Open Forum: January 19, 2019

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  1. mh

    I’m happy with silver

    😥

  2. ArthurB

    Fourth!! (there are some benefits to living in the West)

  3. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Fourth!! (there are some benefits to living in the West)

    No “daylight saving” to begin with.

  4. Pedro the Ignorant

    Gold price dropped A$17 today.

    For the first time in 40 years, I couldn’t care less.

    Hallelujah!

  5. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Gold price dropped A$17 today.

    For the first time in 40 years, I couldn’t care less.

    Hallelujah!

    Good counter lunch at the Guildford Hotel – the one that burnt down a few years ago, and the waitresses there are rather seriously pretty young ladies.

  6. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    People-smugglers ready if ALP wins election and weakens policy

    By Amanda Hodge and Nivell Rayda
    28 minutes ago January 19, 2019
    No Comments

    Indonesian fishermen who have previously smuggled asylum-seekers to Australia are closely monitoring federal election campaigning and say they are ready to restart their trade if Bill Shorten is elected and weakens the nation’s tough border regime.

    Fisherman Amin Tagana, who was paid Rp50 million ($5000) to ferry asylum-seekers to Christmas Island in 2014, told The Weekend Australian that smuggling bosses were “still active and monitoring the Australian election” in the hope a new government would ease the crackdown.

    “People around here say this year Australia will have a new prime minister so we should just wait,” Mr Tagana said

    “They say they are getting that information from their bosses. Everyone is talking about it.

    “I am very excited about that. Even though I will be putting my life on the line, for the right opportunity I would do it again.”

    The Weekend Australian has spent the past week at the southern tip of East Nusa Tenggara — Indonesia’s closest land mass to Australia and one of the country’s most impoverished provinces — where people-smuggling networks once plied a brisk, lucrative trade and where hundreds of ­people are still based hoping to settle in Australia one day.

    East Nusa Tenggara senior water police commissioner Dwi Suseno said that, although the asylum boats had all but stopped in the past few years, he, too, was bracing for a possible change in Australian policy.

    “We are monitoring Australian politics and policy closely,” he said this week.

    “Right now we are grateful for the current policy because it’s proven effective as a deterrent, but if the policy changes we might have to anticipate an increase in people-smuggling cases.

    From the Oz. Who would have thought it?

  7. zyconoclast

    Afghanistan sends deported asylum-seeker back to Germany

    The government of Afghanistan has denied entry to a failed asylum-seeker deported by Germany. The Afghans say the man was turned back at the border as per agreement with the German government because he’s mentally ill.

    He is now in a juvenile detention center in the Bavarian capital pending further review of his case.

    Bild listed more than 20 crimes that Mortaza D., who first applied for asylum in 2010, allegedly committed and for which he was sent to prison in Germany. But the Afghan government says his criminal record was not the reason he was turned away.

  8. zyconoclast

    There’s Nothing Wrong With Open Borders
    Why a brave Democrat should make the case for vastly expanding immigration.

    By Farhad Manjoo

    I’m talking about opening up America’s borders to everyone who wants to move here.

    Economically and strategically, open borders isn’t just a good plan — it’s the only chance we’ve got. America is an aging nation with a stagnant population. We have ample land to house lots more people, but we are increasingly short of workers. And on the global stage, we face two colossi — India and China — which, with their billions, are projected to outstrip American economic hegemony within two decades.

  9. Rossini

    Still hanging on reading!

  10. zyconoclast

    The U.S. government may be shut down but it’s still doling out large sums of taxpayer dollars to foreign causes that American citizens may not consider a priority.

    In the last few days alone, Uncle Sam dedicated millions of dollars in grants to projects that include helping socially vulnerable youth in crime-ridden Costa Rican communities, tackling an AIDS epidemic in Mozambique, improving health in Nigeria and surveilling “important diseases in Senegal.” There are plenty more with details posted this month on the government’s grant website which says that, during a lapse in federal appropriations, the system will “remain in an operational status.”

  11. Rossini

    Bloody dog next door still barking!

  12. Zyconoclast

    Tonight I went to a school reunion which turned into a lezzo wedding.

    Sounds like my worst nightmare come to life.

    Could be worse.
    Luckily you were not invited to the honeymoon.

  13. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    46s
    Why would Nancy Pelosi leave the Country with other Democrats on a seven day excursion when 800,000 great people are not getting paid. Also, could somebody please explain to Nancy & her “big donors” in wine country that people working on farms (grapes) will have easy access in!

  14. Mindfree

    Great game in the bbl with perth scorchers and hobart hurricanes in perth
    James faulkner is going to have a night not to forget for both good and not so good reasons but ultimately good in the end

  15. Oh come on

    Poor m0nty. He’s falling into the same trap he’s fallen into literally dozens of times over the past couple of years. Some media report emerges that foretells the imminent demise of the Trump Presidency; m0nty loses his shit here in anticipation; the media report turns out to be lies, erroneous, distorted, a vast exaggeration, a combo of all of the above; m0nty is laughed out of the thread whilst muttering darkly about Mueller.

    m0nts, this keeps happening to you. As in, every single time. Haven’t you noticed?

    I know you are putting everything on black when it comes to Mueller, but what’s your Plan B if Mueller turns out to be the dog that didn’t bark? Considering your record of Trump predictions is remarkable in that these have never been right, wouldn’t it be advisable to have a Plan B? If only for the sake of your mental stability.

  16. Mother Lode

    Dammit!

    Sneaky sneaky…

  17. Mother Lode

    OCO,

    Any day now. Aaaany daaaay….

  18. Oh come on

    If Mueller’s report turns out to be not very remarkable (which seems probable at this point), I suppose m0nty will deal with this epic setback by seguing to anticipating the failure of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign. If Trump wins in 2020 (which is more likely than not), I’m not sure how m0nty will deal with it. We joke about JC’s suicide hotline but this may end up being a live option for m0nts.

  19. C.L.

    Buzzfeed journalist folds …

    The author of the Buzzfeed junk report, Anthony Cormier, went on CNN on Friday morning and admitted he had not actually seen the ‘evidence’ underlying his ‘report’.

  20. struth

    You know, we work out what’s going on.
    Sco Mos no good.
    The liberals are traitors.
    No matter what they tell us.
    We can see what is going on with our own eyes.
    And we worked it out as soon as it happened.
    Yet Monty…….After three years of being fed bullshit from his side never doubts or questions anything. He wants and needs to believe.
    Insanity.

  21. Memoryvault

    Geez, a bloke nods off for a while and you all nick off and play somewhere else.

    Evening Struth.
    Have you played yet with the bad arm?
    If so, how did it go?

  22. DrBeauGan

    Yet Monty…….After three years of being fed bullshit from his side never doubts or questions anything. He wants and needs to believe.
    Insanity.

    Nah. He doesn’t believe anything. He doesn’t see the world in those terms. There are just things you say and things you don’t. None of it means anything, but there are predictable results of saying certain things, and annoying people here inevitably follows posting certain things. He likes annoying people, so those are the things he posts. He gets his jollies from the predictable response.

    He knows only what the right things to post are. None of it means anything, any more than siri or any of those programs that answer questions have any notion of what the questions they are asked mean, or the answers they give. Neither m0nty nor the programs connect to reality at any point. It’s words in and words out, and there is satisfaction for m0nty in putting certain strings of marks in and getting predictable kinds of strings back.

  23. Mark from Melbourne

    From the OT..

    Little Don’s emails teeing up the meeting and what he was after are in the public domain.

    Yes, M0nst, they indeed are. What a tragedy that Shrillary’s emails aren’t… well, at least the 30k or so that were deleted because “yoga”.

    And all those emails having been in the public domain for a considerable period have resulted in…. what?

  24. Memoryvault

    Hell. A whole hour produces one post about Monty (again), and one post about locking horns with Monty (again). Things were more vibrant back on the dead thread where I woke up.

  25. DrBeauGan

    There’s a challenge to see if you could program your very own m0nty, MV.

  26. Memoryvault

    So, am I the last man standing?

  27. Memoryvault

    Not even a pesky armadillo?

  28. Memoryvault

    Very well then.
    Due to popular demand, a 4o year relationship in four songs.

    First meeting.

  29. Memoryvault

    Played as M came down the aisle to join me at the altar

    The wedding

  30. Memoryvault

    Thanks Tom.
    A little bit of levity is much appreciated right now.
    Time for bed.

  31. Tintarella di Luna

    Thank you Tom, nice to wake up to a bit of humour.

  32. Tintarella di Luna

    Gee, this is simply remarkable, toxic masculinity right under Nanny’s nose. (In the Oz)

    ABC TV reporter leaves in wake of women’s complaints
    MATTHEW DENHOLM
    TASMANIA CORRESPONDENT
    @MatthewRDenholm

    12:00AM JANUARY 19, 2019
    A male ABC TV reporter accused of inappropriate conduct towards a number of women has left the corporation.

    The Weekend Australian understands the journalist ­recently left the ABC, although management denied he had been sacked or pushed out.

    “We do not comment on staff matters,” an ABC spokesman said. “However, any suggestion that (he) has been dismissed from the ABC is wrong.”

    The journalist, whose promotion is understood to have been cancelled in the wake of the allegations last year, yesterday declined to comment.

    He instead threatened The Weekend Australian with legal action. However, multiple sources confirmed he had recently left the ABC.

    One source suggested it was “his decision” to leave; others that he had been effectively pushed out amid a perception that his “card had been marked” and that he was being denied work commensurate with his experience.

    In late October, The Australian revealed the journalist faced a series of complaints — estimated by sources to number as many as 12 — from female staff at the ABC and at least one other news outlet. The complaints had been investigated by the ABC, which said it had taken “follow-up action”.

    As well, The Australian reported that the journalist had offended a senior female Labor politician with what she ­regarded as an “out of order” advance at a function in 2017.

    While The Weekend Australian has spoken to several women who said they had made formal complaints, none has been willing to be identified or comment on the record.

    The reporter is not thought to have taken another job in the media since leaving the ABC, and is said to be pursuing a career outside journalism.

    Some complainants are dissatisfied at the ABC’s handling of the affair. The ABC has insisted its actions have been “appropriate” and “in accordance with the ABC workplace policies”.

  33. bespoke

    “We do not comment on staff matters,” an ABC spokesman said.

    They have no problem with destroying industry with dodgy information.

  34. bespoke

    The answer to the attack on toxic masculinity is to recommit to what they label “toxicity,” because what they call “toxic masculinity” is not about criminality or being a jerk. It’s about the basic premise of being a man, the role of builder and destroyer, engineer and warrior. They want to take what makes you special from you, so all you have are the scraps they choose to give you. And then they will own you.
    Do you want to be owned?

  35. calli

    All the best for today, MV.

  36. Crossie

    “We do not comment on staff matters,” an ABC spokesman said.

    So considerate of them to not even name him. Is this so they don’t get sued and then they will have reveal more than they like?

  37. Crossie

    As well, The Australian reported that the journalist had offended a senior female Labor politician with what she ­regarded as an “out of order” advance at a function in 2017.

    I had no idea Luke Foley worked for the ABC.

  38. calli

    “We do not comment on staff matters,” an ABC spokesman said

    Why not? You comment on everyone else’s.

  39. Eyrie

    Well done, MV and Mrs MV. Mrs Eyrie and I are coming up on 41. Yes, she did get her ruby. Took her longer to choose it than to choose me in the first place. Best thing that ever happened to me.

  40. bespoke

    Is this your anniversary today MV? Snap! 28yrs. Going hunting for flowers soon (locally IT).

  41. calli

    Dead tree Tele – Woollies has launched its own brand halal range.

    Al-Sadiq, which apparently means “truthfull” in Arabic.

    Wot IT said. 😐

  42. calli

    MV’s off to hospital again today guys.

  43. bespoke

    Cheers calli, good luck MV

  44. Eyrie

    And absence of bad luck, MV.

  45. egg_

    MV’s off to hospital again today guys.

    All the best, OM.

  46. cuckoo

    ABC/Fairfax absolutely flogging the ‘all white men are toxic rapists’ after the murder of the Israeli student in Melbourne, but the individual arrested turns out to be a Person of Colour. Please hold on while we adjust our narrative.

  47. cuckoo

    The sacked ABC journo was a man harrassing women, so that narrows the suspect field considerably.

  48. zyconoclast

    Two Army Green Berets are fighting for their military careers after being associated with an anonymous email that accused their commanders of lowering standards to enable more soldiers — particularly female — to graduate from its prestigious Q-course.

    The anonymous email, signed, “A concerned Green Beret,” accused the leaders of the school of “moral cowardice” for lowering the standards, and weakening instructors’ ability to discipline students as they look to get further through the pipeline.

    “[The school] has devolved into a cesspool of toxic, exploitive, biased and self-serving senior officers who are bolstered by submissive, sycophantic, and just-as-culpable enlisted leaders,” the email said. “They have doggedly succeeded in two things; furthering their careers, and ensuring that Special Forces [are] more prolific but dangerously less capable than ever before.”

    One of the specific complaints was that the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC), commonly referred to as “Q-course,” was restructured so that there were “no physical barriers to earning the coveted Green Beret.”

  49. Bruce of Newcastle

    Sure to work:

    Turkish Parliament Grants Erdogan Emergency Powers To Combat Economic Disaster

    Parliament voted late Wednesday to authorize Erdogan to take all the necessary measures in case of a “negative development” that could spread across the entire financial system. It also approved the formation of the Financial Stability and Development Committee that will work to coordinate efforts against risks to financial stability and security, according to the law, set to go into effect following the president’s approval.

    Seeing that Erdogan is the guy causing all the “negative development” it’s fun that they’ve handed him another spade so he can dig the hole even deeper.

    Political Islam is so like socialism. It always fails, but the useful idiots then say it wasn’t done right.

  50. MatrixTransform

    breathing while speaking is considered harassment these days

  51. OldOzzie

    Something Different for Cat Petrol Heads

    From OutbackTravelAustralia

    TECH TORQUE DIESEL FUTURE UNDER A CLOUD

    Emissions compliance has spoiled diesel simplicity and reliability

    FIVE YEARS AGO WE’D HAVE LAUGHED IF SOMEONE SAID 4WD DIESEL ENGINES ARE HIGHER-MAINTENANCE AND MORE LIKELY TO BREAK DOWN THAN PETROLS, BUT THAT’S THE SITUATION TODAY. THE LATEST DIESELS ARE HIGH-MAINTENANCE AND FRAGILE.

  52. Bad Samaritan

    OK, I read an article in yesterday’s Tele which dove-tailed nicely with my own feelings about the Gillette “controversy”.

    Basically Gillette’s been losing sales volumes for quite a while as beards and stubble have become fashionable. Men who do still shave regularly also tend to go for cheap, which often means no-name disposable razors if they aren’t using electric (non-Gillette) shavers. Summed up; males are a declining market for Gillette.

    Meanwhile, women have become an ever-growing market for Gillette, and women tend to spend much more on all sorts of beauty / cosmetic type stuff. This also includes hair removal down there, which is going gang-busters..

    Distilled down; Gillette wants to get a bigger slice of the female spend by dissing guys; by making out they are fawningly respectful of sheilas. A hoped-for extra is that bossy sheilas will then insist that their lap-dog woke beta-male spouses use Gillette to display their subservience to 12th wave feminism. Cheers.

