Wednesday Forum: January 30, 2019

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  1. Bruce in WA

    Twoth from Villa Puri Ayu, Sanur, Bali. Selamat pagi.

  2. Hay Stockard

    Top Ten.with a bullet. Yeeehaaaaa.

  3. Rafe Champion

    The joy of checking in on the Cat at noon!

    Interesting piece on the amount of water required to support acres of solar panels.

  4. Baldrick

    TheirABC, always good for a laugh …

    Ms Steggall, Ms Phelps and Ms Banks are all centre-right women who you would think a mainstream centre-right party would want in its ranks. They are economically conservative but reflect the mainstream social values of a modern Australia.

    … and all said with a deadpan straight face. Bwahahahaha!

  5. johanna

    Copied from ye olde fredde. And I can’t be bothered re-formatting and re-linking. The link is at ABC News Just In.

    johanna
    #2921355, posted on January 30, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Asia Bibi (the Pakistani Christian woman who had been sentenced to death for blasphemy againt Islam) has finally been acquitted by the Supreme Court.

    The court’s decision prompted nationwide protests from Islamist hardliners.

    The protests led to schools being shut in some areas and a major highway from Islamabad to Lahore was blockaded by angry mobs.

    Ms Bibi and her children were kept in hiding amid calls for her beheading.

    The Supreme Court has now rejected an appeal against Ms Bibi’s acquittal, clearing the last legal hurdle to her freedom.

    The case garnered international attention, and in 2018 Tony Abbott said she would be welcome to seek asylum in Australia.

    A deal struck between the Pakistani Government and Islamist leaders in a bid to quell unrest after her acquittal allowed for her to be stopped from leaving the country and for further appeals to be heard.

    The UK resisted suggestions she could seek safe haven there, amid fears British consulate staff in Pakistan could be targeted in retaliation.

    She is now expected to seek asylum in Canada, and it has been reported that two of her children are already there.

    That cow Theresa May and her band of sycophants were perfectly prepared to let this woman be beheaded for being a Christian. Meanwhile, they applaud hordes of the very people who want to behead Bibi streaming into the country.

    The UK ‘Conservative’ party is an absolute disgrace, like our local equivalent. For that matter, the Labour (and our Labor) Parties are no better. I cannot imagine either of those parties 50 years ago standing silent while a woman was about to be martyred for being a Christian.

    It seems that a commitment to common decency has been eviscerated from both sides of politics.

  6. Atoms for Peace

    Nuther day in Paradise lost.

  7. stackja

    Police charge ‘Bad Santa’ over luxury car theft conspiracy
    The Daily Telegraph
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    Police have charged a Bad Santa caught on security camera allegedly helping himself to a luxury $150,000 sports car Christmas present.

    The suspect, clad in a Santa suit, hat and fake whitebeard, was captured on film walking into a carpark of a Zetland apartment complex in Sydney’s inner east just before midnight on December 8.

    Minutes later he was driving the bright green 2009 Mercedes C63 sedan out of the carpark of the Defries Ave building.
    The ‘Bad Santa’ was captured on CCTV vision .

  8. EvilElvis

    Ms Steggall, Ms Phelps and Ms Banks are all centre-right women who you would think a mainstream centre-right party would want in its ranks. They are economically conservative but reflect the mainstream social values of a modern Australia.

    Wowee! Where’s the you beaut RMIT ABC fact check unit on this one? Probably on another blockchain junket I’d imagine…

  9. pete m

    You cannot support ruinables and be called an economic conservative ffs.

    SHUT IT DOWN.
    FIRE THEM ALL.

  10. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ms Steggall, Ms Phelps and Ms Banks are all centre-right women

    When you are as far to the left as the ABC everyone looks like a righty.

  11. dover_beach

    Ms Steggall, Ms Phelps and Ms Banks are all centre-right women who you would think a mainstream centre-right party would want in its ranks. They are economically conservative but reflect the mainstream social values of a modern Australia.

    What they characterize as mainstream social values was characterized as extremely liberal only a generation ago. A generation before that, they were characterized as anti-social. I don’t buy the economically conservative garbage either. They are all corporatist spivs that have been quite happy for the property ponzi to continue, to see our energy costs as well as the general cost of living rise while wages stagnate. They represent the class interests of international urban bugmen. Nothing more.

  12. Mother Lode

    I particularly like the exposed beams and corrugated iron.

    That uninsulated corrugated iron roof and those louvre windows within that space where the walls would prevent much air flow, on a warm day like today, makes that place look hellish.

  13. zyconoclast

    Rees-Mogg proves he is a fraud.

    May reveals she WILL demand Brussels removes the backstop as she gives way to Boris and Rees-Mogg who now say they WILL vote for her crucial amendment today

    Jacob Rees-Mogg (pictured today) has signalled an extraordinary u-turn and could now back the Prime Minister’s deal if she tells Brussels that Britain must renegotiate her Brexit deal

  14. mh

    Went looking for a Gillette women parody, and the first one was pretty good

  15. zyconoclast

    Someone posted about this the other day.

    Revealed: ‘dozens’ of girls subjected to br3ast-ironing in UK

    “It’s usually done in the UK, not abroad like female g3nital mutilation (FGM),” she said, describing a practice whereby mothers, aunties or grandmothers use a hot stone to massage across the br3ast repeatedly in order to “break the tissue” and slow its growth.

    British-Somali anti-FGM campaigner and psychotherapist Leyla Hussein said she has spoken to five women in her north London clinic who had been victims of breast-ironing.

    “They were all British women, all British citizens,” Hussein said. One of the women said she became flat-chested as a result of the practice, said Hussein. “She kept saying: ‘I have a boy’s chest.’ But no one has ever questioned her about it. No one had physically checked her. This was in north London, just down the road,” said Hussein.

  16. zyconoclast

    Something about this story upsets the spaminator. I will post it with no details from the story.

    This was mentioned last week.

    Revealed: ‘dozens’ of girls subjected to br3ast-ironing in UK

  17. johanna

    Agree, Motherlode.

    I spent several summers in a shack on the beach at Burning Palms with just that architecture. The only thing that made it habitable was the sea breeze blowing through the gaps. Even then, it was very uncomfortable for most of the day in hot weather.

    On a similar note, I was amused to see a story at Fauxfacts last week (sorry, no link) where the architect of a ‘sustainable’ house in Canberra admitted that aircon was a must, despite all the climate control features like fans and shade and ventilation.

    Welcome to the real world. When it’s 41C, as it can be in Canberra, fans are irrelevant.

  18. zyconoclast

    And unlimited migration till 2021 them more unlimited migration.

    A new way forward on Brexit has united both Leave MPs like Jacob Rees-Mogg and Remainers like Nicky Morgan.

    The ‘Malthouse Compromise’, named after Tory MP Kit Malthouse, calls for:

    Extending the implementation period to December 2021.
    Allowing UK to negotiate future relationship with the EU.
    Plan A of a revised Withdrawal Agreement, including a new backstop protocol.
    Plan B providing a ‘triple safety’ around a No Deal Brexit.

  19. Lilliana

    What exactly are “mainstream social values of a modern Australia – as non of these people reflect my values. They all seem more like Labor candidates or even Green (ok not Green). Affluent, inner city globalists.

  20. zyconoclast

    A German rescue agency has come under fire for appearing to suggest that people marry migrants to give them the right to live in Europe.

    Dresden-based migrant relief organisation ‘Mission Lifeline’ posted a controversial tweet on Wednesday last week asking single people to partner up with those ‘who do not have the right to stay here’.

    ‘You’re not married yet? Maybe you could fall in love with someone who doesn’t have the right to stay here? Could happen, right? Stay open,’ the agency tweeted to its 19,000-strong following.

  21. zyconoclast

    H-1B: Oracle favored hiring foreign graduates of U.S. colleges over American grads, feds allege

    Not only did Redwood City software titan Oracle favor hiring Asians for key departments, it favored non-citizen Asian graduates of U.S. colleges over American graduates, the federal government claimed in a lawsuit.

  22. Mother Lode

    What exactly are “mainstream social values of a modern Australia

    The ABC detests mainstream Australia. They see it as the great unwashed (although the mainstream probably washws with better – but less organic – soaps, don’t steep themselves is the residual stink of half-flush toilets, and do not consider avoiding deodorant to be a ‘significant political act’) to be brought to heel.

    ABC people see themselves as an elite, and what they want of mainstream Australia is that it should be jealous of the elites and resigned to the truth that they are incapably of such enlightenment.

    They are damaged, egotistical people.

  23. Don't Know

    I’m new to this forum but my friend advised me to go here to explain my anger.
    Today in The Australian page 2 there was an article explaining the employment growth between 20011 and 2016 and how wonderful that employment growth was 738,800. Then it was expressed of that total over 80% of jobs went to migrants i.e. 615,400. What it didn’t focus on was the paltry 125,400 jobs growth for the Australian workforce i.e. only 25,000 per year. The Australian population growth rate for non migrants is around 150,000 per year. This is recessionary growth for Australian workforce jobs. The figures are even worse for Australian youth who lost a depresionary level 178,000 jobs (15-24 year old) to be passed on to migrants whose jobs grew by 199,500. There was no discussion of jobs being substituted from Australians to migrants nevertheless the impact that substitution has on wages growth nor opportunities to raise a family later on. I was appalled. Australians have become second class citizens in the workforce. This is not about vilification of migrants but the appalling treatment of Australians (who happen to be voters).

  24. zyconoclast

    Orangutan does it again.

    A Plum Post for a Prominent Trump Foe

    What is Pompeo thinking? Has Pompeo read Abrams’ anti-Trump articles? In particular, has he read Abrams’ January 14 anti-Trump article that mocks Pompeo with a hugely unflattering photo of the secretary of state?

    What is going on?

    Abrams is a close friend and constant collaborator of Bill Kristol and Max Boot, both of whom are waging campaigns to impeach Trump or deny him re-election. There are no—repeat, no—policy differences between Abrams, Kristol, and Boot.

    If the appointment is supposed to be a sharp move to “hug your friends close and your enemies closer,” then the test of its efficacy would be that Kristol, Boot, Jonah Goldberg, David French et. al., would halt their anti-Trump campaigns. One would think that if the Abrams appointment is one side of a shrewdly calculated transaction, then silencing Team Kristol would be a necessary condition.

    So far there are no signs of this.

    What did Trump know about the new Abrams appointment, and when did he know it?

