Wednesday Forum: January 16, 2019

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  1. Armadillo

    The thread was pretty shitty without Arky anyway.

    That “Goofy look”, stupid NZ drawl, disease infested toes. The smug fucker even thinks we would be impressed if he stuck some plastic thing in the kids ears. In a righteous world, we would be phoning DOC’s.

    The kid was was probably grateful it was an ear plug rather than a hearing aid. Seriously, who the hell would want to listen to that? Let us pray for her.

  2. Armadillo

    Tom’s gone.

    Probably writing a report to Sinc about my insolence and quoting passages from the Communist Manifesto.

  3. Armadillo

    I also miss the “Malbrough Man”.

    Bloke on a horse having a smoke. Racing NSW fucked that up bad. NFI #idiots

  4. Mitch M.

    Certain amount of angries around here tonight. Agitation is a common problem in dementia. Try this to settle down.

  5. Armadillo

    In a just world, they would have shot every horse that ran worse than 6th in the Melbourne Cup at the finishing line. It was only wànkers wanting to say they “had a horse”‘in the Melbourne Cup that cared.

    No one else gave a shit. Tickets on the floor.

  6. Armadillo

    Certain amount of angries around here tonight.

    Never angry, Mitch. Ever.

  7. bespoke

    DrBeauGan
    #2909337, posted on January 16, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    I attended one of Atiyah’s lectures once. Probably the smartest man I’ve ever met

    I’m a little disappointed. I was expecting “apart from myself’, you are getting soft 🙂

  8. Top Ender

    Lizzie wrote:

    Top Ender, if you are around. Remember we spoke the other day of the ‘Shield Wall’ and you said it was mainly defensive?

    Lizzie, I’m researching and writing a chapter called “The genesis of infantry combat’ for the medieval book I’m writing on the Wars of the Roses. The (potential) publisher suggested it needed it as a preface. Interesting to do.

    I’m suggesting:

    – the Greeks took to the field in their phalanxes and literally pushed their enemies off the field;

    – the Romans used thrown spears and followed up with their swords, but had their shield formations in use as well

    – this is followed by variations on the theme around Europe, and

    – eventually we arrive at plated soldiers (not universally called “knights”) who were supported by more lightly armoured soldiers (“billmen”) and bowmen who acted as skirmishers.

    The interesting thing is that there is very little indeed written on how these last lot fought. There is much more on the Greeks and Romans than what was happening 600 years ago. That is what I’m researching.

    The “defensive” aspect is that if the other side wants to win then they need to attack you, and if you are very well defensively set up then they are the seawater breaking on your rock.

  9. dover_beach

    I don’t know – nor have I ever met – any “pious” (meaning genuinely, profoundly Christian) men who “hate” homosexuals. As for the second grouping in your little taxonomy, to wit: men who criticise or dislike homosexual behaviours or particular individuals must themselves be secretly homosexual (the original meaning of the etymologically absurd word, homophobia) – this polemical device was invented by the gay lobby in the 1970s and crashed into popular ideological parlance in the AIDS-ravaged 1980s. The thinking behind the “homophobia” tactic – for a tactic it was – was this: there is no surer way to silence men about homosexual degeneracy than to insinuate they’re surreptitiously homosexual. It has worked so well tactically that the West’s most prominent men now feel obliged to ostentatiously advertise their ‘tolerance’ of homosexuals (which tolerance has become an ever-lengthening list of ransoms; endorse the latest one or else) in order to affect the image of self-assured manliness.

    Indeed. Never fall into a liberal trap.

  10. Bruce of Newcastle

    Wow, Dave Brown doesn’t pull his punches!

  11. calli

    Even his Tweets are making money.

    Proof that Outrageous Outrage can be profitable.

  12. Peter Campion

    Moaning, Cats

    FWIW it’s been frackin’ cold in FNQ.
    Topped out here last few day about 23 degrees.
    Low 19s since 0540 – I’ve got three layers on.

  13. Tom

    Low 19s since 0540 – I’ve got three layers on.

    That’s very humorous, Peter.

    It reminds me of the locals in Darwin, who would pronounce themselves “freezing” when the temperature dropped to 17C in the winter dry season. Hilarious.

  14. Mother Lode

    Hi TE,

    From my recollection, the throwing spears the Romans used were unique, having near half their length of a relatively soft iron and the head designed to be near impossible to just pull out. Once lodged in a shield it would bend groundward rendering the shield unusable so they would have to be discarded.

    They also modified the Phalanx strategy by breaking it into ‘maniples’ so it was better able to progress across uneven ground: a weakness of the Phalanx.

  15. cohenite

    Very good cartoons this morning; here in Lake Macquarie a low fog is keeping temps down but it should burn off soon and the hysterics will then begin.

    At this point alarmism is contradicted by:

    1 CO2 increase not by humans
    2 Backradiation not consistent with alarmism
    3 CO2 cools
    4 CO2 IR can’t heat the oceans

    Alarmism has been the biggest scam ever

  16. I think the success of Roman legions was based on training, brutally enforced discipline and a clear command structure.
    Legions were almost always outnumbered but even if the opposition was well armed, the Romans prevailed.

  17. calli

    Aaarrrggh! Another horror story caused by the Unrelenting Heat.

    Will Gaia ever stop punishing us?

    💡

    Let’s bribe her to stop with tax dollars!

  18. Our poor knowledge of the oceanic cycles and deep ocean activity is the Achilles Heel of climate science.
    The sheer guesswork in forecasting of ENSO events by climate experts should a red flag to any inquiring mind.

  19. Baldrick

    Fake Ewes – today’s front page of The West Australian:

    Major doubts have been cast of the leaked cruelty videos used to clamp down on the live export trade out of WA after revelations that animal activists offered workers on ships massive payments of vision that showed ‘dead or dying animals’.

  20. struth

    Good Moaning.

    Good nail on the head stuff this morning, Tom.

  21. Snoopy

    It must be a life of unending terror living on the land. If the glyphosate and GMO’s don’t get you the microplastics will.

    Scientists say microplastics are all over farmlands, but we’re ignoring the problem

    Scientists say. Damning.

  22. egg_

    cohenite
    #2909526, posted on January 17, 2019 at 7:48 am

    It’s comforting to know we’re governed by UN Chiefs one step removed from headhunting and cannibalism – is it any wonder we’re near the stage of throwing virgins into volcanoes?

    The BoM’s Voodoo weather prediction for Opal Fawlty Towers is late 30s to 40s this week and it hasn’t even topped the mid 30s yet – more Voodoo required!

  23. Snoopy

    revelations that animal activists offered workers on ships massive payments of vision that showed ‘dead or dying animals’.

    I’m shocked. No really. Who could have imagined?

  24. Top Ender

    Yes, quite right re the Romans.

    One of the problems describing their tactics in a short chapter is covering the many hundreds of years of Army developments and changes.

  25. struth

    Just a good news story I wish to pass on

    Been in absolute pain from my shoulder recently.
    It’s shocking pain as some of you can attest to when you have a two calcified tendons and sheath on your shoulder.
    Hence , as you may note, I was hitting Catallaxy harder than usual.

    Went to see a bloke who gave me a local, sucked out the calcium and gave me a cortisone shot and although not perfect yet it’s just bloody amazing what they can do.
    Except for a few movements, and laying on the shoulder I am pain free.
    Just amazing.
    He’s worth his weight in rocking horse shit.

  26. struth

    Carpe sorry to hear of your loss mate.
    Keep your chin up.

  27. struth

    Moaning, Cats

    FWIW it’s been frackin’ cold in FNQ.
    Topped out here last few day about 23 degrees.
    Low 19s since 0540 – I’ve got three layers on.

    You and Mrs Struth would get on well.

  28. dover_beach

    I think the success of Roman legions was based on training, brutally enforced discipline and a clear command structure.

    It’s was the tactical flexibility of the maniple that was key.

    Legions were almost always outnumbered but even if the opposition was well armed, the Romans prevailed.

    They can be harassed to death by ranged units that can avoid contact. See Carrhae.

  29. John Constantine

    The actors paid by animals Australia production company to torture the cows in Indonesia for the ABC to broadcast were never found for interview about how much they were paid to be filmed in the cowsnuff video.

    A few grand and a bit of armboob from a young activist is cheap to win a war and destroy an enemy industry.

    Comrades.

  30. dover_beach

    Also, the Romans had near unlimited supply of legions.

  31. Peter Campion

    I got this printed in my regional daily paper on Tuesday…

    The Editor

    Enough is enough with the climate change crapola.

    Everything we buy is more expensive because of it, especially electricity and insurance.

    Much of the tax we pay is wasted on it, for no verifiable gains.

    The big emitters, China, India, Russia and the US, are doing nothing about it.

    Nothing tiny Australia does, as 0.32% of the world population, can have any effect on it.

    The science it relies on has been falsified, but it has evolved into a religion.

    It has displaced Christianity as the most popular Western faith.

    It has infiltrated our institutions and has our government in its virtue-signalling thrall.

    We all pay it large tithes and indulgences, whether we believe in it or not.

    Would we tolerate Islam, Sikhism or Catholicism garnisheeing 20% of our taxes and 10% of our take-home pay?

    Then why on God’s ever-greener Earth do we tolerate it from the Climate Catastropharians?

    (150 words)
    Peter Campion

  32. John Constantine

    Animal activists also get employed in intensive animal industry, and farm animal husbandry like shearing.

    The videos get created soon after.

    Not hard to get a video of animals dying of thirst when the activist doing the filming is responsible for turning the water tap on.

    Comrades.

  33. calli

    Scientists say. Damning.

    What a relief. Had it been “scientists warn” I’d be terrified.

  34. Pelosi tells Trump he can deliver the State of the Union address in writing, but he’s not allowed in to give a speech until the shutdown ends. Power move!

  35. Baldrick

    Power move!

    “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.”

  36. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    manboobs loves his Pelosi mommy

  37. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Animal activists also get employed in intensive animal industry, and farm animal husbandry like shearing.

    The videos get created soon after.

    Not hard to get a video of animals dying of thirst when the activist doing the filming is responsible for turning the water tap on.

    Comrades.

    I’ve seen footage of “Australian shearers abusing the sheep” that was shot in a New Zealand shed, Australian cattle being abused in a Middle Eater abattoir that turned out to be Egyptian cows, “mulesed lambs” -“Did your sweater give someone a bloody butt”- that had been heavily photoshopped, and the best of the lot “A lamb, dripping blood from shearer’s cuts” that was actually made from foam rubber, and fake blood.

