Monday Forum: March 25, 2019

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  1. None

    Egg Boy’ William Connolly, Jacinda Ardern appear on The Project

    has the ovine ifiot donated the cash to the Christchurch victims yet? can we have proof?

  2. Confused Old Misfit

    m0nty
    #2969848, posted on March 25, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    The requirement for the AG to determine security classifications for all parts of the report and to apply redactions.

    Bulldust, Leo. He’s covering his arse.

    Monty’s last on the NO Collusion thread.

  3. Infidel Tiger

    Monty always turns up for his beating. He’s good like that.

  4. Fleeced

    Like New Zealand?
    Victoria?

    I was thinking shithole countries with a larger population.

    Fortunately, I don’t believe the doomsday cultists… but seriously, if you did believe it, wouldn’t you be trying to shrink the population?

    A lot of lefties are talking about avoiding having kids, but that isn’t going to kid the job done in the 12 years AOC warns us about, is it? Honestly, environmental types should stop trying to convince righties the world is in imminent peril – if we ever came to believe such nonsense, they might not approve of our solutions.

  5. Snoopy

    JC on his way to his morning coffee and lungster.

  6. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    She says she is literally sick and uncontrollably outraged. I believe her. This is an acute case of TDS.

    alas the only known cure is amputation of the afflicted organ.

  7. vlad

    I thought Egg Boy had learnt his lesson, but if he’s going on talk shows he clearly he hasnt.

  8. Snoopy

    vlad
    #2970406, posted on March 25, 2019 at 10:16 pm
    I thought Egg Boy had learnt his lesson, but if he’s going on talk shows he clearly he hasnt.

    He’s a white male angling for Greens preselection. Has to work hard at it these days.

  9. Leigh Lowe

    Elle

    #2970361, posted on March 25, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Elle, did you ever go antiquing on the weekends?

    Yes. I wanted to go to Bunnings. He was a lover of weird furniture.

    Uh-oh.
    My gaydar is pinging like there is a U-boat in the garage.
    Whilst you were antiquing, did he overuse the eord “exquisite”?

  10. Arky

    W*g is now on the spaminator list.
    How the hell am I supposed to operate under these conditions?

  11. Tintarella di Luna

    Jordan Peterson argues that mystical experiences while under the influence of psilocybin proves the supernatural. It doesn’t but many people would agree these experiences provide evidence of the same. I think it is just fun. Besides, I don’t hallucinate on any such drug. I laugh a lot and become very pensive. From a neurobiological perspective it doesn’t take too much thinking to know why hallucinogenic drugs have considerable therapeutic potential which is now being demonstrated in a number of trials.

    Are they the drugs being used to help soldiers with PTSD? and others who’ve suffered horrendous abuses and torture etc…

  12. Fleeced

    Yes. I wanted to go to Bunnings. He was a lover of weird furniture.

    Weird, or just the old solid stuff?

    Hard to find a decent computer desk. The old stuff is solid, but not really designed with computers in mind, and I swear the new “computer desks” – aside from being flimsy – look like they were designed and built by someone who has never used a computer before (much less sat at one for 12 hours).

  13. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I still think the way to mental health is to have a bloody good laugh at a non-PC comedy show.

    Does more good than any drugs. Couple it of course with a nice glass of red.
    Or a non-alcoholic cocktail if you must. 🙂

    PM Live very boring, shrieking over each other. Bedtime now.

  14. Leigh Lowe

    zyconoclast

    #2970416, posted on March 25, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Russian tourist arrested after attempting to smuggle drugged orangutan in airline luggage

    Presumably Aeroflot recruited the orangutan and fitted him out with a First Officer’s uniform.

  15. Oh come on

    Elle, was your ex a theatre manager?

  16. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Only good part of PM Live tonight was Rowan Dean saying the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers should rebrand as the Fishers, Farmers and Shooters, thus becoming the FFS Party.

  17. vlad

    Comedy died in the 1980s. I mean actual comedy, not the comedy festival comedy.

    Fortunately there are dvds, ebay and youtube.

    The best psychotherapy is doing things you enjoy.

  18. Mitch M.

    If I understand him correctly, I think he believes the fact that drugs can stimulate certain areas to have that effect shows that a a portion of the brain is devoted to spirituality. That this exists (and is activated WITHOUT drugs) suggests that it has some evolutionary advantage, and to his way of thinking, some greater purpose.

    There’s a lot of debate about whether the so-called “God spot” exists in the brain, but whereas as some skeptical types would see its existence as proof God doesn’t exist, The Jordan Peterson types seem more inclined to believe that it proves he does.

    He didn’t say that. The surprisingly wide activation across the brain from hallucinogens is not indicative of some special activation of a spiritual center; though if you are looking for that the temporal lobe is a key indicator but that is so large as to be meaningless. There clearly is some benefit to this widescale activation but I think it has more to do with serotonin being boosted through the roof. That is interesting because earlier studies have indicated that serotonin is closely tied to neurogenesis with some studies arguing that efficacy of antidepressants is contingent on inducing enhanced neurogenesis. I agree with the current working assumption that this massive activation inducing, because it is sustained over many hours, for want of a better term, a rebooting of the cerebral dynamics. It is amusing to note that the drugs that so many people associated with brain damage, including marijuana and hallucinogens, are now demonstrating beneficial properties. Psychiatry is a shit storm of nonsense.

    Don’t trust neuroimaging studies, they are largely nonsense. Very valuable clinical utility but theoretically a disaster area. There is even a famous neuroimaging study which demonstrated brain function in a dead trout.

    Are they the drugs being used to help soldiers with PTSD? and others who’ve suffered horrendous abuses and torture etc…

    Sometimes, though I’d be cautious with PTSD and anxiety related disorders because hallucinogens(serotonin agonists) and amphetamines(dopamine), and cannabis(CB 1- THC- but not CB 2-cannabindiol- may actually be beneficial), may make it very worse. Should only be done under very carefully controlled therapeutic environments.

  19. Oh come on

    m0nty has to ride this shit show all the way to the bottom, fisky. Why wouldn’t he? There’s a snowball’s chance the expanded Mueller report that’s yet to be released will contain the smoking gun he insisted would be there. A snowball’s chance is better than zero, I guess.

  20. Atoms for Peace

    Leigh. The orangutan was the auto pilot; just having a nap.

  21. Snoopy

    A good news story.

    SAS hero wipes out 30 ISIS terrorists with GRENADE LAUNCHER

    I hope he’s not doxxed. His life would be ruined.

  22. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I lie. An interesting interview now on second part of PM Live with SFF spokesman about the disconnect between the city and the bush. Meteoric rise of the SFF from their start about three years ago. They will run for Feds in selected electorates, and view is ‘whether we win or not it will be a good training ground for us’. Broadening of the name from 1992 origin Shooters Party has been important, he also says.

  23. calli

    W*g has been in the Spaminator forevah. Pay attention slackers.

    Which reminds me, Slackster hasn’t been seen around here for ages. He must have got a life.

    Meanwhile, the rest of us sit in a weird and shadowy limbo, Mueller done, federal election in the wings.

  24. Oh come on

    Ah yes, the well-known Chinese courtesan, Skan Kee Ho. That was chock-a-block full of win.

  25. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The SFF want a Bill against the ‘criminal activities of animal rights people and the crazy vegans’. Ten point Murray Darling Plan also coming up. Paraphrase; the government has made some promises to us that they won’t keep, thumbing their nose at us, and our rise is the result.

  26. Oh come on

    So, George Conway. Has Trump boinked his Mrs or something? He’s sure acting like it.

  27. duncanm

    NZ hasn’t banned the nutter’s manifesto.. they’ve just commercialized it.
    (click on the downloadable word doc linked at

    “We also appreciate that there will be a range of people, including reporters, researchers and academics, who will be in possession of the publication for a range of legitimate purposes, including education, analysis and in-depth reporting. Those individuals can apply for exemptions, so they can legitimately access and hold a copy.”

    Information on this process can be found here.

    $102.20 NZ, if you will, please.

  28. Snoopy

    The SFF is a Lock the Gate front group.

    The greatest trick Drew Hutton ever pulled was convincing the Australian electorate he was a joke.

  29. Confused Old Misfit

    $102.20 NZ, if you will, please.

    Buy your indulgence, sinners.

  30. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    There clearly is some benefit to this widescale activation but I think it has more to do with serotonin being boosted through the roof.

    I once went to an early morning exercise session on a cruise ship and found myself loaded into a ‘laughter session’ which I thought would be highly embarrassing and not my thing at all. In fact, it proved interesting. Once a jolly Indian lady started to laugh, and got everyone else laughing it did prove infectious and soon we were all feeding off her added excitation and exhortations to laugh from the diaphragm with a booming sound. It also had an amazing effect on the post-exercise endorphins which I am used to getting from dancing. Serotonin and oxytocin enhanced, I sailed back into our stateroom and woke a sleeping Hairy in a manner that he found fairly attractive. 😉

  31. Mitch M.

    I lie. An interesting interview now on second part of PM Live with SFF spokesman about the disconnect between the city and the bush. Meteoric rise of the SFF from their start about three years ago. They will run for Feds in selected electorates, and view is ‘whether we win or not it will be a good training ground for us’. Broadening of the name from 1992 origin Shooters Party has been important, he also says.

    Palmer’s Punces have been heavily advertising on Youtube. Yes Lizzie my life is now that boring I watch a lot of youtube. Tonight there was an ad with circa 30 punces introducing themselves as contesting various seats and a few in the senate. I thought Palmer was broke so I don’t know where he is getting the money from but he does seem very intent of a serious campaign.

  32. Fleeced

    So, George Conway. Has Trump boinked his Mrs or something? He’s sure acting like it.

    Heh… she was asked by media if she shared her husband’s views on Trump, and of course she said she did not. I thought a great follow-up question would have been whether she shared Trump’s view on her husband, but as far as I know, this was never asked.

  33. Overburdened

    MDMA is showing promise with PTSD and with the reframing of critical life events.

    IMO ptsd is dished out willynilly as a diagnosis, often with scant to no relationship to the diagnostic criteria.

  34. zyconoclast

    The SFF is a Lock the Gate front group.

    Eleventh hour CSG rescue: Lock the Gate welcomes Shooters, Fishers and Farmers’ commitments on coal seam gas, calls for National Party to act
    Published: November 21, 2018
    Lock the Gate Alliance has welcomed the NSW Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party’s statement that it supports a ban on coal seam gas “anywhere water supply could be threatened” and the party’s promise to support the state opposition’s Coal Seam and Other Unconventional Gas Moratorium Bill 2015 if it is brought forward in parliamentary business tomorrow, the last sitting day before the NSW state election next year.

  35. zyconoclast

    Shooters and Fishers Party in crossfire of new protester laws
    MIKE FOLEY and ALEX DRUCE14 Mar 2016, 12:14 p.m.

    NSW Shooters and Fishers have been called to justify adding ‘Farmers’ to their party name after backing tougher protest laws set to be introduced to NSW parliament by the government tomorrow.

    Landholder group Lock the Gate fired a shot across the across the Shooters’ bow today, with a statement that included targeted comments from hunters and farmers.

    “These laws are a fundamental property right issue,” said Northern Rivers farmer, licensed shooter and member of the Sporting Shooters Association, Peter Nielsen.

    “We can’t believe that a party that has just decided to call itself the ‘farmers’ party would hang landholders out to dry like this.”

    He said the Shooters should vote the laws down and forecast the changes to hinder recreational hunters.

    “It means that operating gasfields will effectively become off-limits to hunting, because of the risks that they could be accused of hindering operations,” Mr Nielsen said.

    “Hunters will also become subject to random search and seize powers that would make a regular day out a very difficult process indeed.”

