Open Forum: January 26, 2019

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  1. cohenite

    I’m sensing an undercurrent of animosity towards our Pauline.

  2. Armadillo

    I thought about doing this in Australia years before these guys did it. Wasn’t able to be monetised at the time. Now with Internet everywhere, it’s probably a feasible business case.

    Introducing “pub cam”…,..

    https://worldcams.tv/bars/

    Customers get an idea of what they are about to walk into in real time.

  3. struth

    Stop this pitiful, disgusting whining on The Day After Australia Day and face your hangover like a Man

    In my defence I’m always whining pitifully and disgustlingly.

    You know that.
    Consistency is my middle name.

    Just had an ice coffee and Maccas.
    Feeling much better, thanks for asking.

  4. zyconoclast

    but what did the stupid fucking Liberals do? NOTHING.

    Not true.
    Did you forget the SloMo master stroke of thinking about moving the Embassy to J3rusalem?

  5. Geriatric Mayfly

    Migrant with flesh-eating bacteria detained at US border

    That British tabloid headline still haunts me: ‘I Watched My Mother’s Face Rot.’

  6. Stimpson J. Cat

    Just had an ice coffee and Maccas.
    Feeling much better, thanks for asking.

    Good man.
    If you ever need a pick-me-up just jump in your truck and sing Convoy.
    You know that ALWAYS makes you feel better.

    😁

  7. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Presuming they go ahead with the lunacy, where is the 35% to 20% shortfall going to come from then?

    gas, likely from russia. what’s wrong with this picture…

  8. I took it for granted that Stimps was Pauline’s sock.

    I initially misread that sentence.

    What a difference one letter of the alphabet makes!

  9. Stimpson J. Cat

    Happy Sorry Day today everyone.

    Hope everyone is getting ready for Gay Day tommorow.

  10. feelthebern

    Work choices should have centred exclusively around SMEs

    EXACTLY.
    At the time, in my youth, when I was politically active, I said that to any Lib I encountered.
    They looked at me as if I was special person.
    PS, I have never been a member of a political party.

  11. Armadillo

    If you ever need a pick-me-up just jump in your truck and sing Convoy.

    That or “On the road again”. Or the theme song from Precilla, Queen of the Desert.

  12. struth

    Hope everyone is getting ready for Gay Day tommorow.

    Is it compulsory , because I’d find that hard to swallow.

  13. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I’m sensing an undercurrent of animosity towards our Pauline.

    she’s the only one on the right with any balls

  14. cohenite

    Some arsehole called nicki Gemmell having a shot at the anthem:

    You might hear the anthem somewhere around the traps this Australia Day weekend. If you do, listen closely to the lyrics and imagine being an indigenous Australian, gleaning meaning from words written by a Scottish Presbyterian schoolteacher, Peter Dodds McCormick, back in 1878. His lyrics have been mucked around with ever since, most notably “Australia’s sons let us rejoice” changing to “Australians all let us rejoice”, kindly and belatedly including 50 per cent of the population. But the lyrics still aren’t right, are they? They need another tinker.

    Why Advance Australia “Fair”? And what the hell is girt? Why do we force our nation’s young to sing such an archaic word? As for the line “for we are young and free”, well, what can you say? It’s an insult. A lie. A whitewashing of history, written by the insensitive and triumphalist victors. We should be celebrating the wondrous fact that we have the world’s oldest continuous living culture, but the lyrics were written from an imperial/colonial perspective. Indigenous author Jackie Huggins says, “We are not ‘young’, with a culture dating back 70,000 years — and certainly not ‘free’, with the highest incarceration rates in the country.”

    Wiradjuri elder Aunty Donna Ingram said recently: “Last week I was at an event that played the national anthem and I refused to sing it. A non-Aboriginal woman came up to me and said she had noticed. I said, ‘Oh, did you? I’m sorry you were disappointed.’ When someone is rude to me I take it as racism rather than anything to do with my age.’”…

    Pauline needs to get onto this; no other waste of space fucking pollie will.

  15. Stimpson J. Cat

    His lyrics have been mucked around with ever since, most notably “Australia’s sons let us rejoice” changing to “Australians all let us rejoice”, kindly and belatedly including 50 per cent of the population.

    Women Ruin Everything.

  16. EvilElvis

    Is it compulsory , because I’d find that hard to swallow.

    You’ll take it.

  17. calli

    Wiradjuri elder Aunty Donna Ingram said recently: “Last week I was at an event that played the national anthem and I refused to sing it. A non-Aboriginal woman came up to me and said she had noticed. I said, ‘Oh, did you? I’m sorry you were disappointed.’ When someone is rude to me I take it as racism rather than anything to do with my age.’”…

    What a silly old lady.

    And no, that wasn’t racism.

  18. Steve trickler

    Credit where credit is due.

    Fine work from Cruz.



  19. Armadillo

    Pauline needs to get onto this; no other waste of space fucking pollie will.

    I seriously hope you’re not thinking of using this is a “pick up line”.

  20. cohenite

    I seriously hope you’re not thinking of using this is a “pick up line”.

    I guess it depends on what I’m picking up.

  21. Armadillo

    OK. I’m off to see if I can find Pauline. If successful, I’ll see if I can get her to post a message @ the Cat. Just for Cohenite.

  22. cohenite

    Lol; don’t forget the secret password.

  23. Lyrics should be:

    Ostrayans let us recall, when we were young and free

  24. bespoke

    cohenite
    #2919031, posted on January 27, 2019 at 3:08 pm
    Lol; don’t forget the secret password.

    1234 or Pauline

  25. Top Ender

    Interesting article on the sinking of the first submarine, the Hunley, to be lost in combat.

  26. zyconoclast

    Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy.

    Goodbye Germany!

    Will they permanently disable the inter-connectors with the rest of Europe?

  27. Steve trickler

    I wonder if Matty reads the CAT?



  28. struth

    Wiradjuri elder Aunty Donna Ingram said recently: “Last week I was at an event that played the national anthem and I refused to sing it.

    And the crowd in immediate earshot would have breathed a sigh of relief.

  29. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Why Advance Australia “Fair”? And what the hell is girt? Why do we force our nation’s young to sing such an archaic word? As for the line “for we are young and free”, well, what can you say? It’s an insult. A lie. A whitewashing of history, written by the insensitive and triumphalist victors. We should be celebrating the wondrous fact that we have the world’s oldest continuous livingstone age culture,

    fixing fixing fixing

  30. Infidel Tiger

    Japan’s porn culture led to the abysmal birth rate. Their future is all stuck to their sheets.

    Real me neither masturbate or look at pornography.

  31. zyconoclast

    Girls encounter ‘naked man’ at Palm Springs Swim Center

    “I think this individual is a predator, a predatory nature and found a loophole in the law with transgender issues,’ said Foster.

    Foster said water polo coaches confronted the person, who they said told them they could be in women’s shower, because they identified as “female.”

    The parents say the person left the pool when they “tried to take his picture.”

    Police were called to the pool, but did not pursue a case, telling News Channel 3:

    “All parties were contacted. No arrests were made as no laws were broken.”

    Under the state’s so called “Gender Neutral” bathroom law, people can use a bathroom, according to the gender they identify with. The law makes no mention of shared shower spaces.

  32. Infidel Tiger

    A Perth-based adult entertainer is facing criticism after a video of her drinking beer out of a didgeridoo was posted online.

    The video, posted on Instagram on Australia Day by Perth model Cassy Walker, shows adult entertainer Bambi Le Fist drinking beer that is being poured down a upturned didgeridoo.

    Yes, sticking zucchini’s in her vag for paying customers is fine, but drinking a beer out of a didg is the gravest of sins.

  33. John Constantine

    How voteherds work

    https://www.straight.com/news/1154546/kennedy-stewart-needs-our-help-getting-rid-racist-electoral-system-vancouver

    “Nowadays, this message will even resonate within significant segments of the Chinese community, which always fared better than other minorities under the at-large system.

    That changed in this election. And I would argue that it’s related to the backlash against Chinese Canadians because of what’s been happening in real estate.”