  25. John Constantine

    Scattered paddock trees.

    The old scoring system that ranked clumps and copses of trees in paddocks higher than isolated single paddock trees is being toppled.

    Until recently, clearing an isolated paddock tree and offsetting it with a big clump of trees elsewhere was seen as a win win.

    Now it appears that the all trees are sacred line is beating the offset line.

    Those that clearfelled a while back when robot gps steering first took off are laughing, the ones that left trees untouched are now penalised.

    Comrades.

  26. Confused Old Misfit

    The dangerous human-caused climate change scare may well be the best hobgoblin ever conceived. It has half the world clamoring to be led to safety from a threat for which there is not a shred of meaningful physical evidence that climate fluctuations and weather events we are experiencing today are different from, or worse than, what our near and distant ancestors had to deal with – or are human-caused.

  27. Stimpson J. Cat

    Pauline Hanson 🇦🇺
    @PaulineHansonOz

    AUSSIES GIVE UNITED NATIONS THE FLICK
    22 years ago I warned the people of Australia about the demands and control the UN would have on Australia.
    Do you think we should put up with their rot anymore or do you think we should flick the UN? -PH
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  28. The A.D.

    Atheism isn’t an end. It is just a waystation on the way to Moloch:


  29. Roger

    The UK resisted suggestions [Asia Bibi] could seek safe haven there, amid fears British consulate staff in Pakistan could be targeted in retaliation.

    The nation that once ruled a quarter of the earth’s population now cowers before 3rd world rag headed bigots.

    Britain’s nadir has been reached, surely.

  30. Mother Lode

    The ABC creates a new grievance group …
    Telemarketers can be annoying — but what’s life like from their side?

    Could this be their first inkling of what fate awaits them if any government scales back spending on the ABC?

  31. C.L.

    Media lied:

    FIFTH CIRCUIT HOLDS “PLANNED PARENTHOOD” STING VIDEOS NOT DECEPTIVELY EDITED: Tyler O’Neil reports that the Court of Appeals has lifted the restraining order on videos showing PP agents negotiating the prices of fetal body parts. In 2015, the Center for Medical Progress (“CMP”), a pro-life organization, released more than eight hours of undercover videos disclosing conversations held at the PPGC headquarters. In the CMP videos, two individuals posed as representatives from a fetal tissue procurement company. They claimed to be interested in purchasing liver, thymus, and neural tissue from fetuses aborted during the second trimester of pregnancy.

    With the help of PR/fixer firm Fusion GPS, the mainstream media bought the “deceptive edit canard” hook line and sinker. This is the same media who loudly and unsuccessfully defended other hidden videos, such as Gawker’s infamous “Hulk Hogan” sextape and Mitt Romney’s “47%” remark.

    While this Texas case is about the State of Texas seeking to disqualify PP from Medicaid eligibility, the fact that the court rejected the “doctored video” claims, saying:

    The district court stated, inaccurately, that the CMP video had not been authenticated and suggested that it may have been edited […] In fact, the record reflects that OIG had submitted a report from a forensic firm concluding that the video was authentic and not deceptively edited. And the plaintiffs did not identify any particular omission or addition in the video footage.

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/320166/

  32. EvilElvis

    Telemarketers can be annoying — but what’s life like from their side?

    Well hopefully their life is crap, otherwise my witty abuse is for nought.

  33. One has to hand it to the innovative Viktoristanis;

    No longer do you have to use the dimmer switch to turn down the lights.

    Electrickery shortages do it for you!

  34. Fisky

    How embarrassing for the UK that Justin Trudeau of all people was willing to offer asylum to Bibi without hesitation, while the disgusting, slimy British establishment invoked Muslim mobs as an excuse for leaving her to die in Pakistan. The UK establishment really are revolting people.

  35. johanna

    Interesting piece about bodyclocks or circadian rhythms and other things:

    “It wasn’t that morning people were going to bed early so they were getting more sleep than evening types which was making them feel better,” Dr Byrne said.

    Surprisingly, genetically predisposed evening types were no more likely to be at risk of obesity or type 2 diabetes than early risers.

    There was, however, a small but statistically significant correlation between genetic variants that increased the chances of being a night owl and an increased risk of mental health conditions.

    Dr Byrne said more work was needed to understand the link.

    “For instance, it could be that evening types are forced to get up early which gets them out of their natural rhythms because of a job, or kids, or some other environmental influence in their lives,” he said.

    “That combination of genetic predisposition with the environmental factors could be what’s leading to more symptoms of depression.”

    Stimpy may rail against how the world is biased against bald, handsome people with mental illness, but I want to list a grievance for night people.

    I am a night person, always have been, it is in the genes. The world of material success is tilted to those who get up early, even more so if they don’t need much sleep.

    Not only do they get stuck in while others are sleeping or shaving, they gain a moral advantage. Being at work early and often is a sign of value, no matter what the actual performance is.

    For the many decades when I had to work 9-5 or thereabouts, my body clock was in pain. I was awake when I wanted to sleep, and vice versa. Whenever I got a break, like a long weekend or some holiday leave, I spent the first few days mainly sleeping, since I was exhausted.

    Your body clock is indeed a tremendous variant in your success in life.

    I’m not complaining, just noting the fact.

  36. Percy Popinjay

    Former buzzfeed j’ismists were incredibly annoying — but what’s existence like from their side?

    Coding, telemarketing, street sweeping, mobile phone case hawking, bird corpse removal, solar panel polishing, couch surfing.

    It’s bleak, man, bleak.

  37. Geriatric Mayfly

    How embarrassing for the UK that Justin Trudeau of all people was willing to offer asylum to Bibi without hesitation, while the disgusting, slimy British establishment invoked Muslim mobs as an excuse for leaving her to die in Pakistan. The UK establishment really are revolting people.

    Reminds me of their refusal to take in members of the Russian royal family. Can’t remember their excuse for that one. I think Geo.V had his fingers in the pie.

  38. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The nation that once ruled a quarter of the earth’s population now cowers before 3rd world rag headed bigots.

    and normalises gender dysphoria and perverted morality, while punishing its own population for thought crimes.

  39. johanna

    They weren’t real keen on taking in Joos in the late 1930s either.

    But tens of thousands of illiterate religious fundamentalist muzzies? No problem.

  40. Snoopy

    Nothing yet on TheirABC online about the jailing of British Labour MP Fiona Onasanya for perverting the course of justice.

    I wonder what the reason could be? There’s so many to choose from.

  41. C.L.

    Your body clock is indeed a tremendous variant in your success in life.

    I’m not complaining, just noting the fact.

    Interesting thesis in that article.
    I’ve often thought one of the major impetuses for artists to have a ‘creative’ life is the desire to both make money and be a night owl, the former financing the latter. Keith Richards was a great rock n’ roll guitarist because he had to be; he was not genetically capable of doing the 5 am shift as a hospital administrator. As he sings in Happy …

    Well I never kept a dollar past sunset
    It always burned a hole in my pants
    Never made a school mama happy
    Never blew a second chance, oh no

    [Chorus]

    Always took candy from strangers
    Didn’t wanna get me no trade
    Never want to be like papa
    Working for the boss ev’ry night and day

    Best live version ever – from the infamous ’72 Tour:

  42. C.L.

    WA government forces destruction of rich old suburb:

    The West Australian Government will compel the City of Nedlands to change its outdated town planning scheme after years of community and council opposition to higher density housing in the affluent western suburb.

    Nedlands has one of Perth’s lowest metropolitan densities and its current planning scheme has been in place since 1985.

    The council has previously resisted calls to allow for greater urban infill, arguing it would lead to traffic and environmental issues and impact on the character of the leafy suburb that is known for its sprawling verges and big backyards.

    Now Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has intervened.

    “Perth has grown, as we’ve seen, and we really need to try to focus on how we can create more opportunities for people to live in some of our existing suburbs,” Ms Saffioti said.

    City of Nedlands forced to increase housing density by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.
    ————-
    This is a blatantly obvious attempt to manipulate voter demographics in Nedlands.

  43. stackja

    C.L. WA ALP getting ready for more ‘boat people’?

  44. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    But tens of thousands of illiterate religious fundamentalist muzzies? No problem.

    one gdp unit is the same as another gdp unit, it’s ever so woke.

  45. johanna

    Currency Lad – I’m not thrilled about that clip. The Strolling Bones – badged as the greatest rock and roll band in the world – were no such thing. Led Zeppelin outsold them at least 2-1.

    However, the macro point that musical performers of all stripes are more likely to be night people is valid. Let’s face it, if you have to give your best at 8 pm, not 8 am, guess who is going to win out.

  46. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    China’s foreign ministry has urged the United States to drop the arrest warrant against Meng and end “unreasonable suppression” of Chinese companies.

    LOL

  47. johanna

    The council has previously resisted calls to allow for greater urban infill, arguing it would lead to traffic and environmental issues and impact on the character of the leafy suburb that is known for its sprawling verges and big backyards.

    Now Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has intervened.

    “Perth has grown, as we’ve seen, and we really need to try to focus on how we can create more opportunities for people to live in some of our existing suburbs,” Ms Saffioti said.

    Yep, this suburb is not as ugly as some others, and we need to fix this.

  48. Speedbox

    On this day in 1820, the British king who lost the American colonies, died at the age of 82.

    King George III.

    In 1765, the king suffered a short nervous breakdown and in the winter of 1788-89 a more prolonged mental illness. By 1810, he was permanently insane. It has been suggested that he was a victim of the hereditary disease porphyria, a defect of the blood that can cause mental illness when not treated. He spent the rest of his life in the care of his devoted wife, Charlotte Sophia, whom he had married in 1761. Following his retirement from public life, his son, the Prince of Wales, was named regent and upon his father’s death in 1820 ascended to the throne as King George IV.

  49. Beachcomber

    Fisky #2921407, posted on January 30, 2019 at 1:30 pm
    ……. The UK establishment really are revolting people.

    And traitors too; Merkelite global socialist government quislings.

  50. johanna

    BTW, I’m over the blocking high in the Tasman. 36C again today, and lucky if it reaches 20C overnight.

    My ferns are cooking, the 30 year old Philips fridge is wheezing. Every now and then we get a bit of rain, but it evaporates before it does any good.

    Please bring on Autumn, which is the best time of the year here. 🙂

  51. Infidel Tiger

    City of Nedlands forced to increase housing density by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.
    ————-
    This is a blatantly obvious attempt to manipulate voter demographics in Nedlands.

