Open Forum: May 11, 2019

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  1. zyconoclast

    38 second video

    “In 1943 the following directive was issued from party headquarters to all communists in the United States. It read when certain obstructionists become too irritating label them after suitable buildups as fascist or nazi or anti-semitic and used the prestige of anti-fascist and tolerance organisations to discredit them. In the public mind constantly associate those who oppose us with those names which already have a bad smell. The association will after enough repetition become fact in the public mind.”

  2. zyconoclast

    ‘Lavish’ prison wedding angers Premier, who says such events will be banned

    The wedding of a prison inmate held inside Palen Creek prison farm has earned the condemnation of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who said the Government would ensure such proceedings were banned in future.

    The ABC understands the inmate permitted to hold a “lavish” wedding is convicted drug trafficker Terrence John Thornbury.

    A Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) spokesperson confirmed the wedding was attended by 36 guests, who arrived from outside the prison.

  3. Tel

    Midnight … I give up then.

  4. Confused Old Misfit

    Back just in time!

  5. C.L.

    Trump promised a 25 percent tax on China in 2011 …
    And how: “Listen you motherfuckers …”
    True to his word:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN7KHWdyrbI
    ————————-
    Via GWP

  6. Rossini

    A bit late to the party!

  7. Rossini

    Watched the final episode of Baptiste? tonight. Not a bad series ,although no winners.

  8. Tintarella di Luna

    Thanks Tom though David Rowe’s looks like it was sketched in hangover v omit

  9. None

    Erin Molan was able to get the guy tracked and (rightly) charged with existing laws. This interchange convinced me never to back Jim Molan https://mobile.twitter.com/SkyNewsAust/status/1124969231794130944

  10. None

    Zanetti does a great Charles. Really excellent. Thanks, Tom.

  11. Bad Samaritan

    What about the Trump tariffs?

    25% on $500 billion = $125 Billion in tax. Trump says that if US farmers lose export markets in China he’ll be using the $125 Billion to buy their crops and then giving </strong them to poor countries; also paying the shipping costs from the $125 billion.

    Meanwhile, over at Walmart, the bosses will be thinking "Hmmm. That toaster from China used to cost us $8, but now it's $10, so maybe we should be buying the $9 one from Bangladesh. We used to sell the Chinese ones for $20 and make $10 gross profit, so we can either still sell the Bangladeshi one for $20 and only make $9 gross, or else put the price up to $21, so's we are still making $10. Will the average US consumer care if they go with the latter 5% increase, now that they are getting much more pay than previously via wage increases, or else by having a job where, before they had none…or were underemployed?

    The huge imbalance is what gives the US all the leverage. Does anyone want to support China in this "war"?

  12. The Japanese and South Koreans make some bloody good cars.
    Especially Mazda

    Absolutely.
    I’m on to my third MX5 – a turbocharged SE – a blast to drive down Flagstone Creek road.

  13. Entropy

    Entropy
    #3009729, posted on May 11, 2019 at 6:45 am
    JC
    #3009661, posted on May 11, 2019 at 12:04 am
    Tel

    The approx rate of return on capital for the S&P was about 5% on average over the Kenyan years. That’s not stocks rising. It’s what firms made. Stop please

    How much of that was asset appreciation as a result of QE though? Paper returns.

  14. Entropy

    As a previous owner of a much loved MX-5 in my youth, I can confidently say there is nothing as pathetic and sad as an old geezer driving a convertible. Have some dignity sir!

  15. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Troll claims to have paid millions in tax but can only afford an mx5…..bwahahahahahaha

  16. calli

    Chip Bok and the fishing licences. Very good.

  17. Troll claims to have paid millions in tax but can only afford an mx5…..bwahahahahahaha

    Jealous….

  18. calli

    I’ve shelled out millions. If you count my employees, many…many millions.

    Where’s my Roller? I deserve one!

  19. Empire 5:5

    The Gold Reserve Transparency Act (H.R. 2559) – backed by the Sound Money Defense League and government accountability advocates – directs the Comptroller of the United States to conduct a “full assay, inventory, and audit of all gold reserves, including any gold in ‘deep storage,’ of the United States at the place or places where such reserves are kept.”

    HR 2559 requires more than just a physical assay, inventory, and audit, however. Even if all United States gold can be physically accounted for, it may nevertheless be encumbered with third-party obligations – or otherwise be impaired by bank financialization.

    https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/new-federal-legislation-requires-full-audit-of-americas-gold-reserves/

  20. This is not the first time the Septics have been upset by Canadian aircraft procurement practice.

  21. C.L.

    Well done, Broncos last night.
    And well done, Gus. As the Courier Mail reports this morning:

    Good ol’ Gus does it again for the Broncos
    It was the four words from every Queenslander’s favourite commentator that changed the game – “Manly’s all over them”. And from that point, the Broncos were never in doubt.

    I watched the entire game; the southern commentators kept harping on what a proud, ‘brave’ and creditable performance it was from Manly. They were in fact comprehensively bashed by the Broncs.

  22. stackja

    HUN reports AFL umpire OK work with children despite been naughty. No names allowed by VCAT.

  23. stackja

    Lawyer X royal commission hears Mokbel offered to turn snitch on crooked cops
    James Dowling, Anthony Dowsley, Herald Sun
    May 10, 2019 10:28pm
    Subscriber only

    Drug kingpin Tony Mokbel offered to turn snitch against crooked cops but police declined, an anti-corruption investigator has told the Lawyer X Royal Commission.

    The feared criminal wanted to spill the beans to a major anti-corruption investigation into the Victoria Police drug squad in 2002 to get a better deal for himself and his girlfriend Danielle McGuire, former Victoria Police detective Peter De Santo said.

    Mr De Santo was one of the lead investigators of the Ceja Taskforce — which investigated members of the now-defunct drug squad for major corruption matters.

  24. Geriatric Mayfly

    Australia moves on to Death Row. Will there be a reprieve next Saturday? Electrickery Bill awaits with Ol’ Sparky, and Di Natale hovers with the green needle.

  25. Old School Conservative

    Reports of a prayer circle by members of both the Reds and Rebels after last night’s rugby in Melbourne.
    A sign of support for Izzy?
    I hope so.

  26. zyconoclast

    Hate incidents are notoriously under reported; now, there’s an app for that

    Researchers from the University of Utah want to fill that gap with an app.

    Emily Nicolosi, researcher, and Richard Medina, professor of geography, along with the DIGIT Lab developed an app that allows people to report incidents of hate. The first of its kind, the app accepts reports beyond crimes captured in police records. Users from around the country can document all incident types, from derogatory epithets written in bathrooms to slurs yelled from a car window in addition to violent assaults.

  27. stackja

    Croc of sh1t! Salties taking over our sewers
    JUDITH AISTHORPE, NT News
    May 11, 2019 12:30am
    Subscriber only

    TERRITORY crocs are taking over the Top End sewerage systems.

    In the past week two crocs have been spotted by workers at Darwin and Palmerston treatment facilities.

    The crocs have stunk up the joint, causing headaches for staff and birdwatchers as they cruise the ponds.

    Crocodylus Park owner and crocodile expert Professor Graham Webb said the pungent smell of sewage was like a McDonald’s for crocs.

    “They think ‘my god there must be food here’,” Prof Webb said.

  28. bespoke

    None
    #3009719, posted on May 11, 2019 at 5:02 am
    Erin Molan was able to get the guy tracked and (rightly) charged with existing laws. This interchange convinced me never to back Jim

    If it was physical threats or planing something in the real world then I agree. But you can block or not use the platform at all and adults should supervise there kids on the internet. The MSM are the ones trolling the public with fake news and hyping things.

  29. mh

    David Rowe has piles of dogshit in his cartoon.

    Very appropriate for his drawings. And Numbers will love it.

  30. stackja

    45 Responses to Open Forum: May 11, 2019

    In almost nine hours!

