Open Forum: February 2, 2019

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  1. feelthebern

    Dear Cats
    The Book of Mormon is a hilarious.
    I am sore from laughing for 2 hours.
    Cartman on Broadway.

    The end

  2. Rossini

    I’ve got the stutters!

  3. zyconoclast

    Ben Barba has been sacked after allegedy assaulting his partner Ainslie Currie in Townsville.

    The North Queensland Cowboys terminated the contract of the 29 year old on Friday night after an internal investigation found a “significant breach of the terms of his contract”.

    He could always relocate to a remote community and things would be covered up.
    Just ask Yumi, she is here to help.

  4. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This might interest Zulu.

    Did, indeed, thank you, Mark.

    Good evening, Memory Vault.

  5. feelthebern

    Chris Kenny phones it in over at the Oz.

  6. Memoryvault

    I guess not long for you now, Mark.
    Are leaving the service, or you staying? If so, redeployed somewhere?
    Don’t be shy, what’s the goss?

  7. zyconoclast

    Former Australian selector Mark Waugh has urged Usman Khawaja to take a break from the game to clear his head after a “shocking” shot and cheap dismissal that has heaped further pressure on his position in the team.

    Khawaja’s lean summer continued on Friday at Manuka Oval when the left-hander edged his third ball to second slip off the bowling of Vishwa Fernando for a duck.

    Dangling his bat wide outside the off stump and with no foot movement to the swinging ball, it was an ugly dismissal for Khawaja that put Australia in trouble at 2-15 after winning the toss and electing to bat.

  8. sdfc

    Outside the Marshes, Khawaja is the most frustrating cricketer in Australia. Good player to watch when he’s going but lazy.

  9. johanna

    Thanks for heads up Peter.

    johanna
    #2923423, posted on February 2, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Steve, in the early to mid 1990s I used to sit up till 3 am on school nights to watch F1. Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna and many more providing action and real competition on the track, and best of all, Murray Walker’s commentary, which was so emotional that you couldn’t help being involved, but chock full of good information as well.

    For a while then I was working in the NSW Cabinet Office under Garry Sturgess, a devout Mormon, and it was a pretty austere, monastic environment. No Happy Hours or dress down Fridays or anything like that.

    Quite by accident I discovered that a senior guy in the legal area was a fan as well. We used to exchange surreptitious emails or chats the next day about last night’s race. It would never do for anyone to find out that we had been compromising our efficiency by staying up till the wee smalls to watch a motor race. Why, we might move on to coke and hookers next.

    Mind you, it was all a bit of a facade. I once cornered another senior guy who I got on very well with and asked hin what his secret vice was. He admitted it was The Simpsons, back when that was pretty out there.

    I think the music died when Murray retired.

  10. Memoryvault

    Pleasure was mine, Johanna.

  11. Memoryvault

    Armadillo doesn’t seem to have caught on to the new thread yet?
    Wouldn’t it be hilarious if he spent the whole night breaking the posting record on the old thread.

    Surely that wouldn’t count, would it?

  12. Memoryvault

    I posted the following on the previous thread just before midnight, but it appears everybody awake was already waiting to pounce on this one. So I will repost here:

    A couple of weeks ago I idly speculated (and I said at the time I was “idly speculating”) that just maybe SciMo was going to hold split elections – half Senate in May, and HoR in November. BoN quite rightly quipped it would probably be suicidal, and I agreed with him.

    Now I’m not so sure. In fact if I were a betting man and knew how to go about it, I’d almost be prepared to have to have an each-way bet. It will be interesting to see how this develops over the next couple of weeks.

    Any thoughts?

  13. Memoryvault

    Marilyn stirs so it’s goodnight from him and goodnight from me.

  14. johanna

    A worthwhile article from the admirable Jim Steele about fish booms and busts:

    Observing salmon has certainly improved modern climate science. In the 1990s climate scientists struggled to understand why surface temperatures in the northwest sector of the Pacific Ocean had suddenly become cooler while temperatures in the eastern tropical Pacific suddenly warmed. Climate models predicted no such thing. However, fishery biologists noted salmon abundance in Alaska underwent boom and bust cycles lasting 20 to 40 years. When Alaskan salmon populations boomed, their populations from California to Washington busted. Conversely, decades later when Alaskan populations busted, those more southerly populations boomed.

    Scientists soon realized the observed alternating patterns in fish abundance not only coincided with those puzzling changes in ocean surface temperatures, but also with regional drought-flood cycles, glacier growth and retreat, and tree-line advances and retreats. Tree rings and lake sediments also recorded cycles of 5 major Sierra Nevada droughts alternating with wetter decades during the past 300 years. This all convinced scientists of the existence of a natural “ocean oscillation” driving climate change. This climate see-saw was finally named the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) in 1997. (Science uses the term “oscillation” to describe repeating cycles with general, but imprecise time periods.)

    It does highlight the tendency of environmental alarmists to view every change as a catasstrophe, caused by humans. That fits into the narrative, of course. But not only is it at odds with the lifecycles of species (where they boom and then bust as they overpopulate) it also ignores factors like the PDO.

  15. Bailed Up

    J.Leak has created a thing of beauty today. A copy should be sent to every Warringah household.
    Does his old man proud.

  16. iain russell

    Excellent article on Asia Bibi on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.com/news/resources/idt-sh/Asia_Bibi. Their ABC doesn’t seem to give a fig about Asia or any other victims of Islam. Perhaps the Fact Check Freaks or Media Witch Warlock could have a look at this stunning lack of concern about our neighbourhood.

  17. Tom

    Dean Alston (West Australian) on live exports.

  18. One ScoMo doesn’t make a Spring

    Thank you Tomp

  19. One ScoMo doesn’t make a Spring

    Tom

  20. Notafan

    So much effort being expended to out Abbott.

    Why is that

    Think there might be a second coming?

  21. Notafan

    Someone mentioned the 11th on the old thread, I can tell you it is beastly cold here.

    And I’m very confused as to how weeds use less carbon dioxide than agricultural crops, especially 15 century crops.

    Do these scientists think not planning corn and beans meant thousand and thousands of acres were left as completely bare earth for decades?

    How many years did it take for Chernobyl to be overgrown when it was abandoned.

  22. Herodotus

    Nota they are scared shitless about the damage Abbott could do to the Labor government if he returns as opposition leader or if Dutton is leader with Abbott as senior hit man. Shorten would be toast.

  23. Notafan

    ‘They’ being Turnbull gather and son and the rest of the Liberal party’s left wing infiltration?

  24. Tom

    So much effort being expended to out Abbott.
    Why is that

    Abbott Derangement is essentially the same as Trump Derangement. Both men hold up a mirror that shows the depravity of lefties. That drives them insane and is the reason Trump and Abbott must be destroyed.
    The fact that Trump predicted in 2016 that the left would soon start murdering children and call it “abortion”, as they’re doing now, was frightening.

  25. Black Ball

    Via Ace Of Spades comes this. The Express in Britain getting smacked over a so called expose that Winston Churchill was a closet Muslim. FMD.
    https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/uk-media-churchill-was-fascinated-with-islam-may-have-been-a-muslim/

  26. bespoke

    md
    #2923476, posted on February 2, 2019 at 7:25 am

    And still people on the right use Sweden as a model for democracy.

  27. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Excellent article on Asia Bibi on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.com/news/resources/idt-sh/Asia_Bibi. Their ABC doesn’t seem to give a fig about Asia or any other victims of Islam. Perhaps the Fact Check Freaks or Media Witch Warlock could have a look at this stunning lack of concern about our neighbourhood.

    open borders now! we need to import millions of these people

  28. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Petition against the commies tax grab on franking credits

    https://www.australianstockreport.com.au/franking-credit-petition

  29. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Economy added 304,000 jobs in January, despite longest government shutdown in history
    The January figure is the 100th straight month of additions to the labor force.

  30. md

    We all want the world to be a better place, but wishing it to be so does not make it so. Paul Joseph Watson videos on this subject. As with all PJW videos, they are spot on. Make a donation while you’re at it. Because conservatives are being driven off social media, your donation is all that stands between the open exchange of ideas and the Left taking complete control of all sources of information.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUXteUGhh7w
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o40yZO2QPc

    As an aside, PJW refers to cultural relativism, which is one of those terms we sometimes breeze over without understanding their full meaning. Here’s one explanation, which is from this web page:

    The concept of cultural relativism as we know and use it today was established as an analytic tool by German-American anthropologist Franz Boas in the early 20th century. In the context of early social science, cultural relativism became an important tool for pushing back on the ethnocentrism that often tarnished research at that time, which was mostly conducted by white, wealthy, Western men, and often focused on people of color, foreign indigenous populations, and persons of lower economic class than the researcher.
    Ethnocentrism is the practice of viewing and judging someone else’s culture based on the values and beliefs of one’s own. From this standpoint, we might frame other cultures as weird, exotic, intriguing, and even as problems to be solved. In contrast, when we recognize that the many cultures of the world have their own beliefs, values, and practices that have developed in particular historical, political, social, material, and ecological contexts and that it makes sense that they would differ from our own and that none are necessarily right or wrong or good or bad, then we are engaging the concept of cultural relativism.

    On the subject of the Left controlling the sources of information, we are in desperate trouble in this country. The only widely available sources of unbiased information are the News Ltd publications, which are gradually being moved behind paywalls. Subscribing to The Australian, the Daily Tele and the Herald Sun would cost $22 a week – $1144.00 a year! Who on earth can afford that. If they don’t get their act together by amalgamating their resources and getting their content sponsored they will slowly wither and die, leaving the hard-Left in control of the flow of information.

  31. Baldrick

    Thanks Tom. Mini Leak does his father proud.

  32. bespoke

    I’m seeing right wing commentators legitimising this “privileged” in debates with the left. It should be framed that [email protected], Asians etc are more “successful”.

  33. mh

    Ocasio-Cortez acknowledges her privilege as ‘cisgendered woman’

    …“Almost every single person in this country can acknowledge some privilege of some type, you know?” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I’m a cisgendered woman. You know, I will never know the trauma of feeling like I’m not born in the right body. And that, that is a privilege that I have — no matter how poor my family was when I was born.”

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ocasio-cortez-acknowledges-her-privilege-as-cisgendered-woman

  34. Viva

    With the onset of sweltering temperatures during last week for the first time I started to worry about getting trapped in the elevator of our apartment building if the power suddenly shut down. The last time I felt this concern was in a city in India where the power was known to regularly fail every hour.

    India is building coal fired power stations to address this problem while we in Australia are blowing ours up. This country is going backwards and I know it every time I summon the lift.

  35. md

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2923482, posted on February 2, 2019 at 7:42 am
    Excellent article on Asia Bibi on the BBC website:

    The silence of the Left proves yet again that they don’t give a toss about the people they claim to be concerned for. All they care about is the extent to which they can use them as a political weapon against our society.

  36. Mak Siccar

    An excellent piece by Brendan O’Neill.

    https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/01/29/a-quick-reminder-of-what-freedom-of-speech-means/

    A quick reminder of what freedom of speech means

    Ross Greer, Graham Linehan, Tommy Robinson — all must have the liberty to speak.

    BRENDAN O’NEILL
    EDITOR

    29th January 2019

    A quick reminder of what freedom of speech means.

