Monday Forum: May 13, 2019

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  1. notafan

    The man was a 24 year old ‘student’ who couldn’t even remember 000 was the number to call.

    I wonder what his degree is in

    hopefully not three digit telephone numbers

  2. C.L.

    What is being derided as ‘populism’ is this awakening of amorphous, chaotic energy in response to the horrors of centralisation.

    Um, no. The horrors of a dictatorship of relativism.
    If you’re going to essay something and denounce Australian politicians for not understanding what’s going on, try to understand it yourself.

    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.

    Again, no.
    There is indeed a guiding principle at work: a yearning for liberation from the aforesaid dictatorship.

  3. Eyrie

    OK let the dog fly. The owner looks like a risk to aviation safety to me so keep her on the ground.
    The dog can fly in the jumpseat in the cockpit to bite the pilots if they try to touch the controls.

  4. notafan

    Thankyou Eyrie and Stackja

    is an odd regime

    I don’t watch broadcast media

  5. John64

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

    Most appropriate.

    If the Senate passes even half of Bowen’s spending measures; Tits will be looking for his own Khemlani within three years.

  6. Stimpson J. Cat

    Never forget.

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    In order to get elected,
    @BarackObama
    will start a war with Iran.
    3:48 AM · Nov 30, 2011

  7. DrBeauGan

    There is indeed a guiding principle at work: a yearning for liberation from the aforesaid dictatorship.

    Let’s hope it hits Oz soon.

  8. Stimpson J. Cat

    Susan Muaddi Darraj
    @SusanDarraj
    “Wow, you’re a Palestinian Christian?”

    “Uh, yeah.”

    “So, like how did that happen? Did you convert?”

    “No, you did.”
    10:12 AM · May 2, 2019

  9. bespoke

    Woolfe
    #3013565, posted on May 16, 2019 at 11:48 am
    If you don’t like flying with a dog in the cabin in USA hire your own plane. Shimple

    H/T IamPeter

  10. Infidel Tiger

    Such a strange election. Shorten should be winning by 50 seats, but it feels like it will be close.

    I have barely seen or heard any advertising except Lib radio spots and Palmer everywhere.

    Where has the union and ALP spend been?

    Not watching commercial TV has saved me I suppose.

  11. hzhousewife

    Shy Ted, that is a sad and difficult thing you describe. The thing that annoys me is that the actual carer does not get anywhere near $80 an hour, and administration is an open-ended bottomless pit of graft for the “companies” involved.

  12. Infidel Tiger

    Never forget.

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    In order to get elected,
    @BarackObama
    will start a war with Iran.
    3:48 AM · Nov 30, 2011

    Let’s hope DJT 2019 reacquaints himself with DJT 2011 and fires Pompeo and Bolton. Preferably from a cannon into a brick wall.

  13. DrBeauGan

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3013580, posted on May 16, 2019 at 12:05 pm
    Westpac share price has crashed. Anyone know why?

    Ex dividend today.

    Ah. Of course. I remember noting it was coming soon and then forgot.

  14. Stimpson J. Cat

    Amnesty International
    @amnestyusa
    Abortion bans like the one passed in Alabama are a violation of human rights.

    These bans will be deadly.

    They will endanger pregnant people’s lives.

    They will re-victimize survivors of rape and sexual violence by denying them their rights.

    We must not go back.
    11:05 PM · May 15, 2019

  15. Bruce of Newcastle

    Let’s hope DJT 2019 reacquaints himself with DJT 2011 and fires Pompeo and Bolton. Preferably from a cannon into a brick wall.

    Unfortunately both Kelly and Tillerson turned out to be wet lefties mainly interested in forcing Trump leftwards. If you have any suggestions Infi for a couple guys who aren’t wearing Fabian sheepskin suits I’m sure Mr Trump would be interested.

  16. Black Ball

    On commercial television, there has hardly been any Labor advertising from what I have seen Infidel Tiger. Palmer has saturated tv with his work.
    Speaking of 50 seats, sounds eerily familiar.
    https://youtu.be/LjUOlELv7ck

  17. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #3013512, posted on May 16, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Ahahahahahaha.
    Now Comey and Brennan turn on each other.

    Oooh-ah.
    Trooble at mill.

  18. Feelthe bern:

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

    Gee.
    I hope the new life form synthesised by the Cambridge scientists doesn’t get out of the laboratory – especially in a third world country like the Middle East which doesn’t have first world medicine & health care.
    Could be nasty.
    But it would suit the Greens population reduction goals.

  19. Stimpson J. Cat

    Controversial Tweet of the Week.

    John Fugelsang
    @JohnFugelsang
    Abortion isn’t just legal in Israel, it’s free.
    So all the anti-abortion #maga ppl praising Alabama & trying to kill #RoeVWade will probably start demanding we end all US aid to Israel, am I right?
    12:14 AM · May 16, 2019

  20. feelthebern

    Of all the people on the planet to get a pardon, why Conrad Black?
    Trump should immediately pardon anyone who has been convicted of a non-violent drug crime.

  21. feelthebern

    On Sunday morning, Scrotum faces opening lines:
    We always knew it was going to be close….
    Or
    It doesn’t matter how he did it, Bill Shorten made it…
    Or
    Now the ALP has a strong mandate for change, will the Senate do the right thing & let them govern….

  22. Rafiki redux

    Bowen’s piece of stupidity got a devastating pasting in the comments on the Oz. One was that negative equity would lead to lower divorce and higher DV, and it might be added, without nearby family and priests and pastors to help to sort it out. I tried JC’suggestion to rent and invest oversess, to no response.

  23. notafan

    Does the US fund Israel’s health system?

    Why no, no it doesn’t.

    Lame fail tweet of the nanosecond

    because there are millions of those

  24. thefrollickingmole

    They will re-victimize survivors of ripe and sexual violence by denying them their rights.

    How many fall into this category?

    Im guessing its astonishingly small or it would be touted instead of generalized.

    If there was a bar of grinding up fetuses except for cases of ripe would that suddenly become acceptable to the new eugenicists?

  25. Bruce of Newcastle

    Incidentally speaking of 2011, and for Stimpy and Infi, Trump is quietly working with both the Russians and the Chinese to clean up a war that Obama started that year.

    Trump Backed Libyan Strongman’s Attack on Tripoli, U.S. Officials Say (25 Apr)

    Russia Makes Move on Libya Peace as Clashes Rage Near Tripoli (9 Apr)

    Chinese State Media Weighs In on Libya: ‘The West Should Feel Guilty’ (9 Apr)

    Read the stories to see how all three are materially supporting Haftar and his guys.

    Of course no one in the MSM wants to give credit to Trump for such cooperative diplomatic and military action, so you haven’t heard much about it. I’m pleased though that they all now realise that the only stable form of government which works in RoP countries, other than theocratic misery, is a strong horse military dictatorship. Rather in contrast to the view of Obama.

  26. Mother Lode

    I expect that anyone who holds Gough’s legacy in high esteem will be a Greens voter.

    In his own time, Labor did not get back in until they detached themselves from him. Hawke did not get to be PM by mimicking Gough – they knew the stink that hovered around him.

  27. notafan

    The Alabama Senate passed the bill 25-6 late Tuesday night. The law only allows exceptions “to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother,” for ectopic pregnancy and if the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly.” Democrats re-introduced an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims, but the motion failed on an 11-21 vote.

    morning after pill still available

  28. Knuckle Dragger

    That disgrace of an injecting room in Richmond.

    The Minister claims it ‘saves lives’.

    No it doesn’t. Its mere presence attracts human shit, both dealers and users from far and wide.

    The staff clearly aren’t saving lives, because they’re out in alleyways getting on outside their own facility.

    The only lives being saved are by the ambos, who at last count have been called there over 750 times since it opened to bring back to life these dying pieces of shit who, when combined, have delivered a grand total of zero contribution to society. A better solution for these vermin would be the Hong Kong approach to stray dogs – where they’re collected, packed into a steel cage which is then dunked into the hgarbour via crane for an hour or so.

    By tying up ambo resources, this shitpot of an idea has cost countless lives. Those of real people with a genuine need for urgent medical intervention.

    Fiona ‘It’s not working as we anticipated’ Patten of the Reason Party should be shot in the street and left in a ditch.

  29. notafan

    rape victims can still get morning after pill in Alabama

  30. bespoke

    err

    Controversial Tweet of the Week. lame trolling comment of the last 1/4 hr.

