Monday Forum: April 15, 2019

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  1. Tintarella di Luna

    Terry McCrann really isn’t very keen on Electrickery Bill is he?

    Uh-oh Bill Sorten is looking more like John Hewson with his super gaffe

    Bill Shorten is beginning to look a lot like John Hewson. Indeed arguably, he has already far out-Hewsoned Hewson in not understanding his own policies and how they would directly hit millions of Australians.

    Or, alternatively, he’s being deliberately “terminologically inexact” about them; on the assumption you can fool enough of the voters, at least for long enough to get you past polling day.

    Back in 1993 Hewson only got himself into trouble trying to explain how his proposed GST would apply to a cake bought from a cake shop.

    In contrast, this week Shorten ‘forgot’ about $30 billion of new taxes he is planning to hit savers with…

    But Shorten’s Hewson-style hole digging was actually much worse on Tuesday.

    He refused point-blank to even try to answer other questions from Tens News reporter Jonathan Lea on the cost of Labor’s climate change policies….

    What Tuesday really revealed is two things.

    First, frankly, Shorten is just not leadership material. He can talk a smooth game when he doesn’t have to carry the ultimate responsibility. When the bucks pile up on his desk, he goes to water…

    Secondly, he’s lazy.

  2. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Really those are your picks for childless people making important contributions to humanity ?

    No, it wasn’t. Why would you cherry-pick the least enduring 4 out of the middle of the list and pretend I didn’t mention 11 others of more importance? Sounds like a smear tactic to me.
    I listed them as they were famous and widely appreciated in the arts, rather than science, engineering, politics, or religion as the other were, so they added more breadth to the list rather than depth.

  3. notafan

    Sorry, they add neither breadth nor depth.

  4. Knuckle Dragger

    OB,

    I’m anti-doll. Nota started it.

    That poem’s from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales btw. First penned in 1282.

  5. Mother Lode

    It is worth remembering that sociologists are prone to remind us that ‘TIL death is do part’ was popular when the average life span was 40 give or take.

    Seemed to stay popular long after.

    I think a lot of young people wish for the long relationship they see in their grandparents’ generation, but are unwilling to do the hard slog that binds them together. Struggling together through hard times, going without to buy a house, dividing labour to raise kids etc.

    They think it will just magically, inevitably, happen when they fall in love like on TV.

  6. Stimpson J. Cat

    so they added more breadth to the list rather than depth.

    Just stop.

  7. Overburdened

    notafan

    No.

    People generally didn’t live much past 40.

  8. Stimpson J. Cat

    H.L. Mencken, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Nietzsche, George Washington, or freakin’ Plato.
    Nikola Tesla, Howard Hughes, and Leonardo da Vinci

    These were all Gay or Mentally Ill or a combination of both and as such are not expected to reproduce.

  9. Tintarella di Luna

    Terry McCrann doesn’t have much time for Electrickery Bill:

    Uh-oh Shorten resembleing John Hewson with super gaffe

    Bill Shorten is beginning to look a lot like John Hewson. Indeed arguably, he has already far out-Hewsoned Hewson in not understanding his own policies and how they would directly hit millions of Australians.

    Or, alternatively, he’s being deliberately “terminologically inexact” about them; on the assumption you can fool enough of the voters, at least for long enough to get you past polling day.

    Back in 1993 Hewson only got himself into trouble trying to explain how his proposed GST would apply to a cake bought from a cake shop.

    In contrast, this week Shorten ‘forgot’ about $30 billion of new taxes he is planning to hit savers with…

    But Shorten’s Hewson-style hole digging was actually much worse on Tuesday.

    He refused point-blank to even try to answer other questions from Tens News reporter Jonathan Lea on the cost of Labor’s climate change policies….

    What Tuesday really revealed is two things.

    First, frankly, Shorten is just not leadership material. He can talk a smooth game when he doesn’t have to carry the ultimate responsibility. When the bucks pile up on his desk, he goes to water…

    Secondly, he’s lazy.

  10. notafan

    You are right ML

    A good marriage takes sacrifice, hard work and real commitment.

    Expecting to behave exactly the same way you did when you were single is incredibly immature.

    I remember my dad talking about the gotothepudeverynightandneversaveapenny fellows whinging to him too, he had no sympathy.

  11. Infidel Tiger

    I think a lot of young people wish for the long relationship they see in their grandparents’ generation, but are unwilling to do the hard slog that binds them together. Struggling together through hard times, going without to buy a house, dividing labour to raise kids etc.

    The most destructive myth foisted upon the world is that we are meant to be happy.

    Happiness is something you experience only a few times in your whole life.

    What you actually need to find is contentment.

    People who want happiness will die alone with a cat eating their face off.

  12. Colonel Crispin Berka

    These were all Gay or Mentally Ill or a combination of both and as such are not expected to reproduce.

    Just stop.

  13. Stimpson J. Cat

    Just stop.

    There is no shame in it.
    Grow up.

  14. Knuckle Dragger

    Hardly cherry picking, Colonel.

    ‘These people contributed heaps to humanity despite being childless.’

    ‘Except the four someone else picked out. They didn’t add that much but they were artists.’

    Vicious, aka John Someone, can be in no way described as an artist of any sort. Minogue is well known not for being an artist, but for being Charlene from Neighbours, being Michael Hutchence’s chew toy and that her distant relative was one of cretins responsible for the Russell Street bombing in 1987.

    This subject could well be an all day commitment.

  15. zyconoclast

    There Is No ‘Labor Shortage’

    One of the many trade-offs inherent to immigration policy is efficiency vs. distribution in the labor market. Importing more workers from abroad can lower the cost of production, but the savings come in large part from holding down wages. Anyone who claims that immigration offers only benefits or only costs to the labor market is not being honest about the issue. Unfortunately, immigration advocates have a habit of developing exactly those sorts of one-sided talking points. One of the most prominent right now is the idea of a “labor shortage”. Forget all this talk about trade-offs, they say, employers simply cannot find any more workers without immigration.

    That claim is false. Neither theory nor evidence backs the existence of a “labor shortage”. As discussed below, when employers complain of a “shortage”, they really mean a shortage of people willing to work for the (low) wage that employers would like to pay. The percentage of working-age Americans in the labor force remains significantly below the level from the year 2000, and employers should strive to bring those potential workers back.

  16. lotocoti

    Jolly clever of the BBC to avoid accusations of slamaphobia by describing Bangladesh as a conservative South Asian country.

  17. Overburdened

    KD

    Thank you for the elucidation.

    Having referred to Chaucer earlier, I’m glad to see him get another guernsey regardless of how precise the info is.

    I’m with you that plastic dolls are not a thing for a sane human.

    Having said that, some of the mutton dressed up like lamb getting around may have meat at their core, but plenty of plastic on and under their skin.

  18. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘H.L. Mencken’

    Fair enough. He certainly made a sizeable contribution to our way of life.

    Season Six of The Sopranos didn’t write itself.

  19. I must say one of my associates who I introduced to conservative and libertarian ideas has gone a bit mad.

    Anti-talmudic stuff and references to the pseudo intellectual vox day.

    Press F.

  20. notafan

    Not exactly, once you got passed certain milestones your life expectancy chances increased.

    Besidse which we know that divorce rates went through the roof within the last fifty years, well after we saw significant increases in live expectancy.

    I see no real correlations between life expectancy and divorce rates, are there studies on the subject?

    if you are arguing that medievals, for example, avoided divorce because they died at forty, you are drawing a long bow.

    The average life expectancy for a male child born in the UK between 1276 and 1300 was 31.3 years. In 1998, it is 76. However, by the time the 13th-Century boy had reached 20 he could hope to live to 45, and if he made it to 30 he had a good chance of making it into his fifties.

    17th-century English life expectancy was only about 35 years, largely because infant and child mortality remained high. Life expectancy was under 25 years in the early Colony of Virginia, and in seventeenth-century New England, about 40 percent died before reaching adulthood

    d.

    Life expectancy

  21. Arky

    The Age of the Democracies is over.
    It was astonishingly short – lived. What will replace it, after the initial turmoil is over?
    Not a global utopian government. Thankfully. This was only ever a ruse to undo the democratic Western alliance.
    Now that any pretense that it could ever have been possible to democratise the world is gone, and those mostly Anglophone sponsors of that ideal are also soon to be gone, what will it look like?
    Three main global spheres of power: a Latin American super state. A Chinese Han dominated- Asian super state and an Islamic super state.
    And various of their vassal states.
    It may take a century to get to this final configuration, with numerous internal plays and coups within. Nowhere within this process will there be a place for a free press or democratic processes as we know them.

  22. Arky

    The Age of the Democracies is over.
    It was astonishingly short – lived. What will replace it, after the initial turmoil is over?
    Not a global utopian government. Thankfully. This was only ever a ruse to undo the democratic Western alliance.
    Now that any pretense that it could ever have been possible to democratise the world is gone, and those mostly Anglophone sponsors of that ideal are also soon to be gone, what will it look like?
    Three main global spheres of power: a Latin American super state. A Chinese Han dominated- Asian super state and an I***mic super state.
    And various of their vassal states.
    It may take a century to get to this final configuration, with numerous internal plays and coups within. Nowhere within this process will there be a place for a free press or democratic processes as we know them.

  23. Overburdened

    IT

    Renowned fakir Krishna Murdi described the pleasure/ joy principle, suggesting joy is enjoying the moment for what it is and pleasure is anticipation that something will be as good as it was last time, which leads to disappointment.

