Open Forum: August 31, 2019

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  1. Bruce in WA

    More than 40 years ago now.

  2. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    I just thought it might be interesting.

    “If you have 45% of your loans which are bad and your banks are 4 times GDP, you’re insolvent”

    Welp, I have no idea what Bass is saying.

  3. areff

    Let’s hope real estate doesn’t pick up too much more from its downturn, Lizzie.

    I’m renting a lovely — well I think it’s lovely; a more refined sort disagrees — three-storey home 100 metres from the beach on a full acre and 14kms from the CBD for well under $2000 a month.

    Do not want them knocking it down, throwing me out in the cold, and sticking up a warren of hamster boxes.

    Do not want that at all. And neither does Elsie, my cat, who averages at least one mouse a week from the old sheds down back.

  4. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hairy looking bemused at the instruction tag that came with our swish new retro Smeg kettle and toaster. Do not insert the cat into the toaster slots, he reads out. They didn’t really say that, did they, I say scornfully. No, but they might as well have, he decries. As with much in life, simple gadgets now come with a long list of legally protective don’ts.

    Which moves him off to a reverie on other injunctions. D’ya know when I first got cancer one woman said to me to live every day as though it was your last. Just think on dat for a piece of comfort. You’d die of exhaustion in da first week.

    He’s five years free of the Big C now, and the recent recall to the skin doc turned out to be nothing very serious. We’d both gone in there yesterday with the dreaded word melanoma in mind. But in the clear, come back in 6 months for a second go at this little skin nasty and all will be well. Reprieve! Off then for a celebratory lunch with my friends from Tassie, who stroked his ego saying how fit (and handsome) he looked these days.

  5. C.L.

    Time to ban female jockeys.

  6. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Our son in his thirties has managed to own two properties in Sydney, one his wife already had when they married. Now both are positively geared and they are renting cost-effectively on long term leases another much bigger and nicer place; suits them. So areff, I have familial skin in the game of keeping rentals low too, for their sake. Fingers crossed on that. Your place sounds really nice. Enjoy it and great to hear that Elsie is thriving there too.

  7. Tintarella di Luna

    Such tragedy for the families of those two lovely young women involved in those accidents with horses.

    I believe Emily Davison is partly to blame for all this.

  8. Steve trickler

    Perfect, for this time of night.



  9. areff

    Elsie is thriving there too.

    She has the peculiar habit of bringing in her trophies and placing them in the food bowl, then eating her kibble around them.

    I figure she probably doesn’t like the taste of raw mouse, so it’s some sort of catty consubstantiation at work.

    Never had much time for cats until the fruit of my loins went back to the States and left his moggy on my doorstep. Now I find them fascinating.

  10. Tintarella di Luna

    Friend of the Cat Professor James Allan wrote and article linked here at the Cat – it was about his road trip of some 5,500 kms from Canada to the University at which he will teach for a semester. I would like to re-read it but can’t find it. Can anyone help by posting the link again. Many thanks

  11. Tintarella di Luna

    Wow – isn’t this amazing, what a piece of news on the vain and vacuous and the gulled Prince Hal!
    Women rule in Harry’s court.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have appointed an all-female team of senior staff in what is thought to be a first for the royal family.

    Harry and Meghan have been assembling a team of advisers and aides since it was announced last year that the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex would formally split into separate households.

    All of the most senior roles in the Sussex household, including their private and deputy private secretaries, their head of communications, their projects manager and now senior figures in their charitable foundation, have been filled by women.

    Both the duke and duchess have declared themselves to be feminists.

    One wellwisher told the duchess in January during a visit to Wales that it was good “to have a feminist in the royal family”, prompting Meghan to thank the young woman and nod towards Harry, declaring: “He’s a feminist, too.”

    Meghan addressed a UN conference in 2015, saying: “Women need a seat at the table, they need an invitation to be seated there and in some cases, where this isn’t available, well then you know what, then they need to create their own table.”

    Victoria Murphy, a royal commentator, wrote in Town & Country magazine: “Four years later, Meghan has found herself at the helm of one of the most high-profile households in the world’s most famous royal family. As such, her table is now always the top table. And, as the Sussexes assemble their new team, they have indeed filled plenty of seats with women.”

    The couple have appointed Fiona Mcilwham, a former ambassador, as their private secretary, to work with Heather Wong, their deputy private secretary, and Sara Latham, their head of communications.

    Clara Madden has come across from William and Kate’s household to be the Sussexes’ projects manager. Natalie Campbell is a director at the Sussex Royal Foundation, with Karen Blackett appointed as its first trustee.

    They also have two senior female press officers and a female nanny for their son, Archie.

    The £2.4 million of renovations to Frogmore Cottage, the Sussexes’ home in Windsor, were paid out of the sovereign grant, public money generated by the Crown Estates. Their staffing costs are met by income generated by the Duchy of Cornwall, whose accounts state that its income is used to “fund the personal and professional expenditure” of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.

  12. Some History

    The couple have appointed Fiona Mcilwham, a former ambassador, as their private secretary, to work with Heather Wong, their deputy private secretary, and Sara Latham, their head of communications.

    Well, “the team” really didn’t do a very good job just a few weeks ago with Harry & Megs walking brain-dead into the “private jet” fiasco. The Sussexxeses then had to call in the other queen – Elton Con – to calm the waters. And in Elton’s inimitable grating style, he/she/fe just made things worse… might we say, It’s a little bit funny.

    Word is that Harry is growing [Shorten] boobs.

  13. Tintarella di Luna

    areff you are a gem, thank you much appreciated. I am over here under the setting Tuscan sun in Montespertoli and finding it difficult to find things on the net.

  14. C.L.

    The couple have appointed Fiona Mcilwham, a former ambassador, as their private secretary, to work with Heather Wong, their deputy private secretary, and Sara Latham, their head of communications.

    All this for two unemployed people.

  15. Tintarella di Luna

    All this for two unemployed people.

    A B grade actress and a besotted prince, besotted if I remember correctly, not by her character, but by the character she played in a cable-show called Suits, I may have misplaced a consonant with a vowel as I’ve never watched the show.

  16. Mark A

    C.L.
    #3145049, posted on September 1, 2019 at 1:26 am

    The couple have appointed Fiona Mcilwham, a former ambassador, as their private secretary, to work with Heather Wong, their deputy private secretary, and Sara Latham, their head of communications.

    All this for two unemployed people.

    Times like this, I’m tempted to vote for a republic. Then I recall all those who propose it and calm down.

    Luckily these clowns are so far away from the throne that only a nuclear catastrophe would put them in position, it then.

  17. jupes

    Grace Kelly was an A-grade actress who became an A-grade princess.

    Meghan Markle was a B-grade actress who has become a C-grade princess.

  18. Tintarella di Luna

    I like listening to Dr Thomas Sowell and one of my favourite interviews with him is by Peter Robinson from the Hoover Institute is the one about the Vulgar Pride of Intellectuals where Dr Sowell talks about how society is held captive to the tyranny of intellectuals – his view is they can’t help it because all their lives they’ve been told they are the smartest, the bestest, the golden-haired brainy ones and that is how they see themselves-they never see anything other than their own brilliance.

    I like listening to his deep voice calmly going through the research that underpins out his views, he is an economist turned social theorist due to the what he found in the research he undertook — Dr Sowell believes there has never been an era in history when intellectuals have played a larger role in society than in the era in which we live.

    It’s the tyranny of the know-it-alls Dr Sowells said: that on issues ranging across the spectrum from housing policies to laws governing organ transplants intellectuals have sought to have decision-making discretion taken from those directly involved, who have personal knowledge and a personal stake, and transferred to third parties who have neither, and who pay no price for being wrong – A perfect summation of where we are today with respect to the transgendering of children, the safe school thing, their education in almost every area of social policy – because, of course the cost, the price and the consequences are borne by those who do have personal knowledge of and a personal stake in the issues but who have been deliberately excluded by the know-it-alls.

  19. Mark A

    Speaking of Barbie,
    Did You Know?

    Although the iconic doll is almost exclusively referred to by her first name, Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

  20. classical_hero

    The level of skill and athleticism is amazing.

    https://youtu.be/48C41gq2h6E

  21. classical_hero

    NZ is currently, won’t somebody please think of the children.

  22. DrBeauGan

    Thanks Tom. And classical hero.

    Yes, waiting for Maria again.

  23. DrBeauGan

    She says she is in a car with two children. She won’t say if the car is moving. I seem to be getting an extra child. I suppose I can take them both out for ice-creams.

    Assuming they get here. This is Cuba, and it’s unsafe to make assumptions.

  24. 1735099

    From a review of Danger Close

    There are nods – or at least flashes of memories of the ghosts of many war movies past. Odd Angry Shot was one I kept thinking of. Released forty years ago, in 1979, Tom Jeffrey’s film was arguably the first to focus on the Australian soldiers’ brutal experience in this pointless war. There’s no glamour in this battle, only grit, rubbed in by the knowledge that the entire war and these young men’s presence there was a futile, heartless political decision about saving face rather than achieving anything.

    Note the reference to

    The Odd Angry Shot

    , a movie which captured the reality of the war for Australians, instead of the nonsense from Hollywood.
    Also noteworthy is the comment about “saving face”, the real reason for the US involvement, as exposed in the Pentagon Papers.

  25. 1735099

    A couple of Australians doing God’s work across the Pacific.

  26. 1735099

    Today is Labor Day in the US.
    It has an interesting history.

  27. classical_hero

    https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12433/11799094/anthoine-Hubert-killed-in-f2-accident-at-spa

    Shocking that it happened. Unfortunately racing is dangerous in spite of the massive safety improvements. 😥

  28. DrBeauGan

    Maria has turned up with two children. She is cooking dinner and I have Escaped outside to be safe from the children. I am smoking a cigar. Diaboli has already broken one.

    It is a reminder of the joys of domestic life and why I don’t want it.

