Thursday Forum: February 7, 2019

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  1. Mitch M.

    umm. Do wrinkles count? I don’t have any – yet.

    Nah, wrinkles are the result of a friendly disposition …

    the wrinkles that fanned out from his eyes were like the remnants of a 1,000 good natured smiles.

    Hamsun, The Wanderer

  2. JC

    Incredible

    Booker was the first mayor of Newark in 45 years not to leave office indicted or under the threat of indictment on criminal charges

  3. Boambee John

    JD at 1352

    Something must have changed. When I applied to come to Australia as a skilled migrant (30 years ago), the bar was really high:

    What has changed is creeping cultural Marxism as implemented through “non-judgemental” (except against conservative principles) political correctness.

  4. zyconoclast

    Half of all knife crime offenders in London are teenagers or even younger children, new Met figures have revealed in a stark illustration of the scale of youth violence in the capital.

    The police statistics show that 41 per cent of those being caught for knife crimes across London’s boroughs are now aged between 15 and 19.

    Another 8 per cent are younger still, ranging in age from ten to 14, in a further sign of how carrying and using blades has become part of life for a minority of troubled young people.

  5. zyconoclast

    The governor of Coahuila has declared that no more migrants will be allowed into the state as thousands of Central Americans continue their journey through Mexico to the United States.

    “We’re at maximum capacity,” Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís said yesterday, referring to migrant shelters in the northern border city of Piedras Negras

  6. Georgetown students may pay reparations for slavery with new student fee

    I have some Huguenot ancestry.
    Can I get some reparations from the Catholic Church? (please)

  7. Mitch M.

    People will be a racist as they want.

    It is more than that. It should be obvious that given human history we are innately wary if not aggressive towards strangers. Before we even consciously apprehend the stranger walking down the street our stress responses are kicking up a little, preparing us for potential trouble. Babies develop the “stranger danger” sense within one year. This isn’t just about cultural conditioning, it has a biological basis and it is probably common in many mammals.

    That doesn’t make it fate. Culture fights against innateness. We can get along, we can learn to consciously ignore those innate physiological responses and treat everyone based on their behavior rather than their appearance, ethnicity, etc. But it takes effort, it takes a culture that promotes inclusiveness and respecting the individual.

    At a cultural level the collective outcome of behaviors, be they conditioned or innate or operant, does have implications for the values and mores of a culture. That’s the rub: collectively it is conceivable genes have influences on individual behavior creating feedbacks that reinforce or inhibit behaviors which is perhaps why some cultures, if not most, develop entrenched patterns of behavior that only change with disruption.

  8. Another 8 per cent are younger still, ranging in age from ten to 14, in a further sign of how carrying and using blades has become part of life for a minority of troubled young people.

    Hullo. Hullo. Hullo. What ave we ‘ere?
    Opening a can of beans with a Swiss Army knife eh?
    You’re nicked.

  9. Boambee John

    DrBeauGan
    #2928365, posted on February 8, 2019 at 2:11 pm
    Struth, I agree with nearly everything you say, including no government funding for sports or religious schools. The latter is in any case a State responsibility. I am dubious about making educational standards a government matter. Given the loonies in the education system, kids would be checked to ensure they are socially and sexually “well adjusted”, with no interest in whether they could read, write or do sums. I’d prefer it to be a parental responsibility.

    In a saner time in the Peoples’Demoratic Republic of Canberrastan, curriculum was devolved to individual School Boards, chaired by a parent and advised by the principal. I suspect that the budding cultural Marxists found this too much of a barrier to their ambitions.

  10. These languages also lead into cyber security as said above.

    Coding is way overrated, but cyber security is THE growth area of the millennium.

    Banks already have entire buildings dedicated to it. They are in an arms race with hackers, and China has literally millions of them.

    Beware though, at least one bank prefers Indians on work visas on their most vital area, because cheaper.

  11. Mark from Melbourne

    SWMBO is heading down to Hobart (for the Cup) for 4 days.

    She and DWMBO have thus far spent more time than it takes to fly there and back in assembling the case.

    Some things are not amenable to the application of logic.

  12. Boambee John

    Candidate struth at 1428

    Just one constitutional amendment.
    To outlaw sexist and racist government.

    There have been suggestions that the Constitution be amended to remove the power to make laws based on race. The cultural Marxists have always objected, because there would be no legal basis for things like the Native Title Act and programs like Abstudy.

  13. cohenite

    Rocky Hill coal mine knocked back by land and environment court specifically because of alarmism; a really bad decision:

    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/we-won-landmark-climate-ruling-as-nsw-court-rejects-coal-mine-20190207-p50wer.html

  14. Sinc …
    Coding is a hard gig.
    You have to be 100% correct.

    Far more than that.

    To be good, you have to be fast, provide the solution in the shortest and most direct manner, and be able to solve complex problems. It’s pure merit. You can’t bullshit it for long. And some programmers can write 10 times faster than others. It’s not for the mediocre.

    But if you can bullshit well, then do sales, media, communications or anything ambiguous where you can’t be pinned down to clear errors.

  15. zyconoclast

    Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered Los Angeles police to scale back on vehicle stops in response to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times showing that an elite unit was pulling over a disproportionate number of African Americans.

    In a written statement Wednesday, Garcetti said he is “deeply concerned” about The Times’ findings that Metropolitan Division officers stop black drivers at a rate more than five times their share of the population.

    Pointing to decreases in homicides and violent crimes last year, Garcetti said that progress in fighting crime needs to come with gains in public trust. He said that reducing vehicle stops, which are perceived by some black residents as racially discriminatory, in favor of other policing techniques will help to build that trust.

  16. dover_beach

    John Roberts joins liberal justices as Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law: WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court stopped Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court’s views on abortion rights.

    The justices said by a 5-4 vote late Thursday that they will not allow the state to put into effect a law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

    Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals in putting a hold on the law, pending a full review of the case.

    We have to be realistic here, every contemporary Western liberal regime pays homage to Moloch in varying degrees. It is going to take enormous courage for the Supreme Court to reverse Roe.

  17. To be good,
    Good coders can admire their handiwork when it is still in use 30 or 40 years later.
    Bad coders have little or nothing that survives a couple of years.
    It’s all about code longevity.

  18. John Constantine

    The Territory Labor Government is boosting incentives – making them the most generous in this country – to make it easier for people to own their dream home.

    The Territory Home Owner Bonus will create local construction jobs, build our population and support home owners.

    ✅ Up to $50,601 for a first home owner building or buying a new home to live in, and up to $28,601 to buy an established home

    ✅ A generous construction grant between $20,000 – $30,000 for building a new NT home to live in (including Territorians who ALREADY own a home)

    ✅ A Territory Home Owner Discount – up to $18,601 stamp duty concession for people buying or building a new or established home to live in

    This surely can’t be right, it must be fake news forwarded onto me. Aren’t they broke?.

  19. struth

    Other Policies for a non Racist non Sexist Australian government brought in under a Catallaxy Party Government.
    Immediate withdraw from the UN
    Politicians salary and perks massively reduced.
    All politicians must do cert 4 or higher in “constitutional knowledge”
    Flat tax capped at a maximum of 20%, (emergencies) aiming for lower.
    No tax exemptions for unions etc.
    Tax paid at the end of the year for all, and government only allowed to go into debt by gaining consent of the people for a specific amount, and a specific reason, stated clearly on the referendum.
    GST applied to all sales for ease of operation and brought down to five percent.

    First over the post elections, and no compulsory voting or preferential system.
    If your stated position as a politician is not continued after the election, you can be immediately sacked.
    Your party is not to be blamed, you are a representative of your constituents, not the party.

    Power will be generated by coal and nuclear most likely, and the cheapest producer with the best reliability wins.
    The government will remove all subsidies for any power producer.
    If you can supply cheaper power using unicorn farts, have a crack at the market.

    No Grants.
    IR completely overhauled, instant dismissal a must.
    Banning of compulsory Hi Viz for anyone not a road worker.
    If you want to sell alcohol anytime anywhere, from any shop, go ahead.
    Vaping …….the government will be blind to vaping.

    All companies including cigarette companies will be allowed to package their products as they wish.

    Police will do actual police work and speed cameras will be banned.

    Immigration will be suspended.

    Unlike the Liberal party we will not come in Slashing and burning the public service before we fix up the private sector, making themselves look like the incredible dumb dickheads they are.
    They will be slashed when they have private sector jobs to go to.
    Untrainable redundant public servants must undertake dunny cleaning 101 certificate 4 and present at nearest truckstop if unable to find themselves employment in the private sector.

    Plastic straws and bags will be celebrated and promoted.

    Councils will not pretend they can make laws, and will only be removing rubbish and the like and the cockhead from the council who values my property higher every year when the value is falling will be shot on sight……………er hang on, that was not meant to be said out loud.

    etc

  20. up to $18,601 stamp duty concession

    Stamp duty is almost as evil as excise.

  21. Boambee John

    Zycon

    How nice of the imam to offer to go into the chamber with the prisoner. Does Alabama use gas?

  22. bespoke

    Sinc can we have a separate open forum for Cosmotrons? Call it Health and Bodley Functions a guyed to the afterlife.

  23. zyconoclast

    ‘Why is it OK to ban certain races on your dating profile?’

    Lately, my single, female friends have been telling me about the extraordinary messages they receive on sites like Tinder, OkCupid and Hinge.

    I image the scenario playing out like this: the messages are written on cardboard signs which men hold up – like this actual line on the profile of a sun-kissed Liam Hemsworth lookalike: “Looking for love. Pls no foreigners.”

    or this: “Only keen on Aussie chicks”. Or this: “No Blacks or Asians”. When my friend, whose parents are Korean, initiates a conversation with the Hemsworth doppelganger, he messages, “Sorry, not into Asians.” She shows me the rest of the feed:

    SHE: Aren’t you a foreigner yourself?
    HE: I’m Australian.
    SHE: So am I.
    HE: Nah. You’re not white.

    you’d never find a job ad that discriminates against applicants based on race. That’s against the law. Why is it okay, then, to announce a ban against engaging with a race of people on your dating profile?

    Some openly announce “NO ASIANS/ NO BLACKS”. I wonder how harmful this might be to an Asian, like me, or black person, to see this regularly – how this might diminish our self-hood and dignity.

    An Asian female friend announced recently that the vitriol she experienced on Tinder became too heavy a psychological burden. She deleted her account two days ago.

    People are entitled to date whomever they want. Could it be possible, though, that the “sign holders” have received cultural signals that “black people are undesirable and possibly even dangerous”, “Asians have nothing interesting to say”, and those whom English is a second language can’t offer anything of value?

    Our sexual preferences are shaped and altered by forces we seem, on the whole, to be very reluctant to critique.

