Monday Forum: April 1, 2019

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1,599 Responses to Monday Forum: April 1, 2019

  1. Gab

    Congratulation, Tinta on becoming as brand new Nonna.

    Tanto Auguri!

  2. Overburdened

    Adam Schiff could do some thing extravagant.

  3. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    LL : “Whoa! 60 bucks. That is more than 10%. I guess the warranty is self funding, so that tells me that HN thinks that roughly 1 in 10 of these things will fail between 2 and 5 years.

    most people will have forgotten about the extended warranty after a couple of years.

    First and last time I ever got an extended warranty was for a wine fridge as my research showed they fail frequently. Anyway years later it failed and the repair guy said it was unrepairable and I thought the extended warranty had expired years ago but when I checked the invoice I found it was still had a month to go on its extended warranty! Got a brand new fridge and they let me get another extended warranty.

  4. Cassie of Sydney

    Youtube has banned Tommy Robinson.

  5. Tailgunner

    You dirty Nazi Commie Union rat Gunner!

    Yeah!
    With the Deplorables 2017 sticker on my hard hat… And a few Pepe’s.
    The boys are mostly Deplorables but with loads of Marxist work on them.
    The “white/male/Nazi” propaganda is slowly working.
    But, a ready made street army of large, strong men?
    It’s gotta be worth a try.

  6. Des Deskperson

    ‘Ok, got it Des. On 7News Sydney Twitter feed here. It’s the second video.’

    Thanks, Bruce.

    It’s interesting to note that Michael Coutts-Trotter’s former base salary as Secretary, Department of Family and Community Services was $569,050 pa. According to the Seven report, it’s now around $600.000.

    The head of an agency carrying out justice-type responsibilities would normally be expected to have a law degree. I wonder if Coutts-trotter has one or, indeed, whether he would be eligible to practice law with his criminal background. A former convicted criminal becoming the chief law official in NSW may be the ultimate story of redemption, but somehow it’s a bad look.

  7. BrettW

    Just heard a Union ad which is obviously the election scare campaign.

    Was about Coalition coming for your penalty rates. However some of the occupations mentioned, such as nurses and emergency services, are state employees.

    Unfortunately they have the money to pay for these lies which will be believed by many.

  8. jupes

    What would the Rothschilds do?

    Sinc bans words regarding the ROP but does nothing about this shit.

  9. Leigh Lowe

    Top Ender

    #2978019, posted on April 2, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Extended warranties are a bit of a rip-off, BUT sadly worth having given the crap life of modern appliances.

    It is the lack of service support and “repairability” that shits me.
    Small example.
    I bought a mid-range Bunnings line trimmer.
    Last year I knocked the engine cover off and the air filter fell out without me seeing.
    Next thing, I shredded it with the trimmer.
    OK.
    It is a $2 piece of foam.
    .
    Well, no.
    Bunnings can’t get it.
    Because the brand is exclusive to Bunnings, repairers can’t get bits.
    I ended up buying a pack of 6 filters online for ALL kit made by that manufacturer for $30 (ie use 1 and throw 5 away), and it took four weeks to get it mailed to me.
    An air filter FFS … a consumable item.

  10. jupes

    A former convicted criminal becoming the chief law official in NSW may be the ultimate story of redemption, but somehow it’s a bad look.

    You think?

    More like the ultimate story of uni-party cronyism.

  11. Cassie of Sydney

    “jupes
    #2978046, posted on April 2, 2019 at 8:34 pm
    What would the Rothschilds do?

    Sinc bans words regarding the ROP but does nothing about this shit.”

    My thoughts too.

  12. Leigh Lowe

    The head of an agency carrying out justice-type responsibilities would normally be expected to have a law degree. I wonder if Coutts-trotter has one …

    Let’s just say he has “extensive experience in the justice system”.

  13. Roger

    It’s interesting to note that Michael Coutts-Trotter’s former base salary as Secretary, Department of Family and Community Services was $569,050 pa.

    It’s interesting to note that that’s about equivalent to what the de facto leader of the free world is paid.

  14. Nick

    It is fun, if for no other reason than to watch the salesperson seeing an “in the bag” sale popping it’s nose out of the top of the bag.

    LMAO

  15. Helen

    Fried eggs, Lizzie, for breakfast every day. Plenty of fat and protein is wot keeps them going.

    My activism is small both original emails supposedly came form Richardo, now the message targeted to the disabled supporter fromthe disabled green pollie.

    Tinta, I am sorry if I upset you – but it might help to know what they are saying to supporters.

  16. Stimpson J. Cat

    Plus, I am in a relationship, so I don’t need to be set up with anti-Semitic stoners.

    I bet you call him your partner, don’t you?

    😂

  17. Notafan

    GST government administration costs for online are costing no more than they do for us b&m lackies, in fact they probably cost less.

    All the big retailers, ebay. AbeBooks (owned by Amazon) etc seem to have fallen meekly in to line, and as they are 99 percet of the international market it’s money for jam for the states.

  18. Armadillo

    Or, as someone else mentioned earlier, take over an existing platform.

    All the leftie blogs pretty much have zero comments on them (nUmbers, mOnster and so on). Don’t think for a second though they wouldn’t be pulling down every single comment they didn’t agree with.

    If you are thinking about hijacking a blog, Michael Smith News would be the obvious target. The dude is living somewhere is South East Asia now and is probably hosting it there. Possibly because it’s out of reach of the thought police.

    Judging by his regular pleas for donations, he would probably welcome a few hundred subscribers paying a few bucks a month. I doubt he could give a rats arse what you said about I.s.L.a.M.

    Mind you, don’t say anything nice about Gillard, whatever you do. Probably an automatic banning.

    If Sinc is worried about “certain topics”, perhaps a “co-hosting” arrangement?

  19. candy

    According to the Seven report, it’s now around $600.000.

    A bit amazing. A man goes from causing indirectly the suffering and deaths of people, and suffering to families of addicts, selling heroin to addicts and in a matter of years earns more than the PM.

    I wonder if he has very well placed parents who could manage matters re the prison and getting the job.
    It is surely incredible, his life story.

  20. Bruce of Newcastle

    We must ban golf balls immediately!

    They go to California to die.
    Not the goannas, the golf balls.

    Teenage Diver Finds Tons Of Golf Balls Rotting Off California (7 Feb)

    A diver in California has stumbled on an unexpected source of plastic waste in the ocean: golf balls.

    As the balls degrade, they can emit toxic chemicals. And there appear to be lots of them in certain places underwater — right next to coastal golf courses.

    Two years ago, a 16-year old diver named Alex Weber was swimming off Pebble Beach along the Pacific near Carmel, Calif. “My dad raised me underwater,” says Weber, and she means it. She’s a free diver: no scuba tanks, she just holds her breath. She was diving in a small cove and looked down and saw something weird. “You couldn’t see the sand,”she recalls, still sounding incredulous. “It was completely white.”

    White with golf balls. “You looked down and you’re like, ‘What are you doing here?’ “

    There were thousands of them.

    Like the fabulous elephants graveyard, sort of.

  21. Notafan

    Interesting about warranty.

    Guy in front of me at Bunnings was returning a very well user item purchased nearly a decade ago because ‘lifetime warranty’ and he keeps all his receipts, forever.

  22. pete m

    Our Samsung microwave is over 20 years old and going well.

    Our ariston washing machine has been flogged solidly for 7 years with minimal repairs.

    Our $300 Aldi dishwasher has gone 5 years no dramas.

    However, mobiles barely last 1 year without major issues.

    Maybe we’ve been lucky.

    F me sorry stimpy I let Elle have another go at you, such a precious petal.

    Maybe post some shit the palis are getting up to for a change.

  23. Stimpson J. Cat

    F me sorry stimpy I let Elle have another go at you, such a precious petal.
    Maybe post some shit the palis are getting up to for a change.

    In English please I don’t understand.

  24. Sinclair Davidson

    Sinc bans words regarding the ROP but does nothing about this shit.”

    Well? What would the Rothschilds do? They wouldn’t be sitting on their arses whinging.

  25. Stimpson J. Cat

    A lot of complaints about the policies of the current venue.
    Have any of you gentle people considered learning to code?

    😁

  26. Mater

    Guy in front of me at Bunnings was returning a very well user item purchased nearly a decade ago because ‘lifetime warranty’ and he keeps all his receipts, forever.

    Photocopy all such receipts (especially Bunnings). The standard warranties tend to be longer than the readable lifespan of their thermal paper receipts.

  27. Percy Popinjay

    Apparently he is quite good at what he does

    Sitting around on his arse hoovering shedloads of taxpayers’ money, when he’s not being a total cuck and putting up with Plibbers.

    P.S. Ozzies ain’t gonna carpet, anymore!

  28. Leigh Lowe

    Well? What would the Rothschilds do? They wouldn’t be sitting on their arses whinging.

    They’d probably say (in Francais, of course), “Fuck it. Let’s crack another bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1996.”
    Or would they just call it “Chateau Lafite Us”?

