Monday Forum: January 21, 2019

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  1. Eyrie

    “Huawei ?”
    We be Chicom intelligence.

  2. Nick

    I remember that one well. It was a shock to discover that water had an LD50. She died from drinking too much water. People were overheating and organisers gave out unlimited free bottled water. We started keeping tabs on how many bottles we were drinking after her death.

    Wow

  3. Shy Ted

    Bettina Arndt ‏@thebettinaarndt 18 hours ago Interesting article about why the mainstream media has been so captured by the feminist narrative.
    I don’t disagree with her points but it doesn’t cover the state funded media, our ABC, which decides on the agenda and the MSM follows merely repeating the talking points because it’s cheap to do so. So they are driven by profit but they don’t drive the agenda.

  4. Baldrick

    Drug testing kits aren’t available for individuals to buy in a free market themselves ?

    Why yes, yes they are.

  5. calli

    You’re circling the drain Stimpy.

    I disagree that God is mentally ill. If that is the limit of possibilities that I put on His character, simply because I understand Him to be good, just, gracious and Almighty, so be it.

    If you have won, it’s a pretty tawdry prize.

  6. stackja

    2GB reports Matt Noffs supporting pill testing says Glab Bag like DT.

  7. calli

    Don’t be ridiculous, Balders.

    No one’s going to pay for those when there’s a chance the taxpayer will.

  8. stackja

    Baldrick
    #2914043, posted on January 22, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Money back guarantee?

  9. John Constantine

    Atrazine.

    Their Melbourne uni comes out with the possibility that while high doses of atrazine have no effect, micro doses of the agricultural chemical fool the body into reacting to it.

    Must ban atrazine.

    Then, of course, the rest of the triazine family.

    Because they are cheap, off patent and work.

    Big crony ag chemical companies stand to make a billion from having crony politicals ban cheap open access agricultural inputs and only allow closed loop gold plated products to be sold.

    Comrades.

  10. Leigh Lowe

    Mynahs having a bad day. Pair of ravens just arrived and are finishing off the second course, which the mynahs denied all the other birds.

    Crows are smart birds, but they can never sneak up on anyone. They constantly tramp across our tin roof in hobnailed boots, and drop things to shake loose the contents. Every time I clean the gutters I find an assortment of small tins which have been dropped by crows.
    Kookaburras have something of an aloof and detached demeanour and project a certain calmness and dignity.
    But then we come to cockatoos.
    We need a final solution for the cockie.

  11. areff

    Poor starving crows forced into the citys and towns by the terrible terrible heat..

    Poor starving crows drawn to Altona by the overflowing rubbish bins in the lane behind the local Indian, Vietnamese and Chinese eateries. I’ve watched two of them working in tandem to get the lid up. Also seen a raven haul rubbish out of a municipal bin, piece at a time, until he found the half-eaten pie that he knew was in there.

    Eat it? Not straight away. He put it back and returned a couple of minutes later with two mates who shared the bounty.

    I read a book by a canadian naturalist abt 20 years ago in which he recounted how, when a crow finds a dead whatever, he will fly off and bring back a big mob of mates. They take position above the carcass and start screaming and carrying on, which alerts bears, lynxes and wotnots with sharp claws to turn up and rip open the carcass, which the crows can’t do for themselves.

    The lynx gets a feed and the crows feast on the remainder.

    They have such tiny heads and brains, yet their intelligence is astonishing.

  12. calli

    Oh, and pill testing won’t just be pill testing, will it?

    No, no, no!

    If government is involved it will require its own bloated bureaucracy of jobsworths or…be sucontracted out to “service providers”.

    And lookee lookee – up pops Matt Noffs.

  13. md

    Liz Peek: Two years of Trump hatred and Democrats’ ‘resistance’ has accomplished what, exactly?

    Two years ago, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. Almost immediately thereafter, Democrats fastened on obstructing every single proposal from Mr. Trump as their party’s primary platform. Who could have imagined that two years in, hatred of the president would still be rolling across the country like a wrecking ball, undermining the integrity of the FBI and credibility of our courts, corroding our politics, and utterly destroying the fair-mindedness of the press?

  14. stackja

    2GB reports 22 year old missing off cruise ship in Tasman Sea.

  15. Bruce of Newcastle

    Huawei in unprecedented media blitz

    Lol.
    Between a rock and a hard place. They can’t admit to working for the PLA, which they have no choice about, and they can’t tell the PLA to FO. So a media blitz is about all they can do.

    Maybe China would be doing a lot better than is in the news today if they didn’t spend so much time subverting everything from baby powder to mobile phones.

    The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies (Oct 2018)

  16. Tel

    Must ban atrazine.

    Then, of course, the rest of the triazine family.

    Because they are cheap, off patent and work.

    Banning stuff soon after patent expiration does seem to be a standard trick now.

  17. Snoopy

    I don’t understand why Melbourne Uni is against Atrazine. It allegedly turns frogs homosexual. You would think they would be overjoyed.

  18. stackja

    Leigh Lowe
    #2914049, posted on January 22, 2019 at 12:08 pm
    We need a final solution for the cockie.

    FA said that?

  19. vr

    Dollar Shave Club ad that is starting to trend. Any ad that has Frank Sinatra gets me to watch..

    It’s funny too.

  20. Baldrick

    No one’s going to pay for those when there’s a chance the taxpayer will.

    Well exactly. It’s not about being safe, it’s about somebody else paying for the tests and being held accountable for compensation if it doesn’t work out well.

  21. stackja

    Indian fortune teller’s Sydney Airport arrest over teen sex assault
    The Daily Telegraph
    9 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    An Indian man claiming to be a fortune teller has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl after offering her a free reading in Sydney’s south west.

    The 31-year-old was arrested at Sydney International Airport on Monday night after he was caught trying to board a plane to Singapore.

  22. Baldrick

    Money back guarantee?

    100% satisfaction, so they claim.

  23. Snoopy

    THERE are plenty of reasons why our use of plastic is bad — but this one is aimed at the blokes.

    Expanding on previous studies that have shown the stuff in plastic can cause damage to penises and make them smaller, two Aussie scientists are furthering the work and say more boys are even being born with genital defects because of it.

    University of Melbourne researchers Associate Professor Andrew Pask and Dr Mark Green say they have shown penis birth defects have doubled in Australia because of plastic.

  24. bespoke

    Shy Ted
    #2913891, posted on January 22, 2019 at 8:57 am
    Breaking news – multimillionaire and Ch7 TV host David Koch offers to set up his own pill-testing station at a rave at his own expense.

    Good his money his risk.

  25. Stimpson J. Cat

    You’re circling the drain Stimpy.
    I disagree that God is mentally ill. If that is the limit of possibilities that I put on His character, simply because I understand Him to be good, just, gracious and Almighty, so be it.
    If you have won, it’s a pretty tawdry prize.

    You completely misunderstand my point.
    Why do you think I care about winning?
    Or losing?
    Or being right or wrong?
    The important thing is asking the questions, and enjoying all of the wonderful possibilities that spring from them.
    The questions we ask help us to discover not only ourselves, but everything else.
    They help us discover what is really important in life.
    We could both be right, or both be wrong, or both be right or wrong at the same time.
    The reality is that we could also simply be a lovely Sane Woman patiently listening to the inane ramblings of an unconventionally attractive Madman.
    Unlike you I have to embrace paradox.
    I literally have no choice if I want to survive.

    (PS I get f$cking unbearably annoying around Full Moons my apologies.
    It’s like Gravity Crack.
    It will settle down in a few days. )

    😁

  26. An Indian man claiming to be a fortune teller has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl after offering her a free reading in Sydney’s south west.

    He didn’t see that coming.

  27. Nick

    No one’s going to pay for those when there’s a chance the taxpayer will.

    Well exactly. It’s not about being safe, it’s about somebody else paying for the tests and being held accountable for compensation if it doesn’t work out well.

    Bingo.

  28. Leigh Lowe

    In this whole pill testing debate, and who should pay, one little group has escaped notice … that is, Doof Doof promoters.
    They hire a grungy warehouse, a score of splashdown dunnies, a bunch of Pacific Islander bros for security and a couple of dreadlocked DJs from the U.S. and pocket a shitload.
    They pay a bit of minor advertising but most of their promotion comes via 45 year old hipsters on JJJ.
    FMD, if a farmer as much as damages the bristles on the back of one of his pigs we are screaming “social licence revoked” and “shut them down”.
    So why aren’t Doof-Doof promoters held to the same standards.

  29. Nick

    after offering her a free reading

    Perhaps where he was reading didn’t help.

  30. Makka

    PS I get f$cking unbearably annoying around Full Moons

    No shit? You aren’t God, Jesus or anything like them Stimp. So please stfu with the rationalising of mental disorders that may be potentially attributed to the Almighty or his offspring. Kay? You don’t want to become a tedious smug prick like Doc, do you?

  31. From md’s link:

    The real and ongoing source of Democrats’ outrage is that President Trump has continually and, it must be said, gleefully, skewered the establishment. He has challenged the conventional wisdom on nearly everything, revealing the shallowness of the group-think that has so long dominated our political discourse.

  32. John Constantine

    https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/safe-herbicide-in-australian-water-affects-male-fertility

    “Lower doses over a long exposure time may potentially do more damage than a high dose. This is because the low dose is likely to be similar in concentration to the body’s own hormones while the very high dose can be too high to generate a response.

    “This could be reflected in our findings that the lower dose of atrazine led the mice to gain weight whilst the higher dose did not, which is why it is important to study a range of doses,” says Dr Green.

    “We know that the combined effects of weight gain and decreased sperm quality have major effects on male reproductive success and the health of offspring.”

    Falling birthrates and fattening porkasauruses are due to chemicals sprayed on the ground, not marxist brainwashing sprayed into the education system?.

    Ban atrazine on half the country, ban marxism on the other half and see who is healthiest in twenty years.

    Comrades.

  33. Nick

    FMD, if a farmer as much as damages the bristles on the back of one of his pigs we are screaming “social licence revoked” and “shut them down”.
    So why aren’t Doof-Doof promoters held to the same standards.