    It means Ross Greer, the Green member of the Scottish parliament for West Scotland, has the right to call Winston Churchill anything he likes. A white supremacist, a mass murderer, a shithead, anything. It means Mr Greer should suffer no censorship or hardship simply because he holds and expresses these views. He should not be restricted from speaking in public and he should not lose his job. We should hope that student officials don’t add him to any kind of blacklist forbidding him from speaking on campus, as they have done with people on the hard right. Greer must be free to rage against Churchill.

    It means people on Twitter have the right to like ‘transphobic’ poems, to share ‘transphobic’ poems, and to write ‘transphobic’ poems. Nobody should be censured for expressing scepticism about the trans ideology. They shouldn’t lose their jobs, they shouldn’t be harassed, and they shouldn’t be assaulted just because they think a man can never become a woman or because they take the piss out of trans women’s Adam’s apples. They absolutely should not be questioned by the police, as happened to one tweeter last week after he committed the speechcrime of liking a trans-sceptical poem. Freedom of speech means the police should never, ever involve themselves in matters of expression.

    It means Graham Linehan has the right to refer to trans women as ‘he’. It means so-called TERFs (trans-exclusionary radical feminists) have the right to ‘deadname’ trans people — that is, use the old male names of people who have since become trans women. No ‘TERF’ should ever be questioned by the police on suspicion of ‘hate crime’ simply for mocking the trans ideology, as has happened in recent months. It means trans people have the right to fling the insult of TERF at anyone they like. It means trans people have the right to protest at ‘TERF’ events, though they should not seek to shut such events down.

    Freedom of speech means Tommy Robinson has the right to gather his supporters in public and tell them there are too many Muslims in Britain. And it means radical Islamists have the right to visit campuses and argue that gay sex is disgusting and kafirs are sinful. It means racists have the right to publish their bunkum. It means anti-racists have the right to protest. It means drill artists have the right to perform music without being given suspended prison sentences, as outrageously happened last week. It means those tragic men’s rights activists should have the right to come to Britain and tell angry 25-year-old virgins how to pull women. It means cranky Pakistani Islamists should have the right to come here and spout nonsense about women’s position in society. It means Lauren Southern should have the right to come here to talk about how much she hates Islam. It means the UK should have no speech-based or ideas-based restriction on who may come here, though of course the UK can choose to keep out criminals and people involved in violent activities.

    It means pro-Israel students have the right to organise public debates without being threatened and hollered into silence. It means pro-Palestinian activists have the right to organise public demonstrations at which they brand Israel the ‘New Nazis’ and refer to the Gaza Strip as ‘the new Warsaw Ghetto’ and utter other offensive historical illiteracies. Freedom of speech means the freedom to be offensive and historically illiterate.

    This is what freedom of speech is. If you have defended the freedom of only some of the people mentioned above, then you are doing it wrong. You are not defending freedom of speech at all. Freedom of speech means the biggest Churchill fans defending Ross Greer’s right to insult Churchill, trans activists fighting for TERFs’ right to offend, and Corbynistas standing up for Tommy Robinson’s right to address students on campus. When those things happen, we’ll know that free speech is in rude health once more.

  37. Rockdoctor

    I wouldn’t have stopped too hard, would have done the bare minimum & as a result some would have gone to hospital as well as my insurance company chasing them for damages. That’s her mistake…

    https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/motoring/on-the-road/motorbike-rider-furious-after-encounter-with-arrogant-cyclists/news-story/bfe56c49816f4b84d5ce5a6879202b17

  38. Bruce of Newcastle

    Cory Booker kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign by calling for legal marijuana

    Maybe Spartacus hopes pot will ease his pain when he gets crucified in the primaries.

  39. Mak Siccar

    An excellent piece by Brendan O’Neill.

    https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/01/29/a-quick-reminder-of-what-freedom-of-speech-means/

    A quick reminder of what freedom of speech means

    Ross Greer, Graham Linehan, Tommy Robinson — all must have the liberty to speak.

    BRENDAN O’NEILL
    EDITOR

    29th January 2019

    A quick reminder of what freedom of speech means.

    It means Ross Greer, the Green member of the Scottish parliament for West Scotland, has the right to call Winston Churchill anything he likes. A white supremacist, a mass murderer, a shithead, anything. It means Mr Greer should suffer no censorship or hardship simply because he holds and expresses these views. He should not be restricted from speaking in public and he should not lose his job. We should hope that student officials don’t add him to any kind of blacklist forbidding him from speaking on campus, as they have done with people on the hard right. Greer must be free to rage against Churchill.

    It means people on Twitter have the right to like ‘transphobic’ poems, to share ‘transphobic’ poems, and to write ‘transphobic’ poems. Nobody should be censured for expressing scepticism about the trans ideology. They shouldn’t lose their jobs, they shouldn’t be harassed, and they shouldn’t be assaulted just because they think a man can never become a woman or because they take the piss out of trans women’s Adam’s apples. They absolutely should not be questioned by the police, as happened to one tweeter last week after he committed the speechcrime of liking a trans-sceptical poem. Freedom of speech means the police should never, ever involve themselves in matters of expression.

    It means Graham Linehan has the right to refer to trans women as ‘he’. It means so-called TERFs (trans-exclusionary radical feminists) have the right to ‘deadname’ trans people — that is, use the old male names of people who have since become trans women. No ‘TERF’ should ever be questioned by the police on suspicion of ‘hate crime’ simply for mocking the trans ideology, as has happened in recent months. It means trans people have the right to fling the insult of TERF at anyone they like. It means trans people have the right to protest at ‘TERF’ events, though they should not seek to shut such events down.

    Freedom of speech means Tommy Robinson has the right to gather his supporters in public and tell them there are too many Muslims in Britain. And it means radical Islamists have the right to visit campuses and argue that gay sex is disgusting and kafirs are sinful. It means racists have the right to publish their bunkum. It means anti-racists have the right to protest. It means drill artists have the right to perform music without being given suspended prison sentences, as outrageously happened last week. It means those tragic men’s rights activists should have the right to come to Britain and tell angry 25-year-old virgins how to pull women. It means cranky Pakistani Islamists should have the right to come here and spout nonsense about women’s position in society. It means Lauren Southern should have the right to come here to talk about how much she hates Islam. It means the UK should have no speech-based or ideas-based restriction on who may come here, though of course the UK can choose to keep out criminals and people involved in violent activities.

    It means pro-Israel students have the right to organise public debates without being threatened and hollered into silence. It means pro-Palestinian activists have the right to organise public demonstrations at which they brand Israel the ‘New Nazis’ and refer to the Gaza Strip as ‘the new Warsaw Ghetto’ and utter other offensive historical illiteracies. Freedom of speech means the freedom to be offensive and historically illiterate.

    This is what freedom of speech is. If you have defended the freedom of only some of the people mentioned above, then you are doing it wrong. You are not defending freedom of speech at all. Freedom of speech means the biggest Churchill fans defending Ross Greer’s right to insult Churchill, trans activists fighting for TERFs’ right to offend, and Corbynistas standing up for Tommy Robinson’s right to address students on campus. When those things happen, we’ll know that free speech is in rude health once more.

  40. md

    Mak Siccar
    #2923502, posted on February 2, 2019 at 8:45 am
    An excellent piece by Brendan O’Neill.
    https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/01/29/a-quick-reminder-of-what-freedom-of-speech-means/
    A quick reminder of what freedom of speech means

    Yes, they are fine words and we all know the words. But censorship is on the rise throughout the West and the people who should do something about it (‘conservative’ politicians) are nowhere to be seen.

  41. Eyrie

    Tim Blair coined the term “road lice” to describe cyclists.

  42. This country is going backwards and I know it every time I summon the lift.

    and every time your trip takes twice as long it did 10 years ago

  43. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Dean Alston (West Australian) on live exports.

    Thank.s Tom.

  44. Nick

    Tim Blair coined the term “road lice” to describe cyclists.

    Lol, he does have a point though

  45. Myrddin Seren

    This country is going backwards and I know it every time I summon the lift.

    At 45%+ [email protected] the days when the lift – stuttering, stopping, restarting – at least eventually came, will be looked back on as a fond memory while you trudge up the stairs in the un-airconditioned and dark building.

  46. Tim Blair coined the term “road lice” to describe cyclists.

    with behaviour like that above, at some stage, a B-double will generate a different description

  47. Dan Dare

    Johanna
    “Unless I’m very much mistaken”, Murray Walker occasionally was indeed mistaken.
    Didn’t matter though as his enthusiasm carried the day. I think he was great.

  48. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Web of lies

    A fake crime scene, a false rape report, a man behind bars. How did Sarah Jane Parkinson get away with so much for so long?

    By Kate Legge

    From The Weekend Australian Magazine
    February 1, 2019
    20 minute read
    56

    Sarah Jane Parkinson dabbed at her dry eyes with a tissue. Pale-skinned, her long, shiny brown hair neatly pinned in a bun, a pair of horn-rimmed glasses lent her a bookish air, but her show of ­empathy seemed too ­little, too late. Sitting quietly inside Canberra magistrates’ court, she listened to the family who had ­welcomed her into their home tearfully describe the devas­tating emotional and financial toll of an ordeal that began when she falsely accused her former fiancé, ­Daniel Jones, of assault and rape.

    Profoundly moved by the victim impact statements, magistrate Beth Campbell acknowledged the terrible consequences of Parkinson’s “incomprehensible, wicked behaviour”. Jones, a former ACT prison officer, found himself incarcerated in Goulburn maximum security jail for almost five months, fearing for his life. His parents, married for 32 years, separated under the strain, remortgaging their home for a fight that ultimately cost them $680,000. Police spent an estimated 900 hours investigating multiple false allegations against Jones and later his father Ian, diverting scarce public resources. Most disturbingly, ­Parkinson’s deceit made a mockery of genuine domestic and sexual violence cases.

    When Magistrate Campbell this month sentenced Parkinson to three years and one month in jail with two years’ non-parole, Jones, a gangly young man with a Ned Kelly beard, clung to his mother Michelle in a bear hug, while Ian, a marine engineer who has worked in the Australian Navy and Customs with top security clearances, felt numb. Each of them still struggles with fury, frustration and the paranoia that shadowed their every move as the justice system continually let them down.

    The Director of Public Prosecutions flipped from prosecuting Jones to defending him, ultimately accusing Parkinson of premeditated fabrication motivated by greed. She wanted possession of their house, worth a modest $380,000, and compensation of $90,000. They’d separated in November 2013 after Jones learnt Parkinson had been having an affair with a policeman at the ­station where she had briefly worked. Emboldened by her police contacts, she trapped Jones in a complex web of lies in the hope he would be locked up and the house would become hers.

    The Joneses insist they were treated like “hardened criminals” in a climate of hostility towards male perpetrators of domestic violence while ­Parkinson milked the sympathy these offences deservedly elicit, ensuring she was granted endless legal delays, emergency accommodation and financial support for victims of crime. Decent, trusting people, Michelle and Ian had no inkling of the cuckoo in their nest, showering this young woman with generosity from the day she moved in with them in 2011 so the young couple could save for a deposit. Delighted by the arrival of her future daughter-in-law, Michelle even handed on a ring that Ian had once bought for her to celebrate the engagement.

    From the Oz. I haven’t posted the whole article, but the words “pathological liar” seem to be the most apt to describe this female.

