Monday Forum: January 21, 2019

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  1. Infidel Tiger

    Infidel Tiger

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

    Bullshit.

    It is a satanic mill filled with the trinkets we have exchanged for our soul.

  2. JC

    There are some other really interesting bets here.

    3D technology will lower the cost of airline manufacture by up to 40%. This is huge for Boeing, a stock I will never sell.

    Mobile finance is one and also the return of Bitcoin. However the most interesting is that the cost of gene sequencing is collapsing which is a huge plus for individualized pharma.

  3. Helen

    jupes, this is where I started learning – space doc

    Just read his first page:- transient global amnesia (handy in a pilot)

    I read of case after case of statin associated fatigability, muscle weakness with progressive disability and began to understand why I might never get better. … That statins, also known as reductase inhibitors, also block the mevalonate pathway causing a wide range of side effects, including permanent neuropathy and myopathy, ALS and other neurodegenerative illnesses, heart failure, gross personality changes, loss of libido and far more is well documented in my material and fully referenced.

    I saw my MiL deteriorate on 40mg a day, sure she was old but it seemed to me her change from a healthy vibrant woman who still drove herself to the bottle shop with ease and a brilliant accountant to what she became in such a short time is sad, you get put in a box as you get older, of a certain age, and everything is put down to age. Same with my sisters MiL, old person chucked on drugs she did not need, to lower her cholesterol, took her mind, instead, she said it was like she was in a fog. And, like Space Doc says, the damage is permanent. I know my experience is anecdotal, but Sapce Doc has plenty of data, fully referenced.

    One day there will be a huge class action over this damage. In the mean time, I am staying away from it.

  4. JC

    bespoke
    #2914361, posted on January 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Hooray for feminism! SNL writer offers oral sex to anyone who punches Covington student in the face

    In a just world they would be on a no fly list.

    Think! It may be a decent deal if she’s a looker.

  5. DrBeauGan

    It is a satanic mill filled with the trinkets we have exchanged for our soul.

    I don’t have a soul. I sold it to satan in my teens. Well I tried to, but he never turned up, which I thought a bit rude, but interpreted as meaning it was so substandard as not being worth his trouble.

    Does that mean it’s OK for me to shop at bunnings?

  6. Stimpson J. Cat

    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.

    I always go to the biggest checkout line and laugh as punters lose their minds because they don’t have the patience to wait five minutes in line.
    Then I have a great conversation with a stressed out checkout worker and give them a happy smile.
    It’s hilarious.
    And then there is playing trolley chicken with other punters, aisle chasie, it’s just a great fun day out with the kids.

  7. Stimpson J. Cat

    the return of Bitcoin.

    Aha ha ha ha ha!!!
    Seriously JC.

  8. P

    There are some other really interesting bets here.
    3D technology will lower the cost of airline manufacture by up to 40%. This is huge for Boeing, a stock I will never sell.
    Mobile finance is one and also the return of Bitcoin. However the most interesting is that the cost of gene sequencing is collapsing which is a huge plus for individualized pharma.

    Always appreciate comments from you such as above and on the previous page of this thread.

    But, thinking of the many comments here earlier today on this thread I would just like to include here:

    Mark 8:36 King James Version (KJV)
    For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

  9. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    1000 charges for Aboriginal leader Geoff Clark

    Tom Minear
    National Political Reporter
    @tminear
    33 minutes ago January 22, 2019

    Aboriginal leader Geoff Clark has been hit with hundreds of fraud, theft and deception charges in a major escalation of a five-year police probe into his affairs.

    Mr Clark, who was once one of Australia’s most senior indigenous leaders, was charged with 514 new offences by fraud squad detectives this week.

    Police have been examining alleged financial impropriety in a range of indigenous organisations in southwest Victoria, including the troubled Framlingham Aboriginal Trust which was put into administration late last year.

    Mr Clark, his wife Trudy and their sons Jeremy and Aaron faced court in October after they were charged with a combined 82 fraud-related offences.

    But the criminal case against the family has been drastically expanded this week, with detectives also laying another 456 charges against Mrs Clark.

    Jeremy Clark, 45, was hit with another 90 offences while Aaron Clark, 37, received an extra 28 charges.

    Victoria Police spokeswoman Natalie Webster confirmed the new charges were laid this week “as part of an investigation into alleged historical criminal matters”.

    “A 66-year-old Warrnambool man, 63-year-old Warrnambool woman, 45-year-old Abbotsford man and a 37-year-old Bellfield man have all been charged with a range of fraud, theft and deception-related charges,” Ms Webster said.

    From the Oz. Will this record disqualify him from being one of Bill Shorten’s “Voice?”

  10. Speedbox

    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.

    By whom? Certainly not by the trafficker. Do you mean by warnings from the authorities?

    Ok, so let’s pretend I’m a trafficker and have just found out that the 1,000 pills I got from my distributor who got them from his, who got them from his, who got them from his, who got them from a drug manufacturer in China are dangerously impure. What to do? Can I get a refund? Unlikely. Should I flush them down the toilet? Probably, but that will cost me big $$$. Nah, f*ck it. I’ll just re-brand them and try and sell them before the new branding is identified as dangerous. Mix in some talcum powder or other benign crap to (maybe) reduce potency (not that I really care) and sell smaller quantities over a broader area. Roadtrip!! Repeat as necessary until I’ve shifted them all.

  11. Armadillo

    And then there is playing trolley chicken with other punters, aisle chasie, it’s just a great fun day out with the kids.

    Taking the beat up ute with bulbar to the Bunnings carpark is always fun. You always get “right of way”.

  12. Leigh Lowe

    calli

    #2914281, posted on January 22, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Victor Churchill, Woollahra.

    Meat porn. For those with an excellent LOC.

    Forget the $500 / kg wagyu.
    The only time I visited that shop the snags were $50 / kg.
    That is a lot to pay for lips, eyeballs and hoof scrapings.

  13. Leigh Lowe

    calli

    #2914281, posted on January 22, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Victor Churchill, Woollahra.

    Meat p 0rn. For those with an excellent LOC.

    Forget the $500 / kg wagyu.
    The only time I visited that shop the snags were $50 / kg.
    That is a lot to pay for lips, eyeballs and hoof scrapings.

  14. Leigh Lowe

    calli

    #2914281, posted on January 22, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Victor Churchill, Woollahra.

    Meat p0 rn. For those with an excellent LOC.

    Forget the $500 / kg wagyu.
    The only time I visited that shop the snags were $50 / kg.
    That is a lot to pay for lips, [email protected] and hoof scrapings.

  15. JC

    Stimson..

    It’s more along these lines, rather than predicting Bitcoin will go to $2 trillion per coin.

    It’s this.

    Despite a Prolonged Bear Market,
    Support for Bitcoin’s Network Seems to Be Increasing

    Bitcoin Transactions Are Scaling
    Bitcoin’s base layer provides instant settlement for large value transactions.

    Bitcoin Should Continue to Scale Thanks to Technological Breakthroughs
    The Lightning Network is a second layer payment protocol with multi-directional channels, enabling fast and ‘fee-less’ transactions.

    Infrastructure Will Reinforce Bitcoin’s Layered Architecture

    Baby steps.

    “Bitcoinization” is Impacting Economies
    “Bitcoinization” is defined as a Bitcoin-induced currency demonetization. With hyperinflation in emerging markets like Venezuela, Iran,
    and Zimbabwe, the demand for cryptocurrencies could increase suddenly and significantly.

    and

    Sizing the Opportunity
    Emerging Markets Prone to Inflation Are Adopting Bitcoin.
    As indicated by Google search trends and exchange volume statistics, demand for bitcoin in emerging markets is high and growing.

    It’s not a prediction that you should buy it because it’s heading to the other side of the universe. Like most things, it’s the technology that is the important element.

  16. JC

    I received a letter from the government about screening for bowel cancer. What are people supposed to do with it.. Drop a doogan and send it through the mail? Really?

  17. Black Ball

    Had the misfortune to meet Geoff Clark one day when he was running ATSIC into the ground. Thoroughly detestable man, as were his family. Sense of entitlement was dripping from their pores.

  18. jupes

    jupes, this is where I started learning – space doc

    Thanks Helen. Thing is though, I trust my doctor a lot more than Dr Google.

