Tuesday Forum: August 27, 2019

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  1. mh

    Greta Thunberg

    @GretaThunberg
    Day 13. Rough seas south of Nova Scotia. But conditions closer to New York will be slower than predicted and weather update suggests Wednesday arrival – an updated ETA will come as we near the coast.

    Luckily she has a good crew that flew in from all corners of the world to make the trip.

  2. dover_beach

    Bespoke, given that whatever is proposed is supposed to concern religious freedom, it is hard to imagine that it would restrict criticism. It’s not an anti-vilification law.

  3. stackja

    mh
    #3142542, posted on August 28, 2019 at 9:10 am
    Greta Thunberg

    Total ‘carbon emissions’?

  4. calli

    Sheesh you sad sad fellas.

    Areff and Winston, chin up! You can always bits life’s legs off! I have and they’re delicious.

  5. calli

    Taste like chicken, actually.

  6. stackja

    I don’t remember Sydney Domain speakers been censored.

  7. calli

    I tried the Kia, too. Preferred the finishes on the Mazda – a bit more attention to detail.

    The reversing camera has been a boon when the Beloved is careless stowing his pushbike. Also, I can still fit a 25ltr tree in if the back seats are down.

  8. Mater

    What are you doing to you vehicles Mater?

    It was an old Holden, Struth. Perhaps I should have gone with a Ford.
    It had done the Nullarbor, most of WA and a good portion of the East coast…but it’s time was up.
    Reliability is worth money, and eventually we couldn’t count on it from day to day. My wife eventually refused to drive me into the city for treatment, as we more than once got stuck in an underground hospital car park. That was the last straw.
    I was no longer in a fit condition to service and fix the bloody thing myself.

  9. Snoopy

    My Perth anti-perthy set in as I read the West in a customer lounge, with McGowan lecturing at Polly Farmer’s funeral how theGeelong captain was not counted in the human population.

    Hi ho, Mark MacGowan fell for that old myth…

    This happens too often to be dismissed as falling for a myth. This is deliberate lying (abetted by the media) in an effort to cultivate white guilt with the intention of swinging any future ‘voice’ referendum result.

  10. struth

    With old fords they do do wheel bearings after about 180 000 or so, which is a cheap nothing job.
    Just making the statement to be fair.

    I’m flying to Cairns today to head to Central Australia and run some tours out to the Rock and Kings Canyon etc.
    Should be a shit fight as punters are flocking there before the close the Climb, then on to SA to do some touring around there from Kangaroo Island to the Australian Bight.
    Sound interesting?
    It isn’t.
    I’ll just be surrounded by left wing nonsense, bad roads, left wing nonsense, bad drivers, left wing nonsense and flies and left wing nonsense.
    Fuck Australia.
    Not really the attitude is it?

  11. Top Ender:
    The kid is obviously a danger to the other students and the staff.
    Expel the shit of a kid. I’ll bet the parents are a major part of the problem as well.

  12. Snoopy

    Day 13. Rough seas south of Nova Scotia. But conditions closer to New York will be slower than predicted and weather update suggests Wednesday arrival – an updated ETA will come as we near the coast.

    Perhaps we shouldn’t dismiss Greta’s views on the Climate Emergency. Maybe her mastery of climate science matches her mastery of the English language.

  13. Tom

    I’ll just be surrounded by left wing nonsense, bad roads, left wing nonsense, bad drivers, left wing nonsense and flies and left wing nonsense.

    One of your detailed daily travelogues will be barely enough, Struth. Ta.

  14. Mother who forced her malnourished children to eat dog faeces dodges prison

    File under “If it had been a man…”
    Notice the abuse had been going on under the watch of social services for nearly three years!

  15. Entropy

    pete m
    #3142487, posted on August 28, 2019 at 8:07 am
    Entropy, wifey wanted a nice brand car to drive, something about seeing all those bmws, Mercs and Audi’s in the school car park driving her nuts.

    Sor u, did not mean to imply CX-8 wasn’t an excellent car, which it is. Just not suitable for us as we do use the third row a lot.

  16. Mater

    Should be a shit fight as punters are flocking there before the close the Climb

    Perhaps an indication of what might happen to tourism once they close the climb?

  17. stackja

    Some History
    #3142558, posted on August 28, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Dr Dzulkefly added that in the case of hepatitis B, the figure increased from 12.94 patients out of 100,000 people in 2014, to 14.52 patients out of 100,000 in 2018.
    18 hours ago
    Spike in hepatitis B and hepatitis C | New Straits Times | Malaysia …

    https://www.nst.com.my

    To me the Hepatitis spike seems more important.

  18. Mother Lode

    Given the penchant for sequels readers of the Register came up with this

    Gawd, whatever they do they must not let George Lucas near it – he will start pumping out prequels that will irreparably tarnish the originals and be mercilessly crappy in their own right.

    Then there will be the McDonalds happy meals with kids mewling to their parents for the different action figures.

    Erk!

  19. Stackja:

    EARLIER: CATS could only be allowed out on the streets on a leash or in a cage in Muirhead if one Darwin alderman has her way.
    Alderman Robin Knox will propose a “cat containment policy” at Tuesday night’s council meeting, saying the introduction of a new suburb is the perfect time to do so.

    Good bloody luck with that policy, sunshine.

  20. thefrollickingmole

    JC:
    Marcie Bianco.

    Manny McMan-chin.

    All this could have been avoided if daddy had just brought her a pony like she wanted.

    In all seriousness its just another pervert trying to rationalize their fetish as “normal”.
    No different to a dickhead in a fursuit claiming they are really a “puppy” and people shouldt judge them.

    Speaking of which..

    NSFW: Idiot fetishist deliberately gets hands amputated….

  21. PoliticoNT

    Is it just me or is anyone else having trouble accessing the MichaelSmithNews site? Seems to have disappeared completely…

  22. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This is deliberate lying (abetted by the media) in an effort to cultivate white guilt with the intention of swinging any future ‘voice’ referendum result.

    Fair comment – it’s just that such lies are allowed to be repeated in Parliament, and no – one is game to point out the truth, for fear of the “race card” being played.

  23. Oh, and something else that really gives me the shits…
    Useless frigging plugs for sinks, that when you run a load of washing up into the sink, turn away for ten minutes and the bloody plug has let all the water out.
    Down to the shops today to get new rubber plugs.
    Hopefully they aren’t, but with my bloody luck they’ll all be Eltons cast offs and there won’t be a size below 9″.

  24. PoliticoNT

    Winston/Stackja – if anyone is going to sneak in an expansion of the DCC’s surveillance net it’s whack-job Greens councillor Robyn Knox. (She has mooted using the DCC’s camera surveillance network to catch movies out at night.)

  25. Tom

    Perhaps an indication of what might happen to tourism once they close the climb?

    The white activists of the Aboriginal industry have destroyed the foundation of Red Centre tourism with their ban on the rock climb. It will now wither and die as an attraction, along with room occupancy rates in Central Australia.

    It’s almost as bad as what our hysterical swampfilth zombies have done to tourism on the Barrier Reef by telling future tourists in Europe and America, via the hysterical MSM, that they shouldn’t bother as it’s already dead.

  26. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Is it just me or is anyone else having trouble accessing the MichaelSmithNews site? Seems to have disappeared completely…

    This has happened before – it means that Michael Smith is treading on a few toes..

  27. PoliticoNT

    ZKTA – yah. Worth noting though. Smith is a rare embodiment of what a national living treasure should really be.

  28. Notafan:

    I assume the main driver is infection control but I’m sure the high cost of sterilizing reusables plays a part.

    Infection control is the excuse used for disposables and shutting down Central Sterilising Departments. he cost of near continual staff education/certification/machine and equipment registering, etc is phenomenal.
    It does however mean that if there is a disruption to the supply chain for the disposables, surgery becomes next to impossible because the infrastructure for going back to reusables has disappeared.
    But, no worries! We can get more from the US/France/GB/China, in case of supply chain disruption.
    They can just chuck a couple of containers onto the bulk carriers of diesel, comrades.

  29. Bespoke:

    My concern is what ever that come up with will be used to protect religion from criticism. And no one can say there aren’t Catholics and Christens who would love that. Plus it would be used selectively like other anti-vilification laws.

    The foxes writing up the rules for guarding the chook ‘ouse.
    I reckon we can trust the government to do it so it’s all fair, like?
    Bloody ‘ell. I don’t need a sarcastic tag do I?

  30. Boambee John

    So, like John Cleese, Paul Kelly now regrets the loss of the society that he and his “progressive” mates helped to destroy.

    Join the rest of us in having to suck it up or fight back princess.

  31. Jupes:

    Kamal Dehghani Firouzabadi, the deputy chair of Iran’s Foreign Relations Committee, said Australia was taking a big risk by moving military forces to the region.

    Yeah. We really give a shit what another dickhead from Shitholistan says about us.
    Go back to the dreams of when you were Persian and meant something in world affairs, donkey fucker.
    Taking up that Muslam religion really fixed things up for you, didn’t it?
    Loser.

  32. Jupes:

    Yeah Australia is too small to find space to dig a hole and bury it.

    Push that bloody great big rock aside, chuck all the crap in the hole and roll the bloody thing back. Only this time, put a new surface to the top so’s we can climb all over that bit, too.
    Should give the Rainbow Serpent a bit of a wake up when the load of used nappies and rotting leftovers from Harrys Cafe de Wheels lands on his noggin.

    Now that image has brightened my day. Off to the hardware shoppe.

  33. stackja

    Michael Smith News
    @mpsmithnews
    I’m aware of the problem with our website – working on the problem and expect to have the site back online later today.
    10:08 AM · Aug 28, 2019

  34. jupes

    ZKTA – yah. Worth noting though. Smith is a rare embodiment of what a national living treasure should really be.

    He lost a lot of credibility a few years ago by banging on about TLS’ imminent arrest that never happened. He was also quite enarmoured by that bint who ripped off the Health Services Union right after Craig Thompson IIRC. Wasn’t he living in her shed?

  35. PeteM

    Entropy, wifey wanted a nice brand car to drive, something about seeing all those bmws, Mercs and Audi’s in the school car park driving her nuts.

    Don’t fall for this trick, Pete. If you do, you’ll be as bad as DocBeauGan.
    She wants you to make the decision so she can have something to bitch about for the next five years. No, make her do the research and finding out the important stuff. Colour is not the important stuff.
    If you make the decision for her, she’ll chuck it back at you every time she gets into the damn thing.
    Give yourself a break – her car, her decision.
    Now shut up and drive.

  36. Roger

    In recent weeks Liberal backbencher Julian Leeser has conducted soundings with faith-based leaders across his Sydney electorate in preparation for the religious discrimination debate in parliament, and reports that “I was told things I never believed I would hear expressed in this country”.

    Goodness!

    Parliamentarian speaks to constituents and discovers things he didn’t previously know.

    Should be more of it.

  37. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    He lost a lot of credibility a few years ago by banging on about TLS’ imminent arrest that never happened.

    He may have had good reason. Graham Richardson – no less – admitted, at that time, in an article in the Oz, that the Vicpol investigation into TLS, and the various shenanigans involved a dozen detectives, working on an unlimited budget, something almost unknown in Victoria Police. The Hunchback of Spring Street was elected, and the whole matter sank without trace.

  38. stackja

    jupes
    #3142581, posted on August 28, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Michael Smith News
    @mpsmithnews
    I really need your support for some important upcoming events in Canberra and Sydney
    12:24 PM · Aug 22, 2019

    Rest of story offline.

  39. Roger

    Suffer the children:

    Students failing NAPLAN.

    Teachers’ unions say test should be overhauled.

    The results make them look bad.

  40. stackja

    Roger
    #3142586, posted on August 28, 2019 at 10:30 am

    The teachers are the best universities can train.

  41. Roger

    The teachers are the best universities can train.

    A fish rots from the head.

  42. Arky

    something about seeing all those bmws, Mercs and Audi’s in the school car park

    ..
    Shit cars for morons with too much money and zero sense.
    Buy Toyota and enjoy trouble free motoring.
    Leave the lower middle class wealth flaunting to bogans.

  43. Arky

    Also buy a plain white car, then when she dings it up the repair will be invisible and cheap.

  44. Black Ball

    The teachers are the best universities can train

    Just lower the standard like Plod do for lady officers.

  45. Diogenes

    Parliamentarian speaks to constituents and discovers things he didn’t previously know.

    I read that para differently drawing the meaning “there are sooooo many knuckledragging morons out there”

  46. PoliticoNT

    Zyconoclast at 4.30pm yesterday – great clip – but is the land whale male, female or other? Hard to tell.

  47. stackja

    Black Ball
    #3142591, posted on August 28, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Report reveals teaching students had scores as low as zero
    A SECRET report has revealed that students with near-zero ATAR scores have been offered teaching degrees by universities across Australia.

