Wednesday Forum: January 23, 2019

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  1. Mark A

    Armadillo
    #2916656, posted on January 25, 2019 at 1:02 am

    I’m me. Nobody else. Socks suck.

    They do.
    Can’t think of any coming back in disguise?

  2. Armadillo

    Septimus is being a dickhead as usual.

  3. Armadillo

    Arky. Stop pretending you’re the matrix person or whatever. You fool no one.

  4. Oh come on

    Mark, there are several commenters here who have been commenting under a different handle not all that long ago.

    Not sure why they do this, but they do.

  5. Dave in Marybrook

    Old School Conservative…
    There’s no such thing as a “Grand Slam Tournament”. I can hardly type that without feeling ditzy.
    There are the four “Continental” Open Tournament singles titles- collect them all, and you’ve got a Grand Slam.
    Old School.

  6. Armadillo

    I don’t even know who the Matrix dude is. I have my suspicions. Good enough.

    Guilty as charged.

  7. Mark A

    Memoryvault
    #2916660, posted on January 25, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Evening Mark.

    Greetings MV, you being here means all is as well as can be.

  8. Armadillo

    Arky, get in here and explain yourself. Stop snivelling about nobody loving you or whatever that crap was.

    We hate your guts. Get over it, sooky boy.

  9. Memoryvault

    you being here means all is as well as can be.

    Things are looking better than they did a week ago, Mark.
    As I explained earlier, I should have more news on that front next week.

    Tell me something, if you will, for I am intrigued.
    You show up late at night our time.
    Are you located overseas?

    No need to answer if you feel I am prying.
    I’m just curious.

  10. Armadillo

    You show up late at night our time.

    Mark only shows up to interupt my record attempts. It’s how he gets his kicks.

  11. Memoryvault

    Well, as long as he’s doing it for a worthy cause, it’s good with me, Arma.

  12. Armadillo

    I suspect he’s an Indian call centre worker on his 10 hourly break.

  13. None

    Rae

    #2916648, posted on January 25, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Lots of old people here tonight getting themselves all worked up over the Sydney Desal Plant and its power supply.

    So Rae is here picking on old people who might want cheap power to combat 46 degree heat. Like all leftist trolls, Ray self-parodies. After midnight Rae will start picking on children under 12.

  14. DrBeauGan

    Security act on ‘OK to be white’ sign during Perth Scorchers game at Optus Stadium
    Cameron Newbold, Nick Rynne and Chris LeitchPerthNow
    January 24, 2019 7:52PM

    Two men at Optus Stadium were escorted away by police and security after rolling out a sign declaring ‘It’s OK to be white’ at tonight’s Perth Scorchers game.

    Oh. So it’s not ok to be white? Or is it actually OK but wrong to say it is OK?

  15. Armadillo

    He might be Asian. I’m only guessing.

  16. Armadillo

    BTW, Indians are actually Asians. As are the Persians.

  17. Memoryvault

    I suspect he’s an Indian call centre worker on his 10 hourly break.

    Don’t be silly.
    The very first thing they say is –
    “Hello, I am not phoning you from New Delhi”.

  18. Oh come on

    Helpful:

    Trump’s ex-chief of staff, John Kelly, joined several other former Homeland Security secretaries in signing a letter urging Trump and his Democratic rival to end the shutdown.

  19. Memoryvault

    BTW, Indians are actually Asians. As are the Persians.

    I reckon my previous GP might have something to say about that.
    He was from Iran – which he never named.
    If you asked him, he was from Persia.
    He was as Asian as I am.
    Fascinating guy – he was a Zoroastrian.

  20. Armadillo

    Oh. So it’s not ok to be white? Or is it actually OK but wrong to say it is OK?</blockquote

    Security was probably worried about their mental health. Seriously, who goes to a game and sticks up a sign saying that?

    Raise your hand.

    It's not normal behaviour.

  21. Infidel Tiger

    Uh oh!

    Nathan Philips on video claiming to be a Marine who served in Nam:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/bennyjohnson/status/1088447018861842432

  22. Oh come on

    Russia warned the U.S. on Thursday not to intervene militarily in Venezuela, saying such a move would trigger a catastrophe.

    LOL c’mon. Now this is chutzpah. Russia’s inability to influence the goings on in Venezuela demonstrates the limitations of playing a weak hand well.

  23. Armadillo

    MV, Persians are South Asians. They consider themselves the first Aryan race. Did the lying bastard disclose that?

  24. DrBeauGan

    Security was probably worried about their mental health. Seriously, who goes to a game and sticks up a sign saying that?

    Raise your hand.

    It’s not normal behaviour.

    ‘Dillo, trying to get sixty consecutive posts on catallaxy files in the small hours isn’t normal behaviour either. But we don’t condemn you or report you to the fuzz for it. If they want to express their ideas with a poster, why not let them?

  25. Memoryvault

    MV, Persians are South Asians.

    I’m not going to argue about it Arma, ‘cos I really don’t know.
    But this guy looked exactly like an awful lot of middle-aged Greeks that I have known.

    I also know a lot of Asians.
    I have four Chinese sisters-in-law, and two Indians.
    So I have a multitude of Asian in-laws.

    He does not look remotely like any of them.

  26. Armadillo

    If they want to express their ideas with a poster, why not let them?

    What’s its a “free for all”, Doc? What if I wanted to advertise Vodaphone at Telstra Stadium? Or Winfield Red? Or windmills? Or Cadbury chocolates? Or Lutherism?

    They got booted. Fair enough.

  27. Mark A

    Memoryvault
    #2916668, posted on January 25, 2019 at 1:23 am

    you being here means all is as well as can be.

    Things are looking better than they did a week ago, Mark.
    As I explained earlier, I should have more news on that front next week.

    Tell me something, if you will, for I am intrigued.
    You show up late at night our time.
    Are you located overseas?

    Yes I work in Europe, holiday coming up in FEB.

    And yes, my mission here is to thwart Arma’s attempt at a new record.

  28. Armadillo

    But this guy looked exactly like an awful lot of middle-aged Greeks that I have known.

    They all look the same.

  29. Armadillo

    MV, Mrs A was born in Iran, but she’s not Iranian. Lived there until she was 14.

  30. None

    Archbishop of Canterbury apologises ‘unreservedly’ for CoE’s ‘mistakes’ in handling Bishop Bell allegations

    In other words they totally smeared an innocent man who could not defend himself.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/24/archbishop-canterbury-apologises-unreservedly-coes-mistakes/

  31. Armadillo

    And yes, my mission here is to thwart Arma’s attempt at a new record.

    Knew it.

    Sinc, please ban Mark A.

  32. DrBeauGan

    What’s its a “free for all”, Doc? What if I wanted to advertise Vodaphone at Telstra Stadium? Or Winfield Red? Or windmills? Or Cadbury chocolates? Or Lutherism?

    Yep. Go for it. It’s freedom of speech. Shocking, I know, but nothing awful happens if you use it. People who hate Cadbury chocolates and like Lindt can make up their own little flags. Same with Lutherism, Winfield Red, windmills and Vodafone. It’s not all that different from wearing a tee-shirt with a slogan on. Or do you think tee-shirts should be regulated?

  33. Memoryvault

    Yes I work in Europe, holiday coming up in FEB.
    And yes, my mission here is to thwart Arma’s attempt at a new record.

    Thanks for that, Mark.
    Where will you be back in Oz? (State will do).

    I’m glad you are here for a worthwhile reason.
    BTW, now that I have been doxxed, my name is Peter.

  34. Armadillo

    We haven’t had a “smoting” for awhile. Now is the time.

  35. mh

    Osaka to win consecutive Grand Slam tournament singles titles?

    I’m liking the even money.

  36. Memoryvault

    MV, Mrs A was born in Iran, but she’s not Iranian. Lived there until she was 14.

    Poor girl.
    Did you marry her?
    Or buy her?

  37. Mark A

    Memoryvault
    #2916694, posted on January 25, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Yes I work in Europe, holiday coming up in FEB.
    And yes, my mission here is to thwart Arma’s attempt at a new record.

    Thanks for that, Mark.
    Where will you be back in Oz? (State will do).

    I’m glad you are here for a worthwhile reason.
    BTW, now that I have been doxxed, my name is Peter.

    We live in Melbourne, Brighton to be exact, but if someone is really interested, I gave more than enough info about myself, when joined. Probably wouldn’t do it now seeing the various dheads about.

  38. Memoryvault

    It’s ok Mark. Melbourne is enough detail.
    I was hoping you would say SE QLD.
    For alas, I am still not cleared for air travel.

  39. Armadillo

    Or do you think tee-shirts should be regulated?

    On my private property and at an event I’m paying a fortune to sponsor, yes. Absolutely.

    FMD. Its called sponsorship rights. Nothing would ever get sponsored if some idiot just showed up and wanted to put out their own message.

    How do you feel about Greenpeace spray painting the Opera House. Is that OK?

  40. Memoryvault

    How do you feel about Greenpeace spray painting the Opera House. Is that OK?

    I thought they had done that already.

  41. Armadillo

    Did you marry her? Or buy her?

    You ask way too many questions. It’s none of your business.

    She cost me a Camel. A very pretty one. With long eyelashes.

    Other than revealing that, my lips are sealed. Too many freaks and stalkers frequent this place.

  42. Armadillo

    Doc thinks any weirdo with a cause should be able to spruick their shit whenever and however they want.

    Sad mate. I’m disappointed in you.

  43. Memoryvault

    You win, Arma.
    Marilyn just surfaced, had her night-time drugs, and has returned to bed.
    And you have tuckered me out.
    I concede defeat and withdraw from the field of conflict.

    Oh the shame . . . the shame.

    .
    Go get him, Mark.
    Our honour depends on you now.

  44. Armadillo

    I concede defeat and withdraw from the field of conflict.

    Skirt boy.

  45. Armadillo

    I miss Arky.

    He was like Goofy with a weird NZ accent. Or perhaps Scooby Doo.

  46. Armadillo

    Probably picked the “square window” in Kindergarten. Wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

  47. Mark A

    Armadillo
    #2916707, posted on January 25, 2019 at 2:49 am

    I miss Arky.

    He was like Goofy with a weird NZ accent. Or perhaps Scooby Doo.

    I was going to say that.
    I liked his anecdotes from his teaching days.

    He was alright even after he quit teaching, but then he got more philosophical and joined into religious arguments.
    Why did he do it?

    In politics and religion you never turn anyone around with arguments, just look at Monty.

  48. DrBeauGan

    Or do you think tee-shirts should be regulated?

    On my private property and at an event I’m paying a fortune to sponsor, yes. Absolutely.

    FMD. Its called sponsorship rights. Nothing would ever get sponsored if some idiot just showed up and wanted to put out their own message.

    How do you feel about Greenpeace spray painting the Opera House. Is that OK?

    Well when you run a footy game on your private property and demand the right to censor my tee-shirt as part of the deal, I won’t come. Putting up with your treating a footy game as an opportunity to spruik your commercial crap is bad enough. Push that too far and nobody will bother. You think it can be pushed to complete totalitarianism. Just try it and see how far you get.

    Greenpeace can colour the opera house with lights if it wants. Might improve it, the thing is an eyesord. No, if they spray paint it, they have to wash it off. It’s not their property.

  49. Mark A

    DrBeauGan
    #2916710, posted on January 25, 2019 at 3:13 am
    Greenpeace can colour the opera house with lights if it wants. Might improve it, the thing is an eyesore. No, if they spray paint it, they have to wash it off. It’s not their property.

    Something I never dared utter in polite company, but agree with you 100%

    Say so in public and you’ll be labeled ‘un-australian’, whatever that means.

