Tuesday Forum: September 10, 2019

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  1. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Great card there, Calli.
    Back in the days when the girls really were sassy.

  2. Knuckle Dragger

    I see Mr. Happer’s crashed after his chemical adventure last night. Happy to pick up the slack.

    The fatwah is over. No one be scared of me any more. All your careers are safe.

    Necklaces, rings and bracelets. We have a country to save.

  3. Mark A

    calli
    #3154516, posted on September 13, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Calli, you are my fav kitten on this blog.

  4. calli

    My personal favourite.

    Trouble is, like some bacteria, the aroma is highly mutatable. Sometimes the miasma is overwhelming. Exhibit A – CO2 “pollution”.

  5. Mark A

    I could go on but it would be unseemly.

  6. RobK

    We have a country to save.
    Bullwinkle to the rescue.
    I’ll have another rockyroad.

  7. Boambee John

    KD and OCO

    I suspect that tbe seagull was a fairly soft anti-war lefty during Vietnam. As he said up thread, his only regret is that he didn’t refuse induction and get prosecuted. OCO is probably correct about his attitude to the Vietnamese refugees of the 1970s and his current open borders attitudes causing him internal conflict.

    All that said, what really causes him such conflict seems to be that, deep down, he is actually proud of “having been a soldier”.

    None of us can resolve his internal contradictions for him. Ignore him and let him, like all old soldiers, quietly “fade away”.

  8. Twostix

    So what’s it like for the idealistic travel bloggers from Perth, who “wanted to visit countries that get bad press from the Western media”, getting thrown in prison in Iran on trumped up charges

    Nah I reckon they or at least one of the couple was spying.

    This exact thing is happening a little too often for it to be put down to “zany white leftist couple ” anymore.

  9. Cardimona

    Thank you to those Cats who helped correct my wrongthink in developing this letter last week. It got a run earlier this week in another insignificant FNQ weekly paper…

    The Editor
    The Tablelander

    Two stories in the Tablelander of 3/9 beg debate; “benefits of carbon farming” and “reject fracking”.

    The Australian landscape was fully managed by humans using fire from around 40,000 years ago until around 200 years ago. The abrupt reduction in traditional human land-management practices after European settlement resulted in large destructive wildfires.

    Burning off responsibly and strategically is vital but it should not be linked in any way to “carbon farming”. The demonization of “carbon” is a purely political matter with no basis in proper science. Carbon and carbon dioxide have no impact on temperatures or climate and both are vital for all life.

    If anyone were serious about managing the Australian landscape in accordance with its last 40,000 years of evolution they would advocate work-for-dole schemes for regional people to do exactly what our indigenous forebears did, and leave it right out of the purely-political “climate” debate.

    The demonization of coal seam gas extraction (“fracking”) by the wealthy hippy nimby eco-zealots in the Northern Rivers district of NSW is one of the most extraordinary acts of ill-considered and hypocritical economic destruction for the sake of virtue-signalling ever seen.

    CSG is our most harmless and most beneficial energy source and it has a much smaller environmental footprint than any other, particularly “renewables”. A CSG rig is a speck on the landscape compared to large-scale wind or solar installations.

    Nor does CSG “contaminate aquifers”; the wells are encased in concrete-coated steel pipes and have safely passed through millions of aquifers all over the world over many decades to access the natural wealth deeper down. This is a well-matured field of engineering.

    The “fracking fluid” the greenies love to demonise is basically soapy water. You know how a squirt of liquid soap in the water helps the kids zoom down the slip’n’slide? That’s what fracking fluid does but the kids are replaced with sand particles to prop open the cracks in the coal to let the gas flow.

    The only real problem with CSG is that the landowners don’t receive the royalties as they would in most other countries – the government grabs them instead. If that gross injustice and blatant denial of full private property rights was corrected the “locked gates” would spring open very quickly.

    Without a steady supply of gas for large-scale gas-fired power plants there is no hope whatsoever of wind and solar replacing coal. The website https://anero.id/energy clearly shows that when wind and solar flicker on and off it is gas which fills the gaps.

    If we had any brains at all we’d encourage continuing access to our energy riches by properly compensating landowners with royalties, return to cheap reliable coal-fired power, and rebuild our industries so we can afford to pay regional people to manage the landscape as they used to have to do to survive.

    (469 words)

  10. Boambee John

    Dapper Happer
    #3154366, posted on September 12, 2019 at 10:55 pm
    No she is a sweety. I tracked her down on facebook.

    Two things will get you swiftly banned.

    Overt anti-se mi tism and attempting to track or dox lady commenters.

    Pull your head in.

  11. Farmer Gez

    Willie Rioli (positive drug test) is given the Rainbow Serpent reverence on the ABC.
    Presenters Sami Shah and Jacinta Parsons wonder how the Eagles can go on without the brilliance and spiritual guidance of Rioli.

    Parsons says it’s hard to think about the game with this huge shadow hanging over the final. How can the Eagles regroup?

    Their guest, Mick Malthouse, sensibly points out that it’s like an injury and they’re a very good team who’ll probably win tonight.

  12. Twostix

    Legitimate adventure / travel vlogs that I follow often do some pretty dumb shit. One thing that interests and surprises me is that third world government agents (police/ soldiers, etc) often cut soft headed white people a lot of slack for bad / childish behaviour.

  13. notafan

    Twostix

    You can’t believe people are still ‘that stupid’?

    I can

    What about that woman who hitchhiked in Turkey in a wedding dress?

    All those but they’re so hospitable, my next door neighbour, the couple at the local restaurant are so nice nasty extreme right wingers blah blah blah

    Perhaps DrBG can do next Perth winter in Afghanistan and let us know for sure.

  14. calli

    Poor Michelle.

    He might be more reluctant to admit that Ms Liu’s past has thrown up complex questions of identifying if and when, in relation to specific individuals, China’s interference in Australian politics is potentially present and a risk.

    On a benign view, Ms Liu’s story may be as simple as Mr Morrison wants to paint it: a woman from Hong Kong who has overcome obstacles to get where she is.

    No, it isn’t “racist”.

    But perhaps you’d like to turn your attention to Keating, Hawke and Carr. And Dastayari. And the NSW Labor party. Definitely not “racist” either. All that wonderful magical money that appeared out of nowhere. Remarkable stuff.

    I can feel another Forest Gump meme coming on – And just like that, leftie journos defer to Andrew Bolt.

  15. Knuckle Dragger

    The countries that get bad press from the Western media* do so for a reason. To a progressive mind, they’re either Stone Age hellholes or enlightened yet simple societies full of cheerful squalor.

    But it’s their country, and if they want to lock up idealistic whiteys on bicycles with drones in Revolutionary Guard training areas (spies or not) then they can fill their boots.

    It’s like going swimming in the Finniss River up here to demonstrate how easily five metre saltwater crocodiles can be domesticated. Every time, as the croc drags its partially disembowelled victim upstream to be jammed under a log for later consumption, you can hear it wail, ‘It wasn’t meant to end like thiiiiiiissssss….’.

    *Far from blameless, as they’re part of the problem.

  16. cohenite

    Branco 1 and Garrison for me this morning. Thanks Tom!

  17. Twostix

    Also people buzzing camera equiped drones about in public should be imprisoned.

    It’s the middle class version of listening to aussie hiphop on the loudspeaker of a phone on the train.

    Antisocial.

  18. notafan

    I’d have described progressives as thinking these places are idyllic in tune with the environment if only we could be the same places.

    The only hellhole is the west.

  19. Mark A

    calli
    #3154523, posted on September 13, 2019 at 7:50 am

    My personal favourite.

    I admit I’m slow on the uptake, was this aimed at me?

  20. Cassie of Sydney

    “Two things will get you swiftly banned.

    Overt anti-se mi tism and attempting to track or dox lady commenters.”

    It’s a pity that “Covert anti-Se mi tism” doesn’t get you banned too…..because it is actually worse than the “overt” type. At least the “overt” is honest.

  21. calli

    Good heavens, no.

    At my age, I’ll take all the compliments I can. Also, I have a great face for radio.

  22. Cassie of Sydney

    “Knuckle Dragger
    #3154534, posted on September 13, 2019 at 8:03 am”

    100% agree. Excellent post KD.

  23. Top Ender

    Coal, oil and natural gas provided 94 per cent of Australia’s “primary energy” needs and 81 per cent of electricity generation last year, as the nation continues to rely heavily on fossil fuels despite a surge in renewable energy.

    The annual Australian Energy Update reveals electricity generation from renewables increased 10 per cent in 2017-18, and grew to 19 per cent of total generation last year. Energy Minister Angus Taylor said while the energy update, released on Friday, showed a lower reliance on coal compared with previous years, coal-fired electricity generation “still accounted for 60 per cent of total generation” in 2018.

    “The challenge in the energy sector is integrating the renewables boom to deliver affordable and reliable power. That means keeping our existing generation in, and running at full tilt, and supporting complementary investment in dispatchable generation and storage,” Mr Taylor said.

    “Key findings from the Australian Energy Update 2019, covering all types of energy used across the Australian economy, show that energy productivity has improved by 20 per cent over the past decade as the emissions intensity of the economy continues to fall.”

    In 2017-18, Australia’s energy consumption rose by 0.9 per cent to reach 6172 petajoules, with transport remaining the largest user of energy, growing by 2 per cent. Total energy production by fuel type was led by black coal, natural gas and oil, followed by brown coal and renewables.

    Coal consumption in NSW hit 25 per cent, while Victoria registered a 19 per cent fall in 2017-18.

    Mr Taylor said coal remained vital to the NSW economy, providing almost 80 per cent of electricity generation across the state last year.

    The Morrison government is considering underwriting new gas, hydro and coal projects across the nation to modernise the energy grid in an effort to drive down electricity prices, which fell in the June quarter to their lowest level since September, 2017.

    The government last month launched a Liddell taskforce with the Berejiklian government to consider options in response to AGL’s planned closure of the Liddell coal-fired power station, located in the NSW Hunter region, in 2023. AGL earlier this year deferred the closure of the 50-yearold plant, which was originally planned to cease operating at the end of 2022.

    Mr Taylor warned that Victoria’s energy grid, which continues to rely on coal and gas, would come under extreme pressure over summer.

    “While the Victorian Labor government has adopted an irresponsible renewable energy target there are very real concerns for the reliability and stability of the Victorian energy grid this summer,” he said.

    He also urged the Andrews government to remove its ban on gas exploration to help support heavy industries and jobs through the “delivery of reliable and affordable power to households and businesses”.

    South Australia’s move to renewables has seen its reliance on them increase to 51 per cent of total electricity generation across 2018.

    Mr Taylor said the state, gripped by mass blackouts in recent years, needed to “integrate the surge in renewables” through the retention of “thermal generation” and supporting “complimentary investment in dispatchable generation and storage”.

    The minister said gas remained an important part of South Australia’s energy mix, representing 52 per cent of the state’s electricity generation.

    Gas consumption increased in Queensland and Western Australia, with the mining and LNG sector in the west representing nearly one-third of total WA energy consumption.

    Oz print edition

  24. Knuckle Dragger

    It’s an excellent comparison to the Yank protesto-tart Rachel Corrie from a few years ago.

    She was the one who went to Palestine (I know, I know) and stood in front of an armoured Isr#eli bulldozer demolishing terrorists’ houses. ‘It’ll have to stop now,’ she thought.

    Wrong. Run over and killed by said dozer.

    Which resulted in one of the funnier commenters on Blair’s old site adopting the handle ‘Rachel Corrie’s Flatmate’.

  25. cohenite

    Elizabeth Warren a Direct Descendant of Militia ‘Indian Fighter’ Who Fought Seminole Tribe

    From comments: some people have skeletons in their closets, warren has scalps.

