Wednesday Forum: February 13, 2019

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  1. zyconoclast

    How gay is Joe Root?

    West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has been charged by the International Cricket Council following an incident with England captain Joe Root.

    Gabriel was warned by the umpires for the language he used on day three of the third Test in St Lucia.

    Sky Sports posted a clip of Root responding to a comment from Gabriel by saying: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.”

    The original comment by Gabriel was not picked up and Root, 28, refused to explain after play on Monday exactly what was said.

  2. stackja

    Carrie Cotterell
    He has a younger brother Billy, who plays cricket for Nottinghamshire. Root became engaged to his girlfriend Carrie Cotterell in March 2016; their son was born on 7 January 2017 and they married in December 2018.
    Joe Root – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Root

  3. zyconoclast

    Don’t like a definition, just make up a new one.

    By searching the word “family,” there is a secondary definition as “all descendants of a common ancestor.” I would beg to differ on this definition and would swap it with “relative,” instead.

    In my experience, relatives are the people you are bonded to through genetics. But family is something different and much more complex, especially in today’s more nomadic society.

    As the face of family changes, there is a new normal that has allowed us to redefine it. The way that I’m raising my son to understand the concept of family is that family is people* who show up.

  4. Pedro the Ignorant

    Just had an email from Diggers and Dealers boss, Nick Giorgetta, that the keynote speaker fore next August’s gabfest and pissup in Kalgoorlie will be none other than ………….

    Ex PM, John Howard!

  5. Snoopy

    Thanks to incompetent dam management the Anna Bligh ALP government flooded Brisbane in 2011 and the Anastacia Palaszcuk ALP government flooded Townsville in 2019.

  6. thefrollickingmole

    rescued from ye olde thread.

    This is nothing but propaganda, pure unalloyed shit.

    Hajar, a 33-year-old Iranian asylum seeker, is on Nauru with her ailing parents while her brother lives in Australia. Her mother, aged 56, attempted suicide in December; her father is confined to a sling because he requires elbow surgery.

    He rejected the Australian government’s offer to have the surgery performed in Taiwan, where he has no support network.

    ….Lawyer waiting to meet him as he gets off the plane to file for him….

    She has severe anxiety stemming from a dog attack and what she describes as persistent sexual harassment in Nauru
    (note there is no mention from locals or detainees, I wonder why?)
    , as well as painful degrading enamel on her teeth, a condition that earned her a medical referral to Australia from Nauru’s senior dental officer for enamel veneers, which are not available in the tiny Pacific nation.

    Also her condition would require a lawyer waiting as the plane touched down to coach her through the injunction he will file to prevent her return…


    Bita suffers from severe back pain and now uses a wheelchair. She has been waiting for a month to see an orthopaedic surgeon and also requires an MRI, which she has been told she cannot get in Nauru.

    The new Mediterranean back requires intensive waiting at the airport for the lawyer to apply a balm of OPM & injunctions to prevent return to Manus.

    Just as amazingly all 3 people mentioned are females, almost like they are going for the soft focus/Vaseline lens approach to reporting…
    “We all came out here with good health and standing on our two feet however most of us now are on wheelchair,” she says.

  7. Confused Old Misfit

    A new fresh beginning!

  8. Mak Siccar

    Thanks to Hunch, it would now seem that Ray Hadley will have to take his foghorn out of storage and get it ready for the influx of boats. A pox on the lot of them,

  9. stackja

    zyconoclast
    #2932670, posted on February 13, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Family, great grand parents, grandparents, parents, children.

  10. zyconoclast

    [US] Public Education’s Dirty Secret

    It is not poor teaching or a lack of money that is failing our most vulnerable populations. The real problem is an ethos of rejection that has never been openly admitted by those in authority.

    Why should millions of perfectly normal adolescents, not all of them ghettoized, resist being educated? The reason is that they know deep down that due to the color of their skin, less is expected of them. This they deeply resent. How could they not resent being seen as less capable? It makes perfect psychological sense. Being very young, however, they cannot articulate their resentment, or understand the reasons for it, especially since the adults in charge hide the truth. So they take out their rage on the only ones they can: themselves and their teachers.

    They also take revenge on a fraudulent system that pretends to educate them. The authorities cover up their own incompetence, and when that fails, blame the parents and teachers, or lack of funding, or “poverty,” “racism,” and so on. The media follow suit. Starting with our lawmakers, the whole country swallows the lie.

    Why do precious few adults admit the truth out loud? Because in America the taboo against questioning the current orthodoxy on race is too strong and the price is too high. What is failing our most vulnerable populations is the lack of political will to acknowledge and solve the real problems. The first step is to change the ”anti-discrimination” laws that breed anti-social behavior. Disruptive students must be removed from the classroom, not to punish them but to protect the majority of students who want to learn.

  11. thefrollickingmole

    Medical evacuation bill passes the Senate
    Ayes: 36

    Noes: 34

    Labor, the Greens, Tim Storer, Derryn Hinch and Centre Alliance all vote yes.

    There is short burst of applause.

  12. Roger

    From The Guardian:
    [An Iranian asylum seeker (disambiguation req’d: an Iranian country shopper whose case has been rejected)] is confined to a sling because he requires elbow surgery.

    He rejected the Australian government’s offer to have the surgery performed in Taiwan

    Bear in mind an Australian citizen on a state public hospital waiting list will presently wait, on average, almost a year for elective surgery (an elderly Queensland woman has reportedly waited three years for cataract surgery under Palaszczuk’s compassionate Labor regime).

    And they’ll not receive an offer of a tax payer funded trip to a competent overseas surgical facility in the meantime.

  13. An Iranian asylum seeker (disambiguation req’d: an Iranian country shopper whose case has been rejected)] is confined to a sling because he requires elbow surgery.

    Some editing required.

    An illegal immigrant is upset because he wants transgender surgery and has to pay for it himself.

  14. Bruce of Newcastle

    Kamala Harris Supports ‘Some Type of’ Slavery Reparations

    Is it because the poor slaves had to listen to hip hop while they worked?

    Kamala Harris says she listened to Snoop Dogg, Tupac while smoking weed in college years before they made music

    For lefties history is hard.

  15. Baldrick

    Medical evacuation bill passes the Senate

    The Liars and their Greenfilth comrades now own any new boat arrivals.
    I’ll be eagerly watching TheirABC’s log of boat arrivals , which started under the AbbottBeast.

  16. Stimpson J. Cat

    Ok. I was led to believe by much smarter people than me that tariffs would crater the US economy.

    Are Bankers, Traders, Globalists, and Corporates actually people?
    I thought they were mere economic units.

  17. John Constantine

    Their abc sponsored rural independent Stalinist conservative member for Indi of course voted for open borders for all those needing free dental work.

    As their abc earnestly preaches from its billion dollar bully pulpit:

    “Communism is Conservative”

    Comrades.

  18. Nick

    That is in the forgetory, surely, Baldrick.
    Btw, did you see last nights’ trifecta ? Lol.

  19. John Constantine

    Nobody from my town will get their kids flown to Sydney for free dental care if they are fed coke and not made to brush their teeth.

  20. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Liars and their Greenfilth comrades now own any new boat arrivals.

    A fact of which the simpering ar$eclowns should be reminded on a daily basis.

  21. Baldrick

    Apparently the big story du jour is a BBC cameraman getting a mighty good shove at yesterday’s Trump rally.

    But not so much reporting of this at yesterday’s neighbouring BetoRats rally.

  22. Baldrick

    Btw, did you see last nights’ trifecta ? Lol.

    Yes 😂

  23. Eyrie

    From the old fred re the interconnector:
    “The State Government is spruiking the project as a super-highway for green power that would allow South Australia’s new solar and wind developments to easily plug into the system.”
    What he really means is that SA wind and solar will be able to fuck up NSW and Qld reliable coal generation more easily.

  24. John Constantine

    Their south australian interconnector will be built just in time for ponygirl to dynamite queenslands power stations.

  25. Speedbox

    Morning all. (Still morning here in Bris).

  26. Old School Conservative

    Boambe john on the old Fred – thanks for the biggest belly laugh of the week. The coffee shop patrons looked on in bemusement.

  27. C.L.

    Thanks to incompetent dam management the Anna Bligh ALP government flooded Brisbane in 2011 and the Anastacia Palaszcuk ALP government flooded Townsville in 2019.

    Indeed. The operator is now trying to argue the Ross River Dam is not flood mitigation infrastructure.
    I’m not making that up.

    This is in the news today (Courier Mail):

    A DAM engineering expert has claimed the Ross River Dam would have prevented Townsville from flooding if its spillway gates had been operated professionally.

    Townsville City Council owns the dam, however SunWater — a State Government-owned corporation — is contracted to operate it.

    In sensational claims late yesterday, a SunWater spokeswoman told The Courier-Mail the dam was not declared as flood mitigation infrastructure and the organisation was “not required to provide flood-mitigation advice”.

    This is despite numerous government departments claiming the dam was built in 1971 specifically for flood mitigation

    In a letter emailed to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill, Mr Pearce said he was qualified to comment as he had more than 30 years of dam engineering experience and was one of the engineers responsible for the design of the Wivenhoe Dam facility.

    “(The) Ross River Dam was designed to protect the city of Townsville from floods far in excess of recent flooding and that the dam would have protected the community if the gates had been professionally operated,” he wrote.

  28. mh

    California Sen. Kamala Harris claims she listened to Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur when she smoked pot in college – but the West Coast rappers weren’t putting out music until years after she graduated.

    Not only was Harris lying in an attempt to look cool with the kids, she chose two of the most overrated hip hop stars.

  29. John Constantine

    Their abc proclaims that food rationing has a social licence.

    To be applied to the proles.

    How can rationing be done better?

    It must be encouraging rationing, not threatening rationing.

    Their abc activist laughs at people wanting to live free.

    Their abc has to win hearts and minds and lead people into the right way.

    Comrades.

  30. dopey

    Some spin has been prepared already. If the great Malcolm was still PM Phelps would not be in Parliament. Dutton’s fault.

  31. Stimpson J. Cat

    California Sen. Kamala Harris claims she listened to Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur when she smoked pot in college

    Meh.
    I listened to Snoop and 2Pac and didn’t go to college.
    Bucket Brigade Rise Up!