  29. Tintarella di Luna

    Tinta, I am sorry if I upset you – but it might help to know what they are saying to supporters

    Helen you have not upset me in the slightest, and thanks for posting your experience on here, keep on doing what you do, forewarned is forearmed as they say. I have known their hypocrisy and opportunism for a couple of decades and nothing surprises me at all.

  30. bespoke

    Since Steve has been lax in posting soothing music interludes and for Tinta.
    Congrats to all the new mum’s today.

  31. Armadillo

    I’m beginning to suspect Mrs Sinc is away on holidays. Doomy seems to be spending an awful lot of time here lately.

    It’s almost as if he’s monitoring us [shudder].

  32. Percy Popinjay

    Oh, grate. The soporific tones of Paul “is wrong, again” Kelly on Sky.

  33. Des Deskperson

    ‘I wonder if he has very well placed parents who could manage matters re the prison and getting the job.’

    Coutts-Trotter is an alumnus of St Ignatius College, Riverview. The annual fee for year eleven and twelve students is currently $29,520. It’s a reasonable surmise that he has wealthy parents with Labor Party connections.

    I have no problem with Coutts-Trotter turning his life around , and my understanding is that he did a reasonable job as Secretary of the Department of Family and Community Services.

    I’m a little surprised, however, that, in light of his background, he was considered the best person for the crucial law and order portfolio.

  34. Tintarella di Luna

    It started with a bloke tooting his horn and ended in the setting of an improvised explosive device — In Wollongong – talk about anger management issues

    Bomb attempt after ‘beep’ in McDonald’s car park


    A couple has been arrested after an incident at a McDonald’s carpark led to a bomb allegedly being planted under a car.
    A couple has been arrested after an incident at a McDonald’s carpark led to a bomb allegedly being planted under a car.

    A couple from NSW has been arrested after allegedly planting a bomb under a car as part of a campaign against a driver who “beeped” at them in a McDonald’s car park.

    The man, 33, and woman, 31, were nabbed in the Illawarra on Tuesday morning and several items seized — including a pipe bomb, drone and baton — during searches of a car and house.

    They are expected to be charged with several offences later in the day. Police allege the pair were left aggrieved after a driver tooted their horn at the woman who was behind the wheel in a Warrawong car park — near Port Kembla — on February 22.

    It’s understood the woman then allegedly followed the car and recorded the number plate before trying to file a complaint to police.

    That was followed by a barrage of online harassment and intimidation by the couple — including death threats, police will allege.

    The escalating campaign ultimately led to the placement of a “sophisticated” improvised explosive device under the victim’s car in nearby Koonawarra on March 5.

    “This was an act of grievance-fuelled violence,” Detective Superintendent Michael McLean told reporters in Sydney.

    “The (initial) interaction was quite a benign one … and from that, continued this behaviour that clearly is not something which is acceptable and became quite a dangerous series of events.”

    The victim was not known to the offenders and the work done to identify them was “ingenious” and indicated a specific intent, Det Supt McLean said. He said the car targeted in the bombing was not destroyed but the blast had the potential to seriously injure or even kill a person.

    AAP understands the man accused of planting the bomb works as a tradesman and has an understanding of electronics.

    The Fixated Persons Investigations Unit — a specialist squad set up in 2017 to target potential would-be terrorists or lone actors — was brought in to handle the case after the threats continued.

    During their investigation, police discovered the alleged male attacker was also threatening another store worker over an unrelated feud.

    The man and woman are expected to be charged with multiple offences including using an explosive device with an intent to harm, stalking/intimidation, and using a carriage to menace, harass or offend.

  35. candy

    Tinta
    Nice to hear of the arrival of the little one into your family.
    Hope her mum is feeling well and all went well for her.

  36. Tailgunner

    They wouldn’t be sitting on their arses whinging.

    Bamn!!
    Good stuff, Doomie 🙂

  37. Fixated Persons Investigations Unit

    Far canal what a steaming load of politically correct nonsense.

  38. Tintarella di Luna

    Since Steve has been lax in posting soothing music interludes and for Tinta.
    Congrats to all the new mum’s today.

    Thanks bespoke lovely little interlude – on that note I think I will retire — it’s been a very emotional day. Thanks to all cats for your good wishes, much appreciated.

  39. Armadillo

    Anyone here into sniffing Sheilahs hair? It’s pretty bizarre behaviour.

    Own up before you get outed.

  40. calli

    I’ve done a quote for Coutts-trotter and Plibersek.

    I was too expensive. 🙂

  41. Overburdened

    LL
    The politics of envy gambit.

  42. Overburdened

    LL
    Probably right, in amongst the other stuff they would have on the go.

  43. Armadillo

    I can understand Stimpy doing it. Biden, not so much.

  44. Overburdened

    Tailgunner
    Both barrels.

  45. Stimpson J. Cat

    I can understand Stimpy doing it. Biden, not so much.

    You [email protected] that’s uncalled for.
    Outrageous.

  46. Overburdened

    I almost used ‘which’

  47. Nick

    Anyone here into sniffing Sheilahs hair? It’s pretty bizarre behaviour.

    Hair pie ?

  48. Stimpson J. Cat

    AAP understands the man accused of planting the bomb works as a tradesman and has an understanding of electronics.

    F$cking Tradie Terrorists!
    Build the Wall!
    Around Maccas!
    We must protect Maccas from the infidels!

  49. Armadillo

    Stupid handshakes also annoy me. That and footballers patting each other on the bum.

    Blokes, it’s not fucking “cool”. It’s just plain weird.

  50. Armadillo

    As is tattooing your bodies. A nephew tattooed my fathers name on his arm when he died and also his DOB and DOD.

    Dad absolutely abhorred tattoos. Hated them. He would have been absolutely horrified if he was around to see it.

    Nice “mark of respect”, you imbecile.

  51. Stimpson J. Cat

    It’s amazing how quickly people go quiet when a big strong Alpha Economist in a Mankini struts manfully into the room.
    The Power of Mises Compels You!

    😆

  52. Helen

    OK it is not a Federal Budget question so I think Im allowed to ut it here.

    The NT is broke. At what point does a state or territory become bankrupt. Is there a process, a trigger, what happens – or is it free for all forever?

    Is it revenue (cash) vs expense like in my biscuit tin business?

  53. Helen

    It was announced by radio the other day that due to an accounting change imposed by the Feds, the NT now owes another billion, added to the rest. it is unfathomable how the Gunner Government can thisk everything is fine. Or are they relying on everyfink being paid up by Electricity Bill when he wins the start on the race to darknes?

  54. Leigh Lowe

    Anyone here into sniffing Sheilahs hair? It’s pretty bizarre behaviour.

    It depends on two things …
    1. The relationship between the sniffer and the sniffee.
    2. Where the hair being sniffed is situated on the person of the sniffee. Top of the head (maybe); underarm (hmmm); elsewhere (eeeewww).

  55. Mark A

    Armadillo
    #2978114, posted on April 2, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Stupid handshakes also annoy me. That and footballers patting each other on the bum.

    Never come to Europe.
    I keep washing my hands raw after a meeting.

    To me it’s the most annoying habit, plus if you speak their lingo, don’t ever use the familiar “you” and first name when speaking to them until you are allowed to.

    And for God’s sake never forget to call someone who has a Phd a “Doctor”
    Like “Herr Doctor Armadillo”

    A bl..dy uptight lot, the lot of them and not just the Germans.
    One redeeming grace, they don’t insist on kissing.

  56. Helen

    abc nt debt

    so 3 Billion here, another 1 billion added last week because change the way you add up.

    NT News

  57. And for God’s sake never forget to call someone who has a Phd a “Doctor”
    Like “Herr Doctor Armadillo”

    They are. GPs are physicians.

  58. Overburdened

    Sie and du should be used with discretion.

  59. Pedro the Ignorant

    Never come to Europe.

    Words to live by.

  60. hzhousewife

    Photocopy all such receipts (especially Bunnings). The standard warranties tend to be longer than the readable lifespan of their thermal paper receipts.

    The Good Guys have the best deals around here and record every purchase and warranties so we don’t need receipts, been using them for about 15 years for multiple small electrical items, pity they don’t have everything, I’d use them all the time.

    Nonna Tinta, what an auspicious day, congratulations all around and best wishes to the new parents expecially.

  61. Overburdened

    the labor party are a real life contradiction of everything they preach.

  62. Nelson Kidd-Players

    “Herr Doctor Armadillo”

    Obviously only got one doctorate. Otherwise it would be “Herr Doctor Doctor Armadillo”. 🙂

  63. Pedro the Ignorant

    Is there a square inch of Australia that is not infested with ants?

    Digging a hole today for a flagpole at Casa Pedro and the ground erupted with thousands of the @&^%% things.

    Quick trip to the local Landmark ag supply store and got some weapons grade ant dust and waged chemical warfare on the site that would have had Saddam Hussein beaming.

    About a million dead ants now gracing the excavation.

    Flagpole going in tomorrow.

