Friday Forum: January 4, 2019

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  1. OldOzzie

    Xi’s Promise to Taiwan Sounds Like a Threat

    China’s president cites Hong Kong’s system as a model.

    Xi Jinping wants to coax Taiwan into “national reunification.” The Chinese president gave a speech Wednesday touting “one country, two systems”—the Hong Kong model—as a basis for cross-strait relations. In 2017 Mr. Xi claimed Hong Kong enjoys “more extensive democratic rights and freedoms than at any other time in its history.” The argument was strained even then, and civil liberties only regressed in 2018.

    Start with the imbroglio over the Hong Kong National Party, outlawed in September after it advocated for Hong Kong independence. The party had only a few dozen members and no officeholders—most Hong Kongers don’t support independence—but the Hong Kong government deemed the fringe group a threat.

    That heavy-handed approach backfired. The ban drew criticism from the U.S., U.K. and European Union, and the party’s founder, Andy Chan Ho-Tin, gained global prominence.

    Two weeks later Hong Kong targeted a British journalist. Financial Times Asia editor Victor Mallet, who was also vice president of Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club, had moderated an August event where Mr. Chan spoke, over objections from officials in both Hong Kong and Beijing. The Chinese Foreign Ministry warned the club it was “not outside the law,” and former Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung hinted that the club might have to give up its lease, which he claimed was government-subsidized. His successor, Carrie Lam, later clarified the club pays a market rate, but it is anyone’s guess what will happen when the lease expires in 2023.

    Mr. Mallet has since been forced out of Hong Kong. The Immigration Department didn’t renew his work visa in October and ordered him out within seven days. In November, he was denied entry even as a tourist. The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong warned in October that “any effort to curtail press freedom in Hong Kong could damage Hong Kong’s competitiveness as a leading financial and trading center.”

    Another blow to the city’s freedom came with September’s opening of a high-speed train station in Kowloon. One corner of the terminal will be administrated by Chinese officials enforcing the laws of the People’s Republic 15 miles from the Mainland—the first such instance in the history of the “one country, two systems” framework. Never mind that Hong Kong’s miniconstitution, the Basic Law, says domestic Chinese law doesn’t apply to Hong Kong.

    Supporters claim this is for the sake of customs convenience and doesn’t present a legal problem because the area is so small. But that logic wouldn’t prevent further suspension of Hong Kong law in other locations. The Hong Kong Bar Association argues that the arrangement “completely bypasses and emasculates” core tenets of the Basic Law and leaves it “irreparably breached.”

    Is this the one country, two systems success Mr. Xi hopes will earn Taipei’s trust? Perhaps Beijing believes Taiwan’s November 2018 elections—in which Beijing’s preferred Nationalist Party made significant gains—indicated an opportunity to press its case. But the Hong Kong lesson for the Taiwanese is how much their vibrant democracy would dim under “one country, two systems.”

  2. stackja

    Summer health warnings. How did 1940s-1950s people survive?

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    Vegans will not be amused.

    This Daily Wire Figure Just Got Suspended From Twitter For The Dumbest Reason Imaginable

    Daily Wire God-King Jeremy Boreing was suspended from Twitter Thursday after tweeting about … Brussels sprouts.

    No, we’re not kidding. Brussels sprouts.

    Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro revealed the suspension on Twitter Thursday morning after Boreing reportedly received a note from Twitter informing him of a 12-hour suspension because he’d encouraged another Twitter user — me, your fair reporter, Emily Zanotti — to commit “self-harm” in a critique of my recipe for the roasted side dish.

    Ok yes, Twitter yxes living in their basements might not like brussels sprouts. I can understand that.

  4. stackja

    OldOzzie
    #2898325, posted on January 4, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    USA has always supported free China. No sign of a change. HK surrender was a con.

  5. OldOzzie

    Chinese look to exit apartment projects

    Scores of east coast property development sites, some able to take 400-unit apartment towers, will hit the market within months as Chinese developers crippled by a lack of finance are forced to sell.

    The move comes as Chinese investors are pulling back from some of the world’s key commercial real estate markets, as Beijing continues tight restrictions on capital outflows.

    Matrix founder Andrew Antonas, one of the largest sellers of residential development sites in NSW, has at least 12 large-scale residential development sites already on the market.

    “Our phones started to run hot from about August onwards with predominantly Chinese owners wanting to sell their residential sites which they had planned to develop,” Mr Antonas said.

    “We are already talking to Chinese owners with sites that can take more than 300-400 apartments — we are already in discussions with half a dozen of these overseas owners that need to sell.”

    Mr Antonas said there were two factors leading to the sell-off — the market for units has started to decline, and financing.

    “The banks have turned the tap off on financing and over­reacted,” he said.

    But he said sites within a 15km to 20km radius of Sydney’s CBD, which can take up to 200 apartments, were safe from sale. “The Chinese are holding on (there).”

    But larger-scale sites within the same 15km-20km radius, which allow the development of more than 300-400 apartments, are being sold off by their Chinese owners, many of whom had paid too much.

    “It’s (also) the sites that are greater than 20km from the city, it’s mainly the outer ring — they will also be sold off,” Mr Antonas said. “We have more than 12 large residential sites on the market at the moment.”

  6. Myrddin Seren

    what the…

    a Friday Forum ???

  7. Makka

    Mr Antonas said there were two factors leading to the sell-off — the market for units has started to decline, and financing.

    I’m sure Opal Tower isn’t helping demand either.

  8. Rossini

    12.30pm and still hung in for a top 20 finish

  9. Roger

    Xi Jinping wants to coax Taiwan into “national reunification.”

    Venerable Confucian proverb:

    First the carrot, then the stick.

  10. Nick

    Xi Jinping wants to coax Taiwan into “national reunification.”

    The Taiwanese only have to look at HK to see how that’s going.
    The Chinese economy must be tanking if we are getting these stunts. My hunch has been that they’d invade Vietnam when they needed a stunt to boost the populace’s ego.

  11. John Constantine

    Haystack fire season is arriving in Victoria.

    A tricky hay season, where crops cut for salvage hay stubbornly refused to cure properly, plus pressure to bale before the big rains arrived, plus foreign moisture from the rains soaking into stacks have combined for a higher than usual number of large spontaneous combustion fires.

    Insurance for hay is hard, no issuer wants to foot the bill for idiots not bothering to do hay properly because it is insured anyway.

    Big individual losses when an uninsured shed full of hay self ignites.

  12. Memoryvault

    Summer health warnings. How did 1940s-1950s people survive?

    Globally it was a cooling period.

  13. In honour of John Setka and Union Man Dan, I was thinking if I was called to a fire with my bad back, could I put in a dodgy claim for compo.
    Then I could truly be one of the maaaates.

  14. zyconoclast

    America’s gun violence problem is evident nationwide, but a new study reveals that how different groups of people across the country experience such violence can vary dramatically, depending upon who they are and where they live.

    The research, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday, measures drastic differences in how black and white men experience fatal gun violence in the United States.
    Between 2008 and 2016, black men were more likely to die by guns in homicides, whereas white men were more likely to die by guns in suicides, and for both groups, the rates of those types of death varied widely by state, according to the study.

    [includes tables for murder and suicide]

  15. Myrddin Seren

    ….I was thinking if I was called to a fire with my bad back, could I put in a dodgy claim for compo.

    If those muscles in your lower back are going to spasm out under pressure, I imagine trying to fight a fire will put your lumbar region to the test ?

  16. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hey. Have I made top t’irty?

  17. zyconoclast

    I bet you he doesn’t move his son to a more diverse school.

    Woke Dad Ashamed Son Goes to ‘White Kids’ Private School, But Proud He Protests ’Imperialism’

    “Being a good citizen sometimes conflicts with being good parents.”

    Progressive writer Noah Berlatsky worries that the moral superiority of raising his son to be an “anti-racist” activist might have been undercut by sending him to private school.

    Berlatsky opened with a humble brag, extolling his son for organizing an in-school protest calling to change the name of Columbus Day to something that doesn’t “celebrate white imperialism.”

    “As you’d imagine, my wife and I were very proud,” writes Berlatsky. “We’d hoped to teach our son anti-racism, and here he was doing anti-racist activism in his own small way.”

    But then things get introspective: Does not the kid’s elite education in a small private school in itself contribute to white supremacy?

  18. Myrddin Seren

    Between 2008 and 2016, black men were more likely to die by guns in homicides,

    Progressives – ‘The horror, the horror – what have we done to them to deserve this, and how fast can we disarm red-neck wingnuts ?’