    Shireen Khalil
    news.com.au SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 3:06PM

  48. thefrollickingmole

    Babylon bee, knocking it for 6.
    https://babylonbee.com/news/cnn-apologizes-to-stalin-mao-after-comparing-them-to-trump

    ATLANTA, GA—CNN has apologized to Stalin and Mao after a guest compared the brutal dictators to Donald Trump.

    “I am so sorry to all of Stalin and Mao’s brave supporters,” said Brian Stelter in an on-air apology Tuesday morning. “We never meant to associate these great men with Donald Trump. We did not intend to disparage communism in that way.”

    “Sometimes, you really need to make the point that Trump is a totalitarian tyrant,” said Stelter. “But dragging Stalin and Mao’s names through the mud in the process is not the right way to go about that. There are good ways to criticize the president and bad ways, and we’re sorry for the way this one came across.”

    The CNN host committed to only comparing Trump to Hitler, Genghis Khan, and serial killers like Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Jeffrey Dahmer going forward.

    The apology was followed by a 2-hour-long tribute to the “great communist men who changed the world for the better.”

  49. PoliticoNT

    Peter/MemoryVault at 9.07pm –

    No, Mark Textor is a self-boosting, vain-glorious arse. People like him are the reason for the disconnect between politicians and the public.

  50. Geriatric Mayfly

    Teachers’ unions say test should be overhauled.

    A slight whiff of concession there. From this lot we are accustomed to hearing that all testing be abolished.

  51. feelthebern

    Also buy a plain white car, then when she dings it up the repair will be invisible and cheap.

    Yes, yes, dear God, yes.

  52. stackja

    Virgin Australia announces job cuts after $349m full-year loss

    Virgin Australia has announced a shake-up of the business will see 750 jobs axed after it recorded a whopping $349 million full-year loss.
    AAP, staff writers, News Corp Australia Network
    Subscriber only

    44 minutes ago

    Virgin Australia says it will cut 750 corporate and head office positions as part of a restructure after posting a “disappointing” full-year loss of $349.1 million.

    Revenue for the 12 months to June 30 rose 7.5 per cent to $5.83 billion and the airline has not declared a final dividend.

    “There is no doubt that we are operating in a tough economic climate with high fuel, a low Australian dollar and subdued trading conditions,” Virgin Australia chief executive Paul Scurrah said.

    “Decisions which have a direct impact on people’s livelihoods are never made lightly and I regret the need to reduce the size of our workforce so quickly,” he said.

    “However, today’s financial results tell us loud and clear that we need to reduce costs.”

    Hoo, like a virgin
    Touched for the very first time
    Like a virgin
    When your heart beats

  53. Arky

    Best value car today is the Toyota Aurion.
    Toyota six cylinder with chain timing.

  54. Roger

    I read that para differently drawing the meaning “there are sooooo many knuckledragging morons out there”

    No, to his credit, Leeser is sympathetic to the legitimate concerns of religious folk about their freedom of speech.

    But he is against a bill that will enshrine protections for same (which could be extended to freedom of speech generally).

    I fear this is the one chance an Australian government will have to address this matter, and the Liberals are going to make a mess of it.

  55. Bruce of Newcastle

    Report reveals teaching students had scores as low as zero

    Teachers’ unions say test should be overhauled.

    Exams are so brain hurty!

  56. thefrollickingmole

    This would have to be the most cooked set of figures since the hockey stick Manns ones.

    Raising Australia’s refugee intake would boost economy by billions, Oxfam says
    An annual intake of 44,000 would bring an extra $37.7bn in the next 50 years, Deloitte Access Economics report finds

    Increasing Australia’s annual humanitarian intake to 44,000 by 2023 would bring an extra $37.7bn to the economy in the next 50 years, a report from Oxfam Australia has said.

    The increase – building on the current intake of 18,750 a year – would also sustain an average of 35,000 jobs a year, and increase demand for goods and services by $18.2bn.

    Consumption as wealth…

  57. Farmer Gez

    Suffer the children:

    Students failing NAPLAN.

    Teachers’ unions say test should be overhauled.

    The results make them look bad.

    The kids can’t be disciplined at high School because of the feelz and by the time they’ve been through the primary school crèche, there is little your can do with them.

    Secondary teachers are told you must not remove a child from the class unless physical violence is threatened or has happened. The rest can destroy the learning environment at will.

    The rot starts well outside the schools and goes to our government departments and the lawyers who support them and most of all the shit parenting, if you could call it parenting. Basically leaving the upbringing of your children to strangers and the state.

  58. Black Ball

    Good Lord stackja. What a clusterfuck.

  59. Roger

    Basically leaving the upbringing of your children to strangers and the state.

    There is that, but then the state insists on it.

  60. stackja

    Another violent incident at Berwick Secondary College after headlock incident

    The furious father of a Berwick College student has described another violent incident that erupted at the school yesterday, saying a female teacher was “belted”. It follows a shocking incident where a schoolboy was put in a headlock by the vice-principal during a brawl this month.
    James Mottershead and Brianna Travers, Herald Sun
    Subscriber only

    an hour ago

    The father of a schoolboy victimised in the second violent incident at Berwick Secondary College has lashed out, saying he plans to pull his son from the school.

    Students were forced to take shelter yesterday, following another incident of physical aggression at the school.

    Glen Adams said his Year 8 son was a victim caught up in the centre of yesterday’s incident.

    “I’ve had a gutful, this is very stressful on my son,” Mr Adams said.

    “This kid jumped a wire fence, chased my son into a school room, my son ran into the room and locked the door.

    “The kid proceeded to kick the door in. He was smashing glass, throwing stuff at my son.

    “He was running across the tables.”

    It is understood the student started breaking windows and had to be restrained by the school’s vice-principal while other students took refuge in an office.

    Mr Adams said four female staff members were forced to wrestle the student to the ground to restrain him.

    “One teacher was punched in the stomach,” Mr Adams said. “He belted a teacher.

    “How can my son feel safe at this school? Kids are meant to feel safe when they go to school.”

    Mr Adams said another teacher took his son off campus to keep him safe while police made their way to the school.

    “There is no school for my son today,” he said. “I am looking for other schools to enrol my son in.

    “This is not good enough, this is a disgrace. The school has a duty of care.

    “What more has to happen, do you have to get stabbed or bashed before a change takes place.”

    The Department of Education confirmed an incident had taken place on Tuesday where a student had displayed aggressive and threatening behaviour.

    “There is no place for aggressive or bullying behaviour in our schools and when issues arise they are taken very seriously,” a department spokeswoman said.

    “In incidents such as these, disciplinary action is taken by the school, and appropriate matters are referred to Victoria Police.

    “We have supports in place for students and staff who are affected by these incidents.”

  61. Bruce of Newcastle

    Presumably the NAPLAN story is this one:

    $20bn flop: schools fail to lift results (Oz paywalled)

    Literacy and numeracy skills of students are languishing, despite funding for schools soaring by more than $20 billion over a decade.

    In other words Gonski just enriched lefty teachers who went on teaching the same fantasies they always do. Or at least that is how I interpret the headline. Prove me wrong lefty teacher-types.

  62. Jupes:

    Well the RAN better take it seriously because Iran could quite possibly try it on. Drones, speedboats, semi-submersible speed boats, who knows, maybe even suicide boats.
    They will need some pretty robust rules of engagement too.

    Imagine it – Iranian illegal immigrant buys tinny with humungous o/b motor.
    Has large canvas covered load and multiple jerrycans of fuel.
    Starts driving it toward Circular Quay.
    What will the coppers do – escort it in, or ram it.
    Oh what to do, what to do.
    Have a conference?

  63. Top Ender

    Queensland’s most unpopular beak:

    Activists in Brisbane have taken over the CBD causing lengthy traffic delays as they defend their right to a “peaceful protest”.

    The demonstration began at 8am despite last minute efforts by Brisbane City Council to stop the protest from happening.

    The march was organised by Greens councillor Jonathan Sri in response to proposed state laws and other attempts to crack down on the right to peaceful protesting efforts.

    Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday ruled the protest could go ahead, with Chief Magistrate Terry Gardiner arguing that “negative impacts of traffic” was not enough to close down a protest.

    Police have already closed down the area surrounding the intersection of Queen’s Street and Edward Street.

    Brisbane Council have warned commuters of bus delays of up to three hours.

    Mr Sri defended this morning’s protest, declaring “the system is corrupt” so they “had no other alternative.

    “They (the State government) are proposing to allow police to stop and search anyone who looks like, or who police suspect might be intending to attend a protest and the core message is that protesting is not a crime,” Mr Sri said on Sunrise this morning.

    “We shouldn’t have to do this and we’re really annoyed that it’s come to this but unfortunately the Queensland Labor government is teaming up with the Queensland National Party to introduce very coercive laws that we haven’t seen since the JP Peterson era,” Mr Sri said.

    Former QLD Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen banned all street marches in 1978, leading to violent clashes between police and protesters, and the arrest of more than 2000 people in 26 separate incidents.

    “Instead of blocking Edward Street we were happy to gather in the open space at the bottom of the mall and march up the mall to minimise traffic disruption but they’ve (the council) been very inflexible,” Mr Sri said.

    `Brisbane City Council CEO Colin Jensen said yesterday the protest would impact the public’s freedom of movement and the safety of pedestrians.

    The Council has advised those working in the CBD to plan accordingly for the delays.

    Oz complete article with strangely no comments allowed.

  64. Joanna

    I received a message back from Total Tools after knocking them for caving in to the Sleeping Giants campaign against Alan Jones. Have the activists been lying about their actual hits on business or are TT using weasel words to maintain customers. This is part of their response.

    Naturally, this also emphatically includes a respect for freedom of speech & private property rights.

    Any claims about withdrawing support for the Alan Jones show are factually inaccurate, given we never advertised on it to begin with. What we had done was align with the NRL broadcast as this was considered an interest for our customer base.

    Total Tools isn’t a political organisation and doesn’t want to comment or be connected to any political views.

  65. stackja

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3142613, posted on August 28, 2019 at 11:17 am

    NAPLAN: $20bn flop, schools fail to lift most students’ academic results

    Critical literacy and numeracy skills of Australian students are languishing, despite government funding for schools soaring by more than $20 billion over a ­decade.

    State and territory education ministers are under mounting pressure to explain a lack of improvement in students’ academic results at a time when education funding has hit record levels.

    Preliminary results from the 2019 NAPLAN tests, to be released publicly today, show average national student scores across most age groups and domains have barely budged since testing began more than a decade ago.

    They also reveal a stark divide between jurisdictions. Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory show sustained improvements, particularly in primary school, but the ACT, which for years has produced some of the highest average scores nationally, has seen scores decline or stagnate across multiple literacy categories.

    While federal Education Minister Dan Tehan was keen yesterday to highlight improvements at primary-school levels, he ­acknowledged there remained “room to improve” across the board.

    Opposition education spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek said the results were confirmation that “too many students haven’t mastered the three Rs”. “We can’t ­afford for the next generation to be held back,” she said.

    The NAPLAN scores, described as “disappointing” and “alarming”, sparked calls for unproven teaching “fads” to be dumped from classrooms, a ­renewed focus on promoting ­evidence-informed practices to schools and urgent action to ­improve initial teacher education to boost their proficiency.

    Of particular concern is that pockets of improvement observed in primary school — including Year 3 reading, spelling and grammar and Year 5 reading, spelling and numeracy — are not sustained in secondary school.

    Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority chief executive David de ­Carvalho pointed to this year’s “pleasing improvement” in writing — an area of national concern in recent years. However, the gain was statistically significant for Year 3 only.

    “It is a trend we would like to see continue, given the decline in recent years across all year levels,” Mr de Carvalho said.

    Average writing scores for Year 7 and 9 have declined since the writing test was introduced in 2011, while average secondary school scores for reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation, as well as numeracy, are unchanged.

    The overall lack of progress is despite record funding flows into both government and non-­government school systems since NAPLAN testing began. Combined commonwealth, state and territory funding has climbed from $36.4 billion in 2007-08 to $57.8bn in 2016-17. This year the federal government has budgeted a record $21.4bn for state, Catholic and independent schools.

    The commonwealth and the states recently entered new school funding agreements that provide additional federal money in return for each jurisdiction committing to “a sustained ­reform effort that will drive ­improved student outcomes and excellence”.

    There is growing community concern that Australian education standards are lagging ­behind international counterparts. The agreement stipulates that jurisdictions should improve NAPLAN performance by reducing the proportion of students in the lower achievement bands and boosting those at the top.

    While Victoria topped two-thirds of areas tested in primary school, it and NSW showed no discernible improvement across most categories.

    The ACT produced significant declines in Year 5, 7 and 9 writing and modest declines for Year 7 writing and Year 9 writing, grammar and punctuation.