    NSW Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Brown said the bill was “anti law-breaker” and not anti-farmer.

    He said his party’s support hinged on a belief in “absolute property rights” for all landowners, including coal companies.

    “We support a farmer’s right to say no to mining activity on their property,” Mr Brown said.

    “Lock your own gate by all means. But by the same token we don’t agree that you can then go down the road and disrupt someone else.”

    Mr Brown accused The Greens and Lock the Gate of using farmers as a stalking horse in their fight against mining.

    “I bet half those farmers who are locking on to machinery wouldn’t like animal activists coming and doing the same to them.”

    North-west peanut and potato farmer, Sarah Ciesolka, said the proposed changes would put “basic freedoms on our properties and in our regions at risk”.

    “This is a test as to whether the Shooters Party will be a voice for farmers and landholders, or whether they are just a rubber stamp for the NSW Government and their CSG agenda in the Upper House of Parliament” she said.

    Labors Resources spokesman Adam Searle said he would look carefully at any proposal but flagged his scepticism over the proposed changes.

    “After losing the community debate, the Premier and his minister are just playing politics on this issue,” he said.

    “(Labor) will not attack genuine community protesters who are standing up for their families and communities.”

    Mr Roberts said the Inclosed Lands, Crimes and Law Enforcement Amendment Bill would create a new offence of aggravated unlawful entry on private property, with a maximum penalty for $5500 – well above the current fine of $550 for similar offences.

    The definition of a mine would be extended to include gas developments. Interfering with a mine is an indictable offence under the Crimes Act.

    The Bill would also give Police additional powers – to search and seize people who intend to ‘lock-on’ at mine sites and to move protesters on in public places.

  36. Top Ender

    My gaydar is pinging like there is a U-boat in the garage.

    Speaking of U-Boats, competition question.

    What large communications facility in Australia uses a WWII U-Boat diesel as a backup?

  37. C.L.

    Manifesto of a white extremist willing to do what is necessary:
    ‘Egg Boy’ says attack on Fraser Anning ‘united people’ after Christchurch shootings.
    And the ABC cannot see the parallels as they cheerfully promote violence.

  38. Mitch M.

    IMO ptsd is dished out willynilly as a diagnosis, often with scant to no relationship to the diagnostic criteria.

    The media portrays it that way and like so many psychiatric diagnoses it is too easy to fake the symptoms, especially depression. However for military personnel I’d be inclined to accept the diagnosis. A study sometime back found that PTSD arises in individuals who probably had a prior undiagnosed and subclinical psychiatric issue. There was also a study that in relation to anxiety “walking tall” or adopting a macho attitude, can be of assistance(no shit, who would have thought that!). A great book on military psychiatry, War on Nerves(Ben Shephard) argued that for every physical injury there were two psychiatric injuries. It is important to remember that the greater majority of those who experience trauma, even as children, do not go on to develop a psychiatric condition(last I read, 85% were well). The caveat to that is how much better they might have been but for those traumatic experiences.

  39. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ‘Egg Boy’ says attack on Fraser Anning ‘united people’ after Christchurch shootings.

    I consider myself united with others after “Eggboi’s” attack – a united desire to punch his lights out.

  40. zyconoclast

    What large communications facility in Australia uses a WWII U-Boat diesel as a backup?

    Chrissy Pyne’s dildo/phone?

  41. Snoopy

    Just listening to the Q&A rubbish discussion about preferencing One Nation. The left’s position is pure naked advantage. Everyone who casts a formal ballot casts a vote for PHON. The only rational answer is to have optional preferential voting but the hypocritical left won’t have a bar of that.

  42. C.L.

    Hilarious graphic conveys Quadrant’s summary of the Mueller debacle:

    https://quadrant.org.au/the-big-nothingburger/nothingburger/

  43. C.L.

    It was Australia’s Keith Olbermann, Hamish Macdonald*, who interviewed Egg Boy.
    The biggest scoop since Marise Payne last hopped into the Baskin-Robbins.
    ———-
    * Harvard Nieman Fellow ‘16.

  44. zyconoclast

    2017 King County Firearm Violence

    While people of color makeup around 29% of King County’s population, they disproportionately account for 83% of shooting victims

    In 2017,26 defendants in King County were charged with murder or manslaughter charges arising from a shooting. Of those defendants,85% were people of color

  45. RobK

    feelthebern

    #2970194, posted on March 25, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Serious question.
    What happens to the wind turbines during a hurricane?

    Designs vary, but in general set points are set to slew the narcele so the blades’ axis is rotated perpendicular to the wind flow and emergency brakes are applied when max wind speed is exceeded. (Often around 60-80kph). A bigger problem arises when the load (grid) drops off around this critical time as the slewing and braking takes time (many minutes). Also the wind can change in the direction the turbine is slewing to escape the wind.
    Its a harsh environment and wind power is a cubic function of it’s speed, so at high speeds design limits are quickly exceeded.

  46. RobK

    The smart move is to park up wind turbines before heavy weather.

  47. jupes

    I hope he’s not doxxed. His life would be ruined.

    Or worse, become part of some ‘war crimes’ investigation.

    Speaking of which, how is Australia’s stupid Brereton inquiry going do you reckon? The fuckwit has been dragging it out longer than Mueller’s equally preposterous witch-hunt.

    Let’s just hope it ends the same way.

  48. egg_

    What large communications facility in Australia uses a WWII U-Boat diesel as a backup?

    TheirABC?
    Complete mit crew?

  49. twostix

    Manifesto of a white extremist willing to do what is necessary:
    ‘Egg Boy’ says attack on Fraser Anning ‘united people’ after Christchurch shootings.
    And the ABC cannot see the parallels as they cheerfully promote violence.

    It united the NSW everyman to put 3 shooters party candidates into the NSW lower house!

  50. Mitch M.

    I think the Australian Conservatives don’t have a chance in hell because they are too conservative. That doesn’t work in these days. They need to create a media storm so here’s a wild suggestion: argue for nuclear power. There is plenty of material, including new designs that are meltdown proof and one ideal location is South Australia. Initially they will be laughed at but they must stick to their guns and keep arguing the case because renewables stuff is nonsense and coal power is unsaleable. As I see they have nothing to lose but they will need to carefully orchestrate their campaign. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if a lot of people, including experts, will come out of the woodwork to support the case.

  51. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6847301/Disgraced-Cardinal-George-Pells-cellmates-revealed.html

    The Daily Mail isn’t taking comments, but it might be worth pointing out that Pell’s case is still awaiting an appeal, but the only matter worth debating about Garglear$e, is the length of the hangman’s rope.

  52. mh

    Monty,
    The dream is over
    What can I say?
    The dream is over
    Yesterday

    Yep, you should forget Marxism, but you can still have Lennonism

    I don’t believe in Mueller
    I don’t believe in Comey
    I don’t believe in Cohen
    I don’t believe in Brennan
    I don’t believe in Hillary
    I don’t believe in Schiff
    I don’t believe in Steele
    I don’t believe in Bezos
    I don’t believe in lynch mobs
    I don’t believe in witch hunts
    I don’t believe in pissgate
    I don’t believe in Buzzfeed
    I don’t believe in CNN
    I don’t believe in Hollywood
    I don’t believe in SNL
    I just believe in donuts
    Donuts and me
    And that’s reality

    The dream is over
    What can I say?
    The dream is over
    Yesterday

  53. Tel

    They need to create a media storm so here’s a wild suggestion: argue for nuclear power. There is plenty of material, including new designs that are meltdown proof and one ideal location is South Australia.

    https://www.conservatives.org.au/no_to_paris_yes_to_nuclear_bernardi

    Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has repeated his calls for the Turnbull government to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord and to legislate to allow the consideration of using nuclear power to generate electricity.

    Posted about 9 months ago.

  54. Tel

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if a lot of people, including experts, will come out of the woodwork to support the case.

    The case has been made, who has come out and supported it?

  55. Tel

    Manifesto of a white extremist willing to do what is necessary:
    ‘Egg Boy’ says attack on Fraser Anning ‘united people’ after Christchurch shootings.
    And the ABC cannot see the parallels as they cheerfully promote violence.

    Not quite a haiku but don’t give up trying!!

  56. Tel

    zyconoclast #2970481,

    It’s a property rights issue and an enforcement issue, and not obvious as to the correct way forward. I encourage open debate, and I’m happy that people are at least debating the core of the issue instead of identity politics.

  57. Mitch M.

    Posted about 9 months ago.

    One post. Whoopee. What did I write: a concerted campaign. A bloody media post is not a strategy it is cheap and pathetic. What is it with conservatives that they no longer fight long and hard, instead just complaining on blogs and giving up when they cop a flogging. Remember how hard Hawke fought for industrial reform, or Howard and Costello for the GST?

  58. Nob

    Fracking.

    Letter in Times from CEO of UK gas company Cuadrilla:

    GOOD VIBRATIONS
    Sir, Lee Rowley MP (Red Box, Mar 19) describes “33 small earthquakes” occurring at our shale exploration site “within three miles of Blackpool Tower”. To describe those micro-seismic movements, which cannot be felt at surface and are detected on sensitive instruments installed 1.2 miles below the ground, as “earthquakes” is stretching the definition beyond breaking point.

    The surface vibrations recorded during fracturing operations at Preston New Road were typically less than 0.5 mm/s. This is far below the 15 mm/s limit for construction work recommended in British Standards to preclude even the possibility of cosmetic damage to buildings.

    Cuadrilla’s initial results at Preston New Road confirm that there is a rich reservoir of recoverable, high-quality, natural gas present in the Bowland shale. Scaremongering about micro-seismicity or trying to legislate out of operation a nascent industry that could in time create thousands of jobs and reduce our dependency on imported gas by 50 per cent is not what the UK needs.

    Indeed, all this jumping up and down by Mr Rowley is probably creating more movement and vibration in the House of Commons than hydraulic fracturing ever will at Blackpool Tower.
    Francis Egan
    CEO, Cuadrilla

  59. Tel

    The Daily Mail isn’t taking comments …

    I counted almost 50 MAFS articles down the Daily Mail right hand sidebar. That tells me enough.

  60. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’m not a Viet Nam veteran, nor have I ever claimed to be, but this one’s in memory of a good friend of mine. One of the farmer’s son’s who were called up, and saw “Nashoes” as their duty. Their father’s were World War Two veteran’s.

    “I signed the deceleration. You agreed to serve there, if you were posted there. If you didn’t sign the deceleration, they couldn’t post you to Viet Nam, but you couldn’t be posted to Singapore, or Malaysia, which were pretty sought after postings.”

  61. stackja

    Zulu – DM story taken from HUN?

  62. Mitch M.

    Would two be enough?

    Think about some recent historical examples. The LGTBREWOSX community has spent decades fighting for SSM. They kept going. They won.

    In the USA Dr. Gupta spent at least the last decade arguing for the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids. It probably cost him a fortune in lost patients and the medical community would have been on his case about it. Now the research program is massive, Big Pharma is already moving in to completely dominate the cannabinoid based medicine therapies, and in the last few years there has been a continual stream of research reports highlighting potential, the most recent being the commencement of a clinical trial for glioblastoma, a typically fatal brain cancer.

    Why are mavericks, creatives, and leaders so often difficult people? Because they go on fighting despite their opponents.

    Abbott, Turnbull, and Morrison got scared and ran away from their convictions. That’s modern conservatism.

  63. Tel

    Five?


