Open Forum: April 6, 2019

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  1. memoryvault

    Although not part of the actual action, a Special Commendation should go to Carmen Lawrence, who did such a sterling job keeping the lid on it all in the aftermath.

  2. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bent Premier Brian Burke wrote his autobiography, A Tumultuous Life .

    Suffering Christ. Brian Burke, Peter Dowding, Carmen Lawrence. “Hell mend the whole black pack of them.”

  3. Pedro the Ignorant

    Dallhold. Now there is a name that brings back some not so fond memories, particularly to shareholders in Bondy’s various shonky shelf companies.

    It took 18 years to unravel the complex frauds that Dallhold oversaw and it was only de-registered in 2009 allowing the long suffering liquidators to hang up their adding machines.

    From the SMH at the time: Dallhold finally delisted.

  4. Pedro the Ignorant

    Carmen Lawrence invented the selective amnesia now part of every professional politician’s repertoire.

    They kneel at the Mistress’s feet.

  5. Pedro the Ignorant

    I saw a Leyland P-76 driving down the highway earlier today.

    Not bad looking for a 40 something year old car, except for the disgusting pale maroon coloured paint job.

  6. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Carmen Lawrence invented the selective amnesia now part of every professional politician’s repertoire.

    I had the privilege of meeting Penny Easton’s mother. A very dignified and gracious lady. Carmen Lawrence, sitting on T.V. batting her baby blues, and disagreeing openly with FOUR members of her Cabinet, over whether the matter had been discussed in Cabinet or not…

  7. Pedro the Ignorant

    ‘Night Cats.
    I’m off to watch reruns of Top Gear, the greatest motoring show in the world.

    (With Clarkson, Hammond and May, not that American oaf and his equally oafish sidekicks).

  8. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ‘Night Cats.

    Night, Pedro. Pleasantly awash in good Scotch, I’m off to bed. Keep your head down.

  9. Siltstone

    I’m off to watch reruns of Top Gear, the greatest motoring show in the world.

    Nothing else beats Clarkson, Hammond and May.

  10. Steve trickler

    Siltstone
    #2981386, posted on April 7, 2019 at 1:40 am
    I’m off to watch reruns of Top Gear, the greatest motoring show in the world.

    Nothing else beats Clarkson, Hammond and May.

    Any footage of these blokes watching Top Fuel?



  11. Knuckle Dragger

    The abovementioned are all compelling reasons why WA should be thoroughly bombed from afar. Each warhead should have ‘For 1992’ painted on it. The lot can then be concreted and used as a parking lot for Shorten’s new cohort of ‘Australians’.

  12. Fat Tony

    It’s quiet here……too quiet…anyone know where that morose giraffe is??

  13. Fat Tony

    I can hear a noise outside ……I’ll go check.
    Back in a minute.

  14. Fat Tony

    Oh my God – it was there…..that giraffe – it got me….i’m bleeding bad…gotta stay conscious…gotta warn everyone….gotta……………………………………………………………………………………

  15. Colonel Crispin Berka

    And now it’s chasing me!
    https://i.imgur.com/KKTNec6.gifv

    Must we be so melodramatic? Is there not enough real drama in the world for realsies?

  16. stackja

    Phone updated! Back to bed!

  17. bespoke

    I detect some Gloating, BorisG.

  18. Tintarella di Luna

    Nick
    #2981297, posted on April 6, 2019 at 9:42 pm
    Macedonian and Thai, even my eyes bulged at that Tint.

    Nick it was fantastic we had the Macedonian grilled meat platter, the salads were very a la Macedonian — we’ll try the Thai next time. Apparently the place is jam packed on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights with lots of turnaways. We did Sunday lunch.

  19. Knuckle Dragger

    Mr Murray, the gent referred to in None’s link above, is ‘not religious’ but despite that usually formidable barrier is ‘a volunteer chaplain at a Canberra hospital’.

    In normal people speak, he wanders into the hospital whenever he wants and makes a pest of himself to the sick and the dying.

    Bet he doesn’t work in the ice ward.

  20. Mark A

    None
    #2981406, posted on April 7, 2019 at 6:11 am

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/aug/03/military-chaplains-could-be-atheists-if-discrimination-complaint-upheld

    Just a reminder of the fun times ahead this year.

    Well, if the pope can be a communist, then why not an atheist a priest?

  21. DrBeauGan

    Well, if the pope can be a communist, then why not an atheist a priest?

    Would an atheist chaplain be allowed to carry a gun and shoot back at the bad guys?

    Asking for a fiend.

  22. bespoke

    Unless there is a lack of none religious counseling I don’t see a problem, If he is an atheist why does he want to be called a chaplain? If there is a lack of volunteer atheist’s counselors the answer may not be one an atheist wan’t to admit.

  23. rickw

    Show some respect, Pedro. Western Australia is the only State in Australia where two former State Premiers have finished up in the jug.

    Impressive!

    We need to get to the point where we’re doing this to some Prime Ministers and Federal Politicians!

  24. DrBeauGan

    If there is a lack of volunteer atheist’s counselors the answer may not be one an atheist wan’t to admit.

    As an atheist, I have no urge to advise others on how to live their lives. I don’t see myself as a good example.

    Perhaps I’m not sufficiently devout.

    Bespoke, go easy on the grocer’s apostrophes. You are overdoing them.

  25. Knuckle Dragger

    It would appear that one Todd Carney, not really famous for playing rugby league but rather more famous for pissing on pub floors and into his own mouth, has found love.

    With one of the current mob of MAFS ‘brides’.

    It just seems so right, somehow. Truly, a match made in heaven.

  26. calli

    Top o’ the mornin’ Cats!

    Amazing. The sun is up and it’s still only early. The clocks must be wrong. 😃

  27. Baldrick

    Thanks for the chuckles this morning Tom.

  28. bespoke

    DrBeauGan
    #2981412, posted on April 7, 2019 at 7:32 am
    If there is a lack of volunteer atheist’s counselors the answer may not be one an atheist wan’t to admit.

    As an atheist, I have no urge to advise others on how to live their lives. I don’t see myself as a good example.

    Fare enough but whats this blokes motive? Is he envious chaplain’s have more resources to offer?

    Bespoke, go easy on the grocer’s apostrophes. You are overdoing them.

    Nope, I like them.

  29. Candy

    Why would a very ill or dying person who is an atheist want to speak to a chaplain anyway?
    The ‘chaplain’ also said he will pray but he knows it is just speaking into air. Has he not read the job description?

  30. DrBeauGan

    Fare enough but whats this blokes motive? Is he envious chaplain’s have more resources to offer?

    Maybe he likes hanging out with people who need someone who will tell them what to think and feel about thing’s.

    Bespoke, go easy on the grocer’s apostrophes. You are overdoing them.

    Nope, I like them.

    I put one in, just to make you feel good. Maybe I could be a chaplain after all.

  31. Mater

    If he is an atheist why does he want to be called a chaplain?

    Because he wants to skip the prerequisite training, go straight to Captain, collect the associated pay, have people salute him and demand the Soldiers call him ‘Sir’. A typical lefty.
    Can I suggest he just run for office. It achieves more of less the same thing.

    The role of Military Chaplain; soon to be just another skin suit.

  32. DrBeauGan

    Why would a very ill or dying person who is an atheist want to speak to a chaplain anyway?

    I could console him by pointing out that soon he’ll be dead and won’t have to worry about anything ever again.

  33. DrBeauGan

    Because he wants to skip the prerequisite training, go straight to Captain, collect the associated pay, have people salute him and demand the Soldiers call him ‘Sir’. A typical lefty.
    Can I suggest he just run for office. It achieves more of less the same thing.

    The role of Military Chaplain; soon to be just another skin suit.

    My fiend was hoping that as a military chaplain he’d be able to shoot people he didn’t like. You’ve put him off the whole idea, Mater.

  34. bespoke

    Maybe he likes hanging out with people who need someone who will tell them what to think and feel about thing’s.

    Or just an another atheist’s trolling religious people, DrBeauGan.

  35. Des Deskperson

    Murray, who also works as a ‘chaplain’ at the ANU, is a member of an organisation called the ACT Humanists Society:

    http://www.canberrahumanists.org.au/chaplaincy

    There are presumably branches in the jurisdictions.

    According ti the website, the ACTHA has a broader goal:

    ‘While ACTHS’ long term goal is to develop humanist concepts of care and compassion rather than simply borrow existing categories, in the short term it is easier to support humanists into existing roles such as Chaplaincy roles.’

    Seems they want to do away with ‘chaplains’ altogether.

  36. Mater

    My fiend was hoping that as a military chaplain he’d be able to shoot people he didn’t like.

    A Freudian slip?

    Doc, in today’s ADF, shooting anyone is badly frowned upon. Unless he likes Tai Chi, the Mardi Gras and wearing a Rainbow colour patches on his puggaree, tell him to find another outlet.

  37. Notafan

    Cactus you reminded me of one of my very brief stop overs in Tokyo waiting for the Narita shopping mall to open and watching all the shop assistants walking to work, all of them stopping and stooping to pick up litter from the ground.

    It wouldn’t be there if someone didn’t drop it.

  38. Tom

    Can I suggest he just run for office. It achieves more of less the same thing.

    That would take time and effort. Here the warped gratification is instant.

    For leftards, lying and cheating is the preferred business model, not just a go-to when all else fails. It’s especially appealing to them, as in this case, when it involves emotional cruelty.

    Handy shortcut: the truth is always the opposite of what leftards say it is. They lie about everything all the time.

  39. Candy

    Perhaps he just likes the word “chaplain”. Like the term “Padre” for character in MASH. Conjures up image of gentleness and kindness to those in trouble facing the worst, except he doesn’t want the Christian bit.

  40. John Constantine

    NSW to link their firearms registry to mens medical histories and men’s family court proceedings.

    Because men bad.

    The most prolific and brutal serial killers and mass murderers for pay in Australia are divorce lawyers.

    Why not a public registry listing people that brutally attack complete strangers for money, and how many of the defenceless strangers attacked by divorce layers die within the year of the assault?.

    Although this may enable the worst of them to raise their fees, as clients demand their ex end up dead as well as bankrupt.

    What other profession throwing off so many deaths as a direct consequence of their actions can continue unregulated?.

  41. DrBeauGan

    My fiend was hoping that as a military chaplain he’d be able to shoot people he didn’t like.

    A Freudian slip?

    No, I was copying Bespoke’s style of righting.

    My fiend would only attend the gey Mardi gras if he could shoot some of the other attendees.

  42. Mater

    My fiend would only attend the gey Mardi gras if he could shoot some of the other attendees.

    Careful Doc. You’re walking a fine line here.
    You keep this up, and you’ll get ‘Fiend’ and ‘Mardi Gras’ added to the banned list.

  43. OldOzzie

    Piers Akerman: Don’t let ‘Bullsh*t Bill Shorten’ fool you on election day

    Piers Akerman, The Sunday Telegraph
    April 7, 2019 12:00am

    If you’ve switched off politics you ­better switch back on, and quickly, ­because Bill Shorten needs to be called out for what he is — with apologies to sensitive readers — Bullshit Bill.

    This is Bill Shorten talking about the time needed to charge an electric car battery with Kyle and Jackie O on KIIS FM last week.

    Presenter: “How long does it take to charge one up?”

    Mr Shorten: “Oh, it can take, it depends what the original charge is. But it can take eight to 10 minutes, depending on your charging. It can take longer.”

    Presenter: “Oh, is that all?”

    Mr Shorten: “Well it depends how flat your battery is.”

    Judging from that exchange, Labor’s signature electric car policy — 50 per cent of the vehicles on the road must be electric by 2030 — is deader than Mr Shorten’s battery and every other policy Labor puts forward must be viewed through the prism of its approach to electric cars ­because that flagship policy puts all others in perspective.

    It is an absolutely fanciful policy, totally unachievable, delivered by a clueless, grandstanding bullshit artist (again, please forgive the language).

    The average electric car battery can take anything from eight to twelve hours to charge — not minutes.

    Mr Shorten is having a lend of the Australian people and mature, thinking voters know it. Ill-educated, over-emotional, self-­indulgent virtue-signalling Millennials won’t be able to get over their own prejudices to see the self-evident flaws in the Labor-Green position.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been handed a big early Easter egg.

    As he told Macquarie Broadcasting’s Ben Fordham on Friday afternoon: “I mean he reckons that 50 per cent of the cars that we all are driving around in 10 years from now will be electric cars. But the share of the market at the moment, is 0.2 per cent.

    “He hasn’t thought through what that means for diesel and fuel excise, that’s around about $11 billion a year. Now, if you go and buy an electric car, well obviously you don’t pay the fuel excise, what is that going to mean for that revenue stream and what’s the cost of that?

    “What about all these charging ­stations, how much is that going to cost? … The actual detail of it is all fluff.”

    It’s a lot worse than that. Electric cars are just flat-out ridiculous in the Australian context.

    Think of the extra demand on the already overstretched electricity grid which is crashing with an ever-increasing frequency when the kids come home from school and plug in their phone to recharge while they pop a slice of bread in the toaster. Ker-boom, the lights go out again.

    Just log into any of the energy companies sites and check out recent ­outages as I did on Saturday morning in Sydney. Whoops, according to the site the power was out in Paddington, Darlinghurst, Rushcutters Bay, Kings Cross and Moore Park 22 hours earlier.

    Last month, the blackout struck homes and businesses in Avalon, Mona Vale, Newport, Warriewood, Palm Beach, North Narrabeen, Elanora Heights, and surrounding suburbs.

    The outage was caused by an electrical transformer failing due to ­increased load on the grid — and that’s with 0.2 per cent of vehicles relying on electric batteries.

    Imagine what will happen to the grid — with no new coal-fired base load power coming into the system when Mr Shorten forces voters to buy electric cars and they all plug in at night when solar doesn’t work.

