Monday Forum: April 15, 2019

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  1. Robber Baron

    I’m watching Paul Murray. He is in a pub in Launceston. Some good questions from the worker drones.

    Jackie Jacqui just said if elected she would support the Shorten 1000 year Reich’s imputation credit removal for self-funded retirees.

    Poor Jackie Jacqui. She won’t be getting the retiree vote. She’s chasing the bogan vote with Palmer United, One Nation and Laybah. Busy field. Good luck with that slag.

  2. feelthebern

    Depending on whose stats you believe, Hawaii has more Chinese visitors now than Japanese.
    From a starting point of almost zero 15 years ago, that is astounding.

  3. Leigh Lowe

    calli

    #2989734, posted on April 16, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Fancy schmantzy Paris restaurants.

    Were you offered weffer thin mints?

    Non, mon ami.
    After I eat ze breast of ze canard, they then give me ze bill.
    .
    Is joke.
    Duck … bill.

  4. Leigh Lowe

    Depending on whose stats you believe, Hawaii has more Chinese visitors now than Japanese.

    Are they using 1941 numbers as a baseline.

  5. Cactus

    Japan – so brings to an end my Cherry Blossom tour. For those interested in travel I suggest you give weather variance a wide berth. They bloom over 2 weeks but I think that 2 weeks can vary quite a bit. We got it all. Some buds blooming early, then slowly reaching a peak over a week. It is quite a site, especially as we saw some semi wild deer eating all the leaves. Food amazing and can be cheap and cheerful or fancy and pay through your nose. Will return one day. But glad to be going home now.

    Bowmore 18 is no Ardbeg 10…

  6. MatrixTransform

    People keep banging on about Trivago Girl.

    a solid six you say …

    is that the Olympic Scale like 6 outta 10?
    or the beer scale…as in 6 beers required.

    on the former .. agreed , six.

    the latter … probably a 2

  7. feelthebern

    Has anyone seen numbers since he turned up for his daily jerk off to the Rowe cartoon?
    Hey Tom, if you don’t post the Rowe cartoon, you might cause numbers some TSB grief.
    Maybe you should think about it.

  8. feelthebern

    Trivago girl reeks of being a tad too happy with herself.
    Not on a Christopher Pyne level.
    But still, it’s very unattractive.

  9. Nick

    Are ya knockers perky?

    Nope, but I’m willing to improve

  10. Steve trickler

    Let’s let Paul tell the story.



  11. Knuckle Dragger

    The Olympic scale, Matrix.

    Her sammich making ability is undetermined as yet.

  12. Knuckle Dragger

    ftb,

    Finally. Some sense.

  13. feelthebern

    Speaking of, has Christoper Pyne put the DA in to turn his house into Adelaides biggest bath-house yet ?

  14. Knuckle Dragger

    There’ll be no canard for anybody once I’ve conquered France. I reckon it could be done – lock, stock, the f*cking lot – in 48 hours.

    I will, however, need a full length picture of Raelene Castle.

  15. Oh come on

    The Chinese find Sydney too expensive? Who gives a crap.

  16. feelthebern

    Amazing how the inquiry into Pyne’s twitter being hacked & liking some g*y p0rn at 3am never got off the ground.

  17. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘You want a piece of this? Do you? HUH?’

  18. MatrixTransform

    I believe the two scales can be employed together for the good of all.

    includes context … a kind of shorthand multivariate analysis.

  19. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Remember the F4 Phantom:

    Didn’t Numbers Bob assure us that the North Vietnamese didn’t HAVE an air force?

  20. feelthebern

    The Chinese find Sydney too expensive? Who gives a crap.

    Hmmm…if the minted Chinese find Sydney expensive, I wonder how everyone else finds it?
    Or are you some tax eater that doesn’t live in the real world where goods & services change hands for people to survive?

  21. Nick

    The Chinese find Sydney too expensive? Who gives a crap.

    The loud brayers who were at the NGV today should be in a zoo.

  22. Oh come on

    Actually, it’s great. Australian assets ought to be seen as unaffordable by mainland Chinese investors. That is a good thing.

  23. feelthebern

    The loud brayers who were at the NGV today should be in a zoo.

    The bigger issue at the NGV are the fat women from Melbourne wearing active wear to the place.
    Seriously, a tracksuit would be dressing up at that place.
    Great exhibitions though.
    Dress code, not so much.

  24. feelthebern

    This just in.
    Australia doesn’t want tourists to come to the place & spend money.

  25. Knuckle Dragger

    That was an exhibition, ftb.

    ‘Venus Deconstructed’ by Magda Szubanski.

    The pamphlet was inside a Target catalogue.

  26. Leigh Lowe

    calli

    #2989734, posted on April 16, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Fancy schmantzy Paris restaurants

    There is another side to French food.
    I remember going to a restaurant in St Remy, probably with the husband cooking out the back and the wife serving.
    It was a slow night and “Mrs Front of House” seemed distracted. When she brought the plates (one at a time) she used the traditional waiters technique of holding her left hand behind her (perhaps to disguise her half-smoked Gauloise).
    Anyway, the food was excellent and reasonably priced, as was the wine (sans monster Aussie mark-up).

  27. Oh come on

    Hmmm…if the minted Chinese find Sydney expensive, I wonder how everyone else finds it?

    I don’t really care about how affordable foreign investors find Australian assets, assuming the price mechanism here is broadly working as it should. From an Australian perspective, the mainland Chinese are only “minted” if they are willing to pay what we consider to be generous amounts for what we are selling. If they aren’t, then they aren’t “minted”. If Chinese purchasing power is going down, that’s great.

  28. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Nice rant upthread on veganism, Calli.
    Class warfare of the ALP getting tedious now.

    And that’s all I can be bothered saying about electoral matters tonite.

    Le Meurice, Nick? Well, who knew? And with ‘manorial aristocrat’ rellies too.
    You’ll round here Chez Lizzie for a Catallaxy dinner next. 🙂

  29. MsDolittle

    Nigerian churches were burnt with the people in them.

  30. MsDolittle

    PUP ads make me want to buy a new vacuum cleaner.

  31. Steve trickler

    Jo Nova firmly established a rule. Always film them filming you.

  32. Trivago woman is awesome. Full stop.

    Nope.
    The bitch gives me high blood pressure.
    I can’t stand to see her on the screen.

  33. MsDolittle

    I remember going to a restaurant in St Remy, probably with the husband cooking out the back and the wife serving.

    I know that joint. We were spoilt for choice – Canadian or OZ horse fillet.

  34. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It was a slow night and “Mrs Front of House” seemed distracted. When she brought the plates (one at a time) she used the traditional waiters technique of holding her left hand behind her (perhaps to disguise her half-smoked Gauloise).

    I’m remembering a piazza restaurant in Amsterdam, where you could see into the kitchen, and the chef was tossing pastry in the air, with a cigarette in his mouth..

  35. RobK

    Didnt Shorten say to Scomo, last week or so; Bring It On.
    He doesn’t appear too organised at the moment.

  36. dover_beach

    ABC reporting about Marxist Bros in Burnie. Do they ever report about historical sex abuse in public schools and the response of administrators and bureaucrats, ever?

  37. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Cactus, different varieties of cherry blossom flower at different times and also the Spring period differs depending on where you are. We saw older blossoms fading and new blossoms emerging at cherry blossom central, many acres of them in glorious display gardens, at Matzumai in Hokkaido in early May. April would have been better, but it was still very pretty. More than pretty; it was heartbreakingly beautiful. Hokkaido is a gem and not just for skiing.

    Chartres is a better cathedral than Notre Dame and the English cathedrals are the best. However, the Parisian location pulls on French patriotism like no other.

  38. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ALP wipes policy details off website

    Michael Roddan
    Reporter
    6 minutes ago April 16, 2019
    No Comments

    Bill Shorten was blindsided today when Labor’s official campaign website deleted reams of information explaining his ­signature reforms to negative gearing and capital gains tax, and reposted simplified “fact sheets” with key details stripped out.

    Labor previously had almost 100 paragraphs posted on its housing policy, including charts and diagrams explaining the negative gearing and capital gains wind back, but this was reduced to just 10 paragraphs today.

    The Opposition Leader was also caught out today when he claimed there would be no new taxes on superannuation, despite Labor planning a $34 billion raid on nest egg ­savings

    Ahead of Treasury’s pre-­election economic and fiscal outlook, to be released tomorrow, Mr Shorten came under further ­pressure today when Labor appeared to scrap its superannuation tax changes policy sheet from its online manifesto.

    At a tense news conference earlier, Mr Shorten refused to answer repeated questions over how much Labor’s climate change policy would cost the economy.

    Mr Shorten’s office described the overhaul of Labor’s policy pages as being part of a total website update. But it handed the ­Coalition a new line of attack in its campaign against Labor’s “$387 billion tax grab” ahead of the May 18 election.

    Breaking, from the Oz.

  39. dover_beach

    I see that the media etc have grabbed their pitchforks and are in pursuit of Barry Humphries over comments re transgenderism and gender reassignment surgery. Comedy festival award stripped of Barry’s name.

  40. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Didnt Shorten say to Scomo, last week or so; Bring It On.
    He doesn’t appear too organised at the moment.

    It would seem that Whinging William may be finding out that he’s not automatically being handed the keys to the Lodge.

  41. DrBeauGan

    I have studied that picture of a black hole, and have come to the conclusion that God smokes really big cigars.

  42. DrBeauGan

    It worked, but you have to click on the gravatar to see it.

  43. mh

    And now for something completely different…

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  44. Oh come on

    ABC reporting about Marxist Bros in Burnie. Do they ever report about historical sex abuse in public schools and the response of administrators and bureaucrats, ever?

    This is really freaking bizarre. At the RC, inquiries into child abuse in public institutions were not public. Why is that?

  45. MatrixTransform

    This is really freaking bizarre.

    Yeh?
    Whatever.

    watching the Indiana Jones movie earlier there was an advertisement.
    For internet services.
    The message delivered by a red-headed, mustachioed, mullet wearing, vegan bloke … wearing a camisole.

    bizarre is the new normal

  46. Leigh Lowe

    MsDolittle

    #2989778, posted on April 16, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    I remember going to a restaurant in St Remy, probably with the husband cooking out the back and the wife serving.

    I know that joint. We were spoilt for choice – Canadian or OZ horse fillet

    No, seriously, the food was good.
    Not a lot of ceremony and presentation, but great food.

