Monday Forum: January 21, 2019

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  1. Rockdoctor

    Seems local media are very thin skinned about probing Adern & her family life. I didn’t see anything disrespectful in the questions. Gillard fended off questions about Tim and we won’t even start on the scrutiny Abbotts family got. IMO there hasn’t been near enough scrutiny of her pregnancy timing but that is for the Kiwi’s to decide I suppose.

    https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/nz-prime-minister-jacinda-ardern-challenged-by-bbc-interviewer-youre-a-feminist/news-story/ee1d289428c01e1487b77bd6d1eb2516

  2. johanna

    I see that there was some discussion about batteries last night.

    May I add another downside – they degrade, with bad consequences.

    I got out the Dolphin torch last night, which hadn’t been used for about six months. It was dead. Investigation revealed that the battery had degraded and sweated, so the contacts are fried. I have to buy a new torch and battery.

    Same goes for anything battery operated, whether it be toys or remote controls. If the battery starts to leak, the whole thing becomes unusable.

    We all know about exploding, fire-starting lithium batteries.

    Batteries have their place, but to suggest that they are anything more than an adjunct power source is absurd.

  3. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Gab, thanks for asking. I am awake early because he was temping again a bit in the night and so my sleep has been restless; best I get up when that is so and haul back to bed later. He has to go to hospital today for another IV drip session with antibiotics, and I will go with him. It’s a long slow haul back from this awful infection. The stent however seems to be in place without problems, although I personally suspect a sudden change in blood flow might have stirred up trouble in the DVT areas of his legs (no medico will put their name to this view though). A small crack in a calloused area on his heel, lowered resistance due to the stent insertion, plus an opportunistic hospital bug, and there’s your problem.

    I have been meaning to tell you too Gab that if you are still interested in my book, you can get the gist of the ideas I have to present by going to my Quadrant Online article here. It’s not ‘writerly’, just a tight summary article. I’ve been stalled on writing it up into a form that would be of general interest, utilizing a little fantasy excursion into the Old Welsh Otherworld, because I could not marry up the genres of a serious investigation with this little conceit of fantasy writing. Keith Windschuttle was kind enough, over a long coffee session, to suggest various ways forward with this book (one especially helpful), and strongly encourages me to write it, but as usual, my life has got somewhat in the way. First a three month o/s trip, and then a family death and funeral, the usual chaos with other family members where I am drawn into the fray, including a 15 year old found with Ecstasy tabs, social commitments, including a fun dinner at ours for 13 Cat denizens, then Christmas with Hairy’s heart condition manifesting in the week prior to it, a child’s birthday party, and now the roller-coaster of the stent and its aftermath. Inbetween, a couple of minor health issues myself and calming down our children about their Dad’s health, and trying to fit in a dance class or two for exercise. Probably excuse-making there to some extent, even though I’ve forgotten to mention The Dentist. I’ve had time to read four Bernard Cornwell novels, re-watch the Uhtred first series and have sat with Hairy most nights watching TV. He is such an active man, who now hates the enforced inactivity. I note with some trepidation he is spending a lot of time planning new ventures and new travels; no writer needs these.

    Thinking I was losing him on his first night home from hospital has made me want to grab all my time with him rather than retreat into my study alone. So I am waiting till February when I hope he’s better. I console myself that Arthur has waited two thousand years or more for me to rediscover who he really is, so a little longer will be no peril, especially now that I have staked my claim in Quadrant.

    A long reply, but you did ask. 🙂

  4. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Same goes for anything battery operated, whether it be toys or remote controls. If the battery starts to leak, the whole thing becomes unusable.

    Certainly does. Luckily we did not have a big family Christmas at our place this year, as when I had a look over our stored Christmas items that compose Santa’s Grotto (our foyer) at Christmastide, all of the battery-lit flashing deer, snowmen and even Santa himself, had given up the ghost to the battery god. They were kaput.

  5. johanna

    Good old Fauxfacts. In a perverse way, I will miss them when they are gone, which isn’t far off.

    The latest howler is where they describe Jervis Bay as a ‘remote community’ – referring to the local Aborigines.

    I suppose that if you live in the triangle of Balmain and Paddington and Ultimo, it is remote. However, it is half an hour’s drive from Nowra, a substantial town, and easily accessible from Sydney and Canberra.

    I love the place, considered retiring there, but is is way too expensive for me. Hyams Beach is one of the most expensive beachfronts in NSW. Nearby are lakes like Conjola, chockers with holidaymakers all year round.

    Jervis Bay is part of the ACT, because it was deemed that the newly formed nation needed a seaport which was controlled by the national government. Long ago, a friend’s father was boss of the Naval College, and I spent a memorable long weekend there. The boss’ house is a magnificent joint with pillars and mahogany curved staircases and Namatjiras on the walls, with balconies and sea views to die for. The Commodore also got a retinue of very correct and uniformed servants. It was like being transported to the Raj, but with better weather.

    My first job as a public servant was in the then Department of the Capital Territory, and I was given training wheels by being put in charge of Jervis Bay. It was when it was being mooted as a site of our first nuclear power station, so was pretty hot as an issue. But, I dragged out all the old files from the archives and read them, and they told a fascinating and colourful story.

    Still, according to Fauxfacts it’s ‘remote.’

    Bless.

    PS – the old man turns 92 today. Happy Birthday, Thomas Antonius Jan, who came here with nothing but a wife and two kids and a few personal posessions in 1957. Never took a cent in welfare, and his kids, grandies and great grandies are all doing well.

  6. Baldrick

    Thanks Tom.

    You’re right Tom. Check the bottom left hand corner of David Rowe’s latest ADS piece.

  7. bespoke

    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.–12:16 am

    ==

    Listen to her. Everything she says is errant nonsense, but she’s very articulate and persuasive. You ignore her at your peril.–12:37 am

    You contadiced your self JC, but keep trying to talk sence to IT who has been posesed by Che Guevara.

  8. Eyrie

    Interesting article on li-ion batteries.
    https://www.mro-network.com/engines-engine-systems/how-batteries-need-develop-match-jet-fuel?NL=AW-05&Issue=AW-05_20190122_AW-05_878&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_4&utm_rid=CPEN1000000978075&utm_campaign=18178&utm_medium=email&elq2=40b912f6d6614887bc0863cf4f6c558c
    I’d like to know where to buy ones that have 300watt-hrs/kilogram. Best I can find is under 250.
    With your knowledge of battery chemistry BoN, what do you think of the possibilities of batteries with 600 or 2000 watt-hrs/kilogram. I’d say none unless rechargeable lithium -air or aluminium air become feasible. Even then, the best estimate I’ve see for aluminium – air is 1200, based on the chemistry.

  9. bespoke

    Iv noticed this place has become more civil and informative with out the usual suspects turning up the emotional dial to eleven.

  10. Boambee John

    mh at 0239

    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.

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

    Fixed for you

  11. struth

    Good Moaning.

    Busy next few days, but Sinc has forwarded that email address to me.

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

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

    No, no, these are liberals.

  13. johanna

    More nonsense ‘science’ paid for by us:

    Australian scientists have discovered that forest soils need up to eight decades to recover from bushfires and logging, not just 10 or 15 years.

    Their findings could change the way forests are managed, with implications on climate change and forest sustainability.

    Scientists studied the soil from Victoria’s Ash Mountain forests that supplies water to the entire population of Melbourne.

    Bushfires have always been a grim inevitability of Australian summers.

    “It’s at least 30 years after logging, and at least 80 years after fire,” said David Lindenmayer, who was part of the team that studied forest soil regeneration.

    David Lindenmayer, Professor of Ecology at the Australian National University, told The World Today that these soil recovery timeframes are “very conservative estimates and we suspect that it may be much longer… potentially up to 150 years”.

    Well, Greenies oppose logging, and their policies promote fire. So where is the good Dr L on this?

    Anyway, I call BS on the timeframes they suggest. Like other Cats, I have been to fire-prone areas which are blooming and bursting with life a couple of years after a fire.

    I also vividly remember a cause du jour in the 80s called ‘save Terania Creek’ which is a patch of rainforest in northern NSW. I actually went there, and it had been logged in the early days of settlement – you could see the huge tree stumps from that time. But since then the rainforest had regrown completely, to the point where there were too many skinny trees competing for the light at the canopy. A bit of selective logging would have done the forest a world of good.

    The creek itself is gorgeous, full of tadpoles and frogs and minnows and aquatic plants. Well worth the hike.

  14. Nelson Kidd-Players

    BoN, I thought Morten Morland’s cartoon captured that quite well.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DxdsjotX4AACxho.jpg:large

  15. Bruce of Newcastle

    With your knowledge of battery chemistry BoN, what do you think of the possibilities of batteries with 600 or 2000 watt-hrs/kilogram. I’d say none unless rechargeable lithium -air or aluminium air become feasible.

    Eyrie – Wiki says 2500 Wh/kg for Li-air (see bottom table). That may be an extravagant projection based on the Li-air wiki.

    I am a technology and science optimist since I’ve been doing R&D for decades. You have to be an optimist or you may as well give it away, the failures can be hard on the psyche.

    So I can’t rule out that this will be feasible. However I know a lot more about zinc electrochemistry and I do also know that people have been working on the zinc-air battery for about a century. They still suck.

    In short I doubt that they can get a battery to within 10% of the energy capacity of a liquid fuel storage tank. If they can, good on them, but the hard work of scientists since the 18th century shows it is very tough to do. Doing it economically would be even tougher. And this ignores the efficiency gains that might be feasible if similar effort were to be applied to ICE tech. Many of the things Tesla does to increase range could also increase range of an ICE vehicle – composites, software, waste energy recover etc.

  16. Hay Stockard

    Lizzie,
    Heel Balm for hairy. And a check for Type 2:diabetes.just to be sure, for sure.

  17. vr

    Dear Covington boys: Everyone failed you

    The media, your school and diocese, and commentators (me included) failed to prevent a serious miscarriage of justice

    To the boys of Covington Catholic High School:

    Many of you are still reeling from the trauma of the past few days. Some of you are no doubt fending off vicious online attacks, instigated by loudmouths on the internet with blue checkmarks next to their names. Your parents are worried sick about what all this portends – for college admissions and scholarships and employment prospects that now appear dimmed by false news accounts about your actions at the March for Life.

    I wish I could offer a word of reassurance amid your troubles. But all I can say is that everyone failed you. The elite media failed its duty to truth and fairness. Your school failed you. Your diocese failed you. Your Church failed you, with some of the nation’s most visible Catholics, lay and clerical, rushing to join the pile-on. America failed you.

    Start with the media. If you have taken a high-school journalism class, you have heard that reporters are exacting with facts. That they are supposed to seek comment from people they criticise. “Even if your mother tells you she loves you, check it out,” runs an old journalistic maxim. These standards are especially pertinent when stories involve children.

    Well, I’m sorry to say that many “real”, adult journalists don’t follow these professional rules anymore, including and especially at the prestigious outlets that went after you.

    The New York Times headlined their story “Boys in ‘Make America Great Again’ Hats Mob Native Elder at Indigenous Peoples March”. The Times subsequently replaced the word “Mob” with “Surround”. But that was little better: more extensive footage later emerged that covered the entirety of the altercation, and it showed how it was Phillips who approached you and started banging his drum in your faces.

    read the whole thing at the Catholic Herald

  18. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Ms. Ratajkowski in that bum shot looks as though she is wearing a daggy white surgical garment

    I guess it’s the Kim K effect – wanting to emphasise the bum while disguising the muffin top. They seem to be becoming popular for some reason.
    I would have thought that if you go skimpy, do it properly!

