Thursday Forum: April 11, 2019

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  1. Infidel Tiger

    Are you free Fridays?
    I think I might have just the thing.
    No Welsh hymns and the roast will be executed on the lawn during tea and bickies.
    Also, no sheilas.
    But ticks most boxes I think.

    You jest but there is a reason Islam is so attractive to young men. Of course it would be much better if they allowed you to have a few frothies too

    Why would any young man who didn’t like Judy Garland or Pet Shop Boys records set foot in a church these days?

  2. feelthebern

    You following follower you.

  3. Mitch M.

    I don’t know why AI people use the phrase “neural networks” because the AI based on this does not represent biological structures. One big problem in that regard is the failure to appreciate how much top down modulation of sensory inputs is occurring. Still produces very interesting results but with this problem: we don’t understand how those results are produced.

  4. Leigh Lowe

    Not surprising since he’s an ex-ABC loudmouth knowall leftard whose first decision was to bring in Bawwie Cassidy for a weekly sermon about green-left POLITICS — on a SPORTS station.

    Sports fans loathe him. Hutchison is destroying the business because he knows nothing — zero, zilch — about programing or running a sports radio station.

    Hutchy must have a photo of someone fondling an underage polo pony.
    He got a rails run with media rights, effectively being handed the wegional wadio wights for AFL.
    He also got rights to the Footy Record matchday programme, which I hear is in deep shit … riddled with grammatical, spelling and factual errors (apparently the coach of Essendon is a Mr Don Pike), and huge mismatches in supply and demand at various grounds.

  5. zyconoclast

    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.

    The real reason his wrist was sore.

  6. rickw

    Arky,

    Thanks! I’ll get back into it again now it’s powered up again.

    The only reason I have to do this because the people I brought it off tried to nick all the tools and tool holders!!

    I wanted to try and sort the X Axis zero before I went and set all the tools.

  7. I’m calling the election result, now.

    151 seats.

    100 ALP
    40 LNP
    11 other.

    Without the Shortening the ALP number would have been 120.

  8. DrBeauGan

    I just get annoyed by Wackos who criticize other Wackos and are unable to realize that they are just as Wacko as the Wackos they are criticizing.

    I am fighting for Wacko Self Awareness.

    Yes, but you’re a full-time professional whacko, Stimpy. I’m just a part-time gifted amateur whacko.

  9. feelthebern

    40 LNP

    I’d short that.

  10. Old Ozzie – Defence chiefs scared of the dark.

    Have a look at the recent interview between John Anderson and grinning Jim.

    The next acquisition contract for the ADF will likely be for BIG WHITE. FLAGS!

  11. feelthebern

    I hope the Libs get so buried & the country burns under a ALP super-duper majority.
    Then I hope parliament is dissolved & Sally McManus is made Overlord of all.
    The CFMEU will march down the street taking what they want.
    Good times ahead.

  12. OldOzzie

    Bill Shorten’s class war against ‘accountant tax rorts’ and real estate industry

    Richard Ferguson
    Reporter

    Bill Shorten has doubled down on his plan to stop wealthy people claiming high accountants’ fees on tax and has taken a swipe at real estate agents.

    In a sign of a fierce “class warfare” campaign ahead, the Opposition Leader today said he was sticking with a cap of $3000 on exempting accountancy fees despite scepticism his plan will raise the $1.8bn he predicts it will.

    “I’m 100 per cent confident that Labor is right, to stop allowing people deduct hundreds of thousands of dollars off their tax for what they pay their accountant,” he said in the Liberal electorate of Bennelong.

    “I’m 100 per cent confident that what we can do is make sure that this is a fairer system.

    “Why should someone who pays $1 million to their accountant to minimise their tax for millions more, why should we pay for the double dip?

    “I mean, it’s a sweet deal. It’s not illegal, but enough’s enough.”

    Last month, Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan said he was sceptical the savings claimed from Labor’s policy were all sourced from managing tax affairs instead of other exemptions.

    “When people see a quick headline, ‘millionaires paying millions not to pay tax’, there might well be some other reason entirely, like GIC (general interest charges) and I think we’re trying to break that box down now,” he told the Tax Institute in March.

    “If you’ve got all that GIC and you’ve paid an enormous settlement, you can claim the GIC as a tax deduction so yes you might have millions of dollars of income but I can’t see any rational or even irrational person, spending over a million to not pay tax on a million.”

    Mr Shorten refused to answer questions on whether the difference pointed out by Mr Jordan would affect the revenue raised by his policy.

    But he did hit back at a national campaign led by real estate agents against his negative gearing policies.

    “Well, the real estate agents, it’s obviously in their financial interest to keep taxpayer money flowing to their business model?” he said.

    “You’ve gotta ask yourself, why are they campaigning? They’re campaigning because they like to have people bidding for houses who are getting a taxpayer subsidy.

    “Because the more people they have bidding for houses, the more they can charge their percentage on the sale.”

    The Real Estate Institute of Australia, which represents about 95 per cent of the 36,000 businesses that employ about 120,000 people, is leading the push to coincide with the election campaign.

    The industry-backed campaign will harness social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to promote key attack lines against the Labor policy, arguing that it will reduce property prices in a cooling market, fail to raise the forecast revenue and pose a danger to the Australian economy.

    From the Comments

    769 Comments

    Sunil
    3 minutes ago
    This guy is from Victoria and suffering from Daniel Andrews syndrome!

    M M
    2 minutes ago
    I am sure this point has been made before given the number of comments.
    BS – include union dues, and then lets have a discussion and analysis of the impacts.

    Haig
    2 minutes ago
    and still no RED tie

    strong>Paul
    3 minutes ago
    So how is he going to distinguish between accounting fees to manage the business and advice on tax minimisation. This is classical BS propaganda.

    GRAHAM
    4 minutes ago
    So is BS and his cohorts that all own houses and shares doing their own tax returns. I doubt most of them have the mental capacity. I would also think that most people that go to an accountant claim the bill, for forsake it’s the ATO that allow it.

    Damien
    2 minutes ago
    Wouldn’t it be simpler to have a flat rate of tax of say 20% and tax-free threshold of $50,000 pa and not allow any deductions?
    Most people would either not need to file a tax return or would be able to do it very simply.

    Rowena
    3 minutes ago
    TAX, TAX ,TAX ,TAX ,TAX, That’s it TAX-A-BILL TAX, TAX,TAX, TAX……….
    The Other (heavily taxed) Half

    Peter
    4 minutes ago
    Bill is so over confident that he is trotting out all the crazy stuff. No excuses electorate.
    Neville
    6 minutes ago
    (Edited)
    Shorten off on his “Class War” tangent again.
    Any Small Business people, Tradies and others including Mums & Dads with shares, super & property are wise to use accountants.
    You don’t have to belong to the Big End of town to employ one.
    Shorten knows his constituency and they pay little or no tax anyway.

    Scott
    7 minutes ago
    Shorten and Bowen are numpties. Do they know anything about how business works? Obviously not!!!

  13. twostix

    Having to turn and shake hands or worse with the person next to you banned.

    I took my boys to the flash new local church a while ago.

    So far so good, we nearly got through a whole service without any significant gayness. A good little sermon that tied in with some real history about rome which I really enjoyed. ” This is manageable” I thought to myself, kind of like a concert, only very, very awkward.

    So they play a song at the very end of the service, as they’re playing, the cool music minister or whatever he calls himself starts getting all ansy on stage. “uhoh” I think to myself, “this isn’t good”. Then as the music (possible he) climaxes, he “yessss jessssuss’s” his way to the mike and declares that everyone must right now turn and pray for the person standing next to them.

    Right now, on orders. Do it, do now in Jesus name! Pray for that person sitting next to you! Do it! YEEESSSS…

    Ok boys, let’s go.

  14. zyconoclast

    Israel Folau should post this 10 minute video.
    Watch the heads explode.

  15. feelthebern

    ALP members will be granted prima nocta over non members.

  16. Top Ender

    Why embassy staff loathed ‘The Guest’ Julian Assange

    His hosts would call him “The Guest”, but over nearly seven years staff and security at the Ecuadorean embassy in Knightsbridge shared eight rooms and a corridor with a tenant they came to fear and despise.

    Julian Assange, 47, grew increasingly erratic as the days and months passed, flitting from bouts of adolescent behaviour to depressive moods.

    Complaints against him ranged from his playing football and skateboarding in the hall to attempting — even effecting — regime change in foreign countries.

    On Thursday, after Assange’s dramatic arrest, Ecuadorean officials continued to heap accusations against Mr Assange over his conduct within the embassy, including hacking their devices to spy on diplomatic correspondence and smearing excrement on the walls.

    Maria Paula Romo, the interior minister, said: “During his stay at the Ecuadorian embassy, during the government of the former president Rafael Correa, they tolerated things like Mr Assange putting faeces on the walls of the embassy and other types of behaviour of this kind that is far removed from the minimum respect a guest should have in a country which has generously welcomed him.”

    The Wikileaks founder has been repeatedly accused of hacking systems within the embassy, and the president of Ecuador recently intimated a link between a personal hack and Mr Assange, which Wikileaks has vehemently denied.

    “A one-man boutique hotel”

    His sleep patterns and rumoured poor hygiene led one diplomat to tell The Times in 2015: “Day has been turned into night, night into day. It is virtually impossible to conduct a normal diplomatic relationship when you are also functioning as a one-man boutique hotel.”

    Relations between Britain and Ecuador were plunged into deep freeze, leaving them unable to conduct day-to-day diplomacy. As part of the negotiations to oust Mr Assange, Ecuador sought Britain’s assurance that it would help with what it saw as the probable backlash from Assange’s eviction: cyberassault against the country from Wikileaks’ allies. Britain has vowed to assist Ecuador with cybersecurity.

    Mr Assange arrived during the European football championships in 2012 wearing biker gear and was swiftly granted asylum.

    Soon after he strode in, a parade of celebrity guests and other high-profile visitors began to arrive. Jemima Khan, the socialite turned film director, was among them but would later renounce Mr Assange — accusing Wikileaks of misinformation and calling it a cult.

    After losing her share of $AU440,000 in bail surety, Ms Khan said of Mr Assange: “It would be a tragedy if a man who has done so much good were to end up tolerating only disciples and unwavering devotion, more like an Australian L Ron Hubbard.”

    Lavish takeaways

    Inside the embassy, with only a treadmill for exercise and a sunlamp as a vitamin D substitute, Mr Assange lived on lavish takeaways — the embassy spent $AU16,500 in the first year alone — while Eric Cantona, Lady Gaga and Vivienne Westwood were among his visitors. The setting, a stone’s throw from Harrod’s, the luxury department store, seemed fitting and musicians including PJ Harvey, Brian Eno and the rapper MIA also stopped in. Guests were said to have made him dance with them to keep his spirits up.

    On July 3 each year, a rag-tag bunch of followers from around the world would gather on the street outside the red-brick Victorian mansion block to celebrate his birthday with cake, balloons and banners.

    “Evita” moment

    His “Evita” moment came as he addressed hundreds of supporters and media outlets from around the world from the small balcony at a front window, calling on the US to end its “witch-hunt” against Wikileaks.

    “The Guest” survived three ambassadors, a bid by William Hague as foreign secretary to suspend the diplomatic status of the embassy and storm the building, and health problems including a rotten tooth and respiratory issues. But could not get beyond the intensive efforts to force him out that began under Ecuador’s new president, Lenin Moreno, in 2017.

    The embassy imposed strict new conditions, stripping him of internet and telephone access and restricting his visitors to doctors and lawyers.

    He was banned from the balcony and ordered to clean up after his cat, as well as clean his bathroom and do his laundry.

    Visitors were searched and forced to hand over identifying codes for any digital devices brought in, and surveillance was ramped up in a bid to make him so uncomfortable he would leave.

    Such was the campaign to force Mr Assange out that in January this year Wikileaks deemed it necessary to issue a 5000-word email, ironically marked “not for publication”, of statements it deemed “false and defamatory”. These included: “It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange stinks.”

    In 2017, Mr Assange said that the US was painting him as a “fallen angel”, which seemed apt as he was dragged away from the embassy on Thursday yelling “resist”.

    The Times

  17. So if the rugby player said that our traitorous MPs all deserved to end up in hell, would anyone object to that?

  18. notafan

    “Why should someone who pays $1 million to their accountant to minimise their tax for millions more, why should we pay for the double dip?

    “I mean, it’s a sweet deal. It’s not illegal, but enough’s enough.”

    No it isn’t, whoever is paying a million for tax advise has handed it over, so it aint that sweet, and the idea that they will stop paying for tax advise and pay tax on millions more of their income, is preposterous.

    I’m still not clear who the target is here, it is wealthy people with complex structures involving trusts.

    I assume the Labor party is working off what is claimed at some label on the tax return, most like it will simply move to a different label

    Labor must do all of their tax and spend policy on the back of a napkin

    The entire suggestion is laughable

  19. Mitch M.

    So if the rugby player said that our traitorous MPs all deserved to end up in hell, would anyone object to that

    On the contrary, a million likes.