    I’ve been on statins for nearly a year now and haven’t experienced any side effects at all. Combined with a slight but manageable change to my diet my cholesterol level is exactly where it should be. Doc described me as the “model patient”. Next visit he will probably reduce the meds.

    Like JC, I’d rather take a pill than make wholesale changes to my diet.

  19. Heard on the radio mention that one of the recent guys who died at a music festival had taken 9 pills.

    So does the proposed pill testing also include a test for how stupid the pill user is ? Personally anybody who thinks pill popping is needed to enjoy music already has problems. Then again the duff duff stuff is pretty mind numbing.

    Good on Gladys for standing her ground on this. Also for Price who apparently did not agree with Hellier on The Project about it.

  20. jupes

    Drop a doogan and send it through the mail? Really?

    Yep and keep it in the fridge before you send it.

  21. jupes

    Good on Gladys for standing her ground on this.

    She’ll cave for sure.

  22. DrBeauGan

    BB, if you ever meet with Jacinta Price or her mum, pass on my respects. I greatly admire both of them.

    I’m not generally prone to respecting people, so my respect is a rare commodity, but they have both earned it by their courage and honesty. I would think I am not alone in this.

  23. Snoopy

    JC
    #2914384, posted on January 22, 2019 at 6:28 pm
    I received a letter from the government about screening for bowel cancer. What are people supposed to do with it.. Drop a doogan and send it through the mail? Really?

    Don’t participate. The gubbermint just wants your DNA.

    /Annie

  24. bespoke

    One thing about Bunnings it concentrates all the worst Boomer drivers in one place.

  25. Snoopy

    The Tommy Tryhards at BOM and TheirABC are doing their bestest today.

    Adelaide’s hot weather record set in 1939 could be broken on Thursday.

    The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is predicting a top of 45 degrees Celsius for January 24, just one degree shy of the 46.1C record for West Terrace in Adelaide’s CBD set on January 12, 1939.

  26. Bruce of Newcastle

    I just got a 90 page Big Ideas file from Morgan Stanley

    JC – Those excerpts read like propaganda.

    The problem with batteries is they are big, because of poor energy density, complex, because of chemistry, prone to failure because of real world conditions especially dendrite growth (which appears to be made worse by cold temperatures) and for the best ones, use a rare metal.

    Yes you can get the unit cost down. No you can’t beat ICE unless you go totalitarian or totally stupid with taxes and subsidies.

    Try using the projected cost per kWh capacity and work out the NPV of a like vs like comparison. The electric has to have the same range as the petrol for a real apples-to-apples comparison. Make sure you use the projected electricity price too – which is probably around 50cUS/kWh – a bit more than Germany now in other words. (You can always do a sensitivity of c/kWh if you like – that’s a routine project analysis task.) You’ll be horrified.

    Same applies for load levelling grid batteries. They’re economically stupid.

  27. Nick

    Ch7 news warbling about the ‘controversial’ announcement to recognise the 250th anniversary of Cook’s discovery of Australia. It’s almost as if they think that if they ignore it, it never happened.

  28. Eyrie

    SpaceDoc died as a result of the statin medical malpractice.
    We have a friend who is a pharmacist. Heaps of people come in with side effects from taking statins. Deadly shit.
    Jupes, so where should your cholesterol level be? Do you even know? The groupthink amongst the medical profession is as bad as in climate “science”. Much of what is standard treatment/recommended has little to no science to back it. Statins might lower cholesterol but doesn’t do anything for death rates. If your doc prescribes statins, get a new doc.

  29. bespoke

    DrBeauGan
    #2914391, posted on January 22, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Not bad for a self-assured gentleman.

  30. JC

    Bruce

    Why use 50 cents per kw? That’s way over the vig especially in Trump’s America.

  31. JC

    I don’t like blood and guts, but Maduro seriously deserves the guillotine

    https://www.apnews.com/82563347aa414f1fab9c80ac87e607e9

  32. Baldrick

    Mr Clark, who was once one of Australia’s most senior indigenous leaders, was charged with 514 new offences by fraud squad detectives this week.

    Who knew aboriginal leadership was so fluid?

    I mean, you’re either seen as an aboriginal leader or you’re not.

    Oh hang on, I see. It depends on your pay scale.

  33. Black Ball

    I do indeed wish to meet them DrBeauGan. They speak from experience. If ever I do I shall relate the experience here.

  34. The A.D.

    Reading the old testament and the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
    The only thing that made the Hitch Hiker’s guide appealing was Peter Jones in the radio series as the narrator.
    Douglas Adam’s was your typical lefty atheist smug git.
    Died at 49, his wife also died young, leaving their 16 y.o. daughter parentless.
    The book itself drips with contempt for humanity.

  35. Infidel Tiger

    James M Miller

    @jamesmiller62
    1h1 hour ago
    More
    Replying to @GrayConnolly
    Pill testing … give me a break.

    It’s a stalking horse 4 full legalisation of party drugs, which would have 2 be manufactured under government licence and supplied by pharmacies.

    Forget it.

    Has Tim Wilson read Brave New World?

    Does he understand public policy?

    Exactly.

    If you want drugs to be legalised, argue that point. Don’t lie about it.

    I’m still chuckling about that 2 week wait for pill test results!!!!

  36. Infidel Tiger

    The book itself drips with contempt for humanity.

    Like a Bunnings or Coles supermarket does.

  37. calli

    Fantastic! I already have an Assault Smirk.

    I’ll be safe in Melbourne now won’t I?

  38. cohenite

    Same applies for load levelling grid batteries. They’re economically stupid.

    They’re stupid full stop. Batteries don’t produce power, they store it, badly. And in the alarmist world free of coal and nuclear what is going to put power in them? Wind and solar which have a capacity factor of 20%?

    The unavoidable problem with batteries however is 2-fold: firstly they convert energy from one form to another, electrical current into chemical; when you convert energy from one form to another the loss of energy in the conversion process can be up to 40%, in and out. Who would spend $10 to get $6 back? The second problem is resistance. All batteries have it and it varies from battery type, to level of charge, to period of rest, to age of the unit. All of these variables will not only affect the total of charge remaining but the rate it can be released.

    Finally there is the scaling problem. It doesn’t work. The battery which runs your torch can’t be scaled up to a grid level. The only battery capable of running a grid is hydro.

    And the only reason batteries are even being discussed is alarmism, a failed theory.

  39. Bruce of Newcastle

    Why use 50 cents per kw? That’s way over the vig especially in Trump’s America.

    Because high penetration of wind and solar will increase it to that sort of level.
    You want your Tesla to run on coal?

    Germany is at about 37% renewables at the moment. On the data at the link that implies an electricity price of about 45 USc/kwh at 50% renewables. In theory the model is zero fossil, zero nuclear, 100% electric vehicles. So project on that basis and 50c/kWh is probably ‘way underestimated.

    (I think I underestimated the cost in Australia since we’re pretty near now to what I had for LNP 2030 policy – it’s going to hurt when Labor gets going.)

  40. Black Ball

    Abbie Gelmi certainly has nice form.

  41. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ch7 news warbling about the ‘controversial’ announcement to recognise the 250th anniversary of Cook’s discovery of Australia. It’s almost as if they think that if they ignore it, it never happened.

    The useless howler monkeys can’t even get that right, can they? The British and Dutch had discovered the West Coast 150 years or so, before Cook, decided the place wasn’t worth having, and sailed away in disgust. Cooks achievement was to map the East Coast, note the presence on one or two harbors that could form Royal Naval bases, and claim the East coast for the English crown.

  42. Bruce of Newcastle

    JC – Also keep in mind that gasoline price is upper-limited by coal-to-liquids tech, which the saffies and chinese already do at big scale. As soon as crude prices are sustained high enough there will be more plants built to produce oil from coal. We have thousands of years of coal in the ground.

  43. Black Ball

    Cohenite another problem with batteries is that they rely on tax payers to fund their existence, like every other renewable energy scheme. Elon Musk approves.

  44. Black Ball

    Zulu Two Kilo Alpha what on God’s green earth is controversial about Cook mapping the east coast? Channel 7 inadvertently advocating for changing the date of Australia Day.