  19. ABC radio talking to a Horsham doctor about the drop off in numbers of graduates undertaking specialist training to be GP for country practice.
    Little if any interest in providing care for country people it seems.
    Saw a weedy little prick in the city the other day wearing a “Support Pill Testing” T shirt.
    The urge to kick his arse and ask him why health tax money should be spent on his recreational drug use rather than basic medical care for bush folk was very strong.

  20. johanna

    Zatara
    #2914642, posted on January 23, 2019 at 1:44 am

    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.

    Occasional Cortex defined her position last week when she said that it is more important to be morally right than to have the correct facts.

    At least she doesn’t lie about it.

  21. johanna

    Just watching the official French News on SBS. My French is spotty, but I get the idea that the general public is seriously pissed off. Meanwhile, Macron is hobnobbing with the elite and suggesting that everyone should all have a chat to smooth things over.

    He is like a deer in the headlights.

  22. C.L.

    Australian scientists have discovered that forest soils need up to eight decades to recover from bushfires and logging, not just 10 or 15 years.

    Bullshit.
    They recover in a matter of months.

  23. Eyrie

    BoN, thanks for the links. They need a little study.

  24. stackja

    Group of youths storms Taylors Hill Coles
    Herald Sun
    an hour ago

    More than a dozen youths have stormed a Coles in Melbourne’s northwest in the early hours of this morning.

    Police say they responded to a call that 14 youths entered the store on Gourlay Rd at Taylors Hill, just before 6.40am.

    “Police believe there has been theft of items, but no reports of injuries,” Victoria Police said in a statement.

    There were no reports of damage to the store and the youths remain on the run, a spokeswoman said.

    The supermarket declined to comment.

    — More to come

  25. P

    At the end of this article:
    Correction: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War. Phillips served in the U.S. Marines from 1972 to 1976 but was never deployed to Vietnam.

  26. Faine’s back on deck and shovelling shit at s rapid rate.
    One lying little cow complaining she was arrested and thrown into a divvy van for no reason after attending an “event”. Bruised and tasered she says. Crap!
    Her shirt was ripped and she feared sexual assault from the police. BS!
    She was released after twenty minutes.
    Frightened to leave the house now but able talk on radio for ages about her awful experience.
    Jon saw no reason to question her story or provide a police version of the arrest.

  27. stackja

    Profit warning dents Wagner family wealth
    Louise Brannelly, The Courier-Mail
    January 22, 2019 10:11pm
    Subscriber only

    THE value of the Wagner family’s stake in their construction company slumped by $22 million on Tuesday as shares in the construction firm hit an all-time low on the back of a profit warning.

    Toowoomba-based Wagners Holding Company has lowered its full-year earnings guidance, citing the “substantial investment” required in the business to prepare it for future growth.

    The news sent its shares 25¢ or 8.4 per cent lower to $2.73 on Tuesday. The stock briefly touched an all-time low of $2.69 on Tuesday, 2¢ below the company’s issue price of $2.71 in December 2017.

  28. stackja

    Clive Palmer: Shocking traffic fine history revealed
    Vanessa Marsh, Alexandria Utting, court reporters, The Courier-Mail
    January 23, 2019 1:00am
    Subscriber only

    BILLIONAIRE Clive Palmer has added another chapter to his shameful traffic history, copping a paltry fine over a crash that left a 92-year-old man and 74-year-old woman in hospital with broken bones.

    The elderly pair had been travelling in their Hyundai i30 in March last year when Mr Palmer, driving his luxurious Mercedes-Benz S560, failed to give way at a Kenmore intersection, causing a collision.

    Although Mr Palmer is known to use a chauffeur, it’s not the first time his driving has landed him in hot water.

    His lengthy traffic history shows more than 20 offences, including a series of speeding offences in which he was caught driving at more than 30km/h over the limit.

    Police records from the March crash show the man and woman both suffered suspected broken sternums and bruising in the smash, while the man also suffered broken ribs in the collision on Moggill Rd outside the Kenmore Tavern on March 18.

    Mr Palmer, the former Federal MP who has announced plans to contest the next federal election, did not front Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday where he was due to appear on a charge of failing to give way when making a right turn at an intersection.

  29. stackja

    Paradise Palms golf course to be transformed into residential estate with school and tourist park
    Daniel Bateman, [email protected], The Cairns Post
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    A NEW school, retirement village and tourist park for Cairns’ northern beaches are all being considered as part of a multimillion-dollar redevelopment plan for one of the Far North’s premier golf courses.

    Golf will no longer be available at Paradise Palms from mid-June, as resort managing director Darren Halpin prepares to lodge a development application via Cairns Regional Council to transform the Kewarra Beach 18-hole course and resort into a new housing estate.

    His company, PPNQ Developments, is working with Sydney based city planning agency Urbis to produce a comprehensive master plan for the 113-hectare property.

    They will be undertaking community engagement to provide an update on the draft plan prior to lodging the application, via stakeholder discussions, newsletters, and information sessions.

    It is hoped construction on new residential lots will be able to start in 2020.

    Mr Halpin said he was planning to provide new housing options for residents, emulating the “community feel” of Edge Hill.

  30. calli

    Australian scientists have discovered that forest soils need up to eight decades to recover from bushfires and logging, not just 10 or 15 years.

    Depends on the heat of the fire. If the soil is fried up to a depth of 300mm where most of the biological activity occurs, there may be some organisms/relationships that take time to re-establish eg. micorrhiza.

    I’m keeping an eye on the site of a very hot fire that swept through Salt Ash last year. It’s still like the moon – mostly thin skinned angophoras which look as though they won’t recover. The fire that ran through the Mambo Wetland near me just before Christmas was not so fierce – the area is greening up and there is lots of regrowth, even on the Melaleucas.

    What you see above ground is only part of the picture.

  31. Nick

    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.

    +1
    We need to have a ‘hypocrites corner’ at the Cat.

  32. stackja

    Bob Katter calls homosexuality a ‘fashion trend’ while on campaign
    Meg Gannon, Dalby Herald
    January 22, 2019 6:36pm
    Subscriber only

    BOB Katter has called homosexuality a “fashion statement” while on a regional Queensland campaign trail attempting to win the hearts of rural voters ahead of the upcoming Federal election.

    The Katter Australia Party leader and Federal Member for Kennedy made the controversial statement while visiting Dalby yesterday.

    He was asked about the number of same-sex marriages while on the trail to drum up support for Maranoa candidate Anthony Wallis.

    The electorate was one of only three in Queensland to vote no in the 2017 plebiscite.

  33. Bruce of Newcastle

    Eyrie – I’ll add another thought. The technology that I think has the most promise is this:

    Direct methanol fuel cells

    Current DMFCs are limited in the power they can produce, but can still store a high energy content in a small space. … Units are available with power outputs between 25 watts and 5 kilowatts with durations up to 100 hours between refuelings.

    It looks to me that a fraction of the effort and money being applied to lithium could cause a breakthrough in DMFC efficiency. Some of the issues are straightforward – like methanol diffusion through the membrane.

    The advantage of a direct methanol fuel cell is you could theoretically run your iPad for more than a month on a litre of methanol. If you have a cartridge of methanol, you just swap it for another cartridge – so you could run the iPad indefinitely without ever needing a supply of electricity.

    As for cars, a methanol fuel cell system could potentially be more efficient than a ICE because the ICE runs at combustion temperature. Using electric motors instead of an engine also lets you do regenerative braking (yes you’d need a smallish battery) plus simplify (no transmission) and lower weight.

  34. woolfe

    Lizzie,
    If you can somehow link Arthur with CO2 and Da Warmening then you will be showered with money. Go for it!

  35. stackja

    The Battered Wife Fish and Chips owner says she’s been ‘subject of an abusive witch hunt’
    Janessa Ekert, The Cairns Post
    January 22, 2019 6:12pm
    Subscriber only

    THE owner of a controversially named fish and chip shop says she is being forced to close her business in the face of a Fair Work audit after already weathering a torrent of abuse and complaints.

    “I just can’t do it anymore,” Carolyn Kerr said.

    The Battered Wife Fish and Chips owner took to social media this afternoon in an emotional video about her decision.

    “It is with deep deep sadness that I inform you that we will cease trade next week,” Ms Kerr said.

    “As many of you know I have been the subject of an abusive witch hunt by a not for profit organisation… who are anti abuse.

  36. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    There were no reports of damage to the store and the youths remain on the run, a spokeswoman said.

    Still no official issue yeezys I see

  37. stackja

    The wacky suggestions sent to Indigenous Affairs Minister to change Australia Day
    CRAIG DUNLOP, NT News
    January 23, 2019 12:25am
    Subscriber only

    INDIGENOUS Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has been repeatedly asked to move the Australia Day public holiday to a date that would let the country bludge off work for longer, documents released under Freedom of Information laws reveal.

    A stack of emails, letters and handwritten notes sent to Mr Scullion in his capacity as Indigenous Affairs Minister reveal a range of proposals, including expanding the public holiday from one day to three.

    One proposal asks for the holiday to be expanded to a “three day occasion similar to Easter”, with new public holidays declared on January 24 and 25 named “Discovery and Invasion Day” and “Sorry and Reconciliation Day”.

    The brains behind that idea — whose name is redacted — urged Mr Scullion to discuss with his colleagues adding two public holidays to the calendar no matter what time of year.

  38. MatrixTransform

    my Quadrant Online article

    Awesome stuff … thankyou

  39. calli

    you will be showered with money. Go for it!

    Weave in a bit of “gender conflict” and you’ve hit the jackpot.

  40. stackja

    Darwin primary schools sharply divided along race, class lines, analysis of NAPLAN results reveals
    JASON WALLS, NT News
    January 23, 2019 12:30am
    Subscriber only

    AN NT News analysis of the latest NAPLAN results has exposed a government school system sharply divided along race and class lines, revealing a family’s relative disadvantage as the single biggest determinant of student outcomes, followed by indigenous status.

    Students at Darwin’s 10 most disadvantaged public primary schools — ranked by their students’ “socio-educational” status — are performing at “substantially below” average almost across the board, while only one school outside the four best-off achieved a single “above average” result.

    The analysis shows the disparity in marks also runs along race lines, as the bottom five most disadvantaged schools were the only ones with more than 50 per cent indigenous students.

    Meanwhile, the four most well-heeled schools charged parents a total of $818 per student in the most recent data period, more than double the figure charged by the bottom four schools at $346 per student.

    The best performing public school raised $377 per student in “fees, charges and parent contributions”.

    Those contributions almost directly mirrored student outcomes at the schools with the four poorest not achieving a single result better than “significantly below” average in any of the reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy categories.

  41. johanna

    BoN’s links and expertise confirm that facts never get in the way of the Green Dream.

    Solar panels will never replace baseload power.

    Battery technology is useful, but very limited. It will never replace baseload power.

    Windmills, ditto.

    What I find weird is when politicians declare that their jurisdiction will be ‘carbon free’ or somesuch by a date into the future.

    There is no evidence at all that their constituents regard this as a high priority.

    Same thing with light rail, the toy du jour of every ‘enlightened’ politician. Everybody has to have one to boast about at the latest junket about Sustainability and Saving da Planet.

    Why it is better than buses is haram.