    You are correct in what you say.

  24. Infidel Tiger

    A lot of very clever people probably had terrible personality defects that prevented marriage.

    Or they were fags.

  25. Mother Lode

    Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders

    A neolithic Trump?

  26. Mother Lode

    Great slogan:

    Make Britain Great – Frrrrrrom NOW!

  27. Stimpson J. Cat

    Happiness is something you experience only a few times in your whole life.

    I hope you aren’t serious.
    I experience it a few times every few minutes.
    Life is wonderful my sane children.

  28. Overburdened

    notafan

    Perhaps you should explain this to sociologists.

    In my experience they could do to have more thoughts on why things are.

  29. Mater

    Was just walking behind a young lass who had a rather distinctive tattoo on the back of her neck which read:
    “Perfectly Inperfect” (sic).

    It strikes me that this is either one of the most clever, subtle and nuanced tattoos I have ever seen, or the unintended result of a moronic artist.
    Judging by the quality of the tattoo, I’m going with the later.

  30. notafan

    Do these sociologists have names?

    Are you claiming something sciencey here?

  31. zyconoclast

    It’s a mystery.

    The Big Fail: Why Bar Pass Rates Are Sinking to Record Lows

    While their circumstances vary somewhat, most of those schools with pass-rate declines larger than 20 percent have experienced significant drops in their enrollment and applicants, as well as challenges in helping graduates find legal jobs — making for a toxic stew of challenges.

    The cause of the decline is multifaceted, but it’s clear that waning demand for a law degree has played a key role. From 2010 to 2016, the national applicant pool shrank 36 percent — in part due to a contraction in the entry-level legal job market and newfound attention on jobless law grads with staggering amounts of student debt. As a result, the falloff in applicants with high LSAT scores was particularly steep.

    Because of legal education’s declining popularity, schools have needed to reach deeper into their applicant pools to fill out their classes, or they were forced to reduce the number of new students they enrolled. Many campuses employed a combination of both strategies.

    A recent study commissioned by the State Bar of California concluded the declining credentials of law students account for up to half of the state’s falling pass rates.

    Moreover, the evolving way that law is taught may explain why today’s law graduates are struggling more on the bar exam, said Testy, whose organization develops the LSAT. Professors now put less emphasis on memorizing rules and have backed off on some of the high-pressure tactics — like the Socratic method — that historically dominated the classroom.

    “The way we used to teach wasn’t as good for caring for the student, but it made sure you could take a closed-book exam,” she said. “You knew the doctrine. It was much more like a bar exam, in some ways. Today, when you go into a classroom, it’s all PowerPoint. The teachers give them an outline, the students are on computers. There’s a different student approach and a different faculty approach.”

  32. Knuckle Dragger

    Mater,

    With you on that.

    You’d be amazed (or maybe you wouldn’t be) at the amount of society’s excreta that have RESPCET and/or LOYATLY tattooed in large Gothic lettering on their forearms.

    Quality individuals.

    NB: Memo to Australian women – tattoos do NOT cover cellulite. They merely look as though the image represented in the tattoo has been driving on a corrugated dirt road for three hours.

  33. Mother Lode

    Declining numbers enrolling for law degrees?

    Okay. Hear me out.

    I foresee that, one day, in the future (maybe not so far), but there will be, is Australia, at one level or another, a government that is not 80% lawyers.

    Staggering to think, isn’t it?

  34. Tinta:

    Secondly, he’s lazy.

    Primarily, he’s a lazy, union thug. Never had to work hard in his life, and adept at getting others to cover for him.
    I honestly cannot think of anyone to be less trusted with the keys to the Treasury and the State Bordello.
    Apart from Turnbull.

  35. Arky

    The only important thing you can do in life is leave behind functional descendants.
    ..

    The only important thing you can do in life is leave behind functional descendants.
    Yeah, that Isaac Newton, what a loser!
    And obviously Kylie Minogue, Katherine Hepburn, George R.R. Martin, Sid Vicious, and Dolly Parton never made any “important” contributions to humanity.
    Edwin Hubble and Copernicus, no “important” output from them either, apparently.
    It’s also why we never quote any wisdom from H.L. Mencken, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Nietzsche, George Washington, or freakin’ Plato.
    Nikola Tesla, Howard Hughes, and Leonardo da Vinci completely wasted their life according to Arky.
    And don’t even get him started on that Jesus guy!
    Yeah, that Isaac Newton, what a loser!
    And obviously Kylie Minogue, Katherine Hepburn, George R.R. Martin, Sid Vicious, and Dolly Parton never made any “important” contributions to humanity.
    Edwin Hubble and Copernicus, no “important” output from them either, apparently.
    It’s also why we never quote any wisdom from H.L. Mencken, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Nietzsche, George Washington, or freakin’ Plato.
    Nikola Tesla, Howard Hughes, and Leonardo da Vinci completely wasted their life according to Arky.
    And don’t even get him started on that Jesus guy!

    ..
    All the people you mention existed because someone left them behind, as I said, as functional descendants.
    You just proved my argument.

  36. Mater

    You’d be amazed (or maybe you wouldn’t be) at the amount of society’s excreta that have RESPCET and/or LOYATLY tattooed in large Gothic lettering on their forearms.

    Drugged out art degree dropouts, who happen to do tattoos in their spare time, don’t come preloaded with autocorrect.
    It didn’t matter so much when they were just painting protest placards.

  37. Colonel Crispin Berka

    There is no shame in it.

    No, you misunderstood. I mean that you have made a big claim about those 9 people and have given no evidence for it, and your claim is not part of any common knowledge that I’m aware of so it should be supported somehow. No matter what details you might dig up about them, it doesn’t change the fact that all of those people are famous for making some kind of positive contribution to society. That is still the observed end result net of all factors, a popular opinion.

    I didn’t know much about Sid Vicious other than him being famous for a punk band, so the irony is I only chose him because I thought he’d be more familiar to all you oldies – which totally backfired on me as it turns out that familiarity breeds contempt, apparently. So strike that one off the list.

    Probably lucky I didn’t link to the full list I found on Google, because I definitely do not agree with virtually everyone listed on it. I mean, Oprah freakin’ Winfrey? Really? No, I still rate Kylie Minogue above her, though I’m sure now at least one of you will claim to disagree just to troll. “Yeah, Oprah, she’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, she gave cars to people and staged fights on TV! And the bees. Don’t forget the bees.” It’s going to happen, isn’t it?

    And we’re still ignoring Plato and Newton, are we?
    And you’re inclined to believe at least one person in that list was not important, just A Very Naughty Boy?

    You’re kindof glossing over the fact that I only need to find one example in all of history for the original statement to be proven wrong. That was the really audacious thing about it.

  38. Tailgunner

    A question for legal Cats –
    Would one take a chance at fighting a vehicle forfeiture order in a Yarragrad court room or make it disappeared prior?
    Asking for a close friend.

  39. Stimpson J. Cat

    All the people you mention existed because someone left them behind, as I said, as functional descendants.
    You just proved my argument.

    Do we know how many of those individuals owned Cats?

  40. Arky

    Or in other words, for every Hubble, Copernicus, H.L. Mencken, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Nietzsche, George Washington, or “freakin’ Plato”, there were tens of thousands of people before them who did nothing of note or importance other not stuff up their descendant’s.

  41. notafan

    Oprah freakin’ Winfrey?

    Not exactly childless

    She had a premature boy when she was a teen and he dies shortly after birth.

  42. Stimpson J. Cat

    Asking for a close friend.

    Not the P$ssywagon Gunner!

  43. Arky

    And we can see from the profligate abundance of genius during the industrial revolution that few, if any of the people you name were likely indispensable.
    If Henry Ford had not begun mass production would the world look much different?
    There were multiple people banging on the door of every major idea or invention.

  44. Stimpson J. Cat

    I didn’t know much about Sid Vicious other than him being famous for a punk band, so the irony is I only chose him because I thought he’d be more familiar to all you oldies – which totally backfired on me as it turns out that familiarity breeds contempt, apparently. So strike that one off the list.

    Are you retarded or something?

  45. Stimpson J. Cat

    It’s not bad if you are, I’m just asking.

  46. Boambee John

    notafan
    #2991108, posted on April 18, 2019 at 1:29 pm
    okay stimpson

    who made it easy to get a divorce in the first place?

    That grotesque gargoyle Lionel Murphy, who promptly divorced his current wife and soon married a new trophy one.

  47. Knuckle Dragger

    Oh great.

    Now we’re all ‘oldies’.

    I’m surprised you haven’t added Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber, Colonel.

    BTW if Parton hadn’t had her massive bolt ons, and if Burt Ryenolds hadn’t put her in one of his films as the price for a roll in the hay or two she’d still be singing Johnny Cash songs in an Arkansas saloon, on Monday Wednesday and Friday nights.

    Waitressing Tuesday and Thursdays.

    Artist. Pfft.

  48. Mater

    As to issue of procreation:
    There are many men who think they left children on this earth, who didn’t.
    There are many who think they didn’t, but did.
    And there are those who know they did, but didn’t let on.

    Officially, my Great Grandfather died in France without doing said duty.

  49. notafan

    A conversion story

    by a smart person

    though female

    From first things

  50. Infidel Tiger

    That was epic Berka.

