Tuesday Forum: June 18, 2018

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  1. John64

    John 64 … are you on delay?

    Flashscore in the boondocks. Sorry.

  2. Old School Conservative

    Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack has suggested the ABC’s Sydney headquarters could be relocated to a regional town in order to save the taxpayer money while improving the public broadcaster’s coverage. The Oz.
    Is the LNP setting the groundwork for radical reform of the ABC?

  3. Zyconoclast

    72 Philadelphia Police Officers Placed On Desk Duty Over Offensive Social Media Posts

    The Philadelphia Police Department has pulled 72 officers off their regular duties as authorities investigate inflammatory social media posts revealed in a database that found thousands of offensive postings by current and former officers, the city’s police commissioner said Wednesday.

    It is the latest fallout since the advocacy group The Plain View Project earlier this month released thousands of Facebook posts and comments by current and former police officers that range from racist memes, to posts celebrating violence and messages containing Islamophobic themes, among other offensive material.

  4. Leigh Lowe

    Maxxie … 2 dozen off 6.

  5. Leigh Lowe

    You watch this.
    The selfish Paki Khawaja will now hog the strike to try to get to 100

  6. Knuckle Dragger

    25 off the last over. Criminy.

  7. Knuckle Dragger

    Khawaja runs him out.

    Flog.

  8. Leigh Lowe

    Maxxie is up for the fastest 50 evah.
    32 off 9.

  9. Knuckle Dragger

    Picked it like a nose LL.

  10. John64

    Khawaja you fat lazy Paki slob.

    John Constantine you were right.

  11. Leigh Lowe

    Not hard to pick KD.
    The selfish little Slurpee Salesman has his eye on a hundred.
    Fuck the team.

  12. Knuckle Dragger

    Good. Fuck off Khawaja.

    Hope Maxie dislocates your elbow for you.

  13. Leigh Lowe

    And the terrorist’s brother will give away 20 in the field with his pathetic “dives” which are solely designed to avoid chasing leather.
    Lazy xunt.

  14. John64

    Good, the Slurpee Salesman is caught and bowled. No hundred.

  15. Leigh Lowe

    Good.
    Useless Paki misses ton.

  16. Knuckle Dragger

    More good news.

    Fidget Cheatmaster plumb for 1.

  17. Leigh Lowe

    Same happened to me in ‘nam.
    Bloody Yank called me through then sent me back.

  18. Leigh Lowe

    Will they bat out the 50 overs?

  19. John64

    What’s the point of sending in Sooky Smith with 4 overs to go?

    Let the tailenders have a slog.

  20. Leigh Lowe

    I just saw the run-out.
    Khawaja is an ordinary bloke.
    Doesn’t back up.
    Gets halfway down and decides he is too tubby to make his ground, so burns Maxwell.
    Maxxie should have just keep ploughing on.
    He would have beaten the Slurpee Salesman to the other end easily.

  21. Knuckle Dragger

    Exactly.

    Tubby wanted no part of it and wanted his ton, the selfish prick. Definitely a single in it.

    And now rain with one over left. Gah.

  22. Knuckle Dragger

    We should have those flash covers in Australia.

    They look like hovercraft. Please let them be hovercraft.

    They look to be quite the shit, and the young ‘uns say.

  23. Zyconoclast

    The Philadelphia Police Department has pulled 72 officers off their regular duties as authorities investigate inflammatory social media posts revealed in a database that found thousands of offensive postings by current and former officers, the city’s police commissioner said Wednesday.

    It is the latest fallout since the advocacy group The Plain View Project earlier this month released thousands of Facebook posts and comments by current and former police officers that range from racist memes, to posts celebrating violence and messages containing [email protected] themes, among other offensive material.

  24. Knuckle Dragger

    AS the young ‘uns say. Shit.

    Pissing down.

  25. John64

    The Bangers won’t get 359 or anything else Messrs Duckworth or Lewis come up with.

    Bedtime.

  26. Leigh Lowe

    Because they want more diversity hires Zyco.
    No More Mo Noors!

  27. Zyconoclast

    Tory leadership: Sajid Javid knocked out of contest

    The home secretary received 34 votes coming behind Jeremy Hunt with 59 votes.
    Michael Gove received 61 votes and frontrunner Boris Johnson got 157.

  28. calli

    Victoria, BC, is an interesting place. Why they chose it as the state capital is beyond me – it’s a 1hr 45min ferry ride from the mainland.

    Unless someone being very clever and wanted to effectively quarantine politicians!

    The wind howled through the place relentlessly, but I decided a good, long walk would do us good so we toddled off to Fisherman’s Wharf. When I saw it at first, I thought, Erk! A tourist trap. Which it probably was until we started walking along the little jetties. Hugging each side were tiny, two story floating houses, as brightly painted as j-wels, baskets of flowers hanging from the sides. People live in them, or lease them out as holiday accommodation.

    The Beloved let a be-sticked old lady in in front of him in the loo-queue and as his reward, she pointed to the best fisho on the wharf (she was a visiting ex-local). So we sat in a kiosk out of the wind and munched delicious fish and chips and chatted with Canadians visiting from the east. We just had time to check out one of the pubs in the main drag before being picked up – 65 beers on tap! the Beloved reported, so in we went out of the gale.

    Captain Cook makes an appearance at the centre of Victoria harbour esplanade. Immediately recognisable, with dividers in one hand and a chart rolled up in the other, he’s a big deal in these parts. He charted all the coastline here in his third and final voyage – looking for the north-west passage.

    Then, as winter set in, he made a fateful decision to return to warmer climes. It didn’t end well.

  29. mh

    Tucker Carlson smokes Kochs

    Charles and David Koch are two of the richest men in the world. Each is worth tens of billions of dollars. Some of their money is inherited. Much they made themselves. But the Kochs have never been content merely to get richer. They’re engaged intellectuals, with a sincere desire to change the world. For years, the brothers have been the single most important funders of Republican politics in Washington.

    The Koch network of donors spends hundreds of millions of dollars every election cycle. Virtually every major conservative non-profit in DC takes Koch money. Koch organizations train political organizers and candidates. Many Republican lawmakers owe their careers to the Kochs. For people whose main business is making fertilizer and paper towels, the Kochs have been remarkably effective in politics. Not surprisingly, the left hates them for it. Both the Koch brothers and their families, who by the way are very nice people, have been repeatedly and grotesquely maligned by the media. This, in turn, has convinced many conservatives that the Kochs much be on their side. Anyone who’s been slandered by the New York Times has got to be doing something right. That’s the idea. It’s not a bad standard.

    But in the case of the Kochs, conservatives might want to pause and rethink the relationship. As it turns out, the Kochs don’t have much in common with conservatives. They are totally opposed to most conservative policy goals. The Kochs are libertarian ideologues, passionate and inflexible. America first? The Kochs find the very notion absurd, if not fascist. An economic policy that seeks to strengthen families? The Kochs denounce that as “crony capitalism,” or “picking winners and losers.” They think it’s immoral. Controlling our borders? The Kochs consider that racist. A few years ago, Bernie Sanders noted that the Koch brothers are far to the left of him on immigration. Open borders? Quote: “That’s a Koch brothers proposal,” he said.

    Bernie wasn’t wrong. But it’s more than a proposal. It’s in effect what we have now, thanks in part to the Kochs. The overwhelming majority of Republicans want a secure border and less immigration. That’s why they voted for Donald Trump. Two and a half years later, the border is more porous than ever. A tide of humanity is flooding in illegally. Republicans in Congress have done almost nothing to help. Why? You can thank the Kochs for that. In 2018, Koch-backed organizations, Freedom Network and Americans for Prosperity, pressured Republicans in Congress to use their post-election lame duck session to pass an amnesty for the so-called Dreamers. Going into the 2020 race, amnesty remains the Kochs’ top legislative priority.

    If you’re wondering why the Republican Party often seems so out of synch with its own voters, this is why. And not just on immigration. The Koch network has also successfully pushed Republicans to join the left in going soft on crime. The Kochs aggressively backed the First Step Act, which is currently allowing drug traffickers to leave prison early. They support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which would cut required penalties for heroin and cocaine traffickers in half. They’re doing all this, remember, in the middle of the deadliest drug epidemic in American history. The Kochs don’t even argue that these so-called reforms will help law-abiding Americans in any way. They just believe it’s the libertarian thing to do.

    On economics, meanwhile, you won’t be surprised to learn that the Kochs hold views that bear no resemblance to those of most Republican voters. The Kochs have pushed for cuts to social security and Medicare. A vast majority of Americans are opposed to that. Like everyone else, most Republicans want lower drug prices. Yet the Kochs are working to kill a bill introduced by Senators Josh Hawley and Rick Scott that would prevent drug companies from charging Americans more than they charge the people of Canada or France. Then the Kochs helped craft the 2017 tax cut, which was far better for corporate America than it was for the middle class. A majority of Republicans support capping interest rates on credit cards and payday loans. The Kochs think that’s ridiculous. Some years ago, when David Koch ran for vice president as a libertarian, abolishing all usury laws was part of his platform.

    There’s nothing surprising about any of this, or illegitimate. It’s what many rich liberals believe. It’s just not what most Republicans think. And that’s a problem, given that the Kochs are the single most powerful figures in the Republican Party. The Kochs don’t seem interested in hearing you complain about that — or anything else.

    Remarkably, they’ve now joined the leftwing campaign against free speech. Next month, the Charles Koch Institute will be holding a summit with the Anti-Defamation League and executives from major tech companies, including Pinterest, AirBNB, Patreon, and Mozilla. The stated purpose of the meeting is to formulate, quote: “best practices on the fight against hate and extremism online.” You know exactly what that really means: censorship of your views. For the left, fighting “extremism” always entails crushing normal conservatives. That’s why Pinterest has censored Live Action. It’s why Patreon banned Milo Yiannopoulos. It’s why Mozilla drove out Brendan Eich for donating to the wrong political campaign. Big tech has become a far bigger threat to your freedom than government is. The Kochs don’t care. Noting Google does violates libertarian orthodoxy.

