Tuesday Forum: September 3, 2019

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  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    Malcolm Turnbull’s finest hour

    Speaking of such things, this.

    Trump administration rolls back Obama-era lightbulb rules (4 Sep)

    Trump is a very fine President! Maybe someone can give Mal a MAGA hat for Thanksgiving.

  2. Arky

    I’m waiting for parts.
    It will be finished.

  3. Leigh Lowe

    Five minutes of gourmet farmer and ‘rehabilitator of the land’ Matthew Evans was all I could stand on SBS just now.

    What a sanctimonious, preaching, didactic, best camera angle-seeking, carefully tousled, self-intoxicated tit!!

    I remember the promo for the first series of Gourmet Farmer(?) … “I am one of the countries most feared food critics, but I gave that all away to go back to the land …”
    Most feared = complete arsehole, in a kind of “nice business you got here …” kind of way.
    And gave what all away? Two days a week filming in Tassie?
    He is a pale try-hard imitation of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

  4. Atoms for Peace

    New Cat competition “I do”.

  5. mh

    If we’re going back in time…

    Someone fighting back against China would be unilaterally removing all tariffs.

  6. JC

    What are you going to do with it after you’re finished, Arky?

  7. Mater

    If we’re going back in time…

    Ok, if there is no statute of limitation.

    [Speaking about Julia Gillard]:

    She isn’t ugly in the least and has actually quite a pretty face.

    And to the perpetrator…you know who you are! 😉

  8. Fat Tony

    Arky
    #3148403, posted on September 5, 2019 at 8:31 pm
    I’m waiting for parts.
    It will be finished.

    Yeah yeah….I know the story: the cheque’s in the mail, I’ve been busy lately……the cat had kittens…my grandmother just died.

    Keep ’em coming, Arky.

  9. Fat Tony

    JC
    #3148408, posted on September 5, 2019 at 8:33 pm
    What are you going to do with it after you’re finished, Arky?

    JC – that’s a theoretical question.

  10. cohenite

    Prince Chilla is extremely intelligent.

    Nah, Charlie is as thick as only a millennium of inbreeding can create. Charlie’s intelligence will only be manifested when he reincarnates as a slosh rag for his horse faced beloved.

  11. egg_

    Five minutes of gourmet farmer and ‘rehabilitator of the land’ Matthew Evans was all I could stand on SBS just now.

    SBS’ own Ron Burgundy, even more insufferable than Todd ‘Bodyhack’ Sampson, and that’s saying something.

  12. John Constantine

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-04/michael-burry-explains-why-index-funds-are-like-subprime-cdos

    For an investor whose story was featured in a best-selling book and an Oscar-winning movie, Michael Burry has kept a surprisingly low profile in recent years.

    But it turns out the hero of “The Big Short” has plenty to say about everything from central banks fueling distortions in credit markets to opportunities in small-cap value stocks and the “bubble” in passive investing.

    One of his most provocative views from a lengthy email interview with Bloomberg News on Tuesday: The recent flood of money into index funds has parallels with the pre-2008 bubble in collateralized debt obligations, the complex securities that almost destroyed the global financial system.

    Burry, who made a fortune betting against CDOs before the crisis, said index fund inflows are now distorting prices for stocks and bonds in much the same way that CDO purchases did for subprime mortgages more than a decade ago. The flows will reverse at some point, he said, and “it will be ugly” when they do.

    “Like most bubbles, the longer it goes on, the worse the crash will be,” said Burry, who oversees about $340 million at Scion Asset Management in Cupertino, California. One reason he likes small-cap value stocks: they tend to be under-represented in passive funds.

    Australias compulsory superannuation steals wealth from people in the prime of their productive lives, kills that potential for credit multiplier growth, then basically dumps the cash into index funds.

    Guaranteeing price support for all crap stocks in the index.

    What could possibly go wrong?.

    Union funds boast of cheap costs from passively tracking the index that is supported by them tipping more funds in every week.

    Comrades.

  13. Mater

    Another contender:

    Gillard’s alright.
    I wouldn’t say no.

    Both (previously) respected contributors.

  14. egg_

    I remember the promo for the first series of Gourmet Farmer Masturbator

    FTFY.
    Prolly uses a herbal dipping sauce.

  15. John Constantine

    200 up, Smith carrying the load on 80.

    Everybody else [ except Mad Marnus] batting on a minefield.

  16. The culturally clueless moderators at “The Australian” have never encountered the phrase “Playing the Mad Mick & Banjo”
    (Manual labour is clearly outside their scope of cultural experience)
    They’ve blocked at least 6 comments (possibly many more) referencing that phrase, under an article on Bob Katter chaining himself to a shovel.

  17. notafan

    Dear Des deskperson, please watch all the episodes of this which I believe had an enormous impact on Australia’s fishing industry.

    Matthew Evans is a film council grant and and SBS contract wrangler extraordinaire.

    what’s the catch

  18. John Constantine

    “Ironically, the Japanese central bank owning so much of the largest ETFs in Japan means that during a global panic that revokes existing dogma, the largest stocks in those indexes might be relatively protected versus the U.S., Europe and other parts of Asia that do not have any similar stabilizing force inside their ETFs and passively managed funds.”

    How big does the compulsory union super fund sector have to get, before it is such a chunky holder of asx index funds that your super is trapped and can’t escape, but that is a stabilising force on the index?.

    Obviously mass importation of millions of new workers to keep paying into compulsory super is required to prevent retiring baby boomers killing the whole system by stopping paying in and starting taking money out.

  19. Arky

    What are you going to do with it after you’re finished, Arky?

    ..
    I’m going to sit in the shed looking at it in great satisfaction.

  20. Fisky

    The price of the mass immigration ponzi economy –

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-05/apartments-could-prove-the-crack-in-the-housing-market-recovery/11478834

    Structural defects in high-rise apartment blocks — including cracking in Sydney’s Opal Tower and flammable cladding, raising fire risks on others around the nation — have forced the evacuation of residents and triggered awareness about loopholes letting down owners and renters.

    With no simple solution in sight and the issue traversing the responsibility of state and federal governments, insurers, surveyors and builders, analysts are weighing the impact.

    “This could be many billions, even a trillion dollars, worth of damage if you take the value collapse as well actually cost of repair,” said Digital Finance Analytics principal Martin North.

    The reality is that most apartments built in the last decade are worth nothing. Literally nothing. The mass immigration ponzi economy has totally destroyed construction standards.

  21. Overburdened

    Scrolling by it’s with a feeling of déjà vu (for all the old hippies and or CSS&N fans of yesteryear) that I mention Soylent Green.

  22. egg_

    The mass immigration ponzi economy has totally destroyed construction standards.

    Similarly, wind turbine towers are made with inferior Chinese steel prone to corrosion.
    Comrade.

  23. Fisky

    Oh dear, what a bunch of frauds.

    Earlier this year, Housing Minister Phil Twyford backslid on the Government’s ‘KiwiBuild’ program to build 100,000 public houses, delaying the start date and changing the policy from “build” to “facilitate” the “delivery of 100,000 affordable dwellings”, as well as changing the definition of “affordable”.

    Now, the NZ Government has waved the white flag, abandoning its building target and announced a bunch of demand-side measures that will inflate prices:

  24. Overburdened

    CSN&Y lol oops

    I blame working by candle light.

  25. Crossie

    The reality is that most apartments built in the last decade are worth nothing. Literally nothing. The mass immigration ponzi economy has totally destroyed construction standards.

    Likewise the Ponzi scheme of immigration itself. The economy is not improving due to all this increase in populace, the only things going up are the national welfare budget and the national debt.

  26. Overburdened

    #penthousetobasement

  27. Crossie

    This has probably already been mentioned, Boris Johnson’s brother has betrayed him as well by leaving the Conservative party. So much for party loyalty and even less for family loyalty. It seems all families have bounders.

  28. Overburdened

    Crossie

    This is why the tax payer, in diminishing numbers, should persevere.

  29. Crossie

    The Churchill family has its own bounder in Lord Soames.

    How extraordinary to see all these masks slipping so people can see the Darth Vaders of British politics.

  30. Crossie

    It’s hugely entertaining to watch the elites in UK spitting the dummy but I don’t want the whole nation to go down the drain.

    Did any soothsayers, prognosticators, fortune tellers and clairvoyants see this coming? No and that’s why I don’t believe in horoscopes.

  31. egg_

    What’s the Catch? Matthew Evans discovers the shocking truth about Australia’s seafood and reveals what we should be eating and why.

    What a sanctimonious turd.

  32. Mater

    This has probably already been mentioned, Boris Johnson’s brother has betrayed him as well by leaving the Conservative party. So much for party loyalty and even less for family loyalty. It seems all families have bounders.

    Jo Johnson’s wife, Amelia Gentleman, is a Guardian journalist.
    It’s an interesting situation.

  33. Fat Tony

    Crossie
    #3148443, posted on September 5, 2019 at 9:32 pm
    It’s hugely entertaining to watch the elites in UK spitting the dummy but I don’t want the whole nation to go down the drain.

    Did any soothsayers, prognosticators, fortune tellers and clairvoyants see this coming? No and that’s why I don’t believe in horoscopes.

    I don’t think they foretold the end of the USSR and the fall of the Berlin Wall – minor events, no doubt.

  34. John Constantine

    Their Australian left cheer Vienna being announced the world’s most liveable City.

    Sixty-two percent public housing.

    Obviously Australia must bail out the dogbox apartment Landsharks deathtraps Ponxi, by buying the ruins with taxpayer liability debt.

    One belt, one road, one million apartments.

    Comrades.

  35. zyconoclast

    Iran a high priority for BloJo?

    Netanyahu to dash to London Thursday, meet Johnson, amid UK political upheaval
    PM to discuss efforts to ‘rebuff Iran’s terrorism and aggression’ with embattled counterpart Boris Johnson; will also powwow with new US defense chief

    Despite a major political crisis in Britain, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to embark on a “snap visit” to London on Thursday for meetings with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, his office announced Wednesday.

    The spontaneously planned trip raised some eyebrows among political analysts, given the turmoil currently engulfing the British political system that is sure to take priority over any other matter in 10 Downing Street.

  36. Crossie

    I have just worked out how the elites all seem to have gone insane, it’s the private plane travel. The rarefied air in those planes must be rather thin on oxygen. It’s much safer to fly cattle class on commercial flights since the rest of us seem unaffected. And this theory involves more science than the climate change models.

  37. Crossie

    Jo Johnson’s wife, Amelia Gentleman, is a Guardian journalist.
    It’s an interesting situation.

    Well of course, can you imagine the upper classes writing for any paper read by the peasants?

  38. Boambee John

    Fat Tony

    I don’t think they foretold the end of the USSR and the fall of the Berlin Wall – minor events, no doubt.

    Paul Dibb was much criticised in the early 1980s when he said that the Soviet economy was (in different words) a house of cards. He was right, never trust the economic statistics of a communist country.

  39. John Constantine

    Hundy up for Smith.