  50. Armadillo

    OMG. Don’t ever diss the Opera House around here. EVER.

    You people are disgraceful.

  51. Armadillo

    FMD.

    Sinc, please ban Doc.

  52. Armadillo

    The Girrafe Boy scurried off for a less offence than this. What’s next? A problem with the Harbour Bridge?

  53. Armadillo

    Don’t like the colour?

  54. Armadillo

    You demand anal sex be advertised on it?

  55. Armadillo

    How about an image of Jesus?

  56. Armadillo

    Stalin perhaps? Free speech and all.

  57. Mark A

    Now is your chance Arma, Tom is not going to post before 5AM and I’m busy downloading the day’s results.

    Go for it.
    Go, go, go!

  58. Armadillo

    Now is your chance Arma, Tom is not going to post before 5AM and I’m busy downloading the day’s results.

    Patience is the only virtue I have.

    I’m hardly going to expend it on a Thursday (or whatever weird time clock you’re on).

  59. Mark A

    6:05 PM Thursday 24/01/19

    Fair enough, your call.
    Do you take phone bets?

  60. Notafan

    Waves from sunny Portugal

  61. Notafan

    Not much difference physically between Greeks and Persians.

    Didn’t they used to go to war against each other?

  62. Mater

    Oh. So it’s not ok to be white? Or is it actually OK but wrong to say it is OK?

    Apparently it’s definitely NOT ok to be white.
    Our political masters have spoken.
    They did, thankfully, stop short of outlawing it…for now.

    Hanson’s ‘it’s okay to be white’ motion shot down in senate

    If it can’t get through the senate, it most certainly shouldn’t be mentioned at the cricket. 😉

  63. Tom

    David Rowe’s Trump Derangement is starting to look like a looming self-harm episode. He should be kept away from sharp objects.

  64. Bruce of Newcastle

    Rowe used the wrong painting.

  65. calli

    *Waves back*

    Hi Nota!

    So much so that he isn’t even allowed to post the name of his real identity 🙁

    It’s one of the few things about this place that has p*ssed me off in all of seven years. Bless you.

  66. John Constantine

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQyDowQ2PXw

    Their shorten economy as predicted by hogestradameous on the mean streets of seventies melbourne.

  67. Mother Lode

    I think we should cut Gllloogrooory a bit of slack here.

    Whatever motivates other people to come here as socks, for Goggolloorly it is merely another manifestation of the drive for skin suits.

    And just as he has hanging up ‘Nighttime Mother’, ‘Home Mother’, ‘Slutty Wanton Mother’, ‘Lactating Mother’ etc, so he has a range of socks – all of which are also variations on a theme: dickheads.

  68. bespoke

    John Constantine

    I miss the old Hogan.

  69. josh

    Ex-Scottish first minister Alex Salmond charged with attempted rape

    Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has appeared in court charged with attempted rape and sexual assault.

    He faced a total of 14 charges at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, also including breach of the peace and indecent assault.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-46984747

  70. John Constantine

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/24/school-strikes-over-climate-change-continue-to-snowball

    “She’s also been forced to give up her hobbies, as climate change activism has taken more of her time. “I used to play theatre, sing, dance, play an instrument, ride horses, lots of things.”

    She’s sanguine, though, pointing out that climate activism is much more important: “You have to see the bigger perspective.”

    Daddy got her a pony and she still moody.

  71. John Constantine

    “Soros: China is using AI to underpin one-party state

    George Soros, the billionaire investor/philantropist, is giving a speech in Davos, at a private dinner.

    And he’s kicked off with by warning that machine-learning and artificial intelligence are posing an “unprecedented threat” to open societies.

    Soros says these technologies are now in the hands to totalitarian leaders and oppressive regimes, singling our China’s president Xi.

    Soros declares:

    Xi Jinping wants a one-party state to rein supreme….

    He is the most dangerous opponent to those who believe in open societies.

    Soros is singling out China’s social credit system; saying it will use algorithms to see if an individual “poses a threat to the one-party state”

    Like saruman and sauron, just a pity that the soros tyranny and the chicom tyranny can’t just fight each other to the death without burning the free world down to do it.

    Comrades.

  72. Makka

    From John C’s link;

    Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace, says youth activism on climate change gives her hope. “The 15-year-olds just speak truth to power.”

    It’s all so easy when they don’t have to pay for the roof over their heads.

  73. Baldrick

    Apparently, only 1 dissenting voice out of 284 indigenous land owners is enough to get the U.N. involved and much hand-wringing from TheirABC –

    ABC News ✔ @abcnews
    UN calls for Australia to suspend Adani project amid concerns over Indigenous rights

  74. MatrixTransform

    Stop pretending you’re the matrix person

    Sorry Armadillo, isnt like that at all.

    I have had this handle since at least 2004 and no other.
    name chosen for some programming work that i’m very proud of which solved a problem a room full of engineers failed at … and because if you search it on Goggles you only come up with mathematical gibber in the reulsts.

    If my particular brand of smug has appeared coincidentally with the absence of Arky’s then its by chance only.

  75. John Constantine

    Their shorten will simply rent the one party state artificial intelligence from the Tyrant for life of all the chicoms.

    shorten with the chicom skynet.

    Poor fella my country.

    Comrades.

  76. Mater

    From John C’s link:

    Mike Hudema

    @MikeHudema
    Wow! They’re back and this time they’re 32,000 strong! These students want #climateaction and they are not going to stop marching until they get it!

    I bet they do!

  77. John Constantine

    Soros’s Davos speeches usually have one or two villians – this year, president Xi is in the spotlight.

    Soros is explaining how Xi’s Belt and Road initiative is hitting potholes, with countries such as Malaysia pushing back against the surge of China-backed infrastructure project.

    The situation in Pakistan is less clear, Soros adds, explaining that China intends to use the Belt and Road initiative for military means as well as economic ones.”

    One belt, one road one way is military, says soros.

    The gormless fucks that signed yarragrad up to this military occupation for a brown paper bag of fivers–can we blow them from the guns yet?.

    or do we wait for full zimbabwe?

    Comrades.

  78. John Constantine

    From his davos bully pulpit.

    “Some of the events in the last year have surprised me, says 88-year old Soros.

    He says he president Xi Jinping came into trouble this year when — the rumours say — he was taken down a few pegs by senior officials in Beijing.

    Rumour had it that the communication disapproved of the cult of personality that Xi had built around himself, and his changes to presidential term limits, says Soros.

    However, he doesn’t expect change at the top adding:

    Xi remains supreme leader, possibly for his lifetime.”

  79. bespoke

    Makka

    I figured your absence was due to some room cleaning. I’m not very good with pep talks and I don’t think you need one anyway mate.

    Cheers

  80. Bruce of Newcastle

    Wow! They’re back and this time they’re 32,000 strong! These students want #climateaction and they are not going to stop marching until they get it!

    The Children’s Crusade didn’t work out all that well.

  81. Eyrie

    A large dog needs to be regarded as a fully loaded automatic weapon with the safety off and a mind of its own.
    Why aren’t the dogs in that attack dead yet?

  82. John Constantine

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2019/jan/24/davos-2019-hammond-faces-uk-businesses-over-brexit-live

    Tyrannical commos liveblogging tyrannical billionaires feasting at the elite resort of davos.

    Deciding how many proles they really need in the world.

    Comrades

  83. Baldrick

    Wow! They’re back and this time they’re 32,000 strong! These students want #climateaction and they are not going to stop marching until they get it!

    I bet they also want air-conditioned classrooms.

  84. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    As I see it, there are different viewpoints here but never any real malice.

    I said this last nite and I still hold to it, because we are self-regulating and generally know from others and our own conscience that we need to back off if we step over a line, for example when tired and emotional, but I did forget about the horrors of the Grigorae. He is chock full of malice. Trolls can be like that. They are not Catallaxians and don’t count.

    Ignore him.

  85. John Constantine

    even soros says it is suicide to rent the new 5g internet off the chicom peoples liberation army secret police.

    “Soros: Can’t let ZTE and Huawei dominate 5G

    Last year, George Soros was putting the boot into Donald Trump.

    This year, he’s offering him advice, saying:

    Instead of waging a trade war with the entire world, US should focus on China.

    Soros says it would be a mistake to let Chinese mobile operators ZTE and Huawei “off lightly” [referring to concerns that they could allow Beijing access to Western networks].

    Soros says:

    If they dominated the 5G market, they would represent an unacceptable security risk to the rest of the world

    If Xi and Trump were no longer in power, it could create an opportunity for cooperations between the two cyber superpowers, Soros concludes.”

    Paqy the chicom secret police to build and own your communications networks is as stupid as paying the chicom secret police to own and operate your States security camera network.

    Which the quisling traitors of yarragrad have done.

    Comrade Maaaaaaates.

  86. OldOzzie

    Chinese exit hits apartment development market

    Dozens of development sites in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, some large enough for 600-unit apartment towers, are hitting the market as Chinese developers plagued by poor buyer appetite and lack of finance are forced to sell.

    The Bushells site in Sydney’s Concord that can sustain more than 600 units is understood to have hit the market at the behest of its Asian owners at a price tag of about $200 million but has already been rejected by a troika of developers spooked by the looming real estate crash amid the 9 per cent drop in average residential values across Sydney last year.

    Businessman and property developer David Kingston, a former Rothschilds investment banker, says apartment development site prices could halve this year.

    “The apartment market is in serious trouble and development sites are falling in price. A lot of Chinese paid pretty big prices in 2016 and a lot of development sites doubled or trebled in value between 2014 and 2018 and they will halve or worse,” Mr Kingston told The Australian.

    “I am certain the Chinese will be selling development sites for multiple reasons including the fact that development margins have disappeared and values have plummeted. The ability to obtain development finance has been substantially reduced, and the ability to pre-sell apartments has collapsed.”

    Adding to the problem, Mr Kingston said foreign apartment buyers were being slugged with substantially increased stamp ­duties.

    “There is a very subdued economy in China and the government in China is tightening the ability for Chinese to invest outside the country,” he said.

    “In Australia the commercial banks are substantially tightening lending both to developers and unit buyers or investors.

    “Sentiment plays a very big part in residential property and when it goes up there’s a fear of missing out and everyone wants to buy in, and when it goes down it’s the opposite effect.

    “The psychology in residential is very important.” Mr Kingston heads K Capital, which owns several tourism assets and is seeking approval for plans for his 30-level Roxy Tower office tower in the heart of Parramatta, in Sydney’s west.

    Mr Kingston believes Sydney’s eastern suburbs will retain its value to a better degree or decline to a lesser extent during the property downturn because it is a relatively small area.

    “(But) apartment prices in Parramatta, Liverpool and Burwood are coming off 20-25 per cent, therefore the value of development sites will come off 50 per cent,” he said.

    “I am looking to buy in Sydney because the market is under a lot of pressure. Some value will start to appear in 2019 for astute investors. But there will not be any quick bounce, it will take some years for the market to stabilise and then it will start to grow again.”

    CBRE national director Mark Wizel said there had been “somewhat of a slowdown” but said this was confined to the bottom end of the market when it came to Chinese developers. “This has affected, somewhat, the sub-50 apartment and sub-20 townhouse markets in Melbourne,” he said.

    But Mr Wizel said there was solid interest from Chinese ­developers who had purchased and developed in Melbourne at the upper end of the market.

    “If anything the slowdown in the residential market has started to eliminate some players that considered themselves to be developers that actually were just trying their hand at delivering a small block of apartments,” Mr Wizel said. “The real developers are still around, they are still buying and, while selection of sites may be a bit more detailed at present, their confidence to secure a pipeline for their business remains strong.”

