Monday Forum: April 1, 2019

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  1. Pedro the Ignorant

    Rain on the roof at Casa Pedro, first decent fall since October.

    Flagpole erection and ant destruction duties on hold.

  2. Des Deskperson

    ‘A vision of Lake George as the Capital:’

    Lake George is now almost completely dry.

    The clocktower in the middle distance is a dead ringer for Sydney Central Station’s clocktower.

  3. Des Deskperson

    ‘A few months back, someone was commenting on firing .22s in Majuro. The crayon eater went into full attack mode thinking Majuro was in suburban Australia somewhere, only to have it pointed out to him that it was in fact an island east of the Philippines.’

    To be fair, there is a rifle and gun range at Majura Park, on the north-east edge of Canberra.

  4. Roger

    A vision of Lake George as the Capital

    A couple of decades ago the National Archives toured an exhibition of the original entries for the design of Canberra competition. The judges chose wisely. There were some 19th C. European monstrosities imagined upon those plains, whereas the Griffins were flexible and modest enough to adapt the American prairie school style to local conditions, indeed that was part of their philosophy from the outset.

    Alas, like everything in this country, the original vision has since been diluted by mediocrity.

  5. C.L.

    A few weeks ago on The Project, an understandably sombre Waleed Aly essayed the unspeakable enormities that had taken place that day in Christchurch. Since then, the perpetrator’s name has been expunged from the news cycle. Excepting the state-sanctioned boogeyman of “white supemacism,” no discussion about ‘root causes’ has been permitted – notwithstanding the sinister quibbling after 9/11 whose resolution for leftists was always a variation on they had it coming. Back then, Father’s Day ‘historian’ Peter FitzSimons – whose books are the socks ‘n jocks of Australian letters – apologised to Al-Qaeda while the ruins of the WTC were still smouldering.

    Compare and contrast the aforesaid Waleedorial with this screen caption for The Project’s report last night on terrorist Mohammed Noor Masri’s plea to return to Australia after four years with ISIS:

    ISIL tradie. As though he just did odd jobs armed only with a tape measure and a bum crack. The so-called trade he practised was servicing air conditioners. I guess ‘air conditioning’ is one way of describing what ISIS did to the homes of innocent civilians.

    Now, if you’re wondering whether The Project described the Christchurch killer as an “Aussie Fitness Guru,” the answer is no, it didn’t.

    Masri knowingly joined, aided, abetted and worked for an organisation whose specialties were massacres, rapes, crucifixions and beheadings (many filmed and uploaded). Their victims were men, women and children. To breezily describe him as a “tradie” is an insult not only to the intelligence of Australians but to the memory of the slaughtered.

    This “tradie” only wants to come “home” because after years of Obama administration shilly-shallying, President Trump has ruthlessy crushed ISIS like a bug, leaving this particular cockroach scuttling for – yes, it’s true – a white nation where he won’t be executed or even seriously inconvenienced, sentence-wise, when prosecuted.

    Despite the post-Christchurch modus vivendi between all parties to avoid giving platforms and micophones to monsters, The Guardian and Fairfax also publicised Masri’s apologia. Both newspapers described him as a “Sydney tradesman.” To his credit, Fairfax’s David Wroe sounded a sceptical note about Masri’s claim to having been the Scott Cam of Islamic terrorism. But Wroe still published Masri’s sob story, in which he depicts himself as a traumatised victim.

    “I mean, people make mistakes,” Masri was quoted as saying. At least he didn’t blame his tools. No tradie gets away with that.

    It seems some terrorists can be named, indulged and afforded a nationwide propaganda podium after all. As Andrew Bolt often says, for the media it depends not on the principle. It depends on the side.

    ——————

    UPDATE: If you can believe it, here is Masri also being given a sympathetic hearing and air time by New Zealand’s 1 NEWS:

  6. C.L.

    MATES RATES PART I.

    A few weeks ago on The Project, an understandably sombre Waleed Aly essayed the unspeakable enormities that had taken place that day in Christchurch. Since then, the perpetrator’s name has been expunged from the news cycle. Excepting the state-sanctioned boogeyman of “white supemacism,” no discussion about ‘root causes’ has been permitted – notwithstanding the sinister quibbling after 9/11 whose resolution for leftists was always a variation on they had it coming. Back then, Father’s Day ‘historian’ Peter FitzSimons – whose books are the socks ‘n jocks of Australian letters – apologised to Al-Qaeda while the ruins of the WTC were still smouldering.

    Compare and contrast the aforesaid Waleedorial with this screen caption for The Project’s report last night on terrorist Mohammed Noor Masri’s plea to return to Australia after four years with ISIS:

    ISIL tradie. As though he just did odd jobs armed only with a tape measure and a bum crack. The so-called trade he practised was servicing air conditioners. I guess ‘air conditioning’ is one way of describing what ISIS did to the homes of innocent civilians.

    Now, if you’re wondering whether The Project described the Christchurch killer as an “Aussie Fitness Guru,” the answer is no, it didn’t.

    Masri knowingly joined, aided, abetted and worked for an organisation whose specialties were massacres, rapes, crucifixions and beheadings (many filmed and uploaded). Their victims were men, women and children. To breezily describe him as a “tradie” is an insult not only to the intelligence of Australians but to the memory of the slaughtered.

    This “tradie” only wants to come “home” because after years of Obama administration shilly-shallying, President Trump has ruthlessy crushed ISIS like a bug, leaving this particular cockroach scuttling for – yes, it’s true – a white nation where he won’t be executed or even seriously inconvenienced, sentence-wise, when prosecuted.

  7. Absolutely my finest work to date and quite possibly the greatest t-shirt evah.

    *Warning* : Do not click link when your mouth is full of coffee.

