Thursday Forum: April 11, 2019

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  1. John Constantine

    Cricket australia’s diversity project captain in waiting’s views on pooves burning in hell are not public knowledge, because our media operates on ‘ don’t ask, don’t tell’.

  2. Infidel Tiger

    So in the NRL if you root a dog, snort coke, do a bit of mild r @ping you can play, but quote the bible and you’re out?

    This is a surreal time to be alive. Would prefer to be reading about it, rather than let bing it.

    It’s like every moronic person on Twitter now runs the western world.

  3. None

    Well said Cassie. Islam, Bhuddism and Hinduism also condemn homosexual activity. These Rugby Australia clowns need to be grateful that Folau’s Christianity just warns them of divine judgement and doesn’t advocate for harming gays. Note that according tomRugby Australia you can vilify liars and fornicators and adulterers but don’t touch the gay. I also suspect the Irish fascist at Qantas was on the phone – the guy who mow tows to Arab nations which advocate the death penalty for gays. There is something very smelly about him and also the Irish PM. Must be that whiff of sulphur on their breath.

    Methinks Izzy had enough.

  4. feelthebern

    I understand Assange revealed names of secret agents. How many were killed?

    Yes, do tell.

  5. None

    Well said Cassie. Islxx, Bhxddism and Hxndxism also condemn homosexual activity. These Rugby Australia clowns need to be grateful that Folau’s Christianity just warns of divine judgement and doesn’t advocate for harming gays. Note that according to Rugby Australia you can vilify liars and fornicators and adulterers but don’t touch the gay. I also suspect the Irish fascist at Qantas was on the phone – the guy who mow tows to Arab nations which advocate the death penalty for gays. There is something very smelly about him and also the Irish PM. Must be that whiff of sulphur on their breath.

    Methinks Izzy had enough.

    I have had enough too but feel pretty helpless about what to do to stop this. Grrr.

  6. thefrollickingmole

    I think pissing in your own mouth is still allowed as well. Or was that another sport?

  7. stackja

    Israel F just the latest Christian to be persecuted for his faith. SSM slippery slope continues. How dare people hold such ‘anti social’ views. 1984!

  8. Helen

    Yeah, IT, it is like the mad world is spinning round, faster and faster and you are in the center watching it, unable to stop it. I guess like a top it will fall over eventually.

  9. feelthebern

    We leagueys take everyone & anyone.

  10. Armadillo

    I understand Assange revealed names of secret agents. How many were killed?

    They were all agents of Western Governments. Doesn’t matter to Assange that they were killed.

    They were enemies of Socialism.

  11. jupes

    “Israel has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs employee is that he cannot share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality.

    This is so stupid.

    Folau is completely innocent. He didn’t vilify or discriminate against homosexuals, and to the extent that the comment condemned homos, it did so with a view to save them. So he didn’t actually condemn them either.

    And if it is a sin to vilify, discriminate or condemn homos, why isn’t it a sin to do the same against the other seven ‘sins’ on his list? I have been guilty of five of them so how come homos need more protection than me?

  12. thefrollickingmole

    It’s curious only the gay mafia were mentioned as needing protection from a hurry opinion, why?

  13. feelthebern

    They were all agents of Western Governments.

    Linky?
    Preferably one that isn’t debunked after 2 seconds of googling.

  14. stackja

    feel Bern – I don’t have time for that now. Going to bed. Ask someone else.

  15. Infidel Tiger

    I hope Izzy’s deeply religious Islander bros quit in support.

    Australian Rugby could not beat anyone in the top twenty without the darkies whose religion we find offensive.

  16. feelthebern

    Just because your government overlords had their stinky perma-war laundry aired doesn’t mean it was a bad thing.

  17. C.L.

    SMH:

    ‘I would have been content to receive a simple apology’: Rush accuser speaks out

    Eryn Jean Norvill had her reliability criticised by Federal Court Justice Michael Wigney, but said she stood by everything she said in the defamation trial.

    I’ve noticed more than one media outfit has ‘counterbalanced’ Rush’s utter humiliation of Spicer Squad hysterics and calumniators – and therefore his utter humiliation of them – by reporting the that Norvill stands by wot she claimed. Go ahead and sue, then, hun. Otherwise, STFU. Nobody cares.

  18. Leigh Lowe

    feelthebern

    #2985501, posted on April 11, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    I understand Assange revealed names of secret agents. How many were killed?

    Yes, do tell.

    Things I used to believe in …
    Santa.
    Assange revealed names of secret agents.
    Easter Bunny.
    Labor surpluses.
    Essendon’s game plan.

  19. jupes

    Who did Assange betray?
    The US DoD?

    He released classified information to the enemy in wartime.

    He didn’t know what was in it, there was too much to read it all. But he released it anyway.

    That’s treason.

  20. Arky

    Just because your government overlords had their stinky perma-war laundry aired doesn’t mean it was a bad thing.

    ..
    Even just two years ago we might think of Assange as a traitorous prick.
    But after what has been revealed of the deep state assholes we need to rethink that assessment.

  21. C.L.

    At Bolt’s strange site, no posts on the election or Folau or Assange or Rush.
    Zip.

  22. Armadillo

    Preferably one that isn’t debunked after 2 seconds of googling.

    Google sux. I stand by my statement.

  23. mh

    jupes
    #2985344, posted on April 11, 2019 at 7:22 pm
    Folau’s initial tweet was this:

    Referring to an article about Tasmania’s decision to introduce gender-optional birth certificates, Folau took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to caution that “the devil has blindsided so many people in this world, REPENT and turn away from your evil ways”.

    Izzy believes in 2 genders, which is scientifically 100% correct and provable.

  24. feelthebern

    Oh my.
    Peter Beattie has said Folau is not welcome back in League as he doesn’t pass the NRL’s “inclusiveness” test.
    Can someone please point me to the NRL’s inclusiveness test?
    First Ive ever heard of it.

  25. C.L.

    Post Trump coup, I’m no longer inclined to believe anything America’s “intelligence community” says about anything, including Assange. I don’t trust him but I trust them even less.

  26. Arky

    Even more, we need to rethink the powers that were given state agencies around the West after 9/11.

  27. jupes

    I’ve noticed more than one media outfit has ‘counterbalanced’ Rush’s utter humiliation of Spicer Squad hysterics and calumniators

    Bolta and Rita Panahi were tap-dancing like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire while discussing Rush tonight. Their employer lost so they wanted to leave an element of doubt. Bolta spitefully even played footage of some other actress’ accusations against Rush before resorting to the old fall back of “no winners in this”.

    Of course there are always winners in a defamation case. The lawyers.

  28. MatrixTransform

    This is so stupid.

    Hmm, its a power display … nothing more, nothing less

  29. C.L.

    Peter Beattie has said Folau is not welcome back in League as he doesn’t pass the NRL’s “inclusiveness” test.

    Pictured: Peter Beattie with Queensland Labor leader and convicted child rapist Keith Wright.
    ——–
    If you think that’s unfair, read this: Premier Beattie’s double standard on child sex abuse.

    He was warned about D’arcy and Wright’s reputation was an open secret throughout Queensland.

  30. MatrixTransform

    fuck politics and sport/

  31. Infidel Tiger

    Oh my.
    Peter Beattie has said Folau is not welcome back in League as he doesn’t pass the NRL’s “inclusiveness” test.
    Can someone please point me to the NRL’s inclusiveness test?
    First Ive ever heard of it.

    That’s what my previous post was about.

    In a league full of coke fuelled, depraved animals, who regularly [email protected] women, dogs and each other, a wholesome, teetotal, scripture quoting man is not welcome.

    I personally think Izzy is misguided, but this is an insane world to live in.

  32. C.L.

    Peter Beattie has said Folau is not welcome back in League as he doesn’t pass the NRL’s “inclusiveness” test.

    Pictured: Peter Beattie with Queensland Labor leader and convicted ch1ld r-pist Keith Wright.

  33. mh

    Peter Beattie has said Folau is not welcome back in League as he doesn’t pass the NRL’s “inclusiveness” test.

    Now I’m getting angry. That silly cvnt didn’t even know what the club name of Cronulla was.

    “The team that plays out of the Sutherland Shire — is it the Cronulla Hawks, the Cronulla Seagulls or the Cronulla Sharks?”
    Beattie proceeded to stumble over his answer and seemed unable to name the 2016 premiers.

    “I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t have a bloody clue, but I’ll know next week,” Beattie said.
    “It’s got to be Cronulla of some kind.
    “It’s too bloody hard Gus, that’s too difficult.”

  34. C.L.

    If you think that’s unfair, read this: Premier Beattie’s double standard on ch1ld s-x abuse.

    He was warned about D’arcy and Wright’s reputation was an open secret throughout Queensland.

  35. No no.

    “To be sane in a world of madman is in itself madness…”

    “A sane person to an insane society must appear insane…”

    Clown world was observed many decades ago by our forebears.

  36. Infidel Tiger

    Apparently Homophobia now includes not wanting homos to burn in hell.

  37. mh

    Peter Beattie believes that the latest fad of “inclusiveness” trumps Christianity.

    Total fuckwit.

  38. jupes

    Peter Beattie has said Folau is not welcome back in League as he doesn’t pass the NRL’s “inclusiveness” test.

    Banning is including,
    Peace is war,
    Freedom is slavery,
    Ignorance is strength.

  39. Crossie

    After watching Paul Murray’s Pub Test with Tony Abbott and some candidates for Warringah I don’t think Tony has to worry about Zalli Steggall who didn’t even show up. His real danger will be from the woman representing Clive Pakmer’s United Australia Party*. She is a star, articulate and quick, making sensible comments and knows the electorate. This will be the most interesting electorate apart from being the seat of a former PM.

    Disclosure: I despise Clive and his efforts to buy an election.

