Open Forum: January 19, 2019

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  1. mh

    Prominent Democratic donor Terry Bean indicted on sex abuse charges

    …Bean, a gay rights activist who donated almost $70,000 of his own money to former President Barack Obama’s campaign, was charged with sexual abuse in 2014 but the case was dismissed after the alleged victim did not testify. Prosecutors refiled the charges after this, court records stated, according to The Oregonian. The “alleged victim is not named in the new indictment” but the dates are similar to the previous charges, KGW8 noted.

    Bean, a real estate developer, and his former boyfriend, Kiah Lawson, allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old boy in a Eugene, Oregon, hotel in September 2013. They allegedly used the app Grindr to arrange the sexual encounter. Lawson was also charged but his case was dismissed….

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/prominent-democratic-donor-terry-bean-indicted-on-sex-abuse-charges

  2. Infidel Tiger

    How do do you know they weren’t doctored? The post office dude with the thermo at the back of the store could have just made that shit up, 100 years ago. If it was hot and part of my job was to record daily temps, I know, knowing me, I would have made that shit up instead of walking outside at the exact time in that blistering heat. It was useless information anyway at the time

    This is contemptible claptrap and beneath you.

  3. Mater

    m0nty
    #2912089, posted on January 20, 2019 at 8:08 am
    Trump to propose DACA for wall funding. Who was it on here telling me this was a non-starter?

    You were!

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

    He offered that. Pelosi rejected it.

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

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

  4. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    the archaeological evidence, which is essentially that the Adventus Angelorum was really a refugee flotilla; they just turned up and started farming. The British Romans could not stop them as they had lost their legions in the first decade of the fifth century, with Honorius not replacing them. The archaeological evidence shows the two groups lived peaceably side by side for some time, even trading with each other.

    Yep. Watched the ‘Arthur’ piece last night on SBS iview. It was OK. At least there is the beginning of a public consciousness now that ‘King Arthur’ was not a historical figure and that the ‘Arthurian Age’ of fifth century battles with the Saxons is largely myth. The recent archaeology of Tintagel is interesting, basically showing that the tin trade in Cornwall did not die. Geoffrey of Monmouth had a ready-made site there for an ‘historical’ Arthur, especially as in the Bronze Age and later Iron Age there is good evidence that Tintagel was a king-making ritual site, by no means the only one in Britain but the one handily closest to Geoffrey’s world around Oxford and his patron Robert of Gloucester. There is a kingmaking footprint on Tintagel plus ‘cup and ring’ carvings, on an island landing place, and as I and only one other have noted, there is a clear depiction in the outline of one cliff-edge at Tintagel of a male profile. Not surprisingly, Merlin is drawn into the myth of a god’s miraculous birth, with a cave at Tintagel named as Merlin’s cave (probably the cave in which early Mycenean travelers claimed ‘the British Chronus’ lived).

    Those who have read my Quadrant article know that I argue that Merlin is simply the Brythonnic name of Odin (mwrothin=great Odin) contracted to the Welsh Myrddin, later Anglicised to Merlin. I suspect that this Mycenean designation gave rise to this British father god of the Neolithic later being called Crom throughout Britain and Ireland, ie, a shortened form of Chronus. It may even be that Chronus, the very ancient Greek god of time, and the British Crom, may both refer to a stem Indo-European word for time – from which we get such words as chronometer and chronic, for a start.

    Old Father Thames (pronounced Tea-mies) probably also reflects an Anglicisation of the father god of time, also a river god, most likely also Odin/Eiddyn, as seen in the River Eden, in Cumbria. Interestingly, Bernard Cornwall offers a ninth century pronunciation of this river as the Hedene. He also offers Tu-ede as the ninth century origin of our River Tweed. As I am also search for alignments of the ancient Odin/Tiw father god, I am please to see this one (Tiw-Odin in the ede variant of Odin). I have found a fascinating alignment of Chronus and Arthur in the anciently named landscape of Cromarty (Crom and Arthur).

    During the Neolithic such profile outlines were commonly found in the landscapes where ritual sites developed. In fact, seeing profile in the landscape is a human trait. There is one on the island of the Wahines, in the Tahitian islands, for instance, as well as in Spain’s famous Neolithic site of Antiguera, and surrounding the Calendish Stones in Britain’s Isle of Lewis.

  5. OldOzzie

    This Is The Reason Smart TVs Are So Cheap

    A significant reason why a smart TV, or perhaps a new 65-inch 4K smart TV with HDR capability, can be purchased for about $500, is because some manufacturers are harvesting data from users.

    Vizio’s Chief Technology Officer, Bill Baxter, outlined the strategy to The Verge during the Consumer Electronics Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada last Monday.

    “This is a cutthroat industry. It’s a 6% margin industry,” Baxter said. “The greater strategy is I really don’t need to make money off of the TV. I need to cover my cost.”

    More specifically, electronic manufacturers like Vizio have figured out that they can sell smart TVs at, or around cost, and concentrate on data harvesting and post-purchase monetization.

    As Baxter put it: “It’s not just about data collection. It’s about post-purchase monetization of the TV.”

    He explained there are several ways to monetize smart TVs: “You sell some movies, you sell some TV shows, you sell some ads, you know.”

    Baxter said, without the additional forms of revenue, consumers would be paying higher premiums for smart TVs. “We’d collect a little bit more margin at retail to offset it.”

    Vizio TVs, have the ability, with user opt-in, track anything that is on the TV, what the company calls “automatic content recognition.” That data used to be sold off to third-party data aggregators, but after the Federal Trade Commission and New Jersey slapped the company with a multi-million dollar fine in 2017.

    Legal documents from the case reportedly show that Vizio installed software on 11 million smart TVs to track viewing habits without consumers’ knowledge.

    Now, Vizio keeps the data but sells targeted advertising in a platform model like Google and Facebook.

    So you must be wondering how much data is Vizio collecting from smart TVs?

    Well, the Verge’s editor-in-chief, Nilay Patel, tweeted that a connected VIZIO P-Series Class 4K HDR Smart TV pings a server over 500,000 times a week or nearly once every second, much more than the typical device.

    The reason why I went for a LG OLED W7 TV rather than the latest LG OLED W8 TV which has an AI Chip

  6. Roger

    Someone put this up a few pages back and I think it is worth linking to again. It looks at fatherhood in an anthropological and evolutionary perspective.

    That was me, with an added dose of sarcasm directed at the fact that academics are now proclaiming these things as discoveries when they are just common sense. Still, we must be grateful for baby steps among the elites.

  7. cohenite

    Apparently the mad Pelosi and other demorats had rejected Trump’s proposals before he made his offer in his speech:

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-offers-dems-an-immigration-compromise-early-signs-of-rejection

  8. OldOzzie

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2912184, posted on January 20, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for that review above – I meant to record the SBS Arthur, but will watch it on SBS on Demand

    As a matter of Interest have you read

    The Cadfael Chronicles

    The Cadfael Chronicles is a series of historical murder mysteries written by the linguist-scholar Edith Pargeter under the name “Ellis Peters”.

    Set in the 12th century during the Anarchy in England, the novels focus on Benedictine monk Cadfael who aids the law with solving murders.

    In all, Pargeter wrote twenty Cadfael novels between 1977 and 1994.

  9. Twostix

    If it wasn’t for you n0nty that buzzfeed story would have remained true.

    But you had to come in here being a blundering embarrassing oaf and the gods were like “oh god, this guy” and yet again were forced move across space and time to rewrite history, all to ensure that you would not lose your power of perfect wrongology.

    In doing so they made a complete mess of this timeline but never mind. You retain your perfect record, the media are again outed as liars and enemies of the nation and Teflon Don rides!

  10. Tel

    How do do you know they weren’t doctored? The post office dude with the thermo at the back of the store could have just made that shit up, 100 years ago.

    How do you know that Napoleon’s invasion of Russia wasn’t secretly a false-flag operation intended to discredit the revolution?

    This is a serious philosophical question, how do we know anything that happened long ago in the past and cannot be tested in an empirical manner? I would argue we don’t know, we only have those bits of history handed down and all of them are potentially questionable. It’s quite difficult to leave a long term memory that lasts for thousands of years in an unambiguous and reliable manner.

    In the modern world we have all this recording equipment everywhere making a trace, but it’s jumbled up with deliberate lies, amusing photoshopped memes, genuinely mistaken reports, and strategic deletion. Since knowledge is power, who controls the past can influence the present, a basic understanding of incentives must inevitably lead us to believe that the process of mangling history has always been happening.

  11. bespoke

    Shapiro is nowhere near as intelligent as he thinks he is.

    I agree with this but still think Stimps is being reactionary.

  12. EvilElvis

    Mr Herrmann — whose mother died when he was young — had been living rough.

    We’ve made some small progress from blaming all men … down to blaming a fairly large number of public servants. That’s got me off the hook at least.

    If a department is chartered with taking care of the above ‘social’ issues but can’t rise above virtue signalling and activism to work towards either getting this guy straightened out or incarcerated they should take a large portion of blame.

    The victim cards are playing out already and these fuckwit public servants who are ‘societies’ guardians need the spotlight shine on them brightly.

  13. OldOzzie

    Luongo: Pelosi Fiddles While The Democrats Burn

    Nancy Pelosi (D – Boomers) has a problem. Scratch that, she has a number of problems, not counting her own ethical and moral shortcomings.

    Pelosi is the Queen of Projection. She projects an air of invincibility while also projecting her weaknesses onto her political opponents. So, even though Nasty Nancy just got back her Speaker’s gavel, she does so at the weakest moment in the Democratic party’s history since World War II.

    The traditional three-headed coalition of the Democrats has been shattered. The middle class Union guys are gone. By the time Trump is done with her over border security Pelosi’ll lose a bigger swath of the Hispanic vote than she already has.

    All that will be left is her warmongering, globalist, shills for the MIC and the Deep State. Bicoastal Smug Liberals.

  14. Peter Campion at 1055:
    Well said.
    I’ve kept a copy in The Poolroom.

  15. bespoke

    OldOzzie
    #2912150, posted on January 20, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Sound like my recently single little sister with a tribe of kids but they are only young so only time will tell if she achieves the same success.

  16. Stimpson J. Cat

    I agree with this but still think Stimps is being reactionary.

    Yes I am reacting to stupidity and inept rhetoric.
    This was the Big Guest speaker at the March For Life rally and he’s talking about Baby Hitler.
    F$ck me.

  17. C.L.

    We’ve made some small progress from blaming all men … down to blaming a fairly large number of public servants. That’s got me off the hook at least.

    It’s no exaggeration to say that orphan Aborigine Herrmann was raised by Dan Andrews and his fellow leftists. The boy should have been ‘stolen’ at the outset. Then he might not have wound up targeting a pretty white-skinned girl from the demographic his state tutors have always taught him to hate.

  18. Leigh Lowe

    The cleansing of century old temperature records is an utter fraud.
    It has been sold as being down to “unreliable equipment” and “manual techniques”. This makes sense to gullible Millenials because, well, everything is better and more accurate now than the clunky shit used in the olden days.
    Truth is, a mercury thermometer calibrated from a master instrument is incredibly accurate … as in, it CANNOT be out by 1 to 2 degrees.
    As for “manual readings”, the human eye can discern differentials down to 1/1000 of an inch when reading against a clearly marked scale.
    The fact that the readings were recorded on ledger paper with a fountain pen does not compromise their authenticity.

  19. Gilas

    Hmmm… Cats, intelligent human behaviour and human nature, are very interesting…

    The following has been noted before, but deserves another comment.

    Many Cats here make reasonable, informative entries, deserving (or not) of further reply or commentary, yet get no, or casually few responses.