    Other agents speaking off the record yesterday said the majority of sites in Sydney’s west and outer west were being sold by Asian groups that had paid too much at the height of the property boom.

    In central Sydney, a major ­financial advisory firm for Asian investors, iProsperity Group, and its partner, China-based institutional fund manager Bridge Capital, are selling 333 Kent Street.

    They picked up the office block that now has approval for a luxury hotel and residential apartment block for a symbolic price of $88.8 million (888 is considered a lucky number in China) but are now asking an ambitious $140m.

    Most of the Chinese development site sales are in outer Sydney. Closer to the CBD, real estate agency Savills insists that in some cases Chinese and Hong Kong-based buyers are still buying up sites with a resurgence of Asian capital in higher-priced inner-city suburbs Haymarket, The Rocks and Milsons Point.

    “With five out of our past six deals at the end of last year ­secured by mainland Chinese and Hong Kong buyers, the sentiment is that this will continue,” Savills NSW state director of metropolitan and regional sales Tom Tuxworth said.

    However, he conceded that Chinese buyer appetite was slowing. “While the number of buyers engaging in these properties has declined since 2015, there are a number of new and established players in the market looking for well-located investments,” he said. “The Chinese buyer mandates we are currently dealing with are not reliant on local funding, and buyers have the ability to purchase with cash and settle quickly.”

    Savills had gained sales from Chinese, Singaporean and Hong Kong buyers for properties in Carlingford, for $22.6m, as well as in The Rocks and Milsons Point.

    Mr Tuxworth insisted Asian capital was still chasing local properties. “Sydney is still high on the agenda for offshore buyers,” he said.

  87. calli

    A perfectly still morning here. My usual 4km walk, through dense sea mist, other walkers looming, Terminator-like in the distance, only to shrink to human size as they get closer.

    No wind power, no solar. The grid must function as best it can.

    I wonder if they’ll instruct Tomago to shut down again? That, to my mind, is green energy in action.

  88. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    A friend of ours is arriving from o/s on Australia Day to stay with us for a while. I will definitely show her the cartoonist Taylor’s ‘translation’ chart of common Australianisms so that she doesn’t get confused about our fabulous vernacular.

    And wouldn’t Johannes’ dad be proud of his boy? From strength to strength there.

  89. Eyrie

    “Wow! They’re back and this time they’re 32,000 strong! These students want #climateaction and they are not going to stop marching until they get it!”
    OK kiddies, you are going to live by your beliefs.
    No, you can’t heat or cool your bedroom.
    No, your parents will not be driving your anywhere, including school. Walk.
    No, you cannot charge your iCrap device or phone or run a PC.
    No domestic or overseas air travel for you.
    You will need to go to bed early because the light bulbs in your room have been removed.
    etc, etc, etc

  90. OldOzzie

    Corbett slams ‘unfair’ ALP attack on franking credits system

    Leading businessman and former Reserve Bank of Australia board member Roger Corbett has attacked the ALP’s policy to rip up the nation’s franking credits system for dividends, savaging the plan as divisive and plundering the retirement savings of Aus­tralians who can least afford it.

    The one-time boss of the ­nation’s biggest supermarket chain, Woolworths, former chairman of Fairfax Media and a former adviser to US retail giant Wal-Mart told The Australian the ALP policy would ruin the retirement plans of tens of thousands of people, many of whom were too old to switch savings strategies.

    “I think anything that changes the rules for existing players should have a moratorium on it so if you are retired and you have retired on a particular basis and you have budgeted to do so and are depending on that, then for the government to change the rules, that will have an adverse effect on tens of thousands of people — I think it is wrong, it’s wrong,” he said.

    Mr Corbett, a Liberal Party member, joined others from the business and investment community to decry the fact that union-backed industry funds, as well as many retail funds, would be ­exempt from the ALP crackdown on excess franking credit refunds but people in self-managed super funds or individual investors would be ensnared.

    Billionaire investor Robert Millner said yesterday the ALP policy would create two classes of investors, with union industry funds among the biggest winners, while fund manager Geoff Wilson, who looks after $3 billion in savings on behalf of 80,000 investors, said a “two-tier superannuation system” would emerge from the policy.

    “This proposed policy would create an unfair two-tier superannuation system in which industry funds can claim cash refunds and SMSFs cannot,’’ Mr Wilson said yesterday.

    “Many market participants view this as a direct attack on the SMSF sector. This policy would force retirees to direct their retirement savings to industry super funds, which are major donors to the Labor Party,’’ Mr Wilson added. “Why should (industry funds) have the benefit and no one else? I think what will happen, if we do get a change of government, is we could get a divide in the community. Obviously the unions are speaking out on what they would like to be doing, but not everybody likes to be in the union.’’

    It’s not the first time Mr Corbett has been critical of ALP policy. The corporate heavyweight was called on to resign from the RBA in 2013 when he attended a $500-a-head Liberal Party fundraiser for Tony Abbott.

    Current ALP policy is to close down a concession that gives cash refunds for excess dividend imputation credits. Most industry funds and retail funds could still harvest franking credits because of the overwhelming dominance in these funds of workers still in ­accumulation phases rather than pension phase of their policies.

    Franking credits wouldn’t offset the whole tax liability for accounts in the accumulation phase, effectively making industry funds exempt. But self-managed funds or individual investors would miss out on the franking credits refund.

    “That is unfair. It’s quite possible industry funds beneficiaries are a lot better off than people managing their own super funds,’’ Mr Corbett said.

    “Why do they (politicians), when there is any shortage of funds, the first thing they go towards is plundering people’s ­retirement savings?”

    Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton yesterday entered the debate that has gripped retirees, pensioners and the guardians of trillions of dollars in the nation’s retirement savings, accusing opposition Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen of trying to force through this policy and others because he was a student of former treasurer and prime minister Paul Keating and a handmaiden to completing Mr Keating’s unfinished business.

    “Bowen would speak to Paul Keating every other day so he’s been very influential from a young age on Chris Bowen. So there’s a lot of Keating coming out — the worst of Keating coming out in Bowen, unfortunately,’’ Mr Dutton said on Sydney’s 2GB radio yesterday.

    “And the abolition of negative gearing, the capital gains tax, the dividend imputation is a disaster for the economy. If you’ve got companies now, CEOs, fund managers, who are selling down or making decisions to cash in because they think Labor is going to be elected in May, then surely people see a message in that.

    “But if you’ve got shares and you’re relying on that in terms of the dividend imputation, that is a disaster for you.”

    Writing in The Australian today, Mr Bowen defends the construction and impact of his dividends policy: “In 2014-15, $5.9bn was spent on refunding dividend imputation credits. The commonwealth government in the same year spent less than this on public schools ($5.2bn). This can’t go on.

    “We’ll put aside the fact that industry funds are jointly managed by unions and employers. The fact is industry funds are treated the same way as retail and bank funds. And all these funds pay tax. Allowing them to use franking to offset that tax is a fundamental principle of avoiding double taxation. In fact, it is tax refunds to non-tax paying SMSFs and individuals which is the anomaly in our tax system: no other element of our personal income tax system involves refundable credits.”

    Mr Corbett, who last year was elected president of the Warringah Federal Electorate Conference to help Mr Abbott retain the blue-ribbon Sydney seat, said it would be more sensible for Mr Bowen to include a moratorium on any cutting of concessions that gives cash refunds for excess dividend imputation credits, to at least give Australians time to formulate long-term savings plans.

    “It is not as though these ­people are extremely wealthy. They are people who have saved and invested and not consumed and have obviously conserved to provide for their retirement and I believe the ALP are wrong in proposing to change those rules.

    “It might be all right for those people who still have a considerable amount of working life in front of them but it’s clear it [the ALP policy] will have adverse ­effects on tens of thousands.”

    Speaking to The Australian yesterday, Mr Millner said the proposed ALP policy could also encourage investors to shift out of Australian equities and plunge their money in to riskier assets such as property and overseas shares.

  91. Eyrie

    calli “I wonder if they’ll instruct Tomago to shut down again? That, to my mind, is green energy in action”
    Or rather inaction.

  92. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    ABC News ✔ @abcnews
    UN calls for Australia to suspend Adani project amid concerns over Indigenous rightsinsufficient payoffs

    fixingly

  93. bespoke

    If your tired and emotional, Lizzie you should stay of the internet. Expecting anonymous people to indulge your mood is selfish.

  94. OldOzzie

    JoNova – Warning: Money on fire in Vic and SA electricity prices at $14,000 per MW

    and currently in Victoria $497.61

    AEMO Data Dashboard Dispatch Overview

  95. OldOzzie

    The Australian Editorial – Pelosi’s undemocratic tactics

    US Democrats are badly misusing their newly won congressional power to bar Donald Trump from delivering his annual State of the Union address in the House of Representatives — a tradition followed by US presidents, whatever their politics, since George Washington in 1790. The Democrats’ specious claim that they would not be able to ensure Mr Trump’s safety because of the government shutdown has brought them into disrepute, showing contempt for US democracy.

    The row shows the depth of division within the US polity. Mr Trump was close to the mark when he said house Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “afraid of the super-left Democrats, the radical Democrats. What’s going on in their party is shocking.” Her refusal to allow him into the house is, as he said, “a great blotch on the great country we love”. However much Ms Pelosi loathes Mr Trump, he is the democratically elected President. Key national events such as the State of the Union are sacrosanct, irrespective of whoever holds the office of president and whichever party controls congress. Mr Trump, who initially decided to proceed with Tuesday’s address at a different venue, will now delay his address until after the shutdown.

    Ms Pelosi and the Democrats are entitled to blame Mr Trump for the shutdown, which will reach an unprecedented 39th day on Tuesday, with 700,000 workers unpaid and major agencies in limbo. As polls show 60 per cent of Americans now blame Mr Trump for the deadlock and 32 per cent blame the Democrats, Ms Pelosi is seeking to exploit the crisis for all it’s worth. With polls showing Mr Trump’s approval rating at 34 per cent, its lowest level in more than a year, Ms Pelosi may believe the Democrats are on to a good thing in telling him he is not welcome. Mr Trump is no shrinking violet either when it comes to abusing his opponents and disregarding convention and tradition. But the office he holds and the challenges posed by the shutdown demand better than Ms Pelosi’s tactics. The shutdown, over the Democrats’ refusal to approve the $US5.7 billion ($8bn) Mr Trump wants for his border wall, will be ended only through sensible compromise in the national interest.

    Ms Pelosi is miffed by Mr Trump refusing her use of a government aircraft to visit Afghanistan. But the President is constitutionally mandated to make a State of the Union address, and Ms Pelosi is adding fuel to the fire by refusing to allow him to do so as scheduled. US democracy and the challenges confronting it demand better than her schoolyard tactics.

  96. feelthebern

    At the risk of being banned from the Cat, IT’s identity revealed.

    https://twitter.com/BossMoz/status/1087895897805996032/video/1

  97. calli

    No drink-blogging, bespoke? The horror!

    Sad to see Elle upset over anti-Semitism. She obviously wasn’t here when Birdy told me to expect a late night call and to be shipped of in railway cars to a distant destination (along with my infant grandchildren). Weirdo.

    Freedom is dangerous and sometimes confronting. Like it or lump it or love it. Or suppress it.

  98. calli

    That’s Sticking it to da Man, 60’s style.

    He will become what he hates most.

  99. OldOzzie

    US warships sail through the closely watched Taiwan Strait, turning up the pressure on Beijing

    – It is the fourth time the Navy has publicly admitted to sending surface combatants through the strait since the US restarted the practice last summer

    – It comes at a sensitive time in US-China relations, and is likely to draw criticism from Beijing

  100. Eyrie

    Security concerns for Trump in the House? I guess so, its got democrats in it.
    He should turn up with a Company of armed Marines.

