Monday Forum: April 22, 2019

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  1. John Constantine

    AV Weather forecaster Anthony Viali was optimistic about the prospects for good rains this cropping season.

    Mr Viali said with the warming of the Indian Ocean, he expected the development of rain bearing fronts coming from the north-west.

    Limited rainfall so far had been impacted by the presence of La Nina-like and El Nino-like conditions.

    The fight between atmosphere and ocean conditions was beginning to resolve.

    The Indian Ocean was the most important driver for winter and spring weather for Victoria, he said.

    “It will develop into a proper La Nina later in the season,” he said.

    Not an av weather subscriber–lots are and reckon he is better than a coin toss………..

  2. John Constantine

    The forecast is still set for an El Nino to occur, but it is now likely to be weaker and shorter lasting.

    That was the latest from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) last week as April nears its end and minimal rain has been recorded over most cropping areas of Victoria, the Riverina and SA.

    The BoM’s ENSO Outlook, released last Tuesday, remained at El Nino alert.

    That meant the chance of El Nino developing in the coming months was about 70 per cent – or around triple the normal likelihood.

    BoM head of long range forecasts Dr Andrew Watkins said going off recent data, there was no real suggestion of rain.

    Conditions “at this stage” had outlooks suggesting there wasn’t a great deal of rain on the horizon, rather “average at best”, Dr Watkins said.

    He said that while ocean temperatures were “just touching on El Nino”, the data was not showing the weather patterns associated with reinforcing an El Nino

    The BOM still unhappy.

  3. Empire 5:5

    Four 20 somethin’ blokes standing in FedSquare, pissed and brainstorming where to find action, wearing medals.

    When did this BS start?

  4. Stimpson J. Cat

    Four 20 somethin’ blokes standing in FedSquare, pissed and brainstorming where to find action, wearing medals.
    When did this BS start?

    Careful, they could be Veterans.

  5. Empire 5:5

    George Clinton exceeded expectations.

    A 77 yo man, burdened with an unfortunate name, tearing the muthafunkin’ house down. Impressive.

  6. Empire 5:5

    Careful, they could be Veterans.

    The Battle of Blue Balls. Lest we forget.

  7. bespoke

    Mother Lode
    #2997484, posted on April 25, 2019 at 9:24 pm
    Regarding the 8 year old doing the AOC parody: the sending up her gestures and voice, and especially the script, was funny.

    But involving an 8 year old kid, teaching them to have contempt for reasons they don’t understand – is a bit off.

    Not as bad but does give an excuse for them to do it. A party should take up anti child exploitation up as a platform.

  8. bespoke

    It’s time to admit that NASA’s “Black Hole Picture” is racist and problematic

    Think about it – the only picture of a black hole they have is a dark, small and blurry circle. What is NASA trying to tell us? Clearly, they’re trying to tell us they hate black people and people of color. If the didn’t, the picture would be sharp, crisp, clear and light. Their intrinsic bias has been revealed clear as day as they were simply satisfied with the representation of oppression and slavery.

  9. RobK

    Cleaner, cheaper ammonia: Cheaper fertilizerResearchers dramatically clean up ammonia production and cut costs

    University of Tokyo
    Ammonia — a colorless gas essential for things like fertilizer — can be made by a new process which is far cleaner, easier and cheaper than the current leading method.
    Researchers use readily available lab equipment, recyclable chemicals and a minimum of energy to produce ammonia. Their Samarium-Water Ammonia Production (SWAP) process promises to scale down ammonia production and improve access to ammonia fertilizer to farmers everywhere.

    This could lead to some interesting developments.

  10. Rossini

    Most must be taking an ABC well earned break from posting!

  11. Rossini

    Melbourne Storm scrapped a win tonight. Nothing like a rebound field goal.

  12. Rossini

    Nothing to read so I am signing off!

  13. Fisky

    Some highlights from the US Libertarian Party convention of 2016 –

  14. Top Ender

    Speaking of movies, Hostiles is on Foxtel.

    Synopsis:
    In 1892, legendary Army Capt. Joseph Blocker reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal land. Embarking on a harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, N.M., to the grasslands of Montana, they soon encounter a young widow whose family was killed on the plains. The travelers must now band together to survive a punishing landscape that’s crawling with hostile Comanches and vicious outliers

    Worth watching – review. A bit predictable, especially in SJW times, but manages to get to the end without being too preachy or cliched.

  15. Top Ender

    And in very silly news just in:

    NYC To Ban Hot Dogs and Processed Meats To Improve Climate

    New York City is the first city in the United States to eliminate processed meats.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio approved an ambitious $14 billion Green New Deal on Monday, April 22, to combat climate change. The plan will cut purchases of red meat by 50 percent in its city-controlled facilities such as hospitals, schools, and correctional facilities. The new commitment builds off of the Meatless Mondays campaign that was adopted by all NYC schools in 2017.

    “It is a difficult plan. It is a necessary plan…. Estimates that tell us that we have only 12 years to get it right. Let’s be clear, we have until 2030 to change things fundamentally, or our lives won’t be the same,” de Blasio said at an Earth Day event yesterday.

  16. stackja

    TE – Cheyenne Autumn 1964?

  17. Bruce in WA

    Just spent a sobering Anzac Day — Ypres, the In Flanders Fields Museum, the Menin Gate and Tyne Cot War Cemetery. My overwhelming impression? The waste, the heartrending bloody waste!

  18. Top Ender

    A mighty day Bruce. I hope you went to the evening ceremony at Menin Gate.

  19. RobK

    Always a good read. Thanks Tom.

  20. calli

    Ladies, when you go to the fridge and get out tonight’s dinner, spare a thought for those who can’t.

  21. calli

    I see Ardern is still milking that hijab.

    Vulgar woman.

  22. stackja

    Fooling automated surveillance cameras: adversarial patches to attack person detection

    Simen Thys
    [email protected]
    Wiebe Van Ranst
    [email protected]
    Toon Goedem.be´
    [email protected]
    KU Leuven
    EAVISE, Technology Campus De Nayer, KU Leuven, Belgium.
    Authors contributed equally to this paper.

    Abstract
    Adversarial attacks on machine learning models have seen increasing interest in the past years. By making only subtle changes to the input of a convolutional neural network, the output of the network can be swayed to output a completely different result. The first attacks did this by changing pixel values of an input image slightly to fool a classifier to output the wrong class. Other approaches have tried to learn “patches” that can be applied to an object to fool detectors and classifiers. Some of these approaches have also shown that these attacks are feasible in the realworld,
    i.e. by modifying an object and filming it with a video camera. However, all of these approaches target classes that contain almost no intra-class variety (e.g. stop signs).
    The known structure of the object is then used to generate an adversarial patch on top of it.

  23. calli

    That move of Scummo’s re UAP has annoyed all the right people.

    Good.

  24. None

    Top Ender

    #2997546, posted on April 26, 2019 at 1:41 am

    that’s unbelievable. I can’t believe new yorkers are so f****** stupid to put up with such f****** Nazi measures as f****** dDeblasio telling you can what you can eat because the fucking moron thinks we’ve only got 12 years left on the planet well if that’s so f****** true why doesn’t he get off it now? If 9/11 happened today f****** New Yorkers would probably be behind it. What a bunch of f****** wankers.

  25. None

    If Morrison also stitched up a preference deal with one nation he’d annoy even more. We’re in rusted on labor Territory but Palmer’s party has been letterboxing us for months and in fact they are the only party that we have heard from.

  26. Eyrie

    “BoM head of long range forecasts Dr Andrew Watkins”
    Actual title : Soothsayer in Chief.

  27. 132andBush

    John Constantine re AV Weather.

    I subscribe and if nothing else am learning a lot about what drives the weather for Australia.
    He’s been saying for a long time now that ElNino will be a busted flush and we’re more likely to be neutral to slightly LaNina this season. The models are corrupted with the CO2 causes warming mantra (GIGO)

    Have already dry sown 550ha of long season wheat and had 40-50mm Sunday night/Monday.
    Relatively narrow band but AV called it a couple of days out and was spot on for us.

  28. rickw

    Vulgar woman.

    Vulgar is an understatement.

  29. rickw

    Just spent a sobering Anzac Day — Ypres, the In Flanders Fields Museum, the Menin Gate and Tyne Cot War Cemetery. My overwhelming impression? The waste, the heartrending bloody waste!

    Very true Bruce, but never lose sight of the fact that they were fighting a proto-Nazi regime. WWII always seems to have a much clearer moral basis, but reality is that it was a restart/continuation of WWI.

  30. Top Ender

    Killer cop’s actions slammed as ‘unreasonable’

    KILLER cop Mohamed Noor’s defence that he shot unarmed Australian life coach Justine Ruszczyk Damond because her approaching his squad car made him fear for his life has been slammed in court.

    As prosecutors entered the final phase of their case on Wednesday, local time, they asked two veteran police officers if Noor’s decision to fire at Ms Damond without any warning could be justified.

    They both answered with an emphatic no. Not only did her killing in July 2017, defy police training, even the use of a taser or pepper spray would have been unwarranted.

    “The use of force was objectionable, unreasonable and violated police policies,” Minnesota Lieutenant Derrick Hacker told prosecutor Patrick Lofton.

    “No reasonable officer would have perceived a threat by somebody coming up to their squad (car).

    “This whole situation could have been avoided.”

    Former Baltimore and Charlottesville police chief Timothy Longo slammed Noor.

    “If officers are not trained to handle situations like this, then we ought to be training citizens not to approach police cars,” Mr Longo said.

    “And that defies logic.”

    Prosecutors have called more than 50 witnesses before the jury and Judge Kathryn Quaintance in the murder and manslaughter trial of Noor, who was responding to a 911 call Ms Damond made when he killed her shortly before midnight on a summer Saturday night.

    The evidence from Lt Hacker, a serving Minnesota officer who was paid $A42,000 as a prosecution “use of force” expert for his time assessing the case and for testifying, was challenged by Noor’s lawyers.

    They argued that he was not a credible expert because he had never experienced an officer involved shooting and the only time he had fired his service revolver was to kill an “aggressive” pit bull dog.

    Noor has pleaded not guilty and his defence argues that he shot Ms Damond, 40, because he feared he was in a “classic ambush” situation after she slapped the squad car being driven by his partner Matthew Harrity.

    The prosecution is expected to rest its case in coming days. Complete article – NT News

  31. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “It is a difficult plan. It is a necessary plan…. Estimates that tell us that we have only 12 years to get it right. Let’s be clear, we have until 2030 to change things fundamentally, or our lives won’t be the same,” de Blasio said at an Earth Day event yesterday.

    It’s a pity this 12 year prediction will be completely forgotten in 12 years.