    Yet, when the well known trolls, sdfc, Rae, Montz, Harks, et al make offensive, trolling, idiotic, biased and ignorant comments, they are promptly and liberally rewarded by the Catterati.
    The latter, though well aware that feeding trolls is a waste of pixels and milli-ergs, sprinkle freds liberally with outrage, counter-comment and insults. A waste for all but the trolls.
    They are, of course, also aware that doing so amply affirms the troll’s sense of power on their captive proles, just like a soiled soyboy’s sense of power is affirmed at having alphas apologise to them on FC or twatter.

    If this made any sense it wouldn’t be worthy of comment.

    Isn’t human nature funny?

  20. John Constantine

    “PEOPLE should be limited to the equivalent of one cocktail sausage, half a fish finger and a quarter of a baked potato per day as part of a new diet that will save the planet, a stomach-turning study has claimed.”

    “The study also recommends cracking down on your eggs intake to just one fifth of an egg per day, although there’s no mention where we should put the rest of it.”

    ““Their desire to limit people to eating one tenth of a sausage a day leaves us in no doubt that we are dealing with fanatics. They say they want to save the planet but it is not clear which planet are they on.”

    https://www.thesun.ie/fabulous/3638355/diet-future-save-planet-bizarre-report/

    The State announces an increase in the sausage ration to a full tenth of a sausage, per prole, per day.

    Living on a tenth of a godless commo sausage a day Is Our Strength.

    Comrades.

  21. Roger

    It’s no exaggeration to say that orphan Aborigine Herrmann was raised by Dan Andrews and his fellow leftists.

    As I noted yesterday, the history of Mr. Herrmann’s interactions with the Victorian state is going to be very enlightening.

    It may need a Hedley Thomas to uncover it, though.

  22. C.L.

    We’ll have that apology, Monty.

  23. Stimpson J. Cat

    Isn’t human nature funny?

    Sane people are hilarious.
    I love them all.

  24. Roger

    The cleansing of century old temperature records is an utter fraud. It has been sold as being down to “unreliable equipment” and “manual techniques”.

    In which case – and for argument’s sake – we can’t really be sure that records are being broken as we are told in every news bulletin, repeating BOM news releases without question.

  25. JC

    In which case – and for argument’s sake – we can’t really be sure that records are being broken as we are told in every news bulletin, repeating BOM news releases without question.

    ‘sactly. However, we have the site’s anti-Lambert (Cronkite) implying they’re plenty good enough to use as a scientific record thereby allowing the lunatics to strangle at least 1% of annual economic growth.

    We have two big issues. The historical record, which is essentially nothing more than an historical curiosity and current records tortured to the nth degree with unexplained adjustments and biased estimates, being used to strangle at 1% of annual GDP.

    But hey, Cronkite’s family were 6th generation farmers.

  26. JC

    Tel
    #2912191, posted on January 20, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Tel, the test one should use, is determine who and if there is/was skin in the game.

  27. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

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

    Actually now that he has made an offer she has to counter-offer, which being an idiot she isn’t going to do and make herself look even stupider and more unreasonable than she already does. But her base are only interested in token virtue signals so it all goes above their heads anyway.

  28. stackja

    Aiia’s sister learnt of death on the news
    Benita Kolovs, Australian Associated Press
    13 minutes ago

    Noor Maasarwe was watching the news when she realised that her missing sister Aiia had been found dead in Melbourne.

    “I [saw] in the news that they found a body. They didn’t say for who it was,” Ms Maasarwe told Nine News on Sunday from Israel.

    “But it matches all the details. It was on the same road. Everything. I was just praying that it’s not her.

    “But then I saw the shoes and her phone … and I was sure it was her.”

    The family initially thought the 21-year-old international student was kidnapped or had fallen while returning home from a comedy show late on Tuesday.

    Her body was found the following morning within a kilometre of where she was living in Bundoora.

    Hundreds are expected to gather at the site, now adorned in flowers and messages, on Sunday.

    “There is never going to be a good enough, rational reason that explains why someone would take the life of another person, one full of life, happy and innocently trusting the streets of their community to walk home and end up the way poor Aiia has,” a social media post for the event reads.

    “We ask everyone to ensure they come with a peaceful mindset, this is not a march, but a peaceful gathering to ensure the message to those who insist on behaving with such disregard and disrespect for others is not acceptable.”

  29. stackja

    Woman arrested after stabbing in Adelaide
    Australian Associated Press
    31 minutes ago

    A woman has been arrested after two people were stabbed in Adelaide’s CBD.

    Emergency services were called to Grenfell Street about 9.45am on Saturday following reports two people had been stabbed.

    The victims are being treated for serious injuries while a 33-year-old Adelaide woman known to them has been arrested.

  30. stackja

    Hundreds rally in Sydney for Women’s March
    Heather McNab, Australian Associated Press
    31 minutes ago

    Hundreds have gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park as part of Women’s March rallies being held around the world.

    Men, women and children of all ages filled the park on Sunday to protest violence against women and campaign for their equal treatment ahead of a march to Belmore Park.

    Many held signs with slogans such as “the future is ours” and “make womb for women” and wore shirts emblazoned with the word “feminist” on the front.

  31. Roger

    ‘sactly.

    Not quite, hence “for argument’s sake”.

    My point was the BOM can’t have it both ways – cast doubt on the accuracy of historic records while at the same time using those records as benchmarks to claim “record breaking heatwave” today.

    Are the historic records are legitimate data or not?

    I’d suggest that, even accounting for human error, they are.

  32. Boambee John

    In what context would someone talk about Baby Hitler at an anti abortion rally?
    I mean, why?
    Who the f$ck actually thinks about Hitler as a baby?

    And when H1tl3r was a baby, how would anyone know what he would become? Ditto for Stalin, Mao, and many other left fascists and communists.

  33. Infidel Tiger

    In what context would someone talk about Baby Hitler at an anti abortion rally?
    I mean, why?
    Who the f$ck actually thinks about Hitler as a baby?

    Well, you have to think like an attention seeking whore, then it starts to make sense.

    Why not hijack a pro-life event to get clicks and follows by saying ridiculous things?

  34. The A.D.

    Gilas
    #2912209, posted on January 20, 2019 at 11:47 am

    ..
    The trolls know exactly what they are doing, and more and more I think it is concerted.
    Look at the comments sections of Breitbart or Fox.
    Now completely unreadable due to troll attacks and subsequent derailing.
    Takimag got rid of comments altogether due to trolling. There are fewer and fewer places online where you can go and read the common man’s sensible thoughts on current events.
    I am afraid people here take this blog for granted and the freedom to comment, like so much else, will go because of the 3% of complete idiots who wreck every good thing.

  35. twostix

    Men, women and children of all ages filled the park on Sunday to protest violence against women and campaign for their equal treatment ahead of a march to Belmore Park.

    Many held signs with slogans such as “the future is ours” and “make womb for women” and wore shirts emblazoned with the word “feminist” on the front.

    The future belongs to me, says the class of barren wombs.

  36. JC

    Are the historic records are legitimate data or not?

    I’d suggest that, even accounting for human error, they are.

    Okay, prove it. Prove it beyond reasonable doubt they are accurate. Here’s the point I was making before the argument was hijacked by the site’s anti-lambert when he was doing some, look-at-me, look-at-me attention whoring.. By all means, use those records to hit the green loons over their heads with “facts” they themselves use to promote their agenda. However, let’s not lose sight of the fact they are nothing more than a historical curiosity.

  37. bespoke

    Stimps if all you have is ‘he said Hitler’ then your reacting the same way people did to Anning’s speech.

    What was wrong with Shapiro’s analogy?

  38. John Constantine

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/18/world/americas/venezuela-election-president-maduro-food.html

    “A large majority of Venezuelans are dependent on the government for subsidized groceries distributed by local councils loyal to the president. Food has even entered the election, potentially controlling the way Venezuelans will vote.

    Many people receive their subsidies using a special identity card that is playing a big role in this election. For Sunday’s vote, Venezuelans have been told to present these cards at stations run by Mr. Maduro’s governing party at polling places — so that party organizers can see who has voted and who has not.

    “Everyone who has this card must vote,” Mr. Maduro has said at his campaign rallies, directly linking government handouts to voting. “I give and you give.”

    Ration cards to be linked to correct voting habits.

    The shorten diet.

    Their chloe shorten and her mother will make michelle obama look like Nigella Lawson.

    Our willingness to submit to being rationed Is Our Strength.

  39. cohenite

    The historical record, which is essentially nothing more than an historical curiosity and current records tortured to the nth degree with unexplained adjustments and biased estimates, being used to strangle at 1% of annual GDP.

    You are seriously stupid about this. The BoM and other alarmist organisations torture every temp and climate record, past and present, to conform to the idea that temps are increasing with CO2. The real temp record, both past and present, contradicts the alarmist narrative. The unadjusted temp records from the past are crucial for this reason.

    The BoM are just about to release their ACORN 2 version which further cools the past temp records; this is after the scandalous adjustments previously made in ACORN version 1; eg Rutherglen.

  40. cohenite

    Prove it beyond reasonable doubt they are accurate. Here’s the point I was making before the argument was hijacked by the site’s anti-lambert when he was doing some, look-at-me, look-at-me attention whoring..

    You need help.

  41. John Constantine

    “Not so long ago, I lived as you do. I would have thought it impossible that my country, with its hard-won progress, could fall so quickly into the abyss. The wrong politicians with the wrong ideas can have a bigger effect than anyone can imagine. Still, compared with many people here I am lucky. ”

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/12/the-maduro-diet/

    Once communism is done properly, it is the worlds most effective diet.

  42. JC

    You are seriously stupid about this. The BoM and other alarmist organisations torture every temp and climate record, past and present, to conform to the idea that temps are increasing with CO2.

    I’m “stupid at this” because we don’t know this is going on. Only you and only you at this site know this? You laughable clown.

    The real temp record, both past and present, contradicts the alarmist narrative. The unadjusted temp records from the past are crucial for this reason.

    How eggsactly does this statement contradict what I said in the previous couple of comments?

    Go!

  43. The A.D.

    There is an ongoing attempt by modern curators to discredit the work done by Victorian and Edwardian amateur scientists.
    The Melbourne museum when it reopened in the new building put on display the samples collected by naturalists. It threw them together in display cases with snotty comments on cards about how worthless they were.
    There was a real enthusiasm for science in those previous times, with publications and well- patronised societies.
    The motivation of your modern academic for downplaying the achievements is obvious.
    The temperature record left behind by those great amateurs should be seen in that light: something the modern academic wants expunged.

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

    And he hasn’t, since the new offer isn’t substantive, just more trolling. Again he fails at the fundamentals of being president.

  45. JC

    You need help.

    That’s your typical answer to any question.

    Stick to baiting Muslims and trying to resurrect Cottrell as the messiah, Cronkite. Temp records and science aren’t your fit. You’re a fraud . The anti-Lambert.

  46. Confused Old Misfit

    As a matter of Interest have you read

    The Cadfael Chronicles

    Yes. All of them! 🙂

    Cohenite:
    “It is usually futile to try to talk facts and analysis to people who are enjoying a sense of moral superiority in their ignorance.” – Thomas Sowell

  47. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stimps if all you have is ‘he said Hitler’ then your reacting the same way people did to Anning’s speech.
    What was wrong with Shapiro’s analogy?

    It’s sh$t.
    It’s not persuasive.
    It’s ridiculous.
    Ask any normal person.
    You don’t persuade people to change their stance on abortion by talking about not killing Baby Hitler and taking him away from his parents.
    You persuade people by explaining that every baby aborted is the human race losing a potential cure for cancer, or old age, or more importantly, male pattern baldness.
    And then you go into the graphic details of exactly what these sick f$cks do to these innocent babies, and what happens to the remains afterwards.

    How hard is it.

