Open Forum: April 13, 2019

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  1. Knuckle Dragger

    Carpe,

    I know right?

    Golden opportunity missed on the day.

    I was, as the younger folk say, totes devo.

  2. Roger

    …although the ABC reporter did find one lady in a hijab.

    The ABC has a hijab fetish.

    Very strange.

  3. Black Ball

    Speaking of the great Tiger Woods, this is the best shot ever.
    https://youtu.be/DpRmF__A33U

  4. feelthebern

    Pacemakers in horse racing are the devil !!

  5. Overburdened

    KD
    From a proud supporter of direct speech, kudos.

    If this shit keeps going, I will be intimidated into not saying things like

    Dwarves are shortarses.

    No dwarves were harmed producing this statement.

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ah yes, flathead – the Black Prince of the sea.
    It cruises majestically over its domain, an apex predator in an environment of apex predators.

    Fresh-caught fillets fried in a little oil or butter, with a sprig of parsley as garnish and eaten with only a sprinkle of salt and lemon, is one of the joys of life.

    I don’t like fishing but my old dad is an expert flathead fisherman. We feasted on flathead as we grew up. See your apex predator and raise you homo sapiens sapiens.

  7. TC

    Winx can start her run from the 800 if she needs to , they have tried every thing to beat her, now they race for place prize money , far more for second in a group 1 than first in a listed race.

  8. Confused Old Misfit

    The horse racing industry needs to have a classification system where times over distances determine the eligibility of a horse to enter a race.

  9. Knuckle Dragger

    Yurk, BoN. You may as well pick snails out of your garden.

    a 120cm Black Jooohoofish that takes you 20 minutes to reel in will feed you exclusively for a week. Steaks, fillets, the lot. Best curries ever, because the flesh holds together so well.

    A far, far better table fish than any barramundi you care to mention.

  10. Knuckle Dragger

    Best carved to bits while still aboard. The frame goes over the side as an homage to the big lizards.

    Anyone filleting anywhere near a boat ramp up here, though, can expect to be rammed and sunk.

  11. Bruce of Newcastle

    Speaking of the great Tiger Woods, this is the best shot ever.

    Nah. His best shot ever was two weeks ago. The 2005 Masters one is good, plus a little luck to hole it, but not so totally insane as the one a couple weeks ago.

  12. John Constantine

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/migrants-may-have-to-wait-56-years-to-bring-their-families-to-australia?

    According to the budget breakdown, there will be 47,732 places in the family stream next financial year, compared to 60,750 this financial year.

    “This is 13,000 families who will not be reunited this year,” Senator McKim said.

    “This is massive and unnecessary cut that will impact predominantly migrant families and ultimately act to keep families apart when what government should be doing is reunite as many families as possible”.

    While Mr Al-Khafaji said the cut meant “the federal government has ensured there will be no relief for applicants and that wait times and the backlog will continue to grow”.

    Basically a big demand for free australian health and welfare, and the khmer greens and immigration activists demand open borders and crushloaded cities.

    Vote for change, Comrades.

  13. Black Ball

    The horse racing industry needs to have a classification system where times over distances determine the eligibility of a horse to enter a race.

    Yes which is why the All Star Mile is a misnomer. Horses should have at least 3 Group One wins for mine. Then let the public pick.

  14. zyconoclast

    Section 44 wipes out 3 Liberal candidates
    FMD
    How hard is it to find Aussies to run for parliament? Why do the Libs keep picking foreigners?

    Kate Oski, (a good sort) may be able to claim Polish citizenship through her father.
    Vaishali Ghosh, was forced to step aside over her Indian heritage.
    Helen Jackson, because she is an Australia Post employee

  15. feelthebern

    The horse racing industry needs to have a classification system where times over distances determine the eligibility of a horse to enter a race.

    It’s not perfect, but stewards try to do that when all the nominations for a race are in.

  16. Knuckle Dragger

    Righto. Enough faffing around for the moment.

    There’s a new toppy at my local I want to inspect, and I’m long overdue for some love from Lady Keno.

  17. Steve trickler

    Jim Jefferies, you dickhead. You just made it worse.

    Short summary. He was to appear on Steven Crowder and Dave Rubin to talk about Jimmy …… people made calls to stop his entry, the FBI was involved. Visa issues.

    And he was sent back to OZ.

    Avi Yemini was recently detained and booted out of the USA.

    Now many more people are going to know about Jim Jefferies and his stunts.

    Well done, Jim.

  18. Leigh Lowe

    Tom

    #2986940, posted on April 13, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    why they decided to run with the Rush story I’ll never know. I suspect it was a fatal combination of the #metoo hysteria and young journalist activists who know nothing about defamation laws.

    More fundamental than that, Cassie. Nothing pleases a newspaper owner more than increasing sales and nothing sells a tabloid newspaper like salacious gossip.

    Normally, there are adults in charge to make sure the story is responsible and “checks out” but, in this case, the adults were overwhelmed by the reckless kiddies on staff, who wanted to land a gotcha on a tribal enemy, a famous actor who isn’t a virtue-signalling leftard luvvie like most of the acting profession.

    I think it is a bit more than that, Tom.
    Many a middle aged white male editor would wilt under that pressure. This isn’t just about a mere defamation payout, or even a boot up the arse from Rupert.
    Anyone who pushed back hard against this was a big chance to cop a bullying or harassment claim himself.
    FMD, anyone who didn’t embrace #MeToo was howled down as an enabler and an accomplice.

  19. Bruce of Newcastle

    KD – My dad is in his eighties, he goes out in his tinnie for half an hour comes back with bag limit of flathead day after day. Sometimes he’ll do snapper or go inshore for bream, whiting or for blackfish off the beach. Cleans, fillets and gives them away. As kids we’d go out for j-wfish with him, and yes they’re fun, but I wouldn’t eat them by preference. Baked in foil to reduce the toughness. The sea lice are a bit much too. My step-mother had the NSW record for a j-wie for a while, got it stuffed. It’s still attached to my dad’s lounge room wall iirc.

    Curried would be pretty yum I admit – dad is the total opposite of my brother and I when it comes to such things. A pinch of chilli powder and he’s wasted. I only encountered such wonderful nosh after I left the nest and went to uni in the big smoke.

  20. JC

    I don’t like fishing but my old dad is an expert flathead fisherman. We feasted on flathead as we grew up. See your apex predator and raise you homo sapiens sapiens.

    Bruce, they were once an annoyance to fishermen and people didn’t like eating them for some reason. I think the complaint was they had too many bones. We must have learned how to fillet because it’s now an expensive seafood variety and top restaurants serve flatties as their main seafood special/choice.

  21. Confused Old Misfit

    It’s not perfect, but stewards try to do that when all the nominations for a race are in.

    Winx’s succession of wins demonstrates the imperfections of the weights handicapping system.

    A classification of horses, starting with equal weights, and having a past racing history of having been able to cover distance D in a time between T1 and T2 MIGHT produce races more to mh’s satisfaction.

  22. Overburdened

    https://youtu.be/89c1B0RzAHY

    President Trump has an artistic side that isn’t acknowledged enough.

  23. mh

    This is WFA racing, so Winx is almost unbeatable, but the other jockeys should still have the intention of beating her. Winx style is to get back, so if the pace is off Bowman can just sit three wide, like today. But where was the jockey looking to put the pace on before the home turn? Get an inside run, and the other jocks try and leave Winx three wide facing the breeze round the turn with the pace back on. At least try giving Winx a real test.

    Or poison it, like Phar Lap.
    😉

  24. Elle

    Watching a fishing show earlier, never been out on the seas fishing. Who here has indulged in this pastime….

    I have, Black Ball. I have some scary, but fond, and life changing memories.

    One in particular.

    My dad use to take me deep sea fishing. He taught me the ropes. I can bait a hook, pick the right lure, catch, scale and gut a fish. 

    I remember one particular trip off the coast of the Bay of Plenty in NZ. We headed out past Mount Maungani. I was 12.

    Out at sea, dad set up a couple of lines. I caught an octopus and a baby shark. We turfed them back. I asked dad where the baby shark’s mum was. He laughed and said ‘somewhere nearby’.

    It was a fine day. Calm seas. 

    I got to see a whale surface right beside the boat. I freaked out. Dad was calm. He was so brave. Because of his calmness I saw the beauty.

    Later in the day the weather turned bad. A storm rolled in. Torrential rain. It became so dark I couldn’t see in front of me. 

    We headed back towards the coast. Huge swells. I clung to dad as he steered the boat.

    As we were nearing Mount Maunganui and the entrance to Tauranga harbour, the motor spluttered.

    Dad told me he needed to go down underneath to where the motor was to check it out. 

    Dad told me to stay put and steer the boat while he went underneath. 

    I started crying. Sobbing. I was terrified. He got a crate for me to stand on so I could see. He pointed to a light in the distance and, in a firm voice, he told me to focus on the light and keep the boat heading in that direction. 

    He then left me alone.

    I was still sobbing. No matter how high up and how low down the waves took us, I had to find that light and maintain focus on the light and keep steering in the that direction.

    Through tears and with determination, I did it. 

    Dad eventually resurfaced. Motor fixed. He hugged me. He told me he was proud of me.

    I look back on that and think that no matter what you feel is in your way; if you focus on the goal hard enough, you can do it; you can achieve it.

  25. zyconoclast

    Stephen Moore, a proposed nominee for the Federal Reserve, said he’s planning to challenge the belief inside the U.S. central bank that growth causes inflation and will try to demystify monetary policy so it’s not conducted within a “temple of secrecy.”

    “I’m going to come with the idea — challenge one fundamental idea that I think is endemic at the Fed, which I think is completely wrong, which is that growth causes inflation. Growth does not cause inflation,” he said in an interview on Bloomberg Television on Thursday.

    “I’ll say that again: Growth does not cause inflation. We know that. When you have more output of goods and services, prices fall,” Moore said. “And I think the Fed has been afraid of growth — there’s ‘growth-phobiacs’ over there and I think they’re wrong.”

    President Donald Trump said last month that he’s planning to nominate Moore for a seat on the Fed’s seven-member board of governors, drawing criticism from some circles as a move motivated more by politics than sound economics.

    Another one of Moore’s “missions” is to open up the Fed.

    “I’m going to run on an agenda of transparency, openness. Why shouldn’t Bloomberg and C-Span and others be able to cover everything they do? Why does there have to be this temple of secrecy? So, I want openness and sunlight on the Fed,” he said.

    In a separate interview with Bloomberg Radio, Moore said he has to go through FBI clearance and financial disclosures before being formally nominated, and that he expects that process to last about a month.

  26. JC

    The WSJ has a piece on the supersonic business jet that looks increasingly likely to be out in retail stores near you by 2026 for the small some of US$120 million. What a beautiful looking beast.

  27. feelthebern

    I’ve flown private a couple of times.
    It was incredibly noisy.

  28. calli

    My Dad nearly cut my thumb off with a chisel, Elle.

    Looking at the scar right now.

    The lesson: Accidents Happen.

  29. mh

    To be fair to Australian racing authorities, we do have a lot of handicap races here, which is one of the great things left about the Melbourne Cup. Others countries don’t have a 2 mile handicap G1.

    But you can see why Winx has had such longevity. Great care from the trainer of course, but some of those races were a breeze. Same goes for Black Caviar, another awesome racehorse.

  30. MatrixTransform

    gets harder in the big lizards

  31. Bruce of Newcastle

    Elle – That is a real story of the sea!

  32. calli

    Dad Stories are great.

    Arky’s little sprog will have plenty too.

    Terrifying, but plentiful.

  33. candy

    jc,
    maybe you will start playing some Rachmaninov piano concertos like the very great Vladimir Ashkenazy used to.

  34. Black Ball

    Great story Elle. I imagine your homeland would have great fishing.

  35. zyconoclast

    President Trump’s controversial ban on most transgender people from serving in the armed forces took effect Friday amid protests by advocacy groups.