    Epic in the same way the finale of MAFS was.

  51. Boambee John

    Overburdened
    #2991148, posted on April 18, 2019 at 1:56 pm
    notafan

    No.

    People generally didn’t live much past 40.

    When Otto von Bismarck, the Iron Chancellor, introduced the first old age pension in late 1800s Germany, he set the age to receive it at 65 when life expectancy was in the mid-50s.

    A model of generosity!

  52. Tailgunner

    Not the P$ssywagon Gunner

    Err, no. Another one just like it…
    🙁

  53. bespoke

    What ever you think of Dolly’s talent’s she hasn’t gone fright bat in her old age unlike many others.

  54. C.L.

    Use Judith Durham of the Seekers as a reference point and you won’t go far wrong lol.

    Young Judith was a super-cutie.

  55. Knuckle Dragger

    It’s OK people.

    It’s not Colonel’s list. It’s Google’s. A Google list.

    It’s all right Crispy, we’ve all tried at some stage to demonstrate a point using a Google list.

    Just don’t do it again. You’re seeing the consequences unfold before you.

    George R.R. Martin indeed. GoT, while popular for the moment, will in ten years’ time be looked at the same way as Battlestar Galactica.

  56. C.L.

    Never before in history …

    Donald J. [email protected]

    Just had a wonderful conversation with @Pontifex Francis offering condolences from the People of the United States for the horrible and destructive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. I offered the help of our great experts on renovation and construction as I did …

    … in my conversation yesterday with President @EmmanuelMacron of France. I also wished both Pope Francis and President Macron a very Happy Easter!

  57. Dr Faustus

    On procreation: Nicola Tesla deliberately chose chastity over shagging because he believed it made him smarter and more productive.

    Hard to follow the deductive reasoning that got him there.

  58. Nick

    Speaking of misspent emissions, I watched sad, aged hippies in an anti Adani ‘convoy’ loudly beep their horns when driving down Exhibition St.

  59. Infidel Tiger

    Donald J. [email protected]

    Just had a wonderful conversation with @Pontifex Francis offering condolences from the People of the United States for the horrible and destructive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. I offered the help of our great experts on renovation and construction as I did …

    … in my conversation yesterday with President @EmmanuelMacron of France. I also wished both Pope Francis and President Macron a very Happy Easter!

    Macron is Donny’s idiot son he has to ring on the Holidays and ask if he needs any help.

  60. Arky

    On procreation: Nicola Tesla deliberately chose chastity over shagging because he believed it made him smarter and more productive.
    Hard to follow the deductive reasoning that got him there.

    ..
    Homo.

  61. notafan

    GOT has it’s moments but all in all is a mess.

    Martin is not a great writer and his books are very frustrating to read, and some bits are just stupid.

  62. Colonel Crispin Berka

    It’s all right Crispy,

    Awwww, thaanks Knucky!

  63. Infidel Tiger

    On procreation: Nicola Tesla deliberately chose chastity over shagging because he believed it made him smarter and more productive.
    Hard to follow the deductive reasoning that got him there.

    If you could stop thinking about sheilas you would no doubt be smarter.

    Your brain would have an extra 95% free space available.

  64. Stimpson J. Cat

    GoT, while popular for the moment, will in ten years’ time be looked at the same way as Battlestar Galactica.

    That all depends on what happens with Wild Cards.
    It could potentially be bigger than Game of Thrones is handled correctly.

  65. Nick

    Fairfax were moaning about ‘what about the needy’ when examining the cost of rebuilding Notre Dame. Pffft.

  66. Arky

    Actually Tesla swung both ways.
    ACDC.

  67. Pedro the Ignorant

    How to avoid ever getting married.

    Straight after Uni start work in an industry where about 90% of the workforce is male and the female 10% is locked away in big city offices.

    Pick work sites thousands of kilometres from the nearest fleshpots, and stay there for ten months of the year.

    Spend the next month getting drunk, going surfing, riding motorbikes, playing footy or cricket and betting on horses.

    The next month go chasing girls, then realise you have left it too late and go back to the desert for another ten months.

    Rinse and repeat for forty plus years.

  68. Percy Popinjay

    GoT, while popular for the moment, will in ten years’ time be looked at the same way as Battlestar Galactica.

    GoT has been around for over eight years. Given it is fiction and not set in any recognisable human historical period (and especially not in the future) it shouldn’t age that badly. I recently watched the Battlestar Galactica episodes from 2004 and they had aged very badly, precisely because the technology that enabled the humans to exist in space was so laughable. Having said that, the entire premise of the two episodes was that the Galactica survived only because its tech was so outdated.

  69. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Actually Tesla swung both ways.
    ACDC.

    Ba-dumm-tish!
    Noice.

    Actually just “AC” would have done it, but it still worked.

  70. Stimpson J. Cat

    some bits are just stupid.

    Agreed.
    The incest in the Bible is much more believable.

  71. Knuckle Dragger

    Exactly my point, Nota.

    A significant contribution to humanity? Hardly.

    For some reason, the Macarena captured people’s imaginations for a year or two before every copy on Earth was rightfully tossed into a volcano. The world-famous, humanity-changing writer of the song had this to say:

    ….

    Hmm. I don’t know, because I don’t know who it was. Neither does anyone else. The inventor of a fad does not change the world. The inventor of hanging, drawing and quartering though, should certainly rate a mention. Truly one of history’s unsung giants.

  72. Stimpson J. Cat

    GoT has been around for over eight years.

    Try 1996.

  73. Percy Popinjay

    “Hey wallies, lets get on down to “Gangnam Style”, I tells ya!”

    Said no one on this planet, ever, at any point in the last six and a half years.

  74. Percy Popinjay

    I was referring to the televisual feasts, you frigging pedant.

  75. C.L.

    Rev Bill Crews of the Exodus Foundation (don’t ask because I don’t know) is keepin’ himself humble in a nationally published newspaper column:

    SMH: I wash the feet of the homeless and it moves me to my soul.

    At lunchtime every Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday, in my Loaves & Fishes Free Restaurant for the homeless, I wash the feet of as many homeless guests as I can. I do this in memory of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples before he was arrested, tortured and executed.

    I started doing this in protest at the way the church had made a ritual of it where only goodly religious people did it to each other with all the church pomp and ceremony around it. To me that made the whole thing remote from life itself. Thank God the current Pope is not like that. I don’t think that is true of many of his predecessors.

    I have been doing this every year since I first started the Loaves & Fishes in Ashfield in 1989. One elderly religious lady asked me then if I was going to wear my robes. “No,” I told her.

    Every year the ritual is the same. As the guests file into our restaurant I grab them by the hand and lead them to a chair, a tub of water and some towels. They sit in the chair, put their feet in the tub and I wash their feet.

    I well remember …

    So he grabs hungry poor people and forces them into a chair to prove to everyone what a humble bloke he is. Then he writes an article about it for the Sydney Morning Herald (complete with photograph, sans the permission of the Poor Person). What could be more humble? He’s also wily enough to slime the popes who – in 2000 years – have never been as humble as he is. That was the appealing angle for Fairfax. What a dickhead.

  76. Knuckle Dragger

    If Battlestar Galactica is still in print in 500 years’ time, and is regarded as a monument to literature and Western Civilisation, then I will concede the point.

    If anybody knows the name of the author.

    And that author remains childless.

    For the moment, that show is etched in history only because it was the second best program Lorne Greene was in.

  77. Stimpson J. Cat

    I was referring to the televisual feasts, you frigging pedant.

    Learn to read nerd.

  78. Stimpson J. Cat

    Disgusting mindless Netflix slaves the lot of you.

  79. Sinclair Davidson

    For the moment, that show is etched in history only because it was the second best program Lorne Greene was in.

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooo.

    The 1978/1979 version hasn’t aged well. The 2004 re-imagination took some getting used to, but was magnificent.

  80. zyconoclast

    London: The Mayor of London has been accused accused by rank and file police officers of “aggravating” climate protests as demonstrators brought havoc to the British capital for a third day on Wednesday.

    Sadiq Khan was criticised by policing and business leaders after activists from Extinction Rebellion were able to disrupt major transport routes.

    Khan urged activists not to break the law. In a series of interviews, he said he had a “shared passion” with the group and compared their struggle to that of the Suffragettes.

  81. Infidel Tiger

    99% of homeless people would rather a cigarette than their feet washed.

    When my ship comes in, I will be handing out smokes by the truck load to the homeless.

  82. Oh come on

    Oh for chuck steak. Plus plus plus plus plus plus plus-sized (and a copiously tramp-stamped) models are now being featured in Gillette ads. Gross.

  83. Nick

    Err, it’s not on Netflix but FOXTEL, Stimp.
    I read it somewhere 🙂

  84. Mother Lode

    Hard to follow the deductive reasoning that got him (Nikola Tesla) there.

    In fairness he was more focused on alternating current so induction would be more his bag.

    Perhaps after repeatedly excelling in his youth (before he was of an age to be involved with women), he reasoned that he would continue to excel if he avoided physical entanglement.

  85. Woolfe

    GOT not on Netflix, sigh.

    But The Expanse is back on Amazon Prime \\ Facechook off\\

  86. Infidel Tiger

    Wallabies getting seriously woke

    Get woke, go broke.

  87. notafan

    I watched season one of GOT on;y.

    I was referring to the books, which I read in quick succession which is probably why I found some of it silly and frustrating.