    One way to take the sting out the barmy army.

  40. Fisky

    Likewise the Ponzi scheme of immigration itself. The economy is not improving due to all this increase in populace, the only things going up are the national welfare budget and the national debt.

    Incredibly, not only per capita GDP growth, but also real GDP have FALLEN since the mass immigration spigot was opened around 2002. We’ve doubled immigration, but nearly halved real GDP growth. So immigration has utterly failed to lift growth. A disaster.

    https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/06/debunking-australias-fake-growth-record/

  41. Fat Tony

    Boambee John
    #3148456, posted on September 5, 2019 at 9:58 pm
    Fat Tony

    I don’t think they foretold the end of the USSR and the fall of the Berlin Wall – minor events, no doubt.

    Paul Dibb was much criticised in the early 1980s when he said that the Soviet economy was (in different words) a house of cards. He was right, never trust the economic statistics of a communist country.

    Actually Boambee John, I was referring to the so-called clairvoyants / fortune tellers – you know, the ones who don’t have to work cos they win Gold Lotto every weekend.

  42. Mark A

    Fisky
    #3148458, posted on September 5, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Likewise the Ponzi scheme of immigration itself. The economy is not improving due to all this increase in populace, the only things going up are the national welfare budget and the national debt.

    Incredibly, not only per capita GDP growth, but also real GDP have FALLEN since the mass immigration spigot was opened around 2002. We’ve doubled immigration, but nearly halved real GDP growth. So immigration has utterly failed to lift growth. A disaster.

    But, but, but, we were told here by learned libertarians that increased immigration = increased national wealth ie. growing GDP.

    What happened?

  43. John Constantine

    But twenty years of the dogbox ponxi immigration scheme has resulted in our politicals getting used to the heft of plastic aldi bags crammed full of cash.

    Hundy thousand dollar bribes used to be a big thing to australian politics, before the Ponxi.

    Hundred million dollar fortunes used to be beyond the dreams of australian politicians, before the Ponxi.

    Australians would have been terrified of a trillion dollars in government liabilities, before the Ponxi.

    Comrade Maaaaaates.

  44. John Constantine

    Australians used to wear leather boots, not plastic sandals.

    Before the Ponxi.

  45. Steve trickler

    A worthy 5 minutes of your time.



  46. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    Arky, nothing wrong with having a magnificent engine to admire.

    Guy Martin’s Merlin

  47. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    But, but, but, we were told here by learned libertarians that increased immigration = increased national wealth ie. growing GDP.

    What happened?

    The governments in this country decided to go into debt at about 55% of GDP over 10 years.

    It’s a miracle at all that we had any income growth at all.

    Where is the income growth? Is it in the private sector?

    What we need to do is start firing a few teachers, MPs and other “essential workers”.

    ..and yes migrant quality has gone down. John Howard intentionally did that, funny for a guy who pretended he cared and cucked conservatives for years with his bullshit.

  48. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    This is so good it needs to get posted over and over again…like a certain thorium video…

    https://reason.com/video/stossel-lessons-from-africa/

  49. Tintarella di Luna

    stackja
    #3148214, posted on September 5, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Stackja thanks for that because the government is moving more and more to voice recognition and I want to get some answers in relation to this. Are you able to send me a link for that item. Thanks again.

  50. Knuckle Dragger

    Well.

    That’s it for Essendon. Mad Monday scheduled in Moonee Ponds for 9.00 am.

    They could have been much better this year, but in the same breath they’ve done quite well to even get a finals look in.

    Strange, strange year.

  51. MatrixTransform

    Bombers … apt name

  52. John Constantine

    Their top level vikpol announce a road purge this weekend.

    Zero tolerance.

    On country roads.

    The traffic is too bad in actual melbourne itself for the pursuit cars to actually get chasing anybody.

    Besides, pulling over country utes with one old australian driver in it is easier than pulling over a carload of cousins in the city.

    Big Australia with another few million of the worlds poorest people imported into melbourne cannot work with current levels of car use and ownership.

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/07/24/car-park-city-congestion/

    Newer generations want more city and fewer cars. Globally, scrapping car parking is the latest trend in urban planning.

    Between 2010 and 2015, Philadelphia removed 3000 off-street parking spaces from its city centre. Copenhagen is following the same path. Zurich has implemented a city-wide cap to limit parking spaces to 1990s levels.

    Amsterdam has announced it will remove parking spaces at a rate of 1500 a year. The city’s 2025 goal is to eliminate more than 11,000 parking spaces from its streets to make space for cycling.

    San Francisco and New York have adopted the concept of “parklets”. These are mini parks or outdoor café seating areas that temporarily replace a few parking spots during low-demand periods.

    More city and fewer freedoms.

    Comrades.

  53. Overburdened

    FWFNT
    I saw the moustache and that was all I saw.

    And some chick saying how she got the system working for her.

    The lip balm business over there is brutal.

  54. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Lagos is a glossy, glossy place.

  55. Lazlo

    Laugh out Loud! According to Guido, a British Labour MP, one Matt Rodda, was calling for a general election last night on social media. Literally 80 minutes later he voted against the motion to call a general election!

    Leftist UK remainers must surely be front running for the Hypocrisy of the Century prize. Against a strong field, I know: Coles, Benjamin Law, the ABC, Tanya Pliberseck, Bob Brown.

    Nominations are open.

  56. Oh come on

    Via Drudge, The Daily Beast thinks “Trumpworld” is terrified of Fauxcahontas – Trumpworld Anxiety Grows Over a Rising Elizabeth Warren:

    Over the summer, Trumpworld operatives, Republican Party oppo researchers, and GOP aides in Congress have all gleefully celebrated planting unflattering stories about Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris. But no one seems to have landed a lasting blow on Elizabeth Warren.

    LOL maybe because they aren’t trying? Liz is Trump’s dream opponent. Big Chief Pow Wow Chow Wounded Wigwam is an immensely shrill and unlikeable individual. Who better to run against? Why wouldn’t you do what you can to ensure she’s nominated?

  57. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Lazlo
    #3148482, posted on September 5, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Laugh out Loud! According to Guido, a British Labour MP, one Matt Rodda, was calling for a general election last night on social media. Literally 80 minutes later he voted against the motion to call a general election!

    I listened to CH 4 stuff this arvo at the end of the working day driving about.

    The place is a madhouse. Johnson might want to break or seriously reform the Tories.

    Amazing to see “one nation conservatives” and “people power” Labourites denying the plebiscite.

  58. Fisky

    Newer generations want more city and fewer cars. Globally, scrapping car parking is the latest trend in urban planning.

    Between 2010 and 2015, Philadelphia removed 3000 off-street parking spaces from its city centre. Copenhagen is following the same path. Zurich has implemented a city-wide cap to limit parking spaces to 1990s levels.

    Fewer cars, “tiny homes” and congestion as far as the eye can see. Thanks, libertarians!

  59. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    John Constantine
    #3148478, posted on September 5, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Their top level vikpol announce a road purge this weekend.

    Zero tolerance.

    On country roads.

    This is precisely why we need more states.

    This is also precisely why Victoria as an entity ought to end, and all the current law enforcement and judicial officers from there purged from office with no severance; barred from serving again in this country at all.

    Think of historical parallels to this.

    The Sugarloaf Pipeline nonsense ought to have gotten people fired up.

  60. JC

    I wouldn’t discount her, OCO. You have to ask, how can someone as damaged as Poco even be a contender in the primaries with her baggage. The D’rats don’t care and will forgive anyone – even a mass murderer- if they thought the candidate could beat Trump.

    And she could win too, if the economy is teetering.

    The stock market there would be the short of the century if she won. It would halve and then halve again. We’d have the Dow Jones back to the financial crisis levels.

    Poco would be a great teaching moment for the US, I think. A real lesson learning experience.

  61. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Fewer cars, “tiny homes” and congestion as far as the eye can see. Thanks, libertarians!

    Mmmyes.

    Libertarians just hate it when people keep their own incomes and actually control the property they hold legal title over.

  62. Bruce in WA

    I’m going to sit in the shed looking at it in great satisfaction.

    Idiot confession:

    When I got my last motorbike, I used to sneak into the garage late at night and sit on it and just imagine it at full throttle.

  63. Seco

    Injury to one of the major stabilisers of the knee, the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), is a common problem, annually representing approximately 25% of serious injuries (Netball Australia National Insurance Data).

    My wife had three reconstructions by her early twenties.

  64. Knuckle Dragger

    Gah. Smith gorn.

    To Jack Leach, of all people.

  65. Knuckle Dragger

    HAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

    A no-ball from a left arm spinner!

    SuperFlogs!

  66. mh

    Smith caught – on a no ball.

    😆

  67. JC

    You know, of all the worthless candidates we’ve seen on the D’rat side, the one that worries me the most is Pocahontas.

    Biden is too dithery and appears too old.
    Bernie’s day in the sun is over.
    Harris sounds insincere and stupid.
    Warren has a plan even to go to the toilet and she’s far left. As much as we like, the lies she spun in order to make it to Harvard haven’t splayed her. If you give her the MSM tailwind and say a recession in 20, she has a very decent chance of winning.

  68. Old School Conservative

    Life can be so hard for some.

    The 29-year-old was required to teach Year 12 classes but she found it “really tough being so far from home” and after four years at the regional school felt “pretty close to burning out”.
    After taking a year off, she said she was now ready to resume her teaching career.

    From a MSN news link to an ABC article about $50,000 incentives to Victorian teachers to move to rural areas.

    Imagine only having 12 weeks holiday per annum. Unbearable.

  69. Lazlo

    Trump would lurve to go up against Fauxcahontas.

  70. Lazlo

    She is innumerate. She did not understand what 1/1024 means.

  71. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘really tough being so far from home’

    What? You’re twenty-nine years old, toots. 500 years ago you would have had seven kids and survived cholera, if you were even above ground at all. Your home is where you live now. In a regional area.

    Surely, surely she can’t mean……. home with Mummy and Daddy?

  72. Knuckle Dragger

    She was probably ‘burnt out’ from porking her 17 year old students, if recent media reports are anything to go by.

  73. JC

    Economist/YouGov
    Biden 26, Warren 22, Sanders 14, Harris 5, Buttigieg 5, Yang 3, Booker 1, O’Rourke 1, Gabbard 3, Castro 1, Klobuchar 0, Bennet 1, Bullock 0 Biden +4

    2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination Politico/Morning Consult

    Biden 32, Warren 16, Sanders 20, Harris 8, Buttigieg 5, Yang 3, Booker 3, O’Rourke 3, Gabbard 1, Castro 1, Klobuchar 1, Bennet 1, Bullock 1 Biden +12

    Those are the mos recent recent polls. If you go back through the Real Clear Politics page you see Warren is coming up though those polls through the last few months.

    My hunch is that Biden will drop out of the race and so will Bernie. In a match up with Harris, Warren would win I think. The rest are out of contention.

  74. JC

    Lazlo
    #3148498, posted on September 5, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    She is innumerate. She did not understand what 1/1024 means.

