Open Forum: February 16, 2019

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  1. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
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    19m
    Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!

  2. Armadillo

    Remember there’s only 130 000 farming families in Australia, IIRC.

    Dave, also “gets it”. I have plenty of family in farming and associated industries.

    None have ever once asked for help, even when they needed it. It’s the bloodsucker hypocritical leftards in the cities who have always carried on with this crap. Virtue signalling and the rest of it.

    I’ve seen a few relatives fall over, but they always got picked up out of the dust. Smacked about for being “stupid business wise”, but they all have ended up still standing.

    Never take a “handout”. Ever.

    And this is the very key to defeating the left. Never take a cent from them, because they stole it from someone else to feel good about themselves.
    .
    I’d rather shoot a cow than accept a bale of hay from the deceitful pricks.

  3. zyconoclast

    Filing a false report to police in the State of Illinois is considered an act of disorderly conduct, which is a Class 4 felony.

    That means that anyone found guilty could face between one and three years in prison.

    Jussie would be dropping they soap every chance he got.

  4. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    As a truckie it does sometimes get stuck in your craw that as soon as there is a good season, they are out buying the best new header to keep up with the boys down the road, etc.

    They are the ones who deserve to “go broke.”

  5. RobK

    Armadillo,
    Are you saying there are farm managers and farm hands but no actual farmers? Am i following you right?

  6. Armadillo

    I’d eat the cow. At least before they did. They would be hovering like vultures.

  7. zyconoclast

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    19m
    Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!

    Built that wall yet?
    Yawn.

  8. struth

    I notice Monty didn’t want to get baited into whether he believes we are a socialist country, if not why not.

    He would have had to think too hard about his position.
    Laziness.
    Laziness is also part of the “coal is dead ” statement, as he’s just repeating left wing propaganda he’s heard.
    To some extent, Monty has been hiding behind his TDS , where he just rabidly talks about the rumours and bullshit being leaked and made up.
    You forget just how vacuous he is until he gets away from that.
    Today was stunning.
    He’s not a bright boy, I actually wonder if we should go easier on him, I think he may actually be retarded.

  9. Armadillo

    Am i following you right?

    No. I’m disputing the statistics these people are putting out.

  10. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    You can’t really generalise with farmers.

    Hey, struth, who was the Western Australian wheat grower, who “went broke” to the tune of forty three million dollars or so, had Hong Kong money buy him out, and give him a ten year lease over the land?

  11. struth

    Hey, struth, who was the Western Australian wheat grower, who “went broke” to the tune of forty three million dollars or so, had Hong Kong money buy him out, and give him a ten year lease over the land?

    You got me.

  12. struth

    That means that anyone found guilty could face between one and three years in prison.

    I’d like ten bucks on him never seeing prison.

    These leftard crimes drop off the radar real quick, and the democrat state would be the complainant.

    Geez, you can shoot up a whole crowd of hillbilly red neck Trump voters on the Vegas strip and the cops will be saying, move along, nothing to see here

  13. RobK

    No. I’m disputing the statistics these people are putting out.
    Im with you on that.

  14. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Hey, struth, who was the Western Australian wheat grower, who “went broke” to the tune of forty three million dollars or so, had Hong Kong money buy him out, and give him a ten year lease over the land?

    You got me.

    Had his own trucking company – “Transplus” – known irreverently as “Drugsplus.” Finished up in clink for various offences.

  15. Dave in Marybrook

    I’ve got a pet theory on why farmers are seen as lovely, lucky louches.
    It’s because there’s a huge slice of the map, from SW to inner NE which is essentially pretty uniform practise of cereal cropping and ruminant grazing, with a lot of inner station country grazing too. It produces a homogenous bunch of “cockies”, all more or less doing the same thing with the same gear, suffering the same scattering of good years, bad years, drought. They form both a romantic picture, and a united political bloc.
    Whereas the rest of farmers hardly match up, in landscape or business structure. A dairy farmer might have little in common with an avocado exporter, even if they share a fence.

  16. RobK

    Theres always plenty of people telling farmers how to farm. Every business has that problem to an extent but farming does seem to be exposed on all sides a bit.

  17. struth

    Over in NSW last night a truckie led police on a chase for 70 k’s or so.
    Looked like your typical too skinny from drugs, worn out F..head.

    You can’t generalise these days is all I’m saying.

    A lot of dickhead truckies out there these days, that’s for sure.

    Farmers around the drought affected areas back of Dubbo and Moree etc are shocked at other farmers who have tuned into the benefits of being seen as a victim by virtue signalling city folk and dumb media.
    There now is a real divide.
    Those that are utterly embarrassed that their neighbour is going down to the relief shed in town to get blankets and food and all sorts of shit from donations they don’t need.
    Hay they don’t need, and can afford to pay for.
    I don’t know as recently I haven’t had much to do with the west, what this situation is like there, but this is what is happening out here.
    Barnaby has just work out he can use climate change to help along the agrarian socialist cause.

  18. Ubique

    I’m guessing that there aren’t any Cats who are domiciled in Canberra.
    So it’s up to our NSW Cats to plant 1,200 white crosses on the lawns of Parliament House to remind voters of the lives lost at sea the last time Labor sat on the Treasury Benches.
    While the event won’t be covered by the ABC, Canberra Times, SMH, The Age or the AFR, news and images will still leak from the Democratic People’s Republic of the ACT.

  19. struth

    So it’s up to our NSW Cats to plant 1,200 white crosses on the lawns of Parliament House to remind voters of the lives lost at sea the last time Labor sat on the Treasury Benches.

    Love the idea.
    Christian crosses for mostly mussie deaths.

  20. Dave in Marybrook

    Nice idea, Ubique.
    I think the true figure is 1 261.
    And the even truer figure, pointed out to someone- Chris Kenny I think- is that’s the number of bodies pulled out of the brine by the RAN. How many were recovered by the Indonesians, or laying still in Davy Jones’s Locker, is to be wondered.

  21. Makka

    Yawn.

    You’re the yawn, zyco. Another never Trump whiner who’d rather have Hillary than be grown up.

  22. Armadillo

    Best man at my wedding was at a top Accountancy firm in Sydney. Great at his job, and was earning 10x what I was at the time. The pressure mentally broke him. Lost the plot. Nothing to do with work, but rather a Sheliah. He went back to his parents farm and blew his brains out.

    He made the “Farm Suicide List”. This is my gist. Some dolt in an office somewhere added another statistic to “farmer deaths”.

    Had he done it in Martin Place, it would have been National News.

    In his “civilised world”, it was a .22 to the head, on the riverbank, away from family and friends.

    Farm death.

  23. mh

    Creepy Joe Biden:

    Joe Biden

    @JoeBiden
    What happened today to @JussieSmollett must never be tolerated in this country. We must stand up and demand that we no longer give this hate safe harbor; that homophobia and racism have no place on our streets or in our hearts. We are with you, Jussie.

  24. Armadillo

    Someone really needs to create a “Tweets” calendar. “Reverse Twitter” whereby you send back tweets months/years later.

    It’s probably already been done.

