Open Forum: August 17, 2019

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  1. Knuckle Dragger

    First. Claimed it!

  2. C.L.

    I want to buy this green land.

  3. C.L.

    But first I’ll have to kill one eskimo.

  4. Rossini

    Evening late night readers

  5. Infidel Tiger

    Buying Greenland is Trump’s legacy for a century.

    Make it happen. Will be far more significant than Louisiana or Alaska.

  6. JC

    Who owns Greenland? If it’s the Danes, you just turf them out.

  7. John Constantine

    https://warontherocks.com/2019/05/chinas-multifaceted-arctic-strategy/

    Chinese investment constituted almost six percent of Iceland’s average gross domestic product for the five years covered by the CNA study. That investment has created economic dependence on the Chinese while giving China access to Iceland’s politicians, scientific facilities, geothermal energy expertise, and telecommunications infrastructure. Chinese investment accelerated following the 2008 global financial crisis, when Iceland was particularly vulnerable economically.

    In 2011, Chinese businessman Huang Nubo tried to buy land in northeast Iceland for a golf resort, a dubious venture given Iceland’s climate. Indeed, my interviews with Icelandic officials revealed a worry that the real intent was to build a Chinese-controlled airfield or port. Iceland’s Interior Minister, Ogmundur Jonasson, was subject to tremendous political pressure to allow the deal, according to my interviews. The Icelandic economy needed an injection of capital, and everyone from the prime minister on down saw the real-estate deal as an easy win.

    Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant, reached a deal with Icelandic mobile phone companies to test 5G technology in February 2019. Because of these investments, Iceland cannot blatantly disregard Chinese preferences without significant economic risk.

    China has engaged in similar activities in Greenland. Greenland falls under Danish sovereign control. Its 57,000 residents are spread across a vast territory with poor infrastructure. Poverty and unemployment are much higher than in Denmark proper. Residents have few prospects to improve their living standards other than by selling rights to extract Greenland’s abundant rare earth minerals.

    Chinese firms have invested heavily in Greenland, constituting almost 12 percent of Greenland’s average gross domestic product from 2012-17. Investments focused on mineral extraction, including rare earth minerals, iron, copper, and uranium. The persistent worry in Copenhagen, as Lene Espersen, Danish foreign minister in 2010-11, told me, is that Chinese investment could overwhelm Greenland’s economy and thousands of Chinese workers could change the local culture.

    Of course, australias politicals handed the australian antarctic territory over to the chicoms for a banquet of dim sims and a new huwei phone.

  8. C.L.

    An exclusive in the SMH:

    ‘My love for the game died inside of me’: Adam Goodes moves on.

    He’s an adult, remember …

    Adam Goodes has no desire to reconnect with the AFL and has dismissed the notion he’d become a code commissioner after he was booed into playing retirement, ground down by racial abuse.

    Enduring fault lines stem from Goodes’ sadness at how he came to detest football due to relentless crowd booing through 2014-2015 and a sense he was let down by the AFL’s hierarchy.

    The AFL issued a formal apology to Goodes in June, addressing its mishandling of the booing period that took a grave toll on the wellbeing of a player champion and 2014 Australian of the Year.

    Goodes has detailed the depths of his anguish for the first time in an interview for the Spectrum section of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, describing how he retired as an “emotional wreck”.

  9. TheSemiMentalBloke

    In for the baker’s dozen.

  10. Rafe Champion

    Goodes the football player will be forgotten.
    He will be temembered as a pawn in the left’s racist and divisive victim game.

  11. zyconoclast

    Law student sues Queensland university for $14MILLION after he failed multiple subjects – alleging he was discriminated against for being autistic

    Mr Prider also alleged the uni denied him special treatment he needed, such as time to complete exams, ‘extra time’ for assignments, preferential seating and to sit his exams in a separate room.

  12. johanna

    Hey Steve. I posted a note of appreciation at the end of ye olde fredde, fyi.

  13. Steve trickler

    Good evening, johanna.

  14. johanna

    Steve, someone posted an extraordinary clip of a balalaika version of Stairway to Heaven yesterday – don’t know if you saw it.

    It was weirdly compelling. The musicians were wearing dinner jackets.

  15. Steve trickler

    johanna.

    I’ll check it out.

    Do have fun with the following.😎



  16. Tom

    David Rowe puts Alan Jones Derangement back on the roster momentarily before returning to his daily TDS. Leftard cartoonists are so predictable.

  17. jupes

    Adam Goodes has no desire to reconnect with the AFL and has dismissed the notion he’d become a code commissioner after he was booed into playing retirement, ground down by racial abuse.

    Booing is NOT racial abuse. In fact it is likely that Goodes was never racially abused during his entire career. The young girl who called him an ape claims that she didn’t know it was racist to do so. I believe her. She was probably referring to his bearded face rather than his skin colour.

    Polly Farmer was an Aboriginal footballer in the ’50s and ’60s who was racially abused. Here’s how he dealt with it:

    “In those days … there was only two ways to lower the ability of opposing players … either slander them or physically assault them,” Farmer said in 1999.
    “In my case I didn’t have a problem with that because all I did when I heard it, I came back just as strong.
    “If a person was slandering me all I wanted to do was beat him fairly and squarely out on the footy field.
    “If I had to stand and defend myself every time someone called me a ‘d***ie’ or a ‘n*****’ or a ‘b***g’, all I’d do would be fighting all day.
    “So I just accepted the fact that was going on and hardened myself to it.”

    Farmer and Goodes were both champion Aboriginal footballers. Only one was a champion man.

  18. Steve trickler

    A follow up would be great. How is she doing?



  19. johanna

    Crikey, Steve, Henri put my heart rate up (in a good way.) He certainly reminds us that the piano is a percussion instrument. I hate to think what condition the poor thing is in after each gig. And, he didn’t look down once.

    He reminds me of another great piano percussionist, Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim. Bra Joe from Kilimanjaro is a masterpiece, from his African Piano album, which is chock full of good stuff. I saw a video of him performing, and he is one intense guy. You got the feeling that if you came between him and his piano, he’d kill you.

    Anyway, enough esoterica. Here is the theme from Peter Gunn, performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s a corker. Just the right amount of sleaze. 🙂

  20. jupes

    A philosophical question for AFL fans.

    Why is there more talk of John Worsfold getting the sack than Simon Goodwin?

  21. jupes

    Another philosophical question:

    If a man is sitting in an apartment in a French town drinking Bordeaux, listening to music from Spotify and about to eat a superb meal cooked by his darling wife, why would he return to Australia?

  22. johanna

    Thinking further, what a wonder it is that an Italian American (Henry Mancini) made music that is now being played in Prague, long after his death.

    Mancini also wrote a few other tunes, like the theme of the Pink Panther series, Moon River and the Baby Elephant Walk. To name just a few.

    He won four Academy Awards and twenty Grammys.

    Unlike our resident w-o-p, he made a huge contribution to popular culture, and gave (and is giving) pleasure to many millions of people.His parents were poor Italian immigrants, but they worked hard and Henry ended up on a scholarship at Juilliard. His family, poor as they were, loved music and his father played instruments.

    What a contrast to the people pouring into the US today.

  23. bespoke

    jupes
    #3133536, posted on August 17, 2019 at 5:01 am

    I got nothing, enjoy. Life is good.

  24. johanna

    Knuckledragger, I think we need your patended hangover cure here, smartish.

  25. Up The Workers!

    To Jupes at 4.13am:

    ‘The Chant of Adam Goodes’ (or how to lose the loyalty of a lifetime’s fans in ten seconds):

    “Ohhh Mum, there’s a 12-year-old girl in the crowd who is calling me awful names and is bullying me cruelly. Make her stop mum, or I’ll take my football and my Brownlow and go home. She’s the ugly face of Australian race-based discrimination. Ohhh Muuuum!”

    Having seen both Polly Farmer and Adam Goodes play, I agree totally with your last line.

  26. 1735099

    Goodes the football player will be forgotten.
    He will be temembered

    This must be Catallaxy.
    Two completely contradictory statements in two lines.

  27. Eyrie

    The Don should buy Greenland. Right after that let’s GIVE him Australia. We could fire just about our entire Federal bureacracy, get the protections and rights of US citizens (including 2A) and the country will be properly defended.

  28. 1735099

    First Dog on transgender kids.
    Catallaxians can’t hack any form of ambiguity.
    It blows their small minds to pieces.

  29. 1735099

    get the protections and rights of US citizens (including 2A)

    Including the right for our kids to be shot at school.
    Now wouldn’t that just be peachy…..

  30. johanna

    Catching up. cohenite posted a dancer called Sven (I know, I know) at 11.08 last night.

    He is Jacksonite in his talent and moves. He manages to seem rubbery and puppet-like at the same time. His clothes are terrible, though. They do him no favours.

    I’m not much of a fan of dance as an art, but he is worth a watch.

  31. Mark A

    Rafe Champion
    #3133510, posted on August 17, 2019 at 2:49 am

    Goodes the football player will be forgotten.
    He will be remembered as a pawn in the left’s racist and divisive victim game.

  32. zyconoclast

    ‘It’s given me freedom’: Three women on being childless by choice

    According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 24 per cent of Australian women will never have children, and child-free homes will overtake the number of households with children by 2031.

    “I have a rich life”
    Although Alicia Young, a 51-year-old journalist and author, had no interest in having children, she felt moved to help two friends start families of their own.

    I work in a male-dominated environment and I have a solid circle of career-minded, child-free friends, so I’ve never felt judgment. I feel a sense of disbelief whenever I hear the term ‘selfish’ because, ironically, I have all the time in the world to volunteer, assist with community projects and help out family and friends when they need me. That same freedom has allowed me to take on challenging work and buy my own house as a single woman.

    Motherhood is a tough sell; I see plenty of women who are constantly tired, guilty and so distracted by what their kids are doing, saying or feeling that they can no longer see anything else. When you’re childless by choice, many mums will honestly tell you, ‘I love my kids but I if had my time again, I never would have had them.’ That’s all the warning I need.

    My child-free friends and I are now planning our retirement; the idea is to live in a Golden Girls-style commune.

