Tuesday Forum: August 13, 2019

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  1. feelthebern
    #3131137, posted on August 13, 2019 at 9:59 pm
    It was winston.
    Not Johno.

    Based on that number Winston turned 95 this year. Well done Winston.

  2. feelthebern

    I loved the little smiling assassin.

    He left a trail of unpaid bills when he left the country.

  3. 1735099

    Bet his community couldn’t wait to see the back of him.

    At least I was honourably discharged at the end of my service, rather than being kicked out for shooting up in the back bar of the Bellevue.

  4. Bruce in WA

    Fixx himself had a congenitally enlarged heart

    Shit! I’m in trouble, then. I have heartily enlarged genitals!

  5. Leigh Lowe

    1735099

    #3131150, posted on August 13, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    It was Winston
    So he posts bullshit about his service as well?

    Um, no.
    You are the only one here who has missed it.
    He is telling you to take your pathetic doxxing game and fuck off.
    Talk about sloowww.

  6. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Not as difficult as for the 57000 Yanks and 500 Aussies who were killed to keep their respective administrations in place.

    Not as difficult for the million or so North Vietnamese, killed as kindly old Uncle Ho violated both attempts at a negotiated solution, and waged a war of aggression against the South?

  7. Leigh Lowe

    He left a trail of unpaid bills when he left the country.

    Is that right?
    Boxers, eh.

  8. Knuckle Dragger

    C’mon, kitten. Dry your eyes.

    How many times did you run away from hard work again? Oh right. You didn’t, because you were smarter than everyone else. Except you weren’t.

    ‘I didn’t have a crystal ball’
    ‘I knew exactly what I was getting into’

    The Vue wasn’t the only pub in town you know. Bit scarier than the tea rooms in North Ward.

  9. Old School Conservative

    Good to see a top cop on Jones and Credlin tonight unequivocally support the citizens who took down the“Allahu Akbar” knife terrorist.
    “Heroes” he added.

  10. Knuckle Dragger

    I know right?

    Kostya just advances, poking the left out with the sledgehammer right locked and loaded, guiding the poor sod just where he wants him, and lights out.

  11. Old School Conservative

    Good to see a top cop on Jones and Credlin tonight unequivocally support the citizens who took down the“Allahu Akbar” knife weilding RoPer.
    “Heroes” he added.

  12. Oh come on

    All right all right. Numpty’s attention cup overflow’th today, and what a dirty greedy little whore he is. Time to move on?

  13. Old School Conservative

    Good to see a top cop on Jones and Credlin tonight unequivocally support the citizens who took down the“Allahu Akbar” knife wielding guy.
    “Heroes” he added.

  14. feelthebern

    Some Larry versus Susie (Jeff’s wife).

  15. Old School Conservative

    Good to see a top cop on Jones and Credlin tonight unequivocally support the citizens of Sydney.
    “Heroes” he said.

  16. Oh come on

    Whenever I put a face to Jeff, for some reason I always picture Joe Hockey.

  17. 1735099

    A war of aggression against the South.
    Except there was no “South”.
    There was a corrupt regime propped up by the American military.
    Except for a clique in Saigon, it meant about as much to the average Vietnamese as Pinochet did to Chileans.
    Without foreign interference Vietnam should have been unified through the Geneva accord.
    That would have saved the lives of millions of Vietnamese, tens of thousands of Americans, and hundreds of Australians.
    The Brits, and the Europeans wanted no part of Vietnam because they understood the political and geographical realities.
    The Yanks were hung up on anti-Communist hysteria and the discredited domino theory and uniquely ignorant of Vietnamese cultural priorities.
    And the rest is history.

  18. Knuckle Dragger

    I reckon mole was on the money with his comment on Mr Ney right before the wailing and bloodbath started.

    Mental illness is now used as a catch-all for bad behaviour. There are plenty of truly bad people that have some form of mental issue as well. Now it’s the go-to for every knob in town. If this had been around 40 years back, Chopper Read wouldn’t have done a day in Pentridge – he’d have been living it up in Thomas Embling in Fairfield with the help of a tame psychologist.

    Similarly, being drug affected doesn’t make you act like a fuckwit, it just makes you act like a bigger fuckwit. The same as booze – there are very few great blokes who completely reverse into the biggest dicks on earth with a couple of schooners in them.

    The crooks know this, and play on it. Let’s see how far the young Turkish chap wants to cast that lure.

  19. Knuckle Dragger

    I see the slug Old Yeller has hit the reset button again.

  20. P

    The amount of time and scrolling this man causes is worse than SRR. At least she was a simple conspiracy freak not a troll constantly mouthing full on leftist garbage never far from Vietnam in his ramblings.

    SRR was good value on Catallaxyfiles. I among others didn’t appreciate this till after she was banned.

    Now that she has been extinguished from Twitter we are unfortunately left without any input from her.
    IMO sad.

  21. JC

    OCO

    Are you aware the fire truck was out again last evening?

    https://roneryzulu.wordpress.com/

  22. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Without foreign interference Vietnam should have been unified through the Geneva accord.

    The Geneva accord that was signed by neither the South Vietnamese, nor the Americans, and that the North Vietnamese violated before the ink was even dry? I don’t have a link, but the population of North Viet Nam was some fourteen million at the time of partition. A million went south, and anywhere up to another million were prevented from leaving? That’s what the North Vietnamese thought of the Geneva Accords – and they’ve since admitted they had no interest in any “free and fair” elections.

  23. None

    Moderate Liberals defend Berejiklian as agitation over abortion bill ramps up

    Question for SMH. How do you moderately kill a baby?

  24. None

    He said the man was in the residential unit on Clarence St for a business transaction when Ney’s knife-wielding rampage began.

    So he was buying drugs…

  25. None

    I think numbers is having a mental breakdown. If you wasn’t half-cocked already he’s now I’m gone full metal psycho. Take your meds, numbers.

  26. Old School Conservative

    Shit! I’m in trouble, then. I have heartily enlarged genitals!

    Doesn’t stop you from “jogging” every day though, I assume.

  27. None

    Nope, the 21 year old woman he killed with a “sex worker.” 21 and already a prostitute. Now dead. Christ have mercy.

  28. JC

    Trump really shouldn’t get into the middle of this.

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    11m
    I thought Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts. Totally lost it! Low ratings @CNN
    Quote Tweet
    Ryan Saavedra
    @RealSaavedra
    · 11h
    A man in NY yesterday approached CNN’s Chris Cuomo and called him “Fredo”

    Cuomo: “You’re going to have a problem”

    Man: “What are you going to do about it?”

    Cuomo: “I’ll fuckin ruin your shit. I’ll fucking throw you down these stairs”

    Credit: “THAT’S THE POINT with Brandon”
    Show this thread

  29. cohenite

    Good to see a top cop on Jones and Credlin tonight unequivocally support the citizens of Sydney.
    “Heroes” he said.

    Compared to fatty ashton in victoristan who advised that citizens should comply with sud gang demands.

  30. Oh come on

    It’s agonising, like passing a kidney stone. Just make it stop.

  31. Steve trickler

    Water vapour running amok. CO2 just sits back and watches the show.



  32. Knuckle Dragger

    Further on Mr Ney.

    Brought up in a traditional Turkish family. Angry loner. Played music till 3.00 am and/or until the cops turned up.

    Found in possession of knuckledusters. Despite his record, released on a good behaviour bond by a magistrate two weeks ago. OD’d and taken to hospital last Wednesday. Walked out the door shortly after the ambos dragged his arse into hospital.

    Had a violent barney with his sister earlier late last week. Hooked up with a prostitute he met online today. Killed said prostitute. Arrested via milk crate after attracting attention to himself shortly afterwards.

    ‘Mert Ney, 21, who has a history of mental health problems, homelessness and drug use’

    Read: ‘Mert Ney, 21, who has a history of being a colossal drug-induced fuckstick leading him to be kicked out of everywhere he tried to live before the other occupants beat him to death.’

  33. JC

    Further on Mr Ney.

    Brought up in a traditional Turkish family. Angry loner. Played music till 3.00 am and/or until the cops turned up.

    Found in possession of knuckledusters. Despite his record, released on a good behaviour bond by a magistrate two weeks ago. OD’d and taken to hospital last Wednesday. Walked out the door shortly after the ambos dragged his arse into hospital.

    Had a violent barney with his sister earlier late last week. Hooked up with a prostitute he met online today. Killed said prostitute. Arrested via milk crate after attracting attention to himself shortly afterwards.

    ‘Mert Ney, 21, who has a history of mental health problems, homelessness and drug use’

    Read: ‘Mert Ney, 21, who has a history of being a colossal drug-induced fuckstick leading him to be kicked out of everywhere he tried to live before the other occupants beat him to death.’

    Yes, Cronkite believes he’s ISIS.

  34. C.L.

    Moderate Liberals defend Berejiklian as agitation over abortion bill ramps up

    Old trick, Fairfax.
    The extremists are in Berejiklian’s camp. The moderates are trying to rein them in.

  35. cohenite

    So the terrorist today was perfect fodder for the RoP.

    This is RoP at work; only the troll and the globalist, head prefect, will disagree.

  36. Knuckle Dragger

    Tip for young players:

    Never re-read your own posts.

    ‘great blokes who completely reverse into the biggest dicks on earth’

    Oo-err. PHRASING.

  37. Bruce in WA

    Doesn’t stop you from “jogging” every day though, I assume.

    Sorry, mate — restricts me to bow-legged walking only. (Unless I’ve missed something there.)

  38. Knuckle Dragger

    Because it’s nearly farter time I couldn’t be bothered to look it up, but I’m reasonably confident there was a Ney as a divisional commander or similar in the Turkish forces during the 1915 Dardanelles campaign.

    Positive there was a Marshal Ney on Napoleon’s team at Waterloo though. Haven’t seen a painting of him but, although I’ll recognise him if I see one.

    He’ll be the dude on the horse with a fez, I assume.

  39. Oh come on

    Anyway. I am wearing my MAGA codpiece, my MAGA merkin and my MAGA bike shorts. It’s a good look. I heartily recommend it.

  40. C.L.

    Yep, it’s real:

    The video Waleed Aly says you SHOULDN’T be allowed to see: The Project host claims vision of Sydney knifeman on the run during his stabbing rampage is too ‘traumatic’ for Australians.

    The Project host Waleed Aly has described shocking vision of a knife-wielding man rampaging through Sydney’s CBD as too ‘traumatising’ for the Australian public to watch…

    Discussing the rampage on The Project, Aly told his co-hosts he did not think the videos of the incident needed to be broadcast.

