Open Forum: September 14, 2019

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  1. struth

    Good Moaning.

    Sniffy……..fuck off.
    You follow the politics of the totalitarians but expect the freedoms you fight against.

    And we all see the irony no, the total fucking hypocritical elitist attitude of your left wing brain farts.

    Do unto others as they want to do to you……………..

    Declare your belief in free speech for all or be unsurprised if it is taken from you.

    Wingnut.

  2. Knuckle Dragger

    Benches.

    It’s far easier for the impaired to use the armrests to sit down, and stand up again.

    *Captain Obvious*

  3. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Trump: US locked and loaded over Saudi attacks

    By Summer Said and Jared Malsin
    Dow Jones
    12:00AM September 16, 2019
    86 Comments

    Donald Trump has said the US is “locked and loaded” to respond to an attack on Saudi oil infrastructure that Washington has blamed on Iran.

    “Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!” Mr Trump tweeted

    From the Oz. “Locked and loaded?” Why do those words sound familiar?

  4. Shy Ted

    You’ve got to feel sorry for the poor sod who’s going to get to pretend to read Rambob’ thesis. Gerard Henderson is soon going to be saying “for a Dr he surely is.”
    Still, you know what they say about PhDs –
    A man asked to another, “What is your qualification?” He replies, ‘I am a PhD’. The first one says, “What do you mean by PhD?” The other guy answered, ‘Passed High School with Difficulty”.
    She: What do you do?
    He: PhD
    She: Wow! Doctorate.
    He: No. Pizza Hut Delivery.
    My socially anxious friend got a PhD in palindromes.
    He now goes by the title ‘Dr Awkward’
    I have a PhD – Public Highschool Diploma
    And so on…

  5. Arky

    Sheep are dumber than wombats,

    ..
    Yes, but they are soft and smell nice.

  6. Knuckle Dragger

    Ben Stokes man of the series. Jesus wept.

    The global cabal of rangas strikes again.

  7. Mark A

    Roger
    #3156695, posted on September 16, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Their Julie bishop claims only she can negotiate with Iran because her replacement is useless.

    What a brilliant idea Julie Bishop.

    The last time she visited Iran she obediently donned a headscarf.

    I don’t have any problem with that, when in Rome, and why start off negotiations with antagonising the other parties?

    I do have a problem with Jacinda Ardern’s over the top grandstanding though.

  8. JC

    An old pal put me into a Texas wildcat stock. I reckon this Saudi bullshit puts at least a 20% higher valuation on non Mideast assets.

    You go girl.

  9. Steve Smith was undoubtedly the Man of the Series

    Steve Smith was undoubtedly the Man weepy sandpaper boy of the Series

  10. C.L.

    The latest hilarious allegation against Brett Kavanaugh confirms that Democrats have been briefed that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not long for this world.

  11. pete m

    Australia’s Player of the Series is David Warner Steve Smith! And he’s the Compton-Miller Medal-winner too.

    England’s player of the series, obviously, is Ben Stokes. 441 runs, eight wickets. That Test…

    Each side named their player of the series.

    The overall player of the series was Smith, hence the C-M medal.

  12. Des Deskperson

    ‘Their Julie bishop claims only she can negotiate with Iran because her replacement is useless.’

    I wasn’t aware that Bishop negotiated anything much during her tenure as Foreign Minister.

  13. Knuckle Dragger

    The last refuge, when you’re caught fibbing using words you think nobody else will understand:

    ‘I’ll call it what I like.’

    My SLR was locked and loaded.
    ‘I’ll call it what I like.’

    Three days is 36 hours.
    ‘I’ll call it what I like.’

    I was deferred. I was not deferred.
    ‘I’ll call it what I like.’

    He was a regular. He was a conscript.
    ‘I’ll call it what I like.’

    He was bleeding from the eye.
    ‘I’ll call it what I like.’

    I was not a skiving hippy tax hoover for 40 years.
    ‘I’ll call it what I like.’

    I paid $15,000,000 in tax.
    ‘I’ll call it what I like.’

    Forever and ever. Amen.

  14. areff

    Up thread, Hazmatic — a handle that sounds like the transmission out of a P76 — has a go at Hal Colebatch and his book Australia’s Secret War, asserting that

    Stanley, did him like a dinner. While ripping Hal a new one, Stanley made the point that ‘good history has to be based on evidence, scholarship and good writing’.

    Funny stuff that evidence. It’s only any good when you acknowledge its existence, inconvenient as that might be, and use it. You know, facts.

    Well, in the Stanley essay which Hazmatic cites as Hal’s bum-ripper we find this sneering, nit-picketty assertion of his target’s “error”.

    Not the only error – he has a ‘Dutch’ commander at Dili, in Portuguese ‘East’ Timor

    Well there was a Dutch commander in East Timor. His name was Lt.Col. ‘Nico’ van Straten and here’s a picture of him receiving a US decoration in 1943 “somewhere in Western Australian”.

    But East Timor was Portugese, right? So why was van Straten there?

    Because Portugal was neutral and the allies decided that they had to be operational over the entire island, as the Japanese weren’t likely to regard such neutrality as any sort of obstacle to invasion. This is how a Dutch commander came to set foot in Dili:

    The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNN) vessel “Soerabaja” was sent to Kupang with orders to ferry the Dutch troops to Portuguese Timor. During the night of 15 December, a detachment of 200 Dutch and 200 Australian troops (including a Dutch and an Australian negotiations officer) boarded the old ship.

    When the ship arrived off the coast of Dili on 17 December, pure slapstick comedy followed. The negotiations officers went ashore to ask the Portuguese governor, Manuel de Abreu Ferreira de Carvalho, for permission to land the troops. The governor protested and stalled for time, anxiously trying to get instructions from his government – over a very shaky telegraph line and half a world away…

    By mid-day the soldiers lost their patience and “Soerabaja” anchored 100 yards off the Dili coast, disembarking its troops while both “Soerabaja’s” 28cm guns were manned and ready to intervene.
    The Portuguese governor declared himself prisoner and the Portuguese dictator, Antonio de Salazar, protested with the Allied governments. However, the 500 Portuguese government troops did not interfere. And the Portuguese colonists as well as the Timorese civilians welcomed the allies. In January 1942 most of the KNIL soldiers under Van Straten and the whole of the 2nd Independent Company under Major A. Spence had been transferred to Portuguese Timor where they were dispersed over the area in small groups.

    Stan the Bum Ripper has a further sneer in dismissing Hal’s asseretion that 2nd Independent Company “was not disbanded after its Timor ordeal”. Really? More nit-pickery, truth be told, just like Stanley’s gripe that Hal refers to the “National War Memorial” instead of the “Australian War Memorial”.

    Here’s what happened to the 2nd Independent Company after its extraction from Timor:

    Although the 2/2nd Independent Company is best known for its time on Timor, it also saw extensive service in New Guinea and New Britain. The independent company reformed at the army’s training centre at Canungra, Queensland, where it was reinforced and reequipped. The company then moved to the Atherton Tableland, where it briefly became part of the 2/6th Cavalry (Commando) Regiment. Due to this reorganisation, in October, the 2/2nd Independent Company was renamed the 2/2nd Cavalry (Commando) Squadron. This name was later simplified to just commando squadron. When this happened though, the 2/2nd was back in action.

    So 2/2 was reorganised and renamed and never again fought under under its original banner. As one of Stan the Bum Ripper’s findings of “error” it’s right up there with the mortal sin of calling the War memorial “national”.

    Don’t believe everything you read, Hazmatic, especially when it’s coming from one of the New Establishment’s authorised and approved historians.

    That said, in person Stanley is an amiable fellow and his book, Commando to Colditz: Micky Burn’s Journey to the Far Side of Tears – The Raid on St Nazaire, is actually pretty good.

  15. Arky

    Oil will be replaced in the next 50 or so years by technology,as yet undiscovered.

    ..
    Whale populations will need culling by then.
    we can all drive cars powered by the sweet- smelling, whale- burning internal combustion engine.

  16. Cassie of Sydney

    “C.L.
    #3156714, posted on September 16, 2019 at 10:21 am
    The latest hilarious allegation against Brett Kavanaugh confirms that Democrats have been briefed that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not long for this world.”

    Yep..my thoughts too.

  17. Roger

    I wasn’t aware that Bishop negotiated anything much during her tenure as Foreign Minister.

    Judging from a recent TV interview on her tenure, she appears to regard diplomacy as the art of the meal.

  18. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘I first encountered it during rookies.’
    ……..

    ‘More Seppo bullshit.’

    ……….
    Wait for it…….

    ‘I’ll call it what I like.’

    ‘I

  19. Arky

    Coal hasn’t turned into oil yet.

    ..
    I thought the Nazis could do that?

