Wednesday Forum: April 3, 2019

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  1. Overburdened

    Satp
    Lot to be said for flying below the radar.
    Apologies if this has already been said.

  2. Armadillo

    Leaving early?

    Meh. I’ll ask the beer fridge. It usually gets the final say on questions of such importance.

  3. rickw

    As for London, do you think you are the only person here that travels?

    London is the most dangerous city I’ve visited. Kinshasa comes in second.

  4. mh

    “Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party”

    Hmm. Don’t like the national party bit.

  5. C.L.

    Trump’s Fist Step prison reform would have garnered for any other President wall-to-wall encomiums and even encouraged comparisons with other presidential reformers of yore. Instead – of course – Trump’s initiative has been completely ignored by the media. Some conservatives probably have mixed feelings about the First Step Act but, to my mind, the ‘three strike’ mentality that arose for understandable reasons 20 to 30 years ago obviously went too far, leading to preposterously lengthy terms of incarceration for non-violent offenders and non-pushing drug addicts. Trump did the right thing. None of these testimonials from beneficiaries made the news packages because they are 1) moving; and 2) speak to Trump’s humaneness and practical wisdom.

  6. rickw

    I can buy a Chinese rip off off a Triticon ACOG for $100, but they don’t have a tritium illuminator, but I can buy a 1.5mm by 6mm tritium tube for $9. Surely I can put the two bits together and make it work?

  7. Zyconoclast

    “Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party”

    Hmm. Don’t like the national party bit.

    Why not the Australian Nationalist Party?

  8. Zyconoclast

    Great work from DJ Trump.

    A big beautiful wall would be nice.

  9. Armadillo

    The best thing about America is their prison system. No one wants to go there.

  10. C.L.

    I painstakingly sat through one session at my parish for the submission to the Plenary Council. It was mostly populated by old women including some “nuns without habits” It was abysmal. One “nun” flew at me in a rage when I suggested that preaching about hell should be done from the pulpit occasionally on Sundays as a reminder.

    We received the final compiled submission this week. I couldn’t get past the first paragraph that said, among other things, yoga should be introduced in parish halls. This is from the minds formed after Vatican II. It was diabolical, in the true sense of the word. And other requests that I won’t bother to repeat here.

    There are lots of incidents that have happened in this particular parish church, including a nun (this one in habit) performing self-intinction, which the rubrics forbid, at a Mass on Sunday. Not to mention the priest who decided one public holiday weekday, to hold Mass in the large foyer-cum-coffee area next to the actual church, leaving the church empty. No reason other than there were only about 30 people there. He set up an “altar” on the kitchen bench next to the large espresso machine. And there’s more …

    But that submission was the last straw. I won’t be going back there again and they won’t be receiving my donations.

    Luke 9:5, Gab.

  11. Armadillo

    Hollywood should take a bow.

  12. mh

    Why not the Australian Nationalist Party?

    That sounds better to me.

  13. Overburdened

    Desperate times call for desperate measures.

  14. mh

    Australian Nationalist Party taps into the current international zeitgeist.

    No point planning for decades ahead, like the AC.

  15. Socrates at the Pub, how about posting the joke here?

    Be careful what you wish for.
    It is a collection of stills taken from Youtube, of a bloke restoring a Ford Model A.
    Plod didn’t come calling for no reason?
    The phrase they used on me: “We’re here to check your thinking mate” may have been justified.

  16. Tailgunner

    Are there any odds going on Anning getting back in?

    Not that I can find, mater.
    The markets will expand after the election is called though.
    I’ll keep an eye on it.

  17. Overburdened

    Women have been observed dropping the love handles, getting a do and painting up into unimaginable vamps at record speed when unattached.

    The quickly revert to the trackie dacks, blubber and bed hair when rejoined.

  18. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Sleeping Giants, aka Sleeping Midgets or Idiots, have been active again. They have hit on Pizza Hut who have now removed their advertising from Paul Murray Live. Paul asks that all viewers who care about this sort of intimidation please go to pizzahut.com.au/contact and fill in the form on that website that allows comments. Politely say that you object to this sort of political manipulation by external interests and tell them you intend to withdraw your custom in protest if their ban continues and that you intend to tell others why you do this. We have found that you MUST put in a date of last visit for the form to submit, so we put in today’s date. I did one comment and Hairy did another. The more people who respond tonight to this company the better.

  19. Oh come on

    Steve’s pub anecdotes are invariably very boring.

  20. Are there any odds going on Anning getting back in?

    They’ve gotta be firming up.
    There were two posts from national newspapers in Facebook this afternoon, both approaching 1000 comments.
    Both were chockablok with comments that weren’t just supportive of him, they were rah-rah-rah for him.

    The man has tapped a very raw nerve.

    As I said last week, before the Senate got him more votes today, if it was up to the people where I live, he’d be voted a Victoria Cross, the Prime Ministership, a Million dollar a week pension for life, and so on.
    They’re probably commissioning a statue of him right now.

    I don’t think I’ve seen this level of support even for Pauline, well, not for 20-odd years anyway.

  21. Armadillo

    Name recognition is the only thing that matters as far as political parties is concerned.

    Cats on previous threads have kindly pointed this out to the Australian Conservatives.

    Any publicity is good publicity. Ask One Nation. Or Anning.

    I suspect the decision of the Liberals to preference ON last has more to do with “number crunching” and preference flows rather than anything else.

  22. Steve’s pub anecdotes are invariably very boring.

    Understandable that you’d find stories with red-blooded men in them to be not to your taste.

  23. Lizzie, thanks for the heads up.
    For the convenience of other cats, who may wish to express their opinion to Pizza Hut:

    https://www.pizzahut.com.au/contact

  24. Oh come on

    Understandable that you’d find stories with red-blooded men in them to be not to your taste.

    Actually, the ones where you act as though the cops didn’t make you their bitch are somewhat amusing, Stevie.

  25. OCO, I don’t care what your problem is. Perhaps it is drink, perhaps it is a feeling of inadequacy.
    Perhaps it is just you’re of bad breeding.

    Phone Lifeline.

  26. Steve trickler

    A couple of fine ladies at work.

    Keep an eye on Polly. She’s a super sleuth. A lot of commentary around on the tube…. along the lines of “where the fuck did you come from?”

    She’s discovered some very troubling information that involves the young. That is the easy way to put it.



  27. Zyconoclast

    But that submission was the last straw. I won’t be going back there again and they won’t be receiving my donations.

    By the sound of it, no one suggested a return to the traditional Latin Mass.

  28. Steve trickler

    A couple of fine ladies? How about a few, instead. ( :

    This is the other two.





  29. Zyconoclast

    Oh come on
    #2978849, posted on April 3, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    How long before Lori Lightfoot gets nick named Lori Lightfingers?

  30. JC

    Oh come on
    #2978843, posted on April 3, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Steve’s pub anecdotes are invariably very boring.

    You think? Troll through this. I dare you.

    http://the-public-house.blogspot.com/

  31. Oh come on

    It’s a feeling that you’re a joke, Stevie. Every now and again you need to be reminded of this fact when your blowhardery gets the better of you. Look at it this way – I’m regulating your more pathetic instincts.

    You’re welcome.

  32. JC

    Drillsie

    Can you get me out of moderation on your blog as it’s really unseemly. You receive 7 comments a decade, I post one and you removed it and then moderated me. Dude, it’s not like anyone’s reading it or anything.

  33. Overburdened

    I think I remember Malmo being the subject of much discussion when I first stumbled on this blog some time back.

    Malmo is according to reliable sources still a shit hole.

    A singular deluded fuckwit was scorned and ridiculed re his statements and claims on the subject, and kept coming back for more.

    Samesame

  34. Armadillo

    Women have been observed dropping the love handles, getting a do and painting up into unimaginable vamps at record speed when unattached.

    Mrs A and I were just discussing that article above about Barneys ex. Gym 360 apparently has a bit of a reputation for “toy boys”, and prominent businessmen losing their wives. Totally unrelated to Barnys ex.

    The point however is this. The young bloke shags the 50 year old “revamped” Sheliah, breaks up the marriage and then takes the spoils for a few years. Moves on to the next target.

    Kithens would be familiar with the modus operandi, but more from a Sheliah perspective. It’s been happening for time immorial. Hubby running off with some sweet young thing.

    I’m not too sure that some of these blokes are going to just “shrug their shoulders” and let half their wealth walk out the door without repercussions.

  35. JC

    OCO makes a fair point, Drills. The blowhardery is hard to take at times and you need to be “regulated”…. like car tires. You set the regulator at 32 and stop the blowhardery anything past that. You’re set at 32.

  36. Oh come on

    JC, I’m shocked you haven’t been following Stevie’s interactions with law enforcement officials with the utmost seriousness. Next you’ll be saying the showdowns he says he’s had with bank employees are exaggerated.

  37. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Evening Zulu.

    Sliante, Memory Vault.

  38. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Women have been observed dropping the love handles, getting a do and painting up into unimaginable vamps at record speed when unattached.
    They quickly revert to the trackie dacks, blubber and bed hair when rejoined.

    Every girl gets a few extra kilos when she is happy. Sensible wives lose them regularly so their zips do up. We all get bed hair after a night of marital passion (it’s not always sedate) but it’s easy to quickly brush your hair. Even trackie daks are sometimes seen, although pajamas are also good for lounging around in the morning.

    When we go out, I scrub up OK, as I’ve already mentioned here. Well, Hairy thinks so anyway, and he’s the one who counts. Women who think their men don’t care how they look are heading for the divorce court. I say this even though Hairy religiously says it doesn’t matter. I think it does. And he never objects to paying for things that assist the effect. Now we see on PM Live that Barnaby’s ex has reinvented herself into a successful body builder hottie. Rather proves the point that marriages without attention to form can get rather stale, in the mind as well as in the body.

    Even though our men may love us for our minds, as in truth they do, doing well with what you’ve got has always been a source of extra pizz-zazz for a marriage. Same applies to men too. Hairy can be surprised sometimes at how much I love him after a night out with him wearing his dinner suit. 🙂

    Daisy Cousens now on PM Live. She scrubs up well too, although not my generation by a long shot. Looking good tonight; I know those tricks. Earrings, necklace, nice V neckline in a black lace shoulder-cowl dress, hair done properly, and make up slathered on, especially eye emphasis and a bright red lipstick. You can’t see her shoes, but shoes are very important. Elegant and flattering shoes do work.

  39. Overburdened

    In my neck of the woods no one is blameless.

  40. JC

    It’s always a showdown with him, but like all cowboy movies the hero always wins. Drillsie is like the Audie Murphy of the Cat.

  41. Overburdened

    Daisy Cousins is good.

    The trained eye can see what lies under the facade.

    She’d be rough around the edges without the pancake and cosplay dress.

    She does however appear to be a thinker and to have clarity of ideas.

    That is on the tele.

  42. Pedro the Ignorant

    Any holes in your roof after the Dreadful Storm this morning, Zulu?

    Casa Pedro still standing, a bit soggy down the back.

