Wednesday Forum: February 20, 2019

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  1. Speedbox

    Why are passenger aircraft fitted with non-retractable lap belts, when everything else that moves comes with inertia reel lap-sash harnesses?
    Why aren’t aircraft seats rear facing? Years ago the Brits configured their troop transports this way because apparently it made a prang more survivable.

    Inertia lap belts, because of the mechanism, weigh more than the non-inertia type so that is extra weight the aircraft has to carry for no appreciable reason. Further, the mechanisms can be prone to breakage/jamming depending on how often they are used and ‘how’ they are used. If one were to jam prior to takeoff, the aircraft would be stranded because regulations prohibit a passenger being unrestrained by a seat belt at takeoff. So, dozens or hundreds of passengers delayed (not to mention the impact on connecting flights and the jamming up of a airport gate/time slot) at huge cost to the airline because an inertia reel malfunctions – I have never seen one on an aircraft and I doubt too many airline flight schedulers or maintenance managers would be in favor. Another thing to go wrong.

    Rear facing seats has been toyed with on commercial flights, but not seriously. You can tell your military personnel where/how to sit however paying passengers are much more problematic. Also, it sends the wrong message – if we CRASH, you have a better chance of surviving. Airlines never want to discuss this issue and in truth, the incidence of crashing is extremely low. (The odds are about 1:11 million so you have a better chance of winning Saturday Lotto than being in a plane crash and dying). The odds of just being in a plane crash, and not dying, are even more distant.

    There are also inertia issues – it has been suggested that the incidence of ‘air sickness’ (particularly on takeoff but also during turns and even at level flight in some people) may increase and as airlines are supposedly about comfort, having you next seat neighbour(s) barfing is not to be encouraged. But, at the end of the day, it is that paying passengers do not want it and are highly likely to avoid aircraft with that seating type. It would be a very ‘courageous’ airline that tried to impose it.

  2. DrBeauGan

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2939936, posted on February 21, 2019 at 1:02 pm
    Backpackers.
    Ivan…

    Ah. Got it.

    Thanks, Ivan. 😁

  3. Notafan

    Fact check?
    British POWs held by Japanese death rate 24.8%

    American POWs held by Japanese death rate 33.0%

    Seems like Australians died about the same rate at the Americans, and quite a bit more than the Brits

    During the Pacific war, the Japanese captured 22,000 Australians: soldiers, sailors, airmen and members of the army nursing service, as well as some civilians. They were imprisoned in camps throughout Japanese-occupied territories in Borneo, Korea, Manchuria, Hainan, Rabaul, Ambon, Singapore, Timor, Java, Thailand, Burma and Vietnam and also Japan itself. At the end of the war only 13,872 of the POWs were recovered: one-third of the prisoners had died.

  4. C.L.

    Now give him back his gun …

    Darwin whip maker found not guilty after shooting man in the leg on his property.

    Top End stock whip maker Michael Denigan is found not guilty of unlawfully causing serious harm by shooting a man in the upper leg on his Darwin River property.

    The incident happened on February 23 last year, when Thomas MacIntyre and two other men attended Mr Denigan’s property between 11pm and midnight.

    Mr Denigan’s defence argued the shot was fired in self defence, as Mr MacIntyre was carrying an axe.

    The court heard during the trial the men had a disagreement over Mr Denigan’s relationship with a 19-year-old woman, who was the sister of one of the men.

    The jury took less than an hour to reach a verdict.

    Should never have been charged but – of course – Australian police are dickheads on these matters and extremely jealous about their special-ness regarding the use of firearms in self-defence.

  5. mh

    Anthony Guglielmi
    Anthony Guglielmi
    @AJGuglielmi
    ·
    1h
    Felony criminal charges have been approved by
    @CookCountySAO
    against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report. Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.

    I hope Jussie doesn’t surrender peacefully. A siege would be a great outcome.

  6. Stimpson J. Cat

    Is that the best you can do, stimpmeister? Disappointing.

    Ssssh I’m at work.
    Go pat some fellow Atheists on the back or something.

  7. Tintarella di Luna

    Yumi Stynes was unavailable for comment …

    Love your work Baldrick

  8. mh

    Jussie Smollett taken at gunpoint in MAGA country

    https://goo.gl/images/9jL3vV

  9. Stimpy,
    Sshhhhhhhh !

    Don’t mention the Italians. Might trigger accusations of ethnic abuse.

    Surely as the Cat’s resident cop you should be maintaining the peace.

  10. Des Deskperson

    ‘This is the sort of thing that made the Aussies have the best survival rates in the Japanese prison camps, and we have only lost it recently, as recently as the past fifteen years.’

    Even if we did have the highest survival rates in Japanese POW camps – and a subsequent poster has presented stats that seem to show that we didn’t – I’m not sure of the connection.

    Are you saying that the Yanks and the Poms didn’t call each silly and insulting names?? .

  11. DrBeauGan

    Ssssh I’m at work.
    Go pat some fellow Atheists on the back or something.

    Us atheists are solitary folk and neither need nor give back-pats, Stimpy. That’s for the insecure who need to believe God loves them, out of a sneaking suspicion nobody else could.

  12. Stimpson J. Cat

    BrettW, attempting to start a Race War, ticket.

    – Catallaxy Racing and Gaming Commissioner Stimpy.

  13. thefrollickingmole

    Poor love, why do these sort of things keep happening to her??

    For several years she was the girlfriend of a Hells Angels boss, and says she became increasingly unhappy with her life shortly before meeting German convert Mario Sciannimanica online, who told her about life in ISIS.
    ….
    Derya, who worked as a prostitute in a German red-light district for a time, was forced to wear an all-covering burka during her time in Syria

    ‘Everything was fine until he was hit by a drone and died two months later. God, what bad luck I have with men,’ she added. ‘All of them die around me.’

    She then went back to her first husband Mario Sciannimanica who was later accused of spying against ISIS, and executed by his former comrades after a quick trial.

  14. Bruce of Newcastle

    Jussie Smollett taken at gunpoint in MAGA country

    Awesome movie. Impossible to make now.

  15. Commissioner Stimpy,
    Do I get a lighter penalty for confessing or will a large stuffed brown envelope be required ?

    Are you the Elliot Ness or the Roger Rogerson type of law enforcer ?

  16. Gary

    DrLittlesausage

    It may take weeks or months but it will happen.

  17. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Wesfarmers dividend $1 per share, special dividend another $1 per share. Noice.

  18. pete m

    tfm, talk about your black widow spider!!!

    poor thing, so unlucky!

  19. teamv

    Seems the covington boys are looking to sue the ABC and CBC.

  20. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Even if we did have the highest survival rates in Japanese POW camps – and a subsequent poster has presented stats that seem to show that we didn’t – I’m not sure of the connection.
    Are you saying that the Yanks and the Poms didn’t call each silly and insulting names?? .

    Perhaps my memory here is of reading only reports and books about specific camps where Australians did do well due to their leadership and also due to their larrikin attitudes, and most especially, the fact that everyone had a mate who cared for him, often known by an affection and often insulting nickname. Someone more versed in these military events (Top Ender or Zulu?) may be able to clarify the situation re what is certainly a folk belief, and which has been said to be true in specific instances at least.

  21. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    affectionate.
    And I don’t mean gay.

  22. Mater

    tfm, talk about your black widow spider!!!
    poor thing, so unlucky!

    Pete,
    I Derya to marry her. In fact, I double Derya!

  23. Notafan

    Is there a hot chicks of isis calendar in the offing?

  24. max

    On the Burma-Thai railway the poms died at a greater rate than Australians. Not sure of the precise stats. One of the reasons may have been the influence of Weary Dunlop and other docs who insisted on strict hygiene among the Australians. Starved and worked to death like the others, the Australians were blessed by having blokes like Weary among them.

  25. Stimpson J. Cat

    Is there a hot chicks of isis calendar in the offing?

    June has lovely eyes.

  26. survival rates in Japanese POW camps

    I’m surprised that anyone survived.
    Horrendous.

  27. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Are you saying that the Yanks and the Poms didn’t call each silly and insulting names?? .

    Soldiers from each nationality have a way of ‘relating’ to their own National comrades-in-arms. A sub-culture, if you like. The Australian one has been said to have had greater survival value: ‘no man died alone’ and up to the last knew he could count upon his mate. That was the mythology, or truth, which kept up morale and it claimed, survival rates. Think I read this on a wall poster when visiting Sandakan (the death march place), and as almost no-one survived there maybe in that case it referred to camp survival rates, not death march ones. The book on the Changi Camp, under the control of Weary Dunlop, may have been where I read the other claims.

  28. Stimpson J. Cat

    On the Burma-Thai railway the Poms died at a greater rate than Australians.

    Whinging takes a lot of energy out of a man.

  29. C.L.

    ‘Everything was fine until he was hit by a drone and died two months later. God, what bad luck I have with men,’ she added. ‘All of them die around me.’

    Ahahahahahaha.

  30. max

    Australians were valued as workers. In Jap eyes one Australian was worth two poms or five native labourers.
    That exchange rate doesn’t apply today.

  31. Stimpson J. Cat

    In Jap eyes one Australian was worth two poms or five native labourers.
    That exchange rate doesn’t apply today.

    Of course it does.
    Exhibit A) Carpe.

    😁

  32. calli

    All the discussion about black people and racist “ape” jibes had me remembering the dulcet tones of Shelby Foote talking about a certain President.

    Here and here.

    I think I read somewhere that he and Darwin were born on the same day.

  33. Mallee Miss

    I see that the Victorian government is paying a number of prisoners/ex prisoners damages in a claim against a private prison. Over the past few weeks a number of very discreet advertisements (at least four) have been placed in the Australian to advise that an award of damages has been paid to various prisoners. They request that creditors and victims in relation to criminal acts to the individuals should seek further information from the department. The amount is unspecified but if my reading of the relevant legislation is correct, the amount is over $10,000.