  88. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo.’

    Best cinematic ‘Noooooooooooooooooo’ ever.

    I know this is a big call, but I believe it’s better than the Planet of the Apes’ ‘You blew it all up!’ scene.

  89. Percy Popinjay

    Wallabies want to wear Indigenous strip at the World Cup

    Yep, that’ll bring the three hundred thousand+ fans the walleebees have lost over the last decade back to the game.

    F*ckwits.

  90. Stimpson J. Cat

    But The Expanse is back on Amazon Prime \\ Facechook off\\

    The Expanse makes Batttlestar Galactica look like Playschool.

    Galactica was only good for the hope that we can one day get hot chick robots that sexy.

    It will happen.

  91. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Election 2019: Pat Dodson to take indigenous portfolio if Labor wins

    Richard Ferguson
    Reporter
    @RichAFerguson
    40 minutes ago April 18, 2019
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    Bill Shorten wants “Father of Reconciliation” Pat Dodson to be in charge of indigenous affairs if Labor wins the next election.

    Bill Shorten confirmed he wanted Senator Dodson in his cabinet at a community barbecue on Bathurst Island today.

    “It is my sincere hope that all things being equal, if we win an election, Pat Dodson will be a minister in a Labor government,” Mr Shorten said

    “For the first time ever in the history of this country, we will have a first Australian in charge of indigenous affairs in Canberra.”

    If Mr Shorten is elected on May 18, the caucus will nominate the MPs and senators it wants installed in the ministry.

    He would then select the portfolios they receive.

    Mr Shorten’s comments represent a strong message to the caucus about his desire for Senator Dodson to enter a Shorten cabinet.

    “He is my uncle in advising me about how to get the best deal possible for First Australians.”

    “[But] there’s plenty of water to go under the bridge.”

    Senator Dodson joined Labor’s parliamentary team in 2016 as a Senator for Western Australia.

    Before entering parliament, he was a renowned indigenous rights advocate and a royal commissioner in the inquiry into Aboriginal deaths in custody.

    Mr Shorten also repeated his pledge to give more power to indigenous communities and organisations, saying “paternalism” and “top down” approaches had failed.

    “We want to try something different if we get elected.

    “We want to try bottom up control.

    “We want to try the idea of Aboriginal-controlled organisations making decisions.”

    From the Oz. Rolling on the floor..

  92. Nick

    Without fail, I always seem to get into a fight with Charity Muggers in Melbourne :

    Charity Backpacker: do you know how many polar bears are dying ?
    Me: Did you swim to Australia ?
    Charity Backpacker: no, but what about the polar bears ?
    Me: shouldn’t you have thought of that before you want only flew half way around the world. Bear murderer!

    The look on her face was gold

  93. Ellie

    Copied from the friend of an ex serving returned Serviceman.

    Dear Australian media and the general public, it’s time for an ANZAC Day education. Below is a list of things that current, and former members, of the Australian and New Zealand Defence Force would like to point out prior to ANZAC Day:

    1. ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign of WWI. ANZAC is an acronym for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. It’s written as ANZAC, not Anzac.

    2. Each year on the 25th of April we reflect on all Defence Force personnel, past and present, and the sacrifices they’ve made. It is a solemn day, treat it as such.

    3. ANZAC Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during WWI.

    4. Traditionally, Rosemary is worn on ANZAC Day. Rosemary is found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula. That’s why it’s significant.

    5. The RED Poppy symbolises peace, death and sleep of the fallen servicemen/woman. While the PURPLE Poppy represents remembrance of the animal victims of war. The ORANGE Poppy represents the acknowledgement of the Service families, and also acknowledges the families’ loss due to veteran suicide. The WHITE Poppy worn between 1918 – 1939 symbolises the wearers’ commitment to peace. Learn the difference!

    6. We commemorate ANZAC Day, not celebrate it. It’s not a bloody party. 

    7. At dawn on the 25th of April 1915, soldiers rowed ashore in boats called ‘lighters’ during the Gallipoli landings, under fire and without outboards motors. 

    8. It’s a bugle, not a trumpet. The Last Post is sounded, not played. It’s not a dance tune.

    9. Not every serviceman/woman were ‘soldiers’. Some were Sailors and Airmen. Please take the time to ascertain what Service they served in, and use the correct terminology. It means a hell of a lot to us!!!

    10. They’re medals, not badges. They’re citations, not pins. Please learn the difference.

    11. Medal recipients wear their medals on the left side of their chest covering their heart; family members/descendants wear the medals on the right side of their chest.

    12. No, I am not wearing my father’s or grandfather’s medals, they are mine. I earned them during my Service. 

    13. Medals, ribbons and Unit Citations are EARNED, not WON. It’s not a chook raffle. They are awarded to the recipient, not given to them.

    14. Yes, I am allowed to wear my ‘Return From Active Service’ badge on any bloody day of the year that I choose to wear it. Get over it. And no, it’s not a bloody Medal.

    15. Australian and New Zealand soldiers did not retreat from Gallipoli, they withdrew.

    16. It really doesn’t matter which side you wear your Poppy on, as long as it’s worn with pride. Traditionally, men on the left breast and women on the right breast.

    17. Please, don’t try to draw comparisons between sports players and war veterans. I’ve never seen a sports player perform acts of heroism whilst under fire, to protect their fellow Service personnel, flag and Country.

    18. ANZAC Day isn’t a day to go and watch, or play sport. Show some bloody respect to the brave men and women in uniform, past and present, who fought for the blanket of freedom that you currently sleep under.

    19. Having a few drinks and playing ‘2 up’ is an ANZAC Day tradition. Getting shit faced, picking fights and acting like a bloody yobbo isn’t.

    20. ‘Lest We Forget’ isn’t a throwaway line, it actually has meaning: it’s an expression of remembrance, par excellence. It has dignified origins, a rich history. Don’t misuse or disrespect it.

    21. The ‘Ode’ comes from the poem “For the Fallen”, written by Laurence Binyon. The verse, which is commonly known as ‘The Ode Of Remembrance’, is as follows:

    “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

    At the going down of the sun and in the morning

    We will remember them.”

    Lest We Forget

    Here endeth the lesson.

  94. Knuckle Dragger

    That reminds me, Ellie.

    Those poor Navy punters out and about in boats. In the dark.

    Blood ‘N’ Guts Sneath would be having conniptions.

    (h/t Areff, I think.)

  95. Copied from the friend of an ex serving returned Serviceman.

    I like the cut of their jib.

  96. feelthebern

    The 2004 re-imagination took some getting used to, but was magnificent.

    Incredible story arc.
    The prequel series Caprica was also awesome.
    I can not believe one of the streaming services hasn’t bankrolled another series.

  97. Dr Faustus

    Mr Shorten’s comments represent a strong message to the caucus about his desire for Senator Dodson to enter a Shorten cabinet.

    He is my uncle in advising me about how to get the best deal possible for First Australians.”

    “[But] there’s plenty of water to go under the bridge.”

    Cancerous Bill Shorten, speaking fluent folkloric, with one foot either side of the rabbit proof fence.

  98. Mother Lode

    Rev Bill Crews of the Exodus Foundation (don’t ask because I don’t know) is keepin’ himself humble in a nationally published newspaper column:

    Sounds more like Rev Obama.

  99. “He is my uncle in advising me about how to get the best deal possible for First Australians.”

    Oh fuck off.

  100. The prequel series Caprica was also awesome.

    Yes it was.

  101. feelthebern

    17. Please, don’t try to draw comparisons between sports players and war veterans. I’ve never seen a sports player perform acts of heroism whilst under fire, to protect their fellow Service personnel, flag and Country.

    Yes. If turning on one of the now many games on ANZAC day, turn on only when the game starts.
    It will save you throwing up in your mouth with the ADF virtue signalling.
    That is, to be seen on TV you have to be a fat female, maybe even indigenous too.

  102. John Constantine

    https://www.recode.net/2018/4/5/17119956/parking-ticket-property-tax-revenue

    Instead, Lear decided to try his luck with DoNotPay, a free bot service that streamlines the process of contesting parking tickets. The service helped Lear win a dismissal in 2016, leaving him a little bit richer and Seattle a little bit poorer.

    New technology-powered services like DoNotPay, WinIt and TurboAppeal are encouraging more people to challenge legal hassles like inaccurate tickets and property taxes online. While these tools can help citizens avoid unfair penalties, they also might tempt some users to game the system, and could strain the resources of local governments

    Some services like this in australia, anybody tried them?.

    Use skynet against itself.

    Comrades.

  103. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    11. Medal recipients wear their medals on the left side of their chest covering their heart; family members/descendants wear the medals on the right side of their chest.

    Most ex- servicewomen of my acquaintance have practiced the icy glare and the chilly response “I an NOT wearing my husbands medals on the wrong side, they were awarded to ME…”

  104. Overburdened

    In great news for the advancement of humanity, shorten has declared he wants patdodson in charge of Indig affairs.

    shorten was not quoted as saying,

    ‘ with a long and proud history of being a rabble rousing taxpayer vacuum over many years, dodson will be able to show the younger generation of apparently indigs that having white heritage and living an urban lifestyle should be no barrier to bleeding the coffers like never before.’

    shorten also did not promise a clip on beard and a hat to be worn indoors and at night for all who identify.

  105. Ellie

    Sinc, is that you in the new banner?