    Grattan Institute school education director Peter Goss highlighted the fact some states were showing encouraging improvement — for example, South Australia’s best Year 3 results across several areas and best reading results for Western Australia and Northern Territory.

    “The things those states are doing are having an impact,” Dr Goss said. “There just aren’t enough clear signs that our national focus on these vital skills is paying off. There are glimpses, sure, but not enough improvement across the board.”

    Australian Catholic Univer­sity senior research fellow Kevin Donnelly said blame rested with state and territory governments and education departments.

    “No amount of blame shifting can escape the fact that schools are controlled by the states and territories; they employ the staff and manage the schools,” he said.

    ANU law professor Andrew Macintosh, who has been researching ACT’s underperformance in the context of its relatively high socio-educational characteristics, described the result as “shocking”.

    “They should be ringing alarm bells for policy makers,” he said.

    “We have clearly got something going on in our schools system and its not being addressed.”

  66. stackja

    Top Ender
    #3142615, posted on August 28, 2019 at 11:22 am

    I believe the problem is the Qld premier.

  67. pete m

    Entropy all good for us as just little kids go in back and love the isolation.

    Winston my wife did more research than me on this as her car.

    It has a great reversing camera and blind spot help which is best thing in new cars. The speed heads up is cool, but the nav system is clunky.

    So far so good.

  68. Roger

    Have the activists been lying about their actual hits on business or are TT using weasel words to maintain customers.

    That is a categorical denial, J.

    Also, don’t discount the possibility of inaccurate reporting in the first instance.

  69. thefrollickingmole

    Is this correct or just using dodgy figures??
    https://pjmedia.com/trending/sorry-bernie-americas-poorest-are-richer-than-60-percent-of-developed-countries/
    On average, a person among the poorest 20 percent of Americans consumes more goods and services than the average person in Canada, Greece, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Denmark, Iceland, New Zealand, Slovenia, Slovakia, Israel, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Chile, Hungary, Turkey, and Mexico.

    The whole article is worth a read.

  70. BrettW

    I skimmed through the latest VIC Human Rights Commission report of Women in VICPOL.

    Talks about a gender pay gap. Now clearly those of equal rank and service get equal pay. However apparently you get an average (taking out recruits and top level) pay to determine this ! Factors like more males at senior levels and males serving longer and more part time jobs for females obviously affect this. The same also applies to Superannuation benefits. It seems there is a push across VIC to somehow make up the short fall in women’s lump sums or benefits despite the fact they often work less hours, less years due to unpaid time away from work. Naturally there is no mention of the cost of such a system. Recruiting will jump massively if women’s retirement benefits become equal to males but for far less work time.

    Most of the report is about making things better for the females. In one section a pregnant officer was quoted as not being happy she did not get a posting she wanted. The officer in command of that unit apparently gave reason for not interviewing her was because already had too many in the unit who were pregnant or away on maternity leave. Imagine that, how dare he / she consider the unit ahead of her rights to the job she wanted.

    Naturally there are way more females in part time jobs than males. Stats also shows women getting promoted at double rate of men in recent years. Recruiting not able to recruit enough females to get 50/50 at the academy. Hence the need to make it easier for them to get in.

    From the introduction by Human Rights Commissioner you would think the main purpose of VICPOL is to sort out the domestic violence issue. Whilst they indicate women police important in that area there is hardly any mention of operational issues such as street gangs, most culprits being male, extra workload on males due to increased females etc.

    Incidentally if domestic violence is such a top priority how come VICPOL let Setka off so lightly for his multiple offending which apparently included death threats ? I know, silly question.

    It is totally biased towards the female perspective.

    Also seems to create a lot of reporting and reviewing and paperwork !

  71. Dr Fred Lenin

    Well now that ! Giliards GonskiConski has proved to be an obummer,Scomo can cut education finance by $20 billions and the same results will be acheived ,we will get illiterate children cheaper .
    The money saved acan be spent on bollards and building mosques .Cultimulturism Rules OK !

  72. feelthebern

    My NMN’s arrived today.
    Can some Cats who are on them give me a few tips regarding how I should measure their effectiveness?

  73. Ruthm

    I spent 10 tortuous minutes yesterday on a phone syrvey on homeware stores: Bunnings, Mitre10, Home Hardware, Big W, Target, Total Tools so that I could tell the survey person that yes, Bunnings (the only one I deal with) is convenient, reasonable range, ok staff, etc but no, I would not be recommending them to anyone while they are making pc movez with their advertsing dollar.

  74. Zk2A:

    He may have had good reason. Graham Richardson – no less – admitted, at that time, in an article in the Oz, that the Vicpol investigation into TLS, and the various shenanigans involved a dozen detectives, working on an unlimited budget, something almost unknown in Victoria Police. The Hunchback of Spring Street was elected, and the whole matter sank without trace.

    Here’s another piece of data to put into the equation.
    “Lawyer X.”

  75. mh

    ‘It improves targeting’: Americans under threat from Chinese facial recognition systems, Rubio warns

    August 27, 2019 04:00 AM

    Chinese facial recognition technology is spreading to cities around the world, heightening the risk of travel for U.S. government officials and even private citizens, according to a top lawmaker.

    “It improves targeting,” Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told the Washington Examiner. “That sort of activity could imperil Americans traveling abroad, including those who are involved in the business sector, not just those involved in intelligence and diplomacy.”

    China’s use of high-tech surveillance has returned to the international spotlight as Hong Kong protesters with electric saws cut down government “smart lampposts” they fear could identify them to mainland Communist authorities. Those scenes underscore how Beijing’s spy services could exploit partnerships between local governments and Chinese technological giants to gain advantages in a worldwide competition with the United States.

    “At its most basic level, the more you know about someone, the easier it is for you to target, leverage them, or use their information to make predictive decisions about it,” said Rubio, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence committees.

    China’s authorities have deployed roughly 200 million cameras across the country to maintain control by expanding surveillance to deter behavior they don’t like. But Rubio is also worried about the ramifications of places outside China relying on the same technology for security. That concern was stoked during a recent trip to Kenya.

    “Literally at every intersection, some picture snapped,” the Florida senator said. “Now they would argue that all that information is held by the Kenyans, ‘We’re just buying a product off the shelf from a company that happens to be from China.’ But the reality is that in order for that system to work and for them to design the software for it, they had to have access to government databases.”

    Making matters worse, from Rubio’s perspective: The surveillance systems are made by companies such as Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other American officials believe puts malware and other technology in its equipment for the benefit of Chinese spies.

    That cooperation between high-tech companies and espionage agencies raises alarming scenarios. Rubio envisions, for instance, an American executive or scientist traveling abroad for business meetings only to be detected by Chinese-made facial recognition software, which alerts China’s intelligence apparatus.

    “Now you’re able to overlay your ability to hack into their computers and access their databases with knowing where they are in real time, who they’re meeting with, and get information from them that way,” he said. “They know what hotel you’re staying in, they know what WiFi network you’re on. It provides them more and more opportunity for that company and that government to access your corporate information and steal it.”

    That thought spurred Rubio and Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democratic colleague on the intelligence panel, to urge the State Department to issue travel warnings for the 18 countries that reportedly rely on Chinese technology for surveillance.

    “Indeed, Americans need to know that repressive regimes may use Chinese-made technology to gain access to sensitive data, or that Chinese intelligence may gain access to data, even if Americans never set foot in China,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter this month to Pompeo. They noted that the countries believed to be using such technology “include Germany, which has strong privacy and human rights protections, but also Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, which do not.”

    The senators haven’t heard back from the State Department, according to Rubio’s office.

    “We are committed to providing U.S. citizens with clear, timely, and reliable information about every country in the world so they can make informed travel decisions,” a State Department spokeswoman told the Washington Examiner. “We provide comprehensive safety and security information for every country in the world to help citizens assess the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts that have been recently issued, and other important details specific to that country.”

    The technology has been deployed in Western countries as well as poorer and more authoritarian nations in Latin America, a trend that has lawmakers and analysts worried about China developing a surveillance empire on the doorstep of the United States.

    “It also allows them to target opponents of their politics,” Rubio told the Washington Examiner. “We’ve seen harassment efforts in the mainland, in the continental United States, where political opponents of what China is doing have had visits and reminders that they have relatives living in China. So imagine that with a global reach. Again, this is the tip of the iceberg.”
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/chinas-overseas-smart-city-surveillance-empire-could-trap-americans-lawmakers-warn

  76. Roger

    From the introduction by Human Rights Commissioner you would think the main purpose of VICPOL is to sort out the domestic violence issue. Whilst they indicate women police important in that area there is hardly any mention of operational issues such as street gangs…

    Melbourne doesn’t have street gangs.

  77. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Spot of spacechooking for Cats with an interest in such matters – Anthony Beevor’s book “The Spanish Civil War” contains a few figures, concerning the support of various American industrialists for the Franco regime – 3,500,000 tons of oil on credit. Ford, Studebaker and General Motors supplied 12,000 trucks to the Nationalists, nearly three times as many as the Axis Powers, Dupont provided 40,000 bombs, shipped through Germany to circumvent the Neutrality Act.

    In 1945, the Under Secretary at the Spanish Foreign Ministry admitted that “Without American petroleum, American trucks and American credit, we could never have won the civil war.” (Page 115.) Interesting reading.

  78. feelthebern:

    My NMN’s arrived today.
    Can some Cats who are on them give me a few tips regarding how I should measure their effectiveness?

    Use a club.
    With a nail in it.

  79. Mitch M.

    My NMN’s arrived today.
    Can some Cats who are on them give me a few tips regarding how I should measure their effectiveness?

    You need some metrics before you start taking it. Aerobic vs. heart rate post run. The important issue is how long it takes to return to a resting heart rate so you need more than one measurement. Weights lifted, you might notice you can do more reps or higher weight lifted. Weight loss. (Body temperature, better cold tolerance might be interesting). Things you can’t measure but I wouldn’t expect much: improved memory and working memory, better focus, waking up more refreshed, more activity generally.

  80. ZK2A:

    Spot of spacechooking for Cats with an interest in such matters – Anthony Beevor’s book “The Spanish Civil War”

    Bought it months ago – it’s still sitting in the pile of stuff to read…

  81. old bloke

    That thought spurred Rubio and Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democratic colleague on the intelligence panel, to urge the State Department to issue travel warnings for the 18 countries that reportedly rely on Chinese technology for surveillance.

    From mh’s post above.

    Can we expect US State Department travel warnings advising US citizens to avoid Darwin?

  82. Bruce of Newcastle

    Can we expect US State Department travel warnings advising US citizens to avoid Darwin?

    The USMC is there to protect Americans!

    Marine Rotational Force – Darwin

    And the USN doesn’t have to burn biofuels anymore:

    US Navy ends Obama’s climate change task force as Trump rolls back environmental initiatives

    The US Navy quietly shuttered a task force created under former President Barack Obama to prepare the military branch for the impact of global warming, reportedly saying the team was “no longer needed”. Its ending, which happened in March and was first reported on Tuesday by the environmental site E&E News

    O’s legacy is disappearing day by day. MAGA!

  83. John Constantine

    In andrewsville, their Victorian security camera network is controlled by the peoples liberation army puppetmasters.

    Comrades.

  84. mh

    Can we expect US State Department travel warnings advising US citizens to avoid Darwin?

    Victoria will be first. The Belt and Road contract would most likely allow the Chicoms to roll out whatever technology they wish.

  85. Knuckle Dragger

    Coming to the end of that one now, Zulu.

    Did note that tidbit – despite all the assistance provided, essentially FOC to Franco in his stated quest to destroy every vestige of Communism in the country, he will now irrevocably be compared to young Adolf.

    Hemingway, by the way, was firmly in the Communist camp. Spent quite a bit of the war with the commos, and reporting on their ‘heroic struggle’.

    Incidentally, and this may or may not be relevant to today – Franco’s Army of Africa, which led the charge in terrorising both Republican Spaniards and the commo International Brigades alike, and which had a well deserved reputation for taking no prisoners and being generally merciless – consisted almost entirely of Moroccans and their related Riffian tribesmen.

    Worth thinking about. A well-armed and trained African army cutting swathes of destruction through Europeans.

    But that would never happen now. We’re waaaaaay too civilised.

    Right?

  86. Knuckle Dragger

    Reversing cameras.

    I have driven cars that have them. I refuse to use them, as a matter of honour.

  87. Mother Lode

    I saw an article at Drudge about Melania being snubbed in a new Showtime series about American First Ladies – apparently the first episode will focus on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama.

    I don’t think Melania was snubbed – she is the wife of the current President. The show boasts that it is drawn from, information in the public domain, much of which will have percolated out over time.

    Rather than Melania being overlooked, I am only slightly shocked that they included that scowling ‘formidable’ fishwife Obama. But, of course, there is plenty about her and that gangly stammering stick-formed approximation of a human, Barack.