    BTW: The woker the bloker the better for a lot of chicks. Every survey ever done has shown that the most desired attribute in men (for women) is an ability to be a good listener. Now, what could that mean for 19th wave feminists I wonder?

  53. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Gillette should just promote the idea the men are real men, women are real women, and small furry creatures from Alpha Centuri are real small furry creatures from Alpha Centuri.

    Not sure if the last group prefer to keep their fur or not.

  54. OldOzzie

    Alcoholic squatter Codey Herrmann arrested over Aiia Maasarwe killing

    It was meant to be an unforgettable Australian holiday.

    Saeed Maasarwe, an Arab ­Israeli whose business interests have taken him around the world, was planning to come here in two weeks to see the country his 21-year-old daughter Aiia had fallen in love with.

    It would be a reunion of father, daughter and Aiia’s older sister Noor; precious time away from the pressures of home, school and work; shared memories for an ageing man and his adult children to cherish.

    Instead, Mr Maasarwe flew to Melbourne to be taken to the place where his daughter was assaulted and killed: a dusty patch of shrubs and grass in the shadow of a suburban shopping centre where, in the final moments of her life, she endured horrific torment.

    As Mr Maasarwe confronted the scene, homicide detectives were preparing to question 20-year-old Codey Herrmann about her murder. Mr Herrmann, a would-be rap artist with a history of alcohol abuse, was known to police and on bail for minor charges, the Herald Sun reported.

    Four years ago, police issued a missing persons alert after he disappeared as a teenager from his Bundoora home. His last known address is a derelict squat, also in Bundoora, close to where Ms Maasarwe was killed. In November, he wrote on Facebook about spending a night in hospital after being pepper-sprayed by police, while on January 8, he posted: “International girl Of mystery You knows (sic) who you are.”

    Within 14 hours of the ­estimated time of Ms Maasarwe’s death in the early hours of Wednesday, he posted a picture of himself drinking a can of bourbon and cola.

    Mr Herrmann was arrested yesterday morning after police ­released details of a cap and T-shirt they suspected of being left behind by Ms Maasarwe’s killer. Homicide detectives are examining DNA and CCTV evidence, including footage from the No 86 tram that Ms Maasarwe rode home. At the time of publication, no charges had been laid.

    Ms Maasarwe was studying at La Trobe University on a one-year exchange program. She was ­attacked just after midnight as she was walking from a tram stop to her college dormitory.

    The moment she was attacked, she was talking on the phone to her sister Roba in Israel. Roba Maasarwe recounted to Israeli TV Channel 13 the terrifying end to their final conversation.

    “We spoke over the phone in Facetime, spoke about the comedy gig she saw and about when we will next meet,” Roba said. “Suddenly, I heard her scream. It’s like the phone was dropped to the floor or someone snatched it from her and threw it so she wouldn’t be able to call for help.

    “There were no early signs for the horror coming during our conversation or anything that can alert it was coming.’’

    Mr Maasarwe identified his daughter’s body after flying to Melbourne from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, where he lives and works. Under Islamic culture, burials take place as soon as possible after death. He said he wanted to take Aiia’s body back to Israel.

    He felt conflicted about seeing the place where his daughter died.

    “This has given me good feeling,’’ he said in halting English. “But also from another way, I am sad because this is the last place my daughter … was here.

    “I have many dreams to be with her. I want to be with her more time, but someone decided I cannot be. I wish, I pray she is in a more nice place than this place, and in the paradise.’’

    As for the person who took her life, he said he hoped police had the right man in custody.

    Police believe Ms Maasarwe was the victim of an opportunistic, random attack. From the little information that has been released, the circumstances are shockingly familiar. So, too, is the public and political response.

    Seven months ago, on a cold winter’s night, thousands of people gathered on the grassy playing fields in Melbourne’s north where aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon was raped and murdered by a man she had never met.

    Like Aiia Maasarwe, Dixon was travelling home from a city comedy club. Her murder moved political leaders to denounce violence against women and the attitudes that fuel it.

    “Women must be safe everywhere,’’ then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament. “Not all disrespect of women ends up in violence against women but that’s where all violence against women begins.”

    Yesterday, Melbourne’s summer air was warm and heavy with a storm that never quite came. At La Trobe University, friends, classmates and teachers gathered to remember a bright student who had only been at the school for five months.

    Vice-chancellor John Dewar vowed to improve safety near campus. “We’ve lost one of our students, a talented, promising young woman who died senselessly not far from where we’re standing now,’’ he said.

    On the steps of state parliament, a normally busy city intersection was blanketed by ­silence as thousands of people, most dressed in black, held quiet vigil for another young woman killed while walking home at night.

    Scott Morrison said he was sickened by Ms Maasarwe’s murder. “Every woman in Australia, every person in Australia, should be able to travel home safely,’’ the Prime Minister said.

    Victorian Premier Daniel ­Andrews echoed Mr Morrison’s predecessor. “Until we recognise that, while not all disrespectful behaviour towards women leads to violence, all violence towards women starts with disrespect,’’ he said. “But nothing will change until we change too. Until we stop blaming ‘bad men’ while ignoring the sexist attitudes in our society that created them.’’

    Mr Maasarwe spoke to the crowd at the vigil. He told them his daughter had enjoyed everything about living here.

    Oz Link

  55. calli

    Well, Bad Samaritan, everyone’s talking about the product.

    Mission accomplished.

    On the other Bold subject – are testosterone levels in women rising? Mitch would probably know.

  56. calli

    Men who appear to be Good Listeners are usually asleep.

    Smart.

  57. calli

    Word for the day:

    Disrespect

    Watch how many times it comes up.

  58. OldOzzie

    Western democracy on a razor’s edge

    Chris Kenny

    In a week when the antics of our nation’s tennis players seemed to emulate the personal enmities and internal dysfunction of our national politics, the real lesson on our global political malaise came from a shaving company. Gillette’s razor insight was to demonstrate beyond question the chro­nic and sharp divide between so-called elites and the mainstream.

    We can see this playing out in Washington, London and Canberra. Some of us have been warning for years that politicians have been acting against the interests of the people they are elected to serve. While much of the media and politicians have been reluctant to accept this reality, Gillette has belled the cat.

    When a major company can spend millions of advertising dollars demonising its customer base, we know something has gone awry. If the split between the multi­tudinous customers and the privileged executives who profit from them can become so counterproductive, then a political ­disconnect along similar lines becomes easier to comprehend.

    If a company reliant on the dollars it derives from its customers can be so sanctimoniously insulting towards them while attempting to win their favour, is it any wonder that political leaders, too, can make fatal misjudgments about those they serve?

    If a brand that has built up $US17 billion ($23.6bn) of value in a parent company worth $US200bn over more than a century from servicing the needs, primarily, of men can decide it might be a smart marketing ploy to demean men, then perhaps it makes it more understandable that politicians can forget the priorities of those who elect them.

    Brexit is the most explicit example of this modern political disease. The political class has entangled and confused itself in an orgy of resistance instead of implementing the will of the people.

    Incredibly, in response to voters demanding Britain no longer take its cues from Brussels, the British government and parliament effectively are allowing Brussels to dictate the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU.

    Spiked editor Brendan O’Neill has diagnosed this accurately from the outset. “The Brexit crisis all stems from one simple problem; the people want to leave the EU and the political class does not. This is where all the tension comes from — the fact the political elite detests our democratic demand.”

    The dilemma could not be more stark or simple. Yet the complications arising from it could hardly be more convoluted.

    Look elsewhere and we see the same malady. In Washington, Don­ald Trump’s mandate for a border wall with Mexico could hardly be clearer, nor could the Democrats’ previous support for similar measures that were put in place in the past, including under Democrat presidents.

    Yet the opposition to the US President’s wall is more than politically driven obstructionism from the Democrats; it is encouraged and ­promoted, including with disingenuous coverage, by much of the media and other interest groups. The will of the people doesn’t matter much when the self-declared elites believe they know better.

    The repercussions of all this are quite unpredictable. If Trump is thwarted by the hypocritical opposition of his opponents — and he is not felled by other inquiries, attacks or issues — the wall issue will strengthen his chances of re-election because it will confirm the need to drain the swamp. Yet if Trump fails, his enemies will be triumphalist, his presidency will be dismissed as an aberration and a large cohort of voters will feel disenfranchised.

    In liberal democracies there is always a fine line between rank populism and responsive representative government. In this age of instant digital feedback and constant polling, the ability of politicians to shape their policy actions in response to their prom­ises, values, mandates and inter­action with voters is sorely tested.

    Although a resort to some modern form of direct democracy — advocated from time to time by the ultra-populists — would destroy the essence of parliamentary democracy, we seem to have drifted to the virtual opposite realm, where governments don’t bother enacting their ­mandates or are prevented from doing so.

    This dynamic is at the heart of Australia’s political disarray. From Kevin Rudd abandoning climate action to Julia Gillard bringing in the carbon tax she had forsworn, voters have seldom got what they voted for.

    Tony Abbott, too, broke faith with voters, increasing income tax and cutting where he had promised to quarantine.

    In the end this was Malcolm Turnbull’s problem also, although less explicitly. He never had a strong imprimatur from voters, having squandered all but one seat of the majority he seized from Abbott, and while his climate and energy policy did not break any specific promise, it broke faith with the thrust of the Coalition’s mandate.

    The Coalition came to power in 2013 promising to axe the carbon tax, and while Abbott signed up to the Paris Agreement it was a mistake for Turnbull to ratify it the day after Trump was elected on a platform of withdrawing the world’s largest economy from the deal. In the end, Turnbull’s national energy guarantee was a bridge too far for much of this party because it would have prescribed the Paris emissions targets under law.

    Likewise, on a more sympathetic note, we can see how Turnbull, Abbott and Rudd were prevented from implementing their agendas. Rudd couldn’t get his emissions trading scheme through the Senate, Abbott’s ­budget measures were blocked and Turnbull couldn’t deliver the company tax cuts to all businesses that were fundamental to his tax reform and economic growth agenda.

    The Coalition had to compromise and spend its way to Senate approval for education, welfare and health changes. From their own drift and from Senate obstructionism, our national governments have not succeeded in delivering what voters charged them with implementing.

    In a nutshell, this is why voters are testy, minor parties and independents are on the rise, and the major parties are full of self-doubt and confusion. Our politics is in disarray because governments are not doing what we elect them to do. To borrow from the Gillette experience, we elect them to give us a smooth shave and instead they give us patronising messages about our behaviour. We elect them to reduce our power prices and they come up with highfalutin and expensive plans to satisfy the UN negotiators in Paris.

    In this election year, the Coalition must learn from all of this — if it is not too late. While the media/political class will constantly implore it to do more on climate action and avoid a population and immigration debate at all costs, these are the touchstone issues for mainstream right-of-centre voters who feel the government has abandoned them.

    Apologetic stands and policy fiddles around the edges of these issues tend to miss the point.

    The Coalition was elected to secure the borders, bring energy prices down, fix the budget and look after the economic interests of the nation. It has delivered on only one of these promises in unequivocal terms.

    The way to sharpen the choice at the election and convince voters that it understands both its mistakes and its mission is to find ways of reasserting these priorities.

    Fundamentally this means disregarding the Paris targets when energy affordability and reliability are under threat (and while global emissions are rising substantially anyway).

    It also means doubling down on the agenda of lower tax, constrained spending and smaller government rather than drifting along as a less-worse option than Labor. And of course it means highlighting the risks of Labor when it comes to border security and budget stability.

    Is there anyone who seriously believes that, in opposition, the Coalition won’t inevitably go down this path after a Shorten Labor government increases taxes, extends the reach of government, doubles our climate effort and weakens our border protection regime? So why wait for opposition? Why not sharpen these positions now, in government?

    This would be politically smart and it would outline a policy course manifestly in the best interests of the nation. It would infuriate the green Left, underscoring its virtue. It might stem the drift of voters to fringe parties on the Right and improve the Coalition’s electoral prospects. It might energise party supporters and donors.

    But, most important, it would demonstrate that the Coalition was listening to mainstream concerns on the issues that propelled it into office.

    It would reconnect the government with its purpose, shunning the alternative universe of a political discussion carried out by the so-called elites in favour of debate about issues that a very successful prime minister once neatly described as barbecue stoppers.

    Oz Link

  59. calli

    Is anyone listening? Hey – you Men!

    😴

  60. egg_

    Dead tree Tele – Woollies has launched its own brand halal range.

    Do they test for human-DNA-free goat innards?

  61. John Constantine

    The latest diesels run so hot to cook the exhaust clean they start fires out in the grasslands.

    Australias quisling elites are unwaveringly committed to the conventions they signed in europe to turn diesel engines into firestarters.

    A diesel in the streets of paris and london isn’t going to start many bushfires.

    Australias halfwit suckhole traitor political class threw away australians rights to own a cheap reliable bulletproof cool running diesel engine out bush, so the invitations to trips to paris would never end.

    40 degrees in the paddock in an australian summer, and our outback paddock diesels have to run like snowbound paved street paris diesels run.

    We have Many, Many Fries as a result.

    Comrades.

  62. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Heard a quote the other day:

    Any publicity is good publicity, unless it’s really, really bad publicity.

    This one may be a millstone for some time.

  63. egg_

    Is anyone listening? Hey – you Men!

    ManTrans: Bla, bla, bla…

    You said something?

  64. P

    C.L. #2911178, posted on January 18, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    And the week ended with the most hilarious humiliation of a pack of imbeciles looking to take flight since Dirty Harry posed as a pilot. Also notable was Alexandria “Spick-Spack” Ocasio-Cortez joking about the gang-rape of her political enemies – something that even gave her colleagues pause and cause to reconsider her sanity. On that topic, during the week our own Candy made what I thought was a very astute observation about Miss Cortez. Candy reads her behaviour as manic, grandiose and laden with a saviour complex. I agree with that.

    Good suggestion:
    https://imgur.com/iDecE0F

  65. Boambee John

    jupes
    #2911245, posted on January 19, 2019 at 12:41 am
    Little Don met with a Russian to get dirt on Hillary.

    As opposed to Hillary paying a lawyer to pay a company to pay a foreign agent to pay Russians to make up up dirt on Trump.

    You idiot.

    And then disguised the payments to the lawyer as “legal fees” to avoid having to declare them as campaign expenditure. Ask your bff m0nty, I think that would be a campaign finance violation to add to the collusion with foreigners with known connections to foreign intelligence organisations. m0nty regards campaign finance violations vewwy vewwy seriously.

  66. egg_

    are testosterone levels in women rising?

    I’m doing my best.

  67. Oh come on

    Seven months ago, on a cold winter’s night, thousands of people gathered on the grassy playing fields in Melbourne’s north where aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon was raped and murdered by a man she had never met.

    Like Aiia Maasarwe, Dixon was travelling home from a city comedy club. Her murder moved political leaders to denounce violence against women and the attitudes that fuel it.

    Let the male-bashing commence.

    Do we have to go through this every time some psychopath rapes and murders a female?

  68. zyconoclast

    Last month, the downtown San Diego franchise of the Burgerim restaurant chain closed its doors, contending that chaotic conditions caused by large numbers of homeless people in and around nearby Horton Plaza Park had driven customers away and made it impossible to operate, even during the Christmas season.