  8. He found he couldn’t get work in Australia and made a living tutoring until he scored a very lucrative job working for one of the multinational banks based Singapore.
    He’d much rather be living in Oz.
    Your wonderful Coalition designed economy at work.

    But why are they based in Singapore instead of here? You cannot claim it is because Singapore is more socialist than we are.

    Yes, the coalition is anti business and high taxing.

    (That’s kind of why this blog exists…)

  9. C.L.

    MATES RATES PART II:

    Despite the post-Christchurch modus vivendi between all parties to avoid giving platforms and micophones to monsters, The Guardian and Fairfax also publicised Masri’s apologia. Both newspapers described him as a “Sydney tradesman.” To his credit, Fairfax’s David Wroe sounded a sceptical note about Masri’s claim to having been the Scott Cam of Islamic terrorism. But Wroe still published Masri’s sob story, in which he depicts himself as a traumatised victim.

    “I mean, people make mistakes,” Masri was quoted as saying. At least he didn’t blame his tools. No tradie gets away with that.

    It seems some terrorists can be named, indulged and afforded a nationwide propaganda podium after all. As Andrew Bolt often says, for the media it depends not on the principle. It depends on the side.

    ——————

    UPDATE: If you can believe it, here is Masri also being given a sympathetic hearing and air time by New Zealand’s 1 NEWS:

  10. Peter Castieau

    Peak screechy from Sara Sea-Patrol now

    https://www.aph.gov.au/News_and_Events/LiveMediaPlayer?vID={2987396E-DE38-46EC-A9AD-016E6FF06742}&type=1

  11. Mother Lode

    Two of the three officials, Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring, wore blackface decades ago.

    Look even lefties know that this is a nonsense. So what? Did they beat anyone? Did they say slavery was a good idea? Did they try to humiliate anyone? Or was it just a joke made by teenagers because they thought people would titter at the novelty.

    All this is before the theatrics of razor-sharp sensibilities were even thought up.

    It is not that Democrats should apologise or do penance for dressing in blackface. It is that the Republicans should stop apologising.

    They fall for it every time.

    I used to think that people brought up conservative were simply having their good upbringing used against them, but I don’t think that anymore. No upbringing says you should let people walk all over you and surrender everything you think is important to a gotcha moment.

    Lefties aren’t smart, but they are relentless. The Republicans just need some backbone. Trump is an extreme case (and not really a conservative, I think) but he has all the pundits and Hollywood tottering around punch-drunk, swinging wildly making contact with no one but themselves.

    Idiots. On both sides.

  12. stackja

    Griffin, Walter Burley (1876–1937)
    by Peter Harrison

    This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9, (MUP), 1983

    Walter Burley Griffin (1876-1937), architect, landscape architect and designer of Canberra, was born on 24 November 1876 at Maywood, near Chicago, United States of America, eldest of four children of George Walter Griffin, insurance agent, and his wife Estelle Melvina, née Burley. Griffin attended high school at Oak Park, graduated B.Sc. from Nathan Ricker’s renowned school of architecture at the University of Illinois in 1899 and was admitted as an associate of the American Institute of Architects.

    Taking advantage of the topography within and around the splendid site, the plan was a masterly derivation from—and an extension of—the design ideas which Griffin had observed in the Chicago Fair (1893), the McMillan plan for Washington (1901), the Burnham and Bennett plan for Chicago (1909) and other work of their principal author, the Chicago architect Daniel Hudson Burnham, an outstanding figure in the City Beautiful movement.

    Griffin and his winning design generated prolonged and bitter controversies. King O’Malley, the fustian minister for home affairs, appointed a reviewing board of departmental officers who produced their own plan, a grotesque scheme that was widely condemned. In 1913 after the fall of the Fisher government, William Kelly, acting minister for home affairs, invited Griffin to consult with the board. Kelly was completely won over by Griffin’s missionary zeal and in October had him appointed Federal capital director of design and construction, a half-time post, for three years. The terms of the contract, drawn up by Griffin himself and intended to place him in effective control, were humiliating to the officers of the former departmental board, in particular the chairman, Colonel David Miller, head of the Department of Home Affairs and Lieutenant-Colonel Percy Thomas Owen, director-general of Commonwealth works. Believing that many features of Griffin’s plan were vastly extravagant and incapable of realization, they nevertheless pressed on, to Griffin’s chagrin, with the design and construction of the engineering works to serve the future city. In September 1914 when the Fisher government returned to power, another new minister, William Archibald, baffled by having to deal with ‘two staffs of experts’, demanded from Griffin, whom he described as a ‘Yankee bounder’, his long-promised ‘amended plan’, which was presented in March 1915. That month the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works rejected Griffin’s peculiar proposals for the sewerage system, and in November 1916 his extensive lakes scheme was rejected in favour of the more feasible proposals recommended by Owen. Griffin’s railway proposals were not opposed, but no railway through the city was ever built.

  13. notafan

    Don’t forget FWFNT

    numbers once told us profit was bad

    except when it comes to him, of course

    $32 including postage

  14. notafan

    number’s nephew probably works for Google

  15. I used to think that people brought up conservative were simply having their good upbringing used against them, but I don’t think that anymore.

    That’s still true, “tradcucks” get “cucked” by radical feminists (and our misandrist legal system)* all of the time; re: White Ribbon, #metoo, etc; but also dudes like Dennis Prager who have been married three times…whereas most men who went through that, without the same level of werewithal would be in the poor house or an early grave.

    *”Da patriarchy” is a myth; only commies and misandrists believe in it.

  16. Bruce of Newcastle

    Heard Island would be a great place to put Parliament House.

