Monday Forum: February 18, 2019

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  1. MatrixTransform

    excuse me for not bothering to engage with you.

    This is Bwett absolutely NOT engaging with me

  2. struth

    Ok , you talked me into it.

  3. zyconoclast

    I heard that Smollet character did not sign wherever statement he made to police.
    His lawyers will eventually go the ‘didn’t sign so its not an official complaint’ type argument.

  4. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    How many do you think is reasonable?

    As long as you reach contentment before capacity, don’t start stouches on the Cat while under the affluence of incahol, and can face Mrs Struth in the morning, that’s a matter of discretion. Mine’s Laphroig, BTW.

  5. MatrixTransform

    Hmm, I’ve taken a shine to Canadian Club.

    I may join you Old Man

  6. JC

    Rooster

    I’m not a homophobe. I’m an idiotophobe towards imbeciles like you.

    Stop whining and drama queening FFS.

  7. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Dear Lizzie
    I am fed up the back teeth with your frumpery and posing.
    If you don’t like my posts, scroll past them.
    That’s what I do with yours.

    So it’s Mutally Assured Destruction is it then, Numbers? Both too scared to fire off first. 😀

    Frumpery? Frumpery!?*% – I don’t think I own one frumpish thing. I’m not that sort of wifey.
    That’s worse than JC turning me into the Wicked Stepmother Queen in Snow White.
    And here’s me investigating mirrored splashbacks for our new kitchen.

    Full royally apparelled,
    The Lady of Shalott.
    …………..
    But in her web she still delights
    To weave the mirror’s magic sights,
    For often thro’ the silent nights
    A funeral, with plumes and lights
    And music, came from Camelot:
    Or when the moon was overhead
    Came two young lovers lately wed;
    ‘I am half sick of shadows,’ said
    The Lady of Shalott.

    She left the web, she left the loom
    She made three paces thro’ the room
    She saw the water-flower bloom,
    She saw the helmet and the plume,
    She look’d down to Camelot.
    Out flew the web and floated wide;
    The mirror crack’d from side to side;
    ‘The curse is come upon me,’ cried
    The Lady of Shalott.

    Dangerous things, webs and mirrors.

  8. MatrixTransform

    omfg … peaty … winter hmmm, peaty

  9. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    How many do you think is reasonable?

    Oh, and remember, life is to short too associate with the boring and ignorant, drink cheap Scotch, and wear badly fitting underwear.

  10. struth

    men, men, do you feel it’s time to work this out?
    It’s bloody humorous and all, but while we are thumping our chests Tarzan style, women are taking over the cricket pitch………………………….

    Should we not band together as the mighty brothers we are and get our women back into the kitchen?
    Enough penis measuring, you dopey old galoots.

    just saying.
    Now attack me, ya bastards , but I love yaz all.
    Now , time for the fourth scotch.

  11. Snoopy

    How many do you think is reasonable?

    Do you expect to be able to find the price of another bottle tomorrow?

  12. Memoryvault

    Matrix, since your first sentence is an obvious lie / exaggeration you will have to excuse me for not bothering to engage with you.

    A wise decision, Brett. On his very first (as far as I know) foray into this blog he spent the evening bad mouthing, denigrating, insulting and ridiculing Bruce of Newcastle – without doubt the kindest, gentlest soul ever to grace these columns. (And maybe the wisest).

    Somebody that low isn’t worth the electrons needed to reply to.

  13. Splatacrobat

    If it has already been reported sorry.
    As its dramatic debt is revealed, can White Ribbon survive?

    Western Sydney University’s Ushi Ghoorah, who specialises in financial disclosures and accountability of non-profit organisations, says White Ribbon’s annual report reveals troubling figures – the total of admin and employee costs accounts for 96 per cent of the charity’s total reported revenue.

    “Their main purpose should be to increase positive social outcomes and public understanding of violence against women, not to pay employees,” she said.

  14. JC , simple question that you did not answer in your last post which just tries to deflect from the fact.

    Why would you ask a forum member a question starting with ” honest question. Are you the whiney fuck” if you knew he was not the person on Q&A.

    However as we know honesty is not your strong point as you have form for making up things and twisting things.

    Try not to lose too much sleep over your homophobia. Or as I said is it just that you are not capable of engaging with people without trying to insult.

    Incidentally which ethnic Italians insults do you find offensive ? I am new to the ethnic / gay insult game and need some assistance.

  15. DrBeauGan

    So we make laws that restrict the 95% of good parents from being good parents to protect children from the 5% that aren’t? Is

    Unfortunately, yes. It’s all part of the government looking after us. A regrettably large percentage of the populace like it that way.

  16. JC

    Good old Warren, hanging in there.

    Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) has filed its final 13f report for 2018 detailing its stock investments and, as usual, people are poring over it like Cold War Kremlinologists … the headlines, however, screamed about Buffett selling out of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock.

    He sold 1% of Apple stock.

    But Berkshire only sold about 1% of its Apple stock. AAPL remains the largest holding in the portfolio,

    But get this: FUUUCCCKKK

    The report showed the portfolio losing $38 billion during the quarter, almost 21% of its value, during the worst bear market since the 2008 financial meltdown. Berkshire stock fell about 6.5% during the period.

    But he’s bought the banks

    The big news in this report is a renewed bet on big banks. New money went into US Bancorp (NYSE:USB), JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), PNC Financial (NYSE:PNC), and Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE:BK).

  17. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Splatacrobat
    #2938753, posted on February 19, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Splat, old age and a liking for strong drink, may have dulled my memory, but you haven’t been seen at this end of town for some time?

  18. MatrixTransform

    They can screech and pretend cricket…or even football and thats ok.
    The bloke (bless his directions in life) is at the wheel.
    He’s in the hole and up the ladder and into the breech.
    Fixing the gate and lifting heavy stuff.
    Prepared for imaginary bumps in the night with a bagful of clubs.
    Then digging next day in the garden with spades

    Diamonds and Hearts she says.

    of course, he says

  19. Old School Conservative

    Peter Dutton goes on the front foot, doing a Trump.
    Calls a Hugh Riminton report on ch10 an “appalling breach of journalistic standards”
    Michael Smith has the full press release, and it’s full of attack e.g. “referred to Mr Anees (Riminton’s source) as a whistleblower instead of a convicted criminal and liar.”

    Good stuff. Perhaps he can share his backbone with other members of the SFL party.

  20. MV,
    I must have missed his first evening here. However as you suggest not a good start for a new member. Unless of course he is here just to stir.

  21. Snoopy

    That’s shocking news, Splat. DV will skyrocket if White Ribbon goes under.

  22. MatrixTransform

    Somebody that low isn’t worth the electrons needed to reply to.

    awesome, a pile-on.
    The spectacle, the gore …

    …the misappropriation

  23. Splatacrobat

    Some things never change. I’ve been away from the Cat quite a while and I seemed to have walked into the same stouch that was going on 12 months ago?

    It’s gone on longer than John Wayne and Victor McLagen in The Quiet Man.

  24. struth

    Zulu, I weigh about 110 kilos.
    When In was younger a bottle of Johnny Walker would be gone over an afternoon BBQ.
    Remember I’m a Territorian basically.
    Then I’d go and play a gig that night.
    But most of my life has been spent sober due to shit loads of hours worked a day.
    Bloody hell, I’ve had three scotches, and can feel it.
    Getting old.
    Bugger.
    I’m a cheap drunk now and no one wants to take advantage of it!!!

  25. Nob

    White Ribbon:

    Their main purpose should be … blah blah blah … not to pay employees,” she said

    O’Sullivan’s Law again.

    “any organization or enterprise that is not expressly right wing will become left wing over time”

    This one started as left-wing, so the employees started helping themselves immediately.

  26. Memoryvault

    I must have missed his first evening here.