    Dr Emma Jane, senior lecturer at UNSW’s School of the Arts & Media, and a researcher in cyberhate and cyberbullying, says race is not the only filter people apply to potential partners.

    “There’s an ugly sense of entitlement when you go into those spaces. You’re allowed to want what you want, as though your preferences are ethically neutral and not perhaps the product of broader stereotypes and systemic inequity.”

    Behind the safety of a small screen, it’s hard to remember there’s another human being, searching, often emotionally frightened.

    Denton Callandar, research scientist with New York University’s School of Medicine, agrees that filtering out potential partners has a lot to do with our environment and upbringing. He studies culture and behaviours around sex, sexuality and race.

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    “Romance and sex are personal things. People get defensive, because it’s seen as a critique on who they date,” he says.

    “Your desire is shaped by many things you don’t acknowledge or see. This is not about people individually. It’s about us as a society. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t question or critique where our desires come from.”

    The recently-appointed Race Discrimination Commissioner, Chin Tan, told me, “Online, as in all other aspects of life, racism and racial discrimination is never acceptable.

    “Dating apps must reflect the same standards of non-discrimination as those expected in the broader community. I urge them to act quickly to remove users who do not comply with these guidelines and to effectively resolve complaints where racism is brought to their attention.”

    When I ask several friends about their swiping habits on apps like Tinder and OkCupid, and they don’t deny that most of the men they swipe right are white Anglo.

    I wonder if I’m the only one weary of the extent to which our tastes are based on stereotypes we’re not encouraged to interrogate.

    Dating apps have community guidelines that state users cannot publish any content that promotes, advocates for, or condones racism, but they leave plenty of room for interpretation.

    William Ward, a lawyer who specialises in discrimination law at Meyer Vanderberg Lawyers, says, despite the existence of racial vilification laws, when it comes to dating apps there’s a difference between stating a preference, and vilifying a race. An individual user would need to express racially vilifying, offensive statements to breach these laws.

    Is stating “No Asians or Blacks” enough?

    “It would have to include some sort of offensive, vilifying or racially ridiculing statement,” he says.

    I’m not advocating for control over sexual desires. But, surely considering a potential partner ought to involve this introspection: am I assessing you based on my imagined idea of who you might be because of the colour of your skin?

    I wouldn’t like to judge someone based on these imagined ideas. They are stereotypes, and stereotypes are often wrong.

    I’d want to grant a stranger the dignity to be treated as an individual.

  24. Top Ender

    About to give up Qantas Club after 20 years plus.

    $450 a year or something like that…not worth it now. When I was flying 8-12 times a year it was.

    And Sturgeon Airlines present a better alternative route, timetable and schedule wise a lot of the time.

    Will miss the liquorice allsorts though.

  25. DrBeauGan

    But if you can bullshit well, then do sales, media, communications or anything ambiguous where you can’t be pinned down to clear errors.

    Politics. You left out politics!😁

  26. Holy crap. Read that judgement by the Land & Environment Court. They have cited the Clown Princes of Alarmism as evidence and their utterly debunked papers. Will fucking Steffen? The spastic who treats C02 like a balance book? And why are they referring to U.S legal cases involving The Sierra Club?

    Next up from the Australian legal fraternity; Judges cite Shaggy, Scooby and Daphne as they convict Janitor for jewel heist.

    We are an embarrassment of a country.

  27. struth

    Dr Emma Jane, senior lecturer at UNSW’s School of the Arts & Media,

    The musings of a moron.
    The worst. Basically a subsidised pub sl….t.

  28. Holy crap. Read that judgement by the Land & Environment Court. They have cited the Clown Princes of Alarmism as evidence and their utterly debunked papers. Will fucking Steffen? The spastic who treats C02 like a balance book? And why are they referring to U.S legal cases involving The Sierra Club?

    Next up from the Australian legal fraternity; Judges cite Shaggy, Scooby and Daphne as they convict Janitor for diamond heist.

    We are an embarrassment of a country.

  29. DrBeauGan

    I wouldn’t like to judge someone based on these imagined ideas. They are stereotypes, and stereotypes are often wrong.

    Sure. But lots of people are stupid. Stereotypes are all they’ve got. They ought to be free to be ignorant bigots if they want.

    I wouldn’t consider going on a dating site, but if I did, I’d want her to be a tall, skinny, long-leggety, oversexed teenage blonde. But I strongly suspect I’d have to settle for less. A lot less. And skin colour would be at the bottom of my list of priorities..

  30. Notafan

    I have some Huguenot ancestry.
    Can I get some reparations from the Catholic Church? (please)

    Oh me too

  31. MatrixTransform

    Some things are not amenable to the application of logic

    heheh… they’re all sisters mate

  32. dover_beach

    They are stereotypes, and stereotypes are often wrong.

    That sounds like a stereotype.

  33. Nick

    Some openly announce “NO ASIANS/ NO BLACKS”. I wonder how harmful this might be to an Asian, like me, or black person, to see this regularly – how this might diminish our self-hood and dignity.

    I’m calling bullshit on that. A white, heterosexual male saying no Asians ? Yeah. I’ll bet that lie lays elsewhere.

  34. Notafan

    Some openly announce “NO ASIANS/ NO BLACKS”. I wonder how harmful this might be to an Asian, like me, or black person, to see this regularly – how this might diminish our self-hood and dignity.

    Hope she never goes on Indian dating sites,

    I further note the one way street here-no mention of Asians or Blacks saying x or y need not apply

    Because, like, that never happens.

    And lol at not feeling respected on a meat market hook up site like Tind’r

  35. zyconoclast

    Senior EU MEP Guy Verhofstadt today claimed that Theresa May is not even seeking to replace the backstop and that in meetings today “she assured us there will be a backstop”.

    Verhofstadt also attacked the prospect of a No Deal Brexit as “irresponsible” and welcomed Jeremy Corbyn’s push for a permanent EU Customs Union. Now there’s a surprise!

    The only place he said the EU was looking to make changes are in the non-legally binding Political Declaration

  36. Makka

    A picture tells a thousand words. The Pope happily receives the BKiC ( Baby killer in chief).

    https://rantingly.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/pelosipope.jpg

  37. struth

    I only found out the other day that my soon to be daughter in law, a half Maori considers herself black.

    It never ends.

  38. areff

    The judge in the Gloucester case was a certain Brian preston. Here’s his wikipedia entry (emphasis added):

    Preston graduated from Macquarie University in 1982. He practised as a solicitor from 1982 to 1987, and as a barrister from 1987 to 2005.[1]

    He began his career at Stephen Jaques & Stephen, in the firm’s resources group. Then became associate to Mr Justice O’Leary of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.[2]

    Preston was Principal Solicitor at the NSW Environmental Defender’s Office from March 1985, overseeing its official opening in May that year.[3]

    He received in 2010 an award from the Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) for his environmental work.[4]

  39. zyconoclast

    Taxes and tariffs to be slashed under secret plan for no-deal Brexit – The Telegraph

    The UK Telegraph carried a story on another secret Brexit plan, citing that the UK government will cut taxes and slash tariffs under secret plans drawn up by officials to kick-start the economy in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

    Additional Points:

    “Sir Mark Sedwill, the Cabinet Secretary, has led a cross-departmental team examining the “economic levers” that can be used to make Britain more competitive.

    The plans, which have been drawn up under the codename “Project After”, include a series of aggressive policies to help the UK “steal a march” on the European Union.

    The most significant measures include cuts to corporation tax and VAT along with further tax relief to encourage more business investment.”

  40. Shy Ted

    Quick bit of advice please Cats – which cruise this month – Havana, Cuba and Montego Bay, Jamaica and George Town, Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico
    or
    Orlando-Beaches-Port Canaveral, Fl and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas and Falmouth, Jamaica and George Town, Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico
    or
    Alotau Papua New Guinea and Kitava Trobriand Islands and Rabaul PapuaNew Guinea and
    Kiriwina Is Trobriand Islands and Conflict Islands PNG
    I know it’s the wet season in PNG. Thanks in advance

  41. struth

    That doesn’t make it fate. Culture fights against innateness. We can get along, we can learn to consciously ignore those innate physiological responses and treat everyone based on their behavior rather than their appearance, ethnicity, etc. But it takes effort, it takes a culture that promotes inclusiveness and respecting the individual.

    Living in Alice, black is not really seen, because although vastly different in appearance, they aren’t strangers.
    If I was in the USA and I saw a aboriginal guy there, It would make me feel at home.
    You never see the blackness after a while and are only concerned about the behaviour.
    Even though you know when you’re looking at an aboriginal, just like I know when I’m looking at a hot chicky babe, or a wheelbarrow or battleship, a different colour does not make a “stranger”

  42. DrBeauGan

    I only found out the other day that my soon to be daughter in law, a half Maori considers herself black.

    If it makes her happy. I don’t see it does any harm. It strikes me as silly to care, we’re all just human beans in the end.

    Unless she believes in cannibalism.

  43. Nick

    A new coal mine near Gloucester on the NSW mid-north coast has been refused by the Chief Justice of the Land and Environment Court, who ruled the development would increase greenhouse gas emissions at time when they urgently need to be cut…

    The … development would have created 170 jobs, with the mine expected to produce 21 million tonnes of coal over 16 years.

    I know the area. A fair few doing it tough and not a lot of jobs. This is a slap in the face for country people.

  44. Notafan

    Sure. But lots of people are stupid. Stereotypes are all they’ve got. They ought to be free to be ignorant bigots if they want.

    Nothing to do with bigotry, or stupidity.

    These are hook up sites, you hook up with people you find physically attractive, since when should people have to have sex with someone they are not attracted to?

    that is a rubbish argument, a different variation of the one which decries women being rejected on hook up sites for sex because fat and ugly

    The demands that people are not allowed to exercise discretion over their sexual partners is absurd, but not surprising

    I bet Miss Korea, while complaining that Hemsworth lookalike knocked her back, will knock back Mr dandruffed tubby five footer with visible nose hair and appalling halitosis white guy

  45. struth

    If it makes her happy. I don’t see it does any harm. It strikes me as silly to care, we’re all just human beans in the end.

    No she’s a victim of white oppression.
    KAK’s comments disgusted her so much she had a terrible day.
    The whole day.
    She’s quite a looker so I think my son is thinking with the wrong head.
    Get’s that from his father.

  46. Politics. You left out politics!😁

    It was in my list 😳

    FAIL.

  47. struth

    since when should people have to have sex with someone they are not attracted to?

    You stay away from Mrs Struth with talk like that.

  48. Nick

    Shy Ted, for me, it would depend on the cruise line and who would be on it. For example, American families en masse would have me saying no.

  49. thefrolickingmole

    Our sexual preferences are shaped and altered by forces we seem, on the whole, to be very reluctant to critique.

    My penis was about as multicultural as you could get. (but not zoological, sorry beagles)
    Now I have a wife hes appallingly discriminatory, only one race all the time.