  43. Zyconoclast

    Shattered statues and satanic symbols mark rise in attacks on French church

    PARIS — Sometimes it’s a cross of human excrement smeared on a church wall, with stolen Communion hosts stuck at the four corners. Other times, a statue of the Virgin Mary lies shattered on the floor.

    Now and then, a fire breaks out in a house of prayer.

    Roman Catholic churches have increasingly come under attack in France, a country so long identified with Christianity that it used to be called “the eldest daughter of the church.”

    A recent fire at St. Sulpice, the second-largest church in Paris, has shed light on a trend that has become commonplace in many smaller towns.

    “Who has heard of the sacking of the monastery of Saint Jean des Balmes in Aveyron? Of those teenagers who urinated into the holy water font of the church at Villeneuve de Berg in Ardèche?” the Paris daily Le Figaro asked last week in an article highlighting some of the lesser-known profanations around the country this month.

    Incidents such as these get a brief mention in the press, complete with quotes from Catholics shocked at the sight of scattered hosts or beheaded statues, and sometimes a short video clip on national television.

    But apart from official denunciations of individual attacks, Catholic leaders in France have refrained from dramatizing what they say is a worrying trend.

    The sharpest reactions have come from conservative politicians, including two National Assembly members who have called for a parliamentary inquiry into “the multiplication of anti-Christian acts.”

    https://www.ncronline.org/news/world/shattered-statues-and-satanic-symbols-mark-rise-attacks-french-church

  44. JC

    Traditional Hollywood may be dead and buried, but the other Hollywood making streaming series and movies us fucking booming. The huge movie receipts and big star payouts may also be a thing of the past, but boy there’s a lot of work out there for enterprising actors, directors and what not.

    Now Apple is joining the streaming parade.

  45. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Any holes in your roof after the Dreadful Storm this morning, Zulu?

    Umm, Pedro, “Dreadful Storm” was a thunderstorm at Oh – God thirty, seven MM of rain, and thank you for asking, the roof is intact.

  46. Overburdened

    Naturally being a bloke people would get the wrong idea of me if I went the make up routine, so the book head is on public display.

    When asked, ‘Overburdened, why do you not have a female in your life?’

    My reply is always, ‘I’m too old, too ugly, too stupid and too poor; however I’m sure that if I had money the first three problems would go away’.

  47. Overburdened

    Let’s try boof

    Auto select is giving me the screaming shits

  48. JC

    Jack Dorsey is a total lying canute.

    If you post #learn to code of twitter, you will be banned.

    https://medium.com/@jlangdale/learntosocial-777c4ac794ed

  49. memoryvault

    Did everyone enjoy the Liberals election promises Budget Presentation speech yesterday?
    Stand by for Labor’s election promises Budget Right of Reply speech tomorrow.

    All at taxpayer’s expense, naturally.
    Plus free publicity.

  50. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sliante to you, Pedro.

    “Nolli Illegitemum se Carborundum”

    The war cry of the “Two Alpha” family

    Roared out loud in pub brawls, knocking shops, and low dives, from Amsterdam to Wellington.

    “Don’t ever let the bastards grind you down.”

  51. Pedro the Ignorant

    TV news was showing some bloke holding 30mm hailstones from the Dreadful Storm that raged across the Avon Valley this morning.

    I sat on the back verandah watching the light show, and a welcome 10mm in the gauge, most of which disappeared in minutes into the bone dry dirt.

    Beats breathing red dirt for a living.

  52. jupes

    Oh no! We’ve missed out on the greatest speech since, well if not Churchill then at least Ted Whitten:

    It reminded me of the Teddy Whitten moment a lifetime ago when he said “We stuck it right up them. That’s what we did. We stuck it right up them.” That was a State of Origin match. I remember those words: they were played all the time, every year to be embedded in the lexicon.

    Phillips’s words will be too.

    So great was the speech that the author of the article couldn’t even remember it!

    I can’t repeat what she said word for word,

    “Everyone felt sorry for my Dad, who played footy himself, because he’d had three daughters, so there was no-one to carry on the Phillips name in football” was the guts of what she said

    “To those people who felt sorry for Dad,” she shared, almost surprising herself with her candour, “I just want to say, up yours.” Or something like that. That was the gist.

    Superb reporting of the greatest speech so far this century from – you guessed it – your ABC.

  53. Armadillo

    You think? Troll through this. I dare you.

    I can’t imagine why the plod would be knocking on your door, Steve.

    Mrs Kelly would be hesitant to allow Ned to visit your blog. A bad influence and so on…

  54. Pedro the Ignorant

    Jupes, I was wondering who the hell was “Phillips” the footballer.

    Clicked on the link…..an AWFL dolly bird.

    Hohohoho.

    I confessI am a chauvinist pig, mea culpa. Please don’t pile on, gals.

  55. Oh come on

    The war cry of the “Two Alpha” family

    Roared out loud in pub brawls, knocking shops, and low dives, from Amsterdam to Wellington.

    Dude. This never happened, did it. Anyone who knows even a bit about the venues you mentioned knows that a patron yelling “Nolli Illegitemum se Carborundum” is ridiculous.

  56. Zyconoclast

    MPs debate new gun laws: ‘NZers want this change’

    The buy-back scheme is expected to cost between $100 to $200 million, although Acting Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said this morning it could be up to $300m.

    Police Minister Stuart Nash said gun-ownership was a privilege not a right.

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/386167/mps-debate-new-gun-laws-nzers-want-this-change

  57. Armadillo

    Sometimes it’s a cross of human excrement smeared on a church wall, with stolen Communion hosts stuck at the four corners.

    I’m calling bullshit.

  58. Pedro the Ignorant

    Too old to fight, too slow to run, the Pedro Ignoranti war cry is “Talk to the 12 Gauge”.

    Surprisingly effective.

    (Note to AFP etc. NADT. I am a mellow old dude)

  59. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Beats breathing red dirt for a living.

    Pedro, if you spent a long time breathing red dust – as I have, in various ways, for over fifty years,- long, boozy lunches, with ladies of easy virtue, followed by an afternoon, spent discussing comparative anatomy, with said ladies, is a good way of spending retirement.

  60. Zyconoclast

    Switzerland has already had its ‘Brexit betrayal’

    Swiss people are having a déjà vu moment with the betrayal of Brexit and democracy in the UK. It was clear to many of us, from the very day Brexit was voted for by 17.4million Brits, that the political class would betray the people. That was surely going to happen, because British elites are made of the same stuff as those in Switzerland, who have set a shining example in how to stab democracy in the back.

    It was in 2016 that Swiss parliamentarians flatly refused to implement what a majority of citizens had voted for in a 2014 referendum – the Mass Immigration Initiative. A majority had decided to impose quotas on EU migration and give priority to Swiss nationals in the job market. Yet two years later, our elected politicians decided to ‘implement’ the referendum result by instituting a priority for both Swiss nationals and EU migrants in the job market. Their excuse: discrimination is unacceptable. To rub piping hot fondue in the electorate’s wounds, they simultaneously ruled out any imposition of quotas on the grounds that bilateral agreements with the EU covering free movement would thereby be broken.

    The political class effectively maintained the status quo, as if the vote had never happened. And so, many Swiss people will have predicted that whatever British parliamentarians decided to do with Brexit, it would be the opposite of what people voted for. And sure enough, Theresa May has if anything trumped our Swiss politicians with her overriding of the UK electorate’s will.

    Her withdrawal deal is the reverse of what Brexit means. It basically transfers the right of exiting the EU from the UK to the EU. The deal stipulates that the UK may only leave new arrangements if the EU assents. Not only does this give a sovereign decision to Brussels, it also conveniently forgets that the UK has already exercised its sovereign right to leave the EU – in the referendum in 2016.

    The deal’s significance is that it represents a new stage in the subjugation of the democracies of nation states to supranational organisations like the EU. Because before now, the prime argument against the accusation that the EU is anti-democratic has always been: ‘It is democratic because member states can always choose to leave.’ Under May’s deal, even that would not be the case.

    Switzerland is already negotiating a so-called framework agreement with the EU, whereby all disputes on matters concerning our bilateral agreements with them would be arbitrated by the European Court of Justice. Under this agreement even a future Swiss people’s decision to tear up bilateral agreements might end up being quashed by the ECJ.

    Another bit of Swiss déjà vu has been brought about by the Remainer argument that if Brexit is allowed to happen, then voters, including Brexit voters, will become poorer and unhappier. Swiss voters were told similar: that if they supported the Mass Immigration Initiative, thereby rejecting EU freedom of movement, then the ‘guillotine’ would come crashing down on many other bilateral agreements with the EU, making us poor and miserable.

    https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/04/02/switzerland-has-already-had-its-brexit-betrayal/

  61. Armadillo

    Pedro, I was away and missed out on the identity of the Sheliah that left you flowers (or was it tucker) on your doorstep? The secret admirer.

    Do tell.

  62. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Too old to fight, too slow to run, the Pedro Ignoranti war cry is “Talk to the 12 Gauge

    Used up in the Wheatbelt – you ring the local cops, regarding “trespassers” and the phone is answered from 200 kilometers away, so they aren’t really an option, and you inform the trespassers “Um, Ive got two friends here, Mr Lee and Mr Enfield, do you want to try your luck?”

  63. AAPL have also become a 1st party game developer.

    God knows why you would watch FTA TV or watch most Hollywood movies out of choice.

  64. Armadillo

    Are there any new words we aren’t allowed to say? The situation is fluid at the moment.

  65. Pedro the Ignorant

    Fully concur, Zulu.

    Like all recent retirees, I started out working like a **** (h/t Sinc) to get set up in the new (seriously old) place and up to speed, but it didn’t take long to realise that what needs to be done right now can be put off till tomorrow and the world will still be turning.

    Long lunches, leaning on the bar at the local chatting to grizzled old farmers and other ex mining types and swapping yarns about what guns we were back in the day beats grubbing in the red dirt any day.

    I like this town.

  66. mh

    Looking happy is racist

    MOROCCAN MIGRANT SLIT ITALIAN’S THROAT BECAUSE “HE LOOKED HAPPY”

    A 27-year-old Moroccan migrant confessed to the murder of 33-year-old Italian Stefano Leo, saying that he killed Leo because “he looked happy”.
    Said Mechaout slit Leo’s throat during a brutal attack on 23 February of this year in Turin.
    He later told authorities that Leo’s pleasant demeanor had been the only trigger needed for the murder.
    “I am the murderer of Stefano Leo. I have to turn myself in,” said Mechaout. “I feel hunted by the Carabinieri. I don’t want to commit other crimes. Among all the people who were passing, I chose to kill this young man because he looked happy. And I chose to kill his happiness.”…

    https://www.infowars.com/moroccan-migrant-slit-italians-throat-because-he-looked-happy/

  67. Zyconoclast

    Barnaby Joyce’s ex-wife Natalie shows off her revenge body in a skimpy green bikini at a her first bodybuilding competition – before taking home two medals

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6881365/Barnaby-Joyces-ex-wife-Natalie-shows-revenge-body-skimpy-green-bikini.html

  68. Barnaby Joyce’s ex-wife Natalie shows off her revenge body in a skimpy green bikini at a her first bodybuilding competition – before taking home two medals

    She dropped 15kg after her husband moved out.