  64. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    at my expense

    Elle, I am sorry you are having difficulties understanding the way this site makes jokes.
    No-one is seriously suggesting you as a prospective date. I seem to recall you and MV having a good jokey session along these lines one night, for instance, which you clearly understood to be light-hearted, and said so too the next day. My comment was in jest, basically pulling up Stimpy for his failure to reference a Platinum Amex, which trumps a Gold one, and his typo allowing me to jest that he must have meant a person called Alex. The men here are actually very cautious to only jest about such things as dating a Kitteh, as Sinc is pretty strict about such things as implied harassment. But, as any anthropologist will tell you, semi-formal ‘joking’ relationships are great for enhancing social interactions in civilized and non-threatening ways. The Good Lord knows we need some fun in this current parlous political world.

    And why on earth would my reference to your gay friendships, as per the delightful Gold Alex, be a putdown? I know such a chap, a fashion icon and a terrific gay guy. He’s also an investment banker and whoops-a-daisy, he also has a Platinum Amex, just as I do.

    Glad to hear you are in a relationship. That’s always nice.

  65. Armadillo

    Mrs. A just takes a photo on her phone, sends a copy to “the cloud” and throws the receipt in the bin.

    Instruction manual gets read and chucked. You can never find where you put them anyway. You can usually find it online anyway, or if there is a problem, there is usually someone online who has figured out a way around it before the manufacturer has.

  66. Nelson Kidd-Players

    🐜 🐜 🐜
    🐜 🐜 Half mast 🐜 for the 🐜 🐜 ants, I 🐜 trust. 🐜 🐜 🐜
    🐜

  67. Nelson Kidd-Players

    🐜 🐜 Aggggh! They’re everywhe🐜re! 🐜

  68. Steve trickler

    Bookmark it. 57:31.

    If you are in a jovial mood, it will grind to halt very quickly. It will give you the creeps.
    A glimpse into the world of sick, twisted, disgusting evil bastards. Some names will register with the memory banks.

    Top notch work from Polly. She makes a compelling case.



  69. Mark A

    Nelson Kidd-Players
    #2978132, posted on April 2, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    “Herr Doctor Armadillo”

    Obviously only got one doctorate. Otherwise it would be “Herr Doctor Doctor Armadillo”. 🙂

    You may joke but it’s more insane than that, they insist on calling me “Mr diplom ingenieur A”
    Took me a time get them call me Mark but every new contact will do it so I just go with the flow.

  70. Armadillo

    Mrs A also doesn’t even bother with carrying any ID or cards (such as membership cards or whatever). Or cash. All on “the phone or the cloud”. ANZ app on the phone to pay for stuff. Some minimal cash in the phone cover if she needs it.

    “The cloud” is merely for back-up (if you lose the phone or it gets stolen). Thumb print access.

  71. Helen

    “Herr Doctor Doctor Armadillo”. 🙂

    Any sausage dogs?

  72. Knuckle Dragger

    Helen,

    Spot on with the NT. Broke as the derro under the bridge stealing durry butts from the ashtrays at the local beer garden and yet they insist on spaffing away money (h/t Nob) on useless, stupid crap. Build a walkway from one end of the CBD to the other! A new massive hotel – sure, we’ll pay half!

    Anything that costs more than $1.50 they lobby the Feds over, and well over half the time when they get cash from Canberra they spend it on pet projects that have no ROI whatsoever, and spend the rest of the FY wondering how to pretend they spent the money on what they said they would.

    Add on a bloated, nepotistic public service where, for example, someone is paid well over $300K just for asking Canberra fort money to fix houses, AND get six weeks a year holiday in addition to the myriad of NT public holidays, and you have a gravy train beyond compare.

  73. Nelson Kidd-Players

    What language 🐜 are you dealing in, Mark?

    I found that they 🐜 wound back the formality (including using first names) when speaking in English, so the differen🐜ce became more of a grammatical one. That was not in front of customers, mind. Only with 🐜 international colleagues. The Japanese were always Kidd-Players-san, though.

  74. Nelson Kidd-Players

    When will the reckoning come over the debts of the various 🐜 governments of the world?

  75. mh

    Ok, who mentioned the Rothschilds.

    I’m not scrolling back.

  76. Helen

    True, KD. Now they have reintroduced indigneous only companie=s win procurement, so whitie businesses cannot ever win a NTG contract, unless there is no Indig that can do it. My SiL company had an indig guy working with him for years, he was stolen (as an adult) with 100K to be the dummy 50.1% owner of a business that then met the ownership rule and allowed to win tenders.

  77. Knuckle Dragger

    My Simpson 7.5 kg heavy duty washing machine died last week. 20 years to the month after I bought it.

    At least five loads a week (but enough about Tinder) for those 20 years, plus it’s been thumped around during moves to Melbourne, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Darwin.

    The only time it needed repairs was when a switch broke behind the control panel. I went to Bunnings, bought some stuff and could fix it myself.

    It will take pride of place on my front lawn the next time hard rubbish day comes around.

    Vale Simmo.

  78. Pedro the Ignorant

    LOL Nelson.

    Well played, Sir!

  79. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    In Einstein’s old university in Zurich, Hairy is Professor Herr Docteur Hairy A’pe. On the door.
    I may not have the spelling quite right. The group he was engaging with there took us to a very swanky top restaurant, vegetarian of course. A sign of their high esteem. No steak for you, I whispered to him. lol.

  80. Mark A

    Nelson Kidd-Players
    #2978145, posted on April 2, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    What language 🐜 are you dealing in, Mark?

    Mostly German and Hungarian, used to speak Russian but lack of use renders me to read and write only.
    Do a lot of work in Poland and at one stage considered moving there but can’t hack the lingo, sorry to say.
    Luckily the people I deal with all speak English or German.
    ==========================================

    I found that they 🐜 wound back the formality (including using first names) when speaking in English,

    I noticed that too, not only in English but in native as well.
    You can hear it more often now on the call centre line; “Do you mind if I call you by first name?”, which is good.

  81. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Armadillos, only turn 🐜 up sporadically, 🐜 though.

  82. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Except, perhaps, for the wee small hours.

  83. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    hibiki 21

  84. Stimpson J. Cat

    Ok, who mentioned the Rothschilds.

    I’m not scrolling back.

    Sinc did.
    Ban him.

  85. calli

    Di Natale whingeing about something called “income equality”.

    Yep. Those au pairs don’t pay themselves.

  86. Knuckle Dragger

    Darwin has something like twelve sister cities. TWELVE.

    How this noisome council and government managed to get a minimum of 12 business class trips per year for the lurkee plus staff) to these places to ‘foster relationships’ is beyond me.

    Sure, there’s loads of cash for that. Scraping the locals’ shit off the city footpaths every morning? Not so much, and anyway it’s someone else’s problem.

  87. Nelson Kidd-Players

    So, are the Greens going to propose 🐜 that we all get the same wage as a politician?

    Also, does that mean that joining a senate 🐜 committee does not warrant extra pay?

  88. Bruce in WA

    Di Natale whingeing about something called “income equality”.

    Yep. Those au pairs don’t pay themselves.

    I posted something similar on The Oz, got rejected and emailed a complaint. I was told:

    The Di Natale au pairs story went to the Press Council and it upheld his complaint that the $6 a day au pairs payment claim wasn’t fair or accurate when you factored in room and board and the amount of hours he required them to work, which put their pay over minimum wage. So we would be on dangerous ground running this again when the Press Council already rapped the SMH over the knuckles for the original story,

  89. mh

    From this morning’s comments, many of us get our daily news from US websites as our sites are rubbish.

    The US really is the shining light in the world right now.

    God bless the USA. Build that wall.

    🇺🇸

  90. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    14m
    Puerto Rico got 91 Billion Dollars for the hurricane, more money than has ever been gotten for a hurricane before, & all their local politicians do is complain & ask for more money. The pols are grossly incompetent, spend the money foolishly or corruptly, & only take from USA….
    ….The best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico is President Donald J. Trump. So many wonderful people, but with such bad Island leadership and with so much money wasted. Cannot continue to hurt our Farmers and States with these massive payments, and so little appreciation!

  91. mh

    I’m thinking of getting my news ONLY from Donald Trump.

    If Trump didn’t say it, tweet it or link to it, it never happened.

  92. egg_

    Di Natale whingeing about something called “income equality”.

    Try the veal.

  93. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Such dear little babies in that clip, so fully human in every way.
    What a strange neotenous species we really are. Adorable from day one.

  94. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    3m
    In 1998, Rep.Jerry Nadler strongly opposed the release of the Starr Report on Bill Clinton. No information whatsoever would or could be legally released. But with the NO COLLUSION Mueller Report, which the Dems hate, he wants it all. NOTHING WILL EVER SATISFY THEM!
    @foxandfriends

    So that’s why so many are ignorant of the depravity that Bill and Monica indulged in.

    Not just Monica

    Bill Clinton Allegedly Banged Elizabeth Hurley In The White House While Hillary Was Sleeping In The Bedroom Next Door

    https://www.barstoolsports.com/post/bill-clinton-allegedly-banged-elizabeth-hurley-in-the-white-house-while-hillary-was-sleeping-in-the-bedroom-next-door

  95. The Clinton stuff doesn’t count. The Trump Witch Hunt is on another level.

    It won’t be over until Trump wins 2020 in a landslide.

