Open Forum: January 5, 2019

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  1. 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

  2. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I met her in a club down in North Soho
    Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry cola
    C-O-L-A cola
    She walked up to me and she asked me to dance
    I asked her name and in a dark brown voice she said, “Lola”
    L-O-L-A Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola
    Well, I’m not the world’s most physical guy
    But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine
    Oh my Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola
    Well, I’m not dumb but I can’t understand
    Why she walk like a woman and talk like a man
    Oh my Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola
    Well, we drank champagne and danced all night
    Under electric candlelight
    She picked me up and sat me on her knee
    And said, “Little boy won’t you come home with me?”
    Well, I’m not the world’s most passionate guy
    But when I looked in her eyes
    Well, I almost fell for my Lola
    Lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola
    Lola lo lo lo lo Lola lo lo lo lo Lola
    I pushed her away, I walked to the door
    I fell to the floor, I got down on my knees
    I looked at her, and she at me
    Well that’s the way that I want it to stay
    And I always want it to be that way for my Lola
    Lo lo lo lo Lola
    Girls will be boys, and boys will be girls
    It’s a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world
    Except for Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola
    Well I left home just a week before
    And I’ve never ever kissed a woman before
    But Lola smiled and took me by the hand
    And said, “Little boy, gonna make you a man”
    Well I’m not the world’s most masculine man
    But I know what I am and I’m glad I’m a man
    And so is Lola
    Lo lo lo lo Lola, lo lo lo lo Lola

    Ray Davis and the Kinks did it far better way back when.

  3. Rossini

    Well top 5 an improvement on past performances!

  4. Infidel Tiger

    Tone wasn’t a fag. That dude was.

  5. None

    So IT is scared that someone might think he’s gay. OK

  6. Infidel Tiger

    What?

    Tone wouldn’t fuck Sheena. The dude on Lola happily banged a shemale.

    Learn to read “lady”.

  7. mh

    A new thread already.

    The last one was about to get an Explicit Lyrics sticker slapped on it.

  8. None

    From the old thread;

    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.

    Indeed Dr B. I think that was the first poem I ever read and I was still in primary school and it remains a favourite. I’ve since learnt a little bit more about the poet; and yes 4th century.

  9. DrBeauGan

    I won’t put up any of what I think is poetry if you guys don’t put up what you think is poetry.

    If not, beware the vogons.

  10. Rockdoctor

    From old thread for any weather nuts like me, especially with mid level ridging slinging them at the QLD coast a tad earlier than usual…

    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.

  11. None

    I used to read anything. I’d read my school library by age ten. 

    Ditto. Yep right down to sauce bottle labels.

  12. Memoryvault

    A Friday Forum AND an Open Forum?
    Has the Doomlord been drinking?

  13. None

    A Friday Forum AND an Open Forum?
    Has the Doomlord been drinking?

    Stay off the crack, Sinc.

  14. John Constantine

    In Xanadu did Mulga Bill

    A burning deck decree

    Where crackered knackers bounded on

    Down to a sunless sea.

  15. Bruce in WA

    I used to read anything. I’d read my school library by age ten.

    Ditto. Yep right down to sauce bottle labels.

    Same-same. If it had print, I’d read it. Thanks, Mum.

  16. Memoryvault

    I used to read anything. I’d read my school library by age ten.

    So what? I had done it by age nine.
    They wouldn’t let me move up from kindy to primary school until I had.

  17. DrBeauGan

    They wouldn’t let me move up from kindy to primary school until I had.

    Yes, but that was Peter and Jane and Spot the dog. My prep school library had Mary Proctor on astronomy in it.

  18. Memoryvault

    Yes, but that was Peter and Jane and Spot the dog.

    You had to read the books with words in them?
    I’m impressed.
    I had trouble understanding the pictures.

  19. None

    My school library had Leonard de Vries’book of science experiments. And the second one too. Think I borrowed them like a squillion times. I can still get an egg into a milk bottle. Ha.

  20. DrBeauGan

    The Mary Proctor wasn’t bad. It had a nice picture of Messier 31 in it. She was the daughter of RA Proctor. It was slightly spoilt by the religious messages, though I liked the epigraph: The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.

    You could tell it was old by their [email protected] showeth with an e.

  21. Memoryvault

    You could tell it was old by their [email protected] showeth with an e.

    In that case Enid Blyton’s ‘Noddy’ books must be ancient.
    Got lots of e’s in them.

    But I mastered them all.
    Eventually.

  22. None

    Either old or simply quoting the King James bible version of Psalm 19:1. The King James Bible along with Shakespeare were probably the most influential bits of literature which shaped the English language.

  23. DrBeauGan

    Was that the deFries whose scientific German English dictionary I bought at a later stage?

  24. None

    There you go Dr B; you can relive your childhood. I might have a little browse of it too because it looks like fun

    https://archive.org/details/EverymansAstronomy

  25. DrBeauGan

    None
    #2898923, posted on January 5, 2019 at 12:51 am
    Either old or simply quoting the King James bible version of Psalm 19:1. The King James Bible along with Shakespeare were probably the most influential bits of literature which shaped the English language.

    And why both are a crucial part of an education in the Anglosphere. Anyone missing either is an ignorant peasant and needs to know that.

  26. None

    Leonard de Vries was Dutch I think. And oh joy his books are on archive.org as well. Brilliant. I’m going to go wondering down memory lane now…

  27. DrBeauGan

    Thanks None. Just downloaded the Kindle version.

  28. None

    Agree Dr BG. I loved Shakespeare at school even though I found him difficult and had to rely on annotated editions. We never got taught the Bible but I think the Bible should be taught as literature even if not taught as a religious text. Biblical themes and imagery is just everywhere. I remember thinking how ignorant we had become when one journalist likened Rudd’s kiss of Julia as a Judas kiss from Macbeth. Augh.

  29. None

    I need to warn you that sometimes the Kindle versions of from archive.org are pretty useless. Best versions are the PDF or if you have the software the DJVU.

  30. Memoryvault

    Anyone missing either is an ignorant peasant and needs to know that.

    Actually, Dr BeauGan, ignorant peasants don’t need to know anything.
    Chat to just about any Australian politician fow a few minutes, and you’ll see what I mean.

  31. DrBeauGan

    No, the dictionary was by Louis deFries.

  32. None

    Err too tired for correct grammar. Enjoy the Proctor Dr BG and goodnight from me.

  33. DrBeauGan

    I got the Mary Proctor book as a pdf, but I can read it via the Kindle app and it works fine. Takes me back a bit.

  34. DrBeauGan

    Memoryvault
    #2898931, posted on January 5, 2019 at 1:02 am
    Anyone missing either is an ignorant peasant and needs to know that.

    Actually, Dr BeauGan, ignorant peasants don’t need to know anything.
    Chat to just about any Australian politician fow a few minutes, and you’ll see what I mean.

    I have, MV, and yes they have no idea how much they don’t know. But the pubic serpents are almost as ignorant and equally unaware. That’s more serious.

  35. Memoryvault

    the pubic serpents are almost as ignorant and equally unaware.
    That’s more serious.

    True.
    But only because they are actually running the country.

  36. Steve trickler

    This footage will never grow old.



  37. DrBeauGan

    Arky, I’m glad you’re back, but you’ll have to do better than that video. The idea that you can build a solid morality on a bunch of fairy stories isn’t going to fly. If you abandon a concern for truth right at the beginning, you’re not going to get very far.

  38. DrBeauGan

    The feminism and consumerism video is OK but it suggests that a lot of people, women in particular, are easily led into rather silly choices of how to live their lives. I expect this is true, but I can’t see that pointing this out to them will change them.

  39. Steve trickler

    Look so careful, for her faults.