    Does this mean my knob is now a member of the KKK?
    Do i need to place a small pointy white hat on its head?

    Hers the kicker, that “study” and this “intelligence” is almost certainly being paid for with your taxes.

  50. Mother Lode

    Can I get some reparations from the Catholic Church? (please)

    You will have to wait until the Church gets its money from the Romans.

    They, of course, are waiting for money from the f*cking Etruscans, who have very conveniently died out. How tight is that!

  51. cohenite

    areff

    #2928466, posted on February 8, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    The judge in the Gloucester case was a certain Brian preston. Here’s his wikipedia entry (emphasis added):

    The filth under lemma appointed him.

  52. Rockdoctor


    Six weeks ago Australian Met Bureau predicted a dry month for Townsville

    I had an inkling we were about to see a real monsoon push when my Townsville flight at 34,000ft on the Aus day weekend had us still in cloud & the cloud deck barely a few thousand feet up. However even after 5 f a iled wet seasons in a row even a year where we scraped in at I think 3-400mm annual, did I ever expect to see what I saw this week. However looking at the geomorphology of the area I’d say this has happened before maybe with much less settlement or even before…

  53. Leo G

    I have some Huguenot ancestry.

    A descendent of 16th century anti-Reformation Genevans associated with Besançon Hugues who remained loyal to the Catholic church and the bishop of Geneva? Or a descendent of French Calvinists of the period?

  54. JC

    Can the case be appealed. The unjudge appears to have left a wide gap to allow for an appeal.

  55. struth

    Oh joy, tonight I must play in a venue that loves to call out things over the PA.
    Last time I had taken it down a notch and started fingerpicking “Your Song” by Elton John.
    Getting all moody and melodic and right then, “would the owner of a blue camry with registration blah blah, go to your car you’ve left your lights on”

  56. thefrolickingmole

    Wisdom from the guru.

    “Pretty women make us buy beer… ugly women make us… drink beer.”

    “We all have to live with our disappointments… I have to sleep with mine.”

    https://youtu.be/vnzcLoxIXHI

  57. struth

    Do i need to place a small pointy white hat on its head?

    Do what you like, as long as he takes his hat off before going inside.

  58. JC

    How does this canute of a judge expect steel to be made without metallurgical coal?

  59. I’m calling bullshit on that. A white, heterosexual male saying no Asians ? Yeah. I’ll bet that lie lays elsewhere.

    FFS, it’s a dating site, not a commitment to marriage.

    Besides, who hasn’t thought of having a bit of poon-tang at least once? 🤷‍♂️

  60. Makka

    However looking at the geomorphology of the area I’d say this has happened before maybe with much less settlement or even before…

    It has, 1946.

    http://rosettadel.slq.qld.gov.au/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?change_lng=en&dps_pid=IE315275

    … but the high set Qlder houses do ok..

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/dam/form-uploaded-images/AAP-townsville-flooding-1120.jpg

  61. The Beer Whisperer

    How does this canute of a judge expect steel to be made without metallurgical coal?

    Where we’re going, we won’t need steel.

  62. Not normally a fan of Whoopi Goldberg’s politics but seems she is supporting Liam Neeson over his recent comments.

    On another matter good to see the hypocritical left tying themselves in knots over the blackface scenario and believing women who make allegations against males (ie. believe her if he is Republican but don’t believe if he is Democrat). Tucker Carlson did a good segment on it this week.

  63. DrBeauGan

    Nothing to do with bigotry, or stupidity.

    Knocking back someone on the sole basis of ethnicity and having no interest in their other qualities looks pretty dumb to me. But I agree they should be allowed to do it.

    I’m hopelessly bigoted in favour of women.

  64. thefrolickingmole

    Beery..

    Ive heard a version of that before.
    It didnt end well.

  65. DrBeauGan

    No she’s a victim of white oppression.
    KAK’s comments disgusted her so much she had a terrible day.
    The whole day.

    Oh gawd. Your son is about to make a huge blunder. Thinking with your dick is not a good idea.

  66. Mother Lode

    A picture tells a thousand words. The Pope happily receives the BKiC ( Baby killer in chief).

    The Papacy of Comrade Pope is curiously analogous to the curse of the third generation.

    John Paul II, Benedict, and this guy.

  67. Boambee John

    The recently-appointed Race Discrimination Commissioner, Chin Tan, told me, “Online, as in all other aspects of life, racism and racial discrimination is never acceptable.

    “Dating apps must reflect the same standards of non-discrimination as those expected in the broader community. I urge them to act quickly to remove users who do not comply with these guidelines and to effectively resolve complaints where racism is brought to their attention.”

    Chin should check out some Indian marriage search sites.

  68. Notafan

    Knocking back someone on the sole basis of ethnicity and having no interest in their other qualities

    It’s a sex site

    What other qualities, other than physical attraction, should they have an interest in?

    Incidentally

    bigotry = intolerance towards those who hold different opinions from oneself.

    In this case having a different opinion about whom you like to have sex with is bigotry, apparently

  69. struth

    Oh, In A Catallaxy party non race, non sex recognising government, there would be no AHRC.
    And if there was, these subjects would be off limits to it.

  70. cohenite

    The Land and Environment Court decision by the greenie Judge ex EDO will be a Class 8 appeal to the NSWCA.

  71. Tom

    Shy Ted, of all the options, this sounds like a ripper cruise to explore a part of the world few get to see:

    Alotau Papua New Guinea and Kitava Trobriand Islands and Rabaul PapuaNew Guinea and Kiriwina Is Trobriand Islands and Conflict Islands PNG

    The fact that you’re on a cruise would make contact with the locals very scripted, but it’d be great to learn more about the “love islands” with their mixed Melanesian/Polynesian heritage.

  72. dover_beach

    Knocking back someone on the sole basis of ethnicity and having no interest in their other qualities looks pretty dumb to me.

    People’s subjective preferences can’t be dumb or bigoted. If A finds X or Y unattractive their other qualities aren’t relevant.

  73. cohenite

    The problem for any appeal will be it has to be on the issues which are the greenie Judge ex EDO has decided alarmism is real, the science is real and coal emissions are causing climate change. The science will have to be disputed and I don’t think the coal industry has the balls.

  74. Snoopy

    The worst. Basically a subsidised pub sl….t.

    Formerly Emma Tom.

    Lol

  75. Nob

    Struth , I played in a band with a guy who’d make random announcements like that in between songs.

  76. rickw

    I only found out the other day that my soon to be daughter in law, a half Maori considers herself black.

    You need to point out to her that once they’re done with Whites and Asians, in that order, as a light brown one, she’ll be next.

    I hope your son knows how to take a punch.

  77. struth

    Struth , I played in a band with a guy who’d make random announcements like that in between songs.

    Good idea.
    Number 43 your chips are ready.
    The meat raffle will be drawn in five minutes.
    A beautiful array from Ian Tommo’s (IT’s) butchery and fine Artisan rissoles.
    The nine oclock shuttle bus will be leaving at nine o clock.

    I order my scotch and cokes from the stage as well, when I’m drinking, (rare these days)

  78. Nob

    struth
    #2928465, posted on February 8, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    I only found out the other day that my soon to be daughter in law, a half Maori considers herself black

    I have a kiwi neighbour who is whiter than me on The Morning After.

    She keeps going on about her iwi.

    My deadpan non-reaction seems to irritate her.

  79. Makka

    I only found out the other day that my soon to be daughter in law, a half Maori considers herself black.

    Have a plan when the in-laws come to visit.

  80. Mother Lode

    I only found out the other day that my soon to be daughter in law, a half Maori considers herself black.

    It gives you an idea where privilege actually lies.

  81. Nob

    “Artisan rissoles” is a tongue twister that could go places.

  82. Myrddin Seren

    Pyrmonter @ 2:04 pm

    https://www.caselaw.nsw.gov.au/decision/5c59012ce4b02a5a800be47f#_Toc431199

    Thanks for the judgment.

    Basis Will Stefan is now the authority – we are completely f**ked and about to make a fast trip through the Wayback Machine. How far back we go remains to be seen.

  83. struth

    I hope your son knows how to take a punch.

    Yes and her brothers are typically massive.

    Funny though, they all think they’re musical and can strum three chords.
    The older white bloke showed them up.

    Hey that’s not right, he’s not meant to be musical, the racist bastards were thinking, but wanting to know what I was doing got the better of them.
    Now the rare times I see them it’s guitar lesson time.

  84. Mother Lode

    “Artisan rissoles” is a tongue twister that could go places.

    “Sorry? Reticent what?”

  85. struth

    Artisan rissoles” is a tongue twister that could go places.

    I could have used IT’s word “Artisanal rissoles” but, yuk, I couldn’t bring myself to do it.
    I’m just too fucking classy.

  86. Nob

    Play Ten Guitars, see if they’re real Maori.

  87. Nob

    Real Maori only need one finger for a chord.
    Like C6sus2 or something.

  88. cohenite

    moderated.

    The problem for any appeal will be it has to be on the issues which are the greenie Judge ex EDO has decided alarmism is real, the science is real and coal emissions are causing climate change. The science will have to be disputed and I don’t think the coal industry has the testicles.

  89. JC

    cohenite
    #2928513, posted on February 8, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    The Land and Environment Court decision by the greenie Judge ex EDO will be a Class 8 appeal to the NSWCA.

    Cronksie, you could at the least have acknowledged who asked the question. Stop the ladyboy antics and man up a little.

  90. JC

    The problem for any appeal will be it has to be on the issues which are the greenie Judge ex EDO has decided alarmism is real, the science is real and coal emissions are causing climate change. The science will have to be disputed and I don’t think the coal industry has the testicles.

    Why so, if there are countless other coal mines operating?

  91. The Beer Whisperer

    These are hook up sites, you hook up with people you find physically attractive, since when should people have to have sex with someone they are not attracted to?

    When I couldn’t get any?

  92. thefrolickingmole

    Dems go crazy in the coconut, coocoo for coco pops…

    Heres their “New green deal” Proposal.

    They have a section saying “even if every company and billionaire invested it wouldnt be enough money, so we will print it instead”
    Seriously its that unhinged.