  47. Leigh Lowe

    Thanks for the travelogue Cactus.
    Looking forward to following your footsteps.

  48. Leigh Lowe

    dover_beach

    #2989785, posted on April 16, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    I see that the media etc have grabbed their pitchforks and are in pursuit of Barry Humphries over comments re transgenderism and gender reassignment surgery. Comedy festival award stripped of Barry’s name.

    He should be relieved to be disassociated.
    FMD.
    The only show we saw this year was Daniel Sloss.
    Packed house at the Forum.
    Fucking rubbish.
    His premise is that he does an hour of jokes then 15 minutes of “serious life experience” stuff.
    Maybe a fair trade if the first hour wasn’t puerile shit.
    Then we got to the lecture.
    A female friend of his got #metoo’ed by one if his mates.
    Apparently this happened in Scotland and, even though I was in Sydney at the time it was my fault … because dick.
    Not paying for that again.

  49. C.L.

    Australia is now a country where the “comedians” ban people for telling naughty jokes.
    Just like little old ladies who used to insist on banning Dave Allen.
    They’re exactly the same.

  50. Infidel Tiger

    A former member of Pride WA’s board of management has been arrested and charged in the US for allegedly attempting to kidnap a young boy last week.

    Local news outlet San Francisco Gate reported a woman was walking with her two-year-old toddler about midday on the corner of Market and Noe Streets when Roscoe Holyoake, also known as DJ Roski, allegedly attempted to grab the young boy.

    https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/former-pride-wa-board-member-s-us-kidnapping-charge-out-of-character-20190416-p51enb.html

  51. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2989807, posted on April 17, 2019 at 1:47 am

    A former member of Pride WA’s board of management has been arrested and charged in the US for allegedly attempting to kidnap a young boy last week

    Why not just sign up for drag queen book readings like every other weirdo?
    Or is the demographic a little old?

  52. Leigh Lowe

    Is St Peters still standing?

  53. RobK

    Thanks Tom. Some good-uns there!

  54. Septic cartoonists have put “Notre Dame” labels on their work.
    The average Yank reader must be pretty thick.

  55. Bruce of Newcastle

    I see Kudelka has had a tiny ray of light shine upon his brain.
    He’s noticed that the climate tragics blame everything on globule worming.
    I wonder if it’ll be an epiphany for him?

  56. Cassie of Sydney

    “Leigh Lowe
    #2989811, posted on April 17, 2019 at 3:05 am
    Is St Peters still standing?”

    For now.

  57. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    How quaint that numbers is spending his final days hanging with us instead of going out and enjoying what remains of his days. Feel a bit sad for him really.

  58. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Is St Peters still standing?”

    Several architect firms report they have been approached about adding minarettes to the structure from unknown sources…

  59. calli

    Relief! Rowe produces a really good, resonant cartoon.

    The best of the Notre Dame crop, although I did like Benson’s graphics.

  60. calli

    What is this “Working Class” of which the Labor ads speak?

    Are we still stuck in Commie Harold Wilson’s England?

    Grow up, Labor Party. No one identifies as “Working Class” these days. Whitlam encouranged them to all “work clean”, remember?

  61. calli

    Just a thought on the mythical “Working Class” – there will be some well-paid work for many…many Banker Masons in Paris soon. Still quite a few around in Sydney Town, currently doing some excellent work on the GPO.

    Skill level – as high as any fine artist. Voting intentions – varied (guys I’ve known were quite conservative).

    And just saw some extra good news – the little rooster at the top of the spire has been recovered. Clearly a free range chook.

  62. OldOzzie

    Small ‘l’ Kerryn Phelps takes major Left turn

    ad Norington
    Associate Editor

    Kerryn Phelps’s decision to side with Labor in almost 70 per cent of recorded parliamentary votes since arriving in Canberra has ­fuelled Liberal campaign claims that she has not turned out to be the “safe pair of hands” or “moderating influence” she promised to be as an independent MP.

    Dr Phelps, who won the Sydney seat of Wentworth at a by-election in October following Malcolm Turnbull’s sudden exit, voted with Labor in 28 of 41 divisions she attended between Nov­ember and this month.

    The Sydney GP and City of Sydney councillor has repeatedly dismissed Liberal claims she is “Labor in disguise”. She told Wentworth voters last October that if elected, she would be “moderating” and “stabilising”, and would not vote against the government on budget supply or no-­confidence motions.

    Senior Liberals said yesterday that Dr Phelps’s “stellar voting rec­ord” of mainly supporting Labor undermined her public stance.

    “There were a lot of things she said she could agree with the Liberals about, but that’s contradicted by her voting pattern,” a senior Liberal campaign source said.

    The Liberals are running Dave Sharma against Dr Phelps in Wentworth for a second time after he lost in October. Dr Phelps has the advantage of incumbency this time, and possible goodwill.

    Dr Phelps yesterday dismissed the Liberals’ attack, saying she was elected on a platform of being “an economic conservative while ­socially progressive”. She had not threatened budget supply or confidence in the government on the floor of parliament, she said.

    “I am proud of my record as a small ‘l’ liberal in a complex parliament,” she said. “For example, I was not prepared to back the government’s ‘big stick’ (home affairs) legislation, not just because it was poor policy but because I was expected to vote on it sight unseen.”

    Liberals are hopeful Mr Sharma, a former career diplomat, can prevail this time considering the October result was very close. They also hope local resentment over Mr Turnbull’s treatment by his own party has eased.

    Dr Phelps’s record in parliament shows she was present for just under 90 per cent of divisions — or 41 out of 46 when a marking of the roll was required for votes between November and April rather than a show of voices.

    She voted with Labor on 68.2 per cent of occasions, compared with the Coalition (26.8 per cent). Her tally of voting neither with Labor nor the Coalition was just under 5 per cent.

    Dr Phelps voted with Labor on amendments to home affairs legislation in February, the first time in almost 80 years a government lost a vote on its own legislation in the House of Representatives.

    While indicating she would stick with the government in no-confidence motions, Dr Phelps was absent for a division in ­November when Labor tried un­successfully to pass a resolution following the departure of Mr Turnbull.

  63. Bruce of Newcastle

    Is St Peters still standing?

    Reminds me of this one from 2011:
    St Paul’s staff have to clean up human waste INSIDE the cathedral as protesters ‘use it as a latrine’
    The Occupy leftist ferals weren’t prosecuted as I recall.

  64. OldOzzie

    Bill Shorten’s entourage hints at a female-voter problem

    Caroline Overington

    Does Bill Shorten have a problem with female voters? Will they have a problem voting for him, as prime minister?

    Put your ear to the ground, there’s a bit of chat out there — on the hustings, around the place — that women don’t much like the Opposition Leader, and the reason he is so rarely seen in public without a woman by his side is that the ALP knows it. This is despite the ALP proudly being the more feminist of the two parties.

    Chat is one thing. What do the polls say? Well, there was a bit of a leak from Liberal Party headquarters about nine months ago that suggested Shorten was particularly unpopular with young women (his rating was -77 with female voters under 35).

    Presumably the ALP’s own internal polling says much the same.

    But that was nine months ago, and a lot has changed since then, not least those that occupy The Lodge: the Turnbulls have been replaced by the Morrisons.

    The woman with the highest profile, and the greatest success to date — first female foreign minister, first female deputy leader — in the Liberal Party, Julie Bishop, has quit, as has Kelly O’Dwyer. Julia Banks has turned on her own, describing Liberal colleagues as bullies. So maybe Shorten’s position has improved?

    The best polls — Galaxy and Newspoll — detect ambivalence about the Labor leader, but it’s not gender-based. David Briggs, managing director of YouGov, says women prefer Morrison to Shorten, but so do men, and by a greater margin. “There’s a seven-point gap between Morrison and Shorten among women voters,” Briggs says. “With men, it’s nine points. So there isn’t really a gender story in the polls.”

    And yet there absolutely is a gender story on the hustings.

    Shorten has surrounded himself with women, from day one. Sometimes it’s his wife, Chloe; sometimes it’s his deputy, Tanya Plibersek; sometimes it’s his “bus captain” Kristina Keneally. Yesterday, in Boothby, he was with candidates Nadia Clancy and Emily Gore, and health spokeswoman Catherine King; in the marginal seat of Reid last week, he had King, Penny Wong, Jenny McAllister and Julie Collins by his side. What’s he playing at? It’s in part a reflection of electoral reality: you’re seeing a lot of Labor women on the hustings because the ALP is committed to running a lot of women.

    For example, it’s running four women in the four seats the Coalition unquestionably needs to hold in WA: Melita Markey, Kim Travers, Hannah Beazley (daughter of former federal Labor leader, now WA Governor Kim Beazley) and Mellisa Teede are contesting Pearce (3.7 per cent), Swan (3.6 per cent), Stirling (6.2 per cent) and Canning (6.8 per cent) respectively.

    All their opponents are men: Attorney-General Christian Porter is defending Pearce, Andrew Hastie is defending Canning; Steve Irons is the incumbent in the marginal seat of Swan; and Vince Connelly was preselected to contest the seat of Stirling ahead of four women.

    So there’s reality, and then there’s perception. There is a perception that the Coalition is a sexist party. It isn’t committed to gender parity among candidates; it won’t entertain quotas (Morrison has appointed more women to cabinet than there have ever been in cabinet but that hasn’t seemed to have cut through).

    The perception that the ALP treats women with respect, and the Coalition treats them with contempt, is a clear point of difference between the parties, and Shorten’s working it for whatever it might be worth. He’s announced his intention to appoint a female governor-general if elected (fun fact: the last woman in that role was his mother-in-law). He’s also made much of the fact that Australia will have a female deputy prime minister if he’s elected. In fact, Pilbersek is running less like a deputy, more like a vice, as in president, as if this were a US-style campaign. She’s at least as high-profile, and as personally popular, as Julia Gillard was under Kevin Rudd, circa 2007, but maybe not let’s not go there.

  65. 132andBush

    Price and Panahi last night, not one mention of Notre Dame.

  66. Up The Workers!

    In 2005, I visited St Pauls’ Cathedral in London as a tourist.

    Just inside the main body of the Cathedral, I was confronted by a sour-faced gargoyle of a man sitting at a trestle table with a cash register, who demanded “Eight Pounds” from me.