    Consider yourself lucky, Brett.
    I wasted a lot of time and effort that night, trying to be nice to him.
    Eventually he ran out of whisky and settled down a bit.
    The next morning he was presumably sober, and as obnoxious as ever, again targeting BoN.
    BoN wasn’t even around at the time.

    Somebody that obnoxious is in a category of their own – even by Catallaxy standards!

  27. Splatacrobat

    Splat, old age and a liking for strong drink, may have dulled my memory, but you haven’t been seen at this end of town for some time?

    I’ve been doing God’s work on LinkedIn. There is no shortage of Fembots, Diversity and Inclusion Commissars, SJW’s, Climate alarmists, WGEA whiners, Dr Moreau’s scrabble board of alphabet people, leaners and left wing lunatics.

    My apologies if I have left anyone out but I think that just about covers it.

  28. Memoryvault

    I’ve been away from the Cat quite a while and I seemed to have walked into the same stouch that was going on 12 months ago?

    Longer, Splatacrobat.
    Much, much longer.

  29. struth

    Some things never change. I’ve been away from the Cat quite a while and I seemed to have walked into the same stouch that was going on 12 months ago?

    take it to the bank, babeeeee

  30. mh

    Bernie is running for Dem 2020 Presidential nomination.

    Silly old fart.

  31. struth

    You know my link’s all class.
    that’s the real deal.

  32. Old School Conservative

    Snoopy
    #2938762, posted on February 20, 2019 at 12:01 am
    That’s shocking news, Splat. DV will skyrocket if White Ribbon goes under.

    Let’s get factual here. Blue Ribbon is set up to create a future where Australian women are free from all forms of men’s abuse.
    Not DV. Just men’s abuse. And not some men, just men with ALL implied.
    All those politicians trying to ingratiate themselves with the man-hating feminazis by wearing white ribbons on their lapels are just useful idiots who will be run over in the rush to demonise all men.

  33. MatrixTransform

    Oh fuck off you old wanker.
    Look at you claiming the higher ground and risking no more than an opinion
    You’re no better.
    At least BoN had the balls to call me something instead of oblique hints.
    And he has the grace to get the fuck of my case even is he wont make an apology for being a dick
    Truth is, he took a swing and I swung back back.
    end of basically.

    You mate … sound like a journalist with a special claim on truth.

  34. Memoryvault

    Not DV. Just men’s abuse. And not some men, just men with ALL implied.

    You left off “white”, OSC.

  35. MatrixTransform

    Oh feck off you old wanker.
    Look at you claiming the higher ground and risking no more than an opinion
    You’re no better.
    At least BoN had the bollox to call me something instead of oblique hints.
    And he has the grace to get the fuck of my case even is he wont make an apology for being a dick
    Truth is, he took a swing and I swung back back.
    end of … basically.

  36. struth

    My Grandfather was a great singer.
    He was a truckie for the department of supply and brought rockets and all sorts of shit up to Woomera from Adelaide in old Semi trailers like Leylands.
    He was well known in the bush, and they used to get him to sing – in Pimba at Christmas
    I never met him, he died before I was born.

  37. Makka

    He was well known in the bush, and they used to get him to sing – in Pimba at Christmas

    I was once told, never eat a pie at Pimba.

  38. classical_hero

    Splat, it’s just like Days of our Lives, you can catch up anytime and you would not have missed a bit.

  39. classical_hero

    With the Jussie episode, the media are going to DARVO the situation. Deny, Attack and Reverse Victim and Oppressor.

    It’s already happening.

  40. struth

    Years later my dad came through, and the old timers (the road to Alice was still dirt) recognised my dad, such was the fame in the bush community of his father, just by his looks and said, my god, you’re Torry’s son.
    Len Beadell was a good friend, apparently.

  41. MatrixTransform

    White Knights. UR so honorable

  42. Memoryvault

    Splat, it’s just like Days of our Lives,

    I beg to differ, Hero, but it’s not like Days of our Lives at all.
    At least in that show the script eventually moved on a little.
    Glacial, I’ll concede, but still active – eventually.

    Not so here at the Cat.

  43. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    My Grandfather was a great singer.

    My grandfather was a World War Two veteran.

    When I was enlisting, he told me outright – “There’s only one decoration worth having. It’s the “Returned From Active Service” badge they pin to your civilian jacket. Sitting around a pub table, with other’s, all wearing the same badge, telling stirring tales is a good and worthy pass-time.”

  44. MatrixTransform

    DARVO … interesting innit?

  45. struth

    Memoryvault, I am not as pissed as you were New Years Eve, but I’m having an excellent night.
    Just right.
    Glad I’m on my fourth Scotch, and listening to good music.
    I hope your Missus is doing ok.
    Listening to only quality singers and quality music.
    Mrs Struth has hit the fart sack, and the internet is my oyster.
    I’m feeling very rat pack-ish this evening.

  46. JC

    classical_hero
    #2938780, posted on February 20, 2019 at 12:30 am

    With the Jussie episode, the media are going to DARVO the situation. Deny, Attack and Reverse Victim and Oppressor.

    It’s already happening.

    Not so sure, there may be some federal charges coming up.

    Monday, February 18, 2019

    … Meanwhile, the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has been quietly working on the origins of Smollett’s letter for nearly a month. Giving it far more “attention” than he knew.

    Late Monday, CWBChicago received confirmation that the letter case has been before a federal grand jury and multiple subpoenas have been generated over the course of the investigation.

    In a conversation on Feb. 8th, before police met with brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo, a leading source within the Smollett attack investigation called the hate crime a “false flag” and said “There is a direct line between (the letter) and (the purported attack).” In the same conversation, the source hinted at what was to come: “This is not a whodunit. It’s a how-many-people-dunit.”

    Federal charges against whoever mailed the letter were, they said, “certain.” Whoever sent the letter, we were told, “made an enormous mistake.”

    A law firm partner who asked not to be identified by name spoke with us about the federal problems ahead for whoever mailed the letter: “If they have Smollett on the letter, he’ll be facing ’terroristic hoax’ charges, a felony. There may be federal obstruction charges as well.”

    All in all, the federal legal options are numerous: “If they want to bury him, they can.”

  47. Memoryvault

    I hope your Missus is doing ok.

    Evening Struth.
    No she’s not.
    Very, very not.

    But thanks for asking.

  48. struth

    Yep Zulu, I had the ww2 on the other side of the family.
    What a generation.

    Listening to Bing Crosby, and Ol’ blues eyes, and people that had to pull it off without the technology available today.
    The purity and talent is rich and strong.
    Now for a bit of the Sammy

  49. struth

    Sorry to hear, bloke, sorry to hear.
    When’s she heading to Melbourne?

  50. Memoryvault

    I hope your Missus is doing ok.

    Evening Struth.
    No she’s not.

    But thanks for asking.

  51. Memoryvault

    Sorry for the double post folks.
    The wondreous new NBN keeps dropping out.

  52. Memoryvault

    When’s she heading to Melbourne?

    Booked for February 27, Struth.
    But she’s got to be actually out of hospital to go down there to go into hospital.
    Not looking promising at the moment.

  53. RobK

    Best wishes to you and your wife MV.

  54. classical_hero

    JC, the media and Democrats are trying to do that but he was such an idiot that he kept the evidence. He is in serious trouble. He cost himself dearly but this seems to be the ultimate reason for doing it. It looks very political and a scam perpetrated by the Democrats.

    https://twitter.com/RealJamesWoods/status/1097573057466531840?s=19
    The Anti-Lynching Bill in itself is an absurdity. I mean, is lynching in modern America a misdemeanor or something, some nefarious grey zone crime that would slip by the media and federal law enforcement unnoticed? It’s already a death penalty crime FFS!!

  55. Memoryvault

    Thanks Rob. It’s been a pretty devastating four days.

  56. RobK

    Bolt is talking about the hacking of government.
    Weren’t the chinese also implicated in lifting the plans of the new ASIO building before it was even built?