    Green politicians and others of the same pack like pills and rave parties. This is why you hear the Greens and others wanting to ban sugar and fast food but legalise backyard pills.

  34. Leigh Lowe

    Poor starving crows drawn to Altona by the overflowing rubbish bins in the lane behind the local Indian, Vietnamese and Chinese eateries. I’ve watched two of them working in tandem to get the lid up.

    Incredibly smart and dexterous (if that is the right word for a beast with no hands).
    They love Christmas with overfilled bins. If the lid is slightly ajar or there is the tiniest bit of plastic bag hanging out between bin and lid, they are right into it in no time.
    They are smart and inventive in a very practical sense … I can imagine them saying “No problem. I’ll just get the multi-grips out of the ute and we’ll fix that”.

  35. Dr Fred Lenin

    Bruce of Newcastle regarding the Davos fascist meeting , what an opportunity to cleanse the world of a dagerous heap of filth ,one nice tactical nuclear missile and the air pollution would be reduced all over the world when these filth were no longer breathing oxygen . Be good if soros and the other billionaire fascist filth were there at the Big Bang .

  36. Stimpson J. Cat

    So please stfu with the rationalising of mental disorders that may be potentially attributed to the Almighty or his offspring. Kay? You don’t want to become a tedious smug prick like Doc, do you?

    Only because you said please Makka.
    😎

  37. Black Ball

    Shaun Carney in today’s Hun writes about the need for the Liberal Party to introduce quotas for the fairer sex to enter politics. Article accompanied with a pic of Julie Bishop, Julia Banks and Kelly O’Dwyer. FMD. Is there anything these ladies can hang their hat on, or in Bishop’s case her fascinator, and say ‘I am proud of this achievement whilst in office.’? Answers on a postcard please.

  38. Snoopy

    Just another Greenie lie promoted by TheirABC.

    A volunteer underwater clean-up project at Manly Cove is recovering hundreds of drinking straws from the sea and raising awareness of single-use plastic pollution.

    Dive instructor Harriet Spark is the project’s organiser and is involved in the local environmental group Sustainable Organisations of Manly (SO Manly).

    She was inspired to start the clean up after one of her colleagues recovered more than 600 straws during two short snorkels at Manly Cove.

    “On one of our dives we actually found an octopus holding four straws in its tentacles,” she told Josh Szeps on ABC Radio Sydney.

    Plastic straws float.

  39. Nick

    600 straws during two short snorkels at Manly Cove.

    Lol, a snorkel is a plastic straw

  40. John Constantine

    https://psymedia.co.za/psytrance-festivals-australia/

    Pill festival promoters operating openly have to have paramedics available.

    Underground pill festivals, not so much.

    Full liability for pill festival promoters, filtering down to last man standing could see the CFA sued for supporting the festival through providing fire trucks for risk reduction, dust suppression and wetting down dancers tshirts.

    Clingy, Comrades.

  41. dover_beach

    So you agree that God could possibly be mentally ill and so could have Jesus(or not) ?
    Or is this where the possibilities end?

    No, God cannot be God and mentally ill.

    Why do you think I care about winning?
    Or losing?
    Or being right or wrong?
    The important thing is asking the questions, and enjoying all of the wonderful possibilities that spring from them.

    If you don’t care about being right or wrong, the questions or the possibilites really aren’t important to you. It’s like Pilate asking What is Truth? then walking out the door not waiting for the answer. However, giving a definite answer with reasons shows you care about the question and the possibility because you care ultimately about the truth.

  42. Mother Lode

    Answers on a postcard please.

    There is ample room to write their achievements on the back of just a stamp and send that. At least they will have saved me a couple of cents on the cheaper stamp – which will be a first.

  43. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Scott Morrison intervenes to install former ALP president Warren Mundine in Gilmore

    Joe Kelly
    Political Reporter
    @joekellyoz
    34 minutes ago January 22, 2019
    No Comments

    Scott Morrison has approved a move to install former ALP National President Warren Mundine as his candidate in the marginal seat of Gilmore, according to well placed NSW Liberal Party sources.

    The Australian has confirmed that members of the NSW Liberal state executive received emails this morning asking them to cast their votes on the endorsement of candidates in the seats of Gilmore, on the NSW south coast, and Paterson near the NSW Hunter Region.

    One source told The Australian that members of the state executive had been directed not to endorse the current candidate for Gilmore, Grant Schultz, in the e-mail ballot with votes to have been cast my midday.

    “For us not to endorse there would need to be a very strong reason and that reason is that there’s another candidate in line already and that a stronger candidate has been found,” said one member of the NSW state executive.

    From the Oz.

  44. Dr Faustus

    Signs of things to come.

    Labor’s $1b pledge to open up hydrogen industry in Queensland
    Matthew Killoran, The Courier-Mail

    Mr Shorten said he wanted to set up Gladstone as the “hydrogen capital of Australia”. “Hydrogen is an emerging industry that has huge potential to deliver significant economic, employment, energy and environmental benefits for Australia,” he said.

    Missing from the Courier Mail’s story: Shorten actually promised to:

    put $3 million towards the establishment of a National Hydrogen Innovation Hub in Gladstone, the regional Queensland coal hub and port town that is rapidly transforming into a centre for cutting edge renewable energy development.

    You don’t get much of an ‘Innovation Hub’ for $3 mill – far less a “hydrogen capital“.

    Like Rudd (father of the InterGallactic Carbon Capture & Storage Institute), Shorten is a snotbubble. Insubstantial, unwanted and rather nasty.

  45. Arky

    This is the best expressed comment I have read on here for a while:
    ..

    Twostix
    #2913916, posted on January 22, 2019 at 9:35 am
    Pingers are dreadful for the brain, like a shotgun blast of serotonin the shirt term affects are brutal (crushing depression for a day or two) the long term mental health effects are largely unknown.

    Anything that three days later causes you to crash into a crushing depression (due to your brain having being forced to exhaust its serotonin supply so you can feel something in your numb shackled young life) is without a doubt causing brain damage.

    That pathetic bugmen adults trying be cool by encouraging young people to do that to themselves enmasse is symptomatic of the death of the nation at their creepy hands.

    Rememebr, these are the same people who ban adults from riding a bike without a piece of foam on your head. But jere tou go children, take these fun chemicals
    ..

    It took me four years to regain some normality from a life long, rather mild alcohol habit.
    Drugs and alcohol permanently alter your brain: i.e you.

  46. Nelson Kidd-Players

    #2913540, posted on January 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm
    Perhaps a low-km Mitsubishi 380 from a private seller?

    No bloody way is anyone getting my 380 – piss orf.

  47. Stimpson J. Cat

    No, God cannot be God and mentally ill.

    I simply don’t have the answers, or the facility to discover them, it is why I say I don’t care about being right or wrong.
    Smarter men than me have tried.

    But ask yourself one question and be honest.

    Is sending a carpenter to save humanity, all of existence, and the universe, the kind of brilliant idea you would have, or I would have?

    Now I have to be quiet or Makka will slap me.

  48. struth

    Arky, how long have you been back?

  49. zyconoclast

    Dollar Shave Club ad that is starting to trend. Any ad that has Frank Sinatra gets me to watch..

    It’s funny too.

    Degenerate and not funny.

    Has anyone here ever actually used a $shave club razor?

  50. EvilElvis

    The war on drugs hasn’t worked

    FFS. It’s like tuning into ABC Radio sometimes on here. The same retarded shit gets trotted out ad nauseum. What bloody ‘war on drugs’ you brain fried twat?

  51. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Back from the new hospital in reasonably quick time today. Not so new to us actually as he’s been admitted to the attached Private Hospital for his DVT’s over the years. Went straight to an IV treatment centre, no triage. Hairy still had to see a new doctor, hospital responsibility etc. we assume. Two more days of him calling in for IV there and he goes on tablets; no home visits made, kept for the thoroughly immobile. Lucky Hairy has me, a tame driver, but oh dear that metaphor of hell on wheels comes readily to the fore to me as I put up with his critiques of my techniques. Naturally, I catch a tire on every awkward turn as I drive us up the Double Bay Woolies ramp, which I never do when driving alone.

    We’ve always taken top cover on private health insurance and probably haven’t shopped around enough. We just pay for cover to include all contingencies of health with little or no excess. Then there’s this to consider, from JC”

    We spend more time researching junk we buy than figuring out how the competence of a specialist to preform an operation. We have no idea other than the word of a GP. How the fuck does he really know?

    We may not shop around on health cover, but we definitely do research which specialists are good ones when it comes to a serious medical intervention, and thus choice of specialist is certainly valuable to have, as well as easy and immediate access to a private hospital bed. You talk to various GP’s, then to medical friends and friends who have had a similar or the same procedure, and find the doctors who have a good reputation. Particularly, we check on side-effects and long-term results, and select for who comes out on top with those. A ‘fashionable’ doctor is not necessarily the best. We also avoid ‘alternative’ quackery. As JC also says, you need someone who has done a quality degree with hard science and who is post-graduate trained in Australia or another first world country as well.

    That all said, we do know people who go for the most basic hospital cover merely to avoid tax penalties and totally rely on the public system, which they are still able to do, for treatment without charge.

  52. EvilElvis

    “On one of our dives we actually found an octopus holding four straws in its tentacles,”

    Obviously it felt the need to arm itself against these virtue signalling donuts, lest it become the next Greens poster child.

  53. Confused Old Misfit

    Genisis 1:27
    “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
    Think of the implications.
    All sorts, sizes, types and temperaments.
    All these are images of God.

  54. Bruce of Newcastle

    Dr Fred – I’d just be happy for the Davos Men to lose their private jets.

    The NY Times Was Silent When TheDCNF Asked If It Would Support Banning Private Jets. Why? (27 Dec)

    The New York Times editorial board is warning President Donald Trump’s rolling back of the Obama administration’s climate agenda “imperils the planet.”

    However, The Daily Caller News Foundation asked The Times if it would ever back a powerful gesture — a ban on private jets.

    The Times’ editorial board and press representatives did not respond to TheDCNF’s inquiry. Interestingly enough, The Times offered 50 wealthy readers the chance to join its writers on a luxury private jet tour around the world earlier in 2018.