    My compliments, and thanks, Balders, I’m buying a copy of the “West”, for the first time in donkey’s years, and if I run into our local animal rights activist, I’ll ask her if she’s read the story.

  38. Dr Faustus

    Theresa May survives the No Confidence vote on party lines.
    Despite the apparent unity, the UK parliament is now a fractured mess incapable of delivering any sort of Brexit outcome.

    Likely outcomes:

    1) An extension to the March 29 deadline to allow an orderly second Brexit Referendum;
    2) Hard exit.

    Eurocrats gobsmacked.

  39. candy

    “The Democrats are more focused on stopping the president than they are on serving the country.”

    The Dems have finally found something they think will really bring Trump down. Letting criminals/drug dealers/rapists into their country and letting their own people go unpaid.

    Very high stakes poker Ms Pelosi is playing.

  40. Bruce of Newcastle

    Pelosi tells Trump he can deliver the State of the Union address in writing, but he’s not allowed in to give a speech until the shutdown ends.

    That isn’t going down well from what I can see.

    Pelosi takes heat for bid to delay State of the Union address

    As a way to show that the Democrats are a bunch of arrogant grandees this is hard to beat – especially after the Puerto Rico beach party.

  41. John Constantine

    The very first Brexit saw every last trace of the Roman Ninth Legion wiped out, and Scotland exiting Europe rule.

    Living free on the right side of Hadrian’s Wall.

    They had Many, Many Fries.

  42. candy

    “The Democrats are more focused on stopping the president than they are on serving the country.”

    I would say it’s the only focus the Dems have, and this time they feel they have finally found something will bring Trump down. Letting criminals including drug dealers and r..pists into the country and letting their own folk go unpaid.

    High stakes poker Ms Pelosi is playing. It may be the hardest obstacle Trump has faced. Finally the Repubs. realise the Dems. only want Trump out and the fate of USA rates nothing to that side of politics.

  43. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    you could add Australian ones too

  44. Tel

    The same Pelosi who wants to disarm the American people, also is now terribly concerned there won’t be sufficient guys with guns protecting her to even sit through one speech.

    Hopefully Trump just ignores her request.

    Do the speech in front of whoever shows up in Congress, send Pelosi the DVD … there it’s in writing, digital writing! Got what you wanted fool.

  45. Snoopy

    Trump can deliver a SOTU from the White House. It would give him the opportunity to use a graph of the proposed budget to illustrate just how inconsequential his $5 billion is in overall budget terms.

    “Nancy and Cryin’ Chuck have shut down the government for this. Sad!”

  46. P

    In about 10 mins time Theresa May will make a statement. Nothing new anticipated.
    It will be broadcast on ABC TV as it happens.

  47. “The Democrats are more focused on stopping the president than they are on serving the country.”

    Even if that were true, after six years of total obstruction of Obama the Republicans have no credibility in that score.

  48. Snoopy

    , after six years of total obstruction of Obama.

    Big Lie.

  49. mh

    Trump should deliver the State of the Union address directly to the American people.

    People’s President 🇺🇸

  50. mh

    Another woman who just won’t leave

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg unable to attend February speaking event in NYC, organizers say

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-unable-to-attend-february-speaking-event-in-nyc-organizers-say

  51. Mater

    Even if that were true, after six years of total obstruction of Obama the Republicans have no credibility in that score.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/01/16/obamas_unsung_bipartisan_legacy_132798.html

    Yes, Obamacare passed without any Republican support, but that’s the single example of purely partisan legislation in the Obama Era. Every other bill signed by Obama came with at least one Republican vote. Granted, some came with more than others. But getting just one vote from the other side always involved determined negotiation and substantive compromise.

  52. Bruce of Newcastle

    Fun numbers in a Pew poll:

    Pew: Biggest divide ever on wall, Trump approval gap widest in 60 years (via Drudge)

    – 79 percent of Democrats say the shutdown is a “very serious problem.”
    – Just 35 percent of Republicans say the shutdown it is a “very serious problem.”
    – Trump’s support among Republicans and Republican “leaners” remains high at 80 percent.
    – 96 percent of Democrats and Democratic “leaners” disapprove of his job performance, the widest gap in six decades.

    Ah lefty tears are like a gentle rain! Or maybe more like a tropical downpour just now.

    The first graphic is the best of all. It shows 82% of Republican/leaning Republican voters want the Wall…but only 6% of Dem/leaning Dem voters.

    I’d say that will be most uncomfortable news for the elite GOP party bosses. Must be excruciating for them to be forced by their own voters into supporting Trump.

  53. Shy Ted

    The end of the world is nigh.
    It’ll probably happen today.
    I might even use a Gillette
    And it won’t matter if I turn gay.
    It’s forecast to hit 37
    So likely it’ll be 34
    But in the end it won’t matter
    Cos tomorrow we will be no more.
    So how will I spend my last day?
    Not waste it like all days before.
    It’s too hot to actually do much.
    Knocked back by the hottie next door.
    I think I might go for a massage,
    Sore back from way too much bending
    And if I’m to die from the heatstroke
    I’ll die with a happy ending.

    Thank you ABC. You’ve never inspired me before but this one’s down to you.

  54. candy

    The State of the Union address might be just a quiet affair anyway?

    The shutdown speaks for itself – I would guess Americans know the Dems are doing anything to get rid of Trump, and support those measures and want open borders, or are on Trump’s side about the wall.

    It can’t be new to anyone, even in Australia, about what’s happening over there, how the country is divided over the issue of the wall.

  55. candy

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg unable to attend February speaking event in NYC, organizers say

    That woman is one step closer to God. Metastases in the lungs I think? no-one lives long with that, days or weeks.

  56. Dr Faustus

    Even if that were true, after six years of total obstruction of Obama the Republicans have no credibility in that score.

    Why guess, when Satan’s Organ is sounding loud and clear?

    Pelosi’s latest effort to assert the power of the House — and her party — over Trump will play extremely well with her base who wants maximum confrontation with and embarrassment of Trump.

    CNN.

  57. C.L.

    A male wrote this … (albeit one employed at the ABC):
    Mary Queen of Scots recasts historical feud between queens as feminist fable
    Reporter (LOL) Luke Foley praises the film for making shit up to please today’s dumb wokies:

    A tale of strong young women, besieged by hordes of furious, power-deprived men — if that sounds more like the current social media landscape than a period drama, that’s because Mary Queen of Scots, the latest iteration of the Mary Stuart legend, is very much designed for modern sensibilities.

    Despite all the historical invention, this new telling of the familiar story of the feud between the Queen of Scots and Elizabeth has one unforgivable right-wing feature:

    Mary Queen of Scots only nudges the envelope. The support cast is conspicuously, anachronistically diverse, for example, but the leads remain resolutely white — giving the film an air of white feminism.

  58. Leigh Lowe

    Pelosi tells Trump he can deliver the State of the Union address in writing, but he’s not allowed in to give a speech until the shutdown ends.

    So, Nancy now thinks you can restrict the free movement of people.

  59. calli

    According to Wiki, two of Obama’s sponsored bills became law.

    Obama vetoed a bill that passed congress almost unanimously. It went back and was passed again. So much for the will of the people.

    At least the GOP allowed him to speak. It’s the same old same old. They want you to shut up! but the delight is in letting them just keep droning on…and on…and on. C’mon Chuck and Nancy – reprise your outstanding American Gothic performance. You know you want to.

  60. calli

    We all know Elizabeth I was a POC.

    In Whiteface.

    The waaacist!

  61. Snoopy

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg unable to attend February speaking event in NYC, organizers say

    Because it will clash with her state funeral?

  62. Yes, Obamacare passed without any Republican support, but that’s the single example of purely partisan legislation in the Obama Era. Every other bill signed by Obama came with at least one Republican vote. Granted, some came with more than others. But getting just one vote from the other side always involved determined negotiation and substantive compromise.

    Well, that’s a stupid talking point. Obama had full control of Congress for only a few months. The point is all the bills that Obama wanted but that McConnell and Ryan wouldn’t even put up for discussion.

    Anyway, if determined negotiation and substantive compromise are so great, why isn’t Trump doing it?

  63. Mater

    That woman is one step closer to God. Metastases in the lungs I think? no-one lives long with that, days or weeks.

    One does wonder how popular euthanasia would be with the ‘progressives’, if Ginsburg chose that route.

  64. Dr Faustus

    Theresa May’s statement at No 10.

    “In a historic vote in 2016 the country decided to leave the EU. In 2017, 80% of people voted for parties that stood on manifestos promising to respect that result.

    “Now, over two and a half years later, it’s time for us to come together, put the national interest first and deliver on the referendum,”

    So, a hard exit then.
    Or an unimaginable political insult to the British public.

  65. Mater

    Anyway, if determined negotiation and substantive compromise are so great, why isn’t Trump doing it?

    The other side would need to take their fingers out of their ears and stop stamping their feet.

  66. Nick

    I can’t see what a re-vote would solve other than getting the result they ‘really’ want.
    I’d love to see the UK give it to the EU good and proper.

  67. candy

    Anyway, if determined negotiation and substantive compromise are so great, why isn’t Trump doing it?

    Because pointless. The Dems want him impeached, gotten rid of. That’s why they concentrate solely on an idea that Trump is a Russian spy working to destroy USA, that he had relations with Stormy, etc, about the burgers for lunch, trying to get his daughter and son-in-law put in jail, etc. There is nothing there about running the country, just measures to get rid of Trump.

  68. stackja

    Changing the date is not my priority
    WARREN MUNDINE
    Warren Mundine
    January 16, 2019 6:00pm
    Subscriber only

    As Australia Day approaches the twittering classes are again obsessed over the date.

    Last year we saw protesters cheering on calls to burn down Australia. This year GetUp is organising rallies claiming Australia Day celebrates massacres. Green-left dominated inner city councils are refusing to hold citizenship ceremonies on 26 January. The angst over the date is overshadowing the purpose of the day.

    Put aside the date for one moment. Australians have every reason to be proud of this country and celebrate its national day with patriotism.

    Our country is unique in hosting one of the youngest nations in the world (Australia, established in 1901) as well as the oldest continuing nations in the world (Aboriginal first nations). Our young nation was founded on great principles and institutions of democracy, free markets, rule of law, separation of church and state, social pluralism, individual right, Westminster government, common law, liberal rights. There are no better foundations.

    If only Green councillors and GetUp could be half as passionate about real problems facing Aboriginal Australia. Like the epidemics of violence against Aboriginal women and sexual abuse of Aboriginal children. Or the suicide epidemic in Aboriginal communities. This month five Aboriginal girls across Australia aged between 12 and 15 have taken their own lives. At an age they should have the most to look forward to, these children were in such despair they saw death as more desirable than life. Where are the activist campaigns about these tragedies?