  20. dover_beach

    What does the Catholic Church do? They create an image of Mary and Jesus and totally go against what God’s word is,” Folau said. “This is what I’m talking about, the difference between man’s doctrine and tradition verses God’s word.

    Someone should introduce him to the Church Fathers, both Western and Eastern. The veneration of Mary appears from the very beginning of the life of the Church.

  21. stackja

    Notafan – Yes, ALP tax policy is laughable. And the joke is on the voters.

  22. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #2985984, posted on April 12, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Graham Ashton had a boner for two things: Nicola Gobbo and breaking the law.
    Fairfax exclusive: Chief Commissioner Ashton said Lawyer X was a ‘glittering prize’

    Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton described gangland barrister turned police informer Nicola Gobbo as a “glittering prize” in a 2014 inquiry.

    Glittering prize?
    Yeah, nah.
    She was a turd wrapped in tinsel.

    .

    Mr Ashton, then a deputy commissioner,

    Oh?
    Deputy?
    Who was in the Big Chair?
    .

    told the IBAC inquiry that the force was under considerable pressure during the heart of the gangland war and Ms Gobbo’s information was vital.

    Time’s a-wasting and those corners don’t cut themselves.
    .

    “[This] human source comes on board that could potentially solve a bunch of…murders of prevent others … and this glittering prize … sometimes diverts you from the necessary steps,” he told IBAC.

    The “necessary steps” Mr Ashton referred to was that Victoria Police did not seek legal advice during the most prolific and fraught period of her informing from 2005.

    What Christine Lunchalot, Simon Underhand and Fatty really wanted was to stitch up long-standing enemies within the force (so called “old school corrupt dinosaurs”) with a trumped up murder charge.

    “You might say now, yeah, absolutely you would do this or do that but if I’m trying to think why sensible steps like that weren’t taken, that’s what I’m sort of left with when I try and reconcile that,” he said, according to the IBAC review.

    And, five years on, this xunt not only still has a job, but has been promoted to the Big Chair.

  23. dover_beach

    Let me circle back to Folau’s sacking, it is an utter disgrace. It offends his rights as a Christian to engage in the public sphere. He ought to sue the ARU and take them to the cleaners and then not even bother playing for them.

  24. notafan

    Twostix why would you bother with a sermon on the history of Rome?

    Even Folau for all his theological weaknesses was focused on something a little more, I don’t know, central to the whole thing.

    not that I haven’t sat through hundreds of dull sermons, but then entertaining sermons aren’t the reason most people go to mass.

  25. calli

    Any Church that allows a person with a guitar to set foot in it must be burnt to the ground.

    How about lutes? Mandolins? Banjos?

  26. Infidel Tiger

    When did the world Izzy Lam get banned here?

    What did I miss?

  27. Infidel Tiger

    How about lutes? Mandolins? Banjos?

    You’re pushing it sister.

    The primary instrument in Church should be the human voice with a little organ on the side. Pipe organ only I hasten to add. My God, the horrors of the Church which allows the failed rock star to strut his stuff on the Casio.

  28. notafan

    Folau conveniently disconnects God’s word from the Church that gave him his bible, a book that did not exist until several centuries after the death of Christ and indeed is part of and created by the Catholic tradition he despises.

    Even Luther did not abandon Our Lady.

    And of course Folau should be able to say what he likes, the idea that people should be stripped of their livelihood because hurtly feelings is beyond reason.

  29. max

    Overheard two lefties ‘discussing’ Assange this morning.

    They were appalled by his appearance: the bushy white beard particularly seemed to be a problem because he looked so old.

    In their voices you could feel a definite waning in enthusiasm.

  30. notafan

    So if the rugby player said that our traitorous MPs all deserved to end up in hell, would anyone object to that?

    Why should they?

    The rugby player has no power to sent them there.

  31. C.L.

    Then this is what you’re looking for https://www.latin-mass-au.com

    Is that the Tridentine Mass or the Year Zero New Order in Latin?

  32. JC

    He sounds like a pig.

    Ecuador’s Interior Minister claimed Thursday that Julian Assange smeared his feces on the walls of the country’s London embassy and had deplorable hygiene.

    Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo made the claim to reporters after Ecuador withdrew Assange’s asylum status and authorities removed him from the embassy and arrested him. Romo claimed that the administration of former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa tolerated bizarre behavior from Assange, corroborating previous claims that he displayed unhealthy hygiene and aggressive behavior. (RELATED: What You Need To Know About Julian Assange — Who Wants A Piece Of Him And Why)

    “They tolerated things like Assange putting feces on the embassy walls and other behaviors far from the minimum respect that a guest can have,” Romo said according to CNN.

    Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno also asserted that Assange mistreated the embassy guards and was “discourteous and aggressive” during his stay.

    “The patience of Ecuador has reached its limit on the behavior of Mr. Assange,” Moreno said, according to the New York Post.

    Even Assange’s closest associates claimed that he had terrible hygiene habits.

    “Julian ate everything with his hands and he always wiped his fingers on his pants. I have never seen pants as greasy as his in my whole life,” said Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a former aide to Assange, according to International Business Times.

    Bill Keller, a former executive editor of The New York Times who met with Assange in 2011, described him as looking like a “bag lady walking in off the street” and said that “he smelled as if he hadn’t bathed for days.”

  33. notafan

    You are right Calli

    the pipe organ is a new fangled church instrument, in the scheme of things

  34. Confused Old Misfit

    The primary instrument in Church should be the human voice with a little organ on the side. Pipe organ only I hasten to add.

    Nope! Vox humana only.

  35. Boambee John

    *Trump was deferred from the draft for service in Vietnam 5 times, and has an obvious weight problem.

    I see that Numbers has had a relapse with the psychological issue that he drew to our attention a few weeks ago.

    Something about introducing random irrelevant issues into a discussion.

  36. calli

    I’m happy to pull out all the stops, Nota. 😀

  37. Infidel Tiger

    the pipe organ is a new fangled church instrument, in the scheme of things

    We must not resist all that is modern, only that which is rife for abuse. Which is why the guitar must never ever be seen inside a place of worship.

    How great would it be if preachers sent people home from Church for wearing sneakers, jeans and drop crotch track pants.

    Only the restoration of Shame can refill the pews.

  38. twostix

    Twostix why would you bother with a sermon on the history of Rome?

    Nah it was a sermon on something else, cannot remember what, but the guy tied into the period and kept my boys interested.

    Whatever it was about was afterwards immediately ovewhelmed by the spectacle of guy on stage getting horny playing gospel music to a church and then ordering everyone in the audience to get weird.

  39. Something about introducing random irrelevant issues into a discussion.

    Not at all.
    Simply responding to this –

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2986020, posted on April 12, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    And Numbers Bob had a perfectly legitimate alternative to being conscripted which, for whatever reason, he chose not to exercise.

    Take it up with the person who introduced the “random irrelevant issue”, and who has now run away and refused to answer my perfectly reasonable question.

  40. OldOzzie

    Election 2019: Dole ‘has to’ increase, Bill Shorten says

    Rick Morton
    Social Affairs Writer

    Bill Shorten has said for the first time that there “has to be” a rise in the rate of the dole which has not been lifted in real terms for a quarter of a century.

    The Opposition Leader made the call while speaking with media on the election campaign trail in Sydney, acknowledging first that the party’s sole commitment to “review” the payment — which is less than $270 a week for a single person — was not an exercise in keeping it at the same “low levels.”

    “I think there has to be (an increase). But let’s see what happens with the review,” Mr Shorten said.

    “We’re not holding a review to lower it. We’re not holding a review to forget about it, like they did with the energy payment.”

    In its budget submission this year, the Australian Council of Social Services said it would cost about $3.3 billion in the first full year to “raise the rate of Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments for single people by a minimum of $75 per week and index these payments to wage movements.”

    The Australian reported today that two of the most marginal federal electorates in the country — Herbert and Longman, both in Queensland and both held by Labor on margins of less than 1 per cent — have above average numbers of Newstart Allowance recipients.

    There are more than 7400 people on the dole in Herbert, held by Cathy O’Toole, and 6600 in Longman which Labor’s Susan Lamb held in a by-election last year.

    New data from the Department of Social Services has revealed there are now almost 200,000 people out of the 720,000 on Newstart Allowance who have some incapacity to work but who are not deemed unwell enough to qualify for the more generous Disability Support Pension.

  41. Gab

    It is the Tridentine Mass, CL. The very same one that saints and sinners attended until 1969. It’s a treasure and there’s heaps of time to pray without all the yakking going and incessant bobbing up and down in the pews per the norvus ordo missae. And there’s no shaking hands idiocy. Mostly it’s very reverent.

  42. Boambee John

    So Numbers played the numbers and lost.

    What did your PP tell you about the evils of gambling, Numbers?

  43. Boambee John

    “Well, the renewable companies, it’s obviously in their financial interest to keep taxpayer money flowing to their business model?” he said.

    Fixed that for you Bill, no charge!

  44. OldOzzie

    Federal election: now it’s the voters’ turn to pull a coup

    Jack the Insider
    Columnist

    There it was yesterday. The Wall Street Journal’s cheeky headline: “Australia to pick its new leader — with an election.”

    We know, we know. Two governors-general have been required to swear in six prime ministers in a tick under nine years in the space of just three federal elections with the fourth announced yesterday by a PM who is yet another beneficiary of bloody political feuds.

    The WSJ confirmed Australian politics has become an international joke where we are routinely mocked for a revolving door leadership and a penchant for spectacular party room coups that would make most sub-Saharan African nations blush.

    But we are not worse than Italy as some of the lampooning would suggest. Rather, Australian political leadership has been turning over at a smooth Italianate pace (there have been precisely the same number of Italian prime ministers as we’ve had since 2010).

    Count them out and put Kevin Rudd in twice as he was both popularly elected in 2007, got rolled in 2010 and made his way back to save the furniture in 2013. Then comes Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison.

    Only Rudd and Abbott were first anointed by popular vote.

    The others made their way into the Lodge by the dark business of political assassination. In August 2018, Scott Morrison pulled off a Stephen Bradbury — the last man or woman standing in his party room, or at least that is what he would have you believe — and moved his kit into the Lodge.

    Given this, it is perhaps sensible that we don’t lean to US traditions of putting photographic portraits of our political leaders on the walls of post offices and other government buildings. The gyprock probably wouldn’t stand the constant hammering of tiny tacks and pretty soon the plasterers would have to be called in.

    And sure, the avenue of prime ministers in Ballarat’s Botanical Gardens has become a boulevard of broken dreams in recent times with the bronze noggins of PMs chicaning crazily around the neatly trimmed lawns. Any more unrest and counting of numbers in party rooms may result in the busts of future PMs being floated out on pontoons on Lake Wendouree.

    Yes, we are a global joke but I argue the laughs are with us and not on us. We like our politics both brutally unforgiving and constantly dynamic. Leadership spills are, as former Western Australia Labor leader, Eric Ripper, once opined, “crack cocaine for journalists.” And we should know.

    But the general population is in it, too, for the overall amusement with a bit of schadenfreude thrown in. I mean who doesn’t like watching politicians come and go, those briefly ascendant grinning triumphantly and looking cautiously over their shoulders while those discarded go the blub in front of the nation?

    It’s a breath of fresh air for our democracy. Nature’s makeover.

    For those who haughtily assume that longevity in political leadership is desirable, I would counter by pointing at the longest serving non-monarchic leader in the world, Equatorial Guinea’s one and only, Teodoro Obiang Mbasango.

    Obiang got the job in somewhat different Bradburian circumstances, after murdering all of his family, which coincided as the country’s ethno-political elite. His predecessor, also his uncle, Francisco Macías Nguema, is often referred to as “The Pol Pot of Africa” who had people killed for a long list of indiscretions, including wearing glasses.

    Obiang had Macías superannuated by firing squad in 1979, and his unending reign began.

    Obiang was elected unopposed in 1982 and again in 1989. In 1996, after opposition parties were permitted to run in elections, he won a thumping mandate from 98 per cent of eligible voters. In one district he recorded an impressive 103 per cent of the vote.

    State run media continue to exalt Obiang as a living god and a man who can commit murder by his own hand or by decree without consequence either on Earth or on any other plane. He has an estimated net worth of US$600 million, making him one of the world’s wealthiest political leaders.

    Under Obiang’s long, unbroken rule almost one sixth of Equatorial Guinea’s population have been killed or have disappeared, one third has fled ethnic and political persecution with the remaining 600,000 citizens sleeping fitfully at night, dreading a sudden knock on the door in the wee hours.

    It is probably true that Obiang would have been dispatched in the back of a Nissan Navarra for some small calibre therapy by now, but happily for him and his ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, oil and gas was discovered off shore in 1996 and subsequently the western world has taken to looking the other way.