    I hope she becomes the demorat candidate.

  26. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The male Emu is the most extreme version of what you are saying Lizzie.
    But my heart is out to him. I would not call him pussy-whipped. I think he is a good Daddy.

    Cracked me up, Graham. Didn’t know that about emus.

    When Birdie is good, he is very very good.
    And when he is bad, he is horrid.

    Birdie is someone whom Sinc, JC, Gab and others knew long ago as a brainy Man of Catallaxy.
    When I started to come here ten years ago his increasingly erratic flights of fancy were huge fun.
    Then he totally flipped to the dark side, very very nasty stuff.
    Now he seems to be on some very useful happy pills.
    He’s been here recently a new man,peut-etre a la recherche du temps perdu.

    Danoz, just to let you know. Your extreme readiness as a newcomer to jump on a ‘get Lizzie’ bandwagon (cheering on about no maths, no brains etc) in Thursday’s debate on abiogenesis raises suspicions in me of the creepy Grigs. I am a bell wether for any new sock of Grigs; he just can’t resist a quick attack.

    You may of course just be part of that not unfamiliar inability around here to comprehend someone like me. If so, then just keep on lowering the intellectual tone and you’ll puddle along the bottom of the swamp quite well.

  27. Mother Lode

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3154514, posted on September 13, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Regarding the increasing disenchantment of Arabs with idiot ‘martyrs’ in Palestine.

    Much as I would like this to be a moment when the Arab world realised that they are better off with Israel than the Palis, change is always much slower due to all the people committed to the status quo as the basis of their power, prestige, popularity, patronage, or pecuniary potential – particularly as they tend to live away from where the Palis and their own citizens collide.

    I wonder though if any of the Pali leadership has the slightest grasp of the fact that they would be unable to sustain a state. Do they think everything will all just fall into place once they are granted one, and a health system, and education system and a legal system, all compatible with a successful and prosperous society will naturally emerge? Or do they hope to do what the Caliphate used to do and keep Juse as a lower caste which happens to supply doctors, teachers, scientists, engineers etc while the Palis live in luxury dreaming of murder?

  28. calli

    LOL, Dover.

    “We’re living through the American nightmare”.

    I saw no evidence of anything nightmarish on my recent visits.

    Unless “Hiring Now” signs in windows are code for something sinister.

  29. stackja

    Sexual assault allegations engulfing New Zealand’s ruling Labour Party damage Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
    Jacinda Ardern could barely put a foot wrong. But the handling of sexual assault allegations plaguing her party has changed all that.

    news.com.au SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 6:57AM

    Many politicians might hope for an official portrait or even a statue to mark their achievements in office.

    Few have reached the heights of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who had her image beamed onto the side of the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack.

    Her handling of that dark moment in New Zealand’s history, as well as lighter moments such as becoming one of the few world leaders to give birth while in office, have endeared her to millions globally.

    Earlier this year, prominent Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg described her as a “political prodigy” while Time magazine listed her as part of the globe’s 100 “most influential people.”

    But a scandal erupting in Wellington is threatening to rub away some of the shine from Ms Ardern’s prime ministership.

    The leader, who could barely put a foot wrong, has been accused of dropping the ball on a sexual abuse allegation involving a male staff member who works for Ms Ardern.

  30. Twostix

    You can’t believe people are still ‘that stupid’?

    I can

    You have to admit it’s (or was) the perfect cover. “Hi Guuuuuys we’re just perfect specimens of the bugman class zanily going to closed off shithole x, y or z to take lots of footage of stuff. See you soon fellow travel bloggers”.

    The thing is there are literally thousands people doing that and they aren’t all arrested.

  31. Shy Ted

    The next time some leftie tries to claim victim status by being anxious or depressed, it’s now approved to tell them to take a hike. The best bit is “During her trek Laura says she “got pounded” in the North Island’s Tararua forest”. It has a happy ending – “One year turned into five as Laura changed her whole career, ditching her corporate job and city life, and becoming a freelance travel writer and spending more time in nature.”
    As it’s on the ABC I’m guessing she doesn’t make as much as in the corporate job and this is our little contribution to allow her to eat.

  32. stackja

    Sexual assault allegations engulfing New Zealand’s ruling Labour Party damage Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
    Jacinda Ardern could barely put a foot wrong. But the handling of sexual assault allegations plaguing her party has changed all that.

    news.com.au SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 6:57AM
    The scandal erupted on Monday when Kiwi news website The Spinoff published an article that said a high-up Labour staffer had assaulted a 19-year-old party volunteer. Neither person has been named.

    A Labour volunteer alleged a violent sexual assault by a Labour staffer. This is her story
    By Alex Casey | Senior Writer
    September 9, 2019

  33. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    4h
    In fact, my views on Venezuela, and especially Cuba, were far stronger than those of John Bolton. He was holding me back!

    In response to this tweet

    Marco Rubio
    @marcorubio
    Just spoke to @realDonaldTrump on #Venezuela

    It’s true he disagreed with some of the views of previous advisor

    But as he reminded me it’s actually the DIRECT OPPOSITE of what many claim or assume

    If in fact the direction of policy changes it won’t be to make it weaker

  34. Top Ender

    Shorten’s wordsmith sticks to the script
    GREG BROWN

    Bill Shorten’s former speechwriter has defended Labor’s policy agenda and approach over the past six years despite it being twice rejected by the Australian people, declaring: “I still don’t believe we were wrong.”

    James Newton, who was with Mr Shorten during the 2016 and 2019 campaigns, has written a post mortem on the result in response to a Quarterly Essay on the campaign by Erik Jensen. Reflecting on the defeat in May, Mr Newton writes in correspondence published in the latest Quarterly Essay: “The operation went perfectly but the patient died.”

    He writes that he remains proud of the policy agenda, including the negative gearing, franking credits and climate policies. “I’m poorly equipped to write about ‘where Labor went wrong’ because on so many issues I still don’t believe we were wrong,” he says.

    “What happened on election day didn’t convince me that negative gearing and refundable franking credits are more important than better schools, free cancer care and universal preschool for three- and four-year-olds.

    “Defeat didn’t make me think that climate change is a conspiracy or that a Voice will be a third chamber or restoring penalty rates will shutter small businesses across the land. But more than enough people thought differently. In other words, we didn’t get enough votes. Or, to use a favourite Shortenism, the operation went perfectly but the patient died.”

    Mr Newton identifies a range of political problems with the strategy, including campaigns against franking credits and Mr Shorten’s unclear position on the Adani coalmine in Queensland.

    “Apart from collecting around another one million primary votes, I’m not sure what we should have done differently,” he says.

    “If we’d promised the spending without the revenue, we’d have been rightly dismissed as trafficking in false hope.

    “If we’d promised to kill Adani, or start construction on day one, half the country would have hated our guts and the other half would have known we were lying.

    “If we’d swapped the town-hall answer for the glib line and abandoned complexity and tucked ourselves into a little ball and said that they’d had three leaders and we’d had one and now it was our turn to drive the car, great swaths of our progressive constituency would have said that we were arrogantly expecting a coronation and that a ‘Liberal-lite’ government was no better than the hard-right real thing.”

    Mr Shorten declined to comment when contacted by The Australian.

    Oz print edition

  35. Farmer Gez

    Yes indeed Shy Ted. Laura took a hell of a pounding.

    “I literally got blown over a couple of times onto my butt,” she says.

    “You’re just sort of clinging to the ground with your knees and clutching fistfuls of tussock grass, trying to hang on.”

    PC purity doesn’t allow the inner city dweeb the angle a normal puts on such florid dribble.

  36. Mother Lode

    When I was a kid you used to be able to get books which had a page with superimposed patches of different colours and which came with a piece of cellophane. You would put the cellophane over the picture and, voila! The patches of one colour disappeared and a distinct coherent image emerged.

    Rowe is like that.

    With his cellophane all the shenanigans the Labor party has been up to are with the Chicoms are invisible – all can see is Gladys Lui.

    Rowe is unusual for Fauxfacts though. I think he is a pom-pom waver for Labor, not the Greens. Not that he shines a light on the Greens, but then they are merely one part of the Labor party put in a petri dish with agar and allowed to grow uncontrollably.

    He can’t mock the Greens without mocking Labor.

    But if he was a Green then he would be able to mock Labor for its non-Green aspects.

    If he were a cow you would take him out to the middle of a field where he can for the last time feast on delicious clover, feel the sun, look up to misty hills…and then stave his skull in with a mattock.

  37. cohenite

    Shut down of Jacinta Price shows Left’s laughable hypocrisy

    Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun September 8, 2019

    The Left’s attempt to shut down and smear an Aboriginal woman for preaching that Aborigines should dump the cultural norms that excuse wife-bashers, is not only hypocritical but an attack on our freedoms

    Watch the Left torch our freedoms. Now Coffs Harbour City Council tells an Aboriginal woman to “seek permission” before she’s allowed to visit or speak there.

    Pardon? In what free country must a woman get permission to travel, or to say what she thinks?

    Jacinta Price is an extraordinarily articulate Alice Springs councillor who is now on a tour, giving speeches on how to fix Aboriginal poverty.

    It’s a tour with “no identity politics”, she promises.

    And no victim politics. Price instead demands more Aborigines take responsibility and — most of all — dump the cultural norms that excuse wife-bashers.

    “You have to change culture in order to go forward,” she insists.

    That’s Price’s sin. Now comes her punishment.

    After touring Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, Price was booked to speak at the Jetty Memorial Theatre in Coffs Harbour, a popular coastal spot in NSW.

    But the city’s council has now sent her a letter with this ominous headline: “Jacinta Nampijinpa Price To Seek Permission from the Gumbaynggir Aboriginal People.”

    In it, the council says it’s committed to the “customary protocols of our indigenous Community members” and would “appreciate” Price “requesting permission from Gumbaynggir Aboriginal people to enter the land”.

    “Please advise as soon as possible when this has been done.”

    But Price tells me there’s no way she will give in to this “cultural bullying”, because be clear about what’s going on.

    This council is singling out Price very personally, and giving local activists the right to stop her from speaking.

    Coffs Harbour has 75,000 residents and gets 1.6 million visitors a year. There’s no way the council tells all those visitors to get “permission from Gumbaynggir Aboriginal people to enter the land”.

    No, Price has been picked out, and I suspect racism. Price is Aboriginal, which has had some Aboriginal activists abuse her as a “coconut”.

    Even more galling for some, she has an Aboriginal mother from a traditional Walpiri family, and looks blacker than most Coffs Harbour Gumbaynggir activists I’ve seen.

    (By the way, do Coffs Harbour councillors ever ask permission of Aborigines to visit Sydney?)

    No, this is just part of the Left’s new war against free speech, this time using the new tribalism as a weapon.

    And sure enough, nine of Coffs Harbour’s Aboriginal groups (it has nine?) have told Price to keep out.

    They say they’ve met the council and asked that Price’s tour “be cancelled at their premises” because she is “not welcome in Gumbaynggir territory”.

    “Price has no lived experience in the community, therefore has no right to speak in our community.”

    Really? Coffs Harbour is now the exclusive “community” of these activists, and no visitor may express an opinion about anything? What totalitarians.

    The good news is that the council hasn’t cancelled Price’s booking. Yet.

    The bad news is that it’s done everything but. The activists say the council has “stressed in-principle support for our stand” and warned of a possible disruption to the event, presumably by activists.

    The ticketing system for the event was yesterday disabled for some reason, and the council refuses to distribute the flyers it had agreed to hand out.

    So why are the Gumbaynggir activists so determined to silence Price?

    I suspect Price threatens their business model by arguing that Aborigines should look more to themselves than to government.

    That had the Gumbaynggir collective popping a blood vessel in a media release on the weekend.