    …whereas white men were more likely to die by guns in suicides

    Progressives – ‘Die faster

  19. Roger

    Ilhan Omar…is she the one who allegedly married her brother to defraud US immigration authorities and dismissed the allegations by saying it was a difficult period in her private life?

    Yes, that one.

    A hijab certainly confers a lot of protection.

  20. John Constantine

    Opal Towers investors demanding bail outs.

    Here comes the start of those caught in the Ponzi, demanding the government do something.

  21. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If those muscles in your lower back are going to spasm out under pressure, I imagine trying to fight a fire will put your lumbar region to the test ?

    Certainly does.

  22. Memoryvault

    Apologies Liz.
    With my impaired vision after the last stroke, I thought you had written “top dirty”.
    But yes, you also made the top thirty.

  23. zyconoclast

    In South Africa, ‘Decolonizing’ Mathematics
    Recent student efforts to break free of the colonial dogma embedded in standard education there have now turned to math. Some academics are wary.

    Exactly what decolonizing math would entail isn’t entirely clear: Curriculum revisions that promote non-Western contributions to the field, new teaching methods rooted in indigenous cultures, and greater openness to ideas outside the academic mainstream are all under discussion. Some want to go further, challenging the philosophical foundations of mathematics itself.

  24. Peter Campion

    Struth, on ye olde phredde…

    But claiming lower temperatures than previously recorded as record breaking tops and two days as a heatwave, constantly predicting higher temperatures than the resultant temperature, and calling a fart from a northern buffalo a tropical cyclone, etc, etc, etc, some raging conspiracy theorists may come to the conclusion the BoM has been politicised……………………………………no, surely not!

    Exactly! When is a weather system a tropical cyclone and when is it just a narrative-boosting exercise?

    Here’s the ABC on New Year’s Day reporting on the storm named “Tropical Cyclone Penny”…

    Tropical Cyclone Penny made landfall earlier on the Queensland coast between Weipa and Thud Point as a category one system, bringing heavy rain and damaging winds.

    Earlier on Tuesday, BOM senior forecaster Gabriel Branescu said the cyclone between Cape Keerweer to Cape York would be “short lived”.

    “It will move quickly over land just south of Weipa as a category one system, but still strong enough to carry 90kph winds, and gusts to up 120kph,” he said.

    “It should weaken pretty quick but then it’ll pop out in the northern coral sea today … or tomorrow.”

    On Wednesday January 02, 2019, the Cairns Post reported on Cyclone Penny’s direct hit on Weipa…

    Weipa hit by Penny’s first strike

    The Bureau of Meteorology reported the system made landfall at 3.30pm yesterday and weather stations on the ground recorded sustained winds at the centre of 75km/h, with gusts of up to 110km/h.

    Yet, if we visit the BoM’s weather observations data page for Weipa – http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ60801/IDQ60801.94170.shtml – and scroll down to January 01, we see the highest recorded wind is 43km/h, with gusts to 76km/h.

    More from the Cairns Post…

    Weipa business owner Sally Parr has lived in the Far North Queensland mining town for 20 years. She said worse storms had impacted the town without being labelled tropical cyclones.

    “We have a lot of trees down and had a lot of wind and rain … the eye is passing now and I think we’re going to get smashed from the other side” she said.

    In the Australia-Fiji region, category one cyclones have sustained winds of 63 to 88km/h, with gusts 91 to 125km/h .

    Yet “Tropical Cyclone Penny” already has a Wikipedia entry – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018%E2%80%9319_Australian_region_cyclone_season#Tropical_Cyclone_Penny

    Tropical Cyclone Penny made landfall on the western Cape York Peninsula coastline just south of Weipa at approximately 15:30 local time on 1 January, generating maximum ten-minute sustained winds of 75 km/h (45 mph) near the centre.

    And on January 03, 2019, the Cairns Post reported that Mapoon, 72 kilometres north of Weipa, suffered the worst damage…

    Cape reels from Penny

    The small aboriginal community of Mapoon at the northern tip of Queensland copped the brunt of the cyclone as it crossed land on its journey to the Coral Sea.

    …it appeared only one house, struck by a large tree, had received structural damage.

    The nearest BoM recording site on the other side of Mapoon is Horn Island, 164 kilometres north-north-east of Mapoon. Horn Island recorded winds of 43km/h and gusts to 72km/h, so “TC Penny” wasn’t a cyclone there either.

    Oddly, Horn Island’s near neighbour Thursday Island, just two kilometres away, recorded winds of 65km/h and gusts to 91km/h. So “TC Penny” scraped into category one cyclone status there for about an hour.

    Nonetheless, the official record now says the second cyclone to hit Queensland in the 2018-19 season struck Weipa on New Year’s Day. It seems that facts don’t matter when it’s all about the narrative.

    The need for a Royal Commission into the government enterprises that have been taken over by ideologues, beginning with the BoM, the CSIRO and the ABC, has never been greater.

  25. John Constantine

    The Tyrant of all the chicoms has cracked down on capital flowing to australia for the flip dogbox apartment market.

    Here is the hard headed assessment of the future of the aussie Ponzi.

    What if the Tyrant cracks down again on the wool market?.

    What if he tariffs barley?.

    [can we mention the Tyrant can always cut the legs out of the foreign student market overnight?.]

    The Tyrant allowed the dogbox Ponzi as long as it had benefits, creating a class of chicom Landsharks billionaires that could bribe australia’s quisling orc elites into economic genocide for the anglosphere settlement.

    That phase is over?.

    Don’t think the next phase will be pleasant.

    Putting our necks in a Tyrant’s noose Is Our Strength.

    Comrades.

  26. Exactly what decolonizing math would entail isn’t entirely clear

    1 + 1 = 2 (This is an example of colonialist “white” maths, thus alternative “black” answers should be presented as having equal value)

  27. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I t’ink I made number 28. That’s good enough for today.
    It is Friday, isn’t it? Did Sinc pick up this thread in the Post-Christmas sales?

    Good buy. It’s not even shopworn. Yet.

    I see too that fires are under discussion.
    Any Australian bushfire is now due to glowball warming.
    Summer is cancelled from now on; seasons are for ‘deniers’.
    And for old people, who can remember the fires of yore.
    Euthanase them now. The narrative can and must be defended.

  28. zyconoclast

    NYC ‘Muslim Community Patrol’ Car Not Approved by Us, NYPD Says

    In late December 2018, New York residents spotted a white and blue “Muslim Community Patrol” (MCP) vehicle that looks like an official NYPD vehicle. Yet in a statement to PJ Media on Wednesday, the NYPD disavowed any link to the Muslim Community Patrol. Any attempts to enforce Sharia (Islamic law) would not be sanctioned by the police.

    “This is not an NYPD vehicle,” Sergeant Jessica McRorie told PJ Media. “The NYPD did not outfit or label this vehicle. This group is not officially sanctioned by the NYPD and they are subject to the law.”

    The New York Post reported on the Muslim Community Patrol vehicle on Christmas Eve last year. The Muslim Community Patrol joined the J3wish population’s Sh0mr1m and the Brooklyn Asian Safety Patrol, longstanding religious and racial community groups that provide security for local minorities.

  29. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Some want to go further, challenging the philosophical foundations of mathematics itself.

    Already been done, with feminist bridges.

  30. jupes

    These pictures are nearly as nauseating as Frydembeggers and Ed Husic going the tongue in federal parliament

    No, they’re worse.

  31. zyconoclast

    NYC ‘Muslim Community Patrol’ Car Not Approved by Us, NYPD Says

    n late December 2018, New York residents spotted a white and blue “Muslim Community Patrol” (MCP) vehicle that looks like an official NYPD vehicle. Yet in a statement to PJ Media on Wednesday, the NYPD disavowed any link to the Muslim Community Patrol. Any attempts to enforce Sharia (Islamic law) would not be sanctioned by the police.

    “This is not an NYPD vehicle,” Sergeant Jessica McRorie told PJ Media. “The NYPD did not outfit or label this vehicle. This group is not officially sanctioned by the NYPD and they are subject to the law.”

    The New York Post reported on the Muslim Community Patrol vehicle on Christmas Eve last year. The Muslim Community Patrol joined the J3w1sh population’s Sxxxxx and the Brooklyn Asian Safety Patrol, longstanding religious and racial community groups that provide security for local minorities.

  32. mh

    …it appeared only one house, struck by a large tree, had received structural damage.