  48. My point was the BOM can’t have it both ways – cast doubt on the accuracy of historic records while at the same time using those records as benchmarks to claim “record breaking heatwave” today.

    I’ve also noticed that the old towns have lost out to new sites in geographically central locations.
    Records back to the gold field days are expunged and replaced by sites with only fifty years of record. The altitude and surrounding vegetation has a significant impact on top temps. Each record is often peculiar to that weather station and cannot or should not be used in conjunction with other disparate records to concoct a meaningless average.

  49. IT;

    This is contemptible claptrap and beneath you.

    Granted, IT, it is contemptible claptrap, but it is not beneath the God-King JC – it is his own, self stated, moral position.

  50. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Pussy hat marches: anti-Trump movement descends into bitter split

    By Laura Pullman
    The Times
    An hour ago January 20, 2019
    48 Comments

    For the first Women’s March two years ago, a record number of protesters across America pulled on pink “pussy hats” and pounded the pavements in sisterly solidarity against the new president. The second Women’s March was all about “power to the polls”, focusing on last year’s mid-term elections.

    The third, however, has been so bitterly splintered and bogged in controversy that two competing Women’s Marches made their way through Manhattan on Saturday.

    This is not just a spat. Accusations of anti-semitism have been made and one side has brought in lawyers to try to monopolise the Women’s March brand.

    I start the morning uptown at the “official march”, which begins in Central Park. The promised snowstorm has held off and the crowd of pussy-hatted participants is quickly mushrooming.

    There is new headgear here too: the “imPEACH” hat. Two sisters, Mary Lou, 69, and Eileen, 65, have hand-knitted the fruity peach hats to sell for dollars 20 each.

    “It’s just a matter of time before he’s impeached,” Mary Lou says gleefully. “We had to do this march because we’ll go straight past Trump Tower.”

    This demonstration is hosted by the Women’s March Alliance, whose website warns of “spam marches” and asserts that it is “not affiliated with Women’s March, Inc or its founders”.

    Simultaneously, 50 blocks south in Foley Square in downtown Manhattan, Women’s March NYC, the New York chapter of Women’s March, Inc, is holding a rally. Its organisers have announced a great coup: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the bright young star of the Democrats, will be taking to the stage.

    Women’s March NYC and the Women’s March Alliance had contemplated joining forces to fight for women’s rights together, but ended up fighting each other.

    The alliance accused Women’s March NYC of trying to take control of the Manhattan protest. Women’s March NYC countered that it was trying to be more inclusive of minority and immigrant communities. In the end, Women’s March NYC — lacking a permit for a march — made do with the surprisingly titled Unity Rally instead

    From the Oz.

  51. bespoke

    If Lambert is the same one the ghosted TB’s website then he’s is a jerk and a liar.

  52. twostix

    And he hasn’t, since the new offer isn’t substantive, just more trolling. Again he fails at the fundamentals of being president.

    He should govern more like much loved and respected republican presidents Reagan and W Bush.

    Hold on a minute…you said exactly the same stuff about them! None of this is about Trump, it’s about your team not being in power.

    It’s all so clear now! M0nty you’re just a mindless partisan, I can’t believe it!

  53. Confused Old Misfit

    One wonders what criteria people that earn their crust in the investment field make their decisions on what investments to make.

  54. bespoke

    Cheers Stimps that’s better 🙂

  55. Elle

    We all have our obsessions, bespoke. Stimpson’s is Shapiro. I think that deep down he has a man crush on him. He appears to follow him. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. 😁

  56. Roger

    Each record is often peculiar to that weather station…

    Yet if a station was removed 1-2 kms from its original location it might still have been assigned the same station number -at least that is my understanding – and this was after the 1910 Australia-wide standardisation of weather recording which the BOM determines as the date prior to which extreme caution should be used in interpreting data. Yet the BOM is still happy to use such data to determine averages while not including 19th C. records. It seems to me the pre-1910 data ought to be assessed on a case by case basis and factored into current averages.

  57. twostix

    Old temp records, read by human eye, are incompatible with an system which wants electronic 0.xx degree accuracy.

    In order to reconcile those two data sets they’ve come up with all sorts of rubbish “models” to try and do what cannot be done: turn low resolution data into high resolution data. In trying they consciously or unconsciously inject their own biases into the models.

    This is a major problem with writing automated trading systems based on historic data too.

  58. JC

    Confused Old Misfit
    #2912264, posted on January 20, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    One wonders what criteria people that earn their crust in the investment field make their decisions on what investments to make.

    You’re suggesting you can only do this with very long term price data? Investment data for 70% of last century was ingrained in a monetary system fixed or semi fixed to gold. How does that price data relate to the period after monetary systems went to fiat currency?

    Don’t be a blockhead, mistfit.

  59. JC

    Roger

    Just use the BOM data to fuck them over with. That’s all it’s good for.

  60. cohenite

    Confused Old Misfit

    #2912252, posted on January 20, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I made a new year resolution to talk sense into the head prefect’s nut about alarmism; some early resistance was expected and is occurring. It’s a bit like the demorats increasingly irrational opposition to Trump’s sensible and reasonable proposals simply because he is Trump; they’re got to hit rock bottom before they can go up. I guess I am head prefect’s Trump.

  61. He should govern more like much loved and respected republican presidents Reagan and W Bush.

    Hold on a minute…you said exactly the same stuff about them!

    Reagan compromised a lot with the Democrats, before the Alzheimer’s set in. Dubbya did it a fair bit, there was the Medicare stuff. Yet to see Trump compromise on anything so far.

  62. Confused Old Misfit

    You’re suggesting you can only do this with very long term price data?

    No.
    Read that which was written.

  63. Leigh Lowe
    #2912207, posted on January 20, 2019 at 11:46 am

    The cleansing of century old temperature records is an utter fraud.

    Absolutely correct. (prove it’s not JC)

    The location and housing of the thermometer introduces a greater error than the reader. (ref Darwin)
    Non-digital and digital temps have similar error margins for different reasons.
    In the Fahrenheit scale say += 0.5F for any reading. The BoM’s avoidance of any serious parallel testing when switching technologies also puts any definitive trend analysis on shaky ground.
    Whichever way you shake the data, BoM claimed “trends” and “changes” are less than the error margin. i.e. probably meaningless

    After personally measuring a near infinite number of temperatures in my lifetime (I suspect Bruce Of N is the same), if my life depended on it, I can say that I would trust a mercury thermometer* reading for atmospheric temps. to +- 0.2C
    For digital gear, show me the calibrations!
    The CET remains the longest series of monthly temperature observations in existence (1659).
    (Warmies have published various adjusted versions of the record.)
    RAW data records should be kept, published and available for all to read, mistreat and torture. Instead we get the “adjusted” numbers provided by government employees.

    *not made in China.

  64. JC

    Cronkite

    Fight your own battles instead of trying to enlist others to help you.

    You’re a fraud. The anti-lambert. No kidding, you’re just as dishonest as that uptight little dwarf and use the same tactics. You’re unable to have a decent discussion with because you’re unable to. It’s exactly how fraud operate. STFU

  65. Confused Old Misfit

    I made a new year resolution to talk sense into the head prefect’s nut

    Silly twisted boy!
    Augean stables sping to mind.

  66. cohenite

    It seems to me the pre-1910 data ought to be assessed on a case by case basis and factored into current averages.

    It should. But the BoM has consistently shown it’s hand. When the 1972 conversion from F to C occurred a rounding up error was pointed out to the BoM. Instead of following protocol and rounding up from .5 upwards and from .4 downwards the BoM had rounded up all the fractions resulting in a calculated .4C warming bias, almost half of the temperature increase. The BoM conceded a .1C bias and assured the guys that the error would be corrected in the transition from the HQ network to the ACORN network in 2012. Guess what it wasn’t.

  67. twostix – they confuse precision with accuracy.

  68. Memoryvault

    In our outcomes based public service there is much hand wringing and virtue signalling, yet not one public servant has intervened in this ‘mans’ life to an acceptable community standard. All PS managers and staff, no matter how minutely involved with this case over his life will be absolved of their positions, taxpayer funded super and will be ineligible for future taxpayer funded positions, government or otherwise.

    I agree entirely with your sentiments Elvis, but you’re going about it the wrong way. Under the existing setup all that would happen is endless legal challenges and unlawful dismissal claims, all ultimately funded by taxpayers.

    Far simpler, easier and cheaper to create a new government department. The public servants who fall into your description are transferred to this new department at their existing rate of pay. Their transfer is heavily publicised – press release, televised media conference, and so on. Transferees are required to wear a hi-viz uniform which prominently displays their name and their department.

    It is known as “The Department for Sharpening Pencils”.

  69. twostix

    Reagan compromised a lot with the Democrats, before the Alzheimer’s set in. Dubbya did it a fair bit, there was the Medicare stuff. Yet to see Trump compromise on anything so far.

    lol i love that you expect us to forget the eight year long Code Pink BusHITLER! IMPEACH HIM FOR WARCRIMES HALIBURTON BLACKWATER meltdown you had about Bush W.

    It was identical to this one.

    The only difference was that you didn’t have your hands on the levers of power then like you do now. Since Obama stacked the entire security /police state with leftwing zealots.

  70. 132andBush

    Stimpson J. Cat

    #2912071, posted on January 20, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Important Ben Shapiro Strategies For Dealing With Baby Hitler.

    Can’t see a problem with what Shapiro says when taken with even a modicum of context, Stimpy.

    You have had BSDS for a long time now.

  71. Snoopy

    How do do you know they weren’t doctored? The post office dude with the thermo at the back of the store could have just made that shit up, 100 years ago.

    It’s very possible. NASA faked the Apollo 11 moon landing.

  72. Herodotus

    Isn’t there something Tennis Australia can do about Charapova’s constant vocalisations?
    I’m going to have to stop watching, so the sponsors will have done their dough.

  73. twostix

    NPC left thinks that because they scraped through in a historic low win congressional election that they get to be president now.

    Hey m0nty, if Trump promises support for a 70% tax rate on IT, finance and entertainment corporations in exchange for five billion for the wall is that enough compromise?

  74. Rossini

    Recently I’ve started hitting the scroll button when I see JC has passed on his “wisdom”

  75. Stimpson J. Cat

    Can’t see a problem with what Shapiro says when taken with even a modicum of context, Stimpy.
    You have had BSDS for a long time now.

    Again, realize that none of the people on Catallaxy are normal people.
    And that is who has to be persuaded.

  76. lol i love that you expect us to forget the eight year long Code Pink BusHITLER! IMPEACH HIM FOR WARCRIMES HALIBURTON BLACKWATER meltdown you had about Bush W.

    It’s true, he’s only the second worst president this millennium. But keep on defending his record, that looks really good.

  77. bespoke

    JC, is lambert the same one that ghosted T.Bair’s website?

  78. Memoryvault

    Folks, far be it for me, of all people, to be defending JC in any way. However, I notice the pile-on against him started well before he showed up.

    Do you think we could have a Catallaxian gentleman’s agreement not to bad-mouth or attack someone who is not present at the time to defend themselves?

  79. John Constantine

    http://cphpost.dk/news/sharing-video-of-backpacker-killing-may-be-illegal.html

    Their abc will endlessly run a snuff video supplied by western activists of lefties paying a pakistani to torture sheep to death, to enable the deestruction of all animal agriculture.

    Their abc will endlessly run photos of drowned children to enable millions of single military age revolutionary foreign fighters to be paid to enter and colonise europe.

    Their media demand nobody look at the murder video of the backpacker girls being murdered, as it will give people the wrong idea.

    Comrades.

  80. Stimpson J. Cat

    Exhibit A: Monty
    Exhibit B: JC
    Exhibit C : Grigs
    Exhibit D : Me
    Exhibit E : Artisanal Tiger
    Exhibit F : Lizzie
    These are not normal people.
    They do not have normal concerns or opinions.