    Activists believe these problems are caused by colonisation and racism. Rubbish. The social breakdown in Aboriginal communities has increased since segregation was removed, racism rejected and land rights won. It’s not grounded in 26 January. It’s grounded in lack of economic participation.

    Why aren’t these activists marching in support of Aboriginal people being able to own their own homes on their own land like other Australians? Or to find jobs for Aboriginal people suffering chronic, intergenerational welfare dependency? Or to improve economic opportunities for remote Australia so Aboriginal people can get jobs and start businesses? Why don’t they march on state and territory governments to protest nearly 80 per cent of Aboriginal children in very remote areas not attending school enough to get an effective education?

    If you listen to Aboriginal people across Australia outside of the urban, activist crowd you find these are the kind of issues they care about. Not the date of Australia Day. I know because I do it for much of the year.

    Australians have every right and reason to celebrate Australia. And to do so in the very Australian way over a BBQ, a beer and a swim.

    Enjoy it and be proud that there is no better country in the world — for all of us, including Aboriginal people — than Australia.

    Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO is author of Warren Mundine — in Black and White and chairman & managing director of Nyungga Black Group.

    @nyunggai

  69. The other side would need to take their fingers out of their ears and stop stamping their feet.

    Trump can have some chump change for his wall if Nancy gets DACA. Simples.

  70. calli

    Nancy said “No”. Trump walked out.

    So much for “determined negotiation”.

    Perhaps if Nancy had said “maybe”, or “subject to x, y or z”, I’d be a little more sympathetic.

    All that’s happened is they’ve met a hardballer at least as determined as they are.

  71. Hay Stockard

    Lizzie,
    Received the latest in the series of Cornwall”s for Christmas.
    For shield walls to be effective offensively they need a potrubence, normally v shaped.
    The Romans used a zig zag one against the Picts in England ( not called that then) and slaughtered them in multiples of thousands.
    Please note I have a,splendid cardiologist in Bondi Junction if you need one for hairy.
    Get my email if you want the details.

  72. DrBeauGan

    Even if that were true, after six years of total obstruction of Obama the Republicans have no credibility in that score.

    Oh, Make-Shit-Up-m0nty, you are funny. And utterly shameless. Truth means nothing to you, does it?

  73. Because pointless. The Dems want him impeached, gotten rid of. That’s why they concentrate solely on an idea that Trump is a Russian spy working to destroy USA, that he had relations with Stormy, etc, about the burgers for lunch, trying to get his daughter and son-in-law put in jail, etc. There is nothing there about running the country, just measures to get rid of Trump.

    Alternatively, candy, Trump is actually a really poor negotiator and just can’t make a compromise deal. He’s great at making scorched earth deals where he dominates and screws over the other party using dirty tricks, like he did in mafia-infested New York real estate, but he just can’t use those tactics in Congress. He’s not suited to the job.

  74. C.L.

    Spic spazzo Ocasio-Cortez likens Democrat progressivism to gang-rape:

    Ocasio-Cortez: We’re Going To “Run Train On The Progressive Agenda”.

    “I also think it’s encouraging because this is my sixth day in Congress and they’re out of all their artillery,” she said. “The nude is supposed to be like the bazooka. You know, like, ‘We’re going to take her down.’ Dude, you’re all out of bullets, you’re all out of bombs, you’re all out of all this stuff. What have you got left? I’m six days into the term, and you already used all your ammo. So enjoy being exhausted for the next two years while we run train on the progressive agenda.”

    While she meant she and her fellow liberal Democrats would enthusiastically pursue their agenda items, “run train” is known as a crude sexual term, which is sometimes used to denote acting in an aggressive manner.

    She’s a real pocha.*
    ———
    * Pocho (feminine: pocha) is a term used by Mexicans (frequently pejoratively) to describe Chicanos and those who have left Mexico … The word derives from the Spanish word, pocho, used to describe fruit that has become rotten or discolored.

  75. calli

    Yes. Giving ground to someone who refuses to move is called “negotiation” in Newspeak.

    In Oldspeak, it’s called “capitulation”.

  76. Anthony

    How does Pelosi get out of the corner she is backing herself into? To not invite the POTUS to deliver his State of the Union address is a denial of the authority of a duly elected president. I wonder if Pelosi is simply a stalking horse to create a completely chaotic situation in which the ‘nice’ Dems will assume control, with Pelosi withdrawing and the GOP losing further support because everyone is so happy the Dems are restoring law and order. Maybe there is only one party.

  77. candy

    He’s not suited to the job.

    Unemployment very low Monty, for something like lowest 50 years. Possibly he will talk about that in the State of the Union address and other pleasing economic signs.

    Perhaps that’s the real reason Ms Pelosi wants the State of the Union Address banned? The Dems want the economy to crash, as that is the sticking point for them. USA is doing well and they don’t want that as it is harder to get rid of him.

  78. How does Pelosi get out of the corner she is backing herself into? To not invite the POTUS to deliver his State of the Union address is a denial of the authority of a duly elected president.

    Congress Is Not a Coequal Branch of Government — It’s Supreme – National Review

    The one in the corner is Trump. If he stops the shutdown now, he will be seen to be giving in to Pelosi. If he continues the shutdown, the US economy eventually goes into recession. Tough spot.

  79. Bruce of Newcastle

    Trump can have some chump change for his wall if Nancy gets DACA. Simples.

    He offered that. Pelosi rejected it.

  80. Bruce of Newcastle

    Congress Is Not a Coequal Branch of Government — It’s Supreme

    What ever happened to “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone?”
    Just asking…

  81. Unemployment very low Monty, for something like lowest 50 years. Possibly he will talk about that in the State of the Union address and other pleasing economic signs.

    If he were to be truthful, he’d get down on his hands and knees and thank Obama for providing such an economy to him. The only thing he has done is hand most of the profits from the boom to the 1% to fund share buybacks.

  82. mh

    If he continues the shutdown, the US economy eventually goes into recession. Tough spot.

    Oh really!

  83. mh

    If he were to be truthful, he’d get down on his hands and knees and thank Obama for providing such an economy to him.

    Who needs Tom’s cartoons when we have Monty! 😂

  84. candy

    ‘We’re going to take her down.’ Dude, you’re all out of bullets, you’re all out of bombs, you’re all out of all this stuff. What have you got left? I’m six days into the term, and you already used all your ammo. So enjoy being exhausted for the next two years while we run train on the progressive agenda.”

    Some kind of hyperactivity disorder going on there. Or feelings of grandiosity or being a saviour. It doesn’t even sound English.
    A very attractive looking lady – I bet she has an immense following.

  85. DrBeauGan

    If he were to be truthful, he’d get down on his hands and knees and thank Obama for providing such an economy to him.

    Make-Shit-Up-m0nty, it’s funny, but you mustn’t overdo it.

  86. He offered that. Pelosi rejected it.

    Yeah, that was on the table earlier in the year after a meeting with Schumer but then the courts removed Trump’s leverage by ruling that he couldn’t rescind DACA protections.

    I guess he’s going to have to offer more. Determined negotiation and substantive compromise… GO!!

  87. Oh really!

    GDP = C + I + G + (X – M)

  88. C.L.

    Americans respected Obama’s economic management so much they dumped him in the biggest, worst and most humiliating mid-term slaughter since the 1930s.

  89. hzhousewife

    If he were to be truthful, he’d get down on his hands and knees and thank Obama for providing such an economy to him.

    Just like Swannie and Costello!

  90. struth

    The one in the corner is Trump. If he stops the shutdown now, he will be seen to be giving in to Pelosi. If he continues the shutdown, the US economy eventually goes into recession. Tough spot.

    Not at Macdonalds.
    Nor all the private enterprise cleaning park toilets and paying contractors to do the work (cheaper than PS)
    Yawn another day another TDS outbreak for you know who.
    And , Monst, Obama was in for eight years setting up the country for the next president to benefit?
    FMD.
    Here’s some news for you Obummer, no you did not build that.

  91. Nick

    If he were to be truthful, he’d get down on his hands and knees and thank Obama for providing such an economy to him.

    FMD

  92. mh

    I think I will need some of monty’s heart pills, I’m shaking with laughter.

  93. Anthony

    Congress Is Not a Coequal Branch of Government — It’s Supreme

    How many bills have become law without the signature of POTUS?
    Maybe Monty knows.

  94. struth

    Nick , when the left say that, it’s their way of saying, I recognise the economy is doing well.

    I can’t argue against it it’s just too obvious so we’ll claim we did it.
    The money and investment started pouring back into the states immediately upon the inauguration of Trump.
    O’bummer had told everyone to hold off until the second he was out of power.
    They wanter to invest and bring jobs back but for eight long years Obummer said, no, not until I’m out of power guys, while telling the Russians he’d have more flexibility to do their bidding once he’d won the second term!

  95. DrBeauGan

    Nick
    #2909618, posted on January 17, 2019 at 9:52 am
    If he were to be truthful, he’d get down on his hands and knees and thank Obama for providing such an economy to him.

    FMD

    You’re all making the mistake of thinking m0nty writes stuff like that because he believes it. He doesn’t. He writes stuff like that because he thinks it will get up your nose. Pure trolling.

  96. Infidel Tiger

    Monty, do you think your health problems may be related to how much bullshit you swallow?

  97. Bruce of Newcastle

    GDP = C + I + G + (X – M)

    Exactly.
    That’s why I’ve been saying GDP is garbage, and the real number should be C + I + (X – M).
    Obama borrowed over $8 trillion to spend on G.
    Yet even that couldn’t get it going above population growth.
    Trump cut taxes on companies, who increased I, and also employed more people who increased C.
    In other words Trump’s near 4% GDP growth is actual real world growth.

  98. stackja

    ‘Farcical’: Sydney residents’ claims over WestConnex cracking denied
    The Sydney Morning Herald-4 hours ago
    Homeowners who blame WestConnex tunnelling for gaping cracks to their walls have been dealt a second blow, after their claims for …

  99. Monty, do you think your health problems may be related to how much bullshit you swallow?

    You’re the one who produces all the bile.

  100. Infidel Tiger

    Alex
    Alex
    @pennedtweets
    Replying to
    @normonics
    and
    @nntaleb
    And if I follow logically, we arrive back at bottom up localism. Beautiful. Though it’s daunting and deliberately demanding, it seems there’s much to nobly devote one’s life to in this space for the foreseeable future. Very exciting.
    4:44 AM · Jan 17, 2019 · Twitter Web Client

    Localism: beautiful, demanding, noble.

