Monday Forum: January 7, 2019

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  1. OldOzzie

    Shanahan and China

    To quote Shakespeare’s Henry V, “The courses of his youth promised it not.” The then-deputy secretary of defense Patrick Shanahan gave a speech at an Air Force Association conference on September 19 last year that seemed overly deferential to the then-secretary of defense, the globalist known as General James Mattis. The speech was light on factual content, reflecting a speaker who was a political animal, a speech composed of platitudes and pleasantries that showed contempt for its audience because it deliberately conveyed nothing of substance.

    Now that he is acting secretary of defense, the civilian Shanahan has only one layer of command to defer to and can be his own man, it seems. For the first words from his mouth on taking command were “China, China, China” – no agonizing over terrorists whose faith will not be named, no hand-wringing over global warming, no apologia for allies who shirk paying for their defense, and no histrionics on the subject of the impoverished kleptocracy that is Russia. The Mattis era is over.

    China is the only country on the planet with the intent, the means, the will, and a plan to kill Americans in large numbers. In a week in which President Xi Jinping called for China to invade Taiwan, Chinese Navy rear admiral Lou Yuan called for the sinking of two U.S. aircraft carriers to cause 10,000 combat deaths of U.S. military personnel. The admiral wants to find out how frightened America will get. That is what passes for a casus belli in these times.

  2. Speedbox

    Morning all.

    Back from holidays and feeling refreshed.

  3. OldOzzie

    Tish James’ duty: The new attorney general must be more circumspect in her anti-Trump statements

    By Daily News Editorial Board

    The state’s new top legal officer, Attorney General Tish James, is well equipped for the job in many ways. She will protect consumers from getting scammed and workers from being cheated out of pay. She will defend New York’s interests when they collide with Washington’s on the environment, immigration and more.

    The Empire State also happens to be home to President Trump’s family business and (dissolving) foundation, making it fertile terrain for civil and criminal investigations. Here, James may have made her own job harder.

    Prosecutors are often also politicians, but they owe it to their potential targets, and to the public’s trust in justice, not to let their leanings cloud or seem to cloud their judgment as they flex the long arm of the law.

    As a candidate, James called Trump an “illegitimate President.” She characterized foreign governments’ payments to Trump family holdings as constituting a “pattern and practice of money laundering.”

    After winning election, she said “We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well.”

    Of Robert Mueller, she said, “I think he’s closing in on this President, and his days are going to be coming to an end shortly.”

    In a 2013 ruling, New York’s highest court wrote that in rare situations, “the appearance of impropriety itself is a ground for disqualification” of a prosecutor from a case, “when the appearance is such as to ‘discourage public confidence in our government and the system of law to which it is dedicated.’ ”

    Unable to read tea leaves, we do not know whether courts would consider James’ statements as candidate or as AG-elect sufficient to force her recusal. (There’s no risk a case would be dismissed solely on such grounds.)

    Going forward, however, she must demonstrate that rhetorical discretion is the better part of effective law enforcement.

  4. thefrolickingmole

    Hmm, nearly at the “but that wasnt real socialism” stage of denial.

    Venezuela crisis takes deadly toll on buckling health system
    With hospitals lacking even soap, a ‘perfect storm’ of poor hygiene, malnourished patients and shortage of drugs has left families grieving and experts fearing a total collapse

    Even as Venezuela disintegrates, state media continue to paint a rosy picture of the country’s health service. Officials take to the airwaves each day to wax lyrical about Socialist party support schemes for expectant mothers and the poor.

    One recent propaganda video boasted: “If there is one area where you feel and live the achievements of the Bolivarian revolution, it’s precisely in the field of healthcare, from which Venezuelan men and women were excluded for so many decades.”

    President Nicolás Maduro claimed earlier this year: “The people’s health is our priority.”


    Experts say Venezuela’s health service improved in the first decade of Hugo Chávez’s Bolivarian revolution, which started 20 years ago this month. Life expectancy rose and infant mortality rates fell as high oil prices allowed the country with the world’s greatest crude reserves to hurl resources at public healthcare, the Lancet medical journal noted earlier this year. Tens of thousands of Cuban doctors arrived to staff community “missions” that the government said were bringing free healthcare to the masses.
    But that flagship programme has reportedly been brought to its knees by Venezuela’s economic collapse, placing even greater strain on the country’s already buckling hospital network. In November Human Rights Watch warned of Venezuela’s “devastating health crisis”, pointing to increasing rates of maternal and infant mortality and a spike in cases of measles, diphtheria, tuberculosis and malaria.

    Another recent report noted that 53% of Venezuelan operating theatres were now closed, 71% of emergency rooms could not provide regular services and 79% of hospitals lacked a reliable water supply.

    Meanwhile, medical professionals were joining a historic exodus overseas: at least 22,000 Venezuelan doctors – 55% of the total – reportedly abandoned the country between 2012 and 2017.

    More of that bad luck communists are prone to running into.

  5. OldOzzie

    Red light flashing over fuel security

    Delays in addressing the nation’s low domestic fuel stockpiles — including just 22 days of petrol and 17 days of diesel — have sparked warnings from Coalition MPs and security experts that the nation is dangerously exposed if a major geopolitical upheaval disrupts export supply routes.

    The government is under fire for failing to finalise a promised review of how to fix its low onshore petroleum stockpiles — which make Australia non-compliant with International Energy Agency mandates — with some experts suggesting the commonwealth should hold its own fuel supplies as a cushion in the event of an international incident.

    Experts have also criticised a government move to spend more than $20 million buying supplies held offshore to bolster the ­nat­ional reserve, saying the move will do little to boost the resilience of the domestic fuel stockpile.

    Conflict in or near the Korean peninsula, the South China Sea or the Middle East has the potential to affect Australia’s fuel supply and experts say the country is the “least prepared” among developed nations to deal with a crisis.

    Coalition senator and retired major-general Jim Molan told The Australian the delay in the review to address the problem was even more worrying in light of ­rising geopolitical tensions

    How Long Before The Tank Runs Dry?

  6. OldOzzie

    Green activists threaten growth

    Rural and regional communities have a lot to be concerned about as green groups prepare to lay out their demands for the coming federal election. The tactics that have delayed and diminished Adani’s plans to open a new minerals province in the Galilee Basin in Queensland with the Carmichael mine are now seen as the leading edge of a much bigger agenda. As Resources Minister Matt Canavan tells The Australian today, anti-development groups are prosecuting multinational agendas that rob regional communities of economic growth.

    The Adani mine proposal has been a textbook case. According to documents made public by the minerals industry, funding for the campaign against Adani included support from several big US environmental foundations. Local organisations such as WWF have successfully used the Adani campaign and its perceived threat to the Great Barrier Reef to raise campaign funds around the world. Despite repeated losses in the courts, green groups have successfully delayed development of the Carmichael coalmine, which may now proceed in a much reduced form.

    In a new twist, the Australian Greens are seeking to have any development in the Galilee Basin blocked by federal legislation on climate grounds. This is despite court rulings that stopping development of Australian coal assets would likely lead to greater greenhouse gas emissions globally as more polluting coal deposits were developed elsewhere.

    Such unintended consequences are rarely considered as environmentalist groups seek to exert influence on the political process. The Labor Environment Action Network has been successful in forcing the party to adopt radical policies. Yet Labor must balance the competing demands of unionised workers in the mining sector and the green expectations of inner-city voters. Bill Shorten has been slow to declare his hand on Adani but must ultimately side with workers and Australia’s economic interests. Regional Australia, including indigenous communities, depends on the jobs and infrastructure generated by projects such as the one in the Galilee Basin.

  7. OldOzzie

    It’s snowing classic cars, but for how much longer?

    In the mid-1950s, hundreds of ­migrants from all over the world ­descended on the NSW Snowy Mountains for an unprecedented hydro-electric project that would come to define a region, a generation, and ultimately a nation. Many brought their cars with them, and many of those ended up at Flynn’s Car Yard in Cooma.

    But what has grown into an enormous and globally renowned yard that holds thousands of rare and valuable vehicles could soon disappear as its owner, the second in its 60-year history, looks to sell the place and retire.

    “Biggest yard in Australia. It’s got the oldest cars,” Wayne Flynn says. “It’s not a rust bucket, if you know what I mean. That looks shitty and rusty to you, but it’s only surface rust. That, to a restorer, is perfect.”

    The car yard, which Mr Flynn operates as an all-purpose mechanic most of the year, has been named by one US classic car magazine as one of the top 10 in the world. A 10m gum tree has grown up through the frame of one truck so old it has a wooden cabin for the driver.

    Years before its release, the producers of Australian director George Miller’s critically ­acclaim­ed film Mad Max: Fury Road visited Mr Flynn’s 8ha site, which contains 4000 cars, and bought four: a FJ Holden, a Chevrolet Fleetmaster, a Buick Straight Eight and a Dodge. There are still hundreds of DeSotos, Dodges, Vanguards and Simcas, and cars dating back to the 1930s.

    The yard has endured because of Wayne Flynn’s resilience, its proximity to Melbourne, ­Sydney and Canberra, and because Cooma has a cool, moderately dry climate.

    “If this was on the coast, it’d be a rust heap on the ground,” he says. “There are a few more inches (of rain) here than Alice Springs.”

    With the passing of decades, Mr Flynn’s passion is beginning to wane. “I’m hoping to sell the place in 12 months,” he says. “I like me cars but I’m not a car nut.”

  8. max

    It is a sad fact that most of our contemporaries are not familiar with economics. All the great issues of present-day political controversies are economic.

    we must realize that the topics daily discussed on the political scene can be understood only by means of economic reasoning. But people, even the civic leaders, politicians, and editors, shun any serious occupation with economic studies. They are proud of their ignorance. They are afraid that a familiarity with economics might interfere with the naive self-confidence and complacency with which they repeat slogans picked up by the way.

  9. OlddOzzie

    Why Xinjiang outrages fail to move the Muslim world

    There is abundant evidence the Chinese Communist Party is operating an expanding system of extrajudicial mass detention in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region — or East Turkestan, as many Uighurs prefer to call it. Researchers estimate the facilities — ­labelled “vocational training centres” — hold perhaps two million Uighurs out of a population of 12 million.

    As limited as these responses may be given the scale of the repression in Xinjiang, they nonetheless appear notable in contrast to the relative silence from the Muslim world. At China’s UPR, for instance, the ­Organisation of Islamic Co-operation — the world’s second-largest intergovernmental organisation, which aims to act as “the collective voice of the Muslim world” — remained ­silent, despite 53 of its 57 members being Muslim-majority countries.

    Some point to the contrast between this silence and OIC’s statements on behalf of the Palestinians or more recently the Rohingya in Myanmar to suggest, at the very least, the hypocrisy of the Muslim world.

    However, such an assertion is based on a simplistic understanding of the dynamics at play. Ultimately, the relative silence of the Muslim world on China’s repression of the Uighurs is based on four major factors.

    The first is historical. While Beijing claims the region has been an “integral” province of China since the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 24), it often remained beyond Chinese control due to its geopolitical position as a “Eurasian crossroads” abutting present-day Russia, Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and because of the ethno-cultural dominance of Turkic and Mongol people. Historically, this made the region, and the largely Turkic Muslim peoples that inhabited it cultural, political and economic intermediaries between East and West.

    The second main factor is culture and ethnicity. Much commentary on China’s ­repression of the Uighurs has highlighted their Muslim faith. However, for Beijing, Islam is but one troubling aspect of Uighur identity, alongside Turkic ethnicity, culture and language. Each of these marks the Uighurs out as fundamentally different from the Han Chinese majority population of China.

    The third and fourth factors are economics and geopolitics. Core parts of the Muslim world from Southeast Asia through to the Middle East and North Africa have been the focus of much Chinese investment.

  10. Old School Conservative

    Old Ozzie, I don’t know which is more despicable – overseas interests paying to stop development in Australia, or the silence of the SFL party in denouncing that interference.

    The only glimmer of hope in that department is The Oz’s profiling of GetUp’s power wielders. But little has been done by conservative politicians to splay that all over the media.

  11. mh

    Top 10 if you exclude OldOzzie.

  12. stackja

    St Kilda got the ‘elites’ worried? Voters can decide.

  13. OldOzzie

    mh
    #2900777, posted on January 7, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Top 10 if you exclude OldOzzie.

    I was feeling lonely

  14. Old School Conservative

    Classic example of Max’s truism:

    In April last year, China’s aviation regulator gave 36 airlines a May 25 deadline to remove references on their websites or in other material suggesting that Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau were independent countries. Qantas duly complied with Beijing’s directive. Taiwan, a free democratic nation, now appears on the Qantas website as “Taiwan, China”. (The Oz)

  15. OldOzzie

    University’s Panda Warriors cannot lightly be dismissed

    Nick Cater

    The news that the green-tinged progressive socialists have finally met their match in student politics may not be as welcome as we might think.

    In the recent election at the University of Sydney for Students Representative Council president, the Grassroots and Labor candidates got fewer votes between them than a fresh-faced Chinese citizen called Jacky He, representing the Panda Warriors.

    In the sandpit of student politics, the SRC presidency is greatly prized. Previous incumbents include our last prime minister but one, our ambassador to Washington and justices of the High Court and supreme courts.

    The rise of He is a sign that international students have become a formidable political force at Sydney and other Group of Eight universities.

    The executive of the university’s postgrad student union — the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association — consisted entirely of international students under president Weihong Liang, who in an election last May ended years of domination by race and gender-obsessed social justice warriors.

