Open Forum: May 18, 2019

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  1. Peter Castieau

    Oh well those three weeks went fast, back to work, head down and sell a few vans.

    At least the retirees will have the money unlike what would have happened had Bill won the election.

  2. calli

    David Koch doing his best chook’s bum face on Sunrise this morning.

    Good times.

  3. Farmer Gez

    Iceland’s Punk/Heavy Metal band looked like a lot of effete cross dressers to me.
    I don’t think the Syd Vicious would bother spit on them.

  4. Rossini

    None
    #3019432, posted on May 20, 2019 at 4:46 am

    What a great story!

  5. John Constantine

    No Downfall parody of their abc-shortenbunker in its last hours?..

  6. calli

    I’ve finally worked it out.

    Pretty much all Victoria’s conservative voters have moved to warmer climes.

    You last few hold-outs deserve a medal for tenacity. The Murray separates us from our very own Cuba.

  7. DrBeauGan

    it’s not crooks that will give you a hard time, some left leaning friends went there a few years ago. They left early.

    What did they dislike, Zippy? If it was the discovery that communism fucks everything, I already know that.

    My explanation is that most ordinary people are kind and decent unless they are frightened or starving. Or in the grip of religious mania. I’m definitely not left leaning. 😊😎😁

  8. DrBeauGan

    Expectation, not explanation.

  9. pete m

    Tom is a tad nervous folks
    Pga champs has tightened !!

  10. John Constantine

    Federal election 2019: Scott Morrison eyes
    majority, Kerryn Phelps set to concede Wentworth

  11. pete m

    Has anyone else been a little freaked by the way chloe shorten keeps looking at bill from behind like she’s expecting him to topple over?

  12. cohenite

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    #3019349, posted on May 19, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    #3019369, posted on May 19, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks for those excellent videos.

  13. John64

    Wall to wall analysis on TheirABC this morning that the election result sends a clear message to Canberra that voters are demanding Real Action on Climate Change(TM).

    When you are pursuing the Greatest Moral Challenge of Our Time(TM); the relection of a majority Coalition Government is merely a temporary pause in The Revolution.

  14. stackja

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3019458, posted on May 20, 2019 at 6:25 am
    A fun article to warm your heart and start your day.

    Leftist social media explodes

    Leftist social media explodes
    ALICE WORKMAN

    12:00AM MAY 20, 2019

    “Australians are dumb,” was the cry from one left-wing commentator as the masses headed to ­social media to vent their frustration over Saturday’s shock ­result.

    Comedian and The Project regular Meshel Laurie tweeted: “Australians are dumb, mean-spirited and greedy. Accept it. The only thing left to look forward to in a AUSTRALIA is Shadenfreude.”

    Former Nine columnist Clementine Ford said she was “crying over the climate destroyed, bullshit world Australian voters are determined to leave” her son.

    “The planet is dying and intolerance is being enthusiastically embraced by bigots the nation over, but thank god the self-funded retirees got to keep their rich people welfare,” she wrote.

    Commentator Jane Caro, who had considered running as an independent candidate before the election was called, said she was “sore, literally in pain” and “you should be too”.

    “The damage done by this result is awful,” she tweeted.

    “Yes, I am sore, literally in pain — hurting for those on Manus & Nauru, on Newstart, kids in public schools, indigenous Australians, older women with no super, those on the minimum wage, refugees and — most of all — our desperate, dying climate. You should be too.”

    Ms Caro joked she was considered moving to New Zealand because she envied Jacinda Ardern’s government: “I guess this is Australia right now. Like so many others, I despair. Trump, Brexit, Scomo — while the planet disintegrates. I feel sick too, but am OK. We will soldier on.”

    Broadcaster Yassmin Abdel-Magied tweeted from Dubai: “Woof. It’s gona be a long three years in Aus. Election results like Australia, Brexit, the US, make it difficult to parse the world we live in. Also: a warning to the progressive US counterparts, that even if things look good, ppl may surprise you (again).”

    Former journalist Margo Kingston, who spearheaded the so-called Independence Day ­coalition of candidates campaigning on climate action, said: “It is over. My idea of Australia is over. So be it. I’m retiring and having a life while it’s left. Did my best. Many, many people did too. We were wrong. I felt it. I prayed we would lead on climate change and honest politics. I did my best. So many others did too. Too many powerful forces against us. Add incompetent Labor Party and we lost. Done my best. Up to others now. My consolation — Abbott.”

    Indigenous actor and playwright Nakkiah Lui blamed the result on the “hellscape” of Queensland: “New Queensland tourism slogan: beautiful one day, sending Australia into a hellscape of xenophobia, sexism, populist cruelty and environmental disaster as this country disappears into the water and destroys itself.”

    Indigenous rapper and ABC regular Briggs said: “No biggie, Blackfellas are used to disappointment in other Australians. We get let down all the time. The rest of you get let down every 3 years.”

    ABC News Breakfast host Michael Rowland suspects many might regret their online outbursts: “Lots of people with high profiles tweeting stuff in the last 12 hours about Australia and Australians they will end up regretting.”

    ALICE WORKMAN POLITICAL REPORTER
    Alice Workman is an award-winning federal politics reporter and commentator. In 2018 she was named the Young Journalist of the Year in the Canberra press gallery by the National Press Club and Journalist of the..

  15. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’ve finally worked it out.
    Pretty much all Victoria’s conservative voters have moved to warmer climes.

    Whereas the lefties are terrified of global warming, so they are staying in frigid Melbourne and wondering why Queensland hasn’t melted yet.

  16. John Constantine

    The Sino-U.S. trade war is getting more acrimonious. After China responded to U.S. tariff increases with additional levies of its own, Washington blacklisted telecoms giant Huawei, prompting Chinese state social media to ramp up the war of words. All that’s taken the yuan past 6.9 per dollar, despite authorities’ efforts to snuff out speculation by adjusting daily exchange rate fixings and draining cash from markets.

    But markets seem bent on testing the central bank’s resolve not to let the yuan fall too fast and breach the 7-per-dollar level. Given some evidence Beijing has been selling U.S. Treasury bonds in favor of gold, many are wondering if China will use a weaker yuan both as a bargaining chip and a means to offset higher tariffs on its exports. But weaponizing the yuan has its downside. Aside from capital flight and the hit to local banks, a yuan plunge will undermine the goal of promoting global yuan use and luring foreign investors to Chinese stocks and bonds.

    The 3% yuan plunge so far in May is already putting investors to flight; the Institute of International Finance estimates equity outflows of around $600 million a day, totaling $4 billion in the past week and half. Further currency weakening may bring more of the same.

  17. Notafan

    Hysterical because Scohitler got re-elected.

    Silly, rude, stupid and plain nasty.

    But best of all

    Irrelevant.

  18. Mother Lode

    New Queensland tourism slogan: beautiful one day, sending Australia into a hellscape of xenophobia, sexism, populist cruelty and environmental disaster as this country disappears into the water and destroys itself

    One thing I like about progressives is their utter ineptitude with ideas and language.

    Look at that grab bag of causes. There is no attempt to connect or harmonise the items on the list. They are just added on, as if attaching more words adds moral weight.

    I think when the pathetic fellow finished he did not feel that he had made a point, but felt relief at having spat his frustration and anger out.

  19. Notafan

    Yasmin didn’t even made sense, or are her demomates in the US convinced that now that the true horror of life under Trump has been exposed but the masses will flee to the sweet arms of AOC etc?

  20. Tel

    Has anyone else been a little freaked by the way chloe shorten keeps looking at bill from behind like she’s expecting him to topple over?

    She’s been watching him over the years and fully understands the Shorten knife technique.

    Only a question of when it happens … now that he is no longer useful.

  21. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “Australians are dumb,” was the cry from one left-wing commentator as the masses headed to ­social media to vent their frustration over Saturday’s shock ­result

    So many losers, so much angst, so much bitterness.

  22. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Aha. Here we are, mostly back on the Open Thread again after a mass migration to the Election Thread (Peace be Upon It). And proudly do I walk back in, as one of those who held the faith (Coalition win by seven) that the sort of Australian people I knew as an émigré long ago from Sydney’s West would reject Bull Shitten’s (stole that one from somewhere) proselytizing on the Climate Cult and vote for a steadier hand at the wheel. Must admit though that on Saturday nite after handing out HTV’s all day in Wentworth for the Australian Conservatives in the Senate, watching the crowds flock in to vote for Kerryn Phelps, the 100% renewables ‘economic conservative’, as their local member, I did hae ma douts about the general sanity of the Australian electorate. Thus when those Cats at ours started leaping around whooping in delight I, serving the home-cooked pies I had just purchased and oven-heated with my own fair hand, was taken at the flood. Joy abounding.

  23. feelthebern

    Am retreating into a no-internet bubble.
    I can not trust anyone with GoT spoilers.

  24. A quick peek at the electoral map of Ostraya.

    Inner city capitol versus every where else.

    Maybe the Cloymutt ® issue gets traction due to hot pavements?

  25. DrBeauGan

    One thing I like about progressives is their utter ineptitude with ideas and language.

    There are various uses for language. Using it to communicate facts is for the enlightened few; most use it to express their feelings. Terry Pratchett tells us that language was invented for shouting abuse at your neighbours in the next tree, and most lefties haven’t advanced beyond that.

  26. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    2h
    With the wonderful College, University and other Graduations taking place all over the USA, there has never been a better time than now to graduate. Best jobs market ever, great housing and financing. Go out there, work hard, & have a GREAT life. You deserve it. Congratulations!

    Thought I would post after reading this comment

    Adam
    #3019446, posted on May 20, 2019 at 5:53 am
    They are well-paying jobs. The unemployment rate has come down for people without a [bachelor’s] degree. The breadth of the job improvement is just really, really exciting. The employment backdrop in this country is one of the healthiest that I’ve seen in a long time.

    I’ve been in Louisiana now for 3 weeks. Just about every business that I go into or drive past has a sign up saying they’re hiring. All types of positions, from the bottom to the top. The most amazing one was a sign outside an offshore oil & gas operation looking for fitters, riggers, and welders. Young guys spend thousands on training courses in Aussie trying to get offshore and never get anywhere. Here there are jobs going begging. I’ve never seen anything like it.

  27. calli

    “Yes, I am sore, literally in pain — hurting for those on Manus & Nauru, on Newstart, kids in public schools, indigenous Australians, older women with no super, those on the minimum wage, refugees and — most of all — our desperate, dying climate. You should be too.”

    The lying continues.

    No, you aren’t in pain you silly woman. You’re disappointed. That’s all it is. You will get over it.

    But London to a brick, you won’t learn from it.

