Open Forum: May 25, 2019

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  1. calli

    A little ditty about Sussan that I posted long ago.

    Apologies to the late and great Leonard Cohen.

    Sussan takes you down to her place on the Gold Coast
    She can hear the boats go by, she can spend the cash forever
    And you know that she’s a fraudster and that’s why you want to thump her
    And she feeds you tea and bullsh*t that come all the way from Canb’ra
    And just when you mean to tell her that you have no tax to give her
    Then she gets you on her cellphone
    And she lets the PA answer that you’ve always been her patsy

    You don’t want to travel with her, and you don’t want to travel broke
    And you know that she will gyp you
    For you’ve sussed her perfect fraudplan with your mind

    These tax Dysons never, ever lose suction.

  2. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I am getting 88-89 on telstra. whom I note hide there nbn100 plan, pretty much everyone is cheaper though. if it didn’t involve an outage I would switch to iinet or tpg

  3. Sinclair Davidson

    Ellie – I’m at the Friedman conference. Spent last night on the harbour – drinking bubbles and chatting to old friends.

    Some Cats there but not too many.

  4. Ellie

    Good morning, Doomlord.

  5. calli

    Oh noes! Sinodinous for the Front Bench too.

    Says it all.

  6. Leigh Lowe

    Ellie – I’m at the Friedman conference. 

    Spared the footy, then?

  7. Ellie

    Bubbles on the harbour? Sounds like the name of a burlesque show … I attended

  8. Sinclair Davidson

    I saw a show on sex robots a few months ago. Was wondering why SfB hadn’t blogged about it.

    One of the characters in the show was an older man who had three dolls. He dressed them, took them out, and if course used them. So watching this I thought he might be a widower. But no. Next thing they introduce his wife.

  9. Sinclair Davidson

    If Essendon doesn’t win there has been no footy.

  10. bespoke

    Add a GPS then you have the perfect back seat driver.

  11. Ellie

    I saw a show on sex robots 

    Mmm. Intriguing. Pity you weren’t here last night.

  12. Sinclair Davidson

    Not quite burlesque – but some outfits were a bit saucy.

  13. Entropy

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #3025774, posted on May 26, 2019 at 8:25 am
    I am getting 88-89 on telstra. whom I note hide there nbn100 plan, pretty much everyone is cheaper though. if it didn’t involve an outage I would switch to iinet or tpg

    I get 114 on Telstra cable. When I am forced to switch to the NBN I understand it will be around 85-90 most times. I am holding off.
    The difference is uploads, there it changes from 5 Mbps to 40. Big whoop.

  14. Sinclair Davidson

    Pity you weren’t here last night.

    Well no. My knowledge of sex robots is limited to the show I saw and wondering what the guys wife really thought of it all.

  15. Entropy

    On that note the highest regular NBN speeds are apparently Telstra and Aussie Broadband. The rest skimp on bandwidth and get slower speeds. If you are a a choice subscriber you can sign up to a speed testing. Service that in aggregate gets published.

  16. Leigh Lowe

    So watching this I thought he might be a widower. But no. Next thing they introduce his wife.

    … who was made of superior grade latex so therefore was boss of the harem.

  17. Ellie

    Well no. My knowledge of sex robots is limited to the show I saw and wondering what the guys wife really thought of it all.

    I’ve seen the show. Surely she enjoyed it! How could one not?

  18. Ellie

    Lizzie, darling, wake up and make a coffee. Thank you.

  19. Leigh Lowe

    From what I am hearing, ScoMo might be better off with a couple of rubber dolls in Cabinet, rather than those he seems to be choosing.

  20. Sinclair Davidson

    Depends on tastes and preferences I suppose. She said it made him happy and he had been a good husband so she didn’t mind. But the whole thing came across as being a bit creepy.

  21. Tom

    On Sky, Lieboral talking head Fiona Scott says Melissa Price and Mitch Fifield will be rissoled out of the ministry later today. Paul Fletcher to get Communications, i.e. minister for the ABC — couldn’t be any worse than Fifield, who had been under instructions from Lord Waffle not to touch the left’s propaganda factory.

    The Fat Slag evidently will get to keep Foreign Affairs. How embarrassment.

  22. calli

    Child abuser Dad on Seven telling us how he’s scared the tripe out of his daughter with the Glowball Warmening scam.

    We need to copy the Bangladesh power grid he says.

    Now that should really scare his daughter. It scares me.

  23. calli

    Oh, and Climageddon has been pushed out to 2040.

    I must re-consult my Ehrlich. There may be a margin of error.

  24. Ellie

    I wonder if Barry Cassidy was at bubbles on the harbour.
    Surely he has an interest in economic sciences, like the great Milton Friedman.

  25. Sinclair Davidson

    No. Barrie missed the boat.

  26. Leigh Lowe

    I always go down to Harris Scarfe on Wednesdays.
    That is when they change all the clothes on the shop window mannequins.
    Phwoooaaar!

  27. JC

    Bawie has missed the boat all his life.

  28. calli

    I would never have picked you for a window thstyling fetishist, LL.

    Learn something new every day.

  29. Shy Ted

    They are almost infinitely posable and you can get one delivered to Aussie for around a grand AUD, if you order direct from the manufacturer via Alibaba.
    Order carefully

  30. Ellie

    Bazza on Insiders – Is he worth getting out of bed for. Hmm. Piers was. Sigh.

  31. bespoke

    calli
    Names, dates and phone numbers (including my own) seem to fade quickly if not used regularly, Smartphone help but taking longer then others to get up to speed with equipment is the most frustrating.

  32. stackja

    NBN was designed by Kev 07/Steve C. People expected what?

  33. Farmer Gez

    It’s good to hear Paul Kelly giving ScoMo sage advice at the importance of the tax cuts. I hope he’s listening.
    It perfectly wedges the likes of Daniel Andrews who can only promise tax increases now the property market has cooled and they are locked into high cost, union pig trough transport projects.

  34. cohenite

    Steve trickler

    #3025669, posted on May 26, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Timely.

    Thanks Steve. Why the British Police bow to the RoP by Paul Weston; a terrible video. England has gone down the toilet.

  35. calli

    Well, that’s that for my dumb Are You Being Served? jokes this morning.

    [looks around desperately for something to blame]

    Ah ha! Some objects out on sale tables at the Balinese markets simply can’t be unseen. I’ll blame them.

  36. mh

    Bazza on Insiders – Is he worth getting out of bed for. Hmm. Piers was. Sigh.

    So there is something you are not into. Leather.

  37. Sinclair Davidson

    Ellie! Not worth getting out of bed for. Not worth switching on for. Even with a remote.

    Stopping watching Insiders when Bolt left. That must have been over 10 years ago.

  38. C.L.

    The ABC: bringing people together …

    John Killick and Dean Ryan met on an ex-prisoners episode of the ABC’s You Can’t Ask That. Then they allegedly worked together with four others to steal over $2 million.

    First came the TV appearance. Then the alleged $2 million scam.

  39. stackja

    ScoMo wants tax cuts. Albo says no?

  40. mh

    Thanks Steve. Why the British Police bow to the RoP by Paul Weston; a terrible video. England has gone down the toilet.

    Just seeing the picture made me feel sick.

  41. stackja

    Bill Shorten – Opposition Leader (12/5/19)
    Barrie Cassidy joins Annabel Crabb, Malcolm Farr and Lenore Taylor to discuss an action-packed week including Labor costings, pre-polling and campaign launches. Plus Barrie interviews Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

  42. Leigh Lowe

    I would never have picked you for a window thstyling fetishist, LL.

    We all have our little armadillos.

  43. Leigh Lowe

    Sorry, pecadilloes.

  44. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I get 114 on Telstra cable. When I am forced to switch to the NBN I understand it will be around 85-90 most times. I am holding off.
    The difference is uploads, there it changes from 5 Mbps to 40. Big whoop.

    eek there’s a $40/m difference between telstra and tpg nbn100. looks like will risk an outage after all….

  45. stackja

    Insiders
    ABC ABC NEWS PANEL & DISCUSSION
    In 2001 ABC launched a unique Sunday morning political affairs program. For 18 years Barrie Cassidy has brought you Australia’s most informed discussion, joining political insiders for conversation, insight and robust debate.

  46. Leigh Lowe

    Stopping watching Insiders when Bolt left. That must have been over 10 years ago.

    Ditto, and same goes for Faine.
    But I made an exception last week for ze schadenboner.