    Of course she did. She also knew she had close to zero Indian red ink. She correctly assumed her constituents wouldn’t know or wouldn’t care. She’s the most conniving, malignant creature in that race and that’s saying something.

    I’m personally really worried about this election because the contrast isn’t small. It’s enormous now and the D’rat party has gone very far left.

  75. Lazlo

    No, I think she is innumerate. If she actually comprehended what having 1/1024 Native American ancestry was about she would never have published it. She is a lawyer. They can only do addition, not long division.

  76. JC

    Lazlo

    The D’rat party doesn’t care. You and I do, but they don’t and that’s what matters. Look, you even had the piece of shit ‘academic” who ran the genetic test for her, lie and suggest that, in his expert opinion, she could claim the blood line. This is a supposed “academic” out of Stanford, no less. These people aren’t innumerate. They’re through and through liars.

  77. egg_

    Brand sales for August 2019

    Brand Sales Change
    Toyota 16,700 -11.3%
    Hyundai 7320 -8.6%
    Mazda 7291 -32.1%
    Mitsubishi 6242 -11.7%
    Ford 4916 -17.5%
    Kia 4662 0.9%
    Nissan 4538 2.2%
    Volkswagen 4100 -11.6%
    Holden 3569 -18.1%
    Subaru 3553 -7.6%

    I note a lot of middle aged Chinese women in my highly Sino demographic driving 10-15 y.o. Commodores. There goes yer new vehicle sales, right there.

  78. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Could have responded on the actual blog post, but why bother when the cool cats are in the open forum?
    On matters of regulating Uber Eats and MenuLog, TAFKAS asked rhetorically:
    > What happens when the price of meat goes up? Will there be a call to regulate the price of meat?

    Let’s have a quick history review before answering that question.

    Progressives in 1973: Waaah, we want “An Act to alter the Constitution so as to enable the Australian Parliament to control prices”.
    Australian public: No!

    Progressives in 2010: Waah my Internet line isn’t fast enough and Rupert Murderdoch is the only alternative.
    PM Rudd: We will build a Government Internet wholesaler, with centrally planned prices, and you will be required to buy it!

    Progressives in 2017: Waah my taxi driver union can’t compete with Uber.
    Qld Labor Government: You’ll have to pay a centrally planned license fee… for the privilege of informing an average citizen where another average citizen wants a ride for money.

    We already told the Con’wealth NO to centrally planned prices in 1973 and look where that got us; licenses and regulations on hiring a car ride, and mandated government Internet access. I guess the people of 2019 forgot how the people of 1973 voted on that issue.

    So obviously, yes, the price of meat will be regulated, and the price will be jacked up sky-high to protect Gaia the Earth Mother from the climate-changing greed of rapacious humans. Because it’s all a Cowspiracy.

  79. Lazlo

    I was just commenting on her evident innumeracy, as a rational observation. That aside, I completely agree with you. Numeracy, literacy, empiricism, none of it matters to the totalitarian left.

  80. Leigh Lowe

    That’s it for Essendon. Mad Monday scheduled in Moonee Ponds for 9.00 am.

    They could have been much better this year, but in the same breath they’ve done quite well to even get a finals look in.

    Strange, strange year

    Yeah, true.
    They kind of limped along in the end with injuries to Hurley, Hooker, Heppell, Devon Smith and Fantasia, not to mention losing Daniher.
    They are like half a dozen other sides I guess – a half decent run with injuries and they are in the mix.

  81. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3148492, posted on September 5, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    HAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

    A no-ball from a left arm spinner!

    SuperFlogs!

    This could be the game, set and Ashes right there.
    If Smiff makes a double, the Poms will struggle to get back into it.
    After all the euphoria of the Third Test, it is dawning on tyem that they have to win one and draw one as a minimum to win back the Ashes.

  82. Zyconoclast

    Remember the ‘Kissing Sailor’ of 1945? His grope wasn’t welcome, either

    In Times Square an American sailor grips a woman in his arms and kisses her on the lips as people in the background smile and laugh. The moment is captured by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt and becomes known as the “Kissing Sailor” photo. It was shot August 14, 1945, the day Japan surrendered.

    I’d always just thought it was a man and his partner in a romantic embrace, a moment of mutual joy.

    That was until I read that Greta Zimmer, the woman who was kissed, said: “It wasn’t my choice to be kissed … The guy just came over and grabbed!”

    Now when I look at the photo, it seems clear how unexpected, unwarranted, and invasive the kiss was.

  83. Lazlo

    Personally, I have always enjoyed unexpected and unwarranted kisses, even invasive ones (in my imagination).

  84. Tintarella di Luna

    When I was 19 I was grabbed and kissed by a sailor in George Street Sydney a most surprising but not unpleasant experience but that was a looooong looong time ago in a faraway land called Australia which today seems to have disappeared under a cloud of suffocating nanny statism and PC plop

  85. Lazlo

    Tinta, have you received counselling about this? And if not, why not?

  86. Lazlo

    Classic Mark A, especially about Plod.

  87. Leigh Lowe

    Smiff turning the screws on the Poms.
    5/355.
    Smiff 166, Paine 50 (finally).
    Stokes blown up (side-strain).
    Hopefully that was God’s way of telling him he should have walked for the LBW in the Third Test.

  88. Leigh Lowe

    Tintarella di Luna

    #3148516, posted on September 6, 2019 at 12:09 am

    When I was 19 I was grabbed and kissed by a sailor in George Street

    Phhht.
    Apparently Lizzie kissed every sailor on the First Fleet.

  89. Mark A

    Leigh Lowe
    #3148522, posted on September 6, 2019 at 1:02 am

    When I was 19 I was grabbed and kissed by a sailor in George Street

    Phhht.
    Apparently Lizzie kissed every sailor on the First Fleet.

    What are you implying here?

    I dare not think of the possible claims, nasty minded individuals can conjure up.

  90. classical_hero

    Double ton up for Steve Smith

  91. Leigh Lowe

    Smiff 200.
    If he gets out now he is averaging 145 for the series.
    As it stands with the not out, he is averaging 190.
    The comparisons with Bradman are now fair game.

  92. jupes

    Now when I look at the photo, it seems clear how unexpected, unwarranted, and invasive the kiss was.

    No. It may have been unexpected but it wasn’t unwarranted or invasive. The war had just been won FFS! Stupid #Metoo was still 73 years away.

    We are watching the Ministry of Truth operating in real time.

  93. Mark A

    jupes
    #3148539, posted on September 6, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Now when I look at the photo, it seems clear how unexpected, unwarranted, and invasive the kiss was.

    No. It may have been unexpected but it wasn’t unwarranted or invasive. The war had just been won FFS! Stupid #Metoo was still 73 years away.

    We are watching the Ministry of Truth operating in real time.

    Don’t worry about, it Zyco is the eternal leftist with a dose of TDS.

  94. bespoke

    Brexit is about the EU (like the UN) expanding well beyond it’s original mandate. They had plenty of time to address these concerns.

  95. DrBeauGan

    The economics of my funding Maria are as follows :
    Cost of airfare to and from Panama + accommodation = 500 cuc
    Cost of 100 T-shirt /tops = 500 cuc.
    Revenue from sales at 15 cuc each = 1500 cuc.
    Charge for 1000 cuc investment = 100 cuc
    Profit to Maria = 400 cuc.

    The airfare and accommodation cost is my guess. The cost in Panama and selling price in Cuba are Maria’s estimates. I get a 10% return on my investment if the numbers are roughly right.

    We do it three times and she’s self funding thereafter. Then she can expand to going with a friend or rellie, and doubling up.

    To Will and other sceptics, a few people are indeed doing this, but the capital cost of 1,000 cuc is wealth beyond the dreams of avarice to most Cubans, and unattainable. Those who do buy mostly for friends and family and are understandably anxious to keep a low profile. Attracting parasites is always a problem, but particularly in Cuba.

    Will she do it and can she? I don’t know. My best guess is that she’ll try it a few times and then give up as it’s going to be hard work doing the selling. But I’d be happy to be wrong. It might fail because her numbers are wrong. Either way, I’ve done my best for her and am off the hook.

    Reading the comments here, I see how wrong I was to criticise Cubans for not being capable of planning and thinking. It’s more widespread than Cuba.

  96. 1735099

    Imagine only having 12 weeks holiday per annum. Unbearable.

    This is probably the greatest myth about teaching out there, especially in a rural or regional school.
    In the forty plus years I was teaching, I never had anywhere near “12 weeks holiday per annum”.
    In bush schools, you become part of the community.
    Generally, it’s expected by that community that you work within it outside school hours, which means coaching sporting teams, forming and conducting choirs, getting involved in all manner of fundraisers on weekends and working around the clock when sporting and cultural excursions are operating.
    City schools are different, and my experience in them was mostly as an administrator, but I can’t remember a weekend when I wasn’t working at the school, simply to keep up to speed with the paperwork.
    But then, I generally refused to hide in my office and deal with non-pedagogical tasks during teaching hours. As a teaching principal for about five years, I routinely worked 60 hour weeks.
    Teaching in Australia has only one perk – the long Christmas/New Year break.
    Perhaps instead of begrudging teachers their holidays, we should be asking why an estimated 40 per cent of graduates quit within the first five years of entering the workforce.

  97. Mark A

    It’s too late for some armor versus arrow experiment I came across, post the video tomorrow night.
    Longish but interesting.

  98. DrBeauGan

    Arky
    #3148243, posted on September 5, 2019 at 5:03 pm
    I took your point that just giving people money is generally bad for them.

    ..
    You idiot.
    I don’t come on here to advise people, merely to mock.

    Phew, that’s a relief. I feared for a moment that I might have underestimated your IQ by thirty points

  99. bespoke

    At 29 ‘burnt out’ could mean spending hours away from the smart phone or no access to MKR. My guess is as good as Numberwangs.

  100. classical_hero

    We got 1 wicket.

  101. 1735099

    At 29 ‘burnt out’ could mean spending hours away from the smart phone or no access to MKR.

    It could also mean having your jaw broken by a 16 year-old wielding a chair, having rocks thrown on your roof routinely in the early hours of the morning or having your dog poisoned.

    These are all incidents that happened to three different young teachers (all female) of my acquaintance working in rural environments in the last five years.

  102. bespoke

    All sorts of people volunteer and don’t count it as pat of there work. Why should teachers be any different?

  103. Mater

    But then, I generally refused to hide in my office and deal with non-pedagogical tasks during teaching hours.

    Sounds a lot like our current Principal who goes around doing audits of the rubbish bins, checking for refuse from home, bad recycling practices and ideologically unsound food wrapping practices.
    I can see how going around demeaning the kids for using Gladwrap could impinge on your time. Myself, and a great deal of the other parents, would much rather he/she remain in his/her office.

    P.S. I grew up in the country and the only community based activity I ever saw a teacher undertake, outside of school hours, was as the C.E.B.S. Instructor…and that was only so he could have ‘overnighters’ with the kids and encourage us to run around having naked pillow fights.

