Monday Forum: May 21, 2019

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  1. RobK

    Numbers,
    If you read
    https://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/11228-State-investment-giant-dropping-coal-hides-reality

    Mergers and restructurings aim to increase capacity and competitiveness, not to leave coal behind, explains Feng Hao

    You will bring yourself up to speed. The coal ground is tightly held.

  2. Given the acid thrown in face attacks that are now culturally diverse part of Britain, any sort of fluid thrown in a conservative face is an implied threat of acid attack and no laughing matter.

    Does that “cultural diversity” include shooting and stabbing attacks by Harpics on Labour politicians?

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    Numbers – Are you saying the milkshake and acid wielders are nutters like Mair?

    That would suggest they should be immediately arrested and detained in a psych wing like Mair should’ve been.

  4. bespoke

    Homer was 100% correct that GW2 would turn out a mess because they aren’t culturally ready or democracy.

  5. Old School Conservative

    Comments in The Oz article about jamie Iliver’s restaurant chain closing down are very critical of his food, his restaurants, etc.

    However the best comment is:
    “…..with his two-year-old son, River Rocket Blue Dallas.
    Oliver’s business acumen isn’t his only questionable quality.”

  6. Atoms for Peace

    Another beautiful winning day. Just listening to Ozark Mountain Daredevils ” Jackie Blue ”
    Easy to find on youtube. Most apropos. Have a good one peoples..

  7. Knuckle Dragger

    Ramirez #2 for me today.

    I suspect a lot of Yanks are fans of Trump’s policy of not involving themselves in foreign escapades, unlike the Kenyan and Killary before him.

    But if they’re going to do it, leave the hearts and minds and nation-building behind them. It’s been a proven failure. Ignore the foreign media, Amnesty International and the UN.

    Lay waste to Iran in its entirety. Then see who else mouths off, which will be nobody. Look at the Crimea. Putin thought the time was right, ignored the howls of outrage which all died away anyway and just went in and took it.

    And his troops didn’t give a rat’s arse about local chicks crossing bridges to find water, and he let his troops move around in the dark.

    It’s like tackling. You only get hurt when you go in half-hearted.

  8. Bruce of Newcastle

    Putin thought the time was right, ignored the howls of outrage which all died away anyway and just went in and took it.

    He did a number on some AQ kiddies this week.

    Syrian Rebels Attack Russian Air Base In Major Offensive (22 May)

    Some 500 Nusra-front militants, accompanied by seven tanks and about 30 pickup trucks armed with mounted heavy machine guns launched three major offensives against government troops in Idlib province on Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    That’s a pretty heavy attack. I wonder how it went?

    According to RT, more than 150 rebels were killed during the morning offensive. Three tanks were destroyed, while 24 trucks mounted with heavy guns were also destroyed in the fighting.

    Ooh, how embarrassment!

  9. Knuckle Dragger

    Bruce,

    I’ve always wondered about the heavy 12.7mm weapons on the back of those utes.

    The Somalis started the trend IIRC with the equivalent of .30 and .50cals on the back, which is fine I suppose.

    But weld a mount for a 12.7 to a Hilux – not the ones you see in suburbia here, but battered old pieces of shit, plus plating, and between the changed centre of gravity and recoil the bloody things would tip over at the drop of a hat.

    I suspect they’re mobile platforms useful only for firing from a standstill with the ute’s nose pointing towards what they want to hit so the recoil, absorbed lengthways by the chassis.

  10. RobK

    KD,
    They are light, cheap and quick.

  11. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    paywalled https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/05/22/theresa-may-epitome-wrong-british-politics/

    If she had even a shred of dignity left, Theresa May would have resigned. She has ruined the Conservative Party, turbocharged the return of Nigel Farage and her disgraceful Withdrawal Agreement stands no chance of getting through Parliament. Her temperament, character and interpersonal skills have been cruelly exposed as not up to the standard required for the job. Her record is one of unmitigated failure, and a Prime Minister with more self-respect would have stepped down of her own accord, if only to put a stop to this horrific, never-ending humiliation.

  12. Knuckle Dragger

    RobK,

    They’d want to be cheap, at the rate they’re getting knocked over.

  13. Mother Lode

    Good to see ‘phrasing’ getting into the mix.

    Few people would get Finbar Saunders’ “fnarr fnarr gurgle blrrrk” anymore, I think.

  14. RobK

    KD,
    Yes. Probably more suited to terrorizing a village rather than taking on a russian base. Beats walking.

  15. Bruce of Newcastle

    The “technicals” have no chance on a real battlefield. You just have to read the wiki on the Battle of Norfolk to realise that. In a day the the Iraqi army lost something like 2,000 armoured vehicles destroyed at a cost of 5 Abrams and a half dozen APCs.

  16. Knuckle Dragger

    Ivan Milat is on his last legs. Oesophagus cancer, apparently, which will happen if you’re handing out polishes ten times a day for decades.

    His ‘controversial’ love child, brought into this world via a liaison between Milat and his brother’s wife, and who has gone through the ranks to become a ‘supermarket service worker’ at 54, is now using recollections of her uncle/dad when she was five years old to not only declare his innocence, but that he doesn’t deserve to die.

    Wrong on both counts, toots. Clean up in aisle 5.

  17. Knuckle Dragger

    ML,

    The double entendre king still has his moments.

    Fnarr!

  18. Mater

    They’d want to be cheap, at the rate they’re getting knocked over.

    Each Javelin used to knock’em off costs at least ten times more.

    I had to laugh when I saw this part of the movie. So very accurate.

    https://youtu.be/801rBxBY-5w

  19. Farmer Gez

    Speaking of sheep John C.
    I’ve got a pain in the arse job this morning. The neighbour’s leggy wethers jumped the fence into our ewes & lambs and now I’ve have to get them separated from ours as I need to shift the sheep.
    Can’t use dogs and ewes with lambs are a nightmare to yard and draft.
    I’ll need to keep the Bill Shoten’s humiliation in mind to keep the spirits up.

  20. Knuckle Dragger

    Some doughnut on Sky, who apparently insisted on tying his own tie and doing a God-awful job of it, giving praise to Shorten.

    ‘He saw off Tony Abbott, he saw off Malcolm Turnbull and he reunified the country.’

    They walk among us still.

  21. Hydra

    Sarah Henderson losing her seat is another excellent win for the Liberal party.

  22. feelthebern

    At the risk of referring to anything numbers has posted, here goes.
    Even though it has zero coverage, China has been restructuring its coal industry.
    Domestically & what they fund/own overseas.
    They have/are in the process of winding down production at a lot of mines…AND have/are in the process of ramping up a lot of new mines.
    They literally have a standard they’ve put in place & if you don’t meet it, you’re cactus.
    Standards are ash content, sulfur content, strip ratios, size of mine & a preference for open cut.
    Chinese coal production is increasing & most importantly is on track to raise its efficiency substantially.
    But don’t expect anything in the msm about this.

  23. Mother Lode

    ‘He saw off Tony Abbott, he saw off Malcolm Turnbull and he reunified the country.’

    Abbott saw off Krudd twice, and Gillard. He was only brought down by a traitor in the ranks – one whom he had given a minister’s portfolio. And even that was done to prevent him getting credit for winning a seat in WA since it would show he was still the better man for the job.

    And, yes, some people shouldn’t even try with ties.

    (I think some people deliberately wear them badly to show they are not a suit-and-tie person. Which is, of course, just another fashion.)

  24. feelthebern

    The biggest risk for Australian coal exports to China is the opening up of North Korea.
    North Korea is has iron ore, thermal coal, gold, copper, rare earths coming out its arse.
    As soon as they can fund that, they’ll reduce their Australian dependency substantially.

  25. Fleeced

    Good to see ‘phrasing’ getting into the mix.

    I’ll only use “Phrasing” if I can’t use “That’s what she said” (or, on some occasions, “That’s what HE said”).

  26. feelthebern

    Fleeced, bing watch Archer & you won’t be able to stop yourself.

  27. Eyrie

    From MIT Technology Review
    “Female voice assistants fuel damaging gender stereotypes, says UN study”
    FMD. Talk about First World problems.

  28. Leigh Lowe

    Just checking in for a bit of minor surgery to the plumbing apparatus.
    There will be no live blogging.
    Over and out.

  29. feelthebern

    Good luck Leigh.
    & you getting a couple of inches added?

  30. Knuckle Dragger

    I’ve never had a GPS, and refuse to use one on the basis that a man always knows where he’s going, even if he’s taking a ‘short cut’.

    However, if I did have one, I’d want one with a Sean Connery voice. Or possibly Schwarzenegger.

    MIT is bang on. Female voices giving you directions can only end in failure.

  31. C.L.

    WA Labor government set to torture Catholic priests, reports the ABC:

    Catholic priests in WA to be forced to report child sexual abuse revealed during confession.
    ———–
    1) there is no evidence that any ped0ph-le has even been given “cover” by a priest confessor.
    2) this is really an attempt to further incite hatred of Catholics and intimidate the Church to prevent it from preaching the Gospel. Nothing more.
    3) it is self-evidently absurd to pretend that any such charge could ever be proven anyway. Only the purported abuser himself could testify that he’d ‘confessed’ to a priest. And he would only ever do so if he was ALREADY under arrest. Which opens up the OBVIOUS danger that ped0ph-les will lie about having confessed to a priest in order to make mental illness-related plea deals.

  32. Leigh Lowe

    feelthebern

    #3023257, posted on May 23, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Good luck Leigh.
    & you getting a couple of inches added?

    What?
    Create a tripping hazard?

  33. feelthebern

    Female voices giving you directions can only end in failure.

    I’ve always wanted an Angelina Jolie voiced GPS.
    For a weirdo Hollywood freak she has a sexy voice.

  34. feelthebern

    Tuck it in your sock, old boy.

  35. Leigh Lowe

    Here cones the stupid arseless gown and flouro green safety socks now along with 5 “just a number” tags.
    Over and out for reals now.

  36. Knuckle Dragger

    I’ve got a vial of Angelina’s blood somewhere. It was free on eBay.

    You never know when you’ll have a vampire at your door.

  37. Fleeced

    Fleeced, bing watch Archer & you won’t be able to stop yourself.

    Years ahead of you, people. Where ya’ll been?

    But I still like, “that’s what she said” better (if it works).

  38. Bruce of Newcastle

    From MIT Technology Review
    “Female voice assistants fuel damaging gender stereotypes, says UN study”

    Steven Hayward today has that one and two others just as insane: “The Racist Language of Space Exploration” and the following fine contribution from the Grauniad.

    Much shorter working weeks needed to tackle climate crisis – study (Guardian, 22 May)

    People across Europe will need to work drastically fewer hours to avoid disastrous climate heating unless there is a radical decarbonising of the economy, according to a study.

    The research, from thinktank Autonomy, shows workers in the UK would need to move to nine-hour weeks to keep the country on track to avoid more than 2C of heating at current carbon intensity levels. Similar reductions were found to be necessary in Sweden and Germany.

    If we all go onto welfare the Earth won’t burn up!

  39. stackja

    2GB US Report ‘sex drought’ ‘not as frisky as used to be’

  40. lotocoti

    Speaking of brothers’ wives, Creepy Joe’s son is a piece of work.

  41. Old School Conservative

    Fleeced
    #3023250, posted on May 23, 2019 at 8:31 am
    Good to see ‘phrasing’ getting into the mix.

    Surely ‘phrasing’ is today’s equivalent of “As the actress said to the Bishop”.

    Oh the irony – typed the above as a radio ad came up saying “My wife’s been banging on about this little prick.”

  42. Old School Conservative

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3023258, posted on May 23, 2019 at 8:39 am
    GPS – However, if I did have one, I’d want one with a Sean Connery voice. Or possibly Schwarzenegger.

    A mate had a 3-hour drive through France with a John Cleese voiced GPS.
    It was funny for the first 15 minutes.
    He got so annoyed with the repetitive joke/voice that he changed GPS units as soon as he reached his destination.