    The Pentagon says the restrictions are not a blanket ban, but would bar many if not most people who identify as transgender from enlisting in the military — and could also impact current personnel.

    “This policy will ensure that the US military maintains the highest standards necessary to achieve maximum readiness, deployability, and lethality to fight and win on the battlefield,” the Department of Defense says on its website.

  36. JC

    I should, Candy. I’ve never played the piano, but I’m sure I’d be one of the great ones.

  37. zyconoclast

    Barcelona school removes “Little Red Riding Hood” for being s3xist

    A school in Barcelona has decided to remove 200 children’s books from the infant school library for perpetuating s3xist stereotypes. The Tàber school, which is under the responsibility of the Catalan regional government, reviewed its catalogue of books in its library for children up to the age of six, and found that only 10% were written from a gender perspective. Thirty percent of the stories were “toxic” and 60% had less-serious problems. Other schools are also working to fill their libraries with more gender-balanced books.

  38. areff

    My dad accidentally (I think) nudged me off the garage roof as a five-year-old. I landed on a stack of Mt Gambier limestone and distinctly remember him telling me I was a lucky boy because limestone is soft and it would have been very bad had it been slate.

    Also remember him telling me that there was no need to let Mum about the incident.

    Yours is a charming story, Elle

  39. Roger

    “Corporate sponsor Qantas publicly condemned his latest comments saying they did not “reflect the spirit of inclusion and diversity” it supports.”

    Apparently the meaning of the terms “inclusion” and “diversity” needs to be explained to them.

  40. mh

    Winx’s succession of wins demonstrates the imperfections of the weights handicapping system.

    A classification of horses, starting with equal weights, and having a past racing history of having been able to cover distance D in a time between T1 and T2 MIGHT produce races more to mh’s satisfaction.

    COM, I think you have it around the wrong way, or maybe you think the WFA scales should be adjusted? Winx was carrying 57 kg today while her male rivals were carrying 59kg, so that is something that could be reviewed. Races like today’s QE2 are weight for age, so the races become even more predictable once you get a dominant horse. She has also won G1 handicaps, but handicappers are softies these days otherwise the trainer just wouldn’t run the horse.

    I think the only answer is allowing pacemakers, which I believe the UK allows. It won’t happen of course.

  41. zyconoclast

    Expert Catholics, is this normal behaviour for a Pope?

    Pope Francis kisses feet of once-rival South Sudan leaders

    Pope Francis has broken with papal protocol by kneeling to kiss the feet of South Sudan leaders at the Vatican.

    A video released by the Vatican shows an aide on Thursday assisting the 82-year-old Francis, who was breathing heavily, so he could kiss the feet of President Salva Kiir Mayardit. He then moved on to Vice Presidents-designate Riek Machar and Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior.

    The gesture of the Servant of the Servants of God

  42. zyconoclast

    Trump passes on making U.N. racism committee nomination

    The Trump administration will not nominate anyone to serve on a United Nations committee on racism, the latest sign of a U.S. retreat from international bodies and traditional human rights priorities.

    A State Department official said the White House intervened to prevent the expected renomination of a human rights lawyer chosen by former President Barack Obama for the 18-member U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

  43. candy

    I think the only answer is allowing pacemakers, which I believe the UK allows. It won’t happen of course.

    mh
    She’s a sweet looking horse, isn’t she. Tons of strength in that frame. I know zilch about horse racing but she looks lovely.

  44. Confused Old Misfit

    Winx was carrying 57 kg today while her male rivals were carrying 59kg, so that is something that could SHOULD be reviewed.

    FIFY!
    mh,
    I know quite a bit about horses (used to compete, eventing etc.) but zilch about the horse racing.
    It just seems to me that there has to be a better method of classification that would give you the kind of racing you seem to want.

  45. mh

    My one practical suggestion is once a mare has won a set number of Group 1 races at WFA against the boys, then they get to carry the same WFA weight as the boys. An extra 2 kg for Winx today.

  46. Infidel Tiger

    I think the only answer is allowing pacemakers, which I believe the UK allows. It won’t happen of course.

    Legalised cheating.

    Won’t work here either. European race course are huge expanses with incredibly long straights and undulating courses. Australian tracks are very small and very tight in comparison. Flemington has a tiny straight and is considered long here.

    Let’s please get back to reality before offering stupid opinions. I beg of the

  47. Leigh Lowe

    Section 44 wipes out 3 Liberal candidates
    FMD
    How hard is it to find Aussies to run for parliament? Why do the Libs keep picking foreigners?

    Nothing-burger.
    They were all paper-machier candidates in unwinnable seats.
    This is a total distraction from the Nazi in WA and her anti-Semitic rant to the union faithful.

  48. zyconoclast

    To grow new, diverse generation of pilots, Air Force, lawmakers eye flight training for JROTC

    The population of pilots in the aviation industry — including the Air Force — remains very white, and very male. And that lack of diversity worries the Air Force.

  49. Infidel Tiger

    Winx hasn’t raced in a handicap for 5 years.

    Let’s please not be retards.

  50. mh

    Yes COM, I see you are on board with the review of the WFA scales! I believe it is an international standard however.

    I expect in days gone by jockeys could get away with more, but now that there is a camera from every angle they don’t want to risk falling foul of the stewards. Horses having to be shoved out the way used to be a common occurrence, but you rarely see it now.

  51. Infidel Tiger

    The horse racing industry needs to have a classification system where times over distances determine the eligibility of a horse to enter a race.

    Unless you understand the Bayer Method, this one of the stupidest posts in the history of this terrible website.

  52. mh

    IT, didn’t she win the Doncaster as a 4 year old carrying top weight?

  53. mh

    Infidel Tiger
    #2987087, posted on April 13, 2019 at 8:10 pm
    Winx hasn’t raced in a handicap for 5 years.

    Let’s please not be retards.

    Definitely wrong on this, IT.

  54. Bruce of Newcastle

    Saturday night, so I’m revisiting decade-old Fallout 3 with a bit of Spanish rioja.

    The exploding cars are always fun. Must be Teslas. The glowing radioactive zombies are still a slight adrenaline rush even now. And I do love the exploding baby carriages. Every baby carriage makes you cringe, even the empty ones.

    I feel like a song…

  55. Infidel Tiger

    Correction. 4 years.

    My point still stands. Let us not turn this horrid website into a place of lies, inaccuracy and flagrant idiocy.

  56. Infidel Tiger

    I am forever appalled and baffled by how many pig ignorant people are prepared to have wrong opinions.

    In a righteous world they know their fucking place.

  57. Pedro the Ignorant

    I got stabbed by a flathead when I was but a tiny tacker.

    Satanic beasts. Keep eating the filthy things, all you coastal Cats.

  58. Leigh Lowe

    areff

    #2987070, posted on April 13, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    My dad accidentally (I think) nudged me off the garage roof as a five-year-old. I landed on a stack of Mt Gambier limestone and distinctly remember him telling me I was a lucky boy because limestone is soft and it would have been very bad had it been slate.

    Your dad is correct.
    I grew up down in the south west where the coastal sandstone looked like the innards of a Violet Crumble but the volcanic belts inland had belts of incredibly hard basalt.
    It was considered fair play to give someone a whack with a lump of soft sandstone, but bluestone was a lethal weapon and was never to be used in hand-to-hand combat.

  59. mh

    2016 Doncaster:

    “Winx has to carry 56.5kg with a weight spread of 6.5kgs today. When she won the Handicap Epsom last spring, she carried 57kg but that was only 1kg above the limit because the weights were raised and compressed.

  60. mh

    Infidel Tiger
    #2987093, posted on April 13, 2019 at 8:21 pm
    Correction. 4 years.

    Try again!

  61. mh

    Alarm bells should have been going off in Australian racing when Black Caviar never got beaten.
    25 wins? Then she went to the UK and won by a nostril at Royal Ascot, picking up some serious muscle tears along the way.

    The racing is too soft here.

  62. Leigh Lowe

    I am late to this debate on pony racing but it does strike me as strange that Australians have an uncontrollable urge to load the best race-ponies with two bags of Kwik-Set so they can’t win.

  63. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2987094, posted on April 13, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I am forever appalled and baffled by how many pig ignorant people are prepared to have wrong opinions.

    In a righteous world they know their fucking place.

    And that place is Hell.
    Quite hot.
    Forever.
    And ever.
    Amen.

  64. Confused Old Misfit

    Well mh,
    My only experienc3e is guiding a horse over 6K and 24+ jumps about 95cm high as fast as we could go.
    Also fox hunting (a drag, not a real fox).
    Closest to an ideal time with no jumping faults, wins.
    Most fun you can have and still keep your clothes on! 😉

  65. egg_

    Izzat a black hole top o’page or one of M0nster’s caramel Krispy Kremes?

  66. areff

    Leigh: Dad, dead these five years and much missed, had a knack for improbable explanations. I recall asking him when I’d be old enough to grow a mustache. He said we’d need to get some chooks first, as you cultivate a mo by smearing the upper lip with fowl manure and honey.

    “The honey makes it grow,” he said, “the manure stops you licking it off.”

    I believed him at the time.

  67. mh

    COM, sounds like a real test of the horse! And rider.

  68. Confused Old Misfit

    Bayer Method?
    Last I heard that was a method of refining bauxite.
    You off your meds again IT?

  69. Elle

    Being self-indulgent here. Completely off any topic.

    It’s coming up to the first anniversary of your death, mum. Vodka and sodas being consumed.

    Having fun though.

  70. Confused Old Misfit

    Ir’s great fun, mh.
    As long as you know your limitations and that of the horse.
    A lot of retired race horses in the sport as it’s too hard on a young, immature animal.

  71. Bruce of Newcastle

    Then she went to the UK and won by a nostril at Royal Ascot, picking up some serious muscle tears along the way.

    Shows you just how good she is, flying from Oz to Pommyland, taking on the best and winning. Deserves her bronze statue.

    I hope Winx enjoys her motherhood like Black Caviar, who has four fine kiddies.

  72. Mark from Melbourne

    I am forever appalled and baffled by how many pig ignorant people are prepared to have wrong opinions.

    False.

    Pig ignorant people aren’t prepared to be wrong, they just are wrong.

  73. Infidel Tiger

    Bayer Method?
    Last I heard that was a method of refining bauxite.
    You off your meds again IT?

    If you like horse racing and gambling and don’t know who Bayer is, you are too stupid to survive.

  74. Leigh Lowe

    Confused Old Misfit

    #2987103, posted on April 13, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Well mh,
    My only experienc3e is guiding a horse over 6K and 24+ jumps about 95cm high as fast as we could go.

    You did the Grand Annual at Warrnambool?

  75. C.L.

    Expert Catholics, is this normal behaviour for a Pope?

    No it isn’t. It is disturbing, weird behaviour. It was also incredibly rude.
    And no, it is not Christ-like. Our Lord washed the feet of his disciples. He didn’t kiss anyone’s boots.
    A week ago, Bergoglio violently rebuffed elderly Catholics who wished to kiss the Ring of the Fisherman because of germs (his staff actually said this) but now he kisses the filthy shoes of scatterbrained South Sudanese ignoramuses who could do instead with a severe reprimand.
    As usual, it had little to do with gesture recipients and everything to do with showcasing his ‘humility.’
    Here’s the video:

  76. cohenite

    This is the guy behind Aussie Farms, the militant vegans harassing farmers.

    This is his FB page; it has 24000 likes. Complain to FB that it harasses people.

  77. zyconoclast

    We have a foot fet1shist for a Pope.

  78. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This is his FB page; it has 24000 likes. Complain to FB that it harasses people.

    “How old were you when you discovered that cows need to give birth in order to produce milk?”

    About eight years of age. FMS.

  79. Leigh Lowe

    areff at 8:43.
    Be-jezus.
    Old man Lowe was prone to a little bit of “embellishment” possibly verging on outright bullshit, but RF major took it to another level.