    When I was dating, I kept having this recurring nightmare that I’d meet the man of my dreams and he’d want to have six children. I knew from a young age that this would be a deal-breaker for me; I grew up an only child and never felt comfortable around children.

    It sparked the idea for us to publish a book, Child-Free Zone: Why More People Are Choosing Not to Be Parents, and kicked off a blog which elicited a large amount of mail – particularly from parents who regretted having their own children. It was heartbreaking to discover just how common that feeling was.

    One of the things I really object to is having a child for the wrong reasons, such as a family or cultural expectation, or because you tell yourself that maybe you’ll grow to love motherhood, or because you feel it’s just ‘what we do’. Overpopulation is a problem; we can’t sustain life on the planet at the rate we’re breeding. You have children because you’re desperate to raise a child of your own.

    When I think about it, I believe the decision to remain childless comes down to a mix of things. A joyful life meant one in which I could travel extensively and have a journalism career with the flexibility to follow a big news story at a moment’s notice.

    I met my husband, Jon, when I was 22 and I was thrilled to discover he also wanted a child-free life. We have lived in eight countries in 16 years together and I’ve been able to work as a news anchor in Moscow and as a foreign correspondent throughout Europe, Asia and South America.

    When a friend was struggling to fall pregnant, it seemed like a very natural decision to donate my eggs to help her start a family; her daughter, Rachael, is now 19.

    Four years later another friend was able to get pregnant with one of my eggs; her son, Sam, is now 15. And although both children look very much like me, I just feel like any other aunty. It’s a journey I’ve documented in my book, Two Eggs, Two Kids.

    I’m often asked, ‘Won’t you be lonely when you’re old?’ Yet becoming a parent is no guarantee you won’t be lonely. And many mums have told me that while they love their children to bits, they could have had a happy life without motherhood. So I’m confident I’ve made the right decision.”

  33. bespoke

    A bit of fun to start the day.

  34. 1735099

    The Jones problem – a ratings star but a costly defamation expense and divisive human being

    Jones – AKA the Sock Jock….

  35. 1735099

    The USA is such a wonderful country.
    It treats its veterans sooooo well………….

  36. johanna

    Good one, bespoke.

    Here are Pete and Dud on the life of Jesus, recorded in Australia.

  37. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    numbers have you been told today? …. fuck off

  38. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 24 per cent of Australian women will never have children, and child-free homes will overtake the number of households with children by 2031.

    the infinite capacity for female selfishness

  39. 1735099

    the infinite capacity for female selfishness

    Any male posting this has no understanding of, or capacity for, irony……

  40. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    numbers you are a boring old goat. piss off

  41. Eyrie:

    The Don should buy Greenland. Right after that let’s GIVE him Australia. We could fire just about our entire Federal bureacracy, get the protections and rights of US citizens (including 2A) and the country will be properly defended.

    You realise that Australia would return only Democrat politicians?

  42. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Cathay Pacific boss resigns amid Chinese pressure over Hong Kong protests

    This week, Cathay terminated the employment of two pilots over their involvement in the protests, after being ordered by China’s aviation regulator to suspend personnel who had engaged in illegal protests.

  43. Twostix

    According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 24 per cent of Australian women will never have children, and child-free homes will overtake the number of households with children by 2031.

    Euthenasia laws are going to be hard on them.

  44. Eyrie

    “You realise that Australia would return only Democrat politicians?”
    Dunno Winston. No compulsory voting.

  45. Twostix

    My child-free friends and I are now planning our retirement; the idea is to live in a Golden Girls-style commune

    Ahahaha is this a parody?

    The next generation, in the middle of a recession and unabke to afford a nice house ever, aren’t going to be interested in shouldering the societal burden of you and your old maid’s commune, love.

  46. Eyrie

    Is anyone surprised that the Chinese government turn out to be Fascists who pretend there are private companies but tell them in detail what to do? More evidence that communism and fascism are much the same. Only a few details differ but jackbooted thugs, gulags and bullets in the back of the neck are common features.

  47. bespoke

    johanna
    #3133557, posted on August 17, 2019 at 6:44 am

    👍

  48. Eyrie

    Any Australian company claiming to own assets in China or Hong Kong should write them down to zero under any sane accounting rules.

  49. Twostix

    These women are making a terrible mistake. Like many of the evonomic mercenaries who have arrived in Australia they’re operating in the tail of one of the most wealthy and stable periods in the the country’s history which they mistajenly think is normal.

    They’re making lifetime decisions based on mistaken the idea that this moment is normal forever.

    Any astute person knows its not, we’re already on a downward slope economically and politically both locally and globally.

  50. 1735099

    He will be remembered as a pawn in the left’s racist and divisive victim game.

    And you will be remembered as an arrogant and condescending pseudo commentator condemns materialism whilst at the same time seeks to institutionalise it.
    You are quite at home posting on a website which has no capacity to deal with the reality of ambiguity. Your commentary lacks any form of tolerance or compassion, and you are unable to analyse more than two ideas at at once.

    Constant efforts are required to eliminate error and muddled thinking because the risk is ever-present that the bad will drive out the good

    sounds like something you’d hear from the local chapter of the people’s congress.

  51. Twostix

    When a friend was struggling to fall pregnant, it seemed like a very natural decision to donate my eggs to help her start a family; her daughter, Rachael, is now 19.

    Four years later another friend was able to get pregnant with one of my eggs; her son, Sam, is now 15. And although both children look very much like me, I just feel like any other aunty. It’s a journey I’ve documented in my book, Two Eggs, Two Kids.

    Wow. That got seriously weird quickly.

    Like I’ve said many times: the professional middleclasses are really fucking weird at times. The average working class person has no idea this sort of stuff goes on as they’re being lectured by these peope.

    So she actually has two chldren. That maternal instinct: almost nothing can stop it.

  52. johanna

    I’m glad to not be abiding in the fields just now. It’s bloody cold out there.

    I was amused to read that Julie Bishop, who had a very good career in politics, is telling all and sundry about how the only reason she never became PM is ‘sexism.’

    I worked in an agency she was responsible for. Everything we put up went into a black hole. Statutory deadlines were ignored. She was lazy and incompetent.

    Thanks to whoever put up the before and after pics, she was a gutter rat scrapper turned respectable, just like our dear Lizzie.

  53. bespoke

    It is important when people like numberwang who are wallowing in self pity and hatred not to let them drag you down with them.

  54. Twostix:

    Euthenasia laws are going to be hard on them.

    No they won’t – their children wiilll…
    Damn. I just saw the flaw in their dastardly plan.

  55. calli

    My child-free friends and I are now planning our retirement; the idea is to live in a Golden Girls-style commune

    The reality – demountable sheds in a low-cost “retirement village”.

  56. calli

    You’re terrible, Winston. 🙂

  57. egg_

    The persistent worry in Copenhagen, as Lene Espersen, Danish foreign minister in 2010-11, told me, is that Chinese investment could overwhelm Greenland’s economy and thousands of Chinese workers could change the local culture.

    Raaaacist!

  58. Mater

    I was amused to read that Julie Bishop, who had a very good career in politics, is telling all and sundry about how the only reason she never became PM is ‘sexism.’

    Interesting isn’t it, given that she has now openly admitted to flirting with men to achieve her desired endstate.
    We use the tools we are blessed with, but at the end of the day, we must carry their weight also.

  59. johanna

    Knuckles, I can only assume that you have not woken up and administered your hangover cure to yourself.

    *kicks comatose dragger in the arse*

    I’m just returning to my Robert G Barratt novel for a few minutes. After that, it’s the bucket of water over the head.

    BTW, my favourite hangover cure happened when I was living in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney. You would go to the Bourbon and Beefsteak and eat the James Bond breakfast. Bacon, eggs, toast, coffee and orange juice, with a hefty Bloody Mary as a starter. You sat at a table with windows open overlooking the street, while Frank Sinatra played on the jukebox.

  60. Bruce of Newcastle

    Florida woman…

    Florida vacation home overrun by vomiting, pooping vultures

    A New York couple’s luxurious vacation house in Florida has been taken over by dozens of vultures, and the birds are vomiting and defecating everywhere.

    Siobhan Casimano and her partner purchased the three-bedroom, $702,000 home at Ibis Golf and Country Club in April. However, four months later, the two, who has a 2-year-old daughter, claim they are no longer able to visit because a neighbor is feeding the wildlife.

    Casimano, who described the smell from the birds as “like a thousand rotting corpses,” said she fears for her daughter’s safety and has guests park far away if they do visit to avoid the vultures pecking at the cars.

    Katz said an elderly woman is said to be feeding the vultures. Katz claims she puts out four 20-pound bags of dog food a couple of times a week, The Palm Beach Post reported.

    “A feeding event is nauseating. And when the birds are done they sit on my roof, on my trees. My pool guy’s afraid to come here,” she told the paper.

    People have suggested scaring them with fireworks or balloons, but that doesn’t work for long.

    Katz even tried putting out four fake owls that have moving heads and blinking lights. “The vultures chewed the owls apart,” she said. “They ripped the heads off.”

    At least the elderly lady doesn’t feed alligators too.

  61. Mater

    Left a message for you on the old Trump thread, Bob.
    Perhaps you could annoy me over there, and leave these good people in peace.

  62. calli

    Just got back from my walk. Time to share today’s earworm.

    Just look at those long haired layabouts.

  63. calli

    At least the elderly lady doesn’t feed alligators too.

    Heh. Nice Lake Placid reference.

  64. John Constantine

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-30/china-in-antarctica-inspection-regime/10858486

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/antarctic-chief-ices-unfounded-china-concerns/news-story/e4a0424c3c74a36d0d92f6815dff6a2e

    The new head of Australia’s Antarctic mission, Kim Ellis, has forcefully brushed aside warnings from security experts that Australia is letting Chinese expansionism in Antarctic go unchecked, declaring the concerns “xenophobic” and unfounded.

    Long-awaited inspections of international bases on Australian Antarctic Territory have yet to take place, and Australia doesn’t know whether China breached environmental protocols in the construction of its new base and permanent runway.

    Our new overlords have done nothing wrong in doing OBOR on the old australian antarctic territory.Long live the chicom antarctic territory.

    We didn’t need the sudatenland anyway.