    It will be a nauseous display I expect.

  88. thefrollickingmole

    Anthony Beevor’s book “The Spanish Civil War”

    Very good book, but so incredibly depressing.

    Once the commies start to turn the screws on the non aligned/international brigades and their leaders in the name of “unity”…. Thats after stealing the gold reserves…

  89. Top Ender

    The gift that keeps on giving:

    Electric car transition unstoppable: Labor
    RICHARD FERGUSON

    Mark Butler has declared the transition to electric cars “unstoppable” and a “revolution”, as the Labor energy spokesman defended his controversial pre-election pledge to impose a 50 per cent target for the vehicles.

    Analysis from engineering firm ABMARC — revealed by The Australian yesterday — states Bill Shorten’s electric vehicle target of 50 per cent of new car sales by 2030 would have needed between $5 billion and $7bn in recharging infrastructure and additional investment in “switchboards, transformers and poles and wires”.

    A day before The Australian revealed the damning report, Mr Butler told the Electric Vehicle Transition Conference in Sydney that his electric car policy was a “very sensible thing to do”.

    “I didn’t get in a room with a blank sheet of paper and write this policy myself. It followed very deep engagement with stakeholders and with industry,” he said.

    “Although I think it was ambitious, when you set it against where the global car industry is heading I don’t think it was a particularly remarkable policy.

    “We focused on the fleet sector and I think that reflects the nature of our market and the nature of some of the policy tools that we had in the kit.

    “I think that was a very sensible thing to do.”

    In April, Mr Shorten unveiled a $100 million commitment towards the rollout of 200 fast-charging stations across the nation, a 50 per cent electric vehicle target for government vehicle purchases and new tax incentives for fleet buyers to purchase green cars instead of conventional combustion engine vehicles.

    Scott Morrison’s criticism of Labor’s electric vehicle policy — in tandem with Coalition attacks on Labor’s big tax-and-spend agenda and climate change costings — was viewed by some inside the ALP as a weak point for the opposition in some electorates.

    Despite using the electric cars policy against Labor, the Coalition government has been generally supportive of the industry and yesterday Energy Minister Angus Taylor unveiled $15m in taxpayer money to help build 48 charging stations in the eastern states.

    “The uptake of EVs should be based on customer choice, not heavy-handed government regulation,” Mr Taylor told The Australian. “The government will support that through congestion-busting infrastructure, and other co-ordinated initiatives across all levels of government.”

    Mr Butler’s staunch defence of the Labor policy comes a week after his assistant, Pat Conroy, told The Australian the party should keep its 45 per cent emissions reduction target, despite fears the policy cost Labor votes in regional Queensland.

    Analysis has shown that electric vehicles currently produce higher emissions than petrol vehicles due to the former’s continuing reliance on a coal-dominated electricity grid.

    The ABMARC analysis also unravelled Labor’s argument for Australia to replicate Norway’s electric car market, which imposes heavy taxes on passenger vehicles and provides generous incentives for electric vehicles. In April, Anthony Albanese used the Norway example to criticise Australia’s performance in the electric vehicle sector. “In Norway last year, not a Third World country, 47 per cent of new car sales were electric vehicles. Australia is falling massively behind the world,” the now Opposition Leader said.

    Complete article from the Oz print edition

  90. Chinese facial recognition technology is spreading to cities around the world, …

    The Butlerian Jihad approaches.

  91. Knuckle Dragger

    Matters of import, as reported today.

    Sydney: ‘US-China trade war sparks financial market nerves’
    Melbourne: ‘Child-sex offender public register planned’
    Brisbane: ‘ALP fractures as Setka dispute highlights national union power’
    Perth: ‘Navy taskforce heads into global flashpoint in Sea of Hormuz’
    Darwin: ‘Cats banned from outside’

  92. Diogenes

    OSLO, July 5 (Reuters) – Norway’s electricity prices, usually among the cheapest in Europe, have doubled for the third quarter as a lack of rainfall makes hydropower dam output as costly as German power, the country’s regulator said. Norway’s electricity price for the third quarter was trading at 0.43 crowns ($0.0532) per kilowatt hour (KWh), twice 2017’s level, according to Norway’s water resources and energy directorate (NVE).

    https://www.reuters.com/article/norway-power-hydro/norways-usually-cheap-energy-as-costly-as-germanys-in-q3-regulator-idUSL8N1U11M0
    Wonder what those prices will do to EV purchases ?
    Also compare & contrast roughly 5-10c kWH in Norway vs an average of 34c kWH here

  93. Bruce of Newcastle

    Worth thinking about. A well-armed and trained African army cutting swathes of destruction through Europeans.

    The last time a Western Army fought a Muzzo national army it was a turkey shoot.

  94. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    His recent soundings have involved all faiths but on August 12 Leeser ­convened a meeting of Christian representatives to test their views on the proposed ­religious discrimination bill, which he supports with serious reservations.

    A lengthy article, posted by four different Cats.
    But the bolded text above explains all you need to know about the Senator’s true intentions.

  95. Knuckle Dragger

    Ayers Rock.

    People are clearly overlooking the obvious solution on how to close it down to climbers, thus preserving its monumental cultural significance to its ‘owners’ who appropriated it in 1919 after the tribe beforehand were wiped out by the Spanish flu, and yet maintain the tremendous national – nay, global – tourism drawcard that it is.

    At its base, re-open the ‘Handsome Her’ café.

    That will, as the sporty types say, bring the crowds back.

  96. Leigh Lowe

    IT referred to Dave Chapelle earlier.
    This is still one of the funniest clips evah … on so many levels.

  97. ($0.0532) per kilowatt hour (KWh), twice 2017’s level

    so $0.0266 per kilowatt hour in 2017

    That’s competitive with the now gawn Hazelwood.

  98. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    PoliticoNT
    #3142598, posted on August 28, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Peter/MemoryVault at 9.07pm –

    No, Mark Textor is a self-boosting, vain-glorious arse. People like him are the reason for the disconnect between politicians and the public.

    Okay, if Textor is wrong, how come most Cats still vote Liberal, Politico?

  99. Dr Fred Lenin

    Terrible thing these Amazon fires ,amazing company even sells fires . Seems they have burned up 20 per cent of the worlds oxygen ? This is a true fact according to the Hollywood elites and they sure know climate . Ashortage of oxygen inHollywood might not be a bad thing, might shut the buggers up .
    Wonder if any Cats have noticed its getting harder to breathe ? I havent . Suppose you are all looking forward to the next hottest summer ever thats coming up , still only 11 more summers to go according to decromrats in the USA. One thing it will clear the decromat run cities of homeless eand rats .

  100. Terrible thing these Amazon fires …

    Is Bezos’ place on fire?
    Where will I buy stuff?

  101. Knuckle Dragger

    This whole Amazon fires outcry is stupid.

    It is a combination of the local cockies burning off the wet season growth and natural uncontrolled dry season fires. Happens everywhere.

    Allllll the little big city bitches carrying on about it have clearly never seen the regenerative quality of tropical jungle. A combo of sky-high humidity, hot sun and frequent brief, heavy rain is pure meth to plant life accustomed to this very thing.

    Exhibit A – my back yard. Brown and seemingly mostly dead atm, when the first decent rain comes in October (hopefully) it will explode. You can almost see the bloody plants growing. I’ve marked a couple against a fence with texta some mornings, come back after work and note the plants concerned have grown up to eight inches.

    Leave it alone you stupid hippies. The Amazon’s not going anywhere.

  102. John Constantine

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/cctv-cameras-chinese-spies-and-an-unusual-delegation-20181130-p50jd7.html

    the Shanghai-based China Security Co. was allowed to complete its $158 million takeover of Securecorp with only the mildest of concerns raised in the Victorian upper house.

    But the insider was still sufficiently worried about the incident to have recently contacted The Age and Herald to express his concerns about the visit and the likelihood that it was not benign. If data mining did occur, as the insider believes, it could have hoovered up much of the firm’s pre-takeover information, including data which may not have survived beyond the corporate transition.

    There are also worries that Securecorp’s ultimate Chinese owner might exploit its ringside seat in Australia, which has included 96 CCTV cameras in Melbourne’s CBD and security operations at everything from Westfield shopping centres to Glencore mines and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In addition there is Securecorp’s boast of being a “trusted partner in the Defence industry” and its $11.5 million contract with the Australian Electoral Commission whic

    Their vikpol is using the peoples liberation army MCG cameras to build lists of australian dissenters.

    Refuse to stand for the welcome to country and the chicom secret police technology can put you on a list for satrap andrews.

    Comrades.

  103. feelthebern

    Thanks Mark re NMN’s.

  104. Pete of Perth

    Re Brisbane street protests… A sewage truck accidentally leaking uphill from the mob might be a disincentive

  105. Dr Fred Lenin

    Michael jackson was a drug addicted weirdo spoiled rotten tosser with paedophillic fantasies , not quite in the same league as the celebrated friend of Presidents and Royalty epstein ,both were a wste of air ,and the world is a better place for their suicides ,good riddance.3

  106. Old School Conservative

    For those enquiring after Michael Smith:
    My apologies for the website being unavailable this morning
    Wednesday, 28 August 2019

    Due to circumstances beyond our control – but now fixed!

    I’ve some paperwork arising from the incident – will be back to normal posting later in the day, thanks for your patience!

  107. egg_

    Seems like a large amount of non citizens for such a small population.

    10% of the people living here are economic mercenaries here purely to devour the fat of the land while the good times roll with a clear mind to go home once the going isn’t so good.

    Or move on to greener pastures, such as the US or Europe.

  108. BrettW

    I watched that Chappelle show last night. He had a good go at Jussie Smollet as well as victims of Michael Jackson and the alphabet community.

    As he pointed out you clicked on his image on Netflix to get him.

    Good on Netflix for allowing such an un PC comedian.

  109. Dr Faustus

    The brutal reality of education is that there is no ‘prize for every child’.

    The national strategy of obliging most children (other than the smart ones who exit into vocational training) to pass through the same educational system until age 17 is fundamentally flawed. Kids have different capacities for attainment, develop differently and at different rates, and have different family approaches to the value of education. The net result of pretending that education can be sensibly delivered on a socially equitable, ‘one size fits all’ basis is a cohort disrupted by the need to cater for the slow, the bored-stupid, and the quite profoundly disabled.

    The old British Grammar School model recognised this reality by streaming off academically minded kids at a young age into schools appropriately resourced for higher levels of learning.

    Obviously this is now old thinking, reactionary, elitist, discriminatory and probably sexist/racist. However it is instructive that Queensland has developed a specialist Year 7 to Year 12 STEM Academy – specifically to provide higher-end teaching and resources physically separate from kids who are triggered to disruption by molarity and quadratic equations and having to do homework.

    This initiative – and its success – suggests that the bastards who run State Education know exactly what the actual problems are within the mainstream. Or, are too dim.

  110. BrettW

    Regarding protesters in Brisbane and lack of support from the magistrates.

    Time some truckies blockaded some magistrates driveways to protest against the protesters and their lenient attitude towards them.

  111. Knuckle Dragger

    The Victorian legal system, as opposed to justice system, in all its glory:

    ‘A young thug who bashed two paramedics while high on drugs has walked free — despite the offence carrying a mandatory six months prison.
    Paramedic Monica cried in court as she learned the man who repeatedly punched her in the face and pinned her against the wall of her ambulance would not be jailed.

    Seasoned police prosecutors were in tears at the bar table and a furious paramedic union boss, Danny Hill, has labelled the legislation “a dud”.
    James Haberfield, 22, was hospitalised after taking a cocktail of party drugs including MDMA, ketamine and ice at the Rainbow Serpent music festival on January 25th.
    But four days later he escaped and roamed the streets of Coburg and broke into a home before an ambulance was eventually called.

    While being treated in the back of the truck, Haberfield became aggressive and pushed Monica to the ground before putting her in a headlock and punching her in the face.
    Witnesses in nearby homes recalled seeing the ambulance rock back and forth and “the silhouette of Haberfield attacking” the young woman.

    Hearing his colleague’s screams, paramedic Sam Smith ran to Monica’s aid and was himself caught in a flurry of violent punches from the delirious Haberfield.
    On the steps of the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, Monica said she suffers from constant flashbacks and has been unable to return to work since.

    Haberfield pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker on duty and recklessly causing injury.
    Magistrate Simon Zebrowski said while he agreed a message needed to be sent to the community that “emergency service workers are not punching bags”, he said Haberfield should not be jailed.’

    From the Currant Bun. There’s a picture of the scrawny little no-chinned maggot who chose to punch himself full of all sorts of shit at a drugs festival, and then had a really decent crack at an ambo.

    There is a mandatory sentence of six months in the bin here. The learned magistrate didn’t even suspend it. A CCO, which means nothing, and an unenforceable direction to take part in mental health and drugs treatment.