  17. bespoke

    bespoke
    #2978246, posted on April 3, 2019 at 6:45 am
    The gold medal for lack of self awareness go’s to Ilhan Omar

    I was wrong.

  18. stackja

    583 Press Release
    CANBERRA, 21 December 1947
    AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ANTARCTIC RESEARCH EXPEDITION

    Statement by the Acting Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs (Dr. H. V. Evatt)

    Messages received from Heard Island indicate that steady progress is being made in establishing the base there. The primary object of the visit of the Australian Naval Craft to Heard Island was to land a party of fourteen to establish a weather and scientific research station. The full party would remain for twelve months.
    Preliminary coastal and aerial surveys suggested that Spit Bay situated in the south easterly section of the Island was the most suitable place for landing but it was later found that it was unsatisfactory owing to a constant heavy swell. Landing troubles were expected owing to the rough terrain and the lack of detailed nautical information about the coast line.
    Landing operations began at Atlas Cove on the north western corner of the Island on Monday 15th December but were temporarily abandoned owing to bad weather and L.S.T. 3501 had to put to sea and ride a heavy north easterly gale. Latest messages sent on 18th December indicated that landing operations were carried out on the 17th and 18th December although difficulties were experienced owing to the rocky nature of the beach and the lack of shelter from winds. Altogether 100 tons of stores including a bulldozer and generating equipment have been landed. An effort is being made to build a stone jetty with the bulldozer.
    It is intended to establish a permanent camp in approximately lat 53( 5 mins. south and long- 73( 22 mins. east on the opposite side of the Cove to the beaching point. It is expected, however, that stores can be transferred by tractor.
    The Government has sent its congratulations to all concerned by succeeding in what was known from the outset to be a most dangerous and difficult task.

  19. bespoke

    numbers wins by a long shot.

  20. Mater

    Your taxpayer funded education at work.

    Hmmmm. I wonder why?
    From the ABC, so must be true:

    Students with lowest ATAR scores being offered places in teaching degrees: secret report

    These figures, which have never been publicly reported by universities, show that in NSW and the ACT in 2015, students who scored in the bottom 50 per cent of school leavers made up half of all those offered places in teaching degrees.

    There were 28 offers made to students scoring an ATAR of 0-19, 29 offers to those scoring 20-29, and 73 offers to students with an ATAR of 30-39.

    “We need to be careful with low ATAR data because students with low ATARs are usually made offers based on other criteria such as their educational disadvantage, membership of an equity group and/or performance in a separate test or interview,” said Kim Paino from the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

    …The University of Sydney said in a statement it was “very disappointed” the report had been released.

  21. Overburdened

    Right wing commentary is scathing of Maxine Waters and her novel interpretation of why it was correct that a hoax crime trial did not occur.
    In amongst the commentary is the repetitive theme that 2020 will see the end of the current iteration of the Democrat Party.
    FWIW I think that people don’t realise that the rule book has been changed and the end is nigh for the way of life Americans believe they have.
    In a historical context it’s worth noting that the Wild West Era that has shaped the American psyche and created endless hours of television programs and movies only lasted for around 25 or so years.
    In America symbolism and imagery always dominates the facts.

  22. Eyrie

    Federation was a mistake. Can we start again?
    A customs and defence/foreign affairs union is all that is required. Reduce GST to 5% and run those matters from that.

  23. Atoms for Peace

    I hope Senator Anning had some discrete ear plugs in place.
    One of the best ways to piss off virtue signallers.

  24. Overburdened

    Pedantry alert
    Majuro is the capital of the Marshall Islands.
    This may seem trivial to people who haven’t worked in the Pacific.

  25. Roger

    Federation was a mistake. Can we start again?

    Short answer:

    No.

    The preamble to the Constitution states that the union is indissoluble.

  26. Cardimona

    Mr Rusty, love your work!

    Pinochet was well-known for dropping socialists off at nice swimming spots.
    He gave them each a free flying lesson and a free swimming lesson.
    Socialists love free stuff.
    It was a win-win!

  27. Boambee John

    Roger

    Nothing made by humans is indissoluble.

    What are the odds that a referendum to change that would not get approval by a majority of voters in a majority of states?

  28. bespoke

    thankfully he’s irreverent. So Omar gets it back.

  29. Mother Lode

    Never in the field of human conflict the Australian Economy was so much owed by so many to so few with so little to show for it.

    Not Winston Churchill

  30. Cardimona

    One news report on student-teachers with low ATAR scores said a percentage of them couldn’t calculate the hours and minutes until smoko time.

    But a brickie’s labourer can work that out to the second.

    Another dreadful historical error was leaving teaching to lefties…

  31. Diogenes

    There were 28 offers made to students scoring an ATAR of 0-19, 29 offers to those scoring 20-29, and 73 offers to students with an ATAR of 30-39.

    The jibe implies teachers are morons – how many of these really ATAR low students actually graduate ?

    I shouldn’t be amazed that people can still get exercised over ATAR rankings to get into a course because they don’t understand how the system works. At its simplest it is a function of number of places available versus the quality of the applicant pool …

    A uni has 100 places available, it will go through the list and offer a place to the applicants with the top 100 ATAR scores which could be 90. So next year they make available 200 places, and the first 100 all have ATARs of 90, the next 50 are above 85, the next 45 above 80, and the last 5 may have ATARs of >50 !

    The reverse of this occurred when Master Diogenes was in his HSC year (2003)… In 2002 Sports Medicine had an ATAR of 72, in 2003 it leapt to 97 – no change in course, or course numbers, just popularity – a similar thing happened when CSI came out with Forensics courses leaping from the low 50s to the 85+ range.