  57. struth

    Keep ya chin up if you can, MV.

    Nothing in this life ends well.

  58. JC

    There’s massive risk in 2020. The risk is that the Dems sweep the government, senate, house and presidency and begin enacting the new green deal. This isn’t far fetched.

    There’s reason to be skeptical. Neither the Green New Deal nor the tax hikes have faced serious scrutiny. They will once they enter the gauntlet of Congress. A survey by the Yale Program on Climate Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication found that 92% of Democrats and 64% of Republicans back the Green New Deal. Will those numbers hold up? Take a guess.

    Republicans don’t have to worry that these proposals will become law. There’s no chance of that with a GOP Senate and Donald Trump in the White House. But the GOP roadblocks may vanish in the 2020 election. Mr. Trump isn’t a shoo-in for re-election, and Republicans, who control the Senate 53-47, will be defending 22 seats in 2020 while Democrats defend 12. It’s possible for Democrats to hold the House and win the Senate and presidency. If that happens, the new era that worries Mitch McConnell will be in full swing.

  59. classical_hero

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/43621/january-29-two-hate-crimes-occurred-media-only-ben-shapiro

    I had never heard of this attack before. Just shows the hypocrisy of the media. This one was recorded on surveillance camera.

  60. RobK

    There’s massive risk in 2020. 
    Implementation of the new green deal seems to me to be about as aspirational as draining the swamp. In each case the delivery will likely be managed expectations.

  61. JC

    Look, there’s no chance of a green new deal, but there is a chance of seeing the beginnings of socialism in the US in 2020.

  62. RobK

    I think Socialism has simmered in the background pretty much the whole time. The railroad union was quite muscular for a long time. Im hopeful the deplorables of middle america pulll through.

  63. RobK

    Consider woody gutherie’s popularity back a while.

  64. RobK

    Union Maid
    Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

    There once was a union maid, she never was afraid
    Of goons and ginks and company finks and the deputy sheriffs who made the raid.
    She went to the union hall when a meeting it was called,
    And when the Legion boys come ’round
    She always stood her ground.

    Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union,
    I’m sticking to the union, I’m sticking to the union.
    Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union,
    I’m sticking to the union ’til the day I die.

    This union maid was wise to the tricks of company spies,
    She couldn’t be fooled by a company stool, she’d always organize the guys.
    She always got her way when she struck for better pay.
    She’d show her card to the National Guard
    And this is what she’d say

    You gals who want to be free, just take a tip from me;
    Get you a man who’s a union man and join the ladies’ auxiliary.
    Married life ain’t hard when you got a union card,
    A union man has a happy life when he’s got a union wife

  65. Nob

    RobK
    #2938807, posted on February 20, 2019 at 2:08 am
    Consider woody gutherie’s popularity back a while.

    Woody Guthrie, working class hero, son of a middle class real estate dealer and local politician.

    Woody deserted his first wife and three kids, left them right there in the dust bowl while he took off to California.

    Joined with Pete Seeger in opposing the war against Hitler, because that was the CP line and Hitler was Stalin’s buddy. They didn’t flip until Hitler turned on Stalin, and the CP ordered its followers to support the war effort.

    In 1940, Woody headed for New York, where he took up with a small but active community of left-wing folk singers. He joined a folk group called the Almanac Singers, consisting of Millard Lampell, Lee Hays and Pete Seeger. The Almanac Singers toured the nation, playing for union audiences and at labor strikes. The Singers tended to downplay their (impressive) book learning in favor of a working class image. As Klein describes, “The Almanac Singers…tended to mythologize themselves and each other shamelessly. They invented proletarian (especially rural) backgrounds for themselves, spoke with a southern lilt, and, as time went on, made quite a show of dressing like downtrodden workers. Few were aware that Pete Seeger had gone to Harvard.

  66. Nob

    RobK
    #2938807, posted on February 20, 2019 at 2:08 am
    Consider woody gutherie’s popularity back a while.

    Woody Guthrie, working class hero, son of a middle class real estate dealer and local politician.

    Woody deserted his first wife and three kids, left them right there in the dust bowl while he took off to California.

    Joined with Pete Seeger in opposing the war against Hitler, because that was the CP line and Hitler was Stalin’s buddy. They didn’t flip until Hitler turned on Stalin, and the CP ordered its followers to support the war effort.

  67. Nob

    After California …

    In 1940, Woody headed for New York, where he took up with a small but active community of left-wing folk singers. He joined a folk group called the Almanac Singers, consisting of Millard Lampell, Lee Hays and Pete Seeger. The Almanac Singers toured the nation, playing for union audiences and at labor strikes. The Singers tended to downplay their (impressive) book learning in favor of a working class image. As Klein describes, “The Almanac Singers…tended to mythologize themselves and each other shamelessly. They invented proletarian (especially rural) backgrounds for themselves, spoke with a southern lilt, and, as time went on, made quite a show of dressing like downtrodden workers. Few were aware that Pete Seeger had gone to Harvard.

  68. Nob

    In 1940, Woody headed for New York, where he took up with a small but active community of left-wing folk singers. He joined a folk group called the Almanac Singers, consisting of Millard Lamp-ll, Lee Hays and Pete Seeger. The Almanac Singers toured the nation, playing for union audiences and at labor strikes. The Singers tended to downplay their (impressive) book learning in favor of a working class image. As Klein describes, “The Almanac Singers…tended to mythologize themselves and each other shamelessly. They invented proletarian (especially rural) backgrounds for themselves, spoke with a southern lilt, and, as time went on, made quite a show of dressing like downtrodden workers. Few were aware that Pete Seeger had gone to Harvard.

  69. Nob

    Looks like I made a cardinal mistake in my first attempt at posting.

  70. RobK

    Looks like I made a cardinal mistake
    How so?

  71. Nob

    Check the dense thickets of leftibabble in this waste of space from only a year ago:
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03007766.2018.1445801

  72. RobK

    Id become side-tracked reading of corruption in the teamsters union on wiki.

  73. Nob

    Looks like I made a cardinal mistake
    How so?

    Left the e in this guy’s name:
    Millard Lamp-ll

  74. RobK

    I quite liked some of Guthrie s songs as a teenager. I mocked the “reds under the bed” meme; not so much by my early 20s.

  75. RobK

    Its bedtime for me. Nite all.

  76. Nob

    Oh yeah, I like his songs.

    But I prefer Bob Wills who grew up much poorer in the panhandle at the same time and left a fantastic musical legacy.

  77. Pete of Perth

    Saw Shen Yun tonight. Not as spectacular as I thought plus most of the dancing segments were similar. Also plugged their religious beliefs. Was expecting abit more acrobatic / circus type acts with maybe the odd chinese opera thrown in.

    What I did like was the show did not like commies. They were the bad guys jailing innocent falun dafar followers & cutting out their eyes. Plus Marx made an appearance in the form of a tidal wave which was smashed by the good guys.

    The girls were hot though I was sitting some distance from the stage.

  78. Tom

    Morten Morland (Times, London) on the UK Labour split over Jeremy Corbyn’s joo hate.

  79. Tom

    Mike Lester (Tawana Brawley was a black teenager who faked rape allegations against her in 1987).

  80. Leigh Lowe

    Thanks Tom.
    Ramirez and Branco get my vote today.
    Occasional-Cortex is doing a magnificent job of cementing in the public mind that “Green” and “Socialism” are synonyms.

  81. rickw

    The Anti-Lynching Bill in itself is an absurdity. I mean, is lynching in modern America a misdemeanor or something, some nefarious grey zone crime that would slip by the media and federal law enforcement unnoticed? It’s already a death penalty crime FFS!!

    Maybe the Dems thought this was a point worth reinforcing to the American People. Given that they are likely recipients.

  82. Megan

    Thanks for the toons again this morning, Tom. I’m traipsing around the third world again and it’s always good to know I can keep up with the Cat commentary from a distance. The antiquities blow my mind but the sight of much human misery is tough to confront.

