Open Forum: September 7, 2019

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  1. rickw

    It was always doomed because politics, and yea was it right to 200,000 to rule over 5,000,000? No. Even a slow say 10 year turn over of power would not have worked because politics and power.

    I would say it was right, Africa only goes one way if you give power to the tribes. A 500 year turn over of power might have been too quick.

  2. Mark A

    rickw
    #3150177, posted on September 8, 2019 at 6:24 am

    ‘and the people of Zimbabwe as they mourn the passing of former President Mugabe.’

    People are weird, you only have to read some of the comments here re. Zimbabwe/Rhodesia and Mugabe.
    Some who never went outside their comfortable inner city environment, (prolly never even seen dog poo on the street) are opining and arguing quite seriously with those who have first hand experience of the sits. on the ground.

    Talk about armchair warriors.

  3. DrBeauGan

    Mark, the goodbyes will be said today, Saturday arvo here. Tomorrow there might be a tearful farewell, but I doubt it. It would make her mascara run. Monday I fly out, god or whoever’s in charge willing.

    Trying to read the mind of a woman is always hard, and when she’s from a different culture it’s much worse. I take comfort in the thought that it’s impossible for her to understand me. Once the usual tactics fail, she’s lost. She can see I am kind and well intentioned and also that I haven’t developed the infatuation she was working for. It’s a problem for her.

    Osvel didn’t set this up. He’s in competition with her for my money. Of course, the Cubans will always ally with each other against the gringo but they are competing not cooperating in my case. I suspect he’d like to get into Maria’s knickers, but his wife would kill him if he did.

    I must say I am immensely flattered by LL’s conceit that I am fabricating the entire story. I don’t have that much imagination. I ran through hundreds of scenarios of what might happen to me in Cuba, some very improbable, but being pursued by a beautiful girl a third of my age didn’t cross my innocent mind.

    Obviously it’s not my good looks or youthful vitality, nor even my natural sexiness. I couldn’t compete with her vibrator on that score. And it’s certainly not my massive intellect, because she has no idea I’ve got one, despite my pointing it out. No, it’s the cash. Realising this gives me a strategic advantage.

    I expect to be back in Oz unscathed on Thursday morning, early. Unscathed except for Australian customs anyway.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    A laugh to start the day!

    NYT columnist discloses ‘insomnia’ she’s had since ‘cursed night’ of Trump’s election

    RTWT for the fruity fevered rest of it. I think her prognosticating pollster, who seems to think the dossier is real, is going to be just as wrong with his prediction as he is with the Moscow mattress.

  5. DrBeauGan

    Dot is just wrong about Jane Austen. She writes very well, the prosodics are brilliant and the dry wit superb. Being put off a great writer by a crass English teacher happens all the time. Sad.

    But although she does it brilliantly, when all is said and done, it’s chicklit. It exposes the inane preoccupations of the female mind. It’s why I said that if we depended on women to build civilisation, we’d still be living up trees eating our food raw. Although there’d be some fine examples of bitchy invective to savour.

  6. calli

    The Cluebat strikes

    Heh

    Thanks, Tom. Hard to choose two. No idea about the Sharpie jokes. I must have been busy when that particular head explosion struck.

  7. Mark A

    DrBeauGan
    #3150184, posted on September 8, 2019 at 6:52 am

    I expect to be back in Oz unscathed on Thursday morning, early. Unscathed except for Australian customs anyway.

    Bon voyage Dr.and don’t go overboard hiding your stash of cigars. Just pay the man.

    You are a braver man than I’ll ever be, I’ve been to some (many) sh..hole places but never on my own volition. Only by orders.

    This is why I can’t understand the fascination of some kittens here with ‘exotic’ read fly ridden no proper toilet/ bathroom places.

  8. Zatara

    No idea about the Sharpie jokes.

    At one point last week the MSM was rupturing itself accusing Trump of modifying a hurricane track prediction chart with a sharpie to include the state of Alabama in the danger area.

    Then CNN (inadvertently?) altered one of their own charts to remove Alabama from existence rather than be admit they were wrong.

  9. DrBeauGan

    This is why I can’t understand the fascination of some kittens here with ‘exotic’ read fly ridden no proper toilet/ bathroom places.

    I guess it’s like banging your head against a wall, it’s good when you stop.

    I like the challenge of meeting unanticipated problems and beating them. The Third World can be relied upon to throw up lots. I also like meeting different cultures up close to see how much worse things could be in the West. It makes the threat of leftist attempts to rewrite our own culture stand out as terrifying

  10. Geriatric Mayfly

    From Tom’s cartoons. What a triumph my Crown Roast of Frankfurters will be at the next dinner party.

  11. calli

    This is why I can’t understand the fascination of some kittens here with ‘exotic’ read fly ridden no proper toilet/ bathroom places.

    After the yellow fever shots last week, I put the Beloved on notice – no more holiday destinations requiring weird and wonderful inoculations. The doctor was even considering rabies shots. Seriously.

  12. bespoke

    Another top new day starting. hopefully without DoT banging on about how he loves Jane Austen.

  13. notafan

    Someone talking about the inane preoccupations of the (female) mind.

    After eight weeks of Maria Maria Maria that’s got to be a 10 out of 10 for lack of self awareness.

    If Western women were still primarily dedicated to making successful marriages and raising their children to become productive well rounded adults the world would be a far better place. Nothing inane about marriage and motherhood

    Having only one or two children gives far too much time for actual Kardashian style inanity, and of course creates jealous resentful husbands thinking they do all the hard yards in a marriage even though they were more than happy with the one two offspring.

  14. notafan

    I’m bemused.

    Which kittens are fascinated with exotic location holidays.

    Other than DrBG?

  15. Mark A

    Sodium hypobromite

    I thought I mention it for no reason at all.
    But you WILL look it up.
    (hint)

    Silly I know. but it’s near midnight here and I had a few brandies.

    Long week at work, and one site assignment took longer than anticipated so I had to buy some shirts, which threw me in a tizzy as the lowest buttonholes were vertical instead of horizontal I’m used to.
    Calli set me straight on that one.

    Opening myself up here for all sorts of cat jokes, but I don’t buy my own shirts and underwear, there is a defined division of labour in the family. She must be buying the same brand ever since we got married.

  16. calli

    ‘Twas a neatly baited hook, but this little fishie refuses to rise.

    I’ve been searching the interwebs for some ancient video of a beturbanned Luigi the Un-a-believable (aka Paul Hogan) instructing his beautiful assistant to “Dansa Maria, dance!”.

    But to no avail.

    All I can find is Leo Wanker.

  17. Mark A

    exotic locations
    Calli, Egypt
    Lizzy, some hunting grounds in Africa with tents and roaring beasts.
    I’m sure the portaloos and showers were just fine for her refined tastes.

    Paul

  18. notafan

    We must all pay for the sin of apartheid by allowing the entire continent of Africa to move to the West.

    Obviously.

    Seems pretty clear that English colonists had a pretty good idea of how well tribal cultures would operate in a democracy.

    It took us hundreds of years ourselves to abandon tribalism, after all.

    Should have packed up everything and left as soon as they could and left them to it.

  19. Mark A

    Sorry Calli same here apologies.

  20. calli

    He’s been disappeared, Mark.

    The ATO got him.

  21. notafan

    Egypt on a tour staying in nice hotels would be okay.

    Missed the other.

    I must say I was horrified to find some places in Italy and France only had squat toilets.

    Yikes.

  22. Snoopy

    TheirABC:

    What to do when worrying about the planet’s future becomes too much

    Take the V8 out for a fang?

  23. Mark A

    calli
    #3150192, posted on September 8, 2019 at 7:21 am

    After the yellow fever shots last week, I put the Beloved on notice – no more holiday destinations requiring weird and wonderful inoculations. The doctor was even considering rabies shots. Seriously.

    Don’t know where you are going but seriously I would consider it too.
    Yellow fever? laugh at it,
    rabies? Not so much.
    Didn’t you have that mishap with cab falling out of? There could have been a stray dog ready to strike and bite.
    Be careful.

  24. 1735099

    It took us hundreds of years ourselves to abandon tribalism, after all.

    Except “we” haven’t.
    Read this blog……

  25. Delcon

    Except “we” haven’t.
    Read this blog……

    If this blog is so bad, why don’t you fuck off?

  26. notafan

    Just watched a little Paul Hogan.

    Really very ordinary.

  27. Snoopy

    Margaret Court’s record lives!

  28. 1735099

    In case you’re confused, Boris is on the right in the pic.

  29. Farmer Gez

    Unknown Canadian teen just won the US Open beating Serena.

    A very good way to start the day.

  30. Mark A

    Delcon
    #3150212, posted on September 8, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Except “we” haven’t.
    Read this blog……

    If this blog is so bad, why don’t you fuck off?

    Where to?
    His pathetic, little, worthless life revolves around annoying good people.
    He has his own blog but no sane person ever visits, or if they go there by mistake and make a comment he doesn’t like, he bans them.

  31. bespoke

    Opening myself up here for all sorts of cat jokes,

    To late Mark your stiletto fetish will not be forgotten.

  32. Mark A

    Farmer Gez
    #3150217, posted on September 8, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Unknown Canadian teen just won the US Open beating Serena.

    A very good way to start the day.

    Did Serena make a scene?

  33. Farmer Gez

    Oh I forgot.

    Wallis Markle was there to watch.

    Nice😀

  34. Black Ball

    Good morning.
    Just flicking through channels and land on Speers On Sunday. Tony Burke surely has the most punchable face in politics. Besides Shorten obviously. I tried listening but all it is is waffle.

  35. Farmer Gez

    No Mark A

    Serena was, for a change, all charm.

  36. calli

    Really very ordinary.

    It hasn’t aged well. The theme music is from the Winfield ciggie commercial.

    I did laugh at his cat rescue technique. I suspect that was pinched from Benny Hill.

  37. Geriatric Mayfly

    Lizzy, some hunting grounds in Africa with tents and roaring beasts.

    Quintessential Africa, lions in full throat. However, I always come away with other indelible memories of
    orchestrations in the African bush. The cry of the fish eagle, hyena howling into the dark, hippos grunting, ground hornbills at sunrise, cranky elephants and grey lourie bidding one to “Go Away.’ Only once and never forgotten: the hair raising screams of a tree hyrax gone mental.