    “At-large voting schemes and multimember districts tend to minimize the voting strength of minority groups by permitting the political majority to elect all representatives of the district,” Justice Byron White wrote in his 1982 ruling. “A distinct minority, whether it be a racial, ethnic, economic, or political group, may be unable to elect any representatives in an at-large election, yet may be able to elect several representatives if the political unit is divided into single-member districts.

    “The minority’s voting power in a multimember district is particularly diluted when bloc voting occurs and ballots are cast along strict majority-minority lines.”

    It seems this scolding leftist vancouver activist expects all minorities to vote on identity politics lines, not on policies.

    Comrades.

  34. struth

    Australians all let us repent
    But only if your white
    You may have had no say in it
    But that don’t make it right
    Our land abounds in natures gifts
    of ore and gas and coal
    that we can sell but must not use
    The UN told us so

  35. Memoryvault

    Yes, sticking zucchini’s in her vag for paying customers is fine, but drinking a beer out of a didg is the gravest of sins.

    It could have been much worse, IT.
    She could have been smoking a fag as well.

  36. struth

    Japan’s porn culture led to the abysmal birth rate. Their future is all stuck to their sheets.

    Good Lord, this is a rough site.

  37. zyconoclast

    Also from http://www.straight.com (h/t to JC)

    How do I talk to my boyfriend about p3nis size while keeping his ego intact?

    I’m a Savage Lovecast listener, but I’m sending this question to your column because my boyfriend would for sure recognize my voice if I called the show. I’m 25, I live in Portland, and my boyfriend and I have been monogamous for five years. His d1ck is of average size. It’s not small enough for him to have dealt with the emotional baggage associated with “small d1cks”. Yet, I’ve had s3x with big d1cks, and I would love to try one of those d1ck sheaths or extenders or whatever. But my boyfriend is a sensitive guy, and I feel like I’m going to permanently fvck up our s3x life if I ask for one. How can I propose this without him feeling like his manhood is insufficient? I’ve heard you talk about how it’s best to share your kinks as if they were added bonuses—and not as if they were terminal cancers—but I can’t figure out how to talk about this without hurting his ego. Advice?

  38. mh

    Bambi Le Fist requires cultural sensitivity training, obviously.

  39. John Constantine

    https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-city-council-women-election-2018

    Vancouver is interesting as over half the population of the capital of British Columbia is visible minority, and as older Canadians die off and fertile younger immigrants breed up, this will accelerate over the next decades.

    This city election sees eight pale stale wymynsys elected to the eleven member council, celebrated as a step to diversity, but not yet diverse enough.

    The future of yarragrad is in full view.

  40. MatrixTransform

    Girls encounter ‘naked man’ at Palm Springs Swim Center

    get CCN there we may have located both mh and PH

  41. Memoryvault

    Good Lord, this is a rough site.

    True.
    They even let in country and western singing Kenworth truck drivers.

    .
    Afternoon, Struth.

  42. Oh come on

    Wiradjuri elder Aunty Donna Ingram said recently: “Last week I was at an event that played the national anthem and I refused to sing it. A non-Aboriginal woman came up to me and said she had noticed. I said, ‘Oh, did you? I’m sorry you were disappointed.’ When someone is rude to me I take it as racism rather than anything to do with my age.’”…

    Every Australian school child knows they owe this woman unconditional respect. “We pay our respects to elders, past and present…”

  43. Stimpson J. Cat

    Japan’s porn culture led to the abysmal birth rate. Their future is all stuck to their sheets.

    It is incredibly hard to get an Anime Waifu pregnant.
    This will not stop them from trying however.

    Look let’s be honest.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

    This us what eating with sticks leads to.

    It’s literally a slippery slope.

  44. Baldrick

    Triple J’s Hottest 100 number 1 has been leaked. Arguably the best song that epitomises the Australian music culture. Enjoy

  45. struth

    Beneath our radiant Southern cross
    we’ll toil no more it seems
    for we must keep our hi viz shirts
    absolutely clean
    We’ll apologise for everything
    if our skin is looking white
    or spray sTan ourselves and join the pack
    of victims of our might.

    We’ll fight to keep our communities
    toxic masculinity free
    and teach evil little boys
    some Marxist courtesy.

  46. struth

    Good Afternoon memory vault.
    I am an ex truckie, I hope.
    Let some other mug do that.
    I’ve got a T600 for sale, But I haven’t advertised it yet.
    I might make a 45 ft trailer home with slide outs and double story out of a Pantech, tow it with the Kenworth and see out my days not owning any property in Hi Vizistan.

    I’ll always have power…………………………..

  47. Stimpson J. Cat

    Yet, I’ve had s3x with big d1cks, and I would love to try one of those d1ck sheaths or extenders or whatever. But my boyfriend is a sensitive guy, and I feel like I’m going to permanently fvck up our s3x life if I ask for one.

    I told you the machines and the robot d$cks would steal our Women.
    I warned you all about this.

  48. Memoryvault

    …Baird describes the new-look Drum as “steroid”-enhanced…

    I would have thought “hormone Replacement Therapy” was more appropriate.

  49. mh

    The Meg has appeared on CNN

    Meghan McCain: I Hate America Without My Father’s Leadership

    As an American, I hate this country without him in it. I know that sounds awful. I don’t hate America but I just hate it without his leadership.

    John McCain Was Funded By George Soros

  50. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    How do I talk to my boyfriend about p3nis size while keeping his ego intact?

    You don’t.
    Where have you been all your life, you silly girl?
    Any man within normal range is a hero to his wife.
    They used to call this Learning The Facts of Life.

  51. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    At least 19 killed in Philippines church bombings
    A disturbing double church bombing during Sunday Mass in the Philippines has killed at least 19 people and left dozens injured.

    At least 19 people have been killed and 48 wounded by twins bombings at a cathedral in the southern Philippines, according to police and the military. The first bomb went off inside the Jolo cathedral around 8am on Sunday during mass.

  52. Stimpson J. Cat

    Any man within normal range is a hero to his wife.

    Is a man outside normal range a sidekick?
    Asking for a friend.

  53. Snoopy

    Yesterday:

    Muslims in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao have overwhelmingly approved the creation of a new autonomous region in the hopes of ending nearly decades of unrest.

    Today:

    At least 19 people have been killed and 48 wounded by twins bombings at a cathedral in the southern Philippines, according to police and the military.

    What a difference a day makes.

  54. I told you the machines and the robot d$cks would steal our Women.

    No complaints from my s3x robot.

  55. Baldrick

    At least 19 killed in Philippines church bombings

    And just days after this …

    UN Philippines ✔ @UnitedNationsPhilippines
    The United Nations is a partner of the Philippine Government in support of lasting peace in Mindanao (autonomous referendum)
    6:18pm · 22 Jan 2019 ·

  56. They even let in country and western singing Kenworth truck drivers.

    Forf.
    I like both types of music.

  57. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Gemmel’s attack on our National Anthem in The Oz is a disgrace.
    Anthems are meant to be archaic. Like a Coat of Arms. New ones are worthless.
    Anyone can knock up a new Anthem or simply fiddle the words. Even Struth.

    It started to go downhill when we lost ‘sons’ from it, and we must, must, hold the line for ‘girt’. A good archaic anthem always includes a fatherland, a patria, and that needs sons. And the best homes are always ‘girt’ by sea. ‘As a moat, defensive to a house’ puts it well I think, (h/t Willie Shakespeare, and you can say better than that).

    t doesn’t matter that the second and following verses are an embarrassment de riches.
    No-one knows them.

  58. Zyconoclast

    Luckily John Hopoate did not play soccer.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/46998968

    It was before a World Cup qualifier in Tajikistan in November 2007 that he and some of his team-mates were struck down with illness.

    “We all got terrible food poisoning and a few of us had to wear adult diapers when we were on the pitch,” Wilkinson, 39, told BBC World Service Sport.

    “We spoke to the referee and explained the problems we were having, and he told us if we really needed to go, to quickly let him know.

    “Throughout the game, we were popping off the pitch, emptying our diapers and coming back on again. It was ridiculous.