  101. OldOzzie

    How the Clinton machine flooded the FBI with Trump-Russia dirt … until agents bit

    As it became clear during the 2016 US election that Donald Trump had a mountain of support underneath him, nervous Democrats connected to the Hillary Clinton camp reached out to US officials over a half-dozen times, “each tapping a political connection to get suspect evidence into FBI counterintelligence agents’ hands,” according to The Hill’s John Solomon, citing internal documents and testimonies he has reviewed, along with interviews Solomon conducted

    Each contact by a Clinton crony was unsolicited, according to Solomon’s FBI sources, in what they described as a “classic case of information saturation” meant to inject toxic and unverified opposition research into the agency’s counterintelligence apparatus that should have known better than to eventually bite.

    Ex-FBI general counsel James Baker, one of the more senior bureau executives to be targeted, gave a memorable answer when congressional investigators asked how attorney Michael Sussmann from the Perkins Coie law firm, which represented the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party, came to personally deliver him dirt on Trump.

    “You’d have to ask him why he decided to pick me,” Baker said last year in testimony that has not yet been released publicly. The FBI’s top lawyer turned over a calendar notation to Congress, indicating that he met Sussmann on Sept. 19, 2016, less than two months before Election Day. -The Hill

    Perkins Coie, as we know, paid Fusion GPS to produce opposition research assembled by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele in his now infamous “Steele Dossier,” which suggested that Donald Trump colluded with Moscow during the 2016 election.

    By the time Perkins attorney Sussman reached out to the FBI’s James Baker, the Steele dossier had already made its way inside the FBI. Sussman, however, “augmented it with cyber evidence that he claimed showed a further connection between the GOP campaign and Russian President Vladimir Putin,” according to Solomon. Some of this digital evidence was delivered on a thumb drive, according to Baker.

    H/T Zero Hedge

  102. Eyrie

    The Australian’s editors really are a bunch of squishy left softcocks aren’t they? I no longer routinely buy that far left, commie rag.

  103. Ellen of Tasmania

    Tassie is under siege from multiple fires today, and that stupid, ignorant, arrogant, half-wit Nick McKim gets airplay on our local ABC to tell us all it’s because of ‘climate change’.

    I’m a pretty pacific person but I would have punched him if I could, because I know that even if you spent a month with facts and figures about unfettered wilderness and dumb green policies laid out before him, he’d still emerge and say, “Climate change”.

    People in the fire service have been warning for ages that we’re a disaster waiting to happen, and they never happen to mention climate change. I suspect they’d like to punch the likes of McKim, too.

    My men are all home today because the road into our area is to be closed down and they don’t want to be stuck on the other side. There are about 28 uncontrolled fires burning through the greenies beloved wilderness at the moment – and they should be held to account for it.

  104. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    You will need to go to bed early because the light bulbs in your room have been removed.
    etc, etc, etc

    No “schoolies” in Bali.

  105. OldOzzie

    A DNA Test Just Shattered One of The Most Famous Nazi Conspiracy Theories

    PETER DOCKRILL
    23 JAN 2019

    The idea came to him in a dream, he later claimed, a vision delivered by supernatural forces.

    It was 1941, and Rudolf Hess – the Deputy Führer and second-in-line to Hitler himself – embarked upon a perilous solo flight to Britain in a wild bid to broker peace with Germany’s bitter enemy. Or did he?

    Was the man (who was later captured) actually Rudolf Hess, or, as a 70-year-old conspiracy theory would have you believe, an indistinguishable impostor: somebody sent to fool the allies for some nefarious Nazi purpose, or even a lookalike planted by the Brits?

  106. Tel

    Around 50% of Facebook users might be fake.

    Same as everywhere else on the Internet then.

  107. Bruce of Newcastle

    This is fun!

    Shutdown continues: Senate blocks bills to fund government amid fight over Trump border wall

    The Senate blocked dueling bills to fund the government on Thursday, leaving no clear path to ending the longest government shutdown ever. Both a Republican-backed proposal and a measure supported by Democrats did not get the 60 votes needed to pass.

    A GOP-backed measure to fund Trump’s border wall and offer limited legal protections for some immigrants failed in a 50-47 vote. Three senators — Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republicans Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Mike Lee of Utah — broke with their parties.

    A plan supported by Democrats fared better, but still fell short in a 52-44 vote. Six Republican senators supported it: Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah.

    So the Senate, apart from the cloture fig-leaf, voted to both fund the Wall (50-47) and not fund the Wall (52-44)…

    And they blame Trump for the shutdown?

    (Btw congratulations to Utah upon electing your new RepublicanDemocrat senator.)

  108. calli

    All the best, Ellen.

    These people are killers. The frightfull “hot” fire I spoke of the other day occurred in a “conservation area”. It was a complete wilderness, little backburning or management. So when the fire started it ran unchecked, feeding greedily off the piles of fuel on the floor.

    Acres and acres, now like the surface of the moon, the black trunks of massive angophora burned to the core. And the koala population wiped out, along with many other species. With rain, volunteer species like lantana will establish on the charred soil. Goodbye bushland.

    But “climate change”. Zombies.

  109. bespoke

    Do they distinguish between anonymous and fake, Tel? I think getting rid of the ability to delete posts would make some people be more carefool about what they post. Ashwell as getting rid of the narcissistic like button.

  110. Tel

    Couldn’t be anyone anonymous on Facebook, they require your real date of birth to create an account (same secret date that the bank uses as a security token).

  111. OldOzzie

    Crisis of Citizenship

    Where are the adults? Spreading lies, making common cause with lunatics, attacking kids.

    Let me be direct about this: You people are a bunch of hysterical ninnies, and it is time for you to grow the hell up.

    You know who you are.

    The Covington fiasco has proved to be a clarifying moment. And here is what has been made clear: Much of the American media is no longer engaged in journalism. It is engaged in opposition research and in what is sometimes known among political operatives as “black p.r.”—the sinister twin of ordinary public relations. As Joy Behar, as profoundly dim and tedious a person as American public life has to offer, forthrightly confessed: The hysteria and outright dishonesty surrounding the Covington students had nothing to do with them. It has to do with narrowly partisan, selfish, deeply stupid, entirely unpatriotic, childish, foot-stamping, fingers-in-the-ears, weeping, cooties-loathing, teary-eyed, tremulous, quavering, pansified, gormless, deceitful, dishonorable, and cynical politics of the lowest kind — the politics of Us and Them.

  112. calli

    Heatwave pressure on Tomago plant history.

  113. OldOzzie

    Country Fire Authority’s digital radio rollout extinguished

    The Country Fire Authority has been forced to suspend the rollout of new digital radios in outer metropolitan areas after firefighters experienced serious coverage issues.

    United Firefighters Union boss Peter Marshall said firefighters, particularly in Melbourne’s west, had encountered “significant ­issues” including network blackspots inside buildings.

    He said this had resulted in the “failure of fireground communications” which he called a “serious safety issue”.

    The CFA confirmed “some coverage issues” had been identified during the radio rollout in Melbourne’s outer west and outer southeast. Firefighters are returning to using analog ­radios while it investigates.

    A CFA spokeswoman said: “The transition has been ­delayed while CFA works constructively with Emergency Management Victoria to ­ensure optimal coverage across the districts.

    “While works continue, ­service delivery to the community will remain unchanged. A final transition date has yet to be determined.”

  114. Tel

    United Firefighters Union boss Peter Marshall said firefighters, particularly in Melbourne’s west, had encountered “significant ­issues” including network blackspots inside buildings.

    I thought the CFA were bushfire fighters. What are they doing inside buildings?

    Maybe the union guys should find some of the old volunteers and ask how they used to do it.

  115. Bruce of Newcastle

    Couldn’t be anyone anonymous on Facebook, they require your real date of birth to create an account

    Tel – That is unintentionally hilarious…

    Facebook Slides After Report Claims 50% Of Its Users Are Fake (24 Jan)

    😀

  116. Bruce of Newcastle

    Or maybe intentionally hilarious!

  117. Geriatric Mayfly

    Tassie is under siege from multiple fires today, and that stupid, ignorant, arrogant, half-wit Nick McKim gets airplay on our local ABC to tell us all it’s because of ‘climate change’.

    His speciality is illegal country shoppers. So he might be out of his depth here. If wildfires ever sweep Manus and Nauru you can rest assured that this half-wit will not be blaming climate change.

  118. bespoke

    Sydney Desal Plant has it own dedicated wind farm providing all of its power needs, as I said just a few comments ago. It’s not part of “the entire power grid”.

    So it sits idle for years or produces power for nothing? That’s progressive none-binary economics.

  119. struth

    Good Moaning.

    Just called parents to make sure they’re alright down in the hell hole of South Australia.
    A hell hole completely and utter created by politicians such as Weatherdill.
    A completely unnecessary power failure again, until 11:30 at night.
    My elderly parents, having cooling showers and employing all the tricks we used to use in heatwaves before airconditioning, are toddling off to help really old neighbours who were really struggling, cold flannels, etc.

    Is this my country in 2019?
    Is this a first world nation?
    Aren’t we supposed to be one, if not THE, most resource rich countries on the planet?

    Trainloads of coal heading to China, thousands of tonnes daily, leaving our shores to employ commo Asian scum to flood us with their substandard fucking crap.

    But where is the outrage?

    The media this morning believe again, the deindustrialisation and elderly killing power shortages not newsworthy.
    And somehow we’ve reached a point where people believe the power fails because it is hot!!

    The dumb bastards actually think that hot days cause power failures.
    Despite them not happening in Dubai, Darwin, or any other hot hell hole that isn’t being sabotaged by global socialism.

    Again, I ask , where is the outrage?

    Australians just bend over and ask for it harder and faster.
    Not much to celebrate this Australia day.
    Is there any outrage in Victoria, or South Australia?
    Any Cats there seeing any marching in the streets?

  120. Anthony

    Can Trump simply move thousands of troops to the southern border without declaring a state of emergency and, in effect, form a human wall? Would that require legislation?
    Then trump has his wall and Pelosi can deny that she supported a wall this time around.

  121. struth

    Sydney Desal Plant has it own dedicated wind farm providing all of its power needs, as I said just a few comments ago. It’s not part of “the entire power grid”.

    Lefties are always people with no understanding of how the real world works.

  122. Russia has warned the US not to get involved in Venezuala’s political situation.
    Very clever that Trump fellow, using Russia’s opposition to gain domestic support for intervention.
    Collusion clear and simple. Get on to it Bob.

  123. Bruce of Newcastle

    RoP utopia news:

    CHAOS on streets of Sudan as police and protestors CLASH – up to 40 dead

    CHAOS as erupted on the streets of Sudan as hundreds of protestors clashed with police in cities across the country in response to a worsening economic crisis. Mass rallies in several cities, including the capital Khartoum, quickly turned violent as tensions broke out between police and protestors.

    In the eastern city of al-Qadarif, hundreds of protesters gathered in the area of the main market.

    Those demanded change chanted: “Down, that’s it! Freedom, freedom.”

    Freedom from what? Islam?

    The first protests began after the government tripled the price of bread. … Sudan has been in an economic crisis following the formation of South Sudan as a separate republic in 2011. Since the split Sudan has found itself deprived of oil revenue, struggling with food shortages and soaring inflation.

    Oil, food shortages and hyperinflation…sounds just like a certain iconic socialist country.

  124. pete m

    oh you drama queen Rae, Hun.

    IT was stating a fact – we are all to die soon.