  29. 1735099

    Nothing is new when it comes to refugee policy in Oz.
    Below is the conclusion to an interesting piece of scholarship I’m reading on the issue from 1991.
    Consider it in the light of the current issue around the Sri Lankan family.
    The irony in this case of the family is that the author’s reference to “domestic political considerations” is for once, probably not the main concern. Public opinion is in favour* of this family staying.
    It reveals that the current government has backed itself into a corner on refugee policy.
    This of course, is the logical outcome of Howard’s turning the issue into one that used the dog whistle.
    Back in 1991, whilst dog whistling was always a possibility, neither Fraser or Hawke used it. They knew it was there, but had the courage and dexterity to work around it.
    The acknowledgement that humanitarian considerations were secondary to politics (both domestic and international) is there, but there is also the understanding that they were not what was driving all aspects of policy.
    But then, those PMs were both people of integrity – statesmen and leaders, rather than politicians.
    Tim Fischer was probably the last of his breed.

    In conclusion, the main driving force behind Australia’s policy towards the Indochinese refugees over the past decade and a half has been international political considerations, especially based on the relations between the Australian Government and the ASEAN countries. However, the main factor limiting the level of Australia’s response to the Indochinese refugee problem was domestic political considerations, especially the potential domestic political backlash if too many refugees were accepted. Only in a few instances have genuine humanitarian considerations come into play. This is highlighted even more when one considers the recent decision to accept 11,000 Vietnamese long-stayers from Asian refugee camps, at a time when domestic resettlement resources can just cope with those resettled in Australia, and when Australian unemployment is increasing and unemployment within the Vietnamese-bom community is in the order of 30-35 per cent.

    From – International Factors Influencing Australian Governments’ Responses To The Indochinese Refugee Problem – James E. Coughlan – 1991 – p59

    * – 54% in favour of them staying – Channel 9 poll yesterday.

  30. rickw

    There’s no glamour in this battle, only grit, rubbed in by the knowledge that the entire war and these young men’s presence there was a futile, heartless political decision about saving face rather than achieving anything.

    Strange that the USSR’s perspective* on this war was that it stopped them having further adventures in SE Asia. Pointless indeed.

    *Now all readily accessible for anyone not interested in swallowing The Left’s propaganda.

  31. Entropy

    I was reading some Orwell the other day written in the early stages of WWII and it made me think of Theresa May and her coterie of remainers:

    As soon as one considers any problem of this war – and it does not matter whether it is the widest aspect of strategy or the tiniest detail of home organization – one sees that the necessary moves cannot be made while the social structure of England remains what it is. Inevitably, because of their position and upbringing, the ruling class are fighting for their own privileges, which cannot possibly be reconciled with the public interest. It is a mistake to imagine that war aims, strategy, propaganda and industrial organization exist in watertight compartments. All are interconnected. Every strategic plan, every tactical method, even every weapon will bear the stamp of the social system that produced it. The British ruling class are fighting against Hitler, whom they have always regarded and whom some of them still regard as their protector against Bolshevism. That does not mean that they will deliberately sell out; but it does mean that at every decisive moment they are likely to falter, pull their punches, do the wrong thing…..

    …so long as the moneyed classes remain in control, we cannot develop any but a defensive strategy. Every victory means a change in the status quo. How can we drive the Italians out of Abyssinia without rousing echoes among the coloured peoples of our own Empire? How can we even smash Hitler without the risk of bringing the German Socialists and Communists into power? The left-wingers who wail that ‘this is a capitalist war’ and that ‘British Imperialism’ is fighting for loot have got their heads screwed on backwards. The last thing the British moneyed class wish for is to acquire fresh territory. It would simply be an embarrassment. Their war aim (both unattainable and unmentionable) is simply to hang on to what they have got….

    And on the strategies of those who want the status quo
    .

    ..One need not doubt that a ‘peace’ movement is on foot somewhere in high places; probably a shadow Cabinet has already been formed. These people will get their chance not in the moment of defeat but in some stagnant period when boredom is reinforced by discontent. They will not talk about surrender, only about peace; and doubtless they will persuade themselves, and perhaps other people, that they are acting for the best.
    Shopkeepers at War

    Orwell in this essay was predicting the inevitable triumph of socialism over its close cousin fascism, and the shopkeeper capitalism of Britain (he ended up wrong, all that really changes is who is in charge, but his vision was actually a close run thing right up until that [hated by the ruling class] shopkeeper Thatcher rescued Britain). But I thought that insight into the ruling class and its desire to defend the status quo interesting.

  32. Mater

    Nice link, Bob.

    From the same:

    During the ensuing battle he develops a true respect for the men he previously had no time for, as his four platoons are each caught under fire, and together these soldiers – some experienced, some as green as the day they were born – show amazing courage under fire.

    So when you went to Vietnam, were you “as green as the the day” you were born? No training? Surely they could at least “lock and load”?

  33. calli

    Happy Fathers’ Day, Daddy Cats! Don’t forget the one-liners.

    Exhibit A

    The Result

  34. Mater

    Back in 1991, whilst dog whistling was always a possibility, neither Fraser or Hawke used it. They knew it was there, but had the courage and dexterity to work around it.

    Yeah, Hawke never ‘dog whistled’!

    The people who are coming in this way are not the only people in the world who have rights of our compassion. Any sovereign country has the right to determine how it will exercise its compassion and how it will have an accretion of population.
    …I believe the Australian Government has got to make a clear statement now in the sources from which these people have come that if they come without having gone through our processes which apply to everyone else who is accepted and comes by appropriate channels then they will have no right of entry to this country.”

    Bob Hawke 1977

    I guess it’s ok when you’re are merely the Federal President of the Labor Party.

  35. calli

    I have family members over in Sri Lanka on vacation.

    It must be a hell-hole.

  36. classical_hero

    calli, no wonder why the wrestler was called Earthquake.

  37. Mater

    Bob, here another good one for you, from the SMH:

    Second, Whitlam did not want anti-communists to settle in Australia, irrespective of whether they were genuine asylum seekers. Here his stance differed from the position he took following the overthrow of Salvador Allende’s left-wing government in Chile in 1973. Departmental files reveal that in 1975, a senior foreign affairs official reminded the government that “the prime minister directed in November 1973, during the right-wing military coup in Santiago, that the Australian embassy should grant diplomatic asylum to all who sought it”.

  38. 1735099

    *Now all readily accessible for anyone not interested in swallowing The Left’s propaganda.

    Read the Pentagon Papers – it was all about saving face.
    Saving the Vietnamese from Communism ranked 10%.
    The Nixon administration made the “left” look like rank amateurs when it came to propaganda.

  39. 1735099

    I guess it’s ok when you’re are merely the Federal President of the Labor Party.

    His behaviour changed when he became PM.
    Unlike the current mob who have thoroughly wedged themselves into a corner.

  40. 1735099

    Second, Whitlam did not want anti-communists to settle in Australia,

    I don’t recall Whitlam’s government deporting families or refouling Vietnamese.
    But go ahead, and see what you can dig up…..

  41. calli

    Johnson is never mentioned in relation to Vietnam. Funny that.

  42. Mater

    The Nixon administration made the “left” look like rank amateurs when it came to propaganda.

    Yeah, Bob. We’ve heard it all before.

    1735099
    #2980439, posted on April 5, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    As for “truth telling” – Communist governments are no different from non-Communist governments.

  43. 1735099

    Johnson is never mentioned in relation to Vietnam. Funny that.

    I’m happy to mention Johnson, Kennedy, and any other Democrat who stuffed up when it came to Vietnam – and they both did. Johnson saw the writing on the wall and bailed out. Kennedy didn’t live long enough to see the whole thing unravel, although he began a process on October 2 1963 to start withdrawing US advisers.
    What’s your point?

  44. feelthebern

    Inevitably, because of their position and upbringing, the ruling class are fighting for their own privileges, which cannot possibly be reconciled with the public interest.

    & yet the Brits still tolerate the royals.

  45. 1735099

    Yeah, Bob. We’ve heard it all before.

    And no matter how often you’ve heard it, it remains true.
    Have you actually read the Pentagon Papers?

  46. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Allo ‘allo ‘allo. What’s all this then?

    After nearly a week (and quite possibly a warning) Liability Bob’s back on the V horse.

    A MASH marathon will do that to you.

  47. calli

    😁

    Why aren’t you guys having breakfast in bed? Here, I’ll flick youse a bit 🥓🥓🥓🍳

  48. Knuckle Dragger

    Excellent WIP Tom. Once again.

    I’m running out of space in the office to put shit up. Tomorrow might be Princess Leia, I think, as I’m running a just-under-the-surface battle with a couple of fat chicks who don’t like the phrase ‘fat chicks’.

  49. vr

    CL — Your post gets another mention in the article posted today in the Quadrant

  50. feelthebern

    When did you read the Pentagon Papers numbers ?

  51. bespoke

    It’s Dad’s day what will it bring?
    Sock’s? Jock’s?
    It does not matter.
    It’s Dad’s day!!

    Have a good one.

  52. 1735099

    When did you read the Pentagon Papers numbers ?

    Reading the unredacted version now.
    Read the redacted version years ago.

  53. lotocoti

    political decision about saving face rather than achieving anything.

    Aren’t we a couple of days early bringing up the eightieth anniversary of the Anglo-French declaration?

  54. Knuckle Dragger

    The Trump 404 page is a work of art. Nothing less.

    Planned to give every left softcock on the planet conniptions, and quite possibly (I hope) what comes up on screen after the trolls clock on a header that says ‘Gorilla Channel’ or ‘DJT’s tax returns’ or ‘Hair Secrets’.

  55. feelthebern

    How did you read the redacted version years ago ?

  56. Cassie of Sydney

    I see the Jooo hating racist and all round dunce is shitting all over the thread again.

  57. feelthebern

    Tulsi is at the Alabama game as guest of their QB’s family.
    Best guerilla marketing so far this campaign.

  58. 1735099

    How did you read the redacted version years ago ?

    I learned to read when I was four.
    That was a long time ago.
    Haven’t had problems reading stuff since.
    What’s your problem?

  59. mh

    Spring is here, but still cool around SE Qld.

    BOM temps this morning:

    Warwick fell to 1.7 degrees C
    Canungra and Kingaroy both 1.8 degrees C

  60. feelthebern

    numbers must have had the best internet plan in Australia when he read the Pentagon Papers years ago.
    Downloading 6.3 gig of data from rural Queensland would have been a wonder to behold.

    https://www.archives.gov/research/pentagon-papers

  61. feelthebern

    Learning to read at age four must have helped you with your pro bono advocate work.