    On the surface, the Pandas seem a cuddly bunch. They steer clear of overt politics, focusing instead on the provision of key services on campus. Yet nothing touching on China is simple these days, and the influence of Beijing in Australian student politics should not be underestimated.

    Jacky He is a leading figure in the China Development Society, an international student body that aims to “promote a global understanding of China” — which is to say an understanding with the nasty bits left out. It could be thought of as a safe space for Sinophiles, free from discussion of the three Ts: Taiwan, Tiananmen and Tibet.

    In fourth place in the presidential race was Alex Yang, a veteran of the Taiwanese army standing on the Advance ticket, which at one point threatened legal action against He’s Pandas. On one reading the contest might therefore be seen as a proxy war for the battle over the Taiwan Strait.

    Jacky He, who moved to Australia as a child but maintains his Chinese citizenship, strongly denies any links to the Chinese Communist Party.

    “I feel like it’s quite unjust for people to say, ‘Hey look, because there’s a lot of Chinese students, they must be Chinese spies’,” he told Fairfax Media last year.

    The University of Sydney is contemptuous of the “Sinophobic blatherings” that could damage the fast-growing international student market, Australia’s third-largest export industry after iron ore and coal.

    Its sensitivity on questions of Chinese influence is entirely understandable, since the university’s current business model would collapse if Chinese students went home.

    The number of Chinese students enrolling at Australia’s top eight universities more than doubled between 2012 and 2016 to 23,000, which, at a conservative estimate, generates more than $1 billion in fees alone.

    Sydney’s institution heads the pack along with the University of NSW and ANU. The proportion of international students starting study at the University of Sydney rose from 22.8 per cent in 2012 to 42.9 per cent in 2017, and three quarters of them were Chinese.

    In other words, at least three out of 10 students enrolling at Sydney University this year will be Chinese nationals.

  16. Not Uh oh

    OldOzzie
    #2900720, posted on January 7, 2019 at 9:48 am
    SBS “slow summer” program on the Indian Pacific was very interesting.
    OSC,
    glad to hear that it is interesting ….

    There is a full-length version (12 hours) on this Sunday, if you’re interested. Also coming up on SBS in the same formats are a Kimberley cruise, NZ north to south, Britain’s canals and the Ghan.

    Don’t know why something so slow is so interesting but it beats the hell out of anything else that’s on TV at the moment.

  17. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    2h
    V.P. Mike Pence and group had a productive meeting with the Schumer/Pelosi representatives today. Many details of Border Security were discussed. We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. Good solution, and made in the U.S.A.

  18. struth

    It is a sad fact that most of our contemporaries are not familiar with economics. All the great issues of present-day political controversies are economic.

    Culture is the driving factor behind economics.
    We are now in a culture war.
    Economists usually have only as much understanding of this as the average joe, or as often shown here, much less.
    If we let our civilisation’s culture be torn apart by cultural Marxism, you can talk about economics all you like.
    Understand what made the west great, (and therefore an economic powerhouse).
    We can’t fix the economic situation without winning the cultural and environmental war raging against us by the left.

  19. OldOzzie

    Why Xinjiang outrages fail to move the Muslim world

    There is abundant evidence the Chinese Communist Party is operating an expanding system of extrajudicial mass detention in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region — or East Turkestan, as many Uighurs prefer to call it. Researchers estimate the facilities — ­labelled “vocational training centres” — hold perhaps two million Uighurs out of a population of 12 million.

    As limited as these responses may be given the scale of the repression in Xinjiang, they nonetheless appear notable in contrast to the relative silence from the Muslim world. At China’s UPR, for instance, the ­Organisation of Islamic Co-operation — the world’s second-largest intergovernmental organisation, which aims to act as “the collective voice of the Muslim world” — remained ­silent, despite 53 of its 57 members being Muslim-majority countries.

    Some point to the contrast between this silence and OIC’s statements on behalf of the Palestinians or more recently the Rohingya in Myanmar to suggest, at the very least, the hypocrisy of the Muslim world.

    However, such an assertion is based on a simplistic understanding of the dynamics at play. Ultimately, the relative silence of the Muslim world on China’s repression of the Uighurs is based on four major factors.

    The first is historical. While Beijing claims the region has been an “integral” province of China since the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 24), it often remained beyond Chinese control due to its geopolitical position as a “Eurasian crossroads” abutting present-day Russia, Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and because of the ethno-cultural dominance of Turkic and Mongol people. Historically, this made the region, and the largely Turkic Muslim peoples that inhabited it cultural, political and economic intermediaries between East and West.

    The second main factor is culture and ethnicity. Much commentary on China’s ­repression of the Uighurs has highlighted their Muslim faith. However, for Beijing, Islam is but one troubling aspect of Uighur identity, alongside Turkic ethnicity, culture and language. Each of these marks the Uighurs out as fundamentally different from the Han Chinese majority population of China.

    The third and fourth factors are economics and geopolitics. Core parts of the Muslim world from Southeast Asia through to the Middle East and North Africa have been the focus of much Chinese investment.

  20. struth

    The main ones that I see are:
    1. They fought against the Soviets,

    They fought against the free market west as well.
    Totalitarians and war lords always fight each other.
    Shi-ite Sunni.

    2. They eliminated the Unions, and

    They were in control of their workforce, so no need for unions.

    3

    . They didn’t socialise the means of production.

    Socialism controls the means of production, which they most certainly did.
    They didn’t own it.
    This piddling difference is irrelevant.
    They owned it in all but the certificate and controlled it.

    Daniel Hannan is a great bloke to listen to on the subject.

  21. stackja

    From Old Fred:

    C.L.
    #2900798, posted on January 7, 2019 at 11:23 am
    This whole Anning was seen near somebody and must therefore be liquidated stuff is the crazed – actually, Nazi – tactic used against Abbott vis-a-vis “Ditch the Witch” and Cardinal Pall when he was photographed with Gerald Ridsdale (Paul Bongiorno’s old house-mate).

    Scott Morrison praising the corrupt trial riggers and pro-gang Maoists of the Victoria Police represents a new low in this deplorable idiot’s brief and doomed prime ministerial career.

  22. struth

    Please read ALL LEFTIES.
    Hitler, the man who called Himself and his party socialists, who controlled the means of production, (just found no need to own it) , who put the state above the individual, disarmed his people, and typically blamed all others, especially jooos for his country’s problems, was a complete racist, a power hungry totalitarian, and fought the conservative capitalist western countries,…… but of course to the left, he was only paying lip service to socialism.
    They then spend hours doing great leaps of faith over logic and fact to come up with what they always come up with.
    Hitler only paid lip service to socialism and did not adhere to the true tenants of Socialism at all.
    Yawn.
    Socialism is never socialism once it’s failed.
    What did Phillip Adams say about Venezuela, and what does he say now?
    Seeing that all attempts have been horrifying, murderous genocidal failures, we must come to the conclusion that Socialism has never been tried.
    The difference between how Hitler saw his socialism compared to Marxist Socialism of Russia, was in the Nation state.
    He knew, as everyone did back then, that the Marxist socialist state, then and now, is about total global domination.
    The world without borders controlled by one group of arseholes in the farmhouse.
    He, as a left wing totalitarian dictator, wanted to be that guy, that arsehole, and yet other arseholes WITH THE SAME IDEA wanted to rule ze vorld as well.
    Not rocket science here is it?
    Hitler was Left wing.
    Unfortunately for Socialists he said it often, he said it loud, he proclaimed it at every opportunity, and like all of these totalitarian left wing control junkies, brought misery and death to millions.
    How can they disassociate themselves from the loser so obviously socialist, and who was so obviously evil?
    One of the great propaganda feats in the History of the world.
    A feat that had to be accomplished to let the left fight another day.
    A lie repeated often, and furiously, was unchallenged by those who believed that WW2, the fall of the Berlin wall and the Soviet block had killed the left and proven once and for all that socialism is evil and fails.
    But the fanatics were still there.
    They infested our institutions.
    Our education.
    It’s all socialism.
    The only difference between the global aspirations of Hitler and communist Russia at the time was that Hitler wanted himself to be the head arsehole.
    But no, although Hitler controlled the means of production (and was socialist by name and in everything he did), he unlike the Russians , saw no need in owning the means of production.
    To the left, that last fact somehow can neutralise all the others, wipe all else out and make him a small government , low taxing, individual responsibility, extremist!
    Right wing!!
    An Anarchist is the extreme of the right wing.
    Hitler was as he said, a socialist.

    I wrote this to a dumb bitch on facebook.
    Feel free to copy and paste and adjust to suit and get it out there.

  23. OldOzzie

    ALP: get smarter about ‘dumbing down’ of teaching

    Universities will be barred from ­allowing low-scoring high school students entry into teaching ­degrees under Labor to put an end to the “dumbing down” of the teaching profession, Tanya Plibersek says.

    Unveiling Labor’s teachers plan yesterday, the Acting Opposition Leader said there had been such an alarming slide in ATAR scores required for teaching courses in recent years that universities were turning teaching into a last-resort option for underachievers. “We cannot afford to continually dumb-down teaching degrees to enrol people who will never be competent teachers,” she said. “What we don’t want is ­people who just don’t know what else to do with their lives thinking it might be a good fallback.”

    Universities have been repeatedly criticised for allowing low-scoring students into education degrees — some with ATAR scores below 20.

    Despite higher published cut-off score requirements for teaching degrees, universities routinely offer bonus points to students for a range of reasons, including ­mature age entry or social ­disadvantage.

    In 2015, more than half the students offered places in teaching degrees in NSW and the ACT had scored in the bottom 50 per cent of school leavers.

    This was despite a directive by the NSW government two years earlier that it would no longer employ teacher graduates who did not get a band five (distinction equivalent) result in at least three of their HSC subjects.

    Last year, the Victorian government also imposed a new benchmark, employing only teacher graduates who scored an ATAR above 65. That has been lifted to 70 this year.

    Ms Plibersek said Labor would put a stop to this “very worrying trend”. Future teachers, she said, would need to be drawn from the top 30 per cent of academic achievers.

    Unless universities lifted entry requirements towards an ATAR score of 80 or above, a Labor government would cap places in teaching degrees to make them more competitive.

    Over the past 15 years, there has been a steady decline in the literacy and numeracy performance of Australian students, as measured by the Program for Inter­national Student Assessment (PISA).

    Emeritus professor Steven Schwartz, the former chairman of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, said imposing a minimum ATAR for entry into teaching degrees could end the current “cycle of low performance breeding low performance”.

    “Over the last few decades, Australian outcomes have gone down not just relative to other countries but also relative to ourselves,” Professor Schwartz said.

    “The quality of teachers is probably the most important ingredient in producing learning in students. Anything that improves the quality of teachers will undoubtedly increase student outcomes and performance.”

    Universities Australia’s chief executive Catriona Jackson yesterday warned against relying too heavily on ATAR scores. “Universities use a number of diverse ways to assess a student’s ability to succeed,” she said.

  24. C.L.

    This whole Anning was seen near somebody and must therefore be liquidated stuff is the crazed – actually, Nazi – tactic used against Abbott vis-a-vis “Ditch the Witch” and Cardinal Pall when he was photographed with Gerald Ridsdale (Paul Bongiorno’s old house-mate).

    Scott Morrison praising the corrupt trial riggers and pro-gang Maoists of the Victoria Police represents a new low in this deplorable idiot’s brief and doomed prime ministerial career.

  25. Old School Conservative

    It was mentioned on the Old Fred that Annalise Braakensiek had died.
    The Australian’s article makes it clear that it was suicide.
    I fear she is a casualty of what Struth called We are now in a culture war
    She was an ambassador for RUOK day in 2017.
    Divorced from stockbroker husband.
    Hyperbolic, gushing posts on Instagram.
    Promotes meat free cooking.
    Shared details of her “turbulent year” with her 39,000 Instagram followers in December and said “all the pain and hard times are going to be a blessing”.

    Looks like a lovely woman with so many natural advantages who succumbed to celebrity fever. She could be happy volunteering or working in one of the helping professions, but instead took her own life because the current cultural definition of success hadn’t been achieved.

    Why share your deepest, darkest thoughts with 39,000 faceless, uncaring, uninterested pixel wasters? Get to church, read the bible, take the advice of a psychologist – there are better ways of dealing with depression than telling 39,000 people your problems.

    What a waste. One more death chalked up to an obsession with trivia.

  26. calli

    She could be happy volunteering or working in one of the helping professions, but instead took her own life because the current cultural definition of success hadn’t been achieved.

    Possibly. Twostix’s observation a couple of days ago comes back to mind.

    Young women are not (and haven’t been for many years) offered the delights and fulfilments of being a relaxed and happy Mum and all the community enrichment that entails. Sure the possibility is there, but it has been largely delegitimised by the new feminists.

    Outsourcing motherhood is like outsourcing happiness.

  27. Mater

    Seeing as though some have shown an interest, I’ll add some academic rigour to the arguments.

    They didn’t socialise the means of production.

    See:
    SOVIET AND NAZI ECONOMIC PLANNING IN THE 1930s
    By Peter Temin – an economist and economic historian, currently Gray Professor Emeritus of Economics, MIT and former head of the Economics Department.