  40. Armadillo

    In a league full of coke fuelled, depraved animals, who regularly [email protected] women, dogs and each other, a wholesome, teetotal, scripture quoting man is not welcome.

    A fair and accurate summation that covers the administrators.

    A comment on the actual players themselves would add to the overall picture, IT.

  41. Crossie

    mh
    #2985539, posted on April 11, 2019 at 10:37 pm
    Peter Beattie believes that the latest fad of “inclusiveness” trumps Christianity.

    Total fuckwit.

    But of course Christianity is exclusionary, it exists to exclude sins. That is its mission statement and only a matter of time before it becomes outlawed.

  42. Crossie

    JC
    #2985543, posted on April 11, 2019 at 10:44 pm
    He looks 80.

    Not so, he may be a bit shaggy but not grey, he’s almost an albino.

  43. mh

    But of course Christianity is exclusionary, it exists to exclude sins. That is its mission statement and only a matter of time before it becomes outlawed.

    Outlawed because it is a resistant force against progressivism.

  44. Armadillo

    He looks 80.

    The plod smiling in the foreground indicates it’s been “photo shopped”. Just a hunch.

    “We got him” is the message.

  45. Candy

    Assange looks scared and confused. He has been locked away from the world a long time.

  46. None

    Just reading the Rush judgement at SMH and also the judges’s comments on the witness prone to a bit of exaggeration. Frankly I think SMH is throwing the woman under the bus because Murdoch. either way I thought that intotial front page about Rush at the Tele was appalling – talk about trial by fuckwit media – and I am gla d he hit back and won. just imagine if it was some little guy. Oh wait.

    By the way I am getting a bit disturbed by the girl hysteria over the pool “rapist” case and the way it is being reported. Justice must be cautious and sober. The media are now behaving like the KKK. Not good.

  47. Crossie

    Can someone please point me to the NRL’s inclusiveness test?

    It’s whatever Beattie says it is. Isn’t it great to be king?

  48. Armadillo

    Anyone know who “the plod” is? Cap might provide a clue.

  49. Zatara

    Why all this bloody advice about taking death certificates or anything else to Westpac? I’m not a customer, and I’m not chasing them for anything.

    Assuming her account(s) with them are closed and you truly have no need to ever speak with them again you might start by purchasing a call blocker.

    Once they identify themselves hit the ‘block now’ button and hang up. That’s a number you will never hear from again.

    I use one and it’s been a godsend at eliminating junk calls.

  50. None

    Just reading the Rush judgement at SMH and also the judges’s comments on the witness prone to a bit of exaggeration. Frankly I think SMH is throwing the woman under the bus because Murdoch. Either way I thought that initial front page about Rush at the Tele was appalling – talk about trial by fuckwit media – and I am glad he hit back and won. Just imagine if it was some little guy. Oh wait.

    By the way I am getting a bit disturbed by the girl hysteria over the pool “r**ist” case and the way it is being reported. Justice must be cautious and sober. The media are now behaving like the KKK. Not good.

  51. Listening to Dan Blizerian podcast with Joe Rogan.

    Did not know Hillary was promising to backers (mostly bankers, apparently) to “stand her ground” and not legalise weed at all.

  52. Zatara

    This Assange thing is a wake up.
    An Australian citizen, arrested in England, of interest to the US.

    Nah, he is Equadorian now. Bet they are sorry.

    They gave him asylum, not citizenship.

  53. Leigh Lowe

    I’ve noticed more than one media outfit has ‘counterbalanced’ Rush’s utter humiliation of Spicer Squad hysterics and calumniators – and therefore his utter humiliation of them – by reporting the that Norvill stands by wot she claimed. Go ahead and sue, then, hun. Otherwise, STFU. Nobody cares.

    These media outlets need to be very careful they don’t double down on the defamation, or even open themselves up to contempt of court.
    Example … a key part of the case was the banner headines and newsagent sheet promos screaming “King Leer” with a photo of Rush. It did not matter that the fine print acknowledged his denials 6 paragraphs in.
    This was very similar to the principle in the Joe Hockey defamation case.
    So, what does Channel 7 do tonight in it’s late news promo aired during the AFL broadcast?

    It shows the original offending front page unedited.

    That was the whole point of the Rush case and the Hockey case. It doesn’t matter what the voiceover or later full report says. The headline image is defamatory.
    Rush’s lawyers could make exactly the same case again against Seven. That is, that thousands of viewers in sports bars see the image but don’t hear the qualifying voice-over … ka-ching.

  54. jupes

    He looks 80.

    That popping sound you hear is the celebrations starting at the Ecuadorian Embassy. For seven years (well at least for the length of their posting) they have had to put up with that fucking tosser living in their workplace.

    For most countries a posting to London is up there with Paris or Washington. Not for those poor schmucks over the last seven years.

  55. Crossie

    Assange did what the New York Times did, published government secrets but he did it to the wrong president. NYT published numerous leaks against the Bush administration that helped Al Qaida and no problem.

    Assange publishes documents stolen from the Obama government and is a dangerous criminal while the guy who stole the documents gets pardoned. Jussie Smollett justice at its best.

  56. C.L.

    I counted seven police officers taking Assange away.
    A smidgen ridiculous. He’s not Dwayne Johnson.

  57. None

    Beat me to it C.L. I was about to post this with vid from another angle:
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6911187/Wikileaks-founder-Julian-Assange-arrested-police.html

    He was carried out and given his fat self these days you would need 7 to carry him.

  58. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2985536, posted on April 11, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Apparently Homophobia now includes not wanting homos to burn in hell.

    Has anyone checked with Satan on this one?
    I mean, he may not want tonnes of frying foggats at his front door either.

  59. Infidel Tiger

    I’m trying to stay with the zeitgeist, so let me say now that I am very cool with homos burning in hell for eternity. I’m a bit sad about the drunkards.

    Phew. Did I get that one right?

  60. thefrollickingmole

    Jules
    Consider the poor staff have also had to try and ignore assanage boning Pamala Anderson in the room next to the photocopier as wel

  61. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’m transcribing my great uncle’s war diaries, from North Africa, 1942.. He’s standing on the running board of a truck, carrying much needed mortar bombs, to the fighting on Ruweisat Ridge…The truck driver has demurred – he’s not going anywhere into that danger, and been told that he’ll get his brains blown out, if he doesn’t…the greatest generation…R.I.P.

  62. mh

    Imagine being a Queensland Premier for a decade, living in Brisbane, a rugby league city with a club that was in recent decades amongst the most successful, being appointed Chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission, and still not having a clue who the Cronulla Sharks were, a club that had just won a Premiership.

    That’s Peter Beattie. A total bullshit artist.

  63. Oh come on

    Liberty Quote:

    Let’s…become what we’ve always been – a global trading nation. We are not just a European nation. Britain’s better than that.

    – Nigel Farage

    MAGBA!

  64. Infidel Tiger

    Just as well all my raving about corporatism proved to be a false alarm.

    Don’t I feel a fool.

  65. Knuckle Dragger

    Someone said it better upthread, but it appears the knob jockeys are now the only class of people in this country it is compulsory to be nice to. At all times.

    It is my fervent hope that in 12 months’ time Folau re tweets the exact same posts from his mansion in Japan, along with a picture of a wardrobe full of gold bullion and a firmly extended middle finger* just to remind the cretins in the blood-spattered, shattered remnants of their former sport that Mr and Mrs Public are not interested in virtue signalling, and that RA is not and never should have tried their hand at being the Morals Police.

    Idiots.

    *I was going to also say surrounded by geisha girls ready to demonstrate their appreciation of Folau-san, but then I remembered the post was about him, not me.

  66. jupes

    Assange did what the New York Times did, published government secrets but he did it to the wrong president.

    He stole military secrets. Hundreds of thousands of them. He then gave them to the enemy.

    That is treason.

  67. C.L.

    Assange Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Computer Intrusion

    That’s what Monty should be charged with.

  68. mh

    Pamela Anderson
    @pamfoundation
    Summer is here …
    don’t give up ❤️
    https://twitter.com/pamfoundation/status/1116076001488805889?s=20

  69. Zatara

    Possibly the world’s least best kept secret.

    Amazon reportedly has thousands of workers listening to Alexa chats

    Well no shit sherlock. What fool ever thought otherwise?

  70. Oh come on

    I could be wrong but I think, in the fullness of time, that Assange has been a good thing on balance. The best parts of the Wikileaks dump was a bunch of Juicy diplomatic gossip – not very valuable – while the worst parts may well have exposed intelligence sources to God knows what.

    However, what Snowden leaked about the NSA, its practices and those of its foreign counterparts – that absolutely should have been brought to public attention.

    I think there’s a respectable assertion to be made that if there was no Assange, there’d have been no Snowden. And Snowden was essential.

  71. Infidel Tiger

    The year is 2019.

    Quoting the bible is illegal.

    Elle McPherson is banging a vaccine fraud doctor.

    Pamela Anderson is banging Julian Assange.

    Bill Shorten is Australian PM.

    Izzy, how does one stay away from booze?

  72. Oh come on

    How is ‘Chelsea’ Manning going? Oh, that’s right. Obama commuted his sentence.

  73. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Zali Steggall on Twitter pumping up an anti-Tony Abbott story in the Singaporean newspaper ‘The Straits Times‘ …

    Zali Steggall couldn’t be bothered turning up to PML’s ‘pub talk’ session of Q & A tonight. Nor could the Labor candidate. Labor candidate, later realizing what a terrible mistake that was, came in for a chat afterwards, unavoidably detained earlier etc etc.