    In 2016, Obiang won his sixth term as president with 93.7 per cent of the vote.

    It’s a fair bet to assume there have been no party room shenanigans in Equatorial Guinea, let alone dark murmurings from political colleagues that Obiang had “lost the base”.

    I fully accept the catchcry, “We are better than Equatorial Guinea” is a modest boast and not one we might see rendered on T-shirts, knocked out in department stores on Australia Day. But we are, we really are better than Equatorial Guinea and not least of all because our political leadership is on high rotation.

    Our vibrant, constantly refreshed political environment is smelling of roses, fertilised by the politically dead. And what’s more, in just 36 sleeps we get to do what the Labor and Liberal parties have become masters at over the last six years.

    Tedious political commentators will be right along to admonish us that the people don’t elect prime ministers, their parties do. This is true to a point, which makes their finger-wagging doubly annoying. Ignore them, trust me, and they will go away.

    It’s our turn to decide who gets the chocolates and who is sent packing. As The Wall Street Journal points out, it’s unusual, even controversial, but I think we owe it to ourselves to give it a red hot go.

  45. Confused Old Misfit

    More Vox Humana.

  46. P

    What does the Catholic Church do? They create an image of Mary and Jesus and totally go against what God’s word is,” Folau said. “This is what I’m talking about, the difference between man’s doctrine and tradition verses God’s word.

    Someone should introduce him to the Church Fathers, both Western and Eastern. The veneration of Mary appears from the very beginning of the life of the Church.

    John Henry Newman observed that “the glories of the mother were always for the sake of her Son.
    To insist on the sublimity of Mary’s role was a way of glorifying Jesus”.

  47. struth

    Take it up with the person who introduced the “random irrelevant issue”, and who has now run away and refused to answer my perfectly reasonable question.

    Pot, kettle, much?

  48. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I haven’t run anywhere, Numbers Bob – some of us have lives off the computer.

    As to answering your question, I wouldn’t have run the risk of being sent to the ‘fun factory” by exercising a perfectly legal option, doing six years part time, and not being conscripted in the first place.

  49. zyconoclast

    Tra Le Sollecitudini Instruction on Sacred Music

    VI. Organ and instruments

    15. Although the music proper to the Church is purely vocal music, music with the accompaniment of the organ is also permitted. In some special cases, within due limits and with proper safeguards, other instruments may be allowed, but never without the special permission of the Ordinary, according to prescriptions of the Caeremoniale Episcoporum.

    16. As the singing should always have the principal place, the organ or other instruments should merely sustain and never oppress it.

    17. It is not permitted to have the chant preceded by long preludes or to interrupt it with intermezzo pieces.

    18. The sound of the organ as an accompaniment to the chant in preludes, interludes, and the like must be not only governed by the special nature of the instrument, but must participate in all the qualities proper to sacred music as above enumerated.

    19. The employment of the piano is forbidden in church, as is also that of noisy or frivolous instruments such as drums, cymbals, bells and the like.

    20. It is strictly forbidden to have bands play in church, and only in special cases with the consent of the Ordinary will it be permissible to admit wind instruments, limited in number, judiciously used, and proportioned to the size of the placeprovided the composition and accompaniment be written in grave and suitable style, and conform in all respects to that proper to the organ.

    21. In processions outside the church the Ordinary may give permission for a band, provided no profane pieces be executed. It would be desirable in such cases that the band confine itself to accompanying some spiritual canticle sung in Latin or in the vernacular by the singers and the pious associations which take part in the procession.

  50. Boambee John

    1735099
    #2986135, posted on April 12, 2019 at 3:44 pm
    Something about introducing random irrelevant issues into a discussion.

    Not at all.
    Simply responding to this –

    Clearly you did not read my comment.

    The “random irrelevant issue” was your comment about Trump, which I quoted.

    Reading comprehension fail.

  51. rickw

    Bill Shorten has said for the first time that there “has to be” a rise in the rate of the dole which has not been lifted in real terms for a quarter of a century.

    If you’re on the dole then your voting rights should be suspended.

  52. zyconoclast

    Migrants staged a riot at an immigration station in Tapachula, Mexico early Wednesday morning, multiple Mexican media outlets reported.

    The group of migrants, mostly from Cuba and Africa, staged the riot to prevent authorities from carrying out deportations, Mexican media outlets Noticias MVS, Milenio and Reforma reported.

  53. calli

    That was beautiful, Misfit.

  54. As to answering your question, I wouldn’t have run the risk of being sent to the ‘fun factory” by exercising a perfectly legal option, doing six years part time, and not being conscripted in the first place.

    Unsurprisingly, very few took that option.
    Who would want to play weekend warriors for six years, when you had a 2 in 100 chance of the six years being completely unnecessary?
    The odds of being sent to Vietnam, in a combat posting, were even longer.
    In the end, you would have conscripted yourself.

  55. zyconoclast

    ‘Tie them down to a tree’: South African president urges white youth not to emigrate

    In a plea to stop young white people from continuing their exodus from the country, South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa posed a rather curious solution on the campaign trail — tying them to trees and begging them not to emigrate.
    Speaking at a meeting of wine farmers in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape on Tuesday, the South African president said he did not want to see young white farmers and the skills they possess leaving the country, jokingly posing his own solution to the ongoing emigration crisis.

    “If I could, I’d tie them down to a tree and say don’t leave, I want you here in this country,” Ramaphosa told the group of mainly white farmers. The leader also moved to assure the wine growers over their fears surrounding land reform in South Africa, promising that if re-elected, it would be done in accordance with the law.

    The land reform process is something that we should never fear. It is going to be done in accordance with the rule of law and our Constitution,” the president added.

    The worries he tried to alleviate come from a proposal by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which was backed by Ramaphosa. South Africa’s land reform aims to expropriate privately-owned farmland and redistribute it to members of the country’s landless black majority. However, the plan is controversial as it looks to seize land without any compensation for the white farmers and landowners who still form a major part of its agricultural industry.

    Since the plan was announced, there have been reports in international media of white farmers coming under increased pressure to give up their land, with some even being physically assaulted or even killed.

    Anxiety over land seizures has compounded an already growing problem of white emigration from South Africa since the end of the Apartheid era. On Tuesday, local media reported that since the ANC came to power in 1994, as many as 400,000 skilled South Africans, both black and white, have left for better prospects abroad. The report found push factors driving white emigration included a fear of change and lack of professional opportunities, citing anecdotal evidence that black economic empowerment (BEE) policies had sent a negative message to white university graduates as well as prospective employers.

  56. Confused Old Misfit

    Music made by the human voice.
    One of God’s greatest gifts.

  57. OldOzzie

    Bill Shorten’s class war against ‘accountant tax rorts’ and real estate industry


    BATTLELINES

    Labor is accused of going after:

    High income earners — restoring the “deficit levy” on the top marginal tax rate holders
    Accountants — capping deductions for the cast of managing tax affairs at $3000.
    Property investors and agents — restricting negative gearing to new dwellings.
    Retirees — abolishing cash refunds for franking credits.
    Coal companies — committed to a 45 per cent emissions reductions and 50 per cent renewables target.
    Banks — hit with a levy to pay for a $640 million fund to support victims of misconduct.
    Mortgage brokers — proposing a fixed-rate commission to brokers and the abolition of trailing commissions.


    The Coalition government has been accused by Labor of cutting funds for:

    Schools — reduced the rate of funding growth promised by the former Labor government.
    Hospitals — reduced the rate of funding growth promised by the former Labor government.
    Universities — cut more than $2 billion through a freeze in commonwealth grants.
    Welfare recipients — cut family tax benefits, increased reviews of people on the disability support pension, means tested the carers allowance.
    Pensioners — strengthened asset tests which brought 300,000 Australians off the pension.

  58. DrBeauGan

    Mitch, the video on deep learning depressed me. The history I knew, but having recent developments exposed as such a mess is striking. There is absolutely no insight into learning produced by these things, and no science at all.

    It’s an intellectual disaster.

  59. zyconoclast

    Some good news

    Directors vote to cancel 2019 Edmonton Pride Festival

    “In light of the current political and social environment, it has been determined that any attempt to host a festival will not be successful,” reads the email from the board of directors.

    The decision comes not long after police were called to a meeting of the board of directors.

    The board was meeting on April 4 to discuss a list of demands put forward by two local organizations — Shades of Colour and RaricaNow — that advocate for people of colour and refugees in Edmonton’s LGBTQ community. The demands include a call for the festival to allocate more funding to underrepresented artists and facilitators.

    The same groups also helped organize a demonstration at last year’s pride parade calling for the organizers to uninvite Edmonton police, RCMP and military personnel, amid a Canada-wide debate over the presence of police in Pride parades.

  60. OldOzzie

    Confused Old Misfit
    #2986158, posted on April 12, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Music made by the human voice.
    One of God’s greatest gifts.

    The Eight Most Beautiful Gregorian Chants to the Virgin Mary – In the Centenary of Fatima

  61. Confused Old Misfit

    The board was meeting on April 4 to discuss a list of demands put forward by two local organizations — Shades of Colour and RaricaNow — that advocate for people of colour and refugees in Edmonton’s LGBTQ community. The demands include a call for the festival to allocate more funding to underrepresented artists and facilitators.

    Looks like the left eating its own.
    They deserve no more special consideration than would be given the Ancient and Omnipotent society of Mung Bean Appreciators.

  62. feelthebern

    Unsurprisingly, very few took that option.
    Who would want to play weekend warriors for six years, when you had a 2 in 100 chance of the six years being completely unnecessary?
    The odds of being sent to Vietnam, in a combat posting, were even longer.
    In the end, you would have conscripted yourself.

    So you played the odds & lost.
    Quit.
    Bloody.
    Whinging.

  63. feelthebern

    Two chaps I know from the same country town got their name called for Nam Viet.
    After a quick visit to the local doc who was more than willing & lo & and behold, their service was not required.

  64. Confused Old Misfit

    Thank you OO!

  65. Mother Lode

    Speaking of which, if you have an AFR sub, you can read a puff piece about Ms Milligan.
    I’m not going to link to the article.
    The columnist usually takes out someone interesting to have a chat over a feed.
    They post the bill at the end of the column.

    For my part, I generally avoid buying wine by the glass – if it is at all a slightly pricey wine then it will have very much deteriorated since it was opened (because not many people buy it). Unless they pour some argon gas in the bottle.

    This is not snobbery, it is just not worth paying for quality you won’t get. Much better to buy a bottle. You don’t have to finish it.

    I suspect Mz Mulligan likes swanning around at soirees and being photographed glass in hand to show she is part of that certain refined elite – even though the wine was likely purchased for $5 a bottle.

    When she goes out, it is not the food or the company she delights in, but imagining herself shining as she swims among the whorls of glittering lights.

  66. Diogenes

    Church should be the human voice with a little organ on the side. Pipe organ only I hasten to add.

    what about the magnificent baroque masses with trumpets & trombones… thinks Bieber ( not Justin) Misssa salisburgiensis or haydn’s missa in anguistis. Mind you stll fond of the Tudor masses for voice only (bryd, tallis, ockheghem etc)

  67. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Unsurprisingly, very few took that option

    Dayton MacCarthy’s book “The Once and Future Army: A History of the Citizen’s Military Forces 1947 – 74” mentions a figure of over nine thousand men, in 1969.

  68. So you played the odds & lost.
    Quit.
    Bloody.
    Whinging.

    Reminding you that an Australian Coalition government was prepared in my lifetime to conscript random 19 year-olds to fight in peacetime on foreign soil in a war of national liberation, is not “whinging”.
    It’s a stark and inconvenient reminder of the use of fear and hate to stay in power.
    They needed those DLP preferences, and were prepared to allow young men to die and be maimed to get them.
    The Coalition continues to use fear and hate as its principal election strategy.

  69. Infidel Tiger

    Two chaps I know from the same country town got their name called for Nam Viet.
    After a quick visit to the local doc who was more than willing & lo & and behold, their service was not required.

    They should be deeply and mortally ashamed.

    Cowards, malingerers ad leaners. Typical Boomers.

  70. The Boeing 737 Max 8 is not the only 737 with issues.
    The 737 NG, which flies in Oz for both Virgin and Qantas has assembly issues.

  71. notafan

    Speaking of wars

    IS isn’t the only weird beard mob trying to create al sham in Syria

    The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a heavy attack across southern Idlib, southwestern Aleppo, and northern Hama last night.

    Using a mixture of surface-to-surface missiles and artillery shells, the Syrian Arab Army began their assault by launching a number of projectiles towards Jaysh Al-Izza’s positions near the Turkish observation post in Morek.

    Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham,

    aka al quaeda also get a mention
    Syrian army launches large attack overnight in northwestern syria

  72. Tailgunner

    Rego!
    How many Vietnamese nationalists did you knock out of the war? Lock’d&Loded style?
    #PotatoGunsKill

  73. Tailgunner

    war of national liberation

    I wouldn’t shoot the UPF guys either.
    Respect.