    A taste:

    Second, the Nazi economy shared many characteristics with the dominant socialist economy of the time. The National Socialists were socialist in practice as well as name…

    Page 1

    The state did not own industry in Germany. It consequently needed to have a legal form with which to implement the plan. The Nazis signed long-term contracts with industry groups to buy their output at fixed prices (Hayes, 1987, pp. 118-19). These contracts were nominally contracts expressing agreement by both parties. But the two parties were decidedly unequal. The Nazis viewed private property as conditional on its use–not as a fundamental right. If the property was not being used to further Nazi goals, it could be nationalized. Professor Junkers of the Junkers airline plant refused to follow the government’s bidding in 1934. The Nazis thereupon took over the plant, compensating Junkers for his loss (Nuernberg Military Tribunals, 1953, Vol VII, p. 416). This was the context in which other contracts were negotiated.

    A more prominent and important exception to the rule of private property was the Hermann Goring Works, established in 1937. (They employed over half a million workers by 1941.) The motives for establishing this group of government-owned enterprises were varied. Goring wanted to increase the domestic supply of goods to further Germany’s autarky, to keep prices down by increasing competitive pressure on private industry, and to add credibility to his threats to nationalize companies. Takeovers, like the Junkers airline plant, and threats of take-overs were used to encourage compliance with government production plans.

    Page 7

  28. Helen

    Reposting

    The John Cleese man at the rally – linky comment below the youtube that Peter Campion kindly supplied.

    PS the arrests – inlcuding for the weapons were all from Antifa – suprise

    Calling snowflake is now nazi.

    SPUD VICIOUS
    1 day ago
    Hello
    My wife and I were in the area today and decided to hang around and have a look and listen for awhile.
    Just wanted to say that I was standing right behind the bloke in the red polo shirt that had his picture taken and it was used on the news websites claiming that he was giving a Nazi salute. He was not doing anything of the sort, he was actually saying things like “snowflakes” and just yelling “go home “

  29. Boambee John

    The main ones that I see are:
    1. They fought against the Soviets
    ,

    The Molotov/Ribbentrop pact of August 1939 divided Eastern Europe between Germany and the Soviet Union, and made the arrangements for Soviet entry into their share if Poland once the Germans had defeated the Polish forces. You might also point out that the Soviets took away and murdered up to 22,000 Polish intellectuals and military officers between late 1939 and mid 1941. Bodies of many were found by the Germans in Katyn Forest.

    Gorbachev apologised to the Poles in the 1990s, and handed over the Soviet file on the murders.

  30. Helen

    I think struth is right in that we must not allow ourselves to be used in doing the left’s work for them.

  31. JC

    And neither should we be used by opportunistic scumbags, Helen.

  32. Old School Conservative

    To bring together two themes on today’s Cat, Kudelka’s cartoon in the Oz marries the culture wars with a definition of Nazi.

    Picture 3 WWII RAAF bombers flying, with the caption “Taxpayer funded flights to visit far right extremists (1939 to 1945)”

    The Australian promotes ahistorical “humour”.

  33. feelthebern

    I wonder if Pizza or Fat Pizza would be made in this puritan day & age?

  34. stackja

    Mater
    #2900812, posted on January 7, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Johnson-Paul-Modern-Times-the-World-From-the-Twenties-to-the-Nineties

    8 The Devils 261
    EIGHT The Devils At the very moment the American intelligentsia turned to totalitarian Europe for spiritual sustenance and guidance in orderly planning, it was in fact embarking on two decades of unprecedented ferocity and desolation – moral relativism in monstrous incarnation. On 21 December 1929 Stalin had celebrated his fiftieth birthday, as absolute master of an autocracy for which, in concentrated savagery, no parallel in history could be found. A few weeks earlier, while the New York Stock Exchange was collapsing, he had given orders for the forced collectivization of the Russian peasants, an operation involving far greater material loss than anything within the scope of Wall Street, and a human slaughter on a scale no earlier tyranny had possessed the physical means, let alone the wish, to bring about. By the time John Strachey wrote of fleeing capitalist death to find Soviet birth, this gruesome feat of social engineering had been accom- plished. Five million peasants were dead; twice as many in forced labour camps. By that time, too, Stalin had acquired a pupil, admirer and rival in the shape of Hitler, controlling a similar autocracy and planning human sacrifices to ideology on an even ampler scale. For Americans, then, it was a case of moving from a stricken Arcadia to an active pandaemonium. The devils had taken over.

  35. stackja

    Steve trickler
    #2900819, posted on January 7, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you.

  36. feelthebern

    The reason I mention Fat Pizza was that I met that Annalise bird about 20 years ago at a dinner party.
    She seemed pleasant.
    Sad to see today’s news.

  37. Mater

    They eliminated the Unions

    See:
    RUSSIAN TRADE UNIONS AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS IN TRANSITION
    By Sarah Ashwin and Simon Clarke

    A taste:

    This last sentiment gets to the crux of the Leninist position on soviet trade unions: under socialism, or the transition to socialism, the interests of the working class are identified with and defined by the (socialist) state, so the role of unions is reduced to one of ‘mediators’ (p. 762), trying to avert the disputes arising from ‘distortions’ through a ‘foresighted policy’ (p. 763).
    In the post-revolutionary context, one of the main problems of trade unionism from a Leninist perspective was its assumed sectionalism. Lenin saw the interests of the working class as a whole as distinct from the sum of the interests of particular groups of workers…
    It was the Communist Party alone, representing the most advanced elements of the working class, which comprehended where the objective interests of the the working class lay so that it was control of the Communist Party ‘which alone will be capable of withstanding the inevitable petty-bourgeois vacillations…and the inevitable traditions and relapses of narrow-craft unionism or craft prejudices among the proletariat’ (Lenin, [1921], p. 684)….
    Lenin was quite clear about the fact that trade unions should be under the control of the party. Trade union groups should be run by ‘responsible comrades’…

    Page 13

  38. stackja

    Boambee John
    #2900815, posted on January 7, 2019 at 11:57 am

    In the 1960s many still believed the Germans were responsible for the Katyn Forest massacre.

  39. Boambee John

    JC

    You had a lot to say on the old thread about Fraser Anning associating with people you have assumed, based on MSM reporting, to all be nazis, racists, and all the other usual left fascist hate terms. You believe that these associations completely discredit Anning.

    You associate with m0nty, a person I and others here consider to be a fascist, though only a minor one.

    To borrow a phrase from someone else with the initials JC, is this a case of “Let whomever is without sin cast the first stone”?

  40. Roger

    Delays in addressing the nation’s low domestic fuel stockpiles — including just 22 days of petrol and 17 days of diesel — have sparked warnings from Coalition MPs and security experts that the nation is dangerously exposed if a major geopolitical upheaval disrupts export supply routes.

    SloMo is too busy trying to reinflate his collapsing public profile to deal with such matters of state.

    And I’ve given up writing to my LNP member about it; they’re just not listening.

    Labor at least has a plan to establish a fleet of Australian flagged tankers to ensure supply should things go pear shaped in our region or the ME.

  41. thefrolickingmole

    Evil you say??

  42. calli

    On the subject of opportunist scumbags, the ABC is still running footage of Mr Silly Walks and claiming it’s a genuine nazi salute.

    Sadly we pay for these opportunist scumbags to lie to us.

  43. max

    struth
    #2900791, posted on January 7, 2019 at 11:13 am

    “We can’t fix the economic situation without winning the cultural and environmental war raging against us by the left.”


    and I do not see any proposals, plan of action.



    do you propose abolishing of:

    birthright citizenship
    universal suffrage
    central bank
    fiat money
    fractional reserve banking
    social security
    medicare
    compulsory government schooling
    income tax
    company tax

  44. the nation is dangerously exposed if a major geopolitical upheaval disrupts export supply routes

    An excellent argument for a nuclear powered navy.

  45. thefrolickingmole

    On the subject of opportunist scumbags, the ABC is still running footage of Mr Silly Walks and claiming it’s a genuine nazi salute.

    Im unsure if the ABC people have ever viewed WW2 footage, but Im pretty sure holding up the left hand under the nose to mimic a mustache was a regular part of the fascist salute.

  46. post

    Why is the ABC discussing Tasmania seceding from Australia? Is this China starting from the bottom up? The Chinese have already been gifted some Antarctic Territory. Dr. Malcolm Davis apparently says Tasmania faces no military threats whatsoever, he is also apparently a defence analyst.

  47. Roger

    An excellent argument for a nuclear powered navy.

    Yes, but it’s not just about energy security for the defence forces, it’s also about ensuring fuel for domestic logistics so food and medicine can be supplied. Local inventories of many essential items only cater to demand for a week or less.

  48. feelthebern

    Justin Langer continues to demonstrate why Steve Waugh didn’t invite him to his farewell gig.
    PS, Langer turned up anyway.
    & he made a speech that droned on & on.
    Australian cricket died when Steve Waugh retired.

  49. Dr Faustus

    Universities will be barred from ­allowing low-scoring high school students entry into teaching ­degrees under Labor to put an end to the “dumbing down” of the teaching profession, Tanya Plibersek says.

    Plibbers is exactly right on this one.

    The missing piece is how she will go after the thousands of barely-literate drop-kicks who have already taken advantage of the Rudd/Gillard ‘education revolution’, and squeaked into teaching courtesy of a-prize-for-every-child factory degrees.

  50. Roger

    On the subject of opportunist scumbags, the ABC is still running footage of Mr Silly Walks and claiming it’s a genuine nazi salute.

    The ABC has largely confected the neo-Nazi threat in Australia to neutralize concerns re Islamic terrorism.

    “You see, white people can be bad too, so shut up”.

    A wild eyed Jane Caro said pretty much that on The Dumb last week.

  51. Monty:
    #2900429, posted on January 6, 2019 at 10:56 pm
    Back in ED with tightness in the heart. Has been a bugger of a fortnight with frequent nausea and dizziness. Wish they would hurry up and find the culprit.

    #2900497, posted on January 7, 2019 at 12:04 am
    Just had a chest X-ray, Candy. Also getting some special blood test.

    m0nty
    #2900528, posted on January 7, 2019 at 12:34 am
    Chest X-ray clear. Just waiting on the blood test to see if there was heart damage.

    #2900588, posted on January 7, 2019 at 2:38 am
    Home again. Another frustrating night. I am sure i will be back there again before too long.

    Monty, your timeline stinks. If the ‘special blood test’ was for Troponin, then it would have been done as first line treatment the moment you were hooked up to a cardiac monitor. The results would have been back in ten minutes. Even in my tiny clinic, I could have done the same test in three minutes at the bedside.
    That’s of course, if the test was for Troponin, not a red herring so you can come back and later say “No it wasn’t. You don’t know what you’re talking about”.

  52. Bruce of Newcastle

    Since we’re talking about socialists of various varieties I wonder if M0nty might comment about this socialist?

    Rich Kid Of Communism: Fidel Castro’s Model Grandson Flashes His Wealth And Love Of The High Life On Instagram

    Various South Florida-based media outlets covering the Cuban community came across Tony Castro’s snaps just days before the Communist island celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, led by his grandfather who would later rule for five decades before dying in 2016.

    The hood ornament on his yacht looks especially proletarian.

  53. Peter Castieau

    Old Soldier Retweeted

    Bevan Shields

    Verified account

    @BevanShields
    54m54 minutes ago
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    Anthony Albanese announces he has separated from his wife Carmel Tebbutt #auspol

  54. thefrolickingmole

    Trop testing.
    A couple of the times Ive done this there has been 2 tests, the original, then another an hour or 2 later when the symptoms appeared cardiac but nothing showed on the first test.

    Monty may have been having a test to see if he may have had an infection of the pericardium, this produces pain and other symptoms but shouldnt trigger the trop test.

    Monty is an unwell specimen, if he wants to see his kids grow up he needs to get a radical reassessment of his health done and possibly take Arky up on his jogging offer.

  55. OldOzzie

    Anthony Albanese announces split with Carmel Tebbutt

    Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese has split up with his partner, former NSW deputy premier Carmel Tebbutt.

    Mr Albanese, a former deputy prime minister and currently Labor’s infrastructure spokesman, said he was “deeply saddened” by the split.

    “I am deeply saddened that my relationship of over 30 years with Carmel Tebbutt has ended in separation,” he said in a statement today.

    “We will continue to share parenting responsibilities of our 18-year-old son Nathan, who has successfully completed his HSC and has developed into an outstanding young man who we are both proud of.

    “There are no third parties involved. I would ask that our privacy be respected at this time.”

    Mr Albanese and Ms Tebbutt were known as one of Labor’s greatest power couples as they rose through the ranks of federal and state politics respectively.

    Ms Tebbutt retired from politics in 2015 after more than nine years in the NSW parliament, where she served as deputy leader of the NSW Labor Party under both Nathan Rees and Kristina Keneally.

    Mr Albanese ran against Bill Shorten for the Labor leadership in 2013 after Kevin Rudd lost government. He served as Mr Rudd’s deputy in 2013, and was a senior minister under both him and Julia Gillard.

  56. Boambee John

    Winston

    That’s of course, if the test was for Troponin, not a red herring so you can come back and later say “No it wasn’t. You don’t know what you’re talking about”.

    Another episode in the ongoing classic The Secret Lives of Walter M0nty?

  57. Stimpson J. Cat

    JC stop annoying everyone.
    No one hassles you for associating with Traders or Bankers or Monty.
    Go make some money or take Monty some flowers.
    You’ll feel better.

  58. Stimpson J. Cat

    Anthony Albanese announces he has separated from his wife Carmel Tebbutt #auspol

    #truethaitrending

  59. None

    “I am deeply saddened that my relationship of 30 years with Carmel Tebbutt has ended in separation.”

