Open Forum: August 24, 2019

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  1. calli

    End all private vehicle ownership say Oxford scholars.

    That’s rich.

    They are obviously not history scholars.

  2. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘End all private vehicle ownership say Oxford scholars.’

    If you ever want to see a government overthrown by force, try this one on.

    You can take people’s houses and socialise them, and the reaction won’t be nearly as extreme as to suggest you can’t have your own car anymore. Matters not whether it’s a Datto 200B, 74 Valiant, Hyundai i30 or Porsche Cayenne. Even MX5 owners would be tempted to write mild letters of consternation to somebody.

  3. classical_hero

    It was Israel’s fault for existing, even back then.

  4. stackja

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3140805, posted on August 26, 2019 at 7:27 am

    The Mini was officially announced to the public on 26 August 1959.

  5. stackja

    Police dog tracks down Port Macquarie escapee

    Monday, 26 August 2019 01:56:41 AM

    A prison inmate who escaped from a hospital while under Corrective Services supervision on the Mid North Coast has been tracked down by a police dog and arrested by officers in Frederickton.

    About 8am yesterday (Sunday 25 August 2019), police launched an extensive search after the 28-year-old man, who was being treated under guard by officers from Corrective Services NSW, absconded from Port Macquarie Base Hospital.

    The search involved local police, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, the Dog Unit and PolAir.

    About 7.15pm last night, police initiated a short pursuit which ended when the vehicle involved struck a roundabout on the Pacific Highway, Frederickton, and the male driver fled on foot.

    An extensive search of the Pacific Highway led police to the vicinity of Quarry Road and Seashore Lane, Frederickton, where the man was seen trying to access a property.

    A police dog tracked the man to a paddock in the area and he was arrested by police.

    The man was taken to Kempsey Police Station where he was assessed by NSW Ambulance paramedics for minor bites to his face.

    He is expected to be charged with escape lawful custody and face Port Macquarie Local Court today (Monday 26 August 2019).

  6. Knuckle Dragger

    Rangas around the planet can throw their posters of Mick Hucknall in the non-recycle bin.

    They have a new hero, a mentor, a shining light in the pink-hued darkness that is their ranga world.

    A soulless Moses, leading his people from exile and into a land of milk, honey and sunscreen.

    Ben Stokes. Or, as he will be known later this week after his knighthood (deserved, by English standards), Sir Ben de la Rouge.

    Well done that man. Well done.

  7. stackja

    Ben Stokes 2018 zero after brawl to 2019 hero with a little help from umpire.

  8. Farmer Gez

    The weekend Project ran the cow fart agenda last night with Lisa Fitzwilly extolling the virtues of almond milk and stating the apparently known fact that cows are destroying the planet.

    Zero depth to the report with no one aware that multi national owned almond plantations are using huge amounts of irrigation water, bought off the trading market in a time of drought. Permanent planting can’t be switched off supply.

    I’m told the almond milk market is growing but most of the nuts go into making chocolates. Hardly an essential food but then again you don’t need wine either.

  9. Knuckle Dragger

    And the homos love him too.

    Not because of his own homoness, but because he once bashed a poofter-basher.

  10. Cassie of Sydney

    Re. the pogrom of 1929 in Hebron…I remember seeing a documentary in the late 1990s called “What I saw in Hebron”….interviews with survivors…most of whom were children at the time and were able to hide. For hundreds of years the Hebron Joooooish community had been a poor community….made up of scholars and very religious people….or as that resident Catallaxy filthy anti-Semite describes…”religious extremists”. Another interesting fact is that Hebron was ethnically cleansed of Jooos after 1929…which was the intent of the pogrom…..until the Six Day war until 1967 when Jooos returned to the liberated city. And Isr**lis aren’t silly…what happened in 1929 and for centuries across the Muesli World….is a blue print for what they would do again…given the chance.

  11. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘you don’t need wine either’

    Way to get the ladeeees and the whine connoisseurs (spelt Coni Sours, apparently, according to an associate last week) offside.

  12. Farmer Gez

    “All you need is love” Knuckles.

  13. Knuckle Dragger

    And a car Gez.

  14. DrBeauGan

    Bespoke, I wrote a long and thoughtful response, reflecting on cultural differences, which disappeared for ever due to the vagaries of the Cuban internet.

    I won’t make that mistake again.

  15. Leigh Lowe

    Matters not whether it’s a Datto 200B, 74 Valiant, Hyundai i30 or Porsche Cayenne. Even MX5 owners would be tempted to write mild letters of consternation to somebody.

    Isn’t the MX5 a shoddy semi-automatic weapon issued to Australian soldiers in Vietnam?

  16. 132andBush

    “All you need is love” Knuckles.

    And a car Gez.

    And water.

  17. 132andBush

    Isn’t the MX5 a shoddy semi-automatic weapon issued to Australian soldiers in Vietnam?

    I don’t care, so long as it can carry a load and can be locked at night all is good.

  18. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘shoddy semi-automatic weapon’

    Originally, yes. Failure for fire was a common fault, and the manual said to look down the barrel from the muzzle end and hit the trigger a couple of times to get it going again.

    They were eventually scrapped and the metal used for the MX5 itself and the decorative Buddha statues hanging from their rear view mirrors.

  19. Mater

    Originally, yes. Failure for fire was a common fault

    I heard a figure of 93.1%.

  20. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘carry a load’

    PHRASING.

  21. bespoke

    DrBeauGan
    #3140825, posted on August 26, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Always best to do a draft then copy/past when finished. Or like me never do a long and thoughtful post. 😁

  22. stackja

    Cassie of Sydney
    #3140819, posted on August 26, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Interesting at site with joowish in link name.
    Under the Ottoman Empire area Southern Syria – peleshet, roughly translated to mean rolling or migratory, the term was used to describe the inhabitants of the land to the northeast of Egypt – the Philistines. MSM created Pali name.

  23. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘take a load’

    Even better PHRASING.

  24. Farmer Gez

    Nasty task for the day.
    Shear the wool off a few ewes with prolapses and then decommission them.

  25. notafan

    Try feeding babies almond ‘milk’

  26. notafan

    Were the 2 judges that set so much store on the accuser’s detailed memory of the priest’s sacristy, the only time he allegedly was in there, aware did he and the choir boy used to play in the ‘closed off rooms’ of the cathedral? sad sad stories

  27. calli

    Horrible job, Gez. Can you dispatch them and then shear them?*

    * silly townee question, I know.

  28. stackja

    Cheeky croc snaps up fisho’s catch
    A video taken at Cahills Crossing shows a bloody land loving crocodile snapping up a fisho’s catch.
    RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS, NT News
    Subscriber only

    August 25, 2019 1:47pm

    A fisho’s catch was taken by a hungry croc at Cahills Crossing. Picture: adventure.aus via Savvy Social

    One fisho’s lunch has become a crocodile’s breakfast in an epic showdown between man and reptile.

    A video, taken at Cahills Crossing in Kakadu National Park, shows a woman reeling in a barra with a crocodile hot on its tail.

  29. Bruce of Newcastle

    MSM created Pali name.

    Abbas has taken to saying the Palis are actually Canaanites who predate the Israelites. Which is fun seeing that a recent study came out which shows the Palis are Greeks from the Sea Peoples’ influx.

    Abbas: Settlements will be swept away, Palestinians came from ancient Canaanites (13 Aug)

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has asserted settlements in the West Bank will be swept into “the dustbins of history” and contended that Palestinians are the original inhabitants of the region according to the Biblical history.

    Abbas made the comments over the weekend in a strongly worded speech during the course of an extremely rare visit to a refugee camp in the West Bank days after Israeli officials pushed forward thousands of new settlement homes.

    The great anthropology war of 2019 is underway!

  30. Mother Lode

    We have this corporate TV thingy in our office with a mix of showcasings of work we have done, initiatives for SJW creds, and weather. There are also banners at the bottom cycling through headlines from the BBC and ABC.

    The BBC ones are news. The usual biases, but the topics are proper news events.

    The ABC on the other hand is silly, provincial, and poorly composed.

    This morning I looked up and was informed that ‘Elevated levels of microparticles concern residents.’

    What the hell does that even mean? If they had said ‘apartment residents’ or ‘Canberra residents’ or ‘hapless residents near wicked Gaia-raping coal mine’ we might be able to begin to form a vague idea of what they might be talking about, even as we dismiss it as a retarded beat up.

    You have to know the story before you can understand it, but by then you don’t need the headlines.

    We pay for this, whether we want to or not.

  31. C.L.

    Marise Payne: Leave Gladys alone!!

    Gladys Berejiklian being asked on air if she’d have an abortion is ‘not OK’, Minister for Women says.

    And this hilarious display of mental discipline:

    Senator Payne, who as Foreign Minister is the most senior woman in the federal Liberal Party, said debate over the bill should be left to New South Wales politicians.

    “But I do think it’s appropriate for that matter to be decriminalised in New South Wales, yes.”

  32. Farmer Gez

    Horrible job, Gez. Can you dispatch them and then shear them?*

    * silly townee question, I know.

    Shearing dead sheep well is nigh on impossible. All floppy.

  33. stackja

    Andrew Bolt: No time for voices to be silenced

    Alan Jones is highly popular, but his career could soon be over. But how is it that someone that many Australians want to hear could be taken off the air, just because corporate Australia gets spooked by a few online haters, asks Andrew Bolt.
    Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun
    Subscriber only

    2 minutes ago

    For 15 years, Alan Jones has been Sydney’s most popular broadcaster. The latest ratings survey confirms how very many listeners still want him.

    Yet Jones’ career could soon be over, thanks to a few activists and journalists who believe they should decide what other Australians may be permitted to hear.

    Oh, and let’s not forget corporate Australia — the advertisers too weak to defend our freedom to decide for ourselves what to listen to.

    And remember: my opinion — which Sleeping Giant and some advertisers said was too ugly to abide — was in fact so well founded that one judge on Victoria’s Court of Appeal last week also attacked the Pell verdict as unfair.

    He warned there was a “significant possibility” Pell was innocent.

    Is this really a debate that should be stifled? That advertisers should starve of ads?

    Thank God Australia still does have advertisers principled enough to protect debate.

    Take retailer Gerry Harvey, who said companies which dropped Jones were “fundamentally wrong”. That’s a company that deserves your business. Order something today.

  34. Mother Lode

    Isn’t the MX5 a shoddy semi-automatic weapon issued to Australian soldiers in Vietnam?