  83. John Constantine

    Tom’s toons and herbal tea for breakfast, before spraying out a load of roundup in the cool windless early morning.

    Speaking of roundup, here is a story their billion dollar abc censor.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-cancer-glyphosate/u-s-farm-study-finds-no-firm-cancer-link-to-monsanto-weedkiller-idUSKBN1D916C

    Reuters reported in June how an influential scientist was aware of new AHS data while he was chairing a panel of experts reviewing evidence on glyphosate for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in early 2015.

    But since it had not at that time been published, he did not tell the expert panel about it and IARC’s review did not take it into account.

    In a summary of the results, the researchers, led by Laura Beane Freeman, principal investigator of the AHS at the U.S. National Cancer Institute, said that among 54,251 (pesticide) applicators studied, 44,932, or 82.9 percent, used glyphosate.

    “Glyphosate was not statistically significantly associated with cancer at any site,” the summary said.

  84. John Constantine

    Talga Resources has developed a battery anode material that delivers much better energy density – and it’s headed for some of the world’s largest electronics companies.

    Batteries are made up of an anode (positive) electrode and a cathode (negative) electrode and the electrical current flows between the two.

    The company (ASX:TLG) revealed today that its graphene silicon battery anode product, called Talnode-Si, increases the amount of energy a lithium-ion battery can store by around 70 per cent compared to graphite-only anodes.

    The news pushed shares up over 5 per cent to an intra-day high of 39.5c.

    Talga’s product also matches the performance of silicon-only anodes but can be scaled up much more easily and cost effectively.

    “These results are obviously very good compared to graphite only and they’re in line with what is being published by other specialists who use silicon only anodes,” managing director Mark Thompson told Stockhead.

    Not a holder or buyer, This isn’t commercial yet, but shows the different ways people hope to make batteries better.

  85. Peter Castieau

    Back again in Victoriastan at the caravan show.
    Haven’t been here for a year but did notice that the road works at the airport seems largely completed.

  86. John Constantine

    Severe tropical cyclone “Oma” update – Odds are increasing that Oma will cross the CQ or Wide Bay Burnett Coast. There is still quite some range in modelling though so a better idea on path and where Oma may cross will not be likely known for another 36-48 hours. At this stage until guidance is more settled we will not be speculating potential impacts from Oma which regions will see the most impact including potential rainfall or wind radius as this is still not set in stone.

    We do though advise those who live between Sarina and the Sunshine Coast region to start cleaning up their properties and have their cyclone and storm kit ready in preparation. This includes some non perishable foods should the current threat increase. More information will be provided here including disaster management dashboards for the regions under threat. Lastly do not panic there is time for preparation. As soon as we have clearer guidance updates will be posted with enough warning for those in areas likely to be impacted to prepare fully 🌀

    Having vanished out to sea, the Townsville storm system spins back towards australia. Unlikely to get trapped and feed tropical moisture inland this far south, but could get wet and windy still.

  87. will

    ELECTORAL ADVANTAGE IDENTIFIED
    Tim Blair, The Daily Telegraph
    February 18, 2019
    As a tactical move, asylum seekers headed for Australian territory during the Rudd/Gillard Labor years would typically discard their passports and other identification prior to arrival.

    No identification meant it was more difficult for Australian immigration officials to disprove any claims by the asylum seekers that they had fled their home countries due to persecution.

    It also meant officials were unable to determine precise ages, which led in some cases to balding, older men claiming to be under the age of 18, and therefore eligible for preferential treatment.

    Nearly six years after Labor was removed from office, there remains what officials describe as “some level of concern” over the identity of nearly all the 1000 refugees and asylum seekers who remain offshore.

    Additionally, one in six of 372 asylum seekers to so far undergo security checks for medical transfers have been “red flagged”. In other words, they are considered to possibly be security risks.

    Under new legislation supported by Labor, however, it will be far more difficult to keep dodgy asylum seekers from obtaining medical transfers to Australia.

    Labor didn’t get it when they were in power, and they still do not appreciate the importance of border protection in 2019.

    (This morning’s Daily Telegraph editorial.)

    UPDATE. Labor’s border bungling cuts the Coalition’s poll deficit:

    The government has received a poll bounce to inch within striking distance of Labor after spending a week attacking Bill Shorten over border protection, with the Coalition trailing by 51 to 49 per cent.

    An Ipsos poll released by Nine showed a marked drop in support for Labor after the Opposition Leader combined with the Greens and independents to back the fast-tracking of medical transfers to Australia for refugees on Manus Island and Nauru.

    The result is a major correction on the previous Ipsos poll in December showing Labor leading the Coalition by 54 to 46 per cent after experts warned the passage of the medivac bill would result in the dismantling of offshore processing.

    This is a fairly straightforward outcome. Strong borders benefit all Australians. Weaker borders benefit people smugglers and asylum seekers.

  88. Mater

    BrettW
    #2938727, posted on February 19, 2019 at 11:35 pm
    Ah JC somehow you remembered the post. Best to admit it before I came up with it.
    If you say he is not a forum member why did you start your post naming the forum member and then saying “honest question. Are you the whiney fuck ………
    Or were you being dishonest ?
    Seems a very odd thing to ask somebody if you know it is not him. Again an indication of your character either way you put it.
    Google Catallaxy Files JC faggot. It popped up.

    BrettW,
    Go at JC all you wish, if that is your want. After all, any old hand here will recall some cracking ding-dongs that he and I have had (ask Zulu).
    However, your last statement is wrong. The post you reference doesn’t contain the word you claim, and I doubt it would have appeared in such a search. My guess is that you perused that thread from when I referenced a post in it yesterday, during my friendly discussion with Bob.
    I know JC has previously used the word in question, but in this case you are hanging your hat on a mistruth. If you are going to waste time letting JC rattle your cage, keep it honest so as not to open yourself up.
    Just some friendly advice from someone’s who been there, done it and realised that bigger enemies exist.

  89. Mater

    That said, if the post you are referencing is not the one I am referring to (and I’m not going to plough through google to check), I apologise in advance.

  90. 1735099

    About bloody time.
    I doubt too many are aware that 45000 Chileans escaped to Oz during the Pinochet regime.

  91. Mater

    Back again in Victoriastan at the caravan show.
    Haven’t been here for a year but did notice that the road works at the airport seems largely completed.

    Just watch for falling overhead road signs on the way in to town, Peter.

  92. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    the cool windless early morning.

    Raining here in Sydney this morning. Not good for the outdoor painting we had organized.

  93. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Saw Shen Yun tonight. Not as spectacular as I thought plus most of the dancing segments were similar.

    It can be spectacular. We saw it in Sydney more than a year ago now, and I wouldn’t say the dancing was all in the same style; there was considerable variability and some of it was fairly acrobatic. The video backdrops were good too. That said, we decided we probably didn’t want to see another; one was enough and given what you say, we were lucky enough to catch it with changeable themes and choreography, done with more oomph than your session appears to have had. Worth supporting though. It is good to see a strong level of anti-communist resistance coming out of China. Underground, of course.

  94. Cassie of Sydney

    “1735099
    #2938850, posted on February 20, 2019 at 6:10 am
    About bloody time.
    I doubt too many are aware that 45000 Chileans escaped to Oz during the Pinochet regime.”

    I have little doubt that a lot more than 45,000 Chileans would have fled Chile if Allende had remained as leader.

    Pinochet…the saviour of Chile.

  95. Splatacrobat

    I doubt too many are aware that 45000 Chileans escaped to Oz during the Pinochet regime.

    And that must mean 100,000 Britons escaped to Oz during the Thatcher regime too?
    Is that how it works?

  96. Mater

    I doubt too many are aware that 45000 Chileans escaped to Oz during the Pinochet regime.

