Monday Forum: January 14, 2019

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  1. mh

    Three things that are now overdue:

    * Theresa May losing the leadership of the Tory Party
    * Trump declaring a National Emergency
    * The very sick RBG resigning

    I have no confidence in these things happening.

  2. Jannie

    Most of it is pretty sound.

    True. But his attacks on people are not always sound. Its not going to be pretty when he sees these posts. Fortunately I am in Portugal.

  3. Armadillo

    Fortunately I am in Portugal.

    No one in Portugal has been attacked by anyone. Ever. Safest place on earth.

  4. Leigh Lowe

    Jannie is JC’s mum.

  5. Did anybody catch the JC walking on the beach with his wife watching the dolphins. Aaaaahhh. How touching.

    I call BS. She obviously left him years ago and now he is reduced to living his life typing in pyjamas insulting total strangers.

    Sad.

    He does however have a very unusual fixation with making homosexual slurs / comments. Time to come out of the closet JC. It is 2019 and nobody will judge you. You can do it.

  6. None

    True. But his attacks on people are not always sound. Its not going to be pretty when he sees these posts. Fortunately I am in Portugal.

    LOL JC is harmless. When he goes off about people with his nicknames it’s like he is in some sort of parallel universe. Who knows or cares who Ronery and Rooster and whoever are, or what JC’s whacko beef is. Just scroll on past. Like walking past someone sniffing glue on the street really.

  7. None

    He does however have a very unusual fixation with making homosexual slurs / comments.

    No, that’s egg.

  8. Armadillo

    I’m bored. But not bored enough to attempt a record.

    I’m more pondering the internal battle within America itself.

    My best guess is that America will become isolationist. If the statistics of almost 25% of the prison population being non-US citizens is correct, you can see exactly where this is heading. That is astounding on paper. And the rest of the mismanagement and waste.

    You could build ten walls…..

  9. None

    Jannie is JC’s mum.

    Condolences.

  10. None

    Gee Arma just go for the record. I’m not sure anyone wants to see you pondering the internal battle within America itself tonight. I will check back later and see how you’re faring. So stand back everyone, Arma is going to go gangbusters for 60. Ready, Arma? Set! Go!

  11. Armadillo

    Jannie is JC’s mum.

    I suspect that “Jannie” is a bloke. Probably South African.

  12. Armadillo

    I can tell by the accent.

  13. Armadillo

    I’m sensing troubled waters. Tuesday might be my best shot.

  14. Armadillo

    Like at maybe 4 o’clock or something.

  15. Armadillo

    I wouldn’t want to upset Tom, he’s normally here around five. And I’m a bit slow. More like a turtle than an Armadillo.

  16. Armadillo

    Hollywood has really lost the plot.

  17. Armadillo

    Clint Eastwood used to “shoot em'” in the arse, and the heart.

    Was “Brokeback Mountain” was some sort of “inspired” modern day version.? They got it wrong. Really wrong.

  18. Leigh Lowe

    I suspect that “Jannie” is a bloke. Probably South African.

    Did you just assume someone’s gender?
    Triggered!

  19. Armadillo

    Hollywood executives must have said we need a movie where blokes get shot in the heart and arse. Successful storyline for 30 odd years.

    They decided to let a dickhead director manage it.

  20. Armadillo

    Did you just assume someone’s gender?

    My mistake. Jannie, how should I address you? Bloke? Shelia? It?

  21. Armadillo

    If you ever hear a bloke address their Sheilah/Missus in the following terms, steer clear……

    Hun, honey, baby, sweet cheeks.

    Weirdos.

  22. Armadillo

    “Ug’s” is the the correct term. In more formal situations, it’s appropriate to just say “ugly”.

  23. Armadillo

    Sheliahs love that stuff. Mrs A even uses it in her email address.

    Surprisingly, she hates me calling her a “Sheliha”. Go figure.

  24. Armadillo

    He’s probably pinned under the Model A, desperately reaching for his mobile phone to call Triple 0.

  25. Armadillo

    Meh. He’s not our problem now.

  26. Armadillo

    We gave him JC’s hotline number. He should have used it.

  27. Armadillo

    Could have been that jogging shit he was on about that “done him in”.

  28. Jannie

    Definitely a bloke Arma, and the name is a Saffa Dutch tag. When I get called mother, its usually followed by the f word.

  29. Armadillo

    I narrowly missed a jogger the other day. The missus was driving. I had the passenger side door wide open. She needs to learn how to drive as far as possible to the left.

  30. Armadillo

    Definitely a bloke Arma, and the name is a Saffa Dutch tag.

    Boer? I hope your relatives didn’t kill my great great uncle. I might be a bit pissed off about that.

  31. Armadillo

    Sinc, please check out that Jannie’s relatives didn’t kill my great great Uncle Tom.

    It’s not that sort of blog.

    [I’ve checked Ancestory.com – more information required – SINC]

  32. Armadillo

    [I’ve checked Ancestory.com – more information required – SINC]

    He was on a horse and was wearing a slouch hat.

  33. Jannie

    Not Boer, my Dutch quarter was from Batavia post WW2, my other quarters British and Rhodesian. But conversant in Afrikaans and Dutch.

  34. Armadillo

    But conversant in Afrikaans and Dutch.

    You can leave a message for Rones (AKA Zulu). He speaks Afrikaans. Wealthiest man in Australia to enlist in the Army, apparently. He might buy you a car.

  35. Armadillo

    Do you need a car in Portugal?

  36. Armadillo

    Ask him for train tickets. He’s loaded.

  37. Armadillo

    Must be “sock night”. Traditionally that’s on a Wednesday.

    I hate change.

  38. Tom

    Armadillo, can you finish your thread-wrecking so I can load cartoons? Ta.

  39. Armadillo

    Sinc, please don’t change “sock night”. It gets really confusing.

    #ineedasafespace

  40. Armadillo

    Go ahead, Tom. I was guarding the joint.

  41. Tom

    Not until you’ve finished.

  42. Armadillo

    Everyone’s patiently waiting.

  43. Armadillo

    What’s the go? Do you want a count down or something.? Just post them.

  44. Armadillo

    Stroke? Heart Attack?

  45. Armadillo

    No cartoons today folks. Toms possibly dead.

  46. Armadillo

    Sinc, you need to put in an advertisement for a new cartoon bloke/Sheliah.

  47. Armadillo

    No great loss. The last one was starting to get snarky.

  48. Armadillo

    Possibly incompetent, but let’s run with the “Tom is dead” theory.

  49. Armadillo

    I’m not going to his funeral. Won’t even send flowers.

  50. Armadillo

    Official Announcement – Tom had his fingers severed in a horrific accident. He’s attempting to post the cartoons using his nose.

  51. Cannibal

    One of theses days Tom will post 100 “cartoons in a row

  52. Armadillo

    Might as well have a drink for him. Cheers.

  53. Armadillo

    One of theses days Tom will post 100 “cartoons in a row

    One would be a start.

  54. Armadillo

    JC, any calls to the hotline?

  55. Armadillo

    Someone should call an ambulance. I’m busy.

  56. Armadillo

    Update: False alarm. Can someone lend Tom some money for his Telstra bill?

  57. Armadillo

    Why the smile, Bespoke? Are you a beneficiary of his will?

  58. Tom

    Roy (Chris “Roy” Taylor, Herald Sun, Melbourne).

  59. bespoke

    Gab
    #2907543, posted on January 15, 2019 at 5:47 am
    Arky’s latest video is a treat.

    He lucky to have great grand kids to help.

  60. 132andBush

    Agreed, Gab.

    Watched it yesterday and even subscribed.

  61. None

    Arky! A picnic tea with your helpful videographer princess. What lovely memories.

  62. None

    Roy is funny today; thanks Tom

  63. Dianeh

    On the Peter Broelman cartoon. Darling River is not the first.

    First came the Anabranch, sacrificed to the climate gods.

    It is now dry unless the Darling is in flood.

  64. Herodotus

    Who needs Regular TV when we have Arky’s DIY show? Great project.

  65. egg_

    He does however have a very unusual fixation with making homosexual slurs / comments.

    No, that’s egg.

    Pastor Fred Phelps projecting again.
    How’s Dot?

  66. egg_

    Methinks the Pastor has a fixation with Dot’s dot.

  67. egg_

    The Nonebot never sleeps.

  68. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    How’s Dot?

    Is dot gay?

  69. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    not that there’s anything wrong with that….

  70. calli

    It’s a great project for Arky’s apprentice. She’ll have fond memories to last a lifetime.