  38. 1735099

    This is a piece of journalistic artistry.
    It’s also pretty funny –

    Why do people still call it a Tory “split” on Europe? It’s not a split: it’s an episiotomy. The Tory episiotomy on Europe went septic this week as Boris Johnson expelled 21 MPs, including two former chancellors and his hero Winston Churchill’s grandson; lost his own brother in a tale we’ll call Cain and Far More Able; and gave a speech so hallucinatorily bad it whiteyed a policewoman. At the current rate, even Robert Caro will only need a week to write this Johnson biography.

    RTWT

  39. 1735099

    He has his own blog but no sane person ever visits, or if they go there by mistake and make a comment he doesn’t like, he bans them.

    Some stats for you –
    Pageviews – 171,808
    People banned – 0

  40. bespoke

    Classic numberwang, he described his own family as bunch of NPC bobble heads then accuses others of tribalism.

    “No you are”

    What a sad little man.

    PS: My bet is they just go along with him to shut him up.

  41. Empire 5:5

    Follow Katy for real news about the HK people’s fight for liberty from their communist colonial oppressors.

    Katy Wong
    @katywmw
    On my way to #HongKongAirport, #police are getting on buses to check passengers’ boarding pass. One police ask a passenger ‘Why do you have a mask with you?’, the man said he is heading to Disney Land and got off bus. #HongKong #HongKongProtests

    https://mobile.twitter.com/katywmw/status/1170193018856468480

  42. mh

    Serena delivers again! With Meghan Merkel watching.

    Margaret Court 24 🇦🇺

  43. Mark A

    Apologies numbers, I stand corrected.
    Stray visits are more numerous than I thought.
    It happens, it’s the interwebs, but a word to you re. number of people visiting.

    I have my own website and also a forum, robots visiting outnumber real people by 1000 to 1.
    It could of course be only on my own forum but it is worth to keep in mind when skiting about the number of hits.

    Banning requres people to visit and comment, I was speaking rhetorically.

  44. Empire 5:5

    While the NPCs parrot their mockingbird talking points of confected outrage, here is the only thing that matters right now, the rule of law:

    https://privycouncil.independent.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Orders-Approved-and-Business-Transacted.pdf

    We’re in the final quarter and the clock is running down.

  45. miltonf

    Whenever I listen to Tchaikovsky’s fifth I chuckle to myself- come on anyhow have a Winfield!! Love it.

  46. Mark A

    requires
    Before numbers sic it.

  47. bespoke

    Like him or hate him the old Paul Hogan was part or the now forgotten irreverent Australian culture. Taking the piss out of others and ourselves is a better way to remove barriers between people then what we have now.

  48. Bruce of Newcastle

    Little green men go home…

    Trump Congratulates “Both Countries” As Russia And Ukraine De-Escalate Tensions With Prisoner Swap

    The fun thing is the news reports detail the released Ukrainian prisoners, who were mainly sailors on the patrol craft Russia hammered in the Kerch Strait, but no one is saying anything about the prisoners Ukraine is releasing. The above link is reporting a NYT story which says absolutely nothing at all about them. One other story mentions one was a guy involved in the MH-17 downing, but that’s all I can find.

    Weird how no one in the MSM wants to know about Putin’s mystery men.

  49. feelthebern

    Cracker bunch in WIP.
    Thanks Tom.

  50. feelthebern

    Bandanna man is going to hate the #1 rated QB in college football.
    Trevor Lawrence plays for Clemson.
    After being the first team to belt Alabama in about a decade in last years national championship game, he couldn’t say much without thanking Jesus.
    If he doesn’t get turned into a pretzel he’s going to be the next Tom Brady.

  51. feelthebern

    According to the Tele today a chap died in Sydney yesterday after being sucked into a wood chipper.
    In a seperate incident another chap got his junk & pants caught in belt sander accidentally.
    Hmmm.

  52. bespoke

    The last time numberwang done this, it eventually come down to 26 uneek visitors a day. Not something to be ashamed of but the fact he has been spamming other sites to get it to that for years.

  53. mh

    Trump destroyed

    Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland blast Donald Trump at film festival

    The Rolling Stones frontman, 76, blasted Trump for “tearing apart” America and not working hard enough to combat climate change…
    https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/mick-jagger-donald-sutherland-blast-donald-trump

  54. C.L.

    Ahahahahahaha.

    When climate distress becomes too much.

    The first time Heidi Edmonds felt this type of anxiety creep up, she became teary and had to go into the bathroom for a cry.

    “I was looking at my nieces … and worrying about their future,” she says, “not feeling like everything was going to be OK.”

    Dr Edmonds — who holds a PhD from Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute — is a co-founder of Australian Parents for Climate Action, a national volunteer campaign group.

    She has two young daughters and like many young parents, manages sleep deprivation and parenting stress with all of her other responsibilities at work and with friends.

    Over the last year she’s noticed another kind of pressure weighing on her — climate anxiety.

    This week the Australian Medical Association declared climate change a health emergency, referencing a higher incidence of mortality rates from heat stress and more mental ill health.

    Ros Knight, the president of the country’s peak body for psychologists, the Australian Psychological Society, says many Australians report some level of concern about climate change.

  55. Shy Ted

    When I was reading the try scorers I assumed Samoa must have won (other than Adam AC).

  56. calli

    Only the sickest of minds could joke about a septic episiotomy.

    What next? Fistulas? Mastitis? Prolapse?

    Reminds me of a now-extinct poster who used to have a thing about female incontinence.

  57. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Tax deal sees Tasmania’s federal housing debt wiped

    Matthew Denholm
    Tasmania Correspondent
    @MatthewRDenholm
    12:00AM September 8, 2019
    173 Comments

    Tasmania will be able to provide up to 80 extra public housing units a year under a long-promised deal with the Morrison government to wipe its $157m federal housing debt.

    The deal, promised in July in return for independent Senator Jacqui Lambie’s support for the Coalition’s tax cuts, includes a requirement the funds freed up are spent on entirely on public and low-cost housing.

    “Waiving this loan will support the Tasmanian government’s efforts to reduce homelessness, increase access to social housing and improve housing supply across the state,” said federal Housing Minister Michael Sukkar, who will reveal details of the deal on Sunday.

    The debt forgiveness, which will save the island state $230.2 million in total interest and principal repayments to 2041-42, acknowledged Tasmania’s unique housing problem, caused by rising property values and a swift loss of rental properties to short-stay tourism rentals.

    It also delivers on a promise made to secure Senator Lambie’s vote for tax cuts and while long expected is a significant win for the outspoken independent.

    From the Oz. Tasmania, a mendicant State, bludging off the Australian taxpayer..

  58. bespoke

    Only the sickest of minds could joke about a septic episiotomy.

    Who?

  59. Old School Conservative

    Mark A
    #3150240, posted on September 8, 2019 at 8:24 am
    Banning requres people to visit and comment, I was speaking rhetorically.

    You were right the first time Mark A.
    Numbers prevents any comments from appearing on his blog.

  60. Mother Lode

    J Lambie

    God, has she aged since I saw her last.

    When I drive from Bathurst to Lithgow I pass a sign reading ‘Mt Lambie’.

    And every time I pass it, I say “Mount Lambie? No, thanks!”

    In fact, I can’t remember a time I didn’t say it. I have no doubt I will continue to do so.

    So, in her own way, she has achieved a sort of immortality.

  61. calli

    Marina Hyde, “j-list”.

    Apparently she has had three children herself. Probably by c-section.

    💡

    Let’s joke about wound infection. It’s awfully funny.

  62. Zatara

    If he doesn’t get turned into a pretzel he’s going to be the next Tom Brady.

    I hate to say it because he plays for an opponent of my lot, but Lawrence has the potential to be better than Brady ever was.

    The kid is 19 years old and would go number one in the NFL draft if he declared today. Multi-multi million dollar career ahead of him if his blockers keep the defenders from mashing him too much.

  63. Mark A

    bespoke
    #3150253, posted on September 8, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Unique visitors

    MS, Google and others have robots roaming the net under different IPs

    It’s not funny, anyone who thinks they have a good deal when it comes to number of hits is deluding himself.
    Only sales count.

    My visitor printout lists MS, Google and others under a hundred different IPs, so much for “unique”

  64. C.L.

    The Catholic Church’s greatest living ecclesiastical historian, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, accuses the “pope” not merely of heresy but of inaugurating the worst heretical crisis since the fourth century.

    His intervention is devastating and without precedent in modern history.

  65. dover_beach

    Burke looks very cool in that pic.

  66. Mark A

    Mother Lode
    #3150264, posted on September 8, 2019 at 8:57 am
    Your post shows up my prim and proper upbringing.
    Had to read it twice to get it.

    Jeez do I ever learn?

  67. Stimpson J. Cat

    And it’s certainly not my massive intellect, because she has no idea I’ve got one, despite my pointing it out.
    – Dr BeauGan

    Liberty Quote
    For the love of God this is Gold.
    😁

  68. Zatara

    Trump destroyed

    Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland blast Donald Trump at film festival

    And somehow Trump neither knew nor cared what they said. Imagine that.

    The aforementioned Alistair Williams has an observation regarding climate change:

    Is there a single problem, specifically to do with climate change, that has ever been solved by rich people taking a plane or a yacht to a meeting to “talk about it”?

  69. egg_

    Insiders:
    Is Middleton putting on more weight?
    Uber Uber Eats?

  70. egg_

    Smethurst on for eyecandy for butch Nanny Franny?
    Comrade.

  71. Ivan Denisovich

    The Catholic Church’s greatest living ecclesiastical historian, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, accuses the “pope” not merely of heresy but of inaugurating the worst heretical crisis since the fourth century.

    Fr Hunwicke goes even further:

    ……..PF is not merely surrounded by fools; he is surrounded and supported and sustained by heretics. Bergoglianist ultrapapalism is a heresy every bit as deadly and as evil as all the other heresies which have assaulted the Church Militant.

    What makes the present situation arguably more serious than any other in history is the circumstance that Bergoglianism is now favoured in the highest places and enjoys the power to utilise the Church’s machinery of government.