    The destruction of the western suburbs of Perth has always been Labor’s goal.

  52. Rohan

    Lilliana
    #2921385, posted on January 30, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    What exactly are “mainstream social values of a modern Australia

    Whatever the Today Show and Sunrise tell us is.

  53. Speedbox

    From Markets & Money

    Investors are keeping an eye on the US Federal Reserve’s meeting this week. They are hoping the central bank will backtrack. That it will bail them out once again.

    They are expecting slower — or even that they put a stop on — interest rate hikes…and for a slower balance sheet reduction.

    They may get their wish. The Fed has already said they are prepared to be more patient….that they ‘wouldn’t hesitate to adjust the pace of the balance sheet reduction if it creates problems for markets’.
    This week’s message may be no different.

    Have we seen the last rate hike from the Fed? Maybe. Maybe not.

    But we think that there is a big debt problem here, which makes us more vulnerable for the future.

    Banks may take a break, they may have even missed the chance to raise rates…but we will run out of time on this debt bomb at some point anyway. Markets are trying to influence central banks…banks are trying to direct the economy…but at the end of the day, it’s all an illusion.

  54. Zyconoclast – the video showed the coppers wearing ‘Policia’ vests – probably Spain. But horrifying abuse of police power nevertheless.

  55. JC

    Speedbox.

    Sorry to tell you but that’s mostly hogwash.

    There is a meeting this week and it is very important – not because the Fed may raise the o/n but principally because of the signaling. That is expected to be comforting to markets.

    Look, we’ve been hearing about this debt problem for 40 years. In a fiat regime, where the CB owns the printing press there essentially is no debt problem within reason. I can’t imagine a situation like Greece occurring in the the US because it has control of its own currency and the exchange rate is freely floating.

    Banks have no hidden influence on what the Fed does. Zero.

    The concern was that Fed tightening causing an inversion in the yield curve was strongly suggestive of a major slowdown in 2019. That view has gone to the back of the bus. Markets were very worried the Fed was going to overdo tightening and cause another recession.

  56. JC

    Fatlips is totally obsessed with this stuff.

    Tim Soutphommasane

    @timsout

    How must we deal with racist hate and its normalisation? That’s one question I deal with in On Hate — out 5 February, also available for pre-order https://www.mup.com.au/books/on-hate-paperback-softback

    He really seems to hate whitey.

  57. JC.
    Haters gotta hate. The rest is a massive inferiority complex.

  58. JC

    My hunch is that he was rejected by one or a few white bimbos when he was younger and hasn’t forgotten it since. Tough shit.

  59. dover_beach

    City of Nedlands forced to increase housing density by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.
    ————-
    This is a blatantly obvious attempt to manipulate voter demographics in Nedlands.

    If you live there you must engage in massive civil disobedience. Disrupt any effort to introduce high-density projects in Nedlands. Nothing else will work.

  60. Speedbox

    Markets were very worried the Fed was going to overdo tightening and cause another recession.

    JC – In fact, that is how I interpreted the article. In particular, that “The Fed has already said they are prepared to be more patient….that they ‘wouldn’t hesitate to adjust the pace of the balance sheet reduction if it creates problems for markets“.

    So, we are agreed. Nevertheless, I will admit to being a nervous onlooker at the extent of debt held by the EU, Bank of Japan et al and yes, even the US. Of course, those debts are well known and documented and at least we have a Trump in the White House. Perhaps my nervousness is unwarranted, but I draw small comfort in the thought that the CB’s control their respective printing presses, particularly as we all know that has limits.

    At the end of the day, perhaps I am just hoping the CB take it really f*cking carefully and don’t scare the horses.

  61. Speedbox

    By the way, I’d be much obliged if you could pass my comments on to the CB.

    ta. 🙂

  62. cuckoo

    I’ve learned a new term. Apparently the Bahraini soccer player that SBS/ABC are wailing about 24/7 is a “Melbourne-based refugee”. Nabbed while on holiday in Bali. I look forward to other terms in future, such as ‘globe-trotting refugee’, ‘refugee-at-large’, ‘refugee about town’, international refugee of mystery, etc.

  63. Zyconoclast

    High Court strikes down NSW laws slashing unions’ election ad spending

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/high-court-strikes-down-nsw-laws-slashing-unions-election-ad-spending-20190129-p50u9b.html

    Trade unions in NSW are expected to roll out joint advertising campaigns targeting the Berejiklian government ahead of the March state election after the High Court struck down laws imposing new caps on pre-election advertising spending by unions and other third-party campaigners, in a win for the NSW Labor Opposition.

  64. JC

    I will admit to being a nervous onlooker at the extent of debt held by the EU, Bank of Japan et al and yes, even the US. Of course, those debts are well known and documented and at least we have a Trump in the White House.

    Take Japan for instance. Japan has been QE’ing for approximately the past 8-10 years. Mostly, the action is buying back Japanese government debt and issuing paper currency. Sure, the BOJ has also been buying private assets. In any event, last time I looked, which was about a year or so ago, the Bank of Japan owned around 40% of the national debt!

    Therefore one arm of government, the ministry of Finance has issued debt, which is on the balance sheet of the Bank of Japan. Against this the Bank of Japan has essentially printed money.

    I appreciate the fact that a government bond is not money . In other words the paper sitting on the BOJ’s balance sheet has a maturity date, while the currency issued is perpetual. Leaving that aside because I really haven’t got to the bottom of the ramifications… one side of the government issued the debt while the other side owns it. This isn’t a problem in my mind… PROVIDED the markets don’t reject the additional money supply, which is the precursor to hyper inflation. Japanese bond yields are the lowest in the western world, so markets certainly aren’t worried.

    Also, the BOJ has an official inflation of 2% like everyone else, but its inflation rate is around .3%! In fact no one fucking believes the BOJ will keep to its mandate. That’s why I’m long the Japanese Yen. No one believes the BOJ has any credibility to keep to its inflation target.

    What’s my point?

    There’s nothing to worry about on the inflation side. In fact the major central banks (maybe the Fed is the exception) are not even close in keeping to their inflation targets.

    Hyperinflation only begins when markets lose faith a Central bank doesn’t care about the rate of inflation. In the case of the west, CB’s care a little too much I think.

  65. JC

    This is back in March 2018. The holding may be bigger now. Dunno

    TOKYO (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan’s holdings of government debt rose to a record in October-December under its quantitative easing program, underlining concerns about the sustainability of monetary policy.

    The BOJ held a record 449 trillion yen ($4.24 trillion) in government debt at the end of December, up 6.8 percent from the same period a year earlier, central bank data showed on Monday.

    The central bank held 41.1 percent of all government debt at the end of December, also the highest on record. Insurance companies and pensions were the second-largest holders, accounting for 21.6 percent of all bonds outstanding.

    It’s fucking hilarious. I recall how there were all these nimrods telling us the west was heading into hyperinflation with QE.

  66. dopey

    Finally got around to reading H E Bates Fair Stood the Wind for France.
    Military types here would enjoy it I think.

  67. C.L.

    The Strolling Bones – badged as the greatest rock and roll band in the world – were no such thing. Led Zeppelin outsold them at least 2-1.

    They plagiarised them 2 to 1 as well.
    I think you made this dubious claim here once before.

    Zeppelin wrote maybe three good songs that still get air play on FM.
    The Stones have maybe 30 songs – bona fide classics – that are still played and loved.

    As Keith famously said of Led Zeppelin, “they were well named; never really took off.”
    He also pointed out that Bonham was a “heavy-handed” clutz.

  68. JC

    That’s it.

    FBI: Las Vegas gunman sought infamy, influenced by father’s memory

    A panel of experts with access to troves of evidence failed to determine why a gunman carried out the Route 91 Harvest festival attack, the FBI announced Tuesday.

  69. Top Ender

    John Bonham is one of the world’s greatest drummers of all time.

    That is all.

  70. Dr Fred Lenin

    That decision of that court proves my theory of 1 year performance based contracts for all people paid by the taxpayer ,those judges would have to explain why they allow the mafia unions to throw the workers money about to get their mates elected . Thats criminals stealing money to bribe politicans isnt it ?

  71. Speedbox

    Meanwhile…..

    A Russian passenger plane bound for Moscow was forced to land shortly after take-off following an attempted hijacking, officials said.

    The Aeroflot flight from Surgut in western Siberia diverted after an unnamed man on the flight ordered it to land in Afghanistan.

    Russian investigators said the passenger tried to break into the cockpit during the flight and demanded the plane change course.

    The 737 jet landed in Khanty-Mansiysk – 150 miles to the west of the departure city, but still in Russia – a short time later. The suspect, who police said was drunk, was detained at the airport.

  72. C.L.

    Jiggers and cocaine found in Weir raid.
    The jiggers were probably for the jockeys.

  73. Twostix

    FBI: Las Vegas gunman sought infamy, influenced by father’s memory

    A panel of experts with access to troves of evidence failed to determine why a gunman carried out the Route 91 Harvest festival attack, the FBI announced Tuesday

    A CIA asset you say?

  74. thefrollickingmole

    A little point that has been groping my goat lately..

    The current spastics in charge over east are using the words “brownout” in a deliberate and deceptive manner to describe the tens of thousands of people deliberately disconnected fro the grid by their stupidity.

    (from wiki because its easy)

    Brownout
    A brownout is an intentional or unintentional drop in voltage in an electrical power supply system. Intentional brownouts are used for load reduction in an emergency.[1] The reduction lasts for minutes or hours, as opposed to short-term voltage sag (or dip). The term brownout comes from the dimming experienced by incandescent lighting when the voltage sags. A voltage reduction may be an effect of disruption of an electrical grid, or may occasionally be imposed in an effort to reduce load and prevent a power outage, known as a blackout.[2]

    In some media reports the term brownout refers to an intentional or unintentional power outage or blackout of some areas rather than to a drop in voltage.

    Rolling blackout
    A rolling blackout, also referred to as rotational load shedding or feeder rotation, is an intentionally engineered electrical power shutdown where electricity delivery is stopped for non-overlapping periods of time over different parts of the distribution region. Rolling blackouts are a last-resort measure used by an electric utility company to avoid a total blackout of the power system. They are a type of demand response for a situation where the demand for electricity exceeds the power supply capability of the network.
    Rolling blackouts may be localised to a specific part of the electricity network or may be more widespread and affect entire countries and continents. Rolling blackouts generally result from two causes: insufficient generation capacity or inadequate transmission infrastructure to deliver sufficient power to the area where it is needed.