    As it happens, I know this.

    You would fill the tank with petrol and then lock the doors.

    The you would say it was ‘locked and loaded’.

    They were very difficult to carry in the jungle, but since the stated purpose of the Australian government was to prove their fealty to their American puppet-masters by serving up as many dead Australian lads as possible, it was considered indispensable.

    The grand strategy, of course, was to keep newspapers from honestly reporting the great economic and strides made by a free people who had freely given up their right to free elections, and freely giving up their freedom to the benevolent Uncle Ho and his trusty band of servants to the great Vietnamese people.

    America was soooo jealous.

  35. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The grand strategy, of course, was to keep newspapers from honestly reporting the great economic and strides made by a free people who had freely given up their right to free elections, and freely giving up their freedom to the benevolent Uncle Ho and his trusty band of servants to the great Vietnamese people.

    That’s a cup of early morning tea and a new keyboard you owe me, M.L. Brilliant!!!!

  36. Leigh Lowe

    Horrible job, Gez. Can you dispatch them and then shear them?*

    Dead sheep have no tails.

  37. Bruce of Newcastle

    Marise Payne: Leave Gladys alone!!

    I quite liked a sign in front of a Catholic church I saw on the weekend:

    I have noticed that everyone in favour of abortion has already been born.

    Bang on.

  38. calli

    Thanks, Gez. Of course.

    Poor buggers.

  39. John Constantine

    I cheat on the deadun sheep thing. Shoot them in the paddock, then kneel down with a lithium battery powered shearing hand piece and scalp the long blows.

    Depends on numbers, ninety five to ninety eight percent ewe survival rates at lambing is what you hope for, but Beast from the East weather at lambing can curve that number wrongly and quickly.

    Because stress hormones from appalling weather conditions actually induces the lambing process to start.

    Because of the good feed this year, ewe and lamb survival is higher than average, with mortality from well fed pregnancies more noticeable because of the absence of deaths caused by harsh conditions.

  40. Mother Lode

    I have noticed that everyone in favour of abortion has already been born.

    That was Reagan that said that originally, wasn’t it.

    No one would have said so then, but looking back you would say it was a more genteel time.

    I hope I don’t find myself saying such looking back to now in 20 years.

  41. mh

    Questions have to be asked about Tim Paine’s captaincy.

    Paine is there because he’s Mr Nice Guy. But Australia could not defend a fourth innings run chase of 359.

  42. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Because stress hormones from appalling weather conditions actually induces the lambing process to start.

    OoooKayyyyy, so that’s why the first cold wet and windy day of winter always brought on all the newborn lambs……

  43. classical_hero

    stack, I saw a similar video where someone landed a really nice fish only for a crocodile to take it from them. They were spewing.

  44. John Constantine

    In paddock vet technology does improve.

    Disposable plastic gloves from the supermarket and a newfangled Jumbo size elastrator castration ring and applicator can cure a sheep with an oozingly rank cancerous and weeping growth taking over it’s sunstruck ear.

    Plenty of Van Gough’s out grazing grass thanks to the new rings.

    Which there are calls to ban.

  45. mh

    This is CNN

    Psychiatrist on CNN: Trump May Be Responsible for Millions of More Deaths Than Hitler, Stalin, Mao

    Watch video here
    https://twitter.com/Julio_Rosas11/status/1165650396557262848?s=20

  46. Val Majkus

    from the Oz

    The Coalition will not see a single major new dam built by the end of this term, despite committing $1 billion to water infrastructure since it came to office in 2013.

    With the largest projects still at the feasibility or planning stage, the government will be lucky to see construction start on any dams before the next election.

    Delays due to environmental concerns, technical problems and financing disputes with state governments — which under the Constitution own water and have responsibility for dams — have stymied federal efforts to get a national dam-building project going.

    Since it was elected in 2013 the Coalition had committed $993 million towards water infrastructure through a variety of programs, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, who holds the water infrastructure portfolio, told The Australian. Mr McCormack could identify only seven small projects totalling $106m in capital funding that had been completed since 2013.

    Of the four largest projects, each valued at more than $300m, not one has a construction start date, all having become bogged down. “Negotiating project agreements, including construction timeframes, takes time,” Mr McCormack said.

    “I would like to see these projects moving faster and I am working with state ministers to make certain that happens.”

    Queensland crossbench MP Bob Katter said the problem reflected state governments spending huge amounts of money “looking at dams” but being incapable of deciding to build them.

    “It’s a picnic for processing parasites,” Mr Katter said, referring to engineering consultants, environmental consultants, financial consultants and other private sector firms who prepare reports on dam proposals. He said such reviews produced “a stinking waste of money but no dams”.

    The biggest proposal on the federal government’s wishlist is the plan to nearly quadruple the capacity of Dungowan Dam near Tamworth in northeast NSW. The estimated cost is nearly $500m, and the federal government has committed $75m to the project.

    But earlier this month, NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey wrote to Mr McCormack asking that $23m of that money be diverted to developing “a final business case on a new Dungowan Dam” including geotechnical work.

    The purpose, Ms Pavey wrote, would be “to get the project to the point where governments can make an ‘investment decision’.”

    Ms Pavey’s spokeswoman would not name a date for construction to start and said the project was “at the feasibility stage”.

    The second-biggest project on the federal government’s wishlist is the Myalup-Wellington Project at Collie in Western Australia, proposed by private company Collie Water and valued at nearly $400m, to which Canberra has pledged $140m.

    A spokesman for Western Australia Regional Development Minister Allanah McTiernan said the proposal was still under negotiation and there was no start or completion dates.

    The Rookwood Weir project on Queensland’s Fitzroy River southwest of Rockhampton, for which the federal government has committed half of a total cost of $350m, has been the subject of fierce argument between the state and federal governments over who has held it up.

    Queensland Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham said a major contractor could be selected by the middle of next year.

    Dr Lynham said another dam project in Queensland, the Alstonvale Dam near Hughenden, for which the federal government has committed $180m, was “still in the conceptual stage” and there was “no schedule for construction”.

    We were the productive country once

  47. Bruce of Newcastle

    Plenty of Van Gough’s out grazing grass thanks to the new rings.

    Maybe we could use them on prisoners too.

    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the state of Idaho must provide sex reassignment surgery to inmate Adree Edmo.

    The panel of three judges agreed with Federal District Judge B. Lynn Winmill’s ruling in Edmo’s favor last December, writing that his findings were “logical and well-supported” and that “responsible prison officials were deliberately indifferent to Edmo’s gender dysphoria, in violation of the Eighth Amendment.”

    That means Edmo will be the first transgender inmate in the nation to receive sex reassignment surgery through a court order.

    Idaho Gov. Brad Little ( R) called the ruling “extremely disappointing” and that the state will appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    A not-so-little green ring would save the government quite a lot of money I should think, although I can’t imagine what SCOTUS will make of the case when it gets to them.

    State Must Provide Gender Confirmation Surgery To Idaho Inmate Adree Edmo (23 Aug)

  48. thefrollickingmole

    David Rowe’s daily TDS.

    Im almost embarrassed for him.

  49. Pete of Perth #3140754, posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:18 am
    The poms win!

    The poms deservedly win.
    “We wuz robbed”, the usual AU complaint when things don’t go their way.
    The poms played under the same conditions with the same shitty umpire. They just managed things better.

  50. amortiser

    GOT ‘IM!! GOT’IM!! PISS OFF!! YOU’RE OUT!! But Wilson couldn’t raise his finger!!

    I watched the debacle last night. The Australians panicked towards the end. Missing the easy run out and calling for a review when the ball was clearly pitching outside and missing leg stump are testament to that.

    Be that as it may, they lost the match to a poor, in fact very poor umpiring decision. How Wilson is officiating at this level is beyond me. The First Test was a debacle for him and in the second test as 3rd umpire with the benefit of replays he hadn’t improved yet he got a gig here.

    After this, the DRS system needs an overhaul. Clearly a match was decided on a bad umpiring decision which the system was “designed” to avoid.

    How to fix it? The umpires refer just about all stumping and run out decisions as well as contentious catches for review irrespective of the number of reviews left. In marginal cases the benefit goes to the batsman which is fair enough.

    This does not apply to LBW or edged decisions. After this debacle that has to be revisited. Currently the penalty for a bad review is loss of review. This does not eliminate the howler as it is supposed to and clearly demonstrated last night.

    IMHO the 3rd umpire should step in where these errors are made. Leave it with him. If the fielding or batting side want to insist on a review that is their prerogative with a penalty of say 5 runs for a frivolous review. The 3rd umpire should only interven on an appeal leading to an out/not out decision.

    Will this result in unnecessary delay? I don’t think so. It will avoid what happened last night.

  51. Gab

    The panel of three judges agreed with Federal District Judge B. Lynn Winmill’s ruling in Edmo’s favor last December, writing that his findings were “logical and well-supported”

    They have lost all logic and reason in favour of a lie.

  52. Tom

    The Hebron massacre was mentioned earlier by Classical Hero and others. The link I provide (via the Joo-haters at Goolag) is to a very useful website worth bookmarking:

    HonestReporting.com monitors the news for bias, inaccuracy, or other breach of journalistic standards in coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It also facilitates accurate reporting for foreign journalists covering the region. HonestReporting is not aligned with any government or political party or movement.

  53. calli

    Thanks for the window onto the grazier’s lot, guys.

    My sad contribution is knitting little wooly jumpers for the orphans with all the leftover bibs and bobs. The farmers seem to appreciate them and ask for more. One wear per season then into the bin, no point in washing them. The boys have the fronts shortened for obvious reasons.

    Anything to bring more delicious lamb onto the market, I say.

  54. BoN:

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has asserted settlements in the West Bank will be swept into “the dustbins of history” and contended that Palestinians are the original inhabitants of the region according to the Biblical history.

    How about the ‘Gaza Jetty’? all that concrete will make a bloody decent jetty for Cassie to fish off.

  55. calli

    The Israelis should just switch off the water and power supply for a few days to concentrate the minds in Gaza. That’s what happens here if I don’t pay my utilities bills.

  56. Gab

    My sad contribution is knitting little wooly jumpers

    And my contribution was making roast lamb last night 🙂

  57. Knuckle Dragger

    amortiser,

    There’s a technical aspect to what you’re saying, and I get it.

    And Wilson, first Windie I remember on the ICC panel since Steve Bucknor, can look forward to a contract non-renewal.