  40. Top Ender

    Have just had breakfast at a Radisson hotel in Tucson USA, where ALL of the cutlery, plates, cups, bowls – EVERYTHING – was disposable!

  41. Have just had breakfast at a Radisson hotel in Tucson USA, where ALL of the cutlery, plates, cups, bowls – EVERYTHING – was disposable!

    I have fond memories of a dinner party some years ago in Italy. The hosts gave all of us a lecture on the importance of recycling while they proudly showed off their impressive collection of different trash cans in their small kitchen. They then proceeded to serve the entire meal with disposal everything so they didn’t have to wash up.

  42. Steve trickler

    A late night smile. Kudos.



  43. Top Ender

    From the Oz:

    After speaking with Jewish leaders, Anglican priest Rod Bower has apologised for “offensive” ­remarks in which he suggested offshore processing of asylum-seekers was the first step on the way to the Holocaust.

    So he gets his pic in the paper, lots of headlines, and overall good publicity for his tilt at politics to come.

  44. Shy Ted

    How can such a wonderful gift be unwanted?

  45. Bruce of Newcastle

    Al Goodwyn #1.

    Bungee again today. Dow up 3% and Nasdaq up 4%. That coffee must be good stuff.

  46. miltonf

    Great toon by Zanetti- sums them up perfectly.

  47. Tintarella di Luna

    I see the Gosford pastor McTilty is again in the headlines, that’s what? four days now of media coverage an Anglican ‘priest’ whose only connection to being a man of the cloth is his cloth ears: And notice what the headline writer has done with the word offensive to mitigate the offence given and taken: Priest sorry for ‘offensive’ Holocaust remarks

    RICK MORTON
    SOCIAL AFFAIRS REPORTER
    12:00AM JANUARY 5, 2019NO COMMENTS
    After speaking with Jewish leaders, Anglican priest Rod Bower has apologised for “offensive” ­remarks in which he suggested offshore processing of asylum-seekers was the first step on the way to the Holocaust.

    The Gosford Anglican Church rector erected a sign at the end of last year with the message “Manus is how the Holocaust started”, which drew ire from moderate and conser­vative Jewish groups. After discussions with community leaders, including NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff, Father Bower said in a statement: “Several days ago, I attempted to ­explore something of the sociological phenomenon of ‘otherising’ and dehumanisation I have observed in the way Australia has dealt with asylum-seekers.

    “In so doing, I mentioned the Holocaust and some sections of the Jewish community found this deeply offensive. I acknowledge my attempt to explore this issue was clumsy and I am sorry for the offence caused.”

    Mr Alhadeff said he was pleased at the outcome.

  48. A Guide to Climbing Ayers Rock
    Order now for Australia Day…
    https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/aw/d/1925826090

  49. calli

    Loved the Dead Poet’s Thread.

    The fact that you’re still talking about Blake’s “dread feet” might mean he was successful, even if it made you giggle, DrBeau.

    There’s a lot going on in that poem.

  50. calli

    Ahhh…I see we have a visitation of the welcome kind. 🙂

    Cue “Blake is sh1t” in three…two…

  51. bespoke

    Took the test again. Seems I’m getting more libertarian. Needs up dating though like adding “do you believe the dividing line between corporations, government and unions should be more or less?” plus questions about free speech. I am sceptical about others who have done it not matching there online persona’s. Are they trying to deceive us or them selves?.

    Your Political Compass
    Economic Left/Right: 1.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.38

  52. Mater

    A well written article, by someone who knows, that even the most simple could understand…if they were willing!

    I survived communism- are you ready for your turn?

  53. Black Ball

    Good morning all. Hope we got through the one day heatwave yesterday without much mishap. Rather pleasant 28 forecast for my part of Victoria. Perfect for bowls and cheap beer.

  54. bespoke

    The A.D.
    #2898939, posted on January 5, 2019 at 1:57 am
    Agnostic case for religion.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JE8zs2AMkho

    Good video. Sums up why I’m agnostic and no atheist though not by going to Church but by observing people close to me who do.

  55. Snoopy

    New York (CNN Business) Stocks roared back Friday after investors received three belated New Year’s presents.
    The job market is still robust. China took action to stimulate its slowing economy. And Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the Fed will be flexible in its plan to hike interest rates. All three of those events addressed issues that investors have been particularly concerned about over the past several months.

    Stupid Trump.

  56. None

    Haha A.D. (Arky?). Good vids. Liked the slap down in the second one.

  57. None

    Good morning Black Ball. It was a sort of two day heat wave here but yesterday was more tolerable than the day before. Bowls and beer sounds like a mighty fine idea.

  58. None

    DrBeauGan

    #2898943, posted on January 5, 2019 at 2:22 am

    BG if you want to change women or anyone or anything else for that matter that means you think that they are not the way that they should be. Every time you make a judgement that something isn’t as it should be you are making a moral or rather religious argument. You’re not much of amy atheist are you. 🙂

  59. And you lot say climate change isn’t real.
    44 degrees top temp yesterday and now it’s only 16!
    Venus one day and Mars the next.
    Doomed I tells ya, doomed.

  60. entropy

    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 Tracy (Cat 4).

    Speaking of STC Yasi, we are quite overdue for something similar. Not sure it will happen this year though.

  61. OldOzzie

    Tom,

    Thanks – Pat Cross a Winner today

  62. C.L.

    The ABC has a piece this morning on how the nation’s teen girls are all crazy.
    Of course the author won’t acknowledge why: their mothers are increasingly insane.

    This is what happens to a female population whose men no longer dominate them (which is what they yearn for).

  63. egg_

    And you lot say climate change isn’t real.
    44 degrees top temp yesterday and now it’s only 16!

    Not the dreaded Gore Effect?
    Is it advancing Northward?

  64. entropy

    Cl

    Often, they see their parents living similar lives. Working hard, staying up late, squeezing in friends before Christmas and commenting on their daughter’s friends’ successes from the Facebook highlight-reel. “Did you see Isobel’s academic award?” Or, “I see Olivia’s the state swimming champion”.

    That is putting significant pressure on both high-achieving peers, but also on those who try hard but never scrape into the top team. “I have to get up early and go for a run, do weights, because I want to get into the eight in rowing,” Phoebe says. “Dad is the rowing coach. He expects me [to be] in it.”

    Isn’t it strange no one is concerned that boys apparently aren’t under this same, unbelievable pressure? Madonna King, what do you think? Is the solution more government funding for teenage angst?

    Truth to tell, this is probably just a pre promotion of that movie coming out soon: eighth grade. Not that the ABC does that.

  65. Not the dreaded Gore Effect?
    Is it advancing Northward?

    Hard to say egg, it’s a fickle beast.
    According to the temperature maps for Australia in December we had a higher than normal temps in Victoria.
    I observed a very mild month with a warm to hot burst right at the end. We struggled most of the month to get moisture down in crops so we could harvest them. Strange problem to have if we had above average temperatures.

  66. Black Ball

    And you lot say climate change isn’t real.
    44 degrees top temp yesterday and now it’s only 16!
    Venus one day and Mars the next.
    Doomed I tells ya, doomed.

    A query I have. Breathless reporting has it the hottest day since whenever. But then the cool change rolled through and the temperature dropped quickly.
    Query is, much like the average speed for a Formula One driver, can temperatures be averaged out hourly, half hourly like a driver lap per lap? Or a batsman hits a ton but averaged out includes ducks? Does the BOM take these temperature fluctuations during the day into account when talking about the hottest day evah?

  67. min

    Mater , an extremely good article however you are probably right in that those who need to read it won’t.
    I am in a group with a Jewish man who lived under fascism then communism in Hungary before coming here as a young man who thinks the same as the lady who wrote the article . Another member ,a life long Union member, socialist cumbaya believer and proselytises the ideologies hears someone who has lived it in all the horrors and is still delusional.
    Both Mussolini and Hitler came from a socialist ideology even though now called Facists , same methods ,same outcomes.
    The young who appear to be narcisisstic socialists as they have been subjected to propaganda at school and Uni will vote Labor Or Greens so be prepared.