    You made public your battle with cancer, but your age alone deems you 1 to die “soon”. Reading that the same as a threat to take you away in a train and gulag you to death is ridiculous.

    BTW, how is your favourite Vietnam era vet going now he has been exposed for claiming he served overseas? Does he repair your fridge?

  125. I thought the CFA were bushfire fighters. What are they doing inside buildings?

    Nah Tel.
    CFA urban brigades in all regional cities.
    Highly trained volunteers. That’s why the union wants to take over, comrade.

  126. min

    It is windy in Melbourne already and more expected . How do strong winds effect wind turbines ?

  127. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Whatever you received last night, Rae, you richly deserved, deliberately raking over old coals to start a fire. Very malicious of you and very likely to get you smote, imho.

    Bespoke, personally I never blog when inebriated, and anyway I am a soul in love with the world when a little tipsy. Only later do I start to weep and I am well away from here by then.

    I was using ‘you’ in a universal sense and not in reference to myself. 🙂

  128. Geriatric Mayfly

    CHAOS as erupted on the streets of Sudan as hundreds of protestors clashed with police in cities across the country in response to a worsening economic crisis.

    More youths of African appearance on their way.

  129. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Whatever you received last night, Rae, you richly deserved, deliberately raking over old coals to start a fire. Very malicious of you and very likely to get you smote, imho.

    Rae’s been sprung using racist language twice on this blog – can’t work out why it wasn’t smote then.

  130. johanna

    calli
    #2916768, posted on January 25, 2019 at 7:30 am

    A perfectly still morning here. My usual 4km walk, through dense sea mist, other walkers looming, Terminator-like in the distance, only to shrink to human size as they get closer.

    No wind power, no solar. The grid must function as best it can.

    I wonder if they’ll instruct Tomago to shut down again? That, to my mind, is green energy in action.

    Dead still here in Quangers too. Just as well I’m not relying on windmills for power.

    I wonder if the recent redlining on power delivery in SA and Vic will have any effect on local politicians? You would have thought that after last Summer’s debacle in SA at least some of them would be scratching their heads and saying ‘hmmm – maybe there is something wrong here.’

    I’m very grateful to be simultaneously in NSW and in the range of the over-engineered ACT grid. The latter is due to ensuring that our beloved pollies and their bureaucratic minions are insulated from any Trouble at Mill.

    Checked this morning and found that the days are already half an hour shorter here from the solstice on 22/12. Doesn’t feel like it. My weeds are out of control – may have to hire a boofy bloke or gal to do a demolition job on them. The side passageway (which I rarely use) has milkweed and the like up to 200cm, which is good for deterring intruders but otherwise undesirable.

    Don’t get me started about the onionweed.

    The large cat family which roamed around when I first moved in has gone, and this week for the first time I saw tiny lizards in the yard. Not a coincidence, I think. Lizards are wonderful if you have a garden, while cats are not.

  131. feelthebern

    For the first time since Trump took the US now has 3 carrier groups in the middle east.

  132. Dave in Marybrook

    Aussies up for doubles clean sweep

    It’s actually called a doubles Grandes Slam, but I digress

  133. bespoke

    struth

    Wife got a call at 7pm to sell her solar panels. They are worse then the people selling over priced water after a natural disaster.

  134. Black Ball

    Good morning. How is the wind up around Sydney on this fine day? Enough to provide all of the desalination plant’s power needs?

  135. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Corbett slams ‘unfair’ ALP attack on franking credits system

    Leading businessman and former Reserve Bank of Australia board member Roger Corbett has attacked the ALP’s policy to rip up the nation’s franking credits system for dividends, savaging the plan as divisive and plundering the retirement savings of Aus­tralians who can least afford it.

    The usual ignorance, being displayed, including someone talking about “Franklin” credits…

  136. Myrddin Seren

    A while back ( link lost in time ) I watched or read an interesting piece by Tim Pool about the employment prospects in journalism.

    My recollection – yes, the internet has opened a lot more mastheads, but journalism and other arts courses are cranking out vast numbers of wannabe Pulitzer Prize winners. Plus the commercial pressures on journalists mean less time for research, crank out click bait, and at some point a big reverse in employment.

    We may be at that point. From SDA

    More than 1,000 media jobs lost in one day

    with Tim Pool’s point well illustrated by this heart rending Tweet from the newly unemployed

    Like so many talented and lovely journalists, I was laid off today.

    If you’re in the market for

    an opinion editor

    with a huge and diverse rolodex,

    or a columnist with 10 years of writing about gender politics

    (and a literal PhD in romantic comedies) under her belt,

    talk to me.

    I suspect the interest level in her skill set is going to be vanishingly small.

  137. Mother Lode

    ABC News ✔ @abcnews
    UN calls for Australia to suspend Adani project amid concerns over Indigenous rights

    The UN was (supposedly) set up to prevent conflict between nations.

    Now it has decided its remit is to busy itself within nations.

    Treaties on things like ‘indigenous’ peoples and shit like that is how they got a foot hold, of course.

    You just know the a-holes we have in government are going to respond with “Oh, we had better listen.”

    The proper response would be “This is an internal Australian matter. Since you have enough time and resources to go beyond your remit it would seem you are receiving too much money, so as off this year we will reduce our contributions by 10%, and will continue every year you do it again. No hard feelings.”

    A more visceral response would be “Sod off. You have a job already, but looking at the parlous state of international affairs it seems you can’t even do that. If you ever get that sorted out you can come talk to us again. And we will tell you to sod off again.”

  138. struth

    The potential of South Australia was very clear and as a state in the early history of our nation, excelled way past other more populated states.

    A lovely sunny climate and it’s agriculture was flourishing, it’s explorers were second to none , impressing the queen so much she granted the state control of the NT, which it kept until 1911.
    The vineyards of the Southern areas and the pristine beaches, the superb seafoods, the dabbing for crabs as boys, on lonely beaches, boiling up 44’s and having a beer and crab feast right there, and that great blend of bakeries from German and English influence, mixed.
    The mining from the Cornish copper mines to Roxby recently, etc,etc
    The John Martin’s Christmas pageant for the kiddies.
    The absolutely stunning Flinder’s ranges, the sun setting over the ocean due to the gulfs, …..am I painting a picture?
    It’s an absolute disgrace to see the sabotage of what could have been one of the best places to live in the world, and all done by the hand of the left.
    All done by the pure corruption of socialism and it’s quest to RULE ZE VORLD.

  139. Des Deskperson

    Speaking of taxpayers money, the ABC had a show last night that at first glance seemed to be a satire but turned out to be a genuine, ‘engaged’ lifestyle documentary.

    This episode of ‘Escape from the City’ featured an almost parody Sydney hipster couple (he had a man-bun), woke and ‘eco-savvy’ – yes they really used that term! Despite living in a chic little Edwardian bijou house in the inner city, these two wanted to move to the NSW Southern Highlands/South Coast to find somewhere ‘eco-friendly’, ‘sustainable’ and ‘off the grid’ that might lend itself to ‘eco-tourism’. Their conversation consisted almost entirely of these words and phrases, and the ABC presenter, whose role it was to showcase suitable properties, also seemed to be totally infected by this sort of talk

    Anyway, after looking at several properties which were to varying degrees ‘eco-friendly’, ‘sustainable’ , ‘off the grid’ that might lend themselves to ‘eco-tourism’. these soppy hipsters bores finally decided on a risible ‘tiny house’ on wheels in a 40 acre paddock in the hills behind near Bundanoon. Clearly they won’t have room for any kids, but as planet savers, I guess that’s a plus.

    Like almost everything on the ABC, from Q&A down, the show is crib of an overseas idea.

  140. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Yes, Joh, trust the pollies to look after themselves in the aircon wars.
    They must always have every comfort in their special dachas.

  141. feelthebern

    The only measure of temperature I trust is the inverse relationship between hotter it gets, the less clothes the ladies wear.
    From my walk to work this morning, it must be very very hot in Sydney town today.

  142. feelthebern

    This morning I gave all my Chinese born staff jars of Vegemite to celebrate Australia day.

  143. Nick

    Des, I felt the same watching the BBC in the UK this year. People think that bias refers to statements by talking heads. It’s more than that. In the case of the BBC almost every item I saw was an opportunity to pursue an agenda. Family reunion story- people of colour, an exercise story- focus was on climate change. It never stopped.

  144. C.L.

    From the ABC, which dutifully trots out every single fake news ‘story’ from the US, not excluding the Pee-Pee Dossier and most recently concerning BuzzFeed’s Michael Cohen claims and Twitter’s Nathan Phillips Indian abuse debacle:

    It’s an internet cliché: Grandma or grandpa posting dodgy articles about mobile phones emitting gamma rays or wild political conspiracies in their Facebook feed.

    Two new reports supported such anecdotes, finding that older people were more likely to share articles from bogus news websites on social media during the 2016 US presidential election, although the phenomenon was rare overall.

    “This was certainly one of those times when the research backed up what a lot of people may have suspected already,” Dr Andrew Guess said.

    An assistant professor of public affairs at Princeton University, Dr Guess co-authored a recent study in Science Advances that looked at predictors of who shared news from dodgy websites on Facebook. The team found age to be a dominant factor.

    Another study published in Science this week came up with largely similar results using Twitter data

    Since 2016, the spread of “fake news” on social media has been credited with swinging elections and public sentiment.

    In reality, no study definitively proved such an effect, and researchers were still at odds about how to even define the term.

    Slowly, however, new work began to tease out just how misinformation spread on platforms like Facebook and Twitter and who was likely to share it

    The groups often discuss how to confirm the veracity of online information, such as using a search engine to find other angles on the same news story.

    But the ability to spot red flags cannot be assumed.

  145. Nick

    From my walk to work this morning, it must be very very hot in Sydney town today.

    You’re lucky, I either get shrew faces scolds walking a schnauzer or women in leisure wear who really shouldn’t.

  146. Des Deskperson

    ‘I’m very grateful to be simultaneously in NSW and in the range of the over-engineered ACT grid. The latter is due to ensuring that our beloved pollies and their bureaucratic minions are insulated from any Trouble at Mill.’

    Parliament House has an array of standby generators backed by battery storage systems.

    It’s a sort of pampered gated community.

  147. Geriatric Mayfly

    Bishop backs icon in gay debate
    Julie Bishop says Anna Wintour made some “pretty pertinent points” after her extraordinary attack on Scott Morrison and Margaret Court.
    The Oz

    Scrags and fags on a unity ticket.

  148. Infidel Tiger

    God the internet is great some times.

    On the twitter threads of the Buzzfeed and HuffPo “journos” who have been fired they are been spammed with “Learn to code” snark.

    Well deserved.

  149. Nick

    Julie Bishop says Anna Wintour made some “pretty pertinent points” after her extraordinary attack on Scott Morrison and Margaret Court. The Oz

    You almost forget that Morrison is her leader.

  150. struth

    As soon as you get on roads that head into the ACT they improve.

  151. Bruce of Newcastle

    Like so many talented and lovely journalists, I was laid off today.
    If you’re in the market for
    an opinion editor
    with a huge and diverse rolodex,
    or a columnist with 10 years of writing about gender politics
    (and a literal PhD in romantic comedies) under her belt,
    talk to me.

    Microsoft is hiring, she’s a shoo-in!

    Microsoft Teams with Establishment ‘NewsGuard’ to Create News Blacklist

    The browser extension, called “Newsguard,” presents users with a red warning label if they navigate to a website that it judges to be unreliable. A “green” rating is given to websites that NewsGuard considers trustworthy.

    A number of pro-Trump websites, including Breitbart News, are given a “red” rating by the extension.