    #prayforMapoon

  33. 42 degrees now but the change is coming. Dusty look in the West and the winds swinging to WNW.
    Edenhope dropped 2 degree in a little over half and hour.
    I’ve put a sprinkler on for the chooks.

  34. zyconoclast

    The [email protected] government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.

    The migrants will be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90 days.

    They will be given the option of going to their home country or third countries.

    If they do not leave, the [email protected] authorities have threatened that they will start jailing them from April.

  35. zyconoclast

    Historian: Museums need to ‘reconsider’ European art exhibits because … white supremacy

    A Philadelphia-based art historian and curator believes exhibitions of European art in American museums should be “reconsidered” in light of “a surge in white supremacist violence” across the country.

    Alexander Kaufmann says that “[b]ecause the centering of Europe is baked into the architecture” of museums, and “usually inhabit the largest and most central galleries,” people might not notice a connection to white supremacy.

    “But white supremacists do,” he adds ominously.

  36. zyconoclast

    White and male UK judiciary ‘from another planet’, says Lady Hale

    There are several reasons for desiring a more diverse judiciary in terms of gender balance, ethnicity and social background, Hale said. The most important of these is so the public can “look at the judges and say ‘They are our judges’,” rather than seeing them as “beings from another planet”.

  37. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We have a lot of trees down

    A bit of a cyclone like that would be very welcome to homeowners with tree-growth obstructed views around Sydney harbor. Someone please tell the weather gods they sent the wrong storm with that hail recently. More wind needed to knock off a few unwanted tree canopies. You can’t build a building to obstruct a neighbour’s outlook but you (including Council) can plant any height of tree you like. Not a leaf of it can then be touched. Encouraged by rabid greenies on Councils, grand vistas, both public ones and private ones, become lost in scrub.

    Oh the happy sound of chainsaws at work when certain northern harbor areas were declared bushfire prone and trees could be trimmed if very near premises. Southern harbor missed out though. 🙁

  38. Snoopy

    Horn Island recorded winds of 43km/h and gusts to 72km/h, so “TC Penny” wasn’t a cyclone there either.

    Oddly, Horn Island’s near neighbour Thursday Island, just two kilometres away, recorded winds of 65km/h and gusts to 91km/h. So “TC Penny” scraped into category one cyclone status there for about an hour.

    The differing wind speeds are likely due to local topography. The weather station at Horn island is at the airport surrounded by flat land.

    TI is dominated by two hills which cause local windspeed to increase.

  39. jupes

    While you Eastern Staters suffer through the new phenomenon of a “heatwave” spare a though for us in the west. Perth experienced its coldest January night since 2001 – degrees.

    Probably won’t hear about it on the ABC though.

  40. Roger

    The [email protected] government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.

    Note the Western media’s continued use of the term “migrants” to describe putative asylum seekers who bypassed several countries of refuge to enter a third, prosperous country illegally.

    It’s a use of language intended to normalise this phenomenon.

    Ironically, it illuminates it, for that’s what they mostly are – economic migrants, as Israel has determined.

  41. Tel

    Already been done, with feminist bridges.

    So that makes 1 point awarded to mathematics and “huh? what?” awarded to the feminists.

  42. Entropy

    Exactly what decolonizing math would entail isn’t entirely clear

    This is the sort of shit that happens when you let professors in the social “sciences” play with numbers.

  43. Infidel Tiger

    Worst Australian cricket team in living memory.

  44. Up The Workers!

    Regarding the creaking “Leaning Tower of Sydney”, I note that the development was finally approved in 2015.

    I don’t suppose that the names: “Dishonest Eddie Obeid”, “Left Testicle” and “Sir Lunchalot” might have appeared prominently on the Development Approval documentation, by any stretch of the imagination…?

  45. IT,

    Worst Australian cricket team in living memory.

    I had the unfortunate experience of having the TV get changed to the cricket whilst having a couple of refreshing beer in the pub yesterday arvo.
    The thing that really got to me was the colour – pink.
    The screen was dominated by pink tones from the grounds and from the networks.
    WTF?

  46. Snoopy

    Infidel Tiger
    #2898403, posted on January 4, 2019 at 1:35 pm
    Worst Australian cricket team in living memory.

    And not a Boomer among them.

  47. braddles

    Last night at 7:30 pm, “Wind and Other” sources were supplying just 2.6% of electricity demand in the five Eastern/Southern States, at exactly the time that demand was the highest of the summer so far (28GW). Nearly all of the other 97.4% was being met by fossil fuels. (Source: AEMO website)

    This is after 20 years of building subsidised wind towers, and installing subsidised solar panels from here to Woop Woop.

    By 3 am, “Wind and Other” had risen to about 15%, at exactly the time it was not needed.

    If a system cannot be relied on to produce energy when it is most needed, it is useless. Worse than useless, in fact.

  48. Entropy

    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.

  49. Infidel Tiger

    And not a Boomer among them.

    Except for the head selector and board.

  50. stackja

    John Constantine
    #2898369, posted on January 4, 2019 at 1:02 pm
    Opal Towers investors demanding bail outs.

    Here comes the start of those caught in the Ponzi, demanding the government do something.

    Pyramid Déjà vu.
    Shine for some.

  51. Up The Workers!

    To Farmer Gez at 1.18pm,

    I put my sprinkler on too, at Hoppers Crossing but all I got was the usual water.

    No chooks, as at Edenhope.

  52. stackja

    Winston Smith
    #2898405, posted on January 4, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    McGrath

  53. Entropy:

    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.

    Could we duct tape Eddie Oneid and Shorten to the wings?
    For Scientific Purposes of course.
    Wouldn’t want to sound frivolous.

  54. Dr Faustus

    Never mind that Hong Kong’s miniconstitution, the Basic Law, says domestic Chinese law doesn’t apply to Hong Kong.

    That provision was inserted to preserve the illusion that the English Common Law and the independent judiciary to interpret it would continue (at least to the 50 year limit) under “one country, two systems” government. Otherwise, Hong Kong’s role as an Asian commercial hub would have ended in 1997.

    Emperor Xi’s eunuchs are busy eroding that security, all unknowing.

  55. Nick

    On no Dr Faustus, they know exactly what they are doing.

  56. Black Ball

    The thing that really got to me was the colour – pink.
    The screen was dominated by pink tones from the grounds and from the networks.
    WTF?

    McGrath Foundation use the Sydney Test as a fundraiser into breast cancer research. Set up in honour of Glen’s deceased wife Jane. Day 3 is when the pink goes into overdrive.

  57. stackja

    Woman gamer quits team, citing harassment
    Emily Gera, Reuters
    an hour ago

    A woman Overwatch Contenders player has stepped down from a North American team just weeks after signing, following harassment and doxxing threats from some members of the game’s community.

    Ellie first signed to the Second Wind team of aspiring pro-players on December 21, 2018, according to an announcement on the team’s official Twitter account.

  58. Black Ball

    Declaration imminent from India to enforce following on from our pathetic batting line up

  59. Infidel Tiger

    I think it’s time to retire the McGrath Foundaton Pink Test.

    How many more seasons do we have to put up with it?

    Jane has been dead for years and he has remarried.

  60. thefrollickingmole

    Makka
    #2898316, posted on January 4, 2019 at 11:58 am
    Just another reason to avoid the place;

    Qatar introduces 100 per cent ‘sin tax’, doubling price of alcohol overnight
    World Cup 2022 host Qatar has rolled out its ‘sin tax’, which has doubled the price of alcohol overnight.

    Ahem… We are in front of them.
    https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Excise-and-excise-equivalent-goods/Alcohol-excise/Excise-rates-for-alcohol/

    ……
    Excise rates are expressed per litre of alcohol (LAL) for alcoholic beverages. The volume of alcohol subject to excise duty is calculated by multiplying the actual volume of product by its alcoholic strength. For example, 3,000 litres of spirit with alcohol strength of 3.3% will have 99 LAL.

    Excise rates for alcohol are indexed twice a year, in line with the consumer price index (CPI) – generally on 1 February (5 February in 2018) and 1 August.
    ….

    Brandy may or may not make you randy, but the tax department gets a horn over it.

    Brandy
    $ per litre of alcohol
    78.30

  61. Tel

    Woman gamer quits team, citing harassment

    More honest headline would be, “Gamer claiming to be a woman, quits team after background was questioned”.

    Point being that it’s rare for people to come from nowhere with a lot of skill. Doubly so for a real woman gamer who would for sure be known by at least a few people and would have worked up the ranks over time. People have learned to be extremely skeptical about everything, all the time.