  47. Tel

    On that note the highest regular NBN speeds are apparently Telstra and Aussie Broadband. The rest skimp on bandwidth and get slower speeds. If you are a a choice subscriber you can sign up to a speed testing. Service that in aggregate gets published.

    If you trust the ACCC, then TPG is the most consistently fast when tested during the busy hours of the day.

    https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/internet-phone/broadband-performance-data

    They count it as percentage of maximum plan speed, since essentially nothing reaches the maximum. However, I’m guessing that’s a touch unfair to all of them because the NBN rate limit would be imposed at the Ethernet layer and I’ll bet the speed testers measure at the TCP layer so approx 10% overhead is gone in packet headers which none of the ISPs can do anything about. It’s good enough for comparative purposes though.

    Most interesting is that choice of technology does not make a significant difference. FTTN is slightly worse than FTTP and HFC but not a whole lot. They don’t mention that HFC generally has crap upload speeds, maybe that doesn’t cross the ACCC radar.

  48. Ellie

    Ellie! Not worth getting out of bed for.

    Well, am glad I did. Gerard Henderson is on.

  49. Nick

    We all have our little armadillos.

    Sssssh. Don’t tell the others.

  50. bespoke

    Borderless has been taken of YouTube.

  51. It’s Remarkable

    We’re in a very safe city, women should and can feel safe, without fear. This is about men’s behaviour. This is not about women’s behaviour.

    So says the commissioner of Vic Pol. Massive assumptions being made right there, before the victim’s identify or cause of death has been established. All men bad it seems. Even the plod now assume all women’s deaths are because ‘men’. Sheesh

  52. Sinclair Davidson

    Gerard Henderson is on.

    Massively overrated.

  53. One Vegan doesn’t make a Salad

    Went and got some culture last night the non yoghurt kind.

    Experienced Opera Australia’s Rigoletto

    That Rigoletto haha he’s so funny. Uh oh!

  54. Leigh Lowe

    I remember after Obama beat Romney in 2012, Bawwie and Faino sagely announcing that this was the end of tye era of old white men in politics.
    They didn’t say anything about old orange men, but.

  55. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Lizzie, darling, wake up and make a coffee. Thank you.

    I make awful coffee, Elle. I cannot work those hotel capsule machines at all. Even with simple plunger systems, I mess up the plunger bit and serve it over-strong with gritty bits in it. People drink it at the end of our dinner parties as the last penance for my cooking. In general they are grateful, after the coffee, that I mostly let professionals do the rest of the meal.

    I used to drink instant coffee in the mornings but long ago changed to tea. Hairy does also now.
    It’s healthier for you, I console him, as his first wife was apparently wonderful with coffee.
    My strengths are otherwise. 🙂

  56. Ellie

    My strengths are otherwise. 

    I’m currently grinding coffee beans.

  57. John64

    Wow, the Liars dodged a bullet when Clair O’Neil decided not to run for the deputy leadership.

    She’s a feminist, socialist loon.

    Still, as she would be replacing the Slovenian Hag, it would have been just maintaining the status quo.

  58. Ellie

    Freshly grinded beans are divine

  59. Nick

    Massively overrated.

    Yoda for depressed people

  60. Rockdoctor

    Looks like Price is gone… Good another termite in the wrong party. However that embarrassment Payne still keeps FA and Reynolds into Defence, more mediocrity. Hastie would be much better or even if they had have given Molan a better spot on the Senate ticket…

    As for the rest will wait to see. With the retention of Payne the Photios influence on these picks is obvious…

  61. Nick

    Freshly grinded beans are divine

    How did you grind them ? 🙂

  62. Tel

    Even the plod now assume all women’s deaths are because ‘men’. Sheesh

    His other option was to praise the efficiency of Victoria’s amazing police force, but on second thoughts he figured better not go there, stick with blaming men.

  63. Farmer Gez

    We’re in a very safe city, women should and can feel safe, without fear. This is about men’s behaviour. This is not about women’s behaviour.

    Yep quite a few men are absolute scum but I doubt you will effectively change human nature by making gender denouncements.
    Predators walk amongst us and take advantage of those who are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Telling predators that they’re bad is a joke, they know that or don’t care.

  64. Ellie

    Massively overrated.

    Harsh!

  65. Sinclair Davidson

    I mess up the plunger bit

    The secret to success on a plunger is firm steady pressure. Not a hard jerking motion.

    Nobody should have to drink instant coffee.

  66. min

    Well the Labor woman withdrawing from standing as Deputy Leader has shown how much she is in touch by praising Daniel Andrews. She has not read how he has to put up taxes to pay for his agenda and put in 50% renewables.

  67. Peter Castieau

    Hendo just then managed to articulate (without interruption) why the LNP won last Saturday.

    The couch was speechless! Lol

  68. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    My knowledge of sex robots is limited to the …..

    …… eye-opening Museum of Sex Machines which I visited in Prague.
    The plastic sex doll there was something else.

    Still basically making love to a polymer though.
    Go the real thing, guys. God did a much better job than later inventors.

  69. Ellie

    How did you grind them ? 

    Gently, but firmly.

  70. John64

    Ol’ Leathery still spewing about death taxes.

  71. Ellie

    I gave up using a plunger. Kept getting stuck.

  72. Roger

    We’re in a very safe city, women should and can feel safe, without fear. This is about men’s behaviour. This is not about women’s behaviour.

    Mate, your job is to find the killer, not harangue the law abiding public with feminist dogma.

  73. Megan

    Barrie missed the boat.

    And not just in Sydney.

  74. bespoke

    I’m currently grinding coffee beans.

    Phrasing! 🤣

  75. Sinclair Davidson

    Kept getting stuck.

    Firm steady pressure. Got to push through.

    Also try less coffee in the plunger.

  76. bespoke

    I gave up using a plunger. Kept getting stuck.

    Ummm

  77. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The couch was speechless! Lol

    Surprised you’re not having a well-deserved sleep-in this Sunday, Peter.
    Hairy is still soundo now, a week after the handing out HTV’s marathon last weekend.
    We were both absolutely wrecked last Sunday, after considerable partying at ours.
    Outsiders last Sunday was absolutely the best ever; recording this week’s right now too.
    It is our pleasure over Sunday lunch to view it together.

    Insiders? Never watched it.
    Tedious beyond belief (I’m with Doomie, Gerald is a bit tedious too; but at least he means well).

  78. Ellie

    Firm steady pressure. Got to push through.

    Also try less coffee in the plunger.

    Ahhh. Steady pressure. That’s my issue.

  79. Sinclair Davidson

    Don’t forget being firm.

  80. bespoke

    LOlL! I better shut up. 👍

  81. mh

    Still basically making love to a polymer though.
    Go the real thing, guys. God did a much better job than later inventors.

    Hmm. I think we need to talk about the tatts. And the blue and green hair. And the rings and piercings. And the…

    Ok. About these sex dolls. Memoryvault, what was the website again?

  82. MatrixTransform

    Kept getting stuck.

    euphemism for lost

  83. Sinclair Davidson

    MH – are you Friedman today?

  84. Nick

    Don’t forget being firm.

    With a large Bodum, one can’t be firm enough

  85. Ellie

    Don’t forget being firm.

    Don’t think I need to be prompted to do that.

  86. Farmer Gez

    I love the way my wife tells me to stop drinking coffee as it makes me grumpy.
    Nothing to do with her of course.

  87. Peter Castieau

    Hi Lizzie,

    An early night last night for me. So bright eyed this morning. I’m also recording outsiders too so I can fast forward the adverts.

  88. Nick

    With regards to robots, the Robot Cafe in Tokyo has been toned down unfortunately from when it first opened. I wonder if it was the girls pedaling bikes in their undies a meter or so over peoples’ heads that did it I wonder ?

  89. Sinclair Davidson

    Now, now. We should be supporting the people who advertise on Sky.

  90. BrettW

    If David Speers is likely to replace Cassidy what does that tell us about pay at the ABC. Does anybody have the pay info on Cassidy from the leak a few years ago ? Then adjust for annual pay rises.

    Cassidy basically does 1 hour of TV a week. However he does turn up on commercial TV (The Project) and some FM radio for the commentary. Presumably these gigs are paid to him in addition to his ABC salary. Not sure of he does any newspaper columns.

    Speers currently does a daily show on Sky and probably other Sky commitments. Will he be earning more at ABC in general or is he sacrificing some money for lighter workload ?

    If Tony Jones is going to China with his wife does this mean no longer on ABC payroll ?