  32. Knuckle Dragger

    rickw,

    Correct. The Krauts, angry that the Belgians in 1914 would not lay down their arms and allow them unfettered access to their country while carrying out the Schlieffen Plan, executed 6000 civilians as a warning.

    The Kaiser when asked what do with 90,000 Russians captured during the Battle of Tannenburg in 1917 said they should be left to starve. In exile in Holland in 1940, he sent Hitler a telegram after the Low Countries and France surrendered, saying ‘you have won with my troops’.

  33. stackja

    Stop and consider
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    During a federal election there is a large amount of information being distributed, much of it online, which is seeking to influence your vote. Some of this may be disinformation, or false information.

    The Stop and consider campaign is about helping you to check the source of information so you can cast an informed vote this federal election.

    A federal election is a contest of ideas and electoral laws do not regulate the truth of electoral communications. It’s important that you consider what you see, hear or read. If you have doubts about the source of information there are questions you can ask to help you form your own opinion and make a decision.

  34. Tel

    Let’s be clear, we have until 2030 to change things fundamentally, or our lives won’t be the same,

    That’s a ridiculous self contradiction.

    I reckon there’s a much better chance of keeping our lives the same by NOT making any fundamental changes. That would seem clearly obvious.

  35. areff

    Fooling automated surveillance cameras: adversarial patches to attack person detection

    Thart’s all very well and good, but how do you “adversarially patch” a number plate to foil speed revenue cameras? Asking for a friend.

  36. calli

    Vulgar is an understatement.

    I have more colourful descriptors. 😀

    Wearing it to the mosque immediately after the murders was respectful. I got roasted here for saying so. (Horrors! Someone disagreed with me.) Wearing it at every interaction with Mu slims is idiotic and speaks volumes about the woman’s mindset.

    She’s doing a Gillardian Wymynses – milking it for all it’s worth to the point of caricature. And none of our lickspittle cartoonists dare lampoon her for it. Leak would have.

  37. Barry

    You can make the case that Ardern supports the Columbia attackers by her insistence in modifying her clothing to mirror their background.

  38. John Constantine

    G’day 123, only sown sheepfeed down here, would listen more to the BOM but every time they call doom and gloom they leave themselves a way to wriggle out.

    Just bought in merino wether lambs for the first time in years, minimal maintenance rations until the season settles, then if it comes good we can settle for half the boom year the cropping option offered., if it dries off the wethers can run on a truck for a profit

    Bit of excitement about the nextweather change, restocker sheep yet to do a big pricing rerate, but not as locked in profit at end of April as they were at the start of April.

    Autumn uncertainty.

  39. Knuckle Dragger

    Fun fact:

    There are 13 ways to bowl a no ball.

  40. calli

    Yes, Barry.

    The perils of identity politics.

  41. Anning maintaining his behaviour of putting individuals with criminal history up for election and consorting with extremist crooks.

  42. Knuckle Dragger

    *Cartman voice*

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Succubus! SUCCUBUS!!!!!!!!

    (h/t jupes)

  43. Farmer Gez

    Hey Ho fellow dirt doctors.
    We’ve sown the hay paddocks and are now onto the sheep feed.
    Beans or canola next, depending on the expected rain and weeds. Very good sub soil moisture in our area so 20-30mm would kick things off and it would keep going, just like the summer weeds.
    We lost four rams to nitrate poisoning (we think) not heliotrope, based on our amateur autopsy. Even the other diagnosis doesn’t make much sense as the paddock in question was well grazed by merinos before.
    Sooky things rams.

  44. Entropy

    It is very difficult to know for sure what El Niño and the Indian Ocean dipole are doing at this time of the year. The Acura sea is warmer than predicted, which is not what the BoM forecast and might mean more rain for the wheat belt than printed this winter, it it is not that much warmer and who know.s meanwhile the coral sea has bee cold all summer and the central pacific warm ina classic El Niño pattern. That said, sub surface water along the equator is below average, and may rise to the surface more quickly than the models suggest, which to date have been predicting a second year of El Niño for the forecast runs. I prefer to be optimistic and have my fingers crossed for next spring and summer.

  45. Entropy

    I really should have spell checked that.

  46. Knuckle Dragger

    Apropos of nothing really, but prompted in part by the BOM references above:

    Grew up in wheat and sheep country in the Mallee in Vic, before it had a ‘stan’ after it, knew plenty of cockies and spent plenty of time on their farms doing farm boy stuff.

    It’s always amazed me, always, how farmers each and every year are prepared to throw their family finances up in the air, and stand or fall dependent on whether it rains or not, and when it rains (if at all).

    I’ve no idea how they do it, and I grew up watching them do it. It just reinforces that the luvvies who neither have boots, let alone have ever had dirt on them are completely clueless as to where their tucker comes from.

    It’s my humble view that farming is one of those rare fields of endeavour (geddit?) that is both a science and an art. Tell you what, if I want a longish range weather forecast I won’t be asking the malfunctioning BOM Skynet, it’ll be a cocky with a couple of generations on the land behind him.

  47. Knuckle Dragger

    Aaaaand just found out I timed that post perfectly.

  48. bespoke

    Looking good Farmer apart from the rams. How do you mitigate for nitrate?

  49. Dr Faustus

    Oddly enough, tortured David Rowe hasn’t noticed that the ALP was courting Palmer preferences too, using the CFMMEU’s Michael O’Connor as a cutout.

    ALP’s secret Palmer talks for seat preference deal

    A member of the ALP executive close to Bill Shorten held secret meetings with Clive Palmer as recently as last week in an attempt to broker a preference deal between Labor and the Queensland billionaire, amid fears the United Australia Party could swing key seats back to the Coalition.

    Tanya Plibersek yesterday did not deny that Labor had been in preference negotiations with Mr Palmer. “I have no idea what’s happening with the preference negotiations,” Ms Plibersek said.

    But she agrees with them…

  50. Knuckle Dragger

    Stock up on yonnies, people of Corangamite.

    The Hero of Beaconsfield’s in your patch today.

  51. Mother Lode

    Four 20 somethin’ blokes standing in FedSquare, pissed and brainstorming where to find action, wearing medals.

    Steady on.

    I am sure they are all veterans of various training sessions. Things like:
    Gender-Calibrated Conflict Resolution (GCCR)
    Inclusive Command Models (ICM)
    Disjunctive Alternative Victory Paradigms (CAVP)
    Arts and Crafts Medal (A&CM)

    (GCCR: making sure that all genders (female, xir, trans, xit etc) are considered in dealing with conflict – except men.
    ICM: Incorporating input from all who will be affected before issuing commands on the battlefield – including enemy commanders so they have ‘buy in’ on whatever is decided.
    DAVP: Whereas the old model of victory was to win territory AND hold it AND minimise casualties etc, alternative modes replacing ‘AND’ with ‘OR’ means a 6 days holding ground without being attacked, followed by 1 day being attacked and retreating (thus minimising casualties) counts as a week of unbroken victories.
    A&CM: Speaks for itself.)

  52. calli

    Four 20 somethin’ blokes standing in FedSquare, pissed and brainstorming where to find action, wearing medals.

    It has been ever thus. Regardless of the provenance of the medals, this came to mind:

  53. I sympathise with the “criminal”

    The offences occurred when police and RSPCA inspectors were trying to seize his companion dog, a Belgian shepherd named Kalu, which he had freed from an RSPCA shelter.

    Mr Van Duren said the dog assisted him with post-traumatic stress disorder caused by his time while serving as a soldier in East Timor.

    When two police officers and two RSPCA inspectors went to his house to retrieve the dog, Mr Van Duren refused to give him up.

    The situation turned violent, and Mr Van Duren punched a police officer in the face and choked an RSPCA officer who was holding a can of capsicum spray.

    “I was only charged with assault because there’s no self-defence for police brutality,” Mr Van Duren said.

    “I pleaded guilty because I could have let her go sooner,” he conceded.

    Mr Van Duren said the situation was exacerbated by the actions of the officers and inspectors.

    “No one ever gave me any lawful direction I could comply with.”

    If the pup is still alive then the idea that he was under feeding it seems a little thin.

  54. Dr Faustus

    ‘He’s doing a great job’: Turnbull throws support behind Morrison

    Malcolm Turnbull has praised the campaign being run by Scott Morrison, in his first show of support for the man who replaced him as prime minister.

    “It’s a close election and I wish him all the best.”

    Kiss of Death.
    Sell the furniture and put the dogs down.

  55. calli

    Damning with faint praise. You could see the jealousy in his eyes.

    All is well Faustus. The dogs get a reprieve.

  56. Farmer Gez

    Looking good Farmer apart from the rams. How do you mitigate for nitrate?

    Nitrates are tricky as it depends on the soil levels at the time and the grazing pattern of particular sheep breeds. No green feed and a dry diet would fix the problem but even some hay, canola hay, could have high nitrate content. High nitrate feed is a bit like chocolate, the sheep love the taste but it’s bad for them.

  57. mh

    From the UK Daily Telegraph

    Calling the Sri Lanka bombing victims ‘Easter Worshippers’ shows just how afraid we are to admit that Christians are under attack

    By Allison Pearson
    24th Apr 2019, 4:09 am

    Easter Sunday was such a heavenly day. The churchyard was frothing with blossom. Young and old were there to celebrate. The anguish and suffering of Good Friday was banished. Even those of us whose faith is less a rock, more a comforting pebble, could enjoy belting out, “Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son.”

    But not this year. Some wiped away tears as they sang. News had filtered through. Five thousand miles away, another Calvary. In Sri Lanka, hell had broken loose.

    Islamist terrorists, bombs strapped to their backs, had gone into churches on the holiest day in the Christian calendar with the express purpose of murdering as many innocents as possible. There was also carnage at hotels popular with Western tourists. “It remains unclear who carried out the attacks,” the BBC website was still insisting 12 hours after the massacres. We knew. And they knew. But if you stayed tuned to the news all day, you would not hear the word “terrorist” and certainly not the most inflammatory term of all: “Christian”.

    The contrast with the reporting of the mosque shootings in New Zealand could not have been more striking. Back in March, there was no doubt that the massacres in Christchurch, by a lone gunman during Friday prayers, were motivated by hatred of Muslims.

    One evil man’s actions were swiftly used to extrapolate an entire theory of racism on the Right. Journalists like me, who had dared to criticise the burka, or the grievous failure of integration (finally admitted by Tony Blair this week, I see), were said by Leftists to be guilty of Islamophobia and therefore “implicated” in the murder of 50 men, women and children.

    When it’s the other way around, though, the denial is deafening. Theresa May tweeted, “The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time.”