    It’s weird that NYT people seemly aren’t willing to make such a sacrifice to save the world.

  55. Tom

    You’re circling the drain Stimpy.

    Quite so, Calli. Nothing of value to say; here only to get attention. He’s on my scroll-by list, which saves me at least an hour a day at the Cat –more when the other trolls are active.

  56. struth

    On one of our dives we actually found an octopus holding four straws in its tentacles,”

    teenage mutant Ninja Octopussy……………….haaaa YYaaaaa

  57. vr

    Degenerate and not funny.

    It was progressive. C’mon it wasn’t as preachy like the Gillette ad.

  58. Confused Old Misfit

    …ban marxism on the other half and see who is healthiest in twenty years.

    I doubt I’ll make the next 20 years but, please, may I be in the non-marxist side of the country?

  59. Hmm. So US presidents and octoπ like many many fries.

  60. struth

    “So God created man in his own image,

    Thanks god, it’s OK for you up there with no gravity, but down here, penises this big just get under your feet.

  61. zyconoclast

    Catholic cucks strike again

    Letter to campus regarding Columbus murals

    January 20, 2019

    Feast of Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross

    Dear Members of the Notre Dame Community,

    As we celebrate the feast of Fr. Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and as we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Walk the Walk Week at Notre Dame, I write to let you know of a recent decision.

    The murals by Luigi Gregori that adorn the ceremonial entrance to Notre Dame’s Main Building depict the life and exploration of Christopher Columbus. Painted in 1882-84, not long after a devastating fire and reconstruction of the Main Building, they reflect the attitudes of the time and were intended as a didactic presentation, responding to cultural challenges for the school’s largely immigrant, Catholic population. In recent years, however, many have come to see the murals as at best blind to the consequences of Columbus’s voyage for the indigenous peoples who inhabited this “new” world and at worst demeaning toward them.

    Respectfully,

    Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
    President

  62. Dr Faustus

    Why we all must embrace the $1 billion Shorten Hydrogen Economy.

    Neoen plans world’s biggest solar + wind powered hydrogen hub in S.A.

    [The $600 million project] …would include 150MW of solar, about 150MW of wind, as well as up to 50MW hydrogen plant along with up to 400MWh of battery storage, again most likely with Tesla.

    …the hydrogen plant – 5 times bigger than another facility proposed for Port Lincoln – would produce up to 20,000kg of hydrogen per day, which could open up renewable hydrogen exports to Asia.

    20,000kg per day is a more exciting way of saying 20 tonnes per day.

    In the real world, 20 tonnes of hydrogen has the energy content of 140 tonnes of thermal coal.
    For a $600 million investment.

    So, just possibly, not about to kickstart the seaborne trade.

  63. Confused Old Misfit

    struth
    #2914103, posted on January 22, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Pick up one or the other.
    Your choice.

  64. Stimpson J. Cat

    Nothing of value to say; here only to get attention. He’s on my scroll-by list, which saves me at least an hour a day at the Cat –more when the other trolls are active.

    Well at least you aren’t calling me an insect today so let’s stay positive and upbeat.

  65. zyconoclast

    White glamour model* and her husband who ‘identify as black’ after having tanning injections claim doctors say their future children will be born with dark skin

    Martina Big, 30, from Germany and Michael Eurwen, 31, got married in October
    Couple have both changed their skin colour with tanning injections
    Martina claims doctors have told them their children will be born black

    *ugly

  66. bespoke

    you don’t want to become a tedious smug prick like Doc, do you?–Makka

    DrBeauGan is not tedius or a prick.

  67. struth

    Pick up one or the other.
    Your choice.

    Next thing you know you’ll be telling me to sling it around my neck, paint it and call it a tie.

  68. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We had to go up that ramp at Woolies on the way home to get to Dan Murphy’s, his favorite Irishman, although he is quite keen on his GP as well, the good Dr. O’Oirish, who is very understanding of a man’s need for a drink. To cap it off, the cheerfully very capable and experienced Irish nurse doing his IV sent him off with good wishes and the instruction to go home and have a well-deserved relaxing drink tonight.

    Luck of the Irish, I say sourly, as I start laying down conditions: one beer, two wines.
    Well, even my Big Sis, who knows a thing or two about medicine and drinking, allows him that. (She followed me to university and stuck with medicine, becoming a no-nonsense specialist, unusually still retaining her obvious Westie accent and mien; patients out there love her). She is very partial to more than a drop herself.

    She rang in a flurry last night after hearing of his recent post-stent trials (he refused to tell her about the cellulitis till a rellie did) and for the first time he took some notice of her. You can drink, she said firmly, at least moderately, but get your liver functions tested in two week’s time given the level and type of statins they’ve put you on. OK, he agreed meekly. She’s not a panic merchant any more then? I say dryly.
    Seems not.

  69. Entropy

    The $600 million project] …would include 150MW of solar, about 150MW of wind, as well as up to 50MW hydrogen plant along with up to 400MWh of battery storage, again most likely with Tesla.

    …the hydrogen plant – 5 times bigger than another facility proposed for Port Lincoln – would produce up to 20,000kg of hydrogen per day, which could open up renewable hydrogen exports to Asia.

    Why wouldn’t you just manufacture the hydrogen more locally than transport it halfway around the world? This seems batshit crazy.
    Fine print of course is a quaint little reaseach centre for labor mates.

  70. mh

    She got it badly wrong.

    Jamie Lee Curtis

    @jamieleecurtis
    There are two sides to every story. I made a snap judgment based on a photograph & I know better than to judge a book by its cover. I wasn’t there. I shouldn’t have commented. I’m glad there wasn’t violence. I hope theses two men can meet and find common ground as can WE ALL!

  71. calli

    If you don’t care about being right or wrong, the questions or the possibilites really aren’t important to you. It’s like Pilate asking What is Truth? then walking out the door not waiting for the answer. However, giving a definite answer with reasons shows you care about the question and the possibility because you care ultimately about the truth.

    That occurred to me as I typed my last, Dover. Loud and clear. Almost like one of Stimpy’s voices. 🙂

    When the What is Truth questions begin then it’s time for the Christian to remain silent. We are not above the Master. Let the chips fall where they will.

  72. Why wasn’t that octopus holding many many straws?
    It had four spare hands.
    Low energy.

  73. Hay Stockard

    Lizzie,
    I’m pleased today was better than yesterday with the hospital system. If they rationalised the administrative side do things the delivery of healthcare would be much, much better.
    I have the dubious good fortune not to have to bother about health insurance and gap payments being covered by a Government department set up to do this.
    This time last year with open heart surgery and 2wweks in private hospital all I had to fork out for was when I went downstairs for coffee.

  74. 20,000kg of hydrogen per day

    Hydrogen can be tricky stuff to handle.

    The dull glow on the horizon?
    Yeah. That was Gladstone.

  75. C.L.

    Coach sacked because his team are all neurotic wackos ..
    Or: we want a lady coach – preferably a lesbian.

    Matildas coach sacked after quarter of players revealed they were afraid to ask for help.

    One of the two key reports that contributed to the sacking of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic reveals a culture of fear and unacceptable levels of stress among the players.

    A quarter of the players who responded reported feeling psychological distress and many were afraid to seek support, believing it would be held against them.

    Players were asked a series of questions under specific headings including Health & Wellbeing, Psychological Distress, Psychological Safety and Player Insights.

    Fewer than 20 per cent of them said they felt the team environment was conducive to making them better players or people.

    The Matildas Wellbeing Audit was conducted jointly by Football Federation Australia and the players’ union, the PFA, to ensure players had “access to world class support” to be able to perform at their best at the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

    The results, distributed to coaching staff and other key people in December, were to be discussed with players and officials in Sydney this week at a planned leadership conference.

    Alen Stajcic was supposed to be at the conference but soccer bosses felt they could no longer risk keeping him as coach.

    Stajcic’s position became untenable after the FFA received the first instalment of a report by Our Watch — a group tasked to change cultural behaviour that underpins violence against women.

    By working with organisations to change entrenched attitudes to women, Our Watch hopes to positively impact the wider community.

  76. dover_beach

    I simply don’t have the answers, or the facility to discover them, it is why I say I don’t care about being right or wrong.

    I’m not sure why you’re lacking the answers or the facility to find them means you shouldn’t care about being right or wrong.

    But ask yourself one question and be honest.

    Is sending a carpenter to save humanity, all of existence, and the universe, the kind of brilliant idea you would have, or I would have?

    He didn’t send a carpenter, he sent himself as a man. But you are confounding yourself, you, in the first instance, are trading on your lack of judgment and then here trading on your judgment that precisely this means is somehow suboptimal. If your judgment is deficient, you should refrain from asking further questions simply on the grounds that you have no way to judge whether you are asking good or bad questions.

  77. feelthebern

    A quarter of the players who responded reported feeling psychological distress and many were afraid to seek support, believing it would be held against them.

    Imagine how New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick would have responded to a report like that.

  78. Makka

    We just weathered a scare with the best half in the end being diagnosed with a small area of non-invasiveDCIS in one breast. Some very scary days and weeks until after the lumpectomy when all was fully known and thankfully safe. There was a gap in mammograms of 3 years as opposed to 2 when the affected area was picked up clearly. Which may have not been the case had the mammogram occurred at the 2 year interval? Who knows. I’m relieved beyond words.

    So, much to be thankful for in the Makka household these days.

    I know it’s been said before but ladies, for God’s sake, get those breast exams happening regularly. Catching it early is everything. You’re far too precious to risk anything untoward.

  79. MatrixTransform

    Doof Doof promoters

    agreed.
    police it like underage drinking.
    make promoters accountable for what happens after the party too

  80. johanna

    May have been mentioned before, but apparently Fauxfacts journalist Ben Pobje sent threatening tweets to Ben Shapiro.

    Stimps might suggest (with some justice) that it is one midget threatening another. He certainly has a point.

    But, given Fauxfacts’ holier than thou views about online nastiness, what say they?

    Crickets.

    One of the more entertaining things to look forward to in 2019 is the throwing off of peasants in the Fauxfacts empire to the pursuing ravening wolves.