  32. Fred

    Who’s the hottest MP?

    My vote goes to Emma Husar. I reckon she would be a real firecracker in the sack.

  33. Tel

    https://fred.stlouisfed.org/graph/fredgraph.png?g=mXBw

    Manufacturing employment in USA and Japan follows a very similar path, despite different protection regimes. Small uptick in USA after Trump Tariff (March 2018) but hardly a significant deviation from trend. Conclusion: Trump talks a great game.

  34. John Constantine

    Bet the people in island detention don’t have half a million dead cattle decomposing in their water supply.

  35. ALP/Greens vote passes legislation while PM Scottie looks on.

    Does that make Scottie the leader of the ALP/Green coalition?

  36. Boambee John

    From Ye Olde Fredde, since OSC liked it so much.

    areff at 1148

    Only one play: the Taming of the Shrew, which apparently serves to illustrate hegemonic masculinity.

    Reminds of the joke about the titles of Shakespearean plays hidden in the measurements three inches, six inches, nine inches and twelve inches.

    Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew.

  37. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Asylum seeker Ebrahim Qasimi fronts Hornsby Local Court over assaulting two nurses at Royal North Shore Hospital
    Ashleigh Gleeson, The Daily Telegraph
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    An Afghan asylum seeker has denied assaulting two nurses at Royal North Shore Hospital when he was transferred from Nauru for medical treatment.

    Ebrahim Qasimi’s not guilty plea at Hornsby Local Court comes amid a political battle in Canberra in which the Coalition lost control of the parliament and Labor joined the Greens to pass a bill to make it easier for asylum seekers to get medical treatment in Australia.

    Shortly before Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the Christmas Island detention centre would reopen, Qasimi walked into the courthouse Wednesday morning surrounded by four guards and in handcuffs.

    The 38-year-old, who arrived in Australia via Christmas Island in 2013, is accused of grabbing two nurses on the buttocks as he underwent treatment at the St Leonards hospital.

    Qasimi had been transferred to Sydney for medical treatment on January 4.

    The assault is alleged to have taken place just over a week after his arrival.

    When the nurses he allegedly targeted reported the incident to Serco guards and the asylum seeker was told of their complaint, he allegedly threatened to assault both of the nurses.

    Qasimi was charged by police with common assault, sexually touching a person without consent and stalking or intimidating with intent to cause fear or harm.

    Greens and Derryn Hinch would be able to post bail, surely?

  38. JC

    Fred

    Dude, she looks like a trannie.

    Sharpen those tastebuds.

  39. Roger

    “(The) Ross River Dam was designed to protect the city of Townsville from floods far in excess of recent flooding and that the dam would have protected the community if the gates had been professionally operated,” he wrote.

    Yes, but we weren’t supposed to get dam filling rains ever again.

    Is that the assumption that underpins SunWater’s very conservative approach to water management?

    Meanwhile, Ms. Palaszczuk, whose climate science credentials are unknown, has attributed the floods to “climate change” while at the same time attempting to deflect blame for flooding from the state government statutory body responsible for water management to the Townsville council, despite the fact that the council has no responsibility for operating the dam.

    The inquiry is going to be interesting.

  40. hzhousewife

    “We all came out here with good health and standing on our two feet however most of us now are on wheelchair,” she says.

    NDIS here we come !

    Pal working in the NDIS system was a bit cheesed off last time I spoke to him, at having to take a clients car for a service, and then having to get take car to get new tyres all around as well. I would have thought this outside the remit, but there you go.

  41. Eyrie

    If the LNP in Queensland had a clue (they don’t – they’ve bought into the whole AGW/enviro bullshit) the sloagn for the next election could be “Vote ALP to flood Queensland cities!”

  42. Boambee John

    bespoke at 1302

    Was Otama the one that lost two men in 1987 when she submerged, leaving them outside?

  43. Stimpson J. Cat

    NDIS here we come !

    Reminds me to get my provider number.

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  44. Notafan

    Client can drive, obviously, but not to do boring stuff.

  45. stevem

    Anybody who thinks the medvac law won’t be rorted just needs to look at history to learn otherwise:

    Harsard, Eric Abetz, 2018-12-06 13:33
    Recently, international doctors on Nauru demanded an Iranian asylum seeker be medically evacuated to Australia because she was in so much pain. It cost $100,000 for the Australian taxpayer. The medical people thought, ‘If there’s so much pain, put her on a commercial flight.’ But, no, Maurice Blackburn, that well-known Labor law firm got involved and sought a court order that she be transported by air ambulance. She was transported by air ambulance to Brisbane on 22 October and taken to a hospital. After a number of tests she was discharged, having been diagnosed with constipation—a medical emergency that required air ambulance! This is the gaming of Australian generosity in a completely unprincipled manner. Guess what? She found herself in Australia and she remains in Australia, and it is expected that a Federal Court injunction will be filed on her behalf.

  46. The Beer Whisperer

    Not only was Harris lying in an attempt to look cool with the kids, she chose two of the most overrated hip hop stars.

    Pretty fly for a……Jamaican-Indian chick?

  47. Roger

    If the LNP in Queensland had a clue…

    Absolutely clueless.

    Deb Frecklington may be a decent person, but not since Terry White has a Liberal leader so spectacularly failed to gain traction with voters.

  48. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6698083/Australian-mother-defends-arranging-two-daughters-genitals-mutilated.html

    Di Natalie et all could argue that it should be done, in Australia, at taxpayer’s expense.

  49. thefrollickingmole

    and it is expected that a Federal Court injunction will be filed on her behalf.

    Thats the true nature of the emergency.
    It was being done 20 years ago
    It has continued to be done.

    Yet somehow the legal profession is extremely comfortable with encouraging people to either fake or play up medical issues.
    Which of course is almost precisely the reason it becomes difficult to get approval for urgent medical transfers in real emergencies.

    Its a self licking ice cream cone of crap.

  50. Percy Popinjay

    Do not question Newscorp’s motives for paywalling Blair’s blog if you’d like your comment posted. In answer to the Question “Please can someone tell me why is this blog ( other than this segment) behind a paywall ???”, saw this comment rejected this morning:

    Newscorp doesn’t want Fauxfacts to have a monopoly on mass wastage of its readers.

    It’s the only explanation I can think of. Behold the opening lines of “He’ll never be an ol’ man River” to understand the mindset.

    I saw his body thrashing round.
    I saw his pulse rate going down.
    I saw him in convulsive throes.
    I said “I’ll have one of those.”

  51. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    University of Sydney fires academic Tim Anderson for ‘serious misconduct’
    Tim Anderson at the Cuban Embassy in Canberra in 2016 remembering the life and legacy of Fidel Castro

    Sian Powell
    Higher Education & Science Writer
    23 minutes ago February 13, 2019

    The University of Sydney has fired controversial academic Dr Tim Anderson because of “serious misconduct” when he used images of swastikas overlaid on the Israeli flag in his teaching materials and on social media last year.

    The university today confirmed that a vote was taken by a review committee last Friday, and two of the three committee members agreed with the university’s decision to sack Dr Anderson.

    However Dr Anderson wrote in a tweet that he would appeal the decision to expel him from his position as a senior lecturer at the university. “I am now consulting with my union, the NTEU (National Tertiary Education Union), over a legal appeal,” he wrote in the tweet. “On to the next round”.

    Dr Anderson, a political scientist who says he has worked at the university for more than 20 years, wrote that one of the three members of the review committee disagreed with the majority verdict to fire him.

    “A minority report by Dr Neil MacLean found there was no serious misconduct”, he wrote. “He criticised (University Provost and then acting vice-chancellor) Stephen Garton’s reliance on vague criteria such as ‘inappropriate’ or ‘offensive’”.

    Dr Anderson wrote that Dr Maclean had written: “Dr Anderson has consistently argued that such ‘minimalist’ criteria are inadequate. I agree with his view’.”

    The lecturer was suspended from his position and banned from entering the university late last year pending an investigation into the “misconduct”.

    Dr Anderson allegedly used the swastika image superimposed over Israel’s flag as part of an infographic on Israeli assaults on Gaza versus Palestinian attacks on Israelis.

    From the Oz. Could set a precedent?

  52. Geriatric Mayfly

    After a number of tests she was discharged, having been diagnosed with constipation—a medical emergency that required air ambulance! This is the gaming of Australian generosity

    And on a regular flight to Nauru, a bottle of castor oil could have been dispatched for ingestion at one end, or a length of rubber hose for a spot of colonic irrigation at the other. Less than $100.

  53. Atoms for Peace

    No sign of a Premiers Relief Fund in QLD this time around?

  54. Elle

    Lizzie, darling! Just saw your post about the dust. How dare it make its way to our side of town! 😁
    My car is covered in it.

    Re you wanting me to destroy Hark with that implement of evil. I think he’ll do a fine job of destroying himself. He is rather taken by you though. Who could blame him; you’re gorgeous!

  55. Percy Popinjay

    Kamala Harris says she listened to Snoop Dogg, Tupac while smoking weed in college

    and watching live footage of Jessie Owens knocking out Adolf Hitler in the heavyweight boxing gold medal match at the 1936 Munich Olympics.

  56. feelthebern

    Water mismanagement is QLD’s favourite past-time.

  57. bespoke

    Boambee John
    #2932733, posted on February 13, 2019 at 1:12 pm
    Was Otama the one that lost two men in 1987 when she submerged, leaving them outside?

    ===

    The most recent such occurrence that I’m aware of happened on 3 August 1987 aboard the Australian submarine HMAS Otama. In that case, two sailors who were working in the fin (sail) were lost when the submarine submerged underneath them. Their absence was not noted until about 30 minutes after the boat dived, and it was about an hour before they were confirmed missing. On surfacing, one body was spotted but could not be recovered.

    Thanks I didn’t no that and went searching. I mainly look for cool looking FPV fly overs.

  58. Boambee John

    Atoms

    Even tbe Liars seem to recognise the disaster Bligh made of the last one?

  59. Fred

    Cricket – if you say “there’s nothing wrong with being gay” you’re a hero.

    But if you have a banner that says “its ok to be white” you get kicked out.

    Gay good, white bad.

  60. Boambee John

    bespoke

    I have always thought it extremely strange that two men were not missed for 30 minutes from their diving stations in a boat with a crew of only around 70.