  43. Fleeced

    Surely ‘phrasing’ is today’s equivalent of “As the actress said to the Bishop”.

    The Office UK had, “As the nun says to the bishop”, but it didn’t really sound as funny as the US’s version which had, “That’s what she said”. In our own office at the time, it was surprising how often it could be used. It got kind of old, but in a way that somehow made it funnier. Maybe it was just office boredom that made it so.

  44. Bruce of Newcastle

    Finally a crowd control method which is potentially more effective than tear gas and water cannon.

    Israelis Try New Crowd-Control Method: Topless Women (via BCF)

    Israel has tried a variety of methods to disperse its periodic protests by Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) J-ws: rows of policemen, officers on horseback, even a foul-smelling spray known as “Skunk.”

    But during last weekend’s protests in Jerusalem over the Eurovision Song Contest being held on the Sabbath, a handful of Israeli women tried a more peaceful, more innovative, and theoretically more effective tactic: they took their shirts off.

    Under “modesty” rules, Haredi men are forbidden to view erotic images of women other than their wives, and in some cases to view women at all.

    Run away! Run away!

  45. stackja

    C.L.
    #3023259, posted on May 23, 2019 at 8:40 am

    ALP WA are sick.

  46. Knuckle Dragger

    Israeli chicks.

    Is there anything they can’t do?

  47. dover_beach

    Catholic priests in WA to be forced to report child sexual abuse revealed during confession.

    It’s instructive that a proposed law that is meant to apply to any ‘faith leader’ that has a reasonable suspicion of child sexual abuse occurring/ occurred receives the above headline. The focus is always on Catholicism and its rites. And yet as CL notes, there is no evidence at all that the confessional is an impediment to priests reporting such suspicions; thus, you could maintain such a regime and yet respect the inviolability of confession. It is nothing more than another attack by the liberal state upon an independent institution.

  48. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Henry VIII is generally thought to have had 30 or so illegitimate children.

    Top Ender, I’ve read everything worth reading about Henry, and his six wives – divorced, beheaded, she died, divorced, beheaded, she lived – but that’s the first I’d heard of thirty illegitimate offspring. Thank you.

  49. John64

    ‘He saw off Tony Abbott, he saw off Malcolm Turnbull and he reunified the country.’

    He knifed Kevin Rudd, he knifed Julia Gillard and he f^cked the Labor Party.

    Interesting that since Saturday Tits seems to have taken refuge in the only activity that he seems to have ever been remotely competent at – working the numbers and playing factional games.

  50. Nob

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3023280, posted on May 23, 2019 at 9:11 am
    Israeli chicks.

    Is there anything they can’t do?

    I *luv* em.

    They even chat happily to an old fart like me.
    I reckon national service in the face of an existential threat knocks any pretences out of them.

  51. Anthony

    ‘Trump is making it more and more difficult not to consider impeachment.’
    Who said that? Surely not a leader of the Dems?
    WTF does it mean? What has happened to US politics?
    It really is sick and sad!

  52. Dr Faustus

    China Stone.

    The proposed project was killed off last year when:

    – Adani downscaled its mine/rail proposal and eliminated the shared export infrastructure option;

    – The Coordinator General insisted that MacMines had to progressively rehabilitate the open cuts and not leave the final voids as a series of vast, acid water-filled holes. Basic stuff that, somehow, MacMines had forgotten in the mine plan.

    Anyone thinking this is a harbinger of doom for the coal industry hasn’t been keeping up.

  53. C.L.

    The Adani thing in Queensland has become an utter absurdity in the past 24 hours.
    Palaszczuk has angrily demanded that Palaszczuk approve of the mine.

  54. Top Ender

    Zulu, there’s a couple of 2000+ docos that reference the work of a few Henry VIII scholars. Can’t remember the names but a vigorous bit of online searching might bring them up.

    One of them was pursuing the line that Henry wasn’t a bad chap, and he was happily married to Catherine of Aragon for whatever it was – 20 years plus? – which is something not often brought up by those who want to paint Henry as a bad bloke because wimminze etc etc.

    He left her in the end because she couldn’t give him a male heir. This is the bloke remember whose dad came to the throne in a welter of blood in the Battle of Bosworth. Henry VII had seen King Richard’s body carted off the field of battle, suffering “insult wounds” as people gave his corpse a cut for good measure. Poor old Richard was buried in an ignominious grave which eventually became a car park.

    Plus Henry VIII’s brother had died five months after marrying Catherine – Arthur had been heir apparent – and so Henry was in a world where death and the consequences of it for those in the kinging business, as Huck Finn puts it, was somewhat fraught.

    Hardly surprising therefore he put himself about a bit in the reproduction line.

  55. thefrollickingmole

    Nice to see the rats scratching at each other.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/23/vanity-project-critics-round-on-actus-25m-campaign-after-labors-election-loss

    McManus blames two factors for the shock loss: Clive Palmer’s big ad spend and a subterranean social media campaign falsely claiming Labor would introduce a death tax.

    Gee i wonder how they could possibly have got that idea??

    https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:oASV6M5dKWgJ:https://www.actu.org.au/our-work/actu-congress/actu-congress-2015/congress-policy-resolutions/a-fair-go-for-all-policies/a-fair-share-tax-and-revenue+&cd=10&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au

    37. Congress recognises the need to consider tax policy areas in detail, including, in addition to those addressed in this Policy, wealth and inheritance tax, the taxation treatment of dividend imputation and franking credits, and measures to fund public infrastructures.

    While Labor refused to rule out reviewing the Adani Carmichael coalmine’s approvals, the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining Energy Union asked Queensland Labor candidates to sign a pledge to support the mine.

    McManus says the Stop Adani convoy was “a big problem electorally” which “absolutely smashed progressive forces in Queensland”.

    “It was perceived as people from the south coming to tell communities they are going to be destroyed, that people wanted to come take their jobs.”

  56. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Plus everyone gets weighed with their baggage, feelings be ©ked.
    Gotta get the fuel loads right.

    All, including us reluctant ladies, had to be weighed for our small plane trip in the Kimberley.

    Oh, very shaming it was. And many new resolutions to eat less were immediately made.

  57. Dr Faustus

    Trouble at ‘t’Mill: the ABC senses blood in the water.

    The vile Jackie Trad was fighting for her political life this morning on ABC 612. The upshot:

    – Palacechook is desperately trying to walk both sides of the fence;
    – There is a massive Statewide demand for urgent climate action;
    – Adani will go ahead over Trad’s dead body;
    – Trad will not be seeking to move electorates from South Brisbane to avoid being eaten by the Greens;
    – It is “a ridiculous suggestion” to suggest that Trad will make a move on Palacechook’s premiership.

    Watch this space.

  58. calli

    What is also obvious is that you, Homer Paxton, are a useless wad of protoplasm that has somehow managed to grow a pseudopod that can manipulate a keyboard and a mouse, and if you make ONE MORE STUPID “I AM GOING TO BE CONTRARY ON TIM BLAIR’S BLOG BECAUSE I AM A PIGHEADED IDIOT” useless comment I will fucking ban you.Jerk.

    Awesome.

    Where is Andrea now? She wouldn’t be posting here under a pseudonym now, would she? 🤣

  59. John Comnenus

    Did anyone catch Bowen bleating last night about the ALP reconnecting with people of faith AKA christians? Clearly the Folau issue and Shorten’s attempt to use it backfired spectacularly. How is the ARU going with viewers and ticket sales? Anyone know?

  60. John64

    The Adani thing in Queensland has become an utter absurdity in the past 24 hours. Palaszczuk has angrily demanded that Palaszczuk approve of the mine.

    It does get better.

    Comrade Trad was interviewed by Frank Elly and she refused to give a straight answer – despite numerous probes by Frank – whether she supported the Carmichael Mine or not.

    Trad also denied that Pony Girl had promised to fast track the mine approvals; apparently Pony Girl has only promised to fast track whether Adani will get a YES or a NO.

  61. areff

    The latest from Cowan, where you’d have to reckon “terrorism expert” Anne Aly remains ahead but couldn’t be enjoying too many restful nights.

    https://www.watoday.com.au/federal-election-2019/anne-aly-s-fate-in-cowan-could-remain-on-a-knife-edge-until-next-week-20190522-p51q3u.html

    …Labor sources have said as many as 13,000 postal, absentee and prepolling ballots could hit the counting room tomorrow.

    Once counted, these votes could pare back Labor’s margin if they break towards the Liberals….

  62. Eyrie

    “McManus says the Stop Adani convoy was “a big problem electorally” which “absolutely smashed progressive forces in Queensland”.

    “It was perceived as people from the south coming to tell communities they are going to be destroyed, that people wanted to come take their jobs.””

    No shit, Sherlock.

  63. Top Ender

    Palachook must have had kittens when she read this in the Courier-Mail this morning:

    Editorial: Premier digs a hole she can’t get out of
    The editor, The Courier-Mail

    ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk must think Queenslanders came down in the last shower if she seriously expects us to swallow the waffle and plain nonsense she espoused on the Adani mine yesterday.

    The under-siege Premier woke up, grabbed her favourite hi-viz vest and hard hat, jumped into her jet and flew in to coalmining central, Mackay.

    There she called for – wait for it – leadership.

    It would be a joke, if what’s at stake wasn’t so serious for the job hopes of so many Queenslanders.

    Declaring “I’m fed up” and “enough is enough”, the person whose own government has done more than anything else to frustrate and delay the Carmichael mine demanded a meeting be held. Ms Palaszczuk’s chutzpah was extraordinary, but no one was buying this audacious attempt at spin.

    Why this couldn’t have been done last week, a month or year ago, can only be guessed at, although the real reasons are clearly political, rather than anything to do with policy.

    Adani has become totemic for those businesses wanting to open the Galilee Basin to coal mining, just as it is the climate change poster child for those convoy-riding hipsters from southern capitals.

    This is all nothing more than protesters emitting their own brand of pollution for a mine that will produce higher-grade thermal coal than Australia’s competitors, who will fill the market gap if Adani falls over.

    Ms Palaszczuk has been struck not by some sudden realisation her own government’s delays on Adani were a problem, but rather mugged by the reality that the occupants of No.1 William St are completely out of touch when it comes to development and jobs in Queensland’s regions.

    Brisbane’s tower of power is much closer to the coffee shops of West End than it is to the front bars of Mackay and Clermont.

    In that lies Ms Palaszczuk’s other big problem. She is constantly stalked by her deputy, West End Left-winger Jackie Trad.

    To hold off Ms Trad, Ms Palaszczuk has been willing to favour the black-throated finch over job-hungry young workers in central and northern Queensland.

    The Palaszczuk Government was even willing to sabotage the election campaign of Bill Shorten and federal Labor by throwing the latest approvals delay on the table as those regions in and around Mackay were already up in arms.

    Since coming to power as the accidental Premier in 2015, Ms Palaszczuk has been accused of coasting without doing much, getting away without any real agenda because the LNP Opposition were unable to take the fight up or had their own internal issues.

    Now that Ms Palaszczuk has had her feet held to the fire in a serious way, she’s showing no signs of being able to handle that pressure or delivering anything other than empty words.

    Sorry, Premier, words are not enough. The ones you hid behind yesterday were disingenuous and hollow.

    Ms Palaszczuk is running out of time and excuses. Her colleagues are restless, her leadership is being openly questioned within her party.

    The people of Queensland are saying Ms Palaszczuk has been asleep for far too long when it comes to backing regional jobs.

  64. Interesting that since Saturday Tits seems to have taken refuge …

    I have the spot picked in my front yard for a Tits garden gnome.

    Still hoping it will be the original.

  65. “Under “modesty” rules, Haredi men are forbidden to view erotic images of women other than their wives, and in some cases to view women at all.”

