Open Forum: June 29, 2019

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  1. C.L.

    Folau leaps to Szubanski’s defence
    Israel Folau has broken his social media silence to defend activist and actor Magda Szubanski.

    Step out for a few hours and the headlines become incomprehensible.
    Whats this all about?

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    I have no idea if this is true but apparently we shouldn’t feed birds mince as it stays in the beak and can degrade it.

    Mitch – It is the ABC. It is green propaganda. Complete garbage. I’ve been feeding birds mince for many years now. But I handfeed them with ~1cm b-lls of mince. The magpies, kookas, currawongs and butcherbirds thrive on it. It does not stick to their beaks, and in the rare occasions where it does it doesn’t stay there long. Digging in the dirt cleans it right off. Their breeding success is obvious. Should I believe the ABC or my lying eyes?

    Do not believe the crap the ABC spews. It is derivative of the holy-nature stuff which is so prevalent on the Left.

    (Yep, I just got moderated for a comment about feeding birds…)

  3. None

    Empire 5:5

    #3067084, posted on June 30, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Trump walked into North Korea today on a was just passing, saw your light on.. self-invitation.

    Let that sink in.

    That’s certainly how he presented it and imagine, he was standing on the other side with fat boy completely unprotected. And fat boy had to do the same when he stepped into South Korea no wonder he looked a bit nervous but that was a great exercise in trust building.

  4. BrettW

    Look guys you have totally missed the most important story of the day. I mean besides Trump in N Korea and who is wearing the best dress at the Leggies.

    According to an earth shattering DM article Xena and her sidekick Gabrielle were lesbians in love with each other. Now I have to confess I watched quite a few episodes (for the historical aspect only) but them being lesbian never entered my mind. Unless I missed a hot kissing episode or two. I view their partnership as I would view that of Batman and Robin, the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Holmes and Watson etc.

    So in this “woke” age are they trying to rewrite the history of the series to make gayness more mainstream ? Next thing you know the 8 ladies in Oceans 8 were actually a gang of lesbians.

  5. egg_

    What does Pirate Pete’s blather “bring it in tight” mean in English?

    Last week’s nothing burger has caused Bandanaman some constipation?

  6. None

    The only thing that you have to be careful with with me it says that it doesn’t carry certain bacteria but I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard of a magpie getting sick being fed minutes. Just as long as you don’t feed it too much and if you can get mealworms they’re even better.

  7. egg_

    What does Pirate Pete’s blather “bring it in tight” mean in English?

    Lisa got a re-sleeve?

  8. Tel

    Modern Hindus don’t do caste?

    Officially it ended in India with a universal constitutional democratic republic in 1950.

    Unofficially, people do discriminate for all sorts of reasons, not only in India but right around the world. What do you propose to do about that?

  9. None

    C.L. apparently Magda was getting a bit of a pile on on Twitter and Julia Baird said that’s so nasty and then Folau tweeted he agrees with Julia Baird layoff MagdA and Magda said thank you to Folau but not directly on Twitter and plugged her go fund me page. Basically is he was just being the gentleman that he always is. And the left is using it as an opportunity to get a mentioned in the media outlet for magda’s charity Drive which she would never have thought to do had it not been for Izzy and which needed the pulling power of her and a number of other non-descript nobodies like Rod Bower.

  10. Muddy

    BrettW
    #3067094, posted on June 30, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    There was that hot tub scene. Seriously. I cannot recall the episode or series though. Apparently there were ‘bloopers’.

  11. max

    Bruce have you noticed how easy it is to spook crows

    Crows roosted in a high tree within sight of the back door. Walk out that door to do something, no reaction.

    Walk out with a rifle in your hand and they would silently fly off.

    Absolutely smart creatures.

  12. Empire 5:5

    Unofficially, people do discriminate for all sorts of reasons, not only in India but right around the world. What do you propose to do about that?

    Pass discrimination laws that encourage division, build a bureaucracy to complicate it, embed it in uni curricula to institutionalise it and weaponise police to enforce it.

    This may not be an original or intelligent idea.

  13. Leigh Lowe

    Nick

    #3067098, posted on June 30, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Go Blues!!!

    Bwah, ha, ha, ha.
    Ross Lyon’s boys find a way to lose, again.

  14. bespoke

    The original series of Batman and Robin looked happy.

  15. Armadillo

    Step out for a few hours and the headlines become incomprehensible.
    Whats this all about?

    Trolling the left. Magnificent work by Izzy.

  16. Nick

    Bwah, ha, ha, ha.
    Ross Lyon’s boys find a way to lose, again.

    At least we can scrap that turd’s name from the list of possible coaches

  17. Mother Lode

    Only Thunderstruck for Trump!

    I wonder what theme song Obummer would have had

    I would guess John Lennon’s Imagine.

  18. Armadillo

    The left are incapable of dealing with facts and reasoned arguments.

    It’s why they disallow “Conservatives” from their platforms.

  19. None

    OK the teardrop emoji on Twitter names refers to #watergate…. the water by back something or rather. Fuk wit Simon Holmes a Court seems to be pushing it although I don’t know if he originated it
    Still if he is involved, it’s a pile of wank.

  20. Leigh Lowe

    Only Thunderstruck for Trump!

    I wonder what theme song Obummer would have had

    Gangnam Style?
    With dance moves?

  21. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I wonder what theme song Obummer would have had

    “Peace Train”, by Cat Stevens?

  22. Armadillo

    It’s a “Hollywood” thing. Good and evil. There is much grey in life. A lot of it.

  23. Tel

    This may not be an original or intelligent idea.

    Let’s see how it turns out … I’ll keep you updated.

  24. cohenite

    this is the future of medicine, throw some serious AI at the data to interpret the cycles, pathways and feedback loops in relation to your genetics, current test results and truly personalised medicine isn’t far away. not just curative medicine but preventative medicine.

    Sure, why not, it worked fabulously with climate science.

  25. Roger

    I wonder what theme song Obummer would have had

    I would guess John Lennon’s Imagine.

    Nowhere Man.

  26. Bruce of Newcastle

    Sorry if I’m not being as responsive as usual.
    Watching Neil Oliver’s doco on Mary Queen of Scots on SBS.
    Awesome stuff. It’s a wonder there are any Scots left.

  27. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Michael Crichton’s novel Congo explored, among other things, the idea of inherited memory. Interesting concept, as they say.

  28. egg_

    When are Folau & AJ appearing on Q&A?

  29. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    However your point still holds and the biochemist may have been over-complicating the issue because as physicists pointed out in a study a few years ago even in a highly complex system what can make all the difference is a few key variables(at the time I didn’t mention this to the biochemist because I forgot silly me). Also as you state SNPs clearly can have large biological effects which is an example of the argument put forward by those physicists. Doctors know this all too well because every minute they are saving countless lives by intervening on a few key variables and perhaps even just one.

    if you get yourself a strategene report you can see just how far the whole field has progressed first hand. you need the 23andme sequencing first, I have an older 23andme which is more complete.

    there is still a long way to go though, but the rough picture is certainly falling into place.

  30. Mitch M.

    max
    #3067102, posted on June 30, 2019 at 8:05 pm
    Bruce have you noticed how easy it is to spook crows

    Crows roosted in a high tree within sight of the back door. Walk out that door to do something, no reaction.

    Walk out with a rifle in your hand and they would silently fly off.

    Absolutely smart creatures.

    Farmers tell remarkable stories about the intelligence of crows. There also some studies which find remarkable cognitive abilities in crows.

    I was at a friend’s place where the crows tended to gather so he used a slingshot to scare them off. I watched on one occasion. Most flew off but one crow hid behind a branch and would pop its head up to look at us. Just like a soldier peeping over a parapet … .

  31. max

    Indian cricketers are mainly from the Brahmin caste it seems. In Australian cricket the equivalent would be coming from NSW.

    In the Indian Test team’s nearly 86-year history only four low-caste dalits, formerly the “untouchables”, players have made the national team out of 289.

    A disproportionate number of the country’s cricketers have been Brahmins, the highest of the four Hindu castes largely made up of priests and scholars, they add.

    The country’s last well-known dalit cricketer was Vinod Kambli, who made his Test debut in 1993 and played his last one-day international in 2000. Kambli, a middle-order batsman, disliked any mention of his caste.

    But observers say that discrimination may not be the only reason dalits are scarce on sporting teams. Striving to escape poverty, many dalits have preferred secure professions such as medicine, law and the civil service. A career in sports could be seen as a luxury. Others have argued that Brahmins have dominated cricket because, being a non-contact sport, it suits the caste’s concerns about who can and can’t be touched for reasons of ritual purity.

    In a broader sense, India lacks a sporting culture. Parents urge children to cram for exams to get a well-paid job. Sports barely feature in their priorities.

    For veteran sports journalist Harpal Singh, the quota suggestion was ”pure poppycock”. He says that over the years, the composition of the Indian cricket team has changed as society as evolved.

    “Now 80 per cent of the players are from humble backgrounds, from lower middle class families, very ordinary families. You don’t see industrialists’ sons playing cricket. You don’t see ministers’ sons playing cricket,” he said.

    Singh argues that, as dalits gradually rise to prosperity and more opportunities, they will eventually end up in the team.