    More to the point, the Kochs don’t care about Republican voters or what happens to them. Ok. But then why are they running the Republican Party? That’s a question Republicans should start asking themselves.

  30. Zyconoclast

    After record 16,927 dementia patients went missing in Japan in 2018, expert urges community support

    As the number of people with dementia who were reported missing continues to rise in rapidly graying Japan, an expert in the field is underscoring the importance of community-wide support.

    The National Police Agency said Thursday that the number of people with dementia who wandered from home and were reported missing reached a record 16,927 last year, up 1,064 from the previous year and nearly doubling since police began collecting such data in 2012.

  31. None

    Remember it was Turnbull who called a leadership spill before Dutton has ever made a move and he did so on the basis of Sun newspaper report. So when he called a leadership spill done stepped up and he stepped up again when he figured he was really that close and I say good on him. Dutton has the ticker. The only downside of that entire saga is that Morrison took immigration off him and gave it to her one of these wet lefties. Without Jim Moylan or Dutton able to comment the unabated immigration ponzi scheme will continue. Naturally Morrisons insulated Shire will never know the impacts of his fuckwitted policy.

  32. None

    Is the LNP setting the groundwork for radical reform of the ABC?

    No that’s just another agrarian socialist trying to siphon off more tax dollars into the bush.

  33. Leigh Lowe

    OK.
    Khawaja can redeem himself by standing at mid-off and shouting “Yes … No … Wait … Go back!” in Urdu.

  34. Nob

    calli
    #3047833, posted on June 20, 2019 at 11:31 pm
    Victoria, BC, is an interesting place. Why they chose it as the state capital is beyond me – it’s a 1hr 45min ferry ride from the mainland.

    Victorian parliament on French Island would be a good idea.

    Or even better, King Island.

  35. calli

    Today we hop on the Queen Elizabeth – not too many observations from me as the ship’s fees for Wifi are usurious. Sighs of relief all round! 🙂

    So it’s up to Ketchican, back to “Van” (chuckle – that’s what the locals call it) and then on to NYC via Panama. Looking forward to the tour of the lock works – engineering junkie heaven.

    The Beloved’s spare glasses arrived, finally. Clipper ship, outrigger canoe and finally mule train up from Richmond. I feel like duct taping them to his head. Pity I didn’t duct tape his phone charger to his phone. He’s lost that as well. It has now entered The Realm of Lost Things, along with all the single socks and house keys.

  36. Nelson Kidd-Players

    So is anyone prepared to take the reins of Australian Conservatives? If Cory unilaterally closes it, it only proves it was his plaything all along.

    #ChangeMyMind.

  37. Nob

    Oh shit, King Island is in Tassie.

    How did that happen?

    Gabo Island or Lady Julia Percy then,

  38. Fisky

    Remarkably, they’ve now joined the leftwing campaign against free speech. Next month, the Charles Koch Institute will be holding a summit with the Anti-Defamation League and executives from major tech companies, including Pinterest, AirBNB, Patreon, and Mozilla. The stated purpose of the meeting is to formulate, quote: “best practices on the fight against hate and extremism online.” You know exactly what that really means: censorship of your views. For the left, fighting “extremism” always entails crushing normal conservatives. That’s why Pinterest has censored Live Action. It’s why Patreon banned Milo Yiannopoulos. It’s why Mozilla drove out Brendan Eich for donating to the wrong political campaign. Big tech has become a far bigger threat to your freedom than government is. The Kochs don’t care. Noting Google does violates libertarian orthodoxy.

    I warned you about the Koch brothers years ago! And it is instructive that the “libertarian” donors are now trying to crush “hate speech”. I predicted this also. Anyone with the faintest understanding of psychology knows that government-mandated empathy is the necessary ingredient to force the borders open.

  39. Twostix

    Should have stayed in and relentlessly undermined Turnbull from the inside.

    Gillard knew best when she sternly lectured the Socialist Forum that the only way the left could succeed in Australia was during long periods of Labor governance operating inside the party.

  40. calli

    The Cat word for today is…

    Zimmer Tinder

    This one from John Nolte:

    Resistance Woketards

    The English language is a remarkable thing. No wonder tyrants want to control it.

  41. #ChangeMyMind.

    Nothing to change, Nelson.
    IIRC his wife registered it in her name.
    Basically, legally, the Bernardis “own” the name.
    Not sure how members of the party would work around that, although obviously the “name” and the actual political party structure are two different things. I have no idea how the party itself was structured, but even if they could take over the structure, they couldn’t use the name.

    Pauline Hanson went through something similar with the “One Nation” name, here in QLD a few years back.

  42. DrBeauGan

    Went to Montserrat yesterday afternoon. Weird rock formations on a mountain, which has attracted weird people for millennia. Most recently a bunch of nutters who meet on the eleventh of each month to hunt for aliens.

    I have noticed a lot of Spanish women have very harsh voices. But no moustaches.

  43. I just thought f something else.
    A sitting politician can register a political party with just one member – themselves. However, without a sitting member a group of people who want to form a registered political party need ‘X’ number of verifiable, signed up members/voters. I think maybe it’s 500.

    I think both before and after the election, Cory was the only sitting member. If he has withdrawn his support then the others, not only would have to come up with a new name, they would have to go through the registration process from scratch, starting with having the requisite number verifiable, registered members/voters.

  44. calli

    They sell Cuban cigars in Vancouver, DrBeau.

    Thought of you puffing away as I passed a billboard yesterday. Also, I discovered there is a thing called cigar box guitars. Definitely an artisan product. IT would be pleased.

  45. calli

    Do their eyebrows join in the middle, Kahlo style?

  46. None

    Deadeye Finch? Sounds like an Adani protest.

    If indeed Bernardi owns the ACC name then his whole spiel about building a proper party rather than a personality cult Rings a bit Hollow. It should be easy to strum up 504 Macy’s and re-register it as the Conservative Party of Australia or something similar.

  47. None

    So Izzy Folau has set up a go fund me page to raise $3000000 towards legal fighting fund and the Sydney Morning Herald is already poo poopooing it like he’s already spent 100,000 of his own money just on the internal code of conduct hearing and I’m sure he’ll be contributing a fair bit towards the 3 million himself) http://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-union/revealed-folau-seeks-3-million-from-donors-for-fight-against-rugby-australia-20190620-p51zm0.html because of course it’s not good enough to basically kill off a person’s employment when they’re only about 30 and ensure that they can never work in Australia again or perhaps anywhere else one must also ensure that they are rendered bankrupt and homeless. I hope f****** is he persevered and beats these bastards.

  48. calli

    That Folau fighting fund isn’t just about Folau. And the drones at the SMH know it.

    This has always been a freedom issue.

  49. calli

    The Bernardi collapse doesn’t surprise me. Not enough mongrel in him to form a new party.

    I see M0nty had a comment about it. Nothing about the Peanut though. A remarkable silence. I, for one, would welcome his thoughts on why an unloseable election was lost.

  50. None

    Correct Calli. That’s certainly the way he sees it judging by the video he’s got posted on his website and I suspect that certainly is the way most punters think so as well regardless of whether they agree with Izzy or not. We actually need him to fight this one

  51. calli

    Hmmm. Righteous mining?

    I suppose if it supplies society’s vast variety of WokeToys it’s okay.

    Not like dirty coal. No one wants that useless stuff.

  52. None

    Another day another Elite Sportsman gets busted for drugs this time a massive drug smuggling ring. But o my God Izzy quoted the Bible.

  53. Top Ender

    Calli – good writing. Puzzles me why some cruise lines are miserly and miserable about wifi.

  54. Top Ender

    Friends, Aussies, rugby followers, lend me your ears

    ALAN JONES

    I don’t want to overdo the Shakespeare stuff, but it was Mark Anthony, re the tragedy of Julius Caesar, who uttered the words that should resonate with Rugby Australia.

    “Oh judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts and men have lost their reason. Bear with me.”

    Indeed. The judgment being exercised by the rugby administration is obviously predicated on the belief that the Folau affair will go away.

    Those running the game are either ignorant or indifferent; that is, they don’t know or they do know and don’t care.

    You see, endless scarce resources are being used to condemn, vilify and misrepresent anything associated with Israel Folau, as public momentum builds inexorably against RA.

    I understand it even has a journalist dedicated to “bagging” anything Folau says in order to protect the untenable position of the administration.

    In November last year, the Federal Minister for Education announced an independent review into freedom of speech within universities.

    It was undertaken by the Hon Mr Robert French AC, former distinguished chief justice of the High Court of Australia.

    Among the conclusions delivered by Justice French was the assertion that freedom of lawful speech is a “paramount value” and that students and staff do not need to be protected from being offended or insulted.

    As I have said, week after week, the rugby family understand this; the administration doesn’t.

    Last week, your response to my column was unprecedented.

    On this newspaper’s website, on which only subscribers can comment, there were 1330 comments; on this newspaper’s Facebook page there were 1438 comments; on my own Facebook page, where the story appeared, more than a day later, there were a further 586 comments.

    David writes: “A good first step to resolving the Folau problem would be for Qantas to get rid of Joyce as he is putting the whole country offside.”

    “H” wrote: “Interesting that in both the social media post, and the sermon, someone had to be actively following Folau on social media or in the church where he was preaching. The choice is surely to ‘unfriend’ from social media or walk out of the church if you don’t agree; but it looks as though some people were actively trying to find something on Folau …”

    James: “Tonight I threw out my Wallabies and Waratahs gear. They do not deserve any support given their inhumane actions.”

    Peter: “Alan, thank you for keeping this very important issue in the spotlight. The administrators of our national rugby team and national airline are seeking to impose on Australia an intolerance of uncomfortable views that diminishes the national character. Australians are tough enough to deal with views they don’t agree with and don’t need to be ‘protected’ by this hypocritical mob.”