  68. struth

    This is what happens to a female population whose men no longer dominate them (which is what they yearn for).

    And they are doing everything to prove just that.
    They’ll either get security from their men , or they’ll replace them with men that will, even if they have to share a fat hairy backed misogynist and walk around under a black sack.

    The problem is not women, it’s us.
    We only let them have the power we want them to have.
    Underneath they know it.
    Men are always in control , but we have walked away from our responsibility toward them, and made them feel insecure.
    This causes female hysteria, as we are seeing now.

    Because here’s the basic fact of life.
    In any other culture women are under control.
    This is of course due to the physical strength of men.
    Good men don’t want to control their women, but women want to be controlled and feel insecure without it.

    Let’s get them back into the kitchen.
    It’ll only save our civilisation.

  69. Myrddin Seren

    A well written article, by someone who knows, that even the most simple could understand…if they were willing!

    I survived communism- are you ready for your turn?

    Brave Woman.

    Anti-Communist and an oil engineer.

    The Black Bloc will be looking to get her fired and/or a date with a heavy metal object.

  70. Twostix

    The ABC has a piece this morning on how the nation’s teen girls are all crazy.

    That piece is exclusively about the urban striver bugman classes daughters (who to be sure are legion)…

    Our teenagers are too busy. Now, on offer, they have dozens of sports, can be tutored to get a B+ to an A, join holiday camps or extension music try-outs, or invitation-only maths clubs.

    These people as a class really are crazy:

    She fears ending “up on the streets and not at uni’

    Being a woman, getting married and having beautiful babies as a relaxed, fulfilled mother so has never been offered to her as a something she is allowed to do. In the contrary she has been told that is a failure and marker of low class.

  71. EvilElvis

    C.L.
    #2899021, posted on January 5, 2019 at 9:15 am

    It’s a pity a few actually don’t fail breathing…

  72. Cricket thread.

    The highest number of wickets in the sheffield shield Boland (38), next Tremain with 20 something.

    Boland is a standout. No chance of national team selection because he isn’t chosen for a TV advertisement.

  73. calli

    women want to be controlled and feel insecure without it.

    Depends on the “controller”.

    I like to think of it as Quality Control.

    Eph5:25

  74. Bruce of Newcastle

    I wonder whether this is where Ms Octavio-Cortez got her 70% tax idea from?

    Archaeologists find Mexico temple to god of skinning sacrifices

    Archaeologists in Mexico have found the first temple to the pre-Hispanic deity Xipe Totec, a god of fertility and war who was worshipped by sacrificing and skinning captives.

    Evidence indicates that priests ritually sacrificed their victims on one of the temple’s two circular altars, then flayed them on the other and draped themselves in their skin, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History said in a statement.

    As Iowahawk says the Left loves to find a respected institution, kill & clean it, and wear it as a skin suit while demanding respect. Seems like Mexicans got in first.

  75. Twostix

    I wish I could say that the proles children will eat those mentally ruined deranged bugmen’s children alive. Unfortunately dispite having a more natural and relaxed disposition and outlook they have their own demons. Rampant unchecked video game addiction ruins a not small number of their sons young brains, broken families and terrible revolving door “partners” coming through their lives and absolutely no cultural curiosity given to them by their parents at all.

  76. Elle

    Top 100. 🙂

    Struth, your avatar has changed.

  77. egg_

    the Left loves to find a respected institution, kill & clean it, and wear it as a skin suit while demanding respect.

    Grig’s M.O.

  78. mh

    Tailgunner told us he will be reporting in from St Kilda beach.

  79. Snoopy

    The little Aussie battler is trading at 71.2c. Go you good thing!

  80. Snoopy

    Tailgunner told us he will be reporting in from St Kilda beach.

    Monty will be there punching Nazis.

  81. struth

    Struth, your avatar has changed.

    What was it before?
    Who knew?

  82. Elle

    Cricket thread

    The 1980s was the best time for international cricket.
    It wasn’t infected with PC.
    Cigarette advertising – The Benson & Hedges World Championship.
    Blokes with character commentating – Billy Birmingham taking the puss out of their accents.
    Camera men with a healthy roving eye – Scanning the crowd and focusing on attractive women.

    Thanks to the fooked feminist movement, stuff just isn’t the same anymore. It’s just not cricket!

  83. mh

    Stimpy? Where are you?

    Phoenix woman sent date 159k text messages, threatened to turn his kidneys into sushi: police

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/phoenix-woman-sent-date-159000-text-messages-threatened-to-turn-his-kidneys-into-sushi-police

  84. Elle

    What was it before?
    Who knew?

    I always knew as purple struth, with a different pattern.

  85. OldOzzie

    And they call it Progress – seems like the Brits in the 40s were ahead of their time

    Grand Slam (bomb)

    The Grand Slam was a 22,000 lb (10,000 kg) earthquake bomb used by RAF Bomber Command against strategic targets during the Second World War.

    Known officially as the Bomb, Medium Capacity, 22,000 lb, it was a scaled-up version of the Tallboy bomb and closer to the original size that the bombs’ inventor, Barnes Wallis (Dam Busters), had envisaged when he first developed his earthquake bomb idea. It was also nicknamed “Ten ton Tess”.[5]

    It was the most powerful non-atomic aerial bomb used in combat until 2017, when a US GBU-43/B MOAB was used in a 2017 attack against ISIL forces in Afghanistan.

    China Releases Footage Of “Mother of All Bombs” Dropped By Nuke Capable Jet

    On Friday China unveiled video from a successful test of its most powerful non-nuclear weapon, dubbed the “Mother of All Bombs” in reference to a weapon previously used by US forces in Afghanistan. The official Xinhua news agency published details of the weapon for the first time while calling it the “Chinese version of the ‘Mother of all Bombs'”.

    It is reportedly 5-6 meters long and its massive weight means the delivery vehicle, in this case China’s H-6K long range nuclear capable bomber, can only carry one at a time.

    While China has denied that it is a thermobaric bomb — an explosive that uses oxygen in the surrounding air to generate a high-temperature explosion — its incredible size mimics the 22,000-pound GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb that US forces dropped in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province targeting a jihadist hideout tunnel complex in April of 2017.

    While the Chinese bomb is long, it actually reportedly weighs less than the American version, according to military analyst Wei Dongxu, who was quoted by the semi-official Global Times further as saying, “The massive explosion that was generated would easily wipe out land fortifications.”

  86. calli

    Transitioning.

    Bound to happen.

  87. calli

    All that macho talk was a front. 😀

  88. mh

    Monty will be there punching Nazis.

    The locals may attempt to haul Monty back into the water 🐳

  89. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Monty will be there punching Nazis.

    Monty will be there, telling us how very brave he was, looking at “Nazis” in a stern and threatening manner. If push ever came to shove, monty would be out of there as fast as his chubby little legs could carry him.

  90. Elle

    Transitioning.

    Bound to happen

    Hehehe

  91. mh

    Blair Cottrell 🇦🇺
    Blair Cottrell 🇦🇺
    @blaircottrell89
    ·
    Jan 3
    I’m not going to St. Kilda beach on Saturday to protest Africans. That’s what the media want you to think.
    I’m going to protest a media & government establishment that forces mass immigration onto us, ignores the resulting crime & terror, then calls me racist for noticing it.

  92. Tom

    The bloke who invented low-cost air travel dies:

    Herbert D. “Herb” Kelleher, who founded Southwest Airlines and began a global low-cost airline revolution, died Jan. 3 at age 87.