    The shuttering of the Burgerim location, which had been open for little over a year, was a warning signal to the San Diego business community—and to city hall, too. Burgerim would not be leaving quietly. The franchisee, backed by parent company Burgerim USA, intended to sue in state court, claiming that neither its landlord nor the City of San Diego had lived up to their responsibilities to keep the city’s historic Gaslamp Quarter clean and suitable for business.

    Burgerim’s legal action will be of special interest to members of the multi-billion-dollar homelessness industry nationwide. (In Seattle alone, $1 billion a year gets spent on the city’s 11,500 homeless people). San Diego County’s homeless number about 8,500, which means this beautiful Southern Californian region has the nation’s fourth-largest homeless population (after New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle), a rank it has held for several years. The San Jose area is fifth.

  69. egg_

    Gillette wants to get a bigger slice of the female spend by dissing guys; by making out they are fawningly respectful of sheilas. A hoped-for extra is that bossy sheilas will then insist that their lap-dog woke beta-male spouses use Gillette to display their subservience to 12th wave feminism.

    Told yooze it was aimed at @rsehole-bleaching soyboys.

  70. Siltstone

    Speaking of shaving:
    An old drover walks into the barber shop in an outback town for a shave and a haircut.
    He tells the barber he can’t get all his whiskers off because his cheeks are wrinkled from age.
    The barber gets a little wooden ball from a cup on the shelf and tells the old drover to put it inside his cheek to spread out the skin.
    When he’s finished, the old drover tells the barber that was the cleanest shave he’d had in years but, he asked “Isn’t it a bit dangerous? what would happen if I accidentally swallowed it?
    The barber replied, “No sweat mate, just bring it back in a couple of days like everyone else does.”

  71. egg_

    The latest diesels run so hot to cook the exhaust clean they start fires out in the grasslands.

    Even NA petrol motors are running 11.5:1 compression to meet emissions.

  72. Anne

    The SES is about to be RIF’d. KEK

    The whole point of Trump’s Government shutdown was to get rid of the Senior Executive Service, the Handlers (the real Deep State) who direct Government and Bureaucratic policy.

    It’d be nice if 50% of the “non-essential” public servants got pink slips as well.

    We’ll soon find out. 🍿🍿🍿

  73. P

    Memoryvault #2911157, posted on January 18, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Residing at the Chateau Caboolture hospital Holiday Inne tonight.
    Again.
    Fuller assessment tomorrow morning re transfer to The Prince Charles Resort in Brisbane.
    Again.
    .
    Sometimes life just sucks.

    Hope it helps a bit to know that there are, I’m sure, many here thinking of you and praying for you.

  74. egg_

    Do we have to go through this every time some psychopath rapes and murders a female?

    Who was in a remote location late at night?
    What a coincidence.
    Sherlock will be right onto it.

  75. OldOzzie

    John Constantine
    #2911343, posted on January 19, 2019 at 8:29 am

    A diesel in the streets of paris and london isn’t going to start many bushfires.

    Australias halfwit suckhole traitor political class threw away australians rights to own a cheap reliable bulletproof cool running diesel engine out bush, so the invitations to trips to paris would never end.

    40 degrees in the paddock in an australian summer, and our outback paddock diesels have to run like snow

    That’s is why Alan Whiting of OutbackTravelAustralia has gone back to an Old Fashioned LandCruiser 75 Series tray-back

    Our Outback Travel Australia restoration project, rebuilding and modifying a LandCruiser 75 Series tray-back, is progressing well. We’re now putting the finishing touches to this ongoing exercise.

    The latest OTA project vehicle could hardly be more different from our first. We’d tested the revolutionary Land Rover Discovery 3 and reckoned it was the best wagon on the Australian market, so we bought one and drove it outback for three years and just under 200,000km.

    It never let us down in the bush, went through trackless deserts without major issues and is still the best-designed 4WD wagon in our estimation – soured by lousy quality control and computer-related issues that Land Rover Australia wasn’t interested in curing. If the Japanese or Koreans had built it we’d probably still have it!

    Our current project is as far – electronically speaking – as you can get from a Discovery: it’s a LandCruiser 75 Series tray-back that already had 300,000+km on it. It doesn’t have a single piece of electronic gadgetry in it – apart from the radios and the Doran tyre pressure monitoring system.

    We’d christened the Land Rover ‘Larry’, so the 75 Series HJ just had to be ‘Harry’.

  76. egg_

    Australias halfwit suckhole traitor political class threw away australians rights to own a cheap reliable bulletproof cool running diesel engine out bush, so the invitations to trips to paris would never end.

    Ford Ranger/Everest’s premium engine is now a 2.0L twin turbo I4 vs the more venerable 3.2L V5.
    Others will likely follow suit.

  77. mh

    So the way to hurt Gillette is to encourage women to grow a 70’s bush.

    I cannot see that happening. Women are bombarded with messaging to lose the bush.

  78. Boambee John

    jupes

    Re my 0832, it was sdfc who should talk to his bff m0nty, not you. Sorry!

  79. Des Deskperson

    “We do not comment on staff matters,” an ABC spokesman said”

    The ABC is a taxpayer-funded organisation.

    Taxpayers therefore have the right to be assured that their money is being effectively and ethically used by the ABC.

    We don’t need to know the dude’s name, but it is in the public interest that enough information is made available so that we know that the matter has been handled appropriately.

    The ABC won’t give us this information.

  80. egg_

    TECH TORQUE DIESEL FUTURE UNDER A CLOUD

    Emissions compliance has spoiled diesel simplicity and reliability

    Fme – looks like a chemical plant under the bonnet.
    What’s covered under agreed service plans – sweet FA?

  81. EvilElvis

    “Every woman in Australia, every person in Australia, should be able to travel home safely,’’ the Prime Minister said.

    Thanks for that searing analysis, ScoMo you twat.

    What a country.

  82. mh

    Dickhead Dan in 2017:

    … but all of us, as Victorians and indeed Australians, have to accept that violent extremism is part of a contemporary Australia.

    Meaning when it’s Islam, just move along nothing to see hear.

  83. Elle

    Egg! Isn’t it a bit early for bleaching comments. And mh! 70’s bushes?

    I fell asleep last night as the ship was sinking. So I never got to see the scene where Jack dies. Probably a good thing. Just had my lashes done. Tears and lashes don’t mix. 😢

  84. C.L.

    Aiia Maasarwe accused was out on bail.
    Confirmed, then: leftists are responsible for another woman’s brutal murder.
    And you can be sure he was bailed and indulged because he’s an Aborigine.

  85. OldOzzie

    Voice must unite, not divide

    Bill Shorten would be wise to listen to Robert Tickner, the Keating government’s indigenous affairs minister and the driving force behind Australia’s Native Title Act, who says it would be irresponsible for a Labor government to rush into a referendum on establishing an indigenous voice to parliament. Leading indigenous academics and the Greens want the Opposition Leader to dump Labor’s promise of a first-term referendum on a republic to give clear air to the push for constitutional change to provide an indigenous voice.

    In reality, the nation is far from prepared for a referendum on either issue. The republican movement has no clear model that would win the required majority of votes nationally and in a majority of states.

    And as Mr Tickner points out, fast-tracking the indigenous voice proposal could lead to its downfall, especially if the Coalition in opposition continued to resist the concept. A referendum defeat would be devastating for the morale of indigenous people and set back the cause of reconciliation for decades. The Australian consistently has supported constitutional recognition of the First Australians.

    But as we said in October 2017 when the Turnbull government rejected the call by the Referendum Council and Aboriginal leaders for a referendum to enshrine an indigenous “voice to parliament”, a referendum vote on the matter almost certainly would have been lost.

    The Turnbull government feared such a body would have become a “third chamber of parliament”. Scott Morrison reiterated that view soon after he became Prime Minister last year: “ People can dress it up any way they like, but I think two chambers is enough.’’

    To succeed and enhance national unity, a referendum on indigenous constitutional recognition would need bipartisan support, the backing of significant national figures from both sides of politics and, most important, the backing of indigenous people. The issue is vital for advancing reconciliation. But the first task is to establish a necessary consensus.

  86. Boambee John

    MV

    Best wishes to Mrs MV and you.

  87. egg_

    Elle
    #2911372, posted on January 19, 2019 at 9:02 am

    It’s global site.

  88. Boambee John

    I see that the aspiring rapper was out on bail at the time.

    Surprise!

  89. Tell me what is the purpose of these vigils for murdered women?

    Unless those gathered are deep in prayer it is not a vigil. What these gatherings are is a silent protest against masculinity, whiteness, straightness, and the like; that is, everything the Liberalism believes is in the dock for the crime just committed.

  90. C.L.

    Male feminist SJW takes issue with The Onion, hilarity ensues:

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/379260.php

  91. calli

    establishing an indigenous voice to parliament

    Can’t they run for office like any other Australian?

    Or is there a particular “voice” that needs to be heard above the grievance cacophony? Bess Price for instance.

  92. C.L.

    So the ABC won’t comment on staff matters but was totally OK about broadcasting the anti-Péll claims of two lying deadbeats.

  93. OldOzzie

    Gillette Follow-Up: Why Did They Do It?

    Here is the good news:

    At this writing, Gillette’s YouTube posting of “We Believe” has received 40,000 “thumbs down” votes and only 4,300 positive ratings.

    That still leaves the question, why did they do it? Glenn’s observation about the tendency of leaders of institutions (like CEOs) to play to their peer group rather than their customers is a big part of the answer. Beyond that, in this case, desperation may be a factor:

    The uproar comes as Gillette battles upstarts like Harry’s, Dollar Shave Club and others for millennial dollars. Gillette controlled about 70 percent of the U.S. market a decade ago. Last year, its market share dropped to below 50 percent, according to Euromonitor.

    Allen Adamson, co-founder of branding firm Metaforce, called the ad a “hail Mary” pass from the 117-year-old company.

    Somehow I doubt that millennial shavers will be moved to buy overpriced razor blades by ignorant, stereotyped carping. That is what Schick thinks, too:

  94. calli

    They are sheep without a shepherd, Dover.

    Something deep within wants to protest evil, but they don’t have the wherewithall to process it. They can’t recognise it even when persuaded to vote for it.

    My sister took her children into town to put flowers on the Lindt site. I didn’t understand at the time and I was very cranky with her. Sometimes you just don’t know what to do.

  95. C.L.

    Trump makes another mystery reference to Cohen’s father-in-law:

    Donald J. [email protected]

    Kevin Corke, @FoxNews “Don’t forget, Michael Cohen has already been convicted of perjury and fraud, and as recently as this week, the Wall Street Journal has suggested that he may have stolen tens of thousands of dollars….” Lying to reduce his jail time! Watch father-in-law!

  96. mh

    So the media wants us to know this black fella was an ‘aspiring rapper’.

    Who the fvck cares about that? There is not a single Australian rapper that would be known to anyone but a handful of people.

  97. Megan

    Sending MV best and fastest recovery wishes. All power to you and the medical staff during your stay.

  98. calli

    So the media wants us to know this black fella was an ‘aspiring rapper’.

    They have to give some sort of descriptor.

    The obvious one just won’t do.

  99. mh

    Snow in the winter, heat in the summer.

    Climate change is so unpredictable!

  100. OldOzzie

    Trump Team Split on Border-Wall Strategy

    Some advisers want a deal; others see border wall as critical to 2020 re-election bid

    President Trump’s advisers are pulling him in opposite directions over the partial government shutdown, with White House aides pushing to make a deal and political advisers urging him to keep fighting—and use a mail-a-brick campaign against Democrats as a re-election fundraiser.

    Inside the White House, aides are setting up meetings with moderate Democrats and aiming to prepare Mr. Trump to accept a deal for something less than the $5.7 billion he’s been seeking. “This isn’t a messaging war anymore,” one aide said earlier in the week.

    But political advisers to the president see the border wall as a more important issue among his supporters than a government shutdown—even if it is a lengthy one. These advisers are skeptical that a government shutdown nearly two years before the 2020 presidential election will have a significant effect on the campaign.

    “It’s a bigger deal not to fight for the wall than to shut down the government,” said one adviser, who added that the border wall is a major issue for voters who are undecided about Mr. Trump.

    White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said there was no discord within Mr. Trump’s team, adding that the shutdown was “not about politics, it’s about the American people.”

    “The one direction we’re all moving in is the one that opens the government and secures our borders,” Mr. Gidley said.

    The Trump re-election campaign on Friday planned to launch a website called Build the Border Wall that asks supporters to donate $20.20. In exchange, the campaign will mail “red faux bricks” to the congressional offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.).

    An email the campaign plans to send to supporters pledges to send a “BEAUTIFUL BRICK” to Mr. Schumer and Mrs. Pelosi. “Together, we can build a BIG BEAUTIFUL WALL around their offices to protect us from their radical left-wing agenda,” the email draft reads.

    “Since Chuck and Nancy keep stonewalling the president, we’ll send the wall to them, brick by brick, until they agree to secure the border,” campaign manager Brad Parscale said.

    The faux bricks will bear the Trump campaign logo and a “fact about the need for border security,” the campaign said Friday.

    One faux brick shared by the campaign includes the message: “2018: Fentanyl at the border. Enough entered U.S. to kill every American.”

    Most illegal Fentanyl entering the U.S. comes from mailed shipments through ports of entry from China and Mexico, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s most recent National Drug Threat Assessment report.

    A report released by the president’s opioids commission in 2017 said: “We are miserably losing this fight to prevent fentanyl from entering our country and killing our citizens. We are losing this fight predominately through China.”

    The campaign has sent a series of fundraising pleas to supporters highlighting the fight over the border wall and the president’s clash with Democrats. “Of course he won’t budge!” one email sent Wednesday said of the president. “This is about so much more than a shutdown. This is about the future and safety of our America.”

    Another, sent Thursday, accused Democrats of having “illegitimately ‘disinvited’ me” from the State of the Union address, after Mrs. Pelosi recommended delaying the speech until the government reopened.

    Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law and a senior campaign adviser, told Fox News on Friday that “the president is holding strong and he is doing it because the people said, ‘We want border security,’”

  101. Eyrie

    ‘ “Every woman in Australia, every person in Australia, should be able to travel home safely,’’ the Prime Minister said.

    Thanks for that searing analysis, ScoMo you twat.’

    What he should have said: All Australians have the right to defend their lives by any means necessary, including use of firearms, therefore the government will pass legislation to allow those who wish to carry a concealed pistol.

  102. Nick

    As I said last night:

    Worse still is how gender and race is used depending on who the victim is. At present, he’s described as being ‘an aspiring rapper’. Had he been the victim and the perpetrator white, he’d be ‘indigenous musician cut down in prime by white thug’.

    Given the victim was a woman, expect his indigenous qualifications to not rate a mention, except at sentencing, when it will be the grounds for a reduced sentence. Just watch.

  103. OldOzzie

    A Bloody Month of Jihad

    Politicians may want to look away, but al Qaeda and ISIS aren’t done.

    By The WSJ Editorial Board

    The Trump Administration says Islamic State has been defeated, and it is moving ahead with its withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria and reducing America’s antiterror commitments in Africa. Meantime, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel is replacing a terrorism subcommittee with one focused on investigating what he apparently thinks is a bigger threat: Donald Trump.

    The world’s terrorists don’t seem to have received this news that they’ve been defeated, as a spate of recent attacks around the globe shows.