    I “helped” Dad build a campervan from scratch (including the trailer it sat on) in the front yard. Those ear plugs are a worry. The only protective gear he ever gave me was when he did the arc welding. 🙂

  71. calli

    From Bruce’s Wiki link:

    The Darling Anabranch was managed by Indigenous Australians prior to European settlement and is rich in archaeological cultural material and evidence of Aboriginal occupation.[4] The Darling Anabranch is a naturally ephemeral system.

    Perhaps “managed” in this context means something different to general English useage.

    Also, what part of “ephemeral” don’t people inderstand?

  72. Fred

    Whenever I’m watching Fox cricket and Neroli Meadows comes on the screen, it reminds me of this:

  73. Entropy

    calli
    #2907574, posted on January 15, 2019 at 7:12 am
    From Bruce’s Wiki link:

    The Darling Anabranch was managed by Indigenous Australians prior to European settlement and is rich in archaeological cultural material and evidence of Aboriginal occupation.[4] The Darling Anabranch is a naturally ephemeral system.

    Perhaps “managed” in this context means something different to general English useage.

    Also, what part of “ephemeral” don’t people inderstand

    I think it is more an inconvenient word that conveniently does it get processed by their made up minds. After all, rivers should always be full like their swimming pool.
    If I was a cotton grower I would be thinking about suing these pricks for their lies.

  74. egg_

    How’s Dot?

    Teh Nonebot’s arch enemy, for some reason.
    /Pastor Fred Phelps

  75. Entropy

    Also, isn’t it more likely the Darling Anabranch “managed” the local population of indigenous Australians?

  76. egg_

    What was Fred’s comment about denied latent homo fantasiss a while back when Arky was receiving some brotherly love here?

  77. Tony Burqua out witnessing the fish kill on the Darling.
    Tony reckons the fish have survived droughts for decades but not this one.
    Indigenous spokesman says they have looked after the River for sixty thousand years and we have stufffed it up in a couple of hundred. Blue Green Algae has existed just a wee bit longer than our super custodians. Algae doesn’t care if fish die.
    Talking to truckies, they tell me that kangaroos are perishing in vast numbers in Western NSW. Standing beside the roads, swaying with weakness and waiting for a brief shower so they can lick the tar for moisture.
    Not fish I suppose and not as dramatic for the political opportunists.

  78. calli

    Building a fish trap is not managing a river. It’s exploiting its resources.

  79. calli

    We desperately need some radical geosculpting.

    A nice, big mountain range would be perfect.

    Off you go then Magical Managers.

  80. Millenials kill the bike shop

    A side-effect of virtue signalling is that it actually replaces virtue. It saves having to actually act through your proclaimed convictions.

  81. Funny comment by a teenage daughter of friends of ours from the sub continent.
    She was asked what the best thing about about India?
    “The airport when you’re going back to Australia.”
    Assimilation achieved.

  82. stackja

    LA teachers strike, 640,000 kids in limbo
    Reuters
    January 15, 2019 6:01am

    More than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers demanding higher pay and smaller class sizes have walked off the job in the second-largest US school system, union officials say, leaving 640,000 students in limbo.

    Students arriving for classes at about 900 campuses in the Los Angeles County School District were met by teachers carrying picket signs and rallying in the rain for higher salaries, increased staff and smaller classes, the city’s first teachers’ strike in three decades.

    The action is the latest in a wave of teachers’ strikes across the US, following large-scale actions that began in West Virginia and spread to Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona.

    While those cases represented unions battling Republican-dominated state legislatures that had focused on cutting spending, the Los Angeles strike is the largest targeting a Democratic-controlled government.

    Los Angeles County officials contend the strikers’ demands are unaffordable.

    County officials have said UTLA’s demands would bankrupt the district.

  83. Pete of Perth

    Today’s revision. Are you commie or a citizen?

  84. More than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers demanding higher pay and smaller class sizes have walked off the job in the second-largest US school system, union officials say, leaving 640,000 students in limbo.

    Danger money.

  85. Tom

    Whenever I’m watching Fox cricket and Neroli Meadows comes on the screen …

    … Look at me! Look at me! (Like a $20 hooker) I only got the job because I have a vagina.

    Most annoying virtue signalling hire on sports TV. At least Isa Guha has some class, is good-looking and has played the game.

  86. John Constantine

    https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/cubbie-station-still-80owned-by-chinese-company-ruyi/news-story/c7393ae7ffa19039cc09a78fa90f53bb

    Isn’t it literally toxic Nazi racism to attack the massive chicom owned Cubbie Station for stealing the fish water to grow cotton?.

    One road, one belt, one fish.

    Comrades.

  87. stackja

    Alex Ross-King was not a drug taker, friend says
    Derrick Krusche, The Daily Telegraph
    January 15, 2019 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    One of Central Coast teenager Alex Ross-King’s closest friends says she was not a drug taker and was an “alcohol girl” before her sudden death after a dance rave.

    It is understood Ms Ross-King purchased drugs in Terrigal before going to the FOMO festival in Parramatta on a “party bus” she and her friends had hired.

    It is believed the 19-year-old took at least two MDMA capsules or pills before entering the festival where she died on Saturday night.

    A close friend of Ms Ross-King, who did not wish to be identified, said she was not into drugs.

    “I was really close with her and she never took drugs,” the friend said.

    “I just knew she never took drugs, she was always an alcohol girl, she’d have it all under control and was happy to just drink.”

    The friend said it could have been the nature of the FOMO festival that caused her to change her normal practice. “I think maybe the festival, maybe she just wanted to try it,” she said.

    The friend said the fact Ms Ross-King was not a big drug user only made the situation sadder.

    “She’s gone off and done something so small and it’s taken her life,” she said.

    Another friend said Ms Ross-King was not a big drug user but sometimes indulged when “partying”.

    “(It was) young people partying, it’s not addiction, it’s just being young and having fun.”

    Ms Ross-King had been living in Lisarow and working at a butcher shop run by her family. She had recently finished high school and was planning to travel after she had saved money.

    The friend, who went to school with Ms Ross-King, said drug use was common with those aged in their late teens to early 20s on the Central Coast.

    “MDMA — a lot of caps and pills,” she said. “A bit of cocaine.”

    She said her friend was not addicted.

  88. C.L.

    California says non-whites have lower IQs:

    California Bar Should Lower Cut Score To Benefit Students Of Color.

    They suggest the state’s minimum passing score of 144 is too high, compared to the national average of 135, and disproportionately keeps African-American and Latino law graduates from entering the profession…

    Newly released data, collected after the July 2018 bar exam, shows that if California adopted the national average, the number of African-American law graduates passing the exam would have doubled.

  89. stackja

    Cranbourne, Pakenham fault causes major delays, buses replacing trains
    Staff writers, Herald Sun
    an hour ago

    The Cranbourne and Packenham lines were reopened just in time for this morning’s peak-hour after being shut down between Caulfield and Oakleigh on Monday night.

    But the pain continues for commuters on those lines with major delays and cancellations but the trains are running, after crews worked through the night to move a faulty train blocking the track at Carnegie since Monday afternoon’s peak-hour.

    Just after 5am, Metro Trains advised on Twitter that workers had completed the repairs, finished the final safety checks and reopened the lines.

    However, due to the repairs, trains were not in the proper starting position ahead of services today, causing more delays.

  90. stackja

    Premier spends more than $380k on Facebook posts and digital videos
    James Dowling, Herald Sun
    January 14, 2019 9:50pm
    Subscriber only

    Premier Daniel Andrews has spent at least $380,000 of taxpayers’ money hunting for “likes” for his Facebook page and creating videos he starred in that were shared on his ­social media platforms.

    Since coming to power in 2014, Mr Andrews has billed taxpayers at least $98,000 for marketing firms to create videos he has starred in and then shared on social media.

    The Premier also dipped into the public purse for other production costs — including music licence fees, and car and equipment hire.

  91. Roger

    25 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa and the ABC airs a BBC journalist reporting that black support is slowly but steadily shifting from the ANC to the Democratic Alliance, which has its roots in liberal opposition to apartheid going back to the 1950s.

    The DA’s slogan is: An Open Opportunity Society For All.

    A former leader stated that this was in contrast to “a closed, crony society for some” under the ANC.

    Even a worm turns.

    Good luck to them they’er going to need it.

  92. stackja

    C.L.
    #2907602, posted on January 15, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Legal advice?

  93. Roger

    they’re going to need it.

  94. stackja

    Roger
    #2907605, posted on January 15, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Necklacing?

  95. Nob

    Farmer Gez
    #2907590, posted on January 15, 2019 at 8:30 am
    Funny comment by a teenage daughter of friends of ours from the sub continent.
    She was asked what the best thing about about India?
    “The airport when you’re going back to Australia.”
    Assimilation achieved.