    What an appallingly grotesque and cold statement to make after 30 years. You’d think he’d be ending a business partnership. Yeah I know their son is 18 and it’s almost like they waited for him to get through HSC so they could shit all over his life. Don’t anyone think that divorce is easier on older kids. In some ways this is a really brutal thing to do to a boy on the cusp of adulthood. It’s not his fault that both his parents are selfish pticks.

  60. Stimpson J. Cat

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    Excited to see our friends in Egypt opening the biggest Cathedral in the Middle East. President El-Sisi is moving his country to a more inclusive future!

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole. We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi. Our work against al Qaeda continues. We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    V.P. Mike Pence and group had a productive meeting with the Schumer/Pelosi representatives today. Many details of Border Security were discussed. We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. Good solution, and made in the U.S.A.

  61. calli

    Do you think being caught leaving a massage parlour was a contributing factor?

  62. Monty, your timeline stinks. If the ‘special blood test’ was for Troponin, then it would have been done as first line treatment the moment you were hooked up to a cardiac monitor. The results would have been back in ten minutes. Even in my tiny clinic, I could have done the same test in three minutes at the bedside.

    It was Troponin. However, the timeline was that a triage nurse took me out of the waiting room, did the first set of bloods and didn’t specify Troponin, then sent me back out to wait. There was a second blood test once I was admitted.

  63. mh

    I’m sure there will be a happy ending soon for Anthony Albanese.

  64. Also, I am tipping that there aren’t a huge amount of pathology resources on deck at 1:30 on a Monday morning.

  65. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Do you think being caught leaving a massage parlour was a contributing factor?

    He would have been there just to make sure the staff were paid up union members, surely?

  66. Stimpson J. Cat

    Do you think being caught leaving a massage parlour was a contributing factor?

    I’m thinking she has spent all of the time since then working on a number in her head.
    And a very large number indeed, judging by:

    “I am deeply saddened that my relationship of 30 years with Carmel Tebbutt has ended in separation.”

    He ha ha ja ja ja ha ja!!!!

  67. calli

    We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive.

    Chuckle.

    The Master at work.

  68. Crossie

    Now that he is acting secretary of defense, the civilian Shanahan has only one layer of command to defer to and can be his own man, it seems. For the first words from his mouth on taking command were “China, China, China” – no agonizing over terrorists whose faith will not be named, no hand-wringing over global warming, no apologia for allies who shirk paying for their defense, and no histrionics on the subject of the impoverished kleptocracy that is Russia. The Mattis era is over.

    Mathis’ sacking, or resignation, or whatever did not interest me. You clash with the president you lose, the president is above the Chiefs of Staff and the Defense Secretary. If it was good enough for all other presidents it is good enough for Trump.

  69. Mater

    Rae
    #2900868, posted on January 7, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    petty-bourgeois

    Lol

    I’m sure Lenin would be flattered by your appreciation of his ‘turn of phrase’.

  70. mh

    No one appears to believe a word that Monty says.

    Funny that.

  71. thefrolickingmole

    m0nty.

    Trop tests are quick and easy, you probably fell into the “cardiac signs but no indication on the first test” group.

    Its literally placing a blood sample (small amount) on a paper swab/indicator that works (and looks) much like a pregnancy tester.

  72. calli

    Is m0nty pregnant?

    Never occurred to me until now.

    Any cravings?

  73. C.L.

    Leg touched! Or how women can now win arguments using the police …

    Magistrate scolds Scott Bolton, hands Cowboys star 12-month good behaviour bond.

    A set of agreed facts state that Bolton was intoxicated as he slumped next to her on a sofa and when she stood up to get away from him he touched her on the upper thigh.

    The woman then alerted bar staff who called police.

  74. Crossie

    C.L.
    #2900807, posted on January 7, 2019 at 11:38 am
    This whole Anning was seen near somebody and must therefore be liquidated stuff is the crazed – actually, Nazi – tactic used against Abbott vis-a-vis “Ditch the Witch” and Cardinal Pall when he was photographed with Gerald Ridsdale (Paul Bongiorno’s old house-mate).

    Scott Morrison praising the corrupt trial riggers and pro-gang Maoists of the Victoria Police represents a new low in this deplorable idiot’s brief and doomed prime ministerial career.

    Or to paraphrase another failure: “Well may the Prime Minister demonise the right and crawl to the left but nothing will save his government”.

  75. Bruce of Newcastle

    Also, I am tipping that there aren’t a huge amount of pathology resources on deck at 1:30 on a Monday morning.

    They get called in. Mate of mine for many years was a path guy in a country town: he had a fast car and a gentleman’s agreement with local plod.

  76. Rae

    Mater #2900878, posted on January 7, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Rae
    #2900868, posted on January 7, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    petty-bourgeois

    Lol

    I’m sure Lenin would be flattered by your appreciation of his ‘turn of phrase’.

    You’re a personal acquaintance of his, hey? Otherwise, how could you be sure?

  77. Diogenes

    Young women are not (and haven’t been for many years) offered the delights and fulfilments of being a relaxed and happy Mum and all the community enrichment that entails. Sure the possibility is there, but it has been largely delegitimised by the new feminists.

    This was kinda sorta very circumspectly hinted at in last nights 60 Minutes on the story on why so mothers are getting caught drink driving

  78. OldOzzie

    Macron Under Siege as Tough Stance Against ‘yellow vests’ Backfires…

    Some of the highlights from today’s protests in France are quite remarkable. Additionally, it seems indicative of an inflection point for Reuters to point out that Macron’s current approach toward the Yellow Vests is only making things worse…. Strange times.

    PARIS (Reuters) – Emmanuel Macron intended to start the new year on the offensive against the ‘yellow vest’ protesters. Instead, the French president is reeling from more violent street demonstrations.

    What began as a grassroots rebellion against diesel taxes and the high cost of living has morphed into something more perilous for Macron – an assault on his presidency and French institutions.

    The anti-government protesters on Saturday used a forklift truck to force their way into a government ministry compound, torched cars near the Champs Elysees and in one violent skirmish on a bridge over the Seine punched and kicked riot police officers to the ground. (read more)

  79. JC

    Boambee John

    Your assertions are bullshit.

    1 I don’t associate with Fatboy. I’ve had about three lunches with him over the past 4 years.
    2 Look through the back pages and you’ll find I’m one of fatboy’s most vicious critics.
    3 I get a lot of shit about having lunch with him particularly from two of my bitches – Rones and Cronkite. These two imbeciles are always trying to make hay out of it.

    Let’s distingush all that with Anning sharing the podium with Cottrell.

    1 Anning’s a senator who rifled through public money to get on a podium with that lowlife. I’m not a senator.
    2 Anning doesn’t just associate with Cottrell, he appears to support him.
    3 Anning has never criticized Cottrell like I have the fathead
    4 If I cop shit for lunching with fathead and take it like a man, Anning can also put his chin out without having these white nights trying to rescue him.

  80. Stimpson J. Cat

    Bernie Sanders
    @SenSanders
    President Trump, federal employees are not billionaires. They have to feed their kids and pay their mortgages. End the shutdown now and treat federal employees with the respect they are due.
    1:13 AM · Jan 6, 2019

  81. C.L.

    A man whose children had decided to remove his breathing tubes has recovered and left an Omaha hospital after weeks of therapy.

    I hope he has a large estate and leaves it all to the maid.

  82. C.L.

    … federal employees … have to feed their kids and pay their mortgages …

    They’re free to leave and get jobs in the private sector. Nobody’s stopping them.

  83. Stimpson J. Cat

    The Spectator Index
    @spectatorindex
    Apple market value.

    4th of October, 2018: $1139 billion

    4th of November, 2018: $1037 billion

    4th of December, 2018: $883 billion

    Now: $702 billion
    9:00 PM · Jan 5, 2019

    Android FTW!

  84. Up The Workers!

    “They get called in. Mate of mine for many years was a path guy in a country town: he had a fast car and a gentleman’s agreement with local plod.”

    That’s a coincidence.

    I too know of a bloke who had a similar shifty agreement with the local plod, only his fast car belonged to the girlfriend, who just happened to be A.L.P. Prime Minister of Australia at the time.

    Still, the dodgy arrangement came in handy some 8 separate times in a 3-month period. Much better than what the suckers and mugs of taxpaying peasantry have to contend with if they go on a recidivist hooning binge either in their own, or in the P.M.’s own vehicle.

    It’s not what you know, but what Party crook you know and how quickly you can pull the local Party-appointed blind, deaf, dumb, bent and bought A.L.P. Police Chief and his Seeing Eye Dog out of your pocket..

  85. Crossie

    Do you think being caught leaving a massage parlour was a contributing factor?

    I’m thinking she has spent all of the time since then working on a number in her head.
    And a very large number indeed, judging by:

    “I am deeply saddened that my relationship of 30 years with Carmel Tebbutt has ended in separation.”

    He ha ha ja ja ja ha ja!!!!

    Could it perhaps be that Carmel Tebbutt has seen her chances of moving into The Lodge completely demolished by Chloe Shorten?

  86. stackja

    Nights in white satin.

  87. Bruce of Newcastle

    Resistance is futile but the irony is popcornworthy.

  88. JC

    Anyone ever eaten Poke? It’s really good, especially the one with sashimi on top.

  89. Crossie

    Android FTW!

    No thanks, Google is already too rich and too evil.

  90. min

    Re Albanese, look up the foto of Albanese being made a frontbencher or changing portfolios . It was just after A True Thai massage and observe the look on Tebbutt’s face. We still haven’t found out who enjoyed an expensive night out with Craig Thomson , Albo was one of the ones tipped.

  91. stackja

    UTW – Mates in right places?

  92. I hope he has a large estate and leaves it all to the maid.

    This happened to ancestor of mine (great-great-grandmother).
    “For loyal service” sole beneficiary.
    The resentment from the family that missed out continues to this day.

  93. Mater

    You’re a personal acquaintance of his, hey? Otherwise, how could you be sure?

    I gave you the reference.
    I take it you doubt the integrity of all academic papers? Doesn’t sound like you, Rae, especially considering your faith in Google.

  94. Crossie

    stackja
    #2900904, posted on January 7, 2019 at 1:44 pm
    Nights in white satin.

    That song launched a whole range of manchester products in the 70s. I bought a set of satin sheets that my husband insisted be removed from the bed after a few days.

  95. Snoopy

    Raw fish flavoured poke? No thanks.

  96. BrettW

    Whatever you do dont mention you agree with a certain Senator. Guaranteed to cause a “triggering”.

  97. Up The Workers!

    Sad news to hear from contributors back at 12.59pm on this thread, about the separation of a prominent political couple.

    If the old-fashioned divorce laws had still applied, I wonder whether the Marrickville “True Thai Rub-and-Tuggery” would have got a dishonourable mention or three as co-respondent?

  98. Roger

    That song launched a whole range of manchester products in the 70s.

    The nadir of that fad was satin sheets on a water bed.

  99. Mother Lode

    Any cravings?

    Double choc-dipped donut double-cooked in rendered yak fat with sprinkles, extra dusting of icing sugar, jam and nutella injected, with chocolate flakes and three Mars Bars sticking out.

    And a 1.25L mug of coke.

  100. Snoopy

    Very Important Post For Everyone To Read.
    This Is A Very Big Deal.
    Not Good Folks.
    At All.

    I bet there are many more psychologists on the loose in Australia than there are ‘Nazis’.

  101. Black Ball

    We’re also told that job applicants who, as graduates, struggle with even elementary spelling, should bristle at any acknowledgement of this shortcoming, telling potential employers – and I quote – “Fuck you.”

    The lowering of academic standards continues apace, because racism.

    https://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2019/01/mama-just-killed-a-man.html#more

  102. struth

    JC, I am always well aware, when it comes to the internet that I am no expert.
    However, am I correct in stating that Wikipedia can be edited by anyone?
    Isn’t it to be taken lightly?

    I will defer if you have solid evidence mr Muscles is a Nazi.

    And not just called one.
    After that speech he just gave, at the rally, I would tend to think he’s been stitched up.
    He didn’t say one thing wrong as far as I can see, and lay the blame not a race, but where it belonged, at the government.

  103. Crossie

    Roger
    #2900924, posted on January 7, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    That song launched a whole range of manchester products in the 70s.

    The nadir of that fad was satin sheets on a water bed.

    Speaking of water beds …

    We were visiting Wagga Wagga in 1994 with another couple and the hotel receptionist informed us that they had a room with a water bed and one with a normal bed. The other couple said they will have the normal room. The next morning at breakfast they laughed when we suggested they might like our room.

  104. Black Ball

    We’re also told that job applicants who, as graduates, struggle with even elementary spelling, should bristle at any acknowledgement of this shortcoming, telling potential employers – and I quote – “[email protected]#k you.”

    https://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2019/01/mama-just-killed-a-man.html#more

  105. mh

    Senator Fraser Anning
    @fraser_anning
    I spoke to a diverse range of people including, Vietnamese shopkeepers who were there because they were sick of being victims of these gangs. Yet they are being portrayed as “far right extremists”- I don’t think so!

  106. JC

    I think you can have it cooked, for non sashimi lovers. So you don’t like sushi, snoopy. A little on the too ethnic side?

  107. Confused Old Misfit

    Satin sheets and water beds!
    Ah sweet bird of youth!
    Long hast thou fled.
    Long are the memories.

  108. Stimpson J. Cat

    I bet there are many more psychologists on the loose in Australia than there are ‘Nazis’.