  61. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “A minority report by Dr Neil MacLean found there was no serious misconduct”, he wrote. “He criticised (University Provost and then acting vice-chancellor) Stephen Garton’s reliance on vague criteria such as ‘inappropriate’ or ‘offensive’”.

    surely everyone knows the left has its own private definition of “inappropriate” and “offensive”.

  62. ArthurB

    I note that Teh Dumb now has an hour’s slot, 6pm to 7 pm during the week. The presenters, fresh from their Well Earned Breaks, are as affable as ever, greeting the regular panellists with cries of “Great to see you again”, etc. As usual, most of the panellists are from the Left, everyone believes in the Great Global Warming Scam, and any other fashionable cause.

    The political parties are obliged to disclose the names of entities that donate money to them, together with the amount. I really feel that Labor and the Greens (and some of the so-called Independents) should include Their ABC on their list of supporters, since much of what the ABC produces is pure Green-Labor-Left propaganda, the Liberals would have to pay a fortune to get the same coverage on the commercial channels.

  63. Nelson Kidd-Players

    If ever there was an argument for FNQ to separate from Brisvegas…

  64. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Kamala Harris Supports ‘Some Type of’ Slavery Reparations

    some corn and fried chicken should do the trick!

  65. Elle

    I think Tim Blair’s blog was the last of the opinion piece writer’s blogs to go behind a paywall. Piers went first followed by Miranda and the others. I was a subscriber, but cancelled my subscription after children took over the moderating.

  66. Eyrie

    “Water mismanagement is QLD’s favourite past-time.”
    Better than the SA one of putting bodies in barrels.

  67. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Given the number of Blair exiles over here, perhaps Tim should come across himself!

  68. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Kamala Harris Supports ‘Some Type of’ Slavery Reparations

    Will there be a “contra” for the cost of fighting the Civil War?

  69. Stimpson J. Cat

    Absolute Queen.

    Ann Coulter
    @AnnCoulter
    The idea is to have a booming economy so that women don’t have to work.
    10:39 AM · Feb 12, 2019

  70. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2932751, posted on February 13, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Same date as Hilton Bombing?

  71. Mother Lode

    Bolta’s is still out in front of the paywall, isn’t it?

  72. Lysander

    Why don’t Libs push the issue of Medivac bill is an appropriation bill originating in the Senate (which is unconstitutional)

  73. Dr Faustus

    A rough diamond set in Australia’s democracy.

    Senator Hinch – whose vote was crucial – said it had been “a very tortured 24 hours” and he was “still perplexed” by some aspects of the bill, which will enable easier medical transfers of sick refugees from Manus Island and Nauru to Australia.

    Senator Hinch is perplexed each morning when he regains consciousness. But still, he gets up and staggers on.

    … Senator Hinch said he was satisfied there were enough safeguards in the bill to ensure it did not undermine Australia’s security, including the commitment that transfers can only be accessed by the 1000 people currently on the islands, not any future arrivals.

    Luckily for Senator Hinch, People Smugglers will always be scrupulous with their Product Disclosure Statements – and their country shopper customers will remain rules-based and wholly disinterested in a destination enthusiastically offering extra-territorial welfare.

    Checks and balances at work. We’re in safe hands…

  74. struth

    Hey Monty, any day now, shitfabrains, any day now.

    Trump’s gorn I tells ya, gorn.
    What a human haemorrhoid you are.
    If you feel no embarrassment that is because you never critically look at yourself.
    There probably isn’t a mirror big enough.
    My question to you today is, how do you feel knowing other trolls on your side of politics are for killing babies?
    The democrats love the idea.
    Live babies, as opposed to the dead ones constantly kicking their mums with their dead legs and dead elbows from inside the womb feeding their lifeless bodies from an umbilical chord?
    When did your wife first feel the kicking and how would you have felt killing the baby then?

  75. Lysander

    More from Christian Porter on unconstitutional matter in allowing the Senate to originate appropriation bills; this sets a dangerous precedent!

    We must be all clear on this: the responsibility is ours. When deciding how to vote on this motion, it needs to be understood by every single member here, even those who might have very passionate views about the subject matter that is now before this House, that it has been the practice of this House since 1910 to treat the third paragraph of section 53 of the Constitution as applying to a bill that, while it may not itself contain an appropriation, contains a Senate amendment that would increase expenditure from a standing appropriation in another act or bill.

    This 109-year-old principle was clearly and explicitly recognised by the House Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in 1995. It is not a technical question about some preferable process or what is convenient or inconvenient; it is about our parliament deciding whether or not to observe the clear requirements of the Constitution of this nation itself—constitutional requirements which concern the critical issue of the appropriation of revenue. Were the House to ignore the requirements of sections 53 and 56 of the Constitution and consider these amendments, the House would be giving the Senate the power to initiate the expenditure of public revenue, breaching the most essential principle of our Constitution.

    The power of control over public finances is the essential feature of responsible government, the government formed in the house that we sit in.

  76. Dr Faustus

    Why don’t Libs push the issue of Medivac bill is an appropriation bill originating in the Senate (which is unconstitutional)

    When Porter delivered the Solicitor General’s advice that authorising payment of the standing review body was an unconstitutional appropriation, Labor promptly introduced an amendment expressly stating that the tribunal members should not be paid.

    That’s the way well-crafted legislation gets done.

  77. Elle

    Bolta’s is still out in front of the paywall, isn’t it?

    It is.
    Although he writes for the Telegraph his blog is linked with the Herald Sun.

  78. Elle

    Although, I just had a look and one of his pieces is paywalled. Hmm

  79. Lysander

    Oh I see… Thanks Dr Faustus…. good to know they won’t get directly paid (but paid from Getup instead).

  80. Lysander

    If the Libs were smarter and more acutely aware of, say, Libertarian economic arguments they’d basically be able to lodge an appropriation against anything the government does…

    But, not that smart it seems..

  81. Elle

    *although he writes for the Telegraph and the Herald Sun

  82. Tel

    This 109-year-old principle was clearly and explicitly recognised by the House Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in 1995.

    Where was the appropriations bill that allowed Lord Termite to dump a massive taxpayer donation to his favorite obscure reef charity slush fund? Can I find a list of people who voted for that?

  83. Lysander

    Tel – nice point but Cabinet doesn’t require Parliamentary expenditure approvals as there’s often a “slush” fund that appears on line items in the broader budget; usually termed “other.” We used to have one such item in WA called “Other Statewide Initiatives” that was basically a fund for all things going through Cabinet that hadn’t been finalised (or even thought of yet! :P)

  84. stackja

    Southeast Queensland City Deal: How it compares to Future SEQ 20-point plan
    Daryl Passmore, The Courier-Mail
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    AN “AMBITIOUS” $58 billion City Deal proposal to guide southeast Queensland’s growth delivers on many of the priorities identified by The Courier-Mail’s Future SEQ series.

    From dramatic improvements to the public transport system to boosting future industries, and improving planning and delivery of new residential mini-cities, the new blueprint addresses some of the key issues facing the region over the next quarter of a century.

    The TransformingSEQ document prepared by the Palaszczuk Government and SEQ Council of Mayors is designed to provide the foundation for a City Deal, which would also include the Federal Government. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given his support.

    Meanwhile FNQ drought and floods get?

  85. JohnJJJ

    Has anyone looked at the Shia/Sunni aspect of the Bahraini soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi. Never seems to be mentioned in the press reports.

  86. areff

    You can circumvent the paywall, mostly. by googling the particular post’s headline and clicking on “cache”. It’s not 100% but seems to work quite often.

  87. Mother Lode

    Why don’t Libs push the issue of Medivac bill is an appropriation bill originating in the Senate

    ScoMo might be wanting this to be the focus of the next election. Everything else has been pretty lacklustre. And it will be the only thing that differentiates the Libs from Labor – they are tied at the hip on AGW and identity politics.

    Having been the minister who oversaw OSB gives him a little more stature in that area too.

    And, if he is lucky and the Kerryn of Troy manages to launch a thousand ships bound from Indonesia to Australia before the election then he will be able to campaign on how quickly they could stop it. Which is kind of not the worst outcome as it means only a few months of Labors immigration policy instead of a few years.

    Really, if Labor had any sense at all, they would pave over the boaties on Nauru with concrete and then declare repeatedly that the Liberals did it so they could could wring their hands into perpetuity lamenting Liberal cruelty without having to risk the voters being reminded of the price of their degraded sense of compassion. The MSM would do all they could to (ahem) cement the lie.

  88. Arky

    The European Parliament’s Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt has suggested that Tory Brexiteers who reject a soft Brexit deal will be sent to the guillotine like the leaders of the French revolution.

    “Within the Tory Party, the hard Brexiteers are compared to the leaders of the French Revolution,” Mr Vehofstadt said during a press conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday.

    “I think Gove is Brissot, Boris Johnson is Danton, and Rees-Mogg is compared to Robespierre.

    ..
    Despised eurocrats probably shouldn’t be putting that idea in people’s heads.

  89. Geriatric Mayfly

    In QT Shorten and his cadres pushing the distraction of banks for all they are worth. But the banks off Ashmore Reef remain a no go area.

  90. John Constantine

    The process to import the voters from the detention centers just needs to be broadened a little for the purposes of fair and equal treatment of those dreamers that flew in on visas and want to stay and vote for fairness and equality.

  91. Mother Lode

    Senator Hinch – whose vote was crucial – said it had been “a very tortured 24 hours”

    Geez, Hunch. Tortured?

    Was it like being in Auschwitz? I believe that is the metric being bandied about in this debate.

  92. Mother Lode

    Although he writes for the Telegraph his blog is linked with the Herald Sun.

    True enough.

    It has been a long time since I have been to Bolta’s.

    And I have stopped going to Blair’s because of how twitchy their mods are on the ‘Rejected’ trigger, and with the new format if your comment is not in the first three it is tucked behind a horrid fuschia ‘Show more Replies’ button which most people don’t bother with. Loses the debating flow of point and counter-point.

  93. Makka

    The UNiparty are quite happy to see public debate, focus and outrage directed toward a handful of supposedly sick country shoppers and the plight of Scummo’s pathetic team. While the real definitive issues facing Australia like energy costs, immigration hordes and onerous taxation , the UNiparty foundation policies, remain untouched on the sidelines.

