Open Forum: August 31, 2019

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  1. Tintarella di Luna

    Ciao – hic

  2. Tintarella di Luna

    Nearly near the top

  3. Zyconoclast

    Toyota buys stake in Suzuki

    As part of the new agreement, Toyota will buy 24 million newly allocated shares in Suzuki valued at roughly ¥96 billion ($1.34 billion). Once the transaction is completed Toyota will control 4.94 per cent of Suzuki’s common stock.

    Toyota’s sphere of influence in the Japanese auto industry has grown in recent years. In 2016 the company completed its takeover of Daihatsu.

    Currently Toyota owns about 16.5 per cent of Subaru, and around 5.0 percent of Mazda.

    https://www.drive.com.au/news/toyota-buys-stake-in-suzuki-122309.html?trackLink=SMH0&utm_source=smh&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=tile-1

  4. Zyconoclast

    Top bureaucrat backs Pyne, Bishop findings

    Australia’s most senior bureaucrat has denied Christopher Pyne’s registration as a lobbyist was relevant to an investigation into whether the former defence minister’s post-politics job broke ministerial rules.

    Under the standards, ministers must not lobby or have business meetings with politicians or public servants within 18 months of leaving parliament, on matters they dealt with in their final 18 months in office.

    Mr Pyne is working in a defence-focused role with professional services giant EY.

    Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Martin Parkinson appeared before a Senate inquiry on Friday – his last day in the job.

    He said he took My Pyne’s assurances he would not lobby ministers, MPs or public servants including defence personnel at face value.

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/top-bureaucrat-backs-pyne-bishop-findings-20190830-p52mgd.html

  5. Tintarella di Luna

    He said he took My Pyne’s assurances he would not lobby ministers, MPs or public servants including defence personnel at face value.

    I wonder if they checked with Tony Abbott as to the value of the credibility/worth of said assurances from the head jerk of the winner’s circle

  6. Rossini

    Great game between Parramatta and the Brisbane tonight.

  7. None

    Genetic link to same-sex

    The largest study of its kind finds genes contribute to same-sex sexual behaviour, but environment also plays a role.

    excellent. Now we can abort gay babies.

  8. Mark A

    new fred?
    Haven’t noticed.

  9. Mark A

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    The puzzling thing is that they have identified me as a victim of scam by my email addy alone.
    I find that very odd.

  10. None

    Labor states accused of death creep

    Doctors, church leaders and MPs across the political divide have sounded the alarm on the “creeping” expansion of voluntary euthanasia.

    You don’t say. We have some fuckwhit down here your drives around a car with big messages demanding state sanctioned murder. Imagine if you had a car demanding the death of Australian citizens you would be locked up for incitement but no, apparently just demand the same thing under a euphemism like euthanasia and it’s bloody well ok. Some Australians are truly evil.

  11. jupes

    Top bureaucrat backs Pyne, Bishop findings

    Australia is the absolute world leader in corruption.

    We just legalise it.

  12. Mark A

    Mahabharata, Vimana.
    Revisited, interesting.

  13. None

    Doctors, church leaders and MPs across the political divide have sounded the alarm on the “creeping” expansion of voluntary euthanasia, warning that key safeguards in the benchmark Victorian law have been stripped out of proposed legislation in other states.

    Yeah don’t say a full stop of course there’s no such thing as a slippery slope. And of course no insurance company will start saying well you have euthanasia we’re not paying for your treatment anymore. All euthanasia advocates are evil. Simply evil.

  14. Mark A

    Tom is seven minutes late again.
    A sand-glass is more reliable.

  15. Mark A

    See what a bit of gentle prodding can do.
    Instant action. Thanks Tom.

  16. Mark A

    Looks like we have to organise a rescue mission for the good Dr, BG.
    He must be sans kidneys by now, in dire need of help.

    He was warned but nooooo he knew better.

  17. Nob

    Tom,
    I’ve been on the road too long.
    Can you, anyone, tell me who is supposed to be who in Rowe’s cartoon?

  18. bespoke

    Helen
    #3144352, posted on August 30, 2019 at 9:13 pm
    And when you were laughing with those flashing eyes you never thought about the bigness. You can have your plastic fantastic barbies, with their fake tits and their botoxed lips and their clutching claws, give me character and brains and beauty in any size, any day.

    👍but it’s being celebrated and encouraged and not just some extra wait, obese females as if it is empowering. Although I don’t no what the other guy’s are going on about maybe they are secretly attracted to extra largo girls I haven’t seen many.

  19. bespoke

    Dr, BG is stuck in the old thread, Mark.

  20. Tom

    Nob, Rowe can’t draw caricatures, so who is in his cartoons is just a guess most of the time. In the first ‘toon, it’s apparently someone from the NSW Liars party getting an Aldi bag full of Chinese cash. In the second ‘toon, it’s evidently Josh Friedenberg lecturing business about what to spend their money on. The astonishing thing is that Rowe hasn’t drawn Trump for at least 24 hours.

  21. bespoke

    See what a bit of gentle prodding can do.
    Instant action. Thanks Tom.

    Phrasing!

    At this time in the morning too.

  22. Zatara

    The astonishing thing is that Rowe hasn’t drawn Trump for at least 24 hours.

    Or he has, but it exceeded the even maximum creepy level set by his publisher.

  23. zyconoclast

    Brexit betrayal: Remoaner Bercow secretly plots bid to halt Johnson’s no deal from Turkey

    JOHN BERCOW, the Commons speaker, has been in contact with Sir Oliver Letwin over plans to thwart the Government’s bid to prorogue Parliament and fulfil Brexit.

  24. DrBeauGan

    I still have my kidneys. And all my other bits and pieces. My knee is stiff, it gets that way in the night sometimes. Makes putting my pants on in the morning a bit of a problem . I manage by swearing a lot.

    Maria said she’d cook for me last night. This was after her asking me to cook for her and my refusing, partly because I’m a rotten cook and partly because I have developed a stiff knee which makes walking difficult. Then she discovered she needed to buy food which required money she didn’t have. So she postponed the cooking for a day and would call on me for cash, sometime in the evening. What time would she call? Late.

    Did late mean after ten pm? After midnight? After three in the morning? She wouldn’t say.

    She actually turned up at 09:30 this morning, which I guess counts as late. I was in bed asleep, and she was chirpy and full of beans. I had my morning shave and shower, while she crawled into my bed and pretended to sleep.

    I got my revenge by cooking her breakfast, 3 eggs, ham and yuca chips. With burnt bits. I had the same, but with fewer burnt bits. That’ll larn her. She went back to bed and I had a cigar. Then at 11:15 I threw her out so she’d be gone before the cleaning lady got here. And I was compromised irredeemably.

    Where she actually spent the night I did not enquire. It would have been tactless.

    Now she has gone back home to buy food for tonight, at least that’s the current understanding.
    Whether it will eventuate is anybody’s guess. I went out to buy some money and some wine on the off chance.

    There is no way I’m going to send her air tickets to Oz. She’d never make it. She has the organising and planning skills of a ten year old. I wouldn’t let a ten year old try to fly from Cuba to Australia, and I won’t let Maria try it for the same reason. God knows where she’d finish up.

    She skipped back a few minutes after leaving this morning. She’d forgotten her phone.

    If she were headed for the airport it would be her passport.

    In Cuba, being hopelessly disorganised doesn’t much matter because everyone else is too. So turning up a day late for an appointment is no big deal. Nobody expects much else. The assumption is that your life will be chaotic and beyond your control.

    The supermarkets embody the same principle. Buying things is more of a social interaction than motivated by a desire to get things. It’s a bit like Australia in slow motion.

  25. feelthebern

    I find Rowe’s depiction of Shemara racist.

  26. feelthebern

    areff, I am in love with tire change girl.

  27. 1735099

    More trouble for Boeing; this time from the pilots.

  28. 1735099

    Pauline caught bullshitting again (or still)…….

  29. zyconoclast

    Apple apologizes for letting contractors eavesdrop on Siri’s s3x recordings

    The practice — in which Apple had contractors listened to recordings to grade Siri’s performance — made waves after a whistleblower said the voice assistant routinely recorded people having s3x, as well as making drug deals and discussing confidential medical information.

    We realize we haven’t been fully living up to our high ideals, and for that we apologize,” Apple said Wednesday.

  30. zyconoclast

    The Satanic Temple vow to fight for equal rights for the LGBTQ community.

    Hail Satan? is a new documentary which explores the Satanic Temple in the US and co-founder Lucien Greaves shines a light on how the Temple is mostly LGBTQ people who feel disowned and disenfranchised by the ‘traditional religious institutions’.

    Greaves – who identifies as straight – says: “It would be a conservative estimate to say that more than 50 per cent of our membership is LGBTQ.

    “I think that’s because they feel disowned and disenfranchised from the traditional religious institutions.

    “So, you have a population willing to embrace a religious identification that is boldly willing to speak out to the contrary.

    “From the start, when one of our early actions was the Pink Mass, a lot of LGBTQ people were looking for another community that didn’t see them as defined by their s3xual orientation.

    “Within the Satanic Temple, we’re all pretty much one and the same. We’re all Satanists and it’s not like we have ‘tolerance’ for trans people or gay people or s3x workers, we just don’t fvcking care, and a lot of people in those communities appreciate that.”

    Greaves goes on to say how the Satanic Temple are always involved in Pride parades around the US and vows to protect and fight for the gay community and their rights.

    He continues: “Our chapters are always involved with Pride parades in the United States, they’re always doing something for the LGBTQ community and they’re always open about inclusion.

    “One of the earlier things we wanted to do before the Supreme Court ruled in favour of gay marriage in the US was to test rights versus religious liberty in states that were refusing to allow equal marriage.

    “We were going to do this by holding a satanic gay wedding in any one of these states and, if the state refused to recognise it, we’d sue on the grounds that it was our religious liberty to have it recognised.