    But my view is we must keep the human element in the game. It’s much easier making decisions from the couch than it is on the park, and I’m not being an apologist.

    If we replayed and analysed everything ad infinitum, the game would become like tennis.

    And nobody likes tennis.

  58. Mother Lode

    I think Rowe must find the drawing process cathartic.

    There is an enormous number of squiggly lines and blotches of colour. The thought that goes into the drawings shows minimal if any perception or insight, and he returns to stock figures of hate that grow more grotesque with each irrelevant iteration.

    Remember his deteriorating drawings of Abbott? The decay was not in Abbott – he was just sitting on the back bench – yet the Abbott crabs seemed to be plaguing him in ever increasing number and with ever increasing menace. Like Sartre and his crustaceans, except his writings were not used to wrap fish the next day.

    I expect that for some time after Abbott left parliament Rowe, red-faced, audible snatches of breath, hand flicking madly under his drawing desk, had trouble bringing himself to release.

    Now it is the ever fevered drawings of Trump. He seems to be less fixated on Morrison – probably because he is quite a jejune character and has not taken the initiative in anything the left hates, but simply gone along with others.

    Am I the only one who suspects that Rowe’s salary is ultimately paid under the NDIS?

  59. bespoke

    mh
    #3140863, posted on August 26, 2019 at 8:55 am

    I used to cringe at how Trump talks but he is mild compared to the crap spread by the MSM. Compare this and and the outrage over Jones. “words matter” as the the ‘Progressives’ often say but its controlling the narrative and they are very good at it is the end game.

  60. Roger

    Manu Micron trolls Trump by inviting the Iranian foreign minister to the G7.

    Add that to the list of things to dislike about the French.

  61. Mater

    And nobody likes tennis.

    Dunno. I was once in a corporate box, seated behind Sharapova whilst she was playing. I thought it was OK, even with the grunting.
    The tennis wasn’t bad, either.

  62. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Washington Examiner does a ripper editorial:

    The Duke and Duchess of Climate are disappointed in you (25 Aug, via Lucianne)

    Ouch.

  63. Bruce of Newcastle

    M0nty reads Axios? Giggle.

  64. Calli:
    Until Isr**l starts paying back the Arabs for their deeds, the attacks will continue – they may ebb sometimes, but they never stop.
    The Arab is like the German – either at your throat or at your feet.

  65. Snoopy

    Manu Micron trolls Trump by inviting the Iranian foreign minister to the G7.

    Shame about your boys getting a touchup in Damascus, Mo.

    Sad.

  66. Roger

    Abbas has taken to saying the Palis are actually Canaanites who predate the Israelites. Which is fun seeing that a recent study came out which shows the Palis are Greeks from the Sea Peoples’ influx.

    The Philistines may have been Greeks, but the Palestinians share most of their DNA with the Israelis with an admixture of Arab DNA and that of other invaders.

  67. Does anyone else laugh when monts says someone is “insane”?
    Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.

  68. Zyconoclast

    Banning cash so you pay the bank to hold your money is what the IMF wants

    A recent IMF blog entitled “Cashing In: How to Make Negative Interest Rates Work”, explains its motive in wanting negative interest rates — a situation where instead of receiving money on deposits, depositors must pay regularly to keep their money with the bank

    https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-26/cash-ban-so-you-pay-the-bank-to-hold-your-money-what-imf-wants/11443646?pfmredir=sm

  69. mh

    First item at the G7 should have been removing the EU Tariff wall.

  70. Top Ender

    The police dog tracking down the crim story leads me to wonder – what happened to Aboriginal Trackers?

    Went to an interesting presentation recently by an ex-copper who was assigned to various Outback stations in the 1970s. He said they almost always had an Aboriginal male there who did various tasks but one they were very proud of was being known/used as a Tracker.

    If they indeed had this ability why was it phased out?

  71. Mother Lode

    Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.

    Mr Rake-handle, meet Mr Monty’s face.

  72. Rossini

    Top Ender
    #3140891, posted on August 26, 2019 at 9:54 am
    Hard to track a motor vehicle!

  73. Mother Lode

    Mr Rake-handle, meet Mr Monty’s face.

    “Oh, but we are old, intimate friends.”

  74. Roger

    If they indeed had this ability why was it phased out?

    I think they just died out without passing their skills on, TE.

  75. struth

    Good Moaning.
    All of our institutions and even our so called right wing political parties have been marched though by the left.
    Our Politicians are now thoroughly undemocratic and have disregarded the electorate completely.

    It has been adequately proven that the vast majority of people in NSW , whoever they vote for, do not want late tem abortions legalised.
    About 80% in fact.
    It was legalised anyway.
    What is a representative in parliament who casts a conscience vote that goes against the majority of those he/she represents?
    An arrogant disgrace.
    They are authoritarian elites who should be immediately sacked.
    The great majority of Australians see thought the Climate bullshit and want cheap coal fired power and jobs.
    We get nothing of the sort.
    We get more windmills.
    Australians want immigration stopped for a while and never wanted or asked for
    Mus sie immigration.
    Multiculturalism
    Gay Marriage and all manner of cultural Marxists attacks.
    Both aboriginal people and the rest of Australians don’t give a shit about giving left wing activist, race baiting self appointed representatives an extra special voice based on their claimed bloodline.
    Yet that’s what our pollies are raving on about.
    We now can’t get a dam built, decent roads, or even feel safe in our streets , and that is totally caused by our arrogant elite ensuring we get unwanted and unasked for violence and death visited upon us via terrorism, the enabling accomplices sitting in our parliaments.
    I wish I was exaggerating .
    They hate the fact the great unwashed , so beneath them, get to throw certain individuals out of office so they have rigged the system to make it impossible to remove most of them, who we get no real choice in picking, and via preferences, ensure it will always be one of the two big corrupt parties in power,…………..
    A Premier allows a conscience vote and then tells us she didn’t have a conscience, so went against the people, apparently she had no choice but to vote for baby killing!
    A LINO premier.
    Our PM is a dyed in the wool moron, with no spine and a UN servant though and through, who did not win the election.
    Labor lost it.
    The Country is screaming out for sensible right wing policies.
    There are none being applied anywhere.

    Until we truly understand the situation we are in, as a nation, that socialism from the world via the UN, and it’s communist allies has been attacking our country via our own brainwashed hordes of socialists, the only path now open to us, leads straight to Venezuela.

    The place has certainly gone down the toilet since they disarmed us.
    Didn’t take long.

  76. BrettW

    From the Daily Mail.

    First actual live round apparently been fired in Hong Kong protests. Pictures show police pointing revolvers, not normally weapon of choice in riot control. Unfortunately this is going to happen if police get surrounded and cut off and fear for their safety.

    Pics also show Molotov cocktails being thrown at police.

    Also a pic of a damaged mahjong shop because it was owner by a mainland Chinese.

    Not a good development.

  77. Top Ender:

    If they indeed had this ability why was it phased out?

    Like a lot of creatures, the Tracker became specialised.
    Eventually only able to find and trap “Green Dream/Lady in Boat.”

  78. Zyconoclast

    Family Court report writer charged with s3xually @busing three children

    An accused [email protected] has been used as an expert by the Family Court in custody disputes that involve allegations of child s3xual @buse.

    The psychologist, who has since been charged with s3xually @busing three children, was appointed by the Family Court to make custody recommendations in cases where one parent had accused the other of s3xual @buse.

  79. struth

    Why do you need to be a tracker?
    What blackfella would want that job?
    Those left that might be able to do it you could count on one hand, and they’re not particularly looking for ANY work.

  80. Slim Cognito

    I had to laugh at this headline from Crikey.

    ‘We have wasted too much time doing heavy lifting for white Australia’: Stan Grant

    Is this the local version of the NY Times campaign which says the prosperity of the USA is based on racism?

  81. DrBeauGan

    I got another female come onto me this evening. She wanted to know if I had a girlfriend. I said Si, and showed her a picture of Maria in very short shorts. She gave up on me instantly.

    You only need one gorgeous chick in her twenties is the way I see it.

  82. Tom

    Top Ender, I think Struth is right: sit-down money in the form of welfare cheques, not to mention all the other feeding troughs in the $30 billion we give them every year (even to whites corruptly claiming Aboriginality), is far more lucrative than actually doing something like tracking for a living.

  83. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ‘We have wasted too much time doing heavy lifting for white Australia’: Stan Grant

    He’s speaking in support of Adam Goodes, who doesn’t seem to have done much heavy lifting for anyone.

  84. dover_beach

    Family Court report writer charged with s3xually @busing three children

    Wow.

  85. DrBeauGan

    Family Court report writer charged with s3xually @busing three children

    Wow.

    We should be glad they’ve got the shit. That’s one of the few things that gets me angry.

  86. John Constantine

    Interesting squeeze on the sheepflock size forming.

    Monopoly buying power controlled by the Tyrant of the chicoms cutting the workplace, while we see aged mutton selling up close to prime spring sucker lamb prices per kilo, exceeding lamb prices per head.

    Strongly suspected that mutton is being dressed up as lamb to substitute for the pig plague protein pinch.

  87. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Keeping alpacas is racist and sexist.

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are the crepsecules who were trying to ban the breeding of Merino sheep in Australia – that would tend to demonstrate their level of intelligence.

  88. Mother Lode

    M0nty reads Axios? Giggle.

    Monty is a very unique individual – and perplexing in his way.

    Try conceiving an idiot savant, where the savant gift is also idiocy.

  89. Mother Lode

    Family Court report writer charged with s3xually @busing three children

    Have they announce a Royal Commission yet? Are they going to go after the Chief Justice to pay for the sins of others because he has a higher profile than the others?

  90. John Constantine

    Woolprice, not workplace.

    Damn Skynet autistcorrect.

  91. Some History

    Jane Carosene

    Dear employers, large & small, local, national & multinational, given ur place of business (our planet) is under threat, please allow all employees to join the #climatestrike on 20/9 without penalty and even join with us yourselves. Your business will not survive if we don’t.

    https://twitter.com/JaneCaro/status/1165410263685681152?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

  92. Arky

    DrBeauGan
    #3140906, posted on August 26, 2019 at 10:16 am
    I got another female come onto me this evening. She wanted to know if I had a girlfriend. I said Si, and showed her a picture of Maria in very short shorts. She gave up on me instantly.

    ..
    Seriously, you let this loser roam free over the open forum giving a blow by blow of his degenerate trip to Cuba, yet I’m still on a six hour delay here?
    Come on.
    Not to mention perky tits the elderly housewife, the Catholic bores, and the Vietnam flashback king?