  94. Elle

    It has been a long time since I have been to Bolta’s.

    Me too. I remember you at Bolta’s 10 plus years ago (?), before GetUp infiltrated it. Fun times back then.

  95. Fred

    JC

    You need your eyes checked. She’s hot. I would cover her in my nut nector.

  96. David from Canberra

    Article in The Australian:

    Yellow vests fuel surge in anti-semitism

    France’s yellow vest insurrection is feeding a hatred of Jews that has surged over the past year, according to the Elysee Palace.

    “Anti-semitism is spreading like poison,” said Christophe Castaner, the interior minister. “It’s rotting minds, it’s killing.” He was speaking at a memorial on Monday night to Ilan Halimi, a young Jewish man who was tortured to death by Muslim men in 2006. Trees forming part of his memorial were hacked down last week.

    Mr Castaner voiced alarm over the resurgence of anti-semitism, with a 74 per cent rise in anti-Jewish acts recorded across France last year. He said it was prevalent on social media and visible in slogans and acts of vandalism near the gilets jaunes protests in French cities.

    The antisemitic protesters believe that President Macron is a puppet of Jewish interests who are the real rulers of France. A recent 30-minute program, which claims to be a documentary, argues that the Rothschild banking family, Mr Macron’s previous employer, is the “master” of France. It has been watched 1.5 million times on YouTube in the past two months.

    During protests in Paris on Saturday the word “Juden” was daubed on the front of a bagel shop in the heart of the city. Public images of Simone Veil, the late stateswoman and Holocaust survivor, were defaced with swastikas. “Macron Jews’ Bitch” was written in English on the wall of a garage in the 3rd arrondissement.

    “Conspiracy theorists are very present among their ranks,” said Sebastien Lecornu, a junior foreign minister. He cited a national poll that found 44 per cent of gilet jaune activists believe a Zionist conspiracy manipulates the world.

    Frederic Potier, the senior official monitoring anti-semitism, denounced the “nauseating” anti-Jewish graffiti that appeared around the Saturday rally. “When hatred of the Jews overlaps with hatred of democracy, the vocabulary of the fascist sphere is found on the walls,” he tweeted.

    My comment in the Oz, repeated here in case it doesn’t survive moderation:

    This is a ridiculous article. The yellow vest protests began only three months ago and have attracted protesters from across the political spectrum; these are mostly ordinary citizens with no particular political leanings. The ruling elite are desperate to avoid addressing the real issues, so by calling them anti-Semitic are hoping to smear them.

    The attacks against Jews in France and Europe have increased over the past ten or more years, coinciding with the steady and rapid rise in Muslim immigration. It’s not PC to blame that for the increase in anti-Semitic attacks, so you’ll never find it addressed honestly by politicians nor by the MSM.

    How can you blame the three-month yellow vest protests for anti-Semitic attacks that have occurred with increasing frequency over the last ten or more years? Lazy journalism.

  97. Speedbox

    When was the last time we were exhorted to dig deeper into our innovative ability – rather than deeper into our pockets to pay extortionately high taxes?

    When was the last time we strived as a nation to create meaningful growth in industry – rather than tear down the industries built by our fathers and grandfathers?

    When was the last time we truly forged ahead – without being constrained by endless bureaucracy, champagne socialists or self-interested minorities?

    What happened to the Australian image as a ‘lovable larrikin’ who had a healthy disrespect of authority? Now, we are threatened by legislation, spied on and generally cowed by the threat of being branded a ‘racist’ via the attack dogs of social media.

    What happened to the national media whom we could once rely upon to provide news without commentary or bias? Or, commencing from 7pm, television is now a parade of violence, profanity, sex scenes or sexual innuendo under the excuse that social standards have changed. Chicken meet egg.

    Why did we allow the near destruction of our previously stable inexpensive electricity supply on the altar of climate change?

    That Australia has lost its way and squandered its future is an understatement of colossal proportions. We could have been, arguably, the wealthiest nation on the planet. Our small population sit on enormous reserves of coal, iron ore, uranium, copper and bauxite. If that’s not enough, we have vast supplies of gas not to mention dozens of other precious minerals and gems. We are blessed by being an island that is geographically stable. Our people have previously shown themselves to be hard-working, resilient and innovative.

    But look at what we have done – with barely a whimper heard in the mainstream media or any shame racked acknowledgement by a ‘uniparty’ politician. This travesty has occurred because the low-information, disinterested voter has allowed, sometimes by omission, this cancer to permeate deeper and deeper. What would have been considered outrageous just a few years ago is now acceptable or at least under consideration. Innumerable poor political decisions, or lack of public opposition, have facilitated the slow but unrelenting degeneracy of civilised society, dismantling of our industrial base, undermining our secure reliable power, increased taxation, bureaucracy and red tape – all the while increasing the reach of Government and reliance on them by vast numbers hooked on Government hand-outs.

    In this country many cheered as we blew up a power station and, aided and abetted by the media, have encouraged, or not opposed, a socialist-green agenda. Although this is the country of my birth, it bears little resemblance to the country in which I was raised. I fear that Australia will sink to a low unimaginable in the past 200 years and may eventually be too weak to protect itself from expansionist nations who, whether by overt or covert means, will reduce Australia to an outpost of their empire.

    God help us.

  98. Ubique

    Their ABC’s log of boat arrivals , which started under the AbbottBeast

    Note of course that the ABC had no log of boat arrivals during the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd ear when 800 boats brought 50,000 illegal immigrants to Australia; and when at least 1,200 people were drowned at sea. The ABC in fact barely reported the boat arrivals.

    To this day the ABC has never inquired into the identities of the 1,200 victims of Labor’s policy.

  99. Dr Faustus

    The TransformingSEQ document prepared by the Palaszczuk Government and SEQ Council of Mayors is designed to provide the foundation for a City Deal, which would also include the Federal Government. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given his support.

    The undead Jacki Trad is grasping the opportunity to terrorise Morrison and Shorten in the run up to the election:

    “With the federal election only weeks away, what we have seen is a desperate Morrison LNP government following in the footsteps of federal Labor, who months and months and months ago said they are willing to pursue a city partnership with Queensland and with the mayors of south-east Queensland corner to progress a city partnership for Queensland,” Ms Trad said.

    As is standard practice, Mz Trad is demanding Commonwealth funding based on a back of the envelope study by KPMG which has found that it only takes a small tweak in the secret model to deliver $58 billion in additional value over, blah, blah, blah..

  100. Stimpson J. Cat

    Tortured?
    Was it like being in Auschwitz? I believe that is the metric being bandied about in this debate.

    No he means real torture.
    Like going more than an hour without a drink.

  101. JC

    That’s really charming, Fred. We all wanted to hear that.

  102. struth

    the bill by Kevin, er Kerryn Phelps to my mind is unconstitutional because of the wording further down and not necessarily as put above.
    Part of section 53 states……………..the senate may not amend any proposed law so as to increase any proposed charge or BURDEN ON THE PEOPLE.

    The first part states..proposed laws appropriating revenues or monies, or imposing taxation, shall not originate in the senate.

    They way I read this unfortunate wording is that they can actually propose a bill, as long as it doesn’t by one cent, increase the tax burden on Australians.
    So the doctors must work for free, the planes must not seek payment from the taxpayers , nor the hospitals treating the patients.
    The Australians can not wait a second longer for their medical care because that increases the burden on the people as well.
    Basically, this bill cannot be presented to the senate by Phelps.
    It’s plainly unconstitutional for the reasons stated above.
    The fact that it has already cost taxpayers an extra burden having it presented and debated in parliament, means basically all bills must be first presented to the house of reps.
    The senate is only the representatives of state governments, a house of revue, not of people, and as intended, therefore, have no reason nor right to present a bill.

  103. Mother Lode

    Fun times back then

    Happy days.

  104. calli

    So the doctors must work for free, the planes must not seek payment from the taxpayers , nor the hospitals treating the patients.

    And then I laughed and laughed and laughed….

  105. calli

    a house of revue

    It’s definitely that.

  106. Mark M

    The AEMO Q4 2018 report is out.
    Further evidence that renewable energy can not prevent global warming …

    1.1 Weather
    Q4 2018 was a quarter of warm conditions across most of the nation, particularly December which was the warmest on record for Australia, with prolonged periods of extreme heat.

    http://aemo.com.au/-/media/Files/Media_Centre/2019/QED-Q4-2018.pdf

  107. thefrollickingmole

    Heres another case of deception by reporting…

    Headline:

    Six California police officers fire shots at rapper asleep in car, killing him
    Family of Willie McCoy allege racial profiling after Vallejo police fire ‘multiple rounds’ at man

    Seems indefensible, many thousands of words into “he was a good boy” a line or 2, full of “” and “aledged” to explain why he was shot.

    Police said officers were checking up on McCoy after a Taco Bell employee called 911 and said a man was “slumped over” behind the wheel of his car at the fast-food restaurant drive through on Saturday at around 10.30pm. McCoy was unresponsive and had a handgun on his lap, police said, adding that the doors were locked and the car was on. After they called for backup, McCoy “suddenly” moved, officials said in a statement.

    Police further alleged that officers told him to “keep his hands visible” but that he “quickly moved his hands downward for the firearm”. Police said six officers all fired shots within roughly four seconds, but they did not disclose the number of bullets that struck McCoy. The officers continued shouting commands before removing him from the vehicle and “rendering medical assistance”. He died on the scene. Police have not yet confirmed his identity and said an autopsy was pending.

    Play a stupid game, win a stupid prize.
    The sheer race baiting angle is disgusting, they are tying so hard for another “Ferguson”…

    Awful people
    the worst
    low energy

  108. Stimpson J. Cat

    I would cover her in my nut nector.

    Come on man.
    This is not a Blair or Bolta lowest common denominator blog.
    This is a serious Economics, Blockchain, Borders, and Bowtie Appreciation blog.
    Show some class.

  109. mh

    Is ‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett’s Story Falling Apart?

    …Late Monday evening, ABC7 Chicago reported that an empty hot sauce bottle that smelled like bleach was found near the location of the alleged attack. Smollett had told police that the attackers — who wore “Make America Great Again” hats and screamed “This is MAGA country!” — had poured an unknown bleach-smelling liquid on him and put a noose around his neck after they yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him at 2 a.m. on January 29.