  80. C.L.

    Here is how John Paul II dealt with a priest who had joined forces with Nicaraguan communists:

  81. John Constantine:

    While Mr Al-Khafaji said the cut meant “the federal government has ensured there will be no relief for applicants and that wait times and the backlog will continue to grow”.

    He’s right, you know.
    So how about we cancel the citizenship of the family here and send them back, if it’s such a trauma for them?

  82. mh

    COM, thoroughbreds while racing still enjoy the challenge of jumping, obviously not to the extent that it would risk injury. Lloyd Williams used to use jumps in training when he thought a horse was getting bored.

    He did exactly that with a big ugly grey horse he had before it won the Melbourne Cup. Forget it’s name now, won the cup around 2007

  83. John Constantine

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojubI-sYwho

    Libertarian take on game of thrones.

    If the symbol of the democrats is a donkey, and the republican symbol an elephant, then a porcupine humping a pile of its own money should represent Libertarianism.

    Comrades.

  84. Infidel Tiger

    One can only hope Bergolgio gets a fungal infection.

  85. Infidel Tiger

    Efficient.

    Won a stack that year on that horse.

    It’s 2006 derby win is magnificent. Michael Rodd was a great hoop.

  86. Confused Old Misfit

    You did the Grand Annual at Warrnambool?

    No LL , only low level preliminary stuff in South Australia. Highest jumps were 95cm, generally closer to 85-90cm and the courses about 5.5-6KM long.
    My daughter did the Gawler, Adelaide, Wandin and Wirrebee ( Noqw the Melbourne International) 3 Day Eventts

    If you like horse racing and gambling and don’t know who Bayer is, you are too stupid to survive.

    I don’t like horse racing, or gambling. As far as I know Bayer is a guy who invented the aspirin and another one who developed a smelting process.
    If you wish to enter this conversation kindly behave like an adult.

  87. mh

    Efficient. Yes, now I recall I had it in the work sweep.

    Too dumb to put my cash on it even though Lloyd had said how great it was going in work.

    Rodd said it was a tough horse to ride as it never travels smoothly.

  88. Boambee John

    Bruce of Newcastle

    If you have a moment, hop over to donaitkin.com, and check out the discussion on exponential functions.

  89. Mark A

    Infidel Tiger
    #2987093, posted on April 13, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Correction. 4 years.

    My point still stands. Let us not turn this horrid website into a place of lies, inaccuracy and flagrant idiocy.

    What do you mean ?
    So far it’s been working flawlessly as such?

  90. mh

    Michael Rodd and Zac Purton were both star apprentices at the same time in Brisbane. It was a great rivalry.

    Both went on to become top International jockeys, most likely both multi millionaires now. Zac would be for sure.

  91. egg_

    Izzat a black hole top o’page or one of M0nster’s caramel Krispy Kremes?

    Teh Event Horizon is when M0nster approaches the giant caramel donut.

  92. Infidel Tiger

    Zac Purton would be worth tens of millions now.

    HK is a goldmine

  93. Des Deskperson

    Next Monday’s Four Corners os going to ba cracker [Fitz]

    Feisty, sock-kniting grandma – ‘I’m just a suburban Nana’ – is off to Syria to bring her Sharrouf grandkiddies home. We are assured that ‘They’re no threat to anyone.’

    ‘Don’t underestimate this nana’, says one chinless supporter .

  94. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Feisty, sock-kniting grandma – ‘I’m just a suburban Nana’ – is off to Syria to bring her Sharrouf grandkiddies home. We are assured that ‘They’re no threat to anyone.’

    “The school’s just called again. Little Mohammed has threatened to behead the teacher, again, and Fatima is calling all the girls in the class, Western sluts because they aren’t wearing the veil.”

  95. Nick

    Feisty, sock-kniting grandma – ‘I’m just a suburban Nana’ – is off to Syria to bring her Sharrouf grandkiddies home. We are assured that ‘They’re no threat to anyone.’

    Strange, the media haven’t asked questions as to why Grandma helped to spirit them out of the country herself.

  96. mh

    I bet the green loonies will come for horse racing big time if they see the vegans getting away with what they are doing now.

    The vegans need to be sent a very clear message.

  97. Bushkid

    Confused Old Misfit
    #2987110, posted on April 13, 2019 at 8:47 pm
    Ir’s great fun, mh.
    As long as you know your limitations and that of the horse.
    A lot of retired race horses in the sport as it’s too hard on a young, immature animal.

    Sounds similar to endurance riding, but much shorter distance and with jumps. Minimum official distance for endurance rides is 80km, over at least 2 sections, with vet checks before during and after where heart rate recoveries and a host of other welfare parameters are assessed before you can continue. Major events are 160km over minimum 4 sections with vet checks before, during and after. You can complete the distance, but if your horse fails the final vet check (after passing all the others on the way) you’re deemed not to have finished. Longest rides are marathons of 80km per day for up to 5 days. Those horses are the fittest you’ll meet.
    Again, there are rules about horses ages, and vet checks and rules for compulsory down time if vetted out too often etc.
    I did a lot of it back in the 1980s, including two Tom Quilty Qld Cup rides, successfully finished both. The first one was on a retired racehorse, the second on an Arabian/pony cross. Both rides were something never forgotten.

  98. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Feisty, sock-kniting grandma – ‘I’m just a suburban Nana’ – is off to Syria to bring her Sharrouf grandkiddies home. We are assured that ‘They’re no threat to anyone.’

    Fine by me. The local mosque assumes full responsibility for their conduct, rehabilitation, and financial support.

  99. Confused Old Misfit

    Tom Quilty Qld Cup

    Onya Bushkid!
    RESPECT!
    My daughter did a couple when we lived in Gladstone, Qld.,
    But they were only Pony Club level.

  100. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Morhammed

  101. Knuckle Dragger

    Back from the pub. New toppy, Lana, a very good sort indeed. Zero love from Keno though. As expected.

    Now – BoN, I stand by my flathead comment, but I will say that anyone in their eighties that can grab his bag of fish every time he goes out is clearly a man not to be underestimated.

  102. Steve trickler

    How well could you dance in your prime?

    I’d easily win against this female. If those blokes were 10 out of 10….. i would rate at a 7 to be honest.



    I found this on a music hunt. Good fun.

    I still haven’t found what i’m looking for.

  103. Bushkid

    Confused Old Misfit
    #2987140, posted on April 13, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    My daughter did a couple when we lived in Gladstone, Qld.,
    But they were only Pony Club level.

    I live very near there now, COM. No longer doing any serious riding, but my business is based on equine podiotherapy and equine and animal bodywork therapies. These days I mend them rather than ride them. I still have two lovely Arabian mares though.

    Huge respect to your daughter for her rides at Gawler 3DE and the others. Gawler is huge!!!

  104. Knuckle Dragger

    I have an idea that will stop this whole Winx thing.

    In future, every horse that wins more than ten races in a row will be considered, rightly, as being really good at running fast.

    Therefore, to even things up, that horse will be blindfolded for every race thereafter and have to run on its front legs only. All the horses in the race will be given participation ribbons so no equine depression brings the industry to it knees, and all jockeys must join in ‘Nearer My God to Thee’ in the change rooms afterwards so they can all be nice and cheery.

    Jesus Christ people.

  105. Jannie

    The take on Izzy Folau from a Saffa rugby blogger. Seems to have swallowed the establishment line, plus hook and sinker.

    http://billsrugbyblog.com/folaus-follies-part-3/

  106. Knuckle Dragger

    I look forward to the airline ground staff in Istanbul explaining to good old Nana Nettleton that no, you cannot take your grandchildren’s severed head pyramid as carry on for the return flight.

  107. Confused Old Misfit

    Are you out near Calliope, Bushkid?
    We lived in Gladstone between ’82 and ’86.

  108. Leigh Lowe

    Confused Old Misfit

    #2987126, posted on April 13, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    You did the Grand Annual at Warrnambool?

    No LL , only low level preliminary stuff in South Australia. Highest jumps were 95cm, generally closer to 85-90cm and the courses about 5.5-6KM long.

    Ah, OK.
    The Grand Annual is roughly 5.5 km with, I think, somewhere between 30 – 35 jumps.
    I have no idea of the highness of the jumps, although as a kid I seem to remember one called the “Man-trap” where the ground on the launch side was a good foot higher than the landing side.
    That has been since fixed.
    There is also this thing where they run off the course proper into paddocks and they turn left on one lap and right on the next … has caught a few out.
    I am happy to be corrected on the details. I went there once in the 1990’s and I remember being very cold, very wet and very pissed.

  109. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I look forward to the airline ground staff in Istanbul explaining to good old Nana Nettleton that no, you cannot take your grandchildren’s severed head pyramid as carry on for the return flight.

    I look forward to the first time the school rings good old Nana Nettleton. “Little Morhammed has threatened to beheed the teacher again, and Fatima has called all the girls in the class slots for not wearing the full chadour.”

  110. Confused Old Misfit

    Jesus Christ people.

    No. KD.
    I think “How Great Thou Art” would be more appropriate!

  111. Confused Old Misfit

    I am happy to be corrected on the details. I went there once in the 1990’s and I remember being very cold, very wet and very pissed.

    Wouldn’t be able to tell you LL as we never went there.
    But, like you there were a few events, where I acted as strapper for my daughter, where I was in that condition!

  112. Leigh Lowe

    Confused Old Misfit
    #2987110, posted on April 13, 2019 at 8:47 pm
    Ir’s great fun, mh.
    As long as you know your limitations and that of the horse.
    A lot of retired race horses in the sport as it’s too hard on a young, immature animal

    Whilst knowing nought about the highness of obstacles in jumps racing, I have heard a theory that low jumps are actually a hazard in hurdle races. That is, they are more inclined to take the hurdles at speed, resulting in faster, more spectacular crashes.
    The feeling is that higher hurdles force jumps racing more into a show-jumping technique, where the obstacle has to be approached and jumped, rather than just run through at speed.
    That would require smaller fields of specialist jumpers … not just failed flat racers.

  113. Pedro the Ignorant

    Eddie McGuire unashamedly barracking for the Dockers at the Western derby on Foxtel footy.

    He is obviously seriously pissed off with the Eagles snatching the 2018 Grand Final from his beloved Collywobbles by a point.

    Why is this overpaid bogan commentating on a WA game anyway?

  114. Confused Old Misfit

    the obstacle has to be approached and jumped, rather than just run through at speed.

    LL, that’s where the rider has to exhibit their skill.
    The horse has to be lightly checked at just the right point so that it will take notice of the jump and balance itself so as not to “run through” the obstacle.
    It’s almost as if you’re reminding th horse that “Hey, mate! Remember me me? That weight up there on your back? Better have a look at this or else we’ll both come crashing down!”

  115. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #2987145, posted on April 13, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    I have an idea that will stop this whole Winx thing.

    In future, every horse that wins more than ten races in a row will be considered, rightly, as being really good at running fast.

    Exactly.
    The basic principle of the Melbourne Cup …

    “Find the best two-mile horse in Australia and load it with so much weight it can’t win”.

  116. Knuckle Dragger

    I’ve been fox hunting heaps of times.

    You need at least two mates, a heap of grog, a ute, at least one spotlight and a few small-calibre rifles with plenty of whack.

    Don’t see what all the fuss is about.

  117. Infidel Tiger

    I used to go fox hunting every week. Bagged heaps of pigs too.

    Happily married now.

  118. Leigh Lowe

    That is true COM.
    Old style steeplechasing with big jumps you would see horses check about 20-25 metres out from the obstacle and then get in stride to take the jump.
    A lot of modern jumps racing is “speed hump” stuff where there is no lining up of the jump, which results in more crashes than not.

  119. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #2987160, posted on April 13, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I’ve been fox hunting heaps of times.

    You need at least two mates, a heap of grog, a ute, at least one spotlight and a few small-calibre rifles with plenty of whack.