    I said to him that we had been to Cologne Cathedral in Germany and to the Vatican in Rome and the Catholics didn’t demand cash from everybody entering their places of worship.

    The mercenary, money-gouging gargoyle, with his greedy hand held out, said: “I don’t care what those Catholics do…it’ll cost you eight pounds to get in here!”

    So I said: “You must be one of those “money-changers in the temple”, I read about as a kid”, and whilst standing at his cash register, proceeded to snap off 20 or 30 shots of the Cathedral from my camera, while the purple-faced gargoyle hollered for security to come quickly and evict me from his lucrative “Church of the 8-pound Entry Fee”.

    I think the wrong cathedral altogether, got burned down.

  67. bespoke

    Steve trickler
    #2989753, posted on April 16, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Its bad enough that that MSM can’t be trusted but for though’s that should o better to go along with it.

  68. calli

    Don’t wish evil upon the “new” St Pauls, UTW. The old one already suffered the same fate as Notre Dame. Only far, far more catastrophic. Evil will come to London soon enough and many beautiful things will be lost.

    I never minded paying to get in – I saw it as a contribution towards upkeep, rather than gouging the taxpayers in general. A user-pays system rather than a shambolic reaming. Also, I was there to gawk, not worship.

    The crypt is bare and spare, with Nelson’s sarcophagus sitting in its own space, directly under the dome. It’s rather fine.

  69. rafiki redux

    Perhaps the St Paul’s money goes to building preservation fund. Not a bad idea.

  70. calli

    I notice the cartoonists draw upon mythology in depicting the phoenix hovering over the burnt-out shell.

    I would far rather see a descending dove.

    And for all the Slim-Slams having a good chortle over the catastrophe – good. You can stop pretending that we worship the same God now. Ta.

  71. Mother Lode

    He should be relieved to be disassociated.

    I wonder if he does not feel that way.

    He never was part of the collective – he may have associated with any number of people, but he did not rely on them for his identity.

    Ostracism will not very likely have the punitive and humiliating effect on him that the collectivists imagine.

    Add to that the fact that the people who have directed that we should shun Barry Humphries will, in a decade, be unknown – except for a handful who manage to get their bums on little boards and councils divvying out government funding to nobodies who will also be soon forgotten. But their ‘creative’ output will disappear as if it never existed.

    And people will still be downloading Barry Humphries on youtube.

  72. OldOzzie

    Thnaks Tom,

    in a day of Notre Dame, having been there a number of times myself,

    I understand the outpouring.

    But back in the reality of Australia and the Election

    Paul Zanetti nails Bill Shitten and the Labor/Greens Party appeal to the young

  73. Geriatric Mayfly

    For those who will miss Notre Dame, there is always Chartres not far down the road. Another architectural triumph with stained glass beyond compare, which the Revolutionaries left well alone.

  74. bespoke

    Chanel surfing last night and some talking head proclaimed “Israeli 3D-print’s human heart”. It might be picky but these things from professionals shit me.

  75. rafiki redux

    “And people will still be downloading Barry Humphries on youtube.”

    As one does when in need of a laugh. Would there be a market for films of reproductions of his 1960-70’s stage sketches that never made it to tape. Lance Boyle for example. Actors could be used since Edna did not appear in many of them and Les not at all. (The success of those 2 characters rather diminished his humourous effect.) Wishful thinking I suspect.

  76. Farmer Gez

    Septic cartoonists have put “Notre Dame” labels on their work.
    The average Yank reader must be pretty thick.

    Your average Aussie would recognise Kuta beach before they would pick Notre Dame.

  77. OldOzzie

    Harbour bridge gets a laser facelift we will never see

    Jill Rowbotham
    Higher Education Writer

    Never mind how long it takes to paint the Sydney Harbour Bridge; the real trick is cleaning the 7.2km of tightly confined tunnels within its iconic arches without damaging the structure, and then disposing of the waste.

    Two Australian National University physicists are developing the smart technology that can do it, and at such a scale that it will be a world first.

    Andrei Rode and Stephen Madden have been awarded a three-year $860,000 Australian Research Council linkage grant, topped up with a $300,000 investment from the NSW Roads and Maritime Service, which approached them about the problem about two years ago.

    “The tunnels are very tight, confined spaces, hard for people to get inside to paint — like large wombat holes,” RMS asset manager Peter Mann says.

    Part of his portfolio is maintenance and repair of the bridge. At the moment, dirt, rust and lead-based paint are sandblasted off the bridge’s exterior, but no one can get inside the arches to do that; ­robotically delivered laser cleaning would work, while generating minimal waste, mostly as airborne powder that could be easily ­extracted or filtered.

    Paint stripping using lasers is already happening on an industrial scale around the world, but it risks heating up the surfaces to which it is applied to the point where it can melt steel or otherwise damage the substrata.

    “We did some testing of such lasers on old offcuts of Sydney Harbour Bridge steel and there was an element of concern that they were going to be an issue in terms of the long-term performance of the steel — changes in metallurgy or the micro shrinkage cracking that was apparent under an electron microscope,” Mr Mann says.

    In contrast, initial tests with “cold” or ultrashort laser pulses have been “much better, it doesn’t heat the metal much more than the air temperature”.

    The ultrashort laser pulses that Professor Rode and Associate Professor Madden use are a million times shorter than nano­second pulses, applied so quickly that there is no time for a heatwave to develop.

    “The energy which the laser delivers to the surface is confined to a very thin surface layer without dissipating heat inside — that’s why we can remove the surface layer without eating the substrata,” Professor Rode says.

    “We are working in the lab with samples from the bridge to find an optimal way of cleaning the paint in terms of the cleaned area per hour and at the same time with maximum efficiency per watt of laser power we use.”

    However, even this would have some side effects, so part of the project is developing solutions. The researchers are tight-lipped about that new intellectual ­property.

    Collaboration is central to the enterprise, so tests that include residual stress, fatigue, the impact on granite surfaces, safety planning and waste collection will be conducted variously by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, the University of Sydney, the RMS and the University of Canberra.

    If successful, the technology would have many applications to maintenance, conservation and restoration projects other than Sydney Harbour Bridge, given there are 270,000 steel bridges in the US, Europe and Japan.

    It also could work in aerospace, automotive and marine industry maintenance or prove a boon in restoring architecture, building facades, sculptures, bronzes, possibly even the delicate surfaces of paintings, and fabrics where current laser stripping can’t be used because of the heat factor.

    The sky may be the limit, but the testbed is the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the researchers have a clear appreciation of the magnitude and importance of the task. “We have a whole new appreciation for the wisdom of engineers gone past,” Professor Madden says.

    “It’s fair to say that we feel the weight of responsibility around this — that we exercise the utmost care so that we really do no ­damage to the bridge and it can stand there for the next thousand years.”

    And how long would this internal cleaning this take?

    While it depends on the number of lasers used, their current best guess is three to five years — 24 hours a day.

  78. Tel

    Does anyone detect a theme of virtue signalling and tragedy hashtag riding amongst cartoonists? It’s boring, and unfunny … cartoonists are supposed to be good for a laugh in the morning.

    Graeme Keyes (Irish Daily Mail) is good.

  79. C.L.

    A former member of Pride WA’s board of management has been arrested and charged in the US for allegedly attempting to kidnap a young boy last week.

    What a surprise.

  80. C.L.

    Rod Dreher’s post is a must read: Notre Dame Fire: A Sign For Our Time.
    Like Dreher, I believe the event was willed by God and it is a warning.
    Read the whole thing.

    Whatever the cause, ours is the era that lost Notre Dame. And that is a stain that will never come out.

  81. OldOzzie

    We need the ‘Snowy Hydro of gas’ to stave off disaster: energy users

    The federal government should create a public gas company to drive investment in new supply, say major energy users who warn urgent intervention is needed to avert plant shutdowns and mass job losses.

    The energy group, including Incitec Pivot and BlueScope, also seeks short-term subsidies to manufacturers among proposals to counter runaway gas prices on the east coast.

    A “Commonwealth Gas Co” could support the development of new gas pipelines and a gas import terminal, and reduce the monopoly power of existing suppliers, the Energy Users Association of Australia says, calling for the gas crisis to be elevated by the next federal government to the same level of importance as electricity.

    But immediate action is also required, the group says, calling for some of the forecast budget surplus to be used for a domestic gas support fund to provide a buffer over the next three years for food processors and building products and chemicals makers struggling with gas prices that in some cases have trebled since 2015.

    In a report released on Wednesday, the association, whose members also include Glencore and Brickworks, warns a second shockwave is looming for gas users on the east coast. It says the market faces a tipping point within 12 to 18 months as supply contracts are renewed at higher prices and manufacturers already struggling with prices lose the battle to stay afloat.

    “The cost of energy is not only crushing households, it’s crushing business.”

    — Lindsay Partridge, Brickworks CEO

    Action taken so far by the federal government to tackle the problem has failed to bring down domestic prices, which are still stubbornly around $10 a gigajoule or higher despite the slump in Asian liquefied natural gas prices, up from historical prices of about $3.50-$4/GJ.

    “If the politicians are relaxing thinking that there hasn’t been a lot of collapses yet, they haven’t seen it coming, because you just extract your value. But when it comes to reinvest they don’t reinvest, they just close,” said Brickworks chief executive Lindsay Partridge, who describes the situation as “dire”.

    “The cost of energy is not only crushing households, it’s crushing business. We’ve seen it take a third of our profit, which is just unbearable.”

    Mr Partridge is not a fan of direct subsidies and has reservations about a government gas company, but called for state onshore gas bans to be lifted, competition to be brought into the pipeline sector and government support for LNG import terminals in Victoria and NSW.

    “What they need to do is get those import terminals in Melbourne and Sydney up urgently. They are the fastest way we could get gas and cap it at the netback price,” he said, adding that would provide a short-term bridge until new supply comes online.

    The netback price is essentially the value of the gas before it gets shipped offshore, based on the export price in Asia.

    EUAA chief executive Andrew Richards said whichever party won government next month had make solving the gas crisis a priority “before we run out of time and options”.

    “It’s time to stop fiddling at the edges and for some big decisions to fix this,” he said.

    The crash in LNG spot prices in Asia has sent netback prices tumbling, with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Tuesday putting the May netback at $5.49 a gigajoule, less than half the figure of last December.