    Far be it for me to say that perhaps if she’d dropped that 15kg a couple of years beforehand…………

  69. Pedro the Ignorant

    For Armadillo.

    The “secret admirer” who left a bouquet on the front verandah, revealed herself to me at the local races.

    Lovely lady, recently widowed, has a few acres just out of town and has put in a manager to run the place.

    She saw my work vehicle in town when I was shopping real estate last year and used the local chooks network to find out who I was and where I came from (and how much money I have 🙂 ).

    Doing a bit of strutting here, boss.

    Still got it.

  70. Armadillo

    Barnaby Joyce’s ex-wife Natalie

    Natalie is a pretty decent Sheliah actually. I had a chat to her and one of her daughters at Miss A’s Year 12 Graduation. She looked very much like the lady in the black dress in the link, rather than the one in the green bikini.

    I could sense that something “wasn’t quite right” between her and Barney at the time. It was when he was first running for New England and they were sending up bus loads of Greens to destabilise and reek havoc.

    I put it down to “pressure”. In hindsight, there was a lot more going on.

  71. Armadillo

    Doing a bit of strutting here, boss.

    😊 Enjoy retirement.

  72. Armadillo

    I’m bored. The giraffes need to be unleashed on this thread.

  73. Armadillo

    I really need to find an American equivalent of Catallaxy. Whilst their sipping their morning coffee, I can be drinking Bundy Rum in the early hours. I could lecture them about the virtues of the “Model A”.

  74. Armadillo

    “Catallaxy International” would work. nUmbers arguing with US Air Force veterans about when and where they bombed would be interesting. As would mOnsts explaining US politics to the plebs.

  75. Mark A

    Armadillo
    #2978913, posted on April 4, 2019 at 1:21 am

    I really need to find an American equivalent of Catallaxy. Whilst their sipping their morning coffee, I can be drinking Bundy Rum in the early hours. I could lecture them about the virtues of the “Model A”.

    Not sure there are any Arma.

    The yanks are a funny lot. Full tilt one way or t’other.

    I’m lucky I like cooking, never a dearth of those forums and you can have a stoush if you are that way inclined.
    As a matter of fact, it’s mandatory, they think you are a wimp if not engaging in a bit of biffo.

  76. BorisG

    The hard Brexiteers and Ulster unionists gamble has double backfired. They hoped that their opposition to May’s deal will lead to no deal Brexit. Instead May has now turned to Labour to negotiate a common position. This is likely to lead to an even softer Brexit than her deal – and also quite possibly to Corbin government.

    And before the abuse starts let’s remember that May was stuck between the rock and the hard place. For hard core Brexiteers her deal was way too soft but for many others, ‘she completely ignored 48% who voted to remain”.

    Now it is likely the latter will have their day while the former will have themselves to blame.

  77. Armadillo

    Direct me to a US site I can actually understand.

    The African American stuff seems to be in code. It’s like random letters with a few numerical digits randomly inserted. And the occasional #.

    God only knows what the Chinese, Indians and Japanese are talking about on Twitter, Facebook and private websites about. No one has a fucking clue, except for them. They could be slandering anyone and inciting violence for all we know. Hate speech even.

    How many Cats here can speak Farsi? Or Arabic? Or Mandurin? Or Singalese?

    This is how absolutely ridiculous the situation has become.

    YOU ARE BEING TARGETED. Simply because you speak English. Easy target.

    These clowns at the UN are going to get a very rude shock. They don’t realise it, but they are the modern day colonialists. The “shock” will not come from the West, but rather from the East.

    History will repeat itself. Every brick they remove from Western Democracy will weaken the wall against the invading hordes.

    #buildthewall

  78. Mark A

    BorisG
    #2978920, posted on April 4, 2019 at 2:01 am

    And before the abuse starts let’s remember that May was stuck between the rock and the hard place. For hard core Brexiteers her deal was way too soft but for many others, ‘she completely ignored 48% who voted to remain”.

    What’s the point of having a referendum Boris?

    % matters not in a democracy, and may I say I’m not in favour of a universal suffrage.
    Leaving that aside, once vote is cast, that’s it. Or supposed to be, not keep voting until you get the result you want.

    In this instance it was clear from the beginning that the elite, ie. most of the politicians didn’t expect nor want the outcome the referendum brought.

    In consequence, they are fighting tooth and nail to derail it.

  79. Armadillo

    In consequence, they are fighting tooth and nail to derail it.

    Damn right they are. It should have been a hard Brexit.

  80. Mark A

    Armadillo
    #2978923, posted on April 4, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Damn right they are. It should have been a hard Brexit.

    I run the risk of gathering enemies here, but I’m beginning to doubt the toughness and determination of the “British bulldog”.

    Maybe it was an illusion, a mirage built up over the eons, or the people of Britain are no longer what they once were?

    For God’s sake, what are they afraid of?
    They’ve been around in glorious abundance for millennia, without cow-towing to the krauts, what happened?

  81. Armadillo

    IIRC, there wasn’t this crap going on when the vote was taken to join the EU.

    Sure, there were plenty of people disappointed with the result at the time. However, they abided by the popular vote.

    Then again, even those who voted “YES” didn’t envisage the monolith that has since emerged. It was mainly about free trade, being able to use the same currency and passport.

    The subsequent dictated regulation against independent states into a “super state” governed by Brussels wasn’t discussed at the time.

    All hail Europe. An “inclusive” NAZI wet dream, unfolding before your eyes.

  82. Mark A

    nite Arma,

    The news of the Model A are scarce or trivial.
    Video of a tooter, and the metallic kind at that? My God
    The man is slacking off, stir him up Arma.

  83. Armadillo

    or the people of Britain are no longer what they once were?

    Pussys. Like the Kiwis.

    The English should never have abandoned their “Red Shirts” on the battlefield. Sure, it made them an easy target, but they should have had a bit more pride. “Here I am, take me out, if you can”. They sulked away and dressed themselves in green, so they couldn’t be seen. Probably in shame.

    As for the Kiwis, they couldn’t even face a little red ball rolling down a pitch without bursting into tears about it, stamping their feet and carrying on like kindergarteners. They were outsmarted, and played the victim.

  84. Mak Siccar

    Who’d of thunk it? From the Oz Paywallian.

    Renewables stress the grid

    PERRY WILLIAMS
    SENIOR BUSINESS WRITER

    APRIL 4, 2019
    Australia’s electricity grid is relying on emergency safety nets to keep the lights on, amid revelations the energy market operator stepped in more than 100 times last year to order South Australia’s gas generators to provide supply.

    This has prompted the nation’s energy rule maker to launch an investigation as the transition to renewables from coal ratchets up costs and places “extraordinary pressures” on the power system.

    SA’s electricity system is increasingly operating under the direct intervention of the grid operator, with last-ditch interventions reserved for emergencies becoming a default way of managing the network, as slabs of solar generation test the system’s strength, the Australian Energy Market Commission will warn today.

    The deterioration of the strength of the electricity network — most pronounced in South Australia — is also spreading to southwest NSW, northwest Victoria and north Queensland, adding to wholesale costs incurred by users.

    “The power system is experiencing more stress as it transitions to more renewables,” AEMC chief executive Anne Pearson writes in The Australian today.

    “Systems with lots of non-synchronous generation like wind and solar are weaker and harder to control — raising the risk of cascading blackouts. Unprecedented in their breadth and scope, these trends put extraordinary pressure on the security and reliability of our power grid.” Investment in large-scale renewable energy doubled in 2018 to $20 billion, with one in five Australians now owning rooftop solar and electricity generated by clean energy accounting for 21 per cent of the overall power mix, Clean Energy Council data will show today.

    But the unprecedented surge in renewables has also upended the nation’s transmission system, much of which is decades old and was largely designed to cater for coal, which still supplies about 70 per cent of electricity in the system.

    Now thousands of smaller generators, including variable renewable supply, are connected to the grid, raising new pressures on the grid operator to ensure voltage and frequency — the nuts and bolts of a power system — are maintained to keep the lights on.

    The exit in 2017 of the Hazelwood coal-fired power plant in Victoria has contributed to network issues and unstable voltage in the state, while the impending retirement of facilities like AGL Energy’s Liddell unit in NSW also loom as pressure points for the system.

    “The grid is holding up but only because the system operator is intervening on a daily basis to keep the lights on,” Ms Pearson said. “It’s a power system under increasing pressure.”

    South Australia required 100 separate interventions in the 2017-18 year for gas generators to provide supply and keep its system stable, compared with just eight in the previous year, Australian Energy Market Operator data provided to the AEMC shows.

    It appears to be a trend picking up pace, with South Australia’s generators in total receiving 210 directions since June 30, 2017, a number which the AEMC describes as an “unprecedented use of this intervention mechanism”. And for the first time last year, a Victorian generator was ordered to keep the lights on.

    That trend is also pressuring wholesale market prices, with the cost of keeping the system stable soaring to $270 million as of September 2018, while the cost of maintaining frequency control surged nearly tenfold to $220m in 2018 from $25m in 2012.

    The Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader was also used twice, at a cost of $52m, in 2017-18 after never having been activated before — with costs paid by Victorian and South Australian businesses.

    “In the face of unprecedented change we see the power system still meeting consumers’ needs but only because the market operator, AEMO, is using the power system’s built-in safety-nets on a daily basis to keep the lights on,” the AEMC says.

    “The system’s emergency mechanisms are working well to help AEMO keep the lights on. However these safety nets will not deliver targeted, least-cost solutions to the challenges we are seeing. These emergency, expensive ‘stopgap’ measures are not meant to be used all the time.”

    The AEMC said its findings have prompted it to undertake an extensive investigation of intervention mechanisms and system strength.

    “In the short term, the aim is to minimise the cost of directions and support lower-cost alternatives,” the AEMC says in its annual market performance review released today.

    The AEMC’s warnings underline the fast-changing nature of the grid, but may also be seized upon by political leaders as proof that more needs to be done to ensure the reliability and integrity of the electricity system.

    The Coalition has made lower power prices and system reliability two of the central planks of its energy policy in the lead-up to a May federal ­election, while Labor has pledged to deliver 50 per cent renewables in the nation’s power mix by 2030.

  85. Armadillo

    Video of a tooter, and the metallic kind at that? My God

    It’s probably Arkys interpretation of an engine.

  86. Armadillo

    The “Model A” is unlikely to leave the garage unless there is a cyclone or flooding of biblical proportions.

  87. Armadillo

    We all read articles. Or news reports. Every day. Probably shrug our shoulders.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47769964

    It’s a pretty insignificant article in the scheme of things. Violence happens every day. This one focuses on gays. It’s neither “here nor there” as far as things go.

    However, I would challenge Cats to think of the “mechanics” of it all. Stoning another human being to death. Picking up a rock. Throwing it as hard as you can. Aim for the arms. The legs. The torso. The head. Inflict as much pain as you possibly can on that individual.