    Time for Ita to look at the cost of Media Watch host as he is most highly paid TV presenter, by a huge amount, based on $’s per minute of screen time.

  91. John64

    Now, now. We should be supporting the people who advertise on Sky.

    When was the last time you purchased a SEW Eurodrive gearbox?

  92. Sinclair Davidson

    When was the last time you purchased a SEW Eurodrive gearbox?

    Maaaaaate. All the time. 😎

  93. Peter Castieau

    I watch the advertising on Sky Doomlord.

    Just very fast.

  94. Peter Castieau

    Cassidy was on circa $175,000 when the pays were leaked

  95. Percy Popinjay

    Does anybody have the pay info on Cassidy from the leak a few years ago ?

    Ask and ye shall receive. The noxious ol’ scrote was on $243,478 back when the salaries were ‘leaked” (hilariously it was by the ALPBC that leaked them), which was around 2013. Not sure which financial year the salaries apply to, but it could be 2012-13.

  96. Percy Popinjay

    effing typos.

  97. Atoms for Peace

    Wife’s comment on the Outsiders story re only gay people should play gay parts etc.
    “So the next mass murderer movie must cast a mass murderer in the part?”

  98. Peter Castieau

    Oops try $243k

  99. Old School Conservative

    If you can get into The Oz, Paul Kelly has done a masterful job on Blanche and Bob.

    In what appears to be a puff piece about them, Kelly’s interviewing skills unveil the timeline of most of their sordid affair and examples of their duplicity.

    Clothed in praise for both of them, we nevertheless find out that Hawke said to Blanche “I want to f..k you” in front of her husband and many diplomats

    Kelly also unveils their hypocricy. Were they faithful to one ­another? “Yes,” she said. That was important yet it was OK for Hawke to be unfaithful to Hazel.

    Blanche also damms Hazel with ill disguised faint praise and a slur:
    Bob knew he had to end his marriage to Hazel, which was really very hollow by then. Their marriage had been for the great purpose of having children and him being prime minister and her being the prime minister’s wife.

    (PS it’s great to have the Cat on which to say these things. The Oz rejected all of the above.)

  100. Percy Popinjay

    $175,000

    Pete – ol’ scrote face wouldn’t emerge from under his rock for that paltry amount.

  101. Percy Popinjay

    Another woman brutally murdered in Mosquebourne. What is it with that stinking cesspit?

  102. mh

    With regards to robots, the Robot Cafe in Tokyo has been toned down unfortunately from when it first opened. I wonder if it was the girls pedaling bikes in their undies a meter or so over peoples’ heads that did it I wonder ?

    Sounds better than Lycra clad male cyclists invading your coffee shop.

  103. It’s Remarkable

    Yes, Percy. And the dep. Commissioner blames all men right off the bat, without any evidence at all.

  104. areff

    ABC explains european parliament elections:

    Italy had Mussolini before Hitler — Mr Berlusconi’s brash, scandal-ridden tenure preceded Donald Trump’s America.

    Get it?

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-26/ghost-of-benito-mussolini-lingers-as-far-right-popularity-surges/11131398

  105. Roger

    And the dep. Commissioner blames all men right off the bat…

    Thereby burnishing his credentials for the top job.

  106. Farmer Gez

    Ah the Offsiders.
    A couch of experts and not one of them has played sport at an elite level.
    Such insight, such wisdom.

  107. Old School Conservative

    Brutal murders in Melbourne?
    Then move to Sydney.
    Oh wait – 18 year old boy killed on Friday night at a party. Bashed with baseball bats and iron stakes.
    Mum jumps over a cliff, to her death, carrying child.

    It’s hard not to get dispirited about Australia.

  108. Percy Popinjay

    Thereby burnishing his credentials for the top job.

    Is Fatty still Commish or is he off on stress leave (again)?

  109. John64

    MSM two weeks ago, “the Liberal Party has moved to far to the right and needs to move back to the sensible centre if it is to win an election any time soon.”

    MSM today, “the Labor Party has moved to far to the left and needs to move back to the sensible centre if it is to win an election any time soon.”

    These people are clueless.

  110. Peter Castieau

    Did the Brexit party win a heap of seats in the EU elections?

  111. cohenite

    Augusta-Margaret River Deputy Shire president Julia Meldrum is unrepentant about a private Facebook post at the weekend labelling Liberal voters “d***heads” – but has apologised to those who might feel offended.

    The post, which Cr Meldrum said was since deleted, was in response to the usual Facebook prompt of “what’s on your mind?”

    “Hmmmmm, F*** you Libs Supporters … good on you, you d***heads!!!!!” she wrote.

    Asked about the reaction to the post, Cr Meldrum said she was motivated by alarm at inaction on climate change.

    “I’m obviously quite passionate about it, and I’ve had enough,” she told the Augusta Margaret River Times.

    “There’s nothing personal in that. I was talking more broadly to the Government (election) decision.

    “It’s not that I don’t regret saying that, but it was primarily motivated by fear for my children’s future.”

    motivated by fear for my children’s future

    Probably an anti-vaccer.

  112. Roger

    Did the Brexit party win a heap of seats in the EU elections?

    Results announced tonight UK time.

  113. Ubique

    The Oz rejected all of the above.

    The Oz also knocks back any criticism of Saint Bob Hawke as a father. The truth is Hawke was far too busy self-promoting and chasing bints to have any time for his children. He left all of that to Hazel. His children ended up having very difficult lives, to say the least.

  114. John64

    If you can get into The Oz, Paul Kelly has done a masterful job on Blanche and Bob.

    Hawke still fascinates me due to the incredible contradictions in his personality.

    A fine Prime Minister and an outstanding public career that spanned five decades.

    Yet the many stories of his private life reveals him as a complete and utter arsehole with no redeeming features whatsoever.

  115. Geriatric Mayfly

    Mr Berlusconi’s brash, scandal-ridden tenure preceded Donald Trump’s America.

    I gedditt. Bunga bunga. Grab ’em by the pussy. The ABC’s link is beyond reproof.

  116. MatrixTransform

    A couch of experts and not one of them has played sport at an elite level.

    works for Climate Policy … should be fine for sport

  117. 132andBush

    Lizzie,
    A couple of sharp taps of the jar on the bench top before pushing the plunger will get most of the large particles sinking to the bottom, lessening the load on the strainer.

  118. mh

    Sinclair Davidson
    #3025865, posted on May 26, 2019 at 9:47 am
    MH – are you Friedman today? (at)

    That sounds like a Sydney event that is NSFQ. Not safe for Queenslanders.

  119. woolfe

    Spare a thought for Kevin who was promised US ambassador in return for smiling and sitting next to Gillard.

  120. Nob

    Peter Castieau:

    It is a criminal offence for any country in the EU to publish exit polls, or any information about how people have voted during the election, before 22:00 BST on Sunday 26 May.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/05/25/european-elections-2019-results-tomorrow-exit-polls/

  121. Zyconoclast

    I think DC should be very comfortable and coordinated without any help..

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7047405/Daniel-Craig-Ana-Armas-provided-intimacy-coordinator-James-Bond-25.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490

    Daniel Craig and Ana De Armas will be ‘provided an intimacy coordinator to make sure they are comfortable with racy sex scenes’ in James Bond 25

  122. Roberto

    Atoms for Peace
    #3025882, posted on May 26, 2019 at 9:59 am
    Wife’s comment on the Outsiders story re only gay people should play gay parts etc.
    “So the next mass murderer movie must cast a mass murderer in the part?”

    Goodness knows how they’ll cast any alien roles in sci-fi flicks.

  123. Farmer Gez

    Arthur Sinodinos, Mathias Cormann and Marise Payne in the running for US ambassador

    I’d go for Mathias.
    The accent will throw the Yanks into a Austria/Australia spin.

  124. Roberto

    Has Albanese got himself a new ‘special person’ since Carmel gave him the flick? What’s he going to do when he has to pose for one of those fluffy family photos? Perhaps an ALP apparatchik could look into getting one of these robots for him?

  125. John64

    Arthur Sinodinos, Mathias Cormann and Marise Payne in the running for US ambassador.
    I’d go for Mathias.

    No, Cormann is actually competent and a good communicator. Definitely a keeper.

    Any decision that gets either Sinodinos or Payne 15,000kms away from the Cabinet room is a good one.

    Surely ScoMo can find a sinecure for both of them?

  126. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    It’s hard not to get dispirited about Australia.