  28. John Constantine

    https://www.visualcapitalist.com/esports-boom/

    Despite having a reputation in the media and in popular culture as being on the fringes, it is clear that gaming is now a truly mainstream phenomenon.

    In fact, the global gaming industry has now eclipsed $135 billion in revenue worldwide – a figure that is twice as much as the film and music industries combined.

    With hundreds of millions of avid fans around the world, demand to watch the most elite gamers has reached a fever pitch – and now, it’s not uncommon to see sold-out arenas, big name sponsorship deals, and massive prize pools in the name of eSports.

    Bit relieved with scomo getting up, i did grit my teeth and take some of the ESH capital raising last week.
    More because the way it was structured indicated the unlisted attatching long dated oppies could be stripped out from the ordinary shares without affecting the punters perception of the shareprice.

    No liquidity in the unlisted oppies, but the punt is they might be free. The risk was that their shortreich would be elected and burn the market down.

    Thinking of esports as a type of reality television for a whole new demographic helps come to grips with the sector.

  29. lotocoti

    Am retreating into a no-internet bubble.
    I can not trust anyone with GoT spoilers.

    What if we swear not to mention r/freefolk?

  30. mh

    So it seems the US is doing great for graduates and non graduates alike.

  31. calli

    language was invented

    Presumably by an old, white man. 🤣

  32. John Constantine

    Got the italics wrong way round, can’t blame skynet for that.

  33. Arky

    One thing I like about progressives is their utter ineptitude with ideas and language.

    ..
    Yeah. Nah.
    They are bloody good at it.
    They own 99% of writing, the arts, hollywood etc etc.
    Don’t underestimate them. They have a large chunk of people believing utter shit.
    You have to be good with ideas to achieve that.

  34. Knuckle Dragger

    Nota, 8.26 am;

    Excellent.

  35. Tom

    You beauty! Brooks Koepke wins the 2019 PGA Championship.

    Koepke has won four of golf’s last eight major championships.

  36. Mother Lode

    Tits Labor: bought, paid for – not delivered.
    How many bullets have we dodged?

    When Tits was making his concession speech he ran through all the things he was planning on doing.

    With each item I said ‘whew!’

    It is actually slightly disturbing to realise how close you have coasted alongside disaster.

    Like driving along and noticing one of the wheels seems a bit wobbly. And when you get home you discover that the wheel is only held on by one wheelnut.

  37. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    the masses will flee to the sweet arms of AOC etc

    Interesting that Trump is well aware of what has happened in Australia. He’s congratulated ScoMo.
    He can only gain encouragement from this, a Western nation with more deplorables than socialists.

  38. Knuckle Dragger

    John C;

    Have faith old son. As surely as the Sun will rise tomorrow, there will be a Downfall parody on the fall and fall of little Bill. No scenario in history, except from the actual failure/refusal of Steiger to attempt to relieve Berlin in 1945 even comes close in terms of accuracy.

    I only hope that, when it does come out, that it’s not shit.

  39. Tel

    … our desperate, dying climate …

    It’s getting slightly warmer, and plants are growing more readily. Some of the areas like Siberia that were previously barely habitable are a tiny bit more livable than they used to be.

    So far, all the climate effects are good.

  40. Mother Lode

    Terry Pratchett tells us that language was invented for shouting abuse at your neighbours in the next tree, and most lefties haven’t advanced beyond that.

    Neatly put.

  41. Rossini

    Listening to John Faine on ABC radio this morning . He lost how sad …arsehole!

  42. None

    She’s been watching him over the years and fully understands the Shorten knife technique.

    Only a question of when it happens … now that he is no longer useful.

    *snicker*

  43. Knuckle Dragger

    Jesus. Brooks!

    Someone here has just cleaned up on a massive multi, of which Brooks was the last leg.

    Can’t remember who – but well done!

  44. Downfall parody

    “Don’t be upset Chloe. There many many union bruvvers.”

  45. None

    I thought so too, Rossini (story)

  46. Leigh Lowe

    Channel Nein …

    Well, Coalition won … whatever.
    But could be hung Parliament, so ZALI! ZALI! ZALI! Yay!!

  47. calli

    On the uses of language, DrBeau left out the most important one.

    – facts
    – feelings
    – ideas

  48. John Comnenus

    I want SCOMO to grab all his senior public servants and tell them we will be doing what the electorate voted for not what you want. If you can’t do that, then resign. Time for Scomo to get hold of the swamp.

  49. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    It is actually slightly disturbing to realise how close you have coasted alongside disaster.

    Yes. We might not be here if it were not for Israel Folau and Clive’s great anti-woke ads. And the hard work of hundreds of thousands of other Australians who were fed up with Get Up and saying so as best they could in whatever electoral forum they could, as speakers, local influencers, family members or volunteers.

  50. calli

    Downfall Parody.

    C’mon C.L. You know you want to. 🙂

  51. hzhousewife

    ALICE WORKMAN POLITICAL REPORTER
    Alice Workman is an award-winning federal politics reporter and commentator. In 2018 she was named the Young Journalist of the Year in the Canberra press gallery by the National Press Club and Journalist of the..

    ex Buzzfeed is all you really need to know about her. How the Oz took her on I’ll never know.

  52. Caveman

    I’ll put it out there , I think Tits is Labors Turdbull.

  53. None

    John Comnenus

    #3019573, posted on May 20, 2019 at 8:54 am

    It needs to happen but it won’t happen. Morrison has too much of a desire to be luked by everyone.

  54. John64

    A headline I’d like to see:

    “ELECTION RESULT – LACK OF SUPPORT FOR TITS”

  55. None

    Yep. And he will certain’t have a spit and resign in a few weeks, Caveman.

  56. C.L.

    Downfall parody

    General Klimate Change will save the situation …
    Mein Fuhrer … Mein Fuhrer, Klimate Change has been obliterated …

  57. Interesting that Trump is well aware of what has happened in Australia

    Except that very little has happened in Australia.
    There has been a .7% swing to the Coalition, and a few seats have changed hands.
    Abbott is gone, the more dangerous Harpics like Anning also, and there will be a (very) slightly less unmanageable senate.
    And what happened to AC?
    I see a zero in the columns “won” and “likely” on the senate summary.

  58. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The comment that cost Labor the election: Maverick MP Bob Katter reveals how Tanya Plibersek and ‘loud-mouthed party extremists’ blew their chances in six must-win seats

    Queensland MP Bob Katter launched a blistering attack against Tanya Plibersek
    He says her comments on Adani coal mine cost Labor the ‘unloseable’ election
    Ms Plibersek has been vocal in her opposition to the Adani coal mine

    Daily Mail.

  59. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Time for Scomo to get hold of the swamp.

    ScoMo don’t keep us waiting, our enthusiasm dying, as we were left after Abbott’s great win in 2013.
    We have our eyes fixed on you. ACT. NOW.

    Climatic lunacy is as much a threat, even greater actually, than the boats were. Stop it now, just as you did the boats. Start with that stern talk to the swamp about who is boss. Disfund some climate boondoggles as a sign of good faith. Organise quickly for a new coal-fired power station or two. There has to be action, not just talk, and certainly no cuddling up to climatic luvvies in Labor or anywhere else (pull those wet Libs into line on this asap).

    The people have spoken, Prime Minister. Ask Tony Abbott what happens if you don’t listen and try to appease the left. When you have power, use it for the good, for your supporters, not the ABC (oh, and btw, defund them as quickly as you can, and the more recalcitrant universities, as a warning, thanks).

  60. None

    Leigh Lowe

    #3019570, posted on May 20, 2019 at 8:53 am

    haha so bloody predictable. Zali and the Waringah Weather Weirdos

  61. C.L.

    No time, alas, Calli. 🙂
    Those things take a bit.

  62. John64

    Yes. We might not be here if it were not for Israel Folau and Clive’s great anti-woke ads. And the hard work of hundreds of thousands of other Australians who were fed up with Get Up and saying so as best they could in whatever electoral forum they could, as speakers, local influencers, family members or volunteers.

    And don’t forget Bob Brown’s convoy of patronisation.

    Even Jon Paine had to concede this morning that this was a massive own goal by the left; hundreds of well-off middle-class Southerners driving to FNQ to tell the locals that their lives, jobs, families, hopes and aspirations counted for nothing in their privileged minds.

  63. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    It is actually slightly disturbing to realise how close you have coasted alongside disaster.

    let that sink slowly, the most socialist agenda since whitlam only got a 0.5% swing against it.

    replacing 10% of your population every decade with imported voteherds from 3rd world shitholes will do that to a conservative country. we are doomed.

  64. Fleeced

    Back in this thread now, are we? Well, I suppose it didn’t get used much before we went to the election one.

    Did most Cats predict a Coalition win? More than half, wasn’t it? Was that just wishful thinking, or do we have our fingers on the pulse of the nation?

    My overall prediction was right, but I overestimated Lib performance in NSW (specifically, Warringah and Gilmore), whilst underestimating it in Victoria.

    Such relief. Wonder what the stockmarket will do today.

  65. Bruce of Newcastle

    So far, all the climate effects are good.

    Lots of bad news in the NH growing areas this year. Cold, wet, snow, cold and more cold.
    Crop planting up to two months delayed in a lot of US states. Also significant cold and frost damage in grape growing areas of the EU.

  66. hzhousewife

    I didn’t realise till just now talking to a friend just how hysterical the young are about the climate. His early twenties daughters are distraught and have friends making themselves absolutely physically sick over the warming issue. He himself votes green because of the Keeling Curve. If I have time I will prepare a bit of a response to him on this because he seems able to follow some scientific arguments, perhaps I’ll find some good JoNova article with graphs not too many words.

    So I just asked a younger worker here with me a few questions (I stay away from these topics as a rule). She agreed that she is concerned about the weather. She mentioned the islands sinking but doesn’t think Sydney Harbour will be affected. She looks at maps showing that the ice in Antarctica is disappearing. I asked if she knew that the tides are affected by the moon – no idea. She did understand however that the sun heats up the atmosphere.

    This is the level of scientific education among the general population. It’s a miracle that 10 million people voter wrongly this weekend!

  67. Knuckle Dragger

    Shorter Four Leaf:

    Now that my socialist mates have managed to cock things up so badly they lost the unloseable election, I will downplay this as much as I can and talk about Trump, about who I have no idea. Oh, and Abbott. That should get me through the day.

    Nothing to see here, people.

  68. DrBeauGan

    Yeah. Nah.
    They are bloody good at it.
    They own 99% of writing, the arts, hollywood etc etc.
    Don’t underestimate them. They have a large chunk of people believing utter shit.
    You have to be good with ideas to achieve that.