    But they weren’t acts of violence against buildings, were they, Prime Minister? If you detonate a bomb inside a church on Easter Sunday, the result does tend to be that you kill an awful lot of followers of Jesus Christ. When a vicar’s daughter decides that it’s wiser not to mention the C-word, you know that fear is now greater than faith.

    Compare and contrast the reaction of Hillary Clinton to the two tragedies. On Sunday, she tweeted, “I’m praying for everyone affected by today’s horrific attacks on Easter worshippers and travellers in Sri Lanka.” Easter worshippers? That’s a clunking new euphemism for Christians. When the mosques in Christchurch were targeted, did Clinton talk of Ramadan worshippers? No, she wrote, “My heart breaks for New Zealand and the global Muslim community.”

    I’m afraid that politicians like Clinton and May are paralysed by a terrible dilemma. It’s too scary to admit that militant Islamists are at war with Christianity and Western civilization, that vandalism of churches is rife across Europe and that, according to the Pew Report, Christianity is the world’s most persecuted religion.

    In order to cover up this inconvenient truth, politicians and the police increasingly try to create a false equivalence between terrorism committed by the far-Right and by Islamists. It’s a downright lie. In the UK alone, intelligence officers have identified 23,000 jihadist extremists, at least 3,000 of whom are believed to pose an active threat. Scores of foul fiends must have plotted and carried out the Sri Lankan attacks.

    This is deeply uncomfortable for the liberal media, which responds with shifty obfuscation. On Monday, The Washington Post ran a bizarre story about the Easter Sunday massacre with the headline, “Sri Lanka church bombings stoke far-Right anger in the West”.

    That was wildly premature, but it inadvertently revealed their overwhelming concern: not that so many had been slaughtered, but that such horrors would provoke a backlash against Muslims.

    Well, yes, the cold-blooded murder of more than 290 people, most of them Christians in their place of worship, does tend to give credence to the theory that a certain religion is “under attack”. Sorry.

    You know, we had been thinking of taking a holiday this Easter in Sri Lanka because so many friends, some of them Sri Lankans, had urged us to go. We could easily have been the Nicholsons. Mum, Anita with her adorable son and daughter, Alex and Annabel, having breakfast in their Colombo hotel while dad, Ben, popped up to the room, or back to the buffet. A beautiful family wiped out in a split second, leaving him to wonder why he was spared.

    In that same restaurant, Anne Storm Pedersen, the wife of Danish billionaire, Anders Holch Povlsen, cried out for people to pray for three of her four children who had just been murdered. The mind melts at the thought of such intolerable suffering.

    Most likely, though, we would have dragged the kids, protesting, to church at the nearby St Anthony’s. In typical CofE fashion, we would have tried to join in the familiar hymns and prayers, a quarter of a beat behind. “Though we are many we are one body, because we all share in one bread.”

    It is still unclear how many of the thousand-strong congregation were killed. Video footage shows a man walking into St Sebastian’s church in Negombo carrying a bomb and entering a pew. Moments later, all the good, happy people around him were gone. At Zion Church in Batticaloa, 14 children at the Sunday school were among the victims.

    They were my brothers and sisters. Sharing a belief in the love that passeth all understanding made them the target of a vast and incomprehensible hatred, which is a danger to each and every one of us.

    They were not Easter worshippers. How dare cowards call them that, to avoid giving offence. At the very least, they deserve to be referred to by their rightful name. Say it aloud: they were Christians. May God rest their souls.

    The Post continued, “far-Right groups began to describe the attacks in specifically religious terms”. Possibly not unrelated to the fact that the Sri Lankan authorities had just blamed a militant Islamist group. “To some”, the paper opined gingerly, “it was further proof that Christians in many parts of the world are under attack.

  58. All is well Faustus. The dogs get a reprieve.

    I’d rather give them to a war vet. that lives in the ACT and has politically incorrect views.

  59. Dr Faustus

    Bill Shorten rules out joint climate policy process with Greens if Labor wins power

    Labor leader says ‘I’m not going to have this argument that somehow, we are going to go into coalition with the Greens’

    “I’m not going to negotiate before an election what happens after an election, but what I am saying is – we use the word mandate a lot in politics. It gets thrown around. In my case, though, I think people can genuinely accept we have been upfront with the people, we’ve got our mandate, they will be my negotiating instructions.

    Translation: For Chrissakes don’t tell anyone, but like a shot. Like a fucking shot…

  60. Mother Lode

    New York City is the first city in the United States to eliminate processed meats.

    De Blasio is just suffering from ‘Progressive Brain’, one of the symptoms of which is that you can take things away if you think them small enough and it does not effect the whole.

    De Blasio will change the character of New York and then be amazed that people see it differently – novelty lost for tourists, theatre reduced to increasingly shrill didactic tropes, existing businesses permitted under sufferance and new ones rebuffed for chaotically shifting progressive priorities etc.

  61. Mother Lode

    Malcolm Turnbull has praised the campaign being run by Scott Morrison, in his first show of support for the man who replaced him as prime minister.

    “It’s a close election and I wish him all the best.”

    He wants something.

  62. stackja

    Massachusetts judge accused of helping illegal immigrant evade ICE pleads not guilty

    The Massachusetts judge accused of helping an illegal immigrant evade an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

    Newton District Court Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph, 51, appeared in U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday, where she was arraigned on obstruction of justice stemming from an incident that allegedly took place on April 2, 2018.

  63. Dr Faustus

    Playing to our strengths: Bill Shorten’s vision for Australia

    We’re going to play to Australia’s strengths in new industries with the advanced manufacturing future fund, with the clean energy finance corporation, with the national tourism infrastructure fund. On energy we’re finally going to give you policy certainty and ultimately downward pressure on prices. We’re going to put the gas genie back in the bottle by building the necessary infrastructure to extract gas to keep Australia’s manufacturing base alive.

    And we would give you stability. One prime minister every three years.

    So, if I read this correctly, Shorten will be replaced in 2022.

    Things have never looked better for this advanced manufacturing powerhouse.

  64. Dr Faustus

    You’ve got to hope Bill Shorten isn’t a liar

    …in an exclusive interview with the AFR today, he says he won’t be pushed around by the trade union movement.

    When you read this, you have to hope that Bill isn’t a liar because there’s a fair bit of fear that Bill’s dancing to a tune being played by Sally McManus, who’s one of the toughest ACTU bosses in living memory.

    I hope Hell isn’t hot.

  65. Tel

    The situation turned violent, and Mr Van Duren punched a police officer in the face and choked an RSPCA officer who was holding a can of capsicum spray.

    Situations don’t turn violent, that’s meaningless gibberish.

    People might do violent things, but the question is which person was violent first?

  66. Knuckle Dragger

    Frank,

    Not quite sure deBlasio’s thought this through.

    The opinions of Mr Soprano, big processed meat fan, have yet to be canvassed.

  67. Dr Faustus

    The Grauniad digs in on behalf of the Team:

    Federal election 2019: senior Liberal warns Morrison against Palmer preference deal – politics live

    Who knew that Colin Barnett was a “senior Liberal“?

  68. Leigh Lowe

    New York City is the first city in the United States to eliminate processed meats.

    Headline 2024 …
    “Head of the Calabrese Crime Family Indicted:
    Prosciutto Prosecutor Lays Charges
    Judge Issues Soppressa Order

  69. I sympathise with the “criminal”

    Of course.
    This is Catallaxy.
    I wonder how sympathetic you would have been if he was, say, Sudanese.

  70. mh

    From the UK Daily Telegraph

    Calling the Sri Lanka bombing victims ‘Easter Worshippers’ shows just how afraid we are to admit that Christians are under attack

    By Allison Pearson
    24th Apr 2019, 4:09 am

    Easter Sunday was such a heavenly day. The churchyard was frothing with blossom. Young and old were there to celebrate. The anguish and suffering of Good Friday was banished. Even those of us whose faith is less a rock, more a comforting pebble, could enjoy belting out, “Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son.”

    But not this year. Some wiped away tears as they sang. News had filtered through. Five thousand miles away, another Calvary. In Sri Lanka, hell had broken loose.

    Isla mist terrorists, bombs strapped to their backs, had gone into churches on the holiest day in the Christian calendar with the express purpose of murdering as many innocents as possible. There was also carnage at hotels popular with Western tourists. “It remains unclear who carried out the attacks,” the BBC website was still insisting 12 hours after the massacres. We knew. And they knew. But if you stayed tuned to the news all day, you would not hear the word “terrorist” and certainly not the most inflammatory term of all: “Christian”.

    The contrast with the reporting of the mosque shootings in New Zealand could not have been more striking. Back in March, there was no doubt that the massacres in Christchurch, by a lone gunman during Friday prayers, were motivated by hatred of Mus lims.

    One evil man’s actions were swiftly used to extrapolate an entire theory of racism on the Right. Journalists like me, who had dared to criticise the burka, or the grievous failure of integration (finally admitted by Tony Blair this week, I see), were said by Leftists to be guilty of Isl amophobia and therefore “implicated” in the murder of 50 men, women and children.

    When it’s the other way around, though, the denial is deafening. Theresa May tweeted, “The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time.”

    But they weren’t acts of violence against buildings, were they, Prime Minister? If you detonate a bomb inside a church on Easter Sunday, the result does tend to be that you kill an awful lot of followers of Jesus Christ. When a vicar’s daughter decides that it’s wiser not to mention the C-word, you know that fear is now greater than faith.

    Compare and contrast the reaction of Hillary Clinton to the two tragedies. On Sunday, she tweeted, “I’m praying for everyone affected by today’s horrific attacks on Easter worshippers and travellers in Sri Lanka.” Easter worshippers? That’s a clunking new euphemism for Christians. When the mosques in Christchurch were targeted, did Clinton talk of Ramadan worshippers? No, she wrote, “My heart breaks for New Zealand and the global Mus lim community.”

    I’m afraid that politicians like Clinton and May are paralysed by a terrible dilemma. It’s too scary to admit that militant Isla mists are at war with Christianity and Western civilization, that vandalism of churches is rife across Europe and that, according to the Pew Report, Christianity is the world’s most persecuted religion.

    In order to cover up this inconvenient truth, politicians and the police increasingly try to create a false equivalence between terrorism committed by the far-Right and by Islamists. It’s a downright lie. In the UK alone, intelligence officers have identified 23,000 jihadist extremists, at least 3,000 of whom are believed to pose an active threat. Scores of foul fiends must have plotted and carried out the Sri Lankan attacks.

    This is deeply uncomfortable for the liberal media, which responds with shifty obfuscation. On Monday, The Washington Post ran a bizarre story about the Easter Sunday massacre with the headline, “Sri Lanka church bombings stoke far-Right anger in the West”.