    I guess the obvious question is; did they need to crawl through a minefield, climb a bloody great concrete wall and dodge bullets from watch towers to do so?

  97. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    MemoryVault, I hope your wife’s condition improves.
    Such hard times for you both right now.
    We all face being snared in this flux called life.
    Only love endures.

  98. calli

    Splat! Good to see you.

    And bless you and your missus, MV. The path may seem utterly deserted at times, but you aren’t alone.

  99. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I doubt too many are aware that 45000 Chileans escaped to Oz during the Pinochet regime.

    I am aware of this. Some of them became friends and/or workmates of mine.
    Sadly, some of them also brought their communism with them.
    In Chile, Hairy and I spent time talking to people on all sides of this civil war.
    It was not pretty, from anyone’s point of view. But Chile did dodge becoming Venezuela.

  100. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Yes, good to see Splat. Also wonder if Papachango may drop by again sometime.

  101. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    And that must mean 100,000 Britons escaped to Oz during the Thatcher regime too?
    Is that how it works?

    It definitely works like that when we import Scottish union organisers.

  102. 1735099

    Pinochet…the saviour of Chile.

    Pinochet – the CIA sponsored butcher.

    Following his rise to power, Pinochet persecuted leftists, socialists, and political critics, resulting in the executions of from 1,200 to 3,200 people, the internment of as many as 80,000 people and the torture of tens of thousands.

    His death squads were responsible for a number of political assassinations of regime critics abroad, including Orlando Letelier, a leading political opponent living in exile in the United States, whose car was bombed in Washington in 1976 on Sheridan Circle in Embassy Row. Also killed was Ronni Moffitt, who worked for Letelier at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. She happened to be in the car at the time. Moffit’s husband survived. There remain suspicions of CIA involvement in the assassination.

    By the time of his death on 10 December 2006, about 300 criminal charges were still pending against him in Chile for numerous human rights violations during his 17-year rule. He was also indicted for tax evasion and embezzlement during and after his rule and of having corruptly amassed at least 28 million USD. Although being indicted on these charges, he only served time in house arrest.

    The neoliberal economic policies of the Pinochet regime resulted in widening inequality and deepening poverty as they negatively impacted the wages, benefits and working conditions of Chile’s working class. By the end of Pinochet’s reign around 44% of Chilean families were living below the poverty line.

    As they say in the classics – the biggest villain unhung.

  103. MatrixTransform

    MV, didnt know yr wife was crook.
    Hope she improves.

  104. I know lotsa people who escaped from Australia during the Keating regime.

  105. jo

    Muddy
    #2938506, posted on February 19, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    re Queer & Atrophied: Any bets as to how the audience will be presented?
    70% conservative, 40% Liebor, and 15% Year Zero?

    Muddy, you’ve just put Liebors wonder turtle treasurer out of a job. At last the figures add up. If only the “worlds greatest treasurer” had your ability he could have been, well, “the worlds greatest treasurer”. Sarc/off

  106. bespoke

    Memoryvault
    #2938752, posted on February 19, 2019 at 11:52 pm
    Matrix, since your first sentence is an obvious lie / exaggeration you will have to excuse me for not bothering to engage with you.
    A wise decision, Brett. On his very first (as far as I know) foray into this blog he spent the evening bad mouthing, denigrating, insulting and ridiculing Bruce of Newcastle – without doubt the kindest, gentlest soul ever to grace these columns. (And maybe the wisest).
    Somebody that low isn’t worth the electrons needed to reply to.

    That was Hark I think.

  107. Pinochet persecuted leftists, socialists,…

    Sounds like a good man!
    I wonder if I could interest his successors in a hot tumbril deal?

  108. MatrixTransform

    Pinochet – butcher.

    Ah … that game.

    What epithets for Mao, Stalin and Pol Pot?

    Or do all those murderous on the left such Guevara and Mandela remain framed as heros.

    I hear that Mandela Necklaces are coming back into vogue

  109. Chile’s economic woes started under Allende.

    We all know how well seizing private property goes, just ask the people of Venezuela.

    wiki says

  110. 1735099

    And that must mean 100,000 Britons escaped to Oz during the Thatcher regime too?

    Thatcher did two good things.
    1. Kicked the Argies out of the Falklands.
    2. Saw global warming as a threat.

    It’s strange.
    Even the most stupid pollies usually manage one good decision – Howard and the National Firearms Agreement, for example.
    One exception of course is Pinochet.

  111. Mater

    I am aware of this. Some of them became friends and/or workmates of mine.
    Sadly, some of them also brought their communism with them.

    Because they only got half a term of a Marxist President (3 years).
    Not nearly good and hard enough to learn the lesson.

  112. Baldrick

    About bloody time.
    I doubt too many are aware that almost 70,000 Australians permanently escaped from Oz during the first 4 years (2007-2010) of the Labor/Greenfilth regime.

  113. calli

    No it was not, bespoke.

    It surprised me at the time. I couldn’t work out what the insult was. But then, this is the Cat and there are so many flying around I sometimes get confused as to who made which death threat to whom. 😄

  114. 1735099

    Ah … that game.

    The Irish can it the “whatabouts”.
    It’s the corollary of Godwin’s law.
    It doesn’t usually enter into discussion as quickly as this, but it is Catallaxy….

  115. MatrixTransform

    That was Hark I think.

    Nah ’twas me.

    BoN had a go and I gave him a spray.
    Maybe I took it wrong and shoulda had a thicker skin.
    Maybe BoN could have chosen other words
    Maybe I had nudged the whiskey
    Maybe not.

    As far as Im concerned its over but Santa Claus upthread sounds like he’s keeping a list of who’s naughty.

    Maybe he just wants have a swipe so he can feel better.
    Dunno and dont care either.
    Again, for St Nick in case he’s deaf or stupid… nothing rolls without friction.

    What I really really hate is reading bulltish whining on a forum when that whinge is designed for nefarious purposes.

    And then my next peeve … some people, the Whitest of Knights, like to carve out a special space for themselves where they complain about what a prick somebody was for saying XYZ … while at the same the casting aspersions themselves.

    it is a disingenuous pathetic waste of space.

    These free thinkers … sound to me like Arts Majors stopping just short of quoting Foucault.
    power, power, bulltish, power, bulltish, bulltish

    IMO, they should reserve that gibber for Facebook

    This is forum about ideas … or about behavior?

  116. calli

    Every day should be a re-boot.

    You only get a finite number after all.

  117. Mater

    I doubt too many are aware that 45000 Chileans escaped to Oz during the Pinochet regime.

    Remind me, Bob. What type of regime took over Vietnam?

    Vietnamese boat people, also known simply as boat people, were refugees who fled Vietnam by boat and ship following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. This migration was at its highest in 1978 and 1979, but continued through the early 1990s. The term is also often used generically to refer to all the Vietnamese (about 2 million) who left their country by any means between 1975 and 1995.

    The number of boat people leaving Vietnam and arriving safely in another country totalled almost 800,000 between 1975 and 1995. Many of the refugees failed to survive the passage, facing danger from pirates, over-crowded boats, and storms.

  118. MatrixTransform

    Numbnuts, dude … you really should stop digging holes.

  119. stackja

    Tom Lewis on 2GB again now.

  120. Farmer Gez

    Chile has one of the most dynamic and productive agriculture sectors of all South America.
    For such a small mountainous and desert country, they are a genuine competitor to Australia in quality ag products.
    They are also among the best in innovative farm management systems and soil conservation.

  121. Geriatric Mayfly

    Jihadi bride’s citizenship revoked
    Shamima Begum has been stripped of her British citizenship following an outcry over her wish to return home to London.

    No alternative now, but to jump on the MV Nauru Sea Tiger. The sprog is bound to develop a nappy rash in the equatorial heat, and after a patented Phelp’s prescription creme, the next stop for both will be Centrelink. ,

  122. calli

    The Beloved and I sponsored some Vietnamese boat people back in the day. Two young couples. They were fleeing the nightmare of communism.