    Comparisons with Norway should be tossed out with the skinny soy latte. We don’t have Norway’s cheap hydro electricity because we don’t have high mountain ranges, deep fjords, lakes or valleys. Further, we could fit about 20 Norways into Australia. The biggest city is Oslo (population 635,000). Sydney has roughly 4.7 million and Melbourne around 4.3 million.

    We are a large nation and we like travelling vast distances. An electric car’s efficiency decreases when the airconditioning or the heater or the sound system is operating.

    The driving range of electric cars doesn’t include the use of such accessories. Think of how much power your household heater devours and work out how far your car’s battery will take you when you switch on the air.

    You’d be lucky to get to the outer suburbs on a hot or cold day if you wanted to play a few tunes.

    So this is Labor’s big plan to woo the GetUp morons supporting the Zali Steggalls of this election.

    Absolutely hollow, flawed from the start and with nowhere to go.

    These are the people who haven’t delivered a Budget surplus since 1989 and are now poised to loot the surplus the Coalition has carefully managed.

    Who could possibly want to see them with their hands in the till again?

    Don’t let Bullshit Bill (no apology this time) fool you on election day.

  44. bespoke

    My fiend was hoping that as a military chaplain he’d be able to shoot people he didn’t like.

    A Freudian slip?

    No, I was copying Bespoke’s style of righting.

    err No I early use fiend

    Maybe this.

    I could console him by pointing out that soon he’ll be dead and won’t have to worry about anything ever again.

    Or Spelling.

    My fiend would only attend the gey Mardi gras if he could shoot some of the other attendees.

    Nice evasions BTW. 🙂

  45. Notafan

    That humanist chaplain saying how he’d pray with people because it was just speaking words into the air.

    How respectful of him.

    He doesn’t want to be a alternative chaplain, he wants to replace religious chaplains.

    And if chaplaincy services in hospital s are paid for by the respective religious denomination while he volunteers then ‘humanists’ don’t care enough to pay for humanist chaplains.

    Besides which doesn’t he need to show some sort of demand driven need in the military for humanist chaplains, it’s not about his rights, is it?

    Chaplains provide religious services, literally, not just one on one fire side chats. Non religious already have access to counseling which is the secular alternative.

    If charity were left to atheists the poor, would be a lot poorer

    Fact, not feelz.

    The not quite Human rights Commission will be slathering all over this.

  46. calli

    Thanks, Tom. A good batch today.

    Chuckle

  47. RobK

    The return of global governance: This time it comes with many faces

    Sampler:

    Are we on the verge of a new type of global governance? In light of increasing fragmentation, sweeping populism and phobia against “others” all around, our “yes, perhaps” might come as a surprise. Yet, the encouraging activities to combat plastic in the ocean and the pattern it reveals could well indicate a dawn for the next-generation of global governance, if emerging gaps are addressed by effective arrangements. The research from above suggests a strengthening along the following lines:

    • The key account actors, together with Europe and China and international organisations, could turn pledges into a platform able to harmonise standards, remove barriers and trigger market development for innovative plastic products, as well as help blending finance mechanisms;……..
    ..

    After implicating lots of players including CSIRO, it concludes:

    Research has a role to play in enabling knowledge, innovation and transformation. Higher education can pioneer future pathways through international partnerships and an active role in continuous professional development – and shape the global governance architecture towards a plastic-free ocean and the Sustainable Development Goals.

     

    Raimund Bleischwitz

    Prof Dr, Director

    University College London, Bartlett School
    of Environment, Energy and Resources
    (UCL BSEER)

    inno4sd board member
    Global Fellow
    Smart Prosperity Institute

    RTWT
    I’m guessing that these people mean well, from large ivory towers.

  48. OldOzzie

    Don’t trust this dodgy electric car sales team

    Peta Credlin

    Despite the billions of dollars that both sides of politics threw around in the usual Budget week spending spree — money for this, and money for that, all designed to win over cynical voters ahead of an imminent poll — the one thing that really cut through was that Bill Shorten wants to take your car off the road.

    In the suburbs and regional towns where elections are won and lost, this was a game-changer.

    Forget the Treasurer’s Budget, last Monday Labor released its long-awaited climate change policy.

    Designed to turn our economy upside down, make electricity more unreliable and cost more with a doubling of emissions reduction targets and renewables, and hit farmers with draconian land-clearing laws, as well as demanding 50 per cent of new cars must be electric by 2030, this was the most significant document released last week.

    Yet, in Canberra’s parallel universe, Labor released a policy like this without any costings and seemingly got away with it.

    Costings are the actual dollar amounts for any new policy, calculated over the next four years (called the “forward estimates”), which is the usual time frame for government Budgets. Recent modelling estimated the impact of Labor’s climate policy to be in the order of $472 billion, about half a trillion dollars, yet when their 20-page policy document came out, no financial details were released.

    This is a big deal because you will pay for it. And I can’t remember the last time I saw a major policy released without costings.

    There are two possible reasons for this: either Labor know the costings and didn’t want to scare off voters by releasing them, or they don’t have the faintest idea. Either way, that’s not how you manage the Australian economy and just shows that none of climate policy madness has been properly thought through.

    You want further proof?

    On Friday, when asked in a radio interview how long it might take to charge an electric car, Bill Shorten declared, “about eight minutes”. Try eight hours, even longer if you just use your power socket at home and not a fancy $2500 home charger.

    Now there’s a reason why scarcely 2000 out of the million-plus cars sold in Australia last year were electric. Electric cars are uneconomic and totally impractical. At almost $50,000, the Nissan Leaf is more than twice the price of a comparable petrol-driven car and with distances less than 300km between charging, hardly suited for most of our weekly commutes.

    At present, there are no electric utes, no electric four-wheel drives and no electric heavy vehicles because no battery can handle the daily distances they need to travel or the loads they need to move, and there’s no charging station network comparable to our fuel stations.

    Yet Labor will require that 50 per cent of all the vehicles sold in Australia by 2030 — that’s vans, utes, SUVs, trucks and emergency vehicles as well as cars — be fully electric.

    This might make sense to someone living in the inner city whose car is an indulgence for the weekend. But no one who needs a ute, a truck or a family-sized SUV as part of daily life, or who is in touch with those who do, could think for a moment that forcing a change to electric vehicles made sense.

    Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek is one of a cavalcade of Labor MPs driving cars that far exceed Labor’s proposed vehicle emission rules, which they’re bringing in alongside electric cars. When questioned about it on radio last Friday, she said that she had three kids that she needed to ferry around. And that’s precisely the point. Australians drive the cars they do for a reason.

    They need SUVs, 4WDs and utes because they have kids, live in the bush or need to carry around their tools of trade. And none of Australia’s 20 top-selling cars fully comply with Labor’s proposed emissions rules.

    Again, Labor has been caught out approaching policy from the perspective of green ideology rather than the practicalities of life in our wide brown land.

    Along the way, Labor has also forgotten that, at least in this country, electric cars are actually powered by coal, because that still provides 70 per cent of all our electricity and 90 per cent of off-peak power.

    Here are just some of the issues that would need to be addressed before Labor’s electric car fantasy could be realised, and like their costings, all absent in last week’s policy document: how do we establish enough rapid-charging centres to accommodate half a million more electric cars every year, including in regional and remote locations; what new taxes or charges would be necessary to make up for the billions in lost fuel tax; and how can we boost the electricity supply to cope with massive extra demand, and boost the neighbourhood power grid to avoid blackouts when every car is put on charge at night?

    Then there’s the problem of sourcing (and disposing of) all the cobalt and lithium needed for the batteries in millions of cars. None of this stopped the Opposition Leader from airily suggesting that, having lost the motor industry we had for decades, we could now start an electric vehicle industry from scratch.

    Yes, technical progress might overcome some of these problems in the years ahead, but shouldn’t the would-be PM have at least thought this through before he made it compulsory?

    To those who want “more action on climate change”, no practical difficulties count, nor does the cost to taxpayers.

    To them, this latest capitulation to the Greens might even make Shorten a hero. But to the rest of us who need our cars, many of them traditional Labor voters, this policy alone should make Labor unfit to govern.

  49. Bruce of Newcastle

    Normal term for someone who is a humanist who comforts people is a “counsellor”.
    But if you had a chaplain and a counsellor which one would people go to I wonder?

  50. calli

    It would depend on the need, Bruce. There are some needs that just can’t be met by a secular counsellor.

  51. DrBeauGan

    Careful Doc. You’re walking a fine line here.
    You keep this up, and you’ll get ‘Fiend’ and ‘Mardi Gras’ added to the banned list.

    Both my fiend and I would be only too happy to never read or hear anything about the ghey Mardi Gras ever again, Mater.

    Being fiendless could be a bugger.

  52. bespoke

    And the secular counselor would’t be a volunteer in most cases. Cert 3 in gender something.

  53. C.L.

    Leftists cannot help themselves …
    They cannot stop molesting children. It is their favourite thing to do.
    Doctors Are Now Giving 8-Year-Old Girls Testosterone, Claiming They’re ‘Transgender’.
    The judges at Nuremberg hanged doctors like this.

  54. mh

    The film they tried to stop by giving it an R rating

    Mainstream media grudgingly notices ‘Unplanned’s’ success at box office

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/mainstream-media-grudgingly-notices-unplanneds-success-at-box-office

  55. stackja

    Taxpayers to wear $32 million bill for back-up to summer power supply
    Matt Johnston and Tom Minear, Sunday Herald Sun
    April 6, 2019 9:00pm
    Subscriber only

    Victorians will be charged $32 million for drastic measures deployed to try to keep the lights on during January’s blistering heatwave.

    The Sunday Herald Sun can reveal households and businesses will foot the bill racked up when big energy users were paid to power down to avoid widespread blackouts.

    And the charges slugged to consumers will not be detailed on all electricity bills, with retailers able to pass on the costs however they like.

    It comes as a new YouGov Galaxy poll identifies cost of living as the biggest issue for voters across all age groups in every state and territory ahead of next month’s federal election.

    The energy market operator called on large energy users to reduce their usage in January as the back-up plan to avoid blackouts kicked in when the mercury hit 42.8C in Melbourne.

  56. John Constantine

    Focus groups show that caring for kids with cancer polls well, so shorten now cares for kids with cancer enough to pay for kids cancer treatments.

    Albo on tele preaching this.

    Where is Australia’s Stormy Daniels?.

    Comrades.

  57. Mater

    It would depend on the need, Bruce. There are some needs that just can’t be met by a secular counsellor.

    I can only speak for myself as an agnostic. However, the military is a unique environment. When the time comes that you need to speak to a Chaplain, I found it to be a great comfort to be able to speak to someone whom I knew believes in his convictions without qualification, even if I may not.

    A difficult sensation to explain but I think it aligns with the old saying about no atheists in a fox hole.

    Why would I go to a non religious Chaplain when he probably knows less about the possibilities than me, especially when I know he is just ‘humouring’ any religious thoughts I might have?

    If I just need someone to speak to, I’ve got my mates.

  58. 1735099

    Perhaps he just likes the word “chaplain”.

    That word was well applied to my unit chaplain.
    I remembered his service when I attended his funeral last year in Brisbane..
    He was very much one of us.
    He didn’t do a lot of preaching, and his “counseling” generally consisted of listening. He didn’t offer much advice. His physical presence in the bush was all that was needed.
    He became a legend by setting up a sleeping space one metre from an unexplored 155mm shell when we were on our first op. The thing cleared a great deal of scrub when the ginger beers detonated it next day. His Maker was on the job that night.
    He said mass at FSPB “Anne”, but announced first that anyone who wanted to receive communion was free to do so irrespective of denomination, provided they understood the sanctity of the process. Just about everyone in the company took him up on the offer. It’s amazing how reverent we were in that situation.
    As a Catholic brought up in a conservative tradition, I thought this was great. I wrote my dad about it, and he also thought it was great, but made the mistake of sharing the story with our parish priest.
    This same priest reported the chaplain to the bishop in our diocese, who, after checking canon law, discovered that what the chaplain had done was acceptable because of “exceptional circumstances”.
    Dad got cranky and removed my siblings from the Catholic school in protest.
    He never spoke to the priest again.

  59. John Constantine

    Has children’s cancer got so much worse since shorten was last in power, or are the focus group market research questions different, or have demographic changes been so fast in a decade?.

    Comrades.

  60. stackja

    John Constantine
    #2981448, posted on April 7, 2019 at 9:23 am

    ALP abortion policies reduces the number of kids with cancer.

  61. DrBeauGan

    C.L.
    #2981444, posted on April 7, 2019 at 9:15 am
    Leftists cannot help themselves …
    They cannot stop molesting children. It is their favourite thing to do.
    Doctors Are Now Giving 8-Year-Old Girls Testosterone, Claiming They’re ‘Transgender’.
    The judges at Nuremberg hanged doctors like this.

    We should too. It’s vile.

    There are altogether too many perverts with a little brief authority around these days. Some are monsters, and the world would be a better, cleaner place without them.

  62. calli

    Always a new way to polish up and excuse the unspeakable:

    “I have utilized Planned Parenthood for emergency birth control in the past, and fully believe their portrayal here as a company whose employees mostly genuinely enjoy having lots of abortions happen is nasty propaganda.”

    “utilise”? Really? Like going to Woollies for a loaf of bread?

    And, if they didn’t want to do the job, they’d do something else.

  63. mh

    CNN host Don Lemon defended Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., saying that “code-switching” is absolutely normal.

    “There is a difference between mocking someone, or a group of people, and knowing your audience,” Lemon said, adding that it’s acceptable for Ocasio-Cortez to mimic stereotypical African American accents because she grew up around black communities in New York.

    “You have hung out with black people and that’s not the first time she’s used that accent. Trust me.”…

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/cnn-host-don-lemon-defends-aocs-accent-its-the-difference-between-mocking-someone-and-knowing-your-audience

  64. OldOzzie

    John Constantine
    #2981448, posted on April 7, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Focus groups show that caring for kids with cancer polls well, so shorten now cares for kids with cancer enough to pay for kids cancer treatments.