    ‘Nuther excellent reason to use DDG and Brave. If it wasn’t for the games I’d ditch Windows too.

  152. Nick

    or a columnist with 10 years of writing about gender politics

    Bwhahahaahahahahahahahha

  153. feelthebern

    IT I posted about your real identify up thread.
    Please confirm or deny.

  154. mh

    Benjamin Watson
    Benjamin Watson
    @BenjaminSWatson
    ·
    Jan 23
    It is a sad and evil day when the murder of our most innocent and vulnerable is celebrated with such overwhelming exuberance.

    We SHOULD be supporting and encouraging the building of families which are fundamental to any society.

    By not doing so, we invite consequences untold

    https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/status/1087911682905698304?s=20

  155. Ozothamnus hookeri (=Helichrysum hookeri; Asteraceae) 2:338
    This is a common shrub in dry alpine and subalpine heaths (e.g. in the drier areas of the Central Plateau, such as Liaweenee Moor). It is one of the species known as Kerosene Bush because of its aromatic, inflammable foliage.

    Firefighters in Tassie named this native as a big problem in the fires.
    Now why would a highly flammable plant like that have evolved in a pre-climate change fire free Tasmania?
    I’m at a loss.

  156. Old School Conservative

    Dave in Marybrook
    #2916664, posted on January 25, 2019 at 1:13 am
    Old School Conservative…
    There’s no such thing as a “Grand Slam Tournament”. I can hardly type that without feeling ditzy.
    There are the four “Continental” Open Tournament singles titles- collect them all, and you’ve got a Grand Slam.
    Old School.

    I’ll meet you half way. The 4 big events are also called majors. Win all 4 majors in one calendar year and you have a Grand Slam.
    Don’t let your ditzyness stop you from compromising.

  157. Infidel Tiger

    At the risk of being banned from the Cat, IT’s identity revealed.

    https://twitter.com/BossMoz/status/1087895897805996032/video/1

    Will neither conform or deny.

    All I will say is that Vince McMahon is a wonderful judge of the zeitgeist.

  158. calli

    You almost forget that Morrison is her leader.

    So does she. But who can blame her? She’s had so many.

  159. Top Ender

    a risible ‘tiny house’ on wheels in a 40 acre paddock in the hills behind near Bundanoon.

    Good luck with that. Miles and miles of nowhere, which in the summer gets very hot, and in the winter gets down to minus 10.

    They should find being “off the grid” lots of fun without aircon and heaters.

    Please keep watching their epic fail DD so we don’t have to.

  160. calli

    C.L.
    #2916849, posted on January 25, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Bringing up the imagined age of the enemy and their resulting incompetence is a leit motif.

    Rather telling.

  161. Old School Conservative

    Speaking of Grand Slams, I note that the wonderful Margaret Court not only got right up the nose of Amy Whinetour but also won 3 Grand Slams.
    Winning on so many levels.

  162. calli

    leitmotif

    My elderly incompetence is showing. It slips between the gaps. 🙂

  163. struth

    a risible ‘tiny house’ on wheels in a 40 acre paddock in the hills behind near Bundanoon.

    Good luck with that. Miles and miles of nowhere, which in the summer gets very hot, and in the winter gets down to minus 10.

    They should find being “off the grid” lots of fun without aircon and heaters.

    Please keep watching their epic fail DD so we don’t have to.

    What is good for the environment by them moving out of their dogbox in the city, to live like this?

    Again, complete hypocrisy from the left.
    It will take much more of a toll on the environment for them to live there than back in the city.

  164. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Body of explorer Matthew Flinders found under London train station during HS2 dig, ending 200-year mystery

    Thanks for that, Top Ender.

  165. Woolfe

    Strange that this comment was rejected by the Paywallian

    Mentioning Pelosi and naked in the same sentence has the same effect as final and solution in the same sentence

    Story: Pelosi’s ploy is naked politics

  166. Geriatric Mayfly

    Report: Palestinian Authority Paid Terrorists More than $136M in 2018 Breitbart

    How many Ozzie dollars in that swag?

  167. Bruce of Newcastle

    Liberal educated elite news.

    Settled Science: Liberals More Closed-Minded and Intolerant Than Conservatives

    Even though liberals are known as open-minded to political information, such results suggest plausible evidence for liberals to unfriend others to achieve a homogeneous space … The more liberal an individual was, the more likely s/he was to unfriend their contacts

    In other words they aren’t open-minded at all.

    BREXIT REVEAL: Leave voters just as KNOWLEDGEABLE about EU as Remainers – study finds

    The study commissioned by academic think-tank The UK in a Changing Europe, found there is no evidence to suggest that Remain voters are better informed than their Leave counterparts, a frequently heard claim since the EU referendum.

    “One possible explanation for this discrepancy is that ideological bias overwhelmed the advantages that would otherwise have been conferred by older age, higher education etc.”

    Yep. Lefties love socialism so much that they are sweet with the totalitarian EC and ECJ. The rest of us…not so much.

  168. johanna

    Des Deskperson
    #2916844, posted on January 25, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Speaking of taxpayers money, the ABC had a show last night that at first glance seemed to be a satire but turned out to be a genuine, ‘engaged’ lifestyle documentary.

    This episode of ‘Escape from the City’ featured an almost parody Sydney hipster couple (he had a man-bun), woke and ‘eco-savvy’ – yes they really used that term! Despite living in a chic little Edwardian bijou house in the inner city, these two wanted to move to the NSW Southern Highlands/South Coast to find somewhere ‘eco-friendly’, ‘sustainable’ and ‘off the grid’ that might lend itself to ‘eco-tourism’. Their conversation consisted almost entirely of these words and phrases, and the ABC presenter, whose role it was to showcase suitable properties, also seemed to be totally infected by this sort of talk

    Anyway, after looking at several properties which were to varying degrees ‘eco-friendly’, ‘sustainable’ , ‘off the grid’ that might lend themselves to ‘eco-tourism’. these soppy hipsters bores finally decided on a risible ‘tiny house’ on wheels in a 40 acre paddock in the hills behind near Bundanoon. Clearly they won’t have room for any kids, but as planet savers, I guess that’s a plus.

    Like almost everything on the ABC, from Q&A down, the show is crib of an overseas idea.

    These shows – there plenty of clones from all over the rich Western world – are so annoying.

    A lot (admittedly not all) of the participants rave on about how they want to live a ‘sustainable’ lifestyle, which inevitably includes chooks. They just adore the idea of chooks pecking away around the house.

    Here’s the truth about chooks, from someone who has lived with them.

    They do not lay eggs all of the time.

    They attract rats and foxes, often with good outcomes for the latter.

    They will eat any young plants in your garden, in minutes.

    And, that’s just the beginning. I reckon a hit series would be following these eejits a few years down the track.

  169. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    How many Ozzie dollars in that swag?

    Don’t have a reference, but doesn’t Australia contribute 43 million dollars a year to the Palestinian Authority?

  170. Slept with the aircon last night.

    Is it still warm outside?

  171. Infidel Tiger

    The Australian seems disinclined to post my comments about Julie Bishop being 60% filler and silicone 30% Botox and 10% snake skin.

  172. stackja

    Matthew Flinders’ body found near London’s Euston Station
    Ellen Whinnett, London, News Corp Australia Network
    a few seconds ago
    Subscriber only

    The remains of English colonial explorer Matthew Flinders have been located in an archaeological dig at a train station in central London.

    Captain Flinders, the first man to circumnavigate Australia, was located amongst 40,000 human remains in an old burial ground near Euston Station.

    The old St James’ Gardens burial grounds are being excavated to make way for England’s new high speed train, and archaeologists are excavating the site ahead of the construction works.

    The archaeological excavation and research works at St James Gardens, Euston, London.

  173. At the rate SA is burning diesel for electrickery, truckers and farmers can expect huge price hikes as electrickery consumes our limited diesel storage.

  174. gingerbeer

    Couples that go live on a few acres and become “self sufficient” and “eco friendly” and bask in moral superiority give me the shits.

    They are simply too stupid to realise that intensive, efficient, high output agriculture is the only way to feed the world’s population.

  175. Geriatric Mayfly

    They attract rats and foxes, often with good outcomes for the latter. and mice

    Funny that. The only folk around here who report brown snakes as visitors, keep chooks.

  176. stackja

    Don’t smother growth – Daily Telegraph digital edition
    CHRIS JOHNSON
    Chris Johnson is CEO of Urban Taskforce Australia

    Political headwinds for the Greater Sydney Commission miss the potential for a more dynamic, urban city

    NSW Labor leader Michael Daley’s policy to direct the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) to go back to the drawing board on its detailed plans for where Sydney’s planned housing growth should be located if he wins government will be disastrous for housing supply and the associated jobs in Sydney.

    Already apartment approvals in Sydney are 38 per cent lower than a year ago. If all of the GSC’s plans are reworked by going back to councils and community groups Sydney’s new housing will go into a limbo land for at least a year.

    What will happen next? Well, with no certainty about where new housing will be allowed the development industry will have to close down or move to Victoria.

    The industry is already in go-slow mode following the Berejiklian government’s back down on development along the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor, to say nothing of the backflip on the ‘missing middle’ terrace house code, as well as the stopping of planning proposals in Ryde for two years, the scrapping of the proposed new suburb at Ingleside along with changes to boarding house and seniors housing policies that will make may projects unviable.

    The new housing industry needs certainty about where to buy sites and where developments can get an approval but the current environment must now be the most uncertain for a decade. What went wrong with the bipartisan support by both the government and the opposition for an independent Greater Sydney Commission. Clearly the opposition sees the GSC as being biased towards the government, believing the body minimises new housing development in party electorates.

    It will be interesting to see if the GSC fights back by justifying its plans it has spent so long working up with the community.

    The dream of the large house out in the suburbs is being traded for a more urban lifestyle in an apartment that is closer to work and amenities.

    Certainly not everyone wants this lifestyle but the 2016 census indicated that 30 per cent of Sydneysiders now live in an apartment.

    This is clearly generating a tension with those who were brought up with the dream of the detached suburban house as being what all Australians should aspire to.

    So part of the current growing pains that Sydney is going through is the evolution from one style of living (the house) to another (the apartment) and both can coexist. Part of this evolution is also a shift from a car-based commuter to a metro railbased commuter as has happened in New York and London.

    But there does not seem to be a political gain in championing the swing to urban living or at least the current political parties have not seen this as an opportunity.

    I note:

    Urban
    Collins Dictionary: Urban means belonging to, or relating to, a town or city. Most of the population is an urban population. Most urban areas are close to a park.

  177. ‘I have just solved the debate’: Waleed Aly calls for Australia Day to be moved

    Fuck off you fly-covered Egyptian piece of blown in camel shit. Just fuck off back to you child raping, women bashing, slavery loving, religion of terrorism and stay the fuck out of our affairs.

  178. Black Ball

    Rae been removed from this site? I noted some remarks he made last night that were very ad hominem. This after he was called out for his claims that the Sydney Desalination Plant was fully sustained by wind power and not connected to the grid.

  179. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    WAR heroes have indigenous activism in their blood

    Remy Varga
    Reporter
    @RemyVarga
    12:00AM January 25, 2019
    26 Comments

    Activism runs through the veins of Meriki Onus and Apryl Day and their blood is close to boiling point.

    The young indigenous activists are part of the Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance, the organisation behind the Invasion Day rally on January 26 at Parliament House in Melbourne.

    Ms Onus, 31, is the granddaughter of pioneering indigenous activist Edna Brown, who along with others opened the Aboriginal Victorian Health Service. Ms Day, 26, is the daughter of Tanya Day, a Yorta Yorta woman who died after sustaining a head injury while in the custody of Victoria Police

    Ms Onus said their organisation believed Australia Day should be abolished.