    Look on in glee. Watch the blood run. Hear them plead. Hear them beg. Hear them cry.

    Jeer them. Smash their skulls. Watch their dying moment in excruciating pain. And be happy about it.

    Why the hell is anyone on this earth (including our Goverments) even dealing with these people?

    It’s got me beat.

  88. BorisG

    In consequence, they are fighting tooth and nail to derail it.

    But these are members of parliament elected by the same voters! AFTER the referendum! Why didn’t all of them (or at least 52%) vote for UKIP?

    And voters did not say what Brexit they wanted. There is probably a range of opinions about that.

  89. Armadillo

    Probably not the best time start a discussion about burning people in cages. Pros and Cons.

    Sinc, please ban Armadillo.

  90. Armadillo

    Why didn’t all of them (or at least 52%) vote for UKIP?

    Oh dear.

  91. Armadillo

    Boris, you do understand that people can actually vote on conscious, rather than on party lines? Yes?

    It might occur to you that people might vote for what they consider best for themselves and their family, rather than for the “party”. It’s a novel idea. It sort of explains why people vote how they do. And why they change.

  92. Armadillo

    The left are incredibly subservient. Tow the party line. Regardless

  93. Zatara

    And voters did not say what Brexit they wanted. There is probably a range of opinions about that.

    They didn’t vote to be a little out, or mostly out, they voted to be out. Period.

  94. struth

    For God’s sake, what are they afraid of?
    They’ve been around in glorious abundance for millennia, without cow-towing to the krauts, what happened?

    A march through the institutions occurred.
    And especially education.
    It really is that simple, and we all seem to wonder why?

    It all starts in the schools.

    Until we do two things, nothing will change.
    One is to pull the western hating Marxist slime from our schools and unis and hang them from lamp poles, and two is to teach our children one simple historical fact .
    Hitler was a socialist.
    Evil belongs to the left.
    Until we do those two things, and I think it is now too late, really, but until then, kids will feel guilty being white and western, and they will think being right wing is evil.
    You don’t get people marching about Brexit or safe schools, or anything like that, when the schools have now been brainwashing for 50 years, progressively getting worse.

  95. Rockdoctor

    My 2c on the budget as I have thankfully been out of circulation for budget night, a tax rebate is not a tax cut. I was sus as soon as I saw $1080 figure and had to go to a few sites to confirm they were actually talking about a rebate. The alleged cuts i.e cuts in income rates, if they ever materialise are 2 terms away and rebates are easy to disappear.

  96. bespoke

    Armadillo
    #2978930, posted on April 4, 2019 at 3:05 am
    The “Model A” is unlikely to leave the garage unless there is a cyclone or flooding of biblical proportions.

    Well I’m told the big man likes to clean house of all abominations sometimes, so hang on.

  97. bespoke

    Pedro the Ignorant
    #2978908, posted on April 4, 2019 at 12:33 am

    I was’t going to ask just encase it turned out to be bad. sound like your enjoining retirement.

  98. rickw

    MPs debate new gun laws: ‘NZers want this change’

    The buy-back scheme is expected to cost between $100 to $200 million, although Acting Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said this morning it could be up to $300m.

    Police Minister Stuart Nash said gun-ownership was a privilege not a right.

    If the Kiwi’s start a Civil War over this will a platoon of angry gnarled old Cats be heading over?

    NZers want change? Hell no! Do the Globalists want change? Hell yes!

    Screwing with a country that is armed to the teeth is a dangerous business!

  99. Americans struggling to comprehend what is happening in New Zealand:

    It would have been more accurate to say “Americans struggling to comprehend any place outside the lunatic asylum called the USA.”

    It was ever so. Many Yanks are completely incapable of understanding that there is another world outside their boarders. Their insularity and ignorance gets them in all sorts of trouble.
    Think Vietnam and Iraq.
    In this video, the host opens the discussion with the words “They’re disarming you people in New Zealand.”.
    The Kiwi idiot doesn’t correct him on that point to tell him that certain categories of weapons are being banned, but that Keith down at the dairy will be able to keep his twenty two. The same idea is accepted by many in the US. I was told often that Australia had been disarmed on my visit recently, and for some, although they didn’t call me a liar to my face, years of NRA propaganda wouldn’t let them believe the facts.
    Then further into the video, we get a rambling airing of the “UN world conspiracy” theory.
    And Bernie Sanders is a member of the UN’s conspiracy of world domination, didn’t you know?
    Apparently some Republicans are the same.
    Bizarre….

  100. bespoke

    BorisG

    The EU has been just as belligerent and arrogant. I haven’t seen any sign of introspection of why this happened. No calls to step back a little to the original mandate and to be less intrusive into peoples lives.

  101. I painstakingly sat through one session at my parish for the submission to the Plenary Council.

    Mine went in weeks ago.
    It includes suggestions about married clergy and ordination of women.
    It was painstakingly referenced to church history.

  102. Farmer Gez

    It would have been more accurate to say “Americans struggling to comprehend any place outside the lunatic asylum called the USA.”

    Pure hyperbole, typed and disseminated on the inventions of lunatics apparently.

  103. Mater

    Socrates at the Pub
    #2978844, posted on April 3, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Are there any odds going on Anning getting back in?

    They’ve gotta be firming up.
    There were two posts from national newspapers in Facebook this afternoon, both approaching 1000 comments.
    Both were chockablok with comments that weren’t just supportive of him, they were rah-rah-rah for him.
    The man has tapped a very raw nerve.

    Yeah, that’s my assessment, too.
    With regards to the censure motion, Australians typically like an underdog. Not only that, though. Every person who saw some merit in what Anning said (timing aside) has effectively been told by the majors that their opinion is so repulsive that it has no place in Australian politics.
    They could have just disagreed with him, but no, they censured him. It isn’t going to go down well and his popularity will rise significantly, IMHO.

    A good bet at the right odds.
    The result of typical over reach by the left (and I include the LNP in that statement).

  104. Bruce of Newcastle

    Chip Bok! Joe clearly has a nose hair problem.

    Also Johannes Leak has another one today, I think with a story an Origin/Santos shale gas project in the NT. Good luck with that peoples, you have buckleys.

  105. mh

    The EU is central to the globalist blueprint of world government. They don’t want Britain messing it all up by making trade deals with other nations willy nilly.

    Zis is not how you rule ze vurld!

  106. mh

    Chip Bok !

    Biden’s campaign is over before it began.

    😄

  107. Farmer Gez

    Chip Bok for me thanks Tom.
    “ I didn’t inhale”. Very funny.

  108. Sleeping Giants, aka Sleeping Midgets or Idiots, have been active again. They have hit on Pizza Hut who have now removed their advertising from Paul Murray

    Thanks for the link.
    I have just sent off a tranche of emails to Pizza Hut congratulating them on their stand.

  109. mh

    Don’t know what Pizza Hut have done, but I can guess that Marxists will approve.

  110. Farmer Gez

    Thanks for the link.
    I have just sent off a tranche of emails to Pizza Hut congratulating them on their stand.

    Hand deliver them Numbers. Using lunatic American inventions again. Hypocrite!

  111. mh

    Why was Pizza Hut advertising on Paul Murray anyway?

    Disgraceful.

  112. Mater

    Hand deliver them Numbers. Using lunatic American inventions again. Hypocrite!

    Nah, hand delivered by his “Outriders”.

  113. Cassie of Sydney

    It seems that the imbecilic low IQ dumbarse cane toad from QLD supports seeing PML shut down. So that means he would have no problem seeing the Cat shut down by activists. I don’t see why this site tolerates dumbarse and his fascistic garbage….he is obviously opposed to free speech and he should be banned….activism works both ways.

  114. mh

    Trump declared the national emergency, but he keeps crawling back to Congress.

    Trump, you have emergency powers!

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    6h
    Congress must get together and immediately eliminate the loopholes at the Border! If no action, Border, or large sections of Border, will close. This is a National Emergency!

  115. calli

    There’s something seriously wrong with Rowe. His “cartoons” are the product of an unhealthy mind.

  116. mh

    Cassie, Sinclair told us this week that he likes Numbers.

  117. calli

    That’s just economist-speak. The capital “n” was a typo.

  118. calli

    So, rather than honestly sending one email under your own name as any ethical person would do, you send a “tranche” of the things under various.

    How lefties operate in one perfectly formed vignette.

    Vote early and often.

  119. he is obviously opposed to free speech and he should be banned

    Am I alone in detecting a slight moral inconsistency between “free speech” and “should be banned”?

  120. calli

    Gab, thanks for your story about females trying to run churches by hook or by crook. I thought it was just a Protestant thing.

    What is wrong with these women? Don’t they read their Bibles? Doesn’t any of it sink in?

    And then they turn around and wonder why the pews are empty and their parishes are dying.

  121. Cassie of Sydney

    No dumbarse…….we believe in free speech but since you are so opposed to it…I don’t see why we should indulge your cretinous fascistic garbage here. So why don’t you go away and make your wife happy…oh that’s right…you might first need to learn some female biology first.

  122. I have a large family. Some are retired, like me, so we have plenty of time to write emails.
    We communicate about this kind of thing.
    I’m one of six, and have four kids.
    They share my views.
    I fact, I’m less active than most of my siblings.
    Two extended family have stood for political office, one works for the CFMEU as a political advisor, and one (now a bush copper) worked for Labor in the NT.
    I wish my Dad (a lifelong Labor voter) was alive to see it.

    Somewhere on my hard drive is a letter I sent to John McVeigh, local member, about the veterans’ card.
    He’s ignored it, so it now will become an open letter, timed just before the election.
    I will post it here first.

  123. Baldrick

    So, rather than honestly sending one email under your own name as any ethical person would do, you send a “tranche” of the things under various.

    That’s how Sleeping Midgets work.

  124. Cassie of Sydney

    “Hand deliver them Numbers”

    It’s pretty clear that the creepy dumbarse from QLD doesn’t know how to use his hands.

  125. we (royal plural) believe in free speech

    No you don’t.
    You want to ban a commentator who disagrees with you.
    That’s totalitarianism.

  126. mh

    Deported MS-13 member, a convicted killer in the US, caught back on New York’s Long Island

    A man who admitted to being part of the MS-13 street gang — and who’d been deported after killing a man on New York’s Long Island — was arrested again Tuesday in the town where he committed the slaying after illegally re-entering the country, according to officials.

    William Umberto Martinez Chavez, 40, was arrested in Huntington, New York on Tuesday morning by agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement….

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/deported-ms-13-member-convicted-of-manslaughter-arrested-again-on-new-yorks-long-island-feds-say

  127. Candy

    A man putting his hands on a woman’s shoulders from behind is actually somewhat threatening. Maybe some Alzheimer’s or he gets a quiet thrill from it.

  128. Baldrick

    Shoulda gone to Specsavers …

    I have a large family. Some are retarded, like me, so we have plenty of time to write emails.

  129. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Thanks for the link.
    I have just sent off a tranche of emails to Pizza Hut congratulating them on their stand.