  25. struth

    Believe all women!
    Believe all Blacks.
    Believe all gays!
    Believe all black gays with Nigerian friends who set up crimes to blame white people because their acting career is stalling.

  26. Stimpson J. Cat

    You know what would solve the depression problem on farms?
    The Gay’s.
    We need big gay farms with big gay farmers.
    They won’t have wives and kids whining and complaining.
    It’ll just be blokes banging blokes who are working hard and banging other blokes.
    Problem solved.

    Now understand I am not advocating for Lesbians on farms.
    That would be a goddamned nightmare.

  27. struth

    They’re called prison farms Stimpy.

  28. struth

    Would you buy a cucumber from Gayfarms pty ltd.

  29. Armadillo

    You know what would solve the depression problem on farms?

    Someone has been watching Bohemian Rhapsody.

    That film was always likely to bring out the freaks.

  30. Dave in Marybrook

    …I love youse guys.
    Now it’s off to fight the other hidden killer in the bush- sleep deprivation.

  31. Armadillo

    Children will be requesting Santa to give them buck teeth and white T-Shirt.

  32. Bruce in WA

    Yes, yes, a Terminator-type gun. Because a 10-gauge sawn-off lever-action shotgun firing solid slugs is always the equivalent of a sawn-off lever action rifle firing a .22 rimfire …

  33. Zatara

    Nikkheslat later told police he armed himself with his favourite gun – a sawn-off .22 Winchester rifle ‘similar to what Arnold Schwarzenegger carried in Terminator 2’.

    Arnold carried a sawed off Winchester Model 1887 12 gauge shotgun.

    ‘Similar to’? Only in the mind of the delusional (Either Nikkheslat or whoever wrote that).

    Had Nikkheslat carried an 1887 instead of a butchered .22 rifle he’d be facing murder charges.

  34. Ubique

    The Coalition must be relentless on border protection.
    Labor will try every trick in the book to change the subject. The Coalition must not let it go, now that Shorten’s Achilles heel is exposed.
    The names and photographs of the 1200 dead victims of Labor’s policies should be advertised in print, TV and on social media. 1200 white crosses should be put on the lawns of Parliament House. When the police remove them, they should be replaced.
    The ABC should be asked every single day between now and the election why it never investigated the circumstances of so much of a single man, woman or child among the at least 1200 who perished at sea while Labor had the sugar on the table.

  35. Steve trickler

    It’ll be a while before this short film leaves my head.



  36. classical_hero

    It’s fun watching the left try and pin the blame on the government for any boats that show up. Somehow they thought that Twitter is how the ordinary Australian thinks. This could be the biggest own goal.

  37. classical_hero

    Labor may have won the battle, but they might have lost the war.

  38. RobK
    #2936904, posted on February 18, 2019 at 12:37 am
    Theres always plenty of people telling farmers how to farm. Every business has that problem to an extent but farming does seem to be exposed on all sides a bit.

    +1
    Though there’s plenty of unsolicited advice you get in the pub trade.
    “Everyone knows how to run a pub” = one of the first sayings I learned.

  39. steve of kenmore

    The Guardian‏Verified
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    Karl Marx’s London memorial vandalised for second time

    I was there in the late seventies after the first vandalism and heard the old cemetry guide tell some Chinese visitors,
    “His grave can be destroyed but you can never destroy Communism!”

    I guess he may not have lived to see the fall of the Soviet system.

  40. Tom

    Johannes Leak (Media Diary, Paywallian) on the paparazzi being leaked details of James Packer’s movements.

  41. Tom

    David Rowe is all in with Peanut Head and the doctor filth on the boats.

  42. Tom

    Michael Ramirez on moozley racist Ilhan Omar and the Dems’ joo-hatred.

  43. RobK

    Good crop of toons Tom, thanks.

  44. Farmer Gez

    That comment does not rate on any level.
    Like telling a soldier who gets shell shock that they weren’t cut out to be a soldier.

    I grew up on a farm.
    Before things like internet and Facebook and Skype and Foxtel and Netflix.
    If you are isolated on a farm in 2019 it’s because you choose to be.
    If you are depressed on a farm, sell up, move to where people are, and do something else.
    Lots of people do.
    And comparing farmers to soldiers is ridiculous.

    I went to bed after I commented on Stimpy’s effort.
    Obviously I didn’t compare farmers to soldiers. My point was that circumstances and events can overwhelm even the best of people.
    I don’t believe farmers suffer more depression than anyone else but they do face unplanned f$ck ups more than most.
    You need to lose that chip on your shoulder about farmers Stimp.

  45. bespoke

    Before things like internet and Facebook and Skype and Foxtel and Netflix.

    In some way that makes it worse knowing what your missing out especially for the girls.

  46. 1735099

    Good crop of toons Tom, thanks.

    Especially Rowe.
    He nails it every time, and his attention to detail is magnificient.

  47. Johno

    Hey Bobby Boy,
    Tell us all about your amazing adventures driving the laundry down to Baria. POGO.

  48. feelthebern

    Good article in the WSJ today how Bezos pulled the pin on NY because he couldn’t get a guarantee that he would be allowed to only employ non-union labour.
    Funny how a monster Dem donor is so anti union labour.

  49. stackja

    Flybmi fallout: Holiday misery as THOUSANDS stranded in Europe …
    https://www.express.co.uk › News › UK

    Fly BMI goes belly up

  50. Johno

    At a Coy reunion back in Oz a good mate and myself were regaled with tales of great heroism and endurance, by a POGO. The great tales were in regard to a particularly nasty encounter with the NVA.
    When the POGO moved on I commented to my friend that I didn’t think the POGO was there. My friend replied,” All great battles are best remembered by those who weren’t there”
    That comment always comes to mind when I see “little bobby, the Nasho who didn’t” posting his commo crap.

  51. Notafan

    Armenian Christians and French supporters feature prominently in this article

    Aleppo’s slow rebuild begins

  52. Bruce of Newcastle

    Especially Rowe.
    He nails it every time, and his attention to detail is magnificient.

    First I’ve heard that there are three Tony Abbotts…

  53. Entropy

    The ABC should be asked every single day between now and the election why it never investigated the circumstances of so much of a single man, woman or child among the at least 1200 who perished at sea while Labor had the sugar on the table.

    Hm, just how would the ABC present that story I wonder? Most likely not the way you would hope.

  54. 1735099

    Hey Bobby Boy,
    Tell us all about your amazing adventures driving the laundry down to Baria. POGO.

    Hey Johno
    Better still, buy the book – then you can read all about it.
    Google “Jellybeans in the Jungle”. It’s now available as an e-book.
    You might be disappointed, as there’s nothing about laundries.
    If you’re suffering from that particular obsession, there’s lots of laundry porn here.
    Thanks so much for the free plug….

  55. Mark A

    Johno
    #2936959, posted on February 18, 2019 at 7:10 am

    When the POGO moved on I commented to my friend that I didn’t think the POGO was there. My friend replied,” All great battles are best remembered by those who weren’t there”

    All I can add is, if you were there you were too busily involved in your own narrow section, there is no chance you could have had an oversight of the whole thing to tell a tale about it.