  62. Mater

    I don’t recall Whitlam’s government deporting families or refouling Vietnamese.
    But go ahead, and see what you can dig up…..

    No, he made sure they stayed where they were, and got their just deserts.

    As Minister for Labour and Immigration my position on Vietnamese migrants [sic] was this: I rejected the “blood-bath” propaganda … peddled by the Liberal and Country parties …

    Whitlam put out an injunction of the processing of all applications from Vietnam. He had no constitutional right to assume the powers which had been commissioned to me by the Governor-General … on April 21, Don Willesee came to see me with a request that I accompany him to Whitlam’s office before Whitlam left … for Jamaica … He wanted Whitlam to recognise the realities of war and ease the restrictions applicable to other migrants [for South Vietnamese]. Whitlam refused and I supported him, saying I saw no reason why we should risk opening our doors to war criminals. But Willesee argued that this was not the proposition he was putting and stubbornly refused to budge in his fight for what he regarded as a humane approach. Finally, Whitlam stuck out his jaw and thundered: “I’m not having hundreds of fucking Vietnamese Balts coming into this country with their religious and political hatreds against us!” Poor Don looked pleadingly towards me for help but I replied: “No Don, I’m sorry mate, but I agree with Gough on this matter.” Indeed, not only did I agree with him, but I could have hugged him for putting my own view so well.

    Willesee urged that Vietnamese facing “summary execution, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment from a variety of persecutors” should be given diplomatic asylum. Reminding Whitlam that similar help had been offered during the right-wing military coup in Santiago, he further stated that “the Hungarian leader Imre Nagy, was summarily executed by the Russians in 1958 after leaving the Yugoslav Embassy in Budapest on a Soviet guarantee of safe conduct out of Hungary”. He warned that the same kind of thing could happen in Saigon. He made a special plea for Vietnamese who had been employed by the Australian Embassy, claiming that we had a moral obligation to take them into our arms. Whitlam rejected this plea out of hand.

    Clyde Cameron , China, Communism and Coca-Cola, pp 229-231

  63. BrettW

    Here was me thinking it was Father’s Day.

    Turns out it is yet another Vietnam Day.

    Repetitive and boring to say the least.

  64. bespoke

    I hope you have the peace you deserve son and I couldn’t provide but even during the darkest days I never regretted choosing to be your farther. You’ll always be with us, RIP my boy.

  65. 1735099

    There are all sorts of interesting bits in the Pentagon papers.
    For example –

    The U. S., however, did have to react to French proposals for a peace conference, and did so by insisting on a strong French stand, bolstered by continued fighting ·while negotiations were in progress. Moreover, the U.S. threatened to “disassociate” itself from the conference if the results were not favorable to the West*

    *TOP SECRET – Sensitive
    III. A. U.S. MILITARY PLANNING AND DIPLOMATIC MANEUVER, JANUARY-JULY 1954
    SUMMARY

    They were never honest brokers, and they can’t spell ” manoeuvre”.

  66. Knuckle Dragger

    So C.L. said overnight all female hoops should be banned, and I reckon there might be some biological backup to this.

    Without being a pathologist, I would suggest that vertebrae and bits of the ladeeee skull are thinner and lighter and those of blokes, which have evolved through tens of thousands of years of lifting and carrying things heavier than babies. Which would perhaps explain the greater incidence of snapped necks, sustained while falling off nearly a tonne of horse. Happy to be proved wrong on this one.

    The other reason, and one which is more obvious is that chickies are not programmed to fall over or off things. Not that blokes always execute a gracious para roll and spring to their feet when they do, but after watching chicks fall over for various reasons over many years I can say that it’s somewhat foreign to them.

    Every time, it’s like a half full bag of spuds falling off the back of a truck. Splat. There’s no protective or injury-reducing movement whatsoever.

  67. mh

    A mass shooting in the US that you may have missed

    Mobile Police
    @MobileALPolice
    MPD Arrest: 17-year-old Deangelo Parnell was arrested early Saturday morning after being identified as the suspect involved in a shooting that left 10 victims injured at Ladd Stadium on Friday night, August 29, 2019. Parnell is charged with (9 Counts) of Attempted Murder.
    https://twitter.com/MobileALPolice/status/1167799234122395649?s=20

  68. feelthebern

    After rewatching Luc Besson’s Joan of Arc a week or so ago, I was doing some googling & didn’t realise the whole transcript of her trial can be read.

    http://www.stjoan-center.com/Trials/

    It is hard going in places.
    I’ve had to reread parts & I’m only part way through.
    Real history.

  69. feelthebern

    On that note, it’s time the dog took me for a walk.

  70. C.L.

    Cameron Williams at the ABC wants to know why … why?

    Why have local audiences abandoned Adam Goodes and film, The Australian Dream?

    When the credits rolled on The Australian Dream after its premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival, it was met with a 10-minute standing ovation.

    Applause at Australian film festivals is often a courtesy, especially on opening night, but for the adoration to go beyond 30 seconds is an achievement.

    The documentary uses the experiences of former AFL player Adam Goodes to examine racial politics in Australia and is one of the best-reviewed, most-publicised Australian films of 2019.

    Jump a few weeks ahead to when the film opens in Australia and it ranks 12th at the box office on opening weekend.

    What happened?

  71. Knuckle Dragger

    Liability Bob’s pro bono hate speech work is retarded by his blind adherence to an ideology obsessed with taking other people’s stuff.

  72. areff

    KD: Clearly thoroughbreds enshrine with their very size and nature yet another strain of inherent sexism, and legislation is needed to rectify this injustice. As thicker-boned males are better able to survive falls, it is incumbent on our elected representatives to level the playing field, the race courses in this instance.

    I will be writing to Adam Bandt and Sarah Sea Cow demanding that they press for fields of shetland ponies, and only shetland ponies, at all race meetings.

    Also that the sexist term ‘bridle’ be banned. As a homophone of ‘bridal’ it evokes subjugation, possession and, in concert with ‘mounting yard’, the most appalling imagery of gender justice denied..

  73. Bruce of Newcastle

    Warwick fell to 1.7 degrees C
    Canungra and Kingaroy both 1.8 degrees C

    Be happy you aren’t suffering from the galloping global warming climate emergency.
    Woman dies in Death Valley National Park as temperatures approach 120 degrees (via Drudge)
    I wonder why they call it Death Valley?

  74. areff

    after watching chicks fall over for various reasons over many years I can say that it’s somewhat foreign to them.

    And she didn’t even need a horse under her. Just as well, too. Craig Emerson and every other married male ALPer capable of aiding the trollop’s political ascent would have been terminally jealous.

  75. Bruce of Newcastle

    Btw that last link is an excellent example of Googlish, which seems to’ve replaced Chinglish.

  76. BrettW

    Daily Mail reporting two shooters in Texas with 2 dead and 30 wounded.

  77. Johno

    Another mass shooting in USA. Texas this time, 30 people down.

  78. Goanna

    When the credits rolled on The Australian Dream after its premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival, it was met with a 10-minute standing ovation

    A ten minute standing ovation. Ten minutes!

    That’s performance art in itself.

  79. Geriatric Mayfly

    Everyone is happy to take the greenback.

    Not everyone. One of those professional pests at Joburg airport, first wanted to carry my one bag up the stairs. Told him I was quite capable. Then he insisted on me revealing my flight and he was then going to read the departure board for me and place me in the correct queue. Thanking him for his “assistance” I gave him US$1 to get rid of him. The indignity was instant. No good he said, I can’t take 1.00 to the bank. Well, wait until you get one hundred of them, was my reply. They do get nasty, some of them.

  80. Mater

    When the credits rolled on The Australian Dream after its premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival, it was met with a 10-minute standing ovation.
    Applause at Australian film festivals is often a courtesy, especially on opening night, but for the adoration to go beyond 30 seconds is an achievement.
    …What happened?

    Solzhenitsyn explains it well:

    “At the conclusion of the conference, a tribute to Comrade Stalin was called for. For three minutes, four minutes, five minutes, the stormy applause, rising to an ovation, continued. But palms were getting sore and raised arms were already aching. (…) However, who would dare be the first to stop? (…) They couldn’t stop now till they collapsed with heart attacks! (…) Insanity! (…) Then, after eleven minutes, the director of the paper factory assumed a businesslike expression and sat down in his seat. (…) To a man, everyone else stopped dead and sat down. They had been saved! (…) That, however, was how they discovered who the independent people were. And that was how they went about eliminating them. (…) Now that’s what Darwin’s natural selection is.”

    – Solzhenitsyn ‘The Gulag Archipelago’, 1975, pp 69–70.

  81. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Willesee urged that Vietnamese facing “summary execution, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment from a variety of persecutors” should be given diplomatic asylum

    A hundred thousand outright executions, 180,000 dead from starvation or disease in the “reeducation” camps.

  82. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Jump a few weeks ahead to when the film opens in Australia and it ranks 12th at the box office on opening weekend.

    let’s face it, anyone that reads first dog or whatever that shit is called, clearly loves being lectured to by sanctimonious bleeding heart hypocrites, so what’s not to love about a movie that accuses you of being white and racist. it’s a mystery. maybe they should have taken the transphobic angle instead?

  83. Empire 5:5

    What happened?

    The premiere screening audience was carefully selected to represent a suitably compliant yet vitriolic demographic of fashionably progressive cadres; severely educated, highly paid and wilfully ignorant.

    The applause was no organic expression of collective praise for a text of historical importance, it was programmed second quarter barracking in raucous support of the grand narrative: Australians are inherently racist and require educating.

    The majority (includes many colours and creeds), who live outside the bubble of white guilt virtue signalling and tenured public victimhood, have varying entertainment preferences and BBQ stoppers.

    These people, fooled by the self-delusion they are the smartest people in the [cinema], can’t even deduce that unity, not division, is the only feasible path forward.

  84. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    ODESSA, Texas — Police say there are “multiple gunshot victims” in Midland and Odessa after two suspects opened fire Saturday afternoon.

    One suspect is in dead and police are searching for another, according to the Midland Police Department.

  85. Farmer Gez

    The ticket sales prove the film’s point.

    The Australian Dream.

    I hear it’s very popular with Indian taxi drivers.
    Millionaire sportsmen complaining about a few instances of racist language really resonates with them.