  74. Chris

    Unsurprisingly, very few took that option.
    Who would want to play weekend warriors for six years, when you had a 2 in 100 chance of the six years being completely unnecessary?

    Fiddle-dee-dee potatoes!
    A number of my cousins did just that. When conscription was abolished I also heard numbers of my old unit were throwing off their shirts and leaving in the middle of their army camp, and many more never came back. This would be evidence that it was a popular option.
    But I was different – I volunteered after Conscription had been abolished.

  75. cohenite

    zyconoclast

    #2986102, posted on April 12, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Israel Folau should post this 10 minute video.
    Watch the heads explode.

    The homosexual can appear normal.

    Somehow I don’t think this would make it today.

  76. Chris

    Respect.

    Also for The New Guard and The Organisation!

  77. Tailgunner

    Using a mixture of surface-to-surface missiles and artillery shells, the Syrian Arab Army began their assault by launching a number of projectiles towards Jaysh Al-Izza’s positions near the Turkish observation post in Morek.

    Oh noes! dots SLA guys getting ass-kicked. Again!

  78. Chris

    They should be deeply and mortally ashamed.

    I don’t think so. It was a deeply controversial time, the cost of service was high and fell on a very few. Like ol’ 1735099.

    Media and general opinion were definitely divided. And the girls seemed to be on the ‘counter-cultural’ fashionable bandwagon, not backing the boys up with white feathers at the stations – THIS time.

  79. Leigh Lowe

    CL, if you want to see an example of the ridiculously corrupt focus of VikPol on stitching up the old guard within the force, see if you can get on to the program run by Nein recently on the murder of Shane Chartres-Abbott.
    Complicated, but I will try to summarise …
    Chartres-abbott was a male prostitute specialising in S&M and with an expensive and varied drug habit;
    He beat the living suitcase out a “client” and raped her;
    When charged he had a yuuge memory lapse;
    Chartres-abbott had no shortage of enemies, including the rape victim’s ex boyfriend;
    During his rape trial he was shot dead in his driveway.
    Like everyone who died suddenly in Melbourne in the last 20 years he “was about to spill the beans on corrupt coppers”.
    To this day, no-one thinks Chartres-abbott had any beans to spill.
    Here’s where it gets interesting …
    Up pops a convicted murderer who claims he did the job for a mate of a mate of the rape victim.
    After multiple edits of his story he remembers that a corrupt copper gave him Chartres-abbott’s address.
    He claims he watched the house from a nearby railway station carpark.
    He claims he “double tapped” Chartres-abbot from about 5-6 feet, first in the chest, then in the head as he stumbled forward.
    He had a ten minute trial, guilty plea, no further time to serve but gets a few “privileges” in jail.
    What we later discover …
    The corrupt cop was appearing live on a reality TV show (Big Brother?) when he supposedly tipped off the hitman.
    The house can’t be seen from the carpark the hitman claimed he did his surveillance from.
    What was not publicly known was that Chartres-abbott was shot under the chin and up through the head with the barrel in contact with the skin, which sort of sinks the “double tap” from six feet story.
    .
    Later, another guy confesses privately that he did the job, grabbing Chartres-abbott in a headlock and shooting him under the throat, precisely consistent with the undisclosed forensics.
    However, Plod isn’t interested because it doesn’t fit the narrative.

  80. areff

    Seems like Ms Milligan ate for Australian when she was there.

    She does have a Rubenesque presence about her.

  81. Mater

    Unsurprisingly, very few took that option.

    How many communist sympathisers held true to their political principles and just refused?

  82. Bruce of Newcastle

    Using a mixture of surface-to-surface missiles and artillery shells, the Syrian Arab Army began their assault by launching a number of projectiles towards Jaysh Al-Izza’s positions near the Turkish observation post in Morek.

    Erdogan still trying to rebuild the Ottoman Empire with himself as Sultan.

    Erdogan Worked “Hand In Glove” With ISIS In Syria, Claims Former Emir (11 Apr)

    No surprise there. He’d back any Sunni mob that looked like getting up. Now Erdogan is cosying up to Russia again by buying S-400s and insulting America. That’s probably in order to get a tacit ‘I’ll have Sunni areas you have Shi’a areas’ bit of real politik. Unfortunately Trump keeps giving the Kurds yummy stuff and the CIA are probably feeding kit to whoever is against Turkey this week. It’d be popcornworthy fun if people weren’t being harmed the way that they are.

  83. DrBeauGan

    It’s a stark and inconvenient reminder of the use of fear and hate to stay in power.
    They needed those DLP preferences, and were prepared to allow young men to die and be maimed to get them.
    The Coalition continues to use fear and hate as its principal election strategy.

    They all do, you silly old bugger. WTF do you think AGW is all about?

  84. Chris

    How many communist sympathisers held true to their political principles and just refused?

    I knew a couple. Conchies. They found it damned inconvenient, and a complete media circus to face court.

    Imagine how the ABC would ah, er, maybe I won’t say what, this is a family blog.

  85. Leigh Lowe

    So now we get to the crux of it.
    The spud-peeler thought he was going to play three dimensional chess and outsmart the system.
    He rolls the ten dice and throws 10 x 1.
    Nothing to do with moral outrage and everything to do with being a loser.
    Do the country a favour, Spud.
    Stay off Winx tomorrow.

  86. Mitch M.

    Mitch, the video on deep learning depressed me. The history I knew, but having recent developments exposed as such a mess is striking. There is absolutely no insight into learning produced by these things, and no science at all.

    It’s an intellectual disaster.

    Yep, it’s like that. They should be honest enough to admit that “neural networks” is a lie. This has to be addressed because without machine learning there are a many things in physiology that will never be understood. We can’t even model a single cell.

  87. Tailgunner

    Erdogan still trying to rebuild the Ottoman Empire with himself as Sultan.
    dot, get in here and explain how the SLA are the good baddies, pronto.
    Bashar alAssad is the Man of the Year.
    All glory to the SAA!

  88. The FSA didn’t exist after 2013, more or less.

    The SDF were the most respectable force in that conflict.

    I’m never going to say Assad or anyone who joined ISIS were on the right side.

    Trump absolutely did the right thing to bomb the shit out of him and ISIS.

  89. cohenite

    This has to be addressed because without machine learning there are a many things in physiology that will never be understood. We can’t even model a single cell.

    Or produce a FTL craft, or harness fusion, or ZPE. Let’s face it, once you can make consciousness you will be able to do all the rest.

  90. Black Ball

    Anyone get on Brooks Koepka to win the Masters? Fuck can he hit a ball. Excellent finesse around the greens also to compliment his power.

  91. dover_beach
    #2986109, posted on April 12, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    What does the Catholic Church do? They create an image of Mary and Jesus and totally go against what God’s word is,” Folau said. “This is what I’m talking about, the difference between man’s doctrine and tradition verses God’s word.

    Someone should introduce him to the Church Fathers, both Western and Eastern. The veneration of Mary appears from the very beginning of the life of the Church.

    He’s totally wrong.

    It is mostly in.

    Luke 1: 26-33.

    But he ought to be allowed to speak his mind – even if his bosses are allowed to sack him.

  92. Tailgunner

    Also for The New Guard and The Organisation!
    Yep.
    HeilTits!
    I can do my own tax swindle, yo!
    😀

  93. Tailgunner

    The FSA didn’t exist after 2013, more or less.
    Syrian Libertarians in full retreat?

  94. Mitch M.

    Or produce a FTL craft, or harness fusion, or ZPE. Let’s face it, once you can make consciousness you will be able to do all the rest.

    Consciousness is widespread in mammals and probably even birds so no that is not a solution. Understanding exactly how Mountcastle columns in the neocortex is a more worthy goal(fascinatingly beautiful micro-architecture therein).

    However should we even try to emulate biological processes to produce intelligence? Aircraft don’t flap wings, cars don’t have legs … . Should we assume that nervous system are information processing entities? That’s a very difficult question to think about. Now you know why I don’t think about it. 🙂

  95. Tailgunner

    Thanks for the the response, Frank.
    Great stuff mate.

  96. Tailgunner

    #TrumpsDickWasTooBigForTheVEF

  97. OldOzzie

    A GRUNTS VIEW

    Diggers viewpoint of being at the sharp end. Gained while serving with 3 Platoon – ‘A’ Company -7 Battalion (Infantry) Royal Australian Regiment, as a Rifleman in Australia’s longest ever war – fought in South Vietnam.

    What is a ‘Platoon’ or ‘section’ i hear you ask?

    As i will be talking about ‘SECTIONS’ or ‘PLATOONS’, many times on this Site we had better look at what they are and how they are structured.

    The SECTION is the smallest INFANTRY combat unit in the Australian Army. Except of course for Special Air Service units, (SAS). For Vietnam the manning of a Section on paper was 10 soldiers, on paper. A Corporal (Cpl) was the ‘section commander’. The section is split in to 3 groups. The ‘scout’ group 2 soldiers, lead scout and his backup, weapon, usually the 5.56 M16.

    The ‘gun’ group the fire power of the section. The gunner carries the 7.62 M60 belt fed machine gun. The links over Digger’s shoulders you see in Vietnam photos are of 100 rounds. These links were spread around each section in addition to those carried by the Gunner and his number two. The number 2 carrying his personal weapon the 7.62 Self Loading Rifle (SLR said as ‘slurrr’), the third member of this group is also the Second In Charge (2ic) of the Section, rank of Lance Corporal, Lance Jack or ‘Diggers batman’. The personal weapon of the 2ic, would be either the SLR or the M16, depending how many M16’s alocated to the Section. As the 2ic would also carry the M79, a USA made grenade luncher, which fired 40mm rounds. The rounds were a number of charges. High Explosive (HE) Splintex, this round was made up of many steel darts, and parachute flares, used at night to provide illumination.

    While we were told by 5 Battalion (TIGERS) Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR) briefings, sent back to us from Vietnam, that the illumination round fired from the M29, was not much chop. However after using it a few times in ambush situations in Australia, our platoon liked it. It was used many times in the same situation in Vietnam. Its quite comforting to see the light swinging down on the end of a small parachute lighting up the area. These briefings were part of the 5RAR & 7RAR working relationship.

    As 7RAR had replaced Five Battalion in Vietnam in 1967 and we were due to do so again in 1970. Any reports made by Five in Vietnam were sent directly to our Battalion and used by us to prepare for our Tour. The other four soldiers in the section are riflemen. Their personal weapon is the Self Loading Rifle or SLR said as “SLRRR”. Ammo for the SLR was carried in seven (7) magazines of 20 NATO 7.62 rimless rounds.

    SUBJECTS ON THIS PAGE

    Platoon Set Up
    What is a Platoon or Section?
    Officers & NSO ranks
    Exercises In Australia
    Shoalwater Bay – Night March
    Leaving For Vietnam
    Formations:-
    Stagged File Formation
    Arrow Head Formation
    Images
    ANZAC for this page
    Next page in the story is:- “Arrival in Vietnam”- Page 12

  98. cohenite

    Consciousness is widespread in mammals and probably even birds so no that is not a solution.

    I should have said self awareness.

  99. feelthebern

    They should be deeply and mortally ashamed.

    I’m sure they are.
    But at least they don’t farken go on about it.

  100. OldOzzie

    These Guys were great instructors

    Australian Army Training Team Vietnam

    The Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) was a specialist unit of military advisors of the Australian Army that operated during the Vietnam War. Raised in 1962, the unit was formed solely for service as part of Australia’s contribution to the war, providing training and assistance to South Vietnamese forces. Initially numbering only approximately 30 men, the size of the unit grew several times over the following years as the Australian commitment to South Vietnam gradually grew, with the unit’s strength peaking at 227 in November 1970. Members of the team worked individually or in small groups, operating throughout the country from the far south to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the north. Later they were concentrated in Phuoc Tuy province as Australian forces prepared to withdraw from Vietnam. It is believed to be the most decorated Australian unit to serve in Vietnam; its members received over 100 decorations, including four Victoria Crosses, during its existence. The unit was withdrawn from Vietnam on 18 December 1972 and was disbanded in Australia on 16 February 1973. A total of 1,009 men served with the unit over a period of ten years, consisting of 998 Australians and 11 New Zealanders.

  101. will

    Bill Keller, a former executive editor of The New York Times who met with Assange in 2011, described him as looking like a “bag lady walking in off the street” and said that “he smelled as if he hadn’t bathed for days.”

    yet managed to bed two Swedish women, which led to the r*pe charge. Some women seem happy to open their legs for a ‘celebrity’, no matter how minor

  102. feelthebern

    Corporal Taint, Follower-in-Chief, will take to his grave…the LNP sent me to Nam.
    I’ve met an Auschwitz survivor (now passed) who had less of a chip on his shoulder.