  31. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    Nothing is more calculated to make a demagogue popular than a constantly reiterated demand for heavy taxes on the rich. Capital levies and high income taxes on the larger incomes are extraordinarily popular with the masses, who do not have to pay them.

    — Ludwig von Mises

  32. Knuckle Dragger

    Outstanding news.

    In the last of Australia’s three-match series against UnZud prior to the World Cup, Australia’s premier cack-handed midget ranga cheat dazzled the crowd with a thrill-a-minute (literally) batting exhibition.

    His carefree, dominant innings of 2 put Australia on the path to a well-earned victory.

  33. egg_

    I’m on to my third MX5 – a turbocharged SE

    Wot – no Camry Hybrid for thee?
    Typical Greenoid hypocrite.

    Can I use it as a starter motor for my Chev engine?

  34. Dr Faustus

    Fox Sports desperately pumping the Vicar’s tyres:

    Was this for Folau? Super Rugby stars unite in poignant prayer circle

    It was unclear whether the players in Melbourne were making a stand for Folau.

    “We’ve seen this before, it happens a lot and probably in the last couple of years it’s happened more and more,” former Wallaby Stephen Hoiles said on Fox Sports’ The Kick On show in regards to pre and post-match prayer circles.

    “Whether or not this is specifically for Israel Folau, we won’t know but we’ve seen that before.”

    Sure, bro.

  35. Knuckle Dragger

    Stack,

    Morrison should be quoting that first sentence every single time he stands in front of a microphone.

    The time for gentility is over.

  36. stackja

    Edward Boyd, Derrick Krusche, Adella Beaini, Janet Fife-Yeomans and Danielle Le Messurier, The Daily Telegraph
    26 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    A driver who allegedly left the scene of the fatal crash on the M4 has been charged.

    Francis Shanley, 36, was killed when eight cars and a truck collided just before 6am on Thursday.

    Witnesses told police the driver of a Toyota Echo allegedly left the scene after the incident.

    A 53-year-old man from Ropes Crossing was arrested on Friday night. Police will allege he changed lanes on the M4 and then stopped, with multiple collisions occurring as a consequence.

    The driver has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death, fail to stop and two counts of causing bodily harm by misconduct. He will appear in court on Saturday.

    And will get a slap on the wrist?

  37. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    David Rowe has piles of dogshit in his cartoon.

    the ambient squalor the left is in love with

  38. stackja

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3009760, posted on May 11, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Are enough voters listening?

  39. Knuckle Dragger

    Stack,

    Morro will find out if he tries it. A perfect quote for the situation btw.

    If that driver doesn’t get culpable driving and/or reckless conduct endangering life, somebody’s not doing their job.

  40. The Barking Toad

    Yet they jail the Cardinal………from the Hun from a reference upthread…

    A repeat sex offender can resume umpiring junior footy matches after “a very senior person in the AFL” gave him a glowing reference.

    But the public is not allowed to know who the offender is because of a gag order protecting his identity for the rest of his life — to save him from “embarrassment”.

    An AFL spokesman said it would not comment last night.

    VCAT documents reveal the 57-year-old pervert — referred to as MFK — has a long history of offending, including sexual penetration of a minor, stalking and masturbating in public.

    But the tribunal agreed he could have a working with children permit on the basis he did not “pose an unjustifiable risk to the safety of children”.

    In his judgment this week, VCAT deputy president Ian Proctor said: “A very senior person in the AFL gave a reference for MFK.

    “He appeared at VCAT in 2013 to give evidence on MFK’s behalf, fully understanding MFK’s history.

    “By way of reference and through his oral evidence before me in this proceeding, this referee strongly supported MFK being given an assessment notice.”

    Testifying before VCAT, the AFL figure said he had known the man for 20 years.The name of the AFL figure has also been kept secret by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
    “He regards MFK as a stalwart in the sport. He said that if there was concern about MFK’s conduct over the years in that context, he would know about it,” Mr Proctor said.

    “He described MFK as amazingly honest and open about his past difficulties.”

    The Herald Sun cannot name the umpire because of a VCAT suppression order.

    The order was granted, in part, because releasing his identity would cause “undue distress or embarrassment to the applicant as the proceeding relates to sexual conduct”.

    In a separate, unsuccessful appeal in 2013, the AFL figure was the only witness called by the man.

    He described him as a ­“caring, down-to-earth, easygoing and well-liked person in his local community, with a wide social network”.

    In 1984, the man was convicted of sexual penetration of a female under the age of 16.

    He said he had been in a relationship with the 15-year-old girl but believed she was older.

    An active junior and senior football umpire and “mentor” to young players, he was refused a working with children permit in 2009 when the AFL introduced a crackdown, but he successfully appealed that decision to VCAT.

    The umpire cannot be named because of a VCAT suppression order.
    The man lost the permit after being convicted of exposing himself to a woman while he sat in his car in 2010.

    He asked her if she wanted a lift then followed her in his car, later offering her $20 in exchange for sex.

    He was charged and sentenced to a 24-month community corrections order and placed on the sex offenders register.

    He was also charged with wilful and obscene exposure in public in 2013, with police alleging he was masturbating in a public park after a female witness reported him.

    The man claimed he had been urinating.

    The case was dismissed by a magistrate.

    In his unsuccessful 2013 appeal for a permit, VCAT ruled he posed a “more general risk of uncontrolled, inappropriate and harmful behaviour”.

    But Mr Proctor granted the application this time because he found “no likelihood of future threat to a child by him”.

    “I am satisfied the reasonable person would allow his or her child to have unsupervised direct contact with (the man) while he was engaged in any type of child-related work,” he said.

    “He repeatedly emphasised that he was not a paedophile and that he therefore did not pose a risk to children.

    “Public interest is not in my view served by saying once a person has taken a wrong turn, that person can never be redeemed.”

    Mr Proctor said the protection of children from sexual and physical harm was the paramount consideration in his decision.

  41. zyconoclast

    Egg boy and egg girl better step up their game.

    Milkshakes are now the thing.

    Tommy Robinson doused in milkshake for second time in two days

  42. Knuckle Dragger

    8.45am. Saturday.

    Fawlty Towers is on TV.

    Life is good.

  43. Dan Dare

    Numbers “blasts” down the road at about 80kph (on the straight) accompanied by some awful music.
    In the next video up he showcases a Mondeo.
    And he reckons he’s petrol head.

  44. None

    MX5? LOL LOL LOL OMG only gay men with mid life crises drive those. And Latika Bourke. Except she sold hers.

  45. stackja

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3009764, posted on May 11, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Yes!

  46. Tel

    David Rowe has piles of dogshit in his cartoon.

    He reverts to toilet humour roughly once a week.

  47. Empire 5:5

    Drug kingpin Tony Mokbel offered to turn snitch against crooked cops but police declined, an anti-corruption investigator has told the Lawyer X Royal Commission.

    ————-

    THE Bracks Labor Government signed another secret pledge for the Police Association just before the 2002 state poll.

    https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/secret-pledge-in-2002/news-story/56d8306b1436ddf382e5245606d9e597?sv=fe0613eef44a7eca1f3ca2095cff1eff

  48. Nick

    What do Bombers supporters think of the Rampe goalpost stunt ?

  49. One Vegan doesn’t make a Salad

    AEC giving instructions to booth helpers said yesterday advise in some electorates prevoting is now at 60+%

    Australia may have already voted.

  50. Nick

    The SMH has an interesting article about the notoriously poor SDA union and a deal on lower penalty rates for young workers. Fairfax found time to hyperlink the ‘social conservatism’ of the SDA but strangely, asked few other questions about how such deals take place aided by unions and senior Labor figures.

    The multinational has been paying a majority of its workers less than the fast food award – the wages safety net – under a controversial deal it struck with the socially conservative shop assistants’ union in 2013.

    An investigation by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2016 found that the workplace agreement with the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) paid some workers one-third less than the award and saved McDonald’s tens of millions of dollars in wages a year.