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  101. struth

    You’re all making the mistake of thinking m0nty writes stuff like that because he believes it. He doesn’t. He writes stuff like that because he thinks it will get up your nose. Pure trolling.

    Monty’s trolling helps us.
    We have lurkers.

    Monty is the perfect example of left wing sheeple, and amazing to believe that year upon year of brutal facts smashing rake like into the thick skulls, they still chant it’s zombie chants as instructed by their masters.

  102. Mater

    Monty, are you on drugs?

    m0nty
    #2909592, posted on January 17, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Trump can have some chump change for his wall if Nancy gets DACA. Simples.

    Then:

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2909605, posted on January 17, 2019 at 9:39 am

    He offered that. Pelosi rejected it.

    Then:

    m0nty
    #2909612, posted on January 17, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Yeah, that was on the table earlier in the year after a meeting with Schumer but then the courts removed Trump’s leverage by ruling that he couldn’t rescind DACA protections.

    I guess he’s going to have to offer more. Determined negotiation and substantive compromise… GO!!

    So…not so ‘simples’, hey?

  103. Trump cut taxes on companies, who increased I

    Not really. Just about all of it went on share buybacks.

    Major U.S. corporations bringing home cash from abroad, thanks to President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul, have boosted share buybacks but there is little evidence they are reinvesting much of that money to expand, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve.

  104. areff

    Those woke Tudors!

    ABC film critic Luke Goodsell reviews Mary Queen of Scots:

    …She’s also a woke queen, spouting proto-feminist dialogue, keeping a racially diverse court, embracing all religions and her courtiers’ gender fluidity.

    “Be who you wish with us,” she tells her personal minstrel, David Rizzio (Ismael Cruz Cordova), as he cavorts, nightgown-clad, amongst her inner circle of sisters.

    With her headstrong convictions and sovereign birthright, it’s little wonder this Mary is quite contrary to the Crown. Rourke imagines a war-mongering England controlled by Neighbours alumni, with Guy Pearce as Robbie’s royal advisor, and presumably faltering accent coach, William Cecil.

    They know their (alternate) history at the ABC. You bet they do:

    … Meanwhile, Mary’s sensitive husband, Henry (Jack Lowden), is depicted, with an apparent degree of historical accuracy, as being the lover of David Rizzio — a tryst that will end tragically, in an unnerving scene that evokes anti-gay hate crimes.

    At its best, the film similarly transforms history into contemporary analogy: we watch as the childless Elizabeth defies her traditional gender role yet hardens in a world made by men, and a patriarchy pits would-be female allies against each other.

    So Darnley, a drunken, bombastic, manipulative prick is, in the ABC’s words, Mary’s “sensitive husband”. One gathers the reviewer gives Darnley brownie points for buggaring “Little David”, as all gays, real or imagined, are laudable characters by definition.

    Well, whatever else Darnley jammed into Rizzio, we can be certain of one invasive object: a dagger, as Darnley and two cobbers stabbed some three score or more times (from memory)

    Next up, Luke Godsell reviews Ernst Roehm, “the woke tale of a caring, sensitive gay man who favours earth-tone shirts while enduring the prejudice and homophobia of Nazi Germany, its clear parallels with Trump’s America immediately obvious to all ABC staffers and our ABC boyfriends. Roehm, we are assured, shaved only with righteous Gillette razors”.

  105. Old School Conservative

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2909627, posted on January 17, 2019 at 10:00 am
    GDP = C + I + G + (X – M)

    Exactly.
    That’s why I’ve been saying GDP is garbage, and the real number should be C + I + (X – M).

    It appears that President Trump is also working on that theory. I’d Say so too.
    The results for Americans have been impressive.

  106. Infidel Tiger

    Sean Davis
    @seanmdav

    If you think you’re winning a debate and that your opponent weakens his position the more he speaks, you let him speak at every opportunity. If you think you’re losing and are worried that debate only helps your opponent, you do what Pelosi just did.

  107. Infidel Tiger

    Allowing share buy backs with the tax cuts was awful.

    That was cuckhead Paul Ryan’s final act of betrayal of the American people.

  108. struth

    Monty, every person employed is expansion of a company.
    Shall we go to the employment figures as proof of expansion.
    You’re being so incredibly dumb this morning but I also sense you are haggard, that finally pushing all that shit uphill with your little chubby underneath the big chubby that is you, has gotten to hard.

    Very low energy Monster………………………..

  109. None

    Our country is unique in hosting one of the youngest nations in the world (Australia, established in 1901) as well as the oldest continuing nations in the world (Aboriginal first nations). Our young nation was founded on great principles and institutions of democracy, free markets, rule of law, separation of church and state, social pluralism, individual right, Westminster government, common law, liberal rights. There are no better foundations.

    God bless Warren, always trying to walk both sides of the line. 200 often warring tribes are not a nation or 200 nations. They may represent a culture but you cannot call them nations. The modern nation is exactly that: a modern conception and if our nation was founded on such great principles , which it was, it’s about bloody time some people got with the program, got with the 21st century, and started living like it. But note the sleight of hand as to what Australia Day commemoratea and Warren’s focus on federation. I like Warren, and I know he comes under a lot of fire from Aboriginals but he should stop trying so hard to please everyone and just stand his ground.

  110. C.L.

    Nick , when the left say that, it’s their way of saying, I recognise the economy is doing well.

    Yup.
    Old and busted: if Trump is elected the economy will crash like never before in history!
    Hot new take: under Trump, the economy is the best it’s ever been; thanks, Obama!

  111. DrBeauGan

    They know their (alternate) history at the ABC. You bet they do:

    You have to admit, areff, it’s very comical. Not intentionally, perhaps, but high comedy all the same. Watching loony lefty losers parody themselves is like having m0nty give us his (or his master’s) thoughts on economics. NPC zombies doesn’t begin to cover it.

  112. struth

    Warren may be a nice bloke but he hasn’t put it all together yet.
    I don’t know much about him but I’d guess he’s east coastal abo and just heading out because of his television show in to the actual bush and learning as he goes.
    But people from the bush would tell you he’s still got a long way to go, from the little I have seen of him.

  113. None

    She’s also a woke queen, spouting proto-feminist dialogue, keeping a racially diverse court, embracing all religions and her courtiers’ gender fluidity.

    “Be who you wish with us,” she tells her personal minstrel, David Rizzio (Ismael Cruz Cordova), as he cavorts, nightgown-clad, amongst her inner circle of sisters.

    This in a nutshell is why I don’t go to the movies anymore, don’t watch TV, and don’t read any contemporary fiction. It’s all so formulaic. 90 Shades of wokeness.

  114. areff

    They also neglected to tick the “otherwise abled” woke box, as Rizzio was also a hunchback and rather more than Mary’s “minstrel”. Still can’t get over Darnley being described as “sensitive”.

  115. candy

    Tudor men did dress very gaily though. Skirts, hose and perky little hats with feathers.

  116. None

    But areff, as you correctly pointed out “all gays, real or imagined, are laudable characters by definition.”

  117. struth

    What the right should do before elections especially, is replay the proficies of the left prior to them taking office.
    The left work on the short memory of people, that’s why they target the young.

    Imagine the capital the Australian Liberal party had if they hadn’t stuffed things up by BEING TRAITORS.

    Imagine the replaying of “you’ll never stop the boats, it’s impossible”

    There could have been much more to attack with, but unfortunately it stopped about there.

    However, the laugh that Trump could have replaying the predictions would be the best entertainment ever.
    I’m not talking about the “that man will never be President” comments, or the “I’m moving to Canada” comments, but the absolute dribble and scaremongering from his actual political enemies.
    He’s going to bring on Armageddon if he pulls out of Paris.
    He’ll crash the economy.
    He’ll start nuclear war.
    He’s colluded with da Wussians.
    Talk about a show, I’d watch for a laugh.

  118. Not Uh oh

    Hay Stockard
    #2909594, posted on January 17, 2019 at 9:26 am
    Lizzie,
    Received the latest in the series of Cornwall”s for Christmas.

    When you’ve finished with Cornwell you might like to have a look at Simon Turney’s “Marius’ Mules” series. A wonderful recounting of the campaigns of Gaius Julius Caesar and his legions. Every bit as good as “the Last Kingdom’ series (IMHO) and very good value on kindle. Oh, and lots of shield-walls.

  119. struth

    This in a nutshell is why I don’t go to the movies anymore, don’t watch TV, and don’t read any contemporary fiction. It’s all so formulaic. 90 Shades of wokeness.

    Same.
    Dat’s why I is here,

  120. Bruce of Newcastle

    Betcha didn’t know that Mike Pence has an article out on the Wall. I wonder why it isn’t being spread far and wide?

    Mike Pence: Democrats refuse to compromise on border wall funding to end the shutdown

    The American people deserve better. Only the willfully blind — or politically blinded — could fail to see the scope and scale of this crisis.

    America has a national security and humanitarian crisis at our southern border, and President Donald Trump has promised to end it. We’ve already taken important steps, but rather than work with us to make further progress, Democrats in Congress have refused to compromise on the wall, leading to the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

    The American people deserve better. Only the willfully blind — or politically blinded — could fail to see the scope and scale of this crisis.

    The facts speak for themselves. Over the past three months, an average of 2,000 illegal and inadmissible migrants have arrived at our southern border every day. Today, the majority of illegal immigrants encountered by Customs and Border Protection are families and children. Last month, CBP apprehended nearly 40 percent more unaccompanied children and groups claiming to be families than in May 2014, which President Barack Obama described as a “humanitarian crisis.”

    Well if Obama thought it was a crisis it must be a crisis…mustn’t it?

    Meanwhile:

    Border Rancher Claims They’re Finding ‘Prayer Rugs’ On Properties

    “You don’t know what’s coming across,” she added. “We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal. It’s not just Mexican nationals that are coming across.”

    The rancher is located in Animas, New Mexico, where six other residents allegedly told the Examiner that migrants from areas other than Mexico and Central America have been arriving.

    “What Border Patrol classifies as OTMs [other than Mexicans] has really increased in the last couple years, but drastically within the last six months,” she claimed. “Chinese, Germans, Russians, a lot of Middle Easterners.”

    I suppose if they are leaving their prayer rugs behind it is a good sign. But then again it may not be.

  121. struth

    Movies these days are really whitewashing whites out of history.

