Monday Forum: March 25, 2019

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  1. zyconoclast

    On February 27, a B.C. judge ruled that physicians could begin injecting a 14-year-old girl with testosterone without parental consent. The ruling demonstrates how changes in family law, education law, and health law, driven by transgender activism, are combining to set children and families up for tragedy.

    The case is A.B. v C.D. and E.F. anonymized initials for the child, father, and mother, respectively. I’ll call them Jamie, Clark, and Sarah. Justice Bowden declared that “attempting to persuade A.B. to abandon treatment [hormone injections / surgery] for gender dysphoria; addressing A.B. by his birth name; referring to A.B. as a girl or with female pronouns whether to him directly or to third parties; shall be considered to be family violence under s. 38 of the Family Law Act.”

    If a court finds that “family violence” has occurred, the parent responsible could lose custody or access. So, not only did Clark fail to persuade the judge that either parental consent or a fuller hearing into the implications of cross-hormone therapy for Jamie was needed, he has also been ordered to pretend his daughter is ab oy and to not counsel her against injecting testosterone or surgically destroying healthy body parts.

  2. Baldrick

    Throw me a bone here 🍖

  3. stackja

    BS hoping voters don’t get confused with NSW ALP and with Federal ALP.
    Daley will probably disappear.

  4. Infidel Tiger

    No Collusion. No Obstruction. No Justice. No Peace.

  5. Baldrick

    ABC Online team is seething with rage:
    Mueller report doesn’t exonerate Donald Trump but President claims ‘total’ victory.

    It’s not up to prosecutors to exonerate anyone. Their brief is only to look at the evidence and apply charges where applicable.

  6. Roger

    It’s not up to prosecutors to exonerate anyone.

    I think we can reasonably conclude after several recent examples that ABC reporters care little for the law when a prime target is in view.

    They are little more than Bolsheviks, really.

  7. stackja

    Zy – Nuremberg trials come to mind.
    judges, doctors were convicted for such actions.

  8. Boambee John

    From the old thread

    Boambee John
    #2969635, posted on March 25, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Yet nobody in the land of the free has the courage to take the NRA head on.

    Who knew that black and Hispanic gang members were also members of the NRA.

    Always go for the easy target, that’s the government way.

  9. stackja

    Baldrick – ABC just showing their usual ignorance.

  10. Stimpson J. Cat

    On February 27, a B.C. judge ruled that physicians could begin injecting a 14-year-old girl with testosterone without parental consent. The ruling demonstrates how changes in family law, education law, and health law, driven by transgender activism, are combining to set children and families up for tragedy.

    How many of you are aware of the following :

    Adolescents and My Health Record
    At what age do I stop having access to my child’s record?
    From 14 years, a young person can manage their own My Health Record.
    Under new My Health Record privacy laws, when a child turns 14, their authorised representatives, usually their parent/s or guardian/s, will automatically be removed from being able to access their child’s record.
    If the young person would like a parent or guardian or other trusted person to have access to their record, they can add them as a nominated representative.
    Technical changes to the My Health Record system to reflect these new laws were implemented on 4 February 2019. On this date, all existing authorised representatives for teenagers over the age of 14 were removed from their teenager’s record.

    I’m a GP, what do the new My Health Record privacy laws mean for my young patients?
    The new privacy laws mean parents of children aged 14-17 years will no longer be able to access their child’s My Health Record, unless invited by their child.
    These changes will be implemented in the My Health Record system at the time of record creation.
    Until then, as is best practice, it is advised for you to continue to discuss with your young patients what information should be uploaded to their My Health Record.

  11. notafan

    Zyco

    Fascinating footage from Montpelier

    I was there Feb 2018

    my strongest memory

    large group of y9ung Africans drinking from whiskey bottles in the park next to the station mid morning Saturday, a truly beautiful sight

    locals must love them

  12. Bruce of Newcastle

    Merkel decided those bicycle riding Turks should wear helmets for their own safety.
    Can’t make them though, that would be racist.
    So how does a self respecting nanny-stater get a Turk to wear a bicycle helmet?

    With the slogan: “Looks like shit. But saves my life,” the advert features a profile-shot of Alicija Köhler, a competitor in the gameshow Germany’s Next Topmodel, sporting a violet coloured helmet and a lacy bra.

    What happened next was entirely popcornworthy!

    German Ministry Under Fire Over ‘Sexist’ Bike Safety Ad

  13. Dr Fred Lenin

    I see a cyclone ripped through Mozambique ,Zambia and Zimbabwe . It did over $400.oo worth of damage .
    Poor socialists will need our money , give till it hurts top up the Swiss bank accounts of their beloved caring leaders .

  14. Knuckle Dragger

    Can’t cut/paste from the OOT. Oh well.

    It was about guns, if anyone was interested.

  15. thefrollickingmole

    Stimpson J. Cat

    Is Streisand one of your people?

    Shes been busy in an interview saying Michael Jackson “had sexual needs” and the kid were fine with that.

    She has to be one of yours surely?

  16. Baldrick

    ABC just showing their usual ignorance.

    It goes beyond ignorance Stack and into the realm of deliberately purveying Leftard fake news.

  17. Cassie of Sydney

    Where have you been Stimpson?

  18. notafan

    Today’s Taylor Harris story.

    The crotch that keeps on giving.

    The author got a massive tilty head pic in too

    Why is that?

  19. 1735099

    An armed society is a polite society

    Didn’t notice this when I was stateside recently.
    What I did notice was the obsequious attitude of wait staff, hotel porters and Uber drivers.
    Also, the stark arrogance of airport security and police. The latter were always conspicuously armed.
    The kowtowing of wait staff and porters was frankly sickening. I detest being called “sir”.
    Poor buggers probably bow and scrape in the hope of getting a tip.
    I did tip, but always reminded the manager, if in earshot, that he/she needed to pay his/her workers a decent wage so that tipping wasn’t necessary. I usually got blank looks.
    I observed absolutely no correlation between carrying arms and politeness. If there is a relationship, it is inverse from my observation.

  20. Baldrick

    Looks like sTan Grant has said no to SloMo’s advances to run in the federal seat of Reid.

    At least Grant is a man beholden to his Leftard principles, unlike the Stupid.Fucking.Liberals.

  21. Overburdened

    Back from the briny.
    Water temp 22ishC.
    Surf woeful.
    Seaweed plagues the creek.

  22. 1735099

    The crotch that keeps on giving.

    No – the courageous young woman who provided a well directed metaphorical kick to the knackers of mysogonists like you:)

  23. notafan

    Oops

    Not only were men sometimes accused of being witches, though it is true that females predominated, but

    But this is far too simplistic a reading. In many areas across Europe, women were actually far more likely to be accused of witchcraft by other women. Allegations often came about at a village level – in a place where tensions could flourish over years, or even decades before exploding. Witches were often believed to operate in a female sphere – they were accused of killing children and disrupting fertility, or of spoiling beer or bread making, or of drying up cows so that they couldn’t be milked. These acts all attacked female-dominated activities.

    That entire articled is based on erroneous presumptions about history

    what a surprise

    women as witches

  24. Speedbox

    zyconoclast
    #2969613, posted on March 25, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Extraordinary, and not just the footage, but also that there is virtually nothing in the mainstream media except a short report about an elderly lady (73) who received a severe head injury when she got in the way of a Riot Police charge towards protesters.

  25. twostix

    On this day the left are stretched emotionally and politically to breaking point, push through, they would!

  26. notafan

    Let’s hope numbers does not inflict his presence on the USA ever again

  27. Infidel Tiger

    Didn’t notice this when I was stateside recently.
    What I did notice was the obsequious attitude of wait staff, hotel porters and Uber drivers.
    Also, the stark arrogance of airport security and police. The latter were always conspicuously armed.
    The kowtowing of wait staff and porters was frankly sickening. I detest being called “sir”.
    Poor buggers probably bow and scrape in the hope of getting a tip.
    I did tip, but always reminded the manager, if in earshot, that he/she needed to pay his/her workers a decent wage so that tipping wasn’t necessary. I usually got blank looks.
    I observed absolutely no correlation between carrying arms and politeness. If there is a relationship, it is inverse from my observation.

    I’ll take “things that never happened” for $400, thanks Alex.

  28. dover_beach

    From the OOT:

    If you include university

    A tragedy, but not a “massacre” by any definition. Two killed, five injured.
    Whereas the country with access to powerful semi-autos has school slaughters with monotonous regularity averaging once every 65 days.
    Things look very good in the post-Howard gun laws era,…

    Hang-on, there were no school shootings in the pre-Howard gun laws era, so your argument fails utterly in that respect. As for your claim that two dead five injured doesn’t constitute a massacre, by your own criterion, that would mean that US school massacres are rare as well, occurring once every 3 years 8 months roughly since the 60s when the first school massacre occurred, not every 65 days as you ridiculously claim.

  29. Overburdened

    Reprising a thought from last evening.
    Gladys is hot.
    I get the vibe that she’s probably not a beach girl.
    Doesn’t matter.

  30. Mark M

    Withe RBA now factoring failed apocalyptical global warming into their interest rates, add the QLD floods of 2019, and we should have seen some rate movement years ago …

    Cyclone Veronica could impact Australian economy

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-25/cyclone-veronica-could-impact-australian-economy/10934756

  31. notafan

    Everyone is polite in fly over country

  32. Woolfe

    So, people who admire a female crotch and athleticism are mysogonists (SIC, used teachers spelling).

  33. notafan

    Numbers would prefer service staff were rude and obnoxious

    I reckon the very politest in the US were the invariably African American panhandlers in Chicago, far more polite than their could be anyone European counterparts

    They didn’t even mention money just wished you a good day

    It worked on me

  34. Muddy

    The crotch that keeps on giving.

    I’m showing my ignorance for all to see here, but what was the big deal about the photo?

  35. Overburdened

    Speaking of which, totally tumescence inducing gal on the beach yesterday stopped me as I was walking back from my morning constitutional activities.
    She was all smiles, a stunner in white brief swimmers, and wanted to talk.
    I suspected that she must have had a thing for the main character from Free Willie, she was so keen to engage me in conversation.
    I asked, ’Are you here on holiday?’
    She immediately started blubbering about relationships, the shipwreck of her life blah blah.
    I walked and didn’t look back.

  36. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I did tip, but always reminded the manager, if in earshot, that he/she needed to pay his/her workers a decent wage so that tipping wasn’t necessary. I usually got blank looks.

    I’m sure they were just ever so grateful for the lecture.

  37. 1735099

    Occurring once every 3 years 8 months

    What frequency is acceptable in your judgement?