  20. areff

    Grrrrrrrr. Had just endured an east-west transit of Melbourne’s bicycle- and clown-befouled morning peak hour traffic, showered, shaved and settled down at home to read the Cat, where I find Hazmatic having a go at Hal Colebnatch’s Australia’s Secret War, a sp[ittle-flecked crit to which I replied at some length.

    The spaminator has eaten the whole thing.

    Those interested might want to flick back from time to time to see if Doomlord has liberated it.

  21. Snoopy

    Cutting out the middle man.

    Tasmanian-based infant formula company Bellamy’s has recommended shareholders vote in favour of a $1.5 billion takeover by Chinese company Mengniu.

  22. 1735099

    I’ll call it what I like

    I reckon I’m getting under Gomer’s skin.
    This is fun.

  23. 1735099

    It’s far easier for the impaired to use the armrests to sit down and stand up again

    You’d be one of those dimwits who ”helps” a person on crutches by holding on to their arms.
    Get yourself a pair of crutches.
    Tie your legs together.
    Try to sit down/stand up on a bench with no armrests (no obstacles); then try it on a bench with armrests.

  24. Arky

    This is fun.

    ..
    Like Grigory, but without the sartorial elan of exotic leathers.

  25. Infidel Tiger

    Joe Biden took down Corn Pop at the pools in the 60’s and became a straight up gangsta.

    Incredible time to be alive.

  26. bespoke

    Mark A
    #3156710, posted on September 16, 2019 at 10:05 am

    The last time she visited Iran she obediently donned a headscarf.

    I don’t have any problem with that, when in Rome, and why start off negotiations with antagonising the other parties?

    Only if the respect is mutual. But in this case it only boosted the domestic propaganda for it t be mandatory.

  27. C.L.

    What’s happening to Joe Biden – live on television – isn’t funny.
    Here he is, ‘remembering’ his stand-off with gangsta kingpin “Corn Pop”:

  28. Helen

    Kav must have been mates with ol’ “three hands” Pell.

    And have a massive tool. One guy takes it and puts it in the hand of another (girl identifying perosnage) so that is two hands on the slack.

    As someone elsewhere said, it was probably detachable.

  29. areff

    Further to Timor (and unrelated to Hazmatic’s crit of Hal Colebatch, my defence of Australia’s Secret War still being locked up in the spaminator) there is this gem:

    Once supplies began to arrive the morale and spirit of the troops became very high. They intensified their raids and the Japanese were forced back into their strongholds at Dilli and the other main towns, leaving the rest of Portuguese Timor to the guerrillas.

    Annoyed by the continuing resistance Colonel Sadashichi Doi, the Japanese commander in Timor, sent the Australian honorary consul, David Ross (also the local Qantas agent) to find the commandos and pass on a demand to surrender. To which Spence responded: “Surrender? Surrender be fucked!“

    Not quite so pithy as the US commander’s “Nuts” at Bastogne, but better for its pungency.

  30. Top Ender

    Welcome to the West – the USSR revisited…

    Golden Oldies out of tune with the taste tests of today
    BEN MACINTYRE

    One of the sadder aspects of growing up in the 1970s is that I can remember all the Bay City Rollers’ lyrics. And those of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Abba, Showaddywaddy and Jesus Christ Superstar.

    The Golden Oldies occupy roughly half my entire memory. In my dotage I will still be able to recall the words to American Pie, though I will long since have forgotten my own name.

    But now I must either rewrite or forget those lyrics, because many of the pop songs of the past are deemed offensive and are being changed or even banned.

    In the Abba film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the words of When I Kissed the Teacher (“Everybody screamed/ When I kissed the teacher/ And they must have thought they dreamed/ When I kissed the teacher”) were altered, presumably in case a schoolgirl took it as an injunction to snog her form tutor.

    In the film the song is sung to a woman teacher and goes: “What a mad day/ Now I see everything in a different light” — which offends no one since it doesn’t mean anything.

    Today, when Mick Jagger performs Brown Sugar, he changes the words “Hear him whip the women just around midnight” to “You shoulda heard him just around midnight”.

    The 1960s hit Melting Pot by Blue Mink was a plea for racial intermingling but it contains such phrases as “Red Indian”, “Chinkies” and “coffee-coloured people” — being the hoped-for combination of black and white. These terms were not deemed offensive in 1969 but the British broadcasting authority Ofcom, acting on a single complaint 50 years later, has now declared the song racist. One oldies radio station has permanently deleted Melting Pot from its playlist.

    We have come to a strange place where a work of art must be judged by modern standards of sensitivity regardless of context, intention or the language of the time in which it was created. Retrospective censorship has invaded the world of karaoke. But revise the pop music past we must, so here goes, starting with Mungo Jerry’s In The Summertime (1970), which includes the lyrics:

    “Have a drink, have a drive/ Go out and see what you can find/ If her daddy’s rich take her out for a meal/ If her daddy’s poor just do what you feel.”

    To an impressionable mind this might be taken as an inducement to drink-driving, hunting down an impoverished woman and doing whatever you want with her. We should instead sing: “Drink a glass of water, go for a bracing walk/ Seek introductions to new acquaintances/ If you dine with a person of means offer to split the bill/ But if your companion is of lower socio-economic status do not assume this makes them sexually available”.

    And what about this verse from the egregious 1984 Band Aid anthem Do They Know It’s Christmas? “And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time / The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life / Where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow / Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?” This song appears to tell Africans they are lucky to be alive on a continent devoid of water, trees or joy. Next Christmas we will sing a different version: “It snows in Africa at higher elevations, and most Africans are happy living in a place that is exceptionally verdant, contains some of the largest rivers and trees in the world, and where 40 per cent of the population is Christian and thus fully conversant with the concept of Christmas.”

    That line in Grease about “Did she put up a fight?” has to go, since it implies enforced sexual submission. The days when The Stranglers could objectify women by “walking on the beaches, looking at the peaches” are over. In Kissin’ Cousins Elvis Presley sang: “Well I’ve got a gal, she’s as cute as she can be/ She’s a distant cousin but she’s not too distant with me”. Today that sounds like a casual celebration of incest.

    Singing about Asian people in stereotypical ways was once acceptable. Kung Fu Fighting contains references to “funky Chinamen” and “funky Billy Chin and little Sammy Chung”. In 1980 The Vapors sang “I think I’m turning Japanese”. Not today you’re not mates, because you are white.

    In these more gender-sensitive times, Johnny Cash would have been pilloried for celebrating A Boy Named Sue, who learns to fight because his father gives him a girl’s name. A Boy Who Chooses to be Called Sue would be just fine. Tammy Wynette’s Stand By Your Man (1968) suggests that women should accept their husbands’ marital infidelity (“If you love him, you’ll forgive him/Even though he’s hard to understand.”) This must now be retitled Stand By Your Man, But Only if He is Prepared to Stand By You in a Relationship of Strict Equality. Or, more simply, Get a Marriage Guidance Counsellor.

    Even the Beatles can be accused of normalising domestic violence: “I used to be cruel to my woman / I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved” (Getting Better, 1967). In Norwegian Wood, when a woman will not sleep with you, you set fire to her house.

    So those of us whose memories are clogged with the lyrics of old pop songs face a choice. When bursting into song, rigorously expunge anything that might now be considered racist, sexist, homophobic, misogynistic and tasteless. Or else hum.

    The Times

    Link to the Oz

  31. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Further to Timor (and unrelated to Hazmatic’s crit of Hal Colebatch, my defence of Australia’s Secret War still being locked up in the spaminator) there is this gem:

    Interesting link. Seems that the Japanese had began plotting to get their hands on the oil reserves of the Netherlands East Indies in 1919.

  32. Fisky

    NSW government using anti-terrorism rationale to cover up flammable cladding. The actual motive being to keep the property ponzi going. There is no “public interest” in learning that million dollar apartments are in fact worth zero!

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/16/nsw-tells-councils-cite-terrorism-flammable-cladding-locations-secret

    The New South Wales government is advising local councils to invoke terrorism fears to keep the location of potentially lethal flammable cladding secret from the public.

    The 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy in London and 2014 Lacrosse fire in Melbourne have prompted widespread fears about flammable cladding in buildings across Australia.

    In NSW, a taskforce has spent two years auditing 185,000 building records to understand how widespread flammable cladding is. Laws have been introduced requiring the owners of some buildings with external cladding to place themselves on registers accessible to local councils and the state government by February.

    But Guardian Australia has obtained an internal missive sent by the NSW government to local councils last month warning them the cladding information is “highly sensitive” and advising them the release of the documents may be contrary to the public interest.

  33. Geriatric Mayfly

    Had to read this very carefully to determine which babies she is ranting about. Turns out she’s an anti-vaxer, so that’s alright then.

    “And those babies’ blood is on your hands, California state senate and assemblymembers. Their blood is on your hands. My blood is on the floor of the Senate. Their blood is on your hands and we will be heard,” she says.

  34. Rex Mango

    Not to mention Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics for I’m On Fire.