    ‘It must obviously help with investigations and stuff, but seeing it all unfold … I don’t know,’ he said.

    ‘I feel like we are being traumatised by watching it. I’m not sure that trauma helps us in any way.’

    As for whether or not he would have acted to stop his brother in religion:

    ‘As I was watching the vision, I tried to imagine myself in it. I don’t think there is any chance of me approaching.

    ‘You don’t know until you’re in (the situation) but I can’t imagine myself doing it.’

    We understand, Waleed.

  41. JC

    Anyway. I am wearing my MAGA codpiece, my MAGA merkin and my MAGA bike shorts. It’s a good look. I heartily recommend it.

    Have you had any trouble at the liquor store with people wanting to fight you?

  42. MatrixTransform

    ekleven times

    how many times teacher?
    I guess 50% is a pass heh?
    ur standards so high.

    gawd its a retard

  43. Fisky

    Because you are like many regs of my acquaintance who volunteered and then discovered that the nonsense they were sold about the war was just that, nonsense. I know that must be a bitter pill to swallow, but don’t take it out on a fellow soldier.

    But Numbers, you staked your entire civilian life on the belief that Hanoi was fully justified in annexing S.Vietnam, which caused hundreds of thousands of avoidable deaths over 1 million refugees to flee. On the other hand, you also opposed “Saigon Crooks” from being allowed into Australia. Yet you pose as a refugee supporter!

    Dear oh dear.

  44. C.L.

    Cuomo’s ‘Fredo’ blow-up is hilarious.
    Ahahahahahaha.
    He’ll now be called Fredo for the rest of his life.

    Video shows Cuomo reviewing the incident later that evening …

  45. MatrixTransform

    I was a teacher.

    LOL

  46. Steve trickler

    You’ll need to find an hour.



    Take note of the crowd.

  47. Oh come on

    Fisky fisky fisky. As Numpty has explained many a time, he was the only anti-war leftist activist in the world who warmly embraced Saigon war criminals fleeing justice in their homeland by seeking refuge in countries like Australia. You know it makes sense.

  48. MatrixTransform

    I’ll pray for you at my mate’s funeral.

    you disturbed piece of shit.
    on a day, and in context of some retarded knife wielder in Sydney … do have any humility?

    if it were my mate that suffered your mate’s anecdotal fate, I certainly would not be posting on a forum with the perverted intent of gaining the moral high ground.

    you’re one sick fucker mate.

    where I come from we have our own vernacular.
    we’d say that you’re ‘wrong’
    not wrong in the sense of being the opposite of right.

    but wrong … as in the sense of being not right

    … in the head.

    you are one sad sad assh0le.

  49. MatrixTransform

    I’m not into pissing contests.

    LOL

  50. max

    How much of Larry David is improvised ? All of the dialogue, I’d guess. Why it’s so funny.

  51. Whalehunt Fun

    Not like a certain footballer.

  52. JC

    How much of Larry David is improvised ? All of the dialogue, I’d guess. Why it’s so funny.

    I think Larry went in with a broad outline of a script and the rest was up to him. He was the real George Costanza in Seinfeld and man it shows.

  53. Infidel Tiger

    ‘As I was watching the vision, I tried to imagine myself in it. I don’t think there is any chance of me approaching.

    ‘You don’t know until you’re in (the situation) but I can’t imagine myself doing it.’

    Dude, it’s okay. We already knew you were a fag. Relax!

  54. Oh come on

    Chris Cuomo isn’t really a Fredo character because his brother is as thick as pig shit, too.

    However, the name clearly drives Chris insane, so have at it.

  55. egg_

    The resident trolls gorged on a ghoulish feed of misery today?

  56. Fat Tony

    MatrixTransform
    #3131209, posted on August 13, 2019 at 11:27 pm
    I’m not into pissing contests.

    LOL

    Of course not – one needs a dick for a pissing contest…

  57. Top Ender

    Marshall Ney from Napoleon’s force at Waterloo will come after you Knuckles.

    Except he’s busy fending off the Big N in the afterlife having decided to commit to a cavalry charge without infantry or artillery support.

    Very brave chap but a little impetuous on the day.

  58. Fat Tony

    feelthebern
    #3131139, posted on August 13, 2019 at 10:00 pm
    Oh no.
    numbers is duplicating his posts now.
    We can clearly see his nuts.

    This is where the difference between “his” and “he’s” is important – though I spose it works this way too. 🙂

  59. egg_

    Sound familiar?

    Astroturf ‘Outrage Machine’ of Paid Trolls Floods Social Media to Counteract Negative News About Hillary Clinton

    A significant portion of online support for Hillary Clinton is manufactured by paid “astroturf” trolls: a large team of supporters who spend long hours responding to negative news on the internet about her. The Clinton SuperPAC Correct the Record, which is affiliated with her campaign, acknowledged in an April press release that it was spending $1 million on project “Breaking Barriers” to pay people to respond to negative information about Clinton on social media sites like Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and Twitter. That amount has since increased to over $6 million. The trolls create a false impression that Clinton has more support than she really does, because one supporter will frequently create multiple anonymous accounts.

  60. max

    Larry and Leon highlights.

    Funny as …. especially when you think they have a general idea but they’re making it up as they go.

  61. JC

    Artie

    Dow jumps more 400 points at peak on reports of progress on China-U.S. trade talks

  62. areff

    you’re one sick fucker mate.

    You have a gift for understatement

  63. areff

    Carolinas. Vodka does that.

  64. Infidel Tiger

    Dow jumps more 400 points at peak on reports of progress on China-U.S. trade talks

    The market wants a deal. No deal is possible.

    China is going to die. We will survive.

    Relax.

  65. JC

    Artie

    Every time the market hears there will be more trade block restrictions, financial assets drop in value. Every time you hear there will be a deal, the market rises. This tells you trade is good and trade restrictions are bad economically. You need to re-learn this as you appear to have forgotten.

  66. JC

    This is being built in the california desert.

    A developer who loves to surf is building a $200 million artificial-wave resort in the middle of Palm Desert, Calif., part of a budding movement of artificial-wave parks opening across the U.S. and overseas.

  67. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    … fiat currencies have underlying value because men with guns say they do.
    — Paul Krugman

  68. JC

    Hey Stack

    What’s the collision count in Germany today so far. Also do you prefer rubber or leather soles on shoes and sandals?

  69. stackja

    JC posted about itself ‘I’m boring’

  70. Johno
    #3131026, posted on August 13, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    First class work Johno.
    … and long overdue.

  71. DrBeauGan

    Where’s Tom? It’s 14:09 on Tuesday afternoon here, and I’m getting desperate!

  72. Mark A

    DrBeauGan
    #3131237, posted on August 14, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Where’s Tom? It’s 14:09 on Tuesday afternoon here, and I’m getting desperate!

    Yes according to his avg. time he is now 7 minutes late

  73. Jannie

    Having reviewed Coroners Investigation Reports for over 100 Australian prison suicides I am astonished that a high profile case like Jeffrey Epstein was allowed to be unobserved, and Gobsmacked that he found the wherewithal to actually suicide while unobserved. If this happened in a WA prison, The Dept Commissioner, the Prison Supervisor, and the Officer of the Watch would be suspended for gross negligence and the Coroner and WA CCC would be all over it like a plague of ants.

    I think he was motivated to kill himself and it was probably suicide, but he was unaccountably given space to do it. Epstein’s life would be awful and promising worse to come, and anybody close to him a potential payback target should he testify against somebody powerful. Even though it probably was suicide, he had to have somebody helping him do it. Somebody to take him off 24 hour watch and issue him with a foldable sheet in a cell with a ligature point is gross negligence.

    If the Prison Supervisor/Governor/Warden is the next to kill himself then I will get even more suspicious.

  74. Mark A

    This I didn’t know, always thought the bulky bags were there to give an illusion of plenty of chips inside.

    Did You Know?

    Potato chip bags are filled with nitrogen gas to prevent spoilage and soggy chips. The extra “air” also helps protect the chips from being damaged by rough handling during the shipping process.

  75. DrBeauGan

    I got a pathetic txt from Maria last night at 22:30 saying she didn’t have enough money to buy Angeli breakfast tomorrow. So I told her I’d give her 50 cuc when I saw her next. So she said she’d come right away. I said it would be good if she got here before 21:30 and she agreed to be here by then.

    She actually turned up at 12:05 in the morning. I gave her everything I had, 80 cuc.

    She has worked out how to get at me through Angeli.

    I’m a complete sucker for little girls. They evoke unnatural urges in me. Like buying them pink teddy bears. Also natural urges, like buying them ice-cream.

  76. Mark A

    Jannie
    #3131239, posted on August 14, 2019 at 4:16 am

    I think he was motivated to kill himself and it was probably suicide,

    I can only judge him by what I would do and I disagree with you. He had plenty to live for with his wealth and intimate inside knowledge he could have moved mountains to get off at least lightly or at most a few years eating porridge.

    Now, what may have been coming his way once outside is a different matter.
    At best I would say forced suicide, like ‘you put the noose on or shall I’?

  77. Jannie

    Mark

    At best I would say forced suicide, like ‘you put the noose on or shall I’?

    That is hard to organise, to get somebody into the cell block, the cell and then the rough stuff. It takes collusion between two or many players, and is the first thing the Coroner will look for. I would be looking at the process of taking him off 24 hr watch, who applied, who approved, who actioned. The video surveillance failures…. I don’t rule out direct coercion, but that leaves so many forensic investigative trails that it would probably be detected. I am looking forward to the formal Coroners Investigation.

  78. Crossie

    I am looking forward to the formal Coroners Investigation.

    Why would that be different to any other politicised government activity? Public officials in US are now almost totally of the Democrat persuasion and particularly those in NY.

  79. DrBeauGan

    Thanks Tom.

    I’m generally inclined to the cock up theory ahead of the conspiracy theory, but not in the case of the Epstein death. Even if the prison authorities were convinced he wasn’t a suicide risk and that nobody suspicious could get at him, the implications of his being found dead in his cell are just too extreme to be worth the slightest chance. So it had to be fixed. So it wasn’t suicide, it was another Arkancide. The stench of corruption is overwhelming.

  80. Mark A

    Jannie
    #3131254, posted on August 14, 2019 at 4:40 am

    Mark

    At best I would say forced suicide, like ‘you put the noose on or shall I’?