  49. Freedom of Speech

    you know it is in trouble when it is dangerous to:

    . shout “Give me liberty or give me death!”
    . speak disparagingly of a certain religion
    . disagree with a dozen ‘scientists’ (i.e. the 97%)
    . ask how things are going with a trial of a religious figure
    . bans on any reporting of trials becomes commonplace
    . mention the name of a public figure who is being tried

    I could go on …

  50. from Ch Nein Ticker Tape on Today Show

    Climate change: ‘We will face the collapse of civilisation

    Yup. It may have already collapsed.

  51. Myrddin Seren

    from Ch Nein Ticker Tape on Today Show

    Climate change: ‘We will face the collapse of civilisation

    That is the Media Party setting the battle space for after the election.

    Step 1: Get both SloMo and Our Glad defenestrated at all costs

    Step 2: Post-election, all media cadres follow the ABC lead and pressure Labor from the Left Flank on ‘Real Action on Climate Change’.

    100% [email protected]

    Ban internal combustion engines

    Kiss livestock and broad acre farming production goodbye.

    Get Up can’t hold a candle to the now-fully weaponised Media Party on a culture-war footing.

  52. OldOzzie

    johanna
    #2923428, posted on February 2, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Thanks for heads up Peter.

    johanna
    #2923423, posted on February 2, 2019 at 12:26 am

    Steve, in the early to mid 1990s I used to sit up till 3 am on school nights to watch F1. Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna and many more providing action and real competition on the track, and best of all, Murray Walker’s commentary, which was so emotional that you couldn’t help being involved, but chock full of good information as well.

    For a while then I was working in the NSW Cabinet Office under Garry Sturgess, a devout Mormon, and it was a pretty austere, monastic environment. No Happy Hours or dress down Fridays or anything like that.

    Quite by accident I discovered that a senior guy in the legal area was a fan as well. We used to exchange surreptitious emails or chats the next day about last night’s race. It would never do for anyone to find out that we had been compromising our efficiency by staying up till the wee smalls to watch a motor race. Why, we might move on to coke and hookers next

    Pleased to see other Petrol Heads on Catallaxy

    Having attended my 1st F1 GP at Brand Hatch UK 1970 and watched Jack Brabham, leading comfortably, ran out of fuel on the last corner, and came second coasting to the finish

    in 2017 I attended my second F1 GP in Melbourne treating myself to a 3 day F1 Paddock Club Premium Pass, and was above the Ferrari Pits and next door to Ferrari Lounge

    in 2018, I was on the operating table for 13 hours on Melbourne F1 GP Practice Day 1

    so this year, again treating myself F1 Paddock Club Premium Pass Bentley Suite for 3 days of Melbourne Albert Park F1 GP and looking forward to it.

    Murray Walker was great, and I only subscribe to Fox for Sports for F1 (although Son-in-Law watches all the football and cricket games) and I really enjoy the Sky F1 Coverage .

    The joy of F1 on Fox Sports is I can record and watch at a civilised hour making sure I do not read any news before watching – the joys of being retired.

  53. OldOzzie

    Tom.

    Thanks, great Australian selection today and the definitely best of the cartoons

    Johannes Leak wins and as a Warringah Voter I am looking forward to GetUp visiy

  54. Ban internal combustion engines except when required to transport our Gangreen masters to their preferred holiday destination.

  55. rickw

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/01/31/germany-majority-refugees-still-jobless/

    Could the problem lie not with the refugees country, but the refugees themselves??!!

    Who would have thought!

  56. Muddy,
    Can we have a caticionary entry for Goebbels’ warming.

  57. bespoke

    Mak Siccar
    #2923506, posted on February 2, 2019 at 8:52 am

    I agree mostly with that but I don’t want the pendulum to swing were as a university is expected to give anyone a platform or consumer rights like boycotting Gillett is dismissed.

  58. Myrddin Seren

    Ban internal combustion engines except when required to transport our Gangreen masters to their preferred holiday destination.

    What’s the point of being a New Aristocracy if the Deplorable Proles have, at a basic level, the same stuff you do – just with less digits after the $-sign ?

    A New Aristocracy cannot rest in its own self-regard without a New Serfdom. This requires the elimination of the Middle Class and a return to the Good Old Days of a clearly yawning chasm between the Great-and-Good and the Great Unwashed.

    All is proceeding as per The Prophesy

  59. in 2017 I attended my second F1 GP in Melbourne treating myself to a 3 day F1 Paddock Club Premium Pass, and was above the Ferrari Pits and next door to Ferrari Lounge

    I went to the 2004 F1 at Melbourne with a CAMS pass, only been the once and the noise those cars made made your chest vibrate, the BBQ in the evening for the teams was epic, no drivers mainly the mechanics and pit crew. I was suprised at how young these guys were, early to mid 20’s. I had a ball.

  60. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    This country is going backwards and I know it every time I summon the lift.

    Viva, I have been thumping this tub on Catallaxy ever since I got trapped in a tiny airless lift in a Rome hotel for over half and hour in 33 degree heat under hot downlights, unable to raise the alarm. There I think the failure was in the electronic system not the electrical motor, but it did lead me to consider what would happen to a mother and children trapped in this way, most likely in the dark. It doesn’t bear thinking on.

    I mostly seek other ways to go between floors if it is at all possible, escalators-r-me, and I am strict in my refusal to use small lifts anywhere. I also now take my mobile phone with me in all lifts I use. All lifts imho should have excellent working systems of contact and alarm, and also be backed up by alternative electricity provisions. Who is working on this in energy-starved blackout-prone Australia?

  61. Bruce of Newcastle

    as a Warringah Voter I am looking forward to GetUp visiy

    Try not to get arrested Old Ossie.

    Maybe hang a sign on the front door saying “If you can read this sign you may have caught pneumonic plague. Get to a GP immediately!”

  62. calli

    The NBN is not guaranteed to work during a blackout, so lift emergency phones have to be modified. I wonder how many are still on the old system. Ditto BTB alarms.

  63. OldOzzie

    Interesting

    Loads of News Coverage of Eastern Suburbs Blackout the other day, but not a single mention of the over 1 hour blackout of our suburb on the same day – even not in today’s Manly Daily

  64. Eyrie

    “with behaviour like that above, at some stage, a B-double will generate a different description”
    Bugs on the bumper?

  65. OldOzzie

    calli
    #2923544, posted on February 2, 2019 at 10:07 am

    The NBN is not guaranteed to work during a blackout, so lift emergency phones have to be modified. I wonder how many are still on the old system. Ditto BTB alarms.

    Yes, we are on NBN and lost our landline in the Blackout and they call it progress

  66. feelthebern

    With reference the to Malta post above, I know two groups of people who spent time in Malta over the last 12 months.
    They all said, it was magnificent and cheap.

  67. cohenite

    iain russell

    #2923444, posted on February 2, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Excellent article on Asia Bibi on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.com/news/resources/idt-sh/Asia_Bibi.

    It’s trite to say islam is the most abominable ideology to infect humanity; but the real issue is what is it in humans that makes them susceptible to abhorrent ideas and beliefs such as those offered by islam. We’ve seen it before with communism which hasn’t died and and is being manifested again in the grotesque demorats, Nazism and all the hues between; those ideologies which bring out the worst in mankind and against which those ideologies which bring out the best seems at the very least helpless against for a long time. It seems that the best gives so much latitude to the worst that before realisation occurs the worst has almost taken over.

    You look at the so called best, the West, and it’s exemplars, US, Britain, France, Germany and the rest of the EU, Australia, where democracy is barely hanging on and fine words and even speeches are not going to win the day.

    Maybe cricket will save us.

  68. Nick

    as a Warringah Voter I am looking forward to GetUp visiy

    A Greens apparatchik lives up the road, his house house regularly festooned with posters against any form of progress. Cats won’t be surprised that:
    1. He owns a large car
    2. Has managed to get a disabled space right out the front
    3. Has bitterly campaigned, without luck, to remove the tree outside his home, failing that, trying to break it himself.

  69. Percy Popinjay

    Loved Leak Jr’s depiction of the getup drones as acne ridden Erko clad imbeciles. The Abbott pic is a nice touch as well.

  70. Eyrie

    If Slomo and the Libs had a clue they would have a half Senate election in May. The bogans will have forgotten about the inconvenience by October/November.
    This has two possible outcomes:
    Either the makeup of the new Senate will favour the ALP/Gangreens in which case the Libs can mount the mother of all scare campaigns later in the year OR the Senate becomes slightly favourable to the Libs and they can pass some legislation. Nothing too radical so as not to scare the horses but enough for them to get their act together after firing Pyne, Payne and the chickenweasels who aren’t standing again, from the ministry. This would stand them in good stead for a late year election.

  71. OldOzzie

    feelthebern
    #2923548, posted on February 2, 2019 at 10:12 am

    With reference the to Malta post above, I know two groups of people who spent time in Malta over the last 12 months.
    They all said, it was magnificent and cheap.

    +1

    and they drive on the left hand side of the road – same as OZ, and the only place I have seen Super Yachts wrapped in White Plastic

  72. Infidel Tiger

    So it turns out the Virginia Governor is not only a lover of baby sacrifice but is also a literal
    nazi.

    Dems are of course defending him.

  73. Nick

    Do any Cats know what sparked the dragging of the kid by the Principal in Victoria ?
    It’s interesting sometimes how officialdom works. The Minister condemned the Principal with another denial being quickly issued that the child hadn’t attacked a pregnant teacher. Strange they aren’t as fast to view the whole thing and give an explanation.

  74. feelthebern

    2. Has managed to get a disabled space right out the front

    I’m all for genuine families in need getting the spaces.
    But at my former address in the inner west of sydney they have become more noticeable in the last 12 or so months.
    Are they easier to get these days?

  75. Infidel Tiger

    Do any Cats know what sparked the dragging of the kid by the Principal in Victoria ?

    Kid allegedly attacked a pregnant teacher.

  76. Bruce of Newcastle

    It’s trite to say islam is the most abominable ideology to infect humanity

    Why?

    ‘Never, Ever, Ever’: Muslim Leaders Reject Call To Denounce ‘Violent’ Koran

    Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed said Muslim leaders would “never, ever, ever” disavow verses of the Koran while president of the Australian Muslim Women’s Association Silma Ihram said that it was not appropriate for a judge to delve into religious scripture interpretations.

    Can we deport him now please Mr Morrison?

  77. feelthebern

    When were you there Ozzie?
    Can I ask what the African content was ?

  78. Percy Popinjay

    Eyrie
    #2923554, posted on February 2, 2019 at 10:16 am

    The chances of any of the scenarios you describe actually occurring being zero. The liberals simply don’t stand for anything any more, except more of the insulting and infuriating collectivist tosh they’ve been foisting on us since they replaced that monstrous RGR goat rodeo. To paraphrase, they’re driving us over the proverbial cliff, just not as quickly as labor and the greenfilth would.

    Has anyone ever heard Morristeen speak about anything of great import to this country and its future with even the most miniscule scintilla of conviction?

  79. struth

    Good Moaning

    Pfft…………………watching go carts racing…

    I was in the crowd for the first ever truck racing in Australia at Calder Park.
    Before they turned trucks into single drive racing machines with the only similarity to a truck being the fibreglass shaping and a stuck on Kenworth badge.

    Blokes unhooked their trailers outside and came in and had a crack.
    That’s racing.
    A bobtail truck flying around a racecourse is dangerous enough, by itself, let alone racing others.
    real thrills and spills.

  80. OldOzzie

    A secret emission: Minister’s Paris power play would send prices soaring


    Power prices would soar in NSW under a state government proposal to enshrine emissions targets with scope to go beyond the Paris Agreement in national electricity law.