    • On Wednesday a suicide bomber killed two American soldiers, one civilian Pentagon employee and a Defense Department contractor, as well as 15 allied fighters and civilians, in Manbij, Syria. Islamic State took responsibility for the attack and claimed it specifically targeted Americans. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says the incident shows that Mr. Trump’s retreat and declarations of victory in Syria are emboldening jihadists—and he’s probably right.

    • Also on Wednesday federal prosecutors charged a 21-year-old Georgia man with planning to attack the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and a synagogue. According to a criminal complaint, Hasher Jallal Taheb planned to form an assault group armed with guns, homemade bombs, an antitank weapon and hand grenades.

    The man had “a hand-drawn diagram of the ground floor of the West Wing” and noted “the areas where the Secret Service and Homeland Security operated in the White House,” the complaint says. Credit the FBI for stopping him, but it shows that the threat from ISIS-inspired homegrown jihadists continues.

    • On Tuesday militants from al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked group based in Somalia, attacked a hotel and office complex in Nairobi, Kenya. The 18-hour rampage killed at least 21 people, including American businessman and 9/11 survivor Jason Spindler.

    • A Taliban suicide bomber hit a foreign compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday. Four people were killed and more than 100 wounded. Since word leaked that Mr. Trump may withdraw some or all U.S. forces in Afghanistan, ISIS and the Taliban have ramped up attacks and peace talks with the Taliban have faltered.

    • Fighters from Islamic State in West Africa stormed a Nigerian military base on Sunday. The following day militants attacked a military-controlled refugee town, causing thousands of civilians to flee.

    • The decapitated bodies of two young Scandinavian women were found in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains on Dec. 17. Several terrorists loyal to ISIS shared video of the killings on social media. Moroccan authorities have arrested some 20 people in connection with the attack, which Danish intelligence calls “an act of terror.”

    • On Dec. 11 a French national of Algerian ancestry killed five people and wounded 11 near a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France. Chérif Chekatt, who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State, died in a shootout with police two days later.

    Americans at home are fortunate to have been spared successful recent attacks, thanks to programs put in place by George W. Bush and sustained since. But the lack of such a moment also can breed the complacency that Mr. Engel is showing. He knows the way to make news now is to investigate Mr. Trump, not jihad.

    Alas, the terrorists still want to kill Mr. Engel’s fellow Americans any chance they get. The best way to keep the homeland safe is to keep the pressure on terrorists abroad. If Islamic State revives, or if there is another major attack, Mr. Trump’s claims of victory will run as an endless cable-TV loop.

  104. Nick

    Somehow I doubt that millennial shavers will be moved to buy overpriced razor blades by ignorant, stereotyped carping.

    In other parts of the world where supermarket items are often close to or cheaper than Australian price, Gillette razors seldom if ever are cheaper, intimating they have a high, uniform world price.

  105. Black Ball

    Do we have to go through this every time some psychopath rapes and murders a female?

    Yes we do. Facebook is full this morning of respect women memes, asking blokes to think of ‘what if it was your sister’ etc. Was taken to task by suggesting that the lady shouldn’t have been out alone at this hour with what has been happening in Melbourne.

  106. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bill Shorten would be wise to listen to Robert Tickner, the Keating government’s indigenous affairs minister and the driving force behind Australia’s Native Title Act, who says it would be irresponsible for a Labor government to rush into a referendum on establishing an indigenous voice to parliament

    Robert Tickner? Wasn’t he the individual who emerged from the Hindmarsh Island bridge, and the “secret Women’s business” fiascos with very little, if any, credibility? The individual who turned an almost certain win by John Howard in 1996, into a landslide?

  107. OldOzzie

    What Bruce Ohr Told the FBI

    The Justice Department official’s testimony raises new doubts about the bureau’s honesty.

    By Kimberley A. Strassel

    Everybody knew. Everybody of consequence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department understood fully in the middle of 2016—as the FBI embarked on its counterintelligence probe of Donald Trump—that it was doing so based on disinformation provided by Hillary Clinton’s campaign. That’s the big revelation from the transcript of the testimony Justice Department official Bruce Ohr gave Congress in August. The transcripts haven’t been released, but parts were confirmed for me by congressional sources.

    Mr. Ohr testified that he sat down with dossier author Christopher Steele on July 30, 2016, and received salacious information the opposition researcher had compiled on Mr. Trump. Mr. Ohr immediately took that to the FBI’s then-Deputy Director Andy McCabe and lawyer Lisa Page. In August he took it to Peter Strzok, the bureau’s lead investigator. In the same month, Mr. Ohr believes, he briefed senior personnel in the Justice Department’s criminal division: Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bruce Swartz, lawyer Zainab Ahmad and fraud unit head Andrew Weissman. The last two now work for special counsel Robert Mueller.

    More important, Mr. Ohr told this team the information came from the Clinton camp and warned that it was likely biased, certainly unproven. “When I provided [the Steele information] to the FBI, I tried to be clear that this is source information,” he testified. “I don’t know how reliable it is. You’re going to have to check it out and be aware. These guys were hired by somebody relating to—who’s related to the Clinton campaign, and be aware.”

    He said he told them that Mr. Steele was “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected,” and that his own wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, which compiled the dossier. He confirmed sounding all these warnings before the FBI filed its October application for a surveillance warrant against Carter Page. We broke some of this in August, though the transcript provides new detail.

    The FBI and Justice Department have gone to extraordinary lengths to muddy these details, with cover from Democrats and friendly journalists. A January 2017 memo from Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, flatly (and incorrectly) insisted “the FBI’s closely-held investigative team only received Steele’s reporting in mid-September.” A May 2018 New York Times report repeated that claim, saying Mr. Steele’s reports didn’t reach the “Crossfire Hurricane team,” which ran the counterintelligence investigation, until “mid-September.”

    This line was essential for upholding the claim that the dossier played no role in the unprecedented July 31, 2016, decision to investigate a presidential campaign. Former officials have insisted they rushed to take this dramatic step on the basis of a conversation involving a low-level campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, which took place in May, before the dossier officially came into the picture. And maybe that is the case. Yet now Mr. Ohr has testified that top personnel had dossier details around the time they opened the probe.

    The Ohr testimony is also further evidence that the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in its Page warrant application. We already knew the bureau failed to inform the court it knew the dossier had come from a rival campaign. But the FISA application additionally claimed the FBI was “unaware of any derogatory information pertaining” to Mr. Steele, that he was “reliable,” that his “reporting” in this case was “credible.” and that the FBI only “speculates” that Mr. Steele’s bosses “likely” wanted to “discredit” Mr. Trump.

    Speculates? Likely? Mr. Ohr makes clear FBI and Justice officials knew from the earliest days that Mr. Steele was working for the Clinton campaign, which had an obvious desire to discredit Mr. Trump. And Mr. Ohr specifically told investigators that they had every reason to worry Mr. Steele’s work product was tainted.

    This testimony has two other implications. First, it further demonstrates the accuracy of the House Intelligence Committee Republicans’ memo of 2018—which noted Mr. Ohr’s role and pointed out that the FBI had not been honest about its knowledge of the dossier and failed to inform the court of Mrs. Ohr’s employment at Fusion GPS. The testimony also destroys any remaining credibility of the Democratic response, in which Mr. Schiff and his colleagues claimed Mr. Ohr hadn’t met with the FBI or told them anything about his wife or about Mr. Steele’s bias until after the election.

    Second, the testimony raises new concerns about Mr. Mueller’s team. Critics have noted Mr. Weissman’s donations to Mrs. Clinton and his unseemly support of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates’s obstruction of Trump orders. It now turns out that senior Mueller players were central to the dossier scandal. The conflicts of interest boggle the mind.

    The Ohr testimony is evidence the FBI itself knows how seriously it erred. The FBI has been hiding and twisting facts from the start.

  108. EvilElvis

    What he should have said: All Australians have the right to defend their lives by any means necessary, including use of firearms, therefore the government will pass legislation to allow those who wish to carry a concealed pistol.

    Actually I was really looking for him to ban night time leftist/Marxist/taxpayer funded and granted comedy or otherwise ‘gigs’. You know it makes sense.

  109. C.L.

    Exhibit A:

    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on Friday said the disturbing crime was “not the Australia or the Melbourne I grew up in. It is shocking”.

    “My feelings for the grief of this family is just very strong,” Mr Shorten said.

    “I want to reassure them that our police are amongst the best in the world. They will successfully catch, and our legal system will punish, the wrongdoer.”

    (Understandable praise there for VicPol).

    Exhibit B:

    Media reports today reveal Bill Shorten visited the CFMEU picket line at Glencore’s Oaky Creek North mine where workers have been subjected to a long-running campaign of vile abuse and intimidation.

    Bill Shorten has made a deliberate and revealing decision. By standing in support of those at the picket line he is clearly endorsing their behaviour, which has been atrocious and well-documented.
    Workers seeking to enter the mine site and do their job each day have been forced to endure outrageous abuse, threats and a menacing campaign of bullying and harassment against themselves and their families.
    Excerpts of security reports from the picket line include the following sickening comments;
    “I’ll attack you with a crowbar”
    “I’ll f****** rape your kids c***”
    “You’re a fa***t”
    “Your mother would be proud of you. Sucking c***”
    “Piss off ya b****”
    “Go on c***, get out of here”
    Bill Shorten knew about this behaviour and instead of doing the decent thing and unequivocally condemning it, he joined the picket line on Friday and offered them his support.
    It is no longer possible for Bill Shorten to feign disapproval of the CFMEU’s unlawful behaviour again and again whilst continuing to accept their financial and political support.
    Since Bill Shorten was elected leader, the Australian Labor Party has received over $3 million in donations from the CFMEU and Bill Shorten relies on this organisation for his political survival as ALP leader.

  110. calli

    The word for the day needs a song.

    Hit it Aretha!

  111. mh

    Black Ball, if the right’s agenda had been followed then the young woman would have been safe walking through the streets of Melbourne at night.

    The fact is that the Left’s agenda has been implemented, so any young woman walking alone in Melbourne late at night is in danger.

  112. OldOzzie

    The AFR View
    Great political middle must take back control

    Brexit has destroyed the centre ground of British politics. At the last minute, the centre may be reasserting itself as Theresa May tries to line up a new alliance of Brexit moderates of all parties to avoid a car crash exit. But remaking the political middle is now the task of democratic politics around the world. These politics will be made from different materials than before. Britain’s new divide is not between Labour and Tory, workers and capital, but Leavers and Remainers: it’s class mixed with culture, age, geography, attitude – slippery to define but powerful in effect – and in striking new combinations around the world. In Australia, the drive for the banking royal commission came from both trendy Greens and traditionalist Nationals. The plebiscite vote against gay marriage was strongest in Labor seats with large ethnic populations. Shrill social media drives these interests, which can move on rapidly.

    Centrist politics are above all about getting practical things done for voters, inside stable political systems and well-managed economies.That idea has taken a battering in the strained post-globalisation and post-GFC world. Many voters have turned their backs on remote, elitist technocratic administrations of old, of which the EU is a poster child. Now they have to be resurrected within the noisy world of new identity politics where populists, or the populist wings of mainstream parties, do best with their simple solutions for the resentments that too often define identity. From Donald Trump to France’s yellow jackets, they all have visceral allegiances in local roots and defensive nationalism rather than airy ideas like technologically-optimistic prosperity for all. And if right-wing populism gets mugged by economic reality that won’t deter their left-wing versions in Jeremy Corbyn, the Sanders/Warren Democrats, and even Labor’s Bill Shorten.

    Old left and right parties used to triangulate to win the centre ground – that is what Mrs May was trying to do with MPs and voters over Brexit. But the colossal parliamentary vote against her happened because the hard Leavers and hard Remainers combined to smash a compromise which they both loathed. So now she must construct a new alignment of pragmatic Leavers and Remainers that Brussels will parley with, even though she is far from the ideal personality to do it. There’s lots of game theory here. No-deal Brexit is still the May government’s nuclear option: the best bargaining chip, unlikely to be used, but which could end up going off by accident anyway. Mr Corbyn has discredited himself by playing the destabiliser, but still has a chance to use a fed-up electorate to launch Britain into another populist experiment, this time with his antediluvian socialism. And just as Brexit could end in an outcome no-one wanted, a left-field result that put anti-Western Mr Corbyn in office at the same time as America Firster Mr Trump could then be the death knell of NATO.

    Practical things get lost in the populist din. In Australia, Malcolm Turnbull took power the year before Brexit and the election of President Trump. His message to embrace a positive future just fell on sceptical ears here too, and he was then consumed by the ideological demons hidden in what should have been the classic pragmatic policy of sorting out energy and climate. But the practical centre cannot be lost. Once it is, then all the outlier issues break through – a cacophony of needs, wants, and complaints that cannot all be met. Mr Shorten understands the potency, and doubles down on his class warfare rhetoric for short-term traction. But that will not help him or Australia in the long-run.

    Australia needs a well-informed centrism that understands both the huge opportunities and limitations of a nation that has grown prosperous by importing capital, exporting resources and remaining friendly to immigrants. Australians get more of it than do populist politicians: polls show they still support free trade deals. They are more reassured than Americans, Europeans and the Brits than their borders are secure. And the main pushback against foreign investment is coming from the intelligence community, not from the people. Building on this comes down to creating the right incentives to grow wealth for all and on living within our means in good times so we have something to fall back on in bad times.

  113. Tom

    Dickhead Dan in 2017:
    … but all of us, as Victorians and indeed Australians, have to accept that violent extremism is part of a contemporary Australia.

    Surprise, surprise: one of Dickhead Dan’s violent leftwing extremists protected by Fatty Ashton’s Keystone Kops murdered Aiia Maasarwe:

    @blaircottrell89

    Radical Left-wing & Aboriginal activist Codey Herrmann, who has taken open opposition to me personally has been arrested in relation to the murder of a female Israeli university student in Bundoora, Vic.

  114. OldOzzie

    calli
    #2911408, posted on January 19, 2019 at 9:43 am

    The word for the day needs a song.

    Hit it Aretha!

    Which Word Calli

    “Think” or “Freedom”

    at the end, he thought about it and left.

    PD Great Song and I am a Blues Brothers Fan

  115. min

    Unfortunately men have statistics against them . More men are psychopaths or have Narcisistic Personality Disorder , some are both, than women . Much research has been done in this area in the past 10 or so years and it is claimed that the numbers are increasing, maybe 4% of population
    However I support what Bettina Arndt says about today’s feminists declaring men’s behaviour as toxic. So are they “chips off the old block”, products of their mothers’ parenting, model Dad’s behaviour or copy their peers or as the professor answered when I asked him nearly 30 years ago when I was doing a course in the States,why are personality disorders increasing ? “The buggers breed ”
    The original DSM designed mainly by men was not good for women maybe it is revenge.

  116. C.L.

    The Victorian left created Codey Herrmann.

  117. OldOzzie

    Sorry meant

    PS Great Song and I am a Blues Brothers Fan

  118. Myrddin Seren

    On Dec. 11 a French national of Algerian ancestry killed five people and wounded 11 near a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France. Chérif Chekatt, who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State, died in a shootout with police two days later.

    So…

    The Forever War lobby wants to deploy US troops to… France, to fight terrorism ?

    Again ?

    ( You will note that the first two deployments in 1917 and 1944 were against State terrorist regimes ).

  119. John Constantine

    Here they come.

    Their eat-lancet dietary report, from their insiders to their insiders.