  59. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Oops. Typo. Sorry Willie. You can’t say better, not can.

  60. Cassie of Sydney

    “Gemmel’s attack on our National Anthem in The Oz is a disgrace”

    Gemmel is a disgrace.

  61. Colonel Crispin Berka, King's Fusiliers Corps.

    A new Honest Government Ad was posted last week in the leadup to Australia Day, but I didn’t notice it until today. Recycling the link here for anyone else who is a fan of their past work.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaA0hZ406YY

    Obviously everything they say is true, but the lie is by omission. Sure, Europeans purged the Aboriginals from their lands. The issue is not so much whether this dispossession took place or even why, but whether we cab on balance justify the use of the January 26 date for a holiday supposedly commemorating the founding of Australia as a federal nation.

    The benefits that Western civilisation eventually brought with it to the Aborigines are enormous and today they are certainly better off for it, though of course the multitude of deaths along the way are difficult to price in the whole cost / benefit accounting of a historical commemoration. I don’t think we even need to pay any attention to this part of history to find resolutions to the issue.

    Firstly, simply as a matter of fact, Jan 26 is not the anniversary of any event in the founding of Australia as a distinct State. The first British exploratory landing was by Cook on 29 April 1770, but this was to claim the East coast for the UK. The Royal assent to the constitution of a new nation was 9 July 1900. There was also a historical Federation event in September proposed the other day by one of the Cats. There’s several event dates to choose for a federation commemoration, but for some unthinking self-loathing non-reason we are still choosing the day that a bunch of soldiers and wardens showed up specifically to establish a pommie prison. Aren’t we, you know, way past thinking of ourselves as prisoners? With all the reluctance to change the date, maybe not.

    Prison break, change the date!

  62. Memoryvault

    Gemmel’s attack on our National Anthem in The Oz is a disgrace.

    Yes.
    It shouldn’t be attacked.
    It should be euthanised and buried in a deep hole.
    Then maybe we can have something decent.

  63. Stimpson J. Cat

    No-one knows them.

    No f$cking way is this ever being sung today.
    Anywhere.

    Should foreign foe e’er sight our coast,
    Or dare a foot to land,
    We’ll rouse to arms like sires of yore
    To guard our native strand;
    Brittannia then shall surely know,
    Beyond wide ocean’s roll,
    Her sons in fair Australia’s land
    Still keep a British soul.
    In joyful strains then let us sing
    “Advance Australia fair!”

  64. struth

    Any man within normal range is a hero to his wife.

    Is a man outside normal range a sidekick?
    Asking for a friend.

    Comment of the day!

  65. Stimpson J. Cat

    Yore is such an epic word.
    We need to bring it back.

  66. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Sat my archaeologist friend down before lunch and watched the first episode of “The Last Kingdom” with her, to show her my enthusiasm for the British conversion period. She agreed it was well done re the Viking apparel and style, but she flinched badly at the violence.

    Where do you think all those buried hoards you delight in examining came from? I ask pointedly. No Bank of England in those day, and violence was inherent in these plunder-loving warrior societies. I must now persuade her to subject herself to at least the next episode so that she can see King Alfred’s Christianity in contrast to Uhtred’s heathenism. What’s the bet she won’t like that either, for even Alfred’s world was that of the north-western European warrior. Alfred was a lion-tamer, but he too had his ways.

    I think she must have read her Homer as a romance. 🙂

  67. Memoryvault

    watched the first episode of “The Last Kingdom

    Ripper of a mini series, Calli.

  68. EvilElvis

    Any man within normal range is a hero to his wife.

    What if you’re out of range and not in the ballpark?

  69. struth

    Anyone can knock up a new Anthem or simply fiddle the words. Even Struth

    Even Struth…………………..

    Even?!

    He he

    Yet, I’ve had s3x with big d1cks, and I would love to try one of those d1ck sheaths or extenders or whatever. But my boyfriend is a sensitive guy, and I feel like I’m going to permanently fvck up our s3x life if I ask for one.

    Sounds like the truth might be she needs a re-sleeve.

  70. struth

    Yore is such an epic word.
    We need to bring it back.

    Ok
    Yore mamma……………..

  71. EvilElvis

    Like flicking a toothpick in a Vegemite jar, struth?

  72. Memoryvault

    Sounds like the truth might be she needs a re-sleeve.

    Or douche with aluminium hydroxide.
    Old wive’s cure.

  73. struth

    Meghan McCain: I Hate America Without My Father’s Leadership

    she definitely needs a re-sleeve.

    Evil elvis, ever job is different of course.
    He may not have a small organ, just that’s its made for a church, not a cathedral.

  74. calli

    That was Lizzie, not me.

    I’m still wending my way through an historical documentary called “Outlander”.

  75. rickw

    I see New York has now gone the full Moloch.

  76. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    As an American, I hate this country without him in it. I know that sounds awful. I don’t hate America but I just hate it without his leadership.

    perhaps you might consider pissing off then

  77. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Yes, Stimpy. Yore is a very useful word. We should have more of it. Back to yore, I say. 🙂
    Sires too has something of a masterly ring, Lords of Battle, Sir Lancelot and Sir Percival and King Arthur. Males like rampant bulls, sires all, either protecting or ravishing fair maidens. St. George rides again. And Boadicea/Britannia charioteering the Thames banks, killing Romans. If you think the first verse isn’t much of an anthem, I give you the second. 🙂

    In Welsh today the word ‘sir’ refers to an area of administered territory, not to the owner of it, the ‘sire’ and his horsemen ‘esquires’, later the gentry ‘squires’ as in Fielding’s ‘Tom Jones’.

    But which came first? The sir or the sire? Linguistic chicken and egg problem.

  78. egg_

    Yet, I’ve had s3x with big d1cks, and I would love to try one of those d1ck sheaths or extenders or whatever. But my boyfriend is a sensitive guy, and I feel like I’m going to permanently fvck up our s3x life if I ask for one.

    Sounds like someone who needs to sow some wild oats before settling down – methinks she’s inexperienced and heard big d1ck stories from her friends and wants to experiment.

  79. EvilElvis

    So your saying it’s more like tossing a tictac in a whales mouth then?

  80. struth

    What is it with women and their need to talk about intimacies with their men to other women?

    Men only talk about ex women, in a sexually explicit manner, and not that much really , even then.

    Never about the woman they are with at the time, unless they are self denigrating, for humorous purposes

  81. Memoryvault

    I’m still wending my way through an historical documentary called “Outlander”.

    I stopped watching it.
    But Marylin assures me Jamie kills Black Jack Randall this series (2), so I might go back to it.
    Of course, she could be fibbing.

  82. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Any man within normal range is a hero to his wife.
    What if you’re out of range and not in the ballpark?

    I think the correct answer there is tough titty, Elvis. 🙂

    Oh excuse me. For a minute I forgot that I am a lady and that this is Catallaxy not a bar room.

  83. calli

    It’s ridiculous, of course.

    But those kilts are addictive. 🤣

  84. egg_

    What is it with women and their need to talk about intimacies with their men to other women?

    Keeping up with the Joneses.

  85. EvilElvis

    Thanks Lizzie. I’m young and inexperienced, but willing to learn.

    I may be part of the first generation that can say, “when I asked my Dad about the facts of life, he gave me a copy of Catallaxy!”…

  86. struth

    I can’t post ba-ll but can post ballpark

  87. rickw

    I visited Rota in CNMI yesterday, including the quarry site:

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

    I also visited some of the remaining stands of the stones.

    What struck me was that the stones in the quarry are significantly larger that the ones in the apparent village. Why did it all stop?

    My guess is that this grandiose “Government” Project involving the larger stones led to a split in society which it never recovered from, certainly to the extent that society was never again interested in mega projects.

  88. calli

    Some of us are very very circumspect about our very private lives. Others like to advertise. Buyer beware.

  89. calli

    The spaminator picks up 🎱 s plural.

    It must be Puritan and disapproves of many many dances. But not strong drink. Go figure.

  90. egg_

    Others like to advertise.