    In Melbourne, with wide streets and a grid pattern, it sort of works. In Sydney, with narrow, squiggly streets, it doesn’t. The cost and uglification on the altar of Gaia doesn’t bear thinking about.

    In Canberra, the previously magnificent entrance of large eucalypts and conifers has been trashed to make way for 19th century technology. It is one of those classic moments where ideology destroys what it claims to love, the Greens spearheaded it.

  42. mh

    WashPo believed. He must be telling the truth….he’s …he’s….a Native American!

    Correction: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War. Phillips served in the U.S. Marines from 1972 to 1976 but was never deployed to Vietnam.

    This is what the activist told CNN:

    Phillips: When I was there and I was standing there and I seen that group of people in front of me and I seen the angry faces and all of that, I realized I had put myself in a really dangerous situation. Here’s a group of people who were angry at somebody else and I put myself in front of that, and all of a sudden, I’m the one whose all that anger and all that wanting to have the freedom to just rip me apart, that was scary. And I’m a Vietnam veteran and I know that mentality of “There’s enough of us. We can do this.”

  43. Snoopy

    BOB Katter has called homosexuality a “fashion statement” while on a regional Queensland campaign trail attempting to win the hearts of rural voters ahead of the upcoming Federal election.

    The Katter Australia Party leader and Federal Member for Kennedy made the controversial statement while visiting Dalby yesterday.

    Controversial because it is true.

  44. Geriatric Mayfly

    Reparation. An opportune moment to demolish the Lincoln Memorial and have the Red Skins build a casino on the site.

  45. stackja

    Horse-drawn tram operations on Granite Island suspended again
    Gabriel Polychronis & Ben Harvy, The Advertiser
    January 22, 2019 10:25pm

    Horse-drawn tram services on the Granite Island Causeway have been suspended again amid safety concerns over the condition of support piles.

    The causeway at Victor Harbor underwent a condition assessment after a pylon collapsed earlier this month.

    The tram resumed service while the assessment was underway, however, after receiving preliminary findings on Tuesday, the Transport Department decided to suspend it again due to safety concerns.

    Mayor Moira Jenkins said a number of pylons were more badly damaged than originally thought.

  46. stackja

    State Theatre SA to engage intimacy co-ordinators to manage contact between actors involving sex scenes
    Penelope Debelle, The Advertiser
    January 22, 2019 9:30pm
    Subscriber only

    State Theatre SA is at the forefront of a post #MeToo shift to make sexual intimacy and personal contact safer for actors.

    Artistic director Geordie Brookman said this would include using intimacy co-ordinators to manage contact between actors, much like a dance choreographer does.

    “When it comes to intimacy, it has been something the directors and actors have been left to work out,” he said.

    “This is a very exciting moment that will move the industry forward to a better way of doing things.”

    Brookman said a code of behaviour for all national theatre companies was developed about 18 months ago after a survey revealed alarming levels of bullying and sexual harassment.

  47. stackja

    Undiagnosed ADHD ‘makes me do crazy things’, says John Hopoate
    Exclusive Danielle Gusmaroli, The Daily Telegraph
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    Former rugby league bad boy John Hopoate has revealed he has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and blames the condition for years of “d..khead actions” during this career.

    The disgraced former Manly and West Tigers winger told The Daily Telegraph he was diagnosed with the condition two weeks ago, after being arrested for allegedly driving tipper trucks three times on a suspended licence.

    He is due to appear at a sentencing hearing on Thursday at Manly Local Court, after his case was adjourned last year so he could be assessed mentally assessed, said Hopoate, 45.

    “I’ve never been an angel, I’ve been a d..khead on the pitch and sometimes off it; I’m not afraid to stand up for myself, it’s been the story of my life,” Hopoate said.

  48. Fisky

    I see mh beat me to it…

  49. Snoopy

    State Theatre SA is at the forefront of a post #MeToo shift to make sexual intimacy and personal contact safer for actors.

    Artistic director Geordie Brookman said this would include using intimacy co-ordinators to manage contact between actors, much like a dance choreographer does.

    It’s an investment in women’s safety. We’re gonna need a bigger government subsidy.

  50. Energy storage. How about using coal or petroleum?

    and Bruce in the black art known as electrochemistry there remains many secret incantations, unknown to humans.

  51. Tel

    The Battered Wife Fish and Chips owner says she’s been ‘subject of an abusive witch hunt’

    They did the typical leftist ratbag thing: tell lies to cause trouble, and threaten violence and property damage.

  52. Nick

    This is a very exciting moment that will move the industry forward to a better way of doing things.”

    Bwahahahahahahaha

  53. Baldrick

    And I’m a Vietnam veteran and I know that mentality of “There’s enough of us. We can do this.”

    So Chief Wig-Wam Bam turns out to be a lying liar. Who’d thunk it?

  54. struth

    Those Covington boys standing up to Cheech and Chong………………….

    Where are the howls of outrage when men (I use the term loosely) threaten women and “their ” children?
    Old Cheech would be lynched by now if he was white.

  55. mh

    Donald Trump’s restrictions on transgender troops to take effect after US Supreme Court ruling

    The Trump administration can go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue, the US Supreme Court has ruled.

    The conservative-majority court split 5-4 to grant President Donald Trump’s administration’s request to lift injunctions issued by federal judges against the policy while a legal challenge continues in lower courts.

    Transgender advocates reacted to the decision with outrage….

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-23/donald-trump-transgender-troop-restrictions-to-be-enforced/10738468

  56. stackja

    Nasty saga you nearly missed
    By Paul Sheehan
    26 October 2009 — 12:00am

    News Limited was willing to pay dearly for this story not to be published. It first offered a $110,000 payment, plus a private apology, to avoid going to court. But the price it demanded was that the matter be kept confidential. The company was told to take a jump. See you in court.

    Michael Towke is 34. He attended Marcellin College, Randwick. He is a Lebanese Christian, a practising Catholic and the eldest of eight children. He has a first-class honours degree in engineering and a BA, both from the University of Sydney, and won the Alan Davis Prize, the top prize for sociology.

    ….

    Towke is also a long-serving member of the Liberal Party. In July 2007 he won preselection for the then safe federal Liberal seat of Cook. He was set to replace the outgoing member, Bruce Baird. The contest attracted a large field, including Paul Fletcher, who recently won Liberal preselection for Bradfield (vacated by the former Liberal leader Brendan Nelson), and a former state director of the NSW Liberal party, Scott Morrison.

    Towke won easily. On the first ballot, he polled 10 times as many votes as Morrison, 82 votes to 8, who was eliminated in the first round. His victory meant that a Lebanese Australian would represent the Liberal Party in the seat where the Cronulla riot and revenge raids had taken place 18 months earlier, in December 2005. ”The campaign against me started four days after preselection,” Towke said.

    Though Towke would eventually win his legal war, the damage had been done. The adverse media coverage set in train a reaction within the party to get rid of him. A second ballot was ordered, in which the balance of power was shifted away from the grassroots in Cook and to the state executive. The second ballot gave the preselection to Scott Morrison. Amazing. He had been parachuted into the seat over Towke’s political carcass. Morrison clearly had backers who wanted him to get the seat. ”These guys were prepared to ruin my life,” Towke said.

    Why? There was a view among some senior Liberals that a Lebanese Australian could not win Cook in a tight election.

  57. woolfe

    From Paywallian:

    Greens’ star candidate Jason Ball reveals his nightclub sex secret

    after a brief tryst behind the toilet door of a gay nightclub in July 2016

    Strange that no comments are allowed?

  58. Tel

    Australian scientists have discovered that forest soils need up to eight decades to recover from bushfires and logging, not just 10 or 15 years.

    How many Australian forests have gone for 80 years without a single burn?

  59. Nick

    I have some Lefty friends who got together to watch a DVD about RBG the other day. The look of reality dawning when I stated that she’d be dead soon was priceless.

  60. stackja

    Morning show pioneer fell in love on camera
    TROY LENNON
    HISTORY EDITOR

    In 1951 Philadelphia television station WPTZ was looking for a female cast member for its show Three To Get Ready, hosted by Ernie Kovacs. Director Cal Jones had spotted a young blonde woman, Edie Adams, who had won a television talent contest and thought she might work well with Kovacs so he invited her to audition.

    Adams was asked to sing some popular songs, but being classically trained she only knew three. Fortunately that was all they asked her to sing and she was hired. It proved a magic pairing in more ways than one.

    Adams and Kovacs had great onscreen chemistry, adding something extra to the show. But the chemistry continued off screen and they were later married.

    Born a century ago today Kovacs would still have been a great television comedy pioneer without Adams, but she became a crucial part of his life. However, his personal motto “Nothing in moderation” ensured it was a life of extreme highs and lows.

    Born Ernest Edward Kovacs on January 23, 1919, in Trenton, New Jersey, he was the son of Andrew Kovacs, a Hungarian immigrant and Prohibition era bootlegger. When Prohibition ended in 1933 Andrew lost his lucrative income.

    The parents opened a restaurant but it failed in 1936 and they split. Ernie’s grades began to drop and the only thing keeping him interested in school was a love of performing. He was class clown, sang in a choir and studied drama. His drama coach Harold Van Kirk arranged a scholarship for Kovacs to drama school in 1937.

    In 1938 he moved to New York to study acting, taking occasional stage roles and playing late night poker games. But in 1939 his hard work, poor diet and late nights put him in hospital with pneumonia.

  61. struth

    Seems every government funded lefty fest is a frigging “industry” these days.
    Remember the little chubby blonde bint in her late twenties who was a trainer in the “health industry” telling you that you can really “future proof” your career?
    Becoming a paper shuffler in the public service may future proof you from being sacked, but, you soft little couch potato, an industry you are not.

    The language is always changing.
    They sit and think this shit up.
    It’s not coincidence.
    It’s escalation.
    Just like above, have you now noticed it’s toxic masculinity causing violence against women and “THEIR” children now?

  62. Zatara

    One of the talking heads on Fox just made a very interesting comment.

    Ocasio-Cotez is rapidly becoming to the Democrat party what Donald Trump became to the Republican one. A never-AOC meme is starting to form.

    Another interesting development today was that Whoopi and the girls on ‘The View’ took a big shot at her.

    Rush Limbaugh also pointed out that her use-by date is rapidly approaching.

  63. Infidel Tiger

    Trans Ban on serving military in the US military back in force today.

    Trump is the greatest.

  64. Nick

    Rush Limbaugh also pointed out that her use-by date is rapidly approaching.

    I’m not so sure about that. Loon, certainly, though I think she will te capture the millennial wave that Bernie S was surfing. Had the Dems picked him, things might have been different.

  65. stackja

    woolfe
    #2914761, posted on January 23, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Jason has [email protected]?

  66. johanna

    Been listening to a bit off hard rock this morning. Here is Ted Nugent’s classic ‘Strangehold’.

    The Tedster is a rampant conservative, out there from Day 1. He loves to hunt and shoot.

    More than 25 million views on this song, perhaps he’s on to something.

  67. stackja

    Woman allegedly stabbed man in frenzied attack at RPA in Sydney
    Mitchell van Hombrigh and Henry Lynch, The Daily Telegraph
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    A woman is under police guard this morning after allegedly stabbing another patient with a kitchen knife in the triage area of a major Sydney hospital.

    The woman, who had been brought to RPA from her home on Burwood Road in Concord, was arrested at the scene and will undergo a mental health assessment today.