    State Energy Minister Don Harwin, who last December tried to embarrass Prime Minister Scott Morrison with an ambush attack on his power policy has doubled down, circulating a memo asking federal and state ministers to rewrite national energy law to force states to meet emissions reduction targets.

    The Saturday Telegraph has obtained the “discussion paper”, which was quietly sent out on Thursday night — the same day Mr Harwin had to explain that a blackout in the eastern suburbs had nothing to do with power supply.

    The memo, sent to the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council, which comprises state power ministers and federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor, calls for the reduction of carbon emissions to be legislated.

    Mr Harwin said in the memo jointly authored by NSW and South Australian bureaucrats the enshrined emissions obligations “should be consistent with Australia’s commitment under the Paris climate change agreement”.

    He then added: “It should be flexible enough to accommodate increases in the level of emissions reduction ambition under this agreement over time”.

    Mr Taylor fired a salvo last night, accusing Mr Harwin of adopting “Labor policy”.

    “It is Labor policy to have higher targets, which will be a wrecking ball for the economy,” he said.

    Mr Taylor said there was “absolutely no need to legislate a mechanism”.

    “The only reason you would legislate an emissions target is if you want to raise that target beyond (the Paris Agreement).

    “If that is Don Harwin’s ambition, then he has learnt nothing from the reliability crisis currently facing SA and Victoria,” he added.

    South Australia suffered a catastrophic statewide blackout in September 2016 following a storm and a series of failures, including involving wind power settings.

    Victoria was hit by rolling blackouts last month when demand for power outstripped supply during a heatwave.

    The Minerals Council warned Mr Harwin’s proposal would increase power prices.

    CEO Stephen Galilee says they would be very concerned about any attempt to increase Australia’s emissions target beyond our Paris commitments by stealth “because of the potential impact on energy prices, our economy and jobs”.

    The Grattan Institute’s Tony Wood said the clear direction being sought by Mr Harwin would be good for the national energy market and that certainty was required.

    Mr Harwin has asked COAG energy council members to vote on his proposal by February 21.

    He was humiliated at COAG last year when he failed to secure support from colleagues to integrate climate change and energy policy.

    Senior sources have interpreted this flexibility as a clear signal that the Paris Target — a 26 per cent emissions reduction on 2005 levels — is not Mr Harwin’s ultimate aim.

    He has said he believes in an aspirational target of net zero emissions by 2050.

    Mr Harwin’s moves to put a net-zero emissions target on the federal agenda enraged his colleagues on the Right.

    From the Comments

    – Harwin must go! Long time Liberal voter but cannot vote Liberal while this fool is part of this government. He’s in the wrong party!

    – This bloke Harwin is an imbecile with a capital I

    – This idiot obviously lives in his own parallel universe. Isn’t he listening to the people, isn’t he aware of the world around him…obviously not. Tenuous power supplies from a power grid that has been left to go into trash through wanton neglect. Unreliable power supplies, how far down are Australia’s politicians prepared to take us in the quest to be the one that signs us up for more real power hurt. People have had enough idiot…you gunna push way too far!

    Why is this agent of the Left employed by Gladys ?

  81. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The NBN is not guaranteed to work during a blackout, so lift emergency phones have to be modified. I wonder how many are still on the old system.

    Aargh! The sheer panic of realizing you are stuck there, it’s stifling hot, there’s no air in this sealed box, you cannot raise an alarm and no-one can hear you thump and yell. Also no-one is likely to realise for hours or even days that there is anything amiss as this lift is little used.

    Danger lurks everywhere in modern life. A poor older man, suffering a dementia, opened a fire door in Bondi Junction Westfields recently and died slowly wandering up and down the stairs, lost for days as all the entry doors back into the Centre were locked against intruders. Can’t remember the details but I don’t think any exit door was available. His family spent days looking for him elsewhere.

    The Centre now claim to have improved their surveillance of these areas since then.

  82. cohenite

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    #2923519, posted on February 2, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Web of lies

    A fake crime scene, a false rape report, a man behind bars. How did Sarah Jane Parkinson get away with so much for so long?

    By Kate Legge

    Seen this or variations of it many times in family law disputes; false allegations; had a mate who split up with a vindictive cow who used to be married to a walloper; boy did my mate cop it; fortunately my mate could marshal some opposing police and legal muscle.

    This sarah jane Parkinson bitch though definitely should have got more time but what I can’t establish is what happened to her bent walloper cronies.

  83. stackja

    KAK vs Yumi Stynes race row: Aborigines want their broken communities fixed
    Paul Toohey, News Corp Australia Network
    February 2, 2019 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    What happens on midmorning weekday television out of Sydney is not usually of concern to the people of Minyerri, a remote community 480km southeast of Darwin.

    Kerri-Anne Kennerley is a name with vague recognition. Yumi Stynes draws a complete blank.

    Michelle Bennett, 51, a senior Aboriginal teacher at Minyerri school, did not see them going head-to-head in an argument over what mattered more: changing the date of Australia Day or addressing issues of child abuse and atrocious conditions in our nation’s backyard.

    But she already knows the answer. It’s her life.

    Minyerri knows about living rough. Two years ago, it made national headlines with people, including kids, living in squalor in tents and makeshift bough sheds by the community billabong.

    Since then, governments, both NT and federal, have been embarrassed into action and 10 new houses are either completed or nearly there.

    There is still chronic overcrowding — which creates the perfect environment for child abuse — but the community is picking itself up.

    “Everyone’s arguing about changing the date,” says Michelle.

  84. feelthebern

    In my old street, Nick there were 3.
    First one was this dodgy greek couple.
    Didn’t appear to have any issues, they had theirs for years.
    Second one was for a family with a kid in a wheelchair. They got their’s as soon as they moved in.
    That one was legit.
    The last one was this family with a kid who was autistic.
    I didn’t know them well, but they said it took over a year to get one.
    Fark I felt sorry for that family.
    Their boy will grow into a big boy & will be hard to control.

  85. OldOzzie

    feelthebern
    #2923562, posted on February 2, 2019 at 10:21 am

    When were you there Ozzie?
    Can I ask what the African content was ?

    2 years ago and didn’t notice African content, more prevalent in Palermo

  86. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Harwen’s a Harken. Who could trust the Liberals with such fools anywhere near the levers?

  87. feelthebern

    Looks like Malta is on the to do list.

  88. Percy Popinjay

    her bent walloper cronies

    Nothing will happen to them. You’re talking about the federal keystone cops, the most staggeringly incompetent police farce in this country (although now facing some tough competition from vikpol).

    Remember the “mysterious gas bottles in the van suicide attempt with no possible political motivation” that just so happened to take place right outside the ACL HQ?

  89. Snoopy

    Headline at news.con.au.

    Mariah Carey blasted for Saudi Arabia show

    They’re actually distraught that she wasn’t blasted.

  90. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This sarah jane Parkinson bitch though definitely should have got more time but what I can’t establish is what happened to her bent walloper cronies.

    BarryF
    48 minutes ago
    None. Read the other article in today’s Australian “Woman jailed on fake rape claim.” . I quote from its last two paragraphs.

    “Ian Jones lodged formal complaints against individual police officers but internal investigations by the AFP and the NSW Police Force decided against taking any action.

    A further review by the Commonwealth Ombudsman confirmed he was satisfied with this outcome.”

    My own families experience with the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s office is that that office only exists to protect and preserve the careers of their fellow Public servants, and they aren’t interested in rocking any boats, or uncovering any inconvenient truths.

  91. struth

    Got to meet Jack Brabham when I was a kid.
    He was testing car tyres for an advert you may remember, “Just ask Jack” about goodyear tyres.
    My father by chance, had taken a crew down to the race track in a 40 ft coach and I went too.

    They got dad to drive the coach and a truck through the witches hats too.
    Dad, back in the seventies, complete with wog look of big mo and side burns got his picture taken with Jack, both in their good year hats (signed by Jack) and the photo was blown up and put on pre made posters that said Just ask Jack….or me.

    Bloody great day for a little boy, my dad has always been my hero, and he definitely was that day.

  92. Grigory M

    Johannes Leak. Brilliant.

    “Tom”, I have to disagree. Leak Jr’s attempts at satire mostly lack maturity and nuance – today’s effort is a prime example. Tries to copy his late father’s style – but, far too many words used in leading the reader to a religious zealotry angle. Specifically mentions Jehovah’s Witnesses but draws the zealots wearing the preppy white shirts of Mormons (JWs just dress well in normal clothes) – and misses altogether that his target’s followers wear orange shirts, with the GetUp name prominently displayed, when they are campaigning. Quite an amateurish effort by Leak Jr today IMO.

  93. stackja

    North Queensland on high alert as ‘catastrophic’ floods expected
    Peter Michael, Clare Armstrong, The Courier-Mail
    February 2, 2019 1:00am

    OFFICIALS fear predicted totals of up to 2m of rainfall — on top of an already metre-high deluge — will plunge North Queensland into a record-breaking “catastrophic” flood disaster on a 700km-long stretch of coast from Cairns to Mackay.

    Disaster-declared Townsville is at the epicentre of the “unprecedented” monsoonal downpour where dozens of homes have been swamped, schools and businesses shut, and thousands of residents in flood-prone suburbs urged to move to high ground due to the risk of severe flooding.

    Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Vinord Anand said the monsoon trough will be very active and will stay almost stationary over Townsville for at least the next three days, with up to 400mm of rainfall a day in parts.

    “This is in record territory.” Mr Anand said of great concern were total falls of another 1m to 2m of rain on top of catchments that had been already flooded by more than 1000mm in the past seven days.

    “If that does happen, it’s catastrophic flooding.”

  94. struth

    Got to meet Jack Brabham when I was a kid.
    He was testing car tyres for an advert you may remember, “Just ask Jack” about goodyear tyres.
    My father by chance, had taken a crew down to the race track in a 40 ft coach and I went too.

    They got dad to drive the coach and a truck through the witches hats too.
    Dad, back in the seventies, complete with wog look of big m-o and side burns got his picture taken with Jack, both in their good year hats (signed by Jack) and the photo was blo-wn up and put on pre made posters that said Just ask Jack….or me.

    Bloody great day for a little boy, my dad has always been my hero, and he definitely was that day.

  95. Nick

    In my old street, Nick there were 3.

    Similar. One has a less mobile wife, the other is an ex wharfie with a love of the gee gees who is too lazy to walk any further than his front gate, to the (new) car.

  96. struth

    Got to meet Jack Brabham when I was a kid.
    He was testing car tyres for an advert you may remember, “Just ask Jack” about goodyear tyres.
    My father by chance, had taken a crew down to the race track in a 40 ft coach and I went too.

    They got dad to drive the coach and a truck through the w-itches hats too.
    Dad, back in the seventies, complete with w-og look of big m-o and side burns got his picture taken with Jack, both in their good year hats (signed by Jack) and the photo was blo-wn up and put on pre made posters that said Just ask Jack….or me.

    Bloody great day for a little boy, my dad has always been my hero, and he definitely was that day.

    Hyphens to beat moderations

  97. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    A fake crime scene, a false rape report, a man behind bars. How did Sarah Jane Parkinson get away with so much for so long?

