Monday Forum: May 13, 2019

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  1. twostix

    ‘I wish I could kick your face in’

    I remember when I was a kid in the 80’s an immense amount of anti-communist propaganda floating around was about the kind of man who was a bolshevik communist. Authors and movie makers tried (in vain) to really fully explain the certain kind of weak pathetic little man who was the backbone of the communist regime the world over.

    The problem for me is that that man didn’t exist in the colonial western countries, so it really didn’t make sense to me, I had never seen the likes of him with my own eyes – I could only imagine some short dark mean little eastern european with a grey trunchcoat sneakily dobbing on his neighbors and delighting in punishing a dad for thinking incorrect thoughts.

    But now I know who that man is. Because in 2019 the pathetic little worm is everywhere . He infests my industry, and he’s almost got the state and he’s somehow almost got power over the normal men, and he knows it.

  2. Infidel Tiger

    Going to be a lot of desperate and deprived primary school fundraisers this year due to the leaners and moochers voting early.

    A perversion of civic duty and a national disgrace that must change.

  3. Rebel with cause

    Culture is way more important than candidates.

  4. Des Deskperson

    ‘Lol, bog standard German pronno movie fare. It’s nothing compared to Alabama Hot Pocket.’

    I can understand the Cleveland reference in ‘Cleveland Steamer’, but what is it about the state of Alabama that lends its name to a very unhygienic sexual practice?

  5. Leigh Lowe

    Cactus

    #3013139, posted on May 15, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I don’t know what Melbourne was thinking with Federation Square. What a ghastly use of space. It looked crap when it opened and hasn’t dated well.

    It is fucking atrocious.
    Yuuuge argument about the “shards” – i.e. useless asymmetrical aluminum boxes – when they shortened one so we could finally get a decent view of St Paul’s from Princes Bridge after that abominable Gas and Fuel building got flattened.
    Oh, the humanity!
    The architect’s vision has been compromised!
    If someone had proposed that we implode the Gas and Fuel building and put in a park rolling down to the river, 90% of Melburnians would have agreed.
    But, no, we needed a billion dollar circle-jerk.

  6. Steve trickler

    On the street with Bill Thompson.



  7. EvilElvis

    Better let ‘Cleveland Steamer’ through to the keeper as well then.

    Hahaha.

    No sign of a ‘Pakistani Drill Press’, luckily…

  8. Knuckle Dragger

    Ireland playing Bangladesh in Pomville, in the ODI format.

    In sporting terms, the Bangladeshi fieldsmen could be fairly assessed as equivalent to a bunch of spina bifida-stricken children chasing a superball down a hill.

  9. I don’t know what Melbourne was thinking with Federation Square

    The judging panel all dropped LSD before choosing it as the winning entry.

    Dude they were huffing bath salts and mainlining jimson weed.

    When I walked around it a few years ago I was shocked by how shithouse it was.

    Worse than a bad high school art project.

  10. EvilElvis

    The cars of the day were these. Turbocharged Mazda MX5

    Hang in there Custard! When you’re getting wound up over someone’s ‘hobby car’ you know you’re losing it. Stay with us man! 😁

  11. Pedro the Ignorant

    The Bangas beat the West Indies the other day, playing cricket in Dublin Ireland with the temperature at 10C.

    We live in Bizarro World.

  12. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just watched the rest of Richo and Jones, which we videod for after dinner.

    Jim Nolan as a guest, followed by David Sharma. Jim interesting on foreign policy. Great to see Dave Sharma from Wentworth! our own electorate. He’s a sensible guy and we suspect he is less of a wet than we thought, prob playing that up to defeat the Phelps machine. He’s sensible on Israel. Richo, of course, lives just up the road from us; he’s having to eat all sorts of humble pie on this. Preferencing Sharma! After the obligatory Labor vote, of course.

    Hairy reading the Oz online, and laughing his head off at Labor ‘getting their retaliation in first’.
    They are now saying the election has been stolen by Clive Palmer.

  13. mh

    Eric Trump returns serve

    Eric Trump
    @EricTrump
    ·
    17h
    Spare me? First you have never created a job in your life. Second, our great city has gone to shit under your leadership. Crime is up, the men & women of the NYPD detest you, homelessness is rampant, our streets are dirty and people are leaving our city in record numbers.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio
    @NYCMayor
    · May 14
    Spare me. You and your dad have spent decades evading taxes and stiffing your workers.

    NYC’s Green New Deal is one law the Trumps won’t get away with breaking.

    Fix your buildings or pay the price.

  14. Done Deal

    He’s back, the man who gave us shake hillybillylali and the ‘uncovered meat’ ray-pissed defence. PK’s been stewing away for 20 years in a dark room with just the tick-tock of old clocks reminding him of how long it’s been since he was relevant.
    Finally! Bill’s come along and given him his Lazareth moment! –can he re-live past glories? Can a souffle raise twice?
    I can see it, Bill, or more like one of his worried minders, has thought, gee do we think PK can re-live past glories? Trot out some of his zingers for us? Do a Hewson on Scomo? (just tell him he hasn’t got time to do it slowly.)
    The old bovver boy starts reliving those days around Bankstown High, when he and his band of smartarse mates ruled the roost out in the playground.
    Leave it to me, says PK I can do for youse what I did for Hawkie, the ungrateful so & so. Hey the first President of the Republic of Australia has a nice ring to it.
    I’ll just sharpen up some of my razor sharp put-downs; how’s this, “the country’s tops spies, are “nutters” who have gone ‘berko’ over the threat from China”… pretty good huh? And what about this, “Peter Dutton is the”…..let me check my notes….ah yes “meanest public figure in Australian politics in 50 years and voters” …let me check again…”now a chance to, ah”, yes yes. “drive a stake through his dark political heart”. Would you like more? Huh, huh?? I’ve got dozens of ‘em. The placido of put-downs you know.
    Reckon I killed two birds with the first one, earned my monthly pay cheque from geegee ping at the same time…..and I have another tip for ya; how to get the immigrant vote in the marginals.

  15. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Spot of “Boy’s Own Paper.” stuff. “Saving the colors” and all that.

  16. dover_beach

    I’ve heard of blended families, but that’s taking it to extremes, surely?

    It’s like the people of yore never imagined this could happen. Really, let us chalk this one up as another instance of Chesterton’s fence. Modernity is repeating the destruction and then feigning surprise at what follows.

  17. No sign of a ‘Pakistani Drill Press’, luckily…

    Wow… just wow.
    The Cat could give the Safe Schools program some lessons in depravity.

  18. None

    Worse than a bad high school art project.

    👍👍👍

  19. None

    So what is this riveting TV that Tim Blair is watching?

  20. EvilElvis

    The Cat could give the Safe Schools program some lessons in depravity.

    Born of necessity, Socrates. When verbally jousting with butchers or Norwest numbnuts one must have extreme escalation conversation stopping sayings.

  21. hzhousewife

    You’d think NYC would ban plastic clothing (nylon etc) before natural fur.

  22. Born of necessity, Socrates.

    Naturally.
    I’m shocked at all this, because of course I never at any time use barrack room language myself.

  23. JC

    mh
    #3013293, posted on May 15, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    JC, will this affect you?

    New York City Council Considering Banning Fur

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/14/new-york-city-council-considering-banning-fur/

    Sure thing, especially August in NYC.

  24. Old School Conservative

    Those who advocate electronic voting may wince at the “computer glitches” that stuffed up NAPLAN testing yesterday.
    Many years ago the NSW School Certificate (computing exam) suffered exactly the same fate.

    First the census, now this – what large scale data entry process hasn’t been mired in failure?