    Nuclear power for South Australia a ‘game changer’

    An Eyre Peninsula nuclear power station would be a “game changer” for South Australia, providing cheap electricity, and power for water desalination to support a new agricultural irrigation scheme. A White Paper by a US scientific team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), released by Senator Cory Bernardi on 24 October, shows possible nuclear power options that will enable South Australia to “become a major global hub for clean energy and high-value crops in the 21st century”. Encouragingly, the scientists “surmise that similar results would apply to other Australian states as well as the country as a whole”, which should be no surprise, as nuclear power’s enormous energy density guarantees superior economic outcomes over diffuse and intermittent alternatives such as wind and solar.

  64. Tel

    Six?

    Bernardi wants nuke power plant ban lifted

    A crossbench senator believes Australia can become an energy superpower by lifting the ban on nuclear power plants.

  65. Steve trickler

    She definitely had her way with him on this night. Seduced and manipulated.

    Be wary, boys.



  66. Tel

    Seven?

    Bursting with fresh energy

    That’s why we need to take a vocal stand against the current zeitgeist. If we are serious about energy security we will open our minds to all forms of power generation, including nuclear, just like dozens of other countries in the world.

    We need to remove subsidies for the inefficient and impractical in favour of contractual and regulatory certainty for every new power plant proposal, no matter what its fuel source.

  67. Mitch M.

    Seven?

    You still don’t get it Tel. If the same strategy isn’t working do something different. Garner some experts to argue the case, make parliamentary speeches about it, explain the advantages of modern plants and why the two disasters were the product of very old reactors and a refusal to maintain safety standards.

    That last link is just a general rant. Here’s a golden rule about modern communication: if you want it to work don’t ramble on about this or that, keep to the principal point and keep arguing.

    Stop being dishonest, “nuclear” is only mentioned once in the whole article. I’m not going to waste my time checking the rest but if you think that is an article arguing for nuclear power you have no idea how to make an argument stick.

  68. Rabid Koala

    Given the breadth of the sometimes anti-establishment talk that takes place here, on this private blog, no-one would be surprised if, in the future, some GetDownOnYourKnees type decides to get some personal fame and attention by declaring that Catallaxy not only approves of, but indeed actively fosters or encourages, violence against certain community groups of sub-groups. Given that the blog owner has a public profile, his easiest option, if given an ultimatum, would be to ditch the blog, and keep his job, the latter which presumably helps to support his family.

    That’s cute. This blog is hardly anti establishment by modern standards. The opinions expressed here are safe, middle of the road and perfectly acceptable to the establishment.

  69. Mitch M.

    That’s cute. This blog is hardly anti establishment by modern standards. The opinions expressed here are safe, middle of the road and perfectly acceptable to the establishment.

    The solution is simple: someone here take over the blog. Sincs is in the firing line and has too much to lose. He’s done enough. He has already been called to account a number of times so your argument fails because obviously he has had to defend his career because of this blog. The people who gone after him made a strategic error which I won’t mention but eventually someone will get it right and then he will be in very big trouble. Also, remember that continued complaints will exhaust the patience of the RMIT and they will dispose of him just to be rid of the problem.

  70. Top Ender

    What large communications facility in Australia uses a WWII U-Boat diesel as a backup?

    Just outside a capital city.

  71. Tom

    Poor old David Rowe is having the week from hell.

  72. Mitch M.

    Like I previously stated, potential therapy. I just saw this. It’s nearly sunrise, I hate sunrise, time for bed.

    Are psychedelics the new anti-depressants?

    Next month St Vincent’s hospital in Melbourne will begin a landmark study into the effects of psilocybin – a derivative of magic mushrooms – on anxiety.

    Similar trials in the US and the UK indicate that psychedelic drugs can have therapeutic benefits for a range of disorders – but resistance to the research remains very high.

  73. Tintarella di Luna

    Similar trials in the US and the UK indicate that psychedelic drugs can have therapeutic benefits for a range of disorders – but resistance to the research remains very high.

    gee I wonder why? could it be that Big Pharm can’t make gazillions then donate to the Uniparties? – can’t have people getting better on natural stuff can we?

  74. dover_beach

    You still don’t get it Tel.

    No, I think he demonstrated a campaign of sorts. What you don’t consider is that campaigns require at the very least a sympathetic media which they would have had in your second example, while in the first, they were wildly enthusiastic supporters and campaigners for SSM. Is their a sympathetic media for nuclear?

  75. bespoke

    To easy to hide the effects rather then tackle course of mental health.

  76. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    can’t have people getting better on natural stuff can we?

    Like exercise, or laughter? See my comment upthread, Tinta. Plus, following Jordan Peterson, I guess one could also add strong spiritual experiences. And eating well, with an eye to the research findings about what is in certain foods and what it might be useful for in the body. Oh, and the unmentionable – a happy and normal sex life with someone you love. And plenty of quality sleep. What a list.

    I do have a concern with encouraging people to take psychedelic compounds au naturelle and medically unsupervised if they have underlying problems. Umm, probably at all, actually, as most of us have unknown psyches if the truth be told, the human brain being the complex thing that it is, and human experience being so variable in childhood and adolescence, and also in life’s trials as an adult.

    The useful thing with drug company involvement is that relevant chemicals can be isolated, modified, added to, and most particularly, dose levels can be scientifically worked out on a dose-response curve.

    And now I’m crawling back to bed after waking up obsessing about ordering our new kitchen – had one of those ‘waking dreams’ about needing to clear out all the cupboards and finding a Disney mouse in one of them talkin’ to me (!). My early morning waking lately is due to a hunger pattern after getting to bed hopelessly late (Hairy’s fault, he’s such a night owl). If I get up and have my brekky at 5am along with Tom’s Toons I am fine to sleep on then till nine, circumstances permitting, as I can’t do that when young children are around. Breaking that hunger-waking pattern is my intention from now on.

    If only Tom’s Toons weren’t so enticing. 🙂
    Must pattern change and look forward to reading them later in the day.

  77. Tintarella di Luna

    Like exercise, or laughter? See my comment upthread, Tinta. Plus, following Jordan Peterson, I guess one could also add strong spiritual experiences.

    Sleep well – Lizzie, enjoy the luxury, kitchen-mania can be somewhat debilitating. Good luck with it all

  78. Mother Lode

    I was scratching my head and rolling my eyes until I saw him her.

    That was Robert Menzies, wasn’t it?

  79. Leigh Lowe

    Thanks Tom.
    A F Branco for me today.

  80. Delta A

    Yes, Branco… again.

    Thanks, Tom.

  81. Rafiki redux

    The Australian’s story ‘Aussie spies beat ISIS’ recalls to mind an earlier report that the Israeli Defence Force offers the opportunity for their Natios to be trained in cyber security. Subsequent to their service, the trainees find ready and profitable employment. A good model? But I guess the ned to carefully screen applicants might founder on the rocks of political correctness.

  82. calli

    Jane Caro on Sunrise opining that grubernments worldwide should do “whatever it takes” to stop social media “giants” publishing news like the Christchurch live feed.

    Anyone with a functioning brain knows this is the thin end of the wedge to blanket censorship.

    Jane Caro – freedom = danger. It must be stopped!

  83. Tom

    freedom = danger. It must be stopped!

    Leftism is a nutshell.

  84. John Constantine

    Their shortreich purges the leader of the labor opposition of nsw, as focus groups reveal a gain in doing so.

    Just wait for their shortpurging and short-trials once in power.

  85. calli

    That will do too, Tom.

    A freedomless world is very, very small.

  86. John Constantine

    Social media that shows Wahhabi killings and torture are guilty of thoughtcrimes.

    There is only one narrative and all books not progressing the narrative must be burned.

    Comrades.

  87. Bruce of Newcastle

    The chickens are coming home to roost, and the foxes are in the hen house in the cartoons. And which came first the chicken or the egging?

    After all that how can I not link this nice little story this morning?

    Australian zoo swaps in feather duster for absentee dad who abandoned chicks (Fox News)

    Male plains-wanderers, a small, ground-dwelling bird native to southeastern Australia, bear the responsibility for child rearing and stay with the chicks while the female moves on to another mate soon after laying her eggs.

    However, in this case, the four-month-old male who was already struggling to tend to his first set of chicks, stopping sitting on the second set.

    In his place, zoo keepers in Victoria placed a feather duster on top of the eggs.

    “They have been snuggling up to the feather duster, pushing up into the feathers,” zoo director Glen Holland told The Guardian.

    One day you’re cock of the walk, the next you’re a feather duster.

  88. Whalehunt fun

    Top Ender. I was asked for lubricant oil for that. We had to dig DEEP to find records of what that thing needed. And that was many years ago Amazing it is still going today.

  89. calli

    The opinions expressed here are safe, middle of the road and perfectly acceptable to the establishment.

    Bother. I thought I was being out there and edgy.

    Freedom
    Liberty
    Personal Responsibility

    There. Them hate words should give me some notoriety.

  90. John Constantine

    Journalists backgrounded that Scomo proposed building detention centers for thirty thousand undocumented asylum seekers living in the Australian community. Years ago.

    Sloppy Joe hockey claims to have stopped it by calling it inhumane.

  91. calli

    One day you’re cock of the walk, the next you’re a feather duster.

    It should be named. Ah, I know.

    Michael Daley

  92. egg_

    Jane Caro on Sunrise opining that grubernments worldwide should do “whatever it takes” to stop social media “giants” publishing news like the Christchurch live feed.

    Anyone with a functioning brain knows this is the thin end of the wedge to blanket censorship.

    Jane Caro – freedom = danger. It must be stopped!

    Big Gummint Nanny Statist much?

  93. John Constantine

    Plains Wanderers do it tough during Quail season.

    Quail size, quail feathers, but comically slow and wobbly in flight compared to game birds.

    Too easy to kill, too bony to eat, but the wrong group can shoot all the plains wanderers of a district in a weekend.

  94. Whalehunt fun

    One day you’re cock of the walk, the next you’re a feather duster.

    It should be named. Ah, I know.

    Michael Daley

    No. That is a Mueller.

  95. calli

    Too easy to kill, too bony to eat, but the wrong group can shoot all the plains wanderers of a district in a weekend.

    No, no! The Custodians would never do such an evil thing!

  96. Bruce of Newcastle

    Speaking of eggings.

    Brexit supporter who egged Jeremy Corbyn JAILED – ‘Attacks on MPs must stop’

    A BREXIT supporter who egged Jeremy Corbyn earlier this month has been sentenced to 28 days’ imprisonment after admitting to an assault charge.

    Annings’ attacker should get a month in the clink too.

  97. pete m

    Trump’s tweet on Avanetti is a thing of beauty.

    Tells him to plead quickly so he can share a cell with M Cohen rofl.

    Avanetti was arrested overnight for attempted shakedown of Nike, and faces charges for stealing client’s money in California.

    This is the man cnn had on their network nearly 100 times trying to shakedown trump.

  98. egg_

    What large communications facility in Australia uses a WWII U-Boat diesel as a backup?

    Something so ancient wouldn’t be used by Telcos.
    Would it pass emissions today, even as a backup Genset?

  99. egg_

    Because emergency standby engine generators typically operate for a low number of hours, EPA exempts emergency diesel engine generator sets from Tier 4 regulations and requires Tier 2 and 3 compliance accordingly.

  100. Zatara

    The porn lawyer Avenati is having a really bad week.

    – Michael Avenatti has been arrested and accused of four counts of wire and bank fraud by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York. Avenatti tried to extort more than $20 million from Nike.

    – Prosecutors in Los Angeles announced that Avenatti is also facing two federal charges of bank fraud and wire fraud. Avenatti is accused of misappropriating a $1.6 million client settlement to fund his coffee business. He is also accused of using the funds to pay personal expenses. Avenatti faces bank fraud charges for allegedly obtaining $4.1 million in loans from a Mississippi bank by submitting false tax returns.

    – Avenatti was busted in his bankruptcy trial for trying to hide $900K from the court.