  122. Black Ball

    From Mundine’s article:
    ‘But the activist mindset sees patriotism as the same as racism. These activists don’t really want to celebrate Australia on any date. They aren’t proud of Australia’s achievements, culture or way of life. Australians can see this and now associate the push to change the date with hatred and shame of Australia. In fact, the Green-Left GetUp! crowd’s aggression and national loathing have guaranteed the date will remain on January 26.’

    Agree right up to the last sentence. PM Tits Shorten will change the date for purely symbolic reasons to placate blacks. Like Rudd and his so called apology. Won’t do anything to alleviate poverty or closing the gap on education and health. Says much for Rudd when he claimed that was the apology was his proudest moment of his time in office. FMD.

  123. None

    Very clever letter, Peter Campion.

  124. None

    PM Tits Shorten will change the date for purely symbolic reasons to placate blacks.

    Agree that tits Shorten will probably do it but while I suspect the majority of Aboriginal Australians probably couldn’t care less this will not placate those who do. Nothing placates leftist activists because all that matters to the left is being left.

  125. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Agree that tits Shorten will probably do it but while I suspect the majority of Aboriginal Australians probably couldn’t care less this will not placate those who do. Nothing placates leftist activists because all that matters to the left is being left.

    Isn’t the agenda already in? Constitutional recognition, a treaty with each of two hundred or so “First Nations” and a separate Aboriginal State?

  126. JC

    Here it is

    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 10 and 13, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

    The poll suggesting Trump will be the last GOP prez in our lifetime. 22 million illegals offered citizenship and the US becomes a one party state like Cali. Enjoy the next 2 or 6 more years.

  127. Black Ball

    Isn’t the agenda already in? Constitutional recognition, a treaty with each of two hundred or so “First Nations” and a separate Aboriginal State?

    Not sure Zulu, but rumblings of repatriation I believe were emanating from Premier Andrews fat mouth.

  128. Australia:

    “Many, many flies”

    h/t William Dampier

  129. C.L.

    Of course if Occasio-Cortez was a white man and not a Latina vagina, she would be required to resign forthwith for likening her party’s politics (albeit accurately) to gang rape.

  130. C.L.

    Would a rancher know the difference between a prayer rug and a poncho?

  131. Roger

    …She’s also a woke queen, spouting proto-feminist dialogue, keeping a racially diverse court, embracing all religions and her courtiers’ gender fluidity.

    Can’t wait for the encounters with John Knox then.

  132. None

    Yes tits Shorten, Labor and the Greens are all for institutionalized racism. In my ideal world there would be no such thing as race or ethnicity in any government law or statute or program, no talk of Aboriginal Australians or Indian Australians or even African Australians, no special favours done for any group including no funding for ethnic groups and lobbies and no translations into their language. Your own family heritage is that of your own family and it is also up to your family to preserve whatever parts of its heritage it deems important. I have no qualms about giving a hand up to those who are in crisis or in need but that should be predicated on their circumstances not on their heritage. The activists who want treaties and constitutional recognition and so on are actually just Marxists. They might be Aboriginal Marxists but they’re still just f****** Marxists. And I detest them as much as I detest all other Marxists.

  133. C.L.

    Roger Kimball has an excellent essay on the biggest criminal scandal in US history:

    Watergate by Any Other Name.

  134. C.L.

    I see Mrs Ginsberg is still at cross-fit boot camp rather than at work on Supreme Court business.

  135. areff

    Roger: as I understand it — and I may well be wrong — Mary acvhieved religious freedom only to the extent that she extracted from Knox a concession that she would be allowed to attend Mass in private. Far from being a feminist heroine, Mary made the worst possible decisions at every turn in her sad, doomed story. As for the suggestion that Mary and Betty met and had a proto-feminist chat about nasty men, they never did.

  136. JC

    Though just one-in-three voters have a favorable opinion of freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, if she were old enough to run for president in 2020, she’d give President Trump a run for his money.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that, if the 2020 presidential race was between Trump and Ocasio-Cortez, 43% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for Trump, while 40% would vote for Ocasio-Cortez. A sizable 17% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

  137. EvilElvis

    Alarmism has been the biggest scam ever

    And it’s permeated every frigging aspect of our lives. I can’t even get on an adventure motorbike forum without some clown dropping climate change rubbish in…

  138. EvilElvis

    So the EU is horrified the deal was knocked back? Must have been a great deal for Britain then…

    Just drop out, tell the EU to bugger of, we’re out, now! Things will work out.

  139. EvilElvis

    you could add Australian ones too

    Yep, glad other people are onto this. The 45 plus, no kids or empty nesters trying to leave a legacy. Vacuous, vanity whores with no interest in the future.

  140. Roger

    Roger: as I understand it — and I may well be wrong — Mary acvhieved religious freedom only to the extent that she extracted from Knox a concession that she would be allowed to attend Mass in private.

    The manly Knox’s valiant struggle against the “monstrous regiment of women” would make a great alt-history drama!

  141. Gilas

    Ooops.. sorry, was in the wrong fred.

    Just caught up with JC’s link:
    #2908880, posted on January 16, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    https://medium.com/s/2069/finally-fusion-power-is-about-to-become-a-reality-c6b8b5915cf5

    Just a load of musty, rehashed 60s-era bollocks aiming to separate investor cretins from their money.
    Tokamaks have never worked, the fact they are still talking about them after 50+ years of expensive failure is all one needs to know. The environmental angle adds the cherry-on-top.

    The article photos wouldn’t be out of place in a B-grade sci-fi film set, suitably angled for maximum effect.

    No need for IQs of 160. Any mediocre charlatan can write, and do this stuff.

  142. areff

    The manly Knox

    Sorry, that just triggered the Catholic in me.

  143. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Monty is the perfect example of left wing sheeple, and amazing to believe that year upon year of brutal facts smashing rake like into the thick skulls, they still chant it’s zombie chants as instructed by their masters.

    the very definition of NPC

  144. struth

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that, if the 2020 presidential race was between Trump and Ocasio-Cortez, 43% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for Trump, while 40% would vote for Ocasio-Cortez. A sizable 17% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    Yawn.
    She’s a nobody the left wing media are promoting way above her station.
    Love to see the debate between her and Trump, (as if it would ever get to that),
    A bit of pressure on that egg and it’ll crack yyyuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugely.

  145. Roger

    Sorry, that just triggered the Catholic in me.

    Thought it might 😉

  146. feelthebern

    IT, is this gin artisan enough for you?

  147. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #2909685, posted on January 17, 2019 at 11:23 am

    I see Mrs Ginsberg is still at cross-fit boot camp rather than at work on Supreme Court business.

    Still alive then?
    It’s the interminable waiting.
    That’s the hardest part.

  148. Infidel Tiger

    Yes it is.

    Ryan Reynold’s is a very funny man.

  149. Leigh Lowe

    feelthebern

    #2909709, posted on January 17, 2019 at 11:53 am

    IT, is this gin artisan enough for you?

    Ooooh, that is too close to be funny.
    Distilling gin from my own botanicals and concocting various mixers provides layer upon layer of wankery.
    Bombay Sapphire and Schweppes Tonic just doesn’t cut it.

  150. Stimpson J. Cat

    “We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal. It’s not just Mexican nationals that are coming across.”

    They aren’t prayer rugs.
    They are broken flying carpets.
    Everyone knows this.

  151. Leigh Lowe

    Flying carpets, eh?
    Well that is just another reason why Trump’s wall is ridiculous.

  152. Boambee John

    The American people deserve better. Only the willfully blind — or politically blinded — could fail to see the scope and scale of this crisis.

    Our very own m0nty gets not one, but two personal mentions in Pence’s article!

  153. Stimpson J. Cat

    Flying carpets, eh?
    Well that is just another reason why Trump’s wall is ridiculous.

    They are going to be huge.
    You just wait until the new Disney live action Aladdin with Will Smith as the Genie comes out.
    It will be A Whole New World.

  154. Des Deskperson

    ‘This in a nutshell is why I don’t go to the movies anymore, ‘

    Check out ‘Cold War’. Brilliantly directed, photographed, scripted and acted and also trenchantly anti-Communist.

    It is, of course, a Polish film’

  155. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Seems to have blue eyes and a caucasian nose
    ‘I don’t want to celebrate it’: Today newcomer Brooke Boney reignites Australia Day debate
    “I’m a Gamilaroi woman, my family is from northern NSW, been there for about 60,000 years or so,” Boney, commercial breakfast TV’s first Indigenous star, told viewers.

  156. bespoke

    Black Ball
    #2909656, posted on January 17, 2019 at 10:39 am
    Won’t do anything to alleviate poverty or closing the gap on education and health.

    Yes they will, by lowering grades in the wider population and taxing the rich.

  157. mh

    Linked on Kates’ thread

    I’M A SENIOR TRUMP OFFICIAL, AND I HOPE A LONG SHUTDOWN SMOKES OUT THE RESISTANCE

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/14/smoke-out-resistance/?fbclid=IwAR1-jlTvUE-hzV_m_528Xr7cp-ZjbuO7UTOlhZX6-Q5JRdUPkoqSzkiiEBk

    I was thinking that Trump was weak for not getting on with declaring a national emergency on the southern border, but there is definitely a lot of upside on keeping the shutdown going.

    ….Due to the lack of funding, many federal agencies are now operating more effectively from the top down on a fraction of their workforce, with only select essential personnel serving national security tasks. One might think this is how government should function, but bureaucracies operate from the bottom up — a collective of self-generated ideas. Ideas become initiatives, formalize into offices, they seek funds from Congress and become bureaus or sub-agencies, and maybe one day grow to be their own independent agency, like ours. The nature of a big administrative bureaucracy is to grow to serve itself. I watch it and fight it daily….
    ….Secondly, we need savings for taxpayers. If this fight is merely rhetorical bickering with Nancy Pelosi, we all lose, especially the president. But if it proves that government is better when smaller, focusing only on essential functions that serve Americans, then President Trump will achieve something great that Reagan was only bold enough to dream….

  158. Black Ball

    Yes they will, by lowering grades in the wider population and taxing the rich.

    Unions exempt of course.

  159. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    and it gets better

    ‘I don’t want to celebrate it’: Today newcomer Brooke Boney reignites Australia Day debate
    “I’m a Gamilaroi woman, my family is from northern NSW, been there for about 60,000 years or so,” Boney, commercial breakfast TV’s first Indigenous star, told viewers.

    “But I can’t separate the 26th of January from the fact that my brothers are more likely to go to jail than they are to go to school. Or that my little sisters and my mum are more likely to be beaten and raped than anyone else’s sisters or mum,” she said.