  86. Well said 5.5, although, what do you mean by ‘severly educated’? It sounds like an interesting concept.

  87. Robert Mc

    Solzhenitsyn ‘The Gulag Archipelago’, 1975

    A highly regarded work of fiction. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich seemed more factual, but I liked Cancer Ward better.

  88. Bruce of Newcastle

    When the credits rolled on The Australian Dream after its premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival, it was met with a 10-minute standing ovation.

    I thought they were supposed to do jazz hands because clapping is triggering?

  89. C.L.

    Male jockeys are not exactly physically strong either (you’ll hear that one being rolled out) but males have a different centre of gravity, different (superior) reflexes, different (superior) anticipation and different (superior) ability to fall. Women should be banned from the sport. They won’t be, of course. The industry will instead initiate a non gender-specific ‘safety review’ and start banning things (like close riding). More female riders will die because of 1) generalised feminist lunacy; and 2) the systemic brainwashing of girls whereby they are told the lie that they can do ‘everything that boys do.’ They can’t. Wake the f-ck up.

  90. Tailgunner

    Second shooter in Texas brown bread.

  91. Nick

    Mater, that’s brilliant. Worth keeping as a reply.

  92. egg_

    Gerard on Insiders to Mark Kenny – it’s a hyperbolic analogy to compare the situation in Hong Kong to the Federal Minister’s position on the Tamil country shoppers.

  93. P

    vr
    #3145092, posted on September 1, 2019 at 7:34 am

    CL — Your post gets another mention in the article posted today in the Quadrant

    Thanks for the article The Networks That Snared George Pell. Long but good.

  94. egg_

    Labya throwing Shanghai Sam under the bus, deservedly.
    Plibbers chatting with Nanny Franny.

  95. egg_

    Does Shanghai Sam carry an Aldi bag on his bike?
    Delivery boy?

  96. Nick

    A Federal Court in Montreal has ordered Air Canada to pay $21,000 to a French-speaking couple in Quebec for violating their language rights.

    Lynda and Michel Thibodeau filed 22 complaints against Air Canada in 2016, alleging violations under the Official Languages Act, which established French and English as equal official languages in Canada.

    Among the complaints:

    Emergency exit signs are either exclusively in English or the English text is larger than the French text.
    Seatbelts are engraved with the word “lift” but not the French equivalent
    Airport announcements in French are not as detailed as those in English
    Thus, the lawsuit alleged Air Canada violated the linguistic rights of francophones.

  97. Mater

    Mater, that’s brilliant. Worth keeping as a reply.

    Nick,
    The unabridged version is even better, though I thought I’d cut it down a bit. The Director gets sent to Gulag shortly after the meeting.

  98. egg_

    Why have local audiences abandoned Adam Goodes and film, The Australian Dream?

    Schadenboner time!

  99. egg_

    Why have local audiences abandoned Adam Goodes and film, The Australian Dream?

    Turn it into a Bollywood musical.

  100. Nick

    If you were flying from Chicago to Omaha yesterday, you may have noticed a miniature horse on your flight or in the terminal. Just another day on American Airlines.

    Flirty is not an emotional support animal, even though the Department of Transportation has recently ruled that airlines must continue to permit miniature horses onboard as emotional service animals.

    Instead, Flirty is a service animal, specially trained to help guide a woman who is allergic to dogs.

    Well, that’s at least what Flirty’s owner, Abrea Hensley, claims when she trots onto an aircraft or gallops into an airport. Hensley also admits to loving horses.

    She told a local NBC affiliate:

    There was some sexual abuse when I was a kid…

    I was not able to really leave the house much. Usually I will end up completely shut down sitting in a corner somewhere having a hysterical sobbing attack.

    She was also caught in an active shooter incident many years ago.

    I don’t know about you, but that sounds exactly like an emotional support animal to me. Hensely claims Flirty helps with mobility assistance.

    Hensley asks people not to pet her miniature horse, but does maintain an Instagram account for her and boasts that she is potty trained.

  101. Empire 5:5

    Well said 5.5, although, what do you mean by ‘severly educated’? It sounds like an interesting concept

    Not mine. I don’t remember who coined it.

    It refers to the generations that have been indoctrinated from cradle to workplace with no cost state approved and subsidised education. The recipients, life time programmed consumers of fakestream media-entertainment and authorative propaganda, gravitate to power but have no coherent understanding of how the world and the majority of humans who inhabit it, actually function.

  102. John64

    For all his faults, Ol’ Leathery used to bring a certain gravitas to Insiders. Now it is just a bunch of lefty lightweights talking amongst themselves (Gerard excluded). Bordering on unwatchable.

    Maybe Speers will right the listing ship next year. But I doubt it.

  103. Overburdened

    Doing some catch up after several months in a place with not much running water let alone IT access.

    This was not in Gaol, which may be a less remote and safer environment.

    It’s a comfort to see some things don’t change.

    I have adopted a benevolent attitude toward the resident clown who provides so much mirth to the open thread.

    His thing about spastic and retard, all dished up to allow him to virtue signal his moral superiority over the benighted protagonists provided a mother lode of offerings for humorous discourse.

    It will be a shame when he finally ceases to contribute, amidst the discomfort of being misunderstood and under appreciated.

  104. DrBeauGan

    They’ve gone. I got fried pork and chips and two children making little demons of themselves for two and a half hours. And Maria playing sentimental songs on her phone. Also a bottle of sparkling White wine which was too sweet. God, I’m tough. Diaboli got hold of a cigar and broke it to see if she could. The little devils played with a land-line phone and I can only hope that they didn’t dial Australia. Or Washington.

    Domesticity is hell. Even a small sample is enough to remind me.

    Some of the sentimental songs were in English, which was bad. Having Spaniards wailing at you is much worse.

    Diaboli has already mastered the folding of the arms and the pursing of the lips to show disapproval, she only needs to do the tapping of the foot and it’s waily waily time. I find tickling her or pretending to bite her ear stops it, she can’t giggle and scowl at the same time.

    I like children, but you can have too much of a good thing.

    Very tiring. I think a good cigar might be recuperating.

  105. Overburdened

    Nick

    The suggestion that Flirty is part of the enablement of disablement and entitlement has merit.

    How I miss a simpler time when some people were just fuck ups.

  106. Black Ball

    Good morning.
    First of all, happy Father’s Day. Pretty sure that this is an example of heteronormal patriarchy which must be smashed, so enjoy while you can dads.
    As to the female jockeys who unfortunately lost their lives, Andrew Rule had an article in yesterday’s Hun on this very subject. I will endeavour to get some points from it, but Rule outlined just the sheer numbers of female jockeys entering the ranks compared to blokes. A quarter I think of apprentices are women, with 1in 7 full time also women. Will get some more information from the recycling bin where the Hun now resides.

  107. Some History

    Greta™ needs a cape (as super heroes do) – “aspiepower”.

    When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning! I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And – given the right circumstances- being different is a superpower. #aspiepower

    https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1167916177927991296?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

  108. Nick

    Overburdened, I agree. One comment was how come we can’t bring a sandwich on board but you can bring a fake support animal?

  109. custard

    The couch again calling for a federal ICAC, Henderson reminds them that the Chicoms money bag was revealed by the state electoral commission, not ICAC.

  110. egg_

    Happy Heteronormal Patriarchy Day*!
    /Blackba ll

    *Especially to That Wong Chap.

  111. johanna

    The Adam Goodes fillum is tanking, nobody wants to see it except in Carlton, and TheirABC is downcast:

    There’s no doubt the film’s distributor, Madman, did everything they could to promote the film with prime festival placement, strong word-of-mouth from advance screenings and extensive press coverage. For the film’s second weekend a 2-for-1 ticket deal is being offered to anyone with an active AFL membership or AFL club membership.

    The Australian Dream is a film that’s ahead of its time in many ways, but, like Goodes, while its heart is in the right place, the nation did not rise to meet it.

    The ticket sales prove the film’s point.

    Yep, people would rather see the Tarantino movie because we are all wacists.

    Never mind, the AFC will continue to fund SJW crap that nobody outside Carlton will pay money to see, so dry your eyes, snowflake.

    Oh, and Areff, thanks for posting the link to James Allan’s road trip, which I had missed. What a gem of a writer he is. Sharp, concise, and you just have to read the next paragraph to find out what happens. He would be a great novelist. Reminds me of Elmore Leonard.

    Thank goodness Our Lizzie wasn’t commissioned to do it. It would run to 15,000 words, replete with gushing and verbiage and personalia, and anyone who got to the end would be none the wiser.

  112. egg_

    Now it is just a bunch of lefty lightweights talking amongst themselves

    There will be no disunity of opinion at Their First Tuesday Book Club!

  113. egg_

    , like Goodes, while its heart is in the right place, the nation did not rise to meet it.

    Aussies won’t abide by a 13 y.o. girl being piled on?
    Strike me pink!

  114. Mater

    For those who wish to read it, in it’s entirety:

    Here is one vignette from those years as it actually occurred. A district Party conference was under way in Moscow Province. It was presided over by a new secretary of the District Party Committee, replacing one recently arrested. At the conclusion of the conference, a tribute to Comrade Stalin was called for.
    Of course, everyone stood up (just as everyone had leaped to his feet during the conference at every mention of his name). The small hall echoed with “stormy applause, rising to an ovation.” For three minutes, four minutes, five minutes, the “stormy applause, rising to an ovation,” continued. But palms were getting sore and raised arms were already aching. And the older people were panting from exhaustion. It was becoming insufferably silly even to those who really adored Stalin. However, who would dare be the first to stop?
    The secretary of the District Party Committee could have done it. He was standing on the platform, and it was he who had just called for the ovation. But he was a newcomer. He had taken the place of a man who’d been arrested. He was afraid! After all, NKVD men were standing in the hall applauding and watching to see who quit first! And in that obscure, small hall, unknown to the Leader, the applause went on -six, seven, eight minutes! They were done for! Their goose was cooked! They couldn’t stop now till they collapsed with heart attacks! At the rear of the hall, which was crowded, they could of course cheat a bit, clap less frequently, less vigorously, not so eagerly-but up there with the presidium where everyone could see them?
    The director of the local paper factory, an independent and strong-minded man, stood with the presidium. Aware of all the falsity and all the impossibility of the situation, he still kept on applauding! Nine minutes! Ten! In anguish he watched the secretary of the District Party Committee, but the latter dared not stop. Insanity! To the last man! With make believe enthusiasm on their faces, looking at each other with faint hope, the district leaders were just going to go on and on applauding till they fell where they stood, till they were carried out of the hall on stretchers! And even then, those who were left would not falter …. Then, after eleven minutes, the director of the paper factory assumed a businesslike expression and sat down in his seat. And, oh, a miracle took place! Where had the universal, uninhibited, indescribable enthusiasm gone? To a man, everyone else stopped dead and sat down. They had been saved! The squirrel had been smart enough to jump off his revolving wheeI.
    That, however, was how they discovered who the independent people were. And that was how they went about eliminating them. That same night the factory director was arrested. They easily pasted ten years on him on the pretext of something quite different. But after he had signed Form 206, the final document of the interrogation, his interrogator reminded him:

    “Don’t ever be the first ‘to stop applauding!”

