Monday Forum: May 21, 2019

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  1. Empire 5:5

    The thought that filth support is rising is a real concern and I would put it down to ideological infiltration a la Gramsci and general fucking with the yoof.

    Muh vegan climate election.

    The average affluent social democrat knows the ALP are com’d, but they’ve never been to a Gangrene cocktail party or met anyone who worked for them. They have no idea just how rancidly dysfunctional the party really is, nor how thoroughly misaligned they are with the founding vibe.

    It’s a party owned by wealthy radical lunatics, fronted by keystone tyrannists and packaged for severely educated misinformed middle class white people.

  2. memoryvault

    Zero chance of that happening.
    The minor parties are here to stay.

    Irrelevant, Tel.

    First, I was referring to the government, which comes from the HoR.
    Second, Libs, Labor and Nationals currently comfortably hold about two thirds of the Senate seats and can push through anything they agree on. After July One Libs, Labor and the Nationals will continue to comfortably hold about two thirds of the Senate seats and will push through anything they agree on.

    That includes the matters I referred to, which they have already agreed on.

  3. Some History

    Woke Privilege: The Entitled Intolerance of Progressives I So What You’re Saying Is
    Brendan O’Neill

  4. Leigh Lowe

    Is Neale Daniher just the bravest bloke going around, or what?

  5. Some History

    Life In Australia: Cairns (1964)

  6. Siltstone

    Leigh Lowe
    Yep, its slow court warfare that stymies projects and onjectirs face no financial consequences, but proponents have it all on the line. Adani have won every court case yet the beaurocracy, backed by ALP, fight rearguard action always.

  7. Some History

    Darwin The Friendly City. Australian Diary 125 (1963)

  8. Leigh Lowe

    Wayne Swan
    @SwannyQLD
    The Libs are the very last people to trust with a slowing economy. 

    PhD from the Springsteen School of Economics.

  9. memoryvault

    Friday night on the Cat. The first punch gets thrown 9p.m.

    Count me out, Zulu.
    The first episode of the new series of “Elementary” is on, and I’m off to watch it.

  10. Crossie

    Here’s the Senate swing towards PeaHon 2019: NSW +0.86%, Vic +1.01%, Qld +1.01%, WA +1.48%, SA +1.62%, Tas +0.94%.

    The minor parties are here to stay.

    Yes, even though my party, the Australian Conservatives, is too small to even register among the above. Every little bit counts in the large scheme of things.

  11. Leigh Lowe

    Siltstone … In this bout it looks like the black throated finch is going to lose to the flouro breasted mynah by knockout.

  12. Bruce in WA

    I notice it boasts being DEET free. The exact opposite is recommended for places like tropical Africa.
    Bushman brand seems to cover most bases.

    Bushman is great — especially if you can get 80% DEET.

    But beware — that shit literally melts rubber and most plastics. Take care of your watchband and sunnies in particular — don’t get any on them!

  13. Bruce in WA

    Or if your reading glasses have plastic lenses (as most do these days) — you have been warned!

  14. Leigh Lowe:

    Firstly, the climate scam. The swampies are becoming increasingly shrill, desparate and OTT in their doomsday predictions. Three years will see the air go out of that cause I predict.

    The interesting thing about the climate scam is the convergence of a couple of things.
    The Maunder Minimum 2. The unprecedented cold snaps hitting the world over the last two years are going to – IMHO – be worse in 2020. The Green GW facade will be impossible to maintain if the northern hemisphere winter of 2019/2020 is as bad as we think it may be. As most of the Western democracies will be hit by this cold weather, they will be quite vulnerable to an energy crisis as the windmills and solar panels refuse to do their bit. Snowfalls etc will cause electrical distribution issues, and Europe will be in real strife as the grid fails in local areas. I’m thinking mostly of Germany sourcing a large proportion of its power from French nuclear generators. I cannot see the French reducing their power consumption for Germany.
    Add to this the growing unpopularity with the EU experiment and the Balsamic Immigrant problem (thanks for that, Tom.) and Europe may well be in for a real Winter of Discontent.

  15. Siltstone

    Like your avian punch up analogy Leigh Lowe!

  16. areff

    Egg: Thanks.

    Anyone else see Marley at the Hordern circa 1979? What nights they were!

  17. Knuckle Dragger

    Some History,

    If, as a result of the last clip you posted, testpattern shows up I’m holding you responsible.

  18. mh

    Wow. Theresa May has gone. Finally.