    Prisoners set to receive the largesse include Jonathon Horrocks (which coincidentally is the name of the La Trobe Uni shooter) and Luke Wentholt who was jailed for at least 15 years for the bashing death of an Irish backpacker.

    Given the award money placed in quarantine for twelve months excludes legal and medical expenses, it sounds like some physicality may have been the reason for the payments.

  34. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Yes, Max, it may have been The Railway. I also recall discussing this with a neighbor, dead now, who was on the Burma Railway and he was insistent on the value of mateship for ‘higher survival rates’ and that no Jap was ever going to get the best of him. His name was Bill and her name was Jean. It was like in a 1950’s school primer for reading. Take no notice of him, his wife said to me, giving him a loving pat on the head, he’s a miserable old sod. She’d caught a bit of the loving denigration mode too. The old cow keeps me alive with her nagging, he’d said in response.

    She was totally bereft when he died.

  35. C.L.

    In Jap eyes one Australian was worth two poms or five native labourers.

    I’m not sure working flat-out for the enemy is really a compliment.

  36. calli

    Oh, and it was George B. McClellan who called him “the Original Gorilla”.

    McClellan had a go at running for President in 1864. No guesses which party.

  37. Zyconoclast

    Church abuse ‘hidden by clergy who fear being outed as gay’

    Vatican City: Decades of cover-ups of sex abuse in the Catholic Church are intrinsically linked to the fact that so many cardinals, bishops and priests are gay, the author of a new book said on Wednesday.

    Bishops were so terrified of being outed that they were reluctant to report paedophile priests, said Frédéric Martel, author of In the Closet of the Vatican.

    His claims were made as victims demanded a policy of zero tolerance from the Vatican, and Pope Francis likened critics of the Church to “the Devil”.

    The book, alleging the majority of clergy in the Vatican is homosexual, is published today in 20 countries and coincides with Pope Francis opening an unprecedented four-day conference on how to deal with the abuse scandal.

    “Abuses are protected by this culture of secrecy,” Martel, a journalist and sociologist, said during a presentation of the book in Rome. “The two things are intrinsically linked.

    “Bishops may not be abusers themselves but they protect priests because they are terrified that if there’s an investigation or a trial, then their own homosexuality may be revealed.”

    There had been thousands of cases of bishops protecting priests who had raped and molested children, he said.

    The book took four years to research. The author interviewed 41 cardinals, 50 bishops, 45 Vatican ambassadors and 11 Swiss Guards, nine of them retired but three who are still serving in the Pope’s personal protection corps.

    He quotes a priest who estimates that 80 per cent of Vatican clergy are gay, although Martel conceded he had no way of verifying that figure.

    According to the book, a leading figure in this hidden world was Alfonso López Trujillo, a Colombian cardinal who in public was stridently anti-gay and pro-family but in private slept with male prostitutes.

    Once head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, he died in 2008.

    “The more homophobic they are, the more likely they are to be gay. That’s the number one rule of the Vatican,” said Martel.

    For the Vatican conference, about 200 bishops, archbishops and other senior officials will discuss the themes of responsibility, accountability and transparency. But victims of clerical abuse say that was inadequate, and called for concrete reform, not “lofty rhetoric and vague promises”.

    Peter Isely, an American who was abused by a priest as a boy, said: “We’ve heard a lot of words from Pope Francis since he was elected but now is the time to do the right thing. We want zero tolerance.

    “Any priest who has sexually assaulted a child should be removed from the priesthood – and the same goes for bishops or cardinals who cover up for them.”

    Isely, from the survivors’ group Ending Clergy Abuse, added: “Pope Francis can order it with the stroke of a pen. What’s the hold-up?”

    Several survivors met the organisers of the Vatican summit on Tuesday.

    Phil Saviano, whose story of abuse by a priest was portrayed in the Oscar-winning film Spotlight, urged the Vatican to name predatory priests so children could be protected from them.

    The Pope did not meet the victims. Instead, he said during an audience at the Vatican that people who spend their lives accusing the Church of wrongdoing are “the friends, cousins and relatives of the Devil”.

    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/church-abuse-hidden-by-clergy-who-fear-being-outed-as-gay-20190221-p50z8m.html

  38. Zyconoclast

    Seems to have disappeared

    Church abuse ‘hidden by clergy who fear being outed as gay’

    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/church-abuse-hidden-by-clergy-who-fear-being-outed-as-gay-20190221-p50z8m.html

    RTWT.

  39. DrBeauGan

    Gary
    #2939969, posted on February 21, 2019 at 1:55 pm
    DrLittlesausage

    It may take weeks or months but it will happen.

    That’s the sort of thing that worries you, is it?

  40. Zatara

    Are you saying that the Yanks and the Poms didn’t call each silly and insulting names?

    You mean like deck apes or rock apes?

  41. Tintarella di Luna

    I Derya to marry her. In fact, I double Derya!

    Where’s Ferken Derya?

  42. thefrollickingmole

    On the POWs.
    2/4th Machine Gun Battalion

    My old hometown credited an older Aboriginal/part Aboriginal bloke with being the linchpin that kept a fair few of his comrades alive.
    Apparently nearly unstoppable and able to motivate& look after the younger blokes.

    Name escapes me for the moment, he was credited with keeping one of my uncles alive through the camps (who died just before I was born, never recovered from the war)

  43. bespoke

    Looks like its getting to you already DrInbred.

  44. Bruce of Newcastle

    Kooka kiddie left the nest on Christmas Eve, and is now happy to sit on my hand.
    So I took camera out with me just now.
    But the camera is scary.
    Camera is scary I
    Camera is scary II
    Auntie shows how it is done.

  45. calli

    Harrumph! My Visigoth kookas have taken to pulling the small orchids out of their pots, including the labels.

    Can we swap?

  46. Bruce of Newcastle

    Foote’s books are bliss.

  47. pete m

    I’m calling it now. The next wave after the Marry a girl from Ukraine will be Marry a bride of ISIS. Websites under construction as we speak.

    Mater, my only hesitation on your dare is the german prostitute experience – I fear they’d ruined her.

  48. thefrollickingmole

    Bloke may be a shit, but its a wobbly charge hes saddled with.

    Former union boss Dave Hanna’s r a pe accuser may have made ‘bad decisions’ – lawyer
    Defence barrister makes closing argument in Queensland CFMEU figure’s trial on three ra p e charges

    The allegations stem from an encounter in March 2017, when the former CFMEU state president met the woman at a bar before they went home together.

    There is no dispute that the pair had sex – the issue is whether she gave consent, and if she had the ability to do so given that she was intoxicated at the time.

    Horrible cases where it may be an opportunistic predator, or it may be 2 pissed people tying one on.

  49. Bruce of Newcastle

    Can we swap?

    You can have my male brushtail.
    He provides copious amounts of free fertilizer.

  50. Tintarella di Luna

    Horrible cases where it may be an opportunistic predator, or it may be 2 pissed people tying one on.

    He’ll either win or lose – I think he’ll win on the other hand he might lose.

  51. Snoopy

    Camera is scary II

    That photo looks very racist.

  52. thefrollickingmole

    Tintarella di Luna

    Its a horrible sort of case, its the sort of thing where there may have been consent on the night while under the influence, but no memory of it the next day.
    Or it may have been deliberate targeting of a pissed chick.

    Sad thing is the only person who will know for sure (unless he was blackout pissed as well) is Hanna.

    Even if it was consensual but lost in alcoholic haze the chick involved now believes she was assaulted.
    If hes found guilty but it was consensual/forgotten its awful for him.
    If hes found innocent but he was a predator its awful for her.

    Glad Im not on the jury for that one.

  53. struth

    God you’re a dickhead Harken.

    Paaalease don’t post simplistic socialist propaganda on this site.

    It seems, automation, computers, robotics don’t fit into the picture when you want them to.
    Bigger trucks, a national freeway system, the workers were doing lass and in air conditioning yet the investment was still made initially (those that took the risk) by those that should have profited.

    Pure envy laden left wing dribble.
    Oooh da nasty rich people.
    Learn how wealth is created.
    It’s not finite.

    You should be too embarrassed to post here after this morning’s pitiful show, but you are too far gone.
    We’re embarrassed for you.

    And Notafan, that was almost a nice reply.
    You are slipping.
    But I’ve got to ask, were you in the kitchen when you were gone?

  54. Notafan

    struthy

    Sure in the kitchen

    ya dill

  55. Tintarella di Luna

    Glad Im not on the jury for that one.

    I’m right with you frolickingmole – it will be up to the jury, I wonder how many jurors who’ve been in exactly the same situation and done exactly the same things, too much alcohol is a very dangerous thing from choice in food to fooling around, alcohol does not enhance judgment, nerve maybe.

  56. Lysander

    Your taxes at work (if you’re a sandgroper)

    Labor Minister Dawson said

    “So far Western Australians have shown overwhelming support for the plastic bag ban and have embraced the challenge of finding alternatives to single use bags for their shopping.

    I’ve added to his statement below:

    “So far Western Australians have shown overwhelming support for the plastic bag ban and have embraced the challenge of finding alternatives to single use bags for their shopping

    like in heavier and thicker, less environmentally friendly bags”

  57. Notafan

    Reusable plastic (fifteen times apparently) was the standard in Spain/ Portugal 5 euro cents each, seemed thicker,sturdier and smaller than those on offer here at Coles,

    You are right Lysander, bigger and overfilled so the handles stretch and break after a couple of uses.

    Nor do I want to re use bags that have had uncooked meat in them

    just making grocery shopping an even bigger chore than it was before

  58. struth

    We order on line and get it delivered, and go to butchers for meat and family has big seafood business for our seafood.