  93. This has probably been put up before, but I was unaware of the following part:

    … the government rushed the legislation through the Senate knowing that Pauline Hanson’s One Nation senators intended to move an amendment that explicitly excluded deposits from the law, but were not in the chamber; and another government senator, Amanda Stoker, has since admitted it is a bail-in law. Robert Butler has analysed both the legislation, as well as new information revealed by banking analyst Martin North and economist John Adams, that banks can arbitrarily change the terms and conditions of their deposit accounts.

    So the Banks can just put an ad in the paper, confiscate our deposits, and issue us with shares instead?
    WTF?

  94. Roger

    Dear employers, large & small, local, national & multinational, given ur place of business (our planet) is under threat, please allow all employees to join the #climatestrike on 20/9 without penalty and even join with us yourselves. Your business will not survive if we don’t.

    That could be construed as a threat.

    Or is Caro so stupid as to believe that a strike will save the planet.

    Mmm…probably the latter.

  95. Roger

    So the Banks can just put an ad in the paper, confiscate our deposits, and issue us with shares instead?

    Not exactly. APRA & the Reserve Bank step in to regulate & fund the process. Unsecured creditors/depositors funds are secured…up to a predetermined cap, which used to be $250K iirc.

  96. John Constantine

    https://www.afr.com/street-talk/ocp-asia-turnbull-s-keshik-swoop-on-lithium-play-alita-resources-20190819-p52ifo

    urces
    Sarah Thompson and Anthony Macdonald
    Aug 19, 2019 — 9.30pm

    Hong Kong-based alternatives manager OCP Asia and Alex Turnbull’s hedge fund Keshik Capital are set to emerge as major shareholders in ASX-listed lithium company Alita Resources.

    Street Talk understands OCP and Keshik will tip fresh funds into the lithium concentrate producer as part of a $60 million recapitalisation, and each walk away with a 10 per cent stake and board seats.

    The pair’s investment is expected to be unveiled as early as Tuesday and be one of a number of significant changes at Alita.

    The changes include the payout of a $40 million credit facility to major lender Tribeca Investment Partners, which will be replaced with an equity-like facility backed by OCP and Keshik.

    Things could be worse, we can still pretend their alex turbullites isn’t the satrap sent to rule us all.

    Comrades.

  97. Mother Lode

    Or is Caro so stupid as to believe that a strike will save the planet.

    I doubt there are any employees who have followed Caro’s various commercial dicta – any who did will have shut up shop long since.

    This would be aimed for the low-info on staff.

  98. zyconoclast

    From may 2019 but just in case you missed it.

    It began with a traffic violation and ended with a woman pulling a gator from her yoga pants

    The blue Chevy pickup truck drove west on Oil Well Road, police say, blew through a stop sign and hung a left onto Tamiami Trail in the dark of night, around 3:15 a.m., Monday. Florida sheriff’s deputies turned on their lights and sirens. When they approached the pickup, the driver said he and his passenger had been collecting frogs and snakes from under a nearby overpass.

    So the Charlotte County deputy asked Clemons and Marchan-Le Quire if they would open their backpacks and show their haul — just to make sure they didn’t have anything illegal, the report says.

    Clemons, 22, had clothes and other personal items in his bag.

    Marchan-Le Quire, 25, grabbed her backpack from the floor next to her feet and unzipped it to show 43 small turtles piled inside, the report says.

    “Anything else?” a second deputy asked.

    It was then that Marchan-Le Quire reached into her yoga pants and tugged out a foot-long alligator.

  99. Leigh Lowe

    DrBeauGan

    #3140912, posted on August 26, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Family Court report writer charged with s3xually @busing three children

    Wow.

    We should be glad they’ve got the shit. That’s one of the few things that gets me angry.

    Let’s just cool our jets here.
    It seems his area of expertise is assessing peter-filia claims put before the Family Court.
    It seems he doesn’t buy many of the claims made by mothers against fathers.
    Next thing, he is an accused peter-file.
    Re-read the article and remove all the emotive background colour … “I was immediately uneasy”, “he seemed creepy”.

  100. mh

    BrettW
    #3140899, posted on August 26, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Maybe HongKongers don’t want to go quietly into the concentration camps, Uighur style.

    Once Beijing gets the Social Credit System up and running in Hongkers, even visiting the wrong website will mean no ticket out of the place.

  101. zyconoclast

    Anti-immigration billboards promoting Bernier’s party will be taken down, advertising company says

    Controversial billboard advertisements promoting the People’s Party of Canada and its anti-immigration policies will be removed following “overwhelming” criticism, says the ad company that owns the billboards.

    “I regret that the decision we made to allow the ad has been construed to suggest that I or anyone at Pattison Outdoor endorses the message of the advertiser,” reads a statement attributed to Randy Otto, president of Pattison Outdoor Advertising, that was posted to the company’s social media accounts Sunday afternoon.

  102. Gilas

    struth
    #3140898, posted on August 26, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Being skeptical of everyone and everything that’s written are my first insticts.
    That has come to bite me only when I ignored them.

    I’ve yet to disagree with anything you’ve written.
    Kudos+++

  103. Dr Faustus

    Pics also show Molotov cocktails being thrown at police.

    Certainly not a good development.

    Emperor Xi and his eunuchs know that martial law and direct intervention into the HK legal system could mean the end of HK as a regional insurance, bank lending and asset finance centre – anything that depends on Common Law contracts and independent courts to administer them. A major, public, multinational loss of face.

    Best Xi solution is for the protests to take on the recognisable form of ‘terrorism’ – and then go in under the umbrella of Basic Law to sort things out, with the promise that things will immediately return to normal (albeit with a few hundred thousand of the HK population disappeared into the Chinese legal system).

    Win, win, win.

    – An example made to inform Taiwan and potentially uppity others within the Middle Kingdom just exactly who is in control when the shoe drops;
    – A fig leaf for flighty capital markets;
    Hard for the West and its flabby organs to criticise without seeming to support terrorism as when convenient.

    Expect an unexpected escalation of crowd violence and PRC businesses being targeted.

  104. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Calli, the little lamb jumper is not only cute and attractive, it is probably life-saving as well. Now, I must not remind myself that the little fellow is bound for my dinner. However, if I do, then I know that his life has not been one of being miserably cold, that he will humanely leave this life rather than die freezing, and also that some of my own species have been saved from penury and the misery of losing their livelihood.

    One can see the emotional impulse to vegetarianism, but I do not see it as realistic; we are a meat-eating species, omnivores actually, who have evolved to be what we are, and who have a culture that is a response to what we are. Remaking the world or ourselves to be something else is not on my agenda. A farmer’s care of animals is our best solution.

    The Spectator this week had a columnist reporting on an Anglican service for animals, even blessing them individually (your cat, dog, budgie, horse or whatever) by name as well as collectively. The officiating female priest was tending towards an eco-climate driven sermon on veganism. Then, I expect, everyone went happily home to their Sunday roast, keeping the bones for Fido and the scraps for Tibby.

    ‘Daft’ was the columnists term for it, a peculiarly British form of stupid.

  105. Dr Faustus

    Hong Kong-based alternatives manager OCP Asia and Alex Turnbull’s hedge fund Keshik Capital are set to emerge as major shareholders in ASX-listed lithium company Alita Resources.

    Turnbull Minor’s impressive track record tells me that high-performance silicon battery technology has arrived and will disrupt the Li market within weeks.

  106. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Let’s just cool our jets here.

    +1
    Being charged does not mean charges proven. The Pell case should give us cause to pause.
    Let the case be heard, the defense mounted, the evidence presented, the decision made.
    Hopefully in an atmosphere that does not pre-judge and in a court system that also does not.

  107. Leigh Lowe

    Pell was front of mind when I read that Lizzie.
    Plenty of examples posted here of the dastardly acts committed to “win” before the Family Court.
    Note the par in the report that “it could cast doubt on many custody rulings.”

  108. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Until we truly understand the situation we are in, as a nation, that socialism from the world via the UN, and it’s communist allies has been attacking our country via our own brainwashed hordes of socialists, the only path now open to us, leads straight to Venezuela.

    Oh dear, Struth. Don’t upset me. Even in Venezuela, as seen by Steve Tricker’s videos made by a concerned tourist, it is clear that even when things get that bad most people don’t have a clue as to what the real cause has been: not a million little things gone wrong, but a great big behemoth of an idea crushing everything.

    Socialism. The name that must not be spoken in any way as a piece of devilry.

  109. mh

    I see Pauline Hanson is featured on one of the current affairs shows this week climbing Ayers Rock.

    Thank you Pauline. This land belongs to us all.

  110. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    It was then that Marchan-Le Quire reached into her yoga pants and tugged out a foot-long alligator.

    As you do. 🙂

    I say that as someone who in her early teen years used to haul baby piglets out of her bed.

  111. Bruce of Newcastle

    Alex Turnbull’s hedge fund Keshik Capital are set to emerge as major shareholders in ASX-listed lithium company Alita Resources.

    Hopefully Turnbull snr will put all his money in lithium, wave generators and electric cars. The resulting crash and burn would be most satisfactory.

    In other climate emergency news I note that the Obama’s have just bought a comfy $20 million pad right on the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Maybe he intends to put scuba equipment in it. /s

  112. Farmer Gez

    Let’s just cool our jets here.
    It seems his area of expertise is assessing peter-filia claims put before the Family Court.
    It seems he doesn’t buy many of the claims made by mothers against fathers.
    Next thing, he is an accused peter-file.
    Re-read the article and remove all the emotive background colour … “I was immediately uneasy”, “he seemed creepy”.

    Gods advice Leigh.
    A mate’s wife accused him of abuse of his kids and quite a few believed her.
    She was out of her mind at the time. Luckily a local nurse found her out at night ranting and had her sectioned quickly.

    She was granted custody of the kids by a magistrate before this event when we all knew she wasn’t mentally well. My mate was beside himself with worry over the safety of the kids while she had them.

    They took his gun of him as well because she had the obligatory AVO granted by the same magistrate.

  113. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    And my contribution was making roast lamb last night 🙂

    Ever the realist, is Gab. 🙂

  114. Zatara

    “I regret that the decision we made to allow the ad has been construed to suggest that I or anyone at Pattison Outdoor endorses the message of the advertiser,”

    “What we actually endorse is selling our advertising space. If you don’t like what’s on our billboards pay us more to put something you do like on them. Until then we suggest you focus on your driving.”