    “For years we have observed Ms Price continually vilify Aboriginal peoples and cultures, and ridicule the compounding pain and suffering of our communities,” they raged, untruthfully.

    “Ms Price’s approach consistently undermines Aboriginal social justice movements.”

    Aha! There it is. Price threatens the social justice industry, which has achieved spectacularly little despite the $30 billion we spend each year on just 550,000 Aborigines.

    Correction: it’s achieved little other than to provoke more racial resentment.

    And the Gumbaynggir’s media release did just that, smearing Price as a “racist” whose audiences just wanted to “justify or breed their own racist views”.

    That’s not just false, but laughably hypocritical from activists who want to impose their own rule-by-race tyranny, and ban the free speech of an Aboriginal woman.

    If Price dares to defy these haters and challenge the race politics that has failed so miserably, a council should at least fight to let her speak.

    That’s how we progress. By defending the free speech of those who speak truth to power, no matter how vested interests howl. Let Jacinta speak.

    https://www.facebook.com/dallas.beaufort.71/posts/114400556607555

  38. feelthebern

    Cruz can not be trusted.
    He’s an attention seeking media whore.
    Fresh from his Milano stunt, he’s now challenged Andrew Yang to a game of basketball.

  39. stackja

    Teen Social Media Use May Increase Risk Of Mental Health Problems

    Adolescents who spend more than three hours a day on social media report high levels of internalizing behaviors, marked by social withdrawal and difficulty coping with anxiety or depression
    By Caitlin Hoffman / Published a day ago

  40. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    One of Tom’s toons today has Warren on a horse in full Indian headgear in pursuit of cowboy Biden.
    Quite well drawn and amusing.

    She is about as Indian as Trump is. If she wins the nomination it can only help Trump, given her track record of lying and profiting and boasting about her indigenous cheek-bones, as well as her lamentable politics.

  41. Sinclair Davidson

    Hi Graeme.

    Bye Graeme.

  42. Mother Lode

    Unless “Hiring Now” signs in windows are code for something sinister.

    People without jobs are wretched enough. But what about jobs without people?

    Oh, what a hellhole!

  43. mh

    Laura says she “got pounded” in the North Island’s Tararua forest

    Phrasing.

  44. stackja

    Top Ender
    #3154557, posted on September 13, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Graham Freudenberg, Don Watson, James Newton, …

  45. Percy Popinjay

    Bye Graeme.

    Gee, thanks Perfesser – I was going to try and set him off by mentioning his favourite hate figures – Economists of the Hebrew Faith.

    He’ll just have to go back to abusing everyone’s favourite creepy sex pest, the sememblogger.

  46. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Adolescents who spend more than three hours a day on social media report high levels of internalizing behaviors

    We should be worried?
    As someone in a second adolescence, I’d better get off Catallaxy and go to the dentist’s. A kindly soul, but the most boring man on the planet, who holds me captive regularly to discuss the latest he’s gleaned from Electronics Monthly. It’s hard to get even a few words in edgeways with him so it’s hardly a social encounter either; no help with the internalizing tendencies there. He has ways of shutting you up. 🙂

  47. Percy Popinjay

    Bye Graeme.

    Gee, thanks Perfesser – I was going to try and set him off by mentioning his favourite hate figures – Economists of the H*brew Faith.

    He’ll just have to go back to abusing everyone’s favourite creepy sex pest, the sememblogger.

  48. Knuckle Dragger

    Ah geez Sinc.

    Who will save the country now?

    I was looking forward to that.

  49. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Shut down of Jacinta Price shows Left’s laughable hypocrisy

    Good luck negotiating any treaty.

  50. stackja

    Twitter blocks accounts of Cuban media
    Twitter has blocked the accounts of leader Raul Castro and Cuban state-run media, provoking outrage from the government and state-run media.
    Sarah Marsh, Reuters
    September 13, 2019 8:24am

    US social media company Twitter has blocked the accounts of Cuban Communist Party Leader Raul Castro, his daughter Mariela Castro and Cuba’s top state-run media outlets, a move the Cuban Union of Journalists denounced as “massive censorship”.

    Dozens of accounts of journalists for Cuban state-run media as well as the official account for the communications ministry were also blocked in the crackdown late on Wednesday.

    Asked to comment on the suspensions, a Twitter spokesman said the company’s platform manipulation policies prohibit users artificially amplifying or disrupting conversations by using multiple accounts.

    The Cuban Union of Journalists said Twitter had suspended individual accounts in the past which had been recovered.

  51. Knuckle Dragger

    Percy;

    Your advice the other day was greatly appreciated. I got the boy an effects pedal that does various things, and got shown one of those mini amps as per the pic you supplied.

    The pressure wave from the bloody thing, when tested in the shop just about stopped the ticker and changed the time and date on my phone. And on a 9 volt battery.

    Needless to say, that got taken home as well.

  52. Percy Popinjay

    would “appreciate” Price “requesting permission from gumbuggir abbariginal peoples to enter the land”

    Why haven’t Goose Morristeen and Possum Skin man called out this disgraceful idiocy?

    Oh, that’s right – Stupid.Forking.Gliberals.

  53. Percy Popinjay

    Great work KD, here’s hoping he’s appreciative of your nurturing of his talent. In the meantime, I’m about to start shopping for a Telecaster.

  54. Bruce of Newcastle

    This could be fun:

    Woke Pope: Plastic Banned in Vatican to Save Environment

    ROME — Pope Francis has banned plastic in Vatican City State to stand in solidarity with environmentalists. He made the announcement from aboard the papal plane during a long-haul flight back from his recent trip to Africa.

    The pope said he had been disturbed by a conversation a couple months ago with sea chaplains and fishermen who recounted how they had gathered six tons of plastic from the ocean over the course of a few months.

    “In the Vatican we have banned plastic,” Francis told journalists. “We are working on that.”

    No plastic means no phones, they’ve all got plastic in them. No computers. No paint, it’s plastic with pigment in it. No combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes or electrical wiring (plastic covered).

  55. cohenite

    feelthebern

    #3154562, posted on September 13, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Cruz can not be trusted.
    He’s an attention seeking media whore.
    Fresh from his Milano stunt, he’s now challenged Andrew Yang to a game of basketball.

    Did you watch that Cruz/Milano debate; I couldn’t; after 30 seconds of Milano I started to wretch.

  56. Dr Faustus

    Why paying attention to speechwriters is not a great idea (101):

    Mr Newton identifies a range of political problems with the strategy, including campaigns against franking credits and Mr Shorten’s unclear position on the Adani coalmine in Queensland. […]

    “If we’d promised to kill Adani, or start construction on day one, half the country would have hated our guts and the other half would have known we were lying.

    While Morrison had no such problem.

    It’s right there for you, Mr Newton. The takeaway is that, while it might be no problem within the ALP itself, Average Australia doesn’t want to trust itself to a grasping, greasy-faced fuck with a shit-eating grin, obviously trying to walk both sides of a barbed wire issue.

    There’s a speech in there, somewhere.

  57. dover_beach

    As this scandalous process approaches the High Court of Australia, friends of Australia, both Down Under and throughout the world, must send a simple message, repeatedly: George Pell is an innocent man who was falsely accused and has been unjustly convicted of crimes he did not commit. It is not George Pell who is in the dock, now, but the administration of justice in Australia. And the only way to restore justice is for Cardinal Pell to be vindicated by the highest court in the land.

    Hard to disagree. I was thinking the other day the common wisdom that such obvious abuses would be caught and reversed by the next level in the system, but here, this has yet to pass. The police instituting an inquiry where the subject is a single individual without a single existing complainant. The police repeatedly putting forward briefs rejected by the DPP and then the DPP finally relenting. A committal hearing presided by a magistrate who only a few months earlier participated in a interview where the other interviewee was Milligan discussing her book which discussed the claims that were now the subject of the hearing! Two jury trials, the first hung, conducted under a gag order, so avoiding public scrutiny. An appeal rejected by two Labor appointees, both without any experience in criminal law, where the dissent is delivered by a now retired justice with considerable experience in criminal matters and an expert on the laws of evidence. Even if this is reversed by the HC, there still needs to be an inquiry into this whole affair. For my part, the stench begins with VicPol. It also involves the cultivation of an air of guilt by certain principals in the media, i.e. Milligan, etc., as well as ‘the Kid’s solicitor, Waller. In fact, the networks that Collits in Quadrant identifies should all be in the frame.

  58. Some History

    Greta™

    Democrats invite teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg to testify before Congress

    Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg, 16, is testifying before Congress next week at the invitation of House Democrats.
    Thunberg will appear Sept. 18 before a joint hearing of a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
    She is among a group of young climate activists Democrats invited to testify at the hearing, entitled “Voices Leading the Next Generation on the Global Climate Crisis.”
    Thunberg is best known for founding an international movement called Fridays for Future, in which students skip school on Fridays to participate in demonstrations demanding action to combat climate change.
    Last month she traveled across the Atlantic Ocean in an emissions-free solar-powered boat, instead of flying, to New York City ahead of her speech on Sept. 23 at the United Nations Climate Action Summit.
    “We’re at the point where an entire generation has grown up in the climate crisis,” said Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida, chairwoman of the Select Climate Crisis Committee. “They know the science, they know the stakes and they know how to rise to the challenge. We need to rise with them.”

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/energy/democrats-invite-teen-climate-change-activist-greta-thunberg-to-testify-before-congress

  59. Dr Faustus

    The Gladys Liu shock horror imbroglio.

    Gladys Liu’s association with Chinese figures who were deemed a security risk was the subject of an ASIO investigation even before she entered Parliament or became a Liberal Party candidate.

    Turnbull’s gift from beyond the grave.
    #incuriousherdanimals.

  60. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Twitter starting to get heavy in Cuba.
    Can’t blame Dr. BG though ‘cos Maria had his phone most of the time.
    What a trusting chappy he was.

    Hope he got Maria those saucepans I recommended.
    And set her up in her own little café.

    She sounded nice, and I think he will miss her.

  61. Dr Faustus

    The Washington Examiner gets the Greta facts right:

    Last month she traveled across the Atlantic Ocean in an emissions-free solar-powered boat

    The solar wind is strong in that one.

  62. 1735099

    All that said, what really causes him such conflict seems to be that, deep down, he is actually proud of “having been a soldier”.

    Most got over conflating the soldiers with the war twenty years ago.
    Except many who post here, of course.
    They’re quite incapable of any narrative except the one swallowed back in 1964 when Australians were first committed to Vietnam.
    Despite the fact that both American and Australian voters eventually saw through that narrative, in some obscure corners (like here) it persists.
    Put simply –
    It’s possible to be proud of soldering, but ashamed of useless and futile war.
    That pride has nothing to do with fighting a philosophy that was never a threat, and everything to do with supporting fellow diggers.
    There’s another aspect as well.
    Any one of us who served as a conscript took the place of one who didn’t.
    In round figures, between 1965 and December 1972 over 800,000 men registered for National Service.
    567,238 were balloted out. 63,740 served. 15371 were sent to Vietnam.
    Not all of these were Infantry, Engineers, or Armoured Corps, where the bulk of Nashos were at the sharp end. I’d guess between a half and a third in those corps were Nashos, but am happy to be corrected if anyone has the exact figures.
    In summary, I have pride in the fact that I saved some other poor bastard from the crap I had to put up with, and in the fact that I got on with a very successful life.
    I also now take every opportunity to remind those who have forgotten what a politically cynical debacle it was, in the hope that something has been learned.
    I’m also a teacher, and will always ensure that the truth is told when it comes to history taught in our schools.
    That was why I persisted in researching until I established the truth about the volunteer myth, and ensured that ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee fixed it.
    The only remaining unaccomplished task is a bipartisan parliamentary apology to conscripts, in the same fashion as the Kiwis did in 2006.
    I’ll keep fighting for that.
    I don’t give up when I know I’m right.