    Bergoglianism is quite simply Satan’s masterpiece.

    http://liturgicalnotes.blogspot.com/2019/09/the-bergoglian-creed.html?m=1

  72. Mater

    It took us hundreds of years ourselves to abandon tribalism, after all.

    Except “we” haven’t.
    Read this blog……

    Oh the irony.
    Bob snatches a convenient quote from a discussion topic, which has demonstrated a number of disparate views and opinions throughout the evening, and then uses it to accuse the blog of being tribal.
    Well done, Champ.

  73. egg_

    Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland blast Donald Trump at film festival

    Oh noes!
    Pointing the Strolling Bones?

  74. bespoke

    You have finally revealed a weakness for me to get you fired up, calli. But with that power I will use it responsibly. Trust me!. 😎

  75. Farmer Gez

    And it’s certainly not my massive intellect, because she has no idea I’ve got one, despite my pointing it out.
    – Dr BeauGan

    Liberty Quote
    For the love of God this is Gold.

    😁

    I thought intellect it was a metaphor.

  76. Mark A

    bespoke
    #3150281, posted on September 8, 2019 at 9:12 am

    You have finally revealed a weakness for me to get you fired up, calli. But with that power I will use it responsibly. Trust me!.

    Said all the other dictators.
    Have my alufoil shield ready.

  77. Stimpson J. Cat

    I expect to be back in Oz unscathed on Thursday morning, early. Unscathed except for Australian customs anyway.

    Don’t forget my hat.
    My head is very sensitive and needs protection from our mighty Sun.

  78. Geriatric Mayfly

    Tasmania will be able to provide up to 80 extra public housing units a year under a long-promised deal with the Morrison government to wipe its $157m federal housing debt.

    Rented out presumably to Houso The Wrecker.

  79. mh

    Dr BG might want to consider publishing all his Cuba blog posts in book format.

  80. custard

    My favourite video from last week. BBC question time.

    https://youtu.be/3iHr_Gf2SXk

  81. Mark A

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #3150284, posted on September 8, 2019 at 9:14 am

    I’m not kidding, I’d wouldn’t mind boldness, I have a number 1 haircut as a rule.
    Why are you so upset about it?

    A few days ago I posted a really good vid about hair replacement dedicated to you .
    You must have missed it, or most likely ignored it.

  82. Nick

    After the yellow fever shots last week, I put the Beloved on notice –

    He’s into Asian women?

  83. DrBeauGan

    And it’s certainly not my massive intellect, because she has no idea I’ve got one, despite my pointing it out.
    – Dr BeauGan

    Liberty Quote
    For the love of God this is Gold.

    I’m glad you thought it funny, stimpy. So did I.

  84. cohenite

    A rare event that took place 30 kilometres above the South Pole last week is expected to impact upon Australia’s rainfall outlook.
    Key points:

    Sudden stratospheric warming is much more common in the northern hemisphere
    Meteorologists are warning it will result in higher temperatures and a decrease in rainfall
    It is not believed to be caused by global warming but is a ‘natural phenomenon’

    The upper atmosphere above Antarctica warmed by as much as 40 degrees Celsius in the course of a few days — and it is continuing to warm.

    Interesting; a cooling stratosphere is a key prediction of alarmism. But the facts and evidence have never mattered; go Greta!

  85. Zatara

    He’s into Asian women?

    The band of yellow fever duggests Asia is clear.

    Yellow fever wiped out Spanish colonies in the Southern US at one point and was a huge issue during the Spanish-American war.

  86. DrBeauGan

    Don’t forget my hat.
    My head is very sensitive and needs protection from our mighty Sun.

    It is sitting on a table ready to be packed stimpy.

  87. egg_

    After eight weeks of Maria Maria Maria that’s got to be a 10 out of 10 for lack of self awareness.

    What of the young girl with a prostitute mother and apparently AWOL father?
    Isn’t that the human interest story?
    Comrade.

  88. Tom

    Dr BG might want to consider publishing all his Cuba blog posts in book format.

    A Mathematician’s Guide to Communist Nirvana from the Dystopian Underworld of Downtown Cuba — excellent book idea that could pay for your trip. Go get ’em, Beaugy!

  89. duncanm

    C.L.
    #3150257, posted on September 8, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Ahahahahahaha.

    When climate distress becomes too much.

    This week the Australian Medical Association declared climate change a health emergency, referencing a higher incidence of mortality rates from heat stress and more mental ill health.

    The drones at the ABC can’t even read their own data.

    Heat deaths:
    1890 – 1930: hovered around 1 to 1.7 per 100k population
    1930 – 2000: consistently fell, to a low of 0.04/100k.
    2000 – 2009: rose to 0.26.

    And Heidi is no engineer, or scientist. She’s a carpetbagger.

  90. Stimpson J. Cat

    A few days ago I posted a really good vid about hair replacement dedicated to you .
    You must have missed it, or most likely ignored it.

    I never ignore posts.
    If I don’t reply I’m not here because you are all very old and boring and I’m doing something far more constructive like working or denim shopping or meditating.
    Just imagine me as the handsome agile male nurse checking your lonely room in the home every few months to see if you are still alive.
    And unlike them, I actually pop in for a polite friendly chat instead of simply checking the smell by sniffing at the door.
    Post it again please.
    😁

  91. custard

    My letter to the editor regarding the medical emergency of the climate change hoax.

    I see that the Australian Medical Association has declared climate change a medical emergency. Presumably we will start to see emergency departments inundated with people affected by this newly identified medical condition.
    Symptoms include skin peeling off after being glued to roads. Early onset clues are facial expressions of shock and horror that the climate predictions of ten years ago were completely inaccurate.
    The ABC is reported to be opening a dedicated news channel to the emergency.

  92. C.L.

    Never ever take anything Mick Jagger says about politics seriously. Because he is who he is, he will always pay casual deference to leftism if put on the spot. And he was definitely put on the spot at the premier of his movie because red carpet protests about the weather are now a thing, apparently. But the truth is Jagger is a knighted Tory for all meaningful intents and purposes.

  93. Nick

    Dr BG might want to consider publishing all his Cuba blog posts in book format.

    A room without a screw

  94. feelthebern

    Sunday morning.
    Icy wind blowing outside.
    Toasty warm inside.
    College football on.
    Perfectly made coffee.
    Yep, this is pretty good.

  95. Roger

    Never ever take anything Mick Jagger says about politics seriously.

    Why on earth would we?

  96. feelthebern

    Jagger is the ultimate professional.
    Imagine a workplace where the rest of the payroll hate your guts but you continue to work there for 60 years.

  97. Stimpson J. Cat

    It is sitting on a table ready to be packed stimpy.

    Good and Noble Man.
    Stop teasing this Mighty Monogrammed Mathematician and show some Goddamn respect you degenerate Catallaxy cretins.
    At least he tried to save the Commies with his Cigar stimulus investment package.
    We are lucky he decided to come back rather than rule them with an iron sliderule.

  98. Zatara

    Symptoms include skin peeling off after being glued to roads

    Worst mistake the authorities made was bothering to remove them.

    “Let me get this straight mate, you glued yourself to the road and now you are claiming you weren’t removed by SES in time to keep your umm, kit, from being run over?”

  99. DrBeauGan

    Dr BG might want to consider publishing all his Cuba blog posts in book format

    I could send a copy to Maria to improve her English.

  100. cohenite

    Dot is just wrong about Jane Austen. She writes very well, the prosodics are brilliant and the dry wit superb. Being put off a great writer by a crass English teacher happens all the time. Sad.

    But although she does it brilliantly, when all is said and done, it’s chicklit. It exposes the inane preoccupations of the female mind. It’s why I said that if we depended on women to build civilisation, we’d still be living up trees eating our food raw. Although there’d be some fine examples of bitchy invective to savour.

    Yes. But our Jane was never about wider issues just the basic ones; after all Napoleon was running rampant during her time and there is no mention of the little bastard or the social upheaval going on in her novels. Her themes were blokes and sheilas, manners and being true to your self. She was also as tough as nails:

    The real circumstances of this pathetic piece of family history were that the Musgroves had had the ill fortune of a very troublesome hopeless son, and the good fortune to lose him before he reached his twentieth year; that he had been sent to sea because he was stupid and unmanageable on shore; that he had been very little cared for at any time by his family, though quite as much as he deserved; seldom heard of, and scarcely at all regretted, when the intelligence of his death abroad had worked its way to Uppercross, two years before.

    Sounds like dot. This is not a lady to muck around with.

    Now Doc, you know this is at the heart of things. I advised you to go full papa in Cuba and instead you mooned around the akimbo swishing of a local lady while sucking on cigars. Our Jane had you picked mate. Chicklit indeed.

  101. feelthebern

    Second play of the game & the Longhorns quarterback goes for a run in traffic.
    Coach just doesn’t give a shit about his players.
    Or it was a boot leg.

    PS Californians will be voting in November on whether student athletes can be paid.
    NCAA won’t care.

  102. duncanm

    re: climate change and health.

    Don’t worry Zali will fix it.

    In an electorate solidly glued to the coast, where the diurnal and yearly temperature ranges are half that of inland Australia.

    I wonder how those in Khancoban (yearly average(record) high of 32C, average low of 1.8C) possibly survive? (cf. Manly NSW: 27C to 8C)

  103. egg_

    Interesting; a cooling stratosphere is a key prediction of alarmism. But the facts and evidence have never mattered

    Strange that Aunty should rush to distinguish SSW from AGW, non?

  104. Geriatric Mayfly

    Who today could hold together a sentence of this length? And by the standards of other novelists this is a relatively short job.

    The real circumstances of this pathetic piece of family history were that the Musgroves had had the ill fortune of a very troublesome hopeless son, and the good fortune to lose him before he reached his twentieth year; that he had been sent to sea because he was stupid and unmanageable on shore; that he had been very little cared for at any time by his family, though quite as much as he deserved; seldom heard of, and scarcely at all regretted, when the intelligence of his death abroad had worked its way to Uppercross, two years before.