  65. mh

    Squad Democrat hates Israel more than she loves her grandmother.

    Rashida Tlaib Begged to See Aging Grandmother Prior to Refusing Trip to Israel

    I would like to request admittance to Israel in order to visit my relatives, and specifically my grandmother, who is in her 90s and lives in Beit Ur al-Fouqa. This could be my last opportunity to see her. I will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit

    Israel honored her request, but Tlaib refused to accept its reversal, putting the concerns of her grandmother aside due to Israel’s “oppressive conditions.”

    “When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions,” she tweeted Friday.

    https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2019/08/16/rashida-tlaib-begged-to-see-aging-grandmother-prior-to-refusing-trip-to-israel/

  66. Boambee John

    Mark A
    #3133552, posted on August 17, 2019 at 6:32 am
    Rafe Champion
    #3133510, posted on August 17, 2019 at 2:49 am

    Goodes the football player will be forgotten.
    He will be remembered as a pawn in the left’s racist and divisive victim game.

    Mark A

    Surely you are not suggesting that a PhD student would indulge in the intellectually dishonest practice of selective quotes? Someone who spent many years teaching the youth of Australia?

    I am just so shocked!

  67. Mater

    Well. That’s that.
    It’s suicide.

    Well that’s a relief.
    His mates can get on with their lives, the high level officials can run around wondering why their system failed so badly and the disgraced prison staff can take their dismissal notices and go hide…in the Caribbean!

    The world is as it should be. 😉

  68. DrBeauGan

    Thanks Tom for the toons.

    I’m late today. I spent two hours at immigration extending my visa. Then I investigated registering a company in Cuba. It’s interesting, Cuba is trying to attract entrepreneurs, and doesn’t have a clue about how to do it. They want you to tell them exactly what you’re planning to trade in advance. I said “Whatever I can sell to Cubans or Australians. I don’t know yet. ”

    My years of dealing with Australian bureaucrats, who would give you a grant to discover new things only after you told them what you were going to discover, came in handy. For example I knew better than to suggest some possibilities, because then they write them down and they become the only possibilities.

    Navigating the Cuban bureaucracy looks to be the usual business. You go around them.

    The awful thing is, they actually mean well. I think that there are people in the Cuban government who have figured out that communism doesn’t work, but they are hazy about what does. And the problem of how to get there from here defeats them.

    There certainly looks to be some interesting opportunities here. Like women travelling to Mexico to buy dresses. And shampoo.

    And there are very cheap and very good cigars here. Not as good as their export quality, but better than Dominican Republic or Jamaican.

    There are heaps of problems and lots of potential failure modes. So some work will be required.

  69. calli

    It’s an echo of Golda Meir’s famous quote:

    We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.

  70. John Brumble

    When I was in school, I had a student teacher who marked me incorrect for saying that one thing was inversely proportional to another. “No, as one goes up, the other goes down,” she wrote.

    Used to think illiterate, innumerate teachers were a new thing. Clearly they’ve been around for a while. Even your autistic kiddies would have seen you as a joke, Sniffy.

  71. calli

    I suspect palm greasing will form a major component of your business plan, DrBeau.

  72. bespoke

    That old lady likely thinks she is being compassionate but has no clue of the long term consequences . If give drug addict a can of coke your only saving him money for his addiction and attributing to his death.

  73. Twostix

    Re the “childless” (has two children) woman above, on reflection female cuckoldry has a history, we just haven’t seen it for a long tine. It’s usually associated with shit times in our history where aristocratic women dump their unwanted babies on the maternalistic peasants to raise preying upon the womens good maternal nature and making promises of staying away… then after the hard work is done snatch them back as tweens.

  74. Leigh Lowe

    Surely you are not suggesting that a PhD student would indulge in the intellectually dishonest practice of selective quotes? Someone who spent many years teaching the youth of Australia?

    I will defend Spud here. I don’t think he was being malicious. I suspect it is simply that his English comprehension skills are so poor.

  75. Des Deskperson

    ‘I worked in an agency she was responsible for. Everything we put up went into a black hole. Statutory deadlines were ignored. She was lazy and incompetent.’

    Identical story when Bishop was Minister for Foreign Affairs, where her laziness, fecklessness and lack of interest in anything involving depth and detail was notorious and it wasn’t just the APS. Delegations, lobbyist, NGOs, her reputation or lack of it was known and reviled right across the spectrum. Everyone knew!

    As I think I have commented before, how she maintained her ongoing public persona – including among even ‘progressives’ – in the face of all this a great mystery or maybe a PR triumph. The incuriosity and mental laxness of the media has, I suspect, a bit to do with it .

    I saw her once at Melbourne airport, strutting around while her minions brusquely cleared a path for her among the banderlog. She looked and behaved like the manageress of a massage parlour in Moe.

  76. DrBeauGan

    calli
    #3133599, posted on August 17, 2019 at 8:09 am
    I suspect palm greasing will form a major component of your business plan, DrBeau.

    My business plan will rely on human beings being pretty much the same the world over, Calli. Cultural variations have to be taken into account, but basic human nature is very consistent.

  77. John Constantine:

    The new head of Australia’s Antarctic mission, Kim Ellis, has forcefully brushed aside warnings from security experts that Australia is letting Chinese expansionism in Antarctic go unchecked, declaring the concerns “xenophobic” and unfounded.

    Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?

  78. C.L.

    The next generation, in the middle of a recession and unabke to afford a nice house ever, aren’t going to be interested in shouldering the societal burden of you and your old maid’s commune, love.

    They just have no idea.
    When they are old and frail, they will be looked after (if at all) by strangers. Some nice, some not so nice – none of them will care, in the deep, felt, bonded sense of caring.
    They will do what they’re told and live where they’re told. This will happen. I’m always amazed when I hear people (usually in the context of superannuation etc) envisaging their senior years. A total fantasy. The only wealth you have at that time is the people who love you (that is, children).

  79. Boambee John

    calli
    #3133582, posted on August 17, 2019 at 7:39 am
    My child-free friends and I are now planning our retirement; the idea is to live in a Golden Girls-style commune

    The reality – demountable sheds in a low-cost “retirement village”.

    If it is “demountable sheds”, it is an “Over 55s Lifestyle Village”.

    Retirement villages operate under different legislation, and have more substantial construction standards,

  80. Twostix

    Lika aboriginals, or people buying realestate on the moon, Australia will learn that just because you declare some dirt (or ice) off in the far off distance as yours it’s really not unless you can stop other people moving in.

    This goes for antarctica, it also goes for NW Australia.

  81. Mater

    Your commentary lacks any form of tolerance or compassion, and you are unable to analyse more than two ideas at at once.

    No, no, no people. I’ll also defend Bob here. He practices what he preaches.

    “I was deferred”
    “I wasn’t deferred”
    “Both statement are true”

    It takes an infinitely superior mind to understand such coexistence of two seemingly opposite states of being.
    Stop picking on him, accept the word of your better and just accept that it is.

    P.S. Seeds germinate best whilst lying on top of snow, in the depths of winter. Lysenko said so. Accept it.

  82. C.L.

    The ongoing suffering of contemporary Western women …

    Lesbian couples dealing with IVF treatment model ‘set up for heterosexuals’.

    Kate Silk and Ange Douglas are awaiting the arrival of their first child and admit they are “very excited”, if “a little terrified”.

    Ms Silk is pregnant after two years of IVF treatment.

    They have nothing but praise for the people who cared for them during that process, but there have been challenges for the couple.

    “It was really hard trying to manage in a system that has been set up for heterosexual couples,” Ms Silk said.

    “I would say the paperwork and the documentation hasn’t really caught up to speed with the country’s legislation and the social acceptance and social norms of the country,” Ms Douglas said.

    As a same-sex couple Ms Silk and Ms Douglas are categorised as “socially” rather than “medically” infertile.

    “I suppose it feels a little unjust to be labelled socially infertile,” Ms Silk said…

    Holly Zwalf from Rainbow Families Queensland said this lack of understanding from clinic staff had an emotional impact on already vulnerable clients.

    “You’re emotionally very raw trying to conceive, it’s a very difficult process and it’s very emotive and to have someone question what you’re able to give that child — it’s deeply hurtful,” she said.

    “As a queer solo parent by choice like I am, even when I started accessing fertility treatment the counsellor asked me ‘so what are you going to do about a male role model in that child’s life’.

    “What they are really saying underneath is ‘you are not enough, you are not enough on your own that there has to be someone else there’.

    “If anyone can see what I do on a day-to-day basis they would never say I am not enough. I do the job of five people.”

  83. DrBeauGan

    Trying to get a handle on someone’s personality when you have to communicate through Google Translate presents problems. Body language is important and relatively constant. But Osbel can’t read mine, when I argue with someone he assumes I don’t like them. It’s Cuban post truth philosophy at work. You are supposed to go along to get along. No matter how much time it wastes.

  84. notafan

    Being a parent is a ‘job’.

    Okay.

    More people with broken brains.

  85. C.L.

    “What they are really saying underneath is ‘you are not enough, you are not enough on your own that there has to be someone else there’.

    Here’s a woman who apparently believes semen is made in a lab.

  86. Twostix

    Those women are actively out to ban a child from having a dad – as in its not an unfortunate by product of their situation which they will attempt to make up for – it’s an animating force for them “we will prove the universe wrong!”.

    From the very start they do not know what parenting is. The child is just a bit player in their ideology.

  87. notafan

    Socially infertile.

    CBF.

  88. feelthebern

    I was trying to find an entertaining game of footy to watch last night.
    No code was, so I flicked over to the Waterboy and the fake footy was far more entertaining.

  89. Knuckle Dragger

    *yawns*

    Johanna. In the unlucky circumstance of being stricken with hangoverness, the following is recommended:
    1. Ten cigarettes, spread out over the following activities;
    2. Three cups of coffee in ten minutes;
    3. Nothing to eat. At all. This is a trap;
    4. Approx 1 litre of ice cold apple juice over 20 minutes, served in a large prepositioned glass from the freezer;
    5. Massive crap;
    6. Watch the first bit of the 2010 Grand Final, up to and including the bit where Heath Shaw runs down Riewoldt in the goalsquare;
    7. Watch that bit another 20 times;
    8. Watch the entire replay of the 2010 GF. Incorporate second litre of apple juice, infused with vodka dependent on whether it’s a day off or not.