  62. Stimpson J. Cat

    Daily Wire God-King Jeremy Boreing

    Imagine writing an article on your own website calling your staff this.

    Absolute clowns.

  63. DrBeauGan

    I wish all those idiots screaming about white supremacists would STFU. They are embarrassing us of European descent. OK, so white men invented calculus, we’ve been streets ahead of every other culture in mathematics since euclid. We invented science. Our technology is light years ahead. Our painting, our music are ahead. Our poetry is mostly inferior to the Chinese, but our drama is better. Our architecture used to be better.

    It’s probably a bad idea to keep drawing attention to it.

  64. Nick

    It’s probably a bad idea to keep drawing attention to it.

    It will hopefully reach the point where those who abhor the creations of white culture, eschew them. Let’s start with simple things like air conditioning.

  65. Dr Faustus

    On no Dr Faustus, they know exactly what they are doing.

    They certainly know what they are doing, but not necessarily the consequences.
    Imagine the insurance market for contracts based on PRC law adjudicated by Local People’s Courts.

  66. Stimpson J. Cat

    It’s probably a bad idea to keep drawing attention to it.

    In case you’ve forgotten, the Australian Parliament voted.
    It’s Not OK To Be White.

  67. Memoryvault

    Let’s start with simple things like air conditioning.

    Simple?
    How about we start with flushing toilets.
    Or we can go even further back, to hinged doors.

  68. Dr Fred Lenin

    The chinese fascists tightening up on finance may indicate Trumps actions are beginning to bite,as he knew they would ,keep it up Donald ,panic breeds mistakes and they are fearfull for losing cred if the economy tanks ,the new middle class wont like that. China has been riding high on the trade deficits of Western vountries and Trump knows this , the fsacists were relying on their western traitors like obama keeping the moneyflowing in , but those days are over , reality bites hard as the cosseted fascists s are finding out if Trump gets a second term that will be eight years of hardship for the Chinese fascists ,many changes will occur and sabre rattling wont deflect the aspirstionists who have tasted the good life ,no way they will go back to a bike and a bowl of rice a day. Interesting times.

  69. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Simple?
    How about we start with flushing toilets.
    Or we can go even further back, to hinged doors.

    Antibiotics? Anesthetics?

  70. Stimpson J. Cat

    I imagine if she was of a certain religion the PR team would have been promoting her non-stop.

    Female Police everywhere are always consummate professionals.
    Even the ones that get mistaken for strippers.
    It would be exhausting for her.

  71. thefrollickingmole

    Heres a business that the lefties have decided must be vilified and driven from the marketplace for daring to sell something that hurts “muh feelz”.

    Its quite instructive to see how much they had to torture the regulations to do the ban.

    Christmas gun billboard found to breach rules after over a dozen complaints
    Ad Standards finds Brisbane ad breached firearm storage rules but product ‘legally allowed to be advertised’

    Ad Standards ruled the advertisement breached community standards on health and safety because there are strict rules about proper storage and handling of guns, and “the panel considered that this image is a depiction of material that would be contrary to law”.

    “The panel considered that the product is legally allowed to be advertised … and that there is not a prohibition on advertising firearms per se,” the Ad Standards ruling said.

    “The panel noted that leaving a firearm unsecured or under a Christmas tree is incorrect storage of a firearm and is illegal.”

    So showing a picture of any firearm is haram in leftyland.

    Also its part of an ongoing campaign boosted by the gruinaid
    Guardian Australia reported in April that the business advertised the Victrix bolt-action rifle, which is classified in Australia for hunting and sport, but marketed in the US for military and law-enforcement uses.

  72. Tom

    OldOzzie, many thanks for your links on US politics at 12.26 and 12.28pm — excellent journalism which we would never have got from the dumbed-down Australian media, including the Paywallian.

    And many thanks to Peter Campion at 1.05pm for exposing the Bureau of Meteorology
    on the New Years Day Weipa “cyclone” — a classic case of public servants lying to the public about a major public safety issue because of their corrupt, all-consuming political ideology. Excellent work, Peter.

  73. jupes

    Jane has been dead for years and he has remarried.

    His new wife must hate this test.

  74. jupes

    Our poetry is mostly inferior to the Chinese, but our drama is better.

    How could you possibly know that Beaugy?

  75. Nick

    Antibiotics? Anesthetics?

    Yep. I do it now with Lefties. Watch them go stunned and mute.
    My favourite is asking people to choose between a hospital and a cave with a lemon scented possum in it.

  76. Black Ball

    His new wife must hate this test.

    Indeed. Maybe not as much as the Australian bowlers.

  77. Mother Lode

    Someone mentioned Fat Bastard Palmer twerking on the Kyle and Jackie O show.

    Does anyone know if their station has a studio in the Opal Tower?

    It would have to have been the rhythm of the music the multi-chin-ionaire twerked to setting up standing waves in the structure rather than sheer mass, since any studio Kyle worked at would be subject to his repeated walrus-like heaving between the microphone and chip machine each of five days of every week.

  78. Stimpson J. Cat

    Our poetry is mostly inferior to the Chinese, but our drama is better.

    At the end of the day they eat with sticks.

    I’m sorry but there it is.

  79. Elle

    I think it’s time to retire the McGrath Foundaton Pink Test.

    How many more seasons do we have to put up with it?

    Jane has been dead for years and he has remarried.

    It’s not about Glenn and his relationships, IT.

    A very worthy cause. Bless them.

  80. And we have a fire call out.
    44 degrees and a gale blowing.
    Bugger!

  81. Memoryvault

    How could you possibly know that Beaugy?

    I can’t comment on either, but Mrs MV assures me Chinese plays are awful.
    According to her they take mind-numbing boring to a whole new level.

  82. Snoopy

    Excluding government grants, less than 50% of McGrath Foundation income goes to program delivery.

  83. Tom

    And we have a fire call out.
    44 degrees and a gale blowing.
    Bugger!

    Stay safe, Gez. With the temp around 45C in Vic NW, the wind is a killer — currently gusting up to 60kmh in the Wimmera-Mallee. That’s Ash Wednesday-like.

  84. jupes

    That’s Ash Wednesday-like.

    That’s a cyclone according to the BOM.

  85. Dan Dare

    What’s our equivalent of the “Canteen Eleven”?

  86. Infidel Tiger

    It’s not about Glenn and his relationships, IT.

    A very worthy cause. Bless them.

    Yeah right.

    Be very sceptical of any “foundations”.

    They are at best hopeless and usually fronts for keeping expenses tax free.

  87. Sydney Boy

    Excluding government grants, less than 50% of McGrath Foundation income goes to program delivery.

    That actually makes it a pretty good one. There are many charities in the 10% range.

  88. Infidel Tiger

    What’s our equivalent of the “Canteen Eleven

    Playing right now at the SCG.

  89. Tom

    For Melbourne Cats, the cool change was promised around 3-4pm. It has just hit the surf coast at Airey’s Inlet where the temp has dropped to 22C. Looks to be 1-2 hrs away — it’s still around 44C on that god-forsaken plain west of Melbourne at Avalon.

  90. RobK

    Good luck Gez. Nine years ago I fought in conditions like that. Very dangerous.

  91. Infidel Tiger

    Starc is easily the most overrated cricketer in the world.

  92. calli

    Palmer twerking

    Like pineapple and pizza, two words that have no place alongside each other in the English language.

    Vogon is possible but still objectionable.

  93. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Barack Obama has accomplished many great things in his life, like signing a huge book deal, becoming friends with JAY-Z, landing one of those huge development deals that Netflix loves to hand out, and appearing on an award-winning episode of hit internet comedy series Between Two Ferns (also he was the first black president), but the only achievement that really matters in this world has eluded him—until now. Finally, after 57 long years on this Earth and seemingly constant reminders that he’s a cool dude who likes cool music, Barack Obama has landed on Billboard’s “Hot R&B Songs” chart.

  94. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    And we have a fire call out.
    44 degrees and a gale blowing.
    Bugger!

    All the best Gez – I hope the fire wasn’t deliberately lit?

  95. jupes

    They’ve brought on Travis Head.

    Must be hoping Pant gets his century soon so India can declare.

  96. Infidel Tiger

    Why would India declare?

    They should annihialte and humiliate this atrocious team.

  97. mh

    Any opinion on the SGC pitch? I haven’t seen any of the Test.

  98. jupes

    Why would India declare?

    Why else would Head get a bowl?

  99. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    many changes will occur and sabre rattling wont deflect the aspirstionists who have tasted the good life ,no way they will go back to a bike and a bowl of rice a day. Interesting times.

