to classical Hebr3w+some Aramaic/Syriac, much neglected. I do have some other languages under my belt.

    I have no idea why this keeps going into moderation.

  129. Infidel Tiger

    Democrats have just introduced a Bill to abolish to Electoral College.

    Civil War coming.

  130. DrBeauGan

    A truth that’s told with bad intent
    Beats all the Lies you can invent.
    It is right it should be so;
    Man was made for Joy and Woe;
    And when this we rightly know
    Thro’ the World we safely go.

    Every Night and every Morn
    Some to Misery are Born.
    Every Morn and every Night
    Some are Born to sweet delight.
    Some are Born to sweet delight,
    Some are Born to Endless Night.

  131. Rae

    We might re-discover Princess Cruises later this year All being well.

    Don’t be a tight arse. Go on a decent boat.

    The first option was Celebrity Edge, but overseas is off the agenda for the foreseeable future.

  132. cohenite

    I don’t say Blake wasn’t a great poet, Cohenite, he can send shivers up the spine.

    Sure. But I have a soft spot for Keats. Died a virgin I reckon and he was the most romantic of the lot. And Byron and Shelley (what names) also died young. Only the old gasbag Wordsworth lived for ever.

  133. Infidel Tiger

    The first option was Celebrity Edge, but overseas is off the agenda for the foreseeable future.

    Having trouble disposing of the body?

  134. The A.D.

    Do this quiz.
    I am literally an absolute centrist, coming in smack bang on the origin of the axes.
    https://www.politicalcompass.org/test

  135. None

    entropy

    #2898824, posted on January 4, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    haha

  136. DrBeauGan

    Sure. But I have a soft spot for Keats. Died a virgin I reckon and he was the most romantic of the lot. And Byron and Shelley (what names) also died young. Only the old gasbag Wordsworth lived for ever.

    Well we agree about Wordsworth, Cohenite. 🤗😁😎

  137. Rae

    Multilingual

    Better than being bi-coastal.

  138. DrBeauGan

    Anyone who could write The Eve of Saint Agness deserved to die young. He didn’t die young enough in my view. “And through the casement, the moon threw gules on Madeleine’s fair breast.”

    What light it threw on the unfair one, we are not told.

    It’s obviously written for uneducated maiden ladies, who treat it as light porn. Awful rubbish.

  139. The A.D.

    Compare your results to Sargon of Akkad:
    Political compass 2019


  140. Tel

    I am literally an absolute centrist, coming in smack bang on the origin of the axes.

    I come out here, which probably won’t surprise anyone.
    https://www.politicalcompass.org/yourpoliticalcompass?ec=3.5&soc=-2.92

  141. Memoryvault

    It’s time to play ‘Spot That Missing Word‘.

    And that’s the last you’ll hear of it.

  142. Tel

    I looked at the certificate on that “political compass” and it’s a complete crock.

    Bernie Sanders is authoritarian … don’t let him fool anyone!

    Mussolini was authoritarian and center-left. I mean Far King read what he wrote FFS.

    Mao killed more people than Stalin and both of them killed more than Pinochet so the authoritarian scale is whack for those guys.

    Hillary Clinton should be closer to the center on the economic scale because she supports redistributive policies (which by the way Pinochet never did).

    Merkel is definitely more authoritarian than Churchill, but she is also more cunning.

  143. Oh come on

    Enough faggy poetry talk.

  144. None

    I come out centre right economically and a smidgen libertarian on the social scale.
    Economic Left/Right: 3.38 
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.62

  145. Oh come on

    Do this quiz.

    Seriously? This kind of thing has been around for 15+ years. 20 years? A long time.

  146. None

    If you going to do ethnic poetry do Yevgheny Yevtushenko. Even in English.

  147. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It’s time to play ‘Spot That Missing Word‘.

    And that’s the last you’ll hear of it.

    Wasn’t there a certain Labor Prime Minister’s son who was one of the ring leaders of that protest? There were several juicy and salacious items of rumor and innuendo flying round about his motives…

  148. mh

    Tel
    #2898818, posted on January 4, 2019 at 10:19 pm
    And as for Snoop Dogg – sacré bleu! I request you please reconsider your thesis, good Sir.

    IT made a massive blunder when he forgot about Insane Clown Posse.