  103. Tailgunner

    Leftists by sight talking tobacco prices, RYO, etc. ..
    The deplorable regime will abolish all Sin Taxes. .
    Blank faces. Look, a squirrel!
    Forget the Left.
    They are baked in, man.
    Only chaos can unseat them.
    Struth?

  104. feelthebern

    yet managed to bed two Swedish women, which led to the r*pe charge. Some women seem happy to open their legs for a ‘celebrity’, no matter how minor

    The rape charge was that he had consensual sex without a condom.
    Which at the time was a crime in Sweden.

  105. will

    Tim Blair, The Daily Telegraph
    April 12, 2019 1:46am
    ZALI NEEDS CAR ADVICE FROM CANBERRA
    Just like Labor’s Tanya Plibersek – a “do as I say, not do as I do” person – climate change campaigner and Warringah candidate Zali Steggall gets around in big fat SUV.

    What might it take to drag the likes of Zali into something not quite so planet-destroying? Why, the government, of course

  106. Mater

    I knew a couple. Conchies. They found it damned inconvenient, and a complete media circus to face court.

    People throughout history have suffered FAR more for their beliefs and principles.

  107. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The gunner carries the 7.62mm M60 belt fed machine gun

    Both the M-60 machine gun and the ANPRC 25/77 radio set shared a common characteristic – they fed off human sweat. The further you carried them, the heavier they got.

  108. Arky

    I would have given my right b a l l to get deployed.
    Many young blokes I knew of the millennial generation wanted nothing more than to be soldiers.
    What the hell went wrong with the generation born after WW2?

  109. OldOzzie

    Bill Shorten’s class war against ‘accountant tax rorts’ and real estate industry

    From the Comments

    1098 Comments

    Neil
    9 minutes ago
    First they came for the accountants and I said nothing, because I wasn’t an accountant. Then they came for the real estate agents, and I said nothing….the car salesmen….the mortgage brokers..
    Welcome to Veneztralia.

    Janis
    14 minutes ago
    Everything about Shorten reeks of being a union rep, all bosses are evil, people who make money through hard wise persistent innovation, ventures , daring business initiation or small business or those with savings for old age are evil . Shorten has never risen to be above the level of a union rep in mentality , he is just an Australian version of UKs Corbyn.

    Peter
    27 minutes ago
    We just don’t deserve this man… he represents everything I escaped the UK for. His class warfare rhetoric is totally against everything I love about Australia. Spare us from him please!

    – Anthony
    27 minutes ago
    (Edited)
    Bill, who prepares your tax statement? What a dumb way to get to introduce a tax, all done with spite and envy in the name of a “fair” go. Anyone who votes for the Labor-Green-Union deserves to suffer the downfall of the economy and Australia.
    Bill the handout you will provide from this tax will get you nought in revenue.

  110. Notafan

    The fourth allegation is that the woman woke up in the morning to find Assange having sex without a condom .

    sex without condom not exactly accurate

  111. OldOzzie

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2986232, posted on April 12, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    The gunner carries the 7.62mm M60 belt fed machine gun

    Both the M-60 machine gun and the ANPRC 25/77 radio set shared a common characteristic – they fed off human sweat. The further you carried them, the heavier they got.

    yep – agree with that statement

  112. Arky

    Chatting to US marines who had done two, three or more rotations through Iraq and Afghanistan, and seeing what fantastic blokes they were, makes the ones who would not go to Vietnam seem…
    I dunno.
    But you should not have had to conscript sub par individuals in the 1960’s and 1970’s to fight commies.

  113. OldOzzie

    Bill Shorten’s class war against ‘accountant tax rorts’ and real estate industry

    From the Comments

    1098 Comments

    Neil
    9 minutes ago
    First they came for the accountants and I said nothing, because I wasn’t an accountant. Then they came for the real estate agents, and I said nothing….the car salesmen….the mortgage brokers..
    Welcome to Veneztralia.

    Janis
    14 minutes ago
    Everything about Shorten reeks of being a union rep, all bosses are evil, people who make money through hard wise persistent innovation, ventures , daring business initiation or small business or those with savings for old age are evil . Shorten has never risen to be above the level of a union rep in mentality , he is just an Australian version of UKs Corbyn.

    Peter
    27 minutes ago
    We just don’t deserve this man… he represents everything I escaped the UK for. His class warfare rhetoric is totally against everything I love about Australia. Spare us from him please!

    – Anthony
    27 minutes ago
    (Edited)
    Bill, who prepares your tax statement? What a dumb way to get to introduce a tax, all done with spite and envy in the name of a “fair” go. Anyone who votes for the Labor-Green-Union deserves to suffer the downfall of the economy and Australia.
    Bill the handout you will provide from this tax will get you nought in revenue.

  114. Overburdened

    Even the wombats in Australia do better than this.

    Any politician here that was taken to the cleaners like this idiot would rapidly disappear.

    https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2019/04/11/maxine-waters-grilled-bank-executives-student-loan-business-that-government-took-over/

  115. Bruce of Newcastle

    PNG is obviously rising in the development rankings.

    Papua New Guinea deals with ‘national problem’ stemming from penis enlargements: report

    Doctors in Papua New Guinea say a “nationwide problem” of botched penis enlargements is on the rise and drawing resources away from more pressing health issues. … Akule Danlop, a surgeon at the Port Moresby General Hospital, said that over the past two years he’s treated an average of five cases per week – and those are just the ones who have come forward.

    Now being troubled with first world problems.

  116. C.L.

    Here’s where it gets interesting …
    Up pops a convicted murderer who claims he did the job for a mate of a mate of the rape victim.
    After multiple edits of his story he remembers that a corrupt copper gave him Chartres-abbott’s address.

    Addresses of inconvenient people seem to be easily attainable from Victoria Police and there are multiple instances of lifers taking the rap for a killing (or doing one in prison). It has always been claimed the Walsh Street shootings were revenge for a straight-out murder by Melbourne detectives hours earlier.

  117. Infidel Tiger

    Assange should be hanged.

    We will need stronger rope than previously thought.

  118. It has always been claimed the Walsh Street shootings were revenge for a straight-out murder by Melbourne detectives hours earlier.

    Wow. Australia and its first world institutional governance.

  119. C.L.

    It is the Tridentine Mass, CL. The very same one that saints and sinners attended until 1969. It’s a treasure and there’s heaps of time to pray without all the yakking going and incessant bobbing up and down in the pews per the norvus ordo missae. And there’s no shaking hands idiocy. Mostly it’s very reverent.

    Excellent.

    Notafan’s link:

    The Traditional Latin Mass community in Perth is a sign of the unity and diversity of the Catholic Church, Perth Archbishop Barry Hickey said.

    “The Church is Catholic, therefore there has always been variety in the worship of the Church,” Archbishop Hickey said after celebrating the ‘second opening’ of St Anne’s Church in Belmont on 25 July, the new home of Perth’s Traditional Latin Mass community since it moved from St John’s Pro-Cathedral in Perth city.

    “And while the Mass is the same, it has taken different forms. Different rites of the Church show that the Church is universal as well as one, and this is just another example of unity and diversity.”

    This is better than nothing as far as concessions go. But I reject the Archbishop’s thesis. Yes, there have always been different rites but those ancient variations (according to place and even religious order) were very obviously the kin of the ancient Mass canonised by Trent. The difference is between the living branches of a glorious tree and the phony ritual invented out of thin air by a committee in the 1960s as a sop to European protestants and posh hippies. The latter is a disruption, not an organic branch of the tree. Consequently, it died long ago; it’s just that nobody will admit it.

  120. Leigh Lowe

    Addresses of inconvenient people seem to be easily attainable from Victoria Police and there are multiple instances of lifers taking the rap for a killing (or doing one in prison).

    Except, in this case, the copper accused of handing over the address at an inner city cop-shop was in a six week lock-down on the Gold Coast filming Big Brother.

    It has always been claimed the Walsh Street shootings were revenge for a straight-out murder by Melbourne detectives hours earlier.

    Mmmmyes.
    Jensen never carried a gun.
    But was always armed for fear the cops were after him.
    But he forgot his sawn-off that particular day.
    .
    Or something.
    .
    Jensen, Pearce and probably Houghton had done several stick-ups with what was almost certainly identified as the same sawn-off found in Jensen’s car.

  121. 1735099

    The thing I remember about the ANPRC 25 (the only time I carried it on a TAOR) was how it clouted you on the back of the head when you went to ground.

  122. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    City of Nedlands orders Tiger Soft Serve ice-cream van to turn off Greensleeves
    Staff reporterPerthNow
    April 12, 2019 12:59PM

    A Dalkeith resident has complained about a “Mr Whippy” van playing Greensleeves too loudly.

    A report in this week’s Subiaco Post newspaper says the resident has demanded the City of Nedlands shut down the Tiger Soft Serve van.

    The homeowner said the van’s music was a nuisance.

    “As with most ice-cream vans, amplified music is played from the van during transit to attract customers, but the volume of the music is usually such that it can be heard in the street/vicinity where the van is situated,” the resident said.

    According to the Post story, Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins said the driver of the Tiger Soft Serve van should be asked to avoid the complainant’s house.

    The council committee voted to allow Silver Aasjarv’s Tiger Soft Serve to operate within the City of Nedlands on a Sunday between 10am and 7pm, but ordered the van not remain in one location for more than 10 minutes. Mr Aasjarv has also been banned from playing music while stationary, according to The Post.

    Despite the ban, some councillors dismissed the “offensive music” as harmless.

    “I’d like to hear Eye of the Tiger,” councillor Nigel Shaw said.

    Nanny State….

  123. Mark A

    1735099
    #2986254, posted on April 12, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    The thing I remember about the ANPRC 25 (the only time I carried it on a TAOR) was how it clouted you on the back of the head when you went to ground.

    pity it wasn’t this.

  124. Overburdened

    BON
    They should never have banned the penis decorations.

  125. max

    “Julian Assange may face the death penalty if extradited to the US.”

    Stand by for more of this leftist hysteria.

  126. Overburdened

    .http://s15858.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/sites/default/files/images/420658306_848a3b6254.jpg

    Known in the trade as a koteka, and a real morale booster.

    Unless you were worried about the size of your testes.

  127. OldOzzie

    Mark A
    #2986257, posted on April 12, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    1735099
    #2986254, posted on April 12, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    The thing I remember about the ANPRC 25 (the only time I carried it on a TAOR) was how it clouted you on the back of the head when you went to ground.

    pity it wasn’t this.

    Mark that is a Tiddler

    What about this?

  128. Mark A

    Overburdened
    #2986258, posted on April 12, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    BON
    They should never have banned the penis decorations.

    The sort of practice that comes about because people have too much free time on their hand.
    Either life is too easy picking fruit from trees and easy hunting, fishing or making women do all the work.

  129. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.
    #2986246, posted on April 12, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    CL, I am not suggesting that there were no dodgy coppers around in the 1980’s in Melbourne.
    There clearly were.
    I just don’t think the Robbers Squad members who pinged Jensen were among them.
    And nor am I suggesting that there was no corruption in the Chartres-Abbott case either.
    Quite the contrary.
    And this is where the link comes in. Under Nixon, Overland and Ashton there has been a myopic obsession with rats in the ranks, forgetting that there are a shitload of rats outside the ranks.
    The corruption in the Chartres-Abbott case (and in the double murders of the Hodsons) revolved entirely around senior command constantly trying to create links to coppers that simply didn’t exist. Even when solid evidence surfaced later, they clung to their stories like limpets.
    They used the dodgiest witnesses rewarding them with cash and yuuuuge sentence remissions for embellishments to the well-rehearsed stories.
    And this is why Carl Williams is dead.
    The fabrication started to impact people within his inner circle in jail.

  130. Overburdened

    Mark A
    Lol 10/10

  131. OldOzzie

    ‘Independents Inc’: Structures behind Steggall, Phelps, Banks and Yates spark AEC complaint


    Malcolm Turnbull’s son has orchestrated donations for Liberal Party defector Julia Banks’ campaign to unseat Health Minister Greg Hunt at the federal election, as the “unusual” funding structure behind four high-profile independents sparks a formal complaint.

    The Liberal Party has asked the Australian Electoral Commission to urgently investigate whether the creation of near-identical financial vehicles for Ms Banks, Kerryn Phelps, Tony Abbott opponent Zali Steggall and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s rival Oliver Yates “circumvents” donation laws.

    Ms Banks told Nine News, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age she has been soliciting advice from Alex Turnbull over the phone, and he helped put her in contact with one person who provided $8000 worth of in-kind support to set up her website.

    “Alex helped me with the set-up of my campaign, the website and set-up but this is a grassroots campaign,” she said.

    Malcolm Turnbull, the former prime minister who deposed in a leadership coup in August last year, will leave Australia before Anzac Day and spend the final three weeks of the election campaign away from domestic politics. He occasionally criticised his former colleagues in the months since his axing.

    Julia Banks resigned from the Liberal Party in August amid claims male MPs bullied her during the leadership spill that ended Mr Turnbull’s prime ministership.