  38. DrBeauGan

    I found Americans civil, friendly and self-confident, this including two black blokes offering to sell me drugs. The only exception was an academic who was a self-declared communist. He was a grouchy bugger.

  39. Overburdened

    ZK2A
    The cream of Aussie tourism.
    Go to foreign climes and tell them how shit they are.

  40. OldOzzie

    Reality hits for dead-fish crew

    NSW poll proves environmentalists need more than dead fish

    Graham Lloyd

    Any illusions that a good heart on the environment, renewable energy and climate change would be enough to secure electoral victory were shattered by the NSW result.

    The echo-chamber that thought dead fish and solar subsidies would carry Labor across the line has been exposed as talking largely to itself.

    If the Murray-Darling drought crisis had an impact it was to push rural voters further to the right and into the hands of the more politically incorrect Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.

    Clearly, state and federal elections are fought on different issues and green groups have saved their money for the main event. But the NSW result challenges the wisdom of making the federal poll too heavily a climate change election, particularly in Queensland.

    Bill Shorten and Barnaby Joyce both acknowledged the rise of smaller parties and independents.

    But as vote counting started the predictions on the ABC were for Labor to storm home in the affluent suburb of Coogee and capture the north of the state due to concerns about climate change and dying fish in the Murray-Darling.

    The wisdom was the Coalition would be punished for its environmental misdeeds. By the end of the night the opposite appeared true.

    Voting in the key areas was too close to call with the ALP likely to limp across the line in Coogee, fail in Tweed Heads and with a question mark over Lismore.

    When the Murray-Darling did feature voters broke to the right not left, more concerned about ­social costs and water allocations. It’s a problem for the Nationals but has delivered independents a government they can work with.

    The reality for conservationists is Berejiklian’s re-election has dashed hopes for a major koala reserve on the mid-north coast and a wind-back of state forest logging.

    It also has robbed climate change campaigners of the strong momentum they had going into the federal election.

    The euphoria on climate change action on display after the Wentworth by-election now looks less certain.

    Barnaby Joyce again highlighted how voter decisions, particularly in the bush, can be far removed from the daily commentary on environmental issues.

    His message is of particular concern for Queensland where there is a to-the-death struggle over the Adani coalmine. The big question is how close Australian voters are to the sentiments playing out across Europe.

    Last week in The Netherlands, a three-year-old party of immigration and climate sceptics unexpectedly swept provincial polls, transforming the outlook.

    Germany has sided with pro-coal Poland and other Eastern ­European countries to stop the EU putting a high official public target on future emissions cuts.

    The European parliament itself is bracing for a coming election ­result that could reshape the landscape on climate action.

    Australia may well be at a different point of the cycle that once delivered government to Tony Abbott.

    But there are lessons in the NSW result for environmentalists who find it difficult to consider a counter view.

  41. Stimpson J. Cat

    Where have you been Stimpson?

    Taking a break from The Internet, recharging my Chi, destroying my entire belief system and rebuilding it again without the instructions while blindfolded with both arms tied behind my back, and incredibly ridiculously battling scurvy on dry land.

    Good times!!!!

    I can leave again if you want?

    Let me know.

    😁

  42. DrBeauGan

    I can leave again if you want?

    Let me know.

    Nah. Stick around, Stimps. You’re very entertaining.

  43. Boambee John

    No – the courageous young woman who provided a well directed metaphorical kick to the knackers of mysogonists like you:)

    That’s “misogynists”.

    And so unlike those who made misandrist remarks about Warwick Kapper and other male players?

  44. Not Uh oh

    If you have a look at some of the losing scores from this week’s Women’s AFL you’ll understand why they’re trying to keep the attention on the photo rather than on the game. Brisbane Lions 2 goals 7 behinds for a total score of 19. Melbourne 1/2 (8). Geelong Cats 1/1 (7). As John McEnroe would say, “you cannot be serious”.

  45. Cassie of Sydney

    “I can leave again if you want?

    No stay…to be honest we have missed your meshuggah. Bet remember to behave!

    This place is like the Hotel California….you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!’

  46. DrBeauGan

    “I can leave again if you want?

    No stay…to be honest we have missed your meshuggah. Bet remember to behave!

    Although I shall be a little disappointed if the entire rebuild of your belief system completely obliterates the old Stimpy. I look forward to seeing some changes, but I hope you haven’t overdone it.

  47. dover_beach

    What frequency is acceptable in your judgement?

    No, no, are you admitting you were wrong regarding the ‘pre-and post-Howard era school massacres’ thesis and the ridiculous ‘school massacres occurring every 65 days in the US’ thesis? I’m not going to let you move on having made two egregious falsehoods without you admitting this exactly.

  48. Woolfe

    I see cyclone Veronica is another fizz, just some rain and windy conditions.

  49. Roger

    …there are lessons in the NSW result for environmentalists who find it difficult to consider a counter view.

    Greens went backwards in NSW again.

    Major parties, take note.

    The European parliament itself is bracing for a coming election ­result that could reshape the landscape on climate action.

    That will leave us alone, with Labor pressing for 50% ruinables by 2030 and some “experts” predicting that that if our our current rate of investment in ruinables continues we will be at over 70% by then.

    By then we’ll have the most expensive and unreliable power in the Western world and the poor will sit in the dark and eat their cold baked beans wondering “wtf happened”?

  50. jupes

    I’m showing my ignorance for all to see here, but what was the big deal about the photo?

    Channel 7 posted it, a couple of blokes made rude comments about it so they took it down. Harris complained so they put it up again. And again. And again.

    Apparently the biggest sexist incident in Australia since Abbott looked at his watch.

  51. struth

    I did tip, but always reminded the manager, if in earshot, that he/she needed to pay his/her workers a decent wage so that tipping wasn’t necessary. I usually got blank looks.

    Lucky you only got blank looks.
    I would have told you to mind your own fucking business in someone else’s country.

    Another truly embarrassing wanker Australian overseas.
    No self awareness that they may have you summed up quicker than you think, and worked out you were an arrogant dumb bastard.
    I mean, you’d only have to open our mouth.

    The Frankfurt school’s attack on the west, causes the gun violence you see today.
    Alinsky has pulled the triggers.
    Marx has pulled the triggers.
    Numbers has therefore been helping to load the guns.
    You’re politics of division, Numbers, you own it.

  52. Stimpson J. Cat

    the courageous young woman who provided a well directed metaphorical kick to the knackers of mysogonists like you:)

    I disagree.
    If she was truly courageous she would have led her sisters in stopping transgender players from entering Women’s football across all levels.
    But all she cares about is the AFL and her paycheck, not the Women’s State Leagues and other Women having their achievements and game made mockery of.

    Women won’t even fight for themselves against Men.

    It’s very sad and they have no one to blame but themselves.

  53. Stimpson J. Cat

    But remember to behave!

    Non serviam.

  54. Cassie of Sydney

    So you aspire to be Lucifer?

  55. OldOzzie

    DrBeauGan
    #2969695, posted on March 25, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    I found Americans civil, friendly and self-confident, this including two black blokes offering to sell me drugs.

    Walking back at 0100 from BB King & Blues Club Memphis. where the man himself had been performing, from a function sponsored by Air New Zealand, having worked out that going on the Fedex Memphis Complex tour at 1100pm was a bust as they advised they were breath testing attendees and at 1030 I definitely would not have passed – so stayed on with Air New Zealand hosts.

    Anyway, as I walked back to the Peabody Hotel of Malcolm Fraser Fame of “No Pants” (and the Ducks did parade across the Foyer Morning and Evening) I was accosted by two Black Gentlemen whose aim, I think, was to mug me, as they demanded money – but I was in a jovial mood (Pissed as a Parrot) and tried to give them hugs – and I had no money on me anyway – they gave up and walked away saying “Idiot Aussie” (correct there)

    Enjoyed the rest of the Conference.

  56. Marty

    Female tennis players often get into all sorts of akimbo positions but maintain their decorum by the use of lycra knickers.

  57. OldOzzie

    ASX joins global sharemarket tumble after weak economic data

    Australian stocks have given up three consecutive weeks of gains in just a matter of hours, dropping to four-week lows in Monday morning trade after a barrage of negativity in global markets late last week.

    The benchmark S&P/ASX200 shed 82 points, or 1.3 per cent, in morning trade to 6113.3, its lowest levels since 27 February, taking approximately $22.8 bilion off the value of local shares. The index is on track for its biggest fall in three months.

    The drop comes after a slump in global markets, spurred by soft economic data in the eurozone and US which prompted Britain’s FTSE, Germany’s DAX and major three US indices each to shed at least 1.5 per cent.

  58. Muddy

    Thanks Jupes.
    Despite my normal media abstinence, I have seen the photo, but I remain perplexed about what the big deal is. I gather that the offending comments were complimentary enough? They can’t have been too much worse than what I said to my dentist this morning during an extraction.
    Either thicken your skin or up your dose of soma, people.

    Oh, would this be an appropriate time to highlight the killing of EIGHT children a few years ago by a WOMAN in Cairns, and how, after the vigiltainment had faded, we have heard nothing about her since?

  59. Stimpson J. Cat

    So you aspire to be Lucifer?

    How is quoting a phrase in Latin indicative of desire to become a Devil?
    Fairly certain no one was around to hear it, and if they were, it wouldn’t be in Latin.

    Don’t.
    Be.
    So.
    F$cking.
    Stupid.

    I will not serve your will.

    You are not in charge here.
    It’s not rocket science.
    It’s why I included your quote telling me to behave.

  60. Dr Fred Lenin

    It seems in socialist minde a finding of Not Guilty doesnt matter ,in the socialist eyes anyone they fear is obviously guilty of anything they chose to name. To think there are fools who actually vote these maggots in to power ,it defies description the mind set if the left is just the same as any religous nut ,evidence or sanity is of no consequence . Its time Trump snotted a few of these bastards to put the rest in a permanent fear of jail for ther crimes guve the bastards something to worry about ,stop their bullshit
    Just heard some lefty aussie prick make muellers findings sound wrong ,mueller soent $40 million of taxpayers money to establish nothing , though I think he tried hard ,but just found a few shifty lawyers. ,not a difficult thing to do. Now this aussie tosser says hes wrong , heres a message to the aussie wanker “Mueller was trying to convict Trump stupid and could nt find anything at all ,not a thing .

  61. Welcome back Sir Stimpson, Earl of Catallaxy, Lord Knight Commander of Catallaxy Police Services.

  62. Mark M

    How goes the war?