    Likely encouraged by the free Wyminses solicitor available to all DV females on arrival at Court, where they are offered a cup of tea and a biscuit and coached by the old lags with whom they share these free comforts. There’s also a Wyminses Room for them to continue practicing their tears and tales. No such help for men, of course. So abandon hope, all ye falsely accused men who enter these august halls. It’s a culture where all men are automatically defined as toxic. By and large, the Bench agrees. They’ve read all of the august papers on it, produced by the august academic females on their essential feminist grants. There is no male innocence in the face of DV accusations made by females. The rot is systemic. There is some pushback now but by no means enough.

  98. feelthebern

    Seems like its who you know, not what the genuine need is.

  99. cohenite

    “Ian Jones lodged formal complaints against individual police officers but internal investigations by the AFP and the NSW Police Force decided against taking any action.

    A further review by the Commonwealth Ombudsman confirmed he was satisfied with this outcome.”

    He should sue them.

  100. Tintarella di Luna

    This sarah jane Parkinson bitch though definitely should have got more time but what I can’t establish is what happened to her bent walloper cronies.

    Exactly are they still in the police force and if so, why so?

  101. stackja

    Port Hedland police launch truancy crackdown
    Bethany Hiatt PerthNow
    February 2, 2019 5:00AM

    Police in buses will visit the homes of students marked absent from school under a plan to crack down on truancy in Port Hedland.

    The town’s mayor Camilo Blanco said the initiative, which starts on Tuesday, would be a united approach involving police, child protection services and Port Hedland’s six schools.

    Police have committed six officers to travel on three buses each day with school attendance officers.

    Mr Blanco said he believed it was unusual for uniformed police to be so closely involved in getting students to school.

  102. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Comment, from the Oz, on the Srah Jane Parkinson story.

    Phil
    52 minutes ago
    (Edited)
    Great analysis. The damage caused to the Jones family will last a lifetime but the perpetrator will be out in 2 years and could easily re-offend and probably be able to keep such “history” from a future jury.

    From experience several years ago; a senior manager in a large Australian construction firm was accused of entering a female colleague’s hotel room and sexually harassing her, denied by the male worker, female head of HR “in tears” in hearing the report, detailed internal investigation undertaken completely biased towards the complainant, she engages prominent Sydney litigation firm, construction firm begins fearing major reputational damage, finally, electronic door lock records examined – no room entry was made after the complainant retired for the evening, ie no second room entry as claimed, nevertheless, the construction firm settles with $240K for her silence, a couple of months later her work colleagues find out that this is the third time she has received such a payout!

    Perhaps a register of such complainants is now needed to stop serial offenders

  103. C.L.

    For me, this remains one of the ballsiest moves ever seen in F1 …
    Webber overtakes Alonso:

  104. areff

    Eyrie: The Libs can’t get away with two elections, Senate and House, because they refuse to say why Turnbull had to go. Had Morrison, who has fudged the question many times, simply said, “Look, Turnbull was an aberration. He led us down the wrong road purely for reasons of personal ambition, failed to provide an adequate contrast with Labor and turned people who are mostly on the same page against each other … so he had to go.

    “It’s going to take us a while to repair the damage, set our house in order and return to (here invoke Menzies) the values that made us great. But the danger of a labor government is so great, I’m putting off the House vote until the men and women of Australia can see our sound, sensible, sane policies in action.”

    Of course, he’d need sound, sensible policies. Given that the PM and the five votes that put him over the top belong to Michael Photios, not much chance of that.

    It really is hard to conceive: a population gouged quarterly by ruinous electricity bills, inconvenienced by blackouts while subsidising the wretches who have inflicted all this upon the nation — and the Libs won’t capitalise on it.

    Can you imagine what someone like Lee “Get ’em by the throat” Atwater would have made of this opportunity? Instead, the Liberals have Billy Carter doing their strategising.

    Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

  105. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Kid allegedly attacked a pregnant teacher.

    Deservedly dragged. Lucky not to be thumped.

  106. Tintarella di Luna

    The last one was this family with a kid who was autistic.
    I didn’t know them well, but they said it took over a year to get one.
    Fark I felt sorry for that family.
    Their boy will grow into a big boy & will be hard to control.

    feelthebern, I know that situation very well, indeed it’s not always the physical disability that is the problem, oftentimes it’s behaviour too and the shorter the distance too and from the car the better particularly if out shopping.

  107. C.L.

    Lesbian NPC lunatic Rachel Maddow says Wussia might turn off the heat in the US:

    With video.

  108. C.L.

    For me, this remains one of the all time bravest moves ever seen in F1 …
    Webber overtakes Alonso, 2011:

  109. Tim Blair coined the term “road lice” to describe cyclists.

    with behaviour like that above, at some stage, a B-double will generate a different description

    For the Catitionary;

    Lycracide (noun) A cyclists mistaken belief that a 52 tonne truck has the obligation to make way for a 90kg loaded bicycle.

  110. C.L.

    A fake crime scene, a false rape report, a man behind bars. How did Sarah Jane Parkinson get away with so much for so long?

    I’m reminded of this exchange in Mission Impossible II:

    Ethan Hunt:
    She’s got no training for this.

    Mission Commander Swanbeck:
    What? To go to bed with a man and lie to him? She’s a woman. She’s got all the training she needs.

  111. Myrddin Seren

    cohenite

    He should sue them.

    In terms of a measure of justice – yes.

    Practically – the guy seems emotionally wrecked.

    His parents’ marriage collapsed under the strain and it has cost them huge amounts of money to defend themselves.

    Taking on the might of the Commonwealth as it forms a figurative shield wall, and going after the cops again just about invites more retribution, a permanent police surveillance presence and potentially another trip back to the Goulburn Supermax for dropping a chewing gum wrapper, or some other such major crime.

    Anarcho-tyranny is our strength, Comrade.

  112. Carpe Jugulum Lycracide (noun)

    Lurv it.
    I will use it.

  113. So it turns out the Virginia Governor is not only a lover of baby sacrifice but is also a literal nazi.

    I was wondering if this was simply the recognition that Northam’s clarifying remarking put him in the same league as Mengele, but no. What has emerged is a photo of Northam as a young man in either black face or KKK outfit.
    This will be more controversial and upsetting to Democrats then killing infants.

  114. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    With reference the to Malta post above, I know two groups of people who spent time in Malta over the last 12 months.
    They all said, it was magnificent and cheap.

    We spent five days there, at a resort hotel on the coast above Valetta. Friends persuaded us not to hire a car, because they said you couldn’t park at most attractions. But the driving seems relatively easy, although parking is difficult as this island is packed. The bus system is modern and great, use that, said our friends, so we did. It was OK into Valetta, but hopeless for the famous Neolithic temples which are the best things to see in Malta – world class and in excellent nick considering their great age. At Gjigantua out in the sticks we got stuck in the heat waiting for the one hourly bus to return, which was cancelled, and the following one was packed, sailing by less fortunate people angrily waiting on bus stops all the way back to town. Hire a car and driver for the distant sites, or get a taxi everywhere in town, which is what we ended up doing after our second bus ride. That was the end of my one attempt to democratize Hairy with regard to transportation. Otherwise though, Malta is a terrific holiday destination, with Neolithic ruins, old monasteries, castles of the Knights of St. John, good food and a hopping nightlife. Relatively cheap but not like outer Greece cheap. Lots of English tourists. The Queen was once a housewife there.

  115. calli

    Harwin is an Upper House bugman, answerable to no one.

    Where’s the Mortein when you need it?

  116. Nick

    Seems like its who you know, not what the genuine need is.

    Hard to say. I’d hope that families such as the disabled boy you mentioned, got one. The weird thing is it seems to mostly involve fairly mobile, older men who know how to play the system.

  117. calli

    No, no Dover!

    He was “young and naive”. Had her worn a MAGA hat…

  118. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Valetta Harbour is magnificent too. That alone makes a visit worthwhile.
    And the steps will keep you fit. 🙂

  119. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I love the term ‘Goebbels warming’. Very suitable.

    If a lie is big enough, and told often enough … etc.

  120. C.L.

    Trump broke her, remember that. Trump alone:

    But look how the Washington Post spins it …
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren called Cherokee Nation chief to apologize for DNA test, tribe says.

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren has apologized to the Cherokee Nation after releasing DNA test results in October indicating she had Native American ancestry, a tribe spokeswoman said Friday.

  121. feelthebern

    Nick, an idea.
    The next time you get a political door knocker who isn’t a green or get up tell them about the green chat with the disabled space.
    It should then take care of itself.

  122. feelthebern

    Crikey.
    Seems like Malta is a well worn path.

  123. stackja

    Meet the Baby Boomers answering the call of activist group GetUp!
    Sheradyn Holderhead, The Daily Telegraph
    February 2, 2019 12:01am
    Subscriber only

    The fervour in the room at the Manly Pavilion would be at home in a church as a crowd of more than 400 mostly elderly Warringah voters learns from GetUp! activists how they can help “turf” Tony Abbott.

    The new recruits clap and cheer as they learn how the left wing activist group plans to overthrow the former prime minister from his blue ribbon Liberal seat on the affluent Northern Beaches.

    They are told to tell personal stories about why they want Mr Abbott out of parliament while they perform some of the 64,000 doorknocks and scripts, even given examples of what to say.

    “Tony Abbott said women would be happy with lower electricity prices because they have to iron their husbands’ shirts. I felt insulted.

    “So did my husband, who irons his own shirts!”

    How do residents in Warringah know if the person banging on their door has a husband who irons his own shirt — or even has a husband at all, or if they are just regurgitating what one of the greatest political disrupters in Australia has convinced them to say? The means justify the end for GetUp! which has adopted a model of activism that isn’t dissimilar in format to religious observance and targeted, in recent years, only at conservative politicians.

    Followers evangelise at doors and on phones and they will be encouraged to gather at fellow activist’s homes for pizza in the same way a Bible study group might meet.

    About once a month GetUp! will conduct a phone blitz and members were encouraged to hold their own call “parties”.

    “Like a Tupperware party hosts invite other members to their house or a local town hall to make calls,” GetUp! chief Paul Oosting said.

  124. Boambee John

    cohenite
    #2923577, posted on February 2, 2019 at 10:30 am
    Don Harwin. Remember the face.

    Crazy eyes, like AOC.

  125. calli

    And a gaggle of Climate demmo-ing Greenie zombies could be described as:

    Goebbel Swarming

  126. feelthebern

    It doesn’t surprise me, all these oldies falling for Getup.
    Senility doesn’t discriminate.

  127. Nick

    Nick, an idea.
    The next time you get a political door knocker who isn’t a green or get up tell them about the green chat with the disabled space.
    It should then take care of itself.

    Bern I live in an area infested with them. The funny thing is the Greenie’s neighbour is a Tommy Robinson supporter and well up on what’s going on.

  128. struth

    The pressure upon those pushing Goebbel’s Warming is starting to build.
    This has been caused by people now actually being hurt by it through power bills and blackouts.
    And Trump’s USA.
    And may I also add, Sky’s excellent Outsiders now hitting the regional areas on free to air.
    The noisy minority causing this damage to Australia can scream all they want, and they will, because without this one piece of propaganda they have no excuse to destroy the west, (although they will always find something) but the showdown is coming.
    The liberal party are destroyed because of this gutless position of wanting to sit on the fence, swayed by the noisy minority, while they work out, using the appalling voting system of Australia, whether the voters matter.