    Chicago police confirmed a New York Post story about the hot sauce bottle.

    “It’s unclear if that is related to the incident as it was not discovered during any of the earlier canvasses but we took it for analysis,” Chicago Police Department (CPD) spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. “The FBI is providing CPD with technical assistance on this case at our request. I’m not sure if the bottle went to their lab or one of ours.”

    As for the phone records, Guglielmi said, “We are very appreciative of the victim’s cooperation, however, the records provided do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation as they were limited and heavily redacted. Detectives may be following up with him to request additional data to corroborate the investigative timeline.”

    Chicago police have not been able to identify any legitimate suspects in the case, nor have they been able to find any surveillance footage of the attack. There is speculation that the hot sauce bottle may have been placed after the fact to prop up the hoax if Smollett indeed made a false report.

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/is-empire-star-jussie-smolletts-story-falling-apart/

  110. struth

    a house of revue

    It’s definitely that.

    He he, that truly is a Freudian slip!!

  111. thefrollickingmole

    Blockchain, Blockchain you say.

    Ive had this all wrong I thought it was bollockchain..

    I was deceived by the mentions of meth fueled gerbil insertions and Calcutta curry house commodes in states of disarray.

  112. struth

    I would cover her in my nut nector.

    By god man, behave please.
    Are you a macadamia , peanut, or some sort of stone fruit farmer?

  113. mh

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2932837, posted on February 13, 2019 at 3:17 pm
    I would cover her in my nut nector.

    Come on man.
    This is not a Blair or Bolta lowest common denominator blog.
    This is a serious Economics, Blockchain, Borders, and Bowtie Appreciation blog.
    Show some class.

    I hate scrolling up, so can someone post a link of whoever you are talking about and I will judge.

  114. Stimpson J. Cat

    is that like nutella?

    No Nutella is what happens if C.L. watchs too much Nigella.

    😁

  115. Fred

    What hypocrisy.

    It’s ok to say a woman looks like trannie, but if I want to make sweet love to her, then I’m the one that needs to show some class!

  116. Stimpson J. Cat

    I couldn’t stop myself poor impulse control sorry C.L.
    God I’m weak.

  117. Lysander

    a house of revue

    It’s definitely that.

    He he, that truly is a Freudian slip!!

    RFLMAO! That’s a good one! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  118. Stimpson J. Cat

    I want to make sweet love to her

    Stop watching [email protected] Fred.

  119. Arky

    no one go to Freds for breakfast.

  120. stackja

    Sydney substation fire cuts power to more than 20,000 homes
    By Kate Kachor

    2:48pm Feb 13, 2019

    More than 20,000 homes across Sydney’s upper north shore and Hills District are without power following a fire in the Hornsby zone substation.

    Emergency services responded to reports of a fire in the cable basement of the substation just before midday today, according to energy distribution company Ausgrid.

    Power supply was interrupted in parts of Hornsby, Waitara, Asquith, Hornsby Heights, Wahroonga, Galston, Thornleigh, Mount Colah and Normanhurst.

    “Crews are assessing the level of the damage before commencing work to restore power safely,” the company said in a statement to Twitter.

    More to come.

    © Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2019

  121. Mark M

    Every Sunday, I spend $3.00 on a Sunday Telegraph – $156.00 per year.

    I read Tim Blair, but, another $360 per year for a digital data, of which my comment might not be published?

    I love ya Tim, but I can’t afford that.

  122. struth

    but if I want to make sweet love to her, then I’m the one that needs to show some class!

    That’s the sort of sweet love we need isn’t it?

    Not, I’d look lovingly in to her eyes and promise all of myself to her forever!
    Tell her she is the only one there will ever be and hold her in my arms through the darkest and loneliest of nights, and defend her from all, unto my last breath.
    Clasp her hand and feel like the luckiest man to ever have drawn breath.
    Worship her and wish to die, when the time comes, in her loving embrace.

    No, sweet love to you is:

    I would cover her in my nut nector.

  123. stackja

    CFMEU boss John Setka faces Melbourne court on assault charges
    Rebekah Cavanagh, Herald Sun
    22 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    CFMEU boss John Setka has faced court on assault and menacing charges.

    The Herald Sun can reveal police filed the charges on Mr Setka yesterday.

    One charge relates to recklessly causing injury to a woman in West Footscray on July 30, 2017.

    On October 29 last year, police also allege he used a carriage service in a harassing manner towards the same victim.

    Details of the allegations against him were not aired in a brief hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.

    Mr Setka, supported by one of his sons in court, sat quietly in the front row as his lawyer, Tim Freeman, requested an adjournment.

    He will return to court on March 13.

    It comes after the Herald Sun last month revealed police had to attend the militant union leader’s home following a row with his wife at Christmas.

    “Over the last three years my wife Emma and my children David, Kate and Johnny have suffered immensely from the ongoing political and ideological attacks on myself as a union leader, with the possibility of losing their husband and father to a prison sentence.

    “This has been an extremently enormous strain on our family unit and it has taken its toll on each of us as individuals.

    Mr Setka’s reference to facing jail related to blackmail charges laid on him and his deputy, Shaun Reardon in 2015, which he fought and were withdrawn by the prosecution last year.

    Those charges related to allegations they had threatened to blockade Boral trucks at Victorian work sites if the company did not stop supplying concrete to Grocon as the union was warring with the builder over OH&S issues.

    It is understood that Mr Setka is currently on extended personal leave from the union.

  124. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Plenty of elbow fixers, MRI machines and dentists in Taiwan, already suggested by a compassionate Australian government as a place for elbow surgery for those in Narau who consider themselves a cut above the locals. Same surely applies to any other illness or treatment, fabricated or real. It would be much cheaper for us to assist in that way, simply in the saving of legal aid costs alone, let alone the huge ultimate cost of picking up any open borders hopeful who wanders in for a whole of life taxpayer support till death in their nineties parts them from Australia’s benevolence.

  125. Stimpson J. Cat

    More to come.

    Yes there is Sydney!!
    Enjoy!!!

  126. mh

    No, sweet love to you is:

    I would cover her in my nut nector.

    C’mon guys, it’s the 21st century. Today’s women may like, no demand, to be covered in nut nectar.

  127. 132andBush

    Fred

    #2932818, posted on February 13, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    JC

    You need your eyes checked. She’s hot. I would cover her in my nut nector.

    Fucking idiot.

  128. bespoke

    Arky
    #2932805, posted on February 13, 2019 at 2:36 pm
    The European Parliament’s Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt has suggested that Tory Brexiteers who reject a soft Brexit deal will be sent to the guillotine like the leaders of the French revolution.

    Thy have been petty, belligerent from the start. And people say Trump is mad.

  129. DrBeauGan

    C’mon guys, it’s the 21st century. Today’s women may like, no demand, to be covered in nut nectar.

    Yes, but this is Emma Husar he’s talking about.

    I doubt I could produce any in her case.

  130. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Phew, for a minute I thought you were referring to something other than this.

  131. Arky

    nut nector

    must be one of those new boo-tique beers

  132. Makka

    SA’s great green energy revolution isn’t cutting it so let’s spend another $1.5 Billion to help make it viable. That $1.5 billion will be recovered of course,from guess who? Lower costs my arse.

    An electricity interconnector between South Australia and New South Wales worth $1.52 billion will lower power costs and improve network and energy security, the companies involved in the project are predicting.

  133. JC

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2932868, posted on February 13, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    New Fred.

    Thank God. The old Fred leaves a lot to be desired.

  134. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    with the new format if your comment is not in the first three it is tucked behind a horrid fuschia ‘Show more Replies’ button which most people don’t bother with. Loses the debating flow of point and counter-point.

    There is nothing like the Cat for flow. The pace is fast and furious. It’s open and it’s free and best of all, it is immediate. Quick flip through or slow peruse; it’s up to you. Scrolling’s easy and the only brake applied is Doomlord’s. It’s good for one-liners but also takes weighty essays and links. What’s not to like?

    You can pick up again on themes: like this morning’s dust storm. Yes, there actually was one, as I discovered when I went to get in my car which was not in the garage overnight. It was covered in Outback red dust. It happens. Happened badly in 2009 the day my mother died.

    ‘Twas like blood in my tears, that day.

  135. Stimpson J. Cat

    You lying anti- semenite.

    OK this is good content.

  136. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    New Fred.
    😎

    Stimp’s just woken up. Don’t mind him.

  137. JC

    It’s true. It’s not the richer are getting richer.

    It’s the smarter are getting richer.

  138. thefrollickingmole

    No, sweet love to you is:

    I would cover her in my nut nector.

    As Jesus* once said “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his nut nector for his girlfriends”.

    *Thats Mexican brothel keeper Jesus if you were wondering

  139. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Senator Hinch – whose vote was crucial – said it had been “a very tortured 24 hours”

    That sounds as if it is in the same league as hyperbowl. The sort of mistake Harken would make. I think he means a very tortuous debate. Although he has been mixing it in a lot with the AMA types so natch he’d have Auschwitz on his mind. These ugly things rub off on you, Hinchie. Make you more liverish than that last gallon of plonk. Can’t think straight either then.

  140. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    As Jesus* once said “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his nut nector for his girlfriends”.

    Look, we on the receiving end of all of this masculine largesse find the whole topic rather icky.
    Reminds far too much of struggles over who sleeps in the wet patch, and other unmentionables best left to the domestic sphere rather than for public discussion in the presence of ladies. *sniffs haughtily*

    This blog has standards. Well, it has a few tall lampshades and cushions.
    We use them for appearances sake. Delta A would rap your knuckles pronto.

    I hope she is alright.

  141. Gilas

    Snork!

    Good to see the leftards eating one of their own.

  142. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    That was a relief, Arky. Sometimes one clicks a link wondering what on earth ….????

  143. mh

    Memoryvault will regret missing the nut nector topic.

    It would be right down his alley.

  144. Speedbox

    According to AEMO: Demand in SA is 935Mw. Such a small amount – it’s the middle of the day, is anybody there?!

    By comparison, that is, literally, 10% of the current demand in QLD at 9,394Mw.

  145. struth

    Oh, Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou nut nectar?