    Albo on tele preaching this.

    Where is Australia’s Stormy Daniels?.

    Comrades.

    At the Local Thai Massage Parlour

  65. Arky

    My fiend was hoping …

    ..
    Confirmed.
    Beaugan is Satan.

  66. Leigh Lowe

    Knackered.
    Stayed up until 2:00 to put the clocks forward.
    Thank Christ it only happens three times a year.

  67. John Constantine

    Ambulances and fire trucks to be electric to comply with Paris.

    All ABC vehicles to be electric immediately, all ABC taxleeches to buy only electric cars from shortens election onwards.

    Election promise from the Tories, to make public transport, bicycles and electric vehicles compulsory for their abc commencing with the first day of the election campaign.

    Comrades.

  68. calli

    What a brilliant idea, John Constantine!

    Let them trial the plan. As The Parrot would say, “the idea has Merit”. 😄

  69. Arky

    I have come up with some slogans for the campaign to put all sitting members last.
    But they were all shit.
    The best one was this:
    A.B.V.T.B.O
    A is for always, B is for be. V.T.B.O. is for Voting the Bums Out.
    Best said holding a pair of brass balls.

  70. Arky

    I have come up with some slogans for the campaign to put all sitting members last.
    But they were all shit.
    The best one was this:
    A.B.V.T.B.O
    A is for always, B is for be. V.T.B.O. is for Voting the Bums Out.
    Best said holding a pair of brass …..

  71. mh

    This is the surprising WAPO review

    The movie abortion supporters don’t want you to see

    By Marc A. Thiessen
    April 2

    They gave the movie an “R” rating — which meant the trailer could only run before “R”- rated movies and no one younger than 17 could see it without a parent’s permission. A half-dozen major music labels refused producers’ requests to license music for the film. Many major television networks except Fox News and the Christian Broadcasting Network refused to run ads promoting it. Then, curiously, the movie’s Twitter account was suspended through no fault of its own during opening weekend. (Twitter restored the account after outraged filmgoers flooded them with complaints). Tens of thousands of users (myself included) mysteriously found themselves involuntarily removed from the account’s followers and/or unable to follow it in the first place.

    Get the feeling someone doesn’t want you to see “Unplanned”?

    The film tells the true story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood “employee of the year” turned pro-life activist. Over eight years, Johnson rose through the Planned Parenthood ranks from volunteer escort, to counselor to one of the youngest clinic directors in the country. But everything changed one day, when she was asked to assist in the ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old child — a moment captured in the movie’s opening scene.

    As she administered the sonogram, Johnson heard a beating heart and saw a human life. “I could easily see its head, arms, and legs,” she says. Then she watched in horror as the doctor inserted the suction tube. “The baby jumped away from it but it was all for naught. The abortionist turned on the suction and I saw that baby get sucked apart right in front of me on the screen and inches from the probe I was holding.” She quit Planned Parenthood and joined the pro-life activists praying outside the gates of her old clinic which, thanks in part to her efforts, eventually closed.

    Johnson calculates she was personally culpable in about 22,000 Planned Parenthood abortions — including two of her own unborn children. The movie is a story not of condemnation, but of redemption, forgiveness and hope. Apparently that is a message that resonates with moviegoers. Despite all the obstacles thrown in its way, “Unplanned” more than doubled its projected $3 million in opening weekend ticket sales, grossing $6.4 million, and came in at No. 4 for the weekend. The film is opening on 700 more screens this weekend, to a total of 1,700.

    The “R” rating didn’t stop “Unplanned.” Instead, it validated the film’s premise. As Ashley Bratcher, the actress who plays Johnson, explained, “We don’t have nudity, we don’t have sex, we don’t have language, so the only thing they could give us an ‘R’ for is violence. So that means they agree that abortion is a violent and disturbing act.” They would not give it an “R” if it depicted a tonsillectomy.

    Critics dismiss “Unplanned” as propaganda, but this is incorrect. Yes, Cheryl, the clinic director who hired Abby, is evil to the point of caricature. But the movie also shows Abby, before her conversion, passionately explaining to her parents why she believes she is helping women. She wants to reduce the number of abortions by making abortion less necessary. And “Unplanned” is brutally honest about the flaws of the pro-life movement. In one scene, a man outside the clinic gates, Bible in hand, screams a frightened young girl and calling her a “baby-killer.” In another, we see Abby’s terror after hearing the news that Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller was shot and killed in his church. “I knew him,” Abby wails. “He had a family.” Not everyone who claims to be pro-life really is.

    But the movie also shows us what really takes place inside a Planned Parenthood clinic. The passcode to get into the clinic is “2-2-2-9” (a wicked joke; it spells “baby”). At one point, Cheryl invites Abby to chat with her in the “P.O.C.” room. When a nurse asks if Abby knows what “P.O.C.” stands for, she replies “products of conception.” No, her colleague says, it means “pieces of children.” Every aborted child must be reconstructed so that they can be sure no parts were left inside the womb. In another horrifying scene, the clinic director refuses to call 911 after an abortion doctor accidentally punctures a teenage girl’s uterus because it could result in bad publicity.

    Ultimately, the movie is a testament to the power of prayer. Abby’s family prays for her to leave Planned Parenthood, but they never reject her. They know she is a good person who does not yet understand the evil of abortion.

    There are millions like her. The film’s goal is to reach them by showing us the humanity of the unborn child. This is why abortion supporters don’t want to you to see “Unplanned.” See it anyway.

  72. Dr Faustus

    The ALP Strategic Cancer Policy was thought up in a policy workshop hackathon.

    “No, no, listen, seriously. All we have to do is make cancer ours – and we can build a whole campaign on it. The slogans just write themselves…”

    – A Vote for the Coalition is a vote for Cancer
    – Morrison is going to give your child’s cancer payments to Gina Reinhardt
    – Tony Abbott is Cancer: Bill Shorten is the Cure
    – Every day, 25 much-loved Australians die of cancer so that the Very Wealthy can buy their sixth negatively geared property with their imputation credits…
    – A Labor Government will always be tougher on cancer…
    – Honestly, this is too important for politics, I now call on Mr Morrison to support Labor’s cancer policies and help us bring this scourge under control…

  73. stackja

    mh
    #2981465, posted on April 7, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Meanwhile other R rated ‘entertainment’ gets lots of free publicity from MSM.

  74. mh

    Stack, from the first link

    “The “R” rating didn’t stop ‘Unplanned,’” Thiessen wrote.

    “Instead, it validated the film’s premise. As Ashley Bratcher, the actress who plays Johnson, explained, ‘We don’t have nudity, we don’t have sex, we don’t have language, so the only thing they could give us an ‘R’ for is violence. So that means they agree that abortion is a violent and disturbing act.’”

  75. bespoke

    Give Unplanned an “R” rating and 8-Year-Old Girls Testosterone. Brave new regressive wold.

  76. OldOzzie

    Meet the wannabe PM — Bill ‘Inauthentic’ Shorten

    Miranda Devine

    Scott Morrison’s government hauled itself through the last day of parliament on Thursday like the corpse from Weekend At Bernie’s, while over on the opposition benches, Labor MPs were so cocky they could barely contain themselves.

    But Bill Shorten really shouldn’t get ahead of himself. Just because the polls favour Labor doesn’t mean it’s all over.

    It’s true the Coalition is starting from behind, with two seats lost to independents as a result of last year’s leadership coup, plus another two seats rendered notionally Labor by electoral redistributions. A third term after six years of regicide is a big ask.

    But it doesn’t hurt to be the underdog.

    In the near miss of 2016, when Malcolm Turnbull scraped into office by one seat, 84 per cent of Coalition voters polled before the election said they expected the government to win.

    This time there will be no such complacency. Voters know the Coalition needs a miracle to get over the line.

    But that miracle, if you look closely enough, is Shorten himself.

    Voters don’t trust him, as the latest YouGov Galaxy poll shows. More than one third of respondents judge Shorten to be “untrustworthy”. That’s a fatal character assessment.

    Of his many nicknames, “Mr Inauthentic” fits best, right down to the speech ­affectation that waxes and wanes depending on his audience. Sometimes Shorten says “with” and sometimes “wiv”, a vestige of trying to slum it with the union bruvvas after attending one of Melbourne’s poshest schools.

    If you earn over $80,000, Bill Shorten thinks you’re a fat cat from the top end of town who deserves to be fleeced by the taxman pic.twitter.com/btoJe5YJXV
    — Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) April 5, 2019

    He spruiks his compassion on “equality”, health and education spending.

    But his policies are sinister, from higher taxes on middle income earners, self-funded retirees and the property market, to electric cars, punitive climate action and identity politics.

    He plans to attack the wealth creators and redistribute their money to an ever-expanding class of supplicants.

    We know how that turns out. The wealth creators, the entrepreneurs, the skilled, the aspirational, the savers and the proudly self-reliant are not going to sit passively while Shorten robs them blind.

    They’ll rearrange their tax affairs, shift their business overseas, shrink their ­exposure, lower their ­incomes, invest less money in their businesses and work fewer hours.

    The cash cow will keel over and the golden goose will fly the coop, leaving Labor with nothing but debt to pay for its trademark reckless spending.

    Shorten’s policy for 50 per cent of new cars to be electric, for instance, is a Rudd-esque delusion which would cost motorists and taxpayers billions, for zero benefit.

    Electric cars (aka coal-powered cars) are the most expensive way to cut ­emissions, according to ­research published last year in the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

    Not that Shorten cares. Just how little thought he has given to his policy was clear when he was quizzed on FM radio by Kyle and Jackie O.

    How long does an electric car take to charge?

    “Oh it can take um… it ­depends what the original charge is, but it can take um … err … eight to ten minutes ­depending on your charge,” dissembled Shorten.

    You can’t even charge your mobile phone in eight minutes, as motoring expert Trent Nikolic later pointed out. Even with a $5000 modification to your home to allow fast-charging, it would still take around eight hours.

    The main point of Labor’s climate policy is an impossible target of 50 per cent renewables by 2030 and emissions reduction of 45 per cent, twice as much as the Coalition.

    A “lunch box tax” is one of the draconian ways Labor plans to achieve this goal, an effective carbon tax on 250 companies whose emissions are above 25,000 tonnes of CO2 a year, including food manufacturers such as ­Arnott’s, Bega Cheese, ­Ingham’s, McCain and the Australian Lamb Company who, of course, will pass the costs to consumers.

    More companies will ­follow the Huggies nappy ­factory out the door, as it heads from southwest Sydney to China and Korea, where power and wages are cheaper.

    But a carbon tax on so-called big emitters won’t be enough. Shorten wants to ­expand Queensland’s Labor government’s restriction on land clearing to all Australia, thus strangling agricultural expansion.

    Yet building the solar farms required to reach 50 per cent renewables will require massive land clearing. And for what? In Germany the renewable experiment has sent electricity prices soaring while emissions barely shifted. Even Al Gore’s climate guru James Hansen says the idea that renewable energy can replace fossil fuels is like “believing in the Easter bunny and Tooth Fairy”.

    Modelling by BAEconomics finds Labor’s climate policy would cost as many as 336,000 jobs, lower wages by 8 per cent and wipe up to half-a-trillion dollars from the economy. Yet, as our chief scientist has said, nothing we do will change the temperature of the planet.

    Then there is the radical transformation of our society via the identity politics that is embedded into Labor’s ­national platform. It has signed Australia up to the “Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics”.

    This is mandatory enforcement of radical gender ideology on every aspect of our lives, from gender-free birth certificates, passports and driver’s licences to instant gender change by the stroke of a pen.

    Shorten said nothing will change but do you trust him?

    When voters finally take a good look at the Opposition Leader, the only rational ­conclusion is: “Yeah, no”.

  77. OldOzzie

    Meet the wannabe PM — Bill ‘Inauthentic’ Shorten

    Miranda Devine

    Scott Morrison’s government hauled itself through the last day of parliament on Thursday like the corpse from Weekend At Bernie’s, while over on the opposition benches, Labor MPs were so cocky they could barely contain themselves.

    But Bill Shorten really shouldn’t get ahead of himself. Just because the polls favour Labor doesn’t mean it’s all over.

    It’s true the Coalition is starting from behind, with two seats lost to independents as a result of last year’s leadership coup, plus another two seats rendered notionally Labor by electoral redistributions. A third term after six years of regicide is a big ask.

    But it doesn’t hurt to be the underdog.

    In the near miss of 2016, when Malcolm Turnbull scraped into office by one seat, 84 per cent of Coalition voters polled before the election said they expected the government to win.

    This time there will be no such complacency. Voters know the Coalition needs a miracle to get over the line.

    But that miracle, if you look closely enough, is Shorten himself.

    Voters don’t trust him, as the latest YouGov Galaxy poll shows. More than one third of respondents judge Shorten to be “untrustworthy”. That’s a fatal character assessment.

    Of his many nicknames, “Mr Inauthentic” fits best, right down to the speech ­affectation that waxes and wanes depending on his audience. Sometimes Shorten says “with” and sometimes “wiv”, a vestige of trying to slum it with the union bruvvas after attending one of Melbourne’s poshest schools.

    If you earn over $80,000, Bill Shorten thinks you’re a fat cat from the top end of town who deserves to be fleeced by the taxman

    He spruiks his compassion on “equality”, health and education spending.

    But his policies are sinister, from higher taxes on middle income earners, self-funded retirees and the property market, to electric cars, punitive climate action and identity politics.

    He plans to attack the wealth creators and redistribute their money to an ever-expanding class of supplicants.

    We know how that turns out. The wealth creators, the entrepreneurs, the skilled, the aspirational, the savers and the proudly self-reliant are not going to sit passively while Shorten robs them blind.

    They’ll rearrange their tax affairs, shift their business overseas, shrink their ­exposure, lower their ­incomes, invest less money in their businesses and work fewer hours.