    Funny comment by clever Indians considering which country to emigrate to (usually out of USA, UK, Canada, Australia, NZ – in that order):
    “Trouble with Australia is that the racehorse can only run as fast as the donkey”

  96. Roger

    Assimilation achieved.

    Not an uncommon sentiment in my experience.

  97. stackja

    Campbell Newman calls to legalise drugs to stop deaths
    PATRICK BILLINGS, DOMANII CAMERON, The Courier-Mail
    January 15, 2019 1:00am
    Subscriber only

    In the wake of the deaths, Mr Newman said Australia needed to have a conversation around legalising, regulating and taxing drugs.

    He said that would be more beneficial than a pill-testing trial.

    “We need to have a conversation about decriminalisation or legalisation,” Mr Newman said. “I really do believe that we’re not getting anywhere at the moment.

    “Imagine if we could divert the resources we’re spending on enforcement to public health campaigns.”

    The former LNP leader said it was time Queensland got realistic about drugs.

    “We will not stop people drinking, we will not stop people taking drugs,” Mr Newman said.

    Mr Newman admitted that when he was premier, drug use was not an issue he wanted to talk about. He also conceded his calls for legalisation were unlikely to be popular with either Labor or the LNP, but he said it was a conversation worth having.

    When asked whether he thought legalising and controlling the production of drugs would deter criminals from making them, Mr Newman said it would go a long way towards it.

    “We’ve got very expensive alcohol and the economics of it are young people are saying it’s cheaper to buy a few pills than to buy a bottle of vodka,” he said.

    Mr Newman’s comments have been backed by criminologists, who have linked the surging cost of booze at summer festivals to teens shifting to cheap and potentially deadly party drugs.

    With ecstasy pills nearing the cost of a beer, University of Newcastle’s Dr Xanthé Mallett said teenagers were turning to drugs.

    Taxing drugs. More revenue! Legal MDMA? Who to sue for responsibility on this?

  98. Roger

    Mr Newman’s comments have been backed by criminologists, who have linked the surging cost of booze at summer festivals to teens shifting to cheap and potentially deadly party drugs.

    Er…why does no politician suggest a reduction in excise on alcohol, particularly beer?

  99. Nob

    legalising and controlling

    So uncontrolled drugs will be illegal.
    As they are now.

    Freedom baby!

  100. stackja

    Convicted [email protected] facing nearly 90 more charges
    The Daily Telegraph
    27 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    The convicted [email protected] accused of sexually assaulting and choking a seven-year-old girl in a dance studio toilet is due to face nearly 90 more charges relating to threatening phone calls he allegedly made in the weeks before the attack.

    Anthony Sampieri, 55, was on parole for [email protected] when he allegedly made a series of harassing phone calls prompting a businesswoman to complain to police on October 25.

  101. stackja

    Roger
    #2907614, posted on January 15, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Yes!

  102. Geriatric Mayfly

    Desalination plants around the world are pumping out far more salt laden brine than previously believed, according to a new study.The salty effluent is a by-product of efforts to extract fresh water from the sea.Researchers found that plants are now producing 50% more of this chemical laden cocktail than expected.The brine raises the level of salinity and poses a major risk to ocean life and marine ecosystems.

    More to the point, what happens when Wonthaggi effluent meets Antarctic ice? Has the Hunchback thought this through?

  103. stackja

    Police searching for missing boy who speaks little English
    Derrick Krusche, The Daily Telegraph
    January 14, 2019 10:25pm

    Police are desperately searching for a missing boy who speaks little English in southwest Sydney.

    Anar Erdenechimg was last seen at his home on Charles Street in Canterbury about 10am on Monday.

    Officers have been scouring the area with searchlights for hours and are asking members of public if they have seen the 11-year-old.

    Neighbours told The Daily Telegraph they regularly see Anar playing basketball.

    They said many people are worried about his disappearance.

  104. Nob

    Roger
    #2907614, posted on January 15, 2019 at 9:22 am
    Mr Newman’s comments have been backed by criminologists, who have linked the surging cost of booze at summer festivals to teens shifting to cheap and potentially deadly party drugs.

    Er…why does no politician suggest a reduction in excise on alcohol, particularly beer?

    And wine, the whole bloody lot!

    Australian wine can be more expensive in Australia than abroad – I can often buy the same bottle of Australian wine at Tesco’s in the UK for less.

    Spirits prices in Australia are just stupid. More than twice the USA, 3x Spain.

    Sometimes, I’d go out for a quiet whisky or brandy or vodka or cocktail, rather than buckets of beer or wine but it’s more politically acceptable to shoot heroin. They even give you an injecting room.

  105. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    9m
    For decades, politicians promised to secure the border, fix our trade deals, bring back our factories, get tough on China, move the Embassy to Jerusalem, make NATO pay their fair share, and so much else – only to do NOTHING (or worse)……..I am doing exactly what I pledged to do, and what I was elected to do by the citizens of our great Country. Just as I promised, I am fighting for YOU!

    Ok, declare a national emergency and build the wall. Stop tweeting about it and do it.

  106. stackja

    MSM say MDMA is a ‘party drug’. How could a ‘party drug’ be dangerous?

  107. Nob

    stackja
    #2907624, posted on January 15, 2019 at 9:32 am
    MSM say MDMA is a ‘party drug’. How could a ‘party drug’ be dangerous?

    How can a “party drug” be anything but?

    Let em go for it. The smart ones and the cockroaches will survive.

  108. stackja

    mh
    #2907623, posted on January 15, 2019 at 9:31 am

    USA Constitution might be a problem.

  109. stackja

    Nob
    #2907625, posted on January 15, 2019 at 9:34 am

    And ambulance chasers?

  110. Nob

    stackja
    #2907627, posted on January 15, 2019 at 9:35 am
    Nob
    #2907625, posted on January 15, 2019 at 9:34 am

    And ambulance chasers?

    Making the law we live by, one suit at a time.

  111. mh

    Stack, we’ve gone over that in previous threads with countless links.

  112. stackja

    Nob
    #2907629, posted on January 15, 2019 at 9:36 am

    I don’t understand anyone who needs laws to behave sensibly. Probably showing my age.

  113. mh

    Trump is now saying:

    “I’m not looking to call a national emergency. This is so simple, we shouldn’t have to.”

  114. Roger

    Spirits prices in Australia are just stupid. More than twice the USA, 3x Spain.

    I know, Nob; it’s ridiculous.

  115. stackja

    mh
    #2907630, posted on January 15, 2019 at 9:38 am
    Stack, we’ve gone over that in previous threads with countless links.

    USA Constitution might be a problem?

  116. OldOzzie

    For Male Cats

    as Masculinity is attacked

    What are the Demographics of Psychologists?

    Terry Brennan emailed out a link to the breakdown of women to men at the APA and states: “The zeitgeist is; men are bad, and only look out for themselves (or other men) and are hostile to women. As such, society needs to put women in charge of everything, as women will look out for everyone’s best interest, and won’t attack men.”

    “Well, the APA just put out guidelines attacking masculinity. So, what is the gender breakdown of the APA?”

    Relax and Watch

    “Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?” Rex Harrison My Fair Lady

    and

    Stanley Holloway – With A Little Bit Of Luck – – My Fair Lady 1964https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gbpDCzac3M

  117. struth

    Spirits prices in Australia are just stupid. More than twice the USA, 3x Spain.

    Spirit prices, electricity prices, fuel prices, house prices, and on it goes down to general clothes and , well, generally everything.
    We can’t get those spirits anywhere as we are treated like children in all things and banned from decision making and free will.
    This place is not only one of the most expensive, back door taxing shitholes on earth but also the most over regulated.
    Good Moaning.

  118. stackja

    struth
    #2907638, posted on January 15, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Trade Practices Act 1974, Lionel Murphy decided we needed to be regulated.

  119. struth

    “The zeitgeist is; men are bad, and only look out for themselves (or other men) and are hostile to women. As such, society needs to put women in charge of everything, as women will look out for everyone’s best interest, and won’t attack men.”

    They’re begging us to put them back in the kitchen but can’t say it out loud.
    The modern western man does not understand women even more than any head scratching male in history.

  120. stackja

    Rob Oakeshott to enter federal election race on Wednesday
    https://www.smh.com.au › Politics › Federal › Rob Oakeshott
    2 hours ago – The Morrison government is at risk of losing one of its safest seats, with former independent MP Rob Oakeshott launching a carefully plotted ..

  121. C.L.

    Er…why does no politician suggest a reduction in excise on alcohol, particularly beer?

    Excellent question.

  122. C.L.

    Daily Mail reporting that Sam Dastayari has dumped his wife for a former Gillard staffer.