  115. mh

    Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo gave $100,000 cash to NSW Labor official, ICAC inquiry hears

    Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo gave $100,000 in cash to a senior Labor Party official, in breach of electoral funding laws, an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) inquiry has heard.

    The ICAC is beginning six weeks of public hearings to investigate whether NSW Labor received money from illegal sources.

    A key witness in the hearing said Mr Huang, a billionaire property developer, visited Labor Party headquarters in 2015 and handed $100,000 in cash to then NSW Labor General Secretary Jamie Clements.

    In 2014 and 2015 the cap on political donations was $5,700.

    The hearing is investigating whether the $100,000 donation was disguised as a series of $5,000 donations, made during a Chinese Friends of Labor fundraising dinner.

    The commission was told one witness, Quanbao Liao, took his own life in 2018 before giving evidence to the ICAC.

    The hearing is set to continue for six weeks.

    More to come.

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/chinese-billionaire-huang-xiangmo-gave-dollar100000-cash-to-nsw-labor-official-icac-inquiry-hears/ar-AAGjBnz?li=AAgfYrC&ocid=mailsignout

  116. stackja

    The Family Court was created by Lionel Murphy.

  117. Herodotus

    Greg Combet and the industry super funds are, according to an article in The Australian, acting as a huge group and hatching a plot to pressure industries to “decarbonise”.
    The left never gives up on trying to bring us all down, and doesn’t seem to realise that they are ultimately shooting both of their feet.
    Veneztralia will happen because they manage to shield themselves from the consequences while collapsing the foundations of us, and the rest of the formerly successful west – for a time anyway.

  118. Herodotus

    Roast lamb here too – magnificent!

  119. Leigh Lowe

    ‘We have wasted too much time doing heavy lifting for white Australia’: Stan Grant

    Carrying three goon bag boxes back from Dan Murphy’s is not “heavy lifting”.

  120. Leigh Lowe

    Herodotus

    #3140954, posted on August 26, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Greg Combet and the industry super funds are, according to an article in The Australian, acting as a huge group and hatching a plot to pressure industries to “decarbonise”.

    This is for voting against Pieman’s grand war-on-carbon, peasants.

  121. Leigh Lowe

    mh

    #3140951, posted on August 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo gave $100,000 cash to NSW Labor official, ICAC inquiry hears

    I’ll meet you in the garden.
    Don’t bring your phone.

  122. Bruce of Newcastle

    A key witness in the hearing said Mr Huang, a billionaire property developer, visited Labor Party headquarters in 2015 and handed $100,000 in cash to then NSW Labor General Secretary Jamie Clements.

    In 2014 and 2015 the cap on political donations was $5,700.

    Political donations from property developers has been banned in NSW since 2009, and in 2014 several Lib MLAs were forced to resign after being caught accepting them.

    So when is Clements going to be prosecuted and expelled from the Labor Party?

  123. dover_beach

    The Family Court is to families what a slaughterhouse is to livestock.

  124. dover_beach

    Too good not receive attention on the OT.

    Windschuttle on the double standards of Ferguson and Maxwell.
    h/t: Ivan D

  125. mh

    The commission was told one witness, Quanbao Liao, took his own life in 2018 before giving evidence to the ICAC.

    There’s a lot of that going on.

  126. Mater

    Greg Combet and the industry super funds are, according to an article in The Australian, acting as a huge group and hatching a plot to pressure industries to “decarbonise”.

    From June:

    Super funds join ‘unprecedented’ climate action

    Australian superannuation funds are among 477 investors globally to have signed an open letter to the “governments of the world” stressing “the urgency of decisive action” to limit average global temperature rise to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

    A line from the article gave me hope, and led me to invest in both funds:

    The world’s two biggest asset managers, BlackRock and Vanguard, did not sign the letter.

  127. Woolfe

    Windschuttle on the double standards of Ferguson and Maxwell.

    Discrepancies in witnesses for prosecution add to witness credibility, discrepancies in witnesses for defence significantly reduce witness credibility.

    Victoria.

  128. Fair shake of the Sauce bottle

    The Family Court was created by Lionel Murphy.

    Pity it wasn’t as successful as the venture by his brother Dan

  129. John Constantine

    If you want a bit of catastrophism, early maturing zone crops that have been subjected to a light shower of rain in the evening, then a cracking overnight frost are now being monitored for stem frost floppiness and salvage silage or haycut.

  130. Dr Faustus

    Gods advice Leigh.
    A mate’s wife accused him of abuse of his kids and quite a few believed her.

    The system is set up to play that way.
    A friend, estranged from son and d-i-l-from-Hell, started an application for access to the grandkids, with whom she was very close.

    The d-i-l’s solicitor duly informed her that if she proceeded, allegations would be made to the Court detailing sexual abuse of both children by herself. Her own solicitor’s advice was: Yup, this is a stock standard response; sure untrue; but do you really want your grandchildren to be dragged through a DOCS/police investigation, with added coaching by mentally unwell parents?

  131. Black Ball

    Had a feeling last night watching the cricket that Engerland would get up. Field settings by Paine an embarrassment. Topped off with the DRS that would give Shane Watson pause. Watching the lady with Tubby Taylor after the match, you got the impression that Australia were cheated, unlike Punter who was effusive of his praise for both Stokes and Leach. Quite an incredible Test, more of it please at Old Trafford, hopefully sans rain.

  132. Leigh Lowe

    Political donations from property developers has been banned in NSW since 2009, and in 2014 several Lib MLAs were forced to resign after being caught accepting them.

    So when is Clements going to be prosecuted and expelled from the Labor Party?

    OK.
    Just put out a press release. The usual stuff, “junior staff member … young and naive … passionate about the Labor movement helping people … we were assured the money came from branch lamimgton drives … yada, yada.”
    What’s that?
    Nah, already spoken to my contacts. It will be buried on page 9 on the Friday before footy finals. Then, when it comes up in three months time, we can pull the old “nothing new, been addressed and fully disclosed.”
    If it turns nasty, get a pic of Clements with his disabled mum.
    What’s that?
    She’s not disabled?
    She will be if she needs to be.

  133. Bruce of Newcastle

    Australian PM sheepishly glances down at his phone as he cuts a lonely figure at the G7

    Sensible. No way he’d want to hang around with far-right knuckle-dragging climate criminals Trump, Boris and Salvini. The footage would be run incessantly by the ABC all the way until the next election. And no way the other four would want him anywhere nearby after ScoMo announced we’d contribute to the Gulf forces just before the frog prince revealed his surprise guest.

  134. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Family Court is to families what a slaughterhouse is to livestock.

    A state of mind, likely to continue, until said Court starts enforcing it’s own judgements, and treating perjury as a crime.

  135. struth

    If you ignore the family court, they’ll take you to court.

    I’m trying to tell a young fellow this who has not seen his son since Easter.

    Many parasites in this field, especially, only have power if you give it to them.

  136. C.L.

    Windschuttle demonstrates that Ferguson-Maxwell were wilfully biased in their judgement – to an extent that is breathtakingly egregious.

  137. Roger

    The worst generation?

    American adults under 40:

    Childless, Godless & Unpatriotic.

  138. struth

    There was no court order, there was no problems with the mutual arrangement this young bloke had with his ex, regarding access, until she, like usual, decided to use the kid for her advantage and just “decided” that he wasn’t going to be “allowed” to see him anymore.
    He went to the school to see his son and the school would not allow the father to gain access to his own son, based on nothing more than the orders of the mother.
    He wasn’t leaving until he saw his son, so they got the police.
    The cops did their usual schtick of siding with him but telling him to leave, when they had absolutely no grounds to do so, and he is now thinking it is all too hard and he’ll go through family court.
    A bigger bunch of filthy lesso man hating marxists you could never find.
    He wants to “do the right thing” and somehow has been bluffed into believing they are some sort of authority you should submit to , to do the right thing.

    There has been no court ruling to stop a father from seeing his son, and therefore he has as much right as her and more rights than anyone else.

    If he had the right mind set, to tackle this, because being agreeable will get him nowhere, he should be asking the police to arrest those people that have taken his son, and work from there.

    They make you stand for a judge to show you agree with the authority of the court.

    If you don’t obey the family court, they will take you to court.
    So what does that say?
    With many men, it’s their deference to anything that’s government and calls itself an authority that gets them screwed in the first place.
    Attitude and a good read of our constitution can help a lot.

  139. Gab

    The Family Court was created by Lionel Murphy.

    Pity it wasn’t as successful as the venture by his brother Dan

    No more best, ladies and gentl’men. Fair Shake of the Sauce Bottle wins the internets for the day.

  140. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A bigger bunch of filthy lesso man hating marxists you could never find.

    You’ve left out the dickless girlymen that also infest that fvcking sewer.

  141. John Constantine

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/iran-zarif-arrives-surprise-g7-talks-plan-meet-190825151050393.html

    Macron decided to invite the Iranian foreign minister to Biarritz after hosting a dinner of G7 leaders on Saturday night, a French official told AFP. The invite had been made “in agreement with the United States”, the official added, contradicting a claim by the White House that Trump had not been informed of Zarif’s arrival.

    Macron had also hosted Zarif for talks in Paris on the eve of the summit on Friday.

    The French president is urging Trump to offer some sort of relief to Iran, according to Reuters and AFP, such as lifting sanctions on oil sales to China and India, or a new credit line to enable exports. While the nuclear deal’s remaining signatories – France, Germany, UK, China and Russia – oppose the US move, they have struggled to protect Iran from the US sanctions.

  142. dover_beach

    Windschuttle demonstrates that Ferguson-Maxwell were wilfully biased in their judgement – to an extent that is breathtakingly egregious.

    Tendentious comes to mind.

  143. Percy Popinjay

    Keeping alpacas is racist and sexist.

    Someone appears not to have received the message.

    Trigger Warning: Link is to the ALPBC webshite.

  144. Mother Lode

    Hey,

    Bolta has linked to CL’s post in a post of its own.

    A SAVAGE FACT-CHECK ON ONE OF PELL’S WORST PROSECUTORS

  145. notafan

    I remember a local council having a battle royale with a gentleman with a pet sheep

    if only he had an alpace instead

  146. Mother Lode

    Oh, and Bolta’s post on CL’s post is not behind the paywall.

    Anyone can comment.