    Getting it delivered is worth every cent.

  59. zyconoclast

    What the Jussie Smollett Story Reveals
    It shows a peculiar aspect of 21st-century America: victimhood chic.

    Smollett doesn’t need the money he would get from a court settlement, and he isn’t trying to deny someone higher office. So why in the world would he fake something like that attack—if he did indeed fake it? The reason might be that he has come of age in an era when nothing he could have done or said would have made him look more interesting than being attacked on the basis of his color and s3xual orientation.

  60. zyconoclast

    A long article that can be answered in one line.

    How Minneapolis’ Somali community became the terrorist recruitment capital of the US

    With by far the largest Somali American population in the United States – estimates of up to 100,000

  61. struth

    Jussie is a racist, a race baiter, an attention whore, well, basically, a real low life little bitch.

    My guess the damage he caused world wide, between the races, and because millions won’t hear that he was caught out, was so great, he’ll have to do one day of community service on a day that doesn’t interfere with his filming obligations.
    A democrat activist doesn’t go to jail, whether they are FBI, DOJ or just a racist attention seeking thespians

  62. Baldrick

    No doubt going to spend more time with the Ken Doll …

    Bevan Shields ✔ @BevanShields
    BREAKING: Julie Bishop is quitting politics and will not recontest the next election

  63. zyconoclast

    Govt Pressuring Bank of England to Put Ethnic Minority on New £50 Note

    Government ministers in Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip “Remainer Phil” Hammond’s department are pressuring the British central bank to make an ethnic minority the face of the new £50 note.
    The Bank of England had committed to putting a scientist on the new banknote, but Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury under Chancellor Hammond (and a fellow Remainer) has urged the 325-year-old institution not to select a white person for the honour as it would send a “damaging message that ethnic minorities are invisible”, the Telegraph reports.

  64. Lysander

    a replacement for Joe no doubt?

    Shorten’s been busy.

  65. zyconoclast

    ‘Race is not biological, it’s a social construct’: Scientists say ethnicity does NOT determine health risks – and doctors who say so are just fueling ‘racial prejudice’

    Race is not a legitimate category to use in medicine, top scientists declared at the world’s biggest science conference this week.

    In the US, African Americans are told to watch out for hypertension, white people for multiple sclerosis, Asians for heart disease, Hispanics for diabetes, and so on.

    But on Friday, leading biologists said those general warnings are based on ‘bad science’ and do no more than fuel ‘racial prejudice’.

    Among them, anthropologist Keith Hunley of the University of New Mexico presented a new map of genomes around the world, finding few differences between the clusters of racial groups that are often cited in medical research.

    By lumping people into distinct broad categories, he and others warned, we risk ‘hyping’ certain inherited health risks for some and underestimating them for others – while sewing division, stereotypes and ignorance within society.

  66. Ivan Denisovich

    BREAKING: Julie Bishop is quitting politics and will not recontest the next election

    Has anyone thanked her for her “loyal” service yet?

  67. zyconoclast

    Sweden’s Chedah Man?

    They were the first Swedes

    The first Swedes were dark-skinned and blue-eyed hunters and collectors who walked into Scandinavia south from the end of the ice age just over ten thousand years ago. New DNA research shows that they were soon joined by another immigration wave – from the east. The result was Europe’s most mixed stone age population.

    The first modern people who walked into present-day Sweden when the ice sheet began to release its grip just over 10,000 years ago were hunters and collectors. They probably followed the herds of wild bears that lived along the ice edge.

    Their skin was dark, believes Mattias Jakobsson who is a professor of genetics in Uppsala and one of the researchers in the Swedish Atlas project, which aims to map the genome of early populations in the country. Skin color is a legacy of African origin:

    – They were genetically similar to those individuals who at that time lived in today’s Luxembourg, Spain and Germany. They had a look that is quite unusual today, they had blue eyes with quite dark skin.

  68. Ruthm

    A good speech by Julie Bishop; why oh why did she choose to wear white? And I expect Lysander is right and she will shortly be in New York.

  69. dover_beach

    Seems the covington boys are looking to sue the ABC and CBC.

    I really hope so. I don’t think anyone on the ABC Breakfast has retracted those ridiculous remarks. They were intemperate, to begin with, and in light of what emerged, utterly reprehensible.

  70. Myrddin Seren

    And I expect Lysander is right and she will shortly be in New York.

    At the Clinton Foundation.

    Killary 2020.

    She’s back, Baby, she’s back !!

  71. Mater

    I really hope so. I don’t think anyone on the ABC Breakfast has retracted those ridiculous remarks

    Another reason to shut.it.down…the liability risk to tax payers.

  72. Infidel Tiger

    JB seat goes to who?

    A left wing sheila with zero life or private enterprise experience no doubt.

  73. BREAKING: Julie Bishop is quitting politics and will not recontest the next election

    Good noose. Things aint all bad.

  74. Baldrick

    A left wing sheila with zero life or private enterprise experience no doubt.

    Clementine Ford then.

  75. Helen

    Lizzie, thank you for sharing that hall way glance from days gone by, a glimpse into your soul. It is true that some things can transport us instantly to somewhere else, like a look, glance, sound, smile, smell. Even today I can be transported to my grandma’s house when opening an old tea chest. A clean bright essence of her and her house. And then there is the strangeness of deja vu a kind of other world feeling like you are standing in two, the present and some kind of past which has not happened but feels like it has. And the prickly sense of imminent danger where your hair literally stands up, more sensitive to receive signals. And the second sight, where you have a feeling about something in the future. We do not pay enough attention to these things these days, we are tuned into other signals, TV, phones, internet, and it would do us a great deal of good to tune out from them and retune in to the deeper messages.

    I’m glad your lover sent you a last look through his daughter. Your description of the frailty and essence of life – a short time in yours, but so epic in scale a huge experience captured in a few words around a glance in a hallway was some of the most evocative writing I have ever read. It bought me to tears. Thank you.

  76. hzhousewife

    why oh why did she choose to wear white?

    wymmenses

  77. Infidel Tiger

    Clementine Ford then.

    Ford for all her multitude of faults and craziness has plenty of life experience (she is a mother) and has spent her working life plying her trade in the non taxpayer funded left wing media.

    She is much more qualified for politics than 95% of those currently there.

  78. thefrollickingmole

    But on Friday, leading biologists said those general warnings are based on ‘bad science’ and do no more than fuel ‘racial prejudice’.

    Among them, anthropologist Keith Hunley of the University of New Mexico presented a new map of genomes around the world, finding few differences between the clusters of racial groups that are often cited in medical research.

    Well that will be news which contradicts, directly, a lot of studies done.
    Doesnt mean what they are saying is wrong, but it does mean theres either a massive amount of fraudulent/mistaken science has been done or they are wrong.
    Will take a bit more than this to overturn a LOT of population data.

    Indigenous Australians more likely to be at risk for, and die from, CVD, diabetes and kidney disease

    And if thats the case then does it make things like “closing the gap” bullshit?

    Health Behaviors and Risk Factors Among American Indians and Alaska Natives, 2000–2010

  79. Confused Old Misfit

    Infidel Tiger
    #2940064, posted on February 21, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Clementine Ford then.

    for all her multitude of faults and craziness

    We could hope for someone whose life experience has given them a more balanced, rational view of the world.

  80. C.L.

    Govt Pressuring Bank of England to Put Ethnic Minority on New £50 Note

    A white man, then.

  81. candy

    why oh why did she choose to wear white?

    To be like the Democrats ladies in the SOTU address.

  82. Baldrick

    Finally,

    Barack Obama Manages to Work in a Michelle Obama Compliment in a Discussion About ‘Being a Man’
    Former President Barack Obama teamed up with Golden State Warrior star Stephen Curry to encourage the audience of young African-American men to focus on their own self-confidence as the path to true success in life.
    On Tuesday, the very dynamic duo spoke at an event to mark the fifth anniversary of the non-profit My Brother’s Keeper Alliance in Oakland, California, which is funded in part by the Obama Foundation. Over the course of their conversation, Obama and Curry discussed the evolving role of men in society and cautioned against falling into old “stereotypes” of what being a man means. To demonstrate his point, Obama introduced himself to the audience as “Michelle’s husband,” referring to his wife of 27 years, Michelle Obama.

    We all knew there was something strange about the Wookie.

  83. calli

    What on earth will Bishop do with all that spare time?

    Some unpaid, back room work for a charity perhaps? Reading to the kiddies at the local kindergarten? Soup kitchen?

  84. C.L.

    There is no dispute that the pair had sex – the issue is whether she gave consent, and if she had the ability to do so given that she was intoxicated at the time.

    In cases of drunken couplings, I’ve never understood why only the woman is allowed to cry “consent” the next morning. If her judgement was impaired, then no less so was his. Right?

  85. calli

    A white man, then.

    Bazingah!

    [muses] That might be his name.

  86. Stimpson J. Cat

    We could hope for someone whose life experience has given them a more balanced, rational view of the world.

    I’ve already said no.
    Too busy.

  87. CL:

    Children of feminism:

    If you want to read about where all this shit ends up, read “Wildfire” by Kurt Schlichter
    It’s sort of like real life fifteen years from now, but not really. That’s if the Left get into government.

  88. I’ve already said no.
    Too busy.

    Methinks Sir Stimpson would be better suited as a high court judge than as a federal MP.

  89. stackja

    JB seat to:

    Magnificent, lethal and brutal’: The speech Alan Jones wants everyone to hear
    19/02/2019

    WATCH THE VIDEO LINDA REYNOLDS MEDIVAC BILL

    Senator Reynolds was elected to the Australian Senate in 2014 and is a passionate representative for her state of Western Australia. She has more than 20 years’ experience at the national political level working for Ministers, Members of Parliament and the Liberal Party of Australia. Senator Reynolds served for 29 years in the Australian Army as a Reserve Officer in a wide range of part and full time appointments. She also has corporate experience.