    I wonder who will be PM when Trump arrives next month?

  19. bespoke

    If you make the sandwiches and stay quiet, Cassie.

  20. John Constantine

    Tin production is mainly used as a solder component for electronic circuit boards and microchips, which accounts for about half of its global consumption.

    But it could become so much more.

    A 2018 MIT study, cited by Rio Tinto Ventures boss Andrew Latham, showed future tin demand spiking on the rise of autonomous and electric vehicles, advanced robotics, renewable energy, and advanced computing and IT.

    But regardless of the EV story, visible tin stocks are now very, very low, and the consensus is that there’s a real supply issue going forward.

    London Metals Exchange (LME) tin stocks have been at record low levels since the second quarter of 2017.

    Is Tin a technology metal?.

    Spruikers are always touting the next lithium. Tassie and the operating Renison tin mine are Australias best tin examples. Other tin prospects getting brushed off now though. One prospect did well for me last mining boom, without ever getting close to production.[ thank you China] recently I chipped some token funds back in to it and hopes are for a reverse takeover to get it listed on the asx.

    Tin has been a chicom plaything and belt and road has increased the Tyrants tin grasp.

    Australian tin has to be high grade to make up for australias Big State hassles, but there are pockets out there…..

  21. Empire 5:5

    From 2017 – how many more rats were there?

    So what do we know 67 years later? For one thing, that McCarthy actually underestimated the number of American Soviet spies working for the USSR in the FDR administration. It took a while, but in 1994 NSA and CIA released 190,000 formerly classified cablegrams they, and their predecessor agencies, intercepted from 1943 to 1980. The number of American Soviet agents identified from Venona has reached 500, more than double the 205 McCarthy predicted — as researchers have decrypted only ten percent of the documents thus far.

    Most of the spies named so far are well known: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Alger Hiss, whom the left maintained were victims of American imperialism, are now proved guilty. Assistant U.S. Treasurer Harry Dexter White, now deceased, who became head of the World Bank; and Lauchlan Currie, highly placed in the President’s office; and hundreds more placed in every Cabinet level organization in the U.S. government.

    Due to the left-leaning U.S. media, Venona has been ignored. Fortunately, journalist Stanton Evans wrote “Blacklisted By History,” relying on newly declassified FBI and CIA documents that reveal a sinister plot, but not by McCarthy. The person harmed by the so-called witch hunt was McCarthy himself.

    https://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/780440?section=BernieReeves&keywords=mccarthy-venona-project-blackmailed-by-history&year=2017&month=03&date=23&id=780440&oref=duckduckgo.com

    Comey and Brennan both publicly admitted to being communists prior to receiving security clearances. How is that possible?

  22. Leigh Lowe

    Here’s the Senate swing towards PeaHon 2019: NSW +0.86%, Vic +1.01%, Qld +1.01%, WA +1.48%, SA +1.62%, Tas +0.94%.

    That is interesting.
    I have been watching the Reps and not the Senate so much.
    The media have been calling that PHON have taken a beating at the expense of PUP.
    I didn’t see it but apparently the Wymminses on Nein were into Pauline about her vote being down (must have been HoR).
    Her answer?
    “Your ratings are down too. Maybe you need to bring back Karl.”
    Gold!!

  23. areff

    The master. Sad to think the tumour was in there and growing.

  24. Boambee John

    In case Numbers missed it on the previous page.

    Boambee John
    #3024673, posted on May 24, 2019 at 8:00 pm
    1735099
    #3024487, posted on May 24, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    There is a subtle difference between a diploma granting teachers’ college and a degree granting university that you might care to address.

    Yeah very subtle.
    So subtle that it is entirely irrelevant to the sequence and timing of events, which you (and others) have questioned.
    Go find a different rabbit hole.
    This one is boring.

    More verballing.

    Show me where I have questioned the “sequence and timing of events”. I have questioned your accuracy in claiming to have been at university when you were at a teachers’ college. You rabbitted on earlier about semantics, but are very loose in your own semantics.

  25. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If, as a result of the last clip you posted, testpattern shows up I’m holding you responsible.

    testpattern – the love child of Numbers Bob and Grogaarly..

  26. Cassie can be the chick who holds the board with the round number on it.
    Got ya bikini on, Cassie?

  27. Crossie

    BHP have been threatening the Minerals Council of Australia with retribution if they do not adopt greenie climate change policies. This is the same MCA who saved BHP’s bacon by running a very effective campaign against Swan’s mining super-tax. Proposals for super taxes come and go and the next time one comes for BHP, you and your greenie mates are on you own as far as I am concerned. We should never forget, in Australia, the big end of town is all for Big Government, Big Unions, Big Business.