    That they are offering teaching to ATARS that low shows one or both of two things …
    1. Way too many teaching places on offer (absolutely)
    2. Not enough ‘bright’ kids are applying – I wonder how USyd will get around the teacher accreditation requirement of 3 * Band 5s one of which must be English – band 5 is 80-89% in the HSC , if they totally bomb the fourth subject that is included in the ATAR , that would still imply an ATAR around the 70ish mark

  32. Bruce of Newcastle

    One news report on student-teachers with low ATAR scores said a percentage of them couldn’t calculate the hours and minutes until smoko time.

    Should’ve asked them how long until the victory of the proletariat.
    They’d know that one.

  33. notafan

    There is absolutely no balance between supply and demand in university education and that includes PhDs

    a customer of mine just submitted her PhD thesis, I won’t tell you what it was in because it would be an absolute giveaway but enough to say it would have you running screaming for the hills that the taxpayer subsidized such a monstrosity.

    You’d think a smart person that wanted to work in Australia would have done his homework before doing his Phd but no

    Whinging must be hereditary.

  34. Overburdened

    The shit bag daughter of a now dead nefarious premier caught with other people’s mail and possessions.
    Bail application states she is a high profile community member.

    Only to the people she has offended against. Particularly the family of the dead guy.

    Naturally her battle with drugs is the cause of this. Camping with mum apparently has not helped.

    Drug use is standard practice in humans.

    Addiction is a side effect.

    Drugs don’t cause people to do anything.

    People take drugs and do shit.

  35. zyconoclast

    Update on that corrupt Mayor of Baltimore.
    Since Jussie Smollett beat her to the fake hate crime, what other options does she have?

    Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh is taking an indefinite leave of absence amid growing condemnation of profits she made from selling a children’s book to businesses intertwined with the government she oversees.

    Pugh spokesman James E. Bentley II said in a statement that Pugh (D) has been battling pneumonia and has been advised by her physicians that she “needs to take time to recover and focus on her health.” He made no mention of the controversies swirling around Pugh, who planned to step down Monday night at midnight.

    Kaiser paid $114,000, from 2015 until 2018, to Pugh’s Healthy Holly LLC for 20,000 copies of her books, which are intended to promote exercise and healthy eating among children, according to the Baltimore Sun.

    Kaiser won a $48 million contract from the city’s spending board, which Pugh controls, in 2017.

    Pugh sat on the board of the medical system for 18 years until she resigned from that position two weeks ago, after the Sun reported her book deal. Under the no-bid deal, the medical system bought 100,000 books at $5 each, according to the Sun. Pugh did not report the earnings on required financial disclosure forms. She amended the forms after the deal was revealed.

    Pugh called the deals with UMMS a “regrettable mistake” at a news conference last week. She returned $100,000 for books that were not produced.

    The mayor, who choked up at the news conference, said she never wanted to lose the trust of Baltimore residents or hurt the reputation of the University of Maryland Medical System. She told reporters that she was speaking to them “against my doctor’s orders.”

  36. Overburdened

    BoN

    As I approach to end of my working days by periodically going to try and straighten up dysfunctional operations in out of the way places, I can say from observation most people under the age of 40 couldn’t find their arses with two hands, a bright light and a mirror.

    They know fuck all about anything and they don’t care.

  37. Bruce in WA

    Two interesting points:

    COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA CONSTITUTION ACT
    An Act to constitute the Commonwealth of Australia
    [9th July 1900]

    Whereas the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and under the Constitution hereby established:

    And whereas it is expedient to provide for the admission into the Commonwealth of other Australasian Colonies and possessions of the Queen:

    Be it therefore enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

    This Act may be cited as the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act.

    The provisions of this Act referring to the Queen shall extend to Her Majesty’s heirs and successors in the sovereignty of the United Kingdom.

    It shall be lawful for the Queen, with the advice of the Privy Council, to declare by proclamation that, on and after a day therein appointed, not being later that one year after the passing of this Act, the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania, and also, if Her Majesty is satisfied that the people of Western Australia have agreed thereto, of Western Australia, shall be united in a Federal Commonwealth under the name of the Commonwealth of Australia. But the Queen may, at any time after the proclamation, appoint a Governor-General for the Commonwealth.

    The Commonwealth shall be established, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth shall take effect, on and after the day so appointed. But the Parliaments of the several colonies may at any time after the passing of this Act make any such laws, to come into operation on the day so appointed, as they might have made of the Constitution had taken effect at the passing of this Act.

    This Act, and all laws made by the Parliament of the Commonwealth under the Constitution, shall be binding on the courts, judges, and people of every State and of every part of the Commonwealth, notwithstanding anything in the laws of any State; and the laws of the Commonwealth shall be in force on all British ships, the Queen’s ships of war excepted, whose first port of clearance and whose port of destination are in the Commonwealth.

    “The Commonwealth” shall mean the Commonwealth of Australia as established under this Act.

    “The States” shall mean such of the colonies of New South Wales, New Zealand, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, and South Australia, including the northern territory of South Australia, as for the time being are parts of the Commonwealth, and such colonies or territories as may be admitted into or established by the Commonwealth as States; and each of such parts of the Commonwealth shall be called “a State”.

    “Original States” shall mean such States as are parts of the Commonwealth at its establishment.

    The Federal Council of Australasia Act, 1885, is hereby repealed, but so as not to affect any laws passed by the Federal Council of Australasia and in force at the establishment of the Commonwealth.

    Any such law may be repealed as to any State by the Parliament of the Commonwealth, or as to any colony not being a State by the Parliament thereof.