  63. stackja

    Rita Panahi: Brexit and Trump prove will of the people cannot be denied

    Donald Trump, Brexit and the Morrison Government’s 2019 election win are humiliating for pollsters and political pundits, and they prove the electorate will not be swayed by scaremongering and sneers, writes Rita Panahi.
    Rita Panahi, Herald Sun
    Subscriber only

    September 12, 2019 7:00pm

    What we have seen over the past three years in the UK and US is the establishment’s revolt against democracy. The born-to-rule elite, the swamp or whatever you want to call them, has worked tirelessly to subvert democracy and deny the will of the people.

    Their desperate efforts to cling to power have been aided by large sections of the media and seen the propagation of hysteria, conspiracy theories and news reporting that has abandoned any semblance of impartiality.

    Democracy only functions with the losers’ consent. But what we are seeing now are “democracy deniers” who portray results that go against them as illegitimate, blaming everything from a Russian collusion hoax to a misleading ad on the side of a bus. Brexit wasn’t meant to happen. Neither was Donald Trump. Both results represent the rejection of the status quo and were in many ways a triumph for the forgotten people.

    Labor leader Anthony Albanese also fell into bizarre arguments, saying the government didn’t have a mandate because it didn’t achieve a 100 per cent vote.

    “We’ve had an election on May 18. Guess what? 100 per cent of people didn’t vote for the Coalition,” he said on Sky News.

    Elections have consequences. For a democratic system to function effectively the losers must accept the result of democratically held elections. We have seen in the UK and US how divisive and damaging it is when the losers engage in a sustained campaign of unrestrained hysteria rather than respect the will of the people.

    Rita Panahi is a Herald Sun columnist

  64. Diogenes

    Didn’t know that about emus.

    Emus are the stupidest birds going. At one former employer they had 4 males , 3 were normal & one was totally screwed in the head. The loonie one was known to trap female staff against a fence & try to procreate with them. When I drove the train for the night tours , he used to try to procreate with my backpack when I was waiting for the passengers to rejoin the train. The 3 normal ones liked to try to race the train.

    They ended up giving him a ceramic egg & sat it as far away from people as possible. He sat on the thing for months

  65. Black Ball

    Good morning all.
    “We’ve had an election on May 18. Guess what? 100 per cent of people didn’t vote for the Coalition,” he said on Sky News.

    Goodness gracious me, did Albanaysee actually spout this? So comically dumb, so Sarah Hanson-Youngesque that it cannot be believed. I think I need visual or audio of this alleged claim.

  66. mh

    Put simply –
    It’s possible to be proud of soldering, but ashamed of useless and futile war.

    So thats what Numbers got up to along with the spud peeling. 🥔

  67. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It’s possible to be proud of soldering, (sic) but ashamed of useless and futile war.

    FIFY.

  68. Mother Lode

    What is wrong with this friggin’ Pope?

    Socialism is not something sanctified by cleaving to Jesus’ attitude to poverty.

    Socialism works by stoking an appetite to more materialism. It just happens to be crap at it.

    Can someone please find some evidence connecting Francis with International Immobiliare* and let the Mafia take care of things after that.

    *Godfather III reference

  69. Johno

    who will win tonight? Geelong or WCE? Geelong haven’t played well for weeks,but if they do they are a chance. WCE are on fire . I wouldn’t put money on either. Too close.

  70. Dr Faustus

    The World of Wonders trundles on:

    Anti-Brexiters file new legal challenge to force article 50 extension

    Anti-Brexit campaigners have filed a legal challenge in the Scottish courts in an effort to compel Boris Johnson to seek an extension to article 50.

    They hope the nobile officium power could mean the court will send the article 50 extension letter on Johnson’s behalf, if he refused to do so.

    So, the idea is for the Scottish Court of Session to send a Brexit extension request on behalf of the British Parliament, against the wishes of an elected government.

    No scope for a constitutional crisis there, then.

  71. Knuckle Dragger

    Dover,

    Concise, excellent summation.

  72. Knuckle Dragger

    How heroic, Liability Bob.

    You deserve a medal.

    Oh.

  73. Knuckle Dragger

    And it was 1962, not 1964.

    More obfuscation that doesn’t fit the narrative.

  74. Knuckle Dragger

    Geelong, Johno.

    As much as I hate the mincing pansy boys, I’m not going through last year’s disaster again if I can help it.

    Also because funny drug testing.

  75. Infidel Tiger

    Ben Domenech
    @bdomenech
    ·
    6h
    “Ralph Blasey, [Christine Blasey] Ford’s father, went out of his way to offer to Ed Kavanaugh his support of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.”

    Wow.

  76. Infidel Tiger

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    4h
    In fact, my views on Venezuela, and especially Cuba, were far stronger than those of John Bolton. He was holding me back!

    Stay away from shitholes Don.

    Have you learnt nothing?

  77. dover_beach

    The police repeatedly putting forward briefs rejected by the DPP and then the DPP finally relenting.

    What changed? What substantive difference in the third brief changed the DPP’s mind? Was there any difference? What pressure had come to bear on the DPP, if any whether bureaucratic, political or ministerial? I’d also like to see a timeline within which the submissions of these briefs to the DPP occurred and of any leaking of information to the media, if any, also occurred?

  78. dover_beach

    “Ralph Blasey, [Christine Blasey] Ford’s father, went out of his way to offer to Ed Kavanaugh his support of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.”

    Wow.

    He obviously knows his daughter is a bullshitter.

  79. Knuckle Dragger

    Wallis-Markle – who, by the way, is porking up nicely – has, just like every mummy blogger on the planet, launched her own fashion label.

    Critiques to date include the words ‘ghastly’ and ‘shapeless’.

    Other recent achievements include a return public-funded trip to the States to watch her mate Serena play tennis, leaving her baby in London for the help to look after.

    Not so much The People’s Princess as The People’s Parasite.

  80. candy

    Not so much The People’s Princess as The People’s Parasite.

    Maybe she is homesick and wishes to reconcile with her dad who has never even met her husband let alone seen the baby. There’s something wrong with that situation.

  81. Tel

    In fact, my views on Venezuela, and especially Cuba, were far stronger than those of John Bolton. He was holding me back!

    Look … no one has a good opinion regarding the political economy of Cuba and Venezuela. Even the people who live there know the place is no good … they find others to blame but they recognize there’s a problem.

    The question we don’t know the answer to is how to fix that. You might have a broken wrist watch and you know it needs repair so you try giving it a light whack with the sledge hammer … wrong answer! Same with these third world dumps, having the approach of “Send in the Marines!” will not create a thriving society. It will cost a lot of blood and treasure though.

  82. Johno

    They are not going to make yardsticks any longer.

  83. Johno

    The past present and future walk into a bar It was tense.

  84. Tom

    who will win tonight? Geelong or WCE?

    Johno, Eagles have lost only one of their last half-dozen matches at the ‘G. The Pussies, on the other hand, are whingeing about having to play there.

    And — cop this — there will be ZERO consequences if they go out of the finals in straight sets.

    Chris Scott is the AFL’s most overrated coach not on the 2019 sackees list (which includes his ovverated brother sacked by North Melbourne, the kiddie coach Brendan Bolton sacked by Carlton and Don Pyke sacked by the Crows).

    Chris Scott won a flag in his first year at Pussyville that was the work of previous coach Bomber Thompson. He’s hardly won even a finals match since then.

    But he will face no consequences if he fails again after finishing on top of the ladder — because Pussyville’s zombie fans will still be there next year, chanting “Gee-long *clap clap clap*”, win, lose or draw.

    Eagles by 40-60 points.

  85. EvilElvis

    Also because funny drug testing.

    It’s us Eagles against the world now! Bring it on!

    Gil McPolo and ASADA have cocked up yet again. How much crap from Victorian clubs gets swept under the carpet yet one poor, oppressed, downtrodden indigenous man pours his Gatorade in a cup and the world implodes!

    Bring on another ‘tainted’ premiership! Seriously, the AFL doesn’t need to generate this crap at this time, they make enough hypocritical decisions and narratives naturally by being complete fucking goose’s.

  86. Bruce of Newcastle

    All the US news you won’t see on the ABC…

    Another Great Week In Trumpland (12 Sep, via Lucianne)

    Well worth a RTWT.

  87. John Constantine

    There are multiple economies operating in australia right now, ranging from ‘The Ton’s’ elite corruptocracy kleptonomics running their political class to the welfare plantations subsidised to produce voteherds.

    The drug concessions to dope up the welfare plantations and operated by crime cartels are an economic niche every bit as hopelessly dystopic as Cuba and Venezuela.

    “Send in the Marines” for a war on drugs actually makes the concessions operated by the powerful cartels more valuable, by crushing their smaller competition and allowing pricing of product at superprofit levels.

    Our elite ‘Ton’ watch Latin America’s proles being crushed by the failed system and all they see is the superprofits flowing as bribes to Latin politicals. So we are deliberately importing this system with full knowledge of the outcome.

    Camarada.

  88. classical_hero

    mh
    #3154567, posted on September 13, 2019 at 8:37 am
    Laura says she “got pounded” in the North Island’s Tararua forest

    Phrasing.

    That’s what she said.

  89. Black Ball

    More Tayla Harris news Knuckle Dragger.

    ‘Carlton star Tayla Harris has rebuked critics of the immortalisation of her famous high kick.
    A much-celebrated photo of Harris caused a storm earlier this year when she was trolled on social media and Channel 7 took down the picture of her kicking for goal. Now a statue has been created, but not everyone is a fan.
    “She is getting a statue for being trolled online. Mystifying to me. One of the most mystifying things I have ever heard of. I am not happy about it.” AFL great Malcolm Blight said.
    “What about all the AFL players, all the SANFL players, all the WAFL players, all those players around Australia being trolled by dickheads, on a medium I know very little about? Why aren’t they getting a statue? That’s how stupid the whole thing is.”
    Harris tweeted: “This statue represents #morethanakick, it symbolises a moment in time that can be remembered as a catalyst for change, a stand against online harrassment and a reminder to women and girls that we deserve these opportunities.”

    Insufficiently woke Malcolm Blight will have any statue or anything with his name on it be stripped for such heresy.
    Imagine the tourists in Federation Square, sidling up to the statue and reading the plaque. Be a few chuckles I imagine.

  90. EvilElvis

    Insufficiently woke Malcolm Blight will have any statue or anything with his name on it be stripped for such heresy.

    I don’t think Malcolm will give a shit as he’s trundling around in his Island Star.

    He’s right though. Maybe Malcolm and Sam Newman should do a joint ticket come the next election…

  91. Roger

    “In the Vatican we have banned plastic,” Francis told journalists. “We are working on that.”

    Once upon a time popes used to extol virtue; now they merely signal it.

  92. Zyconoclast

    Legitimate adventure / travel vlogs that I follow often do some pretty dumb shit. One thing that interests and surprises me is that third world government agents (police/ soldiers, etc) often cut soft headed white people a lot of slack for bad / childish behaviour.

    Or the just cut their head off.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/12/20/two-tourists-killed-morocco-one-them-beheaded-likely-terrorist-attack/?noredirect=on

  93. Rex Mango

    Blight was most entertaining on The Front Bar last week.

  94. feelthebern

    Can Malcolm Blight be deplatformed ?
    Asking for a troll who is itching to send emails to sponsors.

  95. Knuckle Dragger

    Gaah.

    ‘a reminder to women and girls that we deserve these opprtunities.’

    No. No, Tayla, you do not deserve anything, let alone a statue commemorating your mediocrity.