  35. Fisky

    M0nty MUST get over here to spruik the latest Kavanaugh allegations at once!

  36. Top Ender

    Apparently though it’s still Ok for rap music to contain the most offensive lyrics you can imagine.

    For some reason the “artists” in this genre seem to have an obsession about two things: taking drugs, and beating up women.

  37. notafan

    I still can’t figure out what exactly is wrong with
    ‘BAby it’s cold outside”

  38. woolfe

    Arky,
    After SA threw Rhodesia under the bus they realised that appeasing a crocodile means only that you may be the last to be eaten. Sanctions happened so they started SASOL which mined coal and through magic, biltong and boerewors turned it into oil.

    They also had the bomb and a nuclear power plant near Cape Town.

    Some really smart people there on the technical side, politics, not so much.

  39. Mater

    Hey Johno, tell us about those plastic M60 links again and how comical it was to suggest that you would hang the belts around the neck because they’d stretch.

    There are numerous reasons why hanging disintegrating belt ammunition (linked) around your body is a bad idea, dangerous and completely unprofessional. However, I’ll limit my response to the ‘stretching’ issue which Johno alluded to.

    From the (now obsolete) Australian Army Training Information Bulletin, Number 69, Infantry Battalion Lessons from Vietnam 1965-1971, Para 506, Page 5-3:

    The biggest disadvantage was the carriage of belt ammunition. Such ammunition was awkward to carry and the links splayed easily. It also readily collected dirt and mud. Various methods were tried for carrying the belts, including Claymore bags, utility pouches and specially manufactured waterproof covers.

  40. Rex Mango

    The lyrics of Bridge Over Troubled Water are a bit suggestive of a stalker, going after his vulnerable prey on the streets.

  41. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Get yourself a pair of crutches……..’

    Been on them quite a few times. Much easier to sit down and get up with armrests.

    And much better to have proper people using them for their intended purpose, as opposed to attracting drug-fucked the icing derros and stinking up the place.

    Cue some derro white-knighting…..

  42. John Constantine

    If you want to know who is the true boss, make a list of those that have their actions covered up because their power to crush dissent is overwhelming.

    We are told we mustn’t speak of the cyber attacks on parliament because the attackers might damage our economy if insulted.

    We are told Australian proles must do billion dollar bailouts of property Ponzi apartment Landsharks deathtraps, because otherwise the Aldi plastic bags of cash might stop.

    OBOR uber alles.

    Comrade maaaaates.

  43. Knuckle Dragger

    *thieving derros*

    Gawd.

  44. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’m amused that the CFMEU ran an ad during Seven News just now. They were screechening that BHP is employing coal wukkas through a shell company for 40% less than holy CFMEU wukkas are supposed to get.

    Is that a fine almost Blair’s Lawish case of baddies vs baddies or what?

    BHP sharpens climate stand (Oz, 13 Sep, paywalled)

    BHP next month will hold a major investor briefing detailing its climate change plans and how they fit into its long-term strategy.

    Hopefully Mr Setka can explain how, if they ditch their silly climate fraud pandering, BHP can afford to pay heroic CFMEU comrades more of the green stuff.

  45. Knuckle Dragger

    Australian Crawl – Let the Boys Light Up:

    ‘Mother’s little helper/Is coming out for more’

    Gold.

  46. Infidel Tiger

    New found respect for Biden after learning he is O.G.

  47. DrBeauGan

    So I can mock and taunt you with relative impunity?

    Go for it if you enjoy it I don’t care

    This phone stuttttersss. I should be getting a new one today or tomorrow .

  48. mh

    The lyrics of Bridge Over Troubled Water are a bit suggestive of a stalker, going after his vulnerable prey on the streets.

    And then there is Cecilia

    Making love in the afternoon with Cecilia
    Up in my bedroom (making love)
    I got up to wash my face
    When I come back to bed someone’s taken my place

    Going down on Cecilia while partaking in a gang bang. Sickos.

  49. DrBeauGan

    So I can mock and taunt you with relative impunity?

    Go for it if you enjoy it I don’t care

    This phone stuttttersss. I should be getting a new one today or tomorrow .

    ..

  50. Black Ball

    Good day all.
    From today’s Hun:
    ‘As Australia’s coal power stations retire, the mining sector is urging the federal government to lift the country’s ban on nuclear power to enable the development of cheap, zero emission electricity.
    The Minerals Council of Australia wants a government inquiry examining the “pre-requsites for nuclear energy” to overturn the current ban and allow the development of small modular reactors.
    Chief Executive Tania Constable says nuclear is a”mature, proven and safe power generation technology” that can provide the nation reliable power on an industrial scale.
    “Nuclear should be considered as part of the energy mix if Australia is to retain its strong industrial sector with high-paying, long-term jobs, encourage investment and maintain system and price stability through a reliable and stable electricity market while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” she said.
    Ms Constable said Australia had lost its comparative advantage in energy.
    “Rising prices and falling reliability are forcing businesses to invest overseas instead of in Australia.” she said.

    Well ScoMo, get on with it.

  51. Boambee John

    Someone who shall not be named seems to have missed this bit of thd original “armrests” post.

    Or is anti the disabled???

    The City of Moreland recently installed the armrests on bench seats outside Coburg Library to comply with disability discrimination laws as part of a $50,000 improvements package for Victoria Mall.

  52. dover_beach

    Wait a second. Who did what to whom?

    Kavanaugh’s “friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student”?

    We might scoff but we must remember we live in a world where Pell can engage in acts that require for their veracity to have three or four hands.

  53. C.L.

    Today, when Mick Jagger performs Brown Sugar [1970], he changes the words “Hear him whip the women just around midnight” to “You shoulda heard him just around midnight”.

    Um, no. Jagger has made that replacement, performing the song live, since 1972. (See clip below from the storied tour of that year). Probably for no particular reason. Both phrases are used at the end of verses one and two in the original studio version.

  54. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Rafe has an excellent thread up here for the kiddies re CO2. Basically, fergeddaboudit for at least 100 years. Even then, it is very unlikely to be any sort of problem.

    Meantime, let a thousand technololgical flowers bloom in chemistry and physics to investigate all aspects of energy provision and innovative industrial development, in well-provisioned high energy capacity industrial nations where the economy can thrive and support such research efforts. Their researches could solve anything the future throws at us, and could also have useful spin off for energy development in less-developed nations.

    If the littlies still demand the right to a day off school I like the suggestion above re showing how they can actually walk their talk. Mandatory ‘climate’ efforts. I’d send them to scrub solar panels and the like during their holidays for two weeks for every time they miss a day off school because ‘climate’.

    I suspect the high school student ‘strikes’ would suddenly become very unfashionable.

  55. dover_beach

    The book isn’t released until Tuesday, but Mollie Hemingway got a copy, and she writes on Twitter: “The book notes, quietly, that the woman Max Stier named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event.” Omitting this fact from the New York Times story is one of the worst cases of journalistic malpractice in recent memory.

    I hope Kavanaugh calls his lawyer. As Jackie Chiles would say: It’s outrageous, egregious, preposterous.

  56. dover_beach

    Apologies: for their veracity that he have three or four hands.

  57. C.L.

    Meantime, let a thousand technololgical flowers bloom in chemistry and physics to investigate all aspects of energy provision and innovative industrial development, in well-provisioned high energy capacity industrial nations where the economy can thrive and support such research efforts. Their researches could solve anything the future throws at us, and could also have useful spin off for energy development in less-developed nations.

    That world is gone, Lizzie. As Joe Biden says: “We choose “truth” over facts.”

  58. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    the cladding information is “highly sensitive” and advising them the release of the documents may be contrary to the public interest.

    So it’s not in the public interest to know which buildings are likely to flare?

    Your building, maybe? Or the shopping centre you visit regularly? Your office building?
    Or even your house if you’ve done some renos a while back?

  59. Zatara

    The wsj reported this on Saturday evening as the end of the world and with a pic depicting the refinery as being wrecked. 12 hours later we find out they’re closing it for the weekend.

    It’s now being reported that the strikes were all on the Iran side of the facilities, not the Yemen side. Which suggests Iranian cruise missiles.

    US markets open in about 12 hours. Will be interesting how much coverage those pictures and analysis get in the US press before then.

  60. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    That world is gone, Lizzie.

    Ah well. A lot can be done in back rooms on the smell of an oil rag.
    If you can find a damned oil rag anywhere in our new world of Green.