    Voting should require proof of name followed by a thumbnail dipped in tar before paper and pencil are issued.

    Voter fraud would minimise overnight.

  25. Knuckle Dragger

    SATP,

    Absolutely. I would imagine anyone uncouth enough to utter words like ‘bloody’, goddamn’ and ‘poo’ would be immediately removed from your establishment, lest they lower the tone.

    Publicans are rightly renowned for their delicacy.

  26. Black Ball

    Good night all. Has anyone on this site ever tried acupuncture? Considering it for my back troubles.

  27. Steve trickler

    Keeping track of the Big Boy

    When it visits a major populace….chaos ( traffic and people everywhere ) will ensue. One of the greatest PR events of all time! ( Not my words, but i agree )

  28. Armadillo

    You’d think NYC would ban plastic clothing (nylon etc) before natural fur.

    Good point.

    However, do they allow their Sheliahs to show up to the supermarket in the morning wearing their PJ’s and dressing gowns?

    I think we are being a bit hypocritical here.

  29. Armadillo

    Saw it this morning. FFS. Have a shower girls and brush your hair. It’s 9am.

  30. Knuckle Dragger

    Hmmmm.

    Just researched the Pakistani Drill Press. Reasonably mundane. Vanilla, if you will.

    Now – have a look at the REVERSE Pakistani Drill press.

    Knock your socks off, baby.

  31. Knuckle Dragger

    BB,

    Apologies. My only point of reference in relation to acupuncture is that heroin addicts rarely have back problems.

  32. Armadillo

    Oh dear. I see Arky up thread is trying to post videos more boring than his own ones.

    You’ve made your point, mate. I’d prefer to listen to 3 minutes of an engine revving than an hour of that idiot. What the hell was he even talking about?

  33. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Good night all. Has anyone on this site ever tried acupuncture? Considering it for my back troubles.

    As someone who suffers from lower back pain, highly recommended.

  34. Has anyone on this site ever tried acupuncture? Considering it for my back troubles.

    Yes, it’s frickin awesome. So long as the person doing it actually knows what they’re doing and your back troubles are in the muscles/sinews and not the spine/ribs.

  35. EvilElvis

    Just researched the Pakistani Drill Press. Reasonably mundane. Vanilla, if you will.

    Standard fare for the discernable gent grooming backpackers on a Saturday night at the pub I’d imagine, KD. 😁

    SATP, ever turfed a punter from the establishment who’s getting a blumkin?

  36. Armadillo

    In sporting terms, the Bangladeshi fieldsmen could be fairly assessed as equivalent to a bunch of spina bifida-stricken children chasing a superball down a hill.

    I’m stealing this. I have no idea when I’m going to use it, or in what form or context.

    It’s got “shock value”. Possibly better than using “retarded” or “spastic”.

    [Note to Sinc – please review your list of banned words. The list gets longer by the day].

  37. Black Ball

    Alcohol is the drug of choice Sir Dragger.
    Back troubles stem from prolapsed discs, luckily they aren’t pressing on any nerves but still sore nonetheless. Might have to have a crack at it.

  38. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Alcohol is the drug of choice Sir Dragger.
    Back troubles stem from prolapsed discs, luckily they aren’t pressing on any nerves but still sore nonetheless. Might have to have a crack at it.

    Allow me to recommend the Aultmore Speyside single malt, and yes, when prolapsed discs start pressing on various nerves, your back specialist will die a wealthy person, indeed.

  39. Armadillo

    Best thing for back pain is whatever your doctor can legally drug you up with.

    It’s why the West is flooded with Asian immigrants. One needle, not hundreds of them.

  40. Armadillo

    Or just do what they used to do in the old days. Lie on a cold hard floor for a couple of nights.

    You soon figure out it’s mostly in your head, and to stop being such a Princess about it all.

  41. C.L.

    This is an excellent update …
    Deep State criminals turning on each other as new facts emerge …
    These people are in big trouble.

  42. Knuckle Dragger

    BB,

    Yup. When the disc gets away from you (or worse, starts to disintegrate) and starts wrapping itself around the nerves you’re in all sorts.

    I’ve had two microdiscetomies (sp.?), in 2004 and 2015. Both surgeons were brilliant. After the first one I was playing cricket six weeks later, and after the second I walked out of hospital that afternoon instead of the four days planned for.

    The surgeon for the second one told me beforehand (I’m paraphrasing, but not much at all) ‘What I’ll do is, cut in, have a bit of a look around, cut the bits of shit away and throw some duct tape on what’s left of the disc. Should patch it up nicely’.

    Chicks dig scars.

  43. jupes

    This is an excellent update …

    Good stuff. I like the look of this Durham bloke. Seems no-nonsense. The deep-staters are turning on each other and he hasn’t even interviewed them yet!

    On the other hand, I don’t have much faith in Horowitz. This is the clown that couldn’t see any bias in Peter Stzrok’s investigation of Trump.

  44. Armadillo

    This is an excellent update …

    I love the term “boomerang” in that report from Hanitty.

    The Democrats could be fairly assessed as equivalent to a bunch of spina bifida-stricken children trying to catch a hundred razor sharp boomerangs at once.

    There is going to be casualties. Heavy casualties.

  45. mh

    Downer will end up having to be investigated, bringing the entire Australian government into the spotlight.

    🍿🍿🍿

  46. Armadillo

    mOnts? Where the hell are you?

    Opps. Answered my own question. My bad.

  47. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’m treating a bad case of “rifleman’s back” with whisky and painkillers.

    Good night, all.

  48. Black Ball

    May have to investigate Zulu. Sounds a nice drop. Painkillers I don’t do, more management of pain. Yeah Dragger almost at the point of operation but last resort only. Regular sex might keep it supple 😁

  49. jupes

    Downer will end up having to be investigated, bringing the entire Australian government into the spotlight.

    No no. He cleared himself on Bolta’s program.

    I mean, diplomats don’t engage in skulduggery. That would be silly.

  50. Chris

    Yes, it’s frickin awesome. So long as the person doing it actually knows what they’re doing and your back troubles are in the muscles/sinews and not the spine/ribs.

    My physio does dry needling. It IS awesome, and its based on real theory not sixth century chinese folklore.

  51. Armadillo

    Downer will end up having to be investigated, bringing the entire Australian government into the spotlight.

    Bill Shorten will relish it as an opportunity to point out the evils of a Conservative Government. Downer is about as Liberal as you can get. A total toff that would be absolutely comfortable in the House of Lords.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that he’s Teresa Mays man bitch, complete with a black studded collar and fishnet stockings.

  52. Armadillo

    The only prominent Australian politician that has outwardly praised Trump is Palmer (and perhaps Pauline).

    Liberal and Labor ARE the Australian establishment, along with skanky Greens. There is only a cigarette paper between their policies, plus an underlying hatred for Trump (and the US in general).

  53. Knuckle Dragger

    BB,

    Sounds like a plan. No Pakistani Drill Press for a man in your condition though. And if you even contemplate the Reverse PDP you’ll be in hospital sooner than you think.

  54. Armadillo

    I can’t recall Trump even uttering the word “Australia”. Deservedly so.

    A couple of well aimed tweets on election eve would be nice.

  55. Steve trickler

    Stunning!

    A journey into a dark world. A rough ride ladies and gents.



  56. Fisky

    Oh dear, I see Lil Marco is opposed to Hungarian PM Orban. A huge lover of George Soros and mass Mozlem immigration he is!

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today joined U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), in sending a letter to President Trump to express their concern over Hungary’s downward democratic trajectory and the implications for U.S. interests in Central Europe. President Trump is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of Hungary next week.