    The day will come, and shortly (I hope), when one of these bags of shit disguised as a human takes on an ambo who can hold his hands up, and gets his neck snapped for him.

    The body can then be dumped on the steps of the Magistrates’ Court, doused in meth and ketamine precursors and set on fire as a warning.

  112. Diogenes

    The national strategy of obliging most children (other than the smart ones who exit into vocational training) to pass through the same educational system until age 17 is fundamentally flawed.

    What about the German system – 3 different kinds of high school, each with different leaving ages, the Gymnasium for the academically inclined , who leave @18, the Fach(Trade) school who go to the end of year 9 and then into the TAFE system to learn a trade, and the generalist high school for the rest. Each has a different curriculum tailored to the students , eg had I done year 7 in a Gymnasium instead of year 6, in addition to learning English,, I would have had to have picked up either French or Latin, while my neighbour who attended the trade school was not required to do the same, and his maths homework looked very very different to mine.

  113. Mother Lode

    Activists in Brisbane have taken over the CBD causing lengthy traffic delays as they defend their right to a “peaceful protest”.

    Here is where we are – they believe that the right to protest is the right to cause trouble to others.

    Their right to protest is the right to trash other people’s rights.

    This re-definition of protest has crept slowly but inexorably under the noses of authorities who at each juncture found it easier to avoid confrontation this time so long as they dealt with it next time.

    Every time is this time, you foetid fornication heads. Next time always turns into this time.

  114. Zatara

    Day 13. Rough seas south of Nova Scotia. But conditions closer to New York will be slower than predicted and weather update suggests Wednesday arrival – an updated ETA will come as we near the coast.

    Yeah, something tells me they’ve fired up that aux engine they don’t like to talk about. Otherwise it’s going to get a bit sporty off of New York around Wednesday.

  115. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The day will come, and shortly (I hope), when one of these bags of shit disguised as a human takes on an ambo who can hold his hands up, and gets his neck snapped for him.

    Happened in casualty department at Royal Perth Hospital quite a few years ago. Some tosser tried to punch out one of the orderlies. He found out the hard way that Special Air Service Regiment used to send their medical orderlies up to said casualty department, to get experience..

  116. notafan

    On the other hand replacing burly mature men in the ambulance service with teeny tiny girls straight from school does have its drawbacks.

  117. egg_

    Lizzo is a fatty performing with other fatties in front of a giant inflatable twerking ass.

    Hopefully, it’s not a dinner show.

  118. stackja

    Brisbane protests allowed by the Never Joh mob.

  119. PoliticoNT

    Peter – fair question. Last federal election is a good pointer. Things were looking grim but with the elevation of Morrison the (Coalition voting) hordes had someone with whom they had a sense they/we could align our values with. Or more to the point wasn’t going to constantly take a dump on us. Also….Labor’s ‘we’re not kidding, we really are barking mad’ approach to government finally came properly to light.

    For the future though? Depends if free speech and free association is defended. And if some new power stations and dams are built. Otherwise, the Coalition will be fucked as much as Labor. All it’ll take is for Latham to properly organise himself. He’s not a campaign light-weight like Bernardi.

  120. egg_

    solid hair shampoo wrapped in paper … because trying to reduce plastics.

    AKA a bar of soap?

  121. thefrollickingmole

    Look at these knicker sniffers.

    Tobacco companies accused of using vaping to hook a new generation on smoking

    On the one hand they decry the unsafeness of the products being offered.
    On the other they are all for keeping the product illegal and unregulated..

    They are as credible as a kid slapping their sisters face with her own hand saying “why are you hitting yourself”…

    Ms Jardine said she wanted schools to take a “hard line” against vaping.

    “Schools and parents need to be pointing to the law,” she said.

    “The sale and possession, or use of e-cigarettes containing nicotine, is unlawful in all Australian jurisdictions under the poison control legislation, except where nicotine has been attained with a doctor’s authorisation.

    “At no point in time have e-cigarettes been approved by Australia’s regulatory authority, the TGA [Therapeutic Goods Association], as a safe product, nor an effective aid to quit smoking.

    “Schools should be certainly including e-cigarettes as part of their whole school approach to protecting the health and safety of their students.

    “We’ve made huge progress in tobacco control in Australia and we wouldn’t want to see any of that good work undone by a product that looks to hook young people through lolly flavours.”

  122. notafan

    Of course Aboriginal fire stick farming is simply marvellous

    #itsdifferentwhentheydoit

  123. Old School Conservative

    The Australian is not allowing comments on the story ‘Corrosive’ Plutus Payroll manager Joshua Kitson jailed.
    Probably scared some smart Alecs would start reminding readers about the role of Adam Cranston, his sister, and long-serving ATO senior official Michael Cranston.

  124. egg_

    Re Brisbane street protests… A sewage truck accidentally leaking uphill from the mob might be a disincentive

    Don’t Greenpeace sling butyric acid at Jap* whalers?

    *Yellow people don’t count as human?

  125. egg_

    Of course Aboriginal fire stick farming is simply marvellous

    Noble savage custodians of the Environment?

  126. Knuckle Dragger

    The Northern Territory. As the bored housewives that make up the NT Parliament would say, Boundless Possible.

    You don’t need a boat licence. You don’t even need to have your boat registered. You can get as pissed as you like while skippering a boat.

    You can pretty much shoot as many pigs or scrub buffs as you like and pile the carcasses up into a pyramid that can be seen from space. Fishing licence? What’s that?

    Take your cat outside though, and it had better be on a leash, otherwise The Council might… do something.

    I actually don’t mind the cat rule. Makes ’em easier to shoot.

  127. notafan

    Another ‘pendantic’ argument bespoke?

    Pretty loaded language there.

    You made a claim and I queried it.

    Oh and

    Please come back None

    We miss you.

    Ignore those sadsacks that troll your comments

  128. johanna

    ANU law professor Andrew Macintosh, who has been researching ACT’s underperformance in the context of its relatively high socio-educational characteristics, described the result as “shocking”.

    “They should be ringing alarm bells for policy makers,” he said.

    “We have clearly got something going on in our schools system and its not being addressed.”

    It’s not rocket science what is wrong with ACT primary schools.

    They are run by greenies who think that the kids tending the school’s ‘organic’ garden and looking after the chooks is a valid use of class time. When they are in class, the focus is on stuff like how humans are destroying the planet, why Australian history is all about the massacre of Aborigines and subsequent atrocities by Europeans, and how trannies, pouves, lesbians and the rest of the alphabet should be revered by all.

    Class discipline is oppressive, rote learning is anathema, and learning to read occurs by some sort of obscure osmotic process which, unfortunately, does not work too well. And since the teachers cannot spell, and know no grammar, they are unable to teach it.

    There are a few honourable exceptions, but for the most ACT schools are run like child minding centres for the under fives, with the results you would expect.

  129. Top Ender

    Letters in the Oz today:

    Troubled by the stark contrast in Pell judgments
    TALKING POINT
    With all respect to Mirko Bagaric (“Justice the new barbie stopper”, 27/8), if I heard it once, I heard it a thousand times from judges of impeccable pedigree in the criminal justice system during their summing up and said it, too, in a final address to any number of juries: “You must be satisfied of the guilt of the accused beyond any reasonable doubt”. Or another variant, “If you have any reasonable doubt about the evidence of the complainant, your duty is to acquit.”

    Put in such a context, “reasonable doubt” doesn’t need to be explained to a jury and the occasional bold or perhaps even foolhardy trial judge who attempted to do so almost inevitably fell foul when his efforts came under appellate supervision.

    In the Pell decision, there was a sharp distinction between the majority and minority judgments. The majority judges are not criminal lawyers. Neither judge ever practised at the “coalface” of that jurisdiction. The chief justice Anne Ferguson has never practised as an advocate barrister nor has she appeared for a defendant in a jury trial. She was a respected solicitor, the first ever to be appointed chief justice from that side of the profession. The other judge, Chris Maxwell, was a widely regarded civil law barrister. The minority judge had vast experience in the criminal law as a practising barrister. He is universally considered as having one of the finest legal minds in the criminal law within Australia.

    A veteran criminal law barrister understands the standard of proof in a criminal trial and appreciates the strictness required in adducing admissible evidence. The defence advocate has to be ever vigilant for hearsay and on guard for prejudicial material.

    In my 30 years at the Bar, I had never seen such widespread prejudice residing at the outset as it did in Pell. He even had to confront a published book prejudging his guilt. Securing a fair trial, the pre-eminent golden virtue in criminal proceedings that every citizen in this country has a right to expect, became even more problematic for this defendant.

    None of these publicity and evidentiary strictures are of the same concern in judge-only civil trials or in those judge-only criminal trials permitted in some jurisdictions though not available in Victoria.

    In considering the judgments, practical experience emerges as very significant. In the joint majority judgment there is a great deal about the demeanour and persuasiveness of the complainant, whereas the dissenting judge analyses in meticulous detail the complainant’s uncorroborated assertions and inconsistencies.

    Despite modern and misconceived presumptions suggesting otherwise, the common law’s experience over hundreds of years, especially in “word against word” matters, has shown that complaints of a sexual nature are the easiest to make and the hardest to refute. Therein lies the conundrum when considering proof of guilt beyond reasonable doubt and the onus on the Crown to do so.

    All of these matters in combination led Weinberg to write a judgment almost twice as long as the majority justices joint judgment.

    Arguably, it is also why Weinberg reached a conclusion that the only verdict open was “not guilty” and thereby George Pell had to be acquitted of these charges.

    Anthony Smith, private barrister specialising in criminal law, 1983-2013

    Ferny Hills, Vic

    I have just finished reading Paul Kelly’s article (“How faith was lost on judgment day in a state legal system”, 24-25/8). Justice Mark Weinberg makes a compelling case for upholding George Pell’s appeal against his conviction.

    The prosecution, in my view, got nowhere near establishing guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

    Kelly is surely right in asking, “Can the public have faith in the criminal justice system of Victoria?”

    Peter Howe, Wishart, Qld

    Despite not having legal qualifications, I’m surprised that the Victorian Court of Appeal has confirmed George Pell’s guilty verdict based seemingly on findings that his actions were “not impossible” rather than “beyond a reasonable doubt”.

    Ian Bernadt, Swanbourne, WA

    On the evidence produced and made public it is hard to see how a reasonable person could have convicted George Pell. If an appeal to the High Court is refused, it would seem an inquiry into the Victorian justice system is justified.

    Bert Witte, Kingston, Tas

  130. notafan

    Sexual assault claims.

    ‘The easiest to make and the hardest to refute.’

    Ain’t that the truth.

  131. egg_

    My mum is in hospital ATM.

    Everything that can be disposable is disposable.

    IIRC they use high temp incinerators, for hygiene of biohazards.
    /Greentards

  132. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    but with the elevation of Morrison the (Coalition voting) hordes had someone with whom they had a sense they/we could align our values with. Or more to the point wasn’t going to constantly take a dump on us.

    The really sad part, Politico, is that you (and apparently a majority of Cats), actually believe that.
    How does that old saying go: – “One sure sign of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”.

    You’d think after 53 years people would start to learn, but apparently not.

  133. egg_

    Sexual assault claims.

    ‘The easiest to make and the hardest to refute.’

    No onus of proof?
    Blame the Left, where they were trying to place the onus of proof on the Defendant.

  134. egg_

    Also check holdens new range of suv as some nice stuff there

    Blasphemy!

  135. Geriatric Mayfly

    Beijing tells Payne: butt out

    Phrasing? We know it’s a big one, but diplomacy please.

  136. johanna

    thefrollickingmole
    #3142622, posted on August 28, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Is this correct or just using dodgy figures??
    https://pjmedia.com/trending/sorry-bernie-americas-poorest-are-richer-than-60-percent-of-developed-countries/
    On average, a person among the poorest 20 percent of Americans consumes more goods and services than the average person in Canada, Greece, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Denmark, Iceland, New Zealand, Slovenia, Slovakia, Israel, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Chile, Hungary, Turkey, and Mexico.

    I read that article, mole, and I call BS on the ratings. Does anyone seriously believe that Griks in Greece have a higher living standard than Australians, for example?

    Years ago I worked on a study of non-cash income benefits for Australians, and they are very considerable. Subsidised housing is worth a fortune, as is free health care via bulk billing (which pensioners can almost always get) and free hospitals. Then there are a plethora of discounts on things like local government rates, State government transport and even telecommunications available to pensioners.

    If you are an age pensioner in government housing and you use a lot of medical services, you are getting tens of thousands of dollars worth of taxpayer funded benefits per year.

  137. Old Lefty

    Nice one from Jeremy Gans on the Vic Supreme Court (non) judgement on Setka’s bid to block his expulsion from the ALP:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/jeremy_gans/status/1166326484916588544

    Did young Mr Haberfield produce a CFMEU membership ticket and swear to the beak that he hated Catholics and thought the ambo was one?