  123. stackja

    C.L.
    #2907645, posted on January 15, 2019 at 9:57 am
    Er…why does no politician suggest a reduction in excise on alcohol, particularly beer?

    Excellent question.

    Why does no politician suggest a reduction in spending?

  124. C.L.

    The fact is Australia’s nine governments want youngsters to use pills.
    That is the upshot of ludicrously expensive alcohol.
    They also want people to go on smoking cigarettes rather than vape – because revenue.
    The state cannot win the war on drugs (including cigarettes).
    To quote Harry Reid on Iraq, “this war is lost.”

  125. OldOzzie

    Should have included above

    Get Me To The Church On Time – Stanley Holloway – My Fair Lady 1964

  126. C.L.

    Why does no politician suggest a reduction in spending?

    And then there is that.

  127. stackja

    C.L.
    #2907646, posted on January 15, 2019 at 9:57 am
    Daily Mail reporting that Sam Dastayari has dumped his wife for a former Gillard staffer.

    Sam Dastyari confirms marriage split as he stars on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here
    Jonathon Moran and Lydia Pedrana, The Daily Telegraph
    January 14, 2019 11:42pm
    Subscriber only

    Disgraced Labor politician turned I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! contestant Sam Dastyari has split from his wife of eight years and is dating a former media assistant to ex-prime minister Julia Gillard.

    The 35-year-old is understood to have parted ways with partner Helen Barron less than 12 months after he quit parliament in January last year over dealings with billionaire Chinese property developer and political donor Huang Xiangmo

    In October and November, Dastyari attended a number of events with new girlfriend, Labor staffer Claire Johnston, who works as a senior adviser to Canberra politician Meegan Fitzharris and was previously a media assistant for former prime minister Julia Gillard. Ms Johnston did not comment when contacted on Monday.

    He and Barron — the daughter of former Labor adviser Peter Barron — were married in 2010.

  128. P

    World Youth Day Panama 2019
    Tuesday, 22 January to Sunday, 27 January.

    The Diocese of Parramatta has 171 pilgrims attending. They are flying out this morning. Please pray.

  129. OldOzzie

    strong>Engineers question strength of Opal Tower support beams


    Engineers investigating defects at Sydney’s Opal Tower have raised doubts about errors in the design of key horizontal support beams.

    As an interim report into the cracking of concrete panels that triggered two evacuations of the building is expected to be released, investigators disagree as to whether the grade of reinforced concrete used in the support beams was strong enough to withstand the pressure of precast concrete panels installed on top of them.

    Several sources close to the ­investigation have told The Australian that one theory is that the beams lacked sufficient strength, causing pressure on the concrete panels, which cracked and sparked the evacuations.

    But another theory is that grouting between the precast panels and the beams contributed to the cracking in the panels.

    Investigators’ reports handed to Planning Minister Anthony Roberts last week appear to have found the builder, Icon Co, ­appeared to have built Opal Tower according to the specifications it was provided with. The Department of Planning had been expected to release an interim ­report last Friday.

    Four separate investigations are under way the defects at Opal Tower, but The Australian understands there has been significant disagreement between the experts on the causes of the problems.

    The investigation team comprises WSP, Rincovitch Partners, a third party hired by Icon, and Cardno, an engineering firm hired by the body corporate. The NSW government also ­appointed two engineers to take part in the investigation: University of NSW dean of engineering Mark Hoffman and emeritus professor at the University of Newcastle’s School of Engineering John Carter.

    So far, the multi-party investigation team has agreed only on a remediation and reoccupation plan for the building, with the findings submitted by some parties to the Planning Department reportedly sent back to them for reconsideration.

    Other sources suggested the precast concrete panel that failed on level 10 had cracked and been patched before its installation in Opal Tower, though its failure was only a symptom, not cause, of the building’s design flaws.

    It is understood that patching of precast panels — which do not affect the buildings structural integrity — is a common practice.

    Residents began returning to their homes at the weekend after its first evacuation 22 days ago.

    The building’s strata committee has told residents not to ­return to the building until all of the engineers reports from the investigation agree as to the cause of the defects.

    WSP, the original design ­engineering firm hired by Icon to supply the technical plan for the building’s construction, did not ­respond to request for comment.

    The 38-floor building at Sydney Olympic Park gained national attention when 300 residents were evacuated on Christmas Eve and again less than a week later after creaking noises were heard and cracks appeared across different levels.

  130. dover_beach

    The APA is medicalizing masculinity:

    The American Psychological Association has issued its first official warning against toxic masculinity. The new “Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men,” marks the first-ever report published by the association aimed at helping practitioners care for their male patients “despite social forces that can harm mental health.”

    Citing more than 40 years of research, the APA warns against the “masculinity ideology,” which it defines as “a particular constellation of standards that have held sway over large segments of the population, including: anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure risk and violence.”

    “Traditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit males’ psychological development, constrain their behavior, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict and negatively influence mental health and physical health,” according to the 36-page report, featured in January’s issue of Monitor on Psychology.

    Conforming to the norms of the “masculinity ideology” can result in suppressing emotions and masking distress in young boys as well more risk-taking and aggressive behavior and a lack of willingness to seek out help. The report additionally contends this can lead to traits like homophobia and pave the way for sexual harassment, bullying and violence against others and themselves.

    This is just more of the inversive wizardry that pervades a sick and failing society that has abandoned both God and the truth. It’s going to get worse. You can count on that. You can absolutely count on that.

    Don’t let the qualifier ‘toxic’ fool you. They clearly mean masculinity per se. Liberalism is at war with the human. It always has been. But it cannot succeed. The task itself is Sisyphean. But like Camus, liberals will humor themselves with the contention that the absurdity of the task is itself fulfilling.

  131. stackja

    C.L.
    #2907650, posted on January 15, 2019 at 10:01 am
    Why does no politician suggest a reduction in spending?

    And then there is that.

    How many voters will accept a reduction in spending?

  132. struth

    The fact is Australia’s nine governments want youngsters to use pills.
    That is the upshot of ludicrously expensive alcohol.
    They also want people to go on smoking cigarettes rather than vape – because revenue.
    The state cannot win the war on drugs (including cigarettes).
    To quote Harry Reid on Iraq, “this war is lost.”

    It’s all about finding problems to grow government.
    And if you know of a problem Australia doesn’t have but other countries do, import it.
    And if there is no problem (domestic violence) make it up.

    So the problems we have from Aboriginals, mussies, power generation, alcohol consumption, is all caused by government precisely to grow government.

  133. C.L.

    Don’t let the qualifier ‘toxic’ fool you. They clearly mean masculinity per se. Liberalism is at war with the human. It always has been. But it cannot succeed. The task itself is Sisyphean.

    Indeed. The fun part is always when they get squashed by the boulder.

  134. OldOzzie

    Thanks Tom.

    in the attack on Masculinity

    Steve Kelley #1

    and

    Steve Kelley #2

    sum it up for me and win today

  135. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Five indigenous girls die over nine days in alarming spate of suicides

    exclusive
    Victoria Laurie
    Senior Reporter
    12:00AM January 15, 2019
    40 Comments

    The tragic toll of indigenous child suicide around Australia has risen further, with confirmation that a 12-year-old girl living near Adelaide took her own life last Friday.

    It means that five indigenous girls between 12 and 15 have suicided in a period of only nine days, including three cases in Western Australia and one in Queensland. In the most recent case, South Australian Police confirmed that there were “no suspicious circumstances” surrounding the death of the 12-year-old Adelaide girl on January 11.

    The Australian has been told a 12-year-old indigenous boy is also on life support in a Brisbane hospital after what is believed to have been a suicide attempt.

    The boy was flown from Roma to Brisbane yesterday.

    The spate of deaths has led to a prediction that the current over-representation of Aboriginal ­people under 17 taking their lives could rise even further this year, from 30 per cent of youth suicides between 2012 and 2016 to as much as one in every two youth suicides.

    Researcher Gerry Georgatos, head of the federal government’s indigenous critical response team, said poverty and lack of education were major factors in suicidal ­ideation among young indigenous Australians.

    But he said sexual predation had also been identified as a factor in one-third of all indigenous children who suicided. He said it was notable that the five most recent deaths were of young girls.

  136. OldOzzie

    stackja
    #2907656, posted on January 15, 2019 at 10:07 am

    C.L.
    #2907650, posted on January 15, 2019 at 10:01 am
    Why does no politician suggest a reduction in spending?

    And then there is that.

    How many voters will accept a reduction in spending?

    Why do we need a Federal Dept of Education?