    Key career appointments include: Chief of Staff to the Minister for Justice and Customs, Project Director with Raytheon Australia, Deputy Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia, Commanding Officer of a Combat Service Support Battalion and Adjutant General of Army, the Chief of Army’s key governance advisor. Senator Reynolds was the first woman in the Australian Army Reserves to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross. She has completed a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies).

    On August 28, 2018 Senator Reynolds was sworn in as Assistant Minister for Home Affairs in the Morrison Coalition Government by the Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove.

    Before her Ministerial appointment, Senator Reynolds was a member of nine Parliamentary committees and the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade, the Defence Sub-Committee and the Senate Publication Committee.

    She chairs the Australia-Indonesia parliamentary friendship group and co-chairs the Parliamentary Friends of Defence, Friends of Australian Books and Writers, Friends of Australia-Indonesia and Friends of Disability. Senator Reynolds is pursuing new defence and space industry opportunities for WA, innovation, gender equality and federation reform.

  90. min

    Wow there is passive- aggressive behaviour for you from Ms Bishop.

  91. Empire 5:5

    In cases of drunken couplings, I’ve never understood why only the woman is allowed to cry “consent” the next morning. If her judgement was impaired, then no less so was his. Right?

    Logically yes, but politically all men are rapists, so no.

    #wyetwibbin

  92. stackja

    Senate on 13/02/2019 Hansard

    Migration Amendment (Urgent Medical Treatment) Bill 2018
    Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia—Assistant Minister for Home Affairs) (19:30): This is going to be the hardest and most personal speech I will ever make in this place. This morning, when I saw my colleagues here in this chamber cheering and high-fiving each other on the passage of Labor’s amendments, I felt physically ill. In this chamber, MPs from the other place and this place cheered for a political victory, one that I know from personal experience will inevitably come at the cost of the lives of others. For those who cloak themselves in moral virtue, there is nothing compassionate or moral in the bill. I say to each and every one of you: you will be knowingly complicit in what happens next.
    I know what will happen, as I said, because I have experienced this. It is neither hypothetical nor a scare campaign. I know from experience that, to terrorists, human traffickers and people smugglers, people are simply commodities to be exploited and profited from. There is not a shred of compassion or humanity in their trade. Few other senators or members in this place have a lived experience of this; I do. As chief of staff to the Minister for Justice and Customs, I had to deal with the outcomes of the Bali bombings, the boat arrivals and the drownings. For two years, I saw the many faces and the consequences of evil, cloaked in the perversion of religion, and the commodification and exploitation of people. I saw, I heard and I smelt the consequences of this commodification of human lives. It nearly broke me and it will stay with me for the rest of my life. Fifteen years later, it still weighs heavily in my heart and on my conscience. It was then, 15 years ago, that I came to truly understand that great evil exists in this world and what it takes to protect us from it. This evil exploits compassion; it does not respect it. There is neither grace nor dignity in the exploitation and death of their victims. There is nothing to high-five or, tonight, pop the champagne corks over.
    In 2011, after 200 boatpeople were lured to their deaths, a senator in this place is reported to have said, ‘Of course not—tragedies happen; accidents happen.’ But these deaths, like the other 1,000 at least, were no accident and there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that the people smugglers out there today are advising hundreds and probably thousands of people who’ve paid to come to Australia that they can now jump on a boat. Not a single one of these people smugglers who have taken these peoples’ money and who have transited them through to countries to our north will be explaining to these people who have paid them the niceties of the contrived technicality in this bill. Of course they won’t; they’ll want to get them here so they can start earning some more money.
    Let me say to everybody here: it won’t be the senators in this place who have to recover the bloated corpses of babies and women mauled by the sharks; it will be the men and women of the Australian Border Force and the Australian Defence Force, who have had to do it twice before. It won’t be journalists having to deal with the lifelong trauma of survivors. It won’t be members of the House of Representatives who will be comforting our Defence and Border Force personnel who years later still wake with night terrors, reliving the horrors we knowingly inflicted on them.
    I say to all senators and members who voted for this today and their cheer squads: when the inevitable happens, don’t you dare come into this place justifying your actions on the basis you did not know it could happen again. Fifteen years ago we learnt the lessons from the consequences of reopening things in 2007. You reopened our borders and the consequences and the deaths were just as foreseeable then as they are today. You can attempt to justify your actions to assuage your conscience that there was some technicality or that somehow these people smugglers were going to tell the people out there waiting to come here. I’m sorry to say that we will go through it again and you will all be equally culpable.

  93. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    But on Friday, leading biologists said those general warnings are based on ‘bad science’ and do no more than fuel ‘racial prejudice’.

    there is only a single true race: the communist

  94. Infidel Tiger

    Magnificent, lethal and brutal’: The speech Alan Jones wants everyone to hear
    19/02/2019
    WATCH THE VIDEO LINDA REYNOLDS MEDIVAC BILL

    Reynolds is as dripping wet as a lezzos bike shorts after a tour of a tuna cannery.

  95. Bruce of Newcastle

    Qantas had decided to save the world.

    Qantas grounds plastic (Oz, paywalled)

    SAMANTHA BAILEY
    Plastic cups are going as part of wider push to green-up Qantas, which expects to burn nearly $4bn in jet fuel this financial year.

    Well done Ms Bailey for driving that log truck right through their sanctimony in one single sentence!

  96. Somebody linked to an article about Kamala Harris and whether she was “black” as in African American black. Her parents are Jamaican and Indian.

    I see her father was not too happy when she pretty much said smoking pot was normal behaviour for Jamaicans. That is definitely the Bob Marley stereotype but her Dad said not for him it wasn’t.

    The lineup of candidates for the Dems is going to be fascinating. However who will Smollet be supporting ?!

  97. Tom

    What on earth will Bishop do with all that spare time?

    Some unpaid, back room work for a charity perhaps? Reading to the kiddies at the local kindergarten? Soup kitchen?

    Move to a $US20 million apartment in NYC she bought with our money, take up a multi-million-dollar UN sinecure, campaign for the Democratic Party in 2020.

    #RulingClassTrash.

  98. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Nor do I want to re use bags that have had uncooked meat in them

    we still use them as garbage bags after single use. reusing them is totally gay

  99. Lysander

    Bruce; I just read that Qantarse are also phasing out boarding passes… 30,000 tonnes of waste per year.

  100. Empire 5:5

    It’s not all doom and gloom for Jussie. Smollett is after all the first American to scam Nigerians.

  101. stackja

    Infidel Tiger
    #2940093, posted on February 21, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Her speech is wet?

  102. BREAKING: Julie Bishop is quitting politics and will not recontest the next election

    What a brilliant idea Julie Bishop!

  103. mh

    Barack Obama Manages to Work in a Michelle Obama Compliment in a Discussion About ‘Being a Man’

    Alex Jones vindicated?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4823318/Alex-Jones-pushes-theory-Michelle-Obama-man.html

  104. John Constantine

    What turnbullite scumbag will replace bishop, and who will the billionaire property developer landsharks funnel their donations through now?.

    Bet she has done a lot of evidence destruction the last little while.

    Hit it with a hammer, hilary did.

    What a brilliant idea Julie Bishop.

  105. John Constantine

    Does the make pyne the reigning Queen of the rump of their turnbullites?.

  106. John Constantine

    Bishop is dragged out, fingernails gouging the floor, as Pyne struts in.

    “The Queen is dead, Long Live the Queen”.

  107. Empire 5:5

    Move to a $US20 million apartment in NYC she bought with our money, take up a multi-million-dollar UN sinecure, campaign for the Democratic Party in 2020.

    Maybe. Turnbull and Bishop may yet get 86d by FISA DECLAS.

  108. Bishop is dragged out, fingernails gouging the floor, as Pyne struts in.

    “The Queen is dead, Long Live the Queen”.

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    That would make a great cartoon.

  109. Notafan

    Michelle Obama has very womanly hips

    I find the tranny memes very unconvincing.

    heightandweight site

  110. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bruce; I just read that Qantarse are also phasing out boarding passes… 30,000 tonnes of waste per year.

    Lysander – I haven’t weighed a boarding pass but maybe it is one whole gram.
    That would imply 30 billion boarding passes.
    Yeah sure.

  111. Notafan

    She might have been given an offer too good to refuse but I dare say languishing on the back bench was just too boring, and her chances of anything else had utterly receded.

  112. Arky

    Waking up at last?
    ..

    Rubio last week released an explosive 80-page report on China’s push to supplant the United States as the world’s economic superpower. The report, titled “Made in China 2025: And the Future of American Industry,” walks through in great detail exactly what the Chinese are doing and how they are doing it with regard to attempting to replace the United States on the world stage.

    “It’s the most comprehensive effort ever undertaken by any nation ever in every realm,” Rubio told Breitbart News about China’s push for worldwide power. “It’s in the fields of commerce, trade, technology. They use our immigration system against us. Academia. They influence media. They have learned how to use the American multinational corporate class to lobby policymakers towards pro-China decisions. For a long time, the assumption was that China was the place where cheap stuff would be made, but all the valuable stuff would be developed in America. But they’ve developed the Made in China 2025 plan, which is designed to actually supplant us as the place that makes all of the valuable and higher-end things. So it’s just—not only is it comprehensive, it’s overwhelming all of government, and I think we’ve been late to wake up to it. Frankly, we’re running out of time to address it.”

    Rubio said in the interview that it is not too late to stop China’s rise, but the United State

  113. Steve trickler

    Is this guy a clown?

  114. Snoopy

    Another Victorian recycling plant has shut its doors to recyclable waste, putting increased pressure on the state’s struggling system and forcing more councils to turn to landfill.

    If only there was some way to convert it to something useful. Like electricity.