    But the Sydney price in the short-term market was $11.30/GJ on Monday and buyers say they cannot get gas at single figures, with some calling for the federal government to trigger its powers under the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism to restrict LNG exports from Queensland.

    Mr Richards said large gas users could handle their gas bill doubling, but a trebling or, in some cases, even more meant some would not survive. ACCC chairman Rod Sims has issued grim warnings about likely business collapses caused by high east-coast prices, following the failure of Western Sydney-based polystyrene cup manufacturer Remapak in January.

    Last month, Queensland-based brick manufacturer Claypave brought in administrators, and Incitec Pivot’s Gibson Island fertiliser plant near Brisbane is under threat, as is Orica’s ammonium nitrate plant in Newcastle.

    “If you’re cash-positive you keep running, but once you come to reinvest you go and invest somewhere you get a better return, because you can’t get an adequate return in Australia,” Mr Partridge said. Commercial gas prices of about $8 a gigajoule were needed, rather than the reality of $14/GJ for delivered gas in NSW, he said.

    Industrial gas users have been shaken by reports from consultancies such as EnergyQuest of a shortfall in gas reserves in Queensland that could force a third of the state’s LNG capacity to close by 2025 and exacerbate problems for local users. The impact on the local market would be “disastrous,” the EUAA said.

    The group wants the new federal government at its first COAG Energy Council to make a concerted effort at reforming the gas market, including instigating measures already in place for electricity such as underwriting investment in new supply and infrastructure.

    It envisages a commonwealth gas company initially would co-ordinate initiatives and reforms in gas, before potentially taking a position in the wholesale market. The EUAA points to government-owned Snowy Hydro as a “clear precedent” for such intervention.

    It also canvasses domestic gas reservation as an option, both for existing and new gas projects.

    The “status quo” option, relying on measures taken so far, just “doesn’t work,” Mr Richards said. “It puts a lot out of business eventually.”

  82. feelthebern

    Fresh off his Russia-gate essay from a couple of weeks ago, Matt Taibbi has announced he will he releasing an in depth series on Russia-gate.

  83. Des Deskperson

    ‘Would there be a market for films of reproductions of his 1960-70’s stage sketches that never made it to tape’

    It is ironic – if that’s the right term – that at least two of the nasty ‘Aussie’ characters pilloried in these sketches – the surfie : ‘we rolled a few queers’ and the bourgie progressive Neil Singleton’ – ‘he’s camp as a row of tests’ – were portrayed as what we would call today homophobes.

  84. Mother Lode

    Is St Peters still standing?

    St Pauls in London will be safe – they are still casting the gigantic Crescent Moons to replace the crucifixes.

    Then they will disinter all the dead folk and close down the entrances but one to the basement – for the women.

  85. Des Deskperson

    Err, row of tents

  86. calli

    Tel, you old cynic, you!

    That’s why I liked Rowe’s.

    Well drawn, backlit with a hint of scaffolding and a hat-tip to Hugo without the schmaltz.

  87. Boambee John

    calli
    #2989876, posted on April 17, 2019 at 7:50 am
    I notice the cartoonists draw upon mythology in depicting the phoenix hovering over the burnt-out shell.

    I would far rather see a descending dove.

    And for all the Slim-Slams having a good chortle over the catastrophe – good. You can stop pretending that we worship the same God now. Ta.

    Since Allah is a unitarian god, and the Christain God is Trinitarian, that claim was always just taqqiya.

  88. calli

    And no fat old men in towels.

    But I bet he wanted to put them in. 🙂

  89. And people will still be downloading Barry Humphries on youtube.

    Barry Humphries is irrelevant.
    Most millennials haven’t heard of him.

  90. thefrollickingmole

    Numbers showing his non racism by claiming an entire country is stupid.

    While still wanting more government control of people despite whining over the government controlling him 50 years ago.

    Its a special sort of stupid.

  91. thefrollickingmole

    Most millennials haven’t heard of him.

    Whereas almost no-one knew you even in your prime.

  92. P

    C.L. #2989889, posted on April 17, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Rod Dreher’s post is a must read: Notre Dame Fire: A Sign For Our Time.
    Like Dreher, I believe the event was willed by God and it is a warning.
    Read the whole thing.

    C.L., thank you so very much for the above link.

  93. Percy Popinjay

    That Overington puff piece on Teats Peanuthead linked by Ol’ Ozzie at 7:15am is a signal example of why I ditched my Oz subscription.

    Talk about avoiding the issues by burying them in fluff.

    The perception that the ALP treats women with respect, and the Coalition treats them with contempt, is a clear point of difference between the parties, and Shorten’s working it for whatever it might be worth.

    The sentence above bears no resemblance to reality whatsoever, even coincidentally. Paying for this garbage and not being able to call the incompetent narcissistic liars on it was giving me a serious case of the proverbials.

    – Veitmanese* pie shop lady contretemps,
    – (alleged) young labore conference incidents,
    – dumping your first wife (at the footy) for a married cow you’d gotten pregnant and
    – blatantly ogling that South Australian bint’s massive arse

    That’s just four obvious examples of Teats’ toxic attitude to women straight off the top of my head. Not including the fact that he has bigger gazongas than most women. Not a mention of any of them.

    Absolutley f*cking pathetic. Poor ol’ Rupe needs to stop trying to gift himself a Jerry Hall administered heart attack and start paying attention to what these cretinous plastic turkeys are doing to what’s left of his brand.

    *Deliberate.

  94. John Constantine

    Australia’s quisling compliance class elites put gas using industry in our country into angel hours.

    Further investment uneconomic, so run it down until compliance regulations demand massive New investment, then close.

    Enough deindustrialisation and we will meet our unswerving commitment to the Paris conventions in a canter. As in on a horse drawn cart.

    Comrades.

  95. calli

    Yeah, Percy.

    But Abbott looked at his watch and bit a raw onion. And (maybe) punched a wall.

    Get real.

  96. Bruce of Newcastle

    Barry Humphries is irrelevant.
    Most millennials haven’t heard of him.

    I’m sad for millenials. Comedy is almost non-existent these days because almost every subject is haram. No Monty Python, no Aunty Jack, no Mel Brooks. SNL has become an unfunny political wasteland. How can you survive life in this vale of tears without a sense of humour? No wonder suicide is such a problem.

    Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam says he wishes comedy hadn’t changed: ‘Now we can’t laugh at anybody because it causes offense’ (16 Apr)

  97. Dr Faustus

    ‘Cancerous’ Bill Shorten plays with the hopes and fears of people at the worst time of their lives:

    Labor to fast-track leukaemia drug trials

    Bill Shorten is promising $20 million for a new program Right to Trial, which will make it easier for blood cancer patients to get into drug trials.

    “We know that the fastest way to get access to the latest drugs and treatments available in the world is through clinical trials,” Mr Shorten said.

    Research from the Leukaemia Foundation found that one in five blood cancer patients tried to access a clinical trial, but the trials were not available or the patients were ineligible.

    Right to Trial???
    So, cancer cheaply weaponised, but no real idea about how clinical trials actually work.

    Quite vile.

  98. 2dogs

    With regard to the Barry Humphries Award situation, he should respond by continuing to grant the award himself. It is his own name, after all. He gave it credibility.

  99. calli

    Wow. Look at all those whites harassing that uppity black lady.

    Get back in your box n*gga!

    Some things never change.

  100. Dr Faustus

    Greens bank on Labor’s win but party hopes to exploit shortfall to push climate action policies

    The Greens leveraged through the Senate into ‘all care no responsibility’ power.
    This is Australia’s existential threat.

  101. Bruce of Newcastle

    Poor ol’ Rupe needs to stop trying to gift himself a Jerry Hall administered heart attack and start paying attention to what these cretinous plastic turkeys are doing to what’s left of his brand.

    Yep.
    2020: James Murdoch Gives Maximum Donation to Pete Buttigieg’s Campaign (16 Apr)
    All those lefties showing up on Fox News and in the Oz isn’t an accident methinks.

  102. Leigh Lowe

    Today’s conundrum.
    Why does it feel much bigger in the nose than it actually is when it is in the hanky?

  103. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The col1phate’s cubs want to come home

    Paul Maley
    National Security Editor
    @paul_maley
    12:00AM April 17, 2019
    19 Comments

    Khaled Sharrouf spent four years transforming his five children into propaganda villains of Izlomic State. It took their grandmother just one hour of television to take them back.

    “They deserve to come back here,’’ a tearful Karen Nettleton told the ABC’s Four Corners program. “They deserve to be here and happy and safe, and have food and be able to walk down the street, be normal.’’

    Nettleton’s quest to retrieve her grandchildren from Izlomic State-controlled Syria, which culminated this week in an emotional reunion in front of TV cameras at al-Hawl refugee camp in the country’s north, has increased the pressure on the Morrison government to evacuate the family, or what’s left of it. The spectacle of an elderly grandma from the suburbs of Sydney traipsing through the mud of a Kurdish refugee camp plaintively calling for her grandkids has cast doubt on the government’s suggestion that the camp is a no-go zone for Australian officials.

    If a little old lady can get there, why can’t the government?

    It’s more complicated than that, of course. Journalists, and grandmas, are free to travel in a way Australian officials cannot. But since the collapse of the coliphate the government’s approach to Australians stranded in Syria has been to say and do as little as possible, publicly at least.

    That may now change. The eldest of the Sharrouf children, 17-year-old Zaynab, is 7½ months pregnant. The odds of her safely delivering her baby in the putrid conditions of al-Hawl are not good. How will Australians react if the unthinkable happens?

    From The Oz. Why dosn’t Nanna Nettleton go and live in Syria , if the revolting brats are so important to her?

  104. calli

    The 20million will be just enough to set up a “centre” full of high-paid service providers and their satellites.

    Nothing left over for actual patients of course.

    Yes Minister’s hospital comes to mind.

  105. thefrollickingmole

    These people are sane and in no way fruitcakes, crazy in the coconut or coo0coo for coco puffs…

    ‘I’m terrified’: Extinction Rebellion activists on why they are protesting

    Some highlights.
    Nathan, 15, from Wanstead, east London
    Nathan has been working with Extinction Rebellion as an organiser, which he said had been an incredible experience. “I was able to pick up so many skills … I’ve met some amazing people.”
    ….
    Julia Spindel, 26, biology PhD student at Cambridge University
    “I am just terrified that we will wipe our species out and take many others with us,”

    ….
    Pippa Clarke, 71, part-time English teacher from Frome, Somerset
    It is frustrating because when you take a step back it is clear Brexit will be nothing if we don’t save the planet.