    Hmm. Time to alert Pizza Hut to this statement by copying it and sourcing it to Numbers on this site, where he is an anonymous left wing entity boasting about what he has just done to bamboozle an Australian company. It shows exactly what genuine people with genuine names and addresses are complaining about: the mindset and actions of his type, the sort of left wing activism that is set to destroy this country and all that it has stood for and fought for. No ethics at all.

  130. Mother Lode

    I’m calling bullshit.

    I dunno. I reckon it would be human excrement.

    Any bovine faeces would be hard enough to get, moreso from a male.

    Whereas in Paris you can just scoop human excrement up in the street – particularly in once salubrious neighbourhoods that now host populations of that North African diversity of antisocial monotony.

  131. calli

    Good thinking, Lizzie.

    The Cat has its very own Dark Helmet.

  132. John Constantine

    https://action.hsi.org.au

    A new generation of environment laws are needed to face the challenges of the 21st Century.

    Please commit to new nature laws for Australia which prioritise protection over short term profit and include the following vital measures:
    – Strict and genuine protection for endangered species and ecosystems. No clearing of critical habitat and no offsets.
    – Community rights to appeal decisions on their merits.
    – An independent agency for environmental decision making, monitoring and enforcement.
    – An independent Commission to set environmental standards and report on national environmental performance.

    Enraged wymynsys denand rewilding at any cost, and demand the State establish lawfare oversight squads, where activists can be State funded to protest and appeal until their victims run out of money and energy.

    Social license warfare, Comrades.

  133. Notafan

    Numbers and the priestesses.

    I won’t say good luck with that.

    I say with confidence.

    Not going to happen.

  134. Boambee John

    Armadillo
    #2978952, posted on April 4, 2019 at 4:45 am
    The left are incredibly subservient. Tow the party line. Regardless

    Once had a bit of debate with an ALP MHR on the subject of MPs thinking independently. It started in person and continued for a while by email.

    His final statement was on the lines of “If I had wanted to make independent decisions, I would not have joined the ALP”.

  135. Mater

    I have a large family. Some are retired, like me, so we have plenty of time to write emails.
    We communicate about this kind of thing.

    So between 22:57 last night and 07:17 this morning you coordinated all your family and successfully sent off a “tranche of emails to Pizza Hut congratulating them on their stand”?

    You lying clown.

  136. Notafan

    When some people retire they spend more time doing good works.

    Others just sharpen their poison pens and get dripping.

    Nothing to be proud of .

  137. Notafan

    Numbers is trolling to irritate.

    Went too far last time he was here and was banned.

  138. Gab

    What is wrong with these women?

    I have to go to work, otherwise I would answer, but me thinks, you also know the answer.

  139. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    so we have plenty of time to write emails.

    Hah! Sprung! Numbers back pedals fast when caught out with his ‘tranche’.

    I find it interesting that many honest Labor people whom I used to know years ago have ditched their membership in recent times, horrified at the current mob. Numbers though is still hanging on. Only the worst have stayed.

  140. Using lunatic American inventions again.

    The element of the internet that makes it so accessible worldwide was invented by Australians.
    In 1992 John O’ Sullivan and the CSIRO developed Wi-Fi technology, used by more than a billion people around the world today. The core parts of the technology came out of research in the mid-1970s in the field of radio astronomy, when John and his colleagues at the CSIRO were originally looking for the faint echoes of black holes.

    You should be proud of your country, rather than putting it down.

  141. So between 22:57 last night and 07:17 this morning you coordinated all your family

    You don’t know my family.
    If you want something broadcast, you tell my oldest sister.
    Give her ten minutes, and it’s out there.
    Everybody knows.
    My mum was the same.
    Ever heard of cut and paste, by the way?
    It takes thirty seconds to send an email.

  142. John Constantine

    Trans-slender activists.

    Not my phrase, but a good ‘un.

    Used like:

    “The activists waddled like hippos, wobbled like sour milk and wailed like trapped cats. But they identified as hot skinny chicks wearing tight and revealing skinny chick clothes, as is your right when you are Trans-slender.”

    Comrades

  143. Notafan

    Cut and paste

    Yep that’s one way for a recipient of a barrage of emails to know they are all genuine.

  144. Top Ender

    Pizza Hut complaint just made:

    I understand you have been pressured by a political group to withdraw advertising from Paul Murray Live. I am withdrawing my custom from your store, as will all my family, until I hear this has been reversed. I expect you to engage in selling pizzas, not engaging in politics.

    Thanks Lizzie.

  145. Boambee John

    From the HSI link.

    – Strict and genuine protection for endangered species and ecosystems. No clearing of critical habitat and no offsets.

    Now fixed:

    – Strict and genuine protection for endangered species and ecosystems. No clearing of critical habitat for solar farms, no bird and bat killing wind farms.

  146. Notafan

    The excrement incident happened in Nimes.

    French churches have been under attack for years.

    I’m only surprised it’s being covered in the man.

    Sometimes it is the usual suspects, other times the other ones, the sort numbers admires.

  147. calli

    Or is that “deer”?

    As in “caught in the headlights”?

  148. Farmer Gez

    The wymynsys from HSI could sustain themselves by dining on plague Carp bred from “informed networked environment policies.

  149. Notafan

    Msm.

    Oh and I forgot.

    The Catholic church already has married priests, just not in Latin rite parishes.
    A married man who wishes to become a Catholic priest has a pathway available.

  150. Top Ender

    NT News this morning. What, pray tell, is meant by the item in bold:

    Women on big range of charges
    A STOLEN car left in the front yard of a Leanyer property has resulted in two women being arrested and charged for drug, property and weapons offences.

    Strike Force Trident officers found the allegedly stolen car on Tuesday and a search warrant was executed at the property to locate the keys.

    Police said that during the search they found a trafficable quantity of methamphetamine, $9910 cash, a less than trafficable quantity of cannabis, a torch fitted with an electro-muscular control device and jewellery suspected to be stolen.

    A 39-year-old woman was charged with drug possession and supply, possessing or using a prohibited weapon, receiving or possessing stolen property, commission of an offence and stealing offences.

    A 41-year-old woman was charged with possessing and supplying drugs, stealing and driving while unlicensed.

  151. Notafan

    It’s quite amazing btw that of all the controversial things Andrew Bolt has said over the years it was support for Cardinal Pell that got that Fitzgibbons fellow exercised.

    Why is it so?

  152. A Lurker

    It will be interesting to see if this article gets past the censors.

  153. Notafan

    There is something exquisitely unwholesome about numbers.

    The sort of thing that inspires you to pray the prayer to St Michael.

  154. Top Ender

    Probe after UK soldiers filmed shooting at picture of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

    British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he was shocked at footage showing a poster of his head being used for target practice in Afghanistan.

    Four British soldiers, believed to be paratroopers, were videoed during training firing at a series of blank targets, and a poster with a picture of the head of Mr Corbyn.

    Footage posted on social media showed members of the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan shooting at an image of Corbyn, Britain’s main opposition leader. Corbyn, a veteran socialist, has often been critical of British military campaigns overseas.

    Link

  155. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Well done, Top Ender. Protests should come from all States to this nationally-operating company. If they want our custom, they should earn it by sticking to their knitting, not engaging in political acts of a very dubious nature.

    Your letter provides an ideal template; pretty much what I said too. However, people should use their own words, as clearly this is something that these revolting cut-and-paste activists do not do. Also add your own name and address. It is unfortunately the case that these activists, as when they illegally double and triple vote in elections, have no compunction in stealing names and addresses. Imho, companies listening to them would be wise to hire a private D to make some enquiries as to the reality of some of these complainants.

  156. mh:

    “Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party”
    Hmm. Don’t like the national party bit.

    They can call themselves the Hello Kitty Freedom Party for all I care – I just want someone who represents me.

  157. Mater

    Bob,
    Every morning we are treated (read: tortured) with your cavalcade of responses to the previous nights posts, very likely drafted in the morning after awakening from your slumber.

    Call me suspicious, but I doubt you read Lizzie’s post until sometime this morning. I also doubt your family religiously check their email between 2300 and 0700, let alone draft anything up. If you rang them personally to illicit their response, you’re a thoughtless prick.

    I never expect a direct and honest response from you, but try not to treat us like idiots. You’d have been better off admitting you said it ‘tongue-in-cheek’ rather than doubling down on dumb.

  158. Mother Lode

    Insider: Joe Biden Is Sexually Attracted To Children

    An insider.

    Let’s see: In the credibility hierarchy that is below ‘an informed source‘ but above ‘sources familiar with‘.

    The sudden campaign against Biden (whose hand-centred peccadilloes never panicked Dimocrats before) is being prosecuted to clear the way for someone (or someones) whose own campaign would have been hampered by Biden’s presence.

    And I am not suggesting a conspiracy*. It would be more likely one person thought it worth making an innuendo and other people have opportunistically jumped on – the question is who and what does the opportunity serve?

    (*My suspicion is that there is much less conspiracy about AGW than people think. It is just a scam that gathers more momentum as it progresses as one spiv after another join in and become part of the consensus that provides more opportunities – like a snowball is supposed to do.)

  159. C.L.

    Charming.
    Fr Rynne and 77 year-old woman assaulted by loony ‘progressive’ Catholics at church.
    Tasmanian Police investigating.
    And the Archbishop sacked Fr Rynne.

  160. Notafan

    For those doubting what happened at Nimes, remember From Hamel.

  161. Mother Lode

    Probe after UK soldiers filmed shooting at picture of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

    They would likely have got the same treatment if they had fired at posters of Che Guevara or even Stalin.

    If it were Trump, on the other hand…well that would be free speech.

  162. I never expect a direct and honest response from you, but try not to treat us like idiots.

    If the cap fits……

  163. Percy Popinjay

    The sentence below describes concepts so inimical to reality they defy comprehension. How anyone could write it with a straight face is beyond me.

    Bill Shorten will promise to extend personal tax cuts to three million more low-­income workers, pledge bigger budget surpluses and chart a course to end government debt

    Yeah right. Drop some more LSD, man. From the Oz.

  164. Mater

    If the cap fits……

    And if it doesn’t, like any good socialist, you’ll keep trying, and trying, and trying, and trying….

  165. Herodotus

    Do not feed the troll.

  166. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Australian Conservatives, One Nation, United Australia, Liberal Democratic, and now Conservative National. There considerable room for confusion here, let alone with the big Liberal and National Parties. Will any one Party ever gain predominance as the effective third Party of the right?

    The fragmentation seems less on the left but that is not so – Labor, Greens, and the DLP are faced with the various Parties of further socialism as well as the old Commos, and the rise of new green entrants such as the Sustainable Party and the Animal Justice vegans.

    As ever, the single issue groups still form Parties with names that sound weirdly inapposite when the name is offered with a How-to-Vote. Aircraft Noise was one of those, and my current fave, the Voluntary Euthanasia Party.

  167. calli

    Chuckle. Sent just now:

    I understand Pizza Hut has pulled advertising on Paul Murray Live because of pressure from a group called “Sleeping Giants”, who are in fact a very small group of left-leaning activists.