  104. 2dogs

    It could also mean having your jaw broken by a 16 year-old wielding a chair, having rocks thrown on your roof routinely in the early hours of the morning or having your dog poisoned.

    The shameful result of the decline in respect and discipline in our society.

    As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

  105. Mark A

    DrBeauGan
    #3148543, posted on September 6, 2019 at 5:09 am

    Don’t worry about the negative comments Dr.
    Do as you feel right, my only question is, why is Maria not doing this already seeing her girlfriend profiting?

    Lack of capital?
    Here you come in and all is on the go. On the other hand, if she is a lazy opportunist then you are wasting your money and time.

    I’m working and living in a former communist country, I can assure you that there were enterprising people who took advantage of every loophole the laws allowed and prospered.

    I suspect the same for Cuba, you just don’t know enough people yet.
    Anyhow, Good luck, moderately bad outcome is you lose some dough, worst is you get cheated or double crossed by Maria.
    Hope for the best.

  106. Mark A

    bespoke
    #3148555, posted on September 6, 2019 at 5:46 am

    part

    bespoke my friend, don’t take this the wrong way, if you are going to the trouble of correcting a clear typo, why not correct a definite error, like ” pat of there work”
    it should be THEIR

    Obviously time for bed for me, when did I ever bother about grammar? Like never, that’s when.

  107. bespoke

    Things are progressing well, no eye lids or fingers found in my dinner so far.

    Life is good.

  108. bespoke

    bespoke my friend, don’t take this the wrong way

    Never do Mark. I have to sound out words that’s why I don’t catch things like there and their.

  109. bespoke

    I do appreciate friendly reminders to try harder.

  110. Mark A

    Cameron Highlanders.

    What wars do to people. And still, those who care go selflessly.

  111. DrBeauGan

    Do as you feel right, my only question is, why is Maria not doing this already seeing her girlfriend profiting?

    Lack of capital?

    Yes, according to Maria.

    On the other hand, she wears a different outfit every day. There are few reasons to trust her so I don’t, but then, I don’t trust anyone. I find predicting people works better.

    You are right that there are always loopholes and the smart people exploit them. Communist societies are badly informed in general, and not the competent monolithic monsters that the virtuous believe. And as Tel correctly observes, the ensuing corruption is just the entrepreneurial spirit fighting back.

    The most I have to lose is 1,000 cuc, and the most I have to gain is giving two people hope and a future . I shan’t feel betrayed if Maria takes the money and runs. It would be stupid of her, but there’s lots who are too dumb to see where their self-interest lies, and will cheerfully kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. I figure that the right thing to do is to give her the chance.

  112. Mater

    I do appreciate friendly reminders to try harder.

    Bespoke,
    As a renowned once told me: “As long as there is no ambiguity in what you are saying and your message is clear, it matters little.”

  113. pete m

    Please don’t knock all teachers due to numbers or some lefty slant of some.

    When you live with one you see the toll it takes on them, and you never begrudge one single day of their so called holidays. It takes at least 2 weeks at end of year for their nerves to calm down.

    I walk through school and the noise for 5 minutes drives me nuts, let alone being there all day.

    I won’t convince some so not bothering to debate this as a few people here seem to know better than everyone else on anything.

  114. Entropy

    Apparently Lizzie kissed every sailor on the First Fleet

    That happened to my ancestor. The family is putting together a compensation case and demanding a government apology too. And extra, super paraliamentary representative rights.

  115. Mark A

    Mark A
    #3148560, posted on September 6, 2019 at 5:54 am

    PS, good luck with your Spanish, I tried to learn it, honestly I did, but it humiliated me, totally destroyed my self confidence. just could not manage the pronunciation.
    Same as bloody Polish which is a lot more important to me due to work.

  116. bespoke

    pete m
    #3148569, posted on September 6, 2019 at 6:19 am
    Please don’t knock all teachers due to numbers or some lefty slant of some.

    I’m not pete. It’s an honourable profession.

    Cheers Matter.

  117. Mark A

    Entropy
    #3148571, posted on September 6, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Apparently Lizzie kissed every sailor on the First Fleet

    That happened to my ancestor. The family is putting together a compensation case and demanding a government apology too. And extra, super paraliamentary representative rights.

    LL See?
    This is the low thing I was alluding to. All the first fleeters are dead, DEAD they are.
    All because of our (may I say that?) Lizzie, as alleged by Entropy.

  118. bespoke

    OMG! Cheers Matter.

    Off to work. 😁

  119. Entropy

    I would expect that poor regional school teacher probably had to work for a shorts and long sock wearing principal who every morning tea would drive the staff room to thoughts of self harm with tales about how badly they were treated in Vietnam.

    True story: my favourite teacher at school was a very attractive young English teacher. Her first teaching post was an inner Sydney high school. She was pushed against the wall with a broken bottle at her neck by an angry student. The education department transferred her to our regional high school as compensation, as it was considered more desirable. But that was then.

    Nowadays according to the Australian fillum industry if you live further from the city than Carlton you become trapped as a suicidal suburban housewife in an awful marriage, or if you are stupid to venture even further out, at high odds of becoming the victim of a homicidal, Gaia r0ping maniac.

    Plus agoraphobia.

    Anyway it is not a problem unique to teaching. Allied health, which of course is dominated by nice upper middle class private school girls, has trouble filling positions more than 20 kms from the CBD.

  120. MatrixTransform

    The Crazy Old Mole is doing her final teaching rounds now after a few years study
    brings home all manner of very interesting stories.

    marxist and feminist primers in the staff rooms was yesterdays … then she spent 2.5hrs marking 27 near unintelligible essays.

    she transgressioned the other day too … that is, she mis-gendered an an absentee trans-gender when she was asking the class where ‘she’ was .

    not kidding, Miss … seriously not kidding

  121. Leigh Lowe

    LL See?
    This is the low thing I was alluding to. All the first fleeters are dead, DEAD they are.
    All because of our (may I say that?) Lizzie, as alleged by Entropy.

    Um, err … well, I guess … oops.
    Yeah.

  122. Entropy

    Alleged?
    How dare you! It is an oral history carried down the generations by my family.

  123. Mark A

    bespoke
    #3148577, posted on September 6, 2019 at 6:31 am

    OMG! Cheers Matter.

    Take no notice of his advice, you can be understood and be correct at the same time.
    If being only understood mattered, we’d be still grunting at the dinner table.

    Come to think of it we already/still do that.
    As you were.

  124. notafan

    Not capable of planning and thinking.

    Okay.

    And there’s me running a small bricks and mortar and online business in a very difficult competitive market for the last thirteen years.

    And making quite a bit of money in the stock market since I first started buying shares in my early twenties.

  125. feelthebern

    Today is one of the best days of the year.
    Moon Festival.
    Which means my Chinese born staff bring in enough Moon Cake to sink a battleship.
    Nohm nohm nohm.

  126. notafan

    Oh and point the second.

    Giving the seed capital and that is all is exactly what I suggested.

    Planning thinking reading comprehension.

    I scoffed at the ‘bringing in containers’.

  127. feelthebern

    Apart from David Burge, it got zero coverage yesterday.
    Andrew Yang fell into a trap asked by a corporate Democrat journo.
    He said he would back the future banning of non-EV’s.
    He then covered by saying he’d look to use buy-backs of non-EV’s.
    If you freeze it right there, you can see where Yang loses 50% of the around 4% he was polling at.

  128. Bruce of Newcastle

    This is CNN!

    CNN climate change marathon a ratings flop, Fox News rules the airwaves

    Viewers were not particularly thrilled with CNN’s splashy, seven-hour town hall on climate change, which aired Wednesday night.

    Despite the presence of 10 Democratic presidential hopefuls, Fox News won the blue ribbon for the entire evening with its normal programming alone, according to early Nielsen ratings for the 5 p.m.-midnight ET time period.

    How weird that in this terrible climate crisis few people want to watch 10 Democrat Prez wannabes debate it for 7 hours? At least watching grass grow these days is more exciting because of the fertilizing effect of the extra CO2.

    White House press secretary mocks CNN over botched graphic: ‘Perhaps you use your time to study up on US geography?’

    White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham mocked CNN on Thursday for inaccurately labeling Alabama as Mississippi in an on-screen graphic.

    CNN botched the graphic early Saturday morning as Hurricane Dorian put neighboring Georgia into a state of emergency. The mistake appeared on air for roughly 10 seconds but it was long enough to get noticed by the White House.

    Nice trolling from the new WH Press Wrangler lady! Although CNN admittedly has a very long history of this sort of thing.

  129. notafan

    Though I have in fact purchased stock in the US and sent it home via container several times.

    Without a language barrier and from a capitalist country and using a customs broker still a little the tricky.

  130. Knuckle Dragger

    I speak from experience, having grown up in a small country town.

    Your profession matters not. If you are half a decent person with rudimentary people skills with the interests of the town and its occupants first and foremost, the people of said town will like you. Therefore, it is extremely unlikely that your roof will be routinely rocked in the wee hours. If it is, the exceptionally good bush telegraph generally results in the rocker getting belted and told to pull his head in by his peers.

    There is the odd maniac who will poison your dog – but these people are usually the town oddball anyway, and as soon as the regular punters find out about it the said maniac is shunned and/or run out of town.

    And any female teacher that confronts a crazed chair-wielding 16 year old needs her head read. The time-honoured touchy-feely ‘Joshua! Use your words!’ will indeed result in a broken jaw, because life is different to uni.

    Finally, no-one is ‘expected’ to do anything in a country town. If there were any skerrick of truth in that, the all-powerful teachers’ unions would be flat tit-o-rama banging on about extra pay for things they are ‘expected’ to do. I had plenty of teachers who were golf instructors, cricket coaches etc etc. These are people who involved themselves in the community because they liked the place.

    And the people in that place liked them back.

  131. Knuckle Dragger

    Really? Nobody’s going to ask?

    No-one? Frigging cowards. I’ll do it.

    Bern. What is moon cake?

  132. Bruce of Newcastle

    And, speaking of prez wannabes, Ben Garrison is excellent today!
    I like the hood ornament on Joe’s car, and Warren’s numberplate.

  133. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘I generally refused to hide in my office’

    Remarkably few VC in Queensland schools.

  134. calli

    Chuckle. I’m looking after Masters Ten and Eight and dealing with the phenomenon of Male Selective Memory.

    How can you reel off every team’s position on the League Ladder but be unable to remember where your other school shoe is? Or your sports shirt?

    On throttling school teachers, perhaps the youngsters were pre-throttled themselves before leaving home? 😀

  135. feelthebern

    Growing up in rural NSW, there were always a few weirdos.
    But the top of the pops weirdos were people I only found out later to be members of the local Masonic Lodge.
    One Mason teacher used to hate one group more than Catholics & that was the local Baptists.
    Twas awkward has there was a Baptist teacher he used to take the piss out of more than anyone.
    I thought Masons liked all their WASPy brothers.