  56. 1735099

    All I can add is, if you were there you were too busily involved in your own narrow section, there is no chance you could have had an oversight of the whole thing to tell a tale about it.

    Couple of things.
    I am routinely accused on this blog of dining out on my service.
    What actually happens, and it’s displayed so clearly upthread, is that somebody who doesn’t like my opinions brings it up as a stick to be me over the head with – classic trolling.

    You’re correct about being involved in what was going on in my own narrow section. I don’t attempt to “have an oversight of the whole thing”. The narrative is personal memoir.

    Here’s a brief extract – (Ch 6 “Friendly Fire” p – 51

    We had been patrolling for some time towards the end of our first
    major operation, and it had been quiet. We had travelled a couple of
    klics in hot weather and at a fairly rapid pace, and were moving as a
    company. Six platoon was in the lead, we (5 platoon) followed, and
    4 platoon was bringing up the rear. We were in single file, so were
    strung out across a wide area.

    The country was abandoned paddy, interspersed with clumps of
    bamboo and low vegetation. Significantly perhaps, the date was
    Friday 13th March.

    This abandoned paddy was essentially bare, as the soil seemed poor,
    and very hard. I discovered only recently that there was a high iron
    content in the soil, something which became very significant in the
    light of what followed.

    I was fulfilling my usual role of recording paces on my sheep
    counter and relaying the count to the skipper (who was one section
    up the line) when requested. I was second to last in the platoon,
    followed only by our tail-end Charlie.

    Suddenly, all hell broke loose. Somebody opened up on us from
    behind with what sounded like a heavy machine gun (although at
    that point if you had told me it was an elephant gun firing on full
    auto, I would have believed you). Rounds were whipping past my
    ears, and the vegetation, such as it was, was being chopped to bits.
    Before I had digested any of this, I found myself on the ground,
    pack abandoned, pointing in the general direction of the rear, where
    the rounds had apparently come from. I felt exposed, as in this
    particular area, there wasn’t much cover of substance. Over the
    pounding of my heart, and my rasping breath, I could hear yelling.
    Some of it was coming from the direction of our tail-end Charlie,
    and the rest from the general direction of platoon HQ, further up
    the line.
    Tail-end Charlie was saying that he was hit, and someone in platoon
    HQ was yelling Contact into the radio. The firing, after this short
    initial burst of about twenty rounds, had stopped. Then I heard my
    section commander’s voice asking the tail-end Charlie if he was
    OK. He replied “Yes, but I m hit bad”.
    This didn’t t seem to make sense. In fact, my brain was desperately
    trying to understand the situation, and wasn’t really getting
    anywhere. I therefore elected to stay down, and wait to see what
    was really going on. I didn’t t have long to wait. I heard the skipper
    yell – “It’s 4 platoon – don t fire!” , and it all began to fall into place.

    I also saw our section commander moving cautiously with his head
    down past me towards our tail-end Charlie, who, it turned out had
    been hit on the side of his face.

  57. Boambee John

    Eureka Flag is blue and white
    Contempt for bureaucratic shite
    Numbers keeps Eureka flying high
    Doesn’t know the historeye!

    Big difference between individuals and small businessmen rebelling against burdensome taxes and heavy handed bureaucracy and brainless commos, Numbers. Stop culturally appropriating the Eureka Flag.

  58. Bruce of Newcastle

    A Pommy journo is given an electric car and a weekend stay in a hotel with a charger.
    But first he has to get the car to the hotel…

    Electric cars: An honest account of travelling in a battery powered car long distance

    He is wonderfully optimistic but the whole trip sounds just like a Chevy Chase movie. 😀

  59. Johno

    Bobby got himself a licence to drive army landrovers. Stayed in camp,never venturing out into jungle .One of bobby’s
    onerous tasks was to drive the laundry down to Baria where Rhonda Rottenbox washed it all.
    Laundry boy,great hero.
    I know this because that is what our coy driver did and my mob taught your mob.
    Oh and shove your book. Commo

  60. stackja

    Drought-ravaged Gippsland farms are Australia’s ‘forgotten drought’
    Rob Harris, National politics reporter, Herald Sun
    February 17, 2019 8:42pm
    Subscriber only

    Farmers are pleading for government intervention to save hundreds of Gippsland properties scorched by Australia’s “forgotten drought”.

    Record low rainfall­ ­between Sale and Orbost in the state’s far east has reduced paddocks to barren moonscapes, drained dams and pushed debt-ridden farmers to the brink.

    Desperate farmers are begging for discounts on council rates — which cost some more than $20,000 annually — and for subsidies to transport ­donated fodder and cart water.

  61. 1735099

    Bobby got himself a licence to drive army landrovers. Stayed in camp,never venturing out into jungle

    I know this because that is what our coy driver did and my mob taught your mob.

    You shouldn’t have any problem then, letting us know what unit you served in, and when you were in country. Please share what you know. I’m fascinated, and I guess a few reading your assertions are as well….

  62. Johno

    Nice try Bobby,but.
    You are a victim,your life attainments are modest,you have always under achieved. So,you claim victim status.
    “I was a nasho and it was awful, but I was brilliant and so I endured.”
    If you hadn’t been a nasho you would have had to have been molested as a child.Boofhead.

  63. Johno

    Mark A
    “All I can add is, if you were there you were too busily involved in your own narrow section, there is no chance you could have had an oversight of the whole thing to tell a tale about it.”
    And that is the absolute truth.

  64. calli

    From Bruce’s article:

    As an EV owner, you’re going to spend more time in service stations and waiting for your vehicle to charge. This is neither good or bad it’s just the way it will be going forward. If you think of them as elongated breaks to go to the bathroom, grab some food, a coffee or do some work then they don’t seem all that bad.

    In other words, it’s back to the future with a monkey tail bowser. Why should people have to put up with spending more time in “service” stations?

    “Just the way it will be going forward” – what the hell? It’s fat-headed, compliant and soft-handed Britain in a nutshell.

    Seventy years ago, real men laid down their lives for soyboys like this.

  65. stackja

    Oil and gas titan Shell buys German home battery maker Sonnen
    John Dagge, Herald Sun
    February 15, 2019 7:00pm
    Subscriber only

    Oil and gas titan Royal Dutch Shell is expanding in the renewable and residential electricity space, buying a home battery maker that operates a manufacturing plant in Australia.

    Shell announced late on Friday it had bought German home battery maker Sonnen outright for an undisclosed sum.

    The deal means Shell will take over Sonnen’s battery-making plant at the former Holden car manufacturing site in Adelaide.

  66. calli

    Smollett’s scandalous hate crime against whites even had a run on Seven.

    He’s toast.

    Good.

  67. stackja

    Youth punched in fight over shoes in Mandurah
    Monique Dirksz7News Perth
    February 17, 2019 9:14PM

    A fight over a pair of shoes has ended in punches being thrown in Mandurah and sparked a war of words over the internet.

    Police are reviewing a video of the incident which was filmed by witnesses who intervened to stop the incident.

    In the video, a young boy is outnumbered and overpowered by three attackers. He is chased, taunted and struck at least twice.

    The video lasts 50 seconds but those who saw the attack say it lasted much longer than that.