    I can go on and on….
    Many such examples!!!

  81. bespoke

    I’m vary vary normal.

  82. feelthebern

    Exhibit E : Artisanal Tiger

    Well done, that man!

  83. twostix

    It’s true, he’s only the second worst president this millennium. But keep on defending his record, that looks really good.

    lol and let me guess coincidentally Regan was the third worst.

    Isn’t that a coincidence, m0nty. Every time there’s a republican president, or Liberal PM, they’re Literally The Worst Thing EVER. IMPRISON THEM NOW!!!!

    More likely is that you, like all of the dregs of the white bugmanoisie, hate democracy and think all opposition to you is illegitimate and illegal.

  84. cohenite

    is lambert the same one that ghosted T.Bair’s website

    Lambert had at one time the dominant alarmist blog in Australia. Due to that he was selected to debate Monckton on one of his trips here in 2010. Lambert was a crafty little arsehole who pulled the infamous Pinker stunt on LM as described by Jo Nova.

  85. bespoke

    Memoryvault
    #2912295, posted on January 20, 2019 at 1:33 pm
    Do you think we could have a Catallaxian gentleman’s agreement not to bad-mouth or attack someone who is not present at the time to defend themselves?

    No that’s just silly.

  86. Confused Old Misfit

    Rossini
    #2912290, posted on January 20, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    I habit I would do well to emulate.

    As would others.

  87. – they confuse precision with accuracy.

    Like my electronic truck scales. Not that precise in exact totals but the difference between, nett, is fairly accurate.
    Is it more important to know the difference between daily high and low temperatures and compare that number with past records to look for trends?
    Maybe they do this?

  88. Bruce of Newcastle

    It’s true, he’s only the second worst president this millennium.

    M0nty – 96% of Democrats disapprove of him according to the recent Pew poll.
    Which means he’s clearly the best President in history.

    “You can always judge a man by the quality of his enemies.” – Wilde

  89. cohenite

    Is it more important to know the difference between daily high and low temperatures and compare that number with past records to look for trends?

    It’s called the diurnal temperature range, DTR, and it is a pillar of alarmism theory. According to alarmism because the greenhouse affect continues after the sun sets there will be a greater warming trend at night than during the day. That is the difference between the maximum and minimum daily temps, the DTR, should be declining. It isn’t.

  90. Gilas

    The A.D.
    #2912236, posted on January 20, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    I am afraid people here take this blog for granted and the freedom to comment, like so much else, will go because of the 3% of complete idiots who wreck every good thing.

    So why empower them by engaging in useless interactions with them?
    Trolls in Breitbart, TakiMag etc.. are treated with more – and appropriate – contempt than the ones on the Cat are.

    Anyone here smart enough to explain that??

  91. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    OK Hands Up Who Drinks Johnnie Walker?
    Or should I say, Jane Walker?

    Johnnie Walker is fit only for treating fungal infections in human beings, and blowfly strike in Merino sheep. It was never intended fro human consumption.

  92. lol and let me guess coincidentally Regan was the third worst.

    Nah he wasn’t that bad. Decent economy, lots of military misadventure, bit of corruption, IOW about average.

  93. Maybe they do this?

    The temperature is 30.89123456780 C!

    (accurate to +- 2C)

    For shooters: tight grouping versus where you are on the target (or not)

  94. Leigh Lowe

    Exhibit E : Artisanal Tiger

    Well done, that man!

    Careful!
    He had to unpick four rows of the macrame shawl he was making after the Grand Macrame Master at the Ashram found a dropped stitch.
    Not happy.
    Could turn up here angry any minute.

  95. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Labor splashes $46 million on swim lessons

    AAP
    An hour ago January 20, 2019
    46 Comments

    All primary school children would have access to swimming and water safety lessons under a future federal Labor government, following a spike in summer drownings.

    There have been 65 drowning deaths in Australian waterways since the start of December.

    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has committed $46 million over the next four years to ensure all Australian kids receive school-based swimming lessons.

    “Aussies love swimming, but too many young people are growing up without learning sufficient water safety skills to keep them safe,” Mr Shorten said on Sunday.

    About one in five Australian kids leave primary school unable to swim 50 metres. Almost 250 people have drowned in Australia in the past year and one in five of them were aged under 25.

    From the Oz. FFS, where will the Nanny State end, under a Shorten Government.

  96. 132andBush

    It’s called the diurnal temperature range, DTR, and it is a pillar of alarmism theory. According to alarmism because the greenhouse affect continues after the sun sets there will be a greater warming trend at night than during the day. That is the difference between the maximum and minimum daily temps, the DTR, should be declining. It isn’t.

    Even allowing for the UHI?

  97. Johnnie Walker is fit only for treating fungal infections in human beings, and blowfly strike in Merino sheep. It was never intended fro human consumption.

    Also for removing grime from windscreens.

  98. 132andBush

    About one in five Australian kids leave primary school unable to swim 50 metres. Almost 250 people have drowned in Australia in the past year and one in five of them were aged under 25.

    FMD, about one in five can’t walk 50m!

  99. stackja

    Rescue effort unable to save large killer whale stranded at Badger Beach in Tasmania’s North
    LORETTA LOHBERGER AND JACK PAYNTER, Sunday Tasmanian
    January 20, 2019 11:30am
    Subscriber only

    A LARGE male killer whale found stranded on a beach in Northern Tasmania has died, despite what rescuers described as a “mammoth” rescue effort.

    “A team of Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment staff and volunteers worked all day and into the night to maintain the whale and dig a channel through the shallow sloping beach in the hope the animal cold gain access to deeper water on the high tide,” the department’s wildlife management branch manager Rachael Alderman said.

    “This individual weighed several tonnes and the team had to grapple with very difficult environmental conditions.”

    Dr Alderman said it was a “mammoth rescue effort and a very challenging situation”.

  100. Oh come on

    m0nty still has not addressed his Buzzkill debacle.

  101. 132andBush

    Dr Alderman said it was a “mammoth rescue effort and a very challenging situation”.

    There’s ya problem right there.

  102. Oh come on

    I bet m0nty believes the story is actually true, just like his insistence that Cohen went to Prague.

  103. Snoopy

    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has committed $46 million over the next four years to ensure all Australian kids receive school-based swimming lessons.

    I expect Surf Lifesaving Australia will collect a good wad of that. They’ve been running a high profile campaign and deserve a result.

  104. Confused Old Misfit

    a “mammoth rescue effort”

    Right!
    Should have been a “male Killer whale” rescue effort!
    Did they not know that mammoths are extinct?

  105. cohenite

    Even allowing for the UHI?

    Good question. BEST temps under professor Muller say there is no UHI. BEST is an outlier though but McKitrick and Michaels don’t consider whether UHI has an effect on DTR or vice versa. However the BoM did look at this and considered any UHI effect would be larger at night therefore accentuating the decreasing DTR.

  106. Elle

    Linda Sarsour, a Muslim, spruiking anti-semitism. No surprise there.

  107. stackja

    Most ecstasy pills tested by WA’s ChemCentre found they contained no MDMA
    Kate Campbell PerthNow
    January 20, 2019 3:00AM

    Pill-popping revellers have no idea what they are putting into their bodies, with most of the ecstasy tablets tested in WA in the past six months containing no trace of the key ingredient — MDMA.

    In the wake of a spate of deaths at NSW music festivals in recent months, a WA forensic scientist has warned the “ecstasy” pills her team are testing in WA vary greatly in appearance, composition and purity.

    ChemCentre’s illicit drugs team leader Lecinda Collins-Brown said between July and December last year 1.3kg in ecstasy pills were analysed at the WA laboratory.

    “Tablets that have similar appearance can contain different drugs, or combinations of drugs. Highly skilled drug analysts who encounter these tablets in the lab on a regular basis don’t know what they contain until we analyse them using our sophisticated analytical techniques,” she said.

  108. Memoryvault

    Labor splashes $46 million on swim lessons

    When I was in Primary School swimming lessons in summer were part of the curriculum. Every kid learned to swim. Lessons were by some of the same teachers who taught in the classroom.

    In First and Second year high school all pupils were encouraged to gain their Bronze Medallion, and then Silver Star. The instructors were the physical education teachers. As such there was no “extra” cost involved.

    Was this only in WA?

  109. Snoopy

    A LARGE male killer whale found stranded on a beach in Northern Tasmania has died, despite what rescuers described as a “mammoth” rescue effort.

    Not surprising. I expect rescuers are a bit rusty on rescuing mammoths.

  110. Snoopy

    Was this only in WA?

    NSW too.

  111. Tom

    After losing the second set, Sharapova pulls on a “bathroom break” of nearly 10 minutes to put Barty off her game. I’m guessing the guttural noises will be ear-splitting in the third.

  112. bespoke

    I don’t there can be a correct strategy in dealing with trolls, Gilas. Leave them unchallenged people may think they are correct. Challenge them you risk being dragged down the rabbit hole with them.

  113. Leigh Lowe

    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has committed $46 million over the next four years to ensure all Australian kids receive school-based swimming lessons.

    School based = cash for teacher unions.
    OK. A huge proportion of beach drownings are adult immigrants who can’t swim and can’t read signs (mostly sub-continentals).
    A big chunk of drownings are unsupervised pre-schoolers.
    Paying teachers for swim lessons won’t help either of those groups.

  114. zyconoclast

    OK Hands Up Who Drinks Johnnie Walker?
    Or should I say, Jane Walker?

    Other brands owned by Diageo

    Johnny Walker
    Smirnoff
    Captain Morgan
    Baileys
    Tanqueray
    Crown Royal
    Yeni Raki
    J&B
    Buchanan’s
    Windsor
    Grand Old Parr
    Bundaberg
    Bell’s
    McDowell’s
    Cacique 500
    Shui Jing Fang
    The Singleton
    Ketel Vodka
    Zacapa
    Don Julio
    Bulleit
    Ciroc

  115. Stimpson J. Cat

    So why empower them by engaging in useless interactions with them?
    Trolls in Breitbart, TakiMag etc.. are treated with more – and appropriate – contempt than the ones on the Cat are.
    Anyone here smart enough to explain that??

    I’m not that smart actually.
    It’s why I’ll talk to anyone.
    I’m always suprised and I learn things.
    If you want to mean to people, be mean.
    Stop expecting other people to help or act according to your whims.
    If you want people banned appeal to the management.
    I hear sending nudes or tasteful mankini shots can go a long way towards getting your case heard.

  116. zyconoclast

    OK Hands Up Who Drinks Johnnie Walker?
    Or should I say, Jane Walker?

    Other Diageo brands to avoid.

  117. zyconoclast

    Same list, slow post.

  118. calli

    Was this only in WA?

    No. In the 60’s/early 70’s we had swimming lessons and racing as a summer sport. Either at Lane Cove or North Sydney pools, or Balmoral or Northbridge Baths.

    Everyone knew how to swim and do Life Saving. I have a Bronze Medallion rattling around somewhere.

  119. Memoryvault

    Please stop, Zyconoclast.
    The sun is barely over the yardarm and already you’ve given me a thirst.
    It’s still three hours and twenty one minutes until the bar opens at Chateau MV.

  120. zyconoclast

    Labor splashes $46 million on swim lessons

    Isn’t that the job of parents?

  121. Old School Conservative

    Reagan compromised a lot with the Democrats, before the Alzheimer’s set in.

    Monty lies yet again.
    President 1981 to 1989.
    Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease early 1994. That’s several years later.
    From wikipedia – all four of Reagan’s White House doctors said that they saw no evidence of Alzheimer’s while he was president

    But just keep throwing in those false bon mots Monty. You know they work on the uneducated and the left (BIRM).