    Mr Hunt was crucial in backing Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s bid to seize the Liberal Party leadership and is considered vulnerable in his Mornington Peninsula seat of Flinders at the May 18 election.

    Documents show Sydney accountant Damien Hodgkinson has taken the unusual step of establishing public companies as financial vehicles for the seats of Wentworth, Warringah, Kooyong and Flinders.

    Mr Hodgkinson set up companies, which all have listed directors, to support Ms Steggall, Mr Yates, Ms Banks and Dr Phelps.

    Mr Hodgkinson runs consultancy firm DEM Asia which specialises in business transformation, crisis management and corporate restructuring.

    The NSW and Victorian divisions of the Liberal Party have written to the AEC asking them to review the structures to ensure they are not a way to “circumvent donations laws”.

    “Four independents are using identical “off-the-shelf” campaign structures, either purchased or donated from a single vendor, suggests they are functioning as a political party and not as independents,” NSW Liberal Party Director Chris Stone said in the letter to the AEC.

    “The community would be justifiably concerned if such campaign structures were being used to circumvent donation laws.”

    The name of the companies are Warringah Independent Limited, Peninsula Independent Limited, Kooyong Independent Limited and KP Independent Limited.

    Mr Hodgkinson lists himself as the secretary on each of the four company records.

  132. Under Nixon, Overland and Ashton there has been a myopic obsession with rats in the ranks

    You’d think Lawyer XXX would justify this, until you realise who must have signed off on this crap.

  133. Tailgunner

    Assange should be hanged

    FFS, stop trolling.
    JA is a white hat.
    Believe it, Or not.
    The God emperor will give him the thumbs up!
    Trump/WikiLeaks2020

  134. OldOzzie

    Interesting

    Bill Shorten’s class war against ‘accountant tax rorts’ and real estate industry

    1144 Comments in The Australian

    But does not seem to be mentioned in the Labor/Green Papers AFR and SMH (I do not read Pravda on the Yarra)

  135. Overburdened

    Mark A
    Re your anthropological anecdote.

    So what is wrong with fresh food, spare time and the Sheila’s doing the work?

    If the election was won on such an issue, we could all be wearing kotekas within a generation.

    I would for one would feel better about myself.

  136. zyconoclast

    The FSA didn’t exist after 2013, more or less.
    Syrian Libertarians in full retreat?

    Throughout the fiasco of the Pentagon’s $500 million effort to train and equip a force of Syrian rebels to take on the Islamic State, one small group endured.

    The New Syrian Army completed the U.S. training course in Jordan, infiltrated into Syria and then, in March, without fanfare or publicity, seized a pinprick of territory from the militants at the remote Tanaf border crossing with Iraq in the far southeast corner of the Syrian province of Homs.

    Map of greatness

  137. Tailgunner

    New Amsterdam /Richmond, is no different to how its always been.
    The junkies stay north of Higher St. Well, the ones who don’t I know….
    It’s TigerTown, ladies&gentlemen! Gentrification only goes so far. Until it hits the real world.
    Take That, hipster barbers!
    Lol.
    My Run DMC inspired
    FCK
    ANT
    IFA
    t-shirt always gets attention.
    🙂
    revolution

  138. Tailgunner

    OB – in the board bag!
    I lol’d man. That was classic.
    Memories!

  139. Mark A

    Overburdened
    #2986271, posted on April 12, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    kotekas

    kotekas ehh?

    Something to hide?
    I’d have trouble finding a large enough gourd, but let this be a secret.

  140. Tailgunner

    “I’d like to hear Eye of the Tiger,” councillor Nigel Shaw said.

    It’s the anthem is of the revolution!
    #revolution
    B.A.Baracas.
    The greatest fighter of All Time!

  141. Overburdened

    Tailgunner

    Re your outlandish claims re JA.

    its Only luck that he hit the worst bastards in the history of the US and then President Trump won the election.

    It was an accident of history and he may have shitcanned people that the punters may support, which he probably has but no one cares, given the volume of info he and his minions disseminated.

    As I said earlier, he is a loose cannon.

    Not that I’m advocating to hang him.

    IMO he is still no good.

  142. Tailgunner

    As I said earlier, he is a loose cannon.

    Correct.
    Deplorable, confirmed!
    And he got Pammy by my Zero Date Bang recipe!
    Respect.

  143. Tailgunner

    The Illuminati want him gone.
    He’s Our Guy.

  144. Overburdened

    Mark A don’t be modest.

    I doubt there would be a gourd that could cover it.

    My only consolation is that I have been told, ‘It may be small but it is attractive’.

  145. Leigh Lowe

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #2986268, posted on April 12, 2019 at 6:56 pm
    Under Nixon, Overland and Ashton there has been a myopic obsession with rats in the ranks
    You’d think Lawyer XXX would justify this, until you realise who must have signed off on this crap.

    Ah, yes, Frank, this is where the joy comes in.
    Possibly three SJW birds with the one stone.
    Nixon is almost certainly in the frame as Commissioner, and Overland must have known about it as head of Purana Taskforce. I would be gobsmacked if Ashton wasn’t also in on it … his bleating defence of it before IBAC in 2014 (released today) speaks volumes.

    As an aside, I was travelling earlier this week through country Vic and while having a coffee I picked up the local rag in a regional town which is part of the FewFacts stable. There was a story about an 83 year old woman who had been done in the eye because she was 1/2 inch too short to join the Plod in the 1960’s. The sidebar to the story listed (in dot point form with about 10-12 points) the achievements of wymminses in VicPlod going back 100 years.
    No mention of Queen Lunchalot Nixon.
    A mere oversight?
    Or do they know something?

  146. Tailgunner

    Pies by 40+ tonight.

  147. Leigh Lowe

    Tailgunner
    #2986269, posted on April 12, 2019 at 6:57 pm
    Assange should be hanged
    FFS, stop trolling.

    When IT says “Assange should be hanged” he doesn’t really mean that.
    I think he means “Assange should be given a lethal injection.”

  148. Tailgunner

    Memories

    When the Pentagon pulled the plug last month on its plan to train and field a force of moderate Syrians to combat the [email protected] State,

    Captured in less than 5 minutes!
    Lol.
    dot could have found more staunch Syrians!

  149. zyconoclast

    Refuse to sort out Brexit

    Now to important matters
    Upskirting now a crime after woman’s campaign

  150. Overburdened

    Tailgunner

    A little anecdote if I may.

    When I was about 14 my scarf mate Deano rip and I would often camp on the Skillion in our board bags towels and wetties for protection from the elements.

    We started surfing together age 12 in the middle of winter.

    No brains, but it was a sign that we were keen.

    One miserable big weather day after a miserable night, we sat on top of the Skillion to watch the monstrous storm surf. We didn’t go out. The Oval at the Skillion had boulders thrown onto it.

    A glint of yellow appeared up near Forresters and for a long time we watched this board slowly track its way until it disappeared behind the south headland of Avoca.

    The board would have been at least 400m offshore when it went past us.

    Huey controls all.

  151. Overburdened

    Tailgunner

    Re JA

    That PA would have a scene with him just shows they are both out of their minds.

    But yes respect alright

    She is a fox.

    Hopefully a silver fox more that a silicone fox.

  152. Overburdened

    Deano and I were SURF mates.

    Not scarf mates.

    Not mates in a biblical sense.

    He had 5 sisters.

    Memories

  153. zyconoclast

    How many votes does Slomo expect to get from this stunt?

    Scott Morrison slams Brunei’s anti-gay laws, risks diplomatic rift

    In his first public comments since Brunei introduced Sharia law last week, including the death penalty for extra-marital and gay sex in the majority-Muslim country, Mr Morrison said the Australian government was “deeply concerned about the new measures under Brunei’s Syariah [Sharia] penal code”.

    “The government’s view is clear: criminalisation of consensual same-sex relationships is unacceptable. We believe in equal human rights for LGBTI persons and an end to violence and discrimination against LGBTI across the region and globally,” Mr Morrison said.

  154. Rockdoctor

    MV, sorry for your loss and been out of circulation till I spotted your comment.

    You have drawn the shortest straw with Westpac. They are woeful with the death of a family member. The branches generally aren’t too bad & that’s how we sorted it. The management in the higher offices are the problem or the business rules, I don’t know.

    After my father’s death in 2016 they froze his accounts even with mum appointed executor, stopped everything even with a few vehicle & contents insurance being DD. The insurance wanted their money and said if not paid no cover, fair enough but Westpac wouldn’t budge. We let the veh ones lapse but family chipped in to keep the contents going. Head office didn’t care, the branch including the branch manager were much more helpful & actually gave mum some tips on getting money released (in the guise of paying for the funeral) in the short term till the funeral & life insurances kicked in when that was paid back. IMO have a chat with the branch first, my dads death certificate was held up as the coroner nearly took 2 weeks to do their part but the branch helped out heaps. As for Vic office of revenue and a speed camera fine that mum sent them copies of the the death certificate and then finally told them to sod off after 3 months, well that is another story…

  155. Empire 5:5

    She is a fox.

    Her Lake Tahoe day’s are well behind her.

    But still, golf ball through a garden hose? There are worse to make JA a sammich.

  156. zyconoclast

    How many votes does Slomo expect from this?

    In his first public comments since Brunei introduced Sharia law last week, including the death penalty for extra-marital and gay s3x in the majority-M00slim country, Mr Morrison said the Australian government was “deeply concerned about the new measures under Brunei’s [email protected] [[email protected]] penal code”.

    “The government’s view is clear: criminalisation of consensual same-s3x relationships is unacceptable. We believe in equal human rights for LGBTI persons and an end to violence and discrimination against LGBTI across the region and globally,” Mr Morrison said.

  157. Roger

    “Alex [Turnbull] helped me with the set-up of my campaign, the website and set-up but this is a grassroots campaign,” [Julia Banks] said.”

    She’s not that stupid, surely, but she evidently thinks those who might vote for her are.

    And she’s probably correct..

  158. Overburdened

    Empire 5.5

    At my stage of the game, all they need is a heartbeat to meet the fox criteria.

  159. Rockdoctor

    Old Ozzie,

    The reason why Townsville (Herbert) has so much unemployment is because of the ALP, ALP Mayor/Council (Independent in name only), majority ALP members in the State Seats, ALP apparatchiks infesting all facets of the executive in council, hospital, port, enterprise limited etc, News Ltd paper that is so in bed with the ALP/Council that it never questions such arrangements unless it is the LNP… Yet the idiots keep swallowing the lies and voting them in, most productive people have left town complaining of a closed shop if in business or due to a lack of work. Sorry if I have lost sympathy for those who vote Labor up this way, hard not to get frustrated sometimes.

  160. Antipostmodernism

    Moderation at The Australian is now ruled by scorched earth identity politics. I have been virtually no platformed after years of being a popular voice there. The appointment of Digital Editor Daniel Sankey mid last year marked the move against free speech. Please spam the jerk with complaints. The following is one of several complaints I have sent to senior editors recently.

    WHY THE MODERATION AT THE OZ REMINDS ME OF PEANUTS CARTOONS

    Here are my last two rejections.
    The first is on Eddie McGuire’s latest gaffe.

    [According to the Swans], the comments show not only a lack of empathy, but also ignorance.
    “Note the accusatory tone when common sense and real tolerance and compassion would suggest that Eddie was just being a normal bumbling human being. This is where we are in 2019 – every word that we speak publically is at risk of being analysed for fault by mean spirited moral police according to alleged hierarchies of victimhood without context or mercy. GOTCHA! Nothing has been furthered by this. Rather we recoil a bit more in fear of our own incompetencies being potentially exposed by the Left hate mob and stop expressing ourselves which is our prime human right. The Left hate humanity
    Antipostmodernism Stephen”

    The second was responding with cynicism to a summary of the upcoming story on the “Whiteshift” book.

    “If this summary is vaguely reflective of the book’s contents then I suspect there will be no real attempt to look at the existential demographic changes from a white perspective, but is going to concentrate on problems called ‘populism’ and ‘resentment’ – ie white people being ‘deplorable’. Firstly, I seen no mention of anything that seems sympathetic to the diminishment of white people in a parochial way – it’s healthy to like yourself! – funny, every other race is allowed to have pride/traditions/mythology/legal protection against slurs. And more critically, I doubt there will be any sort of analysis of the ‘white’ claim to represent the peak agent of civilisational innovation and best practice, which are manifestly at odds with the flood of less civilised tribes that will lead to lower standards when ‘white’ ways die off. Sadly, The Australian, the erstwhile paper of free speech, is now a disciple of the taboos that make any robust debate on these issues impossible.
    Antipostmodernism Stephen”

    I am gobsmacked and alarmed that an editor has at the alleged paper of free speech actually concurred that these comments were too dangerous or defamatory to be seen by your readers, but I should know by now that this travesty has become the default standard. The moderation is now so puritanical that I often don’t even know how I have transgressed. I fancy myself as a cluey guy but I am stumped as to what the specific problems are with those comments. Who or what did I offend? Since thought direction is now clearly a part of moderation you might as well give me a lesson to correct my heinous moral turpitude.
    I am as foolish as Charlie Brown who is forever running in to kick that elusive football but should know that Lucy is always going to pull it away and Charlie will land on his ass. Why does she do this? Because she can. Similarly, I am snipped because I stupidly fund mean spirited people to find problems that don’t exist and thus I am nullifying myself.