  115. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Helen, you and I are tear-shedders and sound-listeners.
    We don’t actually hear, it is more that we sense. It is quite a female thing, wrongly called intuition.
    I think a lot of the medieval mystic women were of our ilk. A little fey, as my Nana used to call herself. It usually takes a glass of wine or two for the word muse to come upon me, and she is heavily bridled with my strong streak of pragmatism. I can almost feel my father’s genes fighting my mother’s within me. My mother used to sense music; she could play a piano by sound and feel, not by ever having learned, but by humming and conjuring up the songs people used to call out to her to play in old English pubs. She then ‘felt’ them out in strident chords on the keyboard. Under Oxycodone in her dying days she also heard music in her head, lovely music that she so enjoyed, music that wasn’t there. I think Beethoven and Mozart did that too, without external chemical help. I don’t think I ever could do that. I have never felt for one moment that I was schizoid or losing track of reality as my mother often did, or that I was ever anything but mentally normal, although there is plenty of such on-the-edge imaginative looseness that veers into psychiatric illnesses in my family, up, down, and across the genealogies.

    The human mind is a wonderful instrument, so little understood, even today.
    Thank you for your kind words and understanding.

    If I bother others with my little pieces, mostly late night in the cheap seats, please just scroll.

  116. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hit it with a hammer, hilary did.

    I think she might need to drown it too.

  117. mh

    The Dem 2020 front runner goes from strength to strength:

    DONALD HARRIS SLAMS HIS DAUGHTER SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS FOR FRAUDULENTLY STEREOTYPING JAMAICANS AND ACCUSES HER OF PLAYING IDENTITY POLITICS

    “My dear departed grandmothers(whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents , must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics. Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”

    https://www.jamaicaglobalonline.com/donald-harris-slams-his-daughter-senator-kamala-harris-for-fraudulently-stereotyping-jamaicans-and-accusing-her-of-playing-identity-politics/

  118. Notafan:

    Michelle Obama has very womanly hips.
    I find the tranny memes very unconvincing.

    Certainly a good point – she does appear to have a womans childbearing hips, but I wonder if there’s a genetic/androgenous/etc disorder somewhere there.
    Zoe Brain used to comment here and she told of multiple issues with passports and foreign countries legal/religious standards getting her into all sorts of strife.
    I hope she comes back – she was a voice of sanity at times.

  119. stackja

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2940122, posted on February 21, 2019 at 5:08 pm
    ‘Empire’ Producers Consider Suspending Jussie ‘dumbass’ Smollett

    MSM said it was career changing. Yes!

  120. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    we still use them as garbage bags after single use. reusing them is totally gay

    We keep all garnered plakkie bags and use them to wrap up the contents of Attapuss’s litter tray when we change it. Some very good labels sometimes go out to the garbage in that way. We used to save the supermarket bags for it; now I will often buy a couple of the 15 cent ones to carry things to the car and they never get reused, copping Attapuss’s poo for their final journey instead.

  121. Pedro the Ignorant

    The only difference the plastic bag “ban” has made is that people now buy their rubbish bags instead of re-using the supermarket bags.

    Virtue signalling stupidity.

  122. calli

    No womanly hips here. But reading between the lines, I suspect there are a pair of non-bosomly orbs.

    Why would any girl aspire to competing in the 800m against that?

  123. Notafan

    I don’t know WS

    She had her children well before the presidency, that is an awful long time to hang a androgynous theory on.

    As for genetic sure, maybe other members of her family are tall and have a protruding jaw.

  124. Arky

    I hope Jussie doesn’t surrender peacefully. A siege would be a great outcome.

    ..
    Specially if he comes out blazing saddles style holding a gun to his head:
    “Keep back or the n****** gets it”!

  125. Nick

    The British satirical magazine Private Eye has for years run a column titled “Pseud’s Corner”, where pomposity, pretentiousness and pseudo-intellectualism in writing (hence Pseud’s Corner) is reprinted without comment for the reader to smile at and inwardly mock.

  126. Nick

    As for genetic sure, maybe other members of her family are tall and have a protruding jaw.

    And can get honey out of a log with a stick.

  127. JC

    Perhaps this will help explain to people here why some Americans aren’t jumping on chairs and screaming “Socialism!” in the way Republicans do when Democrats suggest the mere mouse of more tax on the rich:

    Climate Harkel, you fucking moron. There’s nothing new in that “economics”. Two components of the population has adversely impacted real wages growth for the past 30 odd years. Illegal and legal immigration, Being a leftwinger and therefore a putrid moron, the question you should ask is if AGGREGATE INCOME/WAGES has risen during the period in question. This way, we know if total income has risen and if it has risen at the same rate as GDP or some other relevant marker. It has. That means that the US was able to accommodate millions and millions of non-Americans in the the labor market. It’s actually a miracle achievement.

  128. Myrddin Seren

    Annals of the Fall of a Civilisation.

    In Realtime. Episode #39,473:

    Pose star Indya Moore: Trans women’s penises are biologically female

  129. Arky

    Dammit.
    How unoriginal am I?
    Someone already did the blazing saddles.

  130. Notafan

    And can get honey out of a log with a stick.

    You’re a very bad man.

  131. Pedro the Ignorant

    Who uses a paper boarding pass on Qantas flights anymore? Last flight I was on (KAL-PER) everyone was using their phone to check in and board.

    More virtue signalling BS from Qantas.

  132. calli

    Indya Moore destroys anti-trans haters

    Apart from the idiotic “destroys” tag, that just doesn’t make sense.

    We are in a post-truth world. Anything you like is now true.

  133. JC

    However who will Smollet be supporting ?!

    Dunno Rooster. Why don’t you answer your own stupid rhetorical question. I’ve noticed you’ve tending to place these stupid rhetorical questions at the end of your silly comments. It’s really annoying and dare I say, kind of the little fagardly. That’s just me though.

  134. calli

    Who uses a paper boarding pass on Qantas flights anymore?

    Me. I’m a neo-Luddite.

    I also fear my phone will run out of battery or malfunction or be lost or broken or some other horror.

  135. JC

    Climate Harkel now giving economics advice.

  136. Arky

    forcing more councils to turn to landfill.

    ..
    Turn all the councils to landfil, say I.
    (has anyone else said that yet?)

  137. Snoopy

    Me. I’m a neo-Luddite.

    I also fear my phone will run out of battery or malfunction or be lost or broken or some other horror.

    #MeToo

  138. Arky

    Nick
    #2940129, posted on February 21, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    ..
    Shocking that it takes a Mexican to see what the chinese are up to wrt US.

  139. Nick

    You’re a very bad man.

    🙂

  140. Pedro the Ignorant

    Luddites, eh?

    I think I have seen your luggage on the carousel at the airport; Travellers suitcase.

  141. struth

    Fharken might have had some hope, alas, ’tis not to be.
    Another one lost to the indoctrinating Bobs of this world.

    Great Job, Stasi Bob.

  142. C.L.

    Magnificent, lethal and brutal’: The speech Alan Jones wants everyone to hear
    19/02/2019

    He makes it sound like Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream.
    Calm down, Alan. It was a woman stiffly reading prepared remarks to an empty Senate.

  143. Nick

    Pedro I’d love one. I have to settle for a Rimowa trunk instead.

  144. JC

    Thank God. At least this goes some way, but not all.

    High Court Ruling Threatens Asset-Seizure Programs

    The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that states may not impose excessive fines, extending a bedrock constitutional protection but potentially jeopardizing asset-forfeiture programs that help fund police operations.

    Asset seizure programs are truly diabolical.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/supreme-court-rules-against-excessive-state-fines-11550680782

  145. Myrddin Seren

    I also fear my phone will run out of battery or malfunction or be lost or broken or some other horror.

    Stardate – Soon. Very, very soon:

    Siri,

    Please show the nice boarding gate ze/zim/zir my pass !

    bzzzzzzzzz

    Siri,

    Siri – the pass ?

    Dear Fascist, Climate Change denying, Orange-Man Loving, Literal Nazi.

    We here at Woke Phone decline to facilitate your Fascist, planet-destroying travel.

    Also, the local Antifa has been given your coordinates.

    Thanks for blogging on Catallaxyfiles.com

  146. Steve trickler

    This was a live stream of the moon that ended a couple of hours back. I caught the tail end of it. Now on replay. That video from above was from 2018.

    39:10 makes you take notice, and the bloke behind the scope….. i reckon he got a little bit rattled. And it became the prime focus.

    Back to it at 1:18:08 and the conclusion of the feed if you have to skim through it.



    Spooky.😎

  147. struth

    You know, call me old fashioned, but any teacher telling children about Climate change really does need a belting with a baseball bat.

    Say you truly believed the world was going to end in 12 years, and you had conclusive proof that it was, would you tell the children years before the event?

    Do not discount the true evil child abuse these people are engaged in.
    Every worried kid on strike tomorrow should be a smack across the teeth with a baseball bat, to the foul human vomit that is putting this into their heads,

  148. zyconoclast

    Magnificent, lethal and brutal’: The speech Alan Jones wants everyone to hear
    19/02/2019
    WATCH THE VIDEO LINDA REYNOLDS MEDIVAC BILL

    Reynolds is as dripping wet as a lezzos bike shorts after a tour of a tuna cannery.

    You are too kind.
    Must try harder.

  149. cohenite

    No womanly hips here. But reading between the lines, I suspect there are a pair of non-bosomly orbs.

    Why would any girl aspire to competing in the 800m against that?

    The next Olympics should be great with men-women everywhere.

  150. JC

    The Coalition may be in with a fighting chance now. The black widow spider is taking off.

    Julie Bishop has told the parliament that she will not run at the next election.

    Ms Bishop said she is resigning because she is “confident” Scott Morrison will win the next election and it is safe to pass on her ultra-safe seat to the next generation.