  122. OldOzzie

    Piers Akerman: First Fleet brought foundations of a civilised society

    In what must rank as among the most idiotic remarks of the New Year — if not the most — a new television reporter named Brooke Boney has shared with the Nine Network’s Today breakfast show audience her sadly ill-informed view that her family faces a grim future because of the presence of Europeans in Australia.

    Ms Boney, who is yet another person to identify as “proudly indigenous” says while Australia is the “best country in the world” she is unable to celebrate Australia Day because it marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788.

    According to Ms Boney, who has been employed by Nine Network to be its entertainment reporter on the struggling program, she is unable to separate January 26 from “the fact that my brothers are more likely to go to jail than they are to go to school, or that my little sisters and my mum are more likely to be beaten and raped than anyone else’s sisters or mum”.

    Whilst it is unfortunately true that those identifying as indigenous Australians are more likely to go to jail than they are to go to school and that domestic violence and sexual abuse is far more prevalent within the indigenous community, Ms Boney is ignoring the historical reality that pre-colonial life in Australia was not a bed of roses for the indigenous.

    Thomas Hobbes, the British philosopher, wrote in his 1651 book Leviathan that life was “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” and that the natural state of mankind (before central governments) was a “warre of every man against every man”.

    Not too different from the life endured by indigenous Australians with the distinction that Westerners were grappling with the unlikely concepts of freedom and liberty and even the weird notion that society owed some level of protection to the weakest.

    Much of the basis of these revolutionary views came from the established religions, particularly Christianity, but they had certainly taken hold in Great Britain when Captain Arthur Philip arrived.

    Ms Boney’s female forebears bore the brunt of the brutality in tribal times, existing on an extremely lowly perch in the social structure — not unlike that occupied by Saudi women and other females in a number of Islamic nations today.

    Among the most brutalised at that time was the forlorn figure of Barangaroo, Bennelong’s second wife, whose wailings after frequent bashings by her husband were noted with some alarm by colonial diarists though they seem to think she may have brought some of the harsh treatment upon herself through her constant shrill carping.

    Whilst 18th century colonial law was not female friendly, it was advancing steadily, and so were the laws designed to protect others who lacked privilege in the society — including indigenous Australians.

    Ms Boney holds the fashionable but false view that life for indigenous people soured with the arrival of the First Fleet.

    Whilst the arrival of men wearing clothing may have bewildered the local tribes people and it is undeniable that disease took their toll on locals whose immune systems had not been exposed to many viruses, and there were some conflicts but certainly not a policy of genocide, it is a fantasy to believe as Ms Boney does, that things went dismally downhill from January 26, 1788.

    “And that started from that day,” the television reporter said.

    “So for me it’s a difficult day and I don’t want to celebrate it.”

    Captain Philip, the first governor brought a lot more to Australia than a few hundred convicts on that day and it was a turning point — toward civilisation.

    He brought the long tradition of Western advancement ranging from the Ancient Greeks and Romans, through Christianity and the enlightenment and the nascent industrial revolution and those ideas grow to this day.

    The harsh reality ignored by Ms Boney is that she, her little sisters and her mother, were far more likely to be beaten and raped in pre-colonial times on any day before January 26, 1788.

    Marriages were arranged and choice of spouse was restricted to certain extended kin categories. Wrong-way marriage was often punished by death or at the best a crippling thrashing or spearing.

    Sadly, Ms Boney appears to be unaware of the work being done by the extremely talented Country Liberal Party candidate for the federal seat of Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, a Walpiri-Celtic woman who has spoken out against the outrageous levels of violence against indigenous women — and who has had to face the wrath of some indigenous men and women who would prefer that she not draw attention to their cultural plight.

    If Ms Boney wants to help keep Australia among the best nations in the world she would be working to expose those within the indigenous community who still claim they have a cultural right to prey upon women, young and old, as a tribal privilege.

    Many of those claiming cultural rights tend to forget their social responsibilities — witness those young preying on the aged — and she would be inveighing against those misguided agents of the government who believe tribal lore should have precedence over the laws of the nation.

    Ms Boney enjoys great privilege through her media role but she must understand it carries a responsibility to be accurate as well as entertaining when she claims to speak as an indigenous person.

  123. calli

    Also swimming up at Forbes Carlysle’s pool at Castle Cove. We had a couple of budding Olympians at the school.

    State system. And there was nothing like today’s affluence back then.

  124. Boambee John

    Oh come on
    #2912330, posted on January 20, 2019 at 2:05 pm
    m0nty still has not addressed his Buzzkill debacle.

    Nor the impact of Bruce Ohr “flipping”.

  125. 132andBush

    However the BoM did look at this and considered any UHI effect would be larger at night therefore accentuating the decreasing DTR.

    That’s a pretty telling observation given the influence of the UHI on a lot of the records. ie, DTR not decreasing.

    Mate of mine who farms north of Horsham gloomily told me this year he had previously used Oct 28th* as the last frost date (based on the 1998 event), now using Nov 6th thanks to last year. Legume crops in particular were smashed.

    *If I recall correctly

  126. old bloke

    OK Hands Up Who Drinks Johnnie Walker?
    Or should I say, Jane Walker?

    Churchill will be rolling in his grave, he only drank Johnnie Walker.

  127. Boambee John

    bespoke
    #2912342, posted on January 20, 2019 at 2:13 pm
    I don’t there can be a correct strategy in dealing with trolls, Gilas. Leave them unchallenged people may think they are correct. Challenge them you risk being dragged down the rabbit hole with them.

    Sneer at their pretentiousness.

  128. Elle

    Thank you, OldOzzie. I no longer subscribe to the Telegraph, so don’t view the opinion pieces anymore. Piers appears to still be in fine form.

  129. Leigh Lowe

    The Grunter is double-faulting her way to a thrashing.

  130. OldOzzie

    Experts reveal solar panels lost nearly 20 per cent of their efficiency in NSW heatwaves

    Across the state the sun blazed away in cloudless skies, but surely the summer scorcher must have had at least one positive spin-off — record solar power generation.

    Not so. Experts estimate many solar panels lost nearly 20 per cent of their efficiency in NSW’s heatwave as they struggled to cope with blistering temperatures.

    Separate figures compiled by the Australian PV Institute estimated that photovoltaic output from the state’s solar power systems was as low as 55 per cent of capacity around midday on Thursday when the mercury was topping 40C across NSW.

    Leading academics researching the effect of heat on solar panels said older models lost 0.5 per cent of their efficiency for every degree their temperature went over 25C.

    University of New South Wales solar energy professor Martin Green said newer models with better technology suffered a 0.4 efficiency drop per degree in severe heat.

    “On a normal day they will still operate at 20C above the ambient temperature so in relative terms on days like yesterday they are running at 4 per cent less efficient to normal,” he said.

    “On a hot day like today it is beneficial or the old electricity grid would be drained with everyone running their airconditioners.”

    Green Energy Markets director Tristan Edis said that while there was “bucketloads” of solar radiation around in ­heatwaves, solar panels lost energy through the panels and converters.

    “Even though it is hot and there is a lot of sun they don’t generate as well in the heat,” he said.

    “The ideal days are in November when it is 26-28C. Forty degrees and no clouds is not as good.”

    Carbon Friendly Enterprises certified solar installer Jemal Solo said ventilation around the panels was important in keeping the temperatures down.

    “There are a lot of variables around that affect the efficiency regarding (the loss of efficiency) from heat,” he said.

    “These are the type of panel, manufacturer’s standards, if they have been installed properly, if there is adequate airflow around the panels, and dust. “It is also the tilt angle of the roof and their orientation to the sun.”

    At UNSW Professor Green said he was working on new solar cells with increased efficiency on hot days. The designs incorporate natural cooling and can also operate at lower temperatures.

    Australian PV Institute chair Renate Egan said solar was still better than coal-fired power stations on a hot day.

    “Coal-fired power plants are known to shut down completely on hot days,” she said.

    The solar figures come as the heatwave caused a 50 per cent spike in electricity demand across NSW yesterday.

    The Australian Energy Market Operator said that ­demand had reached 13,147MW — compared to the 9600MW average.

  131. feelthebern

    The Grunter is double-faulting her way to a thrashing.

    She could grunt as much as she likes as far as I’m concerned.

  132. Stimpson J. Cat

    Ann Coulter
    @AnnCoulter
    100 miles of border wall in exchange for amnestying millions of illegals. So if we grant citizenship to a BILLION foreigners, maybe we can finally get a full border wall.
    5:20 AM · Jan 20, 2019

  133. “Coal-fired power plants are known to shut down completely on hot days,” she said.

    FMD

  134. OldOzzie

    War on masculinity disarms us from the inside

    Miranda Devine

    For my sins, last week I was called on to debate Gillette’s infamous “toxic masculinity” ad with two ball-busting left-wing feminists, twice in one day on live television.

    On the ABC was Guardian journalist Bridie Jabour. And on Channel 9 was Clementine Ford, best known for her hashtag #KillAllMen.

    Both women chose to use the same tactic to defend Gillette.

    “What I enjoy most about these ads is the insane reaction it brings out from people like Miranda. The reaction to it is just so overly sensitive it just makes me laugh,” said Jabour.

    “I’m really confused about the backlash towards this ad,” said Ford. “I can’t see how anyone would see that as anything other than a celebration and championing of good male behaviour. It’s just very confusing to me.”

    This faux confusion is a tactic known as gaslighting, where you attempt to defeat your opponents’ argument by pretending their grasp on reality, even their sanity, is awry.

    This is how the left has handled the extraordinary explosion of outrage against Gillette for depicting men as clueless savages who need marketing department scolds to teach them that bullying and sexual harassment are wrong.

    The gaslighters pretend the ad is not part of a relentless ideological campaign to depict all of human history as a tyrannical patriarchy which only oppressed women.

    In their alternative reality, there is no war on masculinity, male suicide is not triple the rate of female, males are not outnumbered at university and falling behind at school, and all women are saints whose every word should be believed.

    The problem for the gaslight crowd is that they are in the minority, judging by the global reaction to the ad on YouTube, where it’s registered a staggering 20 million views since it was posted on Monday.

    At more than one million dislikes so far, the public mood is running two to one against Gillette and negative comments are about ten to one against. All over social media people are posting photos of Gillette razors in the bin or down the toilet, with the hashtags #BoycottGillette and #getwokegobroke.

    If we’re all making a fuss about nothing, then why would the firefighters at Newtown fire station be forced to apologise last week and take down their witty sign, “House fires are toxic. Our masculinity isn’t”? Unless there’s doubt about the nature of their masculinity.

    That’s the message sent by their lily-livered bosses at NSW Fire and Rescue, who rely on their courage, strength and, dare I say, masculine derring-do to save lives, yet force them to apologise for defending their honour.

    Included in the Gillette backlash was a flood of images on social media showing brave, competent men doing heroic things: firefighters carrying women and children safely out of a burning house, a soldier running into gunfire to rescue a small girl, the off-duty British SAS trooper in Nairobi last week who saved dozens of lives after storming the building single-handedly.

    How’s that for toxic masculinity.

    Grown men can defend themselves, but the real victims of the war on masculinity are little boys being raised in a soup of negative messages telling them their intrinsic nature is diseased. Their rowdiness, adventurousness and biological inability to behave like girls is deemed a pathology.

    In primary school they are banned from playing rough and tumble games and then doped up with attention deficit drugs.

    As they get older, their interest in the opposite sex is damned as “rape culture”.

    Laying the groundwork for an escalation of hostilities, the American Psychological Association last week issued an extraordinary call to arms, declaring “traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful”.

    In its “Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men”, the APA claimed “traditional masculinity — marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression — is, on the whole, harmful”.

    It decried masculine attributes of “anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk, and violence”.