    The terrifying thing is that in the States apparently 70% of all new psychologists are Women.
    Now don’t get me wrong, I have a Male and a Female psychologist, it’s important to break things up and analyze from different perspectives and angles, otherwise you get complacent and comfortable and cannot change.

    But I can’t help but feel like this is going to be very bad for a lot of Boys and Men.

  109. Speedbox

    Crossie
    #2900929, posted on January 7, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    I had a waterbed for many years in the 80’s/90’s. The trick was to ensure the waterbed bladder was ‘waveless’ (ie. had sufficient internal baffles) and secondly, it was adequately filled with water. Anything less and they were awful.

    Never tried satin sheets.

  110. Makka

    But I can’t help but feel like this is going to be very bad for a lot of Boys and Men.

    Well, could be that too many of them rely on psychologist hokery pokery. Go and have a good chat with your mates. That usually solves many of life’s problems.

  111. Roger

    I note that Ms. Palaszczuk, in confronting the spectre of Nazism in Fraser Anning, has once again trotted out the line that her paternal grandparents fled Nazism to Australia. It is patently false. Her father, Henry (Heinrich actually, odd name for a Polish boy, or are the Palaszczuks actually Ukrainian?) was born in Germany in 1947. Several years later, probably the early 1950s but that could be checked with immigration records, the family emigrated.

    Yet no journalist ever questions her about this, er…embellishment of her family history.

  112. Mater

    Never tried satin sheets.

    I’ve never understood why satin sheets are seen as ‘sexy’.
    In my experience, they prevent you from getting sufficient purchase.

    😉

  113. Snoopy

    I didn’t realise you were talking food, JC.

    I’m a ceviche fan, myself. Lima has great food.

  114. Knuckle Dragger

    Hmm. Play abandoned on the final day, Injuns win the series 2-1.

    Thank God Shaun Marsh tipped in with a timely 8 in the first innings, otherwise we’d really be in strife.

  115. Mother Lode

    Henry (Heinrich actually, odd name for a Polish boy, or are the Palaszczuks actually Ukrainian?) was born in Germany in 1947. Several years later, probably the early 1950s but that could be checked with immigration records, the family emigrated.

    Nazism. Communism. In ordinary life there was not much of a difference. Propaganda everywhere. Secret police. Secret trials. Lack of privacy. One party state, with party members a special elite. Leader worship.

    You get the idea.

  116. Knuckle Dragger

    Mater,

    Damn straight. No traction whatsoever.

  117. mh

    So Snoop Dogg thinks “honest, hard working blue collar workers” are the Federal government workers currently affected by the partial shutdown.

    Oh for the days of 2 Live Crew

  118. Knuckle Dragger

    Jesus wept tears of rage.

    Darwin. The only city where you get slathered in sweat having a shave.

  119. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Nazism. Communism. In ordinary life there was not much of a difference. Propaganda everywhere. Secret police. Secret trials. Lack of privacy. One party state, with party members a special elite. Leader worship.

    Fleeing Communism wouldn’t earn you the same credentials amongst the “bruvvas” though, would it?

  120. Steve trickler

    Since primary school, i always thought this song was about spousal abuse?

    Things we learn.



  121. Crossie

    Speedbox
    #2900939, posted on January 7, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    I had a waterbed for many years in the 80’s/90’s. The trick was to ensure the waterbed bladder was ‘waveless’ (ie. had sufficient internal baffles) and secondly, it was adequately filled with water. Anything less and they were awful.

    The waterbed in that hotel probably had neither. I got in first and when my husband sat down on it I would have bounced right off if I didn’t grab the frame.

  122. Tel

    I spoke to a diverse range of people including, Vietnamese shopkeepers who were there because they were sick of being victims of these gangs. Yet they are being portrayed as “far right extremists”- I don’t think so!

    The “Progressives” had absolutely zero sympathy for the Korean shopkeepers who were attacked and looted during the 1992 LA riots, and they were positively pissed that those people attempted to defend themselves. You might detect a pattern here … dislike of anyone productive, law abiding and resourceful.

  123. Confused Old Misfit

    Mate & Knuckle Dragger
    There was, if my antiquated brain cells are advising me properly, a technique that, if properly executed, was excruciatingly pleasurable! 😉

  124. Roger

    You get the idea.

    But the subject du jour is is Fraser Anning’s alleged Nazism, Mother Lode.

    Palaszczuk has all but called him a Nazi and a racist in the Qld press today.

    Now, why the need to invent an anti-Nazi narrative for her family?

    Why does a family with a Ukrainian surname insist on being ethnically Polish?

    Why was little Henry christened Heinrich in post-war Germany?

    Inquiring minds, of which there seem to be none in the QLD press corps, would like to know.

  125. Knuckle Dragger

    I had a waterbed in the early 90s. It was not waveless, and had a red velvet lined frame.

    Going to sleep after a night on the rantan, or any sort of romantic interlude was, needless to say, problematic.

  126. Rae

    What is, Hun?

    I didn’t see your name there. Or the way the authors spelled “petty-bourgeois”.

    [But I only gave it a cursory glance. Not as interested as you.]

  127. Crossie

    Mater
    #2900944, posted on January 7, 2019 at 2:27 pm
    Never tried satin sheets.

    I’ve never understood why satin sheets are seen as ‘sexy’.
    In my experience, they prevent you from getting sufficient purchase.

    😉

    One of my husband’s objections. The other was that they felt cold.

    Whoever wrote the lyrics to that song may not actually have tried sleeping on any colour satin.

  128. Knuckle Dragger

    COM,

    I was obviously unaware of that particular bit of Monkey Magic.

    Dammit. Research required.

  129. Diogenes

    Henry (Heinrich actually, odd name for a Polish boy, or are the Palaszczuks actually Ukrainian?) was born in Germany in 1947. Several years later, probably the early 1950s but that could be checked with immigration records, the family emigrated.

    Could have been Prussian Poles, ie German until Versailles was signed, then became “Polish” (much like my family but read Hungarian & Romania instead of German/Polish). As for her dad sounds a bit like my youngest uncle and oldest cousin, both born in Germany in the late 40s, having been conceived in the refugee camp in which they had resided since late 44/early 45. My Paternal grandmother having had a taste of Communist life between 1919 & 1923 decided she did not want to repeat the experience.

  130. “Progressives”

    Does that expression stem from the “Progressive Barn Dance” ?

    Like a few steps and then you change partners?

  131. Mother Lode

    Fleeing Communism wouldn’t earn you the same credentials amongst the “bruvvas” though, would it?

    Contempt, I should imagine.

    Fleeing the world they want to make.

    I have oft times wondered whether Whitlam’s famously formulated contempt for South Vietnamese fleeing Vietnam was raw racism or contempt for the kind of people who would want to leave a workers paradise.

  132. mh

    The “Progressives” had absolutely zero sympathy for the Korean shopkeepers who were attacked and looted during the 1992 LA riots, and they were positively pissed that those people attempted to defend themselves. You might detect a pattern here … dislike of anyone productive, law abiding and resourceful.

    Rapper Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) wrote and recorded a song about how much he hated Koreans, which got a tick of approval from progressives. This guy was a phoney then and still is now.

    Black Korea

    Every time I wanna go get a fuckin’ brew
    I gotta go down to the store with the two
    Oriental one penny countin’ motherfuckers
    That make a nigga mad enough to cause a little ruckus
    Thinkin’ every brother in the world’s out to take
    So they watch every damn move that I make
    They hope I don’t pull out a gat and try to rob
    They funky little store, but, bitch, I got a job
    “Look, you little Chinese motherfucker
    I ain’t tryin’ to steal none of yo’ shit, leave me alone!”
    “Mother fuck you!”
    Yo, yo, check it out
    So don’t follow me up and down your market
    Or your little chop suey ass’ll be a target
    Of the nationwide boycott
    Juice with the people, that’s what the boy got
    So pay respect to the black fist
    Or we’ll burn your store right down to a crisp
    And then we’ll see ya
    Cause you can’t turn the ghetto into black Korea
    “Mother fuck you!”
    Songwriters: O’shea Jackson

  133. Rae

    Oh look, Rae.

    At what, Hun? I didn’t see your name there. Or the spelling of “petty-bourgeois”.

    But I barely gave it a cursory glance. Unlike you, I have no interest other than the spelling.

  134. Top Ender

    Thanks OO, Cassie, Areff – a lot of things shut here today as it’s Sunday.

    But Boardwalk tomorrow, as well as a trip to LBJ’s lair, and the German surroundings of San Antonio.

  135. Roger

    Could have been Prussian Poles, ie German until Versailles was signed, then became “Polish” (much like my family but read Hungarian & Romania instead of German/Polish).

    Palaszczuk is a western Ukrainian surname meaning roughly son of a soldier or (ironically) one who likes to scold others. C. 1920 Poland occupied parts of the western Ukraine and treated the local population very roughly; there has been no love lost between Poles and western Ukrainians since.

    Even given the vicissitudes of history in the region in the 20th C., , Palaszczuk’s story has some rather large holes in it.

  136. Boambee John

    Mother Lode at 1449

    A mixture of leftist disdain for those who could not recognise the wonders of communism and residual elements of ALP “White Australiaism”?

  137. Mother Lode

    Actually Roger, I had in mind that she would never denounce the communists who were just as horrible.

    She has joined a party that instead takes inspiration from the same ideas and with whose murderous excesses would be at least vaguely sympathetic.

    Few socialists intend to create a state with large scale persecution of its citizens* – the other guys all didn’t quite get it right.

    It just keeps turning out the same way.

    *They do, of course, draw malign delight in thinking about humiliating and degrading particular targets. Do you think there is a socialist out there that doesn’t dream of Pauline Hansen crying naked in the mud?

    And standing in front of a wall?

  138. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    contempt for the kind of people who would want to leave a workers paradise.

    Max Hasting’s new book about the Viet Nam war contains a very grim picture of the “worker’s paradise” ruled over by Ho Chi Minh, and his successors. “Wonders of Communism”, my hairy aunt.

  139. Roger

    Actually Roger, I had in mind that she would never denounce the communists who were just as horrible.

    Of course not.

    Now it may not be reported down south, but every time racism is in the headlines Palaszczuk trots out this patently false line about her grandparents.

    I know she’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but even she must know the Nazis were defeated in 1945, two years before Heinrich was born and c. five years before her grandparents emigrated peacefully to Australia along with tens of thousands of others.

    I suspect there’s more to it than just a socialist’s ideological blind spot, and if she’s going to be given free rein to slander another politician, let her own story should be subjected to scrutiny.

  140. johanna

    Wow, the lengths the legal profession will go to in order to stifle competition are truly amazing. This example illustrates their jealous and vindictive attitude to demarcation, worthy of the CFMEU:

    The one-time associate of drug lords Carl Williams, John Higgs, Lewis Moran and Tony Mokbel does not have any legal qualifications and has not been admitted to practise law in Victoria.

    The legal watchdog is accusing Mr McCulloch of engaging in unqualified legal practice after they were alerted by Victoria Police to phone conversations he had with criminals he met in the Eucalypt Unit at Barwon.

    and

    Mr McCulloch was released from prison last year after serving time for trafficking commercial quantities of cannabis and methamphetamines in 2005. He also served an earlier stint in Pentridge for heroin trafficking in the 1980s.

    Mr McCulloch said outside court that he had not pretended to be a solicitor and was only helping inmates who had exhausted legal aid and did not have strong reading and writing skills.

    He said he had not benefited financially from his work.

    “It was an obligation, I made a promise when I left to help them,” he said.

    “Some have difficulty in reading, one chap just can’t read or write. Simple legal procedures were beyond them.”

    According to an affidavit filed by the Victorian Legal Services Board, Mr McCulloch allegedly advised some of the prisoners about how to appeal their sentences to the High Court.

    Court documents also allege he had discussions with a convicted murderer about the merits of certain defences, including one known as “automatism”, where a crime is committed involuntarily.

    The defence appears in law textbooks after it was first used in Victoria in 1950 by a woman found not guilty of murdering her daughter when she claimed she was sleepwalking.

    The prisoners said to have been advised by Mr McCulloch include three men convicted of murder, one convicted of attempted armed robbery and one convicted of arson causing death. Another is serving a 15-year sentence for drug offences.

    Mr McCulloch was born in Scotland and says that before embarking on his life of crime, he worked in the legal department of the Post Office Savings Bank in Glasgow and London. He said dealing with probate matters back then had given him experience with the courts.

    “I learned how to read ‘legalese’,” he said. “It’s just a more sophisticated useage of some words.”

    OK, the guy is probably a scumbag, but why on earth is he being dragged before the courts and charged with a criminal offence? He never claimed to be a lawyer, and didn’t get paid.

    Just as well there’s no real crime to be concerned about in Victoria.

    BTW, what happened to the case of the snitching barrister? Seems to have dropped out of view.

  141. mh

    A CH9 blonde interviews Fraser Anning

    Senator Fraser Anning Retweeted
    The Today Show
    The Today Show
    @TheTodayShow
    ·
    8h
    “I would not bring any Muslims or Sudanese into the country, I would put a ban on that. And any of them that commit a crime I would be shipping them home to where they came from.” – Senator Fraser Anning. #9Today

    https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1082007534792110080?s=20

  142. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    BTW, what happened to the case of the snitching barrister? Seems to have dropped out of view.

    Herald Sun is running with the story.

  143. struth

    If I was Anning, I’d take Palacechook to court for defamation.