    But dalit columnist Chandra Bhan Prasad says the cricket selectors should be doing more.

    “It’s not as if there are people standing with rods preventing dalits from becoming cricketers,” he said.

    “It’s just that a dalit will have to be twice as good as a high caste person even to be considered. If there are no dalits in cricket, shouldn’t the selectors be asking why? And doing something about it?’

    MP Udit Raj, also a dalit, agrees, saying he has been inspired by South Africa to think about reservations in the national cricket team.

    “It’s the only way to smash the domination of the upper castes in every sphere of life. Selectors say only merit counts but that is rubbish. Dalit cricketers never get to the point where they can even demonstrate their merit,” he said.

    Abhishek Jhatav, 22, a dalit in Nizampur village in Uttar Pradesh, said he loved cricket as a young boy and played for his school but moving on to district level was impossible.

  32. Cassie of Sydney

    “I wonder what theme song Obummer would have had”

    Tomorrow belongs to me.

  33. cohenite

    Magda cracks a 1/4 mill on her gfm page in response to Izzy. It’s hard to tell from the photo but I reckon she’s got 4 chins. I wonder what instincts and inherited memories enabled her to achieve that.

  34. Armadillo

    On the topic of “instinct”, I’d suggest it’s actually more a combination of a “learned response” and also a “signalled response” and “sensory response”.

    Where there is smoke, there is fire. Baby animals will sense fear from their parents. Could be a whimper, or a change in attitude. It also works for predators.

    Humans have five senses. We don’t use them all at once. It’s why we are so gullible.

  35. John64

    Poms giving the Injuns a bit of tap. Might be worth sitting up for this one.

  36. egg_

    Magda cracks a 1/4 mill on her gfm page

    Magda’s carrying over 4 kilos of crack?
    I know she’s a big gal, but…

  37. Armadillo

    Yelling “FIRE” in a crowded theatre is an offence. Think about why that is.

  38. Armadillo

    Humans also developed the “eye roll”.

  39. jupes

    Magda cracks a 1/4 mill on her gfm page in response to Izzy.

    Izzy gets 2 mil in 24 hrs.

    The lezzo gets 1/4 mil in, what, 5 days?

    That’s 20 times the support for Izzy.

  40. Geriatric Mayfly

    University Offering PhD in Heavy Metal Music
    A university in Australia is offering students the opportunity to earn a PhD studying heavy metal music.
    The University of Newcastle in New South Wales has started a scholarship program that would allow recipients to examine the differences between metal music from different parts of the world.
    Other avenues of study include “Homelessness and Mutual Aid, “Vegan Geographies,” and “Unschooling and the Possibilities of Childhood.” The scholarships will be given to two students, ideally with Master’s degrees in geography, sociology or a related field

    For Doctors there will be. I imagine there are taxpayer dollars subsidising this hocus pocus.

  41. Cassie of Sydney

    Watching Kenny on Sky…Dickolas Grease……supreme idiot…..compared and relativised what happened to Andy Ngo in Portland (Ngo suffered serious injuries at the hands of Antifa) yesterday with Israel Folau’s instagram post………basically Dickolas Grease, in true leftist style, equated the two…..and do you think that Kenny got stuck into Dickolas for making such an absurd and abhorrent comparison…..no, no, no.

  42. cohenite

    That’s 20 times the support for Izzy.

    And Magda weighs 20 times as much. Go figure.

  43. Bruce of Newcastle

    Farmers tell remarkable stories about the intelligence of crows. There also some studies which find remarkable cognitive abilities in crows.

    Mitch – Two weeks ago I had a young male crow turn up. This is how intelligent they are. He observed other birds accepting food from my hand. Within an hour he was doing the same thing. That is seriously good reasoning.

    I know he’s a young male because he has dark coloured eyes. Adult crows have white irises. So he is not quite a year old. Young males are kicked out of the family and the territory, whereas the females stay and learn for another year or so.

    He was here today in the morning and after lunch. Totally neurotic. Looking in every direction at once. That’s because he’s terrified. Not only of the other birds but of those terrible stern creatures called ‘mum’and ‘dad’. I’m his only friend. They will boot him firmly from their territory as soon as they catch him.

    Which is why I was happy to take the opportunity to make friends with a crow even though his family ate two of my tame peewee’s chicks this year. He won’t be around much longer.

    Life for a year old male crow is brutal.

  44. Pedro the Ignorant

    Fully concur with crow intelligence.

    Out in the bush, crows take off at warp speed if they spot anyone carrying a rifle. Carry a broomstick and they just look at you and carry on with whatever they are doing.

    In the city (well, country town) carry a rifle and the crows just sit there and stare, they know it is illegal to shoot in the town limits, but carry a leaf rake or similar and they are off like F-18s.

    Apocryphal story, but old geezers of my acquaintance reckon that crows can spot the difference between a loaded rifle and an empty one. Flee when the loaded one is pointed, squat when the empty one is pointed in the same manner.

    Might be a shred of truth, perhaps something to do with human body language.

    Good yarn anyway.

  45. cohenite

    Cassie of Sydney

    #3067133, posted on June 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Watching Kenny on Sky…Dickolas Grease……supreme idiot…..compared and relativised what happened to Andy Ngo in Portland (Ngo suffered serious injuries at the hands of Antifa) yesterday with Israel Folau’s instagram post………basically Dickolas Grease, in true leftist style, equated the two

    Nichalos is a creep but a dangerous one because he’s charming so other commentators let him get away with drivel particularly about alarmism.

  46. cohenite

    Not a fan of crows; true, they are seriously smart but don’t they wreak havoc with the other birds; I thought the foxes were getting the plover and duck chicks but it was the crows; with one distracting the parents the other would gobble up the chicks.

  47. Armadillo

    For Doctors there will be. I imagine there are taxpayer dollars subsidising this hocus pocus.

    Those HECS debts won’t be getting paid back. Linky please?

  48. Some History

    Interesting response to Folau’s tweet re Magda.

    Homosexuality isn’t part of the 7 deadly sins, but greed is. Hypocritical, disgusting excuse of a human. When there are families losing their homes, children etc and can’t raise $50,000 yet you have the audacity to ask for 3 million? There’s nothing more ungodly and shameful.

    This person tweeting refers to the 7 deadly sins but only seems to be aware of one – greed. Gay parades in many countries are much alike. They are the public face of LGBTQ and, although not all LGBTQI would necessarily agree, it’s how they want to be known. The 2 things that are most striking in these parades is the up front lust and pride, 2 of the 7 deadly sins. It could be argued that other of the sins also apply.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins
    https://imgur.com/IatAwkc

  49. Some History

    2.

    This is where many have the greater issue beyond the lust factor. Pride attempts to not only normalize the whole package, but “superiorize” it. And so come all the word redefinitions and attempts to silence questioning, e.g., manifestation of wrath – another deadly sin. In Christian terms, pride makes repentance impossible because the proud think they’re doing just dandy, i.e., no need for repentance.

    They also confuse lust for love, and that’s just human’s fickle version of love, let alone the Love which God is.

    https://imgur.com/5tfRM4U

    https://imgur.com/yH0YeOc

  50. max

    Costa takes out Most Popular Presenter Logie. “Half-man, half-hedge.”

  51. jupes

    and do you think that Kenny got stuck into Dickolas for making such an absurd and abhorrent comparison…..no, no, no.

    Kenny is the type of ‘conservative’ who gives the rest of us a bad name.

    The type who love sucking up to lefties. Very common in the media.

  52. Leigh Lowe

    Nick.
    Sacking coaches.
    Kangaroos make-shift coach took over when they were 3-7. Has won 3 out of 4 since.
    Caaarlton understudy takes over at a win-loss of 1-10. Wins 2 of the next three against sides in the eight and falls just short against Footscray.
    Hmmm.
    Maybe there is more than 20 reasonable coaches out there.

  53. Bruce of Newcastle

    Mitch – This is the second time I’ve had a young male crow appear. The first time was in late 2016. That kiddie lasted 3 days before his family evicted him, but in that short time he became amazingly tame. I got a few pics on the third day. Here’s one. On the fourth day he was gone, never to be seen again.

    The crow kiddie who came by today is probably a younger brother of that one.

  54. Megan

    Crows are the mafia of the bird world, strutting about our garden and driving off the lorikeets, magpies and ducks through a total reign of terror. I’ve discovered that crows do not like the light from laser pointers. They have now learned to perch just out of range. I’d get a stronger one but I live under several of Tullamrine’s approach paths so don’t want to find myself in legal hot water but I am sorely tempted.

  55. Armadillo

    Might be a shred of truth, perhaps something to do with human body language.

    Exactly. What we call “instinct” probably isn’t what is incorrectly called “instinct” at all.

    When you meet someone, all your five senses “click in”. You dont even know you are doing it. From the moment they walk in the door, you are always alert to it. First impressions count.

    It’s long been known. They have written about it for centuries. Hell, there are probably even songs about it. And history books maybe.

  56. Notafan

    Didn’t you say the caste system didn’t exist anymore?

    What the rest of the world does is irrelevant.

    Caste is still entrenched.

  57. Geriatric Mayfly

    Those HECS debts won’t be getting paid back. Linky please?