    That is hard to organise, to get somebody into the cell block, the cell and then the rough stuff.

    Never been inside so have no idea, but if there is a will there is a way, we already hear about gross irregularities.

    Give you a scenario that I think is possible, but don’t know for sure, just give him some drug that will induce suicidal tendencies. I’m sure there is one.

    If not then I’m talking out of the wrong end sorry.
    Fact is we are just too naive and innocent in the ways of making a man kill himself.

  81. Mark A

    Mark A
    #3131257, posted on August 14, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Fact is we are just too naive and innocent in the ways of making a man kill himself.

    PS, Or make it look like he did!

  82. DrBeauGan

    Why would that be different to any other politicised government activity? Public officials in US are now almost totally of the Democrat persuasion and particularly those in NY.

    Quite so. If they can get at the prison authorities, and they must have done, why can’t they get at the coroner?

  83. Jannie

    Fact is we are just too naive and innocent in the ways of making a man kill himself.

    I am wondering if he had any family, or children, which would provide leverage. I cant find any reference to family on the net, and his Wikipedia entry looks like PC propaganda.

  84. Jannie

    If they can get at the prison authorities, and they must have done, why can’t they get at the coroner?

    The bureaucrats are probably all Leftist Uni graduates, but the investigators were hard nosed. Still, I’m not sure if the FBI is all that reliable given recent disclosures.

  85. struth

    Trump will use the Clintons if he has solid evidence about them, which I’m fairly sure he would have.
    The FBI won’t touch it, but that doesn’t mean poor left wing behaviour can’t be blackmailed into silence.
    It’s about the only way to do it, without a gun. If I were Trump , I wouldn’t be too energetic about chucking them in the slammer, just yet.
    Sweating lefties tend to live by the “every man for himself” creed.
    It’s a huge swamp to drain.

  86. struth

    The Yanks were hung up on anti-Communist hysteria and the discredited domino theory and uniquely ignorant of Vietnamese cultural priorities.

    Could you fit more shit into just one sentence?

    The Yanks were hung up on anti-Communist hysteria

    Translation.
    The yanks fight against pure totalitarian evil………………………..”hysteria” to a commo living in the free west!!

    and the discredited domino theory

    Discredited by who, Sam Dastyari, Antonio Gutterres, or a mushroom in you back yard? Especially looking at world history, and present times, good god, you couldn’t be serious, I’d call it very poor trolling but we know how fucking thick you are.

  87. bespoke

    Morning all

    Coffee
    Toms toons
    Coffee
    cuddle
    Go to work

    Life is good.

  88. 1735099

    Coffee
    First Dog
    More coffee
    cuddle
    Finish my Literature Review
    Mass for Keith

    Don’t have to go to work – suck it up……

  89. Mother Lode

    So the Trump Administration is introducing a rule to stop welfare recipient immigrants from becoming permanent residents.

    So that was what the ABC was deliberately misleading people about when their banner headline said Trump was targeting legal immigrants. The unstated assumption being that, if you are allowed into a country at you request for whatever reason and are extended welfare then you are entitled to everything else.

    The other headline about him putting endangered species at risk was rather more obvious: In the nightmare years of Obama when he was busy locking up as much land as possible there would have been a lot of Australian style deception about endangering species habitats which in reality cover half the country. He will be winding that nonsense back.

    Note that not even the ABC dare compare Trump to Obama explicitly – so insignificant his legacy has become and so preposterous his posturing.

  90. bespoke

    A little sad though finding out LL had 180B.

  91. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘I am looking forward to the formal Coroners Investigation.’

    I really don’t want to go all srr here, but if the Arkancidists can get to a bloke with billions of dollars and global publicity inside one of the most secure correctional centres anywhere and under a worldwide spotlight, they can get to a NY coroner who’s used to dealing with ODs, car accidents and punters washing up on the banks of the East River covered in sea lice.

    Sure, the investigators may be hard-nosed, but the FBI’s already been all over this as well as his island, which is pretty much guaranteed to remove a whole pile of things of potential interest.

  92. Gab

    the Trump Administration

    Three beautiful words.

  93. struth

    Any time, and in your own words, Sniffy.

    You have called Norway a socialist country while you believe National Socialist Germany was not socialist.
    Could you explain to us all, how you have come up with this wondrous theory?

    No linking to pre pubescent activists brain farts and lies.
    In your own words please.

  94. 1735099

    From this morning’s SMH

    She writes that while Mert Ney’s screams suggested a possible allegiance to Islamic extremist ideology, police have since seized a phone and USB stick containing information about recent mass deaths and violent acts of white supremacy in the US and New Zealand.

  95. DrBeauGan

    The medics I met the other day, at least the bloke, has been in touch. I suggested there was potential for a small import -export business trading between Australia and Cuba. I wrote a frank email on the likely problems and he is interested in talking about it face to face.

    Whether anything will come of it is impossible to tell at this stage. I hope his social circle includes a lawyer. We’ll need one.

    If we need a non US currency, I see a choice between euros and yuan.

    Finding goods to trade for a reasonable profit is the first problem, and keeping both governments from thieving it is the second. The third is staying under the radar of the US and also the establishment of existing traders. All of whom see it as in their interest to close us down.

    I don’t need the money particularly, but I like solving problems.

  96. calli

    He’ll be the dude on the horse with a fez, I assume.

    The horse with the fez was Marshall Ney.

    The rider was Abdullah.

  97. calli

    Rowe was good today. Very good, in fact.

    More like this, please.

  98. 1735099

    Could you explain to us all, how you have come up with this wondrous theory?

    Don’t know why I bother, but anyway….

    Read the Holocaust Encyclopedia.

    An extract –

    In the months after Hitler took power, SA and Gestapo agents went from door to door looking for Hitler’s enemies. They arrested Socialists, Communists, trade union leaders, and others who had spoken out against the Nazi party; some were murdered. By the summer of 1933, the Nazi party was the only legal political party in Germany. Nearly all organized opposition to the regime had been eliminated. Democracy was dead in Germany.

  99. Tom

    According to the media, scratching around in the dirt for crumbs from the Strayans in Pommyland, Justin Langer is seriously considering leaving out Australia’s best bowler, Mitchel Starc, for the second test at Lord’s tonight and giving second-rate vegan pansy Peter Siddle another go with James Pattinson and Josh Hazelwood.

    Starc missed the first test at Edgebaston, even though he starred at the World Cup, but he may also miss Lord’s because of the new rotation policy, which will also see Pat Cummins rested because of his fragile, injury-prone body.

    Langer reckons Siddle was “almost the bowler of the game” at Edgebaston and the churnalists therefore deduce Siddle would be unlucky to be dropped.

    I reckon Langer is being nice to Siddle mainly to baffle the media chooks (and the Poms) and he’ll go with Pattinson, Starc, Hazelwood and Nathan Lyon.

    Bring it on!

  100. calli

    There’s a little scene in Lewis’s “The Great Divorce” involving Marshall Ney.

    It’s a scene in Hell – a dim, grey, misty sort of place, filled with little houses, all getting further and further from each other. Napoleon is in one of them. Every minute of every day he tortures himself wondering what would have happened if Ney had come through and blaming him for the defeat.

    Hell is not fire and brimstone. It’s the fires of disappointment, broken dreams and futility.

  101. bespoke

    Literature Review

    “One mans heroic take down of a little special needs girl with just a mirror.”–Bio of numberwang.

    Epstein’s nightly reads.

  102. Knuckle Dragger

    From the Currant Bun:

    ‘A teenager who allegedly stole a vehicle involved in a horror smash at Cranbourne threatened to burn down Dandenong Magistrates’ Court and punched a wall as he was escorted out of his hearing this afternoon.

    Jack Ledlin, 18, cried and made the threat to set fire to the court if he didn’t get to see his girlfriend, who remains in hospital with critical spinal injuries suffered in the smash.

    “If I don’t get to f—ing see her tonight I’ll burn this place down. This is torture,” Mr Ledlin yelled during today’s court hearing.’

    Couple of things.

    Technically, yes, he’s a teenager. He’s also, by every other applicable standard of society, an adult.

    If he thinks being held on remand, and appearing in Kiddy Court instead of an actual court is torture, I’m putting my hand up here and now to show him what torture’s actually like.

    There are upsides to this though. The owner of the stolen car will get paid out fully by his insurer, the Mum and kiddies the crooks stacked into are all OK, and we are permanently rid of two more zero contributors to society. The other two will probably live and be on welfare for eternity, but at least they’ll be crippled and therefore unable to do burgs or steal cars.

    I can only dare to dream that old mate Jack is transferred to Barwon where he can display his toughness to blokes like Chris Binse and Matt Johnston. In short order, his ring gear will resemble Beaugy’s avatar.

  103. Diogenes

    Numbers,
    The Bolsheviks did the same to Menchevists, although both self identified as Communist/Socialist in Russia.
    Your point is ?

  104. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Hell is not fire and brimstone. It’s the fires of disappointment, broken dreams and futility.’

    This does not bode well for Liability Bob.

  105. Twostix

    As predicted, Australia is throwing half a billion dollars to various Pacific Island nations to help them deal with a problem – islands sinking due to climate change – that doesn’t exist.

    Nah we’re really buying their loyalty V China.

    Nobody cares about climate change anymore it’s just a shibolleth and brand for white middleclassness. All real politic has to be branded with Clinlmate Change for the retards that read The Guardian, SMH, etc to approve.

  106. 1735099

    Oh, and it was Finland, not Norway…..
    I quoted Finland in the context of their education system, which is streets ahead in every measure of those in the USA and Oz.
    The fact that they don’t have standardised testing, and that the teaching profession is heavily unionised has a lot to do with that.

    Both Finland and Norway are examples of the very successful Nordic model of Socialism.
    It comprises both economic and social policies, as well as typical cultural practices, common to the Nordic countries.
    There is a very comprehensive and well organised welfare state and the industrial scene involves multi-level collective bargaining.
    There is a very high proportion of unionised workers.
    The economic policies in the Nordic countries have their foundation in Capitalist theory and practice, but without the plutocratic features evident in other quasi democracies like the USA.
    The Nordic countries routinely top international happiness indices.
    Finland is the happiest country in the world. Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland hold the next top positions.

  107. Mark A

    DrBeauGan
    #3131277, posted on August 14, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Finding goods to trade for a reasonable profit is the first problem, and keeping both governments from thieving it is the second.

    No Dr, finding a postal service with reasonable rates is your first problem unless you are thinking of container size deliveries.