    Dallas-based Southwest issued a statement describing Kelleher as “a pioneer, a maverick and an innovator.”

    Born March 12, 1931, Kelleher was raised in Haddon Heights, New Jersey and received his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan and his law degree from New York University. He practiced law on the East Coast before relocating to Texas with plans to start his own law firm. In 1967, Herb and client Rollin King incorporated Air Southwest, Inc., with the idea of offering low-fare, intra-Texas airline service. After a name change and many legal battles, Southwest Airlines took to the skies on June 18, 1971 and became one of the world’s most successful and consistently profitable airlines.

    Kelleher’s tenets for the “LUV” carrier were simple, but revolutionary in the 1970s’ airline industry. Southwest was created as a short-haul, point-to-point carrier that operated a single fleet of Boeing 737s—for most efficient maintenance, training and operational costs. That fleet’s revenue-generating potential was maximized by implementing a schedule that depended on short gate turnarounds so each aircraft was in the air as much as possible. No food was served, but there was always a free soda and snack—famously beginning with the Southwest peanuts. Until 9/11 changed US security procedures and required a boarding pass for each passenger before screening, Southwest simply exchanged tickets for re-usable plastic cards at the gate. The numbered cards determined each passenger’s boarding priority and were returned to the gate agent just before boarding. Once onboard, passengers selected any available seat.

    Kelleher is a legend and Southwest, now America’s biggest domestic airline, still wins a swag of customer service awards every year — not bad for an outfit that could have easily specialised in no service at all.

  93. Myrddin Seren

    It is reportedly 5-6 meters long and its massive weight means the delivery vehicle, in this case China’s H-6K long range nuclear capable bomber, can only carry one at a time.

    So you are sitting on the air defence radars on, say, Guam.

    An H-6K is inbound after an incident in the South China Sea.

    Does command assume it is carrying a ‘conventional’ HE bomb for some regular payback, or do you assume the ChiComs are about to nuke a US base in a pre-emptive strike ?

    After Pearl Harbor, good luck to any commander who does not assume maximum force and act accordingly.

    The ChiComs are supposed to be smart, thoughtful and with fifty-year plans for whatever future their scenario planners have come up with.

    There are times lately where I think they are in some sort of Han bubble-world of plans, schemes and policies – and they are going to stumble in to igniting a major war.

    I hope I am wrong.

  94. lotocoti

    seems like the Brits in the 40s were ahead of their time

    Don’t confuse all up weight with the amount of explosive filler.

  95. C.L.

    Modern Australian women latest:

    Mother, 37, sues doctors after her baby is born with Down syndrome following mystery blood test blunder – and she would have ABORTED if she knew the result.

    The parents commenced legal action in 2014 against six defendants, including general practitioners, the ultrasound specialist, the company that carried out pathology tests, and an organisation that carries out Down syndrome risk assessments.

    ‘The plaintiff pleads that if she had been informed prior to 20 weeks gestation that the child she was carrying was suffering from Down syndrome she would have taken steps to have the pregnancy terminated,’ Judge David Davies said.

  96. struth

    Justht you thstop ut ladies.
    Don’t be stho cruel.

    Ooh, shit!!

  97. Elle

    Justht you thstop ut ladies.
    Don’t be stho cruel.

    Ahh, I see what has happened. You’re the new Arky! A kiwi with a lisp! Too cute.

  98. Peter Campion

    Cats, I need some technical assistance here.

    It’s often said that it’s useless to argue the science with warmunists, and so it is. Because they’re believers.

    It’s also been noted that putting the science to the plebs makes them sad and resentful for feeling dumb.

    The warmunists use Alinsky’s Rules and I’ve been using most of them back against them fairly successfully in various letters columns.

    Some of Alinsky’s Rules I can’t touch (esp. 9,11, and 13), but most of them are pretty effective. Rule 12 is “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”

    I got to thinking about the “alternative” explanation for the surface temperature of the Earth to debunk the CO2-warming mumbo. How to explain Nikolov and Zeller in Hivisistan?

    What about a tradie level analogy of the gravity/atmospheric mass/solar heat hypothesis? I could really use that.

    Nikolov and Zeller have reportedly used a comparison to a diesel engine, but I’m not sure that’s ideal. I was thinking of an analogy based on an electric air-compressor.

    This is where I need a Cat-scan.

    Which elements of the air-compressor mechanism best align with gravity, atmospheric mass and solar heat?

    Does this work?

    An electric air compressor – running continuously – its compressed-air delivery valve wide open.

    Gravity is the electricity powering the motor that drives the compressor…

    Atmospheric mass is the compressor itself…

    Solar heat is equivalent to the heat generated by compressing the air… (this bit niggles me a lot)…

    Planetary rotation (centrifugal force) and the cold of space are the open delivery valve.

    Before the compressor is switched on, the air in the tank will be at room temperature.

    Switch it on and the air in the tank will soon be a steady amount above room temperature.

    Increasing or decreasing the inputs or outputs will vary the temperature of the air in the tank.

    Tradies should get this.

    Your thoughts?

  99. The A.D.

    Tradesmen are familiar with the sun.

  100. Black Ball

    Camera men with a healthy roving eye – Scanning the crowd and focusing on attractive women.

    Elle if ever you watch cricket beamed from South Africa, this artform hasn’t been lost.

  101. Confused Old Misfit

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2899041, posted on January 5, 2019 at 9:43 am
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6557753/Hundreds-anti-immigration-left-wing-protesters-set-clash-St-Kilda-Beach.html
    Fatty Ashton’s circus will be there in force.

    Interesting how the pixilate the African faces but leave the white man totally exposed.

  102. Memoryvault

    Your thoughts?

    Crack them another stubbie and discuss the cricket instead.

  103. OldOzzie

    Memoryvault
    #2899126, posted on January 5, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Your thoughts?

    Crack them another stubbie and discuss the cricket instead.

    1 for 72 only 550 behind – Think Positive

  104. Elle

    Your thoughts?

    My mind went to this explanation of rocket science. Felt very blonde … and I’m not evenblonde.

  105. Bruce of Newcastle

    Oops, Usman’s head exploded. He was going very well indeed until then.
    Someone please tell him he is a natural opener, not a no. 3.
    Graft and graft and graft, son, break the bowlers’ hearts.

  106. Took the test again. Seems I’m getting more libertarian. Needs up dating though like adding “do you believe the dividing line between corporations, government and unions should be more or less?” plus questions about free speech. I am sceptical about others who have done it not matching there online persona’s. Are they trying to deceive us or them selves?.

    Mine was more right wing and more libertarian, but I reject the notion of libertarian equating to anarchy.

    Since when was liberty the right to destroy other people’s rights? Strong sanctions against murder is strongly libertarian, as it protects your right to your own life and body. It is the ultimate illiberal act. Their matrix is better than the simple left-right spectrum, but it is still lacking to a strong degree.

  107. max

    A thread of leftist comment on the St Kilda Beach protest. The word ‘Nazi’ features prominently.


    Link

  108. EvilElvis

    Can’t imagine how an after the fact, re-active, earlier timed left wing demonstration will be portrayed in the media once the later arriving, pre planned right wing party gets started. The cops are piss weak, politicised cretins.

  109. Bruce of Newcastle

    This is where I need a Cat-scan.

    Peter – That is pretty complicated PV=nRT stuff.

    My suggestion is just say it isn’t happening. Snow is not melting even though the temperature is supposed to be rising. Who changed the melting point of water?

    Faking temperature is what the climateers do. Does anyone ever actually look to see whether the temperature got up to what BoM forecasted? The models are bullcrap.