  68. stackja

    Mitchell van Hombrigh and Henry Lynch, The Daily Telegraph
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    TOONGABBIE STABBING

    In a separate incident, a teenager is also recovering in hospital after being stabbed in Sydney’s west overnight.

    It is understood that the 19-year-old woman was walking down Cornelia Road in Toongabbie when she was approached by another woman who demanded the teenager hand over her belongings.

    The two then allegedly began to fight when the 19-year-old refused.

    The teenager suffered multiple stab wounds to her stomach, back, and arms and is currently waiting to undergo surgery in Westmead Hospital.

    Meanwhile, police are looking to speak to a woman who may be able to assist in inquiries. She is described as being of Pacific Islander/Asian appearance, aged in her mid-teens and with black hair parted down the middle. She was last seen wearing dark clothing.

  69. John Constantine

    Their meat and livestock Australia uses grower levies to produce an Australia Day lamb advert acceptable to their ABC.

    Could have been worse than worshiping jacindamania as a godless commo cult.

    I was almost expecting an anti Trump guest star appearance by the Lego Vader Ginsburg.

    Occupy all, is the leftist mantra.

  70. Snoopy

    Infidel Tiger
    #2914622, posted on January 23, 2019 at 12:38 am
    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.

    AOC is very clever. She knows higher income taxes don’t hurt the rich, but they impress the vast majority of potential Democrat voters. AOC has no interest in smashing the NY/LA/DC elites that control and bankroll the DNC and could fund her future campaign for president.

  71. Eyrie

    “It is one of those classic moments where ideology destroys what it claims to love, the Greens spearheaded it.”
    All too common that actions the Greens espouse destroy what they claim to be saving.

  72. P

    This graphic was a mistake

    The graphic appeared on “Fox & Friends” before 8:00 a.m., though just for a flash.
    The couch crew at “Fox & Friends” issued a strong apology. “We need to apologize. A technical error in the control room triggered a graphic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a date on it. We don’t want to make it seem anything other than ― that was a mistake. That was an accident. We believe she is still at home recovering from surgery. Big mistake,” said co-host Steve Doocy. His colleague Ainsley Earhardt seconded the sentiment. News article

  73. Geriatric Mayfly

    CNN’s Kirsten Powers: Covington Students Called Classmate ‘N***er’ with Hand Gesture Breditbart

    Nice to know the school looks after its deaf kids. As opposed to peak stupid, has the US media reached the bottomless pit as yet?

  74. JC

    If you are very very wealthy and a very large part of your “income” isn’t capital, you’re a schlep. Very few people earn US$10 million of “income” as most is funneled into capital and returned as capital gain.

    I don’t know about now, but at one stage Mr Integrity, Warren Buffet, was earning taxable income of around 100K – his salary from Berkshire. Berkshire doesn’t pay a div so when he needs a chunk of money he sells some stock and of course the sale is taxed at a lower rate than ordinary income.

    Buffet was acting all high and mighty about taxing income ( he wanted to see higher tax rates) but squealed like a pig when wealth taxes were being suggested.

  75. thefrollickingmole

    Government, creating new and innovative!!! and exciting!!! industry sectors through taxation..

    Since July 2016, there have been 38 seizures of around 240 tonnes of illicit tobacco by the ATO, worth more than $200 million in excise value.
    ….

    The newly established Illicit Tobacco Taskforce, a collaboration between the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Australian Border Force, had just busted an operation growing tobacco worth $13.3 million in excise value on his old property.

    Around 6.8 hectares of irrigated tobacco was in the ground, with some of the plants up to 2 metres tall, and several shipping containers were filled with drying tobacco leaves.

  76. Top Ender

    Johanna, you’ll be sad to hear the retinue of servants is no more for the Commandant of the RAN College at Jervis Bay.

    I was present there as a trainee when it was as such, and then served in the College there later for some years, when the new rules had come in. One was a nit-picking situation whereby the Commandant only could use staff to serve at dinners etc when there was an “offical dinner.” The rest of the time he and his wife – the couple at the time had no kids – inhabited an echoing mausoleum. If they wanted a cleaner etc they had to pay for it. Lovely house but.

    I was at least able to make him a loan-present of a pair of Japanese WWII “big eyes” binoculars I found in the Historical Collection. They had been stored there “temporarily” by some Navy officer in 1946. We also found six Japanese officer swords in the room of the Wardroom when it was renovated.

  77. Top Ender

    Lizzie, you never answered my question a few threads ago.

    What’s your explanation for the fortification/development of Cadbury Hill in the Arthurian period?

    Just a sentence or two seeing how busy you are.

  78. JC

    This appears to be a new thing here, but I noticed, yesterday, a few people were critical of batter technology advancements and innovation. I would have thought seeing technology advancing is a good thing…. but it doesn’t appear to be so for some people.

    Here’s the thing to ponder. With the likelihood we’re going to be fucked over with ruinables, thereby making the grid much less stable and reliable aren’t advancements in battery technology for personal use a good thing?

  79. Infidel Tiger

    If you are very very wealthy and a very large part of your “income” isn’t capital, you’re a schlep. Very few people earn US$10 million of “income” as most is funneled into capital and returned as capital gain.

    Yep. This is why capital gains, trust busting, and other measure are much more effective at getting the elites.

  80. Snoopy

    Yep. This is why capital gains, trust busting, and other measure are much more effective at getting the elites.

    Yes, but don’t hold your breath waiting for the girl of your dreams to propose that stuff.

  81. mh

    P
    #2914783, posted on January 23, 2019 at 10:24 am
    This graphic was a mistake

    Fox will be using that graphic again this year.

  82. Infidel Tiger

    That bucked tooth witch is in cahoots with the elites.

  83. JC

    Artie

    Cap gains are very destructive in terms of capital formation. You don’t want that.

    Here’s another problem for you to ponder. Bozo would fit eminently in the category of low income earner high wealth. I don’t think Amazon pays a div (not sure). Capital gains can only be paid on realization. In other words Bozo would pay cap gains only when he sells part of his stock.
    If he funnels some gains into charitable trusts etc and gets a credit he may not even pay any tax for the year. However I’m not a US tax attorney. 🙂

    I think what you’re dreaming about is a wealth tax rather than a CGT.

  84. Snoopy

    This appears to be a new thing here, but I noticed, yesterday, a few people were critical of battery technology advancements and innovation. I would have thought seeing technology advancing is a good thing…. but it doesn’t appear to be so for some people.

    I think you’re misreading the point people are trying to make. We’re not fans of putting the cart before the horse. Destroy baseload power generation now because of the promise that battery storage will be so much more efficient and cheaper in the future? No thanks.

  85. calli

    I do hope the police are as thorough in chasing up threats to Covington school children.

  86. JC

    Yes, but don’t hold your breath waiting for the girl of your dreams to propose that stuff.

    So you think she’s a Hayekian classic liberal disguised as a Chavista. Okay.

  87. johanna

    Topender, thanks for commenting.

    It really is one of the desres’s, gorgeous house in a perfect location.

    It’s one of the untold stories of the military. Yes, there is a lot of crap and suffering. But for the select and/or lucky who rise to the top, there are plenty of perks.

    I understand that in Sydney, senior Naval officers live in places that the vast majority of locals can only dream of, at little or no charge.

  88. P

    Senate to vote on dueling government funding bills

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set up two votes for Thursday afternoon, both of which will require 60 votes to advance.
    The first vote will be on President Trump’s proposal to reopen the government, provide $5.7 billion in funding for the border wall and extend legal protections to some immigrants for three years. If that fails, the Senate would then vote on a three-week continuing resolution (CR).

  89. JC

    There’s no such thing as decent battery storage, Snoopy. At least not with current technology in order to supply our energy needs.

  90. thefrollickingmole

    Batteries are great as a backup.

    Question being why are we needing the backup in what was previously a fairly stable grid.

  91. thefrollickingmole

    Has the ABC launched a 4 corners investigation into a “charity” paying bounties for people to inflict suffering on animals, film it, and present it as normal conditions?
    You know the sort of stuff that crippled an industry for a couple of years and has had the template rolled out from cattle to sheep?

    One would almost find their lack of curiosity in following up on deliberate deception and economic vandalism curiously telling in itself.

  92. JC

    I reckon there are two reasons, mole.

    1. Because the grid is being made more unstable and will continue to be so, especially with the Liar’s party freight train heading our way in May.

    2. If you have expensive electronic equipment, power outs and surges can destroy that shit.

  93. P

    1,500 Private Jets Descend on Davos Carrying Globalist Elite for Climate Talks

    At least 1,500 private jets are expected to descend on Davos and nearby airports in Switzerland this week as the international financial and political elite gathers to talk about global climate challenges.

    That would be up from the more than 1,300 aircraft movements seen at last year’s forum, despite climate change registering as the top risk factor identified for the global economy in a survey of World Economic Forum (WEF) movers and shakers last week.

  94. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Has the ABC launched a 4 corners investigation into a “charity” paying bounties for people to inflict suffering on animals, film it, and present it as normal conditions?
    You know the sort of stuff that crippled an industry for a couple of years and has had the template rolled out from cattle to sheep?

    Be interesting to see what any inquiry reveals – after the last inquiry into the live cattle ban, the minority report found that footage was paid for, and Animals Australia howled loud and long over that one. Also be interested to see what any proper investigation makes of that film – anyone who knows anything about sheep, and the sheep industry, could drive a horse and cart through that footage, and it’s not as though the Greenies haven’t been busted using fake footage before.

  95. Bruce of Newcastle

    aren’t advancements in battery technology for personal use a good thing?

    Not if they inhibit fuel cell development. See my comment upthread.
    Fuel cells for power hungry stuff like laptops, smartphones and iPads are the go.
    Batteries only have just enough duration, we need a week not 8 hours.

  96. C.L.

    I do hope the police are as thorough in chasing up threats to Covington school children.

    Kenton County Prosecutor Rob Sanders is a hard charger.
    KY Prosecutor Confirms: Multiple Investigations Underway Into Twitter Users For TERRORIST THREATS Against Covington Kids.

  97. Infidel Tiger

    I think what you’re dreaming about is a wealth tax rather than a CGT.

    Im not dreaming about anything.

    All I am saying and you have also confirmed is that income taxes are a bad way to redistribute wealth.

    The seriously wealthy have almost zero “income” as such.

  98. JC

    Bruce

    Isn’t that a case of walking and chewing gum at the same time?

  99. Eyrie

    BoN, I’m sure we could at truly vast expense replace IC cars with electric fuel cell/battery hybrids running on methanol but why would we. IC cars are getting very efficient with further improvements (Mazda) on the horizon and there is no shortage of hydrocarbon fuel and there will be no fundamental reason this won’t continue for a long time.

  100. C.L.

    Businesswoman bashed by leftists:

    Battered Wife fish and chip shop owner says she’s been forced to close her business.

    The owner of The Battered Wife fish and chip shop in far north Queensland says she has been forced to sell up because of an “abusive witch hunt”.

    In a video posted to social media, store owner Carolyn Kerr said it was with ‘”deep sadness” she had to sell.

    “As many of you know I’ve been the subject of an abusive witch hunt by a not-for-profit organisation who are ‘anti-abuse’,” Ms Kerr said.

    “However, they’ve threatened to throw bricks through my window, they’ve complained to ASIC to have my business name revoked.