  136. egg_

    Sales is lucky she wasn’t kissed by John Hopoate.

  137. Entropy

    Your profession matters not. If you are half a decent person with rudimentary people skills with the interests of the town and its occupants first and foremost, the people of said town will like you. Therefore, it is extremely unlikely that your roof will be routinely rocked in the wee hours. If it is, the exceptionally good bush telegraph generally results in the rocker getting belted and told to pull his head in by his peers.

    Exactly KD. And if she was a half decent sort, no doubt would be a very popular and effective hectare hunter.

  138. Entropy

    I thought Masons liked all their WASPy brothers.

    Splitters!

    Just like fascists, nazis, communists, theocrats and any other variety of socialists who promote the collective over the individual, reserve special hate for deviancy.
    The libertarian might be converted, the apostates must be killed as a lesson to others.

  139. egg_

    Viewers were not particularly thrilled with CNN’s splashy, seven-hour town hall on climate change, which aired Wednesday night.

    Doomathon!

  140. Bruce of Newcastle

    The wets in Pommyland are digging themselves a very deep hole.

    Get on with it! Boris has public backing for Oct 31 Brexit despite Commons chaos – poll

    A Hanbury Strategy Poll asked 995 people on September 3 and 4: “Boris Johnson has committed to the UK leaving the EU with or without a deal on October 31. “Do you agree or disagree with this position?” The results showed 52 percent of voters said they agreed, while 38 percent said they did not. A total of 10 percent did not know either way.

    Chance of another referendum is lower than mite dung with these numbers. Meanwhile the Express asks their readers

    Express.co.uk POLL: Should Tory rebels be forced into a by-election for their seats? –VOTE

    Yes 93%
    No 7%
    Don’t know 0%

    Nice trolling, Express guys.

  141. Knuckle Dragger

    Apropos of nothing:

    The CEO of my hot dog company (I am a mere commandant of worker bees, of course) has an assistant quite a few levels lower. Sort of like a PA, or EA if you will. Screens his calls, travels with him, manages his correspondence and agenda, is privy to every single document the CEO needs to see. Hasn’t seen a hot dog in anger for some time, of course.

    The CEO recently got a bigger, better paying job interstate. And he’s taking his assistant with him to the new organisation. An assistant who five years ago was still very much learning the trade with red dirt on his boots, but who has a tint of, shall we say, a dusky hue. A very faint tint.

    Thing of it is, said assistant is farting through silk – because, as he often tells people well out earshot of the top floor, ‘Everyone up there thinks I’m black. I’m not, but they’re too scared to ask. And I am going to use every bit of it to my advantage.’

    I suppose I should say – well played, that man. At the complete expense of every one of your colleagues*, but well played nonetheless.

    *Except me, who they won’t let near the top floor. Because as the Deputy CEO once told me, ‘Fact is, KD, you scare the horses’.

  142. Entropy

    Hasn’t seen a hot dog in anger for some time, of course.

    Is that a euphanism?

  143. calli

    Speaking of hot dogs. Don’t eat the IKEA ones.

    Just. Don’t.

  144. Mater

    An assistant who five years ago was still very much learning the trade with red dirt on his boots, but who has a tint of, shall we say, a dusky hue. A very faint tint.

    If he starts to identify as a women, he could be the next a Victorian Chief Commissioner.

  145. Zyconoclaat

    Mater
    #3148548, posted on September 6, 2019 at 5:31 am
    Sleeping with the enemy: meet London’s politically cloven couples

    This headline is deliberately misleading.

    Once you realise you are the enemy it all makes sense.

  146. egg_

    BoJo gets the Wooden Spoon of the Week Award from Nanny Franny on ABC Breakfast.
    Breaking from the EU Collectivist herd is very much frowned upon.

  147. Knuckle Dragger

    Apologies, people, but this morning contains such a rich vein of virtuous poor-bugger-me that I can’t resist:

    ‘Generally, it’s expected by that community that you work within it outside school hours, which means coaching sporting teams, forming and conducting choirs, getting involved in all manner of’

    That’s not work, you idiot. That’s being part of a community. If you’re an insular shut in who can’t deal without Mumsy like the 29 year old from last night, you’re better off concealing your mediocrity in the city.

    And if you can’t multitask, ie mark a Year 4 maths test with a beer in one hand and one eye on Fat Screechy Housewives on TV you have no business instructing children in anything.

  148. Gab

    is farting through silk

    LOL.

  149. calli

    Amusing.

    Grattan is comparing Nine’s Liberal fundraiser with Labor’s brimming Aldi bags. Not that one was anything like the other, not at all.

    Michelle, your slip’s showing. Hitch it up please.

  150. egg_

    Grattan is comparing Nine’s Liberal fundraiser with Labor’s brimming Aldi bags.

    Old bag (thinks she has it in the bag) bagging Libs – no Aldi fundraising bag?

  151. Frank

    BoJo gets the Wooden Spoon of the Week Award from Nanny Franny on ABC Breakfast.

    It wasn’t so long ago that the likes of Springer Jones were lubricating over BoJo for his obvious intelligence and urbane wit. Seems he has grown some horns in the meantime.

  152. John Constantine

    ‘Force commodities’ is a silver gamblechip stock in Malawi.

    Lot better silver specs than this, only mentioning because it had an asx announcement this week based on handheld xrf machine analysis of the silver content of some hand gathered samples out of old artisinal workings.

    After these handheld analysis machines have been used for a while to give an information advantage to those that can shine a light onto exploration drill samples long before they hit the lab, it is now a cheap and easy way to get a bit of a story happening.

    Not transformational for the big boys, but a good tool for the minnows.

  153. Bruce of Newcastle

    Grattan being a lefty doesn’t get that Nein-Fairfax has a problem with a whole tribe of lefty journos on their roster. So the soiree with the Libs is a balance strategy to keep them from souring and doing something Nein would quite dislike, like require divestment of yummy channels, radio stations or whatever.

  154. feelthebern

    ‘Generally, it’s expected by that community that you work within it outside school hours, which means coaching sporting teams, forming and conducting choirs, getting involved in all manner of’

    Can’t.
    Stop.
    Laughing.

  155. John Constantine

    Documents reveal million-dollar deal

    Documents uncovered by the ABC show the Aboriginal authority that signed off on the highway benefited from the project.

    VicRoads signed the lucrative land deal with the now-defunct Martang Registered Aboriginal Party, which formally approved the highway project in 2013.

    Twelve months later, in October 2014, Victoria’s roads department gave the authority — all members of one family — hundreds of hectares of land east of the highway, as part of a Trust for Nature covenant.

    Martang’s business arm bought the land and was then refunded the cost through the covenant.

    In return for conserving the site from development, Martang was promised annual royalties amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars over ten years.

    It was part of a requirement to offset the road’s destruction of native vegetation, that the department was obligated to meet before works could start.

    The original owner could be suggested to be screwed if he sold the land for less than it was worth, or the taxpayer was screwed by legal ‘aldi-bag style’ payments when the just purchased property was handballed on for the immediate profit.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-05/documents-reveal-land-deal-behind-western-highway-dispute/11473922?fbclid=IwAR0D5rDgFlucs7J6f1Rn3HLRl3VWwjspwxyrjA7HwBbWPXYlbRGC1HPhuTo

    Or the proles risking their lives on one of Big australias crappiest main roads are being screwed.

    Importing millions more people into melbourne without road infrastructure upgrades only works if the freedom of the proles to drive around is expropriated.

  156. egg_

    divestment of yummy channels

    Speaking of which, all Networks seem to have an obligatory Food Channel that they can throw ads on.
    Comrade.

  157. Mother Lode

    Via Drudge, The Daily Beast thinks “Trumpworld” is terrified of Fauxcahontas – Trumpworld Anxiety Grows Over a Rising Elizabeth Warren:

    One of Trumps greatest assets is that his opponents simply do not understand the public. In 2020 they will lose the 2016 election all over again.

  158. John Constantine

    Soylent Brown.

    Big australia is already being fed on peoples liberation army chicom Soylent Brown processed vegetables and fish, so we might as well get used to it.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-06/could-pumping-treated-water-back-inland-make-a-new-food-bowl/11464724?section=environment

    As urban sprawl puts pressure on the food bowl on Melbourne’s fringes, and as water becomes increasingly scarce, one council has a bold idea that might just catch on.
    Key points:

    An 80km pipeline would redirect millions of litres of treated water from the Black Rock treatment plant
    The Colac region’s lakes have never fully recovered from the impacts of the Millennium Drought
    Council hopes a permanent irrigation supply will help the area become another food bowl for Victoria

    Colac Otway Shire in south-west Victoria wants to divert treated sewage and water that’s currently pumped out to sea back inland, all the way to Colac, to support a flourishing food-producing region.

    Mayor Jason Schram knows the ambitious 80-kilometre pipeline proposal would be one of the biggest infrastructure projects the region has seen.

    It would make use of the millions of litres of treated water pumped into the ocean from the Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant between Torquay and Barwon Heads.

    The facility treats 50 million litres of sewage a day, producing some Class A recycled water that is used for non-drinking purposes in new housing estates, and Class C water that irrigates nearby crops.

    Unused water is pumped through a 1.2-kilometre pipe into the ocean

  159. feelthebern

    Hey, KD, interesting that your number one hotdog has an assistant one-on-one.
    Those days are long gone.
    Typically a top tier of hot dog sellers will share a team of assistants.
    Sure there is a hierarchy amongst the assistants.
    These days, boards do not want any risk regarding what an “A” sig is doing.
    Example an ASX20 company has the CEO, CFO, COO & the non exec Chair sharing a team of half a dozen.
    The bird that is first amongst that team is a sandy old battle axe.

  160. John Constantine

    Their turnbullites murray darling basin plan has made us so rich, that after dumping all the fresh irrigation water out to sea unused, we can spend whatever it takes to feed the proles Soylent Brown.

    Comrades

  161. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘forming and conducting choirs’

    A nugget within a nugget. Good pickup.

    Liability Bob is, of course, correct. The Rupanyup Soprano Shearers in full flight are something to behold.

  162. feelthebern

    That’s not a bank by the way.
    The teams these bank exec’s surround themselves with make the White House appear understaffed.

  163. Bruce of Newcastle

    David Harsanyi, poor man, had to watch the CNN climapalooza.

    CNN’s Presidential Climate Change Town Hall Was Insane

    Put it this way: the most benign climate-change plan proposed during CNN’s seven-hour Democratic Party presidential candidate town hall was more authoritarian than anything Donald Trump has ever suggested during his presidency. Democrats were not merely proposing massive societal upheaval but mass coercion.

    CNN says it’s a “crisis,” though, so Democrats were free to offer one insane Nostradamus-like prediction after the next. Not only is every weather event now a manifestation of global warming, but Beto O’Rourke says our communities will soon be “uninhabitable,” and Pete Buttigieg says the challenge of warming is on par with World War II, a conflict that took more than 400,000 American lives and tens of millions of others.