  110. Confused Old Misfit

    Peter Campion
    #2899112, posted on January 5, 2019 at 11:06 am
    Not sure that the Nikolov and Zeller is a good reference point. Their theory is still very much under debate. The way a hand bicycle pump heats up when you compress the air is one simplistic example.
    I’d suggest perusing the material at What Up With That or looking up some of these gentlemen might help.
    Rockdoctor and/or RobK might be better able to help than I can.

  111. struth

    No good arguing the science.
    You’re basically trying to argue the non existence of their god through science.
    See how well that works out, even here.
    And how long it takes.

    My suggestion is as you probably predicted, is to go the emotional simpleton route.

    Why is it only western carbon that is a problem?

    What the Chinese are doing is building hundreds of coal power stations to power their factories and employ their people to make and sell us solar panels as we are dictated to buy , by our socialist UN overlords.
    That’s why they are still allowed to use our coal…….as much as they need.
    It’s not about the environment.
    It’s socialist world government imposing sanctions on the west.
    Because only western co2 is bad.

  112. P

    I always knew as purple struth, with a different pattern.


    This

  113. Leigh Lowe

    I think the simplest way to crack open the AGW argument is to use the science … as in the historical record.
    Open up with an acceptance of the undisputed historical record of multiple warmimg and cooling periods (some with relatively rapid onset).
    Then ask what the causes might have been, pointing out that anything before 1800 AD cannot have had the burning of fossil fuels by man as a contributor.
    See where that goes.

  114. Memoryvault

    Your thoughts?

    Let’s see if I can make it even simpler and plainer.

    Don’t bother. You’re wasting your time.
    If you need further explanation go watch the clip Elle posted upthread on rocket science.

  115. Muddy

    Peter Campion.
    I cannot comment on the suitability of your analogy, however I do respect someone who attempts a practical solution, rather than simply whines. I’m cynical as to whether persuasion will work, however placing the issue on a more relatable level is a decent idea. Keep it up.

  116. Peter Campion

    My target demographic with the air compressor analogy are those that haven’t studied it, just indoctrinated by the Ed Dept and the MSM.

    Those people are voters.

    If there’s no challenge to “greenhouse” they’ll go with the feelz.

    If an alternative to “greenhouse” that could be pass the pub test was in circulation it may change some voters minds.

    Or at least give them pause for thought.

  117. stackja

    Labor cautious on John Setka as CFMMEU boss’s support base remains strong
    Anthony Galloway, national political reporter, Herald Sun
    January 4, 2019 11:20pm
    Subscriber only

    The Labor Party will not move to boot union leader John Setka from the party while he is before the courts.

    There is pressure within the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union to remove him from his position, but sources said his support base remained strong.

    Mr Setka was charged with a court order offence and is due in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court next week after an alleged ugly Boxing Day row with his wife, lawyer Emma Walters.

  118. rickw

    Interesting how the pixilate the African faces but leave the white man totally exposed.

    The 5th column must be protected! This is going to be a rather interesting Civil War!

  119. Bruce of Newcastle

    The other way is to point upwards.

    Paper finds solar activity at end of 20th century was at highest levels of past 9,000 years

    Who doesn’t know that when the Sun is shining the temperature rises?
    The Sun caused global temperature to peak in about 2005, since then the Sun has weakened and global warming has stopped. Weird how that happens.

  120. Bruce of Newcastle

    There’s this today:

    Consensus? 500+ Scientific Papers Published In 2018 Support A Skeptical Position On Climate Alarm

    None of those got loving coverage from the lefty ABC.

  121. Snoopy

    This is going to be a rather interesting Civil War!

    What’s the feeling among members of the First Maduro Volunteers, rickw? Upbeat?

  122. Muddy

    Struth’s point about not arguing the science is worthy of consideration. After all, that argument has not been won so far.
    If you are debating with someone who has little actual knowledge of the processes involved, and no firm stake in the matter, a psychological approach may be a possibility. This is where you praise and empathize with people like your counterpart for their genuine belief in contributing to positive change in their community, but subtly suggest that the drivers of the ideology are the ones who have gained the most benefit so far, and that their motivations have not matched the motivations of those like your counterpart. Point out their lifestyles and lack of sacrifice, while others such as your counterpart have been materially affected in a negative manner. The point is to emphasize that your counterpart has been a victim of others, not that he/she has been an idiot to fall for it. In other words, use jealousy/envy. Cut the head from the body, metaphorically speaking. This is very much a long-term, multi-layered strategy though, and can only be used against a specific target.

  123. EvilElvis

    Peter Campion, I’m feeling the same as most, too complex and only a small amount of people will get the analogy. Leigh is right, go historical on their arses, they don’t do history in any subject so it’s the way to go. Bill Whittle had a good video with the yearly temperature worn on it. He retrospectively went back in time, the graph getting longer, and put things thoroughly in perspective. I find Bill has a way of making sharp, succinct points that many do not.

  124. EvilElvis

    Temperature Worm, Worm!!!! Fucking auto correct! Which millennial dumbarse programs this shit nowadays?!?

  125. P

    Video: Sarah Sanders’ best moments as press secretary revealed

    She’s the first mother in that job, and just the third woman.

  126. Myrddin Seren

    Infidel Tiger on Ye Olde Phredde

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

    By the miracle of Synchronicity that is the Internet – I give you

    Generation Face Down Ass Up

    ( via Paul Joseph Watson )

  127. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just say airily back that there are plenty of skeptical scientists, that the science is still not settled, there is much still to debate. Then go for Muddy’s tactic of pointing out how the poor dude doing his washing in a stream and eating vegan cardboard has been somewhat duped by the jet-set, who don’t believe their own Jetstream.

  128. Nick

    I think the simplest way to crack open the AGW argument is to use the science … as in the historical record.
    Open up with an acceptance of the undisputed historical record of multiple warmimg and cooling periods (some with relatively rapid onset).
    Then ask what the causes might have been, pointing out that anything before 1800 AD cannot have had the burning of fossil fuels by man as a contributor.
    See where that goes.

    Yep, Greenland being, well, Green, etc.

  129. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Faking temperature is what the climateers do. Does anyone ever actually look to see whether the temperature got up to what BoM forecasted? The models are bullcrap.

    So are the historical ‘firsts’ that are claimed for current temperatures. Just say old newspapers scotch that idea, then cite the huge 7-year droughts of the late nineteenth century. Point out that Australia has always been a country of extremes of weather. Quote the very evocative Dorothea McKellar at them. Poetry works!

  130. Memoryvault

    Let’s see if I can put it differently.
    In the beginning, back in the 1980’s and 90’s, people were still learning.
    However, since about 2010 we have been where we are now.

    People can now be divided into three groups:
    – Those who have drunk the Kool-Aid and succumbed.
    – THose who have drunk the Kool-Aid and recovered, or will recover.
    – Those who never drank the Kool-Aid in the first place.

    The first group are beyond saving – it’s a waste of time.
    The third group don’t need saving.
    The second group are on a journey of their own, and will make up their own minds in their own good time. “Advice” to these people is not just wasted, often it is counterproductive. More often than not, they will resent being told something they are still grappling to come to terms with.

    I wasn’t being flippant in my first post.
    Crack another stubbie and discuss the cricket.
    From time to time somebody from the second group will make their presence known.

    Take them aside and discuss it one on one away from the madding crowds.
    Make it more of a question and answer thing, than a lecture.
    Don’t wax effluent with all your scientific superiority.
    Invite query, and answer simply, but truthfully.

    Here endeth today’s lesson.
    Mrs MV requires a new bag of chook food.
    So it’s off to the produce store.

    Life goes on.

  131. Nick

    Because only western co2 is bad.

    Given that Co2 has increased so rapidly and temperature less so, surely this must disprove the strident direct relationship theory ?