    “Then they complained to Industrial Relations and Child Protective Services … saying that I was employing kids and I was participating in child exploitation.”

    Ms Kerr blamed an impending audit on the financial decision to pack up her Innisfail restaurant.

    “Last week I was informed that anonymous complaints were made to Department of Fair Work, who are now acting on it and doing an audit on my business,” Ms Kerr said.

  101. Bruce of Newcastle

    Isn’t that a case of walking and chewing gum at the same time?

    No.
    DMFCs emit a tiny amount of da ebil gas CO2 so there is a religious barrier to their development.
    Real environmental footprint is the other ‘way round, but try telling a true believer that.

  102. Infidel Tiger

    Once again we see the foul hand of corporatism at play, with UBS “warning” against a no deal brexit.

    STFU bankster scum. In a righteous world you’d be a chew toy in a gay gorilla’s cage.

  103. calli

    Thanks, C.L.

    “We’ve got multiple ongoing investigations into numerous, numerous threats,” Mr. Sanders said Tuesday in a podcast interview with 700 WLW.

    I wonder if that was accidental.

    And how many, many lies he’ll be told. The internet is forever, Chumps.

  104. thefrollickingmole

    All I am saying and you have also confirmed is that income taxes are a bad way to redistribute wealth.

    The seriously wealthy have almost zero “income” as such

    Lets not forget the “charity” and “not for profit” foundations which mysteriously manage to pay 6 & 7 figure sums to the trustafarians in charge who happen to be family members.

    Im almost of the opinion all charities need to pay taxes same as everyone else, as so many of them are divorced from any economic position beyond “tax more/distribute more” policies.

  105. C.L.

    A fair work audit; that’s federal, right?

  106. Tel

    All I am saying and you have also confirmed is that income taxes are a bad way to redistribute wealth.

    Inheritance tax is pretty bad as an alternative. It’s one of the things that destroyed family farms in the USA because every generation the farmer would attempt to pass on the farm to a son or daughter and then the whole thing gets hammered by inheritance tax. Even though the farm as a business is already paying tax all the way along, and the people drawing wages out of it are also paying tax, they find the kids get taxed out of any possibility of going into the family business.

    The corporate farms slowly ate them up because corporations never die so they don’t worry about inheritance tax.

  107. Im almost of the opinion all charities need to pay taxes same as everyone else …

    How about everybody (all) are subject to the same tax rules?

    Exemptions corrupt.

  108. Infidel Tiger

    We need to destroy corporations.

    They need to feel the barbed cock of Satan.

  109. Mother Lode

    Businesswoman bashed by leftists:

    Now that Sky has expanded its daytime viewing they ought to have a segment covering cases like this where activist groups terrorise and use lawfare against targets simply because they believe they should be brought to their heel.

    They might also do a bit of an expose on who they actually are, especially as so many pass themselves off as charities or some other such altruistic entity.

    As I have observed before, when people on the right are singled out they feel there is no support, no precedent (and they are certainly aware that they don’t have the money) to defend themselves. Isolated and panicked, they must surrender to the bullies who do nothing else and have absolutely nothing to lose.

  110. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The seriously wealthy have almost zero “income” as such.

    Are you filling in for man-boobs as resident marxist?

  111. Infidel Tiger

    We need to start by removing all the legal protections for company directors and board members.

    No limited liability

    Skin in the game is paramount.

  112. C.L.

    As I have observed before, when people on the right are singled out they feel there is no support, no precedent (and they are certainly aware that they don’t have the money) to defend themselves. Isolated and panicked, they must surrender to the bullies who do nothing else and have absolutely nothing to lose.

    They have the Liberal Party, Mother Lode.
    Right?
    I don’t hate Labor. That’s like hating a dog for pissing on a post.
    But I do utterly despise the Liberals. They are supposed to go in hard for businesswoman like Carolyn Kerr.

  113. Infidel Tiger

    Are you filling in for man-boobs as resident marxist?

    I’m just a guy who wants to restore righteousness and financial order.

    You can do it my or the mobs way.

    Either way, it’s coming for ya.

  114. Mother Lode

    A fair work audit; that’s federal, right?

    When Labor set it up you can be certain that their remit was carefully prepared to ensure that they had the authority to intervene in a mother asking their kid to clean their room.

    Some byzantine distortion of some constitutional head of power.

  115. calli

    Who was the first to call Viet Vet-by-Imagination Phillips “Liarwatha”?

  116. C.L.

    So the Battered Wife proprietress is being audited by the Morrison government – is that right?

  117. Boambee John

    mole at 1126

    Im almost of the opinion all charities need to pay taxes same as everyone else, as so many of them are divorced from any economic position beyond “tax more/distribute more” policies.

    I have come to that conclusion also. Treat them as businesses (which many are, others are just political lobbyists). Let them claim their business expenses off their income and pay company tax on the rest. Watch them then start to lobby for reductions in company tax!

    Also limit the remuneration package of “charitable” employees and directors to perhaps five times AWOTE. After all, surely they wouldn’t wish to profit from the misery of others would they?

  118. C.L.

    I think ‘Liarwatha’ was first used for Warren.

  119. I advocate zero company tax.

    The govt gets its money when the company distributes profits, pays employees or spends money (GST).

    CGT, FBT and inheritance taxes abolished.

    Taxes on taxes – abolish them. (e.g. GST on excise)

    Taxes on energy e.g. fuel excise, abolish them.

    I’m with Abe Lincoln on this.

  120. mh

    We need to destroy corporations.

    They need to feel the barbed cock of Satan.

    IT, stop quoting the Greens.

  121. Mother Lode

    Who was the first to call Viet Vet-by-Imagination Phillips “Liarwatha”?

    I think Fauxcohontas was also called Liarwatha way back.

    I think Phillips used to describe himself as an Vietnam Era vet – and it was accepted that the Vietnam Era extended to 1975. Serving from 1972 to 1976 he has a case for that.

    But it looks as though he can sometimes get swept up in the moment and has a few times said he was a Vietnam vet.

  122. Stimpson J. Cat

    This is incredibly ironic now.

    Elizabeth Warren
    @SenWarren
    Omaha elder and Vietnam War veteran Nathan Phillips endured hateful taunts with dignity and strength, then urged us all to do better.

  123. Infidel Tiger

    The Greens are beholden to the corporates and vice versa.

    They are in lock step in their thinking.

    My goodness the level of thinking on this horrid website is low wattage.

  124. Stimpson J. Cat

    Former rugby league bad boy John Hopoate has revealed he has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and blames the condition for years of “d..khead actions” during this career.

    Welcome to the party pal!

  125. Twostix

    We believe she is still at home recovering from surgery.

    Lol they all know she’s dead or on deaths door and the democrats are hiding it.

  126. C.L.

    By describing himself as a Marine in “Vietnam times,” Phillips was clearly and obviously trying to give people to understand he was a war veteran. Never saw a shot fired.

  127. mh

    Ok, IT.

    But the Greens still fantasise about the barbed cock of Satan.

  128. stackja

    Infidel Tiger
    #2914853, posted on January 23, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Renewable wattage?

  129. calli

    Not gender specific then? How very 2019.

    I thought it might have been Blair.

  130. Bruce of Newcastle

    I think ‘Liarwatha’ was first used for Warren.

    I was amused when I saw a commenter refer to AOC as ‘Nostradumass’ after she said the world would end in 12 years.

  131. “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”

    ― Abraham Lincoln

  132. Mother Lode

    then urged us all to do better

    Sheepishly mutter warm-fuzzy boilerplate hoping people would consider that a nice note to finish on and so not look any further.

    Well he is vastly more famous now than he was a week ago – but probably not in the way he would have liked.

    It will also have put a crimp in future histrionic displays of being wronged by wicked racists – why does it keep happening to him.

    If people snub him from now on, no matter how much he says it is because he is a Native American, everyone will more readily believe he was snubbed for being a devious little git.

  133. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

    Not to ALP/Gangreens.

    You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

    Note to Aboriginal Industry.

  134. C.L.

    Ginsburg’s re-boot as the new Stephen Hawking continues …

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Make a Cameo Appearance in Lego Movie Sequel.

    The movie, which premieres in theaters on Feb. 8, follows two 2018 films that also highlighted the Supreme Court Justice—the documentary RBG and the biopic On the Basis of Sex

    Director Mike Mitchell, whose other animated films include Trolls and Shrek Forever After, told USA Today that the impetus for Justice Ginsburg’s cameo appearance came about from brainstorming “the last person you would think to see in a Lego film.”

    “And we’re all huge fans,” Mitchell added…

    Though the Justice wasn’t needed for any voiceover work on the film, the production team reached out to her office for approval. Mitchell told USA Today that Justice Ginsburg thought being immortalized as a Lego figure would be “cool.”

  135. Boambee John

    From Instapundit

    When Franklin Roosevelt became president, the nation was facing a desperate housing shortage. Many black and white working families lived in neighborhoods that, while integrated, could rightly be described as slums. To improve the quality of housing, as well as to provide jobs for construction workers, one of the first New Deal agencies, the Public Works Administration (PWA), demolished housing in many such integrated neighborhoods and built explicitly segregated housing instead. The policy created racial boundaries where they had not previously existed or reinforced them where they had taken root, giving segregation new government sanction.

    The fascist left, giving the world racial segregation since forever.

    White Australia, Woodrow Wilson re-segregating the federal US civil service, FDR segregating US welfare housing.

  136. thefrollickingmole

    Flat tax, same for every entity & citizen.

    Regardless of occupation or income.

    And a 150% tax on the incomes of any politician or public servant after they leave politics with a pension, that should see a few less favors for maaaaaates.

  137. Snoopy

    One of the biggest rorts in Australia is the FBT exemption for charity employees. Worth up to about $19000 pa tax free if packaged properly.

  138. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I’m just a guy who wants to restore righteousness and financial order.

    You can do it my or the mobs way.

    Either way, it’s coming for ya.

    you’re such a drama queen

  139. stackja

    Surprising night at UK television awards.
    Craig Simpson, Press Association
    31 minutes ago

    There was elation and disappointment on a shocking night at Britian’s National TV Awards, with Ant And Dec claiming a staggering 18th honour for their presenting skills.

    Bodyguard, Strictly Come Dancing, Emmerdale and This Morning were winners in competitive categories.

    An emotional Ant Mcpartlin accepted the award despite taking a break from TV work for a large part of 2018 to focus on his recovery from alcohol dependence.

    The unfortunate Holly Willoughby, who successfully stood in for McPartlin on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, lost out to him in the Best TV Presenter category in a surprising twist.

    She was not the only presenter to be hard done by on the night, although it was Willoughby who inflicted heartache on the loser of the Best Daytime award.

    This Morning trumped Good Morning Britain, leaving a sour-faced Piers Morgan sullen in his seat at the O2 Arena in London. He had promised to go vegan if victorious in at the NTAs, but he and Susanna Reid lost out to their ITV rivals.

    He wrote on Twitter following the defeat: “I demand a 2nd vote… the British public didn’t know what they were doing when they voted.”

    Loose Women was also snubbed in the Daytime category, as was The Jeremy Kyle Show.

    Bodyguard won big at the NTAs, with the suspenseful BBC drama claiming two awards on the night, one for Best New Drama, and the other for Richard Madden’s Best Drama Performance.

    The critically-acclaimed Killing Eve lost out in favour of Bodyguard, which was the BBC’s most watched show since 2008.