    A Regime Conceals Its Erasure of Indigenous Armenian Culture-

    A groundbreaking forensic report tracks Azerbaijan’s recent destruction of 89 medieval churches, 5,840 intricate cross-stones, and 22,000 tombstones.

    Since the 1994 ceasefire among newly-independent Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Nagorno-Karabakh, mutual accusations of vandalism and revisionism have been rampant.

    Azerbaijan’s president protests that “all of our mosques in occupied Azerbaijani lands have been destroyed.”

    https://hyperallergic.com/482353/a-regime-conceals-its-erasure-of-indigenous-armenian-culture/

  63. bespoke

    bespoke
    #2969502, posted on March 25, 2019 at 10:38 am
    I wounder what the ex students of 1735099’s would think of his support of people that would have them dissembled at birth.

    ===

    1735099
    #2969519, posted on March 25, 2019 at 10:55 am
    I wonder what the students of 1735099 would think of his support

    Show me where I have supported abortion.
    Given that this is allegedly a “libertarian” blog, I would love to know where the actual supporters of personal liberty stand on the issue.

    Selective quoting
    Detraction squirrel.

    Petty trick trolling is your legacy 1735099.

  64. jupes

    I gather that the offending comments were complimentary enough?

    Something about a ham sandwich I believe.

  65. OldOzzie

    How to fix the retirement mess

    ALAN KOHLER

    I have a modest proposal for solving the mess that is Australia’s retirement system, as exposed by the royal commission into misconduct in banking, financial services and superannuation.

    It is, if I do say so myself, both brilliantly simple and blindingly obvious: the government should sell increases in the old age pension.

    It would be a form of government-guaranteed annuity, without the risk or fees of private operators, and it would be a way to turn the current superannuation lottery into more of a defined benefit scheme, although not entirely of course.

    It would solve longevity risk, since the old-age pension is for life, and also solve the problem of the financial advice industry, which remains deeply conflicted after Kenneth Hayne decide not to recommend the structural separation of advice and wealth products. Let me explain my reasoning.

    It’s not so much Hayne’s decision, although as discussed here before, it was a shocker, but the failure to deal effectively with the problems of financial advice in general. Nevertheless regulators and policymakers will need to focus on this soon.

    Hayne’s most controversial recommendation, later rejected by the government, was that mortgage brokers should be paid by borrowers not banks. With financial advice, that happened a while ago when Labor’s Future of Financial Advice legislation banned trailing commissions.

    That did not mean the end of financial planning as an industry, as it would do for mortgage broking, because advisers get to hang onto their clients’ money and can painlessly deduct large percentage fees. Trailing commissions simply became “fee for service” and life went on.

    But it’s becoming clear to all now that financial advice is too expensive, and as compliance grows ever more onerous, especially after the royal commission, it will only get more so.

    Also the rapid increase in educational requirements are going to result in a big exodus of people from the industry. Fewer advisers and more education and compliance mean only one thing: skyrocketing price — of something that’s already far too expensive.

    An initial Statement of Advice can cost $5000 to $6000 and ongoing fees can deduct 1 per cent and more from the account. It’s not so much the fact this is $833 per month on a $1 million retirement balance, which is a lot of money, but the fact that it compounds because it’s a percentage rather than a fixed dollar sum, and can up costing far more than the number years times the amount.

    The policy imperative is to look after retirees better. Most of them still get a lump sum from their super fund and hand it over to a financial adviser, saying: “Here, can you look after this for us please, and pay us something every now and again until we die, if there’s any left by then.”

    Apart from a small minority of true SMSF operators who invest their own retirement capital, the management of self-funded retirement in Australia is in the hands of financial advisers who are on the whole, with honourable exceptions, insufficiently qualified and too expensive, and they provide an unfairly wide variety of experiences for retirees, from great to horrible.

    What’s more they are about to become harder to find and more expensive as many of them retire or quit.

    So if advisers are not going to be stopped from being employed by wealth managers because Hayne didn’t recommend that, what, if anything, is going to be done to ensure Australians who have saved 9.5 per cent of their salary for 40 years get a secure and comfortable retirement without being ripped off?

    My suggestion: the government should sell increases in the old age pension.

    At the moment the pension — which you get for nothing — is $24,081 per year for a single and $36,301 for a couple. There could be a menu of increases in that amount — payable for life of course — for a range of prices.

    It would reduce the need for means testing because instead of reducing the pension, extra assets could be used to increase it by handing them over to the government.

    The prices of the various pension increases would have to be worked out actuarially, and in a sense it would represent a bet against longevity. If someone lives a long time, they win; if they die quickly, other taxpayers win.

    That makes it sound a little frivolous, but I think it might be the best way for the government to run a serious government annuity operation: instead of sending retirees off, perhaps with tax incentives, to buy annuities from private operators who charge whopping fees, simply build it into the aged pension system.

    And the best thing would be that there would be no risk at all — the amount would be government-guaranteed for life.

    The money would have to be invested by the government, but that could be done by the Future Fund, which is mandated to fund fixed commonwealth pensions. In a way, increases in the old age pension bought with retirement savings would just be an extension of what it does already.

    Those who want to leave some money for their descendants could use only part of their retirement lump sum to buy extra pension, and invest some separately. But I reckon the time to give that money to the children is when you retire, which is when they need it, if not before.

    I have previously suggested that there should a single government-run default super fund, so that savers don’t get ripped off by poorly-performing industry funds and high fee retail funds, but that’s never going to happen.

    Selling increases in the pension would leave the super industry intact, and leave it up to retirees to decide whether either to a buy bigger government pension with zero risk and no fees, give the money to a financial adviser to invest for income and plenty of risk (and fees) or buy a private annuity, also with risk and fees.

  66. stackja

    jupes
    #2969651, posted on March 25, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Were the vile comments by feminists?

  67. Oh come on

    Avi Yemini is suing Jim Jeffries. Nice one – punch back twice as hard!

  68. I see cyclone Veronica is another fizz, just some rain and windy conditions.

    This smearing of BOM around cyclone warnings is completely ridiculous.
    Back in March 1950, I went through a cyclone at Carmila with my mum and dad and younger brother.
    I was three at the time, and the experience is one of my earliest memories.
    Our house (the school residence) was badly damaged and we had to live in the school for a month afterwards until it was repaired. Our neighbours made a run for it when their house began to disintegrate, but their eighteen year old daughter, Evelyn was killed when a tree fell on her.
    The cyclone caught our small community by surprise, which was a major factor behind the death and a number of injuries that resulted.
    Now we have a sophisticated tracking system that allows for warnings.

    The commentariat here puts shit on it, despite the fact that it saves lives.
    I guess that’s entirely consistent when you consider the prevailing attitude to gun regulation exposed here.
    Catallaxy is its own very special little death cult.

  69. Gab

    The devil hates Latin. Just saying …

  70. Oh come on

    I did tip, but always reminded the manager, if in earshot, that he/she needed to pay his/her workers a decent wage so that tipping wasn’t necessary.

    By crikey you are an insufferable xunt, Numbers.

  71. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Elle at 11:25 am in the previous Forum:

    “I wonder if he was a bully at home.
    A foul mouthed rant in the video at the end.
    link“

    Idle curiosity had me listen to that Elle – I have been passingly aware of Hadley over the years as a palooka with a big gob and not much else and I have now found that he has a history of abusing work colleagues. It does annoy me that he gets away with the bully schtik when most blokes who have been around for a bit could confirm that all he needs is a good smack in the mouth and a decent kick in the guts while he’s on his hands and knees spitting out teeth. A couple of months with a busted eye socket would shorten him up.

    Over the years I found the propensity to swear manfully and often was a dead giveaway – the genuinely tough fellas weren’t given to it. You come across some strong public figures over time and notice that – John Sattler, Charkey Ramon, Joe Bugner, Kostya Tzu, George Piggins and Jack Gibson didn’t feel the need. Jack made an interesting career choice early in life, as a driver for Abe Saffron (as I recall) and he succeeded financially in circles which valued physical ability. He was mostly hospitable and charming but he could switch to seriously menacing when needed. None of them talked about themselves near as much as Hadley!

    I read that the radio station chief had sidelined Hadley a few years back for his behaviour, only to be overidden by owner John Singleton, another galah with too much to say. I’m reminded how a couple of older mates used amuse us with stories of giving him a regular touch up at Fort Street for being a prize prick.

  72. twostix

    There’s a few things to know about Australian pop-leftists:

    – They don’t matter – they only have power insofar as we give them power.
    – They’re devoutly religious weirdos who won’t shut the fuck up in public about their religion – it’s literally all they have to talk about and they’re very rude by doing so.
    – They abuse the everyman’s decency and manners by talking about politics not wondering why 3/4 of the people around them don’t join in. In their ill minds, it’s because everyone agrees with them, not that the people around them are internally cringing to death.
    – As soon as someone mocks them they run for the hills – like public wankers, they know they’re doing something seedy and wrong but they get a power thrill in doing it.

  73. Stimpson J. Cat

    How to fix the retirement mess

    Mandatory Boomer Euthanasia.

    Problem Solved!!!

    Just think of all the cash and caravans we will have(Apologies Custard.)

    😂

  74. Muddy:

    I’m showing my ignorance for all to see here, but what was the big deal about the photo?

    No ignorance, Muddy.
    Since my brother – in – law took up the camera a couple of decades ago, I’ve been noticing the technical aspects of photography. That shot is very good and would be worthy of a reasonably major prize in a sports photo competition. The detail of musculature and concentration captured by the photographer is excellent.
    The other aspect had to be pointed out to me.

  75. DrBeauGan

    Gab
    #2969753, posted on March 25, 2019 at 1:58 pm
    The devil hates Latin. Just saying …

    I’m not too keen on it, either.

  76. Muddy

    Winston,

    I’m very pleased I took the decision some years ago not to do the whole ‘social media’ thing. The only time I see TV news is if it’s on at a friend’s or client’s house, and then I take little notice. Ditto for the newspapers. If I get dragged to a cafe by co-workers or others, I’ll flick through a paper if one is available, mostly to avoid having to participate in the inane conversation that normally takes place on such occasions. Selective ignorance is a blessing, I find.

    And yes, I initially thought it was a decent action photo, but little else.

  77. Bruce of Newcastle

    Gronk retires. 🙁

  78. Boambee John

    Strangely, considering what his career was, the numerical troll seems to be unaware of at least one of Aesop’s fables.

    The one about the boy who cried “wolf”. The BoM has been crying “wolf” incessantly for the last couple of decades.

  79. OCO:

    Avi Yemini is suing Jim Jeffries. Nice one – punch back twice as hard!