    None of this hysteria, as far as I can tell, was challenged during those seven hours.

    In short every Dem candidate was off the planet, including Biden, presumably because they know they can’t get the nomination without being off the planet.

  164. feelthebern

    John C, as an owner of higher security licences, I’m loving it.
    Renting them out is just like owning a block units & living off the rent.

  165. stackja

    Tintarella di Luna
    #3148473, posted on September 5, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Some links:

    Forget email: Scammers use CEO voice ‘deepfakes’ to con workers into wiring cash

    Why deepfakes are a real threat to elections and society

    The BBC reported in July that Symantec had seen three similar cases where AI software had been used to spoof CEO voices. Victims lost millions of dollars in those cases.

    The scam bears the hallmarks of an older fraud that’s already caused massive losses in the US. That is, business email compromise, which cost US businesses $1.3bn in 2018 alone.

    WSJ is paywalled.

  166. cohenite

    Thanks Tom; Ben Garrison today for me.

  167. areff

    Grattan is comparing Nine’s Liberal fundraiser with Labor’s brimming Aldi bags.

    Amusing indeed, Calli and Goog.

    Somehow, the blinkered Ms Grattan manages to overlook that the union to which she no doubt belongs, the MEAA, is part of the ACTU herd and intimately involved in political campaigns. Like this lady, for example, Trades Hall Union Delegate of the Year:

    https://www.meaa.org/news/beth-needs-your-support/

    So its wrong to use a TV station’s real estate for a fundraiser, but perfectly OK for MEAA members’ dues to support Labor, to send delegates to Labor conferences and to take loud, Labor-friendly positions on everything from illegal aliens to climate change. And if that isn’t enough, don’t forget that Van Badham is an elected nob in the MEAA’s Victorian executive.

    The person in whom the greatest disappointment must be vested is the unfortunate James Chessell, Fairfax/Nine’s editorial director. Hope soared when Joe Hockey’s former spinner booted Chlamydia Ford, but that seems to be about the extent of his reformist abilities.

    Now he’s defending the “charter of editorial independence” inherited from Fairfax, which means management cannot interfere with the gross idiocies of the newsrooms which made those papers unreadable and drove off readers by the hundreds of thousands.

    How’s that for commercial acumen! Stand back as your employees crap all over your product line, then defend their absolute right to do so.

  168. Mother Lode

    Wrongologist David Rowe

    The day after BoJo offered him the election (the core of representative democracy, not of a coup) and Corbyn fled in terror at the thought of the little people having a say – this is what Rowe makes of it.

    He is going to be sooooo surprised when the UK leaves the EU.

    More so when the sky doesn’t fall.

    To collect himself he will have to spend days, and litres of paint, drawing pictures of conservatives with their various pudenda swinging about. I don’t think he will keep the pictures – the therapeutic effect lies in the imagining, the arcs of his pen, in chasing every detail of scrotum, of veination, and of head.

    It would be more dignified if he crawled under his desk rocking backwards and forward, pulling his own teeth out because he thinks Trump and BoJo have put microtransmitters in them.

  169. feelthebern

    Why doesn’t Rowe have Corbyn in the oven with Boris?
    I have no idea who would be basting them (pre-emptive PHRASING), but they are in all the baking dish together.

  170. egg_

    Message read out aloud on ABC Breakfast:

    Given the percentage of men who don’t wash their hands after using the toilet, a head nod will do for a greeting.

    Barring one Pom, only ever witnessed swarthies not washing their hands post Number Twos.
    Comrade.

  171. Percy Popinjay

    Grattan being a lefty doesn’t get that Nein-Fairfax has a problem with a whole tribe of lefty journos on their roster.

    Nein and Fauxfax are a pair of dinosaurs locked in a mortal embrace in a tar pit after the meteor has struck. They won’t even realise until the frantic gurgling for those few last breaths begins.

    Hey – look over there! Some Stupid.Forking.Gliberals!

  172. Some History

    Yes. It’s Friday. It’s school strike day.

  173. Johno

    They don’t care much for crickit here in Asbury Park NJ, but they were all over the moon to hear Warner had gone.
    My quietly spoken black taxi driver (who struck me as very widely read with quite a sense of social justice) described Warner as a “cheatin’ connivin’ ranga cheater.”
    He went on to say that he thought Warner would probably vote for Trump.
    We all had a good laugh at that.
    Against my better judgement I offered him a tip.
    He politely refused (thanking me for my non-racist attitudes) but saying “we will fight to get proper government mandated rates, man, so we don’t have to subject ourselves to the 21st century slavery of white mans tips.”
    We fist-bumped (as those sort of people do) and he drove off, head held high.

    Leigh, that is one of the funniest things I have ever read. Keep up the good work.

  174. Mother Lode

    I drunk some Suntory ‘The Chita’ whisky.

    Very smooth, light colour with a long lasting vanilla note.

    When I first went to Japan some 20 years ago I tried their whisky and found it rather less than adequate.

    They have made great strides.

    Good on them.

  175. Anthony

    What happens if Boris trundles off to the EU on an appropriate date, keeps schtum, then trundles off home?
    Does the EU simply flick the UK and get on with business, rueing the day the UK failed to pay the extortion demands of the EU?

  176. feelthebern

    Whoops Moon Cake day in next Friday.
    Bugger.
    I was really looking forward to it.

  177. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Leigh Lowe at 2:29 am:

    “Smiff 200.
    If he gets out now he is averaging 145 for the series.
    As it stands with the not out, he is averaging 190.
    The comparisons with Bradman are now fair game.”

    Time to pull out any information on Bradman’s integrity, honesty, ethics and personal leadership, you reckon? To offer a comprehensive reconciliation of their legacies.

    While we are at it we could toss in the same accounting for the 21 Captains since – Benaud, Bob Simpson, Lawry, Ian Chappell, AB, Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh and up to Punter.

  178. feelthebern

    Steve Smith 2019 is on par with Steve Waugh 1989.
    Maybe the hyperbole should cease.

  179. Diogenes

    What happens if Boris trundles off to the EU on an appropriate date, keeps schtum, then trundles off home?

    Bojo could also write the letter he obliged to send (what is the penalty if he doesn’t ?) have it delivered by a person walking from London to Brussels the long way via Brighton/Dieppe (80 hours in total according to Google), who might detour via Frankfurt as well, this could take a month if that person takes a rest day every 5 days and only walks 4 hours a day (a car could follow, and when the day’s quota is up drive them to a hotel, and back to where they finished)

    I believe the UK law making is similar to ours. Before it becomes law, on the advice of the Privy Council, Her Maj gives royal assent, and it has to be ‘proclaimed’ in the Gazette. If the Privy Council does not meet until after Parliament is prorogued …

  180. mh

    feelthebern
    #3148658, posted on September 6, 2019 at 9:28 am
    Steve Smith 2019 is on par with Steve Waugh 1989.

    Stats please.

  181. cricket comparisons don’t work.
    covered wickets, front foot rule, helmets, boundary ropes, sandpaper …

  182. mh

    cricket comparisons don’t work.
    covered wickets, front foot rule, helmets, boundary ropes, sandpaper …

    Global warming

  183. feelthebern

    Let me refine that further.
    Steve Waugh Ashes over there, 1989.
    Steve Smith Ashes over there, 2019.

  184. Snoopy

    What’s with all the criticism of 87 year old Michelle Grattan?

    You’ll all be sorry when the selfless, self-appointed custodian of Australian democracy finally dies and the nation descends into a hellhole of far right totalitarianism.

  185. mh

    I had a look bern,

    The only time his performances reached truly remarkable levels was in that famous 1989 Ashes, when he scored 506 at an astonishing average of 126.50; at one stage in the series he had scored 393 runs without being dismissed even once, racking up unbeaten knocks of 177 and 152 at Headingley and Lord’s. Both those knocks came in huge wins which set the tone for an utterly dominant Australian performance through the series.

    That series was widely expected to kickstart Waugh’s Test career, but it didn’t quite transpire that way, as the next three years were largely forgettable. That 1989 series was one of three instances – out of the 13 series he played before 1993 – when his series batting average exceeded 50. Exclude that Ashes high, and Waugh’s average during this period was an uncomfortably low 29.64, with two centuries in 40 Tests. Not surprisingly, he even had to make way for his twin brother, Mark.

  186. Zatara

    Snowflake Dem Presidential candidate Marrianne Williamson:

    “I know this sounds naive. I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this”

    It’s soul wrenching when your fantasies are crushed isn’t it Marrianne? Peace and love to ya petal.

  187. Cardimona

    Today’s Silly Moaning Haemorrhoid ….

    Call to scrap ‘free speech’ legal defence
    INCITEMENT LAWS
    Jacqueline Maley
    Commonwealth criminal laws prohibiting incitement of violence based on race and religion are ineffective, says the head of the Executive Council of Australian Joooo-oory, and should be scrapped and replaced with tougher laws, with the ‘‘free speech’’ defence abolished.
    Peter Wertheim says the ‘‘good faith’’ defence to the incitement laws, which has a free speech protection for ‘‘a report or commentary about a matter of public interest’’, should be removed completely.
    ‘‘If someone incites violence, with the intention that violence should occur, how can they justify that under free speech?’’ Mr Wertheim said.
    The call to toughen laws on incitement to violence based on race and religion comes amid a fierce debate about religious freedom, with Attorney-General Christian Porter last week releasing an exposure draft of religious discrimination legislation.
    Mr Wertheim said the issues of incitement to violence based on race and religion, and religious freedom, are ‘‘conceptually distinct’’ but there is some overlap.
    The prohibition on inciting violence against a group or person on the basis of their race, religion, nationality, ethnicity or political opinion is contained in sections 80.2A and 80.2B of the Commonwealth Criminal Code.
    Section 80.3 outlines a ‘‘Defence for acts done in good faith’’, including the free speech provision.
    However, the Executive Council of Jewry argues the current law presents too high a bar, making it hard for police to prosecute incitement to violence offences.
    Prosecutors must prove two types of ‘‘criminal intent’’ – that the accused urged violence against a group or person, and also that the accused did so intending that violence would occur.
    ‘‘Those two sections are quite unusual. They require proof of a double mens rea,’’ Mr Wertheim said.
    ‘‘It’s hard enough to prove one element of mens rea to a criminal standard.’’
    This leaves the prosecutor little practical prospect of success, the Council says.
    Mr Wertheim cited the example of an anti-S3m1ti1 diatribe delivered in public by Sh31kh Ismail al-Wahwah, of the fundamentalist [email protected] group Hizb ut-Tahrir in 2014, which was filmed and shared on YouTube.
    Al-Wahwah accused ‘‘the Jooooo-oos’’ of corrupting the world and described them as ‘‘the most evil creature of @[email protected]’’.
    He said that ‘‘Judgment Day will not come until the Mu5l1ms fight the Joooo-oos … tomorrow you Jooo-oos will see what will become of you – an eye for an eye, blood for blood, destruction for destruction.’’
    He said there was ‘‘only one solution for this cancerous tumour: it must be uprooted and thrown back to where it came from’’.
    The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police under sections 80.2A or 80.2B of the Criminal Code, but no prosecution eventuated.
    Of the Commonwealth law, Mr Moses said ‘‘the Law Council questions whether it is appropriate that a good faith defence should be available for these offences’’.
    ‘‘Such a defence may provide false comfort to those who seek to engage in such conduct’’.
    Mr Wertheim said that unlike the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, Australia has no way of keeping track of hate crimes and bias-motivated crimes.
    ‘‘It is an absolute imperative,’’ he said.