    Michael writes: “I’m one of those ex Rugby followers who will no longer attend a game or watch it on TV. I am very unimpressed with RA who should have had the gumption to tell Qantas the posts did not reflect RA’s beliefs and that no action against Izzy was proposed as he was expressing a personal view independently of RA. The clots!!”

    Peter: “What staggers me is how idiotic RA are, all for 30 pieces of silver from a sponsor. What don’t they understand about freedom of speech? Is Raelene Castle up to the job? In fact, are any of the Board up to the job or are they just digging their snouts further into the sponsorship trough.”

    Craig makes the point ­expressed by thousands: “Go Folau … take RA for everything you ­deserve”.

    Well, I can assure you Israel is not about money.

    He’s about principle.

    The Fair Work Commission has asked RA to sit down with Israel Folau on June 28 to see if the parties can reconcile their differences.

    Breaking bread is unlikely if RA is taking orders from its sponsor, Qantas, which seemingly wants Folau permanently out of the Qantas Wallabies.

    Worse, it wants him out of all rugby for life.

    Now we have the almost unbelievable proposition that the Israel Folau saga has, allegedly, delivered the NSW Waratahs, and its ­organisation, a season of abject grief.

    You have this New Zealand CEO, Andrew Hore, buying into it, arguing that the controversy has put enormous pressure on the ­organisation.

    And according to Hore: “I look at the effect it has had on us commercially and through the business, because you’re not just talking about the competition or the team.”

    Is there a sinew of rugby in any of these people who are running the game, that thinks of anything other than the commercial consequence?

    Can someone admit that this so-called saga began with the ­abrupt and irrational response by administrators to a social media post about a young man’s religious beliefs that would never have been noticed had it not been raised by administrators.

    Because of this irrational response, the game is falling apart.

    NSW, in Super Rugby, is the ­ultimate manifestation of the mess.

    In a 15-team competition, they finished 12th. Queensland finished 14th, ­second last.

    And the Melbourne Rebels 11th.

    Forget Israel Folau.

    On those results alone, if we were a fair dinkum commercial outfit, the administrators would have to go.

    Queensland are second last but their coach was re-signed before a ball was kicked this year.

    NSW, fourth last, and their coach was signed for next year ­before a ball was kicked.

    Presumably, none of these people are accountable.

    Instead we see the Wallaby coach putting in a phone call to the gifted rugby schoolboy, now State of Origin league star, Kalyn Ponga about playing for the Wallabies.

    Get the drift?

    Folau’s gone, the money is freed up.

    Spend it on Ponga.

    All this is as if everything ahead in relation to Folau will be plain sailing and one-way traffic for RA.

    It seems no one is telling the ­administrators the courts might see things differently.

    There may be no money left for Ponga who has admitted anyway that whatever rugby instincts he has left steer him towards the All Blacks.

    If we were momentarily to forget Israel Folau, how does RA ­answer the fact the Melbourne Rebels surrendered 125 points in the past two games; or, if you combine the scores of the Melbourne Rebels and the Waratahs in the last game alone, the Kiwis have beaten us by 108 points to 20. No player wants to be identified with such abysmal failure.

    Off the paddock, the same story has unfolded.

    Bernard Foley, Quade Cooper and Christian Lealiifano are off to play in Japan.

    Will Skelton, Sean McMahon, Joe Tomane, Taqele Naiyaravoro and James O’Connor are already in the northern hemisphere.

    They’ll be joined by David ­Pocock, Henry Speight, Sam Carter, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Nick Phipps, Sekope Kepu, Curtis Rona, Scott Higginbotham and the Queensland captain Samu Kerevi.

    Is that a vote of confidence in Australian rugby?

    Who was the bright spark who insisted that Super Rugby provinces rest players for a World Cup that is months away; and in so doing, demoralising the significant talent available to us; and turning the scoreboard into a visual nightmare.

    How is any sponsor or broadcaster going to come to rugby to endorse this mess unless there is a complete clean-out of those running the game?

    Of course anyone with honour presiding over this catastrophe would put their resignation on the table.

    Believe me, a financial tsunami is on its way for RA.

    The new broadcast deal with Fox Sports could see the governing body scrambling to cut costs further.

    If this happens, the Rebels and the Brumbies will be under ­extreme pressure from the Grim Reaper, aka Cameron Clyne.

    We’ll become a banana rugby republic and like the Pacific ­Islands, Argentina and South Africa, we will be nothing more than a breeding ground for players bound for the big European and Japanese clubs.

    RA is still without an attack coach for the World Cup.

    The former Randwick player, Shaun Berne, is the pea for the job; but, unfortunately, he’s currently working with the Rebels who have coughed up 120 points in the past two games.

    The attack coach they booted out, Stephen Larkham, is also off to the northern hemisphere, to join the very successful Munster Rugby.

    It gets worse, if that is possible.

    If, as it is clear, there is no judgment among the administrators to deal with the Israel Folau affair or as Mark Anthony argued in Julius Caesar, “Man has lost his reason,” how on Earth will this incompetent administration, with limited respect on the international stage, deal with the any proposed World Rugby concept, such as the so-called Nations Championship?

    World Rugby is understood to have offered £5 billion ($9.2bn) to the 12 possible competing nations over the course of 12 years before the concept fell over yesterday.

    While some countries are saying there must be more to consider than just the financials; that the ­integrity of the game, at all costs, must be preserved; RA, which has sold its soul to Qantas for $4 million a year, will do anything to get its hands on the cash.

    The game, sadly, is, at best, secondary. If money isn’t the primary focus, why would RA have embarked on this relentless, punitive, defamatory and utterly destructive attack on Israel Folau?

    Mark Anthony was right. The game, under the current administration, has lost all reason.

    I’m not that interested in rugby but this issue is about more than the game. Jones writes well!

    Oz – probably paywalled

  55. DrBeauGan

    calli
    #3047855, posted on June 21, 2019 at 1:15 am
    Do their eyebrows join in the middle, Kahlo style?

    Not so far, Calli. Skin colour varies from pallid as me to coffe coloured. A lot of younger girls have tattoos on arms and legs.

    I sit and smoke and drink cans of diet coke not far from a school, and when they escape they make a lot of noise. The boys behave like little boys, and the girls like little girls. There are also lots of mums pushing prams with babies in. Barcelona is a good, healthy place and not at all woke, praise be. A few negroes, more Chinese, the great majority very European. A handful of mueslis, some of the women looking permanently worried and unhappy.

    I leave tomorrow for Cuba. I’ve loved Barcelona. For starters, the cigars are a third of the price in Oz. If they are cheaper in Cuba, I may emigrate there.

  56. Mark A

    DrBeauGan
    #3047869, posted on June 21, 2019 at 3:52 am

    If they are cheaper in Cuba, I may emigrate there.

    You really are hooked on them cigars Dr.
    How many a day?

  57. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Calli, the internet access they sell on board is often absent or dropping in and plus or exceedingly slow to load and takes ages to log off. We got quite a bit freebie due to our Gold status, but it was so irritating to use I’d wait to arrive in a port to use my phone roaming which cost me only $5 a day with vodaphone, Hairy’s Telstra costs $10. Then my phone started linking me to some ocean cruising set up with another company and I had ramped up $200 before I read the text that said so. Stuck with it anyway because at least it was fast and worked properly.

    I suspect it will eventually take over from ship’s internet and its creaky systems which are no good. Probably why they are giving it away free to some passenger types.

    Silly thing to do though. Deliberately annoy your loyal passenger base.

    In my spare time when Hairy was not dragging me to lectures or on tours, I tried my hand at writing a short story. Based on long ago real events and people but with a view to their perceptions and motivations; really enjoyed that sort of writing, but have never been game to try it before this attempt.

    Also read Bernard Cornwell’s novel re Arthur. I owed him that much for his strong support of my Arthurian thesis. He mines the legend for names and characterisations and attempts better than the usual novelists on Arthur to set a realistic context for the stories. The library on board is quite good too. Loads of travel stuff, maps etc plus fiction and non-fiction.

  58. Tintarella di Luna

    Oh what a beautiful morning. Went to bed very early last night so saw nothing of politics but the Sunbather told me over coffee just now that Turnbull can’t get defamation insurance for his new farrago of ego. Could it be that the insurers suspect there might be some untruths told?

  59. Leigh Lowe

    Thanks for the cartoons Tom.
    How good is David Rowe??!?

  60. bespoke

    HP
    #3047764, posted on June 20, 2019 at 9:57 pm
    At one point, the Australian Conservatives looked like a real threat to the Libs. I signed up as a “founding member” to the AC, the same day they opened it up for membership. Members and volunteers left the Libs in droves and joined up. Sorry to see, now it’s over.

    A lot went wrong. All around the same time.

    The AC was booted off of Facebook just around the time their were getting organised. That was a major setback and not their fault.
    The organisation by AC members at the grassroots level was struck another blow when it became clear Bernardi wanted central control over the organisation of local branches – meaning: there were not going to be any local branches. That was to have no role in determining how it was run. That was a bad move. I took a step back.
    Every time I went to an AC event, I felt like a walking wallet which had joined some sort of military style boot camp. I bet I was not alone in that. Took another step back.
    With the recruitment of people like Rachel Carling-Jenkins and others, the economically classic-Liberal side of the AC got lost. More and more, it became a religious, mostly Christian, thing. Not a conservative political party. (I once had a group of 10 AC members over for a meeting, I turned out to be the only non-practicing Christian.) That did not help either. Another step.
    Next the candidates they ran were mostly operators or (potential) donors with deep pockets. Good people, perhaps. But it all fit in with a top down approach that was already not working for me.

    Lastly, Scot Morrison became PM. Yes, that did change things. I also turned back towards the Liberals. But that was after the AC had proved itself, not a conservative party committed to classic-Liberal economic policy, but a narrow, devoutly religious group with no possible mass appeal, determined to control things from HQ, with too great a focus on raking in donations and too little attention paid to its army of volunteers.

    But to now say that ScoMo changed it all. No.