    Depends on what you mean, Arky. Lefties are in a linguistic bubble with very little reality allowed to intrude. So they specialise in using language expressively. They are practised in communicating their feelings, not much good at analysing them or their causes. With the exception of a few intelligent perverts like Marcuse they are hopeless with ideas.

    Ideas and feelings are different. Thinking is rare anywhere, but very rare among lefties. This is why they happily buy every moronic, fashionable idiocy going around.

  69. Arky

    Righties are really bad with ideas and communication.
    They think you just have to explain something once and everyone will get it.
    And once they understand a concept they assume that everyone else has that concept in their armoury too.
    The left know you have to keep on repeating the same simple ideas over and over again. Add a twist or variation occasionally, but always got back to the same lick. Like Smoke on the Water: dah dah dah, de-dah dah dah, de de deh de-dah.
    Hammer that riff home.

  70. None

    Ah Tanya Israel is a rogue state Plibersek. She’s got a name that sounds like a bad beer, equivalent taste, and same value.

  71. Organise quickly for a new coal-fired power station or two. There has to be action, not just talk, and certainly no cuddling up to climatic luvvies in Labor or anywhere else (pull those wet Libs into line on this asap).

    Except that building new coal fired power stations (on taxpayer funds) is not Coalition policy.
    It’s not even Australian Conservatives’ policy.
    From their website

    We will allow market forces to provide the most efficient power generation available.

  72. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    number’s granddaughter has a message

  73. DrBeauGan

    Righties are really bad with ideas and communication.
    They think you just have to explain something once and everyone will get it.

    Nobody who has taught mathematics believes that. But some people get ideas a hell of a lot faster than others.

  74. None

    Bloody hell Hz that’s enough to make the rest of us nervous. Don’t Bamboozle them with too much science lots of science and graphs actually doesn’t convince people. Sometimes the best way is to ask them lots of questions and get them to slowly clarify their own thinking and think about where they’re getting their own information from. Good Luck

  75. Knuckle Dragger

    Has anyone had sex with Alyssa Milano yet?

    If so, my sympathies.

  76. None

    Start with very basic questions HZ like did you know that the Antarctic is a land mass not ice? So it can’t disappear?

  77. Bruce of Newcastle

    Except that very little has happened in Australia.
    There has been a .7% swing to the Coalition, and a few seats have changed hands.

    Shorter Numbers: ho hum nothing to see here. 😀

    Normally after chaos like Turnbull’s flaming fall from ineffable progressive grace you’d expect the voters to give the LNP the boot, with big swings. It takes real talent to screw up as badly as Shorten did.

  78. stackja

    one
    #3019432, posted on May 20, 2019 at 4:46 am

    A real tear-jerker. Than you.

  79. Arky

    Nobody who has taught mathematics believes that.

    ..
    Errr.
    Think again.
    Think about some of the worst math teachers you know.

  80. stackja

    None
    #3019432, posted on May 20, 2019 at 4:46 am

    A real tear-jerker. Than you.

  81. DrBeauGan

    calli
    #3019572, posted on May 20, 2019 at 8:53 am
    On the uses of language, DrBeau left out the most important one.

    – facts
    – feelings
    – ideas

    I was discussing lefties, Calli.

  82. Knuckle Dragger

    I’m waiting for the day when Electricity Bill gets his first electricity bill in years that wasn’t shouted by the taxpayer.

    ‘Shit, that’s a bit steep……….

    ‘Ohhhhhhh. THAT’s what all those people were on about.’

  83. Am retreating into a no-internet bubble.
    I can not trust anyone with GoT spoilers

    No spoilers in this. Promise.

  84. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Lefties are in a linguistic bubble with very little reality allowed to intrude. So they specialise in using language expressively. They are practised in communicating their feelings, not much good at analysing them or their causes. With the exception of a few intelligent perverts like Marcuse they are hopeless with ideas.

    Ideas and feelings are different. Thinking is rare anywhere, but very rare among lefties. This is why they happily buy every moronic, fashionable idiocy going around.

    it’s worst than that, the left are masters of sound good and feel good tropes and taking the moral high ground to disguise the core of fascism with a sweet sugar coating. It takes very little investigation and thinking about consequences, looking at history to debunk every leftist talking point.

    The problem is people are busy or lazy or both to spend the time and energy to think things through, better let some scantily clad “influencer” bimbo on instagram do the hard yards for you and simply let the noble sound bytes bounce around your head.

    Everything the left do they reframe from a moral high ground. it is an ideology for the lazy and the stupid like all good cults.

  85. DrBeauGan

    Errr.
    Think again.
    Think about some of the worst math teachers you know.

    Yes, the majority of mathematics teachers are awful, but not because they don’t repeat things. Because their understanding of both human beings and the ideas in mathematics is so shallow.

    Which is why it’s a pity if you aren’t doing it. We desperately need good maths teachers.

  86. The electorate got it wrong.

    We must install a new electorate, comrades.

    Where can we buy one?

  87. DrBeauGan

    it’s worst than that, the left are masters of sound good and feel good tropes and taking the moral high ground to disguise the core of fascism with a sweet sugar coating. It takes very little investigation and thinking about consequences, looking at history to debunk every leftist talking point.

    The problem is people are busy or lazy or both to spend the time and energy to think things through, better let some scantily clad “influencer” bimbo on instagram do the hard yards for you and simply let the noble sound bytes bounce around your head.

    Everything the left do they reframe from a moral high ground. it is an ideology for the lazy and the stupid like all good cults.

    Exactly right, Zippy.

  88. stackja

    James Weir: How Pauline Hanson caught us all off guard
    James Weir, news.com.au
    May 19, 2019 8:44am

    Pauline’s voice was still shrill and shaky because that’s just her voice, but she went and surprised us all.

    “I’ve actually gone up since the last election, unlike your show, Deb, since you’ve actually taken over. You’ve actually gone down in your viewership,” she told Deb, who took over from Karl Stefanovic as co-host this year.

    “So, should you hand over your job or should we bring Karl back? Should we bring Karl back? You have a go at me about this all the time.”

    Wow. To be dissed by Pauline Hanson on national TV with a timely jab would be humiliating. Obviously the election campaign has gone on too long when Pauline starts scoring points.

    We were all caught off guard by the insult. It’s not the jab itself that was surprising — it’s that Pauline was on the front foot for the first time in her life. It’s also the first time none of us could poke holes in what she said. The facts and figures speak for themselves. And she was right.

    ‘us’ ‘all’ ‘we’ ‘insult’

  89. Knuckle Dragger

    Zippy,

    As much as people on this blog have tried and tried and tried………

    That is, by far, the most accurate description of numbers I have yet to read.

    Very well done.

    *slow, yet sustained golf clap*

  90. stackja

    Left commentators vent shock disappointment over federal election result on Twitter
    Derrick Krusche, The Daily Telegraph
    May 19, 2019 7:41pm
    Subscriber only

    Scott Morrison’s election upset sparked a furious Twitter frenzy as devastated darlings of the left struggled to comprehend the Australian public’s verdict.

    Some commentators said they wished they were in New Zealand, a number lashed their fellow Australians as “dumb’’ for daring to vote against their wishes while others called for a war to be declared against Queensland.

    Controversial former Sydney Morning Herald columnist Clementine Ford took aim at self-funded retirees and called Australians “bigots”.

    “The planet is dying and intolerance is being enthusiastically embraced by bigots the nation over, but thank God the self-funded retirees got to keep their rich people welfare,” she tweeted.

    Former ABC presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied questioned what people would think of her on

    the street after Mr Morrison’s win. “I’m not berated by people every time I walk down a street, in any country really, but then one wonders, what are those people thinking?”

    Another former ABC journalist Mike Carlton tweeted that “we may have to declare war on Queensland” in reference to Labor’s damaging swings in the Sunshine State.

    And commentator Jane Caro said she wanted to leave the country altogether, tweeting: “I wish I was a New Zealander”.

    “Well, Australia may be f … ed and the whole planet not far behind but I am at the best, most brilliant and cool wedding I have ever been too,” Caro wrote as the election results came in.

    “So I shall just dance & get pissed & stick two rude fingers up at all the truculent turds who voted to turn backwards.”

    The Project host Lisa Wilkinson also looked across the ditch in an open letter to Mr Morrison and wrote: “If you’re ever in doubt when those big decision-making moments arise, when all the nation turns its lonely eyes to you, if despite all your best efforts you find that wisdom is failing you, can you do us a favour? Just call Jacinda.”

    Fellow Project presenter Meshel Laurie blasted the public, writing “Australians are dumb, mean-spirited and greedy. Accept it,” while Nine Newspapers cartoonist Cathy Wilcox tweeted, “it seems unfair that the morons outnumber the thinking people at election time”.

    University of Sydney political sociology professor Ariadne Vromen said such tweets reflected the fact that while Twitter tended to be heavily skewed towards people who were politically engaged, the vast majority of Australians used Facebook.

    “A lot more older people use (it) more regularly to share posts with their friends and family and what we do know is ScoMo was getting some of the highest levels of engagement on Facebook.”

    She said the Prime Minister had also been using Instagram to promote himself as a “an effective man in touch with the people”.

  91. lotocoti

    Sadness.
    Chunks and chunks of sadness.

  92. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    And commentator Jane Caro said she wanted to leave the country altogether, tweeting: “I wish I was a New Zealander”.

    Put me down for the cost of a limousine to the airport, and a hefty contribution to a (one-way) air fare, will you?

  93. stackja

    Oakeshott, Windsor, Phelps, next election Steggall?

  94. Knuckle Dragger

    To expected from the communist swine.

    The arrogance. To think that you should be able to have a job. And power bills you won’t have to remortgage your house to pay. And the temerity to hope you won’t have to freeze in the dark during your autumn years.

    Expectations of the plebs in this country are waaaaay too high.

  95. stackja

    Party representation AEC
    Who is leading?
    LNP 77
    ALP 68
    Greens
    KAP 1
    CA 1

  96. Stimpson J. Cat

    I see more of the Catallaxy Red Men’s Shed collective has emerged from their drunken stupor to oppress us with their progressively less gentlemanly ways.
    Who said.gender wasn’t fluid?

    Stop oppressing Wamen!!!!

  97. Knuckle Dragger

    God I would have loved to have been watching Today when Hanson tore to bits the latest frumpy, overly-made-up middle-aged skank that passes for a ‘media personality’ this morning.

  98. DrBeauGan

    The weeping of the lefties like Caro and Margot wossername are bringing a lift to my heart. I recommend the JC suicide hot line, ladies.

  99. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘to oppress us with their progressively less gentlemanly ways’

    She said, moronically, with one hand on her binoculars as she peered out the lounge room window scanning the streets for potential homosexuals.