  147. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Greg Combet and the industry super funds are, according to an article in The Australian, acting as a huge group and hatching a plot to pressure industries to “decarbonise”.
    This is for voting against Pieman’s grand war-on-carbon, peasants.

    Financial pressure, of course.

    Only a groundswell revolt by contributors will stop this, and I can’t see it happening.
    Many if not most of them are luvvies.
    They may be less luvvie if they see their investments go belly up while only those industries not reliant on such superannuation funding and thus not stupidly ‘decarbonising’ are performing well.

  148. Delcon

    Mother Lode
    #3141000, posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Hey,

    Bolta has linked to CL’s post in a post of its own.

    A SAVAGE FACT-CHECK ON ONE OF PELL’S WORST PROSECUTORS

    CL’s post was excellent.

    Alos, Bolta’s post has a link to uber-bitch Louise Milligan’s Twitter thread about this. Here is one of her Tweets there:

    And of course, this came from a pricey defence team whose client exercised his (legal) right not to give evidence at trial.

    Make no mistake, ABC uber-bitch knows as well as any of us that Pell is innocent.

    Yet, she uses the fact he did not testify in his trial to imply that this suggests he is guilty.

    Unfortunately, while everyone has a legal right not to speak, what she implies, malicious though it may be, is how many people think: “why would an innocent man not testify in his own defense?”

    She is cynically using what may indeed been a horrendous mistake on part of the Pell’s camp.

  149. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Sorry, blockquote fail.
    Everything said after ‘peasants’ is my comment.

  150. Top Ender

    Drums beating on missing show

    The taping of last Wednesday night’s The Drum, on one of the biggest news days of 2019, was a wild ride. After all, it’s a rare day indeed that the ABC takes one of its marquee panel shows off the air, with no notice, and replaces it with a repeat of Grand Designs.

    Now Diary can reveal why. Wednesday’s show was pulled after incendiary comments made by individual panellists about not one but two divisive topics: last week’s failed court appeal by ­George Pell, and US President Donald Trump.

    One source involved in the epic prerecording of that night’s The Drum tells us its Pell discussion was lit up by one particularly fiery comment from a panellist. As the insider notes: “That discussion went overboard!”

    The problematic comment prompted an initial double-take from host Ellen Fanning, who to her credit handled the situation decisively. We’re told she quizzed the panellist on whether that person meant to make the offending comment, and then made it very clear, for the record, the comment was “not the ABC’s position”.

    But that was not the end of The Drum’s problems that night. Later, another discussion about Australia’s decision that day to join a US mission to the Middle East’s Strait of Hormuz was hijacked by — you guessed it — an anti-Trump diatribe. One guest launched what Diary has been told was a “massive personal attack on Trump”.

    Finally, more than an hour after The Drum was pulled from the ABC’s main channel, a heavily edited version of the show, with eight minutes of panel discussion missing, finally appeared on the ABC News Channel, where it is normally repeated nightly at 7pm. This version of the show did not start at its regular time, but at 7.08pm.

    The offending comments about both the Pell case and Trump were missing from the final ABC News and ABC iview versions.

    An ABC spokeswoman told Diary that “edited some comments made during the program … there wasn’t time to do that before broadcast so we took the decision to cancel the ABC TV broadcast. The edited version aired on the News Channel”.

    Link

  151. Delcon

    Roger
    #3141004, posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    I’m shocked:

    Amazon fires probably nowhere near as bad as media claims.

    Can’t be, because that would mean the Greens are full of crap
    😐

  152. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    A bigger bunch of filthy lesso man hating marxists you could never find.
    You’ve left out the dickless girlymen that also infest that fvcking sewer.

    Right on both counts if my experience of the Family Court in Western Australia (operating under different rules to other States) is anything to go by.

  153. Percy Popinjay

    a local council having a battle royale with a gentleman with a pet sheep

    The gentleman in question was of Veitmanese extraction and caused the imbeciles on the council much grief before the latter finally stopped persecuting him.

  154. Percy Popinjay

    Amazon fires probably nowhere near as bad as media claims.

    Gee, at this rate it will emerge that the Bolsonaro didn’t light them all, either.

  155. Andreas

    Ferguson-Maxwell quoted in the Windschuttle article:

    The credibility of [the choirboy’s] account was considerably enhanced by the accuracy of his description of the Priests’ Sacristy. He was able to describe in some detail the layout and furnishing of the alcove where he and [his friend] were discovered by Cardinal Pell. As the Crown pointed out, [the choirboy] correctly placed the wine area in the alcove, not where it is currently located… In our view, the jury were entitled to view these ‘undisputed facts’ as independent confirmation of [the choirboy’s] account of having been in the Priests’ Sacristy in that period. There was nothing to suggest that his knowledge of those matters could have been obtained otherwise.

    Just because the accuser was able to describe the layout of the sacristy says nothing about whether Pell himself was there. Maybe they did even break into the sacristy and get into the wine (yeah sure…) but that doesn’t mean Pell was there at all. This is taken as enhancing their credibility but it does no such thing – it says nothing about whether the assault itself took place.

  156. Percy Popinjay

    Maybe they did even break into the sacristy and get into the wine (yeah sure…) but that doesn’t mean Pell was there at all

    Pell was probably off somewhere else busy growing his third arm.

  157. Delcon

    So, Ferguson and Maxwell use the fact that the accuser knew the details of the room in which the rape allegedly took place as proof that he was indeed raped.
    Hasn’t occurred to the two geniuses them that it is at least just as possible that this knowledge was acquired by the accuser entering that room in some other time, or, indeed, that time but with Pell not being present.
    That’s what happens when you pick judges by their proficiency with Marxism rather than with logic.

  158. cohenite

    Scoop: Trump suggested nuking hurricanes to stop them from hitting U.S.

    The little fat troll believes this.

    Trump has destroyed the left. But the left will destroy the West to destroy Trump. The little fat troll, like the other troll support the left’s ambitions. They are traitors. I don’t know why people don’t treat them as such.

  159. notafan

    The entire ‘knew the layout of the priest’s sacristy’ as having the Colgate ring of truth is very hard to accept as a line of reasoning

    So what?

    the boys were members of the choir at the Cathedral for two years and were there for up to four days a week

    the sacristy door was often open

    plenty of opportunity for a peak

    just because he said he was only in there once (even though there was evidence led that choristers were taken 0n a tour) doesn’t make it true that he was in there only once and therefore the story about the alleged assault was true

    why would it make any difference if he had been in there more than once? seems entirely circular, I said i was only in there once so therefore the attack must have happened!

    And despite this amaxing memory the dates were so vague. from the second half of 1996 to before Easter (according to Milligan) and the attacks were a month apart or not a month apart yet enormous store is set on The Kid being familiar with the lay out of the priest’s sacristy.

  160. old bloke

    Has a date been set for the High Court hearing?

  161. Old Lefty

    More on that odious hypocrite Keneally. Here is a story on Gillian Sneddon, a former staffer of the ALP p3d0f1l3 Milton Orkopuolos (one of the many, including a former state leader in Qld). The ALP machine and the government apparatus treated Ms Sneddon appallingly, even though everything she said was tru.

    https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/471088/whistleblower-gillian-sneddon-awarded-435k/

  162. notafan

    Doesn’t the High Court have to grant leave?

  163. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    James Marape asks for $300m pa in direct budget support

    Ben Packham
    Foreign Affairs and Defence Correspondent
    @bennpackham
    An hour ago August 26, 2019
    46 Comments

    Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape has suggested Australia give up to $300 million a year to PNG in direct budget support, as he confirmed he was considering refinancing his entire government debt — potentially with China.

    Mr Marape, who is meeting with a delegate of six Australian ministers today led by Foreign Minister Marise Payne, said PNG was seeking “any element of help Australia can give us” to get on top of its budget difficulties.

    “At the moment (Australia) are giving, in a headline figure, over $600 million in terms of aid every year. If half of that or quarter of that comes into budget support, even better for us,” Mr Marape said in Port Moresby today.

    He said anything left over from budget support “can be geared towards plans that we have identified as a country”.

    In addition to budget support, Mr Marape said his government to consolidate its 28 billion kina ($A11.8m) in public debt.

    “Whether it is China or India or Australia, the cheapest help we can get, the best help in terms of the terms of loan. I am in the business of refinancing my entire loan portfolio for the country,” he said.

    “Over time, since 1975, loans have been part of our government budgets, and it has accumulated to a total of about K27bn now …

    “I’m looking to soft facilities out there, at best terms to PNG, without compromising our national sustainability and national integrity going into the future.”

    From the Oz. No jokes about blackmail, please.

  164. Old Lefty

    A sidelight to the Orkopuolos saga. Ms Jan Burnswoods, a left-faction ally, teachers- union activist and former member of the NSW upper house, was banned from visiting NSW prisons after she was caught trying to smuggle food to her old mate in the slammer. So much for the Left’s so-called opposyto these hideous crimes.

  165. struth

    Trump has destroyed the left. But the left will destroy the West to destroy Trump. The little fat troll, like the other troll support the left’s ambitions. They are traitors. I don’t know why people don’t treat them as such.

    The worst type of traitors.
    the ones that still live in western countries while doing all they can to destroy them.
    Some traitors at least have the decency to move away first.
    Both of them should be commenting from China……………………………………..or trying to.

  166. notafan

    David Marr back in June on the Vic Court of Appeal and the High Court

    Here they saw a pathway for Pell’s acquittal: the Victorian appeal judges had decided that an uncorroborated and at times improbable story told by one man after years of silence was not enough to condemn Tyrrell to prison.

    But that decision is also on its way to the high court. The office of the director of public prosecutions appears confident the Canberra judges will once again find that the appeal judges have set the bar too high for the prosecution.

    a reminder that David Marr got this one WRONG

  167. thefrollickingmole

    Old Lefty

    She deserves the dough, didnt she get the whole “shovel left on the front doorstep” treatment from the bruvvers?

  168. egg_

    End all private vehicle ownership say Oxford scholars.

    As we’ve been warned, the Fascists would soon come for our private motor vehicles, as they did in Cuba.

  169. egg_

    End all private vehicle ownership say Oxford scholars.

    Do they drive ancient MGs, dropping parts on the Motorway?

  170. Farmer Gez

    the boys were members of the choir at the Cathedral for two years and were there for up to four days a week

    the sacristy door was often open

    plenty of opportunity for a peak

    As I’ve said before, there was no need for boys to sneak altar wine in the mid Nineties.
    Lots of illegal stuff all around them in the city.