    That was wildly premature, but it inadvertently revealed their overwhelming concern: not that so many had been slaughtered, but that such horrors would provoke a backlash against Mus lims.

    Well, yes, the cold-blooded murder of more than 290 people, most of them Christians in their place of worship, does tend to give credence to the theory that a certain religion is “under attack”. Sorry.

    You know, we had been thinking of taking a holiday this Easter in Sri Lanka because so many friends, some of them Sri Lankans, had urged us to go. We could easily have been the Nicholsons. Mum, Anita with her adorable son and daughter, Alex and Annabel, having breakfast in their Colombo hotel while dad, Ben, popped up to the room, or back to the buffet. A beautiful family wiped out in a split second, leaving him to wonder why he was spared.

    In that same restaurant, Anne Storm Pedersen, the wife of Danish billionaire, Anders Holch Povlsen, cried out for people to pray for three of her four children who had just been murdered. The mind melts at the thought of such intolerable suffering.

    Most likely, though, we would have dragged the kids, protesting, to church at the nearby St Anthony’s. In typical CofE fashion, we would have tried to join in the familiar hymns and prayers, a quarter of a beat behind. “Though we are many we are one body, because we all share in one bread.”

    It is still unclear how many of the thousand-strong congregation were killed. Video footage shows a man walking into St Sebastian’s church in Negombo carrying a bomb and entering a pew. Moments later, all the good, happy people around him were gone. At Zion Church in Batticaloa, 14 children at the Sunday school were among the victims.

    They were my brothers and sisters. Sharing a belief in the love that passeth all understanding made them the target of a vast and incomprehensible hatred, which is a danger to each and every one of us.

    They were not Easter worshippers. How dare cowards call them that, to avoid giving offence. At the very least, they deserve to be referred to by their rightful name. Say it aloud: they were Christians. May God rest their souls.

    The Post continued, “far-Right groups began to describe the attacks in specifically religious terms”. Possibly not unrelated to the fact that the Sri Lankan authorities had just blamed a militant Isla mist group. “To some”, the paper opined gingerly, “it was further proof that Christians in many parts of the world are under attack.

  71. John Constantine

    Prohibition of sausages will work where prohibition of alcohol failed, as they now have Skynet and enraged wymynsys hotdog-dodging informers.

    Searching the borders of New York for sausage smuggler tunnels will be a new career path.

    Build a wall to keep out the meat, you know they want to.

    Comrades.

  72. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Kalu, a Belgian shepherd which he had freed from an RSPCA shelter’

    There’s limited information at hand, but if that phrase means what I think it does then it kinda changes things.

    The RSPCA should be giving away dogs to returned vets anyway. Their inspectors are generally people judged not yet competent to be security guards at Target.

  73. Knuckle Dragger

    SUCCUBUS!!!!!

  74. JC

    Jeez, the AFL is a sad operation.

    The AFL says it will take action if the booing of Geelong champ Gary Ablett continues.

    It comes after the decorated midfielder was jeered against Hawthorn.

    The AFL’s footy operations boss, Steve Hocking, said he’d contact the integrity department and head of social inclusion if it happened in the weeks to come.

    He said both Ablett and the Cats had handled the situation well.

  75. Notafan

    My 23 year old nephew has a holiday in Iraq under his belt.

    I’m sure he and his mates all have medals for it.

  76. Bruce of Newcastle

    You’ve got to hope Bill Shorten isn’t a liar

    And we would give you stability. One prime minister every three years.

    Answered Switzer’s question there Faustus.
    RGR was goat rodeo for six years.

  77. mh

    I’ve attempted to post a column from the UK Daily Telegraph but can’t get it past the Cat censor.

    Calling the Sri Lanka bombing victims ‘Easter Worshippers’ shows just how afraid we are to admit that Christians are under attack

    By Allison Pearson

    All fairly obvious stuff, but at least it show throughout the western world cowardly puppets like Hillary and Theresa May are being called out.

  78. I wonder how sympathetic you would have been if he was, say, Sudanese.

    Race doesn’t come into it. I couldn’t care if he was a freakin’ reptilian from dimension X.

    The government were heavy handed and he refused to eat shit.

  79. Notafan

    And good point Calli re hijacinda

  80. areff

    If he was a Sudanese Muslim, which 97% are, he wouldn’t have had a dog in the first place.

    (Have just broken a personal rule by not only reading more of Numbers’ nitwittery comment but responding to it. God forgive me.)

  81. Knuckle Dragger

    JC,

    Just what do the AFL, and in particular its ‘social inclusion’ empire propose to do? What the hell can they do? Appeals on Facebook? Ask nicely? Compulsory AFLW watching?

    If you boo Ablett because of his beliefs, you’re a flog.

    If you Pendlebury because he kicked straighter than the entire Esser-dun team yesterday, you’re a flog.

    If you boo Goodes because he’s a flog, then fair enough.

  82. stackja

    Killer cop Mohamed Noor to break silence on Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s death
    Sarah Blake in Minneapolis, News Corp Australia Network
    15 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    Mohamed Noor has explained for the first time why he shot dead unarmed Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond after she called 911 for help.

    Taking the stand in the fourth week of his murder trial, Noor said that although he clearly saw she was a blonde woman wearing a pink top, that when she raised her arms as she stood beside the driver side door his squad car, he believed she was holding a weapon.

    As he heard his partner exclaim “oh Jesus” and look terrified, he believed they were being attacked.

    “He feared for his life and there was a threat and my intent was to stop the threat,” Noor said in court.

  83. areff

    Swallowed by spaminator. try again….

    If he was a Sudanese Mus lim, which 97% are, he wouldn’t have had a dog in the first place.

    (Have just broken a personal rule by not only reading more of Numbers’ nitwittery comment but responding to it. God forgive me.)

  84. Tel

    I wonder how sympathetic you would have been if he was, say, Sudanese.

    Find me one case where Australian police break into a Sudanese household and steal the family pet.

    If you can find such a situation, then and only then you deserve to be taken seriously.

  85. stackja

    MCG food poisoning outbreak: Diners at Essendon President’s Function fall ill during Anzac Day game
    Oliver Caffrey, Herald Sun
    3 minutes ago

    A flash Essendon lunch at the MCG during the sold-out Anzac Day game has gone awry with up to 30 fans struck down with symptoms of food poisoning, some needing treatment in hospital.

    The Melbourne Cricket Club confirmed several diners fell ill during the Bombers’ President’s Function in the Olympic Room, which was attended by about 600 people.

    Tickets to the $725-a-seat lunch were only available to supporters who took out Essendon’s premium four-game dining package that costs $1750.

    Boohoo?

  86. Leigh Lowe

    Taking the stand in the fourth week of his murder trial, Noor said that although he clearly saw she was a blonde woman wearing a pink top, that when she raised her arms as she stood beside the driver side door his squad car, he believed she was holding a weapon.

    As he heard his partner exclaim “oh Jesus” ..

    That explains it.
    The Diversity Hire thought he was shooting at Jesus.

  87. I want Currency Lad’s take post ANZAC Day about an amry vet liberating a doggo and refusing to eat shit from RSPCA bug men and jackbooted ACTPOL nitwits.

    Should be a David Burge level essay. 8)

  88. Knuckle Dragger

    Hang on. I’ve now had my fourth coffee and have reassessed my mindset.

    In the cold, hard light of day – it’s a dog. A dog that has no value to the RSPCA, and in fact is a burden due to its need for food and shelter. And if it hadn’t been ‘freed’ it would have been put down anyway to alleviate said burden.

    For the RSPCA, sending two ‘inspectors’ on a job is their equivalent of storming the beaches in Normandy. For two coppers, the same scenario is an utter waste of time which would be better spent perving on chicks in the nearest main street.

  89. Nick

    Isn’t St Jacinda being more than a little insensitive, wearing a head scarf, a few years after 300 plus Christians were murdered by Allah’s special friends ?

  90. Mother Lode

    On the way to work this morning I saw a large billboard at the intersection of Spofforth and Military Roads in Cremorne advertising against Abbott.

    This was not some poster pasted along the street. This is one of those Ooo! bill boards where you would expect to find Vodaphone or Commonwealth Bank advertising.

    The image does not matter – a very elaborate but rather silly depiction of Abbott’s head half immersed in water – but the slogan along the lines of whether we can afford another 25 years of climate (change) denial.

    For the last 25 years climate change has consisted of:

    1) Dire predictions that are way out in the remote future
    2) Dire occurrences in the present which, on examination, always turn out to have nothing to do with climate (from the solitary Ursus Maritimus trapped on a shrinking ice floe with no means of escape, to the recent walruses herded over a cliff by strangely numerous Ursi Maritimus(?)
    3) Dire adjusted temperature data from the BOM – because the actual temperatures won’t scare us.

    There have been no disasters in the last 25 years, so to the extent he is to blame surely that would be a good reason not to change from Abbott.

  91. struth

    The elites get angry if the proles Boo.
    Didn’t their types just boo Israel?

  92. dover_beach

    The AFL wants boo-ers arrested: AFL says it will act if booing of Gary Ablett continues.

    They orchestrate the booing but are now aggrieved they’ve lost control. BTW, mightily ashamed this happened at a Hawthorn match.

  93. bespoke

    You having ago at the wrong person, 1735099

    PS: you forgot the link calli, it don’t work without the link.

  94. stackja

    Senate candidate Wayne Kurnoth to apologise for ISIS beheading meme
    Anna Caldwell, EXCLUSIVE, The Daily Telegraph
    26 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    A Labor Senate candidate has been caught posting an ISIS-inspired online meme depicting Malcolm Turnbull severing the head of ABC journalist Emma Alberici.

    Labor Party bosses last night ordered Wayne Kurnoth — the party’s fourth name on the NT Senate ticket — to remove the image from his Facebook account and asked him to apologise.

    The Danila Dilba Health Service Management Committee is made up of Aboriginal people living in the Yilli Rreung Region.

    Wayne Kurnoth (Larrakia Officer)
    Wayne is a Larrakia man of the Fejo family group. He is currently employed as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander union organiser for United Voice, supporting members with workplace issues and workers’ rights across the Northern Territory. Previously, he worked as a boiler maker/welder for 17 years in the shipbuilding, construction and oil and gas industries. In 2018, Wayne won the ACTU Organiser of the Year award.
    Term expires: 2020 Annual General Meeting

  95. CATALLAXY FILES/FWFNT STRAW POLL

    In the light of our war vets liberating doomed doggos, should the Animal Justice Pardee preference Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Pardee?

  96. Great article:

    https://humanprogress.org/article.php?p=1512

    28 sep 2018
    Introducing the inventors of the “Haber-Bosch process,” Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch.