    The cash cow will keel over and the golden goose will fly the coop, leaving Labor with nothing but debt to pay for its trademark reckless spending.

    Shorten’s policy for 50 per cent of new cars to be electric, for instance, is a Rudd-esque delusion which would cost motorists and taxpayers billions, for zero benefit.

    Electric cars (aka coal-powered cars) are the most expensive way to cut ­emissions, according to ­research published last year in the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

    Not that Shorten cares. Just how little thought he has given to his policy was clear when he was quizzed on FM radio by Kyle and Jackie O.

    How long does an electric car take to charge?

    “Oh it can take um… it ­depends what the original charge is, but it can take um … err … eight to ten minutes ­depending on your charge,” dissembled Shorten.

    You can’t even charge your mobile phone in eight minutes, as motoring expert Trent Nikolic later pointed out. Even with a $5000 modification to your home to allow fast-charging, it would still take around eight hours.

    The main point of Labor’s climate policy is an impossible target of 50 per cent renewables by 2030 and emissions reduction of 45 per cent, twice as much as the Coalition.

    A “lunch box tax” is one of the draconian ways Labor plans to achieve this goal, an effective carbon tax on 250 companies whose emissions are above 25,000 tonnes of CO2 a year, including food manufacturers such as ­Arnott’s, Bega Cheese, ­Ingham’s, McCain and the Australian Lamb Company who, of course, will pass the costs to consumers.

    More companies will ­follow the Huggies nappy ­factory out the door, as it heads from southwest Sydney to China and Korea, where power and wages are cheaper.

    But a carbon tax on so-called big emitters won’t be enough. Shorten wants to ­expand Queensland’s Labor government’s restriction on land clearing to all Australia, thus strangling agricultural expansion.

    Yet building the solar farms required to reach 50 per cent renewables will require massive land clearing. And for what? In Germany the renewable experiment has sent electricity prices soaring while emissions barely shifted. Even Al Gore’s climate guru James Hansen says the idea that renewable energy can replace fossil fuels is like “believing in the Easter bunny and Tooth Fairy”.

    Modelling by BAEconomics finds Labor’s climate policy would cost as many as 336,000 jobs, lower wages by 8 per cent and wipe up to half-a-trillion dollars from the economy. Yet, as our chief scientist has said, nothing we do will change the temperature of the planet.

    Then there is the radical transformation of our society via the identity politics that is embedded into Labor’s ­national platform. It has signed Australia up to the “Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics”.

    This is mandatory enforcement of radical gender ideology on every aspect of our lives, from gender-free birth certificates, passports and driver’s licences to instant gender change by the stroke of a pen.

    Shorten said nothing will change but do you trust him?

    When voters finally take a good look at the Opposition Leader, the only rational ­conclusion is: “Yeah, no”.

  78. OldOzzie

    Apologies for double post – seemed to have disappeared into the ether – looked to see if any trigger for spam – thought twitter might be problem

  79. Tom

    Cat still on DST?

    Calm down, Stackja. It has ever been thus. The Cat doesn’t jump on passing fads like (the end of) daylight saving. We will lurch back to standard time sometime in the next year.

  80. OldOzzie

    ‘IT’S ANOTHER WORD FOR EQUALITY’
    Tim Blair, The Daily Telegraph

    Labor’s dear old Doug Cameron quit politics last week, signing off from the Senate with a giddy ode to the wonders of socialism:

    “It all comes down to one thing: socialism …”

    That prompted applause from dozens of Labor senators and MPs who gathered in the chamber to see him off.

    Senator Cameron said he subscribed to the view that socialism was against war, poverty, monopolies, racial discrimination and greed.

    “It’s another word for equality,” he said on Wednesday …

    “The Labor Party again feels like the Labor Party I joined many years ago. It is unashamedly progressive, pro-worker, pro-women, outward-looking and confident,” Senator Cameron said.

    It feels like Venezuela. Doug has no excuses for his continuing socialist embrace, having lived through horrors that might have informed a more alert fellow. But the kids these days have no idea:

    Canadian academic Jordan Peterson warns that socialism is so appealing to young people because they are “unbelievably ignorant” about the history of the 20th century.

    During an event hosted by The Heritage Foundation this week, the clinical psychologist and best-selling author said that millennials are embracing far-left ideology because they weren’t taught about its disastrous outcomes at school.

    “People are unbelievably ignorant of history,” said Peterson.

    “What young people know about 20th-century history is nonexistent, especially about the history of the radical left. How would you know? They are never taught about it so why would they be concerned about it?”

    They’ll find out the hard way.

  81. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6885089/From-junkie-justice-boss-Former-drug-smuggler-charge-Australias-biggest-prison-system.html

    Feel good story about how one Michael Coutts Trotter went from convicted heroin trafficker to Secretary of the New South Wales Justice Department, and married one oh, what was her name again, along the way…

  82. 1735099

    Six weeks since the Medivac legislation.
    How many asylum seekers have been returned to Oz?

  83. Hay Stockard

    A comment of mine has not appeared.looks like I’m on the naughty step.

  84. Hay Stockard

    Mater,
    You awoke the troll.

  85. mh

    Then, curiously, the movie’s Twitter account was suspended through no fault of its own during opening weekend. (Twitter restored the account after outraged filmgoers flooded them with complaints). Tens of thousands of users (myself included) mysteriously found themselves involuntarily removed from the account’s followers and/or unable to follow it in the first place.

    I’m seeing a pattern of behaviour here, Starsky.

  86. zyconoclast

    Cultural deathwish

    The Great Awokening

    For all the attention paid to the politics of the far right in the Trump era, the biggest shift in American politics is happening somewhere else entirely.

    In the past five years, white liberals have moved so far to the left on questions of race and racism that they are now, on these issues, to the left of even the typical black voter.

    The change, however, appears to predate Trump and, in fact, to have relatively little to do with the calendar of presidential politics. Instead, polling from the Pew Center shows that as late as 2014, most Americans believed there was no longer any need for the country to make changes to address black-white inequality. Consequently, few people believed discrimination was the main barrier to black upward mobility. These numbers then started to change rapidly, with the shift driven overwhelmingly by a change in the views of self-identified Democrats.

  87. zyconoclast

    A defiant letter by Jussie Smollett’s lawyers warned the city against suing him for police overtime costs in investigating his allegedly staged attack, saying the “Empire” actor “will not be intimidated into paying the demanded sum.”

    The letter from celebrity attorney Mark Geragos — obtained by the Tribune — went on to caution that Smollett’s legal team would insist on questioning Mayor Rahm Emanuel, police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and other key players in the whirlwind legal saga if the city pursues a lawsuit.

  88. Mater

    Mater,
    You awoke the troll.

    Bugger!

  89. zyconoclast

    After protests, state tosses out MCAS question on ‘Underground Railroad’

    When 10th-graders sat down for the MCAS this spring, many confronted an essay question that struck them as inappropriate and insensitive: They were asked to write a journal entry from the perspective of a white woman who uses derogatory language toward a runaway slave and is conflicted about helping her.

    The essay question — based on a passage from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Underground Railroad” — sparked a range of questions among students, including whether using racist language would win them points for historical accuracy or deductions for inappropriateness.

  90. zyconoclast

    Gardai say they are looking for recruits with a particular set of skills as they’ve opened a public competition looking for new trainees.

    In a landmark revamp, they’ve also said they’re revamping their uniform to allow for hijabs and turbans in a bid to attract more people from minority backgrounds.

    The move comes as officials look to increase the force from 14,161 to 15,000 by 2021.

    Speaking about the drive, commissioner Drew Harris said they will also be launching a campaign showing how everyday skills can transfer across to policing.

    He also said the move to allow turbans and hjiabs comes as they want to increase diversity in the force.

    Harris went on to say that he wants the latest drive to appeal to people who may not have even considered the force previously – and that they want diversity not only in background, but also in skills.”

    He said: “We also know that we need to become a much more diverse organisation so that we properly reflect the society we serve.

  91. zyconoclast

    Virgin replaces Flying Lady with diverse figures to reflect ‘modern Britain’

    She has adorned its jets for generations, but Virgin Atlantic’s iconic Flying Lady is to be phased out and replaced with five new figureheads, which the airline claims will better represent modern Britain.

    The new emblems, which include a black man, a black woman and a gay man, will wear the same red leotard as the Flying Lady, who was based on Alberto Vargas’ pin-up paintings from the 1930s.

  92. Roger

    Not that Shorten cares. Just how little thought he has given to his policy was clear when he was quizzed on FM radio by Kyle and Jackie O.

    How long does an electric car take to charge?

    “Oh it can take um… it ­depends what the original charge is, but it can take um … err … eight to ten minutes ­depending on your charge,” dissembled Shorten.

    LOL. The hollow man exposed by Kyle and Jacki O..

    Leigh Sales had better step up her game.

  93. Roger

    The new emblems, which include a black man, a black woman and a gay man, will wear the same red leotard as the Flying Lady…

    I imagine there are more than a few British black men and women, and no doubt homosexuals too, who will find that offensive.

  94. egg_

    How long does an electric car take to charge?

    “Oh it can take um… it ­depends what the original charge is, but it can take um … err … eight to ten minutes ­depending on your charge,” dissembled Shorten.

    Sounds like Tits isn’t even trying – as if he’s going to waltz into Yarralumla.
    “It’ll all change, once we get in!”

  95. Overburdened

    NE wind’s come up so that’s the waves done this morning.

    Good early.

    Updated iPad overnight n now it’s telling me that this site is not secure.

    As I have advised others in the past, if their lives are so barren that they are interested in what I’m doing, help yourself.

    If I was of a paranoid nature, I would wonder who may be spying on me.

    Naturally the Australian Government has no reason to since they have interconnected state and fed data sources so they already know everything they want about me, and you too.

    Just sayin

  96. Roger

    Sounds like Tits isn’t even trying – as if he’s going to waltz into Yarralumla.

    Chloe has already measured up the curtains.

    I hope she hasn’t put the order in yet, though.

  97. egg_

    The new emblems, which include a black man, a black woman and a gay man, will wear the same red leotard as the Flying Lady…

    What about stumpy, the one-legged guy?

  98. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sounds like Tits isn’t even trying – as if he’s going to waltz into Yarralumla.

    It’s my considered opinion that Shorten already sees himself in the Lodge.

  99. zyconoclast

    African Catholic cardinal brands mass migration ‘a new form of SLAVERY’ and warns ‘the West will disappear, invaded by foreigners’ if it continues

    ‘It is a false exegesis to use the Word of God to promote migration. God never wanted these rifts,’ Cardinal Robert Sarah said.

    ‘All migrants who arrive in Europe are penniless, without work, without dignity…This is what the Church wants?’ he asked.

    ‘The Church can not cooperate with this new form of slavery that has become mass migration.’

    Sarah, from Guinea, who serves as the head of the Vatican’s liturgy office, added that he believed ‘[email protected] will invade the world’ if migration is not controlled.

    ‘If the West continues in this fatal way, there is a great risk that, due to a lack of birth, it will disappear, invaded by foreigners, just as Rome has been invaded by barbarians,’ he added.

    Sarah added: ‘My country is predominantly M00slim. I think I know what reality I’m talking about.’

    ‘If Europe disappears, and with it the invaluable values of the old continent, [email protected] will invade the world,’ Sarah said. ‘And we will totally change culture, anthropology, and moral vision.’

  100. Roger

    Alert but not alarmed: Energy industry plays down grid intervention

    “The influx of renewables is more than the system’s current capability to handle it, but new technology – like batteries – will allow it to adapt.”

    Uh huh.

    Fingers crossed.

  101. Dr Faustus

    Updated iPad overnight n now it’s telling me that this site is not secure.

    Bitdefender has been saying this for a long time.

  102. Overburdened

    Richard Branson took too much acid back in the days of Tales of Topographic Oceans, and he is also a successful business man and filthy rich so he can indulge the craziness of his fried egg brain.

    I wonder if someone will take the remote from him when Dementia takes hold.

    shorten is still a piece of shit.

  103. Nick

    In a landmark revamp, they’ve also said they’re revamping their uniform to allow for hijabs and turbans in a bid to attract more people from minority backgrounds.

    In Ireland “————“

  104. C.L.

    It’s touching that Miranda and Peta and Janet and Nikki are all falling into line behind Scotty, claiming he has Turned A Corner or Rediscovered Liberal Values. That’s all bullshit, of course.

    Shorten wants to ­expand Queensland’s Labor government’s restriction on land clearing to all Australia, thus strangling agricultural expansion.

    There was a report during the week about a North Queensland grazier who has been hit with a record half-million dollar fine for clearing a vast tract of land he wants to use to grow more food (to feed human beings, employ people and earn millions of dollars for the country). The grazier wants the Morrison government to approve the clearing – as it has the power to do – but so far it has avoided making any commitment, afraid of the reaction from urban bugmen. I’m not seeing much difference between Morrison and Shorten.

  105. cuckoo

    The newsies last night were crowing about Trump’s visit to the border wall, in usual Gotcha mode. A section of wall that Trump was admiring was apparently not built by Trump, so there! Oh, who was it built by? Barack Obama! ‘Scuse me? Obama was building border walls/fences/barriers and this is the FIRST we’ve heard of it? These clowns can spin 180 on a dime at lightspeed.

  106. Roger

    The new emblems, which include a black man, a black woman and a gay man, will wear the same red leotard as the Flying Lady…

    For the prog-left the individual is a mere cipher; all that matters is the sociological identity – the place on the totem pole of victimhood- you are allocated.

  107. It’s my considered opinion that Shorten already sees himself in the Lodge.

    I too see him there.

    Unless a scandal like 2 bilbys accuse him of horrific sexual acts performed on him 20 years ago, he has the next election done and dusted.

  108. OldOzzie

    From the Thread above Solar fantasy comes to earth in South Australia
    Posted on 1:17 pm, April 6, 2019 by Rafe Champion

    amortiser
    #2981507, posted on April 7, 2019 at 11:27 am

    So he talks about transitioning from the “old to the new”.