  132. RobK

    Peter Campion
    #2899112,Your thoughts?
    I’m inclined to agree with CoM, Peter. To me the compression model is an explanation of a heat distribution mechanism, adjunct to convection(especially including latent heat), conduction and radiation. The compression and decompression of the atmosphere will add to localized heating and cooling, even some energy transfer due to fiction losses but on it’s own it will not change the over all energy content of the atmosphere much(so called average global temperature) , as far as I can see. The total effect is still subject to debate. I dont see it as a major effect. The bicycle pump is probably a better analogy.
    As to explaining to the masses; the best ive seen is the explanation by one of the guys at WUWT. Where tropical thunderstorms evaporate the surface heated water, and in cooling the surface transport a massive amount of heat high into the atmosphere, where it condenses, radiating the heat out to space and dropping the water down to earth to do it all over again. Its a massive heat pump. Same as a condensing type air conditioner, fully self regulating. Moisture on land and sea is the big shifter of heat from the surface of earth to the outer atmosphere. It does this day and night where as the sun only hits the surface half the time.

  133. MV,
    Just for you from the old fred:

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

    Mary had a little lamb,
    It’s fleece was black as charcoal,
    and every time it jumped the fence,
    You could see its little eyes roll.

  134. RobK

    Peter,
    I definately push a simple version of the air conditioner model first.

  135. Top Ender

    For Cats interested in the Australian submarine project, my latest article is out in the Spectator.

    Submarine Notes argues the build process for the 12 Barracuda boats being designed in France is fundamentally flawed, and will not work as planned, to develop a capable weapons platform.

  136. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    It’s useful to point out that authorities can often be wrong. Sneak in that we all know how doctors can be wrong at times. Mention the Club of Rome’s ridiculous predictions in the 1970’s. Say how Gore’s film has been shown, by legal challenge, to be incorrect in many of its statements, yet is still used in our schools to create fear and alarm in children. Go for the non-melting glaciers and the non-sinking Pacific islands. Bring up free speech and why retired older scientists are leading the opposition. Follow the money in it all – Delingpole’s book gives some excellent examples. Be nice about your believer’s beliefs; say apocalypses are worrying but not this fizzer of one. Focus on those roiling super-volcanos and wayward asteroids. 🙂

  137. mh

    THE TRUTH ABOUT THE AOC DANCING VIDEO

    https://www.infowars.com/the-truth-about-the-aoc-dancing-video/

    IT was right after all. But one question remains: What happened to those two bouncing beauties?

    #MATGA

  138. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Don’t wax effluent with all your scientific superiority.
    Invite query, and answer simply, but truthfully.

    If people respect your opinion on other things, they’ll respect your opinion on this. So don’t lecture, just state where you come from on this issue, and offer a few gentle everyday reasons for people to think on. Don’t get scientific, especially about air conditioners. No-one understands them. Simply say they currently cost too much to run, and that isn’t really necessary if you take a more reasoned view on climate change.

    That hurt in the hip pocket is marvelously convincing, for a start. 🙂

  139. But, but coal causes earthquakes and makes the Sun get hotter.

  140. Fisky

    This Bolsonaro guy!

    Newly-elected President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro is calling on the firing of non-elected government officials known to have communist views.

    According to Brazilian media outlet, Noticias, the call came at the first official meeting of the President’s cabinet.

    Bolsonaro’s Chief of Staff Onyx Lorenzoni announced the move, saying that “society said enough to socialist and communist ideas that in the last 30 years have led us to the current chaos.”

  141. Infidel Tiger

    Fire up the helicopters of righteousness!

  142. RobK

    Thanks TE,
    A good read. I firmly concur and believe we should buy the platform and work on the stuff to deploy from it. I think it’s something we can do and that will be where the most value for money will come from. Smart devices placed by subs. I note that an aluminum/ seawater battery can power a small autonomous craft many hundreds of kilometres in the open sea. It could just as easily be a sleeper/gatekeeper for years. Imagine the savings and superior data.

  143. Steve trickler

    Finally, some continuous vision of Krakatau running amok. 20 mins.

    Filmed on a smartphone by a brave Indonesian.



    All this talk about human carbon dioxide emissions……ha!

  144. EvilElvis

    Does ‘firing’ in Brazil equate to what I’m thinking? Hahahahaha

  145. OldOzzie

    Perfect Description of Australian Politicians

    The New Kakistocracy

    The Democrats have taken over the House of Representatives and the worst possible people are now in charge.

    Kakistocracy is a badly underused word which needs to make a major comeback this year, as it is perfectly descriptive of the cabal of loons, clowns, demagogues, crooks and halfwits who are now in charge of the House of Representatives.

    The literal definition of the word is a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. It’s been around for a few hundred years, but overtaken by others perhaps more colorful to describe slimeball government. Kleptocracy, for example, has a real ring to it.

  146. John Constantine

    With their shorten looting cartel promising to only give State contracts to crony businesses that progress the Stalinist de-electrification and demilitarising and dewesternising of old anglosphere settlement australia, surviving the coming purges may be harder for free thinking people that have the scales lifted from their eyes.

    People that repeat the States slogans without the slightest hesitation will have greater job security and promotion prospects than those that blink for a fraction first before agreeing.

    Submitting a tender for a shorten government contract when you have been seen to bid twenty grand at a climate charity labor auction to buy one of bob hawkes old cricket jockstraps is better than submitting a tender when you have been reported as not turning your mansions lights out for earth hour, and not even having solar panels on your roof.

    Comrades.

  147. Steve trickler

    Fun starts around the 6 min mark.

  148. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The money-quote from ‘the blonde’ up before ‘the beak’, via Elle’s link upthread.

    Rocket science is when scientists find out things about space

    As a blonde myself, I find this pretty good. All she has to add is by making rockets. 🙂

  149. John Constantine

    Kleptostan

    Like this, but it leaves the call of Nazi open.

    Kleptotopia.

    Actually prefer Kleptotopia as a describer for australia under shorten, we know it is coming and they have even promised to legalise crony corruption on a scale that would have embarrassed the gentlemen of the Rum Corps.

    The Peoples democratic republic of Kleptotopia.

    The peoples Soviet Socialist Republic of Kleptotopia.

    Comrade Maaaaaaates.

  150. Ubique

    Like millions of other Australians, a couple of months ago we received a threatening letter from the overpaid fat cats at the Government monopoly NBN Corp warning that unless we signed up for an NBN service shortly we would lose our internet as well as our landline telephone service.
    More than happy to say we have just signed up for a wireless internet service now available for our Fremantle area. Speed of 50 Mbps +/- 10 and upgradable to 100 Mbps, compared with our current wired service of 14 Mbps.
    Comtemplate for a moment that providers of wireless broadband are prohibited from advertising it as a substitute for the NBN.

  151. Myrddin Seren

    Top Ender

    For Cats interested in the Australian submarine project, my latest article is out in the Spectator.

    Thanks for that and I learned even more about this fiasco.

    Only one quibble for the future

    It will be expensive, at $50 billion for 12 subs;

    I think recent Senate Estimates hearings reported on by Robert Gottleibsen showed it will be multiples of $50 bill all up – more like $200 bill +.

    And never finished.

  152. Bruce in WA

    Comtemplate for a moment that providers of wireless broadband are prohibited from advertising it as a substitute for the NBN.

    Ubique, could you provide a few details, or at least steer me in the right direction? Very interested. TIA

  153. Ubique

    We wouldn’t sign up for an NBN service on principle. The NBN is tyrannical both in concept and in operation. All freedom loving Australians should reject it.

  154. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Stormy Daniels is offering fans personalized Cameo messages for $275 a pop – after she was ordered to pay Trump’s $300,000 legal fees.

    let’s chip in a get grigorae & man boobs a special message 😉

  155. Ubique

    Ubique, could you provide a few details

    Google Pentanet for details. Cheers!