  45. cohenite

    another problem with batteries is that they rely on tax payers to fund their existence, like every other renewable energy scheme.

    True; without subsidies they wouldn’t exist. The initial return for NSW FIT was 60c kWh! Hazelwood before it was closed by the hunchback produced electricity for 1c kWh.

  46. calli

    Zulu Two Kilo Alpha what on God’s green earth is controversial about Cook mapping the east coast?

    He smirked.

  47. Snoopy

    A visit to Possession Island should be a right of passage for all young Australians.

  48. Black Ball

    Nice work Calli. 🙂
    Just saw something on the tube from local news. Bridget McKenzie a Nationals senator elected from Bendigo has ruled out a run in Indi but moving her electoral office to Wodonga. Wowee the contempt that politicians have for the hoi polloi is quite stunning.

  49. DrBeauGan

    Reading the old testament and the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

    I’ve read both. Hitch Hiker is much funnier.

    If your politics gets in the way, you might not notice.

  50. Eyrie

    The lithium battery chemistry in those cells means they are prone to catching fire too. As more are in use we’ll see more fires.

  51. Nick

    Who would have thought that in 2019 in Australia, that people were less repulsed by ‘Cook’ in the sense of making illegal drugs in a bikies’ garage than to the mapping of the East Coast.

  52. Confused Old Misfit

    Channel 7 inadvertently advocating for changing the date of Australia Day.

    I don’t think there’s a skerrick of “inadvertently” about it.
    TV needs content.
    Content needs to be dramatic.
    Drama is conflict.
    Conflict is what Ch 7 is purposely trying to create.

  53. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A visit to Possession Island should be a right of passage for all young Australians.

    Visited Whitby, a few years ago, and saw the memorial to James Cook – the plaque says simply – “To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.”

  54. Confused Old Misfit

    Confused Old Misfit
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    #2914427, posted on January 22, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Channel 7 inadvertently advocating for changing the date of Australia Day.

    I don’t think there’s a skerrick of “inadvertently” about it.
    TV needs content.
    Content needs to be dramatic.
    Drama is conflict.
    Conflict is what TV stations purposely trying to create.

  55. JC

    Eyrie
    #2914425, posted on January 22, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    The lithium battery chemistry in those cells means they are prone to catching fire too. As more are in use we’ll see more fires.

    Gasoline of course is used as a fire retardant.

  56. Confused Old Misfit

    TV stations try to create conflict to create content.

  57. Stimpson J. Cat

    Has Tim Wilson read Brave New World?

    Can’t wait for Tim to bring out his new taxpayer funded coloring book spruiking pill testing and state enforced homosexuality to the kids.

    Stunning and Brave!

  58. calli

    Visited Whitby, a few years ago, and saw the memorial to James Cook – the plaque says simply – “To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.”

    Yes. He smirked.

    Proof. Plus White Supremacist.

  59. Stimpson J. Cat

    Douglas Adam’s was your typical lefty atheist smug git.

    How many people with two first names do you know that aren’t smug gits?
    His name was Douglas.
    It’s a miracle he could even write.

  60. Leigh Lowe

    Zulu Two Kilo Alpha what on God’s green earth is controversial about Cook mapping the east coast?

    He smirked.

    Yes.
    As evidenced by his naming of Cape Smirking in Queensland and Smug Bay in NSW.

  61. Snoopy

    Zulu Two Kilo Alpha what on God’s green earth is controversial about Cook mapping the east coast?

    Naming an island Possession Island is insensitive and presumptuous.

  62. Eyrie

    Gasoline isn’t mixed with the air it needs to burn until it is inside the engine. Lithium batteries have all the energy stored inside as chemical energy, ready to go. The better they get, the more energy there is that can be accidently released. All it takes is a small manufacturing flaw in one cell which shorts it out. Unlike most other batteries, lithium batteries catch fire if discharged too far. They need a small circuit on each cell to regulate over discharge and over charge, too high charging current and too high discharge rate. They also cannot be charged if the temperature is below zero deg C. The flow chart of a lithium cell controller/protector is pretty interesting and quite complex. Sure the failure rate of a cell might be one in a million but there are 10,000 or so cells in a Tesla car nowadays. Still fancy your chances? Now do the numbers for fleet of the things.

  63. The A.D.

    Hitchhiker’s Guide is stunningly original and very funny.
    Or so it seemed when you were twelve.

  64. Leigh Lowe

    Visited Whitby, a few years ago, and saw the memorial to James Cook – the plaque says simply – “To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.”

    Actually, that is a triggered memory.
    We were in the Old Dart for the bicentennial and I pacifically made a point of going to Whitby on Australia Day.
    I can’t remember what memorial we visited (or whether we just got a celebratory cod ‘n chips), but it was kind of nice being alone there when all the OTT celebrations were going on back home.
    The one thing I do remember though … I did smirk.

  65. Mater

    On the issue of government potentially providing pill testing.

    Didn’t the Victorian Government dictate that any policing required for events such as Milo, Lauren Southern, etc was to be paid for by the organisers because they were selling tickets and making money from the event (as opposed to the presence required at protests, marches, demonstrations, etc)?

    Surely consistency would dictate that the same should be required of the Music Festivals? Any additional policing and any potential pill testing should be billed to the organiser.

  66. Leigh Lowe

    As evidenced by his naming of Cape Smirking in Queensland and Smug Bay in NSW.

    Not to mention Cape Grin, now famous as a source of fine beef for Victor Churchill.

  67. JC

    Eyrie

    The other day you were babbling on about my lack of a science background even though were talking about the use of 100-year-old temp records and the relative merits of using such data in a sciency way that could be used to choke off 1% of economic growth. I was right of course.

    You’re now making a claim about batteries catching fire, implying it is an ongoing frequent problem. It doesn’t appear so and again you show a lack of intellectual curiosity when making a sweeping statements indicating a disturbing lack thereof.

    As Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder, has pointed out that with some 30,000 Tesla cars now on the road, fires have affected one in 10,000 vehicles—which sounds bad, but the equivalent statistic for petrol-powered cars is one in 1,300.

    Also, you should keep in mind that innovation is not static and advances have been made. Here’s the thing that a sciency guy like you should keep in mind. Any form of energy that packs a punch easily stored in a tight spot is potentially a fire hazard.

  68. John Constantine

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/exercise-alone-has-little-effect-on-weight-you-must-reduce-your-food-intake-1.2979398

    You have to be doing a job like sheep shearing, and doing it full time to burn real calories.

    The body becomes incredibly efficient at whatever exercise you do regularly.

    “You would naturally expect that the Hadza would burn more calories daily than people living a European city lifestyle. In fact, it is commonly thought that a prominent driver of current obesity in the developed world is a reduction in daily energy expenditure compared to our much-more-active ancestors. However, Pontzer has shown that, amazingly, the Hadza eat and burn the same number of calories a day as adults in the US and Europe: 2,600 calories for men and 1,900 calories for women on average. Nonhuman primates also have a fixed rate of energy expenditure – captive primates burn the same number of calories a day as those in the wild, despite the difference in physical activity.”

  69. JC

    This of course has nothing to do with the on-going argument about whether EV can be made better than regular petrol cars.

  70. Nick

    Leigh, I think that’s Grim not Grin.

  71. calli

    And naming the Whitsundays was Christianist.

    Booby Island proves he was a Male Chauvinist.

    And had been at sea far too long.

  72. Infidel Tiger

    About the only thing I like about EV’s is the low maintenance costs.

    Why are people not pursuing the hybrid model? Makes so much more sense.

  73. Infidel Tiger

    I need to buy a new mattress.

    A real test of my new theory, let me tell you.

  74. Leigh Lowe

    True Mater.
    When every other business has to take it cross-threaded up the arse sans Vaseline for whatever happens on the premises, music (drug) festival promoters seem to fly below radar detection.
    Are they heavy green/left donors?
    Do they not fit the SJW stereotype of “businessman”?
    I am trying to imagine the reaction if, say, three or four teenagers had choked on Big Macs or KFC bones in their stores over summer.