    I suspect after this Zali Staggall is toast in Wahringah. Simply a Get-Up Labor Stooge and shown up to be that. Anyone with no brains attracted to the idea of voting for a good-looking female with no great grasp on the finer details of policy was presented with an enticing alternative in the United Australia Party candidate; a local girl with solid opinions underpinned by not much else, but a much better option than Zali. The Greens candidate lost out in both the looks and the thought department but did a valiant job in the Greens-we-are-really-nice-moderates department. Tony was our guy and he put on a sterling performance. All good TV and fun to watch. Hope I am right about Zali. Whoever is doing it, keep driving around Wahringah streets in that truck with the poster on it saying a vote for Zali is a vote for Bill Shorten because I think it is working to get people talking.

  74. Knuckle Dragger

    A welcome change of subject. Heroin.

    In the ten months since the Richmond North ‘safe injection room’ was opened, ambos have been called there to reverse 650 heroin overdoses. That’s two per day, and taken away from apparently second priority jobs like Nanna’s had a fall and broken her hip.

    Two staff members have been caught shooting up in alleys nearby rather than actually in the premises itself, and naturally that part of Richmond, which isn’t somewhere you want to go anyway is now even more a cesspit, filled to the brim with human shit.

    The leader of the Reason Party (which heavily lobbied for the injecting rooms), one Fiona Patten, unnecessarily said ‘It’s not working as everybody had hoped it would’.

  75. Oh come on

    Seems to me that Bradley Manning’s crime was far, far worse than Assange’s. Manning is a free man today.

  76. Knuckle Dragger

    Whoever invented Narcan needs his bum kicked. Hard.

  77. Mitch M.

    The year is 2019.

    Quoting the bible is illegal.

    Elle McPherson is banging a vaccine fraud doctor.

    Pamela Anderson is banging Julian Assange.

    Bill Shorten is Australian PM.

    Izzy, how does one stay away from booze?

    The whole world is intoxicated so drink up sonny.

  78. Oh come on

    In the ten months since the Richmond North ‘safe injection room’ was opened, ambos have been called there to reverse 650 heroin overdoses.

    Isn’t that a good thing?

  79. Zatara

    Manning is a free man today.

    Yes, after he was convicted and served part of a term in prison.

  80. Zatara

    18 U.S. Code § 371. Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States

    If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

    By law, if conspiracy is proven then they are both guilty of the crime.

  81. Knuckle Dragger

    Rita Panahi recommends that as the HMAS Albatross trainwreck unfolds, the ADF should be renamed ‘the Inclusive Diversity Circle’.

    Food for thought.

  82. Oh come on

    Assange isn’t a US citizen, is he? What crime(s) did he commit that a US court could charge him with? Non-US citizens don’t have to abide by US law when they aren’t in the US, surely. There’s a pretty good chance Assange beats the rap, I reckon.

  83. Steve trickler

    Draw your own conclusions with regards to recent events with Wiki-man and the following. I am going to wait and see.

    On ya, Polly.



  84. Oh come on

    18 U.S. Code § 371. Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States

    This applies to non US individuals who acted outside of the US jurisdiction?

  85. Knuckle Dragger

    No, OCO, 650 heroin ODs is not a good thing.

    It takes ambos away from normal people needing their services through no fault of their own. Instead they’re tending to human shit who decided having a mix of heroin, corn flour and battery acid in their systems was a really good idea, up until the point they started to die. Administered by other addicts who’ve just shot up in the next alleyway, if you don’t mind.

    Self-inflicted idiocy, and it keeps these retards alive so they can presumably spawn yet another generation of useless, sponging, welfare dependent drug addicted SuperTards that have zero net worth to society whatsoever. It’s preventing a natural culling process.

    Like I said, whoever invented Narcan should have his bum kicked. By every taxpayer in the country. At once.

  86. Crossie

    Zatara
    #2985572, posted on April 11, 2019 at 11:27 pm
    Assange Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Computer Intrusion (Hacking)

    No espionage , etc.

    Computer intrusion? Like what Google, Amazon and Facebook are doing?

    Assange is guilty of only one thing, running afoul of Obama and Hillary.

  87. Crossie

    jupes
    #2985574, posted on April 11, 2019 at 11:31 pm
    Assange did what the New York Times did, published government secrets but he did it to the wrong president.

    He stole military secrets. Hundreds of thousands of them. He then gave them to the enemy.

    That is treason.

    He stole nothing, Bradley Manning stole them. Assange merely published them just like the NYT published how the Bush admin were tracking Al Qaida.

  88. Oh come on

    Jeebus, Jerry Nadler was a real porker in the 1990s! Looks like Jabba the Hutt.

    Mark Dice’s CNN/MSNBC-watching face is up there with the Tucker Carlson incredulous face.

  89. John Brumble

    The Assange arrest is going to be a “get Trump” thing. You heard it here first.

  90. Oh come on

    No, OCO, 650 heroin ODs is not a good thing.

    I realise this, but are you suggesting that these ODs would not have taken place if the injection room wasn’t there?

  91. John Brumble

    They will allege that Trump conspired with Assange to influence him to access to Hillary’s emails. One day we may find the trail of money paid to effect the ceassation of asylum.

    This will have come from the Mueller investigation, which will have found a simple request to Assange for
    information. They will argue that this amounts to conspiracy to commit a crime.

  92. Knuckle Dragger

    Oh the ODs would have absolutely happened, OCO. In alleyways, shooting galleries, squats, abandoned houses and laneways. And while they were happening the ambos would have been attending far more worthwhile tasks than resurrecting these POS so they can do it all again the following week after (this is true) bitching to the paramedics about having their hit ruined.

    No net benefit to society at all. Good riddance.

    Natural selection, in all its glory.

  93. DrBeauGan

    No, OCO, 650 heroin ODs is not a good thing.

    It would be if we let nature take its course and they all died.

  94. Infidel Tiger

    The year is 2019.

    The government pays for rooms for degenerates to shoot up heroin.

    Quoting the scriptures is illegal.

  95. Crossie

    John Brumble
    #2985598, posted on April 12, 2019 at 12:19 am
    The Assange arrest is going to be a “get Trump” thing. You heard it here first.

    They may try but Trump is better placed to offer him a pardon in exchange for info on Hillary and Obama misdeeds.

  96. jo

    Spider
    #2985205, posted on April 11, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Scomo should have a huge calculator which counts off every time Shorten or his minions mention the “big end of town”.
    The “big end of town”. That is where the big ears apparent will have his feet under the table.

  97. 2dogs

    Non-US citizens don’t have to abide by US law when they aren’t in the US, surely.

    Hardly. The US has a lot of extra-territorial laws. Some Argentine banks have been caught in an awkward situation where they could not simultaneously obey Argentine and US law, and when the followed Argentine law, got hit with penalties in the US.

  98. Tom

    This says more about David Rowe than Donald Trump.

  99. Zatara

    Rowe seems to have a quite a thing for drawing fat semi-naked old men.

    They appear over-often in his work.

  100. Nob

    2dogs
    #2985611, posted on April 12, 2019 at 3:15 am
    Non-US citizens don’t have to abide by US law when they aren’t in the US, surely.

    Hardly. The US has a lot of extra-territorial laws

    Yes.

    God forbid you attract the attention of the US State Department.

    “their arm is long and their vengeance is total”
    From this underrated classic:
    https://brightlightsfilm.com/brainpower-ken-russells-billion-dollar-brain-reassessed/#.XK-PMehKhck

  101. Zatara

    Buggah. They lost link with the ship. Good effort though.

  102. RobK

    Another consideration with electric cars and RE……

    Companies and governments worldwide are anxiously watching the fate of a sprawling industrial facility 30 kilometers north of this city on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia.

    The 100-hectare Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) produces 10% of the world’s output of rare earth oxides (REOs), minerals needed in technologies including mobile phones, hard drives, surgical lasers, and cruise missiles. Lynas, an Australian company, imports concentrated ores from mines in Australia and refines them in Malaysia, where costs are lower; it sells REOs—which include cerium compounds, used in catalytic converters, and neodymium, critical to permanent magnets—to Japan, the United States, and other countries. The plant produced almost 18,000 tons of REOs in 2018.

    Now, LAMP faces closure, barely 7 years after it opened. Environmental groups have long opposed the on-site storage of slightly radioactive waste from the extraction process, and they found a sympathetic ear in a new government elected in May 2018. In December 2018, the government demanded that LAMP ship its radioactive waste back to Australia if it wants to renew its operating license, which expires on 2 September. The company says exporting the residue by the deadline is “unachievable.”

    The standoff has caused Lynas’s stock to lose almost half its value and has worried many countries hungry for REOs. A shutdown would be “a significant event with a ripple effect,” says Ryan Castilloux, a metals and minerals analyst at Adamas Intelligence in Amsterdam. For one thing, it would strengthen China’s position as the dominant supplier of REOs, which many countries deem a strategic risk. Japan’s electric vehicle industry, for instance, would lose its main supplier of REOs for permanent magnets.

    Rare earth elements include those with atomic numbers 57 to 71, the “lanthanide series” of the periodic table, as well as scandium and yttrium. Their exceptional magnetic and conductive traits make them critical to clean energy technology, such as hybrid fuel cells, solar panels, and wind turbine magnets. Industries worth trillions of dollars depend on REOs worth only billions, Castilloux says.
    Rare earth deposits are found in more than 800 locations worldwide. Refining them takes lots of corrosive chemicals and generates huge amounts of residue. China was long the sole supplier; when it reduced exports in 2010, citing environmental concerns, prices jumped as much as 26-fold and major consumers scrambled for alternate sources. The United States and Myanmar mine REOs as well, but these are also processed in China, which now produces about 89% of the global REO output (see graphic, below). Lynas has become a “flagship” of REO production outside China, Castilloux says.

    But the company is running aground in Malaysia. At LAMP, ores are roasted with acids to dissolve the REOs and then diluted with water. This creates a solution of concentrated REOs and a pastelike residue—more than 1.5 million tons so far, of which 30% is slightly radioactive because it retains thorium and uranium from the ores

    Quite a bit more detail in the article. Read the whole thing.
    https://science.sciencemag.org/content/364/6436/114

  103. Henry2

    Does Israel Folau go to a white church or a black church?