    I’m in the unfortunate position of fighting a Ch..se trader trading out of Shenzhen, peddling fraudulently, for the second time I may add. (he has so many co names I didn’t notice)

    What they do is follow a genuine popular brand of item and advertise it as their own at nearly same price not to arise suspicion and send you some rubbish. In this case I wanted glasses that you can self adjust to suit your eye problem, instead I got a pair of 3.5 Dio glasses you can get at any 2$ shop.)

    Point is I had ‘free’ delivery on a $50 US goods, to return it as demanded for a refund it would cost me $39US and no guarantee of an exchange or refund. Not a deal I like.

    In the hands of PayPal now, they came up trumps last time, and I got my refund.

    So, find a good postal rate for mail order, or a deal with other exporting entities to piggyback on?
    Good luck. I would actually trade from outside Cuba if it’s easy enough to carry or post goods to a friendly place near Cuba?

  108. Top Ender

    NT News misses a headline. Should have been “Runaway dope leads to dope”

    Runaway leads cops to dope
    A 30-YEAR-OLD man who tried to flee the scene of a crash by racing home inadvertently led cops to a stash of cannabis.

    Around 4.30pm Sunday, the man was travelling south bound on Telegraph Tce, Alice Springs when he hit a car stopped at a set of traffic lights near the fire station, at speed.

    The car was shunted into the right-hand lane; its two occupants sustained minor injuries. The man did not stop, instead driving to his home in The Gap where police later found and arrested him.

    A search warrant at the home allegedly unearthed a hydroponic set up in a bedroom growing 18 cannabis plants. He was arrested and charged, facing court yesterday.

  109. 1735099

    Here, out of the generosity of my heart, is some of my current reading list.
    There is always the hope that it might encourage somebody to read and unlock a few sclerotic minds.
    No doubt it will be wasted on many of the semi-literates, but what the heck –

    ANZAC’s Dirty Dozen, Craig Stockings, NewSouth, Sydney, 2012
    ANZAC’s Long Shadow, James Brown, Schwartz publishing, 2014
    ANZAC, The Unauthorised Biography, Carolyn Holbrook, NewSouth Publishing, 2014
    Australia’s Vietnam – Myth Vs History, Mark Dapin, NewSouth Publishing, 2019
    Australia’s War 1914 – 18, Joan Beaumont (Ed), Allen & Unwin, 1995
    Born on ANZAC Day, Ric Teague, Rosenberg, 2015
    Conscripts and Regulars: With the Seventh Battalion in Vietnam, Michael O’Brien, Allen & Unwin, 1995
    Contact – Wait Out: A Vietnam Diary, Bruce Ravenscroft, 1997
    Fighting to the Finish, The Australian army and the Vietnam War, Ashley Ekins with Ian McNeill, Allen & Unwin, 2012
    Spirit House, Mark Dapin, Penguin, 2015
    The Broken Years, Bill Gammage, Australian soldiers in the Great War, 1981
    The Nasho’s War, Mark Dapin, Viking, 2014
    The Penguin Book of Australian War Writing, Mark Dapin, Viking Imprint, 2011
    The Sharp End – The Trauma of a War in Vietnam, Brian Hennessy, Allen & Unwin, 1997
    The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory and the Legacy of Vietnam, Jerry Lembcke, New York University Press, 1998, p188,
    The Unforgiving Minute, Craig M Mullaney, The Penguin Press, New York, 2009
    Vietnam, The Australian War, Paul Ham, Harper Collins, 2007
    Vietnam, An Epic Tragedy, 1945 – 1975, Max Hastings, William Collins, 2018
    What’s Wrong with ANZAC, The Militarisation of Australian History, Marilyn Lake, Henry Reynolds, Mark McKenna & Joy Damousi, NewSouth, Sydney, 2010

  110. jo

    I reckon Epstein suicided after reading spuds expert analysis of the Vietnam conflict based on his front-line recollections. I’m not joking.

  111. Top Ender

    Also in the NT:


    THE Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education recorded a $1.2 million operating deficit in its most recent annual report

    RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS, NT News

    THE Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education recorded a $1.2 million operating deficit in its most recent annual report.

    The 2017-18 result was six times worse than a $200,000 deficit recorded in 2016-17.

    The Institute’s 2018-19 report has not been released.

    A former Batchelor Institute staffer, who did not want to be named, called the school and its system as “ruined”.

    The report also revealed a loss of 687 Vocational Education and Training (VET) students.

    The reason cited for the decrease was the loss of $2.6 million in funding from the NT Government’s Department of Trade Business and Innovation due to “non-achievement of training targets”.

    The former staffer said the Institute was wrongly focused on higher education and not VET.

    “The focus should be on the indigenous Vocational Educational Training for jobs, not art,” they said.

    “The mob down there they think they’re academics.

    “They want to turn Batchelor into the first indigenous university.

    “They need decent Vocational Education and Training to make up for the failings of the NT education system over the last 40 years.

    “They should be training health workers, they should be training classroom assistants … grounds people, horticulturists, marine rangers.”

    The report showed a significant drop in VET course completions, from 1037 in 2017 to 695 in 2018.

    It was the first drop in VET course completions since 2014.

    “They’re pretending they’re a university. They are not a university and never should be,” the former staffer said.

    “They’ve got these magnificent facilities down there and bugger all people using them.

    “You’d be lucky to have on any given day down at Batchelor, they’d be lucky to have 30 students on deck.”

    The former staffer was devastated at the state of the institute.

    “They consistently make poor choices … it’s just wrong what’s going on down there,” the staffer said.

    The Batchelor Institute was contacted for comment but did not respond.

  112. Entropy

    The reason the nazis, communists, fascists and other forms of authoritarian collectivists virulantly hated each other is they each regard the others as apostates from the one true faith.

    You know, splitters.

  113. mh

    Numbers, why do you post about the Vietnam war on car websites?

    Just wondering.

  114. Bruce of Newcastle

    Broelman for me. A giggle, and a nice riff on the Huawei hue and cry. Thanks Tom!

    Spooner has one in the Oz Business section. Westpac had a fun win in the courts yesterday, over ASIC who maintained that using a computer rating system to approve loans was unfair. Beak quote:

    The judge said a customer may “eat Wagyu beef” and drink “the finest shiraz” but will be able to change their habits to repay a loan.

    Who knew that people could change their habits, scrimp on soy lattes and smashed avo, and pay off loans? Yikes, more of this and someone will accidentally say the dreaded phrase “personal responsibility”!

  115. jupes

    Rowe was good today. Very good, in fact.

    Well any Rowe drawing of a man with his pants on is an improvement over his standard perverted garbage.

  116. 1735099

    The Bolsheviks did the same to Menchevists, although both self identified as Communist/Socialist in Russia.

    I don’t recall the NAZIs identifying as Communists, and writing Communist/Socialist is your way of conflating the two very different philosophies. Either that, or you share the very common CDS* symptom of reversion of every discussion to the binary. I understand that you may find that process necessary simply to get your head around it, but it ain’t reality.
    It simply doesn’t wash in the real world.
    But this is Catallaxy, home of conflation and obfuscation.

    *Catallaxy Derangement Syndrome

  117. mh

    Numbers, Germany recognises the period of Adolf Hitler’s rule as a period of National Socialism.

    So does Australia, btw.

  118. Cassie of Sydney

    I see that the Dulcolax addicted Jooo hating racist, the same grub who, when he’s not getting off on dead Joos, is getting off on dead women who had her throat slit….is shitting over this thread again. I see he wrote “Don’t have to go to work – suck it up……”….that’s because the racist Jooo hating serial fantasist has never worked a proper day in his life. He wouldn’t know the meaning of hard work.

  119. Bruce of Newcastle

    For our Napoleonic Cats upthread.

    Napoleon’s death mask for sale

    The mask was cast from a mold taken shortly after Napoleon’s death, according to New Orleans gallery M.S. Rau Antiques, which is selling the unusual artifact for $34,500. Napoleon, who had been exiled to the British territory of St. Helena following his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo, died on May 5, 1821.

    The 250th anniversary of Napoleon’s birth is Aug. 15.

    Another victim of Arkancide?

  120. Mater

    Numbers, why do you post about the Vietnam war on car websites?

    Because everyone’s got a car, and an opinion on it.
    As the years progress, fewer and fewer have been to Vietnam.
    It makes him special. Every year that passes makes him more so. He can hold court more easily.

    As he said last not, he’s “not into pissing contests“. He’d rather be the only one in the room with his dick out.

  121. Black Ball

    Tom, I believe Pattinson has been omitted. Starc in.

  122. Knuckle Dragger

    Unsurprising, TE.

    More free money will no doubt be the answer. You might as well have a full-blown university campus in Ouyen, or Cloncurry or Walgett.

    Batchelor’s only remaining attraction is the ‘butterfly farm’, which is actually smaller than the multitude of road signs pointing to it.

    The sooner they reopen (if they can) the Rum Jungle uranium mine the better.

  123. 1735099

    Numbers, why do you post about the Vietnam war on car websites?

    Wow – I must have a double.
    Tell me, what “car website” did I post stuff about Vietnam on.
    A link would be good.

  124. feelthebern

    Walked around the block when I got to the office today.
    That crazy chap did a lap of my block.

  125. 1735099

    He wouldn’t know the meaning of hard work.

    I started work at age 15, in 1962.
    Tell me, sweetie, were you born then?

  126. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Germany recognises the period of Adolf Hitler’s rule as a period of National Socialism’

    Ho, ho, ho.

    Millions of Germans over the past 70 years: ‘Hitler’s rule was a period of National Socialism’.

    Solitary whining pensioner in Toowoomba: ‘No it wasn’t.’

  127. Farmer Gez

    Anyone else stating to get sus about the ongoing nature of protests in Hong Kong and the deliberate targeting of the airport?

    It’s as if the protesters are trying to provoke a Chicom intervention, for the good of the people of course.

  128. Cassie of Sydney

    “feelthebern
    #3131314, posted on August 14, 2019 at 7:36 am
    Walked around the block when I got to the office today.
    That crazy chap did a lap of my block.”

    Careful Bern…..the racist fantasist here might try and find out where you work….he’s that desperate.

  129. Tom

    Thanks, Black Ball. Yes, Pattinson is out and so, it would appear, is Pat Cummins, which means Hazelwood and Starc get the gig at Lord’s with Siddle and Lyon.

  130. feelthebern

    Every poster at the Cat should assume numbers has a file on them.