    That would be fun.

    You might detect a pattern here … dislike of anyone productive, law abiding and resourceful.

    Exackery.

  144. Old School Conservative

    What is it with married leftists not taking their husband’s surname?

    Easier to hide personal associations from the proles.

  145. Old School Conservative

    Great comedy on TV right now – Golden Globes awards ceremony.
    One bloke brings out a written list of who to thank and starts with “Oh, this award is so unexpected!”

  146. jo

    JC did m()nty root on your first date, inquiring for a friend.

  147. Mother Lode

    Golden Globes awards ceremony

    We still talking about the ‘testicles in the hot coffee’ thing?

  148. Zyconoclast

    South Australian households will lose $100 “inconvenience” payments for extended blackouts,

    The Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) has decided households which experience blackouts of more than 12 hours will no longer receive automatic inconvenience payments, which start at $100 and increase for longer outages.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-07/blackout-compensation-scheme-lowered/10692296

  149. Mother Lode

    which experience blackouts of more than 12 hours will no longer receive automatic inconvenience payments

    Because after 12 hours there was was suddenly no inconvenience.

    I think I can see a cash strapped government with an incentive to make an 11 hour blackout last a little longer.

  150. BoN;

    They get called in. Mate of mine for many years was a path guy in a country town: he had a fast car and a gentleman’s agreement with local plod.

    Correct.
    We don’t know which hospital Monty went to, so we can’t look up the hours of staffing for Pathology, but any reasonably sized metropolitan hospital has a 24 hour pathology system so the blood tests asked for one day can be available to the teams on the next day.
    Stat bloods are done, well, stat. Urgent are usually fitted into the next run of the tester, and routine bloods are done as machines become available.

  151. Old School Conservative

    mh
    #2900986, posted on January 7, 2019 at 3:19 pm
    A CH9 blonde interviews Fraser Anning

    She was totally unprepared for Anning’s honesty and short, sharp answers.
    He’d do well as a poster on the Cat.

  152. min

    As a retired female Pysychologist I would like to comment on the report from APA on treatment of men and boys. Firstly I was trained by the great humanist Albert Ellis, the father of RET the first with Aaron Beck of CBT,devising therapy based on stoic philosophy that deals with managing emotions. That is it is ok to feel sad , angry , happy, apprehensive but not helpful to feel so angry you could kill the bastard or so anxious you cannot think straight. Unfortunately kids were not taught about emotions and how to develop EQ .particularly males , who are taught to swallow emotions and pretend That is not stoicism, see Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus et al
    The male role was established back in the days when the stronger sex had to kill the mammoths ,hunt for food protect the family/ tribe and has been entrenched for aeons.
    The biggest disservice psychology has done to humans is to promote the notion of self esteem . This is where one’s worth is in the control of others,that is approval ,success and achievement that makes you feel good about yourself is dependent on getting it from others.

  153. Mark M

    Quick question: Are the members of the Vietnamese community from St Albans who gathered today to protest the failure of law and order that led to them being targeted by African gangs Nazi’s too?

  154. DrBeauGan

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2900920, posted on January 7, 2019 at 1:56 pm
    Very Important Post For Everyone To Read.
    This Is A Very Big Deal.
    Not Good Folks.
    At All.

    And this is what Pippa thinks is science. It’s just a rather poor excuse for people, particularly women these days, to meddle with things they don’t understand.

  155. Speedbox

    Top Ender:

    Read your book Lethality in Combat during the break (whilst sitting on the porch overlooking the sea, cold drink at hand…). Thoroughly enjoyed both the read and the vista.

    Any follow-on reading suggestions?

  156. Roger

    Are the members of the Vietnamese community from St Albans who gathered today to protest the failure of law and order that led to them being targeted by African gangs Nazi’s too?

    Yes, the Vietnamese Division.

    Just as there were western Ukrainian Nazis in Galicia in WWII.

  157. Woger:

    That song launched a whole range of manchester products in the 70s.

    The nadir of that fad was satin sheets on a water bed.

    …and when you added baby oil, or many other lubricants, the glare from bright lights, would wreck attempts to film.
    Especially on 8track tape.
    Or so I understand…

  158. lotocoti

    Quick question…

    Yes.
    Why else would they flee the peace and freedom loving Socialist Republic of Vietnam?

  159. JC

    Old school, what’s your thinking of this comment in view of your own comments about me/mine last evening? It’s okay with you, right? It’s okay because it kind of goes with floats in the stream or sewer you swim in.
    I don’t care much, but I just wanted your esteemed opinion, you hypocrite.

    jo
    #2900992, posted on January 7, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    JC did m()nty root on your first date, inquiring for a friend.

    Jo. even in this enlightened age I don’t think you should be pimping your homosexual friend’s depravities on blogs. Don’t be a pimp, jo.

  160. DrBeauGan

    I still draw the line at Hitler and his cronies, but I am gradually coming around to feeling kindly disposed to anyone currently being called a Nazi.

  161. cohenite

    Will did he head prefect; and if so did he do a reach around for you?

    By the way if you want to meet a real man I can arrange a meeting with Senator Anning. However he will expect a donation.

  162. cohenite

    mh

    #2900790, posted on January 7, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    2h
    V.P. Mike Pence and group had a productive meeting with the Schumer/Pelosi representatives today. Many details of Border Security were discussed. We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. Good solution, and made in the U.S.A.

    Trump is a genius. I bet he would appreciate Anning.

  163. JC

    Old School Conservative
    #2900998, posted on January 7, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    mh
    #2900986, posted on January 7, 2019 at 3:19 pm
    A CH9 blonde interviews Fraser Anning

    She was totally unprepared for Anning’s honesty and short, sharp answers.
    He’d do well as a poster on the Cat.

    She was a bonehead. And the questions were virtue signaling.These would have been a couple of better questions to ask Anning.

    1. In view of the fact that you’re a wealthy person by inheritance and pretty much nothing else, why did you think it was okay to dip into taxpayers pockets for travel of a political nature?

    2. You say that you didn’t know Blair Cottrell, but why should we believe you when you were swanning around the podium with the reprobate? (Cut to the Australian’s footage).

    3. You suggested the people around you were fine that it was a bunch of people (maybe 100 or so) who were noisy and you couldn’t tell what was going on. If the people around you were decent people, doesn’t that suggest you actually know Cottrell and you’re now excusing him?

  164. thefrolickingmole

    The biggest disservice psychology has done to humans is to promote the notion of self esteem . This is where one’s worth is in the control of others,that is approval ,success and achievement that makes you feel good about yourself is dependent on getting it from others.

    That and the cult of the victim as promoted and made “sciencey” by crap uni fanatics with various axes to grind.

    Tell people its all someone elses fault they are living crappy while at the same time telling them that being a turd-burgling ice addict and goat molester is just peachy as its “who they are”.

  165. struth

    The male role was established back in the days when the stronger sex had to kill the mammoths ,hunt for food protect the family/ tribe and has been entrenched for aeons.

    Nothing has changed.
    it may not be mammoths anymore, but nothing has changed.
    Insulated women, so secure in the safety provided for them by western men, can’t see the forest for the trees, the beard from the terrorist, the slaver from the UN bureaucrat,… civilisationally speaking.
    This is the big problem we have today.

    Yet they won’t STFU either.
    We must get them back in the kitchen.

  166. thefrolickingmole

    We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. Good solution, and made in the U.S.A.

    I cant wait till he Trumpets it will be “American Steel” and so much better than the crappy Chinese stuff.

  167. JC

    Will did he head prefect; and if so did he do a reach around for you?

    Can you please rephrase in better English? I have no idea what you’re trying to convey.

    By the way if you want to meet a real man I can arrange a meeting with Senator Anning. However he will expect a donation.

    Lol. A donation for what, his pubs? You cam barely arrange a land transfer, Cronkite.

  168. struth

    Toxic Masculinity is the only thing that freed western women.
    Or they’d all be in a black sack, unable to drive a car, or go out without male permission, or comfort women for the invading Japanese army, or bending over in the rice paddies, etc etc.
    Facts are fun.

  169. thefrolickingmole

    This is the level of duh we are dealing with.
    Apparently western/capitalist economies arent dependent on fossil fuels.

    Someone brings up the fact nearly everything depends on cheap energy to be met with a wall of stupid.

    You can find answers to these questions on the internet. Our current capitalist economy is not dependent in any fundamental way on emitting C02.

    But change happens.
    During the ’90s examples of wealth generated by internet companies were few and far between, if you could find any at all. Google, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, Amazon have all emerged in the last 20 years. You can be very sure that if we put our minds to it there could be hundreds of multi-millionaires coming out of a carbon free economy.

    So the internet not only has a repository of zero emissions tech, it also uses no energy itself.

    Written in 2010..
    The internet releases around 300m tonnes of CO2 a year – as much as all the coal, oil and gas burned in Turkey or Poland, or more than half of the fossil fuels burned in the UK

  170. struth

    The biggest disservice psychology has done to humans is to promote the notion of self esteem . This is where one’s worth is in the control of others,that is approval ,success and achievement that makes you feel good about yourself is dependent on getting it from others.

    Always has done.
    Long before the bullshit of psychology came along.
    We’re a social animal, we hunt in packs, blah blah.

    psychologists and the like have some of the highest suicide rates per occupation.
    No wonder.

  171. areff

    Interesting thing about the Palaszczuk files: Her dad, commonly known as Henry, entered the country as “Richard”. But it has to be him because his birth date, January 12, is the same.

    All the best people have birthdays on January 12 (just by the way)

  172. mh

    psychologists and the like have some of the highest suicide rates per occupation.
    No wonder.

    I wonder how many RUOK ambassadors are battling the black dog?

    Or do we still say black dog? Little bit racist…

  173. zyconoclast

    1. Trump Announces Withdrawal from Syria

    2. Syria conflict: Trump slows down troop withdrawal

    3. Syria conflict: Bolton says US withdrawal is conditional

    Next headline

    4. Trump tweets: a coalition of the willing and 500,000 troops to invade Syria immediately.

  174. DrBeauGan

    The biggest disservice psychology has done to humans is to promote the notion of self esteem . This is where one’s worth is in the control of others,that is approval ,success and achievement that makes you feel good about yourself is dependent on getting it from others.

    Terry Pratchett has a nice line where he describes an obnoxious woman as “Trying to make self-esteem do the job of self-respect.”

  175. Infidel Tiger

    20 Years since contemptible idiot JFK jr killed himself, his wife and her sister:

    https://nypost.com/2019/01/05/tv-special-glosses-over-the-truth-behind-jfk-jr-s-doomed-flight/

  176. OldOzzie

    WSJ – Airline Automation Triggers Intensified Debate Over Safety

    Crash in Indonesia highlights concerns about whether pilots know how to react to computer errors

    The fatal Lion Air crash has revved up debate about the biggest quandary in airline safety: how best to meld increasingly sophisticated computer controls, designed to prevent tragedies, with traditional piloting skills.

    Ever-more-powerful cockpit automation and ultrareliable jet engines have contributed to record-low accident rates in recent years. For example, in 2017, there were fewer than three major accidents per one million commercial flights globally, and not a single scheduled jet airliner went down.

    But the accident this past October involving Lion Air Flight 610, which killed 189 people in Indonesia, dramatically highlighted the hazards when automated flight-control features fail or misfire, and pilots aren’t able to respond properly.

    The crash of the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane contributed to an erosion of the industry’s safety record last year—though it was still the third safest in terms of total airliner crashes. It amplifies the pressure on airplane makers like Airbus SE and Boeing Co. to calibrate the right mix of computer automation and pilot control.

    “The industry must figure out new ways to effectively develop flying skills and enhance training so pilots can better respond to emergencies,” said consultant William Voss, a former U.S. and international safety official who also served as president of the nonprofit Flight Safety Foundation.

    From takeoff to landing in virtually zero visibility, computers can operate the plane’s key systems. Pilots are supposed to monitor them and prepare for anything unexpected, typically spending only a few minutes per trip manually flying the plane.

    During the 11-minute flight, the Lion Air pilots struggled to counteract a new stall-prevention system that repeatedly pushed down the plane’s nose due to erroneous sensor signals likely stemming from a maintenance lapse. The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which investigators believe wasn’t actually in danger of stalling, plunged into the Java Sea.

    Following the accident, U.S. and European aviation regulators have been exchanging data about sensor failures leading to severe automation problems.

    Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency, said information exchanged with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration focuses on how powerful automation systems should be able to cope with inaccurate sensor signals. “We have very automated machines,” he said. “But if something goes wrong, how do you allow the pilot to take over?”

    Aircraft designers and training experts are considering how to ensure that future generations of pilots—steeped in touch-screen technology featuring supposedly infallible software—retain essential hand-flying and decision-making skills historically prized by the industry.

    Adding to that challenge, Boeing estimates a global need for more than 750,000 new commercial pilots over the next two decades with substantially fewer hires coming from the military than before, resulting in generally lower experience levels.

    Industry experts say enhanced cockpit automation is essential to produce aircraft geared toward even those pilots with only rudimentary skills, sometimes described as “least-common-denominator” crews. Above all, they say today’s jetliners and training programs are supposed to ensure all pilots, regardless of background, adhere to common safety practices.

    However, some experts see this drive toward predictability producing highly scripted pilot training that doesn’t prepare aviators for rare dangers that can be bewildering. Because planes effectively fly themselves for long periods, pilots can become lulled into losing awareness of system functions.