    So a “brownout” used as it has been is a media creation, not the correct terminology at all, Pollies have glommed onto the term to avoid admitting its their failure, not some sort of unpredictable event causing it. However as using the correct terms might call into question articles of faith (gerbil worming) the media play along with it.

  75. C.L.

    A panel of experts with access to troves of evidence failed to determine why a gunman carried out the Route 91 Harvest festival attack, the FBI announced Tuesday

    The same FBI that got FISA warrants on the basis of the Pee-Pee Dossier.
    Total lying clowns.
    The shooter was a spook and his targets were Republicans.

  76. Ubique

    Melbourne University Publishing Board resigns. Board members who have spat the dummy over Melbourne University moving to reassert some control over its publishing arm include one G Triggs.

  77. Speedbox

    A former US marine being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying was handed Russian “state secrets” minutes before his arrest, his lawyer has said. Paul Whelan was detained moments after being given a USB drive he believed contained “cultural information”, according to Vladimir Zherebenkov.

    According to Associated Press, the lawyer said Mr Whelan was a regular visitor to Russia and had asked an unnamed person to email him something about travelling around the country. After Mr Whelan was unable to download the files, he asked the contact put them on a USB drive.

    “He was expecting to see on the flash drive some personal information like pictures or videos, something like that, about that person’s previous trips around Russia,” Mr Zherebenkov told reporters. “We don’t know how the materials that contain state secrets ended up there.”

    Russian news outlets, citing unnamed intelligence sources, have previously reported Mr Whelan was handed a USB drive containing a list of all employees of a secret state agency.

    His arrest prompted speculation he could be swapped for one of the Russians being held in the US – such as gun rights activist Maria Butina, who has pleaded guilty to acting as a foreign agent. But Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov last week denied Mr Whelan’s detention was motivated by a potential prisoner exchange. “He was caught red-handed,” Mr Lavrov said. ”He was detained at the moment he was carrying out specific illegal actions in his hotel.”

    Mr Zherebenkov said he did not believe his client’s arrest had a political motivation, but had previously suggested a prisoner exchange could be possible.

    The lawyer’s appointment to the case has raised eyebrows as some suspect him of having links to the Kremlin and collaborating with the Russian secret services – an accusation he denies.

    Mr Whelan, 48, holds passports for the UK, the US, the Republic of Ireland and Canada. He spent 14 years in the Marines before being dishonorably discharged in 2008 for attempting to steal $10,000. He now works as the global security director for a US car parts manufacturer.

  78. Twostix

    The nation that once ruled a quarter of the earth’s population now cowers before 3rd world rag headed bigots.

    and normalises gender dysphoria and perverted morality, while punishing its own population for thought crimes.

    Anyone who knows anything about british history (not just nostaligic memories of beatrix potteresque propaganda) knows that Britain has always been perfidious and degenerate.

    These was maybe a 60 year window where it put a lid on it (only because its degenerate classes were busy raping and massacring borderlone retard spear weilding zulus).

    And you can’t just blame the upper class either. The british everyman is famously obedient and supplicant.

    This activity is not new.

  79. Makka

    Mr Whelan, 48, holds passports for the UK, the US, the Republic of Ireland and Canada. He spent 14 years in the Marines before being dishonorably discharged in 2008 for attempting to steal $10,000. He now works as the global security director for a US car parts manufacturer.

    Just the right guy for a Security Director. Contractor spook and not a very good one I’d say.

  80. John Constantine

    Their left may lose the Vader Ginsburg vote if she becomes too crook to show up, but as long as they can keep their creature technically alive, no replacement can be appointed.

    Alive but not sitting. They can do this not for six years, but might have a crack at eighteen months life support.

    Comrades.

  81. Bruce of Newcastle

    er… can anyone understand this?
    Here’s The Real Connection Between The Brutal Polar Vortex And Global Warming

    Crap.
    I explained the cause of the polar vortex pattern here at the end of the old thread this morning.
    If CO2 was causing it then it would be steadily increasing. It isn’t – it happens in busts every 11 years or so. Last one was in 2010.

    The link I gave quotes Prof Mike Lockwood who is an IPCC lead author and a warmist. But he’s also a solar physicist. He linked the jet stream variations with solar activity.

    That is also clear from the paleodata.

    The North Atlantic jet stream correlates with Solar output over a millennium (2014)

    The researchers suggest that when solar activity is low the winter jet stream over the North Atlantic is more likely to get blocked. (Which means vast tongues of cold arctic air stretch far to the south, and someone somewhere, gets freaky and not-nice weather.)

    The reason why they keep writing crap articles about CO2 causing the wobbly jet stream is because they (a) are embarrassed every time during fierce cold when someone asks ‘where is all the global warming’, and (b) they dare not mention solar activity because if they did someone might work out that solar activity changes caused half of the warming last century – thereby proving CO2 is harmless.

  82. JC

    The same FBI that got FISA warrants on the basis of the Pee-Pee Dossier.
    Total lying clowns.
    The shooter was a spook and his targets were Republicans.

    I wish you’d show more respect to the FBI. The Republic couldn’t exist without it. How else would you expect someone as lethal as Roger Stone to be arrested if not with 30 heavily FBI agents and helicopters over his roof in the wee hours.

  83. Geriatric Mayfly

    The BBC is on the case.
    Waiting for the ABC to follow suit and inform that our recent heatwaves are the result of a blast of frigid air from Siberia.

    US to shiver in ‘once-in-a-generation’ polar vortex
    Forecasters are attributing this cold snap to a sudden warming above the North Pole, caused by a blast of hot air from Morocco last month.
    This weather system split the polar vortex and caused it to drift south, Judah Cohen, a winter storm expert for Atmospheric Environmental Research, told AP news agency.
    The world’s leading scientists have said that climate change is primarily human-induced and can lead to harsher winters.

  84. calli

    Anyone who knows anything about british human history (not just nostaligic memories of beatrix potteresque [insert anything worthy you like here] propaganda) knows that Britain humanity has always been perfidious and degenerate.

    We don’t want to limit our disgust to just one country or race, do we? All are pretty much the same, ruled by smooth and smarmy chancers, the everyman usually struggling just to get by.

    That’s how our rulers like it.

  85. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Breast-ironing? No, just read back upthread. This is not me leaning braless over one of Hairy’s shirts as I inexpertly wield the smoothing iron (yes, I inadvertently brushed up a little of my own end tips in this way once and yes, it hurt). Upthread though is about nasty Islamic women denying the right of young women to grow proper boobies by bashing their poor little girls around on the chest with hot stones to stop normal pubertal development. Another one of their twisted little ploys against women, as they stuff genitally mutilated young girls into black bags to suffer untold tortures later as reproductive machines.

    Truly, why do we put up with hearing about such horrors happening in the Western world? Largely, it is because we are not told. Our visiting friend from the UK was completely surprised to hear about the true conditions in both our aboriginal remote communities and in our ‘terrible gulags’ on off-shore islands.

    She mainly reads the Guardian, so what can you expect? We have been re-educating her. The level of popular ignorance, on these matters and also on climate change, is astounding. Interrogating her about coal-fired power, we were amazed to find she thought the fuss about coal was due to ‘particulate pollution’. We mentioned the fake and unfalisifiable CO2 ‘hypothesis’. Isn’t that particulate pollution? she asked. And this from someone who has done u/g and p/g archaeology and p/g conservation chemistry.

  86. Tailgunner

    The UK establishment really are revolting people.

    Britain has Fallen,fisk.
    Tommy Robinson is the only one.
    Arky – is he still coming in Feb?
    Or verboten by Five Eyes?

  87. thefrollickingmole

    And this from someone who has done u/g and p/g archaeology and p/g conservation chemistry.

    Shes been carefully educated then.

  88. amortiser

    AEMO is reporting an Actual Lack of Reserve for Victoria from from 1400 hours till 1800 hours. The shortfall is 354 mwh. Any reports of blackouts in Victoria atm?

    http://www.aemo.com.au/Electricity/National-Electricity-Market-NEM/Data-dashboard#nem-dispatch-overview

  89. Tailgunner

    mh – that Gillette parody was pretty good.

  90. Tailgunner

    https://youtu.be/ij8LNwVlfQs

    And this is for the win over Cole Trickle and his YouTubing.

  91. Tailgunner

    Grrr!
    How do I get the visual to work?
    Trickler, get in here!

  92. JC

    Man, what a nice judge, but I also think he went a little too loose on the dude, who was hamming it up a “little”.

  93. dover_beach

    ‘Breast-ironing’ is less worse than puberty-blockers, mastectomies, and the like performed on otherwise healthy females to the applause of the chattering class.

  94. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hairy gently tells our friend that The Guardian is free because it is funded by a long-term financial trust, and has no need to answer to the market, which increasingly knows better than to purchase it. Thus it is a lefty free-for-all. She wonders how they can get the stories she’s read about Australia so wrong? Have ya ever t’ort, asks Hairy with the patience of Solomon, dat it may be deliberate? Dat they pick up a lefty meme from a lefty source, and simply run with it? No checks, no worries.

    Then there are the things that they don’t tell you, I chime in. The unmentionables, because Islam.
    I’ll see if she’s heard about breast ironing. 🙂

  95. cohenite

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    #2921508, posted on January 30, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    er… can anyone understand this?
    Here’s The Real Connection Between The Brutal Polar Vortex And Global Warming

    Jetstreams work counter-intuitively and we don’t need AGW to explain some of the extremes of temperature. In a warming world there is a lower temperature gradient between the equator and the poles; this reduces the power of the climate systems that move the heat polewards.

    This in turn allows the circumpolar jet streams to expand equatorwards. This lengthens their path and wavelength and reduces their velocity. Then they are more susceptible to blocking by continental high pressure systems. This contributes to the extreme cold weather now occurring.

    The take away measure from the conversation piece is this:

    Greenhouse gas emissions from human activities have warmed the globe by about 1.8°F (1°C) over the past 50 years. However, the Arctic has warmed more than twice as much.

    Amplified Arctic warming is due mainly to dramatic melting of ice and snow in recent decades, which exposes darker ocean and land surfaces that absorb a lot more of the sun’s heat.

    First of all its not due to CO2 but axis tilt and the interglacial part of the Milankovitch cycle which places the Northern winter closer to the SUN.