    Although neither in favour with critics or their contemporary peers, 2 Live Crew should also not be underestimated with their trademark nuanced lyricism and biting social observations of the late twentieth century encapsulated in songs such as Pop That Pussy:

    There’s only one place where we can go
    To see freaky hoes doin’ shows
    Doin’ tricks to make us holler
    On a giving night, all for a dollar
    Silicone breasts, all on their chests
    Nothin’ like others, but above the rest
    They’ll do anything to turn us on
    Them hoes got it goin’ on!!
    I like big booty and big ol’ titties
    Bitch, you know you’ve been fucked by many
    So come and be my private dancer
    I got some money if that’s the answer
    I really want to be with you;
    I get hard after seeing you
    How hard? Hard like a rock,
    When you make that pussy pop!

  149. Infidel Tiger

    2 Live Crew performing on Donahue maybe the best TV moment of all time.

    Donahue was a terrific show.

  150. zyconoclast

    Do this quiz.
    I am literally an absolute centrist, coming in smack bang on the origin of the axes.
    https://www.politicalcompass.org/test

    https://www.politicalcompass.org/yourpoliticalcompass?ec=2.38&soc=-0.21

  151. Memoryvault

    Wasn’t there a certain Labor Prime Minister’s son who was one of the ring leaders of that protest?

    And didn’t old Sir Charles make mincemeat of them all.
    Sir Charlie was not big on all the sacred site nonsense.

  152. None

    In English there’s Marlowe

    It lies not in our power to love or hate, 

    For will in us is over-rul’d by fate. 

    When two are stript, long ere the course begin, 

    We wish that one should lose, the other win; 

    And one especially do we affect 

    Of two gold ingots, like in each respect: 

    The reason no man knows, let it suffice, 

    What we behold is censur’d by our eyes. 

    Where both deliberate, the love is slight: 

    Who ever lov’d, that lov’d not at first sight? 

  153. mh

    Infidel Tiger, let’s see if the Cat armchair critics agree with you.

    Donahue – 2 Live Crew, The Funk Shop

  154. C.L.

    The spectrum quiz is the car chase of the internet.

  155. Oh come on

    Donahue’s sax theme tune was epic late 80s/early 90s.

    He had some heavy hitters on his show, too. There’s a good Susan Faludi vs Camille Paglia episode that you can find on YouTube.

  156. DrBeauGan

    Oh come on
    #2898844, posted on January 4, 2019 at 10:58 pm
    Enough faggy poetry talk.

    Keats, maybe. Byron, definitely not. Some of the litcritnitwits are faggy. Not so many of the poets.

    I’m a classicist by taste.. I don’t care for romanticism in any of its forms. And most English poetry is Arky.

  157. Infidel Tiger

    I prefer 2 Live Crew playing “Face Down Ass Up” on Donahue.

    Those old white folk loved it.

  158. Snoopy

    Donahue – 2 Live Crew, The Funk Shop

    I was looking carefully, but I don’t think those girl back up vocalists sang a note.

  159. Memoryvault

    I was looking carefully, but I don’t think those girl back up vocalists sang a note.

    They were meant to sing?
    Why?

  160. DrBeauGan

    Families when a child is born
    Hope it will turn out intelligent.
    I, through intelligence
    Having wrecked my whole life,
    Only hope that the baby will prove
    Ignorant and stupid.
    Then he may crown a tranquil life
    By becoming a cabinet minister.

    That was written by a Chinese gentleman over a thousand years ago.

  161. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sir Charlie was not big on all the sacred site nonsense.

    He was about the last statesman that Western Australia ever produced. Colin Barnett tried hard, though.

  162. mh

    I prefer 2 Live Crew playing “Face Down Ass Up” on Donahue.

    That’s there as well. It’s had 3,344,552 views with only 338 thumbs down. Take that 2 Live Crew haters!

  163. Memoryvault

    You want ‘classical’ poems, you got ‘classical’ poems . . .

    The boy stood on the burning deck,
    Picking his nose like mad.

    He rolled it up in little balls,
    And spat them at his Dad.

  164. None

     Live Crew performing on Donahue maybe the best TV moment of all time.

    So astound us with your brilliant cultural analysis IT, and explain why.

  165. Memoryvault

    Geez, I don’t believe it.
    Moderation.
    For a childhood ditty with no swear words and no mention of any group.

    What’s next on the banned list Doomlord?
    Mary had a little lamb?

  166. Infidel Tiger

    It’s better than Elvis gyrating on Ed Sullivan and far more relevant.

    No one has sold more records than the “Explicit lyrics” hysterics.

  167. None

    He had some heavy hitters on his show, too

    That’s like you telling us you read Playboy for the articles.