    Heres one section of it. RTWT

    National mobilization our economy through 14 infrastructure and
    industrial projects. Every project strives to remove greenhouse gas
    emissions and pollution from every sector of our economy:
    o Build infrastructure to create resiliency against climate change-related
    disasters
    o Repair and upgrade U.S. infrastructure. ASCE estimates this is $4.6
    trillion at minimum.
    o Meet 100% of power demand through clean and renewable energy
    sources

    o Build energy-efficient, distributed smart grids and ensure affordable
    access to electricity

    o Upgrade or replace every building in US for state-of-the-art energy
    efficiency

    o Massively expand clean manufacturing (like solar panel factories, wind
    turbine factories, battery and storage manufacturing, energy efficient
    manufacturing components) and remove pollution and greenhouse gas
    emissions from manufacturing
    o Work with farmers and ranchers to create a sustainable, pollution and
    greenhouse gas free, food system that ensures universal access to
    healthy food and expands independent family farming
    o Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle
    manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create
    affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every
    combustion-engine vehicle

    o Mitigate long-term health effects of climate change and pollution
    o Remove greenhouse gases from our atmosphere and pollution through
    afforestation, preservation, and other methods of restoring our natural
    ecosystems
    o Restore all our damaged and threatened ecosystems
    o Clean up all the existing hazardous waste sites and abandoned sites
    o Identify new emission sources and create solutions to eliminate those
    emissions
    o Make the US the leader in addressing climate change and share our
    technology, expertise and products with the rest of the world to bring
    about a global Green New Deal


    A little more.

    Build on FDR’s second bill of rights by guaranteeing:
     A job with a family-sustaining wage, family and medical
    leave, vacations, and retirement security
     High-quality education, including higher education and
    trade schools
     Clean air and water and access to nature
     Healthy food
     High-quality health care
     Safe, affordable, adequate housing
     Economic environment free of monopolies
     Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to
    work

  93. JC

    Just a hunch, but I reckon the case was pretty much closed down against Epstein primarily because of the numerous times Bubba Clinton visited Lolita Island.

    It was the DOJ under the Kenyan, so what would expect.

    This could blow wide open.

  94. struth

    Real Maori only need one finger for a chord.
    Like C6sus2 or something.

    I’m a bit that way myself, fingers too big for guitar, it’s a pain in the bum.
    Well I’m off to set up and grab a schnitty before I start.
    I won’t be doing the rissoles.
    Have a great night peoples.

  95. cohenite

    Why so, if there are countless other coal mines operating?

    Because the continued operation of those coal mines can be disputed on the basis of this Judgment. From paragraph 422 of the Judgment the activist Judge has basically regurgitated alarmist science and economics.

    2 things:

    447 Professor Steffen considered that if most of the world’s existing fossil fuel reserves need to be left in the ground unburned, no new fossil fuel developments should be allowed

    451 GRL did not contest that climate change is real and happening and that anthropogenic GHG emissions must be reduced rapidly in order to meet the internationally agreed temperature targets of 1.5ºC or 2ºC.

    The owners of Rocky Hill did not even dispute steffen’s voodoo bullshit.

  96. JC

    Mole

    They want to ban air travel.

  97. rickw

    Yes and her brothers are typically massive.

    And when she hits 25 she’ll be more massive than her brothers! She’ll most probably look like a refrigerator with a floral sheet over it!

    (I once dated a Samoan chick, skinny and athletic, but you could almost sense the bulkiness wanting to burst out!)

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  99. thefrolickingmole

    JC

    Im sure a fine upstanding chap like Epstein would never, never have salted away a few video/audio files of some of his rich and famous/pollie mates engaged in their peccadilloes (not arma, pecca) on Loli island.

    Inconceivable!

    The case will never be reopened unless they are sure they can shut it down again.

  100. JC

    Cronkite

    But isn’t an appeal very likely to succeed by virtue of the fact that there are countless other coal mines in operations with 100s and 100s of years of supply and this legal block wouldn’t make any significant difference.

    Isn’t there good basis in law against outright discrimination of this nature?

  101. cohenite

    thefrolickingmole

    #2928543, posted on February 8, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Dems go crazy in the coconut, coocoo for coco pops…

    Heres their “New green deal” Proposal.

    If anyone ever doubted that the left want to destroy Western civilisation:

    A Green New Deal is a massive investment in renewable energy production and
    would not include creating new nuclear plants. It’s unclear if we will be able to
    decommission every nuclear plant within 10 years, but the plan is to transition off of
    nuclear and all fossil fuels as soon as possible.

    These people are insane.

  102. Nick

    (I once dated a Samoan chick, skinny and athletic, but you could almost sense the bulkiness wanting to burst out!)

    Checking her mum out would have given some idea as to what was to come 🙂

  103. JC

    Mole

    Could be, but also I think it’s unlikely the Trump DOJ would reopen the case unless they knew what they were looking for. I suspect, they know what Epstein has, which is eggsactly why they are sniffing around looking to reopen it. It could be a way of getting at the Clintons.

  104. JC

    These people are insane.

    No shit sherlock.

  105. cohenite

    The activist judge accepted will steffen’s summary of coal driven climate change:

    “The impacts of climate change are already being felt around the world. As reported by the IPCC (2013), the most authoritative assessment body on the science of climate change, some of the most important impacts are:

    a) Warmer and/or fewer cold days and nights over most land areas.

    b) Warmer and/or more frequent hot days and nights over most land areas.

    c) Increases in the frequency and/or duration of heat waves in many regions. d) Increase in the frequency, intensity and/or amount of heavy precipitation (more land areas with increases than with decreases).

    e) Increases in intensity and/or duration of drought in many regions since 1970.

    f) Increases in intense tropical cyclone activity in the North Atlantic since 1970.

    g) Increased incidence and/or magnitude of extreme high sea levels.

    Most of these are not true or within the margins of error, or depend on adjusted records.

  106. JC

    Really good, simple explanation for those people here who seem to have a yuge problem understanding trade -both domestic and the international type.

    Comparative advantage simply explained for simple people.

    Example: A neurosurgeon who happens to be a world-record typist that can type 200 words per minute is still better off hiring a 60 wpm stenographer to transcribe his notes, because there are lots of stenographers who’ll work for less than $20 an hour, and his time is better spent doing more neurosurgeries which pay hundreds of times that rate.

  107. thefrolickingmole

    JC

    It might also be one of the most devious bait and switches ever.

    Already dems are going “heres a picture of Trump at a social event with Epstein therefore hes a p e d o ”

    Which is going to be really awkward when the flight lists to girly island come out..
    https://nypost.com/2016/10/09/the-sex-slave-scandal-that-exposed-pedophile-billionaire-jeffrey-epstein/

    Let alone the tapes…
    Flight logs show that from 2001 to 2003, Bill Clinton flew on Epstein’s private plane, dubbed “The Lolita Express” by the press, 26 times. After Epstein’s arrest in July 2006, federal tax records show Epstein donated $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation that year.
    ……
    In a 2006 court filing, Palm Beach police noted that a search of Epstein’s home uncovered two hidden cameras. The Mirror reported that in 2015, a 6-year-old civil lawsuit filed by “Jane Doe No. 3,” believed to be the now-married Giuffre, alleged that Epstein wired his mansion with hidden cameras, secretly recording orgies involving his prominent friends and underage girls. The ultimate purpose: blackmail, according to court papers.

  108. thefrolickingmole

    JC

    It might also be one of the most devious bait and switches ever.

    Moderated, Ill just post the link and point out its already alleged hidden cameras and blackmail are taking place.

  109. C.L.

    Join writer and activist Soraya Chemaly as she calls for women to ungender our emotion and unleash this tremendous positive force on the world.

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  110. Tel

    A neurosurgeon who happens to be a world-record typist that can type 200 words per minute is still better off hiring a 60 wpm stenographer to transcribe his notes …

    Just “happens” to type at 200 words a minute without spending any time practicing. Sounds a touch contrived IMHO.

  111. Baldrick

    Build on FDR’s second bill of rights by guaranteeing:
     A job with a family-sustaining wage, family and medical
    leave, vacations, and retirement security
     High-quality education, including higher education and
    trade schools
     Clean air and water and acc …

    … and Unicorns. Don’t forget the Unicorns.

  112. stackja

    Sydney thunder storm warning.
    Very noisy. Climate change?

  113. Tom

    I’ve just realised I don’t have to submit to the government communist propaganda monopoly, Their ABC, to watch the Vic Open golf (from 13th Beach golf links, 15 kms from where I live) this weekend, even though it has the free-to-air TV rights. It’s being simulcast on Ruperdink’s pay TV monopoly, Foxsports, and Golf Channel in the US. Great decision by the Australian PGA to split the rights.

  114. Bruce of Newcastle

    A neurosurgeon who happens to be a world-record typist that can type 200 words per minute is still better off hiring a 60 wpm stenographer to transcribe his notes

    Mostly rubbish JC.

    When I started at a certain lab our department still had a secretary pool. Not long afterwards they fired the typists and bought newfangled IBM PCs.

    That was fine with us. It takes longer to compile your thoughts, commit them to record (audio or written), hand them to the next available typist, explain what all the technical words mean, and edit the draft than it takes to type it yourself with two fingers. The bottleneck is your brain composing the report, most of the time.

    In long experience I worked out I can produce a technical report at a rate of 1 page per hour. It’s very precise – one job I did not too long ago was 24 pages, and took exactly 24 working hours within some minutes…as I estimated to the client. 😀

    Typing speed is rarely important.

  115. thefrolickingmole

    Baldrick

    I missed the best bit…

    THIS IS SERIOUS, AND IN THE DOCUMENT!

    We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years
    because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and
    airplanes that fast
    , but we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and
    power production, retrofit every building in America, build the smart grid, overhaul
    transportation and agriculture, plant lots of trees and restore our ecosystem to get
    to net-zero.

    Farting cows as part of your reasoning for invoking war like powers over the economy…
    This is the weirdest timeline.

  116. DrBeauGan

    That was fine with us. It takes longer to compile your thoughts, commit them to record (audio or written), hand them to the next available typist, explain what all the technical words mean, and edit the draft than it takes to type it yourself with two fingers.

    I will never forget having to get a paper retyped after a girl had carefully transcribed from my handwriting the word “parity”. I leave you to guess what she had consistently typed instead.

  117. cohenite

    I don’t know if the Rocky Hill coal mine project will be appealed. If it is one issue will be whether the activist Judge has acted ultra vires, that is has made a decision not grounded in relevant legislation and outside his powers; he has referred to this to provide grounding:

    440 Australia is a party to both the Climate Change Convention and the Paris Agreement. Under the Paris Agreement, each party commits to make its contribution to keeping the global average temperature rise to the 1.5-2ºC range by reducing their GHG emissions through their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). Australia’s NDC is to reduce GHG emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. The NSW Government has endorsed the Paris Agreement and has set a more ambitious objective to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 (see NSW Climate Change Policy Framework, October 2016, pp 4, 5).

    If this is accepted by the Appeal the Paris agreement will become the arbiter of the Australian economy.

  118. stackja

    Sydney forecast: Sydney area
    Forecast issued at 4:20 pm EDT on Friday 8 February 2019.
    Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers, becoming less likely later tonight. The chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe. Winds northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h.