    After the passing of this Act the Colonial Boundaries Act, 1895, shall not apply to any colony which becomes a State of the Commonwealth; but the Commonwealth shall be taken to be a self-governing colony for the purposes of that Act.

    The Constitution of the Commonwealth shall be as follows:-

  38. Medical experiments done without knowledge or consent, also encouraged to pass on disease:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala_syphilis_experiment

    “Conspiracies are just nutty…”

  39. zyconoclast

    Court: Kate Steinle’s parents can’t sue San Francisco for negligence in daughter’s death

    A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday unanimously refused to reinstate the lawsuit that sparked national debate over sanctuary cities limiting cooperation with federal immigration officials.

    Jose Ines Garcia-Zarate, a Mexican national, fatally shot Kate Steinle after being deported five times. San Francisco’s former sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi, released him from jail three months before the shooting, despite a request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to hold him until he could be picked him up for deportation proceedings.

    On Monday, the court ruled Mirkarimi violated no federal, state or local laws by refusing to tell ICE about his release date.

  40. Overburdened

    The frog sits in the well and thinks it sees the sky

  41. Overburdened

    Not being elitist.

    I know that I know fuck all about anything much.

  42. Roger

    What are the odds that a referendum to change that would not get approval by a majority of voters in a majority of states?

    Sure, nothing is indissoluble in theory, but in reality the preamble’s stance on indissolubility is a barrier to any such referendum ever taking place. Besides that, another difficulty is that there is, in accordance with the stance of the preamble, no mechanism for secession written into the Constitution. Greater competition between the states resulting from a loosening of the ties of federation would be a good thing, but for that very reason I just can’t see such a referendum getting support, even if it were constitutional – there are simply too many people benefiting from the current arrangement without paying their way.

  43. notafan

    What has what happened in Guatemala got to do with conspiracy theories?

    The 1940s must have been the peak human experimentation without consent decade.

  44. Leigh Lowe

    students who scored in the bottom 50 per cent of school leavers made up half of all those offered places in teaching degrees.

    There were 28 offers made to students scoring an ATAR of 0-19, 

    Could be a big improvement in standards if they get posted to Toowoomba.

  45. Pedro the Ignorant

    Surfing the web while the rain tumbles down.

    It turns out that Jussie Smollett has told porkies to to police before.

    In 2007 he was pulled over for drunk driving and gave his brother’s name to the police. He got caught out and had to do community service and pay a fine in lieu of going to jail.

    From the NY Post (my favourite tabloid rag): Jussie Tells Fibs

  46. Mother Lode

    Bail application states she is a high profile community member.

    Has a slight whiff of an aristocracy.

    Doesn’t matter that she is a pointless waste of cytoplasm – some of that illustrious family’s noble blood courses through her veins.

    With the heroin.

  47. You’d think a smart person that wanted to work in Australia would have done his homework before doing his Phd but no

    You’d think that universities shouldn’t be degree factories that care only about fees.
    You’d think that we need to take a leaf out of the Kiwis’ book when it comes to that.

  48. Confused Old Misfit

    Cory’s blegging again.

    The world has gone mad. Politics has gone mad – and voting for more of the same is not an option.
    We built Australian Conservatives for this very crisis.
    Last night’s budget could be the government’s last. Australia cannot afford more of the same.
    Australian Conservatives are the common sense insurance policy that Australians can lock in with their white Senate ballot paper vote.
    Whether Bill Shorten or Scott Morrison wins the Lodge via the green ballot paper, the Senate is where we will Bring Back Common Sense.
    Our Senate candidates are first class, truly conservative and credible – and they have the courage to make a stand.
    Our policies work and our commitment to you is crystal clear: We will do what we say – and say what we mean.
    We will never give up fighting for Australia – and we need your help.
    Everyday Australians love our common sense, but we need to reach millions more.
    If every member of the common sense community chipped in $25, $57, $88 or more we can put ads on TV, hit the airwaves, appear in the papers and message the mobiles.
    This is our moment – we will never get this chance again.
    If you want to bring back common sense, please – chip in today.

  49. notafan

    You’d think that universities shouldn’t be degree factories that care only about fees.
    You’d think that we need to take a leaf out of the Kiwis’ book when it comes to that.

    I agree

    Thanks Julia

  50. Percy Popinjay

    Visions of our beloved capital city:

    The Vision

    The reality

  51. Enoch Root

    Can someone confirm this tweet?

    https://twitter.com/BreakingNLive/status/1113175870791876613

    “BREAKING: Australia is no longer contributing to the United Nation’s Green Climate Fund — ‘disaster for Climate Change’ say politicians.”

  52. thefrollickingmole

    He found he couldn’t get work in Australia and made a living tutoring until he scored a very lucrative job working for one of the multinational banks based Singapore.
    He’d much rather be living in Oz.
    Your wonderful Coalition designed economy at work.

    Shorter version:
    “Why wont the government parachute my nephew into a 6 or 7 figure government job on graduation???

    Has numbers got the whole supply/demand thing arse about again?

  53. Confused Old Misfit

    There were 28 offers made to students scoring an ATAR of 0-19,
    Could be a big improvement in standards if they get posted to Toowoomba.

    Harsh but fair?
    Consider the knowledge level displayed in this Quillette article:
    When a Question of Science Brooks No Dissent

  54. Boambee John

    Roger

    Surely the mechanism is implicit in the referendum process? Be an interesting High Court case.

    WA would almost certainly vote to leave, a goodly number of Queenslanders would vote to be rid of Victoria (Mexicans) and Canberra. Tasmania and Northern Tasmania would vote to stay on the Canberra teat. It would then come down to how many in Victoria and NSW would vote to separate from each other, and particularly from Queensland and WA.