  61. Bruce of Newcastle

    Johno – Re your question about conversion of coal to crude oil, I don’t know what the price of oil needs to be, but the wiki says this:

    Shenhua, a Chinese coal mining company, decided in 2002 to build a direct liquefaction plant in Erdos, Inner Mongolia (Erdos CTL), with barrel capacity of 20 thousand barrels per day (3.2×103 m3/d) of liquid products including diesel oil, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and naphtha (petroleum ether). First tests were implemented at the end of 2008. A second and longer test campaign was started in October 2009. In 2011, Shenhua Group reported that the direct liquefaction plant had been in continuous and stable operations since November 2010, and that Shenhua had made 800 million yuan ($125.1 million) in earnings before taxes in the first six months of 2011 on the project.[16]

    The WTI price that year was about US$100/bbl, and $125 million EBIT on about 6 million barrels is $20 per barrel. So maybe break even around the $80/bbl mark in China depending on the coal price – and I don’t know what their 2011 thermal coal price was, but Mongolian coal would be fairly cheap given how far away it is from markets.

    Australian thermal coal in late 2011 was about $115/t and today is $70/t. I don’t know how many barrels you get out of a tonne of coal but today’s $60/bbl oil price is $400/t or thereabouts. So going from a $70/t feedstock to a $400/t product there’s a lot of leeway for process costs.

    The Greens hate coal-to-oil of course, which is why only non-Western countries now do it. And the fracking breakthrough means there’s no real need for it for decades anyway. But it’s already feasible. So we’re not going to run out of oil for a very long time, because there’s enough coal available for the next several millenia.

  62. John Constantine

    The napalm infused cladding was not fit for purpose.

    The owners of the factories churning it out and superprofiting from the sale of death trap materials are never to be named.

    Of course australian proles must fund the billions of dollars as first bail outs of the Death Trap Ponxi, just to establish the precedent that the donor Landsharks cartels will get the protection they paid for.

    Comrades.

  63. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    As someone elsewhere said, it was probably detachable.

    lol, Helen.

    The whole thing smacks of various over-hyped memories of adolescent fumbling at the very worst, and likely nothing at all to do with Kavanah either.

  64. Bruce of Newcastle

    Oops, that Shenhua EBIT was over 6 mths not a full year, so their margin looks more like $40/bbl than $20/bbl. I should read what the words say… But how much they paid for the Mongolian coal I have no idea.

  65. mh

    Former NFL Player Accused of Vandalizing His Own Business with ‘MAGA’ and Racist Slurs

    Hayley Mason
    @HayleyMasonTV
    NEW: Former NFL player turned business owner Edawn Coughman was arrested for allegedly vandalizing his own business, staging a hate crime possibly for insurance money. Gwinnett Police say they found spray paint in his truck, a crow bar, and the spraypainted slurs were still wet.
    https://twitter.com/HayleyMasonTV/status/1172541824428380160?s=20

  66. Speech about the environmental movement, Eisenhowers warning about Big Science, and the attempt to establish a Technocracy.

  67. Johno

    Thanks for that BON. Of course the biggest factor in OZ would be factoring in the inflated wages. Then the EIS , etc. Wouldn’t work here.

  68. Zatara

    Donald J. Trump (4h)

    Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!

    Donald J. Trump (5h)

    Based on the attack on Saudi Arabia, which may have an impact on oil prices, I have authorized the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if needed, in a to-be-determined amount sufficient to keep the markets well-supplied. I have also informed all appropriate agencies to expedite approvals of the oil pipelines currently in the permitting process in Texas and various other States.

    Oil independence, what a wonderful thing.

  69. C.L.

    Trump: US ‘locked and loaded’ against attackers of Saudi oil facility ‘depending on verification’

    Why in the hell would the US do that?

  70. John Constantine:

    There are no textbooks, policy or theory on NIRP. This is a real-time experiment.
    And because the results of NIRP have prevented a global catastrophe from happening, it will continue until one day, because of the FTD, it won’t.
    And then everything will pop.

    “That which cannot continue, will not continue.”
    My humble opinion is that the appearance of the negative interest rate phenomenon is the only possible expression of the massive debt bubble that is overhanging the world economy.

  71. egg_

    Sarah Silverman Says Jesus ‘Is This Girl’ Greta Thunberg

    Drugs are baaad, m’kay?

  72. John Constantine

    Their abc rural radio lets the leader of the vicco nats mention that premier andrews has visited the chicom puppetmasters in their mainland command and control centers more times than he has visited rural victoria.

    Not many plastic Aldi bags full of cash getting passed out from the Mallee.

    Comrades.

  73. egg_

    “Rising prices and falling reliability are forcing businesses to invest overseas instead of in Australia.” she said.

    We don’t have so much “solid electricity” Aluminium anymore.
    Tomago Aluminium have been into AGL over unreliable energy from coal FFS.

  74. Percy Popinjay

    Jo Biden confronts Corn Pop

    Absolutely bloody hilarious.

    America.
    Freedom.
    Biden.
    *

    *Trigger warning – parody, not actual campaign speeches.

  75. Steve trickler

    She’s pretty, and NOT riding naked on a wrecking ball. This song dates back to the 80’s?…….discovery.



  76. egg_

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #3156456, posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Brilliant.
    In true colour?
    I note that early Russian photos from the Lunar surface appear reddish like Mars – not true colour?
    The latter ones always appear grey, with the characteristic Apollo line between the foreground and background (Kubrick’s influence?).

  77. bespoke

    Boambee John
    #3156777, posted on September 16, 2019 at 12:13 pm
    Someone who shall not be named seems to have missed this bit of thd original “armrests” post.

    Classic numberwang, Prem…..

  78. OCO:

    Seriously. There has to be a reason why this new Kavanaugh stuff is coming out now. Is RBG on the way out for real this time? That’s my guess.

    Quite possibly.
    It’s a shot across the bows for Trump and anyone else who considers going for the big chair.

  79. egg_

    with the characteristic Apollo line between the foreground and background (Kubrick’s influence?).

    I.e. that the Soviet Lunar Rover was B.S.
    /Cold War

  80. “Rising prices and falling reliability are forcing businesses to invest overseas instead of in Australia.” she said.

    Businesses are leaving Australia due to rising electricity prices and falling reliability.

    This was said on this blog almost half a decade ago.

  81. stackja

    C.L. – regarding DT and Iran.
    DT hints a lot.
    Being doing it for years.

  82. Bruce of Newcastle

    I note that early Russian photos from the Lunar surface appear reddish like Mars – not true colour? The latter ones always appear grey

    Except for the orange bits.

    In 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts discovered unusual orange-colored soil on the moon.

    Note the true colour chart. The text is the caption to Harrison Schmitt’s photo from this recent story:

    What has China’s rover found on the moon’s far side? (10 Sep)

  83. Overburdened

    Re KD’s protestations regarding the infamous picnic-

    Why the back, crack and sac wax then?

  84. egg_

    Except for the orange bits.

    Complete with Kubrick’s characteristic ridge line in the foreground.

  85. Overburdened

    KD

    not to forget the next lines-

    Her back is arched

    those lips are parched

    repeated blow by blow

    and later at the party where all the MP’s rave

    about the hummers she’s been giving and the money that they’ve saved

    to her it is skin lotion..

    etc

  86. Percy Popinjay

    Classic description of Shrillary from a commenter over on Steyn’s site:

    Watching her bloated figure wallow about the stage reminded me of nothing more than the back end of a two-person horse costume looking for its front

  87. Percy Popinjay

    Ozzie Crawl – Beautiful People:

    “Hopes are up for a trousers down
    with a hostess on the business flight …”

  88. John Constantine

    In all the trips premier Andrews has made to the chicom mothership, he has never visited the factories that make the components for his Ponxi deathtrap apartments scheme to eternally transform Melbourne.

    Spending whatever it takes to bail them out, but never looking at what he has signed up to pay for.

    Almost as if he had no choice in what he signed.

    Comrades.

  89. Some History

    The latest Telstra TV ad.

    [from what I can recall]

    Two poofists (soy-decaf-latte types) sitting in the front seats of a car. They seem both excited and nervous about a phone call one of them is about to make. He makes the call. Mum and Dad appear on his phone. “I’ve got some news. Tom?? (boyfriend) and I are getting engaged”. Mum and Dad appear stunned for a moment. Then Dad, beaming a big smile, says, “It’s about time”.

    That’s just faaab, Telstra.

  90. mh:

    RamBob, why are you doing this to yourself?

    My opinion is that he’s looking for a court payday, and a scalp to brag about to his Lefty mates.

  91. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    My opinion is that he’s looking for a court payday, and a scalp to brag about to his Lefty mates.

    Given the threats to another Cat here, it wouldn’t surprise me.

  92. Bruce of Newcastle

    Egg – Harrison Schmitt is a righty as well as being a geologist.

    Apollo astronaut takes on UN climate report (2018)

  93. Infidel Tiger

    The Tyson Fury fight can’t be far away.

    Was yesterday.

    Fury vs Wilder rematch is going to be epic.

  94. Johno:

    Pouches and pack

    As you can see, the short film shows the patrol efforts of BillieBob. The ammo is on the soldiers back, and is equipped with a QuantumKonnect Ammo Resupply Portal to the nearest bulk ammo resupply facility.