    I wouldn’t have have pushed my family in supporting AC if I new about any of that. Ill be going back to supporting the least worst candidate no mater what party they belong to.

  61. feelthebern

    Rowe. Always saves his best work for a Friday.

  62. feelthebern

    Oil.
    To infinity & beyond.

  63. DrBeauGan

    Four a day up to six when I have nothing to do, Mark A.

  64. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We are stuck in Vancouver airport. Lots of what Hairy says is the usual chaos as flights are delayed across America due to some bad weather and/or maintenance problems. People trying to rebook everywhere due to missed connections. We are flying direct but still delayed.

    Looking forward to a fine sunny winter’s day in Sydney but haven’t checked the weather report yet. Sounds good for this morning, Tinta. Two nights in Honolulu before the final stretch home.

  65. Mother Lode

    I didn’t realise Uncle Ho was dead.

    He died at the Malmo alongside Custer and John Wayne.

  66. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Cunard have a special smoking room set aside purely for cigar and pipe smokers, Dr. BG. Ordinary smokers are given the usual desolate corner of an outside deck but it seems the gentlemanly traditions of the fine cigar or bowl are still given due recognition by this very old-style British line.

  67. Diogenes

    Is the LNP setting the groundwork for radical reform of the ABC?

    I had to drive to Newcastle last night after work , and because phone was dead, was listening to Classic FM instead of my usual Baroque station on CalmRadio and caught a news bulletin …
    anyhoo, there was a story about ??? being condemned by the govt, and then followed by an audio clip of that Wong chap basically echoing the govt’s position
    My reaction as below

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTzzqyjdbqI?list=PLH86gDE0dHVC75ZbzB20eCUsQoJSqO7GZ&w=951&h=535%5D

  68. Bruce of Newcastle

    I see that Tom Stiglich has done one of DrB searching for cigars.

  69. Notafan

    Good to see you joining the weird people on Montserrat DrBG.

  70. Notafan

    Iirc AC gathered 500 members in each state to register.

  71. Top Ender

    Great acting skills; a total lack of guilt, and expert at running the long con…

    Cancer fraudster Belle Gibson spent more than $90,000 in two years and went to Bali and Africa, but still claims she cannot pay her fine for conning Australians.

    The disgraced wellness blogger was fined $410,000 for breaching consumer laws after claiming she cured her non-existent brain cancer through diet and alternative therapies.

    A financial analysis of the 27-year-old showed she had spent about $91,000 between 2017 and 2019, which she denied.

    “I don’t believe your figure is correct,” she told the Federal Court in Melbourne.

    But Carl Moller, for Consumer Affairs Victoria, said its analysis showed $13,000 in that period was splurged on clothes, cosmetics and accessories.

    The con artist had also taken trips, including to Bali in 2017, because she wanted to “take leave of her situation here in Melbourne”.

    During her Bali trip, $1,600 was paid into her account to help fund her ongoing travel, but she was not sure who had transferred her the cash.

    “Is it seriously your evidence that $1,600 was deposited into your account, in three deposits in the space of about a week, and you don’t know who deposited it?” Mr Moller asked.

    “I’d have to speculate and I’m not willing to do that,” Gibson replied.

    A copy of The Whole Pantry recipe book by disgraced “wellness” blogger Belle Gibson.
    PHOTO: Belle Gibson made hundreds of thousands of dollars from her recipe book and app. (Supplied)

    She had previously said she went to East Africa on a holiday, which was a gift from a mysterious roommate named “Clive”.

    Gibson explained thousands of dollars coming into her account was not income, but payments for running errands for friends who did not have time to do their shopping, or get their car serviced.

    However, she failed to explain why she withdrew $3,500 cash in October and what it was used for.

    She earlier broke down in tears when quizzed about her relationship with “Claire”, whom she was caring for under an arrangement with the woman’s daughter.

    “I’m sorry … it’s of a personal nature. It’s not something I want to be discussing,” she replied.

    She was asked whether the woman had died, but said no, before she began to cry, took her glasses off and said it was because of her “empathetic nature”.

    “I care about these people,” she said.

    The arrangement with the woman started through online outsourcing skills site Airtasker, but Gibson revealed she had since been kicked off the platform.

    “[I’m] no longer able to use the platform. I’m uncertain why,” she said.

    Despite lavish spending habits detailed in her bank statements, the fraudster said she was unable to pay the penalty.

    “I’m not in a position to pay a $410,000 fine at this stage,” she said.

    As well as claiming she cured herself of cancer, the fake wellness blogger lied to consumers and said she would donate money from her Whole Pantry app and book sales to charities.

    Gibson received $440,500 from sales of her app and book but donated only about $10,000.

    She told the court she had considered bankruptcy and also repaying her fine through a payment plan.

    Her barrister, Andrew Tragardh, previously said his client could not afford to keep coming back to court.

    Consumer Affairs now has six months to push for Gibson to be declared bankrupt or see if they can get the funds another way.

    ABC link

  72. stackja

    Croydon Park Public School headmaster Joe Weston

    Weston, who died aged 88 in 2010 after receiving the OAM for his “service to the community”, has mysteriously disappeared out of their files.
    Now his victims have accused the department of having something to hide.

  73. Cassie of Sydney

    “bespoke
    #3047890, posted on June 21, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Ill be going back to supporting the least worst candidate no mater what party they belong to.”

    Agree. The more I think about it the more I suspect that Cory treated the whole enterprise as his personal fiefdom…..big mistake. I will reiterate…I like Cory but I was always worried that he was lacking in ticker and oomph, the party would have been better off having someone like Riccardo or Kevin Bailey as leader. Populist parties need people like Farage, Trump, Orban and others….they know how to garner attention. Look at Anning…like him or loathe him…agree with him or disagree with him…his party here in NSW wasn’t far behind the AC in the senate vote tally…despite being only a few months old. In NSW the AC received 23,152 first preference votes whilst Fraser Anning’s party received 17,911 first preference votes.

  74. Geriatric Mayfly

    A Peace Cross on public land in Maryland will stand. Erected in honour of men who fell in WWI, the Supreme Court ruled against the usual suspects in a 7 – 2 majority.

    Colour me surprised.
    Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

  75. Dr Faustus

    Israel Folau has set up a GoFundMe account to finance his legal action with the ARU.

    Looking for $3 million – has raised $29,000 in 24 hours.

    Given the ARU’s financial state, the Vicar will need to shake the tin too. It would be modest investment in diversidy and tolerance for the Leprechaun, surely.

  76. Boambee John

    Wasn’t the seagull telling us about the wonders of California a while ago?

    From VD Hanson, via Instapundit.

    “If someone predicted half a century ago that a Los Angeles police station or indeed L.A. City Hall would be in danger of periodic, flea-borne infectious typhus outbreaks, he would have been considered unhinged. After all, the city that gave us the modern freeway system is not supposed to resemble Justinian’s sixth-century Constantinople. Yet typhus, along with outbreaks of infectious hepatitis A, are in the news on California streets. The sidewalks of the state’s major cities are homes to piles of used needles, feces, and refuse. Hygienists warn that permissive municipal governments are setting the stage — through spiking populations of history’s banes of fleas, lice, and rats — for possible dark-age outbreaks of plague or worse.

    One out of three Californians who enters a hospital for any cause is now found to be suffering from either diabetes or pre-diabetes, an epidemic that hits the Hispanic community especially hard but for a variety of reasons has not led to effective public-health efforts and sufficient publicity. State-run dialysis clinics now dot the towns and communities of the Central Valley — a tragic symptom of dietary culture, massive illegal immigration, and poor public-health education.”

  77. Bruce of Newcastle

    It sounds like an Irish joke, but it isn’t.

    ‘Climate Emergency’: Ireland Set to Ban Private Cars While Planning Mass Third World Migration

    In order to avert a “climate apocalypse”, the government plans to force people “out of private cars because they are the biggest offenders for emissions”, according to transport minister Shane Ross whose proposals — which include banning fossil fuel vehicles from towns and cities nationwide — are posed to cripple ordinary motorists, local media reports.

    Launching the plan in Dublin, leader Leo Varadkar outlined his vision for an Ireland of ‘higher density’ cities consisting of populations whose lifestyles and behaviours have been totally transformed by ‘carrot and stick’ policies outlined in the climate plan.

    “Our approach will be to nudge people and businesses to change behaviour and adapt new technologies through incentives, disincentives, regulations and information,” the globalist prime minister said.

    Looks like another wave of fleeing Irish migrants is coming along in the near future.

  78. Eyrie

    Regarding free speech at Universities: Any “free speech code” isn’t free speech.

  79. Arky

    Rather than just make one page impression on a site that carries these cartoonists:
    https://townhall.com/
    ..
    arcamax
    ..
    You could do something like engage those artists on the sites that pay them to continue to produce original good content, or engage them on social media:
    ..
    Brancho
    ..
    Stiglich
    ..
    Wouldn’t bother with any of the Australian second raters though. Same quality as australian “journalism”.

  80. Arky

    Support artists on social media who produce content you enjoy.
    ..

  81. feelthebern

    Cunard have a special smoking room set aside purely for cigar and pipe smokers,

    PHRASING.

    h/t archer.

  82. Arky

    Page impressions and social media interactions count for artists.
    It is how they make money as traditional media dies.

  83. Herodotus

    AC were booted off Facebook. Just as the Garrison cartoon says today, the new oligarchs of the digital world are not for free speech or democracy.
    AC are too christian. Diddums.
    AC wanted donations. Wow, there’s a surprise. All political parties want donations.
    AC wanted control from HQ. It was a very small, very new organisation. Diddums again.

    When all’s said and done, AC are still a shining example of a party that was prepared to put up a sensible energy policy. But the wagons were circled by the other parties just as surely as by facebook.
    One Nation has prospered by being more outrageous. What does it say about our system that the quality candidates in AC and in most parties get sidelined while hacks get the gig?

  84. Herodotus

    I’m not saying that AC candidates were hacks, but that people like Bosi don’t get elected, nor might Molan.