  55. Speedbox

    Confused Old Misfit
    #2978441, posted on April 3, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    That was quick COM. I only just received my email a moment ago.

  56. Boambee John

    1735099
    #2978439, posted on April 3, 2019 at 1:10 pm
    You’d think a smart person that wanted to work in Australia would have done his homework before doing his Phd but no

    You’d think that universities shouldn’t be degree factories that care only about fees.
    You’d think that we need to take a leaf out of the Kiwis’ book when it comes to that.

    Didn’t the Dawkins “reforms” have a bit to do with that?

  57. Confused Old Misfit

    That was quick COM. I only just received my email a moment ago.

    Yeah, well I’m on the NBN FTTH network don’t you know! World class technology and all that jazz.

    This being, reputedly, an economics type blog, here’s an article that should generate some thought.
    The World Might Actually Run Out of People

  58. thefrollickingmole

    UK: Wants diversity.

    UK: Gets diversity.

    UK: We didnt mean that sort of diversity….

    I posted a few links to this blokes own guidelines on how to teach his program, it was fairly specific on pushing LGBTQWERTY stuff in an open way.
    So the paper is lying outright when it refers to how it is taught.

    Parkfield LGBT protest: Why has the school’s top teacher been silenced?
    Andrew Moffat faces daily taunts and graffiti amid fears of capitulation to parents

    On the same day that MPs voted 538 to 21 for the introduction of compulsory relationship and sex education last week Muslim activists at a Birmingham school were accusing teachers of using clay models to demonstrate LGBT “sexual mechanics” with children aged four and five.

    It is the latest in a series of outlandish and unproven claims that teachers at Parkfield community school, twice judged outstanding by Ofsted, have had to endure over the past six weeks. After four years of good relations with parents – 98% M u slim – the school has become the test bed of the law before it is even introduced due to its award-winning teaching on equality and diversity. Parents, backed by activists from outside the catchment area, have been holding weekly demonstrations at the school and keeping pupils out of lessons, claiming that teachers are encouraging their children to be gay.

    Protest organisers make it clear that they are aiming to have the teaching abolished “not just in this school but at every school in Birmingham and every school in the country”. Observers warn that what is happening in Birmingham will be mirrored across England when the lessons are introduced in September 2020, unless the government stands firm on equal rights and diversity.

    Parkfield appears to be teaching only what the government – and MPs – want all primary schools to tell pupils. Statutory DfE guidance in February said the new primary relationship teaching should include “different family relationships” and “the right to equality under the law for people who are LGBT”.

    However, Andrew Moffat, Parkfield’s gay assistant headteacher, who drew up the award-winning lesson programme for equality and diversity, has been targeted, nicknamed “Mufti Moffat” and even had to walk into school past graffiti saying “No Gays Here.”

    His “No Outsiders” lessons showing that everyone is welcome whatever their differences, have been stopped and last week he was banned from taking equalities assemblies – showing how different communities come together to help each other – after some children walked out in protest.

    Homophobic incidents at the school have quadrupled compared with the same time last year, several directed at him, school sources say.

    Moffat, unable to eat or sleep properly, has effectively been silenced, say his friends. Other teachers are also upset and shaking and staff absence has increased significantly. Pulley has said staff are “distraught”.

    Lets see who wins this round of victim poker.
    Im betting it wont be taught at particular schools but the box will be ticked and silence will reign

  59. thefrollickingmole

    Spamminated agin.

    Story here.
    Worth a look for the victim lotto hierarchy showdown.

    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/apr/02/parkfield-school-protest-teacher-silenced

  60. Top Ender

    Just out in the Oz….who knew – we have a Medal of Honour (sic) recipient in Australia. Presumably on loan from the US. Huggett is actually a Medal of Gallantry recipient.

    Military death logos and symbols get the chop
    By RORY CALLINAN

    Gun-toting grim reapers and cartoon phantoms are among more than 20 images the military has scrapped under its new ban on soldiers’ use of death-style logos.

    Examples of the banned imagery that had been used by sub-units on items such as patches and T-shirts was revealed in an answer to questions on notice from a Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Senate Standing Committee hearing.

    The questions were on which logos were banned, what had been used to replace them, how much was the cost of replacement and which units had been affected.

    Defence said no unit logos, emblems or badges had been removed but that some imagery associated with sub-units had been scrapped.

    Defence provided examples of logos that had been scrapped but declined to provide the full list. Among the examples that also appeared to fall under the ban was some memorabilia in the form of a Spartan helmet and a shield.

    Defence declined to provide a detailed costing of any buyback of stock featuring the banned ­imagery, but it did reveal that in one case, $2490 of non-public moneys derived from unit canteen sales was allocated to Delta Company of 4/3 Royal NSW Regiment’s soldiers club to help them with a new sub-unit logo.

    The most common imagery scrapped appeared to be the grim reaper and Spartan-style logos. Among those affected were a sub-unit of 1st Brigade, which lost its gun-toting, grinning black reaper on a red background.

    One sub-unit from 3rd Brigade had to replace its armed phantom cartoon character. A grim reaper from 3 Squadron, 2 Cavalry was also canned.

    A sub-unit of the army’s 6th Brigade was forced to remove an armed phantom and concerns appear to have been raised about a gold Spartan helmet that looked to be part of unit memorabilia.

    Soldiers from 7th brigade had to remove a skull imposed over crossed rifles; a mortar platoon scrapped a ram’s skull with the caption “Death Down Range” and 5 Aviation Regiment lost a skull wearing a bandana imposed over a hammer and spanner.

    A 6th Aviation regiment sub-unit lost a Viking image with the caption Berserkers and one from HQ 2nd Division had spartan imagery featuring a spartan helmet removed.