    Be a shame if the lady breaks up a good relationship based on “wives tales”.

  91. Memoryvault

    I’ve got a theory that there isn’t really a spaminator.
    That it’s just the Evil Doomlord playing sadistic pranks on us.

  92. egg_

    Like flicking a toothpick in a Vegemite jar, struth?

    What if the guy asked the gal for a re-sleeve?

  93. Hay Stockard

    Struth,
    Your gig yesterday. How did The Wreck Of The Edmond Fitzgerald go down?

  94. Hay Stockard

    Back from watching Mary Queen Of Scots. What a stinker.

  95. struth

    Thanks HS
    I just did Australian songs yesterday.
    pub descended into yobbodom.
    I just couldn’t keep it classy, although I tried.
    Good day, though, I was finished by 16;30 and started to knock a few back.
    Not achieving much today.

  96. John Constantine

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-27/your-healthy-diet-in-the-age-of-climate-change/10750274

    Their abc scold us that nobody on earth should eat anything except at poverty level.

    Billion dollar bully pulpit for sanctimony.

    “Fish or other seafood also has a maximum consumption of 200g a week. That might be a single fillet of fish with a mango, chilli and mint coulis, served with a large plate of seasonal vegetables and one of the two weekly potatoes made into chips cooked in olive oil.”

    Obeying children when they scold us to eat only two potatoes a week Is Our Strength.

  97. Some of us are very very circumspect about our very private lives.

    No foreskin?

    Never about the woman they are with at the time,

    Because you don’t know how many brothers she has and how big they are!

  98. MatrixTransform

    Philippines church bombings

    once had a 2hr turnaround through some hell-hole Mindanao airport(Davao I think) which at the time, was basically a tin shed because apparently the rebels blew the last one up.
    Somewhere around 2008.

    I gotta say that being in that place, with those people and the looks on their faces while us lily-whites sat there send chills up my spine today.

    Went on to Cebu city.

    Count yr blessings that yr standing in Oz

  99. struth

    Extra taxes on meat etc will soon be announced, certain foods will be luxury items, that we now take as a normal part of our diet.

    We need to step up the fight very very very soon.

  100. Stimpson J. Cat

    Males like rampant bulls, sires all, either protecting or ravishing fair maidens.

    “Sir Stimpson strode gallantly forward through the scattered heaps of swooning Women, brandishing his rampant baldness like an artisanal weapon to bludgeon his Bowtie betters into submission, like some knight from days of Yore.”

  101. struth

    Extra taxes on meat etc will soon be announced, certain foods will be luxury items, that we now take as a normal part of our diet.

    And also not announced with backdoor taxation of suppliers

  102. Memoryvault

    Extra taxes on meat etc will soon be announced, certain foods will be luxury items, that we now take as a normal part of our diet.

    You are probably right, Struth.
    Trouble is, a lot of Cats think it won’t happen if the Liberals manage to get back in.

  103. John Constantine

    Their abc put their godless commo spin on their new potato famine.

    Your rations are to be increased to two potatoes a week.

    Praise the Revolution, Comrades.

    Their abc are the new potato blight.

  104. Stimpson J. Cat

    “Forsooth these Women forget their place!”
    he cried, aghast.
    “Are there no fair maidens acquainted with the noble arts of kitchenry capable of preparing a glorious repast of victory vittles?
    Zounds!”

  105. egg_

    Because you don’t know how many brothers she has and how big they are!

    They all said she was tight.

  106. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Lunch in the Swan Valley – a procedure enlivened, by the presence on the next table, of a seriously pretty young lady, with the longest legs, and the briefest mini-skirt, I’ve seen in several years….

  107. Memoryvault

    “Are there no fair maidens acquainted with the noble arts of kitchenry capable of preparing a glorious repast of victory vittles?

    No. Fair maidens sat around looking fair – they didn’t cook.
    There were servants to do the cooking.

  108. calli

    one of the two weekly potatoes made into chips cooked in olive oil.”

    Then they won’t be “chips”. Because olive oil doesn’t get hot enough.

    And if you heat it to the point where it might possibly crisp a chip its nutritional value is destroyed.

  109. Snoopy

    and one of the two weekly potatoes made into chips cooked in olive oil.”

    Deep frying in olive oil? Cretins. Barbarians.

  110. struth

    Zulu, Thou art obviously in the mystical land of Yore.
    two and a half hours I believe, as ’tis where the fairest and least tattooed maidens in the land are to be discoverethed.

  111. calli

    Yes, Snoops. This is what our billion dollar+ buys us.

    Cretinous cooking advice and fishy virtue signalling.

    Too much smashed avocado and many many lattés will do that to the brain.

  112. Eyrie

    ZK2A, Lunch in the Swan Valley
    Stoppit, you are making me nostalgic. Might have to fire up the bugsmasher next weekend and fly across for a while. That or Qantas.

  113. Eyrie

    “And if you heat it to the point where it might possibly crisp a chip its nutritional value is destroyed.”
    Not a good idea to cook with any vegetable oils. They can form transfats which are really bad.
    Cook with butter or lard.

  114. Steve trickler.

    Fine trolling from Baldrick and Egg.

    Frente!

  115. Memoryvault

    Cretinous cooking advice and fishy virtue signalling.

    If you think the food advice is bad Calli, you should read the article on firing up the desal plant.
    Turned on this morning, and will be producing water in eight months.
    And the silly young ABC bint breathlessly reported it as “fact”.

  116. Hay Stockard

    Zulu,
    I’ve boycotted that pub for years. I shall continue.

  117. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Stoppit, you are making me nostalgic. Might have to fire up the bugsmasher next weekend and fly across for a while. That or Qantas.

    Place has changed beyond recognition in the past ten years. There’s even a “hop – on – hop -off” bus service from Guilford Station.

  118. Baldrick

    Trouble is, a lot of Cats think it won’t happen if the Liberals manage to get back in.

    So it won’t be a problem MV for you to name several in that case.

  119. Chris

    Lunch in the Swan Valley – a procedure enlivened, by the presence on the next table, of a seriously pretty young lady, with the longest legs, and the briefest mini-skirt, I’ve seen in several years….

    Lucky landscape, to be so blessed. Perth’s summer dress season is awesome.

  120. Memoryvault

    Several what, Baldrick?
    You’ve completely lost me.
    And you can call me Peter.

  121. Tel

    There’s zero chance of the Liberals getting back in … only question is how big will the cross-bench be in the Senate and how firmly will they stand up to the spendthrift deluge?

  122. Chris

    I’m still wending my way through an historical documentary called “Outlander”.

    The lovely lady and I have been reading the books since about 26 years ago. The series is a very good effort indeed. I particularly like the attitude of respect and realism (in my eyes) for long-term monogamous love.

  123. bespoke

    Hay Stockard
    #2919164, posted on January 27, 2019 at 6:27 pm
    Zulu,
    I’ve boycotted that pub for years. I shall continue.

    Did they sell Coopers?

  124. Baldrick

    Who are these Liberal voting ‘a lot of Cats’ supporters?

  125. Stimpson J. Cat

    Ann Coulter
    Ann Coulter
    @AnnCoulter
    America is hurtling toward a grim future where a conservative white kid can smile in the vicinity of a minority and there won’t even be enough journalists left to form an online lynch mob.

  126. cohenite

    What’s the female equivalent of a big dick?

  127. Memoryvault

    Who are these Liberal voting ‘a lot of Cats’ supporters?

    You’ve got be kidding, Baldrick. If you aren’t, say so, give me fifteen minutes or so to feed the chooks and put dinner on, and we’ll discuss it further.

  128. MatrixTransform

    Festival drug overdoses …

    be better of with Stupidity Testing

  129. Boambee John

    struth
    #2919139, posted on January 27, 2019 at 5:48 pm
    Extra taxes on meat etc will soon be announced, certain foods will be luxury items, that we now take as a normal part of our diet.

    We need to step up the fight very very very soon.

    So far the population are like frogs in slowly warming water. However, the two things that will finally break the collective camels’ backs will be restrictions on diet such as are now being proposed, and restrictions on the use of private moter vehicles.