  137. OldOzzie

    Education graduates need to be ‘classroom ready’


    Education Minister Dan Tehan’s determination to improve teaching courses to equip graduates to better manage classroom discipline is an important step in redressing Australia’s educational malaise. Like Mr Tehan, teachers, their families, students and parents are appalled by the levels of abuse suffered by teachers at the hands of disruptive students. Too often, teachers feel like part-time police, but without the enforcement powers to pull the problematic minority of serious troublemakers into line. In his five months in the portfolio, Mr Tehan has heard from teachers about their experiences and their strong desire to see respect restored to classrooms. Improving the practical teaching components of education degrees will be vital to addressing the problem.

    While reform of teacher training has been under way for several years, universities are divided about the value and composition of teaching performance assessments, known as TPAs, for graduating teachers, as Rebecca Urban reports today. The goal of the TPA tests, as Mr Tehan says, should be to ensure that “when you finish your teaching degree … you have the qualities and capabilities to be able to teach’’. It is important to note, as Australian Council of Deans of Education president Tania Aspland says, that if teachers “can get students engaged in learning and they love learning, then discipline problems tend to be minimised”.

    For at least 20 years, The Australian has covered the declining results of Australian students compared with those of students in other nations, especially East Asia, despite the allocation of billions of extra Australian taxpayers’ dollars to turn school performances around.

    Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek also raised an important issue last week when she pledged a Labor government would bar low-scoring high school students from entering teaching degrees. Future teachers, she said, would need to be drawn from the top 30 per cent of academic achievers. And unless universities lifted entry requirements towards ATAR scores of 80 or above, a Labor government would cap places in teaching degrees to make them more competitive.

    The Australian has warned about that problem for years, from the time the Gillard government introduced the demand-driven university entrance system and removed caps on places. Teaching entry scores plummeted, especially in provincial universities. Last April we reported that several institutions in NSW and Victoria had offered places in education degrees to students with ATARs below 40, 30 and even 20 in the case of Victoria University. Both states have imposed minimum benchmarks for teaching recruits, but some institutions, in order to fill places, offer bonus points for a range of reasons, from mature age entry to social ­disadvantage.

    Australia’s education standards will not improve as long as some teaching courses remain soft options for underachievers. Nor will they improve while graduate teachers are ill prepared for the realities of classrooms.

  138. Roger

    But he said sexual predation had also been identified as a factor in one-third of all indigenous children who suicided. He said it was notable that the five most recent deaths were of young girls.

    Dig deeper Gerry.

    I imagine indigenous children are rather reluctant to talk about sexual abuse.

  139. OldOzzie

    Bullying of teachers out of control


    Teachers must be given better training to manage classroom discipline, Education Minister Dan Tehan has said, amid concerns graduates are increasingly unable to control disruptive and abusive students.

    Mr Tehan said he had been shocked by the level of abuse experienced by teaching professionals since he took over as minister and called for a sharper focus on making teachers ­“classroom-ready” by the end of their university degrees.

    In an interview with The Australian, Mr Tehan said he had spoken extensively to teachers and there was a strong desire to see respect restored to classrooms and broader school ­environments.

    He said he was left “staggered” after a recent meeting with principals: “When I asked them … if they have ever been verbally or physically abused (doing their job), nearly every single one … put their hand up.”

    Research from the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment has revealed that Australian classrooms are among the most disruptive in the world, ranking 63rd out of 68 countries. The report, which analysed what went on in science classrooms and used data from a survey of more than 14,000 students from 760 schools, revealed 40 per cent said there was high levels of noise and disorder in class, that students didn’t listen to the teacher, and “they found it difficult to learn”.

    Other reports suggest that when handled effectively, behaviour management programs can boost academic progress by at least three months.

    Mr Tehan said teacher training for graduates in the area of classroom management and more broadly remained an issue where work needed to be done.

    “The key thing is when you finish your teaching degree that you have the qualities and capabilities to be able to teach,” Mr Tehan said. “What we’re not seeing is (graduates) with enough practical experience and knowledge of how they should operate in the classroom. It’s about making sure that teachers understand the importance of having a clear objective for their lesson, making sure they have got the appropriate classroom management skills and are able to get the required classroom discipline so all students can learn.”

    Reform of the initial teacher education (ITE) sector has been under way for several years. It was sparked by the 2014 ­report of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG), which revealed a high degree of variability in the quality of courses on offer, including “significant pockets of objectively poor practice”.

    New standards for the accreditation of ITE courses were rolled out in 2015 to align course content with the professional standards for good teaching practice. The Education Council agreed in September to more reforms to ensure all courses met the standards, ­regardless of their jurisdiction, ­including the rollout of teaching performance assessments (TPAs) for graduates.

    The tests have been met with some push-back from parts of the sector. A recent TEMAG forum heard that there was a lack of agreement from the universities as to the value of TPAs.

    While Mr Tehan acknowledged there had been some resistance, he said he had confidence in the reform process.

    But critics have claimed the ITE course standards are too vague and that the process of ­accreditation lacks rigour. La Trobe University’s Pamela Snow said: “They are not at all specific and it’s very easy for a program to look like they are meeting the accreditation requirements. It shouldn’t be open to individual universities being free to interpret the standards as they see fit.”

    Education policy expert Stephen Dinham, of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, agreed more work was needed to strengthen ITE courses.

    “The key thing is having a proper process of accreditation because at the moment it’s very low-level, it’s paper-based, its what the university says,” Professor Dinham said.

    “I don’t think any course has been knocked back (for accreditation). Some might have taken a little while but they all get there.”

    The federal Education Department confirmed that as of October, all ITE programs met the strengthened accreditation standards. There are 48 initial teacher education providers offering 349 programs and graduating about 18,000 potential teachers every year.

    Australian Council of Deans of Education president Tania Asp­land said professional experience for teaching students and teachers was the “unfinished business” of the TEMAG reforms. She cautioned against any bid for a “magic solution” to the issue of classroom management. “The focus should be more on learning than discipline — you can’t separate the two,” Professor Aspland said.

    “If you can get students engaged in learning and they love learning, then discipline problems tend to be minimised.”

    Teacher and author Greg Ashman welcomed Mr Tehan’s comments, given that classroom management was an issue that left many teachers worried.

    While the course standards require graduate teachers to be able to identify ways to boost student engagement as well as manage challenging behaviour, Mr Ashman said much of what was taught was not useful, leaving many teachers struggling. “This idea that if you provide an engaging lesson that kids will be ­engaged and behave, it’s complete nonsense,” he said.

    Mr Tehan said teachers also wanted the curriculum decluttered so they could concentrate on teaching the basics well.

  140. MatrixTransfomr

    Necklacing

    Mrs mandela’s favourite party trick

  141. stackja

    OldOzzie
    #2907668, posted on January 15, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Bullies belong in prison.

  142. DrBeauGan

    “Traditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit males’ psychological development, constrain their behavior, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict and negatively influence mental health and physical health,” according to the 36-page report, featured in January’s issue of Monitor on Psychology.

    I think Struth has it right. This is a cry for help from a bunch of dim females who need their bottoms smacked. Unfortunately for them, they are too unattractive.

  143. stackja

    OldOzzie
    #2907668, posted on January 15, 2019 at 10:21 am
    Mr Tehan said teachers also wanted the curriculum decluttered so they could concentrate on teaching the basics well.

    Three Rs!

  144. Roger

    “This idea that if you provide an engaging lesson that kids will be ­engaged and behave, it’s complete nonsense,” he said.

    No, it’s not nonsense, it’s exactly as it should be.

    Many generations prior went through 12 years of chalk and talk and learning by riot, the dullest classes imaginable by today’ standards, yet we behaved (largely) and came out equipped for further study or work.

    Children today are over stimulated and spoiled, and I suspect it begins in the home with overworked mothers trying to hold it all together in the world politicians have deliberately created through poor policy choices for families.

  145. Roger

    “learning by riot”, lol – rote!

  146. DrBeauGan

    Like Mr Tehan, teachers, their families, students and parents are appalled by the levels of abuse suffered by teachers at the hands of disruptive students. Too often, teachers feel like part-time police, but without the enforcement powers to pull the problematic minority of serious troublemakers into line. In his five months in the portfolio, Mr Tehan has heard from teachers about their experiences and their strong desire to see respect restored to classrooms. Improving the practical teaching components of education degrees will be vital to addressing the problem.

    I remember in the old days when teachers were keen to ban corporal punishment in schools, and were assuring us that without the bad example of violence, children would be sweet and biddable.

    Ho ho ho. Anyone who understood human nature could see what was going to happen, and it did. You brought all this on yourselves, educational theorists devoid of sense. Serves you right.

    That’s what happens when stupid women are let loose.