  75. The A.D.

    Boeing and 3D printing.
    No Dot, you are not going to 3D print a 777 at home.
    Look at the pictures.
    The components get machined after printing.
    https://www.theverge.com/2017/4/11/15256008/3d-printed-titanium-parts-boeing-dreamliner-787

  76. John Constantine

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/nancyhuehnergarth/2016/02/03/why-you-cant-exercise-your-way-to-weight-loss/#1d3b5cf2723b

    ” A 2013 study found that between 2001 and 2011, physical activity levels had increased in more than two-thirds of U.S. counties. Yet the increase in physical activity was matched by an increase in obesity in almost all counties during the same time period.
    A 2013 review and commentary presented evidence that physical activity levels are similar “between societies with low versus high obesity prevalence,” concluding “Only reduction in calorie intake will result in weight loss, whether done in isolation or together with increases in exercise.”

    Bottom line? If you’ve been atoning for a bad diet by putting in more hours at the gym, or plan to lose weight through exercise only, you’re fooling yourself. The only way to lose excess weight is by improving diet. As the saying goes, you can’t outrun your fork.”

    Their shorten and the lapband their media cover up. The jogging ain’t enough to drop manboobs.

    No big deal, but what else are they hiding for Stalin?.

    Comrades.

  77. Atoms for Peace

    JC.. please feel free to be the EV guniea pig, but until the magic fast charge battery arrives and the crumbling grid in ‘straya can handle charging a shed load of EVs , they are an idea waiting to happen in this shit hole.

  78. Infidel Tiger

    Port Phillip Council wants to do its own pill testing.

    Let’s see what else they have done:

    As part of our ongoing commitment to be a healthy city, all Council owned and operated buildings, doorways and surrounding grounds are smoke free.

    We recognise the serious effects of smoking and passive smoke inhalation on the health of the community and we are committed to making Port Phillip a healthier place for every member of our community. Learn more about the health impacts from smoking.

    View the series of maps outlining the areas that are smoke free.

    If you have any questions or concerns about our smoke-free initiative, please read our FAQs or contact ASSIST on (03) 9209 6777.

    Smoke Free Trading
    Since 2007, smoking has been prohibited in all enclosed restaurants or cafes, the indoor dining areas of pubs and clubs, licensed premises and gaming venues.

    Changes to the Tobacco Act 1987 ban smoking in outdoor dining areas and regulate e-cigarettes and shisha tobacco in the same way as other tobacco products.

    From 1 August 2017, smoking has been banned in:

    outdoor areas at hospitality businesses where food is eaten or available to be eaten
    all outdoor areas at food fairs where the principal activity is supplying food to eat at the event. For example Hank Marvin Market all outdoor areas with 10 metres of food stalls and vans at organised outdoor events (other than food fairs), including community or street festivals such as St Kilda Festival.

  79. cohenite

    With the lunatic alarmists now in charge of electricity supply it is a legitimate discussion for individual home-owners to consider back up for the inevitable times when the alarmists stuff the grid. A good comparative analysis of a home battery v a gas generator:

    •Last week (2015), Tesla introduced a 10kWh home battery pack for back-up use only.

    •It will cost $7140 installed, will be dead in fewer than five hours, and can’t run an entire house or central air conditioning or charge an electric car.

    •Meanwhile, for the same price, a natural gas back-up generator can run all your appliances for as long as the power is out.

    •Thus, for anyone with access to natural gas, there’s no rational reason to buy the Tesla back-up battery.

    In an effort to distract investors from its cash-burning car business, as well as to find some use for millions of Panasonic cells that it has committed to buy without being able to sell enough cars to utilize them, Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) last week introduced a 10kWh home battery pack meant only for emergency back-up power. (It also introduced a 7kWh pack meant for regular use that also makes no economic or utilization sense, but that can be a subject of a different article.)

    Tesla is pricing this back-up battery at $3500 before installation costs, and Solar City (SCTY) is offering an installed purchase price of $7140.

    To put the inadequacy of this product into perspective, here’s a great summary of the power requirements of many household items. It’s pretty clear that without “going crazy”, your house can easily draw 3kw of electricity; and yet, Tesla’s 10kWh back-up battery has continuous output of only 2kw, and thus is inadequate to run even a medium-sized house, and would be completely dead in five hours anyway, with no capacity to run central air conditioning or charge an electric car. (For a medium-sized house, a central air conditioner alone draws nearly 5kw.) Sure, to make that battery last longer than five hours, everyone could huddle into one broiling hot room and shut off everything but the refrigerator and a few light bulbs, but why would you do that when…

    … a comparably priced 16kw natural gas-fired generator can run your entire house (including the air-conditioning) for as many hours as needed, at a cost of less than $2/hour (assuming 195 cubic feet/hour consumption at full draw and a New York State gas price of less than $10 per 1000 cubic feet of gas)? (Okay, I concede that in a major earthquake, your gas service could suffer an outage, but for that situation, you can run a gas-fired generator off a propane tank.)

  80. Infidel Tiger

    SMOKERS on some of Melbourne’s most popular beaches, including St Kilda, could face fines of up to $200.
    Smoking will be banned at beaches between Sandridge and Elwood from December 1 under an anti-litter campaign by Port Phillip Council.

    Glass will also be outlawed.

    But yay to pill testing.

  81. mh

    Ryan Saavedra
    Ryan Saavedra
    @RealSaavedra
    ·
    5h
    Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims without evidence that “the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change”

    https://twitter.com/RealSaavedra/status/1087553094622167040?s=20

    No more excuses. She’s just shit.

  82. Snoopy

    Why are people not pursuing the hybrid model? Makes so much more sense.

    It’s a mystery. A mystery I tells ya.

  83. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2914453, posted on January 22, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    I need to buy a new mattress.

    A real test of my new theory, let me tell you.

    Try Frank’s Fabulous Futons of Freo.
    Totally artisan, very local and made of WA mulga.

  84. Stimpson J. Cat

    My smirk is so offensive that 98.756% of normal people immediately try to punch me in the face.
    I don’t do it any more.
    Too dangerous.
    Grinning madly is safer.

  85. Stimpson J. Cat

    Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims without evidence that “the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change”

    If she starts a “T$ts Out For Temperature” Campaign I am more than willing to support her.

  86. Old School Conservative

    Michael Smith nails the answer to your question.
    It’s not the controversy, it’s the confusion of “honouring Captain James Cook’s voyage” of east coast discovery and mapping with a circumnavigation of Australia.
    It was Matthew Flinders who was the first to circumnavigate Australia.

  87. cohenite

    Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims without evidence that “the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change”

    https://twitter.com/RealSaavedra/status/1087553094622167040?s=20

    No more excuses. She’s just shit.

    In 12 years the grinning chipmunk will be menopausal so perhaps she’s onto something.

  88. Mater

    Cohenite,
    Your comment also fails to point out that the 10 kWh Tesla battery was only good for 500 cycles before needing to be thrown out and replaced (for another $US 3500).

    A real environmental disaster in the making.

  89. Snoopy

    the world is going to end in 12 years

    I need more clarity about the word ‘end’. The world is a molten blob? Arugula can only be grown in Alaska?

  90. Black Ball

    Ash Barty getting a reaming at the minute.

  91. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2914462, posted on January 22, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    SMOKERS on some of Melbourne’s most popular beaches, including St Kilda, could face fines of up to $200.
    Smoking will be banned at beaches between Sandridge and Elwood from December 1 under an anti-litter campaign by Port Phillip Council.

    Glass will also be outlawed.

    But yay to pill testing.

    Port Phillip Council (including St Kilda) charges over $1,000 rates on single bedroom stack-em-highs and privides sfa in return apart from a lot of do-gooder lectures and leaflets.
    Every morning over summer they run a yuuuge New Holland tractor down the beach towing a superfine scarifier (I reckon 20mm aperture maximum).
    The lying pricks say it is to capture soft drink containers, alcohol bottles and caps, drinking straws etc.
    Truth is, they are trawling for syringes because they are shit-scared of both the reputational damage and litigation from needle-sticks.
    But, hey, so uncool to blame junkies, so let’s stick this one to piss-pots and Big Burger/Sugary Drinks.

  92. Nick

    I am trying to imagine the reaction if, say, three or four teenagers had choked on Big Macs or KFC bones in their stores over summer.