    Secondly snow loss in the Arctic contradicts alarmism. As above it is consistent with the Milankovitch cycle; part of that process is the Northern pole being closer during it’s winter and the Southern pole being further; this is called a polar see-saw or oscillation; and the pattern of Arctic warming and Antarctic cooling shows this.

  96. calli

    Gunner, it’s youtu.be. It won’t work.

    The address has to be “youtube” without the dot. See if you can find a different version.

  97. JC

    Cronkite

    Please stop . Just stop .

  98. Tailgunner

    Thanks Calli.
    The link works though?

  99. Stimpson J. Cat

    City of Nedlands forced to increase housing density by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.

    I foresee a lot of fat outraged Boomers struggling to squeeze into yellow vests.
    Also a lot of WSWIA (walking sticks waved in anger.)

  100. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    ‘Breast-ironing’ is less worse than puberty-blockers, mastectomies, and the like performed on otherwise healthy females to the applause of the chattering class.

    Let’s not forget that young men are extreme victims here too. Puberty blockers are freely offered because toxic masculinity and they are subject also to other forms of changing young men’s manliness by cultural castration. Young boys are far more likely than young girls to be medicated into approved feminist behaviours for behavior ‘problems’ that stem often simply from being young and male.

    There is a public lecture on the evils of gender ‘dysphorias’ on tonight which I think some Cats might be attending. Please report back.

  101. Tailgunner

    Flannery’s in Yarragrad!
    Tres Tropical, baby.
    My Trump shirt hung over the balcony has to come in.

  102. Tailgunner

    Fucking climate change! I’ve had to beat a tactical off the balcony…
    Hark, get in here and explain this wet stuff, pronto.

  103. thefrollickingmole

    Soy boy has his first real encounter with a bushfire “nearby” and doesnt like it.

    Also applauds volley firefighters without feeling any need to contribute himself.

    First flog on the moon of course.
    This is my first real natural disaster and it sucks
    First Dog on the Moon
    We are all trying to be brave

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/30/this-is-my-first-real-natural-disaster-and-it-sucks

    His “bravery” consists of waiting for someone else to decide when he should abandon his property.
    Youd almost read it as a parody.

  104. calli

    Yes, the link works fine. It just won’t embed which, as Bruce told us yesterday, is probably a good thing because bandwidth.

  105. Tailgunner

    Hark – will my Rothmans get ruined if I leave the pack on the table while climate justice is rained upon me?

  106. calli

    Puberty blockers are freely offered because toxic masculinity and they are subject also to other forms of changing young men’s manliness by cultural castration.

    Yet the same people would shudder at the fate of Farinelli.

  107. Tailgunner

    Fark! Hark! is right!
    It’s all over!
    Golf ball-sized hail is coming into my living room!
    Lol

  108. Stimpson J. Cat

    me leaning braless over one of Hairy’s shirts as I inexpertly wield the smoothing iron (yes, I inadvertently brushed up a little of my own end tips in this way once and yes, it hurt).

    Lizzie stop debasing the website with softcore again please.
    Mills and Boon hours are between 9-10 on weekdays thanks.

  109. cohenite

    Sup, head prefect? I made that one as simple as I could just for you. I even used Milankovitch which you were throwing around after stumbling around Heller’s site. Don’t tell me you forgot. I’m beginning to think you’re not serious about global warming.

  110. Lilliana

    Now Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has intervened.
    “Perth has grown, as we’ve seen, and we really need to try to focus on how we can create more opportunities for people to live in some of our existing suburbs,” Ms Saffioti said.

    That’s right – turn Australia into Hong Kong. Why do you need to cram more people into existing suburbs turning them into high density hell holes. FFS it’s not like we don’t have room. Why don’t the powdered milk thieves live in one of the shiny new but empty cities in their home land? Saffioti is a traitor just like the rest of the political class who are systematically destroying this once great country. God this makes me depressed.

  111. Tailgunner

    The Rothmans survive, thanks to plastic wrapping!
    Go plastic!
    And I clayed&waxed the DPLRBL wagon on the long weekend… Extreme beading here we go!

  112. Stimpson J. Cat

    Gunner stop pretending you are in a wet t-shirt comp and get off the balcony.
    Stop perving at the walkers.

  113. Tailgunner

    Stimps, those are Your People on my YouTube link, right?

  114. Tintarella di Luna

    The UK establishment really are revolting people.

    Indeed Fisky, the establishment in the 1930s thought Hitler was terrific for business and saw no problem with his expansionist policies, the elite are always ten steps behind the ‘common’ people who were not so sangfroid about what was happening across the English Channel.

  115. Makka

    Why do you need to cram more people into existing suburbs turning them into high density hell holes.

    Silly question. More rate payers per sq mtr. $$$$$$$.

  116. Geriatric Mayfly

    Shes been carefully educated then.

    ‘Severely educated,’ more like it.

  117. Tailgunner

    Hottie just walked by…
    “Baby, where’s your umbrella?! ”
    Tee-Hee..
    Life is good.
    Struth, calm down please.

  118. Tailgunner

    And I was topless…
    Go 45 y/o Pirates!

  119. thefrollickingmole

    Ahhh yes the Gruinaid, that beacon of tax respectability.

    Anti-tax avoidance Guardian newspaper sets up tax-exempt company in the US

    The left-wing Guardian newspaper has registered as a tax-exempt charity in the United States following years of financial turmoil, despite consistently campaigning against offshore tax avoidance by other companies.

    “Set up by the Scott Trust, TheGuardian.org will raise funds from individuals and foundations and direct them towards projects that advance public discourse and citizen participation around issues such as climate change, human rights, global development and inequality,” the publication announced on Monday.

    “The creation of TheGuardian.org, which has tax-exempt status and is overseen by an independent board, builds on the Guardian’s long-standing tradition of partnering with like-minded philanthropic organizations in order to produce impactful, editorially-independent journalism.”

    In the first months of operation, the project has secured more than US$1 million in grants.

    Guardian Media Group (GMG) has been plagued by large financial losses in recent years. In 2016, the company announced losses of £68.7 million (US$88.9m). In 2017 it cut that figure to £44.7 million.

    Since last year, the newspaper has been asking readers to help ease its financial problems by donating.

    Despite benefiting from offshore tax arrangements, the newspaper has published numerous stories admonishing other companies avoiding tax.

    Recently published articles include “Air BnB faces EU clampdown for not paying ‘fair share’ of tax,” and “Tax evaders exposed: why the super-rich are even richer than we thought.”

    Other recent articles include a comment piece “The Tories promise to be tough on tax evasion. Where’s the evidence?,”“Tough penalties for enablers of tax avoidance” and “EU plans to tackle tax avoidance are a good start – but only a start.”

    It is not the first time GMG has been accused of hypocrisy over its tax affairs.

    In 2008, GMG used a tax-exempt shell company in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying corporation tax when it sold its 50 per cent holding in AutoTrader to Apax Partners.

    GMG has also invested hundreds of millions in offshore hedge funds over the years.

  120. cohenite

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    #2921563, posted on January 30, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    here

    Modern society takes us away from natural selection; it’s got to come out somewhere; drug use and rave concerts is another example; young women marrying muslims and going to Pakistan; no matter how big the nanny state becomes people are going to test their gene survival ability.

  121. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Cohenite – I find your comments, as above, helpful as do many others who come here. Especially given how woefully ignorant about matters climatic is the Cat’s latest in-and-out troll, a snotty schoolboy whose ear has been well-tweaked by Cassie today. Perhaps he should meet our friend, whose ignorance recently rivalled his (we’ve now changed that), although not for romance as she is happily married. She has left her husband playing on black runs in the European ski-fields while she trips down to Oz for a few weeks.

    Dangerous, I advise her, but that after all is really her business.
    I wouldn’t leave Hairy alone in those apres ski parties, oh no.
    He is a genuine angel, but I do not believe you tempt fate or your man.

  122. Tailgunner

    Gunner stop pretending you are in a wet t-shirt comp and get off the balcony.
    Stop perving at the walkers.

    Spooky!

  123. Tailgunner

    Lizzie, get out on the balcony topless, please.
    We’ll settle this once &for all…

  124. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stimps, those are Your People on my YouTube link, right?

    I’ll watch it tonight.
    I’m busy at work working doing work.
    Leave me alone you Muppets.
    Go iron your yellow vests or something.

  125. JC

    Cronkite

    Heller is a bright guy and useful. You’re not. I don’t want to sound harsh or anything.

  126. Tailgunner

    Whatever happened to dude who used to comment here, young Deplorable, that went on the date with the hot anarchist/antifa girl?
    Did he bang?

  127. Stimpson J. Cat

    Lizzie don’t iron your breasts I was joking.
    I said yellow vests not firm breasts.

  128. Tailgunner

    But cohenite, did you watch to the end?
    Crazy, mad bastards.
    Love it.

  129. Boambee John

    dover_beach
    #2921468, posted on January 30, 2019 at 3:22 pm
    City of Nedlands forced to increase housing density by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.
    ————-
    This is a blatantly obvious attempt to manipulate voter demographics in Nedlands.

    If you live there you must engage in massive civil disobedience. Disrupt any effort to introduce high-density projects in Nedlands. Nothing else will work.

    Time for some green bans?

  130. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Lizzie stop debasing the website with softcore again please.
    Mills and Boon hours are between 9-10 on weekdays thanks.

    Sorry, Stimps, I forgot. AM or PM?

    Please let me know if I forget again.

    We 45+ might still be OK topless but we are very forgetful. 😀

  131. Tailgunner

    After the Revolution, I’m going to put the members in a brown brick building in Wyndham Vale.
    Forever.

  132. Stimpson J. Cat

    If you live there you must engage in massive civil disobedience.

    Civil disobedience in Nedlands is putting your bin too far away from the kerb on the wrong day.

  133. Tailgunner

    Oh Shit!
    I sexually harassed that blonde girl,didn’t I?!?
    GTFO.

  134. Tailgunner

    We 45+ might still be OK topless but we are very forgetful. 😀

    Pretty Drag Brag!
    Go Lizzie.
    I’ve got to come to SydVegas one weekend and meet the crew.
    Then I’ll give the Cat an honest 1-10 rating.

  135. Tailgunner

    Woops,
    Pre Drag Brag!

  136. Tailgunner

    The Patriot Deplorables are a lay down misseire (?) for the Superbowl.
    Bad Samaritan, get in here.