    Mary Kennedy, retired health visitor from Edinburgh
    “This is just so important. You have to be here – or be dead.”


    Charlie Griffiths, 19, engineer from Cambridge
    “Protests around these environmental issues have been going on for decades and nothing has created meaningful proportionate change.


    Josiah Finegan, 22, student from Bristol
    “I am freaking out about the climate, to be honest,”

  106. Black Ball

    Fresh off his Russia-gate essay from a couple of weeks ago, Matt Taibbi has announced he will he releasing an in depth series on Russia-gate.

    I can use 2 words to describe this farce. No collusion. Now where’s my publishing deal?

  107. calli

    Australians stranded in Syria

    That’s one way of putting it I suppose.

    They went abroad and hooked up with a rubbish tour company that took their money and left them there. That’s how it happened, didn’t it?

  108. Geriatric Mayfly

    The eldest of the Sharrouf children, 17-year-old Zaynab, is 7½ months pregnant.

    This one was a bit slow out of the blocks.

  109. John Constantine

    ‘Cancer Bill’ shorten.

  110. Arky

    Level every cathedral and grand civic building in every city centre, such that the inner city wankeratti snobs experience some of the dismal existence they have for centuries inflicted on the outer dwelling proles they despise.
    Then pump the migrants directly into these locations.
    That real estate should be used to reflect the lying hypocrisy of the local inhabitants:
    Build a migrant centre and hostel there.
    Let Christianity return to it’s origin: a direction and encouragement to the ordinary person: how to live your life in the face of an massive and cruel totalitarian regime.
    Let the new age begin.

  111. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bill Shorten’s entourage hints at a female-voter problemCaroline OveringtonFollow @overingtonc

    12:00AM April 17, 2019
    127 Comments

    Does Bill Shorten have a problem with female voters? Will they have a problem voting for him, as prime minister?

    Put your ear to the ground, there’s a bit of chat out there — on the hustings, around the place — that women don’t much like the Opposition Leader, and the reason he is so rarely seen in public without a woman by his side is that the ALP knows it. This is despite the ALP proudly being the more feminist of the two parties.

    Chat is one thing. What do the polls say? Well, there was a bit of a leak from Liberal Party headquarters about nine months ago that suggested Shorten was particularly unpopular with young women (his rating was -77 with female voters under 35).

    From the Oz. Gee, now why would that be so? Kathy Sherriff might cast some light on the matter.

  112. Numbers showing his non racism by claiming an entire country is stupid.

    They’re not stupid.
    It’s just that most of them don’t travel, have a hopeless education system, and are unaware of anything much outside their borders. Only 36 percent of Americans hold a valid passport, according to the State Department, compared to 60 percent of passport-holding Canadians and 75 percent for Brits and Aussies. That means almost 70 percent of Americans are unqualified for international travel.

  113. Bruce of Newcastle

    Let Christianity return to it’s origin: a direction and encouragement to the ordinary person: how to live your life in the face of an massive and cruel totalitarian regime.

    Is doing so.

    Christianity grows in Syrian town once besieged by Isl am ic State (16 Apr, via Drudge)

    KOBANI, Syria (Reuters) – A community of Syrians who converted to Christianity from I sla m is growing in Kobani, a town besieged by I sla mic State for months, and where the tide turned against the militants four years ago.

    The converts say the experience of war and the onslaught of a group claiming to fight for I sla m pushed them toward their new faith. After a number of families converted, the Syrian-Turkish border town’s first evangelical church opened last year.

    They’re getting the usual treatment. Worth a pray or two.

  114. thefrollickingmole

    The average Yank reader must be pretty thick.
    Followed by
    They’re not stupid.

    Mirror licker doesnt do self awareness does he?

    I just cant be arsed searching for the number of times hes called the yanks ignorant/stupid/morons etc, it would run into hundreds.

  115. Arky

    Remember how snobs like 123456 used to bang on about the American tourist?
    Then they spent a decade sneering at the Japanese tourist, because they could not understand the drive to photograph every experience.
    Now they will do the same eye- rolling routine with the Chinese tourist.
    At the same time as they make a big show about how “well travelled” and sophisticated they themselves are.
    You wanker and hypocrite.

  116. Robber Baron

    The eldest of the Sharrouf children, 17-year-old Zaynab, is 7½ months pregnant.

    All good dinky die Aussie names; of course we taxpayers will pay to bring them back to Australian soil and welfare abundance.

    These people breed faster than our indiginies.

  117. feelthebern

    Barry Humphries is irrelevant.
    Most millennials haven’t heard of him.

    Vietnam is irrelevent.
    Most millennials haven’t heard of it.

  118. Knuckle Dragger

    C.L., overnight;

    Dave Allen. Now there was a comedian.

    Sat on his stool, durry in one hand and a glass of Scotch in the other, telling jokes that would make today’s ‘progressive’ marshmallow sweethearts cry themselves to death.

    Which, frankly, wouldn’t take that much.

  119. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ramsgate Public School ordered to remove student notes published to Prime Minister Scott Morrison
    Christopher Harris, The Daily Telegraph
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    A Sydney public school has been forced to remove notes students as young as nine wrote to Prime Minister Scott Morrison warning “everything in the world could be extinct” unless he does something about global warming.

    The Education Department ordered Ramsgate Public School to remove two letters from students published in an online newsletter because they breached the department’s Controversial Issues in Schools policy.

    The policy was put in place to stop activist teachers from pushing their political agendas onto public schools, which are meant to be places of neutral discussion and objective study.

    “I urge you to do something about global warming,” said a student in one of the letters to the prime minister. “If we don’t act now, everything in the world could be extinct.”

    Another child’s letter said Australia had signed the Paris Agreement but was “rebelling” against it by burning “fossil fuels”. “That means we are technically doing illegal things,” the student wrote.

  120. calli

    “It might be a reaction to Daesh (Islamic State) but I don’t see the positives. It just adds another religious and sectarian dimension which in a community like this will lead to tension,” said Naasan, a practicing Mus lim.

    Yes, yes. Of course it would.

    I wonder where the origin of the “tension” might be? Hmmm?

    Do these clowns ever stop lying?

  121. C.L.

    Diversity latest:

    Gang of African teens storm an Optus store and try to steal mobile phones – before bowling over an 81-year-old woman and breaking her pelvis while trying to flee.

    CCTV footage captured the group of up to 15 boys entering the store during the alleged attempted robbery at Casula Mall in Sydney’s south-west last Friday.

    The woman, 81, remains in hospital with a broken pelvis after she was bowled over by one of the boys as he sprinted towards the shopping centre exit.

    A broken pelvis at 81 has dire consequences for that lady’s independence and lifespan.
    These wild baboons should be charged with GBH and be gaoled for a decade at least.

  122. calli

    Oh bother. I commented on Bruce’s link and left in a SlimSlam word.

    Sorry to give you work, Sinc.

  123. Arky

    telling jokes that would make today’s ‘progressive’ marshmallow sweethearts cry themselves to death.

    ..
    How would Dave Allen’s anti- clerical “humour” upset today’s progressives?
    It wouldn’t.

  124. Knuckle Dragger

    Loved the Tiger Woods leaderboard cartoon.

    In a giant ‘f*ck you’ to his critics, overcame a multitude of obstacles and pissed on them all from the top of the greatest mountain of world golf.

    If anyone deserves a weekend in Florida snorting coke off lingerie models’ tits and them porking them senseless, it’s him. You deserve it, son.

    Respect.

  125. calli

    Jamming his truncated index finger into the camera lens might couse snowflake hysterics though.

  126. Des Deskperson

    ‘Barry Humphries is irrelevant.
    Most millennials haven’t heard of him.’

    Back in the sixties he was a clever, savage and yet subtle satirist of the nasty, pretentious and cretinous aspects of Australian society.

    Some of this stuff – the surfie, the rich ‘no complication ‘ boy, even Sandy Stone, is timeless.

    Somewhere – and I remember seeing him on TV in 1974 in a cringingly unfunny show – he lost the connection with contemporary Australia. Les Paterson is a sawdust-filled cliche from back in the Whitlam era. Dame Edna is just stand-up in drag.

  127. lotocoti

    If you’re a tacher, sixty-four is almost 70.

  128. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A broken pelvis at 81 has dire consequences for that lady’s independence and lifespan.
    These wild baboons should be charged with GBH and be gaoled for a decade at least.

    Returned, with all their extended families, to whatever Third World shytehole they came from.

  129. Bruce of Newcastle

    Disneyland with guns!

    ‘This is Disneyland with guns’: Machine gun enthusiasts descend on Kentucky for world’s biggest automatic gun show and are told to ‘destroy everything in sight’ (via BCF)

    Gun lovers descended on Kentucky for the biggest private machine gun event in the world at the weekend, with shooters given one objective – destroy everything.

    Around 20,000 thrill-seekers fired Tommy Guns, AK-47s and Uzis at abandoned vehicles and barrels of fuel strapped with pyrotechnic charges to create ‘fireballs from hell’.

    Paul Winters, who has been going to the Knob Creek Gun Shoot and Military Gun Show near West Point since 1992, said: ‘This is Disneyland with guns.

    I wonder if the NRA has a booth? Probably do good business. Here in the Hunter our own coal-burning Gaia-insulting Steamfest took place last weekend.

  130. Bruce of Newcastle

    Disneyland with guns!

    ‘This is Disneyland with guns’: Machine gun enthusiasts descend on Kentucky for world’s biggest automatic gun show and are told to ‘destroy everything in sight’ (via BCF)

    Gun lovers descended on Kentucky for the biggest private machine gun event in the world at the weekend, with shooters given one objective – destroy everything.

    Around 20,000 thrill-seekers fired Tommy Guns, AK-47s and Uzis at abandoned vehicles and barrels of fuel strapped with pyrotechnic charges to create ‘fireb alls from hell’.

    Paul Winters, who has been going to the Knob Creek Gun Shoot and Military Gun Show near West Point since 1992, said: ‘This is Disneyland with guns.

    I wonder if the NRA has a booth? Probably do good business. Here in the Hunter our own coal-burning Gaia-insulting Steamfest took place last weekend.

  131. A former member of Pride WA’s board of management has been arrested and charged in the US for allegedly attempting to kidnap a young boy last week.