    Or some large bogans overdosed on slurpees.
    Strange how the same councils that hate Australia Day, love pill testing. There’s a connection I just can’t put my finger on yet.

  93. Infidel Tiger

    Ash Barty getting a reaming at the minute.

    Wow. When does tennis start?

  94. Nick

    Ash Barty getting a reaming at the minute.

    Her pre game warmup ?

  95. bespoke

    Infidel Tiger
    #2914453, posted on January 22, 2019 at 7:49 pm
    I need to buy a new mattress.

    Sleep on the dirt hippy.

  96. cohenite

    Your comment also fails to point out that the 10 kWh Tesla battery was only good for 500 cycles before needing to be thrown out and replaced (for another $US 3500).

    So much to do, so little time.

  97. Black Ball

    First set done in 27 minutes.

  98. Nick

    First set done in 27 minutes.

    Licked yet ?

  99. Snoopy

    Infidel Tiger
    #2914453, posted on January 22, 2019 at 7:49 pm
    I need to buy a new mattress.

    Disregard the cost. Australian kapok plantations don’t make orangutans homeless.

  100. Black Ball

    Licked yet ?

    Fine work!

  101. Ash Barty getting a reaming at the minute.

    A lot of Horror movies start that way

  102. Black Ball

    I apologise for bringing the tone of the discussion down somewhat about Ash Barty! 🙂

  103. C.L.

    I can’t help but admire the canny bastard:

    Clive Palmer has channelled his corporate empire through New Zealand and threatened to use free trade rules to sue Australian taxpayers for $45 billion as part of a dispute with a Chinese mining company.

    Mr Palmer, who has re-emerged as one of Australia’s richest people according to Forbes magazine, last month transferred the ownership of his flagship Mineralogy company to an Auckland-based holding company.

    That company, Mineralogy International Limited (MIL), last week flagged using investor protections under the trans-Tasman free trade agreement to claim $45 billion in damages from the Commonwealth if the Western Australian government intervenes against Mr Palmer in his latest dispute with Chinese state-owned Citic.

    ABC.

  104. Tom

    I’d love to barrack for Aussie Ash. But I’m a sucker for a lean 5’11” Czech with not an ounce of fat on her. All that puppy fat she used to have has been sweated off. Mmmm.

  105. Snoopy

    At least Cohenite and I are trying to keep things clean. JC appears to have retired hurt.

  106. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I apologise for bringing the tone of the discussion down somewhat about Ash Barty! 🙂

    This is the Cat. Never apologise – always escalate.

  107. stackja

    P&G TO BRING MORE MEDIA AGENCY WORK IN-HOUSE AS AGENCY FEE CUTS CONTINUE
    By Jack Neff. Published on January 23, 2018.
    P&G headquarters. The company says it’s found a way to increase reach more quickly than spending. Credit: Courtesy P&G
    The world’s biggest ad spender, Procter & Gamble Co., likes what it’s gotten from agency- and production-fee cuts so much that it wants more: It’s now moving more media planning and buying in-house, Chief Financial Officer Jon Moeller said Tuesday as the company released its latest financial results.

    The company beat analyst forecasts for second-quarter sales growth and earnings per share last quarter, with organic sales growth of more than 2 percent, as it increased media spending but slashed agency and ad-production costs.

    Speaking on a media call, Moeller cited efforts to ensure digital ad viewability and reduce bot fraud among factors behind a 10 percent increase in reach on a 2 percent overall increase in ad spending—all of it on media. The company reported $7.1 billion in advertising spending last year.

    Also on the earnings call, Moeller said P&G already has cut agency and production costs by $750 million annually in recent years, and looks to cut another $400 million in the future.

    And so Gillette advert was created?

  108. Helen

    Jupes, no biggie, you do what you feel comfortable with.

    I wouldn’t call Daune Gavline Dr Google, though. He was a USAF Flight Surgeon, US Astronaut and a Family Doctor himself. 🙂

  109. stackja

    2GB reports Ash Barty gone. The weight of expectations put on a Australian, too much again.

  110. cohenite

    At least Cohenite and I are trying to keep things clean. JC appears to have retired hurt.

    He’s probably out having a cigar.

  111. Black Ball

    2GB reports Ash Barty gone. The weight of expectations put on a Australian, too much again

    Or just not good enough. She was playing a 2 time Wimbledon champion

  112. P

    Having lunch today at a local shopping centre with my 12yr old grandson, he confided in me:
    ‘Grandmother I’m not a good enough Catholic to go to a place like Panama without my mother and father’.
    We had been discussing his cousin, another of my grandsons who is attending the WYD in Panama.

    I have just now watched a video of my 16yr grandson receiving Holy Communion in Our Lady of Guadalupe – Mass in the Old Basilica.
    I am a very proud Grandmother.

  113. stackja

    Black Ball
    #2914498, posted on January 22, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    I still wonder.

  114. Leigh Lowe

    2GB reports Ash Barty gone. The weight of expectations put on a Australian, too much again.

    She pretty much played to her ranking.

  115. C.L.

    I had to Google Ash Barty.

  116. stackja

    Adelaide heat record could topple: BOM
    Kathryn Bermingham, Australian Associated Press
    January 22, 2019 5:18pm

    Adelaide’s 80-year heat record could topple this Thursday, after authorities upgraded the forecast to a 45C “horror day”.

    The city’s highest recorded temperature stands at 46.1C, but John Nairn of the Bureau of Meteorology said that figure could be topped.

    “When we go to a number like (45C) we have to be cognizant that there’s two records that we’ve got for Adelaide,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

    “One on East Terrace (Kent Town) in 2009 where we got to 45.7 and the other on West Terrace in 1939 where we reached 46.1.”

    “Those numbers are not far from being reached on Thursday.”

    The official observation and forecast location for Adelaide was West Terrace between 1871-1979 and Kent Town from 1977 until 2017, when it returned to West Terrace.

    Shifting the goal posts?

  117. JC

    Snoopy
    #2914492, posted on January 22, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    At least Cohenite and I are trying to keep things clean. JC appears to have retired hurt.

    We just got back from a nice evening walk to complete our 12K steps for the day. How can I help you?

  118. Confused Old Misfit

    Adelaide heat record

    They are hyping this beyond belief.
    When I first moved to Adelaide (20 yrs ago) a “heat wave” was considered to be 10 consecutive days where the high exceeded 36*C.
    Now it appears to be any point in time where the temperature approaches any arbitrary temperature for any arbitrary length of time.

  119. stackja

    BS on WM

    Scott Morrison wants Warren Mundine to run for Liberals in Federal election
    Claire Bickers, Sheradyn Holderhead, News Corp Australia Network
    5 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    Opposition leader Bill Shorten responded to the reports today, saying: “Oh well, he was unsuccessful in the Labor Party so it’s a free country, you can run for whatever party will have you.”

    The Labor leader criticised the selection as out of touch.

    “The Liberal Party replaced a woman with a man and a man who wants to put nuclear reactors into Australia, including Jervis Bay,” he told reporters in Queensland.

    “I just don’t think they get how everyday Australians think.”

    Mr Mundine has previously backed nuclear power and noted there were a “number of places” a reactor could be built.

  120. JC

    Cronkite,

    I don’t know who are you arguing with in regards to those silly home batteries? Are you sure you posted it on the correct blog? You need to check because I noted a slightly elevated to hostile tone. Are you arguing with yourself perhaps?

  121. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “Oh well, he was unsuccessful in the Labor Party so it’s a free country, you can run for whatever party will have you.”

    “Unsuccessful in the Labor Party?” Former President of the Labor Party?

  122. pete m

    Stackja, maybe she was just beaten by a better player. It happens quite often.

  123. JC

    Stack

    Fatal early morning crash in Williston, ND

  124. Leigh Lowe

    Mrs L asked me how many Australians are left in the men’s tennis.
    Jeez, I laughed.
    Nice one, Centurion!!

  125. candy

    I wonder if Australians will get sick of Bill Shorten’s gender and racist stuff before the election. He really gets tedious these days.

    If it wasn’t for wage stagnation and low wages he wouldn’t get a look in, or Clive Palmer or any of them.

  126. Boambee John

    Dr Fred Lenin
    #2914359, posted on January 22, 2019 at 5:58 pm
    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 .