    We paid their passage from the camp, met them at the airport, rented and furnished a flat and generally looked after them until they had made connections in the then tiny expat community. English lessons, food, helping with job seeking. A baby on the way and an invitation to the wedding was the best bit. By now there will be a third generation enjoying this beautiful country.

    Instead of depending on “government”, perhaps refugee sponsorship should go back into private hands. It would certainly cost less.

  123. 1735099

    Remind me, Bob. What type of regime took over Vietnam?

    They’re still coming.
    These days they’re refouled.

    Remind me, Mater. What type of regime took over Australia?

  124. dover_beach

    Pinochet saved Chile from moving any further down the socialist hellhole route. We salute him.

    What will really shock Australians is that 45000 Chilean socialists were given citizenship. An appalling error.

  125. Mater

    It’s strange.
    Even the most stupid pollies usually manage one good decision – Howard and the National Firearms Agreement, for example.
    One exception of course is Pinochet.

    Huh?

    The employment of neo-liberal economics in Chile is sometimes referred to as creating a ‘Chilean economic miracle’ (Sigmund, 2011, p.180). Neo-liberal economics allowed the Chilean economy to become firmly enmeshed within the world economy, lowered tariff barriers allowing Chileans to buy all kinds of imported goods, firmly established multinational corporations in the country and modernized Chilean agriculture (Oppenheim, 1999, pp.155-156). Chile’s GDP also benefitted hugely as a result of these economic reforms, growing by 8% in both 1977 and 1979, and by 10% in 1989, the highest growth in the region (Valdes, 1995, p.266), whereas inflation fell from 375% in 1975 to 9.9% in 1982 (Oppenheim, 1999, p.121 and p.130).

  126. Mater

    Remind me, Mater. What type of regime took over Australia?

    I don’t know, Bob. What did you you teach them to be?

  127. In fact only just over 21,000 Chileans emigrated to Australia during the very long Pinochet regime, the rest are from earlier waves, or Australian born.

    Some came for political reasons, others for economic.

    Nothing in comparison to the exodus from many other countries.

  128. Entropy

    Mater, you can say what you like about the Chilean economy and what that means for the average citizen compared with any other run of the mill South American socialist or authoritarian shithole (but I repeat myself there), the main problem with Chile for people like numbers is the wrong people are in charge.

  129. will

    Pinochet persecuted leftists, socialists,…

    Sounds like a good man!
    I wonder if I could interest his successors in a hot tumbril deal?

    Pinochet stepped in to stop Chile descending into a communist hellhole, at the request of the (democratically elected) Chamber of Deputies.

    Allende had allowed his marxist thugs to take over the streets, and the only option was for the military to take over and restore order. Which they did. Now, Chile is the (only) South American success story.

    Pity about the others, they could use a Pinochet.

  130. Mater

    They’re still coming.
    These days they’re refouled.

    Well, either people fleeing Vietnam are escaping a repressive government (refugees), or they are not (illegal migrants).
    Which is it, Bob? Does the Vietnamese government contravene human rights, or not?
    You love the place, give us your view as to whether the people leaving should be in fear of their lives.

  131. Mater

    Mater, you can say what you like about the Chilean economy and what that means for the average citizen compared with any other run of the mill South American socialist or authoritarian shithole (but I repeat myself there), the main problem with Chile for people like numbers is the wrong people are in charge.

    True, but Bob said NOTHING good came from Pinochet.

  132. calli

    Seriously?

    Aren’t these guys paid enough already?

    With all of the fallout about travel rorting, wouldn’t you immediately ask for an invoice and pay for the trip? No, no. This cheapskate idiot thought he could get away with it.

    Our politicians are the pits.

  133. Seems Chileans are divided on the Pinochet legacy.

    It certainly is the standout South American country today.

    Probably the only one I’d consider visiting.

    BBC on the Pinochet legacy

  134. calli

    Vietnam and Cambodia do the manufacturing jobs that even the Chinese are too expensive for (think clothing and footwear).

    A real workers’ paradise.

  135. For those who are thrilled by the wonders of Cuban toilet paper.

    Bad luck about Cuba’s Catholics.

    Cuba’s first new church in 60 years

  136. 1735099

    Interesting to bring up the Vietnamese in light of the history, and reflecting on why they’re refouled now.
    Compare and contrast –
    Go back to the Fraser era. Vietnamese started arriving by boat. The government cooperated with multinational efforts to resettle these people. This led to the UN sponsored Comprehensive Plan of Action which, over time, saw those offshored in SE Asia, resettled in a compassionate and organised manner. 137000 settled in Australia, and about the same number in Canada. It was never used as a political wedge by either side of politics.
    Now look at the history since Tampa.
    Boats were arriving; Howard looked like losing an election, so he jumped on the Tampa incident (together with the fear factor created by 9/11) to wedge Labor on the issue. It worked a treat.
    Boat arrivals became a political issue, to be used by both sides to appeal to fear on the one hand or altruism on the other. Fear won, as it usually does.
    Imagine if we’d had a statesman at the time as PM, instead of a lickspittle like Howard, with the integrity and courage to take the lead in setting up a UN based CPA (which worked first time round) leading to the orderly and apolitical management of the problem.
    Both refugee flows were generated by wars in which we participated, so the moral obligation was no different.
    What has changed?

  137. dover_beach

    The Party of Moloch is relentless:

    New legislation in the state of Arizona would allow infanticide, following the new law in New York state for abortions up to birth. Like that New York state law, the Arizona bill would repeal medical care for babies born alive after abortions. That’s a law that’s been on the books for 44 years.

    The rationale will be if the child hasn’t been killed in utero then we must kill it postpartum.

  138. Texas father accidentally shoots himself in the stomach at daughter’s Sweet 16 party while spinning a loaded gun on his finger

    Note to self:
    1. Don’t spin gun on finger
    2. Don’t put gun down front of trousers

  139. calli

    My refugees were waiting in a camp in asia. They weren’t trying to barge their way in. They wanted to come in legally.

    What is so difficult to understand about this?

  140. calli

    The safety catch is there for a reason, gunslingers.

  141. stackja

    ABC takes pro-pills line while ignoring the experts
    Tony Wood, The Daily Telegraph
    February 20, 2019 6:58am
    Subscriber only

    On Monday this week I was invited to appear in the audience of the ABC television program, Q&A.

    I was asked to submit a range of drug policy and pill testing related questions that I could ask a panel of experts on live television. I dutifully submitted my questions which were then screened and one was selected for me to read out to the panel on the night.

    The question they selected for me to read out and ask of the panel was as follows: “In 1995 our daughter Anna ingested ecstasy at a dance party. She stopped breathing in my arms. Her death was so new to Australia, the Coroner had to send tissue to the UK. It was confirmed that the tablet that Anna took that night was pure. It was not contaminated, and she was doing what was instructed in harm minimisation brochures to ‘drink plenty of water’. MDMA was banned in 1986 because it was dangerous. Drugs are idiosyncratic so how would testing them save lives? It won’t.”

    Unfortunately on Monday night’s program on drug policy and pill testing, the panel was biased with a less-than-fortunate balance.

    Tony Jones, the host, introduced the panel, which was made up of four individuals who were pro-pill testing and two against — hardly a balance.

    What’s worse, he all but ignored panel member Kerryn Redpath — it was embarrassing and his disrespect for her was obvious and shameful.

    Kerryn Redpath is the author of a powerful memoir, Chasing After The Wind.

    She educates people on the reality of drug taking and is helping people one by one, saving precious lives and fighting to keep drugs illegal.

    I was horrified to watch her treated with disdain and disrespect throughout the entire show. She was talked over and ignored.

    Her points about marijuana leading to other harder drug use and about drug reform desensitising people to the harmful effects of drug taking were scoffed at, not only by the panel, but by the host himself. She was actually booed.