    The wised-up ones have sent junior to study in Australia, gain citizenship, and bring the others over via family reunion. The study numbers have doubled recently. Time to call a small halt to that for us to take stock and regroup. I have nothing against Chinese immigrants, they are great workers and nice people, but first things first: how many immigrants do we need right now, especially when there are cultural differences that may matter? Some would be good value still, but perhaps not as many as want to come, and certainly not those who don’t want to integrate.

  100. jupes

    Any opinion on the SGC pitch?

    Best to wait till both teams have had a bat.

  101. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hairy booked us last nite, Calli. Queen Elizabeth on 10th June.
    I think he wants us to go via Shanghai first, as I’ve never been there and he loves it.
    I expect we will be doing the Rocky Mountain Mountaineer train after the cruise.

    All in the air except the cruise though. That now set in stone. And AUD’s.

    He has a further cardiac angiogram next week, but will not let that hinder his plans. Gotta hand it to the Hairy Auld Ape, he is a doer and not inclined to sit back and rest.

  102. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I expect we will be doing the Rocky Mountain Mountaineer train after the cruise.

    Highly recommended, Lizzie B.

  103. calli

    Shanghai is very interesting. The old town has some nice shopping and a walk on the bund is a must. Also a “Shanghai by Nite” cruise to see the lights.

    Some trivia for your next pub night – the flower of Shanghai is the Southern Magnolia (that’s right, the USA one), and Shanghai had a large J-wish population during the 30’s and 40’s, many of whom escaped the Reich with the assistance of a very wealthy and influential brothel owner.

  104. JC

    Chatting with a pal.

    Apple is fucked and it’s just not the China story. Market capitalisation is is now US$674 billion on the close.
    They have a cash hoard of US$250 billion, which means the business is really worth 674 – 250 = US$425 billion.

    But what’s really fucking huge against them is the WSJ story. My pal picked up that Netflix will no longer accept subscription through the Apple app store in ITunes. He thinks the other big players will follow along. That’s really significant.

    It also shows how market power is fleeting.

    He reckons Apple will be down another 40% from here over the next two years.

    With Apple looking like it’s in a massive valuation vortex, look for Facebook whose market cap is US$380 billion to be absolutely creamed over 2019. Fuckerberg will get a serious kicking and I predicted he won’t be CEO by the end of the year. I also think Cook at Apple isn’t long for this life either.

  105. Infidel Tiger

    There is zero reason to upgrade smartphones.

    The only new features they have are worthless to 99% of non austistic consumers.

  106. calli

    You’re on the cruise before ours, Lizzie. We embark June 20 – inside passage and back then the loop around to NYC.

  107. Black Ball

    Best to wait till both teams have had a bat.

    Said that in Melbourne too.

  108. mh

    He reckons Apple will be down another 40% from here over the next two years.

    Apple should not have banned Alex Jones’ Infowars.

    Apple deserves everything that is coming to them.

  109. Infidel Tiger

    Yeah the share price is totall related to alex jones.

    This is a very strange website.

  110. JC

    mh

    What relationship did Disinfo wars have with Apple as I don’t understand? Did they have an app?

  111. mh

    Pant closing in on his century and India already over 500.

  112. Roger

    Shanghai had a large J-wish population during the 30’s and 40’s

    And an even larger White Russian population, many of whom later came to Australia.

  113. Bushkid

    “But white supremacists do,” he adds ominously.

    Just WTF is this “white supremacist” bullish*t about?

    You’re born the colour you are, without your consent, so you make the best of it. Or you don’t. Simple.

  114. Infidel Tiger

    Khawaja is bowling.

    Australia have conceded.

    Weak c units.

  115. woolfe

    Is travel insurance an issue Lizzie? Depending on age and pre existing they are loathe to provide cover.

  116. mh

    JC, they banned the app from the App Store because of “objectionable content”.

    These corporate dickheads are beyond belief.

  117. jupes

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

    New weapon for on for Australia – Khawaja!

  118. Rae

    Inside Passage cruises. No Glacier Bay, no College Fiord, no Brooks River bear viewing via Kenai float plane, and no Denali.

  119. Roger

    Best to wait till both teams have had a bat.

    Flat track…good conditions…what could possibly go wrong?

  120. mh

    Kohli wants mental disintegration. Mission accomplished.

    Yet he is still searching for more. Kohli is the Trump of cricket.

  121. JC

    The dude that should cop a serious hiding ought to be Bezos. I don’t blame him entirely for taking advantage of the corrupt local governments in the US vying for his headquarters. However he should never have taken them up on it as it was unethical and it would have been a lesson teaching experience if he hadn’t taken NYC’s offer with the subsidies.

    But just think of how government fucks over business through intervention. Tons of retailers in the US are going bust and store fronts are closing like there was no tomorrow because of Amazon and governments fall over themselves offering Bezos money to move his headquarters. It’s unspeakable just how bad this is.

  122. DrBeauGan

    jupes
    #2898455, posted on January 4, 2019 at 2:33 pm
    Our poetry is mostly inferior to the Chinese, but our drama is better.

    How could you possibly know that Beaugy?

    I’ve read a lot. And talked to lots of people.

    There’s nothing to compare with Shakespeare in Chinese drama, which is highly ritualised, like Japanese. Modern Chinese operas are OK, i saw one in Xian year before last.

    Western musical instruments are more varied and more powerful than those of China, which is why they have copied ours. Chinese kids learn violins and pianos. They are pinching our good ideas. And some of our bad ones, like Marxism. This is fair enough, we pinched some of their good ideas in the fourteenth century.

  123. Infidel Tiger

    Finally you are coming good JC.

    Humans should not be viewed as economic units.

  124. calli

    Doing Denali Express up to Fairbanks, flight over Arctic Circle and a host of other stuff. Then over to Calgary and the Canada loop ending in Vancouver.

    I’m hanging out to see the Butchart Gardens. Heard all about planting from the bosun’s chair. I want to see how she did it.

  125. Muddy

    re. so-called extreme weather:
    Wouldn’t it be catchier to call it Far Right Weather, or simply Conservative Weather?

  126. mh

    Tonight’s headline?

    Pant pulls Australia’s pants down.

  127. Elle

    Tonight’s headline?

    Pant pulls Australia’s pants down.

    Pant gives Australia a wedgie. 😁

  128. jupes

    Pant pulls Australia’s pants down.

    Shorter: Pantsed!

  129. calli

    That would be a Cosmic Wedgie, Elle.

  130. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We have never had a prolem with travel insurance so far. As long as things are treated they just add a premium for pre-existing. See how we go with this ew thing. He’d self-insure rather than not go.

  131. Infidel Tiger

    Hopeless Xunts more fitting.

  132. JC

    Funny couple of comments on a story about how long one should keep US tax returns docs.

    Budyesterday
    What’s a tax return?

    Fish head

    Seven years.

    frank

    Be sure to keep your High School calendar too. That’s the lesson from 2018

  133. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    On my phone. Guess you can tell. :)3

  134. jupes

    I’ve read a lot. And talked to lots of people.

    Yeah but how much Chinese poetry have you read?

    Does it rhyme?

  135. mh

    Pantsed!

    Yeah, someone will go with that. The Daily Tele most likely.

  136. mh

    The Tele currently has Pant piles on pain

  137. Black Ball

    Jadeja ton by close.

  138. jupes

    Yeah, someone will go with that. The Daily Tele most likely.

    They’ve got Blair, the best headline writer in the country. He’ll do better than that.

  139. jupes

    Pant piles on pain

    LOL

    Told you.

  140. JC

    Artie

    When have I ever supported subsidies? Like never.

  141. Muddy

    For the military nerds: some cool photos of U.S. forces in 2018.

  142. Bruce

    Simple solution to the pill-testing caper:

    Anyone presenting or caught with “alt. pharamaceuticals” to be made to take two of whatever they have, on the spot.

    If they don’t collapse and die in the next half hour, they can go in.

    If they have a “commercial quantity”, i.e., more than four, they get to take four of each and wait for the results. If they refuse, they get the FULL lab treatment, and detention pending results.

    There is “pill-testing’ and “pill testing”.

  143. Elle

    They’ve got Blair, the best headline writer in the country.

    Agreed. He’s up there with Roger Franklin.