  95. John Constantine

    https://www.9news.com.au/national/kidnap-scam-chinese-students-australia-accc–issue-warning-as-scammers-reel-in-victims-news/0a79dc76-b6d6-4294-a56d-1c4f2ee8ea02

    In order to coerce the students into taking the photos, scammers tell victims they have been caught involved in criminal activity. They and their family are threatened with criminal charges unless they pretend they have been kidnapped and take the carefully choreographed photos.
    The ACCC’s Scamwatch service said approximately 900 victims had filed reports in 2019, with losses totalling over $1.5 million. That figure had already surpassed the total losses to the scam in 2018, which came to just under $1.2 million.
    “These scams are particularly distressing, and we’re seeing a dramatic spike in the Chinese community being targeted,” ACCC deputy chairwoman Delia Rickard said.
    “In July alone, the Chinese speaking community lost over three quarters of a million dollars. We’ve seen several individuals lose tens of thousands of dollars.”

  96. feelthebern

    Good documentary Winston.
    I believe this doco about what to do when you run out of ammo is also quite informative.

  97. Infidel Tiger

    The Sodomy Moaning Herald continues its smear campaign against Abbott.

    Even worse is what they said about the righteous and brilliant Viktor Orban.

  98. Infidel Tiger

    Brett Heffernan

    @BrettHeffernan
    5h5 hours ago
    More
    Replying to @pwafork

    Beer tax in 🇦🇺 is $2.23 per litre v $0.28 in 🇺🇸. Something is horribly wrong when a Aussie beer is being taxed to this extent.

    What a horrid country we are.

  99. feelthebern

    This actual footage of numbers in Vietnam is impressive.

  100. Tel

    C.L. #3156803, “Why in the hell would the US do that?”

    The USA wants to maintain good relations with Saudi Arabia because they buy plenty of weapons … Trump pictures them as his customers. The long-term US strategy tends to be generally along the lines of keeping Sunni and Shiites fighting each other as much as possible … so after the Iraq War they handed a lot of extra influence to Iran given the strongly sympathetic Shiites now run Baghdad. The Houthi’s in Yemen are Zaidi-Shia “fivers” who are different to the Iranian “twelvers” but willing to cooperate … especially when they have few other friends. Iran has also gained influence in Syria by helping to keep Assad on his throne and beating down the various Sunni rebel groups in Syria including ISIS.

    With the rise of Iranian influence … the US made the “pivot” back to supporting Sunni groups. The strategy of backing moderate terrorists in Syria didn’t work, and accidentally-on-purpose shipping weapons to ISIS in Syria has also largely failed. The Kurdish part of Syria is mostly stable now, although not exactly independent … the USA has left behind just enough troops to prevent either a Turkish invasion or the Syrian/Russian/Iranian group from crossing the Euphrates on the other side. Unless some party does something incredibly stupid the Kurds can remain in an uneasy equilibrium.

    Which leaves the US backing Saudi Arabia and trying to gain influence on the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula. You have ISIS regrouping and settling around the triple-border of Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Oman. You have Yemen split between Houthis in the far South and Al-Islah tribalism to the North. Then there’s the worldwide oil trade going through there, and the shifting allegiances between UAE, Qatar, etc.

  101. feelthebern

    What a horrid country we are.

    We need to have more competition between the states.
    Not collusion.
    The ACCC should charge COAG with breaches of the Trade Practices Act.

  102. feelthebern

    Trump wants the Saudi Aramco IPO.

  103. cuckoo

    In 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts discovered unusual orange-colored soil on the moon.

    Orange moon bad?

  104. feelthebern

    These Saudi oil attacks are clearly by some Washington War Machine John Bolton fan-boys.

  105. Bruce of Newcastle:

    The last time the Iranians annoyed a Republican President he sank half their navy.

    The ship in question on its way to repairs.

  106. CL:

    Why in the hell would the US do that?

    Why not?
    Perhaps President Trump wants to let the message get out that he isn’t averse to kicking some arses when he gets annoyed.

  107. Rex Mango

    FTB: We need to have more competition between the states.
    Not collusion.
    The ACCC should charge COAG with breaches of the Trade Practices Act.

    Spot on. Why does every state have the same laws? Even with things like bicycle helmets? A true federation would have different states doing different things to discover the most effective. Tax, education and health should be prime examples.

  108. Zatara

    “Why in the hell would the US do that?”

    A very good question as the US is oil independent, and has been for some time.

    On the other hand, given that ~ 34% of the rest of the world’s oil supply comes from the Gulf what surprises me is how little they seem to care. Until it gets cut off that is.

  109. Egg:
    What’s the striped object just off centre of the photo?
    Is it rock, or something like the round object, put there to give scale?

  110. JC

    I don’t think it matters hugely for the US that its oil independent when it can’t influence the price like Saudi Arabia. The hike would hurt the US. The price is made by the Saudis even in the internal US market. The best possible position to be in is if the Saudis simply don’t matter to spot prices.

  111. Egg – if it’s rock, then it looks sedimentary. On the Moon?

  112. JC

    We didn’t avoid a bullet with this imbecile, we avoided a nuclear missile.

    Shorten ‘proud’ of climate policies

    Bill Shorten hopes Labor will continue to be the “light on the hill” on emissions | WATCH QT

  113. Knuckle Dragger

    Bern,

    I have spoken of the ‘Let off some steam, Bennett’ scene before on the Cat.

    How the film didn’t win ten Oscars just for that scene escapes me.

  114. Knuckle Dragger

    OB,

    The BSC is useless in such circumstances.

    NB: Not my picnic.

  115. Zatara

    Since the US is a net oil exporter a raise in the spot price of oil wouldn’t seem to be a bad thing for them.
    Especially since Saudi (or anyone else in the Gulf) setting that spot price ends the day they can’t produce and export oil.

    It is extremely difficult to argue that the world wouldn’t be better place these days if nature hadn’t whacked so many dinosaurs in the ME.

  116. JC

    He’s lovable. You can only be angry with for a short time.

    Here’s some of what the president has said about the 2020 Dem field:

    WARREN: “A very nervous and skinny version of Pocahontas”

    BIDEN: “I think he’s the weakest mentally”

    HARRIS: “Very nasty”

    O’Rourke: “Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke”

  117. JB:

    Comments on this, please?

    It looks like evidence the governments involved are trying to destroy the food bowl of the nation.
    Wreckers.

  118. JC

    Zat

    It’s bad of the consumer but okay for the producers (obviously). The problem is that the US isn’t controlling the spot price. The Saudis are.

    Here’s the problem… lets say there were no US producers, the US imported all its oil and the US Dollar maintains its reserve status. The Dollars would go to overseas producers while the consumer would be fucked.

    Independent or not, if the oil price spikes to 100 bucks a barrel the US would likely go into a recession because it removes purchasing power from the consumer. Despite the CPI moving higher, 100 buch oil price would be mightily disinflationary.

  119. feelthebern

    Independent or not, if the oil price spikes to 100 bucks a barrel the US would likely go into a recession because it removes purchasing power from the consumer. Despite the CPI moving higher, 100 buch oil price would be mightily disinflationary.

    The flip side is that if oil goes too low, all the debt the shale producers have blows out.
    Last Dec, that threatened to spill over from junk markets.
    Oil has become a Catch 22 for the US.

  120. Arky

    R. D. Shell.
    Bought some of those two weeks ago.
    Likely up or down on the drone thingo?
    I guess all the US producers will bounce up.
    But Shell is mostly arab stuff, innit?

  121. JC

    The flip side is that if oil goes too low, all the debt the shale producers have blows out.
    Last Dec, that threatened to spill over from junk markets.
    Oil has become a Catch 22 for the US.

    I know, the anal systs began to count up all the exposure the large banks and funds had to the oil patch. Some of the banks had around US$25 billion of loans on their balance sheet. But it was okay in the end.

  122. Arky

    Dammit.
    I was looking at both conoco phillips and occidental this month.
    Bastards.

  123. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    I read that Breitbart article to the end re: Justice Kavanaugh.

    Just shocking, disgusting lies about him. Time to take out the false accusing trash.

    Mollie

    @MZHemingway

    NYT Reporters’ essay about a supposed second Yale incident omitted their own book reporting that completely undercuts it: alleged victim denies any memory of it. Journalistically indefensible, though gullible additional reporters are spreading it of course.

    Good lord he should play scorched earth with all of these fuckers.

    Remember:

    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2019/08/02/currency-lad-sociopath/comment-page-1/#comment-3121971

    Christine Blasey Ford, Rep. Eshoo and Sen. Feinstein ought to be in gaol for the farce they perpetuated against the US Congress and Justice Kavanaugh.

    It was outright fraud. Follow the whole story. Eshoo, Ford and Feinstein along with a Dem. contributor cooked the whole thing up.

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1001

    (In particular, (a) (1) – (3) and (b) (2).