    Don’t see what all the fuss is about.

    Infidel Tiger

    #2987161, posted on April 13, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    I used to go fox hunting every week. Bagged heaps of pigs too.

    Happily married now.

    I do like the Cat.
    People bowling outswingers with a softball, and others playing and missing outside off stump with a croquet club.

  120. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This one’s for Pedro. I’m reading Avon Lovell’s book on the Perth Mint Swindle.

    It would seem that Avon Lovell was at the Court Hotel, in Beaufort Street (I know, I know) selling copies of his book. It would seem that a certain police lawyer, and no, I won’t name him, and we both know who I’m talking about, got an injunction banning any further sales of Lovell’s book. A few minutes after the injunction was served, an unknown customer attempted to buy a copy of the book – an action which may well have resulted in Lovell being jailed for contempt of court. Said unknown customer was revealed as said police lawyers associate, another prominent Perth lawyer..

  121. Infidel Tiger

    This one’s for Pedro. I’m reading Avon Lovell’s book on the Perth Mint Swindle.

    Maybe get someone to read it to you so you can finish it.

    You’ve been reading that book since Methuselah was playing juniors.

  122. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Maybe get someone to read it to you so you can finish it.

    You’ve been reading that book since Methuselah was playing juniors.

    I’m sharing a joke with someone else, who’s probably also in on the joke.

  123. Confused Old Misfit

    no lining up of the jump, which results in more crashes than not.

    And that results in injured animals that have to be put down.
    And that results in animal activists jumping up and down with some degree of justification.\
    Which is why I have little sympathy for that segment of the racing “industry” that will sacrifice people and animals for money.

  124. Knuckle Dragger

    Down to 26 degrees tonight.

    If this keeps up I might have to break out the Onkaparinga.

    #winteriscoming

  125. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If this keeps up I might have to break out the Onkaparinga.

    I thought global warming was supposed to be the death of us all?

  126. Confused Old Misfit

    Leigh Lowe
    #2987164, posted on April 13, 2019 at 10:37 pm
    +100!

  127. Knuckle Dragger

    Climate uncertainty, Zulu.

    It hangs over us all like the Reaper’s shroud.

  128. Leigh Lowe

    IT, I’ll put you out of your misery.
    The Perf Mint Swindle was done by Buster Edwards, Bruce Reynolds, Ronald Dale Biggs and Chuck Bennet.
    It got complicated when Doug and Dinsdale Piranah-Kane tried to standover the gang for a cut of the proceeds, but Chuck decided to cut off the extortion attempt by machine-gunning Les Piranha-Kane to death in his own house to discourage him and his colleagues.
    Not one to be discouraged easily, Brian Piranha-Kane took an opportunity to despatch Chuck in a remote, secluded location.
    Well, not that secluded.
    Brian disguised himself as a QC and decorated the Supreme Court stairwell with Chuck’s cerebral splatter.
    Untidy but effective.
    Where did the Perf Mint millions go, you ask.
    95.8% spent on legals.

  129. Rockdoctor

    Knuckle Dragger
    #2987171, posted on April 13, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Same TSV, transition to dry definitely on now. Was wondering when we would see the turn being a bit late this year.

  130. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Climate uncertainty, Zulu.

    It hangs over us all like the Reaper’s shroud.

    Yeah, fine except we’ve broken out the Onkaparinga, and the Memsahib’s discovered the flannel p.j,s…

  131. Knuckle Dragger

    Michael Wayne, stringer for News.com is now responsible for the most entirely unnecessary sentence ever constructed in human history:

    ‘The Town of Seventeen Seventy is named for the momentous year that Cook arrived.’

  132. Knuckle Dragger

    Doug and Dinsdale Piranha. Timeless.

    Interviewer: ‘He nailed your head to the floor?’
    Geezer: ‘At first, yeah.’

  133. Steve trickler

    Military stuff aside. It is the abuse of the young!….ongoing no doubt, buried in those emails that should also be a focus. There is a side show going on.

    Polly is on to it, with many others.



  134. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #2987180, posted on April 13, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Doug and Dinsdale Piranha. Timeless.

    Interviewer: ‘He nailed your head to the floor?’
    Geezer: ‘At first, yeah.’

    Nah, he never did that.
    But Police have actual video of him doing it.
    Well, yeah, he did it … but I deserved it. Cruel but fair, Dougie was. Cruel but fair. And he really knew how to treat a female impersonator.

  135. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    One of the greatest, anti war songs ever written. Brian Cadd.

  136. Leigh Lowe

    Hey, JC, why aren’t you at the temple?
    It’s Yiddish underpassover.

  137. Confused Old Misfit

    JC
    #2987186, posted on April 14, 2019 at 12:20 am
    +100!

  138. Steve trickler

    Stunning vegetation.



  139. Rossini

    Really quiet night tonight!
    Has the current election turned everyone off?

    Well I am about to pull the plug as well.

  140. DrBeauGan

    Kipling had this business of taking into account the gender perspective sorted out:

    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
    An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.

  141. johanna

    Good stuff, although how long democracy can survive in Indo is an interesting question. If the Chinese Indonesians want to establish a bolthole in Australia that is fine by me. We need more industrious champions of free market capitalism to counteract the zombie socialist masses of indoctrinated local kiddies graduating high school. 😀

    Well said, Bruce.

    Nevertheless, as I have said before, the task of keeping Indonesia one country is an amazing feat. The same goes for India. Our pathetic politicians have no idea about it, and whimper about the equivalent of a sore toe while the people who keep countries like Indonesia and India together would have them for early tea (never mind breakfast).

  142. johanna

    I know nothing about racing (apart from having communed with one or two bookies) but am interested in the Winx story. Much as it goes against the grain, here is a link to the ABC which includes links to some of her wins, from way behind.

    What a star. I hope she has a happy retirement in a good paddock with other horses, that’s what they like.

  143. max

    Julian Assange looks like Papa Hemingway now.

  144. johanna

    max, the word is that Julian was not great on personal hygiene. He rarely washed, refused to clean out his cat’s litter tray and generally demanded that he be serviced as a hotel guest.

    He cost Ecuadorian taxpayers 1m a year.

  145. John Constantine

    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/white-supremacists-hindu-nationalists-alike-181212144618283.html

    White vegans in the West, for example, rejoiced over the decision by several Indian states to ban the consumption of beef, without bothering to understand what these laws would mean for Muslims and Dalits who had already been suffering at the hands of so-called “cow vigilantes”. Animal rights and veganism advocate PETA has in fact gone further and berated vegetarians who consume milk in India for “supporting the beef industry”, thus playing into the communal politics of food in India.

    Hindu nationalism and white supremacy are the two sides of the same coin. For the global movement against racism, white-supremacy and fascism to succeed, anti-fascists across the world need to acknowledge and stand up to the Hind nationalism threat.

    Veganism is islamophobic white supremacy. Has their waleed, the perfect man, opined upon this yet?.

    Comrades.

  146. John Constantine

    http://veganfeministnetwork.com/resources/understanding-racism-101/

    Postracism IS Racism!

    Post-racism means that issues relating to race no longer exist–they have been resolved. This, therefore, means that all people are on an equal playing field where hard work will result in mobility. Essentially, people who subscribe to post-race logic assume that racism is over because we have a black president. Most people who subscribe to post-race thought say, “ I don’t see race—I’m colorblind.” We’ve been trained to think this logic is progressive; however, remember—if you don’t see race, then that means you don’t see racism. If we were “post-race” then that would mean that diversity programs wouldn’t be needed in the first place. Post-race logic is actually racist. Subscribing to this logic means that we can still discriminate and exclude minorities while claiming that we “don’t see” race to justify our racism.

  147. John Constantine

    Is veganism just white anorexia privilege?

    White eating privilege?.

    White feasting privilege?.

    Is veganism simply the forbidden dormroom feasts of the white women of the decaying industrial west?.

    https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/evb4zw/why-so-many-white-supremacists-are-into-veganism

  148. Elle

    Haven’t opened the curtains yet. Think it might be overcast. Is it ok to say overcast? It’s not like I’m saying half-caste. It’s dark though.

    Oy! Hangover cures welcome 😩

  149. Eyrie

    “Nevertheless, as I have said before, the task of keeping Indonesia one country is an amazing feat. The same goes for India.”
    Why is this a good thing?

  150. John Constantine

    https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/evb4zw/why-so-many-white-supremacists-are-into-veganism

    By romanticizing white people’s inherent connection to the land and nature, “blood and soil” also underscores notions of racial purity and nobility. Dietary commitments, then, become a means to prove one’s racial superiority.

    using humans’ vegetarian “ancestral instincts” and young children’s “antipathy” to meat as evidence for his argument.

    whereas “unselfish” Aryan vegetarians demonstrate their superhuman qualities and racial superiority by caring for the welfare of “all” sentient creatures.

  151. Elle

    Keep forgetting it’s an economics blog.
    A hangover cure with economic merit?
    Sinc, you were at the footy. You may be in need of a cure too.

  152. John Constantine

    a justification for “retaliatory violence.” Only those who have renounced the “initiatory” violence of meat-eating can be trusted to retaliate appropriately against a world that they perceive as degraded.

    White nationalist veganism can sound somewhat absurd, but it also shows how complex and deeply rooted this ideology is, and how it can appeal to a variety of different audiences. To combat these racist movements, we must understand them, including how they can incorporate beliefs we usually associate with liberal or leftist politics. The diversity of this movement should not be underestimated.

    Alexis de Coning is a media studies doctoral student at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she investigates reactionary social movements and food politics.

  153. John Constantine

    Hangover cure.

    Big plate of lambchops and eggs, with fried onion and mash.

    [ plus the secret Aussie cureall, sliced, canned beetroot.]

    Comrade.

  154. rickw

    Thanks Tom, MCAS and Finish Snipers get my vote!

  155. John Constantine

    https://www.care2.com/causes/no-white-nationalists-are-not-true-vegans.html

    Protecting veganism as it becomes mainstream

    So how we can protect veganism as the force for good that it is?

    In the same way that we have had to work to dissect “alt-right” narratives and lay bare what that movement truly is — the promotion of misogynistic white male privilege — we also must shield veganism from the emerging strains of “bro-veganism” that incorporate toxic masculinity.

    At heart, veganism is a rational ideology and justice movement that clearly rejects white nationalist thinking. And we have to look inward in order to protect the integrity of the movement.

    All those that follow meat free, plant based diets are unsound if they fail to also progress the revolution. They are as guilty of initiating the sins of the western industrial patriarchy as any meat eater and will be purged.

    The meatdodging is secondary, the revolutionary ideology is primary.

    Comrades.

  156. John Constantine

    https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/the-problem-with-veganism-and-racism-that-no-one-is-talking-about

    Even so, in Western media, vegans and vegetarians are commonly represented by a certain aesthetic. They are often shown to be young, attractive, and overwhelmingly white.

    The issue is that POC are virtually never portrayed in large-scale vegan advertising and promotion, and when they are, it is to serve as a metaphor for violence and tragedy.

    Is radical, romanticised veganism simply an eating disorder that attempts to displace an anxiety disorder, all posing as revolutionary political activist awareness?.

    To make the sufferer the special and awoken center of attention?.

    Comrades.

  157. John Constantine

    https://afropunk.com/2017/10/three-ways-black-veganism-challenges-white-supremacy-unlike-conventional-veganism/

    Will nobody ever ask on their abc:

    If australian radical veganism merely serves as a centering of white moral supremacy and the privilege to diet supported by elite disposable income and house slaves, then isn’t it literally Nazi?.

    Comrades?.

  158. Bruce of Newcastle

    Finish Snipers get my vote!

    It was a typo, they meant ‘voters’.