    I wish Avi would cut down his ego stuff a bit.
    I don’t care about his cat or his coffee.
    He’s verbose and it pisses me off to the extent I turn him off…

  80. Eddystone

    Mandatory Boomer Euthanasia.

    Problem Solved!!!

    Oi!!!!

    Good luck trying, at least until I run out of ammo!

  81. hzhousewife

    Gronk retires. 🙁

    Noooooooooo !
    Ah well, it was on the cards.

  82. bespoke

    Avi should find a Model A to smash up it’ll get him more fans and stop people being stuck behind it.

  83. Muddy:

    I’m very pleased I took the decision some years ago not to do the whole ‘social media’ thing.

    I decided to reopen my FB page halfway through the year because I wanted to put out some of the news stories that never get a run in the mass media. So far I have one regular – my sister. But there is also quite a few friends and rels that check in commentless.
    In fact the whole thing was about seeing how quickly I was shut down by FB Stasi. That hasn’t happened so far.
    As far as twitter etc, no way Jose.

  84. Arky

    Mandatory Boomer Euthanasia.

    ..
    Boomer roller derby death ball.
    Let them go out with some excitement.

  85. I wish Avi would cut down his ego stuff a bit.
    I don’t care about his cat or his coffee.
    He’s verbose and it pisses me off to the extent I turn him off…

    He’s OTT to the max.
    But he’s doing good work.
    The Jeffries takedown aside, his best work was the exposure of the pop-up Jihad Bookstore operating on the site of the Bourke Street car bomb & stabbing attack.
    This was one week after the car bomb & stabbing.

  86. For comparison, it is now a week & a half since the Christchurch “irritation event”.
    If a pop-up bookstore opened today outside the Al-Noor Mosque, distributing white supremacy literature, and staffed by dudes in full KKK outfits, would it fly under the radar, except for perhaps a video made by a verbose Youtube vlogger?

  87. struth

    Numbers, some of us live and work in areas that deal with cyclones all the time.
    The Bom are pathetic.
    What the fuck has your kiddie experience of a cyclone got to do with it, you frothing mouth breather.?
    What has the BoM in the year 2019 got to do with this?
    Embarrassingly low level trolling.

    Get back in our hole, catallaxy is showing you what the majority think.
    We are the majority.
    As the weekend’s election should have reminded you.

    You’re an insulated little ex public servant who has existed all his life in an insulated left wing bubble.
    You know nothing of this country, or the world, as your naïve assessment of the States proves.
    Just another fuckwit communist from a failing socialist State with the ignorance and arrogance to land in a superpower and tell them about their employment practices!!

  88. thefrollickingmole

    Back in March 1950, I went through a cyclone at Carmila with my mum and dad and younger brother.
    I was three at the time, and the experience is one of my earliest memories.

    “I experienced “x” therefore my experience was universal”..

    Been through 5, from small to rather large (Headland) last one a couple of years back that caused about $3,000,000 in damage to the site & lost production.

    The BOM helps no-one by predicting cycloneadeddon with every storm.

  89. Leo G

    Now we have a sophisticated tracking system that allows for warnings.

    More correctly, what we have is a BOM MetEye marketing front end for the US military meteorological sun-synchronous polar-orbiting satellite system.

  90. notafan

    I don’t think we are the majority

    Victoria’s election was a disaster.

    Most people only have a hip pocket nerve

    Focusing on that is what will win or lose a federal election

    power bills and all the roll on from that, prices are going up wages are stagnant

    Keeping people’s money in their own pocket, for a change

  91. thefrollickingmole

    Since my brother – in – law took up the camera a couple of decades ago, I’ve been noticing the technical aspects of photography.

    Bit the same with my ex. Until you look into it you dont realize how much of an “art” a great shot is.
    She was extremely good after we brought a decent digital camera and a few good lenses.

    You can get lucky and get a good shot or 2, but getting consistent good shots takes a lot of practice, made much easier nowadays by digital cameras making it nearly cost free as opposed to the old days of film.

  92. struth

    Yep Rockhampton was a coupla trees down…….
    No one listens to BoM anymore regarding cyclones, and that is a problem.
    One day there really will be a category five.
    And the climate Change reporter from down south won’t have to stand in the rain pretending the wind is blowing…………………………….

  93. Spider

    Along with the number of interruptions can we have bets on tonight’s Q&A which include the following:
    (A) how many times the phrase “dog whistle”, “Tampa” or “Islamaphobia” is used; and
    (B) how many time the expression “Of course, I believe in Free Speech BUT it has its limits etc.” is used.

  94. struth

    I think we are the majority Notafan.
    Our rigged voting system doesn’t help.
    That’s why labor are so fanatical about keeping it..

    And remember, who did right wing people have to vote for in Victoria?
    The socialist Liberal party?
    When they split the vote with preferences, it’s a mess as well.

  95. notafan

    I’m sorry struth, letting facts get in the way of your feelz again

    Most people don’t give a figfor t politics, unless they have a very personal stake an issue.

    Rigged voting system?

  96. Fat Tony

    1735099 from last OT
    #2969561, posted on March 25, 2019 at 11:25 am
    The major issue in the US is the prevalence of firearms in the community.

    The major issue in the US and other countries is the existence of fuckwits like you.
    What is it – are you mentally ill or just plain evil or both?

  97. Parents of a teenage son who has Asperger’s and autism were threatened by authorities to have their child placed in foster care after they refused to help facilitate a so-called “sex change” of the boy.

    What the hell is going on in Great Britain?
    We’ve given the ‘Love is Love’ Brigade an inch and they’ve taken the bloody kids!
    (Yes – I knew that’s what they were after, but FFS – this is bizzaroland!)

  98. Compulsory preferential allows the candidate who is everybody’s (forced) second or third choice to win a seat in parliament. First past the post might (marginally) improve the quality of our MPs.

    In NSW, can someone tell me what percentage of votes have preferences indicated?

  99. Woolfe

    Did you get any medals of compo for surviving a cyclone numbers? As FM said having every cyclone a cyclonaggedon helps no one.

    I too am a #Cyclonesurvivor

  100. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Read it and weep.

    that’s nothing, wait till there’s 3 million of them

  101. Snoopy

    Where have you been Stimpson?

    ….. and incredibly ridiculously battling scurvy on dry land.

    Good times!!!!

    I knew nothing good would come from those chin ups.

  102. Fat Tony

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2969698, posted on March 25, 2019 at 12:55 pm
    Where have you been Stimpson?

    Hi Stimpy – good to have you back. 🙂

  103. Muddy

    Asperger’s and autism

    Last time I heard, Aspergers was on the higher functioning end of the autistic spectrum. So Aspergers is a form of autism. They are not two separate conditions. Happy to be corrected on this.

    As to the rest of the article – akin to the one Zyco posted earlier – why don’t we don’t just go back to the days of sterilising young women with Down Syndrome? Why stop there? #Steriliseallconservatives.

  104. Stimpson J. Cat

    #Cyclonesurvivor

    Cyclones are nothing.
    The ongoing pain and PTSD of male pattern baldness never ends.
    There is literally no comparison.

    #HashtagHeroesUnite

  105. #Steriliseallconservatives

    No need. They are mostly dickless and vagless.

  106. Muddy

    an extra don’t in there, just to emphasise my point.

  107. Fat Tony

    incoherent rambler
    #2969731, posted on March 25, 2019 at 1:40 pm
    Welcome back Sir Stimpson, Earl of Catallaxy, Lord Knight Commander of Catallaxy Police Services.

    Gawd….what a fucking brown-noser

  108. feelthebern

    I did tip, but always reminded the manager, if in earshot, that he/she needed to pay his/her workers a decent wage so that tipping wasn’t necessary. I usually got blank looks.

    How did you know if the manager was in ear shot?
    Did they have a placard of some description saying “Manager”.
    Were the managers hovering around the wait staff?
    Were the managers escorting the bell boys to your room?
    Where were these army of managers you allegedly big-noted yourself to?

  109. Arky

    What is it – are you mentally ill or just plain evil or both?

    ..
    He is neither.
    If he met a circa 2001 Arky we would probably be in 90% agreement.
    It is a combination of a lot of things: A resentment of the very wealthy, rooting for the underdog, a genuine dislike of bigotry (based on a christian ethic, whether the person is christian or not), an antipodean anti- American bias which comes from our British heritage (The English always looked down on the Americans as brash and uncouth, we just mimic this attitude).
    All pretty harmless if the US- led democratic world is strong and stable, but as toxic as hell when the whole media class, half the political class and every single damn academic has the same view.
    I was lucky. I never liked the idea of abortion, and I had Ian Plimer as a teacher for one semester.
    So on two issues I had good reason to question the progressive hegemony.
    Once you start questioning it, it all falls apart.

  110. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    As a community, we are shattered by the recent act of terror in Christchurch.

    For years, we have warned against the use of racist and discriminatory language in media and politics. We warned that this creates a culture of fear and hysteria that would inevitably result in exactly this type of attack.

    We also acknowledge our brothers and sisters in the Indigenous community who have resisted white supremacist violence on this continent for over two centuries.

    We owe it to the victims of this massacre to bear witness to the truth of why they died. Their deaths cannot be used to whitewash the reality of how this occurred.

    While our political leaders have expressed sympathy over the deaths of our brothers and sisters, there has been little responsibility taken for their own role in creating a political climate that has demonised the Muslim community for decades.

    Sadly, we remember the numerous times the Coalition have used the Muslim community as targets in vicious debates around immigration, multiculturalism and national security.

    We remember when Liberal Party Senators lined up to kiss, hug and shake hands with Pauline Hanson – a woman who has referred to Islam as a ‘disease’ – following her openly Islamophobic return speech to Parliament.

    We remember when Liberal Party Senators openly congratulated Fraser Anning after his explicit reference to a ‘final solution’ when discussing Muslim immigration.

    We remember when Peter Dutton suggested that sections of our community should never have been allowed into this country in the first place.

    We remember when elected Liberal Party representatives campaigned to remove Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act under the guise of protecting ‘free speech.’

    We remember when Liberal Party Senators joined One Nation to vote in favour of the white nationalist slogan ‘It’s OK to be white.’

    This climate of hostility breeds discrimination, harassment and ultimately violence.

    A truly safe society is one where no community should fear that they will be made scapegoats or demonised for the sake of cheap political point-scoring.

    If our leaders are truly committed to building a society where our community can live in safety, they must make real assurances that they will not resort to this language of racism and division.

    So, why would they want to stay in such a white supremacist shythole for, anyway?