    But those traits, even, arguably, violence, are what have allowed western civilisation to progress and survive. Far from stamping out masculinity, we all need more of the manly virtues to rebuild our broken institutions: stoicism, courage, humility, discipline, honour, for starters.

    And while we are busy emasculating the next generation of men, don’t think that jihadists in the Middle East or the vast Chinese army are following suit. By neutering men, you disarm your society from the inside.

    This is why the Gillette ad hit a raw nerve. People are waking up to the tyrannical trajectory of identity politics, the pet project of the radical left, which divides us into rival victim groups and now seeks power by overthrowing a grotesquely make-believe patriarchy.

    Pitting women and men against each other is not a recipe for the survival of our species.

  135. calli

    “Coal-fired power plants are known to shut down completely on hot days,” she said.

    Why? Does coal burn at a higher temperature on hot days? Are the stacks in danger of melting? Is the steam from the turbines a different kind of heat?

    Questions…questions…

  136. Memoryvault

    Churchill will be rolling in his grave, he only drank Johnnie Walker.

    Menzies would be rolling in tandem.

    Mind you, I fully concur it is terrible stuff.

  137. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Churchill will be rolling in his grave, he only drank Johnnie Walker.

    Menzies would be rolling in tandem.

    That’s something I didn’t know about either of those gentlemen, and yes, I agree with you about the taste.

  138. vr

    JC — Did you see that State Street is cutting 4% of their workforce? The “go woke, go broke” principle at work. Again. This is the company behind Fearless Girl statue in front of the Wall Street bull.

  139. zyconoclast

    Trump is a cuck and the last republican president ever.
    The republic is lost.

    Trump’s compromise: Wall funding for DACA extension [Video]

    $800 million in urgent humanitarian assistance
    $805 for drug detection tech at ports of entry
    2,750+ border agents
    750 new judges to reduce backlog of almost 900,000 cases
    $5.7 billion for “strategic deployment of physical barriers” – not a 2,000 mile concrete wall “from sea to sea,” but steel barriers in strategic locations.
    “To build trust and goodwill,” his proposal also includes:

    3 years of legislative relief for 750,000 DACA recipients
    a 3-year extension of TPS for 300,000 immigrants whose status is facing expiration – time for Congress to work on a larger immigration deal

  140. zyconoclast

    Four boys ranging in age from 12 to 14 are charged with kidnapping and [email protected] a girl in Delaware
    Police arrested four juveniles on [email protected] charges on Wednesday in Bear, Delaware

    Kabarshenay Ellis-Pinkney, 14, Louis Miller and Joseph James-Carter, both 13, and Ja’den Glover, 12, are all charged with kidnapping and [email protected]
    They allegedly dragged girl into a house last month and forcibly [email protected] her
    Police believe there may be other victims and ask the public for any information

    A police spokesman told DailyMail.com that the victim was under the age of 18, but could not reveal her specific age due to privacy concerns.

  141. Memoryvault

    Please excuse my ignorance, but I was out of the loop for a while.
    What does “DACA” stand for?

  142. zyconoclast

    Please excuse my ignorance, but I was out of the loop for a while.
    What does “DACA” stand for?

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

    The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was an American immigration policy that allowed some individuals who entered the country as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country illegally, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit. As of 2017, approximately 800,000 individuals—referred to as Dreamers after the DREAM Act bill—were enrolled in the program created by DACA. The policy was established by the Obama administration in June 2012 and rescinded by the Trump administration in September 2017.[1]

  143. JC

    bespoke
    #2912293, posted on January 20, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    JC, is lambert the same one that ghosted T.Bair’s website?

    It’s him.

  144. cohenite

    However the BoM did look at this and considered any UHI effect would be larger at night therefore accentuating the decreasing DTR.

    That’s a pretty telling observation given the influence of the UHI on a lot of the records. ie, DTR not decreasing.

    Mate of mine who farms north of Horsham gloomily told me this year he had previously used Oct 28th* as the last frost date (based on the 1998 event), now using Nov 6th thanks to last year. Legume crops in particular were smashed.

    The BoM shows DTR decreasing over the full post 1910 temp record.

    The link I provided shows it increasing over the last 50 years or so, during the global warming period. The point is despite any UHI effect which becomes more pronounced as cities get bigger, the DTR has fallen over the second half of the 20thC.

  145. OldOzzie

    MASSIVE MILLIMETRES OF MELTY MAYHEM
    Tim Blair, The Daily Telegraph


    We’ve really done it this time. Our reckless warming ways have sent sea levels soaring:

    Global warming is melting ice in Antarctica faster than ever before — about six times more per year now than 40 years ago — leading to increasingly high sea levels worldwide, scientists warn.

    Oh no!


    Already, Antarctic melting has raised global sea levels more than 1.4cm between 1979 and 2017 …

    Er … 1.4 centimetres? Since 1979? That’s a rate of just .37 millimetres per year. Human hair grows more than 400 times faster.

    By the way, just how exactly do they calculate an ocean’s depth at these extraordinary micro-tolerances? Do they wait until the waves stop and shove a stick in it? Would it help if we took all the whales out? Maybe some extra cruise ships could squish it down a little.

    A rise of 1.8m by 2100, as some scientists forecast in worst-case scenarios, would flood many coastal cities that are home to millions of people around the world, previous research has shown.

    At an annual increase of .37mm, it’ll take another 4864 years before we hit the 1.8 metre mark. I’m pretty sure coastal folk will have seen the floods coming by then and moved a few yards inland.

    In any case, we current-day planet wreckers offer our sincere apologies to the sodden citizens of the 69th century.

  146. Tom

    I love a good retail politician. ScoMo arrived at the tennis just as Ash Barty — the latest Aussie bleeder to quit tennis when she doubted her ability — is poised to crush Russian-American cheat Maria Sharapova.

  147. EvilElvis

    It is known as “The Department for Sharpening Pencils”.

    I’m always of the opinion that payout then dole is the cheapest route. Your theory of perpetual embarrassment does have merit though. I will ponder more.

  148. OldOzzie

    Pill testing is just a mask for the real issue

    Peta Credlin

    Another music festival and another young life tragically lost.

    But more than lost, these lives are wasted, in all senses of the word, because “lost” is what we say when someone dies of cancer or drowns in a boating mishap.

    In the case of these drug-induced deaths, the young person has chosen to play Russian roulette with their own life and been complicit in the risk that they might end up on a mortuary slab.

    I know that’s tough but most of us have faced similar choices as we’ve made our way to adulthood, where the risk and opportunity to exploit the “devil may care” attitudes of youth can collide with such disastrous consequences.

    As my mum and good friends well know, I was hardly an exemplar during my university days.

    I loved to go out and stay out late and travelled all over the place to go to B&S balls (the music festivals of my generation I suppose). But despite the offers and availability, drugs never entered the equation.

    Not for a minute did I ever think taking something cooked-up and pushed around by a bikie gang was a good idea.

    So why now, when there’s death after death, are young people so dumb? And if they don’t know this now, pill testing isn’t going to make them smarter.

    It certainly won’t make them any safer and in fact, it just waters down the strong message that this stuff kills because no test can guarantee you your life. Worse, testing legitimises the dealers and organised crime and, grows their market.

    Like parasites, the drug liberalisation lobby seize on these deaths as evidence that “making drugs illegal doesn’t work”; that we should give up and accept defeat.

    Well murder has been a part of humanity since the beginning, but we still regard it as illegal and imprison the perpetrators, so why give up here?

    Surely the real target should be the organisers of these drug events (because that’s what they are, the music is almost ancillary, especially if you require drugs to enjoy it).

    They earn millions but have no apparent regard for the lives of their patrons — how do they get away with it?

    A licensed publican has rules about responsible service of alcohol but no politician seems to be tackling the big organisers of these drug events — isn’t that the real issue?

  149. JC

    vr
    #2912375, posted on January 20, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    JC — Did you see that State Street is cutting 4% of their workforce? The “go woke, go broke” principle at work. Again. This is the company behind Fearless Girl statue in front of the Wall Street bull.

    Yea, saw it the other day. This was the bank that was caught spreading Fx transactions for fund based customers to such an extreme the SEC or other authorities intervened. It was some years ago, from memory. Their results were okay, vr. From what I read, they have a new CEO focused on cost cutting. If they’re firing around 15% of its management it most likely means they’re bloated up. Also, I’d assume a large amount of the work is being more automated anyway.

    This will of course send Artie very angry… But mass firings to cut costs are good for the shareholders. 🙂 Maybe, I’m being old fashioned saying such a thing these days.

    State street is a peculiar bank because its most important line of business is custodial services.

  150. vr

    JC — They are getting into ETFs. That can’t be generating too much money. I need to look up their currency shenanigans. I wasn’t aware of it.

  151. OldOzzie

    Peta Credlin = Pill testing is just a mask for the real issue


    Another music festival and another young life tragically lost.

    But more than lost, these lives are wasted, in all senses of the word, because “lost” is what we say when someone dies of cancer or drowns in a boating mishap.

    In the case of these drug-induced deaths, the young person has chosen to play Russian roulette with their own life and been complicit in the risk that they might end up on a mortuary slab.

    I know that’s tough but most of us have faced similar choices as we’ve made our way to adulthood, where the risk and opportunity to exploit the “devil may care” attitudes of youth can collide with such disastrous consequences.

    As my mum and good friends well know, I was hardly an exemplar during my university days.

    I loved to go out and stay out late and travelled all over the place to go to B&S balls (the music festivals of my generation I suppose). But despite the offers and availability, drugs never entered the equation.

    Not for a minute did I ever think taking something cooked-up and pushed around by a bikie gang was a good idea.

    So why now, when there’s death after death, are young people so dumb? And if they don’t know this now, pill testing isn’t going to make them smarter.

    It certainly won’t make them any safer and in fact, it just waters down the strong message that this stuff kills because no test can guarantee you your life. Worse, testing legitimises the dealers and organised crime and, grows their market.

    Like parasites, the drug liberalisation lobby seize on these deaths as evidence that “making drugs illegal doesn’t work”; that we should give up and accept defeat.

    Well murder has been a part of humanity since the beginning, but we still regard it as illegal and imprison the perpetrators, so why give up here?

    Surely the real target should be the organisers of these drug events (because that’s what they are, the music is almost ancillary, especially if you require drugs to enjoy it).

    They earn millions but have no apparent regard for the lives of their patrons — how do they get away with it?

    A licensed publican has rules about responsible service of alcohol but no politician seems to be tackling the big organisers of these drug events — isn’t that the real issue?

  152. Tom

    (Even if you don’t like tennis) BARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  153. JC

    vr

    I would have thought most of the ETF space is owned by Morgan Stanley and Blackrock. There wouldn’t be much in the way of easy pickings anymore.

    Yea, I’m pretty sure it was them stung for taking huge spreads off customers for what essentially were riskless execution- like trades. … Customer says come back to me with the rate once you’ve done selling x. These greedy fucks were taking entire percentages.

  154. John Constantine

    Like every day, more waves hit the beach, eroding a bit more of your life away.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spinaW-zC-E

  155. old bloke

    That’s something I didn’t know about either of those gentlemen, and yes, I agree with you about the taste.

    I don’t mind some of the blended whiskeys, in my case taste is predetermined by budget.

  156. Tintarella di Luna

    Experts reveal solar panels lost nearly 20 per cent of their efficiency in NSW heatwaves

    Don’t these idiots know they can just pass a law making it illegal for solar panels to lose 20% of their efficiency in NSW?

  157. Twostix

    Nah he wasn’t that bad. Decent economy, lots of military misadventure, bit of corruption, IOW about average.

    N0nty in thirty years about Trump as he compares him to the 2040 era Republican president:

    “Nah Trump wasn’t that bad”

  158. Memoryvault

    Your theory of perpetual embarrassment does have merit though. I will ponder more.