    I now realise that I can’t evade the censors because posts are being snipped simply by their tone. ie moderation by gut feelings that a post is ‘iffy’- not exactly breaking specific guidelines but daring to even look at boundaries from a distance – no hinting or humour, much less truth as a defence. The Australian no longer tolerates robust comments and most of my posts are gloriously robust. The Australian wants comments to be tepid – unconfrontational and boring.

    I wrote my second post above on white decline because I could see how oddly tepid the comments were. It was a fake forum where no-one was allowed to come close to saying what they really think. We were invited to comment on an article which was all about making judgements based on race yet we were not allowed to make such judgements in any form of words. It’s a pretence of a platform for free speech but hollowed out to represent the opposite in substance. A forum full of tepid comments is not worth reading and no thinker should attempt to write anything creative or thought provoking in such an oppressive and accusatory environment. Your own Friday column gives kudos to some good comments but I am sure the most cracking comments are sent to recycle bins.

    I think moderation appeals are a fraud that promised fairness and accountability but actually legitimises the crackdown on free speech by shifting the default from giving the author the benefit of the doubt to snipping at the slightest suspicion of a problem and then expecting the author to appeal if manifestly unjust. Sure I’ve had some wins but it’s like 18c where the process is the punishment and one still feels aggrieved even if exonerated. The appeals are a cover for instigating moderation that treats readers as enemy combatants rather than valued customers. And the time taken to notice that a post hasn’t been published, write an appeal, and win an appeal means hours can go by and your post ends up virtually unread anyway.

    Your job description says Engagement Editor, but that’s kind of Orwellian since what you and the current regime is doing is DIS-engaging and DIS-appearing readers. I was engaged and now I have been rejected. I can’t fathom the business plan of a paper that promotes free speech in the articles every day and invites readers to comment with the promise of “lively debate” but then pulls the football away and leaves its readers feeling angry and disillusioned. Silly me thinking I could say centre-right things in an ostensibly centre-right paper. The Mocker would find much fertile material hereabouts with all the hypocrisy and bad faith.

    The OZ has effectively labelled me an extremist, yet over the years my posts have been very well received and the readers would be appalled at my mistreatment and aghast at the PC inquisition foisted upon them and against their interests. There is now not a single place in the mainstream media for anyone on the centre Right to robustly express themselves. I am now dabbling with commenting on websites like Catallaxy where no thought police disappear me and impugn my character or have fake values, and we have real lively debate. That’s ‘engagement’. See the difference? Shunning respectable, mainstream people and ideas fuels extremism. I also now copy egregious snippings to other websites to show how far The Australian has fallen from its alleged values and detests its own readership.

    On occasions that I still do bother to write and actually get published I often get replies that my presence has been missed and to never give up despite the move against free speech here. Everyone can be a winner if all the dumbasses and tyrants get out of the way and let us breathe. Stop being Lucy and let me kick that damn ball!

  161. Empire 5:5

    “The government’s view is clear: criminalisation of consensual same-s3x relationships is unacceptable. We believe in equal human rights for LGBTI persons and an end to violence and discrimination against LGBTI across the region and globally,” Mr Morrison said.

    So Scotty is cool with the Sultan calling him a fake Christian and sodomite enabler?

  162. Tel

    Assange has thrown a spanner into the machine of tyranny and for that he should be remembered.

    I think people like him are a force of nature. He ran into trouble with the authorities early in life and instead of knuckling under he just devoted everything he had to the cause of getting even with The Man. He dug two graves a long time ago, everything from here is gravy.

    I wouldn’t share a room with him … but I would share my lunch with him.

  163. Overburdened

    ScoMo is hit the bottom and started digging for votes.

    Having been in various locations of the Brunei persuasion, I’d say Brunei would be one of the more infidel friendly spots, and the average person there would not know who Scomo is, or give a flyer about what he thinks.

  164. feelthebern

    Get home this evening to the pre polling letter from Dr Phelps.
    Any other Wentworth Cats have the same joy?

  165. Overburdened

    Tel

    I have had lengthy associations with criminals.

    Some of them in a different place were or would have been my friends.

    No criticism of the man or his capacity.

    Some people do not walk in the light.

  166. Leigh Lowe

    Where’s mUnter?
    Exciting news!
    They are finally starting to flip witnesses.

  167. Overburdened

    Hats off to him for having the drive.

  168. Eyrie

    A change from politics. It is April 12th. Yuri’s Night. If you are drinking, ladies and gentlemen charge your glasses and toast the little guy. First to orbit the Earth 58 years ago. Definitely had The Right Stuff.
    His launch escape system was an ejection seat and a Kerosene/Lox rocket makes a large fireball that he would not have survived had it gone wrong.

  169. Empire 5:5

    Overburdened
    #2986301, posted on April 12, 2019 at 7:42 pm
    Empire 5.5

    At my stage of the game, all they need is a heartbeat to meet the fox criteria.

    Is this level of compromise really warranted?

    I’ve never stopped believing every woman on Earth wants me. I feel for those who didn’t get the chance.

    Change my mind.

  170. Roger

    Why would any young man who didn’t like Judy Garland or Pet Shop Boys records set foot in a church these days?

    Indeed.

    A previous Anglican archbishop of Brisbane, John Grindrod, was a commando in the British army during WWII.

    The present incumbent started his working life as a computer programmer for the Tasmanian government before becoming a youth worker in the church.

    Nothing against computer programmers or youth workers, both are no doubt necessary and honourable occupations, but for me these disparate biographies symbolise the feminisation of the Christian ministry that has taken place over the last generation or so. The ordination of women has only compounded the problem.

  171. Leigh Lowe

    I have had lengthy associations with criminals.

    Some of them in a different place were or would have been my friends.

    No criticism of the man or his capacity.

    Some people do not walk in the light.

    It’s time to let Turnbull go.

  172. Overburdened

    Getting into the quasi-/religious vibe that is here.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/11/james-clapper-barrs-spying-comment-stunning-and-scary/

    As was tried to be hammered into us morons as children where I came from,

    Pride goeth before the fall.

    The Democrats never considered that they would lose the 2016 election.

    If they had they would have been more circumspect.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/11/james-clapper-barrs-spying-comment-stunning-and-scary/

  173. Overburdened

    Empire5:5

    Yep they don’t know what they are missing out on.

    My criteria widens the net.

  174. bespoke

    Well well has hell froze over.
    1735099 has gone from from making out he had no choice by omission to admitting he gambled and lost.

  175. Overburdened

    LL

    I just wondered to myself what that fuckwit has to do with the conversation.

  176. Knuckle Dragger

    Well well.

    An ex-Rudd minister and Labor candidate for Skeletor’s old seat of Curtin has been given the chop after making anti-you know whoooish comments.

    This woman (Melissa Parke), whose lack of situational awareness must be world class, apparently used to work for the Palis in Pali land.

    She addressed the inaugural meeting of WA Labor for Palestine, and in doing so told them she had personally seen I#ra#li troops at a border crossing point stop an obviously pregnant Pali woman and forced her to drink a bottle of bleach!

    ‘The baby somehow survived,’ she said.

    Do these people ever think the meme crap they continually regurgitate is never going to be subject to scrutiny?

    I know who I’d be giving the Drano treatment to.

  177. Knuckle Dragger

    To be fair Parke’s PR photo makes her look worthy of a bit of KD attention, but then again so did one of Elle’s yesterday.

    Yerg. I’m steering clear just in case. I don’t care if she’s on Tinder or not.

  178. bespoke

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2985889, posted on April 12, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Cheers Lizzie, that’s lot better then DrBeauGan’s idea as in get a Milo like character but not gay, err!

  179. Leigh Lowe

    LL

    I just wondered to myself what that fuckwit has to do with the conversation.

    The mention that “some people do not walk in the light” just triggered the word “Trumble” in my mind.

  180. A previous Anglican archbishop of Brisbane, John Grindrod,

    He’s Sir John Grindrod to you, soldier!

  181. Speaking of ALP sitting member dumbarses, which one was it that confused Warren Mundine with Chocco Mundine the Boxer?
    As in, responded to Chocco’s anti-vaxxer comment with “Haw haw haw.. how stoopid are the Liberal Party to preselect this moron? Haw haw haw… (slap thigh)…”

  182. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Israel claim sinks Labor candidate in Perth seat of Curtin
    James Campbell, National political editor, Herald Sun
    15 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    A high-profile Labor candidate quit on Friday night after being slammed by outraged Joowish community groups over her claim Israeli officials at a checkpoint in Gaza forced a pregnant Palestinian woman to drink a bottle of bleach.

    Ex-Rudd government minister Melissa Parke, who was standing for a Perth seat being vacated by former foreign minister Julie Bishop, quit hours after the Herald Sun submitted questions to Labor’s campaign HQ over her statement.

    Ms Parke had told a public meeting last month that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians was “worse than the South African system of apartheid”.

    Ms Parke told the inaugural meeting of the WA Labor for Palestine group she could “remember vividly” the case of “a pregnant refugee woman (who) was ordered at a checkpoint in Gaza to drink a bottle of bleach”.

    Ms Parke claimed the bleach “burned out her throat and insides, fortunately her baby was saved”.

    In her statement of withdrawal, Ms Parke, who worked in the Gaza Strip for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, said her views on the Middle East were well known, “but I don’t want them to be a distraction from electing a Labor government”.

  183. C.L.

    A previous Anglican archbishop of Brisbane, John Grindrod, was a commando in the British army during WWII.

    I spent some time with Sir John once. Lovely man.

  184. P

    It is April 12th. Yuri’s Night. If you are drinking, ladies and gentlemen charge your glasses and toast the little guy. First to orbit the Earth 58 years ago. Definitely had The Right Stuff.
    His launch escape system was an ejection seat and a Kerosene/Lox rocket makes a large fireball that he would not have survived had it gone wrong.

    I will charge my glass to that. I remember it well. I was a trainee nurse at the time at a large Sydney Hospital. This was at that time a topic discussed by all my patients in the men’s medical ward.
    I assure you we were all in awe.

    Yuri Gagarin – 9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968.
    He made a difference. A great forerunner.

  185. jupes

    The FSA didn’t exist after 2013, more or less.

    Yeah but let’s not forget that you (Dotty) reckoned they would make great Aussies.

    You wanted to import the terrorist fuckwits.

    You idiot.

  186. C.L.

    The explanation for why the left ratted on Assange was demonstrated perfectly on Radio National this evening when Patricia Karvelas interviewed one of his long-term supporters.

    Paraphrased exchange:

    PV: But when Julian Assange leaked information critical of Hillary Clinton, that damaged her campaign and crossed a line, did it not?
    Guest: [!]
    Guest (ploughing on regardless of being aghast & agog): Well, no. That leak showed that something genuinely scandalous had been done to take out Mrs Clinton’s opponents, especially Bernie Sanders. The public had a right to know that. Wouldn’t you report such a story if you had it; or would you sit on it?
    PV: I have a policy of not answering questions posed by guests …

  187. I really don’t know why this blog continues to play these stupid semantic games. I don’t know how many times I have to say people who fought for either Assad or ISIS should not come here.

  188. jupes

    Australian Army Training Team Vietnam

    It is believed to be the most decorated Australian unit to serve in Vietnam; its members received over 100 decorations, including four Victoria Crosses, during its existence.

    The AATTV is the most decorated unit in the history of the Australian Army.

  189. Percy Popinjay

    When IT says “Assange should be hanged” he doesn’t really mean that.
    I think he means “Assange should be given a lethal injection.”

    If Shrillary has recently expressed her displeasure with Poor Ol’ Assange, I think he has more to worry about than being hanged or lethally injected (or lethally injected while being hanged).

    Any Arkancide Event is likely to be far, far worse.

  190. jupes

    I don’t know how many times I have to say people who fought for either Assad or ISIS should not come here.

    But you do want the terrorists from the SFA to immigrate here. And the Qataris. You just love those fuckers.

  191. C.L.

    Get back, Joe …
    The last time US jobless claims were so low, this happened …

  192. Knuckle Dragger

    My uncle was Sergeant Billy Hacking, 36448.

    He was a Korea veteran and later selected to be part of the AATTV on its formation. He was from rural NSW, a farming family and had grown up with firearms all his life.

    He was the first Australian soldier killed in Vietnam, shot 60 km west of Hue on 1 June 1963. He was ‘advising’ SVN troops at the time, and the official line was he was dragging his rifle towards him muzzle first when it discharged, killing him.