  111. stackja

    struth
    #2969799, posted on March 25, 2019 at 2:50 pm
    Yep Rockhampton was a coupla trees down…….
    No one listens to BoM anymore regarding cyclones, and that is a problem.
    One day there really will be a category five.
    And the climate Change reporter from down south won’t have to stand in the rain pretending the wind is blowing…………………………….

    Cyclone Selma came and went. Then came Tracy! Only Cat 4!

    torrential rain fell and the winds were officially recorded at 217 kilometres per hour prior to the Bureau of Meteorology anemometer being destroyed.

  112. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    the Christchurch “irritation event”.

    Savage, but in the case of Waleed, deserved.

  113. Stimpson J. Cat

    Last time I heard, Aspergers was on the higher functioning end of the autistic spectrum. So Aspergers is a form of autism. They are not two separate conditions. Happy to be corrected on this.

    And I’m happy to correct you Muddy, no problem.
    Let an expert explain.
    The good autistics are known by us in the game as Autobots, and the bad autistics are known as Decepticons.
    Hope that clears things up.

  114. feelthebern

    FFS, we know numbers is such a bull-shit artist.
    But single handedly trying to upend the tipping system in the US takes the cake.

  115. Woolfe

    My wife does the accounts for a couple of Non Profit organisation. One employee is salary sacrificing his speeding fines.

  116. feelthebern

    I can’t stop.
    Numbers, do you think the manager sets the pay scale the waiter gets paid?
    You have been a tax eater for so long you clearly have zero idea of how a business works.

  117. Stimpson J. Cat

    Gawd….what a fucking brown-noser

    Stop this unseemly squabbling.
    I love you all equally, even the Women, my sane children.

  118. feelthebern

    Numbers would have handed his tips over in such a pious manner too.
    Thinking the poor bugger liked the crumpled dollar bill.

  119. Muddy

    Thank goodness there’s a couple of comedians on that list of signatories, Zulu. If they hadn’t been there, I’d say the list would have lacked credibility.

  120. Woolfe

    Ch Nein just showed a reporter in Karratha pointing to the trees in the background that would be moving more in a Fremantle Doctor. Cyclonaggedon

  121. Pedro the Ignorant

    I spent two days in a sea container near Point Samson (Pilbara WA) during Cyclone John in 1999.

    We had camp beds, playing cards, battery powered lights and radio, many, many cartons of beer and a giant esky full of ice, a box of cold meat pies and some tinned Tom Piper meals.

    The trauma is still with me today.

    I break out into a cold sweat every time I see one of those disgusting Tom Piper cans.

    The horror.

  122. feelthebern

    I did tip, but always reminded the manager, if in earshot, that he/she needed to pay his/her workers a decent wage so that tipping wasn’t necessary. I usually got blank looks.

    I’ve lost it.
    This is the stupidest, most blatant piece of bull-shittery I have heard in weeks.
    Numbers has outdone himself.

  123. cohenite

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    #2969808, posted on March 25, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2019/03/300-muslims-demand-the-australian-government-takes-responsibility-for-islamophobia.html

    Read it and weep.

    A number of things; firstly there are about 500000 of the bastards in Australia and they only get 312 signatures for what is one of the main platforms of Islamic aggression: victimhood and censorship.

    Secondly, we now have a list of the main muslim agitators.

    Thirdly, don’t they have stupid names.

  124. Derp

    I mean, you’d only have to open our mouth.

    … if in earshot.

  125. notafan

    Woolfe

    I suggest that is an excellent idea, I hope he incurs lots of them in the belief that ‘someone else’ is really paying them.

    Speeding fines are not tax deductible are they?

  126. Mother Lode

    I did tip, but always reminded the manager, if in earshot, that he/she needed to pay his/her workers a decent wage so that tipping wasn’t necessary. I usually got blank looks.

    I thought the idea of the tip was not to help the poor underpaid staff eke out a meagre existence for perhaps another day, but as an incentive and reward for providing interested service.

    Hence service in the US leaves ours in the shade (excepting where we occasionally have someone employed with a genuinely pleasant temperament – if employers can afford them after paying wages of existing miserable clock-watchers.

    Can’t have an element of merit now, can we.

    Theatre peeps used to get paid by performing and having the audience toss money to them (according to how much they enjoyed the show) at the end. Origin of the Australian thespians wishing each other ‘chookas’ instead of ‘breaking a leg’ (in curtsy).

  127. Muddy

    From the F#ckYouAustralia List of 300:
    Palwesha Yusaf, Social Impact Consultant

    Social impact consultant? My taxes are paying for that, right?

  128. Pete of Perth

    Listening to 1930’s chinese songs on youtube and discovered Li Xian Lan 1920-2014. Born Manchuria. Died Tokyo. One tough lady. Feminazis take note of your pathetic woe is me shtick. Almost executed by the chinese in 1945. Link

  129. Fat Tony

    incoherent rambler
    #2969814, posted on March 25, 2019 at 3:08 pm
    I am a very wet day survivor.

    I survived a thick fog in Toowoomba in the mid 1970s – it’s haunted me ever since.
    (Where do I get compo??)

  130. Derp

    I mean, you’d only have to open our mouth.

    Ahh but only if in earshot.

  131. Muddy

    MariamVeiszadeh, President of Islamophobia Register

  132. zyconoclast

    Looks like sTan Grant has said no to SloMo’s advances to run in the federal seat of Reid.

    At least Grant is a man beholden to his Leftard principles, unlike the Stupid.Fucking.Liberals.

    A bit like the SFL employing Dr Karl

    Dr Karl Kruszelnicki: My role in government video does not mean I’m a Liberal Party stooge

    and

    Intergenerational report: Dr Karl regrets campaign role and lack of climate focus

  133. notafan

    Nice list

    the names Raad and Chowdhury I generally associate with islamic terrorism, rather than ‘islamophobia’

  134. Woolfe

    notafan,
    No traffic fines are not tax deductable, and the bloke has $1800 worth that he is paying off at $100 per fortnight.

    Not quite sure if the ato would approve, but who cares?

  135. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    MariamVeiszadeh, President of Islamophobia Register

    Snap, Muddy. Didn’t she start the #i’llridewithyou campaign, after the Lindt Cafe siege?

  136. Fat Tony

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2969835, posted on March 25, 2019 at 3:22 pm
    Gawd….what a fucking brown-noser

    Stop this unseemly squabbling.
    I love you all equally, even the Women, my sane children.

    Sorry Stimpy 🙁

  137. Stimpson J. Cat

    I knew nothing good would come from those chin ups.

    I am literally more ripped than JCs white jeans after his Labradoodle gets hold of them.
    It’s truly inspiring.

  138. feelthebern

    I did tip, but always reminded the manager, if in earshot, that he/she needed to pay his/her workers a decent wage so that tipping wasn’t necessary. I usually got blank looks.

    Numbers would hand over his tips for all to see, like a priest at communion saying “Body of Christ”.

  139. Muddy

    Browsing through the F#ckYouAustralia List, while quite a number do not state their occupation, there are many whose occupations would appear to be providing them and their families with a decent pay packet. How awful to be saddled with a job as an academic, medical or legal professional! We are truly a raaaaaacist country.

  140. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Bill Shorten and Barnaby Joyce both acknowledged the rise of smaller parties and independents.

    The future for the Aust Cons for a while: a thorn in the side?
    Still doing good regardless as a ginger group (have to add some more ginger though).
    Booth we worked hard got 2%, other booths less. Unlikely to do much better in Federals coming up, although a better How-to-Vote plus some more workers at the, dare I say it, coalface would be good.

    Discussing this with Hairy this morning. Still reckon it’s worthwhile to support them in May if they lift their profile some more even though the likelihood of getting a Senator on those sorts of numbers is just dreaming.

  141. Bela Bartok

    Muddy,
    Aspergers and autism…
    Aspergers is considered ‘high functioning autism’ where the sufferer exhibits less of the physical traits of autism, and a more subtle/nuanced social approach.
    This was, of course, deemed elitist by the medical mandarins, so DSM V killed off Aspergers and made it part of the autism spectrum. A clear example of social progress to end discrimination by leveling all people to the lowest point.
    Of course, men outnumber women in autism/Aspergers, so there’s another disparity for the sisterhood to want to change.

  142. zyconoclast

    That entire articled is based on erroneous presumptions about history

    what a surprise

    women as witches

    What is this strange fruit that the witch (from the story) picking?

  143. Stimpson J. Cat

    Sorry Stimpy 🙁

    Be excellent to each other – Mahatma Gandhi.

  144. Johno

    Just when you think sniffy has reached the bottom, he opens up another pit.

  145. Muddy

    Her name does ring a bell, Zulu.
    But I doubt that an IslamoFAUXbia Register would be looking to justify its own existence.
    Right?

  146. Fat Tony

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2969870, posted on March 25, 2019 at 3:38 pm
    Sorry Stimpy 🙁

    Be excellent to each other – Mahatma Gandhi.

    Errr…..wasn’t that Bill & Ted?

  147. Muddy

    Bela,

    Thanks for the feedback. In a past life I cared for a young fella with Angelman’s Syndrome (I may have misspelled that), and recall that it was practically at the other end of the ‘spectrum’ to Aspergers.

  148. struth

    I’m sorry struth, letting facts get in the way of your feelz again

    Most people don’t give a figfor t politics, unless they have a very personal stake an issue.

    Rigged voting system?

    The dumb gets a bit much sometimes.
    May we talk about your “feelz” for horseface donning a tea towel again.

    Yes our rigged voting system.

    Look it up.
    You obviously haven’t been taking any notice of what MV has been trying to teach you.

  149. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    How awful to be saddled with a job as an academic, medical or legal professional! We are truly a raaaaaacist country.

    Community development officer/community social worker/community development worker…It’s all good, brothers and sisters, kufar are mugs enough to pay for all this.

  150. Muddy

    Fat Tony
    #2969874, posted on March 25, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2969870, posted on March 25, 2019 at 3:38 pm
    Sorry Stimpy 🙁

    Be excellent to each other – Mahatma Gandhi.

    Errr…..wasn’t that Bill & Ted?

    You’re both wrong: It was Wayne and Garth.

  151. Stimpson J. Cat

    Errr…..wasn’t that Bill & Ted?

    Stimpys Fun Facts
    A lot of people think this, but he actually shared it with them over a curry on one of their many journeys back in time.
    It’s where they got it from.

  152. Delta A

    Last time I heard, Aspergers was on the higher functioning end of the autistic spectrum.

    That’s the simple definition.

    There are some significant differences between autism and Aspergers:

    -people with autism have marked expressive and receptive language impairments. This is not necessarily the case with Aspergers.