    The critically-acclaimed Killing Eve lost out in favour of Bodyguard, which was the BBC’s most watched show since 2008.

    Perhaps unsurprisingly given the enormous viewing figures enjoyed by the show, Strictly was named Best Talent Show ahead of the likes of X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and Dancing on Ice.

    Colleague was pitted against colleague in the Best Judge category, with David Walliams, Robbie Williams, and Louis Tomlinson all linked to fellow nominee Simon Cowell’s shows. It was, despite the immediate popularity of Tomlinson on X Factor, Walliams who emerged victorious.

    Peaky Blinders was named as the Best Drama on TV, easily besting Casualty and Call The Midwife.

    Despite dramatic Christmas storylines, EastEnders did not win Best Serial Drama, and Coronation Street’s usually dominant soap record was beaten, as Emmerdale won the award.

    Given the popularity of Danny Dyer, he was perhaps a favourite to claim the award he did: Best Serial Drama Performance.

    Peter Kay’s Car Share took the prize for Best Comedy ahead of, among others, Mrs Brown’s Boys.

    Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs was named best Factual Entertainment winner, ahead of the often-harrowing Ambulance.

  140. One of the biggest rorts in Australia is the FBT exemption for charity employees. Worth up to about $19000 pa tax free if packaged properly.

    What a tangled web.

    Get rid of FBT and flat tax income. Period.

  141. Bill Thompson

    You may have read about former ATO Deputy Commissioner, Michael Cranston, appearing in court this week on charges of abuse of public office. As a retired ATO officer, myself, having worked in SNC under his chain of command, I decided to fly up to Sydney for a couple of days, to check out the start of the trial. Sadly, all I saw was legal argument over what’s in & what’s out, regarding evidence & testimony, as well as what the media can & can’t report, so I didn’t actually get to hear any witnesses. The wheels of justice seem to grind along at a glacially slow pace while the cash registers tick over much faster… OTH, I did get a chance to encounter the media pack outside, though:

    https://youtu.be/ufqU3sLoOfY

  142. Mother Lode

    Not to ALP/Gangreens.

    The Greens couldn’t care less about the Brotherhood of Man.

    They need the conflict to drive the changes they want – progressives see the power that propels history and the present as conflict.

    The end game is not the Brotherhood of Man either – it is a gigantic clockwork that will whir on to infinity – every cog in its place with no interests outside their being a dutiful cog – and upon which they can muse with infinite self-congratulation.

  143. Anon Mahnà

    “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich…”

    —William J. H. Boetcker, not Abraham Lincoln.

  144. stackja

    Moose caught on camera chasing skiers at Breckenridge Ski Resort
    A woman posted a video to social media depicting a moose on the loose at Breckenridge Ski Resort. She said it was a warning about respecting wildlife.
    Author: Associated Press
    Published: 2:18 PM MST January 21, 2019
    Updated: 8:55 AM MST January 22, 2019

  145. thefrollickingmole

    Bill Thompson

    Havent seen much on the case at all.
    I expect some sort of procedural reason will be found to exonerate him and he will be given a 7 figure payout for his suffering if most high profile cases are the standard to go by.

  146. struth

    If you could control government, who here would not do so?

    It is when government acts outside it’s boundaries and throws democracy out the window, that they are bought.
    Until then, corporations are just big business to a certain extent.
    If you get rid of corporations, the next schmuck with the cash comes along, whether it’s the Chinese, or a rich criminal like Soros, or your nanna with her inheritance from uncle Dudley, the problem is the big end of town is not a problem.
    The big end of town enriched and supported by corrupt government is the problem.
    And a lot of it is actual corrupt governments corrupting other governments (China)

    Simpletons with their hand on it just see the corporation as the boogie man.

    No wonder Asia falls so quick to communism when you look at IT.
    So close but not quite getting this whole western world, are you IT?
    Reassess your Fung sway, it funged the wrong sway.

    It’s how they got there, not that they are there.

  147. feelthebern

    You guys see Corbyn now supports a new plebiscite on BREXIT.
    The Brits are BREMAINing.

  148. Mother Lode

    I wonder if the Lego Movie is going to depict Ginsberg slumped in a chair, dead-eyed, mouth hanging open, periodically fading as she phases in and out of our universe?

  149. Boambee John

    More on the fascist left and segregation in the US.

    Postwar, veterans desperately needed lodging, so President Harry Truman proposed even more housing projects. Congressional conservatives, deeming public housing socialistic, resolved to defeat Truman’s 1949 legislation. They introduced a “poison pill” amendment banning racial discrimination in public housing, which they expected Northern liberals to support, ensuring its passage. Then they planned to ally with Southern Democrats to defeat the amended legislation.

    Instead, the liberals mobilized against the integration amendment. . . .

  150. feelthebern

    In non-artisan news, I stupidly bought some Bonds undies.
    I know they come from the finest sweatshops in Asia, but I thought I’d be pretty safe.
    How wrong I was.
    I don’t know what species they were making the undies for, but it was definitely not for the Western male.
    It has taught me to never buy non-artisan undies ever again.

  151. John Constantine

    ABC political activist country hour, run now by wozza ‘proud activist’ long is explaining how crowd funding can rewild the farms of the Murray darling basin.

    Fifty-five million dollar purchase.

    Purchase on the open market where willing buyer meets willing seller is double plus good.

    The interesting bit is that the exact financial structure of funding and how the nature values are monetised is not unpacked.

    Value created by crony government legislation can distort the market.

    Comrades.

  152. struth

    Farage will be a force to be reckoned with this time.

    He made the mistake of thinking all was done and dusted with the referendum.
    Or just wanted a break while government tried to ignore the people and democracy.
    Brexit must happen , it’s signed, and it’s getting too late now to even bring in a referendum anyway, although that doesn’t 100 % guarantee anything with the level of government corruption, it’s not failed yet.

  153. Eyrie

    FBT was introduced by Keating. It was completely unnecessary. It used to be common for employers to provide a car as part of the salary package for valued employees but hardly anyone declared this under “other valuable consideration or remuneration”. Clamping down on that would have meant the pollies were liable for the value of the subsidy on the subsidised meals etc in the Parliamentary feeding trough. Hence Keating got the employer to pay it.
    I’m torn between”cheap spiv” and “guttersnipe” to describe Keating.

  154. feelthebern

    The Brits will vote overwhelmingly to BREMAIN under PM Corbyn’s reign of terror.
    They are a shadow of their former selves.

  155. Tel

    We need to start by removing all the legal protections for company directors and board members.

    No limited liability

    Skin in the game is paramount.

    I agree. Limited liability is not a natural outcome of law, it is a government bestowed boon.

    Is one single person liable for his or her actions? I think yes.

    Are a family liable for their actions? Yes.

    So why wouldn’t a group of people who form a corporation be just as much liable as the individual or family?

    This should obviously apply to unions in exactly the same way, no protection for union members from liability for disruption that the union causes by occupying property that does not belong to them (no different to an individual who comes in off the street and sits in your bathroom and demands to get paid for unlocking the bathroom door).

  156. John Constantine

    Their Judge Lego-Ginsburg will ban roundup, end the live sheep trade, free the slaves and give women the vote in the new movie:

    “The inconvenient incontinence”

    To be taught to all schoolkids.

  157. feelthebern

    A mate of mine has just moved from London to Monte Carlo.
    Nothing to do with BREXIT.
    A transfer for work.
    I can’t wait to crash on his couch this European summer.

  158. thefrollickingmole

    All your money belong to us…

    Government gives up on taxing the big overseas corporation choosing instead to hammer Pajeet and co working at the coalface…

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jan/23/uber-drivers-and-airbnb-hosts-who-avoid-tax-in-governments-sights

    Uber drivers and Airbnb hosts who avoid paying tax are in the federal government’s sights as work begins on a new income reporting regime.

    Treasury will on Wednesday release an industry discussion paper on plans for a mandatory regime to ensure people working in the gig economy pay their fair share of tax.

    Major industry players include Uber, Airbnb, Airtasker and delivery services such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats.

    But the reforms target people who work in the sector rather than the platforms themselves, many of which have overseas domiciles.

    The assistant minister for treasury, Zed Seselja, says the sharing economy has seen significant growth in Australia.

    “But as it grows, there is a risk that some individuals are not reporting their full income and avoiding the right amount of tax,” Seselja said in a statement.

    “We are committed to making sure people pay their fair share of tax.”

    The consultation paper is available on the Treasury website and submissions close on 22 February.

    I think he should set an example and be taxed at 99%, for the eqalideee.

  159. John Constantine

    Proud activist wazza done his roundup cancer link ban in France story.

  160. John Constantine

    Proud activist wazza on their ABC has an ABC wymynsys on, reading an animals Australia release declaring that industry set up proud animal activists for a gotcha, and that explains the paid torture videos used to shut down the sheep trade.

    Comrades.

  161. John Constantine

    Proud activist wazza has the weather bureau on to agree with him about climate change making it forty degrees.

  162. Miltonf

    Canberra cash grab against uber drivers and deliverroos. The libs really know how to make friends.

  163. John Constantine

    https://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/sale-distribution-and-use-of-roundup-banned-in-france/

    “French authorities have banned the sale, distribution and use of a Roundup product following a court decision last week.

    The French agency for food, environmental and occupational health and safety, ANSES, issued a brief statement on the matter, confirming the decision on Tuesday last (January 15).

    The agency explained that the decision to cancel the marketing authorisation of Roundup Pro 360 had been taken by the Lyon Administrative Court. “

  164. DrBeauGan

    Miltonf
    #2914910, posted on January 23, 2019 at 12:37 pm
    Canberra cash grab against uber drivers and deliverroos. The libs really know how to make friends.

    The libs need all the money they can extort from us. How else will they be able to buy our votes?

  165. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    FBT was introduced by Keating. It was completely unnecessary. It used to be common for employers to provide a car as part of the salary package for valued employees but hardly anyone declared this under “other valuable consideration or remuneration”. Clamping down on that would have meant the pollies were liable for the value of the subsidy on the subsidised meals etc in the Parliamentary feeding trough. Hence Keating got the employer to pay it.
    I’m torn between”cheap spiv” and “guttersnipe” to describe Keating.

    It used to be common for any wages package when employing a farmhand to include a rent free house and a tank of petrol a week. That came to an end with FBT.

    “Cheap spiv” or “guttersnipe.” Both. I detested the creature.

  166. Siltstone

    Thanks Bill Thompson for keeping us uo to date with the (glacially slow) Cranston case

  167. Miltonf

    The Canberra commissars don’t seen to know about the laffer curve

  168. Stimpson J. Cat

    Canberra cash grab against uber drivers and deliverroos. The libs really know how to make friends.

    Good.
    Fat people should be getting off the couch and walking to their local Artisan burger joint for polite conversation while working on their obesity.
    This will bring us closer together as a community and improve our health.

    Highly skilled Pakistani Coders/Scooter riders/drivers should be paying tax.

  169. John Constantine

    Proud activist wazza on his billion dollar abc radio bully pulpit, warns the National farmers federation that they can’t win a war of tit for tat against dedicated activists that are good at what they do.

    ABC rural independent political candidates will get their billion dollars worth out of this rural program this election coming.

    Comrades.

  170. Infidel Tiger

    Mark W.
    Mark W.
    @DurhamWASP
    ·
    48m
    “The ever expanding power of the federal government, the absorption of many of the functions that states and cities once considered to be the responsibilities of their own, must be a concern to all those who believe ‘Control over local affairs is the essence of liberty.'”