    “And that started from that day. So for me, that’s a difficult day and I don’t want to celebrate it… That’s the day it changed for us. That’s the beginning of what some people would say is the end. That’s the turning point.

  160. EvilElvis

    From your link Zippy…

    “But I can’t separate the 26th of January from the fact that my brothers are more likely to go to jail than they are to go to school. Or that my little sisters and my mum are more likely to be beaten and raped than anyone else’s sisters or mum,” she said

    All white man’s fault for rocking up in a boat 230 odd years ago. What a fucking idiot.

  161. Cactus

    I really cannot understand anyone of mixed ancestry being saddened by the arrival of the first fleet in Australia. Their very existence owes to that event. How can you self loath that much?

    I can understand someone of pure aboriginal heritage being saddened by the event.

    Intellectually I just don’t understand.

  162. Boambee John

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2909731, posted on January 17, 2019 at 12:16 pm
    Seems to have blue eyes and a caucasian nose
    ‘I don’t want to celebrate it’: Today newcomer Brooke Boney reignites Australia Day debate
    “I’m a Gamilaroi woman, my family is from northern NSW, been there for about 60,000 years or so,” Boney, commercial breakfast TV’s first Indigenous star, told viewers.

    She doesn’t have to celebrate it, she can just go to work like any other day.

    To show her true principles, though, she should decline any special rates of pay. Perhaps give her pay that day to an indigenous charity?

  163. old bloke

    Farmer Gez
    #2909528, posted on January 17, 2019 at 7:49 am

    I think the success of Roman legions was based on training, brutally enforced discipline and a clear command structure.
    Legions were almost always outnumbered but even if the opposition was well armed, the Romans prevailed
    .

    Not always Gez, they were soundly beaten from time to time.

    Hannibal defeated a much larger force of Romans at Cannae, and Hannibal didn’t even need his elephants to defeat eight legions.

    There were three major Roman – Parthian wars and the Roman forces were defeated on every occasion. In their first war, Rome lost seven legions in their ignominious defeat at Carrhae.

    I don’t know about Roman – Saxon conflicts, but when the Saxons migrated from the Black Sea through eastern Europe, Rome sent a force of legionaries to intercept them in Germany. They went to bribe them to keep out of Italy, not to fight them. This was the only time that the Romans paid tribute.

  164. Cactus

    I think perhaps every year we should try to ignore these Australia Day haters. Just piss off. I like Australia, I like the day off in the middle of summer where you can enjoy a BBQ with friends. Lets just enjoy Australia Day as much as we can.

  165. Ivan Denisovich

    Roger Kimball has an excellent essay on the biggest criminal scandal in US history

    Excellent. Thanks for that. I’ve posted the link before but this piece by retired FBI agent Mark Wauck provides further explanation and detail:

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/12/muellers_enterprise_witch_hunt.html

  166. EvilElvis

    The use of the term ‘star’ is being used very loosely too. What’s she been in the job a week? Ratings have tanked and not many people will see this crap. Or is it a producers ploy to gain publicity any way Today can? The newly installed feminist panel hasn’t quite got traction, play the race card. Monumental backfire coming up methinks.

  167. Twostix

    If Hillary had of won Trump would be in prison now.

    That’s what they were going to do to him, remember they fully expected Hillary to win. This all wasn’t simply to get her over the line, no, they were going to send a message to the working class Trumpian kulaks about who”s in charge now.

  168. Rossini

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2909731, posted on January 17, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Why on earth didn’t those who arrived first do a decent job…………….we wouldn’t have to put up
    with this crap.
    Why doesn’t the government cut all “black fella” funding completely?
    Save tax payers (what’s left of them) billions

  169. feelthebern

    Reading an article on b/berg saying that the trump tax cuts have had a greater impact than previously budgeted.
    The article is negative saying that corp tax receipts are below budget.
    The flip side to this is that US corporations have kept more of their $$ than budgeted.
    Not terrible outcome.

  170. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I can understand someone of pure aboriginal heritage being saddened by the event.

    what’s not to love about a semi-nomadic, near stone age existence.

  171. Black Ball

    I think perhaps every year we should try to ignore these Australia Day haters. Just piss off. I like Australia, I like the day off in the middle of summer where you can enjoy a BBQ with friends. Lets just enjoy Australia Day as much as we can.

    Yes full steam ahead. Bowls with a bbq to follow I believe, many a drink shall be consumed.

  172. what’s not to love about a semi-nomadic, near stone age existence.

    With a great health plan and fantastic retirement scheme.

  173. Twostix

    “But I can’t separate the 26th of January from the fact that my brothers are more likely to go to jail than they are to go to school. Or that my little sisters and my mum are more likely to be beaten and raped than anyone else’s sisters or mum,” she said

    All white man’s fault for rocking up in a boat 230 odd years ago. What a fucking idiot

    Definitionally it is since 231 years ago there was no christianity, schools, laws and jail to point out these behaviours are incorrect.

  174. Mater

    I think Brooke Boney just ‘Gilletted’ the Today Show.

  175. John of Mel

    Cactus

    Intellectually I just don’t understand

    There is your problem right there.

  176. duncanm

    “run train” is known as a crude sexual term, which is sometimes used to denote acting in an aggressive manner.

    ahem… more like gang rape ?

  177. Ivan Denisovich

    This all wasn’t simply to get her over the line, no, they were going to send a message to the working class Trumpian kulaks about who”s in charge now.

    Jim Hoft lets rip:

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/01/high-treason-ny-times-reveals-formation-of-active-fbi-coup-against-president-trump-based-on-outlandish-rumors/

  178. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Or that my little sisters and my mum are more likely to be beaten and raped than anyone else’s sisters or mum,” she said

    And the perpetrators of these crimes are more likely to be?

  179. Twostix

    The true monsters ‘invaders’ are peiple who arrived here literally five minutes ago with the mindset that this country was ‘invaded/occupied’.

    What would it say about a person that they think a country was ‘invaded’ meaning its now ‘occupied’…and they willingly immigrate there and live on the stolen land and take citizenship in the invaders nation.

    Monsters!

  180. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Live export worker’s offer to ‘distress sheep’

    Sascha O’Sullivan
    Reporter
    @saschaosullivan ‏
    12:00AM January 17, 2019

    A live-export worker offered to cut ventilation off for animals in transit to cause further distress, after animal-rights activists sent emails promising to pay them as much as three months’ worth of wages if they provided video footage of cruelty on ships.

    The Daily Telegraph reports today that after Animal Australia offered payments, it was forced to strongly discourage ship workers from worsening the conditions of animals in order to take videos of animal cruelty.

    One email from a senior employee at Animals Australia told a live-export ship worker he would get “another $1000” donation to a school he was setting up if he could find someone to assist “on any of the vessels doing ­Middle East runs.”

    The Animals Australia employee also sent “key instructions” on what to film, such as “heat stress — this is sheep with their mouths open panting as per this video” or “piles of dead sheep the larger the better — but even a pile of three is worth filming”.

    When the worker asked the Animals Australia employee whether he should switch off the exhaust, which provides the sheep with oxygen, to capture footage of sheep in extreme distress, the employee said “under no circumstance must he do this”.

    “This would equate to deceitful and fraudulent behaviour,” the Animals Australia employee said.

    Whistleblower Faizal Ullah was named as PETA’s Person of the Year for leaking footage of live-export ship Awassi Express to Animals Australia.

    Mr Ullah has had payments of as much as $38,000 appear in his bank accounts from other Australian accounts, and, according to The Daily Telegraph, he was caught bragging to friends about massive payments in return for sending footage.

    A 60 Minutes report on April 8 last year focused on Mr Ullah and his footage of sheep dying from heat and squashed con­ditions on trips to the Middle East.

    From the Oz. Follow on from Baldrick’s posting, this morning. My local newsagent has sold out of “the West.”

    The “60 Minutes” video shows an obviously distressed lamb. You don’t send ewes, ewes in lamb, or ewes with lambs at foot on the live trade….

  181. Tom

    I’M A SENIOR TRUMP OFFICIAL, AND I HOPE A LONG SHUTDOWN SMOKES OUT THE RESISTANCE

    IMO, essential reading about the parasites of the generic public service working to sabotage the US President against the public interest — which applies equally to Australia.

  182. C.L.

    The ABC has found yet another woman who wants the world to know she’s happy living without a man.

    I fell in love with being single after my divorce. Here’s why.

    I’d still be married if I had kids. It wasn’t that bad, we were just bickering.

    There were things that made it incredibly easy; not having children and also I had $200,000 out of my settlement.

    I wasn’t looking for a man as a financial plan.

    He did nothing wrong and they had no children but he still had to give her 200 grand.

    … then I joined a wildlife rescue group and found something that finally bought me the satisfaction and sense of purpose I’d never found in my marriage.

  183. bespoke

    Black Ball
    #2909762, posted on January 17, 2019 at 12:36 pm
    I think perhaps every year we should try to ignore these Australia Day haters. Just piss off. I like Australia, I like the day off in the middle of summer where you can enjoy a BBQ with friends. Lets just enjoy Australia Day as much as we can.
    Yes full steam ahead. Bowls with a bbq to follow I believe, many a drink shall be consumed.

    yep they are just sh$t stirrers with intension of reconciliation. But like monty if you don’t respond it festers and grows at least if you do it entertains and the lurkers hear the other other side.

  184. Zatara

    Pelosi tells Trump he can deliver the State of the Union address in writing, but he’s not allowed in to give a speech until the shutdown ends.

    Yeah, no.

    The un-twisted, non-fake news version:

    “Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government reopens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after the government has reopened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th.”

  185. C.L.

    In conjunction with the ABC, a cockhead associated with the Lowy Institute publishes a fake news claim so that he can denouncingly denounce it:

    Could Donald Trump nominate his daughter Ivanka for World Bank president?

    There is speculation that the President’s daughter is among the names thrown into the mix to replace the current president, Jim Yong Kim, who recently announced his departure.

    The idea of Ivanka Trump taking over as head of the World Bank was met with some scorn, with comments such as “this is among the most ridiculous proposals I have heard”.

  186. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    He did nothing wrong and they had no children but he still had to give her 200 grand.

    Welcome to the world of the Family Law Court.

  187. C.L.

    Add coffee to The List.