  131. Cassie of Sydney

    “1735099
    #3131315, posted on August 14, 2019 at 7:38 am”

    Oooh..he’s getting vewy, vewy angry…..and it’s only early. I wonder what the parasite’s wish is today…..he got all excited yesterday…he heard that a RoP adherent was roaming the streets of Sydney slashing people.

  132. Knuckle Dragger

    Pattinson AND Cummins out? Jesus wept.

    Given Anderson’s absence for the Poms you need more than one beast in your attack, and although they’re very good Hoff and Siddle aren’t in that category.

    Helmets off, boys.

  133. Cassie of Sydney

    Actually…the SS guard reminds me of crazy Joe Davola….

  134. Bruce of Newcastle

    Pigs get to fly longer.

    Air Force completes A-10 re-winging to keep iconic aircraft flying into 2030s

    The iconic A-10 Thunderbolt II will be flying into the late 2030s thanks to a re-winging project completed by the U.S. Air Force.

    Air Force Materiel Command said in a press release on Monday that 162 A-10s received new wings thanks to a $1.1 billion project that began in 2011.

    A rare example of doing one thing excellently rather than the modern view of trying to do everything at once and failing. Hopefully the drone age will bring back specialization.

  135. Boambee John

    1735099
    #3131150, posted on August 13, 2019 at 10:05 pm
    It was Winston
    So he posts bullshit about his service as well?
    It’s catching.

    I don’t think that Winston has ever claimed to be a Vietnam veteran.

    Seagull don’t think before typing.

  136. Knuckle Dragger

    Bern,

    Nah. As much as he’d like to cultivate that image (look at moi powah!) the sad elderly malingering coward Old Yeller doesn’t have the grunt he used to.

    ….

    Geddit? Grunt? Doesn’t have the grunt? Waddaya think hey?

    Guys? Guys?

  137. feelthebern

    Whatever happened to that Colingwood rumour in the AFL?

  138. calli

    Another victim of Arkancide?

    Napoleon had dirt on Hill’s great great great grandfather?

    Makes perfect sense now.

  139. calli

    Winston’s service number was a metaphor.

  140. feelthebern

    A mate of mine flew out of HK on Sunday.
    His airline has emailed him saying that if there is grief at HK on they way back the flight will be diverted to Shenzhen with busses back to HK.

  141. 1735099

    Millions of Germans…..

    Well there you go.
    My BIL (met my SIL in Hamburg in 1982, married her, and moved to Oz in the nineties) must be the exception.
    He swears at you (in German) if you say anything that could be interpreted as claiming Hitler was left wing.
    He’s usually a very placid chap, and this embarrasses my SIL no end.

  142. Boambee John

    KD at 2303

    I’m reasonably confident there was a Ney as a divisional commander or similar in the Turkish forces during the 1915 Dardanelles campaign.

    Perhaps “Bey”, a Turkish term meaning chieftain? I think it was the rank for a divisional commander, Pasha was a higher rank.

  143. feelthebern

    Shenzhen airport is half the size of HK.
    It’s gunna get a little crowded there.

  144. Bruce of Newcastle

    One for Numbers, who rather likes Teslas.

    Women, men sharply divided on driverless cars (13 Aug)

    Women are far less enthusiastic about the prospect of driverless cars than men, recent studies show.

    The latest survey by the AAA car owners club found that 71% of respondents expressed fear about riding in a fully autonomous vehicle. However, a significantly higher percentage of women (79%) than men (62%) said they were fearful of being in a driverless car.

    Meanwhile, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab recently found 30% of men and only 14.3% of women, regardless of age, said they would feel comfortable riding in a fully self-driving vehicle.

    Another for Numbers, who rather likes Teslas.

    Tesla Model 3 traveling on Autopilot explodes twice after hitting a tow truck (12 Aug)

    Part of Moscow’s main ring road became a fiery mess after a Tesla Model 3 crashed into the back of a tow truck and exploded twice on the evening of Saturday, August 10. The driver and two of his children miraculously escaped the wreck with only minor injuries. He told investigators the collision happened while he was using Autopilot.

    Russians do like to live dangerously.

  145. feelthebern

    If you ever wanted to get anything in or out of China, using Shenzhen airport while HK is closed-semi closed is the way.
    They’ll be waving everyone through just to clear the place.

  146. DrBeauGan

    So, find a good postal rate for mail order, or a deal with other exporting entities to piggyback on?
    Good luck. I would actually trade from outside Cuba if it’s easy enough to carry or post goods to a friendly place near Cuba?

    That’s the fourth problem, Mark, and I had already thought a bit about it. The idea of going through Jamaica had crossed my mind, or possibly the Dominican Republic. My idea is to start small and find someone to courier stuff for the last stages.
    I have no experience of the Cuban postal system, but there is a conspicuous shortage of mail boxes. It’s a worry. I haven’t seen a sign of a post office in Havana. I guess they must exist but the thought of dealing with one is not something I look forward to.

    If I can get a case of small domestic electronics to Jamaica then carrying stuff back in back -packs by a hired courier might work. Much depends on Cuban customs.

    I’m not opposed to smuggling in principle. That and mild piracy are family traditions. It’s a matter of trade-offs.
    Piggy backing is a good idea if the rates are reasonable.

    I’ve obviously got a huge amount to learn here, it could be fun even if I don’t make a buck.

  147. Not Uh oh

    calli
    #3131332, posted on August 14, 2019 at 7:55 am
    Winston’s service number was a metaphor.

    A metaphor for what? It’s actually a real number that was issued to a real person back in 1942. Presumably that was Winston. Thank you for your service Winston.

  148. Farmer Gez

    How does your BIL marry your SIL Numbers?
    Is this a riddle?

  149. 1735099

    Every poster at the Cat should assume numbers has a file on them.

    Nah – none of you are real people.
    You’re actually bots – that’s where the binary problem emerges.
    Bots can manage only 0 and 1, one thing or another, black or white.
    It completely stuffs up any reasoning capacity.

  150. calli

    Reflecting during my morning walk on the citizens’ unconventional capture of Knifey McStabbyCreep and the wild response of certain commenters.

    The State was not involved. It was the people, behaving smartly and bravely. This should send a shiver up the spine of any Daddy State lover. The Men Without Chests are among us, as Ragu noted, but there are some tough nuts out there too.

    And they are being lionised. Sad Victoriastanis – take note. Disobey your craven rulers.

  151. calli

    Sorry to confuse the issue Uh oh.

    “Metaphor” has been used as an excuse for porky pies here of late. I have absolutely no doubt that Winston is a truthful individual.

  152. Mother Lode

    Moderate Liberals defend Berejiklian as agitation over abortion bill ramps up

    The Fauxfacts understanding of moderate is someone who wants their ideological enemies up against a wall and shot tomorrow, instead of today.

  153. dover_beach

    My BIL (met my SIL

    Things that make you go hmmm.

  154. feelthebern

    I always assumed numbers parents were brothers.

  155. DrBeauGan

    I tried the post office in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka, and managed to send myself a postcard. It took two weeks to travel a few kilometers, but it did arrive.

    I haven’t tried it in Havana.

  156. notafan

    That revolutionaries hating other revolutionaries has a long history, as la guillotine would testify, if she could.

    It might surprise someone but I imagine being young and healthy enough to go go to work with joy de vivre is a good thing, as opposed to a decrepit, spiteful, spittleflecked pensioner with a gold card

  157. MatrixTransform

    you cannot reason with a pathological liar.
    and m0nty makes an appearance whenever there is tragedy somewhere.
    peewee, maintains the ‘I know I am, but what are you’ idiocy.
    all clearly retarded and emotionally damaged people

  158. will

    Farmer Gez
    #3131317, posted on August 14, 2019 at 7:39 am
    Anyone else stating to get sus about the ongoing nature of protests in Hong Kong and the deliberate targeting of the airport?

    It’s as if the protesters are trying to provoke a Chicom intervention, for the good of the people of course.

    “According to Michael Yon, the protesters didn’t “block” anything, the government used them as an excuse to close the airport: “Fake Drama at Hong Kong Airport as China calls peaceful Hong Kongers ‘terrorists’ There was no need to cancel any flights. I was there as were probably a hundred journalists. It was very safe. I live streamed video right here on Facebook. Remember: China says the Dalai Lama, and Falun Gong, are terrorists.”

  159. notafan

    I posted an article a few days ago wherein an expat Cuban described the difficulties of sending his children some second-hand Lego and dinky cars via a postal service, and the 100 cuc ‘customs duty’ his wife had to pay to get them released, after several weeks in transit.

    Without grease the communist hole third world wheel does not turn

  160. areff

    Hell is not fire and brimstone. It’s the fires of disappointment, broken dreams and futility.

    I think that’s life before death, Calli.

  161. calli

    The HK protests have unsettled them, too.

    Not the grainy old footage from remote Beijing of the late 80’s. This stuff is being captured and uploaded by phone instantly. And the airport is a stage known throughout the world.

    The response, if it happens, will be brutal. And we will see it all. The cute little “let’s do business” mask will have slipped forever. The iron fist of Communism will be displayed in all its gory glory, and on our TV sets.

    Kochie calls the stabby rampage “carnage”. He hasn’t seen nothing yet.

  162. will

    mh
    #3131299, posted on August 14, 2019 at 7:19 am
    Numbers, why do you post about the Vietnam war on car websites?

    Just wondering.

    wonder no more

  163. calli

    I think that’s life before death, Calli.

    Lewis did too. He thought that what you choose in the here and now is an anteroom to the real thing.

  164. Bruce of Newcastle

    One for SF fans.

    Boris Johnson, master of the universe: Cult sci fi novel’s Amazon boost from UK’s new PM

    A CULT sci fi novel is getting a new lease of life of Amazon – because its hero is called Boris Johnson.

    Agent of Chaos, by US author Norman Spinrad, was written in 1967, three years after the birth of the UK’s recently confirmed Prime Minister. And fans have been quick to point out eerie and often amusing parallels between the book’s chief protagonist, leader of the so-called Democratic League, and the current occupant of Downing Street (and leader of the Conservative Party) – especially in the context of Brexit.

    The article is great fun. Norman Spinrad is still around, but sadly he has a very bad case of TDS.

  165. DrBeauGan

    I read that and noted it, Notafan. It’s pretty much what I’d expected.

  166. will

    Entropy
    #3131298, posted on August 14, 2019 at 7:18 am
    The reason the nazis, communists, fascists and other forms of authoritarian collectivists virulantly hated each other is they each regard the others as apostates from the one true faith.