  85. Peter Castieau

    From Riccardo Bosi

    AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATIVES TO UNITE RIGHT AS BERNARDI EXITS STAGE LEFT
    Thousands of the Australian Conservative Party’s NSW members have vowed to continue their fight to be represented in Australia’s state and federal parliaments.
    This is despite the party’s founder and leader, South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi, announcing today that the party, under his leadership, would cease by June 30.
    Senator Bernardi has offered all current AC members the option of transferring to a new conservative party, the name of which is yet to be confirmed.
    Since last month’s federal election, NSW AC senate candidates, Sophie York and Riccardo Bosi, have been meeting party supporters’ groups throughout the state to gain insight on what contributed to the party’s poor result and to discuss the best way to move forward.
    “We have many very competent members, who until now have been sidelined and unable to voice their concerns due to our current structure,” Mr Bosi said.
    “The first thing we need to do is to professionalise the party by setting a firm foundation and develop things such as a democratic, transparent and consultative constitution and to elect a state executive. We will create a party, the likes of which has never before been seen in Australia.”
    He expects this first phase to be completed within three months.
    Mr Bosi said the revamped party would promote policies to ensure Australia remained a sovereign, self-reliant western democracy that was economically powerful, militarily intimidating, politically free, culturally vibrant and socially cohesive.
    “We aim to have at least two senators and five members elected to the House of Representatives at the 2022 federal election, 20 000 party members and no debt,” he said.
    Further Information: Riccardo Bosi, NSW Senate Candidate Australian Conservatives.
    Phone: 0449 525 848 Email: [email protected]
    “We believe the future belongs to those who stay the course and to those who believe in the Australian values that made this country great.” Ends 1-/1

  86. feelthebern

    Riccardo Bosi is the kind of chap that ABC radio should find a slot for on one of their 100 odd stations.
    Long form interviews, talk back kind of stuff.
    If they can’t find a 2-3 hour slot once a week for a conservative voice, there’s something wrong.

  87. feelthebern

    Arky, you seem like a good fellow.
    What’s your beef with Tom (who also is a good fellow)?

  88. Mother Lode

    I saw this at the article Tints linked to regarding Maolcolm’s tome of woe.

    [This is] an example of, and a demonstration of, our defamation laws inhibiting free speech.

    Apparently Maolcolm’s free speech entails unfettered access to the publishers’ resources and imposes an obligation on insurance companies to financially protect him from fall out of his temper tantrum.

    I love it when the left talk about free speech – they every time show that they simply do not know what it means.

  89. Leigh Lowe

    Arky, those Branco and Stiglich links don’t work.

  90. Notafan

    If Kevin Bailey hangs around in Victoria, I’ll stay as a member of AC.

  91. John Constantine

    Calls for see through rubbish bins, to greenshame those not wholeheartedly and transparently complying with rubbish dogma.

  92. Notafan

    Malcolm can self insure.

    Says much about him that the insurers baulkef without seeing a single word of his manuscript.

  93. None

    When I looked at Israel’s gofundme page at 2 a.m. it had about $300 donations. I’m just looking at it at 7:30 a.m. and it has $45,000. Good. I hope you raises the 3 million international week and RA and Qantas can go f*** themselves

  94. Leigh Lowe

    Agree. The more I think about it the more I suspect that Cory treated the whole enterprise as his personal fiefdom…

    The debate of inside the tent vs outside the tent.
    Imagine this scenario.
    Bernardi leaves the Liberals because Trumble.
    A leadership spill of the Libs occurs.
    Trumble wins by one vote while Cory sits in his AC office sending out glib e-mail missives to his AC devotees.

  95. Infidel Tiger

    Izzy Folau has a GoFundMe set up to fight his case.

    Already raised $50k. Needs heaps more.

  96. bespoke

    Cheers for the links Arky good stuff. 😁

  97. Notafan

    Israel didn’t mention Christ or God in his statement, just the Bible, several times.

    How can you just believe in the Bible?

    Good luck to him though. Three million is a huge amount of money.

  98. feelthebern

    Already raised $50k. Needs heaps more.

    Multi millionaire raising money to pay for case that will result in millions of compensation.
    & the punters are paying for it.
    Well played Izzy.
    Well played.

  99. Arky

    Just e-mailed Davidson:
    ..

    Hi Sinclair.
    Could you kindly move me into moderation, as you have done previously?
    Apparently some of your contributors are finding me wearisome, and I could frankly do with less time on the cat.
    Thanks.

    ..
    See you later, spastic retards.
    Bookmark the link, and stop acting like sheep.

    [Oi. That’s Professor Davidson. Even Dr. Davidson works. Sinc 🙂 ]

  100. None

    I don’t begrudge Izzy raising money. He’s only been on the big money for a few years and if I know the Pentecostals they’re probably have hin donating 10% of his gross income as a tithe and he’s probably supporting a huge extended family as well. Moreover he has been so maligned by the ra and the press that he is unlikely to ever work in Australia again and perhaps not even overseas. And he’s only 30 or so and hasn’t even been able to start his family yet. Either way he’s doing the public favour and I have no qualms throwing in a donation. I just love how the libertarians who preach Freedom never want to put their money with their mouth is.

  101. None

    Nota Israel is not worth supporting because of what he believes but because he has the right to freely express it.

  102. Gab

    Arky, hun, luvs ya and all but it’s a but it’s a bit early for The Flounce, innit?

  103. None

    Arky, what Gab said.
    Loosen the stays, old girl …er…boy.

  104. bespoke

    f

    eelthebern
    #3047934, posted on June 21, 2019 at 7:55 am
    Arky, you seem like a good fellow.
    What’s your beef with Tom (who also is a good fellow)?

    Tom has lost perspective of what an Open Forum means but he’s not the only one. It become like twitter, some people endlessly seeking likes and followers and claiming undeserved hierarchy statues.

  105. feelthebern

    claiming undeserved hierarchy statues.

    Oh I do like the sounds of one of those!
    Where do I line up?

  106. woolfe

    At da cat Its never to early to toss back your mane (or just make the gesture) and flounce off.

  107. johanna

    An unusally perceptive report from Their ACC here, about the Pharmacy Guild:

    And with a vast network of 5,700 community pharmacies across Australia, they are encountering a lot of people.

    “And who are they talking to? They’re talking to the elderly,” Keane says.

    “So the Coalition in particular is vulnerable to a scare campaign from the Pharmacy Guild to say, ‘We don’t like this so we will tell all of our customers. And we will put up posters telling our customers that the government has made a terrible decision that will hurt them.'”

    And whether it is a matter of perception or reality, it is a huge threat.

    “[It is an] extraordinarily potent weapon to wield in discussions,” Keane says.

    “This is why you can’t walk into a Woollies or Coles and go to the pharmacy section, because the Pharmacy Guild would go nuts and say, ‘We will destroy you if you did ever allow that.’ It happens.”

    In 2015, Chris Walton from the Pharmacy Coalition for Health Reform told The Sydney Morning Herald: “There’s always been a fear that if they ran a campaign they could bring a government down.”

    The Guild has also campaigned against individual politicians, such as federal Liberal National MP Andrew Laming.

    When Dr Laming called for reform of the PBS in 2006, the Guild reportedly wrote to its member chemists in his electorate, warning of a secretive government plan to “decimate community pharmacy”.

    I worked in the pharma wholesaling industry and knew the bigwigs in the Guild. That was a long time ago, but even then they were hard players.

    Successive governments have tried, and failed, to buck the Guild. They have a big building in sight of Parliament House.

  108. Top Ender

    Testimony to criminal intent and government incompetence:

    NDIS victims defrauded of $370k

    ACCOUNTS BILLED BY ‘PROVIDER’ WHO GAVE NO SERVICE

    A Melbourne man who set up an NDIS-registered company that did not provide any services managed to defraud the disability scheme of $370,000 in just five weeks.

    Mohamed Osman Omar, 36, exploited a security flaw in the National Disability Insurance Scheme that allowed him to make up participant numbers and bill 168 people for services without knowing their names or disabilities.

    Although his firm did not provide any services, the money was removed from accounts of people who desperately needed NDIS funding after Omar had simply entered their participant number.

    Omar’s lawyer Sarah Thomas told the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne yesterday the scheme was “unsophisticated” but, through his offending in June and July last year, Omar managed to buy a BMW, a Toyota Hilux and spend $14,000 on Louis Vuitton products.

    He has pleaded guilty to defrauding the NDIS of $370,336, attempting to defraud it of $85,099 and using the proceeds of crime.

    Prosecutor Samantha Holmes told the court Omar set up a company called Langmann Care and arranged for it to be registered as a provider of NDIS services.

    She said he then accessed different NDIS participant accounts by amending the last two or three digits of the participant numbers.

    The court heard Omar started accessing participant records from June 18 and made 332 successful requests for payment for nonexistent services to 168 participants. “The world has lots of participants for us,” Omar texted an associate while on holiday to Egypt in late June.

    On July 4, he texted another associate about whether anyone had their plans approved. “We need to start f..king working mate,” he wrote. “Are we going to wait until everyone robs the government and then we get shut down without making a $1?”

    Lifted from the Oz print edition

  109. feelthebern

    Reminding all Cats that today is “Bring Your Dog To Work Day”.
    Watch where you step (especially in Sydney) as a lot of owners don’t believe in picking up the dog turds.

  110. Leigh Lowe

    Just a brief note of farewell.

    I am going outside and I may be some time.

  111. mh

    Rugby Australia offered Israel Folau money to renounce the Bible verses he quoted.

    I hope Izzy quoted some verses related to Judas.

  112. feelthebern

    ACCOUNTS BILLED BY ‘PROVIDER’ WHO GAVE NO SERVICE

    Phrasing?

  113. None

    That defamation insurance story is a hoot. The Daily Telegraph deserve to be taken down for it it’s Rush story. Even before a formal complaint had been made or any guilty finding or any guilty finding in some credible Court, their front page was astonishing. When I first saw it I just thought if the media can get away with this we are a lost country.