    You can earn it. If you’re good enough. But you’re not. Further, an inadvertent box shot does not make you a role model for ladeees across this excellent country.

    I would like to play Test Cricket, but an hampered by inherent ability. But I deserve it, for unspecified reasons.

    Someone take a photo of my cock*.

    Where’s my statue?

    *I’m well aware that there may be commentary around microscopes and/or wide angle lenses here. Decorum, please.

  96. feelthebern

    Geez KD, it’s not even 11am on the eastern seaboard.
    The Cat isn’t that kind of blog.

  97. EvilElvis

    Where’s my statue?

    Not sure they make chisels that small, KD.

  98. Black Ball

    Love this work from Blight. Was going to get a vote going on the best miss by Blight and Harris. Harris smacked one into the post from 2 metres out trying to kick it out of the ground. Comedy gold.

  99. RobK

    Decorum, please.
    Pepper to make it sneeze?

  100. Mother Lode

    First, because of President Trump’s tireless achievements, the generic Democrat/Republican poll is out. Democrats held a 52-43 lead in advance of the 2018 midterms. Today it’s a dead tie. That bodes well for GOP chances to re-take the House in 2020.

    Actually I don’t think that is quite as much a given as presented.

    I think Trump supporters and Republicans (not quite the same demographic) will be far outspoken to pollsters than they were previously. The ‘shy’ conservative has a bit of swagger these days.

    The 2018 midterms would have had some of this, but the preference to avoid confrontation with robots that think the laws of robotics don’t apply when engaging with conservatives was very telling in 2016.

  101. Rex Mango

    Perhaps it was wet, but that clip of Blight shows how Norths and Collingwood jumpers used to be almost identical.

  102. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    John Ibrahim settles Tom Domican’s defamation action for $100,000

    Deborah Cornwall
    Journalist
    @deborahcornwall
    An hour ago September 13, 2019

    A defamation action by “colourful” Sydney identity Tom Domican has ended in a remarkable victory for the old-school hardman after former Kings Cross nightclub boss John Ibrahim agreed to settle the dispute with a $100,000 hand shake — plus legal costs.

    Mr Domican launched his defamation action against Mr Ibrahim in July 2018, demanding publisher Pan Macmillan pulp his tell-all memoir, The Last King of the Cross, and pay him damages for “greatly injuring” his reputation.

    He said the book had cast him as a hit man, a heroin dealer and a “violent criminal’, yet in a year of pre-trial hearings the defence had failed to produce “a skerrick of evidence’ they could back the claims.

    “That should teach Ibrahim to show some respect,” Mr Domican gleefully declared on Friday. “I said at the start what Ibrahim wrote about me is complete and utter bullshit, and I would prove it. For 40 years now I’ve been proving the bastards wrong. I’ve had to put up with this myth about me being some kind of underworld figure. I don’t like and never have liked being called a criminal and a thug.’’

    The Federal Court accepted the settlement terms, ordering the publishers and Mr Ibrahim to pay Mr Domican $100,000 in damages and reimburse all his legal costs — estimated to be another $100,000. It also banned any mention of Mr Domican in any future publications of Ibrahim’s memoir.

    Mr Domican has a long history of beating all charges against him — from his murder conviction for hitman Dale “Mr Rent-a-Kill” Flannery to five conspiracy-to-murder charges.

    He spent six years in jail after he was convicted of the murder of Flannery, but his conviction was ultimately thrown out after he appealed to the High Court in 1992.

    Lawyers for Mr Ibrahim and Pan Macmillan tried valiantly to defend their case, adamant Domican was a known associate of “notorious underworld figures” and had been investigated over a raft of violent crimes, including murder.

    They detailed a long list of allegations against Domican, dating back from the notorious Enmore branch-stacking scandal in the Labor Party in the 1970s to his ­alleged role as a standover man in the late 90s for well-known crime figure Louis Bayeh, the brother of Kings Cross drug lord Billy Bayeh.

    But at the last hearing in May, Domican’s barrister, Sue Chrysanthou, told Federal Court judge Michael Wigney, such was the “hopelessness” of the defence case it appeared doomed to failure before the trial even bega

    From the Oz.

  103. Knuckle Dragger

    As predicted……

    I will merely assert at this juncture that the button mushroom is underrated.

  104. John Constantine

    There will be Security cameras with chicom peoples liberation army secret police facial recognition software focused on the statue of The Kick.

    Which part of the statue will become shiny after bring rubbed for luck?.

    Social media photos of the masses of punters looking up the dress of the giant Marilyn Monroe statue were all over the pages of the gay chicks on y friend list.

    Will lesbians be allowed to do Boxing Day photos of the statue of Their Kick?.

  105. mh

    Alan Jones breakfast show to undergo ‘full review’: Macquarie chairman

    A total ban on opera singers would help.

  106. John Constantine

    Their afl has an advert on YouTube, showing an underage child, in slow motion detail, doing The Kick.

    Not even wanting to link to it on the blog.

    It is Art when they photograph it.

  107. Zyconoclast

    I’m not surprised he is a member of the Conservative Party

    Brexit: John Bercow pledges ‘creativity’ to stop no-deal

    Such a spiv.
    If only he was taller, he would have been a professional tennis player.
    Short man syndrome.

  108. Dr Faustus

    Zyconoclast
    #3154666, posted on September 13, 2019 at 11:34 am
    Brown coal in sharp decline as power plants close and renewables rise

    Energy experts said the year-on-year shift in the power generation mix, detailed in the government’s latest energy statistics, reflected a “system in transition”.

    “System in transition”.

    Comforting managerial-speak for: the wheels have actually fallen off Australia’s traditional First World energy system, but we are pretty sure that with enough subsidies to guarantee a pipeline of low/no risk 15%+ IRR projects, the coterie of thieves that have moved into Australia will be happy to deliver a ‘lights on frequently’ energy economy as soon as you like.

    And then do it all over again, when the wind farms wear out in 10 years time and need replacing.
    That’s sustainability, right there.

    [Amusingly, Australia sailed past the point of no return and into the void under a Coalition Government, accompanied by the hoots, branch waving, and shit-throwing of the Green Left.]

  109. feelthebern

    There is more than enough better quality thermal coal globally that is replacing brown coal.
    Example, it’s quite funny how financial institutions in Australia are saying loudly “We say NO to coal”, yet are financing coal in developing nations at 10 times the rate they are de-coaling in Oz.
    I’d write a guest post, but I don’t want to stop the electricity in developing nations.

  110. feelthebern

    Comforting managerial-speak for: the wheels have actually fallen off Australia’s traditional First World energy system, but we are pretty sure that with enough subsidies to guarantee a pipeline of low/no risk 15%+ IRR projects, the coterie of thieves that have moved into Australia will be happy to deliver a ‘lights on frequently’ energy economy as soon as you like.

    Liberty quote.

  111. feelthebern

    The only remaining unaccomplished task is a bipartisan parliamentary apology to conscripts, in the same fashion as the Kiwis did in 2006.
    I’ll keep fighting for that.
    I don’t give up when I know I’m right.

    The good news is that a pro bono advocate like yourself will know how to promote such a cause…for yourself.

  112. I have an anecdotal correlation coefficient of 1.00 for people that believe Pell is guilty and those that believe that CO2 is guilty.

  113. Oh come on

    So it was GMB. What was all that ‘fatwah is over’ and ‘I’ll never threaten a man’s job again’ business?

    Anyway, good times.

  114. Rex Mango

    Just checked Helen Clark’s 29May08 statement about the Viet Nam War and there is no mention of the word conscript.

  115. feelthebern

    Maybe it was the vibe, Rex ?

  116. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    29 May 2008
    Ministerial Statement to Parliament – Crown apology to Viet Nam veterans

    Helen Clark

    Prime Minister

    The Crown formally acknowledges the dedicated service of the New Zealand Regular Force personnel deployed during the Viet Nam War, and those many servicemen and women who supported them in their mission.

    Further the Crown records that those armed forces personnel loyally served at the direction of the New Zealand Government of the day, having left their home shores against a background of unprecedented division and controversy over whether or not New Zealand should participate in the war.

    No mention of conscripts?

  117. Diogenes

    acknowledges the dedicated service

    Don’t see a sorry there either

  118. C.L.

    It’s nice being a woman:

    US mother acquitted of killing her newborn.

    I believe this acquittal is directly related to a perverted culture’s acceptance of abortion – even to the extent of extending ‘understanding’ to a woman who killed a newborn:

    A young US mother who was acquitted of charges that she killed and buried her newborn is scheduled to be sentenced on a corpse abuse charge.

    Brooke Skylar Richardson, now 20, was acquitted by an Ohio court of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges on Thursday (local time).

    She had faced up to life in prison if she had been convicted on the most serious charge. Ms Richardson began shaking and sobbing while a judge read the not guilty verdicts.

    She was found guilty of corpse abuse by a jury that deliberated for four hours.

    Nothing to see here:

    A forensic pathologist who testified for the prosecution concluded the baby died from “homicidal violence.”

    Prosecutors said Ms Richardson had searched on the internet for “how to get rid of a baby.” They played video for the jury of a police interview in which Richardson said the baby might have moved and made noises.

  119. Some History

    Greta™

    Greta Thunberg Makes TIME’s List Of Women Who Will Change The World
    ‘Young people across the world have followed her path, striking and marching to make clear to adults and decision-makers that this is a true emergency’

    Teenage climate campaigner Greta Thunberg has made it onto TIME Magazine’s list of 15 women who will change the world.
    The upcoming issue, 2050: How Earth Changed, is dedicated to the ‘biggest crisis facing our planet’ – climate change. The United Nations estimates that of all those displaced by climate change, 80 percent are women.
    In a statement sent to Plant Based News, TIME editor in chief and CEO, Edward Felsenthal, said: “What you will not find in this issue are climate-change skeptics. Core to our mission is bringing together diverse perspectives.
    “Experts can and should debate the best route to mitigating the effects of climate change, but there is no serious doubt that those effects are real. We are witnessing them right in front of us. The science on global warming is settled. There isn’t another side, and there isn’t another moment.”

    RTWT

    https://www.plantbasednews.org/news/greta-thunberg-women-will-change-world

  120. The Sheriff

    It would be funny if, after Nine Entertainment buys 2GB, Alan Jones leaves and sets up a new radio station and takes all the listeners with him.

  121. Thefrollickingmole

    Over in the land of Voldemort for the week. They have done a lot of resewering and roadworks and I have an idea for a little sideline I’ll be investigating. 99% chance someone is already doing it but worth a look.

  122. Mater

    1735099
    #3153870, posted on September 12, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    You “volunteered” in peacetime.
    I served with a reg who did that, and who threw his SLR on the ground in the process of disobeying a lawful command when ordered to assault a bunker system.

    Bob,
    Was the bloke in this oft told anecdote a “Reg” (as above) or a “National Servicemen” (as below)?

    1735099
    #1349792, posted on June 17, 2014 at 6:46 am

    The only opting out I witnessed was that of a digger who had come across from another battalion, and wasn’t happy with our tactics when we hit a bunker system and took one KIA and two WIA.
    He threw his rifle on the ground, and refused point blank to move. He was choppered out and we never saw him again. The irony was that this bloke had volunteered for national service.

  123. Percy Popinjay

    the wheels have actually fallen off Australia’s traditional First World energy system … Australia sailed past the point of no return and into the void under a Coalition Government, accompanied by the hoots, branch waving, and shit-throwing of the Green Left.

    Once the electrickery grid collapses and cheap reliable 24/7/365 power is but a fading memory, how many here will then defend the “right” of our beloved politicians (and various other utterly vile chancers) to get around in public without being bashed senseless or summarily executed, in the manner of the Ceaușescu?