  57. Armadillo:

    Bill Shorten will relish it as an opportunity to point out the evils of a Conservative Government. Downer is about as Liberal as you can get. A total toff that would be absolutely comfortable in the House of Lords.

    Bill Sorten need to be very careful with this. Now I’ve spoken about it before, but apparently 8 years ago, 2 Labor politicians were exposed as being ?informants for the CIA/FBI. It came out on the periphery of another US/Australian scandal, but I can’t remember what it was all about.
    I do remember the story very quickly went quiet.

  58. Mitch M.

    Result for me: Liberal Democrats, then Liberal

    https://australia.smartvote.org/en/home

  59. Leigh Lowe

    No no. He cleared himself on Bolta’s program.

    I mean, diplomats don’t engage in skulduggery. That would be silly.

    I don’t think that prosecutor is going to wear a quick “Goodness me, Andrew, the whole idea that senior school chaps like myself engage in such antics is ludicrous.”
    .
    The worst thing about that uber-grub Downer is that he didn’t think for a milli-second that this was a serious five-eyes security matter.
    He knew he was ingratiating himself with the Clintons, and it would be “all aboard the gravy train” after she won …
    Ooops.

  60. Leigh Lowe

    Fisky

    #3013340, posted on May 16, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Oh dear, I see Lil Marco is opposed to Hungarian PM Orban. A huge lover of George Soros and mass Mozlem immigration he is!

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today joined U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), in sending a letter to President Trump to express their concern over Hungary’s downward democratic trajectory

    Orwell speak.
    Since when is doing exactly what your constituents want a “downward democratic trajectory”?

  61. Leigh Lowe

    Oh dear.
    The fingers are starting to point.
    No honour among thieves.

  62. Leigh Lowe

    I have a feeling the Rowe cartoon today will be a cracker.

  63. Leigh Lowe

    I say, Tom old boy.
    Haul your bottom in hear and get those cartoons started.

  64. Leigh Lowe

    Here.
    Hear, hear.

  65. Leigh Lowe

    Bloody smellchick and autoconnect.

  66. Leigh Lowe

    Spell check and auto correct.

  67. Tom

    David Rowe’s mental illness always reverts to the same pathetic neurosis. (PS, Tone: it’s time you upped the rent in his head).

  68. Leigh Lowe

    Cracker!
    Told you.

  69. Tom

    Meanwhile, the British establishment’s betrayal of the citizenry enters another interminable year. Christian Adams (London Evening Standard).

  70. Leigh Lowe

    The chick in the Branco cartoon.
    Phwoooar!

  71. Leigh Lowe

    Sorry for the cartoonus interruptus, Tom.
    It was just that Rowe was soooo brilliant.

  72. RobK

    Rowe back to the usual. Matt does it well this morning.

  73. RobK

    The subsidy miner extraordinaire. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-solar-exclusive/exclusive-teslas-solar-factory-is-exporting-most-of-its-cells-document-idUSKCN1SL1H5

    Tesla inherited the factory, known as RiverBend, through its purchase of SolarCity, and is now required to deliver on investment and employment promises that SolarCity had made in exchange for $750 million in state subsidies.

    The factory employs about 800 workers, and by this time next year it will be required to have 1,460 employees or pay millions in penalties.

    The state of New York remains pleased with its investment in the factory and Panasonic’s move to diversify its customer base beyond Tesla.

  74. Tom

    For Johannes Leak aficionados: in today’s Paywallian business section, Optus boss Allen Lew.

  75. RobK

    The two part der Spegiel on Germany’s energy issues.
    Well worth a read. Part 1: German Failure on the Road to a Renewable Future
    Then they pedal hard for the future based on a subsidised past of paying wind power for curtailment.

    Part 2: How Germany’s Energiewende Could Work After All

    Articles are too long and varied to justify a short sample. Well worth the resd.

  76. bespoke

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    Trump says he doesn’t want war with Iran, but that’s exactly what he wants, because that’s exactly what Saudi Arabia, Netanyahu, al-Qaeda, Bolton, Haley, and other NeoCons/NeoLibs want. That’s what he put first–not America.

  77. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

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    Trump says he doesn’t want war with Iran, but that’s exactly what he wants, because that’s exactly what Saudi Arabia, Netanyahu, al-Qaeda, Bolton, Haley, and other NeoCons/NeoLibs want. That’s what he put first–not America.

    can you teach me how to read minds like that?

  78. Zatara

    Retry on the snowflake princess video…

    Silly Snowflake Gets Charged, Cuffed and Arrested After Stealing Pro-Life Sign

    “I can’t believe you let them get away with this shit”

    It’s called the law honey.

  79. calli

    If convicted, she has a criminal record, with all the baggage that entails.

    Silly, silly girl.

  80. bespoke

    Solar panel ads are incessantly looking like hucksters selling bottled water for $15 in natural disasters. They started of with the usual ‘save money, save the planet’ to ‘buy battery backups encase of blackouts’ and the latest is ‘buy owe stuff because electoral uncertainly complete with and alleged power plant belching black smoke.

    They have have been lobbying or have profited from lobbyist to close down base load power so this profiteering on a man made disaster.

  81. Leigh Lowe

    Does Tubbsy Dullard know she is casting exactly the doubt among the Iranians that Trump wants.
    The classic useful idiot.

  82. John Constantine

    Iranian proxies, the Houthi rebels have the capacity to launch improvised drone strikes.

    Oil pipelines, storage tanks and oil tankers juicy targets.

    The price of oil that has to pay to be protected will change western industrial civilisation.

    Except for countries that can do Fracking and produce their own oil.

  83. Mother Lode

    Silly Snowflake Gets Charged, Cuffed and Arrested After Stealing Pro-Life Sign

    If she thinks this was unpleasant then she might consider how being dismembered and sucked into a vacuum cleaner can really put a crimp in your day.

  84. Leigh Lowe

    Excellent news.
    Raving commo “Father” Bob Maguire is short of cash.
    That’s what happens when you defraud donors by spending “feed da poor” contributions on middle class left wing causes.

  85. lotocoti

    According to Dr Simon Bradshaw, fake science peddler for fake charity, Oxfam:
    Already, entire communities are being forced from their ancestral homes by rising seas and more powerful storms.
    Who?
    Where?
    When?

  86. Top Ender

    Don’t think I’ve ever seen a dog in an airliner cabin:

    An acclaimed writer has been told she won’t be able to board a Qantas flight with her disability support dog, as the organisation she works with doesn’t have the right accreditation.

    Fiona Wright, a widely published author and critic, was scheduled to fly to Alice Springs on Friday for the NT Writers’ Festival.Her disability relates to mental health conditions including anxiety.

    But despite spending the past seven weeks providing documentation to prove her support dog, named Virginia, was appropriately trained, qualified and required for her to manage her disability while flying, Ms Wright said she has been knocked back by the airline.

    Link

  87. John Constantine

    In Australia, a handful of Houthi style backyard drones igniting the imported fuel storage tanks at port stops the country for long enough for recession.

    Gas pipelines, same.

    Remember when Longford gas plant failure shut vicco down, before gas power plants became vital to prop up ruinables?.

    Cheap drones dropping chunks of African swine plague over free range piggeries blows up an entire industry for a thousand bucks.

  88. Leigh Lowe

    Already, entire communities are being forced from their ancestral homes by rising seas and more powerful storms.

    Who?

    Oxfam directors who didn’t reach their quota and get a bonus last year.
    .
    .

    Where?

    Everywhere. The Cotswolds, Herefordshire, the Cornwall coast.
    .
    .