    But when displays show a torrent of fault messages accompanied by a cacophony of warning sounds, crews can become overwhelmed trying to simultaneously control the plane and manage the automation that is supposed to be in charge, said Mike Doiron, president of the consulting firm Cirrus Aviation Safety Services.

    Roots of this automation dilemma stretch back nearly three decades, to when European plane maker Airbus first devised so-called fly-by-wire automated protections to prevent accidents. No matter what commands pilots give, under normal circumstances, computers on board won’t let them turn a plane too sharply or raise the nose to a dangerously high angle. Since then, Airbus has embraced more computer-driven safeguards, from automated midair collision-avoidance maneuvers to digital helpers alerting landing pilots about inadequate stopping distance.

    Boeing, in contrast, has focused more on giving crews ultimate power to override almost any automated protections without disabling underlying systems. Regarding automation on 737 MAX models, Boeing has said it relied on its usual process to include all the information pilots need to safely operate the jets. After the crash, Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg has said the planes don’t represent any change to the company’s design philosophy.

    But in recent years, the two rivals have moved closer to each other with regard to cockpit automation.

    Airbus, for example, has devised training programs for its A350 long-range models calling for pilots to get accustomed to the manual feel of the plane’s controls in initial simulator sessions, before activating normal automated systems.

    Senior Airbus safety officials, who years ago argued it was their duty to install the most automation feasible on every new model, now say they spend more time worrying about potential unintended consequences of such decisions.

    Boeing, for its part, has devised a host of advanced automated systems to take over if pilots or equipment err. If an engine fails on one of the company’s 777 jetliners at the moment of takeoff—generally considered the riskiest part of any plane trip—computers are designed to handle everything. They can adjust thrust on the remaining engine, move the rudder and initiate a smooth climb away from danger without any human input.

    In the future, Boeing may embrace certain semiautonomous operations and artificial intelligence to prevent accidents. But Greg Hyslop, the company’s chief technical officer, pointedly asked at an aviation conference earlier this year in Seattle: “How do I certify that as safe?”

    Airlines in the U.S., Europe and other mature aviation markets have urged pilots to spend more time manually flying aircraft as a way to prevent overreliance on automation. The aim is to enable crews to react more quickly and confidently when startled.

    But such recommendations aren’t realistic for many fast-growing carriers in Asia and elsewhere scrambling to find enough fresh hires to fill crew rosters. “These pilots may lack the confidence to manually fly the aircraft,” said Cirrus Aviation’s Mr. Doiron.

    Annemarie Landman, who has conducted research on pilot reaction for the Dutch research institute TNO, sees the growing complexity of automation itself as a huge hurdle. “When something goes wrong,” she said, “things get very confusing.”

  177. I wonder how many RUOK ambassadors are battling the black dog?

    All of them. That’s kind of the point.

  178. Infidel Tiger

    One good thing about the Palcscukaukfgsahghsjwhdncsuks – their gene pool has come to an abrupt halt.

  179. OldOzzie

    But when displays show a torrent of fault messages accompanied by a cacophony of warning sounds, crews can become overwhelmed trying to simultaneously control the plane and manage the automation that is supposed to be in charge, said Mike Doiron, president of the consulting firm Cirrus Aviation Safety Services.

    MAYDAY MAYDAY Terror On Flight QF32

  180. mh

    All of them. That’s kind of the point.

    Monty, are you aware Annalise Braakensiek was an RUOK ambassador?

  181. OldOzzie

    Impeachment Pretense

    Rep. Tlaib offends fellow Democrats by telling the truth in public.

    By The WSJ Editorial Board

    Democrats profess to be upset with Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib for daring to say in public about Donald J. Trump what they all think in private: “we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the mother—.”

    Apparently the Michigan freshman hasn’t been around long enough to know that Democrats are supposed to pretend that impeachment is a solemn legal matter rather than a political exercise. She also made the mistake of using foul language in a video that went viral, not that she’s apologizing for a word of it. But give her credit for showing the public the reality hiding behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s wait-and-see pretense.

    Democrats of one sort or another have been calling for Mr. Trump’s impeachment almost from the first days of his Presidency. Last week California Rep. Brad Sherman, first elected in 1996, reintroduced the articles of impeachment that he and Texas Rep. Al Green offered in 2017. He claims Mr. Trump obstructed justice for firing FBI Director James Comey, among other offenses. He thus redefines a clearly legal presidential power under Article II as an impeachable offense.

    The truth is that nearly all Democrats believe they have more than enough to impeach Mr. Trump. They’re waiting on special counsel Robert Mueller in hopes that his report provides some evidence of collusion with Russia in 2016. But even if it merely provides ominous mood music and details we already know, they’ll want to proceed.

    Jerrold Nadler, who runs the Judiciary Committee and would write the actual impeachment articles, says he doesn’t like Ms. Tlaib’s language. But he’s already said Mr. Trump committed a crime because of his role in Michael Cohen’s payments to buy the silence of two women. He’s just not sure if that alone is enough to impeach a President and succeed politically.

    Don’t forget the pressure from the Resistance Media, many of whom have wanted Mr. Trump removed under the Constitution’s 25th Amendment rather than even waiting for Democrats to take the House.

    Once Mr. Nadler gets his impeachment machinery up and running, the pressure for Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats to grind forward to a vote will be enormous. Democrats are sore at Ms. Tlaib because she let voters in on the game too early.

  182. Snoopy

    Interesting thing about the Palaszczuk files: Her dad, commonly known as Henry, entered the country as “Richard”. But it has to be him because his birth date, January 12, is the same.

    Why Richard? Another question our famously inquisitive media could put to Anastasia. Actually they could ask old Henry hisself.

  183. OldOzzie

    Apple Beware: Samsung’s Great Fall in China Was Swift

    In five years, Samsung went from China’s No. 1 to less than 1% market share

    SEOUL— Apple Inc.’s recently revealed stumble in China is an all-too-familiar story for smartphone rival Samsung Electronics Co.

    Five years ago, the South Korean technology giant sat atop the Chinese market, selling nearly one of every five devices there. Today, Samsung is an also-ran, controlling less than 1% of the world’s largest smartphone market. Samsung has trimmed local staff and last month closed one of its two Chinese smartphone factories.

    Though few expect Apple’s sales decline in China to be as dramatic, Samsung’s comedown offers a cautionary tale for foreign smartphone makers.

    Samsung, which remains the world’s largest smartphone maker, was outmaneuvered by Chinese rivals that sold comparable devices at lower prices. The company’s decline was exacerbated by a 2016 global recall of Galaxy Note 7 devices with overheating batteries that tarnished its brand. Geopolitics also interceded when Seoul’s installation of a U.S. missile-defense system upset Beijing, leading to a Chinese consumer backlash against South Korean brands.

  184. min

    I have not heard of any psychologists committing suicide however psychiatrists have a a very high rate. I am not sure how many psychiatrists do therapy these days as they are kept busy with handing out medications.
    As in any other profession there will be a percentage of those who have their own problems.

  185. OldOzzie

    Trade Tensions Take a Toll on China’s Economy

    China’s manufacturing slowdown comes as the country gears up for new talks with the U.S.

    SHENZHEN—China’s economy is slowing faster than expected as Beijing this week heads into a crucial new round of negotiations with the U.S. over trade.

    For the past couple of months, senior Chinese officials have sought to play down the impact of U.S.-China trade tensions on the world’s second-largest economy, telling the public the conflict is doing little more than hurting the nation’s stock indexes, making it a good time to buy China again.

    Behind the scenes, officials in the gated Zhongnanhai leadership compound are coming to a stark conclusion, according to people involved in the discussions: The trade dispute is short-circuiting growth.

    The Trump administration’s trade offensive, say the people and business executives, is hitting China’s export-oriented manufacturing sector especially hard, reducing new orders for business and forcing factories to cut production and delay decisions on investing and hiring.

    Beijing has been trying for years to make the economy less manufacturing dependent and more oriented toward domestic services. Still, the factory sector accounts for a little less than a third of all economic output.

    In December, both big, state-owned companies and small, private ones reported a drop in new orders, resulting in an official measure of factory activity hitting its lowest level in nearly three years. Profits from big Chinese industrial firms, official data show, also declined in November for the first time in three years.

  186. Monty, are you aware Annalise Braakensiek was an RUOK ambassador?

    Yes. The whole point of being an RUOK ambassador is that the black dog never goes away, you’re fighting the good fight, and you’re trying to inspire others. It’s not like a cold, you can’t get rid of it entirely. Not everyone wins the fight.

  187. OldOzzie

    Why Baby Boomers will be a drag on stockmarket rebound

    This sort of performance for a fund highly recommended for retirees is a cautionary tale for investor behaviour over the long haul. Someone born in, say, 1958, was a mere 42 when the dot-com bubble burst in 2000-2001. So, they had a long runway to recover before retirement. Said person was 50 when the financial crisis hit in 2008-2009, but still had some time to recoup any losses.
    Boomers nearing retirement

    Now, said person is about to turn 61. The runway to retirement is significantly shorter, which suggests any patience with a bear market will be rather thin. Even if the next recession proves shallow, older investors, who also own a greater percentage of equities than any other demographic cohort, will opt for more risk aversion in the decade or decades to come. Over the past four weeks, redemptions totalled $US164 billion ($230 billion), more than 1 per cent of the money in stock and bond funds, according to Investment Company Institute data.

    That is just logical. The closer you are to retirement, the more risk-averse you tend to be. Compounding that behavioural reality is another fact: household wealth essentially has been stagnant for decades. The only group showing much improvement has been those 75 years or older. These people are the least likely to withstand a weak equity market with patience unless they have an exaggerated optimism about life expectancy.

    Also, it’s the older population groups that will liquidate retirement holdings via minimum distributions as required by tax law or by their own demand. It goes without saying that these groups are also a considerably larger share of the population. In 2001, 27.8 per cent of the US population was aged 55 or older. That figure will increase to 35.4 per cent this year. In other words, they are the richest demographic group, own the most equity shares, are on the cusp of — or in — retirement, and tend to spend less as they age.

  188. mh

    Thanks, Monty.

    I remember Joe Hildebrand was an RUOK ambassador, but I didn’t connect that the ambassadors had gone through their own mental health struggles.

  189. Bruce of Newcastle

    You can be very sure that if we put our minds to it there could be hundreds of multi-millionaires coming out of a carbon free economy.

    Like Tony Castro (see up thread) and María Gabriela Chávez.
    I’d add Mr Putin except he rather likes fossil fuels.

  190. JC

    Oldozzie

    We’ve been hearing that theory since 1990.

  191. bespoke

    I am not sure how many psychiatrists do therapy these days as they are kept busy with handing out medications.

    Ritalin? That is the magic bullet for early onset of toxic masculinity.

  192. there could be hundreds of multi-millionaires coming out of a carbon free economy

    Who will win out of Feelz versus Fact ?

    I’m used to being wrong, but I’m tipping Feelz.

    Total collapse of transport and the electricity grid is probably still a few years away.

  193. OldOzzie

    Nickel miner could set house price record with $15 million mansion on market

    Gold and nickel miner Peter Goudie has listed his five-level waterfront mansion in Sydney’s north for sale, which is expected to set a new suburb record with its $15 million guide.

    Goudie, who was previously executive vice-president at nickel miner CVRD Inco, is a director on the board of Canadian-based miner RNC Minerals.

    Goudie and his wife bought the impressive mansion in 2008 for $8.3 million, setting a house price record for the suburb of Seaforth at the time.

    Battle Boulevarde – Not a lot of Sun in Winter – Thus Sales tend to occur in Summer

  194. DrBeauGan

    I am not sure how many psychiatrists do therapy these days as they are kept busy with handing out medications.

    Hans Eysenk of the Maudsley hospital in London showed in the sixties that therapy doesn’t work. He showed that over a wide range of mental illnesses, the spontaneous remission rate of untreated cases exceeded the cure rates claimed by therapists. So it is no surprise that shrinks have largely abandoned traditional psychotherapy in favour of pill pushing. Like the old snake-pit cure, it gets relatively good results, since neither the patient nor his relatives complain about the outcomes, the patient because he is too stupefied to complain, and the relatives because they prefer him that way.

  195. OldOzzie

    Peta Credlin preparing for Mallee run if Nats opponent weak: sources

    Prominent conservative commentator and former prime ministerial chief-of-staff Peta Credlin is waiting to see who her opponent would be before deciding whether the plum Victorian seat of Mallee could be her vehicle into federal politics.

    State Liberal Party officials are eager to recruit Ms Credlin, who they believe could wrestle the rural-based seat in dry north-western Victoria from the Nationals’ grip.

    Sources who know the former top aide to ex-prime minister Tony Abbott say she is likely to run if the Nationals choose a weak candidate to replace Andrew Broad, who plans to retire at the federal election over his “Sugar Daddy” dating escapades.

  196. JC

    She’s adorable. The gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving.

    Nancy Pelosi says Trump wants to ‘abolish’ Congress

  197. Tom

    Crash in Indonesia highlights concerns about whether pilots know how to react to computer errors

    Pilots in shithole countries like Indonesia are being taught to fly computers, not aeroplanes. That is the only reason that shitbox airlines like Lion Air have been able to grow so fast.

    IT’s theory of flight is fundamentally true: if your culture doesn’t use knives and forks, it can’t be trusted to fly 21st century aeroplanes.

    But there are important exceptions: Hong Kong’s traditional British culture (Cathay Pacific) and Japan (Japan Airlines), where painful lessons were learned about modern aircraft maintenance and cockpit culture after the 1985 mega-crash of JL123.