    “We never got to do that but there are people who want to roll back other things such as Roe vs Wade [a Supreme Court ruling which effectively legalises abortion throughout the US] as well.

    “We will always fight them, we will fight them to the death to ensure that there are equal rights for the gay community.”

    Hail Satan? is released in UK cinemas today.

  31. Caveman

    fully mandated

    That’s heavy.

  32. DrBeauGan

    It’s not just Maria who can’t think or plan. Osbel’s has gone to Mexico and is due back on the 8th, the day before I leave. Since he’s my only contact for a taxi to take me to the airport, I sent an email asking him to send me a phone number to call if he should be delayed. He replied telling me I didn’t have to worry, because he would be back on schedule.

    I explained to him that he might be run over or the plane might crash. Or a million other possibilities all very unlikely. If the total probability of a delay was one percent, and the cost to me of having to reschedule all my flights was $3,000, then that was an expected loss of $30. The cost of him sending me a phone number and me using it was a few cents. So it was worth getting the information.

    He sent me the number, but I can see that he imagined that I was in a state of panic about an improbable event. I was just covering contingencies, but thinking is not a Cuban habit. They see it as indistinguishable from worrying.

    I guess there must be Cubans who do think and plan, but I haven’t met any.

  33. Gerry

    “It’s my life I can do what I like with it”……except I didn’t buy it, had no control over my birth, who my parents are, where I was born, when I was born, and what genetic predispositions I have.

    And I have to leave it even when I don’t want to.

    “it’s my life” isnt a good reason for anything.

  34. Des Deskperson

    ‘Australia’s most senior bureaucrat has denied Christopher Pyne’s registration as a lobbyist was relevant to an investigation into whether the former defence minister’s post-politics job broke ministerial rules.’

    As Parky is doubtless aware, the main issue with ex -Ministers’ employment is not their role as lobbyists, but the perception that, while in office, they may have made favourable deals with firms, organisations and entities in return for assurances of nice post-Ministerial jobs.

    One way to tackle this would be to prohibit ex-Ministers from taking up a job with any body with which they had dealinsg with while in office, for a period of 18 month after leaving Parliament. It’s not as if thy are going to starve the interim.

    This, of course won’t happen. Pollies on all sides of politics want to keep all Parliamentary ethical standards as vague, loose and, for all practical purposes, unenforceable, as possible.

  35. Dave in Marybrook

    First Dog On The Moon is hilarious- “you can save your profits or you can save the world. You can’t do both.”
    All with boggly-eyed scraps of entry-level cartooning, surrounded by acres of faux-comic font didactic lectures.

  36. Bruce of Newcastle

    Chicken sandwiches are terrifying:

    Chick-fil-A deal prompts boycott calls by KU faculty; ‘feelings of safety’ threatened

    Kansas University’s Sexuality & Gender Diversity Faculty and Staff Council is livid with the expansion of Chick-fil-A on campus and calling for Jayhawks to boycott the eatery.

    Not having chicken sandwiches is mind destroying:

    Tennessee Man Sues Popeyes for Running out of Chicken Sandwiches

    In the summons, Barr wrote he is suing the popular franchise for “false advertising, deceptive business practices by entity to public. Countless time wasted driving to and from Popeyes. No chicken sandwich. Was told to come back this day- still no sandwich.”

    “I can’t get happy; I have this sandwich on my mind. I can’t think straight,” Barr told the Times Free Press. “It just consumes you.”

    Maybe they should all calm down and have a not-chicken sandwich instead:

    KFC will soon be serving vegan fried chicken — with Beyond Meat’s help

    The Beyond Fried Chicken will be cooked in the same fryers with chicken, which might not adhere to strict vegetarian or vegan diets. The chain said that it is targeting flexitarian customers, people who are trying to cut down on their meat intake.

    What planet do flexitarians come from?

  37. Dave in Marybrook

    I’m a sexflexitarian, which means I’ll adaptively behave like a communist, greenie or vegyn or whatever hot chicks in the immediate area want, if I think there’s a bonk in it.

  38. feelthebern

    Penn from Penn & Teller is now vegan.

  39. Zatara

    Chick-fil-A deal prompts boycott calls by KU faculty; ‘feelings of safety’ threatened

    Will they never learn? The last time the poor downtrodden alphabet people announced a boycott of Chick-fil-A the length of the waiting lines to get in exploded and the stores made a fortune.

  40. feelthebern

    FTSE up.
    GBP down.
    This is one of the best weeks for the FTSE this year.

  41. Anthony

    I wake this morning to read that UK politicians are attacking Boris on every side to stop him from carrying out the wishes of a majority of the voters in the UK. Strange world, eh?
    In Italy, Salvini has stumbled, briefly, to return Italy to the infamy of the weekly change of government it experienced post WWII.
    I can’t see the people accepting the return of hundreds of thousand of African ‘refugees’ as a result of partnering with the PD.
    And the Democrats in the US? What a weird, weird world!

  42. Bruce of Newcastle

    Dude walls are racist.

    Leftists Wage War on ‘Dude Walls’ in Pursuit of Socialist Utopia (via BCF)

    Let me give you a typical example. NPR reported that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was at Rockefeller University a few years ago to present a prize to a prominent female scientist. Upon entering the auditorium, someone heard her say, “What is up with the dude wall?” One side wall was covered with portraits of award-winning scientists from the university, and Maddow was distressed that they were all men.

    It seems that “dude walls” are everywhere. Hallways of a main building at Yale School of Medicine display 55 portraits — all are white, and only three are women.

    Lefties should immediately boycott all medical advances developed by white men.

  43. feelthebern

    I’ve never had Chick-fil-A.
    It must be some good chicken.

  44. MatrixTransform

    Penn from Penn & Teller is now vegan.

    he’s a big fella… the chyckynsys will be clapping and the Peoples of Tennessee can rest easy

  45. MatrixTransform

    What the chyckynsys don’t know, won’t hurt them

  46. DrBeauGan

    Vegans, like those animals that turn sessile, eventually eat their own brains.

    It’s not as if they use them for anything else.

  47. feelthebern

    If the bird from areff’s tire change video said I’d have to become communist, vegan, transition genders, watch a Big Bang marathon to have a chance in the sack with her, I would definitely consider it.

  48. calli

    “you can save your profits or you can save the world

    I thought binary assertions were verboten.

  49. feelthebern

    The biggest pushers of this non meat garbage are the big fast food chains.

  50. calli

    Chick-Fil-A, like Hobby Lobby, is run by Christians.

    Closed on Sundays.

    Nuff said.

  51. thefrollickingmole

    Kansas University’s Sexuality & Gender Diversity Faculty and Staff Council is livid with the expansion of Chick-fil-A on campus and calling for Jayhawks to boycott the eatery.

    You shouldnt be fucking the chicken people.
    Or the sandwich.

    Thats not diversity thats perversity.

  52. calli

    My daughter, a former vegan, was read the riot act by her doctor. Get off the idiotic “diet” or die.

    She had become emaciated and her thyroid was playing up. She has a naturally athletic body shape, but she looked dreadfully unwell.

    Now eating meat and getting back to normal.

  53. MatrixTransform

    Who knew that 50×25 treated pine would be so hard to find?

    time to put n the wooden leg and sail to bunnings … the only place I can find it
    mitre 10 and the others denied all knowledge of its existence

    bunnings. I rang em and spoke to some millennial numtpy.
    Aw yeah mate I dunno, but yeah.
    How much per lm?
    whaor, nah dunno that.
    I gave up figuring the interwebs would be more fruitful use of time
    what a lazy xunt

    So their website presents every piece of timber known to advertising
    cannot refine a search …so after wading through 300 of 1100 possible options all with pictures. wtf?
    I discover that you type in the exact dimensions into goggles and the correct bunnings picture appears

    holee shiiit … what have we become?

    Looking forward to taking the p1ss outta the store greeter

    then Im gonna sue them for not providing chicken sausages in bread …or for bbq onion outta spec

    bunnings … all choices, no options.

  54. calli

    Lol. Seven’s resident airhead, Monique Wright, opines that Brexit is keeping the Queen from abdicating and handing over the Charles. All this in a discussion of a confected “constitutional crisis”.

    Ah, now some sense. A lot of Opposition politicians are using the Queen to get at Johnson.

    I’m shocked! Truth at last.

  55. calli

    Bother

    to Charles

    Unless the sceptre has a nickname.

  56. Ivan Denisovich

    The biggest pushers of this non meat garbage are the big fast food chains.

    I’d say that claim might upset this mob:

    A university has banned the sale of hamburgers in an attempt to combat climate change.

    University of London, Goldsmiths blocked the sale of any beef product

    https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=13568

  57. calli

    Rough Sawn $1.10 per lineal metre at (spit) Bunnings.

  58. John Constantine

    Interesting map above showing the corruptocracy bankrupt and hopeless-with-finances elites that have signed up to the chicom’s loanshark, landshark OBOR to buy their socialist regimes long enough in power to lock godless totalitarian dystopias in as their countries only possible futures.

    The map doesn’t show australia, but the point is that if their andrews regime locks OBOR in for control of melbourne and victoria in exchange for a trillion dollars, this is different to the handing over of Darwin.

    The rest of the country can survive economically with peoples liberation army bases built on the australian antarctic territory and Darwin as an OBOR port, but once the chicom secret police have the concession to monitor the public spaces and private communications of yarragrad, once the Tyrant has the concession to tax the proles of victoria through infrastructure charges, the whole country must kowtow.

    Already their andrews government has borrowed six hundred million dollars to patch up the first crumbling of the Ponxi apartment scheme, to bail out the billionaire chicom landsharks and cover-up the use of chicom peoples liberation army slave labour factory made building materials that are not fit for purpose.