  104. Eyrie

    RobK, Wesfarmers are trying to takeover Lynas. I hope the fix is in to continue production.
    Actually we should be doing all that in Oz. The “waste” is thorium and uranium? Excellent.
    If thewaste has to be shipped to Oz is it really more expensive to refine here?

  105. Eyrie

    Would those accusing Assange of treason, please tell me which declared war we are allegedly currently fighting?

  106. calli

    Sunrise still airing the complete Tele front page.

    Untouchable.

  107. calli

    I find Rowe’s cartoon extremely offensive and uninclusive.

    Sack him now.

  108. calli

    Manning is a free man today.

    Hate speech.

  109. Notafan

    No REO

    No EVs

    Make greens sad.

    It’s amazing how much toxic waste has to be generated in third world countries so progs in the west can stand on the dungheap and demand we revert to third world living standards.

    Yet progs dominant all media, including with leading lights posting dozens of tweets/Instagram posts daily.

    What will they do, where will they go?

  110. Eyrie

    Are we going to run a Cat book on when Tesla goes tits up?
    I’ll take September this year.

  111. Eyrie

    Nota, the toxic waste from the Lynas operation is no more radioactive than the rocks that were dug up.

  112. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Rowe seems to have a quite a thing for drawing fat semi-naked old men.

    it’s all very gay

  113. RobK

    Nota,
    It’s amazing how much toxic waste has to be generated

    There is that, but also the 90% Chinese dominance of the rare earth proccessing industry is a strategic risk.

  114. Notafan

    But that was in Oz not in Malaysia.

  115. RobK

    Eyrie,
    True, i thought Nota may have included African cobalt in the comment.

  116. Notafan

    We should process it here.

    Shorten should have it as policy to support his 50% EV policy

  117. RobK

    …..when Tesla goes tits up?
    Tesla seems to be a target of short selling ATM. (Not without cause)

  118. Bruce of Newcastle

    the 90% Chinese dominance of the rare earth proccessing industry is a strategic risk.

    Not really. REEs are mainly used in wind turbines, EV electric motors and suchlike. The global warming scam is why REE prices went up. If the scam collapses so will the REE market.

    There’s sufficient capacity elsewhere to cover the small amounts of stuff like erbium for fibre optics or Nd for other electric motors that have to be light weight.

  119. Notafan

    Thank you I will retrospectively include African cobalt mines in my comment.

    Does China control those too?

    cobalt mining in Africa

  120. vlad

    The Israel moon probe has crashed.

  121. RobK

    BoN,
    If the scam collapses so will the REE market.

    If it doesn’t we’re jiggered.

  122. stackja

    William Webb Ellis
    Inventor
    Description The Reverend William Webb Ellis was an English Anglican clergyman and the alleged inventor of rugby football while a pupil at Rugby School. According to legend, Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it during a school football match in 1823, thus creating the ‘rugby’ style of play. Wikipedia

    ARU would probably not associate with such a person today.

  123. will

    Eyrie
    #2985633, posted on April 12, 2019 at 6:08 am
    Would those accusing Assange of treason, please tell me which declared war we are allegedly currently fighting?

    so you don’t believe that gentlemen should read other gentleman’s mail? yes?

    so you think communist China is not a strategic threat? or Russia, or Iran?

  124. mh

    Listened to the first hour of Alan Jones sinking the slipper into the Australian Rugby Union and Qantas.

    Great stuff.

  125. struth

    Good Moaning

    Majors last.
    Off to renew my First Aid cert again

    Suck out the poison and give them a cigarette……………easy………

    But first my first aid…………………………..coffee

  126. Cassie of Sydney

    I thought that I would tell you about a curious exchange with a News Limited comment’s editor after my one of my comments, for the second day in a row, was rejected. I sent off an email of complaint and my two comments were published in the end…however the digital editor wrote the following to me….

    “I reinstated your long comment on Shero’s vegan activist story too, looked ok to me. I don’t think the mods have it in for particular commenters but i do find some of their decisions incomprehensible.”

    Hmmm, anyway yesterday I was reading a piece in the Oz and I noticed an utterly obscene, obnoxious and defamatory comment about Dutton that had been allowed through….here is the comment and my complaint…

    “I am reading the following comment under the story….GetUp confirms campaign hit list


    27 MINUTES AGO
    Hopefully, the campaign against the despicable Dutton will be successful – and people call Turnbull a backstabber? He can’t lie straight in bed and every time he openes his gob, out come lies!
    I have highlighted in bold the inflammatory and defamatory words.

    I am very curious as to why it has been allowed through by the moderator/moderators…It is rather ugly, inflammatory and defamatory

    I have just looked at the guidelines….

    Comments that are inflammatory and which will not positively further debate
    Anything which is inappropriate for publication for legal reasons

    I don’t think that comment is positive to debate and it is certainly defamatory.
    Regards”

    Interesting….I can guarantee you that if I had tried to publish a similar comment about…say Shorten or Albanese or Keneally…that comment would not have been published. Anyway, the comment was taken down but it is rather interesting that the comment was published in the first place……

    One rule for some and no rules for others….all depends on the politics.

  127. Bruce of Newcastle

    Matt’s cartoon is perfect! Ramirez is commendable too, although no one cares about such things these days. Unfortunately.

  128. struth

    One rule for some and no rules for others….all depends on the politics.

    We fight a filthy, lying , hypocritical political enemy with decency they neither deserve or recognise.

    Trump peace be upon him, knows how to do it.
    We’ve been shown.
    Yet our Pollie muppets won’t have a crack
    Why?
    The Liberal party are socialists, just like the tories in the UK.

    So what’s Corey’s excuse?
    How tame and Lame was that advert?
    He went over and studied Trump’s campaign.
    There is no excuse.
    If he can’t be an attack dog, he should have found one by now.

  129. stackja

    Epping RSL sub-branch blocked by police from holding traditional Anzac Sunday march
    Matt Taylor, Urban affairs reporter, Northern District Times
    April 11, 2019 9:31pm
    Subscriber only

    The Epping RSL sub-branch has been blocked from holding a traditional five-minute march for veterans and schoolchildren after an Anzac Sunday service this weekend over terrorism fears and traffic concerns.

    Police from the Ryde Local Area Command have refused a request to stop traffic at 2.45pm on Sunday in Epping town centre over safety reasons for an event — expected to attract up to 500 people — which has been running in the lead-up to Anzac Day for the past three decades.

    Ryde Police Area Command traffic supervisor sergeant Leonie Abberfield said “it’s just too busy at the location”, near Coles supermarket, to hold the march.

    “It’s a busy thoroughfare with too many side streets to control,” Sgt Abberfield said.

    “We gave (Epping RSL) the option of holding a shortened walk at the top of the hill, but they said no.

    “Even though it’s a five-minute march, we’d have to stop traffic for 10-15 minutes, and it’s just too busy at the location to do it.

    “We also have hostile vehicle mitigation to stop someone breaching the perimeter in heightened terrorist activity.”

  130. Mater

    Relax everyone. It’s safe to march on asphalt again.

    Royal Australian Navy personnel will march at the Greenwell Point Anzac Day dawn march.

    In a backflip after coming under fire from the local community, defence, just hours after announcing local personnel from HMAS Albatross would be breaking with a 30-year tradition and not marching at the dawn service due to safety concerns over marching in the dark, has reversed their decision.

  131. struth

    after an Anzac Sunday service this weekend over terrorism fears and traffic concerns.

    So they did change our way of life?

    The diggers should have registered as a union protest march.
    And as for the Navy not marching, because they’re scared of the dark, (except in a mardi gras) I’d tell them to fuck off, no march, no attend.
    Australia following the NZPM and putting on the veil of sandmonkey subservience.

  132. Knuckle Dragger

    Cassie,

    I think I’m missing something in your post. What were the obscene and/or defamatory bits of that comment you posted? Serious question – I may be missing some caffeine.

  133. mh

    stackja
    #2985652, posted on April 12, 2019 at 7:04 am
    William Webb Ellis
    Inventor
    Description The Reverend William Webb Ellis was an English Anglican clergyman and the alleged inventor of rugby football while a pupil at Rugby School. According to legend, Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it during a school football match in 1823, thus creating the ‘rugby’ style of play. Wikipedia

    ARU would probably not associate with such a person today.

    Good one, Stack

  134. Cassie of Sydney

    Umm Knuckle….smearing Dutton as follows…

    “He can’t lie straight in bed and every time he openes his gob, out come lies!”

    I don’t what others think but I reckon that is pretty defamatory…..it certainly doesn’t contribute to civilised debate…does it? If The Australian has comment rules….then it needs to apply them to everyone…not just to conservatives.

    By the way, the spelling above is the writer of the piece….not me.

  135. Cassie of Sydney

    “There is no excuse.
    If he can’t be an attack dog, he should have found one by now.”

    Agree Struth……..why isn’t Cory shouting about what is being done to Folau?

    Anyway, I am not going to vote for the AC….it’s One Nation and the Liberal Democrats for me…..and in the House of Reps….probably a donkey vote.

  136. Leigh Lowe

    Royal Australian Navy personnel will march at the Greenwell Point Anzac Day dawn march.

    The March in the Dark Brigade.
    Into the valley of potholes strode the six hundred.

  137. Latham apologises

    From ABC News –

    One Nation’s Mark Latham has issued an apology to a university student after he tweeted a series of controversial comments implicating him in terrorist activities.
    The former Labor leader — who is set to be elected to the NSW Upper House for One Nation — posted about Mohamed Nizamdeen, who was wrongfully charged over an alleged plot to kill senior politicians last year.
    Mr Nizamdeen launched defamation proceedings against Mr Latham, who yesterday tweeted his apology and retracted the allegations.