    Outside of JL and CX, push-button culture hasn’t been allowed to kill customers at proper airlines like QF, AA, DL, UA, SW, BA, SQ, AF and LH — although some of those airlines have killed people when their culture failed.

    For a guide to which airlines won’t kill you, go to https://www.airlineratings.com/.

  198. johanna

    min
    #2901047, posted on January 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    I have not heard of any psychologists committing suicide however psychiatrists have a a very high rate. I am not sure how many psychiatrists do therapy these days as they are kept busy with handing out medications.
    As in any other profession there will be a percentage of those who have their own problems.

    Read any of the mummyboards, and they all want to go to university to study psychology.

    Firstly, they figure that it doesn’t involve hard stuff like maths (although once upon a time stats was a core component, but not today.)

    Secondly, they imagine that it will help them to straighten out their and their family and close associates’ problems. Fools.

    There actually is some decent work done in the field, but it’s like panning for gold to find it. Our Dr Martyr knows a bit about it.

    The worst of it is, they run up debts to taxpayers that will never be repaid in the search for self actualisation, or whatever it is called this week. They are almost all unemployable in their field, and a good thing too from the point of view of consumers.

  199. Old School Conservative

    Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese has split up with his partner, former NSW deputy premier Carmel Tebbutt.
    “I am deeply saddened that my relationship of over 30 years with Carmel Tebbutt has ended in separation,” he said in a statement today.

    I wonder if the leftist sentiment pervading that household had anything to do with their separation.
    No husband and wife – just partners.
    No marriage – just relationship.

  200. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Samsung, which remains the world’s largest smartphone maker, was outmaneuvered by Chinese rivals that sold comparable devices at lower prices.

    the joys of android

  201. The Chinese appear to be dumping real estate in NY in increasing sales, suggesting that they are over extended.

  202. Dr Fred Lenin

    I suggest the three main political gangs , the communist gangrenes ,the fascist union mafia group ,and the turnbullist extreme left wing amalgamate i to a “broad church” gang ,think of the saving more money for the “hard working “comrades they can concentrate of accumulating personal wealth when the u.n.fascists take over , they will have nothing else to do . For a name /i suggest the socialist fascist automaton party or SFA party. A perfect description of this crew. SFA is what they stand for innit?

  203. W Hogg

    Hmm, nearly at the “but that wasnt real socialism” stage of denial.

    I’m just wondering why it took expert socialists so long to notice that Chavez was doing socialism wrong. Sure, after they event they all know – now that a rich country is feeding its country from zoos and garbage tips. But surely there were thousands of elite socialists screaming “No, you’re getting it totally wrong!”

    Instead, it seems like Greens were actually saying we should be MORE like Chavez, and inviting him to speak as a role model for correctly implemented socialism. That seems odd.

  204. bespoke

    Check out the face and what he was really thinking at the end.

  205. Mater

    Confused Old Misfit
    #2900959, posted on January 7, 2019 at 2:41 pm
    Mate & Knuckle Dragger
    There was, if my antiquated brain cells are advising me properly, a technique that, if properly executed, was excruciatingly pleasurable! 😉

    COM,
    You’re Canadian, IIRC.
    You’re bred to enjoy chasing a puck around the rink. 😉

  206. JC

    All the primitive anti-trade protectionist schmucks here were really sold down the river over the Trans Pac Partnership agreement.

    The CPTPP, as it’s known, entered into force in Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore last week, where it will slash 95% of tariffs on goods among its members, which account for 13% of global GDP. The others include Vietnam, where CPTPP is in force Jan. 14, and Brunei, Chile, Malaysia and Peru, which are in the midst of ratification.

    and

    Despite the U.S. withdrawal, member economies still stand to make significant gains—some $147 billion in global income benefits, according to the Peterson Institute for International Economics. The research finds Malaysia and Singapore would see additional increases of 3.1% and 2.7% in real income by 2030, respectively. According to another estimate, Vietnam will see textile and apparel exports grow $3 billion among CPTPP countries.

    Canada is due for a larger GDP boost than if the U.S. had remained in the pact, and that comes largely at the expense of U.S. farmers who are likely to be edged out of Japanese markets. Tokyo’s regular 38.5% tariff on beef, which applies to the U.S., will fall to 9% for imports from Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Ottawa estimates total beef exports will increase 10% as a result.

    U.S. Wheat Associates President Vince Peterson said in Washington last month that U.S. producers’ 53% market share in Japan risks “imminent collapse” upon implementation of the CPTPP. U.S. wheat exports to Japan will face an effective 40-cent a bushel price disadvantage with Canada and Australia.

    The news isn’t much better for U.S. pork, as Europe exceeded American pork exports to Japan in dollar value in 2017 for the first time in a decade. An imminent EU-Japan free-trade agreement will increase the European advantage. U.S. pork exports to China also face a 62% duty from Beijing’s retaliation in response to Mr. Trump’s tariffs.

    The President’s trade supporters say his tariffs are merely short-term costs that will lead to better trade deals. But withdrawal from TPP is a deadweight economic loss because it has led to no other trade concessions from anyone. The U.S. and Japan are again talking about a bilateral trade pact, but the easier and far quicker path to open Japan was TPP.

    The revised TPP is also spurring reform elsewhere. Vietnam is easing restrictions on foreign retailers and raising a foreign investment cap for financial companies as part of the pact. Malaysia is allowing banks from CPTPP countries to open twice the number of branches previously allowed.

    The U.S. withdrawal from TPP was one of the worst own-goals in recent economic history. Mr. Trump isn’t likely to reconsider in the next two years, but perhaps the next President will.

    Always read the fine print and read widely Hanging around alt-right sites will end in confusion and tears.

  207. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Golden Globes ‘Fiji Water Girl’ photobomber is already the best meme of 2019
    The brunette model in a royal blue dress sent Twitter into a frenzy as she strategically positioned herself in nearly every red carpet photograph

  208. DrBeauGan

    I am not sure how many psychiatrists do therapy these days as they are kept busy with handing out medications.

    Hans Eysenk of the Maudsley hospital in London showed in the sixties that therapy doesn’t work. He showed that over a wide range of mental illnesses, the spontaneous remission rate of untreated cases exceeded the cure rates claimed by [email protected] So it is no surprise that shrinks have largely abandoned traditional psychotherapy in favour of pill pushing. Like the old snake-pit cure, it gets relatively good results, since neither the patient nor his relatives complain about the outcomes, the patient because he is too stupefied to complain, and the relatives because they prefer him that way.

  209. Bruce of Newcastle

    JC – I very much doubt a lot of that stuff will come to pass.
    Countries like Japan excel at using non-tariff barriers to protect their domestic companies.
    So sad your beef failed health test from our lab, please feel welcome to try again in February with your next consignment!

  210. DrBeauGan

    I am not sure how many psychiatrists do th erapy these days as they are kept busy with handing out medications.

    Hans Eysenk of the Maudsley hospital in London showed in the sixties that ther apy doesn’t work. He showed that over a wide range of mental illnesses, the spontaneous remission rate of untreated cases exceeded the cure rates claimed by [email protected] pists. So it is no surprise that shrinks have largely abandoned traditional psychother apy in favour of pill pushing. Like the old snake-pit cure, it gets relatively good results, since neither the patient nor his relatives complain about the outcomes, the patient because he is too stupefied to complain, and the relatives because they prefer him that way.

  211. JC

    Bruce

    I don’t think we should trash the pact just as it gets started. Lets see where it goes. In any event, it could be a boon to our primary producers with Trumpster keeping the US out.

  212. Roger

    Interesting thing about the Palaszczuk files: Her dad, commonly known as Henry, entered the country as “Richard”. But it has to be him because his birth date, January 12, is the same.

    Parents Hipolit & Ludviga; yes, that’s him. Interesting that the mother’s name is recorded as Ludviga, the Ukrainian spelling when transliterated rather than the Polish Ludwika/Ludovica, even though her birth place is listed as in Poland, which suggests she was ethnically Ukrainian.

  213. Bruce of Newcastle

    JC – You might say I am somewhat suspicious of anything that Malcolm and Barack had a hand in. I’d especially be reading the fine print regarding climate requirements. But I’m not going to try reading it myself.

  214. min

    Joanna statistics would still be a requirement even though they can all be done on computer ,the results still have to be interpreted. I studied Psychology as a mature age student with a previous degree. Most research and stats were done in post graduate that was needed back then to get registered. Study went on for years to get qualifications in various areas .plus what the requirements were for increasing skills.
    Twenty years ago research was indicating a huge increase in personality disorders , not sure what the success rate is for these problems these days.

  215. Old School Conservative

    JC
    #2901008, posted on January 7, 2019 at 4:07 pm
    Old school, what’s your thinking of this comment

    I think it’s quite rude, just like so many other comments here.

    When you set yourself up as a moral arbiter of anonymous posters, you can expect replies that you don’t like.
    Or replies which, when said down at the pub with mates, could be considered witty repartee.
    You normally enjoy the cut and thrust of late night jousts, many of which you start.

    Why react so differently today?

  216. thefrolickingmole

    Check out the face and what he was really thinking at the end.

    Link to the hat sales?

  217. Roger

    Why Richard? Another question our famously inquisitive media could put to Anastasia.

    Except it’s not Anastasia – that would be the Polish spelling – but Annastacia, which transliterates the Ukrainian Анастасія (with an extra n). Likewise the mother’s Christian name is transliterated from Ukrainian and not Polish, despite her birth place being listed as Poland. Of course we know borders shifted and Ukrainians were born on Poland and vice versa.

    Now, all this could be dismissed as neither here nor there. The Palaszczuk’s were most likely innocents caught up in the momentous events of the time like millions of others and ended up in Germany fleeing the Russians like hundreds of thousands of other DPs.

    How, then, to explain the premier’s bizarre attempt to portray them as Poles fleeing “the brutalities of Nazi Germany” for Australia?

  218. OldOzzie says about our fuel security, “Delays in addressing the nation’s low domestic fuel stockpiles — including just 22 days of petrol and 17 days of diesel — have sparked warnings from Coalition MPs and security experts that the nation is dangerously exposed if a major geopolitical upheaval disrupts export supply routes.

    Don’t forget that some Turnbull playmate has ordered THOUSANDS of armoured vehicles for the ADF.

    They seem to include:
    2,111 X 38 tonnes Rheinmetall’s Boxer Reconnaissance Vehicles
    1,100 X 7 tonnes 4X4 Hawkei light armoured patrol vehicles
    450 X 62 tonnes Abrams Main Battle Tanks for $15B.
    and maybe 450 X Infantry Fighting Vehicless

    Also thousands of medium and heavy trucks with armoured cabins


    If we ONLY have a fortnights dieso on hand, will those things run on coal, solar panels or windmills?

    And if the Defence Force is priority 1 for fuel , will our farmers soon use draft horses?

  219. Roger

    areff,

    I’ve posted some further remarks re the Palaszczuk’s details as recorded on their immigration papers.

    ’tis hoped they’ll make it through the spaminator when they seem to be trapped at present.

  220. P

    bespoke
    #2901070, posted on January 7, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks bespoke. Armadillo will love the end.

  221. DrBeauGan

    Firstly, they figure that it doesn’t involve hard stuff like maths (although once upon a time stats was a core component, but not today.)

    Secondly, they imagine that it will help them to straighten out their and their family and close associates’ problems. Fools.

    Some people have failures in their bullshit detectors.

  222. thefrolickingmole

    Leftist wants more government.

    Gets it.
    Decides its not very nice but fails to draw the obvious conclusion.

    Detained at US immigration, I felt frightened. And very lucky
    Being asked to ‘step this way’ at JFK was a reminder of how privileged I am to be a white woman with a British passport

    But looking at my green card, the officer asked: “Was this lost or stolen in the last year?” As it happens, it was. “Then I’m sorry,” he said, glancing down at my three-year-olds. After a seven-hour flight and all that waiting in line, they were doing breaststroke across the JFK floor. “You’ll have to step this way.”

    I have heard about the Congratulations, You Have Problems With Your Paperwork room at JFK, but until that moment had never actually seen it. It is a small, windowless room dominated by a raised bank of desks, behind which six or so officers sit, with several more patrolling the room. “No cellphones,” snapped a woman as I knelt on the floor, restraining a child with one hand while trying to text the cab driver waiting for us outside with the other.

    “OK, I’m just – .” It took her two seconds to cross the floor and rip the mobile phone from my hand, an act so surprising I laughed. “Wow,” I said. “As if I couldn’t hate this frigging country any more.”

    and after an hour my paperwork was returned – no explanation, no apology – and we left. I am still furious and indignant about the authoritarianism of that room, but more than that, of course, at the awareness that we got off very lightly.

    Story is, entitled mole stopped and has her documents checked for a valid reason, and has to abide by the same rules as everyone else in the room is white privilege…or something.

  223. Rae

    So it is no surprise that shrinks have largely abandoned traditional psychother apy in favour of pill pushing.

    Everything changed when Deep Sleep Therapy was exposed. And when it’s originator and chief exponent offed himself.

  224. Bespoke

    Don’t thank me P its Arky’s vid. Cheers anyway.

  225. I just caught the news on ABC TV re Anning. The uniparty is marching arm in arm. The Lib Immigration Minister exasparated by the protestors. Wong po-faced. How dare people peacefully assemble, listen to speeches, then disperse. How very dare them.

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