    Last year I noticed that wind generation in SA seemed to be capped at about 70% of nameplate or between 1200 and 1300 megawatts. The generation graph rose and fell as wind power does. On a really good day it will get quite high but it plateaued at about 70%.

    I thought this was odd so I sent an email to AEMO seeking an explanation as to why generation from wind seemed to be capped.

    I received the following reply:

    You’re right in observing that under certain circumstances, the cumulative generation from wind farms in South Australia is constrained.


    This occurs because AEMO (the operator of the power system) needs to maintain sufficient fault levels in the power system. Fault levels in the power system (also known as system strength) are provided by synchronous generators such as gas-fired generation, hydro and coal-fired generation. Sufficient amounts of fault level are needed to keep voltages within acceptable operating limits. As such, AEMO is sometimes required to limit the amount of wind generation, particularly on windy days, so that there are synchronous generators online providing fault levels.

    So these clowns installed a “new” generation system that could never meet its nameplate capacity without crashing the grid.

    They are headlong on the road to implementing this approach nationally. This is what happens when political decisions trump technical limitations.

    We are heading for disaster.

  109. Dr Faustus

    Sounds like Tits isn’t even trying – as if he’s going to waltz into Yarralumla.

    The polls suggest he is right, although the latest Galaxy poll done for this weekend’s News (paywalled) tabloids says that 32% of punters ‘don’t know’ which party is the least awful – so there appears to be a big interval behind Tit’s confidence.

    Support for anyone but Labor or Coalition is way up; however this doesn’t appear to translate into anything rational. By way of example, 3% of the survey is hot and sticky for Clive Palmer’s Fun House, whereas only 2% are interested in the worthy (but near invisible) Australian Conservatives.

    Given Prefesser Palmer’s impressive record, you would have to conclude that voting for fringe parties is for people who can’t manage to draw dicks on their ballot paper.

  110. Shy Ted

    Jacinda Ardern: ‘Very little of what I have done has been deliberate. It’s intuitive’
    Ah yes, female intuition. No need to read the article but my favourite line was about daughter, Neve – “A staffer also tells me that Neve has been teething.”

  111. OldOzzie

    What Cretins President Obama and Hillary Clinton created in Libya

    Haftar’s forces defy calls for Libya calm, presses Tripoli offensive

    Forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar pressed on with an offensive on Tripoli, defying international calls to halt hostilities which risk plunging the country into civil war.

    Pro-Haftar fighters have been slowed in their advance by forces loyal to Libya’s internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), which sits in the capital.

    For the first time, forces backing the GNA launched air strikes on Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) — which vowed to retaliate — around 50 kilometres south of Tripoli.

    Pro-government forces in Tripoli confirmed they had targeted Haftar’s men with “intensive strikes”.

    The air strikes came as fresh fighting flared Saturday south of Tripoli between the pro-government forces and Haftar’s troops despite calls from the international community to halt the military offensive.

    Several European foreign ministers warned Haftar not to countenance any further military action, with France’s Jean-Yves Le Drian warning “there will be no military victory”.

    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said there should be pressure on all the actors in Libya “especially general Haftar”.

    A similar stance was taken by the UN Security Council which, following a closed-door emergency meeting Friday, said those responsible for reigniting the conflict will be held responsible.

    Residents stockpile

    Libya has struggled to counter unrest since the 2011 overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi, leaving dozens of militia to fill the void and ally with either the GNA or the rival administration in the east backed by Haftar.

    At least one armed group from Misrata — whose forces are mostly loyal to the UN-backed government — arrived Saturday in eastern Tripoli to join the counteroffensive, according to an AFP photographer.

    “We are waiting for orders to repel any advance by the enemy towards Tripoli,” said the group’s spokesman Khaled Abu Jazia.

    Dozens of armed vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft guns were gathered in Tajura, in the suburbs east of the capital.

    Tripoli residents have expressed concern that large-scale fighting could break out and began stocking up on food and petrol.

    On Saturday large queues formed at petrol stations and supermarkets, an AFP journalist said.

    “We must store everything we need for the family, just in case, especially those with young children,” said Farida, a mother pushing a full shopping cart.

    “You never know how long it will last,” she added.

    Haftar’s forces were driven back by a few kilometres on Friday evening after briefly seizing Tripoli’s international airport, which was destroyed in 2014.

    On Friday they were pushed back from a key checkpoint west of the capital, less than 24 hours after seizing it during their lightning offensive towards Tripoli.

    UN ‘determined’ for talks

    The latest escalation in the conflict-wracked country comes just days ahead of a UN-backed conference intended to unite Libya’s rivals and pave the way for elections.

    Russia’s top diplomat on Saturday called for Libyans to “decide their future themselves” through “inclusive” dialogue.

    “Without any sort of artificial dates that some are trying to force upon them from outside,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a visit to Cairo.

    Despite the Tripoli flare-up, UN envoy Ghassan Salame insisted the April 14-16 talks in the Libyan city of Ghadames would go ahead.

    “We are determined” to hold the talks “as scheduled” unless prevented by serious obstacles, Salame told a press conference.

    “We want to reassure Libyans that we will stay alongside the Libyan people to make the political process a success without resorting to escalation.” Libya’s unity government was created at UN-backed talks in 2015 but it has struggled to assert control, while a number of international initiatives since have failed to unite the country.

    Worth Reading the Following

    Foreign Policy Journal

    Hillary Emails Reveal True Motive for Libya Intervention

  112. Done Deal

    I note a lot of “friends of the ABC” groups out this weekend in Adelaide, all set up with curbside tables in trendy inner city spots, complete with pre-printed t-shirts and posters wingeing about ABC budget cuts etc…. with coffee tables complete with pre-printed place mats for tag-team members taking a break from ear-bending unsuspecting passers-by. How much money to the want??!!
    Only problem was…the election wasn’t announced. the poor dears all looking slightly let down, sitting and sipping their Latte’s looking irrelevant again, like when they first retired from their cushy public service jobs, probably as union reps, about 10+ years ago. Oh well you could almost hear them saying, there’s always next weekend, then the hard yards until polling day really start. I would wager hardly one of them isn’t paying for their expensive coffee and $250 hiking boots at our expense with a nice public servant pension at 100% of final pay. Maybe a few doctor’s wives.

  113. zyconoclast

    In Ireland “————“

    Part of the Ireland 2040 plan to massively increase the population by one million.
    This will be done by ensuring abortion is now legal.
    Current birth rate of 1.4 which will drop.
    Fill the created gaps with hijabs and turbans

  114. OldOzzie

    Vote Shorten and Bowen for the end of the world

    Terry McCrann
    Business Columnist

    Bill Shorten and Chris Bowen have made it official and fully public: Labor has a two-stage strategy to destroy Australia.

    No, I do not mean cause conventional left-wing pie-in-the-sky harm — the sort of frenzied chaos, the debt and deficits and “I’ll have what she’s having loyalty” from a younger Bill-on-the-make we got in the Rudd-Swan-Gillard era less than a decade ago.

    Was it really that recent? Don’t expect various assorted titans of the press gallery to remind you.

    Apart from the entrenched, almost universally uniform bias, the gallery has a collective half-memory of about a week. Anything much beyond a month ago is to the average gallery journalist at least Neolithic if not outright Paleolithic.

    Why, no less a distinguished commentator than (their) ABC’s Barrie Cassidy opined on Wednesday there’d never been a budget to “virtually launch an election campaign”.

    Obviously, one couldn’t expect a political expert to remember that the very last federal election was launched in exactly the same way, straight off the 2016 budget — with that budget brought forward a week, like this one has been brought forward a month, to suit the election timing.

    Far less could you expect such an expert to understand how all the disastrous problems this government has staggered through from one to the next flowed precisely from the ineptitude of that budget and the even greater political and campaigning ineptitude of then PM Malcolm Turnbull that delivered the “one seat success”.

    More specifically, that 2016 exercise was crafted by a treasurer ScoMo, who would in time be “rewarded” with his elevation to PM ScoMo.

    Nor do I mean a Labor policy framework that threatens to take Australia to a crazy Gough Whitlam-style future. Or even a Paul Keating-1990 recession reality. Both of which would be recoverable from; as indeed, self-evidently, we actually did both times around.

    No, I really do mean destroy: as in demolish, level, raze, wreck and, most pointedly, end the existence of Australia.

    It’s almost as if our latest “dynamic duo” has chosen to exactly follow the Venezuelan playbook. As if in a bizarre twist on his infamous Gillard comment, Shorten has looked across the Pacific and deliberately committed to have whatever Venezuela has had.

    Stage One, to be delivered immediately, is designed to destroy the entrepreneurial, investing, business risk-taking, job-creating class — with a $200 billion-plus tax attack on them and them very specifically and deliberately, the biggest in Australian history.

    It is sobering to detail what a Labor-Green government — as it will be, with the Greens in de facto coalition and Richard Di Natale de facto deputy PM — proposes to do from the get-go.

    • End franking credit refunds.

    • All but abolish negative gearing.

    • Double capital gains tax.

    • Increase taxation of trusts.

    • Increase the top personal tax rate to 49 per cent.

    • Not cut the major corporate rate from an increasingly globally uncompetitive 30 per cent.

    It’s entirely likely that I’ve missed something there. But that’s enough to go on with to achieve your ambition, however utterly cluelessly, of crippling the economy as conclusively and as quickly as you can.

    But if there’s any life left among the ruins, Stage Two will then kick in to render the longer-term harm that will make the damage utterly unrepairable. This is “Labor’s Climate Change Action Plan”.

    We’ve spent 20 years with a Liberal Party trying to present as less stupid in relation to so-called climate change than the other party of government, Labor; and all that’s got us — as it surely will at the coming election — is a Labor government trying to present as (slightly) less utterly, as I wrote last week, batshit crazy than the Greens.

    Those crazy Greens, says Labor in effect, will ban all energy-coal exports and close all of our coal-fired power stations by 2030.

    Look how much “saner” we are: we are only going to force you to buy electric cars, which will plug into power-less points (formerly called “power points”) unless the wind is blowing or the sun is shining.

    As AMEC, which has oversight of the energy market, noted last week: “To keep the power system stable in South Australia day-to-day interventions by AEMO (the market operator) have been necessary to keep the power system operating.

    “There were 101 directions for synchronous generators (like gas) to turn on to keep the system stable (in 2017-18) compared with only eight in 2016-17.”

    Translated, the system is teetering almost daily on going all North Korea dark — with South Australia’s dark-green insanity destabilising the grid into southwest NSW and northwest Victoria.

    And this is when fake renewables like wind and solar — separating out the contribution from the only real renewable, hydro — are still only a tiny part of national generation; and South Australia is only a tiny part of the grid.

    And when we still have real coal-fired generators in Victoria, NSW and, critically, Queensland; which would disappear completely if the Greens had their way and under Labor would find it all but impossible to stay in business, in having to accommodate increasing wind and solar when they choose to generate.

    What the old-is-new-again Labor party of Bill Shorten — a man with a figurative cloth cap and a brain to match but a wardrobe full of, if not Zegna, still Super 120s suits and a taste to go with them — proposes is to destroy the two core foundations of not just a modern economy but modernity itself and indeed civilisation.

    The first is the entrepreneurial drive and business risk-taking. The Soviet Union, here we come.

    The second is cheap, reliable and plentiful power. All utterly pointlessly, with CO2 emissions in 2017 increasing by more than Australia’s total; and then doing exactly that again in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency. North Korea here we come.

    Put the two together and you go straight to Caracas. I wonder how you say “wiv” in Spanish?

  115. Cactus

    More Japan spam. The rail system here is seriously good. Seems the whole country is connected up with hi-speed for major routes and normal intercity trains elsewhere. Trains are absolutely on time and regular. None of that airport security horror, at least until the religion of pieces discovers rail. If touring Japan make sure you buy a J Rail pass before you enter the country. You cannot buy it once landed here it needs to be prebought. The value for money of the J Rail pass is immense, can basically travel on almost any train during your stay. Worth making a seat reservation though for the train you want at airport. Staff all very friendly and willing to help guide any foreigners. I think Japans rail system is the best I have used, narrowly pipping China due to the ease of use for a foreigner.

  116. Jimmy the Boy

    It looks like the craven vegan terrorists have won this round. The Gippy Goat Café will close its doors today for the last time. Bastards.

  117. bespoke

    Overburdened
    #2981499, posted on April 7, 2019 at 11:20 am

    If I was of a paranoid nature, I would wonder who may be spying on me.

    Have you at any time disproved of Gogglebox?

  118. cohenite

    OldOzzie

    #2981514, posted on April 7, 2019 at 11:37 am

    From the Thread above Solar fantasy comes to earth in South Australia
    Posted on 1:17 pm, April 6, 2019 by Rafe Champion

    amortiser
    #2981507, posted on April 7, 2019 at 11:27 am

    I put this reply to amortiser:

    amortiser

    #2981507, posted on April 7, 2019 at 11:27 am

    So he talks about transitioning from the “old to the new”.

    Last year I noticed that wind generation in SA seemed to be capped at about 70% of nameplate or between 1200 and 1300 megawatts. The generation graph rose and fell as wind power does. On a really good day it will get quite high but it plateaued at about 70%.

    Correct. Renewable energy comes in surges and in the wrong form, DC, rather than AC. Coal/gas/nuclear and hydro produce synchronous energy which is AC at the grid frequency which is 50Hz in Australia The amount of renewable energy coming into the grid depends on the level of conversion infrastructure, condensers which are huge inverters. If there is not enough conversion infrastructure the level of renewable energy has to be capped.

    It’s hard to get a picture of the costs of the conversion infrastructure in Australia right now but it is certainly less than the 16000MW of installed wind and solar. I would reckon the infrastructure must be nearly the same cost as the cost of installing the wind and solar in the first instance. That 16000MW costs about $500 million per 100MW, so about $90 billion.