    J.F.K.

    Assassinated for advocating localism.

  171. Rae

    And I’m a Vietnam veteran and I know that mentality of “There’s enough of us. We can do this.”

    TheGatewayPundit? Lol
    CNN? Lol

    So many gullible people on this blog.

    Phillips didn’t say he was a Vietnam veteran. He said he is a Vietnam times veteran.

    Watch the video and see what Phillips actually said. At 38 seconds.

    “In his own words” says CNN. Except it wasn’t. They left out a word to create their own narrative. And
    TheGatewayPundit (spit) duly followed suit.

    And most of you gullible old fools are also veterans of the Vietnam times. I’d warrant that some of you even joined in the marches against it. But none of you picked up on what Phillips actually said, even though it was correctly reported elsewhere.

  172. Mother Lode

    The Brits will vote overwhelmingly to BREMAIN under PM Corbyn’s reign of terror.
    They are a shadow of their former selves.

    If the German economy goes south, and the yellow vests continue to protest governments in harmony with the EU, it should be easy enough to ask the voters if they want back in – especially as they will be expected to pick up economic slack.

  173. Top Ender

    I understand that in Sydney, senior Naval officers live in places that the vast majority of locals can only dream of, at little or no charge.

    Used to be Johanna. There are some nice old houses in Sydney’s Garden Island, but there was a big crackdown in the 1990s and it became who necessarily needed to be in the houses – eg: officers who worked at GI and who were liable to call out at very short notice.

    There is a book around somewhere – I have a copy – of Defence Heritage housing in Oz. Some lovely properties.

    They often come with a bite in the tail though. We lived in a Federation house in HMAS Creswell. It came with a very old wood heater in the lounge, and for the entire rest of the house there was one gas heater, with outlets in a hallway and the kitchen. The downside became apparent if you moved from an area lot warmer: if you wanted to heat the kids’ rooms you needed to go out and buy electric heaters. Then in two years when you got posted somewhere warm – too bad, carry them with you.

    One of the main reasons for separation for many years in the ADF has been Defence Housing’s attitude on postings. It’s basically that DHA’s job is to provide jobs for public servants. Their pettiness and laxness becomes very problematic. With a posting every two years or so it becomes wearisome.

  174. C.L.

    Phillips didn’t say he was a Vietnam veteran. He said he is a Vietnam times veteran.

    LOL.

  175. Hindus urge …

    Same as the person who moves next door to a pub and then complains about the noise.

  176. mh

    And most of you gullible old fools are also veterans of the Vietnam times.

    😆

  177. John Constantine

    CGF challenger, the financial services provider has a shareprice slump, as it warns that looking forward at the australian economy as it looms, there is no profit growth for it.

  178. Top Ender

    Suffering RDS – “Relevance Deprivation Syndrome”?

    Jeff Kennett calls for date of Australia Day to be changed

    REMY VARGA

    Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett is calling for the date of Australia Day to be changed, arguing that retaining January 26 as a day of celebration will “forever put a white line between us and our First Peoples”.

    The beyondblue founder said while he objects to the characterisation of January 26 as “Invasion Day” because the first settlers to Australia Day did not arrive with that intention, he believes the process of colonisation has left a legacy of dispossession.

    “We came here to settle, we formed a colony … as we spread that colony we dispossessed the First People.” he told The Australian.

    “For many in the community, [January 26] represents the day they were dispossessed and brutalised. I agree with them.”

    Mr Kennett, who has previously argued that Australia Day needs to be protected from the Greens, said his mind had been changed by his time at The Torch, an organisation that aims to reduce recidivism rates among indigenous offenders in Victoria.

    “For sometime now I have been increasingly worried that we do not do enough in this country to recognise our First People,” he said.

    “They are important, they are special and they should be recognised as such.”

    Link

  179. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Jeff Kennett calls for date of Australia Day to be changed

    Remy Varga
    Reporter
    @RemyVarga
    26 minutes ago January 23, 2019
    No Comments

    Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett is calling for the date of Australia Day to be changed, arguing that retaining January 26 as a day of celebration will “forever put a white line between us and our First Peoples”.

    The beyondblue founder said while he objects to the characterisation of January 26 as “Invasion Day” because the first settlers to Australia Day did not arrive with that intention, he believes the process of colonisation has left a legacy of dispossession.

    “We came here to settle, we formed a colony … as we spread that colony we dispossessed the First People.” he told The Australian.

    “For many in the community, [January 26] represents the day they were dispossessed and brutalised. I agree with them.”

    Mr Kennett, who has previously argued that Australia Day needs to be protected from the Greens, said his mind had been changed by his time at The Torch, an organisation that aims to reduce recidivism rates among indigenous offenders in Victoria.

    “For sometime now I have been increasingly worried that we do not do enough in this country to recognise our First People,” he said.

    “They are important, they are special and they should be recognised as such.”

    From the Oz.

  180. Stimpson J. Cat

    And most of you gullible old fools are also veterans of the Vietnam times.

    Don’t forget Aldi Veterans.

  181. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Snap, Top Ender.

  182. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Hindus urge Reserve Bank of Australia to print beef-free $20 and $100 banknotes after it’s revealed ‘tallow’ from cows is used during production

    Don’t eat the banknotes?

  183. Miltonf

    Kennet Frasering himself up

  184. Des Deskperson

    ‘Havent seen much on the case at all.’

    As late as October last year, it was reported that Cranston’s lawyer had stated that his client would plead ‘guilty’.

    Now he has reportedly entered a plea of ‘not guilty.

    As I understand it, Cranston retired voluntarily from the ATO, presumably before any investigation of a breach of the APS Code of Conduct. Even if he is found not guilty of the criminal charge, I’m not sure he noe has any claim against ATO.

    With his long service leave entitlements and other payouts, he still would have left the ATO with a substantial sum.

  185. Eyrie

    What is it that causes former right wing death beast pollies to go soft, squishy and gooey leftist in their dotages?

  186. Bruce in WA

    Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett is calling for the date of Australia Day to be changed, arguing that retaining January 26 as a day of celebration will “forever put a white line between us and our First Peoples”.

    What effing “First Peoples”? This total crock of shyte needs to be hammered into oblivion!

  187. What is it that causes former right wing death beast pollies to go soft, squishy and gooey leftist in their dotages?

    Senility.
    No brain == leftist

  188. C.L.

    Latest:
    Nathan Phillips was a USMC refrigerator mechanic who went AWOL three times.
    Looked after Corps fridges in Lincoln, Nebraska.

  189. EvilElvis

    As for cars, a methanol fuel cell system could potentially be more efficient than a ICE because the ICE runs at combustion temperature. Using electric motors instead of an engine also lets you do regenerative braking (yes you’d need a smallish battery) plus simplify (no transmission) and lower weight.

    All that shit is wonderful from an engineering perspective. But, does it vibrate, does it shake and roll when you hit the throttle, does it make those noises that only an internal combustion engine can make? No. The supposed future of cars is like the future of the generation pushing them, soulless, characterless, vanilla flavoured, battery powered toys. A bit like all the housing from a previously great time of socialism.

  190. Stimpson J. Cat

    “For sometime now I have been increasingly worried that we do not do enough in this country to recognise our First People,” he said.

    This simply will not stop until they get Casinos.
    Just give them some Casinos for f$cks sake.

  191. You are onto something stimp.
    I had a vision of a casino next to the ancient library in the Gibson Desert.
    And a casino on top of Ayers Rock would be rather cool (with high speed elevators).

  192. 132andBush

    How many Australian forests have gone for 80 years without a single burn?

    Exactly.
    If they have it’s only since colonization.

    I read the article hoping to find what metrics he was using and could only find a reference to “soil fertility”.

  193. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    In non-artisan news, I stupidly bought some Bonds undies.
    I know they come from the finest sweatshops in Asia, but I thought I’d be pretty safe.
    How wrong I was.
    I don’t know what species they were making the undies for, but it was definitely not for the Western male.

    I see what you mean

  194. mh

    Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett is calling for the date of Australia Day to be changed, arguing that retaining January 26 as a day of celebration will “forever put a white line between us and our First Peoples”.

    Fuck off, Jeff.

  195. Infidel Tiger

    Canberra cash grab against uber drivers and deliverroos. The libs really know how to make friends.

    Good. Big tech is destroying localism.

    Smash them!

  196. Eyrie

    “And a casino on top of Ayers Rock would be rather cool (with high speed elevators).”
    Now you’re talking!
    Trouble they’d need to be run.

  197. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett is calling for the date of Australia Day to be changed, arguing that retaining January 26 as a day of celebration will “forever put a white line between us and our First Peoples”.

    All your first peoples are belong to us

  198. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Latest:
    Nathan Phillips was a USMC refrigerator mechanic who went AWOL three times.
    Looked after Corps fridges in Lincoln, Nebraska.

    From CL’s link.

    Nathan Phillips was enlisted under the name Nathaniel Richard Stanard.

    “Nathaniel Phillips enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves on May 20th, 1972 and served until May 5th, 1976,” Don Shipley said as he read the DD-214 form.

    A Reservist Fridge mechanic, claiming to be a Viet Nam Era veteran. Fuck me swinging.

  199. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Hindus urge Reserve Bank of Australia to print beef-free $20 and $100 banknotes after it’s revealed ‘tallow’ from cows is used during production

    ok let’s switch to Lard

  200. C.L.

    “For sometime now I have been increasingly worried that we do not do enough in this country to recognise our First People,” he said.

    LOL. What a wanker.

  201. C.L.

    New …
    Catholic News Agency reports:

    Nathan Phillips rally attempted to disrupt Mass at DC’s National Shrine.

    Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2019 / 03:58 pm (CNA).- While chanting and playing ceremonial drums, a group of Native American rights activists reportedly led by Nathan Phillips attempted Jan. 19 to enter Washington, D.C.’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during a Saturday evening Mass.

    The group of 20 demonstrators was stopped by shrine security as it tried to enter the church during its 5:15 pm Vigil Mass, according to a shrine security guard on duty during the Mass.

    “It was really upsetting,” the guard told CNA.

    “There were about twenty people trying to get in, we had to lock the doors and everything.”

    The guard said the incident was a disappointment during a busy and joyful weekend for the shrine.

    “We had hundreds and hundreds of people from all over the country come here to celebrate life, to celebrate each other together. That a protest tried to come inside during Mass was really the worst.”

    The guard told CNA the situation was “tense.”

    “I’m just really grateful that nothing too bad happened, they were really angry.”

    And guess what, the very next day the refrigerator whisperer attacked a group of Catholic boys.

  202. thefrollickingmole

    Ive heard pigs are used for disposing of bodies by criminal groups…

    Just sayin…

    Heres a previous story on the spacktard who runs the mob who chucked up piggery & farm operations on his facebook hitlist.
    Seems the courts view his cause as just peachy and are willing to drop whole matters due to paperwork errors.

    https://www.farmonline.com.au/story/4842862/animal-activists-let-off-charges-due-to-technicality/

    But in an upset result, Mr Delforce and Ms Kiss were awarded costs totalling $56,000 after the judge dismissed charges against them due to non-compliance with prescribed police investigative and charging procedures.

    Ms Kiss was facing two charges of installing and the use of an optical recording device without consent – but was awarded $16,000 costs after the judge dismissed both charges.