    I used to cut Big Business a lot of slack before when all they were interested in was their business but once they start impinging on my freedom of speech they can go to hell. Some other businesses will take their place.

  28. Knuckle Dragger

    Collingwood playing Sydney’s game.

    Swans in front.

    In medical news, there is such a thing as football shrinkage.

  29. Gab

    Oi! There are at least three ladies here! We’re just not as mouthy as you lot.

  30. It’s Friday evening so lets imagine a Bruce lee fight with light sabres shall we.

  31. Perfidious Albino

    Just sitting back enjoying a final glass of red, some cheese and reflecting (couldn’t manage to get up to Sydney), what a week it’s been, honestly haven’t been this happy for a long time. So much schadenfreude, so much winning. I fully expect to get let down by Scomo, Boris et al, but by god I’ve enjoyed this week, wouldn’t have been the same without the Cat. Cheers all.

  32. Bruce of Newcastle

    Is Tin a technology metal?

    Yes! All those smart phones and iPads using indium tin oxide swipe screens…
    Ok tin consumption for transparent conductors would be small compared to solder.
    Indium is the problem with these. Pretty rare stuff.

  33. bespoke

    Shhhhh! Gab don’t make say it twice.

  34. Stimpson J. Cat

    So men’s night has began with the first cock fight. And no ladies in sight cool!

    Real Men Wear Boots.

  35. Knuckle Dragger

    Toyota has discontinued its production of the Tarago, second only to the Commodore as the easiest car to steal in the history of the industry.

    Pacific Islander families have announced seven days of mourning.

  36. Leigh Lowe

    FMD!
    Does Alir Alir have a free pass for push in the back?

  37. Knuckle Dragger

    This is over.

    Whoever ends up with the four points, the Pies have lost this one.

    And deservedly so.

  38. mh

    So men’s night has began with the first cock fight. And no ladies in sight cool!

    Speaking of ladies and cocks:

    Female Squash Players Given Vibrators, Wax As Prizes

    https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2019/05/22/female-squash-players-given-vibrators-wax-prizes/

  39. Zyconoclast

    Siltstone … In this bout it looks like the black throated finch is going to lose to the flouro breasted mynah by knockout.

    https://youtu.be/bcYppAs6ZdI

  40. John Constantine

    Anti-trust bhp and split it up.

    As South 32 has shown us, the biggest free kick the australian economy could get is getting the cold dead hand of Stalinism off the throat of projects choked by bhp managements godless commo revolutionary struggle.

    Make australia great, smash bhp into dozens of pieces.

  41. Knuckle Dragger

    Forget what I just said.

  42. Leigh Lowe

    Whoever ends up with the four points, the Pies have lost this one.

    Starting to play a bit brave instead of chip-chip.

  43. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Friday night, on the Cat..

  44. Leigh Lowe

    Are the Swans sponsored by Garuda?
    What is that on the jumper.

  45. Leigh Lowe

    Alir Alir has given away 6 frees tonight.
    One paid.

  46. Bruce in WA

    Egg — one of my favourites. Thank you.

  47. Frank

    Since Ozzy Man is on the menu and the ladies are being left out, something for them. Enjoy.
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_GKCS0U3TM&w=1280&h=720%5D

  48. Bruce in WA

    Just scrubbed my Facebook connection to the local newspaper. To a report that had all those masturbating over the fact priests are now going to be “forced” to betray confessions, I asked what about lawyers and medicos? Accused of being a pedi myself and a whole heap of other dribbly shit, I just shut it down. My God, people are fucking STUPID!

  49. Bruce in WA

    Oh, in moderation.

    Wait ….

  50. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bruce in WA, next time you are looking for a damnfine lunch, may I recommend the Black Swan Winery, out on the West Swan Road? Just up the road from the Ugly Duckling? Seriously good lunch.

  51. Leigh Lowe

    50 metres against the pole dancer Rampe.
    Karma!!

  52. Bruce in WA

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha — know it; never tried it. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

  53. bespoke

    No salted nuts for you Frank.

  54. Knuckle Dragger

    Thank you God.

    Thank you Darth Vader.

    Thank you Dane Rampe.

  55. calli

    🎁

    Just got through immigration at Denpasar and in the lounge. With the horrid realisation of how screwed up our world has become since 2001.