  168. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    What was the connection between the inhuman brutality of the Nazis and their gushing idealization of ‘Nature’?

    Matt Ridley’s book ‘The Evolution of Everything’ has some useful things to say on this with reference to the Nazi’s cue-taking from the Malthusian doctrines of the evils of human population growth. A misanthropic Malthusian perspective gives rise to rapacious land hunger as an ideology, including eugenic ideas of ‘selective breeding’, the culling of ‘deficient humans’ via euthanasia widely practiced, and all the other horrors of Nazism. In counterpoint to what they wanted for others, for themselves the Nazis prescribed a ‘natural’ world order of a small but select group of human inheritors of the earth (Germans of course, their consciences disabled and their culture bowdlerised) showing ‘strength through joy’ in playful gambols through the paradise of romantic vegetarianism, pagan fantasising and communal lederhosen festivals that they believed to be the acme of human culture.

    I’d prefer to call it the acne of human culture.

  169. None

    Cliffs that rise a thousand feet

    Without a break,

    Lake that stretches a hundred miles

    Without a wave,

    Sands that are white through all the year,

    Without a stain,

    Pine-tree woods, winter and summer

    Ever-green,

    Streams that for ever flow and flow

    Without a pause,

    Trees that for twenty thousand years

    Your vows have kept,

    You have suddenly healed the pain of a traveller’s heart,

    And moved his brush to write a new song.

    –Chan Fang-sheng

  170. Infidel Tiger

    Donahue’s sax theme tune was epic late 80s/early 90s.

    He had some heavy hitters on his show, too. There’s a good Susan Faludi vs Camille Paglia episode that you can find on YouTube.

    Donahue also made Uncle Milt a Star.

  171. DrBeauGan

    Nearly a thousand years ago. Su tung po died in 1101.

  172. Infidel Tiger

    I heard Tone Loc on the wireless today. He was a great poet.

    Funky Cold Medina is the best.

  173. The A.D.

    The obvious link between Nazis, greenies and commies is the nihilistic nature of atheism.

  174. Infidel Tiger

    Funky Cold Medina would of course be banned today for being transphobic.

    Tone would have to fuck Sheena and enjoy it.

  175. Infidel Tiger

    I went up to this girl, she said, “Hi, my name is Sheena”
    I thought she’d be good to go with a little Funky Cold Medina
    She said, “I’d like a drink, ” I said, “Ehm – ok, I’ll go get it”
    Then a couple sips she cold licked her lips, and I knew that she was with it
    So I took her to my crib, and everything went well as planned
    But when she got undressed, it was a big old mess, Sheena was a man
    So I threw him out, I don’t fool around with no Oscar Meyer wiener
    You must be sure that the girl is pure for the Funky Cold Medina
    You know, ain’t no plans with a man
    This is the 80’s, and I’m down with the ladies
    Ya know?
    Break it down

    The 80’s were glorious.

    We have regressed badly.

  176. mh

    There is even a Trump ‘face down ass up’ video upload on YouTube. Wow.

  177. Rockdoctor

    That would have been the monsoon at TI. The monsoon, which penny has spun off, has been very strong this week. The monsoon is moist, gale force winds coming out of the NW.
    TC Penny is too small to have the eye over Weipa and have eyewall winds at TI.

    That said, it is embarrassing some of the tropical storms that get labelled as TCs in this country. I also think BoM need to have a good hard look at their satellite modelling of barometric pressure and wind speed, as I think DVORAK is overestimating things for our tiny little beasties compared with Caribbean hurricanes. Perhaps BoM could actually fund some actual observations, hire a frigging jet and actually do regular flights through the eye for a couple of seasons and do a bit of “ground” truthung.

    Coral Sea & Gulf Cyclones are known for micro-cyclones as well as erratic paths, apparently Cyclone Marci had a damaging wings from about 10km out from the eye. I am told Cyclone Tracy was much the same very tight. Yasi was unusual as it was so huge as well as consistent, we had high end Cat 2 gales/Low end Cat 3 in Townsville 200km from the eye and above sustained 120km/h for close to 10 hours if I remember correct. As for the Categories I am noticing the same about higher cats being assigned to actual lower cat storms. Reasons could be the AGW religion or skittish authorities not wanting blowback or poor press when they get it wrong. All I know is Cyclone Ita should never have been categorised as a Cat 1 when it was past where I lived, I have been through worse Monsoon squalls that that like the squalls we got when Cyclone Tasha crossed at Cairns in 2010 & me trying to cook Christmas Lunch in the BBQ on the patio. I gave up & went inside.