    My personal wish is that Peter Hannam, climate liar extraordinaire, has a clove of garlic and a sprig of rosemary in every orifice.

  81. Labor’s $1b pledge to open up hydrogen industry in Queensland

    Translation:

    Labor will transfer $1,000,000,000 of taxpayers money to their maaaaaates in the Unions and other assorted spiv industries to build some very expensive plant that fails and does fuck all, just like the desal plants, and is a continuous drain on the taxpayers.

    Said money will be recycled back to the Labor Party in donations and favours or until the Liberals get in and sell the useless plant to some Canadian Teachers Union whereupon taxpayers will now be funding a bunch of maple syrup Marxists.

    The fraudulent media will run cover for this by spruiking stories about loadsa jobs, saving da climate and money trees magically springing out of the ground whilst completely ignoring the cost blowouts (and probably plant blow ups), overruns, corruption and total failure of the final project when they come to light.

    I agree with Zippy that MDMA needs to be legalised.
    It will be the only way to cope through the horror of the next Labor Government.

  82. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    It took me four years to regain some normality from a life long, rather mild alcohol habit.
    Drugs and alcohol permanently alter your brain: i.e you.

    Should we go back to prohibition then?

  83. calli

    Loud and clear, Makka. I’ve lost so many friends to it. Last year was the worst so far.

    Good news for you and Mrs.

  84. Helen

    Lizzie, make sure he takes co-enzyme Q10 with his statins – statins cross the blood brain barrier and no not very nice things – you can check it out on Space Doc

    Personally, I wouldn’t go near statins with someone elses 10 foot pole, but do your own research. Good to hear he is improving with his IV, bless you, it is not easy being a wife sometimes.

  85. Infidel Tiger

    Dollar Shave Club ad that is starting to trend. Any ad that has Frank Sinatra gets me to watch..

    It’s funny too.

    I thought it was excellent.

    Particularly liked the elderly Asian dude and his bathroom routine – they all do that!

  86. EvilElvis

    It will be the only way to cope through the horror of the next Labor Government.

    Careful what you wish for. All the wheelie bins full of the not safe tested pills from festivals will be on sold to age care facilities as euthanasia trips. If you don’t wake up, you got a good one.

  87. “On one of our dives we actually found an octopus holding four straws in its tentacles,” she told Josh Szeps on ABC Radio Sydney.

    Of course you did luv. That’s why you have video of it right?
    No?

    In this day and age anyone who puts heir head underwater for more than 5 seconds has a GoPro attached to it.
    Pics / video or it didn’t happen (and I couldn’t care less if it did happen BTW).

  88. Stimpson J. Cat

    If your judgment is deficient, you should refrain from asking further questions simply on the grounds that you have no way to judge whether you are asking good or bad questions.

    You must be joking.
    So the Truth is that Jesus was not God who was a man who was a carpenter?
    At all?
    I thought he was all three.
    I’m confused.

  89. dover_beach

    “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
    Think of the implications.
    All sorts, sizes, types and temperaments.
    All these are images of God.

    Not at all. The phrase points to man as a rational animal. It doesn’t mean that “all sorts, sizes, types and temperaments” of the human being are reflected in God, but that each human being indelibly reflects God in terms of being creatures with the power of intellect and will. That is why we are distinguished from all the other animals, and why we appear in verse 26 and not 25.

  90. Mother Lode

    It’s weird that NYT people seemly aren’t willing to make such a sacrifice to save the world.

    It truly wrongfoots them when they suddenly find that their behaviours are being scrutinised according to their own standards.

    They are so accustomed to not being held to account that they never examine their own behaviour – it frankly never crosses their mind.

    Then when the finger is pointed back at them they are thoroughly stupefied. No idea how to respond. In their hearts they know their duty is to continue to hector and harangue everyone who does not live up to their standards but they can’t quite see their way around that finger. There is a way – there must be – but they can’t think of it.

  91. cohenite

    David Attenborough; we now live in the Anthropocene; and it is bad.

    Attenborough of course is the old bastard who said humans were a plague and that Trump should be shot.

  92. hzhousewife

    Catching it early is everything.

    Hear, hear, get a PSA level done chaps, and do the poo test when it gets sent to you everyone!

  93. max

    I’d be cautious about anyone who too easily claims “God told me…”.

    So the notion of a Magisterium is not so outlandish, Roger ?

    Where does one draw a line when it comes to interpreting the Bible ? Divorce OK ? Contraception ? Purgatory ?

  94. Arky

    It is hard to get across that the measure of the damage done is not the immediate effects, but the effects seen when one stops partaking.
    The next day.
    The next year.
    And so on.
    It cannot be known or calculated what was lost over time.
    I suspect a lot.
    However, it is your brain, your body. Do as you wish. But that does not mean I have to refrain from relating the downside.
    The nature of the beast is it changes your perception of everything, including the decision of partaking in it.
    Make your own mind up.

  95. Mark from Melbourne

    Has anyone here ever actually used a $shave club razor?

    Mine arrived yesterday, and this morning’s shave was not at all different to that which I’ve experienced with Gillette for 40 odd years.

    That is what I find so mystifying, by the way, Gillette had a loyal clientele, in a market where there is very little barrier to change, and where the loyalty aspect is pretty much baked in once you’ve made the change.

    So just by being an insulting bunch of dweebs in one ad they have managed to piss away my next 20 or so years of purchases, with almost no chance (or way, really) to get me back as a customer.

    How anyone with an ounce of common sense could have thought that this was a risk/reward worth taking is utterly beyond me.

  96. johanna

    struth, maybe not for Australia Day, but here is a link to some very fine country songs.

    My personal favourites are off the Steve Earle acoustic album. Emmylou Harris and Robert Plant did some good stuff. And there is much more.

    Given the bone-strewn desert that is popular music nowadays, it is no wonder that you are in a pickle about what to play on Australia Day.

    But we believe in you! You will be fine. Please let us know what happened (musically – no TMI) when the hangover subsides.

    I know it sounds corny, but Pub with No Beer is bound to go down a treat.

  97. Zatara

    Seems some of the big mouths who were trashing the Covington Catholic school kids are scrambling to delete their posts.

    Scott Adams’ apology for swallowing the fake news hook and his discussion of the incident is worth a listen.

  98. Ellen of Tasmania

    Ben is angry:

  99. do the poo test when it gets sent to you

    Yeah. Did that.

    Looks like …
    Smells like …
    Feels like …
    Tastes like …

    Yep. It was sh1t.

  100. Stimpson J. Cat

    Look Dover, the only Truth I know is that I am probably not smart enough to understand your arguments.
    I do try.

  101. dover_beach

    If your judgment is deficient, you should refrain from asking further questions simply on the grounds that you have no way to judge whether you are asking good or bad questions.

    You must be joking.

    How would you know given what you’ve said about your faculty of judgment and its facility? You can’t have it both ways.

  102. Mother Lode

    In recent years, however, many have come to see the murals as at best blind to the consequences of Columbus’s voyage for the indigenous peoples who inhabited this “new” world and at worst demeaning toward them.

    WTF? Columbus was just a trader. After him the Spanish stuck to Central and South America.

    But the thing is that Columbus’ (fortuitous) achievement is being appraised according to things he actually did not do.

    How would the SJWs feel if people a hundred years from now blamed them for 22nd century problems.

    What a fickle, worthless mob.

  103. johanna

    It took me four years to regain some normality from a life long, rather mild alcohol habit.
    Drugs and alcohol permanently alter your brain: i.e you.

    What a ridiculous statement. How do you know? You have no control to test it against. How do you know which drug did what, if anything?

    As for ‘permanently altering your brain’ there is a lot of evidence of plasticity, but nobody is sure of anything about that either.

    OK, this may have been your personal moment of whatever, but your assertions have no basis in fact. It sounds more like a moral crusade.

  104. dover_beach

    Fair enough, Stimps.

  105. blind to the consequences of Columbus’s voyage for the indigenous peoples

    What have the Romans Spaniards ever done for us? Huh?

  106. Tel

    It cannot be known or calculated what was lost over time.
    I suspect a lot.

    I have much the same feelings about python programmers … or worse, people who never learn to program at all.

    But what can you do? Code or death comes across as somewhat harsh, we all hope it never comes to that.

  107. Bruce of Newcastle

    Yep. It was sh1t.

    Not all sh1t is sh1t. There is good sh1t and there is bad sh1t.

    Faecal transplants work best when stool samples are taken from ‘super donors’ with a rich array of bacteria in their excrement (22 Jan)

    •Transplants cure up to 92% of recurrent C.diff infections when antibiotics fail
    •But their effectiveness in other gut-related disease is much more varied
    •Super donors with high levels and diversity of bacteria in their guts work best

    These days you can buy a litre of young blood for $8,000. Who knows, in the future your poo could be like gold!

    A controversial startup that charges $8,000 to fill your veins with young blood now claims to be up and running in 5 cities across the US (17 Jan)

  108. Stimpson J. Cat

    If your judgment is deficient, you should refrain from asking further questions simply on the grounds that you have no way to judge whether you are asking good or bad questions.

    How would you know given what you’ve said about your faculty of judgment and its facility? You can’t have it both ways.

    Of course I can.
    Even God questions himself.
    Remember Jesus on the Cross?

    Matthew 27:46
    King James Bible
    And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

    Am I better than God?
    I think not.

  109. Arky

    I should note I speak only of alcohol.
    I do not have a drug history at all.

  110. dover_beach

    Of course I can.
    Even God questions himself.
    Remember Jesus on the Cross?

    I do, but I waited around for the answer:

    And speaking in a loud voice, Jesus said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”.

  111. johanna

    hzhousewife
    #2914145, posted on January 22, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Catching it early is everything.

    Hear, hear, get a PSA level done chaps, and do the poo test when it gets sent to you everyone!

    Seriously, people on the Cat are saying that we should send our poo samples, with our names attached, to the government?

    For a start, they can get your DNA from it – and don’t tell me they won’t. As we have discovered, local councils can get access to information collected for national security purposes. You would be a fool to imagine that this DNA database would not be used for other purposes. Of course they will swear blind that it won’t happen. Pull the other one, it plays Jingle Bells.