  106. Boambee John

    C.L.
    #2991209, posted on April 18, 2019 at 2:53 pm
    Use Judith Durham of the Seekers as a reference point and you won’t go far wrong lol.

    Young Judith was a super-cutie.

    Sadly, her husband died relatively young. AFAIK, they had no children.

  107. Overburdened

    Sheesh already covered.

    Gotta be quick around here

  108. feelthebern

    Sinc, is that you in the new banner?

    No, it’s the way Pope Frankie sees himself.

  109. Stimpson J. Cat

    Sinc, is that you in the new banner?

    No it’s a different Brazilian.

  110. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Cancerous Bill Shorten, speaking fluent folkloric, with one foot either side of the rabbit proof fence.

    One of Western Australia’s more notorious murders was committed along the Rabbit Proof Fence…..”Snowy” Rowles ring any bells?

  111. thefrollickingmole

    Would one take a chance at fighting a vehicle forfeiture order in a Yarragrad court room or make it disappeared prior?

    Overinsuring and firebombing sounds like a great way out.
    Even better if its in an impound yard already.

  112. Knuckle Dragger

    Pat Dodson. Billy’s uncle. Yeah right.

    This statement in itself should get every uppity fauxboriginal in the country (and they are legion) issuing press releases by the dozen condemning Shorten for cultural appropriation, destruction of legacy, and so on and on.

    Hey, blackfellas! I understand you!

    No Bill, no you don’t.

    The concept that indigines haven’t yet had the ability to make their own decisions about what to do with $33 billion per annum – that’s another rancid vat of half-eaten parasite infested offal that needs examination.

  113. Overburdened

    Dodson and the other uncles should take shorten to Ceremony.

  114. John Comnenus

    Listened to the Dan Bongino podcast this morning. He had a great csound byte rant from Cardi B who was a whingin and a bitchin with lots of expletives about how much tax she pays and how much of that tax is wasted. Then the interviewer asks her who she is supporting in the election, and she says ……. drum roll for the stupidest millionaire on the planet ..she is supporting ..1%er millionaire Bernie Sanders.

    Cardi B is toooooo stupid to have money. Bernie, who wrote the book how to become a millionaire selling socialism to morons, Sanders will relive her of more than half her financial burden. You can’t make up how stupid some people are.

  115. Knuckle Dragger

    Ha! Whistlecock Bill!

  116. Atoms for Peace

    The people you meet. Past couple of months; relatives of Sir William Webb and Steele Rudd.

  117. jupes

    Catching up on the thread:

    Apropos what to watch on Qantas. I recommend the six one hour episodes of The Little Drummer Girl.

    Superbly filmed and pretty close to the original story.

  118. John Comnenus

    Little Drummer Girl was excellent.

  119. Sinclair Davidson

    Stimpy – hot sex robot for you here.

  120. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This statement in itself should get every uppity fauxboriginal in the country (and they are legion) issuing press releases by the dozen condemning Shorten for cultural appropriation, destruction of legacy, and so on and on.

    Pat Dodson’s ancestry is 3/8th Aboriginal – his father was an Irish shearer, and his mother of Aboriginal/Malaysian descent.

  121. thefrollickingmole

    Doomlord.

    You can pay extra for the twin pack. Never leave your room again.

  122. Spider

    What a joke Mr Get Ups handlers are already apologising for some poor taste indiscretion with a sign and Abbott’s been called out as if it’s his fault.

    Old Leathery no doubt salivating at the thought of spending at least 1/2 an hour on this distraction to talk about his favourite ex-PM.

    Time for them to pack it in and leave the campaigning to those without any scruples.

  123. C.L.

    99% of homeless people would rather a cigarette than their feet washed.

    When my ship comes in, I will be handing out smokes by the truck load to the homeless.

    It’s interesting you should say that.
    I’ve noticed lately an upsurge of folk scanning the ground for cigarette butts.
    Do you think the AMA cares about the indignity of that? Or cares about very simple people for whom a smoke is an exquisite pleasure? Of course they don’t, the nazi assholes.

  124. Shorten:
    “We want to try something different if we get elected.

    “We want to try bottom up control.

    That’s not different at all for Labor.
    Wright, Orkopulos and D’Arcy all loved bottom up control.

    “He is my uncle in advising me about how to get the best deal possible for First Australians.”

    Oh it’s a DEAL now it it? A deal, as in “how much money can we fleece from whitey”. Of course Big Daddy Dodson is advising, he knows exactly which maaaaaaaates will be getting what.

    And why are they giving a “deal” to the “First Australians”? They’re all dead. The last ones were wiped out by the Abo’s in the only genocide to have ever actually occurred on this continent.

  125. Boambee John

    Overburdened
    #2991284, posted on April 18, 2019 at 3:54 pm
    Dodson and the other uncles should take shorten to Ceremony.

    Split dick?

  126. Knuckle Dragger

    Mr Rusty,

    Testify!

    #stillmisstestpattern

  127. thefrollickingmole

    I’ve noticed lately an upsurge of folk scanning the ground for cigarette butts.

    People have had ash trays in front yards and some of those outside building types broken into in Feraldton.

    Any time you see one of those “bolted to the wall” butt holders smashed odds are its a desperate dude getting together enough ‘baccy for one more durry.

    Lot of the down and outs are mentally ill as well, so the government is busy fining them for one of their sources of relief.

  128. Knuckle Dragger

    Mole,

    Yup. Beer gardens are like bird feeders to these punters. It’s a race between them and the glassies as to who can empty the ashtrays first.

    Very considerate people, you have to say.

  129. C.L.

    Modern servo robberies tell the story.
    Keep the cash, give me the durries.

  130. Oh come on

    Shorten’s efforts on the campaign trail has thus far has been pretty abysmal. Even the MSM can’t avoid admitting it.

  131. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Stimpy – hot sex robot for you here.

    comes with 2 complimentary bags of silicon

  132. Spider

    Tinta on Terri Mc Canns

    Uh-oh Bill Sorten is looking more like John Hewson with his super gaffe

    Rest assured most in the media class have forgotten about already after Bill’s swell explanation. Nothing further to see on that topic thanks. Full steam ahead.

  133. calli

    “He is my uncle in advising me about how to get the best deal possible for First Australians.”

    Oh noes!

    He’s caught Ruddbola!

  134. Ellie

    Easter is linked to the J*wish Passover by much of its symbolism.

    My J*wish mum married a non- J*w. We recognised and celebrated all J*wish and Christian traditions.

    Although no longer observant, I believe He is yet to rise.

    t’chiyat hameitim

  135. calli

    I am not clicking on Sinc’s link.

  136. John Comnenus

    I have been predicting an ALP loss for some time. Shorten is just not used to being challenged. His first fight was against no punches Turnbull who specialised in giving himself upper cuts and then had minimal push back moral coward SLOMO. And Shorten still shot himself in the foot because he got arrogant and careless. Now Shorten will be flustered as he watches his Primeminsitership slip away and even SLOMO will see the benefit of attack. I am still predicting a SLOMO miracle. Unfortunately, it won’t help Australia much because the SLOMO Libs are hopeless whereas the Shorten ALP is dangerous.

  137. None

    They do fulfil certain needs. Any time you feel that need you can easily visit a local establishment and cut one out of the herd. But manacled to one, supposedly for the rest of your life? Not on your nelly.

    Clearly you don’t love women then, Knuckles. And you may want to consider that no woman would want to be “manacled” to a man with this sort of attitude towards them.

  138. Oh come on

    Holy crap Candace Owens absolutely pole-axed some chippy wannabe working class ‘anarchist’ at a Q&A that was a part of the Turning Point tour of the UK. The humiliation she dealt him was deadly accurate and brutal. She is becoming a really first rate debater.

  139. Sinclair Davidson

    I am not clicking on Sinc’s link.

    Rejected. Again.

  140. Ellie

    I clicked. But I bad reputation.

  141. thefrollickingmole

    calli
    #2991312, posted on April 18, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    I am not clicking on Sinc’s link.

    You should, if only to realize this is as close to the “donor” as kids born to lesbian couples will get.

  142. calli

    I could have phrased that better.

  143. calli

    I love those old birds!

    If we are to be monitored for Hate Speech, please let it be done by experts.

  144. Oh come on

    Keep the cash, give me the durries.

    Makes sense. Cashiers have access to at best a few hundred bucks in cash, while cleaning out a servo’s cigarette stock will net the robber thousands of dollars’ worth of easily fenced and liquidated loot.

  145. None

    What? So Dodgy Dodson is all for the aging white patriarchy telling him how to run his life because as a total product of the left he is 100% infantilized.

  146. Sinclair Davidson

    Now this is a sex robot.

  147. Bruce of Newcastle

    Stimpy – hot sex robot for you here.

    Mush!

    Wolf Pack Of Robot Dogs Pulls Box Truck Across Parking Lot

    Robotics company Boston Dynamics published a stunning video Tuesday of ten SpotMini robots pulling a Freightliner box truck across a parking lot, presumably at their headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts.

    “It only takes 10 Spotpower (SP) to haul a truck across the Boston Dynamics parking lot (~1 degree uphill, truck in neutral),” the company wrote in the video description posted on Youtube. “These Spot robots are coming off the production line now and will be available for a range of applications soon.”

    Ok,yes, Stimpy is a cat not a dog. So the video is for his friend Ren instead.

  148. Ellie

    Sex robots?