  137. Tailgunner

    Get back to work, Lt Stimpson.
    Whatever it is you do…
    Petrol station attendant?

  138. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6646493/Bill-Shorten-making-kids-school-lunches-mocked-online-really-got-people-talking.html

    Bill Shorten, ordinary working class Dad, making the kid’s school lunches – sure, that’s the kitchen of his mansion in Melbourne…

  139. cohenite

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    #2921573, posted on January 30, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Thank you Lizzie.

  140. Tel

    City of Nedlands forced to increase housing density by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.

    The property owners could get together and write a private covenant between each other. Maybe not all will sign but probably many would do. Could set an interesting precedent, you want to get a lot of lawyers involved early but I’m sure they are mostly lawyers to begin with. Even more hilarious if that private covenant sets up some kind of alternative governance structure, but could also be some risks involved.

  141. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Lizzie, get out on the balcony topless, please.

    Hmm. With t-shirt on or not?
    Not sure we have a proper balcony anyway, more of a verandah.

    We have been considering installing a “Juliet” balcony outside the dining room.
    But if Hairy knew what it might be used for he would never agree. 🙂

    I took our friend on a walk to Lady Bay Beach, in our neck of the woods at South Head.
    It is one of Sydney’s ‘unclad’ beaches. We stood on the steps but didn’t go down there.
    Some gentlemen sunning on the rocks were quite exposed.
    She was rather shocked and said her husband was quite a prude about such things.

    Not like you then? I said, but she claimed she hardly looked at all.

  142. Stimpson J. Cat

    Petrol station attendant?

    That was years ago and I don’t sniff petrol anymore thank you very much.

    I have many many mighty sinuses.

  143. thefrollickingmole

    I sexually harassed that blonde girl,didn’t I?!?

    It was r a p e gunner, r a p e….

    This is you…

  144. cohenite

    But cohenite, did you watch to the end?
    Crazy, mad bastards.
    Love it.

    No I stopped watching when the girl’s breasts made an appearance. She didn’t look thrilled about it; not her breasts which were superb, but what the dickheads were making her do.

  145. cohenite

    Heller is a bright guy and useful. You’re not.

    He is; great guy too.

    So am I.

    Not sure about you.

  146. Stimpson J. Cat

    These Goddamned Glow in the Dark Spooks I swear.
    They aren’t even trying anymore.
    It’s beyond ridiculous.
    What the absolute f$ck is going on here.

    CNN
    CNN
    @CNN
    An anonymous donor gives $62,500 to ensure that the Las Vegas shooter’s guns are destroyed (link: https://cnn.it/2DEPPMn) cnn.it/2DEPPMn

  147. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I’ve got to come to SydVegas one weekend and meet the crew.
    Then I’ll give the Cat an honest 1-10 rating.

    The crew are likely meeting tonight, but Hairy’s leg still can’t fit a shoe. Next time for us.
    Ratings, of course, are reciprocal. Just remindin’ you.
    Hairy calls it MAD. Mutually Assured Destruction.
    Keeps us all honest. What happens outside the Cat, stays outside.
    Sinc’s rules.

    Tinta’s said I am ‘a babe’, and that’s good enough for me. She’s one too. 🙂

  148. Bushkid

    Ms Steggall, Ms Phelps and Ms Banks are all centre-right women who you would think a mainstream centre-right party would want in its ranks. They are economically conservative but reflect the mainstream social values of a modern Australia.

    Anyone who believes in and supports the CAGW myth, and is determined to spend millions, even billions, of taxpayer dollars and then still slug consumers even more in pursuit of the “green” and “renewables” brain fart and scam, is NOT economically conservative nor are they centre-right.
    They are merely either fools or cynical opportunists.

  149. C.L.

    Why do you need to cram more people into existing suburbs turning them into high density hell holes?

    Because this particular suburb has been voting Liberal decade after decade.
    Sooo … Labor plans to punish the locals with sixpacks, housing commission shitholes, reffo hillbillies and – inevitably – ‘community groups’ that will foist leftist candidates on the voters until, eventually, Redlands becomes a safe Labor seat. It is psephological exterminationism.

  150. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The true communist embraces all perversions
    Will Young accuses The Grand Tour trio of ‘repulsive’ homophobia
    Singer Will Young blasted Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May after suggesting a Wrangler Jeep is for gay people

  151. Ayers Rock Climb News: Tender to remove the summit Monument, safety Chain and erase the painted white lines on the summit has been released. Perhaps the Taliban will respond?

    https://righttoclimb.blogspot.com/2019/01/cultural-desecration-at-lowest-dollar.html

  152. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Lizzie, get out on the balcony topless, please.

  153. dover_beach

    Will Young wouldn’t be gay per chance?

  154. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Ms Steggall, Ms Phelps and Ms Banks are all blah blah blah

    haw haw haw. They’re all mindless greenies.
    Tell ’em to come on Catallaxy, Australia’s Leading Centre Right Blog, and see how they fare.

  155. Infidel Tiger

    Redlands

    Red Lands is the plans secret name.

  156. dover_beach

    Operation Red lands? Yes, yes, comrade.

  157. Geriatric Mayfly

    Over Mr Shorten’s left shoulder, a black burn mark above the stove stood out in stark contrast to its cream-coloured walls.

    That wall looks flammable. Is not the minimum distance from naked gas flame to a combustible surface something like 30cm?

  158. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Yep, Zippy. She looks like a girl, and so do I.
    Not much difference.
    And as they say, viva la difference!
    All girls together. Different from guys and glad of it.
    Proud of it even. 🙂

  159. Tom

    Lizzie, get out on the balcony topless, please.
    We’ll settle this once &for all…

    In top form, Gunner. Hilarious!

  160. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just noticed. It is out-of-Stimpy Hours.
    This has to stop.
    Time for a G & T.

  161. Tailgunner

    Can you surf, Tom?
    🙂

  162. Tailgunner

    Great workL,izzie.
    🙂

  163. Tom

    I wish, Gunner. Not that fond of Great Whites for company when I’m having fun.

  164. Tailgunner

    Zippy, that’s a good clip.
    Where do you find this stuff? Or is it just google-fu?
    Solid WB from me.

  165. Tailgunner

    Grrr, I was thinking a West Coast summer surf. Lerfect for an old kook like me.

  166. Tailgunner

    I reckon Arma can surf.
    And Struth.
    Jupes can surf.
    Johanna can’t stand up.
    Or JC. Or Monty. Lol.
    Some Kiwis can surf.
    Tyger? No way. He knows nothing of real localism.

  167. Tom

    … Even though I live 250 metres from a useful surf break at Port Phillip Heads, Gunner. Love the beach.

  168. cohenite

    Craig Kelly is a good man; weather dependent renewables are rubbish he says. He is scathing about scientists like flannery and this steggles ratbag running against Abbott; however he does default to the miniscule % of CO2 emissions Australia produces to avoid discussing the science. He does a great job but that is his Achilles heel. He and every other sceptic pollie need a circuit breaker for the science bullshit which is what fuckwits like di natalie and this steggles bint rabbit on about. I’m convinced Ed Berry’s new paper on how the increase in CO2 is natural could be that.

  169. BrettW

    According to radio Courier Mail had an interesting article about the Together Union in Qld.

    They represent Building Inspectors and have blacklisted 17 Brisbane construction sites as unsafe for their members to visit due to the activities of the CFMMEU. Seems they are worried about workplace health and safety and are asking the Premier to do something.

    The Together Union should not be worried about the danger as Shorten will solve the problem by disbanding the building inspectors.

  170. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Yep, Zippy. She looks like a girl, and so do I.

    Are you trying to tell me EvilElvis has been stalking the wrong balcony?

  171. A panel of experts with access to troves of evidence failed to determine why a gunman carried out the Route 91 Harvest festival attack, the FBI announced Tuesday.

    How can that be? The gunman was heard in between bursts of fire shouting “I’m with her!” and “Hope and Change!” *

    * Might not be true but it doesn’t really matter these days.

  172. Baldrick

    Ayers Rock Climb News: Tender to remove the summit Monument, safety Chain and erase the painted white lines on the summit has been released. Perhaps the Taliban will respond?

    This must be fake news then?

    The Australian ✔ @australian
    Push to halt Uluru climb ban

  173. Old Lefty

    Nick
    #2921627, posted on January 30, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Worth reading for Victorian Cats

    And it will be interesting to compare this with a certain sentencing in the County Court next month.

  174. egg_

    Ms Steggall, Ms Phelps and Ms Banks are all centre-right women

    A right bunch of pheasant pluckers.

  175. Makka

    Russian women.

    A Belarusian model who claimed to have secret information about Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election now says she made up those claims in an effort to save her life.

    Anastasia Vashukevich was arrested last year in Thailand for holding sex training seminars in the country. She spent nearly a year behind bars until she was deported, and she was arrested in Moscow earlier this month on prostitution charges.

    Vashukevich, who is known as Nastya Rybka on social media, claimed to have recordings of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska that would reveal more information about President Trump’s connections to Russia. She claimed to have obtained the recordings during an affair with the Russian billionaire.

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    Vashukevich is now walking back her declaration, saying she made up the claims to attract media attention to save her life while she was being held in Thailand.

    “I think it saved my life, how can I regret it? If journalists had not come at that time and that story had not come to the newspapers, maybe I would die [be dead by] now,” she told CNN.

    The backpedaling comes after the model said she instructed by Russian security services to stop talking about Deripaska.

    “They explained to me very clear[ly] what should I do, what should I say and what I shouldn’t say,” she said. “They said to me, ‘Don’t touch Oleg Deripaska anymore.'”

    Deripaska has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and is a former business associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted last year of tax and bank fraud. Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, has since accused Manafort of violating his plea agreement.

    Deripaska has denied having an affair with the model.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/model-who-promised-to-spill-trump-russia-secrets-now-says-she-made-claims-to-save-her-life

  176. Caveman

    Snowy hydro 2.0 its a friggin NBN. They saying variable wind and solar provides the base load power until.the hydro kicks in. Its fantasy.

  177. Notafan

    Zyco I went to your Twitter link re France

    Many comments pointed out the footage was from Barcelona, not France.

    Incidentally Barcelona three weeks ago was hung with banners demanding the release of ‘political prisoners’ who I assume are in reality people who committed criminal acts during the riots.

    The independence push seems to have been another massive failure, not supported by the majority of Catalonians.