    Humanity is a threat to the planet, and the West can no longer be permitted to eat differently to the poorest peasants.

    Poverty food for all.

    Meat must end as food.

    When Trump declared there were:

    Many, Many Fries,

    He enraged their global left to hysterical insanity.

    Paying a Pakistani peasant to turn the air-conditioning off and pack a pen of sheep to torture them, then photograph it is just the start.

    We are all north Koreans when it comes to the rations our betters dream of making us beg for.

    Comrades.

  120. OldOzzie

    Big business braces to be punching bag in 2019 federal election


    Big business is despairing at the prospect of being a punching bag in the lead-up to the federal election, as Labor leader Bill Shorten doubled down on slamming BHP and corporate Australia for the “dangerously weighted” economy against everyday battlers.

    Sources from the major political parties and a business group said private polling and focus groups confirmed big business was on the nose with voters, who were fed up with being dudded by banks, paying high energy prices and lacklustre wage growth.

    A day after attacking BHP for axing contracts for 80 seafarers on local ships transporting iron ore around the Australian coast, in preference for cheaper foreign labour, Mr Shorten denied he was engaging in a class war.

    “It’s about being an independent nation, controlling our transport costs, making sure that we protect our environment and making sure that as an island nation we have ships.”

    “In the good times maybe it doesn’t matter to corporate Australia. But in the bad time we’ll wish we had more Aussie seafarers.”

    During his second day of a nine-day tour through Queensland, Mr Shorten said: “Why does corporate Australia, the big end of town, think that the next quarter’s profits are more important than our environment, more important than Australian jobs and more important than Australian national security?”

    Heather Ridout, who is chair of AustralianSuper and a board member of the ASX and Sims Metal Management, said the rising anti-business populism in Australia was part of a global trend and had been “quite poisonous” for the economy and financial markets over the past year.

    “It’s a harrowing and frustrating time for the business community and from a business perspective people hope the election will bring some resolution to the domestic situation,” Ms Ridout said.

    But she warned business could not ignore declining trust among the public and concern about inequality, so corporate leaders must listen and respond to legitimate angst.

    “The political debate can sometimes go too far and business can’t capitulate to populism, but business has to adjust its agenda and communicate better to improve its credibility,” she said.

    Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox said: “We need to be wary of polarised politics that lead to bad outcomes.”

    “We are very mindful that the ACTU has lurched from consensus to confrontation and it would not be in the interests or employers or employees if that approach became standard operating procedure in Australia’s political or economic life.”

    Corporate concern about anti-business rhetoric is not confined to Labor.

    The energy sector is disturbed by the Morrison government’s potential law to “break up” big energy companies if they are too powerful, a policy Labor has rejected as irresponsible and dangerous for investment.

    The banks, preparing for the release of the final royal commission report as soon as February 1, are also concerned politicians might opt for a sledgehammer response on the eve of the election.

    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has emphasised he doesn’t want to make changes that would further squeeze the flow of credit to the economy or increase the power of the big four banks.

    Steve Pell, a consultant to senior business leaders and directors, said “this has been one of the busiest starts to January in recent memory”.

    “There’s a lot of external factors on the horizon in the royal commission findings, budget and the election,” he said.

    “There’s a sense that leaders want to drive the agenda, rather than just responding in what they can see is going to happen in the external environment.”

    A business executive said Mr Shorten’s demonisation of business contrasted to the more measured and responsible approach of shadow treasurer Chris Bowen behind the scenes.

    A Business Council of Australia spokesman said: “It is Australian business that generates around 80 per cent of our economic output and employs 6 out of 7 Australians.”

    “Only a strong economy driven by private enterprise can support the higher living standards, growing wages and essential services all Australians deserve.”

    “Thriving business isn’t just about growing numbers on a chart, it’s about creating more opportunities for everyday Australians and funding the services and projects that matter.”

    Both sides of politics have been friendlier towards small business.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Mr Frydenberg have rolled out a suite of policies to boost the cash flow and cut red tape for small business, with Labor adopting several similar policies.

  121. Nick

    With regards to Shorten’s plan to create a referendum on indigenous representation in Parliament, I await any minute now, tweets condemning the cost of it and the embarrassment and hurt it will create for those who identify as being indigenous. Any minute now…

  122. zyconoclast

    Ford Ranger/Everest’s premium engine is now a 2.0L twin turbo I4 vs the more venerable 3.2L V5.
    Others will likely follow suit.

    Ford and Volkswagen to team up to build next Ranger and Amarok utes

    The makers have just announced a new US-German partnership to develop the next-generation Ranger and Amarok and a range of commercial vans.

    Ford and Volkswagen expect the dual-cab ute to hit the market by 2022.

    This should provide a big boost for VW Amarok which is currently only the ninth best selling dual-cab in the ute in the country.

    The alliance also opens the door for numerous possibilities including an off-road Amarok similar to the current Raptor or a Ranger equipped with VW’s 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel (190kW/580Nm) which is currently the most powerful in its class.

  123. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    With regards to Shorten’s plan to create a referendum on indigenous representation in Parliament

    Does this mean someone will be game enough to stick their necks out, and define who is actually “indigenous?” – who can, and who can’t be appointed?

  124. OldOzzie

    If Masculinity is Toxic, it’s Still the Antidote to Femininity (the Reverse is Also True)

    Once upon a time, women couldn’t vote; women couldn’t own property. In fact, women were property. They were disenfranchised. Yet, they were never said to be less than needed. They were never characterized as wrong for being what they were.

    That seems to be happening now, to men. And it’s not just dumb; it’s detrimental. To the natural balance of the world.

    Women excel. At being women. Men do the same, according to their natural instincts (which are not, as Gillette has recently suggested, to simply be the worst humanity has to offer). I could list the male-female distinctions as I see them, but there’s no need; anyone paying the slightest bit of attention recognizes natural differences between the sexes.

    And one is not better than the other. And one is not good without the other.

    Women should be allowed to shine, as should men. And that means thriving in some ways that are currently being labeled “toxic.”

  125. Cassie of Sydney

    “C.L.
    #2911415, posted on January 19, 2019 at 9:54 am
    The Victorian left created Codey Herrmann.”

    Not just the Victorian left….the left across this country created Codey Herrmann.

  126. cohenite

    Does this mean someone will be game enough to stick their necks out, and define who is actually “indigenous?” – who can, and who can’t be appointed?

    That’s a very good point. Defining indigenous, as Bolt found, is an interesting exercise.

  127. OldOzzie

    cohenite
    #2911425, posted on January 19, 2019 at 10:07 am

    The difference between men and women:

    That had to be staged – No one could be that Stupid

  128. John Constantine

    https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2019/01/17/We-are-currently-getting-this-seriously-wrong-EAT-Lancet-issues-targets-for-healthy-sustainable-diets

    Global poverty for equal global poverty rations for global socialism.

    Genocide all farm animals to save socialism.

    Comrades.

  129. Nick

    Does this mean someone will be game enough to stick their necks out, and define who is actually “indigenous?” – who can, and who can’t be appointed?

    That’s an interesting point, Zulu.

  130. stackja

    Attorney-General Mark Speakman orders review into suppression orders
    Janet Fife-Yeomans, The Daily Telegraph
    January 18, 2019 5:57pm
    Subscriber only

    The state’s attorney-general has revealed he has concerns about the sweeping gag order covering the controversial case of a high-profile figure involved in an Australian court case.

    Mark Speakman said it was the non-publication order imposed in a court late last year that had prompted him to order a review into laws that prevent details about some court cases and criminals being made public in NSW.

    He said he wanted to make sure that where there were suppression orders in the state’s courts, they had to be justified.

    His comments followed The Daily Telegraph’s launch of its campaign yesterday against a state of across the state’s courts.

    “Late last year there was a high-profile case in Australia where the person accused was a very well-known identity and that has caused concern, the suppression order there,” Mr Speakman said yesterday.

    “That is what has made me look at this area of open justice and we have been working on it for a couple of months.

    “If there have to be restrictions on access to documents, (we want to make sure) they are exceptional circumstances that justify that rather than the norm.”

    The suppression order issued by that court blocks all reporting of the case and applies in “all Australian states and territories” and “on any website or other electronic or broadcast format accessible within Australia”.

  131. Myrddin Seren

    These people are completely insane and yet allowed to be the loudest voices in the public sphere:

    Eric Holthaus – staff writer @Grist and ecosocialist:

    Took a day or so of mental coaching, but I just strapped on the headphones with EDM and coffee and powered through my grief to write a very candid assessment of global ocean health. tough to just straight-up engage with my worst fears and the most daunting science imaginable.

    In reply, Dr Claire Wordley

    Thank you for your candour & for your always excellent writing. Trying to come to grips with what we are facing has led me to therapy & made me abandon hopes of having children, but I still read every column you write, because it also helped drive me to rebel. Your words matter.

    Your climate grief articles made me feel that my depression was wasn’t a crazy reaction, that it was a sane response to an insane world – and that there was no shame in seeking help. Your candour on what we face helps me stay informed so I can speak out with #ExtinctionRebellion.

    Dr. Genevieve Guenther

    I had a cardiac stress test last week because I was convinced that my episodes of heartache were symptoms of arterial blockage or something. But nope. I’m in great physical shape. I’m just grieving and frightened for my kid and everyone around his age. I wish I could fix it.

    The lunatics are running the asylum.

  132. Andreas

    @realDonaldTrump
    25 minutes ago
    I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown, tomorrow afternoon at 3 P.M., live from the @WhiteHouse.

  133. John Constantine

    https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/research-news/2019-01-17-the-planetary-health-diet.html

    No more discretionary spending on food, our elites must ration the proles to the diets that our elites decide is truly socialist.

    Our elites enforcing ration cards for us Is Our Strength.

    Comrades.

  134. OldOzzie

    John Constantine
    #2911430, posted on January 19, 2019 at 10:11 am

    https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2019/01/17/We-are-currently-getting-this-seriously-wrong-EAT-Lancet-issues-targets-for-healthy-sustainable-diets

    Global poverty for equal global poverty rations for global socialism.

    Genocide all farm animals to save socialism.

    Frightening Article – Food Nazis at work

    Enjoyed my Mixed Grill last night and the 500g T-Bone the night before

  135. Memoryvault

    Thanks to all you well-wishers, however, in my drunken stupor last night I appear to have mislead you. I am not in hospital. I am fine. Mrs MV is in hospital.

    She was diagnosed with a malignant cancerous tumor in her abdomen last September, and has been going downhill and in and out of hospital ever since. The condition is inoperable and terminal.

    She collapsed yesterday and was taken back to hospital. This time I fear she won’t be coming home again. Hence the drunken rave.

    I will be going back to be with her again once I have sobered up enough to drive.

    Again, my apologies if I gave you a bum steer.

  136. stackja

    Native English speakers ‘will be in the minority in Sydney in a decade’
    Christopher Harris, The Daily Telegraph
    January 19, 2019 8:06am
    Subscriber only

    In just over 10 years more Sydneysiders will be speaking a foreign language at home than those speaking English.

    Social demographer Mark McCrindle said if current census trends continued, native English speakers would effectively become a minority in Sydney.

    “We’re edging closer and closer to that point when more than half will speak another language (at home) and we will hit that in a little over a decade,” he said.

    “What is interesting in the five years from the previous census to the latest one, the number-one language spoken (apart from English) changed to Mandarin from Arabic, which is now number two.”

    This billboard in Hurstville is written in Mandarin and English.

    Across the city the fabric of the Sydney community is increasingly multilingual, with forms, shop signs, schools and even number plates all using a language other than English.

    Almost 3000 number plates bearing the words “Japanese Domestic Market” in Japanese characters have been sold by the state government since 2016.

    They cost an annual fee of $107 or a one-off cost of $305 and are bigger than regular NSW licence plates in order to better fit imported cars by Japanese manufacturers such as Nissan and Subaru.

  137. Tom

    For Calli: can’t find an electronic address, but the Herald Sun reports that PNG locals have knocked off 100 of the 1000 cars imported for last November’s APEC summit in Port Moresby. LOL. Despite recent competition from the Western left, PNG remains one of the world capitals of kleptocracy.

  138. Bruce of Newcastle

    We-are-currently-getting-this-seriously-wrong-EAT-Lancet-issues-targets-for-healthy-sustainable-diets

    I’m mystified why the people who advocate saving Gaia by eating less don’t lead by example and stop eating altogether. That would reduce their planetary footprint significantly!

  139. John Constantine

    “he first science-based diet that tackles both the poor food eaten by billions of people and averts global environmental catastrophe has been devised. It requires huge cuts in red meat-eating in western countries and radical changes across the world.

    The “planetary health diet” was created by an international commission seeking to draw up guidelines that provide nutritious food to the world’s fast-growing population. At the same time, the diet addresses the major role of farming – especially livestock – in driving climate change, the destruction of wildlife and the pollution of rivers and oceans.”

    It has been too soon to reveal their agenda to fundementally transform agriculture into one single worldwide godless commo collective farm.

    Centrally planned by the good and great, who allow rations to be provided to compliant peasants.

    When all food is owned by the State,

    You no crawl, you no eat.

    Comrades.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/16/new-plant-focused-diet-would-transform-planets-future-say-scientists

  140. P

    MV I will pray for you and especially your wife. She is still I believe a Catholic, so please tell her there are those who are praying for her.
    May God be with you both at this time.

  141. OldOzzie

    Memoryvault
    #2911438, posted on January 19, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Thanks to all you well-wishers, however, in my drunken stupor last night I appear to have mislead you. I am not in hospital. I am fine. Mrs MV is in hospital.

    She was diagnosed with a malignant cancerous tumor in her abdomen last September, and has been going downhill and in and out of hospital ever since. The condition is inoperable and terminal.

    MV,

    Hope all is well for your Wife.

    You need to stay strong for her

    All the Best

  142. calli

    at the end, he thought about it and left.

    That was the point of me posting it, Ozzie. Usually goes over heads like a low flying missile. The lyrics give it away of course.

  143. OldOzzie

    Tom

    Tenth of PNG’s APEC cars missing

    Nearly 100 cars bought by Papua New Guinea for the APEC leaders’ summit have yet to be returned to the government, officials say.

    The Pacific nation – one of the world’s poorest – bought about 1000 vehicles to transport world leaders during the annual meeting in November, intending to sell them off afterwards.

    But as the government begins tendering the cars this month, police have been ordered to recover nearly 100 that are yet to make it back.

    Finance Secretary Ken Ngangan this week said officials had been directed to surrender any APEC-related assets immediately.

    “Any assets that still remain outside of this team after [Thursday] will be deemed illegal and stolen,” Mr Ngangan said.

    PNG’s spending on the APEC conference – aided heavily by wealthier nations, including Australia – became a magnet for criticism of a government that has struggled to pay debt and public workers’ wages.

    The purchase of 40 Maseratis and three Bentleys in particular sparked outrage and protests.

    Those high-end cars, however, had all since been returned and would be sold as early as next week, Mr Ngangan said.

    The nation of about eight million has suffered economically since a downturn in global commodity prices, the failure of an LNG project to deliver a promised economic boom and a magnitude 7.5 earthquake last year.

    More than 100 disgruntled police and guards stormed the country’s parliament in November, demanding overdue payments for additional work during the APEC summit.