    What will full OBOR mean?.

    Comrades.

  59. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Tamil asylum seeker family moved to Christmas Island
    By Ashleigh McMillan, Rachel Eddie, Zach Hope and AAP
    August 31, 2019 — 7.44am

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    A Tamil asylum seeker family has been transported to Christmas Island after being given a reprieve against deportation from Australia until Wednesday.

    Supporters said they lost contact with the family on Friday night, and learned just after 2am that they had arrived at a detention centre on the island, north-west of Australia.

    It’s believed this makes them the only inmates of the Christmas Island detention centre. On Tuesday, immigration detention group manager Kayleen Zakharoff told a Senate inquiry the centre was in “hot contingency”. Meaning it was empty, but being guarded.

    The cost of keeping Christmas Island on standby has reached nearly $23 million, The Canberra Times reported.

    In a statement, the Home to Bilo group said there had been no communication with the family’s lawyers about plans to remove them from the mainland.

    Breaking, from the Sydney Moaning Hemorrhoid.

  60. Boambee John

    calli

    How much for DAR?

  61. feelthebern

    In the US, there is more farming to feed animals than there is to feed humans.
    They might put glitter on the turd to say gerbil warming etc, but the big chains know that using a plant based meat alternative will reduce costs.
    Get ready for more corporate lies.

  62. MatrixTransform

    DAR?

    good luck finding it

    or KDHW

  63. BrettW

    The Verdict page in the Courier Mail has the three columnists voting against Alan Jones. The political editor, Wardell, describes Jones’s show as toxic bile. Perhaps he should show his convictions and refuse any further spots on 2GB.

    They rated Hugh Grants anti Brexit tweet about BoJo as tweet of the week. Personally I much preferred Piers Morgans response which included Grants arrest mug shot.

    In other news it appears the NSW Labor boss lady who has been stood down over the ICAC inquiry will likely receive a payout of $300,000 to pay out her contract. Her predecessor Clements was paid $500,000 when he had to step aside. Nice work if you can get it. Question is will anybody end up in jail ?

  64. John Constantine

    Genetically modified, roundup marinated, chemically dosed, big company controlled soybean sludge is cheaper than smallholder raised, pasture fed meat.

    The marketing has found a way for big corporate frankenfoods to become the ration of choice for woke wymynsys.

    One day the wymynsys march in the street enraged in protest against monsanto, the next day after the social influencers have been paid off, they march enraged against all those that oppose frankenfoods.

    Go figure.

    Comrades.

  65. mh

    Brett, did you buy a hard copy of the CM?

  66. MatrixTransform

    wholesalers .. http://www.mccormackhardwoodsales.com.au/

    I woulda thought it would be as common as muck … essentially its battens … as per roof tiles.

    In my case I need for the pergola replacement so I don’t have to re-cut the rafters to house a different size from the existing

    treated pine will do … if the bastards actually have any

  67. MatrixTransform

    The marketing has found a way for big corporate frankenfoods to become the ration of choice for woke wymynsys.

    check all your food for the Blue Hair Quality Stamp.

    like education, food is now regulated by socialist lesbians

  68. mh

    Both of those Tamils have gone through every level of our justice system and had their claims rejected. It must be very clear cut for that to happen.

    They were told from the beginning that they would not be allowed to stay permanently. Enough is enough.

  69. feelthebern

    Genetically modified, roundup marinated, chemically dosed, big company controlled soybean sludge is cheaper than smallholder raised, pasture fed meat.

    Yep.
    Coming to a Macca’s near you.
    It will be “Earth” Burger.
    Just like Qantas became “ok” when the Irishman took over, Macca’s will become socially acceptable when they launch the “Earth” burger.

  70. Tel

    I guess there must be Cubans who do think and plan, but I haven’t met any.

    Growing up with no personal property, no personal space, and very little control over your life makes planning largely a waste of time and a useless skill.

    There’s lots of very fundamental things underpinning the success of the Western economic systems … things that seem quite small but make a big difference. Sense of ownership in a situation is incredibly important not only from an incentive point of view but also from a productivity standpoint.

    Take for example, this trend towards “hot desking” … this is a strong signal to the employee, “You don’t belong anywhere. Your existence is ephemeral. You are merely an exchangeable resource for this business”. That’s the opposite of a sense of ownership. Managers often complain, “Why does no one take ownership of problems around here and solve them properly?” The answer should be bleedingly obvious: ownership requires that people can control their environment, make plans with the expectation that their time will not be arbitrarily interrupted and feel comfortable that if they achieve something they will be rewarded for achievement. Modern business works against this is almost every way, of course under that kind of environment people do the short term thing and offload problems to the next guy, instead of ever solving it properly.

    I look at that David Rowe cartoon about investment … that’s unusually good for Rowe, but clearly neither Rowe nor Josh Frydenberg gets it. It’s the job of government to make an investor-friendly legal system, not the job of business to sit and be preached to as if investment was some stupid religious duty. The problem with Australia is that investors have been stabbed so many times in the past … everyone knows we have a Hold Up Problem in this country.

  71. Robber Baron

    None at 2.17am

    Australians are truly evil.

    All you have to do is look at ABC viewer blogs and there they are.

  72. feelthebern

    Is there anything better than a nice steak?

  73. candy

    That business with the Sri Lankan family with two little girls is just a bit bizarre, putting them on Christmas Island, if that’s the truth. Financially for the government and emotionally for those involved.

    I can’t see why the government cannot be lenient in this case. The boats have stopped, thanks to Tony Abbott. We don’t have uncontrolled illegal immigration as we did under Labor. A little leniency would not hurt.

  74. Cassie of Sydney

    Bunnings has gone full cretinous woke…just seen an advertisement on television with a woman barely speaking English wearing a Hijab….nice to know Bunnings’ priorities…guaranteed business success. Doesn’t Bunnings allow canines in their stores? Well Mueslis hate canines….so question to Bunnings…who’s it gonna be….canines or Mueslis?

  75. Tel

    Penn from Penn & Teller is now vegan.

    Bullshit!

  76. thefrollickingmole

    candy

    Leniency was what emptied the centers during Howards time.

    But it can only be done without publicity and quietly.
    The moment they become a “cause” they also become a selling point for “see, eventually they let you stay anyway”.

  77. Cassie of Sydney

    “I can’t see why the government cannot be lenient in this case.”

    Why? They are here illegally…I have zero sympathy for them. And if the gubbermint is “lenient” with this family….who next?

  78. candy

    Tel,
    I think that very insightful and true what you said just above there. Makes perfect sense.

  79. Gab

    When Joseph Stalin’s Daughter Became Catholic

    “my father would have shot me for what I have done.”

  80. feelthebern

    I have heaps of sympathy.
    But if you let one in, publicly, look out.
    There must be zero incentives for the boat people business to re-start.

  81. Knuckle Dragger

    Tradie Update:

    From talking with the sparkies that came round yesterday morning, it appears they were hoping to find a repeat of the week before’s encounter – a German backpacker with a G-banger and loose singlet with JBF hair.

    I was hoping for a hot blonde pony-tailed lady tradie with a shirt two sizes too small who would apologise to me, saying she was all out of screws and did I have any.

    We were both sadly disappointed.

  82. Entropy

    candy
    #3144595, posted on August 31, 2019 at 9:07 am
    That business with the Sri Lankan family with two little girls is just a bit bizarre, putting them on Christmas Island, if that’s the truth. Financially for the government and emotionally for those involved

    Disagree candy. These are economic migrants who have returned to sri Lanka more than once since coming here as boaties under Gillard. Such history should be mandatory denial of citizenship. It is only ALP hack appointee Mordy Bromberg that has allowed this situation to escalate.
    As for the money spent on Christmas Island detention centre, money well spent. Effective deterrent.

  83. thefrollickingmole

    Feraldton getting desperate…

    Please come and take us over, they beg.

    Foreign investor plan to create ‘rural Chinatown’ in WA’s Midwest

    Foreign investors have purchased hundreds of hectares of land in WA’s Midwest with a view to establishing a rural Chinatown, including an English-language school.

    City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn revealed the bold plan by developer PIP Holdings to create the suburb in the city’s eastern fringe.

    It includes building homes specifically for Chinese migrants and associated service industries to cater to their needs.

    Cr Van Styn said foreign investment could be just the ticket to revitalise the region’s main city, located 400 kilometres north of Perth.


    The Singaporean syndicate has purchased more than 200 hectares of prime agricultural land at Moresby, just kilometres from the centre of Geraldton.

    The site has been rezoned from rural to urban, and Cr Van Styn said he hoped the development would see Geraldton’s population, which sits at about 38,000, grow by up to 5 per cent.
    ..
    Amazing, you cant get a shop opened unless its owned by a chain store or a friend of the council, yet they can rezone a suburb for foreign investors no worries.

  84. feelthebern

    KD, makes me wonder why IT hates the Germans so much.

  85. feelthebern

    Lol.
    I don’t thing Geraldton will be getting the best or brightest of our Chinese friends.

  86. feelthebern

    House p0rn.

    https://www.domain.com.au/eureka-nsw-2480-2015460456

    If it wasn’t at sinking Byron it would be ok.

  87. thefrollickingmole

    We are reaching trolling levels never witnessed before.
    We have to craft new instruments just to measure the level of troll involved.

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1167493371973255170

    Donald J. Trump

    Verified account

    @realDonaldTrump
    Follow Follow @realDonaldTrump
    More
    The United States of America was not involved in the catastrophic accident during final launch preparations for the Safir SLV Launch at Semnan Launch Site One in Iran. I wish Iran best wishes and good luck in determining what happened at Site One.

    Be sure to click the link and check the photo attached.

  88. Knuckle Dragger

    Old mate, now on Christmas Island left his family in Queensland and buggered off back to SL three times for a holiday while he was getting free stuff by the truckload.