    …and:

    John McCormack
    ‏Verified account @McCormackJohn

    What?!?

    “Ms. Swetnick grew up in Montgomery County, Md., graduating from Gaithersburg High School in 1980 before attending college”

    She was attending high-school parties where gang rapes occurred while a college student

  124. feelthebern

    But it was okay in the end.

    Because oil rallied.

  125. feelthebern

    & the Fed reserve changed it’s policy stance.
    Which was why oil rallied.

  126. Cardimona

    On the subject of exterior cladding, even where the plastic foam content met standards when it was new it probably won’t meet those standards after a decade or so in service.

    My knowledge is dated now, but from memory a variety of compounds were mixed in that were designed to release bromines under incineration conditions to suppress flame propagation.

    Commonly used were polybrominated diphenyl ethers and tetrabromobisphenol A, but they leach out over time.

    Therefore plastics that passed a flame exposure test in 2009 may ignite and sustain combustion in 2019.

    Therefore even the buildings that technically are not wrapped in kindling probably really are.

  127. Mark from Melbourne

    Ozzie Crawl – Beautiful People:

    Errm, no. That would be The Boys Light up.

  128. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    tetrabromobisphenol A

    Ah yeah nah, fuck that mate, as they say in the trades.

  129. Knuckle Dragger

    Homeless derro moida update:

    Homeless derro Henry Hammond is undergoing psych assessments ahead of his next court appearance in November for murdering homeless derro Courtney Herron in Melbourne’s Royal Park.

    The usual broad-spectrum suspects – ADHD, potentially on the autism spectrum and delusional disorder are front and center.

    No word yet on him being a colossal fuckstick who was kicked out of half a dozen flophouses in a row because he was too much of a drug-demented maniac for even the other residents.

  130. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Errm, no. That would be The Boys Light up.

    Great song.

    “Ballad of the ALP General Secretary”

  131. cohenite

    Someone hates and demonises Iran. Its not as complicated as Tel makes out.

    What’s to like about iran; and since its the RoP its not complicated, just messy.

  132. Zatara

    Secretary Pompeo
    · Sep 14, 2019

    Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy. Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply. There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.
    ……………………………………
    We call on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks. The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression

    Given the strength of that statement it’s probably a safe bet that there are tapes of missile tracks circulating through the intelligence circles of the appropriate nations as we speak. What bothers me though is why Iran would think this was a good idea.

  133. C.L.

    Bill Shorten hopes Labor will continue to be the “light on the hill” on emissions

    You’ll need coal base-load to keep the light on, Bill.

  134. stackja

    Jimmy Carter wanted the Shah to abdicate to allow democracy in Iran.
    What could possibly go wrong?

  135. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    IMO

    Iran is pushing it because Trump made somewhat of an anti-war stance.

    Their judgment is poor, Trump can airstrike the hell out of them and never deploy land forces.

  136. JC

    Hey Stack

    Do you like colored or clear plastic?

  137. Tintarella di Luna

    Twitter is for twits Bartholomew’s tweets trouble for seven

    An extraordinary tweet from Seven Sunrise’s reporter, Ed­wina Bartholomew, has led to a tense stand-off between Nine and Seven.

    Nine was said to be considering legal options over the tweet, which is why we can’t say what was in it. But Nine is insisting on a proper apology from Bartholomew after she posted a backhanded compliment on the Nine News feed about Melbourne hack Seb Costello, who just happens to be the son of chairman Peter Costello.

    The tweet about his report from Spring Street after it was shut down by a security threat has since been deleted.

    The Nine tweet and Bartholomew’s offensive reply (with the offending word redacted).
    The Nine tweet and Bartholomew’s offensive reply (with the offending word redacted).

    Bartholomew has apologised from London, where she is on ­assignment. “I was half asleep and on the other side of the world,” she is ­reported as saying. “My apologies to Seb and all ­involved. No ­offence was intended and hopefully none was taken.”

    But that’s not the end of it from Nine’s point of view.

    “Seb and Nine are devastated and shocked at the damaging and false nature of this personal attack on a public platform,” they said in a statement on Sunday after Bartholomew’s apology.

  138. Zatara:

    What bothers me though is why Iran would think this was a good idea.

    Take into account the Republic of Iran is a Theocracy that believes in the Musalm version of Armageddon – that there will be a War to End All Wars with the destruction of Israel and the arrival of the twelfth Immum.
    People who believe in this sort of crap are. not. sane.

  139. C.L.

    I’ve never understood that old socialist Chifley’s pseudo-evangelical flourish, “the light on the hill.”
    WTF does it even mean?
    A light protecting you from a rocky shore, I get.
    A light warning you of a giant hole or quicksand, okay.
    Even a light in the valley indicating hearth and home, yonder.
    But excepting airline pilots, who gives a fuck about where a hill is?

  140. None

    Light on the hill is s meant to indicate Australia should be an exemplar. Personally I prefer Israel as a light to all nations.

  141. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    There are a lot of countries we could say that about. But its definitely Iran that is being demonised and slandered at the moment. Ridiculous. They haven’t attacked anyone since 1775. Their revolution was created from the outside, as revolutions tend to be. They are the victims of terrorism yet the media places them as the great terrorists of the world.

    Are you fuckin’ serious mate?

  142. Tintarella di Luna

    I’ve never understood that old socialist Chifley’s pseudo-evangelical flourish, “the light on the hill.”

    The Tree of Knowledge in Barcaldine is dead so the light on the hill is all they’ve got now.

  143. None

    I doubt very much that Seb and Nine are devastated and shocked. FFS unless they now wanted tell us they’re a bunch of pansies. That Bartholomew twat was just being her normal bitchy self. Meh.

  144. C.L.

    Why on earth would anybody believe the Saudis when they blame Iran for the drone attack?
    It could have been Sunni enemies of the regime. They blame Tehran and encourage the Americans to go skitch ’em. Trump shouldn’t be so gullible as to believe anything Saudi + Langley proffers him, culpability-wise.

  145. JC

    Most .. not all of the people are Okay, Marv. But the regime is odious and they are also responsible for jerking Israel’s chain all the freaking time. Naaa… Thumbs down, it has to go.

    Perhaps just destroy their navy… or the speedboat things they pretend is a navy. It’s been a while since there’s been a decent war in the Mideast anyways.

    Mohammad, we just lost our navy.

    A L.A Persian is responsible for this abomination, so I say freaking bomb them. It may sound a little shallow, but it’s good enough.

  146. Ellie

    Mark from Melbourne: The lyrics – very suggestive – we all got it.

    “Strategically positioned before the midday show 
    Her back is arched, those lips are parched 
    Repeated blow by blow…”

  147. JC

    Most .. not all of the people are Okay, Marv. But the regime is odious and they are also responsible for jerking Israel’s chain all the freaking time. Naaa… Thumbs down, it has to go.

    Perhaps just destroy their navy… or the speedboat things they pretend is a navy. It’s been a while since there’s been a decent war in the Mideast anyways.

    Moh…, we just lost our navy.

    An L.A Persian is responsible for this abomination, so I say freaking bomb them. It may sound a little shallow, but it’s good enough.

  148. JC

    C.L.
    #3156916, posted on September 16, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    What did her Tweet say?

    He very articulate for…..

    think of coca-cola… and then head.

  149. Frank Walker:

    Iran is pushing it because Trump made somewhat of an anti-war stance.
    Their judgment is poor, Trump can airstrike the hell out of them and never deploy land forces.

    President Trump can do this, essentially remove all of Irans technological base by air/drone/kinetic strikes.
    So we need to think of the reason that Iran believes it could strike back.
    Perhaps they believe they have enough operatives covert in the US to deliver mass shootings in all the major cities, or they have enough non fissile but radioactive waste to create a couple of dirty bombs.
    I don’t know, but if the Iranian Mullahs insist on playing ‘chicken’, they need to remember that brinkmanship is a losing game.

  150. “What’s to like about iran; and since its the RoP its not complicated, just messy.”

    Piss off, Bird.

  151. Tintarella di Luna

    JC
    #3156922, posted on September 16, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    What an intemperate stupid bint – and her excuse is absolutely pathetic will she cry #me too when the writ arrives?

  152. C.L:

    But excepting airline pilots, who gives a fuck about where a hill is?

    Valid point, CL.
    Cumulogranite will really bugger your day.

  153. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    The media demonisation of Iran is so total you would not have even heard of this terrorist organisation that the other powers have operating against Iranians and on Iranian territory.

    Most governments in that region are no better than terrorists.

  154. JC

    Tint

    Sure, but still kinda funny.

  155. Tailgunner

    New found respect for Biden after learning he is O.G.
    Lol, that’s good stuff
    Premium content
    Has the god
    Emperor whacked him yet on Twitter?
    😃

  156. JC

    Most governments in that region are no better than terrorists.