    Heroes of Progress, Pt. 2: Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch

    Today, more than 159 million tonnes of ammonia are produced annually, and while ammonia is also used for cleaning and as a refrigerant, 88 percent of ammonia is used for fertilizer. It is estimated that if average crop yields remained at their 1900 level, the crop harvest in the year 2000 would have required nearly four times more cultivated land than was actually cultivated. That equates to an area equal to almost half of all land on ice-free continents – rather than just the 15 percent that is needed today.

    Now if you really wanna “lock the gate”, you’re going to be madly pro-industrialisation.

  97. struth

    Ok, See
    It’s like this, see
    You vote Greens or da world gets it, see

  98. stackja

    Record spending promised for domestic violence services
    Anna Caldwell and Ashleigh Gleeson, The Daily Telegraph
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    Bill Shorten will pledge to make domestic violence prevention a “national priority” and back it with $660 million — the biggest ever investment to tackle the scourge.

    Labor’s package to be unveiled today will double current federal government funding to build more refuges and emergency accommodation for women victims.

    The Opposition Leader will also promise $90 million to be spent on a new family violence legal service and $88 million for a safe house fund.

    Will the young lady get support?

  99. Notafan

    I think the innumerate one meant South Sudanese, the ones treated like slaves by their Sudanese Arab overlords.

    Even so he doesn’t have a point.

  100. Bushkid

    Bruce in WA
    #2997550, posted on April 26, 2019 at 2:02 am
    Just spent a sobering Anzac Day — Ypres, the In Flanders Fields Museum, the Menin Gate and Tyne Cot War Cemetery. My overwhelming impression? The waste, the heartrending bloody waste!

    That’s always been my own impression of both WWI and WWII, Bruce.
    So many fit, capable young men lost to the future. They always seemed to be such bright, outgoing, enterprising men, drawn from all walks of life, and here in Australia so often drawn from the rural areas where they had learned to be capable and self sufficient (and not subservient, as the British brass were to learn!)
    Whatever your thoughts about the aims of any particular war, it’s the pointless bloody waste of the lives of so many young men that has always got to me. I read a book some years ago (called “Bomber Command” I think) that told the stories of the loss of so many aircrews in WWII, and the conduct of so many who gave up their own lives so their cremates could live. That was the most difficult book I have ever read, and in fact I have still to finish it. The enormity of the acts recounted is overwhelming.
    What have we lost as a people and a civilisation through their deaths?

  101. Knuckle Dragger

    Don’t get me wrong, if the cranky veteran had pinched Muffy the pug puppy from a disabled kids’ school, different thing.

    It has potential value to the RSPCA if it were adopted, as the punter would then pay exorbitant prices for the dog plus various needles safeguarding it from foot and mouth, rubella, cataracts and mad cow disease. But as such, in the state it was in when ‘freed’ it has no value in and of itself.

    Mind you, this doesn’t surprise me coming from a Territory that has one of the few prisons in the world approved by Amnesty International. Cool story, I know right?

  102. Cactus

    If people want to boo Gary Ablett then so what? I don’t care who gets booed or why. Its supposed to be a free country, footy is entertainment and the crowd reactions are part of the theatre.
    Just stand up and respect the National Anthem.

  103. Bill Shorten will pledge to make domestic violence prevention a “national priority” and back it with $660 million — the biggest ever investment to tackle the scourge.

    There will be less and less domestic violence in the fewcha.

    Don’t worry, men don’t want to live with women, hook up yes, but live with them?

    The palimoney lawsuits in America were a sign of things to come. Live with a woman for six months and she owns half of your shit.

    Lesson learnt. The government has destroyed marriages and families. It is not worthwhile pursuing unicorns or dateable women for the most part. The fun/dangerous part of the hot crazy matrix is where to invest your time into the other sex.

    To those religious cats who take offence at my reluctance to marry a good Christian gal, I say:

    Childish leaders oppress my people, and women rule over them. O my people, your leaders mislead you; they send you down the wrong road.

  104. In the words of our friend, Tails:

    “Jesus wants me to bang cougars and never cohabitate with them…”

    “Oh yes I know him, and I know he’s right…”

  105. stackja

    Companies exposed to ALP’s changes to franking credit rules
    John Dagge, Herald Sun
    April 25, 2019 9:00pm
    Subscriber only
    Caltex Australia, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, and Fortescue Metals are the most exposed to possible changes to rules on franking credits, a new analysis shows.

    The five companies, which span energy, retail and resources, have the biggest franking credit balances of any ASX 100 members when measured as a percentage of their market value, the analysis has found.

    It was carried out by Deutsche Bank amid a federal election campaign in which Labor is pledging to end tax refunds for excess franking credits provided to shareholders.

    The investment bank pointed out that long-term shareholder returns have generally been the same under the two major parties.

  106. Knuckle Dragger

    Frank,

    Testify!

  107. Cactus

    Its quite something going to Tyne Cot. Rows after rows of headstones, each representing 1 fallen young man, but in reality probably each representing 3 or so as I assume many were never found or properly buried. Standing there on an afternoon with the gentle wind whipping about, reverent silence from all the other people walking between the rows is quite an erie and haunting feeling. Its quite moving. The loss, the waste of good peoples futures.

  108. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The loss, the waste of good peoples futures.

    All men, all died before their time.

  109. Mother Lode

    If you can find such a situation, then and only then you deserve to be taken seriously.

    It’s funny. Written like that it reads as if it is possible for him to be taken seriously.

    Properly, of course, it exhaustively demonstrates that the government thugs have and will never storm into a Sudanese’s house and take their pet.

  110. Properly, of course, it exhaustively demonstrates that the government thugs have and will never storm into a Sudanese’s house and take their pet.

    Only if Ag College do blackface again.

    That poor goat has probably had too much stout.

  111. Cactus

    1 thing I do not begrudge our government spending on is the war graves. I have been to Tyne Cot, Bomana in PNG and also even the local cemetery in Cairns with a section. Its all well maintained and I think that’s a good thing.

  112. Geriatric Mayfly

    The loss, the waste of good peoples futures.
    All men, all died before their time.

    This will provoke the wimminzes. Please desist.

  113. rickw

    Isn’t St Jacinda being more than a little insensitive, wearing a head scarf, a few years after 300 plus Christians were murdered by Allah’s special friends ?

    If the ISIS Caliphate had lasted long enough, this vile bint would have ran off to be a bride of allah’s special friends.

  114. Mother Lode

    In the Noor case I consider that the people truly responsible are the mayor and the police chief who pushed him into the job when he was not ready merely to burnish their Social Justice laurels.

    A trainee police officer would not be expected to appraise themselves and decide if they are ready for the street. They only know as much as they know. That is why trainees are assessed by more experienced people who know more than them.

    Granted, he should have noticed that he was passing with scores that would have failed other candidates, but I would not be surprised to find he was not culturally disposed to reflect on the significance of that (culture being another reason he should not have been on the street). Just take what is on offer.

    As far as I know (meaning I have not heard otherwise) he did not use his minority status to coerce privileges – just took what was offered.

    He should not have graduated and should not have been on the street, but this circumstance was choreographed by people who have likely compromised far more of their office than just Noor.

    He should still go to prison. Regardless of the police thing he should simply not be shooting at unarmed people who pose no threat and are merely talking to the other guy in the car. And then lie about it.

    But he should not be the only one going to prison.

    Quick Quiz: Has anything predicated on ‘Social Justice’ actually delivered justice? Or rendered Justice almost impossible?

  115. Helen Davidson (nmrn)

    In the light of our war vets liberating doomed doggos, should the Animal Justice Pardee preference Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Pardee?

    How much do preferences matter, now that they’ve changed the Senate voting system? Parties don’t get to lodge group tickets anymore, all they can do is hand out a “how to vote” and hope people follow it.

    Given that you only have to number 6 above the line or 12 below the line, it will be easy to not include any of the major parties at all. Even in the Northern Territory, there are 9 senate groups, so you can leave out Labor, Coalition and Greens completely. It will be even more fun in NSW with 35 groups.

  116. Knuckle Dragger

    ML,

    Almost.

    Noor would have obviously known he was not cut out for the job. He routinely failed tests and aptitude examinations, and in his short career had been admonished already for misconduct – including dragging the cannon out unnecessarily.

    Sure, he would have the played the appropriate cards to get where he was, with the wilful approval of the higher-ups desperate for diversity in a city full of Black Hawk Down extras. But he knew he wasn’t up to scratch.

    20 years ago it wouldn’t have got to this point. He would have been taken around the back of the station and phone-booked by his colleagues until he decided ion a different career path.

    It’s a matter of time before the same thing happens here. Who needs competence when you have diversity?

  117. feelthebern

    Where’s this link to the Belgian Shepherd story?
    How the hell could anyone tell if it was neglected which I assuming means skin & bones?
    Even in Oz, with its summer coat, it’s hard to tell unless you physically run you hand over the ribs.

  118. Leigh Lowe

    Isn’t St Jacinda being more than a little insensitive, wearing a head scarf, a few years after 300 plus Christians were murdered by Allah’s special friends ?

    She’s doing a Rudd.
    She only holds the Hijab of Power at the whim of New Zealand’s own Tony Windsor (Winston Peters).
    Her days are numbered and this is merely an audition for a UN gig.
    She’s bigger than New Zulland.

  119. Top Ender

    Labor has knocked back a primetime television debate between Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison.

    The Liberals have leapt on Bill Shorten’s refusal to sign up to a debate on the Nine Network’s main channel, saying he is avoiding public scrutiny.

    Labor’s dismissal of a primetime debate means the only time the major party leaders will face-off in the election campaign will be on the Seven Network spin-off digital channel 7Two and pay-tv channel Sky News.

    Nine Network political editor Chris Uhlmann has revealed today the Liberal Party agreed to a debate but the opposition refused to participate.

    “Nine News has offered to host a leaders’ debate in prime time on our main channel in the final weeks of the campaign. The Liberal Party has agreed in principle, Labor said no. The offer stands. To paraphrase the Opposition leader, we live in hope, not fear,” Mr Uhlmann tweeted.

    Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the Prime Minister wanted more debates and accused Bill Shorten of “resisting” submitting himself to voters.

    “The Prime Minister is very much looking forward to the first debate on Monday hosted from the great state of Western Australia … and indeed in Brisbane on Friday the Sky News forum,” the Finance Minister told Sky News.

    “We’ve been in discussions with the ABC and Channel Nine as well. We’re keen to have further debates.

    “But at this point, Bill Shorten appears to be resisting. He does not appear to be all that keen to submit himself that Australians rightly expect him to be submitted to.”

    The Labor Party’s election headquarters have been approached for comment.