    – people with Aspergers have the ability to visualise and imagine, thus acquiring some degree of empathy, something people with autism lack.

    – the ability to imagine helps Aspergers people assess a situation and predict (not always accurately) the outcome of events. This has implications for self-management of behaviour.

    – people with autism develop only the most basic, pie-in-the-face appreciation of humour whereas people with Aspergers can have a sharp (if sometimes quirky) sense of humour.

    There are several more key differences; the above is only a quick overview.

  153. Woolfe

    Encontre, think it is brilliant as he is basically making speeding fines tax deductable. Plus he is a First Nation dweller thus untouchable!

  154. Muddy

    Oh, and regarding the 312 who signed the F#ckYouAustralia List … I’m probably not too far from that total with the number of complaints about me from co-workers over the past handful of years. And I haven’t even started trying yet.
    312 – Pfffft!

  155. Citizen zk2a helps out the AFP with a pretty good watchlist.

  156. Muddy

    Thanks, Delta. That is interesting.
    (Did you read that, Stimpy? Sharpen up, man!).

  157. Dr Fred Lenin

    You now how the cops have a sex offenders register , if the PC fascists have there way there will be more registers like ,
    Homophobiac register.
    Islamophobiac register
    Mysogniac register.
    Racismiac register .
    Extreme right wingiac register.
    Sound Silly? iI bet the bastards are thinking about it .

  158. calli

    You’re both wrong: It was Wayne and Garth.

    Harry and Lloyd?

  159. notafan

    May we talk about your “feelz” for horseface donning a tea towel again.

    Oh why don’t we?

    And we can talk about Sisi attending a Christmas Mass at the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo after an islamic attack there (some months later, but far braver, all the same) and any other world leader attending any mosque/church/temple/synagogue after a terror attack

    It had nothing to do with feelz but how world leaders are supposed to respond after a national tragedy, doesn’t matter if it a man made or natural disaster or who the victims are

    You didn’t go to town about Gerard Henderson saying Arden handled the entire thing very well which was far far further than anyone here went as far in relation to Arden’s OOT response.

    only a problem if women milady suggest being appropriately dressed when visiting a house of worship, innit?

    Every time you rant about women people are reminded it is not about the issue, but the side.

    Not to mention digging up ancient history rather than addressing the issue was supposed to be a female tactic

    hysterical

  160. Baldrick

    TheirABC must really be suffering today …

    4corners ✔ @4corners
    The #Mueller report finds @realDonaldTrump’s campaign didn’t collude with Russia but it doesn’t exonerate Trump either. Watch our 3-part investigation #TrumpRussia on YouTube now and make up your own mind #4Corners

  161. Stimpson J. Cat

    (Did you read that, Stimpy? Sharpen up, man!).

    people with autism develop only the most basic, pie-in-the-face appreciation of humour whereas people with Aspergers can have a sharp (if sometimes quirky) sense of humour.

    The vast majority of people on this site are merely autistic, it is very clear to me.
    😁

  162. notafan

    You obviously haven’t been taking any notice of what MV has been trying to teach you.

    Also

    lol

  163. Muddy

    Stimpy, would you do me a favour please, and list the things you are NOT awesome at, in two words or less?

  164. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stimpy, would you do me a favour please, and list the things you are NOT awesome at, in two words or less?

    Head Hair.

  165. Muddy

    Surely there was meant to be a comma between those two words, Stimpy?

  166. Delta A

    Muddy, I omitted what I think is the saddest aspect of autism/Asperger’s Syndrome:

    People with Aspergers usually want to interact socially to some degree and often form strong friendships. Their social skills might be poorly developed, and frequently poorly expressed, but they are capable of learning and enjoying appropriate social contact.This does not come naturally to people with autism.

    Leo Kanner wrote, when he identified the syndrome in the early 1940s, that people with autism come into the world with an inability to form the innate, biologically ordered contact with others.

  167. Arky

    I hear Stimpson is great at head.

  168. Muddy

    Arky – this is not that kind of blog (until after 11 p.m.)

  169. rickw

    The major issue in the US is the prevalence of firearms in the community.

    Same with Australia and NZ, everyone had guns, we had 100 years free of mass shooting events, what changed?, society, media promotion of such events or guns?

  170. feelthebern

    numbers, get over the other thread where Rafe has a little something for you.
    Perfect timing Rafe.

  171. Stimpson J. Cat

    This topic is unseemly.
    This is a Christian Bowtie blog.
    😁

  172. Fat Tony

    rickw
    #2969905, posted on March 25, 2019 at 4:17 pm
    The major issue in the US is the prevalence of firearms in the community.

    Same with Australia and NZ, everyone had guns, we had 100 years free of mass shooting events, what changed?, society, media promotion of such events or guns?

    Yeah – my recollections of the 40 years prior to 1996 is a lack of gun fights in the street. And home invasions.

  173. Muddy

    Delta A.

    I have a cousin who has Aspergers. She’s quite intelligent, attractive, and creative, but she does struggle socially beyond a small number of people who are used to her idiosynchrasies. Though I could almost say that about myself (except for the intelligence, attractiveness and creativity). She also has bipolar, so that makes her life even more complex. You would not know any of this just by meeting her though.

  174. Knuckle Dragger

    Goodness me.

    You spend a couple of hours entertaining a ladeeee, and this is what I come back to.

    ‘I usually got blank looks’

    ‘Hooray for me, Lord of the Spastics! For I today have travelled across the mighty seas to a country which, yea, verily I hate, to tell people I don’t know how much to pay their servantfolk! And this I deduced, using my gigantic walnut sized brain without any working knowledge of that land’s economy!

    ‘Truly, I am blessed and great. Now to retire to the keep, perchance to bask in the glory afforded me by lesser beings. Forsooth.’

    For your information, King Crayon Eater, Kings Edward I and III of England in the fourteenth century used to touch travellers to cure their tuberculosis. Anyone unlucky enough to have been touched by you would contract that insidious malady, ‘being a moron’.

  175. rickw

    TheirABC must really be suffering today …

    A lovely day! Long may they suffer for their derangement!

  176. stackja

    Coalition wins majority government in NSW with 47th seats
    Julian Drape, The Daily Telegraph
    11 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    The Berejiklian government has secured a majority in NSW by winning a 47th seat in the 93-seat lower house following the weekend’s election.

    The coalition was returned to power on Saturday for a third-straight term but it wasn’t immediately clear if it had won enough seats to govern in its own right.

    That question was answered on Monday when Nationals candidate Dugald Saunders was declared the winner in Dubbo by ABC election analyst Antony Green following an extremely close count.

    Dubbo had previously been held by the retiring former Nationals leader Troy Grant.

    Green also called Lismore as a Labor gain on Monday afternoon with former federal MP Janelle Saffin taking the seat from the Nationals.

  177. Stimpson J. Cat

    She also has bipolar, so that makes her life even more complex. You would not know any of this just by meeting her though.

    She sounds just great Muddy.
    How old is she and does she have a sense of humour?
    Is she single?
    😁

  178. OldOzzie

    Pedro the Ignorant
    #2969841, posted on March 25, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I spent two days in a sea container near Point Samson (Pilbara WA) during Cyclone John in 1999.

    We had some tinned Tom Piper meals.

    The trauma is still with me today.

    I break out into a cold sweat every time I see one of those disgusting Tom Piper cans.

    The horror.

    Pedro the Ignorant

    Watch the Language – “Spam and Tinned Tom Piper” Haute Cuisine in the Bush

  179. Boambee John

    eelthebern
    #2969837, posted on March 25, 2019 at 3:23 pm
    Numbers would have handed his tips over in such a pious manner too.
    Thinking the poor bugger liked the crumpled dollar bill.

    Numbers would have tipped in coin.

    The fast acting bus boy, used to this trick, would have “accidentally” dropped the tip. After groping around on the floor for a while, he would have stood up, triumphantly holding up a single quarter.

    “Oh, sah, Ah can only find one of them!”

  180. feelthebern

    numbers, get back here & tell us where you made your now infamous statement:

    I did tip, but always reminded the manager, if in earshot, that he/she needed to pay his/her workers a decent wage so that tipping wasn’t necessary. I usually got blank looks.

    Denny’s?
    Red Lobster?
    Hotel Bars?
    Where precisely did the above statement fall out of your cock holster?

  181. OldOzzie

    Hazelwood shutdown pumped AGL Energy profit

    Perry Williams – Senior Business Writer

    AGL Energy grabbed an extra $832 million or 60 per cent jump in gross profits from its wholesale electricity business after the closure of the Hazelwood brown coal-fired power plant in Victoria in 2017, according to analysis by the Victoria Energy Policy Centre.

    The retirement of Engie’s Hazelwood facility in March 2017 with just four months’ notice caused turmoil in the national electricity market. About a quarter of supply was shuttered, which large power retailers then capitalised on through their dominant market positions, the report found.

    Coal generators earned an extra $3.47 billion from the spot market in the year after Hazelwood closed, with the bulk of costs subsequently passed through to consumers.

    “Prices in the wholesale electricity market since the closure of Hazelwood reflect the exercise of market power in those periods in which coal-fired generators set prices in each region of the market,” Victoria Energy Policy Centre authors Bruce Mountain and Steven Percy said. “This has had a large impact on consumers and producers and is likely also to have a large impact on economic efficiency and the environment.”

    The Australian Energy Regulator last year found the closure of Hazelwood caused record wholesale power prices and flipped Victoria from a power exporter to an importer, but it also found no evidence of opportunistic or anti-competitive behaviour from remaining generators in the market.

    AGL referenced that finding and noted the market is policed by both the AER and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

    Both bodies have conducted “recent lengthy reviews, which AGL has supported by providing thousands of documents,” AGL said in a statement on Monday. “Specifically, in 2017, the AER conducted a market review into wholesale prices and requested information on the issues raised in this report. AGL fully complied with this request. Neither regulator has accused AGL of misusing market power, or behaving in a way that’s within the rules but harmful for the market.”

    Still, concerns about market concentration and the operation of the market remain significant issues, the Victoria Energy report says. The big three “gentailers” — AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin Energy — hold large retail market shares in many states and control more than 60 per cent of capacity in NSW, Victoria and South Australia, raising concern over their influence on both supply and pricing.

    “The conclusions raise obvious concerns about supply-side market concentration and also about the design, operation and oversight of the wholesale market. The importance of these impacts, not least in the context of further coal generation closure in future merits serious consideration and policy response.”

    Energy Minister Angus Taylor said the findings underlined the need to introduce the federal government’s controversial “big stick” legislation, which includes divestiture powers as a last ditch means of forcing down spiralling electricity prices and diluting the power of the big integrated generator retailers.