    The boy was allegedly targeted on a bus then followed to Rushton Oval where he was punched and robbed.

    The witnesses pulled the teenagers off the boy and even managed to get him his shoes back.

    One of the teens has hit back on social media, claiming he was “sticking up for a younger mate”.

    The alleged victim said: “I didn’t even say a word to his mate.”

    While legally the teenagers cannot be identify they have been named online. Police are planning to speak to them.

  68. stackja

    Fashion retailer Boohoo backflips on wool ban
    Sarah Steger PerthNow
    February 17, 2019 11:28PM

    Fashion retailer Boohoo has backflipped on its decision to ban wool, just hours after it said it would stop sourcing wool products by late 2019.

    “We will continue to use wool as a sustainable material,” the company said.

    “We are committed to ensuring the wool used in our supply chain comes from good husbandry and meets high levels of animal welfare.”

    WAFarmers lashed out at the retail company’s stance against the wool industry, saying sheep farmers were under “constant attack”.

    After supporting the retailer’s wool ban and calling it “business savvy”, animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals launched an appeal in response to Boohoo’s backflip, calling on the online retailer to take a stand against the “abusive” sheep wool industry.

    Williams Woolshed co-owner Simon Maylor said thinking all sheep were dealt with harshly was “a simplistic viewpoint”.

  69. Baldrick

    Smollett’s scandalous hate crime against whites even had a run on Seven.

    TheirABC still can’t bring themselves to update the news. Their latest on Smollett was 2 days ago:

    Police shoot down reports racist, homophobic attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett was staged
    Authorities dismiss media reports an incident in which two masked men shouted racial and homophobic slurs at Jussie Smollett before attacking him and putting a rope around his neck was a hoax.

  70. Mater

    Smollett’s scandalous hate crime against whites even had a run on Seven.
    He’s toast.

    Anyone who tries to frame someone up by filing a false report should be lined up for the very same punishment that they were trying to inflict upon some poor, innocent bastard.
    Eg. Falsely try to set someone up for rape, you should be sentenced according to whatever that crime carries.

  71. stackja

    Home Affairs concerned at failure to securely identify almost 1000 asylum seekers in detention
    Sheradyn Holderhead, The Daily Telegraph
    February 17, 2019 11:40pm
    Subscriber only

    An international search has failed to uncover biometric matches for about 500 boat people still on Manus Island and Nauru, making it difficult to confirm their identities.

    Home Affairs is working with international partners to complete identity and security screenings.

  72. areff

    Smollett’s scandalous hate crime against whites even had a run on Seven.

    ABC ran two pro-Sm0llett stories at the start, then made nary a mention as the story fell to pieces. Finally, on Friday, it posted the news that his two cobbers had been released and were not suspects. (The ABC apparently couldn’t figure that they had become “cooperating witnesses” and that, rather than exonerating Smollett, the news confirmed the noose was tightening.

    They still haven’t updated.

    https://search-beta.abc.net.au/#/?query=smollett&page=1&configure%5BgetRankingInfo%5D=true&configure%5BclickAnalytics%5D=true&configure%5Banalytics%5D=true

    Perhaps because they’re too busy lionising AOC

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-17/donald-trump-has-he-finally-met-democratic-media-match/10803148

    Apparently Donald Trump should be terrified of her. No mention of her idiocy, of course.

  73. 1735099

    If you hadn’t been a nasho you would have had to have been molested as a child.Boofhead.

    You haven’t got a clue.
    You’re simpy into abuse.
    Come on – unit/dates of service/proof of your statements.
    If you can’t put up, then shut up.

  74. Nob

    Williams Woolshed co-owner Simon Maylor said thinking all sheep were dealt with harshly was “a simplistic viewpoint”.

    Far too polite a response to the hateful abuse from PETA and their fascist thug approach .

  75. Bruce of Newcastle

    Further to the discussions about the anemic Barracudas last night.

    The Navy Just Ordered the ´Orca,’ an Extra-Large Unmanned Submarine by Boeing

    The unmanned submarines, called Orcas, will be able to undertake missions from scouting to sinking ships at very long ranges.

    Cost $43 million for four of them, which means our vapourware Froggy sub money could pay for nearly four thousand Orcas.

  76. hzhousewife

    Mike Lester.

    Gorgeous.
    Just thinking about those trucks JC saw on 5th Ave unloading all the Amazon packages, to be replaced by a zillion drones with one package each – or maybe one after another, buzzing in and out, receiver home all day waiting for delivery. How would drones go bringing in all the supplies for your apartment refurbishment JC – all that new furniture, knives and forks etc etc. Such fun !!

  77. Geriatric Mayfly

    ABC ran two pro-Sm0llett stories at the start, then made nary a mention as the story fell to pieces.

    It’s what the ABC does not report which is its most egregious display of bias. And long has it been thus.

  78. Mother Lode

    Smollett’s scandalous hate crime against whites even had a run on Seven.

    On the TMZ article linked above it looks like the police were sceptical about the MAGA-hatted whites angle because…MAGA types don’t watch Empire.

    That something like this is accepted as a ‘fact’ seems pretty out there.

    Has anyone heard such a thing?

  79. Boambee John

    Numbers

    Catching up after the morning walk.

    Interesting story. Three platoons in line ahead, your (centre) platoon at least in single file. Crossing abandoned padi, so fairly open country, and the lead scout of the platoon behind shoots your tail end charlie in the face. Bit careless?

    How many “blue on blue” contacts did 7 RAR have during your year?

  80. Johno

    Bobby I have no doubt that you served for a time in a rifle section.But it all got a bit hard,a bit scary, a bit dirty ,a bit thirsty.The pack a bit heavy,was that it Bobby?
    There is only one coy driver in a rifle coy. How did you get that cushy job Bob?
    In my original coy the coy driver was originally the Forward scout in my section.After our first contact he went Coy HQ and said he was opposed to taking life. He got the job as a driver.
    In another coy a mate of mine was wounded twice in action.He was dragged into the job of coy driver.Plt commander said he wouldn’t survive a third time.
    See a pattern emerging here Bobby?Which one were you.?
    I see blokes like you all the time, hang around the periphery of the action and return to OZ as heroes.

  81. Johno

    You never shut up about it,ever.
    Your life must be bloody boring,FFS ‘it was 50 years ago.
    I know my service in country and so do my mates. I did better than you son.Not that that is anything to brag about. Low bar and all that.
    My life is private and I will keep it that way.
    I post here occasionally but no-one would know I served until now.You are such a nerdy little twerp and it annoys me. Go suck a medal. Stop annoying good people.

  82. 1735099

    I see blokes like you all the time, hang around the periphery of the action and return to OZ as heroes.

    I wrote a book about my experience, old mate.
    It’s all clearly laid out there.
    Anyone who “enjoyed” time in a rifle section was either insane or a psychopath.
    I did six months in 5 platoon B coy 7 RAR. You can seek out members of 5 platoon and ask them about my service, if you’re as interested as you appear to be.
    Send me an email link and I’ll tell you who the company driver was in B Coy in 1970.
    It wasn’t me, unfortunately, as I enjoyed driving – then and now.
    Suggest you seek help from DVA if you’re in the habit (as you apparently are) of putting shit on fellow diggers. Anger outbursts are a symptom of PTSD.
    My service is on the record. Care to post a link to yours?