    The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 6:40 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Hornsby, Parramatta, Wollongong, Sydney City, Sydney Airport, Sydney Olympic Park, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Picton, the Yengo National Park northwest of St Albans and Calga. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east. They are forecast to affect Gosford, Camden, Campbelltown, Mona Vale, waters off Bondi Beach and Wyong by 7:10 pm and Woy Woy, Engadine, Oran Park, Budgewoi, Toukley and Terrigal by 7:40 pm.
    Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.
    Rain reports:
    Guildford 47mm in 30 mins
    Auburn 41mm in 30 mins
    Parramatta 38mm in 30 mins
    Baulkham Hills 34mm in 30 mins.

  119. JC

    Typing speed is rarely important.

    Docs transcribe, Bruce. They aren’t writing research papers.

  120. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    If this is accepted by the Appeal the Paris agreement will become the arbiter of the Australian economy.

    global government

  121. Tel

    Typing speed is rarely important.

    Sure, but even if you accept that typing speed is important … the more significant issue is that skills (regardless of the details of the skill) come from practice. Let’s presume this guy spent time learning to type early in his career. If he really believed economic theory then he would gave said, “Hey, I’ve achieved 100 words per minute typing speed, so I have a comparative advantage as a typist. I will focus on typing forever!”

    Then the guy would never have learnt to be a neurosurgeon.

    He went on to be a neurosurgeon (i.e. spent time learning a new skill that he was not already good at) because he did NOT follow the advice of economics.

  122. Baldrick

    Baldrick
    I missed the best bit…

    No way that’s the best bit frolicking. Here’s the best bit, Recycling Urine.

  123. Arky

    I have made a video for subscribers only. (Both of them).
    Uploaded to Subscribe Star.
    I will also make a new video on YouTube for casual viewers who have a passing interest in the project. Hope to upload that for Saturday viewing.
    This week I am working on the bonnet hinges, door trims, fabricating splash shields and true-ing up the top wood.
    Thanks for continuing interest in the Model A project.

  124. Bruce of Newcastle

    JC – I’ll make an exception with patent attorneys. Amazing people. I’ve worked with several practices and an hour or so of discussion is all that is required for them to get the technical details they need to draft a patent application – which usually runs to 30 or 40 pages. I have to supply the patent examples but even then I save 90%+ of the effort (I’ve drafted one patent from scratch right through to granting…yuck).

    Of course the patent attorneys were almost certainly raking in much more than I was…

  125. JC

    Bruce

    I have a friend who is a well known patent attorney in Sydney, who is a partner at a large firm. Do you know a sprinkling of these dudes?

  126. DrBeauGan

    How’s the sprog, Arky? Will we get to see her plaster-cast?

  127. Shy Ted

    Once again thanks for the toons Tom and for not posting this. I simply can’t understand why anyone would pay for this.

  128. Arky

    The machine shop is doing a test bore on one of the engine’s cylinders next week, so I should soon be able to start re-assembling the engine.
    There are a few of you who want to see that, so I will throw most of that up in a single vid on YouTube.

  129. Arky

    How’s the sprog, Arky? Will we get to see her plaster-cast?

    ..
    E. is happy as ever.
    Has not affected her at all. Looking forward to getting friends to sign her cast.
    Monkey bars are pretty good for supplying ERs with business.
    The doctor told us about one girl who had a serious break that required opening up to fix.
    She did not cry either. Kids are tough.

  130. Makka

    You’re touting a carbon tax again JC?;

    I try to sell a carbon tax deal to friends who are climate skeptics. Well, our government is going to do something. Given that fact, the carbon tax will cause much less damage than ever increasing regulations and subsidies. And I try to sell it to carbon warrior friends too. The tax instead of the regulations and subsidies, in our political system, is going to save you a lot more carbon.

    Globalists love this green scam.

  131. Bruce of Newcastle

    JC – Ten years since I last did one, and they were all Melbourne as I recall. Two main practices and a couple of others for single jobs. This guy I remember, he is very good.

  132. JC

    You’re touting a carbon tax again JC?;

    Nope. It’s a good idea not to be so religious to the point where you want to ban evening reading about stuff like this. It’s written from a right wing point of view by a free market economist. It’s a good piece.

  133. calli

    Chin Tan

    Is this a new manscaping style?

  134. calli

    Monkey bars are pretty good for supplying ERs with business.

    Heh. My nephew fell off the monkey bars in the hospital playground. Broken arm.

    Nice business generator.

  135. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Media ‘not liable’ for Facebook comments

    By Margaret Scheikowski
    Australian Associated Press
    22 minutes ago February 8, 2019

    Media companies are not liable for allegedly defamatory comments made on their Facebook pages about former Northern Territory youth detainee Dylan Voller, a Sydney judge has been told.

    The law already provided Mr Voller with a remedy in that he could sue the people who made the comments, James Hmelnitsky SC said in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday.

    The barrister – who’s acting for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Centralian Advocate, Sky News Australia and The Bolt Report – was making final submissions in a landmark defamation case.

    Mr Voller, whose mistreatment in the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre sparked a royal commission, is suing the companies over 10 Facebook posts published in 2016 and 2017 which he says carry false and defamatory imputations.

    They included a claim he attacked a Salvation Army officer who visited him in detention leaving him blind in one eye and also that he’s a rOpist.

  136. rickw

    The machine shop is doing a test bore on one of the engine’s cylinders next week, so I should soon be able to start re-assembling the engine.

    You’re not doing it yourself with a cordless drill?!

  137. calli

    They’re soft these days.

    Monkey bars in my day were set in a concrete slab.

  138. JC

    Globalists love this green scam.

    In the strictest sense, a carbon tax is not globalist, whereas a cap and trade is more so. You need to align the terms you use to what is being said or described, otherwise it becomes senseless crapola.

  139. Arky

    My nephew fell off the monkey bars in the hospital playground. Broken arm.

    ..
    They were just saving him the trip.
    ..

    You’re not doing it yourself with a cordless drill?!

    ..
    I wanted to.

  140. Tom

    Once again thanks for the toons Tom and for not posting this. I simply can’t understand why anyone would pay for this.

    Leftards aren’t paying for that gibberish, Shy Ted. It’s all being paid for by a doomed business model (a trust put together decades ago and, locally, rich Greenfilth benefactors) that will be bankrupt within a decade.

    Leftard media can’t survive long-term because it relies on someone else’s money. After the takeover by Nein, Fakefacts’ money-losing Sydney Morning Herald and The Age will be the first to meet their makers in the next 1-2 years because their dumb business models, stripped of their former advertising rivers of gold, don’t work.

  141. Arky

    In the strictest sense, a carbon tax is not globalist,

    ..
    If the globalist agenda is de-industrialisation of the West, then yes it is.

  142. cohenite

    A carbon tax is precisely a globalist effect. In the long term there is no difference with a cap and trade because the ultimate aim of both is to extinguish the thing being taxed/traded.

  143. Leo G

    Docs transcribe, Bruce.

    Dictoscribers?

  144. Makka

    Nope. It’s a good idea not to be so religious to the point where you want to ban evening reading about stuff like this. It’s written from a right wing point of view by a free market economist. It’s a good piece.

    Who said anything about banning? I’m just pointing out that your love of a carbon tax keeps coming up and this is the latest iteration. But it’s good because right wing. Lol.

    So a “free market” economist wants to empower a Govt with consent to impose a tax on a harmless inert gas that does not have anything to do with climate? I don’t think so. Introducing a carbon tax that won’t be abused over time by left/green and even conservative Govts is impossible.

    That it just so happens to dovetail very nicely with globalist parasite aims to scam as much as they can from taxpayers is probably just a random coincidence then. It’s a slimey shit piece. I see he’s walking it back somewhat in a more recent post after upsetting his readership.

  145. Siltstone

    Typing speed is rarely important.

    Agree with Bruce its not important for technical report writing. But for medical specialist I have noticed they are moving to speech recognition software to replace either ancient dictaphone or scribbles for the dragon lady who controls their front desk. They want to get down their observations fast and move on to the next paying customer (those beach houses don’t pay for themselves). And good on them, they have skills I will gladly pay for (given the alternative of them not helping me).

  146. Makka

    You need to align the terms you use to what is being said or described, otherwise it becomes senseless crapola.

    I know you don’t like your scummy globalist credentials being highlighted. But coming here and touting a Carbon Tax as a right wing progressive enhancement is even more bullshit from you than the usual load.

  147. Bruce of Newcastle

    Enough of patent attorneys.

    Here is a family photo from just now.

    A bit fuzzy but worth it as dad landed the exact second I pressed the button on the camera. The two kids are behind him.

    Mum peewee is in the tree above my right shoulder sitting on a second batch of eggs for the season. Prolific buggers. Also in the photo is one of the herons – his mate is also there, out of sight behind the fence. Plus young magpies on the gates.

  148. Geriatric Mayfly

    3. It calls for upgrading EVERY BUILDING IN THE UNITED STATES “to achieve maximum energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification” #greennewdeal

    Surely The Little House on the Prairie would have a Heritage listing. No solar panels, no phased in windmills, the long drop down the back, a house cow, pigs & chooks etc, tubs under the eaves to collect water, no junk mail, a firing step at the window in case of Mexicans, no overdraft, a rocker on the front verandah and built to defy the elements.

  149. Tel

    Carbon tax is better than Carbon certificate trading … if only because an upfront tax is honest and allows people to see what’s burning them.

  150. Mitch M.

    Simple Drug Combination Creates New Neurons from Neighboring Cells

    By making microglia morph into neurons. This is huge because microglia are replenished from bone marrow stem cells and ogcs have resident progenitor cells so the supply is for practical purposes limitless.

  151. bespoke

    Arky

    Its a unusual concept “commentary plus doing something” Iv only seen it in none political youtubers.

  152. chrisl

    A British backpacker I know has been in Oz for 4 weeks and has four jobs lined up . For a landscaper,on a farm, as a pr/bouncer , and on the Grand Prix set up. When one job overtook another he even organised his own replacement!
    And he has joined a local rugby club where they have promised him work

  153. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ok JC, this guy too. Still in Melb as far as I can see. And this lady.

  154. Bruce of Newcastle

    Both also very good I should’ve said, in case you want another career as an inventor. 😀

  155. Arky

    Its a unusual concept

    ..
    Probably because it isn’t something that will work. People probably want to know what they are going to be watching before they watch it.
    Never mind.

  156. Arky

    Stumbled across this guy’s videos yesterday. Great radio voice:



  157. areff

    Here’s the joker witness Mr Justice Power relied upon in rejecting the miner’s argument that coking coal was needed and would continue to be needed, preferring to believe this “expert’s” notion of tooth-fairy technology rendering it obsolete.

    https://www.theherald.com.au/story/4381497/the-man-the-mining-industry-loves-to-hate-photos-video/

  158. Bruce of Newcastle

    There are three notorious injustices committed by beaks.