  138. egg_

    seeing all those bmws, Mercs and Audi’s in the school car park

    There goes your GST to inflated State Govt wages.

  139. PoliticoNT

    Peter – nope – that’s why I used the words, ‘had a sense.’ Morrison gave people a sense he is okay. Whether he is able to demonstrate that over the long term is another thing. (& you can’t take Labor’s awfulness out of the equation, or the lack of an organised alternative.). His Cabinet doesn’t give me a lot of hope. Defence is a fucking shambles (Payne and Price??? Honestly, I understand the pay-off for Payne, as useless as she is, but Price?? FMD.). Energy – good grief. Treasury – fucking hell.

    But here’s the thing – do you have skin in the game? I’m a member of a party. I get in the trenches and fight for policy I think is worth fighting for (and it’s a fucking, awful often pointless effort). And in 2022 I’m going to nominate for a federal seat. You want to change things, you’ve got to actually have a go. I think the Cat is invaluable. I learn so much in this space. But it ain’t about being in Parliament.

  140. Tintarella di Luna

    The Australian is not allowing comments on the story ‘Corrosive’ Plutus Payroll manager Joshua Kitson jailed.

    My first thought too Old School Conservative – heaven help us if taxpayers got a say, can’t have that can we? Or perhaps they don’t want to poison the jury pool? 😉

  141. PoliticoNT

    Knuckle-dragger > re Kon’s surveillance empire. I have my views on what needs to be done. (I’m with our American friends when it comes to how a local community should respond to cameras in public spaces.). We should catch up for a drink. (Sinc/Rafe – if possible, please provide KD with my email address.)

    As for Robin Knox…..the last time she got hot under the collar about something (kicking the horse people out of Fannie Bay) it blew up in her face. Arm the cats I say.

  142. egg_

    You can drive a Discovery anywhere.
    Driving it back is where the problems start.

    You can pick up the parts anywhere?
    Particularly the roadside?

  143. struth

    Mr iampeterMV.
    It is not, for the umpteenth time a beief in the liberal party its due to picking the better of two evils when the only other alternative is some hairbrain scheme no one but you and your mates would know is going on so was absolutely pointless.
    You have only one choice in this country and that s to vote as right wing as you can and then get involved in activism between elections..
    Stop the condescension. …..please.
    I’m embarrassed for you.

  144. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    I get in the trenches and fight for policy I think is worth fighting for

    And how is that working out for you?

    (and it’s a fucking, awful often pointless effort).

    Oh, I see. Oh well, keep up the good work.

  145. Mother Lode

    Re Brisbane street protests… A sewage truck accidentally leaking uphill from the mob might be a disincentive

    They would not notice the smell.

    And if it hit them they would get cleaner – which might just be the way to dislodge them.

    “Bath ahoy!”

  146. feelthebern

    ASIC becomes the new Tracey Spicer.

    The corporate cop has flagged a number of referrals for criminal prosecution following an investigation into major financial institutions and their representatives, in its five year plan published on Wednesday.

    So ASIC is now contributing to an uninformed market?
    There should be zero comment until charges are laid.

  147. feelthebern

    Interesting point missed in all the Future Fund back slapping today.
    YoY, their increase in emerging markets in % terms was the largest non cash change in asset class weightings since 2013.

  148. Knuckle Dragger

    Winston earlier today related a circumstance in which you’d chew your arm off to escape someone who, in the cold morning light, turned out to be suboptimal.

    I do not have that luxury, as I have identifiers on both upper limbs and would prefer to take them with me anyway.

    It’s a trap for young players. Not having randoms know where you live is a big tick. You must – MUST – when entering the boudoir, leave your wallet, keys, phone (and smokes) either in your pants upon removal, or at the very least strategically position them next to the door. Gear all in the one spot. If you have to criss cross a room to get all your gear before egress, or worse clamber over a bed to do it, you really need to develop what Shane Warne calls ‘match awareness.’

    Identify secondary exit routes. Look for evidence of absent/asleep kiddies and/or previously undisclosed hubbies/BFs before you commit.

    However, if the laydeeee in question turns out to be a quality act, you can safely disregard all of it and proceed. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. The more experienced on the other team will also notice your preparations and call you on it, so have an explanation and/or backstory that withstands casual scrutiny – adapted to the situation, of course.

    There are old campaigners, and there are bold campaigners. There are no old bold campaigners.

  149. Roger

    On the evidence produced and made public it is hard to see how a reasonable person could have convicted George Pell. If an appeal to the High Court is refused, it would seem an inquiry into the Victorian justice system is justified.

    Not excluding the police, especially given their role in the persecution – sorry – prosecution of Pell.

    Then we might find out what happened to the investigation of Gillard.

  150. thefrollickingmole

    johanna

    Ive got a suspicion they added all the non cash benefits in the USA and missed them (or at least some very big ones) for some other countries.

    Doesnt matter if its a “right” publication, dodgy figures to bolster arguments need to be shot down.

  151. Dr Faustus

    What about the German system – 3 different kinds of high school…

    Much better use of resources and provides education relevant to the abilities/interests/needs of the students concerned.

    The UK once provided a similar tripartite system with Grammar Schools (equivalent of Gymnasium); Technical schools and Secondary Modern Schools (cross between Realschule and Hauptschule).

    Naturally this was way too elitist, and so was replaced in the mid/late 1970’s by the Comprehensive system, which has disintegrated into the present mess of Selective Schools for the more academic kids and socially-directed, postmodern educational establishments for the rest.

    Fairness, that creates classroom monsters, is apparently far more important than useful.

  152. feelthebern

    Identify secondary exit routes.

    Sound advice for all aspects of life KD.

  153. Mater

    Then we might find out what happened to the investigation of Gillard.

    And the Red Shirt Scandal.
    And the James Gargasoulas stuff up.
    And the saga that was the Karen Ristevski investigation.

  154. feelthebern

    And the James Gargasoulas stuff up.

    Melbourne has never seen such an efficient police escort.
    It should be taught at the academy.

  155. Knuckle Dragger

    Roger,

    ESPECIALLY the police. The P3ll inquiry alone smacks of kowtowing to political objectives, and has done since the day the first ad appeared in the paper touting for victims. It was an axe to the nuts of the great investigative principles – you go, and ONLY go, where the evidence takes you. In this case, the evidence led nowhere, certainly nowhere near the standard required to get the matter to court in the first place – ie, that a reasonable prospect exists of a conviction or finding of guilt. Exhibit A – no less than three rehashed briefs sent back from the OPP on that basis, and then tinkered with until they finally took it.

    The OPP faced pressure from both the VicPol and the gummint to get the matter through. To their eternal discredit, they acceded – perhaps hoping it would fail at committal, and that if so a direct presentment to trial would then wash their hands of it.

    The trials themselves – well, enough’s been said. Other than to note the excellent dissenting opinion from the sole appellate judge with significant criminal law experience, and a thorough understanding of the standard of proof required at trial.

    This matter disgraces each and every Victoria Police detective who had their paws anywhere near it, and who now, red-faced, say it wasn’t their decision to put the job forward. Bullshit.

    Tethering itself was run by a bloke called Paul Sheridan, who was quite highly thought of in The Job (as they call it). This is because in a previously undistinguished and beige career he headed up Op Lorimer, which was the enquiry into the murders of a couple of cops in Moorabbin in 1998 and resulted in two crooks in the bin.

    Except that one of the coppers at the scene was pressured into altering his statement to provide for additional avenues of enquiry into the second crook. Who, as it turns out, although he was a great mate of the primary offender, did a heap of stickups with him, and quite possibly was capable of dropping the hammer on the cops, may not have been there at the time.

    There is no chance – none – that Sheridan was unaware of the altered statement. And although obviously separate investigations, his conduct in Lorimer can be pointed to when assessing his conduct of Tethering.

    Both monstrous betrayals of colleagues and the public. Mainly the public.

  156. Dr Fred Lenin

    The only reason Scomos gang is in power is because Shirtens gang stank like a longdrop dunny , morrison the lesser of two odorous gangs of career tossers . A plague on both their parties self seeking aparatchiki .
    One day we will get a real movement of the People Free from lawtradespeople and self seeking tossers .
    Wonder if anyone regrets the spoiling of turnbulls plan to insert the alp forever in power ,with them using welfareist migrants and illegal voters .

  157. egg_

    Who created the concept of rules of engagement and when?

    Hague Convention

    Geneva Conventions

  158. egg_

    The only reason Scomos gang is in power is because Shirtens gang stank like a longdrop dunny ,

    SloMo was as surprised as anybody about the victory?
    /Texta Mark

  159. Knuckle Dragger

    Ah yes, the Ristevski job. Jesus wept.

    The entire thing was run as though it was a real-time doco on the Crime Channel, which I don’t watch because it infuriates me.

    A reasonably straightforward job turned into a complete shitfight.

  160. old bloke

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3142706, posted on August 28, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Winston earlier today related a circumstance in which you’d chew your arm off to escape someone who, in the cold morning light, turned out to be suboptimal.

    That’s all very well & good KD, but do you have any specific advice for unfortunate punters who discover that their amorous designs happen upon a person named Lola.

    L.O.L.A. Lola.

  161. thefrollickingmole

    Good lord, now Ive read it all.

    EVVVVIL RUSSIANS!!! are trying to sell nuke reactors in Africa.

    The reason this is bad (among the usual)

    Rosatom is among international groups that are exporting light-water technology, which is generally considered among the safest, and is building a $13bn light-water reactor in Bangladesh. But such reactors typically generate more than 1,000 megawatts and very few countries in sub-Saharan Africa have the capacity to distribute that amount of power.

    It gets even more circular and strange..

    Another concern is that the expensive projects favoured by Rosatom would not benefit Africa’s poorest people. In most countries energy is generated in large, centralised plants and distributed over a national grid – a model that would be reinforced in Africa by nuclear power.
    “Access to energy is a basic human right and necessary for a dignified life. The majority of those denied this right live in Africa,” said Friends of the Earth. “However, the expansion of profit-driven nuclear energy in Africa would only exacerbate the problem.

    So providing centralized mass power production would somehow make the problem worse because…?
    EVIL PROFITS!!!

    They then follow up with pure weasel juice, triple distilled and concentrated..

    The environmental NGO said the answer to Africa’s energy needs lay in “efficient technology that meets the daily needs of people, in the hands of communities and municipalities, and controlled democratically”. Only small-scale and interconnected grids that were democratically managed could deliver energy sovereignty to African people, it added.

    Better build a dozen coal fired plants then eh?

  162. Knuckle Dragger

    Old bloke,

    I can’t emphasise this enough.

    If anyone’s stupid enough to walk out of a venue with, and into the home turf of anyone called Lola, whether it be the temporary name for the night or her actual name, they are beyond assistance and deserve everything they get.

  163. egg_

    Terrible thing these Amazon fires …

    Is Bezos’ place on fire?
    Where will I buy stuff?

    Fire sale?

  164. egg_

    EVVVVIL RUSSIANS!!! are trying to sell nuke reactors in Africa.

    Eebil commos helping Africans out of poverty?
    That just won’t do!

  165. thefrollickingmole

    egg_
    #3142720, posted on August 28, 2019 at 3:48 pm
    The only reason Scomos gang is in power is because Shirtens gang stank like a longdrop dunny ,

    SloMo was as surprised as anybody about the victory?
    /Texta Mark

    Even worse, they believe they hit on a winning announcement near the end of the election.

    Old man did some work for Melissa Prices office and the word was the last minute approval of Adani mine was what won them the election.
    The announce and retreat strategy was apparently deliberate.

  166. feelthebern

    KD, what would you do if you woke up next to this young lady ?

    https://twitter.com/joerogan/status/1166526966737985536

  167. Mater

    The entire thing was run as though it was a real-time doco on the Crime Channel, which I don’t watch because it infuriates me.
    A reasonably straightforward job turned into a complete shitfight.

    Undertaken by an investigation team that were predominantly part-time, so I’m told. Lacked continuity and coordination.

  168. feelthebern

    I prefer the police force to be attending gender equity classes & chasing down dead namers.
    Not sure about this radical idea of the plod trying to solve murders though.

  169. Knuckle Dragger

    Bern,

    An interesting scenario, and one underestimated by young players the world over. There’s only one way to deal with that.

    Create distance. Strike first, fast and hard. GTFO before it recovers.

    Burn your clothes, erase your memory. Fervently hope your mates didn’t see you leave with it.

    Say several dozen Hail Marys as penance. Get back on the horse. Use your experience for good, not evil.

  170. feelthebern

    She might not let you leave, KD.

  171. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Knuckles, here’s a novel alternative to your plan.

    Meet a nice girl.
    Marry her.
    Raise a family.
    Enjoy your grandchildren.
    Grow old together.