    The Complete List of Bad Things Attributed to Global Warming

    Acne, agricultural land increase, Afghan poppies destroyed, aged deaths, poppies more potent, Africa devastated, Africa in conflict, African aid threatened, African summer frost, aggressive weeds, Air France crash, air pressure changes, airport farewells virtual, airport malaria, Agulhas current, Alaskan towns slowly destroyed, al-Qaida and Taliban being helped, allergy increase, allergy season longer, alligators in the Thames, Alps melting, Amazon a desert, American Dream end, amphibians breeding earlier (or not), anaphylactic reactions to bee stings, ancient forests dramatically changed, animals head for the hills, animals shrink, Antarctic grass flourishes, Antarctic ice grows, Antarctic ice shrinks, Antarctic sea life at risk, anxiety treatment, algal blooms, archaeological sites threatened, Arctic bogs melt, Arctic in bloom, Arctic ice free, Arctic ice melt faster, Arctic lakes disappear, Arctic tundra lost, Arctic warming (not), a rose by any other name smells of nothing, asteroid strike risk, asthma, Atlantic less salty, Atlantic more salty, atmospheric circulation modified, attack of the killer jellyfish, avalanches reduced, avalanches increased, Baghdad snow, Bahrain under water, bananas grow, barbarization, bats decline, beer and bread prices to soar, beer better, beer worse, beetle infestation, bet for $10,000, big melt faster, billion-dollar research projects, billion homeless, billions face risk, billions of deaths, bird distributions change, bird loss accelerating, bird strikes, bird visitors drop, birds confused, birds decline (Wales), birds driven north, birds face longer migrations, birds return early, birds shrink (Australia), birds shrink (U.S.), bittern boom ends, blackbirds stop singing, blackbirds threatened, Black Hawk down, blizzards, blood contaminated, blue mussels return, borders redrawn, bluetongue, brain-eating amoebae, brains shrink, bridge collapse (Minneapolis), Britain one big city, Britain Siberian, Britain’s bananas, British monsoon, brothels struggle, brown Ireland, bubonic plague, Buddhist temple threatened, building collapse, building season extension, bushfires, butterflies move north, butterflies reeling, carbon crimes, camel deaths, cancer deaths in England, cannibalism, caterpillar biomass shift, cave paintings threatened, childhood insomnia, Cholera, circumcision in decline, cirrus disappearance, civil unrest, cloud increase, coast beauty spots lost, cockroach migration, cod go south, coffee threatened, coffee berry borer, coffee berry disease, cold climate creatures survive, cold spells (Australia), cold wave (India), cold weather (world), computer models, conferences, conflict, conflict with Russia, consumers foot the bill, coral bleaching, coral fish suffer, coral reefs dying, coral reefs grow,coral reefs shrink, coral reefs twilight, cost of trillions, cougar attacks, crabgrass menace, cradle of civilization threatened, creatures move uphill, crime increase, crocodile sex, crops devastated, crumbling roads, buildings and sewage systems, curriculum change, cyclones (Australia), danger to kid’s health, Dartford Warbler plague, deadly virus outbreaks, death rate increase (U.S.), deaths to reach 6 million, Dengue hemorrhagic fever, depression, desert advance, desert retreat, destruction of the environment, dig sites threatened, disasters, diseases move north, dog disease, dozen deadly diseases — or not, drought, ducks and geese decline, dust bowl in the corn belt, earlier pollen season, Earth axis tilt, Earth biodiversity crisis, Earth dying, Earth even hotter, Earth light dimming, Earth lopsided, Earth melting, Earth morbid fever, Earth on fast track, Earth past point of no return, Earth slowing down, Earth spins faster, Earth to explode, Earth upside down, earthquakes, earthquakes redux, El Nino intensification, end of the world as we know it, erosion, emerging infections, encephalitis, English villages lost, equality threatened, Europe simultaneously baking and freezing, eutrophication, evolution accelerating, expansion of university climate groups, extinctions (human, civilization, koalas, logic, Inuit, smallest butterfly, cod, penguins, pikas, polar bears, possums, walrus, tigers, toads, turtles, plants, ladybirds, rhinoceros, salmon, trout, wild flowers, woodlice, a million species, half of all animal and plant species, mountain species, not polar bears, barrier reef, leaches, salamanders, tropical insects) experts muzzled, extreme changes to California, fading fall foliage, fainting, famine, farmers benefit, farmers go under, farm output boost, farming soil decline, fashion disaster, fever, figurehead sacked, fir cone bonanza, fires fanned in Nepal, fish bigger, fish catches drop, fish downsize, fish deaf, fish get lost, fish head north, fish shrinking, fish stocks at risk, fish stocks decline, five million illnesses, flesh eating disease, flies on Everest, flood patterns change, floods, floods of beaches and cities, flood of migrants, flood preparation for crisis, flora dispersed, Florida economic decline, flowers in peril, fog increase in San Francisco, fog decrease in San Francisco, food poisoning, food prices rise, food prices soar, food security threat, football team migration, forest decline, forest expansion, foundations threatened, frog with extra heads, frosts, frostbite, frost damage increased, fungi fruitful, fungi invasion, games change, Garden of Eden wilts, geese decline in Hampshire, genetic changes, genetic diversity decline, gene pools slashed, geysers imperiled, giant icebergs (Australia), giant oysters invade, giant pythons invade, giant squid migrate, gingerbread houses collapse, glacial earthquakes, glacial retreat, glacier grows (California), glaciers on Snowden, glacier wrapped, global cooling, glowing clouds, golf course to drown, golf Masters wrecked, grain output drop (China), grandstanding, grasslands wetter, gravity shift, Great Barrier Reef 95% dead, Great Lakes drop, great tits cope, greening of the North, Grey whales lose weight, Gulf Stream failure, habitat loss, haggis threatened, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, harvest increase, harvest shrinkage, hay fever epidemic, health affected, health of children harmed, health risks (even more) heart disease, heart attacks and strokes (Australia), heat waves, hedgehogs bald, hibernation affected, hibernation ends too soon, hibernation ends too late, homeless 50 million, hornets, human development faces unprecedented reversal, human fertility reduced, human health risk, human race oblivion, hurricanes, hurricane reduction, hurricanes fewer, hurricanes more intense, hurricanes not, hydropower problems, hyperthermia deaths, ice age, ice sheet growth, ice sheet shrinkage, icebergs, illness and death, inclement weather, India drowning, infrastructure failure (Canada), indigestion, industry threatened, infectious diseases, inflation in China, insect explosion, insect invasion, insurance premium rises, Inuit displacement, Inuit poisoned, Inuit suing, invasion of alien worms, invasion of Antarctic aliens, invasion of Asian carp, invasion of cats, invasion of crabgrass, invasion of herons, invasion of jellyfish, invasion of king crabs, invasion of midges, invasion of slugs, island disappears, islands sinking, Italy robbed of pasta, itchier poison ivy, jellyfish explosion, jet stream drifts north, jets fall from sky, Kew Gardens taxed, kidney stones, killer cornflakes, killing us, kitten boom, koalas under threat, krill decline, lake and stream productivity decline, lake empties, lake shrinking and growing, landslides, landslides of ice at 140 mph, large trees decline, lawsuits increase, lawsuit successful, lawyers’ income increased, lawyers want more, legionnaires’ surge, lives lost, lives saved, Loch Ness monster dead, locust plagues suppressed, lush growth in rain forests, Lyme disease, Malaria, malnutrition, mammoth dung melt, mango harvest fails, Maple production advanced, Maple syrup shortage, marine diseases, marine food chain decimated, Meaching (end of the world), Meat eating to stop, Mediterranean rises, megacryometeors, Melanoma, Melanoma decline, mental illness, methane emissions from plants, methane burps, methane runaway, melting permafrost, Middle Kingdom convulses, migration, migratory birds huge losses, microbes to decompose soil carbon more rapidly, minorities hit, monkeys at risk, monkeys on the move, Mont Blanc grows, monuments imperiled, moose dying, more bad air days, more research needed, mortality increased, mosquitoes adapting, mountain (Everest) shrinking, mountaineers fears, mountains break up, mountains green and flowering, mountains taller, mortality lower, murder rate increase, musk ox decline, Myanmar cyclone, narwhals at risk, National Parks damaged, National security implications, native wildlife overwhelmed, natural disasters quadruple, new islands, next ice age, NFL threatened, Nile delta damaged, noctilucent clouds, no effect in India, Northwest Passage opened, nuclear plants bloom, oaks dying, oaks move north, oblivion, ocean acidification, ocean acidification faster, ocean dead spots, ocean dead zones unleashed, ocean deserts expand, ocean waves speed up, Olympic Games to end, opera house to be destroyed, outdoor hockey threatened, oxygen depletion zones, ozone repair slowed, ozone rise, penguin chicks frozen, penguin chicks smaller, penguins replaced by jellyfish, personal carbon rationing, pest outbreaks, pests increase, phenology shifts, pines decline, pirate population decrease, plankton blooms, plankton wiped out, plants lose protein, plants march north, plants move uphill, polar bears aggressive, polar bears cannibalistic, polar bears deaf, polar bears drowning, polar tours scrapped, popcorn rise, porpoise astray, profits collapse, psychiatric illness, puffin decline, pushes poor women into prostitution, rabid bats, radars taken out, railroad tracks deformed, rainfall increase, rape wave, refugees, reindeer endangered, reindeer larger, release of ancient frozen viruses, resorts disappear, rice threatened, rice yields crash, rift on Capitol Hill, rioting and nuclear war, river flow impacted, rivers raised, road accidents, roads wear out, robins rampant, rocky peaks crack apart, roof of the world a desert, rooftop bars, Ross river disease, ruins ruined, Russia under pressure, salinity reduction, salinity increase, Salmonella, salmon stronger, satellites accelerate, school closures, sea level rise, sea level rise faster, seals mating more, seismic activity, sewer bills rise, severe thunderstorms, sex change, sexual promiscuity, shark attacks, sharks booming, sharks moving north, sheep change color, sheep shrink, shop closures, short-nosed dogs endangered, shrimp sex problems, shrinking ponds, shrinking sheep, shrinking shrine, Sidney Opera House wiped out, ski resorts threatened, slow death, smaller brains, smelt down, smog, snowfall decrease, snowfall increase, snowfall heavy, snow thicker, soaring food prices, societal collapse, soil change, songbirds change eating habits, sour grapes, space problem, spectacular orchids, spiders getting bigger, spiders invade Scotland, squid larger, squid population explosion, squid tamed, squirrels reproduce earlier, stingray invasion, storms wetter, stratospheric cooling, street crime to increase, subsidence, suicide, swordfish in the Baltic, Tabasco tragedy, taxes, tectonic plate movement, terrorists (India), thatched cottages at risk, threat to peace, ticks move northward (Sweden), tides rise, tigers eat people, tomatoes rot, tornado outbreak, tourism increase, toxic seaweed, trade barriers, trade winds weakened, traffic jams, transportation threatened, tree foliage increase (U.K.), tree growth slowed, tree growth faster, trees in trouble, trees less colorful, trees more colorful, trees lush, trees on Antarctica, treelines change, tropics expansion, tropopause raised, truffle shortage, truffles down, turtles crash, turtle feminized, turtles lay earlier, UFO sightings, U.K. coastal impact, U.K. Katrina, Vampire moths, Venice flooded, violin decline, volcanic eruptions, walrus pups orphaned, walrus stampede, wars over water, wars sparked, wars threaten billions, wasps, water bills double, water scarcity (20% of increase), wave of natural disasters, waves bigger, weather out of its mind, weather patterns awry, weather patterns last longer, Western aid cancelled out, West Nile fever, whale beachings, whales lose weight, whales move north, whales wiped out, wheat yields crushed in Australia, wildfires, wind shift, wind reduced, winds stronger, winds weaker, wine — Australian baked, wine — harm to Australian industry, wine industry damage (California), wine industry disaster (U.S.), wine — more English, wine — England too hot, wine — German boon, wine — no more French, wine passé (Napa), wine — Scotland best, wine stronger, winters in Britain colder, winter in Britain dead, witchcraft executions, wolverine decline, wolves eat more moose, wolves eat less, workers laid off, World at war, World War 4, World bankruptcy, World in crisis, World in flames, Yellow fever, zebra mussel threat, zoonotic diseases.