    This is how you control your women.

    Simples

  149. Rebel with cause

    Young people are taught a lot about their rights and entitlements and very little about their responsibilities.

    One of the great joys in life is to take on as much responsibility as you can bear and do it as competently as you can. And you find over time your capacity to manage that responsibility grows and you can find more room to help others.

    Getting your life in order is a responsibility. Having a family and providing for them is a responsibility. Holding down your job and going to work even when things are hard is a responsibility.

    Previous generations knew only too well the expectation that they shoulder their responsibilities, today’s generation knows far too little.

  150. Tom

    Today’s Tucker Carlson Tonight is a classic — first-rate writing on the overtaking of Beto by the Indiana pouve, overlaid with the Carlson journalistic performance art. Includes a short interview with Ben Shapiro (“All Democrats have to do [to get the nomination] is not be crazy, but they can’t help themselves”]). Plus, at around the 30-minute mark, Brietbart editor-in-chief Alex Barlow on Big Tech’s censorship of the world’s best non-left news site.

  151. cohenite

    Zoologist Sets the Record Straight After Netflix Tells Kids Climate Change Is Killing Walruses
    The Western Journal, 16 April 2019

    Benjamin Arie

    A screen can be a powerful thing. Whether we’re staring at a television or scrolling through a tablet, the screens all around us can change the way we see the world.

    Conservatives have warned about the downsides of a culture addicted to media for decades, and liberal Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have been reported to limit the screen time their kids can view at home.

    The reason is that the content we absorb can influence us — and it can be used to make us believe half-truths and lies.

    That’s exactly what one expert now says is happening with a video released by Netflix. A zoologist and professor is sounding the alarm after a much-viewed nature documentary implied that global warming caused the deaths of walruses in the film.

    Susan Crockford, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Victoria, has accused renowned British presenter David Attenborough and producers of the “Our Planet” documentary of lying about a sober scene that showed walruses falling to their death. She believes viewers are being purposely deceived in order to push climate change propaganda.

    “The lie being told by Attenborough and the film crew is that 200-300 walruses fell during the time they were filming, while in fact they filmed only a few: polar bears were responsible for the majority of the carcasses shown on the beach below the cliff,” zoologist Crockford wrote on her official website on Sunday.

    She believes that deceptive editing was used to push a completely untrue narrative about the footage. The walruses that were recorded dying, Crockford alleges, were being chased over a cliff by polar bears — and the clip had no direct link to climate change.

    The professor pointed to a 2017 incident in which polar bears were reported to have driven walruses to their deaths near a village in Russia, which she believes was shown in the nature documentary. Conspicuously, there was no mention of the polar bears in the released footage.

    “The film crew have steadfastly refused to reveal precisely where and when they filmed the walrus deaths shown in this film in relation to the walrus deaths initiated by polar bears reported by The Siberian Times in the fall of 2017,” Crockford wrote.

    But she thinks the deceptive footage goes beyond editing, and that crew members have openly lied about what happened.

    “The lie being told by Attenborough and the film crew is that 200-300 walruses fell during the time they were filming, while in fact they filmed only a few: polar bears were responsible for the majority of the carcasses shown on the beach below the cliff,” the zoologist said.

    “This is, of course, in addition to the bigger lie that lack of sea ice is to blame for walrus herds being onshore in the first place,” Crockford continued. “Walruses dying in large numbers due to falls from cliff tops is not a new phenomenon.”

    In other words, the polar bear expert with more than 35 years in her field thinks that the documentary set out to be deceptive from the get-go. If that’s true, then left-leaning documentary producers didn’t just make a mistake, they’re purposely pushing a falsehood because it matches a political narrative.

    The footage was directly linked to the effects of global warming by the film’s director, Sophie Lanfear. She blamed the death of the walruses on “lack of sea ice” when asked by The Telegraph newspaper. This “global warming killed the walruses” claim was also pushed by media outlets such as The Sun and environmental groups including the WWF.

    But Crockford isn’t alone. Other wildlife experts are now questioning the story.

    Lori Quakenbush from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game told The Atlantic that similar incidents between polar bears and walruses have happened many times before, even when sea ice is plentiful.

    “Quakenbush and others also doubt that the climbs and falls are related to climate change, because such tragedies have been reported since before sea ice showed substantial declines,” the magazine stated.

    Lori Polasek from the University of Alaska Fairbanks is also skeptical. “Walruses have shown similar behavior on the U.S. coastline when space and ice were not an issue, and the reason is unknown,” Polasek said.

    If the documentary is truly deceptive, then its producers have some explaining to do. To push a political agenda in a documentary trusted by parents, students, teachers and kids to be accurate would be alarming — but in the age of editing, perhaps nothing is as it seems.

    Attenborough of course is one of the creeps who said it would be better if Trump was shot.

  152. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Candace Owens absolutely pole-axed some chippy wannabe working class ‘anarchist’

    Gosh, that was distinctly invigorating.
    On the substance, it may have been relatively easy to counter a low-tier anarcho-syndicalist who brought to the room nothing but envy, hatred, and false claims of institutional partisanship. On style and emotion, definitely top marks to Candace for staying on the level when confronted by that sort of revolutionary intimidatory grandstanding.

    I give it a 7 out of 10 Rondas.
    [👊👊👊👊👊👊👊☮☮☮]

  153. Bruce of Newcastle

    Zoologist Sets the Record Straight After Netflix Tells Kids Climate Change Is Killing Walruses

    Oh, it’s worse than that. But don’t expect to hear this in the MSM.

    Delingpole: Walrusgate – Attenborough Exposed in #FakeNews Netflix Eco Documentary Scandal

    Did wildlife filmmakers from the $25 million Netflix series Our Planet accidentally drive a herd of walruses to their deaths – then lie about the incident afterwards in order to defend their preferred narrative that the creatures were tragic victims of climate change?

    The sleuthing on this scandal was done by polar bear expert Susan Crockford (who spotted the polar bear connection); by Andrew Montford (who confirmed the geographical location and introduced the possibility that the Netflix crew may have contributed to the disaster); by ecologist Jim Steele, who has noted that walrus ‘haul-outs’ (ie retreats from the sea) are common and have nothing to do with ‘climate change’; and by the indefatigable Paul Homewood, who has pulled all the strands together in a series of damning posts here, here and here.

    Homewood floats the disturbing possibility that besides the polar bears, it may have been the filmmakers’ drones which caused the walruses to stampede to their deaths:

    There is however another rather more sinister possible explanation for the stampede. According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS):

    Walruses often flee haulouts en masse in response to the sight, sound, and especially odours from humans and machines.

    So it is perfectly possible that it was the filmmakers themselves who caused the stampede up the cliffs.

    Indeed, as this aerial shot showed, there must have been some sort of helicopter or drone flying immediately above the walrus, which seems to me to be an utterly irresponsible thing to do.

    You can see why the MSM wouldn’t want to report that the camera crew scared the walruses over the cliff, filmed it all, and then said CO2 was the cause…

  154. Sinclair Davidson

    Ellie!

    That’s a bit saucy.

    Here I was hoping to introduce people to the great show Tripping the rift.

  155. Mother Lode

    Lori Quakenbush from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game told The Atlantic that similar incidents between polar bears and walruses have happened many times before, even when sea ice is plentiful.

    Ha ha! I am ready for that dodge.

    The walruses aren’t responding to the amount of ice that there is in the sea. If there is plenty of ice they will still propel themselves from atop cliffs.

    They are responding to the 15-year average of sea ice. If there is plenty of ice this year, but there was not so much for the last fourteen, then they will haul themselves about disconsolately and confused, and indeed suicidal, because of the previous 14 years.

    Why are we even talking about this? The science is settled – so we need to increase funding for research.

  156. Mother Lode

    After so long and illustrious a career, after completely revolutionising the style and content of wildlife documentaries, filling them with spectacle and wonder, Attenborough is brought undone by left wing politics.

    Must be dotage.

    For any intelligent person to become a leftist activist there must be substantial deterioration of their mental powers.

  157. Tailgunner

    Overinsuring and firebombing sounds like a great way out.
    Even better if its in an impound yard already.

    I know.
    My friend thinks this way too.
    Grrrr… No good options!

  158. Tailgunner

    What are the odds of getting a cold/flu just before the Easter break?
    1000/1!
    Terrible week!

  159. Mindfree

    Rev Bill Cruz is a far-left loon who would give Father Rod ‘Jesus Mctilty head (h/t Tim Blair)’ Bower a run for his money

    Oh and if I could dig it out but probably now deleted that Sir Dickie Attenborough was recorded not knowing the mike was still on that not only wanted Trump shot but wanted to give Obama a full body massage (rub his pecs and stroke his thighs)

    That was also after he came out of the closet from admitting to porking howling ferrets – just joking about the closet

  160. Atoms for Peace

    Anyone know what Shortens’ totem animal is? Cold meat pie?

  161. Atoms for Peace

    Tailgunner. The human body has terrible way of striking you just as you wind down from a stressful period. Anecdotal.

  162. Geriatric Mayfly

    Oh! Joy! The Pony Post has delivered me someone else’s copy of The Age. Haven’t read the rag for over a decade. Many treats await over the Easter break. Perhaps not, it seems to be printed on A4 these days, and the armorial has gone from the header and in it’s place some feelz: ‘Independent as Always.’ That’s Ok then.