  147. stackja

    Doctors go on strike across New Zealand

    Junior physicians across New Zealand have gone on strike in a pay dispute with health authorities, as nationwide public sector strikes enter a second year.
    Australian Associated Press January 15, 2019 9:36am

    Junior doctors in New Zealand have walked off the job, hobbling hospitals and kicking off a possible second year of public-sector strikes across the country.

    About 3300 resident doctors – 80 per cent of the workforce – on Tuesday began a 48-hour nationwide strike after a breakdown in talks over pay and conditions with authorities.

    Hospitals say they expect thousands of non-urgent surgeries to be deferred and have called on senior physicians to pick up extra shifts to maintain services.

    The doctors, gathering in front of hospitals across the country, say new conditions proposed by health boards could exacerbate already-long shifts and 10-day working rosters, creating dangerous conditions for patients and staff.

    “[They] could be required to work for more than 16 hours in a row, without guarantee of rest or safety,” NZ Resident Doctors Association president Courtney Brown said.

    “It is disappointing and frustrating that we are being forced to strike just to keep our terms and conditions.”

    Health authorities, meanwhile, say current work arrangements are too rigid and more flexibility is required.

    The dispute is the first of what may be a series of large-scale public sector strikes in New Zealand this year, and continues a 12-month period of industrial action.

    About 30,000 of the country’s nurses went on strike last year, bringing hospitals to a crawl, before reaching a pay agreement in August.

    A similar number of primary school teachers also walked off the job, citing increasing workloads and poor pay increases, and are mulling further action this year. High school teachers also rejected their latest pay offer, with talks now on to try and prevent industrial action in 2019.

    The government’s pledges to deliver surpluses, pay down debt and not introduce new taxes have restricted spending options and left some organisations in the public sector disappointed.

    Opposition politicians have accused the Labour-led government of raising expectations during election campaigning only to fall short while in power.

    Ministers, however, say the offers being made are significant increases and that unions are frustrated after nearly a decade of “neglect” under the previous centre-right administration.

  148. max

    I wonder how Dan Tehan would go trying to teach Keats to a room full of thirty young Australians.

    But then why would you even try ?

    If you leave school knowing SFA about English Literature can you call yourself an educated person ?

  149. stackja

    DrBeauGan
    #2907676, posted on January 15, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Juliar and Roz Ward ‘reforms’.

  150. Roger

    If you leave school knowing SFA about English Literature can you call yourself an educated person ?

    University even…the parchment proves it!

  151. stackja

    NSW government recovers $539,000 in legal battle against Shyam Acharya
    Rose Brennan, The Daily Telegraph
    27 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    More than half a million dollars has been clawed back from the assets of a fake doctor who used a stolen identity to work in NSW hospitals for more than a decade.

    The Daily Telegraph can reveal the state government has finally settled a legal battle against Shyam Acharya, who has been on the run overseas for nearly two years since his shocking scam was exposed.

    Acharya, posing as qualified doctor Sarang Chitale, worked in the public health system, treating patients in Wyong, Gosford, Hornsby, Royal North Shore, Manly and Mona Vale hospitals from 2003-2014.

    Acharya fled Australia before his scam was uncovered in early 2017.

    The government will recover about $539,000 but it is understood Acharya was paid about $1.92 million by NSW Health during his scam.

    In April 2017 he was fined $30,000 over the stolen identity and the state government vowed to try to recoup more cash from his accounts to repay the wages he effectively stole from the health system.

    The NSW Crime Commission led the proceedings against Acharya after a push from Health Minister Brad Hazzard who considered the initial penalty woefully inadequate.

    “This was operation take back Dr Dodgy’s dollars … and now taxpayers are the winners here,” Mr Hazzard said

    The government will get $539,000 from Acharya’s assets, including about $400,000 of his share of a home in North Ryde as well as $139,000 in superannuation from an account he set up in the name of Dr Chitale.

  152. Roger

    Opposition politicians have accused the Labour-led government of raising expectations during election campaigning only to fall short while in power.

    You don’t say.

    Meanwhile, has Ardern located those “hundreds of thousands” of starving NZ children she was rabbiting on about during the election campaign?

    You’d think that would be a priority.

  153. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ports and mine targeted in CFMEU strike hit

    Wharfies earning up to $150,000 a year for working 33 hours a week will launch industrial action at Hutchison Ports Australia this week, condemning the loss-­making stevedore’s bid to cut their pay and conditions as the “most severe attack on waterfront conditions in a generation”.

    The industrial action at Hutchison, which fears the union bans could escalate into strikes disrupting operations at inter­national container terminals in Sydney and Brisbane, came as Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union members at a NSW coalmine voted yesterday to extend a seven-day strike by a further week.

    Employers last night expressed concern at the industrial action by different divisions of the CFMEU, with Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive James Pearson ­insisting strikes should be a last resort.

    “The sight of Australia’s mega-union, the CFMEU, flexing its industrial muscle to hold up ports and shut down mines is a sharp ­reminder of why we need workplace laws that encourage co-­operation, not conflict in the workplace,’’ Mr Pearson said.

    “Big unions are putting pressure on the Labor Party to make big changes to workplace rules to give themselves even more power. That’s a sobering prospect with an election just around the corner.”

    Hutchison said wharfies at its Port Botany international container terminal in Sydney earned on average $150,000 a year with superannuation and Port of Brisbane workers received $130,000 annually for an average working week of 30 to 33 hours.

    Employees get 11 weeks off a year — five weeks’ annual leave and an extra rostered week off every eight weeks, up to 13 days’ sick leave, and 12 per cent ­superannuation.

    From the Oz. Welcome to Bill Shorten’s Australia

  154. mh

    Gillette addresses ‘toxic masculinity’ in new ad campaign

    Days after the American Psychological Association (APA) announced that “traditional masculinity” is “harmful” to society and can lead to homophobia and sexual harassment, razor brand Gillette released a new ad campaign touching on the same topic.

    The Procter & Gamble-owned company is using the new ad to tackle its own slogan, “The Best a Man Can Get,” addressing issues of harassment, bullying and men’s mental health. It also promotes the idea that men can and need to do better when it comes to holding each other accountable and treating women with respect so as to set a better example for boys watching them.

    The ad, “entitled We Believe, begins with a compilation of actions commonly associated with ‘toxic masculinity,'” a press release stated.

    “We believe in the best in men. To say the right thing, to act the right way. Some already are. But some is not enough. Because the boys watching today will be the men of tomorrow,” a narrator says over clips of men defending others from bullying or stopping friends from harassing womenThe video is more than just an advertisement for the company’s products. Gillette is using it as a way to promote change in society and has dedicated a page on its website to the cause.

    “It’s time we acknowledge that brands, like ours, play a role in influencing culture. And as a company that encourages men to be their best, we have a responsibility to make sure we are promoting positive, attainable, inclusive and healthy versions of what it means to be a man,” the page reads.

    https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/gillette-addresses-toxic-masculinity-in-new-ad-campaign

  155. Roger

    Welcome to Bill Shorten’s Australia

    And big business can’t wait for it, buckling at the knees already.

  156. feelthebern

    Old Oakie doing the ol’ tax payer shuffle.
    A few posters.
    A few social media things.
    Non-stop coverage by the ABC.
    Gets 20% of the primary & trousers a cool 60-80k.
    Maaaate.

  157. DrBeauGan

    If a small boy makes a nuisance of himself in class, a whack across the bum with a cane works well. Trying to convince him he is suffering from toxic masculinity and needs to be cured of it, by chemical castration if necessary, is not the humane option.

  158. calli

    On the Persian Dwarf and the Juliar staffer – politics in Australia is creepily incestuous. It’s like a remote little village. One where you can’t pick the Idiot, as there are so many.

  159. Infidel Tiger

    Gillette razor blades has now gone woke and runnning ads about toxic masculinity.

    Whole world is now insane.

  160. struth

    Schick for me from now on.
    Maybe Gillette will support the month of no shaving of armpits and mowing of moots.

  161. Top Ender

    Just realised after four days of driving around Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas than we haven’t seen one wind farm.

    And as I previously reported spirits are one-third of the Aussie price.

  162. stackja

    Not Today: Nine’s new line-up delivers lowest ratings in 10 years
    Holly Byrnes, National TV editor, News Corp Australia Network
    9 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    Nine’s painful changes to its on-air personnel have hit where it hurts — posting its lowest Today show ratings in 10 years.

    The unenviable record continues the decline of the once-dominant breakfast show which purged its talent roster — including long-time host Karl Stefanovic — over the summer break, in a bid to stem the audience bleeding.

    But attempts to patch up the problems by casting new anchor Deb Knight, newsreader Tom Steinfort, and entertainment newcomer, Brooke Boney has seen the audience react with their remotes — turning off the first show yesterday in their droves.