  31. Tel

    Abortion isn’t just legal in Israel, it’s free.
    So all the anti-abortion #maga ppl praising Alabama & trying to kill #RoeVWade will probably start demanding we end all US aid to Israel, am I right?

    Overall a lower rate of abortions in Israel than USA or UK … possibly those quotas and score keeping at Planned Parenthood make a difference. In Israel you need to get approval of a committee and they generally approve early term abortions without much trouble, but if it’s a late term abortion (after 23 weeks) and you have no valid medical reason they are less likely to approve. Abortion because of fetal birth defects is more common as an acceptable medical reason for late term abortion.

    Personally I’m a supporter of Ron Paul’s plan to phase out ALL foreign aid and reduce unnecessary government spending. Anyone who thinks abortions are a great idea should chip their own money in.

  32. Infidel Tiger

    Abortion isn’t just legal in Israel, it’s free.

    J ews and Muzzies are very weak on this sort of thing.

    It’s why they are all going to hell.

  33. Infidel Tiger

    That disgrace of an injecting room in Richmond.

    The Minister claims it ‘saves lives’.

    It’s the future libertarians want.

  34. Infidel Tiger

    Of all the people on the planet to get a pardon, why Conrad Black?
    Trump should immediately pardon anyone who has been convicted of a non-violent drug crime.

    The jailing of Black was one of the most egregious acts of the Obama admin.

    Great work DJT!

  35. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

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

    Over at the Oz, comments have suddenly gone down the memory hole..

  36. Tel

    Worth pointing out that under the Palestinian government, abortion is completely illegal so some percentage of those done in Israel are actually people sneaking out of the West Bank etc and getting in done while their own government isn’t looking. So all the #Progressives are any minute going to demand all aid to Palestinians is cut … am I right? I mean, live by their own rules huh? You guys wanted to go there.

    J ews and Muzzies are very weak on this sort of thing.

    Saudi Arabia has very strict rules against abortion. Iran is not quite as strict, but fairly strict by world standards. Indonesia has outlawed abortion, although it happens on the sly. Show me the outrage mobs going off their nana on Twitter.

  37. Stimpson J. Cat

    It’s why they are all going to hell.

    Now hang on.
    I can think of at least one Israel that isn’t going to hell.
    😂

  38. thefrollickingmole

    I think we all need to sit back and appreciate the sheer perfection of this headline…

    US Treasury To Accuse Vietnam Of Manipulating Its Dong

    The story doesnt matter.

  39. bespoke

    Democrats re-introduced an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims, but the motion failed on an 11-21 vote.

    I support it in those circumstances so long as its done ASAP.

  40. Infidel Tiger

    Bethany S. Mandel

    Verified account

    @bethanyshondark
    Follow Follow @bethanyshondark
    More
    I think both sides of the abortion debate are overplaying their hands. After 20 weeks is barbaric, but the bill in Alabama goes too far for most Americans.

    4:07 PM – 15 May 2019

    Typical position of supposed conservative on twitter.

    These people are pure filth.

  41. Leigh Lowe

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

    Was Wally the one who had his lunch cut by Ivan?
    There was one who was interviewed on TV a while ago who totally cracked the shits with Ivan.

  42. Infidel Tiger

    Jesse Kelly

    Verified account

    @JesseKellyDC
    Follow Follow @JesseKellyDC

    Want to know why conservatives haven’t conserved anything and government has only grown for the last 100 years? Look no further than the “I’m pro-life, but ___” crowd today. Conservatives are so beaten down, they’re flat out uncomfortable with a clean win. Battered Wife Syndrome.

    4:28 PM – 15 May 2019

    Proper conservative’s view.

  43. Stimpson J. Cat

    lame trolling comment of the last 1/4 hr.

    I prefer to call it,
    Heroic Mentally Ill Mans constant struggle to start intelligent, interesting, and lively debate among his elderly betters, in the interests of sparking renewal amongst their declining brain functions and improving their quality of life.

  44. notafan

    his elderly betters,

    My mother gets indignant if someone calls her ‘elderly’

  45. Stimpson J. Cat

    Since when did this website become a place where everyone had to agree?
    It’s OK to like Malcolm Turnbull, and even if I personally don’t, I respect anyone’s right to believe in his potential greatness.
    I know I am not the only one to feel that way here.
    😁

  46. Stimpson J. Cat

    My mother gets indignant if someone calls her ‘elderly’

    Age Challenged.

  47. Confused Old Misfit

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

    You do realize that your statement of position, with which I concur, places both of us and many more of the habitues of this blog, firmly and perhaps irrevocably in the despised ranks of the alt-right?

  48. MatrixTransform

    That disgrace of an injecting room in Richmond.

    It is even worse than reports or rumours … yesterday was an especially interesting one

  49. Percy Popinjay

    Whinging William wants to invoke the train smash that was the Whitlam Government?

    Why the hell not? A significant proportion of the electorate weren’t even born when St Gough was busy constitutionally recognising indigines as humans, gifting women the vote and single handedly airlifting home (courtesy of Marg’s enviable ability to kick start jumbo jets) the hundreds of thousands of conscripted diggers languishing in Veitman.

    Ah, those were the days.

  50. bespoke

    Since when did this website become a place where everyone had to agree?

    Who is saying that? Seems like our asking people not to disagree (with you).

  51. Percy Popinjay

    That disgrace of an injecting room in Richmond.

    Which is a no-smoking “facility”, of course.

  52. Mother Lode

    So all the #Progressives are any minute going to demand all aid to Palestinians is cut … am I right? I mean, live by their own rules huh? You guys wanted to go there.

    And yet, when the Israelis provide free abortions to Palestinians (20-30 years post parturition) progressives jump up and down, and say they are going to hold their breaths until they pass out.

    Lefties and Palis – there really just is no pleasing some people.

  53. Mother Lode

    Which is a no-smoking “facility”, of course.

    Ha ha ha haaa!

  54. thefrollickingmole

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #3013641, posted on May 16, 2019 at 1:37 pm
    Skynet is becoming self aware.

    Suddenly, for no reason at all, people voted Hi99ler into power…

  55. thefrollickingmole

    Im sure this will end well…

    Labour to end energy consumer ‘rip-off’ and renationalise network
    Jeremy Corbyn and Rebecca Long-Bailey will say heat and electricity are a human right

    with the existing investors in those companies to be reimbursed with government bonds at a price determined by parliament.

  56. Stimpson J. Cat

    Who is saying that? Seems like you are asking people not to disagree (with you).
    I disagree.
    😁

  57. Percy Popinjay

    Palmer has saturated tv with his work.

    Blair’s blog was awash with garish yellow this morning.

    Louder than a JB hi-fi ad.

  58. C.L.

    Alabama law will also jail abortion “doctors”.
    Brilliant stuff.

    CNN brings the inadvertent LOL:

    Alabama doctors who perform abortions could face up to 99 years in prison — the same as rapists and murderers.

    The same as murderers, you say?

  59. C.L.

    Alabama law will also jail abortion “doctors”.
    Brilliant stuff.

    CNN brings the inadvertent LOL:

    Alabama doctors who perform abortions could face up to 99 years in prison — the same as rap1sts and murderers.

    The same as murderers, you say?

  60. Top Ender

    Just to amuse you all, was bitten by a snake last night in the Top End garden.

    Was doing toad patrol and in the dark of the front lawn – had torch though.

    Felt something sharp on lower ankle – redirected torch to see a 1.2 metre snake. Olive python I thought.

    Two puncture marks; yellow stain on leg.

    Identified it online – I was pretty sure a python – and they are non-venomous, but have fangs.

    Flooded it with water; then Dettol, which by coincidence is the anti-toad spray.

    No problems. Mrs TE thought very amusing after a few hours – made hissing noises now and then.

  61. Mitch M.

    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.

    Alarmists to the the left of me, alarmists to the right of me. Too many chicken littles across the political spectrum.

  62. Confused Old Misfit

    For the Climate Tragics:

    The truth of climate change is revealed at school

    Ian Plimer
    May 16 2019

    Bill Shorten and his allies, the Greens economic vandals, believe climate change is a moral issue. So is telling the truth.

    With his elite private school education, the Oppo­s­i­tion Leader would have learned about the Roman Warming, the Dark Ages, the Medieval Warming and the Little Ice Age. These took place before industrialisation and were all driven by changes in the sun. He would have learned that natural warm times, like now, bring great prosperity, increased longevity and less disease, whereas Jack Frost brings death, depopulation and economic stresses.