    All this is is a pleas for eternal free stuff.

    Make no mistake, there are several thousand other punters in the exact same boat here somewhere, peering intently at what the gummint does. You cannot set a precedent for this stuff.

    Dutton should fly over to CI to see him off personally, and give him a bill for services rendered.

  89. feelthebern

    It’s like that uppity Iraqi that AJ & Credlin had on their show.
    Ba’ath party, well to do family.
    Comes to Australia as a refugee.
    Then makes a big song & dance about his return to Iraq.
    There needs be a line in the sand.
    If you come to Australia as a refugee from now on, you will have that status ripped up if you go back for any reason at all.

  90. Mother Lode

    I’ve never had Chick-fil-A.
    It must be some good chicken.

    My mother had a spill going down the escalator in a US mall. Pretty nasty. Drew blood.

    At the bottom of the escalator (where she fell) one of the staff came racing out from the Chick-fil-A, helped her up, and brought her into the restaurant. They gave her a seat and asked if she wanted an ambulance or anything. They gave her water and offered her anything else. She eventually accepted a chicken soup type thing and swears it was absolutely delicious. She hates junk food, but she became a convert to Chick-fil-A right there and then.

    The staff stayed with her the whole time even after she said she would be fine after a few minutes gathering herself together.

    But she swears blind by Chick-fil-A. Food and service.

  91. BrettW

    MH,
    No I did not buy the CM. Read it free whilst having brekkie.

  92. Geriatric Mayfly

    Both of those Tamils have gone through every level of our justice system and had their claims rejected. It must be very clear cut for that to happen.

    The Bakhitiaris redux. Stuck like limpits to every Court in the land before they eventually got the boot “under the cover of darkness.” Boo. Hiss.

  93. Bruce of Newcastle

    We are reaching trolling levels never witnessed before.

    Yes.

    President Trump Trolls Hillary Clinton with Website Error Page

    Masterful!

  94. DrBeauGan

    Growing up with no personal property, no personal space, and very little control over your life makes planning largely a waste of time and a useless skill.

    There’s lots of very fundamental things underpinning the success of the Western economic systems … things that seem quite small but make a big difference. Sense of ownership in a situation is incredibly important not only from an incentive point of view but also from a productivity standpoint.

    That’s a credible argument, Tel. I’d conjectured the same thing. But there’s also a strong feedback element. If nobody around you keeps their promises, then you can’t plan ahead with anything that involves them, so you don’t, and you are as unreliable as they are. Which builds on itself.

    High trust societies are rare and precious things, and easily wrecked by letting in people from low trust, bullshit peddling societies. You really appreciate what you have when you live with the alternative.

  95. Nick

    Your average Telegraph reader thinks the Tamil Tigers are a football team.

  96. thefrollickingmole

    The grimly funny thing about Trumps tweet is the derangement of the comments underneath.

    Apparently trump must be impeached because the picture attached must have been classified!

    Yet somehow jugears Obama giving the same people a billion in cash was just fine.

  97. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘friend of the council’

    Without doubt mole. The entirety of the NT exemplifies the concept.

    Not long ago, a couple of enterprising young blokes made an attempt to provide some sense of gentrification to the Darwin CBD, which has been falling apart for years under a sea of cloying council restrictions and unlimited humbugging by locals, thus scaring off cruise ship touros, backpackers and other punters with money burning holes in their pockets.

    They planned to open a whisky bar. A proper one, with top top top shelf only products where you could adjourn after a working day, properly attired, recline and discuss global issues with the assistance of some of the best spirituous drinks on the planet. An environment free of happy hours, meat trays and pokies, if you will.

    Plans were submitted, approved, and everything was going well. Until the Liquor Commission put its head in, and after furious hearings were conducted knocked a licence back as it was ‘deleterious to the amenity’ of the Darwin CBD.

    This is the same Liquor Commission that allows the big chains to operate near unlimited hours a stone’s throw away from each other in the same CBD and in every shopping precinct in town. The clientele is obvious, and the amenity damage obvious to people who’ve been dead for ten years. And the Commission that allows every corner store in town to have a grog licence as well. There is a licensed premises within a ten minute walk from anywhere in the joint.

    The cynic in me suggests that some people from a certain area of gummint will retire very, very, comfortably.

  98. 1735099

    I can’t see why the government cannot be lenient in this case. The boats have stopped, thanks to Tony Abbott. We don’t have uncontrolled illegal immigration as we did under Labor. A little leniency would not hurt.

    Compassion and common sense have no place in these decisions, Candy.
    It’s all about tough posturing, and pandering to fear and bigotry.
    There is no risk of the boat trade sparking up again whilst they are routinely refouled.
    The people of Biloela (a pretty conservative community) are very angry.

  99. Some History

    The Satanic Temple vow to fight for equal rights for the LGBTQ community.

    An SMH piece by another QWERTY advocate and endorsed by the Pirate to the Starsz

    Strong piece. This is not a religious freedom bill, it’s a licence to hate

    https://twitter.com/Peter_Fitz/status/1167330286993956865?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

    This is not a religious freedom bill, it’s a licence to hate

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/this-is-not-a-religious-freedom-bill-it-s-a-licence-to-hate-20190829-p52m5h.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1567109427

  100. Bruce of Newcastle

    The third day of drenching rain here has caused its first casualties – the peewee pair look to have abandoned their bowl-shaped nest, probably because it filled up with water. Sad, but there is plenty of time for them to build another nest. Peewees are optimistic birdies.

    On the plus side the rainbow lorikeets were pasting themselves to the flyscreen like giant green moths this morning. Wet and hungry! In the backyard just now I was being followed around by a dozen of them and several bedraggled and very keen noisy miners hoping for bread for their chicks. The currawongs on the other hand seem to regard the rain as a personal affront, and look horrified by it all, although it hasn’t stopped them singing in the tops of the trees.

  101. jo

    Loved the Trumpinator’s Iran tweet. The comments from the loonies are the greatest ever. No wonder the dimocrates have no one to stand for President. The nominees are almost the least loony if that is possible.

  102. Old School Conservative

    Zyconoclast
    #3144468, posted on August 31, 2019 at 12:07 am
    Once the ($1.34 billion) transaction is completed Toyota will control 4.94 per cent of Suzuki’s common stock.

    Toyota must be quite confident there are few or no other voting blocs amongst the other shareholders to be sure that their 5% stake can be influential.

  103. Tel

    If nobody around you keeps their promises, then you can’t plan ahead with anything that involves them, so you don’t, and you are as unreliable as they are. Which builds on itself.

    The institution of property rights depends on having a group where the majority of people will automatically respect other people’s property. That includes a broad disapproval of wasting other people’s time.

    Government, police, and the law courts will resolve the occasional dispute or lock away the worst offenders, but there’s no possible way that government can pay attention to all the cases, nor even a significant fraction of cases. Hence you need people willing to regulate themselves because it’s the “right thing to do”.

    That’s one of the techniques that leftists use to nibble away the institution of property rights … teach people that property rights are intrinsically unfair, and they only need to respect those rights to the extent that they might get caught … feel free to steal in those cases where you can get away with it. I think this attitude has become surprisingly widespread.

  104. Some History

    Gloria Estefan – Here We Are (Live By Request 1998)

  105. calli

    My kookaburras look like wet blankets. They flop onto the garden seat and have reverted to making infant feeding movements when they see the Beloved.

    Con artists the lot.

  106. Top Ender

    I can’t see why the government cannot be lenient in this case. The boats have stopped…

    If the government is lenient in this case it sets a precedent. The business model then becomes:

    – arrive in Oz via boat
    – have a baby as fast as possible
    – use against any deportation attempt the argument “you let that Tamil couple stay”
    – ring your mates back wherever you came from and say “it’s working – come on over”.

  107. calli

    For the DAR, you might have to be flexible re size, ie a slightly wider board.

  108. Tel

    High trust societies are rare and precious things, and easily wrecked by letting in people from low trust, bullshit peddling societies. You really appreciate what you have when you live with the alternative.

    I think Western people got a little too credulous and they have been eating up bullshit from their leaders for at least a century, probably more. The introduction of additional bullshit at the day to day level might be a healthy inoculation … but yeah there’s risks with immunization, especially if you administer a large and uncontrolled dose. Might kill the patient. Never mind, try again on the next patient.

  109. Nick

    The travel letters to the SMH are always illuminating in terms of the Left. This letter is interesting. I’m assuming of course that it’s far too dangerous for Tamils…

    A most moving essay Nina Karnikowski, on why it’s time to return to Sri Lanka (Traveller, August 3).

    Earlier this year we opted (after much soul searching) to go ahead with our tour which started just after the tragic incidents of Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Needless to say security was extremely tight. However, at no stage did we feel under threat.

    As Nina’s article confirmed, Sri Lanka’s hotels are excellent, the scenery brilliant, and the food delicious. Most of all, the people are a delight and go out of their way to make visitors feel welcome.

    The Sri Lankans urgently need to see a full recovery of their tourism industry and, really, there’s no better time than now to visit this unique part of the world.

  110. thefrollickingmole

    This is the same Numberwang who believes this particular group of non refugees must take the place of actual offshore refugees.

    Compassion and common sense have no place in these decisions, Candy.

    You probably noticed he returned to his usual flaming squirrel launching tactic rather than address his hate for genuine refugees in favour of onshore non refugees.

    Hell do the same again today, pretend to address the issue with a “thats not what i meant” or just go quiet for an hour or 2 before returning with a different load of crap.
    Its like debating a brain damaged goldfish.

    Summation: Numberwang is happy to see offshore refugees denied resettlement in Australia so a family of non refugees with no legal claim can stay.

    And hes brain damaged enough to call that compassion.