    As a business owner myself, I find it bewildering that Pizza Hut would wish to align themselves with any political group at the risk of losing turnover in a very competitive market. In response to Pizza Hut’s decision to enter the political debate, especially with a Federal election in the offing, I will no longer buy your product.

    There are plenty of other players in the field who have wisely kept themselves free of politics. I choose them.

    Thanks, Cassie.

    We are all “activists” now. 😀

  168. Mother Lode

    Gab, thanks for your story about females trying to run churches by hook or by crook.

    A question of style:

    Just to be clear, ‘crook’ was meant as a metanym – like ‘boots on the ground’ (the soldiers boots representing soldiers), or ‘a fleet of a thousand sails’ (the ships sails representing the ships), wasn’t it?

    Here ‘crook’ would stand for the Archbishop (with his crook), so flaccid and wimpish a human polyp he turned out to be.

    Except for the rhyme you could have said “by hook or wadded saturated Depends”.

  169. calli

    Yes, Lode, the image of the crozier did come up as I typed that. It seemed a nice mixture of metaphors.

    Also vaudeville and unwelcome, unentertaining “acts”.

    🙂

  170. calli

    Bother.

    I can hear the black helicopters approaching.

    I expect to be bombarded with thick crusts and pepperoni momentarily.

  171. zyconoclast

    Don’t know what Pizza Hut have done, but I can guess that Marxists will approve.

    Make terrible pizza?

  172. Johno

    “If the cap fits……”

    Never left left the schoolyard, hey sniffy? Yr 4 at best.

  173. There considerable room for confusion here, let alone with the big Liberal and National Parties.

    Conservatives of all stamps have always been confused.
    It’s a result of the reality that progressive change is inevitable, and those resisting it find the ground disappearing from under them.
    They become confused as to which discredited shibboleths should be clung to, and fight amongst themselves about it.
    The current Coalition is a case in point.

  174. Percy Popinjay

    Who the hell eats pizzas from pizza hut anyway – apart from m0nty and that staggeringly stupid syphilis addled stupendously boring narcissistic knobgobbling numptie fantasist the spudpeeler?

  175. calli

    Well, they don’t of course.

    But if I was to buy pizza…it wouldn’t be from Pizza Hut.

    Unless they did a keto version. 😄

  176. Farmer Gez

    All the lambing ewes checked.
    I threw in the .17 HMR this morning after seeing two foxes yesterday. As you could guess not a sighting today. They know I reckon.

  177. Dr Faustus

    The Australian’s John Durie with hard-hitting, in-depth analysis that comes up with a predictable politically correct ‘corporate welfare’ story:

    Taxpayers’ money to fast-track Origin’s shale gas project

    Origin and Santos have a combined market value of $30 billion yet taxpayers are spending $8.4 million to help fast-track development of shale gas projects in the Beetaloo Basin, 600km south of Darwin.

    Granted the money is not large given Origin will be spending close to $100m to develop its site, but the question is just why are taxpayers spending money on a shale gas basin which is being canvassed by the big companies that stand to make a fortune from the fields.

    The budget papers tell us that, of the $8.4 million:

    – $5 million is recurring funding for a Commonwealth Bioregional Assessment Program, approved in 2016/17;
    – $1.9 million is to support an Beetaloo Aboriginal economic development strategy;
    – $1.5 million is to fund a feasibility study into the use of gas in Darwin.

    Arguably a complete waste of money.
    But none of this spend will benefit Origin or Santos either.

  178. Mother Lode

    Also vaudeville and unwelcome, unentertaining “acts”.

    That crossed my mind too.

  179. Zatara

    The sudden campaign against Biden (whose hand-centred peccadilloes never panicked Dimocrats before) is being prosecuted to clear the way for someone (or someones) whose own campaign would have been hampered by Biden’s presence.

    Think young guns vs. the old guard.

    All you have to do is look at which Dems are actually trying to defend him and which are crying croc tears.

    It’s going to be an interesting campaign watching the Dems go all cannibal on each other.

  180. Nelson Kidd-Players

    I would have thought there is naturally a lot more room for confusion on the right and even for small-L liberals*, since we look around and make our own assessments.

    Unlike the Left, who merely accept whatever position they are handed. Even if it contradicts yesterday’s one. They continue to use 1984 as a template rather than a warning.

    * I have come to accept a difference between a liberal-leaning person and a leftist, per Dennis Prager’s definition.

  181. calli

    Ha! I’ve just had a bot response from Pizza Hut. They noted that I didn’t specify a store on my complaint.

    I wonder if “Sleeping Giants” fingered their local store?

    A bit tough on the local franchisee.

  182. Tom

    Do not feed the troll.

    Quite so, Herodotus.

    The Doomlord’s libertarian heart is quite enamoured of trolls. So the latest piece of shit won’t be banned*.

    Cats who feed the troll simply confirm how good he is at what he does. The more unreadable he can make the Cat the better.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    *Until, like all trolls, he starts thinking his shit doesn’t stink and breaks one of the Doomlord’s rules.

  183. Baldrick

    Numbers inadvertently reveals Sleeping Giants business model:

    1735099
    #2978975, posted on April 4, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Sleeping Giants, aka Sleeping Midgets or Idiots, have been active again. They have hit on Pizza Hut who have now removed their advertising from Paul Murray

    Thanks for the link.
    I have just sent off a tranche of emails to Pizza Hut congratulating them on their stand.

  184. OldOzzie

    Renewable energy puts national power grid under stress

    Perry Williams
    Senior Business Writer

    Australia’s electricity grid is relying on emergency safety nets to keep the lights on, amid revelations the energy market operator stepped in more than 100 times last year to order South Australia’s gas generators to provide supply.

    This has prompted the nation’s energy rule maker to launch an investigation as the transition to renewables from coal ratchets up costs and places “extraordinary pressures” on the power system.

    SA’s electricity system is increasingly operating under the direct intervention of the grid operator, with last-ditch interventions reserved for emergencies becoming a default way of managing the network, as slabs of solar generation test the system’s strength, the Australian Energy Market Commission will warn today.

    The deterioration of the strength of the electricity network — most pronounced in South Australia — is also spreading to southwest NSW, northwest Victoria and north Queensland, adding to wholesale costs incurred by users.

    “The power system is experiencing more stress as it transitions to more renewables,” AEMC chief executive Anne Pearson writes in The Australian today.

    “Systems with lots of non-synchronous generation like wind and solar are weaker and harder to control — raising the risk of cascading blackouts. Unprecedented in their breadth and scope, these trends put extraordinary pressure on the security and reliability of our power grid.” Investment in large-scale renewable energy doubled in 2018 to $20 billion, with one in five Australians now owning rooftop solar and electricity generated by clean energy accounting for 21 per cent of the overall power mix, Clean Energy Council data will show today.

    But the unprecedented surge in renewables has also upended the nation’s transmission system, much of which is decades old and was largely designed to cater for coal, which still supplies about 70 per cent of electricity in the system.

    Now thousands of smaller generators, including variable renewable supply, are connected to the grid, raising new pressures on the grid operator to ensure voltage and frequency — the nuts and bolts of a power system — are maintained to keep the lights on.

    The exit in 2017 of the Hazelwood coal-fired power plant in Victoria has contributed to network issues and unstable voltage in the state, while the impending retirement of facilities like AGL Energy’s Liddell unit in NSW also loom as pressure points for the system.
    “The grid is holding up but only because the system operator is intervening on a daily basis to keep the lights on,”

    Ms Pearson said. “It’s a power system under increasing pressure.”

    South Australia required 100 separate interventions in the 2017-18 year for gas generators to provide supply and keep its system stable, compared with just eight in the previous year, Australian Energy Market Operator data provided to the AEMC shows.

    It appears to be a trend picking up pace, with South Australia’s generators in total receiving 210 directions since June 30, 2017, a number which the AEMC describes as an “unprecedented use of this intervention mechanism”. And for the first time last year, a Victorian generator was ordered to keep the lights on.

    That trend is also pressuring wholesale market prices, with the cost of keeping the system stable soaring to $270 million as of September 2018, while the cost of maintaining frequency control surged nearly tenfold to $220m in 2018 from $25m in 2012.

    The Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader was also used twice, at a cost of $52m, in 2017-18 after never having been activated before — with costs paid by Victorian and South Australian businesses.

    “In the face of unprecedented change we see the power system still meeting consumers’ needs but only because the market operator, AEMO, is using the power system’s built-in safety-nets on a daily basis to keep the lights on,” the AEMC says.

    “The system’s emergency mechanisms are working well to help AEMO keep the lights on. However these safety nets will not deliver targeted, least-cost solutions to the challenges we are seeing. These emergency, expensive ‘stopgap’ measures are not meant to be used all the time.”

    The AEMC said its findings have prompted it to undertake an extensive investigation of intervention mechanisms and system strength.

    “In the short term, the aim is to minimise the cost of directions and support lower-cost alternatives,” the AEMC says in its annual market performance review released today.

    The AEMC’s warnings underline the fast-changing nature of the grid, but may also be seized upon by political leaders as proof that more needs to be done to ensure the reliability and integrity of the electricity system.

    The Coalition has made lower power prices and system reliability two of the central planks of its energy policy in the lead-up to a May federal ­election, while Labor has pledged to deliver 50 per cent renewables in the nation’s power mix by 2030.

    Wind and Solar Share of Total Output in the NEM

    As Australia under Liberals/Labor/Greens will soon become Venezuela

    https://news.yahoo.com/venezuelas-maduro-replaces-electricity-minister-amid-blackouts-005716137.html

    In an address on state television, Maduro said he named Igor Gavidia, a 65-year-old electrical engineer who was previously president of state power generator Electrificacion del Caroni, to replace Electricity Minister Luis Motta.

    The change came as Maduro reiterated plans for a 30-day “load administration” plan, which he first mentioned last week and which Venezuelans widely assume will be a way to ration electricity.

    “Every time the power goes out, or we do not have water, or we do not have gas, guess what we are going to do?” he said at an earlier rally at the country’s Catholic University. “We are going to protest, we are going to make demands, we are going to take to the streets of Venezuela, because it is our right.”

  185. Cassie of Sydney

    I sent the following off to Pizza Hut this morning..

    “I have just been informed that Pizza Hut has acquiesced to a campaign by a small group of far left activists called Sleeping Giants to stop advertising on Paul Murray Live on Sky News. I have been a customer of Pizza Hut for years however I am writing to inform you that I will NEVER buy from Pizza Hut again. I will now buy my pizzas from Domino’s and the local pizza bar near where I live. Sleeping Giants is a group consisting of totalitarian hard left activists who are opposed to free speech and who wish to shut down all speech and thought that they are opposed to. And, being a hard left group, they are opposed to private corporations/companies/businesses such as Pizza Hut. If Pizza Hunt is happy to succumb to pressure and bullying from such a hard left group, then I will buy my pizzas from somewhere else. I will also pass this on to my sister, my extended family and friends. Well done Pizza Hut….you’ve just lost a customer of many years. Activism and boycotts work both ways.”