    I reckon people like Sco Mo are way out of their depth.
    And they are way out of their depth because they have not one political conviction, so are just scared rabbits in the headlights of leftism, yet there now shines a big spotlight from the right.
    Putting a foot forward, then changing direction again and again, until run over.

    We don’t need a “Go the Sharks” onlooker , a follower dressed in team colours, we at least need the club captain.

    The Liberal party are pathetic traitors and must be killed off.
    They’re done.
    Toast.

    The votes they are losing are going to others, and not the Labour party.

    What sort of rugged coalition might we envisage from the impending annihilation?
    Is that possible?

  129. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Queen was once a housewife there.

    She did describe the years that she spent, as a Navy wife in Valetta, as being the “happiest of her life.”

  130. feelthebern

    New Years must be a hoot in our street Nick.

  131. feelthebern

    Your street.
    Not our street.
    Creepy auto spell.

  132. Myrddin Seren

    Paging areff:

    Engaging socially with friends recently, the husband is a Maxillofacial Surgeon.

    I regaled him with your story about the relo and her boyfriend who wants to be an obs-gyn.

    ….a young kinswoman, a recently graduated doctor, now working ER.

    Her swain’s ambition is to become a ob-gyn specialist….

    For the broader readership – parsed here together with my deeply cynical observations.

    Our surgeon friend advised that it is exactly the same in his specialty.

    Here are the nominal rules of entry.

    He says they need:

    A science degree

    A Dental degree

    A Medical degree

    Accredited hours in surgical training. If there are no accredited places open, they can still work on minimum junior quack wage helping out in an unaccredited role, but it doesn’t count to getting to the final hurdle.

    Final hurdle is the same as you heard about – three attempts at an exam; no feedback at all on reason for failure; three fails and you are out – forever.

    He has a woman training under him who just struck out for the third time and no idea why.

    She is 38 years old. Effectively she has been only learning and training for the last twenty years and, best case for any of them, they actually start to practice and earn when they are 40 (!); and they all have a mountain of debt.

    Scrubbed from the programme – she is ruined. She has a dental degree but has never practiced, and now either abandons the lot or starts as a Dentist-on-P Plates at 38.

    My takeaway from all this.

    Any bright young kid who wants to be a medical specialist – tell them that if they don’t already have inside contacts and a leg up in the relevant Specialists’ Mafia, save your life, forget it and do something else.

    Why play in a casino where the house never shows the hand they are holding ?

  133. Infidel Tiger

    Comfortably Smug
    @ComfortablySmug
    You gotta think this makes Northam a 2020 front-runner for Dems. Wants to kill kids. Klansman. Dude is their total package.

  134. feelthebern

    Ok. It wasn’t creepy that got me moderated.
    I give up.

  135. Tom

    The sudden collapse of the Darren Weir empire — horse-racing’s biggest and most successful — is becoming the No.1 story in the sport’s history.

    A Racing Victoria stewards inquiry is scheduled for 2pm on Monday, when Weir and stable foreman Jarrod McLean will face charges of possessing jiggers — electric prods used to make horses run faster — and a “show cause” abut why their training licences shouldn’t be withdrawn.

    Weir has said nothing and is thought to be near-suicidal, but McLean will fight the charge, saying he kept jiggers at his Warrnambool property to control other livestock, not racehorses.

    I hope the racing.com cameras are allowed in the room. For horse-racing fans — and, I suspect, most sports fans in Australia — it will be rivetting viewing.

    Spare a thought for the hundreds of horse lovers losing their jobs this weekend.

  136. feelthebern

    Australia’s College of Surgeons & the AMA have more negative impact on the Australian economy than any union does.

  137. feelthebern

    Spare a thought for the hundreds of horse lovers losing their jobs this weekend.

    Most of the horses will go to other stables.
    A lot of the staff will also be picked up.
    But yes, a lot of pain in the industry to come.

    What happens to the girl power movie?

  138. Nick

    New Years must be a hoot in our street Nick.

    Oh we are a real mix but mostly get along quite well.

  139. Myrddin Seren

    For posterity ( this is almost an annual event now ):

    German Army Lacks Basic Equipment and Recruits, Official Report Says

    Readiness, morale and recruitment are all shit, BUT the Krauts have SJWs:

    While the army is in a state of grave disrepair, the country’s first female Defence Minister and Merkel’s confidant, Ursula von der Leyen, is busy promoting diversity and ‘multiculturalism’ in the military.

    Merkel is the most destructive Chancellor is Germany’s history. Discuss.

  140. calli

    My sympathy is with horses given an electric jolt to make them run faster. Doesn’t sound like “love” to me, just money-grubbing.

    But youse guys know what I think about the racing industry, so it’s no surprise. 🙂

  141. struth

    Billions saved.
    Arseholes that are being funded by grants to the tune of billions world wide for Goebbel’s Warning, businesses raking in billions to get payment by taxation creating expensive intermittent minijoules of electrickery.
    The corruption (investors like Malcom’s son and the bigger players)
    The billions going to scams to restrict the west through the UN.
    Unlimited cheap power that sees business return to Australia and actually grow more business.
    All of this and much more requires only one thing, and we know it’s happening.
    The scam of Goebbel’s Warning has been going for too long.
    Trump has helped to out the powers behind it, and their aims.
    Dams still fill, and Polar bears still breath and flourish in polar Ice that is at this moment expanding.
    Not one Island has ended up in the drink, but expanded.
    China and India, and indeed anywhere else bar the west is getting the green light by the UN to coal power their way to wealth, via hundreds of power stations still being built!!!
    Only the west’s borders must come down, etc.

    The End of the world’s due date has passed many times.
    The inconvenient truth is actually now being seen.
    It’s been too long, and the Marxist, communist filth pushing this shit, know it, so now, they double down, so now they scream apocalypse.

    They are bringing this to head, because they have no choice.
    Paid to play politicians like the Left wing NSW Liberal’s financial backers won’t be from coal production, we know that.

    It’s time to really belt this with a bat.

  142. feelthebern

    Sport of kings Calli.
    99% of those involved in the industry love horses.

  143. Myrddin Seren

    Camptown Racists Sing this Song – Back in Black !!

    Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam Picked His Own Pictures in Blackface and KKK for the Yearbook

    As Ace mentions in one of several posts – as the Dems go to the mat for Governor Herr Dr Mengele-Northam…..ahem, Brett Kavanagh.

  144. stackja

    Green shoots sprout from Black Saturday ashes
    Andrew Rule, Herald Sun
    February 1, 2019 9:10pm
    Subscriber only

    It is 10 years since the catastrophe of February 7, 2009, when the pall of smoke pouring from eastern Australia stretched to New Zealand. It would be easy to mark this bittersweet anniversary with bleak stories of the terrible day that Victoria burned and 173 people died. But there is hope as well as horror.

    Time can never erase the awful things that happened that day, or stop the nightmares of those whose lives were scorched.

    What was seen in those few crowded hours cannot be unseen.

    As someone said on Black Saturday, they had never seen so many old men crying. But if time hasn’t eased the pain for those caught up in it, at least the scars have faded.

    For the grieving, it is time to reflect on love and loss and what might have been if their world had not exploded.

    For the rest of us, it is time to honour the dead and the injured by heeding the lessons that tragedy teaches us about the risk of building suburbs in the bush. We owe it to the memory of the missing to tell their story and make sure nothing on the same scale happens again.

    The greatest lesson of all is hard for broken hearts to handle. It is that life goes on. Green shoots grow from ashes.

    Above no mention of usual suspects.
    Below:

    Black Saturday five years on: Where the key players are now
    Ellen Whinnett, HeraldSun
    January 30, 2014 9:00pm
    WE look at where the key figures who emerged from the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission are now.

    John Brumby, Premier

    John Brumby was not personally criticised by the royal commission but his Government agencies were strongly criticised for top-level leadership failings and a lack of co-ordination.

    Mr Brumby faced some criticism from the public for not immediately signing up to the 67 recommendations made by the bushfire royal commission.

    He retired from politics the month after losing the November 2010 election to the Ted Baillieu-led Coalition.

    He now holds a number of commercial directorships, had led several Government reviews, and is a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at both Monash and Melbourne universities.

    Christine Nixon, Chief Commissioner of Police

    Christine Nixon was the most heavily criticised of all the Black Saturday leaders. She left the command centre at the height of crisis, delegating to other officers, and had to be recalled to give evidence after she failed to tell the commission she had gone out to dinner with her husband and friends that night.

    Ms Nixon had previously announced her intention to retire from Victoria Police by March 2009, but her retirement was brought forward at the request of Mr Brumby, who asked her to run the Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority.

    Ms Nixon’s leadership was later criticised by the royal commission, and Mr Brumby said she had made an “error of judgment” by leaving the command centre.

    She resigned from the bushfire authority in 2010, and later published her memoirs. She now runs workshops, and is a public speaker and consultant on leadership, corruption prevention and women in leadership.

  145. Boambee John

    Infidel Tiger
    #2923632, posted on February 2, 2019 at 11:18 am
    Comfortably Smug
    @ComfortablySmug
    You gotta think this makes Northam a 2020 front-runner for Dems. Wants to kill kids. Klansman. Dude is their total package.

    Our resident left fascist, m0nty, will be turgid at the thought. But will he be excited enough to donate? Nah, he’s a lefty, they never use their own money!

  146. max

    Weir was very emotional facing stewards last week. He’s a broken man, not contesting.

  147. calli

    I know I’m a weirdo, Bern. After Verema, I won’t watch, nor will I bet. I’m over it.

  148. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    German Army Lacks Basic Equipment and Recruits, Official Report Says

    Does this mean that Poland can now march across Germany?

  149. woolfe

    Any Cats caught in a lift due to government Gaia (peace be upon him) worship, first identify the Green and ALP voters and eat them in that order.

  150. struth

    He retired from politics the month after losing the November 2010 election to the Ted Baillieu-led Coalition.

    He now holds a number of commercial directorships, had led several Government reviews, and is a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at both Monash and Melbourne universities.

    One less just recently, the traitorous bought off piece of shit that he is.

  151. dover_beach

    They are told to tell personal stories about why they want Mr Abbott out of parliament while they perform some of the 64,000 doorknocks and scripts, even given examples of what to say.

    “Tony Abbott said women would be happy with lower electricity prices because they have to iron their husbands’ shirts. I felt insulted.

    “So did my husband, who irons his own shirts!”

    Boomers. They are still retailing the feminist agitprop of the 60s and 70s.

  152. stackja

    feelthebern
    #2923637, posted on February 2, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Darren Weir charges cast shadow over new film about Michelle Payne, Ride Like A Girl
    ABC South West Vic By Matt Neal
    Posted about 4 hours ago

  153. Roger

    Why play in a casino where the house never shows the hand they are holding ?

    The specialist colleges need to be broken.

    It will be the one upside to a Labor government eventually nationalising the whole health system.

  154. Infidel Tiger

    GetUp! Is all the proof you ever need that Boomers are the worst generation in human history.

  155. stackja

    Roger
    #2923658, posted on February 2, 2019 at 11:45 am

    GB NHS?

  156. johanna

    Yep, becoming a medical specialist is a crapshoot. And the mountains of debt at the end ensure that specialist services will always be ridiculously costly.

    A friend’s daughter is one of the brightest people I have ever met – got published in a medical journal while she was still a student, loves the work. At first, becoming a specialist seemed inevitable. But, being a clever girl, she did the sums, and factored in that she wanted to have children.