    It’s a serious question.

  124. Tom

    Excellent get, Mater.

    Leftards (especially trolls) lie about everything all the time.

  125. C.L.

    The mind of a jihadist:

    In a statement sent to Plant Based News, TIME editor in chief and CEO, Edward Felsenthal, said: “What you will not find in this issue are climate-change skeptics. Core to our mission is bringing together diverse perspectives.
    “Experts can and should debate the best route to mitigating the effects of climate change, but there is no serious doubt that those effects are real. We are witnessing them right in front of us. The science on global warming is settled. There isn’t another side, and there isn’t another moment.

  126. C.L.

    The mind of a hillbilly:

    In a statement sent to Plant Based News, TIME editor in chief and CEO, Edward Felsenthal, said: “What you will not find in this issue are climate-change skeptics. Core to our mission is bringing together diverse perspectives.
    “Experts can and should debate the best route to mitigating the effects of climate change, but there is no serious doubt that those effects are real. We are witnessing them right in front of us. The science on global warming is settled. There isn’t another side, and there isn’t another moment.

  127. Rex Mango

    Text of Scott Morrison addressing Parliament:

    Whether you sit here in this Chamber, the Great Hall, outside elsewhere in the nation’s capital. Your living room. In your bed, unable to rise today or speak to another soul. Your journey to where you are today has been a long and painful one, and we acknowledge that and we welcome you today wherever you are. Mr Speaker, silenced voices. Muffled cries in the darkness. Unacknowledged tears. The tyranny of invisible suffering. The never heard pleas of tortured souls bewildered by an indifference to the unthinkable theft of their innocence. Today, Australia confronts a trauma – an abomination – hiding in plain sight for far too long. Today, we confront a question too horrible to ask, let alone answer. Why weren’t the conscripts of our nation loved, nurtured and protected? Why was their trust betrayed? Why did those who know cover it up? Why were the cries of conscripts? Why was our system of justice blind to injustice? Why has it taken so long to act? Why were other things more important than this, the care of innocent conscripts? Why didn’t we believe? Today we dare to ask these questions, and finally acknowledge and confront the lost screams of our conscripts. While we can’t be so vain to pretend to answers, we must be so humble to fall before those who were forsaken and beg to them our apology.

  128. zyconoclast

    Six maps that reveal America’s expanding racial diversity
    A pre-2020 census look at the wide dispersal of the nation’s Hispanic, Asian and black populations

    In less than one year, the 2020 census will record just how much more racially diverse the nation has become, continuing the “diversity explosion” that punctuated the results of the 2010 census. While less authoritative than the once-a-decade national headcount, recently released U.S. Census Bureau estimates for 2018 make plain that racial minority populations—especially Hispanic, Asian and black Americans—continue to expand, leaving fewer parts of the country untouched by diversity.

  129. Percy Popinjay

    Thunberg Makes TIME’s List Of Women Who Will Change The World …

    … and not in a good way.

    Ah, good ol’ TIME magazine. Just when you think they couldn’t exceed their already world beating platinum standard record of wrongness, they shift the goalposts and keep digging …

  130. Mater

    Excellent get, Mater.
    Leftards (especially trolls) lie about everything all the time.

    Have no fear, Tom, he’ll be on shortly redefining what he meant by ‘Reg’. ‘Reg’ will equal ‘Volunteer’.
    Moving forward, ‘Nasho’ will be a term reserved only for conscripts.

    His goals posts are on a well greased rail system.

  131. Knuckle Dragger

    Mater, 1.11;

    Wot Tom said.

    My word, that’s good. In the bank.

  132. Percy Popinjay

    TIME editor in chief and CEO, Edward Felsenthal, said … The science on global warming is settled.

  133. Knuckle Dragger

    On the increasingly rare occasions I start to feel sorry for the dithering old commie hero/victim, something like this reminds me of the venom he retains for good things.

    Lying liar, pants on fire.

  134. John Constantine

    Wool market rebounds twenty percent in two days for some types.

    The two-day sale in Melbourne saw prices surge upwards with
    gains of at least 111 cents across all MPGs. The 18.5 to 22 μm
    lots gained between 186 and 304 cents for the week. The
    Southern Regional Indicator gained 132 cents on Wednesday and
    a further 66 cents on Thursday to close at 1,536 c/kg clean. The
    Merino Skirtings market was solid, with Best Style lots gaining up
    to 180 cents for the week. Crossbreds wools gained up to 115
    cents and oddments also strengthened. The Southern Merino
    Carding Indicator jumped 186 cents to 1,007 c/kg clean. The
    Melbourne pass-in rate was 3.5%.

    Once there is one monopoly buyer of a commodity, and they are at the whim of an all powerful Tyrant, the market signals can be corrupted with the squeeze of a single fist.

    Looks like the buyers strike lasted just long enough to draw down and exhaust the just in time supply pipeline.

    Will they do it with barley in a couple months time?.

    Comrade Maaaaaaates.

  135. Johno

    That’s settled then. Mater for President. Vote early, vote often.

  136. zyconoclast

    Thousands of African Migrants Are Stranded in Mexico Hoping to Head North

    AFRICAN MIGRANT: [translated] The police are beating all of the people.
    From the beginning, there was no violence, but the guards hit people with their shields. They are beating all of the Africans. They are beating children. They are beating all of the people here.
    They don’t want to help us. They are saying that they don’t want any problems with us, but they are the ones who started beating people. They are insulting people.

    The military and the Federal Police threw tear gas at us. I don’t know what we are going to do. We don’t have good conditions here. We don’t have a place to be.

    We need help. We need help getting out of here. There are comrades who are in the hospital, beaten with a police shield in the head. We are all human beings here. People are mistreated here every day.

    In there, they are abusing Africans. If they don’t want us here, then give us a visa to get out. We don’t want to be in Mexico. We cannot be forced to stay in Mexico.

  137. Percy Popinjay

    Mater for President.

    I’ll remain unconvinced until I see the TIME magazine cover urging the same.

  138. zyconoclast

    Trio of black MLAs make history by winning seats in Manitoba Legislature

    Until Tuesday’s vote, no black person had ever been elected to the Manitoba Legislature in the 150-year history of this province.

    Manitoba Demographics: Black: 1.7%

  139. 1735099

    On the increasingly rare occasions I start to feel sorry for the dithering old commie hero/victim, something like this reminds me of the venom he retains for good things.

    Nah.
    He was in the army because he was called up (hence a Nasho), but signed up as a Reg when he was promised promotion.
    A (very) few did this.
    I was asked to do so by my Coy commander a few days prior to RTA, but took great satisfaction in telling him that I was of sound mind, and would have to be crazy to do that.
    All Nashos were asked the same question. Nobody in my platoon took the offer up.
    He was not amused, but not surprised.

  140. Percy Popinjay

    For those of us who’ve grown tired of watching paint dry.

  141. zyconoclast

    One of the world’s most immigration-resistant countries is trying to attract workers needed for jobs ranging from apple picking to airport baggage handling.

    To do that, Japan is imposing strict rules in an effort to head off the kind of social and political turmoil that migration has brought to the U.S. and Europe. In many cases, foreign workers in Japan can’t bring family members and can’t stay longer than five years. Most programs require Japanese-language proficiency. Only in the most labor-starved industries can foreigners secure a path to permanent residency—and the government can cut off the flow if the shortage eases.

    Japan’s experiment, which some business leaders and human-rights groups say is too restrictive, is a test of whether a country can bring in foreign workers without sparking the kind of populist backlash that has turned immigration into a divisive issue in the U.S., Germany, Italy, the U.K. and other countries.

    As Japan debated opening up, some politicians and newspaper editorials warned that it needed to avoid the instability seen in the West.

    “It would be a disaster if we ended up with the same problems as the U.S. and Europe because we don’t have a proper immigration policy,” Yuichiro Tamaki, the leader of opposition Democratic Party for the People, said late last year as policy makers put together plans to allow in more foreigners.

    In the past four years, the number of foreign workers in Japan has nearly doubled to 1.46 million, and a new visa system promises to accelerate the influx. At the same time, the country’s political system is as stable as it has been in decades. The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in power for nearly seven years, easily scored a victory in July’s parliamentary elections, where immigration was hardly discussed.

  142. John Constantine

    https://www.mining.com/web/a-forgotten-gold-rush-hub-is-producing-more-than-it-has-in-a-century/?utm_source=Daily_Digest&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MNG-DIGESTS&utm_content=a-forgotten-gold-rush-hub-is-producing-more-than-it-has-in-a-century

    “I’ve never seen anything like it in all my life — it’s like finding a safe underground,” David Baker, managing partner of gold investor Baker Steel Capital Managers LLP, and a visitor to mines for more than 30 years, said following a tour last month of Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd.’s Fosterville mine, the flagship for the region’s revival. “You don’t get better than that unless you can dig into Fort Knox.”

    With Victoria’s state government forecasting there may be as much as another 80 million ounces buried underground in the region —about as much as was dug out during the initial gold rush from 1851 — major players are moving in, including Newmont Goldcorp Corp. and billionaire miner Gina Rinehart

  143. Mater

    Nah.
    He was in the army because he was called up (hence a Nasho), but signed up as a Reg when he was promised promotion.

    Then he didn’t ‘volunteer in peacetime’, as per your original post.

    You “volunteered” in peacetime.
    I served with a reg who did that, and who threw his SLR on the ground in the process of disobeying a lawful command when ordered to assault a bunker system.

  144. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ah, good ol’ TIME magazine. Just when you think they couldn’t exceed their already world beating platinum standard record of wrongness, they shift the goalposts and keep digging …

    Yes.

    Time Editor Touts All-Climate Issue, Insists ‘There Is No Other Side’ – ‘There is no other side to the science’ – MSNBC host warns of ‘climate emergency’: ‘It’s stunning that there are still people who are skeptical’ (12 Sep)

    On her 9:00 a.m. ET hour show on Thursday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle welcomed the editor-in-chief of Time magazine on the program to promote the liberal publication’s latest issue devoted solely to preaching climate change activism. Amid all the fearmongering in the segment, Ruhle and her guest declared that “there is no other side” in the debate over the topic.

    “Time magazine’s brand new issue is solely dedicated to climate change and only the fifth issue where every single page is dedicated to a single topic,” Ruhle gushed

    Straightjacket time for Time. They’ve gone so far to the far side there is now no other side.

  145. zyconoclast

    A school which urged teenage pupils to write a note in the first person exploring suicidal feelings has apologised after a shocked parent complained.

    GCSE English students at Cheney School, a mixed co-ed comprehensive with 1,470 children aged 11 to 18 in Headington, Oxford, were set the task as part of studying J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls.

  146. Johno

    All Nashos were asked the same question. Nobody in my platoon took the offer up.

    Bloody hell. How do you dream this crap up?

  147. dover_beach

    It’s nice being a woman:

    US mother acquitted of killing her newborn.

    An innocent Pell is in jail awaiting his final appeal and this monster will soon be set free. A trash culture will produce trash juries.

  148. Thefrollickingmole

    45 years and bitter little chap craves the nation kiss his feet.
    You lacked the courage of your convictions to refuse service how about era and a kilo instead?
    At the same time you feel out highly coloured anecdotes of how wonderfully woke you have always been.
    Do everyone, and yourself a favour and cease the monomania for a week, post on other topics and see if this fog of resentment dissipates a little.

  149. Tom

    Exactly as you predicted, Mater. Kudos.

  150. Once the electrickery grid collapses and cheap reliable 24/7/365 power is but a fading memory, how many here will then defend the “right” of our beloved politicians (and various other utterly vile chancers) to get around in public without being bashed senseless or summarily executed, in the manner of the Ceaușescu?