    The story if true runs counter to the upright citizen picture handed to us by the prosecution.

    Very few boys would attempt or want to attempt stealing from the Sacristy. They were hand picked choir boys after all. I dare say ratbags wouldn’t have got in, even if they could sing.

  171. I’ve a good knowledge of the layout of the Senior Sarge’s office over in the Police Station.
    In 20 years or so this will be sufficient for me to say he ..er.. mole-ested me in that office, I won’t be able to put the date of the assault any closer than a 6 – 9 month time frame, but my knowledge of his office layout = ring of truth.

    The Sarge should get 6 years or so.
    So he should, coz “ring of truth” etc.

  172. cohenite

    Look at this shit in fairfucks:

    The Queen is reported to have confided in Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that Donald Trump ruined her lawn.

    It may sound like a minor complaint, but factor in the English obsession over rectangles of grass, and the monarch’s dismay over the state of the Buckingham Palace garden can be fully appreciated.

    However the Prime Minister’s office later denied the story. It is against palace protocol for leaders to pass on private conversations with the Queen, though it regularly happens

    When it comes to Trump they just straight out lie and admit it.

  173. Mother Lode

    James Marape asks for $300m pa in direct budget support

    The New Guineans might be surprised to find that the Chinese are not particularly sentimental regarding the Noble Eternal-Victim-of-Colonialism Savage romanticism.

    Right now they are enjoying flexing their muscles, but when circumstances change and the Chinese priorities shift, they will not be impressed by hand-wringing or pleas of poverty. They will also not be in any way loyal to the politician that they had bought only just the year before.

  174. cohenite

    34 year old teacher knocking off 17 year old student; after leaving school she reports the teacher who is now charged. Woman scorned.

  175. Farmer Gez

    And another thing.

    The jury and appeal judges would have us suppose that Pell was an opportunist, spur of the moment type guy. He would have to be to dare such a brazen act in a much used area.

    What in Pell’s past even remotely resembles an opportunistic rash person.

    Absolutely bugger all, that’s the truth if it.

  176. Nob

    Roger
    #3141004, posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:19 pm
    I’m shocked:

    Amazon fires probably nowhere near as bad as media claims.

    Bolsonaro will do as their Trump proxy.

    Their Clayton’s Trump.

    The Trump you try to destroy when you can’t destroy the Donald.

  177. struth

    You go broke and get in debt and you want to be bailed out by those that give, with no real strings attached.

    Australia, the no strings attached, chuck taxpayers money around the planet and then, borrow itself fuckwit nation.

  178. struth

    Those cameras must be good.
    I mean a billion Chinese…………………………let’s be Frank here.

  179. Zatara

    The entire ‘knew the layout of the priest’s sacristy’ as having the Colgate ring of truth is very hard to accept as a line of reasoning

    Ten minutes being briefed by someone who did know the layout of the Sacristy would have done wonders for his knowledge base.

    The cops advertised for and auditioned potential ‘victims’ for years. Discovering that they did a bit of coaching as well wouldn’t exactly be a shocking revelation.

  180. Delcon

    When it comes to Trump they just straight out lie and admit it.

    Someone is lying here. You don’t know who, though.

  181. Some History

    Song by Jerry Reed:

    “She Got the Gold Mine, and I Got the Shaft”

  182. coz “ring of truth” etc.

    Possible solutions:
    Get a unique tatt on yer dick. They can either describe it or not.
    Get a RFID chip in yer dick. Must be scanned and recorded before a root.

  183. Mother Lode

    I remember seeing those picture of the Queen with Trump – she put on such a show of forbearance.

    Compared to her throwing her head back at the laugh-a-minute hi-jinks she shared with Obama, getting recipes for deep-fried mudcake, and fashion tips, from Michelle, or even sitting quietly with earphones on listening to the iPod full of his own speeches that Obama gave him.

    And who can forget that seminal moment when Michelle went into the Ladies room and all the British women came streaming out – and suddenly Obama announced he was going to instigate what he called ‘Bathroom Gender Reform’ when he got back to the US to make such incidents illegal in the future.

  184. Delcon

    I won’t be able to put the date of the assault any closer than a 6 – 9 month time frame

    SATP: the fuckhead actually didn’t say that he doesn’t remember the date. He gave a precise date. Problem is, the church was shut down that day.
    There’s a difference between saying, “I don’t remember this detail”, which may or may not be acceptable depending on the circumstances (and in this case, I would say, how can you not remember if it happened before Christmas or months after it; I would have remembered such a detail), and spewing out bullshit before you are caught out on it, which is apparently what happened with the newest hero of the Left.
    But, sure, “ring of truth”.
    What a joke.

  185. Some History

    William Penix tune:

    “You Take the Medicine (I’ll Take the Nurse)”

    https://imgur.com/REZaeYU

  186. Mother Lode

    that Obama gave him her

  187. johanna

    Today I’m doing something I never do except in the height of summer – putting a soaker hose on the garden beds. When even the Agapanthus start to droop, you know that it’s seriously dry.

    We haven’t had decent rain for months and months in Queanbeyan. The surrounding paddocks are either dust or dead grass. All the animals are gone – not a sheep or cow to be seen. They have either been sold or agisted.

    The only creatures that are thriving are the kangaroos on the irrigated golf course.

  188. rickw

    “Over time, since 1975, loans have been part of our government budgets, and it has accumulated to a total of about K27bn now …

    Time to ask for our money back, or PNG back, mind you, the current fools and traitors in Canberra are ill equipped to handle the wild men of PNG!

  189. Not Uh oh

    struth
    #3141052, posted on August 26, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    LOL

  190. stackja

    Pell faced a well scripted scenario.
    We don’t know who gets the most from it.

  191. rickw

    Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo gave $100,000 cash to NSW Labor official, ICAC inquiry hears

    You don’t have to join many dots to get to TREASON.

    Australia will be stuffed until we start prosecuting politicians for this crime, and dishing out the traditional punishment for this crime, preferably with their peers watching, preferably in front of the relevant house of government, preferably with a good crowd of the punters watching and cheering.

  192. Top Ender

    The Queen’s Secret Diary would be the read of the century.

    Must be very hard to keep schtum when beset by plonker Head of States from all around the world visiting you.

    Let alone your own PMs changing at the speed of a revolving door.

    Think of her mental prize wall:

    Most Boring Australian PM.

    Most Annoying USA President.

    Most Obsequious Foreign Toady.

    And so on.

  193. notafan

    Delcon

    I have vague memories of a date being nominated that could not be because of the renovations

    do you have a link for the original version

  194. johanna

    Roger
    #3141004, posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    I’m shocked:

    Amazon fires probably nowhere near as bad as media claims.

    Much misinterpretation of data happening according to meteorological specialist in the field.

    As I have said before, the annual Amazon fires scare stories have been going around as long as the Barrier Reef is dying stories, and have the same amount of credibility.

    Take no notice.

  195. stackja

    PNG was ready to be independent according to Gough.

  196. struth

    Top Ender.

    East Point Museum has different prices for NT pensioners as to interstate pensioners.

    Why is this?

  197. Des Deskperson

    ‘James Marape asks for $300m pa in direct budget support’

    So fat as I am aware, Australia does not provide direct budget support to PNG. Its aid – $607.5 million in FY 2019-202o – is directed to specific projects or programmes.

    How effective this is a matter for debate,but Australia would have far less control over a funds provided for direct budget support, particularly as about 15% of the PNG budget goes in direct grants to MPs. This money is supposed to be used for local and regional improvement. There is little accountability as to how it is actually spent.

    My understanding is that the Chinese simply give – or rather loan – the PNG government money. Where Chines aid is linked to specific projects, it’s for showy stuff like resurfacing the the Japanese built Poreporena Freeway and then rebadging it as all China’s own work.

    DFAT boasts that gender equity, youth, disability-inclusive and climate change measures are iterated into all its aid investments. I doubt that Chinese aid, despite maybe lip-service – is tied in any practical sense to these outcomes, however worthy.

  198. Geriatric Mayfly

    Pell must get this case out of Victoria.

    In one line, an indictment that covers all bases.

  199. rickw

    PNG was ready to be independent according to Gough.

    Old bloke I knew was in New Britain on day PNG was granted independence.

    Ceremony all done, 50% of locals look quite pissed off. “What’s wrong, you should be happy, you got your independence!” Points to empty bilum “Independence nogot!”

  200. rickw

    So fat as I am aware, Australia does not provide direct budget support to PNG. Its aid – $607.5 million in FY 2019-202o – is directed to specific projects or programmes.

    Yes, via AusAID, 50% of the spend is unable to be accounted for last time I spoke to AusAID rep in Port Moresby.

  201. rickw:
    Let the PNG mob borrow from China. They’ll find it even easier to siphon funds off for their pension funds.
    But let them try the “We play by PNG Rules here” stunt, and watch the sudden rash of falls, trips, drownings, stumbling into threshing machines accidents happen.

  202. JC

    Hey Josh, fuck off.

    Business chiefs including Boral boss Mike Kane and Viva Energy’s Scott Wyatt have rejected a call from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to prioritise investment over capital returns to shareholders, warning the nation’s political leaders should not tell corporate Australia how to run businesses.

    In a speech delivered on Monday, Mr Frydenberg questioned whether Australia’s biggest businesses had been too focused on returning extra capital to shareholders, or sitting on piles of cash at the expense of aggressively chasing growth.

  203. egg_

    Those cameras must be good.
    I mean a billion Chinese…………………………let’s be Frank here.

    More chins than a Chinese phone book?

  204. JC

    Maybe, just maybe this time Brazil’s future is not the future in perpetuity. Maybe we’re seeing it now.

    Brazil announced last week that it will privatize 17 more government enterprises, including federal electricity giant Eletrobras, the national mint and the postal service. Dozens of ports, airports, railroads and other companies already have been put in private hands since President Jair Bolsonaro took office on Jan. 1.

    Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said last week that this year’s privatization proceeds will reach $20 billion. But if he keeps selling assets as he has said he would like to do, the total take for the government during Mr. Bolsonaro’s four-year term will be much larger.

    Economist John Welch, who specializes in Latin America, estimates that Brazil could sell nearly $90 billion in assets over the next two years. Brazil’s plan includes selling parts of the oil company Petrobras —though it is far from certain that it will shed the company itself. All in all, according to the Bolsonaro administration, some $250 billion could be realized through privatization, concessions and the sale of federally owned real estate.