    Scratches arse, farts, listen here you stupid bint, burp, I may be good but I can’t even manage that high from wot window breaks.
    Get Thou art’s arse down here, and lap dance me for my nut nectar is as boundless as the sea,
    My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
    The more I have, for both are infinite
    If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.
    Now will he sit under a medlar tree
    And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit
    that kind of nut from hence cometh the nectar.

  146. jo

    This blog has standards

    We have other standards if you don’t like those ones. Many thanks to Groucho Marx (no relation of Karl) who said a similar thing about principles.

  147. min

    Discussion today at Current Affairs group re Brexit claimed that there was to be a reciprocal visa ? where Brits and Aussies could enter each others country with no restrictions . This means if course we could have 5 million Pakistanis arriving here so it was believed .

  148. DrBeauGan

    You don’t mean from hence, Struth. Try whence.

  149. thefrollickingmole

    Newsflash: Royalty deceased.
    Nation in mourning.

    Artisan country admirers hardest hit.

    Prince Leonard, who founded Hutt River Province after stoush with WA government, dies aged 93

    The principality has long been pursued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

    In 1977, following repeated demands for payments from the ATO, the province declared war on Australia, but withdrew this several days later.

  150. struth

    Sydney makes Britain look like a whites only apartheid state, seriously.
    It’s mostly white, very much more than we are.

  151. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Good to see the leftards eating one of their own.

    Tim Anderson has been asking for a smack-down for a long time. Top fan of Syria and North Korea, teaching your kids. Onetime accused of being ‘the Hilton bomber’ he is an old time left activist, employed in tenured academia once acquitted and largely unmovable. Till now. Good. He’s got away with too much leftism for too long. SMH of course neglects to fully detail his chequered history.

  152. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Vale, Prince Leonard. He fought a good fight.

  153. struth

    You don’t mean from hence, Struth. Try whence.

    Picky picky picky.
    Thou art shall henceforth encourage farting in your general direction and spreading poofle dust amongst your peers, from the poofles whence it cometh.

  154. calli

    SMH of course neglects to fully detail his chequered history.

    And, thanks to Stacks, we know that today is the anniversary of the infamous event.

    Those poor garbos and coppers.

  155. stackja

    Why now does Tim Anderson get the sack? Past misdemeanors were probably worse.

  156. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    No, Dr. BG, it could well be ‘hence’. A bringing forth of something via a vision of that fruit alluded to, given Struth’s distinctly idiosyncratic grammatical placements. It is of course a little difficult to tell in this truly Elizabethan twist of metaphor and allusion that has illuminated Struth’s day. Well done, Sir. Harken, knock yourself out, for this is Catallaxy in action.

    I won’t say it’s Shakespearian though, for love of the Bard. 🙂

  157. struth

    But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?
    It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
    Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
    Who is already sick and pale with grief,
    That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
    Be not her maid since she is envious.
    Her vestal livery is but sick and green,
    And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off!
    It is my lady. Oh, it is my love.
    Oh, that she knew she were!
    She speaks, yet she says nothing. What of that?
    Her eye discourses. I will answer it.—
    I am too bold. ‘Tis not to me she speaks.
    Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
    Having some business, do entreat her eyes
    To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
    What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
    The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars
    As daylight doth a lamp. Her eye in heaven
    Would through the airy region stream so bright
    That birds would sing and think it were not night.
    See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
    Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand
    That I might touch that cheek!
    That I may smother her in nut nectar.

  158. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Why now does Tim Anderson get the sack? Past misdemeanors were probably worse.

    It’s a question of interpreting the Enterprise Agreement I expect. A question of warnings, plus having something on paper that has been mischievously false and yet presented to students. Something like that. My guess if they’ve been hunting around for yonks to find something suitable, and have now pounced.

    Good on them. There are still a few left with [email protected] up in that particularly Ivory Tower.

  159. struth

    Struth’s distinctly idiosyncratic grammatical placements

    Ner ner, DBG.
    (I think)

    Thou art ‘as properly been smythed with a fair maiden’s witty repartee

  160. Speedbox

    In 1977, following repeated demands for payments from the ATO, the province declared war on Australia, but withdrew this several days later.

    I recollect that the declaration of war was based on the belief that if Australia failed to respond by issuing its own declaration of war and invading or, without declaration of war Australia exercised armed (military) force against Hutt River Provence, then Hutt River could claim verifiable independent sovereignty as a consequence of Australia’s non-action.

    Prince Leonard claimed it was based on (admittedly obscure) international law, assorted precedents and very old English laws. Obscure or not, Leonard claimed it was 100% legitimate and Hutt River Provence was now at war with Australia. He withdrew the declaration after a period claiming ‘victory’ in the war, and sovereignty.

  161. Atoms for Peace

    Time for Sco Mo to park a great big hospital ship in Sydney Harbour. Somewhere in Wentworth will do.
    It’s only fair that the medivac cases get a true taste of the ‘straya..

  162. areff

    On the Anderson sacking, the Silly reports:

    Dr Anderson’s suspension had been opposed by several dozen of the university’s academics, who argued that academic freedom was “meaningless if it is suspended when its exercise is deemed offensive”.

    Academic freedom only counts when it’s one of your bolshie mates getting gored.

    No talk of “academic freedom” when Sydney Uni axed Barry Spurr for “offensive” remarks in a private email to a friend that was hacked and distributed to New Matilda for maximum character assassination.

    Sydney Uni promised to investigate how the email acount of the world’s leading T.S. Eliot scholar came to be violated but, golly, somehow never quite got around to doing so.

  163. Speedbox

    Anyway, good on him. Put Hutt River on the map and garnered massive international and national exposure at the time. Sold souvenirs by the truck load. Many visited his farm and were made honorary citizens. Vale.

  164. John Constantine

    The medical evacuation of asylum seekers has been a hot topic in the news, but I am the only one who exposed a vital flaw in the so-called MedEvac Bill. The Bill empowers doctors to select healthy people, who are unrelated to the patient, to accompany the patient to Australia, with no review of this by the independent health advice panel. This power is ripe for abuse from doctors who think they are god. Despite my best efforts, the Bill passed the Senate this morning, 36 votes to 34.

    Good Senator Dave speaks up again.

  165. struth

    How is it that a bill that raises the burden on the people and increase expenditure be presented to the senate?
    It must originate from the HO Reps.
    The president of the Senate, Ryan, one of Malcom’s little bum buddies, must be sacked immediately.

  166. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Very good, Struth. Case made.

    O had I only fourteen summers given
    to try once more so pure a love
    as cometh from a star.
    I would to him now touch his arm
    and feel the living warmth of him
    My heart loved from afar.

    Breaking one’s heart over love at fourteen has always been a thing. 😉

  167. thefrollickingmole

    The SFL could have stopped the legislation in its tracks by moving an amendment quarantining the ‘fugees from lawyers for the duration of their treatment and removal.

    That would have turned the question back onto the real reason the ‘fugee industry is so adamant they must come here, and only here for treatment.

    John Constantine
    Good pickup on that little detail..

  168. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The Bill empowers doctors to select healthy people, who are unrelated to the patient, to accompany the patient to Australia, with no review of this by the independent health advice panel.

    The Bill is a total crock. Labor should lose the election on it, provided its full implications are made clear by the Liberal Party opposition. Sadly, we can have no faith that will happen. The snakehead smugglers will be careful till after the election, as they don’t want to upset this little applecart too soon.

  169. DrBeauGan

    No, Dr. BG, it could well be ‘hence’.

    Nuts. Thence just possibly. Give me a quote with that usage and I might believe you. Hence has changed its meaning since Shakespeare, but not in that way.

  170. struth

    Used to take coach loads of tourists into Hutt River Province over the years.
    Old Prince Leonard, you’re exactly right about what he did speedbox.

    He was also one of those quiet skinny blokes you wouldn’t expect would have the fight in him.

    He lived what he believed.
    Had to be a Western Australian, and of that you guys should be proud.
    The only state that kicks back at government oppression.

    RIP Prince Leonard, you mad old bastard.
    Good on you.

  171. DrBeauGan

    Thou art ‘as properly been smythed with a fair maiden’s witty repartee

    Thou hast been might fly. Not that it would be true, for several reasons. For a start, Lizzie might be fair, but she’s no maiden. For another, she’s wrong.

  172. struth

    Breaking one’s heart over love at fourteen has always been a thing

    Teenage love/lust/infatuation,

    One may, many years removed
    Look back at youthful hearts in forceful union with youthful minds
    And think of their musings and emergency, their misery and majesty
    With understanding yet with smiling dismiss
    Yet who wouldn’t still live all it’s operatic theatre
    When the beauty is truly remembered.

  173. JC

    As a relatively small developed country, that has a triple A rating (both officially and unofficially) in terms of trust issues around the world… that is, if you invest in Australia you have a 99% chance the Australian government won’t steal your money. Why doesn’t the Australian government issue a cyrpto currency that can also be used to pay debts/taxes to the Australian government. As the first country out of the gate it would give the crypto a lavish backing and potentially provide us, Australian citizens with enormous wealth, as it would likely take off. The smaller countries around the region would also adopt it and it would take off.

  174. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Give me a quote with that usage and I might believe you.

    Citations? Pah! I can only offer you one, by Struth. But English is a living language.
    Using ‘hence’ as a follow up adverb is hugely innovative. You old stickler in the mud. 😉

  175. DrBeauGan

    Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
    Having some business, do entreat her eyes
    To twinkle in their spheres till they return.

    So they want to take Juliet’s eyes out. Nice.

    Shakespeare didn’t expect anyone to actually think about what he said or wrote. You were supposed to go along with the mouth music. A picture of black holes where her eyes had been was not on the list of things to sentimentalise about.

    He could sure throw words around but it didn’t always make sense.

  176. struth

    Thou hast been might fly. Not that it would be true, for several reasons. For a start, Lizzie might be fair, but she’s no maiden. For another, she’s wrong.

    Sniff, I woz trying me best, and now you, sniff, are all ye old English Nazi-ing my ass……………………sniff.

    Bloody tough audience.

  177. 99% = 1 in 100
    that the govt won’t rob you?

    I don’t like the odds.

    The Swiss model of “we can hold you wallets while you guys beat the crap out of each other” thus ensuring nobody threatens the Swiss. Good model, who would you trust with your wallet in the AU parliament?