    The ABC should be ashamed of their treatment of this incredible fighter who, despite her drug journey, is now actually doing something.

    ..

    Monday night was a perfect opportunity to have a reasonable debate on drugs and pill testing. Instead there was a one-sided conversation with no proper debate.

    It was clear from Q&A this week that the ABC is more interested in giving voice to a pro-drug lobby that just wants pill testing to be initiated so as to take Australians one step closer to be comfortable with the decriminalisation of drugs.

    I feel sick and sad that I was part of such a television program.

  142. Mater

    Sorry Entropy, I misread your post. My answer doesn’t make sense having re-read it.
    You are correct. What some see as great economic outcomes are seen as a stain on humanity to others.

  143. 1735099

    Probably the only one I’d consider visiting.

    Cuba’s great.
    Safe, cheap (except you have to take a weird route to get there thanks to US pig-headedness), and great fun.
    Beautiful food, music everywhere, an amazing mix of architecture, and astounding scenery.
    One of the strangest sights are the women in uniform. There is compulsory military service, and that includes women. They wear military uniforms, but seem to have plenty of latitude with accessories. You see gaggles of young attractive women in uniform with patterned stockings/tights* of all kinds and colours. Military skirts are fashionably short, and the dress uniforms look tailored, and the same Latin bling exhibited by the women is evident in the men.
    Lobsters are cheap and beautifully cooked, accommodation (hostales y pensiones) clean and plentiful, and the people are unfailingly generous and funny.
    There’s squalor, but it’s cheerful scholar, unlike what I saw in the US rust belt which is menacing.
    Another interesting comparison is with the US is health and fitness. The US is full of obese people, with bad teeth. In Cuba, people appear fit and their teeth are good. It may be a combination of junk food in the US and free dental and health care in Cuba.
    And if you’re a petrol head like me, it’s mind blowing. 1950s Yank tanks, beutifully restored, but with Japanese deisels, air conditioining, and latest tech audio. Our driver got booked for speeding. Yes; the police have radar.They also tote AK47s.
    Best aspect – no Yanks. There are plenty of Japanese and Chinese off cruise boats, but they are well-organised and don’t congregate and spoil the experience for others.
    *I’m an old fart, so don’t know what these fashion item things are called.

  144. John Constantine

    To a socialist:

    Showing a public face of Cheerful Squalor, Is Our Strength.

    Centrally planned cheerful squalor reeducation camps will be used for those too unsound to cheerfully celebrate the squalor of socialism.

    Comrades.

  145. Gab

    My refugees were waiting in a camp in asia. They weren’t trying to barge their way in. They wanted to come in legally.

    What is so difficult to understand about this?

    When you have no political agenda on “refugees”, only a humanitarian agenda, then what you say is not difficult to understand.

  146. Leigh Lowe

    Pinochet is tops.
    The best.

  147. Leigh Lowe

    Sorry.
    I was thinking of Pinot Noir.

  148. John Constantine

    Numbers proves his value to the blog.

    Moving as a privileged tourist through godless commo squalor, he approves with aloof solidarity the way that heavily armed paramilitary Death squads can enforce cheerful squalor upon the proles.

    Overthrow western industrial civilisation now, so socialist Cheerful Squalor can enrich our oligarchy, as their billionaire castrofilth have been enriched by the oligarch looting cartel that plundered the poor bastard Cubans.

    Comrades.

  149. Mother Lode

    Sheila writing on the third to last page of the Fin Review is claiming the Universal Basic Income is a beloved notion of socialists and…libertarians?

    She also invokes the evils of ‘populism’, having seemingly not noticed (as someone pointed out here the other day) that populism is the derogatory term for doing what the people want if you you don’t like it, while ‘will of the people’ is when you do what the people want.

    (I notice that the political left most decry ‘populism’, probably because they see the people as stubbornly benightedly ignorant while they themselves alone can discern how things should be and how society is to be brought there.)

  150. Percy Popinjay

    Showing a public face of Cheerful Squalor

    No, it’s a “cheerful scholar” as the fucking hypocritical pedant will be only too pleased to see pointed out.

    For how much longer are we going to be cursed with the noxious presence of that boring monomaniacal commie imbecile?

  151. areff

    Calli, wanna get in touch? Your account of sponsoring those fleeing Uncle Ho would make a good piece for Q, especially in context of ‘maybe this is the answer to the boat persons issues: let Ms Phelps et al put their money where their pious mouths are’.

    — areff

  152. John Constantine

    Socialist Cheerful Squalor.

    Bwaaaaaahaaaahaaaaaa.

    What an aspiration to brainwash the kids of Australia with:

    One day you can have a good government job, regulating and enforcing the Cheerful Squalor of the proletariat.

    Comrades.

  153. 1735099

    Moving as a privileged tourist through godless commo squalor,

    Nah – obviously godless pseudo capitalist squalor in downtown Seattle is much more acceptable.
    The USA has one of the highest rate of working poor in the free world.
    Check the graphs, especially those relating to child poverty and obesity.

  154. bespoke

    To a socialist:
    Showing a public face of Cheerful Squalor, Is Our Strength.

    Liberty quote!!

  155. pete m

    Such great health care that the rich Cubans all fled overseas for their health needs, including dictator turdface.

    Numbers, why does a communist state permit rich people to not share their bounties?

  156. bespoke

    I cant remember who but the quote went something like this ” I love America its the place wear the poor are obese”

  157. Bruce of Newcastle

    Nah – obviously godless pseudo capitalist squalor in downtown Seattle is much more acceptable.

    So the left coast will now produce yet more squalor, child poverty and misery by cementing the Democrats in power forever (until the whole place collapses).

    Oregon lawmakers seek to lower voting age in state to 16, so teens can ‘protect their future’ (via Drudge)

    Indoctrinated brain-washed kids are our strength! You can’t drink booze until you are 21 but you can destroy your whole state at age 16.

  158. Arky

    Boats were arriving; Howard looked like losing an election, so he jumped on the Tampa incident (together with the fear factor created by 9/11) to wedge Labor on the issue. It worked a treat.
    Boat arrivals became a political issue, to be used by both sides to appeal to fear on the one hand or altruism on the other. Fear won, as it usually does.
    Imagine if we’d had a statesman at the time as PM, instead of a lickspittle like Howard, with the integrity and courage to take the lead in setting up a UN based CPA (which worked first time round) leading to the orderly and apolitical management of the problem.

    ..
    This seems correct to me.
    There can be little doubt that Liberals are to blame as much as the lying swine for not resolving border issues.
    Same across the world.
    One set of political parties want to keep a flood of people coming in who will vote for them.
    The other set of parties, nominally on the right, are motivated to not solve the issue because it is an election winner, and they have substantial donors in real estate development and business looking to keep the Ponzi going.
    We are being played by both sides, the result is floating corpses, incredible waste and a corrosive corrupting influence on democracy.

  159. mh

    Numbers, just fvck off and die you boring cvnt.

  160. Mother Lode

    Thanks for the cartoons, Tom.

    I liked the Branco one – showing AOC looking at $27 billion revenue for $3 billion tax cuts, and all she sees is in all this is that she would lose $3 billion in taxes.

  161. Tom

    The lonely old troll hasn’t had this much attention for years. He’s basking in it.

  162. bespoke

    Seattle is blue, another rake numbers.

  163. Old School Conservative

    It’s good to see the commonsense of the Cat is rubbing off on numbers.
    He too is anti-Howard.
    Only a few more hangups to remove and he’ll be a valued contributor.
    (sarc off)

  164. mh

    US celebrities are now turning on the Chicago Police Department.

  165. stackja

    High rise booby prize: Darwin’s famous Eyeful Towers wow public again
    STEVE VIVIAN, NT News
    February 19, 2019 5:39pm
    Subscriber only

    A DARWIN penthouse’s reputation is fast going tits up after yet another incident of naughtiness.