    – Oh, and no collusion.

    “Michael Avenatti Says He Won’t Run for President in 2020” – Nah, say it isn’t so.

  101. Bruce of Newcastle

    I think I know the theme of the next round of British cartoons.

    Boris Says Govt Has ‘Chickened Out’ on Brexit, May Should Tell EU Pharaohs, ‘LET MY PEOPLE GO’

    Brexiteer heavyweight Boris Johnson has slammed the Government’s lack of “gumption”, accusing it of having “chickened out” on Brexit and urging the prime minister to “channel the spirit of Moses in Exodus, and say to Pharaoh in Brussels – LET MY PEOPLE GO.”

    I have this vision of fleeing Poms being chased by an army of eurocrats, banana regulators and ECJ prosecutors. Who needs a B Ark when you can drown them all in the English Channel?

  102. Zatara

    CNN and MSNBC are rapidly running out of guest “experts”.

    Their normal stable of them are either facing charges, already in in jail, or laying low because they are under investigation.

  103. John Constantine

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/11/the-guardian-view-on-facebook-extremism-needs-moderation

    Does the Cat normalise dissent with the narratives that the godless commo left are using to wipe out western industrial civilisation?.

    If you can’t say any dissent anywhere, the words of dissent are banned, then the ability to even think quietly and unspoken to yourself that that dissent is possible is crushed by the State.

    We will all be so much more Cheerful in our intellectual Squalor when the State selects all allowable thoughts for us.

    At gunpoint.

    Comrades.

  104. John Constantine

    One effort to change this is the private member’s bill introduced with considerable cross-party support by the Labour MP Lucy Powell today. This would make the moderators of online groups – and not just the giant, distant companies that own them – responsible for their content. It would also ban private groups of more than 500 members: their existence would have to be public, as would the number, if not the names, of their membership.

    More thought needs to be given to these well-intentioned proposals.It is difficult to define an online forum: do the comments on YouTube videos count? Do mailing lists? Newspaper comment sections? WhatsApp groups for MPs? All function for discussions among communities. Much harm can be done in secret groups, it’s true.

    Rule is not to post anything on the Cat that you can’t own with your real name in the second term of the shortreich.

    Comrades.

  105. Farmer Gez

    bespoke
    #2970581, posted on March 26, 2019 at 7:00 am
    Are these tiny, ‘inherently safe’ nuclear reactors the path to a carbon-free future?

    Via: instapundit

    I notice a critique of the reactors by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
    This lot are big on global warming consensus but very much against Genetic Modification science that is demonstrably safe and proven safe in the field.
    They are modern day scientific/political wing of Lysenkoism.

  106. Twostix

    One effort to change this is the private member’s bill introduced with considerable cross-party support by the Labour MP Lucy Powell today. This would make the moderators of online groups – and not just the giant, distant companies that own them –

    Predicted.

  107. Baldrick

    Bumper crop. Thanks Tom.

  108. Uncle Melvin

    A man who attacked Jeremy Corbyn with an egg was jailed for 28 days. (The Spectator)

    A older boy who attacked Anning with an egg is praised as a woke hero.

  109. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    full 30min press conference

  110. Zatara

    CNN still has a stakeout team watching Mueller’s office.

    After running over 2000 stories on the Russia collusion inquisition they are apparently clueless about what to do now that it is over.

  111. calli

    Is it just me, or does Graham remind anyone else of a Bassett hound?

    I don’t think he’s going to stop until it’s over. Tummy rubs and ear tickles notwithstanding.

  112. Mother Lode

    I mean, Hillary can’t be too pleased.

    Have they put Meuller on suicide watch yet?

    They really have to be careful too. People who don’t own firearms have been able to shoot themselves once in the chest and twice in the back of the head, or have pulverised their own heads with a hammer which they have hung back in its place in the garage, or found in their beds having run themselves over with their car, or been found slashed to ribbons in a threshing machine 1,000 miles from their homes where they had just 1 hour before popped out to buy a newspaper.

    (Note – if these events happened in NZ Ardern would ban tools, cars and agriculture. All part of making NZ an eco-tourism powerhouse (as eco-fascists want) so long as no one flies or takes a ship there.)

  113. Farmer Gez

    Does this sound familiar?

    The pseudo-scientific ideas of Lysenkoism assumed the heritability of acquired characteristics (Lamarckism). Lysenko’s theory rejected Mendelian inheritance and the concept of the “gene”; it departed from Darwinian evolutionary theory by rejecting natural selection. Proponents falsely claimed to have discovered, among many other things, that rye could transform into wheat and wheat into barley, that weeds could spontaneously transmute into food grains, and that “natural cooperation” was observed in nature as opposed to “natural selection”. Lysenkoism promised extraordinary advances in breeding and in agriculture that never came about.

    Joseph Stalin supported the campaign. More than 3,000 mainstream biologists were fired or even sent to prison, and numerous scientists were executed as part of a campaign instigated by Lysenko to suppress his scientific opponents. The president of the Agriculture Academy, Nikolai Vavilov, was sent to prison and died there, while scientific research in the field of genetics was effectively destroyed until the death of Stalin in 1953. Research and teaching in the fields of neurophysiology, cell biology, and many other biological disciplines was also negatively affected or banned.

    In modern usage, the term lysenkoism has become distinct from normal pseudoscience. Where pseudoscience pretends to be science, lysenkoism aims at attacking the legitimacy of science itself, usually for political reasons. It is the rejection of the universality of scientific truth, and the deliberate defamation of the scientific method to the level of politics.

  114. Spider

    Just reflecting on what Ros posted last night regarding The Dumb and Ita’s remarks from eons ago and then the comments of the Greens senator and an indigenous activist in front of the Indigenous flag on Q&A last night.

    ”So if they have decided that going after their new boss means using ABC resources to trawl her words and thoughts over her life maybe Australians should return the favour. In our spare moments wander through the thoughts and words of their current ideologues, including their guests And screech in horror wherever we may.”

    This was exactly the point I was hoping the Liberal would make during last night’s Q&A. So if we go through everyones twitter and Facebook feeds for the last 10 years we won’t find one single offensive hateful comment? Yeah right.

    My Facebook feed is full of supposedly normal mainstream educated Leftists spewing hate on Catholics (there all Pdos), conservatives (in bed with Nazis), Japanese (evil due to whales), Americans (responsible for almost everything bad in the world), Brown people in Asia (treatment of animals eg orangutans), White men (all wife beaters), Israelis (anything goes), Climate Deniers (evil and stupid).

    And this is the main problem when the Left bangs on about hate speech. They don’t include their own vile speech applied to whole classes of people in the category of hate speech. Only people who disagree with them can possibly be using hate speech.

    I wanted to say to the Greens senator last night. So if (in the unlikely event) Facebook made a pronouncement that all commentary arising from the BDS campaign was a form of hate speech would she be ok with that?

  115. Notafan

    Ive been a member of online groups on Facebook.

    Most have degenerated into anti Christian Lock the Gate nutjobbery after starting out as ostensibly conservative.

    Lots of irrational bigots out there.

    No doubt all crowing about the Cardinal Pell conviction.

    I don’t bother much with Facebook anymore.

  116. Arky

    do have a concern with encouraging people to take psychedelic compounds au naturelle and medically unsupervised if they have underlying problems. Umm, probably at all, actually, as most of us have unknown psyches if the truth be told, the human brain being the complex thing that it is, and human experience being so variable in childhood and adolescence, and also in life’s trials as an adult.

    ..
    Your brain produces all the chemicals you need.
    Artificially inducing their production with drugs is foolish.
    You burn out the natural production pathways and ultimately make an even disposition harder to achieve naturally.
    You also have to consider that the psychodellic drugs may be artificially inducing chemicals designed into your system to cushion the pain and anxiety that would otherwise be felt in dying.
    You may well be literally storing up hell for yourself by over stimulatong these powerful pathways prematurely.

  117. Zatara

    CNN and MSNBC are rapidly running out of guest “experts”

    Ooops, there goes another one.

    Although the co-conspirator was not named in the criminal complain against Avenatti, The Wall Street Journal reported that Avenatti’s co-conspirator is celebrity attorney and CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos.

    Yes, the same Mark Geragos who represented SJW Colin Kaepernick, hate hoaxer Jussie Smollett and murderer Scott Peterson.

    A CNN spokesperson just said, “Mark Geragos is no longer a CNN contributor”

  118. Notafan

    That too Spider

    Lot of really nasty people out there, in the absence of Christian charity, the world is a hatethon, railing against anyone who isn’t in lockstep with the narrative.

    It’s a plague of poisonpenitis.

    I wonder if these were the sorts of people that wrote anonymous letters to the authorities back in the day denouncing their neighbours.

    Move over Gestapo and Stasi we’ve got a whole everything old is new again thought crime category.

  119. OldOzzie

    Mueller and the Obama Accounting

    The former President now owes the country an explanation for the historic abuse of government surveillance powers.

    By James Freeman WSJ
    March 25, 2019 1:17 p.m. ET

    The Mueller report confirms that the Obama administration, without evidence, turned the surveillance powers of the federal government against the presidential campaign of the party out of power. This historic abuse of executive authority was either approved by President Barack Obama or it was not. It’s time for Mr. Obama, who oddly receives few mentions in stories about his government’s spying on associates of the 2016 Trump campaign, to say what he knew and did not know about the targeting of his party’s opponents.

    If he was briefed, for example, on plans by the Justice Department to seek wiretaps on Trump campaign associates, it’s hard to believe Mr. Obama would not have been highly interested in the matter. Going all the way back to his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in Illinois, Mr. Obama had aggressively advocated for preventing federal abuse of surveillance powers.

    In September of 2004, the Chicago Tribune reported that candidate Obama “is ripping the controversial USA Patriot Act for violating U.S. citizens’ civil liberties in the battle against terrorism.” The Tribune reported:

    Answering a Tribune questionnaire on the issue of terrorism, Obama vows to support the repeal of several provisions of the act because he believes it failed to strike the appropriate balance between homeland security and protection of civil liberties.

    “The act goes too far in violating our fundamental notions of privacy, thus seriously eroding the very ideals at the heart of our country’s greatness,” Obama said in his questionnaire.

    According to the Tribune, Mr. Obama said that “a cornerstone of our democracy” is “that actions of a sometimes overzealous and overreaching Executive Branch are subject to challenge.”

    The next month, Madison, Wisconsin’s Capital Times reported on the Illinois candidate’s visit for a campaign event:

    Barack Obama, the Illinois U.S. Senate candidate who became a national political phenomenon when he delivered the keynote address at this summer’s Democratic National Convention, says he would like to think he would be as courageous as Russ Feingold was when he cast the sole vote in the Senate against the Patriot Act…

    “I like to think that, had I been in the Senate, I would have cast the second vote against the Patriot Act,” says Obama, who like Feingold is a lawyer and a passionate defender of the Bill of Rights.

    It’s time for this lawyer and alleged passionate defender of the Bill of Rights to explain the actions of his overzealous and overreaching executive branch. If he didn’t find out about the wiretapping until after the fact, when exactly did he learn about it and how did he respond?

    What has always seemed clear is that Mr. Obama never actually believed the now-discredited claim that the Trump campaign worked with Russia to rig the 2016 U.S. elections. In April of 2017, three months after Mr. Obama left office, this column noted that the former President had offered little criticism of the new President:

    At the end of January, Mr. Obama broke his public silence, but it wasn’t to reveal a grand conspiracy among former or current Trump associates. The former president instead released via a spokesman a statement supporting protests of a new Trump executive order on immigration. “Barack Obama and his aides expected to take on President Donald Trump at some point, but they didn’t think it would happen this quickly,” Politico noted at the time. “Now they’re trying to find the right balance on issues that demand a response.” Politico further reported that from “his vacation spot in the Caribbean, Obama has been keeping up with news from Washington,” as well as following the anti-Trump protests that were occurring around the country.