    In biology, the Labor leader would have learned of Darwinism and environmental adapta­tion of species. Humans live on ice and in the hills, valleys, tropics and des­erts, at altitude and on coastal plains. Like countless other organ­isms, we move and adapt when the environment changes. Species thrive when it is warm.

    From his education at a relig­ious school, he would have learned about the apostle Thomas. One of the strengths of our Western civilisation is doubt and scepticism. Surely Shorten does not believe the catastrophism promoted by green activists and self-interested alleged experts at the expense of the nation. If he does, he is unelectable.

    If he is knowingly promoting a falsehood, he is unelectable. Critical thinking was fundamental to our culture and should be embraced in policy formulation. In school science, Shorten would have learned carbon dioxide is the food of life and without this natural gas, which occurs in space and all planets, there would be no life.


    Read more (paywalled): https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/the-truth-of-climate-change-is-revealed-at-school/news-story/31d9ab27de3ec577217a590476bf16c1

    or: Ian Plimer: Climate Activist Aussie Labor Leader is “Unelectable

  63. thefrollickingmole

    Top Ender

    You should buy a set of these and hiss back, preferably at night..

  64. Stimpson J. Cat

    And yet, when the Israelis provide free abortions to Palestinians (20-30 years post parturition) progressives jump up and down, and say they are going to hold their breaths until they pass out.

    I am really not a fan of Israeli’s killing Palestinian babies, or Palestinians killing Israeli babies.
    Just one of those funny little things you know?

  65. Stimpson J. Cat

    I mean I don’t even like Israeli’s killing Isreali babies or Palestinians killing Palestinian babies.
    Is it just me?

  66. Gab

    Identified it online – I was pretty sure a python – and they are non-venomous, but have fangs.

    Flooded it with water; then Dettol, which by coincidence is the anti-toad spray.

    No problems. Mrs TE thought very amusing after a few hours – made hissing noises now and then.

    How’s the snake?

  67. Des Deskperson

    I’m suddenly – in the last couple of days – being bombarded by emails from people I know here in Canberra – well, friends, I thought – with long and vindictive rants against the Coalition. These appear to be spontaneous, all their own work – involving quite a lot of effort – and contain a visceral personal and well as political nastiness verging on the obsessive and unhinged.

    I’ve never experienced anything like it before. So far as I know, these people have no formal party affiliation. They are mostly former public servants who have taken early retirement under the extremely generous prisons of the old CSS system. They have never had serious jobs outside the APS, where they were well paid I know that some of them were good workers , but even it they are not, they were never under any real pressure to perform and they were for all practical purposes unsackable. In terms of their personal circumstances, they have little to complain about in contemporary Australia.

    So I am puzzled by the sudden deluge of this crap which seems to have just welled up and which is not only slightly pathetic but also insulting in that it assumes that I – and the other recipients – automatically share their views.

    I;m not sure I want to have anything more to do with theses people, even after the election.

  68. Old School Conservative

    From Percy’s post:

    Airline guidelines allow for a range of animals, including monkeys and miniature horses, to be brought on flights as designated support animals.

    Horses on planes? Only if they are off to the races.

  69. Confused Old Misfit

    Stimpson:
    You are supposed to LIKE:
    “Palestinians killing Israeli babies” and or “Palestinians killing Palestinian babies”

    Everything else you are supposed to protest.
    Except, maybe: “Israeli’s killing Isreali babies”.

  70. Stimpson J. Cat

    Is everyone prepared for Scotty’s astonishing victory?

  71. Old School Conservative

    Des, good point – it’s getting harder and harder to maintain both a friendship and speak about conservative values.

  72. Is everyone prepared for Scotty’s astonishing victory?

    You mean managing to keep 40 seats?

  73. Confused Old Misfit

    I;m not sure I want to have anything more to do with theses people, even after the election.

    You are not alone in this.

  74. calli

    I;m not sure I want to have anything more to do with theses people, even after the election.

    No Des. Pick your friends and acquaintances carefully. These types are potential denouncers.

    And it looks like they are very afraid.

    Good.

  75. Biota

    Top Ender, if you are still alive! Pythons don’t have fangs they have a row of small sharp teeth all about the same size. I have been bitten on the hand by a Carpet Python and there was a dotted line of blood spots, not two puncture marks. You might have been lucky, if you are still alive.

  76. Infidel Tiger

    I’ve never experienced anything like it before. So far as I know, these people have no formal party affiliation. They are mostly former public servants who have taken early retirement under the extremely generous prisons of the old CSS system. They have never had serious jobs outside the APS, where they were well paid I know that some of them were good workers , but even it they are not, they were never under any real pressure to perform and they were for all practical purposes unsackable. In terms of their personal circumstances, they have little to complain about in contemporary Australia.

    It’s why all public servants except military personnel should not be allowed to vote.

    Conflict of interest is too great.

  77. Stimpson J. Cat

    You know, this election could have been a chance for Boomers to redeem themselves.
    To truly show some worth.
    To really swing this thing.
    Just imagine it, a corpulent Boomer in an ill-fitting Yellow Vest on every street corner, extolling the virtues of Franking Credits and Scotty’s Secure Borders™.

    But no.
    Nothing.
    Nada.
    Gotta zip!

  78. Caveman

    Goog lord anyone watching this Labor wankfest.

  79. Bruce of Newcastle

    Olive python I thought.

    Catch it, TE, and take it with you on your next flight as a comfort snake.

  80. Suddenly, for no reason at all, people voted Hi99ler into power…

    This meme is pretty funny and I enjoy it but Hitler was never voted into power by the people, he was appointed by a handful of elites.
    He never actually won an election.
    It’s a Socialist thing, Julia Gillard, Jacinda Ardern…

  81. John Brumble

    Yeah, sure Stimpy. It was just a complete and unfortunate coincidence that your first port of call had all the hallmarks of an anti-semite throwing shade on Israel.

    Again.

  82. Some History

    That disgrace of an injecting room in Richmond.

    Which is a no-smoking “facility”, of course.

    As long as there’s no smoking, all is well… dandy.

  83. Cactus

    Galaxy poll in Reid (Craig Laundy’s old seat) has it Lib 52 to ALP 48. Wasn’t this supposed to fall to Labor?

  84. Helen

    TE, I think you are very lucky. Watch out for symptoms for at least 24 hours. Often the first bite is a dry bite, venom on the second strike.But I am alarmed by the yelow stain on your leg – was it wee or snake, do you think?

  85. Stimpson J. Cat

    Yeah, sure Stimpy. It was just a complete and unfortunate coincidence that your first port of call had all the hallmarks of an anti-semite throwing shade on Israel.
    Again.

    What are you trying to say John?
    I’m not allowed to post opinions that differ from yours, or my own?
    That’s fascinating.

  86. notafan

    Now I have the live labor thing in my facebook feed

    blerk

    and the comments

    Delusional

  87. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “We are nearly there”: Plibersek

    Tanya Plibersek talks to the “true believers one and all”. “We are nearly there, we are so close … And now we are gathering here in this special place for Labor, the scene of so much hope and inspiration for one final sprint to the finish line,” the deputy Labor leader says.

    In the hours we have left, all we can ask for you to do is dig deep, to knock on that extra door, to have that extra conversation, to make that final phone call. When your voice is hoarse and your feet are sore and it’s getting dark and cold on Friday night, summon up that

    energy for one last effort.”

    Ms Plibersek asks who they want to celebrate on Saturday night. “Will it be the big banks and tax dodgers, or teachers and nurses? “Will it be the people who want a refund on tax they haven’t paid, or pensioners who need dental care?”

    And on it goes. She asks who they want to govern the country: “the worn out, run down, backward looking pushers of division or the next generation with a vision for the future.

    “This is the change we want to see, this is the change Australians

    should vote for,” she says as she introduces Bill Shorten.

    From the Oz.

  88. Stimpson J. Cat

    pensioners who need dental care

    Don’t trust her Elderly Catallaxy Voters!
    She married a junkie!
    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

    😂

  89. It’s why all public servants except military personnel should not be allowed to vote.

    And frontline medical, fireys and rescue.

    The rest should either give up their vote or only be eligible for pay rises of CPI when the Budget is in surplus and a CPI+ pay rise when there is a surplus and no net debt.