    The official part of travel is now seriously unfun, especially the “patting down”. Because I look so like some nefarious troublemaker.

  56. Knuckle Dragger

    Changing to cricket and/or Archer. Lawrence Mooney can stick ‘Up the Guts’ up his arse.

  57. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Theresa May is gone, going, going, going….. until after July, when a tidied-up Boris is the favorite to take over. She is being damned by faint praise on UK Sky about her time as PM. Many say what a ‘good public servant’ she has been.

    Dat’d be right, says Hairy, she’s a full-on bureaucrat in da clutches of departmental ‘advisers’. A classic case of ‘she’s been a pleasure to work with’, fully meeting the Sir Humphrey seal of approval.

  58. bespoke

    Oh great calli hear I give up.

  59. memoryvault

    I don’t think it’s because you look like a troublemaker, Calli.

  60. Rockdoctor

    John Constantine
    #3024810, posted on May 24, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Have been contracted to BHP. They would have to be the most bureaucratic private company I have ever known.

    As for Trad good luck, popcorn anyone. CMEFU despite their duplicity won’t let her destroy their patch. Just my opinion anyway…

  61. Bruce in WA

    Just got through immigration at Denpasar and in the lounge. With the horrid realisation of how screwed up our world has become since 2001.

    The official part of travel is now seriously unfun, especially the “patting down”. Because I look so like some nefarious troublemaker.

    Yes; I used to love air travel — all travel actually.

    No more.

    75 minutes in “Security” at SEA-TAC because I was “randomly” selected.

    90 minutes in a line in 35°C heat and 95% humidity in India “because” …

    Abused by a border patrol agent at the Canadian—USA border because I’d been on a ship that had called into Canada and they hadn’t stamped my passport. (WTF? I didn’t even have my passport; the ship had it!)

    45 minutes in a line for a “face-to-face” with a British immigration bloke that took — 2 minutes. (Then they went to lunch and left the rest of the line waiting!)

    Having to rip the covers (plastic) off my iPad and iPhone, take off my shoes, belt, watch — then be scanned and accused of hiding metal objects on my body — only to explain they were staples from chest surgery — which they wouldn’t believe until I opened my shirt (in public) to show the scar.

    No, no fun anymore.

  62. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Just got through immigration at Denpasar and in the lounge. With the horrid realisation of how screwed up our world has become since 2001.

    The memsahib and I were booked to fly to Europe three weeks after September 11th. We watched the Twin Towers collapsing….I said “Well I’m going, if we stay home, and hide under the bed, well they’ve won. If you don’t want to come, that’s fine.” The Memsahib decided she was going as well (Hey, her father was in the Dutch Resistance, and had survived tea and bikkies with the Gestapo, and a concentration camp..)

    High point of the holiday was at Zurich airport, watching some follower of the Prophet Mo (Pig excrement be unto him) complaining loudly that his wife should not have to remove her veil.. he was frogmarched off, with a Glock pistol jammed in each ear to teach him manners, and I am NOT ashamed to say I led the round of applause..

  63. Knuckle Dragger

    Pro tip, Bruce.

    Get the rig out at the first opportunity.

    Chuck everything onto the conveyor belt and stride through the scanners in jocks and socks.

    Loudly ask questions of the security muppets as you do so. ‘Do I look like a terrorist to you?’

    Do I look like a person who would carry a bomb onto a plane? Blow everyone up? Huh?’

    You’ll be in the Qantas lounge in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.

  64. Bruce in WA

    High point of the holiday was at Zurich airport, watching some follower of the Prophet Mo (Pig excrement be unto him) complaining loudly that his wife should not have to remove her veil.. he was frogmarched off, with a Glock pistol jammed in each ear to teach him manners, and I am NOT ashamed to say I led the round of applause..

    Why do I find myself silently clapping here at home??

  65. Leigh Lowe

    Thank you Dane Rampe.

    Dickhead.

    Deliberately scrapes the turf 2 metres in front of the mark.
    Shown the correct spot.
    Decides to get clever and do a zig-zag run up to his scrape mark, thinking that the umps won’t dare call him because it would look like retaliation for the “girly” comment two weeks ago.
    Bzzzt.
    Wrong.
    50 metres.
    And he is a dickhead because Mayne has the goal-kicking yips really bad.
    No assistance necessary.

  66. Bruce in WA

    Pro tip, Bruce.

    Get the rig out at the first opportunity.