    I’d love to claim credit Elvis, but that belongs to Campbell Newman. About the only truly constructive thing he did as QLD Premier was to create a department specifically to oversee the dismantling of the various “environment” departments that had grown like fungi in the QLD Public Service under successive Labor governments..

    He actually promoted the head of the Department of Climate Change, and put him in charge of this new department. The guy resigned in embarrassment soon after.

    Did I mention he was Anna Bligh’s husband?

  159. Tom

    Nonty, Twostix? I think that spelling error is bound to become a wrongology meme. Hahaha.

  160. Tom

    Oh god. Anything that now includes the name of he who must not be named must be banned.

    Nonty, Twostix? I think that ******** error is bound to become a wrongology meme. Hahaha.

  161. JC

    Hilarious, but it will have consequences.

    Chad Pergram

    @ChadPergram

    Members are sitting on the USAF bus on CapHill they wait to see if they are departing on overseas trip Trump canceled.

    Fox is told there are furious calls going back and forth now between the Hill, State, Pentagon and White House.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/trumps-response-to-nancy-pelosi-could-fuel-a-historic-battle/

    I know Goldberg is a never Trumper and he also says he’s not taking Pelosi’s side. However this is a case of the executive branch running roughshod over the legislature. It does have lasting consequences.

  162. 132andBush

    Cohenite, upthread
    It’s called the diurnal temperature range, DTR, and it is a pillar of alarmism theory. According to alarmism because the greenhouse affect continues after the sun sets there will be a greater warming trend at night than during the day. That is the difference between the maximum and minimum daily temps, the DTR, should be declining. It isn’t.

    Then, downthread,
    The BoM shows DTR decreasing over the full post 1910 temp record.

    The link I provided shows it increasing over the last 50 years or so, during the global warming period. The point is despite any UHI effect which becomes more pronounced as cities get bigger, the DTR has fallen over the second half of the 20thC.

    Not trying to be a smartarse but those are contradictory, or am I missing something?

    My original take was even though the UHI effect would increase nighttime temps this isn’t seen in the record which means an overiding background cooling. (hence my anecdote about the last frost)

  163. EvilElvis

    Leigh Lowe
    #2912344, posted on January 20, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    +1

  164. “Coal-fired power plants are known to shut down completely on hot days,” she said.

    Why? Does coal burn at a higher temperature on hot days? Are the stacks in danger of melting? Is the steam from the turbines a different kind of heat?

    Questions…questions…

    On really hot days the coals* die from heat exhaustion before they get to the boiler.

    *Vinyls on the dashboard of the car are also known to die on very hot days.

  165. Both power lines and breasts sag on very hot days.

    Why is this so?

    Is there a relationship between the two?

  166. Confused Old Misfit

    Vardy beats Sharapova.

  167. Memoryvault

    Why is this so?

    Both need regular attention.

  168. Bruce of Newcastle

    Both power lines and breasts sag on very hot days.
    Is there a relationship between the two?

    Both breasts and temperatures are adjusted upwards.
    It’s worse than we thought.

  169. Obviously it requires more study.
    You do the power lines Bruce.
    I’ll do the rest.

  170. Mother Lode

    “House fires are toxic. Our masculinity isn’t”? Unless there’s doubt about the nature of their masculinity.

    The fact the Firies were required to take that sign down betrays a core aspect of the campaign.

    Some of the people pushing the ‘toxic masculinity’ ing argue that they are not saying all men are toxic – but unless you could be sure that at least one of these men possessed the toxicity then the sign would be correct.

    But the harridans already knew the men were toxic – simply because they were men.

    Conflating boorishness of some men with masculinity which is about courage, fortitude, responsibility etc is just the fluidity of definitions the elites rely on. In order to be able to join the dots (for whatever theory they want) they have to make the dots half the size of the picture.

  171. Memoryvault

    It’s worse than we thought.

    Nah, Bruce.
    Obviously you’re just not tensioning them the right way.

  172. Eyrie

    calli, a power station is a heat engine. You heat water at one end and condense steam after it goes through the turbines. If the temperature of the cooling water or air (same thing really) is too high because it is a very hot day you MAY have to reduce the power output of the station. If designed properly for the temperatures that prevail, not so. Can’t see how you need to shut it down. Just going out to see a mechanical engineer mate who worked in a power station in the Hunter Valley. I’ll ask him.

  173. Dave in Marybrook

    #getwokegobroke- genius. Almost makes me want to join Twitter.
    Intersting that the term “woke” has so quickly evolved and indeed flipped. First a patois-heavy admonishment from the Left to obey social justice commands. Then to be quickly embraced by the cultural cringe media – along with such other eubonic echoes “welcome to [insert missing article here] country featuring Uncle Jack Jackson – along with many other logogogic chimaeras as the fake Latin and fake history of Terra Nullius.
    And now it’s been thrown back in the face of Facebook and Twitter in a natty rhyme which spurns both the term and the sentiment.
    Unfortunately, the last headline making wakening by Nike paid off for them, big time. They made many- many profits.

  174. old bloke

    Why? Does coal burn at a higher temperature on hot days? Are the stacks in danger of melting? Is the steam from the turbines a different kind of heat?

    Coal sweats on very hot days. Those lumps of sweat drenched coal are rendered non-inflammable unless the boiler attendant wipes each lump with a fluffy towel before it goes into the furnace.

  175. vr

    JC — They created the “SHE” etf that only invests in companies that have women execs and dirs. It’s not doing so well.

  176. ‘We have the right to be safe’: say the woemens.

    ok. You are now allowed to carry concealed 38 cal rapist blasters.

    ditto for your male protectors.

  177. Infidel Tiger

    Goldberg is now a deranged and hugely fat swine.

    A pity. He used to be quite a good read before he went troppo over Trump.

  178. JC

    vr
    #2912425, posted on January 20, 2019 at 4:10 pm
    JC — They created the “SHE” etf that only invests in companies that have women execs and dirs. It’s not doing so well.

    Oh god. And people actually bought it?

  179. Memoryvault

    calli, a power station is a heat engine. You heat water at one end and condense steam after it goes through the turbines. If the temperature of the cooling water or air (same thing really) is too high because it is a very hot day you MAY have to reduce the power output of the station.

    Pre-super critical boilers output at around 535 deg C, at 95 atmospheres pressure.
    A couple of degrees variation in the ambient air temperature is not going to make much difference.
    Besides which, input air to the boiler is preheated to a preset temperature.

  180. Snoopy

    JC — They created the “SHE” etf that only invests in companies that have women execs and dirs. It’s not doing so well.

    They also have a similar ETF on the Nasdaq – SHEIT.

  181. Tel

    Reagan compromised a lot with the Democrats, before the Alzheimer’s set in. Dubbya did it a fair bit, there was the Medicare stuff. Yet to see Trump compromise on anything so far.

    Trump learned a lot by watching what the others did wrong.

    Democrats take but never give… classic example is Obama illegally making payments into the Obamacare system to prop it up… no consequence, no problem, just loot money and redistribute. You can’t compromise with people unless you can trust them to play by the rules.

  182. “Coal-fired power plants are known to shut down completely on hot days,” she said.

    In case it is unclear, methinks SHE is talking sh1t.

  183. Leo G

    “Coal-fired power plants are known to shut down completely on hot days,” she said.

    Probably the result of fires threatening coal transport (a grass fire started the Hazelwood coal mine fire), coal dust ignition leading to fires or transmission line current limiting.

  184. calli

    Thank you so much for your supersciencey answers to my hot coals questions. The breasts/coals correlation is remarkably trufy. Coal really needs a better fitted bra.

    The prize goes to Eyrie for playing with a straight bat (despite my wicked googley bowling). Bless you.

  185. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Christopher Skase book: Fugitive businessman ‘hunted for blood sport’
    Mark Schliebs
    Reporter
    @mark_schliebs
    12:48PM January 20, 2019
    22 Comments

    Christopher Skase claimed to be the victim of government witch-hunt of “entrepreneurs” in an unpublished autobiography written in a Mallorca jail cell, where he brags about his successes while blaming other factors for his failures.

    Excerpts of the book Postcard from Mallorca – Nightmare in Paradise have been published by the Sunday Herald Sun more than 17 years after the fugitive’s death in Spain.

    The existence of the autobiography has been well known despite publishers refusing to put it into print, but surviving family members have released portions of it in a bid to rehabilitate the 1980’s high flyer’s reputation.

    Writing while on remand in Spain in 1994, Skase said he went to Mallorca “to chill out”.

    “But, business haters in government and the envious in the public service, had a different agenda,” he wrote, according to the Sunday Herald Sun. “The economy was a shambles and some people had to wear the blame. Not the politicians, or functionaries, but the entrepreneurs. It was all our fault.

    From the Oz.

  186. calli

    ok. You are now allowed to carry concealed 38 cal rapist blasters.

    Now you’re talking!

    Where do I get one, and does it come in animal print (to match my loafers).

  187. vr

    JC — The fearless girl was actually a marketing campaign for the ETF. And, later like all virtue-signallers they got accused of not paying the women on par with men.

    the quotes: https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/fund/she

  188. calli

    Bother! Spaminated again.

    Time to talk in emojis.

    👍🔫 ❓🐆 = 👟?

    There. That made perfect sense.

  189. Memoryvault

    The fearless girl was actually a marketing campaign for the ETF. And, later like all virtue-signallers they got accused of not paying the women on par with men.

    Don’t we have a small government body that monitors and promotes equal opportunity, employment and such? If memory serves it has fifteen staff.

    Fourteen women and one cross-dressing transvestite.

  190. Memoryvault

    👍🔫 ❓🐆 = 👟?

    Calli!
    How could you even think such a thing?

  191. cohenite

    Not trying to be a smartarse but those are contradictory, or am I missing something?

    Not at all; it’s mind numbing.

    UHI effect is a non-climatic related heating produced by urban energy. As I noted BEST out of Berkeley says there is no such thing and therefore urban temperatures do not have to be adjusted in comparison with rural temperatures. Almost every other researcher says there is such a thing and temperatures have to be adjusted down because of it. The issue is by how much does UHI impact on temp. In a seminal 1996 paper Goodridge attempted to quantify that point. Figure 1 from his paper became famous.

    Now, DTR is a prediction of alarmism which says that nights will warm faster than days because the greenhouse effect continues after the Sun sets and therefore the difference between the minimum/night-time and maximum/daytime temps will decrease. I provided 2 graphs to you: one from BoM from 1910 showing DTR decreasing slightly over that period. Another from a researcher showing DTR increasing over a shorter period covering the modern period post WW11.

    Then I presented a BOM paper showing UHI influencing night temps more than day temps and therefore possibly producing a decreasing DTR.

    Is that where we’re up to?

  192. JC

    Dr. Lucas Bergkamp
    ‏ @lbergkamp
    Jan 10

    “Climate is too complicated to attribute its variability to one cause. We first need to understand the natural climate variability (which we clearly don’t) Only then we can assess the magnitude and reasons of climate change.”

    But what would he know. We’re luck, at the Cat because Cronkite has all the answers. He’ll tell you. But you can’t ask him questions.

    Dr. Anastasios Tsonis, emeritus distinguished professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Authored more than 130 peer-reviewed papers and nine books:

    ‘I am a skeptic not just about global warming but also about many other aspects of science…Climate is too complicated to attribute its variability to one cause. We first need to understand the natural climate variability (which we clearly don’t; I can debate anybody on this issue). Only then we can assess the magnitude and reasons of climate change.’

    ‘If science were settled, then we should pack things up and go home.’