    “The big energy companies did gouge prices, they did hike their prices by as much as 50 per cent or more as a result of the closure of Hazelwood,” Mr Taylor said. “This is vindication of something I’ve been saying for a long time. It’s also vindication of the government’s approach to bringing in the big stick legislation and giving power to the government to deal with this kind of abuse of market power.”

    The AER report found Victorian wholesale prices were the highest on record and were up 85 per cent in 2017. New South Wales prices rose 63 per cent, Queensland was up 53 per cent and South Australia up 32 per cent.

    The Australian Energy Council, a lobby group representing major electricity and gas businesses, rejected claims over the misuse of market power following the closure of Hazelwood and said it was always going to lead to a hike in wholesale power prices.

    “The regulator did point to higher coal and gas costs, as well as serious issues with coal supplies as key factors in higher wholesale prices rather than ‘opportunistic’ behaviour,” Australian Energy Council chief executive Sarah McNamara said.

    Declining coal stockpiles had led NSW generators to manage their dispatch to avoid the risk of not having enough during peak demand months, the AEC added.

  182. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    TheirABC must really be suffering today …

    There was a disturbance in the force… it’s like a billion leftoid heads exploded at once….

  183. Slayer of Memes

    I did tip, but always reminded the manager, if in earshot, that he/she needed to pay his/her workers a decent wage so that tipping wasn’t necessary.

    .. and then everyone clapped…

  184. feelthebern

    I did tip, but always reminded the manager, if in earshot, that he/she needed to pay his/her workers a decent wage so that tipping wasn’t necessary. I usually got blank looks.

    Then Jacinda Ardern walked in & said: “We are all numbers now”.

  185. Muddy

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2969919, posted on March 25, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    She also has bipolar, so that makes her life even more complex. You would not know any of this just by meeting her though.

    She sounds just great Muddy.
    How old is she and does she have a sense of humour?
    Is she single?
    😁

    Stimpy, she’s 84, has a great sense of humour while watching boyfriends eat the food she’s just injected with poison, and yes, she’s single.

  186. Delta A

    Muddy, as Bela Bartok indicated earlier, there are many more males affected by ASD than females. The incidence for autism is four males to one female. For Aspergers it is nine to one. And so your cousin is quite unique.

    She sounds very much like one of my ex-students. This girl was aware of her diagnosis and the challenges she faced, and was amazingly perceptive even as a teenager. She is now married – Best Man and I were invited to her wedding – and is managing very well. However, she has said that she won’t have babies because their crying would panic her and she couldn’t be sure that she would react rationally.

  187. OldOzzie

    Infidel Tiger
    #2969925, posted on March 25, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Please enjoy the best thing you will ever see:

    https://twitter.com/Cliff_Sims/status/1109962032995069952

    Thanks Infidel Tiger – Bollywood at it’s best with Photoshop

    also to enjoy Bride and Prejudice (1/10) Movie CLIP – The Indian MC Hammer (2004) HD

  188. feelthebern

    numbers, admit you lied & I promise not to raise your “body of Christ” tipping story ever again.

  189. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stimpy, she’s 84, has a great sense of humour while watching boyfriends eat the food she’s just injected with poison, and yes, she’s single.

    I was going to offer two bottles of expired Lithium for the chance to court your lovely crazy cousin.
    This is a grand gesture that I do not make lightly to just anyone.
    Think about it Muddy.

  190. calli

    I did tip, but always reminded the manager, if in earshot, that he/she needed to pay his/her workers a decent wage so that tipping wasn’t necessary. I usually got blank looks.

    Mexicans

  191. feelthebern

    areff, on the other thread you posted about Anne Summers.
    She quoted the Bob Woodward book.
    In the Matt Taibbi summary of Russia-gate I posted earlier today, Taibbi shows where multiple authors admit post publishing that their stories are not based on facts, including Woodward.
    It’s the go-to summary of Russia-gate except on one issue.
    It doesn’t rip Downer apart for his role in the whole affair.

  192. calli

    Or…perhaps they thought the floor show had arrived early.

    It’s a Thing of Wonder observing Aussies in Holiday Mode. It sometimes horrifies me into protective silence, lest others pick my accent.

  193. feelthebern

    Bob Woodward has lost it.
    Seymour Hersh has lost it.
    Alan Dershowitz is losing it.
    Noam Chomsky still is sharp as a tack.
    Gore Vidal was the sharpest of all, and was until the day he died. RIP.

  194. Stimpson J. Cat

    However, she has said that she won’t have babies because their crying would panic her and she couldn’t be sure that she would react rationally.

    You can desensitize and train yourself out of these responses with time and effort.
    It just takes practice.

  195. feelthebern

    US waiters hate having Aussies in their section.
    Well known for being stingy tippers.
    Or being so so pious when handing it over.

    Here’s a tip.
    Give the waiters 20% unless the service is fucking horrendous.
    Just to it.
    Don’t make a scene.
    If you can’t afford that, go to Maccas instead.

  196. feelthebern

    Keep in mind, they don’t keep that 20%.
    It gets pooled & shared with the busboys, servers, kitchen hands, dishwashers.

  197. calli

    Daley “steps down”.

    I love euphamisms.

  198. Dr Fred Lenin

    OldOzzie ,when I worked on an aboriginal project 50 odd years ago in the Nort West the aboriginals used to love “,Plour ,chooga ,dry tea leaf and Camp Paiee,” , bugger the bush tucker that was gourmet tucker, damper with camp pie and tea with sugar . I think TomPiper made the Camp Pie , I even ate it myself when there was nothing else .

  199. feelthebern

    A Denny’s breakfast costs about $US10.
    You can’t finish it & the coffee is unlimited.
    If you can’t afford $US2 on top, you have a problem.

  200. dover_beach

    Please enjoy the best thing you will ever see

    I’m sure I saw that on twitter last week and in colour! Brilliant stuff.

  201. Dr Fred Lenin

    Calli thats part of the re organisation the left have when they lose they also note the lies that worked and put them in their handbook.,goid lies are hard to find .

  202. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I think TomPiper made the Camp Pie , I even ate it myself when there was nothing else .

    Tom Piper Camp Pie, kept in a Coolgardie meat safe because we didn’t have refrigeration, was part of growing up I’d rather forget.

  203. An armed society is a polite society

    Didn’t notice this when I was stateside recently.

    There may be many things Herr Integers does not notice.

    What I did notice was the obsequious attitude of wait staff, hotel porters and Uber drivers.

    Makes a pleasant change from the “When I’m bloody well ready” attitude of Australian service staff, doesn’t it?

    Also, the stark arrogance of airport security and police. The latter were always conspicuously armed.

    Yep, the USA’s politeness of service staff is more than compensated for by the “fuck you” attitude of law enforcement. The penetrating stares from buzz-cuts starts at the passport control booth, & continues until you leave the country.

    The kowtowing of wait staff and porters was frankly sickening. I detest being called “sir”.

    You didn’t get out much. The whole country uses the word “Sir” the way we use “mate”. The inherent politeness & civility of the ordinary citizen on the street is one of the redeeming features of the USA.

    Poor buggers probably bow and scrape in the hope of getting a tip.

    Der, just Der.

    I did tip, but always reminded the manager, if in earshot, that he/she needed to pay his/her workers a decent wage so that tipping wasn’t necessary. I usually got blank looks.

    The Manager gets his cut later, it is how he is paid.
    The blank look is their way of masking a look of contempt. Service staff in every country in the world are well accustomed to crass tourists telling them their country is shit & should be more like where the Ugly Australian comes from.

    I observed absolutely no correlation between carrying arms and politeness. If there is a relationship, it is inverse from my observation.

    This is true, but it is the armed uniform which has the sour attitude.
    The armed citizen is usually super polite, especially to visitors.

  204. Delta A

    You can desensitize and train yourself out of these responses with time and effort.

    Agreed.

    The girl I mentioned has spent her entire life training and desensitizing her unacceptable behaviours. I am in awe of her dedication and determination to be like everyone else. But she is aware that, in the case of child car, a single slip up could be tragic.

    A pity that more so-called normal women do not have that insight.

  205. notafan

    That might depend on the state feelthebern
    I thought most waiters had a significantly lower minimum wage than other staff, but it seems that varies from state to state

    eg

    For example, both the regular and tipped-worker minimum wage is $8.25 in Nevada, but the tipped-worker minimum is just $2.13 in nearby Utah, Texas and many other Southern states.

    not sure about that feelthebern

  206. Muddy

    Stimpy,

    Sadly for you, my cousin is only attracted to balding single fathers from Western Australia who model themselves on early 90s cartoon characters.
    Better luck next time.

  207. Delta A

    That should be child care.

  208. mizaris

    I suppose there’s no kudos for surviving Cyclone Alby in a FC Holden. Just askin…..

  209. Woolfe

    Just returned from US, everyone very polite, lovely people, airport security no different from here just remove your shoes, I would avoid LA though and enter through Dallas.

  210. Not Uh oh

    Infidel Tiger
    #2969925, posted on March 25, 2019 at 4:33 pm
    Please enjoy the best thing you will ever see:

    Thank you I T; truly magnificent.

  211. Stimpson J. Cat

    But she is aware that, in the case of child car, a single slip up could be tragic.

    And that’s why she has to practice driving with crying babies on her stereo on loop very loud until she can handle it.
    Then add in the recordings of Unable to Navigate Can’t Read a Map Husband.
    This should be Mandatory Mother Training for ALL Women.

    I have all the good ideas.
    😁

  212. Stimpson J. Cat

    Better luck next time.

    Don’t toy with my emotions Muddy.

  213. feelthebern

    I would avoid LA though and enter through Dallas.

    & if you do it on week day, not the weekend, your transit will be sublime.

  214. feelthebern

    Aussies who complain about LAX, on a weekend, when they give themselves an hour to make a connecting flight.
    Yep, you know the ones.

  215. Stimpson J. Cat

    Look Muddy, I’ll throw in an embarrassing first meeting where a ridiculously cool Ching Chong looking kid asks “Are you my new crazy Mommy? ”
    It’s my final offer.
    😁

  216. Muddy

    Delta,

    My cousin’s mother forced her to practice hugging people as a teenager, which was very confronting for her, apparently. I haven’t had contact with her for some time, but I always quietly admired her persistence. Humans are not easy to figure out, even for those of us who do not possess diagnosed challenges.

  217. Muddy

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2969972, posted on March 25, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Look Muddy, I’ll throw in an embarrassing first meeting where a ridiculously cool Ching Chong looking kid asks “Are you my new crazy Mommy? ”
    It’s my final offer.
    😁

    Are you in sales, Stimpy? You so need to write a book, you’re a natural. I almost feel guilty taking your lithium.