  100. None

    You have to remember that Jane caro was tweeting that s*** from her daughter’s wedding. Mark Latham had the perfect reply.

    Morrison had his staffers monitoring Facebook and removing just about every negative comment and they were also sensible enough to actually reply to remainung commenters This is why this other guy predicted that he will win which I don’t think is there a very effective methodology because he just counted positive vs negative comments and the Morrison team was just removing the negative ones.

  101. None

    That was meant to be impressed but this stupid autocorrect changed it to a opressed but I’m glad it triggered you. Yes such a petal, Knuckles.

  102. John64

    With Phelps about to concede Wentworth; she becomes a meaningless cypher in the history of the House of Reps.

    If ScoMo has newly discovered testicular fortitude; the first item of business for the new Parliament should be to repeal the refugee medical transfer amendment Phelps and her merry bunch of cross benchers managed to get passed with the help of the Liars.

  103. Knuckle Dragger

    English is the hardest language to learn.

    Keep at it, toots. You’re trying so hard.

  104. Atoms for Peace

    I propose that a special climate change levy be levied on all households whose land value is at the top end of town scale ( that should capture most of the posturing arse clowns who live in inner city greenies zones )

    The climate change levy will be waived for those who sign a form, with that data base being publicly searchable. Should stick a lemon in the gobs of the climate change poseurs.

  105. None

    Yep me too stackja 😢

  106. DrBeauGan

    If ScoMo has newly discovered testicular fortitude

    Don’t bank on it.

  107. None

    I had exactly the same suggestion a day ago John64 but like BG I’m not banking on it.

  108. Stimpson J. Cat

    That was meant to be impressed but this stupid autocorrect changed it to a opressed but I’m glad it triggered you. Yes such a petal, Knuckles.

    Sure it was.
    Look, learn to speak English.
    Stop making excuses for your stupidity and incompetence.
    We aren’t SBS.
    It’s very tiresome.
    This is a serious blog with serious people in serious denim.

  109. Atoms for Peace

    When will the lefty freaks of twatter realise that they are trapped in an echo chamber filled with fellow freaks ? No one cares ; well, 97 percent of us don’t.

  110. None

    The Rrd Men’s Shed collective is quite obsessed with homosexuals; they seem to bring them up all the time.

  111. stackja

    Atoms – I have fun with twitter.

  112. Stimpson J. Cat

    The Rrd Men’s Shed collective is quite obsessed with homosexuals; they seem to bring them up all the time.

    From oppressed to impressed to obsessed, all within three posts.
    Winning!
    Ha ha ha ha ha ja!!!

  113. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    More Labor finger pointing

    West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has distanced himself from Labor’s disastrous performance in the west, despite being front and centre of Bill Shorten’s push there.

    Mr McGowan has labelled Mr Shorten’s agenda “too grandiose” and lacking a core theme.

    “Clearly, federal Labor had an overly ambitious policy agenda and allowed themselves to be attacked … They put it out there years in advance and it was targeted very successfully by the Liberal Party,” the premier told WAToday.

    “I think what federal Labor did was they painted a huge target on themselves. Their policies were way too grandiose, way too many, they didn’t have a core theme to them.

    “As a party we need to appeal to everybody and that includes people in business and in small business.”

    Mr McGowan’s face was plastered all over Labor leaflets in Perth and even the WA version of the Bill Bus, and was considered a huge campaign plus by Labor strategists.

    WA Labor failed to pick up any seats on Saturday, despite heavily targeting five electorates, and actually saw a swing away from it in the Perth suburbs.

    From the Oz.

  114. they seem to bring them up all the time.

    Wot? Are they eating them?

  115. “Clearly, federal Labor had an overly ambitious policy agenda and allowed themselves to be attacked … They put it out there years in advance and it was targeted very successfully by the Liberal Party,” the premier told WAToday.

    Hang on. Didn’t Plibersex say that their problem was that they didn’t have enough time to reach enough people? Can’t these cretins get their stories straight?

  116. Mother Lode

    University of Sydney political sociology professor Ariadne Vromen said such tweets reflected the fact that while Twitter tended to be heavily skewed towards people who were politically engaged, the vast majority of Australians used Facebook.

    This just means they see politics as a way to force Australia into their preferred shape, rather than letting the people shape politics.

    For them, politics is about using the political process to get around Australians.

    Look at the process in nations they admire: Venezuela (before the flaws in the approach became too obvious), Cuba, the USSR, and even the US under Obama – where he expanded government reach obscenely and used it to persecute dissidents.

  117. twostix

    Except that very little has happened in Australia.
    There has been a .7% swing to the Coalition, and a few seats have changed hands.

    lol.

    “It’s just a flesh wound”

  118. Infidel Tiger

    Coalition has 76 seats.

    Working majority.

  119. None

    Twitter is not for the politically engaged; it’s for the unemployed and unemployable. Also young people are just not using Facebook.

  120. Fleeced

    Stockmarket up… noice.

  121. twostix

    If Labor don’t start representing the nation they’ll become an unelectable rump.

    Oh wait, they already are!

    AHAHAHAHA

  122. None

    Don’t they need an extra for the speaker.

  123. Mother Lode

    Have Labor blamed the Russians yet?

  124. Geriatric Mayfly

    None
    #3019677, posted on May 20, 2019 at 10:08 am
    Don’t they need an extra for the speaker.

    Bandt would leap at the offer.

  125. Infidel Tiger

    The best result from the weekend is that vast imported vote herd are all starting to vote Liberal. Stupid darkies!

    Reckon we’ll start to see an an anti immigration theme emerge from ALP soon.

  126. twostix

    Twitter is not for the politically engaged; it’s for the unemployed and unemployable. Also young people are just not using Facebook.

    I spent about an hour on Twitter #auspol (Jonestown central office), clicking on people’s profiles to see what they do.

    There are just so many weirdos who have weird jobs and weird lives.

    There’s way too many spinsters on there who are hysterical.

  127. None

    Get up certainly wasted a lot of money because it looks like Nicole Flint got up.

  128. None

    FMD Mayfly I resent every single tax dollar that goes to that shitted and I will definitely resent that guy sucking off even more as speaker.

  129. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Stockmarket up… noice.

    Noice, indeed.

  130. Geriatric Mayfly

    Joke None – mind the blood pressure. Agree with your forthright sentiments.

  131. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    It’s not even Australian Conservatives’ policy.
    From their website –
    We will allow market forces to provide the most efficient power generation available.

    That is so. However, the Aust Cons will remove all subsidies, so that market forces may come into proper play and these will speak long and load for coal as a base-load investment of great strength and good returns. If the market is so distorted there is no appeal for private investment (I think that is unlikely if investors are assured of a free market) then government loans may come into play. I think the Aust Cons would back that.

    As for Scott, there has been some loose talk about a new coal fired power station from the Libs, not yet policy, so let’s all work on that. Sing loud and clear. In the immortal words of AGL, ‘you with us, Numbers?’. What a crock those ads were, to be sure.

  132. twostix

    Twitter style #auspol addicted leftists don’t know anything at all about politics by the way.

    Ask them about the Labor split, the genesis of One Nation, about Federation, why we pay income tax to the commonwealth, different levels of government they know nothing.

    What they do know is the daily plot line of a soap opera that they’re addicted to which they call ‘politics”.

  133. Fleeced

    ALP keeps competing with the Greens because they’re being “outflanked” on the left, but are they really the enemy they should be worried about?

    Greens get most support in rich, leafy, inner-city suburbs who used to vote Libs. If Labor had stuck to their traditional voters instead, Libs would be out of power for a generation. Instead, Libs have made up their losses by taking Labor’s old ground, whilst Labor worries about the Greens.

    New Labor actually buys into all the ideology and identity politics of the Greens, so that won’t change, but I can imagine an alternate reality where they had a stranglehold on government with Greens on one side and Liberals on the other. I wonder if that wold be better or worse than what we have now.

  134. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    speak ‘long and loud’ that is.

  135. Slim Cognito

    With Phelps about to concede Wentworth; she becomes a meaningless cypher in the history of the House of Reps.

    She was never anything more. Wentworth voters had a small taste of what she had to offer and went back at the next available opportunity. After having Abbott for 25 years and now about to get a taste of Steggall, Waringa voters are about to get a serious case of buyer remorse. They will soon find out that having an independent in anything but a hung parliament is a waste of time (Wilkie is exhibit A).

  136. Infidel Tiger

    LNP should end up with 78 seats.

    Tony Abbott is the greatest living Australian. None of this is possible without his destruction of Rudd/Gillard/Rudd/Shorten/Turnbull. He’s also destroyed all the foot soldiers of spivdom in the process.

    Dude can now sink schooners of New at the surf club for 30 years with an erection that just won’t quit.

  137. Top Ender

    Left-wing Twitter twits as biased as those they slam on the right
    CHRIS MITCHELL

    Media bias is in the eye of the beholder — but if the beholder is a Twitter warrior, bias means anything not of the political Left. Too bad about the 50 per cent of the population who vote conservative.

    Three tweets by journalists last Wednesday make the point.

    Chip Le Grand tweeted out the front pages of that morning’s Daily Telegraph in Sydney and Herald Sun in Melbourne. The Tele’s splash with a picture of Labor’s Bill Shorten said in caps: “The great divider”. The Melbourne daily led with a court story about local cancer diet fake Belle Gibson: “Belle cries poor”. Chip, a terrific writer and reporter, was once this paper’s Victorian editor. His tweet showing the two front pages asked, “Did someone miss the orders from Rupert or could it be that different Newscorp editors make independent judgements about what goes in their papers?”

    Tim Dunlop, once a left-wing blogger for this company’s News.com.au, wrote: “Or could it be that this is a single random example that proves nothing?”

    No one who actually understands newspapers could fail to see the differences between News’s Sydney and Melbourne tabloids.

    The Tele, as most of its former editors have said many times, is as brash as Sydney; the Hun much less so, like its more reserved home town of Melbourne. And the aforementioned News.com.au, the biggest and most successful news website in the country, is also owned by News Corp and positioned way to the left of the newspapers. So what? It’s a diverse market.

    Also responding to Chip was the US correspondent of the left-wing The Monthly, Richard Cooke, who without any apparent self-awareness tweeted of Chip, “Imagine tweeting this out to try and show that your company *lacks* bias.” This is breathtaking from a journalist working for mega-rich Melbourne left-wing publisher Morry Schwartz, who also owns The Saturday Paper, Quarterly Essay and publisher Black Inc. Schwartz Media wages non-stop war on anything conservative, giving the Melbourne property developer cover for his high-rise development business.