    Unlike socialism, it’s a tried and tested success.

  90. feelthebern

    The IVF industry needs an overhaul.
    It will never happen, but it needs it.

    Example, why are people north of 40 getting subsidies to have children?
    If they want to do it out of their own pocket, fine, but why are tax payers getting filleted for this.

  91. struth

    Good Moaning.

    You are quite at home posting on a website which has no capacity to deal with the reality of ambiguity

    It’s always “complicated” when you can’t defend the indefensible.
    Standard lefty response.
    And when a commo has such a huge hang up about one country, you know the country is smack on the money.
    Sniffy Mc Comedyact is a daily embarrassment to himself.
    Numbers, you may as well go and stand in a crowd and piss your pants.
    Pissing them around here gets you the same reaction, but you miss out on the faces being pulled, and the eyes being rolled.

  92. John Constantine

    One Belt, One Road, One Buyer.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-08-16/wool-market-plummets-amid-trade-concern/11420520?sf217636482=1&fbclid=IwAR2EQLZWtGe6N-i5U1GCdG_kgPTPsfe8T6Ypr-x4o5NgE9RkLe7L57vqMv0

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-02-18/south-african-wool-market-shutdown-following-fmd-discovery/10821346

    We watched the chicoms isolate and devastate the South African wool market recently, using foot and mouth in a cow in a remote tribal village as the excuse.

    The message and intent was clear, the policy a complete success.

    “It will never happen here” was the message from our satraps.

    Now Trump is used as the excuse to shutdown the australian wool market, and our satrap class immediately responds by instructing Australian woolgrowers to pray for the murder of Trump and the complete victory of the chicoms.

    Have a Tyrannical dictator as your only buyer means eventually he will tighten his grip.

    I honestly expected he would wait a bit longer until OBOR could replace australian supply.

    Having wool processing in Africa instead of river polluting chicom slave factories should work, or wool processing in Mexico would be strategic and ‘save the enviroment’.

    Robot wool processing factories in Cuba?.

  93. feelthebern

    Nothing beats an ice cold Coke to help with a hangover.

  94. thefrollickingmole

    My child-free friends and I are now planning our retirement; the idea is to live in a Golden Girls-style commune.

    Start here…
    https://www.cathaven.com.au/

  95. woolfe

    Rejected comment from Paywallian

    Ring Ring
    “Hello Scott, Raelene here, yea fine thanks, great, can you send us another $10m to cover that pesky Christian? Oh great, thanks, yea the normal account” Hangs up.

    Story: Folau ‘no problem for rugby finances’

  96. zyconoclast

    Jair Bolsonaro to Merkel: Reforest Germany, not Amazon
    The Brazilian president says Angela Merkel should focus on reforesting Germany rather than witholding funds for Amazon projects. Norway, meanwhile, announced it is also blocking rainforest subsidies to the country.

  97. Mater

    “As a queer solo parent by choice like I am, even when I started accessing fertility treatment the counsellor asked me ‘so what are you going to do about a male role model in that child’s life’.

    “What they are really saying underneath is ‘you are not enough, you are not enough on your own that there has to be someone else there’.

    I do hope that she’s not one of the many who say that men are solely responsible for stopping violence against women (sexual or otherwise) and need to provide better role models.

  98. struth

    My child-free friends and I are now planning our retirement; the idea is to live in a Golden Girls-style commune

    Delusional, and completely ignorant of the needs of the aged.
    I hope they are close friends, so to test, see how many will wipe your dirty arse now, let alone then.

    Personally, I can’t wait for somebody to wipe my arse.
    After half a century of doing it, I’m over it.

  99. Shy Ted

    the idea is to live in a Golden Girls-style commune
    I shall identify as a golden girl and move right in. Plan to spend considerable time in the communal shower. Was looking for an appropriate funny pic to link to but having duckduckgo’ed “old lady in shower” I have changed my mind completely.

  100. Knuckle Dragger

    Last night I watched Aleem Dar give Travis Head not out on one of the most adjacent LBW appeals I’ve ever seen.

    It was rightly reviewed and Head was on his bike – but I tell you what, I watched the replay again just now and I’m reasonably confident the chorus of booing following the reversed decision was, in the first time I can remember, aimed at the umpire.

    Fascinating.

  101. Some History

    Greta™ is wanting to inspire The Children™ to address the Climate Change Emergency™.

    The Prophet of Piffle is currently at sea heading for the UN in NYC, the boat sporting the slogan Unite Behind The Science®. A pic of the poo bucket on the “Malizia” deck:

    https://imgur.com/i05qP2e

  102. Cassie of Sydney

    The SScumberss problem – a Jooo hating, racist, low IQ mediocrity.

  103. zyconoclast

    Genetic study implicates humans in demise of prehistoric cave bear

    (Reuters) – Genetic research that reconstructed the past population dynamics of the cave bear, a prominent prehistoric denizen of Europe, implicates Homo sapiens rather than climate cooling in the Ice Age extinction of these brawny plant-loving beasts.

    Scientists said on Thursday they obtained genome data from 59 cave bears from bones unearthed at 14 sites in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Switzerland.

    Using this, they detected a population downturn roughly 50,000 years ago coinciding with the arrival of our species in eastern Europe and then a dramatic decline starting about 40,000 years ago coinciding with the spread of Homo sapiens throughout Europe. It ultimately went extinct about 20,000 years ago.

  104. Infidel Tiger

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    16m
    Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup. The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!

    LOL!

  105. Some History

    Some have said that, at least, Greta™ is not a hypocrite like, say, Di Crapio who buzzes between virtue-signalling events in his private jet. Greta™ has chosen to go the long sea route for her principles.

    But as more information comes to hand, the Princess of Plop’s trip looks very much like a stunt.

    https://order-order.com/2019/08/16/gretas-titanic-hypocrisy/

    https://order-order.com/2019/08/13/bbc-shows-world-gretas-poo-bucket/

  106. John Constantine

    Did sell a few bales this week and the price wasn’t that bad, still quite profitable at a couple of grand a bale, just off the heady peak of three grand a bale from early this year.

    Male [castrated] mutton sheep at six fifty cents a kilo dressed weight are now heavily price incentivised to go be eaten instead of kept as woolcutters. Merino sucker wether lambs if they make the weight and look will go to the meatworks instead of the shearing board.

  107. Knuckle Dragger

    That stupid, selfish woman.

    Parenting is not a job. It is both a vocation and a calling.

  108. Eyrie

    I guess we evicted the Cave bears from the best caves.

  109. Ellie

    Best hangover cure:
    1. Hangover sex
    2. A shot of vodka
    3. More hangover sex
    4. Another shot of vodka
    Basically you’re where you left off before the lights went out or you passed out.
    Rinse and repeat then have a BLT with a short black.

  110. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “What they are really saying underneath is ‘you are not enough, you are not enough on your own that there has to be someone else there’.

    selfish, self-centered and dumb as a box of rocks

  111. feelthebern

    Norm Macdonald on teachers.

  112. C.L:

    “I would say the paperwork and the documentation hasn’t really caught up to speed with the country’s legislation and the social acceptance and social norms of the country,” Ms Douglas said.
    As a same-sex couple Ms Silk and Ms Douglas are categorised as “socially” rather than “medically” infertile.

    Here’s the problem, vinegar tits: You are of the opinion that ‘social norms’ are like a ratchet that only moves to the left. In this, you are mistaken. Social norms are a pendulum, and they will always swing back to the centre.
    Had you studied social history with the same enthusiasm as you had studied yourself as being the centre of the universe, you would have realised this.
    Just because our society has been wealthy enough to allow you to indulge in your personal fantasies in the past, does not mean it will be guaranteed to be wealthy enough to do so in the future.

  113. dover_beach

    As a same-sex couple Ms Silk and Ms Douglas are categorised as “socially” rather than “medically” infertile.

    “I suppose it feels a little unjust to be labelled socially infertile,” Ms Silk said…

    In fact, the current system is bending over backwards by referring to them as ‘socially infertile’, a phrase which is not even wrong.

  114. BrettW

    Last night I think it was Nick who posted an article about protests in Hong Kong.

    In it an academic was quoted as saying mainland Chinese police are already embedded with HK police. It also suggested HK police taking their directions from China rather than HK Govt.

    Today’s Daily Mail shows Chinese riot police training with a large fork like weapon which gives electric shocks.

    I am doubtful about mainland Chinese police already being deployed within the ranks of uniformed HK police units. Firstly HK police have powers authorised by HK law and I doubt Chinese officers have the relevant legal authority to arrest and use force etc. Then there is the problem of who would be responsable if a mainland Chinese officer used excessive force. The Chinese can just return to China and avoid any consequences whereas the local police will shoulder the blame.

    If such Chinese were embedded it would enrage the protesters even more. However “undercover” agents to agitate and record events etc are most likely.

    Since HK is still technically a seperate region with its own immigration controls the Chief Executive would presumably have to authorise the entry of any outside police with their vehicles.

    Either way the HK Police Commissioner has got a very tough job.

  115. Old School Conservative

    feelthebern
    #3133621, posted on August 17, 2019 at 8:42 am
    Example, why are people north of 40 getting subsidies to have children?

    “Our Bronwyn” nailed it last night on a Sky program.
    Someone had just said Harry and Meghan’s choice to have only two children was based on a concern for the climate.
    Bron slipped in an aside about them having children late in life and that was the real reason.
    Not many people say what they are thinking these days.

  116. C.L:

    Here’s a woman who apparently believes semen is made in a lab.

    She’s wrong!

  117. Boambee John

    After Greta poos in the buckey, is the product recycled as lunch, or is it simply and wastefully tossed over the side to pollute Gaia’s pristine sea?

    Enquiring minds etc …

  118. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Had you studied social history with the same enthusiasm as you had studied yourself as being the centre of the universe’

    Brilliantly accurate, and accurately brilliant.

  119. feelthebern

    According to footage I’ve seen on WeChat & twitter this morning, there were a couple of thousand of pro-HK protesters in Martin Place last night.
    Zero coverage on the fairfax & newscorp websites today.