  156. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Because only westernwhite man’s co2 is bad.

    fixonify

  157. Roger

    Kakistocracy is a badly underused word which needs to make a major comeback this year, as it is perfectly descriptive of the cabal of loons, clowns, demagogues, crooks and halfwits…

    Halfwits…do you suppose he’s referring to Sandy Occasional-Cortex, who thinks budgetary restraint is “bad economics” and a “dark political manoeuvre”?

    Kleptocracy, for example, has a real ring to it.

    So does Kakistan.

  158. John Constantine

    UUV aquabotics is a minnow asx listed underwater drone developer.

    “• Aquabotix awarded an approximately US$70,000 contract in support of a U.S. Navy project.
    • The project will involve further developments to Aquabotix’s SwarmDiversTM.
    Sydney, Australia and Fall River, Massachusetts, USA – UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) (“Aquabotix” or the “Company”) today announces that it has been awarded an approximately US$70,000 contract to support a United States Navy project. The project will involve further developments to Aquabotix’s SwarmDiverTM product. This initial development project will conclude with a testing and demonstration to various U.S. Navy personnel.
    Whitney Million, Aquabotix’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “This is a second project involving SwarmDiverTM and the United States Navy, in the last seven months. SwarmDiverTM can be used broadly, in numerous mission types. This development contract will provide greater flexibility in the systems’ use while maintaining the benefits of conducting an unmanned mission. Aquabotix is excited to once again be afforded the opportunity to support the United States Navy while expanding its own capabilities. We look forward to demonstrating this transformative technology advancement.”

    Lurking underwater munitions that sit and wait, then erupt like a kicked beehive and release a swarm of suicide drones.

    The entire UUV company is capped at under ten million bucks. Probably run out of cash in this market and get picked up for a song.

  159. Stimpson J. Cat

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that Colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%?

  160. Infidel Tiger

    She’s going to be President.

  161. Roger

    She’s going to be President…

    …of Kakistan.

  162. Roger

    7 have just interviewed the most boring cricket commentator in history, Dirk Nannes.

    Can we just have Mel McLaughlin on during the lunch break?

    She can talk about anything…anything.

  163. Infidel Tiger

    Dirk Nannes now bores for a living on the ABC coverage.

    He’s a sanctimonious git, perfectly suited to that station.

  164. Roger

    Dirk Nannes now bores for a living on the ABC coverage.

    He’s a sanctimonious git…

    Of course he is, he’s a Dutchman.

  165. egg_

    Struth’s point about not arguing the science is worthy of consideration. After all, that argument has not been won so far.

    Triple electricity prices putting pie shops out of business, so that the Chinks can build more coal fired power stations?
    Ratfvcked.

  166. egg_

    How many climate scientists does it take to light a candle?

  167. Peter Campion

    Thank you, Cats.

    I put this compressor analogy forward in the context of my hobby: baiting warmunists in letters columns for the education of the proles.

    I have had a letter or three printed which included Willes Eschenbach’s thermostat hypothesis, but I’m always looking for more ammo….

    Thanks again.

  168. JC

    Stimson

    I gave up on Carlson when he went haywire and decided to go alt-right. He recently talked about the US needing to ban automated driving because it would put a lot of people out of work. That’s bullshit and he’s an idiot. More likely he’s just hiding his real beliefs and just pandering to the audience.

    So yes, little Ben is quite right to call him out in the piece. Capitalism and freer markets have given us untold prosperity. There’s now even enough surplus in the economy for Fox to pay Carlson US$25 million a year.

  169. rickw

    What’s the feeling among members of the First Maduro Volunteers, rickw? Upbeat?

    The BB guns are locked and loaded! The enemy will lose eyes (unless they’re wearing safety glasses) and there may be the odd stingy welt!

  170. JC

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2899262, posted on January 5, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Goddammit!!!!
    Occasional Cortez – I love her right up until she opens her mouth and then it all falls apart.
    I’m heartbroken.
    “Tippy Tops” Jesus Christ.

    She opens her fat mouth and begins to twang in Bronx Speak. One of my many pet hates is Bronx speak.

  171. JC

    She’s a “rwadical”. “Call me a rwadical”.

    What a bug eye.

  172. Infidel Tiger

    Bullshit JC. Carlson is exactly right.

    We are not economic units. We are human beings.

  173. Stimpson J. Cat

    Ann Coulter
    Ann Coulter
    @AnnCoulter
    The rich thought they could import 30 million immigrant servants without ever paying a price. Working class paid. Middle class paid. Rich are about to start paying. Hahahaha!

  174. vr

    She opens her fat mouth and begins to twang in Bronx Speak. One of my many pet hates is Bronx speak.

    But, but… she grew up in Westchester County

  175. Infidel Tiger

    Shapiro is a grifter, a midget and the sort of soft handed poonce that can only exist in these terrible times.

    In a better age he would be a chimney sweep, a footstool or a comfort toy for a gay man.

  176. JC

    Artie.

    He stated quite categorically that the government should ban autonomous driving because it would adversely impact on employment in the US and elsewhere. Well he’s news for you and Tucker. Driving will be shared and there will be a person sitting in the drivers seat of a truck or van for the next 100 years. Technology augments labor productivity. It DOES NOT labor participation. There are more jobs because of technology. If we hadn’t advanced to where we are now, 75% of us would be trudging around fucking paddocks growing our food and selling the meager surplus.

    Define what you mean by economic unit exactly.

  177. Roger

    But, but… she grew up in Westchester County

    Yeah, but in a modest home.

    Actually, her aspirational parents made a wise move buying one of the least expensive homes they could find in Westchester and getting her out of the Bronx education system.

    They must be disappointed she’s turned out to be a Communist.

  178. JC

    But, but… she grew up in Westchester County

    Where in Yonkers?

    She must have got Bronx speak from her parents. Fuck I hate it.

  179. RobK

    Peter Campion,
    You might be able to work something on the gas powered caravan fridge. (Or the old kero fridge, not so many about these days.)
    In the gas fridge a hot little flame causes heat to be removed from the freezer (oceans and land) and dumped outside (into space). Moisture in the atmosphere is a condensing gas just like the gas in the fridge. Heat evaporates it, it sucks up the heat. It condenses (in the sky to form clouds and rain), it gives up that heat just like the back of a hot refrigerator.

  180. JC

    Artie

    With the introduction of the computer in mass form beginning in the early 80s, Australian unions wanted to ban their use because it would reduce admin staff.

    That’s where that argument is heading.

  181. The Daily Mail story about St Kilda Beach.
    two comments so far – they haven’t printed mine – around 1213 likes, and 58 dislikes.

  182. JC

    Stimson

    That’s just stupid. Your lungs do self clean. They aren’t an entirely closed system.

    And no, I haven’t but I’m about to soon as I’m visiting ma at the nursing home and smoke on the way. And wifey just made me a freaking coffee that tastes like mud. Gotta tell her off.

  183. JC

    Shapiro is a grifter, a midget and the sort of soft handed poonce that can only exist in these terrible times.

    Don’t leave anything out.

    He’s okay. He’s just short with a whiny voice, but on the whole he’s solid.

  184. Stimpson J. Cat

    It cannot be too often repeated that what destroyed the Family in the modern world was Capitalism.
    No doubt it might have been Communism, if Communism had ever a chance, outside that semi-Mongolian wilderness where it actually flourishes.
    But, so far as we are concerned, what has broken up households, and encourages divorces, and treated the old domestic virtues with more and more open contempt, is the epoch and power of Capitalism.
    It is Capitalism that has forced a moral feud and a commercial competition between the sexes; that has destroyed the influence of the parent in favor of the influence of the employer.
    It is Capitalism that has driven men from their homes to look for jobs; that has forced them to live near their factories or their firms instead of near their families.
    And, above all, it is Capitalism that has encouraged, for commercial reasons, a parade of publicity and garish novelty, which is in its nature the death of all that was called dignity and modesty by our mothers and fathers.