  178. Shy Ted

    Staged PR photo of Bill Shorten making kids’ school lunches is mocked online.
    Imagine being Billy Jr and going to school and trying to trade your lunch – “I’ve got a Ryvita and margarine and vegemite and snow-pea and berry sandwich that I’m willing to swap. What, nobody? It’s organic.”
    Scroll down and you see ScoMo hanging with the cool kids. Which of course has made him look stupid, which was rather the point. Winning back the DelCon vote, Scott?

  179. Makka

    Arsehole corporate Fatcat Penn wants the Govt tohelp him keep Aussie wages low and prefers foreigners to investing in developing Aussies. Invests in more cheap labour in India.

    This is the putrid face of Australian corps. A bunch of dogs.

    Telstra chief executive Andrew Penn says political fearmongering around immigration in countries including Australia, the United States and United Kingdom is “unhealthy” and “potentially dangerous”.

    Key points:
    Andrew Penn urged the Federal Government to ease skilled migration restrictions
    Telstra will set up a new innovation centre in Bangalore to be able to get the talent it needs
    Mr Penn was not worried by Huawei ban on 5G network, said Telstra was in “a good position”
    Mr Penn said software engineers, and people with know-how in data analytics and artificial intelligence, were among the key skills the telco was looking for, and urged the Federal Government to ease skilled migration restrictions.

    “The fact is we cannot find in Australia enough of the skills we need on the scale that we need them, particularly in software engineering,” he said at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia lunch in Melbourne on Wednesday.

    “There is simply not enough of them. The pipeline is too small.”

    Immigration was a “vexed issue” and attracted “an enormous amount of political and media angst”, he said.

    “It’s not just an issue in Australia.

  180. MsDolittle

    The Qur’an and Its Biblical Reflexes : Investigations into the Genesis of a Religion
    Hardback EnglishBy (author) Mark Durie A$185.01. All proceeds go to Mr Durie’s security detail.

  181. vlad

    Apparently the talking point that rolled out of the fax machine re “My Health Record” is it’s just like internet banking, we were all scared of it at first, and now we all take it for granted.

    The Age ran that line in its editorial telling you to opt-IN like good little children. And I saw it parrotted today by a shill from the AMA.

    I’d say it’s a false comparison for this reason (among many others): there’s still – for now – such a thing as cash. If you don’t want a transaction to appear on your bank statement, you can pay for it in cash. Opters-in to “My Health Record” have no such option.

    Of course, when internet banking came in, if you’d said, “what next?! If we accept this, we’ll then have to agree to the Commonwealth Government compiling and storing a lifetime surveillance file of our medical histories” you would have (rightly) been considered insane.

    Opt out of Turdbull’s Stasi state surveillance scheme if you haven’t already.

  182. Empire 5:5

    As TFTP has previously reported, billionaire heiress Clare Bronfman was indicted on racketeering charges in federal court in July. The indictment was connected to her involvement as Operations Director for the NXIVM sex cult which ensnared Smallville star Allison Mack as well. Now, prosecutors have come forward saying that this billionaire heir is protecting her fellow cronies with a massive amount of money in the form of a defense trust fund.
    ———
    Although this extremely important detail is being left out of most mainstream reports, one of the main charges in the criminal indictment against Raniere and Mack is sex trafficking of children.

    https://thefreethoughtproject.com/billionaire-backed-cult-judge-funding/

  183. calli

    That colour coordinated family photo is just peculiar. The pocket square on a ten year old?

    And they mocked Abbott’s girls for wearing white.

  184. max

    So the publication by MUP of a book on a certain Cardinal led to tensions with the university, and to the VC requiring MUP to restrict itself to academic publications. Now the board – Bob Car, Triggs, Louise Adler and two others – have resigned. Triggs now saying MUP is ‘not commercially viable’ if it doesn’t broaden its list beyond academic works. Probably true, but a typically dishonest attempt to bury the real issue – a grubby attempt to blacken the reputation of a man and an institution who failed to buckle before our leftist opinion shapers and overlords.

    I seem to remember the Cardinal and the VC are close. Astonishing that he has shown support.

  185. Shy Ted

    Overheard in an Aboriginal-managed cattle station in the Kimberley.
    “Someone better go water them cattle, eh? Ricky?”
    “Not me, secret men’s business. Benny?”
    “Nah, banned from driving, Ernie’ll go.”
    “Still drunk from the weekend. Warren knows them cattle.”
    “Attending funeral, bro. Be away for a while. Alan?”
    “Going into town to get some smokes, then I’ll go.”
    “There’s a bottle shop in town, you won’t be back for weeks.”
    “Better put it on the agenda for next month’ meeting then.”
    “Seconded. It’s nice being on the board in the air-conditioning.”

  186. Nick

    All proceeds go to Mr Durie’s security detail.

    Lol

  187. Roger

    The Qur’an and Its Biblical Reflexes : Investigations into the Genesis of a Religion
    Hardback EnglishBy (author) Mark Durie

    A$158 from Book Depository.

    Durie is an excellent scholar.

  188. Snoopy

    Cohenite, I also very much appreciate your posts on climate science. Thanks.

  189. Nick

    That colour coordinated family photo is just peculiar. The pocket square on a ten year old?

    The boy’s name is Rupert!!!
    Seriously, Twitter has no fairness at all if it doesn’t mock that pic. The bulldogs !!! Hahahahahahaha
    I can’t wait for Labor to talk about ‘toffs’

  190. Empire 5:5

    Of course, when internet banking came in, if you’d said, “what next?! If we accept this, we’ll then have to agree to the Commonwealth Government compiling and storing a lifetime surveillance file of our medical histories” you would have (rightly) been considered insane.

    Opt out of Turdbull’s Stasi state surveillance scheme if you haven’t already.

    Not rightly insane, but logical.

    Turn off your cell phone frequently and don’t give your kid’s DNA to the state at birth.

  191. calli

    I suspect Chloe is a Young Hyacinth. I wonder if she sings at people.

  192. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Overheard in an Aboriginal-managed cattle station in the Kimberley.

    Not much changed from the days when it was accepted that it took three Aboriginal stockmen, to do the work of one European – one would be away “walkabout” or on “tribal business”, one might just not feel like going to work that day, leaving one to be at the stock rails to start work?

  193. Baldrick

    Ms Steggall, Ms Phelps and Ms Banks are all centre-right women …

    Ah yes Zali Steggall, a right of centre woman, who’s never voted for Tony Abbott in Warringah.
    “I haven’t been a Labor voter, I’m from a traditional Liberal family.”
    “I must say I haven’t voted for Tony Abbott.”

  194. Memoryvault

    Turn off your cell phone frequently and don’t give your kid’s DNA to the state at birth.

    If your cell is less than five years or soo old, turning it makes eff all difference.
    They aare, in effect, a reverse GPS.

  195. Top Ender

    This just out from Defence:

    CAPTAIN John Philip Stevenson AM RAN Ret’d
    24 August 1921 – 29 January 2019

    John Philip Stevenson was born in Melbourne on 24 August 1921 and entered the RAN College (HMAS Cerberus) as a 13 year old cadet midshipman in 1934. He gained his sporting colours for tennis and at passing out was awarded the prize for mathematics-physics-chemistry.

    As a midshipman he served in the heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra (I) before traveling to the United Kingdom in mid-1939 for loan service with the Royal Navy. He joined the heavy cruiser, HMS Shropshire and was serving in her in the Mediterranean when World War II broke out. Shropshire then operated in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean on patrol and escort duties. After completing training courses in the United Kingdom he served as a sub-lieutenant in the commissioning crew of the destroyer HMAS Nestor which operated in the North Atlantic on escort, patrol and screening duties. Nestor was involved in the hunt for the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941.

    Nestor later served in the Mediterranean and South Atlantic, and on 15 December 1941 sank the German submarine U-127 off Cape St Vincent. The destroyer operated in the Indian Ocean during January – June 1942 before returning to the Mediterranean theatre. On 15 June while escorting a convoy to Malta, Nestor was badly damaged by enemy air attack and later scuttled as she could not be saved. Lieutenant Stevenson was amongst the ship’s injured. He then served in the destroyer HMAS Napier, in the Indian Ocean, before joining the now HMAS Shropshire in mid-1943 (replacing Canberra sunk at Savo Island in August 1942). Shropshire served in the Pacific campaign during 1943-1945 and, apart from radar training in the United Kingdom, Stevenson served in her for the remainder of the war and was present at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945.

    After the war Lieutenant Stevenson went to the United Kingdom on loan to the Royal Navy where he underwent courses in navigation and fighter direction. He served in Royal Navy ships in the Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf, Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean and also saw operational service in the early days of the Malayan Emergency. Promoted to lieutenant commander in 1950 he returned to Australia in the aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney (III) which had embarked her second carrier air group in Portsmouth. Upon arrival in Australia he took command, in March 1951, of the frigate HMAS Barcoo which operated as the RAN training ship. He later served in the heavy cruiser HMAS Australia (II) as navigation officer, and later re-joined Sydney as the Fleet Navigation Officer.

    Sydney visited the United Kingdom for the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II where Stevenson commanded the RAN detachment during the coronation parade. In 1954 Sydney conducted a post-armistice patrol in Korean waters and in June 1954 Stevenson was promoted to commander. In 1954 Commander Stevenson was Director of Plans in Navy Office and also served in HMY Britannia as the naval equerry to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh who was to visit Australia for the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.

    He commanded the destroyer HMAS Anzac (II) during January 1957 – June 1958 during which time she served in the Far East Strategic Reserve. In 1958-1959 he attended the Naval Command Course at the US Naval War College followed by the US Naval Tactical Course. In May 1959 he was appointed as the Defence attaché to Thailand and was promoted to captain in December 1960. Captain Stevenson assumed command of HMAS Watson, in October 1961, and the following October took command of the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (II) as well as commanding the 10th Destroyer Squadron.

    In April 1964 he temporarily commanded the fast troop transport HMAS Sydney (III) which took Australian troops to Borneo. In 1965 he commanded HMAS Cerberus and was also Naval Officer in Command – Victoria. Then in late 1966 he became the Australian naval attaché in Washington, D.C. After returning to Australia he assumed command of the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne (II), then in refit, in October 1968.