    Every worm will eventually turn, we can but hope that the left fascists over reach and try to move too soon.

  130. Crossie

    Zalli Steggle and her policy on climate change:

    We rich people can afford expensive electricity but you wage slaves are standing in our way to save the planet.

  131. Infidel Tiger

    Steaggal is every single thing that is wrong with politics.

    What an awful person.

  132. Nick

    It would be interesting to know the amount of public funds that supported Zalli Steggle as a ‘skier’ athlete

  133. Baldrick

    Festival drug overdoses …

    Here’s TheirABC’s take:

    ABC News ✔ @abcnews
    16 people taken to hospital after suspected drug-taking at music festivals

    Here’s my take:

    Thousands of people not taken to hospital after listening to music at drug festivals

  134. John Constantine

    “The food revolution we need requires substantial agricultural innovation that must focus on improving efficiency and sustainability in existing farming lands; restoring degraded lands; a zero-expansion policy of agricultural land to enable natural ecosystems to thrive, and halving food waste.

    The EAT-Lancet report also tells us that better governance of our land and seas is needed to protect the biodiversity that supports life. This is consistent with calls in Australia for the next elected federal government to develop new national environmental laws with independent authority to protect our environment and the ability to produce food into the future, in a way that does not cost us the planet and humanity’s future.

    If our next elected government also puts money into making local fresh food readily available and affordable, subsidises and promotes sustainable farming methods, and protects our environment, we will reap the benefits of a healthier population. ”

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-27/your-healthy-diet-in-the-age-of-climate-change/10750274

    Their chairman mao, the cultural revolution famine 30 million dead means nothing to the scolds of their abc.

    We must centrally plan agriculture and strictly ration the proles as part of australias abc progressed cultural revolution, and critique all those that try and sneak in three potatoes a week, not the rationed two.

    Comrades.

  135. Crossie

    So far the population are like frogs in slowly warming water. However, the two things that will finally break the collective camels’ backs will be restrictions on diet such as are now being proposed, and restrictions on the use of private moter vehicles.

    I hope so. Understandably, free speech is not on a lot of people’s radar but start interfering with their food and transport and they may not be as disinterested.

  136. Nelson Kidd-Players

    A suggestion for the Caictionary for that one or few that manage to originate a story

    ‘Special’ source

    The advantage is in easy recollection. The disadvantage us the irony will easily be lost, just like the W in SJW.

  137. 132andBush

    Yet, I’ve had s3x with big d1cks, and I would love to try one of those d1ck sheaths or extenders or whatever. But my boyfriend is a sensitive guy, and I feel like I’m going to permanently fvck up our s3x life if I ask for one

    Are we making the rash assumption this is a female?

  138. Stimpson J. Cat

    Ann Coulter
    Ann Coulter
    @AnnCoulter
    Maybe the solution to the border crisis is not deporting 22 million illegals but one Jared Kushner.
    4:38 AM · Jan 26, 2019

  139. Crossie

    Tel
    #2919171, posted on January 27, 2019 at 6:39 pm
    There’s zero chance of the Liberals getting back in … only question is how big will the cross-bench be in the Senate and how firmly will they stand up to the spendthrift deluge?

    This goes for both Macquarie Street and Canberra.

  140. Baldrick

    Zalli Steggle and her policy on climate change:

    The only defining comment you need to know about Steggle and her climate change policy:

    Climate change policy provides the starkest contrast, and is a potent issue with progressives in this northern beaches and harbourside electorate.
    Steggall said it would be a focus of her campaign. She has enlisted well-known climate change campaigner Tim Flannery as a policy adviser, and he was by her side at Sunday morning’s launch.

  141. John Constantine

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2009-06-26/meldrum-in-shock-over-jacksons-death/1333324

    Their abc countdown program championed and marketed michael jackson to kiddies, and backed him to the ends of the earth.

    Different when they do it.

    Comrades.

  142. Stimpson J. Cat

    The series is a very good effort indeed. I particularly like the attitude of respect and realism (in my eyes) for long-term monogamous love.

    It’s certainly not the first time an Englishman has r$ped a Scottish man in a kilt and it won’t be the last.

  143. Nick

    She has enlisted well-known climate change campaigner Tim Flannery as a policy adviser,

    OMG. We haven’t yet peak stupid yet. We deserve everything we get .

  144. John Constantine

    The cross bench in the next shorten regime will not matter, as stabby bishop and their turnbullites will back all bipartisan votes on the downfall of australia, transnationalism and immunity from bribery chargers for billionaires and politicians.

    Winter is Coming.

    Comrades.

  145. Crossie

    Hay Stockard
    #2919130, posted on January 27, 2019 at 5:25 pm
    Back from watching Mary Queen Of Scots. What a stinker.

    Not historically factual or just badly done?

  146. Hay Stockard

    Bespoke,
    I don’t recall if they sold Coopers but it wouldn’t surprise me. Most pubs in Newtown are very very ordinary. Even the Vic further down the road has been ruined.

  147. John Constantine

    Their stabby mcstabbyface bishop doesnt have Trump’s phone number, but we can bet she has shortens.

    Comrades.

  148. wivenhoe

    What’s the female equivalent of a big dick?

  149. Hay Stockard

    Crosstie,
    I doubt very much if Elizabeth I had a black chap as her ambassador to the Scots. Nor a Eurasian Lady In Waiting. They had some pasty faced widgies trying to be Highlanders in her army. Everyone wore black. Not even a plaid to be seen, let alone any rangers except for two Queens. There were other queens in it though.
    The only battle scene was crap. Seen more mayhem at School Cadet camps.
    The end was very weak. Ok I stayed to the end but I had She Who Must Be Obeyed with me and The aircon in the cinema was working.
    There may have been historical accuracies or merely apocryphal tale telling. I would leave that for someone better informed.

  150. areff

    Good stuff posted today at Quadrant:

    Tony Abbott on judges and religious freedom

    Alan Moran on Flannery’s appointment to the Australian Museum by a Photios-Liberal cabinet member, and Flannery’s help to an ex-Turnbull staffer out to oust Abbott (as mentioned by Comrade Constantine above)

    What Orwell
    would have made of the ABC’s advocacy of a planet-saving vegan diet, as promoted by the ABC

    Heeebrooo hatred in Corbyn’s Labour Party.

  151. wivenhoe

    What’s the female equivalent of a big dick?

    Try again, I think it is called an echo chamber.

  152. feelthebern

    As mentioned by many Cats, it’s pretty clear that Julie Bishop will soon join the Chicken Shit Role of Shame.
    PS, muddy, can we add that to the dictionary?
    Chicken Shit Role of Shame (CSRS):
    When incumbent members of a sitting government refuse to face the wrath of the electorate by not standing at the pending election so they can “spend more time with the family”.

  153. Crossie

    John Constantine
    #2919210, posted on January 27, 2019 at 7:24 pm
    Their stabby mcstabbyface bishop doesnt have Trump’s phone number, but we can bet she has shortens.

    Comrades.

    The important thing is that she had Anna Wintour’s number.

  154. Hay Stockard

    Bespoke,
    I recall that now. That is after I stopped going there. If I recall correctly it was more to do with crap service and, in those days, there being better places around.

  155. Crossie

    Thanks Hay Stockard, I won’t bother then wasting my money and time.

  156. Infidel Tiger

    As mentioned by many Cats, it’s pretty clear that Julie Bishop will soon join the Chicken Shit Role of Shame.

    Apparently she has already selected her replacement

    A social justice warrior from foreign affairs with zero life exeperience.

  157. pete m

    Whoever does pr for Pope needs a swift kick in the nuts. They said sitting down as a family for dinner was a great life challenge. Wow.

  158. 132andBush

    Try again, I think it is called an echo chamber.

    Sorry, Wivenhoe, try again.

  159. feelthebern

    O’Dwyer.
    Keenan.
    Scullion.
    Bishop (expected).
    I’m not going to run the book on how many will join the CSRS, but I reckon come the election, more than a dozen would have joined the role.