    If a former president, who had enjoyed unrivaled access to the relevant intelligence, believed that the country had been taken over by a cabal of Kremlin cronies, would he really be lying on a beach wondering which issues compelled him to criticize his successor—and having done so, decide that a Russia-engineered coup didn’t quite rise to that level?

    If Mr. Obama never bought into the collusion conspiracy theory, then the question is why he endorsed or allowed the use of federal surveillance tools against the party out of power—a direct threat to the democratic process that is at the heart of our country’s greatness.

    Mr. Obama might have room to deny any knowledge of the details of the surveillance abuses, given the story his FBI director told Congress—if anybody could believe that story.

    The absolute bare minimum that Mr. Obama owes this country is an explanation of the actions of his government in spying on a presidential campaign.

    Out on a Limb

    “Conclusion of Mueller probe raises anew criticisms of coverage,” Washington Post, March 24

    Other Than That, The Stories Were Accurate

    “For deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration,” 2018 Pulitzer Prize citation lauding the staffs of the New York Times and Washington Post.

  120. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Lawfare jihad
    French Muslim group sues Facebook, YouTube over Christchurch attack video
    France’s official Muslim council has accused the social media giants who live-streamed the Christchurch mosque massacres of “abetting terrorism” in a new lawsuit.

  121. Notafan

    Ararat isn’t ‘notorious’ it’s for prisoners who are at high risk from other criminals.

    The whole thing makes me sick.

    I keep thinking of poor old Br Tyrrell who endured over a year in prison because of a government funded encouraged facilitated fake crime too.

    I hope someone chases a great big compensation payment for that false imprisonment.

  122. OldOzzie

    Tanks Tom,

    an excellent selection today and hard to pick a winner but I will go with Paul Zanetti Australian

    and for you from today’s The Australian

    Kudelka is pretty good

  123. Notafan

    Did the muslims in France sue anyone over the videos where Islamic state/ Islamists lined up hundreds of young army recruits and shot them?

    They made quite a few of those, including one where they were shot as they went into a river.

    Or those beheading videos?

    Christchurch man imitated islam, but no-one is pointing that finger.

  124. Spider

    The rep from NSW Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party giving an object lesson in how to respond to La Trioli this morning when she was trying to draw a connection between their party and the Christchurch attack.

    He was articulate, thoughtful and clear headed. And she couldn’t bowl one past him.

    Rest assured he won’t be back on anytime soon.

  125. Muddy

    If the U.S. malignant media are running short of experts for commentary, Australia still has an overabundance of F-grade comedians that apparently know what is best for all of us.
    I’d be happy to swap the whole lot of them for Kaley Cuoco. (Yes, I know, the show hasn’t been funny for about eight seasons, but Kaley. Kaaaaaaleeeey…).

  126. OldOzzie

    OldOzzie
    #2970630, posted on March 26, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Tanks Tom, sorry Tom

    meant to be “Thanks Tom” – damn these eyes and that was with Zoom In a number of times to be able to read the screen – have to go bigger

  127. Mother Lode

    Interesting about the nuclear power campaign Cory has taken up.

    Conservatives don’t have to aim to be controversial – in the progressive milieu that is the MSM, any view to the right of Di Natale is ‘controversial’.

    He needs to be dogged and not let a lie pass un-rebutted.

    The view of the conservative as a meek, unimaginative, rendered powerless by the bonds of their manners and irrationally afraid (as opposed to rationally circumspect) of change is a nonsense. It is an image created by stereotyping conservatives as the dour old aunts sitting on chairs pursing their lips at every bit of joy they see around them.

    And no one wants to be those old biddies, so being a conservative is unfashionable and people keep it to themselves, and let themselves feel isolated.

    The America conservative talking heads have put the lie to that.

    There could be ten people in a cafeteria in some company and they would all be spouting leftist platitudes because they are wary of provoking the other nine – since lefties are triggered to monstrous behaviour by different opinions.

    There has not really been a rational articulation of the conservative attitude in public life and debates would be a perfect opportunity. New ideas are not always better ideas – they are not the same thing. And comparing something new on speculated value against something else’s historical value is best done with sober attention, not wild exuberance.

    People rushed to renewables because they were a shiny new idea, and abandoned coal and gas power because they weren’t. Look what we have now.

  128. stackja

    Top Ender
    #2970541, posted on March 26, 2019 at 3:39 am

    Thank you. Got past paywall, somehow!

  129. Zatara

    Three students charged with aggravated arson after setting fire to the Tulane University dormitory room door of a recently doxed member of the Young Americans For Liberty group.

    Nobody killed or injured thank goodness but think of what could have happened at 1 AM in a crowded dorm.

    Not a word from the Left about it.

  130. Boambee John

    zyconoclast
    #2970493, posted on March 25, 2019 at 11:49 pm
    2017 King County Firearm Violence

    While people of color makeup around 29% of King County’s population, they disproportionately account for 83% of shooting victims

    In 2017,26 defendants in King County were charged with murder or manslaughter charges arising from a shooting. Of those defendants,85% were people of color

    Facts can be sooooo wacist!!

  131. OldOzzie

    Were hypocrisy combustible we’d power the nation

    Adam Creighton

    If only hypocrisy could be harnessed to power our country, the ­energy wars would be over. The energy “trilemma” would be solved, hypocrisy being reliable (see social media any time), affordable (it’s free) and low emission (especially when expressed in writing). Next to sanctimony, it’s the great force of our age.

    We happily export uranium for others to generate emissions-free, reliable power, yet turn our noses up at using it ourselves. The clamour to stop new coal-fired power generation, even to tide us over until battery technology improves the reliability of renewables, smacks of hypocrisy.

    Coal and iron ore in particular finance our lifestyle, making affordable cars, televisions, foreign holidays — indeed all of the $35 billion worth of goods and services we import every month.

    The mere whiff of a Chinese ban on Australian coal imports dragged the dollar down 1 per cent last month. And China’s not even our biggest customer, buying about $11bn of $60bn in thermal and metallurgical coal last year.

    The push to derail the Adani Carmichael mine in Queensland, which would provide electricity for low-income Indians, is the pointy end of an even more extreme movement, exemplified by Labor’s Richard Marles, that wishes for a collapse of the coal market.

    Without coal exports (and iron ore, the second most valuable) our currency would collapse. Chinese, Japanese and Korean demand for our resources underpins demand for our currency, which our exporters, such as BHP, Rio Tinto, Yancoal and Glencore, need to pay their taxes, staff, local suppliers and shareholders.

    Without those taxes you could forget about the cuts planned for next week’s budget, which rest entirely on a revenue surge courtesy of the nation’s exporters.

    A world powered by renewable energy would be a scientific and ecological triumph, but also an economic disaster for Australia, which — absent some dramatic innovation — depends on fossil fuel exports to pay its way.

    If the world moves away from fossil fuels as planned by the 2015 Paris Agreement our currency, already among the weakest in the Western world, will fall another 6 per cent by 2030, according to economist Warwick McKibbin.

    “The implicit tax on Australia’s exports through the CO2 tax ­causes a substantial loss in the terms of trade in both the short and long run,” he writes in his latest Brookings paper, which points to a 2 per cent drop in wages, too.

    However sunny and windy parts of the nation may be, we can’t bottle and export it. Our expertise at royal commissions, government inquiries and making coffee — however advanced — is unlikely to come near the $100bn plus in fossil fuel exports last year.

    And we’re making life harder for ourselves in the meantime by forcing more renewable energy into our grid while letting reliable baseload power lapse, an approach described as “chaotic” in the Australian Energy Market Operator’s December health check of the market.

    It is hardly a free market in any meaningful sense, distorted as it is by state and federal regulations and interventions on top of the confusopoly of the big three retailers — AGL, Origin and Hong Kong-owned EnergyAustralia.

    Government renewable targets have “broken the link between the physical needs of a reliable power system and the economic incentives on market participants that keep wholesale energy costs as low as possible”, it says. Rent seekers are taking over the power grid.

    Renewables advocates argue wind and solar are cheaper than coal and gas. Yet retail prices have increased 56 per cent in real terms across a decade as the renewables’ share of energy supply has increased to about 16 per cent (55 per cent in South Australia). Correlation isn’t causation but at some point the dividend from this “cheap” power source should start showing up on our bills.

    Victoria’s Hazelwood coal- fired power station, which supplied about 5 per cent of the power for the national market, shut in early 2017, owing to a decision by a French company controlled by the French government.

    Wholesale electricity prices in Victoria have increased from less than $40 to $100 a megawatt hour since then, AEMO says. In January this year they reached $250 a megawatt hour. Prices have increased 100 per cent in NSW and 86 per cent in South Australia across the same period. (And would France allow an Australian firm dictate the country’s energy supply and prices?)

    Liddell power station in NSW, of similar size to Hazelwood, is set to close in 2022. Its owner, AGL, says prices won’t increase and reliability won’t be undermined. Suppliers have a vested interest in less power and higher prices.

    Even the authorities can’t be trusted. In early 2017, AEMO said Hazelwood’s closure “wouldn’t compromise the security of the Victoria” electricity market. Then in November it pointed to “heightened risk of supply disruptions for the coming summer … if no further steps were taken”.

    Steps taken entail Snowy 2.0, a fancy, expensive battery, able to provide power for about 140 hours. Far from solving the problem of a lack of reliable inexpensive power, this pet government project, an expansion of the Snowy Hydro scheme, depends on high prices.

    Water is pumped up the hill when wholesale electricity prices are low and is released at the top when they are high. The higher the prices, the better for Snowy and its ultimate owner, the federal government. At about $6bn, including about $2bn to update the transmission network, it is three times the cost of a new low-emission coal-fired power station.

    Common sense is unlikely to prevail in power, as most voters don’t feel the pain. Electricity expenditure made up 2.17 per cent of household spending in 2017 — even after a decade of price increases. That’s less than takeaway food, 2.56 per cent, or restaurants. Households made up only a quarter of electricity sales by volume last year. Business, especially heavy industry, makes up the balance. Alas for them, they don’t vote.

  132. hzhousewife

    I hope someone chases a great big compensation payment for that false imprisonment.

    Maybe so, but the difficulty I have is that the compensation money comes from the tax-payer, not the unethical lawyers who put him there.

  133. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The absolute bare minimum that Mr. Obama owes this country is an explanation of the actions of his government in spying on a presidential campaign.

    The absolute minimum that Mr Obama and his cohorts deserve is jail for such disgraceful
    and illegal abuse of power.

  134. Mother Lode

    Thanks, Tom.

    I must admit, I laughed at the Rowe cartoon.

    Oh, not at its content. It is sad to see so much effort go into something so trite.

    No, I laughed at his undoubted discomfiture and exasperation.

    He will have been certain Trump was going down. He will have had some creeping doubts when he heard the report was complete but there were no promising leaks but his faith would have been sublimely undisturbed.

    And then the clanger.

    Now he is reduced to trying to make it look like Trump has something to be embarrassed about.

    What a twat.

  135. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    Political elites are desperately seeking legitimacy as their grip on power is forcibly relaxed by free world citizens who prefer grassroots government to supranational authority. In reaction to the resurgence of the democratic spirit, liberal elites are tossing Newspeak at the plebs. Thus far, they have turned patriots into xenophobes, democrats into populists, conservatives into ­autocrats, free speech into hate speech and diversity into demagoguery.

    — Jennifer Oriel

  136. Eyrie

    Union of Concerned Scientists.
    Anthony Watts’s dog is a member. They take anybody.Fake political pressure group.