    One: Mordy and Bolt.
    Two: The NIWA case and the esteemed judge’s inability to understand science.
    Three: Rocky Hill

    Justice requires all three to be overturned.

  159. Black Ball

    Watching Hard Quiz, host Tom Gleeson is a real try hard prick. Cringeworthy at best although I do like quiz shows.

  160. Harken Now

    Hark! A descent into the pits of Catallaxy to make sure you all read of this research:

    Tropical cyclones that rapidly intensify are typically associated with the highest forecast errors and cause a disproportionate amount of human and financial losses. Therefore, it is crucial to understand if, and why, there are observed upward trends in tropical cyclone intensification rates. Here, we utilize two observational datasets to calculate 24-hour wind speed changes over the period 1982–2009. We compare the observed trends to natural variability in bias-corrected, high-resolution, global coupled model experiments that accurately simulate the climatological distribution of tropical cyclone intensification. Both observed datasets show significant increases in tropical cyclone intensification rates in the Atlantic basin that are highly unusual compared to model-based estimates of internal climate variations. Our results suggest a detectable increase of Atlantic intensification rates with a positive contribution from anthropogenic forcing and reveal a need for more reliable data before detecting a robust trend at the global scale.

    Ascending upwards, ever upwards, again….

  161. JC

    Bruce

    No, he’s in Sydney. First name is Charles.

  162. JC

    I know you don’t like your scummy globalist credentials being highlighted. But coming here and touting a Carbon Tax as a right wing progressive enhancement is even more bullshit from you than the usual load.

    You’re so 2016. Which blog, at the time, did you first see the term globalist?

    I notice you want to start this again after the 2018 beatings you took.

    Lets remind ourselves you’re either still working in Africa or recently left. Fancy that, an anti-globalist selling his labors on the global market. Beyond hypocritical.

    I posted the piece because I thought it was an interesting read even though I don’t agree with it. You ought to try it some time.

  163. Bruce of Newcastle

    Therefore, it is crucial to understand if, and why, there are observed upward trends in tropical cyclone intensification rates.

    Which seems moot since tropical cyclone intensities and numbers are decreasing.
    Oops.

  164. JC

    Here, we utilize two observational datasets to calculate 24-hour wind speed changes over the period 1982–2009. We compare the observed trends to natural variability in bias-corrected, high-resolution, global coupled model experiments that accurately simulate the climatological distribution of tropical cyclone intensification. Both observed datasets show significant increases in tropical cyclone intensification rates in the Atlantic basin that are highly unusual compared to model-based estimates of internal climate variations.

    Lol. You total eggnog, Harksie. That’s a marketing campaign rather than real hardcore science. You moron.

  165. John Constantine

    The culture of the big banks is reported to be at the base of their ruthless money grabbing.

    Just saying that when it comes to diversity and wymynsys and qwerty and leftism, the Australian banking sector has fired all the old pale and stale from the regions and gone full cultural diversity as their target demographic.

    So it looks like a huge failure for hiring enraged activists to decolonise the banking sector and improve the culture.

    Watch them say it hasn’t been done properly until the purge is complete.

    Comrades.

  166. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hark – You really do need to invest more time in examining and understanding the real world data. The stuff which inhabits the dubious space between the ears of IPCC “climate scientists” would fail to sell as fantasy novels.

  167. John Constantine

    How bad would bank culture be, without a billion dollars a year paid to people and culture departments full of enraged activist wymynsys.

    Time for an end to cash money and bring on the banking robots.

    Comrades

  168. JC

    Harksie

    1. Explain why the two data sets are optimal and what comfort can be afforded to accuracy. Provide the evidence.

    2. Explain the second sentence and provide the data for verification. Also explain the methodology used for the simulation and the model.

    3. Other science has suggested the intensification argument is total baloney. Please provide evidence why we should believe your assertion. Also why is the model the base standard for intensification and how exactly was this derived.

    Don’t worry about posting complex math and statistical models. I have an okay understanding and there are a couple of math professors here who can work through the really complex stuff.

    We’ll wait.

  169. JC

    Harksie

    We’re waiting. One cat and dog, two cat and dog, three cat and dog……..

  170. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hark meets JC.
    Sorry about those wings Hark.

  171. Mater

    I only found out the other day that my soon to be daughter in law, a half Maori considers herself black.

    No she’s a victim of white oppression.

    They have a treaty,
    half of their national anthem is sung in the native language, and
    their National Day is Waitangi Day (commemorating the signing of the treaty).

    …but still oppressed!

    And yet some people still think that changing the date of Australia Day will enhance cohesion and unity?

  172. JC

    The most difficult bet to have taken at the beginning of 2018 was…

    2018, one of the hottest years on record

    The Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives! And, for their first act, how about some scary “climate” hearings? The New York Times, of course, takes the occasion to run a big front-page story with the headline (in the print edition — online is different) “2018 Continues Warming Trend, As 4th Hottest Year Since 1880.” Let’s apply a little critical analysis.

    https://www.manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2019-2-7-the-climate-scare-ever-more-shrill-ever-less-serious

    This dude is really good. He’s a retired partner at one of the very large NYC law firms and applies a lawyerly scope to gerbil marketing.

  173. C.L.

    Is that Western series starring Pierce Brosnan, The Son, any good?

  174. JC

    Harksie! 15,457 cat , 15,458 cat, 15,459 cat.

    I knocked out “and dog” because or the length, Harks.

    Still waiting.

  175. JC

    Read this extract from the Manhattan Contrarian.

    Get a load who the D’rats brought up for testimony on gerbiling the other day.

    Meanwhile, over in the House of Representatives . . . . Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller has a summary of yesterday’s hearing before the Committee on Natural Resources. Do you think that the Dems would bring in a few serious scientists to prove their case? Don’t kid yourself. The majority’s witnesses were two politicians, a clergyman, a climate activist, and a 16 year old. From the clergyman:

    “Climate change is a civil rights issue,” Reverend Lennox Yearwood, president of the Hip Hop Caucus, told lawmakers on the committee on Wednesday morning. Lennox also referred to tackling global warming as the “lunch counter moment for the 21st century.” Yearwood also warned the U.S. does “not make it beyond 12 years from now without huge amounts of death, destruction, and suffering” unless Congress addressed global warming, according to his prepared remarks. To hit the point home, Yearwood wore a hat with the words “12 Years” on it, which he placed in front of himself during the hearing.

    Read this one more time.

    Reverend Lennox Yearwood, president of the Hip Hop Caucus

    Real science done before a live audience.

  176. JC

    The pedophrasty… it never stops.

    Or, from the 16 year old:

    Nadia Nazar, the 16-year-old founder of the Zero Hour Movement, said the Trump administration’s inaction on “climate change is violating my right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” according to her prepared remarks.

  177. zyconoclast

    The real problem with the NAB is

    OUT AND PROUD AT WORK: MIDSUMMA AND WHY OUR STORIES MATTER

    by Stephen Barrow

    At university in the early 80s, I only knew a handful of other gay people on campus. I suspect the closet was quite full, but I decided I wanted to be open about my s3xuality.

    I had a tough, isolated year when I worked as a residential tutor in a university college. Some students made it clear they wanted me gone. They intimidated me, doing things like playing loud music and hitting golf balls outside my rooms very late at night. But my tenacious, some would say stubborn side, led me to stick this out. Over time mutual respect developed.

    Later I moved to London to work at a large multinational technology company with a blokey culture. Plenty of my colleagues made anti-gay jokes, and treated me as though I was a bit ‘odd’, at least until they started to respect me for my work.

    Many people from the LGBTI community have experienced far worse treatment in their workplaces.

    My experiences have helped me to understand how it feels to be “different” from the norm, and to do my best to help other people bring their whole selves to work.

    I have seen time and time again in my leadership roles that diverse, inclusive workplaces create a feeling of safety and belonging. That’s a great place to start if you want people to do their best at work, and to serve customers really well.

    At NAB, where I work, we know inclusion is crucial, for our 35,000 people, our customers, and in the community. That’s why NAB is again sponsoring this year’s Midsumma Festival, the annual lesbian, gay, bis3xual, transgender, inters3x and queer arts and cultural festival that features more than 130 events across Victoria, including the 22nd Pride March through St Kilda on January 29. The festival is on for three weeks, ending on February 5.

    As part of the festival, you can dial 1300 00 39 39 and tell us your story.

    Stories will become part of a digital time-capsule. You can listen to other’s stories and you can also share your recorded story via social media.

    Stories help us to remember yesterday and build an even better community. They help us to walk, if just for a moment, in someone else’s shoes.

    Stephen Barrow is Executive General Manager of Culture and Capability at National Australia Bank, and Executive Sponsor of [email protected], a network for LGBTI employees and their straight allies that he helped to found in 2012. Stephen was named as a top 50 LGBTI leader by Boss Magazine in 2016.

  178. JC

    I just figured it out! Just now!

    Harksie is Reverend Lennox Yearwood.

  179. zyconoclast

    This is what is really wrong with the NAB

    OUT AND PROUD AT WORK: MIDSUMMA AND WHY OUR STORIES MATTER
    by Stephen Barrow

    Stephen Barrow is Executive General Manager of Culture and Capability at National Australia Bank, and Executive Sponsor of [email protected], a network for LGBTI employees and their straight allies that he helped to found in 2012. Stephen was named as a top 50 LGBTI leader by Boss Magazine in 2016.

  180. zyconoclast

    Midsumma Festival Whats on (NSFW)

    Includes:
    CHURCH.
    The stage is holy, and this is how we pray
    Presented by: Highway Robbery Productions
    Queerly beloved, we are gathered here to worship all that glitters, all the shade, and those that are not afraid!

    We’ve prepared a service that will have kings, kweens and everyone in betweens feeling born again, and have you gagging for more. This is your explosive celebration of ground-breaking circus, burlesque, sideshow and cabaret aimed to leave you dripping with sin. Because let’s face it, sin is in. A hetero non-confirmative night of entertainment including cabaret royalty Victoria Falconer, Australian burlesque icon Glitta Supernova, drag sensation Leasa Mann, circus star Anna Lumb, Burlesque Hall of Fame performer Bettie Bombshell as well as Australia’s queerest and dearest circus creeps and fabulous freaks.

    It is a great honour to welcome you all to worship with us. The stage is holy, and this is how we pray.

    A Summer Mass
    Celebrating LGBTQIA+ People of Faith
    Presented by: St Marks Anglican Church
    Every year Saint Mark’s celebrates all LGBTQIA+ people and couples of faith as especially blessed by God, and prays for equality for all, free from discrimination and stigma. All are welcome for a spiritual ‘top up’ with fabulous company, sublime music and fantastic refreshments on the lawn after!