    When?

    Now!

  89. Mother Lode

    Actually, what the girl reveals is how these supposedly educated lefties think the law works: That if she doesn’t like something it is illegal.

    I mean, it must be, surely.

    Note also the conceptual mish-mash – she points at the sign and says it restricts women’s rights. It is a sign. It does no such thing. But in her mind people opposed to abortion, their opinions, their signs, laws that exist, laws that might one day exist, and probably mummy and daddy too, are all the same.

    She saw the sign, but reacted as if it a woman in chains, because it is all the same to her.

    Lefties do this all the time. It probably accounts for 90% of Climate Change hysteria.

  90. Actually, what the girl reveals is how these supposedly educated lefties think the law works: That if she doesn’t like something it is illegal.

    It’s called the Catallaxy Principle.
    (Henceforth known as the CP).
    If you don’t like something, you abuse anyone who does.
    Logic, truth and reason don’t come into it.

  91. bespoke

    Sinc should apply for a NDIS grant for supplying respite to a family with bitter little old man.

  92. Tel

    Tom #3013359, Paul Zanetti.

    That one is pretty funny. The cartoons have been a bit predictable of late so good to see a well done visual gag today.

  93. Leigh Lowe

    The cartoons have been a bit predictable of late so good to see a well done visual gag today.

    I know.
    David Rowe is good, but he struggles to draw a reasonable likeness of clothing.

  94. None

    I think Qantas would be breaking the law by not allowing that dog on board because I think the person has done more than what is required by law to demonstrate it is an aid dog. Someone please sue Qantas.

  95. Leigh Lowe

    I think Qantas would be breaking the law by not allowing that dog on board because I think the person has done more than what is required by law to demonstrate it is an aid dog. Someone please sue Qantas.

    Tell them the dog is gay.
    Or, better still, if it has had it’s knackers removed, just tell them it is transitioning.

  96. mh

    Fisky
    #3013340, posted on May 16, 2019 at 1:13 am
    Oh dear, I see Lil Marco is opposed to Hungarian PM Orban. A huge lover of George Soros and mass Mozlem immigration he is!

    While most western leaders turn a blind eye to Christian genocide, Orban wants to defend Christians. Evil man!

  97. lotocoti

    That’s a new low in a long and despicable history.
    The bolding suggests it was deliberate.

  98. mh

    And…ACTION. The controlled Hollywood dolts all freak on demand.

    Hollywood Freaks After Alabama Passes Abortion Ban: ‘This Ends with Impeachment and People in the Streets’

    https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/05/15/hollywood-freaks-alabama-passes-abortion-ban/

  99. Bruce of Newcastle

    Iranian proxies, the Houthi rebels have the capacity to launch improvised drone strikes.

    They also have anti-ship missiles which they used with success against the Emiratis. Interestingly they also attacked the destroyer USS Mason and another USN vessel. The USS Mason shot down the attacking missiles with alacrity, which the Iranians have surely noted.

  100. bespoke

    Someone please sue Qantas.

    Good idea then follow on with others suing because the dog offends there religion, another for allergies then for discrimination against comfort cows.

  101. feelthebern

    I am long oil & oil proxies.
    I can not believe how complacent the world is about a pending energy shock.

  102. Geriatric Mayfly

    Cambridge scientists create world’s first living organism with fully redesigned DNA

    What’s the living organism going to eat? They should have tried to replicate photosynthesis first.

  103. Atoms for Peace

    Another defective logic bomb with 60s tech lands in the open thread.

  104. bespoke

    lotocoti
    #3013434, posted on May 16, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Yep

  105. Rafiki redux

    Simon Birmingham on Sky arguing that Molan’s efforts will fail. Not in the Southern Highlands I suspect. The Liberal volunteers at Bowral are full-on in their support for Molan. About 6 corflutes for Jim, and usually about 5 HTV volunteers pushing Jim’s Senate ticket. An irony is that several people wear Nationals shirt, as the Liberals are not running a candidate in Whitlam. It could be a National will lose out to Molan.

  106. Tel

    Iranian proxies, the Houthi rebels have the capacity to launch improvised drone strikes.

    You have to presume that before too long everyone will be doing much the same.

    [email protected] has been using drones for some time. All the major powers have them and given the low cost they will only get more popular. The Houthi rebels have nothing to lose at this stage, already the Saudis bombed food stores, water treatment plants and just about anything else that might be useful in Yemen … from here on there will be constant tit for tat. Iran have a strong incentive to keep the Houthis supplied as long as possible because it keeps the Saudis occupied and makes them look weak.

  107. Eyrie

    Who wants a stinking dog on an airliner anyway? You could bet that the silly bint would try to save the dog in an emergency, leading to deaths of other passengers.

  108. Percy Popinjay

    connor parrissis … growing up greek and gay

    The second descriptor is redundant.

  109. John Constantine

    If the Tyrant can get the Iranians in a belt and road noose, that will stop all this push to two hundred dollar oil.

  110. Eyrie

    Actually to think about it, who wants a mad woman on an airliner?

  111. Percy Popinjay

    Here’s some news that’ll cheer up Fisky no end:

    Dr Janet Albrechtsen will be the new Chairman of the Institute of Public Affairs.

  112. Bruce of Newcastle

    I can not believe how complacent the world is about a pending energy shock.

    Yes.

    The IEA’s Dire Warning For Energy Markets (15 May)

    the IEA said. “Notably, approvals of new conventional oil and gas projects fall short of what would be needed to meet continued robust demand growth.”

    All entirely self inflicted by green stupidity.

  113. feelthebern

    Eyrie, dogs that are cared for don’t stink.
    I’m all for support dogs on planes.
    Personally, I can’t believe people have their dogs in the luggage hold when they fly.
    Cruel.

  114. feelthebern

    Iran surrogates causing grief is on the behest of the Russians who don’t like their client state Venezuela being meddled with by the US.

  115. Geriatric Mayfly

    Rowe and Matt Pritchett. The latter with just a few squiggles gets the message and the humour across. Rowe creates jungles of grotesque players wherein the import is lost, except among those who might savour caricature wound up to eleventy.

  116. John Constantine

    Speaking of sabotage drone strikes, Alex turnbullites records a robocall for getup.

    Openly colluding with getup to politically assassinate politicians that haven’t sold out to transnational looting cartels that sponsor turnbullites.

    Windmill turnbullites using getup as their new Hashishim

  117. Tel

    Tom #3013369, Chip Bok.

    That’s a bit dodgy … agree that US Social Security is a scam, but the student loan debt is quite a different scam and there were plenty of alternative options on that one.

  118. Farmer Gez

    Jon Faine forced to deal with the debacle of the supervised medical injection centre in Richmond.
    The residents have had enough and held a very boisterous public meeting last night.
    It’s an absolute disaster for locals.
    The Minister says it’s all about “saving lives”. Pity the residents have their lives ruined to cater for junkies.
    The inner city green voting elite have had their roasted chickens come home to roost.

  119. Infidel Tiger

    I see crazed neo-con maniacs Bolton and Pompeo are trying to start another war with Iran.

    Trump needs to fire those dirtbags immediately.

  120. John Constantine

    https://erenow.net/common/the-most-evil-secret-societies-in-history/9.php

    Hashishim.

    Their turnbullites, sitting back as the ‘Old Man of the Windmills’ and funding befuddled drones to go forth and strike down his enemies.

    Comrades.