    I dunno. Apparently, there’s a place called The Shire ……

    I read all about it in the Sat’dy Oz piece about Morrison. You can still get an original hamburger with beetroot on a toasted bun. There are no Mueslis and it’s all very white bread and aspirational. But it’s not Wentworth.

    Who knew? Well, I did, actually. Have some rellies living there. They are going to come and stay at our place for a ritzy holiday while we are away and go to Vivid on the harbor via the Watson’s Bay ferry. They had their wedding at a venue on Sylvania Waters. All the wedding presents left downstairs got stolen. Aspirational, that was.

    Sounds like where we had our beach house, a little backwater on Jervis Bay, also down South.

  127. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    US Ambassador? Surely that’s for Tony Abbott?

    ScoMo is beginning to bore me already.

  128. Tel

    A couple of sharp taps of the jar on the bench top before pushing the plunger will get most of the large particles sinking to the bottom, lessening the load on the strainer.

    Or learn to wait a few minutes longer.

    That said, espresso coffee with a good temperature controlled high pressure steam source unmistakably tastes better.

    https://www.sunbeam.com.au/Coffee-and-Beverages/Espresso-Machines/EM7000-Cafe-Series-Espresso-Machine.aspx

    Something along those lines … or do what JC does and exploit the workers by buying a coffee.

  129. Notafan

    Msm downplays upplays murders depending on who what why where when

    #metoo has made stranger killings (if this is one) even more interesting than usual.

    Is anyone claiming that statistically women are in more danger now?

    Remember young schoolgirl Karmen? Changot snatched from her bedroom.

    No-one got up on their hooves and waggef their finger at all men.

  130. Rockdoctor

    Zyconoclast
    #3025909, posted on May 26, 2019 at 10:26 am

    After the Sydney Water fiasco Sinodinos should be wearing a striped sun tan. FFS Lib’s need to remove the Photios cancer.

  131. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    When we bought a beach place down South all my friends with similar places emphasized that we should not buy in Sanctuary Point. The prices there were very cheap, but the environment there was decidedly criminal at that time. It is all now undergoing gentrification I have heard, due to the white flight from Sydney’s Muesli suburbs and from the influx of some lower echelons of the Canberra retirees. New roads have now opened the area up much more.

    Still didn’t stop the Mayor of Kiama refusing to join with the Nowra Council during mooted amalgamations; she called joining that area, which encompassed suburbs like Sanctuary Point, tantamount to be ‘asked to combine with Mt. Druitt’.

    Snobby old Sydney, eh?

  132. Stimpson J. Cat

    Maybe now Stimpy will accept me as a friend.

    As if you even have to ask.

  133. John64

    US Ambassador? Surely that’s for Tony Abbott?

    I might be wrong but I don’t think Abbott would be looking for a sinecure.

    One of my take away memories of election night was the look of relief on Margie’s face when Abbott was giving his concession speech. She’s got her husband back.

    Apparently his Parliamentary pension will be around $250,000 so he won’t be short of a quid.

    He’s earned the right to spend time with his family, volunteer as much as he wants and to get the surfboard out as much as possible. Good luck to him.

  134. Fleeced

    US Ambassador? Surely that’s for Tony Abbott?

    Abbott wouldn’t make a good ambassador.

    And besides, these positions are usually for buying people off. Sinodinis fits that, but Corman? He seems mostly sensible. Mostly. (It’s all relative).

    As for Marise Payne, ugh… be nice to be rid of her as FM, I guess. I’m not sure she’s a competent threat to anybody in the party, though.

  135. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    That said, espresso coffee with a good temperature controlled high pressure steam source unmistakably tastes better.

    Had a good espresso machine, in the end gave it up for a nespresso, maybe 80-90% as good. Grinding, tamping dealing with grinds was just not worth the time and effort. click and order and a changing selection is handy too. ymmv

  136. bespoke

    Daniel Craig and Ana De Armas will be ‘provided an intimacy coordinator to make sure they are comfortable with racy sex scenes’ in James Bond 25

    Right out of The Last Emperor.

  137. From today’s parish bulletin –

    May 24 marked the 4th Anniversary of Laudato Si’
    Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on Care for Our Common Home
    (The following is an extract from the Introduction to the Letter)
    My appeal:
    The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home. Here I want to recognize, encourage and thank all those striving in countless ways to guarantee the protection of the home which we share. Particular appreciation is owed to those who tirelessly seek to resolve the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world’s poorest. Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded.

    I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. The worldwide ecological movement has already made considerable progress and led to the establishment of numerous organizations committed to raising awareness of these challenges. Regrettably, many efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective, not only because of powerful opposition but also because of a more general lack of interest. Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions. We require a new and universal solidarity. As the bishops of Southern Africa have stated: “Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation”. All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.

  138. Atoms for Peace

    Just finishing a weekend in Canberra. Relos long term residents and somewhat to the left. Having said that, they hate the light rail, local government and the property ponzi scheme. We did sort them out re Adani and St. Bob the Brown.

  139. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    A couple of sharp taps of the jar on the bench top before pushing the plunger will get most of the large particles sinking to the bottom, lessening the load on the strainer.

    Why was I never taught these things at my mother’s knee?

    The Cat – always learning something new. The new and improved Lizzie.

    Have to practice but. Those sharp taps on my latest stone benchtops could turn into a nightmare of fracturing if I strike what the archaeological flint-knappers (they who skillfully reproduce the Neolithic stone implements) call the ‘bulb of percussion’. As unknowable as the fabled g-spot, I am sure to find it in my attempts at nouveau plunging.

  140. MatrixTransform

    The Pope has 2 religions

  141. Atoms for Peace

    What’s the Latin phrase that states” Poor people cant spend the energy or time on the environment ” The Church will outlive the current Pope.

  142. Knuckle Dragger

    In what must truly be regarded as the bravest thing ever done on the Cat, by anyone ever in the history of Cats doing things………….

    ‘hard jerking motion’
    ‘don’t forget to be firm’

    PHRASING.

    (h/t Archer)

    *waits for lightning*

  143. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Daniel Craig and Ana De Armas will be ‘provided an intimacy coordinator to make sure they are comfortable with racy sex scenes’ in James Bond 25

    it’s a tough job, pray for him….

  144. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Particular appreciation is owed to those who tirelessly seek to resolve the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world’s poorest.

    So Frank is upset most by litter and rubbish? He’s calling for a broad environmental concern.

    Someone really should have a word with him about the difference between particulate air pollution and the untestable hypothesis regarding anthropogenic CO2. Everything else we can agree on. Together we can thus suggest that the worried yoof be put to hard physical work immediately in a new Environmental Peace Corps to pick up rubbish and improve sanitation and water supply in the Third World.

    Let them walk that talk.

  145. MatrixTransform

    not the Climate Inquisition ?

  146. pete m

    Lizzie whack a copping board down first for the tapping part.

  147. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    an intimacy coordinator

    Hasn’t Hollywood been there before with this? The Hays Code.
    One foot on the floor when near any bed.

    That intimacy coordinator will have to have eagle eyes and a tape measure to ensure correct distances are maintained. You’re two millimetres out there, Jamie boy, and she’s getting anxious.

    Those actors will need extra pay and stress leave.

  148. calli

    So Frank is upset most by litter and rubbish? He’s calling for a broad environmental concern.

    #metoo

    It’s cultural. Any human being can bend over and pick up litter. Doesn’t matter where they live.

    What sh*ts me to tears is when slobs expect someone else to do it while mouthing environmental platitudes. Passed a local market on the way up to Ubud – plastic rubbish everywhere, only whitey about was in the bus. Can’t blame them. The locals could have taken the trouble to tidy up, but nooooo. All the junk gets blown into the jungle or rivers and ultimately to the sea.

    Poverty doesn’t make you incapable of cleaning up your own mess. Hop to it and stop whining.

  149. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    a copping board

    What is this arcane piece of kitchen lore? I do have a chopping board, but it is made of hardened glass. I think there is a plastic one hanging around somewhere. Will that do?

  150. woolfe

    Nobody expect the climate inquisition

  151. calli

    Cork trivett.

    Just enough bang for your buck.

  152. zyconoclast

    Has Albanese got himself a new ‘special person’ since Carmel gave him the flick? What’s he going to do when he has to pose for one of those fluffy family photos? Perhaps an ALP apparatchik could look into getting one of these robots for him?,/i>

    I think Tim Mathieson is looking for the gig.
    He has lots of experience and he won’t have to bang Albo.
    Just like he didn’t have to bang Gillard.