    I happen to know a lot more about the Haredim that most people here. Whilst Haredi men are forbidden to view erotic images of women other than their wives….they are certainly allowed to view their wives naked and if it is to their liking…..view their wives in erotic poses.

  66. Siltstone

    Email from my local medical clinic yesterday:
    Private Flu Vaccine cost $25 for:
    • 6 months to less than 65 years
    The following groups will be eligible for government funded vaccines in 2019:
    • all children from 6 months to less than 5 years of age (State funded)
    • People aged 65 years and over
    • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over

    Free stuff for any indigenous person (include rich ones like Adam Goodes and Stan Grant), the rest have to pay (subject to age). Where’s the logic?

  67. Knuckle Dragger

    Fat bastards, and fat chicks for that matter should be allowed on aircraft at the discretion of engineering staff.

    Fat shaming be damned. It’s one of the practicalities of life.

    Put down the fork if you want to fly, tubby. And if want to scream ‘but genetics’ out of your piehole, forget it.

  68. Geriatric Mayfly

    Nag, nag, nag. Looks like The Bad Orange Man has had enough of Pelosi.

  69. Roger

    McManus says the Stop Adani convoy was “a big problem electorally” which “absolutely smashed progressive forces in Queensland”.

    “It was perceived as people from the south coming to tell communities they are going to be destroyed, that people wanted to come take their jobs.”

    Er…that wasn’t a perception, that was reality. Bob Brown was urging them to become baristas.

    And coal miners had already had anti-Adani harridan and deputy premier Jackie Trad warning them they’d have to re-skill.

    Labor now despises its natural constituency and those folk just woke up to it.

  70. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘If YOU want scream’

    God. I’m starting to sound like None.

  71. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘If YOU want TO scream’

    Gaaah!

  72. Zyconoclast

    How long before the next referral to the HC on citizenship grounds?

  73. Eyrie

    “Fat bastards, and fat chicks for that matter should be allowed on aircraft at the discretion of engineering staff.”
    They should be seated as far as possible from the emergency exits so as not to impede other passengers in an emergency. And buy two seats if required.

  74. cohenite

    Congress is holding a hearing on the deliberately frightening new UN endangered species report today, and CFACT is testifying!

    The whole thing starts around 10 AM. You can watch live here.
    Morano predicts “fireworks.”

    The UN wants to recreate its global warming regime, so it created the “Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.” (IPBES).

    Testifying before the Congressional Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife (WOW) are the immediate past chair of the IPBES, Sir Robert Watson, Dr. Eduardo S. Brondizio, who co-chaired the UN’s alarming new “assessment,” and Dr. Yunne Shin, coordinating lead author of the UN’s scary report. They will likely go first.

    In rebuttal, the Subcommittee has called Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, and Marc Morano, editor of CFACT’s Climate Depot news and information service.
    In a recent hearing the Subcommittee, headed by Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), went after climate scientists Judith Curry and Roger Pielke Jr. hard.

    Sir Robert Watson ran the IPCC, the UN’s climate science panel, from 1997-2002 when it published Dr. Michael Mann’s now famously debunked “hockey stick” temperature graph.
    Chances are that Chairman Grijalva and his cohorts will attack Morano and Moore hard.

  75. John64

    It was perceived as people from the south coming to tell communities they are going to be destroyed, that people wanted to come take their jobs.

    No; it was perceived as privileged people from the south telling hard-working decent Australians that they had no right to a job and that their communities, livelihoods, families and aspirations counted for nought.

  76. Makka

    And coal miners had already had anti-Adani harridan and deputy premier Jackie Trad warning them they’d have to re-skill.

    As did the Slovenian Hag.

  77. Top Ender

    The Country Women’s Association (CWA) has Wicked Campers in its sights over its “sexist, misogynist and racist slogans” painted on its vans.

    The New South Wales branch of the rural-based organisation is to lobby state and federal politicians in an attempt to have uniform legislation which could see the vans off the roads.

    The Australian campervan company has faced a backlash over “misogynistic and degrading” slogans painted on the sides of their vehicles.

    This latest attempt to have the vans banned comes after a CWA member took the extreme action of painting over a slogan which she argued could promote domestic violence.

    ABC link for full story

  78. rickw

    Bruce,

    I’ve always wondered about the heavy 12.7mm weapons on the back of those utes.

    The Somalis started the trend IIRC with the equivalent of .30 and .50cals on the back, which is fine I suppose.

    But weld a mount for a 12.7 to a Hilux – not the ones you see in suburbia here, but battered old pieces of shit, plus plating, and between the changed centre of gravity and recoil the bloody things would tip over at the drop of a hat.

    I suspect they’re mobile platforms useful only for firing from a standstill with the ute’s nose pointing towards what they want to hit so the recoil, absorbed lengthways by the chassis.

    KD, often not battered old utes, there were several noted instances of Tradesman utes being sold in the USA and ending up there. Identified by former owners as advertising hadn’t been removed (!). I doubt duska has enough recoil to tip over a vehicle.

  79. Infidel Tiger

    We just had the climate change election apparently.

    Result? Fast tracking of coal mines.

  80. Peter Castieau

    Its early days but the Jim Molan below the line campaign is just starting to sprout shoots

    https://tallyroom.aec.gov.au/SenateStateFirstPrefs-24310-NSW.htm

  81. Infidel Tiger

    WA Labor government set to torture Catholic priests, reports the ABC:

    Catholic priests in WA to be forced to report child sexual abuse revealed during confession.
    ———

    We just had an election that shows what happens when you persecute the religious.

    We need more of this!

  82. rickw

    The Adani thing in Queensland has become an utter absurdity in the past 24 hours.
    Palaszczuk has angrily demanded that Palaszczuk approve of the mine.

    Well said!

  83. Mother Lode

    There is a massive Statewide demand for urgent climate action

    Gawd!

    Do they seriously believe this crap?

    I think Queenslanders made it abundantly clear what they thought about ‘climate action’ and ‘STOP ADANI!’ last Saturday.

    Hey! ScoMo! The ABC is clearly failing in its duty. At $1 billion a year it is something that you might want to get fixed.

  84. mh

    Will Anastasia be promising us the real Anastasia?

  85. Roberto

    Henry VIII is generally thought to have had 30 or so illegitimate children.

    I thought that the consensus among historians was that Henry VIII had very few illegitimate children, with the only acknowledged one being the Duke of Richmond, his son via his mistress Bessie Blount.

  86. Zyconoclast:

    LONDON (Reuters) – British Steel, the country’s second largest steel producer, has collapsed after failing to secure emergency government funding, jeopardising some 25,000 jobs, Britain’s Official Receiver said on Wednesday.

    Sheer bastardry by the EU and the British Government, both of who created the financial climate that will see 25,000 people put out of work, and the destruction of an essential part of the GB industrial base.
    If this doesn’t get those 25k into yellow jackets and storming the Houses of Parliament, then GB deserves to die.

  87. Bruce of Newcastle

    There is a massive Statewide demand for urgent climate action

    Dynamite all the wind turbines and turn the solar panels into beer coasters?

  88. Knuckle Dragger

    BB,

    The blokes get the buzzing things too.

    Potential misgendering and all that.

  89. Analstasia has obviously read the results of the recent statewide opinion poll.
    (Or had it read to her by a CFMEU bruvver).

    Despite the ALP’s lack of votes, how many people here can name the QLD state opposition leader?

  90. Infidel Tiger

    Bwahaha!

    Avenatti charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels.

  91. Zyconoclast

    Black Ball
    #3023329, posted on May 23, 2019 at 10:34 am
    I wonder what the blokes got?

    They get to watch.

  92. Infidel Tiger

    Theresa May gone by Monday at latest. Hopefully tomorrow.

  93. Chris

    Monks save our culture from the Revolution!

    It has taken more than 220 years but an order of monks at Grimbergen Abbey, producers of a fabled medieval beer whose brand was adopted by mass producers in the 1950s, have started to brew again after rediscovering the original ingredients and methods in their archives.

    In a sign of the significance of the news for beer-loving Belgians, the announcement was made by the abbey’s subprior, Father Karel Stautemas, in the presence of the town’s mayor and 120 journalists and enthusiasts.

    Uncasking the first glass, Stautemas said the development was the culmination of four years of research into the methods of monks that brewed beer in the Norbertine monastery before it was burned down by French revolutionaries in 1798. The monastery was later reinstated but the brewery and its recipes were thought to be lost.
    Stautemas admitted it might be best not to drink too much of the newly produced beer, which is 10.8% alcohol by volume. “One or two is OK,” said Chris Selleslagh, the mayor of Grimbergen, a town six miles north of Brussels.

    The source of inspiration for the new microbrewery, located on the same spot as the original, was the discovery from 12th-century books of details about the original monks’ brewing methods, specifically their use of hops rather than fermented herbs, which put the monks ahead of many of their contemporaries.

    The books were saved in the 18th century when the fathers knocked a hole in the library wall and secretly removed them before the abbey was set on fire.

    “We had the books with the old recipes, but nobody could read them,” Stautemas said. “It was all in old Latin and old Dutch. So we brought in volunteers. We’ve spent hours leafing through the books and have discovered ingredient lists for beers brewed in previous centuries, the hops used, the types of barrels and bottles, and even a list of the actual beers produced centuries ago.”

    Only some elements from the recipe books are being used by the monks. “I don’t think people now would like the taste of the beer made back then,” Stautemas said.

    Marc-Antoine Sochon, the newly appointed master brewer for the abbey, said: “In those times, regular beer was a bit tasteless, it was like liquid bread.”

    The lack of artificial additives, use of wooden barrels and exploitation of particular local soil – or terroir – is being emulated.

    Stautemas, who lives with 11 other monks at the abbey, said: “What we really learned was that the monks then kept on innovating. They changed their recipe every 10 years.”

    The new beer is being made in partnership with Carlsberg, which produces the Grimbergen range of beers for sale around the world, and Alken-Maes, which sells it on the Belgian market.

    The microbrewery will produce 3m 330ml glasses a year for a largely French and Belgian market.

    Asked whether he felt comfortable with the commercial tie-up with big brewers, Stautemas said the royalties from all the Grimbergen beers would allow the monks to live in the monastery, make pilgrimages and help “those who come knocking on our door and need help”.

    Grimbergen was founded in 1128 but burned down three times in all, giving it its symbol of a phoenix and the motto ardet nec consumitur – burned but not destroyed.

  94. John64

    how many people here can name the QLD state opposition leader?

    Deb Freckle-something?

  95. Someone does printed T shirts here.
    Would they do half a dozen “It’s OK to be White” T shirts for me?
    Might as well use my winnings to stir up the ferals.

  96. John64

    how many people here can name the QLD state opposition leader?

    Deb Freckle-something?

  97. Ellen of Tasmania

    Part 2 – in case you haven’t seen it yet.

  98. stackja

    DOUBLE BAY Bay St between William St and Cooper St
    Parade – Saturday 25 May
    Changed traffic and parking conditions will be in place in Double Bay while Royal Australian Navy HMAS Watson exercise its ‘Freedom of Entry’ in a Parade from 10.45am starting from Steyne Park travelling up Bay St to Guilfoyle Park and return.

    From 8am until 1pm Bay St between William St and Cooper St and sections of Cross St, Guilfoyle Ave, Guilfoyle St and Knox St will be closed.

  99. Zyconoclast

    Did Gladbags invite her grandparents along to give a talk about an event that occurred in 1915?

    [email protected] dinner with the Premier

    NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has used the annual [email protected]@[email protected] dinner to highlight the importance of faith in modern Australian society.
    The Premier’s [email protected] dinner during the month-long M00slim religious festival was held at State Parliament last night, and included leaders from all faiths along with political and community leaders.
    Ms Berejiklian said this year’s interfaith message was an important one, especially after the horror of the Chr1stchurch massacre in March.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-23/sydney-briefing-thursday-may-23/11140812

  100. dover_beach

    Look at what the cat dragged in:

    Parasites don’t have rights.