  144. stackja

    Bill Shorten’s fail on Queensland’s Independent Public Schools program
    Domanii Cameron, The Courier-Mail
    January 19, 2019 1:00am
    Subscriber only

    OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten has come under fire after claiming he wasn’t familiar with Queensland’s controversial Independent Public Schools program.

    It comes after Education Minister Grace Grace called on the Federal Government to reinstate funding after its share dried up in 2017.

    The Palaszczuk Government will continue funding the program for “at least” this term in office, with a state election due in October, 2020. But the future of the program beyond that is unknown.

    When asked whether Labor would fund the program if elected, Mr Shorten said, “I’m not familiar with which particular program that is.”

    “But our general approach to education is this; I want to give our kids the best education system in the world.

    “We will fund schools according to need.”

    The program has been plagued by controversy, with The Courier-Mail last year revealing the powerful Queensland Teachers’ Union placed pressure on the Palaszczuk Government to axe it, just three months before Ms Grace called for a review.

    There are 250 IPS schools across the state.

    Shadow Education spokesman Jarrod Bleijie said it was completely unacceptable that Mr Shorten wasn’t familiar with IPS.

    “It’s disappointing that the Labor Opposition Leader doesn’t know education in Queensland,” he said.

    “We have 250 independent public schools, I would have thought Grace Grace would have been singing the successes from the rooftop around the Labor Caucus.

    “Our position is if we (LNP) got in, in 2020, we would continue the IPS program and expand it.”

    Mr Bleijie called on both the Coalition and the Opposition to invest in the program.

  145. Boambee John

    SHOW ME THE MAN AND I’LL FIND YOU THE CRIME: Bruce Ohr Warned DOJ & FBI Of Dossier Bias BEFORE Its Use For FISA Warrant.

    It seems that Bruce Ohr knew of and warned his superiors of problems with the dossier, and given his wife’s involvement in preparing the dossier, he was in a good position.

    Hey m0nty, if Bruce O has flipped, who will go down first?

  146. stackja

    Queenslanders aroused by dogs, according to Queensland sign
    DAVID WOOD, Cheeky little bit of jackpot correspondent
    Additional best1al!ty research by Craig Dunlop, NT News
    January 18, 2019 1:28pm

    A ROAD sign at a remote outback roadhouse shows of a ‘more special kind of love’ between man and man’s best friend in the Sunshine State than is considered tasteful in most other parts of the country.

    Several other road signs.

  147. Boambee John

    Good position to know, though his position with Mrs O might also have been good.

  148. calli

    Chin up, MV.

    I can’t think of anything else to say. 😿

  149. Bruce of Newcastle

    Eric Holthaus – staff writer @Grist and ecosocialist:

    Mr Hothouse gets quite wrought up by such things. Anyone know if he’s done the deed yet? I know he backflipped and brought two nice kids into the doomed world, but maybe he’s recanted that crime against Gaia.

    Warmist Eric Holthaus, who pledged to stop flying & get vasectomy to stop global warming — at it again: ‘The only way to stop climate change now may be revolution’ (2013)

  150. zyconoclast

    The globe-trotting billionaire behind a campaign to save the planet by drastically reducing meat consumption is accused of blatant hypocrisy.

    Gunhild Stordalen, a Norwegian who owns a £20million private jet with her husband, regularly flies to exotic destinations around the world.

    Air travel pollution is a major contributor to global warming.

    Critics claim the pair are doing exactly what she is fighting against.

    “This is a campaign telling ordinary people they should be eating less than half a rasher of bacon per day for the sake of the environment, while the patron is flying people around the world in private jets creating one enormous carbon footprint.

    “This is a classic case of do as I say not as I do. Militant environmentalists can’t resist the chance to tell people how to live their lives and demonise everyday items of food.

    “It’s a shame they don’t hold their financiers to the same standards.”

    Model-turned-doctor Gunhild, 40, bankrolled the EAT-Lancet study which this week unveiled daily quotas such as no more than a 2p-sized beef burger; two-thirds of a fish finger; or a quarter of a chicken breast.

    The green campaigner and vegetarian, founded the EAT Foundation in 2013.

    It set up the three-year EAT-Lancet commission recruiting 37 experts from 16 countries.

    They were flown around the world to dozens of locations to unveil the plan this week.

    Gunhild flaunts her lavish lifestyle on social media website Instagram.

    In recent months she has posted photos of herself sunbathing in Mexico, relaxing in Greece, hugging a tree in Costa Rica, meditating with husband Petter in Antibes, living it up in Cuba and posing by a pool in St Tropez.

    She was also photographed in front of a backdrop of New York skyscrapers in a post lecturing people to cut meat from their diets.

    Gunhild suggests alternatives such as beans and nuts.

    In recent years she and hotel mogul Petter bought the private jet, a Bombardier Challenger 350.

    It was purchased through private business Jetfly, which is owned by another of Petter’s companies.

    Their opulent £4million wedding in 2010 was reportedly Scandinavia’s most expensive in history.

    Their 237 guests, who were served sushi and champagne, were flown 3,500 miles from Norway to the Moroccan city of Marrakesh where they feasted over three days at La Mamounia luxury hotel.

    Rock singer Bob Geldof officiated at the ceremony.

    The EAT-Lancet calls for better use of farming land to feed the rapidly growing global population and reduce methane greenhouse gas emissions from cattle.

    At the time of going to press last night, Gunhild’s organisation EAT had not commented on the accusation of hypocrisy.

    Gunhild, who sits on boards debating green issues at the UN, was yesterday on stage in her home city, Norway’s capital Oslo, plugging the food plan at another huge launch event.

    Standing behind a lectern, she said adopting the diet was “a matter of morals”.

    She added: “We all have a role to play. Whether we have power, knowledge, money, a voice, a piece of land or a piece of bread.”

  151. Cassie of Sydney

    Apologies about the long list but these men should never be forgotten. Here is a list of some of the brave men who died on September 11 2001….they are from the NY Fire Department. Oh…I don’t see too many “female” names.

    These are the best of men….the finest of men…and it takes real men to do this…

    Peter J. Ganci Jr., 54
    William M. Feehan, 72
    Ronald Paul Bucca, 45
    Mychal Judge, 68
    Chief Gerard A. Barbara, 53
    Chief Donald J. Burns‚ 61
    Chief Matthew Lancelot Ryan, 54
    Lt. Paul Thomas Mitchell, 46
    Chief William McGovern, 49
    Chief Richard Prunty, 57
    Faustino Apostol, Jr., 55
    Lt. Thomas O’Hagan, 43
    Chief John P. Williamson, 46
    Chief Orio Palmer, 45
    Lt. Stephen G. Harrell, 44
    Lt. Philip Scott Petti, 43
    Chief Thomas Patrick DeAngelis, 51
    Thomas McCann, 45
    Chief Dennis Lawrence Devlin, 51
    Chief Edward F. Geraghty, 45
    Lt. Charles William Garbarini, 44
    Carl Asaro, 39
    Alan D. Feinberg, 48
    Chief John M. Paolillo, 51
    Chief Frederick Claude Scheffold, Jr., 57
    Lt. Charles Joseph Margiotta, 44
    Lt. Geoffrey E. Guja, 49
    Lt. Anthony Jovic, 39
    Chief Joseph Grzelak, 52
    Michael Leopoldo Bocchino, 45
    Chief John Moran, 42
    Chief Lawrence T. Stack, 58
    Chief Dennis Cross, 60
    Chief Joseph Ross Marchbanks, Jr, 47
    Capt. Joseph D. Farrelly, 47
    Capt. Thomas Moody, 45
    Capt. Timothy M. Stackpole, 42
    Chief Thomas Theodore Haskell, Jr., 37
    Capt. Martin J. Egan, Jr., 36
    Capt. William O’Keefe, 48
    Lt. Andrew Desperito, 43
    Michael T. Weinberg, 34
    Calixto Anaya, Jr, 35
    James C. Riches, 29
    Thomas G. Schoales, 27
    Paul A. Tegtmeier, 41
    Manuel Del Valle, Jr, 32
    Paul Beyer, 37
    Thomas Holohan, 36
    William R. Johnston, 31
    Robert Parro, 35
    Lt. Gregg Arthur Atlas, 44
    Jeffrey James Olsen, 31
    Paul Pansini, 34
    Capt. William Francis Burke, Jr., 46
    Thomas Anthony Casoria, 29
    Michael J. Elferis, 27
    Vincent D. Kane, 37
    Martin E. McWilliams, 35
    Robert McPadden, 30
    James Nicholas Pappageorge, 29
    Hector Luis Tirado, Jr., 30
    Mark P. Whitford, 31
    Capt. Thomas Farino, 37
    Dana R Hannon, 29
    Lt. Kevin Pfeifer, 42
    David Arce, 36
    Michael Boyle, 37
    Robert Evans, 36
    Keithroy Marcellus Maynard, 30
    John Giordano, 47
    Lt. John F. Ginley, 37
    Kevin Bracken, 37
    Michael D. D’Auria, 25
    Bruce Gary, 51
    Michael F. Lynch, 30
    Steven Mercado, 38
    Robert W. Spear, Jr., 30
    Paul John Gill, 34
    Jose Guadalupe, 37
    Leonard Ragaglia, 36
    Christopher Santora, 23
    Lt. Peter L. Freund, 45
    Robert Lane, 28
    Christopher Mozzillo, 27
    Stephen P. Russell, 40
    Lt. Robert B. Nagel, 55
    Ruben D. Correa, 44
    Lt. Paul Richard Martini, 37
    Gregory Joseph Buck, 37
    Christopher Pickford, 32
    John Albert Schardt, 34
    Lt. Robert Francis Wallace, 43
    Karl Henry Joseph, 25
    Shawn Edward Powell, 32
    Kevin O. Reilly, 28
    Lt. Carl John Bedigian, 35
    John Joseph Florio, 33
    Michael Edward Roberts, 31
    Kenneth Thomas Watson, 39
    Daniel Suhr, 37
    Lt. Kenneth Phelan, 41
    Steven Coakley, 36
    Neil Joseph Leavy, 34
    John Chipura, 39
    David Paul DeRubbio, 38
    Brian McAleese, 36
    Stanley S. Smagala, Jr., 36
    Lt. Brian G. Ahearn, 43
    Frank Bonomo, 42
    Michael Scott Carlo, 34
    Jeffrey Stark, 30
    Eugene Whelan, 31
    Edward James White III, 30
    Lt. Steven Bates, 42
    Nicholas Paul Chiofalo, 39
    Francis Esposito, 32
    Lee S. Fehling, 28
    Lawrence G. Veling, 44
    Lt. Glenn E. Wilkinson, 46
    Ronnie Lee Henderson, 52
    Michael Ragusa, 29
    Anthony Rodriguez, 36
    Raymond R. York, 45
    Chief John Fanning, 54
    Lt. John A. Crisci, 48
    Dennis M. Carey, 51
    Martin N. DeMeo, 47
    Thomas Gardner, 39
    Jonathan R. Hohmann, 48
    Dennis Scauso, 46
    Kevin Joseph Smith, 47
    Capt. Frederick Ill, Jr, 49
    Michael J. Clarke, 27
    George DiPasquale, 33
    Denis P. Germain, 33
    Daniel Edward Harlin, 41
    Carl Molinaro, 32
    Dennis Michael Mulligan, 32
    Capt. Patrick J. Brown, 48
    Lt. Kevin W. Donnelly, 43
    Michael Carroll, 39
    James Raymond Coyle, 26
    Gerard Dewan, 35
    Jeffrey John Giordano, 45
    Joseph Maloney, 45
    John Kevin McAvoy, 47
    Timothy Patrick McSweeney, 37
    Joseph J. Ogren, 30
    Steven John Olson, 38
    Capt. David Terence Wooley, 54
    Lt. Daniel O’Callaghan, 42
    Joseph Angelini, Jr, 38
    Peter Brennan, 30
    Michael E. Brennan, 27
    Michael Haub, 34
    Michael F. Lynch, 33
    Samuel Oitice, 45
    John James Tipping II, 33
    Lt. Vincent Francis Giammona, 40
    Lt. Michael Warchola, 51
    Louis Arena, 32
    Andrew Brunn, 28
    Thomas Hannafin, 36
    Paul Hanlon Keating, 38
    John A. Santore, 49
    Gregory Thomas Saucedo, 31
    Capt. Vernon Allan Richard, 53
    George Cain, 35
    Robert Joseph Foti, 42
    Charles Mendez, 38
    Richard Muldowney Jr, 40
    Vincent Princiotta, 39
    Lt. Vincent Gerard Halloran, 43
    Gerard Baptiste, 35
    John P. Tierney, 27
    Jeffrey P. Walz, 37
    Sean Patrick Tallon, 26
    Lt. Michael Quilty, 42
    Michael F. Cammarata, 22
    Edward James Day, 45
    John F. Heffernan, 37
    Richard John Kelly, Jr, 50
    Robert King, Jr, 36
    Matthew Rogan, 37
    Angel L. Juarbe, Jr, 35
    Michael D. Mullan, 34
    Capt. Walter G. Hynes, 46
    Thomas Hetzel, 33
    Dennis McHugh, 34
    Thomas E. Sabella, 44
    Gregory Stajk, 46
    Lt. Joseph Gerard Leavey, 45
    Richard Lanard Allen, 30
    Arthur Thaddeus Barry, 35
    Thomas W. Kelly, 50
    Scott Kopytko, 32
    Scott Larsen, 35
    Douglas E. Oelschlager, 36
    Eric T. Olsen, 41
    Lt. Raymond E. Murphy, 46
    Robert Curatolo, 31
    Capt. John R. Fischer, 46
    John Patrick Burnside, 36
    James Michael Gray, 34
    Sean S. Hanley, 35
    David Laforge, 50
    Robert Thomas Linnane, 33
    Robert D. McMahon, 35
    Gerald T. Atwood, 38
    Gerard Duffy, 53
    Keith Glascoe, 38
    Joseph Henry, 25
    William E. Krukowski, 36
    Benjamin Suarez, 34
    Capt. Daniel J. Brethel, 43
    Stephen Elliot Belson, 51
    Lt. Glenn C. Perry, 41
    Matthew Barnes, 37
    John Michael Collins, 42
    Kenneth Kumpel, 42
    Robert Minara, 54
    Joseph Rivelli, 43
    Paul G. Ruback, 50
    John Marshall, 35
    Capt. Frank Callahan, 51
    James Andrew Giberson, 43
    Vincent S. Morello, 34
    Michael Otten, 42
    Michael Roberts, 30
    Joseph Spor, Jr., 35
    Peter Alexander Bielfeld, 44
    Lt. Joseph Gullickson, 37
    Patrick Byrne, 39
    Salvatore B. Calabro, 38
    Brian Cannizzaro, 30
    Thomas J. Kennedy, 36
    Joseph Maffeo, 31
    Terence A. McShane, 37
    Capt. Vincent Brunton, 43
    Thomas Richard Kelly, 39
    Henry Alfred Miller, Jr, 51
    Dennis O’Berg, 28
    Frank Anthony Palombo, 46
    Lt. Christopher P. Sullivan, 39
    Lt. Robert M. Regan, 48
    Joseph Agnello, 35
    Vernon Paul Cherry, 49
    Scott Matthew Davidson, 33
    Leon Smith, Jr., 48
    Peter Anthony Vega, 36
    Christian Michael Otto Regenhard, 28
    Andrew Jordan, 36
    Michael Kiefer, 25
    Thomas Mingione, 34
    John T. Vigiano II, 36
    Sergio Villanueva, 33
    Michael Joseph Cawley, 32
    Capt. Terence S. Hatton, 41
    Lt. Dennis Mojica, 50
    Joseph Angelini, Sr., 63
    Gary Geidel, 44
    William Henry, 49
    Kenneth Joseph Marino, 40
    Michael Montesi, 39
    Gerard Terence Nevins, 46
    Patrick J. O’Keefe, 44
    Brian Edward Sweeney, 29
    David M. Weiss, 41
    Lt. Peter C. Martin, 43
    William David Lake, 44
    Daniel F. Libretti, 43
    John Napolitano, 32
    Kevin O’Rourke, 44
    Lincoln Quappe, 38
    Edward Rall, 44
    Christopher Joseph Blackwell, 42
    Thomas Foley, 32
    Thomas Gambino, Jr., 48
    Raymond Meisenheimer, 46
    Donald J. Regan, 47
    Gerard Patrick Schrang, 45
    Capt. Brian Hickey, 47
    Lt. Kevin Dowdell, 46
    Terrence Patrick Farrell, 45
    William J. Mahoney, 37
    Peter Allen Nelson, 42
    Durrell V. Pearsall, 34
    Capt. Louis Joseph Modafferi, 45
    Lt. Harvey Harrell, 49
    Lt. Joseph A. Mascali, 44
    John P. Bergin, 39
    Carl Vincent Bini, 44
    Michael Curtis Fiore, 46
    Andre G. Fletcher, 37
    Douglas Charles Miller, 34
    Jeffrey Matthew Palazzo, 33
    Nicholas P. Rossomando, 35
    Allan Tarasiewicz, 45
    Robert J. Crawford, 62
    Chief Raymond Matthew Downey, 63
    Chief Charles Kasper, 54
    Capt. Patrick J. Waters, 44
    Lt. Timothy Higgins, 43
    Lt. Michael Thomas Russo, Sr, 44
    Capt. James M. Amato, 43
    Lt. Edward A. D’Atri, 38
    Lt. Michael Esposito, 41
    Lt. Michael N. Fodor, 53
    Brian Bilcher, 37
    Gary Box, 37
    Thomas M. Butler, 37
    Peter Carroll, 42
    Robert Cordice, 28
    David J. Fontana, 37
    Matthew David Garvey, 37
    Stephen Gerard Siller, 34
    Lt. William E. McGinn, 43
    Eric Allen, 44
    Andrew Fredericks, 40
    David Halderman, 40
    Timothy Haskell, 34
    Manuel Mojica, 37
    Lawrence Virgilio, 38
    Lt. Michael K. Healey, 42
    Thomas Patrick Cullen III, 31
    Robert Hamilton, 43
    Michael J. Lyons, 32
    Gregory Sikorsky, 34
    R. Bruce Van Hine, 45
    Tarel Coleman, 32
    Thomas Kuveikis, 48
    Peter J. Langone, 41
    Patrick Lyons, 34
    Kevin Prior, 28
    Lt. Ronald T. Kerwin, 42
    Ronnie E. Gies, 43
    Joseph Hunter, 31
    Jonathan Lee Ielpi, 29
    Adam David Rand, 30
    Timothy Matthew Welty, 34
    Paramedic Carlos R. Lillo, 37
    Paramedic Ricardo J. Quinn, 40