  188. Confused Old Misfit

    They aren’t prayer rugs.
    They are broken flying carpets.
    Everyone knows this.

    Love yah! Stimps!

    Still chuckling!

  189. thefrollickingmole

    Shock horror, a lefty publication mentions Huggy Chavez was a dictator who ruined his country, just like….
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jan/16/revolution-in-ruins-the-hugo-chavez-story-review-essential-chilling-viewing

    Of course there’s a world of difference between the populism of the left and the right, which is what we’re seeing in Brazil, Hungary, the US and the endless chaos of Brexit. What’s so appalling is the outcome is often the same: the slippery slope to authoritarianism, corruption and abject poverty. Venezuela is now a country in freefall. Inflation is said to be more than 1,000,000%. People are starving to death. Childhood friend Rafael Simon Jimenez says of the president’s death from cancer at the age of 58, “[it] spared him from dealing with the disaster that began under his rule”.

    So the USA, Hungary, UK and Brazil (this one after only a month in office!) have become squalid shitholes like Venezuela?

  190. Infidel Tiger

    Mike Tyson is now a cannabis farmer.

    He’s definitely one of the most interesting people of the last 100 years.

    I love listening to him speak. He’s all over the place but never ever boring.

  191. feelthebern

    Hemp oil is of the worlds greatest anti inflams
    In a few years, having a hemp oil capsule will be as ubiquitous as having an omega 3 capsule.

  192. feelthebern

    The Sheikh feeds his horses hemp husk to reduce their recovery time.

  193. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Far from being a feminist heroine, Mary made the worst possible decisions at every turn in her sad, doomed story. As for the suggestion that Mary and Betty met and had a proto-feminist chat about nasty men, they never did.

    I am considering not going to this movie, although it is one of my fave periods of history. Next to King Arthur’s (disputed floruit) and King Alfred’s of course. I am sick of proto-feminist and quite lezzo interpretations of history. Phillipa Gregory is OK though. Hillary Mantel the very best for the Tudor period. I am holding off seeing the Queen Anne movie too for the same reasons. She may have been lezzo with her maidservant bedders (many women were in those rough times) but I am very sure it wasn’t as today’s feminist might imagine it. More like being lezzo when in prison, I imagine. Just a need, not a desire.

  194. Stimpson J. Cat

    He’s definitely one of the most interesting people of the last 100 years.

    The best thing about Mike is you know exactly where you stand.
    Bite a guy’s ear off?
    Sure.
    Belt a woman around?
    No worries.
    Punch an 11 year old girl?
    No way.

    😁

  195. feelthebern

    Tyson was right to bite Holyfields ear.
    Holyfield had head butted non-stop in his previous bout & looked like he was going to continue his disgraceful behaviour.

  196. Tom

    Apart from drawing cartoons, Ben Garrison has designed a clever anti-open borders T-shirt, which he is selling through his website for $AUD32.

  197. Zatara

    I really cannot understand anyone of mixed ancestry being saddened by the arrival of the first fleet in Australia. Their very existence owes to that event. How can you self loath that much?

    Because it pays big bucks to do so.

  198. Top Ender

    I agree Lizzie – the new Mary Queen of Scots movie is getting a miss from me.

    These people will not be content until there is a Queen Elizabeth I movie featuring QE1 as a black lesbian, with Drake as a gay dwarf.

  199. Twostix

    … then I joined a wildlife rescue group and found something that finally bought me the satisfaction and sense of purpose I’d never found in my marriage.

    Her husband deserves to pay her 200k. He should have given her babies. He did this.

  200. Miltonf

    Marxism is a poisonous aberration. Its 20th century manifestions, neo and cultural, even more so. Things to rot the soul.

  201. Her husband deserves to pay her 200k.

    Maybe he thinks 200K is worth it, to be rid of her.

  202. feelthebern

    If she says her husband paid her $200k, it means the number is closer to $150k.
    Pre-legal fees.

  203. Stimpson J. Cat

    Marco Rubio
    @marcorubio
    #ISIS has claimed credit for killing American troops in #Syria today.
    If true, it is a tragic reminder that ISIS not been defeated and is transforming into a dangerous insurgency.
    This is no time to retreat from the fight against ISIS. Will only embolden & strenghthen them.
    12:49 AM · Jan 17, 2019

    Got to… Keep…. War…. Going…. Somehow….

  204. Black Ball

    Just read an interesting letter to the editor in the local rag. Writer looked at the rainfall for this town since recording began 138 years ago. First 69 years was something like 330ml per annum but over the next period of time that rose to 380ml if I recall correctly. Build a dam!

  205. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    These people will not be content until there is a Queen Elizabeth I movie featuring QE1 as a black lesbian, with Drake as a gay dwarf.

    Mmmmmyaaas, Henry VIII as a gay dwarf?

  206. feelthebern

    Who cares about a shitty little war in Syria?
    The real wars are in space.
    Need every penny to fund space force.

  207. feelthebern

    Do you get burgers at the White House if you win space wars?

  208. feelthebern

    The first born son of all members of congress should be drafted in active service on the election of their parent.
    That would change the US war machine.

  209. Zatara

    The first born son of all members of congress should be drafted in active service on the election of their parent.

    Why penalize the military with sub-standard recruits?

  210. Stimpson J. Cat

    F$ck Ben Garrison.
    I want this on a shirt.
    Literally the most Epic Space Force T-Shirt ever imagined.
    Gunner, make it happen!!!

  211. C.L.

    Tyson was the greatest heavyweight of all time.
    At his peak he would have laid waste to Langford, Johnson, Marciano, Liston or Clay.

  212. Kings/PMs/Presidents/Congressmen/Senators/MPs should lead their troops into battle.

  213. Slayer of Memes

    Trump should just have the Republicans present a blank funding bill to Congress, and tell the Dems that they have to pass it so they can find out what’s in it

  214. feelthebern

    Kings/PMs/Presidents/Congressmen/Senators/MPs should lead their troops into battle.

    It’s too early to be hitting the pipe IC.

  215. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Kings/PMs/Presidents/Congressmen/Senators/MPs should lead their troops into battle.

    What have you got against the Australian military, that they would be led into battle by the likes of Kevin Rudd, Julia Gilliard, or Bill Shorten?

  216. struth

    Look, call me cynical, but that white chick “Brooke Boney” is so fake.
    Not just your usual run of the mill fake. She has had a sTan tan from some of her earlier photos and looks more an I talian background to me.
    Her last name obviously has been stolen from an Aboriginal TV character and you can’t find one bit of information about who her parents are, except that she’s apparently had no dad and has five siblings and lived in Musselbrook!

    A bit of sleuthing will bring out the laughs, I’d put money on that.

    The very worst of Australia, in that ex triple j white bitch.

  217. ZK2A, its not like anyone would hand out the GPS coordinates of their location (too frequently).
    OR
    That they would lead the way across the minefield (more than once).

  218. feelthebern

    Kerry Packer will rise from the dead zombie style & have his vengeance on those who have destroyed Channel 9.

  219. Zatara

    Kings/PMs/Presidents/Congressmen/Senators/MPs should lead their troops into battle.

    Interestingly, 31 of 44 US Presidents served in their military. All but one of those saw combat.

    13 were General officers. One, James Buchanan, served as an infantry Private in the war of 1812.

  220. Bruce of Newcastle

    Do you get burgers at the White House if you win space wars?

    Only if you get home delivery while you’re binge watching it.

    Steve Carell to Star in Netflix Comedy Based on Trump’s ‘Space Force’

    TDS to infinity and beyond!

  221. struth

    Here’s the oh so sad reality of things.

    Half cast and quarter cast are terms considered politically incorrect, because they are correct.
    Aboriginal people are Caucasian.
    When they breed with whites the rules of nature are unchanged.
    They will have a brown bay.
    They won’t have a white one, and the wont have a black one.
    They WILL have a brown one and the aboriginal features will be lessoned, as will the white as they mix.
    It’s actually impossible to get as dark as that girl is and show so little aboriginality in features.
    And it’s exactly the same with sTan Grant.

    They are truly Marxist idiots embarrassing themselves.

  222. What have you got against the Australian military, that they would be led into battle by the likes of Kevin Rudd, Julia Gilliard, or Bill Shorten?

    Remember; Them what leads into battle has behind them an N.C.O. carrying a sub-machine gun.

  223. feelthebern

    All but one of those saw combat.
    Which one of the 31 didn’t, Zatara?

  224. calli

    Boney grew up as a Hunter Valley houso, dropped out of shcool in Yr 12 because racist bullying and went to work. She was accepted into UTS BA degree through an aboriginal pathway scheme and her post-grad rise to fame has been “unusually fast” according to one article.

    She is a very lucky girl. Some of us leave school because bullying and have no handy pathways to study.

    Yet she is still a victim, and wants to make sure that others feel victimised too. Or guilty, depending on skin colour.

    She is, therefore, a racist.

  225. Infidel Tiger

    Tyson was the greatest heavyweight of all time.

    Most destructive fighter of all time.

    Only person who beat Tyson was Mike himself.

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