    On some days that $90 billion produces no power at all.

    A good article on the problems of conversion of renewable energy into grid compatible energy in England is:

    https://www.irishexaminer.com/business/unreliable-renewable-energy-is-hitting-quality-245524.html

  119. dover_beach

    That humanist chaplain…

    The whole modus operandi of the Left is to remove the substance and wear the skin suit, firstly, as camouflage, secondly, in mockery, and finally, as the trophy. These people are scum and lees and need to be destroyed.

  120. In regards to the coming election, I will be watching the AEMO site to adjust my electricity use for the peak times in the final week. It won’t take much – I reckon 5% of the population doing so will have a substantial effect.
    I would suggest that others do the same – the parlous state of our power network must be imprinted on the forebrains of the voters as they walk into darkened voting booths.
    Think of it as a reverse Earth Hour, or perhaps Evolution in Action.

  121. Notafan

    Lucky Parish Priest, by the sounds.

    The parish priest was quite right to question the alleged actions of the Catholic chaplain.

    Catholics cannot receive Holy communion in some circumstances, and why others should not is understood by most Catholics.

    Nevertheless I think you make that story up.

    Is it in the book?

  122. OldOzzie

    cohenite
    #2981528, posted on April 7, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    cohenite,

    thanks for that

    Correct. Renewable energy comes in surges and in the wrong form, DC, rather than AC. Coal/gas/nuclear and hydro produce synchronous energy which is AC at the grid frequency which is 50Hz in Australia The amount of renewable energy coming into the grid depends on the level of conversion infrastructure, condensers which are huge inverters. If there is not enough conversion infrastructure the level of renewable energy has to be capped.

    It’s hard to get a picture of the costs of the conversion infrastructure in Australia right now but it is certainly less than the 16000MW of installed wind and solar. I would reckon the infrastructure must be nearly the same cost as the cost of installing the wind and solar in the first instance. That 16000MW costs about $500 million per 100MW, so about $90 billion.

    On some days that $90 billion produces no power at all.

    I will aim to use to my local MPs and in trying to get some of my kids to understand the Stupidity of Renewables

  123. EvilElvis

    Ambulances and fire trucks to be electric to comply with Paris.

    All ABC vehicles to be electric immediately, all ABC taxleeches to buy only electric cars from shortens election onwards.

    And all public administration buildings to be smart metered to turn on and off in sync with renewable energy generation, or not.

  124. Notafan

    The humanist chaplain will say mass, lead a Protestant service, etc.

    Clearly he thinks those things are options.

    Steal marriage, steal chaplaincy, steal our understanding of man and woman.

    It never stops.

  125. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Spot of spacechooking for Cats with an interest in historical matters – William Duiker’s biography of Ho Chi Minh makes interesting reading. Seems there was at least one prominent Nationalist leader, personally betrayed to the French, by dear old Uncle Ho. There was only ever going to be one model of Government, for an independent Viet Nam.

  126. 1735099

    “Nevertheless I think you made that story up”.

    I still have the letter I wrote explaining the incident, together with some photos I took of the Mass.
    It’s a reflection on some of the closed minds that post here, that any slightly compassionate behaviour is denied.
    This man was acting out of compassion, trying to provide comfort to a group of young men who well understood what they were up against.
    The fact that you treat it with scorn says a great deal about you.

  127. John Constantine

    Why doesn’t shorten already own an electric car?.

    Why hasn’t shorten been driving a personal electric car for years?.

    Why won’t their godless commo billion dollar a year public propaganda unit abc ask these questions?.

    Comrades.

  128. duncanm

    Sorry, I have to keep posting this sporadically.

    The amount of water heading inland, and Lake Eyre filling, is amazing to watch

    satpics

  129. duncanm

    Jimmy the Boy
    #2981525, posted on April 7, 2019 at 11:57 am

    It looks like the craven vegan terrorists have won this round. The Gippy Goat Café will close its doors today for the last time. Bastards.

    Absolute fuckwits

    (to be clear.. I’m talking about the Vegans)

  130. C.L.

    Jacinda Ardern: ‘Very little of what I have done has been deliberate. It’s intuitive’

    She is the MvsIum whisperer.

  131. Notafan

    The reason I don’t believe you is because you regularly play fast and loose with the truth
    Plus

    If a Catholic chaplain offered Holy communion to non Catholics in a war zone because exceptional circumstances once he would have done it all the time.

  132. OldOzzie

    duncanm
    #2981538, posted on April 7, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Sorry, I have to keep posting this sporadically.

    The amount of water heading inland, and Lake Eyre filling, is amazing to watch

    satpics

    Thanks for that

    I would not want to do the Inside Track out of Birdsville to the start of the K1 and to the Rig Road with that water around

  133. Notafan

    And just to dispel Numbers implications of nasty horrid parish priest it is also for the protection of the nonbeliever that they are forbidden to receive.

    who can receive Holy communion

  134. stackja

    OldOzzie
    #2981548, posted on April 7, 2019 at 12:36 pm
    duncanm
    #2981538, posted on April 7, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Lake Eyre Yacht Club
    Welcome to the Lake Eyre Yacht Club™
    “Ya gotta be jokin’ – No we’re not!”

    The Lake Eyre Yacht Club was formed April 1, 2000. The club aims to:
    Collect and disseminate accurate information about the Lake
    Provide support for those wishing to go boating on the Lake
    When circumstances permit hold boating events on the Lake
    We hope you enjoy our site. Remember – “The truth is out there”.

  135. max

    Compassion, comfort may be important but they don’t rule out thinking about what you’re doing. Soft-hearted shouldn’t mean soft-headed.
    Did those blokes understand what they were doing when they received Christ’s body and blood ?
    Why couldn’t they be satisfied with just a blessing and why wasn’t it offered them ?

  136. Mark A

    Notafan
    #2981546, posted on April 7, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    The reason I don’t believe you is because you regularly play fast and loose with the truth
    Plus

    If a Catholic chaplain offered Holy communion to non Catholics in a war zone because exceptional circumstances once he would have done it all the time.

    It all comes from MASH 407

  137. Mark A

    PS I think he is what is commonly called, an Ultracrepidarian.

  138. John Constantine

    The Gippy Goat Café has decided to close, today will be our last day. We would like to thank our dedicated staff, our social media followers and loyal customers for your unfailing support but we do not have the heart to continue the café.This was not an easy decision to reach, however for the sake of our health and safety and that of our families and staff we feel that it is regrettably the best option.

    Our staff and customers have been subjected to nearly 4 months of constant harassment, vile statements and threats from the abusive vegan activists. We have personally been subjected to an appalling stream of threats of extreme violence against ourselves, our family, our staff and even their families. Our staff have been subjected to daily threats and harassment by phone, and we cannot in good conscience ask them to continue working under such a condition. Our social media and review sites have been subjected to false information and artificially poor ratings. The courts have proven to be ineffectual, the enforcement agencies declined to prosecute to the full extent, so, to the thieves, trespassers and activists; you have won. Rejoice in your victory: eight good people are now without a job, families no longer can enjoy the good food and open space, and children can no longer interact with our animals. Society is the loser; the anonymous bullies, hypocrites, law breakers and self-professed paragons of moral and social justice have won. Please know that your ignorant indignation, lust for outrage and the false reality you inhabit through your social media streams will prevent you from effecting any positive societal change – only harm to real human beings – and you only have yourselves to thank.

    Our farm will continue to operate as before, but is no longer open to the public. We are truly sorry for any disappointment this may caus

    All the energy and rage of the left moves onto another target.

    Endless War.

    Comrades.

  139. stackja

    John Constantine
    #2981558, posted on April 7, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    The noisy minority again.

  140. Notafan

    Its clear that providing a person has the right disposition and the threat of death is imminent that non Catholics can receive Holy communion.

    However there is nothing wrong with a pp questioning the rightoussness of that with his bishop.

    The claim that it was given the okay but number’s dad pulled his other children out of their Catholic schools and never spoke to the pp again because that question was asked has reals stink on it.

    Why would he even care? Had nothing to do with him personally, and if he was a Catholic in good understanding he must have had doubts himself, especially if he was a world war Two veteran, as claimed.

    Prototype Kumbaya Catholic?

  141. cuckoo

    From deepest darkest Kew. Every time I see a fence sign for Kamikaze independent Oliver Yates or absurd poseur Julian Burnside, it’s always on a house that you would have to be seriously rich to live in. These are the people who should normally be the base for a grownup conservative party. According to Oliver, the Liberal party has ‘lost its way’, which seems to mean it isn’t going Left enough fast enough.

  142. Notafan

    That’s bad news about the Gippy Goat cafe.

    Weren’t those activists fined a dollar, giving them an effective green light to continue their harrassment?

  143. stackja

    Eastern Australia is now in:

    The Chamorro Time Zone, formerly the Guam Time Zone, is a United States time zone which observes standard time ten hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+10:00). The clock time in this zone is based on the mean solar time of the 150th meridian east of the Greenwich Observatory.
    Chamorro Time Zone – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamorro_Time_Zone

    The Cat is still on AEDST.

  144. cuckoo

    Catholics cannot receive Holy communion in some circumstances, and why others should not is understood by most Catholics.

    Wasn’t there an instance where ex-Catholic and now Anglican Kevin Rudd attended a Catholic mass for some reason, and presented himself in the queue for Communion? The priest correctly declined to administer the sacrament, whereupon Lu Kewen simply stepped across to the adjoining queue, where Communion was being administered by some silly old biddy of a nun, who in a fluster promptly gave him the host.

  145. Notafan

    Secular upperclass are going to find a new religion.

    Inevitable.

  146. Cactus

    Why was the Goat cafe singled out?

    I understand their decision, I am I thibk a bit more stubborn and would have doubled down on whatever caused the outrage.

  147. rickw

    The new emblems, which include a black man, a black woman and a gay man, will wear the same red leotard as the Flying Lady, who was based on Alberto Vargas’ pin-up paintings from the 1930s.

    No straight white men? There isn’t anything they can’t wreck.

  148. Notafan

    Haven’t heard that Cuckoo

    The major harm was to Rudd, shallow venal man.

    I remember his ‘conversion’ to gay marriage too

  149. C.L.

    Speaking of green terrorist assaults on farmers and graziers, the Queensland Premier last week decided she wanted to be seen to take action:

    ANIMAL rights “zealots” will be stung with on-the-spot fines if they’re found invading farms in a major crackdown against new age activism by the State Government.

    Under new regulations being drafted, police and agricultural department officers will have the power to issue hefty fines which The Sunday Mail understands could reach hundreds of dollars.

    This assume a police officer or departmental official will be present – which is bizarre.
    It further assumes these deadbeats would ever pay such a fine anyway.

    “These activities create a serious biosecurity issue as well as putting the lives of farmers, workers and indeed animals at risk,” Mr Furner said.

    “We are getting tough on farm invaders because their actions are dangerous.”

    Ergo: taking direct action against these terrorists would satisfy any reasonable man’s definition of justified self-defence.

  150. max

    Its clear that providing a person has the right disposition and the threat of death is imminent that non Catholics can receive Holy communion.

    Bullshit.

  151. Notafan

    Gippy goat cafe committed the crime of allowing customers to interact with the farm’s goats.

    gippy goat cafe

  152. stackja

    ALP is horrified LNP is advertising its Budget. Meanwhile unions/GetUp are spending union members fees on helping ALP.

  153. Notafan

    It’s in the linked article max.

    I wasn’t aware of the provision.

  154. stackja

    John Constantine
    #2981537, posted on April 7, 2019 at 12:18 pm
    Why doesn’t shorten already own an electric car?.

    Why hasn’t shorten been driving a personal electric car for years?.

    Why won’t their godless commo billion dollar a year public propaganda unit abc ask these questions?.

    Comrades.

    ALP/ABC hypocrisy as usual.

  155. mh

    Headline at Fox News

    Obama says he worries that progressives risk creating a ‘circular firing squad’

    Thanks, Barry. A lovely image of the Dumbocrats.

  156. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Syria’s IZIZ children cling to life as their mothers shed no tears

    By Louise Callaghan
    The Times
    35 minutes ago April 7, 2019

    The boy lay alone on a hospital bed, barely alive. He was about two years old, and starved so thin that his ribs jutted out like the wings of a bird from his bony chest. His head was shaved because of lice, and on one side of his skull an ugly wound seeped. One eye opened and rolled downwards as a nurse covered him in a pink fleece blanket.

    In the ward there were dozens more like him — children whose IZIZ parents had chosen to starve them under the bombs in their caliphate’s final days rather than escape to safety. Green, brown and blue eyes stared out of faces far too big for their twig-thin bodies.

    Nobody knew which country the boy came from, or what would happen to him if he survived. He did not seem to understand Arabic. He could be Pakistani, French, Kyrgyz, Indonesian, British.

    “We don’t know who he is,” said a nurse, bustling amid the low, constant wailing from the surrounding wards. “He’s alone.”

    He is one of about 80 Iziz children being treated in this hospital in northern Syria — a few hours from Baghuz, where Iziz made its last stand. About 10 per cent arrive alone, some without names or nationalities. In pastel-painted rooms, they lie in cots or incubators, hovering between life and death. “Sometimes the children are in their last days when they come here,” said a doctor.

    More than 200 children have been brought to the hospital in the past few months. Twenty have died — most from malnutrition, others from injuries from landmines, shrapnel wounds or air strikes.

    Most arrived from the al-Hol displacement camp, where tens of thousands of people are being held after the fall of Baghuz. Among them are the children of non- IZIZ families who were forced to act as human shields. Aid agencies are struggling to cope with the numbers.

    The IZIZ parents put them in this plight. Although the advancing coalition forces allowed IZIZ members to leave Baghuz, many stayed behind — refusing to give up their dream of the caliphate — until their children were dying or dead.

    From the Oz.