    Eggsactly. But you don’t any of these fuckers to get uppity, which is why they need to cop a hiding.

  157. Tailgunner

    And I definitely appreciate the turn Cole Trickles mtv has taken.
    Great stuff.

  158. Tailgunner

    And I love that Cars track.
    All time,Tiger

  159. Tintarella di Luna

    Tint

    Sure, but still kinda funny.

    Yeah gotta take your laughs whenever and wherever given the approved subjects for jokes are now so strictly policed. Maybe all the verboten topics could be re-labelled with innocuous but obvious substitutes and get more words banned — climate change would be a goodie

  160. Tailgunner

    JC , I’m thinking of starting a JC prediction results thread..
    You were on it with the Houthi drone attack.
    And the Sydney Monopoly airport.
    How are Bank of America and Delta? doing?

  161. Leigh Lowe

    He very articulate for…..

    think of coca-cola… and then head.

    OK, so she’s fucked unless she finds actual evidence of him doing what she accused.
    What shits me is that if a male posted that about a “perfessional female reporter” he’d be clearing his desk out in five minutes flat.
    And because it is Peter Costello’s son it is fine.

  162. Ivan Denisovich

    It could have been Sunni enemies of the regime. They blame Tehran and encourage the Americans to go skitch ’em. Trump shouldn’t be so gullible as to believe anything Saudi + Langley proffers him, culpability-wise

    Remember this chart?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2013/08/26/the-middle-east-explained-in-one-sort-of-terrifying-chart/

    Then throw China’s increasing influence into the mix:

    http://www.danielpipes.org/19023/china-disrupts-the-middle-east

  163. JC

    Gunner

    Stop… But highlight the hit too. The AMP call was an abomination. 🙂

  164. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    “Most governments in that region are no better than terrorists.”

    Yes.

    Now go away, Graeme. Not everything is about the juice.

  165. Snoopy

    JC
    #3156943, posted on September 16, 2019 at 4:17 pm
    Gunner

    Stop… But highlight the hit too. The AMP call was an abomination. 🙂

    And I only believed you once. But never again.

  166. cohenite

    Piss off, Bird.

    Are you referring to me?

  167. C.L.

    Why is a female journalist Tweeting about a nothing roundsman’s news report in the early hours of the morning? She looks to be one of these dreadfully beaten-up looking harridans that are thick on the ground in Australian journalism. Having said that, the report that caused her reaction does show somewhat exuberant physicality. From 0:47.

  168. Tailgunner

    . The AMP call was an abomination. 🙂
    I don’t remember that one. But it has to go in W&L’s…

  169. Cassie of Sydney

    “Bartholomew has apologised from London, where she is on ­assignment. “I was half asleep and on the other side of the world,” she is ­reported as saying. “My apologies to Seb and all ­involved. No ­offence was intended and hopefully none was taken.””

    I know it is a different scenario but I remember last year when Roseanne Barr made that offensive half asleep tweet. She apologised however the apology, in true leftist fashion, wasn’t accepted. She was crucified for it because she was a Trump supporter and lost her job.

    Memo to the Costello family…it’s time to act like the left……don’t accept the apology and send in the lawyers. She deserves to be crucified.

  170. Snoopy

    Why is a female journalist Tweeting about a nothing roundsman’s news report in the early hours of the morning?

    Ice bender? Alcohol? Woman once scorned? 3/3?

  171. Tintarella di Luna

    Memo to the Costello family…it’s time to act like the left……don’t accept the apology and send in the lawyers. She deserves to be crucified.

    They will wimp it, because-you-know-what

  172. Tailgunner

    The Iranians helped defeat Western created terrorists ISIS

    Good call there.
    Assad stands.
    Iranian SF troops& Hezbollah boys blooded.
    Many,many dogs dispatched.
    Baddies v baddies.
    Lol

  173. Leigh Lowe

    C.L.

    #3156952, posted on September 16, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Why is a female journalist Tweeting about a nothing roundsman’s news report in the early hours of the morning?

    Because it was going to give her some “insider” cred on Twatter.
    Because the subject was Peter Costello’s son.
    Because it is channel 7 vs channel nein.
    Because she is a bint.
    Anyway, she is screwed legally.
    She implied not just usage but dependency.
    Good luck proving that in Court, darls.

  174. cohenite

    Thank heavens for that.

  175. stackja

    Cassie of Sydney
    #3156956, posted on September 16, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Bob Ellis and Random House upset Peter Costello.

  176. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Why would I confuse an anti cementite whacko with a juice lawyer?

  177. Percy Popinjay

    Errm, no. That would be The Boys Light up.

    Indeed. Correction noted.

  178. egg_

    Geology of the Moon

    Compound | Formula | Composition – Maria/Highlands
    iron(II) oxide | FeO | 14.1%/5.9%

    That’s a lotta iron oxide lying around adding colour to the grey.
    Only grey from afar due to silicon, etc.?

  179. John Constantine

    Russian anti-aircraft tech is really quite good now.

    If an installation is protected by the Russians , it isn’t like sending in a fleet of heavy bombers like the way the clinton crime cartel hired out the airforce as janissaries to flatten the European capital of the Serbs.

    Putin now has a pretty solid veto on airstrikes in a wide theatre of interest.

  180. Bill Shorten hopes Labor will continue to be the “light on the hill” on emissions

    The light on the hill is a large road train heading in the direction of the ALP as it runs in circles in the headlights.

  181. The Beer Whisperer

    What’s with the Iranian bots?

    FFS, they have tentacles everywhere, and a death wish to boot. They fucked up Iraq on purpose, and have proxies throughout the Middle East doing their dirty work.

    It’s like Muttley and Numbnuts and the rest evacuated their bowels through their mouths all at the same time.

  182. egg_

    if it’s rock, then it looks sedimentary. On the Moon?

    NFI
    But it’s good to see the Japs/Chinks/Subcontinentals et al back scratching around up there after the Superpowers’ Cold War scrap 50-odd years ago.

  183. calli

    Looks like Costello’s getting lawyered up.

    Bimbo will blame baby brain.

  184. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    For their own good, take women’s rights away…

  185. cohenite

    What’s a juice lawyer?

  186. calli

    A Dead Sea Pedestrian with a law degree.

  187. calli

    Bother.

    Geography matters.

    Red Sea.

    Although the Dead Sea is rather boyant.

  188. Top Ender

    Virtue-signalling idiots of the nation’s capital:

    Canberrans are being asked to do more of the heavy lifting in combatting climate change — starting with giving up petrol-powered cars and gas-heated homes.

    The ACT Government has unashamedly asked the community to do more to help it reach the ambitious target of net zero carbon emissions by 2045, with transport and natural gas top of the list of targets.

    Today, while launching the latest ACT Climate Change Strategy, the Government detailed plans to encourage Canberrans to ditch cars in favour of public transport, including participating in “car-free days”, and trading in the gas heater for an electric air-conditioner.

    ABC link

  189. Sydney Boy

    Bloody interesting YouTube video on the moon rocks: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QxZ_iPldGtI

  190. Sydney Boy

    The Iraq government is a Shia-dominated and Iranian puppet government and the Obama administration is to blame. They were warned and chose to ignore best advice from the military and other advisors who were in Iraq.

  191. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    For their own good, take women’s rights away.

    At least some of women’s rights, as they have more than men do right now.

  192. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Juice
    Cementite
    Care bear
    Talmudic scholar
    Red sea pedestrian

    etc

  193. John Constantine

    HE Andrews Labor Government is making Victorian roads safer with a trial of Australia-first technology at one of Melbourne’s high-crash intersections.

    Minister for Roads, Roads Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford announced new connected and automated vehicle technology will be fitted at the intersection of Williamstown Road and Somerville Road in Yarraville.

    “A third of road fatalities in Victoria happen at intersections – this trial will give us important insights on how to boost safety at intersections and keep more Victorians safe,” she said.

    “Victoria has always led the way in connected and automated vehicle technology, this is another way we’re making our infrastructure and policies support the uptake of this life-saving technology.”

    The trial will provide insights that can help boost safety at busy, complex intersection with specialist light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors to monitor the intersection and analyse all crashes and near misses.

    The cutting-edge technology will also provide real-time warnings of potential hazards to vehicles fitted with connected technology.

    This is the first time LIDAR technology has been used in this way in Australia and will allow Road Safety Victoria to closely analyse crashes and near misses, and how they may have been caused, to make roads safer.

    Yarragrad traffic control robots, linked to progressively equipped vehicles.

    Driving is too good for the proles.

  194. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Look at this shit.

    Quotations and Tenders Online – New Tender Notification
    New tender(s) matching your notification preferences have been released today on Quotations and Tenders Online.
    All Centres – Final Evaluation of the Northern Territory Chronic Conditions Prevention and Management Strategy (CCPMS) 2010-2020 (Q19-0287)
    Agency Department of Health
    Regions Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Nhulunbuy
    Category Consultancy


    Sinking a slab of piss every day from the time you turn 16 is going to shorten your lifespan somewhat.