    The deal was approved by the Fair Work Commission at the time, despite a legal requirement it only endorse agreements that ensure workers are paid above the minimum wage.

  51. Cardimona

    Thanks, Tom.

    Rowe has depicted a woman as a dog!

    Misogyny confirmed.

  52. Nick

    While Elliott wouldn’t go as far as endorsing the club’s leadership, he did offer a reprieve for Bolton, who he believes will “absolutely” see out the year as coach.

    I know some of Jack’s thoughts on this, they could almost be quotes from Williamson’s The Club.

  53. The Barking Toad

    What do Bombers supporters think of the Rampe goalpost stunt ?

    Should have been a free kick in the goal square to the Swans – for a win.

    Don’t really care as both sides shit me.

    Q: Who kicked 5 goals in the 1990 grand final?
    A: Essendon

    Hahaha – Carna Pies

  54. Will the average US consumer care if they go with the latter 5% increase, now that they are getting much more pay than previously via wage increases, or else by having a job where, before they had none…or were underemployed?

    Yes, because the above is bullshit. The steel tariffs already destroyed auto jobs.

  55. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2019/05/indomitable-spirit-of-the-british-soldier.html

    Onya, the Brits. Two soldiers lose three legs, between them, in the sandpit, so they rock up at the Twickenham Army/Navy match, dressed as pirates…..

  56. John Constantine

    Their shorten looting cartel proclaim that the door is shut on the live export trade, and that even banning the crime cartels from the trade will not save it.

    Focus group testing proves that in Big Australia, labor agriculture minister in waiting can say that the science proves Australian sheep farmers don’t care about animal welfare, and it wins votes in marginal electorates.

    Comrades.

  57. calli

    Hanson is an honorary man.

    No misogyny.

    I’m surprised Peanut wasn’t depicted walking a turtle, but that’s Rowe for you.

  58. The Barking Toad

    That should have said Essendon – fat Saturday fingers

    to the Swans – for a win.

  59. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ALP vows indigenous national theatre

    Matthew Westwood
    ARTS CORRESPONDENT
    @matthewwestwood
    12:00AM May 11, 2019
    17 Comments

    A national theatre for indigenous drama would be established under a future Labor government, recognising the growing interest among audiences in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories.

    Opposition arts spokesman Tony Burke will today announce a national indigenous theatre as a key Labor initiative in a cultural policy that also promises to restore funding in full to the Australia Council.

    A national theatre has been a long-held aspiration for indigenous playwrights and Mr Burke said the recent success of writers such as Nakkiah Lui — noted for Black is the New White at the Sydney Theatre Company and the ABC’s Black Comedy — had helped give it renewed impetus.

    “We have a situation now where the second most performed playwright in Australia is Nakkiah Lui,” he said. “The most performed playwright in Australia is William Shakespeare.”

    The theatre would not be a bricks-and-mortar playhouse, but instead would commission plays and develop co-productions with other theatres. In its First Nations policy, Labor pledged $8 million across four years to get the theatre started, then operational funding of $5m a year. Theatre artists working with companies such as Melbourne’s Ilbijerri and Perth’s Yirra Yaakin would be consulted on the new company and the structure of its board.

    Mr Burke said Labor would “fully restore” Coalition cuts to the Australia Council by increasing its allocation by $37.5m across four years and then maintain funding.

    From the Oz. You couldn’t make this shyte up, seriously?

  60. Nick

    “We have a situation now where the second most performed playwright in Australia is Nakkiah Lui,” he said

    FMD

  61. Nick

    The theatre would not be a bricks-and-mortar playhouse

    Someone at least has a sense of irony…

  62. Knuckle Dragger

    Zulu,

    Right this second across out wide brown land, there are fauxboriginals who decided this morning they were playwrights who are furiously texting each other.

    ‘Bruss! New gravy train!’

    Of course, this will not assist those living in stinking community houses getting the piss beaten out of them in between snatching a couple of hours’ sleep next to a dead camp dog next to a broken couch.

    #whereistestpattern

  63. Arky

    As a previous owner of a much loved MX-5 in my youth, I can confidently say there is nothing as pathetic and sad as an old geezer driving a convertible. Have some dignity sir!

    ..
    I still have my MX-5.
    Gayiest car ever. I have no excuse.
    Great to drive though, almost worth taking it up the arse.

  64. Perth Trader

    John Constantine…A Iranian company ‘ International Meat Co Pty Ltd have purchased 5 abbs and 1 feedlot here in the West since Sept. last year. There the new big players.

  65. Don’t apologise Arky. Real men don’t give a shit what bitter old spinsters think.

  66. min

    Since Rudd announced that climate change was our greatest moral issue, the propaganda has fuelled the existential nightmare . Evidence in my electorate is the number of voters who have billboards in their gardens supporting the local green who by the way has 20 million dollars in property and is proposing death taxes.

  67. Perth Trader

    The mx5 was overhauled by a company called ‘BULLET’. It was repowered by a supercharged 3.5 litre rover motor. That car was not gay.

  68. Great to drive though, almost worth taking it up the arse.

    Exactly (driving it, that is – you’re welcome to the other if that’s your thing).
    The “hairdressers car” meme is bullshit.

    It’s a car that’s a whole lot more about the driving than three-quarters of the cars to emerge from BMW’s M-Division or Audi’s RS wing this decade. If the MX-5 is indeed a hairdresser’s car then, as JFK so nearly said, ich bin ein hairdresser.

  69. Arky

    US auto manufacturing losing jobs?
    Hardly.
    I bet, even with a slight loss last few months, their share of the global industry is greater under Trump.

  70. The mx5 was overhauled by a company called ‘BULLET’. It was repowered by a supercharged 3.5 litre rover motor. That car was not gay.

    The ultimate MX5 (the Septics call them “Miatas”).

  71. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Users from around the country can document all incident types, from derogatory epithets written in bathrooms to slurs yelled from a car window in addition to violent assaults.

    And everything they say will be true of course.

    Robespierre had little boxes put in the streets for citizens’ denunciations.
    Only the technology has changed.

  72. notafan

    No name politcal poster on the corner

    ‘Libs are taking 1.2 billion out of aged care and giving it to the banks’

    Same lot putting up posters for the labor candidate in the next over electorate

    there is lying and there is lying right Mr Shorten and the Franking credit gifts

  73. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    John Hewson is endorsing Sarah Hanson Young for the Senate….FMD..

  74. notafan

    nothing says more sincere greenie than driving a roadster

    I bet seagull has a three car garage too

  75. Leigh Lowe

    Sorry, I seem to have stumbled on to a girlie car forum.
    Can someone direct me to Catallaxy?

  76. Bruce of Newcastle

    Forget a sportscar, a real green should buy something with much lower mileage.

    Superstar rapper Drake, who rails against climate change, buys massive private jet

    Yep it’s a 767, because driving on mere roads is for the underclass.

  77. notafan

    has 20 million dollars in property and is proposing death taxes.

    Also known as an unaggeration, his primary residence alone is worth 12 to 15 million, better to say owns 10 residential properties, mostly in inner Melbourne.

  78. candy

    I don’t get the attraction of Rowe cartoons. The figures are always blood red in colour and truly ugly depictions. I remember reading somewhere he said he draws them all “with affection” and is disappointed when the politicians themselves don’t call him to tell him how much they like his drawings and ask for a signed copy.
    Strange concept that he feels he is making them look good.

  79. Perth Trader

    The ultimate ‘girly car ‘ was the Datsun 120y with a automatic transmission. Taking off at the lights was the single most embarrassing moment in my youth.

  80. egg_

    If the MX-5 is indeed a hairdresser’s car then, as JFK so nearly said, ich bin ein hairdresser.

    If you’re serious about going fast, get a bike, otherwise you’re a just hairdresser, period.
    Like comparing a cropduster to a fighter jet.