    We can be activists too.

  186. Mother Lode

    Don’t know what Pizza Hut have done, but I can guess that Marxists will approve.

    Make terrible pizza?

    But that is the way that pizzas are under Marxist regimes.

    The box would have a picture of a deep pan pizza, golden cheese heaped with vibrantly coloured toppings and a single ribbon of steam curling and twisting above.

    In the box there is a soggy cardboard-like base covered with tough, plasticky ‘Peoples Cheese’ and watery ‘Victory Tomato Paste’.

    Best eaten by candlelight – because the alternative is to eat in the dark.

  187. OldOzzie

    What kind of society switches off the lives of its poorest people? – The Liberal /Nationals Party?????

    BARNABY JOYCE – Look in the Mirror

    There is something morally wrong when a widower cannot pay an electricity bill in a nation that once boasted the cheapest power in the Western world but now delivers the most expensive, despite the $30 billion taxpayers have invested in renewables.

    This is a person who has never asked for favours, and in many cases does not nominate for access to hardship programs — but their children may come home to a house without power. The hardship program, even if you can wait to get on it, does not write off the bill. It assumes you can afford the payment plan. If you do not pay it’s listed as a bad debt on your credit record. This may haunt you for years.

    For the family there is the humil­iation and hardship that you live in a house without a fridge, without an electric stove, without a washing machine, without a toaster. No television, no hot water, no electric lights.

    On the ABC’s Insiders last Sunday, political journalist Malcolm Farr scoffed about “electricity as a human rights issue”. We have become so cynical about the most vulnerable. They are an acceptable casualty in our quest to “do our part” to cool the planet, even though our action achieves nothing away from worship of parliament’s boarding-school zeitgeist.

    Labor has shown complete ignorance of the almost 128,000 households that have been disconnected and those living in poverty as a result. It now says their car is politically incorrect and must be electric to be charged from a source they don’t have, with money they don’t have. Labor has arrived at the inner-suburban wealth of the 2020s while leaving the roots and compassion of its heritage far behind. Instead it complies with the edicts of Australia’s wealthiest constituency, the Greens.

    Where do a great number of those who cannot afford power live? They live in the left-behind towns and villages that orbit our major regional centres. They live in a humble house and have made the decision that groceries trump power bills. They live where there is no public transport and a second-hand car is the only transport from home to town, where the store, doctor or chemist is.

    Why is Australia so blind to this national disgrace? Why is the Labor Party so beholden to a stratum of society that is so removed from the leaden monkey that sits on the back of those at the bottom of the social stack?

    In the regional towns on the back of drought and a new world of internet purchases, small business can no longer afford the power bill, nor can services or small industry, and big businesses are forced to take their production overseas.

    Electricity is the food stock of the standard of living and the effects of exorbitant prices compound in regional areas and undermine any chance of relief in the cost of living.

    I do not believe coal is a holy rock that will save humanity, but it is the source of power for so many in our Southeast Asian region who face a similar dilemma of power costs. Many confront it with our coal that travels in giant trains that snake through the towns and vil­lages where our people live in a poverty of unaffordable electricity. Those who live without power or who cannot afford today’s prices cannot wait for promises of cheaper, renewable power. To them it is a cruel hoax. Theories are debunked by their reality.

    People who cannot pay their power bills now, and who remember paying more affordable power prices in the past, are understandably cynical about the renewable power plan. We export uranium, which becomes acceptable only after it has crossed oceans on its way to power stations in other countries. Nuclear power with zero carbon emissions — isn’t this what we want? Market exploitation of those who cannot pay their power bills remains as Labor and others did not support divestiture powers that could have been used to threaten major power companies into fair conduct towards customers. State poles-and-wire costs are exorbitant.

    Even talking about the issue of power is proscribed. It will break the “truce”. But what truce is there for the person living in privation? Why would you settle to stay in the misery you are in? What truce is there if their standard of living is being placed beyond their capacity to pay for it? Relaying the truth of the situation of those who cannot pay their power bill will come at a price of rebuke by those who believe all reference to the nation’s biggest income earner is anathema. Who represents those without power when this is the Greens’ agenda and Labor relies on the Greens? Who represents them when inner suburbs have the idle income to cover increased power prices and renewable subsidies to install solar panels on their own inner-city house?

    The Nationals are the only hope in fighting if not for common sense, then at least for justice. BULL

  188. Nelson Kidd-Players

    ML, under socialism you queue for hours outside the pizza joint in the vain hope that the rumour of pizza availability may just have a ring of truth to it. If, by some miracle, pizza does materialise, ignore the quality and savour every last crumb. Keep the box, as it may also have nutritional value.

  189. Bruce of Newcastle

    My favourite story of the morning:

    Climate change threatens to melt glacier and expose 66 ton AVALANCHE OF POO

    Denali, the tallest mountain in North America, is melting at a quicker pace thanks to climate change, and the thawing ice could expose a nasty surprise. Previous generations did not have anywhere to defecate when making their way up the mountain, went where they pleased, leaving a trail of faeces all the way to the top. This changed in the 1970s to accommodate the growing numbers of hikers, where three stopping points which included holes to do your business were created.

    Now however, with the ice melting, the hole could essentially melt away, leaving an avalanche of poo.

    Denali is clearly a mountain in Egypt.

  190. Mother Lode

    Who the hell eats pizzas from pizza hut anyway – apart from m0nty and that staggeringly stupid syphilis addled stupendously boring narcissistic knobgobbling numptie fantasist the spudpeeler?

    I will wager that Septimus does – but he will call it ‘Pane di Formaggio di Casa’, to be eaten with a tall glass of what he will call ‘juice of the kitchen tap’ – once he learns how to say it in Italian.

  191. Farmer Gez

    Thanks for the post OldOzzie.
    The stupidity of plugging renewables into the existing system and expecting no damage could only be organised by politicians and public servants.
    The equivalent of putting petrol in a diesel motor.

  192. cohenite

    Cassie of Sydney

    #2979080, posted on April 4, 2019 at 9:42 am

    I sent the following off to Pizza Hut this morning..

    Excellent work.

  193. John Constantine

    The mcgauchie method of management as applied to GNC graincorp saw the core business, with existing expertise and a protective ‘moat’ against competition, starved of capital and abandoned in favour of brand new sidetrack business purchases, all capital intensive, requiring massive spends on consultants and working capital has admitted defeat.

    Buying bottomless money pits from private equity at the top of the market at the urging of high cost consultants: What could possibly go wrong?.

    The most expensive consultants available now to begin splitting up the Graincorp/ adelaide steamship kleptocollection, responding to the threat of vulture funds seeing an opportunity to put a broom through the doddering structure.

    Their mcgauchie is howards legacy to australian business management.

    Comrades.

  194. struth

    Am I alone in detecting a slight moral inconsistency between “free speech” and “should be banned”?

    Good Moaning.

    Yes you are alone.

    You should never let people who hate democracy to participate in it.

    This is why any party, any political school of thought should be allowed in Australia that believes in abiding by the democratic rules of play.
    Once you declare totalitarianism, you should be banned from the political process that you wish to destroy.

    It’s also why we have borders.
    I typed slow there for you SNIFFY Mc SHAFTSLURPER.

    To threaten businesses advertising during a certain program you find has political views aired that you disagree with, is an affront to democracy and anyone participating in it, have declared their aversion to the democratic process.
    So why should they still be able to participate in it?

  195. OldOzzie

    Andrew Bolt: Can we afford to vote for Labor and its climate folly?


    Until Labor went mad this week, I was like many conservatives. I thought the Liberals needed to lose the election and find their mongrel.

    They’ve been too Labor-lite to fight for smaller government, for free speech and against the global-warming religion.

    I thought time in the naughty room would clean out the worst of the Liberal Leftists and go-with-the-flow opportunists who have destroyed this conservative party’s soul.

    But then Labor on Monday released its global warming policy, and the Morrison Government on Tuesday revealed its Budget.

    That’s it. It’s now a big no to Labor.

    True, a defeat in the May election may really whip the Liberals into shape, but can we really afford what Labor would meanwhile unleash?

    It’s not just that Labor plans to hit this wobbly economy with an extra $200 billion tax grab over the next 10 years, aimed particularly at investors using capital gains concessions, negative gearing and franking credits.

    Nor is it that Labor is refusing to back the government’s planned tax cuts for medium and large businesses, underlining how hostile it is to the very things that create wealth.

    To all that add the final insanity — Labor’s global-warming policy. How can we elect a party that’s totally off its head?

    Before I explain, bear in mind two facts.

    First, Labor’s climate spokesman, Mark Butler, is hallucinating when he claims we face a “climate emergency”.

    In fact, what slight warming we’ve seen over the past 40 years — some of it natural — has given us record grain crops, more rain and fewer cyclones.

    Second, Labor is hallucinating when it boasts that its policy will help us to “avoid the worst impacts from climate change”.

    In fact, Chief Scientist Alan Finkel has confirmed Australia’s emissions are so small that we could scrap every car, plane, factory and burping cow, and the effect on the climate would still be “virtually nothing”.

    So whatever Labor promises is a fake fix to a fake crisis.

    Yet Labor’s fake fix would ruin the economy.

    Its policy promises to cut our global-warming gases by 45 per cent by 2030. That means not just cutting emissions from coal-fired power stations, many of which would then close.

    It also means cutting emissions from the rest of the economy.

    Labor says farmers, for instance, won’t be able to clear their land like they used to, and motorists must buy lots more electric cars.

    Half the new cars sold by 2030 must be electric, which means forcing Australians to buy not the 2200 electric cars a year that they buy now, but 575,000.

    This shows just how Labor lets its global-warming craze blind it to practical considerations, because there are good reasons why Australians buy so few electric cars.

    They cost more, for a start. They take at least 30 minutes to recharge, even when using fast chargers. They don’t last as long, or not without changing their expensive batteries.

    Crucially, our vast distances mean we’d also need to build a network of recharging stations at a cost of billions of dollars.

    Yet Labor will fix all this in 11 years?

    And what of the ultimate insanity?

    Here’s Labor making us use more electricity at the same time that it’s giving us less electricity.

    You know none of this makes sense, but global warming is a religion and reason plays no part.

    That’s why Labor leader Bill Shorten refuses to say how much his global-warming policy would cost the economy, business or you. (Economist Brian Fisher of BA Economics estimates workers will earn $9000 a year less than they’d otherwise expect by 2030.)

    Nor will Shorten state what difference he’d actually make to the world’s temperature.

    Is this not a definition of political insanity: disrupting our economy without telling you either the cost or the benefit?

    Tuesday’s Budget showed just how little we can afford this craziness.

    Yes, the Morrison Government promises our first surplus in 12 years next financial year — but only a small one, $7.1 billion, rising to just $9.2 billion three years later.

    That’s nothing, when net debt is at $370 billion. One small downturn in the world economy will blow them away.

    And consider why we finally have these surpluses. It’s not just because sky-high immigration is sucking in more taxpayers.