    “Australia was founded on the genocide and dispossession of Aboriginal people. When you celebrate Australia Day what are you celebrating?” Ms Onus said she didn’t recognise the country Liberal senator Dean Smith described in his opinion article published yesterday in The Australian, in which he called for January 26 to be legislated as Australia Day.

    “We want to be part of this dream that we’ve never been part of. We want to enjoy this country like everyone else,” she said.

    “We want to live with our families, we want to be able to walk the streets like everybody else and not be public enemy number one.”

    Ms Day’s mother Tanya was on a train to Melbourne from Bendigo in December 2017 when police were called. The 55-year-old appeared intoxicated and could not produce her train ticket.

    She was arrested and taken to Castlemaine police station to sober up, and was removed on a stretcher just five hours later.

    Seventeen days later she died. CCTV footage revealed that she fell five times while in custody.

    This weekend, WAR will call for the offence of public drunkenness to be abolished in Victoria, one of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in the early 1990s.

    Ms Day said if the law had been abolished her mother would still be alive.

    From the Oz. Wasn’ t there a Tarneen Onus Williams , calling for Australia to be burnt to the ground, last “Invasion Day?”

  180. stackja

    Victoria braces for hottest day since Black Saturday
    Tamsin Rose, Alanah Frost and Matt Johnston, Herald Sun
    a minute ago

    Victorians have sweated through one of the hottest nights on record and it’s only getting hotter today.

    It didn’t drop below 30C in some parts of the state through the night. In Melbourne, it was 30.7C at midnight and 36C shortly after 8.30am.

    High humidity levels were also predicted despite the winds, which will make the day feel hotter.
    Residents near Timbarra, in the state’s east, have been told to flee as an out-of-control bush fire bears down on them. A Watch and Act message has been issued.

    A third generator shut down in Victoria’s east overnight, adding further pressure on the state’s power supply.

    Power outages are already affecting parts of Melbourne, according to power company Jemena, with 1430 customers without power in the city’s north.

    And the extreme heat is being felt on Victoria’s transport system, with passengers warned to allow extra travel time today.

    It’s expected to be the hottest day since Black Saturday a decade ago in Melbourne, and Mildura is bracing for a high of 47C — its warmest day since records began.

    And:

    Jemena is backed by the strong resources of our shareholders, State Grid Corporation of China and Singapore Power.

    Singapore has blackouts?

  181. Infidel Tiger

    Rae been removed from this site? I noted some remarks he made last night that were very ad hominem. This after he was called out for his claims that the Sydney Desalination Plant was fully sustained by wind power and not connected to the grid.

    Really?

    Woo hoo! I cyber bullied him into madness.

    I am the Grand Slam champion!

  182. Mildura is bracing for a high of 47C — its warmest day since records began.

    Bull.
    125F in the sixties. Or has the data been pulled, adjusted or homogenized.

  183. Black Ball

    From the Oz. Wasn’ t there a Tarneen Onus Williams , calling for Australia to be burnt to the ground, last “Invasion Day?”

    Yes.

  184. C.L.

    Amazing, isn’t it, that the whole narrative about “bullying” women from the public square is suddenly warehoused when the subject is Margaret Court, an elderly sports champion?

    Bishop backs icon in gay debate
    Julie Bishop says Anna Wintour made some “pretty pertinent points” after her extraordinary attack on Scott Morrison and Margaret Court.

    What a disgusting hypocrite.

  185. Black Ball

    IT I don’t know, I tried to read Rae’s posts after the lunacy of his claims were laid bare but seems they have been deleted. Unless I am not looking in the right place.

  186. Leo G

    Waleed said: ‘If we moved Australia Day to December 19, that makes that 18 days off. And if it happened to fall on a Monday or a Friday then that could become 20 [days off].

    The Ricky Ponting birthday anniversary long-weekend, perhaps?

  187. Leigh Lowe

    Ms Day’s mother Tanya was on a train to Melbourne from Bendigo in December 2017 when police were called. The 55-year-old appeared intoxicated and could not produce her train ticket.

    She was arrested and taken to Castlemaine police station to sober up, and was removed on a stretcher just five hours later.

    Seventeen days later she died. CCTV footage revealed that she fell five times while in custody.

    This weekend, WAR will call for the offence of public drunkenness to be abolished in Victoria, one of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in the early 1990s.

    Ms Day said if the law had been abolished her mother would still be alive.

    She didn’t fall over because she was in the lock-up.
    She fell over because she was a hopeless pisshead.

  188. Infidel Tiger

    Banning Rae is best for him

    He’s dying and should be spending time with his dear friends and mother, not people who consider him a piece of human garbage.

  189. min

    Tiny homes such as the one On ABC last night are popular enough for a tv series in the States . However 2 hours from Sydney so I think getting a job locally in their fields would be difficult . Travelling 4 hours a day not eco friendly and no time for the chores.
    We moved onto acreage when our kids were young an hour from city . I stayed at home and did the chores, raised vealers, bred Labradors and ran a nursery . However traffic was not too bad in the 60s , and once boys started at Scotch moved back into town . Husband had moved up the ladder also so work commitments increased.

  190. Snoopy

    How many Ozzie dollars in that swag?

    None. We sent them borrowed USD.

  191. Mother Lode

    They are simply too stupid to realise that intensive, efficient, high output agriculture is the only way to feed the world’s population.

    They still live beneath the protection of the community at large.

    If very ill they will access modern medicine. They carry antibodies to fend off diseases and benefit from first world knowledge that limits the spread of diseases – such as used to wipe out entire villages in the past. If attacked by marauders they have access to the police. They can trade their silly handcrafts for products that provide light, heat and entertainment.

    And most importantly – they have a choice.

    They are nothing more than snotty kids camping in the backyard.

    Natch, the ABC thinks it wonderful. Probably because very few people at the ABC realise how much of in their own life is owed to myriad diverse cooperative acts by millions of people (miners, farmers, factory workers, managers, accountants, truck drivers, etc) they can’t even imagine.

  192. C.L.

    The Lindsay Graham grand slam continues …

    Lindsey [email protected]

    Let’s bury the hatchet and enjoy the next 12 years because they are going to be our last, right?

    Alexandria [email protected]
    According to @LindseyGrahamSC, the President failing to condemn neo-nazis, forcing thousands of federal workers to go to food pantries,& risking all their credit scores is whatever, but not letting the President march down the House Floor until we pay people first is “a new low.” …
    8:03 AM – 24 Jan 2019

  193. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Simon
    1 hour ago
    A cursory glance at the WAR manifesto will tell you all you need to know about this organisation:

    1. They eschew liberal democracy and seek to replace it with “tribal sovereignty”. Leaving aside the dire implications for the rule of law, property rights and economic prosperity, this is deeply regressive. Conservatives are often accused of “wanting to take us back to the 1950s”. Well, here’s an organisation that proudly wants to take us back to the 1780s.

    2. Membership of the organisation is open only to those who can demonstrate aboriginal ancestry. That is, the organisation openly discriminates on the basis of race. I wonder if under “tribal sovereignty” I’d be allowed to found an openly ethnonationalist organisation for my particular non-aboriginal race.

    Comment, from the Oz, regarding the “Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance.”

  194. JC

    Millennials taking over the world? You gotta laugh.

    Netflix has a very funny doco about a bunch of young idiots trying to set up a music festival in the Caribbean and they totally send it tits up. The organiser gets three years jail.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fyre_Festival

    You need toilets, water? Really?

  195. Confused Old Misfit

    Thirty-eight years ago today the Cathay Pacific 747 (I think it was) banked to make the base leg for a landing on runway 34L in Sidney.
    I looked out the window, down to that great sprawling city and said to myself, “Misfit, there are two and one half million people down there and you don’t know one single solitary soul.”
    There has not been a year since when I have regretted that arrival.
    Even counting about five years out back in Canukistan.
    Happy Australia Day!
    This morning I sent the following to every politician that touches upon my area.
    “What kind of a society have you molded when aged pensioners can afford to neither cool themselves in summer nor warm themselves in winter?
    Why?
    Why have you done this? Why have you contributed to the ongoing misery?
    What is it that drives you to inflict misery on those you claim to represent?
    Why are you doing this?
    What happened to your promises of a better life for all under the beneficence of your party?
    Do you sincerely believe that an important trace element and plant food, comprising less than 1% of the atmosphere causes climate change, all by itself?
    Is your belief in this unproven assumption so strong that you are willing to destroy this country?
    You are all, each and every one of you responsible for the situation in which your constituents find themselves, either by your action or inaction.
    You are shielded form the direct effects and can look forward to a comfortable retirement at the expense of those suffering from your decisions.
    Perhaps somewhere, sometime you will see the results of your folly and repent.
    But that will be too late for us.”

    I doubt it will do any good.
    But one has to make the attempt.

  196. Mother Lode

    ‘I have just solved the debate’: Waleed Aly calls for Australia Day to be moved

    Typical lefty logic – Compromise is when you give up and I get my way.

    For a supposed intellectual luminary he seems to come up with exactly the same solutions as the most half-witted progressive.

  197. Tel

    They are simply too stupid to realise that intensive, efficient, high output agriculture is the only way to feed the world’s population.

    You are missing a very important piece of the puzzle, as explained here by Ted Turner:

    “A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.”

    Keep in mind that Turner had multiple wives and a heap of kids. It’s really about making space for the elite and removing the dross. They aren’t stupid, they simply believe they will win.

  198. Snoopy

    It must be awful being Michelle Grattan and being absolutely certain that the health of Australia’s body politic is totally dependent upon the insightful analysis of a single 90 year old woman.

  199. johanna

    The weird dream of middle aged people to buy a few acres and become ‘sustainaible’ is such a joke,

    Are they going to call for the local herbalist when someone has a medical emergency?

    Will they have no phone or internet access?

    There is nothing remotely ‘sustainable’ about their lifestyle choices. On the contrary, it is being sustained by what they claim to be against. They are parasites.

  200. John Constantine

    Australia was Terra nullius before the two towers went down and Australia’s Davos Class needed to construct their Waleed puppet to enable the continued replacement of old Australia with revolutionary military age freedom fighters.

    Their Waleed is simply a settler, clear felling and slashing and burning the old culture with no value to him so it can be replaced with the new invasive culture he feels comfortable with.

    Nation building.

    Comrades.

  201. Infidel Tiger

    Everyone of us should be aiming for some form of sustainability from the corporatist teat.

    If you and your family can’t survive without Coolies you are a disgrace and should die of shame.

    Localism. Artisanship. Personal responsibility and accountability.

    The revolution is coming and you better choose which side of the knife you want to be on.

  202. Mother Lode

    “We want to be part of this dream that we’ve never been part of. We want to enjoy this country like everyone else,” she said.

    “We want to live with our families, we want to be able to walk the streets like everybody else and not be public enemy number one.”

    Sorry, but is whitey turning up a good thing or a bad thing, because the dream you speak of, this country, these streets are the creation of whitey. We know this because they exist the same way in countries without Australian Aborigines.

    There is an Aboriginal dream thingy already – activists insist we accord it a degree of respect and honour they are not bound to accord to whitey’s beliefs. And this dream does not build nations, or streets.

    Pick one, and forsake claim on the other. It is not up to the rest of the country to reconcile the irreconcilable for you.

    Which reminds me – I gather Warren Mundine is now being accused of clobbering his wife. The story comes out the day after he accepts Liberal party candidacy. What are the odds?

  203. thefrollickingmole

    No one has commented on the Localism. Artisanship. Personal responsibility and accountability. story of the year….
    For shame!