    Oz News site – developing…

  120. She only holds the Hijab of Power

    Good lord man you make the Beehive sound like Grayskull.

    What’s next. Battle Kiwi?

  121. Labor has knocked back a primetime television debate between Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison.

    They should let Sco Mo and the minor parties have a more convivial conversation a few times.

    Fuck the ALP, party of the people my arse.

  122. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #2997700, posted on April 26, 2019 at 9:48 am

    ML,

    Almost.

    Noor would have obviously known he was not cut out for the job. He routinely failed tests and aptitude examinations, and in his short career had been admonished already for misconduct – including dragging the cannon out unnecessarily. –

    From the report upthread …

    The evidence from Lt Hacker, a serving Minnesota officer who was paid $A42,000 as a prosecution “use of force” expert for his time assessing the case and for testifying, was challenged by Noor’s lawyers.

    They argued that he was not a credible expert because he had never experienced an officer involved shooting and the only time he had fired his service revolver was to kill an “aggressive” pit bull dog.

    Mmmyes.
    The only credible witness would be another sand-monkey who has watched too much Wyatt Earp.

  123. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Labor has knocked back a primetime television debate between Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison.

    They know Shorten will crack, under pressure.

  124. Makka

    Labor has knocked back a primetime television debate between Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison.

    Scummo should still show up and put up a cardboard cut out of Bill in his stead. Take questions from the audience and debate those. The Utility Bill can take his lumps.

  125. Bruce of Newcastle

    Labor has knocked back a primetime television debate between Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison.

    ALP showing a touching concern for their leader’s debating skill.

  126. struth

    Thou hath no use for your women folk, for they despise -th you.
    Lay not with them, young men, for thou has ample free pornography.

    For what good are the younger ones?
    They will not clean, wash or fillet thou art fish you have toiled to appropriateth.
    They want for all and bring nothing but misery to the union.
    Their god is government with whom they seek shelter and guidance and who’s evil armies will strike at thou-est and leave thou art penniless and bereaved-eth.
    The quest for the wholly grail seems a walk in the parketh, compared to finding a decent young woman who is also not a fatty boombah-eth.

    Young men , you may find yourself wearing thick glasses earlier in life, but compared to the misery that awaits you if you tangle with the government sex, your pathway-eth should be clear.

    Say no to Fornicators
    Thieves
    Homosexuals
    Women

    etc.

    Rub-eth one out and be about your godly way.

  127. max

    This may have already been noted here but ABCFM is saying the organ at Notre Dame is fine. Temperature sensors inside the pipes didn’t rise above 17 degrees. The man who restored it played it yesterday and he thinks it has not been affected at all. Also 90% of the cathedral’s artifacts were saved.

  128. Boambee John

    Mother Lode at 0942

    Quick Quiz: Has anything predicated on ‘Social Justice’ actually delivered justice? Or rendered Justice almost impossible?

    Answer: Not only is Social (in)Justice a crock, it has a long history. Its relationship with Liberation Theology also needs examination.

    Social Justice was an antisemitic American Roman Catholic periodical published by Father Charles Coughlin during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Social Justice was controversial for printing antisemitic polemics …

  129. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Beef price surge sparks spate of cattle thefts to add to pain for farmers in the Outback
    PETER MICHAEL, The Courier-Mail
    April 25, 2019 10:00pm
    Subscriber only

    OUTBACK police are investigating a spate of cattle duffing as beef prices soar on the back of drought-breaking rain in the state’s $5 billion cattle industry.

    In the latest heist, detectives are on the trail of cattle rustlers on horseback who stole 200 cows from a St George property, walking them to a nearby stock route, in mid-March.

    Beef prices have skyrocketed, with one beast worth between $800 and $1200, making them a lucrative target for opportunistic thieves and organised crime syndicates.

    “We’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars, even up to a million dollars, in some cases,’’ Acting Detective Sergeant Doug Robertson, of Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) in Charleville, said.

    “That’s a lot of $100 bills walking around a paddock.

    “It is an organised crime because they’ve got to have the skills, knowledge and equipment to pull it off.

    “It’s not an easy task.”

    Stock squad detectives scored a breakthrough in a protracted three-year investigation into the alleged theft of 800 head of cattle from a property north of Richmond.

    “It was one of our biggest arrests for large-scale cattle theft in the last 20 years,” Rockhampton-based MOCS Rural Acting Detective Inspector Jim Lacey said yesterday.

    Looks like a good old Australian tradition is making a comeback.

  130. Rebel with cause

    A debate with Shorten and ScoMo would rate its… er never mind Tits is here to stay.

  131. Nick

    Inspired by LL

    Mejab: wearing the garment of another religion or culture, at any opportunity in the hope of both becoming a Leftist icon and securing one’s future employment. To wit, ‘look at me, look at, me’. For example, Jacinda Adern, Julie Bishop.

  132. C.L.

    Labor has knocked back a primetime television debate between Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison.

    What the hell?
    Their private polls on Shorten must be horrendous.
    He has the demeanor of somebody who doesn’t really want the job.

  133. Geriatric Mayfly

    This may have already been noted here but ABCFM is saying the organ at Notre Dame is fine.

    Now for some modern, discordant cacophony thrown on a score sheet to celebrate its survival in which, ABCFM will detect no vulgarity whatsoever.

  134. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2997716, posted on April 26, 2019 at 10:09 am

    In the latest heist, detectives are on the trail of cattle rustlers on horseback who stole 200 cows from a St George property, walking them to a nearby stock route, in mid-March.

    Milking the market?

  135. C.L.

    OUTBACK police are investigating a spate of cattle duffing as beef prices soar on the back of drought-breaking rain in the state’s $5 billion cattle industry.

    In the latest heist, detectives are on the trail of cattle rustlers on horseback who stole 200 cows from a St George property, walking them to a nearby stock route, in mid-March.

    Beef prices have skyrocketed, with one beast worth between $800 and $1200, making them a lucrative target for opportunistic thieves and organised crime syndicates.

    “We’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars, even up to a million dollars, in some cases,’’ Acting Detective Sergeant Doug Robertson, of Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) in Charleville, said.

    But surely duffers can’t just rock up to a sale yards and cash in 200 head of cattle.
    How is that possible? (Tags, brands, paper work, ATO etc).

  136. Anning maintaining his behaviour of putting individuals with criminal history up for election and consorting with extremist crooks.

    Yep, A the person in question is a returned serviceman.
    An RSPCA inspector turned up to take his dog, because the veteran was deemed “unfit to keep a pet”.
    The veteran objected, tried to choke the RSPCA inspector (failed) and clocked the cop who was there to protect the RSPCA.

    I know which side I’m on in that one.

  137. struth

    Fairs fair.
    One of Jacinda’s staff suggested she wear a Christian cross in sympathy for the victims of Sri Lanka but she hissed at it and slid back into the shadows.

  138. stackja

    C.L.
    #2997722, posted on April 26, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Two blokes meet in a pub, cash money, changes hands?

  139. Dr Faustus

    2018: Rooftop solar passes two million milestone

    This year has already eclipsed 2017 for total numbers of solar systems installed, as consumers embrace renewable energy to take control of power bills. The rise in solar comes as panels become more affordable than ever before

    2019: Victorian solar companies reeling after popular rebate scheme halted temporarily

    A number of Victorian solar companies are laying off staff after the Victorian Government placed a temporary freeze on a solar panel rebate program.

    Embrace the subsidy.

  140. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    But surely duffers can’t just rock up to a sale yards and cash in 200 head of cattle.
    How is that possible? (Tags, brands, paper work, ATO etc).

    A night’s kill in a dodgy abattoir, all transactions cash only.

  141. calli

    PS: you forgot the link calli, it don’t work without the link.

    So True

  142. John Constantine

    Everybody in australia knows shorten is a wannabe aristocrat, totally unfit for the society of free folk who place any value on personal honour and selfless virtue over grasping greed, petty vengeance and open corruption.

    Their media class are all taking one for the team as they collectively tonguebath the degenerate and heavily manboobed Nero-in-waiting.

    And their feckless turnbullites squabble for the chance to lick sparkling clean any soiled parts of the grimy shorten fat folds that he can’t reach with a dunny brush and the media gag and retch when its presented to them.

    One Party State really means something when we can all pretend shorten isn’t a joke.

    Comrades.

  143. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Greens in push to sink private rebate, bolster public system

    Sean Parnell
    HEALTH EDITOR
    @seanparnell
    12:00AM April 26, 2019

    The Greens want to phase out the private health insurance rebate, diverting up to $6.5 billion in annual taxpayer funding into prevention, dental subsidies, expanded primary care and public hospitals.

    Greens leader and former doctor Richard Di Natale will announce the party’s major health policies today, promising to clear the states’ elective surgery waiting lists for two years and boost bulk-billing.

    “You don’t have a truly universal health system when thousands of Australians delay or avoid seeing a doctor, dentist or specialist because they can’t afford it,” Senator Di Natale said. “It’s about time we returned to the principle of free, universal healthcare.”

    With insurance coverage already falling due to affordability issues, removing the rebate would inevitably see more people drop policies to rely on the public sector instead. The Greens’ waiting list pledge does not factor in such a shift and the party would also make the commonwealth responsible for 50 per cent of growth funding for hospitals from 2020.

    From the Oz.

  144. But surely duffers can’t just rock up to a sale yards and cash in 200 head of cattle.
    How is that possible? (Tags, brands, paper work, ATO etc).

    They were cows.
    That’s 200 breeding cows a de-stocked (or partially de-stocked) cow cocky gets without any financial debt.

    The cows will never leave his selection. His station ration kill will come from the barren ones, the progeny will wear his brand.

  145. Mother Lode

    Noor would have obviously known he was not cut out for the job. He routinely failed tests and aptitude examinations,

    This is where it gets a bit murky. I think there might well be cultural differences at play here – the high trust society works where people understand the limits of their entitlements and acknowledge the claims of people they have not even met. No small thing that. It is the exception. We have seen that tribalism, selfishness, indifference and opportunism are concomitant with the breakdown of trust.

    It is a strength of our culture that progressives don’t see because they start from their conclusions and then look for evidence, rather than starting with evidence and finding conclusions.

    I don’t consider Noor should be off the hook, and living in the US he should at least have seen what people are supposed to do even if not his own inclination. But he would have been encouraged and nudged along by political creatures with agenda.

  146. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2997731, posted on April 26, 2019 at 10:32 am

    NHS in UK works OK?

  147. Leigh Lowe

    KD, Powerline blog are running a good daily summary of the Diversity Hire’s trial.
    OK, only prosecution case so far, but it isn’t looking good for Noor.
    Now there is talk that the previously mute Mr Noor will take the stand, so the defence must think they have some work to do.
    And M0, when taking the oath, hold that [email protected] nice and high so the Moo-Zleys on the jury can see it.