    It’s also because our huge exports of coal and iron ore are getting prices higher than expected.

    And what does Labor in its global-warming frenzy want less of?

    Yes, coal.

    What is this madness?

  196. Cassie of Sydney

    “cohenite
    #2979092, posted on April 4, 2019 at 9:58 am
    Cassie of Sydney

    #2979080, posted on April 4, 2019 at 9:42 am

    I sent the following off to Pizza Hut this morning..

    Excellent work.”

    Thank you.

  197. Percy Popinjay:

    Who the hell eats pizzas from pizza hut anyway – apart from m0nty and that staggeringly stupid syphilis addled stupendously boring narcissistic knobgobbling numptie fantasist the spudpeeler?

    Winston slowly raises his hand… “I do”
    I love pizza Hut stuff. Thank God the closest one is in Emerald, otherwise I’d be grossly oversize.

  198. I must be self-identifying as a tinfoil hat wearing loon far too often.

    This came up in my You Tube feed.

    I dunno, they got John Adams on, maybe they’ve improved.

    (Then I see the comment: “KOCH BROS NEED VENEZUELAN OIL!!!” – oh dear God help that poor soul).

    Why do these loons at the same time bitch about the Queen running everything and then demand the Queen kick the government out of office?

    Really take a long time to get rolling; they seem to be making sense at least five minutes in.

  199. Of course. I watched the whole Alex Jones interview on Joe Rogan.

  200. OldOzzie

    Farmer Gez
    #2979091, posted on April 4, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for the post OldOzzie.
    The stupidity of plugging renewables into the existing system and expecting no damage could only be organised by politicians and public servants.
    The equivalent of putting petrol in a diesel motor.

    Ouch – you reminded me of my own stupidity there, putting 2 stroke fuel into 4 stroke mower – does not go very well now

  201. Arky

    British Prime Minister Trees are Gay, is full steam ahead breaking the party political system over Brexit:
    ..

    The bill was passed 313 to 312.
    This was the final reading of the Bill that requires Prime Minister Theresa May must bring a legally-binding and amendable vote on seeking an extension to Article 50 to stop a clean, no-deal Brexit. This extension would have to be agreed by the European Union.

  202. There’s nothing new under the sun.
    There are striking similarities to the Red Flag riots in Brisbane in 1919, and the violence on the streets as seen in Melbourne recently – https://www.sbs.com.au/news/eight-charged-after-reclaim-australia-rallies-turn-violent

    Early in the autumn of 1919, the city of Brisbane, sweltering in humidity, was swathed in racial and political tensions.
    As soldiers returned from World War I, they were confronted by an unfamiliar enclave of Russians who had set up their headquarters in South Brisbane.
    Some of the Russians were Bolsheviks, and in the eyes of the soldiers — and mainstream Australia — they were no different to their traitorous countrymen who had made peace with Germany.
    The Russians, many of whom had arrived as political refugees, were subject to abuse from the press, political suppression and routine discrimination.
    It set the backdrop to an intense outbreak of racial conflict, known as the Red Flag riots, that saw nationalist groups go up against the police and the Russians.
    And some historians, like Raymond Evans, draw similarities between the riots and attitudes towards Muslims in Australia today.
    “In both instances, we are dealing with a strong ideological and ethnic struggle that amounts to a concentrated pattern of xenophobia that results or threatens to result in extreme social violence,” he says

    RTWT – https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-04/red-flag-riots-and-islamaphobia-australia/10954220

  203. Mother Lode

    Well done Pizza Hut….you’ve just lost a customer of many years. Activism and boycotts work both ways.”

    Thing is, how many pizzas would Somnambulant Gnats have bought. Most of them are frenetic academic who wants to reduce the world so it is small enough for his to ignore by dry-humping his keyboard. If he was in the mood for pizza he would go to the artisan pizza shop that uses civet cat cheese and free-trade kale.

    Pizza Hut will easily lose more market from being discovered to be ditching Paul Murray (who looks like he should adorn pizza boxes) than if they had stayed with him.

    They could even announce a radical new approach – “It is not our job to decide stuff for you – we are just a pizza company.”

  204. Mother Lode

    Regarding Baanaby’s ex-missus – do we know if there are conferences coming up regarding the splitting of assets?

    I reckon snapping the table in half just with the force of dotting the ‘i’ in her name will be a pretty impressive negotiating tactic.

  205. Knuckle Dragger

    I have identified something about the time of 8.14 a.m.

    At this time, give or take one or two minutes, someone at the Cat posts something of epic genius. For, example, today:

    ‘waddled like sour milk’
    ‘wailed like trapped cats’
    ‘they identify as hot skinny chicks’

    Thank you, John C. Keep watching the time tomorrow morning, Cats.

    NB: This short post took a bit over ten minutes to type. Hiccuping fit brought on by raucous laughter.

  206. From Bolt’s rant –

    In fact, what slight warming we’ve seen over the past 40 years — some of it natural — has given us record grain crops, more rain and fewer cyclones.

    This from the churnalist who for years posted graphs showing exactly that, until the penny dropped.
    He’s always good for a giggle.
    He’s gone from “it’s not happening” to it’s happening only a little bit” to “it’s happening, but it’s actually a good thing”.

  207. thefrollickingmole

    But that is the way that pizzas are under Marxist regimes.

    The box would have a picture of a deep pan pizza, golden cheese heaped with vibrantly coloured toppings and a single ribbon of steam curling and twisting above.

    In the box there is a soggy cardboard-like base covered with tough, plasticky ‘Peoples Cheese’ and watery ‘Victory Tomato Paste’.

    And double pineapple.

  208. mh

    Is Pizza Hut in Venezuela?

  209. mh

    I’ll have one large deep pan Chavez Supreme, please.

    Oh, you’ve ran out of ingredients. Any garlic bread?

  210. Australia indeed had a record grain harvest in 2016/2017.

    Bolt is correct, the tide gauge in Sydney Harbour is virtually unchanged; any competent, time series appropriate statistical analysis shows that sea temps drive land temps; and this is caused more by the sun and methane than what is attributed to CO2, which only has a cointegrated short term and non-persistent effect. Given CO2 emission by the ocean, temperatures may be causal to CO2.

  211. C.L.

    AFL players will literally tackle mean tweets:
    This is real:

    Melbourne Demons footballers to tackle mean tweets in AFL banner run at MCG.

    Hateful tweets sent to AFL footballers will be ripped apart by Demons players when they enter the MCG on Friday night as part of an anti-bullying campaign…

    Players will run through a banner built from tweets attacking AFL teams and players to highlight the seriousness of cyberbullying, which Reach said affected one in five young Australians.

  212. Mother Lode

    And double pineapple.

    *shudder*

    Better to be an un-person

  213. News Punch seems a bit like “Rock Bottom” of parody fame.

  214. candy

    Brexit seems a most terrible muddle. The Tory PM negotiating with socialists. That kind of caper never ends well, the divide is too great.

  215. In 1992 John O’ Sullivan and the CSIRO developed Wi-Fi technology, used by more than a billion people around the world today

    They acted like patent troll dickheads too.

    “Tranche of emails” doesn’t have the same cache as “a trillion dollar tranche of sovereign bonds”, or does it?

  216. thefrollickingmole

    candy

    The whole idea is to not deliver Brexit.
    2+ years of working out just how to scramble things up enough to make it undoable.

    Awful people.
    The worst.
    Very low energy.

  217. calli

    Trouble is, this sort of activism via Head Office hurts franchises – typically hard-working people who have paid good, hard-earned to buy into a brand.

    They are the enemy of the parasitic Left.

  218. Brexit won’t happen (not without other reforms which may be rather grand) because of the Irish border and Good Friday Agreement

    How can you have an internal border that isn’t a border at all but at the same time is a “hard” international border?

    [Ireland would be better off uniting, as would the north itself, and the demographics are right for that now – Ulster is doomed].

  219. C.L.

    Young Australian men once fought Tojo’s soldiers hand to hand in New Guinea.
    Now they’re ripping apart a “banner built from tweets.”

  220. calli

    He’d be more impressive if he was ripping the phone book. Even if it was only the local yellow pages.

    A sheet of 160gsm is a bit gay.

  221. mh

    Players will run through a banner built from tweets attacking AFL teams and players to highlight the seriousness of cyberbullying, which Reach said affected one in five young Australians.

    Running through a banner is itself a micro aggression.

  222. dover_beach

    Fr Rynne and 77 year-old woman assaulted by loony ‘progressive’ Catholics at church.
    Tasmanian Police investigating.
    And the Archbishop sacked Fr Rynne.

    Very disappointed in the Archbishop. Fr Rynne appears to be someone that can help renew the Church and wipe away the dross that is those that have assailed him.

  223. Brexit won’t happen (not without other reforms which may be rather grand) because of the Irish border and Good Friday Agreement

    The Good Friday agreement, which has saved lives and opened up the future of both the Irish Republic and Ulster, is a progressive agreement.
    Brexit is regressive.
    That’s the reason why the two can’t co-exist.
    The Brexisters were too thick to understand that.
    And the Tories depend on the Unionists.
    Karma….

  224. notafan

    Very disappointed in the Archbishop. Fr Rynne appears to be someone that can help renew the Church and wipe away the dross that is those that have assailed him.

    Fr Rynne would be better placed in a young dynamic parish that in a Tasmanian backwaters populated with skinsuit Catholics (not all by the sounds but too many)

    There are plenty of homeschool Catholics around who would love a Fr Rynne.

    Toowoomba might be a good place for him.

    Funny how Catholics who claim to be humble never are, that Bennett woman thought the altar belonged to HER else she would not have made the letter so very very public, it was circulating on Twitter last week, someone I know showed it to me.

  225. And the Tories depend on the Unionists.
    Karma….

    Which in turn depends on Sinn Fein not turning up; arguably they rely on Sinn Fein who give 1/2 of a vote or each seat they hold.

  226. notafan

    I bet Fr Rynne included an act of contrition prayer in the Mass too, something those skinsuit Catholics just hate.

  227. OldOzzie

    SURPRISE! The UK’s “Knife Surrender Bin” Ends With Criminals With More Knives

    Well…yeah.

    The United Kingdom is handling their knife problem about as well as expected given they seem to consistently misplace their faith in criminals and they’re more apt to punish random people for tweets than actual crimes.

    (Read: The UK’s Law Enforcement Has Gone Full-On Ridiculous, And This Tweet Proves It)

    The English love to brag that their gun ban has done a lot to curb gun crime, but according to Metro, their knife crime has spiked some 52 percent. As a result, UK authorities came up with the idea to install bins around the nation where citizens can dump their knives.

    The criminals, naturally, found this to be a highly convenient way of obtaining more weapons, according to Metro:

    But a day later the bin in Weston-super-Mare was broken into and the knives were taken.

    PC Jon Biggins said: ‘On the evening of March 13, the knife surrender bin in Weston was broken into by a number of people.

    ‘The contents were recovered a short distance away, and the whole incident was caught on CCTV.

    ‘We are in the process of identifying those responsible in order to bring about a prosecution.’

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