  188. John Constantine

    Their abc four corners was reporting that Big australia was taking our politicals by surprise.

    While all the time our entire political class and their abc enablers knew the plastic Aldi bags full of cash from billionaire carpetbaggers were oiling up our slimy filth politicals to bring about our multi-trillion dollar liability of a dystopia.

    australia is growing fast. In one year we added nearly 400,000 people to our population. That is like adding a city the size of Canberra.

    But, of course, we are not building new cities. Most of those new residents are swelling the populations of our four major cities: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

    Between 2006 and 2016 Melbourne has added close to 1 million people. Sydney was not far behind adding 800,000.

    In the same period, Brisbane and Perth grew by almost half a million.

    The pressure points are plain to see — from congestion on the roads and rail networks, to the struggle to keep up with demand for schools and hospitals.

    Back in 1997 it was estimated we would take until the middle of this century to reach a population of 25 million.

    Australia’s population is there already.

    Four Corners has investigated how this population growth has occurred and why it is taking government by surprise.

  189. egg_

    the selfless, self-appointed custodian of Australian democracy

    In Their dynamic duo with Nanny Franny, a force to be reckoned with.
    Comrade.

  190. 1735099

    The Biloela Tamil family can stay at least another twelve days.

    Our country has descended to new depths. when the courts show compassion, but our government doesn’t.

  191. feelthebern

    mh, what I’m saying is that let’s not get too carried away about Mr Smith.
    If he goes to India & continues with his current form, then that’s when we get carried away.

  192. Cardimona

    Today’s Silly Moaning Haemorrhoid ….

    Call to scrap ‘free speech’ legal defence
    INCITEMENT LAWS
    Jacqueline Maley
    Commonwealth criminal laws prohibiting incitement of violence based on race and religion are ineffective, says the head of the Executive Council of Australian J000ry, and should be scrapped and replaced with tougher laws, with the ‘‘free speech’’ defence abolished.
    Peter Wertheim says the ‘‘good faith’’ defence to the incitement laws, which has a free speech protection for ‘‘a report or commentary about a matter of public interest’’, should be removed completely.
    ‘‘If someone incites violence, with the intention that violence should occur, how can they justify that under free speech?’’ Mr Wertheim said.
    The call to toughen laws on incitement to violence based on race and religion comes amid a fierce debate about religious freedom, with Attorney-General Christian Porter last week releasing an exposure draft of religious discrimination legislation.
    Mr Wertheim said the issues of incitement to violence based on race and religion, and religious freedom, are ‘‘conceptually distinct’’ but there is some overlap.
    The prohibition on inciting violence against a group or person on the basis of their race, religion, nationality, ethnicity or political opinion is contained in sections 80.2A and 80.2B of the Commonwealth Criminal Code.
    Section 80.3 outlines a ‘‘Defence for acts done in good faith’’, including the free speech provision.
    However, the Executive Council of J000ry argues the current law presents too high a bar, making it hard for police to prosecute incitement to violence offences.
    Prosecutors must prove two types of ‘‘criminal intent’’ – that the accused urged violence against a group or person, and also that the accused did so intending that violence would occur.
    ‘‘Those two sections are quite unusual. They require proof of a double mens rea,’’ Mr Wertheim said.
    ‘‘It’s hard enough to prove one element of mens rea to a criminal standard.’’
    This leaves the prosecutor little practical prospect of success, the Council says.
    Mr Wertheim cited the example of an anti-S3m1ti1 diatribe delivered in public by Sh31kh Ismail al-Wahwah, of the fundamentalist [email protected] group H1zb ut-Tahr1r in 2014, which was filmed and shared on YouTube.
    Al-Wahwah accused ‘‘the J000s’’ of corrupting the world and described them as ‘‘the most evil creature of @[email protected]’’.
    He said that ‘‘Judgment Day will not come until the Mu5l1ms fight the J000s … tomorrow you J000s will see what will become of you – an eye for an eye, blood for blood, destruction for destruction.’’
    He said there was ‘‘only one solution for this cancerous tumour: it must be uprooted and thrown back to where it came from’’.
    The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police under sections 80.2A or 80.2B of the Criminal Code, but no prosecution eventuated.
    Of the Commonwealth law, Mr M0s3s said ‘‘the Law Council questions whether it is appropriate that a good faith defence should be available for these offences’’.
    ‘‘Such a defence may provide false comfort to those who seek to engage in such conduct’’.
    Mr Wertheim said that unlike the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, Australia has no way of keeping track of hate crimes and bias-motivated crimes.
    ‘‘It is an absolute imperative,’’ he said.

  193. 1735099

    This money should be spent on caring for veterans rather than redecorating sterile edifices.

  194. John Constantine

    In 1989 s waugh was batting behind Marsh, Taylor, Boon, Border, Jones.

    Not outs do wonders for your average.

    Overcoming the pressure of coming out to bat against the new ball and fresh bowlers at two for ten [ all the time]is a true talent.

    Carrying your team, instead of taking a first ball of the over single and leaving number ten to be worked over, doesn’t give ‘not outs’ to boost average, but it makes a fragile team competitive.

    Australia would have won without s waugh, but would already be flogged without Smith.

  195. Snoopy

    The courts can extend the Tamil illegals’ stay in detention for another 12 years for all I care.

  196. John Constantine

    Most of us feel the pressure of population growth during our daily commute to and from work.

    Sydney has the longest commute times, followed by Melbourne.

    Marg Prendergast is coordinator general at Transport for NSW. She told Four Corners our reliance on cars will have to change.

    “We’re doing everything we can to put public transport as a real option, because single car drivers are just not going to fit on the road in years to come,” she says.

    More City, Less Freedom.

    Bigger cashfilled Aldi bags.

    Maaaaaaaaaates.

  197. dopey

    I have seen Hell. Locked in a room with Mark Taylor talking cricket, for eternity.

  198. areff

    Female kalutas sound a lot like some of the women I’ve known, although uman females impose reproductive suicide somewhat more slowly.

    A press release from UWA:

    Research from The University of Western Australia’s School of Biological Sciences, led by PhD graduate Dr Genevieve Hayes, has confirmed the extreme and unusual mating behaviour of the kaluta, Dasykaluta rosamondae.

    The kaluta is a small, relatively unknown, carnivorous marsupial found in the Pilbara region in Western Australia. It weighs between 20 and 40 grams.

    Dr Hayes said male kalutas die after a single, intense breeding season, and don’t live to see their young. This synchronised death, known as male semelparity, is the result of an immune system collapse.

    “Males were regularly captured in healthy numbers throughout the study, except immediately after the mating seasons, when no males were captured. This, coupled with other research in the field and laboratory, strongly suggests that males die after the mating season,” Dr Hayes said.

    “We found that female kalutas mate frequently and with different males and, in our study, a single litter of up to eight young could have as many as three fathers. That means that males also have to mate a lot, and have good quality sperm (and lots of it), to outcompete rival males. This intense investment in reproduction, evidenced by their large testes, appears to be fatal for males. ”

    Dr Hayes said the team had found that the kaluta, so far, was the only arid-zone dasyurid to have male semelparity.

    “By confirming semelparity in kalutas, we have shown this mating strategy has evolved at least twice in the family of carnivorous marsupials,” Dr Hayes said.

    “The study sheds some light on the life of this relatively unknown creature. Despite its extreme mating behaviour, the kaluta appears to be doing well, making it an interesting case study.”

  199. feelthebern

    Mark Taylor talking cricket, for eternity.

    At least the air con would be nice & frosty.

  200. Mother Lode

    “I know this sounds naive. I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this,” Williamson told the New Yorker’s David Remnick in an interview. “I thought the right did that. I thought we were better.”

    I wonder if she will work out that the ‘the right lies’ thing might be another lefty fib?

    The left has had to make their opponents into terrifying monsters. They needed to set the bar that low so they could persuade themselves they were good.

  201. max

    Tony Mokbel posted 1m in bail.

    Then let slip to one of his legal team (not Gobbo) that he would not be turning up in court next week.

    Client confidentiality meant keeping schtum. All OK. Privileged information.

    But Catholic priests !!!! Concealing a crime is worse than committing the crime.

  202. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    How can you reel off every team’s position on the League Ladder but be unable to remember where your other school shoe is? Or your sports shirt?

    lol, Calli. Important matters matter. Irrelevant things that Grandmas can usually fix don’t matter.

    In my youth at primary school in the 1950’s, if you didn’t know where your other school shoe was (or the whereabouts of the piece of strong cardboard cut to cover the hole in it) you went in old rubber gumboots. To avoid ignominy in summertime, if a boy, then you could go barefoot. If a girl, you wagged barefoot for the day down by the creek reading in your special tree till your shoe turned up. Sometimes there would be a couple of barefoot boys down by the creek as well. Keeping children ‘in shoes’ was always a struggle for poorer families. Uniforms could come second hand, but shoes in good condition rarely did.

    And now, another world.

    Last night I met my sixteen year old grandson at a very crowded super-trendy art installation exhibition and by-invitation cocktail party. Essentially, we were there to support him. I wasn’t too sorry my young grandee left early, before the team of drag queen Guests of Honour arrived in full regalia, the appeal of young grandee’s friends at another venue being much greater, although I am sure he could have handled it all with aplomb anyway. This party was quite an adventure for us these days. When we were dressing to attend in trendy urban high style, rather as a duty to the organisers, I did jokingly offer Hairy a frock for the occasion, and his horrified face was a joy to behold at the suggestion. Do not jest with me about such things, it said darkly.

    When we arrived and looked around, I did comment that we were probably the only two supporters of Sco Mo and Trump and Brexit in this assembly of personages and people. Lately, for various honorable reasons, we have RSVP’d yes to several invitations to formal cocktail parties of Sydney’s luvvies, once our own milieu, occasions from which we would usually politely excuse ourselves.

    Blasts from the past, I say to Hairy. Deju vue right back to ourselves in the 70’s and early 80’s. We recalled a conceptual art exhibition Opening in the 80’s we attended called ‘A Show of Strength’ where the main event of the evening was the arrival of a team of weightlifters, with muscles oiled to perfection to engage in a musical rippled display. The more things change…. I murmer. Perhaps I am not totally reformed, or anti modern art: I can still enjoy some of MOMA in Hobart, and admire David Walsh for his entrepreneurial spirit, also for when he says, honestly, that most of Mona is bad art. Dark MoFo, another Hobart ‘art’ event, sounds fairly dreadful these days, gone all Vampirish and deeply unpleasant. So many dead ends, as it were.