  121. duncanm

    Leigh Lowe
    #3013348, posted on May 16, 2019 at 3:16 am
    Cambridge scientists create world’s first living organism with fully redesigned DNA

    ..
    In a two-year effort, researchers at the laboratory of molecular biology, at Cambridge University, read and redesigned the DNA of the bacterium Escherichia coli (E coli), before creating cells with a synthetic version of the altered genome.

    what could possibly go wrong?

  122. Tel

    Trump needs to fire those dirtbags immediately.

    First you have to understand why he hired them in the first place.

    Best guess is that with the Democrats and their fake-Russia shenanigans, Trump felt the need for some tough guys on his side so he promised them enough autonomy to make them interested. He’s playing one side off against the other, and that’s standard strategy for people trying to hang onto power.

  123. stackja

    Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain,

    Oklahoma City window washers safe after basket began ‘swinging wildly out of control,’ officials say

  124. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    All entirely self inflicted by green stupiditysabotage.

    fixerela

  125. stackja

    Helicopter lands on Hudson River in NYC, only pilot aboard: sources
    New York Daily News-4 hours ago
    Helicopter lands on Hudson River in NYC, only pilot aboard: sources … The copter hit the water near 12th Ave. and 34th St. about 2:20 p.m., .

  126. Geriatric Mayfly

    The Minister says it’s all about “saving lives”.

    It’s called “harm minimisation;” straight out of the Greens’ Junior Woodchucks’ Guide.

  127. bespoke

    I don’t no what Trumps motives are but Iran got away with a lot under Obama so having them close maybe a message to Iran as a deterrent. It’s not the first time he has people in his admin with an opposing opinion.

  128. Infidel Tiger

    Surely if Trump has learnt anything, it is that the security personnel can not be trusted.

    Fire them all.

  129. Robber Baron

    It appears that Turnbull is spending time and money on revenge supporting GetUp! and his fake candidates. How did this guy ever make money with such business savvy? And at his advanced years; surely revenge gets relegated once you get into your 50’s and start thinking about living a stress-free healthy and happy life. Not so Turnbull. WHAT A TOTAL LOSER!

  130. Leigh Lowe

    Geriatric Mayfly

    #3013465, posted on May 16, 2019 at 9:09 am

    The Minister says it’s all about “saving lives”.

    It’s called “harm minimisation;” straight out of the Greens’ Junior Woodchucks’ Guide.

    Like the good old “needle exchange” program.
    Health benefits for all.
    Junkies get free fresh needles, and infected needles were collected and made safe.
    Until someone asked a program co-ordinator live on air how many junkies actually brought back a used syringe.
    Lots of obsfucation until we finally got to the exact percentage … 0.00%.

  131. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #3013469, posted on May 16, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Surely if Trump has learnt anything, it is that the security personnel can not be trusted.

    Fire them all.

    Are you Paul Keating?

  132. Mother Lode

    That’s a bit dodgy … agree that US Social Security is a scam, but the student loan debt is quite a different scam and there were plenty of alternative options on that one.

    Totally agree.

    These kids take on the loans knowingly. And there is no end of cautionary tales warning against entering the loans with insufficient diligence.

    Perhaps if they undertook studies that would enable them to earn sufficient to repay the loans. Why would anyone think that Critical Vagina Knitting Studies and Marxist Cookery would offer financial return.

    Suppose it is the progressive mish-mash again: I want to study it, so it must somehow all be easy.

  133. thefrollickingmole

    Until Trump actually starts a war Im preferring to think hes playing a bit of a “I dont know how long I can keep these guys off you if we dont get some sort of agreement” game.

    Lets face it, if it was Mitt Romney threatening you or the human walrus which one do you think would get your attention more?

    But I could be wrong, he might be just as susceptible to stupid interventions as the last half a dozen…

  134. Geriatric Mayfly

    Where science meets the dreaming
    How traditional knowledge is helping Indigenous students embrace STEM subjects.

    E=mc2

    E Enterprise
    m Money
    c2 Times Centrelink squared.

  135. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Don’t worry if house prices fall, says Bowen

    EXCLUSIVE
    Turi Condon
    Property Editor
    Ben Packham
    Political Reporter
    12:00AM May 16, 2019
    408 Comments

    One of Australia’s most influential property industry leaders has delivered a sharp critique of Labor’s negative gearing tax shake-up, while Bill Shorten’s Treasury spokesman has told new homeowners they should not worry if the equity in their homes falls into negative territory.

    As political debate over housing dominates the final week of the election campaign, newly elected Property Council of Australia president Stephen Conry said Labor’s promise to scrap negative gearing for existing properties from January 1 was “badly timed, given the nature of the residential market”.

    “We should be encouraging investment, not discouraging it for the $7 trillion housing industry,” Mr Conry said.

    The JLL chief executive, who took over as property council president last month, described the housing market as “fragile” following two years of a regulator-induced bank clampdown on lending.

    “History is somewhat of a judge where changes made in the mid-1980s proved to be unsuccessful, and were therefore reversed,” he said.

    Economists interviewed by The Australian said Labor’s $32.5 billion negative gearing clamp would result in the prices of houses and apartments falling. Real Estate Institute of Australia president Adrian Kelly said that, should the changes to negative gearing be introduced, existing properties would be “worth less because there’ll be less investment”.

    Renters were also earmarked as the group most likely to suffer under Labor’s policy revamp.

    Tim Reardon, chief economist of the Housing Industry Association, said: “I think if we’re looking for losers, the biggest losers out of this will be the renters. If you increase the costs on landlords those costs are transferred very quickly in rents.”

    The concerns from leading industry figures came after Chris Bowen, in line to be treasurer in a Shorten government, said home buyers should not be deterred about investing in the residential market, despite the possibility of their asset slipping into negative equity in the short term.

    Mr Bowen said they would “only lose money if you sell”.

    From the Oz. F.M.S., what a financial genius Bowen is – how lucky are we?

  136. John Constantine

    Their Alex turnbullites business model seems untouched by getup policies, only upside for him .

    Getup are stooges for the top end of town.

    Comrade turnbullites.

  137. lotocoti

    Is it any wonder the Persians are getting stroppy.

  138. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    If convicted, she has a criminal record, with all the baggage that entails.
    Silly, silly girl.

    Indeed. Yesterday parked in Coles carpark at Edgecliff Station and walked with Hairy out of the station and across the main road to go to a shop on the other side. This is a wide pedestrian crossing, majorly busy. There was an election poster near to button press, looked like a Sharma one, then Hairy pointed out that it was one of those fake ones showing a distressed Malcolm. Not legal, said Hairy, as there was no attribution name and address. “This poster made by a group of concerned citizens of Wentworth” was all that was written in small print at the bottom of it.

    So if I was to take out my lipstick and write ‘red’ above the Malcolm and cross out concerned and replace that with ‘red’ too, I wouldn’t be doing anything illegal because the poster was illegal? I say hopefully to Hairy.

    He hates a public spectacle and dragged me quickly across while I was still scrabbling in my handbag. 🙂

  139. EvilElvis

    Mr Bowen said they would “only lose money if you sell”.

    Awesome! Just turned half of the houses in Australia from investments to individually owned public housing. What a fucking country…

  140. Caveman

    Tits and its Time will fail. If his hero of the past is any indication.

  141. My accountant has been handing out how-to-vote cards this week at pre-poll for the LNP.
    This morning he met for the first time the ALP candidate – who is a strong contender to take the seat.
    He’s spent the morning until now explaining to the ALP candidate how the ALP taxation policy works.

    Coz the ALP candidate knew nothing about taxation.
    As in, is totally completely hopelessly & utterly clueless about any aspect of taxation or ALP taxation policy.
    He couldn’t believe it.