  81. Top Ender

    The ultimate ladies’ hairdresser car is a Toyota Celica.

    That is all.

    Actually, have not seen one for years.

  82. JC

    Sometimes, you have to take a deeper second breath because of what you see or read.

    “The Vienna Gas Company” takes its title from a June 1939 event recorded by the German Jewish writer Walter Benjamin. The Gas Company had ceased supplying gas to Viennese Jews because it was no longer profitable. When Jewish customers used the gas to commit suicide, they left unpaid bills

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/roberto-calassos-the-unnamable-present-review-sacrifices-at-modernitys-altar-11557522189

  83. Knuckle Dragger

    LL,

    Mmmm. I was under the impression that some bot or other had whisked me off to Ladyboy Fanboi Plastics.

    The MX5is the only vehicle required by law to have at least one Hello Kitty sticker on it.

  84. JC

    Sometimes, you have to take a deeper second breath because of what you see or read.

    “The Vienna Gas Company” takes its title from a June 1939 event recorded by the German J**wish writer Walter Benjamin. The Gas Company had ceased supplying gas to Viennese J**ws because it was no longer profitable. When J**wish customers used the gas to commit suicide, they left unpaid bills

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/roberto-calassos-the-unnamable-present-review-sacrifices-at-modernitys-altar-11557522189

  85. calli

    Sick of being told “as a family man and father of three”.

    Time to roll the tape.

  86. Arky

    Hello Kitty sticker.
    Hmmmmmm.

  87. Knuckle Dragger

    The Hyundai i30 is a close second. Guaranteed to have its new owner posting ‘OMG OMG OMG luv luv luv luv my baby’ on FB.

  88. Arky
    #3009803, posted on May 11, 2019 at 10:35 am

    US auto manufacturing losing jobs?

    Yes.

    Stop lying

  89. Jesus christ Arky do you even read the links you provide? The end of the data series shows the job losses.

  90. Arky

    I posted a link.
    If you are going to call me a liar, then post the full data for last ten years.

  91. Roger

    A national theatre for indigenous drama would be established under a future Labor government, recognising the growing interest among audiences in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories.

    Paid for out of the super of settler descendants?

    Justice now!

  92. Arky

    And then do the calculations to see if the US is losing more or less share than Japan and the Euros.

  93. Top Ender
    #3009815, posted on May 11, 2019 at 10:50 am

    The ultimate ladies’ hairdresser car is a Toyota Celica.

    FMD you people are trying too hard. An old Celica is bulletproof.

    How the local manufacturers conned us into liking their shitboxes for decades is mind blowing.

  94. If you are going to call me a liar, then post the full data for last ten years.

    That looks even worse for Trump.

  95. egg_

    The MX5is the only vehicle required by law to have at least one Hello Kitty sticker on it.

    KD wins the internets for the day.

  96. Tel -From the Olde Fredde:

    Tyler Cowan is right about the overall trust problem, but he forgot to point out the causes of the trust problem. China promised long and loud they would not put military installations onto reefs near Vietnam and the Philippines … but they lied, and everyone caught them telling lies on that one. This means that universally China’s promises are known to be worthless. Then China agreed and shook hands on the whole North Korea sanctions thing, but oh they lied again. Trump has repeatedly called them out on it, what are they gonna do? If they fight him now it shows the world that not only do they lie, but they resort to violence when caught out. If they don’t fight him then they admit defeat and Trump gets to lay down the law. There’s no good answer that protects China’s reputation.

    China has lied and played games with the truth from the very moment our two civilisations met. Our initial foray into China was done under the banner of “Ambassadors from the Barbarians”.
    The Chinese have never bargained in good faith with the West.
    When they joined the World Bank, there were promises made on trade, currency manipulation and espionage. These promises were broken even before their echos faded.
    China has managed to amass a war chest of $3 Trillion because of these lies. They use it now to fund their Belt and Road Initiative, to conduct espionage against us while bribing our corrupt politicians.
    They continue to do it, despite any assurances they give.
    China is a low trust society with Imperial ambitions and we have handed them the weapons to realise those ambitions.

  97. IT GOES DOWN AT THE END!

    FFS!

    AREN’T YOU A FUCKING MATHS TEACHER?!!

  98. John64

    $60m pledge for ABC, SBS
    Bill Shorten pledges extra funds for ABC and SBS, including money for a public broadcasting unit to fight “fake news”.

    Tits finds his inner comedian. What a scamp he is.

  99. Arky

    I said “Hardly” Slightly down from 2018. Up 4000 since 2016. I never said it did not go down. Then I said to compare to Europe and Japan.
    And stop shouting. People can look for themselves and compare to the timeline of events and do comparo with Europe.

  100. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    Nobody but a beggar chuses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellowcitizens. Even a beggar does not depend upon it entirely. The charity of well-disposed people, indeed, supplies him with the whole fund of his subsistence.

    — Adam Smith

  101. Knuckle Dragger

    Winston,

    There’s a reason people call them ‘inscrutable’. ‘Ah, those inscrutable Chinese.’

    Every Chinatown everywhere in the world is marketed as a touristy place where people can have yum cha, look at the funny dragons and sample a taste of ye olde Chineee homeland.

    They are anything but.

  102. Roger

    Winston Smith
    #3009832, posted on May 11, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Excellent summary.

  103. Arky

    And posting data that people can check isn’t “lying” you liar.

  104. John Constantine

    https://thewest.com.au/business/agriculture/iranian-snaps-up-mothballed-wa-abattoirs-ng-b881002288z

    Thanks for the heads up on the international meat company push into australian processing.

    Generally quoted that australia is twice the per head cost of america to slaughter cattle, and the dream is always to unlock onshore processing efficiencies, which would boost the profit margins of the entire livestock industry.

    https://www.beefcentral.com/live-export/wellard-generates-13-5m-from-asset-sales/

    Live export has been one way around the union dominated meatworks rort, so of course their crony shorten looting cartel is dynamiting competition to labor donor unions closed shop.

    Comrade Maaaaaates.

  105. Arky
    #3009840, posted on May 11, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Innumerate feliform.

  106. Empire 5:5

    As a previous owner of a much loved MX-5 in my youth, I can confidently say there is nothing as pathetic and sad as an old geezer driving a convertible. Have some dignity sir!

    Yeah? Nah.

    A proper lightweight sports car is the next best thing to a motorcycle for motoring pleasure. I don’t give a fuck about optics.

  107. Arky

    At least I know english, you tool:
    ..
    Hardly:
    1.
    scarcely (used to qualify a statement by saying that it is true to an insignificant degree).
    “the little house in which he lived was hardly bigger than a hut”
    synonyms: scarcely, barely, only just, not much, faintly, narrowly, slightly, rarely, little; More

  108. Rae

    Users from around the country can document all incident types, from derogatory epithets written in bathrooms to slurs yelled from a car window in addition to violent assaults.

    And everything they say will be true of course.

    Robespierre had little boxes put in the streets for citizens’ denunciations.
    Only the technology has changed.

    Lol. Robespierre is so yesterday, Hun. Hate speech, including threats that breach the Criminal Code, are easy to see on a blog. We Digital Natives are ahead of the curve in preserving them as evidence.

  109. Tel

    When they joined the World Bank, there were promises made on trade, currency manipulation and espionage. These promises were broken even before their echos faded.

    All the major central banks practice currency manipulation, and all the powerful military forces practice espionage. The Europeans were really pissed when information about Crypto AG came to light.

    https://www.cryptomuseum.com/manuf/crypto/friedman.htm

    In 2014, the NSA released more than 7600 documents [1], amounting to over 52,000 pages of historical material relating to the career of William F. Friedman (1891-1969), who is considered the dean of American Cryptology. More than 400 of these documents contain material about Boris Hagelin and/or Crypto AG. Although some documents have been fully declassified, most of them are still heavily redacted as, according to the NSA, they may contain information that could harm national security or any individuals or companies that are mentioned in those documents.