    At times it can be hard going, but trust me, in the long run it is worth it.

  172. zyconoclast

    Innovative!

    College Board Drops Plans for SAT Student Adversity Scores
    Facing criticism, nonprofit that oversees test backs off proposal to capture students’ socioeconomic backgrounds in single metric

    The College Board is abandoning its plan to assign an adversity score to every student who takes the SAT college admissions test, after facing criticism from educators and parents.

    Instead, it will try to capture a student’s social and economic background in a broad array of data points. The new tactic is called Landscape and, while it includes much of the same information, it doesn’t combine the metrics into a single score.

    The original tool, called the “environmental context dashboard,” combined about 15 socioeconomic metrics from a student’s high school and neighborhood to create something college admission officers called an “adversity score.”

  173. 1735099

    Fairness, that creates classroom monsters, is apparently far more important than useful.

    Fairness appears to be useful (and very successful) in Finland which is an example of a country that has not followed many of the global education reform principles.
    It does this without selecting, tracking or streaming students during their basic education, which lasts until the end of Grade 9.

    Please explain how fairness creates “classroom monsters”.

  174. zyconoclast

    Desegregation Plan: Eliminate All Gifted Programs in New York

    For years, New York City has essentially maintained two parallel public school systems.

    A group of selective schools and programs geared to students labeled gifted and talented is filled mostly with white and Asian children. The rest of the system is open to all students and is predominantly black and Hispanic.

    Now, a high-level panel appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio is recommending that the city do away with most of these selective programs in an effort to desegregate the system, which has 1.1 million students and is by far the largest in the country.

  175. feelthebern

    The two best characters were killed off in the first Black Panther, so what’s the point of making more?

  176. thefrollickingmole

    Is numberwang enthusing about an ethnically homogeneous nation of white people outperforming other countries?

    Bloody nazi.

  177. feelthebern

    Always amusing when Australian school teachers try to compare themselves to school teachers overseas.

  178. egg_

    What’s that acrid smell?

  179. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    I really don’t understand all this stuff about school discipline.

    In my day, you did something serious, you got suspended for two weeks.
    A second offence got you suspended for a term.
    Three strikes and you were out – expelled.

  180. egg_

    Is numberwang enthusing about an ethnically homogeneous nation of white people outperforming other countries?

    I’ll bet whiteness is an excellent performance indicator.

  181. John Constantine

    I may have known that chicks bigger, meaner, angrier sister.

  182. Knuckle Dragger

    Peter,

    That is indeed the plan. Although I’ve already been married, I’m not averse to having a top shelf ladeeee to spend some quality time with. She’d have to be pretty bloody spesh though.

    The internet dating thing is a joke, and I treat it as such although you do get an occasional result. Much prefer real life.

    Like I said – prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.

  183. feelthebern

    Geez, looks like Ilhan Omar has more of an appetite than Clinton & the Donald combined.

  184. KD, what would you do if you woke up next to this young lady ?

    Run screaming and shower using steel wool

  185. Knuckle Dragger

    Bern,

    If she won’t let you leave, and she’s the wildebeest in that clip, refer to striking first hard and fast then GTFO.

    If she’s a red headed stunner and won’t let you leave, you’ve hit the jackpot. Give her your wallet.

  186. zyconoclast

    O’Rourke Supports Abortion on Day Before Birth

    Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Monday night expressed his support for third trimester abortions, specifically the day before birth.

    O’Rourke was speaking at the College of Charleston’s “Bully Pulpit” candidate series when he was asked about abortion by a pro-life audience member.

    “Someone asked you specifically, specifically about third trimester abortions, and you said that’s a decision left up to the mother,” the attendee asked. “So, my question is this: I was born September 8th, 1989, and I want to know if you think on September 7th, 1989, my life had no value?”

    “Of course I don’t think that,” O’Rourke said, “and, of course, I’m glad that you’re here.” He then shifted his response by repeating his previous talking points about the woman having the right to choose whether to have an abortion even if it’s a day before she is expected to give birth.

    “This is a decision that neither you, nor I, nor the United States government should be making. That’s a decision for the woman to make,” O’Rourke said, sparking cheers from women in the crowd. “We want her to have the best possible access to care and to a medical provider, and I’ll tell you the consequence of this, this attack on a woman’s right to choose.”

    “But what about my right to life?” the man asked.

    “I listened to you, and I heard your question. I’m answering it,” O’Rourke said. “And I want to tell you some of the consequences of this. In my home state of Texas, thanks to these ‘trap’ laws that make it harder for providers to offer the full spectrum of reproductive care, more than a quarter of our family planning clinics have closed.”

  187. feelthebern

    prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.

    More sound advice.
    You really need to have retreats for wayward young men.

  188. amortiser

    Diversity hire.
    I thought it was Stevie Wonder under the hat after that LB.
    At least Stevie would have referred it to his labrador.

    After all the stuff ups that had gone before, Wilson had one last chance to get out from under. Australia had no reviews (I’m looking at you, Paine) and England had one.

    Stokes goes the glory shot to win the game with just 2 to get. He’s rapped on the pads almost on his knees with no stumps visible. Wilson thinks what has happened here. Did he get a touch? Is it missing the stumps? Did it pitch outside leg?

    If I give it not out, game is still on and Australia can’t review. If I give it out, England will use their review and if I have made a mistake, it will be reversed and the game will continue, no harm done. If my decision is correct, then game over and no harm done.

    What’s the stupid bastard do? He keeps his finger in his pocket and misses the plumbest LBW ever shown and the wrong team wins the game!!

    This guy will never officiate in another test match after this debacle. The first 2 tests should have given a hint of what was to come.

  189. feelthebern

    Funny you should mention red heads KD.
    I’ve have two red headed young ladies come out of the woodwork recently.
    One a hard 8.
    The other a few rungs below.

  190. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    If she’s a red headed stunner and won’t let you leave, you’ve hit the jackpot.

    +100

  191. zyconoclast

    UN cancels pro-life workshop claiming ‘too much controversy’ around the subject

    “I am sorry to reach out this late in the process,” she wrote, adding that “after extensive consideration and review” the workshop was canceled because “it is not well-rounded enough and there is too much controversy around this issue today.”

  192. Knuckle Dragger

    Percy Wong on the teev.

    Every day it looks more like Cliff Richard.

  193. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Miss Nude Australia comp at the Crazy Horse?

    Something to add to my bucket list.

  194. Caveman

    The two best characters were killed off in the first Black Panther, so what’s the point of making more?
    When the new Black Panther is a white chick ,yeah because vagina.

  195. Percy Popinjay

    No, we here in the labore pardee really aren’t a bunch of violent criminal thugs and morons (BIRM) and if you disagree, it won’t be helpful for your physical wellbeing, part eleventy gazillion and 79.7:

    A man feared his boss might “hire’’ someone to hurt him if he didn’t go along with a scheme to falsely use his name for a donation to Labor.

    From those fearless purveyors of quality j’ism at the Oz.

  196. feelthebern

    Why would they kill off the evil South African?

  197. zyconoclast

    Funny you should mention red heads KD.
    I’ve have two red headed young ladies come out of the woodwork recently.
    One a hard 8.
    The other a few rungs below.

    One a hard 8.
    .
    .
    .

    The other a few rungs below

  198. feelthebern

    That is pretty crook Z.
    No one click on his links.

  199. Overburdened

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/08/27/divorce-filing-wife-says-democrat-consultant-had-affair-with-ilhan-omar/

    A few points.

    Musky aroma.

    Safe sex would dictate declawing, tethering and a muzzle.

    America is the land of opportunity.

    In this case, if the allegation is true, it will provide the opportunity of not being subject to sharia law.

  200. zyconoclast

    Why would they kill off the evil South African?

    Mel Gibson Lethal Weapon 2

  201. Magistrate Simon Zebrowski said while he agreed a message needed to be sent to the community that “emergency service workers are not punching bags”, he said Haberfield should not be jailed.’

    Just a thought. Wonder if there’s anybody in a motorcycle aficionado club, or similar group of men, whose mother’s life has been saved by Ambos & may feel a little unhappy at this outcome.
    On the plus side, anyone who gives Simon Zebrowski a good working over won’t be facing jail time for it (not even suspended) so they may as well make a good job of it.
    Assuming they’re ever identified or caught, that is.

    Simon Zebrowski is pretty cool about people copping an unsolicited flogging at work, he won’t mind having his face rearranged.

  202. zyconoclast

    KD, what would you do if you woke up next to this young lady ?

    Run screaming and shower using steel wool

    Possibly NSFW.

  203. feelthebern

    On another note, one of my many secret shames is I love the way South African sheilas talk.
    Sexiest accent on the planet.

  204. feelthebern

    I hear Perth has a lot of South African women.

  205. Nob

    A big black Seth Efrican dame was our workwear supplier in Perth about ten years ago.

  206. Snoopy

    Every day it looks more like Cliff Richard.

    So true!

  207. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The motto for today: friends are those who haven’t yet betrayed you.

    Just drove back thread, all the way to late last nite. Areff, friends are people who care about you. Forget those few who don’t and in particular any recent one who has made you feel unloved. You have lots of friends here and none of them have betrayal in mind, with many just offering good advice to all and sundry, as KD does here:

    prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.

    An excellent philosophy, imho. It provides a terrific parallel for comparison of my approach to driving a car to Hairy’s approach to the same. I’m always so mindful of what other people are about to do (thus I prepare for the worst), and Hairy relies on his skill and mastery of the machine without a second thought about the intentions of any idiot also on the route (Hairy just hopes for the best). So KD’s given us a useful little aphorism to apply in parts, comparatively, or overall to one individual in a perfect gestalt.

    Hairy would disagree with me completely here, of course, about his driving vs mine. He thinks I am a shocking front-seat driver when beside him at the wheel. Just don’t, he snarls about my hisses of careful, watch out, he’s coming up on your left, she’s going to turn, that old biddy is looking for a park, and the occasional breathless rapidly triplicated urging of stop, stop, stop, this latter occasionally proven useful even though he never admits it. When I am driving he critiques with exasperated sighs my hesitant lane changing, my cautious merging, my occasional running of traffic lights, my oblivousness to signage and my tendency to slow down for trouble rather than drive out of it (all his opinions, not mine).

    It’s a wonder we can kiss and cuddle together in bed at night, but we can and we do.
    I guess these are the issues that tend to get worked on and somehow smoothed in a marriage.
    It’s never plain sailing. 🙂
    Don’t even get me started on the matter of timing trips to the airport allowing for contingencies, which he underplays and I admit I tend to overplay.

  208. Just because I can:
    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.”
    So there.

  209. calli

    prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.

    Jack Reacher.

    Then you waste all the bad guys and have your wicked way with the good looking birds.

    And save the world.

  210. How about that?
    O’Bama isn’t President anymore.
    Trump is.

  211. calli

    That’s Hate Speech, Winston.

    Cease and desist yer triggerin’.

  212. Bruce of Newcastle

    On another note, one of my many secret shames is I love the way South African sheilas talk. Sexiest accent on the planet.

    If Charlize is an example maybe you should consider a sex robot.
    Crazy lady.

  213. Gab

    Coalition agrees to pass laws forcing priests to report child abuse

    But journalists get to “protect” their sources if they divulge murder or child abuse. The same for health professionals, such a psychologists, psychiatrists etc. also protect their clients, and cops protect informers.

    But yeah, let’s hit on Catholics, again.

  214. Farmer Gez

    Hairy would disagree with me completely here, of course, about his driving vs mine. He thinks I am a shocking front-seat driver when beside him at the wheel. Just don’t, he snarls about my hisses of careful, watch out, he’s coming up on your left, she’s going to turn, that old biddy is looking for a park, and the occasional breathless rapidly triplicated urging of stop, stop, stop,

    I’m with Hairy.
    Women the front seat beside you with bigger hair and sitting forward of you because of height, create the perfect blind spot from the left.

    Remove the woman, remove the hazard.

  215. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Remove the woman, remove the hazard.

    Or, let her drive so you can sit there giving “advice”.
    (Hint: learn to cook before attempting to do this).

  216. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hairy’s just arrived in from a stint in the bottom garden; things are starting to bloom, he announces.
    Ya didn’t put your head down? he enquires solicitously, because I came home exhausted. Checking the Cat has been relaxing, better than a nap. My exhaustion was not from my dance class, entailing all of the five positions, including some upper body work in a crossover fifth, which I (and most of us) can find fairly difficult for balance these days. I’m fine with all the arabesques, chassees, hip-lift attitudes and other balletic forms we use to perform a series of energetic and fun routines which I always find exhilarating.