  96. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Not sure Hillary was particularly worried. Personal opinion. 🐜

  97. Mark A

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #2978181, posted on April 2, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    The Clinton stuff doesn’t count. The Trump Witch Hunt is on another level.

    It won’t be over until Trump wins 2020 in a landslide.

    You reckon?
    Didn’t stop them when Reagan won in a landslide.

  98. Didn’t stop them when Reagan won in a landslide.

    Normal people won’t care and if they vote well enough in the House, it won’t even come up.

  99. mh

    Hillary probably had a woman going down on her while Bill was shagging next door.

  100. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Listen XXXX, I’m the President. I don’t have time for this xxxx. I’m keeping the world from nuclear war at all times. I’m sending a plane to pick you up.’

    Wish I’d thought of that.

  101. mh

    Trump is just stirring the Democrat nest.

    Best President Ever.

  102. Bruce in WA

    Bill Clinton Allegedly Banged Elizabeth Hurley In The White House While Hillary Was Sleeping In The Bedroom Next Door

    Who wouldn’t!! Let’s see … Hills or Betty?? Hmmm, decisions, decisions … not!

  103. Mark A

    Bruce in WA
    #2978188, posted on April 2, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Bill Clinton Allegedly Banged Elizabeth Hurley In The White House While Hillary Was Sleeping In The Bedroom Next Door

    Who wouldn’t!! Let’s see … Hills or Betty?? Hmmm, decisions, decisions … not!

    It took you that long to decide Bruce?
    Betty would’ve left by then.

  104. Had a look at the NSW election LC figs. Interesting that ALP and GRN are virtually unchanged.

    It is as though Mikey go to Bed and Beryl Gladishocklian on the swing against the LNP alone gifted a seat each to the LDP and Keep Sydney Open and of course also one (possibly two) seat(s) to PHON, along with allowing SFF to remain at two seats in the LC.

    Those hard working civil servant schleppers are about 1/5 of the way through now…2.5 weeks later.

  105. Bruce in WA

    It took you that long to decide Bruce?
    Betty would’ve left by then.

    I would’ve finished by then, Mark! 😀

    “This won’t hurt you, did it!”

  106. JC

    Bill Clinton Allegedly Banged Elizabeth Hurley In The White House While Hillary Was Sleeping In The Bedroom Next Door

    Big deal, Shane Warne was banging her in Brighton Melbourne.

  107. mh

    ‘Want to see the Lincoln bedroom?’: Trump relishes role as White House tour guide

    When President Donald Trump brings senators, New York friends or other guests to the Oval Office, he occasionally opens a door near his desk summoning guests to follow. Flashing a grin, he wants his friends to see where Monica Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton reportedly began their sexual encounters.

    “We’ve remodelled it since then,” he said on a tour in December, a person with direct knowledge of the event said. In another visit in 2017, Trump told a TV anchor, “I’m told this is where Bill and Monica…” – stopping himself from going further, according to a new book by former White House aide Cliff Sims, Tale of Vipers, which was obtained by The Washington Post ahead of its publication Tuesday

    Three other people who have embarked on a tour with Trump say he has made similar comments regarding Clinton and Lewinsky, laughing and making facial expressions. The subject often leads to lengthy, sometimes crass conversations, aides say…

    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/want-to-see-the-lincoln-bedroom-trump-relishes-role-as-white-house-tour-guide-20190129-p50u72.html

  108. Bruce in WA

    OK, peeps … we’re leaving this weekend for USA and then cruise through Europe/ Baltic for 26 days. Dearly Beloved is nursing a broken toe (and in an orthopaedic sandal) and now we both have some sort of infection … absolutely raging sore throat, post nasal drip, complete lethargy and aches … WTF does it have to happen now?????? Have to go to bed because I’ve already fallen asleep twice here at the desk … and it’s not even 9.00 pm yet! See you tomoz, I hope.

  109. mh

    WA
    #2978192, posted on April 2, 2019 at 11:43 pm
    Hillary or Betty?

    Wow. No way is Betty a fembot.

  110. Bruce Tuffin

    Wow. No way is Betty a fembot.

    😀 😀

  111. Armadillo

    This isn’t necessarily a narrow argument purely about “Freedom of Speech”.

    It’s more an argument about some incredibly powerful private companies censoring opinion. I actually don’t have a problem with that. They are private companies, and can do as they please.

    Where the issue lies is when the Government starts prosecuting private citizens for having an opinion. Or giving subsidies, favours, tax free status or preferential treatment to media/donor organisations to put out a particular “spin”.

    Trump CAN do something about that, by getting the Government out of the media. Stoping the state sanctioned legal prosecution of citizens for “free speech” would be a good start.

    The entire reason we are even having this discussion is that the Government has sanctioned the use of “law fare” against blogs such as Sinc’s, and made the blog owner responsible. It’s plain fucking wrong.

    If people have a problem with what Cats say, don’t fucking read it. Simple as that.

    By the same token, if some absolute nutter turns up here spruicking utter shit, the “blog owner” can get rid of them. After all, it’s their “brand”. They are hardly going to want “bird” using the platform.

    The plod should be investigating potential nutters, not the Government threatening blog owners.

  112. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    3m
    There is no amount of testimony or document production that can satisfy Jerry Nadler or Shifty Adam Schiff. It is now time to focus exclusively on properly running our great Country!

  113. Armadillo

    As an aside, an EV with a couple of double D batteries is likely to have a longer range than Arkys Model A.

    Also, the chances of it bursting into flames and incinerating the occupants would be much less than the Model A. People need to stop dissing the EV’s.

  114. mh

    Trump reshapes long-liberal 9th Circuit, as Republican-appointed judges gain seats on court

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-reshapes-9th-circuit-gop-judges-near-majority

  115. Mark A

    Model A

    The VW of the capitalist system, I love that car, sophistication hidden in simplicity itself.

    GO Arky!

  116. Armadillo

    The VW was justifiably described as “Hitlers Revenge”.

  117. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The VW was justifiably described as “Hitlers Revenge”.

    The V -1, the V-2, and the WV.

  118. Armadillo

    sophistication hidden in simplicity itself.

    I’ve seen the videos of Arky glueing and nailing bits of wood together. It’s a death trap.

  119. Armadillo

    No wonder he dressed his child up as a fairy. Probably hoping she would “wave her magic wand” and turn it into an actual car.

  120. Stimpson J. Cat

    If people have a problem with what Cats say, don’t fucking read it. Simple as that.
    By the same token, if some absolute nutter turns up here spruicking utter shit, the “blog owner” can get rid of them. After all, it’s their “brand”. They are hardly going to want “bird” using the platform.

    Alas, there are a lot of rather shall we say,
    “simple”,
    sane folk that visit this site, and they struggle with these concepts and ideas and find it hard to understand them without diagrams.
    Thanks for trying to explain it Arma.
    You are very patient with them.
    😁

  121. Mark A

    Armadillo
    #2978209, posted on April 3, 2019 at 12:36 am

    I’ve seen the videos of Arky glueing and nailing bits of wood together. It’s a death trap.

    You of course are aware that one the space shuttles crashed because of the glue applied to the protective tiles was grooved horizontally instead of vertically, reason being so the water would drain and not freeze under the tiles? Naturally it did and it did crash when the tiles failed to protect the shuttle.
    Key word “GLUE”

    A Hawaiian based aircraft lost its upper deck due to glue failure, I’m sure you watched the flick.

    Don’t diss glue, it’s been around and will be for ever, only thing is to apply it properly!

    I’m sure Arky, being the ultimate professionalist that he is, will do proper job.
    (dib on first drive my mate, Arky, good friend?)

  122. Armadillo

    I don’t buy the “Green Weekly” because it’s shite. Doesn’t give me the right to demand it be shut down and the editor prosecuted because I read an article in the Doctors office once and got all offended by it.

    It also shouldn’t mean that a “Letter to the editor” entitles me to squeal and moan, and that the author gets censored. And worse. It’s all rather silly.

    But this is what “Hate Speech Laws” mean in practice. Government sanctioned rights to “law fare” if you feel offended. It’s fucking ridiculous. Pistols at dawn made more sense.

  123. Armadillo

    I’m sure Arky, being the ultimate professionalist that he is, will do proper job.

    The “glue” would be a mixture of home brand flour and the reminanants of the water in the bottom of his dogs water bowl.

  124. Armadillo

    You do realise it’s probably not even his shed he’s working in?

    His retarded and disabled neighbour is probably lying in a piss soaked bed right now thinking “what the hell is all that noise outside? Sounds like someone is in my shed”.

  125. Mark A

    Armadillo
    #2978216, posted on April 3, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Am I detecting a bit of jealousy here?
    Thou findest too many reasons to make him look bad.

  126. Armadillo

    (dib on first drive my mate, Arky, good friend?)

    “Test Crash Dummy” confirmed!

    Dude. Good luck with that. You do realise he’s going to plaster those weird “yellow, black and white” stickers all over you as he guides you to the drivers side door (if it has one).

  127. At some stage in the recent past Arky must have published a really good recipe for Armadillo casserole or something.
    What else could explain Arma’s obsession with dissing on a salt-of-the-earth motor mechanic?