    “I have had the opportunity to closely consider the future of the Coalition government, and the pending general election. I have closely observed Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Liberal national team in the Parliament,” she says.

  151. C.L.

    Much raving about Hugh Jackman’s singing ‘n dancing routine at the Brits.
    I watched some of it and, I’m here to tell you, as a singer Hugh makes a great wolverine.
    I don’t understand why an action film star with his gazillions has begun a world tour singing show tunes like Peter Allen (who also couldn’t sing).

  152. C.L.

    Here is Jackman’s noisy, annoying mess:

  153. thefrollickingmole

    Pose star Indya Moore: Trans women’s penises are biologically female

    I cant wait to start hearing Penny Wong bragging about his Girthy vagina.

  154. JC

    Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but the vid is a tad gay.

  155. zyconoclast

    Much raving about Hugh Jackman’s singing ‘n dancing routine at the Brits.
    I watched some of it and, I’m here to tell you, as a singer Hugh makes a great wolverine.
    I don’t understand why an action film star with his gazillions has begun a world tour singing show tunes like Peter Allen (who also couldn’t sing).

    Yes you do.

  156. JC

    Get a load of the virtue signaling.

    Qantas is set to replace boarding passes and frequent flyer cards with a digital alternative and ditch plastic cups and cutlery as part of a new environmental program.

    The airline said that Qantas and Jetstar generate about 30,000 tonnes of waste in Australia each year and it would aim to reuse, recycle and compost at least three-quarters of its waste by the end of 2021.

  157. Tom

    I don’t understand why an action film star with his gazillions has begun a world tour singing show tunes like Peter Allen (who also couldn’t sing).

    You’ve never lived in showbiz faggot world, CL. I spent a decade there. My girlfriend was a faghag who made a living singing show tunes. Thankfully, I grew up.

  158. pete m

    sound recording would be aweful in that place – he isn’t a bad signer and I think he enjoys it

    the film and music score were excellent

  159. Nick

    My girlfriend was a faghag

    Oh?

  160. C.L.

    The Australian nails Qantas in its main page story teaser on this:

    Qantas grounds plastic

    Plastic cups are going as part of wider push to green-up Qantas, which expects to burn nearly $4bn in jet fuel this financial year

  161. C.L.

    … I think he enjoys it.

    Bad singers always do.

  162. Arky

    Well, she didn’t mistake Tom for a gay.
    They are generally more cheerful.
    It’s in the name after all.

  163. JC

    In the late 90s I recall reading the Xmas edition of the Economist (this was back when the Economist was half way readable). I’ll never forget this stat. They claimed at the time that if you put together all landfills around the world, both those that had been filled and those still in use the total area would measure:

    30 miles long, 3 miles wide and 1 mile deep.

    Lets say we’ve used 2 times that amount since then. The area would still be tiny and therefore doesn’t deserve the amount of hysterical panic about garbage.

  164. Tom

    Yes, Nick. She’s gorgeous. I haven’t seen her for 35 years. Past life.

  165. Myrddin Seren

    Graham Young ( if that means anything to you ) posts the qualitative results of his latest on line opinion poll in to Federal politics.

    Our analysis is based on two annual polls of about 1300 Australians who pay attention to politics…

    I am one of the 1300, but I must be an outlier. I don’t see much reference to praying for a giant meteor to land on top of Parliament House in session ( nadt – just a SMOD )

    Some curated highlights:

    Turnbull was seen as urbane but vacillating and weak, and an opportunist who had chosen the wrong party.

    We are an astute group of poll monkeys.

    Morrison ……He’s an opportunist who had the good judgment to be in the right party.

    But he is not actively loathed by his nominal base like Turnbull was.

    Shorten’s position has improved over the year. People still don’t trust him, but they respect him – ….

    He might not be sincere, but he’s dogged and organised.

    We’re doomed.

    Twelve months ago, Labor’s Robin Hood pitch was front and centre on voters’ minds. Now some electors have realised they are the “rich” but they have only modest incomes.

    What – since when did ‘Death to the Kulaks’ not have election-winning appeal ??!

    The Coalition needs to keep the conversation where it is. Even when Labor has a win, such as medivac, it has a loss, because it reminds people of the chaos under Labor on immigration.

    Labor retirement taxes on houses and shares are making people nervous about the future.

    They need to engage more fully on renewable energy, and its costs, and they could address the level of immigration.

    They can accentuate negative perceptions of Shorten, drawing attention to his record as a union leader and his role in ALP coups.

    Good Lord – are there any other Cat commenters or lurkers contributing to Graham’s survey ?

  166. bespoke

    My girlfriend was a faghag who made a living singing show tunes. Thankfully, I grew up.

    That explains a lot. 🙂

  167. JC

    Tom

    Do Not use the word , faggot as it mortally offends Liz and sends the rooster into a 3 day spastic bender. Use faggard and farggardly from now on.

  168. Nick

    Labor retirement taxes on houses and shares are making people nervous about the future.

    So now they are nervous ? Lol.

  169. Lysander

    Good Lord – are there any other Cat commenters or lurkers contributing to Graham’s survey ?

    Yup.

  170. JMH

    Phuck yeah! Another of the 54 Turncoat LINO’s about to go. Bishop – you good thing. I might seriously consider voting LNP again. We must keep the bastard, Shorten and his ALP goons out of the Lodge. Julie, you have helped with my decision in May. I was waiting for this.

  171. JC

    Sheilas and the job market.

    I overheard a conversation with wifey and the daughter ( son I never had) 🙂 talking about moving jobs for a promotion type thing this morning. There are so many jobs in the US it’s incredible.

    She confirmed to wifey the job she likes is too far away from getting to the gym (Soul Cycle) in the morning before work and it’s way downtown, which means she can’t walk and would need to catch the subway. She therefore is likely to put it out of contention.

  172. Chosing one of the LNP and the ALP is like a choice between bubonic plague and typhus.

  173. Myrddin Seren

    Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but the vid is a tad gay.

    Wolverine is an Old Boy from Knox.

    It is a Sydney-thing, so non-Sin Cityers may not get it.

    He could be blundering around the place boring people stupid about Rugby.

    Or he could be a Knox outlier. As it stands, he manages a better relationship with a female ( his wife ) than about 70% of the average Knox grads – who think taking their new spouse from an upper North Shore gell’s school to Hong Kong for the Rugby Sevens is the definitive honeymoon experience.

  174. Myrddin Seren

    Good Lord – are there any other Cat commenters or lurkers contributing to Graham’s survey ?

    Yup.

    Hah !

    That is at least two of us for tumbrils and guillotines !!

  175. Confused Old Misfit

    You’ve never lived in showbiz faggot world, …

    I spent 3 decades there.
    Fortunately as a techie and managerial type.

  176. Tel

    Ford for all her multitude of faults and craziness has plenty of life experience (she is a mother) and has spent her working life plying her trade in the non taxpayer funded left wing media.

    That reminds me, Clive Palmer is a feminist now. I’m not crank yanking (although I have my suspicion perhaps Clive is).

    https://www.unitedaustraliaparty.org.au/speech-women-in-parliament/

    Perfect opportunity for Ford to sign up with The Big Man and become the next Jacquie.

  177. JC

    I spent 3 decades there.
    Fortunately as a techie and managerial type.

    Eggsplains a lot now, misfit.

  178. Confused Old Misfit

    Yes JC,
    I know how to drive you out of your tiny mind with 110 volts!

  179. Myrddin Seren

    Also courtesy of SMOD:

    Bramble Cay melomys: Climate change-ravaged rodent listed as extinct

    A rat living on a five sq km sand bar between ‘Stralia and PNG gets washed away by high tides.

    Reliable electricity, cars and Big Macs fingered as culprit, and predictable wails and rending of hemp clothing ensues.

  180. cohenite

    My girlfriend was a faghag

    Small world, mine was too; she organised some of the Mardi Gras events in the 1990’s when there was still an element of fun.

    And no head prefect I was not there as a ladyboy; I was security.

  181. JC

    I disagree with the misogynistic bullshit, but the old girl is right. Cooper totally took over the movie and subordinated Ga Ga to a supporting role. It should have been more about her, but Cooper hogged most of the movie.
    Camille Paglia

    The academic, author and cultural critic analyzes the four versions of the tragic love story and finds one a “feminist landmark” and Bradley Cooper’s to be “a misogynous disgrace.”

    A Star Is Born, with its symmetrical plotline of rising and falling stars, is Hollywood’s canonical myth-saga, capturing both the glory and cruelty of the modern entertainment industry.

    The fourth version of A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper and starring himself and Lady Gaga, has been nominated for eight Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards. How does this movie treat our red-hot theme of women’s aspirations and achievement? Surprisingly, despite its progressive gestures toward masculine sensitivity and transgender inclusiveness, this A Star Is Born is the most sexist film of the entire series.

    In Cooper’s film, the epic Hollywood story has been hijacked by camera-hogging male vanity, curtailing the magnificent classic role of the ascending woman star who painfully eclipses her self-destructive, alcoholic husband. What the script has stingily left to Gaga to play is not leading lady material. Her performance has never belonged in the best actress category because Cooper demoted her to supporting actress from the start.

    Particularly outrageous amid the overpraise of Cooper’s film has been denigration of the previous, 1976 version, with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, from whose performance Cooper heavily borrowed. Except, that is, for Kristofferson’s robust sexy allure: With his greasy hair, hobo beard and chronic slump, Cooper scarcely manages more than two facial expressions (dull and duller) throughout.

    The dynasty of A Star Is Born began with What Price Hollywood? (1932), in which a waitress (Constance Bennett) is discovered by an alcoholic movie director, who steers her to Tinseltown fame at a time when the phenomenon of movie stardom was barely two decades old.