  144. stackja

    Teen accused of fatal Scientology stabbing opposed his mum undergoing ‘purification’
    Danielle Gusmaroli, The Daily Telegraph
    11 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    The teenager who allegedly went on a knife-wielding rampage at the Church of Scientology, stabbing one member fatally in the neck and slashing another, was trying to stop his mother undergoing an intense “purification” process that claims to rid the body of drugs and toxins to reach a spiritual high.

    The 16-year-old Chinese national, who was not a Church member, had begged his mother not to undergo the introductory Purification Rundown cleanse in an argument the night before, a source revealed.

  145. twostix

    the public can “look at the judges and say ‘They are our judges’,”

    What “Lady” Hale is saying via the approving Guardian is that people want to be governed by institutions full of people that look and think like themselves.

    Hmmmmmm.

  146. DrBeauGan

    Yeah but how much Chinese poetry have you read?

    Does it rhyme?

    Books of the stuff. In various translations.

    No.

    Any good writing that says anything important will survive a good translation. Even a mediocre one, sometimes. You can read the lady Murasaki’s Tale of Genji and decide it tells you more about her culture than you want to know. Makes the Brontë sisters look adult and mature.

  147. P

    Democrat Representative Rashida Tlaib was sworn in today as one of the first Muslim women in Congress. As a self-described Palestinian-American she represents Detroit and the surrounding suburbs, and is being heralded as the new voice of the Democrat party.

    treehouse recommends you back up the video in case youtube deletes the original.

  148. P

    Yes, this is the modern professional Democrat party:

    “We’re going to impeach the motherfucker”.

    I had to post this separately for fear of it going into moderation.

  149. cohenite

    The koran is an enemy blueprint for conquest. Some pretty bint in a muslim uniform swears on it and is in effect declaring war on the West. It’s great.

  150. Tel

    Our poetry is mostly inferior to the Chinese, but our drama is better.

    Zen poetry beats all.

    Short & sharp … like a Trump tweet.

  151. JC

    Really?

    Evidence is now circulating among lawmakers in Washington that makes the case that Obama administration intelligence officials John Brennan and James Clapper hacked FISA court judge Reggie Walton in addition to Supreme Court Justice John Roberts.

    Big League Politics’ expose on the alleged Roberts hack has rocked the corridors of power. Now, we have more information coming to light about the FISA court — which infamously held no hearings regarding the fraudulent FISA warrant applications to surveil Carter Page and by extension other members of President Trump’s team. And there’s more: James Comey’s henchmen at the FBI are proven to have covered it up. (RELATED: How Deep State ‘Journalist’ Michael Isikoff Has Been Setting Up Mueller’s Enemies For Years).

    Tapes released by Federal Judge G. Murray Snow — preserved on a Whistleblower Soundcloud page — show real estate billionaire Timothy Blixseth explaining Brennan and Clapper’s surveillance program to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and detective Mike Zullo. The existence of this surveillance program has been corroborated by Wikileaks’ “Vault 7” release and by the public comments of former CIA and NSA contractor Dennis Montgomery, who says he worked on the program for Brennan and Clapper.

    and

    “You know who that guy is? That’s the head of the FISA court they hacked into, Reggie Walton,” Blixseth tells the investigators.

    “John Roberts, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, was hacked,” Blixseth tells Arpaio and Zullo.

    L

    Insiders have always been skeptical of Roberts’ motives for siding with President Obama on the 2012 Obamacare case. While there’s still no available evidence that Roberts was blackmailed, the allegation that he was “hacked” by Obama officials provides some more context into the justice’s controversial career.

    As Big League Politics reported, former FBI director James Comey seized and buried volumes of information that demonstrated this wide-ranging government surveillance operation targeting Donald Trump before he became president.

    I hope it’s bullshit, but with Brennan anything is possible.

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/evidence-brennan-and-clapper-hacked-fisa-court-judge-reggie-walton-comey-covered-it-up/

  152. thefrollickingmole

    Alternate headline: “Australian cricket, its completely pants”
    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/pants

    (Britain, slang) Rubbish; something worthless.
    You’re talking pants!
    The film was a load [or pile] of pants.

  153. DrBeauGan

    Tel
    #2898560, posted on January 4, 2019 at 4:41 pm
    Our poetry is mostly inferior to the Chinese, but our drama is better.

    Zen poetry beats all.

    Short & sharp … like a Trump tweet.

    Why I disagree with most Japanese and rate Issa above Basho.

  154. vr

    JC — The last few months Cook spent (at least it seemed like it) playing finger-wagging and telling us how we should live our lives,what we can and can’t say and ironically criticising FB. That was the beginning of the end for apple. He was a distracted CEO.

  155. jupes

    For the military nerds: some cool photos of U.S. forces in 2018.

    Thanks Muddy. I note that in the first 50 odd photos, there was only one (obvious) female soldier. Goes to show that there are at least some men left in the US Army who understand war.

    Unlike our emasculated cucks.

  156. DrBeauGan

    I doubt the Trump tweets will ever be classed as poetry, but they are intelligent and often funny.

    Actually, a claim that they are literary treasures would be worth publishing just to see the response.

  157. Rae

    I’m hanging out to see the Butchart Gardens.

    They are beautiful.

  158. Armadillo

    Doc, why the hell are you reading Chinese poetry?

    Did you just wake up one morning and go “What the fuck, I’m going to read some Chinese poetry”?

    No one does that. It’s bizarre. Thinking about buying a “Sweet and Sour Pork” for lunch is normal. Reading Chinese poetry, not so much.

  159. calli

    That new hijabi is all class. An ornament to Congress.

    Keep blowharding Rashida! We demand more!

  160. Armadillo

    The idea of having tacos for dinner has never inspired me to read Inca poetry. I doubt I’m Robinson Crusoe on that front.

  161. P

    The existential threat of our time‘: Pelosi elevates climate change on day one

    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, and the Energy and Commerce Committee announced that climate change would be the subject of its very first hearing this year.

  162. JC

    vr

    Outside of the phones, Apple’s product range is just not as Wow! advanced as it used to be. I was in a JB store the other day and their competitor range is really good. The Microtheft range could even be better. I got an Apple tablet for Xmas this year…I’m not wowed. It’s better than the old one but it’s also no big deal either.

  163. stackja

    Mary Edwards Walker, commonly referred to as Dr. Mary Walker, was an American abolitionist, prohibitionist, prisoner of war and surgeon. She is the only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor. In 1855, she earned her medical degree at Syracuse Medical College in New York, married and started a medical practice. Wikipedia

    Walker felt that she had been awarded the Medal of Honor because she had gone into enemy territory to care for the suffering inhabitants, when no man had the courage to do so, for fear of being imprisoned.

  164. miltonf

    What is it with these evil old slags?

  165. Armadillo

    the Energy and Commerce Committee announced

    Trump needs to tweet he’s just cut their funding. To $1.

  166. stackja

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

    A large-scale police operation is underway in Sydney’s south after a multi-suburb crime rampage — which included carjacking, a crash and multiple stabbings — left one man dead on the road and another stabbed in the stomach.

    The death is believed to be a case of self-harm by a man who carjacked a Woolworth’s delivery van and crashed it into multiple cars outside Fitness First gym in Rockdale, the infamous death scene of bikie Mick Hawi.

    The offender then stabbed in the stomach a man who came out from the gym and attempted to calm him down, before carjacking a red taxi and driving it away on the wrong side of the road and up onto the footpath.

    Soon afterwards, police set up a crime scene was set up around a dead body on the road at Arncliffe, where the red taxi ended up.

    NSW Police and NSW Ambulance have multiple crews in the area and there are reports of other incidents nearby which could be related.

    An AAP reporter said there were a number of police cars on Forest Rd near St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Primary School in nearby Arncliffe. There was a white sheet on the ground at the scene.

    AAP understands the Arncliffe incident is self-harm and related to the Rockdale incident.

    West Botany St remains taped off and police are interviewing people at the scene.

    The Rockdale incident occurred outside the Fitness First gym, which was infamously the death scene of former bikie boss Mick Hawi.

  167. Bruce of Newcastle

    Pelosi elevates climate change on day one

    Nothing says good government like wasting vast amounts of money on something meaningless.

  168. vr

    JC — Don’t disagree. It took them 5 years I think, to update Macbook Air. That should never have been the case. I was looking to buy a machine for my parents the Air was on the list (they only surf the web) until I realised how old it was. Ended up getting the Pro — only reason I ended up getting its because the updating it seems less problematic, even my parent can do it.

    Sinclair has a new Surface and loves it.

  169. DrBeauGan

    Armadillo
    #2898572, posted on January 4, 2019 at 5:01 pm
    Doc, why the hell are you reading Chinese poetry?