  157. duncanm

    This is the sort of feeble-minded idiot an ‘animal activist’ is

    Six animal activists charged over ‘Gippy Goat’ alleged livestock thefts

    ..Earlier this month, police found the lamb and one goat, among other animals unrelated to the theft, at a Koo Wee Rup home wearing human nappies

  158. Roger

    Jacinda Ardern: ‘Very little of what I have done has been deliberate. It’s intuitive’

    Confirmation from the horse’s mouth: A very foolish woman out of her depth.

  159. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Heartbreaking stuff about those Syrian children, victims of parental craziness. Provide them more UN medical support – the UN can afford it – and resettle them in lands of their religion. Their parents can then admit the own grievous errors, beg their god for forgiveness, and join the ‘sort it out without violence’ movement locally.

  160. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    A very foolish woman out of her depth.

    She’s no Margaret Thatcher that’s for sure, who kept a clear head always. But we knew that.
    It’s my bet that in five years time or less no-one will recall who she is or was. Emotions are like that when it comes to politics. They tend to have very little lasting impact. Only the policies and their effects are recalled.

  161. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Obama says he worries that progressives risk creating a ‘circular firing squad’

    OK Tom’s toonists, get to work on that one.

  162. mh

    ..Earlier this month, police found the lamb and one goat, among other animals unrelated to the theft, at a Koo Wee Rup home wearing human nappies…

    Fvck me dead. Can we please have some public slaughters of progressives.

  163. 1735099

    However there is nothing wrong with a pp questioning the righteousness of that

    This is only part of the story.
    This priest had it in for my dad.
    My father was a great supporter of Vatican 2.
    The pp was a bigoted ignorant old man without a brain, who was discomforted by the reforms.
    He had aleady clashed with my father, when he made pointed references in a Sunday sermon to “young women dissporting themselves in Warwick.”
    My sister had just moved to Warwick and was going out with a young man, who wasn’t a Catholic.
    It was perfectly obvious to the congregation that the reference was to my sister, who ended up marrying this young man who became a Catholic and fathered four kids who grew up in the faith.
    This same priest was relieved of parish responsibilities a few years down the track because he got too many of the faithful offside.

  164. duncanm

    Obama says he worries that progressives risk creating a ‘circular firing squad’

    That’s always how the left ends up. Why the surprise?

  165. Why was the Goat cafe singled out?

    Goats have a high blackmarket value and are sold in the live sex trade.

  166. Roger

    The pp was a bigoted ignorant old man without a brain, who was discomforted by the reforms.

    Discomfited.

  167. Roger

    …taking direct action against these terrorists would satisfy any reasonable man’s definition of justified self-defence.

    A property owner can use reasonable force to remove a trespasser.

    A bit difficult when 70 turn up in a paddock unannounced, though.

    Forget fines; this is an aggravated offence and in many cases probably not the first time, try one year in prison.

  168. Boambee John

    cuckoo
    #2981563, posted on April 7, 2019 at 12:55 pm
    From deepest darkest Kew. Every time I see a fence sign for Kamikaze independent Oliver Yates or absurd poseur Julian Burnside, it’s always on a house that you would have to be seriously rich to live in.

    Only the rich or those on taxpayer stipends can afford to be socialists or Greens.

  169. Mark A

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2981589, posted on April 7, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    You are beginning to sound like Candy.
    Not necessarily a bad.

  170. Cassie of Sydney

    Just caught the bus back from the Sydney CBD to my home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs…..the current sitting slag for Wentworth aka phoney Phelps….has all her election posters up…and I kid you not there are posters of the slag on every light pole. I was ready to throw up when I got off the bus.

    And of course the Liberals are missing in action.

  171. Fat Tony

    Communion issue discussed above.

    Can some one tell me if all the recipients at the Last Supper were Catholics or followers of Christ?

  172. Cassie of Sydney

    “Can some one tell me if all the recipients at the Last Supper were Catholics or followers of Christ?”

    Actually, they were all J**ish.

  173. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Review of Stan Grant’s new book “Australia Day” – that’s certainly one book I won’t be buying.

    As uncomfortable as it is, we need to reckon with our history. On January 26, no Australian can really look away. There are the hard questions we ask of ourselves on Australia Day.

    Since publishing his critically acclaimed, Walkley Award-winning, bestselling memoir Talking to My Country in early 2016, Stan Grant has been crossing the country, talking to huge crowds everywhere about how racism is at the heart of our history and the Australian dream. But Stan knows this is not where the story ends.

    In this book, Australia Day, his long-awaited follow up to Talking to My Country, Stan talks about reconciliation and the indigenous struggle for belonging and identity in Australia, and about what it means to be Australian. A sad, wise, beautiful, reflective and troubled book, Australia Day asks the questions that have to be asked, that no else seems to be asking. Who are we? What is our country? How do we move forward from here?

  174. thefrolickingmole

    The courts have proven to be ineffectual, the enforcement agencies declined to prosecute to the full extent, so, to the thieves, trespassers and activists; you have won. Rejoice in your victory: eight good people are now without a job, families no longer can enjoy the good food and open space, and children can no longer interact with our animals. Society is the loser; the anonymous bullies, hypocrites, law breakers and self-professed paragons of moral and social justice have won.

    And thats how you end up with some really, really bad outcomes for people.

    1: People unwilling to use violence on the “activists”
    2: Activists finding some people willing to use violence on them.
    3: Society as a whole, as the state refuses to enforce the law equally (anarcho-tyranny)

  175. Fat Tony

    Cassie of Sydney
    #2981613, posted on April 7, 2019 at 1:22 pm
    “Can some one tell me if all the recipients at the Last Supper were Catholics or followers of Christ?”

    Actually, they were all J**ish.

    So I take it they were all J**ish followers of Christ?

  176. calli

    Can some one tell me if all the recipients at the Last Supper were Catholics or followers of Christ?

    On the issue of non-Catholics and Communion. If true, what Rudd was very wrong.

    Out of love for the priest and by extension love for Christ, he should have accepted the priest’s adherence to the rules of the Church.

    As far as the Last Supper goes, I think the recipients had the benefit of an Executive Decision. 🙂

  177. thefrolickingmole

    At least we arent as rooted as the UK, yet.

    Roll up: ‘Sexual health circus’ is coming to Bristol schools
    Initiative will draw on the new RSE curriculum to explore, in a fun way, issues such as LGBT relationships and sexual pleasure, often neglected in busy schools, say charities

    Herman, who came up with the idea for the show while working as a sexual health adviser in the city, says too many youngsters are ill-prepared. “Young people do not have enough high-quality relationship and sex education to equip them for the challenges they come across on that road of adolescence,” she says, cradling a mug of herbal tea in a rare break from the rehearsals. “Hearing 15- or 16-year-olds being really unclear about consent is worrying. I’ve had to tell some young people that the sex they have had is not consensual.”

    A survey by the youth sexual health charity Brook found that 56% of mainly first-year university students had received unwanted sexual attention, but only 15% realised that these behaviours counted as sexual harassment. The same survey revealed that half had not received any information about consent and only a third had learned about harassment during RSE lessons.

    Herman, who is 35, also wants the circus to show the positive side of sex and relationships. She says schools do not always acknowledge different sexualities or make space in busy timetables for young people to learn about healthy relationships – although she accepts that may change with the new curriculum.

    “Traditionally it would be about a man having sex with a woman and not getting her pregnant,” she says. “But I’m always talking to young people about any gender having sex or being physical with any gender – and about asexuality too.

    Perverts wanting access to kids, what could possibly go wrong?

  178. Fat Tony

    As far as the Last Supper goes, I think the recipients had the benefit of an Executive Decision. 🙂

    As does everyone. All followers / believers, not just some.

  179. cuckoo

    On the issue of non-Catholics and Communion. If true, what Rudd was very wrong.

    For once, my memory was not playing tricks. Article includes this priceless voxpop:

    “Technically, the priest is not able to give communion, regardless of whether he is the Prime Minister or a pauper in the street,” said a member of the congregation. “I think the nun did the right thing, however.

    We wouldn’t want to embarrass the Prime Minister.”

  180. thefrolickingmole

    “Can some one tell me if all the recipients at the Last Supper were Catholics or followers of Christ?”

    There may have been one chap present hedging his bets…

  181. max

    Fat Tony
    #2981623, posted on April 7, 2019 at 1:29 pm
    As far as the Last Supper goes, I think the recipients had the benefit of an Executive Decision. 🙂

    As does everyone. All followers / believers, not just some.

    Are you a theologian ?

  182. I deliberately put a bandword into this missive to give Doomlord (PBUH) a chance to review.
    He has since passed it, so:

    In regards to the coming election, I will be watching the AEMO site to adjust my electricity use for the peak times in the final week. It won’t take much – I reckon 5% of the population doing so will have a substantial effect.
    I would suggest that others do the same – the parlous state of our power network must be imprinted on the forebrains of the voters as they walk into darkened voting booths.
    Think of it as a reverse Earth Hour, or perhaps Evolution in Action.

  183. Des Deskperson

    ‘ALP is horrified LNP is advertising its Budget. Meanwhile unions/GetUp are spending union members fees on helping ALP.’

    I haven’t seen the ads, but according to the guidelines on The Administration of Commonwealth Government advertising:

    https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/BN/2011-2012/GovernmentAdvertising#_Toc320518574

    the Government of the day is perfectly entitled to use taxpayers’ money in advertising campaigns that are directly related to that Government’s responsibilities. This includes informing the public of new, proposed or existing government policies. Advertising the Federal Budget clearly falls within this definition.

    What government advertising can’t do is to ‘try to foster a positive impression of a particular political party or promote political party interests’. Government ads can say ‘the government’s budget’ but they can’t say the ‘LNP’s budget’ and they can’t criticise the opposition or other parties.

    Both sides of politics have pushed these boundaries in the past.

  184. Roger

    As does everyone. All followers / believers, not just some.

    There’s nothing preventing an Anglican like Rudd taking communion in an Anglican church.

    Not taking communion in a Catholic church is just good manners, but then Rudd was a bit short of those.

  185. Roger:
    Rudd was always of the opinion that if he did it, it was automatically good manners.
    No one was able to take that away from him.

  186. rickw

    Perverts wanting access to kids, what could possibly go wrong?

    Herman is referred to as “she” in the article, my guess is that something has already gone horribly wrong.

  187. Roger

    Roger:
    Rudd was always of the opinion that if he did it, it was automatically good manners.

    Yes, I’ve had the displeasure of meeting him.

    How he got to the top of the ALP is a mystery.

    But then, look who they’ve got now.

    Personality types with significant deficits in basic humanity appear particularly attracted to politics. I suppose it’s the ‘will to power’. The bigger worry is that political parties show so little discernment in promoting them.

  188. Fat Tony

    max
    #2981630, posted on April 7, 2019 at 1:49 pm
    Fat Tony
    #2981623, posted on April 7, 2019 at 1:29 pm
    As far as the Last Supper goes, I think the recipients had the benefit of an Executive Decision. 🙂

    As does everyone. All followers / believers, not just some.

    Are you a theologian ?

    It’s a simple question.

    Did Jesus restrict Communion to only Catholics, or did He give it to non-Catholics?
    That’s what the argument earlier was about – Catholics and non-Catholics.

    Or did Jesus give Communion to His followers – those who believe in Him.

    I don’t think it is a particularly deep theological question.

  189. calli

    I think you know the answers to your questions, Tony.

    What you appear to want is a sectarian argument.

    Not playing.

  190. mh

    Stan Grant always appears a different shade, depending on the day and which angle.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/ZHMbnkVGJ56Ywv4F7

  191. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6893649/Muslim-author-left-Australia-slams-Fraser-Anning-latest-divisive-comments.html#comments

    Suffering Christ, look whose popped up again. Yassmin Axle – Magpie, that’s who. Aren’t we just so lucky!!!!

  192. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Comment in moderation for the M – word . Seems Yassmin Axel Magpie has popped up, regarding Fraser Anning’s remarks about the Chr!stchurch atrocity, reminding us all how Australia was stolen from the black people…

  193. Fat Tony

    calli
    #2981650, posted on April 7, 2019 at 2:22 pm
    I think you know the answers to your questions, Tony.

    What you appear to want is a sectarian argument.

    Not playing.

    OK – forget what Jesus did – it’s not important.
    Just go with the decisions of Man – that’ll work.

    It’s not a “sectarian” argument – it goes to one to the fundamental tenets of Christianity.

  194. Notafan

    At the last supper everyone was both ‘Catholic’ (a member of the universal church) and a follower of Christ, because at that stage there had been no schism in the Church and so the question doesn’t arise.

    That came later.

    Incidentally, my linky spells out the issues from a Catholic perspective. if you don’t believe that what you are receiving is truly the body and blood of Christ then just don’t.

  195. Notafan

    Oh and numbers

    Thanks for admitting your story was not truthful.

  196. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just caught the bus back from the Sydney CBD to my home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs…..the current sitting slag for Wentworth aka phoney Phelps….has all her election posters up…and I kid you not there are posters of the slag on every light pole. I was ready to throw up when I got off the bus.
    And of course the Liberals are missing in action.

    Snap, Cassie. I was just sitting down now to put up the same comment about how I noticed these hideous posters of her twisted face have been put up all along the major artery of New South Head Road, taking up the most obvious telegraph post positions before anyone else has had a chance to get to them. And this is BEFORE the election has even been called. Is this even legal? If not, the Libs should take out an injunction to make her take them all down. I did visible thumbs down signs as I drove by them, though Hairy says someone will ram the car if I continue to do that, ‘cos when he’s driving I hold my nose agains the smell as well.

    I can’t help making this gut reaction due to thinking about what that poster represents – the huge amount of Get Up and other funds that are backing these so-called ‘independents’ in this bid for leftist takeovers of Liberal electorates.