    At Blazing Cat Fur – Armadillo. About No 4 down page.

  58. Armadillo

    Instinct is being confused with perception.

  59. Steve trickler

    Get fucked Goolag. ( He’s been shadow banned )

    This is backstory…Dutch was on song, yet again. You can forecasts earthquakes.



  60. Mitch M.

    Apocryphal story, but old geezers of my acquaintance reckon that crows can spot the difference between a loaded rifle and an empty one. Flee when the loaded one is pointed, squat when the empty one is pointed in the same manner.

    Pedro I’ve heard that from two different sources. It might be the case they have learned that unless the farmer engages in actions for loading of a rifle before aiming to take a shot the crows have learned that something must be done before the rifle becomes a threat.

  61. Armadillo

    At Blazing Cat Fur – Armadillo. About No 4 down page.

    Who the hell calls their website “Blazing Cat Fur”? It’s not exactly a term most people would Google on a Sunday night. Or any night. Or day.

  62. Mitch M.

    When you meet someone, all your five senses “click in”. You dont even know you are doing it. From the moment they walk in the door, you are always alert to it. First impressions count.

    There is a part of the brain, the fusiform face region, which plays a vital role in recognising faces. A recent study makes the argument that even babies identify facial features at a very young age. First impressions count and that does have a lot to do with body language though it seems the face and especially the eyes are particularly important.

  63. Bruce of Newcastle

    University Offering PhD in Heavy Metal Music
    A university in Australia is offering students the opportunity to earn a PhD studying heavy metal music.
    The University of Newcastle in New South Wales has started a scholarship program that would allow recipients to examine the differences between metal music from different parts of the world.

    We metallurgists contaminated them! The Uni of Ncl took over our labs when they were shut. I think I’m contagious.

  64. Armadillo

    Is this a “dark web” thingy?

  65. Mitch M.

    He was here today in the morning and after lunch. Totally neurotic.

    Being neurotic probably has certain survival advantages. Hence my single brisk hand clap, I wonder if that reminds them of gun shots or it is just the sudden and unexpected nature of the sound.

  66. Geriatric Mayfly

    Is this a “dark web” thingy?

    You have not being paying attention. This site was discussed at the Cat recently, as many Cats found that access was being denied.

  67. Knuckle Dragger

    Quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore.’

  68. Bruce of Newcastle

    Mitch – By neurotic I mean he was trying to look in every direction at once. A live wire. Crows are very visual, like currawongs. I’ve a couple currawongs who will accept food from my hand so long as I am not looking at them. They’re very good at reading eyes. It’s a lot of fun.

  69. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Pedro I’ve heard that from two different sources. It might be the case they have learned that unless the farmer engages in actions for loading of a rifle before aiming to take a shot the crows have learned that something must be done before the rifle becomes a threat.

    That’s my experience – load the rifle inside the house or shed, you have a chance, work the bolt outside, and the crows are off.

  70. Knuckle Dragger

    Never thought I’d see the day when a World Cup team wore hi-vis.

    If they’d signed up to the CFMMEU they’d be getting around the outfield on Segways.

  71. cohenite

    Some History

    #3067141, posted on June 30, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Correct. Gays never just wanted to be a part of society, they want to be the standard, what is acceptable and normal. Which involves active denigration and destruction of social norms and their progenitors.

  72. Mitch M.

    I’ve been looking for data on this and in relation to another group I’m currently having involved in and data mined this …

    Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Clergy

    Given the multitude of studies, gay advocates have been forced to admit: “that LGBT people suffer higher rates of anxiety, depression, and depression-related illnesses and behaviors like alcohol and drug abuse that the general population.”47 They insist that it is the “stress of being a member of a minority group in an often-hostile society—and not LGBT identity itself—that accounts for the higher levels of mental illness and drug use.”48 However in a study from the Netherlands, the authors concluded: “This study suggests that even in a country with a comparatively tolerant climate regarding homosexuality, homosexual men were at much higher risk for suicidality than heterosexual men.”4

  73. Steve trickler

    This is noteworthy. He’ll tell the story.



  74. Peter

    Red Kerry at the Logies confirms that he is still a rabid leftist – given ages to rant. Scum

  75. Knuckle Dragger

    I see potential reincarnation’s been in the news. Babies having what elderly hairy aunts call ‘old souls’ and somesuch.

    In my experience everyone that says they’ve been here before was always a princess or noblewoman somewhere with horses and servants and fancy dresses and soirees and vast estates. Or knights or warrior kings or crusader princes.

    No one ever says ‘Oh yeah, in my past life I was retarded and had to dance in the mud for coins in the village square before sleeping next to a cow’ or ‘I was a peasant child that worked the farm until I eight and then died of cholera’.

  76. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘was eight’

    Freakin’ obviously.

  77. Armadillo

    We metallurgists contaminated them! The Uni of Ncl took over our labs when they were shut. I think I’m contagious.

    Bruce, little do you know it, but baby Armadillo has read your posts over the years during High School. You helped her with an assignment. Half way through her second year at UON doing her BOS. All HD’s so far. Wants to be a researcher.

    Thank God you inspired her. Prior to that, she wanted to be a Zoologist. It wouldn’t visit her if she was cavorting with Giraffes.

  78. Bruce of Newcastle

    “This study suggests that even in a country with a comparatively tolerant climate regarding homosexuality, homosexual men were at much higher risk for suicidality than heterosexual men.”4

    Mitch – Recent article:

    How Generation Z Is Making Sense of Stonewall—and Their Queer Selves (24 Jun)

    Additionally, 40 percent of LGBTQ youth have considered suicide in the last year. The stats are even worse for trans and non-binary kids, where more than half have seriously considered suicide. The assumption younger LGBTQ people are OK is just that—an assumption.

    If that data is accurate it means a psych issue of massive proportions.

  79. chrisl

    I’m going to name my new place The Kelpie and Crow. The dog hates them. Jumps and jumps and jumps at them . The crows look down disdainfully.

  80. Armadillo

    Magpies are pretty smart. They have been nesting in our yard for about 30 years. Never been “swooped” yet. The mailman and kids walking past haven’t been so lucky. Face recognition. They know who you are.

  81. twostix

    That video of Trump was incredible, historic.

  82. Entropy

    Peter
    #3067171, posted on June 30, 2019 at 9:37 pm
    Red Kerry at the Logies confirms that he is still a rabid leftist – given ages to rant. Scum

    Alternative FTA includes Gladiator or Independence Day. Much more intellectually stimulating.

  83. dover_beach

    Homosexuality isn’t part of the 7 deadly sins

    Sodomy is one of the four gravest sins that cry out to heaven for vengeance.

  84. cohenite

    Why do perfectly intelligent people believe in Climate Change?

    Andy Edmonds, PhD

    The operative word in this somewhat leading question is “believe”. Global warming is a belief system with all the characteristics of a religion.

    Look at how non-believers are vilified. Look at how we are told we must make sacrifices to the god of global warming; to sacrifice little old ladies through their unaffordable heating bills; to sacrifice our countryside to windmills and solar farms; to sacrifice our cars and our mobility.

    How did we get to this point in our supposedly rational age?

    The answer, I believe, lies in the history of ideas themselves. To grossly, but unavoidably, oversimplify things, the argument is as follows:

    One of the major purposes of religion is to explain the seemingly random events that occur to us as individuals and societies.

    The demise of Christianity in the West has led to, or was caused by, a rise in scientific rationalism. The latter has given us better explanations for the events in the world, and held out the promise, as espoused by Laplace in 1813, of total predictability, of understanding everything scientifically.

    Thus, one all-powerful God has replaced another.

    The success of scientific rationalism has spawned political and social ideas that ape the promise of predictability and explainability that Science promises in the physical world.

    Unfortunately, since the start of the 20th century, various chinks in the scientific rationalists’ armour have appeared. Mathematical research encouraged by the growth of computing has shown conclusively that parts of the world and the things in it are not predictable and computable without infinite computing resources.

    The God of Scientific rationalism is not all-powerful.

    Climate, it turns out, is one of the things, like weather, that cannot in practice be predicted long-term. Other examples are social, financial and political phenomena….

  85. Geriatric Mayfly

    Face recognition. They know who you are.

    The house magpie is often out on the nature strip foraging. If I go to the letter box, or mow the grass, he just steps aside. Others take off in high alarm. He will not take mince from visitors, and it takes him a few days to adjust to the hound I dog sit from time to time.

  86. MikeS

    Red Kerry going full retard on the Logies. Particularly egregious nose thumbing to John Howard who had just been part of his undeserved tribute. Climate change, voice from the heart, nasty conservatives, the whole lefty check list… ScoMo needs to spare us all the billion odd this waste of space is costing us.

  87. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Let’s not forget that apple is run by a homosexual
    More censorship: Apple threatening to ban social media app Parler because it won’t punish conservatives
    As reported by The Gateway Pundit, Apple has threatened to boot social media company “Parler” off its massive app store platform if they continue refusing to remove “offensive” comment — which, of course, is nothing but a dog whistle that means “conservative” content.

    Parler, a First Amendment platform that many view as a viable alternative to Twitter, was founded by John Matze. He revealed this week that Apple officials contacted him more than a week ago by phone to inform him that he has to ban ‘offensive’ content or see his platform deplatformed by the tech giant.