    But as I once said to a friend who made the same comment, it still beats the alternative.

  127. cohenite

    Are you arguing with yourself perhaps?

    Always, it improves character.

    By the way what sort of batteries do you use.

  128. JC

    By the way what sort of batteries do you use?

    You know you can’t ask anymore questions,.

  129. Dan Dare

    G’day Helen, I’m many pages behind but “Lights” brings back memories of my little kids in the back seat of the car moaning about Slim on the tape again.
    Now they are 40 + and it’s a fond memory for them lol. I’ve sent your link to them.
    Happy days.

  130. Confused Old Misfit

    what sort of batteries do you use?

    He’s the EverReady Man!

  131. Confused Old Misfit

    Why are all my comments being put into moderation?

  132. Snoopy

    Is there a lazier, more ignorant, media outlet than Bloomberg?

  133. Confused Old Misfit

    Help! I’m trapped in a Catallaxy File!

  134. Boambee John

    calli
    #2914451, posted on January 22, 2019 at 7:46 pm
    And naming the Whitsundays was Christianist.

    Booby Island proves he was a Male Chauvinist.

    There are a couple of islands off the Pilbara coast that rejoice in the names East and West Intercourse Islands.

  135. JC

    Nick

    I wouldn’t call buzzfeed lazy. They’re very energetic in making shit up.

  136. Confused Old Misfit

    Was it something I said?

  137. calli

    I’ve been to Intercourse, Pennsylvania.

    *giggle*

  138. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    There are a couple of islands off the Pilbara coast that rejoice in the names East and West Intercourse Islands.

    Indeed.

  139. EvilElvis

    Ash Barty getting a reaming at the minute

    Black Ball, doing it better than the PM.

    If you’d said it was happening on centre court I’d buy you a beer! Once you were done, of course…

  140. Snoopy

    There are a couple of islands off the Pilbara coast that rejoice in the names East and West Intercourse Islands.

    Fortunately they were named in the 19tth century. If they were named in this century they would be the Front and Back Intercourse Islands.

  141. Good to see Mundine running. He speaks a lot of sense which is why not suitable for Labor.

    Shorten probably thinks Mike Williamson of HSU fame is the successful type of Labor member.

  142. Helen

    Dan Dare

    moaning about Slim on the tape again.

    lols, they will feel all nostalgic for those days, now.

    My Mum and Dad used to have Vera Lynne on an 8 track cassette, or something. Great voice. There will be blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover, tomorrow, just you wait and see. And I’m going to hang out my washing on the Siegfried Line, and Kiss me goodnight Seargent Major, Seargent Major be a mother to me. See, I’m all nostalgic now, going off to have a listen.

  143. EvilElvis

    There are a couple of islands off the Pilbara coast that rejoice in the names East and West Intercourse Islands.

    Would have been considered kinky in the day I’d imagine, doing the business based on heading. Or was that cumpass? Anyway, must be an official fetish name for it.

  144. Nick

    “The Liberal Party replaced a woman with a man

    I’m surprised why no one has asked why they don’t then give Plibbers the job in his place.

  145. DrBeauGan

    There are a couple of islands off the Pilbara coast that rejoice in the names East and West Intercourse Islands.

    You lot have dirty minds. After all, we are having group intercourse pretty much non-stop.

  146. Leigh Lowe

    The two most annoying things in Australian sports television this summer are the fisheye lens on the net post and helmet cams at the cricket.
    FMD.
    Don’t these television producers drink?
    Almost makes one vomit when one is halfway down the second bottle of fine Sunshine Coast chardonnay when the tv image starts jumping all over the place.

  147. DrBeauGan

    And some of us are discriminating.

  148. Nick

    A Chardonnay drinker eh LL? Next you’ll be calling for more same sex indigenous puppet theatre funding.

  149. Boambee John

    Dr BG at 2154

    You lot have dirty minds. After all, we are having group intercourse pretty much non-stop.

    Is that some kind of mass debate?

  150. Snoopy

    Police believe the man has been masturbating in public since 2015.

    Jaysus! Old mate’s todger must resemble boot leather.

  151. Snoopy

    Police believe the man has been [email protected] in public since 2015.

    Jaysus! Old mate’s todger must resemble boot leather.

  152. EvilElvis

    Police believe the man has been [email protected] in public since 2015.

    He was described as Caucasian, of proportionate build

    Hahaha, stop it!

  153. C.L.

    Australia’s answer to Keith Olbermann (alumnus of Old MacDonald Cornell) is – funnily enough – Hamish MacDonald. Like Keith, on his Twitter page he tangentially associates himself with the Ivy League. “Harvard Nieman Fellow ‘16,” his bio proclaims. This is no better than a shorthand internship at the Ponds Institute. All of those journalistic ‘skills’ were on show on The Project tonight when he oversaw a ‘debate’ between the president of the National Farmers Federation, Fiona Simson, and a loon-eyed animal rights spokesman (Chris Delforce) about the doxxing map designed by the latter’s organisation to terrorise farmers and their children. From 9.22 Delforce starts aggressively monstering Simson, talking over the top of her, mumbling and ranting about murdered chickens and so forth. MacDonald lets him go, uninterrupted, before lamely observing that “nobody can actually hear if you’re talking over the top of each other.” If the ideologies were reversed, Delforce would be condemned by The Project for ‘bullying’ Simson. This demonstrates (again) that the NPC media totally approve of beating up women, provided the targets are the left’s enemies.

  154. JC

    I just learned and taught myself how to print a doc from an iPhone .

    I didn’t you could . Wow

  155. C.L.

    There is a security lockdown at Covington High School.
    Yesterday the Washington Post published a photograph of the school to assist anybody interested in shooting some of its students.

  156. JC

    Hahahaha

    Hamish, a Harvard man.

  157. Infidel Tiger

    No one hates Never Trumpers more than Ace:

    http://ace.mu.nu

    His sidebar is a thing of beauty.

  158. Oh, Antifa have organized a protest outside the school. I’ve had it with that group. Send in the elephants.

  159. Black Ball

    Is Bob Brown in Tasmania assisting efforts to contain the bushfires? No need to answer, I will see myself out.

  160. calli

    Covington will have Christian Elephants. Implacable ones.

    No doubt about it.

  161. Infidel Tiger

    In 2016 Trump got approx 60% of Catholic vote.

    He should aim for 75% in 2020.

  162. Snoopy

    Oh, Antifa have organized a protest outside the school.

    Please spare a thought for Monty’s torment.

  163. IT, that post attacking the NR cuck writer is a thing of beauty. Many many lols.

  164. Black Ball

    No one hates Never Trumpers more than Ace

    Kurt Schlichter at Townhall gives Ace a fair run

  165. C.L.

    This called to mind, well, everything about now, really:

    The youngest of the guards, who seemed about eighteen, immediately seized the head, and showed it to the people as he walked round the scaffold; he accompanied this monstrous ceremony with the most atrocious and indecent gestures. At first an awful silence prevailed; at length some cries of ‘Vive la Republique!’ were heard. By degrees the voices multiplied and in less than ten minutes this cry, a thousand times repeated became the universal shout of the multitude, and every hat was in the air.

    Every hat was in the air.
    ————
    From his priest’s personal testimony …
    New at Rorate Coeli:
    Louis XVI, King, Martyr: a Catholic going to death and His Last Will and Testament.
    Worth reading.

  166. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Oh, Antifa have organized a protest outside the school. I’ve had it with that group. Send in the elephants.

    What’s wrong with tear gas and truncheons?

  167. The whole Covington fiasco must have even Trump bemused.
    The party of Kennedy is now burning the Irish Catholic vote. Dems are in lock step with MSM and stumble with every fake report they promote.
    It’s winning without trying now.

  168. Muddy

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2914581, posted on January 22, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Oh, Antifa have organized a protest outside the school. I’ve had it with that group. Send in the elephants.

    What’s wrong with tear gas and truncheons?

    Claymores.
    No, not the Scottish type, the more kinetic ones.
    It’s a low perimeter wall, but it’ll do the job.
    Build the wall. Blow the wall.
    Piece bro.

  169. Steve trickler.

    Enjoy the visuals, gentleman. Ladies too.