  178. calli

    A lovestruck Romeo sings the streets a serenade
    Laying everybody low with a lovesong that he made
    Finds a streetlight steps out of the shade
    Says something like you and me babe how about it?

    Take that!, Bardlings!

  179. DrBeauGan

    incoherent rambler
    #2932936, posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:31 pm
    but she’s no maiden

    Evidence?

    She has four children might testify.

  180. Mark A

    incoherent rambler
    #2932936, posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    but she’s no maiden

    Evidence?

    Parts of her own life story, revealed by herself.
    Two marriages 4 children.

  181. DrBeauGan

    Citations? Pah! I can only offer you one, by Struth. But English is a living language.
    Using ‘hence’ as a follow up adverb is hugely innovative. You old stickler in the mud. 😉

    In other words, you’re wrong.

  182. Des Deskperson

    ‘It’s a question of interpreting the Enterprise Agreement I expect. ‘

    Lizzie, I think it is more likely to be this section of the U Sydney Code of Conduct

    ‘[staff must] exercise their best professional and ethical judgement and carry out their duties and functions with integrity and objectivity;’

    Anderson showing students a lecture slide featuring the Nazi swastika imposed over Israel’s flag would seem to be a prima facie breach of this section.

    ‘No talk of “academic freedom” when Sydney Uni axed Barry Spurr for “offensive” remarks in a private email to a friend that was hacked and distributed to New Matilda for maximum character assassination.’

    areff, IIRC Spurr’s ‘private email’ was sent on the U Sydney’s ICT system, a prima facie breach of the uni’s ICT usage policy. He may well be the world’s leading T.S. Eliot scholar, but that wasn’t very smart

  183. DrBeauGan

    calli
    #2932948, posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:41 pm
    A lovestruck Romeo sings the streets a serenade
    Laying everybody low with a lovesong that he made
    Finds a streetlight steps out of the shade
    Says something like you and me babe how about it?

    Take that!, Bardlings!

    Dire straits isn’t bad but I’m glad they had a top guitarist.

  184. calli

    How do you know Lizzie isn’t some fluffy maiden aunt sitting in her chintzy parlour making up stories about her ravishment by a hirsute Oirish gentleman?

    She has to have mittens though. Crochet ones. And a little bottle of smelling salts on her chatellaine.

  185. struth

    A lovestruck Romeo sings the streets a serenade
    Laying everybody low with a lovesong that he made
    Finds a streetlight steps out of the shade
    Says something like
    You and my nut nectar, how about it

    I’m trying to find an angle here, but sweet love it doesn’t sound like.

  186. Snoopy

    JC

    Why doesn’t the Australian government issue a cyrpto currency that can also be used to pay debts/taxes to the Australian government. As the first country out of the gate it would give the crypto a lavish backing and potentially provide us, Australian citizens with enormous wealth, as it would likely take off.

    Venezuela launched the Petro crypto in February 2018. How’s that working out?

  187. Mater

    The SFL could have stopped the legislation in its tracks by moving an amendment quarantining the ‘fugees from lawyers for the duration of their treatment and removal.

    Make the doctors responsible for any ‘dubious’ diagnosis’s made in Nauru which turn out to be bumpkin when the patient arrives in country.
    How many misdiagnosis’s constitute grounds for a licence review?

  188. calli

    Bother. Now I’m going from Shakespeare to Dickens via Dire Straits.

    I blame the rancid macadamia oil.

  189. Baldrick

    Fred
    #2932818, posted on February 13, 2019 at 2:49 pm
    You need your eyes checked. She’s hot. I would cover her in my nut nector.

    How nice, we now have a male version of Elle.

  190. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    but she’s no maiden
    Evidence?

    Pah again! I do not think Dr. O’Oirish would care to be personally involved but I am sure he could if pressed recommend me to a good surgeon well used by certain ladies of a religion where such things ignorantly count, should I express any desire to reverse my wifely physical status. Know ye that I’m not interested. A maidenhead is such a quaint, antique and physically variable item anyway. Only men could be bothered about it. And only ignorant fools would think of cutting little girls up genitally to satisfy some strange ideas they have.

    I still have a very maidenly personality.
    My Sainted Mother always said it was personality that counted. 😀

  191. zyconoclast

    I would cover her in my nut nector.

    She is allergic to nuts.

    She likes the girls.

  192. DrBeauGan

    How do you know Lizzie isn’t some fluffy maiden aunt sitting in her chintzy parlour making up stories about her ravishment by a hirsute Oirish gentleman.

    I don’t. But I would think it unlikely, because her stories don’t sound like the product of a maiden aunt’s mind. Especially one wearing mittens and sporting a chatelaine.

  193. thefrollickingmole

    New outrageous outrage in outragetown…!

    werido feminist decides Orban wanting to pay more money to ladies who have kids is just like all those fiction novels like “the handmaidens tale”.
    She fails to see the arguments she makes are just as valid if you say “single mothers/parents”…

    Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian prime minister with a knack for making the dystopian real, has just declared that women with four children or more will be exempt from paying income tax. Three or more children gets you help buying a car, and he announced further plans to increase funding for childcare and kindergartens. “Migration for us is surrender,” Orbán has said. “We want Hungarian children.”

    Which makes it helpfully unambiguous that these policies utilise women’s bodies for an agenda that is about anything but gender equality. They may start by pursuing these aims with bribery – just like Theresa May, who now dangles cash in front of poor constituencies in exchange for votes on Brexit, populist movements know people can be bought – but, as our writers keep trying to warn us, they end in coercion. And that’s why it is never too soon to resist.

    So basically Orban is going to institute a feminists wish list but because its conditional on having kids its going to end with white bonnets and red cloaks or something…

  194. struth

    I would cover her in my nut nector.

    She is allergic to nuts.

    Comment of the day.

    That made me laugh……………………..

  195. Speedbox

    Why doesn’t the Australian government issue a cyrpto currency that can also be used to pay debts/taxes to the Australian government.

    Conceptually yes, but why? What is the advantage/upside to the Govt? Being first (well third after Venezuela and the Marshall Islands) although Australia would be the first major AAA rated economy. Peg the Aussiecrypto to the AUD$? If so, why not just continue to use fiat?

  196. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    How do you know Lizzie isn’t some fluffy maiden aunt sitting in her chintzy parlour making up stories about her ravishment by a hirsute Oirish gentleman?
    She has to have mittens though. Crochet ones. And a little bottle of smelling salts on her chatellaine.

    Damnation. Sprung! Forgot the mittens. That’ll be the end of it now. 🙂

    *grabs chatelaine, offers smelling salts to all gentlemen Cats reeling in horror*

  197. JC

    Venezuela launched the Petro crypto in February 2018. How’s that working out?

    Dunno, which means it worked out as zero because no one trusts them. As far as asset protection goes, we’d be in the top four or five countries in the world that are trusted to 99% and the difference between these would be negligible.

  198. Geriatric Mayfly

    Time for Sco Mo to park a great big hospital ship in Sydney Harbour. Somewhere in Wentworth will do. It’s only fair that the medivac cases get a true taste of the ‘straya..

    History goes full circle. Rotting hulks in Sydney harbour. Well, that’s how the Greens and Rintoul would describe them.

  199. Elle

    Baldrick, only because you mentioned me yet again, I will comment. I think, like me, Fred takes the p*ss. I did find his comment a tad too much. If I come across like that I will censor myself … just for you, Huey, Duey and Luey.

  200. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    That made me laugh………..

    OK. Granted. I laughed at that too.
    Just removing my sour old Maiden Aunt mask now.

    Far too hot to wear it today.

  201. Mater

    So basically Orban is going to institute a feminists wish list but because its conditional on having kids its going to end with white bonnets and red cloaks or something…

    Nah, we pay plenty to welfare recipients to pump out more kids, and they don’t pay tax either. The ABC don’t complain.
    The sticking point is that it is a tax break, rather than a handout, and it’s designed to counter the requirement for immigration.

  202. bespoke

    The Member for Lindsay told parliament’s same sex marriage debate on Wednesday, she was watching her son’s basketball match beside a lesbian couple whose son was also playing, when the offensive slogan appeared above them in September.

    “Vote No”

  203. Elle

    PS. Do you do anything else other than highlight and pick on people’s comments?

  204. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Baldrick is Unca Donald?
    Who knew?
    Those little nephews were cute though.

    There is only one Donald in the world today.
    You all know who he is.

  205. Elle

    I though JC handled it well then funny comments followed.

  206. JC

    Conceptually yes, but why? What is the advantage/upside to the Govt? Being first (well third after Venezuela and the Marshall Islands) although Australia would be the first major AAA rated economy. Peg the Aussiecrypto to the AUD$? If so, why not just continue to use fiat?

    Reserve status is immensely profitable. Why not issue a portion to the citizens too. If it takes off the rest of the world has made is very wealthy. Large countries may not be able to do it just by their sheer size. The US is too big and they already enjoy reserve status. The EU and China are also vying for it. But a large up in value would have a very large impact on 25 million people.

  207. Mark A

    Snoopy
    #2932958, posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:46 pm
    Venezuela launched the Petro crypto in February 2018. How’s that working out?

    Crypto-shrypto, any currency is only as good as its backing.
    I prefer gold backing instead of government backing. What’s behind Bitcoin that makes it valuable?

    An other crypto would only benefit speculators.

  208. bespoke

    Must be that time of the day.

  209. DrBeauGan

    zyconoclast
    #2932964, posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:51 pm
    I would cover her in my nut nector.

    She is allergic to nuts.

    She likes the girls.

    So she isn’t allergic to nuts at all. In fact she is one.

  210. egg_

    Told youse there’d be a mothership and drone swarm.
    I envisage fighters like the YF-22 despatching intelligent ATA missiles, instead.

  211. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    PS. Do you do anything else other than highlight and pick on people’s comments?

    Elle, darling, it’s a feature not a bug around here. It stops after a while.
    Just say ‘rats to you’ and invite them to scroll if they are annoying you.
    That will drive them crazy. Or not. Who cares?

  212. Destroyer D69

    If Morrison truly believes that the farrago that occurred in parliament today , presents a clear and present danger to Australias national security , then he has a duty of care and the authority to not recommend that it be accorded Royal Assent. Also I understand that the GG also has the power to deny assent and to demand that the matter be revisited or the government will be dismissed and a double dissolution called.