    I’d still take the representational glories of Florence over any of it any day though. Hairy would die for the Impressionist rooms at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. And for us both, the Heraklion Museum of Crete beats most things with its four thousand year old highly civilized Minoan pottery and metalwork.

  203. John Constantine

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-06/the-tortuous-history-of-women-in-pain/11480722

    Mice, men and difficult women

    GP and ambassador for Chronic Pain Australia, Caroline West, agrees that a dearth of good research into women and their bodies had compounded the problem.

    “It’s in part the fault of the medical profession in not realising that there are clear gender differences in terms of how the body functions,” she says.

    “When it comes to chronic pain research there’s definitely been a strong gender bias.

    “The irony is that the majority living with chronic pain are women yet 80 per cent of the research is done on men or male mice.

    “It’s ridiculous to think that you could just study men and expect to have the answers about women’s pain.”

    Jackson points out in her book that PubMed has nearly five times as many clinical trials on male sexual pleasure as it has on female sexual pain.

    Young says while it’s not the job of women to close the gaps in pain research, improvements in women’s healthcare are often the result of them demanding better.

    “The women who didn’t take no for an answer, who came back and said to a doctor and said “this isn’t good enough”, they’re often framed as the difficult women,” she says.

    “I love difficult women. I think they are challenging a long history of male-centred medicine.

    “Every time they go back to their doctor and say ‘I want more from you’, I think they are challenging that… and that’s so powerful.”

    The failed State war on drugs cutting off painkillers to women with chronic pain may well open up some ‘ Conversations we have to have’.

    With the majority of australians medicated for chronic pain being women, cutting treatment back to half an asprin a day is going to ignite a hell of a backlash.

  204. dover_beach

    Max, it’s even worse, the penitent is usually unknown to the priest and/ or confesses behind a screen. What information regarding identity is the priest supposed to impart to the police? The entire law has no public interest and is an unvarnished attack on the Church.

  205. Knuckle Dragger

    John C, 10.16 a.m.;

    Perfect.

  206. dover_beach

    “It’s in part the fault of the medical profession in not realising that there are clear gender differences in terms of how the body functions,” she says.

    Transphobe.

  207. notafan

    Our country has descended to new depths. when the courts show compassion, but our government doesn’t.

    Yet is was the courts, all the way to the High Court that ruled they were not genuine refugees.

    Logic; not within the prog purview.

  208. notafan

    And there is nothing wrong with living in Sri Lanka you racist

  209. C.L.

    I saw Tubby Taylor for the first time in a ‘coon’s age last night while watching 30 seconds of cricket (as much as any sane person could manage). Is he dying his hair??

  210. notafan

    Trains are not the solution

    not unless they replace pretty much all our roads with train lines

    not everyone goes to the CBD love

    Congestion in my suburb has zero to do with access to public transport but bucket loads to do with cramming a couple of hundred thousand more people into Melbourne every year.

  211. C.L.

    I saw Tubby Taylor for the first time in a ‘coon’s age last night while watching 30 seconds of cricket (as much as any sane person could manage). Is he dying his hair??

  212. C.L.

    I saw Tubby Taylor for the first time in a ‘c00n’s age last night while watching 30 seconds of cricket (as much as any sane person could manage). Is he dying his hair??

  213. dover_beach

    Yet is was the courts, all the way to the High Court that ruled they were not genuine refugees.

    Logic; not within the prog purview.

    Indeed, progressives are modern day sophists.

  214. max

    The entire law has no public interest and is an unvarnished attack on the Church.

    ‘Zackly, dover.

    Though it’s diverting to speculate on where the malice ends and ignorance takes over.

    Same with the trial. The judges displayed no understanding or interest in the Catholic understanding of the Mass. Richter should have done more on this though he, too, failed to appreciate the seriousnes of the occasion. Christ’s body and blood consumed. The real presence on the altar. How does a believer, let alone a celebrant, respond on such an occasion ? Is it credible that somebody with a full understanding of such a sacred occasion would then ruthlessly engage in an act of violent sexual depravity ? Having just reverently consumed his Saviour’s body and blood ? This needed spelling out and emphasising during the trial.

    Had it been a Muslim on trial then the court would have gone out of its way to explore the theological understanding of such an occasion. Or an Aboriginal ceremony which would be untouchable. These are such solemn ceremonies that we outsiders must grant them every respect. But the Catholic mass is just mumbling mumbo-jumbo that nobody takes seriously. Nobody believes that Christ really is present. Superstitious nonsense. They’ve been getting away with it for too long.

  215. max

    The entire law has no public interest and is an unvarnished attack on the Church.

    ‘Zackly, dover.

    Though it’s diverting to speculate on where the malice ends and ignorance takes over.

    Same with the trial. The judges displayed no understanding or interest in the Catholic understanding of the Mass. Richter should have done more on this though he, too, failed to appreciate the seriousnes of the occasion. Christ’s body and blood consumed. The real presence on the altar. How does a believer, let alone a celebrant, respond on such an occasion ? Is it credible that somebody with a full understanding of such a sacred occasion would then ruthlessly engage in an act of violent sexual depravity ? Having just reverently consumed his Saviour’s body and blood ? This needed spelling out and emphasising during the trial.

    Had it been a M slim on trial then the court would have gone out of its way to explore the theological understanding of such an occasion. Or an Aboriginal ceremony which would be untouchable. These are such solemn ceremonies that we outsiders must grant them every respect. But the Catholic mass is just mumbling mumbo-jumbo that nobody takes seriously. Nobody believes that Christ really is present. Superstitious nonsense. They’ve been getting away with it for too long.

  216. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    This intense investment in reproduction, evidenced by their large testes, appears to be fatal for males.

    Yep. Males don’t always have the best deal when it comes to the reproductive imperative and relationships with the female of the species.

    And we have the temerity to complain about a simple thing such as childbirth. 🙂

  217. feelthebern

    Max, it’s even worse, the penitent is usually unknown to the priest and/ or confesses behind a screen. What information regarding identity is the priest supposed to impart to the police? The entire law has no public interest and is an unvarnished attack on the Church.

    This shows how bad the Vic Libs are.
    When Gillard tried to make the RC just into the Catholic Church, TA argued & won, that the RC should be looking into all institutions.

    With the Confession laws in Vic, the Libs should have said yep, 100%, with you all the way, but let’s expand it to also include:
    teachers (even though they already have to, kind of);
    doctors (even though they also already have, kind of);
    lawyers AND
    politicians.

    But then again, the Vic Libs are the shit stain on the sheets after all.
    What can be expected of them.

  218. Tom

    Breaking: Former Carlton coach Brett Ratten has been formally announced as the new coach of St KIlda. Go Ratts!

  219. feelthebern

    With regards to these I can’t believe their not Tamils, I haven’t seen this much virtue signalling since that Iranian r*pist had his head caved in by the locals on Manus Island.

  220. feelthebern

    With regards to these I can’t believe their not Tamils, I haven’t seen this much virtue signalling since that Iranian ropist had his head caved in by the locals on Manus Island.

  221. C.L.

    Re the Bilo Four, I love how the media reports that “a Federal Court has ordered…” when everybody knows that Mordy ordered.

  222. DrBeauGan

    Maria has had my monogram tattooed on the inside of her right wrist. I have it on my shirts, it is a scarlet capita Omega with a vertical line through it at the midpoint. Don’t ask why.

    Now it’s on her for life.

    I have no idea why she thought it was a good idea. Some sort of appeal to my sentimental side, perhaps.

    I don’t have a sentimental side. I thought she’d have noticed by now.

    I offered her my 1,000 cuc deal, where I fund a round trip to Panama and shopping costs. She was very disappointed. She tried to claim it cost her friend much more than 500 cuc, and quoted 2,400 cuc as the airfare. I googled it and got $463. Then she said she’d prefer to go to Russia. I said no, Panama or Mexico. She pouted and sulked for half an hour.

    I have to say it looks as if she’s not interested in working for money, and just wants to get her hands on as much as possible. But she’s not exactly the practical sort when it comes to understanding how money works.

    I had to get my own dinner tonight.

    She recovered from the sulk and asked me if I loved her. I said no, but I liked her a lot. This is the truth, but she’s not used to it. She’s so full of bullshit and not going along with it disconcerts her briefly. She assured me she is very sentimental. Nuts. She uses sentiment as a weapon of war.

    So she hasn’t made up her mind on my proposal yet, and I await with interest the variations that she proposes. My bet is that they will involve more money.

    She has got agreement with her friend to accompany her to Panama in a month or two. It’s not a great distance so it will be cattle class whatever the friend suggests. And I’m not paying for the friend.

    We may be heading for a crisis in the relationship. Which could save me a thousand cuc, so is no bad thing.

    I guess she has to learn I am not a sucker sooner or later. Painful, no doubt, but salutary.

  223. mh

    Even this much leniency with the Sri Lankan non refugees will lead to a flood of anchor babies.

    Once again Left wing legal activists fighting against Australia.

  224. Mother Lode

    Yet is was the courts, all the way to the High Court that ruled they were not genuine refugees.

    Lefties are like goldfish – but without the warmth.

    History is as naught. Only the last moment counts – well, has left any impression.

    The silently screaming millions being sucked into suffocating socialist oblivion, the millions more limping broken down to cellars to have their brains blown out under a single buzzing lightbulb, the other millions forced to watch their families tortured for their uttering the heresy “But my life means something to me.” – they fell nothing about this.

    But the latest ignoramus who promises everything will be great if they are in charge – it will be so easy but no one has ever tried it before, and all those people we don’t like will suffer!!! – well, that puts gluten-free fair-trade fire in their bellies.

    The Numberwang cur sees the courts have granted a 12 day extension and has already forgotten that one court after another, after deliberating the facts, has said Tamil Try-hards can sod off.

    If John Howard said Trump was an oaf, the left would be praising his astuteness.

  225. stackja

    Are people smugglers lining up the boats?

  226. feelthebern

    I can only imagine the stories we are going to be told about Mass in certain Toowoomba church this weekend.
    We should get ready for “we all” & other terms that promote the image of some form of group outpouring of compassion.

  227. stackja

    One judge rules Australia?

  228. notafan

    And it is twelve days in detention on Christmas Island while legal beagles scramble around trying to make a case for the second daughter that has already been rejected for the first daughter.

    Going through the motions, at taxpayer’s expense.

    at least they will be acclimatizing to the tropics after 18 months in cool temp Melbourne.

  229. notafan

    Having read the RRT decision the lies were awful, really obvious and embarrassing.

    Oh I was confronted by terror organisations a and b shortly before fleeing for my life!

    why didn’t you mention this in your first interview?

    um I forgot?

  230. feelthebern

    One judge rules Australia?

    The question is, how did the activists get this on the judge in questions docket?

  231. Arky

    I know so much more about Cuba now thanks to the cat.
    Apparently there’s a bird named Maria lives there.
    And the currency is called the cuck.

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