  218. Fat Tony

    Muddy
    #2969975, posted on March 25, 2019 at 5:23 pm
    Are you in sales, Stimpy? You so need to write a book, you’re a natural. I almost feel guilty taking your lithium.

    Muddy, don’t feel too guilty – the lithium’s expired.

  219. Stimpson J. Cat

    My cousin’s mother forced her to practice hugging people as a teenager, which was very confronting for her, apparently.

    I’m a big hugger!
    All it takes it 20 seconds for that oxytocin release!
    This is amazing Muddy.
    😂

  220. OldOzzie

    NSW state election: Michael Daley stands aside as Labor leader

    Andrew Clennel – NSW Political Editor

    Michael Daley has stood aside as Labor party leader ahead of a leadership ballot.

    The resignation this afternoon comes after a disastrous result on Saturday night at the NSW state election which followed anti-Asian immigration comments and after NSW Labor initially said it would hold off on a leadership ballot until after the May federal election and imposed a gag order on NSW MPs.

    Mr Daley’s resignation comes after Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten expressed concern to NSW Labor head office on Mr Daley staying in the job and the effect it might have on the federal campaign.

    A source said “the entire Federal Labor frontbench” was concerned about Mr Daley staying on and the ballot for leadership against Kogarah MP Chris Minns and perhaps Strathfield MP Jodi McKay being delayed.

    “Opposition Leader, Michael Daley, today announced that he will be standing aside as NSW Opposition Leader until the upcoming Federal Election is concluded,’’ a statement says.

    “Mr Daley said a ballot for leadership of the NSW State Parliamentary Labor Party (SPLP) – which requires a vote of the rank and file membership – would only begin once the Federal Election was held.

    “In the meantime, the interim Leader will be my very capable Deputy, Penny Sharpe”.

    The Caucus rules provide that under normal circumstances an interim leader is appointed until a ballot is called to elect the Leader. This process has been interrupted by virtue of the fact that a Federal Election is to be held soon.

    Notwithstanding that the Party Head Office has decided to delay the ballot, it is in the spirit of the rules to take this course.

    “This is the right and proper thing to do. It is in keeping with the spirit of the State Labor Party’s Caucus rules requiring a rank and file election of the Leader.

    “To do otherwise would be an unnecessary distraction from the task of electing a Shorten Labor Government in a few weeks’ time.

    “I will be contesting the leadership when nominations are called for that position.”

    Mr Daley’s statement came just two hours after he provided The Australian with a statement saying he wanted to remain leader.

    Earlier, NSW Labor announced that a ballot for the leadership of the NSW Labor Party would occur after the federal election and imposed a gag on caucus members about the ballot.

    Kogarah MP Chris Minns is expected to challenge Michael Daley after Saturday’s disastrous election result and Jodi McKay is also being talked about as a contender.

    NSW Labor released a statement saying: “The NSW Labor Party Officers have resolved to hold the rank-and-file ballot for Leader of the NSW Parliamentary Party, after the 2019 Federal Election.

    The NSW Labor Party is on official campaign footing and is committed to the task of electing a Shorten Labor Government over the next seven weeks.

    “The Party has directed the caucus to open nominations after the Federal Election and members of the State Parliamentary Labor Party (SPLP) are directed to refrain from commenting on, or campaigning for the SPLP leadership prior to the Federal Election.

    “The Party has recommitted to holding a rank and file component of the election of the SPLP leader according to the party’s rules.”

  221. OldOzzie

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2969982, posted on March 25, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    My cousin’s mother forced her to practice hugging people as a teenager, which was very confronting for her, apparently.

    I’m a big hugger!
    All it takes it 20 seconds for that oxytocin release!
    This is amazing Muddy.
    😂
    re Oxytocin

    Suggest you listen to

    The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds : 280 – Opium in the US
    https://thedollop.libsyn.com/280-opium-in-the-us-part-1

    and

    The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds : 281 – Opium in …
    https://thedollop.libsyn.com/281-opium-in-the-us-part-2

  222. OldOzzie

    NSW election: Dubbo win seals Coalition majority

    Sascha O’Sullivan – Reporter

    Nationals MP Dugald Saunders has secured the seat of Dubbo, according to ABC analyst Antony Green, handing the Coalition the 47th seat needed to secure a majority government in the 93-seat NSW lower house.

    With just under 83 per cent of the vote counted Mr Saunders pulled ahead of independent Mathew Dickerson by just 225 votes, delivering a much-needed win for Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the Coalition.

    Labor’s Marjorie O’Neill snatched Coogee from Liberal MP Bruce Notley-Smith with a margin of just 1.7 per cent, and a swing of 4.7 per cent away from the Liberal Party.

    The marginal seat of East Hills which was a Liberal win by only 372 votes in 2015, is still close too call, but Liberal candidate Wendy Lindsay has 52 per cent of the two-party-preferred vote with almost 76 per cent of the vote counted.

    Former East Hills MP Glenn Brookes held the seat with a 0.4 per cent margin.

  223. OldOzzie

    Next Federal Reserve rate move will be up, says Charles Evans

    Eric Johnston
    Business Review Editor
    in Hong Kong

    One of the key policy makers on the US Federal Reserve system said he believes the next move in US interest rates will still be up with the fundamentals of the US economy still sound, although now is a good time to “pause” in the movement of rates.

    Charles Evans, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a member of the US Fed’s powerful rate-setting board, said the fundamentals of the US economy were good, but it was facing a number of headwinds including a slowdown in global growth and easing domestic fiscal stimulus.

    His comments, made this morning at the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference in Hong Kong, came as global markets reacted to Friday’s release of weaker-than-expected manufacturing data from Europe and the US.

    The move coincided with an inversion in the US bond yield curve to project lower rates over time amid increasing bets of a sharp slowdown in the US economy. It followed new projections by the Fed last week of no more official rate hikes this year. It had previously projected two rate hikes.

    The Australian sharemarket was today on track for its biggest one-day fall in three months, with the S&P/ASX 200 benchmark down 1.1 per cent at 6124.4 points after hitting a two-month low of 6113.2. Markets in Asia suffered heavy falls with Japan’s Nikkei 224 down more than 3 per cent.

    Australian 10-year bond yields were down 6 basis points at 1.78 basis points after hitting a record low of 1.756 per cent while 5-year bond yields also hit a record low of 1.431 per cent.

    “I think we’ve got a setting for the Federal Funds rate which is close to neutral,” Mr Evans told the conference.

    “I don’t believe that monetary policy is either providing accommodation of any significance nor is it holding back the economy given all the cross-current headwinds that we’re facing given the slowdown in global growth, declining fiscal stimulus coming into a neutral position after two years of continued strength,” he said.

    “I think it’s a good time to stop, pause and look and see how things are going to progress and be cautious,” he added.

    Mr Evans noted that most statistical models he has seen have put the likelihood of a US recession at between 20-25 per cent. At the same time money markets are tipping a 60 per cent chance of a US rate cut.

    But Mr Evans, a noted dove of the Federal Reserve system, said he believed the next rate move will be up but not until the second half of next year.

    “My own path is not to expect a funds rate increase until next year – the second half.

    “Markets say there’s a 60 per cent chance of a rate cut …my model forecast is it is probably going to go up before it goes down,” he said.

    He dismissed concerns over the longer term interest rates flattening – in this case US 10-year Treasuries – pointing out that with the extraordinary central bank intervention around the world, markets need to take into account “there’s been a secular decline in long term interest rates”.

    US 10-year Treasury bond yields closed down 10 basis points 2.44 per cent on Friday after hitting a 15-month low of 1.416 per cent following weak US and European manufacturing data.

    Significantly, the US 3-month bill to US 10-year bond yield spread inverted to minus 3.43 basis points, the most negative differential since August 2007. Negative yield curves in the US are typically viewed as reliable warnings of impending recession if they’re sustained for a few months.

    But optimists point out that US manufacturing PMI remains in expansion and most of the history of negative yield curve predates the days of forward guidance and quantitative easing.

    Central banks including the Fed have pivoted sharply away from tighter policy this year and the US and China trade war has been somewhat de-escalated, albeit far from resolved.

    “I think in that environment that is going to be natural that long-term interest rates are going to be flatter than they have been historically,” Mr Evans said.

    He also warned that markets should accept that longer-term growth in the US is going to be slower than in the past, given the ageing population and lack of boost in labour productivity.

    “Unless something dramatic changes (growth) is going to be something like 1.75 per cent trend and I just don’t think people have got their head around how low that number is relative to the three per cent that people have claimed and expected they’d like to see going forward,” he said.

    “Getting your head around decelerating growth to trend isn’t going to feel good. When I say 2 per cent is a good growth rate – it is a good growth rate – but not measured against 3 per cent.

    “Three is not achievable year after year,” he said.

  224. Cynic of Ayr

    Jupes, re Tayla Harris,
    I might be getting old, but I only see a girl making a magnificent kick. It was a great kick! What a gal!
    I see nothing else.
    Those with imagination might, but they need to really go elsewhere for that sort of kick. It’s freely available on the web.

  225. Baldrick

    A Denny’s breakfast costs about $US10.
    You can’t finish it & the coffee is unlimited.
    If you can’t afford $US2 on top, you have a problem.

    I think you’re misunderstanding Numbers.
    I don’t think he minds paying a $2 tip, he just wants everybody else in earshot to know about it.

  226. Atoms for Peace

    If it hasn’t been mentioned already, President Trump has named the baying crowd behind the dodgy dossier and Wussia Wussia Wussia ; “Collusion Truthers “

  227. Muddy

    Fat Tony
    #2969978, posted on March 25, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Muddy
    #2969975, posted on March 25, 2019 at 5:23 pm
    Are you in sales, Stimpy? You so need to write a book, you’re a natural. I almost feel guilty taking your lithium.

    Muddy, don’t feel too guilty – the lithium’s expired.

    Yeah, I read that, Fat Tony. But I doubt the little bugger can even read, let alone know what he’s consuming. All you need to know about a person is who they hang around with. Stimpy associates with weirdos on a blog that no-one has ever heard of. Nuf sed, huh?

  228. Atoms for Peace

    When in Roma Numbers…

  229. Tom

    Socrates at the Pub
    #2969955, posted on March 25, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Great post. Nailed it.

    I want to tell Cats not to feed the troll, but they can’t help themselves. Which gives him the illusion that his lies are the truth and that he isn’t as dumb as dogshit.

    Leftists lie about everything all the time.

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