    You would instantly have 1 million+ public servants banging on about cutting spending and getting back in the black and recommending the new office coffee machine should be the $2000 one and not the $40,000 one.
    The great hilarity would be that the ABC would be at the forefront of this; screaming from the rooftops of Ultimo about costly refugees, wasteful desal plants and slashing the welfare state.

  90. bespoke

    calli
    #3012995, posted on May 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm
    Girls fight evilly and sneakily,

    Fact check: Helen 2:29 pm#3013683 👍

  91. Knuckle Dragger

    Areff,

    Saw that one a while back. Extremely refreshing.

    Police work is, and should be, a contact sport.

  92. Black Ball

    Relief For Brennan by Hun soccer scribe David Davutovic.
    ‘Andy Brennan admits feeling sheer relief after becoming the first male soccer player to come out as gay.
    The Green Gully attacker decided to go public and is one of only a handful of current and former male players to come out.
    Brennan, 26, told the Herald Sun it had tormented him until he told a close friend last November after an overseas trip.
    The former Newcastle Jets A-League player said he was overwhelmed by the response. “I feel great.” Brennan said.
    “As soon as it went out, I feel like weight was lifted from my shoulders and I am completely relaxed.
    My phone has been going off. I haven’t read all of it. I know the messages are positive.”

    No doubt Craig Foster will be hitting on him. And expect tonight on AFL 360 Gerard Whateley to opine that this discussion needs to be had in AFL circles. Bookmark it.

  93. Some History

    That disgrace of an injecting room in Richmond.

    Which is a no-smoking “facility”, of course.

    As long as there’s no smoking, all is well… dandy.

    “There is no basis for hysterics. I would like to reassure residents that this facility is only a Safe® injecting room. It’s not as if people can smoke”.

    GHU (God Help Us)

  94. Top Ender

    Thanks Gab and Biota and Helen and others. I am debating the comfort snake on a plane option.

    Yellow stain has gone. (I don’t think it was my panic response.) Might have been a row of small teeth with two bigger ones – recall seeing two drops of blood. Gone now.

    I am pretty sure it was the snake in the top left hand corner of this advice – actually a water python, or maybe the lower left hand corner. It was dark after all.

    I’ve seen snakes in the garden and around the suburb quite a bit. We live in an area with lots of ornamental lakes and the usual profusion of tropical trees and plants. If I was a snake I’d like living here.

  95. Galaxy poll in Reid (Craig Laundy’s old seat) has it Lib 52 to ALP 48. Wasn’t this supposed to fall to Labor?

    If Laundy had remained then yes. They got some eye candy to replace the fat useless bastard. But she’s thick as pigshit – colour me surprised – as she’s all over the GGWS (Great Global Warming Swindle).
    Reid is full of old horny Italians, she’ll get up.

  96. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Shorten echoes Whitlam

    Bill Shorten opens his final campaign speech: “Forty-seven years ago, when an earlier Labor generation filled this hall with their hope and their passion, the door was ajar for our nation. And Australians had to choose,” he says.

    “Would we hide from change? Would we turn our backs on the world? Would we shrink into our familiar habits and submit to our old fears? Or would we cross the threshold, would we push open the door?

    “Would we broaden the sweep of our ambition, would we reach for something bigger and bolder than more of the same? Would we step forward into a more confident, more modern, more self-reliant future?

    “This was the choice then — and this is the choice this week and this year and now.”

    From the Oz. A three year term in office, dismissed by the Governor General, and that dismissal confirmed by a landslide defeat. Bring it on.

  97. Some History

    …Might have been a row of small teeth with two bigger ones – recall seeing two drops of blood….

    And then everything went dark (which I put down to the oyster lunch).
    🙂

  98. John Brumble

    I’m not “trying” to say anything, Stimpson. I am saying that you regularly engage in anti-semitic trolling and when called on it go into the “poor me, it’s just my opinion and btw, I’m crazy”.

    I don’t buy it and neither does anyone else with more than half a brain.

  99. Geriatric Mayfly

    That disgrace of an injecting room in Richmond.
    Which is a no-smoking “facility”, of course.

    The residents of Richmond so affronted by this crack house, will be more accommodating if they are made aware that smoking is strictly forbidden.

  100. Stimpson J. Cat

    anti-semitic trolling

    I prefer to call it anti-semantic trolling John.
    Have you considered complaining to the Blog Owner about your hurt feelings in this Safe Space?

    😁

  101. Atoms for Peace

    As a contestant in the forthcoming election, I have seen what is behind door number 1. I hate dud prizes..

  102. jo

    Bowen (turtlehead) will make goose wainstein look like the worlds best treasurer.

  103. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bill Shorten has just wheeled out the republic. Suffering Christ.

  104. Biota

    If tricky devious Bill and his gang of crooks do get elected, expect a lot of expressions of nirvana having finally arrived from the faithful. Reminds me of a Biblical text from somewhere that goes something like this- when they cry peace and safety, sudden destruction will come upon them.

  105. “John Brumble
    #3013700, posted on May 16, 2019 at 2:48 pm
    I’m not “trying” to say anything, Stimpson. I am saying that you regularly engage in anti-semitic trolling and when called on it go into the “poor me, it’s just my opinion and btw, I’m crazy”.

    Agree John…when challenged on his never ending anti-S*mitism he wails and loves to be the “victim”. Pathetic. The victimhood…combined with his Joooo obsession…..makes him a typical leftist. Perhaps Stimpson is a Greens voter.

  106. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Confused Old Misfit
    #3013639, posted on May 16, 2019 at 1:32 pm
    Bar Beach Swimmer
    #3013535, posted on May 16, 2019 at 11:05 am

    You do realize that your statement of position, with which I concur, places both of us and many more of the habitues of this blog, firmly and perhaps irrevocably in the despised ranks of the alt-right?

    I’m fine with your company.

  107. Helen

    TE, remember their colour can vary according to how old the skin is – older = darker. A new skin Brown can look like an Olive, so far as colour goes.

    I was bitten on the 5th toe a few weeks ago, checking the sprinklers. Two puncture marks, a dry bite. Heavy weight hanging on my foot as I kicked it off, registering that I had been bitten. By a snake. On dusk. I saw it hit the ground, light coloured belly dark back and very fast. Not too long, under a metre. Evacuated, after a while, no effects, and, tellingly, no yellow stain. 🙂

  108. Dr Faustus

    Arrived last November; the fruits of Turnbull’s idea of The Art of the Deal:

    That’s Just Insane’: Australia’s Secret Deal to Take In Rwandan Guerrillas

    For more than a decade, the United States had a problem: three Rwandan men, sitting in jail in Virginia, who had stood accused of brutally murdering tourists in Africa—but now had a chance of winning release onto American streets.

    Then along came Mal with a cunning plan…

  109. Stimpy:

    I am really not a fan of Israeli’s killing Palestinian babies, or Palestinians killing Israeli babies.
    Just one of those funny little things you know?

    You’re mad Stimpy – not stupid.
    Stop trying to prove me wrong.

  110. bespoke

    This is horrific’: OK, we’re officially done with this 11-year-old drag queen

    Now Nemis is 11, and he’s live streaming jokes about snorting the club drug Ketamine. The tweet’s from back in January, but it started making the rounds on Twitter Wednesday.

  111. Old School Conservative.

    Des, good point – it’s getting harder and harder to maintain both a friendship and speak about conservative values.

    The Left have tried hard to create this Nation of Tribes.
    I don’t have non Conservative friends anymore.
    I don’t even try to educate them – I don’t hand feed adults.

  112. “I am really not a fan of Israeli’s killing Palestinian babies, or Palestinians killing Israeli babies.
    Just one of those funny little things you know?”

    Israeli’s don’t deliberately set out to kill Palestinian babies……whereas Palestinians, over the years, have been known to deliberately set out to murder Israeli babies.

    Just one of those funny little facts…you know.

  113. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Old School Conservative
    #3013668, posted on May 16, 2019 at 2:11 pm
    Des, good point – it’s getting harder and harder to maintain both a friendship and speak about conservative values.

    +1

  114. Some History

    Now Nemis is 11, and he’s live streaming jokes about snorting the club drug Ketamine.

    No problemo as long as he doesn’t become one of those Filthy™, Disgusting© smokers.

  115. jupes

    I mean I don’t even like Israeli’s killing Isreali babies or Palestinians killing Palestinian babies.
    Is it just me?