    In this light it is remarkable, to say the least, that the current information about Hagelin is now available to us. Although the documents are over 50 years old — and some of them are still partly classified — they do present us with information that could potentially harm a legitimate and successful worldwide operating Swiss company, Crypto AG, that has many competitors in the US.

    These things are all part of the rough and tumble of international relations, and they always have been. Thing is you are supposed to be a bit subtle about it, with some give and take. The Chinese will openly promise one thing and then do the exact opposite and stare you straight in the face and tell you to shut up about that. Everyone can see what the Chinese are doing … that’s the difference.

  110. At least I know english

    …and you think Trump’s policies were enacted before he was President?

    You’re in love with industry policy. You are not going to change even in light of mountains of evidence. It is an error but we forgive you.

  111. John Comnenus

    Dan Bongino skewers Downer’s lies and deceptions in his interview with Bolt. I reckon Downer might not be travelling to the USA again soon. I guess he will pull diplomatic immunity to protect his arse from prosecution in the USA. Either way it’s unlikely he will be travelling to the USA again anytime soon.

  112. Tel

    China has managed to amass a war chest of $3 Trillion because of these lies. They use it now to fund their Belt and Road Initiative, to conduct espionage against us while bribing our corrupt politicians.
    They continue to do it, despite any assurances they give.

    Some part of that was hard work you have to admit they produce a lot.

    China is a low trust society with Imperial ambitions and we have handed them the weapons to realise those ambitions.

    Ahhh … who do you mean by “we” ?

    Red Hat Linux does a lot of engineering work in China, and they go ahead and publish everything on their website. Download it anytime you want … if you feel like making a weapon out of that then no one is stopping you. Is that a dangerous thing?

    The formulae for all sorts of nasty chemicals are available on Wikipedia so should we shut that site down because of it? Ironically most Chinese can’t view Wikipedia, but I’m sure the key military personnel can do.

    Openness is the Western culture, for better or worse.

  113. Knuckle Dragger

    I have a master plan.

    Tonight I’ll be going to a boy’s 7th birthday show. His mum is a friend of mine, although not a GF. Well, we had a six week crack about a year ago but are still mates.

    Yesterday I became aware that one of her friends, who I’ve yet to meet but have seen pics of will also be attending. She is red, smoking hot and may or may not be a 27 yo stripper. Also recently single.

    Wioth that in mind, last night went to K Mart and bought the young bloke a $30 ‘drone’. Cheap as chips but quite big. It’s been suitably wrapped.

    The plan is to rock up to a kids’ birthday party where all the muumies etc are gargling chardonnay, with a great big pressy in tow. I will appear to be the world’s best bloke and use that as a kickstart to get into the stripper’s pants.

    Foolproof.

  114. Empire 5:5

    These guys do a well sorted LS3 conversion. Next time I’m Stateside I’ll do my best to get to Colorado to drive one.

    https://www.flyinmiata.com/V8/index.php

    The downside (for Victoristanis) is the ESC gets trashed during the conversion. I’m doubtful it can be registered. See 13.7

    https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/-/media/files/documents/safety-and-road-rules/vsinumber8guidetomodificationsformotorvehicles.ashx?la=en&hash=ADC5076B9F3DA0D047319217ECDEDEB1

  115. Remember the Hot/Crazy matrix KD.

    The plan is to rock up to a kids’ birthday party where all the muumies etc are gargling chardonnay, with a great big pressy in tow.

    Just like Eris.

    Progress.

  116. Empire 5:5

    You’re in love with industry policy. You are not going to change even in light of mountains of evidence. It is an error but we forgive you.

    Except it isn’t industry policy. It’s strategic power projection policy and tariffs are a temporary tactic. Trump’s stated policy on tariffs is “goal zero – come to the table”.

    Never forget – trade and economics in general, is downstream of the capability to vaporise one’s adversaries.

  117. Knuckle Dragger

    FW,

    Yes. The pitfalls are many.

    The kid in question’s a barrel of fun anyway, so in any event he’ll have a drone to annoy his mother with.

  118. Tel

    People can look themselves. US car and car parts manufacturing employment hours and wages.

    The same data series is on FRED with a nicer plot layout.

    https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/CES3133600101

    Year 2000 was a major turning point for manufacturing employment in the USA. The two recessions of 2001 and then 2008 whacked the employment numbers really hard, although it’s slowly been recovering.

  119. Shy Ted

    Over at mediawatchdog Gerard highlights an interview between Frank Elly and the new ABC MD. Suffice to say Ita has fallen at the first hurdle. For us anyway.

  120. bespoke

    Wioth that in mind, last night went to K Mart and bought the young bloke a $30 ‘drone’. Cheap as chips but quite big. It’s been suitably wrapped.

    After a year she will be hating your guts, KD after the nagging to upgrade to something that works. commences.

  121. Zyconoclast – From the Olde Fredde

    The remaining $2 million of Labor’s $57 million commitment has been set aside for the establishment and running of a sodium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Geelong, in collaboration with Deakin University.
    The Opposition also committed to help local companies create design and manufacturing jobs in electric and hydrogen automotive plants. It would appoint a Supplier Advocate to coordinate the overall transition plan, and give spending preference to suppliers developing design, R&D and EV capabilities.

    These two paragraphs encapsulate just what is wrong in Australia.
    The government thinks they are smart enough to direct the economy, and they are utterly incapable of thinking otherwise despite the wreckage they survey every bloody time they interfere. Jesus bloody wept.

  122. Rossini

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3009851, posted on May 11, 2019 at 11:30 am

    I trust you don’t believe this smoking hot “ranga” comments on this blog!
    Ha Ha!

  123. Tel

    There’s the Japanese manufacturing employment data, but it doesn’t go back before 2000.

    https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/LFEAMNTTJPM647N

    They also took a big hit to employment in 2008 and have barely recovered since then.

  124. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    After a year she will be hating your guts, KD after the nagging to upgrade to something that works. commences.

    Yes, but in the meantime, KD will have had his evil way with said friend, so, mission accomplished.

  125. Shy Ted

    I bought a $4 Big W wired mouse for the computer. Seriously rubbish. Started off Ok but has now become ponderously slow and needs several clicks to action something. Anybody recommend anything? Thanks. Youse guys know stuff, that’s why I ask.

  126. Makka

    watched the entire game; the southern commentators kept harping on what a proud, ‘brave’ and creditable performance it was from Manly. They were in fact comprehensively bashed by the Broncs.

    You’re over egging it CL. I watched it all too. The Broncs played a team with half the roster out with injury. At times the Broncs looked quite lost, Milford again running in circles 10 metres from the try line, a wave of stupid penalties. No, the Broncs failed to impress. They were unconvincing (again!) against a severely impaired team.

    There’s a long way to go for Siebs and this team of posers. Long way indeed. But some positives; good to see Osako gone and his replacement did well, Darius is having a go again, thatnew hooker looked quick and dangerous, everything McCullough isn’t. I want to see more from this wonder half back. The forwards showed some grunt. It was an ugly win.

  127. bespoke

    All true Zulu but he better make make the move quick.

  128. Trump’s stated policy on tariffs is “goal zero – come to the table”.

    That is lost on a lot of the most loyal Trump fans.

  129. egg_

    The mx5 was overhauled by a company called ‘BULLET’.

    Chev LSX swaps into anything are common – RX7’s go like a rocket with a stock LSX swap.

  130. notafan

    She is red?

    As in a communist?

  131. bespoke

    My MS Bluetooth mouse has survived years of abuse Shy Ted.

  132. None

    Shy Ted

    #3009865, posted on May 11, 2019 at 11:47 am

    I bought $100 wireless mouse over 10 years ago. I doubt that I will ever need another Mouse again.

  133. egg_

    The MX5is the only vehicle required by law to have at least one Hello Kitty sticker on it.