  105. Entropy

    But our Jane was never about wider issues just the basic ones; after all Napoleon was running rampant during her time and there is no mention of the little bastard or the social upheaval going on in her novels. Her themes were blokes and sheilas, manners and being true to your self. She was also as tough as nails:

    The real circumstances of this pathetic piece of family history were that the Musgroves had had the ill fortune of a very troublesome hopeless son, and the good fortune to lose him before he reached his twentieth year; that he had been sent to sea because he was stupid and unmanageable on shore; that he had been very little cared for at any time by his family, though quite as much as he deserved; seldom heard of, and scarcely at all regretted, when the intelligence of his death abroad had worked its way to Uppercross, two years before.

    Well, yes, and that very same novel could arguably be about the shift from birthright to meritocracy going on in Napoleonic times: the Captain, after all, was not good enough until he had made a crust from his captured prizes.

  106. egg_

    A room without a screw

    I’m not the pheasant plucker…

  107. Entropy

    And of course, the Captain was chosen by our neglected but oh so smart heroine over the traditional, family wealth preserving choice, who was shown to be a duplicous prick for good measure.

  108. candy

    it’s chicklit

    I think Jane A. novels were more ironic and intended to be that way, not as chicklit. The good characters too good, the silly characters too silly. Immensely enjoyable and humerous, like a spoof. Not rounded characters and not intended to be.

  109. areff

    Who today could hold together a sentence of this length? And by the standards of other novelists this is a relatively short job.

    True, and here consider the pernicious influence of tech on writing. Austen wrote with pen and ink on paper that wasn’t cheap, so every sentence was crafted and thought out in her head before the nib began to move.

    Same with Gibbon. You find a less than mellifluous sentence anywhere in Decline and Fall.

    Today, the temptation is to throw words about like (ladies) underpants at a Tom Jones concert because, well, you can.

  110. egg_

    Who today could hold together a sentence of this length? And by the standards of other novelists this is a relatively short job.

    Probably how they spoke in actual conversation at the time.
    Wylde’s Lady Bracknell is probably the personification.

  111. areff

    see what I mean?

    should be: You WON’T find a less than mellifluous sentence anywhere in Decline and Fall.

  112. Geriatric Mayfly

    Today, the temptation is to throw words about like (ladies) underpants at a Tom Jones concert because, well, you can.

    Funny coincidence areff. It was Tom Jones I was thinking about for the uber long sentence in the hands of Henry Fielding. Quite fun. You get to the end of a paragraph/sentence and have to start again, because your mind wandered off half way through.

  113. 1735099

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer chap.

  114. C.L.

    the temptation is to throw words about like (ladies) underpants at a Tom Jones concert

    Or at a Sinclair Davidson book launch.

  115. Stimpson J. Cat

    had had

    This is inexcusable in anything but a comedy,
    I’m afraid.
    But yes, she writes quite well for a girl.
    😁

  116. Roger

    Strange that Aunty should rush to distinguish SSW from AGW, non?

    The BOM boffin assured them it was not AGW.

    He was also quite proud their modelling had predicted it.

    Must be noice to have a win for a change.

  117. Entropy

    Or at a Sinclair Davidson book launch

    That would depend on what shirt he was wearing.

  118. egg_

    like (ladies) underpants at a Tom Jones concert

    A female artist on Aunty’s The Set said she gets bras thrown on stage.
    /Woke

  119. bespoke

    Probably how they spoke in actual conversation at the time.

    Forgive my ignorance as Iv not read her. But wasn’t she was part of a very small class that’s lasted a short time. I like Sci-Fi but I’m no Trecky like notafan.

  120. Percy Popinjay

    KD – buy him some pedals or a mini amp. The latter are great for travelling if you don’t won’t to lug around a full sized one. The mini amp I’ve got fits in the guitar case – and no, the controls don’t go up to 11, unfortunately.

  121. Arky

    Arky, thanking Tom for entertaining me isn’t an attempt to ingratiate myself with him

    ..
    It’s not about you, cock.
    I said it because I dislike the abusive arsehole.

  122. thefrollickingmole

    Smells like heresy…

    “merely the application of the encyclical Laudato si, and therefore an expression of the infallible Magisterium of the Pope who stands above the word of God or, as a source of revelation, right next to it”

    The pope elevated above the scripture?
    Able to perform new agile and innovative “revelations” unmoored by previous doctrine?

    Only one cure for that.

  123. egg_

    A female artist on Aunty’s The Set said she gets bras thrown on stage.

    M0nty?

  124. candy

    had had

    I believe there is a slight difference in meaning with regard to tense or in talking about a situation that had transpired, but you need a smart cookie to explain it. I can’t, but it makes sense, you can feel the difference as you read it.

  125. Entropy

    Roger
    #3150330, posted on September 8, 2019 at 10:14 am
    Strange that Aunty should rush to distinguish SSW from AGW, non?

    The BOM boffin assured them it was not AGW.

    He was also quite proud their modelling had predicted it

    Ironically, I think he has been employed to improve the UKmet Access S regional Australia modelling. The BoM has given up on its unlamented and unreliable POAMA.

  126. C.L.

    Boris Johnson ‘could go to jail if he refuses to delay Brexit’

    LOL. The source is convicted drug dealer Ken MacDonald.

  127. egg_

    The BOM boffin assured them it was not AGW.

    He was also quite proud their modelling had predicted it.

    A change in the wind at the BoM?

  128. miltonf

    I don’t know why some people here have it in for Jane Austen- Pride and Prejudice wasn’t a bad read at all. Very funny.

  129. DrBeauGan

    Gibbon is indeed the supreme stylist. And unlike Jane he writes about things which are interesting and important.

    Women are fascinated by social matters. Men have far broader interests as a rule. It’s why I described Jane’s writing as chicklit. Not mentioning Napoleon is an indication of the smallness of her world. I agree she is perceptive of that world but getting into her mind is like trying to crawl into a doll’s house.

  130. Geriatric Mayfly

    Tactful this chap. Any chance he will have contracted some ‘infirmity’ in that hospital? A holy medal of St Gaia on a lanyard around his neck, will probably save him from all pestilences. Should one worm its way in, the laying on of hands by St Greta will rally the old activist.

    Pope Francis took advantage of his visit to the Zimpeto Hospital in Mozambique Friday to tell patients and doctors that their experience of illness and infirmity should make them more attentive to the sufferings of the environment.

  131. candy

    Boris Johnson ‘could go to jail if he refuses to delay Brexit’

    Boris J getting the Trump treatment, Boris Derangement Syndrome.

    Hope he can get on top of his role as PM as Tory leader, and not get swallowed up by Brexit.

  132. Arky

    that their experience of illness and infirmity should make them more attentive to the sufferings of the environment.

    ..
    They don’t really like people at all, do they?

  133. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Pope Francis took advantage of his visit to the Zimpeto Hospital in Mozambique Friday to tell patients and doctors that their experience of illness and infirmity should make them more attentive to the sufferings of the environment.

    Sanctimonious old plank.

  134. Roger

    Pope Francis took advantage of his visit to the Zimpeto Hospital in Mozambique Friday to tell patients and doctors that their experience of illness and infirmity should make them more attentive to the sufferings of the environment.

    This is why poor people leave the Catholic Church.

  135. mh

    The Art of Not Getting Screwed In Cuba

  136. Dr Fred Lenin

    All these cats going overseas ,as the Major said “ never go overseas, too many demmned foreigners ,dont che. know? “ “ and the diahorrea ,endemic it is ,anyway no need to go overseas to see foreigners and experience the third world ,the demmned politicians have brought it here for you?”

  137. Stimpson J. Cat

    Who today could hold together a sentence of this length?

    It doesn’t need to be in one sentence.
    But Clive Barker for one.

    I dreamed I lived in another’s skin,
    I dreamed I was my own beloved,
    I dreamed I was a tiger’s kin.

    I dreamed that Eden lived inside me,
    And when I breathed a garden came,
    I dreamed I knew all of Creation,
    I dreamed I knew the Creator’s name.
    I dreamed–and this dream was the finest–
    That all I dreamed was real and true,
    And we would live in joy forever,
    You in me, and me in you.

  138. miltonf

    Pope Francis took advantage of his visit to the Zimpeto Hospital in Mozambique Friday to tell patients and doctors that their experience of illness and infirmity should make them more attentive to the sufferings of the environment.

    Is this guy autistic or something?

  139. Ivan Denisovich

    Hope he can get on top of his role as PM as Tory leader, and not get swallowed up by Brexit.

    Daniel Hannan:

    As I write, the opposition parties are seeking to overturn the referendum result. They don’t exactly phrase it like that, of course. Instead, they say that they don’t want to leave without a deal. But they know perfectly well that if you rule out a “no-deal Brexit,” you rule out Brexit itself. If “no-deal” is off the table, then all Brussels has to do to keep Britain in the European Union is continue to offer intolerable terms.

    On Wednesday afternoon, MPs passed a motion obliging the government to seek as many extensions as the EU wanted. Boris Johnson, the prime minister, responded by calling for a general election. Whereupon Labour, which has been demanding an immediate poll for two years, suddenly went cold on the idea. Under legislation passed in 2010, two-thirds of MPs must agree to an early dissolution of Parliament. On Wednesday evening, Labour and the other opposition parties, looking at the opinion polls, voted against such a dissolution.

    Yes, you read that correctly. The parties that have spent the past month accusing Johnson of mounting some sort of coup just voted to prevent him from subjecting his tenure to a national vote.

    The House of Commons has thus put itself in a ridiculous position. Pro-EU MPs have voted to keep in office a government they have calculatedly undermined. They have done so for the sole purpose of overturning a referendum result which they had previously promised to uphold. That, my friends, is our political crisis in a nutshell.

    Now the good news. Voters are not idiots. They can see what is going on. Sooner or later, probably sooner, there will have to be a general election. The Conservatives have, in effect, deselected 21 of their MPs, including several former ministers, for voting with Labour to prevent Brexit. Although that purge has horrified commentators, most of whom are in awe of the Europhile grandees, it is a necessary prelude to an election campaign that will turn on Brexit. The Tories could hardly fight an election promising to leave the EU while several of their candidates refused to accept that policy. Though the pundits are fainting like affronted matrons, voters appreciate Johnson’s strength of purpose.