    The invective that recent changes to state law on abortion has drawn has been very instructive.

  101. What’s with this (Phrasing Archer) stuff?

  102. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    This latest attempt to have the vans banned comes after a CWA member took the extreme action of painting over a slogan which she argued could promote domestic violence.

    because people immediately rush out and act out slogans they see on vans… I have this strange urge to become a plumber…

  103. feelthebern

    Ellen, I can not wait for the tape of Downer in the wine bar to be declassified.
    Downer will die of shame.

  104. stackja

    John64
    #3023349, posted on May 23, 2019 at 10:56 am
    how many people here can name the QLD state opposition leader?

    Deb Freckle-something?

    MSM said CN was terrible. Since then no LNP dared create a fuss.

  105. Mother Lode

    The Australian campervan company has faced a backlash

    Backlash means nothing more than someone doesn’t like something.

    And a member of the CWA damaging property with paint – again simply because they don’t like it. After all, if there was a valid legal objection there already exist avenues to get it removed once and for all.

  106. “Roberto
    #3023335, posted on May 23, 2019 at 10:43 am
    Henry VIII is generally thought to have had 30 or so illegitimate children.

    I thought that the consensus among historians was that Henry VIII had very few illegitimate children, with the only acknowledged one being the Duke of Richmond, his son via his mistress Bessie Blount.”

    You are right Roberto. Henry VIII did not have 30 or so illegitimate children…..Compared to many kings and certainly compared to his contemporaries…..Henry VIII was not promiscuous. And if he had had numerous illegitimate sons….there is little doubt that he would have legitimised some of them to secure the succession…just like there was some talk that he would legitimise the Duke or Richmond…whom he acknowledged as his son. Richmond died at 18…just before Jane Seymour gave birth to a legitimate heir……the future Edward VI. The only other child that some (but not most) historians conjecture may have have been a son of Henry’s was a man by the name of Henry Carey…..son of Mary Boleyn. Henry Carey was born soon after Henry VIII had an affair with his mother in the early 1520’s. Carey certainly resembled the king.

  107. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Fat bastards, and fat chicks for that matter should be allowed on aircraft at the discretion of engineering staff.
    Fat shaming be damned. It’s one of the practicalities of life.

    If flying economy I refuse to sit next to a window seat where I would have to open the escape door. I know I would go to panic mode and do it wrong. I am ok on the kilos, but would hate to have one of those gross fat people blocking the exit aisles or dooways, so I think there is a case for putting them well away from exits. Also, I hate having anyone fat or some large bloke sitting next to me. Avoiding those, even on short flights, is one of the attractions of Business Class.

  108. notafan

    “It was perceived as people from the south coming to tell communities they are going to be destroyed, that people wanted to come take their jobs.”

    Every time I have had work related interactions with those living further north there has been comments about Mexicans and Southerners so there would be an element of truth in that

    Bob had been planning this convoy since 2016 so they had plenty of time to ask politely for him not to do it.

    Queenlanders want jobs not jerks telling them what to think.

    As for the death taxes no deal, that wasn’t the biggest bogey man, just one more down the list of ‘wealth’ stealing from people who are not particularly wealthy.

    it was the sum of labor policies that did it , the climate first, franking credits, negative gearing, capping of accounting fees, free grandparents for the Indian,Chinese and Middle Eastern communities and concern that the boats would start again.

    Grandmothers

  109. Bruce of Newcastle

    It has taken more than 220 years but an order of monks at Grimbergen Abbey, producers of a fabled medieval beer whose brand was adopted by mass producers in the 1950s, have started to brew again after rediscovering the original ingredients and methods in their archives.

    Israelis say ‘hold my beer’.

    Israeli scientists brew biblical beer using 5,000-year-old yeast from ancient pottery discovered in the Holy Land (23 May)

    Israeli researchers raised a glass Wednesday to celebrate a long-brewing project of making beer and mead using yeasts extracted from ancient clay vessels -some over 5,000 years old.

    Archaeologists and microbiologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority and four Israeli universities teamed up to study yeast colonies found in microscopic pores in pottery fragments.

    For this initial experiment, the team paired up with a Jerusalem craft brewer to make a basic modern-style ale using yeast extracted from the pots.

    The ale had a thick white head, with a caramel color and a distinctly funky nose.

    Put hairs on your chest.

  110. BrettW

    The Qld Premier has finally realised the black throated finch, no matter how many there are, are not voters in elections.

  111. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Anthony Albanese is no Bob Hawke, despite the pretence

    Troy Bramston
    Senior Writer
    @TroyBramston
    8 minutes ago May 23, 2019
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    Anthony Albanese’s promise to end class-war politics if he becomes Labor leader lacks any shred of credibility.

    Albanese has always embraced the politics of envy and class-war rhetoric — these are the watchwords of Labor’s hard left faction which he leads.

    The notion that Albanese would lead Labor to the centre ground of politics with a cooperative relationship with business is hard to fathom. It is just not who he is.

    Just ask the inner-city hard left faction party members he represents who proudly wear their “I Fight Tories” T-shirts. This is Albanese’s personal motto. It has been embraced by the hard left faction.

    “Tory” is a class-loaded term to describe the British Conservative Party that has no relevance when describing the Liberal or National parties. This is class warfare reduced to T-shirt slogans.

    Labor has to be about more than just fighting their opponents. The party has to actually believe in things. At the election, Labor suffered huge swings against it in seats where there are large cohorts of blue-collar voters and aspirational middle-class voters. These are Labor’s forgotten people and Labor must work out how to get them back.

    It is not surprising that Albanese has reached for Bob Hawke’s mantle. He says he wants to lead the party in the Hawke tradition with pro-growth policies based on consensus between business and unions while bringing the country together. Well, who doesn’t?

    The problem is that at Labor Party conferences through the 1980s and ‘90s, Albanese and his left faction opposed many of the Hawke government’s economic reforms. As Young Labor president, Albanese often criticised Hawke and Paul Keating. When Labor went into opposition in 1996, many in the hard left faction called for their legacy to be junked.

    It is no wonder that Hawke and Keating — and also Gough Whitlam — voted for Bill Shorten rather than Albanese to lead Labor in 2013. Albanese is just not in their mould.

    Albanese says he is running for the Labor leadership without doing any factional deals or owing any favours to anyone. Perhaps. But make no mistake: Labor’s hard left faction is marshalling the armies behind him now. If the leadership is contested, it will be a left faction operation that gets behind Albanese.

    From the Oz.

  112. Roberto

    The Qld Premier has finally realised the black throated finch, no matter how many there are, are not voters in elections.

    Give her a bit of time. I’m sure all that’s needed is a minor amendment to the Electoral Act. And the expensive services of an ‘expert’ in interpreting the finches’ tweets as a vote for Labor.

  113. Steve Trickler:
    Try this one – Death Valley Days.
    What a desolate landscape.
    There must be a few thousand dollars in video equipment to make these shots.

  114. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Qld Premier has finally realised the black throated finch, no matter how many there are, are not voters in elections.

    Whereas the black hearted filch is now extremely endangered, especially in certain electorates.

  115. hzhousewife

    Give her a bit of time.

    Let’s not give her a lot of time.

    Get Bob to do another convoy immediately.

  116. Atoms for Peace

    Power Point for Leader of the opposition. Again, just trying to be helpful😎

  117. Makka

    Gotta find a war, need that promotion, weapons industry sinecures await;

    Washington (CNN)Pentagon officials are scheduled to brief senior members of President Donald Trump’s national security team as soon as Thursday on a plan that could send thousands of additional US troops to the Middle East amid rising tensions with Iran, according to three US officials familiar with the effort.

    The officials emphasize no decision about a deployment has been made. They also say all the troops might not be needed at once. Some could be sent quickly as a deterrence measure, others might only be sent if tensions rise to the point the US believes an attack is imminent.
    The proposed troop increase was made at the request of US Central Command, a senior defense official told CNN. Central Command oversees US military operations in the region.

  118. Chris

    Israelis say ‘hold my beer’.
    …….The ale had a thick white head, with a caramel color and a distinctly funky nose.

    Put hairs on your chest.

    Bruce, I would be pretty cautious about ‘funky-smelling’ yeast – who knows where it comes from.

  119. Percy Popinjay

    Here’s an interesting stat from an electorate adjacent to Albanselazey’s held by another high profile imbecilic labore cockhead (BIRM) – on Saturday, 32% of the electorate either didn’t bother turning up, or voted informal in the lower house.

    But yeah, compulsory voting.

  120. It is clear that Troy Bramston, Joel Fitzgibbon, Michael Danby and a few others understand what happened last Saturday night. Perhaps Chris Bowen also understands but he won’t come out and say the obvious apart from yesterday’s interesting little admission that “people of faith” …..code for Christians living in his electorate….are walking away from Labor because they rightly feel alienated by the rancid and dogmatic anti-Christian bias and violent rhetoric that has infected modern Labor. It was only last week that Tits was attacking Morrison for his faith. It was only last week that Dreyfus was stating how a Labor government would remove key legislative protections for religious freedoms, enshrined by way of exemptions to the Sex Discrimination Act, around the employment of teachers. It was only last week that Labor and Dreyfus were saying that they would strengthen that odious Section 18C . Didn’t Bowen speak up then? Of course not.

    Nothing will change…..the Labor party is now and has been for more than a decade, captive to an inner city hard left mantra of greenism…whether that be on climate change, the religion of pieces, Christianity, free speech and so on. And that won’t change under Albasleazy….remember he is the man who who has an inner city electorate full of greenies and greenism…I mean for God’s sake…..the apex of his electorate is Marrickville and Newtown. Albasleazy has had to fight to retain his seat over the last six years as the Greens have been biting him on his bum. I think the only reason he still wins is that he is personally popular…not that I know why…he reminds me of Les Patterson.

    Nothing will change with Albasleazy…nothing.

  121. Rohan

    Proposed NSW Windfarm proposal rejected cause it’s Fugly.

    So much #winning in one week.

  122. Zatara

    Sports network ESPN just may have suffered enough beatings with the cluebat to survive the ‘Get Woke, Go Broke’ phenomenon.

    Back in November of 2018 it was reported that ESPN had lost 2 million subscribers in 2018, and a total of 15 million subscribers between 2011 and 2018 due to their dramatic turn to the left. Well, incoming ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro decided to make some changes, and it resulted in the numbers bouncing back (a little). What sort of changes did he make? Ditching the on-air left-wing politics.

    Ditching politics-first sportscasters like Jemele Hill working out for ESPN, network boss says

  123. John64

    I think the only reason he still wins is that he is personally popular…not that I know why…he reminds me of Les Patterson.

    Therapeutic Albo – Les Patterson minus the class and gravitas. LOL

  124. Percy Popinjay

    Albansleazy has had to fight to retain his seat over the last six years as the Greens have been biting him on his bum.

    And if you exist in his electorate, on Saturday your vote would have ultimately gone to either him or the greenfilth candidate. Bad luck if you didn’t want to vote for either of them – your only option then would have been to vote informal.

    What a f*cking sham.

  125. EvilElvis

    Female voices giving you directions can only end in failure.

    Yep. GPS, phone ‘assistants’ and of course the automatic shopping machines. I get great pleasure from being in public places that a female machine gives me verbal directions, I always reply “don’t tell me what to do woman!”.

  126. Black Ball

    Shorten’s thought bubbles, conveyed in declamatory tones that might have made the most orotund Shakespearean thespian pause

    Piers Akerman from 2015. Not much has changed in Labor ranks. I would be interested to know what deadwood from the election that Abbott won has been removed from the frontbench of Labor, except for Swan who hauled arse to the backbench. Gillard and Rudd of course left.

  127. Leigh Lowe

    Ow!
    OW! OW! OW! Ouchy Ouch!
    Just back from the borescope and little zapping job.
    Busily searching the specialists notes for the bit saying “… and you will be pissing bits of rusty razor blades or 24 – 48 hours.”
    Not there.
    Fuckity fuck!
    I think the job might have been done by a gay economist with a corkscrew.