  138. Eyrie

    “The Liberal party are socialists, just like the tories in the UK.”
    fscists is cloer to the mark. They won’t overtly take away the means of production or private property but just tell you in great detail what you are allowed to do with it. Fascism.

  139. Notafan

    When are you going to apologize for all your lies numbers?

  140. Knuckle Dragger

    Evidently the entire Melbourne CBD is not ‘too busy’ to be closed off for hours while unionists and Dan Andrews publicly demand more of our money.

    A five minute RSL march near a local shopping centre? Ooooh no, it’s just too busy.

    The weasel words from Sergeant Whatsername, clearly wishing to be in the big league with Captain Blood ‘n’ Guts only reinforce one of three things:

    1. The local cops couldn’t be bothered (tip: it actually isn’t that hard a task) and anyway, holding up traffic is too confrontational for NSW cops;
    2. There aren’t rostered resources for it, despite it being on the calendar for years, and no-one wants to pay overtime for it; or
    3. There is a specific and credible threat against Epping Coles for sticking non-halal Vegemite, and plans have been uncovered to plough a dozen 737 MAXs into it by local Propheteers.

    I’m going to go with….. 2. Follow the money.

    Be interesting to see if there’s a backflip now the pussers are allowed out before dawn.

  141. Spider

    Bill Shorten on the ABC banging on about “the big end of town” (yes again) claiming tax accountants fees which are used to reduce their tax. And how simple folk out there don’t have the opportunity to do this.

    Who would have thought? I mean how many people use a tax accountant in Australia? 1 million? 5 million? I’ve no idea. But a very big number.

    The obvious questions never asked were:

    Bill Do you use a tax accountant?
    Did you claim the fees?

    I’m sure if Scott Morrison or Hanson were making the same point they’d be chased down a rabbit hole until they produced their tax return.

  142. Folau’s virtue signalling has finally bit him on the bum.
    It wasn’t always thus.

  143. calli

    Ryde Police Area Command traffic supervisor sergeant Leonie Abberfield said “it’s just too busy at the location”, near Coles supermarket, to hold the march.

    “It’s a busy thoroughfare with too many side streets to control,” Sgt Abberfield said.

    Lie.

    I know the area well. It’s a back street.

    Anyone would think they were marching on Epping Road.

  144. .it certainly doesn’t contribute to civilised debate…

    That’s rich, coming from the most consistent abuser on the blog.

  145. calli

    And just who is going to “terrorise” an ANZAC Day march? In Epping?

    Oh.

  146. Leigh Lowe

    Royal Australian Navy personnel will march at the Greenwell Point Anzac Day dawn march.

    I looked at the photo of the Navy ladies posted yesterday and did some calculations.
    Given their centre of mass and centre of gravity, the risk of toppling over mid-waddle is quite low.

  147. Notafan

    Just googled Cory Bernadi Israel Folau

    Vigorous defence of Israel last year but Google hadn’t picked up anything from yesterday.

    Maybe check Bernadi’s social media accounts.

  148. bespoke

    Eyrie
    Yep, Fascism is the word they all fear and easier to prove.

  149. Leigh Lowe

    And the faux tin soldier arrives in ceremonial spud-peeler dress uniform.

  150. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bill Shorten on the ABC banging on about “the big end of town” (yes again) claiming tax accountants fees which are used to reduce their tax.

    I saw this article just now:
    Wealthy Americans flee high-tax states, take billions with them: ‘Tax the rich. The rich leave’
    The big end of town will rapidly become the other small end of town.

  151. Cassie of Sydney

    I wonder if Scumbers has apologised to the children he taught? I bet there’s lot to apologise for.

  152. Knuckle Dragger

    Cassie – big fan, and I don’t want to pick fights eleven hours before a Collingwood game, but:

    I reckon that yeah, that post’s a bit obnoxious, sure. But obscene or defamatory, as in deserving of defamation proceedings? Yeah nah.

    If everyone was persecuted that way for saying a pollie (of any colour) tells porky pies, there wouldn’t be enough jails. Everyone here would be doing life, Shawshank Redemption style.

  153. Leigh Lowe

    Vigorous defence of Israel last year but Google hadn’t picked up anything from yesterday.

    Maybe check Bernadi’s social media accounts.

    Maybe check down the back of his couch.
    Or behind the fridge.
    It’s gotta be there somewhere.

  154. calli

    Seven is running a “just look at ‘im – he’s rooly rooly cracked” story on Folau.

    It involves an address to the faithful about Christmas and Easter and a warning not to celebrate the non-Christian aspects of each holiday.

    Christian priests, ministers and pastors have been saying this ever since Mammon decided the two festivals were a nice little earner.

    But Izzy – he’s nuts.

  155. Cassie of Sydney

    Knuckle…you’re right….but nonetheless I will hold the editors at News Limited to account…if you or I had written that it would NOT have been published by the mods.

  156. Woolfe

    @woolfe

    @AuConservatives the #Folau saga was an ideal opportunity to show some mongrel. But you blew it. But hey at least @corybernardi can still go to qantas chairman’s club! @PeterCastieau

  157. Tom

    He can’t lie straight in bed and every time he openes his gob, out come lies!”

    I don’t what others think but I reckon that is pretty defamatory…..it certainly doesn’t contribute to civilised debate…does it?

    Cassie, it’s not defamatory — it’s just the writer’s opinion.

    However, the wider issue of lack of consistency definitely does apply. From experience, I’d say lots of the kiddies on the daytime subbing shift at the Oz have very little experience of online moderating and are simply deleting stuff they don’t like.

    That’s why it’s important to complain, as you have done, which brings in a more senior editor to adjudicate. The senior subs are supervising junior trainees — mostly for budgetary reasons.

  158. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘The March in the Dark Brigade
    Into the valley of potholes strode the six hundred’

    You know, it used to be one of my life’s great ambitions to eat a Chiko Roll without the arse falling out of it.

    It’s just been revised. Somewhere, at some time there will be a circumstance before I die – preferably in a hail of gunfire – where a golden opportunity will appear for me to use that line.

    And I will use it. Shamelessly, and being the thieving bastard I am, claiming it for my own.

    Comment of the year.

    LL – well played, sir. *golf clap*

  159. Boambee John

    Arky
    #2985519, posted on April 11, 2019 at 10:20 pm
    Just because your government overlords had their stinky perma-war laundry aired doesn’t mean it was a bad thing.

    ..
    Even just two years ago we might think of Assange as a traitorous prick.
    But after what has been revealed of the deep state assholes we need to rethink that assessment.

    Indeed. Compared to Clapper, Brennan, Comey, McCabe et al, Assange is a very low level traitor. If the others get their just desserts, Assange might be up for 20 years.

  160. Leigh Lowe

    Mater

    #2985665, posted on April 12, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Relax everyone. It’s safe to march on asphalt again.

    Asphalt.
    Otherwise known as bitchumen.

  161. Leigh Lowe

    And I will use it. Shamelessly, and being the thieving bastard I am, claiming it for my own.

    Once it is published here, it is public domain, fair game.
    Go for it.

  162. Dr Faustus

    Rugby Australia is in the process of renegotiating sponsorship with Qantas.
    A bit of a shame that choice means replacing Folau with Ashly Cooper, or Tom Banks.

    Sanctimonious self-harm is an expensive luxury when you are peddling a struggling product in a competitive market.

  163. Eyrie

    Falcon Heavy launch at T minus 5 minutes.

  164. Percy Popinjay

    Poor ol’ Assange – seven years languishing in an Ecuadorean Embassy broom closet is brought to an unceremonious end. Had he simply been extradited to the US back then he probably would have by now served a short sentence and be known as Loretta Assange.

    What a dildo.

  165. bespoke

    Ex-Obama counsel indicted for false statements, concealing Ukraine work

    Former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig was indicted Thursday on charges that he made false statements to investigators and concealed information about his work for Ukrainian officials, the Justice Department announced.

  166. Tom

    Had he simply been extradited to the US back then he probably would have by now served a short sentence and be known as Loretta Assange.

    That’s a keeper, Percy.

  167. Buccaneer

    I can’t believe Assange’s hair has gone completely white, must be taking all his effort to try and match Tommy Lee?

  168. stackja

    PP – Yes, Assange would have only faced Lynch law.

  169. mh

    Indeed. Compared to Clapper, Brennan, Comey, McCabe et al, Assange is a very low level traitor.

    George Soros is a naturalised American citizen and spends his life and wealth attempting to take the country down.

    Traitor!

  170. bespoke

    A Libertarian who has’t been struck by reality would say Rugby Australia has every right to sack Folau.

  171. Dr Faustus

    he 90% Chinese dominance of the rare earth proccessing industry is a strategic risk.

    Not really. REEs are mainly used in wind turbines, EV electric motors and suchlike. The global warming scam is why REE prices went up. If the scam collapses so will the REE market.

    Truthy.
    Geologically, various concentrations of REE minerals are fairly widespread. China just happens to have a virtuous combination of a particularly favourable large-scale mineralisation, low processing costs, and close proximity to primary market. But not a stranglehold on the elements themselves.

    The Chinese could indeed fuck around with the REE market. However, the net result would be a lower uptake of Chinese manufactured goods supplied to non-essential (or self-harming) Western markets and rapid substitution.

  172. feelthebern

    Post Trump coup, I’m no longer inclined to believe anything America’s “intelligence community” says about anything, including Assange. I don’t trust him but I trust them even less.

    CL post from overnight.
    Liberty quote.

  173. feelthebern

    Snowden patriot.
    Downloaded to Glenn Greenwald.

    Manning crossed the line.
    Downloaded to Assange.

    How is Manning now a hero & Assange going to a CIA black site?