    (And just what are we supposed to do? How are we supposed to stop?)
    Now that’s what Darwin’s natural selection is. And that’s also how to grind people down with stupidity.

    – Solzhenitsyn

  115. Geriatric Mayfly

    Greta™

    Given the posts above, it’s surprising that this little char has not been taken in by the Woke House of Sussex.

  116. Overburdened

    Nick
    Like putting children on hormones to superficially change their sexual presentation with lifelong consequences whilst banning lettuce in hospitals because of the risk of Listeria.
    Like banning consumption of tobacco and alcohol advertising at certain venues and times of day in the media and providing equipment and places for junkies to shoot up illegal substances.
    Like redefining heterosexual males as latent or active sexual predators and providing information to school children on how to take it in the arse.
    None of this is good for the social fabric.
    This I think may be the point.

  117. C.L.

    Williams at the ABC also ignores another elephantine fact in the room: outside of Victoria, nobody gives a shit about AFL soap operas, including the undisputed queen of the genre – the Adam Goodes story. Before ape-ageddon, I hadn’t heard of Goodes. When it was all over the news, my first reaction was that the girl was making a mean reference to Goodes’s simian looks. Leftists (as usual) subsequently informed me that anything simian is code for blackness. Which it isn’t. There are plenty of ugly, simian-looking white fellas too.

    That child was illegally detained, assaulted and illegally interrogated. All involved should have been prosecuted but they weren’t because the Victorian ‘justice’ system is a branch of the ALP.

  118. Black Ball

    Looks to me Mater that Gulag Archipelago will be required reading. Have never really got into reading books of any kind, even sporting identities whom I admire.
    Just as an aside, watching ABC kids shows. Diversity in action of course with the main protagonists a Muslim girl, Asian boy and Caucasian girl saving the day with zany high jinx. Then head to The Sunday Footy Show and all pale, stale males. This must be addressed!

  119. C.L.

    “Don’t ever be the first ‘to stop applauding!”

    That’s really Trump in a nutshell: he stopped applauding ever-escalating US leftism.

  120. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    All involved should have been prosecuted but they weren’t because the Victorian ‘justice’ system is a branch of the ALP.

    Well said.

  121. C.L.

    Time for Jeff Horn to retire. Too intelligent and normal to go on having his brain damaged.
    He worked his arse off, made his own luck a few times, banked some cash. That’s enough, Jeff.
    Well done. Now get out of the game.

  122. Geriatric Mayfly

    All involved should have been prosecuted but they weren’t because the Victorian ‘justice’ system is a branch of the ALP.

    Tic tac, back channel links between the courts and Spring Street. Who would dream of such a thing?

  123. Tel

    Leftists (as usual) subsequently informed me that anything simian is code for blackness. Which it isn’t. There are plenty of ugly, simian-looking white fellas too.

    The same people called George Dubbya “chimp” and “chimperor” and drew cartoons where he was caricatured as a chimp.

    Now, I happen to dislike the man, and dislike his policies, and think he’s a bit of an idiot … but after the left gave themselves a pass going after Bush based on his looks, they no longer have a leg to stand on when others do the same.

  124. Overburdened

    https://youtu.be/IgkId-5RpFI

    For all the dads on their special day.

  125. BrettW

    Two page spread in Sunday Mail today under headline Women on the frontline. Accompanied by pic of two gunned up female cops.

    The so called Chief Crime Reporter apparently spent a day with the specialist Public Safety Respone Team. Officer in charge seems impressed with the women and quoted as saying “we don’t need 6 ft 3″ riot squad guys”. Lots of mentions of the role of the unit and cases involved in but clearly most were handled by the male officers.

    Qld Police supposed to be going 50% women. Perhaps the reporter should have asked why only 4 of the 60 person unit is female.

    Judging by the headline banner the article might be part of a series on women police doing the hard stuff.

  126. johanna

    I like Senator John Kennedy (no relation), a Republican from Louisiana, a lot. Given where he’s from, it’s unlikely that he is pure as the driven, but he certainly has the gift of the gab:

    “The Wall Street Journal called Mr. Comey ‘Hurricane Comey,’ and I think that’s a very apt description. He left destruction in his wake. His major character defect…is his breathtaking arrogance. I mean, the man could strut sitting down. The laws he violated, the rules he violated were specifically designed to protect our country from people like him.”

    Zinger!

  127. C.L.

    Leftists have ridiculed the looks not only of Bush but also of Trump (!) and Abbott – to name just a few. Pauline Hanson has her own dedicated male stalker who makes a living ridiculing her looks and mannerisms. Goodes is just a prehistoric-looking bloke; simple as that. So are Ted Danson and Ron Perlman. The child should have been taught better manners but that’s not the state’s role. All adults know that children are given a pass when they commit these sorts of infractions.

  128. egg_

    Roy Masters* sounding like Gerard schooling them on Offsiders.
    Sad.

    *Sticking up for Folau.

  129. Roger

    I note that, in relation to the detained Sri Lankan Tamil family, journalists are now citing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), to which we are a signatory (and a fine document it is, whose principles we should be eager to uphold).

    The same covenant guarantees religious freedom, including the right to manifest one’s religious beliefs publicly.

    Odd that no journalist cited it when Israel Folau was under concerted attack by their cohort.

  130. 1735099

    A hundred thousand outright executions, 180,000 dead from starvation or disease in the “reeducation” camps.

    But that was only 10% of the reason the Yanks were in Vietnam, remember?
    They couldn’t have cared less about saving the Vietnamese from Communism.
    And when the body bags started to appear, their population woke up.
    Bruce Dawe, an Australian, (teacher at my old school, RAAF veteran) put it well –

    Homecoming – Poem by Donald Bruce Dawe

    All day, day after day, they’re bringing them home,
    they’re picking them up, those they can find, and bringing them home,
    they’re bringing them in, piled on the hulls of Grants, in trucks, in convoys,
    they’re zipping them up in green plastic bags,
    they’re tagging them now in Saigon, in the mortuary coolness
    they’re giving them names, they’re rolling them out of
    the deep-freeze lockers — on the tarmac at Tan Son Nhut
    the noble jets are whining like hounds,
    they are bringing them home
    – curly heads, kinky-hairs, crew-cuts, balding non-coms
    – they’re high, now, high and higher, over the land, the steaming chow mein,
    their shadows are tracing the blue curve of the Pacific
    with sorrowful quick fingers, heading south, heading east,
    home, home, home — and the coasts swing upward, the old ridiculous curvatures
    of earth, the knuckled hills, the mangrove-swamps, the desert emptiness…
    in their sterile housing they tilt towards these like skiers
    – taxiing in, on the long runways, the howl of their homecoming rises
    surrounding them like their last moments (the mash, the splendour)
    then fading at length as they move
    on to small towns where dogs in the frozen sunset
    raise muzzles in mute salute,
    and on to cities in whose wide web of suburbs
    telegrams tremble like leaves from a wintering tree
    and the spider grief swings in his bitter geometry
    – they’re bringing them home, now, too late, too early.

    57000 of these were Americans, and 500 were Australians; 200 of them conscripts, and the vast majority died after those making the decisions to continue to prosecute the war knowingly did so for domestic political reasons which had nothing to do with national security.

  131. thefrollickingmole

    Why have local audiences abandoned Adam Goodes and film, The Australian Dream?

    Because watching a film about an Aboriginal flog is as tedious as watching one about a white/Chinese or rainbow colored one>

    Prediction: This will become part of the curriculum before the end of the year.

  132. lotocoti

    Not mine. I don’t remember who coined it.

    David Thompson, or some from his manor.

  133. Roger

    Two page spread in Sunday Mail today under headline Women on the frontline. Accompanied by pic of two gunned up female cops.

    It will be interesting to track police use of their pistols once the 50% female force target is reached.

    I would not be surprised if it went up.

  134. Old School Conservative

    Thanks Tom for WIP.
    One of the most consistently uproarious ever.

  135. C.L.

    Oh good. I see Latham has returned to Twitter.

    Real Mark [email protected]

    Having emptied cinemas across Australia, the Goodes/Grant movie is now trying to close them down in the UK!!
    A game they’ve never heard of, played by a guy even we’d like to forget, whinging about a fake victimhood the UK knows too well.
    What could go wrong?

    The Australian [email protected]
    #TheAustralianDream will have its UK Premiere at the 2019 @BFI London Film Festival in October! 🇬🇧 Tell all your friends and family in the UK. #LFF http://mad.mn/tadbfilff

  136. C.L.

    How “domestic violence” is forever Getting Worse …
    Latham again:

    Real Mark [email protected]

    Did you know in NSW domestic violence is defined as “putting someone down”, “sporadic sulking”, “ongoing rudeness” and not talking in a relationship?
    The crazy feminazis have taken hold of this issue to the point where it is rendered meaningless and the entire State is guilty!!

  137. Roger

    Jump a few weeks ahead to when the film opens in Australia and it ranks 12th at the box office on opening weekend.

    What happened?

    The cultural and moral gap between the elites and the general public.

    That’s what happened, old mate.

  138. egg_

    Given the posts above, it’s surprising that this little char has not been taken in by the Woke House of Sussex.

    They’re lying low, given Uncle Andrew’s links to Epstein?

  139. stackja

    Mater
    #3145169, posted on September 1, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Genrikh Yagoda, Nikolai Yezhov and Lavrentiy Beria stopped applauding too soon?