  111. Black Ball

    Good morning.
    I see there is another Terminator fillum, which will be the 6th I believe. I do wonder however how many trees Arnie planted to offset any of those dreaded emissions and reduce his carbon footprint. Going out on a limb and saying he planted fark all.
    Going to have to work hard to top Judgement Day which is in my top 5 fillums.

  112. Geriatric Mayfly

    The currawongs on the other hand seem to regard the rain as a personal affront, and look horrified by it all, although it hasn’t stopped them singing in the tops of the trees.

    Now as a recognised Elder, my custodianship of the land has taught me that Currawongs always herald the approach of rain with peals of ringing calls among the treetops. As for this singing in the rain, they must have taken their cue from some non-traditional source.

  113. zyconoclast

    White women were colonisers too. To move forward, we have to stop letting them off the hook

    We will never understand the impact of colonial oppression if we underestimate white women’s role in it, writes Ruby Hamad

  114. Some History

    What did the drummer name his daughters?

  115. zyconoclast

    Stone tools suggest the first Americans came from Japan
    Stone tools at the Cooper’s Ferry site resemble tools from Ice Age sites in Japan.

    Or they were Chinese and Koreans who stole them from the Japanese while making their way across…

  116. Black Ball

    And what is Jane Caro’s area of expertise? On Channel 7 before, she was an ‘advertising expert’ whilst they were discussing Gillette’s advertising faux pas.

  117. feelthebern

    Never fear.
    The pro bono advocate is here.

  118. Nick

    We will never understand the impact of colonial oppression if we underestimate white women’s role in it, writes Ruby Hamad

    I can’t wait till some harpy writes that white colonial women were worse because they bred future crops of white men. It can’t be long…

    What a strange world we live in where you can’t say anything about a rotund twenty something in an all too brief pair of denim shorts, owing to ‘shaming’, though colonial women are fair game.

  119. zyconoclast

    Italy allows women, children to disembark rescue ship

    Italy on Thursday granted permission for some of the migrants to get off the rescue ship on Wednesday, according to a statement from the country’s Interior Ministry, Anadolu Agency reports.

  120. Black Ball

    And 25 years since Forrest Gump was released. Number one in my book.

  121. Some History

    What did the drummer name his daughters?

    Anna 1… Anna 2… Anna 3…

    Brrrm TISH

  122. Nick

    she was an ‘advertising expert’

    She’s good at advertising that she’s an utter twat.

  123. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The pro bono advocate is here.

    I do hope Numbers Ho is properly accredited – “pro bono” advocates have been sued before.

  124. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Anna 1… Anna 2… Anna 3…

    Brrrm TISH

    How do you spell “excruciating?”

  125. feelthebern

    Breaking news.
    A pro bono advocates association is setting up a Stolen Valour style operation to clamp down on fake pro bono advocates.

  126. Some History

    Hundreds of young people join Greta Thunberg in climate protest outside UN

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/30/greta-thunberg-un-climate-protest-new-york

    Poor Greta™

    I sometimes hear that my name or image is being used for commercial purposes. I have never given consent to any company or organisation to do so. Nor am I interested in such collaborations in the future. If you see any such examples please let me now.
    https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1167532152709373954?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

  127. Roger

    The Left eating itself up:

    Trans activists have vandalised a rape crisis centre in Vancouver, leaving graffiti calling for radical feminists (who tend to look unfavourably on men pretending to be women) to be killed.

  128. Anna 1… Anna 2… Anna 3…

    Guess who they married?

    Anna 1 Juan 1… Anna 2 Juan 2… Anna 3 Juan 3

  129. Knuckle Dragger

    There is nothing – almost literally nothing – that Liability Bob Galbally hasn’t done or cannot do. White knighting his way from subject to subject, saving entire populations as he goes.

    Truly, he is the Ferris Bueller of our age.

  130. C.L.

    Trans activists have vandalised a rape crisis centre in Vancouver, leaving graffiti calling for radical feminists (who tend to look unfavourably on men pretending to be women) to be killed.

    So-called transsexuals are among the most dangerous lunatics in contemporary society.
    They belong in hospital.

  131. Roger

    First Dog On The Moon is hilarious- “you can save your profits or you can save the world. You can’t do both.”

    Without profits your world ends, you stupid git.

  132. Snoopy

    I sometimes hear that my name or image is being used for commercial purposes. I have never given consent to any company or organisation to do so. Nor am I interested in such collaborations in the future. If you see any such examples please let me now.

    She has an excellent command of written English for a Swedish 16 year old school dropout.

  133. notafan

    I bet

    First Dog On The Moon

    is pretty darn mangerous when it comes to the fruits of his labour ie profits

    #itsdifferentwhentheydoit

  134. Tel

    We will never understand the impact of colonial oppression if we underestimate white women’s role in it, writes Ruby Hamad

    You mean to say women had a traditional role in society?!?

    Gosh! Tell me more about this … sounds important.

  135. Knuckle Dragger

    These would be the trans activists who are apparently flocking to satanic ‘religion’.

    Pentagrams and headless goats. Great.

    Still, Roz Ward and its ilk insist they’re our betters. Who to believe?

    What a conundrum.

  136. 1735099

    If the government is lenient in this case it sets a precedent. The business model then becomes:

    – arrive in Oz via boat
    – have a baby as fast as possible
    – use against any deportation attempt the argument “you let that Tamil couple stay”
    – ring your mates back wherever you came from and say “it’s working – come on over”.

    Absolute rubbish.
    No boats are reaching Christmas Island, let alone the mainland.
    Anything setting out is apprehended and refouled.
    The “business model” is stuffed.
    Letting a family stay, who have ready settled and have been accepted by their community makes no difference to that. The decision to deport is utter bastardry.

    This is the same Numberwang who believes this particular group of non refugees must take the place of actual offshore refugees.

    And you’re telling me that one family of four is going to make any real difference?
    As of 30 June 2017, there were 62,900 unlawful non-citizens residing in Australia.
    I guess you could claim they’re displacing four of those, although very few are bona fide refugees.
    Why is the method of arrival so important?
    This decision is purely symbolic.
    It makes no difference to anything except the future of that family.

  137. DrBeauGan

    On the subject of bullshit, the other night in the restaurant, little Diaboli indicated that she wanted to whisper something in my ear, so I presented an ear. She whispered ” I love you “. So I whispered back “I don’t believe you. ” No te creo.

    She doesn’t have the English to know the words, so she was put up to it by Maria. Who is busily training her daughter to spout bullshit. No doubt it will be a useful skill in Cuba.

    I find it mildly disgusting and not at all endearing, as was no doubt intended.

    Some years ago, my grandson said in unctuous tones: “I love you, granddad. ” I said “YEUKKK! ” very loudly. It shocked his mother who was driving the car, because she had trained him to say that sort of drivel. She thought it was sweet.

    Women can be incredibly crass and see nothing wrong with a truckload of bullshit.

  138. Bruce of Newcastle

    Trans activists have vandalised a rape crisis centre in Vancouver, leaving graffiti calling for radical feminists (who tend to look unfavourably on men pretending to be women) to be killed.

    Grauniad is on board with the antiwymminses thing, so long as they’re white wymminses.

    White women were colonisers too. To move forward, we have to stop letting them off the hook
    Ruby Hamad

    White women, Schuller writes, smooth over “the flow of sensation and feeling that makes up the public sphere, ensuring that white men … are susceptible only to further progress”. In other words, White Womanhood acts as a buffer between whites and non-whites. Serving as the virtuous, innocent face of western civilisation, white women have historically kept power firmly in white hands by defending and denying its violence. Or as the Australian Indigenous academic and author Aileen Moreton-Robinson so succinctly put it in Talkin’ Up To the White Woman: “White women civilised while white men brutalised.”

    The removal of Indigenous children from their families both in Australia and the United States, for example, was largely implemented by white women. These colonial maternalists, as the historian Margaret Jacobs dubbed them, learned to leverage their status as both a privileged and subordinate class in order to “simultaneously collaborate with and confound colonial aims”.

    The stolen generations was “largely a feminine domain, defined primarily around mothering [and] targeted at Indigenous women”. By framing the removal of Indigenous children as “women’s work for women”, the maternal colonialists flouted the rule against white women working outside the home, and secured white domination over the Indigenous population.

    Wow! ‘Colonial maternalists’ are a thing. That is a fine and fruity bit of nuttery. Am I allowed to consume popcorn while watching lefty frightbats eat each other, or would that be too misogynistic?

  139. Perth Trader

    I dont have anything to comment on , or anything to offer.

  140. feelthebern

    Hey pro bono stolen valour advocate guy.
    Where & when were you a pro bono advocate ?

  141. dover_beach

    We will never understand the impact of colonial oppression if we underestimate white women’s role in it, writes Ruby Hamad

    This Ruby Hamad is a nasty piece of work. When she isn’t promoting the murder of the unborn she is promoting enmity between the races. It’s also rich hearing this latest intersectional rubbish coming from an Arab women whose ancestors rode across the sands and shores of the Levant and North Africa killing and subduing the local inhabitants.

  142. Old School Conservative

    Needless to say security was extremely tight. However, at no stage did we feel under threat.

    Under threat from the security that was provided – or under threat from the danger the security was defending against?
    Bloody do gooders – can’t even mount a succinct argument.

  143. Bruce of Newcastle

    Oops, Zyco beat me to it. Well done that Cat!

  144. Knuckle Dragger

    The creator of First Flog on the Moon. Impeccable pedigree.

    ‘Marlton is a graduate of Yarralumla Primary School.

    ‘In 2012 he wrote of his adolescence: “I was a miserable teenager. But I still had something to live for. I had feminism, Dungeons & Dragons and the Ramones. Not necessarily in that order.” He described his mother Paddy as a feminist, art teacher and “a staunch unionist”.

    ‘He worked at Radio 2XX in Canberra in the early 1980s and was an art school dropout. Before focusing on cartooning, he held ambitions to be an actor and a painter.