    PS Wacka Williams isn’t going around again but he gets a pass due to real health issues.

  160. Crossie

    When incumbent members of a sitting government refuse to face the wrath of the electorate by not standing at the pending election so they can “spend more time with the family”.

    It’s also called rats leaving a sinking ship.

  161. Infidel Tiger

    Can’t believe Morro is trying to convince that toad faced xunt Laundy to stay.

  162. feelthebern

    Tony Abbott could be looking down the barrel of a 5% primary vote in his electorate, but he’d still stand.

  163. wivenhoe

    Sorry, Wivenhoe, try again.

    A big mouth?

  164. Crossie

    Infidel Tiger
    #2919222, posted on January 27, 2019 at 7:37 pm
    As mentioned by many Cats, it’s pretty clear that Julie Bishop will soon join the Chicken Shit Role of Shame.

    Apparently she has already selected her replacement

    A social justice warrior from foreign affairs with zero life exeperience.

    Didn’t know it’s a hereditary seat to be bequeathed at the incumbent’s pleasure.

  165. feelthebern

    I hope he does.
    I demand to see Laundy get his fat stupid face pummelled by an ALP junior staffer.

  166. Stimpson J. Cat

    Another Day, Another Hole to Dig.

    Pope Francis
    @Pontifex
    With her “yes”, Mary became the most influential woman in history. Without social networks, she became the first “influencer”: the “influencer” of God. #Panama2019
    9:00 AM · Jan 27, 2019

  167. John Constantine

    Symons commentating the big bash and Bingle photographing Fevola is shown on the screen.

    Remember when the Australian cricket team really did bat in partnerships.

    Old Australia, where the bloody hell are you?.

  168. Crossie

    Infidel Tiger
    #2919227, posted on January 27, 2019 at 7:40 pm
    Can’t believe Morro is trying to convince that toad faced xunt Laundy to stay.

    It’s been noted before that ScoMo is not very smart.

  169. candy

    Zalli Steggle and her policy on climate change:

    The defining thing would be if they would promote wind turbines all across the Northern Beaches, on the beaches or in the ocean close to the beaches, as the most desirable windy place.
    And took in asylum seekers to their homes permanently and turned off their air conditioning and rode bicycles.

    I reckon if you are passionate about saving the planet, you really believe, you would throw your air con and car out – at the very least. I wounder if Kerryn Phelps for example is riding a bike and has no air con and supports refugees in her home out of her own income. All talk and no action?

  170. Snoopy

    Bishop is waiting for an offer in writing from Shorten promising her appointment as Australia’s UN representative.

  171. feelthebern

    If possible, all Australians should have enough cash on hand to fund their next three years of living.
    It will make all policy changes with zero intellectual honesty on behalf of the media cheering it on more easier to swallow.

  172. Crossie

    I reckon if you are passionate about saving the planet, you really believe, you would throw your air con and car out – at the very least. I wounder if Kerryn Phelps for example is riding a bike and has no air con and supports refugees in her home out of her own income. All talk and no action?

    Candy, Zalli and Kerryn support sacrifice and action just not theirs. That’s what little people are for.

  173. Leo G

    You might hear the anthem somewhere around the traps this Australia Day weekend. If you do, listen closely to the lyrics and imagine being an indigenous Australian, gleaning meaning from words written by a Scottish Presbyterian schoolteacher, Peter Dodds McCormick, back in 1878. His lyrics have been mucked around with ever since, most notably “Australia’s sons let us rejoice” changing to “Australians all let us rejoice”, …

    Fair criticism, in my opinion.
    McCormick composed the original to be performed by all-male, mostly-young Caledonian Society members. In the phrase “Advance Australia fair”, the word “fair” used by the Scots is an adverb qualifying “advance”. In that context the word corresponds to English “verily” or “indeed”.
    Gough Whitlam cynically advanced Advance, claiming deference to Arthur Calwell’s supposed preference, while aware of loaded interpretations of the original lyrics.

  174. MatrixTransform

    Lego Man, or Tic-Toc ?

    Djokovic or Nadal ?

  175. Infidel Tiger

    I hope he does.
    I demand to see Laundy get his fat stupid face pummelled by an ALP junior staffer.

    That happens to Laundy in the bedroom every weekend.

    If you saw Craig parked near a primary school, jeez you’d be worried.

  176. 132andBush

    A big mouth?
    Getting there.

    I thinks there’s an inverse correlation equation in there somewhere, if you know what I mean?

  177. wivenhoe

    Lego Man, or Tic-Toc ?

    Lego Man.

  178. Crossie

    Bettina Arndt on Chris Kenny’s show on Sky talking about a prison guard in NT wrongfully imprisoned when his ex-fiancée accused him of rape.

  179. Percy Popinjay

    I’m trying to think of a Cat term that describes how the media frame “well, we and those we know believe in climate change, etc, therefore all people do” …

    Mediacrity: A collective noun that denotes a mainstream media incapable of independent thought yet eager to inflict their intellectual mediocrity on the general population.

    See also amateur, lightweight, second rate…

    Also – Mediocracy: A unrepresentative governing polity that is informed by the intellectual mediocrity of braindead j’ismists.

  180. Bruce of Newcastle

    I wonder if Kerryn Phelps for example is riding a bike

    Unlikely. She’s the former deputy of Clover Moore, who fell off her bicycle and broke her ankle on a Ride To Work Day. Dr Phelps, I suspect, drew the appropriate conclusion.

    Clover Moore is a cycling statistic (2010)

    ‘Very hostile’: Clover Moore hits out at former colleague Kerryn Phelps (23 Nov)

    Miaow!!!

  181. Percy Popinjay

    Bugger – inserted “unrepresentative” at the last opportunity and forgot to change the A to An.

  182. John Constantine

    In post cash Zimbabwe style Australia, storing enough dry beans in a waterproof hole in the backyard to supplement your rations for a few years makes you a bean millionaire.

  183. feelthebern

    I don’t think any of the blue tick “journos” who spread the false claims about the Covington boys will really be worried.
    The aim of the lawsuit is to win damages, which will be paid by the shareholders of the companies the journos work for.
    The journos won’t pay a dime.
    He’d be working on contingency so if the gross settlement is $US100mill against all media companies, he’ll get 30-40mill.

  184. egg_

    Can’t believe Morro is trying to convince that toad faced xunt Laundy to stay.

    And they’re his good points.

  185. Snoopy

    Bugger – inserted “unrepresentative” at the last opportunity and forgot to change the A to An.

    That’s a six hour penalty.

  186. feelthebern

    The proof will be in the pudding with who are named as respondents.
    If Alyssa Milano is included, that would change my views above.
    If they are all CNN, MSNBC, WaPo, NY Times etc, he’s looking at a nice little ol pay day.

  187. Bruce of Newcastle

    In post cash Zimbabwe style Australia, storing enough dry beans in a waterproof hole in the backyard to supplement your rations for a few years makes you a bean millionaire.

    Long-pig-and-beans, yum!
    The art would be to collect the latter without becoming the former.

  188. 132andBush

    Message to Armadillo,

    Arkys latest is a must watch.

  189. Top Ender

    We only lasted four episodes of Outlander.

    Ridiculous soap opera.

  190. stackja

    Floodwaters recede in north Qld’s Daintree
    Warren Barnsley, Australian Associated Press
    37 minutes ago

    The Daintree River is receding after breaking a 118-year floodwater record, but some far north Queensland residents remain cut off.

    An emergency alert was issued for Daintree Village after a monsoon trough brought up to 472mm of rain in less than 24 hours from Saturday morning.

    The river peaked at 12.6m close to midnight on Saturday, eclipsing the previous record of 12.4m in 1901 and higher than 10.5m at the last major flooding event in 2014.

    Meanwhile:

    Queensland town faces water shortage
    Warren Barnsley, Australian Associated Press
    January 27, 2019 4:52pm

    A southern Queensland local council has called for more funding to upgrade water infrastructure as they ask Roma residents to cut out non-essential water use amid a depleted supply.