    G. K. Chesterton – The Well and the Shallows, from the chapter titled “Three Foes of the Family”; published in 1935.

  185. Infidel Tiger

    Shapiro is everything that is wrong with everything!

  186. JC

    Shut up Artie. You’ve never liked him because of his physical (dis) attributes. That’s all. Just own up.

  187. John Constantine

    There will be a human in the drivers seat of the first truck.

    The rest of the robot trucks in the convoy will be electronically shackled and slaved to the lead truck just like train wagons are mechanically shackled.

    They won’t drive in the City, but will do depot to depot across the nullabor and all long regional work.

    Importing third world non English speaking goatherders to sleep in the truck cab while the robot drives the truck is so corrupt only crony socialism could do it.

    Comrades.

  188. calli

    What does Chesterton suggest to replace Capitalism, Stimpy?

  189. cohenite

    Paul Toohey is a grub of the media; an excerpt from his latest spittle:

    The Lady and the Donald J. Trump

    Paul Toohey News Corp Australia Network January 5, 2019

    This will not end well. The chances of Donald Trump being escorted from the White House under arrest are not unrealistic. Of course, he could resign, but that would be dangerous. Without the protective imprimatur of the Seal of the President of the United States, he’d be ripped to shreds by his own Justice Department. Or his luck might hold. Maybe he can stave off relentless suspicion he colluded with Russia in the 2016 election, or allegations he breached electoral law by paying for the silence of women with whom he’d had sex.

    It’s hard to see how. Four of his 2016 campaign staff plus his personal lawyer are now indicted, jailed or waiting sentence on Russia-related cases. And a string of those he hired for senior posts have been fired for having differing opinions or deserted because they see Trump as irrational.

    Trump, 72, is still there; and he still has his wife, Melania, 48, at his side. Her decision to remain with him is critical to his survival.

    There are reasons she might walk away, relating to his infidelity but also due to his lack of respect for her wellbeing. The sex, according to porn actor Stormy Daniels, was conducted without condoms. Some partners may have understandings but that is unlikely to be one of them.

    Too many lies in that sample and it gets worse.

  190. JC

    vr

    Tarrytown and places like Yorktown are actually Idyllic . That’s American mid-class at its most comfortable. Personally, I’d rather embed a nail at the top of my head then live there, but only because I couldn’t imagine living outside of the big smoke.

  191. Stimpson J. Cat

    What does Chesterton suggest to replace Capitalism, Stimpy?

    How would I know?
    I haven’t read the book.
    I just thought it was an interesting quote worthy of discussion on an economic website.
    You know, to make you guys think about things other than shoes, gardening, or poetry.
    😁

  192. Infidel Tiger

    Shapiro is a motor mouth with no real intelligence. He wins debates with technique not substance.

    When he is in the realm of real intelligence he sits their like a dildo waiting to be shoved in a rectum.

  193. JC

    Artie

    Face your demons. You just don’t like him because he’s short and has a whiny voice.

  194. vr

    JC — It’s a nice part of the world. Went to Old Greenwich the last time I was in NYC as a friend lives there. And Mamaroneck sometime before that. They live in an “small aspirational house” as someone put it upthread.

  195. OldOzzie

    The New Kakistocracy expanded further

    Kakistocracy – The literal definition of the word is a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens.

    But in surveying the crowd now in charge, who elected Nancy Pelosi for another tour of duty as the Speaker of the House, it’s not enough to call this a kleptocracy or an idiocracy. There are for certain crooks and idiots among the new House majority, and even within its leadership and committee chairs.

    But there is so much more depravity and disqualification than that. Kakistocracy is really the word.

    Start with Pelosi, who’s a proven commodity. She got four years as House Speaker from 2007-2011, after which the American people reacted to her governance as they would a rabid coyote in the front yard. She’s hardly improved since — if anything, the episodic moonbattery, unnatural facial tics, brazen public untruths, and irrational pronouncements have become even more frequent and frightening than they were a dozen years ago. That’s not a surprise given Pelosi’s age and clearly declining faculties.

  196. Infidel Tiger

    True.

    I also can not stand rich brats who preach to the working class on why them losing their jobs is so great.

    “You can learn coding or move 3000 miles and get a job as a busboy”

  197. Leigh Lowe

    A whole thread on classical poetry last evening without one mention that “crackers” rhymes with “knackers”.

  198. calli

    Okay.

    Distributism. The economics gurus here can discuss for our edification and education.

    If they want to.

  199. Mindfree

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLpmswBKVN4

    I think Harvey Korman summed up the new congress perfectly

  200. Leigh Lowe

    I also can not stand rich brats who preach to the working class on why them losing their jobs is so great.

    Yes.
    A Tasmanian tree fellier can convert to a wine sommelier in three weeks and a certificate IV in cork removal.

  201. John Constantine

    Reports vikpol is deploying mounted deathsquads and doing body searches of anti-Government protestors in yarragrad.

    Comrades.

  202. Elle

    Nothing wrong with short men with whiny voices. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with bald men. From my experience; combine the two, and you have the most sensual lovers.

  203. ATM, SA is selling 361Mw/hrs to Victoria for $28, and Victoria is on selling it to NSW for $30.

  204. Infidel Tiger

    Sorry you lost your job at the steel mill, have you considered weaving tea cosies from Tibetan Yak pubes?

  205. Fisky

    True.

    I also can not stand rich brats who preach to the working class on why them losing their jobs is so great.

    “You can learn coding or move 3000 miles and get a job as a busboy”

    It’s disgusting isn’t it. All of the establishment conservatives should be fired from their jobs so they can learn what it’s like to have no skills and no future prospects.

  206. Elle

    Ooh. Lover – singular not plural.

  207. Leigh Lowe

    The adoption of a Bronx accent by someone from country club territory should be no surprise to those of us who hear Labor lawyers who were educated at Scotch, PLC and Xavier saying “nuffink”, “somefink” and “everyfink”.

  208. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stop that Elle some of us are at work.

  209. Leigh Lowe

    Sorry you lost your job at the steel mill, have you considered weaving tea cosies from Tibetan Yak pubes?

    Tibetan yaks?
    Too many pube miles.
    You have to pluck the pubes from local merinos.

  210. How do you tell the difference between sheep pubes and fleece?
    Curious minds etc.

  211. Infidel Tiger

    6 year Uni degree to find that out.

  212. Memoryvault

    You have to pluck the pubes from local merinos.

    Obviously you haven’t factored in the cost of compulsory competency training and assessment for merino plucking. Nor the subsequent ongoing regulatory and inspection costs.

  213. bespoke

    JC, You’ve complained (and I agree) many times about the bloated government, what would they do if we got owe wish? (serious answer please)

  214. Rae

    we have just signed up for a wireless internet service now available for our Fremantle area. Speed of 50 Mbps +/- 10 and upgradable to 100 Mbps, compared with our current wired service of 14 Mbps.

    Lol. The devil is in the detail.

  215. C.L.

    Alexandria [email protected]
    I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous.

    Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too!

    Have a great weekend everyone 🙂

    In fact nobody in the GOP commented on the dancing.
    Not one single person.

  216. C.L.

    Finally the pro-gang Victoria Police find a cause worth mobilising over:

    St Kilda Beach far-right rally draws hundreds of Melbourne police.

  217. EvilElvis

    Sorry you lost your job at the steel mill, have you considered weaving tea cosies from Tibetan Yak pubes?

    I have, where do I apply for my grant in Cert IV Advanced Artistic Tibetan Yak Pubery, IT? Always fancied myself as a Puberist.

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