  120. Mother Lode

    No, no, no people. I’ll also defend Bob here. He practices what he preaches.

    “I was deferred”
    “I wasn’t deferred”
    “Both statement are true”

    Ah, I think I can see where confusion is creeping in.

    You are looking for the statements to be consistent.

    We are talking about a lefty here. The question is “How do the statements make you feel?”

  121. Old School Conservative

    woolfe
    #3133627, posted on August 17, 2019 at 8:49 am
    Ring Ring
    “Hello Scott, Raelene here, yea fine thanks, great, can you send us another $10m to cover that pesky Christian?

    Great timing Raelene.
    Just out from one of the most momentous Bledisloe Cup games EVAH and you fall conspicuously into a NZ press trap and take all the focus of players and supporters away from the game.
    I once supported you as a capable administrator but how wrong I was.

  122. Dr Fred Lenin

    The rare species of snake known as turnball ,found on the north shore in Sydney , has been declared a protected species by the mainstream media .

  123. Leigh Lowe

    As a same-sex couple Ms Silk and Ms Douglas are categorised as “socially” rather than “medically” infertile.

    Which means they could conceive via artificial insemination.
    The reason they are using the expensive IVF process with a single sperm impregnated into an egg in the lab is that it enables them to kid themselves that men are not involved.

  124. Knuckle Dragger

    Quack, to Harry and Sparkles: ‘I’m sorry, but due to your respective ages, and in particular your prior history of recreational drug use Mrs Markle-Windsor-Saxe-Coburg, you are very, very unlikely to have more than two children.’

    *pause*

    Chorus: ‘Oh yeah? Well we didn’t want more anyway! So there!’

  125. Struth:

    Delusional, and completely ignorant of the needs of the aged.
    I hope they are close friends, so to test, see how many will wipe your dirty arse now, let alone then.
    Personally, I can’t wait for somebody to wipe my arse.
    After half a century of doing it, I’m over it.

    You too?!
    My first job allowed me to buy my first date roll. Things are looking up!

  126. Some History

    Nice live performance.

    Shaft – Isaac Hayes – The Late Show With David Letterman

  127. Dr Fred Lenin

    Its a good blog here. If you flick past numbers bullshit.

  128. areff

    Team Doomlord got a masterful rooting last weekend. Freo by 30 points tonight against Essendon. Bet on it.

  129. Old School Conservative

    A pic of the poo bucket on the “Malizia” deck

    The Captain Cook-era sailing ships were much more advanced. Copying castle design, the “long drop” was positioned over the stern or side of the ship.
    How far we have come.

  130. struth

    C.L.
    Sometimes mental illness is so absurd, I don’t bother commenting, and those lezzos are mentally ill.
    No good me arguing the insanity of their comments other than to say that this is precisely what happens when our society humours them instead of speaking the truth.
    The truth that homosexuality is a sad disorder that we, at best, should show sympathy toward the afflicted, but never celebrate it.
    It’s like celebrating anorexia.
    It makes it worse for them.

  131. Tom

    Desky at 8.17am on Julie Bishop:

    She looked and behaved like the manageress of a massage parlour in Moe.

    Marvellous.

  132. stackja

    Bill Clinton admitted in a taped grand jury testimony on August 17, 1998, that he had had an “improper physical relationship” with Monica Lewinsky.

    And Epstein ‘suicides’.

  133. feelthebern

    Julie Bishop cheeks are certainly more full these days.
    I imagine she’s been using fillers.
    All claims that her cheeks are full of Malcolms cum should now cease.

  134. stackja

    JA’s NZ murders Aussie. JA apology?

  135. thefrollickingmole

    John Constantine

    Perhaps you could invest that dough off farm, maybe buy a nice multi story unit in a capaital city somewhere.. Safe as houses.

    https://www.news.com.au/finance/money/costs/real-estate-agent-reveals-hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars-wiped-off-unit-values/news-story/96262d9d117f830f071ac101f4c749d6

  136. John Constantine

    On the 8th of August 2019 the South African Wool and Mohair Buyers Association released a statement that the first auction of the 2019/2020 wool season will not be attended by the buyers.

    Their decision was based on the economic implications of the time that newly auctioned wool would need to be held back prior to meeting the time and temperature requirements of the new greasy wool export health certificate. To reach the point where wool would comply with these requirements and be certified for export, would create a delay of some months, placing them in a very undesirable financial position.

    This, especially when account is taken of the announcement by the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) of 23 July 2019, where it is stated that the ban on the import of cloven hooved animals and their products is lifted except for specific areas of the Republic of South Africa. (Limpopo, the Ehlanzeni area of Mpumalanga province and the Umkhanyakude area of KwaZulu Natal).

    The buyer’s interpretation of this is that any new season wool coming on auction from now on originating outside of these areas should qualify to be exported without having to comply with the time temperature requirements. Wool from within these areas would have to comply.

    As the new export health certificate issued by China at the end of June 2019 specifically requires the time temperature requirement to be certified to in all cases the above interpretation cannot be instituted without written agreement from China that it is in fact acceptable.

    Without this written agreement the certification of greasy wool exports by the state veterinarian can be done only in terms of the existing negotiated health certificate with the time temperature requirements as stipulated.

    This new health certificate also required that facilities from which wool is exported be approved by the National Department of Agriculture. (DAFF). This has been completed and registration of these facilities is in place.

    Both Cape Wools and SAWAMBA have requested DAFF to approach China as a matter of urgency for clarity on the GACC announcement of 23 July 2019. In the interim, wool meeting the FMD virus inactivation requirements, continues to be exported.

    The first week of exports of greasy wool to China, meeting these requirements, has been completed, with close liaison between the state veterinarian and Cape Wools continuing on an ongoing basis.

    The only body with the authority to approach the GACC is DAFF. Confirmation has been received that DAFF is communicating with the GACC to request clarification on the interpretation of announcement no. 122.

    Cape Wools remains in a dialogue with DAFF to obtain clarification on the situation and to ensure wool can reach its export destinations, with the least possible delay, whilst still maintaining its acceptability on arrival in the importing countries.

    Issued by Cape Wools SA
    13 August 2019

    The Tyrant puts the saffir wool market to the sword. One Belt One Road One Buyer.

  137. Knuckle Dragger

    In time, great historians will record the current same sex IVF ‘we can be parents too look at moi’ fantasy in much the same way as the travelling flagellants of the Middle Ages in Europe.

    A passing cultish fad, worthy of an occasional look at a Wikipedia page for a bit of ‘man, those were some crazy pointless cats’ but otherwise an inconsequential blip on the human landscape.

    Shame about the human sacrifice, though.

  138. thefrollickingmole

    They just cant help themselves.

    If you are such an awful person you cant get a bloke then why should I pay for you to access spoof?

    But in some other Australian states, same-sex couples and single women can legally be denied access to ART.

    “Queensland, Western Australia, the ACT and New South Wales still have laws that are quite archaic and discriminatory towards same-sex couples and single women … they can refuse access to these people in those states unfortunately,” Maurice Blackburn principal lawyer Jill Barrett said.

  139. feelthebern

    Zanetti’s Arden cartoon was great today.
    The great thing about Ardern being white is she can never play the race card.

  140. struth

    If she went by plane, her shit would have gone to sewerage ponds eventually, and treated.

    Now she’s shitting directly on da wovely sea cweatures in da oceans.

    Some poor bastards are going to eat those fish.
    One individual, or even a few who decide to travel by boat rather than plane, use far more carbon.
    The lack of understanding of the use of volumes in flying, and the mining and heavy industry that went into making the boat, means this maritime virtue signalling stunt spews much more carbon.
    And buckets of shit, straight into their beloved environment.
    But it isn’t really about the environment is it?

    Her parents should be in jail.
    Pure child abuse.

  141. mem

    Seems Greta has created a far bigger carbon footprint than she should have. This is hillarious. https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/

  142. feelthebern

    Her parents should be in jail.
    Pure child abuse.

    Yep.
    Little Greta story will not end well.
    The tragedy will be 100% on her parents.

  143. struth

    Sort of reminds me of hippies that decide to go and mess up the local forest by living in it.
    That apparently saves it.
    If they want to save the environment, get a unit in a high rise.
    It’s the best thing you can do for the planet.

  144. miltonf

    Total agitprop. Notice how globull warming changed to climate change to dangerous climate change to climate emergency.

  145. Nick

    I am doubtful about mainland Chinese police already being deployed within the ranks of uniformed HK police units. Firstly HK police have powers authorised by HK law and I doubt Chinese officers have the relevant legal authority to arrest and use force etc

    BrettW, you’re being a tad naive. HK Police have had briefings with their Guandong counterparts for the last 8 years or so.

  146. stackja

    Does NZ’s JA have a sock drawer?

  147. thefrollickingmole

    mem..

    Thats awesome.

    BERLIN taz | Climate activist Greta Thunberg causes more greenhouse gas emissions from her sailing trip from the United Kingdom to the United States than if she had flown. About five employees would sail the yacht back to Europe, said Andreas Kling, spokesman for Thunberg skipper Boris Herrmann, on Thursday the taz.
    “Of course, they fly over there, that’s no different,” says Kling. Herrmann will also take the plane for the return journey. The sailing trip triggers at least six climate-damaging air travel across the Atlantic. If Thunberg had flown with her father, only two would have been necessary to come to New York.

  148. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Extraordinary how some childless women can get it so wrong. Germaine Greer’s ‘The Female Eunuch’ started it, with her loony and airy fantasies about communal childrearing in Tuscany with an Italian peasant woman doing the housework. I am glad Greer has turned more sensible in her older age.

    The woman in this current discussion is now busy hoping for pseudo-kin in her old age. My guess is that her last thoughts will be about the two children she has produced from her donated eggs.

    My best friend has no children. Lives don’t always include children of your own, and children can drift away from you anyway. But children are humanity’s future. It is a tremendous achievement to have done your biological bit towards that. A reward in itself, and more so if you have nurtured and cared for them with your own love within a family containing their father. Why leave the building blocks of the future to others as a secondary performers on that stage? Hairy is fond of saying no-one ever wished on their death bed that they had spent more time at work. Current ‘career’ women will be left with second best: their ‘career’ for comfort.