  174. feelthebern

    Can someone tell spud peeler what virtue signalling means?
    He seems to thing Folau was doing that.

    Virtue signalling.
    Telling everyone how bad guns are.
    Then going nuts on a US shooting range.

    Not virtue signalling.
    Living the most boring life possible, free of booze, drugs & fast women.
    Posting something on instagram in-line with the life you live.

  175. Arky:

    Go through life drunk, stupid and watching dumb and meaningless spectacles sponsored by people who are using it for mind control and an agenda you despise.

    Friggin’ good advice, Arky
    Ta.

  176. feelthebern

    It’s official.
    In the week up until April 11th, the US Navy expended the least fuel it has ever had post WWII.

    Blessed is the Trump.
    For he is a peace maker.

  177. Dr Faustus

    It will be mildly amusing if actually there is no UD ‘sealed indictment’ against Assange – and he gets off with a fine and suspended sentence from the beak at Bow Street for skipping bail.

    The tool will have effectively sentenced himself to 7 years imprisonment. A longer sentence and more tedious conditions than he would have faced in Sweden.

  178. Percy Popinjay

    Peter Bleattie is to the NRL what Vicar Castle is to the ARU.

    What a pair of preposterous f*ckwits.

  179. mh

    Anyone know about the legality of corporate contracts that don’t allow an employee to express their orthodox religious beliefs on their own social media page?

    What about our constitution?

  180. feelthebern

    Israel Folau is the anti George Best.

  181. OldOzzie

    ‘Spying Did Occur’

    Barr wants to find out why the FBI eavesdropped on the Trump campaign in 2016.

    By The WSJ Editorial Board

    April 10, 2019 6:58 p.m. ET

    William Barr knew he wasn’t accepting easy duty as Donald Trump’s Attorney General, and it’s no surprise that the Democratic-media complex attacked him in unison on Wednesday. His sin was disclosing that he wants to find out how the FBI came to eavesdrop on the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. Let’s hope he doesn’t flinch.

    “I think spying did occur,” Mr. Barr told a Senate committee Wednesday, adding that this is “a big deal.” The government has “a lot of rules” in place to guard against abusive “political surveillance,” he said, adding that he has an obligation to examine what happened since “one of the principal roles of the attorney general” is to “make sure that government power is not abused.” Hear, hear.

    Mr. Barr said he also wants to know why the Trump campaign wasn’t notified of the FBI’s concerns, as would “normally” happen. He praised the “outstanding” FBI rank and file, saying that “to the extent there were any issues” it was “probably a failure among a group of leaders there at the upper echelon.” His review will also include the actions of the “intelligence agencies more broadly.” See former CIA Director John Brennan.

    Mr. Barr has access to documents that the Justice Department has kept from Congress. Ranking House Intelligence Republican Devin Nunes is also sending Mr. Barr eight criminal referrals from his own investigation into l’affaire Russe, including evidence of lying to Congress and manipulating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. By late spring Mr. Barr may also receive DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s review of FBI actions in 2016 and 2017.

    All of this should be encouraging to Americans who want credibility restored to an FBI that lost its ethical bearings under James Comey.

    Appeared in the April 11, 2019, print edition.

  182. Zatara

    Excellent day for SpaceX!

    The Arabsat-6A satellite is inserted into orbit and for the first time they successfully landed all 3 boosters of their Falcon Heavy on their recovery platforms.

    Impressive.

  183. Helen

    Julian Assange Equadorian Citizen

    Although he may be stateless now, as since thye let the cops in to arest him they have suspended his citizenship. In any case he is not Australian – unless he was dual.

  184. feelthebern

    I would rather party with George Best RIP than Izzy.

  185. Des Deskperson

    According to both Ten News last night and this morning’s Oz, After his original outburst in 2018, Folau had signed up to an agreement with Rugby Australia ‘that all his future social media posts would be non-offensive’ – the Oz. His current contract was reportedly dependent on such an agreement.

    According to Rugby Australia, his obligations under these arrangements were made clear to him ‘formally and repeatedly’.

    If this is true, then Folau signed up to a code of conduct as a condition of his employment and the resultant very large sums of money. Despite repeated warnings, he has breached this code.

    The conditions in the code may or may not have been unreasonable, but Folua agreed to abide by them.

    RA had little option but to sack him, as would any organisation in its position.

  186. Eyrie

    “@woolfe

    @AuConservatives the #Folau saga was an ideal opportunity to show some mongrel. But you blew it. But hey at least @corybernardi can still go to qantas chairman’s club! @PeterCastieau”

    Bernardi ain’t got the ticker required.

  187. areff

    I looked at the photo of the Navy ladies posted yesterday and did some calculations.
    Given their centre of mass and centre of gravity, the risk of toppling over mid-waddle is quite low.

    They brought to mind the ships of which Eric Newby wrote in The Last Grain Race: heavy-ballasted beneath the square-rig of blousons billowed by the prevailing wind of gender tokenism.

  188. Morsie

    Assange did not just publish documents.He actively conspired with Bradley Manning to steal the documents.Its not like Manning sent them to Assange and he then publicized them.Without Assange there would be no leaked documents so its conduct of a different order which will no doubt have a different result.

  189. Percy Popinjay

    Had a quick squizz at the Daily Tele this morning while picking up brekky – “Sydney loves EJ”, apparently. Had to read on to work out who the hell “EJ” actually was. Ah yes, the thesbian who made the “very credible” accusations against poor ol’ Rush.

    Hey, j’ismists, here’s a big slab of humble pie for you to chow down on. Nom, nom, nom.

  190. Mother Lode

    I looked at the photo of the Navy ladies posted yesterday and did some calculations.
    Given their centre of mass and centre of gravity, the risk of toppling over mid-waddle is quite low.

    But their masses also generate gravity and as they proceed they may, mid-totter, have their trajectories tugged by such forces and collide.

    A cursory awareness of astronomy warns us of just what cataclysmic events such collisions can be.

    The only ‘out’ that I can see is that not even the most sex-starved telescope-affixed star-gazer would describe them as ‘heavenly bodies’.

  191. ZK2A:
    Your diary is rousing my interest in the middle east campaigns.
    Do you have an authoritative work you’d recommend?

  192. OldOzzie

    Thanks Tom,

    Toss Up between Michael Ramirez

    and

    Gary Varvel

    I give Rowe a miss

  193. areff

    Forget about Assange. Who’s taking care of his cat?

  194. stackja

    Des – We don’t know about the contract. IF might not care. Time will tell. Meanwhile ARU looking silly. Qantas not looking any better.

  195. Can someone tell spud peeler what virtue signalling means?
    He seems to thing (sic) Folau was doing that.

    If you follow this blog, it’s defined as telling others how to live.
    That’s precisely what Folau was doing.

  196. Makka

    Michael Avenatti Indicted on 36 Counts – Accused of Ripping Off Mentally Ill Paraplegic Client – Faces 335 Years in Prison.

    This was mOron’s super hero for days.. weeks even. The the creepy porn lawyer was leading the charge to Impeach! *Trump. Lol. Fkn leftard losers.

    * Trump didn’t go to Nam. It’s a tragedy.

  197. feelthebern

    If you follow this blog, it’s defined as telling others how to live.
    That’s precisely what Folau was doing.

    Wrong spud peeler.
    For a teacher you are pretty stupid.

  198. OldOzzie

    Nonsensical administration out of step with those who love rugby

    Alan Jones

    You wouldn’t know it, but Rugby Australia had an annual general meeting last Monday. It was followed by what could only be described as fatuous comments by the chairman, former banker Cameron Clyne:

    “There are many highlights and achievements from 2018, particularly in community rugby and they are the result of the dedicated, passionate people within our state and territory member unions and the volunteers who continue to be the strength of our game in driving forward each year.”

    I read that and I thought what the …

    I suppose it’s flattering to know that in the light of my last column, he thought he should give an appreciative nod to “the volunteers”.

    Clyne would have been better employed reading some of the comments from last week’s column. We have never had such a response — well over 200.

    And it is clear that the administration is completely out of step with those in the rugby family who genuinely own the game.

    Nomnus wrote: “I grew up in a rugby home, played rugby at school and university, sent my sons to play rugby at the same rugby schools and was, for more than a decade, an enthusiastic Reds member. My sons’ school friends included several boys who grew up to be Wallabies, but no more. My sons and I haven’t attended, or even watched, a full game for two years now. The mishandling of Cooper (Quade) and Genia (Will) did it for me. You’ve articulated the problems perfectly Alan — stupid, pig-headed, wilful blindness from the leather-patch old-boys network.”

    In relation to my recommendation to Raelene Castle to forget SANZAAR and the ploughing of money into supporting South African, Argentinian and Japanese rugby with endless costs on airfares, hotels and all the rest, David wrote: “Alan, I find your reference to her comment regarding ‘modelling’ for a trans-Tasman comp particularly interesting/galling. As I understand it, the same ‘modelling’ was used to substantiate SANZAAR ’s obscene decision to increase from 12 to 18 teams, only to retreat when the ‘modelling’ proved erroneous and things stopped working. Anyone can cobble together a spreadsheet to reflect your predetermined views and provide you with the outcome you seek. ‘Modelling’ is the least of RA’s worries when they can’t see the forest for the trees — continually poor results and falling crowd/viewer figures are fine because we still made a profit.”

    Just on the profit issue, we shouldn’t be carried away. There was a $14.5 million expenditure reduction because of reduced funding to Super Rugby and player costs. For that, read “axing the Western Force”.

    The real figure is the decline in revenue of $30.2 million. Match day revenue declined by 23 per cent; sponsorship by 10 per cent. Is there a rugby slippery slide? There will be if something is not done.

    Andrew wrote last week: “I was one of those diehard supporters who also played the game for 25 years. I took my family to the Tahs in Newcastle last Friday — embarrassing. I won’t be watching let alone attending another rugby game … until there is a change in the way the game is administered. And that has to start at the board/CEO level of RA.”