  153. calli

    No grandkids as payback for “incorrect” thinking?

    Good. No inheritance.

    Haven’t thought this through, have they?

  154. cohenite

    I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. The worldwide ecological movement has already made considerable progress and led to the establishment of numerous organizations committed to raising awareness of these challenges. Regrettably, many efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective, not only because of powerful opposition but also because of a more general lack of interest. Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions. We require a new and universal solidarity. As the bishops of Southern Africa have stated: “Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation”. All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.

    The pope is an idiot and I believe he’s swallowing of alarmist bullshit is one of the reasons P.ll got his. It is no wonder the current pope is an alarmist loon. Man-made global warming [AGW] was always a reworking of the Eden myth where the paradise of nature was despoiled by the use of fossil fuels. And just like Eden where God banished Adam and Eve to a harsh unnatural world AGW says the backlash from nature to humanity’s abuse of nature will be equally harsh.

    In Christianity there has been a dispute about AGW. On one side is the more progressive forms which accept AGW and interpret the role of Christianity as assisting the people who will be affected by AGW. The 2006 Evangelical Climate Initiative for instance regarded the IPCC as foundational in developing its position on AGW; sort of like an updated version of the 10 Commandments.

    On the other side has been the traditional Christian view as typified by the Cornwall Alliance. This approach took the literal Biblical view that God is sovereign over creation and therefore humans can do no permanent damage to what God has created. This view also advocates that God entrusted the earth to human dominion and we should not be afraid of economic development or other uses of human creativity.

    P.ll is a strong Cornwallian.

    There is NO scientific evidence to support AGW; it is a means by which cucks like the pope can demonstrate their moral superiority and achieve authority and control on that moral basis.

  155. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Poverty doesn’t make you incapable of cleaning up your own mess. Hop to it and stop whining.

    As I reported on my return from Kenya last year, the Kenyans have put legislation behind it.
    No clean for two hours daily, no allowed to open shop or other business. It’s working well.
    Rwanda does it and is now called the Switzerland of Africa. Tanzania getting on board too.

    Aboriginal Australia – are you listening to this? Clean-ups for welfare. It makes good sense.

    Interesting too to see in Israel the occasional desert Bedouin settlements looking just like those ‘cultural’ places we have at home.

  156. Knuckle Dragger

    Fatty Ashton.

    An unprincipled dork while allegedly a ‘policeman’ and a wilful unprincipled dork as the Chief.

    Any detective worth his salt will tell you that if you start an investigation with any preconceived view at all, that investigation will end as a steaming pile of dogshit not worthy of being covered with more dogshit.

    You go where the evidence takes you. Simples.

    For Fatty to come out and regurgitate the Batty-inspired hymn that anything that happens to wymminses is mens’ fault is not only transparent feel-good nonsense that absolves half the population of any wrongdoing at all, but is patently untrue.

    Fully one-third of domestic violence is committed by women. Despite the ultimate figures being skewed heavily towards the blokes in indigenous communities, the careful observer will tell you that the vast majority are started by the ladees, who with a skinful of ‘lady in the boat’ decide to launch a pre-emptive strike at hubby only to have their arses handed to them.

    With women driving carloads of their kids into lakes in Melbourne, throwing themselves off lookouts with their own offspring in NSW and murdering EIGHT of their own in one day in Cairns, you simply cannot say that this is a men’s problem only.

    You don’t have to be all things to all people to be the Chief. That’s why you have subject matter experts. One of the things you DO need to have is credibility.

    And Ashton doesn’t have it.

  157. Stimpson J. Cat

    I do have a chopping board, but it is made of hardened glass.

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.
    What are your knives made out of,
    sharpened wood?

  158. MatrixTransform

    bloody Climate Dogma.
    cant we just chuck some raggedy mole or an indolent rascal into a volcano and be done with it?

  159. memoryvault

    the untestable hypothesis regarding anthropogenic CO2

    Nothing “untestable” about it, Lizzie. It’s a load of unscientific bunkum.
    Puny Man is utterly incapable of influencing atmospheric CO2 levels, which are entirely reliant on ocean temperatures.

  160. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    it’s a bit frisky upstream….

  161. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I do have a chopping board, but it is made of hardened glass.

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.
    What are your knives made out of,
    sharpened wood?

  162. Fleeced

    Those deaths on Everest… imagine being a “highly motivated person” to tackle Everest, only to die waiting in a queue. Dumb Ways to Die. (Can you believe the Dumb Ways to Die campaign is seven years old this year?!)

  163. Stimpson J. Cat

    Still the best Tweet ever.

    50cent
    @50cent
    I can’t belive my grand mothers making me take Out the garbage I’m rich fuck this I’m going home I don’t need this shit
    2:56 AM · Aug 27, 2010

  164. Ellie

    …but it is made of hardened glass. I think there is a plastic one hanging around somewhere. Will that do?

    Go with glass. It’s surprisingly versatile.

  165. memoryvault

    Calli, here’s a travel tip.

    After a long commercial flight, locate a patch of carpet as soon as you can after disembarking. Take off your shoes and socks (hose are okay to leave on) and run your feet on the carpet for a couple of minutes.

    Voila! No more thick heads or headaches.

  166. Overburdened

    Update from NQ

    Parts of where I’m based are still a building or demolition site following cyclone 2 years ago.

    A person who moved up here a few years back because real estate was reportedly at the bottom of the market advises that prices have tanked.

    Sheilas with dicks are still blokes.

    Homos are still a noisy and unsavoury minority.

    The left still hasn’t read the memo that putting shit on the average citizen is not a winning strategy.

    Clive Palmer should be acknowledged for his role in bolstering the government whilst failing to get a seat, neither outcome being part of his plan.

  167. zyconoclast

    Even if it is all he does, I hope he gets the gig

    Johnson says Britain should plan for no-deal Brexit

    INTERLAKEN, Switzerland (Reuters) – Britain should be prepared to walk out of the European Union without a deal if it is to negotiate a suitable exit agreement, British lawmaker and prime minister hopeful Boris Johnson said on Friday.

    “We will leave the EU on October 31, deal or no deal,” Johnson told an economic conference in Switzerland.

    “The way to get a good deal is to prepare for a no deal,” said Johnson, a prominent leader of the Brexit campaign and former foreign minister who has said he wants to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as leader of the ruling Conservative Party.

  168. Knuckle Dragger

    Shit Towns of Australia Update:

    Rockhampton – local gronk arrested after running a wombat fighting ring from his shed.

  169. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    On the tapping, I might settle for a folded tea towel. These things serve a multitude of purposes, from wrapping the Christmas ham to wrapping the cold compress to apply to swollen injured and occasionally unmentionable parts.

    I tend to buy souvenir tea towels wherever we travel. It makes kitchen chores more interesting to have visual reminders of times when other people did them for me. I have a grading system for tea-towels: good, better, and gone to God. My Fiji Tapa Print tea towel has just become extinguished. These latter ones then become useful for giving to painters and wiping down things that need wiping in the garage, such as my slowly rusting bike. My system for bathroom towels, according to Hairy, is Strictly Ceremonial, Clean and Fluffy, Kids Only, and then the inviolable category – His. These latter I have to subtly disappear as they age and put up with the reproaches about great loss (same with t-shirts).

  170. Stimpson J. Cat

    After a long commercial flight, locate a patch of carpet as soon as you can after disembarking. Take off your shoes and socks (hose are okay to leave on) and run your feet on the carpet for a couple of minutes.

    No, you are actually meant to do it on green grass, so Gaias natural feminine energy can circulate through your chakras and revitalize and replenish your Chi.
    Everyone knows this.

  171. calli

    Peter, the airline tried to freeze me in my seat. Two jumpers and a shirt. I have since found out that they have form in this area.

    It was Jetstar, the only airline we could get tickets at late notice. Never again.

  172. Leigh Lowe

    Daniel Craig and Ana De Armas will be ‘provided an intimacy coordinator to make sure they are comfortable with racy sex scenes’ in James Bond 25

    FMD.
    Rock Hudson didn’t need a coach.
    How uber-gay is Daniel Craig, then?

  173. Fisky

    Country shoppers react to the election result with a bunch of fake suicide attempts.