    Chuck everything onto the conveyor belt and stride through the scanners in jocks and socks.

    Loudly ask questions of the security muppets as you do so. ‘Do I look like a terrorist to you?’

    Do I look like a person who would carry a bomb onto a plane? Blow everyone up? Huh?’

    You’ll be in the Qantas lounge in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.

    Great thought, mate.

    But in the USA that WILL see you in handcuffs — and that’s from a friend’s experience!

  67. calli

    I dropped my boarding pass on the way through. Many…many Aussies ran after me calling and waving.

    My faith in the kindness of strangers is restored.

  68. Bruce in WA

    Pro tip, Bruce.

    Get the rig out at the first opportunity.

    PS: My rig would promote much mirth and giggling — and pats on the back with “Sorry, old fella” … 😀

  69. Knuckle Dragger

    For a supposedly neutral country, the Swiss are vicious bastards.

    They were the best trained and most bloodthirsty mercenaries in Europe for centuries.

    Don’t be fooled by the nice blue and yellow dress uniforms of the Swiss Guard in the Vatican either. They’ll have your head off as soon as look at you.

  70. Leigh Lowe

    Have been contracted to BHP. They would have to be the most bureaucratic private company I have ever known.

    Have never worked directly for them but for a supplier.
    And yes, one of the great mysteries is how any dirt ever gets turned over.
    Fucking tedious.
    Morius Klappers had to be the low point though.

  71. Bruce in WA

    I dropped my boarding pass on the way through. Many…many Aussies ran after me calling and waving.

    My faith in the kindness of strangers is restored.

    After security, and getting re-dressed, in LAX, my passport fell down between the seats onto the floor.

    Same result — but they were all different nationalities. Heartwarming.

  72. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I’m half inclined to not bother to insure at all. I am disgustingly healthy and my immune system is killer gorilla. Worst problem usually is a dire rear from eating foreign food or drinking their fluids. My practice is to stick mainly to sealed cans of diet coke. I’m told that in Cuba it tastes like liquidised copper.

    You must insure, particularly for the US. A bad car accident could see you medevac’d to the US from Cuba. You can be as fit as you like and still can’t trust the environment around you to be healthy for accidents or nasty bugs, and need I mention parasites? You could also be beaten up or choke on a sandwich or a cigar. 🙂

    Insurance costs more for longer periods, for different sets of locations, for dangerous activities, and for those like Da Hairy Ape who have multiple health issues. His insurance costs have skyrocketed since his heart problems emerged. This is so even though we only ever insure for medical costs, and self-insure for luggage loss and losses due to cancellations, not making the flight etc etc. Those things cost little in the scheme of things, but medical costs and return to Australia can run you into hundreds of thousands of dollars, and insurance there, taking a high excess of course, is essential. We take a high excess so we don’t have to bother with the paperwork for making small medical claims – for simple medical consultations – sore knees, colds, sinus, tummy upsets etc – just put it down to self-insurance.

  73. calli

    Like the young Adonises at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens.

    Men in pantaloons can be vicious.

  74. Knuckle Dragger

    If I was Pendlebury, I’d have been tempted to tell Rampe that he ‘jumps like a little girl’.

    After the final siren, naturally.

  75. Black Ball

    Correct Leigh Lowe. He will not bow to Motor Neurone Disease. Too young to see him as a footballer but from accounts I have heard, Neale was on a par with Terry if not for knee injuries.
    In other football news, Collingwood find a way to win again against the Bondi millionaires.

  76. Bruce in WA

    For a supposedly neutral country, the Swiss are vicious bastards.

    They were the best trained and most bloodthirsty mercenaries in Europe for centuries.

    Don’t be fooled by the nice blue and yellow dress uniforms of the Swiss Guard in the Vatican either. They’ll have your head off as soon as look at you.

    Yeah — and now they have voluntarily given up their guns to the UN. And vets no longer get to keep their firearms at home. And they actually voted for this shit.

    Sad.

  77. Leigh Lowe

    Why would May stay on until after Trump’s visit?
    Jesus, he told her she was fucking up Brexit and he can now give her a yuuuuge “told yer so.”
    Bad shoes.
    No clues.

  78. Done Deal

    Trump Morrison Johnson v Sanders Albanese Corbyn ….
    capital v communism
    Tories v Trotsky’s
    in government v out of government
    .

    I can’t see Anthony ‘I like fighting Tories, that’s what I do’ Albo doing much to break up the OOG triumvirate any time soon.