    What really exhausted me was that my phone got badly scammed first thing this morning after I’d left home, the whole thing collapsed, and after my dance class I went on a merry chase around two shopping centres getting various phone types to tell me what to do. I dissolved in near tears at what seemed the magnitude of the problem, which looked like me having to dump all of my email addresses, notify the bank, and totally strip the phone back. Desperate calls to Hairy received no reply (his phone was out of juice) and when I did get through to him I was in a fair state of panic. Dr. Hairy Professional, security expert, just took over, calmed me down, told me what was worth worrying about and what was not, said he didn’t know why the phone companies hired some of these no-nothing people, and called me home. He was very patient and kind and walked me through what happened and what I actually did, prescribed certain protective actions, and will double check all is well with techies asap. Another phishing exercise, he comments dryly. You’d be surprised at the very high profile people who sometimes get caught, he adds, to make me feel better.

    I. Hate. Modern. Technology.

  217. bespoke

    Asking to be white knighted from a sock, Sad! So very very Sad!

  218. Nick

    Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Monday night expressed his support for third trimester abortions, specifically the day before birth.

    But he supports instant climate action as it will kill future generations…

  219. areff

    A lot of people are apt to make you feel unloved from time time time, Lizzie, often as an entirely understandable reaction to some slight on one’s part, deliberate or accidental. That’s easy enough to get one’s head around — and easy enough to fix with a bit of patience.

    [areff – please don’t do this. Sinc]

  220. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hairy’s just arrived in from a stint in the bottom garden; things are starting to bloom, he announces.

    Spring is indeed springing at Cafe Bruce. The noisy miners already have three fluffy chicks and the adults are competing with each other for bread to feed them with. I managed to get another one of the family to accept bread bits from my hand for the first time yesterday.

    The competition aspect is also big with the others. Two grey butcherbird males flopped at my feet yesterday in a clinch. Beak to beak and claw to claw. I had to separate them. Both are quite tame as far as I’m concerned, but hate each other the worst way. Their territories are on either side of my house.

    Then this afternoon the male kooka was valiantly trying to chase rainbow lorikeets out of a tree near his nest box, which Mrs Kooka has been cleaning and changing the curtains of (a process which requires lots of tapping and prodding, like a tribe of gnomes under a mountain). He had a hard task as there were a couple dozen lorikeets, who weren’t especially concerned by his loud attempts to nuke them all.

  221. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    But yeah, let’s hit on Catholics, again.

    Yes, it’s disgraceful, Gab. Very selective.
    Will priests have to warn people about this ‘duty’ they have prior to hearing confessions?
    What legal issues also arise about hearsay?

  222. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Bruce, Hairy is keeping an eye on those two egrets in the nest in Alaska. We were worried about the one who was being bullied by the bigger chick, but both seem now to be surviving and thriving. Great to see them growing from the newly hatched when we were there to the raptors they will soon become. Somewhere I have the link as well to the albatross nest with cam that we saw in Dunedin in UnZud. Can’t remember if that one was the all-female pair where one lezzo albatross obviously had it away with one of the sad ‘missed out this time’ male birds as a little fling before setting up nest with the girlfriend.

  223. egg_

    The first battle that takes places post disengagement or escape is the battle of the Emotional Sea. That is a battle that you are always destined to lose. You will always fight at least one Emotional Sea Battle because you do not know any other way. In all likelihood, you will face several of these battles because you will keep being hoovered back into our grasp until such time as you learn to recognise what you are dealing with and understand what you must do. Eventually and this may take several Emotional Sea Battles before you realise this and are capable of achieving the appropriate response, you either evade the Emotional Sea Battle by escaping as opposed to being discarded, or you prepare yourself for the eventual discard in a manner which means you no longer have to ensure the Emotional Battle. Instead, you move on to the next post disengagement or post escape battle, that of Head versus Heart (“the HvH Battle”).

  224. JC

    Tropical Storm Dorian Expected to Strengthen, Could Hit Puerto Rico

    It was only a few years ago when you could play platform bingo by betting on the post-storm oil-service companies that would go in and repair oil platforms in the Gulf. There was decent money to be made. These days that’s been crowded out. No more.

  225. Chris

    Bruce, our suburb has loud and obnoxious crows (ravens).
    We love our maggies and small birds. I once long ago saw my wife pointing out the swallows’ nest under a shop verandah to our little two-year-old and one-year-old. Bugger me dead, a crow saw what she was pointing at, flew in, selected lunch from the swallows’ nest and took it, right in front of our own little brood.

    Now, we want to encourage competitors to the crows, thinking maggies and kookas might defeat the bastards. Do you think feeding or facilities like water or nest boxes might do that? Or should I just get the birdlime or Lucijet for the crows?

  226. Chris

    Or should I just get the birdlime or Lucijet for the crows?

    Or hire Papageno?

  227. areff

    On a more cheerful note, are there any other Melbourne Cats heading to the Lionel Shriver show on, I think, Sept 3? I’ll be in the bar (surprise! surprise!) beforehand.

    A good topic for conversation: If a group of motivated folk were to set out to snatch back Victoria from the incumbent corruptocrats — allowing that Vic Liberals are useless, spineless, brainless, aren’t up to the job and will be thrashed all over again in three-and-a-bit years’ time — how would we go about it?

  228. Arky

    Hairy’s just arrived in from a stint in the bottom garden;

    ..
    Arrrrrrrghhurrrgg.
    Arrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhhhuuurrrgohhh.
    Retch.
    Splutter.
    Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrghhhuuuuuuuuughhh.

  229. Arky

    Oh.
    He was really in the garden?
    Sorry.

  230. Gab:

    But journalists get to “protect” their sources if they divulge murder or child abuse. The same for health professionals, such a psychologists, psychiatrists etc. also protect their clients, and cops protect informers.

    Are you sure about that, Gab?
    Is it just peculiar to Victoria that the others are able to protect their sources?

  231. dopey

    Virgin Australia $350m loss. 750 jobs to go. Surely one pilot’s enough.

  232. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    To plan such an explicit, finely calculated and precisely executed, long-range revenge, what sort of a person does that? It’s beyond my ken.

    Areff, I’d say it is someone who is very conflicted about the relationship herself, and is going through a period of ‘it’s on’ and ‘it’s off’. Not sure if it’s revenge, or just a little madness brought on by the conflicting emotions of desiring attachment and yet being uncertain as to how much she really wants it. Ambivalence can do awful things. I once put a man through a very bad time due my own ambivalence, by agreeing to going away with him to sort out our relationship which had been going on for the past two years at university. An honorable chap, he wanted marriage and loved me dearly. I had started an affair with The Lefty Philosopher.

    This other lover pleaded for a weekend away to change my mind, to bring me back to all that we once had. We had a lovely weekend in a cottage by the sea. He was so attached to me, yet over the weekend I increasingly knew I couldn’t give up Lefty, overwhelmed as I was by the passion and the attraction (intellectual too) that I felt for Lefty. When we returned I ended this two-year relationship, and broke that man’s heart. I still have the weekly letters he wrote to me for months, and which continued sporadically for a year, pouring out his heart, and do you know, I barely read them, so caught up was I in the new excitement. What a heartless bitch I was, I think in retrospect.

    And we all know how that ended up. Two small children and me a dumped wife. My previous lover went into the Dip Corps and became, eventually, an Ambassador of serious note. Unlike Lefty, who was actually an emotional mess, my rejected lover was a stable privately-educated young man from an excellent family with very good values, a family who also loved me and made me welcome. His mother was almost like the mother I never really had, she would have been happy, she said, to have me as a daughter-in-law. She occasionally ironed my dresses for me, and I was so touched. I made the wrong choice, I suspect, for stability, even though he might eventually have bored me (a little niggle there). But you couldn’t have persuaded me of that at the time.

    It became a meme at one time to say to a woman about an unrequited love: face it, he’s just not that much into you. Brutally put. Perhaps this is a hard truth we all have to face at times when in love’s thrall. Areff, she cannot love you as you want to be loved if she is so erratic emotionally about you. Step back for a while, and do not hope for too much. Look elsewhere. You are in the ‘snap him up’ category. There are plenty of charming and intelligent women around who would like a relationship with a man who wants love and who can be civilized around a dinner table (I’m guessing here about the dinner bit). 🙂

  233. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Man who assaulted paramedics avoids jail due to ‘dud’ laws

    Tessa Akerman
    Reporter
    @TessaAkerman
    2 hours ago August 28, 2019

    The Victorian Premier has urged the state to appeal the sentence of a man who assaulted two paramedics and avoided a mandatory jail sentence.

    James Haberfield, 22, assaulted the two female paramedics, including putting one in a headlock and punching her in the face, after consuming “a cornucopia” of drugs at Victoria’s alternative Rainbow Serpent music festival.

    Yesterday Haberfield became the first person under new Victorian laws to be slapped with mandatory treatment and monitoring for offenders who attack emergency workers.

    However, he avoided a minimum six-month jail term also required under the new laws, which came into effect last October.

    Premier Daniel Andrews has come out urging the Director of Public Prosecutions to give “urgent consideration” to appealing the sentence.

    “Our thoughts are with the victims of this completely unacceptable attack,” he said.

    The head of the Victorian Ambulance Union said his organisation shared the blame for “dud” laws.

    From the Oz.

  234. Perth Trader

    Women are strange creatures….end of transmission.

  235. Zatara

    Coalition agrees to pass laws forcing priests to report child abuse

    Which will prevent child abusers from ever confessing to a Priest.

    Was that the idea or yet another unintended consequence?

  236. zyconoclast

    Worth posting the lot

    ‘NDIS is ours’: accused fraud couple’s texts aired in court

    They were texts between two lovers in the throes of expecting a child.

    But it wasn’t talk of the impending birth being read to the NSW Supreme Court this week: rather the spoils of an alleged scheme to rort the nation’s most vulnerable.

    “Babe, make $60,000 this week, I’ll buy it for you,” the court heard Alaedine Rifai texted to his partner, Amal Hilmi, in July last year along with an ad for a Mercedes Benz.

    In a message responding to Ms Hilmi’s claim on a different date that she had made $59,000, Mr Rifai replied, “good girl, which car you want?” The court heard a Porsche Cayenne was bought the following day.

    The texts were among many read aloud by Justice Peter Garling, who presided over Ms Hilmi’s bail application after an earlier bid for freedom in the Local Court had failed.

    She and Mr Rifai sit behind bars on charges of defrauding the National Disability Insurance Agency while their now 10-month-old son is cared for by his grandmother.

    It’s alleged the Sydney couple were part of a syndicate that variously sat at the helm of three registered National Disability Insurance Scheme providers, which offered services such as nursing, cleaning, transport and home fit-outs to people supported by government-subsidised disability plans.

    Police allege the south-west Sydney group of six fleeced the public by almost $3 million by lodging over-inflated invoices, falsely drawing from an individual’s disability plan so that the person was unable to make further claims.

    Last month the NSW Supreme Court issued a type of freezing order, known as a restraining order, over a portfolio of cars and properties owned by Mr Rifai and Ms Hilmi.

    “The consequence of the fraudulent activity was that disabled individuals who had entitlements pursuant to the NDIS were left without access to funding, which caused them significant hardship,” Justice Garling said.

    All of them have been charged with dishonesty and proceeds of crime-related offences.

    The Supreme Court heard on Tuesday Ms Hilmi, 35, had a “principal role” in the scheme and that she made the computer entries necessary to perpetrate the fraud which is alleged to have occurred over 12 months from December 2017.

    Justice Garling read out text and WhatsApp messages between Ms Hilmi and Mr Rifai the court heard flowed from the beginning of the period of the scheme.

    “NDIS is ours, not yours,” the court heard Ms Hilmi wrote to Mr Rifai. “We went in 50-50.”

    Justice Garling said in July 2018 Ms Hilmi logged into the NDIS system and processed 11 payments on the plans of nine NDIS participants.

    “Shortly after, the applicant messaged Mr Rifai, saying, “I made $44,000, LOL”.

    The court heard that at one point in the alleged plot Mr Rifai told Ms Hilmi, “we will all get Rolexes when we hit $1 million”.

    “These text messages … make it plain that the prosecution case, in my assessment, is an overwhelming one,” Justice Garling said.

    He denied Ms Hilmi bail, saying it was likely she would be convicted and, if so, she would receive a significant jail sentence.

    He said she posed a serious risk of reoffending and, if released, could commit further acts of fraud “with the assistance of other complicit individuals”.

    The court heard Ms Hilmi needed to be free to care for her son, who has a congenital disorder and skin condition.

    But Justice Garling said that needed to be balanced against the claim that “throughout her pregnancy and after the birth of her child, the applicant was engaged in the conduct alleged against her.”

    “Either the applicant irrationally thought she would never be caught, or it must’ve been obvious to the applicant that there would come a time when … she would be separated from her son,” he said, adding that scenario didn’t seem to have “dissuaded her”.

  237. Oh come on

    Alex Jones has a typically understated message for CNN’s Brian Stelter.

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