    More generally, the notion of members of the public sending poo to the government is intrinsically appealing. What a great idea.

    Alas, they are sending in pre-approved poo samples courtesy of a taxpayer funded fiat.

    I have thrown the kits in the bin. I was very annoyed to discover that they track people through their Medicare card. Mine was renewed and updated recently, and there they were, with beseeching letters and revolting plastic bits in the kit.

    Once upon a time we wanted the gubbmint to stay out of our bedrooms.

    Now, they are invading the dunny.

    Basta!

  112. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Arky, Joh is right. Long term and heavy alcohol abuse (not less ambitious use) with a poor diet and other health problems can certainly damage some organs – liver and pancreas particularly. It has to be fairly bad for serious brain (neurological) damage to emerge, although it can happen, e.g DT’s are a precursor. Hairy is at risk given his circulatory problems and has to balance these against certain pleasures of imbibing that he enjoys with an eye on moderation.

    Alcohol, as I’ve said before, is a slow-damaging drug which is well-integrated into many aspects of western culture and over 5000 years certain recognitions and control mechanisms have come into play with it. Islam, with its outright prohibition, not so much, although more Muslims than admit it enjoy a drink too. The Roman Emperors prohibited the Dionysian cult as it took alcohol use to excess, and they frowned on outright public drunkenness and always watered their wine – hence in Europe today wine is usually served with a glass of water nearby. Watering it turns with alcohol in the tum now seems the way to go. 🙂

  113. dover_beach

    P.S. If you ever have an opportunity to listen to a meditation of the Seven Last Words take it up.

  114. Stimpson J. Cat

    I do, but I waited around for the answer:

    Again,
    without the question,
    there is no answer.

  115. Mother Lode

    I hope theses two men can meet and find common ground

    If she is talking Chief In-Your-Face and the Schoolie, then what common ground does she expect.

    The kid was minding his own business and sought to avoid confrontation, but the Phillips was trying to provoke him. Is she saying they should go middle ground and have some confrontation?

    When actors want to send tweets they should get script writers to write them – it is the only time they don’t sound like idiots.

  116. Stimpson J. Cat

    Post a link or name etc and I’ll have a look.
    Cheers.

  117. Snoopy

    Notice on the packaging of a removable child proof lock for kitchen cupboards.

    Discontinue use when child is able to open it.

  118. Twostix

    ’m saying is mdma is no more dangerous than alcohol

    Nobody knows that.

    I have a heavy suspicion that it forever dulls the mind to the much gentler natural euphoric moments of life.

    Wouldn’t that be a problem, a white collar middle class who are brain damaged and literally can’t feel joy without artificial hyper stimulation.

    Sounds like somewhere I know.

  119. EvilElvis

    Before embarking on all these medical tests please check up on your life insurance first. Elevated PSA and monitoring can lead to difficulties in getting insured despite no realistic cancer issues presenting. Speaking from experience.

  120. johanna

    I have chosen not to take statins, which are apparently automatically prescribed for people in my age group.

    I am not interested in spending 20 years dribbling in a ghastly ‘aged care facility.’ I’d rather die, which I probably and hopefully will.

    I am grumpy and proud, and the thought of being one of those dribblers is utterly abhorrent. I’ll happily dock of 20 years and have a great time.

  121. Seriously, people on the Cat are saying that we should send our poo samples, with our names attached, to the government?

    I reduced the risk and addressed mine to the PM.
    Eyes Only.

  122. 132andBush

    Arky,

    Don’t know if it’s the same but a 6 month chemo treatment knocks the brain around as well.

  123. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Trolls, Arky? I can’t see any trolls upthread, although I’ve only read back a page.
    Are ye afeared of beasties hiding under the Catallaxy bridge, Arky?
    This is not what I expect from a man now clear-headed enough to put together an A-Model Ford. 🙂
    Anyway, soon I am going to join you for two months off alcohol (although I am only a modest user) while I try to lose the three kilos I have gained since our three month European food festival. It will be a very boring time but I shall persevere. It is so good when my zips do up and my buttons don’t pop over my boozies. Speaking of those, I do hope Elle floats in again, for she brightens the place up a lot.

    We can’t be all that bad, Elle.

  124. Arky

    You cannot serve two competing masters at the same time.
    You cannot believe in a rational universe of reason and logic if you also have an atheistic belief that it came about by accident for no particular reason. The clue is in the word: reason.
    You cannot claim to believe in reward for effort at the same time as continually corrupting, cheating and short- circuiting the chemical regulatory system within you that provides the rewards.
    Well, you can. But it results is anger and dissonance.

  125. feelthebern

    53.9 million Americans watched Tom Brady win that game in OT yesterday.
    NFL is back.
    100% because the football is great & the SJW posturing has been binned.

  126. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    However, it is your brain, your body. Do as you wish. But that does not mean I have to refrain from relating the downside.

    not disagreeing, however the debate was over the pill testing and ultimately legalisation. Making something illegal doesn’t remove its harm, it just adds another layer of harm through the criminal involvement.

    But on other the other hand if you go through life studiously avoiding all risk and all possible harm you are going to have a very boring life.

    Ultimately its a phase many people go through, whether it’s alcohol, smoking or other intoxicants, learning to either avoid, manage or suffer the consequences.

  127. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    A single PSA test isn’t much use anyway; it is a rising titre of PSA that is diagnostic of prostate cancer, when followed by a biopsy to get a Gleason score. Sometimes the rise is just due to an infection. If you have a score of 7 or over, you will be advised to take action or do watchful waiting. You best action is to search for more information about treatments; there are many and some are much better than others with regard to side effects – and also as to long-term efficacy in destroying the cancer. There are numerous useful sites online. Take your time, no need to act in the next week or two with this cancer and many do opt for watchful waiting. See both a consultant radiologist and a surgeon for opinions on differing forms of treatment.

  128. Infidel Tiger

    53.9 million Americans watched Tom Brady win that game in OT yesterday.
    NFL is back.
    100% because the football is great & the SJW posturing has been binned.

    Trump made NFL Great Again.

  129. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I just put up some stuff about PSA testing that has gone into the Spaminator.
    Look up the pros and cons of it online if you have concerns.

  130. Prostate C is caused by middle age lycra wearers who regularly massage their prostate on ultra thin Italian bicycle seats.

  131. Infidel Tiger

    I have a heavy suspicion that it forever dulls the mind to the much gentler natural euphoric moments of life.

    Same as meth. The heavy user can no longer experience natural moments of joy.

    Everything pales in comparison to unnatural endorphin rush.

    I find the drug question highly vexing, but one thing I know is that “pill testing’ is the stupidest thing I have ever heard of. FFS, you can’t smoke a durry at these shindigs but you can have your gear checked?

  132. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I have a heavy suspicion that it forever dulls the mind to the much gentler natural euphoric moments of life.

  133. John Constantine

    Lego bricks are to be used to build a model of their lefty bader ginsburg for public display.

    To guest star in the lego movie sequel.

    See, the left doesn’t require an actual bader ginsburg, they can just have a plastic robot to say all the left requires to be said.

    Comrades.

    https://mashable.com/video/the-lego-movie-2-teaser-ruth-bader-ginsburg/#5bSRwjOnGPqw

  134. Leigh Lowe

    I find the drug question highly vexing, but one thing I know is that “pill testing’ is the stupidest thing I have ever heard of. FFS, you can’t smoke a durry at these shindigs but you can have your gear checked?

    The very point made on radio yesterday.
    You can bring a dose of street-bought heroin to a “safe injecting room” and whack it into your arm, but don’t try to light up a Viscount afterwards.

  135. Helen

    The kid was minding his own business and sought to avoid confrontation, but the Phillips was trying to “provoke” intimidate him.

    Fixed it forya

  136. Stimpson J. Cat

    brain damaged and literally can’t feel joy without artificial hyper stimulation.

    I had a friend who had this very thing happen to her after years of taking ecstasy.
    I also had a friend who had to replace all of his teeth after years of speed.

    Good times.

  137. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I have chosen not to take statins, which are apparently automatically prescribed for people in my age group.

    I told my doctor I wasn’t doing them either. I did research and I am trying out plant sterol tablets and soluble fiber, some slight changes to my diet, will report back in a few months.

  138. Wasn’t MDMA once a legal anti-depressant?

    Let’s face it if it were legalised (again?) it would be 97% consumed by leftards who are the unhappiest, nastiest, vilest shits to ever exist. Conservatives are naturally happy, risk averse, logical and not big on artificial stimulants.

    If legal MDMA had the shit taxed out of it then we could retrieve some of the money the thieving twats have already stolen off the productive.

    It would also leave leftards with far less time and money to run around acting like utter fuckwits and making everyone else’s lives miserable. They’d also be happier (though the feeling would be artificial as people with no souls cannot be truly happy) and if they’re all full of happiness and love they might not murder their babies. They might also die off earlier too.

    I’m only seeing upsides here folks.

    Pretty sure I also read it was the Nazi’s that first synthesised MDMA. Inadvertently, did the Nazi’s invent a cure for Fascism?

  139. jupes

    100% because the football is great & the SJW posturing has been binned.

    Does this mean the stupid “take a knee” didn’t occur during that game only or has it been stopped at every game for a while now?

  140. Leigh Lowe

    Lego bricks are to be used to build a model of their lefty bader ginsburg for public display.
    To guest star in the lego movie sequel.
    See, the left doesn’t require an actual bader ginsburg, they can just have a plastic robot to say all the left requires to be said.

    Prima facie, this sounds like a bit of harmless fun, but what the left is doing is trying to canonise RBG as a saint of the lefty cause, and they are not even waiting until post mortem.

    They know deep down that Trump’s next nominee won’t be easy to knock over. It could be a woman, who probably can’t be accused of rape. Even if it is a man, a reprise of the Kavanaugh stunts might look a little thin.

    No, what they are trying to do is to create a public perception that RBG’s seat on SCOTUS is governed by hereditary title and requires a “consensus” pick (ie a far left candidate).

  141. Hay Stockard:

    Lizzie,
    I’m pleased today was better than yesterday with the hospital system. If they rationalised the administrative side do things the delivery of healthcare would be much, much better.