    In the meantime, the loss of those 21 votes has deprived the government of its majority, making an election before the end of the year almost inevitable.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/there-will-still-be-an-election-in-the-uk-and-brexit-will-still-happen

  140. Geriatric Mayfly

    Keep Calm And Carry On. Bozza is smashing it.

  141. Stimpson J. Cat

    Can’t believe I f$cked that up.
    Try again.

    I dreamed I spoke in another’s language,
    I dreamed I lived in another’s skin,
    I dreamed I was my own beloved,
    I dreamed I was a tiger’s kin.

    I dreamed that Eden lived inside me,
    And when I breathed a garden came,
    I dreamed I knew all of Creation,
    I dreamed I knew the Creator’s name.

    I dreamed–and this dream was the finest–
    That all I dreamed was real and true,
    And we would live in joy forever,
    You in me, and me in you.

  142. egg_

    Arky
    #3149730, posted on September 7, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    She’s looking good.
    Glad to see the ratchet handbrake working again.
    Vintage nuts from Taiwan?

  143. JC

    mh

    Still waiting for your China explanation.

    Take a deep breath, push down and start posting.

    Go!

  144. candy

    Bozza is smashing it.

    Yep, the main thing for him is to get re-elected. That is what Labour fear.

  145. egg_

    Vintage nuts from Taiwan?

    I recall reading in the 90s that Harley clone parts from Taiwan were better than the original.
    Possibly the same from mainland China in some cases, if not from the original molds, etc.

  146. Arky

    Still waiting for your China explanation

    ..
    You don’t have to block exports of ore to China.
    You reduce imports of chinese products via tariffs, as Trump is doing, fuck their industries and thereby end up selling the ore to their competitors.

  147. Zatara

    This is why poor people leave the Catholic Church.

    … and why the rest can’t seem to find any cash in their pockets when the collection plate passes by.

    Can’t speak for them but I’d not donate a dime if I thought Franky had a say in how it was spent.

  148. Geriatric Mayfly

    Alistair Campbell, Dominic Cummings. I wonder if by any chance they are related.

  149. Arky

    You don’t have to block exports of ore to China.
    You reduce imports of chinese products via tariffs, as Trump is doing, fuck their industries and thereby end up selling the ore to their competitors

  150. Arky

    You don’t have to block exports of ore to China.
    You reduce imports of chinese products via tariffs, as Trump is doing, fuck their industries and thereby end up selling the ore to their competitors

  151. Arky

    Vintage nuts from Taiwan?

    ..
    All the parts I’m getting are made in Taiwan or the US.

  152. jo

    DrBG, remember Austin’s novel was just that, her story not anyone else’s. It would be like your tales of a small slice of life in Cuba without mentioning Brexit Trump or other events. They actually have nothing to do with the narrative. What are we going to read about when you get back. I’m sure you have more questions than answers about Cuba.

  153. cohenite

    Women are fascinated by social matters. Men have far broader interests as a rule. It’s why I described Jane’s writing as chicklit. Not mentioning Napoleon is an indication of the smallness of her world. I agree she is perceptive of that world but getting into her mind is like trying to crawl into a doll’s house

    In The Name of the Rose as Adso von Melk is leaving with William von Baskerville and a few remnants of the accumulated literature of the world and after experiencing great turmoil about esoteric theological and existential distinctions all he can think of is his tryst with the girl Das Mädchen.

    I can’t think of a piece of great fiction which doesn’t deal with women in the context of a particular world view: Tess, Portrait of a Lady, War and Peace, Wuthering Heights etc. I just happen to think our Jane does it better.

  154. C.L.

    Pope Francis took advantage of his visit to the Zimpeto Hospital in Mozambique Friday to tell patients and doctors that their experience of illness and infirmity should make them more attentive to the sufferings of the environment.

    More from that source:

    The earth “is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she ‘groans in travail,’” the pope told patients suffering from cancer, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, as well as malnutrition patients and their caregivers.

    It is wonderful to see how listening to the sick “puts us in contact with another part of our vulnerable world,” Francis said. “I think of the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life… the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she ‘groans in travail.’”

    We “all come from the same stock,” the pope continued. “You have recognized this and your listening is leading you to find sustainable means in the search for energy and for gathering and storing supplies of water.”

    “Your concern for low environmental impact is a virtuous model, an example to be followed, in the light of the urgent situation created by the deterioration of our planet,” he added.

    These are the utterances of a deranged person.

  155. Arky

    Decoupling from China will be good for us and good for China, and good for people right around the world.
    Two competing systems each with their own spheres of influence.
    Cold war two, with all the amazing technical advances that brings.

  156. mh
    #3150362, posted on September 8, 2019 at 10:48 am
    China explanation, JC?

    He wants to know why Han Chinese race is allowed to lord it over Uighers, Tibetans, & others. Booting them out of their houses, jailing them, etc.
    Not right, apparently.

  157. cohenite

    Hope he can get on top of his role as PM as Tory leader, and not get swallowed up by Brexit.

    So do I; and I hope Trump is giving him advice about how to deal with the swamp dwellers in his own party.

  158. mh

    He wants to know why Han Chinese race is allowed to lord it over Uighers, Tibetans, & others.

    President for life Xi said last week that the Communist Party had to keep up the struggle against Macau, HongKong and Taiwan, whom he believes are the Party’s biggest threat. Very ominous.

  159. Steve trickler

    Be careful, folks. Always be careful. A dickhead lurks around every corner.



  160. Snoopy

    “Your concern for low environmental impact is a virtuous model, an example to be followed, in the light of the urgent situation created by the deterioration of our planet,” he added.

    Not by choice you commie flog. They’re struggling in poverty.

  161. bespoke

    Arky
    #3150373, posted on September 8, 2019 at 10:58 am
    Cold war two, with all the amazing technical advances that brings.

    The “peace dividend” that was sold to us at the time isn’t working.

  162. Stimpson J. Cat

    I can’t, but it makes sense, you can feel the difference as you read it.

    Oh it makes sense, but it is just a disgraceful attempt at sentence construction.
    A competent Male Editor should have corrected her poor form.
    😁

  163. Roger

    Two competing systems each with their own spheres of influence.

    Victoria under Dangerous Dan has already signed up to OBOR, as has NZ, although Winston Peters is apparently pushing for a review.

  164. Snoopy

    So Chinese coal and iron ore importers have no long-term contracts with Australian miners.

    Amirite?

  165. C.L.

    You’re in a Mozambique hospital suffering from cancer or malnutrition and this weirdo from Argentina rocks up to tell you that your suffering … should remind you to honour the sufferings of the environment.

  166. Stimpson J. Cat

    their experience of illness and infirmity should make them more attentive to the sufferings of the environment.

    His experience of p®dophiles should make him more attentive to the sufferings of humans.
    The dirty Commie r®t.

  167. Frank

    A female artist on Aunty’s The Set said she gets bras thrown on stage.
    /Woke

    Hannah Gadsby?

  168. feelthebern

    Alistair Campbell

    James Carville, Karl Rove, Alistair Campbell.
    All members of the Order of the Chickenhawk.

  169. feelthebern

    So Chinese coal and iron ore importers have no long-term contracts with Australian miners.

    What do you call long-term in this topsy turvy crazy world?

  170. feelthebern

    The “peace dividend” that was sold to us at the time isn’t working.

    It is for some.

  171. Arky

    So Chinese coal and iron ore importers have no long-term contracts with Australian miners.

    Amirite?

    ..
    Yep, there is going to be some pain during the transition.
    Like there was for so many people in the transition to the failed global new order.

  172. Arky

    Victoria under Dangerous Dan has already signed up to OBOR, as has NZ, although Winston Peters is apparently pushing for a review.

    ..
    Yes, we are in a one of the parts of the world which will be up for grabs.

  173. Arky

    The gold bug talks to the Ruskies:


  174. thefrollickingmole

    At some stage there has to be a purge of a lot of individuals tied up with scumbags.

    Check this one out.

    Epstein, not only donating to a uni which officially blacklisted him, but acting as middleman for other donors.

    How an Élite University Research Center Concealed Its Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein
    New documents show that the M.I.T. Media Lab was aware of Epstein’s status as a convicted sex offender, and that Epstein directed contributions to the lab far exceeding the amounts M.I.T. has publicly admitted.

    Why shouldnt people believe the worst of those involved?
    What conspiracy theory seems more outlandish than some of the real life bullcrap alredy known about?

    RTWT,

    Dozens of pages of e-mails and other documents obtained by The New Yorker reveal that, although Epstein was listed as “disqualified” in M.I.T.’s official donor database, the Media Lab continued to accept gifts from him, consulted him about the use of the funds, and, by marking his contributions as anonymous, avoided disclosing their full extent, both publicly and within the university. Perhaps most notably, Epstein appeared to serve as an intermediary between the lab and other wealthy donors, soliciting millions of dollars in donations from individuals and organizations, including the technologist and philanthropist Bill Gates and the investor Leon Black. According to the records obtained by The New Yorker and accounts from current and former faculty and staff of the media lab, Epstein was credited with securing at least $7.5 million in donations for the lab, including two million dollars from Gates and $5.5 million from Black, gifts the e-mails describe as “directed” by Epstein or made at his behest. The effort to conceal the lab’s contact with Epstein was so widely known that some staff in the office of the lab’s director, Joi Ito, referred to Epstein as Voldemort or “he who must not be named.”

  175. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    … and why the rest can’t seem to find any cash in their pockets when the collection plate passes by.

    In 2002, in the Eastern Wheatbelt of the Wild West, in the worst drought since 1914, a delegation of farmers visited the local Cattletick Godbotherer. Could he include a prayer for rain at next Sunday’s Mass?

    They were reminded that the lack of rain was the will of the Almighty, and who were they to question the will of Almighty God? Guess who got his church boycotted after that? Next year was a bumper, and, strangely, there were no donations to the Church…

  176. Roger

    You’re in a Mozambique hospital suffering from cancer or malnutrition and this weirdo from Argentina rocks up to tell you that your suffering … should remind you to honour the sufferings of the environment.

    And then the evangelical pastor comes in and reminds you of the sufferings of Jesus…and all you have left is your faith and hope.