    Saint Mark’s has been a safe and renewing place for LGBTQIA+ people for over 40 years and seeks to BE a truly diverse and radically inclusive church community. In 2014, Fr Stuart apologised to the LGBTQIA+ community for stigma and marginalisation by the churches in an attempt to break the silence of churches in this space …

    ADAM & EVEryone
    Finally, a nude dance event for EVEryone!
    Presented by: ADAM
    Kicking off Midsumma 2019, ADAM & EVEryone is a queer dance experience like you’ve never had (unless you’ve spent quality time in Berlin!). All night, all gender inclusive and nude-heavy. The team that presents ADAM, LUST and the ADAM Pool Party have put together a dance party featuring incredible DJs with DJs including techno heavy-weights Adrian Bell & DJ Kiti, and Sydney trance legend Ruby, with performances over four floors in one iconic Melbourne location.

    S3x-positive, body-positive, techno-heavy, and with liberal doses of euphoria, consent and respect.

  181. Tintarella di Luna

    Spoke to the 20-year old barman at our local club this evening about all this gender bendering — he said none of his friends take any notice at all about climate change or the gender fairy – they all go about their days, chasin’ chicks and playing’ poker in the evenings. Sounds like fun – wish I were 20 — nah maybe not.

  182. RobK

    Hark! A descent into the pits of Catallaxy to make sure you all read of this research:
    Where is the link to the source of this word salad?

  183. Gab

    Is that Western series starring Pierce Brosnan, The Son, any good?

    I gave it a 5.4/10. Season 2 airs in April in the US but I won’t bother.

  184. DrBeauGan

    Includes:
    CHURCH.
    The stage is holy, and this is how we pray
    Presented by: Highway Robbery Productions
    Queerly beloved, we are gathered here to worship all that glitters, all the shade, and those that are not afraid!

    We’ve prepared a service that will have kings, kweens and everyone in betweens feeling born again, and have you gagging for more. This is your explosive celebration of ground-breaking circus, burlesque, sideshow and cabaret aimed to leave you dripping with sin. Because let’s face it, sin is in. A hetero non-confirmative night of entertainment including cabaret royalty Victoria Falconer, Australian burlesque icon Glitta Supernova, drag sensation Leasa Mann, circus star Anna Lumb, Burlesque Hall of Fame performer Bettie Bombshell as well as Australia’s queerest and dearest circus creeps and fabulous freaks.

    I’m coming around to thinking the Muslims have the right idea here.

  185. Bruce of Newcastle

    Nadia Nazar, the 16-year-old founder of the Zero Hour Movement

    At age of 16 would she have the education to be able to read a graph?
    Would she have the training to understand it?
    Would she be able to detect what is shonky about the data?
    This is so like the Childrens’ Crusade it ain’t funny.

  186. Nick

    I’m coming around to thinking the Muslims have the right idea here.

    It won’t be nearly as bad as we think, with a few achievements even.

  187. RobK

    Harksie is Reverend Lennox Yearwood.
    Distinct possibility.

  188. zyconoclast

    I’m coming around to thinking the Muslims have the right idea here.

    Defenestration?

  189. JC

    The global surface temp is basically bullshit. We really don’t know if it’s outright fraud or incompetence. However, it’s scientifically unreliable.

    The primary conclusion of the audit is however that the dataset shows exaggerated warming and that global averages are far less certain than have been claimed.

    One implication of the audit is that climate models have been tuned to match incorrect data, which would render incorrect their predictions of future temperatures and estimates of the human influence of temperatures.

    Another implication is that the proposal that the Paris Climate Agreement adopt 1850-1899 averages as “indicative” of pre-industrial temperatures is fatally flawed. During that period global coverage is low – it averages 30% across that time – and many land-based temperatures are very likely to be excessively adjusted and therefore incorrect.

    A third implication is that even if the IPCC’s claim that mankind has caused the majority of warming since 1950 is correct then the amount of such warming over what is almost 70 years could well be negligible. The question then arises as to whether the effort and cost of addressing it make any sense.

    Ultimately it is the opinion of this author that the HadCRUT4 data, and any reports or claims based on it, do not form a credible basis for government policy on climate or for international agreements about supposed causes of climate change.

    and

    Now McLean weighs in with some insights. From the Executive Summary:

    Another important finding of this audit is that many temperatures have been incorrectly adjusted. The adjustment of data aims to create a temperature record that would have resulted if the current observation stations and equipment had always measured the local temperature. Adjustments are typically made when station is relocated or its instruments or their housing replaced.

    The typical method of adjusting data is to alter all previous values by the same amount. Applying this to situations that changed gradually (such as a growing city increasingly distorting the true temperature) is very wrong and it leaves the earlier data adjusted by more than it should have been. Observation stations might be relocated multiple times and with all previous data adjusted each time the very earliest data might be far below its correct value and the complete data record show an exaggerated warming trend.

    Incredible

    It is incorrect but seemingly common to apply a constant adjustment to all data from the first site according the calculated difference between it and the second site when the data at the first site has been distorted by gradual changes in the local environment. It defies logic that a location that was abandoned because it was contaminated by external influences was equally contaminated when the observation station was first established there and throughout the entire time that the station was at that site, but this is what a constant data adjustment implies.

    We have no of the method used to adjust the dataset.

    Much of the observation station data used in HadCRUT4 is likely to have been adjusted but there is no record of the method used or the amount of the adjustment, which makes the data impossible to independently audit.

    What is truly shocking about this is that we have really no idea of what is going on with global surface temps on an historical basis because it’s been totally corrupted to the point that hit has no relevance.

  190. Infidel Tiger

    Hahaha:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Politics_Polls/status/1093682942977630208

    They wouldn’t be stupid enough to nominate her would they?

  191. JC

    Take a look at this data from the Geneva based station.

    Look at the unadjusted data. It presents no warming, yet the data for the early years was curiously adjusted down without any explanation.

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/503a5bade4b0b543ed240317/t/5bba6c68104c7b817528072f/1538968525396/Geneva%2Btemperature%2Bgraph.png?format=2500w

  192. Confused Old Misfit

    What is truly shocking about this is that we have really no idea of what is going on with global surface temps on an historical basis because it’s been totally corrupted to the point that hit has no relevance.

    That is too true.

  193. Snoopy

    Hakeem al-Araibi could have Australian citizenship fast-tracked under elite athlete law

    Well he’s already been signed by the elite Pascoe Vale FC.

  194. JC

    harksie

    123,722, 123,723, 123,724.

    Still waiting.

  195. DrBeauGan

    zyconoclast
    #2928676, posted on February 8, 2019 at 9:27 pm
    I’m coming around to thinking the Muslims have the right idea here.

    Defenestration?

    Throw them off tall buildings. It would make a mess on the pavement, but even so, it would be a better and cleaner world afterwards.

  196. Steve trickler

    This guy is talented.



  197. zyconoclast

    ANZ Principal partner to Sydney G&L Mardi Gras

    ANZ’s partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras commenced in 2007 when staff members believed in supporting the LGBTIQ+ community and proactively registered to participate in the march.

    Since then, ANZ’s partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has gone from strength to strength. With more staff than ever volunteering throughout the festival including ongoing sponsorship activity, ANZ provides a platform to communicate their support for the LGBTIQ+ community and deliver a message of diversity, inclusion and respect.

    ANZ recognises it has a role to play in improving economic and social inclusion in the communities the bank operates in. With the support of their Pride Network, they aim to do this by strengthening and expanding programs that create education and employment opportunities, particularly for people from under-represented and disadvantaged groups and communities. In 2018, in partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, ANZ announced a new Community Grants Program. The program awarded 18 grants with a total value of $100,000 to not-for-profit community organisations, established charities and individuals across Australia working to better the lives of LGBTIQ+ people.

    In recent years’ campaigns such as GAYTMs, GAYNZ, #HOLDTIGHT and last year’s YAYANZ have showcased ANZ’s commitment to providing an inclusive workplace and supporting the LGBTIQ+ community.

    ANZ’s Pride Network promotes diversity, inclusion and respect for the bank’s staff and customers worldwide, by supporting and engaging staff, their family and friends and the LGBTIQ+ community.

    The aim of the ANZ Pride Network is to be a voice, contact point and support for LGBTIQ+ employees and allies through active engagement in internal and external activities supporting the community.

    In 2018 ANZ was recognised by AWEI (Australian Workplace Equality Index) as a Gold Employer, and runner up Employer of the Year for their continued commitment to creating an inclusive workplace. The #HOLDTIGHT campaign was also recognised as External Campaign of the year.

  198. Nick

    Throw them off tall buildings. It would make a mess on the pavement, but even so, it would be a better and cleaner world afterwards.

    I’m thinking of Stynes, Ford et al, in sacks, mute.

  199. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Lawyer X: Murdered mob lawyer revealed as police snitch
    Anthony Dowsley and Patrick Carlyon, Herald Sun
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    Slain mafia lawyer Joe Acquaro was one of six informers recruited by ­Victoria Police who all had “obligations of confidentiality” to clients.

    Acquaro was in regular contact with ­detectives until executed by a gunman outside his Lygon St restaurant in March 2016.

    The dealings of Lawyer X, Acquaro and the other four informers will be examined by a royal commission, which ­begins hearings next Friday.

    Acquaro worked closely with Lawyer X, particularly while representing mob boss Pasquale Barbaro — leader of the 32-strong mafia-led syndicate that imported 15 million ­ecstasy pills in tomato tins from ­Naples to Melbourne in June 2007

    Before the $440 million cargo ­arrived, Lawyer X handed a shipping document, known as a “bill of lading”, to Victoria Police, leading them to the container. She had obtained it from one of the syndicate members, then acted as an “agent provocateur’’ to sting members of the cartel.

    The politically connected Acquaro — who told the Herald Sun in 2015 that he was aware of Lawyer X’s ­duplicity — represented most of the syndicate after their arrests.

    Barbaro, Melbourne mob boss Frank Madafferi and many other members of the Tomato Tins gang are preparing to launch appeals against their convictions based on their involvement with both lawyers.

  200. zyconoclast

    Westpac awarded highest accolade for LGBTI inclusion

    Westpac Group was today awarded a Platinum status employer ranking at the 2018 Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) Awards in recognition for its commitment in fostering equality and inclusion for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) employees.

    Platinum is the highest accolade that an employer can receive in the AWEI and is held by employers who demonstrate exemplary and ongoing LGBTI inclusive workplace practices.

    Christine Parker, Westpac’s Group Executive Human Resources and executive sponsor of Westpac’s LGBTIQ employee-led action group GLOBAL, said the bank is really proud to be recognised for its strong performance in the AWEI over the last six years.

    “Westpac is committed to equality and inclusion and this award is wonderful recognition of our focus on building a safe and respectful work environment for all LGBTIQ employees.”