    A state run health care system is designed to create government employees.
    Not Healthcare.

  142. jupes

    No, what they are trying to do is to create a public perception that RBG’s seat on SCOTUS is governed by hereditary title and requires a “consensus” pick (ie a far left candidate).

    It’s going to take an extremely brave and resilient nominee to survive the nomination process.

  143. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sheep export footage to be investigated

    Rosie Lewis
    Reporter
    @rosieslewis
    12:00AM January 22, 2019
    26 Comments

    Historic footage of distressed sheep on board controversial live export ship Awassi Express will be formally investigated by the federal government following allegations Animals Australia offered money to workers in return for the vision.

    Agriculture Minister David Littleproud yesterday confirmed his department, which regulates live exports, had begun looking at how the footage of Awassi’s five voyages between May to October in 2017 was obtained.

    From the Oz. Leaving aside the issue that Animals Australia offered money for the footage in the first place, leaving aside the issue that their “whistle blower” offered to manufacture footage by turning off the ventilation fans, it would seen that the issue of whether activist bodies should be entitled to status as charities is back on the boil….

  144. Snoopy

    Don’t use Artisanal Tiger’s Life Extending Super Statins if you are a Boomer.

  145. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Pretty sure I also read it was the Nazi’s that first synthesised MDMA. Inadvertently, did the Nazi’s invent a cure for Fascism?

    Don’t have a reference, but I read that it was the Imperial German Army, who first synthesized MDMA, in 1916.

  146. calli

    Zippy, I lowered my LDLs three points in a month by taking plant sterols and eating oats daily (cold with almond milk and berries). No alcohol, drop dairy (cheese, butter and heavy cream in particular). Bumped up the soluble and insoluble fibre, ate avos.

    I felt like Mr Ed at the end, but it worked.

    No statins for me.

  147. calli

    Great. My comment was eaten.

    Zippy – oats, plant sterols, avos, cut out dairy, increase fibre.

    I dropped mine three points in around six weeks. You can do it.

  148. dover_beach

    Again,
    without the question,

    Which implies, given an answer, that one has already asked and considered the question.

  149. Speedbox

    I’ve mentioned elsewhere in this thread that pill testing, in the context envisaged at concerts, is impossible due to the limitations of the testing regime. But regardless, do you seriously imagine that a country that has banned codeine, nicotine vaping and restricted pseudoephedrine will allow the testing of illicit drugs at music festivals?

    (Alternatively, our elected representatives may be dumb as rocks but their not completely stupid. The risk/liability potential of a Govt sanctioned pill testing facility is stupendous).

  150. Leigh Lowe

    I’ve mentioned elsewhere in this thread that pill testing, in the context envisaged at concerts, is impossible due to the limitations of the testing regime.

    It is designed to provide parttime jobs for paramedics/pathology staff and create a framework for ambulance chaser maaaates to claim compo for “erroneous” tests resulting in death or injury.
    And to appease the lefty “dooooo something” bleats.

  151. But regardless, do you seriously imagine that a country that has banned codeine, nicotine vaping and restricted pseudoephedrine will allow the testing of illicit drugs at music festivals?

    Ummmmm….yes.
    This is precisely the kind of illogical ass-hattery that exemplifies modern Western Governments and the absolutely degenerately stupid retards that we elect to run them.
    Pill testing will be here before the year is done.

  152. struth

    It will be a very boring time but I shall persevere. It is so good when my zips do up and my buttons don’t pop over my boozies.

    Bloody hell.

    Boozies popping out, bloody hell, Evil Elvis will be at his writing desk shortly to install another chapter of Mills and Boons.

    By the way, thanks Johanna.
    I’m in no way in need of Aussie songs for Australia day, I have plenty, however I was just putting it out there looking for those “just a short note” or Bondi cigars, type of favourites that people haven’t heard of.

    I’ve done all those mind numbing songs like men at works stuff and Chisel unto death, although there’s a new generation who almost put me in the category of tradition folk songs when I do a “I’ll be gone” or some snot by Paul Leftwing Kelly.

    Getting too old for this shit, it’s too hard exercising to stay fit and trim enough, (I’m naturally too stocky and put on weight just looking at food )and all this talk about drinking just makes me want to curl up with a book at night, tell the world to F off, and drink red wine and eat lovely Nibblies like smoked Salmon on bikkies, and grizzle about politics.
    I WANT TO ACT MY AGE!!!

    But I don’t want to go back on the road either.
    And I’ve been asked to do another season in Arnhem land.
    Not this little white duck.

    So back to rehearsals and then take the dog for a few laps of the oval.
    So , I suppose it at least makes me exercise.
    you sweat buckets up here, so I usually don’t drink for that reason as well, and the pubs are usually open air, beer garden type set ups.
    You don’t want to sweat it out tooo much on stage.

    I’m going to retire to the South Island of NZ one day, I swear it.

  153. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Zippy – oats, plant sterols, avos, cut out dairy, increase fibre.

    thanks. after giving my wife shit for eating oats, looks like I am going to have to eat humble pie.

  154. Old School Conservative

    Remember the Marcos Baghdadis bandwagon? The Greeks of Melbourne have another opportunity, this time in supporting the 20-year old Stefanos Tsitsipas.
    He’s very good on the court and seems to be a well grounded man.

  155. Top Ender

    Re some drug taking….I know a few people who have been smoking the weed for 40 years.

    Their overall comprehension of the world; awareness; ability to produce/create all seems shot to hell.

    Hardly a scientific survey – just observation.

  156. struth

    Never seen an old stoner who could be relied upon for anything.

    Completely fucked up as bad and if not worse than on old alcoholic.
    If Dope made you perform better, Australia would be a super power.

  157. JC

    This the problem for the Right.

    The Crippling Cost of 70% Tax Rates
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal would smother investment and innovation, leaving America poorer.

    We saw this with the Kenyan. The modern left doesn’t give a shit about growth. In fact most of them consider it evil because of the impact on da planet. They simply don’t care. Meanwhile, those who consider themselves left out don[t care either as they don;t believe any of that is going to them. Even if the America becomes poorer but there is visible evidence of equalidy the left would think this is a good thing.

    I really don’t know how to counter this. And no, Localism is not the answer and don’t want to hear it.

  158. Arky

    Localism is the answer if you can afford a nice locale.

  159. Stimpson J. Cat

    Look, Pill Testing would be an exciting career, that’s for sure.
    You would meet lots of interesting people and have many many backrubs.
    How many would you have to swallow per event and how much would it pay?
    Asking for a friend.

  160. Cassie of Sydney

    “Old School Conservative
    #2914239, posted on January 22, 2019 at 4:10 pm
    Remember the Marcos Baghdadis bandwagon? The Greeks of Melbourne have another opportunity, this time in supporting the 20-year old Stefanos Tsitsipas.
    He’s very good on the court and seems to be a well grounded man.”

    Stefanos Tsitsipas is a hunk…and a very good tennis player…he is also half Russian.

  161. Top Ender

    Hey Struth, had a burger the other day in the place which Jimmy Buffet used as the inspiration for Cheeseburger in Paradise.

    Is all still 1960s decor. In Mobile, Alabama.

    Also managed to see a “Bluegrass Death Metal” line up of four guitars and a mandolin that was rather good.

    Some suggestions for you:

    Meatloaf – Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through
    Eagles – The Last Resort (bit leftie though)
    The Hollies ~ The Air That I Breathe

  162. Infidel Tiger

    thanks. after giving my wife shit for eating oats, looks like I am going to have to eat humble pie.

    100% carnivore is the way to go.

  163. JC

    Arky
    #2914248, posted on January 22, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Localism is the answer if you can afford a nice locale.

    Arky,

    That swine Artie is always threatening me with Bane’s court once the revolution is in full swing, but he doesn’t realize I am one of the biggest “loacalists” here as far as food shopping goes.

    Wifey ( with me on weekends) head off to Prahran market for shopping. That’s about as local as you can get. I reckon it’s 40 to 50% more expensive than the burbs and everyone knows that. I also reckon that other than the seafood, the rest of the swill would be no better than a regular supermarket. The one attraction is that the butcher’s area has a free tasting sausage sizzle going where you can help yourself to cut pieces of barbecued snag. I go to every single one and top up.

    He just doesn’t realize how expensive localism is.

  164. Infidel Tiger

    Look, Pill Testing would be an exciting career, that’s for sure.

    1990’s pill testing: Give your crazy mate a pill and see how is travelling 30 mins later.

    2019 pill testing: Stand in line for 3 hours at a government bureau, sign a 115 page document in triplicate. Wait 6-8 weeks for results unless you filled the form in incorrectly which incurs a $65 reprocessing fee and another 6-8 weeks wait.

  165. Infidel Tiger

    Meanwhile we live in a country with an alco-pops tax!

  166. calli

    Zippy, you end up feeling like Mr Ed, and cutting out cheese was hell, but it was worth it.

    At least you’ll know if you can lower the LDL naturally.

    BTW I’m back on keto to drop the last leetle bit…like Lizzie the new clothes bought in the US are a bit too cozy.

    All means to an end.

  167. Infidel Tiger

    He just doesn’t realize how expensive localism is.

    Will only get cheaper as more embrace it.

    Particularly after we have destroyed the supermarket lobby.

  168. Stimpson J. Cat

    100% carnivore is the way to go.

    Just eat one meal a day.
    Dinner.
    We all eat way too much anyway.
    It takes practice but it’s easy once you get the hang of it.

  169. feelthebern

    This pill testing idea is dangerous.
    Made in bikie bath tubs.
    & the government wants ownership of this?
    Crazy.
    They’ll be a false sense of security “yeah, I had them tested”.
    & then 10 kids keel over & the government will get the blame.
    There literally is zero upside in the idea.
    & Gladys etc are so bone dumb, they can debate it.
    Useless.
    Latham will ride this wave of idiocy to 4-5 for PHON in the NSW upper house….before he jumps ship, safe in the knowledge he has 8 full years for being at the top of the PHON ticket.