    Finland election: Brussels PANIC as populists SURGE before crunch vote TOMORROW

    FINLAND could join the likes of Poland, Hungary, Italy and Bulgaria by electing it’s first populist leader in 20 years, sparking panic for Brussels. … Their reasons are similar to that of Leave voters in the UK – a surge in immigration as well as the staggering amounts of cash the member states pay into the EU kitty.

    Actually, ‘snipers’ works too. The communists were taught a lesson by Finnish snipers some time ago, but seem to have unlearned it again in the last couple decades. Voting pencils will do for now, also they work better in sub zero temperatures.

  159. Tom

    The roars for every birdie from Tiger Woods (-9, two strokes behind leader Tony Finau) vibrate the air around the valleys of Augusta, just like the old days of his supremacy. If he wins the Masters, it will be the world sports redemption story of the year.

  160. Bushkid

    Confused Old Misfit
    #2987148, posted on April 13, 2019 at 10:00 pm
    Are you out near Calliope, Bushkid?
    We lived in Gladstone between ’82 and ’86.

    Actually, right in that little place, COM.

    Not “locals” though, only been here about 14 years.

  161. Mark A

    Jannie
    #2987146, posted on April 13, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    The take on Izzy Folau from a Saffa rugby blogger. Seems to have swallowed the establishment line, plus hook and sinker.

    I find this uproar about his posts puzzling, you hear the same sentiments from the pulpit of most orthodox denominations.
    If you don’t like what he is saying don’t read it, what does it have to do with sport?

    On the other hand I don’t understand why he has to proclaim his faith so often and so publicly.
    A lookatme syndrome?

  162. If you don’t like what he is saying don’t read it, what does it have to do with sport?

    It has nothing to do with sport, and everything to do with money.
    The ARU is paying Folau $2 per annum to play football, not preach morals.
    His preaching is a threat to their bottom line.

  163. OldOzzie

    John Constantine
    #2986496, posted on April 13, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Supply and demand for mutton sheep.

    and

    Farmer Gez
    #2986504, posted on April 13, 2019 at 8:29 am

    The first cross ewe market is flat and has been for a while. We’re not selling yet and luckily have some failed crop paddocks that keep the girls in good condition.
    It’s obvious that low paddock feed levels and the ramping hay prices are keeping fat lamb breeders away.

    John Constantine and Farmer Gez,

    As Calli said yesterday on John Post, I also ,who grew up visiting mates on farms in the bush. really appreciate and read your posts on farming

    All the Best in tough times and for a Good Future

    Regards

    OldOzzie

  164. calli

    Also on WIP, struth me advice for cooks.

    I have long suspected what it was that lurked at the bottom of the biscuit tin. Now we know.

  165. calli

    struth me? Huh?

    “some”

  166. Elle

    Lamb chops (thank you, John – comrade) and mutton!

    Arky! Sing along with me, Bro.

    A NZ folk song.

  167. Farmer Gez

    Thank you kindly OldOzzie.
    I gain a lot from the breadth of experience and diverse knowledge of the Cat posters and the main blog. It arms me with solid stats and persuasive arguement when dealing with the numerous sheep who inhabit the power structures in our society.

  168. Notafan

    Stay off Twitter.

    It sucks your brains out.

    Folau is going to preach, in his AOG church or on line

    He’s got that old time religion.

    Fire and brimstone for everyone with a big dash of anti Catholic rhetoric

    People could just ignore him.

    Freedom of religion
    Freedom of speech
    He’s not inciting anyone
    Just damning them all to hell.
    Nothing to do with his employment.
    If he converts to I slam next week (not impossible) and said exactly the same stuff the Toowoomba snowflake and all his mates will be all
    move along nothing to see here.

  169. Boambee John

    The ARU is paying Folau $2 per annum to play football, not preach morals.

    Yet another example of the exploitation of POC by white fascists!

  170. Tel

    John Constantine #2987224,
    Wow, there’s a university serving the important purpose of teaching people to be spoons.

    What will they think of next?

  171. OldOzzie

    Tom
    #2986525, posted on April 13, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Where is everyone? Out shopping? Sleeping in? Nursing hangovers? Getting on with their lives?

    One eye on the Cat, the other on the Masters (on 9’s Gem and Foxtel 505), Calli. Masters week is sleep-deprived for the Cat’s golf fans (with 43-year-old Eldrick Woods about to putt for a share of the lead).

    I was out all day showing 2 Irish Friends and their 2 Adult kids – first visit to OZ – Lower North Inner Harbour – Blues Point, Milson’s Point, Neural Bay, Kurraba Point, Cremorne Point, Mosman Bay, Sirius Cove, Zoo Wharf ,Bradleys Head, Clifton Gardens Beach, Georges Heights and Middle Head, Balmoral Beach, Beauty Point, Chinaman’s Beach, The Spit, Seaforth – stop at Casa OldOzzie for Coffee, Tea, Tim Tams and Cake in front in Sun around Pool and Comfort Stop, then Clontarf Beach, Dobroyd Lookout, Fairlight Beach, Manly, Little Manly Point Park (one of the best views in Sydney), Cardinal’s Palace. North Head, Fairy Bower then Manly to Palm Beach – introducing them to Harbord Diggers and clean toilets for snack and comfort stop, finally ending up, having made it to Palm Baech by inland Pittwater Run, then back by Coastal Run to Royal Motor Club Broken Bay Newport for Sunset Dinner after deciding sitting outside at Newport Arms would be a bit chilly at sunset – finally home after dropping them off in city at 8.30 pm – a great day

    For me – Not Augusta, had missed F! in China, but recorded – time for catch up before today’s race

  172. Mater

    Boambee John
    #2987242, posted on April 14, 2019 at 7:50 am

    The ARU is paying Folau $2 per annum to play football, not preach morals.

    Yet another example of the exploitation of POC by white fascists!

    John, you forgot to put ‘(sic)’ after his obvious typo.
    It gives you a warm feeling of superiority. Try it, you’ll never go back.

  173. John Constantine

    Eight bucks a kilo dressed weight for well finished lambs in June on forward price offer, combined with new definition of lamb based on permanent teeth in wear is a lure to keep feeding on.

    Selling down a portion of the flock at historic high prices and sowing four acres of crop with the proceeds of each sheep sale could be risk management.

    Usually less crop and more sheep cuts risk, but at current prices the numbers change.

    If it rains properly, then sheep prices go higher, but the crop grows to compensate.

    If it doesn’t seasonally break until late, the sheep can always do well grazing the sown crop.

    Looks like time to bolt new tungsten tip ripping points on the seeder for some tough dry digging.

    Much rather not, but risk management indicates the vetch goes in before Anzac day and then the whole circus rolls on again for another season.

  174. bespoke

    Mark A
    #2987229, posted on April 14, 2019 at 7:21 am
    On the other hand I don’t understand why he has to proclaim his faith so often and so publicly.

    Is he rely though. I only no the two times from his private Twitter when the MSM made a big stink about it.

  175. Mark A

    bespoke
    #2987248, posted on April 14, 2019 at 7:57 am

    On the other hand I don’t understand why he has to proclaim his faith so often and so publicly.

    Is he rely though. I only no the two times from his private Twitter when the MSM made a big stink about it.

    You could be right, possibly the great fuss made over it makes it seem so?

  176. Lots of 737s gathering dust and corrosion at Puget Sound.
    Boeing’s chickens coming home to roost…..

  177. mh

    Listening to radio sports news this morning, a rugby player in the UK who ‘liked’ an Israel Folau social media post was booed by the crowd throughout the game.

    I hope this is fake news, otherwise western societies really are in desperate trouble.

  178. Farmer Gez

    Selling down a portion of the flock at historic high prices and sowing four acres of crop with the proceeds of each sheep sale could be risk management.

    Cropping in our neck of the woods is the main game. We have 80% soil moisture profile after good Dec Jan rains. We’ve had to spray out some paddocks four times with Bathurst Burr deciding that this is their chance to thrive in any nook they can find.
    We are decreasing barley and wheat acres in favour of beans and canola. Lentils and chickpeas will bounce back once the Indian elections are over and the import tariffs are eased. The Indian government still has a strong socialist and populist bent that always stuffs up local supply through intervention. Indian importers know this and bemoan their fate to anyone who cares to listen.
    I’m guessing Beans at $650, lentils 600 and chickpeas 700.

  179. Mater

    Sorry John,
    Just realised that you could take my post the wrong way.
    I was referencing Bob’s new (renewed) habit which feelthebern rightly pointed out yesterday.

    feelthebern
    #2986648, posted on April 13, 2019 at 10:52 am
    Be careful Cats.
    Corporal Taint has taken to correcting spelling mistakes with the condescending (sic) after it.
    It’s his way of being a man.

  180. bespoke

    That’s how it looks to me Mark.

  181. Mother Lode

    I think the Church will need a Trumpian Pope after this Obama-esque one to undo the pastoral delinquency and portentous self-indulgence of this one.

  182. min

    Get Up apparently can get donations up to $9000 without disclosing donor. From memory that is how the crims got away with laundering money ,by sending stooges to deposit this amount in the bank as anything over was investigated.

  183. stackja

    Radio recluse makes power play for Alan Jones
    Annette Sharp, Sydney Confidential, The Sunday Telegraph
    April 14, 2019 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    Radio network proprietor Bill Caralis rarely shows his hand but this month the eccentric recluse made a call from his Gold Coast bolthole that brought his extraordinary radio dream into focus.

    Caralis, radio sources have confirmed, reached out to soon-to-be-out-of-contract 2GB breakfast star Alan Jones two weeks ago in the hope of enticing Jones to make the jump to Caralis’s 2SM Super Network, the largest privately owned radio network in the country.
    In making the call, Caralis — renowned for being as private as he is patient — has done a rare thing and shed light on his hopes of reuniting two of Australian radio’s biggest stars — Jones and broadcasting legend John Laws.

    Since 2011 Laws has hosted a morning show on Caralis’s 2SM, a station that does not subscribe to the radio ratings system hence does not have its audience measured and analysed by the industry at large.

    Despite the lack of ratings, Laws, a radio veteran of 60 years, still has a loyal following throughout NSW and Queensland on 2SM.

    The plan to reunite the two talk giants has the potential to be hugely profitable for Caralis.

    It would mean Jones would walk away from the embrace of businessman John Singleton, the man who built a radio station — 2GB — around him, but as this columnist learned last week, the embers of that love affair went cold last year around the time “Singo” was hit with the bill for the Wagner defamation case, a case centred around comments Jones made on radio about the Toowoomba family.

    Regarded as the most frugal media proprietor in the country — the one-time Newtown Jets rugby league executive who made his first fortune in shopping centres before branching into media in the 1980s — spends little capital on equipment but what he has on talent.

    Caralis is said to enjoy one thing above all else from his radio investments. Power.

    With Jones on board in the breakfast slot, he would enjoy more of that than he’s ever previously known.

    A match made in heaven and one, this writer suspects, Caralis will not give up on should he fail this time to persuade Jones to make the move.

  184. C.L.

    Fake news … Our own ABC joined its American namesake last week in lionising a young woman for the first image ever captured of a black hole:

    The black hole image came thanks to student Katie Bouman.

    Except, of course, this isn’t even remotely true.

    Via Instapundit: Woman Who Media Claims Created Black Hole Image Contributed 0.26% of Code.

    As the mainstream media attempts to give researcher Katie Bouman credit for the first “photos” of a black hole, it appears her role may have been mostly supervisory, and that other researchers did the majority of the leg work.

    According to data provided publicly by GitHub, Bouman made 2,410 contributions to the over 900,000 lines of code required to create the first-of-its-kind black hole image, or 0.26 per cent. Bouman’s contributions also occurred toward the end of the work on the code.

    In contrast, contributor Andrew Chael wrote over 850,000 lines of code.

    While CNN attempted to give Bouman full credit, explaining “That’s where Bouman’s algorithm — along with several others — came in,” they slyly admitted that fellow researchers told CNN “‘(Bouman) was a major part of one of the imaging subteams,’” even after CNN incorrectly wrote on the previous line that she was on one of the “imaging teams,” not subteams.