    Did not compute. So now she is a rather bored GP. But, she has a husband, a couple of kids, has almost paid off her debt and is not yet 30.

    I guess she can have another crack at specialisation or academia or something down the track. But it is a terrible waste of someone who could have been at the top of the top in medicine. The current system is almost designed to keep out anyone who has a balanced perspective on life.

    Oh, and enjoyed the motorsport reminiscences above. Vroom, vroom! 🙂

  157. Infidel Tiger

    Weir was very emotional facing stewards last week. He’s a broken man, not contesting.

    All that cheating takes its toll I guess.

    Dude turned up to disciplinary hearing in a pink t-shirt. Jail him.

  158. Infidel Tiger

    Darren Weir charges cast shadow over new film about Michelle Payne, Ride Like A Girl
    ABC South West Vic By Matt Neal
    Posted about 4 hours ago

    Some good news from this.

  159. stackja

    Manor Lakes school drag saga spark revealed
    Ashley Argoon and Genevieve Alison, Herald Sun
    February 1, 2019 7:15pm
    Subscriber only

    A nine-year-old boy who was dragged by his principal had kicked school property, sparking the controversial disciplinary saga, early investigations reveal.

    The Herald Sun understands the boy, on his first day at the campus, had been aggressive in class and kicked school property.

    Mr Warner, who had been doing rounds, removed the boy soon after, with the incident filmed by a pupil and posted to social media.

    Parents and staff have thrown their support behind Mr Warner, who has worked as a principal for 18 years.

  160. Boambee John

    From Bolt, this will cause a flutter in the Islamic dovecotes! More there.

    Linguist and theoligian Mark Durie has written a brilliant new book: The Qu’ran and its Biblical Reflexes.

    No, he concludes: the Koran was almost certainly not written when, where and how Muslims traditionally believe. Its Arab dialect, its geographical and historical references and carbon dating of its earliest copies suggest it was created earlier in an area closer the abandonned city of Petra than at Mecca or Medina.

    In fact, the Koran does not even mention the creation of Muhammed, long worshipped as the Prophet, or actually the “Messenger”, who dictated it to his followers. Indeed, the Koran names Muhammed just four times, and the reference may just be a title: “Praised One”.

    What’s more, the very earliest copies of the Koran do not mention Mohammed at all.

  161. calli

    IT and ‘stix and their solution to the Boomer problem. 😄

  162. jo

    A friend 20 odd years ago failed his Australian Royal College of Surgeons examination. At the the time he was in the top 10 in the world in his field. They didn’t understand what he was talking about. He has since returned to his country of origin. what a waste for us.

  163. struth

    Sorry Johanna, but are you suggesting the system needs to be changed because she wanted kids?

    Seems to me like you are suggesting, like many women, you can , and should, have it all.

    . At first, becoming a specialist seemed inevitable. But, being a clever girl, she did the sums, and factored in that she wanted to have children.

    But it is a terrible waste of someone who could have been at the top of the top in medicine. The current system is almost designed to keep out anyone who has a balanced perspective on life.

  164. If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth

    oyv dunn nuffin’ rong
    oyv dunn nuffin’ rong
    oyv dunn nuffin’ rong
    oyv dunn nuffin’ rong

    Vagabond started this on another thread.

  165. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “So did my husband, who irons his own shirts!”

    you all presumed their genders didn’t you!

  166. stackja

    Boambee John
    #2923666, posted on February 2, 2019 at 11:55 am

    “The Roar of the Lions: The Asymmetric Campaigns of Muhammad,” Russell G. Rodgers

    Born in 570 AD, Muhammad was orphaned by the time he was six years old, being raised first by his paternal grandfather and later his uncle Abu Talib.
    While Abu Talib and the Hashim clan provided Muhammad with protection and position, he was still an orphan, and thus his inheritance—and claim to any leadership—was seriously threatened. Muhammad had to sense this keenly when he began to engage in merchant trade under his uncle. By the time he was twenty-five, he was still unmarried, having very little in assets to contract for a wife. He at last struck a deal with an older wealthy noblewoman named Khadijah and the two were married in 595. She was fifteen years his senior.
    With his marriage into a good family and access to his wife’s wealth, Muhammad was able to develop an economic and political base for himself. He began to assert himself within the community, such assertion coming to a head when he proclaimed his prophetic calling for the god Allah when he was forty years old. His first converts were within his own family, a parallel similar to other revolutionaries such as Mao Tse-tung. After that, he received the support of a rising merchant named Abu Bakr, who not only committed financial resources, but recruited others from outside the elite. In fact, Abu Bakr’s support was crucial to Muhammad’s movement, raising the question as to whether or not he may have been the true power behind the movement.
    At this point, it must be understood what Muhammad was asking of his peers and elders within the Quraysh when he called them to Islam. While typically explained as peace and submission to Allah, in fact Islam is more consonant with temporal political submission, which was revealed by the way it was applied. Thus, when Muhammad called those around him to Islam, he was calling on them to give submission primarily to himself and not to Allah.

    Mo wanted the money?

  167. Hay Stockard

    Zulu,
    Poland could run military rings around Germany. So could a few,other Baltic States. for the link later and see if I can put it up.

  168. johanna

    I guess the NT ‘government’ still has plenty of cash to splash around. Apparently, underwriting sports bars is now part of its business model:

    he Territory Government is providing a multi-million dollar guarantee to see a new sports bar with gaming machines built, despite its heavily touted aspirations to curb anti-social behaviour.

    Documents recently made public show that in July last year a $3.5m government guarantee for the Darwin Turf Club was extended to facilitate the construction of its new Silks Club.

    This means if the Turf Club defaults on a loan for the new venue, the NT Government will repay all of its financial obligations.

    The new Silks Club will house a sports bar, beer garden, restaurant, TAB and gaming machines and is expected to generate $2 million in gambling taxes annually.

    Thoroughbred Racing NT would have received almost $35m in grants from the government over the past three years by the end of June.

    Treasurer Nicole Manison, who has declared that her brother-in-law sits on the Darwin Turf Club board, approved the extension of the guarantee that was first secured in 2007.

    Typically, ABC luvvies are most concerned about the evil gambling and booze.

    But, the real question is – why is the ‘government’ splashing around millions of dollars to the Turf Club, which is hardly at the top of the NT’s tourist and other attractions? Could it be that OPM is always misspent?

    In the case of the NT, it is double OPM – first, they are subsidised up the wazoo by everyone else (except Tas and SA) and second, there is a trickle of income from their own constituents in the mix.

    The beauty of it is, as I have said before, that they don’t give a rat’s because if they do go broke the Commonwealth is liable for their debt. They are part of the Commonwealth.

    Best argument for Statehood I’ve heard.

  169. Infidel Tiger

    Charles Fain Lehman
    @CharlesFLehman
    Ralph Northam will now be kept comfortable while a discussion ensues.
    5:20 AM · Feb 2, 2019 · TweetDeck

    Quiet Hark.

    We are all just standing around waiting for Northam to expire, now we know he is both a lover of baby sacrifice and a Nazi.

  170. bespoke

    Hay Stockard

    I can imagen a surreal moment seeing Germans welcoming the Polish invaders.

  171. John Constantine

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-01-30/cotton-growers-targeted-online-over-menindee-fish-kill/10739146

    The propaganda has worked to the point that activists truly feel in their hearts that cotton has killed all the fish.

    Simple, and it is the right way to feel and you can sob about it in public and be rewarded.

    Like trolls coming to the Cat to display their mindless compliance with their instructed way to think.

    Despairingly, it is mansplaining to show on a map which rivers flow where, as their education system has produced a convoy of activists that simply have no capacity to read maps.

    There are wymynsys activists sobbing that they know the only reason the rain in Townsville isn’t saving the fish of the murray darling is because the cotton is stealing all the water.

    Imagine leaving university without the capacity to read a map, the capacity to understand units of measurement and the wherewithal to know that water flows downhill. But trained to hate and hate until you go unconcious with the intensity and purity of your hate.

    Comrades.

  172. C.L.

    “So did my husband, who irons his own shirts!”

    He also irons her lover’s shirts.

  173. calli

    Nick Vujicic would be a candidate in the “severe deformities” category.

    He’s a father now, and an inspiration to many.

    When angels seek to play “God”, they tend to crash heavily to earth.

  174. johanna

    Sorry Johanna, but are you suggesting the system needs to be changed because she wanted kids?

    Struth, I’m suggesting that anyone, male or female, who wants a normal life trajectory is heavily punished. That includes men who want to get married, buy a house, and be a present father to their kids before they turn 40. It’s true that it’s a bit harder for women, but a couple of kids is theoretically only a year or two off the treadmill, if they do the nanny or childcare thing. The real problem is that you only come home to sleep, and that goes on for years, and at the end of it you have a massive debt. This is a lousy way to live, have any kind of relationship, and be a parent.

  175. John Constantine

    Cotton is the new live export.

    If the idiot child of the labor party was agriculture minister right now, cotton would be buggered.

    Rewild the murray darling, so we can dump all the fresh water into the sea, so the sea level doesn’t drop when we take salt water out to desalinate it with windmills.

    How the fuckety-fuck did we end up in an insane asylum.

    It is denier literally toxic Nazi misogyny to point out that water flows downhill?.

    Comrades.

  176. C.L.

    The entire world awaits Trump’s Northam Tweet.

  177. Snoopy

    There’s two very important pieces of information missing from this report. I wonder why.

    January was Aust’s hottest month on record

  178. C.L.

    Oh dear.
    Now this: Ralph Northam (D) refuses to shake hands with his black opponent

  179. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Imagine leaving university without the capacity to read a map, the capacity to understand units of measurement and the wherewithal to know that water flows downhill.

    uber drivers!

  180. C.L.

    And this!
    Northam campaign flier removes picture of LG candidate Justin Fairfax.
    Check out the before & after image.
    And by “after” I mean after Northam air-brushed that uppity Negro.

  181. Infidel Tiger

    What a world.

    Killing babies is progress, but a bit of boot polish is disqualifying.

  182. Myrddin Seren

    Gov Dr Nathan Bedford ‘ C00nman’ Northam

    UPDATE: Northam has released a statement in which he said he was one of the two individuals in costume and called the outfit “clearly racist and offensive.”

    Last Refuge’s take:

    If Northam was the guy in “blackface” he would have admitted it in the statement. IMHO His admission, but non-identification, implies he was the guy actually wearing the KKK outfit.

    Governor Northam and entourage arrive for a Planned Parenthood pep rally

  183. dopey

    Beware jumping to conclusions about Weir. Don’t put the cart before the horse.

  184. Leigh Lowe

    Scroll by if you hate cricket.
    The common theme being spouted by commentators a few weeks ago goes like this …

    “If selectors pick new players now and they make runs against a piss-weak Sri Lankan attack, we will be stuck with them for the Ashes and they might implode against English bowling.”

    (It was a thinly veiled plea not to drop Swampy’s boys for fear they never get their spots back).
    OK.
    But what about the flip side of that coin?
    If an established player fails against the piss-weak Sri Lankans, shouldn’t he be ditched forever?
    I’m looking at you Usman.

  185. bespoke

    Not to be outdone by her followers, Margaret Sanger spoke of sterilizing those she designated as “unfit,” a plan she said would be the “salvation of American civilization.: And she also spoke of those who were “irresponsible and reckless,” among whom she included those ” whose religious scruples prevent their exercising control over their numbers.” She further contended that “there is no doubt in the minds of all thinking people that the procreation of this group should be stopped.” That many Americans of African origin constituted a segment of Sanger considered “unfit” cannot be easily refuted.