  79. memoryvault

    many Aussies ran after me calling and waving.

    Possibly for the same reason you keep getting patted down?

  80. Black Ball

    FMD this phone I use is shit. No refreshing of posts, here I am thinking I was the only one talking footy. Scroll up and Leigh Lowe and Knuckle Dragger were on the Pies all along. Fine work gentlemen.

  81. Bruce in WA

    Re: Travel Insurace

    I had a triple bypass ~ 15 years ago.

    No probs — all covered.

    I had a stent in September last year.

    Oooh , no! Nothing to do with your heart whatsoever for at least 6 months — and no, sorry, we don’t want to offer you any cover at all.

    And yes, we have tried something like 12 different insurance providers so far.

  82. Bruce in WA

    Oh, shit … obviously too late at night.

    Goodnight all.

  83. Rockdoctor

    LL

    How did you or your employer go getting paid for services? I have been informed that well… Tedious at best…

  84. Knuckle Dragger

    Spikking of Gliks.

    I’m reading a book on the invasion of Crete in WW2. One of Antony Beevor’s.

    The Krauts were told that after they steamrolled through Greece (after the Italians had a go and cocked it up) that the Cretan population would treat them as liberators.

    Well.

    Not only did the paratroopers get shot to shit by the Poms, Kiwis and Australians, but the Cretan population went berko. They were impaling paratroopers hung up in trees with pitchforks, and beating the rest to death with shovels and mattocks. Then they’d pinch the German weapons and go hunting for more. Women, children, priests, the lot.

    Must be the climate, or tzatziki or something.

  85. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Why do I find myself silently clapping here at home??

    Flying through Dublin, a few years ago, the lady ahead of me, cleverly disguised as a letterbox, had to go though the metal detector three times. The first time, she was relieved of her her belt, the second time her shoes, and the third time, she had her fvcking handbag under her robes. Her husband was shouting the odds about how it was all a plot. I told him Islam was a backward religion, practiced only by the very ignorant – fortunately, he didn’t speak Afrikaans- but your typical Dublin lad – not exactly sober – let rip at full throttle

    “Well if, it wasn’t for your fvcking backward religion, we wouldn’t have to go through all this fvcking shyte, now, wouldn’t we?”

    Shook his hand on the plane, and told him that “Go and stick your head up a dead bear’s bum” was an old Australian proverb, wishing him all the best for a successful future.

  86. calli

    Taramasalata and ouzo.

    A deadly combination.

  87. Knuckle Dragger

    BB,

    That was not a win for the Pies. That was an escape.

    There’s something to be said for winning ugly, but geez.

  88. None

    Finally. May has resigned. Crying like the privileged baby that she is.

  89. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We’re off in less than a week, for three weeks: Shanghai (Hairy’s been lots, I’ve never seen it, he wants to show me), Vancouver and Rocky Mountaineer train, hire-a-car driving the Icefields Highway, then picking up Queen Elizabeth in Vancouver for trip up the Inside Passage to Alaska, then back home via Honolulu for a few days R & R at the end of it. A lot of air travel and tonite’s notes have not made the prospect enticing, recalling for me the marathon of travel we did in August/Sept last year.

    Apart from the hassle of that, I intend to read lots of books and not do much. Bliss.

    The little Aussie dollar is struggling though; picked up some Canadian dollars today; AUD is down.
    Hairy has turned up some old Yuen and USD from a forgotten passport folder. Enough for taxis to and from the airport and some tips and drinks; after that the cc’s can do good service as usual.

  90. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Why do I find myself silently clapping here at home??

    Comment in moderation for the I$lam word.. Another go.

    Flying through Dublin, a few years ago, the lady ahead of me, cleverly disguised as a letterbox, had to go though the metal detector three times. The first time, she was relieved of her her belt, the second time her shoes, and the third time, she had her fvcking handbag under her robes. Her husband was shouting the odds about how it was all a plot. I told him I$lam was a backward religion, practiced only by the very ignorant – fortunately, he didn’t speak Afrikaans- but your typical Dublin lad – not exactly sober – let rip at full throttle

    “Well if, it wasn’t for your fvcking backward religion, we wouldn’t have to go through all this fvcking shyte, now, wouldn’t we?”

    Shook his hand on the plane, and told him that “Go and stick your head up a dead bear’s bum” was an old Australian proverb, wishing him all the best for a successful future.

  91. memoryvault

    How did you or your employer go getting paid for services? I have been informed that well… Tedious at best…

    All true, Rockdoctor.