    The town’s water reserves are being diminished due to high, heat-related consumption and multiple equipment breakdowns, according to Maranoa Regional Council.

    Solution in the pipeline?

  191. Memoryvault

    In post cash Zimbabwe style Australia, storing enough dry beans in a waterproof hole in the backyard to supplement your rations for a few years

    Easier and better just to grow them and eat them fresh, John.

    I love beans freshly picked from the vine.
    So do our chooks.

  192. Bruce of Newcastle

    The aim of the lawsuit is to win damages, which will be paid by the shareholders of the companies the journos work for.
    The journos won’t pay a dime.

    Um…

    Future of digital journalism in question as Buzzfeed and HuffPost lay off 1,000 (Grauniad 27 Jan)

    My schadenfreude index has maxed out.

  193. stackja

    Student among eight charged over drug supply with 118 caught in possession at Sydney festival
    Nick Hansen, The Daily Telegraph
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    A neuroscience student on a five-day visit to Sydney is now an accused drug dealer courtesy of a police crackdown on Australia Day raves in the city’s east and west.

    Police charged eight people with drug supply and caught another 118 in possession between the Hardcore Till I Die festival at Sydney Olympic Park and Electric Gardens event in Centennial Parklands.

    South Australian neuroscience student Abbey Spurr, 19, appeared via audiovisual link in Parramatta Bail Court today, wearing prison greens from Amber Laurel correctional centre.

    Police allege Spurr had 48 MDMA capsules on her when they stopped her at Hardcore Till I Die at 6.40pm. She was charged with supply prohibited drug.

  194. stackja

    Foreign national man’s body found after he went missing at Bents Basin swimming spot
    Henry Lynch, The Daily Telegraph
    January 27, 2019 2:13pm
    Subscriber only

    A man who disappeared underwater at a popular western Sydney swimming hole this morning has been found dead.

    Emergency services raced to Bents Basin south of Penrith just after midday following reports that a group of men were struggling in the water.

    Three men aged in their 20s were rescued by vigilant bystanders, but one 25-year-old man could not be found.

    A search was conducted with the assistance of police divers, Fire & Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance and NSW SES. Just after 1pm, the body of the man, believed to be a Neaplese National, was found.

  195. Leo G

    I’m trying to think of a Cat term that describes how the media frame “well, we and those we know believe in climate change, etc, therefore all people do” …

    A particular faulty generalisation, an informal logical error, usually referred to as “fallacy of composition”. A possible Cat term for its application to the media might be “fallacy of journalism”.

  196. Stimpson J. Cat

    Bents Basin south of Penrith

    What is it it with Sydney and homosexuals?
    Honestly.

  197. Top Ender

    Pretentious poseurs of the world unite!

    Democracy in turmoil as a celebrity choir sings as one
    CHRIS KENNY

    The annual migration of the world’s political and economic elite to Davos has become an increasingly grotesque demonstration of the real chasm in Western liberal democracies.

    Here, in the rarefied atmosphere of the Swiss Alps, the 1 per cent discuss the sharing of our global bounty without offering up any of their own and preach of the sacrifices required for climate action without surrendering their own comforts.

    Hypocrisy decorates the gathering the same way snow dominates the scenery as the so-called elites arrive on first-class fares and in private jets to spruik carbon constraints and economic sustainability. At this altitude the gilets jaunes of the Parisian streets trouble no one; they are safely quarantined in the lowlands until they can rustle up some airline tickets and perhaps some yellow ski jackets.

    This is a pretend world where a gathering dominated by the business and political leaders of Europe and North America is lectured on the need to tame the “wild beast” instincts of capitalism by millionaire rock star Bono.

    The U2 frontman conceded capitalism had lifted more people out of poverty than any other “ism” but suggested unfettered capitalism had driven a global drift to populism — when the reality in Europe, the US and even Australia is that ever-increasing encroachment by the state and the surrendering of sovereign priorities to supranational agreements are what have fuelled populist revolts.

    So superficial is this gathering that, while it suggests climate change is the greatest challenge facing the world, its discussion of the issue was headlined by celebrity drawcards.

    Prince William — unelected and uncredentialled on the topic — took to the stage to interview legendary documentary-maker David Attenborough about the environmental challenge.

    Another event had New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern take questions from former US presidential candidate Al Gore, who parlayed his narrow defeat at the hands of George W. Bush into a stellar career as a climate evangelist, picking up a Nobel Peace Prize for alarmist activism along the way.

    This might have been Gore’s first venture back into antipodean politics since 2014, when he stood with mining magnate, Paris Agreement opponent and nickel refinery owner Clive Palmer at Parliament House, Canberra.

    In an illuminating exchange Gore made an oblique reference to Donald Trump’s abandonment of the Paris Agreement and sought Ardern’s view about a leader resistant to action.

    “You don’t have to cede power by acting on climate change,” preached Ardern.

    “There’s nothing to fear about your individual political status — actually this is about being on the right side of history.”

    Note the lack of reference to the climate or the economy, the competing interests in this debate. Also missing were voters, consumers or citizens. For Ardern this was about personal status.

    “Do you want to be a leader that you look back in time and say that you were on the wrong side of the argument when the world was crying out for a solution?” she posed. “It’s as simple as that.”

    I fear, for the Davos crowd, it might seem that simple. Pick the zeitgeist and get on the right side of it — never mind detailed analysis of the extent of the problem; never mind comparative prioritisation against other global challenges; never mind the myriad alternative responses; and never mind any sort of cost-benefit analysis. Just go with the crowd.

    It is little wonder satire is dead. Because, while global emissions continue to rise substantially, it is Trump’s US where a technological shift to domestic gas has driven a reduction in emissions from fixed power generation.

    Apparently it is not carbon emission reductions that drive the allocation of white hats and black hats at places such as Davos; it is the symbolism. The pronounced thought is what counts — the virtue signalling — not the actions or the reality.

    On the World Economic Forum website for Davos it gives itself a pat on the back for reducing its use of private jets. In a detailed post it examines the number of air movements and claims they are falling year on year.

    “This year’s drop in private air traffic is a sign participants are taking the environmental impact of their travel more seriously,” it says. “It’s something we have been encouraging. We have been offering incentives to participants to use public transport for some years. We also ask that they share planes if they have to use them; something that has been gaining popularity in recent years.”

    It goes on to say that all the flights are covered by a Davos carbon offset plan. Talk about climate action; some people walk the walk, Davos flies the flights.

    But this mountain pulpit is not focused entirely on climate; it covers globalisation, health, automation, women’s rights and much more. Former British prime minister Tony Blair used this alpine eerie to pontificate on Brexit and push for a second referendum.

    “People sometimes say if you have another referendum isn’t that a damage to democracy. But look, we’re going back to the people, we’re not asking anyone else, we’re asking them. We’ve had 30 months of negotiation, there’s a much clearer knowledge now of what Brexit really means, there’s a much greater understanding of all the issues around it, and I think it’s not unreasonable in these circumstances to ask people whether they want to think again,” he said.

    This is a terrible state of affairs — while voters in Britain who voted for Brexit are dismayed at how the political class has refused to deliver it, and while voters in Paris protest in the streets about the price of climate action, their leaders look down from Davos and tell them what’s good for them. The critical question is where the wisdom resides — is it with Prince William and Bono in Davos or is it with the yellow vests and Brexiteers in Paris and London?

    The same dynamic is playing out in the Australian election campaign. We will soon hear more about energy options as the government weighs up Trevor St Baker’s $6 billion bid for high efficiency, low emissions, coal-fired power generation against other proposals for dispatchable electricity. The battle between renewable posturing and providing reliable and affordable power will continue, although the clash between these competing aims will be somewhat muted by two realities: we have created such an energy crisis that either approach will be costly; and the Coalition will not demonstrate its priorities by rejecting Paris.

    Davos Man would not trouble himself with the cost of our power but endorse Bill Shorten’s doubling of renewable and emissions reduction targets.

    Davos Man also might endorse Labor’s tax agenda as a gesture towards redistribution. Davos Man would support a weakening of our border protection regime as a nod to UN sensibilities.