    ‘He has described his own politics as “anarcho-marsupialist” and has expressed his opinion that “patriarchy (and capitalism) still need to be dismantled… I now see my role as the guy who is going to draw the cartoons about the people who are going to do it.”‘

    I had a joke for this, but any effort of mine would be superfluous.

  145. Geriatric Mayfly

    Bloody toothache, a rare occurrence. Seek relief at the local apothecary and ‘Placebo’ is about their highest rating for painkillers. So I inform Miss, that I have Codeine Phosphate at home, with a use-by-date of 2015. Paroxysms of horror ensue and stern remonstrations. Dr. Google in his multipole guises as a pharmacist, indicates that Codeine will survive any use-by-date for decades. Aspirin amongst the pain relief potions is the most susceptible to decay. Toothache now under control.

  146. notafan

    I have no doubt that Cubans in a different society would most quickly drop the manana manana mentality, (which actually sounds very much how long term unemployed people behave).

    Cubans Americans for example

    Seagull stereotyping.

    Pretty ordinary.

    Why the Cuban-Americans are very successful?

  147. Mother Lode

    Perhaps the weak points were always there – the kaleidoscope of victim identities united against the common enemy (straight white men – which included no small number of non-straights, non-whites, and non-men who just happen to be non-whingers) could overlook their differences while they felt the final prize was to remote to count on the spoils.

    Now that they have infected and metastasised into ever organ of the state they are turning on each other as competitors rather than colleagues for the prize.

    We should sit back and let them tear each other apart with the same ruthless viciousness, moral presumption, dishonesty and barbarism they were happy to deploy against Mum’s and Dads, war veterans, tuckshop ladies, boys who play footy and girls who play netball, men fighting bushfires, women in the CWA, families that prefer Disneyland to the Tate, men who open doors for women, women who wish to have children rather than stuffing their vaginas with turkey basters – basically most of the world.

    Let them fight. Let them bleed. Let them rot.

    And let the last ones standing see what we already know they truly are.

    Then let’s kick them in the nuts (Real or figurative. Both work.)

  148. notafan

    I believe it is called creating a precedent.

    In any case anyone that has forced this country to spend hundreds of thousands on legal challenges and private charters does not deserve to stay.

    They are not honourable people.

  149. Roger

    I now see my role as the guy who is going to draw the cartoons about the people who are going to do it.

    Are his pencils and other needs supplied by a collective to which he returns his earnings?

  150. Knuckle Dragger

    Tony Montana did quite well for a Kooban in foreign lands.

    Mind you, his work ethic was tremendous.

  151. 1735099

    This was a man – a man prepared to stare down a gun and go to the ends of the earth to keep a promise –

    Albury Railway Station has seen the mighty, the dreamers and the greats of literature, royalty and politics coming and going for 130 years.
    Tim Fischer, blessed with an extravagant memory, could reel off their names: Robert Louis Stevenson in 1890, Rudyard Kipling the year after, Mark Twain in 1895, Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle in 1920, H.G. Wells in 1939, King George V when he was the Duke of Cornwall in 1901 and King George VI when he was the Duke of York in 1927….
    None of them, however, ever made an entrance to the gorgeous old Italianate station in a manner quite as memorable as that of Tim Fischer himself on Thursday.
    Make that the late Tim Fischer.
    A long farewell for popular and respected former Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer has begun.
    Fischer reached back to a happy memory of his childhood when he knew he was dying and wanted to ensure his exit would be unforgettable.
    Years ago he wrote of driving with his father from their Riverina farm at Boree Creek to meet the little rail motor, known to country folk as the “Tin Hare”.
    “What joy as the rail motor with its big searching headlight came sweeping around the corner in winter; a quick whistle stop, and then off it would hurtle into the night,” Fischer recalled in one of his books about railways, a subject that captured his restless imagination for most of his 73 years.
    And so, with the end at hand, Fischer arranged for his own funeral train: the old “Tin Hare”, lovingly maintained by railway enthusiasts.
    The rail motor would carry his coffin from the station at The Rock, 100 kilometres north of Albury and not far from the old branch line to Boree Creek.
    “I’ve never seen anything like it,” said train driver Kevin Schultz.
    “All the way, people stood along the track and in paddocks and on the platforms of the little towns, waving Akubras and Australian flags. Thousands of people, all of them coming out for Tim.”
    And when the train, built in 1925, finally pulled to the platform at Albury and his coffin was wheeled out, his wife Judy Brewer taking it into her care, another thousand milled about.
    The RSL honoured the arrival with a military ceremony – a catafalque party at attention, the Last Post and Reveille floating away on the cold morning air. The recital of The Ode.
    Fischer was a conscript during the Vietnam War, a second lieutenant wounded by rocket fire at the Fire Support Base Coral north of Saigon in May, 1968.
    The explosion tore out a piece of his shoulder.
    His life was saved by a new flak jacket when shrapnel hit him in the chest, and so he lived to become leader of the National Party, deputy prime minister, ambassador to the Holy See, husband of Judy Brewer, father to Harrison and Dominic…and perhaps the most loved politician of his generation.
    But he could not cheat leukaemia.
    Australia’s political royalty gathered among thousands of ordinary citizens, old friends, farmers, military mates and all sorts to farewell Tim Fischer when the coffin, an Akubra balanced atop it alongside his medals, made it to the Albury Entertainment Centre for his state funeral.
    The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison was there, and the Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese, and the Governor-General, General David Hurley.
    Fischer, said Morrison, was one of a kind: a big man in a big hat, his big passions and big courage combined with a gentle and forgiving kindness, who was “no stranger to humility”.
    The Nationals leader, Michael McCormack, attended with predecessors Barnaby Joyce, Warren Truss, Mark Vaile and John Anderson. Former prime ministers John Howard and Kevin Rudd came, too, and former treasurer Peter Costello.
    Fischer, it transpired, had not only arranged his last train trip.
    He had named those who would speak at his funeral, and he chose the music, too: The Battle Hymn of the Republic and Jerusalem performed by the local Murray Conservatorium Choir, and Amazing Grace sung by the son of a soldier who served with Fischer in Vietnam, tenor Thomas Strong.
    Lifelong friends Bill Baxter and Sandy Venn-Brown, who stood with Fischer and Judy Brewer at their wedding in 1992, gave a joint eulogy.
    A cascade of Fischer’s chosen friends delivered “vignettes”, starting with former Labor minister and polymath, Barry Jones, who reflected that both he and Tim “were both relics of an earlier era in Australian political life, when evidence and closely reasoned argument were essential elements in how we operated”.
    Others who spoke were Judy Brewer’s cousin, Ruth McGowan, a former conscripted artillery officer who served with Tim, Gordon Alexander; a former chief of staff, Jenelle Bonner, close friend and “Barefoot Investor”, Scott Pape, former ambassador to Rome Amanda Vanstone, and Ross Jackson, of Rail Services Australia.
    They offered separate memories, but there was a common thread: Tim Fischer was loved for his courage, kindness and curiosity.
    “For those who he’s left behind here,” said the Prime Minister, “We can take comfort that we knew and loved Tim Fischer, and we are better for it.”

    *
    Tony Wright – SMH – August 29, 2019

  152. Roger

    “Why is the method of arrival so important?”

    Earlier:

    “No boats are reaching Christmas Island, let alone the mainland.
    Anything setting out is apprehended and refouled.
    The “business model” is stuffed.”

  153. notafan

    just another elite

    Access to the NBN lets Melbourne cartoonist Andrew Marlton work from home but stay in touch with the world.

    Marlton is the in-house illustrator for online magazine Crikey and the man behind the popular First Dog on the Moon cartoons.
    Living in Brunswick, he often travels into Crikey’s William Street offices in the city. The speed boost offered by the NBN makes it easier for him to sometimes work at home and spend more time with his teenage daughter.

    Brunswick of course

  154. Some History

    Not sure if this information has been posted by others.

    GAIL BRADBROOK
    HOW PSYCHEDELICS HELPED TO SHAPE THE EXTINCTION REBELLION.
    Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, explains how her psychedelic experiences helped to shape the genesis of the movement.

    http://www.whatisemerging.com/opinions/psychedelics-and-social-change

    Hey, man.

    Extinction Rebellion founder calls for mass psychedelic disobedience

    A co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion environmental movement has called for a mass ingestion of psychedelic substances in protest against the criminalisation of drugs.
    “I would support a mass civil disobedience where we take medicine to tell the state that they have absolutely no right to control our consciousness and to define our spiritual practice,” Gail Bradbrook said in a press briefing as part of Breaking Convention, a conference on psychedelics in London on 16 August.
    Since launching in 2018, Extinction Rebellion has moved climate change up the political and media agenda through a campaign of mass civil disobedience. In April 2019, they blocked streets and bridges in London, demanding the UK government adopt a more ambitious target for reaching net zero carbon emissions.
    Bradbrook, a former biophysicist, said it was not Extinction Rebellion’s policy to promote the use of drugs, but they had played a role in her personal journey towards founding the movement.
    “The causes of the crisis are political, economic, legal and cultural systemic issues but underneath that are issues of human trauma, powerlessness, scarcity and separation. The system resides within us and the psychedelic medicines are opportunities to help us shift our consciousness,” she told the conference.

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2213787-extinction-rebellion-founder-calls-for-mass-psychedelic-disobedience/

  155. C.L.

    The removal of Indigenous children from their families both in Australia and the United States, for example, was largely implemented by white women.

    Probably because they were aghast that the native women were leaving their sick babies to die on ant hills.

  156. Knuckle Dragger

    Ooooooooo. 22 years since Princess Diana ‘died’. I was at Victoria Park watching the footy (YES) at the time.