    Nah. I can’t defend them.
    Busy at the moment.
    Keep me up to date on any new HOP.

  151. Dover Beach:

    It is not George Pell who is in the dock, now, but the administration of justice in Australia. And the only way to restore justice is for Cardinal Pell to be vindicated by the highest court in the land.

    Truer words etc.
    But I would also like the High Court to publicly criticise the whole process and the participants who created – and I doubt that I am over dramatising this – existential crisis amongst the government and the Judiciary.
    If ever there was a need for a Royal Commission into something, it would have to be this disgraceful episode.
    However, guess who sets the Terms for a Royal Commission?

  152. Zatara

    Asked to comment on the suspensions, a Twitter spokesman said the company’s platform manipulation policies prohibit users artificially amplifying or disrupting conversations by using multiple accounts.

    Viva el socko puppetos

  153. Knuckle Dragger

    Only an Aldi bag chockers full of cash can save Jacinderrrr Horseface now.

  154. 1735099

    Then he didn’t ‘volunteer in peacetime’, as per your original post.

    We weren’t at war.
    It was peacetime, remember – no declared war.
    Just another small anomaly about Vietnam.

  155. notafan

    oh for goodness sake

    it is sophistry in it’s purest form

    all the jolly time

  156. 1735099

    Bloody hell. How do you dream this crap up?

    You’re the one dreaming.
    The recollection is always good for a laugh amongst Nashos at our reunions.
    Mind you – lies are told about the answers, but the question was definitely asked.

  157. 1735099

    Do everyone, and yourself a favour and cease the monomania for a week, post on other topics and see if this fog of resentment dissipates a little.

    It’s about truth and justice, not resentment.
    But they’re unknown concepts on this site.

  158. numerics flatulently wafting across the blog

  159. Rex Mango

    No declared war Pearl Harbour 7Dec41.

  160. Some History:

    In a statement sent to Plant Based News, TIME editor in chief and CEO, Edward Felsenthal, said: “What you will not find in this issue are climate-change skeptics. Core to our mission is bringing together diverse perspectives.

    I honestly laughed out loudly.

  161. Knuckle Dragger

    He was a reg. He was not a reg.

    I was deferred. I was not deferred. I was deferred twice.

    I saved the bastard noggies who should have stayed in 1976. 1978 was when I taught the poor old reffo kiddies.

    I am a pro bono advocate. Etc etc etc.

    Pixels prevent the addition of further detail.

    Man, that Cert II in square pegging round holes must be hard.

  162. 1735099

    I’ve found the reference in “Contact. Wait Out”, to the soldier who didn’t want to play anymore –

    Once we had harboured up, the skipper decided to take several blokes and go on a recce. However, one of the blokes, when told to grab his gear, decided that enough was enough and that he wasn’t going anywhere.
    So with great force, he propelled his rifle from his hands, to the ground. Needless to say, this member didn’t remain within the platoon much longer. actually never, as he was returned back to camp on the next resupply, and never seen again for the rest of the tour.”

    *
    Bruce’s writing style is a bit idiosyncratic, but the narration is accurate and taken from a diary he wrote which is now archived at the AWM.
    *Contact – Wait Out, Bruce Ravenscroft, Lismore City Printery, ISBN 0 646 31538 2, 1997, p105

  163. notafan

    gotta be better than constant seagulls

    In what may or may not be totally coincidental timing, new figures were released yesterday showing that Meghan is, technically, the least hard-working member of the royal family, so far this year. According to the Express, she had only racked up 25 official outings before she went on maternity leave in March. By comparison, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge managed to undertake more than 45 events before she went on maternity leave in early April last year with Prince Louis.

    horrors!

  164. notafan

    Yes well Michelle

    what does timmytimtim think?

    anyone know?

    What’s the betting that when Scott Morrison and Donald Trump are exchanging views on China in Washington in a week or so, the President might be curious about Gladys Liu?

    If he is, the Prime Minister will no doubt have some flattering words about the first Chinese-born federal parliamentarian, who is now Liberal MP for the marginal Melbourne seat of Chisholm.

    Asking questions about Gladys Liu and her past is not racist

  165. feelthebern

    Considering how Chinese Australians voted in droves for the Coalition at the election, they should be rewarded.
    If ScoMo doesn’t stand up & call this pile on what it is – racist – they will not forget.

  166. Mater

    Bruce’s writing style is a bit idiosyncratic, but the narration is accurate and taken from a diary he wrote which is now archived at the AWM.

    To his credit, he doesn’t try to use the story to bad mouth professional soldiers at every opportunity.

  167. feelthebern

    The Chinese Australian community voted against the ALP policies.
    Everyone cheering ScoMo’s win is being dishonest or stupid (or both) if they don’t acknowledge the help new Australians gave ScoMo.

  168. Thefrollickingmole

    Numberwang is approaching the event horizon for pure unbridled self abuse. By cloaking his bitter little heart in cries of “justice” he thinks his resentments are legitimate.
    They aren’t you are a strange little monomaniac which when invited to drop the one true toipic and act normal flat out refuses and clutches its precious resentments even closer.
    4 decades of monomania.

  169. feelthebern

    Numbers has wet dreams over a Labor PM inviting him to Canberra to take part in an national apology.

  170. Knuckle Dragger

    And to his even greater credit, Ravenscroft doesn’t mention whether the bloke in question was a nasho or a reg.

    It’s a vast gulf, though, for professional look-at-me victims like Old Yeller.

    Woof.

  171. Fisky

    Considering how Chinese Australians voted in droves for the Coalition at the election, they should be rewarded.
    If ScoMo doesn’t stand up & call this pile on what it is – racist – they will not forget.

    Huh? How is it racist? I hope you’re not a CCP shill, feelthebern!

  172. Fisky

    Conflating the interests of Chinese voters with front organisations of the CCP (of which Gladys is a member) – tick
    Calling opponents of front organisations racist – tick
    Making veiled threats about mobilising pro-PRC voters – tick
    Conclusion = CCP shill

  173. cohenite

    [Amusingly, Australia sailed past the point of no return and into the void under a Coalition Government, accompanied by the hoots, branch waving, and shit-throwing of the Green Left.]

    Yes, that will provide comfort during the long, cold, dark nights ahead.

  174. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bruce’s writing style is a bit idiosyncratic, but the narration is accurate and taken from a diary he wrote which is now archived at the AWM.

    “There’s women from the Save Our Sons movement too, protesting from ignorance. Like many others,they obviously believe Nashos are being forced to fight against their will but this is not the case. I can’t speak for other Corps, but in Infantry no -one who is not willing is sent to the front line. We think too much of our own skin and the hesitation of someone who’s not properly prepared and willing to be there can cost us our lives.”

    “Contact – Wait Out: A Vietnam Diary” by Bruce Ravenscroft, Page 21.

  175. Mother Lode

    but there is no serious doubt that those effects are real. We are witnessing them right in front of us

    What precisely is it he thinks he is seeing, I wonder?

    I expect nothing more than copious reports that fall over within a month of publication decrying all manner of catastrophes which never happened and are swiftly replaced by new ones that have not failed…yet.

  176. Empire 5:5

    Numbers has wet dreams over a Labor PM inviting him to Canberra to take part in an national apology.

    Are you sure?

    I thought he was a participant in the Castrate for Castro campaign in ‘74?

  177. Rex Mango

    That Bruce Ravenscroft sure is a truth teller about no conscripts being forced to fight.

  178. Empire 5:5

    Andrew McCabe and the week ahead. Big question: will he be Arkancided or Epsteined?

  179. Infidel Tiger

    Huh? How is it racist? I hope you’re not a CCP shill, feelthebern!

    He was very upset about the Hong Kong protests. Way too upset.

  180. Mater

    Nah.
    He was in the army because he was called up (hence a Nasho), but signed up as a Reg when he was promised promotion.
    A (very) few did this.

    Actually Bob, I’m going to hold you to your own standard. Name and/or Service Number of this bloke so we can verify.
    Otherwise this part of the story never happened and is simply an attempt to extricate yourself from a sticky predicament.

  181. Fisky

    Oh my god. No wonder the globalists love Kamala Harris so much.

    Michael Malice
    @michaelmalice
    · 3h
    “We have to partner with China re: north Korea.”

    JFC Kamala

    #DemDebate

  182. Cassie of Sydney

    “feelthebern
    #3154773, posted on September 13, 2019 at 2:54 pm
    The Chinese Australian community voted against the ALP policies.
    Everyone cheering ScoMo’s win is being dishonest or stupid (or both) if they don’t acknowledge the help new Australians gave ScoMo.”

    Agree Bern. I will also add that Morrison is being politically smart…unlike Turdbull..who couldn’t prosecute anything…and even unlike Abbott…who always wanted to be nice. In the long run the Liberal party, for survival, must look beyond its so called traditional seats such as Wentworth and Warringah….seats full of wealthy smug hypocrites who now vote Independent (code for Green) and those seats are already falling to Green independent vermin….we know Bern because the seat in which we live fell prey last October to an “independent Green”. Now whilst the Libs won Wentworth back….I do wonder for how long….what got Sharma through was the Jooooish vote.

    The Liberal party needs to look more and more at the outer suburbs of Australia’s cities….at aspirational Australia…at the parts of Australia where religion still matters….and many of those emerging Liberal seats have significant populations of Asians…Chinese, Vietnamese and Koreans. Morrison knows this.

  183. Fisky

    The only political calculation here is that Morrison is desperate to hold onto a 2-seat majority, and is willing to throw his lot in with a compromised candidate to do so. Gladys Liu is the Craig Thomson of the LNP.

  184. Infidel Tiger

    Gladys has been in Australia for decades and still feels so threatened by the Chicoms that she acquiesces to all their demands.

    We need to end all ties with this foul State and deport all Chinese citizens.

  185. Fisky

    The real tell with Gladys is that she calls herself “Chinese born”. She was born in HK decades before the handover. Very very suspicious!

  186. Infidel Tiger

    We need a complete and total ban on foreign born people running for government.

    Do something useful before you seek to rule us, you swines.

  187. Empire 5:5

    “We have to partner with China re: north Korea.”

    That’s already been tried Kamarlatoe. It didn’t work, even when Killary sold SAP access to the PRC. It didn’t work when your handlers sent Eric and Jared Alphabet to secure the network. NK gets solved when besties Don and Kim decide the time is right to disclose the complete history of the last 60 years of the hermit kingdom.

    The Demoncrat debates have thus far been a foreign policy wasteland.

  188. Fisky

    The Demoncrat debates have thus far been a foreign policy wasteland.

    Joe Biden’s son is a bought-and-paid for asset of the CCP.

  189. Infidel Tiger

    Joe Biden’s son is a bought-and-paid for asset of the CCP.

    Don’t forget his Ukraine deals.

    Bernie honeymooned in Soviet Russia.

    Apart from Yang, Gabbard and Williamson, they are all repulsive.

  190. Empire 5:5

    We need to end all ties with this foul State and deport all Chinese citizens.

    I know some great chinks, but it’s gotten out of hand. Internment at the least until we can root out all the comp’d pollies and mandarins.

    Besides, they don’t clean up their dog’s crap and a sudden supply surge of property in my area would be just dandy right now.

  191. Empire 5:5

    Ultimately, with my neighbours spying on me for the CCP, it’s become a national security issue.

    It’s a shame all those great industrious Chinese who came here for peace and prosperity, got stiffed by commies again.

  192. Fisky

    Libertarians: China is the champion of free trade!

    Reality:

    ImperiumVita
    @ImperiumVita
    “U.S. firms in the mainland also said restrictions to accessing the local market have made it difficult for them to carry out their business… accessing the local market remained one of the key problems companies faced…”

  193. Infidel Tiger

    Besides, they don’t clean up their dog’s crap and a sudden supply surge of property in my area would be just dandy right now.