    BBC News was even more zealous in its eagerness to have a woman at the helm, and titled its article “Katie Bouman: The woman behind the first black hole image”.

    Phys.org went even further, calling the young scientist a “superstar” in its headline.

    While the Western media attempted to use her gender to make a point, Asian publications, including Asahi, offered a more nuanced and truthful article, writing that “207 scientists in 17 nations and regions took part in the project,” and refusing to assign the achievement to any one of the scientists…

    It appears the American mainstream media lost sight of the truth in an attempt to give a female scientist undue credit for a massive achievement that should have the entire scientific community involved with the photo patting itself on the back collectively.

    In other words, Bouman played a miniscule, marginal, negligible role.

  185. OldOzzie

    In line with the Cartoon mentioned above

    ‘Woke’ Lefties make about as much sense as a goose’s fart
    Piers Akerman, The Sunday Telegraph
    April 14, 2019 12:00am

    All those “woke” folk better wake up — and quickly.

    This election is not an episode of Game Of Thrones or Married At First Sight.

    It can’t be put on hold to be resumed at a more convenient time and it can’t be ­replayed. This is the real in reality.

    Real as in your future, your children’s future and your grandchildren’s future will be affected by the outcome.

    You must care because the fate of the nation is in the balance — and don’t hide behind the notion that you’re a socially progressive Liberal either.

    Foreign-funded Left-wing activist group GetUp’s Warringah candidate Zali Steggall likes to claim that label but she has never voted Liberal in a federal election in her life and is supported by the largest campaign in the insidious organisation’s history, with additional help from a coterie of Labor unions and shadowy business people who stand to make a packet out of the wind farm racket.

    The last revolutionary Labor prime minister, Gough Whitlam, was a social progressive but Ms Steggall’s backers make him, as calamitous as his foreshortened reign was, look like a hard-core ­conservative
    What the “woke” generation needs to know is that a vote for Ms Steggall, or Kerry Phelps in Wentworth, will help install the hard-Left-backed Labor Party nominally led by Bill Shorten but not-so-secretly control­led by the ultra-Leftist Sally McManus..

    Ms McManus has no regard for some parts of the law and sneering contempt for those who like to think of themselves as political centrists but she is dictating the agenda Labor must follow should it win the May 18 poll. Her hard-line Marxist agenda would have been totally rejected by the Whitlam government as crazy as some of its policies were.

    Nor is there any validity to the argument that Mr Shorten will be his own master if he gains the keys to the Lodge. He has already taken out a first, second and third mortgage on the property with Ms McManus, the historically notoriously criminal CMFEU and other big unions and their demands are absolute.

    They will want the guest bedrooms full-time and insist on silver service.

    Julian Assange’s unpleasant personal hygiene regimen may have offended his unfortunate hosts at the Ecuadorean ­embassy in London, but compared with the demands of Ms McManus and the union movement, the disgusting Mr Assange will seem the perfect house guest.

    There’s no secret to the fact that the unions want Mr Shorten to repeal the very laws governing industrial relations that Labor actually legislated when it was last in office.

    They want him to abolish the Labor-designed regulations that gave something like equal weight to employees and employers and tip the scales in favour of the union movement.

    Ms McManus’s ACTU fiefdom is under threat from aspirational Australians who don’t want their working lives controlled. Union power is increasing while membership is now less than 10 per cent in the productivity sector but the ­unions have oceans of cash from their super schemes enabling them to live out their socialist fantasies.

    The sort of people who have in the not too distant past traded away workers’ rights and wages for payments to union bosses — people exactly like Mr Shorten who was revealed to have sold out the lowliest paid cleaning workers he was meant to represent for a swag of cash that went straight into the coffers of the AWU, the union he formerly ran.

    Four days into the campaign and the battlelines, as Tony Abbott famously ­titled his prescient manifesto, are clear.

    Labor is promising to remake Australia in the image of the old and failed Soviet Union right down to its plan to mandate the sort of vehicle Australians will have to purchase if they can ­afford an electric car and even if they won’t actually be able to drive them because of the unreliability and unaffordability of the power necessary to get them on the road.

    Generation X, Y, Z, and the alphabetical rainbow crowd may cheer the announcement of Labor’s Big Projects but a glance at Labor’s recent history of such massively ­expensive failures as the NBN and the lethal pink batts program for example stand as monuments to the party’s compulsion to make grandiose claims it never fulfils.

    Given that the education system has been deliberately run down by the Left-controlled teachers’ trade union, it is most unlikely that members of the above mentioned generation will ever have been taught about any of Labor’s more spectacular failures. Such as the fact that no Labor government has managed to produce a Budget surplus — despite any number of promises — since 1989.

    Why should they care about stuff that happened before they were born?

    The answer is simple. They should know that as grandiose as Mr Shorten’s promises are now they are absolutely as flawed as all the promises made by the last three Labor prime ministers Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, each of whom is now endorsing their Opposition leader successor as a worthy PM.

    As caring and sharing as Labor supporters and its socially progressive fellow travellers claimed to be the reality is that their policies ensured the deaths of more than 1200 wannabe illegal boat arrivals — and they are promising more of the same.

    As for the huge climate change controversy, nothing that Australians do will have any effect on the weather.

    Carbon dioxide comprises just 0.04 per cent of the gases in Earth’s atmosphere. As a nation we produce 1.3 per cent of that 0.04 per cent and a third of that comes from electricity generation.

    A goose’s fart compared to a clap of thunder and the Millennials think this should determine their vote. What a joke.

  186. will

    Peter Castieau
    #2987264, posted on April 14, 2019 at 8:29 am
    Not too late if you are at a loose end and live in Perths northern suburbs

    smart move Peter. Saturation letterboxing is the way to go to get exposure, with a web site and phone number backup for those who like to find out more and maybe argue politics. Few people these days go to Town Hall meetings; only the politically committed generally.

  187. OldOzzie

    Miranda Devine: Virtue police punishing Folau are missing the point

    Pressured by the chief executive of its major sponsor Qantas, Rugby Australia felt it had no choice last week but to sack its best player, Israel Folau, for the shocking transgression of quoting the Bible on Instagram.

    In a World Cup year, for a game in decline, this is an act of profound self-harm, particularly as most players are, like Folau, of Pacific Islander descent and just as devoutly Christian.

    More ominously, the demonisation of Folau is a warning to anyone with religious faith that they are under attack.

    The lesson they must absorb is that you are next, unless you shut up.

    This is the sum total of Folau’s crime: last week he posted a generic image of the words, “WARNING: Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, Fornicators, Thieves, Atheists, Idolaters. HELL AWAITS YOU. REPENT. ONLY JESUS SAVES.”

    Underneath he wrote: “Those that are living in sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him.”

    He added a King James Bible quote: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

    Now, Folau’s fundamentalist brand of Christianity is probably not your cup of tea, but it’s not as if he’s calling for anyone to be ­beheaded.

    And, contrary to almost every media report which misrepresented him as a “homophobe”, Folau did not single out homosexuals. In fact, he damned just about everyone in Australia. Revelry and drunkenness is our national sport, after all. We are all sinners.

    He’s also previously damned Catholics like me as “idolators”, and anyone who celebrates Christmas and Easter.

    Yet drunks, revellers, atheists, fornicators, Catholics and Christmas lovers haven’t demanded Folau be sacked.

    Only the Robespierres of the LGBTIQ lobby have.

    Why is that?

    Qantas has threatened to withdraw its reputed $4 million a year sponsorship of the Wallabies, which comes due later this year, and without which the game is broke.

    It almost pulled its four-year sponsorship deal last year when Folau was embroiled in another fake homophobia scandal.

    Only since Alan Joyce arrived on the scene in 2008 has Qantas started using its long-term largesse as a weapon. Joyce has hijacked our national airline for his personal crusade.

    His authoritarian impulse was revealed during the same-sex marriage campaign in 2016 when he demanded corporate Australia join Qantas in promoting the cause. If No voters objected, “you won’t be able to bank and you won’t be able to fly,” he said.

    In the parlance of identity politics, Joyce has used his white male privilege to threaten the views, beliefs and employment opportunities of a brown man.

    But that’s quite OK with the usual social justice zealots because Folau’s Christianity denies him victim status in the identity hierarchy.

    But the sacking of Folau poses a huge problem for rugby union in this country.

    Administrators can hardly pretend to have been unaware of his Christian faith. Rugby Australia’s official biography describes him thus: “Born in southwestern Sydney to a devoutly religious Polynesian family.”

    He advertises himself as “Living for Jesus Christ #TeamJesus” on all his social media handles.

    Like him, nearly half the Wallaby squad is of Pacific Island descent, as are at least half of all junior rugby players in Western Sydney

    They also are devoutly Christian. You can see them huddled together in prayer before every game and, if you look closely enough, you might see the Bible verses they have inscribed on their boots.

    Faith and rugby are entwined. You can’t have one without the other.

    Folau’s offending Instagram post was “liked” last week by several teammates, including Samu Kerevi and Allan Alaalatoa.

    Are they going to be sacked too? Who will be left to play against the All Blacks?

    Yes, rugby administrators know the religious beliefs of their squads better than anyone.

    Yet, during the same-sex marriage debate, instead of showing respect for its players, Rugby Australia took sides. It came out strongly in support of the Yes case, even to the point of “rainbow lace” games for junior teams.

    It was RA that opened this door of contention.

    Folau was provoked. He could not in good conscience stay silent and be seen to be part of something that was contrary to his faith. RA’s rainbow activism ignited a fire.

    Now, not only has he been sacked from rugby but he’s been blackballed from playing his previous sport of rugby league by ARL Commission boss Peter Beattie.

    “Israel Folau doesn’t pass our inclusive test,” he said last week.

    The tentacles of virtue tyranny even have stretched to France where Folau has been blackballed by the Toulon rugby team, whose owner Mourad Boudjellal told L’Equipe: “The guy is a moron, he must leave.”

    Whack. Learn the lesson, Christians.

    But the lesson will backfire on the virtue authoritarians.

    Whether you agree with him or not, Folau has shown moral courage by refusing to compromise his beliefs. He is a hero in our troubled times. That is the lesson young people will take from his ordeal

  188. OldOzzie

    Hell hath no fury like an ex-PM’s scorned son
    PETA CREDLIN

    It says everything about the gene pool, doesn’t it, that there are reports this weekend that Malcolm Turnbull’s son has been busy advising a clutch of so-called independents how to gather up donations to oust sitting Liberal MPs?

    Concerns about Alex Turnbull’s web of influence have even prompted the Liberal Party to lodge a complaint with the Australian Electoral Commission requesting it investigate whether the establishment of near-identical financial structures breaches donation laws.

    In Victoria, Liberal Party defector Julia Banks has abandoned her multicultural marginal seat of Chisholm to shift her focus to removing Health Minister Greg Hunt in the bayside seat of Flinders. Apparently, Mr Hunt is being targeted because he decided it was time for Turnbull Sr to go.

    There’s reportedly money via this scheme for Oliver Yates, a former Liberal Party member who is hoping to win Josh Frydenberg’s seat of Kooyong because he’s unhappy with the Coalition’s climate policies (although, with plenty of investments in this area, his interest might not be purely altruistic). Kerryn Phelps is also said to be in this scheme, as is Tony Abbott challenger, Zali Steggall, who went missing this week at a televised debate, sparking comments that she isn’t up to sustained media scrutiny.

    Banks is quick to say “this is a grassroots campaign”, while admitting that “Alex helped me with the set-up”.

    Liberal Party chiefs say that four “independents” using identical shelf-companies, either purchased or donated from a single source, “suggests that they are functioning as a political party and not as independents”.

    It seems hell hath no fury like a scorned ex-PM’s son.

  189. bespoke

    Miranda nails it again.