  170. Adrian Vermeule on twitter:

    Recent events have convinced me that if and when real persecution of Catholics begins in the United States, leading Catholic intellectuals will eagerly rationalize the persecution.

    You can take that to the bank.

  171. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    No, not the Scottish type, the more kinetic ones.
    It’s a low perimeter wall, but it’ll do the job.

    I can just imagine the likes of monty, running down the street with his chubby little legs carrying his pendulous gut as fast as they could, with a yell of “firing now” ringing in his ears, and seven hundred ball bearings, peppering his fat ar$e…

  172. C.L.

    You can take that to the bank.

    Or, as I’ll now prefer to say, every hat in the air.

  173. Muddy

    Cowards don’t respect weakness.
    Fear is a great motivator.
    Perhaps the greatest.
    No-one fears us at the moment.
    There’s a message there somewhere.

  174. Makka

    Recent events have convinced me that if and when real persecution of Catholics begins in the United States, leading Catholic intellectuals will eagerly rationalize the persecution.

    You can take that to the bank.

    Besides the marxist Papa, I wonder how much the relentless exposure of abuse scandals over the years have influenced the now rampant SJW mindset in the Church. The constant rush to submit/admit to leftist media slander and the judgemental cock ups seem to speak of a clergy in fear of being seen as insufficiently leftist. Disgraceful.

  175. JC

    You need to be at least one generation away before the Church can say, it’s clean and be believed by the punters. It’s obviously not true, but sometimes life is very unfair.

  176. C.L.

    Cowards don’t respect weakness.
    Fear is a great motivator.

    Iran harassed and humiliated the US Navy under Obama — here’s why it stopped under Trump.

    Iran’s navy made a point of harassing and humiliating the US Navy in 2016 after then-President Barack Obama had sealed the Iran deal, but since August 2017, the US Navy says things have changed.

    “It seems like they’ve absolutely made a conscious decision to give us more space,” Navy Cmdr. William Urban recently said. “That is definitely a change in their behavior.”

    Iran would charge US Navy ships with fast attack craft, buzz fighter jets with drones, and even shine lasers at helicopters operating at sea during Obama’s presidency.

    But the worst, most embarrassing incident occurred in January 2016, when Iran’s navy seized two US Navy rivernine boats and the 10 sailors on board after the ship wandered into Iranian waters due to mechanical issues. They broadcast footage of the sailors, crying, in detention, on television across the country. Iran later announced plans to build a monument commemorating the event.

    Later that year Iranian ships conducted “unsafe and unprofessional,” and often taunting maneuvers around US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf five times in about a month.

    In September of that same year, Trump addressed Iran while on the campaign trail. “When they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water,”Trump said.

    Shortly after Trump’s election, the incidents noticeably stopped, despite Trump’s open hostility towards Iran, compared to Obama’s attempts to appease them.

    Trump’s foreign policy has been triumphant on every front.

  177. DrBeauGan

    Trump’s foreign policy has been triumphant on every front.

    Trump understands human beings. Obummer only understood NPC zombies..

  178. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    What’s wrong with tear gas and truncheons?

    the chinese used tanks… just sayin

  179. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    8m
    Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be. They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good – maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!

  180. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    5m
    Without a Wall our Country can never have Border or National Security. With a powerful Wall or Steel Barrier, Crime Rates (and Drugs) will go substantially down all over the U.S. The Dems know this but want to play political games. Must finally be done correctly. No Cave!

  181. Leigh Lowe

    One thing which struck me about this Covington High thing.
    The kid said that he said a silent prayer that the whole thing would end peacefully.
    I can almost here lefties snickering at his “naive faith in his unseen God”.
    But when drum-beating Redskin invokes the spirit of the buffalo hunting ancestors they solemnly insist we respect his culture.

  182. DrBeauGan

    I can almost here lefties snickering at his “naive faith in his unseen God”.
    But when drum-beating Redskin invokes the spirit of the buffalo hunting ancestors they solemnly insist we respect his culture.

    Yes; the beliefs of Christians are foolish superstition but we have to take the rainbow serpent, the welcome to country and the idea of two hundred genders seriously. And woe betide the person who doubts that a man is a woman if he says so.

  183. JC

    ….. but we have to take the rainbow serpent, the welcome to country and the idea of two hundred genders seriously. And woe betide the person who doubts that a man is a woman if he says so.

    No we don’t. I think I can live the rest of my life not taking any of that seriously. You only have to, if you believe these people who say things should be taken seriously.

  184. JC

    I don’t think much of Dalio. Okay, he does run the largest hedge fund group in the world, but I don’t like him much as a deep thinker type, but in this case I reckon he’s right.

    Ray Dalio Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Ideas Are Taking Root

    on taxes going up to 60/70% for very high income earners.

    https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/ocasio-cortez-buzz-hits-davos-as-dalio-says-70-tax-talk-to-rise#gs.OZ0vnd4I

  185. DrBeauGan

    No we don’t. I think I can live the rest of my life not taking any of that seriously. You only have to, if you believe these people who say things should be taken seriously.

    I don’t. I don’t buy into the mumbo-jumbo elements of any religion. But I can see that some religions are better and less nutty than others. Christianity at least puts a high value on reason. Lefties hate it.

  186. pete m

    Excellent point Leigh – their hypocrisy is amazing.

  187. Snoopy

    A report from Oxfam on Monday revealed that the poorest half of the world saw their wealth fall by 11 percent last year.

    ©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    Oxfam and Bloomberg. That’s settled then.

  188. JC

    Listen to her. Everything she says is errant nonsense, but she’s very articulate and persuasive. You ignore her at your peril.

    https://news.grabien.com/story-ocasio-cortez-calls-racial-reparations-over-new-deal

  189. Infidel Tiger

    Ray Dalio Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Ideas Are Taking Root

    on taxes going up to 60/70% for very high income earners.

    She’s right. We need to eat the rich, but income taxes are the least effective way.

    The way to smash the elite is with capital gains taxes, death duties and punitive corporate taxes.

    Income taxes should be zero.

  190. Armadillo

    Islam is pretty much a “knock off” of Christianity and Judaism.

    Bits and pieces were added, or subtracted. And altered.

    It’s a hodge podge of old scholarly thinking mixed with a desire for power.

  191. JC

    Artie

    Let me explain something to you. There is only one way to fund economic growth and therefore employment. You do this through investment or a better for word for that is savings. A large part of savings are retained earnings. If you smash retained earnings through higher tax rates, you’re basically slowing down the potential for economic growth.

    Death duties… Do you really believe that after you’ve paid all your taxes, the residual that is left on death should be taxed again?

    Taxes on cap gains are basically are another form of income tax.

    Lastly, taxes should be used to fund government spending. I’d prefer something like 5% of GDP to be government spending, but that’s me. Why use the tax cudgel to punish people as I honestly don’t get it?

    Your hatred of large business doesn’t make any sense at all. Of course business likes to cozy up to government, but you need to see where the rot is and not throw out the baby with the bath water. The problem is government.

  192. Armadillo

    Alexander the Great nailed it. You can’t conquer unless you take the masses with you.

    It’s all about the “whip and the dish”. Simple stuff.

  193. JC

    Six months ago you were pleased Trumpo had cut corp taxes. But you now want to raise them to punishing levels. What has gone on with you?

  194. Infidel Tiger

    I didn’t say I agree with her, I’m just hoping she sees the error of her ways.

    Bezos and Budder couldn’t give a fuck what the income tax rate is.

    Le Bron James could though.

    You can’t hose the real elite with income taxes.

  195. Infidel Tiger

    AOC has 2.6m twitter followers. 12 months ago she had none.

    She and her ilk are going to be in charge.

    She got nice big titties. Enjoy.

  196. Infidel Tiger

    BTW you know why she is going to be in charge?

    Corporatism and the gutting of opportunity.

    She’s a loon but she has captured the zeitgeist.

  197. Armadillo

    AOC has 2.6m twitter followers. 12 months ago she had none.

    Name them.

  198. JC

    I’m not arguing with you about her gaining influence. I said all along she should be taken very very seriously.

    Here’s the problem on Right side. When was the last serious attempt we’ve heard from anyone on the right make a decent case for market economics.