  88. None

    From Bruce’s article

    I, a closeted 9-year-old, didn’t speak. My older two brothers sat across from me, and I glared at them. But more than anyone else I was furious at Lesley Stahl. She wanted to out me.

    Nine year old gays. I call bullshit. A gay man once explained how after a while living as a gay, you start retrofitting your past to your homosexuality and you reconstruct your past as a gay past. This is why you can eventually start saying I was born this way in so in reality the process was far more gradual and comprised of a whole series of decisions both minor and major. He explain that far more eloquently than I ever could but that also fits with psychological studies which show that we effectively reconstruct the past every time we remember it.

  89. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    In my experience everyone that says they’ve been here before was always a princess or noblewoman somewhere with horses and servants and fancy dresses and soirees and vast estates. Or knights or warrior kings or crusader princes.

    The ultimate looney tunes in the reincarnation stakes was General George S Patton. He declared himself the latest reincarnation in a family of mighty warriors, and, in September 1944, he declared he was going to be the first of that family to capture the fortress town of Metz, by frontal assault. Several thousand American casualties later, he succeeded, but, by then, attention was distracted by Operation “Market Garden”, so he was never really called on to explain his cunning plan…..

  90. Geriatric Mayfly

    That video of Trump was incredible, historic.

    His walking alone along that corridor, will become an iconic image of this Presidency.

  91. Armadillo

    The dog hates them. Jumps and jumps and jumps at them

    Bad move. Stephen King wrote a book about this shit.

  92. P

    We metallurgists contaminated them! The Uni of Ncl took over our labs when they were shut. I think I’m contagious.

    My BIL (my sister’s husband) has a PhD in metallurgy from UNSW Sydney in 1967.
    I typed up his thesis for him, terrible speller.

  93. Bruce of Newcastle

    Arma – That is a fine thing to hear. Thanks! Best wishes to young Ms Armadillo.

    I had some success in my own family. My younger brother is BSc at Uni Ncl. He is of the TV forensic science show generation. Did biochem. Tried for a job at John Hunter, but as one of fifty applicants had no chance.

    I said sign up for a labour hire mob. About a day later he is working as a lab tech. Now is a metallurgical superintendent running a copper mine, FIFO from Ncl where he and SIL have a very nice house.

  94. Mitch M.

    If that data is accurate it means a psych issue of massive proportions.

    Bruce I know enough to track that down at a physiological level but my suspicion is that the data won’t be available because no-one has bothered to look at the relevant matters.

    I had a quick look, not a single find on pubmed.

  95. Bruce of Newcastle

    P – I wish I had a sister like you! I typed my own theses. First one on an IBM golfball typewriter I hired. Second on a Commodore 64 using a wordprocessor cartridge I had to order from the USA. I had to buy a daisywheel printer. My department only got their first PC six months before I completed my thesis. It took me 23 hours to print out the final draft because Uni rules were that dot matrix couldn’t be used. I had a lot of greek characters in my text. So every time a greek character came along the software had to stop the printer, then I changed the daisywheel to greek, printed the character then changed daisywheel back to times roman. After 23 hours of this my brain was fried like KFC.

  96. cohenite

    What is with the libs and their sheilas; federally we had a flock of absolute disasters, arrogant, self-centred and useless; now the Tasmanian lib government looks stuffed due to this sue hickey who PML calls the hamburgler.

  97. min

    My observations are that Kenny does not need to get into those irrational , illogical guests he has on such as Dickless Neice as they usually make themselves look d##kheads . what annoys me is that someone like him lectures at uni and is in a position of power. . No matter how much the hosts demonstrates that he is talking nonsense it will not penetrate the brains of poor Dickless . The only way I get to them is to ask them a question that the answer shows them to be hypocritical . You would be surprised how many climate alarmists are just like Zali Steggell and then they go on explaining why they have not got solar panels, drive ggas guzzlers etc .

  98. Armadillo

    I’m kinda hoping Miss A will invent a death ray.

  99. Knuckle Dragger

    Cellulite remover.

  100. P

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3067192, posted on June 30, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    BIL thought he was lucky when he obtained a job in the US in their space program. They arranged the wedding and believed they’d be off to the USA to live. Unfortunately the space program in the US was drastically cut that year and his employment there was cancelled. Many from the US came here to find jobs as they not only had the credentials but also the experience.
    That left my BIL out of work for quite a while but did finally get employment in a govt job in research where he remained during his working life. He is now retired.

  101. Bruce of Newcastle

    The ultimate looney tunes

    Zulu – I wish FTA would show the movie. I first saw it as a kid. Mesmerising. I’m sad George C. Scott declined the Oscar. An actor is not the subject, Scott did an awesome job. I can watch ‘Patton’ over and over for the cinema that it is.

    It’s interesting that more and more Trump is being though of as ‘he fights’. Grant…Patton…Trump. Guys with faults like the Great Rift Valley who are the man of their times.

  102. Armadillo

    Cellulite remover.

    The Burka has already been invented.

  103. Rockdoctor

    Sad to see Uni of Newcastle go the way of bs degrees. My uni La Trobe or the UCNV went that way years ago. Unsure of the solution to this madness other than Government intervention…

  104. Bruce of Newcastle

    P – I once said to my boss ‘paddle while they let us have a paddle’. He and I were on the same wavelength. We’d gone through several booms and busts in our careers. Fortunately we got a boom for a few years and had the opportunity to file many patents, but that boom lasted only about 6 years. Your brother came in at the end of an earlier cycle. We get what we get.

  105. Armadillo

    Unsure of the solution to this madness other than Government intervention…

    The Government (I.e you and me) are funding these fuckers. Every single day. It’s not as if they can’t stop it. They can.

  106. Armadillo

    Just don’t fund it. Simple as that.

  107. Oh come on

    That video of Trump was incredible, historic.

    I am so fucking sick of the Ben Shapiros of the world (and other assorted leftists) who bleat about how the dignity of the office is diminished by Trump saying nice things about Kim Jong-un and giving prestige to this terrible dictator by meeting with him blah blah blah.

    Seriously? Because when you consider that the US’s NK policy in the post-Soviet era has been such an astonishing success story, Trump’s just crazy to change tactics. The fact is that Kim Jong-un seems to enjoy flattery. A lot. If flattery brings him to the table, I say flatter the hell out of the fat little bastard. Flattery’s cheap, and if it ultimately helps bring about a reduction of the suffering of the North Korean people, why on earth wouldn’t you give it a go?

    The fact is that Trump has made more progress towards establishing a lasting accord with the Norks than any previous administration.

  108. Steve trickler

    This is fucking hilarious. Goolag have kept this channel buried. I’ve seen the watermark before, but never bothered to check. WH.GOV.



  109. Armadillo

    This is fucking hilarious. Goolag have kept this channel buried. I’ve seen the watermark before, but never

    It’s striking in the video how the Korean media behave. They take notes. Record what is said. And you would assume they would report it accurately to their readers/viewers. That’s what reporters do.

    In contrast, look at the American media at the DMZ. They are like rabid dogs.

  110. Dr Fred Lenin

    I remember being shown a crows nest from a felled tree which had yards of elastic rubber unravelled from golf balls ,seems they pinched the balls from te fairways ,ignoring the cursing and abuse from the golfers. The rifle story is true ,cockies arent easily fooled with broomsticks either. Much smarter than alp voters those birds .

  111. P

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3067206, posted on June 30, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    My sister and brother in law have lived a frugal life, paid high taxes because of his high salary, and that has left them today with no concessions whatsoever because they are self funded retirees. They are just a little too old for branding baby boomers. Yet, they are expected to still pay tax and fund all those seeking refuge in our country.
    I damn well wish they had gone on a holiday and spent some of their hard earned cash, but I understand
    it wasn’t their choice as he was heavily involved in a sport which as a veteran he still plays today.

  112. duncanm

    Thanks Steve — she’s suitably mysterious!

  113. duncanm

    Trump – wow.

    So we have Obumma with a Nobel peace prize.

    Meanwhile, Reagan brought down the wall, and Trump will reunite Korea.

  114. duncanm

    Armadillo
    #3067214, posted on June 30, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    In contrast, look at the American media at the DMZ. They are like rabid dogs.

    .. and there’s some harridan among them shooshing everyone along like a school marm.

  115. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Spot of unfinished business on the Cat. Some time ago, there was some discussion on the Cat about the Katyn Forest massacre. After the fall of Poland to the Nazis, and the Soviets, in 1939, the Soviets solved the problem of any Poles, who may have posed any problem to them – army officers, reserve officers who may have been businessmen, landlords, lawyers, shopkeepers – by shooting them, and burying them in mass graves in the Katyn Forest. Any survivors were deported to Siberia.

    Muddy, IIRC, recommended “The Eagle Unbowed – Poland And the Poles in the Second World War” by Halik Kochanski.

    It’s a powerful and informative piece of reading, with some fairly grim statistics, but it goes far to reinforce my opinion that Fascism is bad enough, but any supporters of any Communist regime, in any shape, size or form, are just as ignorant and stupid.

    My compliments, and thanks, Muddy.