  128. Armadillo

    Thou findest too many reasons to make him look bad.

    Accepted. He’s doing a fine job of that all by himself. I shall let his own posts condemn him.

  129. Mark A

    Armadillo
    #2978218, posted on April 3, 2019 at 1:30 am

    (dib on first drive my mate, Arky, good friend?)

    “Test Crash Dummy” confirmed!

    Dude. Good luck with that. You do realise he’s going to plaster those weird “yellow, black and white” stickers all over you as he guides you to the drivers side door (if it has one).

    He woldn’t do that, would he?
    Him being a teacher, protector of the vulnerable an all?

  130. Mark A

    Somet on the lighter note
    And an other one.

  131. bespoke

    NRA is back, ‘highest ever’ membership

    The National Rifle Association has recovered from a membership drop after President Trump’s 2016 election and is now at the highest levels ever in its history.

    New figures put the membership at approximately 5.5 million.

  132. Tailgunner

    Ok, who mentioned the Rothschilds.

    I’m not scrolling back.

    Sinc did.
    Ban him.

    Hehe

  133. bespoke

    Ilhan Omar wins the Gold medal in lack of self awareness.

    “When you’re a kid and you’re raised in an all-black, all- Muslim environment, nobody really talks to you about your identity. You just are. There is freedom in knowing that you are accepted as your full self. So the notion that there is a conflict with your identity in society was hard at the age of 12.”

  134. bespoke

    The gold medal for lack of self awareness go’s to Ilhan Omar

    When you’re a kid and you’re raised in an all-bl##k, all- M#sl#m environment, nobody really talks to you about your identity. You just are. There is freedom in knowing that you are accepted as your full self. So the notion that there is a conflict with your identity in society was hard at the age of 12.”

  135. Bruce of Newcastle

    Steve Breen is fun! Maybe Joe can play the track at his next rally.

    Johannes Leak has one on the Oz website for the budget.

  136. calli

    Ahahahah!

    Ramirez today. All in the eye of the beholder. Perfect.

  137. calli

    From bespoke’s link:

    A group of employees calling itself Googlers Against Transphobia said in a post to the website Medium on Monday that by appointing Heritage’s president Kay Coles James to the council, Google is “making clear that its version of ‘ethics’ values proximity to power over the wellbeing of trans people, other LGBTQ people, and immigrants.”

    So much for “tolerance” and “diversity”. Our Alphabet friends can’t abide just one possible opposing voice on a committee. Just one. One.

    Pathetic.

  138. Baldrick

    Thanks Tom, but Bruce’s link to Leak wins today.

  139. calli

    Thanks for setting me straight on the au pair story, Bruce in WA.

    I was unaware that the riches showered down on these young women met minimum wage requirements once board was taken into account. The girls clearly weren’t ensconced in the cupboard under the stairs once their duties were completed. Forty two dollars a week, a princely sum, would be more than adequate to cover life’s little necessities.

  140. 2dogs

    To some extent, Zuckerberg is trying to head off a regulation that would seriously hurt his business – moving the social graph into public domain, which would deprive Facebook of its most valuable asset.

  141. calli

    I’ve been out and about photographing the sunrise, a plume of mist rising from the lake, the kangaroos lounging on one elbow on the bank.

    We are blessed with a beautiful country.

  142. pete m

    Power line mid week in pictures features creepy uncle joe and is well, creepy, but funny.

    bidenfreude edition

    Haha

  143. pete m

    Thank you johannes for your large enveloping cloud mass obscuring josh’s naughty bits, some things should not be viewed on waking, or really at any time.

  144. stackja

    Hackers trick a Tesla into veering into the wrong lane
    Hackers have demonstrated some worrisome ways to manipulate and confuse the various systems on a Tesla Model S. Their most dramatic feat: sending the car careening into the oncoming traffic lane by placing a series of small stickers on the road.

  145. Shy Ted

    The additional funds to the ABC, Coutts-Trotter, just more proof they’re all on the same side. And it isn’t ours.
    Bruce in WA – don’t know when you last flew but essential gear in the manbag is a face mask and a few drops of eucalyptus in a tiny container. My last few flights have been horrendous because of the plethora of third world peasants on board. Seems like every one of them is coughing and sneezing and returning from a medical holiday in Oz. Some very nasty bugs around such as measles and who knows what else. The info is out there but of course completely misrepresented by the media – “travelers returning blah, blah, blah”. Off to the US myself next week, one of the stops being Puerto Rico, which the God Emperor tweeted about above. Safe travels.

  146. calli

    Chortle

    They really have thrown him under the bus. Yet, up until a few days ago, he was a-okay, nothing to see here. What happened?

  147. Farmer Gez

    Trying to organise multi peril crop insurance for this season.
    Most of the players have left the field as major re-insurers sharply contract the coverage across the board.

    I can survive without the crop insurance but the news on the general insurance front in concerning. Eventually the lawyering and extension of supposed rights and subsequent damages by government and courts will empty the pool.

    It would be a laugh if you couldn’t get insurance for the household solar system, roosting pigeons and all that.

  148. bespoke

    2dogs

    Aside from the articles “regulatory scheme advantageous to established players” my take is they no longer need to cater to all opinion to maximize profit and realized in a global marked you can still make a hell of a lot money from one side. AI’s have inherent bias built from the coder and even if not deliberate claiming they are neutral only works on the gullible. Google has fostered a creepy SJW’s internal cult supported by outsourcing it serious coding to outside contractors propped by marked dominance.

  149. Johno

    Talking about insurance and solar systems Farmer Gez.

    I recently had a 10 KW system installed. I rang the insurance company and we agreed on a $10,000 addition to the policy. the extra premium was $5.83c. Why did they bother?
    We were having a few hailstorms at the time.

  150. Johno

    Sorry my bad. $15000.00 addition

  151. Bruce of Newcastle

    The ladies are excelling themselves this morning.

    “No One Was Hurt”: Maxine Waters Says It Was “Correct Thing” To Drop Smollett Charges

    I wonder what she thinks of the Chicago police commissioner? He is very unhappy with Jussie, and is even more colourful than Maxine.

    Susan Collins defends Joe Biden, as Chuck Schumer sidesteps

    Sen. Susan Collins defended former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Tuesday, saying in her years of serving with him she never saw the kind of behavior two women have accused him of.

    “I’ve known Joe Biden for so many years, and he is a very friendly, affectionate individual who is a natural toucher — never found him to be inappropriate,” the Maine Republican told reporters.

    That comes from the rinoest RINO in the herd. Does she mean it? Or is it absolutely awesome trolling?

  152. Percy Popinjay

    stupid.forking.gliberals, example eleventy gazillion and seventy:

    The Morrison government’s signature reforms to restructure family law courts appear to be dead in the water.

    Attorney-General Christian Porter yesterday failed to secure the support of crossbench senators to bring the government’s bill to a vote today, to scrap the Family Court and merge it with the lower-level Federal Circuit Court.

    The reforms are aimed at improving the efficiency of the family law system, which is facing a backlog of about 20,000 cases, but have faced fierce opposition from the legal profession.

    From the Oz.

  153. Percy Popinjay

    The second Zanetti reveals the truth about Frydchickenberger’s fake surplus.

  154. Cardimona

    Cats, I’m drafting a letter about why building Canberra was a dreadful mistake and I’m stuck for a word to describe the multi-generational deep-state swamp-dwellers that surround our elected reps.

    Is there a more precise term than “cronyarchy”?

  155. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The Morrison government’s signature reforms to restructure family law courtscircus appear to be dead in the water.

    fixinger

  156. Percy Popinjay

    Is there a more precise term than “cronyarchy”?

    Kakistocracy, although that would also include the pollies.

  157. bespoke

    Is there a more precise term than “cronyarchy”?

    Looks good.

  158. Entropy

    Is there a more precise term than “cronyarchy”?

    Hard to improve on. Perhaps “incestipool”

    When I did my stint in Canberra, the agency I worked for had a large population of itinerants, people who came from elsewhere. I remember a person who had moved over from another agency commenting how unusual it was, and how did We do our job as we didn’t know anyone in the other agencies. I replied that she should fear not, we knew a whole heap more people in the sticks, which means we can do a better job for them. She disagreed, with a Krogeresque statement along the lines they don’t matter as much as having long term relationships with friends in Treasury and PM&C.

    Sadly, in my dealings with the agency nowadays it is mostly multigenerational public servants too.

  159. struth

    Josh Frydenberg
    @JoshFrydenberg
    ·
    20m
    I am pleased to announce a Budget surplus of $7.1 billion.

    A $55 billion turnaround from the deficit we inherited six years ago.

    We are reaching our goal of eliminating Commonwealth debt by 2030. #Budget2019

    Good Moaning.
    I am but a simple man, but when I am in debt, I am in debt, and when I am clear of debt I then can work on getting a surplus.
    I cannot be in Surplus while I am in debt, if the debt cannot be immediately paid off with what I have.
    Net and gross, my hairy freckle MHF.
    Interest is accruing all the while, etc.

    Surplus??? MHF………………………..and notice again the magical year, 2030!!