  114. Leigh Lowe

    If I am not back within the day, I am probably a polar bear’s lunch.
    But don’t worry about me.

  115. Leigh Lowe

    Oops, no polar bears here.
    But I might fall in a crevasse.
    As I say, chaps, don’t grieve for me.

  116. feelthebern

    Leigh, if we don’t hear from you, we’ll play this as a daily ritual.

  117. Leigh Lowe

    So, right, this is it then.
    Out into the stormy tempest I go.
    Just carry on as if nothing has happened, lads.

  118. None

    Are we going to wait until everyone robs the government and then we get shut down without making a $1?”

    Yep he worked out NDIS from day 1. Except that it’s not robbing the government’s robbing the rest of us.

  119. feelthebern

    Don’t you forget about Leigh….

  120. Leigh Lowe

    Don’t ask for whom the bell tolls.
    It tolls for me.
    But enough about me.
    What about you?
    Will you miss me when I am here no more.

  121. None

    See you on the dark side Leigh.

  122. dover_beach

    I warned you about the Koch brothers years ago! And it is instructive that the “libertarian” donors are now trying to crush “hate speech”. I predicted this also. Anyone with the faintest understanding of psychology knows that government-mandated empathy is the necessary ingredient to force the borders open.

    Quite, when I learned they were financing the Obergefel case I knew the were rotten.

  123. Leigh Lowe

    If you are seeing this video, it is probably because I am dead.
    Or you just found the DVD laying around.
    With the 148 other copies I left laying around.

  124. stackja

    Syrian refugee in US arrested for plotting Pittsburgh church attack
    Justice Department says man planned to bring explosives into the house of worship in a backpack for an assault in the name of …

  125. Cassie of Sydney

    “None
    #3047966, posted on June 21, 2019 at 8:32 am
    That defamation insurance story is a hoot. The Daily Telegraph deserve to be taken down for it it’s Rush story. Even before a formal complaint had been made or any guilty finding or any guilty finding in some credible Court, their front page was astonishing. When I first saw it I just thought if the media can get away with this we are a lost country.”

    Yep..I have often wondered the following……where were the cool wise heads at the Daily Telegraph before they published that scurrilous piece on Rush…back in October / November 2017? The sensible seemed to be missing in action…why? Because they were probably all caught up in that frenzied #MeToo guff.

    I remember reading the defamatory drivel and thinking that Rush was going to have a field day in court…and rightly so. And guess what….he did.

  126. Leigh Lowe

    Enough idle chat.
    This is it.
    I’m going now.
    [Cue “The Carnival is Over/My Way” medley].
    No fuss.
    I’ll just slip quietly out without any fanfare.

  127. johanna

    Speaking of outrage, apparently smoking outside anywhere children should be punished by law:

    A mother who discovered workers are allowed to smoke near the sandpit of her daughter’s childcare centre is calling for a loophole in Queensland’s anti-smoking laws to be closed.
    Key points:

    Smoking has been banned within five metres of childcare centres in Queensland since 2016
    Queensland’s tough anti-smoking laws do not apply to private property
    The childcare centre says it has worked with the neighbouring business to move the smoking area

    Clarissa Brown saw employees from neighbouring businesses take their smoking breaks on the other side of the fence where children were playing at Edge Early Learning in West End in Brisbane’s inner-city.

    “As a parent, I was upset — I suffered with childhood asthma and I’m very aware of smoke drift, as well as passive smoking,” Ms Brown said.

    These are the same people who deny mental patients the comfort of rolling a fag and smoking it, a ritual which makes them feel better.

    Ms Concerned is talking through her hat. There is no danger to her or her children from people smoking outdoors. None.

    It is just an excuse for stopping people from doing things she doesn’t approve of.

  128. Cassie of Sydney

    “Leigh Lowe
    #3047974, posted on June 21, 2019 at 8:37 am
    Don’t ask for whom the bell tolls.
    It tolls for me.
    But enough about me.
    What about you?
    Will you miss me when I am here no more.”

    Please don’t go anywhere…I love your posts.

  129. None

    I’m a bit over the two puse slipped lezzo rugby players – our media are just so Sodom and Gomorrah orgasmic over it but I will guarantee you that within a couple of years will have the usual lezzo love triangles and domestic violence outbreaks. Once again elite sport has been sacrificed to thugs, perverts and freaks.

  130. Leigh Lowe

    Fuck, it’s blowing a gale and pissing down out there.
    I might just check tomorrow’s Met from the radio room.
    Maybe give it a go then.

  131. mh

    Please don’t go anywhere…I love your posts.

    Ignore the troll, Leigh.

    You go and enjoy yourself.

    * Phrasing *

  132. Leigh Lowe

    Please don’t go anywhere…I love your posts.

    Ooohhh, alright Ting-Tong.
    Just one more night.
    Lub you long time.
    (h/t Little Britain)

  133. bespoke

    Leigh Lowe
    #3047986, posted on June 21, 2019 at 8:44 am
    Fuck, it’s blowing a gale and pissing down out there.
    I might just check tomorrow’s Met from the radio room.
    Maybe give it a go then.

    BS! you broke a nail.

  134. Leigh Lowe

    Reminding all Cats that today is “Bring Your Dog To Work Day”.
    Watch where you step (especially in Sydney) as a lot of owners don’t believe in picking up the dog turds.

    It is also “International Leave Your Crepe-Sole Shoes at Home Day”.

  135. Chris

    Leigh, if you are going, would you mind, drop this semi over to Parliament on your way past…
    Nothing much on board.

  136. Dr Faustus

    In more ‘Deft Hands’ Albo news:

    Greens urged to refuse ‘tainted’ CFMMEU donations from John Setka

    In response, a spokeswoman for Mr di Natale said donations were “a matter for the party” and were assessed in line with the Greens’ donations policy, which states that the party will “seek to ensure that the values and aspirations of all donors are not inconsistent” with those of the Greens.

    Principled. Very, very principled.
    And nuanced.

  137. Chris

    (cackles fiendishly; that dog-turd removal contract is a gold-mine)

  138. None

    Just checked is is gofundme page again and it is now at $85,000 so he’s basically raking in about 10,000 hour. I hope he makes it 3 mil before the weekend is out. Although seriously I would never use gofundme given how much they skim off donations and for transaction costs. They are huge rip off merchants. He would have been better off with a lawyers trust account.

  139. Leigh Lowe

    It become like twitter, some people endlessly seeking likes and followers and claiming undeserved hierarchy statues.

    You mean … like the real world?

  140. feelthebern

    Leigh Lowe just needs a cover story.
    The truth is he’s off to this party at Knuckle Dragger’s pad.

  141. None

    I never thought in a million years that I’d be barrack9nv for that Thug Setka but I am. The labour party and the union movement have had years and years to clean up and to now want to sack him on the basis of a false accusation about something he allegedly said about St Batty which even if he did say it was 100% true is chutzpah to say the least.

  142. mh

    My workplace must have the lamest workday today – bring Maroon or Blue coloured food day.

    State of Origin on Sunday, in WA.

  143. Leigh Lowe

    Apart from the cash, the Gofundme page serves another purpose.
    If he raises $3m from thousands of contributors, it sends the message that he isn’t just an isolated happy-clapper as the rabid left would like to portray.
    Of course, if he raises $2m, he will have “fallen woefully short” and “grossly overestimated his support”.

  144. Leigh Lowe

    Leigh Lowe just needs a cover story.
    The truth is he’s off to this party at Knuckle Dragger’s pad.

    Which will be cricket, tinnies and Dominoes as far as I can tell.

  145. stackja

    Tintarella di Luna
    #3047887, posted on June 21, 2019 at 5:14 am
    Here is the story of the uninsured publisher of Malcolm’s Malarkey

    Bob Ellis got pulped and Random House lost money.

  146. None

    Bloody hell is is go fund me isn’t already $100,000. Gofundme must be smacking their lips. They have the audacity of asking donors to give an additional tip after they already skim 5% of donations plus a transaction fee for each donation the f****** scabs.

  147. Mother Lode

    AFR reporting that an application for a Coal Seam Gas project is expected to be approved by the end of the year.

    The Greenies will be ramping their silly antics up to eleventy.

    I also foresee schoolkids getting wheeled out for a day off.

  148. None

    Agree Leigh. I came across his gofundme page at 2 a.m. and there were only about 3 or $4 with $300 on the clock and 6 1/2 hours later he’s already got his first 100,000 K despite it only being officially launched today. The whinging newspapers are giving him lots of free publicity and people are just giving RA, Qantas and the sodomy fetishist newspapers a big FU.

  149. stackja

    None
    #3047998, posted on June 21, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Which lawyers trust account would take the risk of offending?

  150. stackja

    None
    #3048010, posted on June 21, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Israel on 2GB Alan Jones this morning at about 7:20.

  151. dover_beach

    Two good articles looking at the current attempt to abolish sex as a meaningful category, here and here.

  152. Infidel Tiger

    Multi millionaire raising money to pay for case that will result in millions of compensation.
    & the punters are paying for it.
    Well played Izzy.
    Well played.

    Why should one man bear the burden?

    Every single Australian and especially every religious Australian should be donating.

  153. stackja

    The June solstice – your signal to celebrate summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere – will happen on June 21, 2019, at 15:54 UTC.

  154. Leigh Lowe

    My favourite things to do on the Cat …
    1. Talking about my cat(s);
    2. Flirting with others born pre WW2;
    3. Complaining that the House of Representatives is, well, too representative;
    4. Sharing my bunion diagnosis;
    5. Telling everyone they are “off topic” when they post about anything except 1 – 4 above.

  155. dover_beach

    & the punters are paying for it.

    It’s called a donation.

  156. johanna

    Bob Ellis got pulped and Random House lost money.

    I’ve got photocopies of the offending portions, and, honestly, they are not very exciting. If everyone had shut up it would have flowed down the river and been forgotten.

    Bern, note that Sumple Munds have perfect NZ accents.