  170. JC

    There’s a swine at the Prahran market who runs Gary’s meat’s. If there are celebrity accountants, then this expensive pig is the celebrity butcher. I refuse to go to him because he’s so expensive and a wank. We go to the one next door. Gary’s is the most expensive and the busiest fucker there. I’d hate to think what he’s taking in. The fuck has imported Wagu at $499 a kilo! Cockheads must buy it, otherwise he wouldn’t be carrying it.

  171. feelthebern

    We all eat way too much anyway.

    Fact check : True.
    Unless you have manual labour in your work, you do not need to eat 3 meals a day.
    Especially the older you get.
    Big Food & IT’s hated Supermarket Lobby are to blame.

  172. calli

    We all eat way too much anyway.

    True. I started weighing my food when I went on my health kick a year ago.

    Yikes! Just as well I was busy.

    We are drowning in cheap, processed muck.

  173. JC

    We need to schedule Gary for a hearing in Bane’s court.

  174. Infidel Tiger

    I really don’t know how to counter this. And no, Localism is not the answer and don’t want to hear it.

    Income taxes are a stupid way to smash the corporatist filth.

    We need to go after Capital Gains hard!

    Income taxes only affect decent people and not the morally depraved elite.

  175. Mater

    (Alternatively, our elected representatives may be dumb as rocks but their not completely stupid. The risk/liability potential of a Govt sanctioned pill testing facility is stupendous).

    True, but it’s not their money. Nothing they do in parliament comes back to them personally, so why would the risk/liability issue give them even the slightest pause if it means garnering more votes from the ignorant, but well meaning masses?

  176. feelthebern

    The fuck has imported Wagu at $499 a kilo!

    Schedule the punters who pay that too.
    Bane’s court will be very busy.

  177. Infidel Tiger

    Unless you have manual labour in your work, you do not need to eat 3 meals a day.
    Especially the older you get.

    The best i ever feel is when I intermittently fast.

    First 18 hours is hard but by about 36 hour mark you get a euphoric sense of energy.

    The body does not like that first day though.

  178. JC

    Schedule the punters who pay that too.
    Bane’s court will be very busy.

    Eggsactly. This is when CCTV will come in handy. Every single person who shops there should be a front up to Bane’s court and there’s the footage.

  179. 132andBush

    Hardly a scientific survey – just observation

    Very easy to pick regular dope smokers if machinery is involved, also if there is a need for detail and plans that have to be worked to. Eg: Civil construction
    Without fail they always gravitate to the simpler, less technical chores.

  180. feelthebern

    JC, what happens if the CCTV shows your missus popping in when you’re not around?
    Bane’s court?
    Or a pass?

  181. calli

    Victor Churchill, Woollahra.

    Meat porn. For those with an excellent LOC.

  182. JC

    Bern

    Fair’s fair and you want to do the right thing. I don’t think she would ever shop there as she also think’s it’s a yuge wank. But if there are any other transgressions, I have absolutely no problem with her having to front up and plead for either death or exile. It’s the only way to create long term justice.

  183. Infidel Tiger

    I think it’s better to pay $499 per kg for steak than have tax payer funded solar panels.

    A lot more people are being executed before the artisan meat lover.

  184. feelthebern

    JC on the link to Calli’s p0rn meat, you should see the way they’ve cut the veal.
    2 inches thick.
    Clearly hucksters trying to pass themselves off as artisans.

  185. JC

    JC on the link to Calli’s p0rn meat, you should see the way they’ve cut the veal.
    2 inches thick.
    Clearly hucksters trying to pass themselves off as artisans

    Bern

    I’m really disgusted in fat chunks of meat.. not all the time as there’s a place for it like NYC steak houses. But generally meat should be thin. Even you you eat kilos of it, it should always be thinly sliced.

  186. Confused Old Misfit

    imported Wagu at $499 a kilo!

    No one should be able to have the opportunity to pay this much for meat!
    Wagu is a human right for all!

  187. Stimpson J. Cat

    The best i ever feel is when I intermittently fast.

    My record is six days with just water.
    It’s a great way to work out if you have anything wrong with you.
    Physically I mean obviously!!!

  188. feelthebern

    At least we can agree that veal should be thinly sliced & pan cooked, regardless of what else you want with it.

  189. JC

    Kidding around as we might, I really don’t think we’re far away from seeing Occupy Wall Street governments begin to make a showing in the west. We are the first cab off the rank come May or whenever the next election is held.

  190. Shy Ted

    Expanding on previous studies that have shown the stuff in plastic can cause damage to penises and make them smaller.
    I’m thinking I must have been exposed to a lot of anti-stuff in anti-plastic as a foetus.

  191. feelthebern

    Stimpy, after 6 days without eating the muscle mass of your impressive calves would surely diminish.

  192. Stimpson J. Cat

    Even you you eat kilos of it, it should always be thinly sliced.

    This is only because you have old teeth, and you are used to witnessing the disgusting spectacle of Monty inhaling steak.
    You are biased.

  193. Helen

    Check it all out here – for your cholesterol, – although the Framingham study showed that old ladies with high cholesterol were fitter and lived longer than old ladies with low cholesterol. Also helps with dementia. A protective measure?

    My bro beat high cholesterol with low carb and plenty of good oil. What did you do said his Dr? How can this be possible? Nothing, said bro, I dont know – he didnt want to get into a discussion over pros and cons of his diet.

    It is not all about the measurement, I dont think we know enough about how essential cholesterol is for hormone production – including the sex hormones, I believe it is a response to inflammation, not a cause, so in attacking it, we are attacking the ambulance that heads to the accident, a bit like those cultural people do round the place.

    I am not a Dr, so people will have to do their own research for their own circumstances, and take into consideration the $$$$ for medicating and the real (not %) extension in life as a result. If you are out of pocket a moozlah to extend your life for 15 actual minutes, is the investment really worth it? I went down this path years ago and am happy whith my descision to never, ever, take statins.

    Have managed to keep my 85 yo mother off them as well, no mean feat against the forces of big pharma Doctors.

    But that is me, not you, so do take the time to do the research and make your own mind up.

  194. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stimpy, after 6 days without eating the muscle mass of your impressive calves would surely diminish.

    You would think that but they actually maintained their magnificence.
    I have only done this once mind, and I was still working as normal.
    It’s not for the faint of heart.

  195. feelthebern

    Occupy Wall Street governments begin to make a showing in the west

    The NSW upper house post election will be a good indication of just how angry the electorate is.
    I reckon PHON will get 4-5.
    Then Greens aren’t left enough for the extremists.
    I want to seen someone from the Communist party elected.

  196. Shy Ted

    Pretty sure Bill Shorten has plans to export all that hydrogen by dirigible.

  197. Snoopy

    From Calli’s link.

    With abundant, nutrient rich pastures cattle graze on natural clover and rye grass

    Discuss.

  198. feelthebern

    Mark Latham is pulling the best gag on PHON.
    He uses their resources to get #1 on the ticket.
    Lock in 8 years in NSW.
    Then he’ll use the first policy disagreement post the Federal election to bail.
    Don’t hate the player.
    Hate the game.

  199. JC

    Helen

    I was one of those with high col because of my genes. I was very high in my very early 30s when I first got measured. The problem is that all being equal you really don’t want the heart muscle finding it that little bit extra difficulty pumping away from a young age. It’s an odds game, which is why I take a pill each day.

    If you’re found to have a high rating later in life you can afford to take the risk.. on balance.

    It’s how I see it. Frankly changing diets etc.. well fuck that if there’s a pill for it.

  200. Helen

    I went 2 weeks on a fast, that was when I discovered my arther was food triggered, (my hip did not wake me up at night as it had begun to) so I now stay off those triggers and am much better for it. As soon as my hip acts up I think – what have I been consuming?

    The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital elimination diet is good for those who want to get down to the nitty gritty of what food does what. I just pretty much stick to the low allergy foods whith a few moderates thrown in and do ok. I am not a nutter about it and if I want somehting I will have it, even though I know I will pay. Just not too often.

  201. feelthebern

    monty eliminated everything from his diet apart from doughnuts & KFC.

  202. jupes

    Been watching a crane be dismantled over the last couple of days.

    Initially the crane dismantles itself until it is low enough for a mobile crane to finish the job.

    Engineers are very clever.

  203. Helen

    Sue Dengate is good, too Fed up

    and Dr Natasha GAPS is worth reading.

  204. JC

    Snoopy
    #2914303, posted on January 22, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    From Calli’s link.

    With abundant, nutrient rich pastures cattle graze on natural clover and rye grass

    Discuss.

    I watched a program called “Steak” about a year ago in Netflix. There was an amusing dark side to it. There was a frog, who owned a steak house and ate dollops of meat every day. One of his workers was asked about it and he said that if the boss didn’t change his diet he’d be dead soon. The end of the program had a dedication to the dude saying he died from a heart attack True! Watch it.

    Anyways, the winner of the best steak in the world was this feisty, overconfident little Corsican. He reckoned that the reason his steak was the best in the world was a combo of living on an island and the cattle inhaled air with more salt content and the grass was also different too. I believe him. I want to try some time.

  205. EvilElvis

    Boozies popping out, bloody hell, Evil Elvis will be at his writing desk shortly to install another chapter of Mills and Boons.

    😁

  206. With abundant, nutrient rich pastures cattle graze on natural clover and rye grass

    There are native medics but not ryegrass.
    It’s not a bad mix for cattle if there is not too much clover, which causes bloat.

  207. Helen

    JC, exactly, if you suffer from familial hypercholesterolemia, that is a different kettle of fish, and you would have felt much better taking your medications.

    I’m just talking about your normal every day cholesterol, and as you say, everyone should do what they feel comfortable doing, and I say – after they have done the research.

  208. bespoke

    Zatara
    #2914150, posted on January 22, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Scott Adams still gave some credibility to a MAGA hat is intimidating. The answer should be ‘Its a hat get over it’.

  209. feelthebern

    Do you remember if it was limousin beef, JC?

  210. Snoopy

    Forage definitely affects the taste of meat. The more shrubbery in the diet the better it tastes.

  211. JC

    feelthebern
    #2914317, posted on January 22, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Do you remember if it was limousin beef, JC?

    What do you mean?

  212. feelthebern

    Pigs that forage in the forest taste superior than the feed-lot pig.