  148. John Constantine

    Their greens will end unstunned slaughter at first chance.

    Interestingly, the wastewater analysis is presented through the media to reveal drug use in areas picked up through sewrage plants, but the fatbergs caused by backyard hlal slaughter flushing the blood/fat/guts down the dunny is ignored.

    The illegal flow of stock for truly compliant backyard diversity slaughter is a censored topic, once greens and animal justice prohibit it, it will be interesting to see how this slaughter prohibition goes down with the green/wahhabi alliance.

    Comrades.

  149. Should the Animal Justice Pardee preference Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Pardee?

    Kevin Bonham, in his review of the Tasmanian candidates for the Senate, noted that, “in 2016, 405 Tasmanian voters voted either 1 Shooters 2 AJP or the other way around!”

  150. stackja

    Mother Lode
    #2997735, posted on April 26, 2019 at 10:35 am

    The biggest worry for me would be aircraft pilots and surgeons. One person, one life. One person, many lives.

  151. calli

    The Aardvark of Beaconsfield refuses an on air debate wiv the PM?

    Tells you all you need to know.

  152. Lysander

    Didn’t the AFL have a minute’s silence for New Zealand victims?

    No silence for Sri Lanka? How odd!

  153. Mother Lode

    Labor has knocked back a primetime television debate between Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison.

    Hahahahaa!

    Bill – you are not really being a small target if you leave a great gaping hole in the air every time you run away.

  154. calli

    Brewster’s Mo should have its own postcode.

  155. calli

    Perhaps his appearance at the footy yesterday brought back unfortunate memories.

  156. 132andBush

    What the hell?
    Their private polls on Shorten must be horrendous.
    He has the demeanor of somebody who doesn’t really want the job.

    He can only fake so much sincerity.

  157. stackja

    calli
    #2997743, posted on April 26, 2019 at 10:40 am

    RR and Jimmy Carter comes to mind. MSM could not understand how an old bloke would handle himself on TV. BS knows his limitations.

  158. John Constantine

    Grumpy as i sold out my TNY tinybeans in my ruthless cull of spectech recently.

    Trophybaby bragplatform to the world–how could that work in a downturn i asked meself?.

    Awesome run this holiday season.

  159. calli

    Every time he lies, a little piece of him falls off. By debate time there won’t be much left.

  160. 132andBush

    Everybody in australia knows shorten is a wannabe aristocrat, totally unfit for the society of free folk who place any value on personal honour and selfless virtue over grasping greed, petty vengeance and open corruption.

    Their media class are all taking one for the team as they collectively tonguebath the degenerate and heavily manboobed Nero-in-waiting.

    And their feckless turnbullites squabble for the chance to lick sparkling clean any soiled parts of the grimy shorten fat folds that he can’t reach with a dunny brush and the media gag and retch when its presented to them.

    One Party State really means something when we can all pretend shorten isn’t a joke.

    Comrades.

    That’s simply magnificent!! LMFAO

  161. Yep, A the person in question is a returned serviceman.

    OK.
    You’ve just given me (and heaps of others) licence to choke RSPCA inspectors and thump coppers.
    Now, can conscripts add car stealing and burglary to this list of forgivable misdemeanours?
    After all, we had no choice, and there should be some additional slack allowed for that.

  162. rafiki redux

    KD at 8.56 : “Just what do the AFL, and in particular its ‘social inclusion’ empire propose to do? What the hell can they do? Appeals on Facebook? Ask nicely? Compulsory AFLW watching?”

    This may be a fair point in the context of controlling Essendon supporters, but in others, such as in the University sector, it will probably be devastating for the culprit. The point of social inclusion policies is to exclude those who do not accept whatever is politically correct in the university – (difficult to achieve because its is constantly changing agenda), merely causing embarrassment (such as reporting cheating), or offending a student and/or their parents (such as by awarding a grade lesser than that wished for), and so forth. A couple of the first consequences for the hapless employee (for that is how everyone in the university is now categorised) is social ostracism within the faculty or unit, and some sort of investigation by persons such as the head of social inclusion. A warning is likely to follow, with an obligation to attend a self-criticism session. A stopped promotion possibility, imposition of heavy teaching loads, frequent calls to defend oneself in the face of often anonymous student complaint, etc – these things may follow.

    It is quite insidious, and while AFL supporters can flip the bird at the AFL, the players will have no doubt taken note of what happened to Gary Ablett. (And it might be argued that the AFL’s obtain a retraction from him might have encouraged the Hawthorn supporters to boo.)

  163. Leigh Lowe

    I don’t consider Noor should be off the hook, and living in the US he should at least have seen what people are supposed to do even if not his own inclination. But he would have been encouraged and nudged along by political creatures with agenda.

    He was certainly pumped up by City Hall, but that doesn’t explain it.
    He had an ingrained hatred of white folks (particularly wymmimses), clearly resented doing routine patrol (after all he was on a fast track to a senior role behind a desk) and had a temperament totally unsuited to police work. That is, 99.9% of interaction with the public should involve de-escalation of a heated situation … not drawing the gun with the frequency of a six year old playing cowboys and injuns.

  164. Nick

    When Sky has its round table discussion with swinging ‘bogan’ voters, watch it, it’s quite illustrative. More so that the news cycle issues promoted by the media mean little to the average suburbanite.

  165. notafan

    The Greens want to phase out the private health insurance rebate, diverting up to $6.5 billion in annual taxpayer funding into prevention, dental subsidies, expanded primary care and public hospitals.

    more fake savings

    Thousands will drop private health insurance and join the queues you braindead numbskulls

  166. Leigh Lowe

    It is quite insidious, and while AFL supporters can flip the bird at the AFL, the players will have no doubt taken note of what happened to Gary Ablett. (And it might be argued that the AFL’s obtain a retraction from him might have encouraged the Hawthorn supporters to boo.)

    Yeah, nah.
    If their beef was with the AFL, they would of reserved the booing for McPolo-Pony or one of his minions during pre-match.
    No, this was a particular sub-set of Hawthorn supporters (middle class, Eastern suburbs white collars) trying to display their wokeness by “bravely standing up to homophobia”.
    Wankers, in other words.

  167. You’ve just given me (and heaps of others) licence to choke RSPCA inspectors and thump coppers.

    You’re actually presenting this as a downside?

  168. rafiki redux

    Makka at 10.02 – what I was thinking. But will the LNP be game?

  169. notafan

    We all know who runs the abattoirs s these days

  170. Makka

    But will the LNP be game?

    In the words of Sir Humphrey ; “…that wouldn’t just be brave Prime Minister, that would be courageous.”

  171. feelthebern

    Wow.
    With the 6th pick in the draft, the NY Giants pick an unknown, untested white boy QB from Duke, when they could have taken hard, tested black dude from Ohio State Dwayne Haskins.

    I am in shock.

  172. Mother Lode

    The biggest worry for me would be aircraft pilots and surgeons. One person, one life. One person, many lives.

    I actually have a lot of sympathy for the idea of freeing up the borders coupled with restricting welfare and rigorous enforcement of a much reduced corpus of law.

    My caveat has always been cultural. Not that I see culture as fixed, or even that there is an ideal. But culture underlies our notions of freedom, community, responsibility, interactions in the absence of personal history, justice, the individual versus the group, the basis of and value of truth etc.

    Not all cultures would give rise to a libertarian idea, so establishing such without maintaining cultural roots would quickly unravel.

    What we want from a pilot is more than just a stick-jockey. How they deal with the unexpected, deal with stress and fear, whether they can just switch on ‘calm’ and focus on a 10% solution when that is the best there is – that cannot be done by training. Training doesn’t ‘make’ pilots, it instils technical skills to people who already possess other talents.

    So yeah, looking to see who uses a knife and fork in the cafeteria would be insightful.

  173. Des Deskperson

    ‘No, this was a particular sub-set of Hawthorn supporters (middle class, Eastern suburbs white collars)’

    Historically, Hawthorn has always been the team for your arriviste, upwardly mobile bourgeoisie, at least as compered to older money Melbourne or Carlton .

  174. Stimpson J. Cat

    Labor has knocked back a primetime television debate between Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison.

    This is outrageous.
    Why is Labor sabotaging Australia’s Savior,
    Bill Shorten?

    I smell the loose scented shoulders of True Thai Albanese behind this.

  175. Tel

    An RSPCA inspector turned up to take his dog, because the veteran was deemed “unfit to keep a pet”.
    The veteran objected, tried to choke the RSPCA inspector (failed) and clocked the cop who was there to protect the RSPCA.

    It’s not clear to me who used violence first in that situation, but I believe it was neither the veteran nor the dog.

  176. feelthebern

    It’s not clear to me who used violence first in that situation, but I believe it was neither the veteran nor the dog.

    Sounds like an abysmally handled situation.
    If someone tried to take my dog away from me, I’d lose my shit too.

  177. calli

    Oh, before I forget. Joh mentioned that Alfred Informal posted on the OT yesterday.

    I didn’t see it. However – good to know you’re posting at the Cat, Alfred. And welcome!

    We miss your Dad very much, but he knows his own mind about commenting here. Don’t be a stranger.

  178. Mother Lode

    BS knows his limitations.

    Even a broken clock…

  179. Mother Lode

    You’ve just given me (and heaps of others) licence to choke RSPCA inspectors and thump coppers.

    He was raising awareness – of what people do with their dogs.

    The man is an activist hero!

  180. Dr Faustus

    Labor has knocked back a primetime television debate between Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison.

    The ALP machinepersons have realised that the polls have been giving an accurate message all these years. Shorten really does have all the popularity and cut-through of a fly-spotted road-kill roo – and Labor is in for a white-knuckle ride.

    Interesting to see Plibbers and Albo taking a firm, supportive, backseat position in the campaign.
    They certainly don’t want shit on their shoes.

  181. Nick

    Interesting to see Plibbers and Albo taking a firm, supportive, backseat position in the campaign. They certainly don’t want shit on their shoes.

    Albo especially. Where’s the Wong chap as well?

  182. feelthebern

    Labor has knocked back a primetime television debate between Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison.

    Bad move.
    The media demands a “debate”.
    ScoMo will go nuts on this.

  183. feelthebern

    Lisa Wilkinson has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Uni of Wollongong.

  184. Gab

    Lisa Wilkinson has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Uni of Wollongong.

    Clearly a university of low standards and even lower expectations.

  185. Nick

    Lisa Wilkinson has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Uni of Wollongong.

    If only she had the writing skills to do her own.