    Polly Waffle chocolate bar to return to Australian supermarket shelves
    Sweet to return after brand acquired by a South Australian confectionary company

    The Polly Waffle chocolate bar will return to Australian supermarket shelves after the brand was acquired by a South Australian confectionary company.

    Robern Menz, the company that last year revived the Violet Crumble, will take ownership of the brand, trademark and famous recipe under an agreement with food production giant Nestle.

    The Polly Waffle was created in Melbourne in 1947 and later manufactured by Nestlé until it was discontinued in 2009.

    Robern Menz will now undertake a project to recreate the bar and assess whether it will be viable to base production in Adelaide.

    The chief executive, Phil Sims, said there had been strong public support for the Polly Waffle’s revival.

    “There are kids and even young adults out there who don’t really know what a Polly Waffle is and haven’t tasted it before,” he said.

    “But there are also many devoted fans who have been campaigning hard for its return.”

    Sims said the company will embrace the challenge of reintroducing the bar to the local market.

    “As an Australian family-owned business, we have a real affinity for local brands and to have the opportunity to revive them and bring them back into the market is such a privilege,” he said.

    “We also love a challenge and are honoured to be the business that gets the chance to try to bring back the Polly Waffle.”

    I have to admit I was looking for one of these a couple of years back and was surprised to find they werent being made anymore.

  204. Infidel Tiger

    Robern Menz, the company that last year revived the Violet Crumble, will take ownership of the brand, trademark and famous recipe under an agreement with food production giant Nestle.

    It is to our eternal national shame that the Crunchie became more popular than the Violet Crumble.

    I have no real affinity to the dimwits i share this country with. Such appalling judgment they have.

  205. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “We want to live with our families, we want to be able to walk the streets like everybody else and not be public enemy number one

    Screeching that “settler Australia should be burnt to the ground” won’t do much to help you escape being regarded as “public enemy number one’, will it?

  206. JC

    Someone put up a link to a twitter page yesterday that was supposed to detail how the left wins and the Right loses every major cultural shit fight.

    This is bullshit. Two of the biggest wins for the left – abortion and homo marriage were gained in the Supreme Court.

    At least, this applies in the US rather than here.

  207. Mother Lode

    She didn’t fall over because she was in the lock-up.
    She fell over because she was a hopeless pisshead.

    She would simply have fallen about outside the police station – and while she died from her time in the cells she had better chances of being seen and receiving treatment there than stumbling off a path somewhere.

    Or on the tracks at a train station.

    These stories are tragic. Wastes of life. Built on the victim mentality that the solution is in other people changing.

    But does anyone really believe that a person who has an ingrained belief that they are the much put upon victim will, even with more money, more benefits, and more agencies predicated upon them being a failure (but it is not their fault) will lead to a better balanced person?

  208. johanna

    Bishop backs icon in gay debate
    Julie Bishop says Anna Wintour made some “pretty pertinent points” after her extraordinary attack on Scott Morrison and Margaret Court.

    Julie Bishop and Anna Wintour are not fit to clean out the ridges in Margaret Court’s tennis shoes.

    Court is one of the greatest athletes of modern times. The other two are poseurs who bluffed the fashionable set into imagining that they mean something.

  209. Gilas

    struth
    #2916820, posted on January 25, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Again, I ask , where is the outrage?

    Australians just bend over and ask for it harder and faster.
    Not much to celebrate this Australia day.
    Is there any outrage in Victoria, or South Australia?
    Any Cats there seeing any marching in the streets?

    A nation of apathetic, deeply stupid, ignorant sheeples ain’t gonna lift a finger to do nuffink.
    They’ve elected treasonous uniparty governments since 1972, and still understand jack-shit about it.
    I am hoping for a Chinese invasion (after I’ve migrated).

  210. thefrollickingmole

    But does anyone really believe that a person who has an ingrained belief that they are the much put upon victim will, even with more money, more benefits, and more agencies predicated upon them being a failure (but it is not their fault) will lead to a better balanced person?

    Dont forget to also include the cult of “self esteem” in your little brew of evil.
    Teaching people they are victims of “the rest of the world” rather than some form of Stoic self discipline is at the heart of social breakdown.

    We suffer more in imagination than in reality.
    Seneca
    ..
    If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
    Marcus Aurelius

  211. johanna

    Good point, mole, most contemporary misery is self inflicted.

    I feel sorry for kids growing up in a world where their self validation is the most important thing.

    When reality hits, they haven’t got a chance.

  212. thefrollickingmole

    johanna

    Im seriously of the opinion a term set aside for study of the Stioics would be a far, far better investment in our kids than the whole “safe schools” bullshit.

    If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

    Hammer that home into as many kids who will accept it and “bullying” becomes worthless as your targets wont give a crap what you try to make them feel.
    The whole cult of “send me a nude selfie or I wont like you” loses its sting.

    Stoicism doesnt make you not feel things, it encourages you not to be the slave of “muh feelz” and make crap decisions based on them.

  213. Bruce of Newcastle

    Alexandria [email protected]
    According to @LindseyGrahamSC, the President failing to condemn neo-nazis, forcing thousands of federal workers to go to food pantries,& risking all their credit scores is whatever, but not letting the President march down the House Floor until we pay people first is “a new low.” …
    8:03 AM – 24 Jan 2019

    Just wow.

    Not only did the Democrats vote down a bill to pay federal workers but AOC even voted against the Democrats’ own bill. She was the only Dem to do so.

    Democrats Vote To Not Pay Federal Workers And Media Hides It (23 Jan)

    Ocasio-Cortez is lone Democrat to vote against bill to reopen government because it funded ICE (24 Jan)

    There’s hypocrisy and then there’s real full-on AOC-style hypocrisy…

  214. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Everyone of us should be aiming for some form of sustainability from the corporatist teat.

    If you and your family can’t survive without Coolies you are a disgrace and should die of shame.

    Localism. Artisanship. Personal responsibility and accountability.

    The revolution is coming and you better choose which side of the knife you want to be on.

    some background music for your rant

  215. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    You are missing a very important piece of the puzzle, as explained here by Ted Turner:

    “A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.”

    Keep in mind that Turner had multiple wives and a heap of kids. It’s really about making space for the elite and removing the dross. They aren’t stupid, they simply believe they will win.

    reminds me of snowpiercer

  216. Zatara

    Ms Day said if the law had been abolished her mother would still be alive.

    Or, she might have died a year ago of her liver falling out.

    It wasn’t a law that her an out of control drunk.

  217. Stimpson J. Cat

    Report: Palestinian Authority Paid Terrorists More than $136M in 2018

    At least the American money is drying up.
    Or is it?

  218. Des Deskperson

    ‘Julie Bishop and Anna Wintour are not fit to clean out the ridges in Margaret Court’s tennis shoes.’

    The persistence of the Bishop mythos – intelligent, enlightened, compassionate, forward looking, strategic, capable, feminist, across her portfolio – even by many people who are informed and intelligent, amazes and astounds me.

    Speaking of which, I saw Michelle Grattan late last your at the Kopi Tiam restaurant (recommended) in Manuka. She looked raddled, unwell and unhappy.

  219. They’d better get a wriggle on to hit that all time high in Melbourne. The change has reached Airey’s Inlet, dropping temps by 10 degrees in half an hour. It’s only 38 at Olympic Park.

  220. dopey

    Polly Waffle returns. The sneaky bastards will make it smaller.

  221. johanna

    Education systems could do worse than throw a big slab of Stoicism in.

    As in, shit happens. Don’t complain, it is what it is.

  222. Julie Bishop and Anna Wintour are not fit to clean out the ridges in Margaret Court’s tennis shoes.’

    Show ponies and ordinary ponies have one thing in common, horse shit.

  223. Stimpson J. Cat

    Has South Australia turned into a Mad Max style cannibal apocalyptic wasteland where everyone has hyphen names yet?
    Or are the batteries prolonging the agony?

  224. Bruce of Newcastle

    Man with a very big wall doesn’t like walls.

    Pope criticises those who build walls

    Pope Francis has denounced those who would build walls and sow fear about strangers as he opened a global youth rally in Panama City by urging the next generations to build bridges of understanding and encounter instead.

    “These builders of walls that sow fear are looking to divide people and box them in,” the Pope said.

    No son, they build walls because of fear and they do so to keep people out. (But maybe he’s thinking of Marxists. They build walls to keep people in and use fear to keep them in line.)

    And if you don’t believe me try reading this story and tell me you wouldn’t be scared absolutely shirtless in her place.

    French Waitress Disarms Gun-Wielding Migrant Who Shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (24 Jan)

  225. stackja

    Tourist couple caught showering naked on roadside believed to be in Cairns
    Andrea Falvo, The Cairns Post
    January 25, 2019 6:51am
    Subscriber only

    A tourist has left little to the imagination by showering naked in public on what is believed to be roadside in Far North Queensland.

    The video, which is believed to have been filmed in Cairns, has attracted attention since being posted online.

    It shows a man standing beside a blonde woman who is washing herself with a makeshift shower near their camper van.

    Despite the couple appearing to have seen someone filming, they continued to go about their business.

    Senior Constable Russ Parker said while it wasn’t an offence to film someone out in the public arena, the backpackers’ actions were a “bit silly”.

    “They’ve got to expect to be filmed in this day and age if they’re on the side of the road naked,” he said.

    “That’s probably a bit of a risk for them if they’re doing that sort of thing, the embarrassment of having it up on social media.”

    He said there was a minor offence that came with being naked in a public space as the woman had done, which differed from the more serious charge of wilful exposure.

    “It’s not appropriate, there’s place they can go for a shower,” he said.

    “Europeans are fairly blasé about it, they don’t get too (worried). A lot of them near strip off up at the lagoon.

    “But there’s a time and a place for everything.”

  226. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    think of the children
    Judith Butler: the backlash against “gender ideology” must stop
    Gender theory is neither destructive nor indoctrinating: it simply seeks a form of political freedom.

  227. Baldrick

    It’s only just after 12 and already Victorian energy prices are maxed out, followed closely by S.A.

    Spot Price at: 2019-01-25 11:15
    QLD $88.01
    NSW $94.80
    VIC $14,500.00
    SA $10,618.48
    TAS $-0.74

  228. stackja

    Parents’ fight over public or private school spills over into court
    Natasha Bita, The Courier-Mail
    January 25, 2019 9:03am
    Subscriber only

    A DIVORCED mother who complained about the “toxic football culture’’ of private boys’ schools has won the right to send her son to a state high school.

    A judge ruled in the mother’s favour in a dispute with her ex-husband, who argued that a private education would give their 12-year-old son “routine, discipline and support’’.

    The woman told the judge that “coeducational schools teach children to understand and relate to both sexes in a much better way than single sex schools.’’

    She claimed that boys’ schools “can develop toxic cultures arising from male chauvinistic attitudes which laud Australian rules football and the machismo culture associated with the sport’’.

    The father — who had attended a private grammar school — told the judge that a private school education is “inherently preferable to a government school education’’.

    “He was fortunate to have received a private education and he is aware of the long-term life benefits of the same and wants to afford his children the same opportunity,’’ Judge Jillian Williams said in a newly-published Federal Circuit Court judgment.

    “(He said) a private education would provide (their son) with routine, structure, discipline and support’’.

    But the mother insisted the boy attend a coeducational state high school near her Melbourne home.

  229. Tom

    Dickhead Dan’s 19th century power system just load-shed our house off the grid — my first experience of an ideological power failure. And Victorians have just voted for even more of them every summer. FMD.

  230. Hopetoun Airport in the Mallee has topped out at 41.5 and falling to 39.5 now.

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