  149. Knuckle Dragger

    Greta’s parent have identified the golden goose, and are stuffing it full of burgers or cats or whatever geese eat to produce a conveyor belt of golden eggs for themselves.

    When the goose stops laying, as it inevitably will, it will be left by the side of the road wondering why the reason for its existence had disappeared so suddenly.

    That reason, of course, is human nature.

  150. Leigh Lowe

    Bruce of Newcastle

    #3133685, posted on August 17, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Peter Fonda no longer on his bike.

    So, his days of inciting people to kidnap Barron Trump are over?

  151. Dan Dare

    Best hangover cure, not necessarily in this order:
    A pie
    A chocolate milk
    A root

    Yep, still works.

  152. tgs

    I am doubtful about mainland Chinese police already being deployed within the ranks of uniformed HK police units. Firstly HK police have powers authorised by HK law and I doubt Chinese officers have the relevant legal authority to arrest and use force etc. Then there is the problem of who would be responsable if a mainland Chinese officer used excessive force. The Chinese can just return to China and avoid any consequences whereas the local police will shoulder the blame.

    LOL

    You honestly think any of that matters?

  153. struth

    And those that said that all trade is good trade and that it matters not how China got to be in the position it’s in, are now starting, I hope, to see the error of that way of thinking.
    It’s unfair advantage bestowed upon it by the global socialist UN and the west’s hands being tied by our own socialists who are subservient to it, meant quite simply, we have been trading with ciminals.
    Now you may be able to get a hot TV cheaper than store bought, but it matters that you don’t put that money into the hands of criminals.
    China IS a criminal communist state.

  154. Some History

    Seems Greta has created a far bigger carbon footprint than she should have. This is hillarious.

    A comment from that link:

    There is a full film team on the boat to make sure that every second of Holy Greta’s ordeal is captured on film. There is also news that the crossing is accompanied by almost 100 military surveillance airplanes to make sure that things are safe. This is by any standards to the most expensive Atlantic crossing of all times. And the highest CO2 emissions profile of any person to cross since WW2. This is a media stunt, like all the stuff those followers of Greta and other climate Alarmist value-signalers do. They fly more than any other person, they do the exact opposite of what they say. Good thing is, they are so arrogant, they can’t see that they shot themselves in the foot.

  155. stackja

    Head of Premier’s church slams ‘rushed’ abortion debate

    The head of Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s Armenian church has attacked the rush to pass new abortion laws, arguing the changes require six months to a year to consider.
    Clarissa Bye, The Daily Telegraph
    Subscriber only
    |
    August 16, 2019 9:29pm

    A Liverpool Hospital doctor has warned babies have been terminated based on radiological tests apparently showing abnormalities only for autopsies to find no issue.

    His evidence to a parliamentary inquiry came as the head of Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s Armenian church attacked the rush to pass new abortion laws, arguing six months to a year was required to properly consider the bill.

    Armenian Church of Australia primate, Archbishop Haigazoun Najarian (primate) said his church considered a foetus a “distinct being”, “separate from his mother”.

    “I would like to hear arguments from different points of view,” he said.

    “Do we need more sex education for teenagers or more abortion clinics? That’s why we need time for open discussion.”

  156. Geriatric Mayfly

    Reception very poor this morning, but a little whiny voice comes through the static and keeps repeating over and over, “Are we there yet?”

    Malizia II tracker with Greta on board
    Last seen: 11 min
    Location: 47.38113,-14.71721
    Speed: 10.8 kn
    Heading: 228°
    Temp: 22.0°C / 72°F
    Distance to NYC: 2529NM (Line-of-sight)
    Est. Distance past 24 hrs: 246NM
    Est. Distance covered: 584NM

  157. tgs

    There is also news that the crossing is accompanied by almost 100 military surveillance airplanes to make sure that things are safe.

    Well that’s almost certainly false.

    Europe/UK don’t have 100 MPA between them.

  158. C.L.

    The family requested privacy to “mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man.”

    Fonda called for Trump’s little son, Barron, to be kidnapped and gang-r-aped.

  159. struth

    Toasted bacon and egg and a Farmer’s Union Iced coffee.
    And before that, a good long shower.

  160. Geriatric Mayfly

    Best hangover cure,

    A cup of warm fat.

  161. Eyrie

    “I am doubtful about mainland Chinese police already being deployed within the ranks of uniformed HK police units. Firstly HK police have powers authorised by HK law and I doubt Chinese officers have the relevant legal authority to arrest and use force etc. Then there is the problem of who would be responsable if a mainland Chinese officer used excessive force. The Chinese can just return to China and avoid any consequences whereas the local police will shoulder the blame.”

    I have a bridge to sell you. But hurry before someone else snaps it up.

    Alternatively you left off the /sarc tag.

    Seriously, do you really think the law in Hong Kong or China isn’t what the murdering Chicom thugs want it to be at any time?

  162. C.L.

    Leftists now turn to toilets …

    ‘Judge a school by its toilet’

    Taken from ABC Online:
    The School Toilet Project transforming loos into places offering children hope and inspiration.

    As this picture shows, one of the aims is to mentally assault boys.

  163. mem

    miltonf
    #3133686, posted on August 17, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Total agitprop. Notice how globull warming changed to climate change to dangerous climate change to climate emergency.

    Just wait, a few hot days in summer in Oz and global warming will be back in the headlines. Meantime has anyone noticed how our official minimum average temperatures seem to have got lower making our current minimums look higher than normal. Someone is fiddling the system.

  164. stackja

    Long wait for new heart amid drought of paediatric heart donors

    The heart is the linchpin of life, but slowly and quietly in the first weeks after Ellie Martin was born, hers began to come undone. This is the story of her 400-day wait for a second chance at life. Don’t worry, it has a happy ending.
    Brigid O’Connell, Health reporter, Herald Sun
    Subscriber only

    August 16, 2019 5:09pm

    It is the linchpin of life, but slowly and quietly in the first few weeks of Ellie Martin’s life it started coming undone.

    It was supposed to be a dream year for newlyweds Andrew and Kylie.

    Family life on Sydney’s north shore was going to be peppered with picnics, trips to the beach and long walks along the ocean.

    They had mapped out 12 months maternity leave with holidays and weekends away to show off their long-awaited daughter.

    But by five weeks after birth, they were largely housebound as Ellie struggled to take feeds by either breast or bottle and could barely hold any milk down.

    Unbeknown to them, that heartbeat the couple had held their breaths to hear at each pregnancy scan, was slowly getting weaker.

    One Sunday morning, Andrew could only get 10ml of milk into his daughter — and it all came back up.

    They expected to be told they were overanxious parents of a baby with reflux when they attended their local emergency department.

    But by that night their six-week-old daughter was on life support. Baby Ellie was in heart failure.

    Many of Ellie’s challenges are now just beginning.

    After spending a year largely bed-bound, hooked up to tubes, lines and monitors, the 18-month-old bum shuffles to get around.

    Physiotherapists from the RCH are supporting Ellie as she faces her next challenge of learning to crawl and walk.

    She is starting to put food in her mouth, but not yet swallow, as she relies on a gastric feeding tube for all her nutrition.

    But now out of hospital and living under the same roof for the first time in more than a year, the Martins are throwing everything behind giving Ellie the best chance to do herself and her donor heart proud.

    “An organ transplant literally gives someone a life,” Ms Martin said.

    “It’s a second chance at life, but for her it’s almost like her first chance at a real life.”

  165. Perth Trader

    Hangover cure ‘ Hair of the Dog’ .

  166. stackja

    Eyrie
    #3133703, posted on August 17, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Maoism lives in MSM.

  167. Ellie

    I assume Johanna is trying all suggested hangover cures. She’s going to be full, pissed again and exhausted, but hangover goooone.

  168. Some History

    So, it’s not a “full film team”, but a film maker.

    Cramped and basic: Greta Thunberg’s voyage to New York

    https://www.france24.com/en/20190813-cramped-and-basic-greta-thunberg-s-voyage-to-new-york

  169. stackja

    Hong Kong conflict spills on to streets of Melbourne

    Pro-Hong Kong advocates clashed with rival pro-Chinese activists in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday night and police were forced to form a wall between the groups as hundreds gathered in support of action in Hong Kong.
    Sophie Welsh and James Mottershead, Herald Sun
    Subscriber only

    August 16, 2019 11:08pm

    An eyewitness, who did not wish to be named, told the Herald Sun the “peaceful” pro-Hong Kong rally descended into chaos when pro-Chinese groups arrived.

    “Things became tense when a large group of people carrying Chinese flags tried to interrupt the rally,” the man claimed.

    “I heard them chant ‘One China’ in English many times, and they also sang their national anthem many times.”

    “A few scuffles broke out, although it’s difficult to know exactly how they started.”

    Victoria Police spokewoman Belinda Batty said two men were interviewed in relation to unlawful assault following the protest and released pending summons.

  170. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Law student sues Queensland university for $14MILLION after he failed multiple subjects – alleging he was discriminated against for being autistic

    University student who failed three subjects seeking $13.6million in damages
    Dual Australian-US citizen Dylan Prider, 20 suing Bond University on Gold Coast
    Wants failed subjects wiped and be re-enrolled in a commerce-law degree
    Mr Prider, 20, alleges the university discriminated against his autism and ADHD
    University denies the allegations and welcomes chance to defend standards

    Daily Mail.

  171. Old School Conservative

    Struth, I’m on the pro-numbers bandwagon today.
    Could you stop using “Good Moaning” as it takes me immediately to that very funny show “Allo Allo”.
    Could we leave moaning to our resident permanent moaner?

    Just joking of course.

    PS I duckdukgoed moaning to doublecheck my facts and was very surprised at the explicit results. Must delete browsing history before I go out!

  172. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’ve never been given hope and inspiration by a toilet.

  173. The Barking Toad

    Hangover cure ‘ Hair of the Dog’ .

    Ed Zachary – triple shot, neat.

    Mind you, a dump, a root and a feed should follow.

  174. dover_beach

    Via Damian Thompson … from Newsweek, January 2016:

    Catholic Guilt? The Lying, Scheming Altar Boy Behind a Lurid Rape Case.