    Janet Gaynor, the heroine of the first A Star Is Born (1937), had won the very first Oscar for best actress for 1927. The girliest of the four, she was already 30 when the movie was shot, which explains why we sometimes feel a strain in her miming of fragile innocence. However, Gaynor’s Esther Blodgett is gritty with ambition, inspired by the movie magazines she devours in her North Dakota farmhouse.

    I wouldn’t call it male vanity, Camille. I’d just call it camera hogging Hollywood vanity practiced by both sexes.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/camille-paglia-sexism-star-is-born-films-guest-column-1186741

  182. JC,
    You still have not explained how you came to address a forum member about supporting his supposed gay sons marriage when you also claim to know he was not the person on the Q&A show. Just another lie. In your world somebody supporting his son deserves to be called ” whiney fuck”,

    You must have missed my post last night. Understandable as caught you in another lie when you were trying to justify the use of the term faggot as not being gay related. Strange that your use of the so called Urban dictionary did not reveal the meaning of faggot as you cited it to be. Oops another lie.

    I note in last few days you have came to have beaten up myself and Cohenite. Would that be the Italian meaning as used by Italian Generals in North Africa WW2. You know like ” I have a beaten a up a your Army and hereby surrender my a 200,00o soldiers”.

  183. Tom

    Do Not use the word , faggot as it mortally offends Liz and sends the rooster into a 3 day spastic bender. Use faggard and farggardly from now on.

    Yessiree, Bob. I promise not to offend the fags. Especially Harken.

  184. Confused Old Misfit

    The Anthropocene: all that CO2 and the only mammal extinction is a brown rat on a desert island

    Jo Nova

  185. JC

    cohenite
    #2940202, posted on February 21, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    My girlfriend was a faghag

    Small world, mine was too; she organised some of the Mardi Gras events in the 1990’s when there was still an element of fun.

    And no head prefect I was not there as a ladyboy; I was security.
    JC

    You know, Cronkite it’s now only a small step to confirm to the readership what needs to be confirmed. Jump out of the closet as you’re among friends here. At the very least, the other bitches would be supportive. Ladyboy is right.

  186. pete m

    BrettW must be IT after a few beers, just winding up JC.
    Surely not a serious fellow.

  187. pete m

    CL, he has carried broadway shows with his voice and won tony awards galore, hosted and sang at oscars etc.

    I think millions have scored his voice rather differently to you.

  188. thefrollickingmole

    Im sure our new Sino overlords will require someone like myself to stuf the Fivers into bags to keep our pollies brought, I will sacrifice myself for the role…
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/feb/21/chinese-port-bans-imports-of-australian-coal-sending-dollar-tumbling

    One of China’s biggest ports has banned imports of Australian coal and will cap overall coal imports for 2019 through its harbours at 12m tonnes, an official at Dalian Port Group has said.

    The indefinite ban on imports from Australia, which is China’s top coal supplier, comes as major ports elsewhere in China prolong clearing times for Australian coal to at least 40 days, Reuters has reported.

    Coal is Australia’s biggest export earner and the Australian dollar tumbled more than 1% to as low as US70.86 on the news
    ….
    Five harbours overseen by Dalian customs – Dalian, Bayuquan, Panjin, Dandong and Beiliang – will not allow Australian coal to clear through customs, the official told Reuters.
    ….
    However, it comes amid simmering tensions between Beijing and Canberra over issues such as cybersecurity and China’s influence in Pacific island nations. Australia recently revoked the visa of a prominent Chinese businessman further straining ties.
    Beijing has also been trying to restrict imports of coal more generally to support domestic prices.

  189. Bruce of Newcastle

    Siri – the pass ?

    Dear Fascist, Climate Change denying, Orange-Man Loving, Literal Nazi.
    We here at Woke Phone decline to facilitate your Fascist, planet-destroying travel.

    Is that translated from Mandarin?

    China Bans Millions From Flights, Trains In Social-Credit Crackdown (20 Feb)

    China has banned millions of people from any number of activities for being labeled as ‘untrustworthy’ on the country’s Orwellian social credit system.

    Banned from things such as air and train travel, blacklisted individuals are being punished in a broad effort to boost “trustworthiness” among the 1.4 billion Chinese citizens tracked by the massive system – which assigns both positive and negative scores to various metrics, reports SCMP.

    You are class-enemy, so sorry.

  190. JC

    Explained, Rooster?

    I don’t need to explain anything, as the person in question has already explained that you’re dishonest worm. Admittedly , he didn’t call you a worm though, but that’s what you are.

    This is second occasion where other commenters have intervened to tell my bitches to stop lying.

    I note in last few days you have came to have beaten up myself and Cohenite. Would that be the Italian meaning as used by Italian Generals in North Africa WW2. You know like ” I have a beaten a up a your Army and hereby surrender my a 200,00o soldiers”.

    Call me anything you want, you little farggard. The point I was making that you missed was that I’m often receiving ethnic slurs and such, but unlike you I really don’t care. I don’t go into hysterical fits trying for three days, you hysterical teenage girl.

    Seeing we’re now creating these bullshit narratives here’s one for you now.

    I think I recall that a while ago, the Rooster told us he bought a Japanese sex doll for sexual gratification. I’m not positive, but I believe that’s what he said. I think he also told us her name is Emily and go to the movies together.

  191. JC

    pete m
    #2940208, posted on February 21, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    BrettW must be IT after a few beers, just winding up JC.
    Surely not a serious fellow.

    Really, you don’t think iot’s the other way round? Rooster now admits he’s stalking me intently reading what I post.

    I note in last few days you have came to have beaten up myself and Cohenite

    This lunatic needs serious meds or the a call to the Hotline.

  192. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Mocker: Jussie Smollett case, elitist response play to victimhood mentalityThe MockerFollow @Oz_Mocker

    2:18PM February 21, 2019
    101 Comments

    Well that was a harrowing experience. I was beset with the midnight munchies, and while walking home in the dead of night I was viciously set upon by two white men wearing ski masks and ‘Make Australia Great Again’ baseball caps. “This is Liberal and National Party country” one screamed as they punched me. Pinning me down, they poured Blue Loo toilet detergent over my head and disparaged me with racist and homophobic insults. Obviously they knew one of my favourite actors is Denzel Washington and that I voted ‘Yes’ in the same-sex marriage plebiscite.

    A lesser man would have succumbed, but they had greatly underestimated me. My inner-Balboa unleashed itself and, heroically, I sent these bigoted conservative cowards packing. I even managed to do this one-handed while holding my KFC wrap in the other. If you require evidence of this assault, simply observe the slight laceration under my right eye and the rope the attackers tied around my neck, which, come to think of it, I’m still wearing. And while the motive behind this is yet to be confirmed, there is no doubt the hateful ideology of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his ultra-right colleagues had emboldened my assailants.

    From the Oz.

  193. MatrixTransform

    There’s a lot to be said for not giving a stuff.

    Badinage needs stop just short of bastardry and it is absolutely necessary for building character.

    Its called rolling with the punches and learning to give as good as you get.
    It’s a ritual and unless it happens we end up unable trust or know limits.
    We cannot gauge character and we cannot build character.

    Before engineering proper I was an electrician.
    Welcome to the apprenticeship … 4 years of being wrong every day and then several years of holee sheet, I just realized I know nuffink.
    Then finally working out that what Id been taught was resilience and self-reliance.

    without it we end up with whinging snowflakes.

  194. Anne

    Will we soon see Julie Bishop in a medical boot?

  195. Empire 5:5

    You must have missed my post last night.

    So did I. Would you mind linking it?

    I’m doing a dig on who really funded Peter Wright’s legal fees and how Turdball got the gig. I don’t want to miss any vital extraneous crumbs.

  196. Geriatric Mayfly

    The British satirical magazine Private Eye has for years run a column titled “Pseud’s Corner”, where pomposity, pretentiousness and pseudo-intellectualism in writing

    Nick you will re-ignite another conflagration. You have apostrophised the S. Private Eye has never bothered this marker. The debate raged for issue after issue whether Private Eye was out of order, whether the Corner could be owned and if it belonged to one Pseud, Two Pseuds, Many Pseuds, or No Pseuds at all. The Editor eventually spat the dummy and from memory inserted P’seud’s’ or similar.

  197. Ruthm

    Thanks Min for joining the dots on the JB speech and passive aggression. Completed by walking out without having the courtesy to stay for the leaders’ responses, of which Bill Shorten’s was the better by far.

  198. Baldrick

    Exclusive: China’s Dalian port bans Australian coal imports, sets 2019 quota – source

    BEIJING (Reuters) – Customs at China’s northern Dalian port has banned imports of Australian coal and will cap overall coal imports for 2019 through its harbors at 12 million tonnes, an official at Dalian Port Group told Reuters on Thursday.
    The indefinite ban on imports from top supplier Australia, effective since the start of February, comes as major ports elsewhere in China prolong clearing times for Australian coal to at least 40 days.
    Coal is Australia’s biggest export earner and the Australian dollar tumbled on the news, falling more than 1 percent to as low at $0.7086 AUD=D3.

  199. Ruthm

    Am also on the Online Opinion survey. Reading the verbatims yesterday, I wondered if Graham needed rescuing. I reckon 70/30 in favour of more investment in intermittent energy.

  200. Stimpson J. Cat

    I don’t understand why an action film star with his gazillions has begun a world tour singing show tunes like Peter Allen (who also couldn’t sing).

    So many men so little time.
    It’s his last hurrah before it all comes tumbling down.

  201. Coal is Australia’s biggest export earner and the Australian dollar tumbled on the news

    Good plan. Make the continent cheaper to buy.

  202. I reckon 70/30 in favour of more investment in intermittent energy.

    The number of people with zero understanding of A.C. and electricity generation never ceases to amaze.