    Are white shoes mandatory, too?

  134. RobK

    Sprintrex used to do an mx5 with a blown lexus v8 for a fast blow wave.

  135. Cassie of Sydney

    “Shy Ted
    #3009858, posted on May 11, 2019 at 11:43 am
    Over at mediawatchdog Gerard highlights an interview between Frank Elly and the new ABC MD. Suffice to say Ita has fallen at the first hurdle. For us anyway.”

    And I don’t think many of us here are surprised with Ita.

  136. Bruce of Newcastle

    Anybody recommend anything?

    Bog basic Microsoft wire mice. Seem to last a long time and rarely give problems.

  137. None

    or get the cheapest Logitech shy Ted.

  138. Top Ender

    Microsoft make reliable keyboards and mice, if you don’t mind contributing the the Evil Empire.

  139. Makka

    I bought $100 wireless mouse over 10 years ago. I doubt that I will ever need another Mouse again.

    I buy a $15 Logitech wireless mouse every 3-4 years, mainly because I drop and destroy the thing.

    Bruce, wire mouse?! YFKM.

  140. calli

    I bought the grandsprog a drum kit once.

    That made me popular.

    He has now advanced onto one of those tappy tap headphone things that are soundless – where’s the fun in that?

  141. EvilElvis

    “We have a situation now where the second most performed playwright in Australia is Nakkiah Lui,” he said

    Nice niche of second most ‘performed’. Ticket sales unless taxpayer funded would be virtually non existent I’d say.

    No one fucking cares, come up with something as entertaining as Monkey Magic from 40 years ago to tell your stories.

  142. “We have a situation now where the second most performed playwright in Australia is Nakkiah Lui,” he said. “The most performed playwright in Australia is William Shakespeare.”

    Nakkia Lui – whose TV career will be remembered mainly for the image of her with her pants down, trying to shit onto a picture of a white woman.

  143. None

    Makjs I’ve lost count as to how often I’ve dropped my mouse and I throw it into my bag just about every week cos I prefer to use it with my laptop and I’m on that thing plenty of hours for my work. The prices have gone down ridiculously since then but it’s still about a $50 Mouse. now. But even the cheapest Logitech is good – they’ve been in a game a lot longer the Microsoft. I’d recommend their headsets as well if you’re looking for value for money.

  144. Knuckle Dragger

    Right.

    Off to put some left handed batsmen where they belong.

    In the pavilion.

  145. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Nakkia Lui – whose TV career will be remembered mainly for the image of her with her pants down, trying to shit onto a picture of a white woman.

    Thank you for that, Socrates – I wondered why the name sounded familiar.

  146. Nakkiah Lui retweeted this only 2 weeks ago:

    https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/senator-leyonhjelm-to-bring-milo-to-parliament-house/9185464

    Janet Rice

    @janet_rice

    Received invite from David Leyonhjelm who is hosting Milo Yiannopolous at parliament.

    Apologies I cannot attend, will be v busy be stabbing myself in the eye with a fork.

    Amazing how salty people were about that – you know, a free speech advocate speaking.

  147. egg_

    A lot of Jap stuff for the North American car market – the world’s largest – is built in the US.

  148. Geriatric Mayfly

    “We have a situation now where the second most performed playwright in Australia is Nakkiah Lui,” he said. “The most performed playwright in Australia is William Shakespeare.”

    A careless admission, namely: that she is second rate to a pale, stale male. Nevertheless, I guess that in 400 years’ time people will be poring over the poetry, the metaphors, individual words, the stage craft and the relevance to life in those far off times.

  149. bespoke

    Nakkiah Lui retweeted this only 2 weeks ago:

    Check again.

  150. calli

    Time for a musical interlude.

    The image of Knuckles attending a child’s birthday party, super-gift under his arm and hope in his heart, reminded me of this.

  151. Geriatric Mayfly

    Janet Rice
    @janet_rice

    A prize specimen at the forefront of the misfits who lob into our Senate.

  152. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    hope in his heart,

    Lust in his loins, more like..

  153. C.L.

    ALP vows indigenous national theatre

    That’ll turn things around for Labor in Queensland.

  154. bespoke

    Former Boeing Engineers Say Relentless Cost-Cutting Sacrificed Safety

    Since the crashes of two Maxes within five months—a Lion Air flight last October and an Ethiopian Airlines flight this March—the pressure and maneuvering around simulator training has struck Ludtke as essential to understanding how an emphasis on costs twisted a process that’s supposed to produce the best, safest planes. “They could have done better and should have done better, but better wasn’t an option,” says Ludtke, who started at Boeing in 1996 and holds two U.S. patents for flight crew alerting systems. Federal investigators probing the Max recently interviewed Ludtke for hours about the connection between simulator requirements and the new software system linked to the crashes, known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS.

  155. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Heh. Just got a flyer in the letterbox for the Fat Bastard Party, encouraging us to vote for their Higgins candidate. Pity we’re in Gotham.

  156. Leigh Lowe

    Computer meeces.
    I bought a wireless Microsoft flexible mouse that folds flat to go in the bag.
    No probs.

  157. egg_

    Are white shoes mandatory, too?
    Depends on the driver

    LMFAO.
    Numbz will need ’em on the bike, methinks.

  158. Fisky

    NZ Reserve Bank report – immigration reduces productivity and per capita GDP

    Low population growth of the sort we saw in the late 1970s and 1980s would have provided a good platform to maximise the per capita income benefits of the wide-ranging reform programme, especially in a country with a modest savings rate. Instead, immigration policy reforms had the effect of sharply reaccelerating population growth, at just the time when the focus might more naturally have been on lifting per capita income rather than total GDP…

    The indications that countries with faster population growth have in recent decades devoted fewer resources to non-housing investment and have seen less growth in multi-factor productivity are sobering. They provide another straw in the wind, suggesting caution about the merits of continuing large inward immigration to New Zealand for the time being…

    Had the inflow of (well-chosen) non New Zealanders been kept to the aggregate levels seen in the 1980s, it is almost certain that over the last couple of decades New Zealand real interest rates would have been closer to those in the rest of the world, and the real exchange rate would have been materially lower. (House prices would have been lower, and) if real interest and exchange rates had been lower then per capita incomes would most likely have been materially higher…

    https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2014/04/rbnz-slams-the-population-ponzi/

  159. Empire 5:5

    Janet Rice

    @janet_rice

    Received invite from David Leyonhjelm who is hosting Milo Yiannopolous at parliament.

    Apologies I cannot attend, will be v busy be stabbing myself in the eye with a fork.

    Photos Janet, or it didn’t happen and you’re still a two eyed wrongologist.

  160. Tom

    Logitech, Shy Ted. Trouble-free mousing.

  161. calli

    Watch it Janet. Those things are sharp.

    Best if you were supervised by an adult.

  162. Dr Fred Lenin

    Lots of cats have mouses ? Mice with a suicide wish? No mice at my house , I have an i pad pro ,let yor stylus do the work ,buy my stylii ?( is that good latin ?) .on line 10 for $7.0o.

  163. An exchange rate target is not a legitimate policy goal for a free floating currency. Why priorities exporters of low demand elasticity commodities over exporters with products with high exchange rate pass-through, let alone consumers? Or vice versa?

    If immigration is causing crowding out, it is indicative of immigrants who are mendicants who expand government spending per capita and hence reduce the supply of loanable funds.

    That clearly does not at all translate into “all immigration is bad, reduces productivity and GDP per capita”.

  164. C.L.

    How many fair dinkum Aborigines write plays?

  165. The Barking Toad

    I will appear to be the world’s best bloke and use that as a kickstart to get into the stripper’s pants.

    Good luck son – if she looks like anything in Calli’s video you’ll sleep well

  166. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bruce, wire mouse?! YFKM.