  140. thefrollickingmole

    Numberwang off on the one true topic again..

    One Topic to rule them all, One Topic to find them,
    One Topic to bring them all and in the tediousness bind them
    In the Land of Vietnam where the Numbers lie.

  141. johanna

    thefrollickingmole
    #3145195, posted on September 1, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Why have local audiences abandoned Adam Goodes and film, The Australian Dream?

    Because watching a film about an Aboriginal flog is as tedious as watching one about a white/Chinese or rainbow colored one>

    Prediction: This will become part of the curriculum before the end of the year.

    Well spotted, mole. Mandating it in schools will generate the royalties that people who have a choice about how to spend their money did not.

    See also The Rabbit Proof Fence and An Inconvenient Truth.

  142. egg_

    The Australian Dream?

    Sport seems to be a method for the Left to organise the proles.
    Hence, the ill treatment of recently turned 13 y.o. Julia at the hands of Adam Goodes and the Authoritehs!
    Comrade.
    Will a film emerge about that?

  143. Muddy

    Ditch the Fitzsimons brick – this is what you want for Christmas:

    One of Australia’s leading [socio-cultural and economic insurgents] takes you behind the scenes of one of Australia’s biggest [propaganda] campaigns to show how we can use our voice to champion [our own egos].

    Even if you’re not [a civil insurgent] (yet), at a time when the news is written for clicks and elections are foight with three-word slogans, it’s crucial to preserve some record of events that isn’t ‘fake news’ or political spin. In part, this book is my attempt to counter the re-writing of how Australia achieved one of the most significant social changes in a generation.

    Sally Rugg is one of Australia’s most influential campaigners for social change. How Powerful We Are is her manifesto for championing [your individual right to slander and demonise complete strangers].

    In these pages Sally will teach you some of the things she learnt on the marriage equality campaign: how to develop a strategy, how to frame your messages, how to get your campaign to the media, how to build community power. And she’ll share with you the much harder lessons learnt: the consequences of campaign decisions; how to weather criticism and harassment from every angle; and how, in mass campaign movements, nothing is black and white.

    About the Author

    Sally Rugg is an LGBTIQ rights [social insurgent], writer and public speaker. She is Executive Director at [foreign funded] political activist group change.org, and was previously Campaign Director at GetUp where she lead the campaign for marriage [hijacking] for five years. Sally was recently awarded the 2017 SMAC of the Year at the FBi Awards, a Woman of The Year by Harpers Bazaar, one of Australia’s Most Influential LGBTIQ people by Cosmopolitan magazine and among the Top 15 Women Championing Human Rights by Amnesty International. How Powerful We Are is her first book.

    Industry Reviews
    ‘Incisive, blistering and tender. Sally is one of our most valiant warriors.’
    Clementine Ford, author of Fight Like A Girl And Boys Will Be Boys

    ‘Proof that the personal is always political – and love really can save the world.’
    Jamila Rizvi, author of Not Just Lucky

  144. 1735099

    Another mass shooting in USA. Texas this time, 30 people down.

    The second amendment – best example of unintended consequences in history.

  145. Muddy

    On a serious note, this is where conservatives really need to get their act together – by learning from their defeats. Mr. Bosi – I trust you are thinking in this type of direction?

  146. 1735099

    Numberwang off on the one true topic again..

    Well, no…
    I quoted a film review which launched this response –

    rickw
    #3145072, posted on September 1, 2019 at 6:55 am
    Strange that the USSR’s perspective* on this war was that it stopped them having further adventures in SE Asia. Pointless indeed.

    And the usual pile-on ensued.

  147. Roger

    Proof that the personal is always political…’

    Jamila Rizvi, author of Not Just Lucky

    Prog-Left Dogma 101.

  148. Shy Ted

    Oh joy (at the ABC), the Texas shooter is a white man. He’s dead. Even better, there’s a second shooter. He’s in custody. Sadly (for the ABC), it’s shaping up as a failed robbery of a mail truck and shooting to evade capture. Prolly a white supremacist robbery though.

  149. johanna

    Spring is sprung
    Da grass is riz
    I wonder where dem boidies is?

    Sunday being gardening day, I announce that the cyclamen I bought at Coles more than five months ago for $12 currently has 12 gorgeous, blood red flowers on it. I will shortly be down to $2 a month for non stop flowers in the living room. What a bargain!

    The secret is to put them outside at night, the colder the better.

    BTW, someone here mentioned a while back that wrens were nesting in his hanging cyclamen pot. Any updates?

  150. Geriatric Mayfly

    See also The Rabbit Proof Fence and An Inconvenient Truth.

    I doubt if the electronic pacifiers have cooled down enough after the decade of wear and tear demanded by these two helpings of propaganda. Every video machine in every school should be thoroughly checked out, so that Goodes is looking his very best. We don’t want the class clowns down the back, making offensive and racist comments.

  151. Tel

    Does anyone still rob mail trucks? I thought that stopped being profitable sometime in the 18th Century.

    You could open the packages and sell the junk on eBay, only to discover that’s the same gizmos people were buying from eBay in the first place.

  152. Shy Ted

    I can see the headline now – “Eccentric Toowoomba war hero’ analysis of US government documents shows how all wars could have been avoided”. Prolly be in The Guardian.

  153. thefrollickingmole

    Numberwang, proving denial isnt just a river in Egypt…

    Well, no…
    I quoted a film review

    About??

    Buller
    Buller
    Bueller???

  154. C.L.

    Meanwhile … in black supremacist Chicago:

    Chicago Has Its Worst Weekend of Gun Violence in 2019 as 7 Are Killed.

    The police said seven people were killed and 52 wounded by gunfire throughout Chicago from Friday evening to Sunday, including a 5-year-old boy who was shot in the leg while sitting in a car.

    Early Sunday, 17 people were shot in a period of two hours in a small pocket on the city’s West Side, turning residential blocks into chaotic scenes of ambulances, grieving family members and cars pockmarked with bullets.

    There were 32 separate shooting incidents throughout the weekend, the police said.

    Week in, week out.

  155. Geriatric Mayfly

    BTW, someone here mentioned a while back that wrens were nesting in his hanging cyclamen pot. Any updates?

    ‘Twas I. Coincidence you ask J. For the first time this morning, I shone the torch into the feathery tunnel, and the nest was empty. Sadly, only a few days ago I heard chirrups coming from same. The flowering white cyclamens surround the nest, and push up through it. They have taken on a funereal hue.

  156. egg_

    Will a film emerge about that?

    On a Fathers Day note

  157. Black Ball

    Looks to me Mater that Gulag Archipelago will be required reading. Have never really got into reading books of any kind, even sporting identities whom I admire.
    Just as an aside, watching ABC kids shows. Diversity in action of course with the main protagonists a Muusli girl, Asian boy and Caucasian girl saving the day with zany high jinx. Then head to The Sunday Footy Show and all pale, stale males. This must be addressed!

  158. C.L:

    That child was illegally detained, assaulted and illegally interrogated. All involved should have been prosecuted but they weren’t because the Victorian ‘justice’ system is a branch of the ALP.

    That now, young woman, is walking around with an IOU she can cash for several million dollars when she can get the case heard in front of a Supreme Court Judge.
    She just needs to get hungry enough to do so.
    If necessary, Take it to the High Court and let all the dirty washing come out.
    I think some high rollers are getting nervous this may happen.
    Does anyone know how the film deals with the issue? There just may be grounds in that film alone.

  159. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    See also The Rabbit Proof Fence and An Inconvenient Truth.

    “The Rabbit Proof Fence” was shown so often at my local school that the local students lost all interest.

  160. Mater

    Looks to me Mater that Gulag Archipelago will be required reading

    Black Ball,
    Indeed, it is.
    We cross paths a lot in our travels (by what I read here). I’ll give you the audiobooks if you like (MP3). Great in the car* on long trips and overcomes the pronunciation issues with the Russian names. Also good when walking or running.

    * Note: Better if wife and kids are not in the car (in my experience).

  161. egg_

    “Julia’s Story – That Fateful Day at the AFL”

  162. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Mr. Bosi – I trust you are thinking in this type of direction?

    Mr Bosi is indeed – his catchphrase is that “Amateur Hour is Over,” and he will be putting out a video soon, to describe what’s happening, when and why.

  163. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’ll give you the audiobooks if you like (MP3).

    Mater, thanks for the suggestion, where could I bag a copy on MP3?

  164. Not Uh oh

    Deb Frecklington leader of the liberal opposition in Qld on Outsiders this morning. According to Rowan she’s highly likely to be the next Premier. First impressions- zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Oh, and she doesn’t think Palachook is doing a very good job; so there!

  165. johanna

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #3145222, posted on September 1, 2019 at 11:09 am

    BTW, someone here mentioned a while back that wrens were nesting in his hanging cyclamen pot. Any updates?

    ‘Twas I. Coincidence you ask J. For the first time this morning, I shone the torch into the feathery tunnel, and the nest was empty. Sadly, only a few days ago I heard chirrups coming from same. The flowering white cyclamens surround the nest, and push up through it. They have taken on a funereal hue

    Sorry to hear that. It probably wasn’t a great choice for a nest.

    I still see wrens around here, although predators like magpies and currawongs make life difficult. There are tiny ones that sup on my Kangaroo Paw flowers in summer. It is amazing to watch. They are so tiny, and their wings buzz like demented bees.

    Sadly, blue wrens and willy wagtails are hardly ever seen any more around here. Don’t know why.

    I was interested to read recently that the common brown sparrow (imported from the UK) is disappearing in Australia. I remember when I was growing up they were everywhere. I have seen one or two in the last few years, but they are scarce.

    I look forward to BoN’s take on these matters.

  166. Roger

    “I have no great love for Jane Austen. I once tried to make myself read her much-lauded classic Pride And Prejudice in ideal conditions of peace and comfort.

    Within five minutes my eye had slid off the page and I was reading the small print on a nearby beer bottle label, which had suddenly become interesting by comparison.”

    Peter Hitchens

  167. Black Ball

    Yes will have to get it out. Not sure about audiobooks however, although as you say would be great in the car alone. Thanks for the suggestion Mater

  168. JC

    How to lose 60% in real estate.