  203. Myrddin Seren

    Ruthm

    Reading the verbatims yesterday, I wondered if Graham needed rescuing. I reckon 70/30 in favour of more investment in intermittent energy.

    Thanks for that.

    See my comment on Steve Kates’ Our international reputation for green political stupidity continues to grow thread

    Empirical evidence – Australians are THE most gullible people in the developed world.

    We are in deep, deep doodoo.

  204. Stimpson J. Cat

    Will we soon see Julie Bishop in a medical boot?

    Trust the plan, Anne.

  205. We are in deep, deep doodoo.

    When we in so deep that the sewerage is lapping at the chin, making waves is not permitted.

  206. Tom

    Empirical evidence – Australians are THE most gullible people in the developed world.

    Can you believe someone once called us a clever country when we are the dumbest country on earth? Trump’s America is the Beatles of Western economies.

  207. struth

    Then finally working out that what Id been taught was resilience and self-reliance.

    without it we end up with whinging snowflakes.

    Exackery
    plus shitloads

  208. Ruthm

    Thanks MS. My first thought was Getup infiltration, but it’s possible there are also many gullible people contributing to the survey

  209. Stimpson J. Cat

    BEIJING (Reuters) – Customs at China’s northern Dalian port has banned imports of Australian coal and will cap overall coal imports for 2019 through its harbors at 12 million tonnes, an official at Dalian Port Group told Reuters on Thursday.

    Ratf$ckers!
    In retaliation we need to ban imports of Chinese immigrants and cap overall people imports to 12 people.
    You want to play these games, I’ll play.
    I can be inscrutable too.

  210. Makka

    Ok Scummo, get your arse in gear if you want to win this election. Let’s see if you and your team have the guts.

    You have Super theft, borders and now economic destruction to flog the Marxists with;

    A senior Labor MP has declared it would be “a good thing” if the thermal coal sector collapsed, despite it being the nation’s No 1 export ­industry, pumping more than $25 billion into the Australian economy last year.

    Just a day after the coal sector reached out to Labor leader Bill Shorten to stress its importance to jobs and exports, Labor front­bencher Richard Marles yesterday launched an extraordinary diatribe against one of the industrial pillars of Australia.

    Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek also forecast the end of the industry, saying the world was moving away from coal-fired power, no matter how people felt about the industry and that its decline was a “a simple economic fact”.

  211. 1735099

    Discussion up thread about soldiers supporting each other.
    This is a unique and powerful phenomenon, and Australians do it better than just about anyone else.
    Back in July 16 1991, an ex-member of my rifle section was shot dead in a police siege in Tasmania.
    I remember letters and conversations after the shock of the event.
    Mostly, they were along the lines that if any one of us had known what was brewing, we could have prevented it. I continue to believe that, especially after reading the findings of an enquiry showing a police cover up.
    Recent structures (Mates4mates) are based on this understanding of these lifelong bonds. Funny thing is, the pseudo macho crap occasionally displayed on this blog has nothing to do with it. You can be assured that the angriest and noisiest exhibitionist are those who most often need help, and are entirely incapable of offering it.

  212. cohenite

    Jump out of the closet as you’re among friends here

    You’re a worry head prefect; all this talk by you of lady-boys, faggots and closets. I think your aggro is a product of thwarted desires.

  213. Confused Old Misfit

    China cutting back its imports of coal.
    Glencore getting out of mining it.
    Time to go full bore in development of gas.

  214. 1735099

    Australians are THE most gullible people in the developed world.

    You jest. That title belongs to the Septics.
    As we used to note in the day – You can tell them anything; sell them anything.
    26% of them voted for that snake oil salesman – Fatty 5D*, after all.
    *Trump has a weight problem and was deferred from service in Vietnam 5 times.

  215. Crossie

    JMH
    #2940188, posted on February 21, 2019 at 6:07 pm
    Phuck yeah! Another of the 54 Turncoat LINO’s about to go. Bishop – you good thing. I might seriously consider voting LNP again. We must keep the bastard, Shorten and his ALP goons out of the Lodge. Julie, you have helped with my decision in May. I was waiting for this.

    I expect Julie Bishop to pull the same stunt Malcolm pulled in Wentworth. Even when he got the candidate he wanted he would not endorse him but worked on behalf of his opponent.

  216. thefrollickingmole

    Ok without seeing the defense case this does look bad for Hannah.
    If she was “scra p e me off the pavement” pissed and that was witnessed by bouncers etc he might be toast.
    Plus he filmed her and the prosecutor is indicating shes out light a light in the film…

    Hanna testified offering to help the woman get home after bar security told her to leave because she was so drunk.

    They took a taxi back to her Taigum townhouse in Brisbane’s north, where he kicked in her front door because she had allegedly lost her keys.

    Hanna said they had sex and he used his phone to film himself digitally penetrating her, which he says she agreed to.

    He says he then continued to use the screen as a visual aid because he couldn’t see properly, and later asked her to strike a “sexy pose” for him to photograph.

    “[The victim] is clearly unconscious,” Lehane said.

    “In no way, shape or form could that be suggested a sexy pose, as the accused somehow claims.

    “She’s out to it.”

  217. cohenite

    Piss off numbers, you commie bastard.

  218. How dare you call that lovely President Trump fat!

    Shame on you!

    Seriously

    You really think that is going to get a rise here?

    Don’t know how many people here have said the same.

    Made me laugh.

  219. Tel

    26% of them voted for that snake oil salesman – Fatty 5D*, after all.
    *Trump has a weight problem and was deferred from service in Vietnam 5 times.

    Trump was also the only candidate in 2016 to campaign on an anti-war platform (we know that politician’s promises are not worth much, but the other options were not even bothering to make the effort). Trump was also the only candidate with a plan for delivering jobs (and that’s one thing he has been able to achieve, if you check the employment participation chart, it’s turning around now for the first time in 20 years).

    OK, Rand Paul also had a go at campaigning on anti-war but lacked the ability to carry it off (and the establishment Republicans dislike the Pauls).

  220. Crossie

    Why do journalists and commentators keep insisting that Julie Bishop is popular with the voters? I can’t stand her and I am a former Liberal voter because of her and Malcolm.

  221. amortiser

    I attended the Hanna trial this afternoon. The jury had already retired to consider its verdict however they returned to rehear Hanna’s evidence both from questioning from his defence and cross examination from the prosecution.

    Judge Dick read out the transcript where obviously The jury was seeking clarification of Hanna’s evidence.

    In his initial testimony Hanna insisted that the complainant was consious during the whole encounter although he conceded she was intoxicated. In this regard she had been asked to leave the bar by security so they had come to the conclusion that she had enough.

    He stated that he had no intention of having sex with her when he left the bar, during the cab trip to her home and initially when he got there. He just intended to have a drink with her.

    He then described the sexual encounter and how he took photos which turned out to be videos.

    Under cross examination he was shown CCTV video over the encounter at the bar and from the cab which showed she was asleep and him allegedly touching her inappropriately while she slept.

    It looked like the jury was wanting to see how these two versions of the encounter matched up.

  222. Makka

    Along with your other mental problems, I see you’ve added Trump Derangement Syndome , numbers. Quite a portfolio.

  223. Crossie

    Trump was also the only candidate in 2016 to campaign on an anti-war platform (we know that politician’s promises are not worth much, but the other options were not even bothering to make the effort). Trump was also the only candidate with a plan for delivering jobs (and that’s one thing he has been able to achieve, if you check the employment participation chart, it’s turning around now for the first time in 20 years).l

    All those helped but it’s the “build the wall” that got him noticed, preselected, and finally elected.

  224. Arky

    Trump was also the only candidate in 2016 to campaign on an anti-war platform

    ..
    Trump has probably saved the lives of 100s of US servicemen by simply not starting more of the wars almost all US presidents engage in.

  225. Helen

    Wot is the bet, Joe will suddenly want to spend more time with his family in Oz and retire from his job, sometime before the election. He will get something nice.

    Hey presto we ave a suitable sequinned suit for the vacant job, Mmmmmsssssss JB.

  226. Cassie of Sydney

    “A senior Labor MP has declared it would be “a good thing” if the thermal coal sector collapsed, despite it being the nation’s No 1 export ­industry, pumping more than $25 billion into the Australian economy last year.”

    If the Libs had any political nous, if they had any guts, if they had any sense, if they had any desire to take it to Labor….and of course the stupid fucking liberals are sadly lacking in all of these attributes….all they would need to do, from now until the election, is run an advertising campaign in marginal QLD seats showing the footage of that senior Labor MP declaring that the collapse of the thermal coal sector is “a good thing”.

  227. Top Ender

    Personal best! 12 cane toads in one evening!

    Dettol rules OK!

  228. Anne

    Kathy Griffin: “Nobody can destroy their own career faster than I can.”

    Jussie Smollet: “Hold my bleach.”

    H/T Donald Trump Jnr.

  229. Arky

    Bush senior had Iraq 1
    Clinton had Kosovo.
    Bush 2 had Iraq and Afganistan.
    Obama fucked Libya and Syria.
    Trump could be on track to being the most peaceful president in many, many decades.

  230. Snoopy

    Richard Marles is a dangerously stupid, swivel-eyed commo loon.

  231. Nob

    the job she likes is too far away

    Australians have forgotten what is like to live in such a booming economy.

  232. thefrollickingmole

    amortiser

    Cheers, I know which way my vote would be going based on what youve said and the bits reported.
    Still partial knowledge is a dangerous thing, let us know the verdict its a long way from a he said/she said based on whats been reported now.

  233. Tintarella di Luna

    OMG I just heard the Performing Stick Insect is leaving the nest of vipers.

  234. Nob

    Arky , Trump’s the least interventionist president since ww2.

  235. Snoopy

    Terri Butler is Richard Marles but with 300% more smug.

  236. Snoopy

    “Hold my bleach.”

    LOL X 100

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