  160. struth

    Cats, I’m drafting a letter about why building Canberra was a dreadful mistake and I’m stuck for a word to describe the multi-generational deep-state swamp-dwellers that surround our elected reps.

    Is there a more precise term than “cronyarchy”?

    Parasitery?

  161. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Holidays delay sentencing for Eurydice Dixon’s killer, Jaymes Todd

    Tessa Akerman
    Reporter
    @TessaAkerman
    11:17AM April 2, 2019

    Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon’s murderer will not be sentenced until late this year because the judge, his lawyer and a leading psychiatrist all have holidays booked.

    Prosecutor Nanette Rogers SC today asked the Supreme Court for an adjournment to obtain a psychiatric report on Jaymes Todd, who pleaded guilty to murder and three sexual offences in November.

    Todd, 19, from Broadmeadows, admitted following the 22-year-old for five kilometres across the city from Flinders Street Station.

    Dr Rogers said prosecutors wanted a specialist report from Professor James Ogloff, who heads psychological services at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health.

    He is on holidays for all of June, won’t be able to complete a report until July 8 and is the only expert in Victoria with the appropriate expertise to assess Todd, she said.

    But Todd’s barrister Tim Marsh said prosecutors had been aware of issues with Todd, including a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, since his first court appearance.

    From the Oz.

  162. Boambee John

    Cardimona
    #2978275, posted on April 3, 2019 at 8:41 am
    Cats, I’m drafting a letter about why building Canberra was a dreadful mistake and I’m stuck for a word to describe the multi-generational deep-state swamp-dwellers that surround our elected reps.

    Is there a more precise term than “cronyarchy”?

    “Nepotarchy”?

  163. Calli:

    They really have thrown him under the bus. Yet, up until a few days ago, he was a-okay, nothing to see here. What happened?

    I don’t know what he did, but watching the concerted effort to destroy him is revealing. A week ago, he was the prime contender for Democrat President. Now he’d be lucky to get a job as a dog catcher.
    It’s not to clear the way for Occasio – Cortes, she’s just a lightning rod for the Republicans to expend energy on.
    I wonder if the Dems are going to try for Hillary again?
    Despite the fact that the Hillbot hasn’t a prayer, the Democrat power politics may insist on her even though she doesn’t have much going for her. Perhaps the Dems are confident they have enough dodgy voters to swing the deal?

  164. Leigh Lowe

    Is there a more precise term than “cronyarchy”?

    “Shithole” wasn’t available?

  165. bespoke

    “Nepotarchy”?

    He! “Necroarchy”?

  166. Bruce of Newcastle

    He! “Necroarchy”?

    Aren’t you thinking of a zombocracy?
    Brains!

  167. Bruce of Newcastle

    Oops, zombarchy.
    The zombocracy is the electorate.

  168. Knuckle Dragger

    Ho ho ho.

    Yuuuge amounts of bitching from the people that run Kakadu because they won’t get any of the promised $216 million from the Feds’ ‘rescue package’ until 2024.

    Kakadu consists of one medium sized road, a ‘resort’ which was A1 until it was given to the locals to run because culture, several walking tracks and a whole pile of bush.

    How the hell do you mismanage something like that where you need $216,000,000 of manna from heaven to fix it?

  169. Arky

    I was playing with my horn this morning.
    Took the cover off and connected battery to the base.
    Vid out soon!

  170. Stimpson J. Cat

    Tom Winter
    @Tom_Winter
    NBC News: The U.S. Secret Service arrested and has now charged a Chinese national who entered Mar-A-Lago on March 30th, while the President was in Florida and golfing.
    A thumb drive containing malicious software was found on Yujing Zhang’s person when she was arrested, docs say.
    4:14 AM · Apr 3, 2019

  171. Johno

    “I was playing with my horn this morning.” Vid out soon!”

    Perhaps not.

  172. areff

    Very interested in learning, and compiling a list, of which sites Australians are being forbidden to access by Optus, Telstra and any other ISP.

    Blazing Cat Fur, for starters.

  173. Helen

    I was unaware that the riches showered down on these young women met minimum wage requirements once board was taken into account.

    The award keep for my industry, based on the average of 7 cities and large towns is $127.51 per week. Add that to the Dick’s $42.00 per week and it comes to $169.51. Per week. Now I used to work for my fmaily for $100.00 per week board thrown in for 8 years, no super but rego and bits and pieces taken care of, but $169.51 per week is pretty rough these days. I dont know how he valued the board and keep, but I’d say grossly inflated.

    In any case he should have paid the minimum rate and then deducted the keep all shown on wage slips.

  174. Helen

    Blazing Cat Fur, for starters.

    someone posted a link to a video takling about this at some length yesterday.

  175. Knuckle Dragger

    AND:

    $60,000,000 for road upgrades on the Tiwi Islands, which already have roads. No new roads, mind. Upgrades to just some of the existing 900km or roads of both islands.

    This particular windfall will be from the Feds’ ‘congestion-busting fund’. The total population of the islands, including those that live in Darwin but list the Tiwis as home base, is 2,453.

    Sixty. Million. Dollars.

  176. bespoke

    Johno
    #2978299, posted on April 3, 2019 at 9:53 am
    “I was playing with my horn this morning.” Vid out soon!”

    Perhaps not.

    Dam I’m slow.

  177. bespoke

    “I was playing with my horn this morning.” Vid out soon!”

    Knuckle Dragger just subscribed.

  178. Knuckle Dragger

    More hilarity re the two gentlemen shot during an apparent misunderstanding of sorts in Five Dock the other day.

    Evidently it wasn’t all one way traffic. A dude presented himself to hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, who turned out to be one of the visiting team.

    The bloke from the home team who died after an unexpected lead injection has now been described as ‘a rising soccer star’. Jeebus, always the way – as soon as a lowlife receives his just desserts and had any interest at all in any sport, regardless of age, he/she is touted as a terrible loss to soccer/cricket/league/guitar/macramé worldwide.

    If I ever go down in hail of gunfire for any reason, I want to be remembered as the man in line to receive his PGA Tour card the following week.

  179. This is a legit media outlet?

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mind-control-by-cell/

    Somewhat unnerving.

    “The significance of the research,” he explained, is that although the cell phone power is low, “electromagnetic radiation can nevertheless have an effect on mental behavior when transmitting at the proper frequency.”

  180. Knuckle Dragger

    Arky takes Bitcoin, right?

  181. Boambee John

    COLLUSION: Firms Tied To Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele Were Paid $3.8 Million By Soros-Backed Group.

    From Instapundit.

    Isn’t it amazing how all the so-called Republican “collusion” with Wussia always leads back to Demorat sources?

  182. Knuckle Dragger

    Before I forget – I thought of an addition to Frank’s Numbers list overnight.

    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.

    He went quiet for half a day, then returned barking about Trump or something.

  183. bespoke

    The points live inside the distributor

    OMG! what a Geniuse. I thought it was an armadillo.

  184. ???

    https://patents.google.com/patent/US6506148

    Open up the code of those FB pages. They’ve been known to use manipulative design (non software/hardware).

    The other alternative is that they give out patents too easily.

  185. notafan

    I agree Helen

    Dinat is grossly overvaluing board and keep on a remote rural property, perhaps he threw in some use of the MV, pretty paltry considering the board component cost him virtually nothing.

    My daughter got euro fifty au pairing in France with board and keep and that wasn’t in the back of beyond either.

  186. notafan

    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.

    Wrong numpty that was grigrae

  187. Mother Lode

    The only real reason to assassinate Biden is because he would have won enough of the vote to cause a problem for the preferred candidate.

    If he was a sure-fire loser then he would not need to be brought down.

    So, who would plugs have been a threat to?

    The Hilderbeest I suppose, although I doubt anyone is taking her seriously anymore. Two time loser who is likely to have a whole lot of dirty laundry hung out if Trump decides to – and he would be in a position to do so in the next election.

    Sanders and Cortez are, I think, just being given free rein because they keep the Democrats rabid and frothing at the mouth (the Democrat equivalent of ‘engagement’), not because they represent the likely field of candidates. The people who made sure Sanders lost out to Hillary are still there.

  188. Arky

    OMG! what a Genius

    ..
    Well, I thought it was worth showing you don’t take the whole cap off to get at the points.
    Has that little round lid.
    New to me, anyway.

  189. Cardimona

    The Townsville paper ran this submission yesterday…

    The Editor

    Our commonly-held views on recycling waste are wrong. They’re based on misconceptions and falsehoods promoted by global organisations, who were, and are, fundamentally incorrect.

    The stuff that we throw out is not in limited supply. None of the raw materials in products in the waste-stream are scarce or expensive. Their very low new-product price proves that.

    Nor does the waste have residual value. If it did, we wouldn’t throw it out. If it were cost-effective to recover and reuse it then the free market would be doing that for profit. Mostly, it’s not.

    Nor are we short of places to dispose of waste. Anyone who has travelled this wide brown land knows that. Put it in holes and mark the location. Mine it later if it ever gains market value.

    Anyway, there’s better uses for waste than expensive, labour-intensive, energy-wasting recycling.