    Pretty much on this blog.

  116. rickw

    After more than 15 years in U.S. custody, Leonidas Bimenyimana and Gregoire Nyaminani were headed for new lives in Australia.

    Attorneys for the three men did not respond to repeated questions about the transfer, while U.S. and Australian officials initially declined to comment. After this story was published, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was asked about the allegations at a press conference in Canberra. Morrison did not deny any of the facts in the story, saying only: “Every single person that comes to Australia under any such arrangements are the subjects of both character and security assessments.”

    Australia’s Dickhead Political Class at their very best.

  117. Biota:

    I have been bitten on the hand by a Carpet Python and there was a dotted line of blood spots, not two puncture marks. You might have been lucky, if you are still alive.

    Flew a young bloke out from Julia Creek, IIRC, he wasn’t even sure he’d been bitten. Had two scrape lines on his leg – gutsy young kid – he told us of his doubts after the plane had taken off from the base. Turned out he’d been bitten by a Brown.
    The kicker was that his bloods which had been taken when he arrived, still hadn’t clotted in the tube when he left us.

  118. Thismh

    Looking through YouTube this arvo, a Clive Palmer ad played. Spoken by Clive, I thought

  119. Pickles

    Voted today. Greens, Anning, PHON, ALP & some other lot at the early polling place. No Lib.
    Have waited many long years to use one of my favourite lines from The Goons.

    When approached by the ALP candidate, who said with a cheesy grin “My name is xxxxx”, I replied “What a memory you HAVE”, much to the mirth of the Anning and PHON helpers at least.

    Peter Sellers you magnificent bastard.

  120. JC

    Nick Kyrigos…. This stuff is hard to make up.

    The Canberra resident said he was perplexed by Nadal’s reaction afterwards.

    “Literally, we are polar opposites. And he is super salty. When he wins, it is fine. He won’t say anything bad. He will credit the opponent,” he said.

    “As soon as I beat him, he is like ‘he has no respect for me, my fans and no respect for the game’.

    “I am like, ‘what are you talking about?’ I literally played this way the previous times when I beat you and nothing changed.

    “When you beat me in Rome a couple of years ago, nothing changed. I am the same person. I feel like it is not a good for you (Nadal) and then Uncle Toni came out and said ‘he lacks education’.

    “Bro. I did 12 years at school, you idiot. I am very educated. I understand you are upset that I beat your family again, but I am not going to be the same as Nadal. We do things differently. Why can’t we just accept that?

    “You know what you are walking into when your walk out there. Don’t wait until you lose a match to say something.

    “Rafa gets me vexed as well.”

    Kyrgios was also particularly scathing of former Australian Open semi-finalist Fernando Verdasco, but did praise several other tour participants including Andy Murray, Frances Tiafoe, Feliciano Lopez and Carla Suarez Navarro.

    He completed year 12. Ace!

  121. Caveman

    Bill Shorten has just wheeled out the republic

    Tits wont be PM. Libs will take min 3 seats. I think theres a lot of silent voters out there and I’ve taken the $5.25 on Libs winning.

  122. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Now Nemis is 11, and he’s live streaming jokes about snorting the club drug Ketamine. The tweet’s from back in January, but it started making the rounds on Twitter Wednesday.

    he will be dead by 27

  123. Stimpson J. Cat

    Pretty much on this blog.

    Wow.
    I had no idea you were all in favor of free taxpayer funded abortion.
    Who knew!
    Outrageous!
    You know we are talking about abortion, right?
    Please try and stay on topic guys, rather than some bizarre rants about Israel.
    It’s very tiresome.
    😁

  124. Some History

    He completed year 12… online from the elite educational institution Diplomas ‘Я’ Us.

  125. I’m impressed by the level of optimism on this blog.

    Is it optimism, delusion or gullibility?

    Anyway, when Tits is elected with a massive majority, I can source a cheap supply of anti-depressants for you.

  126. Arky

    Cat members of the tribe, please ignore Hitler J. Cat.

  127. Helen

    It will be good when ScoMo wins and we can get back to bashing him.

  128. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Rosie Lewis
    AN HOUR AGO | 2.50pm
    Shorten closes on “courage and principles”

    Bill Shorten wraps it up.

    “I say to the women and men of Australia vote Labor because we are the only party with the courage and the principles and the plan to take real action on climate action,” he says.

    “My fellow Australians, the door to a better, bolder and more equal future stands ajar. Do we have the capacity to push through it? The chance for a smarter, more progressive Australia is before us. The choice for Australia to be a leader in the world is ours to make. And the power is in your hands.”

    The crowd echoes Bill Shorten as he declares “vote for change, vote Labor.”

    And with that, the 25 minute speech comes to an end.

    From the Oz. “Courage and Principles.” My hairy aunt.

  129. rickw

    The same as murderers, you say?

    Correct bucket found.

  130. Arky

    I was bitten on the 5th toe a few weeks ago, checking the sprinklers. Two puncture marks, a dry bite

    ..
    Fuck this country. Let the commie heathens have it.

  131. Roger

    “Forty-seven years ago, when an earlier Labor generation filled this hall with their hope and their passion, the door was ajar for our nation. And Australians had to choose,” Shorten said.

    A choice they soon came to regret.

    Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself.

    There’s not much luck left to risk.

  132. Some History

    I’m impressed by the level of optimism on this blog.

    ??

    2019 Fed Election

    AKA

    Let’s play “Rearranging The Deck Chairs On The Titanic”

  133. Infidel Tiger

    I’m impressed by the level of optimism on this blog.

    Is it optimism, delusion or gullibility?

    I’m just praying for a feral Senate to stymie Bill’s grand Venezuelan experiment.

  134. Stimpson J. Cat

    Is it optimism, delusion or gullibility?

    I’ve got all three and I still think Scotty is going to win.
    If that helps.

  135. Grigory M

    He still comments occasionally here – usually a page or two late on the Open Forum .

    Heh – make that a day or five late – if at all.

    Spasibo vsem i kazhdomu.

  136. Roger

    I’m just praying for a feral Senate to stymie Bill’s grand Venezuelan experiment.

    I think we’ll get that, at least.

    But I’m hoping for a Liberal victory just to see the look on Tanya – “we’re nearly there” – Plibersek’s face.

  137. Some History

    “Dill Rorten” “Courage and Principles”

    There’s a whopper oxymoron (emphasis on moron)

    GHU

  138. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Campaign Reset: Beto O’Rourke Live-Streams Haircut

    all off! all off! take it all off!

  139. thefrollickingmole

    Mr Rusty
    This meme is pretty funny and I enjoy it but Hitler was never voted into power by the people, he was appointed by a handful of elites.
    He never actually won an election.

    I know but its great to troll leftys with.
    Technically his assumption of the role of Chancellor was as legitimate as… say Faru Merkels, no majority but a coalition of parties…
    Poor buggers thought they would “tame” him and his mob by giving them a few defeats and a dose of disappointment. They didnt realize they had already pretty well set up a “shadow government” to sideline the actual pollies.
    Everything afterwards was crap as far as regular politics went though.

  140. Atoms for Peace

    To the women and men of Australia..Don’t you just love political speech writers?

  141. calli

    They need to be housed at Point Piper.

    It’s only fair.

  142. calli

    we are the only party with the courage and the principles

    It takes courage and principles to BelieveAllWomen, Bill.

    Go on. Do it.

  143. thefrollickingmole

    I’m just praying for a feral Senate to stymie Bill’s grand Venezuelan experiment.

    We will get a feral senate, but not the way you want.

    Teats & Dick.

    The tranny senate.
    Labour being “forced” to the left by a couple of greens senators…
    Ready..

    “Oh we didnt want to remove border protection again, but the greens made us”..
    “We didnt want the death tax, but the greens made us”…
    “We werent going to censor the internet but greens insisted on it”..

    Rinse and repeat for 8 years.

  144. JC

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #3013755, posted on May 16, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Campaign Reset: Beto O’Rourke Live-Streams Haircut

    all off! all off! take it all off!

    Zipperhead, calm down please.

  145. calli

    I’m impressed by the level of optimism on this blog.

    I’m optimistic, Rambler.

    The alternative is misery.

    And if, on Sunday, I must re-align my thinking, I will. All the more customers for the tumbrills.

  146. thefrollickingmole

    UK is gearing up for its own “pink bats” scam..