    USB mice:
    – don’t have batteries
    – don’t mind if you forget to charge them
    – don’t care what direction they’re pointed
    – don’t use bluetooth, which I keep disabled

    Also they are lighter, and the bit that breaks is the mechanicals due to wear and tear. I’d be replacing $100 wireless mice as often as cheap wired mice.

  167. DrBeauGan

    C.L.
    #3009909, posted on May 11, 2019 at 12:47 pm
    How many fair dinkum Aborigines write plays?

    A clear case of cultural appropriation. Both the plays and the writing.

  168. Nakkiah Lui is the biggest drama queen I have ever read. Good lord she’s fucking paranoid. It is as though she thinks the KKK is out to get her.

  169. Tel

    The MX5is the only vehicle required by law to have at least one Hello Kitty sticker on it.

    Are white shoes mandatory, too?

    Silly gloves with most of the actual glove missing is also a great look … preferably combined with a very small hat, that keeps just a teensy bit of sun out of your eyes. Like this for example.

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31T%2B3pD5BWL.jpg

    Ha ha, one thing we all agree on is trashing poncy sports car drivers.

  170. RobK

    Second try. Quite a good read.
    https://m.spiegel.de/international/world/the-china-question-time-for-a-new-approach-to-beijing-a-1264948.html
    Intro:

    The China Question
    Time to Find a New Approach to Beijing

    China’s Silk Road Summit was a clear demonstration of the country’s political and economic heft. But with three major historical anniversaries approaching for the country, it is time for the West to fundamentally rethink its relations with Beijing.

    By Bernhard Zand

    Billy H. C. Kwok/The New York Time/ Redux/ Laif
    Tuesday, 4/30/2019   01:06 PM

    “If you know the other and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”
    Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”

    China’s emperors used to receive their guests and vassals in the Forbidden City or in their summer residences. But today, their successors only rarely do so. There are simply too many of them coming. So to host large receptions, Chinese President Xi Jinping has had a sumptuous conference center built on the outskirts of Beijing, amidst lush gardens and pavilions, not far from the Great Wall.

    Last week, it was packed, as delegations from 150 countries showed up, including 37 heads of state and government, almost twice as many as attend the annual G-20 summit. They were there at Xi’s invitation for the second Silk Road Summit, celebrating China’s global infrastructure and development program, officially known as the Belt and Road Initiative.

    At the first summit two years ago, only 29 presidents and prime ministers attended. This time, in addition to stalwart Chinese allies from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, several high-ranking European officials, including the heads of government of Italy and Austria, made their way to Beijing. Germany sent Economics Minister Peter Altmaier.

    But not all of the world’s leading countries made an appearance: The U.S. decided to turn down the invitation, as did India, which had also skipped the first event.

    The guest list of the Silk Road Summit is the diplomatic response to a number of far-reaching questions: How should the world deal with China? How closely should it cooperate with China? To what extent can it trust Beijing?

    None Can Ignore It

    China has achieved economic, political and technological greatness the magnitude of which the world has not seen since the rise of the United States. The question of how to deal with China is more important for some countries than for others, but none can ignore it.

    With every new achievement reached and every human rights violationcommitted by Beijing, this question becomes increasingly difficult to answer. To say that China is complicated and contradictory is a platitude. It is the dimensions of its contradictions that distinguish China from other difficult countries

    RTWT.

  171. bespoke

    Crazy LA car chase with a murder suspect leaning out of passenger window shooting back at Cops from a Prius while driver sped wildly along surface streets. Now in a standoff on Bandini Blvd. Two BearCats & a drone now on scene:

  172. Leigh Lowe

    John Comnenus

    #3009849, posted on May 11, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Dan Bongino skewers Downer’s lies and deceptions in his interview with Bolt. I reckon Downer might not be travelling to the USA again soon. I guess he will pull diplomatic immunity to protect his arse from prosecution in the USA.

    I have a recurring dream with Alexander in it.

  173. C.L.

    Nakkiah Lui

    Never heard of him.

  174. Tel

    Anyone who has paid $15 million in tax would have earned the right to ponce around.

    Oh wait … this just in from Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren: no one earns anything ever! There is no such thing as merit. Oh dear.

    Another update … coming from Bernie Sanders: it is legitimately earned when he does it … provided you make it look like a book deal. Funny old world.

  175. Leigh Lowe

    Nakkiah Lui

    Never heard of him.

    Sounds like a Tongan full-back.

  176. notafan

    She writes plays because they don’t have a lot of words and people throw money at her before she puts pen to paper

    Van Badddie also writes plays

    rest my case

  177. Time for a musical interlude.

    The image of Knuckles attending a child’s birthday party, super-gift under his arm and hope in his heart, reminded me of this.

    This fits better

  178. Mitch M.

    Logitech, Shy Ted. Trouble-free mousing.

    Not quite. A friend of mine recent bought a logitech wireless mouse and keyboard but during gaming there was huge lag on the mouse pointer. So I gave him a USB extension lead to place the dongle in various positions and advised him to connect it to a USB 2 port rather than a 3 port. Problem solved. The battery life is incredible these days, I’ve had my wireless mouse and keyboard since Oct last year and only replaced the mouse battery once, and that is because I play games.

  179. Van Badddie also writes plays

    Pen, pencil or crayon on butchers paper?

  180. Tel

    Van Badddie also writes plays

    She plays at writing. FTFY.

  181. Leigh Lowe

    The image of Knuckles attending a child’s birthday party, super-gift under his arm and hope in his heart, reminded me of this.

    Everyone knows that the way to the interior of a stripper’s knickers is through the K Mart toy section.
    Obvious.

  182. bespoke

    Ha ha, one thing we all agree on is trashing poncy sports car drivers.

    phrasing?

  183. mh

    Nakkiah Lui, never heard of her.

    I did a search for her taking a shit. Nothing.

  184. John Constantine

    Belt and Road has really evolved,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the summit, adding that the infrastructure program was changing to involve sectors such as service industries.

    New Zealand has long been touted by Beijing as an exemplar of its “firsts” with Western countries, most recently becoming the first Western nation to join the Chinese-spearheaded Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and helping to usher in other developed nations.

    Across the Tasman, the Victorian Government has been the only Australian government to sign up to the BRI, despite senior national security figures citing “strategic” consequences for Australia if it signed up formally.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-07/nz-says-it-will-find-a-win-win-in-belt-and-road-strategy/11085564

    Their jacindamania leads the way for yarragrad and their shorten looting posse.

    Obviously the only way to provide services and infrastructure for the mass imported millions of the worlds poorest people is to go under cover of darkness and borrow loanshark credit from the Tyrants belt and road blitzkrieg.

    How silly is the Tyrant, he isn’t just flying us out the millions of grannies that will make us rich, but he is loaning us the money so we can sit back in comfort while we wait for the property Ponxi crushloading of our cities and voting booths to pay off in a bonanza.

    Just like the Americans developed the American West, only different.

    Comrades

  185. bespoke

    err I mean an MX5 is not a sports car, Tell

  186. notafan

    The Dreaming Award was established in 2012 to support an inspirational young artist aged 18-26 years to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships. The mentor/partner will be another established professional artist or arts institution nominated by the artist.

    The Dreaming Award is self-nominated and you can apply by submitting an Expression of Interest. It does not count as one of the three grant applications that can be submitted throughout the year to the Australia Council Grant Programs.

    This award will be presented at the National Indigenous Arts Awards in May 2019.

    Amount: $20,000

    plenty of money

  187. Mitch M.

    The Chinese will openly promise one thing and then do the exact opposite and stare you straight in the face and tell you to shut up about that. Everyone can see what the Chinese are doing … that’s the difference.

    Tel I don’t think the Chinese care. They’ll get what they want any which way they can because from their perspective that’s what we did in the century of humiliation. Payback time. They reverse engineered the SU 27 to create their own variant, their stock fighter is a copy of the Israeli Lavi project, one of the stealth fighters suspiciously looks like the F 35, and they clearly put in a huge effort into industrial and geopolitical espionage. There is an saying in China: if you can cheat can get away with it that’s the intelligent thing to do. Are they that different from us?