  213. feelthebern

    That’s the breed.
    The Euroweenies love it.

  214. Confused Old Misfit

    With abundant, nutrient rich pastures cattle graze on natural clover and rye grass

    Timothy and white clover will produce well marbled beef in Angus cattle.
    At least in eastern Canada.
    Getting them on rye grass can be tricky in that environment.

  215. calli

    You know the Favco climbing crane is an Australian invention, Jupes.

    Once were smart.

  216. jupes

    What’s the problem with statins Helen?

  217. jupes

    You know the Favco climbing crane is an Australian invention, Jupes.

    Yeah that’s the one and no, I did not know that.

  218. feelthebern

    Didn’t Leighton invent the external apron for putting up sky scrapers?

  219. Eyrie

    After Mrs Eyrie’s research on the subject the cholesterol/heart disease theory is about as sensible as the CO2/global warming theory. Check out this guy:
    https://drmalcolmkendrick.org/

  220. Speedbox

    True, but it’s not their money. Nothing they do in parliament comes back to them personally, so why would the risk/liability issue give them even the slightest pause if it means garnering more votes from the ignorant……?

    Yes. And just to cement our national demise, Shorten will almost certainly be our next PM and nobody can whinge that he has been underhand – many financial and other policies have already been revealed to generally muted whimpers or commentary from the mainstream media. The Unions are salivating at their impending ascendancy not to mention the NGO’s with their assorted cuckoo plans. The Libs (for what they are worth) are in almost full retreat – broke, lacking good policy, resignations (more to come), disarray, not knowing who or what.

    God help you.

  221. bespoke

    Salt bush raised food seems to taste better.

  222. jupes

    This will get them going:

    President Trump: Covington Catholic Students ‘Treated Unfairly,’ ‘Smeared by Media’

    Let’s hope the Covington Catholic College administration can show the same moral fortitude.

  223. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    This pill testing idea is dangerous.

    No its not. Done some research, it’s in use in Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Portugal and France. In Netherlands it’s official gov policy. How it works is you bring your pill to a gov lab, 2 weeks later they gave you a break down of its content and flag anything they can’t identify. So obviously you need to plan ahead. In the Netherlands batches with lethal products cause national warnings campaigns. This has help drive out dodgy supplier who move on to softer markets like Australia.

    A case of a lethal batch that killed 4 in the UK was caught in the Netherlands by testing and was rapidly removed from events.

    There is now enough evidence in the EU that a) testing does not increase use b) the quality of the supply improves c) deaths are reduced.

    Now obviously it doesn’t reduce the harm from drug abuse, but it does move a step towards reducing the criminal harm.

  224. JC

    Bern

    I can’ recall what it was called, but I think the little Corsican was growing his own breed. Not sure.

  225. Helen

    That Victor Churchill mob have lessons – private ones – that would be such a hoot for a cat masterclass.

  226. Snoopy

    Diet can certainly trigger arthritis. I had my first attack of gout after a huge night of artisanal garlic lambs brains and corporate swine house Shiraz at the Cairns RSL.

  227. JC

    Deep Learning Checkout Experience.

    Amazon Go uses cameras and sensors which feed into deep learning software to recognize shoppers, to understand when they pick up items or put them back, and to allow them to leave the store without checking out at a cash register. Amazon is planning to open 3,000 stores by 2021.1

    The traditional grocers should be shitting themselves as Bozo could end up killing them too.

  228. JC

    Out of the city the day day was the first time I’ve been in a supermarket for ages. The self service aisle which we used is a total fucking abortion. It’s made so difficult and the only people who would have come up with that concept were former operators of Soviet stores. It’s not helpful to customers and obvious the only reason the fuckers introduced self sevice was to cut out wages and let the customer “enjoy” the experience of their self check out. Fuck them. I hope Bozo’s concept sends them broke.

  229. DrBeauGan

    you don’t want to become a tedious smug prick like Doc, do you?–Makka

    I prefer the term self-assured gentleman to smug prick. I suppose they mean the same thing, but there is a hint of disapproval in the second.

  230. Stimpson J. Cat

    Bozo

    And Amazon will be gone.

    Artisanal Tiger will have opened the first of his series of Artisan™ Stores™ by then.

    It’s all over for Corporates JC.

  231. Top Ender

    I will not be content until Amazon and Dominos are delivering stuff by drone to my door.

  232. Infidel Tiger

    Out of the city the day day was the first time I’ve been in a supermarket for ages. The self service aisle which we used is a total fucking abortion. It’s made so difficult and the only people who would have come up with that concept were former operators of Soviet stores. It’s not helpful to customers and obvious the only reason the fuckers introduced self sevice was to cut out wages and let the customer “enjoy” the experience of their self check out. Fuck them. I hope Bozo’s concept sends them broke.

    Corporatism wants your soul.

    We must crush and destroy them.

    Amazon is over. Forget it.

  233. Diogenes

    Oh bother ! Interesting reading about medical matter. By coincidence i was at the tooth quack today getting a tootache sorted. On the xray he spotted some calcification on my caotoids near the tmj. Long and short of it off to see the gp tomorrow. Cholesterol levels 4 weeks ago were a smidge high

  234. Infidel Tiger

    How it works is you bring your pill to a gov lab, 2 weeks later they gave you a break down of its content and flag anything they can’t identify.

    Bwahahahahaha!

    2 weeks later….

    OMFG! This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.

  235. DrBeauGan

    Arky, nobody thinks that the universe is rational. Rationality, thinking about things, is something human beings sometimes do, occasionally and usually briefly. It helps predict what the universe will do next, in part. It has its uses, but is not particularly reliable. If you junk the times it fails and hang onto the cases where it hasn’t yet failed, you can do better than just hoping. That’s about it.

  236. bespoke

    Infidel Tiger

    Bunnings is monument to people that still do thing for themselves.

  237. Speedbox

    Amazon Go uses cameras and sensors which feed into deep learning software to recognize shoppers, to understand when they pick up items or put them back, and to allow them to leave the store without checking out at a cash register.

    Some time ago I was reading about some shopping centres installing a Bluetooth system that allowed the centre to log your movements around the centre. It would track which stores you entered and how long you stayed. It didn’t identify you (specifically) but the data could then be used to used to send you targeted advertising from those, and similar, stores.

    The system works because many people don’t turn off the Bluetooth feature on their smart phones. The next obvious step was to install facial and feature recognition software that matched to your Bluetooth signal and the advertising could be more closely targeted (ie. based on age, sex, physical characteristics).

  238. Baldrick

    There is now enough evidence in the EU that a) testing does not increase use b) the quality of the supply improves c) deaths are reduced.

    So there’s an acceptable death rate? Good to know.

  239. JC

    Where’s Bruce from Newcastle?

    Bruce, I just got a 90 page Big Ideas file from Morgan Stanley about what to expect in 2019 in terms of… Big Ideas.

    Remember when I said battery costs would fall and you dismissed me like some unwanted pest? Well that pest was right… possibly.

    Battery Cost Tipping Points
    Batteries have entered a virtuous cycle: cost of goods is falling,
    stimulating unit demand growth which, in turn, is pushing batteries
    further down the cost curve.
    ARK is forecasting that electric vehicle sales will rise from roughly 1.3
    million in 2018 to more than 26 million in 2023. As a result, battery
    costs should drop to a point where utility-scale energy storage becomes
    attractive, enabling a multitude of new applications.

    and

    Lithium-ion Battery Costs Are Dropping Relentlessly
    • Commercialized and assumed to have reached maturity in the early 1990’s, batteries are experiencing faster cost declines than
    most analysts anticipated.
    • As batteries decline in cost, they are passing critical unit economic tipping points, unleashing further demand.
    • Electric Vehicles (EVs) will drive battery prices down to a point where they will become economic for utility-scale energy storage.

    and

    Battery Cost Declines Are Enabling New Applications
    • Low cost energy storage is enabling electric vehicles, stationary energy storage, and form factor diversification.
    • ARK’s research focuses on Electric Vehicles and Utility Energy Storage as the main drivers of battery demand.

    and

    Electric Vehicles Utility Energy Storage Micromobility

    California’s Public Utilities Commission
    approved more than 2 GWh of energy
    storage to replace natural gas plants.2
    30% of vehicle trips in the US
    are fewer than two miles in
    distance.3
    In August Tesla’s Model 3 became the top
    revenue grossing sedan in the U.S.1

    and

    All Vehicles Are Likely to Run on Electric Drivetrains
    • If all vehicles go electric, the annual demand for batteries should top 4,000 GWh, more than 20 times current production levels.
    • EVs probably will be the most important determinant of battery demand, though their unit sales may not top those of electric
    scooters/bikes, and their battery packs will be smaller than those of electric semi trucks.

    and

    Thanks to Battery Cost Declines, EVs Should be Cheaper Than
    Comparable Gas-Powered Cars by 2022
    • Battery costs should continue to drop, pushing EV prices below gas-powered vehicles in the early 2020s.
    • In 2025 EVs should be competitive with gas powered cars at every price point, unleashing tremendous demand.

    and

    ARK Forecasts That EV Sales Will Top 26 Million Globally in 2023

    and

    Utility-Scale Energy Storage Should Become Competitive
    • Energy storage already is competitive with newly built natural gas plants.
    • As battery costs decline, energy storage will become competitive with “peaker” plants and other underutilized generators.
    • Building and operating new utility-scale energy storage will be more cost-effective than operating underutilized plants.

    and

    The Addressable Market for Utility-Scale Energy Storage Is $800 Billion.
    Sources: ARK Investment Management LLC, 2018; Energy Information Administration | [1] Addressable market is electricity generated from underutilized plants.
    • ARK’s research shows that, at $150/kWh, utility energy storage should become competitive with underutilized plants.
    • Assuming batteries cycle daily, roughly 5 billion kWh of energy storage could replace electricity generated from underutilized plants.

    I really have doubts on the feasibility of battery storage for ruinables bullshit, but not for electric cars.

  240. Dr Fred Lenin

    Diogenes an old guy once said to me “its a fair bugger when you get ole” ,noticing that myself now , like an old car little things start to go wrong ,but I am 81 and the motor is still running bit rough but mobile .

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