    Did you just wake up one morning and go “What the fuck, I’m going to read some Chinese poetry”?

    No one does that. It’s bizarre. Thinking about buying a “Sweet and Sour Pork” for lunch is normal. Reading Chinese poetry, not so much.

    I don’t read much Chinese poetry these days, ‘Dillo, but 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. 😁

  170. Infidel Tiger

    Outside of the phones, Apple’s product range is just not as Wow! advanced as it used to be. I was in a JB store the other day and their competitor range is really good. The Microtheft range could even be better. I got an Apple tablet for Xmas this year…I’m not wowed. It’s better than the old one but it’s also no big deal either.

    Microsoft is doing really well.

    An amazing company that has never relied on fads.

  171. cohenite

    Armadillo

    #2898582, posted on January 4, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    the Energy and Commerce Committee announced

    Trump needs to tweet he’s just cut their funding. To $1.

    That suggestion needs to be sent to Trump.

  172. thefrollickingmole

    Mary Edwards Walker,
    Interesting old lady, but almost certainly a spy.

    In September 1862, Walker wrote to the War Department requesting employment as a spy, but her proposal was declined.[13] In September 1863, she was employed as a “Contract Acting Assistant Surgeon (civilian)” by the Army of the Cumberland, becoming the first female surgeon employed by the U.S. Army Surgeon.[14] Walker was later appointed assistant surgeon of the 52nd Ohio Infantry. During her service, she frequently crossed battle lines and treated civilians.

    On April 10, 1864, she was captured by Confederate troops, and arrested as a spy, just after she finished helping a Confederate doctor perform an amputation. She was sent to Castle Thunder in Richmond, Virginia, and remained there until August 12, 1864, when she was released as part of a prisoner exchange.

    And her Medal of Honor was suitably vague about the services she performed.

  173. Tel

    That suggestion needs to be sent to Trump.

    #MAGASuggestionBox

  174. bespoke

    Infidel Tiger
    #2898587, posted on January 4, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    An amazing company that has never relied on fads.

    Vista? They took Tech bloggers to seriously and added fluff that bogged down a good OS.

  175. The idea of having tacos for dinner

    Lol. Aren’t they those yank things? Some sort of foreign tucker? Deep fried corn biscuit with meat & lettuce shoved into them?
    You see everything on the cat.
    I haven’t seen or heard of tacos in what feels like 20 years.
    Except a couple of years ago there was a yankee working here in the kitchen, he put ’em on the menu. I think one person actually ordered some. Only because the kitchen was closing up & everything was switched off.

  176. Armadillo

    Pub boy. The world is weird place. Croissants aren’t from where you would expect either.

    Don’t start me on per capita pizza eaters.

  177. Entropys

    JC, I reckon Apple is again like it was in the early nineties. Before Steve Jobs’ second coming to save the company. And Jobs is dead. Here is how he put it back then

    ”What happened at Apple, to be honest, over the years was the goal used to be to make the best computers in the world. And that was goal one. Goal two, we got from Hewlett-Packard actually which was “we have to make a profit”. Because if we don’t make a profit we can’t do goal one. So, yeah, I mean we enjoyed making a profit, but the purpose of making a profit was so we can make the best computers in the world.

    Along the way somewhere those two got reversed. The goal is to make a lot of money and well, if we have to make some good computers well ok we’ll do that… ’cause we can make a lot of money doing that. And, it’s very subtle. It’s very subtle at first, but it turns out it’s everything. That one little subtle flip… takes 5 years to see it, but that one little subtle flip in 5 years means everything.
    ….
    Lastly, we’re really big on making computers our friends can afford, and not all our friends are Larry Ellison. So, we’ve got to make computers that are really affordable and I think that’s another place that Apple got really off-track and we are just driving that really hard.”

  178. Top Ender

    Even now, a short, irritable man with narcissistic delusions and doubtful faded blond hair is reading this, and thinking: “Yes, Kevin 07 could have a place in this, some how, some day…there’ll be a reason for singing…”

    Australia is one of the ten most powerful nations in the world and deserves a place in the G8, an audit of geopolitical capability has found.

    The Henry Jackson Society in the UK says that Australia is even more politically powerful than Russia because it is a “hemispheric power’’ capable of projecting itself and defending its own interest within the southern hemisphere. The study has found that Russia, however, is only a regional power.

    Oz

  179. Bruce of Newcastle

    Entertaining to watch an Indian Chinaman bowler bowl to a Pakistani Australian batsman.

  180. Leigh Lowe

    mh

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

    Tonight’s headline?

    Pant pulls Australia’s pants down.

    PANT’S ON FIRE!

  181. JC

    Lol. Aren’t they those yank things? Some sort of foreign tucker? Deep fried corn biscuit with meat & lettuce shoved into them?
    You see everything on the cat.

    Yep, pretty much all including supercilious boofheads, directing traffic from a truck stop in the Queensland backwards. A weal astryan.

  182. Entropys

    The Henry Jackson Society in the UK says that Australia is even more politically powerful than Russia because it is a “hemispheric power’’ capable of projecting itself and defending its own interest within the southern hemisphere

    That is seriously hilarious.

  183. bespoke

    11. Netherlands
    Shawarma (grilled lamb) is a popular topping in the Netherlands along with a “Double Dutch” pizza consisting of double meat, double onion, and double cheese

    .

    Anything with double meat is the best but Ill go with double pineapple just to annoy calli.

  184. JC

    Ent

    I had the impression they were living off their decade long tech pipeline since Jobs left the building. There’s nothing really new about their product range – certainly no wow factor. And as vr suggested, Cook started his SJW bullshit and the rest is history… or history is coming home to bite them in the arse. Still, with a cash hoard of US$250 billion they aren’t going broke tomorrow.

  185. Myrddin Seren

    Australia is one of the ten most powerful nations in the world and deserves a place in the G8, an audit of geopolitical capability has found.

    Translation:

    We would like to welcome you to the Really Big Spend Table.

    Membership includes higher foreign aid budgets, defence entanglements in Far Off Places, the War on Climate Change/Plastic/Sugar/Fat, and Hating Trump.

  186. jupes

    PANT’S ON FIRE!

    LOL

    You win.

  187. As John Constantine called it earlier today, hay fires a danger in this weather.
    A smallish stack of about a hundred big squares was the fire call.
    Spread to a pasture padddock but that was easily controlled. A ploughed break has been put in around the area and now it’s sit and wait for the hay to burn out. Rosters are neeeded as it can take days for high density squares to fully burn. They’re like big briquettes.

  188. Memoryvault

    Haven’t we already done the pizza/pineapple thing?
    Wasn’t the consensus that a pizza without pineapple was like a burger without beetroot?

  189. Stimpson J. Cat

    Only incredibly pretentiousness people can count and read ethnic poetry.
    The very definition of posers.

  190. Stimpson J. Cat

    The only thing more pretentious than reading ethnic poetry is telling other people you have read ethnic poetry.
    And you would only read ethnic poetry for the purpose of telling other people you have read ethnic poetry.

    It’s diabolical.

  191. Leigh Lowe

    jupes

    #2898617, posted on January 4, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    PANT’S ON FIRE!

    LOL

    You win

    Actually, I heard that an English commentator had used tgat one.

  192. Stimpson J. Cat

    The Henry Jackson Society in the UK says that Australia is even more politically powerful than Russia because it is a “hemispheric power’’ capable of projecting itself and defending its own interest within the southern hemisphere

    Are they Libertarians?
    They sound like Libertarians.

  193. DrBeauGan

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2898620, posted on January 4, 2019 at 6:06 pm
    Only incredibly pretentiousness people can count and read ethnic poetry.
    The very definition of posers.

    I think you mean poseur, Stimpy.

  194. Myrddin Seren

    Farmer/Firie Gez

    A ploughed break has been put in around the area

    How’s your back ?

    and now it’s sit and wait for the hay to burn out.

    Do some stretches. Lie on the floor with your legs up to take some pressure off, if nothing else. You will probably be needed in tip-top shape before this eases. If your wife and daughter are not supportive, ignore them as you work on your fitness.

    ( I am being serious – I speak from experience )

  195. Stimpson J. Cat

    I think you mean poseur, Stimpy.

    I don’t think I do actually.

  196. cohenite

    The only ethnic poetry worth reading is by the Romantics.

  197. Memoryvault

    I think you mean poseur, Stimpy.

    Does it count if you know the words to Frere Jaques?