  178. DrBeauGan

    Your vows have kept,

    You have suddenly healed the pain of a traveller’s heart,

    And moved his brush to write a new song.

    –Chan Fang-sheng

    That was from well over one and a half thousand years ago and a totally different culture. And it beats the shit out of bloody daffodils.

  179. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I used to read anything. I’d read my school library by age ten. I read sauce bottles during dinner. In French. I would get through three books a day from my local library. I did this for decades.
    I’m not normal. Never claimed to be. 😁

    That’s exactly what I did, Dr. BG. And I am very normal. I am the most normal person in my whole extended family.

    So not as normal as some other people, I guess. Even now, I can’t go to the loo without grabbing something to read. When stuck in there without something to read, I find something – instructions on shampoo bottles, toothpaste tubes, labels in my shoes, anything really. A sort of compulsion to input the alphabet in the form of words.

  180. Memoryvault

    The obvious link between Nazis, greenies and commies is the nihilistic nature of atheism.

    I don’t think Himmler was being particularly nihilistic, or atheistic, when he set about rebuilding Wewelsburg Castle as the “centre of the world” for the cult ceremonies of the SS. And I don’t think Michael Aquino, founder of the Temple of Set, had communism in mind when he performed a “working” there to reopen a portal for Satan, a few years ago.

  181. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Toilet paper with interesting things to read on it would be a great seller to people like me. Just have to watch out for the carcinogens in the printer’s ink. Like reverting to the days of newspaper. Come to think of it, those days weren’t so bad, as you could read the little torn up bits, filling in the missing parts, so it was quite creative. However, the old dunny wasn’t the greatest place to sit for long. 🙂

  182. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Well, this has been a short but sweet thread. Best I sign off now.
    Night all. 🙂

  183. Top Ender

    Toilet paper with interesting things to read on it would be a great seller to people like me.

    The original concept had advertisements on it, if I recall rightly.

  184. entropy

    Rockdoctor

    Coral Sea & Gulf Cyclones are known for micro-cyclones as well as erratic paths, apparently Cyclone Marci had a damaging wings from about 10km out from the eye. I am told Cyclone Tracy was much the same very tight. Yasi was unusual as it was so huge as well as consistent, we had high end Cat 2 gales/Low end Cat 3 in Townsville 200km from the eye and above sustained 120km/h for close to 10 hours if I remember correct. As for the Categories I am noticing the same about higher cats being assigned to actual lower cat storms. Reasons could be the AGW religion or skittish authorities not wanting blowback or poor press when they get it wrong. All I know is Cyclone Ita should never have been categorised as a Cat 1 when it was past where I lived, I have been through worse Monsoon squalls that that like the squalls we got when Cyclone Tasha crossed at Cairns in 2010 & me trying to cook Christmas Lunch in the BBQ on the patio. I gave up & went inside.

    quite so Rockdoctor. As for STC Marcia, Cat 3 over Rockhampton according to BoM when the actual met stations about town didn’t record anything higher than 110 kmh. The eye went right over town. Considering the quality of a fair bit of the housing stock in Rocky, it should have been like Darwin after STC Tracey (Cat 4).

  185. LBLoveday

    Armadillo posted on January 4

    Why the hell would a bloke be carrying around a camera before the invention of the iPhone?

    I have never bought an iPhone, but did buy a phone with a camera included 6 years before the first release of iPhones; it was hardly an Apple innovation.

  186. Peter Greagg

    Where is everybody?
    And once again, Australian cricket sucks. And on a flat pitch.

  187. Old School Conservative

    New thread. Well not so new.

  188. Muddy

    Equalidy!

    Advisory War Council Minute 923, Canberra – 28th April, 1942. Rates of pay for women workers. Mr. Spender said he understood that a Tribunal had been set up to determine wages for women in relation to men and that it had recommended that women’s wages should be at the rate of 60% of men’s wages. If this were so he enquired why it was that at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory, women and men received equal rates.
    The Prime Minister said that it had been agreed that women might be employed in certain industries for the duration of the war owing to the calling-up of men for military service. They were to be paid the whole or a proportion of the male rate according to output. This was similar to the practice followed in the United Kingdom. The Arbitration Court had abandoned the principle of assessment of wages on the basis of domestic responsibility in 1931 when wages were determined on the basis of national income. In the case referred to by Mr. Spender, the women were employed on routine process work and their output and performance were equal to those of men. They were accordingly paid the male rate.

    Source.

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