    You know, splitters.

    There is nothing a socialist hates more than another socialist with a different 5 year plan

  167. feelthebern

    Cuomo’s Fredo offence is already unravelling.
    For the rest of his life, he will be called Fredo.
    LOL.
    Spectacular.

  168. calli

    His career has officially croaked, bern.

  169. Dr Faustus

    Well, this is going to go well:

    PM set for debate about Australia’s approach to climate change at Pacific forum

    “No matter how much money you put on the table, it doesn’t give you the excuse not to do the right thing, which is cutting down your emissions, including not opening your coal mines,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
    Prime Minister of Tuvalu

    Good job the $500 m Morrison threw on the table was apparently repurposed Aid, not new money. Still, it’s a shame that roads/schools/hospitals are about to be converted into dosh for junkets, slings for climate advisors and Big Men’s mates, and renewable frolics.

  170. Boambee John

    Not Uh oh
    #3131340, posted on August 14, 2019 at 8:06 am
    calli
    #3131332, posted on August 14, 2019 at 7:55 am
    Winston’s service number was a metaphor.

    A metaphor for what? It’s actually a real number that was issued to a real person back in 1942. Presumably that was Winston. Thank you for your service Winston.


    Was the 1942 number an RAAF one? Looks like one.

    I think Winston was in the Army, the number looks like a 2 MD one.

  171. Bruce of Newcastle

    Groanworthy Calli.

    More groaning from EUrophiles today I suspect:

    Poll: 54 Per Cent of Brits Want Brexit ‘By Any Means’, Including Suspending Parliament

    Presented with the statement “The Prime Minister needs to deliver Brexit by any means, including suspending Parliament if necessary, to prevent MPs from stopping it” by polling firm ComRes, 54 per cent of the public signalled their agreement, The Telegraph reports.

    By party, respondents who identified as Conservative Party voters backed the statement by an even more decisive 76 per cent, as did a significant 32 per cent minority of Labour voters, and even 25 per cent of voters who back the slavishly europhile Liberal Democrats.

    The fans of a second referendum are going to be weeping into their goat cheese margaritas. Who knew the mother of all parliaments was so undemocratic that voters don’t trust them?

  172. John Constantine

    Two Western Australian pig farmers, involved in the smuggling of Danish pig semen hidden in shampoo bottles, have been jailed.

    The managing director at GD Pork has been sentenced to three years in prison, and the production manager, sentenced to two years’ jail, after pleading guilty to multiple charges of aiding the illegal importation of pig semen over several years.

    Since 1995, no permit to import pig genetics has been granted because of the biosecurity risk.

  173. Farmer Gez

    Whilst our State and local governments ban plastic bags, the Wimmera town of Murtoa hasn’t had a doctor since April.

    They’re not far from Horsham but there’s not enough doctors there and they can’t take on new patients.

    The medical crisis deepens in rural Victoria.

  174. Farmer Gez

    Two Western Australian pig farmers, involved in the smuggling of Danish pig semen hidden in shampoo bottles, have been jailed.

    Not all of it was found.
    Kristina Keneally has been using the contraband for some time. It’s gives the bob a little twist at the tip.

  175. Boambee John

    … looks like a post-war 2 MD one.

  176. max

    Mark, that site for the glasses – is it reliable or is it the one you cautioned against ?

  177. Knuckle Dragger

    Boambee,

    Bey. That might be it. I’m doing stuff just atm so can’t look it up.

    That’s the rest of my day buggered.

  178. Knuckle Dragger

    Murtoa. Nice little joint. Excellent races, or used to be.

    A 20 minute, two-stubbies trip over half-bitumened road from the ancestral home.

    What the hell is going on?

  179. feelthebern

    Trump has been hammering Fredo on twitter for the last 12 hours.

  180. Leigh Lowe

    Now, to tell you the truth, I’ve forgotten myself in all this excitement. But being this is an A2 milkcrate, the most powerful milkcrate in the world that will fit your whole head completely in it, you’ve gotta ask yourself a question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’
    Well, do ya, punk?

  181. Mark A

    max
    #3131374, posted on August 14, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Mark, that site for the glasses – is it reliable or is it the one you cautioned against ?

    I think these would be legit, but don’t take my word for it.
    I’m beginning to be weary of buying on the net, It’s a pity because I had hundreds of good experiences but have been caught out twice by these shonks from Shenzen. I must be attracted to them or they see me coming.

  182. Twostix

    The State was not involved. It was the people, behaving smartly and bravely. This should send a shiver up the spine of any Daddy State lover. The Men Without Chests are among us, as Ragu noted, but there are some tough nuts out there too.

    This is how anglo civilisation operated up until the industrial revolution crammed everyone into mass artificial society.

    The british police – where they even existed – only carried a whistle to call the men in the community to help.

    The modern state militia which treats our communities like separate, aloof foreign occupiers is not natural or even desirable.

  183. Leigh Lowe

    Farmer Gez

    #3131341, posted on August 14, 2019 at 8:06 am

    How does your BIL marry your SIL Numbers?
    Is this a riddle?

    Bwah, ha, ha, ha.
    Another fabricated Spud parable falls at the first credibility hurdle.

  184. John Constantine

    After fighting off a takeover offer that would have replaced the abject broken failure mcgauchie management, [ by hiring the most expensive consultants to put together a consultant fee rich restructure] GNC graincorp slumps to a significant loss.

    They always did it tough in dry times, but the management structure now locks in huge losses in a dry year.

    Aug 2 (Reuters) – GrainCorp Ltd (GNC) said on Friday it expects to report an underlying net loss for the year, as it wrestles with a severe drought that has battered earnings at one of the world’s top exporters of commodities such as wheat.

    “This is an extremely difficult year for GrainCorp due to the significant disruptions we’ve seen in global grain markets, compounded by the drought in eastern Australia,” Chief Executive Officer Mark Palmquist said in a statement.

    The bulk grain handler expects to report underlying core earnings for the 2019 full year in the range of A$65 million to A$85 million ($44.2 million to $57.8 million) and an underlying net loss after tax in the range of A$70 million to A$90 million.

    GrainCorp said new crop trading opportunities in the fourth quarter are no longer expected to materialise, owing to reluctance by international market participants to consider new season contracts.

    Independent crop forecasters are predicting another below-average production year in Australia in 2019/20.

    The impact to core earnings for the year arising from the disruption to grain trade flows would rise to A$60 million to A$70 million, from the A$40 million it had flagged in April, the company said.

    The company added, however, that trading conditions for the remainder of its business, including malt, are tracking in line with expectations.

  185. Twostix

    exception.
    He swears at you (in German) if you say anything that could be interpreted as claiming Hitler was left wing.
    He’s usually a very placid chap, and this embarrasses my SIL no end.

    Sounds like a stereotypical german latent Nazi.

  186. John Constantine

    Sky Mobile has announced a child-friendly smartwatch, which it says will give parents the peace of mind of staying in contact with their kids.

    The Spacetalk smartwatch, which is designed for 5-12 year-olds, is a GPS tracker that includes a location on-demand feature. It also offers geofencing that’ll alert the parent when when the kid leaves a ‘safe zone’.

    The device also bundles in a Sky Mobile SIM card that allows the wearer to make and receive calls from pre-approved contacts. Those same contacts will also be able to send and receive messages from the smartwatch.

    Sky Mobile is also advertising what the smartwatch doesn’t have. There’s no access to social media apps, in fact there are no apps at all and no camera. Any functions you don’t want to be accessible can be switched off with the ‘school mode’ setting.

    Related: Best smartwatch 2019

    The Android-based watch, which has 24-hours of battery life, will cost parents as little as £10 a month and will come with 1GB of data with unlimited calls and texts. Any leftover data goes into the parents’ Sky Mobile piggybank and can be used for their own purposes.

    While there’s likely too be some pushback about a smartwatch geared at pre-teens, it’s actually a really good idea from Sky. Parents are able to keep in contact with their children without actually getting them a smartphone with all of the associated dangers and distractions.

    Sophia Ahmad, Director of Sky Mobile said “The Spacetalk kid’s watch is the latest in a range of products from Sky to help keep children safe. With the new school term on the horizon, we wanted to reassure parents by launching a device which will help them keep an eye on their little ones, whether they are doing after-school activities or travelling to and from school alone.

    “Keeping children safe is a key priority for Sky – we’ve also recently launched the Parents Guide on Sky Q, helping parents to make more informed decisions about choosing movies to watch, as well as Broadband Buddy, part of our Broadband Boost package, which helps families to manage their internet access in and out of the home.”

    Ultimately this is the communication tool our elites desire for all proles, only the right sort unrestricted.

  187. Leigh Lowe

    feelthebern

    #3131363, posted on August 14, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Cuomo’s Fredo offence is already unravelling.
    For the rest of his life, he will be called Fredo.
    LOL.
    Spectacular.

    Comparing “Fredo” to the “Ni99er” word wasn’t too smart.

  188. thefrollickingmole

    This is why you should never steal other peoples toiletries…

    Illegal pig semen racket busted, with WA pig farmers jailed

    Two West Australian pig farmers, involved in the smuggling of Danish pig semen hidden in shampoo bottles, have been jailed.

    Key points:
    Two men have been sentenced to jail for their involvement in illegally importing Danish pig semen
    At least 199 sows were inseminated with the illegally imported genetics, hidden in shampoo bottles
    The illegal semen racket took place between 2009 and 2017 and spawned more than 2,000 piglets
    WA pork producer and managing director at GD Pork Torben Soerensen has been sentenced to three years in prison, and production manager, Henning Laue sentenced to two years’ jail, after pleading guilty to multiple charges of aiding the illegal importation of pig semen over several years.

    Soerensen will be eligible for release after 18 months good behaviour, and Laue after eight months.

    GD Pork has been fined $500,000, however the company is currently in liquidation.

    Old and busted
    Cyberpunk dystopias with flying cars and cybernetic body parts.

    New and hot: Shampoo bottles full of pig spoof.

    Honk honk.

  189. Twostix

    Finland is the happiest country in the world. Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland hold the next top positions.

    There is something they all share in common. What is thst thing? I just don’t know.