    Labour reveals plans to fit solar panels to 1.75m homes
    Jeremy Corbyn to make pledge as part of party’s ‘green industrial revolution’

    It would involve solar panels being fitted to a million social homes as part of scheduled updates to social housing.

    Labour said this would provide enough power to give them free energy, saving an average of £117 a year on bills. Any spare power would be put into the national grid.

    Another 750,000 low-income households would have the chance to have the panels fitted through interest-free loans or grants.

    Somewhat curiously the paper doesn’t quiz them on the cost of such a program..

  147. thefrollickingmole

    “By focusing on low-income households we will reduce fuel poverty and increase support for renewable energy. Social justice and climate justice as one. Environmental destruction and inequality not only can, but must be tackled at the same time.”

  148. calli

    See? I can see a useful, productive silver lining in any dark cloud. 😀

  149. JC

    I just heard on the radio. A Toorak man who was driving his vintage car last week, to get to a vintage car rally in Sydney was found dead on the side of the road hidden in an embankment. He was 95!.

  150. calli

    This is ridiculous.

    Lose some weight, slobster. Then your knee wouldn’t hurt so much.

  151. Farmer Gez

    In the hours we have left, all we can ask for you to do is dig deep, to knock on that extra door, to have that extra conversation, to make that final phone call. When your voice is hoarse and your feet are sore and it’s getting dark and cold on Friday night, summon up that

    energy for one last effort.”

    Plibersek channeling Willy Loman, selling politics door to door.
    She’s liked but not well liked.

  152. JC

    Scumbag alert. What a surprise too.

    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.

  153. calli

    In the hours we have left, all we can ask for you to do is dig deep, to knock on that extra door, to have that extra conversation, to make that final phone call. When your voice is hoarse and your feet are sore and it’s getting dark and cold on Friday night, summon up that energy for one last effort.”

    Yep. Stalk and frighten the electorate.

    Noice.

  154. bundyrum

    I would like to see a hung parliament.

  155. JC

    Look at the pic. Tell me Nancy doesn’t have the hots for him.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6pv3VQWsAAOGvc.jpg:large

  156. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘I’m rarely, if ever injured. You can’t damage fat’.

    John Daly at an earlier PGA presser, 2019.

  157. thefrollickingmole

    voters will be played a radio clip of Alex Turnbull saying the Coalition is in chaos and doesn’t deserve anyone’s vote.

    Does it say if thats to try and support or hurt the Libs?

  158. Biota

    If it’s not clear by now it should be. After Malcolm Turnbull was rejected for the Labor party he decided he’d show them what they had missed out on by re-shaping the Liberal party into his own image.

  159. bespoke

    I just heard on the radio. A Toorak man who was driving his vintage car last week, to get to a vintage car rally in Sydney was found dead on the side of the road hidden in an embankment. He was 95!.

    No chance Arky’s at risk those things a sociable events and you have to no what you’r doing.

  160. notafan

    But I’m hoping for a Liberal victory just to see the look on Tanya – “we’re nearly there” – Plibersek’s face.

    the private school educated Labor smugorisocracy with their wukkas! ‘elf and education!, plus we will have renewals AND cheaper electricity gets on my nerves.

    There is more but I don’t want to write a book.

  161. Arky

    Is it just me, or does the latest lot of petrol at the pumps smell different?
    Last three times I have filled up it has a dieselly stench.

  162. Bruce of Newcastle

    Labour reveals plans to fit solar panels to 1.75m homes
    Jeremy Corbyn to make pledge as part of party’s ‘green industrial revolution’

    Because solar panels work so amazingly well at 53 degrees north and in famously foul English weather…

  163. bespoke

    I would like to see a hung parliament.

    Um no thanks.

  164. calli

    Peanut called out those slum lords with six investment properties because Blabbersak.

    Anything over five is Top End of Town doncha know.

  165. notafan

    Peanut called out those slum lords with six investment properties because Blabbersak.

    Julian Burnside is furious.

  166. Mitch M.

    Is it just me, or does the latest lot of petrol at the pumps smell different?
    Last three times I have filled up it has a dieselly stench.

    Loss of smell discrimination is a key marker for emerging dementia.

  167. Ellen of Tasmania

    Apologies if this has already been posted (I’m not around much) but I think Mr. Downer may be in a spot of trouble:

  168. notafan

    None of Julian’s properties are slums thank you very much.

  169. Arky

    What do you mean “emerging”?

  170. Some History

    Dill Rorten just oozes courage and principles:

    https://imgur.com/ZUbxmA5

  171. Infidel Tiger

    John Daly is the greatest athlete in the history of sport.

  172. Some History

    To the women and men of Australia..Don’t you just love political speech writers?

    De-coded crook politician lingo:

    To the women and men of Australia = I’m here to rob you

  173. Atoms for Peace

    If the LNP wins, there will be a lot of distraught Greens sitting in their EVs with hoses attached.

  174. Mitch M.

    What do you mean “emerging”?

    Probably doesn’t mean anything in your case but in both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s loss of smell discrimination or sensation is a marker that can occur years before dementia becomes fully manifest.

  175. pete m

    Shorten has run a stupid campaign.

    Hey, we’ve got a vote lead of 5 points – I know, let’s go bat shit crazy about ruinables which already has every electricity bill skyrocketing, and tax retirees and change super rules again. Oh wait, let’s fuck over investment home returns too. That should only cost a few points, but save some city seats. Oh and screw Adani while we’re at it.

    I thought Krudd was the most insincere prick ever, but Shorten just says “hold my beer” every time he opens his trap.

    And the really stupid thing is he will likely scrape home.

    The Senate will be the main game – we might get enough spoilers, but can you trust the lnp? Last Gillard hopeless government they passed most of her laws the stupid pricks.

  176. Dr Faustus

    Anything over five is Top End of Town doncha know.

    At least this campaign has fleshed out the definition of Top End of Town at bit.

    Firmly centred on $180,000+ single income, the new Class Enemies are likely to:

    Own a principal place of residence valued in excess of ~$2 million;
    Own (we now know 5+) multiple investment properties;
    Use a discretionary trust to minimise the tax payable within a family group;
    Have, or expect, the $1.6 million concessional super contribution;
    And, obviously, have the usual top end social characteristics – private health, private education, and so on.

    If you fit into that category, get ready for that nice Mr Bowen to ask you to share fairly with the ALP community of voters.
    No arguing: Labor has laid it all out in advance.

  177. Mother Lode

    voters will be played a radio clip of Alex Turnbull saying the Coalition is in chaos and doesn’t deserve anyone’s vote.

    Geez we are seeing some weird shit in this election.

    It reminds me of that bet between the two brothers in the movie Trading Places. All that ingenuity,cunning, manoeuvring and effort.

    And all I’ve one measly dollar.

  178. Some History

    I suppose that one positive from the forthcoming election is if the Gang Green lose [more] ground.

  179. feelthebern

    The Mule was a great Clint Eastwood vehicle.
    Hard not to love the great man.
    Incredible presence.
    But the story is second rate.
    Almost like a telemovie writer put it together.
    I’m surprised Clint directed it.

  180. Mother Lode

    All over one measly dollar.

    Autocorrect is such faking shin.

  181. Dr Faustus

    I’m just praying for a feral Senate to stymie Bill’s grand Venezuelan experiment.

    If the Senate follows the NewsPoll first prefs we are likely to have a Labor/Green Senate on those days when one of the non-socialists is away with a hangover.

    Bizzarely, we are praying for a security vote in favour of Team Fat Bastard, PHON, and Hinch.

    Australia is badly fallen.

  182. I would like to see a hung parliament.

    Me too. Are we building a gallows or just using lamp posts?

  183. Nick

    voters will be played a radio clip of Alex Turnbull saying the Coalition is in chaos and doesn’t deserve anyone’s vote.

    Does Turnbull Junior even have the right to vote anymore, having been overseas for more than five years ?
    #foreigninfluence.

  184. bundyrum
    #3013773, posted on May 16, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    I would like to see a hung parliament.

    I would like to see the parliarment hung

  185. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Mule was a great Clint Eastwood vehicle.

    Gran Torino on Nine Gem tonight ~8.40pm.

  186. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If the LNP wins, there will be a lot of distraught Greens sitting in their EVs with hoses attache

    I’m imagining a dummy spit of epic proportions at Chateau de Turnbull.

  187. Mindfree

    Hinch will go the way of the greens and labor crazy policies. The prick is so left wing he has two left arms

  188. Knuckle Dragger

    I have discovered a park in Darwin.