    My advice was that he should invoice the ALP at a consultancy rate of his choice.
    And

  142. Arky

    Christianity needs a nation.
    No one seems to have noticed that the main driving force of human advancement no longer has a home.
    If we want to go to the stars, defeat the forces of darkness and provide children with hope and a task, then a country will again one day be required.
    All of Christendom has fallen to an atheist, childless, globalist stupidity. The majority of the people no longer believe in or are even first hand familiar with the gospels. Our leaders only believe in whatever garners votes and power.

  143. Dr Faustus

    …Bill Shorten’s Treasury spokesman has told new homeowners they should not worry if the equity in their homes falls into negative territory.

    Unless their lenders have a LVR clause in their loan agreement.
    Then they can worry a lot.

  144. thefrollickingmole

    If we want to go to the stars, defeat the forces of darkness and provide children with hope and a task, then a country will again one day be required.

    https://warhammer40k.fandom.com/wiki/Imperium_of_Man

  145. None

    Farmer Gez

    #3013456, posted on May 16, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Excellent. If those things are so safe they can use Dan Andrews and Jon Faine’s living room.

  146. Dr Faustus

    Where science meets the dreaming
    How traditional knowledge is helping Indigenous students embrace STEM subjects.

    I’m never sure whether this meme is excruciatingly patronising: ‘I have a family of four to feed, each person wants half a goanna. How many goannas do I need to catch to make them happy?’

    Or just wildly, stupidly wrong at all points of contact.

  147. Atoms for Peace

    And if the banks call in their chits as client equity in real estate heads south, that will force sales. Onya Bowen

  148. mh

    What are Labor’s proposed changes to CGT on shares?

  149. Dr Faustus

    In a two-year effort, researchers at the laboratory of molecular biology, at Cambridge University, read and redesigned the DNA of the bacterium Escherichia coli (E coli), before creating cells with a synthetic version of the altered genome.

    what could possibly go wrong?

    I, for one, welcome our new E coli overlords.
    (Rehearsal for Sunday)

  150. Anthony

    The US Democrats remind me more and more each day of an unpleasant re-creation of Don Quixote. Who could possibly be his Sancho Panza?

  151. Arky

    Our new E coli overlords are shit.

  152. Dr Faustus

    Don’t think I’ve ever seen a dog in an airliner cabin:

    Half the passengers on US domestic flights have four legs.
    Some are dogs.

  153. 2dogs

    Christianity needs a nation.

    Good point.

  154. calli

    Christianity needs a nation.

    It has one now. The big battalions are already there and always have been.

    2 Kings 6:16-17

  155. calli

    Our new E coli overlords are shit.

    Well, that’s that for the day. 😄

  156. calli

    That poor mutt, what a job. Keeping ol’ crazy eyes calm.

    It looks suspiciously like Reuben.

  157. C.L.

    Ahahahahahaha.
    Now Comey and Brennan turn on each other.

  158. C.L.

    Whoever sanctioned the bout between Justin Hodges and flabby tomato Troy McMahon should be severely reprimanded or sacked. Hodgo could have killed the bloke if he wasn’t a true sportsman.

  159. Dr Faustus

    RobK
    #3013390, posted on May 16, 2019 at 6:28 am
    The two part der Spegiel on Germany’s energy issues.

    Part 2: How Germany’s Energiewende Could Work After All

    A terrifying insight into the energy politics that Uncle Bill Buggery is promising us in Australia.

    Having encouraged a subsidised forest of windmills, with preferential access to the grid whenever they can actually send out electricity, Germany is now realising that rent seeking is not dispatchable.

    The der Spegiel ‘hot solutions’, electrolytic hydrogen and air-conditioned battery farms, are supposed to come on line before the last of the remaining nukes is decommissioned in 2022 and the first giant brown coal station is closed in 2023.

    That self-inflicted panic is why the cost of Energiewende is forecast to top €3 trillion by 2050.

  160. Bruce of Newcastle

    Viking blood seems to have thinned a bit lately.

    Welcome to my country: Princess Martha of Norway greets her bisexual shaman and ‘twin flame’ lover at the airport as it’s revealed how he claims to have come back from the dead and has Hollywood eating out of his hand (Daily Mail mega headline)

    – Shaman Durek, whose real name is Derek Verrett, is a 44-year-old L.A. shaman
    – He was born in Sacramento and grew up there before moving to New York in the 1990s
    – Verrett then returned to California and started working as a shaman to the stars
    – He counts Gwyneth Paltrow, Nina Dobrev and Rosario Dawson among his fans
    – He claims he first knew he was a shaman when he was only two-years-old
    – It was his mother, whose mother was a shaman, who revealed it to him, he says
    – Today, he sells books, meditations and public speaking services on his website
    – He and Princess Martha Louise of Norway are also holding an event in Europe

    The photos are glorious!

    What’s with these northern princesses? There’s no disputin’ that they have issues.
    Maybe Boney M can do a song in Norwegian about Shaman Durex.

  161. min

    Labor’s CGT on all assets sold, shares antiques , so I believe after listening to one of those radio financial guys.

  162. mh

    Who is John Durham? Prosecutor tapped for Russia probe inquiry known as ‘aggressive, tireless and fair’

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/who-is-john-durham-prosecutor-russia-probe

  163. C.L.

    The Comey Brennan brawl over who’ll go to jail …

  164. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Alex Turnbull teams up with GetUp as the voice of robocalls in key Victorian seats

    Rachel Baxendale
    Victorian Political Reporter
    @rachelbaxendale
    Richard Ferguson
    Reporter
    @RichAFerguson
    An hour ago May 16, 2019
    No Comments

    Malcolm Turnbull’s son Alex Turnbull has teamed up with left wing activist group GetUp to record robocall messages urging voters in key Victorian seats not to vote Liberal in Saturday’s federal election.

    In Liberal backbencher Kevin Andrews’s eastern Melbourne seat of Menzies, voters will be played a radio clip of Alex Turnbull saying the Coalition is in chaos and doesn’t deserve anyone’s vote.

    In Health Minister Greg Hunt’s Mornington Peninsula seat of Flinders, a recorded message will be sent to 17,000 voters, featuring Alex Turnbull saying, “we need more people who want action on climate change. This election don’t give the Libs your vote.”

    GetUp have been campaigning hard in the seat Mr Hunt holds with a 7 per cent margin, and say they have made 80,000 calls to Flinders voters.

    From the Oz. Anyone imagine the monumental dummy spit there’ll be if the Liberals do win?

  165. Mother Lode

    How traditional knowledge is helping Indigenous students embrace STEM subjects.

    I can see the exams now.

    The Rainbow Serpent is a compound of Rainbow and Serpent.

    Question: What is the atomic number of 1) Rainbow and 2) Serpent

    Answer:
    1) Many
    2) Many

  166. mh

    50 percent cgt discount reduced to 25 per cent on all asset classes? That’s from a quick google search, so that may be wrong.

    Why aren’t the Liberal Party even talking about it?

  167. feelthebern

    Why aren’t the Liberal Party even talking about it?

    Because Simon Birmingham has a say in strategy.
    FFS.
    Birmingham is the most stupid of LNP parliamentary party.

  168. Cactus

    The LNP are on track to win the ultra marginal Queensland seat of Flynn, according to a new YouGov/Galaxy seat poll.

    Conservative MP Ken O’Dowd is ahead at 53 per cent to Labor candidate Zac Beers’ 47 per cent according to the Galaxy poll, in a two per cent swing to Mr O’Dowd from the 2016 election.

    Labor has held out hopes for Flynn throughout the campaign, despite receding from other key north Queensland seats like Capricornia.