    Yet the privatization purge is about much more than generating one-time revenue items on the balance sheet. State companies are inefficient and uncompetitive and many operate in the red. The state carries them at a great cost to taxpayers, draining scarce resources from federal coffers. Privatizing or closing these money losers will greatly reduce the misallocation of capital.

    This is a major shake-up of the top-heavy Brazilian state. But it’s only one part of a comprehensive plan designed to unleash the animal spirits of a nation that has been weighed down by too much government. If successful it will dramatically change Brazil’s investment profile.

    Conservative and nationalistic, Mr. Bolsonaro isn’t the most likely leader of a Brazilian big bang—or even a medium-size one. The retired army captain spent 28 years in the Brazilian Congress opposing free-market economics. Yet by hiring Mr. Guedes, he has signed on to reform.

    Mr. Bolsonaro has become the bête noire of progressive punditry the world over for some of his statements on the environment. As fires rage in the Amazon jungle, largely because of drought, he is being blamed for lax enforcement of conservation laws. But opening and modernizing the economy will do far more to protect the forest than have socialist governments before Mr. Bolsonaro or any finger-wagging European elites.

    Migration to the Amazon has been driven by government subsidies, but also by the needs of the downtrodden, looking for a way to scratch out a living. First World practices like responsibly disposing of waste, caring for soil, and reducing air and water pollution are products of cultural values that come with development.

    Brazil needs fast growth if it is to create the wealth and opportunity necessary to care for the environment. Yet economic dynamism hasn’t been a priority for its political class. Brazilian politicians are known mostly for nationalism, protectionism and populism.

    But something has changed. It may be because 13 years of Workers’ Party rule, which ended in 2016, left the country in terrible shape. Or maybe decades of work by Brazil’s small community of economic liberals to spread free-market ideas is finally bearing fruit. The fiery Mr. Guedes and his team haven’t been afraid to take the fight into the public square and make the case for less government.

    The strategy has paid off. Take the insolvency of Brazil’s public pension system, which the previous four presidents all tried—and failed—to fix. Mr. Guedes is on track to get it done.

    The pension reform sets a minimum retirement age (65 for men, 62 for women) for the first time and raises contributions for high-income earners. When Brazil’s lower house tried to dilute the bill, Mr. Guedes accused its leadership of betraying future generations. A chastened Congress subsequently approved something closer to the administration’s proposal. The Senate is expected to ratify it before year’s end. The new measure will save the government some $240 billion over the next 10 years.

    Last week Congress passed a bill—written by the Guedes economic team—to enhance the economic rights of Brazilians. The new law makes it easier to open and close a business, restricts the use of price controls, reduces the need for permitting, and clears the way for digital filing of documents. Under the new legislation, if the government doesn’t reply to an application for a license, permit, registration or the like within a finite period, the request is automatically approved.

    Mr. Guedes also plans a tax reform to lower rates and simplify filing, two long overdue steps to boost international competitiveness.

    Success is not inevitable. Mr. Bolsonaro too often gets caught up in irrelevant spats with the press. He’d serve the nation better by championing his team of technocrats and their vision of a Brazil that lives up to its potential.

  205. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    PNG was ready to be independent according to Gough.

    Wasn’t the original planning that PNG would be ready for independence by the early 1990’s but Goof didn’t want to have the big finger pointed at Australia as a “colonial power?”

  206. Sinclair Davidson

    JC – your piece coming later today.

  207. John Constantine

    https://www.fool.com.au/2019/08/26/why-the-boral-share-price-crashed-to-a-multi-year-low/

    Poor results taking a toll

    Management will be hoping the multiple transactions will be enough to distract investors from its disappointing full year results as its adjusted EPS fell 7% to 37.5 cents per share and as revenue from continuing operations increased 4% to $5.8 billion.

    Both missed consensus expectations. Brokers polled on Reuters were forecasting EPS of 39.9 cents per share and a top-line of $5.9 billion.

    The results would have been worse if not for its US operations. This is probably the silver-lining for shareholders as Boral has gone big in that market following its acquisition of Headwaters in 2016.

    The US division added $66 million to Boral’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) while its Australian business detracted $41 million due to weak residential construction to leave group EBITDA at just over $1 billion in FY19, or 2% above last year’s result.

    The weakness won’t abate in FY20 either. Management is forecasting a 5% to 15% drop in net profit for the current financial year due to pressure from its Australian businesses although it’s tipping further growth in the US, thanks in part to around US$20 million in targeted synergies from Headwaters.

    Property Ponxi unwinding.

  208. De Fred Lenin

    Saw a nice looking CV today ,believe it or not AN. MG! Looked pretty good about 23 grand . Chcked on the net ,made in China designed and supervised from England . So now we have Cinese MG s ,Indian Jaguars ,German Minis ,what a world innit?

  209. JC

    Oh Good. Thanks. He annoys the shit out of me. Thanks Sinclair.

  210. Des Deskperson

    ‘PNG was ready to be independent according to Gough.’

    Andrew Peacock, McMahon’s Minister for Territories own 1972, was touted about at the time of Independence as one of its main architects.

    Whatever the truth, 2006 the PNG government gave him the Logohu award, which entitled him to be called chief and was bestowed for his “continuing promotion of goodwill between PNG and Australia and his particular contribution to PNG’s peaceful transition to self-government and independence.”

  211. calli

    Seriously, you let this loser roam free over the open forum giving a blow by blow of his degenerate trip to Cuba, yet I’m still on a six hour delay here?

    Arky? You’ve been sent to Coventry? What on earth did you do?

  212. calli

    Any money for PNG not earmarked for projects will go into the bank accounts of the Big Men.

    It has been ever thus.

  213. Some History

    Tonight’s Q&A

    Watch the #QandA High School Special live from Sydney with @GladysB, @KKeneally, William Gillett, Aurora Matchett, Willoughby Duff, and Varsha Yajman. Tonight at 9.35pm AEST on @ABCTV and iview

  214. thefrollickingmole

    That sucking sound you heard along with the sudden pressure drop was every local council planning department simoutaniosly spitting the dummy & crapping themselves in Australia being told this will be the new law.

    Under the new legislation, if the government doesn’t reply to an application for a license, permit, registration or the like within a finite period, the request is automatically approved.

    Pinochet, Bolsonaro, there are some positives we can learn from the South Americans.

  215. Old School Conservative

    You go girl

    A deliberate mistake? Intentional humour?
    Lacy is XY.

  216. JC

    Old School, it’s deliberate and intentional. 🙂

  217. notafan

    Oh dear

    Arky not happy

    unusual, different

    Us Catholic Bores must stop discussions the martyrdom of Cardinal Pell right now

    nothing is more important than The Entertainment of Arky

  218. egg_

    Tonight’s Q&A

    Watch the #QandA High School Special live from Sydney with @GladysB, @KKeneally, William Gillett, Aurora Matchett, Willoughby Duff, and Varsha Yajman. Tonight at 9.35pm AEST on @ABCTV and iview

    More vag monologues?

  219. calli

    And I’m so pleased my knitting skills have meant more lamb chops for dinner tables.

    On the menu for Fathers’ Day here too.

  220. Old School Conservative

    it’s deliberate and intentional. 🙂

    I’m just slow! Now I get it.

  221. egg_

    Seriously, you let this loser roam free over the open forum giving a blow by blow of his degenerate trip to Cuba

    Certain others fantasies are rather edifying.

  222. JC

    One of these dudes says he’s running in the GOP primary against Trump. Which one as I can’t tell the difference.

    https://twitter.com/JFNYC1/status/1165838080558936065

  223. Arky

    nothing is more important than The Entertainment of Arky

    ..
    Now you’re getting it.

  224. Arky

    Holy shit.
    I’m back live.

  225. Bruce of Newcastle

    Business chiefs including Boral boss Mike Kane and Viva Energy’s Scott Wyatt have rejected a call from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to prioritise investment over capital returns to shareholders, warning the nation’s political leaders should not tell corporate Australia how to run businesses.

    Boral got the #1 doghouse medal on the ASX today, down a cool 20.56% after posting a 7% fall in underlying profit.

  226. thefrollickingmole

    Whats that smell…?
    Oh no my shoe has some Arky on it…

  227. Bruce of Newcastle

    And Viva Energy was #5 worst performer on the ASX, down 7.89%. Karma cometh!

  228. Arky

    Where’s Armadillo?
    What have you bastards done with him?

  229. stackja

    Who at Who mixed up the photo?

  230. Bruce of Newcastle

    We need an update on the Model A to distract us from the slinky Ms Maria of Havana.

  231. Arky

    We need an update on the Model A
    ..
    Lol. How’s Jezebel?

    ..
    Hubcaps should arrive this week.
    Expect an unpacking and fitting hubcaps vid.

  232. JC

    Armadillo is fine, Arky. However he wants to see you back to restoring that old jalopy and not spending any time here.

  233. Bruce of Newcastle

    One of these dudes says he’s running in the GOP primary against Trump.

    Trump is awesome.

    Trump Campaign Responds to Joe Walsh Launching Presidential Campaign With One Hilarious Word (via Lucianne)

    Walsh has confirmed to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he plans to mount a primary challenge, with the support of Never Trumpers like Bill Kristol.

    “I’m gonna run for president,” Walsh said. “We’ve got a guy in the White House who is unfit, completely unfit to be president and it stuns me that nobody stepped up.”

    When asked about the challenge, Trump’s campaign responded to ABC’s Jon Karl with one single, perfect, word.

    “Whatever,” the campaign said.

    A one word press release!

  234. JC

    Hubcaps should arrive this week.
    Expect an unpacking and fitting hubcaps vid.

    Jezebel wears hubcaps? I never….

  235. stackja

    Supermodel Adut Akech hits Melbourne amid racism storm

    Supermodel Adut Akech has touched down in Melbourne amid a racism storm after slamming a major magazine for publishing a picture of a different black model alongside a profile of her.
    Monique Hore, Nui Te Koha and Kim Wilson, Herald Sun
    Subscriber only

    August 26, 2019 1:21pm

    Supermodel Adut Akech has slammed a major magazine mistake in which a profile on her was published, alongside a photo of a different black model.

    WHO magazine last week published the story a story on the 19-year-old model speaking about views towards refugees and people of colour.

    But in a bungle, a photo of model Flavia Lazarus, labelled as Akech, was run alongside the feature.

    In an emotional Instagram post, the South Sudanese-Australian model said the mistake had “deeply affected” her.

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