    Normally, parks – if they’re named at all – are named after people who’ve devoted time/effort to community service, or after military figures or events (ANZAC Park in my home town is a park, a football/cricket ground, swimming pool, club houses, fuck off Four Leaf Tayback), or after attractive things.

    But no. Not in these here parts.

    Bin Chicken Park.

    Which, on my observations is the only park in town not to have them.

  189. Geriatric Mayfly

    The Trumpinator pardons Conrad Black. (Lord Black of Coal Harbour) I can never forgive him for not buying up The Age and turning it into a quality newspaper.

  190. Leigh Lowe

    Mindfree

    #3013809, posted on May 16, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Hinch will go the way of the greens and labor crazy policies. The prick is so left wing he has two left arms

    He ranks with the Greens for me.
    The deadshit is campaigning on state law and order issues which he can do s.f.a. about, and a grab-bag of other shit (banning live exports).
    He will definitely go all compassionista on reffos.

  191. Shy Ted

    Why would Alabama need an abortion bill? I’m surprised anyone gets pregnant with all that Hot Pocketing going on.

  192. JC

    Trump pardoned Conrad Black. Great, great decision.

  193. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #3013792, posted on May 16, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    John Daly is the greatest athlete in the history of sport.

    It’s a sham knee injury.
    He only wants a cart because it has a ciggy lighter and an ashtray.

  194. Shy Ted

    And I thought we were going to get a graphic story of how Mrs Top Ender sucked out the poison. Try getting bitten in another place and see what happens. And do let us know in due course.

  195. Geriatric Mayfly

    It’s a sham knee injury.
    He only wants a cart because it has a ciggy lighter and an ashtray.

    An articulated cart surely. Wasn’t he also fond of a cool drink or three?

  196. Herodotus

    I see that someone at the Oz is using my Herodotus handle in comments.
    It certainly isn’t me.

  197. Bruce of Newcastle

    I see that someone at the Oz is using my Herodotus handle in comments.

    Old guy? Greek?

  198. JC

    Mueller is a malignant piece of shit. Look who was helping to frame Conrad Black and the reasons he received 3 years in prison. They really did stitch him up.

    The two counts for which I have just received a presidential pardon, and of which I was “convicted” in 2011, after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously vacated them, only to have a self-serving appellate judge reinstate them, were for wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

    The alleged fraud was reception of $285,000 in my office in Toronto while I was in England, from our American company, which was approved by independent directors, referred to in public filings of the corporation, but which the company secretary had not completely formalized, in what the trial judge correctly regarded, in the secretary’s case, as a clerical error. The reinvention of this crime enabled the appellate panel—to whom the Supreme Court remanded the vacated counts “to assess the gravity of their own errors”—to resuscitate a count of obstruction of justice against me. This consisted of my removal of boxes of personal papers and material that already had been furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission—which I took out under security cameras I had had installed, with the approval of the acting president of the company and the principal member present of the court-appointed inspector—as I vacated my office of 27 years from a building I chiefly owned, on an unjust local court order of a publicity-seeking judge.

    The local jurisdiction found no cause of action nor any violation of a document retention order. I was always presumptively innocent in the initial jurisdiction. It was nonsense, all of it; there was never a word of truth to any of it. And now it is over, after 16 years, including three years and two weeks in U.S. federal prisons.

    Only once before, 18 years ago, had I received a telephone call from an incumbent president of the United States, prior to Monday of last week, and I had not spoken to the current president since he took office. When my assistant said there was a call from the White House, I picked up, said “Hello” and started to ask if this was a prank, (suspecting my friends in the British tabloid media), but the caller spoke politely over me: “Please hold for the president,” and two seconds later probably the best known voice in the world said “Is that the great Lord Black?” I said “Mr. President, you do me great honor telephoning me.”

    The old gang – the early days.

    He could not have been more gracious and quickly got to his point, that he was granting me a full pardon, that would “Expunge the bad wrap you got.” He had followed the case closely and offered to come to give evidence at my trial in Chicago in 2007 on one of the counts that was later an acquittal. He said that there would be some controversy, “But you can handle that better than anyone.” I asked “Do you authorize me to say that your motivation is that it was an unjust verdict?” He checked with the White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, who was in the room, if this would be a problem legally, and was told and affirmed to me that I could say that was his motive and that he was reversing an unjust verdict. “We’ve known each other a long time, but that wasn’t any part of the reason. Nor was any of the supportive things you’ve said and written about me.” I suggested that he knew ”better than anyone” the antics of some U.S. prosecutors. (I had had Robert Mueller as director of the FBI, which we caught installing illegal bugging devices in our home in New York and in many falsehoods; James Comey as deputy attorney general, and Patrick Fitzgerald, now Comey’s counsel, as U.S. attorney in Chicago. They were all, as my distinguished caller on Monday has described Comey, “bad cops.”) We moved briefly on to generalities, greetings to wives, I thanked him for his call and again for the purpose of his call, and the conversation ended.

  199. Eyrie

    “I would like to see a hung parliament.”
    I want to see a hanged parliament.

  200. feelthebern

    Gran Torino on Nine Gem tonight ~8.40pm.

    Far far better than Million Dollar Baby & Unforgiven where Clint won his Oscars.

  201. feelthebern

    I’m not doubting Conrad Black was stitched up.
    But there were about a million other people due a pardon in line in front of him.

  202. JC

    Bern

    You take what you can get. Black’s stitch was absolutely diabolical.

  203. John64

    I would like to see a hung parliament.

    A Liars minority Government with Phelps, Steggall, Brandt, Wilkie and Oakeshott providing supply and confidence. Oh, happy days!

  204. Arky

    Roseanae Barr may be the most beautiful woman currently alive.

  205. calli

    Doctor Doctor Doctor of Wentworth is whingeing about vile, threatening letters. Welcome to Tony’s World, ma’am.

  206. JC

    Arky
    #3013829, posted on May 16, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Roseanae Barr may be the most beautiful woman currently alive.

    The first sensible comment you’ve made. She’s a hottie alright. 🙂

  207. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just picked up some Corflutes (the rigid posters advertising the Party) and HTV’s for the Australian Conservatives for me and Hairy to use on Saturday at our chosen booths. They also threw in some couture T-shirts and an elegant peaked cap, so there is no concern about what to wear.

    Sydneysiders who would like to help out can enroll on the website in an electorate of their choice. If you need Corflutes and HTV’s and no-one else is nominated to supply them you can call John, a great guy, on 0407 683 519 who is officially in charge of giving you some of these items. Ready, steady GO!

    They apparently have a surplus of Corflutes; so if you’d care to put some up near voting booths and make sure you take them away from polling areas/down from lamp posts etc by 6pm then get a few from John even if you can’t stay and hand out the HTV’s. Why let good conservative publicity on Corflutes go to waste? They, and the HTV’s are really good; such an improvement on the NSW election. Someone was listening. I love the big Corflute that says ‘SICK OF THE GREENS?’ the most, but they are all good. Get them out, guys, if you are sick of the greens, and political correctness – and wouldn’t that be ALL Cats?

    I notice Clive Palmer has some bumper stickers out, saying Unite! Vote 1 Clive. I’d love to do bumper stickers but Hairy fears my car might become a target for attack. Wot about me in my hat? I ask. You can look after yourself, he says, but the car can’t.

  208. thefrollickingmole

    Scumbag stuffs the unions mouths with money to stiff the workers, as usual.

    Pushed by a professor at Cornell University, more than a dozen unions came together to develop what they call Climate Jobs New York, a plan that they say will create more than 10,000 jobs; jobs that they agree should be middle-class, union jobs.

    “We brought together more than a dozen unions, and said things are not good at the national level in terms of how unions are relating to environmental organizations and the climate movement,” said Lara Skinner, the labor relations professor at Cornell who spearheaded this effort. She noted that several unions were furious at environmentalists for opposing fracking and the Keystone and Dakota Access oil pipelines, which many unions viewed as a boon for job creation.

    “Climate change impacts working people,” Skinner added. “There are some major opportunities here for labor if we can get ahead of this thing. What we’ve done is a very investment-led strategy, a very jobs-led strategy.”


    What could have led to such an outbreak of peace????

    Giving this plan a vital boost, New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, has announced plans to have the state’s energy authority invest billions of dollars to build hundreds of offshore wind turbines.