    Cooke leveraged off The New York Times’ 20,000-word investigation last month of the Murdoch family to produce yet another boring Schwartz hatchet job on News Corp for the cover of the latest Monthly. It’s a company fixated on the Murdochs and News, but only for commercial reasons.

    Former Monthly editor Ben Naparstek once told me the reason for Schwartz’s Murdoch obsession, saying the 2011 issue that featured yours truly on the cover was his biggest selling. Schwartz knows lefties will pay to read about what they hate.

    Neither Dunlop nor Cooke, or the Schwartz empire, see their own biases. Yet from where half the population stands and votes, the ABC, Guardian Australian, the Conversation, Crikey and many of Nine’s former Fairfax papers seem every bit as biased as they claim News to be.

    The outcry over The Daily Telegraph’s “Mother of Invention” splash, published on May 8, was the catalyst for Chip’s tweet and yet another round of News Corp bias accusations. Many in the media accepted Shorten’s heartfelt anger at the piece and his view it was a hatchet job on his mum.

    It was not and no one in the long list of critics of the story can have actually read it. Nowhere in the story or editorial was Ann Shorten criticised.

    The Tele raised the issue of her career because the previous Monday night on the ABC’s Q&A Shorten himself, unprompted, spoke at length about his mum’s lack of opportunity. She had wanted to be a lawyer but became a teacher. Q&A host Tony Jones failed to intervene to explain to his audience that Ann Shorten had gone on to study law later in life and to become a barrister.

    Shorten turned the Telegraph story to his advantage. Good luck to him. But why did so many Twitter twits proclaim the Tele had failed in its mission by inadvertently helping Shorten? Its mission, like that of all good media, was only to scrutinise a politician’s claims.

    Labor’s subsequent attempted delegitimising of News Corp was the same tactic used by Labor prime minister Julia Gillard when she threatened to regulate the media because this newspaper’s Hedley Thomas was following the Australian Workers Union slush fund story subsequently proven correct at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. At the time Paul Whittaker, then editor of The Daily Telegraph and now chief executive of Sky News, produced a 2013 front page of former communications minister Stephen Conroy as Joseph Stalin for his plans to regulate the press. Conroy now works for Whittaker at Sky News.

    The Ann Shorten story was unremarkable by comparison. News simply has been doing the job the other media shirked to earn Twitter acclaim.

    Labor was offering the biggest tax policy prescription since John Hewson’s Fightback in 1993. This column mid-campaign criticised the media for not picking up on Labor’s promise to subsidise the wages of childcare workers. But there was much more.

    Neither side offered meaningful short-term reform of personal or corporate taxes to increase incentives and boost growth. Few reporters challenged Labor on wages or mentioned low wages growth was happening at a time of historically low inflation and record low interest rates. Nor has either side had a story about productivity improvements in the labour market that could justify wage rises.

    Too little scrutiny was applied to Labor’s sly plans to reregulate the labour market and revitalise a trade union membership that includes only 9 per cent of private sector workers.

    Most media allowed Labor to claim Fair Work Australia’s Sunday penalty rates windback was the work of the Coalition when they knew FWA was Labor’s own independent wages arbiter. Why no defence of FWA from the former Fairfax papers and the ABC, which for decades have supported a centralised independent wages arbiter against this paper’s support of more deregulation?

    At a time of slowing growth across the economy, falling house prices and threats on the international economic horizon, why did so many in the media welcome Labor’s rolling back of negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount? Had Labor won, journalists would have looked stupid when this had the inevitable adverse effect on prices that it was actually designed to achieve.

    Why did the media let Clive Palmer have another shot at becoming an Australian version of Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi with virtually no scrutiny? Why did the ABC, Guardian Australia and Nine’s papers act as campaign boosters for progressive independents? They know the rise of independents is destroying our system of federal government. Why did so few journalists challenge Labor for walking both sides of the fence on the Adani coal project depending on whether it was talking to Victorians or Queenslanders?

    Worst of all, how were so many journalists prepared to let Labor claim it was stupid to ask for costings on its plan to almost double renewables and reduce emissions by 45 per cent by 2030? The Tele on Friday reported polling showing 60 per cent of voters reject the no costings argument. The day before in an election editorial that could have been written by a child, Guardian Australia made no mention that across Europe the roll-out of renewables is slowing dramatically. As a London-based company it must know that.

    CHRIS MITCHELL COLUMNIST
    Chris Mitchell began his career in late 1973 in Brisbane on the afternoon daily, The Telegraph.

    Oz link

  138. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The best result from the weekend is that vast imported vote herd are all starting to vote Liberal. Stupid darkies!

    they got barely outvoted by an ageing white population. let’s what happens when they bring another 1.6m in over the next decade.

  139. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    but I can imagine an alternate reality

    Don’t give them ideas, Fleeced.
    They need to stew in their own sour juice for a while. Delicious to behold the lemon faces.

    Then, one day, maybe a decent sort of Labor party may arise from these sodden ashes..
    for democracy needs to have an opposition that resonates with about half the people or it doesn’t thrive.

    We do need to thoroughly destroy the climate hysteria first though.
    Young children are so very impressionable. As for the adults, they are just the ‘worried well’.
    Nothing else to get excited about in their case, as the true climatic believers are wealthy urbanites whom capitalism has made so comfortable they have become decadent and soft in the head. Or else they are thriving on the climatic boondoggles. Mustn’t forget the Alex Turnbulls of the world.

  140. Mother Lode

    progressively less gentlemanly

    A very succinct way to connote being less than gentlemanly – progressive.

    Progressive men a hardly men, and yet not women.

    All to win the approval of termagants and barking frumps.

  141. Infidel Tiger

    Senator Doug Cameron
    @SenatorDoug
    ·
    51m
    The “miracle” has seen the Libs sweet in to a narrow majority. As it stands now the difference is 181,454 votes across the nation. Hardly a ringing endorsement for the
    @LiberalAus

    Over 5million Australians backed a progressive Labor agenda. We must stay strong and progressive.

    Good thing they are learning their lesson.

  142. ZK2A:

    “Australians are dumb,” was the cry from one left-wing commentator as the masses headed to ­social media to vent their frustration over Saturday’s shock ­result

    Not this little black duck.
    Winston goes back to looking through the shotgun section of his rifle magazine. “Hmm. A couple of matched Purdy’s. Nope – cannot afford.”

  143. Caveman

    Phelps can now go out to pasture and graze on carpet.

  144. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Seems Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also been on the phone to wish Scott Morrison all the best..

  145. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare #3019690, posted on May 20, 2019 at 10:15 am

    However, the Aust Cons will remove all subsidies, so that market forces may come into proper play

    Even then, coal is subject to royalties by the states.

    Royalties for wind and sun, now!

  146. Fleeced

    Tony Abbott went out in a blaze of glory, and he got rid of Turnbull, Pyne abd Bishop in the process. He drew enough hatred and rage from the enemy that they forgot to focus on the marginals. Tony won this election.

    He wasn’t the greatest PM – he seemed to fold too easily. Maybe he was hobbled by elements in his party or maybe that just wasn’t where his strength was. He was good on the ground, though. Here’s hoping ScoMo and crew make the best of it.

    I know I’ll likely be complaining about them soon enough. When Labor wins, they extract reparations from the defeated. When Liberals win, they sue for peace. Every time. For the moment, however, I’m glad we denied Shorten the job.

  147. Eddystone

    Infidel Tiger
    #3019696, posted on May 20, 2019 at 10:18 am

    LNP should end up with 78 seats.

    Tony Abbott is the greatest living Australian. None of this is possible without his destruction of Rudd/Gillard/Rudd/Shorten/Turnbull. He’s also destroyed all the foot soldiers of spivdom in the process.

    Dude can now sink schooners of New at the surf club for 30 years with an erection that just won’t quit.

    Thanks IT.

    That made me literally LOL.

  148. Infidel Tiger

    Sorry Zippy, but it’s your beloved white voters who have turned to the Greens, Zalis and GetUp stooges.

    Darkies, Chinks, coconuts, towel heads, camel jockeys, monkey chasers and rural people are all that stand between us and the idiot white skinned spiv class.

    We need a national enquiry into tertiary educated whites.

  149. stackja

    Fleeced – ALP hate. Others don’t.

  150. Infidel Tiger

    Has anyone seen monty?

    This can’t be good for his health.

  151. Fleeced – ALP hate. Others don’t.

    Speak for yourself. I really hate the fuckers.

  152. Black Ball

    Good morning deplorables. Terry McCrann nails it page 4 of today’s Hun. Thanking Clive Palmer and Pauline Hanson for their work.

  153. Atoms for Peace

    Message to Doug Cameron. Your lot were expected to win in a canter. You LOST. Now, go hand out some blue face paint to all of the wounded warriors of the left.

  154. Mother Lode

    Labor didn’t have an overambitious agenda – hell, Lefties love the idea of revolutions where they sweep away everything they dislike and infest it with their own new filth.

    Nothing incremental there.

    Remember the school hall building program – BER. Building the Education Revolution. The buildings were a revolution? Sure it made no sense, but the word ‘revolution’ makes them moist and tumescent.

    Labor deliberately courted what they thought was the great mass, promising them all government goodies paid for by class enemies.

    I wonder if they will have a little soul search such as they did after Whitlam was finally dispatched. They eventually came back with Hawke – a complete break from Whitlamism.

  155. twostix

    Has anyone seen monty?

    This can’t be good for his health.

    Poor m0nty, an anachronism.

  156. Eddystone

    I do feel a little bit guilty at writing to Tony Abbott telling him I was withdrawing my support over his decision to ban the import of 7 shot Adler shotguns.

    A couple of weeks later, Turnbull, sensing Abbott’s weakness, made his move. The rest is history. For want of a nail the shoe was lost…

    (H/t Spike Milligan: “Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall”.)

  157. bespoke

    Oh not this the left are idiots again. That’s to easy since they are winning on every front. They are playing to win not for some utopia. People are really easy to manipulate on the personal level. A gratuitous complement tell them what want, bingo! you got a sucker.

  158. Infidel Tiger

    ASX hits 12 year high.

    So we are now back to where we were when JWH was running the show.

    A lost decade.

  159. Rossini

    Fleeced
    #3019594, posted on May 20, 2019 at 9:06 am

    The bank stocks are kicking arse!

  160. stackja

    IT – rich whites think it’s theirs. Others have to work for it.
    University for most people is a waste.
    Gough again.

  161. Infidel Tiger

    Bourse is up 2%

    The Shorten discount is over!

  162. max

    Start with the ABC. That is the key to change.

    It refuses to allow any climate change debate. Refugees, gay marriage, renewables are all on a daily cycle.