  195. Luke

    https://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/democrats-call-for-supreme-court-justice-brett-kavanaughs-impeachment-over-new-rape-allegations/news-story/566448ccec115ef5877b1a8da572e175

    So news.com are just now running with the Kavanaugh story as if it is true and a bombshell even though they note in the article that it has already be shown to be false. Where the below bit of the story comes from I don’t know. Somehow someone has mixed up the old claim with the current one.

    “The Times essay, drawn from an upcoming book written by the newspaper’s reporters, said it was able to corroborate an allegation by former classmate Deborah Ramirez that Mr Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her during a drunken party at a Yale University when they were undergraduates.”

    And the title of the article tries to claim this as a sex scandal hitting the white House, with a picture of Trump.

    And they wonder why journalists are not trusted.

  196. candy

    The pro abortion crowd were definitely saying “put the foetus in the bin”, and not “put the bigots in the bin”.

    Putting bigots in the bin makes no sense, and just odd. Why use the word “bin”? foetus and bin though is definitely the logical connection for their slogan.

    Barnaby Joyce is the only LNP person making a stand on it though.

  197. None

    “The Times essay, drawn from an upcoming book written by the newspaper’s reporters, said it was able to corroborate an allegation by former classmate Deborah Ramirez that Mr Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her during a drunken party at a Yale University when they were undergraduates.”

    OMG apart from the fact this is all just fucking bullshit, someone explain to me why this would be a matter of global headlines and outrage if it were true? I am just so over this vicious nonsense.

  198. C.L.

    Somebody above re Ric Ocasek.
    What a band were The Cars. Coolest American band of that era.
    Agree that this was, if not the best, certainly close:

  199. egg_

    If Trump’s trade war with China is hurting us as JC? says, are we better off with the Pacific trading bloc that Trumble was pursuing or is OBOR with the Chicoms the way that SEA is headed?

  200. candy

    PM Morrison caught out about saying he did not use the term “Shanghai Sam” about S. Dastaryi. I seem to remember him saying several times I think in Question Time and was rebuked ?

  201. Des Deskperson

    ‘Today, while launching the latest ACT Climate Change Strategy, the Government detailed plans to encourage Canberrans to ditch cars in favour of public transport, including participating in “car-free days”’

    Members of the ACT legislative Assembly are currently entitled to $25,000 per annum to purchase, run and maintain a motor vehicle. They are also entitled to a free parking place at or near the Assembly building. They may also use the free government parking spots located in most carparks in the ACT.

    One can only assume that these entitlements will be abolished, replaced, perhaps by a free Myway card for bus or light rail.

    As Johanna and I have pointed out, ACT governments of both sides of politics come out with this sort of aspirational crap all the time. They fail because they are never grounded in reality but also because the Government and its employees do not have the planning, management and administrative skills to actually implement them, even if they were sensible

  202. None

    Surely you mean “smite,” Doomy. A nice, forceful imperative instead of a simple, flaccid past.

  203. egg_

    “I was half asleep and on the other side of the world,” she is ­reported as saying. “My apologies to Seb and all ­involved. No ­offence was intended and hopefully none was taken.””

    A professional journalist?

  204. areff

    the intersection of Williamstown Road and Somerville Road in Yarraville

    There’s a vision-blocking chemist on one corner that really should be knocked down, then they could contour the corner into Willy Road, and a Mickey Ds directly across. Road width has been restricted with bicycle lanes, there’s a lot of late-night traffic to Maccas, which is also apt to attract hungry hoons who sometimes drive in a socially irresponsible manner.

    It doesn’t need millions of dollars in tech. Just more policing and a better view of what’s coming

  205. Snoopy

    but also because the Government and its employees do not have the planning, management and administrative skills to actually implement them, even if they were sensible

    Thank heavens for small mercies.

  206. Arky
    #3156937, posted on September 16, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Very Interesting Video, well done.

  207. Roger

    I’ve never understood that old socialist Chifley’s pseudo-evangelical flourish, “the light on the hill.”
    WTF does it even mean?

    Even more confusing is that in the original speech it was an objective to be striven for, not a present reality, as was Jesus’ city set upon a hill, from which the metaphor derives.

    No wonder the Labor Party has lost its way since!

  208. egg_

    “the light on the hill.” WTF does it even mean?

    “A candle in the wind” in an outdoor dunny?

  209. Old School Conservative

    Time to stop using drag queens to read books to kindy kids.

    A prominent Sydney gay community figure has stunningly broken his silence on one of Australia’s most horrific sex abuse rings that drugged, kidnapped and sexually tortured dozens of young men and schoolboys, including five teenagers found mutilated and murdered in Adelaide between 1979 and 1983.

    Bevan Spencer von Einem was sentenced to life in jail in 1984 for the murder of one 15-year-old boy held in captivity for five weeks to be abused regularly by several men said to be from wealthy elite professions including doctors and judges in Adelaide.

    It can now be revealed three of those men who can now be named as linked to The Family are Sydney drag queens Prudence Firman, Noel Terrance Brooks and Lewis Turtur Herald Sun (but probably not on the ABC or SMH.

  210. Overburdened

    CL

    yep.

    I like the nightlife baby

    The essence of a good pop song.

  211. Mother Lode

    The Tree of Knowledge in Barcaldine is dead so the light on the hill is all they’ve got now.

    I believe it was killed by a football team from a nearby town after a loss.

    ALP lore probably has it as an ignominious fate for so splendid a symbol, while I would see it as a splendid end for so ignominious a symbol.

    Not that I am so dismissive of the original shearers -they joined together to push their case. They weren’t trying to bring down the system that provided them employment. They would have had no idea their local squabble would be seized upon as the birth of a movement hell bent on ruination.

    I can’t recall the original quote, or its provenance, but “It is easy to forget that any point in the past, however remote, was at one time in the future.”

  212. Sinclair Davidson

    Surely you mean “smite,” Doomy

    I did. The system won’t let me post an identical comment.

  213. Overburdened

    KD

    Nothing wrong with the BSC.

    I fondly remember being told many moons ago that, ‘I don’t eat hair’.

    She was no good except in the right situation.

    Naturally, Dr Evil did relate his ambivalence regarding the practice, in the context of his dad doing the shaving, and fair enough.

    I accept that it wasn’t your picnic, and l also accept that you seem familiar with it.

    Snork snork!

  214. Arky

    Not my video Carpe.
    To be clear was ADV China.
    Sorry, should have put a comment above it.

  215. Arky

    What a band were The Cars. Coolest American band of that era.

    ..
    I liked this one:
    ..
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-mvwam3GLBY

  216. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I believe it was killed by a football team from a nearby town after a loss.

    I thought the “tree of knowledge” died from shame when Kevin Rudd was elected?

  217. The system won’t let me post an identical comment.

    Slew.
    Slain.
    Rendered.
    Abattoired.

  218. mh

    Me Tailgunner? Why?

    I found Epstein extremely offensive, especially his head tilt.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/GutGRjhdGrXURSVv6

  219. cohenite

    Luke

    #3156992, posted on September 16, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    https://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/democrats-call-for-supreme-court-justice-brett-kavanaughs-impeachment-over-new-rape-allegations/news-story/566448ccec115ef5877b1a8da572e175

    So news.com are just now running with the Kavanaugh story as if it is true and a bombshell even though they note in the article that it has already be shown to be false. Where the below bit of the

    This is terrible. I don’t think it is to do directly with Ginsburg although that plays a part but more to do with the imminent release of the IG Report.

    Kavanaugh accusations described here with the alleged victim denying it and the supposed accuser also going to ground and apparently a former demorat operative. Kavanaugh may have to sue but this will impact on the SC. The left don’t care what or who they destroy.

  220. Geriatric Mayfly

    Hadn’t heard this one before. ‘Field Marshall Gerald Templar told him [Lord Louis Mountbatten] to his face, he was so crooked that if he swallowed a nail, he’d shit a corkscrew.’ Spekkie Book Review.

  221. egg_

    Jane Gilmore “Fixed It” on Teh Dumb – “the most dangerous place on a Saturday night for a woman is with her male partner”.

    With her Les partner, statistically?

  222. cohenite

    The new Green Shirt movement with the support of Peter Ridd is taking on the palachook’s gov’t’s hostility towards agriculture:

    https://www.facebook.com/GreenShirtsMovement/

  223. cohenite

    And Senator Roberts asked the Minister for Agriculture, Senator McKensie whether she would prefer valuable water being used to flood the Perricoota State Forest (NSW) or going to farmers who are on zero water allocation. Place your bets as to how the bitch answered:

  224. Roger

    The new Green Shirt movement with the support of Peter Ridd is taking on the palachook’s gov’t’s hostility towards agriculture

    Don’t forget: it began with John Howard and David Kemp.

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