    No matter what happens in our election, Brexit, the US or the streets of Paris, this divide and how it is bridged will be the central challenge for policymakers and politicians for years, if not decades, to come.

    In this sense the defection of Warren Mundine, the former ALP national president cum Liberal candidate, speaks eloquently about the tectonics. He says his fundamental philosophy and objectives have not changed but that the political environment has shifted around him. That assessment is not implausible.

    He seeks not only indigenous advancement but also working-class progress. Mundine’s mantra of workaday self-reliance and enterprise is the antithesis of Davos Man posturing — it reflects the Hawke-Keating aspirational project and, while he was opposed to the Coalition at the time, could quite easily settle under the Howard battler banner.

    It seems evident voters of this ilk are struggling to find a natural home. The real opportunity for Scott Morrison is to provide it.

    Oz link

  198. Memoryvault

    Ridiculous soap opera.

    I agree, Top Ender.
    I’m enjoying Grantchester more even though it’s just another soaap opera.
    But what is a bloke to do?
    I’ve watched the latest episodes of both Manifest and Vikings, and The Blacklist isn’t up yet.
    Sigh.

  199. Jo

    Zali Steggall – Kirstie Marshall redux. Breastfeeding in parliament has been done. Zali’s going to have to come up with something else.

  200. Nick

    Hardcore Till I Die

    Wah, wah the Government should do something. Someone died at Hardcore till I die.

  201. Tintarella di Luna

    Can’t believe Morro is trying to convince that toad faced xunt Laundy to stay.

    And they’re his good points.

    Morrison must value disloyalty above all and that moose-knuckle-chinned be-freckled pox on our polity has it in spades.

  202. feelthebern

    I saw on the news a 40 year man was taken to hospital after taking bad drugs at the Rainbow Serpent gig.
    What kind of sleaze bag turns up to a gig aimed at teens?

  203. Tintarella di Luna

    Um…

    Future of digital journalism in question as Buzzfeed and HuffPost lay off 1,000 (Grauniad 27 Jan)

    My schadenfreude index has maxed out.

    loved Anne Coulter’s tweet on this piece of shadenfreude – the possibility that a white teenaged boy might smile while being harassed and intimidated and there won’t be enough leftist journalists to form an online lynch mob.

  204. Stimpson J. Cat

    What kind of sleaze bag turns up to a gig aimed at teens?

    Libertarian Ravers.

  205. Crossie

    feelthebern
    #2919254, posted on January 27, 2019 at 8:14 pm
    I don’t think any of the blue tick “journos” who spread the false claims about the Covington boys will really be worried.
    The aim of the lawsuit is to win damages, which will be paid by the shareholders of the companies the journos work for.
    The journos won’t pay a dime.

    Anyone who invests in a media company in this day deserves to be hosed.

  206. Tintarella di Luna

    only 3 & 1/2 hours to go, until the party next door finishes up — it would be OK if the music was bearable but the head-banging noise is shaking my back windows and there’s no escape except to have a little whine and a shot of Black Sambuca but only one.

  207. MatrixTransform

    I love the tennis but not for the reason you prolly think.

    See normally talking to the missus involves me touching the mouse and having her start some stream-of-consciousness.

    It’s like listening to Ten News, Neighbors and Inspector Morse all at the same time.

    With the tennis on for a couple of weeks she’s glued to the tv and I dont exist … I can hear her inside yelling at Nadal right now.

    give her credit for the rocking Spag Bog she just di though.

    …I think the BullFighter will do his balls today.

  208. MatrixTransform

    I love the tennis but not for the reason you prolly think.

    See normally talking to the missus involves me touching the mouse and having her start some stream-of-consciousness.

    It’s like listening to Ten News, Neighbors and Inspector Morse all at the same time.

    With the tennis on for a couple of weeks she’s glued to the tv and I dont exist … I can hear her inside yelling at Nadal right now.

    give her credit for the rocking Spag Bog she just di though.

    …I think the BullFighter will do his ballox today.

  209. Stimpson J. Cat

    What kind of sleaze bag turns up to a gig aimed at teens?

    No seriously it’s because Nick Warren and Way Out West we’re playing.
    Heaps of oldies would have gone.

  210. Memoryvault

    Libertarian Ravers.

    Not us, Stimpy.
    We’re all too busy weaving welcome mats for the new lot of boat people/country shoppers.

  211. Nick

    What kind of sleaze bag turns up to a gig aimed at teens?

    A Greens politician

  212. MatrixTransform

    but the head-banging noise

    you must live nearby.
    Its going on here too.
    We have home-grown trance rolled by the teen over the fence who makes horrible noise with CakeWalk or one of those music programs.
    just loops over and over and over and over

  213. Stimpson J. Cat

    only 3 & 1/2 hours to go, until the party next door finishes up — it would be OK if the music was bearable but the head-banging noise is shaking my back windows and there’s no escape except to have a little whine and a shot of Black Sambuca but only one.

    In all seriousness get a whistle out and blow in time to the beat and add the odd flourish here and there.
    They will think you are a really cool Old Skool Raver.
    😁

  214. 132andBush

    Harvested down at Beaufort where the rainbow serpent festival is held.
    Always some interesting sights.
    It’s an all ages show.

  215. Zyconoclast:

    I’m a Savage Lovecast listener, but I’m sending this question to your column because my boyfriend would for sure recognize my voice if I called the show. I’m 25, I live in Portland, and my boyfriend and I have been monogamous for five years. His dick is of average size. It’s not small enough for him to have dealt with the emotional baggage associated with “small dicks”. Yet, I’ve had sex with big dicks, and I would love to try one of those dick sheaths or extenders or whatever. But my boyfriend is a sensitive guy, and I feel like I’m going to permanently fuck up our sex life if I ask for one. How can I propose this without him feeling like his manhood is insufficient? I’ve heard you talk about how it’s best to share your kinks as if they were added bonuses—and not as if they were terminal cancers—but I can’t figure out how to talk about this without hurting his ego. Advice?

    I’ve looked, but nowhere does the listener state that they are a girl.
    If anyone can find that, it may help with the problem.

  216. 132andBush

    In memory of Windsor Davies

  217. struth

    I live in Portland, and my boyfriend and I have been monogamous for five years.

    Not homosexual.
    Especially at that age.

  218. struth

    Sharon in parliament.
    Why not?

    Good lord, who let them out the kitchen?

  219. Infidel Tiger

    Great to see Djoker crushing that gay Spaniard.

  220. Stimpson J. Cat

    The only thing Magda Szubanski should be weighing is herself.
    It’s very unhealthy being overweight, especially for a politician.

  221. Stimpson J. Cat

    Great to see Djoker crushing that gay Spaniard.

    Why are you all watching a game created by European Monks soley to distract themselves from wanking?
    Seriously.

  222. Snoopy

    The Babe set was a learning experience for our Shaz.

  223. Percy Popinjay

    I saw on the news a 40 year man was taken to hospital after taking bad drugs at the Rainbow Serpent gig

    There’s a very touching and sympathetic song about such regrettable incidents.

  224. feelthebern

    Just turn on Sky News.
    The news reader makes it hard to focus on news.

  225. stackja

    Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel joins forces with deadly Nigerian crime network in Sydney
    Mark Morri, Exclusive, The Daily Telegraph
    24 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    The Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel, described as the most ruthless and deadly in the world, has joined forces with the increasingly dangerous Nigerian crime network in Sydney to carry out large-scale drug importation.

    When Federal Police uncovered $85 million worth of ice hidden in 11 generators that were imported to a Western Sydney business, the investigation led straight back to the murderous Sinaloa cartel and several Nigerians living in Western Sydney.

    And sources have told The Daily Telegraph there are now a number of established West African crime groups operating in Sydney, working alongside the Mexicans, who are believed to have been involved in similar large-scale drug importations.

  226. feelthebern

    & Paul Murray panel…Dee Madigan & Campbell Newman…& I’m gone.

  227. struth

    Just turn on Sky News.
    The news reader makes it hard to focus on news.

    Really?!!!!

    Am I gonna be like this when I’m old?

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