  128. Mitch M.

    are walking away from Labor because they rightly feel alienated by the rancid and dogmatic anti-Christian bias and violent rhetoric that has infected modern Labor.

    Yet one criticism of Islam and you are an Islamophobe. Just another contradiction of the Left.

  129. Leigh Lowe

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    #3023383, posted on May 23, 2019 at 11:38 am

    indos have post erection tanty – not big on democracy

    Ha, ha.

    Been watching the ABC reporting, full of suppressed sighs … “why couldn’t that be Brisbane, not Jakarta?”

  130. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    And that won’t change under Albasleazy….remember he is the man who who has an inner city electorate full of greenies and greenism…

    Yep. Sydney’s Newtown and Marrickville are both leader suburbs of Green Loon Central.

    Newtown in particular is Trannie World plus a Tatts and Nose Ring Circus.
    An instructive meander down Newtown High Street tells you all you need to know.

  131. Peter Castieau

    Surely the only way the ALP can reform is to drop its unholy alliance with the Greens and to stop their preference arrangement?

    Would this ultimately lead to the electoral destruction of the Greens?

  132. Makka

    Trump is being urged to ask May about the Steele dossier during his visit. If she is still there;

    https://www.scribd.com/document/411153709/Devin-Nunes-letter-to-President-Trump-regarding-dossier

  133. zyconoclast

    Hard hats and hi-vis: Australian safety culture focussing on all the wrong things

    Australia has traded common sense for hi-vis vests and an obsession with compliance, safety guru Sidney Dekker told attendees.
    “You are wasting a lot of time and money on this in Australia,” Dekker said.
    “Last year, the cost of compliance was $250 billion. You pay one person out of every 10 to watch what the other nine are doing.
    “That’s Australia today – your compliance culture has got out of control.”
    Dekker, who runs the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University, is an advocate for doing safety differently.
    Rather than seeing people as a problem to control, he said organisations need to defer to the expertise of employees doing frontline jobs.
    “Doing safety differently acknowledges people are smart,” Dekker said.
    “They’re solving problems, they understand the work; you hired them because they know what to do.
    “Don’t tell them what to do, ask them what they need. Don’t ask the people who write the rules, ask the people who do the jobs – they’re the experts.”
    The current safety culture puts people in an impossible situation, Dekker said, where they are expected to get the work done and also follow all the rules.
    He said there is one question employers should be asking their staff: What is the stupidest thing you need to do to work here today?
    “There’s always going to be a distance between work as you imagine it, as your HR department imagines it and how work is actually done.
    “We’re putting people in an impossible pinch: do the work, but follow all the rules.”
    Although it has become common to see achieving ‘zero harm’ in a business’ safety strategy, Dekker said this approach runs counter to what it aims to achieve.
    “Declaring zero harm is a stupid idea,” he said.
    “It’s a relic and if your organisation does it, stop doing it … It’s not just silly nonsense, it’s dangerous.”
    He pointed to a four-year study of two groups of infrastructure companies in the UK. One group of companies had four fatalities and 214 major incidents, while the other had zero fatalities and 135 major incidents.
    “Which group had declared zero harm? The first one,” Dekker said.
    “If you have ‘zero harm’, you stop employees from talking about things that go wrong. It is stupid and unethical.
    “You want to innovate safety? Rip your zero harm posters from the wall.”
    Instead, businesses should focus on understanding why things go right, rather than only concentrating on the small number of incidences where things go wrong.
    “Break down barriers, talk across departments and hierarchies,” Dekker said.
    “Doing safety differently is about identifying and enhancing, in any way possible, the things that make things go right.
    “That’s doing safety differently, and that is your role.”

  134. When I signed the Windmills for Warringah change.org petition last night it had just over 1000. It’s now at 6000+!
    Get signing and spread around, it would be great to get more signatures on it than people who voted for Stegall.

  135. Dr Faustus

    Food or energy? The battle over the future of Australia’s prime agricultural land

    A David and Goliath battle over land is emerging in the Southern Riverina of New South Wales, with four foreign-owned energy companies racing to get their large-scale solar projects off the ground.

    It has left farmers questioning whether these types of infrastructure projects should be built on productive agricultural land.

    A rentseeker explains:

    The head of development at Neoen Australia, Garth Heron, said if Australia wants to have cheap power into the future, large-scale renewable projects need to be built next to the existing poles and wires.

    “The majority of the [large-scale solar] projects in Australia are built on good agricultural areas,” he said.

    “There are few places you can actually go. You basically have to follow your large poles and wires, which are between the large metropolitan centres.”

    Translation: Get fucked. We have put a lot of effort into terrorising politicians and demonising coal and we will not have stupid farmers who couldn’t even spell ‘Paris Agreement’ getting in the way of a yuuuge pipeline of subsidised low-risk-massive-return projects progress.

  136. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    For suffering Ouchy-man:

    Try a cold compress wrapped in an old tea-towel.
    Hairy found this useful after brachytherapy.
    Wives may assist.
    Do not forget to discard tea-towel after such use. 🙂

    Anti-inflammatories are also good, if Doc approves them for you. Excellent pain killers for surgical procedures, but heavy-duty ones (e.g. Vioxx) now banned due to heart risks.

  137. drop its unholy alliance with the Greens and to stop their preference arrangement

    They can safely do this.
    The gangreens are not going to preference the LNP.

  138. Fleeced

    Palaszczuk has angrily demanded that Palaszczuk approve of the mine.

    That’s the old Bob Carr approach to politics. When he was Premier of NSW, any problem that should have been an electoral issue, he’d front up at the press conference and angrily demand it be fixed – as though he was the solution to the problem instead of the cause.

    Oddly enough, it mostly seemed to work for him. Probably helped that the media was on his side.

  139. pete m

    I get a little chuckle in lifts when the smoky female voice says:

    “Going down”

    Sorry ….

  140. Bruce of Newcastle

    News ended as I was still eating my lunch (we early risers are early lunchers) so I caught the start of Ellen. Whoever wrote her monologue is extremely good, and her delivery near perfect. Enjoy:

    Ellen Connects the Dots Between ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Avengers’ & the Mueller Report

    I’m not a fan of hers especially but if you can be authentically funny in this age of PC you’re worth a mention in dispatches.

  141. Someone does printed T shirts here.
    Would they do half a dozen “It’s OK to be White” T shirts for me?
    Might as well use my winnings to stir up the ferals.

    You could try one of these. Custom designed for a Cat.

    Or if you really want to stir up ferals – the greatest t-shirt evah!

  142. woolfe

    Don’t ask the people who write the rules, ask the people who do the jobs – they’re the experts.”

    Two months ago one of our experts drove a 130 tonne bulldozer off a cliff at night, the dozer was caught by the ripper box and edge of the blade and he managed to climb out. We monitored it with radar and the next night and it moved 5cm then fell 200m into the valley below.

    This expert broke every operating rule in the book but HR wont allow us to fire him saying administrative.
    issues let him down.

    Things go right 99.9999% of the time and if we could get rid of idiots that percentage would be higher.

  143. feelthebern

    Chalmers out.
    Albo coundn’t be reached for comment as he was celebrating at his fav r&t.

  144. Leigh Lowe

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    #3023414, posted on May 23, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    For suffering Ouchy-man:

    Thanks Lizzie but second passing was less Cabernet and more Rose and not so razor-bladey.
    Apparently if you drink an alkaline fizzy drink it helps no end.
    Now they tells me.
    Woulda been good to now beforehand.

  145. Bruce of Newcastle

    Food or energy? The battle over the future of Australia’s prime agricultural land

    I’ve always been confused why it is food OR energy.
    CSG extraction is totally harmless to whatever is on the surface.
    Coal mining would be too except for the subsidence issue, which isn’t actually serious since most of my suburb is built on an old underground coal mine. You’d be doing well to notice any impacts.

  146. An instructive meander down Newtown High Street tells you all you need to know.

    Occasionally have the displeasure of going down that cesspit. It stinks of piss and puke in every other doorway, is infested with homeless, druggies and moochers and, of course, is plastered in posters advertising Socialism as the cure for all societies ills. The latest ones are railing against the Ramsay Centre which is naturally “racist” and a very angry one asking “What the f*** happened?” in regards to why people rejected the glorious Socialist Shorten Reich.
    All it needs is some human faeces and it will be LA or San Fran.

  147. Shy Ted

    Been doing a tally of all the pollsters and opinionistas who wrongly predicted the election result and have been sacked for being rotten at their jobs. Zero so far.

  148. Knuckle Dragger

    Zippy’s link, earlier:

    Murderess’ former yoga teacher says ‘it’s important for people to realise (murdering bitch) is not a monster’.

    Of course. Everyone I know has thrown themselves off cliffs while clutching toddlers. Great people.

    Her funeral should consist of her corpse being fed to pigs.

  149. Roberto

    An instructive meander down Newtown High Street tells you all you need to know.

    I had a nephew living there while he studied at Sydney Uni. I went to visit him once in the hovel that he and several others occupied. Never again.

  150. candy

    I’ve signed the Windfarms For Warringah petition.

    I hate those turbines myself, eerie ugly looking bird shredders, but if that’s what the good burghers of Warringah want, the kind of lifestyle they long for, it’s the right thing to sign the petition and help Ms Steggall.

  151. Bruce of Newcastle

    Surely the only way the ALP can reform is to drop its unholy alliance with the Greens and to stop their preference arrangement?

    Custard – The ALP during the election campaign told us over and over that they had no alliance nor any deals with the Greens. The Greens were beyond the pale. Foul creatures that no self respecting Laborite would ever go near. Cthulhu apparently is nicer. Are you distrusting what they said?

  152. John Constantine

    Aquabotix awarded an approximately US$150,000 contract to supply SwarmDiver system, training, and test support.
    Sydney, Australia and Virginia and Massachusetts, USA – UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) (“Aquabotix” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an approximately US$150,000 contract for the purchase of its SwarmDiverTM system along with training and test support for the United States Military. This hardware and services sale will enable necessary government evaluation activities for the Military’s consideration of operational use of the product in theatre.
    This award represents the fourth (4th) order placed by the United States Armed Forces related to the SwarmDiver family of vehicles since the product’s launch in April 2018. Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Whitney Million, “We are proud to have this opportunity to provide our SwarmDiverTM solution once more to the United States Military and are optimistic about related future opportunities. We see this award as being significant for a few reasons. First, the award

    UUV is an aussie underwater drone company, capitalised at one-fifty thousandth the price of the pynofilth debacle class submarines.

  153. Bruce of Newcastle

    An instructive meander down Newtown High Street tells you all you need to know.

    Occasionally have the displeasure of going down that cesspit.

    Forty years ago while at uni I shared a house at the back of The Hub cinema.
    Newtown was just as feral then.

  154. Leigh Lowe

    The latest bird to appear on the endangered list.

  155. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    So I am back on twitter and the bastards wouldn’t let me back on without providing a phone number. ok so now I have a spare sim.

    nor would they explain which “community standard” I broke. it seems the left are twitchy on the report button.

    speaking of censorship the humourless theconversation.com thinks these comments breach “community standards”… I guess by community standards they actually mean communist standard, as all these were censored and removed:

    the academic version of socialism is all rainbows and unicorns, the real world experience is Venezuela

    sad attempt at reframing. you and your comrades clearly detest free speech as leftism is all about feels not rational argument.

    you have both failed to address the point and instead instantly took offence to the virtue signalling label for obvious reasons.

    california was a solid republican state before mass 3rd world migration flipped it democrat and ingrained a relentless cycle of welfare dependency

    Marxism and its theft through government policy is a dead ideology, RIP

    lead by example and write a big fat cheque to the ATO

    if you don’t like our policies of taxing the eyeballs out of your grandparents vote for someone else: who said bowen had a half a brain?

    surely there must be a bull-ants nest in that area that we must conserve?