    It’s great, it’s terrific and we jump up and down when Trump’s smashes CNN and the rest of the goons or when he takes aim at someone like Pocahontas. But he’s not Reagan in the sense of being able to make a persuasive case of liberty and supply side economics. It’s currently an intellectual desert. The reason bug eyes can grandstand with absolute horsehit like this is because there’s absolutely no one able to make a strong intellectual case for free markets and free movement of capital and low taxes. Trump can’t do this. That was Reagan’s biggest accomplishments.

  199. Armadillo

    Following someone on Twitter is usually a bad thing. Plenty of examples of unhappy endings.

  200. Infidel Tiger

    Here’s the problem on Right side. When was the last serious attempt we’ve heard from anyone on the right make a decent case for market economics.

    They never shut up about it!

    The market has failed. It purposely sent away all the high paying jobs to China, enriched a chosen few and created untouchable corporate behemoths who were judged “too big to fail”.

    Market economics and its ideologues is why we are heading down this route.

    The people are sick of that shit.

    Have you not been paying attention?

  201. JC

    They may be sick of that shit, but it’s also the only way to grow an economy. But that’s fine, lets try out the other way and see where that ends up. I’m game – even from just an intellectually curious point of view.

  202. JC

    I should have patented this when I had Metro- Mick, my carbon slave, on the treadmill so I could run the AC emission free.

    Now, I lost the patent.

    https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/run-faster-your-gym-s-treadmills-may-soon-be-saving-the-planet#gs.YQ3SgNvy

  203. Armadillo

    That was Reagan’s biggest accomplishments.

    Fair comment. Trump is trying his best to bring it back to somewhere right of centre.

    Not easy.

  204. JC

    He can’t, because Trump can’t articulate the intellectual right. It’s just not him.

  205. mh

    Listen to her. Everything she says is errant nonsense, but she’s very articulate and persuasive.

    I don’t think so. She sounds like a fvcking moron. Anyone over 25 should see through that revolution schtik quick smart. It’s already happened with a lot of the Dem cheerleaders in the media, like the hags on The View.

  206. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    1h
    Marist/NPR/PBS Poll shows President Trump’s approval rating among Latinos going to 50%, an increase in one year of 19%. Thank you, working hard!

  207. mh

    Ryan Saavedra
    Ryan Saavedra
    @RealSaavedra
    ·
    5h
    Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says the solution for the political problems in the U.S. faces is for everyone to “breath fire”

    https://twitter.com/RealSaavedra/status/1087636364646969344?s=20

    Listen to her speak. She sounds like a child. It’s fvcking pathetic.

  208. Zatara

    Listen to her. Everything she says is errant nonsense, but she’s very articulate and persuasive.

    She looks, acts and talks like a time-share condo salesman on PCP.

    The type who can’t be found once you have signed on the dotted line and handed over your check.

  209. Jimf

    JC “drop a doogan and send it in the mail”.To Canberra? Haven’t we all done that by now anyway just because we should?

  210. JC

    Zat

    But the condo salesmen got the person to sign on the line. It was always going to be a nightmare after that. 🙂

  211. mh

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
    @AOC
    ·
    Jan 21
    Lastly, we wouldn’t need to talk about bathrooms at all if we acted like adults, washed our hands + minded our own business instead of trying to clock others.

    Going by track record, I’d feel safer in a bathroom w/ a trans woman than a powerful male executive any day of the week.

    Why was she in the toilet with a powerful male executive?

  212. mh

    First Karen Pence, Then The Covington Students. The Left Has Declared War On Christian Schools

    The Left spent much of last week attacking Karen Pence because she got a job at a Christian school that follows Christian teaching. By the end of the week, #ExposeChristianSchools was trending on Twitter. Then, on Saturday, a false narrative was quickly constructed claiming that a group of students from a Catholic school harassed and taunted a Native American man. I do not think that these events came together coincidentally.

    As I wrote last week, we have officially entered a new phase in the culture war. Gone are the days when leftists pretended to see religion as a thing that should be relegated to homes and churches and private schools. That very small amount of extremely limited and qualified “tolerance” is gone. They will not tolerate Christianity in any forum, especially a private school. Check the hashtag mentioned above. It is filled with open, unapologetic hatred for Christian schools as an institution. And remember: the campaign was trending before the Convington incident, which happened to fit nicely into the pre-established narrative. Convenient, isn’t it?

    This is a pattern with the Left. They tend to find perfectly timed “real world” examples to demonstrate whatever point they were already making. In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, we were told that racists would be emboldened. And, just like that, reports of hate crimes starting coming in. Of course, many of them proved to be hoaxes, but that is a minor detail. After Ferguson, we were told that white supremacist police officers are on the prowl for innocent black men. Just like that, high profile cases of “police brutality” presented themselves. Many of those cases were not legitimate examples of police brutality, but, again, the truth or falsehood of the matter was considered irrelevant. This week we were told that Christian schools are nests of bigotry and intolerance. Then — what do you know? — video surfaces of kids at a Christian school verbally assaulting an elderly indigenous man.

    I’m not suggesting that this is all part of any sort of coordinated masterplan. I don’t think that these incidents are engineered by some shadowy, devious figure behind the scenes. The “conspiracy” is less cinematic in scope and doesn’t involve much in the way of actual conspiring. The media is already on the same page; there is no need to conspire. They decide what kinds of events and incidents will be reported and which elements of those incidents will be highlighted. The Covington story was seized upon and exploited because it fit well with many common leftist themes, and especially with the themes they’d been hammering in recent days.

    But there is always a point with these narratives and themes. The Left hasn’t gone to the trouble of painting Christian schools as dangerous hate factories for no reason. They intend to do something with the fruits of their labor. What that is, exactly, will become clearer very soon.


    https://www.dailywire.com/news/42451/walsh-first-karen-pence-then-covington-students-matt-walsh

    This is the the team of AOC. The LEFT team.

  213. Jannie

    Fine haul there Tom. Good work.

  214. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Pommy cartoonists missed an angle.

    Theresa May unveils Britain’s Brexit Plan B, looks a lot like Plan A

    I bet Plan C will look like Plan B too, also Plans D, E, F, G and H. 😀

  215. johanna

    Rare, informative article from TheirABC about wine exports.

    The world can barely get enough of Australian wine with 94 million cases of Aussie wine sold around the world last year.

    That is an increase of 5 per cent in volume, but consumers are paying more for it with the value of exports up 10 per cent to $2.8 billion.

    Red wine, in particular, has continued its red-hot growth now making up 76 per cent of Australia’s wine exports.

    and

    China has been the engine room for much of the growth in Australian wine’s value in recent years.

    “We’re in a really strong position in China, in terms of the continuing trade’s appreciation for what Australian wine has to offer across all our price points, so we have a really solid platform of what we’re taking to market there,” Mr Clarke said.

    There has been growth in most major markets including the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, and Singapore, but the United States continued to decline slightly.

    Useful graphics indicate that while the Brits are buying our cheap plonk by the gallon, the Japanese are buying the good stuff. Interesting factoid – we exported $93M worth to NZud. Who’d a thunk it?

  216. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Great quick trip round the world, Tom: first Oz, then the UK followed by a reaper crop from the US.
    What an excellent start to the day for the Cat’s early-waking crew.
    Congratulations too on how well-linked your toons are; one quick click there, then one back!
    Good comment locally from Johannes Leak on the Great Pill Debate.
    And some of those British cartoonists pictorially owe a tremendous debt to Ronald Searle.
    Theresa May will not be framing some of those. lol.

  217. Gab

    Lizzie, how’s that Hairy Ape of yours faring? Much better I hope.

  218. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Emily Ratajkowski shares very revealing bikini snap

    Nope.
    Ms. Ratajkowski in that bum shot looks as though she is wearing a daggy white surgical garment.
    And a very uncomfortable one at that.
    OK I suppose for the ‘Doctors and Nurses’ fetishists; but mostly, meh.

  219. feelthebern

    How come the black j*wish dudes didnt get any stick but the smirker did?

  220. feelthebern

    If you want to trigger people today remember to:
    1) wink;
    2) smirk.

    Have at it.

  221. feelthebern

    GBP:AUD now 1.82:1
    Up from 1:78:1 a week ago.

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