    Can’t walk straight either. Absolute menace on the footpaths.

  194. Empire 5:5

    I do like how they wear the surgical mask in public. People are typically complacent when it comes to frontline immunology. The masks remind us of the cons of high density living.

  195. Mother Lode

    Sweden: Nigerian migrant rapper with 280,000 YouTube subs urges blacks to shoot, enslave, and kill white people

    Apart from the fact that Sweden did not really have the slavery thing going (and probably the last time they did have people enslaved they would have been Europeans) he ought to remember that it was not the whites that made the blacks slaves – their fellow blacks did that. Whites fought (sometimes literally) to free slaves en masse, overturning an institution existing from time immemorial, on the basis of their conviction that blacks had equal dignity and rights to white people.

    And indeed slavery persists in regions Europeans did not dominate. Africa and the Arab states come to mind.

    What an insufferably stupid twat.

  196. pete m

    Over the attacks on markle about her workload

    She is a new mum ffs and her place is with her baby not pretending to be a royal at galas.

  197. Empire 5:5

    The Liberal party needs to look more and more at the outer suburbs of Australia’s cities….at aspirational Australia…at the parts of Australia where religion still matters….and many of those emerging Liberal seats have significant populations of Asians…Chinese, Vietnamese and Koreans. Morrison knows this.

    Incisive and encouraging if true.

  198. Infidel Tiger

    A video of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim grinning while holding up the waxed eyebrows of another man has been played to a NSW District Court jury.

    The mobile phone footage showed a man lying back in a salon chair, saying, “Just do it, just rip,” as a woman waxes one of his eyebrows and hands it to Mr Ibrahim, who then poses with the pair in front of a camera.

    My God. Even our crims are freaking queers and soyboys now.

    How much further can a nation fall?

  199. feelthebern

    In time, John Ibrahim will be revealed as NSW Pol’s greatest grass ever.

  200. bundyrum

    Ain’t multiculturalism grand.

  201. Empire 5:5

    She is a new mum ffs and her place is with her baby not pretending to be a royal at galas.

    Her place is in stocks. Besides, satanic nannies raise their offspring, they won’t let her do too much parenting.

    She’s an actress. She gotta act.

  202. 1735099

    Actually Bob, I’m going to hold you to your own standard. Name and/or Service Number of this bloke so we can verify.

    That request has nothing to do with “standards”, but it provides a very clear glimpse into a very small mind.
    You’re asking that an individual be identified on a blog by a third person describing a less than kosher behaviour nearly 50 years ago.
    I doubt Sinc would bless me if I did that.

  203. John Constantine

    Australia’s bid for a series win in England started poorly on day one at The Oval, but an inspired bowling performance from the recalled Mitch Marsh has led an afternoon revival to leave the game in the balance.

    Gave up a huge Indian contract to put the Australian team first. Giving him full credit for this.

  204. Percy Popinjay

    What an insufferably stupid twat.

    Has there ever been an “aspiring rapper” that wasn’t?

  205. Empire 5:5

    How much further can a nation fall?

    We’ve been stuck in a swamp of known depth since OrganizedSlime® (the once manly construction union goons) began flying rainbow flags on city skyline cranes.

    It’s the degree of stench that’s being ratcheted up.

  206. Knuckle Dragger

    The difference, Old Yeller, is that while the author described this dude in passing as part of an incident, you’re using it to push your victim barrow.

    And you can’t even get that bit right.

    Little wonder that given your documented history of choppery-changery, people may take it with an ocean of salt.

  207. Percy Popinjay

    I’ve got the “aspiring rapper” blues:

    Yo gee, did I tells ya I’m a winnah?
    We all know Fatty Pell’s a sinnah
    I’m puttin’ da orange man inna the binnah
    Then headin’ down to centrelink for some moolah
    Hangin’ with my croo couldna be coolah
    Pigs canna gaol me coz I’s blackah
    Unlike any economist crackah
    Marginalized yoof be hittin’ tha streetz
    Wanna get Yassie Donkey Chompers ‘tween da sheetz
    While givin’ the proverbyals to everyone I meetz
    Victoriastan, man it’s totes neetz!

  208. EvilElvis

    Grammy award winning lyrics, Percy. Or is it Poppin’J?

  209. JC

    Whoever it was, thanks for putting up the Milano/Cruz vid. It was very good and shows that a large number of people on both sides of the gun debate don’t really understand each other’s position.

    What’s unpardonable, according to Cruz ( to which the others agreed) is that 48,000 background checks were bounced because of felony convictions. A felony conviction will bounce you and also set up new charges against felons. Out of the 48,000 only 400 were pursued by the cops. One chief cop argued to Cruz they are lazy with background check prosecutions because they see it as paperwork complaints. This is disgraceful. Two of the recent mass murders could’ve been avoided with deeper background checks Cruz’s legislation proposal contains.

  210. feelthebern

    People must learn that the cops on the street wants to stop the mass shootings.
    But the police chiefs has no such desire.

  211. lotocoti

    How long before SloJo starts ranting about teenagers hopped up on goofballs?

  212. Empire 5:5

    Winston

    Yours ain’t bad either.

  213. 1735099

    You’re using it to push your victim barrow

    You’ll have to explain that piece of bizarre reasoning.
    It’s incomprehensible to any sane individual.

  214. Mother Lode

    How much further can a nation fall?

    They have fallen as far as they can.

    Now they are digging.

  215. Knuckle Dragger

    Percy,

    Word.

    idk kthxbai

  216. calli

    Purrrrrr-C

    A very cool cat. 😎

  217. Empire 5:5

    You’ll have to explain that piece of bizarre reasoning.
    It’s incomprehensible to any sane individual.

    You’re suffering from the symptoms of tertiary leftism, Bob. You’re hardly in a position to be lecturing the crowd about sanity and logical thinking.

    I’m happy for you though. Perhaps the delusions of relevance will keep you peacefully engaged in your twilight years and you may never suffer the ignominy of knowing how redundant you really were in the era of the meme wars.

  218. pete m

    Enpire, he is not deluded givenn the wholesale attention he gets here.

  219. egg_

    TDS: The Incurable Outbreak

    Aunty definitely has a case.
    Is it linked to their CAGW faith?

  220. P

    H/T Michael Smith News
    THOUSANDS TO RALLY AGAINST EXTREME ABORTION-TILL-BIRTH BILL
    Date: Sunday, 15 September 2019. Time: 2.30pm. Location: Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park, Sydney.

    The list of speakers will include:
    The Hon. Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia
    The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Federal Member for New England
    The Hon. Kevin Conolly MP, NSW Liberal Party
    The Hon. Mark Banasiak MLC, NSW Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party
    Dr Rachel Carling, CEO of NSW Right to Life
    Mr Martyn Iles, CEO of the Australian Christian Lobby
    Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney
    Most Rev. Dr Glenn Davies, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney
    Rev. Dr Peter Barnes, Moderator-General, Presbyterian Church of Australia

  221. 1735099

    You’re suffering from the symptoms of tertiary leftism,

    That’s completely meaningless – I don’t do Left/Right.
    That notion is the property of those who are confined to two dimensional thinking.
    The last time Left/Right meant anything to me was on the drill square nearly 50 years ago.
    If you want to bring symptoms into the discussion, the mental illness issue is interesting, though.
    From the abstract in the link –

    Our results broadly supported our two hypotheses. We found eleven significant correlations between conservative MIS judgments and the Dark Triad—all at significance level of p < .00001—but no significant correlations between the Dark Triad and liberal MIS judgments. We believe that these results raise provocative moral questions about the personality bases of moral judgments. In particular, we propose that because the Short-D3 measures three “dark and antisocial” personality traits, our results raise some prima facie worries about the moral justification of some conservative moral judgments.

  222. Mother Lode

    You’re suffering from the symptoms of tertiary leftism

    Brilliant!

    That is the stage where they grow apoplectically angry at someone they believe has moved into their home, although they never see them, convinced that this other person keeps hiding their things.

    The parents next door tend to worry, but the kids giggle at the funny man whose voice rises to a crescendo promising ‘a bloody hiding’ for ‘you bloody bastard’.

    Doomlord? Any chance we can livestream it?

  223. Cactus

    Upfront disclosure: I am a too laid back dill who has a shes be right attitude about too many things. Almost came unstuck just now flying to the States. I just assumed my last ESTA was up to date. Nope….

    but chick at flight centre by the check in whipped up an application and fired it off. Supposedly can take up to 72 hrs. Thankfully got approved by US Govt in 20mins. I am 1 thankful little ducky.

    Please dont be me.

  224. Kev

    That’s completely meaningless – I don’t do Left/Right
    But the world does – something else you can’t grasp

  225. cohenite

    Whoever it was, thanks for putting up the Milano/Cruz vid.

    I did but I couldn’t watch it because of Milano; I was also worried the fat guy would explode; now since you reckon its good I’ll have to go and watch the damn thing.

  226. JC

    Cactus

    Don’t feel alone. Prior to 911 I flew back from the US with an expired passport and was told only when getting through in Australia. No one really gave a shit then. I’m like you and that’s what wives are for, so you don’t have to worry about boring shit.

  227. Empire 5:5

    but chick at flight centre by the check in whipped up an application and fired it off. Supposedly can take up to 72 hrs. Thankfully got approved by US Govt in 20mins. I am 1 thankful little ducky.

    The US is back in business under 45.

  228. egg_

    Other recent achievements include a return public-funded trip to the States to watch her mate Serena play tennis, leaving her baby in London for the help to look after.

    That ought to go down well with Royal watchers – who’s advising her?

  229. cohenite

    FMD, lasted another 45 seconds before I fell to the floor: Milano to Cruz who deserves an academy award for not thumping her:

    I wanted to look you in the eye and know there was a heart beat behind those eyes.

  230. 1735099

    But the world does – something else you can’t grasp.

    Not the world I inhabit, Kev.
    The only people who still believe that facile crap are a rapidly diminishing generation of bitter old troglodytes.
    Great example is Alan Jones, although he’s slowly waking up…..

  231. Empire 5:5

    Milano is a B+ TV actress. Cruz is a SC prosecutor. It was on a set. Let’s call it a fair fight.

    I’d call it a win for Ted and drawing Dem support for his bill.

  232. JC

    I did but I couldn’t watch it because of Milano; I was also worried the fat guy would explode; now since you reckon its good I’ll have to go and watch the damn thing.

    It’s pretty decent and you learn a great deal. Milano was well behaved and didn’t act like a frightbat. She hugged Ted at the end.

    Fair dinkum, it’s hard not to feel teary eyed when the father spoke about his little girl being killed and the way she was murdered in the school building. It’s unimaginable. I know it’s tiny odds, but I worry about my kid as she catch the subway from up to downtown each day for work.

    The father’s objective is to see what can can be done to lower the death toll from 40,000 to 20,000.

    The other thing mentioned was that bullets can be bought without any background check. This seems to be a bit of an open door that could be closed with limited impact to gun ownership.

  233. Rex Mango

    Seems Territory’s only professional Aussie Rules side going under. Oh well, at least AFLW in good shape.

  234. Cactus

    Thanks JC

    My wife wasnt with me. There is no way Im mentioning that to her. I have had enough told me sos.

    Off to US for some business for a week, but managed to jag a weekend with my SF based sister in Napa. Going to drink some tannic cabernet in 34deg weather aparently. Im going to loudly and often talk about how its the great global warmenings fault. Youve got to fit in right?

    We just need some more windmills moving to cool the planet. Thats how it works right? Someone please school me in how to talk like a Lefty/warmy. Im going beyond the wire behind enemy lines.

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