  188. Leigh Lowe

    From Notafan’s link at 1:05.

    Nakkiah Lui is a writer/actor and Gamillario/Torres Strait Islander woman.

    Uh-oh.
    Big faux pas.
    Missing mandatory word.

    Nakkiah Lui is a writer/actor and a proud Gamillario/Torres Strait Islander woman.

    No matter wherever they from, they always “proud”.

  189. notafan

    Cats are cordially invited to purchase and publish a review

    Des seems to like doing this so the rest of use don’t have to

    also novels

  190. Mark M

    Hottest year. Evah. Thing of the past Update:

    Snow removal on the Gotthard Pass, 2 May 2019

  191. The Barking Toad

    I did a search for her taking a shit. Nothing.

    In the words of Cheech & Chong – you don’t take a shit – you leave it

  192. Leigh Lowe

    Bin writin’ play for 60,000 years, cuz.
    Part of proud, unbroken history of story-tellin’.
    Dis white fella Shakem-spear … he new to da game.

  193. Tel

    bespoke #3009933,
    The MX-5 is a retrospective on an older era in the 1960’s, where cars like the MGB were considered sports cars. It’s about people who want a little bit of modernity, but also want their nostalgia at the same time. Good on the Japanese for profiting from that market.

    A genuine restored MGB still won’t win any races, but shows a lot more dedication and spare time on your hands.

  194. Geriatric Mayfly

    This award will be presented at the National Indigenous Arts Awards in May 2019.Amount: $20,000 plenty of money

    And then comes the ABC commissioning a magnum opus, weaving together Invasion Day and the Stolen Generation.

  195. calli

    Or…you don’t give one in the first place.

  196. Tom

    Dis white pella Shakem-spear … he new to da game.

    Pixed it por yah, stupid white pellah.

  197. If Fatty 5D is such a great negotiator, why has he been involved in 4095 lawsuits?

  198. Tel:

    Red Hat Linux does a lot of engineering work in China, and they go ahead and publish everything on their website. Download it anytime you want … if you feel like making a weapon out of that then no one is stopping you. Is that a dangerous thing?

    Honestly, I’m sure of the point you are making here. However if the Chinese want to make an operating system that is better than Microsofts, then I want them to go ahead. They’ve got the smarts, the industrial/service base to cater to. But I want them to compete honestly.
    Yes, all nations compete and around the margins, there is cheating. The fuel emissions frauds are just the tip of that iceberg. But there are two nations who cheat routinely in their dealings with others – the Russians and the Chinese.
    I really dislike having to live in a low trust society.

  199. notafan

    Thai’s it!

    I’m never voting for Trump again.

  200. RobK

     But there are two nations who cheat routinely in their dealings with others – the Russians and the Chinese.
    I really dislike having to live in a low trust society.

    I recall reading some articles shortly after the Berlin wall came down, Germany’s industrial heavies were complaining that the US had redeployed its diplomatic spies to industrial espionage. Long ago, no links.

  201. bespoke

    I get that, Tel but it just reminded me of model aircraft flyers calling them selves pilots and taking playing with toys far to serous.

  202. Shy Ted:

    Bog basic Microsoft wire mice. Seem to last a long time and rarely give problems.

    Wot BoN sed.
    I’ve used wireless mice/mouses/meeces previously, and for fault free operation have always gone back to wired mice/mouses/meeces. Every other year, you just need to run a bit of windex and cloth over them to get rid of the chocolate/beer/chip/sausage/coffee residue.
    It’s as easy as shitting in bed and kicking it out with your feet.

  203. Dr Fred Lenin

    The arts council shouldbe totall defunded of taxpayers money , it is a creation of the up themselves middle class bludging on the real productive workers, you want opera and ballet, pay for it yourself.
    Its a superior sort of centrelink for pretentious scheming bludgers .

  204. egg_

    Two different approaches to Supercars: a journo staying with a factory test driver due to technology.
    (The next model Corvette will be a mid engined twin turbo V8 IIRC).

  205. The Barking Toad

    It’s as easy as shitting in bed and kicking it out with your feet.

    hahahaha – nice one centurion

  206. Mitch M.

    But there are two nations who cheat routinely in their dealings with others – the Russians and the Chinese.

    Australian and East Timor … .

  207. Mitch M.

    However if the Chinese want to make an operating system that is better than Microsofts, then I want them to go ahead.

    Someone has to do that. I’d go to Linux except my database program and some games won’t run on it. Last night I watched a video about how some 10 updates were causing drive letter reassignment if you had a USB storage dongle attached. The October feature update last year was deleting data files on some computers. I had problems with the updates until I removed my Microtrend antivirus. Antivirus programs can cause problems with the updates. The other issue is the bloatware and the next update will require a massive increase in the storage requirements for W10 because it will reserve 7 Gigs independently of the current requirements.

  208. Bruce of Newcastle

    If Fatty 5D is such a great negotiator, why has he been involved in 4095 lawsuits?

    Because lefties hate his guts and think he is destroying the world (which he isn’t). Hence the lawfare.
    Also the last two or three assassination attempts failed.
    And finally Barr is going to put a large bunch of ’em in jail for seditious conspiracy, which is why the Dems now hate and fear Barr even more that Trump.

  209. John Constantine

    The idea that ending live export will create jobs in meatworks for australians clashes with the reality that australian meatworks have to import refugees to get the work done.

    If the left really wanted australia to go vegan, they would halt refugee visas for meatworks. The whole industry would halt overnight.

  210. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The idea that ending live export will create jobs in meatworks for australians clashes with the reality that australian meatworks have to import refugees to get the work done.

    That’s what the fools don’t understand. There is this pleasant fantasy that the end of the live trade will mean jobs for Australians, in union controlled abattoirs. The Australian meat industry priced themselves off the market years ago, which was a major reason for the rise of the live trade in the first place. I’ve had the experience of delivering “fat lambs, in the peak of condition”, only to be told that the lads were out, and by the time the useless bastards had gone back to work, the price had fallen…

  211. bespoke

    At 19 I had mint GT-V6 Capri but it wasn’t muscle car.

  212. mh

    John64
    #3009834, posted on May 11, 2019 at 11:11 am
    $60m pledge for ABC, SBS
    Bill Shorten pledges extra funds for ABC and SBS, including money for a public broadcasting unit to fight “fake news”.

    The two organisations that have given us fake news about Russia collusion for two and a half years get even more taxpayer cash, then there is more taxpayer cash for another ‘public broadcasting unit’ to fight fake news.

    Fuck me dead. Bill Shorten, just fvck off and die.

  213. Leigh Lowe

    Pixed it por yah, stupid white pellah.

    Thanks cuz.

  214. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If your lurking Struth watch this.

    Thanks, bespoke, I’ll bookmark that one to watch later.

  215. RobK

    If the left really wanted australia to go vegan, they would halt refugee visas for meatworks. 
    They would concider that a workable plan, no doubt.

  216. JC

    I just read 4 Chan is banned from being read in Australia. Unfuckingreal.

  217. Also the last two or three assassination attempts failed.

    References – or are you hallucinating again?

  218. I just read 4 Chan is banned from being read in Australia. Unfuckingreal.

    Fuck the normies.

  219. Fleeced

    I just read 4 Chan is banned from being read in Australia. Unfuckingreal.

    Nah, seems OK now. The telcos DNS-blocked it a while back.

    1.1.1.1

    Put that address in your browser.

    That’ll fix DNS blocking, which they mostly use (but not IP blocking, as Optus seemed to use at the time).

  220. DrBeauGan

    I can read and post on 4-chan from WA.

  221. Diogenes

    Red Hat Linux does a lot of engineering work in China, a

    Red Hat is, or shortly will, be owned Itty Bitty Morons who will pay 34 billion for it . Whatch it implode

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