    The left has always been eager to silence any opposing views as nothing it says can stand on its own merit.

    someone needs to keep this imported voteherd voting the right way

    we have a population policy its called mass migration.

  156. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    communist

  157. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    bastards

  158. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    So I am back on twitter and the bastards wouldn’t let me back on without providing a phone number. ok so now I have a spare sim.

    nor would they explain which “community standard” I broke. it seems the left are twitchy on the report button.

    speaking of censorship the humourless theconversation.com thinks these comments breach “community standards”… I guess by community standards they actually mean communist standard, as all these were censored and removed:

    the academic version of socialism is all rainbows and unicorns, the real world experience is Venezuela

    sad attempt at reframing. you and your comrades clearly detest free speech as leftism is all about feels not rational argument.

    you have both failed to address the point and instead instantly took offence to the virtue signalling label for obvious reasons.

    california was a solid republican state before mass 3rd world migration flipped it democrat and ingrained a relentless cycle of welfare dependency

    Marxism and its theft through government policy is a dead ideology, RIP

    lead by example and write a big fat cheque to the ATO

    if you don’t like our policies of taxing the eyeb*lls out of your grandparents vote for someone else: who said bowen had a half a brain?

    surely there must be a bull-ants nest in that area that we must conserve?

    The left has always been eager to silence any opposing views as nothing it says can stand on its own merit.

    someone needs to keep this imported voteherd voting the right way

    we have a population policy its called mass migration.

  159. Tailgunner

    Can recommend Mr Rusty’s propaganda tees. My NPC one is great quality (shirt&print).
    I’m ordering a Pinochet one today 🙂

  160. Rebel with cause

    Nobody going to stand in the way of Albo fighting Tories.

  161. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    and more censored comments

    morrison must purge the party of left wingers and trample over socialist infiltration of the liberals to fire up his base.

    So this blog is now deleting all anti climate-histrionic comments.
    A taste of what a shorten government would have been like.
    only groupthink tolerated

  162. Top Ender

    That part of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s victory speech you never got to hear*:

    “Friends, I have given due credit to those in the Coalition camp who helped return us to government. Now I intend acknowledging the efforts of those outside the tent who did the same, albeit inadvertently.

    “First and foremost, Bill Shorten. Thank you for your incessant and snide references to the ‘top end of town’. You reinforced the message the Labor Party philosophy of the twenty-first century is one of envy and resentment when it comes to private enterprise and self-sufficiency. Remember last year when you boasted to Arnold Schwarzenegger “I’m gonna be the next Prime Minister of Australia”? To quote The Terminator, “Get out”.

    “Zali Steggall, I thought after this election I would have to resolve the difficult issue of whether to return a displaced former PM to cabinet, but you have solved that problem. In return I will fulfil your declaration that you will be a ‘climate leader’. In conjunction with the NSW government, I will ensure Warringah becomes the world model for fighting climate change.

    “Beginning next month, Warringah will be a no-go area for any vehicle powered by fossil fuels. That includes your SUV, Zali. Residents can instead drive electric vehicles; however, I stress henceforth your entire division will be powered by electricity generated not by coal, but by renewables. How you cope with this massive increase in demand for power is up to you. Any complaints, speak to your local member AKA climate leader.

    “It doesn’t end there, Warringah. The rest of Australia will be watching to see the effects of your considerable drop in carbon emissions. I have commissioned the Bureau of Meteorology to build the most advanced weather station known to humankind in the centre of Mosman. From there, the agency will carefully monitor data over the next three years, after which it will report the difference between the average temperature in Sydney’s North Shore now and that of 2022. Zali, I suspect that percentage will also reflect your chances of being re-elected.

    “To those members of GetUp! who thought it would be a good idea to get Alex Turnbull to make robocalls to voters, let me just say as an ex-marketing man I was surprised you decided to hand the telephone to him. Nevertheless, you succeeded — if your goal was to return us to government, that is. Who will you be using for the next election, Clementine Ford perhaps?

    “As for our blitzing it in Queensland, I want to acknowledge how deeply we are in debt to the lady in charge of that great state, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad. Your hindering of the Adani mine approval process may have appeased the Trots in your inner-city seat, but as we see the rest of the state is gunning for your government. Kudos as well to Bob Brown and his anti-Adani convoy. Here’s a hint as to why that backfired so badly, Bob: most unemployed people in Queensland, unlike your mob, actually want a job.

    “Chris Bowen, if you were standing in front of me right now, I would embrace you. The kindest thing I can say about your record as Shadow Treasurer, particularly your tax policies, is that it’s up there with your performance as immigration minister between 2010-13. Seriously, you really said to the boomers “if you don’t like our policies, don’t vote for us”? And they did just that. Guess who benefited?

    “Now think back everyone a couple of years ago to the Bennelong by-election. Let’s imagine the Labor powerbrokers deciding who to field. ‘I know,’ shouts one. ‘Remember when the NSW Government suffered the worst defeat in the state’s history? Let’s get that premier!’ Fair dinkum, Senator Kristina Keneally: it’s not as if you can erase the memory of those years as easily as you did your Twitter account when you were nominated.

    “On the subject of bad memories, let’s give a big shout-out to former Treasurer Wayne Swan, now national president of the ALP. As long as he occupies that position, he will be the face of the party’s economic legacy and a reminder of those immortal words in 2012: ‘The four years of surpluses I announce tonight are a powerful endorsement of the … success of our policies.’

    “And by now everyone has a fair idea of how Senator Penny Wong, the would-be Minister for Foreign Affairs, would perform in a stressful and challenging international summit. I reckon we won at least two marginal seats solely due to your petulant refusal to shake Trade Minister Simon Birmingham’s hand at the South Australian Press Club.

    “Rob Oakeshott, I’m not sure what felt the longest — the three years of the minority Gillard/Rudd governments or your excruciating 17-minute speech. Probably the latter. In any event it’s fair to say your running for Cowper reminded the whole of Australia what happened last time you were kingmaker.

    “Kevin Rudd, I thank you for your spiteful, hysterical, and constant tweeting throughout the course of this campaign. It has been nearly six years since your government was swiftly dispatched, but the public needed reminding of what it was like under the last Labor prime minister.

    “Now I just want to mention several commentators, mainly to show how accurately they reflect the views of mainstream Australians.

    “To author and Sydney Morning Herald columnist Jane Caro — all it takes is a skinful for you self-righteous types to reveal your true selves, and you were no exception on Saturday night. ‘I shall … stick two rude fingers up at all the truculent turds who voted to turn backwards’, you tweeted, also adding you wished you lived in New Zealand.

    “So do we, Jane.

    “Then there’s another Sydney Morning Herald columnist and author, Peter FitzSimons, who tweeted only in January:

    “There are 60 replies to this benign tweet from the PM, congratulating Australia’s latest hero, Ash Barty who had just toppled Maria Sharapova in the Oz Open. 59 of those replies are just different ways of telling the PM to F*&@ Off.” So what did this columnist make of that? ‘This is grim,’ he stated. ‘The mood is savage.’ This is not even pseudo-psephology, Fitz: it’s reading Twitter tea leaves. As someone once said, you could save yourself much embarrassment by taking that ridiculous bandana off your head and tying it tightly around your mouth.

    “As for Fitz’s good wife, Lisa Wilkinson, I thank you for your unsolicited open letter on the night of the election. I was bemused to hear you say, ‘we’re all feeling just a little broken right now’. Fact is I see a lot of happy people post-election as well as those feeling greatly relieved. But I was downright amused to read your statement ‘If you’re ever in doubt when those big decision-making moments arise, when all the nation turns its lonely eyes to you … can you do us a favour? Just call Jacinda.’

    “Can I draw your attention to the following excerpts written by your hubby — August 2018: Where are you, Mr Roberts, by the way? A nation turns its lonely, bemused eyes to you. March 2018: Where have you gone Adam Gilchrist, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you. December 2016: Where are you, Yogi Berra? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. December 2015: Oh, where have you gone, North Sydney Bears? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. October 2015: Where are you, Roy & HG? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. June 2015: Where are you now Godwin Grech? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. July 2013: Where have you gone Allan Border — a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

    “Instead of purporting to appeal on behalf of the nation, do you think you and your other half could occasionally write something — how should I put this — original? Please don’t take offence. I really mean it when I say we’d like to help you learn to help yourself.

    “Lastly, I refer to the man you would have to agree was the most shattered Australian on Saturday night. What’s that — I’ve already mentioned Bill Shorten you say? No, I’m talking about Malcolm Turnbull. There is a lot more I can say about him, but I’ll confine my remarks solely to his insistence that I explain to Australians why he was removed as prime minister. Friends, that is a question which, like my predecessor, has become redundant.”

    * according to The Mocker, who certainly can’t be taken seriously

    THE MOCKER
    The Mocker amuses himself by calling out poseurs, sneering social commentators, and po-faced officials. He is deeply suspicious of those who seek increased regulation of speech and behaviour.

    Oz link

  163. Leigh Lowe

    Three Seats in doubt …
    1 . Seat of Bass Tasmania

    Enrolled 76,587
    Counted 90.4%
    Informal (Votes) 2,836
    Informal (%) 4.1%
    Maximum left to Count 7,352
    Lib 2PP (Votes) 33,451
    ALP 2PP (Votes) 32,948

    Lib 2PP (%) 50.38%
    ALP 2PP (%) 49.62%

    Required 2PP on remaining votes for ALP to win … 53.4%
    Postals, Absentees and Booth votes all consistently running at about 50.4% to 49.6% Two Party Preferred to the Libs.
    .
    .
    .
    2. Macquarie NSW

    Enrolled 108,039
    Counted 88.0%
    Informal (Votes) 3,822
    Informal (%) 4.0%
    Maximum left to Count 12,954
    Lib 2PP (Votes) 45,706
    ALP 2PP (Votes) 45,548

    Lib 2PP (%) 50.09%
    ALP 2PP (%) 49.91%

    Required 2PP on remaining votes for ALP to win 50.6%

    Postal Votes breaking hard for Libs at about 57.6% to 43.4% Two Party Preferred
    .
    .
    .
    These two are required to maintain the 78 seats won, and look to be very close to in the bag, unless some top grade AEC vote-whisperers get on the job.
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    .
    .

    3. Lilley Queensland.
    Swansteen’s old seat (Lilley) would make it 79, but I think it is a bridge too far.

  164. Leigh Lowe

    Will do the analysis on Lilley and Cowan for sport, because the postals are running 55:45 to the Libs in both seats.
    JC will be frickin’ crowing if it should get to 80 seats.

  165. C.L.

    The Country Women’s Association (CWA) has Wicked Campers in its sights over its “sexist, misogynist and racist slogans” painted on its vans.

    The New South Wales branch of the rural-based organisation is to lobby state and federal politicians in an attempt to have uniform legislation which could see the vans off the roads.

    The Australian campervan company has faced a backlash over “misogynistic and degrading” slogans painted on the sides of their vehicles.

    This latest attempt to have the vans banned comes after a CWA member took the extreme action of painting over a slogan which she argued could promote domestic violence.

    This has been discussed here before. I have no sympathy for Wicked Campers. At no time in Australia’s past would any company be permitted to festoon its vehicles with such grotesque slogans and suggestions. If they refuse to behave decently, the state must step in. No free speech issue here, sorry.

  166. Leigh Lowe

    Seat of Lilley
    .
    Enrolled 108,615
    Counted 82.1%
    Informal (Votes) 2,792
    Informal (%) 3.1%
    Maximum left to Count 19,410
    Lib 2PP (Votes) 42,793
    ALP 2PP (Votes) 43,621

    Lib 2PP (%) 49.52%
    ALP 2PP (%) 50.48%

    Required 2PP on remaining votes for Libs to win 52.1%

    Postals are breaking to the Libs 54.8 to 46.2, so maybe not out of the question.