    Just on last week’s Super Rugby, credit must be given to Queensland for their 24-12 defeat of the Stormers who, I must confess, are bottom of the South African conference.

    Actually, the Stormers dominated in the first half, playing with a lot of width and were unlucky not to be in control of the game on the scoreboard.

    But early in the second half, Samu Kerevi exploded, creating two tries that swung the game for the Reds.

    But well may we ask, what is going on?

    Kerevi is 25 years of age with 23 caps to his name. He’s the in-form centre in Australian rugby, but he is going to quit Australia after the World Cup.

    There must be something wrong in both the Queensland and the Wallabies camps when the young man clearly has a mountain of Test rugby ahead of him but is prepared to turn his back on Australia.

    Notwithstanding this, he must join Genia and Cooper in the Wallabies run-on side; Genia is running and Cooper is playing so flat, it is beautiful to watch. They are capable of breathing hope into our World Cup chances.

    While on Super Rugby, I can’t pretend to offer any generous comment on the hoax that is the Waratahs rotation policy.

    All it is doing is disrupting combinations and prejudicing success. It seems to me that every week in NSW, someone throws the jerseys in a pile and comes up with a new backline.

    In contrast, the Melbourne Rebels have kept their backline combinations together and they are the dominant Australian Super Rugby team.

    Don’t all Super Rugby teams have two bye rounds during their short 15-match season? And won’t most of the Wallabies then get a two-week break before the shortened Rugby Championship takes place? And don’t they then have another four weeks before the World Cup starts — eight weeks off between now and September. And that’s not enough time to be rested.

    But back to this AGM. Why can’t we see the minutes of this meeting?

    How long did it last? Did the meeting address the real issues of the game: The poor current standing of the Wallabies, ranked number 6 in the world? Why? The poor performance of the Wallabies since the last World Cup in 2015? Why? The poor performance of the Wallabies in the Rugby Championships and the Bledisloe Cups. Why? The number of Australian professional rugby players playing overseas, hence the reduced numbers in the player pool in Australia? Why? The poor performance of the Australian Super Rugby teams and, in particular, against New Zealand teams? Why? The diabolical financial performances of the Queensland, NSW, ACT and Victorian rugby unions? Why?

    The reduced attendances at matches and TV audiences and the negative effect this will have on future broadcast rights revenue. Why? The poor performance of the Australian men’s sevens team. Why? The poor performance of the Australian Schooboy teams? Why? The poor performance of the Australian under-20 teams? Why?

    The lack of a national coaching academy? Why? The lack of support for grassroots rugby Why? The lack of a proper process for selecting coaching staff to national teams? Why?

    The alienation and removal of rugby in Western Australia? Why? The lack of any plan to develop rugby in Western Sydney thereby surrendering, without a fight, to rugby league, soccer and Australian rules? Why? The failure to address the issues arising from an undemocratic Nominations Committee, thereby keeping the rugby gate locked to those on the outside? Why?

    And, above all, the failure of NSW and Queensland to use their voting strength to change any or all of the above? Why?

    Raelene Castle is paid $815,000 to preside over all of this, admittedly not as much as Bill Pulver was paid to punt the Western Force in his last year in office.

    The genial Bill was paid $1.3 million, in salary and bonuses, to throw the Force under the bus before he jumped off the sinking ship at rugby headquarters.

    It’s clear that RA’s so-called profit won’t go where it should go, to the grassroots, but will be used to cover future losses.

    Clyne actually tells us that, in this World Cup year, “RugbyAU will operate at a loss”.

    But won’t World Rugby pay RA a grant of $20 million?

    It seems there will be no money at all for clubs to improve facilities and grow the game. That money will go to offset accumulating losses. Is this what Clyne calls the “many highlights and achievements from 2018” which will “galvanise support from millions of Australians and inspire generations of future players”.

    Well may we ask what rugby planet is this bloke on?

  199. stackja

    WS – Official War History at AWM website in PDF format.

  200. Bruce of Newcastle

    Nailed it!

    SpaceX lands all three Falcon Heavy rocket boosters for the first time ever

    Well done Mr Musk!

    (Sadly Tesla is looking very sick today. Ah well, win some lose some is the rule in innovation.)

  201. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Put this on another thread, but it is useful here too I think: my feelings on Australian Conservative Party advertising – you there Riccardo?:

    What is irking me at the moment, as a member of the Australian Conservatives, is that Cory Bernardi is making the same mistake as Labor, waffling without policy information. He relies on everyone comprehending his notion of ‘common sense’ without, in his new TV ad, even once saying what might constitute such sense on any key issue at all. As it stands, it is mere waffle, and we had quite enough of that under Turnbull, thank you Cory. In the NSW election I handed out the Australian Conservatives’ how-to-vote which had not one jot of information on it about what this Party stood for, apart from ‘common sense’ and ‘a better way’. For a small relatively unknown Party this is NOT good enough. Yet it seems they have learned nothing from on-the-ground feedback about this lack. They are history if their How-to-Votes and advertising continues along this waffling line. And they will have lost me too. I haven’t offered up any more funding to my previous contributions exactly because of my disappointment so far with what they are doing with the money.

    Does Cory read the Cat? No matter, because I will send my views to the Party anyway. Hairy believes that the ‘no information’ policy is a result of the usual sort of political tussle at Head Office, and he speaks from political Party experience there in making this assessment. At this stage I like to think it is sheer oversight, political naivete and a failure to decide on the key issues for Conservatives in this election, combined with the false belief that the ‘common sense’ meme is widely associated with this Party already and that voters will know what is meant by it.

    It isn’t and they won’t.

  202. Old School Conservative

    1735099
    #2985678, posted on April 12, 2019 at 7:51 am
    Folau’s virtue signalling has finally bit him on the bum.

    Compared to the majority of posters here, I’m as dumb as a bunch of rocks.
    But numbers allows me to gloat in my superiority!

    Um, mate, pal, buddy, that link showed Israel doing a marvellous job in promoting a gay rugby tournament. It also celebrates Mark Bingham, gay rugby player who was instrumental in bringing down Flight 93 into field instead of the Pentagon in 2001.
    Not virtue signalling – but supporting gay rugby players and American heroes.

    Thanks for reminding us of the inherent decency of Israel. Your time on the Cat has helped you mature.

  203. stackja

    OO – Thank you, AJ on ARU.

  204. Knuckle Dragger

    My initial suspicion that Folau posted his tweets as a gigantic FU to RA is gathering momentum.

    H/t Dr F, earlier – in November last year the Wallabies dropped two players from a Test for having women in their hotel room.

    Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Somebody managed to drag THREE ladeees back to their lair, of whom one was a player’s SIL (huge props). A complaint was subsequently made – not by any of the chicks, mind, but by their own ‘leadership group’ who tattled on them to the coach as soon as they found out.

    Instead of this spectacular testosterone-fuelled behaviour being lauded at team meeting as an example to follow and an inspiration to all, the coach dropped them from their next international match.

    Play for the Wallabies, they said. No way you’ll be spied on and reported for any hint of individuality by your own teammates, they said.

    Players being stabbed in the face by management and in the arse by their own teammates. No wonder Folau wanted out.

  205. MV;

    I may or may not be able to help them with whatever it is they are after, but if they won’t tell me, or even discuss it with me, how would I know?

    The whole personal security bullshit regime was brought in several years ago – I forgot the actual year/legislation etc – and this sort of crap was foretold.
    So here we are now, no one has even contemplated cancelling the legislation and bringing back the old one.
    This behavior is redolent of a power game, with the bureaucrats having the upper hand.
    Welcome to the Dictatorship of the Bureaucracy!

  206. bespoke

    This disconnect from words and actions reminds me of 1735099. Orwellian

    Tom Elliott
    @tomselliott
    James @Comey: “I’ve never thought of” electronic surveillance as “spying

  207. lotocoti

    Given their centre of mass and centre of gravity, the risk of toppling over mid-waddle is quite low.

    A well rounded bottom doesn’t preclude rolling on wet grass.

  208. Boambee John

    feelthebern
    #2985722, posted on April 12, 2019 at 8:44 am
    Can someone tell spud peeler what virtue signalling means?
    He seems to thing Folau was doing that.

    A few weeks ago, Numbers invented the term “vice masking” as his counter to the use of virtue signalling as a criticism of the hypocritical left.

    He was challenged to define his term, never did, and now seems to have realised how pathetic it was, and dropped it.

  209. Bruce of Newcastle

    Forget about Assange. Who’s taking care of his cat?

    Pam probably. She’s not at all happy today.
    Pamela Anderson melts down on Twitter over Julian Assange’s arrest

  210. Makka

    If you follow this blog, it’s defined as telling others how to live.
    That’s precisely what Folau was doing.

    You mean like telling us to believe that men are actually women. That we must accept the absurdity of SSM. That it’s a smart and moral imperative to use tax payers money to kill babies.

    Folau was not telling the queers how to live. He was expressing his opinion of the consequences of their perversions. He was giving them a heads up. If it’s ok for poofs to play League then it’s ok for Christians as well. But no. Despicable leftists types like you must interfere and impose your flawed and sick wills on others.

  211. stackja

    Liz – CB maybe a nice bloke. AC are not getting anywhere. PHON and ML are.

  212. OldOzzie

    Is Bill ShitPants Mad or Just Plain Stupid?

    Bill Shorten flags ending tax deduction for accountancy fees

    Greg Brown
    Journalist

    Bill Shorten has attacked the ability of wealthy people to claim a tax deduction for their accountancy fees.

    The Opposition Leader this morning criticised the tax deduction as he dismissed Treasury’s analysis Labor’s policies would lead to $387 billion of tax increases over a decade.