  137. Mother Lode

    Saw this at the Channel Nein site:

    One Nation ‘sought pro-gun funding’ in hidden camera sting

    It is not illegal to be pro-gun.

    Progressives always have difficulty distinguishing between their wishes and law.

  138. Eyrie

    Is the the Christchurch Crusaders rugby team going to call themselves the Christchurch Saracens?

  139. Eyrie

    Regarding nuclear power: Cory who?

  140. stackja

    calli
    #2970626, posted on March 26, 2019 at 8:14 am
    No wonder he’s in solitary

    Same as DM. Also HUN.

    George Pell’s hellish cell neighbours revealed to be terror accused and Bourke St killer James Gargasoulas
    Aneeka Simonis and Mark Buttler, Herald Sun
    March 25, 2019 8:54pm
    Subscriber only

    Cardinal George Pell is caged between cells occupied by accused Islamic State-­inspired terrorists and one of Melbourne’s most hated killers.

    The convicted child molester, whose appeal is due to be heard on June 5, is in protective ­custody, spending 23 hours a day locked in a cell at the Melbourne Assessment Prison in Spencer Street, West Melbourne.

    “Who’s on First?”

  141. stackja

    Mother Lode
    #2970649, posted on March 26, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Members of Victoria’s far-Right slapped with firearm prohibition orders, with more to come
    James Dowling and Anthony Galloway, Herald Sun
    March 26, 2019 12:01am
    Subscriber only

    A handful of Victorian far-Right organisation members have been banned from having guns as Victoria Police intensifies its monitoring of more than a dozen political extremists in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack.

    The Herald Sun understands that a number of individuals who hold far-Right wing views are on firearm ­prohibition orders, with more bans likely to be served in the coming months.

    The increased monitoring of the far-Right comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison will today announce social media executives will face jail time for livestreaming extreme violence such as the Christchurch massacre, in which 50 people were killed.

  142. Percy Popinjay

    argues that mystical experiences while under the influence of psilocybin proves the supernatural

    I’m assuming this is why poor ol’ Pol Dot is still languishing in the Kampuchean jungle. Those supernatural mystical experiences aren’t going to happen by themselves.

    Watched Sky last night – interestingly the volume appears to have been jacked up by the broadcaster, as it’s a lot louder than the other stations. Bolt was good, although marred by the appearance of the Nuclear Milkman. Bolt’s interview with Latham was a cracker. Much gloating over the Wussian Collusion Nothingburger, including by Daisy Cousens who’s presumably Bolt’s go to gal for social meeja idiocy.

    Kenny was tolerable and put together some hilarious montages of various US dinosaur meeja clowns endlessly repeating that Fatty Trump had reached a tipping point, the walls were closing in, indictments and impeachment were inevitable and he was going to gaol. Kenny then interviewed some droning American ex CIA wally who as Kenny excitedly reminded us “predicted the rise of Fatty Trump”, even though the latter pointed out he’d done no such thing.

    Paul Murray – excruciating. Bucket Guts Richo and Jeannie Parrot screeching about coal fired power stations. Switched off immediately at that point due to the risk of my taking to the telly with a sledgehammer.

    Verdict – not again any time soon.

  143. stackja

    Opinion: Difference between our successful women premiers
    Peter Gleeson, The Courier-Mail
    March 26, 2019 1:00am
    Subscriber only

    THERE are some remarkable similarities between the rise and rise of NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and that of her Queensland counterpart, Annastacia Palaszczuk.

    They are outstanding “retail’’ politicians who took on men at the ballot box and beat them handsomely.

    Both are fiercely protective of their families and are proud of their ancestral past, Berejiklian being Armenian and Palaszczuk with her Polish links.

    However they are light years apart on the economic policies being applied to their respective states.

    NSW voters rewarded sound fiscal and economic performance. It was hard hats at 20 paces.

    They were not particularly enamoured with the Liberal National brand, particularly the in-fighting in Canberra, but they put aside their federal concerns to return a Coalition that put the economy up in lights.

  144. Percy Popinjay

    Has m0nty reappeared yet, or is he in a hospital psych ward somewhere munching on some magic mushies?

  145. feelthebern

    Normally by now, numbers would have checked in & said “Rowe spot on as usual”.
    I wonder why he hasn’t.

  146. stackja

    Would-be NT police officer Gabrielle Wolfe claims force discriminated against her
    CRAIG DUNLOP, NT News
    March 26, 2019 12:30am
    Subscriber only

    A WANNABE police officer with bung knees who couldn’t properly pin a crook to the ground claims she was discriminated against when she flunked part of her initial training and was sacked from her job as a probationary constable.

    Longtime NT Police civilian employee Gabrielle Wolfe was sacked as a probationary constable’s five-and-a-half months in to her employment after it emerged she couldn’t properly perform a basic restraint technique called a “3-point hold”.

    The move involves holding a crim to the ground, facedown, with one knee on the ground and the other on back of the crim’s shoulder while twisting the crim’s arm behind their back.

  147. OldOzzie

    Newspoll: Morrison heading north in the south

    Simon Benson
    National Affairs Editor


    Victoria is leading a recovery for the Morrison government with popular support jumping four points in the first quarter of this year to 40 per cent as the Greens and Labor lose ground in Bill Shorten’s home state.

    But Labor remains dominant in every state with the national ­picture still grim for the Coalition.

    In a sign that the negative effects of Malcolm Turnbull’s removal may have begun to wash through the suburban electorates, an ­exclusive quarterly Newspoll analysis conducted for The Australian shows the Coalition has recorded a three-point turnaround in the two-party-preferred vote in Victoria in the first quarter of this year.

    This mirrors a rebound in the overall vote for the Coalition in the mainland capitals with a return to the highest point in the past year under Mr Turnbull’s leadership rising four points across the five largest capitals to 38 per cent compared with the final quarter of last year. It has not only recovered the ground lost in the aftermath of the August leadership spill, but is now two points higher than where the Coalition was at the same period last year.

    The bounce, however, has not been enough to elevate the ­Coalition into a competitive position.

    Commercial private polling, ­revealed to The Australian, had the Coalition showing a similar recovery in Victoria with a primary vote of 39 per cent.

    The Newspoll analysis had Labor’s average primary vote in Victoria drop two points for this quarter to 42 per cent while the Greens recorded their lowest result — 8 per cent — in the past year.

    GRAPHIC: Newspoll analysis

    Liberal Party sources conceded that the general perception was that Victoria was bad for the ­Coalition but Mr Morrison had made a point of cementing himself there since the start of the year with a mini-campaign around a string of infrastructure announcements.

    The Prime Minister has been to Victoria nine times in the past month alone, making Melbourne his most-visited city where population growth and urban congestion are a top-order issue.

    The minor recoveries in other metropolitan zones reflect the ­results for the Coalition in the NSW election where the Berej­iklian government managed to hold on to virtually all the Liberal-held metropolitan seats.

    However, just like the routing of the NSW Nationals at the weekend where the party lost most of western NSW, any gains reflected in the polls for the federal ­Coalition in the capitals continues to be outstripped by the virtual collapse in support in the regional centres, which is dragging down the overall vote.

    The Coalition’s primary vote is still considerably suppressed in every other mainland state including Queensland where the swing against the LNP on the last election remains at more than 8 per cent. The picture remains grim in NSW, which is down almost six points on the July 2016 election result.

    Despite significant personal support for Mr Morrison in the ­regions, the mix of right-wing ­independent parties including One Nation, the Shooters and Fishers and Clive Palmer’s party, are proving to be a significant ­anchor on the Coalition vote outside of the capitals. One Nation and other minor parties account for 18 per cent of the vote on a ­national level compared with 16.4 per cent at the election.

    Labor’s primary vote in the bush is also at record highs at 39 per cent — almost a 10-point surge on the election result. However, this was not reflected in the NSW election with Labor performing poorly in the bush.

    Senior Liberal sources claimed the Newspoll numbers, and the NSW result, suggested that preference deals would become the ­deciding factor in the federal election, which The Australian yesterday revealed, had firmed to be held on May 11.

    The Newspoll quarterly analysis, which used a sample size of 6393 voters across the capitals and regional areas between January 24 and March 10, shows NSW was the worst state for the Coalition after South Australia with a two-party-preferred split of 54-46 per cent in favour of Labor in the nation’s largest state.

    Victoria had emerged as the equal-strongest state for the ­Coalition with it and Queensland on 2PP splits of 53-47 in Labor’s favour. Mr Morrison is most popular in Queensland followed by Victoria and NSW.

    Mr Shorten is strongest in Victoria and NSW.

  148. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    Conventional wisdom does not regard Communism with the same abhorrence as fascism, even though if you want to be an accountant about it and add up the skulls of the dead, you will find that the Communists murdered many more people than the fascists did, began murdering before fascists came to power and carried on murdering after the fascists had gone. Yet few can bring themselves to see fascism and Communism as moral equivalents.

    — Nick Cohen

  149. Mother Lode

    Jane Caro – freedom = danger. It must be stopped!

    It is why they have worked so hard to set one part of the populace against the other fan conflict.

    The message is that they will protect us from all the others – all we need do is surrender our freedom.

    (Sounds a bit like the serpent in the Garden of Eden.)

    But for every time a Jane Caro tells me she will protect me from the millions of others, there are millions of times she (one by one) tells them she will protect them from me.

  150. stackja

    OldOzzie
    #2970663, posted on March 26, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Recession Bill coming soon to Oz?

  151. Top Ender

    Looks like Whalehunt has it.

    What large communications facility in Australia uses a WWII U-Boat diesel as a backup?

    Just outside a capital city.

    It’s in Hobart, up on top of Mount Wellington.

    So huge, to oil the rocker springs in top, one walks along with a can of oil, carefully lubricating.

    How it got there I have never researched.

    Interesting ironical connection. U-862 sat at the entrance to the Derwent in 1944, waiting for prey. Through her periscope she had a ship coming towards her. Then sighted an aircraft, and thinking she was being hunted, dived for the seabed. The aircraft was a furphy; the freighter chugged past, and U-862 went on to sink some other ships off the Australian coast, before ending up in Japan at the end of the war.

  152. C.L.

    Michael Avenatti has been arrested

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  153. Bruce of Newcastle

    Democrats can sure pick ’em.

    Buttigieg surges to third place in new Iowa poll

    Eleven percent of likely Democratic Iowa caucusgoers surveyed by Emerson Polling said they would pick Buttigieg to be their 2020 presidential nominee. Overall, Buttigieg placed third behind Former Vice President Joe Biden, at 25 percent, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), at 24 percent.

    The first flagrantly gropes women on camera, the second is an unreconstructed socialist who isn’t even a Democrat.

    And now the third is a gay guy whose name is Butty Gig. You’d think he’d’ve at least done the deed poll thing before going into politics.

    Ah well, we can’t criticise, seeing we’re about to have a Prime Minister Willy Dick Shorten.

  154. C.L.

    Donald Trump Jr.✔@DonaldJTrumpJr
    #MAGA – Michael Avenatti Getting Arrested!!!

  155. stackja

    OldOzzie
    #2970663, posted on March 26, 2019 at 9:08 am
    Mr Shorten is strongest in Victoria and NSW.

    Dan really popular? And NSW ALP has a pretend leader to help BS.

  156. Tiny dancer

    Mueller, Avenatti … the only way that m0ron will come of out of hiding is if you leave a trial of doughnuts

  157. stackja

    Top Ender
    #2970670, posted on March 26, 2019 at 9:11 am
    Looks like Whalehunt has it.
    Mount Wellington

    The road and telecommunications junk on top compromise the mountain’s natural values but they have limited spacial impact. bobbrown.org.au

    Bob doesn’t like telecommunications junk?