    Combustible waste could fuel high-temp, exhaust-scrubbed incinerators, with the heat used to generate reliable baseload electricity. The by-products are gases that are food and drink for plants.

    Combustible waste includes plastics and oils, both are particularly energy-dense.

    Wet household waste could be put in plastic bags and dumped in sealed and capped pits. It will generate methane that can be captured and, yep, burned for power generation.

    The recycling experiment has been tried on a massive scale and it has failed miserably. It is time to do something else instead.

    For what we’re currently spending on unpredictable, intermittent, non-baseload wind and solar generators, every large town could have a waste-burning baseload power station.

    The only thing in the way of a true decentralised waste-fuelled baseload power generation network is the insane war on the molecule that supports all life – carbon dioxide.

    Carbon dioxide cannot and will not cause catastrophic runaway global warming; that’s more wrongology from those same globalists.

    I’d hoped for lefty brain explosions in today’s Townsville paper – didn’t get a single bite…
    (*sad face*)

  190. Boambee John

    The U.S. Navy and the U.K. Royal Navy recently conducted an experiment involving deploying a specialized minesweeping task force, which included unmanned surface and undersea vehicles, onboard a British amphibious ship. The idea of using “vessels of opportunity” to host counter-mine forces is an important component of the U.S. Navy’s plan for reaching a fleet size of 355 ships in the next 15 years. This test also demonstrates how the concept could leverage non-combat and allied vessels for these missions in the future.

    Another step towards drone warfare at sea?

    The Pynus class submarines are looking more and more like the worst “investment” ever.

  191. Mother Lode

    Isn’t it amazing how all the so-called Republican “collusion” with Wussia always leads back to Demorat sources?

    You know the saying.

    To discover what the left is doing, just look at what they are accusing their opponents of.

  192. notafan

    I think I missed an important comma there

    oh well

    in other news a newish Australian just came in and asked me to correct a very important letter for him. Worse than anything I write, by a country mile. I’m amazed that such a poor standard of written English is acceptable in X workplace but there must be different standards for native born, non native born.

    Not my line of work btw but I do get asked to do it from time time, people making assumptions, as they do.

    No charge of course.

    I’m a nice person.

  193. Gabbard and Hassan are more viable candidates but what happened to Biden has the stench of the Clinton machine.

    Booker and Harris? I don’t think they’re smart enough.

  194. Bloody hell. Joe Rogan did not even know that “post birth abortions” exist; “how the hell can you call it abortion…?”, not until Alex Jones red-pilled him.

    I bring it up here in Australia, and people act genuinely confused; SQUINTING INTENSIFIES…”that can’t be real…?”

  195. notafan

    Cardimona

    Why don’t you go for intergenerational incrowd

  196. Mother Lode

    I’d hoped for lefty brain explosions in today’s Townsville paper – didn’t get a single bite…
    (*sad face*)

    And this, peeps, is representative of the difference I have asserted between a progressive and a conservative arguing.

    The stuff that we throw out is not in limited supply. None of the raw materials in products in the waste-stream are scarce or expensive. Their very low new-product price proves that.

    Nor does the waste have residual value. If it did, we wouldn’t throw it out. If it were cost-effective to recover and reuse it then the free market would be doing that for profit. Mostly, it’s not.

    Nor are we short of places to dispose of waste. Anyone who has travelled this wide brown land knows that. Put it in holes and mark the location. Mine it later if it ever gains market value.

    Reasoning, commonsense, consistency with other known facts etc.

    The left outsource arguments to ‘experts’ that they feel no one is entitled to doubt.

  197. Speedbox

    Knuckle Dragger
    #2978318, posted on April 3, 2019 at 10:23 am

    I remember that! Very funny at the time.

  198. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bloody hell. Joe Rogan did not even know that “post birth abortions” exist

    SCOTUS says you can do a post-birth abortion even if it causes pain.
    Oddly the four Democrat aligned justices didn’t like the decision, which was 5-4.

  199. bespoke

    Fare enough Arky, can you do review of that clock plate next?

  200. Leigh Lowe

    Belated thanks Tom.
    Gold medal to Steve Breen.

  201. bespoke

    I’m a nice person.

    He!

  202. You can be assured that this article is full of lies.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/virginia-governor-ralph-northam-late-term-abortion_n_5c534527e4b043e25b1a5cb3

    This is why the Republicans should actually double down on abortion.

    This is what Governor Ralph Northam actually said:

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/virginia-is-for-infanticide-abortion-bill-leaves-me-shocked-by-whats-going-on-in-my-own-state

    “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

    “My body, my choice…?”

    This is insane.

  203. Bruce of Newcastle

    Dot – I had to drop my long term SciAm subscription back in the early nineties as I recall – long before doing the same with NewSci and The Economist. SciAm went nutty really early. Which is a shame since they used to have really good articles.

  204. notafan

    Reminds me that Barnaby’s planned relocation of some tax-eaters to Armidale wasn’t an unqualified success.

    natural attrition will get them all there eventually

    They will move in, in mid 2019

    speaking of Canberra

  205. Shy Ted

    I’m amazed that such a poor standard of written English is acceptable in X workplace but there must be different standards for native born, non native born.
    Involved in some basic training recently on the topic of vaccines. Seems because diversity is our strength that the MMR vaccine stands for measles, mumps and umbrella.

  206. Cardimona

    Thanks for cronyarchy-related suggestions, Cats.
    Here’s how that submission turned out….

    The Editor

    “Jobs moved from Canberra to capitals” (CP, 3/4) – sounds good, yeah? No. Every public service job comes at the expense of two jobs in the private sector.

    “Jobs removed from Canberra and not replaced” would be a far better headline. It’s what needs to happen if we’re ever to clear our national debt.

    Building Canberra was a dreadful mistake. It allowed a cronyarchy to develop; an intergenerational in-crowd of tax-eating deep-state swamp-dwellers to surround and smother our elected reps.

    If early-1900s Sydney and Melbourne parochialists had just agreed to share hosting the national government, we could have saved untold billions.

    Moreover, we might not have public sector “royal families” and their crony-capitalist mates pulling our polliemuppets’ strings and forcing them to dance against their elected tune.

    (126 words)

  207. Bruce of Newcastle

    This is what Governor Ralph Northam actually said

    The Dems have been frantically absolving Northam of everything.

    NORTHAM, FAIRFAX, AND HERRING HANG TOUGH IN VIRGINIA (1 Apr)

    The Washington Post notes that all three of Virginia’s top three elected officials have remained in office despite the scandals that rocked them. The Post observes that the scandals are losing steam.

    Two of the three officials, Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring, wore blackface decades ago. The third, Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax, has been accused of two instances of sexual assault.

    All three are Democrats. The next in line is the Republican Speaker of the Virginia state house.
    If lefties didn’t have double standards they’d have no standards at all.

  208. We’d have been better off if Canberra was never built.

  209. Leigh Lowe

    The stuff that we throw out is not in limited supply. None of the raw materials in products in the waste-stream are scarce or expensive. Their very low new-product price proves that.

    Nor does the waste have residual value. If it did, we wouldn’t throw it out. If it were cost-effective to recover and reuse it then the free market would be doing that for profit. Mostly, it’s not.

    Nor are we short of places to dispose of waste. Anyone who has travelled this wide brown land knows that. Put it in holes and mark the location. Mine it later if it ever gains market value.

    You miss the whole point of recycling.
    It is not about the cost-effective salvage of valuable raw materials.
    It is about making people feel virtuous.

  210. stackja

    Selecting the site for the nation’s capital
    One key issue still remained – the site for the nation’s capital. The country’s two dominant cities, Sydney and Melbourne, would not agree to the other being the capital. At a premiers’ conference in Melbourne in January 1899, NSW Premier George Reid won support for the capital to be located within his state; as a trade-off, however, section 125 of the new federal Constitution specifically stated that it could be no less than 100 miles (160 kilometres) from Sydney. In the meantime, Melbourne would act as the interim capital. The first Commonwealth Parliament met in Melbourne on 9 May 1901.

    Reid’s successor, William Lyne, wasted no time in endeavouring to locate the capital within the borders of his state. In November 1899, he appointed President of the Land Appeals Court Alexander Oliver to preside over a royal commission to recommend a possible site. Oliver presented his report in October 1900, having personally inspected 23 of the 45 suggested sites, including Bathurst, Orange and Dalgety, and holding public inquiries at 14 of them. His conclusion was that Bombala, together with the nearby port of Eden, should be the capital.

    Over the next eight years, many towns were nominated as worthy of selection, in some instances due to partisan interests by local politicians and in others by Federal Capital Leagues, which ‘had sprouted like mushrooms in the field’.6 In 1902, federal politicians undertook a series of inspection tours of possible sites; senators in March and House of Representatives members in May. Sites visited included Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Bombala, Dalgety, Goulburn, Gundagai, Lyndhurst, Orange, Queanbeyan, Tumut, Wagga Wagga and Yass. Throughout the period, there was much debate and lobbying.