  116. Armadillo

    I had to laugh. We were at a local Bowlo for lunch during the week and the power went out. There was a wake on at the time in the restaurant. Acrid smoke coming into the bar area. Alarms going off and stuff. Bar staff (consisting of one) had no idea what to do.

    Mrs A walked through the restaurant and calmly suggested everyone come outside for a drink. There were quite a few elderly people there. Three fire trucks, four cop cars and an Ambulance showed up after about 10 minutes. The electrical switchboard had blown up. Club closed for the rest of the day until it was fixed (the Club President owns his own electrical business, so it got “sorted” fairly quickly).

    Anyway, checked the news later that night and local reporters were saying that “patrons were marched out onto the green” (no one was remotely near the green) and so on. Video of flashing sirens and so on. Major catastrophe etc….

    The point is this. Journalists embellish everything to “make a story” out of jack shit on a local level. Imagine how it works in the “cut throat” field of International journalism? These people will do or say anything to “get a scoop”. It’s relentless.

    Trump is absolutely right when he calls them the “fake media”. He hasn’t yet explained why (money). I can only assume he already knows he’s hitting their hip pocket. Their ratings are in the gutter.

  117. Armadillo

    but any supporters of any Communist regime, in any shape, size or form, are just as ignorant and stupid.

    Or perhaps cowardly? Or opportunistic?

    Sheeple. Without strong leaders…….

    Depends which leader you get.

  118. Armadillo

    In another era, Infidel Tiger would have been Goring. But worse.

  119. Old School Conservative

    Some History
    #3066966, posted on June 30, 2019 at 5:22 pm
    Could someone explain what’s going on here – middle of the picture, player in green on right.

    On the off chance you are serious, it’s called binding. The guy kneeling down (the lock) has to grip tightly onto the man in front (the prop) before packing against the opposition.
    The bind could go around the prop’s hips, but that technique isn’t as strong as reaching between the prop’s legs and pulling backward on the waistband of his shorts.

    That was very hard to write without any double entendres.

  120. Footage of Andy Ngo’ s assault by ANTIFA. Monty is very happy this evening.

    The Gay Asian Journalist “had it coming”

  121. Steve trickler

    He and Her are making a dent.



    Repeat.

  122. Ellie

    Steve, less helium and more music

  123. Armadillo

    Hi Ellie,

    Unfortunately, it’s burrow time. Six am start.

  124. Steve trickler

    Ellie.

    Sleep well lovely lady.



  125. C.L.

    Well, that’s that.
    Tom Gleeson has finally destroyed the Logies. Brilliant trolling.
    LOL.

  126. None

    Sponsors a new law front for Folau

    Rugby Australia may have inadvertently opened another legal avenue for Israel Folau to pursue.

    oh someone’s going to make a matzah when they write a book about this

  127. None

    You knew this was coming

    Bishop’s jet-set TV ambition

    Julie Bishop is pitching a new gig to TV execs — interviews with power players around the world.

  128. None

    Don’t anyone tell you that Izzy Folau is rich:

    Ben Simmons is poised to make Australian sporting history with a new $A241 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.

    The five-year contract extension would be the richest deal signed by an Australian athlete and would balloon to $A289 million if the 22-year-old made an All-NBA team next season.

  129. None

    Haha millennial women realise stuffing your face full of artificial hormones each month maybe not such a champion idea. Still at $12 a month for a “natural contraceptive app” they are getting ripped off for failing to do a bit of basic maths at school
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/the-millennial-women-ditching-hormonal-contraception-20190626-p521hk.html

  130. None

    Daily Tele – this angers me no end

    Elderly who can’t afford heating ‘suffering and dying at home’

    SHOCKING  A study has revealed the number of elderly people dying in their cold homes or being rushed to hospital because they can’t afford heating has risen 34 per cent in 10 years. The study’s release comes as Bupa — which came under fire during the aged care royal commission — takes over the armed forces healthcare contract from Monday.

  131. Leigh Lowe

    Excellent take down of the peanut
    .
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    .

    farmer

  132. Leigh Lowe

    Strangely, the Indians seem to be coasting to a loss which would make it easier for England to edge the Pakis out of tye WC semi-finals.

  133. Tom

    Johannes Leak #2 – with a Paywallian Media Diary item about Julie Bishop trying to flog a TV show idea called The Conversation with Julie Bishop:

    And what a line-up of global celebrities budding feminist icon Bishop has in store for us, with an all-female first season casting wishlist that includes Michelle Obama, Princess Mary, Jacinda Ardern, Oprah Winfrey, Sia and Nigella Lawson.

  134. Tom

    Whose idea was in to leave Britain primeministerless this summer? Graeme Bandeira
    (Yorkshire Post).

  135. Tom

    After the bashing of Andy Gno by Antifa fascists in Portland, Oregan, A.F. Branco reposts this from 2017.

  136. DrBeauGan

    Thanks Tom. It is twenty past three in the afternoon here in Havana. There is a nice sea breeze from the Bay of Havana in the north. Otherwise it is 32° in the plaza de la revolucion, which is the park where I go to smoke and keep up with the Çat.

    Shiver in your jocks, Australia!

  137. DrBeauGan

    The only sign of communism I see in Cuba, is the poverty. And people will discard rubbish anywhere instead of carrying it two metres to a rubbish bin. In some ways it is idyllic, in other ways squalid. A very strange mixture.

  138. DrBeauGan

    The cops are smartly uniformed and helpful. Not at all brutal police state thugs.

  139. None

    Have you seen your little girl friend today BG?

  140. None

    That first Johannes Leak is laugh out loud dark. Thanks, Tom.

  141. DrBeauGan

    None
    #3067258, posted on July 1, 2019 at 5:36 am
    Have you seen your little girl friend today BG?

    Briefly, None. Ours is not a close relationship. 😁

  142. None

    That’s how women are Dr BG. You buy them a lolly and then they run off on you.

  143. Up The Workers!

    Johannes Leak is brilliant today.

    I start each day with a Leak.

  144. None

    Shutdown angers climbers

    Indigenous owners handed sweeping control over cultural heritage management in parks.

    Rock. Beach. Parks…

  145. rickw

    Seriously? Because when you consider that the US’s NK policy in the post-Soviet era has been such an astonishing success story, Trump’s just crazy to change tactics. The fact is that Kim Jong-un seems to enjoy flattery. A lot. If flattery brings him to the table, I say flatter the hell out of the fat little bastard. Flattery’s cheap, and if it ultimately helps bring about a reduction of the suffering of the North Korean people, why on earth wouldn’t you give it a go?

    Trump understands something very fundamental about all people, you have a much better chance of doing a good deal with them if you meet them face to face.

  146. rickw

    Shutdown angers climbers

    Indigenous owners handed sweeping control over cultural heritage management in parks.

    Rock. Beach. Parks…

    Idiots finally receiving exactly what they’ve been supporting.

    Suddenly it’s not just a bunch of farmers having to jump through the make believe indigenous hoops!

  147. bespoke

    rickw
    #3067265, posted on July 1, 2019 at 6:00 am
    Trump understands something very fundamental about all people, you have a much better chance of doing a good deal with them if you meet them face to face.

    No matter what government run propaganda is run in China/NK I think a lot of people will see it as a positive in those counties. Most people don’t like constant aggro.

  148. DrBeauGan

    None
    #3067262, posted on July 1, 2019 at 5:44 am
    That’s how women are Dr BG. You buy them a lolly and then they run off on you.

    Oh, I know, None. I’m resigned to it. I say “Hola, Milagros” and I get a suspicious look and a brief “Hola!” Back.

    I think that she suspects my motives in giving her money for an ice-cream. It’s very little from my point of view, probably a lot from hers. And I think she ought to be suspicious of strange men, so I approve of her maintaining her distance. There are a few bad guys around. I’m not one of them, but she can’t know that.

    I’m not the trusting sort either, so we have that much in common.😀

  149. DrBeauGan

    I ran into the fokky-fokky chick and she was a bit subdued, but gave me a hug and air kiss. Everyone here is hideously touchy-feely by my admittedly austere standard. I had to explain to Osbel, my landlord, that I was a cold Englishman, and we don’t do hugs. He understood, in an intellectual sort of way. Obviously, he thought it unnatural.

    I asked the ff chick where I could buy mangoes, with a view to curing the constipation which has followed the anti-diarrhoea treatment, and she promised to get me some and bring them to the apartment. I expect her to try to cheat me. I know you can get three for a peso.

    There is something horribly pathetic about a life where cheating dumb gringos is your best option. The third world is a grim place.

  150. Mother Lode

    Saw this from last night:

    Homosexuality isn’t part of the 7 deadly sins,

    Izzy better watch out – he is up against a theologian here, who no doubt spends hors pondering why murder is not in the list either.

    There is a widespread conviction among people opposed to the religious that they themselves know enough about the religion to demolish anything the religious person says.

    I would not be surprised if this person thinks they are in the Bible. Somewhere.

    Like that awful woman declaring that she is a better Christian than most Christians. What is the bet that she believes Christs message has been misconstrued for millennia, and when he enjoins people to abstain from judgement he means that it is because there is no judgement. There is no wrong if you want to do it (although columns will drip with condemnation of others).

    Also, that the areas Jesus really meant when declaring there is no judgement was entirely encompassed by sex.