    The Royal Military College Australia’s army recruit training centre had a masked Phantom head dropped. The Combined Arms Training Centre lost its “grim reaper rising from a World War I tank” and a punisher badge showing a skull.

    Questions about the unit logs had been asked by Liberal senator James McGrath and independent senator Fraser Anning at the hearing in February.

    The ban had been introduced in April last year by then chief of army, now Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Angus Campbell.

    General Campbell, in ordering the ban, said that such symbols were at odds with army values.

    “Such symbology is never presented as ill-intentioned and plays to much of modern culture,’’ he said. “But it is always ill-considered and implicitly encourages the inculcation of a hubris and general disregard for the most serious responsibility of our profession, the legitimate and discriminate taking of life.”

    Officers were ordered to take immediate action to remove symbols within their command.

    Medal of Honour recipient Justin Huggett, a former soldier, panned the decision in a social media post directed at General Campbell.

    In the post Mr Huggett, decorated for action against the Taliban in Afghanistan, said the decision denigrated the morale of the enlisted and combat power.

  61. notafan

    In fact, Moffat, who is in charge of pastoral care, does not take the lessons. That is done by classroom teachers with the doors open with teaching assistants – mainly from the Muslim community – present. The concern appears to be over two of the books used with children aged four and five – the first encourages pupils to think about different families. “Some families are big, some families are small …some have a step mum or dad, some adopt children … some families have two mums or two dads, sometimes they have one parent instead of two,” it says.

    The second, Mommy, Mama and Me, is about a child with two mummies, showing how both can care for the child.

    I’d object too

    What nonsense that teacher spouted about getting a different view at school

    Bad enough ‘teaching’ this crap at senior secondary level but in prep m in direct contradiction to many groups family values, not just that particular one.

    There should be a few more parent groups prepared to stand up for what they believe in

    And exactly what we predicted would happen when SSM was legislated

    Confusing little kids and putting school in direct conflict with home.

    Nice work.

  62. notafan

    In fact, Moffat, who is in charge of pastoral care, does not take the lessons. That is done by classroom teachers with the doors open with teaching assistants – mainly from the M uslim community – present. The concern appears to be over two of the books used with children aged four and five – the first encourages pupils to think about different families. “Some families are big, some families are small …some have a step mum or dad, some adopt children … some families have two mums or two dads, sometimes they have one parent instead of two,” it says.

    The second, Mommy, Mama and Me, is about a child with two mummies, showing how both can care for the child.

    I’d object too

    What nonsense that teacher spouted about getting a different view at school

    Bad enough ‘teaching’ this crap at senior secondary level but in prep m in direct contradiction to many groups family values, not just that particular one.

    There should be a few more parent groups prepared to stand up for what they believe in

    And exactly what we predicted would happen when SSM was legislated

    Confusing little kids and putting school in direct conflict with home.

    Nice work.

  63. thefrollickingmole

    notafan

    I posted links to the bloke who designed the programs own teaching notes last week.
    To describe the spin attached to that news story as category 5 denial would come close.
    Somehow they seem to have forgotten the books and teaching guidelines for the whole trans/kid lessons.
    An honest oversight im sure.

  64. Helen

    The lowest pay rate I can find in the Pastoral Award is $6.11 per hour.
    At Di Natale’s 20 hrs a week, that comes in at $122.20
    Still a fair bit more than Benjamin was being paid by Dr. Di Natale.

    Dunno where you got that from Steve, But current level one award is $18.93 per hour.

  65. Percy Popinjay

    Story here.
    Worth a look for the victim lotto hierarchy showdown.

    Couldn’t see any reader comments, either. Interesting little snapshot of how the insanity of the “elites” is inevitably shoved down the throats of those least resistant to it, i.e. kiddies.

  66. Hay Stockard

    TopEmder,
    I saw what happened to 1RAR.
    Something to nag some friends about.
    If only they knew.

  67. Percy Popinjay

    current level one award is $18.93 per hour

    Helen, that’s also the national hourly minimum wage rate for an adult.

  68. What has what happened in Guatemala got to do with conspiracy theories?

    Because a lot of people ether uncritically deny it, “of course it could not of happened” and a second group, also large group, uncritically accept that “of course it happened”.

  69. notafan

    Because a lot of people ether uncritically deny it, “of course it could not of happened”

    You could say that about anything that ever happened.

  70. mh

    Sinclair might be pitching for a CNN anchor role:

    CNN’s Christiane Amanpour asks Comey if FBI should have shut down ‘hate speech’ from Trump rallies

    Amanpour asked: “Of course, ‘Lock her up’ was a feature of the 2016 Trump campaign. Do you in, retrospect, wish that people like yourself, the head of the FBI, the people in charge of law and order, had shut down that language, that it was dangerous potentially, that it could have created violence, that it kind of is hate speech?”

    https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/cnns-christiane-amanpour-asks-comey-if-fbi-should-have-shut-down-hate-speech-from-trump-rallies

  71. What would General Campbell think of the Wild Weasels squadron patch?

    “I’m gonna fly with you, and we’re gonna shoot a SAM site before it shoots us? You gotta be shittin’ me!”

  72. notafan

    Reminds me Moley of the child of a ssm couple refused a place at a Catholic school in Kansas

    One of the very good reasons put forward was because the school would be providing a view of the family in direct conflict with what was being presented at home.

    Little kids don’t need that crap.

  73. thefrollickingmole

    What an awful case to have to preside over.

    And not helped by frightbat interventions.

    A row has erupted after a judge spoke in court about the “fundamental human right” of a man to have sex with his wife.