    In December 1902, William Lyne (now the Commonwealth Minister for Home Affairs) established a Capital Sites Inquiry Board, chaired by John Kirkpatrick, a Sydney architect. On 14 January 1903, the board was elevated to the status of a royal commission. The members were asked to ‘inquire into and examine the sites proposed for the seat of government of the Commonwealth’ in localities that included Albury, Armidale, Bombala, Lake George, Orange and Tumut, and to rank these sites in terms of accessibility, communications, climate, topography, water supply, drainage, soil, building materials, fuel and general suitability.

    The commission presented its report on 17 July 1903, with Albury the preferred site.7 Dalgety was added to the list of sites at the request of Austin Chapman, Federal Member for Eden–Monaro, whose electorate included Dalgety. The commission presented a second report on Dalgety on 4 August 1903. While it ranked Dalgety higher than Bombala, it was not high enough to win favour.8

    Much to Alexander Oliver’s chagrin, the commission placed Bombala, which was his preferred site, last. Oliver then produced a second report in which he expressed the view that the Commonwealth’s report was dominated by one member of the commission, whom he did not name. As far as the report itself was concerned, Oliver said that he found it ‘almost incomprehensible’.9

  211. Pedro the Ignorant

    I once conducted a trade test on a third year apprentice electrician to certify him as OK to work at an exploration site where tradesman supervision would be minimal.

    Young fella didn’t know the difference between ohms and amps, couldn’t solve a simple equation and couldn’t understand or follow written instructions on how to shut down a diesel generator for maintenance.

    I reported back to his employer that he was unsuitable IMO, but he still got the job (with a very healthy pay rise for “arduous conditions”).

    I always hoped that he never got anyone killed on site, but I suspect after a couple of days he was employed as cook’s offsider and never allowed near any electrical installations.

    Your taxpayer funded education at work.

  212. OldOzzie

    Opinion
    The AFR View
    Federal budget 2019: A historic moment that could have been better

    The AFR ViewEditorial

    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has credibly set the federal budget into the black for the first time since the smart phone was launched, and finally ended Labor’s doleful decade of deficits. Treasurers no longer spend their time defending Australia’s AAA credit rating, which would have been a humiliating and costly loss for a country that still spent $18 billion on interest charges last year. Mr Frydenberg also has raised the prospect of genuine tax reform that could revive productivity growth by sharpening incentives to work, save and invest through flatter tax structure.

    But within this framework, the budget is driven by the politics of a looming election and the imperative to match both Labor’s phoney fairness agenda, and the softness of national wages growth. So the government is throwing its temporary revenue gains from the upswing in commodity export prices into an ungainly political auction with Labor over who can throw most money at middle Australia through a cash splash Low and Middle Income Tax Offset. The new offer only complicates the tax system but has the political virtue of spending the revenue largesse on more modest earners while giving nothing away to higher income wealth creators. And to counter Labor’s battler pitch, Mr Frydenberg doubles down on the new lower tax rates for small business by lifting the threshold for instant asset write-offs on new equipment. Big businesses will remain stuck on a globally uncompetitive 30 per cent company tax rate, with more money for the corporate watchdog to prosecute them.

    The tax blitz will see the Coalition spend another $158 billion over 10 years on top of the $144 billion it offered in the 2018 budget, after Labor trumped the government on low and middle income earners in last year’s budget reply.

    So there is the immediate $1,080 splash for low and middle income earners on between $48,000 and $90,000 — that’s effectively a bonus extra week’s post-tax pay packet to be paid just as the mid-year retail sales hit. This might be wasteful front-loading of its spending on voters that the Coalition will need in just a few weeks. But the government is also aiming to lock it into a worthwhile reform by also lifting the 19 per cent tax bracket up to $45,000, stopping half a million tax payers from moving into the 32.5 per cent tax bracket. The combination of this and an additional higher Low Income Tax Offset means nobody is worse off. That delivers an important curb on bracket creep which will encourage more low income earners into the workforce, including women.

    But the budget will have disappointed many by not pulling forward from 2024 the big structural change in the last budget — removing the incentive-killing 37 per cent tax bracket which trips up the aspirational worker earning over $87,000. This is to be replaced with a 32.5 per cent tax rate for all workers between $41,000 and $200,000. The Coalition will hold implementation of this measure for 2024, but is to cut the rate again to 30 per cent. These are important changes, and they both work together to flatten and simplIfy the tax system which is good outcome from this budget. And the government is showing resolve by taking all of these measures together as package to the election to seek a mandate. In effect it allows the Coalition to campaign on a 30 per cent tax rate for most of middle Australia in 2024, and dares Labor to match it.

    This is the last set-piece shot left in the locker for a six year government trying to get itself re-elected against the odds. It needs to uphold the Coalition’s polling advantage in economic management while offering enough goodies to distinguish it from Labor which has a $200 billion war chest for tax cuts and spending extracted from investors and savers.

    Politics should not have been the story of this return-to-surplus budget. By loading so much onto immediate measures for the low and middle paid, it does not do enough to boost incentive and growth that should be the aim of any tax reform. Tax cuts are an important incentive but despite what the government and the opposition might have told voters feeling the pinch of cost of living pressures, they are not a substitute for money on the kitchen table from wage rises driven by a more productive economy.

    The future outlook for the surplus is not as robust as it might have been — and there beyond the tax cuts there is a distinct lack of policy ambition in strengthening them by preparing for stronger growth. The Coalition has stuck to its tax to GDP cap of 23.9 per cent, which both curbs spending and drives tax cuts. But its other chief fiscal tools of a surplus of 1 per cent of GDP “as soon as possible” has now been kicked into the distance of “the medium term”, along with an earlier promise to bank any revenue gains. The overall size of government spending at a percentage of GDP remains only a fraction below its 30 year average.

    The government is now forecasting a surplus of $11 billion in 2020-21, $17 billion in 2021-22 and then falling to $9 billion in 2022–23 — when the cost of some of the tax measures hits — or $45 billion of surpluses over four years. But the budget revenue has been flattered by strong growth in profits, and the bracket creep effect on wages, both of which make up over-sized parts of the tax base. The economy as whole looks much weaker. Yesterday the Reserve Bank once again held interest rates at a record low, unchanged since mid-2016.

  213. Young fella didn’t know the difference between ohms and amps

    How was he already not dead? 3rd year apprentices do a lot of work, not just fetching left hand hammers.

  214. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    It is the highest impertinence and presumption… in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense… They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs. If their own extravagance does not ruin the state, that of their subjects never will.

    — Adam Smith

  215. Tom

    If I ever go down in hail of gunfire for any reason, I want to be remembered as the man in line to receive his PGA Tour card the following week.

    So, Knuckle Dragger, you’re not going to mention that I beat you in the PGA tour school playoff?

  216. My nephew went to school in Queensland, in both the public and private system.
    He became interested in economics.
    He followed this to its logical conclusion and earned a Ph D from Griffith.
    Your taxpayer funded education at work.
    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.

  217. 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.

  218. stackja

    Senator Fraser Anning censured over Christchurch terror reaction
    Claire Bickers and Paul Toohey, News Corp Australia Network
    14 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    Senators from across politics have united to censure Fraser Anning for his “appalling” comments about the Christchurch massacre.

    Finance Minister Mathias Cormann branded Senator Anning’s remarks “inflammatory”, “divisive”, “appalling” and “dangerous” this morning as Senators rose to collectively condemn it as hate speech.

    Labor frontbencher Penny Wong dubbed the comments a “shameful and pathetic attempt by a bloke who has never been elected to get attention by exploiting diversity”.

    Greens leader Richard Di Natale called for Australia and the parliament to do more to condemn hate speech and fascism.

    Senator Anning sat in the chamber throughout the motion.

    The Greens push to go even further and suspend Senator Anning from the Senate will not succeed as Labor and the Coalition won’t support it. Senate President Scott Ryan said it was an “unconstitutional” move this morning.

  219. Pedro the Ignorant

    How was he already not dead? 3rd year apprentices do a lot of work, not just fetching left hand hammers.

    My point exactly. How did he get to third year without knowing simple theory? (or killing himself).

  220. Des Deskperson

    ‘Building Canberra was a dreadful mistake. It allowed a cronyarchy to develop; an intergenerational in-crowd of tax-eating deep-state swamp-dwellers to surround and smother our elected reps.”

    Too late, I’m sorry, but I would have suggested a Haltonesque Brionowskitocracy. APS people will recognise the allusion.

    The high level of intergenerational nepotism in the APS is interesting, particularly given that patronage and favouritism in employment as explicitly prohibited by law.

    A couple of decades back, I worked with a guy who had neither intelligence, talent, character or (for much of the time) sobriety . Yet he kept getting rapid promotion, and it was only by accident that I discovered that he was the son of a former Portfolio Secretary.

    Finally promoted to Branch Head, he made a colossal blunder that was going to cost the agency millions. The agency head – recruited from outside the service – was moving to sack him – well, package him out, it was almost impossible to sack an SES employee – when he himself was promoted to another job and his successor had worked for the f**kwit’s dad, so he was saved.

    Despite having few brains, the nepotee was quite cunning in the way he used his pedigree. He made sure, of course, that top management knew and he also told his team – useful leverage in a supervisor – but he never told his peers, figuring – correctly – that if hey knew they would sneer at him.

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