    What a surprise.

    Their ABC reported it as “Australian DJ arrested for attempted kidnap of 2yo”

  132. OldOzzie

    Monty Python Actors Come Under Attack by a BBC Head, and They Righteously Return Fire

    One of the primary targets of social justice advocates is comedy. Political correctness has made telling jokes to be a risky affair, and things we used to laugh about have now become something along the lines of a sacred cow. Making fun of something mundane may unexpectedly make your life more complicated.

    Even comedy we consider iconic is being spat on. Recently, the BBC’s controller of comedy commissioning, Shane Allen, boasted about how diverse his comedy lineup on television is becoming, and took a swipe at legendary comedy group Monty Python in the process.

    “If you’re going to assemble a team now, it’s not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes. It’s going to be a diverse range of people who reflect the modern world,” said Allen.

    This got back to Monty Python actor Terry Gilliam

    Gilliam said: “It made me cry: the idea that … no longer six white Oxbridge men can make a comedy show. Now we need one of this, one of that, everybody represented… this is bullshit. I no longer want to be a white male, I don’t want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian… My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition.”

    He added: “[Allen’s] statement made me so angry, all of us so angry. Comedy is not assembled, it’s not like putting together a boy band where you put together one of this, one of that everyone is represented.”

    The former comedy troop’s John Cleese also sent out an angry tweet in response, pointing out that Monty Python was pretty diverse at that time.

    “BBC’s Head of Comedy puts Monty Python’s lack of originality down to a surfeit of education and racist bias,” tweeted Cleese. “Unfair! We were remarkably diverse FOR OUR TIME.”

    “We had three grammar-school boys, one a poof, and Gilliam, though not actually black, was a Yank. And NO slave-owners,” he added.

    A great deal of mainstream comedy nowadays is usually what’s known as “clapter,” which is a term coined by Ben Shapiro. The idea is that what many comedians are saying isn’t actually funny, it’s just a political opinion delivered in a humorous tone that elicits more clapping than it does laughter.

    Actual comedy, like the kind seen from figures like Monty Python or Mel Brooks, would likely create such outrage that creating it wouldn’t be worth the headache. This is heartbreaking since comedy not only lightened the mood of society, but it made sure that the aforementioned sacred cows never achieved such an untouchable status.

  133. I just cant be arsed searching for the number of times hes called the yanks ignorant/stupid/morons etc, it would run into hundreds.

    Translated – I’ll make a bullshit statement, and then develop an excuse for being unable to substantiate it.

  134. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ‘She needs to feel that you are a real man’: Anger as Qatari ‘sociologist’ films online ‘tutorial on how Moslim men should beat their wives’

    From the Daily Mail. Strange, I thought it was “the most feminist of religions?”

  135. bespoke

    The thing I like about Watson is the gimmicks, sarcasm are not over done unlike Sargon who seems to needy to show how smart he is.

  136. C.L.

    Les Patterson was and is hilarious.
    This was one of the great guest-show appearances of all time …
    His fun at the expense of the “poofter element” in the film industry would now be literally shut down by the police.

  137. candy

    Antifa still active

    They are trying to get protestors to throw urine at the young lady.

    It’s hard to fathom a person who thinks throwing urine at someone is a valid way of discussing disagreements.

  138. Arky

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    Apr 16
    Those Illegal Immigrants who can no longer be legally held (Congress must fix the laws and loopholes) will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to Sanctuary Cities and States!

    ..
    Take those hypocrites at their word, and give them exactly what they say they want.
    Hear them scream!
    “But, but, but, that isn’t what we really meant”!

  139. Mother Lode

    How quaint that numbers is spending his final days hanging with us instead of going out and enjoying what remains of his days.

    I should imagine it would be a very distinctive experience – to go outside where the sun is shining, the birds singing, the flowers nodding with vibrant faces in the breeze…and knowing none of them want you there.

  140. Knuckle Dragger

    Is virulently – anti-Yank.

    Uncle Sam robbed the Queensland Education Department of his tortured genius for 12 months.

    Believes the US system is materialistic, and that its inhabitants only care about themselves. Also that they’re mad about firearms. Repeatedly comments in a negative manner in respect of that culture.

    Also believes they are so thick they’re ‘unqualified’ to go overseas.

    Goes overseas himself. To the US, to promote his jellybean pamphlet.

    Fires numerous guns at a range, allegedly for free. Instructs any and all hospitality management on fair wage policies.

    Comes home. Denigrates the US. Misses out on big Kentucky gun show. Denigrates the US.

  141. candy

    I’m wondering whether Bill Shorten is for the chop even if he gets elected and Ms Plibersek is then put in.

    Labor did the same with J. Gillard, perhaps it’s history repeating itself. Even perhaps they are urging him to step down now?

    Something feels ominous for him. He does seem confused about his own policies are and the costings etc.

  142. Also believes they are so thick they’re ‘unqualified’ to go overseas.

    That’s your conclusion – not mine.
    I simply quoted state department stats on US passport holders.
    If the cap fits…..

  143. thefrollickingmole

    1735099

    So let me get this straight, you are claiming, now, that you have not made repeated assertions to the yanks being fools/idiots/ignorant etc?
    Seriously?

    Are you ok?
    Have you hit your head lately?

  144. calli

    Yes, candy.

    She’s there in the wings, waiting patiently. It will only take the endorsement of one story by the faithful and his career is over.

    He knows it, she knows it. Good grief, everybody knows it. But it dare not speak its name.

  145. Knuckle Dragger

    Actually Bob, it’s not ‘my conclusion’. If it was my ‘conclusion’ I would have actually said so, not repeated your commentary. I only added the inverted commas to separate the words in your post from my actual words.

    I believe Americans are highly qualified to go overseas. They’ve been doing it since 1783. In fact, I believe every American should conduct a pilgrimage to Toowoomba at least once a year to visit the great author, the icon of our time, to sit in front of him and patiently learn how they have continually failed as a country.

    Nice attempt a cherrypicking btw. Failed, but nice.

  146. Boambee John

    Compare the pair:

    First

    1735099
    #2989975, posted on April 17, 2019 at 9:51 am
    Also believes they are so thick they’re ‘unqualified’ to go overseas.

    That’s your conclusion – not mine.
    I simply quoted state department stats on US passport holders.
    If the cap fits…..

    Second

    1735099
    #2989937, posted on April 17, 2019 at 9:16 am
    Numbers showing his non racism by claiming an entire country is stupid.

    They’re not stupid.
    It’s just that most of them don’t travel, have a hopeless education system, and are unaware of anything much outside their borders. Only 36 percent of Americans hold a valid passport, according to the State Department, compared to 60 percent of passport-holding Canadians and 75 percent for Brits and Aussies. That means almost 70 percent of Americans are unqualified for international travel.

  147. bespoke

    Mirror licker

    The one used to spy on little disabled girls?

  148. OldOzzie

    American Experiment Releases Groundbreaking New Study on the High Cost of Renewable Energy Mandates in Minnesota

    American Experiment is pleased to announce we are releasing a groundbreaking new study detailing the high cost renewable energy mandates in Minnesota. On the 2018 campaign trail, many DFL candidates, including Governor Tim Walz, said they would make obtaining 50 percent of Minnesota’s electricity by 2030 a top priority in their policy platform. Now DFL’ers in Minnesota are pushing their own version of the Green New Deal, mandating that Minnesota must get 100 percent of its electricity from “carbon free” resources by 2050.

    Our study found that attempting to achieve a 50 percent renewable energy mandate would cost Minnesota $80.2 billion through 2050, and attempting to go 100 percent renewable with wind, solar, and battery technologies would cost exponentially more.
    Nuclear power, on the other hand, would achieve the same amount of carbon-dioxide-free electricity at a much lower cost than wind and solar power. We also looked at the impact of upgrading Minnesota’s existing coal-fired power plants under the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule proposed by the Trump Administration. This rule would allow coal-plants to make efficiency upgrades to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions per unit of electricity generated.

  149. Infidel Tiger

    Great to see rugby issuing a worldwide warning to all niggas to STFU.

    It’s high time the game was returned to the domain of skinny effete white scarf draggers.

  150. Nick

    Great to see rugby issuing a worldwide warning to all niggas to STFU.

    It’s high time the game was returned to the domain of skinny effete white scarf draggers.

    In a world where Lefties find offence at anything at all, it’s strange how silent things are given the special disciplinary treatment the ARU seems to hand out to only its coloured players.

  151. Leigh Lowe

    Only 36 percent of Americans hold a valid passport. …

    … and half of those hold a Mexican passport.

  152. max

    Notre Dame should be left in ruins. A sermon in stone.

  153. That means almost 70 percent of Americans are unqualified for international travel.

    Typical Cat poster – can’t tell the difference between a fact and an opinion.
    Any citizen who doesn’t hold a passport is, by state department definition, “unqualified for international travel”.
    Try getting on an international flight without a passport.

  154. Dr Faustus

    Now that Barry Humphries has been torn down, Australia’s comedy second stringers will be nervously waiting for the telescreen to bellow at them.

    Guiltily, they know that they have not always sufficiently loved Big Buggery.

  155. feelthebern

    Instructs any and all hospitality management on fair wage policies.

    Of all the bullshittery numbers has inflicting upon this blog, this was the most blatant of all lies.
    Ever since being called out of it, numbers has refused to respond to it.

  156. feelthebern

    The Late Show, Hey Hey, Full Frontal/Fast Forward, would not be allowed on free to air TV if made today.

  157. Infidel Tiger

    A gay of my acquaintance has chosen the Maldives for his honeymoon.

    Could be interesting.

    Homosexuality is a crime. The Maldives law criminalises homosexuality and prescribes criminal penalties for same-sex sexual conduct and relationships. The Penal Code of the Maldives works with Islamic Shariah Law to punish any acts relating to homosexuality through prison sentences, fines, and lashings.

  158. Infidel Tiger

    The only place producing funny content in australia now is Sportsbet.

    Their social media team is very good.

  159. Dr Faustus

    She’s there in the wings, waiting patiently. It will only take the endorsement of one story by the faithful and his career is over.

    Indeed.
    Shorten will only ever be a fluttering heartbeat from ‘a Good Government that has lost its way’.

  160. Arky

    Don’t worry about what would or would not be allowed on FTA telly.
    TV is dead.
    No one, but no one, is watching commercial or state TV.