  167. C.L.

    You’re coming home from school with your girls and you stop at the lights behind this.

  168. Bruce of Newcastle

    JC will be frickin’ crowing if it should get to 80 seats.

    It’s a great shame that the PHON guy has ended up behind the Nat in Hunter. If he’d been ahead almost all of the Nat, UAP and CDP preferences would’ve flowed to him. Which would put him up to 3,000 votes ahead of the ALP-Greens-AJP-SEP total on my quick arithmetic.

    Winston I recall needs 81 for a nice extra payout. Unfortunately that looks a bridge too far.

  169. Leigh Lowe

    Minor correction.
    Postals are breaking to the Libs in Lilley 54.8 to 45.2, but point remains.
    It is in the mix.

  170. Leigh Lowe

    Finally, the seat of Cowan, held by Waleed Ali’s mum, Ann Ali.
    .
    Enrolled 98,668
    Counted 78.8%
    Informal (Votes) 3,950
    Informal (%) 5.1%
    Maximum left to Count 20,957
    Lib 2PP (Votes) 36,508
    ALP 2PP (Votes) 37,253

    Lib 2PP (%) 49.49%
    ALP 2PP (%) 50.51%

    Required 2PP on remaining votes for Libs to win 51.8%

    Postals are breaking to the Libs 55.8 to 44.2 so, again, maybe not out of the question.

  171. Black Ball,
    Reference the Spanish Squash players getting vibrators.
    Odd, isn’t it?
    Men get called sexist pigs, misogynists, etc.
    Then when they act like it, feminists get upset.
    I can’t figure it out.
    The mens vibrators must have been nasty things…

  172. Leigh Lowe

    Wowee!
    I reckon Bass (currently in Libs column of 78) is a shoo-in.
    Macquarie (also currently in Libs column of 78) is pretty solid.
    Lilley and Cowan (both currently with the Piss Poor Peanut Party in front) are definite chances, with a lower total counted and strong flows of postals to the Libs.
    You’re right BoN.
    Hunter, being a 3 or 4 cornered contest, is too hard to pick apart, but it certainly left skidmarks on Coal Fitzgibbon’s Y-Fronts.

  173. The mens vibrators must have been nasty things…

    Real men use a jackhammer.

  174. Leigh Lowe

    It’s a great shame that the PHON guy has ended up behind the Nat in Hunter. If he’d been ahead almost all of the Nat, UAP and CDP preferences would’ve flowed to him. Which would put him up to 3,000 votes ahead of the ALP-Greens-AJP-SEP total on my quick arithmetic.

    Why isn’t the flip-side true?
    The Nat guy finishes second and reaps PHON, UAP and CDP preferences?
    I think the answer might be that PHON preferences won’t be a tight link, and some will be Liars protest votes which will flow back to ALP.

  175. You’re coming home from school with your girls and you stop at the lights behind this.

    I’m trying to picture my how I’d react were I for any reason to be required to drive that thing in public.
    Never mind actually pay money to rent it.

  176. Leigh Lowe

    Top Ender

    #3023468, posted on May 23, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    That part of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s victory speech you never got to hear*:

    Bwah, ha, ha, ha.
    The Mocker calls out Lisa Wilkinson for plagiarising Bandana Man.
    FFS, Lisa, if you are going to steal something, at least find someone who can string a sentence together.

  177. candy

    You’re coming home from school with your girls and you stop at the lights behind this.

    Yes, it’s totally disgusting. There is a sense of brutality about it, even though it’s just words.

  178. Leigh Lowe

    Rebel with cause

    #3023465, posted on May 23, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Nobody going to stand in the way of Albo fighting Tories.

    He might find a few in teh Qld ALP this morning.

  179. feelthebern

    How long you will you be passing razor blade LL?
    I have to say you seem to have dragon energy post your procedure today.

  180. Zyconoclast

    Capel mother Cassandra Doohan pleads guilty to murdering baby daughter Anastasia Hand
    Anastasia Hand died after receiving a “catastrophic brain injury” in 2017.

    https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-23/mother-pleads-guilty-to-murdering-baby-daughter-anastasia-hand/11142108

    White Ribbon and Rosie Batty we’re unavailable for comment.

  181. candy

    Nobody going to stand in the way of Albo fighting Tories.

    Albo has to keep those thoughts to himself and talk about realistic and efficient policies that benefit people.
    And no “top of end town” and “religious extremist Christians” nonsense. It’s going to be tough.
    A whole new way of thinking for them.

    And wear a decent well cut suit, good haircut, and no yucky yellow ties he seems to favour.

  182. GP

    Nobody going to stand in the way of Albo fighting Tories.

    What’s his view on Whigs?

  183. Zippy:
    The ABC link you provide doesn’t say who the rioters are. So I can safely assume RoP?

  184. Makka

    Albo unopposed. Brilliant. No chance of winning in Qld or WA with that commy prick driving Labor. Scomo better not fk this up.

  185. Infidel Tiger

    What’s his view on Whigs?

    Everyone hates Whigs.

  186. Mother Lode

    Illegal ozone-depleting gases traced to rogue factories in eastern China

    Well clearly the solution is for Australia to bind itself with more legislation, charges, taxes and bureaucrats.

    Have to do our part – even if we are not doing anything wrong at all. We can be an example to the world!

  187. No chance of winning in Qld or WA with that commy prick driving Labor.

    Shush. Never interrupt your enemy…

  188. Leigh Lowe

    feelthebern

    #3023496, posted on May 23, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    How long you will you be passing razor blade LL?
    I have to say you seem to have dragon energy post your procedure today.

    Confucious say … burning dick make angry man.
    Ha, ha.
    A couple of glasses of alkaline solution fixes all.

  189. The ALP should have chosen Arfur Caldwell as their new leader.

  190. Leigh Lowe

    How long you will you be passing razor blade LL?
    I have to say you seem to have dragon energy post your procedure today.

    Might do a joint post with IT …
    “The impact of aching knackers and stinging dicks on Alt-right political commentary.”

  191. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ScoMo gives thanks to the ‘friends’ who made victory possibleThe MockerFollow @Oz_Mocker

    An hour ago May 23, 2019
    157 Comments

    That part of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s victory speech you never got to hear*:

    “Friends, I have given due credit to those in the Coalition camp who helped return us to government. Now I intend acknowledging the efforts of those outside the tent who did the same, albeit inadvertently.

    “First and foremost, Bill Shorten. Thank you for your incessant and snide references to the ‘top end of town’. You reinforced the message the Labor Party philosophy of the twenty-first century is one of envy and resentment when it comes to private enterprise and self-sufficiency. Remember last year when you boasted to Arnold Schwarzenegger “I’m gonna be the next Prime Minister of Australia”? To quote The Terminator, “Get out”.

    “Zali Steggall, I thought after this election I would have to resolve the difficult issue of whether to return a displaced former PM to cabinet, but you have solved that problem. In return I will fulfil your declaration that you will be a ‘climate leader’. In conjunction with the NSW government, I will ensure Warringah becomes the world model for fighting climate change.

    “Beginning next month, Warringah will be a no-go area for any vehicle powered by fossil fuels. That includes your SUV, Zali. Residents can instead drive electric vehicles; however, I stress henceforth your entire division will be powered by electricity generated not by coal, but by renewables. How you cope with this massive increase in demand for power is up to you. Any complaints, speak to your local member AKA climate leader.

    “It doesn’t end there, Warringah. The rest of Australia will be watching to see the effects of your considerable drop in carbon emissions. I have commissioned the Bureau of Meteorology to build the most advanced weather station known to humankind in the centre of Mosman. From there, the agency will carefully monitor data over the next three years, after which it will report the difference between the average temperature in Sydney’s North Shore now and that of 2022. Zali, I suspect that percentage will also reflect your chances of being re-elected.

    “To those members of GetUp! who thought it would be a good idea to get Alex Turnbull to make robocalls to voters, let me just say as an ex-marketing man I was surprised you decided to hand the telephone to him. Nevertheless, you succeeded — if your goal was to return us to government, that is. Who will you be using for the next election, Clementine Ford perhaps?

    “As for our blitzing it in Queensland, I want to acknowledge how deeply we are in debt to the lady in charge of that great state, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad. Your hindering of the Adani mine approval process may have appeased the Trots in your inner-city seat, but as we see the rest of the state is gunning for your government. Kudos as well to Bob Brown and his anti-Adani convoy. Here’s a hint as to why that backfired so badly, Bob: most unemployed people in Queensland, unlike your mob, actually want a job.

    “Chris Bowen, if you were standing in front of me right now, I would embrace you. The kindest thing I can say about your record as Shadow Treasurer, particularly your tax policies, is that it’s up there with your performance as immigration minister between 2010-13. Seriously, you really said to the boomers “if you don’t like our policies, don’t vote for us”? And they did just that. Guess who benefited?

    “Now think back everyone a couple of years ago to the Bennelong by-election. Let’s imagine the Labor powerbrokers deciding who to field. ‘I know,’ shouts one. ‘Remember when the NSW Government suffered the worst defeat in the state’s history? Let’s get that premier!’ Fair dinkum, Senator Kristina Keneally: it’s not as if you can erase the memory of those years as easily as you did your Twitter account when you were nominated.

    From the Oz, the Mocker with his pen dipped in vitriol….

  192. Leigh Lowe:

    Anti-inflammatories are also good, if Doc approves them for you. Excellent pain killers for surgical procedures, but heavy-duty ones (e.g. Vioxx) now banned due to heart risks.

    Lizzie is wrong Wrong wrong wrong.
    What would she know?
    The only thing good enough for pain relief for us well endowed gentlemen is morphine. I.V.
    Or Fentanyl, if you have enough.

  193. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The ALP should have chosen Arfur Caldwell as their new leader.

    I knew that nasal whine reminded me of someone..

  194. Zyconoclast

    New Zealand dairy company Fonterra has announced it is closing its factory at Dennington in south-west Victoria.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-05-23/fonterra-factory-closure-dennington/11140992

  195. Roger

    There must have been an awful lot of threats made to get Bowen & Chalmers to pull out.

    Popular vote, you say? We’ll just off them up one candidate.

    Democracy, Socialist style.

  196. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The ABC link you provide doesn’t say who the rioters are. So I can safely assume RoP?

    can’t be anyone else

  197. Zippy:
    With the CFC11 production, weren’t some Chinese factories producing it just to get the subsidies for destroying it?

  198. Leigh Lowe

    Some required reading for ScoMo from PJ Media.
    The deVos family have pulled the funding rug on Justin Amash after his bush lawyer attempts to suck up to the Dimocrats and lefty meeja over Trump.

    For too many years the GOP has indulged its in-house backstabbers. When one finally disappears, another materializes. Flake leaves the Senate, Romney enters and picks up where he left off.

    This is largely because a turncoat Republican will be overwhelmingly praised by the liberal mainstream media. Some just can’t resist the attention, party loyalty be damned.

    ScoMo needs to publicly knee-cap the first Juliar Banks wannabe who sticks their head up.

  199. John64

    The Mocker should be appointed as SloMo’s speechwriter. 🙂

  200. Leigh Lowe

    Zyconoclast

    #3023517, posted on May 23, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    New Zealand dairy company Fonterra has announced it is closing its factory at Dennington in south-west Victoria.

    My understanding is that a particular individual/consortium has been buying up South West dairy country for ages (Chink money, some say) and are planning a yuuuuge processor over the Sa border.
    Better be close to the Vicco interconnet if you want the fridges to stay on.
    There is a massive Saputo plant about 10 kms east of the Fonterra plant which is set to close.

  201. Leigh Lowe

    John64

    #3023522, posted on May 23, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    The Mocker should be appointed as SloMo’s speechwriter.