  163. DrBeauGan

    Infidel Tiger
    #2907691, posted on January 15, 2019 at 10:56 am
    Gillette razor blades has now gone woke and runnning ads about toxic masculinity.

    Whole world is now insane.

    I’m not.

    I think the western world is suffering from toxic femininity.

  164. calli

    Windmills line the entire drive from Albuquerque to Amarillo to the north.

    Texas has fallen.

  165. James in Melbourne

    The fact is Australia’s nine governments want youngsters to use pills.
    That is the upshot of ludicrously expensive alcohol.

    C.L., my 20YO, just back from the BTV festival, tells me that the pill-poppers are not driven to pills by high booze prices – he says they are pill-poppers first and foremost, and would not prefer booze at a festival if it were being given away.

  166. stackja

    Anar Erdenechimeg who has been found safe
    Raylene Bliss and Adella Beaini, Inner West Courier Inner City
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    Just before 10am today Inspector Michael Penfold from Burwood Police Area Command confirmed Anar was found safe and well in Sydney’s CBD.

    Detective Senior Constable Kay said the Anar, who speaks very limited English, hopped on a train before getting lost.

    “The boy remembers getting on a train when it was dark but can’t remember the exact location,” Detective Snr Constable Kay said.

    “He said he slept on the train overnight before getting off at the city early in the morning.”

    ..

    But it was a member of the Mongolian community who had seen the NSW Police’s post of the missing boy on Facebook which led to Anar being found.

    “A member of the same community as the boy was around the QVB at 9am and noticed the boy before speaking to him in his language,” Detective Snr Constable Kay said.

    “He then gave him some food and then contacted police before his parents were notified.”

    The boy was on his way to the basketball courts at Tasker Park before his parents became concerned when he didn’t come home by 1pm.

    His parents alerted police a couple of hours later at 6pm before an extensive search was commenced.

    Police said the boy is doing well and is in need of a much deserved sleep.

  167. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Rob Oakeshott set to announce Cowper tilt at election

    Richard Ferguson
    Reporter
    @RichAFerguson
    7 minutes ago January 15, 2019
    No Comments

    Rob Oakeshott, a kingmaker during the Gillard government, will run as an independent in the Nationals-held seat of Cowper, new reports say.

    The independent MP will run again in the NSW coastal seat and announce his candidacy tomorrow, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

    He retired from parliament in 2013, after handing power to Julia Gillard and Labor following the 2010 election which resulted in a hung parliament.

    He told The Australian in August last year that he was considering a tilt in Cowper because he was a “little older and wiser” than when he was last in the parliament.

    “I know politics and I know how it can work for good and work for bad,” Mr Oakeshott said.

    “There’s a sense of frustration in our community that we’re not getting as much out of political leadership as we could. A lot of people are encouraging me to go again and frankly I am thinking about it.”

    Mr Oakeshott has been approached for comment by The Australian today.

    Mr Oakeshott unsuccessfully contested Cowper at the last election against Nationals MP Luke Hartsuyker but gained 45.44 per cent of the two-candidate vote.

  168. mh

    It’s still hard to go past Tic Tac for pathetic virtue signalling:

    Tic Tac USA
    @TicTacUSA
    Tic Tac respects all women. We find the recent statements and behavior completely inappropriate and unacceptable.

  169. stackja

    calli
    #2907690, posted on January 15, 2019 at 10:56 am
    On the Persian Dwarf and the Juliar staffer – politics in Australia is creepily incestuous. It’s like a remote little village. One where you can’t pick the Idiot, as there are so many.

    Helen Barron… the daughter of former Labor adviser Peter Barron

    Barron was the most influential adviser in the Hawke government. He left in 1986 to work for Kerry Packer and now works with Carnegie Wylie. Simon Baulderstone: former environment adviser for Paul Keating, worked on the Sydney Olympics and recently popped up as a Peter Garrett minder. Jul 30, 2004 Where are 150-plus Hawke-Keating staffers? – Crikey
    https://www.crikey.com.au/2004/07/30/where-are-150-plus-hawke-keating-staffers/

    Force of youth – Sydney Morning Herald
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/force-of-youth-20110624-1gjjb.html
    Jun 25, 2011 – Dastyari is the latest wunderkind to emerge from the NSW Labor … Helen’s father, Peter Barron, is the Labor guru who once advised both …

  170. Roger

    But it was a member of the Mongolian community…

    We have a Mongolian community?

    Who knew?

    Thankfully the little fellow came to no harm.

  171. DrBeauGan

    Tic Tac respects all women. We find the recent statements and behavior completely inappropriate and unacceptable.

    I certainly don’t respect all women. Many of them are fatheads.

  172. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2907699, posted on January 15, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Yes. And Tony Windsor?

  173. stackja

    Tony Windsor
    ‏@TonyHWindsor
    Retweeted Julian Foster
    …and the same people whinge when politicians don’t follow through on what they stood for …gullible voters .

  174. JC

    The FBI is and always been a malignant organization. It should be closed down, or its remit reduced to cleaning toilets.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/pg-e-sparked-at-least-1-500-california-fires-now-the-utility-faces-collapse-11547410768

  175. Boambee John

    The American Psychological Association has issued its first official warning against toxic masculinity. The new “Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men,” marks the first-ever report published by the association aimed at helping practitioners care for their male patients “despite social forces that can harm mental health.”

    So American (predominantly female) psychologists have discovered the masculine version of hysteria? Will they call it penisteria?

  176. thefrollickingmole

    Gillette can suck my hairy unshaven balls.

  177. Leigh Lowe

    Is that link right JC?

  178. Infidel Tiger

    That magnificent bastard Trump has served a huge spread of Maccas to the winning Clemson side.

    Libs are going insane about it.

    Eating Maccas at the Whitehouse would be killer.

  179. dover_beach

    Gillette believes that feminism/liberalism distinguishes between chivalry and t0xic masculinity but as I say above and as the APA statement makes clear, they are opposed to masculinity per se. Have people forgotten how feminism rallied against chivalrous conduct?

  180. thefrollickingmole

    Presented without comment….

    It was cathartic to listen to these four women’s stories; although diverse, the similarities were uncanny. Indiah Money, a Wiradjuri model, described her European features as a blessing and a curse, and spoke of the ways her light skin affords her white privilege.

    Pic here.

  181. Infidel Tiger

    Trump really is a genius.

    Maccas is better than any snooty food.

    They even had dipping sauce in silver bowls.

  182. stackja

    Violent rampage in Canberra’s south sees men attacked, cyclist hit, man exposing himself to traffic
    By Gordon Taylor and Clare Sibthorpe [ABC]

    Updated yesterday at 5:55pm

    His defence lawyer said his client suffered a drug-induced psychosis at the time of the incident, and that Mr King admitted to having a problem with the drug ice.

  183. Roger

    Indiah Money, a Wiradjuri model…

    How do you model a Wiradjuri?

    But seriously…these girls need to get over themselves if they want to survive in the real world.

  184. JC

    Stack

    What happened with that car accident in South Dakota? The driver really hit a fence?

  185. stackja

    Earlier FIFO posted ‘I joked’. ‘I’m boring and not very nice. Just forget about me.’

  186. calli

    Oh, Roger. You are so unreconstructed and charming.

    Those girls are surviving just fine.

    Grievance pays, and pays well.

  187. JC

    The pic goes with the story on the Oz.

    Wharfies earning up to $150,000 a year for working 33 hours a week will launch industrial action at Hutchison Ports Australia this week, condemning the loss-­making stevedore’s bid to cut their pay and conditions as the “most severe attack on waterfront conditions in a generation”.

  188. Roger

    Oh, Roger. You are so unreconstructed and charming.

    That’s funny, it’s just what my wife often says.

  189. Roger

    Australia’s income earning elite.

    Shorten will tax them into oblivion in the name of fairness…just wait.

  190. JC

    Years ago, I did stop buying Gillette for the reason they were gouging us consumers and went to trimmers. They are a diabolical firm and deserve to go broke. They deserve no quarter.

  191. Stimpson J. Cat

    H!: if only the men here would take up waxing pubic hair instead of using a razor, you’d be able to stop buying Gillette and really punish them for their social conscience.

    You are confusing Men with Cyclists.
    Don’t do it again please.

  192. thefrollickingmole

    Gillette can suck my hairy unshaven
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    s.

    Comment modified for the spoamminator of doom

  193. Des Deskperson

    ‘Meegan?

    Seriously?’

    Yep, Meegan Fitzharris, Labor ALP minister for, inter alia, health and transport.