    Tony Abbott’s Wahringah is under the same pressure. But here is a note of hope: I was driving to visit friends on the Northern Beaches on Wednesday and saw an enormous ‘poster truck’ driving around the main roads of the electorate of Wahringah saying in huge letters that a vote for the surfer girl would be a vote for Bill Shorten. And Get Up and Soros’s money, they should have added. But at least it is some sort of push back against these useful idiots for Venestralia.

  197. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Talking about getting rammed. I tried to hold my nose as well the wheel while driving my son somewhere and the car did drift a bit.

    Mum! Mum that’s a brand new Rolls Royce ahead you nearly bashed into, my son helpfully observed.

    I guess I should be more careful. They may even have been Liberal voters, not Get Up.

  198. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    What you appear to want is a sectarian argument.
    Not playing.

    Sectarianism is so stupid. Look at the Middle East.

  199. Knuckle Dragger

    People. Some decorum, please.

    This started with an atheist wanting to be an Army chaplain, attaining rank and pay without wanting to do the hard yards (h/t Mater) and since then has developed into who’s more Catholic than who.

    The Crayon Eater, of all people, threw the communion bait out and everyone went batshit spastic psycho.

    This can obviously get worse, and carry on until Tuesday but a step back and some deep breathing should be enough for all sensible folk.

    *pauses*

    Did someone say KFC?

  200. Knuckle Dragger

    Lizzie,

    If you can’t steer a car with one hand, leaving aside the more obvious question of why you were holding your nose, then perhaps you should pay the gardener at bit extra and have him drive the Bentley for you….

  201. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just thinking about cars as message carriers. I see that these days no-one, every few anyway, has bumper sticks, especially political ones. Of course you do still see the occasional ‘I’m an activist against everything’ old bomb covered in Green’s stickers, but if you car is a good one then it seems protective thoughts come into play, and no sticker. Pity, because I could think of some great bumper sticks.

    Maybe the Liberals could take a leaf from the Warringah driver’s book. They could hire a message truck. I suppose around here though it would be seen as terribly bad form, not the thing to do at all, and a disgraceful attack on that lovely doctor who only wants to help children and save little bear cubs.

    BAH!!! What humbug there exists once people find themselves too comfortable in life.

  202. Fat Tony

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2981671, posted on April 7, 2019 at 2:51 pm
    What you appear to want is a sectarian argument.
    Not playing.

    Sectarianism is so stupid. Look at the Middle East.

    So I guess you and the Witchfinder General would like to burn me at the stake??

  203. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Spilled wine on my keyboard is finally send them spare. Missing keystrokes everywhere, plus a few extra added for good measure.

  204. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    So I guess you and the Witchfinder General would like to burn me at the stake??

    I must read upthread. You’ve obviously got it in for someone who isn’t me, as well as thinking I’m in some sort of dastardly plot with them, Tony. In my religion of the Flying Spaghetti Monster we don’t do sectarianism. While a very few might still battle on the al dente vs well cooked schism, mostly we say it is a personal preference and leave it at that. We find it works better that way for us.

  205. mh

    We get the message. You are dumb.

    Swastika-Clad Protesters Interrupt Trump Speech to Jewish Republicans

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/06/swastika-clad-protesters-interrupt-trump-speech-to-jewish-republicans/

  206. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Knuckle Dragger, my modus operandi is to raise one arm showing a strong ‘thumbs down’ motion, while simultaneously signaling my displeasure by holding my nose at the ‘orrible smell of these posters with the other hand. It is called non-verbal communication, especially if you do it to each poster as you pass it. It is perfectly suited to use when driving, because people do see other drivers – I know that, because Hairy for instance is always yelling at people to get off their phone and to put their hands on the wheel, then right foot down, it’s not that hard you dumb bint etc. 🙂

    As I said though, Hairy and one of my sons do not approve, citing issues of safety and car security.
    As for the Bentley, we no longer have a spare limo, although we had a very nice one in times past.
    Hairy was always the driver though. A personal driver, whom he had on occasions, was rather OTT.

  207. mh

    Headline at Breitbart

    Swastika-Clad Protesters Interrupt Trump Speech to Jewish Republicans

    Not white supremacists, though. Just very dumb progressives.

  208. mh

    Headline at Breitbart

    Swastika-Clad Protesters Interrupt Trump Speech to Jooish Republicans

    Not white supremacists, though. Just very dumb progressives.

  209. Knuckle Dragger

    Lizzie,

    I see. I’m well aware of NVC, ta, but I did wonder what had been stinking up your nice car.

    As the owner/operator of an almost 15 year old boy, I had odds it would have been him.

  210. Knuckle Dragger

    And I’m sorry Lizzie, but if you really want to be Australian you need the ability to steer with one hand (or a knee) and simultaneously be eating a cheeseburger, lighting a smoke and changing the tape in the stereo with the other.

    Hey, I’m telling it, not selling it.

  211. bespoke

    1735099
    #2981596, posted on April 7, 2019 at 1:40 pm
    This priest had it in for my dad.
    The pp was a bigoted ignorant old man without a brain, who was discomforted by the reforms.

    So this pattern of conflicting with people wherever you go is was inherited from from dad is sad but you not drawing some connection is pathetic. Like the clown in the original article you seek to preach with out the commitment.

  212. Pedro the Ignorant

    A question for the ages.

    Was sTan Grant tinted and get made up as a whitey in his early iteration or is he a whitey getting made up as tinted these days?

    Maybe he did a Michael Jackson type colour change in reverse.

  213. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Driving through Camberwell (Burke Road), I saw one house with a pro-ABC vinyl banner that spanned the entire front fence and even had weights attached at regular intervals. A true professional effort.

    It’s style matched a smaller picket-mount one I have already sees in Blackburn South.

    Is this meant to be a grassroots movement?

  214. Leigh Lowe

    Is the Mislum word now banned?

  215. Steve trickler

    This is great.

    Our ABC would have hired a helicopter and cost the taxpayer a fortune to equal this 6:58 of footage.



  216. Fat Tony

    Leigh Lowe
    #2981706, posted on April 7, 2019 at 3:44 pm
    Is the Mislum word now banned?

    Yeah – stick to Christian sectarianism, schisms & heresies

  217. Notafan

    I see fat Tony has reverted to his usual quality postings.

    And KD, my point about numbers story about his dad was that it was a lie

    As he has now admitted, perhaps not intentionally.

    As for the communion issue, the point was, it’s not about Catholics being mean, which was numbers implication, as the linked article from Catholic.com clearly articulated.

    I recall a few years ago someone trying to sell a concecrated by pope John Paul 11 host on eBay, now ushers have to stand at the altar at st Peter’s and make sure noone slips them in their pockets.

  218. Fat Tony

    Notafan
    #2981710, posted on April 7, 2019 at 3:46 pm
    I see fat Tony has reverted to his usual quality postings.

    I see the Witchfinder General has reverted to her usual catholic bigotry

  219. RobK

     lighting a smoke and ….
    Once you’re out of town, that should read “rolling a smoke”.

  220. BrettW

    Article in Sunday Mail talks about the CFMMEU campaigning in Brisbane against current head of Together Union as leadership vote coming up. Members in CFMMEU gear handing out flyers near Govt buildings in CBD.

    Was expecting the article to mention why CFMMEU would campaign to affect another Unions leadership. No such motive given.

    I guess the Sunday Mail journalist was not aware that in January 2019 the Together Union on behalf of members who are building inspectors had complained to the Qld Govt about threats and danger to their members, by CFMMEU, when visiting certain cobstruction sites. Had even come up with a list of the dangerous sites.

    I have no idea if current leaders of Together are doing a good job but if CFMMEU are campaigning against them then in my book they must be.

    This is another example of the influence the thugs of the CFMMEU can have outside their own Union.

    You can be sure the leadership team they are supporting will sell out their members who are building inspectors and provide support in Labor conferences etc.

    Poor reporting to have missed out such an important point.

  221. mh

    sTan could claim for skin darkening when he lodges his tax return.

    Definitely a work related expense.

  222. Mater

    And KD, my point about numbers story about his dad was that it was a lie
    As he has now admitted, perhaps not intentionally.

    He has a habit of deliberately omitting important details in his analogies in order to give a less than accurate impression.
    The cost of his wife’s cancer treatment was another doozy which was designed to deceive by omission.

  223. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    sTan could claim for skin darkening when he lodges his tax return.

    Definitely a work related expense.

    Stan Grant lost all credibility when he repeated all the tired, old discredited bullshyte about poisoned waterholes, and how his father wasn’t counted in the census, and wasn’t an Australian citizen, until the 1967 referendum.

  224. zyconoclast

    On the issue of non-Catholics and Communion. If true, what Rudd was very wrong.

    Out of love for the priest and by extension love for Christ, he should have accepted the priest’s adherence to the rules of the Church.

    What about the love of the Arch Angel St Kev?

  225. Overburdened

    Can’t provide a link

    Hakuho put on a sterling campaign to win the grand sumo tournament March 2019.

    The nhk news feed on YouTube is really good.

  226. zyconoclast

    UK to pay up to £200m in compensation to Windrush victims

    The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has announced that the government will pay up to £200m in compensation to people whose lives were damaged by the Home Office’s mistaken classification of thousands of long-term British residents as illegal immigrants.

    “Nothing we say or do will ever wipe away the hurt, the trauma, the loss that should never have been suffered by the men and women of the Windrush generation, but together we can begin to right the wrongs of Windrush,” Javid said.

  227. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Labor’s EV push could end the weekend: PM

    Richard Ferguson
    Reporter
    @RichAFerguson
    10:45AM April 7, 2019
    Comments

    Bill Shorten’s claim electric vehicles could be fully charged in eight minutes has received backing from his frontbench colleague Anthony Albanese — and former “first lady” Lucy Turnbull.

    The Opposition Leader’s widely ridiculed claim has been seized on by Prime Minister Scott Morrison as evidence Mr Shorten does not understand his own emissions reductions policy, but appears to have found support from Mrs Turnbull.

    The chairwoman of the Greater Sydney Commission and wife to Malcolm Turnbull shared an article on Twitter yesterday from the website Renewable Energy World, heralding the launch of “the world’s fastest e-vehicle charger” which could charge up to 350 kilowatts — or 200kms — in eight minutes.

    From the Oz.

  228. Arky

    I’ll play:

    At the last supper everyone was both ‘Catholic’ (a member of the universal church) and a follower of Christ, because at that stage there had been no schism in the Church and so the question doesn’t arise.

    ..
    At the last supper everyone was both protestant (a member of the universal church) and a follower of Christ, because at that stage there had been no schism in the Church and so the question doesn’t arise.
    They weren’t protestating because the thought the catholics were abiding by Christ’s teaching.

  229. Arky

    Christianity was always a protestant idea.

  230. calli

    OK – forget what Jesus did – it’s not important.
    Just go with the decisions of Man – that’ll work.

    It’s not a “sectarian” argument – it goes to one to the fundamental tenets of Christianity.

    It is important.

    The decisions of Man, made in obedience to God, do work.

    Christians have done horrible, sinful things over what should be a holy, beautiful rite. Saying it isn’t a sectarian issue is dishonest.

    Disclaimer – I’m a Protestant. I would not expect a priest to go against the rules of his church.

  231. calli

    I don’t think much of the Arch Angel St Kev.

    His qualifications are vastly overrated.

  232. calli

    Bother.

    I played.

    I have no self-control.

  233. Leigh Lowe

    calli

    #2981746, posted on April 7, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    I don’t think much of the Arch Angel St Kev.

    The Patron Saint of people who sleep in cars.

  234. Zatara

    Explosive Rise in Teens Seeking Sex Change Rocks Sweden

    The number of teenage girls seeking sex reassignment treatment has increased by an avalanche-like 1,900 percent. Many of the patients suffer from additional diagnoses, such as self-harm, autism, or anorexia. Rapid-onset gender dysphoria is often accompanied by other issues, such as self-harm, autism, or anorexia.

    What a surprise. Oh wait, no it isn’t. You’ve been told that for years but you didn’t listen.

    Despite the lack of research and negative feedback from “regretters”, the patients still get prescribed their treatment. … many youngsters who have undergone gender reassignment have rued their decision only to discover that the transition is irreversible. SVT described instances of the Karolinska University Hospital surgically removing the breasts of girls as young as 14. The so-called “regretters” are subsequently offered trauma treatment at the Lundström reception in Västra Götaland. In the past two years, the clinic has seen patients even under 16 years of age.

    Yeah? Wait until they reach 18 and are old enough to sue the bejesus out of everyone involved in doing that to them. Especially their parents. Expect to hear Dr Mengele’s name and his experiments on children in concentration camps come up.

    (Cretins mentioned in a post above injecting hormones into 8 year olds take note)

  235. OldOzzie

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2981736, posted on April 7, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Labor’s EV push could end the weekend: PM

    The Opposition Leader’s widely ridiculed claim has been seized on by Prime Minister Scott Morrison as evidence Mr Shorten does not understand his own emissions reductions policy, but appears to have found support from Mrs Turnbull.

    The chairwoman of the Greater Sydney Commission and wife to Malcolm Turnbull shared an article on Twitter yesterday from the website Renewable Energy World, heralding the launch of “the world’s fastest e-vehicle charger” which could charge up to 350 kilowatts — or 200kms — in eight minutes.

    And where Lucy TurdBull is the Electric Power coming for this?

    ABB Launches “World’s Fastest” Charger – 350-kW Terra

    ABB presents at Hannover Messe its latest 350 kW Terra HP High Power ultra-fast chargers.

    It’s being called the “world’s fastest,” as the 350 kW of juice is the new top level for cars.

    ABB Terra HP High Power fast charger (350 kW)

    The Terra HP High Power can replenish 200 km (125 miles) of range in eight minutes (40-45 kWh), provide the car will be able to use 300-350 kW.

    As we can see in the photos, the Terra HP is equipped with two plugs – CCS Combo and CHAdeMO, as ABB would like to remain standard-neutral. The question is will the 350 kW of power be offered on the CHAdeMO side too when the standard becomes capable of supporting that energy level?

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