  83. Tinta:

    Ipsos poll tightening Labor on 33% primary with Coalition on 38% — the Greens on 13% incredible — so the poll is now 49 to 51 which is quite a turnaround — 3 points

    Ha.
    The bet is looking better each day, as the Left burns conservative votes it might have had.
    The odds are dropping…

  84. calli

    no-one would know I served until now

    And now I will say “thank you” and “bless you” leave it at that.

  85. Leigh Lowe

    I have well-founded doubts about the Viet-vet’s “stirling service”.

  86. Nob

    stackja
    #2936957, posted on February 18, 2019 at 7:03 am
    Flybmi fallout: Holiday misery as THOUSANDS stranded in Europe …
    https://www.express.co.uk › News › UK

    Fly BMI goes belly up

    BBC going big on the Brexit mention in the BMI statement but totally omitting the mandatory carbon credit costs.

    Full BMI statement , quoted in the Bristol Post – Bristol one of the regional centres relying on BMI to a larger extent than most.

    It is with a heavy heart that we have made this unavoidable announcement today. The airline has faced several difficulties, including recent spikes in fuel and carbon costs, the latter arising from the EU’s recent decision to exclude UK airlines from full participation in the Emissions Trading Scheme.

    “These issues have undermined efforts to move the airline into profit. Current trading and future prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process, which has led to our inability to secure valuable flying contracts in Europe and lack of confidence around bmi’s ability to continue flying between destinations in Europe. Additionally, our situation mirrors wider difficulties in the regional airline industry which have been well documented.

    “Against this background, it has become impossible for the airline’s shareholders to continue their extensive programme of funding into the business, despite investment totalling over £40m in the last six years. We sincerely regret that this course of action has become the only option open to us, but the challenges, particularly those created by Brexit, have proven to be insurmountable.

    “Our employees have worked extremely hard over the last few years and we would like to thank them for their dedication to the company, as well as all our loyal customers who have flown with us over the last 6 years.”

  87. Mark A

    Fiction is by far, the greatest part of any library.

  88. Johno

    Nah Bobby, No PTSD for this Digger.
    Seems I have hit a nerve.Like I said ,my service is private,same as my life.
    As to “putting shit on fellow diggers”. Don’t claim similarity to me, you POGO.
    We served in SVN,and there the similarity ends.
    Get a life. Got to run. Living the life of a self funded retiree is hell, but it has to be done.
    Six months!!!!! Lookshurry,Lookshurry I say. I say I say.

  89. 1735099

    Boambee John

    I don’t know how many friendly fire incidents involved 7 RAR.
    There probably were more. It was not unusual.
    Best account of the tour is Michael O’Brien’s Conscripts and Regulars.
    It’s out of print, but copies are available from Amazon for $80 plus.
    An on-line version is available on 7 RAR’s website.
    There is an after action report of the incident described above on the AWM website.
    I’d send you the link, but this browser supports only one link at a time.
    Let me know if you’re interested, and I’ll look for it (takes a bit of digging) and send it in another post.

  90. Johno

    Cali

    And now I will say “thank you” and “bless you” leave it at that.

    Thank you Cali. Youze iz a good sheila Hey!!

  91. RobK

    The unmanned submarines, called Orcas, 
    I wonder if they use aluminium and seawater batteries.
    http://news.mit.edu/2017/batteries-drink-seawater-long-range-autonomous-underwater-vehicles-0615

    Open Water Power’s battery that “drinks” in sea water to operate is safer and cheaper, and provides a tenfold increase in range, over traditional lithium-ion batteries used for unpiloted underwater vehicles. The power system consists of an alloyed aluminum anode, an alloyed cathode, and an alkaline electrolyte positioned between the electrodes. Components are only activated when flooded with water. Once the aluminum anode corrodes, it can be replaced at low cost.

  92. Snoopy

    Open Water Power’s battery that “drinks” in sea water to operate is safer and cheaper,

    But is anyone thinking of the fish?

  93. Anthony

    IPSOS poll has an error margin of plus or minus 2.9 percent. Marvellous how much damage a peanut head can do.

  94. mh

    Numbers, go and play some Redgum and have a cry.

    Then leave us alone you fvcking tool.

  95. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Double tax hit haunts near retirees

    Exclusive
    Simon Benson
    National Affairs Editor
    @simonbenson
    12:00AM February 18, 2019
    168 Comments

    More than half a million Australians approaching retirement could suffer a double tax hit to their savings plans under Labor’s policy to axe franking credit ­refunds and curb negative gearing, new tax data analysis says.

    More than 40 per cent of the 1.3 million people who already claim tax deductions on their rental properties are between 45 and 59, Australian Taxation ­Office figures show.

    With an average rental loss of $9500, this group would also stand to lose the most from the scrapping of the scheme.

    The government will claim that those already in the planning stage of their retirement would have two major retirement investment options taken off the table with the scrapping also of franking credit refunds, which are relied on by 900,000 Australians and mainly those in retirement.

    While those already negatively gearing property will have their current arrangements grandfathered under Labor’s policy, the data reveals that people approaching retirement relied most on the tax deduction.

    Negatively gearing property would be available in the future for only those buying new investment dwellings. The government argues that the impact would mean a significant investment option would be removed in the future for people planning for retirement.

    From the Oz.

  96. cohenite

    Temperature warming data must be transparent
    18 February The Australian editorial (page 13)
    The Bureau of Meteorology has used its statistical talents to steepen the slope of Australia’s warming by making early 20th century temperatures cooler than they previously were. The bureau says it has good reason to do this, but not everyone is convinced. Given the state of climate change politics, it is reasonable to ask questions and seek independent advice.
    Like the ABC, the BoM is a publicly funded institution that enjoys a privileged position and is not beyond accountability. BoM´s revenue for
    2017-18 was $312.72 million, of which $230.39m came from government. In exchange, BoM provides an essential service. Weather forecasts are critical for public safety, for farmers and industry to plan and for families to make everyday decisions. More than that, BoM is a key agency providing advice to government on climate change. Information from BoM helps shape decisions on vital issues such as energy policy and infrastructure planning that have profound long-term ramifications for the economy and cost of living for all Australians. A key part of that information is BoM’s long-term temperature record, which feeds into global temperature data sets.
    As Graham Lloyd reported in The Weekend Australian, BoM’s latest advice is that the trend in national average temperatures has been rising faster than previously thought. Rather than an increase by 1C over the past century, BoM’s updated homogenised data set shows mean temperatures have risen by 1.23C over that period. This is BoM’s second revision in six years and on each occasion the upward trend has become steeper, with historic temperatures largely lower than previously thought after homogenisation of the data.
    The Australian accepts that homogenisation of temperature records is good practice. But BoM is not beyond question and debate about the decisions taken and methods used. The Coalition missed an opportunity to put the issue to rest when it baulked at former prime minister Tony Abbott’s call for a thorough audit of BoM’s homogenisation regime. External audit is simply good practice. BoM says an
    in-house review by an expert panel was supportive of its methods but the review did not address many issues of concern that had been raised. More than three years on, the bureau has still to deliver on the key recommendation of the technical advisory forum that confidence measures be included in BoM’s homogenised data.
    The big response this newspaper has received in relation to the results of BoM’s latest revision to its ACORN-SAT national temperature data set underscores the high level of public interest. Given its stated commitment to openness, BoM erred in not making the details of the latest revision more public, other than through a technical document on its website. It should fully embrace recommendations of its technical review that all information be provided to allow those who are so minded to fully understand BoM’s adjustments of the original data.
    The Australian does not assume that BoM has got it wrong. But we support full transparency and reject outright any suggestion that those with opposing views do not deserve to be heard. We agree with BoM chief executive Andrew Johnson, who told a Senate estimates committee hearing last year that BoM is engaged in releasing its expertise, its data and its science into the public domain. He says that inevitably will attract commentary, criticism, review and feedback, which is a very healthy thing for the bureau.
    Dr Johnson is correct that BoM is important in terms of some of the most important issues the country faces. And that with that relevance comes an obligation to engage with those who have an interest in this space.