  177. dover_beach

    the temptation is to throw words about like (ladies) underpants at a Tom Jones concert

    Or at a Sinclair Davidson book launch.

    How else would you cover his mankini?

  178. vr

    Why was Bill Gates contributing thru’ Epstein? Given his foundation he could’ve contributed directly.

  179. pete m

    Really sad news
    The binna burra lodge has burned down in the local bushfires we’re fighting.

    The lodge was beautiful.

  180. notafan

    Gosh you make up some stupid stories Zulu.

    Catholics pray for all sorts of things, including rain and good harvests.

  181. Top Ender

    Adelaide Cats should watch out for fake police officers issuing traffic fines.

    How thick would you have to be to then go with them to a petrol station to withdraw money to pay the fine?

  182. notafan

    I mean, a delegation?

    Laying it rather thick.

    the farmers could have prayed the rosary together.

    Like my farmer uncles used to do.

  183. Top Ender

    Your taxpayer dollars at work.

    Or not.

    Yiyili Aboriginal Community School, half way between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek, receives more than $400,000 a year through Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding.

    Much outcry at millions being withdrawn which paid groundsmen and unqualified “language teachers” across WA.

  184. egg_

    A female artist on Aunty’s The Set said she gets bras thrown on stage.
    /Woke

    Hannah Gadsby?

    LOL
    Amy Shark

  185. notafan

    Oh gosh

    If only Jane had mentioned Napoleon she could have been a really really good writer

    If only her brother the admiral had written those books instead.

    If only Bonaparte had been the love interest in Sense and Sensibility.

    Clearly the standard for all great fiction writing is to randomly insert references to random historical events, no matter how irrelevant they are to the story.

  186. Stimpson J. Cat

    Catholics pray for all sorts of things, including rain and good harvests.

    Can they please maybe pray for something positive and constructive for a change, like for farmers to stop complaining, and for my hair to grow back.
    Thanks in advance.

  187. Fisky

    Decoupling from China will be good for us and good for China, and good for people right around the world.

    “Free trade” with China has been a complete failure. Disaster. Globalism is a giant con!

  188. Stimpson J. Cat

    “Free trade” with China has been a complete failure. Disaster. Globalism is a giant con!

    Look, let’s be honest.
    If there is one thing Trump had shown, it is that Economists have as much business telling people how to do absolutely anything whatsoever as a goldfish.

  189. egg_

    If only Jane had mentioned Napoleon she could have been a really really good writer

    Was it proper for ladies to comment about politics at the time?
    Doubtful.
    Modern retroactive period costume dramas likely paint an untrue picture.
    Comrade.

  190. Stimpson J. Cat

    Ano at least goldfish know how to swim!!!

  191. John Constantine

    https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/china-custom-holds-up-1bn-worth-of-australian-thermal-coal

    Some 15 million tonnes of Australian thermal coal worth more than $1 billion is waiting to clear customs in China, according to industry analyst Platts, with no sign of an easing in processing delays imposed since February.

    A variety of the Korean media report that Australia and China are at loggerheads over the exertion of each influence in Pacific nations and the situation is set to deteriorate as China customs hold up 15 million tonnes of Australian thermal coal worth more than $1 billion.

    “Thermal coal market participants say they are yet to see any changes to Beijing’s import policy for seaborne traded coal, including Australian origin, which has endured long holdups at Chinese ports for the past several months,” Platts’ Asian thermal coal editor, Michael Cooper, told The Australian.

    Mr Cooper said the amount of Australian coal being held up in customs in ports in China was now the equivalent of 100 Capesize bulk carrier cargoes of 150,000 tonnes each. Currently thermal coal from Newcastle is trading at around $US75 a tonne.

    Australian coal has been subject to lengthy processing delays of up to 50 days from around February this year.

    The Tyrant for life of all the chicoms can break any contract at any time for any reason.

    Want to choke the coal miners and iron ore pits?. The Tyrant orders paperwork compliance problems to hold up each ship for a month or so.

    OBOR is all about being able to not suddenly replace all australian exports, but being able to choke australian producers until they bid against each other in a race to the bottom for access and cashflow.

    Contracts mean nothing to the Tyrant, so any market that respects the rule of law should be worth selling to at a lower price, for security of payment.

    Comrade Maaaaaaaates.

  192. John Constantine

    Reports of warehouses in South Africa full of wool that the Tyrant has bought, but not paid for.

    Contracts unenforceable, only one buyer.

    When the South African producers have been choked for over a year with zero income and next years expenses to pay, they will dump the wool to pay their bills, at almost any price.

    Worldwide commodity, so the Tyrant chokes down the poorest and most motivated sellers to break the market.

  193. Geriatric Mayfly

    Gossip amongst the locals, ” We have mysterious new witch doctor doing the rounds in Mozambique, gibbering a load of bollocks as though he doesn’t understand his job and our maladies.”

  194. Brislurker

    Very sad about Binna Burra lodge been around for many years. Hope the fires can be brought under control. O’Reilly’s is just over the hill so to speak. If it reaches them the tradegy would be compounded. It is a beautiful part of the world.

  195. rickw

    The earth “is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she ‘groans in travail,’” the pope told patients suffering from cancer, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, as well as malnutrition patients and their caregivers.

    Dirty stinking communist.

  196. Fisky

    Reports of warehouses in South Africa full of wool that the Tyrant has bought, but not paid for.

    Don’t worry, I’m sure the WTO will have some very strong words about this!

  197. Knuckle Dragger

    Percy,

    Many thanks, and greatly appreciated. I will scour the Earth for some of those. Perfect.

    I don’t know where he gets his musical ability from. Nobody in either family has anything like it – certainly not his mother, who has the singing voice of a dying goat.

    Three years back, when he got his first lecky and amp, at my suggestion (thinking this would be good to listen to) he sat down and played ‘Enter Sandman’. Listened to it intently, three times. The turned it off, took up the geetar and played it.

    The whole song. Start to finish, by ear. There’s a monster in there somewhere.

  198. rickw

    Some 15 million tonnes of Australian thermal coal worth more than $1 billion is waiting to clear customs in China, according to industry analyst Platts, with no sign of an easing in processing delays imposed since February.

    Given the cost of demurrage, why the heck haven’t they sold it to the Koreans, Vietnamese or Japan?

    Or are the vessels impounded while awaiting clearance?

  199. rickw

    Look, let’s be honest.
    If there is one thing Trump had shown, it is that Economists have as much business telling people how to do absolutely anything whatsoever as a goldfish.

    Gold!

  200. Knuckle Dragger

    Unbelievably, and just when you thought every triggering subject had been triggered, a new one comes along. This time in the form of Jane Austen.

    Hundreds of pages of how the elites struggle over decades through painfully stilted language with the eventual aim of getting married.

    Far be it for me to offer advice to widely published awthurs, but if she’d included ‘forsooth’ in every second page or so it would have been much more readable.

    That’s not to say chicks can’t write though. Anne Rice is pretty good.

    (Please, PLEASE someone bring up Barbara Cartland.)

  201. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Tamils’ stay in national interest: Labor
    Rosie Lewis
    Reporter
    @rosieslewis
    2 hours ago September 8, 2019
    125 Comments

    Labor’s chief strategist Tony Burke has declared it is in the national interest to allow the Sri Lankan Tamil family facing deportation to stay in Australia, after Scott Morrison ruled out any “special favours”.

    Mr Burke, who was immigration minister under Kevin Rudd when the then prime minister said no asylum-seeker who arrived by boat would be resettled in Australia, said if it was good for the Queensland town of Biloela for the family to remain then it was also good for the country.

    “I previously held the portfolio and I’ve previously been in the situation where I’d exercise ministerial discretion. You don’t only exercise ministerial discretion for issues of compassion. You also exercise ministerial discretion for issues of national interest,” Mr Burke told Sky News.

    “You’ve got a national interest issue here. You’ve got a town that says this family is good for our town in Biloela. You’ve got a business that says ‘I don’t want to lose my employee’. You don’t even need to get to compassionate arguments before you have a national interest case. That’s what there is right now.”

    Questioned over what about this particular case was in the national interest, Mr Burke, who is manager of opposition business, responded: “For Biloela on every assessment we’ve seen — the employer, the community, the whole campaign that has been run out of there — I’m yet to see anyone say it’s bad for Biloela.

    From the Oz. Fine, if the presence of the Tamils is so good for Biloela, let the good folk of the town sponsor them as immigrants, and guarantee they will never be a cost to the taxpayer.

  202. Knuckle Dragger

    When you’re fast bowler (which I wasn’t, although God knows I’ve drunk enough beer with them) your aim in life isn’t just to pour enough chin music into batsmen to make them terrified of you*. That happens, but it’s very much a sideline.

    It is to do what Pat Cummins did to Joe Root in the wee hours this morning. The fast men talk about ‘hitting the top of off’. Just look at that delivery on the highlights, even if crikkit isn’t your thing.

    Look at the line out of the bowler’s hand. Straight, just out side the line of off stump. A bit of inswing in the final six feet before it hits the pitch, now between middle and off. A quality batsman (for that’s what Root is) can do nothing else but play down that line.

    Jags back off the seam. And smacks the outer edge of the top of off stump. Thus removing, on his first delivery, the English captain. In an Ashes Test.

    And, mind you, all this occurs at over 140kph. If any Cats have offspring who play the game and bowl, this is what they’re on about.

    *Disclaimer: Ex No.3 who put up with that shit for decades.

  203. DrBeauGan

    Hundreds of pages of how the elites struggle over decades through painfully stilted language with the eventual aim of getting married.

    The past is another country. I don’t mind the language being different, and it’s actually elegant although not as elegant as Gibbon. But yes, it was all about who married who. Which interests a man only if he or a mate are among the parties concerned, and interests a lot of women even when the parties don’t exist.

    She’s interesting to a man as a description of mores past. Otherwise it’s well constructed flatulence.

  204. notafan

    Barbara Cartland has previously had a mention.

    However

    Magnificent author, she could dictate an entire novel to her stenographer before going out for lunch.

    Princess Diana and Colonel Gaddafi were both huge fans.