    Mr Shorten singled out deducting accounting fees as “one of the rorts we want to shut down”, arguing Treasury had wrongly calculated the closing down of tax loopholes as tax increases.

    “Did you know that if you want to deduct millions off your tax, you get your accountant to do it. Did you know you can also claim as a tax deduction the hundreds of thousands of dollars you give to your accountant to deduct millions out of the tax system,” Mr Shorten said.

    “You can even claim what you pay the accountant as a tax deduction. Most Australians will never access that system.

    “Why on earth is this government defending the ability of the super wealthy to pay their accountants to minimise their tax and then even claim the cost of paying the accountants? It is a sweet deal but it has got to stop.

    “This nation can’t just keep funnelling money out of the top end when we have got waiting lists for our hospitals, when we have massive out of pockets for people who are diagnosed with cancer. It is about priorities. I’m about middle and working class people.”

    Mr Shorten undermined the modelling by declaring Treasury “just says what the government wants them to say”.

    From The Comments

    – Ian
    6 minutes ago
    Small business owners use accountants. As a sole-director company proprietor, I engage an accountant to assist managing tax affairs and to assist with wider regulatory compliance under the Corporations Law. Accountants don’t just do tax, and any business person who does not engage an adviser is running very heavy compliance risks – mostly because of the complexity of law foisted on us by contemptible politicians – like Shorten and Bowen-of-the-Overreach.

    – Seamus
    6 minutes ago
    How do the wealthy virtue signalling inner city green voters feel now?

    – Stefan
    8 minutes ago
    Tax is so complex few can complete their returns without help. It’s no province of the well-off. This is just carpet bombing by Shorten. The man is deluded and dangerous.

    – John Galt
    7 minutes ago
    So now let’s hear from the likes of H&R Block and Qtax as to the average tax payable of their client base. I’m guessing “rich” won’t enter the equation.

    – Keith
    14 minutes ago
    Shorten is drifting towards the Medicare lie module of campaigning. People use accountants because of the tax laws our politicians create.

    – Max
    14 minutes ago
    Another Shorten Tax.
    This is just the start!!!!!

  213. Tom

    Hey, j’ismists, here’s a big slab of humble pie for you to chow down on. Nom, nom, nom.

    Not mention the damages for Rush’s loss of future earnings, which the judge has yet to announce. It is likely to be an Australian defamation record payout.

    If Mudrock was still a hands-on owner, he would be kicking arses at the Daily Tele down George Street.

  214. Old School Conservative

    Raelene Castle is a NZer.
    Her blathering incompetence in the role to date made me think she is a plant, directed by NZRU to slowly destroy rugby in Australia.
    She also wrote a cast-iron employee contract designed to entrap Israel Folau.
    That has succeeded too.

    Well done Vicar.

    (sarc off)

  215. bespoke

    Old School Conservative
    #2985754, posted on April 12, 2019 at 9:05 am
    1735099
    #2985678, posted on April 12, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Compared to the majority of posters here, I’m as dumb as a bunch of rocks.
    But numbers allows me to gloat in my superiority!

    +1 enjoy the cheep seats and pizza.

  216. OldOzzie

    Rugby Australia poised to rip up Israel Folau’s contract

    Wayne Smith
    Senior Sport Writer

    Australia’s highest-profile rugby player, Israel Folau, has been tried in absentia and it is now almost certain he will have his $4 million contract ripped up in the year of a World Cup.

    Folau has been uncontactable since he posted disrespectful and offensive material online on Wednesday night, leaving Rugby Australia’s Integrity Unit to conduct its investigation into his behaviour in his absence yesterday.

    But his words of warning that “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars and fornicators” are headed to Hell unless they repent were crystal clear.

    “Those that are living in sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him,” his post said.

    In a joint statement released by RA chief executive Raelene Castle and NSW Rugby Union CEO Andrew Hore last night, it was made clear that Folau has been told “formally and repeatedly” that any social media posts or commentary that was in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality would result in disciplinary action.

    “In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract,” the statement read.

    Folau’s 73-Test career for the Wallabies appears over, although it is unlikely that the RA punishment will prevent him from playing rugby in France, Britain or Japan, or indeed from resuming his rugby league career with an NRL club — with Peter Beattie slamming that door shut.

    On the back of the developments, Australia’s odds to win the World Cup in Japan later this year have slipped from 12-1 to 15-1.

    It is sadly incongruous that a player widely acknowledged as a tremendous ambassador for the game, one who gives freely of his time to charitable causes, should come to such an ignoble end for essentially quoting from the Bible, when so many other players who have brought the game into disrepute are allowed to continue in rugby. In essence, however, he has paid the price for disrespecting the many warnings he had been given.

    The Rugby Union Players Association insisted it did not endorse or condone the contents of Folau’s social media post but it said it was imperative that the proper processes were followed under the code of conduct.

    “We will continue to work with Israel, his representatives, the NSW Waratahs and RA to ensure this occurs,” it said in a statement.

    While many might argue that 30-year-old Folau’s rights to free speech and religious freedom have been trampled on, in the end his situation came down to a simple breach of his employment contract.

    In return for the sum of $4m over four years, he was obliged not to criticise the values of his employer, not to share material on social media that condemned, vilified or discriminated against people on the basis of their sexuality. He failed to do that and it is difficult to imagine any Qantas or BHP employee remaining in their job had they posted anything similar to Folau’s warning.

    Certainly there is anecdotal evidence that his comments last year drove some in the LGBTI community to contemplate suicide. Repeating them a year later, indeed expanding upon them, was seen as an inexcusable breach of common decency.

    Dual World Cup-winner Tim Horan last night spoke for the code in Australia when he lamented the likely termination of Folau’s career.

    “So many kids just want to see him play,” said Horan. “He has been a fantastic rugby player but it’s sad and selfish of him to have let his teammates down in a World Cup year.”

    It is understood that in the days just before Folau’s controversial reappearance on social media, Rugby Australia had begun to negotiate with Qantas over the extension of its multimillion-dollar naming rights sponsorship. There can be little doubt that this weighed heavily on how seriously Rugby Australia saw his breach.

    It remains to be seen how the treatment of Folau, who was born in the south-western Sydney suburb of Minto of Tongan parents, impacts on the deeply religious Polynesian community that currently supplies 46 per cent of Australia’s professional rugby players.

    There is no question the role of Castle in Folau’s sacking will be minutely dissected.

    Barely four months into her new role as Rugby Australia chief executive last year, she was thrust into the tricky situation of steering the code through a maze of conflict, protecting Folau’s rights while at the same time recognising the sensibilities of all the many groups he had offended, sponsors included.

    In the end, she took the decision not to sanction him, which seemingly was the correct call. But such an exemption could only be granted the once. She sought formal assurances from him that any social media posts would be non-offensive and welcomed Folau’s promise he would abide by that. He didn’t.

  217. candy

    If this is true, then Folau signed up to a code of conduct as a condition of his employment and the resultant very large sums of money. Despite repeated warnings, he has breached this code.

    Could well be. He seems a young-ish man intent on finding truths through religious beliefs, the meaning of life, etc etc. I reckon he’s looking at things a bit black and white, as IT said here last night perhaps ‘misdirected’.
    I wonder if RA though sat down with him to discuss religious beliefs and issues and why some words may be deemed ‘offensive’ and what words to avoid as part of that contract.

  218. bespoke

    Makka
    #2985746, posted on April 12, 2019 at 8:59 am
    * Trump didn’t go to Nam. It’s a tragedy.

    Boom!! well done.

  219. Bruce of Newcastle

    Oh my goodness, the chips!

    Due to the cold snowy late winter weather in eastern Washington and Oregon we may experience a french fry shortage this summer.

    “I mean, this is unheard of,” Schneider said. “We usually plant the last couple days of February and, for sure, [are] going by March 1. There’s been some other years when we’re delayed three, four days, but never four weeks.”

    The growing areas of the US are being hammered again by snow this week. I wonder if the ABC will notice?

    Weather, not climate – French Fry Shortage looms (11 Apr)

  220. feelthebern

    * Trump didn’t go to Nam. It’s a tragedy.

    If you were the son of a rich &/or powerful person, odds on you didn’t go.
    Vietnam was for the poor people.
    Wars are always for the poor people.
    Trump bringing serviceman & women home is why the poor love Trump.

  221. Peter Nine Houses Dutton goes the smear.
    He must be worried.

  222. bespoke

    It was a dig at numbers, bern.

  223. Makka

    In the same interview, the Prime Minister revealed he got RSI when he was in Brisbane last from shaking too many people’s hands.

    “I actually had to go and see the doctor because I’d shaken so many hands that I had a bit of RSI. I’m not kidding. The lady gave me this anti-inflammatory cream to deal with it,” he said.

    Wanker.

  224. feelthebern

    It was a dig at numbers, bern.

    Yeah, I got it.

  225. feelthebern

    numbers fuck off until you can find snopes fact checking some website with less traffic than yours, if that’s possible.

  226. Leigh Lowe

    According to both Ten News last night and this morning’s Oz, After his original outburst in 2018, Folau had signed up to an agreement with Rugby Australia ‘that all his future social media posts would be non-offensive’ – the Oz. His current contract was reportedly dependent on such an agreement.

    Presumably Poocock et al have a similar clause in their contracts.
    I find him offensive.
    Fire him.
    Now.

  227. stackja

    ARU RC was at CB NRL didn’t do much there, so went to ARU. Clyne was at NAB. Did CC miss bank RC?

  228. Infidel Tiger

    One thing to admire about liberalism is how the white man always ends up back on top.

    For a while there I thought darkies were rising to the top of the victim totem pole and yet here we are! All darkies told to shut their traps!

    Brilliant.

  229. Knuckle Dragger

    White privilege, IT. Never underestimate the white privilege.

    Ask Pocock.

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