  158. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    Government spending cannot create additional jobs. If the government provides the funds required by taxing the citizens or by borrowing from the public, it abolishes on the one hand as many jobs as it creates on the other.

    — Ludwig von Mises

    BS says he can create jobs. Lots of OPM.

  159. stackja

    Daunting job comes with high office but, oh boy, what a view
    ALEX LUTTRELL, Mercury
    April 23, 2018 8:39am
    Subscriber only
    DESPITE the daunting weather conditions and physical exhaustion, Brad Judge would still rather work from the top of a TV tower than behind a desk.

    And with views like this who could blame him.

    Mr Judge owns Ropeworx, a Hobart company that offers off-ground maintenance work.

    He has almost a decade of experience in rope-access work and for the past three weeks has been painting the 55m steel communication tower atop kunanyi/Mt Wellington.

    The work, contracted by the company Programmed, involved scraping off paint and rust from the tower, which services WIN TV, Southern Cross and TDT, and recoating it for protection. The tower hasn’t been painted for about seven years.

  160. stackja

    Most hostile environment of any broadcasting site’: Why put a transmission tower on kunanyi/Mount Wellington
    By Erin Cooper
    Updated 2 Mar 2019, 6:48am

    Known as the Post Master General Tower or PMG tower, it was built in 1959, and owned by the Federal Government’s National Transmission Agency (NTA), bringing national television to Tasmania for the first time.

    Anne McConnell, a cultural and heritage coordinator with the Wellington Park Management Trust, said the decision was made to build on the summit for very practical reasons.

    “It’s the highest point in Hobart, so you would get the best coverage,” she said.

    But it wasn’t always the rocket-style structure it is now, as the original steel lattice was demolished in 1997 just after the 130 metre-tall concrete version replaced it on the same site.

    The construction of the new tower was part of a movement towards statewide broadcasting, as services had previously been split between the north and south of the state.

  161. pete m

    Pell’s appeal hearing is set for 5 June

    I wonder if it will be cloaked in secrecy on reporting too.

  162. stackja

    French tourist’s shock at camera hidden in deodorant stick
    The Daily Telegraph
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    A man has been charged after a French tourist discovered a camera hidden in a deodorant stick after she had showered in a shared Bondi Beach bathroom.

    The 27-year-old woman, whom police said had been holidaying from France, booked into a hostel on Lamrock Avenue on Sunday and was allocated a room with en suite, shared with a man unknown to her.

    About 10pm last night, the woman had finished showering when she noticed a toiletry bag on the sink, with what appeared to be a small camera hidden within a deodorant stick.

    She took photos of the device then contacted officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command.

    Police attended the scene and arrested a 36-year-old man, who was on holiday in Australia from Hong Kong.

  163. Spider

    Can someone explain to me why the NRA representing American gun owners would give 1 cent to One Nation or anyone else from Australia. I could understand them giving their time but beyond that I don’t get it.

  164. Diogenes

    If the government provides the funds required by taxing the citizens or by borrowing from the public, it abolishes on the one hand as many jobs as it creates on the other.

    But Australia is not bound by any laws not passed by the Australian Parliament – economic, natural or otherwise (paraphrasing the previous PM) – so they CAN do it !

  165. Shy Ted

    There’s a lot of debate about whether the so-called “God spot” exists in the brain, but whereas as some skeptical types would see its existence as proof God doesn’t exist, The Jordan Peterson types seem more inclined to believe that it proves he does.
    Sometimes in temporal lobe epilepsy sufferers get a condition called hyperreligiosity and enter a state of extreme exultation, bliss, rapture, euphoria – pick a word. Don’t need to and refuse to eat, drink or do anything to maintain life. Won’t take medication for epilepsy in this state and often hospitalised and forcibly treated or die. That’s the God spot.

  166. Can someone explain to me why the NRA representing American gun owners would give 1 cent to One Nation or anyone else from Australia.

    Because the NRA are batshit crazy.
    They are after all, the US equivalent of the Taliban, and like the Taliban, they must follow sacred writ, even when it applies offshore. The Talibs exported their activity in the same way, albeit with more spectacular results under the stewardship of Osama Bin Laden.
    Both are pure evil…

  167. struth

    Good Moaning.

    I haven’t really understood just how much the left really needed to have this Mueller report come down against Trump.
    It wasn’t just your typical left wing beat up they knew was bullshit but just kept pushing in case it worked (your typical left wing mud sling hoping it would stick).
    They needed to believe it in their hearts.
    Quite the mental sickness.
    The left have been spoilt children for decades, and everyone knows it’s easier to raise a good kid rather than deal with the tantrums of the spoilt brat.
    This is actually a whole world of pain now, for people like Monty.
    The spoilt brats had their favourite Stalin action figure taken from them and for two years they have believed a tantrum would work as it always had.

    Now only this week, has the left wing infants, spoilt beyond doubt, sitting in their soiled nappies of hate, realise the gravity of the situation.
    Looks like the action figure isn’t going to be returned and for all their shitty behaviour, they are going to get a smack on the bum .

    You are witnessing justice being done.
    Slowly and beautifully.
    President Trump (peace be upon him ) has played it beautifully.
    So well.
    Hillary, and maybe even Obummer are going to jail and Trump (peace be upon him) will keep his hands clean of it all and just continue observing, narrating.
    Comey, and friends can definitely kiss their arses good bye.
    Along with Huma, if she is still in the country.

    You deserve so much more you deluded, arrogant, biannual tantrum thrower , Monty.
    We told you all along.
    You spoilt pieces of shit have never been told your behaviour is way out of line, and you chucked a two year plus Tantrum.
    A group tantrum.
    For over two years your arrogance and belief that if you kept on lying and lying and lying, it would change things.
    It’s a tantrum because you couldn’t focus on other things.
    Because it’s not about reason, right or wrong, it’s about antifa, pink hat, lying media power at any cost tantrums.
    You have shown yourself to be an arrogant imbecile, consumed with this tantrum, yet unlike many others of the left who exist in their own bubble, you come and troll a right wing site, get told you are a fuckwit with reasons given and you still won’t hear anything but your magical thinking.
    That’s even worse than being in the bubble.
    You have no excuse.
    A nothing burger can sure make you sick.

  168. Snoopy

    TheirABC providing shedloads of free publicity for PHON. Publicity usually reserved for Greens, tame moosleys and luvvies with a new book out.

    Great stuff!

  169. cohenite

    Because the NRA are batshit crazy.
    They are after all, the US equivalent of the Taliban, and like the Taliban, they must follow sacred writ, even when it applies offshore.

    You’d be the expert on batshit crazy: crazy like a shithouse rat.

  170. Snoopy

    1735099
    #2970687, posted on March 26, 2019 at 9:52 am
    USA – Land of the Unauthorised Discharge – https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2019/03/gun-in-pocket-of-72-year-old-substitute-teacher-discharges-in-1st-grade-alabama-classroom.html?fbclid=IwAR0yGCYUJ5PysDVL666Gl47bPHV4EHQo_RFPmpNJRtihNl9T5sfCRQTeFz0

    The takeout is that seventy-something year old teachers (ex or not) are a fucking menace.

  171. Bruce of Newcastle

    Because the NRA are batshit crazy.

    The Left always says that people who do not agree with them must be insane.

    Sheriff: Grandma Shoots Man Who Allegedly Attacks Her in Home (25 Mar)

    Arizona’s Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said a grandmother shot a man who allegedly forced his way into her home and attacked her.

    The sheriff’s office reported that 42-year-old Gregory Hardy entered the home and demanded money, then grabbed both of her arms when she refused to comply.

    The grandfather then confronted Hardy, allowing the grandmother time to get her handgun. She returned and told Harvey to leave, but he “advanced toward her.” She fired “a couple of times,” striking Hardy.

    And if she didn’t have the firearm she could easily have been ra ped and both of them murdered.

  172. feelthebern

    If someone breaks into your home, anything & everything is on the table.

  173. struth

    Because the NRA are batshit crazy.
    They are after all, the US equivalent of the Taliban,

    Really?

    This is the left wing mind in all it’s glory?

    I find the study of the sickness of the left wing mind.
    It centres around the need to be governed, to be controlled and to control.

    No one has individual responsibility.
    No one should have individual responsibility.
    The weapon kills people.
    People don’t kill people, etc.

    Sick fucks.

  174. mh

    Avenatti, Mueller, so many stories.

    So febrile.

  175. twostix

    Victorian “far right extremists” are NSW Liberal conserveratives and QLD Liberal right-of-centre moderates.

    Victoria is a bolshevik disgrace.

  176. notafan

    Maybe so, but the difficulty I have is that the compensation money comes from the tax-payer, not the unethical lawyers who put him there.

    Unethical lawyers? If you mean compliant prosecutors and eager to punish any Catholic police put in place by a government with an agenda voted for by a majority of Victorians, you might be on to something.

    I’m more than happy for the ‘taxpayer’ to foot the bill.

  177. feelthebern

    The media is furiously looking for a “scandal” or praying for a Waleed Aly irritant.
    Anything !

  178. Knuckle Dragger

    The young lass (a civilian staff member) knocked back from NT Police for her inability to perform a 3 point hold (very basic stuff) was assessed by a physio during her training, after she raised her ‘knock knees’ as an excuse for her inability to perform a routine task.

    The physio concluded she was structurally capable, but just couldn’t work out how to do it.

    THEN she applied for a suppression order on her name. After making the complaint, she said ‘I could be perceived as a person who makes complaints’.

    Lesson learned. Doesn’t matter how many of the brass you ‘know’, it you can’t to the basic stuff you’re out on your arse.

  179. Overburdened

    For those interested in manifesto reading, Ted Kaczynski’s opus is freely available.
    Ted was diagnosed with Schizophrenia, and IMO given the reported history is probably correct and quite rare for someone as high functioning as Ted. FWIW I’m backing a chronic psychotic disorder rather than Schizophrenia, but I’m often known to be wrong.

    To withhold any information that would allow people to make their own judgements is bullshit.

    As said before, if the potential was there for the majority of people to be triggered into destructive acts by media, there would be no shoot em up movies, no horror or psychological thriller (whatever that means) offerings, certainly no reality television programs and crime novels or magazines.

    My concern is that if this thread of logic is picked up then Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 May come to pass, which would be the total opposite to what l think should happen.

    Of course, because of climate change (previously global warming etc) and EPA regulations, it may well be that the burning bit is old hat, and the population will have access to mountains of ecologically responsible shredded paper mulch.

    A boon for gardeners.

    Think of the planet.

  180. Knuckle Dragger

    do the basic stuff.

    Bloody hell.

  181. Zatara

    Can someone explain to me why the NRA representing American gun owners would give 1 cent to One Nation or anyone else from Australia.

    Do you have any proof that this actually occurred?

    Especially since the country has a ban on any foreign political contributions.

  182. feelthebern

    Don’t need proof.
    Only need feelings.

  183. feelthebern

    Latham.
    Ashby.
    Who wins that battle?

  184. #839 in a series of “Things to Show the Kids” from Winstons Kiddie Edumacation Fillums.
    The Svedish Industrial Sawmill.

  185. twostix

    Marx’s Communist Manifesto and Mao’s Little Red Book are still revered by the bugman classes despite being responsible for tens of millions of dead people.

    Using NZ as a pretext to ban text and websites is a political purge, nothing less.

  186. Not Uh oh

    Just tried watching the Bolt / DiNatali interview on you tube. Not much point since large chunks of it are bleeped-out. Must have been a ripper of a confrontation.

  187. twostix

    I stopped a pop-left goon in his censorship wishing heart the other day when I explained to him that in Australia Catcher in the Rye (the bugman’s favourite edgy-book-that-they’ve-never-read) was censored.