  157. Leigh Lowe

    The June solstice – your signal to celebrate summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern Hemisphere – will happen on June 21, 2019, at 15:54 UTC.

    Are you sure?
    I thought it was supposed to be at 17:38 UTC?

  158. Johno

    Mascot Towers residents have received a revised quote of $M5 for remedial work. There are 122units in the complex, so that works out to about $41K per unit. There have been ongoing problems dating back over two years. Now the residents want “the government ” to help out.
    The average price per unit is ,I believe, about $750K. So a repair bill of 5.5% of value.
    Perhaps the residents could help themselves?

  159. C.L.

    Where exactly does Folau get the $3 million figure from?
    Sounds excessive for a run-of-the-mill industrial case.

  160. bespoke

    4. Sharing my bunion diagnosis;

    Ate curry last night and took the day off to dig the septic out. Unrelated trust me.

  161. Geriatric Mayfly

    Watch out. Dick Head Dan is likely to bring in daylight saving on June 23.

    Sun in Melbourne – Next 7 Days
    2019 Sunrise/Sunset Daylength Solar Noon
    Jun Sunrise Sunset Length Difference Time Mil. km
    21 Jun 7:35 am 5:08 pm 9:32:28 −0:03 12:21 pm (28.8°) 152.022
    22 Jun 7:35 am 5:08 pm 9:32:28 < 1s 12:22 pm (28.8°) 152.032
    23 Jun 7:35 am 5:08 pm 9:32:31 +0:02 12:22 pm (28.8°) 152.042
    24 Jun 7:36 am 5:08 pm 9:32:37 +0:06 12:22 pm (28.8°) 152.052
    25 Jun 7:36 am 5:09 pm 9:32:46 +0:09 12:22 pm (28.8°) 152.061
    26 Jun 7:36 am 5:09 pm 9:32:59 +0:12 12:22 pm (28.8°) 152.069
    27 Jun 7:36 am 5:09 pm 9:33:14 +0:15 12:23 pm (28.9°) 152.076

  162. C.L.

    We need the Bidens to end the era of Trump sleaze etc …

    Hunter Biden Accused of Fathering Child With Arkansas Woman – While He Was Dating His Dead Brother’s Wife.

    Lunden Alexis Roberts, 28, filed a petition for paternity and child support against Joe Biden’s lawyer son, saying she gave birth to his kid, “Baby Doe,” in August 2018, according to court papers.

    The two-page suit was filed in Independence County, Arkansas, on May 28 — nearly two weeks after Hunter tied the knot with a South African woman named Melissa Cohen.

    Roberts wants a court to establish that the 49-year-old father of three is her baby’s biological dad. She is also seeking child support and for him to provide health insurance for the now-10-month-old infant. All out-of-pocket expenses would be split between the two parents, the filing said.

    The petition does not say how Roberts and Hunter met or how long they were together.

    But the birth of the child came while Hunter was in a relationship with Hallie Biden, his late brother Beau’s wife. The former in-laws started dating in 2017 and split in April, Page Six exclusively reported.

  163. Shy Ted

    Chemist King vitamins half price ATM. If you’ve got aches and pains in your joints try some Curcumin 15,800mg. $30 for 90 pills. One a day does it for me and I know when I forget. Have to check the shelves for anti-Alzheimers vitamins today so I don’t forget.

  164. Infidel Tiger

    Where exactly does Folau get the $3 million figure from?
    Sounds excessive for a run-of-the-mill industrial case.

    Will more than likely cost more.

    You think they are going to let this uppity n1gga off?

    He’s getting the full Pell.

  165. C.L.

    They said the Kavanaugh scandal would lead to a jail term and they were right!

    Ex-congressional aide gets 4 years in prison for doxxing GOP senators.

    A former Democratic congressional staffer was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for posting the home addresses and phone numbers of five US senators online, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul.

    Jackson Cosko, 27, hacked into Senate computers and doxxed the lawmakers out of anger over their roles in US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, according to court documents.

  166. Leigh Lowe

    None

    #3047836, posted on June 20, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Remember it was Turnbull who called a leadership spill before Dutton has ever made a move and he did so on the basis of Sun newspaper report.

    Exactly.
    It is a total myth that the whole thing was triggered by nousy back-benchers and the Cabinet were four-square behind Trumble until they weren’t.
    Forcing the Politburo to sign “We love Uncle Joe” slips of paper is just street theatre.

  167. johanna

    Stackja – just beat me – from now on, the days get longer (initially by a second or two) – but, alas, the weather gets colder. The coldest and most miserable month here is July.

    For those who are interested, the definitive site is here. Just put in your location.

    The kangaroo population at the Queanbeyan Golf Course seems to have grown. I saw a mob of about 50 yesterday, heads down. When the babies come in spring, there will be even more. It is clearly unsustainable.

    Cue the Animal libbers and conflict when anyone tries to deal with it.

  168. None

    QC Walker who acted for Pearl charges $20,000 a day and that’s besides the other lawyers with him etc etc. As easy flower pointed out rugby Australia has indicated they will divert significant resources to fight Fallout and you can expect Qantas will probably make a donation. This is likely to go all the way to the High Court because even if he wins rugby Australia is determined to keep apealing. 3 million seems very small fry to me.

  169. None

    QC Walker who acted for Pell charges $20,000 a day and that’s besides the other lawyers with him etc etc. As Izzy Folauointed out Rugby Australia has indicated they will divert significant resources to fight Folau and you can expect Qantas will probably make a donation. This is likely to go all the way to the High Court because even if he wins Rugby Australia is determined to keep apealing. 3 million seems very small fry to me.

  170. Infidel Tiger

    “Easy Flower”

    Lol

  171. feelthebern

    Roy Moore is running again according to the WSJ.

  172. None

    heh yes that’s my stupid phone. I was about to replace it and one of my long time friends insisted that I keep it because they would miss my crazy texts and mails too much. I’m better than a crossword and Sudoku rolled into one and much funnier too apparently. Mr N however thinks my phone is going to start World War 3 oNe day.

  173. Infidel Tiger

    Roy Moore is running again according to the WSJ.

    Catallaxy’s favourite pedo on horseback.

    Jail him.

  174. Nelson Kidd-Players

    WW3 might happen here None. I’m in the camp where I generally value your posts but wish you took the time to do a little proof reading. You might save a minute; but I’m not sure of the cumulative cost of all of us trying to figure out your typos.

  175. None

    Easy at 155 k already. Go you good thing. The very first donation in the wee hours was Bernard Gaynor who has also been a victim of the Gaystapo and government funded Malice. Good on you Bernard. Biggest donation $10,000 so far but there are a few others in the thousands and not a few have donated under the name Alan Joyce as well as Jesus Christ. haha.

  176. None

    Nelson sorry I do my best and as you can see I reposted the last one but you’re always welcome to scroll on past.

  177. pete m

    is that his pron name?

  178. None

    No it’s his W*g accented name Pete. *cue Stimpson, the cats resident bald-headed flog with yet another tiresome lecture about migrant English*

  179. Notafan

    Izzy was on the radio this morning. Don’t know what station, my tiler was listening to him

  180. Chris

    Principled. Very, very principled.
    And nuanced.

    This reminds me – when Bob Katter took 100 large from the CFMEU I put up a post on a shooting forum, KATTER SELLS OUT TO ORGANISED CRIME.
    A couple of nice guys, obviously union members, felt that was grossly unfair.

  181. Tom

    Just had to turn off sports radio SEN in Melbourne, which is busy committing corporate suicide. It has just been dragged screaming by AFL fans and its own listeners to reluctantly criticise the AFL’s Stalinist “behavioural awareness officers”; now they’re doing a pile-on of Izzy Folau for being a “religious extremist”.

    Leftard fruitcake Andy Maher thinks it’s outrageous that Folau has started a GoFundMe page to pay for his campaign against Rugby Australia and isn’t funding it out of his own pocket.

    Hunter S. Thompson once described sports writers as “an army of drunken fascists”. He topped himself and didn’t live long enough to see his beloved left — not just the sports writers — blossom into an army of power-drunk fascists shitting on sports fans and any one else who gets in the way because they won’t bow before the leftist thought police.

    Macquarie Sports Radio is SEN’s major competitor and understands that sports fans HATE sports commentators getting involved in politics and taking sides. The idiot who has taken over SEN (Craig Hutchison) doesn’t.

  182. None

    Izzy already over 160 k. I’d love it if he raised a million in one day because that will send a very strong message that the little people think bully boy Imports like Raelene Castle and Alan Joyce either need to shape up or go back to where they came from. I have absolutely no idea what chances Izzy has but if he ties up RA and Qantas for years with bad publicity that can only be a good thing.

  183. Ellie

    Alan Jones interviewing Israel Folau this morning on 2GB

  184. Leigh Lowe

    Speaking of proof-reading, from my post at 9:34.

    It is a total myth that the whole thing was triggered by nousy back-benchers 

    I am not sure if I meant “noisy” or “lousy”, but I kind of like the accidental word “nousy”.

  185. None

    Hunter S. Thompson once described sports writers as “an army of drunken fascists”. 

    Word, Tom.

  186. thefrollickingmole

    dover_beach
    #3048013, posted on June 21, 2019 at 9:17 am
    Two good articles looking at the current attempt to abolish sex as a meaningful category, here and here.

    Try this set of perfectly normal people then…

    The new American family
    Trans, gender queer, nonbinary, two-spirit
    As part of our series, Stonewall at 50, we hear from six people who found love and happiness – after being told they didn’t belong.
    As told to Francisco Navas

    Charlie Arrowood, 32, is a nonbinary person who parents two kids with their wife of 13 years (Long Island)

    ‘Fresh’ Lev White, 56, is a masculine-presenting non-binary person whose chosen family began with a married couple (Oakland)

    Roxana Picazo, 30, is a trans woman looking forward to adopting children with her husband (Durham, North Carolina)

    Reva D’Nova, 55, is a two-spirit elder who returned to her indigenous community to find she is revered (Minneapolis)

    Rev Hicks, 31, is a gender queer Sister of Perpetual Indulgence who created a family of clown nuns (West Philadelphia)

    Ashley Mayfaire, 35, is a non-binary person and Morgan Mayfaire, 60, is a trans man who are parents to a ‘haus’ of adult kids (Miami)

    And then one day, for no reason at all, people voted Hitler into power….