    The original virtue-signalling rich chick. Gold-dug her way up from a kindy teacher to marrying a prince, realised she was largely useless after that and spent the rest of her days on various pointless yet media-saturated causes du jour.

    In between, of course, splashing it about like a Kalgoorlie hooker on pay day.

    Wallis-Markle would do well to learn from history.

  157. Old School Conservative

    dover_beach
    #3144669, posted on August 31, 2019 at 10:26 am
    This Ruby Hamad is a nasty piece of work.

    True.
    Hamad lies by omission in that Guardian piece. She never once mentions Blassey-Ford’s litany of demonstrated errors in her testimony against Kavanaugh.
    Hamad only says the accusations were “buttressed by two other women with similar allegations”.
    Selective re-reading of recent history to justify a political opinion.

  158. Some History

    Extinction Rebellion

    The faces behind the climate change chaos: From the ‘neo-pagan’ mother who became an activist after taking psychedelic drugs, to failed organic farmer and a baronet’s granddaughter

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6927195/The-faces-Extinction-Rebellion-climate-change-chaos.html

  159. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    In between, of course, splashing it about like a Kalgoorlie hooker on pay day.

    An inconvenient truth that’s usually overlooked by the “Saint Diana” fan club.

  160. notafan

    Gold-dug her way up from a kindy teacher

    really?

    She was Lady Diana Spencer, daughter of the 8th Earl Spencer, ‘kindy teacher’ was just a hobby for a fairly typical member of the upper English crust.

    Nothing wrong in principal for women to wish to be a wife and mother, rather than a ‘career’ sitting in a cubicle and pressing keys on a keyboard all day.

    And whatever her faults she was a loving mother.

    Women

    damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

  161. lotocoti

    People are strange.
    Even stranger are the co-fetishists who totes believe the whole fell-asleep-with-my-hands-in-dry-ice tale.

  162. Bruce of Newcastle

    This was a man – a man prepared to stare down a gun

    Speaking of staring down a gun:

    Man ‘with no f–ks left’ lights up cigarette during armed robbery (29 Aug)

    A St. Louis man who’s obviously seen a few things was caught on camera looking completely unphased as an armed thief held up the bar he was drinking in.

    At one point, the man can be seen lighting up a cigarette — keeping his cool the entire time and refusing to get up from his chair — while the suspect points his heavily modified pistol at him. He even refuses to give up his cellphone when ordered by the crook.

    Respect. In Australia they’d let the perp go and arrest the guy for smoking in a venue.

  163. Roger

    A co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion environmental movement has called for a mass ingestion of psychedelic substances in protest against the criminalisation of drugs.

    Urging kids whose frontal lobes are still developing to drop acid.

    What could possibly go wrong?

  164. Bespoke:

    👍but it’s being celebrated and encouraged and not just some extra wait, obese females as if it is empowering. Although I don’t no what the other guy’s are going on about maybe they are secretly attracted to extra largo girls I haven’t seen many.

    Just assume they’re all preppers. When the power goes out, they won’t have to eat for a month – in many cases, literally. They just need to keep up the water supply.

  165. Knuckle Dragger

    It’s still a bit of a jump, nota, from being the purposeless daughter in a minor peerage to being a Queen-in-waiting.

    A bit like me hooking up with Gina Rineheart.

    Which is not off the table, by the way.

  166. Old School Conservative

    Good point nota.
    Additionally, the images of Diana dealing with little children from around the globe showed a lot of real compassion. As did her support of the land mine charity, hardly a pointless cause du jour.
    Not a saint, but certainly deserving of credit for the good she did.

    I wonder where her life would have gone if Jugears had remained a faithful and loving husband.

  167. Roger

    I wonder where her life would have gone if Jugears had remained a faithful and loving husband.

    “Whatever love is.”

  168. Mater

    And you’re telling me that one family of four is going to make any real difference?
    As of 30 June 2017, there were 62,900 unlawful non-citizens residing in Australia.

    “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Chinese Proverb

  169. thefrollickingmole

    And you’re telling me that one family of four is going to make any real difference?

    Numberwang confirmed for being in favor of having non refugees displace genuine refugees.

    Why does he hate poor refugees?

    Why is he such an amoral turd, willing to see the destitute and downtrodden have heir chance in the lucky country ripped away by cashed up non refugees?

    Awful person.
    The worst.

  170. Old School Conservative

    Numbers, thanks for posting that nice piece about Tim Fischer. A good read and a decent man.

    By the way, do you think your presence here at The Cat has changed you for the better?
    I note your support of Alan Jones policies and the conservative politician Tim Fischer. Plus your posts recently have been less abrasive.
    Keep up the good work.

  171. Mater

    By the way, do you think your presence here at The Cat has changed you for the better?
    I note your support of Alan Jones policies and the conservative politician Tim Fischer. Plus your posts recently have been less abrasive.
    Keep up the good work.

    He was waving the Pom-poms for Churchill just recently, too!
    We’re like proud fathers here, Bob. Well done indeed.

  172. Some History

    In Australia they’d let the perp go and arrest the guy for smoking in a venue.

    Warnings on individual cigarettes – another scrape of the barrel

    https://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2019/08/warnings-on-individual-cigarettes.html

  173. Anthony:

    I wake this morning to read that UK politicians are attacking Boris on every side to stop him from carrying out the wishes of a majority of the voters in the UK. Strange world, eh?
    In Italy, Salvini has stumbled, briefly, to return Italy to the infamy of the weekly change of government it experienced post WWII.
    I can’t see the people accepting the return of hundreds of thousand of African ‘refugees’ as a result of partnering with the PD.
    And the Democrats in the US? What a weird, weird world!

    We are living in Robert Heinleins “Crazy Years.”

  174. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I wonder where her life would have gone if Jugears had remained a faithful and loving husband.

    Diana went on to win the public relations battle, but she had had about a dozen extra maritals, by the time that Chuck got sick of it all, and went back to Camillia.

  175. candy

    Additionally, the images of Diana dealing with little children from around the globe showed a lot of real compassion
    Agree, a loving mother and gave time and lent her name to charities for children. Actually brought those charities to the notice of the public in a much much bigger way because of her compassion and warmth (and glamour).

    I would say a life very well lived.

  176. vr

    Dash for diversity costs DJs, Myer: Harvey

    Retail billionaire Gerry Harvey, founder and chairman of the Harvey Norman chain, has ¬blasted some of the custodians of the nation’s $2.8 trillion super¬annuation industry for their ¬obsession with gender-diversity guidelines and “tick-a-box” mentality to corporate governance.

    Mr Harvey said he was frustrated by super fund executives and their boards, so-called corporate governance experts and fellow travellers in the social corporate responsibility industry who were pressuring him to change his business practices, saying if he followed their ¬guidelines Harvey Norman would “go backwards”. Rival ¬retailers such as Myer and David Jones had slavishly adhered to the corporate governance orders laid down by these groups, he said, but their businesses were now paying the price, with his own Harvey Norman “beating the shit out of them’’.

    He said the nation’s two big department stores had diversity in the boardroom, with female -directors and independent ¬directors, but in most cases they weren’t even retailers.

    “Myer and David Jones get all of that box ticking right according to corporate governance rules,’’ Mr Harvey said, “and super funds buy shares in them as they tick all the boxes.”

    When asked about the pressure coming from super funds and corporate governance ¬activists, Mr Harvey told The Weekend Australian: “I’ve never spoken to anyone yet that runs a public company, that started the public company, that doesn’t agree with me. Now I haven’t got any -problem with these people having a view, but I’ve got the right to have a view too, and my argument is they are wrong and they don’t know they are wrong.

    “They want me to toe the line … and that can be a big problem because they are not practical people. Our results speak for themselves over a period of 50 years.’’

    Those results were on display yesterday when Harvey Norman posted a 7.2 per cent increase in full-year net profit to $402.32 million at a time when most retailers are struggling to grow profits.
    David Jones on Thursday revealed its operating profit had almost halved to $37m.

    Harvey Norman’s profit was helped by offshore expansion cushioning a subdued trading environment in Australia. The decision Mr Harvey made more than a decade ago to expand offshore has reaped a valuable harvest as overseas revenue passed the $2 billion mark for the first time.

  177. Some History

    PFFFFTT. Yep, it’s another antismoking brain fart.

    https://imgur.com/wvtKaOA

    The antismoking Taliban rewards itself handsomely to spend all day long conjuring “de-normalization strategies”. There’s currently a job available at QUIT Victoria, courtesy of Cancer Council Vic:
    A base salary within range $82,316 – $97,406 pa plus superannuation and access to a generous not-for-profit salary packaging program (up to $18,550 of your salary tax-free)

    https://www.cancervic.org.au/about/careers/job-opportunities/mediaadvocacymanagerquit69.html

  178. Roger

    I can’t see the people accepting the return of hundreds of thousand of African ‘refugees’ as a result of partnering with the PD.

    Italy is in a bad way.

    Their birth rate is at less than replacement levels.

    Behind the political shenanigans are two different visions of Catholicism:

    Italy’s Great Schism

  179. notafan

    It’s still a bit of a jump, nota, from being the purposeless daughter in a minor peerage to being a Queen-in-waiting.

    I do note how you like to make a grossly exaggerated claim then when it is pointed out that it is factually wrong in this or that regard make spurious excuses

    wouldn’t matter who married Charles it would have been all ‘queen in waiting’ but I believe the teenage Diana was in love with that particular tedious bore.

    and I do love the fellas who spend much time boasting about conquests now or conquests waaaay back when criticizing another

    #itsdifferentwhentheydoit

  180. calli

    Gold-dug her way up from a kindy teacher to marrying a prince

    An Earl’s daughter? Better royal pedigree than the royals themselves.

    But I get that many didn’t like her.

    But she is dead and in her grave and oh, the difference for Charlie.