  163. thefrollickingmole

    In this case Im on the side of the beardy weirdies.
    People should be allowed to do pretty well anything they like on land they purchase
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-18/illegal-land-clearers-heckle-people-in-court-as-they-are-fined/11028070

    There were fireworks inside Sydney’s Land and Environment Court as two men who took part in illegal land clearing began shouting and heckling before they were fined $100,000.

    Dr Mustapha Kara-Ali and Diaa Kara-Ali ran a religious guild on the land, in Sydney’s north west
    They had claimed their property was exempt from Australian law
    Brothers Mustapha and Diaa Kara-Ali illegally cleared land and developed on a bush block in Sydney’s north west, claiming the Islamic spiritual group they ran on the property was exempt from Australian law.

    Hawkesbury City Council took the brothers to the Land and Environment Court in June last year.

    From the beginning, the duo refused to take part in court proceedings and ignored orders by the court to stop construction works on the land.

    Today they were convicted of 12 counts of contempt of court.

  164. dover_beach

    Here is the buttock-ugly interior of St Patrick’s cathedral in Parramatta following its restoration after the 1996 fire (started by an arsonist).

    The interior is a travesty. Beyond awful.

  165. calli

    It’s hidden somewhere in this appalling puff piece.

    “The heart of Phar Lap in the body of an aardvark”.

    I couldn’t bear to read it all again to find the exact quote. I would lose the will to live.

  166. Just putting it out there:
    Never watched an episode/movie of Battlestar Galactica.
    Never watched an episode/movie of GoT (Game of Thrones I believe?)
    Never watched an episode/movie of MAFS (Married at First Sight, I believe?)
    But I have seen Dolly Parton’s tits.

  167. Today’s Tucker Carlson Tonight is a classic — first-rate writing on the overtaking of Beto by the Indiana pouve, overlaid with the Carlson journalistic performance art. Includes a short interview with Ben Shapiro (“All Democrats have to do [to get the nomination] is not be crazy, but they can’t help themselves”]).

    There’s still a looooong way to go though. Pete Buttplug will undoubtedly also be upstaged by several other new contenders who will all outrank him on the identity politics / victim totem pole.

    The Democratic Party contender line up will look like a circus freak show by November. Eventually, when Bernie beats the tri-sexual, transexual, Muslim, Burkina-Faso born, bikini wearing midget the entire identity politics movement might actually realise they are just useful idiot pawn stars fluffing the socialist straight white multi-millionaire male.

    Then Trump will win in a landslide and they will go straight back to wearing pussy hats and yelling at clouds.

  168. Memoryvault

    Anyone know what Shortens’ totem animal is? Cold meat pie?

    Wouldn’t it be just awful if Labor wins the election.
    Wonderful, talented, intelligent PM Scott Morrison replaced by that talentless party hack Shorten.
    And after he has done so much good, too. What a terrible loss for our nation.

  169. Leigh Lowe

    Nick

    #2991256, posted on April 18, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Without fail, I always seem to get into a fight with Charity Muggers in Melbourne :

    The chuggers never, ever ambush me.
    I used to stare past them into the middle distance and use other pedestrians as blockers to avoid them.
    Now I make eye contact and almost invite an approach for the sole purpose of telling them to shove it, but no go.
    I suspect I am not their target demographic.

  170. Today’s Tucker Carlson Tonight is a classic — first-rate writing on the overtaking of Beto by the Indiana pouve, overlaid with the Carlson journalistic performance art. Includes a short interview with Ben Shapiro (“All Democrats have to do [to get the nomination] is not be crazy, but they can’t help themselves”]).

    There’s still a looooong way to go though. Pete Buttplug will undoubtedly also be upstaged by several other new contenders who will all outrank him on the identity politics / victim totem pole.

    The Democratic Party contender line up will look like a circus freak show by November. Eventually, when Bernie beats the tri-sexual, transexual, Mooozlim, Burkina-Faso born, bikini wearing midget the entire identity politics movement might actually realise they are just useful idiot pawn stars fluffing the socialist straight white multi-millionaire male.

    Then Trump will win in a landslide and they will go straight back to wearing pussy hats and yelling at clouds.

  171. calli

    Three out of four for me, Winston.

    Does the other “Dolly” count?

  172. Infidel Tiger

    What’s the best Easter movie for kids?

  173. Sinclair Davidson

    The Pony Post has delivered me someone else’s copy of The Age.

    Last weekend I accidentally got the Saturday Paper! Hopefully the commie got my AFR and learned something.

  174. thefrollickingmole

    Wonderful, talented, intelligent PM Scott Morrison replaced by that talentless party hack Shorten.
    And after he has done so much good, too. What a terrible loss for our nation.

    How will we cope without the Potential greatness hovering like a cauldron of boiling lead over our heads?

    We have absolutely shit political parties in this country.

  175. Sinclair Davidson

    What’s the best Easter movie for kids?

    Passion of the Christ?
    Fatal Attraction?

  176. Gab

    Here is the buttock-ugly interior of St Patrick’s cathedral in Parramatta following its restoration after the 1996 fire (started by an arsonist).

    Well it certainly reflects the Church of today as it is being run into the ground by wanna-be Freemasons and Gay Mafia and Maureen fro the Parish Council.

    No soul.

  177. thefrollickingmole

    Hopefully the commie ….. learned something.

    These 2 sets of words are in the same sentence, but cancel each other out.

  178. Gab

    While you’re here, Sinclair, what’s with the lack of Wednesday forum?

  179. Arky

    “The heart of Phar Lap in the body of an aardvark”.

    ..
    I’m working on something similar.
    Transplanting duck genitalia onto the forehead of an armadillo.

  180. calli

    Ben Hur

    …daylight…

    Ben Hur

  181. Nick

    The chuggers never, ever ambush me.
    I used to stare past them into the middle distance and use other pedestrians as blockers to avoid them.
    Now I make eye contact and almost invite an approach for the sole purpose of telling them to shove it, but no go.
    I suspect I am not their target demographic.

    In Sydney, yep. In Melbourne, even a suit and a shitty look is no protection.

  182. Infidel Tiger

    I was thinking today that Easter never features very prominently in the American psyche.

    It’s almost never mentioned in popular culture. Not like Christmas, Thanksgiving and Halloween. And yet in secular Australia it is very much at the fore.

  183. Leigh Lowe

    Tom

    #2991344, posted on April 18, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Today’s Tucker Carlson Tonight is a classic …

    I saw a snippet of an interview about the University admissions scandal, where the comment was made “I wonder if these ambitious Stanford moms realise how similar they are to pageant moms”.
    Gold!

  184. Nick

    What’s the best Easter movie for kids?

    Delia Smith, how to make a rabbit pie.

  185. Memoryvault

    How will we cope without the Potential greatness hovering like a cauldron of boiling lead over our heads?

    You should ask the Doomlord. I see he’s out and about tonight.
    (I wonder if he’s still recruiting for the “We you love Malcolm” club).

  186. Sinclair Davidson

    While you’re here, Sinclair, what’s with the lack of Wednesday forum?

    Checking to see if it is really necessary. If nobody complains or asks for a new thread we don’t need it.

  187. Infidel Tiger

    Ben Hur is good.

    Not sure I can get a 4yo girl to watch for long though.

  188. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Hopefully the commie ….. learned something.
    These 2 sets of words are in the same sentence, but cancel each other out.

    Yes. There is no hopefuless in communism.
    But they do learn how to keep their mouth shut.

  189. Leigh Lowe

    IT, my bowel cancer test kit just arrived.
    Any pro tips from the Teutonic side of the family about examination, collection etc?

  190. calli

    Never too young to watch a chariot race.

    White Privilege wins, natch.

  191. Gab

    Good idea, Sinclair. New forums cost a lot these days 😀

  192. Gab

    It’ll be a tad whiffy by tomorrow night though.

  193. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2991395, posted on April 18, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Ben Hur is good.

    Not sure I can get a 4yo girl to watch for long though.

    A while back a mate was watching Rambo, when the 5 year old daughter walked in …
    “What are you watching Daddy?”
    “It’s an old movie … Rambo.”
    “Uh-huh.”
    Little miss watches in silence for five minutes or so the pipes up …
    “Daddy, which one is Rainbow?”

  194. Leigh Lowe

    Gab

    #2991400, posted on April 18, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    It’ll be a tad whiffy by tomorrow night though.

    My test kit you mean?

  195. thefrollickingmole

    I’m working on something similar.
    Transplanting duck genitalia onto the forehead of an armadillo.

    I keep telling you, 7″ roofing nails arent the solution, even if you hammer in 4-5 of the things.

    What’s the best Easter movie for kids?
    Happy

    Its got hope, redemption, Mr Smoothie and a colorful imaginary unicorn thing..

  196. Oh come on

    We have absolutely shit political parties in this country.

    It is astonishing to me that, despite Trumble and Morro leading the worst coalition governments in Australian history, Pieman’s ALP may well still be shit enough to lose the election.

  197. Colonel Crispin Berka

    If nobody complains or asks for a new thread we don’t need it.

    You just don’t see that often enough in blogs these days.
    Service with a shapeshifting smile.

  198. Spider

    Well blow me down with a feather.

    Zali Steggle is on The Drum. Who would have predicted that?

    Any bets on a question next Monday on Q&A after some exposure on Insiders.

  199. Tailgunner

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #2991161, posted on April 18, 2019 at 2:07 pm
    I must say one of my associates who I introduced to conservative and libertarian ideas has gone a bit mad.