    For rather obvious reasons, I treat this version of events (the manner of his death, not the location) with the level of suspicion it deserves.

  193. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    My uncle was Sergeant Billy Hacking, 36448.

    I dips me lid, K.D.

  194. rickw

    Doctors in Papua New Guinea say a “nationwide problem” of botched penis enlargements is on the rise and drawing resources away from more pressing health issues. … Akule Danlop, a surgeon at the Port Moresby General Hospital, said that over the past two years he’s treated an average of five cases per week – and those are just the ones who have come forward.

    I wouldn’t go to POM General to get a bee sting treated…

  195. mh

    Did Assange really have a dirty protest in the Embassy?

    Or was it just a smear.

  196. Boambee John

    jupes
    #2986331, posted on April 12, 2019 at 8:51 pm
    Australian Army Training Team Vietnam

    … It is believed to be the most decorated Australian unit to serve in Vietnam; its members received over 100 decorations, including four Victoria Crosses, during its existence.

    The AATTV is the most decorated unit in the history of the Australian Army.

    Not sure what other decorations it accumulated, but the 2/48th Battalion also garnered four Victoria Crosses during WW II, including one for Diver Derrick.

    The 48th Battalion of the First AIF also had one recipient, but was technically a different unit.

    While commanded by LTCOL Leane, the 48th was known as the Joan of Arc Battalion. Leane had a habit of gathering his relatives in the unit, hence “Made of All Leanes”, or Joan of Arc.

  197. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Not sure what other decorations it accumulated, but the 2/48th Battalion also garnered four Victoria Crosses during WW II, including one for Diver Derrick

    Also one Percy Gratwick – he’s honored in another way, as well. The boozer at Campbell Barracks is named after him.

  198. Boambee John

    48th Battalion

    Decorations 1 VC; 1 CMG; 2 DSO, 1 bar; 33 MC, 4 bars; 24 DCM, 1 bar; 178 MM, 13 bars, 1 2nd bar; 4 MSM; 33 MID; 10 foreign awards

    2/48th Battalion

    Decorations 4 VC; 4 DSO; 11 MC; 10 DCM; 23 MM; 39 MID

  199. cohenite

    Interesting case now proceeding in QLD concerning whether the original H category licence or a hastily revised D category applies to the Wedgetail WT15-01.

    Quality weapon.

  200. OldOzzie

    And the sunlight clasps the earth
    And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
    What is all this sweet work worth
    If thou kiss not me?

    Love’s Philosophy
    BY PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

  201. Old School Conservative

    The fact that RA and the Waratahs went ahead and made a public announcement of their intention to fire Folau without going through a Code of Conduct hearing could potentially leave the two rugby bodies legally exposed. Indeed, in their seven-paragraph statement RA chief executive Raelene Castle and her NSW counterpart Andrew Hore did not once mention a Code of Conduct hearing and it could be argued that he was being denied due process.

    (The Oz)
    Rugby Australia makes a mistake? This is my shocked face.

  202. jupes

    Not sure what other decorations it accumulated, but the 2/48th Battalion also garnered four Victoria Crosses during WW II, including one for Diver Derrick.

    It is the accumulation of those other decorations that result in AATTV being the most decorated unit.

    4 VC; 2 DSO; 3 OBE; 6 MBE; 6 MC; 20 DCM; 15 MM; 4 BEM; 4 QC; 49 MID

    That’s before you add the foreign awards, primarily US but also South Vietnamese.

  203. jupes

    Okay then:

    48th Battalion

    Decorations 1 VC; 1 CMG; 2 DSO, 1 bar; 33 MC, 4 bars; 24 DCM, 1 bar; 178 MM, 13 bars, 1 2nd bar; 4 MSM; 33 MID; 10 foreign awards

    2/48th Battalion

    Decorations 4 VC; 4 DSO; 11 MC; 10 DCM; 23 MM; 39 MID

    AATTV

    Decorations 4 VC; 2 DSO; 3 OBE; 6 MBE; 6 MC; 20 DCM; 15 MM; 4 BEM; 4 QC; 49 MID

    Let’s just acknowledge three superb units from three different wars.

    They have now been replaced by units that can’t march in the dark.

  204. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    They have now been replaced by units that can’t march in the dark.

    And can’t bomb bridges, because the local women might have to walk further for firewood and water…

  205. jupes

    I wouldn’t go to POM General to get a bee sting treated…

    Smart move. A genuine “blood on floor” hospital.

  206. dover_beach

    And can’t bomb bridges, because the local women might have to walk further for firewood and water…

    A ‘gendered’ perspective. Apparently, bridges being destroyed never inconvenienced men undertaking the day to day running of a village or town. Nope. Only by taking a women’s perspective could we imagine the inconvenience this would cause.

  207. Siltstone

    Rockdoctor
    #2986302, posted on April 12, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    The reason why Townsville (Herbert) has so much unemployment is because of the ALP, ALP Mayor/Council (Independent in name only), majority ALP members in the State Seats, ALP apparatchiks infesting all facets of the executive in council, hospital, port, enterprise limited etc,

    Once I was involved in scouting Townsville and Cairns as alternative support centres for a sizable new project. The universal Townsville response was “what are you going to give us?” and the universal Cairns response was “how can we help you?”.

  208. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A ‘gendered’ perspective. Apparently, bridges being destroyed never inconvenienced men undertaking the day to day running of a village or town. Nope. Only by taking a women’s perspective could we imagine the inconvenience this would cause.

    As mentioned earlier, I’m transcribing my great uncle’s war diaries. There seems to have been a shocking lack of “gendered perspective” at Trig Point 22 and El Alamein.

  209. rickw

    WT Bolt Carrier Group

    Bolt :Australian made HPT/MPI (high pressure tested, magnetic particle inspected)

    Where it could come unstuck, the AR-15 bolt is highly stressed at cross hole.

  210. Cassie of Sydney

    “feelthebern
    #2986307, posted on April 12, 2019 at 7:53 pm
    Get home this evening to the pre polling letter from Dr Phelps.
    Any other Wentworth Cats have the same joy?”

    Yep and it went straight into the garbage bin.

  211. Infidel Tiger

    Haha haha!
    Melissa Parkes fired for j e w hatred.

    Drink some bleach, babe.

  212. Infidel Tiger

    A previous Anglican archbishop of Brisbane, John Grindrod, was a commando in the British army during WWII.

    The incumbent of Perth is a lady.

    It’s over for Anglicanism. We can only hope they find common ground with Rome before all their beautiful churches are turned into yoga studios and massage parlours.

  213. Leigh Lowe

    Haha haha!
    Melissa Parkes fired for j e w hatred.

    Drink some bleach, babe.

    What is it with the left’s obsession with bleach?

  214. feelthebern

    Predicting the future.
    The referees from the Cowboys Storm game will be demoted for next week.
    Considering they didn’t stop the game post one of the worst leg injuries in years.
    But the female touchy who was closest to it will not be demoted.
    Because vagina.

  215. Leigh Lowe

    Where it could come unstuck, the AR-15 bolt is highly stressed at cross hole.

    Ooooh matron!
    Aren’t we all!!

  216. Rockdoctor

    Siltstone
    #2986356, posted on April 12, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Probably the reason my contracts get further & further from where I live at present. The FIFO life is challenging but rewarding. When I got here there were a few Mining Companies with offices here, now not much unless it is another shonky outfit with tenements gifted like what we saw in NSW that has been bought out for a profit… I will leave it at that with respect to the blog owner…

  217. feelthebern

    yoga studios and massage parlours.

    Considering how many there are in Sydney, I’m surprised anyone gets any work done.

  218. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This one’s for Sandgroper Cats. I’m reading Avon Lovell’s book on the Perth Mint Swindle and the Mickelberg brothers……Perth coppers didn’t think they could bash a confession out of a former Special Air Regiment trooper and a Vietnam veteran….

  219. Leigh Lowe

    If we really must choose a religion, I am going with Heaven’s Gate.
    I do like a bit of astronomy, astrology and UFO mystery thrown in.

  220. Infidel Tiger

    Seems to me that the ARU have discovered two things 1. They are legally fucked if they fire Izzy 2. The outrage train that fuelled their impetuous decision to fire Izzy has already moved on.

    We are not dealing with smart people here.

  221. Infidel Tiger

    This one’s for Sandgroper Cats. I’m reading Avon Lovell’s book on the Perth Mint Swindle and the Mickelberg brothers……Perth coppers didn’t think they could bash a confession out of a former Special Air Regiment trooper and a Vietnam vete

    You post this at least once a week.

    When do you reckon you’ll finish the book?

  222. Leigh Lowe

    The ARU sacking Folau is the equivalent of Queen sacking Freddie Mercury.
    Good luck without him, losers.

  223. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    You post this at least once a week.

    When do you reckon you’ll finish the book?

    Time on my hands, I’m reading all three of Lovell’s books on the matter. Good reading.

  224. Nick

    Whew, it’s lucky no other prominent Wallabies tweet personal opinions via social media. Oh hang on.

  225. Infidel Tiger

    ARU brains trust: “Let’s fire the preachy nigga who scores all our tries. Everyone will love us!”

    Everyone: “Wow. Rugby sure is boring. Don’t they have any stars?”

  226. mh

    Izzy is the difference between losing 25 points to the All Blacks or losing 45 points to the All Blacks.

  227. Steve trickler

    Dutchsinse vs USGS. Dutch Wins, again.

    A big quake just shook Indonesia and the USGS were slow to report. Not a good look for the experts. Links now hitting the net.

    This Dutch bloke is worth keeping an eye on. A great EQ forecaster.

  228. Leigh Lowe

    Nick

    #2986378, posted on April 12, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Whew, it’s lucky no other prominent Wallabies tweet personal opinions via social media. Oh hang on.

    Exactly.
    That, coupled with the Kangaroo Court with Judge Hyacinth presiding could cost the ARU the residual on his $4 meg contract.

  229. Nick

    Gary Lyon is on Foxsports. I wish he’d just fuck off.

  230. mh

    Broncos could do with Izzy. But Peter Beattie has already banned him because Izzy is not inclusive.

    On that point, Israel Folau is also a Qld State Of Origin hero. And Peter Beattie has just banned him?!!!

  231. Dr Faustus

    I wouldn’t go to POM General to get a bee sting treated…

    No, me neither.

    But I wouldn’t have a penis enlargement done in PNG either.

  232. Overburdened

    It’s not the size of the hammer it’s the size of the nail it’s aiming at.

    10/10

    A quote from Scary Movie (2000), said by a bloke with a ‘babydick’.
    Lololhehe

  233. mh

    Pamela Anderson
    @pamfoundation
    Freedom of speech-the right to express opinions without government restraint-is a democratic ideal that dates back to ancient Greece. In the United States the First Amendment guarantees free speech though the United States like all modern democracies places limits on this freedom
    5:36 PM · Apr 12, 2019 · Twitter for iPhone

    Love your work, Pammy.

  234. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Brian Cadd, on the front page of tomorrow’s Oz. Big fan, back in the day.

  235. Infidel Tiger

    England’s star backrower Billy Vunipola could face sanctions after he appeared to back an Instagram post published by Israel Folau in which the Wallabies fullback made homophobic remarks.

    Folau said on Wednesday that “hell awaits” homosexuals in comments that have resulted in Rugby Australia stating they plan to terminate his contract.

    In an apparent show of support to his fellow Christian, Vunipola has declared in his own Instagram post that “Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no?”

    FFS! Can someone shut these uppity niggas up!?!

    They were just supposed to play rugby. They’re ruining everything with their independent thought.

    https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/man-was-made-for-woman-england-stars-folau-defence/news-story/870d23897be7f1bdfc224574b3fe52b2

  236. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    44s
    President Obama’s top White House lawyer, Gregory B. Craig, was indicted yesterday on very serious charges. This is a really big story, but the Fake News New York Times didn’t even put it on page one, rather page 16.
    @washingtonpost
    not much better, “tiny” page one. Corrupt News!

  237. Overburdened

    For the military aficionados

    The Roma war memorial and Hero’s Avenue, and the Rosedale Memorial at the town park in rural areas of QLD both moved me to tears.

    The loss of so many young men in small rural communities hit people very hard, and robbed the communities of workers.

    Not being a sook. It didn’t last long.

    Driving against Queenslanders makes you focus on what’s important in the moment.

  238. Overburdened

    IT
    I recall a homo person that I thought highly of telling me that if men were meant to have sex with women, their (penises) would be shaped like paddle pop sticks.

    As much as I like people regardless of their predilections, homos are off their heads.

  239. Overburdened

    A quick self defence

    I am not scared of homos so I’m not homophobic.

    The test of a friendship is whether you like them regardless of their choices that you aren’t enthusiastic about.

    eg

    He’s my friend BUT he’s a drunk

    V

    He’s my friend AND he’s a drunk

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