  181. Roger

    EU President Tusk: Domestic Politics Could Drive Britain Out of EU

    It’s called democracy, Donald.

  182. notafan

    Interesting Roger

    seems to me the ‘Democratic Party’ are more the children of the Italian Communists who were I believe not that far from taking over after the war

    the martrdom of Rolando Rivi

  183. notafan

    An Earl’s daughter? Better royal pedigree than the royals themselves.

    Is interesting Calli

    my great-grandmother came from a now extinct town in county Leitrim that was named for the Spencers, they owned it and much of the land about

    Spencer family

  184. notafan

    Didn’t know Winston Churchill was a member of the family.

  185. stackja

    Gerry Harvey, in 1982 Gerry and Ian Norman sold Norman Ross, as I remember to Alan Bond owned Waltons.

  186. calli

    It’s funny how our own experience colours what we perceive in others.

    I would love to know about all those “pre-Camilla” affairs that Diana is supposed to have had.

    My understanding is that Charles was over at Camilla’s on the morning of the wedding. To Diana.

    But the Scarlet Woman meme is strong, even when the bride is nineteen and her grotesque in-laws-to-be have her checked by the doctor for “purity”. That should have been a grim enough warning for the silly girl.

  187. stackja

    notafan
    #3144717, posted on August 31, 2019 at 11:40 am
    Didn’t know Winston Churchill was a member of the family.

    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led Britain to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955.

  188. Boambee John

    As of 30 June 2017, there were 62,900 unlawful non-citizens residing in Australia.

    Deport them all.

    Starting with the Irish.

  189. notafan

    Italians might have more babies if they weren’t being taxed to death.

  190. calli

    Yes, they are related to the Dukes of Marlborough, amongst others.

    They claimed to be drawn from the ancient Despensers, but that has been disputed.

    Anyways, we’re all related to Charlemagne, or so the story goes.

  191. stackja

    Why is tax evasion so bad in Italy? – The Washington Post
    Nov 25, 2011 – Indeed, some research has found a vicious tax cycle in Italy, where tax evasion leads to higher taxes on the remaining taxpayers to make up …

  192. Zatara

    Thunderstruck – Flynn Attorney Sidney Powell Drops Atomic Sledgehammer of Truth on DC Court….

    In an explosive response filing today, which includes the phrase”sunlight is the best disinfectant”, attorney Sidney Powell has outlined the soup-to-nuts construct of the malicious government action taken during their targeting her client Michael Flynn.

    The 16 page filing is well worth the time to read for those interested in just how far the deep state went (and is still going) to frame this good man.

  193. stackja

    calli
    #3144723, posted on August 31, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Charmaine, my Charmaine

  194. Roger

    Interesting Roger

    seems to me the ‘Democratic Party’ are more the children of the Italian Communists who were I believe not that far from taking over after the war

    Experience teaches us to be suspicious of any political party with “Democratic” in it’s name, nota 😉

  195. calli

    Lol. Here’s an old article by someone who didn’t like the Spencers much at all.

    I can’t see a by-line. Perhaps the writer feared a lift in a fast car through a tunnel. 😁

  196. notafan

    interesting Australian story

    t was a period of harmony but he knew he would only the discover strength of this relationship when the inevitable clash of cultures came to the surface.

    It came in the form of Martina, a young teenage girl who approached the priest with a dilemma that would determine the future of the entire mission.

    It was Tiwi custom for girls to be promised in marriage to older men, sometimes even before they were born. Men were able to have as many wives as they could support.

    Girls were usually handed over at the age of 14. Fr Gsell had always accepted this tradition and never challenged it.

    Even when Martina desperately pleaded with him to save her from marriage to an elder, he knew he could not intervene.

    However, when Martina returned to him the following week with a spear through her leg and an angry mob close behind, he knew that he could no longer be a cultural bystander – Martina’s life depended on what happened next. In a moment of inspiration, Fr Gsell approached the angry mob, including the husband, and began long deliberations that would change the Tiwis’ marriage traditions and the way they related to Fr Gsell from that day on.

    The bishop with 150 wives

  197. calli

    That was interesting, Nota. The locals basically sold their girls to the priest for stuff.

    Hardly “stolen”. More “paid for”. And staying alive.

  198. stackja

    Residents evacuated as water main bursts at Kingswood

    Western Sydney residents have been forced out of their homes after a burst water main sent a deluge of sewage into more than 100 residential addresses today.
    Jack Morphet, The Sunday Telegraph
    Subscriber only

    26 minutes ago

    Chaos…. The scene in Bringelly Rd, Kingswood today. Picture Sam Ruttyn.

    More than a million litres of floodwater has already spewed from the broken main and flushed into the sewerage pipes.

    Hazmat crews are on scene monitoring the gases being produced by the sewage.

    “One of the problems with a major break in a main of this size is if it’s shut down too fast, that’ll cause pressure to build in pipes in other locations, so it’s got to be done very slowly so there’s no worsening of the situation,” Fire and Rescue NSW Duty Commander Kernin Lambert said.

    “Although at the moment we have a lot of water escaping from the break, our main concern is the safety of the occupants and right now everyone is safe.”

  199. Chris

    From talking with the sparkies that came round yesterday morning, it appears they were hoping to find a repeat of the week before’s encounter – a German backpacker with a G-banger and loose singlet with JBF hair.

    Last weekend I attended the wedding of a rather lovely German backpacker to the Aussie guy she met here. I can only encourage the immigration of such good-looking people!

  200. bespoke

    Old School Conservative
    #3144702, posted on August 31, 2019 at 11:04 am
    Numbers, thanks for posting that nice piece about Tim Fischer.

    Second time since Fischer’s death. The only thing Numberwang is consistent is his repetitiveness.

  201. vr:

    He said the nation’s two big department stores had diversity in the boardroom, with female -directors and independent ¬directors, but in most cases they weren’t even retailers.
    “Myer and David Jones get all of that box ticking right according to corporate governance rules,’’ Mr Harvey said, “and super funds buy shares in them as they tick all the boxes.”

    This is where the Superannuation Funds lose money – buying shares in companies that the funds pressure into making stupid marketing decisions.
    The losses aren’t a haemorrhage – yet. But the steady trickle of Superannuation deposits going down the shithole will turn into one when the market shakes out the loser companies kept afloat by the props.

  202. bespoke

    Winston Smith
    #3144696, posted on August 31, 2019 at 10:54 am
    Bespoke:

    👍but it’s being celebrated and encouraged and not just some extra wait, obese females as if it is empowering. Although I don’t no what the other guy’s are going on about maybe they are secretly attracted to extra largo girls I haven’t seen many.

    Just assume they’re all preppers. When the power goes out, they won’t have to eat for a month – in many cases, literally. They just need to keep up the water supply.

    LOL!

  203. Dr Fred Lenin

    The world is crazy. The gangrene laft is making the killing of bormal healthy babies easier while idolising a retarded child being manipulated by ruthless fascists entirely without scruples , and the media is supporting them fully, aided by the media owners .
    Talk about draining the swamp <politics needs sterilising , take the taxpayers money from them and kill evil globalist fascism .

  204. 1735099

    He was waving pom-poms for Churchill…..

    Engaging in discussion here is hilarious.
    If the usual suspects can’t stereotype, they become confused.
    I won’t be put into any camp on the basis of your binary labelling.

    I admire Tim Fischer because he was honest, courageous and smart.
    The party he belonged to is neither here nor there.
    His support for the NFA took courage and determination, and he had that in spades.
    He has saved thousands of lives by that support.
    He also provided a wonderful example of love and commitment to his family, especially his son.
    I worked with many fathers of autistic kids and understand the depth of compassion that requires.
    Of course, compassion is a “no go” area for many of the pseudo macho clowns who post here who regard it as weakness.
    It is one of the greatest virtues, and is a strength, rare in today’s political environment.

    Churchill, by the way, cared nothing for Australia, as is clear if you examine the decisions he made about the Pacific theatre in WW2, and consider the debacle that was Gallipoli, but he did have some good ideas when it came to Europe.
    I’ll tell you something for nothing – you can respect a man’s intellect, but abhor his behaviour.

    Fischer, on the other hand, is respected for both intellect and integrity.

  205. Not Uh oh

    1735099
    #3144681, posted on August 31, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Thanks Bob.

  206. zyconoclast

    People are strange.
    Even stranger are the co-fetishists who totes believe the whole fell-asleep-with-my-hands-in-dry-ice tale.

    I have read that when the furry fetishist book out venues and such for their conferences that they have liter trays placed in the hallways so they can do their business so that nobody hits them on the nose with rolled up newspaper.

  207. Roger

    That was interesting, Nota.

    +1

  208. Stackja:

    Hazmat crews are on scene monitoring the gases being produced by the sewage.

    16 crewies moving sandbags from truck to embankment.
    Would need five if the truck was reversed to the site.

  209. vr

    This is where the Superannuation Funds lose money – buying shares in companies that the funds pressure into making stupid marketing decisions.
    The losses aren’t a haemorrhage – yet. But the steady trickle of Superannuation deposits going down the shithole will turn into one when the market shakes out the loser companies kept afloat by the props.

    Winston — It is very hard to convince people in the investment industry that withholding votes is stupid as there is no evidence that it adds to value. They probably know it, but they keep pushing this agenda. See what Larry Fink, the CEO of Blackrock (the largest asset mgmt firm) has said about this issue.

  210. bespoke

    The local council wanted to build a fountain in Diana’s name but didn’t get the donations needed and ended paying for it. Thanks a lot.

    Is it true she dumped most the charity’s after she lost the job?

  211. min

    Poor Diana abandoned by her mother ,emotionally abandoned by an alcoholic father, chosen to be Charles’ wife because she was a virgin and then abandoned by Charles. The makings o f Borderline Personality Disorder.
    Desparately needing love and approval was shown by all herchoices.

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