    Tony Abbott, Fraser Anning lost because of those malevolent pricks.

    Cardinal Pell is in jail because of the ABC.

    Morrison and Frydenberg just don’t get it.

  163. pete m

    It is amazing that no journo has thought to ask Labor why they poll at 20% or less when a so-called strong independent takes on a LNP member.

    Labor is supposed to be the biggest most popular party going around, but when it comes to fighting battles in key city and regional seats, they poll ridiculously small numbers for a claimed major party.

    EG – labor vote in

    Warringah – 6.23%

    Wentworth – 10.76%

    Mayo – 13.45%

    New England – 12.52%

    Farrer – 14.9%

    Many others at the 20% range or less.

    For a major party to poll under 1 in 10 people in an electorate is (as news.com.au love to spin) bizarre.

  164. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Has anyone seen monty?

    This can’t be good for his health.

    monty has a kid (or two) he is starting to wrestle with his inner conservative demons

  165. Exit Stage Right

    So many sore losers on the Left, unable or unwilling to confront reality.
    Just like their Democrat cousins in the US, they spit at the majority and double down on their nation destroying policies.
    They are unable to rationalise and admit their own failures. How could they possibly run a country?

  166. vr

    How cool is the University of Chicago?

    RTWT at the link.

    Last fall, the following happened at the University of Chicago: Philosophy professor Agnes Callard invited Ben Callard, her ex-husband and colleague in the Department of Philosophy, to debate her, one on one, on stage, before their students. And the subject would be a juicy one: divorce. Ben, for his part, did not think that this was the greatest idea his ex-wife ever had.

    “When it’s over,” he said, “we still have to teach these kids.”

    “Yeah …” she said, unconcerned.

    Agnes — a self-described “oversharer” for whom “almost nothing is uncomfortable” — told Ben he could set the terms of debate. He agreed. And not soon after, Agnes had posters plastered across campus, promoting their titanic rumble.

    Word spread.

    Watch divorcees sparring in public!

    See teachers bicker!

    “The Philosophy of Divorce,” as the evening was billed, became the latest in Agnes’ ongoing Night Owls series, a program of long, long, late-night philosophy debates, now among the most popular student events in Hyde Park.

    By the evening of the event, “The Philosophy of Divorce” was a hot ticket (so to speak, admission was free). Caroline Hoskins, a senior philosophy student from Memphis, recalls, “There was so much hype on campus my friends and I went 30 minutes early, which was smart, because almost all the seats were gone a half hour before it started.” The line stretched out of the hall. By fight time, more than 300 students had turned out, and many more were turned away. The University of Chicago is just that kind of school.

    After the Callards sparred for a hour — calmly, intimately, but without revealing a great deal of salacious information (at Ben’s insistence) — students started peppering the ex-couple with questions, about monogamy, marriage as a contract, personal sacrifice, and even sex. Their chat continued more than three hours, ending after midnight.

    “Ben found it exhausting,” Agnes said.

    “Emotionally exhausting,” Ben said later.

    They had made lists of questions to ask each other, though with her first punch, Agnes knocked her ex-husband off-balance. “Just before the event, he called and said he couldn’t get his questions printed. I said OK just email it to me. He said, no, no, he’d bring his computer. I said don’t sit on stage reading from a computer! Email it! I wouldn’t read his questions! And we went back and forth for a while, until it was obvious, he clearly didn’t believe that I wouldn’t peek at his questions. And so I started Night Owls that night by telling the printer story, and then I asked: ‘So, Ben, what is trust and why is it important in marriage?”

    William Weaver, the philosophy department administrator, was standing just outside the room, handling the line of students: “When Agnes asked her first question, there was this huge roar.” And it was gratifying: “Because I think there’s a sense on campus that philosophy will never be the hip thing. But with help from Night Owls, maybe we are?”

  167. John Comnenus

    The real disaster for the ALP and Left generally is that they can’t even win after all the climate scare campaigning, gazillions in free advertising in the MSM, social media bias, get up and celebrity endorsements, political correctness being held over everyone’s head. And the last LNP Govt has been the most divided, turbulent and hopeless “centre right” government in living memory.

    All that and the Left still can’t win in Australia. If Morrison tracks moderately right and is competent he will win easily.

  168. Mother Lode

    Well of the two possibilities the left should be glad of Morrison forming a majority government rather than a minority one.

    They have told us time and time again that what the nation truly craves is certainty. It has been one of their great catch-cries ever since the days of the Y Ddraig Goch Gillard (the Welsh Red Dragon).

    Why back then, more important than having the right policy was definitely having any policy.

    If the Libs get to implement their policies unhindered the left should be jubilant.

  169. twostix

    Abbott was to Australian politics as Mcarthur was to the American Army.

    An amazing General but after years of battle didn’t know how to appear to normies anymore. Just an absolute war machine.

    We were so lucky to have him, he didn’t fit the PMship well because of the above, but it must also be reminded that conservatives let him down when he was in office less because of what he was doing and more because Trump hadn’t yet taught them how to not be weak simpering losers in the face of media fake mockery.

  170. John Comnenus

    The Tele called the vile twitter haters No Copers. Lol

  171. Rococo Liberal

    It is amazing that no journo has thought to ask Labor why they poll at 20% or less when a so-called strong independent takes on a LNP member.

    I noticed that in Wentworth there were very few ALP posters at all. There wee Sharma and Phelps posters in side streets that have never seen a poster before.
    I think however that the ALP realises that in safe Coalition seats, it is best for them to run dead when there is a chance of an independent winning.
    I’m sure the coalition would do the same if a strong independent was running in a safe Labor seat.
    Labor always comes third in Wentworth. The Greens usually come a distant second.

  172. Mother Lode

    Over 5million Australians backed a progressive Labor agenda. We must stay strong and progressive.

    See?

    Because it is not Labor there is no talk of mandate. Gillard had a mandate, even though she only managed to form any kind of government by buying off some independents who had not campaigned on her policies.

  173. None:

    Sometimes the best way is to ask them lots of questions and get them to slowly clarify their own thinking and think about where they’re getting their own information from. Good Luck

    That’s a good strategy. It’s the one I tend to use in mixed company – mainly because it gets other people thinking. Best example is the EV power concept. “Come home and plug the car in. Start dinner. Just about everyone else in the street will be doing it. What will happen?” …and you watch the lightbulbs go ‘fzzzztt’ above everyone else’s head.

  174. Top Ender

    Please excuse me posting full length articles but a) worth it and b) paywalled.

    Mighty middle class bounces Bill
    NICK CATER

    It was a magnificent election for Labor’s Ged Kearney who stopped the inner-Melbourne seat of Cooper falling into the clutches of the Greens by attracting a 14 per cent swing.

    There was less cheer, however, for Russell Robertson, Bill Shorten’s bunny in Capricornia who suffered a 10.8 per cent swing against Labor on the latest count.

    Fortune eluded Labor candidates in Dawson (-11.3 per cent), Herbert (-7.6 per cent), Forde (-7.25 per cent), Page (-7 per cent), Blair (-6.6 per cent) and Lindsay (-6.1 per cent). We could go on, but Coalition supporters no doubt are bloated with schadenfreude.

    The obvious lesson for the parties is that elections can never be won by prostrating yourself before the climate cognoscenti in gentrified suburbs.

    The Coalition learned that in 2016 when Malcolm Turnbull tried to win with a message that could have been composed in Swahili for all it meant to voters in western Sydney.

    Turnbull gained swings in Wentworth, Curtin, Goldstein, and Kooyong — and almost lost the election.

    This time, the Coalition lost support in all those seats and more. Tim Wilson slipped 5 per cent according to the early two-party preferred result in Goldstein, Trent Zimmerman dropped 4.6 per cent in North Sydney and John Alexander lost ground in John Howard’s former seat of Bennelong.

    The trade-off, however, was the expansion of Howard battler territory. Banks, a blue-collar seat that was beyond even Howard’s grasp, was won for the third time by David Coleman without recourse to preferences.

    The reaction from Labor’s shell-shocked frontbench suggests they’ll take some time to recover. Like Hillary Clinton’s Democrats in the US and the Remainers in Britain, they are scratching for excuses and searching for evidence of foul play.

    Tanya Plibersek’s insistence on ABC’s Insiders that Labor would ramp up the pressure on climate policy missed the point entirely. Australians want Australia to meet its Paris targets, but not if it pushes up power bills or costs someone else their job.

    We should go easy on Plibersek and her colleagues. It must be hard for them to adjust to a world in which almost every assumption they held was repudiated in a matter of hours. We could read the pain on Barrie Cassidy’s face, which by the end of Saturday resembled a deflated football.

    Morrison’s political skill is self-evident. He has an intuitive understanding of the electorate and speaks the language of the forgotten people.

    It is surely only a matter of time before his opponents dust off the line they used against Howard: “He’s a clever politician, but …”

    Shorten’s defeat, however, was not primarily political, poor as his campaign might have been. It was an act of revenge by the mighty Australian middle class, driven by the same sentiment that toppled Clinton and raised the middle finger in Britain to Brussels.

    It was a repudiation of Shorten’s doctrine of fairness and an assertion of the Aussie fair go.

    It was a reminder that most people like this place much as it is and shudder at the thought of change.

    For all the myth about the 1972 “It’s Time” campaign, Gough Whitlam had the smallest major­ity of any incoming government since World War II.

    Three years later, Malcolm Fraser achieved the largest majority since World War II with a mandate to steady the ship.

    Howard promised to help the nation feel “comfortable and relaxed” in 1996 and was elected with a majority 40.

    Tony Abbott was elected with a majority of 30 seats, 10 more than Bob Hawke was granted in 1983, by promising to restore stability after the turmoil of the Rudd and Gillard years.

    Labor insisted that this time it would be different; that there was a burning desire to end discrimination against transgender people; that workers were clamouring for the reinstatement of union power; that the tax system should be overturned to reward slothfulness and penalise thrift; that tradies should respond to the “climate emergency” by dumping the Ford Ranger and packing their tools in a Nissan Leaf.

    Last week I received a dispatch from a reader in Northcote, in the epicentre of change.

    “I’m in Ged Kearney’s electorate, and her red posters say ‘Real Change’.

    “Well, poop to that. I don’t want more change, I’ve had enough. I just want to be left alone to settle into my new retirement existence, seeing friends and family, regular visits to the movies, etc.

    “No Change is what I agree with. No changing the rules, no changing the government, but a return to stability.

    “On that happy note, back to the telly and my late roast lamb dinner.”

    Volunteers on pre-poll duty told me that it is a sense that is widely held.