  161. teamv

    Seems the High Court has upheld the QLD developer donation ban.

    What a farce.

  162. Bruce of Newcastle

    Seems the High Court has upheld the QLD developer donation ban.

    Next time the LNP gets in they can ban donations from unions and public service employees.
    Having only one house has it’s benefits for payback.
    Not that I think the LNP has the cojones to do this though.

  163. Dr Faustus

    Horrific faux pas by Fox Sports:

    Folau last week posted on Instagram claiming that homosexuals, drinkers, fornicators, liars, thieves and idolaters — among others — would burn in hell.

    Not “drinkers“, drunks. FFS.
    Mission creep.

  164. calli

    No wuzzas, Dr Faustus. The usual “quote” of Folau’s Instagram leaves out everyone but homosexuals.

    Seven was peddling this drivel this morning.

  165. Bruce of Newcastle

    Any citizen who doesn’t hold a passport is, by state department definition, “unqualified for international travel”. Try getting on an international flight without a passport.

    Lots of Americans get on international flights without a passport Numbers.
    They have a rifle, which is a sufficient passport for many countries.
    Indeed it is a fine way for African-American guys to get free of enslavement by the Democrat Party.
    Free college too.

  166. Arky

    Sanctuary city New York threatening to sue if Trump sends migrants there.
    Some sanctuary!

  167. Knuckle Dragger

    BoN,

    It’s instructive that Numbers insists on bagging the US at each and every opportunity from thousands of kilometres away, particularly on their nasty capitalist nature and gun culture.

    Then, to attempt to make money from his crayon-hewn, tear-soaked scrawlings he travels to – the US. And then participates in the very culture he claims to despise, although he probably ameliorates that by throwing in a few on-high pronouncements to them on their social failings and the need to tip hospitality staff.

    I’m frankly starting to wonder whether his students were intellectually disabled before he inflicted himself on them, or whether it was a process induced by his educayshun.

  168. rickw

    KOBANI, Syria (Reuters) – A community of Syrians who converted to Christianity from I sla m is growing in Kobani, a town besieged by I sla mic State for months, and where the tide turned against the militants four years ago.

    The converts say the experience of war and the onslaught of a group claiming to fight for I sla m pushed them toward their new faith. After a number of families converted, the Syrian-Turkish border town’s first evangelical church opened last year.

    People drawing logical conclusions, a pity that only one or two politicians in the entire Australian swamp are able to do the same.

  169. Dr Faustus

    More fine journalism from Fox Sports:

    Star NRL duo Benji Marshall and James Graham say they can’t see a way for disgraced Wallabies player Israel Folau to return to rugby league

    Marshall told NRL 360 on Fox League.

    “I’m all for freedom of speech but when you use your freedom of speech against hating — there was a whole list of things — but in particular homosexuals, I’m not for that.”

    2014 Rugby Union Great Benji Marshall is a philosopher prince…

  170. Anthony

    Will Issy cop more nonsense if he quotes Exodus 22:18 to that sheila from RA?

  171. rickw

    Then, to attempt to make money from his crayon-hewn, tear-soaked scrawlings he travels to – the US. And then participates in the very culture he claims to despise, although he probably ameliorates that by throwing in a few on-high pronouncements to them on their social failings and the need to tip hospitality staff.

    It just doesn’t get much more stupid than this.

  172. Bruce of Newcastle

    Palis reject peace again.

    PA Prime Minister Shtayyeh: Trump’s peace deal will be ‘born dead’

    Newly sworn in Pal estinian Authority Prime Minister Mo ham mad Shtayyeh said Tuesday night that US President Donald Trump’s peace plan will be “born dead.”

    Shtayyeh said the American “Deal of the Century,” was declaring a “financial war” on the Pal estinian people, during an interview with The Associated Press.

    In dealing with this “war,” Shtayyeh outlined how he would tackle this financial crises, predicating that the world would not back Trump’s peace deal.

    Can we defund them now please?
    Prez Abbas is into the 15th year of his 4 year term as President.
    I suspect Mr Shtayyeh will be a stayer too.

  173. Nick

    Folau should say that he meant white, male, homosexuals, the Left will back him then.

  174. stackja

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2990037, posted on April 17, 2019 at 10:54 am

    SOP for one election regimes.

  175. Infidel Tiger

    “I’m all for freedom of speech but…

    Shut up nigga. The white man will decide what the darky is allowed to say and think.

    Stick to entertaining us.

  176. Knuckle Dragger

    RA, and in particular the swamp donkey leading it are clearly unaware that the person whose freedom of religion and expression they are destroying is a POC.

    Reparations are imminent.

  177. Overburdened

    https://www.anglenews.com/2019/04/16/award-named-after-barry-humphries-dumped-from-comedy-festival/

    I look forward to when men dressing as women is treated the same as the black and white minstrels.

  178. Dr Faustus

    Disneyland with guns!

    Another big one is the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot.
    Very recommended.

  179. mh

    James Graham in his first Grand Final was found guilty of biting Rugby League legend Billy Slater, for which there was no apology.

    In Graham’s second Grand Final he broke Sam Burgess’ jaw in the first minute with a totally reckless tackle.

    Graham completely disagreed with Folau’s comments.

    “I really can’t see him being allowed to play rugby league for what he said,” Graham said.

    “What he said is wrong, but it doesn’t really seem to faze him.

    “Reading what he said after it, there’s no apology, I just can’t see a way back for him and I think that’s quite sad to be honest with you.”

    It’s orthodox Christianity, numbnuts. And it was in response to a sick piece of Tasmanian legislation that makes it optional to record a gender on a birth certificate.

  180. Roger

    “I’m all for freedom of speech but when you use your freedom of speech against hating — there was a whole list of things — but in particular homosexuals, I’m not for that.”

    Disapproving of buggery does not constitute hatred of those who engage in it.

    Publicly vilifying those who do so disapprove and depriving them of their livelihood on account of it comes much closer to hatred.

  181. Tom

    I’m all for freedom of speech but …

    There it is right there: as dictated to him by his totalitarian overlords, the outer bumfuck banana republic version of human existence for peasants who can’t be trusted with freedom.

  182. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Buttigieg’

    *snigger*

    I know, I know. You were all thinking it though.

  183. notafan

    There are many valid reasons why people in the US don’t travel overseas, as the article suggests

    numbers is clearly bagging minorities to boot, because African Americans travel less, though that is trending up it is still mainly domestic

    my friend’s male family members have extensive overseas travel experience, all with the armed services

    It is weird to use the language ‘unqualified’ because they have’t chosen to obtain a passport though

    Did numbers the hotel haranguer ever admit he never paid rack rate, I bet he didn’t leave $5 a day for housekeeping either.

    is numbers quoting this article?

  184. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘B#ttigieg’

    *snigger*

    I know, I know. You were all thinking it though.

  185. Knuckle Dragger

    Stupid algorithm.

  186. Dr Faustus

    I bet he didn’t leave $5 a day for housekeeping either.

    One of the best investments you can make.

  187. Arky

    I’m all for freedom of speech but …

    ..
    I’m not.
    I don’t like that obscenity has become commonplace. I don’t like that hardcore porn is entertainment, and virtually no one questioned if that was a good idea.
    I don’t like public displays of vulgarity.
    The word “fuck” on teeshirts, for example. Wearing that in public isn’t the same as me writing it on a blog.
    The lowering of standards has been appalling.

  188. stackja

    Uni professor sacked for questioning global warming has been vindicated
    2 HOURS AGO
    ALAN JONES JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY PETER RIDD

    A university professor who was sacked for questioning global warming’s impact on the Great Barrier Reef has been vindicated by the Federal Court.

    Judge Salvatore Vasta ruled James Cook University acted unlawfully when it sacked Professor Peter Ridd in 2017.

    In his verdict, Judge Vasta found that all 17 findings used by the university to justify the sacking were unlawful.

    Alan Jones has been supporting the professor ever since, slamming the university for shutting down debate and free thinking.

    Professor Ridd says the judgement is welcome but tells Alan Jones his fight doesn’t appear to be over.

    “Even now the university isn’t accepting the decision.

    “The vice-chancellor’s issued an email to all staff saying the judge was wrong basically.

    “If the VC continues with the present form, I don’t think it is over.”

    Click PLAY below to hear the full interview

  189. It should be noted that US citizens do not require a passport for travel to either Canada or Mexico.

  190. Crossie:

    For example take this afternoon on 2GB two dolly birds discussing the Notre Dame fire and one of then then proceeded to interview Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher. I expected him to be addressed as Your Excellency or Your Grace but the twit simply said Archbishop and launched into the question. She kept repeating that form of address throughout the interview. Stunning ignorance from people who seek to inform us.

    It’s not ignorance, Crossie – it’s deliberate. The bastards do it to refuse the honorifics the position deserves.

  191. rickw

    Crossing the coast probably a bit quieter than on some earlier flights:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9b7sI164LI0

  192. Bruce of Newcastle

    In England you’d get £100,000.

    Group of schoolchildren find 1,600 year-old gold coin in the Galilee

    A rare 1,600 year-old gold coin was found by a group of ninth-graders in February, the Israel Antiquities Authorities said on Monday. … “This type of coin is known as a solidus, a gold coin minted in Constantinople, today’s Istanbul, by Theodosius II, around 423-420 CE,” said Gabi Bichovsky, a coin expert at the Antiquities Authority. “This is the first time a coin of this kind has been discovered in the Land of Israel,” he added.

    The four students, Ido Kadosh, Ofir Siegel, Dotan Miller and Harel Green from Kibbutz Yifat, gave the coin to the relevant authorities. They were awarded a certificate of good citizenship.

    Maybe they can frame their certificates and hang them on a wall.

  193. Erm…. that’s the US-Candian border they’re crossing, the “coast” is Lake Erie, or Lake Ontario (bit hard to tell).
    We know what you meant though.

    Crossing the coast probably a bit quieter than on some earlier flights:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9b7sI164LI0

  194. OldOzzie

    notafan
    #2990059, posted on April 17, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Did numbers the hotel haranguer ever admit he never paid rack rate, I bet he didn’t leave $5 a day for housekeeping either.