    She will have mistaken an adolescent little piece of theatre in her head for Jesus’ life and words.

    Such overweening self-absorption – that would be ‘Pride’, I think.

  151. Notafan

    Billings method now mainstream with Millennials.

    Where are all the arguments against it?

    Self control is now fashionable?

  152. bespoke

    Mother Lode

    They are deploying every dirty trick they can, It’s all to sickening for this agnostic but worse still predictable.

  153. Notafan

    KD

    Your theory regarding incarnation is exactly the same as mine.

    Shirley, we can’t all have been Altantian handmaidens.

    Some of us were blind syphilitic beggars.

  154. Mark A

    DrBeauGan
    #3067256, posted on July 1, 2019 at 5:26 am

    The only sign of communism I see in Cuba, is the poverty. And people will discard rubbish anywhere instead of carrying it two metres to a rubbish bin. In some ways it is idyllic, in other ways squalid. A very strange mixture.

    Wonder why they didn’t take head of this ad from the Soviets?

  155. DrBeauGan

    Wonder why they didn’t take head of this ad from the Soviets?

    Didn’t link, Mark.

  156. Mark A

    DrBeauGan
    #3067275, posted on July 1, 2019 at 7:05 am

    Wonder why they didn’t take head of this ad from the Soviets?

    Didn’t link, Mark.

    You Didn’t miss much, it’s along the lines of Smokey the Bear, with the bear subbed with a tree.
    Only wanted to demo that tidiness doesn’t come naturally with socialism/communism.

    Must be down the line on the todo list of the higher echelon to force the peasants in this respect.
    Although Mao could make them catch sparrows!
    So there is time.

  157. Overburdened

    News.com.au has now totally morphed into New Idea magazine.

    In regards to what news.com.au considers news, the question needs to be asked-

    Who gives a fuck other than the drones?

  158. Knuckle Dragger

    Just saw the result in the crikkit last night.

    Without having watched the second innings, it’s a bit puzzling how when chasing 337, India managed to fall a handy 30 odd runs short, and still with five wickets in hand.

    As the wise old mountaintop hermits say, ‘Things that make you go hmmmm.’

    I’m not the suspicious, curious or cynical type whatsoever, so will mark that down as a loss close to the semis giving the IT guys some type of advantage. Somehow.

  159. Knuckle Dragger

    Trump in the Hermit Kingdom. This is brilliant.

    The first ever sitting POTUS to do so, and made it happened on short notice. No other POTUS – especially the Chicago figurehead – would have even dared to do that, and even then it would have taken years’ worth of summits and conferences and preparations and planning.

    Nup. DJT makes a call and reckons that’d be a good idea. His Secret Service guys must be lining up at the cardiac ward.

  160. Knuckle Dragger

    This is what you get when you put an alpha businessman in a room full of politicians. No dithering, so self-perpetuating talks and staged progress taking years to get your arse wiped. Cut and cut-through from the get-go.

    If Kerry Packer decided politics was for him, it would have been a golden age for this country.

  161. Mark A

    Knuckle Dragger
    #306
    Nup. DJT makes a call and reckons that’d be a good idea. His Secret Service guys must be lining up at the cardiac ward.

    Not being in the hot dog business I leave it to your judgement, but I would’ve thought he’d be safer there than anywhere else.

  162. Crossie

    DrBeauGan
    #3067256, posted on July 1, 2019 at 5:26 am
    The only sign of communism I see in Cuba, is the poverty. And people will discard rubbish anywhere instead of carrying it two metres to a rubbish bin. In some ways it is idyllic, in other ways squalid. A very strange mixture.

    Are you sure you’re not in Los Angeles?

  163. Knuckle Dragger

    Mark A,

    Probably, yeah. But compared to duties involving DJT playing golf at Augusta, there’d be counter-snipers whose sphincters would have been vibrating like Angela Merkel.

    The immediate, short-notice cleansing of the DMZ on both sides must have been epic.

  164. Crossie

    Mark A
    #3067297, posted on July 1, 2019 at 7:44 am
    Knuckle Dragger
    #306
    Nup. DJT makes a call and reckons that’d be a good idea. His Secret Service guys must be lining up at the cardiac ward.

    Not being in the hot dog business I leave it to your judgement, but I would’ve thought he’d be safer there than anywhere else.

    Exactly. It was Phat Kim who was most vulnerable, South Koreans might have decided to take a pot shot.

  165. Rafe Champion

    Windwatch: The wind has achieved the remarkable feat of staying practically level for 24 hours near 50% of capacity and delivering a steady 3.2 MG into the grid. A tad more than Liddell. Just a pity that the price has doubled in the lifetime of Liddell.

  166. Tom

    News.com.au has now totally morphed into New Idea magazine.

    Overburdened, News Corp markets news.com.au to leftards who, as you know, won’t put their hands in their own pockets for anything. That means nothing but shallow Greenfilth-style political fashion and, where required, making shit up a la US MSM. It is pure publishing junk to go with the junk advertising rates that have resulted from Spacechook and Goolag’s parasitic destruction of the publishing business model.

  167. Cassie of Sydney

    “News.com.au has now totally morphed into New Idea magazine.”

    It’s been that way for quite a while. The Daily Telegraph seems to be following suit.

  168. Knuckle Dragger

    OB,

    I was going to say that the news.com site is just clickbait now, with headlines full of ‘one shock move’, ‘a stunning reason why’, and ‘you won’t believe what happened next’. When you click them to find out what the stunning reason for something was, it turns out to be complete shit and a waste of synapses to have gone there in the first place.

    But what Tom said.

  169. min

    Plagiarism from Bishop? John Anderson has been doing this for a couple of years and has interviewed well known men and women ,the videos of which are freely, in all ways, available. He has no trouble in getting famous people to participate , however I note that Bishop’s intended offerings would ask a high fee .

  170. Mother Lode

    Excellent take down of the peanut
    .
    .
    .

    farmer

    Carter has been punished for the lassitude and lack of focus of his Presidency by being immediately followed by a colossus who, in most people’s minds, represents the beginning of the current era of Presidents.

    He would have expected that after his Presidency he would be in demand to comment on unfolding events and to make observations about the incumbent whomsoever he was. He would be a statesman, a speaker, a sage, and a member of an American pantheon.

    Instead his successor shone so dazzlingly bright Carter’s Presidency disappeared in it. Probably the event that stands out most from the era is the Iran hostages, but where months of effort to have them released proved fruitless Iran announced almost as soon as Reagan was sworn in that they would release them.

    A grown up had entered the room.

    For years he has tried to attach himself to Democrat causes – his gullible advocacy of the Palestinian Authority being a prime example – but in this he is just one moral poseur among many. For a few moments he will float to the top of the septic tank, and then submerge as other turds take his place. He has had to pursue and try to keep up with the Democrats as they steadily subside into madness.

    I suspect Carter will live a few years yet – to eke a little longer his divinely ordained humiliation.

  171. Mother Lode

    Nup. DJT makes a call and reckons that’d be a good idea. His Secret Service guys must be lining up at the cardiac ward.

    Trump also found a leader standing beside whom he looks relatively sleek and lissome.

    And I mean this purely on a visual level. He is clearly healthier, more energetic and has greater endurance than just about anyone around him. And a hotter wife.

  172. Percy Popinjay

    Leak Jr’s renderings of Morristeen and Merkel are absolutely hilarious.

  173. Percy Popinjay

    In some ways it is idyllic, in other ways squalid. A very strange mixture.

    AKA “cheerful squalor”, Beaugy.

    No prizes for guessing who the irredeemable imbecile was who coined that lovely little turn of phrase (no, it wasn’t Iampeta).

  174. Mark A

    Mother Lode
    #3067313, posted on July 1, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Nup. DJT makes a call and reckons that’d be a good idea. His Secret Service guys must be lining up at the cardiac ward.

    Trump also found a leader standing beside whom he looks relatively sleek and lissome.

    And I mean this purely on a visual level. He is clearly healthier, more energetic and has greater endurance than just about anyone around him. And a hotter wife.

    If I were a nitpicking type I’d say this comment was demeaning of his effort.

    But you may know somet I don’t

  175. C.L.

    Former Whitlam staffer and current Byron Bay resident Kerry O’Brien certainly put to rest claims the ABC is left-wing and biased last night with his “blistering” speech denouncing conservatives and the Liberal Party. In an oration described this morning in the SMH as a “belter,” O’Brien also castigated journalists for not silencing critics of the “climate change” hoax.

  176. Des Deskperson

    ‘Former Whitlam staffer and current Byron Bay resident Kerry O’Brien certainly put to rest claims the ABC is left-wing and biased last night ‘

    ‘The thinking woman’s crumpet’ also lamented the “awful racism this country is capable of”.

  177. dover_beach

    ‘Red’ Kerry, indeed.

  178. Knuckle Dragger

    Had to indirectly reply to something from Qantas for something.

    At the bottom of the Qantas fellow’s signature block is a big Qantas logo. Fair enough.

    But next to it was another logo, just as big that sported a big rainbow coloured turbojet, the company’s name and the subtitle ‘The Sexual and Gender Diversity Network’.

    Presented without further comment.

  179. Percy Popinjay

    ‘The thinking woman’s crumpet’ also lamented the “awful racism this country is capable of”.