  97. Tom

    IPSOS poll has an error margin of plus or minus 2.9 percent. Marvellous how much damage a peanut head can do.

    IPSOS has a shit record for accuracy with a bias to the left, so, if anything, the Phelps idiocy and the Liars’ decision to support it could well have put the LNP ahead by now. The next Newspoll will tell all.

    People aren’t stupid: they loathe open borders and know Peanut Head will be a shit PM, going by his personal Newspoll approval rating.

    Amusingly, cartoonist Paul Zanetti has a poll at his Twitter feed: three-quarters of 500-odd who’ve voted so far think Peanut Head has already lost the unloseable election.

  98. calli

    Never underestimate the Bowen Factor either.

    Get between a Boomer and their retirement savings at your peril. Especially now that their real estate has taken a hiding.

    We live in interesting times.

  99. calli

    And Shortone didn’t even have to produce a birthday cake to explain his stupidity.

  100. Boambee John

    1735099
    #2937027, posted on February 18, 2019 at 9:22 am
    Boambee John

    Don’t worry, it was idle curiosity, as I was aware of another incident, in close country, where two lead scouts clashed, one was shot in the knee.

  101. Tom

    Calli, Australia has the world’s highest-paid politicians, which, of course, means we have the world’s worst politicians. #OtherPeoplesMoney.

  102. egg_

    He is wonderfully optimistic but the whole trip sounds just like a Chevy Chase movie.

    Read a similar Oz journo review of a Mitsubishi HPEV, where the mileage was nowhere near as claimed, despite some early optimism on the journo’s part – Mitsi subsequently got done on false advertising over same and printed a retraction IIRC.

  103. The poll is crap. No way are the greens on 13%. 10% tops.

  104. egg_

    the mileage was nowhere near as claimed

    The electric mode range was woeful, IIRC.

  105. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Get between a Boomer and their retirement savings at your peril.

    This particular boomer was advised, back in the 1970’s, that “by the time you get to retirement age, there won’t be a pension – you’ll be funding your own retirement.” Having worked, and managed my money to fund that retirement, I object to the likes of that sniveling grub Bowen, now trying to get his paws on that money.

  106. which means our vapourware Froggy sub money could pay for nearly four thousand Orcas.

    Orcas are not restricted to deep water.
    A swarm would be hard to defend against.

  107. DrBeauGan

    It’s no surprise that numbers likes the cartoonist Rowe. Rowe is a good artist, but he’s twisted. He sees everything from one perspective only, and can’t change his mind. A case of massive confirmation bias.

    Pretty much like numbers in fact.

    Thanks for posting them, Tom. I particularly value the Rowe cartoons, not because I agree with his point of view, but because I don’t.

  108. egg_

    Never underestimate the Bowen Factor either.

    They must think they have it in the bag – but how good is their polling?

  109. struth

    Good moaning.
    For those Lurking.
    Numbers is a contemptible liar.
    Many of our trolls regurgitate lies fed to them from the left, because they are naïve and slow types, of dubious character.
    They are fed lies by western hating communists, the pure filth of the earth.
    Numbers is one of those western hating communists.
    Hence he is called out here for being so and you’ll see the term communist used to describe him more than the other trolls.

    He is full of hate, old and irrelevant (he can’t stand that) can’t brainwash the kiddies anymore as a teacher, and is having one more dummy spit before he croaks it, where Mary assured the children of Fatima she holds a certain place in eternity for such types.

    He’s also, like all communists, not very bright.
    This man lies and lies and lies.
    Refuses to see what is right in front of him and still has the four character flaws of a leftist, no different to any of them.

    He’s so stupid he claimed people went to his blog, and the lefties demolished the right wingers that went there.
    If you go to his blog, you will see that no one comments there, on any of the subjects.
    o comments for every communist brain fart he writes.
    He doesn’t really care if you check his lies out, though.
    And that’s the point.
    You’ll find out he’s lying, he’s moved onto the next lie.
    The true sick commo is just out to wreck the joint and works on just slinging as much shit as possible, facts irrelevant.
    Some shit will stick, and that’s all that’s important.
    There’s enough dumb f…kers like Monty out there, conned by these lying arseholes.
    His whole life is consumed by having to go and peel spuds in an army he wanted to be on the opposing side.
    Consumes him.
    The reason why he is just called names here, is he is as described above.
    If you feel the need to check out his lies, feel free, he won’t care, we’ve already done it.
    He’s just full of hate.
    That’s all that drives the true communist.

  110. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Don’t you hold back, now, struth. You tell us what you really think!

  111. egg_

    He doesn’t really care if you check his lies out, though.
    And that’s the point.
    You’ll find out he’s lying, he’s moved onto the next lie.

    The mark of a Sociopath.

  112. rickw

    An old mate had a heart attack last week. Old Australia.

    Went to visit in hospital, he was in the process of having a sponge bath.

    I nearly choked when I saw what was going on.

    Poor old bugger was getting a sponge bath from a large black shemale who could barely speak English.

    He had no idea.

    I won’t be mentioning it either, Hospital can entail enough indignity despite the best care, this took it to a whole new level.

  113. struth

    Now about the poll.

    Could I ask how many of these polls have Labor/Liberal/other as the question and then consider other the greens.

    The greens are imploding.
    Wracked with bitter twisted females accusing the old white men in the party (who thought they could escape being old white men by being in the party) of all sort of terrible things and the blackouts and most definitely the costs of power, which I believe the majority of punters understand how that’s come about, means “other” will be more Australian conservative or Hanson than anyone has clicked onto yet.

  114. DrBeauGan

    calli
    #2937017, posted on February 18, 2019 at 9:04 am
    no-one would know I served until now

    And now I will say “thank you” and “bless you” leave it at that.

    +Lots. Thank you for your service, Johno. You’re a man. Unlike poor deformed numbers.

  115. Tom

    The poll is crap. No way are the greens on 13%. 10% tops.