    The aroma of the sausage sizzle and late autumnal sun reinforced the Prime Minister’s assertion that we live in the best bloody country on earth, a land where the cauldron of revolutionary fervour simmers nowhere outside the progressive mind.

    Nick Cater is executive director of the Menzies Research Centre.

    NICK CATERCOLUMNIST
    Nick Cater is executive director of the Menzies Research Centre and a columnist with The Australian. He is a former editor of The Weekend Australian and a former deputy editor of The Sunday Telegraph

  175. Robber Baron

    Get up certainly wasted a lot of money because it looks like Nicole Flint got up.

    I believe Alan Tudge is ecstatic that she has been returned to Canberra.

  176. notafan

    Calli your climate changy friends

    did you remind them that their children, by denying themselves children have abandoned faith, hope and charity?

    The climate change cultists are nihilists and hypocrites because they live their lives with a focus on material comforts, the travel, the middle class lifestyle, nothing more than clashing cymbals while expecting the poor to bear the real burden of their fancies.

    I count them ciphers.

    faith hope charity

  177. stackja

    twostix – Australia behind USA in understanding MSM is useless?

  178. There surely must be an investigation or RC called into leftist terrorism conducted at this election.
    We had a stabbing in Warringah by the terrorist left.
    The terrorist left burning a One Nation van.
    The terrorist left’s best mates and go to guys for even more extreme violence (the M word folk) beating up campaigners in WA.
    The terrorist left trying to set fire to a Liberal campaign vehicle.

    Anything else I missed? Really need to compile all the terrorist actions of the terrorist left and demand an immediate investigation.

    Oh wait…sorry, it’s a Liberal Government. If we give them a list they will end up handing over taxpayers money to the terrorist left.

  179. C.L.

    Because it is not Labor there is no talk of mandate.

    Exactly.
    For starters, Morrison has a clear mandate to abolish klimate changery and ban the targeting of Christians.

  180. Roger

    Shorten’s defeat, however, was not primarily political, poor as his campaign might have been. It was an act of revenge by the mighty Australian middle class, driven by the same sentiment that toppled Clinton and raised the middle finger in Britain to Brussels.

    It was a repudiation of Shorten’s doctrine of fairness and an assertion of the Aussie fair go.

    It was a reminder that most people like this place much as it is and shudder at the thought of change.

    Labor people are presently sticking their fingers in their ears and blowing raspberries to avoid the message.

    Analysis in The West Australian today: Labor lost because they didn’t spend enough on advertising.

  181. The fantasy –

    Tony Abbott, Fraser Anning lost because of those malevolent pricks.

    The reality –

    Tony Abbott, Fraser Anning lost because they are malevolent pricks

  182. areff

    Ex-Age journo and carbonphobic grant-subsidised scribbler Jo Chandler is a bit discouraged:

    https://twitter.com/jo_m_chandler/status/1130255787253673984

  183. notafan

    Happens I am am a very non political forum where this morning I was puzzled by a ‘pit of despair’ comment

    then it hit me they were referring to the election result

    I picked them as while back as greenies living the comfortable middle class lifestyle with employment that requires an extraordinary amount of travel and use of modernity.

    Pit of despair. Pathetic.

  184. notafan

    Thanks numbers for reminding me I have some congratulatory emails to write

  185. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Thanks, TE. Nick Cater is good value, as always.

    It was only over the weekend that I wondered where he got to (not reading The Australian, and all) and I clicked his link in the Cat sidebar. Dead. might be time for a cleanup, O Doomlord.

  186. twostix

    twostix – Australia behind USA in understanding MSM is useless?

    When Abbott quietly brought back knighthoods “conservatives” (who this should have been red meat for) literally fell into the fetal position in the face of the laughable fake Twitter / Media mockery.

  187. Nelson Kidd-Players

    notafan #3019748, posted on May 20, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Calli your climate changy friends

    Always a challange, Nota. Even if you leave your cluebat in the closet, can you at least get out your clue cushon and wield it?

  188. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Good to see Kae pop her head up in the election thread. Hope you’re doing alright, Kae!
    </spacechook>

  189. vr

    When Abbott quietly brought back knighthoods “conservatives” (who this should have been red meat for) literally fell into the fetal position in the face of the laughable fake Twitter / Media mockery.

    I wish he had abolished 18c, something he had promised to do, rather than bring back knighthoods.

  190. duncanm

    Phelps concedes — the winning continues.

  191. Bruce of Newcastle

    Royalties for wind and sun, now!

    Eminently sensible.
    After all the rain that falls on your property isn’t yours.
    So why should the wind blowing across it be?
    #leftylogic

  192. Roger

    Will we get an inquiry into overseas intervention in the Warringah electorate?

    Where does GetUp! receive its funding from?

  193. None

    vr – the same group of ethnics – ahem self appointed flashes who represent no one- that pressured Abbott to drop 18c ( let’s not go to his own team who was undermining him as well) is the very same group that got Gladys to criminalise speech in New South Wales. That is how pathetic the Liberals are. While I am very glad that the liberals got up I’m under no illusions that these guys are lazy bastards and I’ve have no intention of doing anything that might even remotely be difficult like arguing the case for dropping 18c – and now is the time to put maximum pressure on them because their head has swollen so much in the last 24 hours there going to be freaking dangerous.

  194. Stimpson J. Cat

    Happens I am am a very non political forum where this morning I was puzzled by a ‘pit of despair’ comment

    They may also have needed to shave their underarms and ran out of razors.

  195. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    https://www.captiongenerator.com/1396842/Tits-loses

    “Don’t worry, Chloe, you’ll still have lots of money.”

  196. stackja

    The private is still angry.

  197. notafan

    My email to various parliamentarians

    Congratulations on your solid win on Saturday.

    Labor campaigned on a climate change agenda as their absolute number one issue.

    Australians have absolutely rejected that world view.

    Please do not let the likes of Arthus Sindonos thwart the will of the people and destroy this country by adopting this nihilist cult’s world view.

    Years ago I accepted that the likes of Flannery, Gore and Suzuki were telling the truth but as their predictions failed, again and again and again I began to be dubious.

    We should never forget that here in Victorian we have been saddled with a multi billion dollar desalination plant white elephant because we took notice of these self-serving hypocrites and liars.

    Our elderly should not be shivering under blankets though the Melbourne winter because they cannot afford to heat their homes

    I do not want to see taxpayer funded subsidies continuing to go to a wealthy elite of windfarm and solar plant owners.

    We have coal and we can produce cheap clean coal power.

    If it is good enough for the Germans, for the Indians and the Chinese it is good enough for us.

    And get rid of that stupid, stupid Snowy 2 , dumber than the NBN.

  198. stackja

    TA wasn’t perfect but he defeated ALP many times. Even on Saturday.

  199. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    so this comment fails to meet “community standards” at theconversation

    the job of government is to look after its people not rocks, animals and plants. your priorities are inverted.

    Marxism cloaked in climate hysteria is a scam.

    leftoids, it’s not much of a conversation when you are talking to a mirror is it?

  200. notafan

    When Abbott quietly brought back knighthoods “conservatives” (who this should have been red meat for) literally fell into the fetal position in the face of the laughable fake Twitter / Media mockery.

    That was here too despite the deliciousness of the very first recipient.

    Shorten’s ma-in-law didn’t say no but Prince Philip had everyone heading for the chaise longue

  201. Stimpson J. Cat

    When Abbott quietly brought back knighthoods “conservatives” (who this should have been red meat for) literally fell into the fetal position in the face of the laughable fake Twitter / Media mockery.

    Scott can cement his authority if he knights Megan Markle.
    This is the only Sane option.

  202. Fisky

    Tony Abbott is the greatest living Australian. None of this is possible without his destruction of Rudd/Gillard/Rudd/Shorten/Turnbull. He’s also destroyed all the foot soldiers of spivdom in the process.

    Don’t forget Craig Laundy, Julie Bishop, Christopher Pyne, etc etc. All finished thanks to Abbott.

  203. stackja

    SH – BS need some silicon?

  204. The Countess

    Fellow Project presenter Meshel Laurie blasted the public, writing “Australians are dumb, mean-spirited and greedy. Accept it,”

    If wanting to keep my job, feed my kids, and run the heating/cooling when I need it is greedy, well then, yeah.

  205. Fisky

    It’s always the thing with revolutions, that the first wave usually get wiped out and their successors have to carry the mantle. Abbott is the great martyr of the Everyman Rebellion!

  206. Where does GetUp! receive its funding from?

    A Naaaazi collaborator and Unions who also collaborated with the Naaaazis in WWII by sabotaging our Diggers.
    RC into leftist terrorism and fascism now!

  207. Mother Lode

    I saw the photo of Morro at a Sharks game they are using in the dead tree version of the Tele.

    He is holding a beer.

    I am just waiting for the progressives to rail against this open and blatant encouragement of binge-drinking, and the inevitable rape-culture and gay-junior suicides.

    The man is a monster.

  208. dover_beach

    Abbott was to Australian politics as Mcarthur was to the American Army.

    An amazing General but after years of battle didn’t know how to appear to normies anymore. Just an absolute war machine.

    We were so lucky to have him, he didn’t fit the PMship well because of the above, but it must also be reminded that conservatives let him down when he was in office less because of what he was doing and more because Trump hadn’t yet taught them how to not be weak simpering losers in the face of media fake mockery.

    So true. Not once did he refuse the task before him: Pitted against Rudd, Turnbull, Gillard, Rudd, Turnbull, finally, Shorten, his answer was always: Hold my beer.
    Abbott, we salute you.

  209. P

    Abbott, we salute you.

    Tony Abbott you are a champion.

  210. Dr Faustus

    Professor Matt Mcdonald explains:

    Election 2019: What happened to the climate change vote we heard about?

    The voters in Melbourne, Kooyong, Wentworth, Higgins. and McNamara got it, apparently. The voters in Warringah got it particularly well.

    But in this case and in other inner-city seats, support for climate action looks broadly consistent with a ‘post-materialist’ sensibility.

    Here the emphasis on quality of life over immediate economic and physical needs encourages a focus on issues like climate change. But this is a sensibility that speaks to those in higher socio-economic brackets, and principally with higher levels of education.

    It isn’t particularly applicable to regional Queensland, for example…

    So, in a nutshell, the thick fuckers in the regions lack “post-materialist sensibility“.
    At least there’s a proper explanation we can work with.

  211. notafan

    ‘post-materialist’ sensibility.

    utterly clueless

    for a peek into the post materialist world of the higher soci0-economic brackets, have a look inside the Burnside mansion in Hawthorn.

    or have a glass of wine with Julian on the cliff top deck at Cape Liptrap

    The enormous homes (yes plural), the world travel, the luxury cars, the dining out, the constant buying of new stuff .

    post material world, no, just not for the hoi polloi

    Stupid stupid man

  212. Knuckle Dragger

    Mole:

    ‘Don’t worry Chloe. You still have lots of money’

    Hahaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

    Ha!