    ‘It is my educated opinion that many forces have shaped global temperature variation. Human activity, the oceans, extraterrestrial forces (solar activity and cosmic rays) and other factors are all in the mix…We should be skeptical of claims that the science of a complicated and unpredictable system is settled.’

    ‘We may form an opinion based on the existing scientific evidence in hand, current knowledge, possible theories and hypotheses…The fact that scientists who show results not aligned with the mainstream are labeled deniers is the backward mentality. We don’t live in medieval times’

  193. JC

    Judith Curry’s blog

    Judith Curry Retweeted
    AMS
    ‏ @ametsoc
    Jan 10

    What if regional projections of increased #precipitation and hotter #temperatures as our #climate warms are wrong…or what if they aren’t robust enough? Prashant D. Sardeshmukh of CIRES investigates, today at #AMS2019 in North 121BC:

  194. Infidel Tiger

    Great weekend for the media.

    First buzzfeed jacked all over their own faces and now the hatchet job on the Covington Catholic Boys is falling to pieces.

    The media really is the enemy of the people.

  195. Memoryvault

    Is that where we’re up to?

    No. This “debate” was fought and lost a decade ago, regardless of the truth of it all. Now every university and body of higher learning in the Western World now has a vast “Climate Change” department, all preaching the “science” of man-made CO2 caused global warming.

    Time for intelligent people to drop it, and quietly get themselves ready for the extended period of global cooling that is now underway.

  196. I see another correlation.

    R2 = 0.9666

    Hot day -> many many fries.

  197. Time for intelligent people to drop it, …

    No way. It’s time to prosecute the fraudsters.

    Arrest, charge, trial, find ’em guilty, confiscate ill gotten gains, execute.

  198. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    43 degrees, a “severe” fire weather warning, and a total fire ban. Welcome to summer in the West Oz Wheatbelt.

  199. dover_beach

    Disappointing turnout at the March for Life in DC this year. Not surprised the MSM largely not covering the march.

  200. Memoryvault

    Judith Curry’s blog

    Judith Curry and her husband make a great deal of money “advising” top tier companies on how to deal with global warming caused by rising CO2 levels. Don’t be misled by her attempts to pass herself off as some kind of “moderate”.

  201. Memoryvault

    No way. It’s time to prosecute the fraudsters.

    Not going to happen, Rambler.
    Not even when the shyte really hits the fan and people start dying in large numbers.

  202. JC

    Memory Fault

    Don’t be misled by her attempts to pass herself off as some kind of “moderate”.

    You tried making money in the 80s and 90s telling readers George Bush Snr was the head of a global ped cabal. You also peddled the “idea” Canberra was built along Satanic lines (it was, but not for the reasons you suggested). You also peddled “views” to sell everything and buy gold in the 80s because our economic order was about to end. You profited on this.
    Now, you’re peddling the world is cooling, but criticize Curry.

    You claim your wife is very close to the end of her life, but you’re here posting nonsense.

  203. calli

    Oh Dover! When I saw the still, my heart sank. Then I pressed “play”.

    A cloud no bigger than a man’s hand.

  204. bespoke

    Disappointing turnout?

  205. but criticize Curry

    Ask atmospheric physicists what they think of Curry’s work.

    “Good vindaloo” was one response.

  206. Mother Lode

    About one in five Australian kids leave primary school unable to swim 50 metres. Almost 250 people have drowned in Australia in the past year and one in five of them were aged under 25.

    I would be curious to know the proportion of the increase that were ‘new arrivals’ who had not learned to swim as kids or their kids who had not learned. Or, with regards to beaches, even who never learned about swimming between the flags, to gauge how far they swim out, what to do in an undertow etc.

  207. Memoryvault

    I’m going to ignore your continued attempts to turn every discussion into a slanging match. And for the time being at least, I’m going to try and ignore your continued efforts to drag my wife’s state of health into this.

    Instead I’ll just ask two simple questions that are actually germaine to the discussion.

    Have you ever read Anthony Watts “Watts Up With That”?

    If so, are you familiar with the postings by Willis Eisenbach**?
    (That’s a guess at the spelling of his name).

  208. Nick

    and now the hatchet job on the Covington Catholic Boys is falling to pieces.

    You’re going to have to explain that bit IT.

  209. Elle

    Good grief, areff! Where do you get stories like that from!

    #areallmensickfucks

  210. Memoryvault

    Moderation. Very well, let’s do it by sentence.

    I’m going to ignore your continued attempts to turn every discussion into a slanging match. And for the time being at least, I’m going to try and ignore your continued efforts to drag my wife’s state of health into this.

  211. Memoryvault

    Instead I’ll just ask two simple questions that are actually germaine to the discussion.

  212. Memoryvault

    Have you ever read Anthony Watts “Watts Up With That”?

  213. Memoryvault

    If so, are you familiar with the postings by Willis Eisenbach**?
    (That’s a guess at the spelling of his name).

  214. vr

    IT — The NYT and WaPo, same as Buzzfeed. The WSJ reporter @byrontau who said perhaps people shouldn’t rush to judgement was ratioed. look it up.

    Another feed I look at (a wll-known tech reporter), she compared them to Nazis. One would think a middle-aged woman would know better.

  215. Memoryvault

    Aha! Moderated.

    If so, are you familiar with the postings by

  216. Memoryvault

    Willis Eisenbach**?

  217. Memoryvault

    ** – (That’s a guess at the spelling of his name).

  218. Memoryvault

    (That’s a guess at the spelling of his name).

  219. Calli, I find it unforgivable that the MSM studiously ignores the March every year. Scum and lees.

  220. JC

    It’s not a slagging match but a very real contrast of your past behavior, your “prediction” vs those of Judith Curry who you attempt to discredit. It highlights your rank hypocrisy.

    and ignore your continued efforts to drag my wife’s state of health into this.

    Continued efforts?

    Personally, I find your behavior fucking incredible when you claim she is quickly ailing and you’ve been busy posting crap here most of the evening and all day. Nothing directly to do with her. It’s you I’m talking about, Horace.

  221. Infidel Tiger

    Nick, itvis all over the US news and twitter.

    Some Catholic school boys attacked a Native American.

    Reality shows that the Native American and his group were trying g to intimidate the boys.

    The kicker is that many of the boys were wearing MAGA hats, so the media has gone insane.

    Watch what the media report and then watch this plus the other long form videos available:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Sardonarola/status/1086826352643313665

    Destroying children’s lives is now acceptable practice by the media.

  222. Eyrie

    MV it isn’t the temperature of the input air that’s the problem. You need to condense the steam after it goes through the turbine. Done by circulating the turbine steam (ultra pure water running in a closed loop) through a heat exchanger with water in the external loop. That water can be sourced from a river or lake and can be evaporated via a cooling tower or air cooled by a giant version of your car’s radiator. That cooling system will have some limit on its capacity and if the water you are sourcing is too warm the cooling system will hit its limits and the amount of steam going through the turbines needs to be reduced to compensate which results in reduced electrical output. It happens now and again.

  223. Nick

    Thanks IT, I had a look and saw that the SMH were running it, but couldn’t find the reality bit (of course).

  224. Eyrie

    Yeah, cohenite. I don’t have much time for Judith Curry either. Some years ago she was calling people “deniers” and now she’s having a bet each way.

  225. Memoryvault

    JC, this is a final warning.
    Mrs MV is reading, lying as comfortably as possible on our bed, less than ten feet away.
    Now drop it.

  226. JC

    Eyrie
    #2912495, posted on January 20, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Yeah, cohenite. I don’t have much time for Judith Curry either. Some years ago she was calling people “deniers” and now she’s having a bet each way.

    The roach motel theory, right Eyrie? Once you enter there’s no turning back. When I grow up, I want to be just like you. Never wrong.

  227. Infidel Tiger

    More on the Covington Catholic brouhaha from one of the students:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/AClementsWKRC/status/1086822521012473858

  228. Boambee John

    From a thread at Don Aitkin

    Cxxx Wxxxx
    January 19, 2019 at 9:17 am
    What happens when what the BOM describes today as “extreme” and “abnormal”, becomes “average” and “normal” for future generations?

    Note also the BOM comment on the absence of El Nino.

    http://media.bom.gov.au/social/blog/1997/australias-2018-in-weather-drought-heat-and-fire/

    Reply
    Boambee John
    January 19, 2019 at 3:06 pm
    Forty or fifty years ago, what the BoM describes today as “extreme” and “abnormal”, was “average” and “normal”. What we have today is the result of a generation or so whose life experience has been:

    Born in an air conditioned hospital.

    Went home in an air conditioned car.

    Lived in an air conditioned house.

    Went to air conditioned schools and universities.

    Shopped in air conditioned malls.

    Worked in air conditioned offices.

    And

    Watched sport in their air conditioned homes, avoiding the un-air conditioned outside.

    They really think that a couple of days in a row at 30C is extreme.

  229. Infidel Tiger

    With this attack and the Kavanaugh hearing, would great to think that’s a Christians are going to be radicalised against the true enemy.

  230. Des Deskperson

    ‘I would be curious to know the proportion of the increase that were ‘new arrivals’ who had not learned to swim as kids or their kids who had not learned.’

    ML, an official from the NSW Surf Lifesaving Association in an interview just now on Ten News claimed that over 50% of the people rescued by his organisation are ‘non-English speaking’.

  231. Nick

    How firetrucked is Australia? I ordered a case of wine from regional NSW on December 24th, on Jan 3rd it left the winery. Since Jan 10th it’s still being processed at the couriers’ Sydney depot. Nearly 4 weeks!!

  232. calli

    I note from the video that Cochise is wearing buffalo horn spectacles with lenses of the finest deerhide.

    Halfwit.

  233. JC

    Memory Fault

    Never ever threaten me again, or you’ll be selling your home to make up legal fees. You first pulled that suitor stunt and I never back down. Just remember that next time you issue a threat against me.

    Do that one more time and your slanderous accusations against me will be dealt with harshly and without remorse.

    Do not speak to me even indirectly as I don’t want anything to do with you. I have zero interest in your views as I consider them crap and you the lowest of the low.

  234. Infidel Tiger

    How firetrucked is Australia? I ordered a case of wine from regional NSW on December 24th, on Jan 3rd it left the winery. Since Jan 10th it’s still being processed at the couriers’ Sydney depot. Nearly 4 weeks!!

    It will be absolutely destroyed by the heat.

    Never buy wine in summer that has to travel.

    The artisan wineries will often hold your order until the milder months.

  235. Memoryvault

    Eyrie,

    I spent much of the last fourteen years of my working life involved in the construction, commissioning, and/or troubleshooting, of steam-powered power stations. I have managed to glean some passing knowledge of how they work.

    Steam input and output is not in any way affected by ambient air temperatures. In fact, it is not even related to temperatures of anything at all. Rather, it is governed solely by the varying load placed on the generator that the turbine is driving.

  236. Memoryvault

    Do not speak to me even indirectly as I don’t want anything to do with you.

    And yet time after time these altercations start with an unsolicited insult from you?

  237. Gilas

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2912346, posted on January 20, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    I’m not that smart actually.

    You are one of, if not the, smartest and sanest people here.

    You are also one of only three who responded to my query.. I guess that Catters not only welcome, but also encourage trolls.

    Quite a remarkable fact.

  238. Nick

    Ch7 news shows a protest from the murdered girls’ family in Israel, complaining that the Israeli Government isn’t doing enough to bring her body back quickly. FMD.

  239. With this attack and the Kavanaugh hearing, would great to think that’s a Christians are going to be radicalised against the true enemy.

    A majority of liberals hate Christians and will do their level best to make parts of it illegal while making the inculcation of Christian belief and practice as difficult as possible. You’d have to be willfully blind to miss this.

  240. Memoryvault

    You are one of, if not the, smartest and sanest people here.

    Not disputed, Gilas.
    I’ve remarked on it myself.

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