  190. will

    Ms McManus has no regard for some parts of the law and sneering contempt for those who like to think of themselves as political centrists but she is dictating the agenda Labor must follow should it win the May 18 poll. Her hard-line Marxist agenda would have been totally rejected by the Whitlam government as crazy as some of its policies were.

    Nor is there any validity to the argument that Mr Shorten will be his own master if he gains the keys to the Lodge. He has already taken out a first, second and third mortgage on the property with Ms McManus, the historically notoriously criminal CMFEU and other big unions and their demands are absolute

    Venezuela here we come. No seriously. One of the more interesting and tragic circumstances emerging from that socialist sewer of a country is that, once the electricity network goes down, it stays down. For months. Maybe years. It is almost impossible to get it back up, especially with asynchronous ruinable windmills and solar systems. To get it back up you need to build new (coal fired or nuclear) power stations to provide enough synchronous power to immediately meet demand. Most likely, after the system falls over, the country would need to go back about 100 years to every suburb having a local powerhouse generating electricity for the local area only.

    I would not want to be in this country when that happens.

  191. mh

    But the lesson will backfire on the virtue authoritarians.
    Whether you agree with him or not, Folau has shown moral courage by refusing to compromise his beliefs. He is a hero in our troubled times. That is the lesson young people will take from his ordeal

    I hope so, but I think that is wishful thinking from Miranda.

  192. calli

    In the parlance of identity politics, Joyce has used his white male privilege to threaten the views, beliefs and employment opportunities of a brown man.

    But that’s quite OK with the usual social justice zealots because Folau’s Christianity denies him victim status in the identity hierarchy.

    Perfect.

    The Irish Gnome must go. He’s a racist and a bigot.

  193. dover_beach

    While the Western media attempted to use her gender to make a point, Asian publications, including Asahi, offered a more nuanced and truthful article, writing that “207 scientists in 17 nations and regions took part in the project,” and refusing to assign the achievement to any one of the scientists…

    It appears the American mainstream media lost sight of the truth

    A perfect summary of where we are now. The Western media will happily lie to perpetuate lies and calumnies in order to further the latest liberal ideological fashion. In the last week we have seen them spread lies and calumnies about Folau and Scruton. They will not stop unless they are beaten bloodied to the ground and told to pull their head in. The sooner this happens the better or they will be further emboldened and the eventual reaction will only be worse.

  194. OldOzzie

    A Star Wars Is Born – better than the original A Star is Born

  195. bespoke

    The Irish Gnome must go. He’s a racist and a bigot.

    1735099? 😉

  196. Cassie of Sydney

    “It appears the American mainstream media lost sight of the truth”

    It appears that the western mainstream media lost sight of the truth a long, long time ago.

  197. mh

    Yet, during the same-sex marriage debate, instead of showing respect for its players, Rugby Australia took sides. It came out strongly in support of the Yes case, even to the point of “rainbow lace” games for junior teams.

    That’s awful.

    Cream pie for Alan Joyce

  198. stackja

    ‘Woke’ Lefties make about as much sense as a goose’s fart
    Piers Akerman, The Sunday Telegraph
    April 14, 2019 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    All those “woke” folk better wake up — and quickly.

    This election is not an episode of Game Of Thrones or Married At First Sight.

    It can’t be put on hold to be resumed at a more convenient time and it can’t be ­replayed. This is the real in reality.

    Generation X, Y, Z, and the alphabetical rainbow crowd may cheer the announcement of Labor’s Big Projects but a glance at Labor’s recent history of such massively ­expensive failures as the NBN and the lethal pink batts program for example stand as monuments to the party’s compulsion to make grandiose claims it never fulfils.
    Given that the education system has been deliberately run down by the Left-controlled teachers’ trade union, it is most unlikely that members of the above mentioned generation will ever have been taught about any of Labor’s more spectacular failures. Such as the fact that no Labor government has managed to produce a Budget surplus — despite any number of promises — since 1989.

    Why should they care about stuff that happened before they were born?

    The answer is simple. They should know that as grandiose as Mr Shorten’s promises are now they are absolutely as flawed as all the promises made by the last three Labor prime ministers Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, each of whom is now endorsing their Opposition leader successor as a worthy PM.

    As caring and sharing as Labor supporters and its socially progressive fellow travellers claimed to be the reality is that their policies ensured the deaths of more than 1200 wannabe illegal boat arrivals — and they are promising more of the same.

    As for the huge climate change controversy, nothing that Australians do will have any effect on the weather.

    Carbon dioxide comprises just 0.04 per cent of the gases in Earth’s atmosphere. As a nation we produce 1.3 per cent of that 0.04 per cent and a third of that comes from electricity generation.

    A goose’s fart compared to a clap of thunder and the Millennials think this should determine their vote. What a joke.

  199. OldOzzie

    Whilst stopped at Bradley’s Head yesterday showing Sydney to the Irish, I heard a Bell Bird

    Bell Birds
    by Henry Kendall
    From book: The Poems of Henry Kendall

    By channels of coolness the echoes are calling,
    And down the dim gorges I hear the creek falling;
    It lives in the mountain, where moss and the sedges
    Touch with their beauty the banks and the ledges;
    Through brakes of the cedar and sycamore bowers
    Struggles the light that is love to the flowers.
    And, softer than slumber, and sweeter than singing,
    The notes of the bell-birds are running and ringing.

  200. dover_beach

    Yet, during the same-sex marriage debate, instead of showing respect for its players, Rugby Australia took sides. It came out strongly in support of the Yes case, even to the point of “rainbow lace” games for junior teams.

    Facts like this seem to have no effect on liars and deceivers claiming rugby players are meant to non-political.

  201. stackja

    Cassie of Sydney
    #2987281, posted on April 14, 2019 at 9:02 am
    “It appears the American mainstream media lost sight of the truth”

    It appears that the western mainstream media lost sight of the truth a long, long time ago.

    FDR wheel chair, JFK first wife, LBJ ‘deals’, Vietnam War, etc, etc. More recent in Oz KGB in Canberra, Whitlam, UK Thatcher, USA Clintons, BO. etc etc

  202. Nick

    OldOzzie, yesterday would have been a lovely day to have done all that.

  203. mh:

    I bet the green loonies will come for horse racing big time if they see the vegans getting away with what they are doing now.
    The vegans need to be sent a very clear message.

    Greenies have always been after the neddies – and any other source of enjoyment the Proles liked.
    And we’ve been sending them a very clear message each time they try it on. We fold.

  204. Bruce of Newcastle

    Venezuela here we come. No seriously. One of the more interesting and tragic circumstances emerging from that socialist sewer of a country is that, once the electricity network goes down, it stays down. For months. Maybe years.

    Socialists famously push atheism. That is going just as well in Venezuela as their management of the electricity system.

    Short of electricity, food and water, Venezuelans return to religion (13 Apr)

    Buffeted by political and humanitarian crises, one of Latin America’s least religious countries is turning to faith. As the political stalemate between President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó grinds into another month, and shortages of electricity, food and water reduce life to a daily struggle to survive, leaders across religious traditions are reporting a flood of worshipers, lapsed and new, searching for comfort and answers.

    No one keeps national attendance numbers. But leaders across Venezuela’s faith traditions — Catholic, evangelical Christians, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Buddhists — say they’ve seen crowds at services jump in recent months. Several estimated a spike of at least 30 percent. They say newcomers have taken the place of the millions who have left the country.

    God does have a habit of reminding humans from time to time that they aren’t the be all and end all.

  205. Des Deskperson

    ‘ Folau has shown moral courage by refusing to compromise his beliefs.’

    Hold on. According to all reports, he signed an employment agreement with Rugby Australia prohibiting him from making ‘offensive’ or ‘divisive’ – reports differ – comments on social media. Presumably he knew what he was doing, Presumably he had access to – he could certainly afford to pay for – top legal and negotiation advice.

    To put it crudely, he agreed to mute his religious views in return for money.

    What his motives and those of his backers are now, I can’t fathom, but if I were a RA lawyer, my first response to any argument that Folua is suffering religious discrimination in employment – as proscribed by the FWA Act – would be to ask why he signed up to that agreement in the first place?

    advice. h rem ‘pffensiev’ ch

  206. stackja

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2987292, posted on April 14, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Polish Catholics started the collapse of the USSR.

  207. rickw

    John Howard’s Tough Gun Laws going well …

    We sure are safer:

    Crims, terrorist’s and lunatics own whatever they want (my guess is that this shooting will have an ME flavour, if our treacherous media ever reveal that fact).

    The most political, corrupt and incompetent police force in the western world now has 800 Assault Rifles.

    John Howard completely screwed generations of ordinary Australians. He may have in fact stuffed Australia for all time. Disarming the ordinary folk never ends well, just a matter of how bad it gets and whether or not the country ever recovers.

    Many of us said all this in 1996, now being fulfilled with ever increasing speed. Feelings and virtue are such a great basis for policy.

  208. OldOzzie

    Nick
    #2987289, posted on April 14, 2019 at 9:10 am

    OldOzzie, yesterday would have been a lovely day to have done all that.

    Nick,

    Sydney was at it’s finest

    I had planned late lunch at Newport Arms ending up via Church Point, National Park to Mona Vale Road to St Ives then back route to Chatswood (Chatswoo) with late dinner at Korean BBQ (which the Irish had never tasted) Bulgolgi in Chatswood – the joys of Kimchi and Garlic (only way to assimilate in Seoul on the Metro Trains) with BBQ Meat and Makkoli, the Korean Version of Rice Wine

    But the planned timetable blew out – but Dinner at Salt Cove Restaurant Royal Motor Yacht Club Newport was excellent – Lamb Shanks for me

  209. Tel

    Hold on. According to all reports, he signed an employment agreement with Rugby Australia prohibiting him from making ‘offensive’ or ‘divisive’ – reports differ – comments on social media. Presumably he knew what he was doing, Presumably he had access to – he could certainly afford to pay for – top legal and negotiation advice.

    Would be interesting to see the details of that. Are the RA executives also bound by similar prohibitions? Point is that public support for the “Yes” campaign is obviously “divisive” and quite likely “offensive” to a non-trivial number of people as well.

  210. bespoke

    Des
    I’m an agnostic, my motive is what s acceptable today can land you in trouble tomorrow and the inconsistency of it all.

  211. John Constantine

    https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/veganism-and-socialism-go-hand-hand

    In one of the most appealing ongoing traits, activists continually enter land owned by farms and corporations to document and film the unethical practices of the industry. This showcases an ongoing element of leftist agitation — abolition of private property.

    One of the main principles of socialism is that the land and means of production belong to the people, not to our present occupiers. The animal agriculture industry throws this issue into very public view. Backed by wealthy billionaires and a state police, a small group of capitalists exploit workers and animals on plots of land that should rightfully belong to the ordinary citizen.

    Vegans are slandered publicly by farmers and labelled as trespassers, highlighting the capitalist nature of the animal agriculture industry. Some face criminalisation for daring to challenge these outdated norms. It is the duty of the radical left to warmly embrace this struggle and to aid it accordingly.

    Perhaps the most common slander of veganism is that it simply focuses on the liberation of animals whilst ignoring human suffering and exploitation. This issue should be addressed.

    An animal agriculture industry rooted in capitalist thought preys on the weakest and most vulnerable of society to complete its objectives. To use a current example, slaughterhouse workers around the world are often resettled refugees of poor economic status. Fleeing from war-torn countries ravaged by Western imperialism, they are exploited by the very national immigration offices which destroyed their homeland.

    They use their situation as a bargaining chip — a pass into the western world is often subject to filling the void of an industry which many national citizens refuse to partake in. This results in very little negotiating power, freezing environments and desperately poor working conditions produce many injuries and higher levels of PTSD as a percentage than those serving in national militaries.

    Through these actions, animal agriculture highlights an integral prerequisite of capitalism. Non-workers steal the produce of all labouring classes and insist that they are the rightful inheritors of wealth. Vegans strive to abolish this inherent flaw in society. Liberation of all species remains a primary demand.