    Westpac has developed a range of initiatives focusing on inclusion, including Australia’s first LGBTIQ corporate summit in Sydney in 2017. As well as a strong focus to grow its remote and regional reach of LGBTIQ inclusion so that all employees feel supported no matter where they go to work.

    “As Australia’s oldest company, having celebrated 200 years in operation, we have a proud history as a corporate leader of LGBTIQ
    inclusion for both our employees, customers, and the communities we serve,” Mrs Parker said.

    This is the sixth year Westpac Group has participated in the AWEI awards. Westpac was awarded Australian employer of the year in 2016; Employee network of the year 2015; Executive sponsor of the year (Brad Cooper) in 2015; and Ally of the year (Kristina Bennett) in 2015.

    Further information
    GLOBAL is Westpac Group’s employee-led action group for LGBTI employees and their allies. GLOBAL’s mission is to help support Westpac Group’s diversity vision by building a work environment that values diversity and to create a culture of quality and inclusion.

  201. DrBeauGan

    Nick
    #2928690, posted on February 8, 2019 at 9:55 pm
    Throw them off tall buildings. It would make a mess on the pavement, but even so, it would be a better and cleaner world afterwards.

    I’m thinking of Stynes, Ford et al, in sacks, mute.

    That would certainly be a bonus.

  202. C.L.

    Thanks, Gab.
    Strike that, then.

  203. Confused Old Misfit

    Rapid Warming Forecast

    Any day now!

  204. C.L.

    So it looks like VicPol ran the biggest perversion of the course of justice in Australian history.
    When the dust settles, it will also be acknowledged that they rigged the prosecution of George Pêll.
    That’s undeniable.

  205. zyconoclast

    Sands are shifting’: NSW agriculture minister to push climate cause

    A senior Nationals minister says the impact of climate change on farming is now undeniable, conceding his views differ from “many of my colleagues”.

    “We’ve got to start showing that we take climate change and its impacts on the agricultural sector seriously,” said Mr Blair, the NSW Nationals deputy leader.

  206. Confused Old Misfit

    U.S. could cut its carbon dioxide emissions 100 percent and it would not make a difference in abating global warming.

  207. zyconoclast

    Jaguar Land Rover has announced a pre-tax loss of £3.4 billion ($A6.2 billion) for the final three months of 2018.

    The significant loss includes a one-off £3.1 billion ($A5.7 billion) exceptional charge resulting from the British car maker deciding to adjust the value of its capitalized investments.

    Jaguar Land Rover says half of the exceptional charge was due to an accounting acknowledgement that investments in machinery and plants were worth less than previous calculations suggested.

    Financial analysts conclude the recognition that previous investment in diesel engines, which have underpinned Jaguar Land Rover sales in many key markets, will not be recouped due to a rapid decline in global diesel sales, most notably in Europe.

    Excluding the one-off exceptional charge, Jaguar Land Rover posted a £273 million ($A499 million) pre-tax loss between October and December 2018, against revenues of £6.2 billion ($A11.3 billion).

    Sales of Jaguar Land Rover cars declined by 9845 in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to a year earlier at 144,602.

  208. Confused Old Misfit

    “We’ve got to start showing that we take climate change and its impacts on the agricultural sector seriously,” said Mr Blair, the NSW Nationals deputy leader.

    They have got to start showing exactly what the impacts are and that those impacts are unarguably the result of climate change; not just weather.
    The only thing being taken seriously by Mr. Blair is his desire for re-election and maximization of his parliamentary pension.

  209. Gab

    I dunno, CL. You should check it out and see for yourself but it certainly isn’t Deadwood.

  210. Zyconoclast

    Trump Indicates End of ‘Hire American’ Policy, May Invite More Foreign Workers

    https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2019/02/07/trump-may-drop-hire-american-policy-to-welcome-more-migrants/

    The various visa worker programs, such as the H-1B, OPT, and L-1, have allowed investors to import a population of roughly 1.5 million college-graduate temporary workers. Roughly two-thirds of these workers are Indian, many of whom are under contract to the Indian-owned outsourcing companies that work for a myriad U.S. companies. This resident army of contingent workers are used to displace Americans — even when American job seekers are qualified, and even when Americans are working in the jobs.

    There is no legislative cap on the total number of outsourcing workers who can be imported to take middle-class jobs, nor any rules to prevent companies from paying visa workers much lower salaries than sought by American graduates.

    There are no effective rules to prevent the visa workers from taking the starter jobs needed by new U.S. graduates and no effective rules to prevent the displacement of middle-aged Americans who are trying to raise children and pay their children’s’ college fees. There are no rules to prevent non-profit hospitals and universities from hiring an unlimited number of visa workers, and no rules to prevent companies from hiring visa workers to guard Americans’ financial and healthcare data. There are no rules to protect arts, media, and design graduates, and no rules to prevent displaced American technology graduates from taking jobs sought by American arts graduates.

    The cheap visa workers are extremely valuable to investors because every $1 saved in salaries creates roughly $15 in extra stock market value.

    Trump’s invite for more workers also contradicts is own boasts about rising wages for blue-collar Americans, said Krikorian.

    In his State of the Union speech, Trump said: “wages are rising at the fastest pace in decades and growing for blue-collar workers, who I promised to fight for, faster than anyone else.”

  211. Infidel Tiger

    I see FriedEggnBurger is desperately trying to keep the immigration Ponzi going.

    We really do need to be rid of his type.

  212. Leigh Lowe

    The politically connected Acquaro —

    I am betting he wasn’t connected with the LNP or PHON.

  213. Infidel Tiger

    Sales of Jaguar Land Rover cars declined by 9845 in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to a year earlier at 144,602.

    Global car sales are cratering. Things have never been worse.

    Germany is rooted, so there is an upside.

  214. Leigh Lowe

    I see FriedEggnBurger is desperately trying to keep the immigration Ponzi going.

    We really do need to be rid of his type.

    It would be some justice to send him back to his parent’s homelands of Hungary and Poland and make him drive a taxi all the while spouting open borders shit to his passengers.
    He would be floating down the Danube within a week.

  215. Steve trickler

    You have got to be fucking kidding me!

    A classic example of censorship. This clip has been neutered by YT. If you don’t know about it, you will not find it. This is from 2014. I’ve posted this before.

    I reckon the bloke in the clip buying the hot dog for another bloke caused something to happen. A complaint. It does not makes sense for this clip to be so unknown.

    The music is the winner.



  216. Infidel Tiger

    Hungary is too nice a place to infect with his idiocy.

    In a righteous world Frydenberg would be the guy who cleaned the porno theatre seats.

  217. Oh come on

    This is pretty damn funny for those who watch the odd Joe Rogan podcast:

    Joe Rogan Meets Roe Jogan

  218. Leigh Lowe

    Hungary is too nice a place to infect with his idiocy.

    The further East you go in Europe (Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary) they have a deep and well-founded mistrust of Socialism and Communism.
    Head further south (Croatia) you get the same plus deep mistrust of Moozlies thrown in.
    Recent first hand experience should be heeded.

  219. Leigh Lowe

    Friedeggburgers parents came here with bugger all wanting nothing but an opportunity to make tgeor own way and to be free from oppression.
    Junior Eggburger advocates open slather for those who come here wanting everything for nothing and to impose their particular brand of oppression on us.

  220. JC

    Yes, it’s true that Trump said during his campaign he wanted to take care of the American worker. But what’s also true is the US economy is beginning to hit the ceiling in terms of growth prospects because the place has essentially reached full employment. There are two alternatives here.

    1. Have the Fed moderate growth by applying the brakes thereby defaulting into recession. This would also moderate wages. 🙂

    2 Increase the size of the labor market.

    We never know with him. But he could be going for the immigration solution.

    In any event, Trump has said he wants to see changes in how people enter the country legally. He’s never said he’s against legal immigration. In fact he’s said he’s pro-immigration with that caveat.

  221. Infidel Tiger

    Hungary and Croatia are probably where I will run to once my time here is up.

    I have nothing to offer them except my liver.

  222. Zyconoclast

    In a righteous world Frydenberg would be the guy who cleaned the porno theatre seats.

    If he did a good job, I would promote him to fluffier.

  223. Infidel Tiger

    JC’a here spouting neoliberal nonsense.

    America is still chronically under employed.

    The male participation rate is still at historical lows. Filling the place with foreign scabs ain’t going to fix things buddy.

    My god the autism on these corporatist shills is just abhorrent.

  224. Leigh Lowe

    Hungary is too nice a place to infect with his idiocy.

    Many Western cities try to manufacture “urban vibrancy”, mostly by letting kids graffiti everything and having 46 variants of coffee.
    Budapest is a truly vibrant place, born out of a “take you as you are, but take no shit” attitude.

  225. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Hungary and Croatia are probably where I will run to once my time here is up.

    Go and have a look at the Museum of the Secret Police – the “House of Horrors” in Buda Pest, and thank whatever God you worship, in silence.

  226. Infidel Tiger

    Go and have a look at the Museum of the Secret Police – the “House of Horrors” in Buda Pest, and thank whatever God you worship, in silence.

    Maybe add some Diet Coke to your cheap whisky and stop being a dummy all your life.

    Hungary threw of the shackles of that oppressive regime foisted upon them and has come out better than ever.

    You think Hungarians chose communism? Choke on a dick.

  227. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #2928730, posted on February 8, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    JC’a here spouting neoliberal nonsense.

    America is still chronically under employed.

    The male participation rate is still at historical lows. Filling the place with foreign scabs ain’t going to fix things buddy.

    My god the autism on these corporatist shills is just abhorrent.

    You missed the point, Artie. There are two choices from here. Either import workers or see the Fed tightening policy because the Fed is not going to stand for 4% annual wage growth.

    The participation rates is lower than normal, but so is the population and a lot of those people aren’t going back to work. They just don’t want to.

    But tell Trump, not me.

  228. Leigh Lowe

    Hungary and Croatia are probably where I will run to once my time here is up.

    A little stone cottage by the sea in Croatia where I fish all day, catch no fish (I hate gutting and scaling) and slowly kill myself with cevapcici sausage, local red wine and cigarettes.

  229. Zyconoclast

    You think Hungarians chose communism? Choke on a dick.

    Fluffer

  230. JC

    A little stone cottage by the sea in Croatia where I fish all day, catch no fish (I hate gutting and scaling)

    Throw them back if you don’t like gutting them. The fun is in the chase and hooking one, not an empty line.

  231. mh

    What about the Brisbane Heat!

    Chased down 156 in 10 overs. No wickets lost.

  232. JC

    The Trump economy is a man’s wage growth economy.
    Employed full time: Median usual weekly real earnings: Wage and salary workers: 16 years and over: Men

    Sheilas not so much.

    https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/LES1252882800Q

    Kind of funny. But sheilas are mostly in the admin jobs particularly government.

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