  169. mh

    Simon Birmingham wants to keep the focus on homophobia this election, rather than Labor’s economic holocaust.

    Great strategy, Simon.

  170. Dr Faustus

    Malcolm Turnbull’s son Alex Turnbull has teamed up with left wing activist group GetUp to record robocall messages urging voters in key Victorian seats not to vote Liberal in Saturday’s federal election.

    Perhaps not quite a devastating blow.
    For 97% of the vote-herd Alex Turnbull will be as familiar and influential as Nigel J Snot.

  171. rickw

    Christianity needs a nation.

    Hungry? Poland?

  172. rickw

    …Bill Shorten’s Treasury spokesman has told new homeowners they should not worry if the equity in their homes falls into negative territory.

    The collapse is going to be spectacular.

    We’ll be the other Argentina. Well dressed, intelligent, non mentally ill people going through bins.

  173. notafan

    Seems to me the problem is the fact that these dogs are existing pets that have been reclassified at mental health support animals.

    That has stink on it.

    Airlines are right to refuse animals that may inconvenience other passengers, I would object to sitting next to a dog on a plane, whether it stunk or not.

    Are they buying a extra seat for them or do they expect them to fly for free?

  174. “rickw
    #3013527, posted on May 16, 2019 at 10:52 am
    Christianity needs a nation.

    Hungry? Poland?

    Russia.

  175. thefrollickingmole

    I wonder how many houses in Abbott/Duttons electorates are “home” to 20 or more people “residing” there to ensure they are voted out?

    The volume of “change of adress” for certain electorates might be quite revealing.

  176. Top Ender

    Cognitive Dissonance Now!

    Milat cancer:

    Despite being physically weak, Mr Shipsey said his uncle was still in good spirits.

    ‘If he does have terminal cancer it is going to be a shock. We all like Ivan,’ he said.

    Mr Shipsey believes his ‘harmless’ uncle is innocent and doesn’t want him to die.

    Milat’s brother Wally has reportedly been allowed to visit him in hospital.

  177. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Infidel Tiger
    #3012856, posted on May 15, 2019 at 1:02 pm
    Is that a motive you attribute to all of them?
    No. Liberal, National and Labor genuinely want to win seats and government.
    Majority of small parties are legalised scams.

    All political parties raise up some dud candidates. You only have to consider the candidates in this election who have lost endorsement because of something they said or did. Consider one still in the race, the “star” dud candidate Julia Banks! Vetted(?), endorsed and strongly supported by the Liberal Party in 2016, she is the quintessential turncoat who took herself off to the cross benches with no regard for stable government. Her behaviour has been nothing less than connivance and duplicitousness, particularly when she falsely claimed bullying to elicit sympathy and votes! Now we find that there may have been some communication between her and Bill Shorten regarding her move to contest Flinders against Grey Hunt. But Julia Banks is not the only low value candidate ever offered to the electorate by a major party. What about Christopher Pyne, Craig Laundy, Malcolm Turnbull, Marise Payne, Mitch Fifield… As for Labor, the entire front bench is not worth a drink of water. To invert Groucho Marx’s famous quote – a Party that would have them in it…

    Sometimes candidates appear who can provide the electorate with a meaty alternative to the major parties despite being in a minor party or being an independent. I said to a young relative the other day that if someone have said to me ten years ago that I would one day vote for Mark Latham I would have laughed my head off. Today I’m pleased to say that he received my first preference in the upper house at the NSW State Election. His maiden speech to the Legislative Council was music to my ears. If he can only get a fraction of his agenda in place it will be a great day for the people of NSW.

    And while Brexit has yet to be realised, without Nigel Farage the U.K. would never have got close to being asked whether they should leave the E.U. If the Brexit Party does the unthinkable and takes most of the U.K. seats in the European Parliament in a few days time every single Labour and Conservative member of the Commons should rightly be shuddering at the thought of the next general election. But without Farage the idea of ever dealing with the duopoly would have been unthinkable. And as for Trump, while he did join a major party, if it had been up to the Republican Party he would never have been endorsed.

    Until such time as federal elections allow optional preferential voting, like in NSW, or better still, the first past the post system, we all have to preference someone. Its taken me some time to realise this because I was fully part of the base. But with the rise of Turnbull I’m fully woke to what some parliamentarians do after getting a seat. Why should we offer up as a sacrifice the only thing of value we have in this democracy, our vote, for the parties to barter and trade with? To take our vote and then to abuse that privilege. The Liberal Party changes to superannuation after the last election should have been anathema to a centre right, low taxing, small government party just as their climate policies are. They expect party loyalty but abuse their base and Labor is no different. I’m hopeful that my choices will make it in to the Senate; they can’t be any worse than the current crop of party apparatchiks that warm the seats in the red chamber since the 1977 (Senate Casual Vacancies) referendum change which created the problem of low value candidates in the first place.

  178. calli

    Those boarding fees can be expensive. Far cheaper to have a “support” animal.

  179. Bruce of Newcastle

    Popcorn, I need popcorn!

    Pete Buttigieg polling at 0% among black voters in South Carolina (via Lucianne)

    Who knew that African-American voters wouldn’t go for a very pale guy who has a husband? Maybe the Democrats should draft Shaman Durex. At least he’d have some cred in the hood.

  180. rickw

    Australians can’t say they weren’t warned

    Not much false advertising.

  181. Roger

    Shorten to invoke Whitlam as leaders make their final campaign pitches.

    Whitlam is only fondly remembered by Labor true believers and journalists.

    Billy is preaching to the choir.

  182. The LNP are on track to win the ultra marginal Queensland seat of Flynn, according to a new YouGov/Galaxy seat poll.
    Conservative MP Ken O’Dowd is ahead at 53 per cent to Labor candidate Zac Beers’ 47 per cent according to the Galaxy poll, in a two per cent swing to Mr O’Dowd from the 2016 election.
    Labor has held out hopes for Flynn throughout the campaign, despite receding from other key north Queensland seats like Capricornia.

    This is the seat where the Two-Hundred-and-Fifty-Thousand Dollar question got asked.

    Where the bloke who asked an innocent question of Shorto lost his job, & his boss lost the contract.

    The seat where the membership of the CFMEU are wanting to punch out anyone who opposes the Adani mine, while simultaneously the head of the union robocalls the electorate telling enrollees to vote against LNP.

    Those high-viz vests in Gladstone are loaded, the city has the highest per capita rate of boat ownership in the world (source: Marine Insurance Institute magazine)

    The local member Ken O’Dowd (former publican!) has worked his arse off for the electorate.
    The ALP candidate is a 26yo union urger who talks with a fast urgent voice.
    He’s never held a real job (pushing ladders around for a year or so as an 18yo doesn’t count)
    The blokes in high-viz hold real jobs, and want to keep those jobs. They also want to keep their money.

  183. Bruce of Newcastle

    Who is John Durham? Prosecutor tapped for Russia probe inquiry known as ‘aggressive, tireless and fair’

    Mr Durham has already ripped Mueller a new arsehole once before.

    Barr’s Investigator John Durham Once Probed Mueller In A Shocking Case (15 May)

    So Barr’s choice of guy for this probe seems guaranteed to cause Mueller, Comey and their capos a severe case of neurotic squitters.

  184. calli

    Please, please let some old biddie kiss Peanut’s hand! It would make my day.

  185. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Shorten to invoke Whitlam as leaders make their final campaign pitches.

    Whinging William wants to invoke the train smash that was the Whitlam Government? Stick a fork in it, Australia, you’re done.