    I have to say I am with numbers on this one – I have been to the US over 50 times over the years and the tipping really peeves me off

    2 occasions standout

    1. – expensive hotel in Boston paid by the company, family with me on this trip – some 35mm film I was going to get developed disappeared from the room – people I was working with said ” had you been leaving a tip on the bed for the maid” – my response what in the hell was I paying for for an expensive hotel – surely that price included making the beds and cleaning the room.

    2. Many miles south of Boston on business yet again (without family) in Sheraton being built in Industrial Park – Hard hats in some areas and only a sit at bar – late 70s lemonade USD $8 – evening and guy sitting a couple of seats away left and was berated by the Barman – I said why, we were sitting at the Bar, it was not table service and the drinks were B’Expensive – he said I only get USD $2 an hour – I said that was a problem between him and Sheraton

    Love Japan and Korea – No Tipping

  195. The tipping in the US is very difficult for an Aussie to get comfortable with.
    It is however, an excellent method of giving feedback on service.
    If only the yanks could learn to do unobtrusive service, it would be a much more pleasant country.

  196. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Liberals give Bill Shorten worst day yet but more are neededTroy BramstonFollow @TroyBramston

    An hour ago April 17, 2019
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    The combination of Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg has done what Malcolm Turnbull never could: lay a glove on Bill Shorten.

    The Labor leader makes no apology for taking a suite of major policy changes to the election, flagging them well in advance and hopeful that he receives mandate for change. He hopes that being bold will pay a political dividend.

    But Shorten’s big-target strategy was always high risk. Until this week, he had largely got away with it. The Coalition has struggled to punch any holes in Labor’s policies. Even Morrison as Treasurer was not the campaigner he is now.

    Coalition and Labor figures say privately that yesterday was the opposition’s worst day in years as the attacks on a raft of policies, aided by questioning by journalists, saw the usually confident Shorten on the back foot.

    Shorten said he had “no plans to increase taxes on superannuation”, yet Labor’s changes to retirement incomes are set to raise $34 billion over the next ten years according to the Coalition.

    Labor’s negative gearing and capital gains tax policy details mysteriously disappeared from its website and were replaced with just ten paragraphs. This policy, which was taken to the last election, is resonating as voters see their home values fall.

    It comes after Chris Bowen came under sustained attack last week for apparently overstating the impact of the policy by as much as $8 billion.

    Labor’s changes to franking credits has been branded a “retirees tax” and this too is having an impact in some seats, particularly in NSW, where there is a significant cohort of older voters in seats like Reid and Gilmore.

    Labor’s climate change policies have been under sustained attack and yesterday Shorten dodged a question about the impact of his 45 per cent emissions reduction target on the economy. Labor MPs say climate and opposition spokesman Mark Butler has not done the work needed to mitigate the Coalition’s attacks.

    The big question is: Are voters listening? For a government that has been behind in 50-plus Newspolls, and still trails 48-52 per cent on the two-party vote, winning one day during the election campaign is not enough. Voters will not ignore the past three years.

    Strategists in the Coalition and Labor say that if an election were held today, Labor would win. But there is nervousness in Labor ranks and increasing optimism in Coalition ranks. Labor wants to get back to talking about health; the Coalition wants the campaign to focus on taxation and the economy.

    From the Oz.

  197. Knuckle Dragger

    Bloody hell OO.

    Expensive hotel in Boston paid for by the company. Surely you could put your hand in your pocket for a couple of bucks for the $1.50/hr cleaning lady?

    Like the man said in the first scene of Reservoir Dogs – ‘Chuck in a dollar, I paid for your goddamn breakfast’.

  198. Knuckle Dragger

    Did you lecture the management too?

  199. Infidel Tiger

    Old Ozzie you sound like a terrible person.

    You deliberately stiffed the working poor to make a point that only hurt them.

  200. Bruce of Newcastle

    Which came first?

    First Temple-era eggshells offer crack at historical eating habits

    Eggshells from the First Temple period were found during archaeological excavations in the City of David in Jerusalem, and were recently put back together again by Prof. Zohar Amar from Bar-Ilan University.

    Found by Dr. Eilat Mazar about a decade ago, the eggshells are a rare find as organic material usually disintegrates with time. They also shed light on the eating habits

    Using an algorithm developed by the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Dr. Avshalom Karasik to rebuild pottery vessels, Amar found that the egg fragments enjoyed by the people of Israel during the First Temple period showed that eggs then were the same size as the eggs we enjoy today on the Seder table, where hard-boiled eggs are a traditional food.

    Unless contaminated by blood, chicken eggs are usually kosher and humans have been eating eggs since the animal was domesticated roughly eight thousand years ago.

    Since chickens are thought to have been first domesticated in Thailand it’s interesting to find them in 1000 BC Israel.

  201. Atoms for Peace

    Has the Peter Ridd story broken on MSM FTA television sites yet ?

  202. OldOzzie

    Infidel Tiger
    #2990085, posted on April 17, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Old Ozzie you sound like a terrible person.

    You deliberately stiffed the working poor to make a point that only hurt them.

    We agree to disagree – until that episiode of the film disappearing I had not known/realised that having paid for a Hotel Room it did not include Making bed and Cleaning – Doormen, Restaurants yes I tipped – but learnt a lesson there – did tip in future, but still resent the process

  203. Knuckle Dragger

    All except the barman, OO.

    That was a problem between him and the Sheraton.

    Got it.

  204. stackja

    BS says he chose wrong words on super.

  205. “Bruce of Newcastle
    #2990086, posted on April 17, 2019 at 11:39 am
    Which came first?

    First Temple-era eggshells offer crack at historical eating habits

    Eggshells from the First Temple period were found during archaeological excavations in the City of David in Jerusalem, and were recently put back together again by Prof. Zohar Amar from Bar-Ilan University.

    Found by Dr. Eilat Mazar about a decade ago, the eggshells are a rare find as organic material usually disintegrates with time. They also shed light on the eating habits

    Using an algorithm developed by the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Dr. Avshalom Karasik to rebuild pottery vessels, Amar found that the egg fragments enjoyed by the people of Israel during the First Temple period showed that eggs then were the same size as the eggs we enjoy today on the Seder table, where hard-boiled eggs are a traditional food.

    Unless contaminated by blood, chicken eggs are usually kosher and humans have been eating eggs since the animal was domesticated roughly eight thousand years ago.

    Since chickens are thought to have been first domesticated in Thailand it’s interesting to find them in 1000 BC Israel.”

    I’ll be eating lots of eggs beginning Friday night…first night Seder.

    I’m sure they were making chicken soup with kneidlach in 1000 BC Isr**l!

  206. zyconoclast

    California mom, 41, will avoid jail for having s3x with BOTH of her teenage daughters’ boyfriends, aged 14 and 15, after plying them with alcohol and cigars

    Coral Lytle, 41, of Tulare, seduced both boys, aged 14 and 15, in the fall of 2017
    The boys were in relationships with her teen daughters at Redwood High School
    She would drive 15 miles to meet them before plying them with booze and cigars
    Lytle was initially charged with 21 felony s3x counts but a judge said he did not believe the indicated sentence of five years of probation was appropriate
    Records show Lytle’s husband filed divorce paperwork within days of her arrest

  207. IT:

    A former member of Pride WA’s board of management has been arrested and charged in the US for allegedly attempting to kidnap a young boy last week.

    Out of character?
    I’d say it is completely in character for one of that persuasion.
    However, we’ll wait for the story to break – which it won’t.

  208. OldOzzie

    Knuckle Dragger
    #2990101, posted on April 17, 2019 at 11:54 am

    All except the barman, OO.

    That was a problem between him and the Sheraton.

    Got it.

    KD, again agree to disagree – Bar Drinks Table service yes I tip – sitting at a Bar no

  209. stackja

    Bob Brown convoy to Qld. Using EV? BTW how did Bob get to the mainland? Kayak?

  210. stackja

    zyconoclast
    #2990109, posted on April 17, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    And a man would get probation too?

  211. zyconoclast

    Is treason too strong a word?

    “This is pretty outrageous when it comes to one of our poorest neighbours,” said Steve Bracks, the former Victorian premier and founder of the Timor-Leste governance project. “They’re being denied that money because of the dysfunction of the Australian government and its insistence that parliament needs to ratify the treaty.”

  212. Des Deskperson

    I’m off to the NSW south coast.

    Home of ferals, ‘coasties’ – a term of abuse strongly implying laziness and fecklessness – NIMBY ex Canberra public servants and para-academics and rates-ravenous municipalities

    Back next week.

  213. zyconoclast

    A bit early to publicly name the appointment for 2021?

    What if between now and then he is found stoned/drunk on a Melbourne beach?

    Former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks has been named as the next Chancellor of Victoria University.

    Current Chancellor George Pappas will step down from the role he has held for almost a decade at the end of this year, paving the way for Mr Bracks to take up his appointment at the start of 2021.

  214. A former member of Pride WA’s board of management has been arrested and charged in the US for allegedly attempting to kidnap a young boy last week.

    Out of character?
    I’d say it is completely in character for one of that persuasion.
    However, we’ll wait for the story to break – which it won’t.

    Winston, the story broke (as forcefully as a wet noodle breaks) on their ALPBC this morning, as “Australian DJ arrested for attempted kidnap of 2yo in USA”

  215. stackja

    zyconoclast
    #2990121, posted on April 17, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Mates?

  216. Another chronical of corruption logged by Barnaby Joyce and cronies, including Christopher Corrigan.

  217. notafan

    OldOzzie

    It’s the system, like or lump it.

    the point I was making was paying bottom dollar and still not tipping though

  218. Bruce of Newcastle

    Numbers likes fascist buybacks of water for Gaia.

  219. dopey

    ABC: Indonesia Election.
    Why can’t they call our election an election instead of that ridiculous ” Australia Votes.”
    SBS on its election coverage. “They Campaign. We Explain.” I suppose We Report wouldn’t occur to them.

  220. OldOzzie

    notafan
    #2990129, posted on April 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    OldOzzie

    It’s the system, like or lump it.

    the point I was making was paying bottom dollar and still not tipping though

    notafan

    I don’t like the System but yes I lump it, and I assume you meant “paying top dollar and still not tipping” – and as I said, it had not occurred to me before the disappearance of the 35mm films, that when you paid for a Hotel Room, Bed Making and Cleaning were not included – I did learn a lesson and tipped from there on over many trips to the US – but still don’t like the system

  221. notafan

    No no OO

    I was referring to those who do not pay ‘rack rate’ and use sites like wotif etc and still don’t tip

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