    But no better or worse than Rio.
    Two of the richest companies in Australia, and two of the most laggardly payers.

  92. jupes

    The master. Sad to think the tumour was in there and growing.

    Saw Bob 40 years ago at the Perth Entertainment Centre. Good concert. I think.

  93. Knuckle Dragger

    May had one job. One.

    Enforce the will of the people. She not only failed, but actively worked against it.

    In her mind she would be the new Chamberlain, offering ‘peace in our time’.

    Instead, like an Italian tank mechanic, she fucked up everything she touched yet still tried to pass off a smoking, twenty-ton heap of scrap metal as a Lamborghini.

    Good riddance.

  94. Leigh Lowe

    Mention of Pendlebury and N Daniher above.
    Very similar in style.
    Never looked hurried, could see what was about to happen a half-second ahead of the rest and always chose the right option under pressure.
    Here is a top five tribute put together by SEN.
    The 1981 Carlton game was a beauty.
    Moved from half-back and kicked the last two goals to win it.
    The last goal … just read the ball out of the middle before everyone else.
    Four knee injuries wrecked a brilliant career.

  95. jupes

    P-51 Mustang vs. Sea Fury – A Comparison

    Both superb aircraft though it is comparing apples with oranges to some degree.

    The Mustang was arguably the greatest fighter during WW2 while the Sea Fury didn’t enter service until 1947.

  96. Leigh Lowe

    Scroll up and Leigh Lowe and Knuckle Dragger were on the Pies all along. Fine work gentlemen.

    Correction.
    Not on the Pies (spit), but I do hate the free run the Kings Cross Pole Dancers get.
    So surprised to see Alir Alir finally get pinged for on the vack and Rampe given a 50 metre penalty.
    Maybe calling the umps girls wasn’t clever.

  97. Colonel Crispin Berka

    “I will shortly leave the job it has been the honour of my life to hold. … I do so with no ill will… bwaaaahhboohooboohoooo…”

    No ill will at all. As we used to say in the eighties, tchyah!

  98. How did you or your employer go getting paid for services? I have been informed that well… Tedious at best…

    +1
    In my experience they pay as thus:
    90 day minimum before they pay you (never mind any protocols, laws, or anything else)
    That is 90 days from receipt of your correctly formatted invoice.
    They stipulate the format of the invoice, right down to font size. The Invoice number will be here, the date will be there, your trading name & address will be just there, the line items will be here and the amount there, & so on.

    Every invoice received by them would look exactly alike, as if it were generated by the exact same software.

    Don’t format the invoice exactly as they stipulate? They’ll ignore it.
    If you want to be paid, you resubmit, this time in the exact correct format.
    And the 90 days starts when they finally receive a correctly formatted invoice.

  99. Leigh Lowe

    How did you or your employer go getting paid for services? I have been informed that well… Tedious at best…

    They were pricks for bouncing a $1m invoice in total over a fucking $50 unapproved taxi fare.
    Does that sound like them?

  100. Knuckle Dragger

    Innings break in the World Cup. Saffies v Sri Lanka.

    There’s a show on featuring the chubby whiny boy Arjuna Ranatunga, who will forever be known in history as the recipient of Ian Healy’s words picked up on stump mike, after Arjuna pulled up after running two blowing like Anthony Rocca and feigning injury:

    ‘You don’t get a runner for being a fat xunt.’

  101. memoryvault

    Good riddance.

    Yes, but does this mean the powers that be can now hold another referendum?
    I’m beginning to suspect it’s a bit like daylight saving in WA.
    Keep on holding referendums until you get the “right” answer.

  102. Knuckle Dragger

    I bloody well hope not MV.

    The Third English Civil War might be closer than we think.

    Throw a few racial undertones in as well, and it might more resemble the Thirty Years’ War.

  103. Knuckle Dragger

    Invading and conquering Belgium might be a good start.

    They’re quite used to that, just not from the western side.

  104. Black Ball

    Dragger didn’t Healy also suggest to Arjuna that the best way to get him to move his feet to the spinners was to place a Mars Bar just short of the length?

  105. Knuckle Dragger

    I believe you’re correct, BB. Fantastic stuff from one of the great chirpers of all time.

  106. They were pricks for bouncing a $1m invoice in total over a fucking $50 unapproved taxi fare.
    Does that sound like them?

    That’s exactly the sort of thing they pull.
    Conversely, if the job is a small one, & is done properly & keeps a distraction from bothering them, they’ll pay over the odds without a quibble.