    Paid for with magic money…

  209. Geriatric Mayfly

    Doctor Doctor Doctor of Wentworth is whingeing about vile, threatening letters. Welcome to Tony’s World, ma’am.

    Is that Phelps or the lady Doctor’s wife who whines?.

  210. feelthebern

    Who would have thought that a Trump administration would be responsible for clearing out the up echelons of the FBI, CIA, NSA & DIA.
    An apparatus that worked against the freedom of the people in earnest since Kennedy gave them the green light.
    Another Kennedy blight being undone by Trump.
    What a time to be alive.

  211. John Constantine

    Last June, investment group Beyond Advisors established the US Vegan Climate Index — a selection of large-cap US stocks, screened for companies and sectors which fall short on metrics such as animal exploitation and carbon footprint. So far, it’s outperformed the broader S&P500.

    And the recent IPO of Beyond Meat — the LA-based producer of plant-based meat products — has also turned plenty of heads.

    Amid a recent IPO frenzy on US markets, shares in the Uber and Lyft ride-sharing platforms have both tanked from their initial offer price. Conversely, Beyond Meat surged from its May 2 listing price of $US25 and is currently trading above $US70.

    Even fast-food chain McDonald’s, which has long said there’s no demand for a vegetable pattie in Australia, announced earlier this month it will trial a McVeggie burger in response to changing consumer tastes.

  212. Farmer Gez

    Doctor Doctor Doctor of Wentworth is whingeing about vile, threatening letters. Welcome to Tony’s World, ma’am.

    And the loving media will give it a good run just like last time.
    Rinse and repeat.

  213. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I see that someone at the Oz is using my Herodotus handle in comments.
    It certainly isn’t me.

    There are at least five other commenters using Hairy’s first name, so some very weird things get said that don’t necessarily come from him. I expect there are other Lizzie’s around too on various blogs, but only one me here!!!!!!!! I had to fight Grigs very hard over his impersonation. Any fake Lizzie coming in here should have to do a vocabulary test, off the cuff, and no consulting. And then write some style notes on Julie Bishop’s track and field outfits. That should sort them out.

  214. Atoms for Peace

    Does a certain doctor bulk bill?

  215. Black Ball

    Have it on Mastermind and a question to old mate asks who is the mother of Kim Kardashian. The reply, I kid you not was Kaitlyn Jenner. Fuck you SBS, you owe me a beer.

  216. Notafan

    97% of climate scientists agree

    When it comes to new climate jobs

    It’s always 10,000.

  217. Atoms for Peace

    Lizzie. Would an entomological discussion of stick insects moulting pass muster? I’m hopeless at picking the subtleties of high end tracky dacs.

  218. Dr Faustus

    Chinese owners of Grindr forced to sell by US over spying and blackmail fears

    Beijing-based company Kunlun, which bought Grindr in 2016 for more than $100 million, announced earlier this week it had reached an agreement to sell the app before June 30 next year and promised not to access user data or transmit any sensitive information to Chinese entities.

    Senior lecturer in Cyber Law Dr Guido Noto La Diega, from Northumbria University in the UK, told the ABC the Chinese ownership was an obvious potential threat to freedom of expression and the right to privacy.

    Odd that the ABC has to go all the way to Northumbria to get an academic opinion on freedom of expression and poovery.

  219. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The Aust Conservatives HTV’s have also got a good selection of messaging on the reverse side, with a strong focus on National Security, and some very firm points on maintaining Christmas, Easter, Australia Day and Anzac Day, plus No Sharia Law, one law for all. But rather low key on coal, imho, just saying ‘affordable and reliable’ energy. Good though to see there is a big red box with ‘clamp down on Icelandic extremism’.

    Well, you all know what the word really is. Good that they are not scared of mentioning it.

  220. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Victorian Labor Senate candidate Jess Walsh now backs party’s Australia Day position

    Rachel Baxendale
    Victorian Political Reporter
    @rachelbaxendale
    An hour ago May 16, 2019

    A Labor candidate who is almost certain to become a Victorian senator on Saturday described Australia Day as a celebration of “genocide” less than 18 months ago, but now says she supports the ALP’s position on the issue.

    The about face from former United Voice state secretary Jess Walsh, who is Labor’s Number Two candidate on the Victorian Senate ticket, came as the party’s Number Four Victorian candidate Parvinder Serwara admitted memes he had liked on Facebook which trivialised public grief over the Boston marathon bombing and denigrated women were “insensitive and wrong”.

    Dr Walsh made the comments in response to the City of Yarra’s 2018 decision to stop holding citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day.

    In a Facebook post, she commented: “So the Fed Govt thinks Yarra has politicised Oz Day. How much more political can we be than continuing to celebrate the genocide of First Australians every year. Congrats Yarra for leading an important debate.”

    In response to The Australian’s questions regarding the post and whether she still regards Australia Day as a celebration of “genocide”, Dr Walsh said: “As an endorsed Labor candidate I support the Labor Party’s position on Australia Day.”

    From the Oz. I don’t know what the Party said, but I support the Party.

  221. hzhousewife

    Doctor Doctor Doctor of Wentworth is whingeing about vile, threatening letters. Welcome to Tony’s World, ma’am.

    Tony should send over a sackfull of his letters to see if she recognises any of the handwriting.

  222. 2dogs

    who is the mother of Kim Kardashian. The reply, I kid you not was Kaitlyn Jenner.

    How could this be the case? Even if other possible sex changes were considered, the answers are restricted to Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner. At most, Kaitlyn Jenner could be Kim Kardashian’s step-mother.

  223. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Lizzie. Would an entomological discussion of stick insects moulting pass muster? I’m hopeless at picking the subtleties of high end tracky dacs.

    Do stick insects moult? I am all ears. I am into etymology rather than entomology.
    These strange critters are poorly served by comparisons with spindly female pollies.
    I know track and field is athletic, as she is, but I also had in mind the champagne tent at the races.

  224. Chris

    Just met Celia Hammond at the pre-polling in Subiaco!
    Said it was great to meet her, and told her I used to volunteer for Liz Constable who we agreed both of us admire; then I said ‘I am one of the people who don’t matter‘.

    Then explained why, as she nicely tried to say that I do matter, everybody matters.

    I said how proud I was to lie in my hospital bed with a smashed knee last election night and know that my vote and donation and volunteering had sent such a clear message to Malcolm Turnbull.

    Curtin seemed to be the only electorate where the Libs gained votes, and I think we had all 64 people who switched from Labor for Malcolm supporting Julie; that is probably because we have UWA, so its really good that Celia represents the Universityu community too! I hope she wins.

    GREAT WORK from the AC rep; made sure I got a HTV and made sure I got the message that they were for a sensible senate!

  225. Black Ball

    How could this be the case? Even if other possible sex changes were considered, the answers are restricted to Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner. At most, Kaitlyn Jenner could be Kim Kardashian’s step-mother.

    Step father would be the correct answer in relation to Kaitlyn

  226. 2dogs

    If the LNP wins, there will be a lot of distraught Greens sitting in their EVs with hoses attached.

    Gold!

  227. Mitch M.

    ‘Zombie cells’ buildup in your body may play role in aging

    There are clinical trials underway to address this issue. No “may” about it though, these cells definitely need to be eliminated.

  228. jupes

    Still nothing on the ABC about the Durham inquiry.

    Guess what idiots? It’s not going away. You’re going to have to report it sooner or later.

  229. Cassie of Sydney

    “Mr Rusty
    #3013804, posted on May 16, 2019 at 5:12 pm
    I would like to see a hung parliament.

    Me too. Are we building a gallows or just using lamp posts?”

    Wonder what Scumbers prefers…..him being such an admirer of totalitarian dictatorships such as Cuba where they happily hang political opponents.

  230. Bruce of Newcastle

    these cells definitely need to be eliminated.

    Killing cancer cells is hard enough. Knocking off cells that are just sitting around and doing nothing, without also killing the owner of ’em, is going to be really tough.

  231. Still nothing on the ABC about the Durham inquiry.

    Nothing on Google either.
    What is the Durham inquiry?

  232. MatrixTransform

    I kid you not was Kaitlyn Jenner

    that’s funny … Im gonna use that

  233. bespoke

    rickw
    #3013832, posted on May 16, 2019 at 6:07 pm
    A great story:

    Yep cheers

  234. Bruce of Newcastle

    What is the Durham inquiry?

    Barr’s guy.

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