  187. None

    Alan Jones has been a f****** champion over the Izzy Folau saga – Beaufort champion for free speech but also a champion for rugby getting back to its roots. I will say it again: Mark Latham, Alan Jones and Izzy Folau are the only three men in public life at the moment. Everyone else is a eunuch.

  188. P

    Sorry, Izzy comes on at 7:26.

  189. Dr Faustus

    and you can expect Qantas will probably make a donation.

    Diminishing returns for the Leprechaun and the Flying Kangaroo brand.

    By the time the Vicar has her hand out, Australia will likely have been bumped off in the RWC Quarter Finals by France, or England. The payoff for Qantas will have nothing to do with marquee sport and be all about maintaining the dignity of a deeply fucked-up sports administration.

    (On a more upbeat note, the ‘Junior Wallabies’ are in the final of the U20 Rugby World Cup on Sunday – with a decent chance of taking the Cup from France providing they can manage to keep more than 14 players on the field.)

  190. Leigh Lowe

    Anne Hamilton-Byrne (of “The Family” cult) died last Friday.
    When she was in full swing she convinced a lot of people she was Jesus (with the help of LSD and clever stage lighting).
    No word yet on the Resurrection.

  191. cohenite

    And then one day, for no reason at all, people voted Hitler into power….

    Let’s hope the pendulum doesn’t swing that far but swing it will.

    That these people are freaks is beyond doubt except from their viewpoint although I think that is crap because they are so intent on appropriating the normal space they must be aware of their abnormality. Maybe they’re aliens who are trying to infiltrate humanity and haven’t quite grasped the parameters; alternatively maybe they’re Pantropists who have altered their basic physicality to adapt to a new environment as in Frederik Pohl’s Man Plus.

  192. None

    Veteran homicide detective Gary Jubelin, the lead investigator in the case of missing William Tyrrell, has been charged with illegally recording conversations less than a month out from his retirement.

    So when are the vicpol perps who illegally tapped Portelli and Pell’s phone getting charged?

  193. Leigh Lowe

    QC Walker who acted for (Pell) charges $20,000 a day and that’s besides the other lawyers with him etc etc. As easy flower pointed out rugby Australia has indicated they will divert significant resources …

    This all assumes that the RA Board and the Vicar of Rugby are still in place.
    Eventually people who really love Rugger (you know who you are) will revolt.
    Lets see … we collect $4m from Qaintarse and we spend $5m on legals to piss off 50% of our supporter base.
    Sum Ting Wong.
    And Qaintarse can’t tip in funding for legals after claiming they are arms length from the sacking and litigation.

  194. candy

    Israel Folau said he is standing up for God.

    I don’t know about this, his contract was some 5 million per year. I am not sure standing up for God asks for other people to donate for his standing up for God.
    Pentecostals are a different breed, that’s for sure, where the financials are very tied closely to faith, something that does not sit well with me anyways.

  195. stackja

    C.L.
    #3048025, posted on June 21, 2019 at 9:28 am
    Where exactly does Folau get the $3 million figure from?
    Sounds excessive for a run-of-the-mill industrial case.

    To me not ‘a run-of-the-mill industrial case’.

  196. Stimpson J. Cat

    No it’s his W*g accented name Pete. *cue Stimpson, the cats resident bald-headed flog with yet another tiresome lecture about migrant English*

    Why are you blaming me for your inability to communicate effectively in the language of your benevolent and gracious host country?
    Very poor manners.
    Not all cultures are equal, obviously.

    😁

  197. C.L.

    I am not sure standing up for God asks for other people to donate for his standing up for God.

    After Our Lord’s crucifixion, the disciples turned to the very rich Joseph of Arimathea to pay for His burial.

  198. None

    I’m indigenous, Stimpson, you moron.

  199. C.L.

    To me not ‘a run-of-the-mill industrial case’.

    Not symbolically, no.
    But in the first instance, that’s all it is at law.

  200. Stimpson J. Cat

    Hi Sinclair.
    Could you kindly move me into moderation, as you have done previously?
    Apparently some of your contributors are finding me wearisome, and I could frankly do with less time on the cat.
    Thanks.

    Are Kiwis always this sensitive?
    Imagine caring what Old People think of you.
    Most of them can’t even touch their own toes let alone see them.
    Arky must be feeling very sheepish right about now.

  201. Stimpson J. Cat

    Just a brief note of farewell.
    I am going outside and I may be some time.

    I know it’s Pride Month but settle down guys.

  202. Stimpson J. Cat

    I’m indigenous, Stimpson, you moron.

    That makes it so much worse.

  203. Leigh Lowe

    None
    #3048091, posted on June 21, 2019 at 10:52 am
    I’m indigenous, Stimpson, you moron.

    Spud will be along shortly to explain why you are not.

  204. stackja

    C.L.
    #3048092, posted on June 21, 2019 at 10:52 am
    To me not ‘a run-of-the-mill industrial case’.

    Not symbolically, no.
    But in the first instance, that’s all it is at law.

    I believe the law options for others would be different.
    Sinc probably would not like me naming names.
    Sinc doesn’t need us to create problems for him.
    Isn’t Australia great today!

  205. Dr Faustus

    Israel Folau said he is standing up for God.

    I don’t know about this, his contract was some 5 million per year. I am not sure standing up for God asks for other people to donate for his standing up for God.

    That is not what Folau said – actually very far from it.

    I am pretty sure that other people are free to not donate if they don’t think there is a problem with the ARU’s sophisticated handling of a fairly important commercial/employment issue.

  206. Old School Conservative

    Candy, I’m quite sure Israel Folau’s contract was $1m p.a. for the next 4 years, not $5m p.a.

  207. None

    Candy his contract was barely signed before it was torn up and it was 4 million over several years and it seems here that we have a little bit of a soak the rich mentality and/or only some people are entitled to justice but other people are not. Many people will benefit from this case if he wins and I have absolutely no qualms about donating. There have been several times in my life where I had wished that I had sufficient financial and emotional resources to initiate some legal action but alone I couldn’t and certainly couldn’t do so without sacrificing all my family which I had no right to do. So I am more than happy to donate to people who do take up the fight and/or have sufficient public profile – the Peter Ridds and the Israel Folaus and the Bernard Gaynors of this life do all of us a favour regardless of their social or financial background.

  208. Cricket equivalent. The appeal takes the umpires 10 days to make a decision.

  209. stackja

    feelthebern
    #3047947, posted on June 21, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Why does he need help? Ask RA.

  210. Leigh Lowe

    Suggestions please.
    If I donate to Folau’s legal fund, what name should I use:-
    1. David Pocock;
    2. Raelene Castle;
    3. Elton John;
    4. Malcolm Turnbull;
    5. Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Fitzsimons;
    6. Freddie Mercury of Hades?

  211. Pedro the Ignorant

    Gold hits over the magic A$2K mark at A$2012 per ounce.

    Gold miners and traders are happy little Vegemites this morning.

  212. Roger

    Launching the plan in Dublin, leader Leo Varadkar outlined his vision for an Ireland of ‘higher density’ cities consisting of populations whose lifestyles and behaviours have been totally transformed by ‘carrot and stick’ policies outlined in the climate plan.

    Sounds grim.

    5 year plans which set targets each cabinet minister must reach; the agriculture minister says it will be “challenging”. Not to worry; those unsustainable farms will be re-forested and turned into carbon sinks.

  213. Cassie of Sydney

    Israel Folau is standing up for something that is far more important than “God”. He is standing up for the right to believe in a God or gods…which is religious freedom and he is standing up for the right to speak about that belief in a God or gods…which is free speech. Without one you can’t have the other which is why the left are intent on the destruction of either one.

  214. Alan Jones has been a f****** champion over the Izzy Folau saga

    Makes a change from cruising around Soho.

  215. None

    Leigh – I ould donate under the name “Tim Wilson former Freedom commissioner” but the two-faced fifth columnist Wilson might object.

  216. Leigh Lowe

    Cricket equivalent. The appeal takes the umpires 10 days to make a decision.

    No-one gets six years jail for being out LBW.

  217. Old School Conservative

    After a season of despair and poor results, Gibson resigns as coach of the Waratahs.
    The Oz spins it as “Folau saga claims coach”.
    Nothing about poor squad selection, the lack of a plan B in losing matches, lightweight forwards, or poor tactics.
    Now watch Gibson fail upwards into the Wallabies.

  218. stackja

    Summer
    USA

    Severe Weather in the Southeast and Heavy Rain in the Northeast
    Low pressure and a trailing cold front will cross the Eastern U.S. through this evening. Severe thunderstorms will be most common in the Southeast states where an Enhanced Risk exists over the Carolinas for a threat of damaging winds. Heavy rain will bring an elevated potential for flash flooding from the upper Ohio River Valley into northern Vermont where Flash Flood Watches are in effect.

    UK

    Fri
    Forecast summary
    UK forecast for the next 5 days
    Warm sunshine for many, some showers in the north.
    Today:
    It will be fine and dry for many across England and Wales today, with plenty of warm sunshine. There will be a few showers further north, with north Scotland breezy with some heavy showers and sunny spells.

    Tonight:
    Any showers will fade, although a few may linger across northern Scotland. Elsewhere it will be dry with often clear skies, and turning chilly in the north and west.

    Winter

    Sydney area
    Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower along the coastal fringe in the late afternoon and evening. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h tending southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h in the late morning.

    21/11:00am Temp 10.3 App Temp 4.7
    ‘Climate change’?

  219. Leigh Lowe

    Makes a change from cruising around Soho.

    Fact-check : Are communists all homophobes?
    Status : Confirmed.

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