    1. Build in Kansas
    2. Build a yuge house in Kansas
    3. Build stupid shit to go with the house – in Kansas.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/this-kansas-megamansion-has-a-network-of-underground-scuba-tunnels-11567174818

  169. thefrollickingmole

    JC

    I think thats kind of cool in a “Well thats an interesting thing to do if you have too much money” way.

    At least he didnt give it to an abortion mill or climate loon.

  170. Roger

    I was interested to read recently that the common brown sparrow (imported from the UK) is disappearing in Australia.

    And in the UK, where observed numbers have dropped by more than half.

  171. egg_

    I was interested to read recently that the common brown sparrow (imported from the UK) is disappearing in Australia.

    Displaced by invading Indian Mynas?
    How topical.

  172. Boambee John

    A ten minute standing ovation. Ten minutes!

    How very Stalinist.

    First person to stop clapping goes straight to the Gulag.

    Still, better yhan North Korea, where they provide target practice for tge AA gunners.

  173. CL:

    Did you know in NSW domestic violence is defined as “putting someone down”, “sporadic sulking”, “ongoing rudeness” and not talking in a relationship?

    I pointed out the offending paragraphs to the X one day – she believed it didn’t apply to her because Woman.

  174. Muddy

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3145233, posted on September 1, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Mr. Bosi – I trust you are thinking in this type of direction?

    Mr Bosi is indeed – his catchphrase is that “Amateur Hour is Over,” and he will be putting out a video soon, to describe what’s happening, when and why.

    No practice rounds I hope, Zulu. No smokeless either. I want the black powder effect.
    Prior to that, it begins with the intel: what you have, how you got it, and how and when you use it.

  175. Mater

    Black Ball and Zulu,

    All 104 sections of the Audiobook are downloadable here.

    Scroll down a little on the white section and on the RHS there is a box titled ‘Download Options’.
    Click ‘VBR MP3’
    Then hit the button that appears at the top of the box which has the Down Arrow and ‘104 Files’ written on it.
    Each of the 104 sections is about 45 minutes in length to listen to.

    Great for the train, too.

  176. johanna

    Any of our sheep knowledgeable Cats able to comment on this:

    Dr John Steinfort has developed what he calls sheep freeze branding.

    Using an apparatus with giant pincers, it clamps the sheep’s loose skin and emits a burst of liquid nitrogen that deactivates the nerves.

    It is described as being akin to how a doctor might burn a wart from your hand and he believes it inflicts next to no pain.

    “We’re tenting the skin and we’re freezing that tented skin quite quickly,” Dr Steinfort said.

    “The nerves are deactivated in that area, so we can get those animals and touch the area of skin and they do not react.

    “That’s been the big breakthrough.”

    In the weeks after the procedure the wool in the treated area falls out, which avoids the build-up of faeces and urine that presents a perfect fly-breeding habitat.

    Developing a viable method has taken the vet from Warragul in eastern Victoria almost 10 years.

    What do people who know about sheep reckon?

  177. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    What do people who know about sheep reckon?

    Umm, actively breeding for a plain bodied sheep without wrinkles – never mulsed a sheep, not for forty years.

  178. johanna

    egg, much as I hate Indian Mynahs (and I do, with a passion) it is hard to believe that they alone are responsible for the disappearance of sparrows.

    Maybe they got a disease? It seems a much more likely cause than other birds, which were always around. And we now hear that they are disappearing in the UK as well. Hmmm …

  179. Mater

    Sorry, I’ll also add that the 104 sections includes all three volumes of “The Gulag Archipelago”. 2000 odd pages.

  180. Roger

    I suspect egg_ was having a bit of fun, Johanna.

  181. Tailgunner

    Is Rothschilds on the banned word list now?

  182. Tailgunner

    Hmmm….it’s not that then…
    Epstein?

  183. Tailgunner

    Ah, Red Sea pedestrians in the link title…

  184. Tailgunner

    Is there any way around that, link Cats??

  185. JD

    For those history buff, war historians and for some amazing footage of machines from days gone by:
    Happy Father’s Day:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/PeriscopeFilm/playlists

  186. Tom

    Gunner, stuff your link into tinyurl.com — problem solved.

  187. Tailgunner

    Thanks Tom, I’ll give that a go.

  188. Roger

    Paul Collits on Operation Get Pell at Quadrant On-Line is worth a look.

  189. Infidel Tiger

    It really is incredible how many secret Trump supporters exist.

    At a gathering last night we were legion. All agreed that China must kiss our dicks.

    There is nothing better than enjoying a Chardonnay and finding out your friends and neighbours are righteous too.

  190. Rockdoctor

    Deb Freckless is a lightweight. Heard a whisper the other day of a Chrisifuli challenge. Would be a marked improvement if he does. Plus they need to clean out the front bench. Who is the shadow treasurer & why the hell can’t I recall him/her, MIA again while Trad fritters monumental money away…

  191. areff

    Surely there are ARC grants available to chart the link between sparrows and the sudden death of those they stare at?

    https://www.liveabout.com/sparrows-as-death-messengers-2596181

  192. C.L.

    The most likely culprit for the dying off off sparrows is unleaded petrol.

    Once again: blame environmentalists.
    Other causes: far fewer dilapidated buildings.
    They’re also disappearing from India.

  193. Tailgunner

    It really is incredible how many secret Trump supporters exist.

    It’s definitely true.
    A site I was on this week ,had to go see the builders about something. Waiting to talk to the guy in their site office. Look around and see a portrait above a workspace that I recognise…
    Young D.Trump graduation photo from the military school he attended!! Then noticed the Hillary for Prison 2016 sticker on his laptop.
    Great stuff!

  194. rickw

    The second amendment – best example of unintended consequences in history.

    The intended consequence of course is that Americans have never had to kneel before a hole they just dug waiting for someone from government to blow their brains out.

  195. C.L.

    They’re sweet little critters, sparrows.
    It would be a shame to see them go.
    This bloke also makes a good point: we need to CULL other species…

    Any nesting sites are easily accessible to grey squirrels, cats prowl continuously and the monoculture of carrion crows on Clapham Common has spread to local streets. I have watched sparrowhawks wipe out the blackbirds.
    I also have a rented garden in Norfolk with more songbirds. “But the bird table there has turned into a breakfast table for these birds of prey.”

    The size, urbanization of this small island has long dictated that our biodiversity can only be maintained by a man-aged environment but this is increasingly not the case.
    ‘We are returning to the survival of the fittest. In order to survive these days a species must be cuddly, glamorous, large, aggressive or televisual.’

    Humans are indeed to blame because of their sentimentality, anthropomorphism. Disneyfication, political correctness and plain ignorance.

    To the RSPB ‘cull’ is a four- letter word that might offend their animal rights supporters.

    “Paradoxically if this was conducted humanely to control pests it would be one of the best ways of protecting some species.”
    The direction of our culture will not change.
    ‘So sadly little brown birds such as the sparrow are doomed.’

    Financial Times: 2003 September – By N Forde.

  196. rickw

    It really is incredible how many secret Trump supporters exist.

    My favourite encouragement to my engineers is:

    “No Low Energy Solutions!”

  197. Tel

    Sport seems to be a method for the Left to organise the proles.

    It’s more than that, it’s a method for central power to interfere with any proles who would attempt to organize themselves.

    So try getting a regular group together to kick a ball around the local park and pretty quickly some government guys will turn up demanding permits, paperwork, and making it impossible to continue … unless you get one of their key people and put them in charge of the operation. It’s a way to insert a leftist power broker into whatever minor leadership positions might appear. Organizations that refuse to accept a party member in their midst must be destroyed.

  198. Robert Mc

    The most likely culprit for the dying off of sparrows is unleaded petrol Roundup.

  199. areff

    Bring back air rifles, give them to young lads (and lasses) and put a bounty on mynahs.

    At, say, 50 cents a head, an enterprising youth could make an easy $20 any day of the week in my backyard.

  200. notafan

    Read the Paul Collits article.

    I have no doubt there was talking and supporting and encouraging.

    Gillard, Waller, Milligan and the rest.

    Didn’t realise how far back Milligan’s antipathy to Cardinal Pell went, 2002

    Didn’t fawn over the Rose of Tralee I suppose.

    I note too the comment at the end that it is likely, having had his tyres pumped by so many for do long the accuser now believes his tale is true.

  201. 1735099

    The intended consequence of course is that Americans have never had to kneel before a hole they just dug waiting for someone from government to blow their brains out.

    The unintended consequence of course is that more Americans blow each others brains out with firearms annually than all the countries in rest of the developed world combined.

    It’s not recorded whether they were kneeling when they were shot.

  202. John Constantine

    The freeze mulesing works, but involves using dangerous materials, thus requiring credentialism and workplace safety regulation.

    The war on sheep is just using mulesing as a visually high impact weapon, even if bloodless mulesing using plastic clips or freezing with nitrogen removes the visual impact of the surgical mulesing that no longer has a social licence, the war to end livestock farming will seamlessly move to the next weapon.

    Who would have thought that huge multinational chemical companies selling medicated genetically modified roundup marinated soybean sludge as human rations replacing smallholder raised organic free range meat would become the darlings of the left?.

    The future belongs to the big advertising budgets and the big crony bribe payers.

  203. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    the war to end livestock farming will seamlessly move to the next weapon.

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, themselves, admitted that their aim was a ban on breeding Merino sheep in Australia, and, ultimately, a ban on the use of animals for Food, Fiber and Fun.

  204. johanna

    Cheer up, Tel, the masses have voted against the pantywaist moneygrubber with their feet and dollars.

    As for local government, to think that Whitlam thought that this should be the building block of government!

    Not a week goes by where we do not hear of a local council which is completely dysfunctional. When they are not bullying staff and rorting expenses, they are shepherding through favoured development approvals and nixing the opposition.

    Not surprisingly, these are the training grounds for our future MPs.

  205. notafan

    I mentioned at the time my footie fan daughter had no idea Goodes was Aboriginal, she thought he had Lebanese heritage.

    I doubt many would pick him as Aboriginal if they didn’t already know who he was.

  206. John Constantine

    Nitrogen freeze mulesing linked to individual electric eartags and blockchain may create a ledger of identification of which sheep have been treated according to social licence.

    Lot more complicated than just giving a quick snip to those lambs that need it at marking time.