    The must read of the weekend. The parallels are stark. The instructive term is ‘prosecutorial lust’, stoked by ‘victims groups’, establishment media, and so on.

  175. Mater

    Hairy is fond of saying no-one ever wished on their death bed that they had spent more time at work. Current ‘career’ women will be left with second best: their ‘career’ for comfort.

    Keep them away from politics, I say. They always want to leave a profound and lasting legacy in other ways, whilst at the same time, having no skin in the resulting consequences.
    A dangerous composition.

  176. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The School Toilet Project transforming loos into places offering children hope and inspiration

    shitholeification on steroids

  177. stackja

    Nasty Lemon: There’s A Witness To CNN Host’s Alleged Sexual Assault
    Matt Vespa
    @mvespa1
    Posted: Aug 16, 2019 7:45 PM

    Hice denied there was anything sexual, saying he just wanted to say, “what’s up,” and then Lemon allegedly shoved his hands down his shorts. Gounelas saw the whole thing, as he was reportedly standing right next to Hice (via Fox News):

  178. Nick

    I’ve had all manner of deliveries sent to my work address, safely arrive, all except a mobile phone, to be delivered by Startrack, who for a week, haven’t been able to ‘find’ the place. Lol.

  179. C.L.

    It had to happen, when you think about it.
    Adult leftists hanging around children’s toilets.

  180. Old School Conservative

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3133716, posted on August 17, 2019 at 9:56 am
    I’ve never been given hope and inspiration by a toilet.

    It depends how badly you want to go.

  181. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3133713, posted on August 17, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Failed student claims Bond University blocked enrolment as ‘retaliation’ for gripe

    A Queensland university student wants a whopping $14 million in compensation after he failed key subjects to qualify for a law degree, claiming he was discriminated against for having autism.
    Vanda Carson, court reporter, The Courier-Mail
    Subscriber only

    August 17, 2019 12:00am

    A QUEENSLAND university student wants a whopping $14 million in compensation after he flunked key subjects to qualify for a law degree, claiming he was discriminated against for having autism.

    Dylan Prider, a dual Australian-US citizen living in ritzy Newport Beach, south of LA in Orange County, has asked the Federal Court to force Bond University to erase failed subjects from his record and re-enrol him in a Commerce-Law degree.

    If he can’t be reinstated, the 20-year-old wants the court to order he be paid $13.6m in damages for loss of income, based on claims he could earn $US189,150 a year in Anaheim, California once qualified as a lawyer.

  182. Tom

    Team Doomlord got a masterful rooting last weekend. Freo by 30 points tonight against Essendon. Bet on it.

    I’ve come to the same conclusion, Areff. But, boy, is it a lottery!

    I’m coming second in my tipping comp of about 30 people, which includes a group of hardcore punters who spend hundreds each weekend betting on the horses and the footy.

    My tips go in each week with a loud Hail Mary and the expectation that, by Monday, there’s a good chance, I’ll be coming last because the whole thing is a lottery where form accounts for buggerall and if your team is 5% off, it gets beat.

    Round 22:

    Melbourne v Sydney; Carlton v St Kilda*; Brisbane v Geelong; Adelaide v Collingwood; North v Port; Freo v Essendon; Richmond v West Coast; GWS v Bulldogs; Hawthorn v Gold Coast.

    *My brother, also a Bluebagger, is giving me grief for “taking a set against” the T-train, but I’ve pointed out to him that Brett Ratten is a far better coach than David Teague.

  183. Knuckle Dragger:

    ‘Had you studied social history with the same enthusiasm as you had studied yourself as being the centre of the universe’

    Brilliantly accurate, and accurately brilliant.

    I didn’t really like it KD.
    It was verbose and complex. But I couldn’t do a wordsmithy thing to make it into something that had a bit of class – something that Shakespeare or or or… somebody famous for writing stuff could have done.
    Could it be improved?
    ‘avago, ya mug.

  184. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    German drivers have begun displaying ‘f*ck you Greta’ bumper stickers to protest against being lectured about global warming by a 16-year-old child.

    You can buy the stickers from Amazon, you say?

  185. stackja

    Note urges North Sydney residents to dob in fireplace users to the cops

    A strange note left in multiple letter boxes in Sydney’s north is urging residents to call the police on people who use their fireplaces.
    news.com.au August 12, 2019 2:59pm

  186. Knuckle Dragger

    Winston:

    Challenge accepted.

    ‘When I was in Vietnam, I studied……..’

  187. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    August 17, 2019 12:00am

    A QUEENSLAND university student wants a whopping $14 million in compensation after he flunked key subjects to qualify for a law degree, claiming he was discriminated against for having autism.

    From the article.

    A string of lawsuits have been filed against unis in Queensland, including a case in which an Indian student is suing James Cook University for $3.1 million over loss of “sex drive” and career because he failed his admission.

  188. Tel

    A strange note left in multiple letter boxes in Sydney’s north is urging residents to call the police on people who use their fireplaces.

    Discriminating against traditional customs and environmentally friendly heating? Tsk tsk … if only residents had a Voice on these matters.

  189. Old School Conservative

    More on the horrible stabbing of Michaela Dunn.

    University students are being aggressively targeted by the sex industry, with so many working as prostitutes that support groups have become common on ­campus

    The Australian’s article talks about Ney stabbing her before slashing her neck.
    SOP for RoP.
    Her family must be going through hell.

  190. Dr Fred Lenin

    The best cure for hangovers is ,Stay Drunk .
    Paddy was at a family party he announced “now you all know about the new drink drivingg laws ,and you kniw I love a drink ,in the past I have been guilty of driving while drunk ,this will stop , Im giving up driving !“

  191. bespoke

    Using this, they detected a population downturn roughly 50,000 years ago coinciding with the arrival of our species in eastern Europe and then a dramatic decline starting about 40,000 years ago coinciding with the spread of Homo sapiens throughout Europe. It ultimately went extinct about 20,000 years ago.

    This is insensitive to the indigenes population and should not be spoken of again.

  192. stackja

    Old School Conservative
    #3133735, posted on August 17, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Ney had USB containing RoP information.

  193. Arky

    And those that said that all trade is good trade and that it matters not how China got to be in the position it’s in, are now starting, I hope, to see the error of that way of thinking.
    It’s unfair advantage bestowed upon it by the global socialist UN and the west’s hands being tied by our own socialists who are subservient to it, meant quite simply, we have been trading with ciminals.

    ..
    Be honest.
    You are talking about JC and Dot.
    They should both do that crawling to IT and cradling his you-know-what and apologising.

  194. Ellie

    Winston, your new avatar is noice.

  195. Geriatric Mayfly

    Diamonds originating from great depths showing bubbles of Helium 3. Primordial and useful clues in determining the earth’s age, origin and formation. Australian lass studying the bubbles and about to deliver a paper. One who saw fit not to sue her University, but to put head down and bum up.

  196. stackja

    German prisoner vaults fence to freedom
    A hunt is on for a German prisoner who escaped by vaulting over a fence to freedom with a piece of equipment he built secretly in the prison’s gymnastics hall.
    Deutsche Presse Agentur
    August 17, 2019 5:28am

    A Serbian man jailed for robbery with violence in Germany has vaulted to freedom over a five-metre prison wall, a spokeswoman for the prison in western city of Bochum says.

    The 42-year-old man, who worked in the prison’s gymnastics hall, made his escape on Thursday evening using a metal construction he had made secretly. He was still being sought on Friday.

    The 1.75-metre escapee, who had been sentenced to prison until 2021, is reported to be extremely fit as a result of his workouts in the gym.

    Five watchtowers at the JVA prison were not staffed as a result of work to remove asbestos, spokeswoman Candida Tunkel said. She added that there was no camera surveillance in the area concerned.

    According to Tunkel, the man used his work in the gym to make a construction for scaling the wall, making use of parts of a metal frame used to support gymnastics mats and bolting them together.

  197. Tel

    The Chinese can just return to China and avoid any consequences whereas the local police will shoulder the blame.

    That’s a good point. The HK government should pass a bill giving themselves power to extradite from mainland China.

    One China after all … don’t want criminals sneaking around dodging the law do we?

  198. “Had you studied social history with the same enthusiasm as you had studied yourself and your proximity to the core of the universe”
    Nah.
    Pretentious and wordy.
    “Had you studied the history of your own society with the same enthusiasm as you had studied your current position in it, you may have realised that neither you or your society reside at the centre of the universe”
    No.
    How about “Get a dick up ya, and your problems would be half over.”
    Better.
    Pithy – precise.
    Also has a solution to Princess Silks dilemma.

  199. cuckoo

    Catholic Guilt? The Lying, Scheming Altar Boy Behind a Lurid Rape Case.

    As of this morning, a search for ‘carl beech’ on the ABC website still turns up nothing. In fact, the top result for that search is a story from last April about…climate change.

  200. dover_beach

    C. L., I’m slowing but increasingly persuaded by your argument that ‘the Kid’ is hiding a terrible deed that involved him and the boy that later killed himself, and that his false witness against Cardinal Pell is a ruse to deflect any attention from him and to assuage his own guilt in the matter.

  201. Bruce

    John Constantine:

    The new head of Australia’s Antarctic mission, Kim Ellis, has forcefully brushed aside warnings from security experts that Australia is letting Chinese expansionism in Antarctic go unchecked, declaring the concerns “xenophobic” and unfounded.

    The best public servants money (and ideology) can buy.

    Old joke:

    Q. How can you tell honest politicians / bureaucrats?

    A. When they are bought, they STAY bought.

  202. dover_beach

    As of this morning, a search for ‘carl beech’ on the ABC website still turns up nothing.

    Replicated. This occlusion is scandalous.

  203. John Constantine:

    The Tyrant puts the saffir wool market to the sword. One Belt One Road One Buyer.

    How odd.
    Those Inscrutable Orientals usually wait until after the loaded vessel has left port before the recipients find something wrong with the paperwork that will ‘delay’ payments. I bet the saffir have been assured that this is just a minor delay and will be easily fixed.

  204. stackja

    dover_beach
    #3133746, posted on August 17, 2019 at 10:38 am

    And ABC/VicPol involvement?