    IR, lots of leftards declare themselves Filth voters between elections as a protest, but chicken out of voting communist on election day. I think you’re probably right — the Filth vote is nearer 10% than 13%. However, lefties know there will probably be a change of government, so the loony fringe may be emboldened to vote Filth for a rerun of the Lying Slapper chaos and a slice of the power aphrodisiac in the Senate.

  116. mh

    I nearly choked when I saw what was going on.

    Poor old bugger was getting a sponge bath from a large black shemale who could barely speak English.

    Rick, this happens too much for it not to be orchestrated.

    This is what happens when the Left gain control.

  117. struth

    Don’t you hold back, now, struth. You tell us what you really think!

    That’s what I’m here for.
    Except I’ve got to keep my nostalgic , romantic, views of womanhood , to a minimum.
    I embarrassed myself yesterday, musing on the love I have for women who love being women, and who realise that embracing it means they rule us dummies like the lapdogs we become when they embrace it.

    Luckily Makka was there to straighten me out, and I snapped out of it.
    Some things should never be mentioned in front of women.
    Their minds should be full of recipes and comparing irons.

  118. rickw

    A submerged sub, with a top speed of 4 knots, is basically a very slow moving target practice object for modern anti-sub kit.

    Locating a crew to volunteer for that could be a problem….

  119. egg_

    Wracked with bitter twisted females accusing the old white men in the party (who thought they could escape being old white men by being in the party)

    The irony is that the twisted sisters were likely duped by some sellout wierdo blokes who are exactly what the women accuse them of – rough justice.

  120. Old School Conservative

    A description in The Oz of attendees at the Opera House for the Jordan Peterson event yesterday:

    Back at the Opera House, the crowd was split 55-45 on gender. There were guys who looked like they’d come straight from Harvard Law School; women who looked too young to be wearing so many pearls; silver foxes in six-button blazers; and pierced boys and girls with ripped jeans.

    Does any of that describe a Cat or two?

  121. Black Ball

    Good morning. With these different polls that come out, would I be correct in saying that they ring all different parts of Australia? Thinking the higher than normal Greens preferment might be because the poll was conducted in Brunswick.

  122. RobK

    Locating a crew to volunteer for that could be a problem….
    Indeed. $50 billion could give us a lot of drone development off existing or cheaper platforms.

  123. Geriatric Mayfly

    The greens are imploding.
    Wracked with bitter twisted females

    Back in the day, when the calls for more wimminzes in Parliament began to reach fever pitch, we were told that their presence would add nothing but sweetness and light to the assembly of lawmakers along with hidden attributes yet to be revealed. A sample above, and that trio of conniving harpies last week voting in the Sick Reffos from Nauru.

  124. struth

    I also think that the left have shot themselves in the foot so badly by their idiotic tantrums against Trump that I would be surprised by a Labor win.
    Not because anything that the Liberal party have done, indeed in spite of it, the world didn’t end under Trump, in fact much of the left’s hidden agenda, (it’s march through the institutions, safe schools, power wrecking) has been exposed, and there again, the home of the brave show politically apathetic the good he has done.
    Remember, the economy was going to crash, Nuclear war was assured, the big red button was going to be pushed, blah blah blah.
    Political apathy has an important positive.
    It’s ability to switch sides.
    Our fuel is even cheaper because of Trump’s America, and anyone doing any business with the Chinese despise their arrogance (they’re not that bright either), and would love to tell them to F off.

    There’s much to look at.

  125. IR:

    Orcas are not restricted to deep water.
    A swarm would be hard to defend against.

    Interesting point.
    It seems that “Quantity has a quality all of its own.” as a tactic – or even a strategy, is coming back to the fore in military planning.

  126. Rebel with cause

    the crowd was split 55-45 on gender.

    Journos find it very, very hard to believe that young females can be conservative.

  127. thefrollickingmole

    We are so far down the rabbit hole legendary lesbian tennis player Martina is now a hate filled homophobe for pointing out biological differences exist between the sexes, and sawing off your tackle doesnt obliterate the muscular/skeletal advantages.

    Martina Navratilova criticised over ‘cheating’ trans women comments
    Former tennis player says trans athletes competing in women’s tournaments is ‘insane’

    The former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has been criticised for “disturbing, upsetting, and deeply transphobic” comments after she argued that allowing transgender women to compete in women’s sporting tournaments was “insane and cheating”.

    The tennis player and gay rights campaigner first drew criticism from equalities activists and trans athletes when she tweeted in December: “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.”

    Writing in the Sunday Times, Navratilova said she had subsequently promised to keep quiet on the subject until she had done some research on it. “Well, I’ve now done that and, if anything, my views have strengthened,” she wrote.
    “To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organisation is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires.

    “It’s insane and it’s cheating. I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.”

    ..
    “Simply reducing hormone levels – the prescription most sports have adopted – does not solve the problem,” wrote Navratilova. “A man builds up muscle and bone density, as well as a greater number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, from childhood.”

    Following her comments in December, Navratilova was criticised by Rachel McKinnon, a Canadian academic and cyclist, who in October became the first transgender woman to win a track world title.

    “McKinnon has vigorously defended her right to compete, pointing out that, when tested, her levels of testosterone, the male hormone, were well within the limits set by world cycling’s governing body,” wrote Navratilova on Sunday. “Nevertheless, at 6ft tall and weighing more than 14 stone, she appeared to have a substantial advantage in muscle mass over her rivals.”

    RTWT, its insane.

  128. struth

    Good morning. With these different polls that come out, would I be correct in saying that they ring all different parts of Australia? Thinking the higher than normal Greens preferment might be because the poll was conducted in Brunswick.

    I’ve never been polled on anything ever in Australia.
    Neither has Mrs Struth, my parents (who live in suburban Adelaide), neither has Mrs Struth’s parents and no one I know ever mentions being polled about anything.
    We don’t live in a city.
    Has anyone non urban on this site been polled, ever, while living in the country?

  129. Tom

    Frollickingmole, it’s good to have Cats monitoring the loony left meeja, but I worry your heavy exposure to the Graniaud will eventually rot your brain.

    Take care. And always wash your hands afterwards.

  130. Roger

    RTWT, its insane.

    Any sane person would reach that conclusion, yet last year the WHO definitively declared transgenderism was no longer classified as a mental illness, while the medical profession has been providing “gender reassignment” surgery for decades. What began as a misguided attempt to help people who identified as transgender has now become an attempt at all out subversion of the created order, i.e. they imagine that gender is now no longer tethered to biology but is totally fluid. It is the latest battle in the war of man against his creator.

    “The time is coming when people will go mad. When they see someone who is not mad, they will attack them, saying, “You are not like us. You are mad.” St Antony the Great

  131. egg_

    “Nevertheless, at 6ft tall and weighing more than 14 stone, she appeared to have a substantial advantage in muscle mass over her rivals.”

    The Hannah Mouncey of wymminz tennis.

  132. struth

    “The time is coming when people will go mad. When they see someone who is not mad, they will attack them, saying, “You are not like us. You are mad.” St Antony the Great

    Yet , there may cometh a time when the menfolk, exclaim “enough of this hysteria”, and peacefully but firmly, guide their women back to domestic duties and having babies, and sanity will be restored.