    Marking will soon require a social licence to castrate.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o1s-6kxxoo

  207. notafan

    The Goodes movie sounds intensely boring.

  208. notafan

    I enjoy Austen but I do think they are books written for women.

    I bet Hitchens wouldn’t like Georgette Heyer either.

  209. johanna

    I don’t like Georgette Heyer. Too slushy and sentimental for me.

    But, Jane Austen is almost up there with The Divine Agatha, especially when it comes to book sales. 🙂

  210. JC

    Yea right, it’s not the formaldehyde that keeps her going.

    Ginsburg: Supreme Court Work Keeps Me Going

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sought Saturday to dispel concerns over her health, telling a packed audience at the National Book Festival that she was readying to plunge into the Supreme Court term opening October.

  211. Fisky

    I don’t recall Whitlam’s government deporting families or refouling Vietnamese.

    That is a rather disgraceful attempt to whitewash Whitlam’s abandonment of virtually the entire local embassy staff and their families to the NVN, no doubt motivated by the fact that you SUPPORTED Whitlam’s decision to do so at the time.

    The reality is the Whitlam government accepted almost no refugees at all from SVN, the ones that were accepted were generally hard cases such as orphans, and there was certainly no consideration that Vietnamese embassy admin, translators, etc, would face persecution by the NVN. Or perhaps there was, but the Left figured whatever persecution they were soon to face was thoroughly deserved.

    “Saigon Crooks”, is what you and your allies used to call them, right Numbers?

  212. Fisky

    M0sl3m women ‘sterilised’ in China detention camps, say former detainees
    ‘It’s like we were just a piece of meat,’ says Gulbahar Jalilova

    Wow. Hey guys let’s go easy on the trade war, yeah? Cut the CCP some slack! #freetrade

  213. thefrollickingmole

    When the people calling it an emergency, and imposing costs on OTHERS to save the world start to cut back a little themselves…

    London mayor unveils plan to tackle ‘climate emergency’

    followed by..

    Eighty years ago, the start of the second world war saw Nazi Germany invading Poland. Six years later, up to 85 million people were dead. I’m in Poland this weekend to commemorate the start of the bloodiest war in human history.


    plus..

    NOT SO GREEN Eco campaigner Sadiq Khan branded hypocrite after racking up enough air miles to reach the MOON
    Along with his top team, the London Mayor has travelled 280,000 miles around the world

    The Mayor is keen to flaunt his credentials as a green campaigner and last week met with the Extinction Rebellion protesters who recently brought London to a standstill.

    Last year he declared a “climate emergency” and vowed to step in where the Government is failing to act.

    Mr Khan insisted he and his aides are “doing everything in our power” to slow climate change.

  214. notafan

    Heyer has some very entertaining dialogue.

    I think her books are pretty hilarious and capture the period well but of course they are Regency romances in which true love always wins. 🙂

    She is another extraordinarily successful mid 20th century English author who remains in print today.

    Barbara Cartland was notorious for plagiarising her plots.

  215. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’ve no idea why sparrows are on the way out. There are a few at the local shopping centre, but one of the noticeable things is how clean everything is these days. Very few crumbs for them. Then there’re the crows who’d just love a mouthful of sparrow. Crows are now highly protected so shopping centres have lots of them.

    I only have a couple of indian mynah pairs because I hose them and throw things at them. (I’m a terrible shot – never hit one yet.) Also the kookas dive bomb them, the noisies mob them sometimes and the house magpie has a go at them too when he can be bothered. Must prevent them from laying, if necessary destroy their nest and plug up the holes they like to nest in. Nest holes are mynah magnets – a most prized possession that they will keep and defend vigorously.

    I get no sparrows or willy wagtails or wrens, but I have lots of tame currawongs and noisies. The noisies are rigorous in chasing away birds that are on their black list, including all the honeyeaters. But tame noisies are a lot of fun.

  216. bespoke

    JD
    #3145265, posted on September 1, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Top link thanks.

  217. Muddy

    JD
    #3145265, posted on September 1, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    For those history buff, war historians and for some amazing footage of machines from days gone by:
    Happy Father’s Day:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/PeriscopeFilm/playlists

    Interesting link, thanks JD.
    In the newsreel of the first B29 raid on Tokyo, I noted the ground techs screwing fuses into the nose of their racked aerial bombs, which is a detail you don’t often see.

  218. 1735099

    That is a rather disgraceful attempt to whitewash Whitlam’s abandonment of virtually the entire local embassy staff and their families to the NVN, no doubt motivated by the fact that you SUPPORTED Whitlam’s decision to do so at the time.

    This must be Catallaxy, where it’s impossible to discuss any issue without a dollop (laid on very thick) of the “whatabouts”.
    Whitlam’s approach was absolutely wrong and misguided, but he wasn’t in power long enough for it to shape our refugee policies. Fraser and Hawke, on the other hand were, and the outcome was positive for the 150000+ Vietnamese who were resettled.
    Then along came John Howard who saw a chance to use fear and loathing of refugees to win an election, and he grabbed the chance with both hands.
    That has backed the incumbents into a corner created by their own vicious rhetoric, and as a consequence we have a settled and productive family under threat of deportation, and people banged up for years on offshore gulags.
    We also have more than 64,000 people in Australia illegally after overstaying work and tourist visas, with the federal government estimating as many as 12,000 have been here for more than 20 years.
    But that’s OK – they came by plane so they don’t fit the bullshit narrative.
    Now that is disgraceful.
    Vietnamese who arrive on boats these days are routinely refouled, but there is the same Communist government in power in Vietnam now as when we were welcoming them in the late seventies and early eighties.
    What has changed?

  219. Des Deskperson

    ‘The Australian Dream is a film that’s ahead of its time in many ways, but, like Goodes, while its heart is in the right place, the nation did not rise to meet it.’

    I haven’t seen , and don’t intend to see, the film, but I’m interested in the ways in which it’s ‘a film that’s ahead of its time’.

    Does it involve new cinematographic techniques? Does it take a radical new approach to documentary making? Has it found some startling new angle on race relations?

    Otherwise it just seems like film about whitey mistreating an Aboriginal/Aboriginals, an Australian film-making cliche for decades.

    Perhaps, like ‘edgy’, ‘transgressive’ and ‘irreverent’, ‘ahead of its time’ is just ABC speak for ‘safe and preachy’.

  220. Leigh Lowe

    Well, it’s late here in Asbury Park, NJ, so off to bed I go.
    No show from Maria again.
    What can that mean?

  221. Atoms for Peace

    Why is it that the evangelical Greens seem to be so averse to telecommuting?

  222. Atoms for Peace

    Ginsberg should be flogging her own brand of beef jerky methinks.

  223. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    I get no sparrows or willy wagtails or wrens,

    That’s because you probably don’t have a cat, Bruce.

  224. Cassie of Sydney

    “This must be Catallaxy, where it’s impossible to discuss any issue without a dollop (laid on very thick) of the “whatabouts”.”

    This must be Catallaxy, where it’s impossible to discus any issue without the Jooo hater and all round racist dolloping thick amounts of “whatabout me” into every issue.

  225. Fisky

    people banged up for years on offshore gulags.

    LOL, you don’t even believe the gulags were real, Comrade Digits!

  226. areff

    I bet Hitchens wouldn’t like Georgette Heyer either.

    He’d be silly if he didn’t like her Waterloo book — An Infamous Army — which someone told me was on the Sandhurst reading list. Don’t know if that’s true, but it’s as good an account as Sharpe’s Waterloo, which is a pretty good attempt at “writing the history of a ball”, as Nosey is reputed to have said.

  227. Steve trickler

    Good stuff, Larry!

    He’s triggering a lot of people.

    What will goooooooooooolag do?



  228. Neil

    But that’s OK – they came by plane so they don’t fit the bullshit narrative.
    Now that is disgraceful.

    It is not OK but there is nothing you can do about it.

    But Howard had solved the refugee/boat people from. We stop the boats and take our refugees from UNHCR camps. Rudd/Gillard restarted the problem by dropping our borders.

    BTW most of the asylum seekers who fly in are foreign students legally here on a student visa. They apply for asylum after arriving because they like it here. There are 600,000 foreign students in Australia so if only a small percentage apply that is still a lot of people

  229. Arky

    DI, which depends on repetition, rote learning and strong classroom discipline,

    ..
    No, it doesn’t.
    Direct instruction depends on properly explaining the lesson at a level students can understand, then getting students working putting the skill into practice immediately after instruction.
    It is the best method of teaching for the average student.

  230. Eyrie

    That bloke fishing from the drone is the least of CASA’s problems. Excellent.
    https://airspeeder.com/

  231. Arky

    Heyer has some very entertaining dialogue.

    ..
    Oh God, you’ve thrown me for a loop.
    Panic attack.
    What happened to Agatha Christie?
    Don’t go changing the topics violently like that. I need stability.
    Next thing you know numberwang will be commenting on the Korean war instead of Vietnam, and trickler will be posting videos of trams instead of trains.

  232. Black Ball

    30 years since the greatest grand final played between Hawthorn and Geelong. The great Dermott recovering from the Yeates hit. Dipper with collapsed lungs after Ablett crunched him. Platten not knowing where he was at half time. Tuck with an injured ankle. Garry Hocking with blood pouring from his gob, a broken jaw? High scoring, fast track, champions everywhere, will take some topping.

  233. Leigh Lowe

    Can’t sleep.
    Watching TV.
    Question: How do you make a Kevin Costner movie even worse?
    Answer: Keep the English soundtrack and dub it into Spanish.

  234. Black Ball

    Question: How do you make a Kevin Costner movie even worse?
    Answer: Keep the English soundtrack and dub it into Spanish.

    Is it Waterworld?

  235. JC

    Leigh

    Are you really NJ or kidding around?

  236. Top Ender

    If the federal government caves in re the Tamil family, they will be ignoring the findings of the courts:

    Mr Dutton told Nine that immigration authorities had spent years assessing their case, and a succession of courts including the high court had ruled against them.

  237. Leigh Lowe

    Is it Waterworld?

    Nah.
    It is a film about a teacher/running coach trying to coach Espanols to run cross-country without the cops chasing them.
    Hence the dubbing in Spanish I guess.
    Don’t know the name of it.

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