    Anti-talmudic stuff and references to the pseudo intellectual vox day.

    You sent him to 4chan?

  200. thefrollickingmole

    It is astonishing to me that, despite Trumble and Morro leading the worst coalition governments in Australian history, Pieman’s ALP may well still be shit enough to lose the election.

    Its like watching an ebola infected Aardvark and an engineless model T sliding down a very, very minor incline, while on fire, towards a sewage pond.

    With either big fat Clive or the Sea Patrol mob there to charge them admission before they take a soothing dip.

  201. Infidel Tiger

    IT, my bowel cancer test kit just arrived.
    Any pro tips from the Teutonic side of the family about examination, collection etc?

    They will most likely have been ordering dozens of them under false names for years.

    Let them guide you.

    Just be prepared when they whip out a dessert spoon.

  202. Oh come on

    If the ALP loses next month, the political truism ‘oppositions don’t win elections; governments lose them’ will require amending. Because this loss will demonstrate that oppositions may not win elections but they certainly can lose them.

  203. Mother Lode

    Gab,

    You have the Bene Gesserit’s gift of the Weirding Way when it comes to Open Fora.

    Can you deploy your mystical gift to get a free going soon?

  204. Tel

    It is astonishing to me that, despite Trumble and Morro leading the worst coalition governments in Australian history, Pieman’s ALP may well still be shit enough to lose the election.

    All the polls have consistently demonstrated that the voters know perfectly well that Peanut is a poor choice for PM … but desperation and lack of options have left us in a pickle. The media savagely cut down any politician who outwardly shows the slightest initiative or ability to think. This leaves only the bland, the braindead and the astoundingly cunning.

  205. Gab

    Doesn’t seem likely today, Mother Lode. But do as Sinclair has suggested – complain to him about it. Send him an email, or go to his Twitter account, or complain here lots 🙂

  206. Oh come on

    James Woods is absolutely brutal on Twitter. Bernie Sanders tweets:

    Looks like President Trump is scared of our campaign. He should be.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 17, 2019

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

    Woods fires back:

    Nah. You’ve already shown you’ll fold if the price is right. #HillarysBitch https://t.co/2gvlsm7hkP— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 17, 2019

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  207. dover_beach

    Take them to church, IT. Tonight, tomorrow, Sat evening, and on Sunday. They need to see you attend, pray, receive communion, act reverently, kneel, and the like. Don’t skimp by passing over the responsibility to your wife. Children will note this and it will lower their respect for Mass. Give thanks before a meal. Simple acts of piety are important. In time they will grow and be the best of children, and this will be noted by others.

  208. Eyrie

    Depressing. Some of you blokes have obviously had extremely bad relationship experiences with women.
    I thank my lucky stars every day for mine.

  209. Oh come on

    James Woods is absolutely brutal on Twitter. Bernie Sanders tweets:

    Looks like President Trump is scared of our campaign. He should be.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 17, 2019

    Woods fires back:

    Nah. You’ve already shown you’ll fold if the price is right. #HillarysBitch — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 17, 2019

    That’s going to leave a mark.

  210. Oh come on

    It, have you watched the Doodleburger clips on YouTube?

  211. dover_beach

    If there is Tenebrae sung near you take them to that too. Let them hear the beauty in those voices.

  212. Mother Lode

    But do as Sinclair has suggested – complain to him about it.

    I have learned from masters of complaint:

    I wanna new fooooorum. It’s not fair. I never get what I want. You only love the other kids it’s NOT FAIR why can’t I have one I HATE YOU!!! I’m gonna hold my breath until I die and you will go to jail.

    How did I do?

  213. Colonel Crispin Berka

    You sent him to 4chan?

    Could have been worse. Could have been 8chan.

    On a totally different topic….
    Surely there is less than 6 hours (New York time) until the Mueller report is released.
    Possibly we are near the end of that hubristic hubub.

  214. Gab

    If there is Tenebrae sung near you take them to that too. Let them hear the beauty in those voices.

    Maybe not, Dover as these usually go for 2 to 2.5 hours.

  215. Knuckle Dragger

    Hi None!

    Bit late to that topic – passed us by long ago. It’s all upthread if you want see the rationale behind it all.

    I stand by my position.

  216. calli

    I see Andrew Denton is spruiking his new show with a reference to an interview with [titter] Jesus.

    When will he tell us about his interview with Mo?

  217. Gab

    Good, Mother Lode. Now you need to get other people complaining to Sinclair.

  218. jupes

    18. ANZAC Day isn’t a day to go and watch, or play sport. Show some bloody respect to the brave men and women in uniform, past and present, who fought for the blanket of freedom that you currently sleep under.

    Fuck off mate. Essendon vs Collingwood is the highlight of the day. The ANZACs were normal Aussies, not a bunch of pompous tossers. Fair enough be serious at the dawn service (after a rum and coffee mind you) but then let your hair down.

    19. Having a few drinks and playing ‘2 up’ is an ANZAC Day tradition. Getting shit faced, picking fights and acting like a bloody yobbo isn’t.

    This bloke is clueless. He must have been to the most boring ANZAC Days ever. What a dickhead.

  219. Knuckle Dragger

    I demand this thread continue until Easter Monday.

  220. TFM

    Its like watching an ebola infected Aardvark and an engineless model T sliding down a very, very minor incline, while on fire, towards a sewage pond.

    I was hoping there’s be some ducks, choking on Christmas pudding, but no.
    No Choking Ducks.

  221. Gab

    Take them to church, IT. Tonight, tomorrow, Sat evening, and on Sunday. They need to see you attend, pray, receive communion, act reverently, kneel, and the like. Don’t skimp by passing over the responsibility to your wife. Children will note this and it will lower their respect for Mass. Give thanks before a meal. Simple acts of piety are important. In time they will grow and be the best of children, and this will be noted by others.

    Sound advice, Dover. Parents also have responsibility over their children’s souls.

  222. feelthebern

    What are you doing here KD?
    Isn’t the Thursday before the Easter long weekend when Tinder is at its most desperate?

  223. Gab

    I demand this thread continue until Easter Monday.

    There’s always one.

  224. cohenite

    One of my friends sent me an email concerning the security on the roof of Notre-Dame. She has a diploma in Art History and studied in the “Ecole du Louvre” (“Louvre School”, where students learn art history and restoration processes): “I visited the framing of Notre Dame with architects of the “Bâtiments de France” (“Buildings of France”, the highest rank for an architect in France), some years ago. This 13th century timber frame was extremely protected. Each intervention is always accompanied by historians, architects, experts; no work is envisaged without extreme caution; no source of heat, no torch, no electrical apparatus is allowed; a high-performance alarm system is in place; and very strict supervision of all people allowed there. I think we will eventually learn that this was arson.

  225. BrettW

    Late to read it but great headline and article on front page of The Courier Mail.

    “Coal Shoulder. Fed up mining town refusing to serve Adani activists”.

    Locals in Clermont refusing service in pubs and cafés.

    Great work. Just need a few more things like the petrol stations joining in. Oh the irony of a petrol station owner asking them why their car is not electric and pointing them to nearest charger. So much potential for the locals on the route to show them what they think of the activists.

    A few months ago there was a thing going on where some idiots were dropping stuff on the road to give people flat tyres. Plenty of potential with a 700 vehicle convoy seeking to prevent Qld jobs. If only we had their phone number they could redeem themselves.

    Then what do I find in the letters page ? A letter from Bob Brown headed Coal won’t save Indians. The letter has such gems as “coal has worsened the drought” “could lead to 90% loss of food productivity this century” “loss of bird life” “melting glaciers” “destructive cyclones” etc.

    My favourites ” renewable energy now cheaper in Qld and India than coal-fired electricity” and “little girls in India will lead healthier lives with renewable enenegy exported from Australia”.

    and naturally “the Stop Adani Convoy will put money into local businesses where it stays overnight”. I hope the locals shun any business supporting the convoy of grubs.

    Does anybody know how we export solar and wind energy to India ?

  226. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stimpy – hot sex robot for you here.

    All the reviews are in Ching Chong.
    It’s very frustrating.

  227. zyconoclast

    Wouldn’t it be just awful if Labor wins the election.
    Wonderful, talented, intelligent PM Scott Morrison replaced by that talentless party hack Shorten.
    And after he has done so much good, too. What a terrible loss for our nation.

    Yes, it will be awful.
    But not for the reasons listed.

    (BTW, I did detect the sarc)

  228. Stimpson J. Cat

    What’s the best Easter movie for kids?

    Watership Down.

  229. Memoryvault

    I thank my lucky stars every day for mine.

    Just be grateful they haven’t found out about each other.

  230. feelthebern

    The Cat is awesome?
    Where else could sex robots, the Liturgy, politics, IT’s Germanic anal probing & footy all be discussed within the same thread?
    Apart from an insane asylum that is.

  231. jupes

    I tell you what ruins modern ANZAC Days:

    A loss of tradition including:
    * No Christian hymns of prayers,
    * Welcome to Country and Hakas,
    * Allowing every man and his dog to march, and
    * Occupational Health and Safety.

    The 21st century RSL has a lot to answer for. It is a fucking disgrace.

  232. Stimpson J. Cat

    What’s the best Easter movie for kids?

    No seriously, try Hop.
    It’s got your favorite actor in it.

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