    Behrouz Boochani
    @BehrouzBoochani
    ·
    22h

    Since yesterday three more people harmed themselves, one in Port Moresby and two on Manus. All three are transferred to the hospital now. The number of suicide attempts and self harm has reached to 14 since the election.#auspol

  174. Tel

    Those sharp taps on my latest stone benchtops could turn into a nightmare of fracturing if I strike what the archaeological flint-knappers (they who skillfully reproduce the Neolithic stone implements) call the ‘bulb of percussion’.

    https://yoursilverservice.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/coffee-tamping1.jpg

    When pressing down the espresso coffee into that “spoon thing” that locks in (not sure the official name for that part) it puts force onto the edge of the bench. You can see some people have a rubber block for that purpose. I never bothered with the rubber block and I like to bang it a few times to settle the coffee and in some of them there’s a bit of rubber in the “spoon thing” itself to help with that. I made sure I put a WOODEN benchtop on the bar because it’s just nicer and it gives a nice sound when you clunk down a bottle. My wife presses down the metal part while making coffee so she has successfully put a row of little round dents into the edge of the wood. Gives it a lived in feel … I’ll put a new top on after she wears through this one … but it’s an inch of solid oak so she’s got some way to go yet.

    IKEA sells nice heavy oak benchtops, which are cunningly glued together out of smaller inch by inch square oak sticks. One top is about the limit of what I feel comfortable lifting so it’s something I can work with and there’s a great range of stains, tough varnish, oil based resin, etc to make an excellent finish.

    Frankly I can’t imagine a bar that isn’t wood … it has to not only be wood, but also old and worn wood IMHO.

  175. Leigh Lowe

     The number of suicide attempts and self harm has reached to 14 since the election.#auspol

    What is the current 2PP vote in the seat of Manus?
    .
    Oh, that’s right.
    It’s not part of Australia.

  176. Fisky

    Behrouz Boochani

    @BehrouzBoochani
    ·
    May 22

    As a witness to six years of torture & violence by the Aus gov on Manus, I’m begging the people who still believe in human dignity to do whatever they can to help these broken souls on Manus & Nauru. The refugees’ mental health state has never been as bad before.#auspol

    I don’t know about you, but I’m really not keen on importing a bunch of pathological liars who hate us.

  177. memoryvault

    No, you are actually meant to do it on green grass, so Gaias natural feminine energy can circulate through your chakras and revitalize and replenish your Chi.

    Actually what you are doing is shedding a slight build-up of static electricity from the flight. Grass would work fine. However, it has been my experience that a patch of carpet is easier to find than a patch of lawn in a modern airport terminal.

  178. Arky

    Ubud – plastic rubbish everywhere

    ..
    Maybe they have yet to learn to hate the existence of other humans, and therefore are not bothered by the signs of their existence.
    Whereas we only like seeing the left over detritus from other humans if those humans are safely long dead.

  179. Knuckle Dragger

    Good old Behrouz.

    The non-Australian declared winner of an Australian writer’s award.

    Someone should surrender their land for him, polysomething style.

  180. zyconoclast

    Alabama Goes Scorched-Earth Over Same-Sex Marriage, Votes to Eliminate Marriage Licenses and Weddings Altogether

    The Alabama House of Representatives just passed a bill that is a slap in the face to marriage equality. Since gay weddings are to be on equal footing with straight ones, Alabama will make all weddings meaningless.

    Lawmakers have decided that Sections 22-9A-17, 30-1-5, 30-1-12, and 30-1-16 of the Code of Alabama should be amended to abolish any requirement that couples getting married obtain marriage licenses — or have even have wedding ceremonies at all. Now, those wishing to marry can just fill out some forms, submit them to the probate office, and emerge as spouse and spouse. Easy peasy.

  181. Stimpson J. Cat

    Since yesterday three more people harmed themselves, one in Port Moresby and two on Manus. All three are transferred to the hospital now. The number of suicide attempts and self harm has reached to 14 since the election.#auspol

    Let’s not confuse self-harm attempts with suicide attempts.
    Two very different things.

  182. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    speaking of frisky, nespresso have a $1 machine special

  183. Leigh Lowe

    INTERLAKEN, Switzerland (Reuters) – Britain should be prepared to walk out of the European Union without a deal if it is to negotiate a suitable exit agreement, British lawmaker and prime minister hopeful Boris Johnson said on Friday.

    Exactly what Trump told May she should do two years ago.

  184. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    a wombat fighting ring

    Do wombats fight? I suppose they do, like male creatures everywhere.
    I’ve never thought about it before with wombats, but cock fighting, bull and bear baiting, and other forms of animal cruelty as entertainment have been part of life’s long road to civilization.

    I don’t like the worst of it, but I do like memories of childhood circus animals and the thrill of that; also zoos are not on my hit list. Performing animals are great; amazing what they can do – seals, horses, dogs, bears, big cats, elephants, raptors and other hunting birds. Talking parrots as well.

    Still can’t get out of my mind the image of the roadkill wombat Percy put up yesterday.
    Poor little thing. I think those tunnels under roads are a good idea; the animals do use them.

  185. memoryvault

    Peter, the airline tried to freeze me in my seat. Two jumpers and a shirt. I have since found out that they have form in this area.

    They keep both the cabin temperatures and air pressure slightly depressed, Calli. It makes the passengers feel drowsy and usually more docile. It’s the slightly lower air pressure that causes the static electricity buildup that causes the thick head feeling you wrote about earlier.

  186. C.L.

    New Gillette Ad Features Dad Teaching Transgender Son How to Shave (VIDEO).

    At what point do these people come to the realisation that they’re being used by leftists as cultural hand grenades?

  187. Tel

    The Alabama House of Representatives just passed a bill that is a slap in the face to marriage equality. Since gay weddings are to be on equal footing with straight ones, Alabama will make all weddings meaningless.

    It isn’t a slap in the face … it’s a step back from government being the decider of what should rightly be a personal lifestyle issue. What you consider “equal footing” is your own opinion, not for any legislature to decide.

  188. Geriatric Mayfly

    I’m begging the people who still believe in human dignity to do whatever they can to help these broken souls on Manus & Nauru.

    I’m prepared to add a bob or three to the Government’s generous handout; always on offer to help the broken souls on their way home.

  189. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Britain should walk in now quite ready to walk out. That is negotiating severely, from strength.
    May has had absolutely no idea and wouldn’t listen to Trump, who showed how to do it with Kim.
    No deal can sometimes be the best or the only deal.

    I so hope Boris gets in, and nails it. Runs the EU scared.

    The treatment of Britain by the sneering autocrats of the European parliament will live in infamy.
    Brits should decide, like Australians, that they are not going to carpet any more. 🙂

  190. MatrixTransform

    And Ashton doesn’t have it.

    Theyre bringing out a new figurine for the kiddies along progressive lines …. gonna be called Action Ashton (as in, missing in).

    if you answer back to Numpty … insolent
    if you wear hi-vis at work … bigot
    have cahones and identify as male … rapierist
    sense of humour? … yep, insensitive bastard

    so when the stars and chakras align and the volcanoes are begging for satisfaction then vikpol will send a very diverse crack team of 5’4″ though polis all shrieking in caps lock.

    Gotta ask yrself is situations like this … what would Action Ashton do?

  191. Knuckle Dragger

    Lizzie,

    Wombats are vicious bastards. Like salties, they stay still for ages but can turn on a very quick burst of speed in short distances.

    They are the Staffies of the er, animals other the Staffy world. Short, stocky and all muscle. They use their extra large claws to dig all those holes.

    Try and pat one, and you’ll get the same result as the city kiddies do when they try and ‘rescue’ a possum caught upside down and playing dead on a barbed wire fence.

  192. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Dad teaching a testosterone pumped up girl to shave? I couldn’t bear to watch it.

    The making of a future bearded lady. You’ve come a long way, baby.

  193. Geriatric Mayfly

    also zoos are not on my hit list.

    Many top zoos now focus on species survival for those on the critically endangered list, besides promoting their educational role. Few zoos now lock up animals in close confinement purely for the gawking throng. Somewhere, I read that there are now more tigers in zoos than in the wild. Maybe an exaggeration.

  194. C.L.

    The Alabama decision works for Christians and men and women contracting real marriages.
    For such people, the state’s paper-work was always meaningless.
    It was preferable that the state acknowledge real marriages for a whole range of social and cultural reasons but given the state and the law itself are hopelessly corrupt, morally, this is an acceptable alternative. The good fight is never abandoned, however. Long-term, the goal is to overturn gay ‘marriage’.