    I cant find a trace of this history at Planned Parenthood

  186. Leigh Lowe

    Beware jumping to conclusions about Weir. Don’t put the cart before the horse.

    True.
    However, the use of jiggers can only be the preserve of small “one man band” stables.
    If you employ scores of strappers, trackriders, stablehands etc you simply won’t keep that stuff under wraps.

  187. John Constantine

    Spend a hundred billion dollars rewilding the Murray darling basin irrigation district, bulldoze the vines and fruit trees, dynamite the dams and irrigation channels and do clearances of the population.

    Dump the fresh water out to sea unused, then spend a hundred billion dollars desalinating the salt water in union built, donor owned desalinisation plants powered by chicom peoples liberation army slave labour solar panels.

    Then mass import millions of the world’s poorest people in vast herds of revolutionary enraged freedom fighters, to vote to keep the looting Class in power as long as a portion of the looted spoils are spent buying votes.

    Comrades.

  188. Dr Fred Lenin

    I see Queensland is inundated with Flannery Floods pity they hadnt built more dams to capture the water and use it to improve the rivers and gudgeons ,the aboriginals were noted dam nuilders to feed their cities and huge populstion wiped out in the gennerside. Love to see Flannerys taxpayer funded mansion inyndated ,to fullfill his predictions of doom .

  189. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    SAS war crimes probe witness disciplined

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    Military investigators conducting a secret probe into possible war crimes by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan have accused a witness to the inquiry of leaking, raising the possibility that soldiers at the centre of the investigation may be colluding on their evidence.

    The Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force has moved to punish a witness for ­allegedly breaching the stringent ­secrecy provisions that have surrounded the two-year investigation.

    The Defence Department offere­d few details about the allege­d breach but confirmed it had moved against one witness that it believed had shared inform­ation with another witness.

    The spokeswoman said the ­inspectorate was not a prosecutor­ial body, nor did it have the power to refer charges.

    “However, disciplinary action has been taken against an inquiry witness who is alleged to have disclose­d proceedings of the inquir­y to another inquiry ­witness,’’ the spokeswoman said.

    “As this matter is currently befor­e a service ­tribunal, it is in­appropriate to comment further.’’

    Since December 2016, the ­Inspector-General has been investigating claims that members of the ­Special Air Services Regiment and Commandos may have ­breached the laws of armed conflict during their war against the Taliban.

    The decision to call the inquiry was a response to persistent ­rumours that some special forces operators had abused detainees and carried out battlefield executions of prisoners.

    No charges have been laid but the inquiry has laid bare bitter persona­l divisions within the ­special forces community, particularly the SASR, which along with the Commandos carried the brunt of the fighting.

    From the Oz. “Persistent rumours” F.F.S.

  190. I’m going to strike a blow in the “Climate Wars®”, turning on the aircon, now.

  191. Boambee John

    calli

    When angels seek to play “God”, they tend to crash heavily to earth.

    This “angel” is a false prophet.

  192. bespoke

    I’m sure there is some good people in the Democratic party.

  193. John Constantine

    The Mongols ravaged eastern Europe into a cultural backwater, did it at knifepoint.

    Mao murdered tens of millions in his cultural revolution at gunpoint.

    Our craven quisling politicals are committing cultural and economic genocide at imported Votepoint.

    We discount stealth weapons like Votepoint, compared to knifepoint and gunpoint, but western industrial civilisation can fight off military assault whereas the Memes of Stalin are proving to be the leprosy that wins dirty.

    Get your enemy to purge themselves.

    Comrades.

  194. Confused Old Misfit

    This “angel” is a false prophet.

    The individual identified is unbalanced and needs to seek professional help.

  195. max

    Weir started the week with cocaine and an unregistered gun found in the stables, together with obtaining a financial advantage by deception, and now it’s reduced to possessing jiggers (nothing about using them) and bringing racing into disrepute.

    The first allegations have mysteriously vanished. Why ?

    How many people pass through those stables in a day ? Weir can’t watch everyone.

    But we all know he’s guilty until proven innocent. Like Lindy Chamberlain. Like a certain cardinal.

  196. mh

    I cannot see how you can have a massive horse training operation and not have some breaches of racing laws. When so many employees are shit shovelers, this stuff is always going to happen.

  197. Stimpson J. Cat

    Where’s Dot?

  198. johanna

    I simply don’t believe this story:

    For 12 months from April 2017, Elli Webb’s house contained everything you would expect for an old Queenslander — except a bin.
    Elli Webb’s top recycling tips:

    Reduce and reuse. Instead of buying a single tub of yoghurt, buy a large one and then you can reuse that large tub for storage for something in your house.
    Lunch box reinvention. It doesn’t have to be an expensive container, you can reuse margarine of butter container and kids can decorate it and make it unique and their own.
    Bring your own storage. A lot of butchers and delis will now let you take your own containers in.
    Use a different wrap. Instead of using Glad Wrap, use an eco-wrap. A bee’s wax wrap that’s just like Glad Wrap — you can rinse and reuse it.
    Clean differently. Instead of using paper towels, use cloth. Wash and reuse them, they just go in the washing machine — easy.
    Anything that has a zip lock bag, what you can do is rinse that out and take something to school or store something rather than empty it out and throw away.

    Instead, Ms Webb crammed her entire household waste into a jar.

    Now, she continues to live out the lessons learned during her environmental mission as well as teach others about sustainability.

    The year-long mission saw Ms Webb’s home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast produce less than 1 per cent of the average Australian household waste output.

    Her jar ended up weighing just 152 grams, with 51 kilograms of recycling produced through the year.

    What a load of cobblers. Her recycling probably ended up in landfill, or dumped at sea by Chinese ships. The suggestion that you can re-use yoghurt cartons unto infinity is absurd. And apparently the kids have dozens of lunchboxes made from old margarine containers (poor kids!)

    She mentions using a washing machine. What does she use for detergent that comes free of packaging? Oh, wait, it’s the stufff that ends up in landfill or the sea.

    More broadly, she uses electricity, water and sewage services, and she or her landlord pay for those grunting trucks that pick up the recycling, powered by you-know-what.

    Anyway, I think that either she is lying about the jar or has been putting a lot of stuff into the recycling bin that shouldn’t be there.

    TheirABC loves her, of course.

  199. min

    Interesting article on pickeringpost by a Muslim who has left the religion . He writes about the history of Jerusalem and how it is not a religious Islamic city . Mohammed was never there and the place that is mentioned in Qu’ran is not geographically where Jerusalem is.
    It should put more than one cat among the pigeons.

  200. Stimpson J. Cat

    Lunch box reinvention. It doesn’t have to be an expensive container, you can reuse margarine of butter container and kids can decorate it and make it unique and their own.

    F$cking Hippies.
    God they disgust me with filthy hippy ways and their recycled tampons.

  201. johanna

    Must agree with LL that widespread malfeasance would be impossible to keep quiet in the gossipy racing world for any length of time. So, either everyone knew and shut up (for whatever reasons, like keeping their own dirty linen out of the sunlight) or the whole thing is a crock.

  202. Leo G

    Once again, my plea for calm and reasoned debate will fall on deaf ears here, I expect.
    But at times, you just need to be told you are numbnuts.

    You’ll just have to repeat to yourself, I expect.

  203. Confused Old Misfit

    A lot of butchers and delis will now let you take your own containers in.

    Yes, the ones who won’t mind being sued when YOU get ptomaine poisoning because YOU didn’t clean YOUR container properly!

  204. dover_beach

    I’m very good at recognizing faces. Governor infanticide is Blackface. You can take that to the bank.

  205. bespoke

    Hark!

    Hear is more proof Trump is a racist. Link Link

  206. calli

    Use a different wrap. Instead of using Glad Wrap, use an eco-wrap. A bee’s wax wrap that’s just like Glad Wrap — you can rinse and reuse it.

    Chuckle. Just “rinsed” eh? Erk.

    I know how they’re made. And they’re not “eco friendly”, except for eco-coli.

    Mum used to save and re-use the waxed bread wrap. Back in da eebil 60s. She thought Glad Wrap was a miracle because the sandwiches stayed fresh.

  207. Stimpson J. Cat

    So, either everyone knew and shut up (for whatever reasons, like keeping their own dirty linen out of the sunlight) or the whole thing is a crock.

    Weir is a fool.
    He got on the wrong side of the Mr Horse and now he pays the price.

    He was warned.

  208. Lizzie:

    Danger lurks everywhere in modern life. A poor older man, suffering a dementia, opened a fire door in Bondi Junction Westfields recently and died slowly wandering up and down the stairs, lost for days as all the entry doors back into the Centre were locked against intruders. Can’t remember the details but I don’t think any exit door was available. His family spent days looking for him elsewhere.

    Had the same thing happen to me but without the dementia. Had just had, the previous day, eye laser surgery so I had on two sort of clearish eye protectors. Because the surgery was on the second floor, I decided to use the steps. All the doors were locked. Even though I could hear people in the surgery talking, despite hammering on the door and shouting my lungs out, no one came to investigate. After about half an hour, one of the tenants from an upper floor investigated and I was able to get out and use the lift.
    When I finally got to the receptionists desk, they admitted they could hear me, but didn’t bother checking.

  209. calli

    He got on the wrong side of the Mr Horse and now he pays the price.

    Don’t pee on the jigger?

  210. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The individual identified is unbalanced and needs to seek professional help.

    an arrogant little sooky sock

  211. Nick

    What a world.
    Killing babies is progress, but a bit of boot polish is disqualifying.

    Lol all too true

  212. John Constantine

    Their leftist activists occupying cricket australia have grasped khawaja as their saviour.

    Designated a ten year project player, a marketing backbone that cricket australia can display their activist credentials through by flooding the media with Captain-for-life uzzy the aussie.

    The pressure cricket australia are putting on khawaja is first by ignoring that he was fat, slow and lazy, hated australia, avoids all symbols of old australia, refuses to bat at team pace, has to be hidden in the field and will not bat partnerships.

    Second and worse is the insistance of cricket australia that khawaja becomes crickets waleed ali, becoming a mouthpiece for cricket australia’s advertising campaign for an acceptable sect of musseldom that can be mass imported as change agents for Stalin.

    Cricket management wymynsys cannot understand why miking uzzy up in the field don’t work, why he refuses to bow and scrape to women media operatives and treats pale stale infidel past players as worthless.

    Why doesn’t he just obey wymynsys orders is something they puzzle over endlessly, doesn’t he understand we are on his side, doesn’t he care about our feelings?.

    Godless commo leftist activists sigh and resolve to love him unswervingly, no matter what, because the politically correct purity of their love will make him change.

    Comrade?.

  213. The A.D.

    American states legislating like crazy to kill babies up to and immediately after birth.
    Which is the democratic party platform.
    When are people going to wake up as to what these lunatics really want?
    Eugenics.
    They are literally adopting the National Socialist Party Eugenics policy piecemeal.

  214. Arky

    American states legislating like crazy to kill babies up to and immediately after birth.
    Which is the democratic party platform.
    When are people going to wake up as to what these lunatics really want?
    Eugenics.
    They are literally adopting the National Socialist Party Eugenics policy piecemeal.

  215. Arky

    They have eroded respect for life so much that two states in the US will now allow Gosnell like murder of newborns.
    Sick.

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