  190. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The video Waleed Aly says you SHOULDN’T be allowed to see: The Project host claims vision of Sydney knifeman on the run during his stabbing rampage is too ‘traumatic’ for Australians

    Mert Ney, 21, was restrained by civilians after allegedly slashing throat of woman
    He also allegedly stabbed a woman in the back close to city’s Wynyard Station
    The Project’s Waleed Aly said he couldn’t see himself apprehending the suspect
    He added he did not think the public should see footage of the shocking attack
    ‘I feel like we are being traumatised by watching it,’ the presenter told co-hosts

    Daily Mail. You’ll be right, squalid. Leave it to the infidel to have a go.

  191. Leigh Lowe

    So, Spud has Holocaust deniers in the immediate family, eh?
    Hardly surprising.
    Does the brother-in-law (who is somehow married to the sister-in-law) let you wear the SS jacket on special occasions.

  192. Twostix

    Back in reality anyone who knows finnish men knows they’re far from being the happiest people on earth (lol at even trying to measure that) they’re weird silent dour and slightly creepy (too much inbreeding?)

  193. thefrollickingmole

    John Constantine

    Beat me like a rented mule to that story…

  194. Leigh Lowe

    Whilst our State and local governments ban plastic bags, the Wimmera town of Murtoa hasn’t had a doctor since April.

    Learn to code.

  195. Leigh Lowe

    I demand that Spud give us his brother-in-law’s SS regimental number so we can validate his story.

  196. Twostix

    I used to work with a Romanian. The worst example of the beady eyed runt bolshevik I’ve ever come across in real life.

    Ironically he wasn’t above a bit of holocaust denial – regularly downplaying Romanias place as Hitlers little mate in the war while damning Australians and British euro leavers as being Nazis.

    Epic clown world.

  197. Farmer Gez

    The old fixed asset grain handling system is coming unstuck with farmers turning to short term storage solutions (grain bags) and direct sales to end users or straight to port by truck.

    In the coming years Victoria will export very little grain as the domestic stock feed industry chews up the supply. This is s good thing.

  198. Mother Lode

    Just reflecting here on contingent circumstances, but if Epstein was being coerced to suicide, what sort of pressure could have been applied whereby he would prefer to be dead.

    It is easier to imagine if the person to be coerced had loved ones that could be got at if he were not cooperative – but did Epstein actually have anyone like that? From what I have heard he has struck me as a rat-cunning and opportunistic, but shallow perverse hedonist. For him he would have to be terrified to the exclusion of all hope, since any life has more hope than death.

    Similarly some people will die to keep their legacy intact – but again he did not strike me as having such a historical perspective where he would care for his post-mortem reputation.

    All that said, I suspect he had a very sparsely furnished inner life, living more in his skin than his heart. He would therefore not have the means to make his fall bearable – no recourse to ideals of stoicism, forbearance, belief in an ultimate vindication.

    Maybe he was scared shitless of facing the showers as a known kiddy fiddler.

  199. Twostix

    The Project’s Waleed Aly said he couldn’t see himself apprehending the suspect

    Imagine this guy at his mosque surrounded by big bearded arabs prepped and ready for biffo. He’s their worm, they loathe him but use him.

  200. cohenite

    This chris Cuomo Fredo business is rather amusing. What shits the left are. But non-lefts need continual reminders because unlike the left the non-left are decent and reasonable and willing to give people the benefit of the doubt; so I’m glad for the trolls here for their service in reminding us non-left folks (except head prefect who is a globalist) what total shits the left are.

  201. John Constantine

    Calabrian mafia’s attempt to smuggle in 15 million ecstasy pills into the country.

    He and more than 30 others tried to import $440 million worth of the drug into Melbourne from Italy, concealed in tomato tins.

    Nicola Gobbo, also known as Lawyer X, provided crucial information to help take down the syndicate, the royal commission was told, according to the ABC.

    Ms Gobbo handed documents about the shipping container – which she got from her client Karam – to police.

    Karam is now making a bid for freedom and if he wins it will jeopardise the convictions of more than 30 syndicate members,

    Crime syndicates importing drugs in half billion dollar lumps in tomato tins make enough to pay for freedom.

    Importing ‘boar batter’ in shampoo bottles sees you locked up. [ now that pig plague is around though quarantine should really mean something. this importation was low risk for disease though, more punishment for beating the system and telling people that would inform on you. sounds like a relationship breakdown and file dump somewhere.]

  202. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3131393, posted on August 14, 2019 at 9:17 am
    The video Waleed Aly says you SHOULDN’T be allowed to see: The Project host claims vision of Sydney knifeman on the run during his stabbing rampage is too ‘traumatic’ for Australians

    “too ‘traumatic’ for Australians” who watch The Project?

  203. Twostix

    Also lol at the bugmen who think it makes them look brave to admit that they are cowards.

  204. Farmer Gez

    The PC is strong in some.

    Laura Jayes reporting on the Sydney stabbing says the attacker was pursued by a group of men, she then gender corrected herself and said “mostly”.

    Who were these “mostly” that were missing on the video footage?

    The “mostly” tackled the assailant to the ground and placed the milk crate of feminist truth on him/her.

  205. will

    Mark A
    #31

    31382, posted on August 14, 2019 at 9:08 am
    max
    #3131374, posted on August 14, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Mark, that site for the glasses – is it reliable or is it the one you cautioned against ?

    I think these would be legit, but don’t take my word for it.
    I’m beginning to be weary of buying on the net, It’s a pity because I had hundreds of good experiences but have been caught out twice by these shonks from Shenzen. I must be attracted to them or they see me coming.

    I work with someone who had previously imported BBQ from China. They consistently got trash. Even when they were on site in China to supervise quality and loading, when the container arrived in Oz, it was trash. They gave that business away.

  206. Boambee John

    How does your BIL marry your SIL Numbers?
    Is this a riddle?

    SIL is the sister of the seagull’s wife.

    Marries Kraut, who then becomes BIL via marriage to SIL (or is that BILIL?)

  207. stackja

    cohenite
    #3131405, posted on August 14, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    It always happens! When a Conservative does even a fraction of what Chris Cuomo did with his lunatic ranting, raving, & cursing, they get destroyed by the Fake News. But when a Liberal Democrat like Chris Cuomo does it, Republicans immediately come to his defense. We never learn!

  208. 1735099

    Norrington nails it in today’s Oz –

    There but for our gun laws goes carnage……

    None of the many recent killing sprees by crazed individuals on US city streets could have been stopped cold with the application of two cafe chairs and a milk crate.
    Yet these simplest of objects, grabbed in haste, were all that several good Samaritans needed in Sydney’s CBD yesterday to end a violent rampage that had left one woman dead and another wounded.
    These passers-by did whatever was necessary to prevent further bloodshed by pinning down an out-of-control 21-year-old man until police arrived to take over.
    Acting instinctively and with remarkable bravery, they will no doubt go down as heroes.
    But this tragedy could have — and more likely would have ended very differently if it were not for a certain healthy culture that exists in Australia.
    The heroes would most likely have failed, and indeed been victims themselves, if the alleged perpetrator had carried a rapid-firing gun that could kill at a distance.
    It has long been accepted in this country, that the best way to limit limit the risk of senseless murder is to limit access to guns. It would seem to be a no-brainer.
    A gun is so lethal in the hands of a person with ill-intent against ordinary civilians going about their daily lives in a crowded city that the possible carnage can be on a scale too terrible to imagine.
    Yet this is precisely what happens in the US, daily, as no common sense prevails to take steps on stopping lone gunmen causing such unnecessary loss of life.
    The failure to take any meaningful action to rethink an American pro-gun culture that permits such easy access to weapons would seem irrational — despite so many other admirable qualities to be found in the US among its people.
    The story in the streets of Sydney could have ended so very differently yesterday.
    Most likely there would have been more dead, and no heroes.
    Violence by mentally disturbed people can be difficult to prevent in any country, but the comfort we have of limiting access to a killing machine lies at the heart of our safety.

  209. Bruce of Newcastle

    Al Gore sprung again.

    Climate Hustler, Partner At ‘Beyond Meat’ Largest Investor, Al Gore Moves To Profit Big From Anti-Meat Drive

    CNN recently reported here on the just published report from the global research nonprofit World Resources Institute. The 568-page report dubbed “Creating a Sustainable Food Future” recommends, among other actions, eating far less beef in order to rescue the planet. … WRI’s Co-Chair is David Blood. “David Blood is former Goldman Sachs’ Asset Management head who founded Generation Investment Management with Al Gore, yes that Al Gore,”

    Generation Investment Management is connected to Kleiner Perkins, where former Vice President Al Gore is one of its partners and advisors.

    Who’s Kleiner Perkins? It turns out they are Beyond Meat’s biggest investor, according to bizjournals.com here. Beyond Meat is a Los Angeles-based producer of plant-based meat substitutes founded in 2009 by Ethan Brown. The company went public in May and just weeks later the more than quadrupled in there value.

    Yes, Al Gore, partner and advisor to Kleiner Perkins, Beyond Meat’s big investor, stands to haul in millions, should governments move to restrict real meat consumption and force citizens to swallow the dubious substitutes and fakes.

    Oh what a web we weave.

  210. Leigh Lowe

    1735099

    #3131416, posted on August 14, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Norrington nails it in today’s Oz –

    So, Murdoch good?

  211. Boambee John

    Twostix
    #3131392, posted on August 14, 2019 at 9:15 am
    Finland is the happiest country in the world. Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland hold the next top positions.

    There is something they all share in common. What is thst thing? I just don’t know.

    Rather strangely, the newly “culturally enriched” Sweden, another Nordic country, doesn’t get a mention.

  212. jupes

    The “mostly” tackled the assailant to the ground and placed the milk crate of feminist truth on him/her.

    Milk crate – milk – mammaries – female. Only three degrees of separation.

    You go grrrllll!

  213. Leigh Lowe

    Bob.
    Your Cherman brother-in-law’s family name isn’t Kipfler by any chance, is it?

  214. thefrollickingmole

    Binary Numberwang apparently believes the only choices for firearms are complete ban or give them to mad people.

    Binary Numberwang is broken inside.
    Dont be like Binary Numberwag.
    Just dont.

    https://youtu.be/ioBueVTZ0RM

  215. 1735099

    So, Murdoch good?

    Unlike most here, I don’t do binary.
    The truth doesn’t take sides.

  216. C.L.

    Russell Crowe – himself once arrested after a public rampage – thinks this is something to be proud of.

  217. Mark A

    max
    #3131374, posted on August 14, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Max I juts ordered a pair of those glasses, they offer free return postage if paid by PayPal which I usually do anyway.

    Cost $36 AUD. $23 US, the exchange rate must be lousy.
    They appear to be a UK based co.