  195. stackja

    Cops warn people to stay off Fairfield streets as gang takes over
    Ava Benny-Morrison, Exclusive, The Sunday Telegraph
    May 26, 2019 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    Fairfield is a suburb under siege after a gang of violent youths has turned it into the worst robbery hotspot in the state.

    Almost 30 young men, all under 25, have been charged with 77 robbery offences since January.

    The crimes range from robbing people at a skate park at knifepoint, to bag-snatching and bashing someone for their shoes.

    Police have formed a new strike force to tackle the crime wave and warned people not to walk on their own late at night, especially through unlit areas, and not to wear earphones.

    “A majority of them are under 25,” Fairfield Police Area Command Superintendent Peter Lennon said of the suspects.

    “They are local youths, we know who they are and we are trying to break them up out of groups so they are not just standing around plotting who they will rob next.”

    The Sunday Telegraph ­understands police officers have also turned to religious and community leaders for help to keep young people off the streets at night.

    According to an intelligence ­report, obtained by The Sunday Telegraph and circulated among officers this week, there were 13 robberies around Fairfield — including at Bossley Park, Greenfield Park and Cabramatta — in April alone.

    Supt Lennon said people were being targeted around ­shopping centres, skate parks and transport hubs.

    “They’re kids but they’re mature enough to see a phone or a pair of shoes or a wallet and grab it,” he said.

    A number of robberies have involved knives, including an ambush at a Bonnyrigg Heights skatepark.

    The internal police memo states the robbers will use violence, including kicking and punching, and target school-age children and adults walking through parklands.

    The majority of the young offenders have been linked to a core group of Pacific Islanders from the Bossley Park area but those arrested are from a variety of backgrounds.

  196. Knuckle Dragger

    Matrix,

    Those 5’4″ ladeee thought coppers are dangerous and should be banned.

    Put them out on any foot patrol with others in any CBD you like, and within 20 minutes they’ll be poking their tiny fingers into the steroid-assisted chest of the biggest bloke in the biggest group they can find.

    They will then escalate this to the point where an unnecessary punch-on starts, at which point she will expect her six-foot+ penis-bearing colleagues to save her out-of-all-proportion-to-her-height massive arse. Which they reluctantly will, wiping the footpath with several punters in the process.

    At which point the ladeee mascot cop will retire to the station and regale the rest of the useless deadwood with tales of her bravery.

  197. Boambee John

    calli
    #3025951, posted on May 26, 2019 at 11:25 am
    So Frank is upset most by litter and rubbish? He’s calling for a broad environmental concern.

    #metoo

    It’s cultural. Any human being can bend over and pick up litter. Doesn’t matter where they live.

    What sh*ts me to tears is when slobs expect someone else to do it while mouthing environmental platitudes. Passed a local market on the way up to Ubud – plastic rubbish everywhere, only whitey about was in the bus. Can’t blame them. The locals could have taken the trouble to tidy up, but nooooo. All the junk gets blown into the jungle or rivers and ultimately to the sea.

    Poverty doesn’t make you incapable of cleaning up your own mess. Hop to it and stop whining.

    A point made back in tbe 1990s by La Hanson when she visited an indigenous “community”, I think it was Palm Island.

    Words like “You claim to be custodians and caretakers of your land, but look at the rubbish lying around. Why don’t you clean up this mess?”

    Her “hosts” and the accompanying media were unimpressed.

  198. zyconoclast

    Dad teaching a testosterone pumped up girl to shave? I couldn’t bear to watch it.

    The making of a future bearded lady. You’ve come a long way, baby.

    One of my favorite Mel Gibson movie scenes (only 1:35)

  199. Geriatric Mayfly

    Wombats … can turn on a very quick burst of speed in short distances.

    Fact check. True. In younger days, and possibly fired up by libations, I took off after one in the Snowy. Outpaced by several furlongs, which I put down to the altitude and rarified O2.

  200. woolfe

    Google today celebrating the discovery of the Khufu ship entombed in a Pyramid 4,500 years ago for the water sport enjoyment of the dead Pharaoh in the afterlife .

    What an incredible civilisation the Egyptians had.

  201. MatrixTransform

    They will then escalate this to the point where an unnecessary punch-on starts

    Like a Blue Light Disco then?

  202. MatrixTransform

    PS … youtube links of the Nutbush are banned

  203. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I know that zoos these days are serious organisations promoting species survival and education about habitat loss, and encouraging as natural an environment as possible for captive animals.

    But that sort of zoo can lose its appeal for many if the animals are not somehow on display and if their capacity for training is disregarded entirely. Think of seals and the fun they and the kids can have.

    Other forms of animal training and display are part of our culture (e.g. equestrian events) and something to marvel at. I was upset in the north of England when we revisited an amazing hawk and wild bird display, including some extraordinary owls, only to find that animal activists had shut it down. Europe still has these though, saw an absolutely amazing eagle flight display in uumm, can’t remember where, must ask Hairy. It was in the mountains, and those birds soared and returned.

    The ‘concern’ activists can go too far, imho.

  204. bespoke

    Tel
    #3025994, posted on May 26, 2019 at 12:04 pm
    It isn’t a slap in the face … it’s a step back from government being the decider of what should rightly be a personal lifestyle issue. What you consider “equal footing” is your own opinion, not for any legislature to decide.

    Should never have been the state’s business.

  205. cohenite

    Fact check. True. In younger days, and possibly fired up by libations, I took off after one in the Snowy. Outpaced by several furlongs, which I put down to the altitude and rarified O2.

    And just think before the noble savage got here there was this wombat.

  206. Leigh Lowe

    Just saw Brennan (ex CIA) on Sky.

    “It is not clear to me what Barr is trying to do. Is he investigating a crime here? It appears not. If not, what is he hoping to achieve?”

    Ummm, yes, he is investigating crimes, you dirt-bag.
    As distinct from the Wussia fairy tale.

  207. MatrixTransform

    What an incredible civilisation the Egyptians had.

    Climate Change got em.

  208. cohenite

    It’s been put up before by Steve but it deserves to be put up again: the connivance of british wallopers with the RoP; as Paul Weston says they do it because their political masters recognise the RoP as a voting herd and they are afraid of them but are not afraid of English citizens:

  209. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #3025987, posted on May 26, 2019 at 11:58 am
    Since yesterday three more people harmed themselves, one in Port Moresby and two on Manus. All three are transferred to the hospital now. The number of suicide attempts and self harm has reached to 14 since the election.#auspol
    Let’s not confuse self-harm attempts with suicide attempts.

    No sympathy from me. This is all part of the bun rush to get to hospital and be diagnosed into Australia before the first bill of Morrison’s new government hits its straps. It is going to repeal the Medivac legislation pushed through by 100% renewables ‘economic conservative’ but deep green lefty Kerryn Phelps. This bill has already cost taxpayers a fortune, keeping Christmas Island medical facilities open to evade its intent. Giving two medicos the power to sign anyone into Australia was always lunacy.

  210. calli

    I get all that, Peter.

    I have had jet lag that was like being hit with a ton of bricks. This is a roaring head cold, the result of six hours sitting under an icy blast.

    And did I mention the woman sitting on the floor in front of me vomiting into a bag (rather than going to the loo, just behind her and doing it there)?

    Or the vile child sitting behind me punching my back with his shoes? Left in the “care” of his slightly older sister, he proceeded to shriek for the entire trip. Around seven years old. His mother, I found out as we were disembarking, had sat with girlfriends up the front of the economy cabin. She informed all and sundry that she had had a great trip.

    I have murder in my heart today.

  211. Fisky

    The fruits of open border libertarianism –

    #ThePersistence
    @ScottPresler
    Illegal Alien Rapes Child:

    Carlos Jacinto Cobo-Perez, an illegal alien, raped an 11-year-old girl near her elementary school & impregnated her.

    I’m going to spend the rest of my life working to defeat the democrat party. They allow this to happen.

  212. Knuckle Dragger

    cohenite,

    I’m not watching that clip. The still at the front was quite enough for me to demonstrate that the wallopers there are completely subservient to one religion, because feeeeelings.

    Their demonstrated willingness to accommodate those who quite openly say they have complete societal destruction and reform in their own image as a goal is mind-numbing.

    It’s like putting a ‘wanted’ ad in the paper for typhus, tuberculosis and MND combined.