    These people who spend their entire lives soaking in and marinating in “politics” know nothing about politics.

    That’s the danger.

  188. thefrollickingmole

    They are after all, the US equivalent of the Taliban

    Mirror man thinks hes being clever, heres some things the taliban actually did to people I spoke to.

    Back a mass of scar tissue after being found with a television, whipped with cable.

    Older brother fled almost certain execution, father killed and remaining son told to pay fine.

    Stopped by Talib patrol who told him to keep their campfire going while they were away, he did so for 2 weeks before hunger sent him back to his village, a week later the Talibs turn up and beat and “fine” him for not keeping their fire going.

    “To kill one hazara is no good”

    You are a special type of crayon eater to think there is equivalency between the 2.

  189. Snoopy

    TheirABC which as been totally consumed for two years by the possibility of Russian collusion in the US presidential election is assisting Qatar government-owned Al-Jazeera meddling in the Australian federal election.

  190. stackja

    Spider
    #2970689, posted on March 26, 2019 at 9:53 am
    Can someone explain to me why the NRA representing American gun owners would give 1 cent to One Nation or anyone else from Australia. I could understand them giving their time but beyond that I don’t get it.

    NRA naughty. PHON naughty. Upsets usual suspects.

  191. thefrollickingmole

    Urban bugmen nests disturbed, a mass scuttling ensues.

    Gender pay gap expert among top professors quitting Brexit Britain
    Leading academics in climate policy and economics have also had enough of hostility – and funding goes with them

    The whole article is about the rootless bugmen seething their proles are cramping their “fly anywhere” lifestyle.

    When the EU referendum result was announced Vera Troeger, professor of quantitative political economy at Warwick University, was at an academic conference in Brussels. She spent the whole day crying. Today she has had enough, and is leaving the country where she has built her career.

    “I have a lot of academic friends over here from Spain, Italy and France, and they have all congratulated me on leaving all this behind,” she says. “Of course the academics who will be able to leave are mostly the successful ones. It will be a brain drain.”
    ….
    Troeger says her discipline relies heavily on funding from the ERC and the uncertainty is shaking researchers. Brexit feels personal. “I am struggling with the hostility there is towards experts in the UK now,” she says. “I am remembering Michael Gove saying people in this country have had enough of experts. I found that difficult to stomach.”

    Andreas Goldthau, a German professor of international relations and an expert in energy security at Royal Holloway, University of London, has accepted an offer in Germany because of Brexit. He is a leading figure in climate policy research, and the university says losing him means losing millions of euros of future EU research funding.

    Goldthau moved his family to Berlin shortly after the referendum, and has been commuting to London three or four days a week. “The UK leaving Europe leaves me in limbo, as that whole cross-border worker regime will be gone,” he says.

    Jurriaan Ton, a Dutch professor of plant science at Sheffield University, who has received considerable ERC funding,

    Orazio Attanasio, an Italian professor of economics at UCL who has been in the UK for 22 years, has accepted a position at Yale, with Brexit helping swing his decision.

    Esterle is researching adapting smart camera networks to track people and has been highly cited for someone so early in their career. “If I’d been applying now as an early career researcher I wouldn’t have come to the UK,” he says.

    Simon Marginson, professor of higher education at Oxford University, says Britain’s capacity to “pick and choose” the best young researchers from the EU talent pool will be greatly diminished. His team interviewed academics at 12 universities about Brexit, and not one said it was good that there would be more opportunities for homegrown PhD students and junior staff. “The insular, nativist politics that has driven Brexit has no echo in universities.”

    You want brexit?
    Because that last statement is how you get brexit.

    Fairly disgusting people cloaking their disgustingness in an EU flag.

  192. stackja

    feelthebern
    #2970724, posted on March 26, 2019 at 10:27 am
    Latham.
    Ashby.
    Who wins that battle?

    Oz?

  193. Snoopy

    Why would the Qatar government be interested in One Nation’s position on gun laws? I wonder what their real motivation is?

    Or did TheirABC subcontract the hit on One Nation to Al-Jazeera?

  194. feelthebern

    Working from home today.
    Alan Dershowitz was just interviewed on the box.
    I then watched a youtube clip of him 10 or so years ago.
    I am no doctor, but jeez there is a change.
    TV & twitter are not his friend.
    He remains one the best legal minds in the US & his writings & opinions are second to none.

  195. lotocoti

    A. J. P. Taylor on that which was lost.
    Until August 1914 a sensible, law-abiding Englishman could pass through life and hardly notice the existence of the state, beyond the post office and the policeman. He could live where he liked and as he liked. He had no official number or identity card. He could travel abroad or leave his country for ever without a passport or any sort of official permission. He could exchange his money for any other currency without restriction or limit. He could buy goods from any country in the world on the same terms as he bought goods at home. For that matter, a foreigner could spend his life in this country without permit and without informing the police.

  196. Snoopy

    It’s not the first time that Qatar has meddled in the elections of another country. If I recall, TheirABC was most upset when Egyptian patriot Al-Sisi put an end to Al-Jazeera’s Egyptian frolic.

  197. Censorship in action. Di Natali wasn’t bleeped because he was swearing.
    He was bleeped because he was saying things Bolt didn’t want his viewers to hear – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBzDaH2k6Sg

  198. Cassie of Sydney

    “Paul Murray – excruciating. Bucket Guts Richo and Jeannie Parrot screeching about coal fired power stations. Switched off immediately at that point due to the risk of my taking to the telly with a sledgehammer.

    Verdict – not again any time soon.”

    I gave up on PM a long, long time ago. He is a dill and a total lightweight. And I can’t bear the screeching parrot and colon bag Richo. Gerard Henderson is 100% right about PM.

    Last night Credlin, Bolt and Kenny were all good.

    I noticed something very pleasing last night whilst watching Sky. NIB have resumed advertising on Sky. It seems that a little “we can be activists too” works a treat. There’s nothing quite like consumer activism and anger such as pulling membership to make a company change its mind. Good to see that NIB are listening to their members rather than cowering to a few spineless leftist bullies who number no more than 50 people….if that.

  199. Infidel Tiger

    Eamon Javers
    @EamonJavers
    ·
    7h
    President Trump just now, asked by
    @jonkarl
    if he thinks Special Counsel Robert Mueller acted honorably: “Yes, he did. Yes he did.”

    Hahaha!

    What a week!

  200. Tintarella di Luna

    I noticed something very pleasing last night whilst watching Sky. NIB have resumed advertising on Sky.

    We can be activists too — magnificent slogan put to work with heft by Cassie – use it or lose it – well done Cassie.

  201. calli

    Fairly disgusting people cloaking their disgustingness in an EU flag.

    Yes.

    I noticed that a favourite placard of the “million” drones who marched on Westminster was “Put it to the People”.

    Odd. I thought that had happened. They slept in that day. Unfortunate.

  202. Old School Conservative

    Wasn’t the NRA interview with Ashby a set up by Aljazeera?
    Secretly recorded and now being drip fed to embarrass PHON.
    No involvement by NRA as I understand it.

  203. calli

    Our Cassie

    That’s me on the ground. I tripped.

  204. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We can be activists too — magnificent slogan put to work with heft by Cassie – use it or lose it – well done Cassie.

    Good work, Cassie. Let’s see now if Scenic comes back on Sky as well to make amends.
    They’ve lost a lot of business according to withdrawal comments on Janet Albrechtsen’s piece.
    At an average cost of around $15,000 per person that’s a lot of hurting to mollify a few scruffy types.

  205. mh

    Regarding: Credibility of Certain Guests

    Jonathan Swan
    @jonathanvswan
    The Trump campaign is sending this memo to TV producers:

    https://twitter.com/jonathanvswan/status/1110254539163291648?s=20

  206. C.L.

    Hillary Clinton emerges …
    Swaps one hoax for another:

    Hillary Clinton✔@HillaryClinton
    Two realities we must confront:
    1. Climate change won’t just affect the coasts.
    2. Climate change is a national security issue.

  207. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Calli, that made me LOL.

  208. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Last night Credlin, Bolt and Kenny were all good.

    Yes. Kenny especially. He’s surprised me because I thought at first his show would be woeful.
    But it isn’t.

  209. Roger

    I noticed that a favourite placard of the “million” drones who marched on Westminster was “Put it to the People”.

    Odd. I thought that had happened. They slept in that day. Unfortunate.

    All those smart, passionate people neglected the first rule of democracy:

    Turn up.

  210. Helen

    The wet lettuce meme that “We wont put one nation last until we see that Fraser Anning is not running in that seat’ is pathetic and so lame. Whoever came up with that needs a good slapping.

    The correct response should always be, The Greens have been beset with women bashing problems, when will we see Bill Shorten stand up for women and put the Greens last?

    Of course ALP would put One Nation last or near last, One Nation are conservatives and would not likely vote for ALP anyhow, it is a no-brainer.

    Have some guts and grow a pair, FFS. Attack.

  211. Cassie of Sydney

    Thanks darling Tinta, Calli and Lizzie. The lesson from this is that we must NEVER cower, kneel or bend over.

    We can be activists too.

  212. C.L.

    ABC Online:

    As Jessica left an abortion clinic, teary and in pain, she remembers being called a ‘murderer’

    The 36-year-old mother said she and her husband were confident they had made the right decision to terminate their pregnancy in 2013, but she still felt heavy with emotion.

    Sadness, grief, loss, confusion, doubt, hatred for myself,” Ms Williams said.

    “Carrying all of those emotions in [to the clinic] and then being confronted with people that are calling you a murderer [and] grown men calling out to you to not kill your baby, is extremely traumatic.

    “I was in tears and I was in pain and still slightly physically ill from the medicines that are used during the procedures and that is when they chose to verbally attack me by yelling things like ‘whore’ and ‘murderer’.

    I call total bullshit but anyway … more from this woman who killed her own child for some reason:

    The West Australian Labor Government has expressed support for safe access zones — which exist in most other Australian states and act as a buffer to move protesters away from the immediate vicinity of clinics.

    Ms Williams said a safe zone would have made “a world of difference” to her experience at the Nanyara abortion clinic in Rivervale.

    “It would have been like going to your dentist or going to your GP, like any other normal medical appointment,” she said.

    The WA minister cannot say the dirty word:

    “It makes me angry that people are having to go to a clinic for a health procedure [and] being harassed simply because they have made the decision to go to that clinic.”

    “Sadness, grief, loss, confusion, doubt, hatred for myself.”
    Doesn’t sound like any kind of “health procedure” that I’d recommend.

  213. struth

    When the EU referendum result was announced Vera Troeger, professor of quantitative political economy at Warwick University,

    Translation
    Communist brainwashing 101 tax payer funded…

    good riddance tax parasite

    Andreas Goldthau, a German professor of international relations and an expert in energy security at Royal Holloway,

    Translation
    Expert in pushing climate change renewables to bring on global socialism

    Good riddance tax parasite

    Jurriaan Ton, a Dutch professor of plant science at Sheffield University, who has received considerable ERC funding,

    Translation.
    Studying the effects of da evil climate change on plants

    Good riddance tax parasite

    Orazio Attanasio, an Italian professor of economics at UCL who has been in the UK for 22 years, has accepted a position at Yale, with Brexit helping swing his decision.

    That’s just an oxymoron.
    And economists? Please spare us an more.

    Good riddance

    The insular, nativist politics that has driven Brexit has no echo in universities.”

    NO shit, Sherlock.

    Brexit already having a positive effect.

    Time to bludge off another group of taxpayers

    Good riddance

  214. Roger

    2. Climate change is a national security issue.

    A wall on your south western border might be prudent.

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