  205. Crossie

    Mr Burke, who was immigration minister under Kevin Rudd when the then prime minister said no asylum-seeker who arrived by boat would be resettled in Australia, said if it was good for the Queensland town of Biloela for the family to remain then it was also good for the country.

    We’ve been through all this before, once they get permanent residency I’m pretty certain the family would move to the big smoke before the toner set on the paperwork.

  206. Rockdoctor

    Contracts mean nothing to the Tyrant, so any market that respects the rule of law should be worth selling to at a lower price, for security of payment.

    Agree in part. I have never had to deal with the hard side of contracts with Mainland Chinese but my observations are that some have an attitude if they don’t think they got what they were thinking they were going to get or feel they don’t have to pay, they just don’t. Generally this is more prelavent for companies that have no exposure in the jurisdiction they are pulling a shifty with. There’s no point going after them in China, Chinese courts will never entertain your grievance.

    I know of one company that got in deep with a Chinese company & went bust after millions in unpaid bills were racked up. I now of a handful more other companies who have been burnt heavily but survived. That said the profits must be huge that people still persevere and some of the burnt above have gone there again. IMO we will see more of the behaviour we are seeing with the coal suspension as other areas of the world come online and that in my experience is more about driving a harder bargain with prices.

  207. notafan

    It’s funny how different journalists can apparently listen to the same homily and come away with completely different understandings of what was said.

  208. notafan

    Yes and with dad last working as a slaughterman work cover or DSP as the preferred main source of income

  209. Cassie of Sydney

    “That’s not to say chicks can’t write though. Anne Rice is pretty good.”

    Umm…there are many great “chick” writers….here are some of my favourites….Lionel Shriver, Agatha Christie, Beryl Bainbridge, George Eliot, Hilary Mantel, Victoria Hislop, Elizabeth Gaskell, the Bronte sisters, Louisa Alcott, Isabel Allende, Daphne du Maurier, Patricia Highsmith, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Anne McCaffrey, Ruth Rendell, P.D.James…generally I think women make better crime writers whilst men make better science fiction writers. I have never read Georgette Heyer…is she good?

  210. Crossie

    The “climate change emergency” is a godsend to the elites, the more elite the better. Just look at the Google summer/climate camp where the beautiful people, Prince Harry and Obama arrived in private jets. Or the upcoming get-together in southern France where they will arrive in private jets and yachts.

    They need this pretext so they can feel virtuous while holidaying and socialising in salubrious locations that are out of bounds to the rest of us. They want to behave as aristocrats and they want the world’s blessing while they are doing it.

  211. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Mick Jagger’

    Elderly drug-addled multi-millionaire doddering Englishman criticises greatest US President since Lincoln.

    Oh no.

  212. C.L.

    It’s funny how different journalists can apparently listen to the same homily and come away with completely different understandings of what was said.

    My understanding is that he hectored the sick (incredible) and also ‘blasted’ corrupt leaders (boilerplate). Earlier this year, he was literally kissing the shoes of the corrupt leaders of South Sudan.

  213. notafan

    Btw

    Good to see DrBG opining on his area of expertise.

  214. Knuckle Dragger

    Cassie,

    Was kinda my point. Never said couldn’t write.

    Patricia Cornwall as a crime writer is also quite readable. Allegedly, and I would imagine, she captures the mindset of investigating detectives very well – including the necessary macabre sense of humour.

  215. Cassie of Sydney

    Here’s a story in today’s Oz on some real refugees……

    Yazidi refugees safe at last after tyranny of ISIS

    Islamic State stole five years from Nafeen Faris and her sister, Jani, tearing asunder their big, happy family and all the plans they had for the future.

    How wondrously unexpected that their long and harrowing journey would end here in Toowoomba on a sunny spring day, the flowers abloom, like the ­second chance Australia has given them.

    The young women were ­enslaved for no reason other than they are Yazidi, a religious minority in the Middle East that suffered grievously when the extremists of Islamic State overran their homeland in northern Iraq in 2014.

    Nafeen was 16, a quiet, bookish girl who wanted to become a lawyer. Jani, now 29, was the oldest of nine children who worshipped God facing the sun, not Mecca, and lived to please their mother, Goly.

    The poor woman. She arrived in Australia last year believing both were dead along with their father, Khalif, who had not been seen since he was marched away with one of their four brothers.

    Goly prays everyday atop the range in Toowoomba for the safe return of the men.

    She still can’t talk about what happened to the family after ISIS destroyed their life in Sinjar, and nor can Jani, so deeply was she traumatised. But Nafeen, 21, wants her new country to know what these gentle people went through.

    She said Australians needed to understand how grateful the Yazidi are for sanctuary here.

    “I thought my life had ended,” Nafeen said, speaking publicly for the first time since she and Jani were reunited with their mother on August 6.

    “I did not ever think I would get back to my family. For a while, I thought it would be better if I died.”

    Her story begins on a blistering summer’s day in August 2014, when ISIS stormed into Sinjar, their hometown. A neighbour gave up the family and the nine of them — two of the older boys were away working in Kurdistan — were pushed on to a bus by shouting gunmen.

    A few days later, they were split up: the young women and teenage girls in one group, the men and boys in another, and the older women, including Goly, in a third, mostly ignored bunch. Nafeen was told she now belonged to Islamic State. Her days as a “devil worshipper” were over; she would convert to Islam or she would starve.

    One night, she doused herself in water and grabbed an exposed power cable, hoping to electrocute herself.

    Another Yazidi woman stopped her, promising things would get better. Instead, her life became even worse. Nafeen was sent to Syria to keep house for a family that made her sleep on the living room floor.

    They sold her for 200,000 Syrian pounds ($570) to a couple who wanted her to marry their son, an Islamic State fighter.

    He was killed at the front before they could meet.

    So she ended up with yet another Islamic State family, headed by a married Libyan man who tried to sleep with her. His wife, Fatima, was on to him and told Nafeen she should run. The woman unlocked the front door and started a fight with her husband to distract him. Nafeen got out, but had no idea where to go. She walked and walked until she came to a quiet village. Desperate, she pounded on doors until a family took her in. She said she was from the ­Syrian city of Qamishli, on her own because her husband had been killed, but her Iraqi-­accented Arabic gave her away. They let her stay for the night — but no longer. They told her to try some people who had just arrived. No one knew them, so maybe they would be prepared to help.

    For some reason, this family took pity on her. Nafeen went with them as they travelled across Syria in search of work, dodging ISIS ­security patrols and checkpoints. By 2017, they were living near the Turkish border. The father, Abu Mohammad, agreed to try to reach out to her brothers in Kurdistan who had escaped the round-up in 2014. Zyad, 29, couldn’t believe it when he heard his missing sister’s voice on the phone. “I didn’t think she could still be alive,” he said.

    It took him a month to reach her, but they have been together ever since. Jani emerged as ­Islamic State’s so-called caliphate crumbled. A US charity, the Nazarene Fund, took up their case, helping the sisters obtain Iraqi passports so they could apply with Zyad to join their mother in Australia under a special humanitarian intake of minorities persecuted by ISIS. Of the 2800 Yazidi so far resettled in Australia, more than 1000 live in Too­woomba, 90 minutes’ drive west of Brisbane.

    A month into her new life, ­Nafeen is busy learning English and setting up house. Zyad, a mechanic by trade, has been joined by his wife to give Goly a family to fuss over again. Nafeen says the food and clothes in Australia are strange, eliciting a hoot of laughter from her minder, Kelly Buckingham, the Toowoomba ­regional manager of support service Multicultural Development Australia. “You’re wearing Lorna Jane,” Ms Buckingham tells an abashed Nafeen. “I think you’re adjusting quite well.”

    One of the biggest changes in her life is her relationship with her big sister. In a role reversal, ­Nafeen is intensively protective of Jani, who shies away from discussing her time in ISIS captivity. “I have seen the worst of people, so I feel stronger now,” Nafeen says.

    She misses their other three sisters, who are in Germany, and still carries the hope that their ­father and missing brother, Imad, 27, will find a way back to them. They love the crisp morning air in Toowoomba, the peace and quiet. It’s a good place to heal.

  216. Knuckle Dragger

    *Never said chicks couldn’t write*

    As demonstrated.

  217. We’ve been through all this before, once they get permanent residency I’m pretty certain the family would move to the big smoke before the toner set on the paperwork.

    Yep.
    There’s been cases of Regional migrants who despite not having completed the term of their visa, have upon receiving the paperwork have walked from their job, as if going on a break, & taken next available comfortable transport to Melbourne.

  218. 1735099

    From the Toowoomba Chronicle

    A Muslim charity has donated almost 200,000 litres of water to fire-ravished residents in Stanthorpe.

    No mention from the rest of the MSM…..

  219. notafan

    Cassie
    Heyer wrote a small number of detective novels similar in style to those of Christie/ Marsh / Sayers

    if if you prefer detectives ngaio Marsh and Dorothy l Sayers would be better.

    most of her books are Regency romances inspired by Jane Austen.

    They’re quite funny tangled tales

  220. bespoke

    More footy/cricket KD. Please save us from this melancholy.

    PS: Have a good time with the boy life is to short.

  221. Crossie

    writers. I have never read Georgette Heyer…is she good?

    In my estimation she is even better than Austen as she added a lot of satire into her stories.

    I would add a couple of other authors to your list: Stella Rimmington and Evelyn Anthony.

  222. notafan

    Can’t stand Cornwall.

    Just a boring I’m so so fantastic heroine.

  223. 1735099

    From the Toowoomba Chronicle –

    A Mus lim charity has donated almost 200,000 litres of water to fire-ravished residents in Stanthorpe.

    Can’t link – verboten word.
    That must be what stopped the rest of the MSM from reporting it.

  224. Cassie of Sydney

    Here’s a story in today’s Oz on some real refugees……

    Yazidi refugees safe at last after tyranny of ISIS

    Isaaaaaalaaaaamiiiiic State stole five years from Nafeen Faris and her sister, Jani, tearing asunder their big, happy family and all the plans they had for the future.

    How wondrously unexpected that their long and harrowing journey would end here in Toowoomba on a sunny spring day, the flowers abloom, like the ­second chance Australia has given them.

    The young women were ­enslaved for no reason other than they are Yazidi, a religious minority in the Middle East that suffered grievously when the extremists of Iiiiiiiiiislaaaaaaamiiiic State overran their homeland in northern Iraq in 2014.