    Meanwhile, Darwin’s reputation as a global mecca for unsolicited public nudity remains firmly intact.

    A group of men have been snapped enjoying the hospitality of two topless barmaids at the high rise Argus Apartments in the CBD.

    Meanwhile, unwitting residents in the buildings opposite caught an eyeful themselves.

    A witness to the salacious scene, Kain Fowden, said he and other residents “could see everything”.

  166. Snoopy

    TheirABC:

    Taxpayer-owned corporation indoctrinating school kids with inschool leftist current affairs program? GOOD!

    Superannuation contributor-owned corporation indoctrinating school kids with inschool banking program? BAD!

  167. mh

    I didn’t finish the above post re Smollett.

    Ava DuVernay
    @ava
    Despite the inconsistencies, I can’t blindly believe Chicago PD. The department that covered up shooting Laquan McDonald over a dozen times? That operated an off-site torture facility? That one? I’ll wait. Whatever the outcome, this won’t stop me from believing others. It can’t.

  168. Old School Conservative

    From a late riser – thanks Tom.
    I wonder if the AOC beret will become a permanent fixture in cartoons?

  169. Arky

    Un-interfered with by extremists and opportunists on both sides, I believe the ordinary person on the left, and the ordinary person on the right would be able to come to perfectly workable and satisfactory solutions to all problems.
    Even really sticky ones like abortion are solvable if you do two things:
    1. Assume the people on the other side are not cartoonish monsters and that they may have some rational points in their favour.
    2. Realise that some things are always outside your control.
    There is little chance of this happening under current circumstances, as we get manipulated by real monsters. The type who would like to see infanticide normalised.
    However, I am optimistic that most people remain in the grip of common sense.

  170. stackja

    Antarctic researchers witness ice shelf breaking off into Southern Ocean
    AMINA McCAULEY, Mercury
    February 20, 2019 7:58am
    Subscriber only

    ANTARCTIC researchers watched as a segment of the Sorsdal Glacier ice shelf broke off into the Southern Ocean this month, in what scientists have said is a rare sighting.

    Marine glaciologist David Gwyther, who witnessed the event, said although ice shelf calving was natural, climate change was likely to increase the frequency.

  171. calli

    Have to duck out, areff.

    The story is short and sweet and could be contained in a couple of paras. Will work on a rough outline later today and post here on the OT (Cats and Doomy willing). Plenty of others doing it back in the early 80’s so easy to research and verify if my details are a bit sketchy.

    The real story is how private acts of charity have been taken over by government in such a way that hearts are now hardened – the grubbymint will look after it.

  172. calli

    Which they don’t and at great expense.

  173. Mater,
    Thanks for the feedback. When searching Google you get some options that contain JC or faggot and not necessarily both. I did look at the link you posted and that is probably why it came up during the search I did later. That link was from several years ago but many others were more recent.

    Still does not change the point that he raised the matter about his son.

    He is the Shannon Gabriel of the Cat.

  174. stackja

    2GB report NAB ex-CEO getting $1m payout.

  175. Mater

    Cuba’s great.
    Safe, cheap (except you have to take a weird route to get there thanks to US pig-headedness), and great fun.
    Beautiful food, music everywhere, an amazing mix of architecture, and astounding scenery.
    One of the strangest sights are the women in uniform. There is compulsory military service, and that includes women. They wear military uniforms, but seem to have plenty of latitude with accessories.

    For someone who has held a 50 year grudge against conscription, you really are an enigma, Bob.

  176. Des Deskperson

    Has anone noticed that AFR cartoonist David Rowe can’t draw Peter Dutton and is pretty hit and miss with Scomo.

  177. Leigh Lowe

    Dodger Bob went to Cuba?
    Surely the Cuban people gave suffered enough.

  178. Eyrie

    “Probably the only one I’d consider visiting.

    Cuba’s great.
    Safe, cheap (except you have to take a weird route to get there thanks to US pig-headedness), and great fun.”
    Nice. Slave state tourism. Fvwit.

  179. jo

    Leigh Lowe
    #2938933, posted on February 20, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Sorry.
    I was thinking of Pinot Noir.
    Mmmmm, Mt Difficulty mmmmmmmm.

  180. lotocoti

    For those who weren’t aware, in the two years following the 1954 Geneva Accords, more than 600,000 people fled the peace and freedom loving Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

  181. Diogenes

    cant remember who but the quote went something like this ” I love America its the place wear the poor are obese”

    Its like when the Grapes if Wrath was shown Moscow when it was released to highlight to failure of capitalism, and banned a few days later… ‘ the poor peasant has a car and can freely move about ?’

  182. Nob

    Notafan
    #2938905, posted on February 20, 2019 at 8:05 am
    In fact only just over 21,000 Chileans emigrated to Australia during the very long Pinochet regime,

    I’ve worked with a number of Chilean crews around the world, especially in the 70s and 80s, and had always assumed that they had fled Pinochet – because that’s the way the international media spun it.

    In fact, most I spoke to left or had made up their minds to leave, during the Allende chaos and destruction, which was not at all peaceful.

  183. dover_beach

    However, I am optimistic that most people remain in the grip of common sense.

    Common sense is inculcated. What are we to do when people are inculcated to believe that the impossible is possible? That truth is a matter of convention? Common sense can’t operate in such an environment.

  184. stackja

    Australians spend $9.3 billion on drugs, sewage test reveals
    Natasha Christian and AAP, News Corp Australia Network
    26 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    Australians are pouring billions into the country’s black market, with most of the cash going to cocaine, meth, MDMA and heroin – and a look at our wastewater has shown just how much we’re consuming.

    The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission dropped its sixth National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report, which looked at 58 wastewater stations across the country – 22 major cities and 36 regional areas – between July and August 2018.

    It then compared the data with what was collected in August 2016.

    It found more than 9.8 tonnes of methylamphetamine was consumed in Australia in the year prior to August 2018, along with four tonnes of cocaine, 1.1 tonnes of MDMA, and more than 750 kilograms of heroin.

    At street prices, the estimated value of this quantity for the four drugs combined is about $9.3 billion, highlighting the size of our drug black market.

  185. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    For those who weren’t aware, in the two years following the 1954 Geneva Accords, more than 600,000 people fled the peace and freedom loving Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

    “God, and the Virgin Mary, went South with the French.”

  186. stackja

    Robert John Fardon reportedly moved on from Salisbury
    Thomas Chamberlin, The Courier-Mail
    February 20, 2019 12:47am
    Subscriber only

    THERE are reports serial sex offender Robert John Fardon has been moved from a house on Brisbane’s southside following an uproar in the local community.

    Fardon, one of Queensland’s worst sex offenders, [email protected] a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint in 1978.

    He was released in 1988 after serving years in jail but then committed a violent [email protected] of a woman within months of getting out.

    He was jailed for 14 years in 1989 for [email protected]

    Before his release from jail Fardon was the first person in Queensland to be detained under the Dangerous Prisoners Sexual Offenders Act.

    He was released from custody in 2013 but remained supervised under the Act and lived in housing at Wacol in Brisbane’s southwest.

    It meant he was monitored constantly with a GPS bracelet and was not to live in certain areas.

    The government failed to extend this order but introduced new laws which meant he would be under police supervision as a reportable offender, which has many self-reporting provisions such as his address and travel plans.

  187. Tel

    http://autentico.org/oa09912.php

    Fidel Castro directly killed at least 20,000 people, plus others who attempted to escape dying at sea (difficult to estimate), and indirect suffering caused by malnutrition for many more than that.

    If the choice in Chile was Pinochet or another Fidel Castro then certainly Pinochet was the lesser evil.

    Politics usually comes down to the lesser evil … there’s nothing good comes of one man ruling over the lives of others.

  188. stackja

    Tel
    #2939026, posted on February 20, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Spain, Franco or Stalin?

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