    One of my regulars keeps the grass away from the buildings on a few of their mine sites.
    He charges triple what he’d charge anybody else, & goes back for a re-do at half the interval he’d do for anybody else.

    They pay without quibble (at 90 days) because they know they never have to think or care about grass around their buildings again, or about giving him a hurry-up, or anything.

  107. Leigh Lowe

    KD.
    Two individuals have had rule changes attributed to them in their chosen sport.
    Walter Lindrum used to play “close cannons” in billiards where he would just rock the three balls along the cushion shot after shot. Required great touch which others didn’t have. They introduced a rule requiring a long shot over the baulk line to break the pattern of play.
    Ramatunga invented the “tight hammy” after his first single to get a runner. Eventually it caught on and all runners are now banned.
    .
    One rule change to defeat extreme skill.
    Another to defeat extreme sloth.

  108. mh

    Labor still trying to come to terms with the events of last weekend

    https://images.app.goo.gl/CPpaxPwr2d8Hy8D9A

  109. Leigh Lowe

    KD.
    Two individuals have had rule changes attributed to them in their chosen sport.
    Walter Lindrum used to play “close cannons” in billiards where he would just rock the three [email protected] along the cushion … shot after shot. Required great touch which others didn’t have. They introduced a rule requiring a long shot over the baulk line to break the pattern of play.
    Ramatunga invented the “tight hammy” after his first single to get a runner. Eventually it caught on and all runners are now banned.
    .
    One rule change to defeat extreme skill.
    Another to defeat extreme sloth.

  110. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’m in moderation for two comments , mentioning the religion of Mo? WTF?

  111. Leigh Lowe

    Dragger didn’t Healy also suggest to Arjuna that the best way to get him to move his feet to the spinners was to place a Mars Bar just short of the length?

    I don’t know who the protagonists were, but it goes like this …
    Bowler: “How come you are so fucking fat?”
    Batsman : “Every time I pop around to see your missus, she gives me a biscuit.”

  112. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Has anyone told Sargon of Akkad that the top job is now open?

  113. Knuckle Dragger

    LL,

    Yup. Apparently the fat bastard’s now a politician of sorts in SL.

  114. Leigh Lowe

    Spent a good deal of the last 20 years writing “do not fuck us around” payment clauses in miners contracts.
    Fortescue was worst back in the day when cash was tight (ie non existent).

  115. Leigh Lowe

    Yup. Apparently the fat bastard’s now a politician of sorts in SL.

    Clive Parma is in Ceylon?

  116. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’m beginning to suspect it’s a bit like daylight saving in WA.
    Keep on holding referendums until you get the “right” answer.

    Gen Snowflake wants another referendum, regarding daylight saving, because they have’t had their say. I don’t remember ever haveing had my say at referendum as to whether Western Australia should stay in the Commonwealth, or whether convicted murderers shouldn’t be hanged in old Fremantle Goal – there’s a perfectly serviceable set of gallows there – but Gen Snowflake isn’t interested in that viewpoint.

  117. Knuckle Dragger

    Eddie Barlow was the Saffie batsman who got the chocolates with his return of sledge. The bowler’s name escapes me.

    The little West Indian bloke who tried a variant of that with Glenn McGrath didn’t succeed quite as well.

  118. Knuckle Dragger

    Zulu,

    Fuck their say. On their current record, the gen snowies haven’t exactly covered themselves in common sense, let alone glory – in WA or anywhere else.

  119. Colonel Crispin Berka

    New Thread!

  120. I thought numbers had a PhD and he hasn’t even got a diploma; is that right?

    Nope.
    I began with a Dip Teach (which I had when I went into the army), and then worked my bum off for 10 years post RTA part time and ended up with 2 degrees and a post graduate Diploma in Special Education from the Fred and Eleanor Schonell Educational Research Centre at USQ.
    It was this RPL which had me accepted to the PH D programme.
    I got a good start by getting a rehab scholarship post Vietnam through Labour and National Service (one year full time with a living allowance), but the remaining study was in the evening. The full time year was a blast – I scored 4 HDs amongst a group of 17/18 year old first years. None of them knew I was a Vietnam vet. Owning up to that was not a good move in 1972.
    Teaching all day and rocking up for 6pm-9pm lectures was a grind, but after the first few years I got used to it. Biggest hazard was nodding off in the tutorials and having to be nudged awake by fellow students.

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