  213. JC

    What’s behind Bitcoin that makes it valuable?

    People. People find it valuable, although that value can change day to day making it less valuable since it reached its highs. People determine that.

    As for gold backing… naaa that’s so 19th century and we’ve moved on since then. We saw how valuable gold turned out to be in the GFC. After reaching a panic high it cratered and never came back even in the face of QE, which we were told would be the time when we’d see it hit Pluto. The gold thing is over, except for jewellery and Omega watches. I recently saw this gold omega watch and love it.

  214. Mark A

    Elle
    #2932976, posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Baldrick, only because you mentioned me yet again, I will comment. I think, like me, Fred takes the p*ss. I did find his comment a tad too much.

    Admittedly I’m a bit of a prude at times but even so I found that comment rather boorish and in bad taste.

  215. Baldrick

    If I come across like that I will censor myself

    Well that’ll make a pleasant change. 😼

  216. Nick

    Make the doctors responsible for any ‘dubious’ diagnosis’s made in Nauru which turn out to be bumpkin when the patient arrives in country.
    How many misdiagnosis’s constitute grounds for a licence review?

    Great point Mater.

  217. JC

    What’s behind Bitcoin that makes it valuable?

    People. People find it valuable, although that value can change day to day making it less valuable since it reached its highs. People determine value!

    As for gold backing… naaa that’s so 19th century and we’ve moved on since then. We saw how valuable gold turned out to in the GFC. After reaching a panic high it cratered and never came back even in the face of QE, which we were told would be the time when we’d see it hit Pluto. The gold thing is over, except for [email protected] and Omega watches. I recently saw this gold omega watch and love it.

  218. thefrollickingmole

    This is still a pretty awesome timeline…

    Mitch McConnell is going to force the Senate to vote on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate would vote on the “Green New Deal” introduced by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., last week.
    “I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal, and we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate to give everybody an opportunity to go on record,” McConnell told reporters.
    The bill, which is not expected to pass the GOP-dominated upper chamber, could force some Democrats to make a politically awkward calculation.

    Democratic liberals, including all of the senators currently running for president, have come out in support of the legislation, which calls for generating 100 percent of the nation’s power from renewable sources within 10 years.

    Can we borrow him?

  219. Zatara

    What’s behind Bitcoin that makes it valuable?

    The idea that it isn’t controlled by some nerd living in his mother’s basement who has hacked it.

  220. Elle

    It’s that time of day for me, bespoke. Checking out the blog and seeing my name mentioned yet again. It’s amusing. And I will respond, if I want to.

  221. struth

    If you saw Lizzie but passing by,
    You would love her until the day you die.

    Different Lizzies, ……………….but a certain old proper Liberal man knew what he was talking about.

    Maideness is in the eye, or in this case, the imagination of the beholder.
    Lizzie, calli, and Notafan and many other cat ladies here inspire men to great feats of derring-do, and are all fair maidens to be fondly and, yes, enthusiastically placed upon the highest of pedestals.

    It’s their mates who we let out the kitchens of Australia wot iz our problem squires.

  222. Stimpson J. Cat

    Breaking one’s heart over love at fourteen has always been a thing

    At fourteen it’s much more likely that something else got broken, and it’s not a heart let me tell you.

  223. egg_

    When I was a little biddy boy,
    My grandmother bought me a cute little toy.
    Silver bells hangin’ on a string,
    She told me it was my ding-a-ling-a-ling!
    Oh, my ding-a-ling, my ding-a-ling,
    I want you to play with my ding-a-ling!
    My ding-a-ling, my ding-a-ling,
    I want you to play with my ding-a-ling!
    Then momma took me to Sunday school,
    They tried to teach me the golden rule.
    Ev’rytime the choir would sing,
    I’d take out my ding-a-ling-a-ling!
    Oh, my ding-a-ling…
    And then momma took me to Grammar school,
    But I stopped off in the vestibule.
    Ev’ry time that bell would ring,
    Catch me playin’ with my ding-a-ling-a-ling!
    Oh, my ding-a-ling…
    Once I was climbin’ the garden wall,
    I slipped and had a terrible fall.
    I fell so hard I heard bells ring,
    But held…

  224. C.L.

    Neologism/portmanteau alert:

    Unholy row over ‘Chrislam’

    A heated war of words is rocking the Catholic Church, with the Pope’s declaration of fraternity with Islamic leaders a theological battleground.

  225. egg_

    …on to my ding-a-ling-a-ling!
    Oh, my ding-a-ling…
    I remember the girl next door,
    We used to play house on the kitchen floor.
    She’d be the queen, I’d be the king,
    And I let her play with my ding-a-ling-a-ling!
    Oh, my ding-a-ling…
    Once I was swimmin’ ‘cross Turtle Creek,
    Man, them snappers all around my feet.
    Sure was hard swimmin’ ‘cross that thing,
    With both hands holdin’ my ding-a-ling-a-ling!
    Oh, my ding-a-ling…
    The girl downstairs, she’s a big and bold,
    Grandma warned me, she’s too old.
    She used to take me swingin’ in a schoolyard swing,
    Swing down and take my ding-a-ling-a-ling!
    Oh, my ding-a-ling…
    This here song it ain’t so sad,
    The cutest little song you ever had.
    Those of you who will not sing,
    You must be playin’ with your own ding-a-ling!
    Oh, your ding-a-ling, oh, your ding-a-ling,
    We saw you playin’ with your ding-a-ling!
    Well, my ding-a-ling, everybody sing,
    I want to play with my ding-a-ling!
    My ding-a-ling, my ding-a-ling,
    I want to play with my ding-a-ling!

  226. Elle

    Well that’ll make a pleasant change. 😼

    Only for you, because I don’t want to upset people. I have been provocative and have probably offended some. No more mention of the topic that sets None off. Seriously, most of the time I was taking the p*ss. Sorry.

  227. Top Ender

    A group of Aboriginal activists has launched a protest inside the foyer of Parliament House in Canberra.

    Dozens of people have overrun the public area of parliament to voice their outrage about environmental issues, claiming to speak on behalf of First Nations people.

    The crowd, which included actress Madeleine Madden — who has starred TV shows including Redefern Now, Tidelands, Pine Gap and Jack Irish — as well as many non-indigenous Australians.

    They are protesting against the Murray Darling Basin Plan, coal-seam gas mining and coal mining.

    Several of the activists addressed their fellow protesters.

    There has also been a chant with the lyrics: “This land is me, don’t frack country”.

    “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are hit first and worst by climate change,” Amelia Telford from the Indigenous Youth Climate Network said.

    “We are hurting in the face of water shortages, extreme heat, environmental pollution and the destruction of country and culture.”

    There are more protesters outside Parliament House, which is closed to public because of the incident.

    Police are watching on but have not yet attempted to move anyone out of the building.

    Protests are not allowed inside Parliament House.

    Greens senators Mehreen Faruqi, Jordon Steele-John, Larissa Waters and Sarah Hanson-Young are watching in support.

    The activists left Parliament House after more than an hour.

    They walked in unison while singing “always was, always will be Aboriginal land”.

    They left on their own initiative and were not forced out of the building by police or security.

    Oz breaking

  228. JC

    People seriously need to forget gold as a currency backing because no one believes in it anymore. The GFC was the perfect test case for gold to gain wide acceptance and it failed dismally. There were two monetary undercurrents during the GFC. There was the western Atlantic financial crisis showing up as a very serious deflation. Gold went up and then dribbled down.
    Then there was the potential inflationary undercurrent brought on by QE.

    Gold was a total failure in terms of both events. Gold should not be thought of as a store of value but a commodity that can be bought and sold. Also great for Omega watches. 🙂

  229. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Time for Sco Mo to park a great big hospital ship in Sydney Harbour. Somewhere in Wentworth will do. It’s only fair that the medivac cases get a true taste of the ‘straya..

    It will have to be outside Australian waters for it to count. Which is a shame because Wentworth really should take its share of what it voted for. Park it at the new Marina in Elizabeth Bay and point the hordes towards Darlinghurst. It’s very walkable and lots of the hipsters voters around there have fat wallets for a spot of middle eastern walloping. Bringing Wentworthville to Wentworth, I call it.

  230. C.L.

    That story, entire:

    A heated “Chrislam’’ battle is unfolding in the Catholic Church over Pope Francis’s joint document with Islamic leader Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar mosque, which says the “pluralism and the diversity of religions” are “willed by God in His wisdom”.

    In a heated war of words, German Cardinals Gerhard Mueller and Walter Kasper have hurled accusations about “promoting schism’’ and an “anti-Christ’’ influence in current church debates.

    On Sunday, Cardinal Mueller, sacked by Francis as the Church’s doctrinal chief in 2017, released a “manifesto of faith’’ in seven languages, arguing the joint Christian-Islam declaration contravened Catholic teaching.

    In his manifesto, Cardinal Mueller said the Christian belief in three persons in the one God was a “fundamental difference’’ from that of other religions.

    “Therefore, the first letter of John refers to one who denies His divinity as an antichrist,’’ he wrote.

    Cardinal Kasper, a strong Francis supporter, counterpunched on Monday, accusing Cardinal Mueller of “promoting confusion and schism’’. He said he was “totally appalled’’ by his fellow cardinal’s antichrist reference.

    Cardinal Kasper also likened Cardinal Mueller to Martin Luther who “rightly criticised much in the Church” but said Cardinal Mueller wanted to pursue “reforms behind the Pope’s back and enforce them in opposition to him.”

    [What a thoroughly bizarre accusation – C.L.].

    Several bishops in the US and Switzerland have publicly supported Cardinal Mueller’s manifesto.

    In a separate commentary on the Christian-Islam declaration, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan said Christianity was “the only God-willed religion … therefore it can never be placed complementarily side-by-side with other religions’’. Doing so would “violate the truth of Divine Revelation’’.

    The theological wars have taken another new dimension with US Cardinal Raymond Burke, formerly the Vatican’s senior legal officer and also sacked by Francis, launching his own website, cardinalburke.com. Cardinal Burke said it would be “a means of carrying out more fully my mission … especially the teaching of the Church’s doctrine and discipline’’.

  231. calli

    Holey moley!

    Lismore cracked 42 degrees today! Extreme weather!

    Spontaneous combustion can’t be far off.

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