    More still, the damaging effects that the animal agriculture industry imposes on the environment has the potential to drastically alter life as we know it. Two acres of rainforest are cleared every day to sustain the demand for animal products, a process which has seen 91 per cent of the Amazon rainforest destroyed.

    A meat eater needs 18 times more land than a vegan. In perhaps one of the most frightening statistics, overinflated livestock breeding programmes are responsible for 51 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

    If these sobering statistics remain unchecked, they will contribute towards the destruction of our planet. Projections show that in the next 40 years alone, climate change will produce over 150 million refugees. We must respond now to prevent this.

    As animal agriculture is the leading contributor, we should embrace the campaign to boycott it by creating a united front with the vegan community. The message is clear — vegans realise that a society of individuals cannot fight climate change, we must collectively organise. Instead of internally squabbling, we should unite to protest against those most responsible.

    This process will not only show solidarity with our more vulnerable international brothers and sisters in the battle to protect their indigenous communities but strike directly against the divisions that neoliberalism has enforced upon our society.

    In short, veganism is not only compatible with the left but also firmly rooted in socialist principles. It should be embraced and encouraged as many of the issues within the movement naturally align with ongoing campaigns.

    Far from a campaign of privileged ideologues, this radical, ever-accelerating movement is continually striking at the heart of capitalism. The emancipation of humankind and the battle for socialism remains unfinished business, but the radical left can find a trusty ally and companion in the vegan community.

    Through education, agitation and organisation we can create a better world in which everyone, human or otherwise, has equal opportunity to flourish.
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  212. Nick

    OldOzzie, what did the Irish think? What part of Ireland were they from ?

  213. min

    Di Natale on Insiders telling us that we have to stop selling coal to save us from global warming . No one asked him what other countries are doing and as they are continuing with coal fired power stations where will it come from . But Shaman Dick thinks he not only can control the weather here ,he can also control other countries and their use of coal and thus world weather.
    Well 50% have average or below intelligence so buy Dick a pointy gold hat and give him the job of chief sham or god manager. The

  214. Spider

    Natali says it’s going to be a “climate change election”.

    You really know you haven’t got much to worry about in life when your number one issue is climate change.

  215. Leigh Lowe

    Sinc, can we please ban rhyming, structured poetry.
    It is not that sort of blog.
    Except, of course, my adaptations of Tennyson and the Village People, which I think you will agree, were jolly amusing.

  216. Farmer Gez

    Latest fox hunting technique.
    Look up Ruger Ihunt fox calls on your phone, blue tooth to a speaker, turn up the volume to 11, lay low and wait for the vulpes vulpes to come.

  217. pete m

    Des, can you contract out the fwa protections?

    If not then his religious statements cannot be defined as divisive or offendive.

    In fact calling them offensive is an act of offence itself. Religious bigotry at its worst.

  218. Spider

    Of course Min, Barry didn’t question any of Natale’s assertions about liberals being a sub branch of the coal industries with all their subsidies.

    So the Greens receive no money from wind and solar manufacturers with all their subsidies?

  219. Geriatric Mayfly

    Students to pay for slaves. The Oz

    And so they should. Anyone know the going price?

  220. feelthebern

    Des, can you contract out the fwa protections?

    That’s what will result in RA & Izzy’s lawyers negotiating a settlement for some part of his 4 year contract.
    I’m not sure anything has seen the inside of the federal court.
    But I know of two cases that ended up in mediation & settled pretty quickly.

  221. C.L.

    We were told …
    A stunning summary of media lies and corruption:

    We were told the Covington Catholic boys were smug racist Trump supporters on the basis of a snippet of video. A young man, a private citizen, whose only offense was traveling to Washington, D.C., to march for life, was transformed at light speed into a symbol of hate and systemic oppression. However, just as Nick Sandmann’s reputation as a villain was about to set in stone, additional videos revealed that the students’ encounter with a far-left American Indian activist and the Black Hebrew Israelites was far more complicated than initially reported. The Covington Catholic boys had been smeared. People who cast themselves as agents of professional knowledge, expertise, and moral authority had circulated and amplified a lie in the service of a political agenda. Not for the first nor last time.

    We were told Jussie Smollett, a rising gay African-American actor and singer, had been the victim of a hate crime committed by MAGA-hat-wearing Trump supporters in the dead cold of a Chicago night. Journalists and bloggers who asked questions about Smollett’s story were decried as bigots, even as key details went missing and the shifting timeline became more and more curious. Then the city’s African-American police commissioner announced Smollett had been arrested for orchestrating a bizarre hoax. The state’s attorney filed charges—charges subsequently dropped after behind-the-scenes lobbying by Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff.

    We were told that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were in cahoots to hack the emails of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign; that Trump might have been a Russian agent since the late 1980s; that the key to the conspiracy might be a server in Trump Tower relaying information to a Russian bank; that the indictment of Donald Trump Jr. was imminent; that Trump Sr., according to the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, had committed “treason”; that Michael Cohen had met with Russian intelligence operatives in Prague; that Trump had directed Michael Flynn to speak to the Russians prior to Election Day 2016; that Trump had instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress; that Paul Manafort had met with Julian Assange in the Ecuadoran embassy in London during the campaign; that secret indictments in an Alexandria courthouse would be unsealed on the day Robert Mueller filed his report on possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. None of it happened.

    We were told that Michael Avenatti, a trial attorney who appeared seemingly out of nowhere to represent Stephanie Clifford, aka “Stormy Daniels,” in her (tossed-out) defamation suit against Donald Trump, was a defender of the rule of law and election integrity who posed, in the words of Stephen Colbert, an “existential threat” to the Trump presidency.

    Matthew Continetti.

  222. Mak Siccar

    Wow! Fantastic engineering.

    The world’s largest airplane took flight for the first time ever on Saturday morning. Built by rocket launch company Stratolaunch, the 500,000-pound plane with a 385-foot wingspan lifted off shortly after 10AM ET from Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California. It was a critical first test flight for the aircraft, designed to launch rockets into orbit from the air. The inaugural flight lasted for 150 minutes, according to the company, after which the plane safely landed.

    The dual-fuselage Stratolaunch is designed to fly to an altitude of 35,000 feet, where it can drop rockets that ignite their engines and boost themselves into orbit around the planet.

    https://www.theverge.com/transportation/2019/4/13/18309129/stratolaunch-worlds-biggest-airplane-first-flight-rockets

  223. Diogenes

    Fake news … Our own ABC joined its American namesake last week in lionising a young woman for the first image ever captured of a black hole:

    The US Media were lazy, they needed an image, found one & then made assumptions.

    From Chael himself …

    I

    n a series of Twitter posts, he said three separate software libraries were involved in the creation of the black hole image and that while he wrote much of the code for one of those image pipelines, it would not have worked without Katie’s contributions and input from others.

    Chael congratulated Katie for the recognition she’s received and expressed satisfaction that she’s inspiring people as an example of women working in STEM disciplines. He also expressed appreciation for her efforts to credit her colleagues, many of whom are women.

    “Together, we all make each other’s work better; the number of commits doesn’t tell the full story of who was indispensable,” said Chael, noting that he didn’t write 850,000 lines of code and that the software he worked on has only about 68,000 lines.

    “So while I appreciate the congratulations on a result that I worked hard on for years, if you are congratulating me because you have a sexist vendetta against Katie, please go away and reconsider your priorities in life,” he said.

    I have been on projects that had many hundreds of thousands of lines of code. How many did I contribute … give you a clue it is a very small number less than 1. But it was my functional specifications, my database design, my architecture design, my specifications of the most complex routines that the programmers used. If the code monkeys had been let fly without all those things , we would still be trying to write that code.

  224. OldOzzie

    Nick
    #2987301, posted on April 14, 2019 at 9:30 am

    OldOzzie, what did the Irish think? What part of Ireland were they from ?

    They loved it – amazed by the amount of Greenery – Trees etc – besides the Harbour, Middle Harbour, Pacific Ocean, Narrabeen Lagoon (the view from Collaroy Plateau over the Lagoon and Coast is stunning), and the back run from Newport to Avalon via Pittwater Side through Old Torpedo Depot and Clareville beach then out of Avalon up hill to Stapleton Park, they loved the Pittwater Views and Trees.

    They are from Dublin.

    I have known and worked with his elder brother (who lives in Godalming UK but also has house in Dublin) since 1983 and his elder bother has been to OZ many times and we have done lots of 4WD trips together including solo 17000km 5 week trip Sydney to Perth including Simpson Desert and Canning Stock Route as well we have had holidays in Italy, France and Russia on different trips with our wives.

    I had met Jack at my mates kids weddings in UK – boozy evenings after weddings

  225. C.L.

    We were told …
    A stunning summary of media lies and corruption:

    We were told the Covington Catholic boys were smug racist Trump supporters on the basis of a snippet of video. A young man, a private citizen, whose only offense was traveling to Washington, D.C., to march for life, was transformed at light speed into a symbol of hate and systemic oppression. However, just as Nick Sandmann’s reputation as a villain was about to set in stone, additional videos revealed that the students’ encounter with a far-left American Indian activist and the Black Hebrew Israelites was far more complicated than initially reported. The Covington Catholic boys had been smeared. People who cast themselves as agents of professional knowledge, expertise, and moral authority had circulated and amplified a lie in the service of a political agenda. Not for the first nor last time.

  226. feelthebern

    Regarding horses & hurdles.
    One of my biggest plunges was on Maldivian in the Cox Plate.
    I wasn’t planning on including it in my combo’s after a poor spring.
    Then the trainer put it over the jumps the week before the Cox Plate.
    Had a crack.
    Paid 13 bucks.
    Boom.

  227. C.L.

    We were told …
    A stunning summary of media lies and corruption:

    We were told the Covington Catholic boys were smug racist Trump supporters on the basis of a snippet of video. A young man, a private citizen, whose only offense was traveling to Washington, D.C., to march for life, was transformed at light speed into a symbol of hate and systemic oppression. However, just as Nick Sandmann’s reputation as a villain was about to set in stone, additional videos revealed that the students’ encounter with a far-left American Indian activist and the Black Hebrew Israel1tz was far more complicated than initially reported. The Covington Catholic boys had been smeared. People who cast themselves as agents of professional knowledge, expertise, and moral authority had circulated and amplified a lie in the service of a political agenda. Not for the first nor last time.

    We were told Jussie Smollett, a rising gay African-American actor and singer, had been the victim of a hate crime committed by MAGA-hat-wearing Trump supporters in the dead cold of a Chicago night. Journalists and bloggers who asked questions about Smollett’s story were decried as bigots, even as key details went missing and the shifting timeline became more and more curious. Then the city’s African-American police commissioner announced Smollett had been arrested for orchestrating a bizarre hoax. The state’s attorney filed charges—charges subsequently dropped after behind-the-scenes lobbying by Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff.

    We were told that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were in cahoots to hack the emails of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign; that Trump might have been a Russian agent since the late 1980s; that the key to the conspiracy might be a server in Trump Tower relaying information to a Russian bank; that the indictment of Donald Trump Jr. was imminent; that Trump Sr., according to the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, had committed “treason”; that Michael Cohen had met with Russian intelligence operatives in Prague; that Trump had directed Michael Flynn to speak to the Russians prior to Election Day 2016; that Trump had instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress; that Paul Manafort had met with Julian Assange in the Ecuadoran embassy in London during the campaign; that secret indictments in an Alexandria courthouse would be unsealed on the day Robert Mueller filed his report on possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. None of it happened.

    We were told that Michael Avenatti, a trial attorney who appeared seemingly out of nowhere to represent Stephanie Clifford, aka “Stormy Daniels,” in her (tossed-out) defamation suit against Donald Trump, was a defender of the rule of law and election integrity who posed, in the words of Stephen Colbert, an “existential threat” to the Trump presidency.

    Matthew Continetti.

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