  213. Knuckle Dragger

    Dammit Zulu!

  214. Robber Baron

    have a glass of wine with Julian on the cliff top deck at Cape Liptrap

    As I hear he does this in the company of young men.

  215. C.L.

    One great thing remains undone and, without it, the enemies of Australia remain too unchastened for any right-thinking person’s liking. I mean the acquittal of Cardinal Pell.

  216. Top Ender

    Two letters from the Oz worth posting:

    The election result is being tagged as Scott Morrison’s miracle. Wrong. There was nothing miraculous about it. The political and chattering classes, the ABC, the rest of the progressive media, and all other elites were so disengaged from the Australian people that they could not see this coming.

    Anybody with half a political brain could see that the silent majority would not accept higher taxes imposed on selected class enemies, uncosted climate schemes, free-for-all migration, more expensive and more unreliable energy, draconian thought policing, oppression of religious freedoms, and so forth. It was more a deviation from the elites’ script.

    David Waye, Pyalong, Vic

    Scott Morrison may claim that he has always believed in miracles, but this unexpected victory had more to do with authenticity and personal determination than anything else. The resolute leadership, the honesty and manifest integrity of one man, Morrison, prevailed despite the vindictive undermining of a vengeful Malcolm Turnbull, his son Alex, and a gormless collection of activists such as GetUp, militant unions and other agitators.

    In the wash up, how bizarre it is to witness the rejection of someone as intrinsically honest and hardworking as Tony Abbott in Warringah, while simultaneously we see the return of someone as undeserving of public office as Greens MP Adam Bandt.

    But whatever the eventual make-up of the parliament, let all Australians be reassured, they have chosen the correct leader. An honourable, astute and capable PM will guide us through all the vicissitudes and challenges for the next three years.

    Lyle Geyer, Essendon, Vic

  217. C.L.

    Amidst the hoopla, a reality check: the Liberals will do nothing about 18c, will continue to give credence to klimate change, will not clean out the ADF and will do nothing to sanction or disempower the ABC. Labor would be worse, yeah. But that’s the low bar we’re all polishing.

  218. notafan

    How many more like poison Arthur are still there?

  219. Johno

    What a gloatiferous election. Sniffy shall not deflate my magnificent gloatificence with his sniffy hate words.

    Did I mention the absolutely gloatificent Autumn morning here in sunny downtown gloatacious Murrumbateman?

  220. Fleeced

    Amidst the hoopla, a reality check: the Liberals will do nothing about 18c, will continue to give credence to klimate change, will not clean out the ADF and will do nothing to sanction or disempower the ABC. Labor would be worse, yeah. But that’s the low bar we’re all polishing.

    Indeed. And I wouldn’t be surprised if they start copying some of their stupid tax policies (franking credit changes, etc). They always adopt the shitty policies their supporters were voting against.

    That said, ScoMo has about as clean a slate as he could reasonably expect for a new government. No Turnbull, Pyne or Bishop. No Banks or Laundy. And no Abbott (who was on the opposite side to the others, but whom the media would have pushed as a bogeyman to sow division).

    I think that’s largely why I’m feeling happy with the result. We didn’t just hold off Shorten – we actually have a mostly renewed Liberal party. They’ll likely still suck, but probably less than they would have if the Bishop and Pyne types didn’t retire because they expected Libs to lose.

  221. Top Ender

    Phelps concedes defeat – Oz newspaper

    Independent MP for Wentworth Kerryn Phelps is conceding defeat after losing to Liberal challenger Dave Sharma.

    Dr Phelps won the blue-ribbon Sydney seat last year against Mr Sharma in a shock after Malcolm Turnbull resigned. But on Saturday, Liberal voters returned to the government.

    “There may well be a time in the future where the Australian public misses the constructive input of the crossbench in this last Parliament because that constructive crossbench can actually hold government to account,” she told supporters in Sydney.

    “I am proud of the Home Affairs Amendments bill … which came to be known as the Medivac Bill.

    “Since that bill was passed our public hospitals have not been overrun and none of the other dire convictions about compassionate treatment for sick refugees have come to pass. What we do have is prompt medical care for people under Australia’s watch.

    “My hope is that Scott Morrison’s newly elected government will continue to ensure that the remaining refugees and people seeking asylum receive the attention deserve promptly and without unnecessary legal delays and that a proper solution is found for these people so that they can live in freedom and safety.”

    The Prime Minister has promised to repeal Dr Phelps’ medivacs legislation.

  222. Helen

    Frydenchickenburger repeated to Bazza on insiders the policy they took to the election re klimate change. Meeting the C02 reduction levels, more solar and a big battery somewhere.

    There were other things, too. But he also said it could not be at the expense of reliabilty – so there is the out.

    Reliable power first. maybe. we will see.

  223. Beachcomber

    C.L. at 12:25 pm

    ……….. a reality check: the Liberals will do nothing about 18c, will continue to give credence to klimate change, will not clean out the ADF and will do nothing to sanction or disempower the ABC.

    Depressing but true.

  224. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hey Cassie and Burn, we did it!!
    She’s conceded in Wentworth.

    Meanwhile, Cory’s emailing his disappointment in the Conservative Senate vote on first figures.
    Cory, we expected this, anyone who handed out at the NSW election anyway. The profile, as yet, is too low for a big vote across the population, even though I thought the campaign voice and materials were absolutely terrific for this election (I am keeping my ‘Sick of the Greens?’ corflute and clinging to my moment of glory fixing it into a nest of Greens corflute posters) – so much learned from the NSW Campaign and Cory, you should take heart from the profile-raising exercise that this election provided.

    Another reason I found in Wentworth why the vote for the Conservatives was low going to be low was that I observed many people not wanting to take ANY extra HTV’s at all, so determined were they to make their vote count to get rid of Phelps and not do anything at all to shift from a total Liberal vote in both houses in order to feel secure in that. People often don’t understand the two-house system and some may have felt they risked their Liberal vote vs Phelps if they went otherwise than Liberal in the Senate (especially if they had heard of the Senate finangling that has been going on with preferences in previous elections). So the circumstances in some electorates may have been against ‘protest’ votes of any sort. Maybe Riccardo can let Cory know this to cheer him up, especially if other volunteers found the same thing.

  225. Sinclair Davidson

    One great thing remains undone and, without it, the enemies of Australia remain too unchastened for any right-thinking person’s liking. I mean the acquittal of Cardinal Pell.

    Yep. The trifecta.
    Geoffrey Rush’s glorious victory.
    Election result.
    Pell’s vindication.

    Mind you – the pursuit of the people who railroaded him into prison needs to be undertaken too.

  226. notafan

    Yep. The trifecta.
    Geoffrey Rush’s glorious victory.
    Election result.
    Pell’s vindication.

    Mind you – the pursuit of the people who railroaded him into prison needs to be undertaken too.

    Absolutely .

    The Billy the Kid coincidences are way too coincidental

    I am glad someone located outside Australia was prepared to put in the hard yards to work out it was ‘the kids’ lawyer who was operating that twitter account

    the whole thing stinks

    I wonder who represented the accuser in Brother Tyrrell’s case.

  227. Stimpson J. Cat

    Mind you – the pursuit of the people who railroaded him into prison needs to be undertaken too.

    Look on the bright side, at least he’s still alive.
    It’s a miracle he wasn’t shot resisting arrest given the sterling record of certain agencies.

  228. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    There were other things, too. But he also said it could not be at the expense of reliabilty – so there is the out.

    The Libs need to face it; there has to be a BIG BATTLE against climate lunacy, and in many ways the sooner the better. What are the final numbers, any idea of how many over the line the Libs are going to be yet?

    If they have more than one then they can act mightily immediately, bolstered by one person against the odd death or departure in a huff or in disgrace that bugs a single over the line victory. For in any by-election you can be sure that dirty tricks aplenty will be in play and they need to have some solid climatic reality out to the uninformed public, and to sneaky education bureaucracies and the leftist media (pay for ads if necessary), before that.

  229. Farmer Gez

    Plibbers is not standing for leadership.
    Saddy faces all round at the ABC ladies collective.
    Fembot host laments.
    “Some thought she might to a Jacinda Adern for the Labor party.”
    Much laughter.

  230. Geriatric Mayfly

    Saddy faces all round at the ABC ladies collective.

    Those three (Sales, Karvelas, Crabb) set the benchmark on Saturday night for faces drained of all cheer. Don’t tell me there are new contenders rising up from the depths of lefty despondency.

  231. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Pit of despair. Pathetic.

    The worried well. An epidemiological term for healthy people who are hypochondriacs.
    Things in general are so good for them they have to find something fake to worry about.

    When they worry about ‘Climate Change’, they also get Brownie Points for appearing so concerned.
    Win-win for the Climate Worried Well. A huge worry to compensate for having it all so good under capitalism, and virtue signaling to say they are really nice concerned people nevertheless.

    Cut off their electricity and tax any inheritance and see how they go though. 🙂

  232. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hey, those are nice little finches. You can see them in pet shops everywhere. 🙂

  233. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The Liberals should now start rolling sudden practice blackouts from 7pm till 10pm sporadically.

    Tell ’em it’s getting the population in practice for what the RET and other stupid energy policies have delivered so far. Tell ’em you’re working on the new coal-fired power stations but until then they have to practice what they preach and conserve power.

    You only do it in wealthy electorates that have gone green at any time, natch.

    Hairy and I can take one for the team if only the Libs would do this.

  234. duncanm

    Tom
    #3017756, posted on May 19, 2019 at 4:02 am
    Leunig lampooned in Week In Pictures.

    Tom — Leunig drew this, its not a parody. See here https://www.leunig.com.au/works/recent-cartoons?limit=1&start=2

    Despite his leanings, it seems he is coming around, after being turfed from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for unspecified reasons.

  235. duncanm

    Leunig is a bit of an anti-vaccer nut, from what I hear, but I’m warming to some of his other stuff.

    https://www.leunig.com.au/images/recent-cartoons/Thought-scanner.jpg

  236. None

    First we had rugby Australian is Friday night doc Dump about Izzy hoping that nobody would notice
    Just In:

    Some Pell contempt charges dropped

    PELL TRIAL Victoria’s top prosecutor has dropped dozens of contempt of court charges over the reporting on the George Pell case, including a charge against Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston.

    13m

  237. None

    Sky sacked him but they still can’t get enough of him. I am loving Mark Latham. Preach it brother.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/SkyNewsAust/status/1130080748600348672

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