    Melbourne commenced work-ups in February 1969 and sailed for Southeast Asia waters on 5 May 1969 with 805, 816 and 817 Squadrons embarked. In the early hours of 3 June 1969 during Exercise SEA SPIRIT, in the South China Sea, the American destroyer USS Frank E Evans crossed Melbourne’s bow and was cut in two in an incident reminiscent of the Voyager (II) collision five years earlier. The forward section of Evans sank immediately with the loss of 74 lives and Melbourne sustained extensive damage to her bow.

    A joint USN/RAN Board of Inquiry held Stevenson partly responsible stating that, as commanding officer of Melbourne, he could have done more to prevent the collision from occurring; however, a subsequent RAN court-martial cleared him of any responsibility. The integrity of the initial Board of Inquiry has since been questioned, particularly as it was presided over by Rear Admiral Jerome King, USN, the officer in overall tactical command of Evans at the time of the collision. Stevenson’s defence counsel at his court martial, Gordon Samuels, QC, stated he had “never seen a prosecution case so bereft of any possible proof of guilt.” Captain Stevenson subsequently resigned from the RAN bringing to an end a distinguished 35-year naval career.

    John Stevenson worked for the Australian Gas Light Company (AGL) from 1970-1987. He retired in 1987 moving to Burradoo, NSW with his wife, Joanne in 2000. They had been married for 54 years when she died in 2012. In December 2012, Stevenson received an official apology from the Minister for Defence, the Honourable Stephen Smith, MP, in which he stated that Stevenson was not treated fairly by the government of the day and the Australian Navy following the events of 1969, and described Stevenson as ‘a distinguished naval officer who served his country with honour in peace and war’.

    John Stevenson was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2018 Australia Day Honours List.

    Captain John Stevenson passed away in Sydney on 29 January 2019.

  196. bespoke

    Mr Penn said software engineers, and people with know-how in data analytics and artificial intelligence, were among the key skills the telco was looking for, and urged the Federal Government to ease skilled migration restrictions.

    Tell me why do we fund university’s again?

  197. candy

    The Shorten photo looks really nice. The little girl looks very sweet, gap toothed and holding up her reindeer bag.

    Mrs Shorten begins to look a bit “tarty” somehow, the way blonde ladies tend to go sometimes, the red shoes quite over the top, actually abrasive looking.

    I doubt it’s their home. That kitchen looks very low key for a millionaire like Bill Shorten.

  198. Shy Ted

    So a radio presenter can stand next to the PM with a mug that spells “unt” and still turn up for work tomorrow? Almost pressed Post Comment but then thought I’d better check – well done somebody.

  199. Shy Ted

    It’s now believed Mr Wicka has been sacked from the Southern Cross Austereo radio network, with Cairns general manager Richard King telling the Cairns Post “appropriate action has been taken”.
    “Southern Cross Austereo sincerely apologises for the actions of Shad Wicker, host of Cairns Hit Network breakfast show, last Thursday,” he said.
    “This conduct is not acceptable and does not live up to the social and moral code of conduct that we endorse and expect from all our people.
    “We have investigated this matter thoroughly and can confirm appropriate action has been taken.”
    Coincidentally, the prank went to air during Mr Wicka’s last week at the Cairn’s radio station, and the comedian was set to host a new show on SCA’s 2GO and Triple M in Gosford.

    C’mon Scott, he’s been promoted. Grow a pair.

  200. calli

    I don’t think Chloë looks “tarty” at all. Anxious to please perhaps.

    They are the product of the Labor Party Privilege Bubble – expensive private schools, the best clothes, cars and homes that money can buy. Even the photo is reminiscent of the 80’s era of Conspicuous Consumption.

    Yet they are supposed to represent “da Wokkas”. And the punters fall for it hook, line and sinker.

    At least they haven’t appeared in matching bathrobes. Yet.

  201. Steve trickler

    Tailgunner
    #2921538, posted on January 30, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    FYI. That video you posted will probably get removed soon.

    BitChute and other platforms will fill the void.

    YouTube bans risky videos

    https://medium.com/teknik/youtube-bans-risky-videos-38128dcc6b56

  202. bespoke

    Memoryvault
    #2921668, posted on January 30, 2019 at 7:54 pm
    Turn off your cell phone frequently and don’t give your kid’s DNA to the state at birth.
    If your cell is less than five years or soo old, turning it makes eff all difference.
    They aare, in effect, a reverse GPS.

    That doesn’t make sense unless your saying the GPS chip continues to be powered.

  203. Atoms for Peace

    Jeez, owning British Bulldogs. Genetic dead end with a vet on call.

  204. Leigh Lowe

    I reckon Arma can surf.
    And Struth.
    Jupes can surf.
    Johanna can’t stand up.
    Or JC. Or Monty. Lol.
    Some Kiwis can surf.
    Tyger? No way. He knows nothing of real localism.

    I can surf.
    Or used to.
    And none of your girly 21 degree water temperature.
    Southern ocean.
    Brass billiard table cold.
    The only upside was it was too cold for sharks.

  205. dover_beach

    Zyco I went to your Twitter link re France

    Many comments pointed out the footage was from Barcelona, not France.

    Yes, and the uniforms and use of policia was wrong too.

  206. Atoms for Peace

    A good way to judge the My health data base is to ask your gp if they have opted out. “nuff said.

  207. Empire 5:5

    If your cell is less than five years or soo old, turning it makes eff all difference.
    They aare, in effect, a reverse GPS.

    That depends entirely on the operating system and the serial number of your hardware.

    At this stage, sig intel hoovered by Fort Meade (hi!) isn’t freely available to the Vistoriastan fuzz or DPP.

  208. bespoke

    MV the GPS chip is only a receiver of so it can only transmit its data though the Network when the phone is on.

  209. egg_

    Over Mr Shorten’s left shoulder, a black burn mark above the stove stood out in stark contrast to its cream-coloured walls.

    That wall looks flammable. Is not the minimum distance from naked gas flame to a combustible surface something like 30cm?

    Chloe was flambéing Willie’s sausage?

  210. Black Ball

    FMD the Aunty can find another grievance group. Those subjected to young flogs on My Kitchen Rules rather than the Big Bash cricket. What in all that is holy I’d the meaning of this discrepancy?

  211. Steve trickler

    Tailgunner
    #2921538, posted on January 30, 2019 at 5:01 pm
    https://youtu.be/ij8LNwVlfQs

    And this is for the win over Cole Trickle and his YouTubing.



    Only 36 seconds? That is a tease!

    This is the new standard for cockpit footage.

  212. candy

    I don’t think Chloë looks “tarty” at all. Anxious to please perhaps.

    She’s naturally very attractive. From what I’ve seen of her in pictures lately (not much but) I reckon her hair is just a little too blonde and clothes a little tightish. The red dress too red. She would be nearly 40. Tone down a little, perhaps.

  213. Cassie of Sydney

    “candy
    #2921689, posted on January 30, 2019 at 8:25 pm
    I don’t think Chloë looks “tarty” at all. Anxious to please perhaps.

    She’s naturally very attractive. From what I’ve seen of her in pictures lately (not much but) I reckon her hair is just a little too blonde and clothes a little tightish. The red dress too red. She would be nearly 40. Tone down a little, perhaps.”

    Chloe Shorten is 48 years old….and yes, I think she dresses “tarty” and I don’t think that she is very attractive…..I reckon she is trying to look “common”….Chloe Bryce Parkin Shorten….she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth.

  214. Memoryvault

    That doesn’t make sense unless your saying the GPS chip continues to be powered.

    It makes perfect sense Bespoke, because they are designed to work that way. And this is not deep, dark secret – search on YouTube or the internet “how does a cell phone work?”

    Put simply, right from the beginning cell phones were designed to maintain contact with three broadcasting towers. As you move, say when you are driving, as the phone loses contact with one tower it logs on to the next best signal.

    In the early days Early 2000’s), when you switched it off, it powered right down. Then when you turned it back on, it took two or three minutes to establish three contact points. Around 2010 or thereabouts, they started to be designed so that they continued to “hand over” to the next available tower even when switched off.

    This why these days if you turn your phone off it only takes 30 seconds or so to be ready. It already “knows” which towers to connect with. The phone checks, and “hands over” every 30 seconds even if turned off. The only way to stop the process would be to take the battery out.

    Three points of contact, checked and refreshed every 30 seconds, provides effective triangulation of your current position. One or two hand overs between towers effectively provides your direction and speed.

    As I said, not a “conspiracy”, it’s sold as a feature, not a bug.

  215. vlad

    If MUP honchos willingly printed prejudicial material they have to accept some consequences.

  216. cohenite

    Snoopy

    #2921662, posted on January 30, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks; I’m greatly assisted by the insights of some very competent hard working people.

  217. Cassie of Sydney

    “Baldrick
    #2921667, posted on January 30, 2019 at 7:52 pm
    Ms Steggall, Ms Phelps and Ms Banks are all centre-right women …

    Ah yes Zali Steggall, a right of centre woman, who’s never voted for Tony Abbott in Warringah.
    “I haven’t been a Labor voter, I’m from a traditional Liberal family.”
    “I must say I haven’t voted for Tony Abbott.””

    What a classic clunker from Steggall and what a blond bimbo she is. This is manna from heaven for the Liberals to use against her….she’s a Greens voter….always has been and always will be. So much for being an independent “right of centre” candidate….but we all knew that anyway. Wonder if the stupid fucking Liberals will expose her for the Greenie shill that she is.

  218. vlad

    They’d know where Russell Arden is nowadays.

    (It’s a funny thing, I’ve googled that cultural reference myself just now and nothing comes up. You have to be of a certain age; you’ll get it or you won’t.)

  219. bespoke

    Well I no that (AGPS) MV but you did refer to GPS. Turning off your phone will stop transmitting either way.

  220. Leigh Lowe

    A good way to judge the My health data base is to ask your gp if they have opted out. “nuff said.

    Well, the interesting thing is that the deadline to opt out was October.
    But we are still advertising the merits of the My Health Record on radio.
    They seem to be beating the drum on privacy … “only your health professional can see your record” and a vague reference to “emergencies”, with a throwaway about “penalties for breaches of privacy”.
    Define the following …
    1. Who is my health professional?
    2. What constitutes an emergency? The ambo next door desperately needed to background me?
    3. What are the penalties? I mean, who gets fired?

  221. Muddy

    Afgfy (Afgiffy): And finally, go f#ck yourself – An expression of gratitude appended to political odes.
    Infidel ‘Artisanal’ Tiger.

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