  218. stackja

    Eilish McColgan: Athlete attacks critics who called her ‘too skinny’
    Eilish McColgan said she is naturally small, but added that being a runner means she is skinnier than average too.
    Tuesday 13 August 2019 16:36, UK

    A Team GB silver medallist has told critics to “body shame elsewhere” after being told she was “too skinny” on Twitter.

    Scottish 5000m runner Eilish McColgan had told her 31,200 followers that she was “really excited” for the World Athletic Championships in Doha – and said she was in “the best shape of her life”.

  219. feelthebern

    Never go full numbers.

    h/t tropic thunder.

  220. Cassie of Sydney

    I told you all that the SS guard likes to play dress up in a uniform. He gets to act out a lot of fantasies.

  221. Mater

    The “mostly” tackled the assailant to the ground and placed the milk crate of feminist truth on him/her.

    Well, it was probably a female driving the car that made him fall to the ‘ground’.
    Who else would drive a Mercedes Station wagon?
    They need to find her, and lionise her.

  222. Boambee John

    A gun is so lethal in the hands of a person with ill-intent

    That would be someone willing to carry out a criminal act?

    Is there any actual evidence that criminsls have difficulty illegally obtaining guns, as the RoPer who shot Cutris Cheng did? Apart from pistols/revolvers, VICPOL seem to have found a couple of AK-47s recently, how many more are out there?

    The whole premise of this stupidity is that peopke willing to commit murder will worry about breaking other laws.

  223. Geriatric Mayfly

    Finland is the happiest country in the world.

    Doesn’t Finland have a bit of a grog problem, or is that what makes them happy?

  224. John Constantine

    The mcgauchie business model was to pricegouge for limited access to their infrastructure for big short term profit, which worked for a while, but when it is cheaper to buy new storage for yourself than pay big money for poor service, the core base customers walked away.

    So instead of running the existing business with existing access well enough that good management was a moat defending the core operations from competition that had to build new infrastructure from scratch, the mcgauchie model was to pay the worlds most expensive consultants to select brand new businesses to buy from private equity at top of the market prices to replace the core business they had thrown away.

    I know a family that bought old infrastructure from graincorp and have done very well out of running it as a business providing a service to customers, instead of a politically woke feeding ground for consultants and cronies.

    Get woke, go broke.

    And mcgauchie was howards chosen legacy for australia, from nowhere to the reserve bank/telstra/james hardie/graincorp/australian agricultural company…..

    To run the ‘smartest man in the room’ business model requires a certain primary qualification.

  225. Top Ender

    On the hypocrisy of the Greens:

    It must be an ill wind that blows Brown’s ideals away
    MAURICE NEWMAN

    While it took almost two weeks for the ABC to finally acknow­ledge it, former Greens leader Bob Brown is campaigning against the proposed Robbins ­Island mega-wind farm to be built in northwestern Tasmania. He says it will spoil views and kill birds.

    Who knew?

    Brown believes the plan is visually a step too far. He says: “Mariners will see this hairbrush of tall towers from 50km out to sea and elevated landlubbers will see it, like it or not, from greater distances on land.”

    He argues the public has not been properly informed of the private deals, or public impacts, or cost-benefit analyses of what would be one of the world’s biggest wind farm projects. Nothing new here. This is the world that for decades Brown and his global-warming acolytes have mercilessly inflicted on others.

    Time will tell whether his campaign to defeat the Robbins Island development is successful. If he fails, those “mariners” and “elevated landlubbers” will face the same desecrated land and seascapes that thousands of rural Australians live with every day.

    Those residents mainly live in more densely populated areas than Robbins Island. They too opposed wind farms, only to ­receive for their troubles lectures from ideologically driven bureau­crats. They were told to accept the developments “for the greater good” and “if we have enough wind, we won’t need coal”. Environmental desecration was simply “collateral damage”.

    When some suffered sleep deprivation from audible and inaudible turbine noise, ministers and public servants told them their symptoms were “imagined”. When they turned to the medical profession for help, both the Australian Medical Association and the National Health and Medical Research Council claimed they had found no “consistent evidence” of a connection. Victims argued the research was shoddy and biased.

    As a consequence many affected residents remain trapped in unsaleable homes and seek temporary palliative refuge. Some have abandoned their farms. Still others have taken their lives.

    As CD Hanning and Alun Evans wrote in the British Medical Journal in 2012: “The onus of proving safety falls on those introducing new forms of environmental pollution, including noise pollution, not on those exposed to the pollutant. A major principle of public health medicine is prevention.” In Australia, that principle doesn’t apply. Even the World Health Organisation now includes wind turbine noise as a source of potential health ­impacts.

    The Australian’s environment editor, Graham Lloyd, has revealed multiple examples of the wind industry’s environmental double standards. He reports how wind industry consultants have told farmers to illegally drain wetlands “so brolgas would not return to nest”, how the impact on birdlife has been greatly understated and how conniving Greens “are condoning the ­destruction of wetlands, native vegetation and, native species, just so wind farms can be built”. Compared with their never-ending campaign to save the black-throated finch from the proposed Adani coalmine, this is surely the last word in hypocrisy.

    Clive Hambler, a respected British ecologist, sees big wind’s behaviour as a global issue. He says the wind industry is “devastating populations of rare birds and bats across the world, driving some to the point of extinction”. He claims “the public is not more aware of this carnage because the wind industry (with the shameful complicity of some ornithological organisations) has gone to great trouble to cover it up — to the extent of burying the corpses of victims”.

    Hambler should have added complicit governments to his list. As Democratic Labour Party senator John Madigan told parliament in 2013: “The large-scale wind energy industry is being ­allowed to do what it likes, where it likes, in Australia. Wind energy should be a tale of positive action and change. Instead, the real story is one of regulatory failure, harm to local residents, environmental damage, wrongly issued renewable energy certificates and a discredited RET system.”

    It’s true. Big wind has become the ultimate haven for the world’s rent seekers. It has forged close relationships with global warming activists. Its government connections have allowed flawed and conflicted environmental impact statements to pass without challenge. It promises employment and delivers little. For years, non-compliant wind farm operators have pocketed consumer and taxpayer subsidies.

    It took the blackout of 850,000 South Australian homes and businesses for the authorities to finally bring proceedings against a number of wind energy producers for allegedly failing to ensure their power plants complied with basic performance ­requirements.

    Universally, the government-wind coalition has a dubious reputation. It has been rocked by scandals, such as the €110 million paid in commissions to Spanish government officials. Similar corruption has been found in France and the US. It has covered up life-threatening turbine accidents, environmental damage and erased damaging health data. Yet, despite its best efforts, this coalition seems to be losing control of the agenda. Last year, growth in worldwide wind capa­city stalled.

    Prominent among the reasons is the legal action of wildlife and forest conservationists who, like Brown, are fighting new wind farms. They can no longer ignore the impact on endangered bird species, bats and even insects. Their intervention has coincided with a growing political backlash as the economic cost, poor ­reliability and emerging health issues associated with wind are gaining the attention of voters.

    Suddenly, previously taboo questions are being heard. For example, are the emissions ­released in the building and ­installation of turbines ever really offset? Given their major impact on bird mortality and possible links to childhood leukaemia, should the spread of overhead powerlines be limited? And with an estimated 43 million tonnes by 2050 of unrecyclable blade waste, who will pay the cost of ­decommissioning?

    Brown and his fellow travellers are beginning to learn that “grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure”.

    Link

  226. struth

    Any time, and in your own words, Sniffy.

    You have called Norway and Finland socialist countries, while you believe National Socialist Germany was not socialist.
    Could you explain to us all, how you have come up with this wondrous theory?

    No linking to pre pubescent activists brain farts and lies.
    In your own words please.

    You fail with the ” Hitler fought Socialists so therefore he isn’t one”, line, because the Labor party fight the Greens on issues.
    Both are socialist.
    So we’ll fix it for you.
    Hitler fought other socialists.
    This is for the simple reason that totalitarianism requires one controlling all.
    They never do sharing of power well.

    Hitler’s socialist welfare state involved absolute party / government control of education and welfare was started in Germany.
    So try again, dumb arse.

    How are the capitalist nations with high welfare like Norway and Australia, for that matter, socialist, while the National Socialist Germany was not.

    I don’t want you rambling on about bits of socialism that is found in capitalist countries so wealthy from capitalism they can afford it, I want you to tell us why they, according to you, are socialist, while Hitler’s Germany was not.
    You still haven’t answered the question.

  227. 1735099

    The whole premise of this stupidity is that peopke willing to commit murder will worry about breaking other laws.

    No, there’s a much simpler premise.
    The fewer firearms in the community, the less likelihood that they will be used for mayhem.
    Some will, but the scale will be much less. Just compare the rates here with those in the USA.
    You’re one of those who discards the good in search of the perfect.
    You don’t understand the real world.
    Naivety and paranoia are a toxic mix.
    The statistics have been telling us that for decades.
    It really is a no-brainer.

  228. stackja

    Curtis Culwell Center attack
    From Wikipedia
    The Curtis Culwell Center attack was carried out by two ‘you know who’ extremists from Arizona who attacked officers with gunfire at the entrance to an exhibit featuring cartoon images of Moo ‘you know who’ at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas on May 3, 2015.[9] The attackers shot an unarmed Garland Independent School District (GISD) security officer in the ankle.[10][11] Shortly after opening fire, both attackers were shot and killed by an off-duty Garland police officer.[12]

    Links in article might contain ‘naughty’ about ‘you know who’.

  229. struth

    The Nordic countries routinely top international happiness indices.
    Finland is the happiest country in the world. Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland hold the next top positions.

    Yes and Melbourne was classified as the most Liveable city.

    Please spare us the analysis of opinion by socialist bureaucrats.

    Just tell us what made socialist Germany not socialist, while Finland is.

  230. Leigh Lowe

    Part of Moscow’s main ring road became a fiery mess after a Tesla Model 3 crashed into the back of a tow truck …

    Simple explanation.
    AI and machine learning.
    Tesla cameras and computers are so used to seeing the arse end of a tow truck, it didn’t recognise any problem until it was two feet away.

  231. C.L.

    Could Numbers and his addicted respondents go and start their own blog, please?

  232. Bruce of Newcastle

    No drive throughs in little Mogadishu.

    Minneapolis Bans New Drive-Thrus

    I doubt there’re any in the original Mogadishu either, as excitable kiddies might take offense at the service.

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