  133. Des Deskperson

    ‘Has anyone non urban on this site been polled, ever, while living in the country?’

    In Canberra – a Labor/Greens stronghold, the latter party getting 16.1% of the Senate vote in 2016 – I get polled several times a year.

    They are almost all automated and often worded to fit a ‘progressive’ result. To take an only barely hypothetical example, an answer ‘yes’ to the question ‘would you like to see better heath care?’ is interpreted as a support for Labor because it promises ‘better heath care’. That sort of thing

  134. RobK

    Has anyone non urban on this site been polled, ever, while living in the country?
    I have been phone polled, probably a couple of times a year, average, by various pollsters. Rural, 250km from major centre.

  135. Geriatric Mayfly

    The House is seething with pitch and moment this morning. . Sharkie, then McGowan, then Katter. Wonder who is next.

  136. Des Deskperson

    And a positive response to a question like ‘do you care about the environment’, will almost certainly be taken to indicate that you are a Greens supporter.

  137. DrBeauGan

    I noted that Stimpy remarked that he thought transgenderism is an example of borderline personality disorder. There’s plenty of reason to think he’s right. One of the difficulties we have these days is dealing charitably with the many forms of insanity that affect some people. That women are prone to hysteria has been known for millennia, but we still treat obvious loonies as suitable members of parliament, their qualification as a woman overriding their looniness.

    The fact is, some forms of looniness are contagious. The sooner this is widely recognised the better.

  138. RobK

    Confirming Des’ point; the machine polls are frustrating because your prefered answer is often not a choice. The real person ones are better to navigate. On either the results must be tenuous.

  139. Notafan

    What about the polling results of those who refuse to respond to polls?

  140. Ellen of Tasmania

    Has anyone non urban on this site been polled, ever, while living in the country?

    Yes – a few times. But they simply don’t have categories for my answers.

    eg. Are you happy with the amount being spent on government schools?

    No, I’m not, they spend way too much. But for the poll, ‘unhappy’ means ‘they should spend more’. I guess it’s instructive for the person who is questioning you, but I’ve had more than one just give up on me. The very fact that they never seem to have a ‘they should spend less/do less/mind their own business’ box to tick is pretty telling.

  141. Snoopy

    “Nevertheless, at 6ft tall and weighing more than 14 stone, she appeared to have a substantial advantage in muscle mass over her rivals.”

    Meanwhile a group called Male Champions of Change has released a Pathway to Pay Equality Report which demands equal pay for male and female athletes. Sporting bodies including the AFL, NRL, FFA and CA have agreed to commit.

    I wonder where the money will be coming from? From gate takings, broadcast rights and sponsorships attracted by men’s competitions?

    Is it remotely possible that this policy will gut professional sport by encouraging our best men to move offshore?

    Curiously Netball Australia seems to have been overlooked.

  142. JC

    If anyone’s listened to McCabe, Comey and the Stork speak, you come away with a simple view. Edgar Hoover lives on in the FBI. They sound very effeminate.

  143. Snoopy

    Any man that aspires to play professional sport but is short on ability can identify as a woman and bingo! Equal pay thanks to our SJW elites. You have to laugh
    It’s the only rational response.

  144. zyconoclast

    Makka
    #2936912, posted on February 18, 2019 at 12:54 am
    Yawn.

    You’re the yawn, zyco. Another never Trump whiner who’d rather have Hillary than be grown up.

    Not quite.
    I thought he was a much better option than Hillary but he could not win because they would rig the system system so much that he would have no chance. I was genuinely surprised.
    Looks like they rigged the system after he was elected.

    My complaint is about his results on his key policies regarding America first.
    He spends too much time tweeting to and about non entities.

  145. struth

    Has anyone non urban on this site been polled, ever, while living in the country?
    I have been phone polled, probably a couple of times a year, average, by various pollsters. Rural, 250km from major centre.

    interesting.
    Without giving up where you are exactly, would it be a Margaret river, Byron bay, Mudgee, Woolongong south types of area, or more your Deniliquin, West of Gunnedah, Quilpie , Roma, Pt Lincoln, Cue type area?

  146. RobK

    They sound very effeminate.
    I understand where you’re comming from, but is that a sound basis to judge?

  147. RobK

    Struth,
    No. Grain, cattle, and sheep. WA coastal mid west between Perth, Geraldton and Moora.

  148. egg_

    ‘when did you stop caring about the environment’ = LNP voter.

  149. JC

    Get a load of the climate harkel editing the Cat now. The self appointed editor. What a great candidate for a good clip over the ears with both hands simultaneously.

    Harkel!

    Global Warming!

    hahahaahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahaahahaha

  150. Grigory M

    no-one would know I served until now

    And now I will say “thank you” and “bless you” leave it at that.

    +Lots. Thank you for your service, Johno. You’re a man. Unlike poor deformed numbers.

    Whatever happened to “trust but verify”? “Johno” has provided no proof of service – none.

    Your overweening praise is not deserved until he/she/it does so.

  151. EvilElvis

    Does any of that describe a Cat or two?

    I am prone to going out in my ripped jeans and pearl combo. Oh, wait! I’m in WA…

  152. Without giving up where you are exactly, would it be a Margaret river, Byron bay, Mudgee, Woolongong south types of area, or more your Deniliquin, West of Gunnedah, Quilpie , Roma, Pt Lincoln, Cue type area?

    Struth, I’ve been polled a few times when in the former. As Ellen of Tasmania says, the questions are loaded so that no matter how you answer, they can choose to take it as a “Yes”.
    Many of the questions are designed so that a negative answer will seem like a positive, and will read that way on a transcript.

  153. Dave in Marybrook

    Bit pointless there struth.
    Maybe polling folk in a marginal rural area is a bit of a damp squib.
    Maybe polling folk in a tree-change outer urban fringe is more valuable because you could get all sorts of changeable opinions about retiree issues, school issues, infrastructure issues, energy issues.
    And a lot more doctors’ wives picking up the phone in the first place.
    Even if it is push polling- I’ve been push polled by the AC. And why the hell not?

  154. Old Lefty

    Geriatric Mayfly is spot on about watching what the ABC doesn’t report. Take child abuse: no state school teacher, ABC producer, compere of guest muso, no member of the left political, literary, artistic or legal establishment, no government bureaucrat or social worker ever does any such thing, we are supposed to believe. But the real question is why the McClellan royal commission took the same view.

  155. Kneel

    “‘when did you stop caring about the environment’ ”

    I didn’t – to stop, I’d need to start. I didn’t start, how could I stop?

    Just like you treat the tele-marketers: “No, I’m not interested in saving money”. Stumps ’em every time when you go off script like that!

    But that’s a last resort – “You need to speak to Bill, he looks after “. Yes, Bill. Second name Tell. One tele-marketer even agreed they’d look out for Bill during the Sydney Olympics (Bill wasn’t available because he was practicing his archery for the olympics).
    Swallowed in full. Most amusing. The Bill William thing just completely missed. I still snigger when I think of it…

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