  152. calli

    They’d steal the eye out of a needle, Tom.

    The fancy cars will be abandoned, left rusting in a field once they go wrong.

  153. struth

    Unfortunately men have statistics against them . More men are psychopaths or have Narcisistic Personality Disorder , some are both, than women .

    What a load of cobblers.
    Can’t believe you’d be gullible enough to say that.
    Statistics from government funded Marxists, are called lies.

    Especially the NPD.
    I think we can safely say, looking at facebook and recent history, women are consumed by it.

    This is coming to a head because Femarxists, funded by government are shit scared their funding will be taken away and they’ll have to get a real job.

    What women are proving is to be the flies more attracted to the Marxist turd than any other.
    Gullibility is not a strong enough word.
    Civilisationally ignorant.

    It’s like me blaming all women for killing babies and throwing them in the dumpster.
    Ford has done it twice.
    When women respect babies and stop killing them, we’ll talk.

  154. Memoryvault

    She is still I believe a Catholic

    As the old saying goes, you can take the girl out of the Catholic, but you can’t take take the Catholic out of the girl. Dara Obriain offers this very funny, Irish explanation. (One of Mrs MV’s favourites).

  155. OldOzzie

    calli
    #2911447, posted on January 19, 2019 at 10:27 am


    at the end, he thought about it and left.

    That was the point of me posting it, Ozzie. Usually goes over heads like a low flying missile. The lyrics give it away of course.

    I felt I should be Polite and not say

    “at the end, he thought about it and left, he chose Freedom?

  156. stackja

    Carmageddon: Sydney’s slowest commutes revealed
    Edward Boyd, The Daily Telegraph
    in 13 hours
    Subscriber only

    EXCLUSIVE: Frustrated motorists are being forced to crawl along at speeds slower than a horse and cart with the clogged ­arteries to the heart of the city in cardiac arrest.

    An exclusive Saturday Telegraph investigation reveals drivers limp along at an average of as little as 12km/h during peak hours, leaving them on a road to nowhere.

    Alison Rd in Randwick, Cleveland St in the city and Victoria Rd, one of the main thoroughfares from the west through to the city, all almost grind to a standstill in the mornings. And in the afternoon “rush” things get even worse along Cleveland St, with motor­ists on the choked road travelling at an average of just 12.33km/h.

    In fact travellers in the early 1900s would have fared better, with a horse and cart trotting along at 16km/h.

    A Roads and Maritime Services spokeswoman said population growth, increased travel demands and changing travel patterns were the main causes of congestion on the state’s road network.

    She said the NSW government has committed $43 billion to try to fix the problem, with new and upgraded roads, new motorways, pinch points and clearways programs, and public transport projects such as the Metro, light rail and the B-Line network on the northern beaches.

    But commuters ground down by the gridlock and looking for immediate ­answers will be left pounding their steering wheels in frustration after Roads Minister Melinda Pavey yesterday declined to comment.

    The Telegraph investigation found the slowest roads in Sydney are centred around the CBD, with highways such as the M1, M2, M4, M5 and M7 all averaging at least 39km/h during the morning peak and 44km/h in the afternoon.

    The numbers were calculated by adding up the official data from the RMS for the three months to December 2018, and finding the average speed for the quarter.

  157. Myrddin Seren

    “What is interesting in the five years from the previous census to the latest one, the number-one language spoken (apart from English) changed to Mandarin from Arabic, which is now number two.”

    Based on a personal survey of one, around various transport hubs in northern Sydney and on to the CBD – the floodgates to the Han Supremacy opened in 2013.

    How long before the Han demand a Voice to Parliament ?

    Take your pick. We can have a bunch of Voices to Parliament proliferating all over Canberra, with attendant tax-payer funded infrastructure, representing the new Identity Constituencies and continue electing members based the old regional model.

    Or we just subdivide Parliament in to major identity groups and vote within your preferred group.

    Here are the white, hetro-normative female candidates.

    Here are the male Han candidates.

    Here are the QWERTY candidates

    Here are the Muslim candidates.

    etc etc

    Q: ‘Where are the anglophone, Caucasian men ?’

    A: ‘See that Gulag down the road ?’

  158. struth

    I can’t scroll back to far, but thanks for the cartoons, Tom, and I don’t know what’s going on with MV, but all the best old bloke, if you are in hospital again.

    And thanks for asking, my shoulder is nearly 80 percent as good as new.
    Amazing to go from that much pain and immobility, to 15 minutes getting the calcium sucked out and cortisone pumped in.

    Now must continue my exercising and rehearsal for Australia day.

    Last Australia day I played an RSL and some quarter casts made a bit of a “sorry day” scene in the background.
    Not in the mood for that shit this time.

  159. OldOzzie

    calli
    #2911459, posted on January 19, 2019 at 10:36 am

    They’d steal the eye out of a needle, Tom.

    The fancy cars will be abandoned, left rusting in a field once they go wrong.

    Sounds like Remote Outback Indigenous Communities

    and in Port Morseby buying a Fisher Price toy for one of our kids late 70s, was short on the price , cash was on the counter, turned around to ask my wife for the additional cash, PNG lady next to us swiped the money and headed out the door as I turned back.

    As against always smiling Fijians. never got smiles from the Local PNG People

    My Sister and Bother-in-Law with their kids lived in a Barb Wired enclosed Housing Compound and what got me. was the fact the the Police Station was surrounded by Brabed Wire, and I was told it was not to keep the Crims in, it was to keep the Crims out.

  160. MatrixTransform

    Once upon a time, women couldn’t vote; women couldn’t own property. In fact, women were property. They were disenfranchised. Yet, they were never said to be less than needed. They were never characterized as wrong for being what they were.

    that is indeed a very loose historical description omits more than it includes.

    for instance …

    1855 — South Australia – male suffrage to British subjects
    1894 – South Australian – women eligible to vote

    The whole women weren’t allowed etc …. what a worn out line of gibberish

  161. Dr Fred Lenin

    What is it with the “caring sex”? The females who are more concerned with peoples welfare .
    Pelosi off on an overseas junket while the government cant pay its staff.
    May who doesnt give a stuff about the will of the majority.
    Merkel who is trying to destroy white civilisation
    Clinton whingeing about being beaten fairly while stealing from a fraudulent “charity”
    I could have included Macron hes a Mummys boy .
    Female praying mantis springs to mind.

  162. stackja

    Cassie of Sydney
    #2911458, posted on January 19, 2019 at 10:36 am
    Mychal Judge, 68

    Mychal Fallon Judge, O.F.M. (born Robert Emmett Judge; May 11, 1933 – September 11, 2001), was a Franciscan friar and Catholic priest who served as a chaplain to the New York City Fire Department. It was while serving in that capacity that he was killed, becoming the first certified fatality of the September 11, 2001 attacks.[3]

  163. P

    Memoryvault pays tribute to his wife with four comments + song commencing here.

    Beautiful MV!

  164. Myrddin Seren

    Gunhild flaunts her lavish lifestyle on social media website Instagram.

    In recent months she has posted photos of herself sunbathing in Mexico, relaxing in Greece, hugging a tree in Costa Rica, meditating with husband Petter in Antibes, living it up in Cuba and posing by a pool in St Tropez.

    In recent years she and hotel mogul Petter bought the private jet, a Bombardier Challenger 350.

    What is the difference between the New Aristocrats and the Proles these days ?

    It is degree – not absolute ‘have-have not’.

    She has a plane, but even the average bogan can book a cheap flight.

    She parties in Greece – millions of chavs fly to Greece for summer holidays.

    She posts to Instagram on her smartphone. Look around the airport – who isn’t ?

    This is plainly driving the New Aristocrats to utter distraction.

    Hence – make energy limited and expensive – you cut modern middleclass society off at the ankles.

    Add restrictions on food, travel, vehicle use etc etc and pretty soon the New Serfs will know and recognise EXACTLY who their betters are.

    We are watching real time as all the progress since the steam age and industrial revolution is looking to be reversed.

  165. woolfe

    Don’t have the language to express what to say to you MV.

    Really sorry to hear, look after yourself.

  166. dopey

    Desert Classic. Mickelson 16 under par.
    There’s life in the old dog yet.

  167. OldOzzie

    MatrixTransform
    #2911467, posted on January 19, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Once upon a time, women couldn’t vote; women couldn’t own property. In fact, women were property. They were disenfranchised. Yet, they were never said to be less than needed. They were never characterized as wrong for being what they were.

    The whole women weren’t allowed etc …. what a worn out line of gibberish

    Matricx Transform,

    I have to disagree with you there

    2 years before we got married in 1968, my wife who was working for the Australian Federal Government would have had to resign

    The long, slow demise of the “marriage bar”

    Fifty years ago, women in the Australian public service finally won the right to remain employed after marriage, overcoming resistance even from their own union

    Until 1966, women employed in the Australian public service were faced with a choice that is difficult to comprehend today. Under the “marriage bar,” they were required to give up their jobs once they married – leaving many with the choice of relinquishing their paid work or attempting to conceal their new marital status

    or read

    The forgotten milestone that shows how far Australian women have come

    But it’s also easy to forget just how profoundly things for women in this country have changed in the last half-century, which is why I thought I’d mention a little anniversary that slipped past unremarked last Friday.

    November 18 2016, marked 50 years since the Holt government decreed that – for the first time in Australian history – it would be legal for married women to work in the public service.

  168. C.L.

    The state’s attorney-general has revealed he has concerns about the sweeping gag order covering the controversial case of a high-profile figure involved in an Australian court case.

    Cardinal Péll, yeah; everybody knows who you mean.

  169. C.L.

    November 18 2016, marked 50 years since the Holt government decreed that – for the first time in Australian history – it would be legal for married women to work in the public service.

    What would we do without women working in the public service?
    It’s hard to imagine life without them.

  170. areff

    Robert Joseph Foti, 42, in that list of 9/11 heroes was one of the parents at the Epiphany School on 28th Street in Manhattan, where my son was enrolled until grade 8. He coached the basketball teams, doted on his kids, one of whom was my son’s classmate, and was always there when there was a work bee or fundraiser. He had a good sense of humour and was kind to the local homeless, as were all the other NYC firemen and cops whose kids attended Epiphany, your basic parochial school. And who were all murdered that day.

    On 9/11, as I understand the circumstances, he remained in the second tower after the first collapsed in the full knowledge that his efforts to help others get out might well mean his own death. It did. Nine months later, they had found just enough of Bob, crushed and baked beneath the smouldering wreckage, to justify a coffin in the nave at the Epiphany church.

    At his funeral the priest said, quite rightly, how he ‘gave his life for others”.

    There you have it: he was an example of what these days, in between insisting refrigerators are more dangerous than Muslim butchers, they call “toxic masculinity”.

  171. C.L.

    Nancy Pelosi dementia watch …
    She wants electronic dogs to guard the border … Tucker Carlson reports:

  172. OldOzzie

    C.L.
    #2911477, posted on January 19, 2019 at 11:05 am

    What would we do without women working in the public service?
    It’s hard to imagine life without them.

    C.L. Forget the Punlic Service

    Your Statement should read

    What would we do without women ? –
    It’s hard to imagine life without them.

  173. 132andBush

    MV,
    So sorry to read your news.

    Hard to know what to say.

  174. stackja

    C.L.
    #2911477, posted on January 19, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Would a woman have faced down Gough like Wheeler?

  175. MatrixTransform

    I have to disagree with you there

    Good for you.

    The whole notion that any of that was simply some gendered policy that stemmed from a deeper misogyny is …well, simplistic at best.

    now take your historic blinkers off and have a proper read of history
    While your’e at it dig into other cultures and try going back a little further than your own personal lifetime

  176. MatrixTransform

    What would we do without women ?

    Fishing … mostly

  177. stackja

    Amber.K.
    @AmberX994874
    16 hours ago
    Aspiring rapper Codey Herrmann arrested over death of Israeli student https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/aspiring-rapper-codey-herrmann-arrested-over-death-of-israeli-student-20190118-p50sak.html … via @theage

    Matey Mate
    ‏@MateyMate7
    Replying to @AmberX994874 @theage
    It’s the left who created this child. Every point along his life where he needed a male role model to encourage and challenge him there would have been none. Lost sight of his education, no respect for women and a victim of his race. Does any of this sound familiar to anyone?