  186. feelthebern

    11 picks down in the NFL draft.
    Apart from from 2 QB’s, 11 defensive players have been drafted.

  187. C.L.

    Bad form, Wills.
    There was a time when sitting on a hospital bed would get you an ear full from matron.
    Prince William meets with one of the youngest survivors of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

  188. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bad move.
    The media demands a “debate”.
    ScoMo will go nuts on this

    As he should. I’m wondering how the media would react if Scott Morrison had declined a live debate.

  189. feelthebern

    i mean 9 defensive players…

  190. Boambee John

    The Greens want to phase out the private health insurance rebate, diverting up to $6.5 billion in annual taxpayer funding into prevention, dental subsidies, expanded primary care and public The Greens want to phase out the private health insurance rebate, diverting up to $6.5 billion in annual taxpayer funding into prevention, dental subsidies, expanded primary care and public hospitals.

    The fanatical communist ideologues have long since herded the remaining genuine environmentalists into a corner, converting the Greens party into a bunch of watermelons.

  191. Mother Lode

    I can imagine the pugnacious Bill Shorten demanding to be allowed into the ring to take on Scomo.

    The party would be holding him at bay with its hand on the ample dome his forehead, while he is pushing forward with all his might, balled fists swinging in rapid arcs, and in his little man’s voice he is crying out “Lemme ad ‘im. I’ll moider ‘im. Foist wid a crawss, den wid a hook, den POW!”

  192. Tom

    In a live interview on Hannity, Trump has just confirmed that ALL classified material relating to the FBI’s dodgy FISA court applications to spy on his 2016 election campaign will be declassified in coming weeks.

  193. feelthebern

    Great news Tom.
    Ps, Rowe nailed it again this morning.

  194. feelthebern

    14 picks down in the NFL draft.
    3 white dudes, 11 black dudes.
    2 QB’s (1 white, 1 black), 12 defensive players.

  195. Boambee John

    The Greens’ waiting list pledge does not factor in such a shift and the party would also make the commonwealth responsible for 50 per cent of growth funding for hospitals from 2020.

    Should Shortwit’s “immigrant grandma” policy get up (get it!) then the Commonwealth should be responsible for all the additional costs incurred. Let him face the opprobrium of raising even more taxes, or incurring even more debt.

  196. Done Deal

    Labor has knocked back a primetime television debate between Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison.

    On Channel 9?
    Stayed tuned for their alpbc to propose a q&a style debate hosted by snowcone in front of a balanced audience, complete with worm & twitter feed moderated in the usual even-handed way .Who knows, even the old leathery bookends journalistic statesmen red ned O’Brien & bazza Cassidy may make themselves available for expert analysis of the worm-turns. Sure bs will make himself available. Scomo can be assured of Pravda’s usual professional journalistic balance

  197. Leigh Lowe

    Historically, Hawthorn has always been the team for your arriviste, upwardly mobile bourgeoisie, at least as compered to older money Melbourne or Carlton .

    Yes, Des.
    I don’t listen to the Coodabeens much anymore but they had a “talk-back” character who was a 30-something Hawks supporter (Nigel?).
    He was desparately trying to be kind of cool (in a private school kind of way) but always missing the mark.
    Every time he wanted to illustrate a point he would say “We have a saying at law (insert long-winded pidgin Latin phrase here) …” which would then somehow be construed as something superior about Hawthorn

  198. feelthebern

    & to add insult to injury the Giants conference rivals the Redskins draft Dwayne Haskins.
    Hard to support the NY Giants when they pull this shit every year.

  199. Nick

    LL, I knew you were little Timmy from Essendon, lol.

  200. notafan

    “He was influential, very attractive, very smart in his speeches, even though what he was saying about jihad was crazy,” said Marzook Ahamed Lebbe, a former Kattankudy politician and member of a local Isl amic federation. “We all underestimated him. We never thought he would do what he said.

    I don’t believe you Mr Lebbe

  201. Gab

    OK.
    You’ve just given me (and heaps of others) licence to choke RSPCA inspectors and thump coppers.
    Now, can conscripts add car stealing and burglary to this list of forgivable misdemeanours?
    After all, we had no choice, and there should be some additional slack allowed for that.

    Your affectionate uncle,
    Screwtape.

  202. Chris

    Your affectionate uncle,

    LOL

  203. John Constantine

    To Save the disabled man’s dog, the State had to Kill the disabled man’s dog.

    All heil the crushing power of the State.

    We now expect these officials to go get the camp dogs from the communities.

    Comrades.

  204. Okay I take Hannity over Bill “Vincent Gigante” Mitchell or Polly “Chemtrails” Noname.

    Actual news, actual declassified docs.

  205. John Constantine

    The Berlin airlift will have nothing on Shortens million grannies airlift.

    “Ich bin ein Beijinger”

    Comrade Maaaaates.

  206. He was raising awareness – of what people do with their dogs.

    The man is an activist hero!

    CHANNELING MICHAEL J. FISK…nannoo nannoo

    “THE ANIMAL JUSTICE PARDEE MUST PREFERENCE FRASER ANNING’S CONSERVATIVE NATIONAL PARDEE…”

    There is not a single blogger here who doesn’t wanna see that.

    ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? Etc…

  207. Oof.

    Watched the video clip for “America, Fuck Yeah”…the bit where the Eiffel Tower crushes the Arc d’Triomphe was a bit…Oofy.

  208. John64

    Tits Peanuthead doing a presser on Shy with the Slovenian Hag and That Wong Chap riding shotgun.

    It’s clear now why The Liars are now desperate to hide him.

    He can’t complete s sentence without sounding like an angry, whinging shop steward with an axe to grind about everyone and everything.

  209. John Constantine

    Shorten declares they are all his grannies.

  210. To Save the disabled man’s dog, the State had to Kill the disabled man’s dog.

    All heil the crushing power of the State.

    Exactly. How dare a citizen make a decision.

  211. Mother Lode

    Now, can conscripts add car stealing and burglary to this list of forgivable misdemeanours?

    Okay, now I understand it.

    We are supposed to just accept any intrusion by the state. If the state sanctions something then we must (however reluctantly) accede.

    The only thing I am not sure if is whether I am talking about conscription or the seizure of pets.

  212. He can’t complete s sentence without sounding like an angry, whinging shop steward with an axe to grind about everyone and everything.

    I heard him in Parliament over five years ago and he just sounded like a cringy, delusional kid sperging out.

    A sample of Holy Billy Tits Shorten McFinkle Einhorn (vote for tits, get a dick):

    When will da tories learn?

  213. Roger

    Labor has knocked back a primetime television debate between Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison.

    Morrison should go on TV against an empty chair.

  214. Bruce of Newcastle

    Noor would have obviously known he was not cut out for the job. He routinely failed tests and aptitude examinations

    Scott Johnson’s series on the court case has been fascinating.

    Minneapolis suburb Cedar-Riverside is known as Little Mogadishu. That is an immediate problem for policing because the woke authorities feel they must have Somali mu slims on the force.

    Unfortunately the disciplined clean-living mu slims won’t join the police and be subordinate to kufar authority, due to kor anic teaching.

    So the only ones that would sign up are those who are less disciplined. Meaning they are exactly the wrong sort of people to be police.

    It’s a wicked catch 22.

  215. We are supposed to just accept any intrusion by the state. If the state sanctions something then we must (however reluctantly) accede.

    If the state declares something is no longer a crime, it is no longer immoral.

    No, really.

  216. Mother Lode

    I see the herald is raising the alarm about high recidivism rates in NSW.

    I wonder if they will accept that progressive policies and lenient sentencing from activist judges viewing criminals as the real victims might have had something to do with it all?

    Nah!

  217. John Constantine

    Their abc rural country hour declares voteshortencompass has discovered that banning live exports is a majority position in voters responding to voteshortencompass.

    The major cities want the ban.

    Lefty voters want a ban.

    Tory voters do not want a ban.

    This is all live exports, shutting down the northern cattle industry as well.

    [72 percent of women hate gas production]

  218. John Constantine

    72% of women responding to votecompass want an end to current gas production.

    Votecompass responders wants the deindustrialisation of animal agriculture.

  219. Tom

    LL, I knew you were little Timmy from Essendon, lol.

    Get it right, Nick: it’s Timmy from Thomastown, tiny-voiced son of a Collingwood-barracking car thief.

    Totally coincidentally, I was listening to early 1990s Coodabeen Champions tapes this morning via YouTube, featuring the full cast of Tony’s Talkback characters (Timmy, Digger, Massive from Moorabbin, Stan the Statistician, etc). Still sound like they were done yesterday, in spite of references to the 1991 grand final at Arctic Park (Waverley).

  220. Bruce of Newcastle

    Morrison should go on TV against an empty chair.

    Networks wouldn’t go for that, their woke producers would decry unfairness, unfairness!
    So ScoMo would have to outflank them somehow.
    If he has sufficient cojones the best way would be to invite Pauline to a debate.
    Seven and Nine couldn’t turn that down.
    It’d rate its socks off.
    Then every time ScoMo answers a question he could start with “I notice that Bill Shorten isn’t here with us tonight…”

    And if they use a set with chairs, he can stand up, push his chair into the centre and say “here’s a chair for Bill” and then continue the debate standing up.

  221. Chutzpah:

    1. From Yiddish, meaning severe brazenness or astonishing gall. Also see hypocrite, crazy arsehole.

    2. A nickname for Hillary “Go Away” Clinton.

    3. An incredulous level of psychological projection, engendered by ‘no no you are fake news’.

  222. Bruce of Newcastle

    72% of women responding to votecompass want an end to current gas production.

    Because after sunset women just love cooking over dried cow manure!

  223. Mother Lode

    Tits Peanuthead doing a presser on Shy with the Slovenian Hag and That Wong Chap riding shotgun.

    Clever new strategy.

    The sight of those two will fill people with dread. And that persistent lingering fear you know is irrational but cannot be shaken – those two diabolical fiends will have people checking under their beds at night, unexpected sounds and movements will have people dropping jam jars on the ground.

    If someone spills a drink or makes a mistake others will say “What’s Wong? You got the Plibbers?”

    And then you go to the voting booth. Facing the wall, your back exposed. Do you really know what they know and how they know it? All alone, will anyone else know if you marked ALP first?

    Bastards!

  224. Nick

    Get it right, Nick: it’s Timmy from Thomastown, tiny-voiced son of a Collingwood-barracking car thief.

    Lol, of course.
    Guru Bob was my favourite. Probably racist these days.

  225. Leigh Lowe

    The Berlin airlift will have nothing on Shortens million grannies airlift.

    If you like your grandma, you can have your grandma.
    NDIS wukkas with Hindi and/or Mandarin will be at a premium.

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