    It’s hard to look like a thinking crumpet and serious j’ismist when you’re hauled from a bar and kicked into the street by a Samoan bouncer.

  180. Bruce of Newcastle

    A nice little column which dovetails into the discussion of intelligence last night.

    Glenn K. Beaton: In understanding universe, we’re like dogs playing shell game (30 Jun, via Lucianne)

  181. Entropy

    As I recall didn’t Clinton send Jimmy Carter over to negotiate with the NK?

    The deal he made was to give NK all this food and support in return for NK ending its nuclear program. It was widely praised in the media, of course.

    And Lo, Carter made a deal as just successful as his Presidency.

  182. stackja

    The ugly row at 2GB, the country’s top radio station, over its top broadcaster Alan Jones and other personalities shows the key to a station’s success is its stars, not its bosses, writes Andrew Bolt.

    Subscriber only
    June 30, 2019 9:00pm
    How crazy is 2GB? It first humiliates its biggest star, Alan Jones, and now has host Chris Smith publicly lobbying to save his job.
    I’ve had a small insider’s view on the fiasco at the country’s top radio station.
    Last year, 2GB asked me to take a cut in my (admittedly generous) pay for my 8pm radio show with Steve Price — a show that won the ratings in Melbourne and Sydney and was networked around the country.
    I walked instead. I had two other jobs and wanted to work less. Besides, 2GB’s payout was worth more than a year of work at the new salary.
    So I left with no hard feelings towards boss Adam Lang, Macquarie Radio’s CEO.
    But I couldn’t understand why 2GB was so manic about cutting costs that it would risk damaging successful shows.
    See, I knew it also planned not to renew Jones’s contract. (I’m repeating what’s been reported, not breaching confidences.) But, oops. 2GB suddenly realised how crazy it was to dump Jones, particularly after Hadley was again accused by staff of bullying.

    Last month it cracked and gave Jones a contract for two more years, on a reported $4 million a year.
    It’s all ugly for 2GB, which proves the key to a station’s success is its stars, not its bosses.

    And:

    Talkback legend slams 2GB
    MATTHEW BENNS
    THE godfather of Sydney talkback radio yesterday condemned 2GB bosses as “daft” for planning to move popular broadcaster Chris Smith out of his afternoon slot.
    John Brennan, the talkback guru who discovered Alan Jones, said Sydney’s top radio station “is not being very well run, that’s for sure”. “I regard Chris Smith as the jewel in the afternoon talk back crown, moving him is ridiculous,” Brennan said.

  183. Geriatric Mayfly

    ‘Red’ Kerry, indeed.

    Not sure of the timeline, but Red Kez probably sat enthralled at Graham Ashton’s knee, as the latter gathered together his commo disciples within the ABC.

  184. stackja

    stackja
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    ???

  185. Leigh Lowe

    I’m not the suspicious, curious or cynical type whatsoever, so will mark that down as a loss close to the semis giving the IT guys some type of advantage. Somehow.

    The loss by the Slurpee Salesmen makes it more difficult for the Pakis to make the semis.

  186. C.L.

    Great rort.
    Retire to millionaire’s row at Byron Bay and then denounce the people who paid for it as racists.
    Only in Australia.

  187. Mark A

    Leigh Lowe
    #3067349, posted on July 1, 2019 at 9:09 am

    The loss by the Slurpee Salesmen makes it more difficult for the Pakis to make the semis.

    Reading anything into that is so unPC that it should trigger every flag on the interwebs.

  188. Mater

    After:
    – Getting Folau sacked,
    – Getting his gofundmepage shutdown,
    – Failing to have the ACL fund raiser classed as illegal, and
    – Failing to destroy his wife.

    They now seek to deregister the ACL!

    Apparently this is simply a contractual issue, is not a personal vendetta and has nothing whatsoever to do with religion.

    This is Stalinist level stuff. Destroy the person, their family and anybody associated with them. Intimidation tactics at it’s finest. The threat of such treatment should pull the proles into line!
    We are in a new realm here.

  189. John Constantine

    The Edgebaston Indian home crowd was stunned into silence as their team failed to strike boundaries to the short side and milked singles instead.

    Lot of proud money always backing India to win.

  190. C.L.

    2GB suddenly realised how crazy it was to dump Jones, particularly after Hadley was again accused by staff of bullying.

    It’s not just the so-called bullying.
    Hadley is a loon.
    Listen to his show some time. The entire program is devoted to the police beat. Ray finds a report of a magistrate going soft on a bloke who urinated in a policeman’s hat in Dubbo or something and then spends two hours denouncing the – inevitably – “grub” and lamenting all the dangers and indignities of the policeman’s noble calling. As I’ve observed before, this manic knucklehead has the worst case of wannabe-a-copper since Leo Getz. It’s not hard to fathom how his dropkick son got pushed into the ranks. That was Ray living out his own fantasy.

  191. Zatara

    The immediate, short-notice cleansing of the DMZ on both sides must have been epic.

    They did enjoy one or two unusual protective advantages. Like being in the center of one the most heavily defended spots on earth with massive minefields and concertina wire as far as one can see.

    Certainly cuts down on the crowd control issues. And of course the press.

  192. egg_

    Herd mentality?

    Talk:Superdeterminism
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    Articles for deletion This article was nominated for deletion on 29 August 2015. The result of the discussion was no consensus.

  193. dover_beach

    Ok. Ok..Ok. ..ok.

  194. Leigh Lowe

    They now seek to deregister the ACL!

    Apparently this is simply a contractual issue, is not a personal vendetta and has nothing whatsoever to do with religion.

    The Assistant Treasurer merely needs to say, “I am thinking of conducting a review of all charities engaged in lobbying and public awareness activities.”
    The issue would disappear overnight.

  195. thefrollickingmole

    Anyway, checked the news later that night and local reporters were saying that “patrons were marched out onto the green” (no one was remotely near the green) and so on. Video of flashing sirens and so on. Major catastrophe etc….

    The point is this. Journalists embellish everything to “make a story” out of jack shit on a local level. Imagine how it works in the “cut throat” field of International journalism? These people will do or say anything to “get a scoop”. It’s relentless.

    Nothing make you more aware of how crap and biased jouros are than being involved first hand in incidents they “report”
    Saw a lot of it in detention centers, shit reported which had absolutely no basis in truth or reality.
    But nearly every instance of “not entirely truthy” reporting was slanted to one ideological side via their ABC.
    Journos are shit.

  196. Geriatric Mayfly

    The immediate, short-notice cleansing of the DMZ

    One positive thing about the DMZ is that population pressure is somewhat reduced. As a result it has become a significant nature conservancy; with plans mooted to leave it that way if ever peace between the two sides is declared.

  197. John Constantine

    The US recently changed its laws to allow legal sports betting. New Jersey was the first to adopt the new law and is already booking $5bn in annualised revenue in its first year.

    Shamgar said Americans already bet $100bn on sports every year, but it’s done via illegal offshore bookies.

    This means the states are missing out on a lot of tax revenue.

    To encourage more players into the market, the US is keeping tax rates at a reasonable 6-14 per cent, according to Shamgar.

    By comparison, Australia, which is a mature sports betting country has a tax rate of 35-40 per cent.

    “That shows you that they’re really trying to incentivise these bookies to go hard and bring back that offshore illegal betting onshore,” Shamgar said.

  198. Bruce of Newcastle

    The US recently changed its laws to allow legal sports betting. New Jersey was the first to adopt the new law and is already booking $5bn in annualised revenue in its first year.

    I think I can guess why.

    New Jersey residents fleeing ‘in droves’ as state Democrats fight over millionaire’s tax (28 Jun)

    Will the last fleeing golden goose please turn off the lights?

  199. DrBeauGan

    Journos are shit.

    It used to be a respected profession. That was in the days when reporters and editors were hard nosed realists. What happened?

  200. Mother Lode

    If I were a nitpicking type I’d say this comment was demeaning of his effort.

    How so?

  201. Roger

    From the cradle to the grave:

    First time parents in Victoria will receive a “baby bundle” worth $150 courtesy tax payers in a new program introduced by Daniel Andrews’ government.

  202. thefrollickingmole

    What happened?

    Endless supply of taxpayers milk and credentialism.

    The aim of every journo going through uni is to become wedged on the taxpayers tit.

  203. Geriatric Mayfly

    It used to be a respected profession. That was in the days when reporters and editors were hard nosed realists. What happened?

    How many of them back then went to University to learn their craft? Did they need exposure to the likes of Bacon and Symons? How many self aggrandising scribblers were climbing the greasy pole for a Walkley award?

  204. Roger

    Journos are shit.

    It used to be a respected profession. That was in the days when reporters and editors were hard nosed realists. What happened?

    It went from being a job you learned via an apprenticeship of sorts to one you prepared for via an Arts degree.

  205. egg_

    This is Stalinist level stuff.

    Is Joyce in this up to his eyeballs?

  206. Ellie

    Steve trickler, great sound at 12:39am. Thank you, sweet pea.

  207. dover_beach

    Apparently this is simply a contractual issue, is not a personal vendetta and has nothing whatsoever to do with religion.