    Mr Delforce was facing four charges under the same section of the Act along with six others relating to matters of publishing material obtained from surveillance devices – but was awarded $40,000 costs after all charges were dismissed.

  203. C.L.

    Please let Trump feed them burgers!

    BREAKING: Covington Kids Going To The White House.

    On Tuesday, Nick Sandmann, the student from Covington Catholic High school who was at the center of the controversy with Native American Nathan Phillips last Friday near the Lincoln Memorial, confirmed to The Daily Wire that the White House has reached out to host the students. Sandmann said, “The President wants to send a plane down to get us.”

  204. Stimpson J. Cat

    John DiMaggio
    @TheJohnDiMaggio
    I’ve never in my life said “Well, those are well-deserved death threats.”, but I’ve also learned to never say never… #fuckthempunkasswhitekids

    I’m not saying death threats are ok, but you reap what you sow. That’s my point. PUNK ASS KIDS KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE DOING. And I did see the video. Israelites? We deal with them in NYC on the street all the time, shouting their shit. So what? Those kids? #glasshouses

    Bye Bye Bender.

  205. Snoopy

    Ah hahaha! That Trump!

    On Tuesday, Nick Sandmann, the student from Covington Catholic High school who was at the center of the controversy with Native American Nathan Phillips last Friday near the Lincoln Memorial, confirmed to The Daily Wire that the White House has reached out to host the students. Sandmann said, “The President wants to send a plane down to get us.”

    Over to you, Nancy.

  206. Rae

    claiming to be a Viet Nam Era veteran

    That was you, Old Sot. So sayeth JC many times.

    As for Nathan Phillips, he made no such claim. Watch the video.

  207. mh

    On Tuesday, Nick Sandmann, the student from Covington Catholic High school who was at the center of the controversy with Native American Nathan Phillips last Friday near the Lincoln Memorial, confirmed to The Daily Wire that the White House has reached out to host the students. Sandmann said, “The President wants to send a plane down to get us.”

    Trump will no doubt address the fake news media and their dishonest and disgraceful reporting before the kids get stuck into some great tucker.

  208. Rossini

    mh
    #2914962, posted on January 23, 2019 at 1:20 pm
    +1
    At least he only has the same voting power as me!

  209. C.L.

    Whenever a fridge conks out, Phillips has flashbacks.
    War is hell.

  210. areff

    David Lindenmayer is, amongst other evidences of grant-snaffling green trendiness, a “constant state” fire advocate.

    According to him and the Fenner School pyrophobics, if you don’t burn regularly then forest floor litter builds up to the point where it rots at the bottom, is always moist and won’t burn inferno-style. Miraculously, it is supposed to rot at the same rate it accumulates, so we achieve peace on earth and Gaia is happy as Larry.

    Absolute BS, of course. Where it has been tried the fires are infernoes of the first order. I’d urge Lindenmayer to visit Fiddler’s Green, where a policy of non-burning led to such an intense fire that the soil chemistry has been ruined for generations.

    As to his mountain ash, the only thing he has right is that they ring Melbourne’s water supply, much of it.

    The ones he is talking about, far from being Untouched Nature’s forest monarchs, were mostly planted by Italian POWs, circa 1943. Mountain Ash burns en masse between 200 and 400 years, when the whole broad swathe goes up, the dropped seats germinate and the resulting saplings all try to outgrow each other, with the slow coaches dying off for lack of sun.

    If we had any sense we’d give Lindenmayer a heart attack by razing all the mountain ash around the reservoirs and planting oaks, which don’t burn (or not much anyway). When those ash forests do go up, as they inevitably must, the resulting ash runoff into the dams will make Melbourne’s water undrinkable. Worse is the long time. All those striving saplings will suck water out of the ground before it can reach the dams. From memory, the studies all show it would (will!) be 30 years before the water table returns to normal.

    It won’t be good to live in melbourne then.

    For those interested, this submission from a couple of pyrophobics is an omnibus of the academically prevalent green nostrums, plus some gross misrepresentations of their sane opponents’ positions.

    http://www.oren.org.au/issues/fire/Submissions_May_2009_FINAL.pdf

    Fig 6: is also interesting here: Controlled-forest fires have the second-lowest soil temperatures at shallower depth. Take ‘controlled” to mean managed — not left to its own devices until, well, another 2003 alpine fire.

    https://ewater.org.au/bushfire/downloads/1000003.pdf

  211. Rossini

    “forever put a white line between us and our First Peoples”.
    Whats with the white line???? Racist
    If the black fellas were the first peoples…………who were the 2nd …3rd..& ect!

  212. hzhousewife

    Hindus urge Reserve Bank of Australia to print beef-free $20 and $100 banknotes after it’s revealed ‘tallow’ from cows is used during production

    I heard that trace amounts are used. By the time money has been handled by every Tom Dick and Hindu, it will have minute amounts of everything under the sun attached to it, Hindus will have to stop handling anything at all!

  213. thefrollickingmole

    Skin suit boy will surely direct us to instances of his new found hero correcting any of those organisations who have wrongly stated hes a Vietnam Vet…..

    Because hed hate to leave a misleading impression he was a combat veteran to cloak himself by using an ambiguous term.

  214. areff

    How many Australian forests have gone for 80 years without a single burn?

    The pyrophobics reckon parts of the Otways haven’t burned in ….. wait for it …. 10,000 years!

    Seriously. It’s mentioned in the paper linked above.

  215. Snoopy

    Rae
    #2914931, posted on January 23, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    So many gullible people on this blog.

    Phillips didn’t say he was a Vietnam veteran. He said he is a Vietnam times veteran.

    Journal Indian Country Today stealth edits, to complete nonsensity, a 2008 article reporting on Phillips addressing a crowd at Arlington National Cemetery.

    Phillips also described coming back to the U.S. as a veteran of the Vietnam era. “People called me a baby killer and a hippie girl spit on me.”

    The entire crowd was moved by the events and words spoken. Phillips then led the gathering in the lighting and partaking of the sacred pipe.

    That’s coming back to the US from Nebraska. Apparently.

  216. Infidel Tiger

    You all realise Oz Day is gone don’t you?

    Following exaxtly the same trajectory as SSM

  217. areff

    Oh, and for further proof of fire’s benefits in keeping forest fires less harmful., look up the submissions to the Black Saturday RC concerning Yackandandah. The blaze was raging out of control until ….. it hit a big patch prophylactically burned a couple of years earlier. The first stopped dead in tracks, with no more crown fires.

  218. Stimpson J. Cat

    You all realise Oz Day is gone don’t you?
    Following exaxtly the same trajectory as SSM

    Shut up and get ready for Gay Day.

  219. thefrollickingmole

    Can we please bow our heads for a moments silence to commemorate Stimpys heart being broken by Mr Shapiro.

  220. C.L.

    I have no recollection of ever celebrating Australia Day.
    It’s a recently invented big deal.
    It’s low-hanging fruit for angry brown folk, of course.
    If the date is moved, the push will begin for the vacated 26 January to become a national day of mourning akin to Armistice Day. Whenever you give up, they want more. Always more.

  221. thefrollickingmole

    Whenever you give up, they want more. Always more.

    Has anybody ever asked what the “final demand” is from these assorted spivs and no hopers?
    You know the “one deal” which will shut them up forever.

    Heres the truth, it doesnt exist, there is no point engaging with fanatics who have no end goal, every concession is about as likely to bring peace as concessions to a tantrum chucking 3 year old.

  222. Infidel Tiger

    I have no recollection of ever celebrating Australia Day.
    It’s a recently invented big deal.
    It’s low-hanging fruit for angry brown folk, of course.
    If the date is moved, the push will begin for the vacated 26 January to become a national day of mourning akin to Armistice Day. Whenever you give up, they want more. Always more.

    I think they invented it for the Bicentennial.

    Only day worth a pinch of shit in this godforsaken hellhole is Melbourne Cup Day and that’s gone too.

  223. struth

    That Beyond blue leader mustn’t have enough cases of depression on the books for his next round of funding, so out he pops and depresses the shit out of everybody.

  224. struth

    Move the day, get a war.

  225. Rae

    as a veteran of the Vietnam era

    Lots of veterans of the Vietnam era here among the gullible old people on this blog, Snoops. Maybe (probably?) including you.
    Big hoo haa among the people for and against during the Vietnam times. Marches in the streets and all. More than likely a few veterans of those marches among the older Cats.

    “Baby killers”? Maybe. Not a lot of respect for any man in uniform back in those days, whether or not they actually went to Nam, so I understand.

  226. Infidel Tiger

    New York legalises abortion right up to the moment of birth.

    Beautiful culture we have.

  227. struth

    Lots of veterans of the Vietnam era here among the gullible old people on this blog, Snoops. Maybe (probably?) including you.
    Big hoo haa among the people for and against during the Vietnam times. Marches in the streets and all. More than likely a few veterans of those marches among the older Cats.

    “Baby killers”? Maybe. Not a lot of respect for any man in uniform back in those days, whether or not they actually went to Nam, so I understand.

    There ya go, proof of the evils of drug use.

  228. Stimpson J. Cat

    I’m really upset.
    First Michelle Fields, then Never Trump, now this.
    I just don’t know if I can take him seriously anymore.
    He flip flops faster than a pair of old Havaianas on a fat man chasing an ice cream van.

  229. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Has anybody ever asked what the “final demand” is from these assorted spivs and no hopers?
    You know the “one deal” which will shut them up forever.

    https://www.treatyrepublic.net/content/bob-hawkes-draft-treaty-includes-nos-20-25

  230. Snoopy

    Where had Phillps been to be able to come back, Rae? He was lying in 2008 and the clumsy stealth edit simply highlights the fact.

  231. 132andBush

    You all realise Oz Day is gone don’t you?

    Following exaxtly the same trajectory as SSM

    Next target, Anzac Day.

  232. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    There ya go, proof of the evils of drug use.

    Either that, or drinking over the lunch table.

  233. Bruce of Newcastle

    “For sometime now I have been increasingly worried that we do not do enough in this country to recognise our First People,” he said.

    Does he realise he’s talking about Indonesians?
    Think about it. 😀

  234. Snoopy

    Where had Phillips been to be able to come back, Rae? He was lying in 2008 and the clumsy stealth edit simply highlights the fact.

  235. Snoopy

    Sorry about the double post. The first went walkabout for a while.

  236. thefrollickingmole

    Denisssssss is fully erect at the thought of the incoming Shorten looting cartel.

    Will Bill Shorten’s tax strategy make him a winner or cost him the election?
    Richard Denniss
    For the first time in a generation, we get to vote for competing ideas on revenue collection. Get your popcorn!

    After decades of the ALP and Coalition agreeing that lower taxes would deliver benefits that would “trickle down” to the broader community, we are about to have the first election in a generation where the government are keen to place competing ideas about revenue collection at the centre of their election campaigns. Get your popcorn!

    followed by.
    Australia is one of the richest countries in the world yet as anyone who has travelled to Europe knows, our cities and our essential services are far from world’s best practice. For 30 years Australian voters have been told, by both major political parties, that if we cut taxes and public spending sufficiently, we would become rich enough to have world class services one day. Strangely it didn’t work.

    Importing 100,000+ people a year might put a little strain on those services dont you think?

  237. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just watching Sky News over lunch, focus on Davos. One bureaucrat interviewed made it pretty plain as he denounced current national unrest in various places as a ‘threat to world governance’.

    Out with it, and proud, he is. As they are.

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