  198. Entropys

    Yes there are bad signs for Apple. That said, apart from the $250b in cash, the correction to the guidance is minus $5b, which sounds bad until you realise that is about 0.5% of revenue. So Apple isn’t in dire straits, and as the economist said, there is a lot of ruin in a multinational corporation.
    There is time to turn things around. Address pricing across the board so it is more competitive, Abe even an uptick in iPhone market share, fill in some market gaps, get its famous ecosystem running again, drop its cut of App Store subscriptions five percent, release some up to date macs, maybe a new design to the iMac, a new Mac Pro that pros actually want. All that could be done in the next twelve months, and not too hard to achieve. Heck I bet they have all those things already, but Cook has been so focussed on being an SJW he forgot to run the company. The price is a bit of a problem though, that was probably Cook’s deliberate strategy. He won’t want to admit he made a mistake.
    I actually think Apple is quite undervalued at the moment. The trick will working out when the bottom is reached

  199. DrBeauGan

    Hey, stimpmeister, you are allowed to pretend to be insane. Why can’t I pretend to have read lots of books?

  200. Infidel Tiger

    Why don’t Apple have a smartphone that the billions of people in the third world can afford?

    Absolute lunacy to have cut yourself off from that market.

  201. Infidel Tiger

    The only ethnic poetry worth reading is by the Romantics.

    Nazi poetry?

  202. How’s your back ?
    I’m still taking pills. All bucket seats in fire tankers these days. The old bench seats would be a good.
    Getting an MRI on Monday to see what’s what.
    Thanks Myrddin for the tips.

  203. Confused Old Misfit

    I like this!

    Nieds Dead Horse
    ‏ @NDH_j_m_f

    Nieds Dead Horse Retweeted John Ekdahl

    Today, BTW, is the 2nd Anniversary of the most unintentionally profound question ever posed on twitter, or elsewhere for that matter, courtesy of @JohnEkdahl

    Nieds Dead Horse added,
    John Ekdahl
    @JohnEkdahl
    The top 3 best selling vehicles in America are pick-ups. Question to reporters: do you personally know someone that owns one?
    9:24 AM – 3 Jan 2019

  204. Entropys

    Why don’t Apple have a smartphone that the billions of people in the third world can afford?

    Because it isn’t profitable. Apparently apart from Apple and Samsung, all the other phone companies, google included, lose money on each phone they sell. .

    In googles case, the profit is in ad revenue, not the pixel itself (and other android phones of course). All the rest plan to make it up in volume.

  205. Memoryvault

    Why don’t Apple have a smartphone that the
    billions of people in the third world can afford?

    Because the poor people in the third world are too busy working in sweatshops, making Apple iphones, to actually be calling other people.

  206. Stimpson J. Cat

    Hey, stimpmeister, you are allowed to pretend to be insane. Why can’t I pretend to have read lots of books?

    I pretend to be Sane, not the other way around you Muppet.
    And I only do that because Sane people are very sensitive about Mental Illness and people that have it.
    That blame it and us for literally everything rather than taking responsibility for themselves and their actions.
    It’s very sad.
    Luckily I still love you all and will continue to guide you all on the path of life towards becoming your bestest selves.

    And stop pretending to read books.
    Just read them.
    It’s good for you.
    You don’t see me pretending to count do you?

  207. thefrollickingmole

    Gruel for the peasants, its to save the planet dont you know!

    Poms never recovered from mad cows disease rotting the brains of victims and greens voters did they?

    Parliament must “seriously consider” levying a tax on meat to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help to render the farming industry carbon neutral, the Green party MP, Caroline Lucas, is urging.

    She will say on Friday that a meat tax in the UK could be offset for more sustainable meat producers, such as organic livestock farmers, through more money for sustainable agriculture schemes.

    Lucas will tell the Oxford Farming Conference, an annual gathering of farmers from across the UK, that the country must prioritise “more humane and human-scale methods of livestock farming, together with support for farmers to transition to less livestock”.

    “If the world’s diet doesn’t change, we simply can’t avoid the worst effects of climate change,” Lucas will say, in a stark warning timed to coincide with the push for people to adopt a vegan diet for a month, the “Veganuary” movement.

    In a call likely to be controversial, she will say: “Better manure management and careful selection of feed can both help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but – at the risk of incurring the wrath of the energy secretary, who said recently that encouraging people to eat less meat would be the worst sort of nanny state ever – we need serious consideration of measures like a meat tax.”

    She said that it would take “more than motivated consumers to bring about sustainability” in agriculture.


    She said: “We need to bring the whole food chain into the circle of responsibility, not leaving farmers to work on their own, together with clear signals that society will play its part in funding this transition through a new agriculture policy.”

    The commissar is here to help you Kulak, why dont you love him?

  208. JC

    Why don’t Apple have a smartphone that the billions of people in the third world can afford?

    It may still be the case, but up to a couple of years Apple phones represented 10% market share. Apple also made 90% of the profits in the segment. Incredible stat.

  209. Armadillo

    Because the poor people in the third world are too busy working in sweatshops, making Apple iphones, to actually be calling other people.

    Bob from Nigeria seems to be going OK The people over there are rolling in it.

  210. Stimpson J. Cat

    It may still be the case, but up to a couple of years Apple phones represented 10% market share. Apple also made 90% of the profits in the segment. Incredible stat.

    Just buy Huawei or Oppo.
    It gives me a warm glow inside knowing somewhere in China there’s some poor Ching Chong spy living in a shoe box wearing a headset who is learning excellent English from tapping my phone.
    I’m literally helping them to upskill for the Red future.
    It’s great.

  211. Tel

    I’m still taking pills. All bucket seats in fire tankers these days. The old bench seats would be a good.
    Getting an MRI on Monday to see what’s what.

    The idea is that you get the scan first to figure out what kind of other activities will Far Kit up worse.

    If the disc is out of place then loading it causes unrepairable damage, possibly nerve damage.

    If it’s just a cramp and pulled muscle then someone can work on that, because muscles repair but discs do not.

  212. DrBeauGan

    You don’t see me pretending to count do you?

    I don’t see you counting, either. ‘Dillo yes, you no. We only have your word for it that you can’t. For all we can tell, you might know what i^i is. To three decimal places, anyway.

  213. Why would I need an iphone?
    Give me five reasons.

  214. Stimpson J. Cat

    And maybe, just maybe one day that spy will be sitting in a Chinese restaurant and he will call over the waiter and ask for a knife, a fork, and a spoon.
    And the waiter and everyone in the restaurant will gasp, but he or she will stand their ground because they know in their heart it is the civilized thing to do.
    And it’s all because of me.

  215. jupes

    The Henry Jackson Society in the UK says that Australia is even more politically powerful than Russia because it is a “hemispheric power’’ capable of projecting itself and defending its own interest within the southern hemisphere

    LOL

    Whoever wrote that is an idiot of the ocean-going class.

  216. Snoopy

    Neinfacts:

    On the first day of divided government in a reordered Washington, Pelosi, now second in line to the presidency, and Trump clashed from their respective ends of Pennsylvania Avenue almost from dawn until dusk.

    Has Pence been abducted by aliens?

  217. jupes

    Interesting case.

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

    Despicable arseholes.

  218. Baldrick

    Why would I need an iphone?
    Give me five reasons.

    I’m easily pleased.
    Give me one.

  219. Armadillo

    Dillo yes, you no

    Don’t count your chickens.

  220. Stimpson J. Cat

    JC why haven’t you found any topless photos of Occasions Cortez yet?
    What exactly do you do all day?

  221. Zyconoclast

    The government already funds and employs nurses.
    Why pay the McGrath Foundation to do it?

    Dont say it is more effective, cheaper or cost effective. This has never been a priority for the health industrial complex.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/McGrath_Foundation

    In 2008, the Australian Government pledged $12.6 million to the McGrath Foundation to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses in 44 communities through to June 2013.[8] This commitment was furthered in 2013 with the announcement of a $18.5 million grant to continue funding 44 existing McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities nationally as well as the placement of up to an additional 10 full-time equivalent McGrath Breast Care Nurse positions.[9] This was extended for a further four years, in November 2016, confirming the positions of 57 Government-funded McGrath Breast Care Nurses until 2021.

  222. jupes

    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.

  223. egg_

    Some want to go further, challenging the philosophical foundations of mathematics itself.

    Already been done, with feminist bridges.

    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).

  224. Armadillo

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

    It’s a spoof piece, Jupes. He’s charged with murder for killing an ISIS dude, and with some misdemeanour for shooting Iraqi civilians.

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