    Nafeen was 16, a quiet, bookish girl who wanted to become a lawyer. Jani, now 29, was the oldest of nine children who worshipped God facing the sun, not M*cca, and lived to please their mother, Goly.

    The poor woman. She arrived in Australia last year believing both were dead along with their father, Khalif, who had not been seen since he was marched away with one of their four brothers.

    Goly prays everyday atop the range in Toowoomba for the safe return of the men.

    She still can’t talk about what happened to the family after ISIS destroyed their life in Sinjar, and nor can Jani, so deeply was she traumatised. But Nafeen, 21, wants her new country to know what these gentle people went through.

    She said Australians needed to understand how grateful the Yazidi are for sanctuary here.

    “I thought my life had ended,” Nafeen said, speaking publicly for the first time since she and Jani were reunited with their mother on August 6.

    “I did not ever think I would get back to my family. For a while, I thought it would be better if I died.”

    Her story begins on a blistering summer’s day in August 2014, when ISIS stormed into Sinjar, their hometown. A neighbour gave up the family and the nine of them — two of the older boys were away working in Kurdistan — were pushed on to a bus by shouting gunmen.

    A few days later, they were split up: the young women and teenage girls in one group, the men and boys in another, and the older women, including Goly, in a third, mostly ignored bunch. Nafeen was told she now belonged to Iiiiiiiislaaaaaaaamiiiiic State. Her days as a “devil worshipper” were over; she would convert to Iiiiiiislaaaaaam or she would starve.

    One night, she doused herself in water and grabbed an exposed power cable, hoping to electrocute herself.

    Another Yazidi woman stopped her, promising things would get better. Instead, her life became even worse. Nafeen was sent to Syria to keep house for a family that made her sleep on the living room floor.

    They sold her for 200,000 Syrian pounds ($570) to a couple who wanted her to marry their son, an Iiiiiiiiislaaaaaaamiiiiiiic State fighter.

    He was killed at the front before they could meet.

    So she ended up with yet another Iiiiiiislaaaaaamiiiiiiiic State family, headed by a married Libyan man who tried to sleep with her. His wife, Fatima, was on to him and told Nafeen she should run. The woman unlocked the front door and started a fight with her husband to distract him. Nafeen got out, but had no idea where to go. She walked and walked until she came to a quiet village. Desperate, she pounded on doors until a family took her in. She said she was from the ­Syrian city of Qamishli, on her own because her husband had been killed, but her Iraqi-­accented Arabic gave her away. They let her stay for the night — but no longer. They told her to try some people who had just arrived. No one knew them, so maybe they would be prepared to help.

    For some reason, this family took pity on her. Nafeen went with them as they travelled across Syria in search of work, dodging ISIS ­security patrols and checkpoints. By 2017, they were living near the Turkish border. The father, Abu Mooooohaaaaaammaaaaaad, agreed to try to reach out to her brothers in Kurdistan who had escaped the round-up in 2014. Zyad, 29, couldn’t believe it when he heard his missing sister’s voice on the phone. “I didn’t think she could still be alive,” he said.

    It took him a month to reach her, but they have been together ever since. Jani emerged as ­Iiiiiiiiislaaaaaaamiiiiiiic State’s so-called caliphate crumbled. A US charity, the Nazarene Fund, took up their case, helping the sisters obtain Iraqi passports so they could apply with Zyad to join their mother in Australia under a special humanitarian intake of minorities persecuted by ISIS. Of the 2800 Yazidi so far resettled in Australia, more than 1000 live in Too­woomba, 90 minutes’ drive west of Brisbane.

    A month into her new life, ­Nafeen is busy learning English and setting up house. Zyad, a mechanic by trade, has been joined by his wife to give Goly a family to fuss over again. Nafeen says the food and clothes in Australia are strange, eliciting a hoot of laughter from her minder, Kelly Buckingham, the Toowoomba ­regional manager of support service Multicultural Development Australia. “You’re wearing Lorna Jane,” Ms Buckingham tells an abashed Nafeen. “I think you’re adjusting quite well.”

    One of the biggest changes in her life is her relationship with her big sister. In a role reversal, ­Nafeen is intensively protective of Jani, who shies away from discussing her time in ISIS captivity. “I have seen the worst of people, so I feel stronger now,” Nafeen says.

    She misses their other three sisters, who are in Germany, and still carries the hope that their ­father and missing brother, Imad, 27, will find a way back to them. They love the crisp morning air in Toowoomba, the peace and quiet. It’s a good place to heal.”

  225. Geriatric Mayfly

    My understanding is that he hectored the sick (incredible) and also ‘blasted’ corrupt leaders (boilerplate). Earlier this year, he was literally kissing the shoes of the corrupt leaders of South Sudan.

    Are you of a mind CL that while he is down there, he might sneak around the corner for Bob’s official reassignment as fertilizer?

  226. Geriatric Mayfly

    A Mus lim charity has donated almost 200,000 litres of water to fire-ravished residents in Stanthorpe.

    Probably halal dehydrated water as seen in Tom’s ‘toons this morning.

  227. DrBeauGan

    I have never read Georgette Heyer…is she good?

    Yes, Cassie. Notaclue gets something right. She wrote a few nice taut murder mysteries and a whole pile of sentimental slop for the chicks. Since you’re a chick you might like them. The few I have read are well constructed and nicely written. But to a man, frivolous.

  228. Entropy

    Fisky
    #3150422, posted on September 8, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Reports of warehouses in South Africa full of wool that the Tyrant has bought, but not paid for.

    Don’t worry, I’m sure the WTO will have some very strong words about this!

    A strongly worded letter even!

  229. Fisky

    Oh dear, Labor simply can’t help themselves. Albanese is signalling to every people smuggler in the region he will cave at the slightest resistance. Never ever trust Labor, open borders is baked in to their ideology.

  230. calli

    It’s funny how different journalists can apparently listen to the same homily and come away with completely different understandings of what was said.

    Not just journalists. The parable of the sower comes to mind.

    Add Mary Stewart to the list. Her Arthurian books are well written.

    On that weird episiotomy/politics piece, I wasn’t particularly “triggered”. It was just such a gratuitous pairing of subjects. Presumably to fill column space and be out there and edgy, because straight reporting and opinion is beyond the writer. Ho hum.

  231. Cassie of Sydney

    “That must be what stopped the rest of the MSM from reporting it.”

    It was reported on Sky News three days ago.

  232. calli

    I’ve mentioned Heyer’s My Lord John here before. It’s unfinished, unfortunately. Cuts off in the middle of…

    Just like that.

    The historical detail is very well presented. Even Master Chaucer makes an appearance.

  233. Arky

    Never read a book by a chick.
    If I wanted to understand their jibber jabber I would read numberwang’s MX5 chronicles.

  234. candy

    Was it proper for ladies to comment about politics at the time?
    Doubtful.

    Probably not. Certain themes probably lady authors could not really go into much, I expect?

    but wonderful books, very witty. She must have been aware of the actual activities of gentlemen like her hero Mr Darcy go up to with certain ladies/drinking/gambling. Even the trouble some gentlewomen got into and the nearby poverty not far from the gracious homes.
    Probably not deeper themes J. Austin could write about. It just wasn’t done.

  235. Knuckle Dragger

    He’s frothing at the mouth to come over, bespoke, and I’m not far behind him.

    Spoke to him on the phone yesterday. He related a story about how last week Mummy was driving him around in the car (4WD which has never seen dirt) with a single bed mattress jammed in the back. The mattresses shifted as they went round a corner, and Jimmy reminded her that it was there.

    ‘Don’t tell me what to do. Stop bullying me.’ Which was followed by her putting her keys inside along with shopping when they got home, then walking out to get said mattress and inexplicably locking the door on her way out. No keys. No phone. Locked house.

    Which was also apparently the boy’s fault. Etc etc etc. Two more years, I tell him.

    This sounds like an anti-chick rant, but it’s not. Really. Sadly, it illustrates the demeanour and attitude of this individual woman since the early 2000s*. I don’t hate her though. She knows not what she does, and has the perfect companion in an unemployable beta male whose (apparently) favourite word is ‘okay’.

    But the boy’s resilient. In fact, turning 15 next week means he’s now put up with her longer than I did. Zyco’s clips from yesterday ring very, very true in this instance.

    *As much as I just know this will be ignored by some, this is NOT a misogineeeeee rant. It relates to ONE individual. And is remotely funny (and typical) story. Once again – I am PRO chick. God.

  236. John Constantine

    Because a cow with foot and mouth was reported in a remote South African tribal village, the Tyrant can use quarantine regulations to refuse to pay for South African wool.

    Until it gets dirt cheap.

  237. Cassie of Sydney

    I forgot to add another great “chick” writer….an Australian by the name of Joan London. Worth reading. I highly recommend her book “The Good Parents”.

  238. candy

    I’ve tried Georgette Heyer. It seems empty, repetitive and trite, to my mind, with empty characterless characters.
    Historical romances are not for everyone.

  239. Dr Fred Lenin

    Just been watching archaeology in Orkney Islands north of Scotland . Fascinating as my grandmother came from there . Shows excavated houses built around 3200BC ,reasonably sophosticated with bedrooms ,hearth ,storage shelves , decorated pottery even an indoor dunny ,standing stones older than Stonehenge ,traces of henges everywherev,and a quarry with a henge stone nearly ready to be moved . This was all in the Stone Age ,most advanced society I would say . Now the island is as modern as any other western country . People lived there for around 10,000 years gradually improving their society ,meanwhile inAustralia ?
    What the hell do archaeologists do in Ausalia ?

  240. duncanm

    Yiyili Aboriginal Community School, half way between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek, receives more than $400,000 a year through Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding.

    a cool half a mill doesn’t get you much these days.

  241. duncanm

    Oh – and that groundsman should be sacked.

  242. Georgette Heyer was a good dunny read, or evening read in the quarters, in the days before this era of being bombarded 25 hours a day by your phone, computers, etc. Heck, we thought TV was one helluvan intrusion into daily life.
    Georgette Heyer – a viable alternative to Bison Westerns.

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