    11:07 AM – 18 Jan 2019

  178. zyconoclast

    How long before the Han demand a Voice to Parliament ?

    The like of Sam Darstardly are easily replaced. No need to call for a Han voice Parliament.

    Look at this map for most common surnames. Lee, Chen, Wang, Li, Nguyen are on the ascendance.
    Throw in a Singh and Patel for good measure.
    Smith is in retreat and not a w0gggy European name to be seen.

    Most popular surnames in Sydney Interactive map.

    Click on each suburb and you will get a top ten list.

  179. MatrixTransform

    Sorry for you troubles MV

  180. OldOzzie

    MatrixTransform
    #2911484, posted on January 19, 2019 at 11:11 am

    I have to disagree with you there

    Good for you.

    now take your historic blinkers off and have a proper read of history
    While your’e at it dig into other cultures and try going back a little further than your own personal lifetime

    Surprisingly I do both read history and dig into other cutures, both BC and AD and as an example I have read widely on Australian Indigenous Customs

    for example

    The Native Tribes of Central Australia
    by Baldwin Spencer and F.J. Gillen
    [1899]

    Title Page
    Preface
    List of Illustrations
    Chapter I. Introduction
    Chapter II. The Social Organisation of the Tribes
    Chapter III. Certain Ceremonies Concerned with Marriage Together with a Discussion Regarding the Same
    Chapter IV. The Totems
    Chapter V. The Churinga or Bull Roarers of the Arunta and Other Tribes
    Chapter VI. Intichiuma Ceremonies
    Chapter VII. Initiation Ceremonies
    Chapter VIII. Initiation Ceremonies (Continued) the Engwura Ceremony
    Chapter IX. Initiation Ceremonies (Continued) the Engwura Ceremony (Concluded)
    Chapter X: Traditions Dealing with the Origin of the Alcheringa Ancestors of the Arunta Tribe and with Particular Customs
    Chapter XI. Traditions Dealing with the Origin of the Alcheringa Ancestors of the Arunta Tribe and with Particular Customs (Continued)
    Chapter XII. Customs Concerned with Knocking out of Teeth; Nose-Boring; Growth of Breasts; Blood, Blood-Letting, Blood-Giving, Blood-Drinking; Hair; Childbirth; Food Restrictions; Cannibalism
    Chapter XIII. The Customs of Kurdaitcha and Illapurinja and the Avenging Party or Atninga
    Chapter XIV. Customs Relating to Burial and Mourning
    Chapter XV. The Iruntarinia and Arumburinga, or Spirit Individuals
    Chapter XVI. The Making and the Powers of Medicine Men; Various Forms of Magic
    Chapter XVII. Methods of Obtaining Wives
    Chapter XVIII. Myths Relating to Sun, Moon, Eclipses, Etc.
    Chapter XIX. Clothing, Weapons, Implements, Decorative Art
    Appendix A. The Names of the Natives
    Appendix B. The Wilyaru Ceremony of the Urabunna Tribe, Together with References to Mr. Gason’s Account of the Dieri (Dieyerie) Tribe
    Appendix C
    Glossary of Native Terms Used
    Index

    Chapter III Certain Ceremonies Concerned with Marriage Together with a Discussion Regarding the Same.

    Marriage ceremony in the northern Arunta and Ilpirra tribes—Ceremony in the southern Arunta—Ceremony in the Kaitish, Warramunga, Iliaura, Waagai, Bingongina, Walpari and Luritcha tribes—On these occasions men standing in a definite relationship to the woman have access to her—Ceremonies are of the nature of those described by Sir John Lubbock as indicative of “expiation for marriage”—To be regarded as rudimentary customs—Sexual license during corrobborees in the Arunta, Kaitish, Iliaura and Warramunga tribes—This is not, strictly speaking, the lending of wives, as it is obligatory—Feeling of sexual jealousy not strongly enough developed amongst these tribes to prevent the occurrence of general intercourse or lending of wives—The putting of a man to death for wrongful intercourse is no proof of the existence of sexual jealousy—Term lending of wives restricted to private and voluntary lending by one man to another—Discussion of certain parts of Westermarck’s criticism of the theory of promiscuity so far as concerns the tribes now dealt with—Customs at marriage and at certain other times afford evidence of the former existence of a time when there existed wider marital relations than now obtain.

  181. Eyrie

    MV, I’m so sorry to hear that. Words fail.

  182. Nick

    Just curious, why would indigenous want to participate in a white man’s construct such as Parliament ? / sarc.

  183. Myrddin Seren

    Where is Nancy going?

    P

    Wherever the destination – notice she still is walking off with taxpayer provided loot.

    Hope the airline had a well-filled booze locker in First Class – glug, glug, glug.

  184. Leo G

    Nancy Pelosi dementia watch …
    She wants electronic dogs to guard the border … Tucker Carlson reports:

    Pelosi wanted a detector of drugs, guns and contraband carried by cars which crossed the US border- something like an electronic dog.
    What action would the dog be expected to take upon detection?
    It would have to be like a dog with very big jaws.
    I’m surprised she didn’t imagine something that would patrol the border with an electronic voice chanting “Exterminate contraband, exterminate”.

  185. Nick

    I do like this from Blair:

    The English alphabet is officially extended by the inclusion of several Cyrillic, Chinese and Arabic characters due to concerns from LGBTQIAPK enthusiasts that they will eventually run out of letters.

  186. Tel

    Add restrictions on food, travel, vehicle use etc etc and pretty soon the New Serfs will know and recognise EXACTLY who their betters are.

    One of the reasons Trump shows his mastery over Pelosi by taking away her holiday junket.

  187. struth

    Reading back, again best wishes for Mrs MV memoryvault.
    It’s earth shattering and there’s nothing we can say.
    God bless her.

  188. Memoryvault

    Just curious, why would indigenous want to participate in a white man’s construct such as Parliament

    Because, to misquote the immortal words of Willie Sutton “That’s where the money is”.

  189. Tom

    Alberta government using Star chamber to silence Rebel Media via lawfare.

    Thanks for posting, Dover. That is exactly what will be unleashed in Australia later this year: unaccountable fascist government bureaucracies hell-bent on shutting down criticism of unaccountable fascist government bureaucracies shutting down freedom of speech.

  190. John Constantine

    Their stordalens, norwegian property developer billionaires.

    Fund the Eat-Lancet calls for food rationing for the entire human race.

    Fund calls for global socialist Tyranny, to enforce global food rationing for the poor.

    Funny how property developer billionaires thrive like viruses with bank accounts in socialist tyrannies.

    Comrades.

  191. OldOzzie

    Linda Sarsour: ‘My Beloved Prophet Muhammad Was a Human Rights Activist’

    Video has surfaced of the hijab-wearing feminist heroine Linda Sarsour speaking in California in December, complaining about her education:

    I went to public school. My parents couldn’t afford to send seven children to Islamic school … As I grew older, I realized that I got cheated out of my Islamic education. You know what I feel like I got cheated out of? Nobody told me that my beloved Prophet Muhammad was an activist. He was a human rights activist.

    Muhammad was a human rights activist?

    Only if J#ws do not count as humans.

    The Qur’an depicts the J#ws as fabricating things and falsely ascribing them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181, 5:64); loving to listen to lies (5:41); disobeying Allah and never observing his commands (5:13); disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); and giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87).

    It gets worse. The Qur’an accuses the J#ws of wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); and being miserly (4:53).

    And then there’s the bad stuff.

    The Qur’an tells Muslims that J#ws will be their worst enemies (5:82) and that they’re under Allah’s curse (9:30), and that Muslims must wage war against and subjugate them under the hegemony of Sharia, denying them basic rights (9:29).

    Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour said Muhammad was a human rights activist?

    Perhaps if women do not count as humans, either.

    The Qur’an teaches that men are superior to women, and should beat women from whom they “fear disobedience”:

    Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them (4:34).

    Muhammad’s child bride Aisha — she was six when forced to marry him — says in a hadith:

    [Muhammad] struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: “Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?” (Sahih Muslim 2127)

    The Qur’an likens a woman to a field (tilth), to be used at will by a man:

    Your women are a tilth for you, so go to your tilth as you will (2:223).

    The Qur’an declares that a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man:

    Get two witnesses, out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as you choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her (2:282).

    The Qur’an allows men to marry up to four wives — and to have sex slaves:

  192. JC

    The best shit show for the next two years

    Maxine as the head of the finance committee. Don’t miss it for the world.

    Considering her record + her documented history of poor ethical + moral fitness, it’s outrageous that Maxine Waters is up for chair of the House Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over the country’s banking, economy, housing, & insurance.

  193. stackja

    Matildas coach Alen Stajcic confirms he has left the top job, effective immediately
    David Davutovic and Val Migliaccio, The Advertiser
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    Matildas boss Alen Stajcic has been fired on the eve of the Women’s World Cup in France.

    Football Federation Australia will make the shock announcement at a press conference today at noon in Sydney.

    Stajcic was called into a meeting at FFA headquarters on Saturday morning where he was informed of his sacking.

    Stajcic confirmed to News Corp Australia that he was no longer in charge of the side.

    It’s understood that FFA uncovered workplace issues via an internal investigation, accusing Stajcic of overseeing a poor culture.

    The FFA interviewed staff for the review, which prompted some Matildas backlash.

    Stajcic has been in charge of the Matildas since 2014 after Hesterine de Reus was sacked following a player revolt.

  194. Black Ball

    Reading the work here and the knowledge I get from here surpasses anything else. Have any contributors ever considered running for Parliament?

  195. Roger

    My parents couldn’t afford to send seven children to Islamic school … As I grew older, I realized that I got cheated out of my Islamic education.

    By whom, Linda? Forever playing the victim. Surely it must become tiresome after a while?

  196. stackja

    Brittany Goldsmith, Kieran Rooney and James Mottershead, Sunday Herald Sun
    25 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    ASPIRING RAPPER’S BIZARRE LYRICS, POSTS

    A wannabe rapper remains in custody after being arrested by police investigating the horrific murder of foreign student Aiia Maasarwe.

    Codey Herrmann has several online profiles under differing names, including Kody Wrex MC Codez, and Codey Kulla Kulla.

    He recently recorded and shared explicit songs about becoming “one with the knife” and being “legally insane”.

    “The real fight was keeping all the demons in my mind on the inside, “ he raps on one track posted online.

    “… Those people that are left behind don’t even know if I’m alive, f—ing with my mind, become one with the knife.”

    In another track, Mr Herrmann raps about night terrors and mental health.

    “I’m uncontrollable, situation constantly baking me,” the lyrics said. “My thoughts turn to nightmares and non-stop chasing me.”

    In a song titled “1%”, posted three months ago, Mr Hermann said: “You are speaking to a man who embraces death, I’ve got a lot of regrets, I am hanging on by a thread.

    “But in the end, it doesn’t matter if I’m trying my best. ‘Cause I reckon by the end of this year yep, I’m going to be dead.”

    Last week, he shared a post reading: “Shoutout to all the men going through a lot, with no one to turn to, because this world wrongly taught our males to mask their emotion & that strong means silent.”

    On January 8, as Kody Wrex, he wrote: “International girl of mystery. You knows (sic) who you are.”

    A Kody Wrex post from December, attributed to Satan, said: “If I need consent to enter someone then so do you.”

    In another, he wrote: “Don’t take pity on me. Don’t tell me what I do and don’t know. And don’t ever treat me like one of your two face junkie f—n mates we are not the same.”

    In another post dated December 6, he wrote: “It was my tough luck I fell for a dumb sl– that done stuff now I never ever trust yung (sic) 1s.”

    He also called himself a “Martian” and a “goblin” in a post on November 6.

    And last November, on the Kody Wrex page, he claimed to have “tried to jump in front (of) a tram got maced by police”.

  197. Roger

    And last November, on the Kody Wrex page, he claimed to have “tried to jump in front (of) a tram got maced by police”.

    Mr. Herrmann’s history of interactions with Victorian authorities are going to be of great interest when they are eventually reported.

  198. cohenite

    Myrddin Seren

    #2911434, posted on January 19, 2019 at 10:16 am

    These people are completely insane and yet allowed to be the loudest voices in the public sphere:

    Arguably the most defining characteristic of the greenies is misanthropy, of other people not themselves. Jo Nova did a good article some years back, published at the abc no less on misanthropy:

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-10-07/warming_to_misanthropy/39750

    Check out the angry kid video and if you really want to know how alarmists think read these comments; sample:

    The nose :

    05 Apr 2012 11:00:28am

    The human race behaves like a parasite on the earth, but in the end the earth will win.
    After we are long gone it will correct itself and revert back to its pristine state.
    The humane race lived in harmony with the environment, for thousands of years, like a benign cancer, but over the last few centuries we have mutated into a full blown aggressive cancer gobbling up the earths resources at an ever increasing rate and causing massive degradation to the environment.
    Like a cancer we don’t care, and we will fight anything that impedes our progress

  199. cohenite

    UPDATE: A spokesperson for the special counsel is disputing BuzzFeed News’ report.

    Bahahahahaha.

  200. Absolutely hilarious how quickly the Buzzfeed scoop blew up on their faces.

  201. Nick

    My parents couldn’t afford to send seven children to Islamic school … As I grew older, I realized that I got cheated out of my Islamic education.

    If only Islamic schools existed. Oh wait.

  202. Roger

    is going to be…

    Meanwhile, a female journalist has published a piece about the “illusion of safety” in Australian cities, bemoaning the lack of some magical entity known as “female empowerment”.

    What say we empower women to carry mace, for starters?

  203. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The morning’s “West Australian” reports a second group of the good, the holy, the saintly, fvcking Greens as offering cash for images of sheep, in a distressed condition, on the boat to the Middle East.

  204. Nick

    Mr. Herrmann’s history of interactions with Victorian authorities are going to be of great interest when they are eventually reported.

    Way after he is sentenced and on page 50.

  205. bespoke

    Buzzfeed stop hitting your self!!!

  206. C.L.

    That is exactly what will be unleashed in Australia later this year: unaccountable fascist government bureaucracies hell-bent on shutting down criticism of unaccountable fascist government bureaucracies shutting down freedom of speech.

    Huh?
    It wasn’t Bill Shorten who tried to jail Andrew Bolt and Bill Leak.
    It was the Liberal Party.

  207. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    This is not, strictly speaking, the lending of wives, as it is obligatory—Feeling of sexual jealousy not strongly enough developed amongst these tribes to prevent the occurrence of general intercourse or lending of wives—

    first cuck nations

  208. Nick

    UPDATE: A spokesperson for the special counsel is disputing BuzzFeed News’ report.

    Fairfax is still running this headline:” https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/we-are-at-impeachment-trump-hit-by-most-damaging-story-of-his-presidency-20190119-p50scm.html”

    Strange how the Left mock Trump’s calling out of fake news.

  209. C.L.

    Ahahahahahahaha.

    The Guardian: Mueller breaks silence to dispute bombshell report on Michael Cohen.

    In a rare public remark, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller disputed a bombshell report alleging that Donald Trump had directed his former attorney to lie to congress…

    “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” the spokesman said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

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