    Oh really. What did Folau do that supposedly breached his contractual conditions? He paraphrased the Bible on his Instagram page. But we’re supposed to think that this has nothing to do with religion.
    The people trotting out the argument quoted are fools or liars, probably both.

  208. egg_

    This is Stalinist level stuff.

    Is Joyce in this up to his [email protected]?

  209. Roger

    The people trotting out the argument quoted are fools or liars, probably both.

    Dim bulb Christian Porter.

  210. Dr Faustus

    Poor Julie Bishop.

    Without gargoyle Shorten in the job and pumping her tyres it looks like the supply chain of agreeable diplomatic postings is not quite as full as she may have imagined.

    Next up: competing in the novelty market for $20 tricks out the back of Northbridge?

  211. Geriatric Mayfly

    It went from being a job you learned via an apprenticeship of sorts

    The best apprenticeship training for Herald Sun Weekly Times young journos was to be had in the Phoenix Hotel a few doors up in Flinders St. With Lou Richards behind the bar and many a ‘colourful’ client, the place was either a rite of passage or a baptism by fire.

  212. cohenite

    Rafe Champion

    #3067304, posted on July 1, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Windwatch: The wind has achieved the remarkable feat of staying practically level for 24 hours near 50% of capacity and delivering a steady 3.2 MG into the grid. A tad more than Liddell. Just a pity that the price has doubled in the lifetime of Liddell.

    Bookmark that; it happens about once a year.

  213. cohenite

    That’ll do me for a while. I’ve read Tom’s toons and listened to Steve’s posting of Year of the Cat and now feel ready for some work.

  214. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Labor delays John Setka expulsion hearing

    Greg Brown
    Journalist
    @gregbrown_TheOz
    1 minute ago July 1, 2019
    1 Comment

    The Australian Labor Party has granted controversial union figure John Setka an extra 10 days to prepare his argument against being expelled by the party.

    The secretary of the Victorian construction division of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union has written to the party questioning its power to expel him.

    Anthony Albanese said the party had agreed to extend his hearing until July 15.

  215. Dr Faustus

    The Pyne Defence Secrets Done Dirt Cheap shock horror imbroglio has set moral hares running.

    Nothing in the Code is legally binding – irrespective of any Senate inquiry. The only question is how blatantly EY and Pyne give parliament the forks;

    Labor is not sure whether to support a Senate inquiry anyhow. Mx Wong will be under intense pressure from the ALP to make sure that any restrictions on post-parliamentary lobbying are strictly non-binding.

    Pyne himself insists that all he will be doing is reading out of policy documents and ministerial pressers “freely available to the public” – which raises the question of why he has any value to EY and its clients.

    Simple solution. Sure, EY, use Pyne. Go nuts.

    But for the next 18 months EY will not be eligible for any Government consulting work in Defence/Defence Industries while Pyne serves out his gardening leave, because obvious conflict of interest. And anyone using EY for defence consulting during that time will be subject to a rigorous security work-over by ASIO/AFP to ‘confirm trust’.

  216. Geriatric Mayfly

    Over at foxnews.com it is abundantly clear that the Democrats are none best pleased with Trump’s stroll into North Korea. This may come as a shock to some. As yet, no comment seems to be forthcoming from Donkey Gnashers.

  217. Leigh Lowe

    Dr Faustus

    #3067386, posted on July 1, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Poor Julie Bishop.

    Without gargoyle Shorten in the job and pumping her tyres it looks like the supply chain of agreeable diplomatic postings is not quite as full as she may have imagined.

    I hadn’t seen that article but it absolutely confirms my suspicions that she had been bought off with a tasty posting.
    Now she is left touting for a series of TV interviews. As pointed out above most of the subjects being floated will demand a fee, which Australian TV has no apetite or ability to pay.

  218. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    As yet, no comment seems to be forthcoming from Donkey Gnashers.

    +100

  219. Leigh Lowe

    Dr F at 10:20.
    Great idea.
    Except the current Minister for Defence is Marise Payne who is squarely part of the Pahn club.

  220. C.L.

    Funny how the ex-PMs who end up being owned by the Chinese or the Middle East-run “United Nations” are all Labor. The only busted-arse Struggle Street denizen whose life vaguely resembles an ordinary, bills-paying, mortgage-juggling Australian battler is Tony Abbott.

  221. Leigh Lowe

    Journos are shit.

    It used to be a respected profession. That was in the days when reporters and editors were hard nosed realists. What happened?

    The old guidance used to be, “Ask who, what, where, why and how. Except when covering weddings. Don’t ask why.”
    Now the M.O. seems to be to write a cursory, superficial introduction to the story, then introduce the SJW issue of the day, backing it up with 3 or 4 tweets from Logie-level celebrities.

  222. max

    Pictured: serious journalist.

    I enjoyed the way Kerry made a ‘passionate speech’ denouncing ABC cuts and lionising the ABC as one of our most important institutons at the logies for goodness sake.

    Tom Gleeson sabotaged the smug beautifully: ‘I love jokes. I love the Logies.’

  223. None

    First time parents in Victoria will receive a “baby bundle” worth $150 courtesy tax payers in a new program introduced by Daniel Andrews’ government.

    remember that Obama ad showing some woman I think called Jewel from her birth to her death being mollyoddled by government? It was seriously creepy but that’s Dan Andrews

  224. None

    Marie Payne hasn’t been Defence Minister for months and months and months. She became foreign minister after Julie Bishop spit the dummy.

  225. Leigh Lowe

    Ah, so who is Defence Minister now?
    Ray Burgess?

  226. None

    First time parents in Victoria will receive a “baby bundle” worth $150 courtesy tax payers in a new program introduced by Daniel Andrews’ government.

    remember that Obama ad showing some woman,I think called Jill, from birth to death, being mollycoddled by government? It was seriously creepy but that’s Daniel Andrews.

  227. Leigh Lowe

    Ah, yes, Linda Reynolds.
    The feminista Russell Offices desk-general.
    Yeah.
    She will pull the rug on Pahn.
    Not.

  228. stackja

    Julie Bishop still holding herself out as a Member of Parliament – MP
    Friday, 28 June 2019 [michaelsmithnews.com]
    Today I’ve written on behalf of Australians who respect our parliamentary institutions to the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Mr David Elder.

    Julie Bishop removes MP post-nominal after our advice to the Clerk of the House of Representatives [michaelsmithnews.com]
    Monday, 01 July 2019

  229. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Did Leak junior specifically have the Curency Lad in mind when he decided to depict both Nigella and The Bish in the one image?

  230. egg_

    Julie Bishop still holding herself out as a Member of Parliament – MP

    Post MP career nosediving?

  231. Dr Faustus

    Now she is left touting for a series of TV interviews. As pointed out above most of the subjects being floated will demand a fee, which Australian TV has no apetite or ability to pay.

    And not just an interview. The unlinkable Oz:

    Host Julie Bishop, accustomed to disarming the most tricky of personalities, invites guests on lengthy ambling interviews filmed on the streets of a city of the guest’s choice, in full view of passers-by,” the pitch documents say.

    “This is pure conversation. Two great minds. No tricks. The strength of the show comes from the universal truth that we talk more deeply and naturally on the move … we take the powerful players out to the street where it all began.

    “Where ideas can be shared in the cold light of day. The hustle and bustle of the world are invited into the conversation — what happens when a member of the public interrupts the interview to share their admiration for the guest?

    The street format is clearly going to work easily with Michelle Obama, Oprah and Princess Mary.
    Getting Ruth Bader Ginsberg mobile for a ‘lengthy ambling interview’ may be more problematic.

    All characteristically thoroughly thought through.

  232. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    David Hurley sworn in as Australia’s 27th governor-general

    Greg Brown
    Journalist
    @gregbrown_TheOz
    Ben Packham
    Political Reporter
    4 minutes ago July 1, 2019
    12 Comments

    Former Defence Force chief David Hurley has been sworn in as Australia’s 27th governor-general.

    “I, David John Hurley, swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Elizabeth II,” General Hurley said, when being sworn in by High Court Chief Justice Susan Kiefel.

    Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny were at the ceremony in the Senate chamber, as was Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese.

    Bill Shorten was also among the attendees, who included lower house and upper house MPs.

    There were no Greens MPs in the chamber.

    From the Oz. The absence of the Greens could only improve the ceremony.

  233. John Constantine

    Journos have to go to orc warren uni dungeons to learn that Truthfulness is not always Helpfulness.

    And to learn what happens to little orcs that are not Helpful to Big Orcs.

    Comrades.

  234. Leigh Lowe

    “Where ideas can be shared in the cold light of day. The hustle and bustle of the world are invited into the conversation — what happens when a member of the public interrupts the interview to share their admiration for the guest?”

    Yeah, completely improptu.
    It is in the program pitch and, lo and behold, it happens in the recorded interviews.
    Oh, and what are the chances that some random hip dude on the streets of New York recognises Skeletor and (aw shucks) tells her what a fabbo FM she was.
    “OK, take 2, and just remember, it is Aus-TRAL-ia, not Austria”.

  235. egg_

    Host Julie Bishop, accustomed to disarming the most tricky of personalities, invites guests on lengthy ambling interviews filmed on the streets of a city of the guest’s choice, in full view of passers-by

    Can John Cleese do his funny walks?

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