    The remark was made by Mr Justice Hayden, who had been asked to consider imposing a court order preventing a man from having sex with his wife of 20 years because she may no longer be able to give her consent.

    The case had been brought to the court of protection, which considers cases where people lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions, by lawyers for a council’s social services after the condition of the woman, who has learning difficulties, began to deteriorate.

    Social service officials believe there is evidence that she no longer has the capacity to make decisions about whether she wants to have sex and therefore cannot freely give her consent. Lawyers have suggested that a judge might have to bar the husband from continuing to have sex with his wife in order to ensure that the woman is not raped.

    Hayden considered the issue at a preliminary court of protection hearing in London on Monday, in which he was told that the man had offered to give an undertaking not to have sex with his wife.

    However, the judge said he wanted to examine the evidence in detail – and hear arguments from lawyers representing the woman, the man, and the council involved – before making any decisions.

    The judge said the man might be put in a situation where he could face prison if he breached an order, or an undertaking, not to have sex with his wife. He also suggested that such an order would be difficult to police.

    “I cannot think of any more obviously fundamental human right than the right of a man to have sex with his wife – and the right of the state to monitor that,” he said. “I think he is entitled to have it properly argued.”

    Part of that comment was seized on by the the Labour MP for Bristol West, Thangam Debbonaire, who tweeted: “This legitimises misogyny and woman-hatred. A judge stating ‘I cannot think of any more obviously fundamental human right than the right of a man to have sex with his wife’. No man in the UK has such a legal right to insist on sex. No consent = rape.”

    Hayden has ordered that the couple involved cannot be identified. A full hearing is expected in the coming months.

  74. Helen

    Percy Popinjay
    #2978463, posted on April 3, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    current level one award is $18.93 per hour

    Helen, that’s also the national hourly minimum wage rate for an adult.

    Didnt know that Percy, the adault rate does not kick in until age 20, so a 19yo gets 90%, 18 yo 80% etc. We used to have first year jackaroos through to third year and the stockmen, but Julia changed all that and said every one had to be paid regardless of experience. We generally work on a 50 hour week, so 12 hours of O/T on top of the 38 ordinary, but I guess tricky ricky was paying part time. If aupair wasnt on permanent he should have also been given a 25% loading for casual.

  75. notafan

    Just a reminder that twitter is for twits

    may just have easily been the fundamental right of a wife to have sex with her husband

  76. notafan

    Why do so many people avoid soap, water and washing machines?

    Another logeine customer making my eyes water from several metres away.

    Most of them are ‘Aussies’.

  77. Pedro the Ignorant

    What is a “logeine customer”?

  78. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Obviously the somewhat-euphemistic ‘to have and to hold’ portion of the wedding vows is not explicit enough for the promoters of Safe Schools. The Safe Schools literature no-doubt contains the appropriate expressions.

  79. calli

    The opposite of hygiene.

  80. notafan

    sorry

    meant to say logienic

    the opposite of a hygienic customer

  81. Pedro the Ignorant

    General Campbell might be a bit conflicted over his ban on “death images” when confronted with this photograph of a digger made up as The Punisher.

    The fearsomely painted digger just happened to have been awarded the Victoria Cross.

    Cameron Baird VC

  82. Pedro the Ignorant

    Ta, nota.
    I am certainly no pedant, and ignore typos, but I couldn’t decipher that one.

    All good.

  83. Diogenes

    Just a reminder that twitter is for twits

    And remember only twits twatter

  84. notafan

    half an hour of acute suffering and a no sale too Pedro (not that that was a surprise)

    Thanks Mr Logiene

  85. bespoke

    I am certainly no pedant, and ignore typos

    Good to no.

  86. Derp

    Me to. I can’t stand pendants

  87. Top Ender

    The odd aspect of stopping savagery – at least in morale building – in peacetime, is that in wartime personnel are encouraged to have such attitudes and emblems. In WWII US Navy Admiral William F. Halsey exhibited in his characteristically blunt way the overall aggression developed, even at the strategic level, to any new US Navy personnel landing at Tulagi. A large sign proclaimed: “KILL JAPS. KILL JAPS. KILL MORE JAPS. You will help to kill the yellow bastards if you do your job well.” (Donovan, Robert J. PT109, John F. Kennedy in World War II. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1961. (30))

    A costly – in lives – alternative attitude is that there isn’t going to be another war where your country has to exhibit maximum ferocity to survive. So when it starts, while you ramp up, as in 1939-1940, frantically building Spitfires and Hurricanes and dropping leaflets on the Wermacht – or whatever the modern equivalent is – you have given time and space to the enemy to build up to his maximum.

    In peace you should train for war.

  88. Canberra should have been put on Camerons Corner.
    At the junction of NSW/SA/Qld.

  89. Baldrick

    We’ve reached peak gluten …

    Herald Sun ✔ @theheraldsun
    Ingham’s gluten-free chicken schnitzels have been recalled from sale in Victoria amid concerns they contain gluten

  90. Confused Old Misfit

    In peace you should train for war.

    In peace you MUST train for war.
    And if you engage in a conflict with anything less than maximum ferocity and survive, it will have been due to the enemy having made more mistakes than you did.

  91. Dunno where you got that from Steve, But current level one award is $18.93 per hour.

    That was me, not Steve, who wrote that.
    You may wish to appraise yourself of the pay rate for a Livestock Hand 16yo Level One with keep.
    Obtained this morning from the PACT calculator at the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.

  92. Black Ball

    Armadillo, get down to Traralgon this weekend for Victoria Bowls marquee event. Region sides championship. Will be partaking in the event, great spectacle.

  93. Black Ball

    Also Top Gear African special is on, their finest work

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