  205. stackja

    CBD stabbing suspect Mert Ney charged with murder

    The 20-year-old man accused of Sydney’s knife rampage on Tuesday has been released from hospital and formally charged with numerous offences including murder.
    Janet Fife-Yeomans, The Daily Telegraph
    Subscriber only

    August 16, 2019 10:23pm

    NSW health authorities are reviewing care and treatment decisions in the lead-up to the alleged attacks.

    NSW health minister Brad Hazzard has been busy on other matters.

  206. C.L.

    The way “the Kid” creepily loitered around the deceased boy’s mother is out and obvious in Milligan’s own telling. The dead boy’s family is a broken one and pretty obviously weird. The mum says she told everyone she knew he died in a car crash. She was “slightly surprised” that “the Kid” was at the funeral and then he rocked up after police had visited her – obviously sniffing for information and promoting his story.

    One evening, some time after the detectives took Mary’s statement, The Kid happened to come by when Mary was on the late shift. The shop was empty. She decided to have the conversation with him that she suspected would upset her, but she needed to know.

    “I just asked him if I could ask him what happened. If, you know, if it wasn’t going to upset him. Because I didn’t want to upset this person, um, because [my son’s] passed away. I didn’t want to bring back bad memories for him.”

    But The Kid understood immediately. “He said, ‘No, no, ask me.’ I asked him if my son was a victim and he said, ‘Yes.’”

    Her son was a victim, he was saying, of George Pell.

    He has so little connection to this family that his attendance at the funeral was considered odd by the mother and then he starts lobbing at her work. Late at night – when she was alone in the shop.

    As for the estranged ex-husband …

    “Nothing shocks me; I’ve seen a lot of stuff,” John explains.

    Really? Do tell.

  207. Bruce of Newcastle

    Australian lass studying the bubbles

    Diiamonds are a girl’s best friend?
    Trove of ‘super-deep’ diamonds from Earth’s core discovered

  208. twostix

    University students are being aggressively targeted by the sex industry, with so many working as prostitutes that support groups have become common on ­campus

    As a reminder: no Australian needs to pay for university in Australia up front.

    5-10 grand a year at most – easily covered by a part time minimum wage job. What they’re saying is that a percentage (no more than 1% of course – these articles themselves are designed to promote and normalise this stuff) of the daughters of the urban professional middle classes are simply mentally ill hoes who instead of degrading themselves doing something like waitressing, want a much-promoted-in-their-cultural-sewer sugar daddy. But largely being too boring, shrill and plain to get one instead end up selling themselves cheap to a whole bunch of societies losers and telling themselves (with prompting from their malevolent-to-them boomer elderwomen like Ellie and media) that they’re living the high life – cosmopolitan and empowered and glamarous and edgy.

    Then three years later happens, and they grow up and realise they’re simply ho’s and want out. And here comes the mental illness, support groups, radical feminism, blaming men for what they did in the first few years at university and finally spinsterhood or a lifetime of lying to some poor schmuck who has no idea how cheap he could have had it and how many did.

  209. cohenite

    John Constantine:

    The new head of Australia’s Antarctic mission, Kim Ellis, has forcefully brushed aside warnings from security experts that Australia is letting Chinese expansionism in Antarctic go unchecked, declaring the concerns “xenophobic” and unfounded.

    The word traitor needs to be used when appropriate and increasingly and brazenly officials -elected, bureaucrats, academics – are betraying Australia’s interests. We saw it when the head of ASIO said no RoP migrants were involved in terrorism. Here is another example of a bureaucrat defending something, the chinks, against Australia:

    China again treats Australia with disdain:

    Fears Antarctic is the new frontier for China’s military – Primrose Riordan Political Reporter

    China’s installation of satellite systems on the Australian Antarctic Territory could be used to guide strike weapons and help Beijing develop superior technology over the US within two years, the ­Morrison government has been warned.

    The former head of the Australian Antarctic Division, Tony Press, also told The Australian the government must step up its diplomatic efforts in Antarctic affairs to hold together the Antarctic Treaty System and avoid militarisation.

    Australia completed its last ­inspection of foreign stations in 2016, and a senior defence source said there were concerns about whether a strong enough Australian presence was being maintained. The source said some in the ADF have advocated periodic ­deployments to better monitor the activity of foreign governments and there was a push to establish year-round aviation access to the continent.

    Australia, when Tony Abbott was prime minister, signed an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping for Antarctic co-operation, but the text of the deal was not released.

    New Zealand academic Anne-Marie Brady, writing in The Australian today, says China’s installation of satellite navigation systems on its bases in the Australian Antarctic Territory could enable China’s BeiDou system to gain technological advantage over the US-operated GPS….

  210. C.L.

    Louisiana woman really belongs in Florida …

    Woman says meth found hidden inside vagina is not hers.

    She did admit the $6,233 they also found there was stolen.
    ——————-
    Via VodkaPundit who has the week’s Florida round-up.

  211. notafan

    Msgr. William Lynn, the first U.S. Catholic Church official to be convicted of covering up clergy sex abuse, is now expected to be retried in 2019, more than two years after he left prison a free man.

    During a brief status hearing Monday, Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington said his office is mulling an appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania that could change the complexion of the new trial. The decision will easily send the possible start of a new trial into next year.

    Msgr. William Lynn retrial expected in 2019

  212. twostix

    Note urges North Sydney residents to dob in fireplace users to the cops

    A strange note left in multiple letter boxes in Sydney’s north is urging residents to call the police on people who use their fireplaces.
    news.com.au August 12, 2019 2:59pm

    Could you imagine having to live near these people.

    The bugman classes I mean.

    If this is hell (jury’s out!), then that’s the inner circle.

  213. stackja

    C.L.
    #3133759, posted on August 17, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Mystery how someone secreted the items.

  214. Geriatric Mayfly:

    Best hangover cure,

    A cup of warm fat.

    And if you think there’s going to be a comment on this, you are so wrong.

  215. notafan

    former St. Jerome School teacher who was wrongly convicted four years ago of raping a student in 2000 has been freed from state prison, but at a heavy personal cost.

    Although a Common Pleas Court judge granted Bernard Shero a new trial on Aug. 14 amid questions about his accuser’s credibility and the prosecution’s full disclosure of evidence to the defense, Shero immediately pleaded no contest to a different felony charge as part of a deal with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. The plea bargain spared the defendant the risk of additional prison time and the financial burdens of an ongoing defense.

    Ex-Catholic teacher freed after new sex-abuse plea

  216. notafan

    Yet Edward Avery pleaded guilty to the charge against him last March before going to trial. The obvious question people are asking is, Why?

    Avery pleaded guilty because he faced a possible sentence of two decades in prison if found guilty by a jury, and prosecutors offered him a very generous 2 1/2 to 5 years.

    Last September we learned that Avery has not only denied that he sexually assaulted the boy but that he has said that he did not even know the accuser.

    Avery had already been removed from the priesthood in 2006 for abusing a teen boy back in the 1970s, and it was an incident that had already received widespread media attention in Philadelphia since 2003. Avery knew that the past incident could probably be used as a powerful cudgel against him in a trial

    Philly Trial SHOCKER: Ex-Priest Recants Historic Guilty Plea; Is Msgr. Lynn In Jail Based On a Crime That Never Happened?

  217. twostix

    The IVF industry needs an overhaul.
    It will never happen, but it needs it.

    Example, why are people north of 40 getting subsidies to have children?

    IVF is exclusive to bugmen classes.

    The working classes don’t know the first thing about it except for occasionally hearing about the very, very rare medical case. Certainly no women around here are starting to have babies aged 38.

    Here’s what we’re learning: our urban professional middleclass males are sterile and their daughters are mentally ill prostitutes and voluntary spinsters. They have lots of money, lots of power and those of us who bothered to have children are going to need to use these euthanasia laws to free our children (who are demographically few) from these people’s tyrannical grasp of the political system in the coming years as the childless bugman will necessarily use their ill-gotten power to enslave our children socially and economically in order to force them to maintain the wealthy bugman class throughout their old age – aristocracy style.

    Uh-oh!

  218. Ellie

    boomer elderwomen like Ellie 

    I’m elderly at 50? Ok, twostix. You have an issue with sexuality and age, not me. You’ve never paid for it? Yeah right.

  219. Tel

    New Zealand academic Anne-Marie Brady, writing in The Australian today, says China’s installation of satellite navigation systems on its bases in the Australian Antarctic Territory could enable China’s BeiDou system to gain technological advantage over the US-operated GPS….

    That does not make a whole lot of sense.

    How does an Antarctic base contribute to improving a satellite navigation system? If it’s so useful, why haven’t the US built one already?

    Quite frankly … I call this one a crock.

  220. notafan

    You are correct twostix

    bye the bye weekend waitressing on penalty rates is darn good money

    if you are studying in the arts contact hours are perhaps 13 a week, plenty of time for a part time job, and most students from rural areas get austudy too.

    Greed not need.

  221. Chris

    Including the right for our kids to be shot at school.
    Now wouldn’t that just be peachy…..

    Blood dancer.

  222. C.L.

    Leaked audio at Slate
    New York Times executive editor admits Wussia hoax is over.
    Says staff must now cut it loose and run new “racism” narrative against Trump for the election.

  223. JC

    In a cultural sense, The West describes reaching these two outposts – San Fran and LA. Just look at what the D’rats has done to them.

    California’s Biggest Cities Confront a ‘Defecation Crisis’
    Lawmakers ban plastic straws as a far worse kind of waste covers the streets of San Francisco and L.A.

    There’s defecation crisis, but there’s also a D’rat crisis too.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/californias-biggest-cities-confront-a-defecation-crisis-11565994160?mod=cx_picks&cx_navSource=cx_picks&cx_tag=poptarget&cx_artPos=2#cxrecs_s

  224. Boambee John

    Bruce at 1040

    The best public servants money (and ideology) can buy.

    Old acronym for the techniques for recruiting traitors:

    MICE

    Money

    Ideology

    Conscience

    Ego.

    We have a surplus of potential traitors vulnerable on the Money, Ideology and Ego fronts, not so many with a Conscience.

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