  186. Roger

    The seat where the membership of the CFMEU are wanting to punch out anyone who opposes the Adani mine, while simultaneously the head of the union robocalls the electorate telling enrollees to vote against LNP.

    That union head conceded on Brisbane radio that many members might vote for Palmer because they are so angry with the ALP.

    The carnage to the ALP vote up there is going to be something to behold. Federally, at least, the ALP is heading towards being an urban party, which means they will not be able to win general elections.

  187. calli

    An amusing factoid about Whitlam.

    He sought to manipulate the electorate in his favour by lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 in 1973. I suppose he was hoping to harvest all those appreciative late Boomer votes.

    In 1975 (my first chance to vote) his government suffered a 30 seat swing, so pongy was his aroma.

    Ride on those coattails, Peanut.

  188. Old School Conservative

    The dogggy story is just a late April Fool’s day prank.
    Proof:
    the educational syllabus the dog had gone through

  189. stackja

    MSM like to forget, Gough tried to borrow funny money. And then Gough wanted to get unauthorized money from banks.

  190. Roger

    Please, please let some old biddie kiss Peanut’s hand! It would make my day.

    An old queen would be more appropriate these days.

  191. “Bar Beach Swimmer
    #3013535, posted on May 16, 2019 at 11:05 am”

    Excellent analysis and fully agree.

  192. calli

    Gough instructed us to “maintain the rage”.

    And we did.

  193. None

    Whinging William wants to invoke the train smash that was the Whitlam Government? Stick a fork in it, Australia, you’re done.

    is there anyone alive in Australia who remembers Whitlam? And why is the left so regressive?

  194. calli

    Billy is preaching to the choir.

    I expect so. The tonguebath the media gives the spectacle will be instructive.

    And it may jog a few wavering memories.

    It’s a high-stakes gambit and could be Peanut’s exploding cigar moment. Here’s hoping.

  195. Bruce of Newcastle

    Uh oh, WordPress is now banning righties.

  196. calli

    is there anyone alive in Australia who remembers Whitlam?

    Plenty of us. And we have warned our children, comparing successive Labor governments to the idiot. “Whitlamesque” is a word with meaning and it isn’t a good one.

    Aaaand…we have lots of nice, plunderable investments. And our children would like to inherit them intact. All they have to do is join the dots.

  197. C.L.

    The funniest thing about Whitlam is that he was outsmarted and destroyed by Joh Bjelke-Petersen.
    Joh left school at 11. Whitlam used to call him “Mr Petersen” and once derided him as a “Bible-bashing bastard.” Didn’t end well for Gough. Moral of the story: don’t get into principled debates with leftists. They are amoral animals. Just Pinochet their arses.

  198. C.L.

    Please, please let some old biddie kiss Peanut’s hand! It would make my day.

    Attention, Cate McGregor …

  199. notafan

    I see the local labor party candidate is breaching the blackout provisions on facebook

    tsk tsk

  200. C.L.

    Please, please let some old biddie kiss Peanut’s hand! It would make my day.

    Or Julie Bishop …

  201. stackja

    Notafan – blackout not for internet.

  202. thefrollickingmole

    the Labor Party nominated only one person, Mal Colston, to replace Milliner.

    Mal “who ate all the pies” Colston?
    Further proving just how crap Whitlams judgement was.

  203. stackja

    Joh gave Gair a long lunch.

  204. Shy Ted

    If Skeletor did follow on from Beazley and Hockey as US ambassador there’d be a fortune saved on the food bill.

  205. calli

    Gough and Peanut have lots in common. Marrying sprogs of the powerful is one of them.

    Dad grew up in Werriwa (long before it was split off into Fowler). He despised Whitlam.

    Some family traditions persist. 🙂

  206. Woolfe

    If you don’t like flying with a dog in the cabin in USA hire your own plane. Shimple

  207. Top Ender

    Bear in mind Qantas, that not everyone wants to sit next to a “comfort dog” or any other animal for that matter.

    Are these things trained to not pee on the seats and so on?

    What next? A comfort galah screeching away?

    Alan Joyce, are you listening? Alan? Must be an echo in here.

  208. calli

    After the Alaskan plane crash the other day, I’m reconsidering flying there at all. I have one booked over the Arctic Circle in a couple of weeks.

    Dogs are the least of my worries.

  209. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Gough and Peanut have lots in common. Marrying sprogs of the powerful is one of them.

    Margaret Whitlam- nee Dovey – her father was a judge in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, IIRC.

  210. calli

    Top Ender… get wth the times. Or in this case, the Guardian.

  211. Roger

    The following comment was made at Quadrant on-line on a QED piece on where the UK is heading politically (European elections next week, Farage outpolling Labor & the Tories).

    It deserves repeating here.

    Broad strokes analysis, to be sure, but it strikes a chord. Whether the One or the Many wins out, it portends dark days ahead.

    pgang – 16th May 2019

    There is a philosophical conflict going on in the West (and therefore the world), of epic proportions. This can’t be reduced to mere political resignation that the status quo will forever remain. Humanism is reaching its climactic turning point after three hundred years of ‘progress(ivism)’.
    The Many, that great ocean of individuals which is becoming destructively self-centred and anarchic, is beginning to realise that the old unifying order, Christianity, has melted away. And they don’t like what they are seeing as the power of the centralists, the totalitarian One, becomes increasingly invasive and insular. We are witnessing the age-old humanist civil war between the One and the Many; humanism’s inevitable end game (Christianity refers to it generally as idolatry).
    Ultimately the difference will become stark – you will either be a slave or a ruler; dominated or domineering. What is being derided as ‘populism’ is this awakening of amorphous, chaotic energy in response to the horrors of centralisation. There is no direction or guiding principle behind the uprising other than a vague sense of self-preservation, but what it means is that the centralists no longer have things their own way. It is in this sense that Australia’s federal election seems so lame – our politicians are simply missing the point, and the electorate senses it.
    From this point on, anything could happen. But we are all worried about two things: a complete breakdown in social cohesion on the one hand, and a Stalinist-style, state controlled elitist quagmire on the other. The mind of man allows for no other outcomes. But the status quo, of a reliable and responsible democracy under a unified purpose, is coming to an end, Brexit or no.
    This is the world without God.

  212. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Joh gave Gair a long lunch.

    The infamous “Night of the Long Prawns.”

  213. C.L.

    This is totally incredible to me …
    When she finally goes inside the servo, a MAN (so-called) is in the booth.
    He’d been watching all along. What a cowardly dog. The police should have tasered the gutless oaf.

    Terrifying footage shows a pregnant mum being bashed by a man outside a service station before he smashes his car into the shop as she hides inside.

  214. Shy Ted

    Been helping elderly neighbor with NDIS package stuff for her physically and mentally handicapped son, 53, who enjoys life as much as anyone. All the people who have enjoyed his company and taken him places, voluntarily, over many years as friends and relatives are just getting too old to do it anymore. Some dropped out of his life, against their wishes’ when they were required to get all the police clearances for working with vulnerable people though neither parent ever expressed any concern about any of them. His new carer is an African refugee on minimum wage and accompanies him to places. His carer’ employer charges the NDIS $80 per hour for this. NDIS working exactly as intended.

  215. notafan

    The real airtime fun will begin when emotional support dog mets weirdy beardy.

  216. DrBeauGan

    Westpac share price has crashed. Anyone know why?

  217. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Westpac share price has crashed. Anyone know why?

    Gone ex – dividend?

  218. Bruce of Newcastle

    Westpac share price has crashed. Anyone know why?

    Ex dividend today.

  219. Eyrie

    The media blackout is on broadcast media I think, nota.

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