    A right little suburban school prefect punisher and straightener but completely hopeless at managing her crumbling portfolios.

    Her media interviews are embarrassing, never a single question that she can answer satisfactorily and never a single piece of useful information that she can provide.

    Never the less, she’s been touted as the next Chief Minister.

  194. Rae

    Just realised after four days of driving around Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas than we haven’t seen one wind farm.

    Whoops. Take off the blindfold. Bird Box challenge is over. There are many wind farms in the southern states, including the 3 you named.

  195. They are a diabolical firm …

    Evidenced by their involvement in many (attempted) suicides.

  196. struth

    “You’re too pretty to be Aboriginal” is not a compliment. It’s a racist, abusive symptom of colonialism. Aboriginal women love our culture, we love our mob, we love our Country, which always was, always will be Aboriginal.

    No you silly young bitch.

    You are too white to be aboriginal and you aren’t pretty.

  197. Baldrick

    The Procter & Gamble-owned company is using the new ad to tackle its own slogan, “The Best a Man Can Get,” addressing issues of harassment, bullying and men’s mental health. It also promotes the idea that men can and need to do better when it comes to holding each other accountable and treating women with respect so as to set a better example for boys watching them.

    They must have some toxic workplace at Gillette to come up with that ad campaign.

  198. Roger

    Why ever would a man want to shave, let alone wax his mons pubis, unless he was going for an operation in that region?

    That’s a rhetorical question, Harken.

  199. struth

    H!: if only the men here would take up waxing pubic hair instead of using a razor,

    FMD

    men use it on facial hair which is not pubic.

    If you are shaving facial hair that’s pubic, we can diagnose that for you, and indeed we already have.

  200. Baldrick

    Is Louisiana in Victoria?

    rickw
    #2745728, posted on June 24, 2018 at 10:01 am
    When I was in Guam I brought a Daisy Buck BB gun for my friend in Majuro’s two sons and dropped it off earlier in the week. Every nook and cranny of their land is now adorned with drink can targets. I think they’re about halfway through the 2,000 BB’s I also gave them.
    Simple pleasures denied to Australian kids by our Deep State overlords.
    _____
    Rae
    #2745738, posted on June 24, 2018 at 10:10 am
    BBs are illegal in Victoria. Thanks to your little bit of boasting here, your friend in Majuro with the two sons will probably get a visit soon from VicPol. No doubt Brian of Moorabbin can tell you how easily identifiable you’ve made them. And, if what you say is true, you will probably be invited to explain to VicPol how they acquired that Daisy Buck BB.
    _____
    rickw
    #2745762, posted on June 24, 2018 at 10:32 am
    Majuro is in the Marshall Islands you complete fuckwit.

  201. ian3029

    “we haven’t seen one wind farm.

    Whoops. Take off the blindfold. Bird Box challenge is over. There are many wind farms in the southern states, including the 3 you named.”

    TE said they haven’t seen one. He did not say there are none.

    Your comment is a stupid “comment for comment’s sake”.

  202. Infidel Tiger

    We will never see his type again:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/BarstoolNewsN/status/1084960458900209664

    The most aamerican man in history.

  203. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hark – Conservatives may be bald on top and furry down below. But at least they aren’t like progressives who are furry on top and bald down below.

  204. JC

    You are confusing Men with Cyclists.
    Don’t do it again please.

    A pal has a theory that nearly all cyclists you see in their ball huggers and other assorted ridiculous attire are dudes who could never play sport at school.

  205. Roger

    Aboriginal women love our culture, we love our mob, we love our Country, which always was, always will be Aboriginal.

    One can only surmise that they know little about the place of women in “their culture”.

    All of the freedom of choice and the lifestyle they can now enjoy is the result of European colonisation.

  206. bespoke

    Your comment is a stupid “comment for comment’s sake”.

    That’s Rae

  207. johanna

    Tic Tac USA
    @TicTacUSA
    Tic Tac respects all women. We find the recent statements and behavior completely inappropriate and unacceptable.

    Really? Including Ilsa Koch and Myra Hindley? What featherbrain came up with that slogan?

    It is on a par with the believe all women nonsense, whereby honesty is determined by genitalia.

    FFS. These people are liars to the nth.

  208. thefrollickingmole

    Infidel Tiger
    #2907739, posted on January 15, 2019 at 11:49 am
    We will never see his type again:

    Thats just awesome, the butler lighting the gold candelabras as the packets of gut-rot sit there awaiting scarfing by the coming horde.

  209. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #2907739, posted on January 15, 2019 at 11:49 am

    We will never see his type again:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/BarstoolNewsN/status/1084960458900209664

    The most aamerican man in history.

    He sold me. I’m heading into town soon for a meeting this arvo and I’m stopping by a Maccas on the way. My mouth watered when I saw that vid . No kidding.

  210. Des Deskperson

    ‘“You’re too pretty to be Aboriginal” is not a compliment. ‘

    No one’s ever said that to her, what a crock!!

  211. Rae

    Australia’s income earning elite.

    Yawn. The Oz is trying to minimize the Coalition’s coming electoral losses.
    They need an updated photo, 2 “F”s in the title now.

  212. struth

    Gillette respects all women.
    The women who murder.
    The women who rape.
    The French President’s nanna/wife.
    The Bobbits.
    Sarah Palin?
    Margaret Thatcher probably not so much.
    Now considering Gillette is a company and NOT FUCKING HUMAN, prove it?
    Gillette products have slashed more women’s wrists in bathtubs than my business has.

  213. stackja

    Kochie’s rant on pill testing only muddies debate on deadly issue
    Jack Houghton, The Daily Telegraph
    January 15, 2019 10:18am
    Subscriber only

    David Koch’s inept and inaccurate virtue-signalling rant in favour of pill-testing shows that radical leftists are gaining ground on a push to decriminalise dangerous drugs.

    The Seven Network’s intrepid breakfast presenter should be embarrassed after his heated interview with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday.

    In the interview which went viral overnight, Koch told his viewers that taking MDMA without the supposedly more dangerous additives was safe.

    This came just hours after the state’s chief toxicologist Professor Andrew Dawson warned it was the drug itself that was killing teenagers.

    “Premier Gladys Berejiklian isn’t convinced that pill testing works, that’s despite Australia’s first pill testing trial in Canberra last year being declared a success,” Koch told his viewers.

    Ms Berejiklian rightly responded that pill testing “doesn’t deal with overdoses” before an enraged Koch called Ms Berejiklian a hypocrite, yelling “kids are dying”.

    Koch also insisted that pill testing “protects kids from taking poison from taking a product” and “tests for deadly ingredients that a young kid may not be aware”.

  214. Confused Old Misfit

    A pal has a theory that nearly all cyclists…

    Your pal is right.
    Weedy, skinny things with sunken chests, dull hair and spotty faces.

  215. struth

    I confess to just giving myself a treat coming back from the quacks.
    A Maccas Big brekky burger and a flat white.

  216. European settlement. Ask the question of how many arid areas have become viable/more viable because of Euros sinking bores, building dams etc.

    Prior to Euros – wasteland.
    Add water and the roos (and other indigenous species) gather around the water.
    Remove the technology and things will revert to wasteland.

  217. calli

    “We have many, many french fries”.

    Chuckle.

  218. Infidel Tiger

    Hunter Walker
    Hunter Walker
    @hunterw

    Some of the Clemson players are singing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA” as they wait for Trump.

    McDonald’s just makes people so freaking happy.

  219. Top Ender

    You people have no mercy.

    Here I am driving around in the US convincing myself they are the saviours of the free world and here you go telling me they actually have wind farms.

    I am still going to get a Trump hat though.

    And I am still reading The Art of the Deal.

  220. Rae

    TE said they haven’t seen one. He did not say there are none.

    No shit, Hun.

    Your comment is a stupid “comment for comment’s sake”.

    Step away from the mirror, Precious.

  221. feelthebern

    Did anyone see the Mark Latham tweets about The Drum yesterday?

  222. calli

    I am still going to get a Trump hat though.

    I was going to get one in Vegas, but got mean.

    Now I live in perpetual regret. 😐

  223. Bruce of Newcastle

    A pal has a theory that nearly all cyclists you see in their ball huggers and other assorted ridiculous attire are dudes who could never play sport at school.

    Nah. My brother is full on…he shaves his legs and has a Lycra line on them. We were comparing thigh muscles on Christmas Day (I’d never be seen dead in Lycra). He’s played comp cricket for a long time, much more than I.

    I admit to a slight bare patch, but I blame wear and tear.

  224. struth

    Nah. My brother is full on…he shaves his legs and has a Lycra line on them. We were comparing thigh muscles on Christmas Day

    Let’s stop there, shall we?

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