  213. Leigh Lowe

    I see Trump has specifically mentioned Australia in the great Wussia set-up.
    According to that lefty dick-head, Bruce Wolpe, it is all a product of Trump’s imagination.
    Papadopoulos “confessed” to Downer that Trump-Wussia had Clinton’s e-mails and was going to dump them.
    All Alexander did was report dutifully back to Canbra who then passed it on to Washington.
    Mmmyes.
    Let’s just see what comes out.

  214. 1735099

    This bill has already cost taxpayers a fortune.

    What has actually cost us a fortune is the reopening of the CI detention centre, in an attempt to revive the boats scare, which turned out to be absolutely unnecessary as a re-election strategy.
    Still, we have elected a salesman as a PM, so I guess we can look forward to all manner of taxpayer funded marketing scams in order to get people fearful.
    As demonstrated historically, it works more often than not.

  215. Some History

    Daniel Craig and Ana De Armas will be ‘provided an intimacy coordinator to make sure they are comfortable with racy sex scenes’ in James Bond 25

    A Chinese intimacy coordinator?

    https://imgur.com/VB3XhIG

  216. TE:

    Watched Fury with Mrs TE.
    Quite good until the finale.
    If I was the German commander I’d have pulled well back and hit the tank with panzerfausts until it was cactus.

    Yes. I found that bit quite annoying as well.
    Most annoying was the Fury/Tiger stoush where the tiger reversing didn’t need to swing the turret to beat the Sherman/Firefly. Just needed to reverse to the left to bring the entire tank around.

  217. memoryvault

    before the first bill of Morrison’s new government hits its straps.
    It is going to repeal the Medivac legislation

    And if you believe that, Lizzie, I have a nice bridge I’m prepared to let you have for a bargain basement price. It’s just up the road from you so it will come in real handy.

    If you like I’ll throw in a nearby opera house I never use. Ideal for you and hairy to entertain at.

  218. Leigh Lowe

    Numbers on little brown people in boats …

    “Let ’em drown. The more the better.”

  219. Some History

    At what point do these people come to the realisation that they’re being used by leftists as cultural hand grenades?

    Do you mean “fire extinguishers”?

    https://imgur.com/bKuEpYD

  220. LNP Insider

    The push for Payne or Sinodinos to Ambassador had a dual purpose.

    1. Frees up an extra cabinet spot
    2. Enables Morrison to get Warren Mundine into the senate, but there is already talk of drafting Abbott ot Molan in to fill the vscancy. Seems unlikely to work as state council is still in Photios Hawke control.

  221. 1735099

    Trump who showed how to do it with Kim.

    Showed how to do what, precisely?
    Trump, apart from providing a spectacle, got no further in terms of real results than any of his predecessors – all sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  222. memoryvault

    I have murder in my heart today.

    In that case I feel for you, Calli. Commiserations.
    Hope the rest of your holiday works out better.

  223. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “It is not clear to me what Barr is trying to do. Is he investigating a crime here? It appears not. If not, what is he hoping to achieve?”

    methinks someone doth protest too much…

  224. Pedro the Ignorant

    Calli, your best ever purchases prior to getting aboard a long haul flight are a top quality pair of noise cancelling headphones, one of those ridiculous looking, but very comfortable horseshoe neck cushions, a sleeping mask, a bag of barley sugar lollies, and an iPod loaded with your favourite music.

    Seal yourself off from the hideous howling multitudes that are your fellow passengers for the duration.

    Won’t the the chair kicking brat behind you sadly, but practice a good Death Stare in the mirror prior to embarkation and unleash it early in the flight if needed.

    Alternatively, buy a business class ticket. Chair kicking, bellowing infants and bag vomiting are not permitted at the pointy end.

  225. calli

    I’m home now, Peter.

    Off in about ten days to north america. Lizzie will try out the ship first, then I’m in the second draft. It will still have that new ship smell, as it’s just been refurbished. Alaska, Canada and round through Panama to NYC.

    I need a head cold like a hole in the head. I am never ever going to leave my vitamins behind again.

  226. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Arky
    #3025313, posted on May 25, 2019 at 4:44 pm
    The White Head Hunter.

    Thanks, Arky, really enjoyed that. A book I purchased 2nd hand sometime ago – 100 Great Adventures (1969) – does not have this story – perhaps because he may have been a head hunter? Though the subjects of the book are just as resourceful as Harry and face many adversities like him, in the main their ends are better, having got there and back!

  227. Rockdoctor

    calli
    #3026021, posted on May 26, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Let me guess, Denpasar departure…

    A decade ago when JQ used to fly into Darwin as a hub I had the misfortune of sharing a Singapore – Cairns flight with stopover DRW where Saigon, Manilla & Denpasar used to disgorge passengers to change aircraft to respective destinations. The JQ flight to Cairns used to pick up a few Denpasar passengers, my first real experience of how ugly Aussie tourists can be despite spending nearly 2 years of my life in Asia working. They treated the Singaporean Flight Crew like rubbish and some of the public displays of affection from mature people made me gag…

    That said, I have no real beef with Jetstar there are worse airlines out there, Middle Eastern Hospitality is awesome not, then there’s the Pacific Airlines I have been on who have aircraft that leak water into the cabin when they fly through rain and I won’t even start on China Airways when I last flew them on an antiquated 747 that made noises a 747 shouldn’t along with half the toilets out of action etc…

  228. Some History

    Interesting to see what they would call transgender toilets (and associated “dispersal illustration”).

    https://imgur.com/jgq5itp

  229. calli

    It was an exit row, hence the bag-vomiter outside the loo. Go figure. People really are grotesque.

    PE to Vancouver, BUS back from NYC. Cathay.

    Those Jetstar tix were bought at the last moment. It is what it is.

  230. Makka

    Alternatively, buy a business class ticket.

    Nothing beats a Valium washed down with rum on a long haul flight. Wake up, quick wash of the face and brush teeth, you are good to go.

  231. bespoke

    I got detention once for not letting a teacher search my bag then refused to pick up other kids rubbish and ended up watching Doco’s in the principles office instead. No creepy shaving mirrors involved thankfully.

  232. Bar Beach Swimmer

    BrettW
    #3025713, posted on May 26, 2019 at 1:19 am
    Interesting comments on London police and ROP posted by Steve above. Particularly about an assessor who has sway over Met recruiting.
    How come no London ROP sex rings detected considering the many others around UK?

    The fact that the Police Dept didn’t write back – what is it about the powers that be thinking, no behaviouring, as if they don’t need to respond to legitimate concerns in the community.

    I’ve recently had a similar experience. I wrote to an organisation of which I am a member and whose raison d’etre and praxis is engagement and communication with their people and the world. But no answer. Must be something I wrote!

  233. memoryvault

    I need a head cold like a hole in the head.

    I have been known to resort to a double scotch and dry or two in such cases, Calli.
    (But for God’s sake don’t let Zulu know).
    Marilyn always swore by a couple of extra strength Bloody Marys.
    By “extra strength” I mean the resultant mix was translucent.

    I’m not sure either of these remedies actually worked, but after a couple you don’t really care.

  234. min

    The Pope has failed in getting the Christian message of Do unto Others working even among the clergy . It is similar to Kumbaya telling everyone to do this when there is no Kumbaya in many small family groups.
    so now he is delivering another message . Love the Planet as you love yourself that has no hope of happening in 12 years Give it 2000 years or more and see how many get the message

  235. Fisky

    Uh oh, I see the Business Council of Australia, in hiding for the whole campaign, is now calling for corporate tax cuts. NO!

  236. Fisky

    These disgusting corporate filth fully supported the persecution of Israel Folau, and are fine with the doxxing and sacking of non-Leftists generally. Now they are calling in their favours with the LNP.

    Get.F#cked.

  237. dover_beach

    The Alabama decision works for Christians and men and women contracting real marriages.
    For such people, the state’s paper-work was always meaningless.
    It was preferable that the state acknowledge real marriages for a whole range of social and cultural reasons but given the state and the law itself are hopelessly corrupt, morally, this is an acceptable alternative. The good fight is never abandoned, however. Long-term, the goal is to overturn gay ‘marriage’.

    This is exactly correct, although I would use the stronger ‘vow’ rather than ‘contract’. We know independently of that state what marriage consists in, so the only legitimate role the state serves in marriage beyond those alluded to above, is to act as a witness in civil ceremonies. Nothing else.

  238. JC

    Tyler Cowan reports on the biggest animal extinction in history caused by man. It’s total absurdity is laughable if wasn’t so bad.

    We’ve gotta meet the quota, dude.

    https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2019/05/one-of-the-greatest-environmental-crimes-of-the-20th-century.html

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