    No, no.
    Mocker fell for the trap of mentioning Trumble’s name.
    I much prefer ScoMo’s Central Party Committe approach.
    Simply expunge his name from history and never speak of him again.
    If there’s one thing worse than being talked about it is not being talked about.

  202. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Can any Cat, who speaks Twitter, post a link to “Wee Dougie Cameron’s” account? I’ve never read such a load of old, Lefty ballocks in my life.

  203. Mr Rusty:
    The Tshirts you mentioned.
    They’re overpriced and way too few options/slogans.
    Mugs – $25 + postage?

  204. Woolfe:

    Two months ago one of our experts drove a 130 tonne bulldozer off a cliff at night, the dozer was caught by the ripper box and edge of the blade and he managed to climb out. We monitored it with radar and the next night and it moved 5cm then fell 200m into the valley below.

    If there was any justice, he would have gone with the vehicle.

  205. Leigh Lowe

    Lizzie is wrong Wrong wrong wrong.
    What would she know?
    The only thing good enough for pain relief for us well endowed gentlemen is morphine. I.V.

    I’ve been asking for a go at the morph bottle but they are not buying it.
    Apparently a piece of sponge rubber masquerading as cheese and to soggy biscuits (prolly from Aldi) will fix it all.
    Sisters of Mercy my arse.

  206. feelthebern

    Sisters of Mercy my arse.

    Maybe stop asking for a sponge bath every 10 mins.

  207. Leigh Lowe

    feelthebern

    #3023532, posted on May 23, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Sisters of Mercy my arse.

    Maybe stop asking for a sponge bath every 10 mins.

    Feel the bern, indeed.
    No sponge bath.
    I am not Albo, FFS.
    Yay.
    They’ve found a bag of clothes.
    Don’t look like mine but, hey, let’s slip on that dress and get outta here.

  208. John64

    Mocker fell for the trap of mentioning Trumble’s name. I much prefer ScoMo’s Central Party Committe approach. Simply expunge his name from history and never speak of him again.

    SloMo is allowed to mention Lord Waffleworth once to announce that he is personally moving a motion at the next meeting of the Libs National Executive for his expulsion from the Party. And to say that Mick and his Sprog can from this moment on go forth and multiply.

    Thereafter, he can be abolished to the forgettery like a Miserable Ghost(TM).

  209. feelthebern

    let’s slip on that dress and get outta here.

    Err…what surgery did you really get?

  210. feelthebern

    Seating at Bob Hawke’s state send-off.
    ScoMo.
    Turd.
    TA.
    Gillard.
    Rudd.
    PK.

  211. Geriatric Mayfly

    Setka charges dropped
    Prosecutors have dropped 30 charges against Victorian construction union boss John Setka.

    Some less lucky individuals are pursued almost to the grave on evidence that amounts to SFA. Thirty charges in this instance and not one selected for prosecution and persecution.

  212. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Albanese, fully in to his sales pitch for leader of the ALP. #listeningtothepeople_not

    This morning’s swim included a dip amongst the mullet run. Lots and lots of fish but, thank goodness, no shark sightings!

  213. Leigh Lowe

    feelthebern

    #3023536, posted on May 23, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    let’s slip on that dress and get outta here.

    Err…what surgery did you really get?

    I really gotta pay more attention to the forms they put in front of me.
    Will have a look when I get home.
    Could be a conversion, because I am pretty sure he used a 9/16″ borescope with left hand thread.
    Something under 1/4″ would have been more nicer.

  214. Leigh Lowe

    Geriatric Mayfly

    #3023544, posted on May 23, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Setka charges dropped
    Prosecutors have dropped 30 charges against Victorian construction union boss John Setka.

    Ah, timing, comrades.

  215. feelthebern

    The Rule of Law doesn’t apply in Victoria any more.
    Next, Property Rights.

  216. LL
    Word check.

    Do you know the meaning of the word castration?
    Do you know the meaning of the word circumcision?
    Do you ever confuse these two words?

  217. feelthebern

    Breaking news, John Setka makes the Queens Birthday honours list.
    Services to the community.

  218. Derp

    Do you know the meaning of the word castration?
    Do you know the meaning of the word circumcision?

    The difference is a slip of the tang.

  219. bespoke

    I may be biased since Andrea H helped me out with some coding and we both were on the receiving end of trash back stabbing gossip at the time. But the support group that formed between lefty’s, mid level academics and some confused libertarians who thought she owed them a platform became very personal and vicious. These poor darlings never gave her credit for banning overt racist or for physical threats and legally actionable accusations. And did it with consistency, you knew were she stood and was open as to why.

  220. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Charges against CFMEU boss John Setka dropped

    Tessa Akerman
    Reporter
    @TessaAkerman
    42 minutes ago May 23, 2019

    Police prosecutors have dropped 30 charges against John Setka with the Victorian construction union boss indicating he will plead guilty to the remaining two charges.

    Mr Setka appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court this morning where prosecutors formally withdrew 30 charges including one count of recklessly causing injury.

    Barrister Marcus Dempsey, representing Mr Setka, indicated his client would be pleading guilty to the remaining charges, including one count of using a carriage service in a harassing manner in October last year.

    Details of the outstanding allegations were not aired in the brief hearing.

    He will return to court on June 26.

    Mr Setka released a statement at the beginning of the year saying the ongoing political and ideological attacks on him as a union leader had placed enormous strain on his family.

  221. Geriatric Mayfly

    Mr Setka released a statement at the beginning of the year saying the ongoing political and ideological attacks on him as a union leader had placed enormous strain on his family.

    Cardinal Pell released a statement from his prison cell saying the ongoing political and ideological attacks on him as a church leader had placed enormous strain on the legal system in Victoria.

  222. None

    The Mocker is excellent today. It’s a big thanyou from a fictitious ScoMo to his helpful little friends:

    As for Fitz’s good wife, Lisa Wilkinson, I thank you for your unsolicited open letter on the night of the election. I was bemused to hear you say, ‘we’re all feeling just a little broken right now’. Fact is I see a lot of happy people post-election as well as those feeling greatly relieved. But I was downright amused to read your statement ‘If you’re ever in doubt when those big decision-making moments arise, when all the nation turns its lonely eyes to you … can you do us a favour? Just call Jacinda.’

    “Can I draw your attention to the following excerpts written by your hubby —
    August 2018: Where are you, Mr Roberts, by the way? A nation turns its lonely, bemused eyes to you.
    March 2018: Where have you gone Adam Gilchrist, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
    December 2016: Where are you, Yogi Berra? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
    December 2015: Oh, where have you gone, North Sydney Bears? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
    October 2015: Where are you, Roy & HG? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
    June 2015: Where are you now Godwin Grech? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
    July 2013: Where have you gone Allan Border — a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

    “Instead of purporting to appeal on behalf of the nation, do you think you and your other half could occasionally write something — how should I put this — original? Please don’t take offence. I really mean it when I say we’d like to help you learn to help yourself.

    Gold.

  223. Leigh Lowe

    LL
    Word check.

    Do you know the meaning of the word castration?
    Do you know the meaning of the word circumcision?
    Do you ever confuse these two words?

    Not sure.
    But I am fairly OK with the difference between Veggina and a Volvo, though.

  224. Leigh Lowe

    Seating at Bob Hawke’s state send-off.
    ScoMo.
    Turd.
    TA.
    Gillard.
    Rudd.
    PK.

    Such a pity.
    Chloe managed to pick up a a very nice knee length, tightly fitted black mourning dress from Skeletor’s go-to designer last Friday, with bespoke Jacinda headscarf to match, and now she won’t be starting on the front row of the mobile barrier.
    Sad.
    The tears will be real, but not for Bob.
    Pyne and Skeletor probably don’t rate an invite either.

  225. “feelthebern
    #3023538, posted on May 23, 2019 at 2:37 pm
    Seating at Bob Hawke’s state send-off.
    ScoMo.
    Turd.
    TA.
    Gillard.
    Rudd.
    PK.”

    Where’s Howard? This will have to be the seating plan as most of them loathe each other….Abbott next to Howard whose next to Gillard and then ScoMo followed by Keating, Turd and Rudd…the three narcissistic sociopaths at the end

  226. None

    Thank you Troy Brmston. Bolt’s moderators refused to publish my comment pointing out that Andrew was misguided again, Albo is a hard lefty, destroyed shipping for his MUA mates, nearly killed the transport sector and was the guy who cried “I like fighting Tories” in parliament. So fucking 18th century. In an other country.

  227. rickw

    Sheer bastardry by the EU and the British Government, both of who created the financial climate that will see 25,000 people put out of work, and the destruction of an essential part of the GB industrial base.
    If this doesn’t get those 25k into yellow jackets and storming the Houses of Parliament, then GB deserves to die.

    The country that was once one of the world’s biggest steel producers.

  228. Mark A

    bespoke
    #3023554, posted on May 23, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    We have to differ on that.
    But it’s in the distant past now, so let it be.

  229. Mark A

    None
    #3023564, posted on May 23, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Thank you Troy Brmston. Bolt’s moderators refused to publish my comment

    Of course they did.
    AB is enamored with Albo, for a long time he was the only labor rep to talk to him.
    Bolta was almost salivating when he mentioned that the massage guy was coming on his show, it was disgusting.
    But that’s Andrew Bolt, like his hero Abbott, he wants to be liked above all else.

  230. Mr Rusty:
    The Tshirts you mentioned.
    They’re overpriced and way too few options/slogans.
    Mugs – $25 + postage?

    Economies of scale Winston. All unique designed wear is more expensive because it is JIT production. T-shirts have got cheaper to do with technology but mugs haven’t changed much. Mine are actually very reasonably priced compared to other online stores.

    There are 30 odd designs to chose from! I have a load more I’d like to do but it’s not really worth it since I’ve never broken even, I just put one out now and then cos I like designing them and it maintains my Photoshop/Illustrator skills. There’s a few more on my overseas shop that I haven’t put in the Aus shop. Memes are also fun to do, like The Greens logo that I redesigned to more accurately reflect their ideology.

    Anyway, the beauty of the free market is you don’t have to buy them.

  231. zyconoclast

    Ford couldn’t find a girl with a better name?

    https://youtu.be/r6DE7JnvqTk

  232. candy

    Where’s Howard? This will have to be the seating plan as most of them loathe each other….Abbott next to Howard whose next to Gillard and then ScoMo followed by Keating, Turd and Rudd…the three narcissistic sociopaths at the end

    If there was a state send off the seating and presence of the ex-PMs is really fascinating.
    So fascinating that it would take attention away from honouring the deceased, which can’t be good.

  233. Seating at Bob Hawke’s state send-off.

    LOL! Totally forgot that was on.

    The ‘boos’ must have been deafening when TA, ScoMo and Johnny turned up. Remember what happened at the Guff Whitless send off?

    And I bet BullTits & co thought they would be haughtily sneering down their noses at Abbott and a defeated ScoMo this time last week and he would be addressing the nation as “Prime Minister Shorten”.

    Oh the humiliation must be etched into their scowling faces.

  234. notafan

    If there was a state send off the seating and presence of the ex-PMs is really fascinating.
    So fascinating that it would take attention away from honouring the deceased, which can’t be good.

    That makes sense

    Anyhow who cares about ‘honouring the deceased’ which is a pagan ritual, at best

    Hawke was an athiest

    No doubt as my uncle said about Khrushchev, he will be ‘all dressed up with no place to go’.

  235. “Hawke was an athiest”

    Most atheists are total hypocrites…they want the best send off imaginable. I bet, like Gough and that crook Wran, he’ll have a big send off at Sydney Town Hall.

  236. candy

    Most atheists are total hypocrites…they want the best send off imaginable.

    I suppose in this instance it’s for the family and the general public to do the honouring and so on, because of long term PM and achievements. A ritual but the proper course of events.

  237. bespoke

    Us agnostics have a bet each way. 😜

  238. notafan

    The family are having a private funeral.

    An empty ritual aping the Christianity they despise

    like Shorten’s hollow RIP

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