Open Forum: September 28, 2019

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  1. Nob

    #3172083, posted on October 1, 2019 at 12:54 am
    What the hell happened at the New Statesman. It found Christianity? WTF?

    They’re trying to claim Christian values belong to them.
    I’d say it’s a reaction to having a leftwing Pope.

  2. Top Ender

    Ya canna hand a man a grander spanner!

    A TEENAGE male youth has been charged after police allege he armed himself with a spanner and attempted to rob a number of businesses in Bridgewater., Tasmania.

    Police said the 14-year-old entered the St Vincent de Paul shop on Hurst St around 3pm. Armed with a large spanner he threatened staff for money before leaving empty-handed.

    He then went into the Big Bargain Bottle shop and attempted to steal alcohol before threatening staff, again with the spanner, and leaving empty-handed.

    The youth then went into the nearby Domino’s Pizza, again threatening staff with the spanner and leaving with a small amount of cash.

    Police were first called to the scene around 3.15pm.

    As a result of investigations, a 14-year-old was arrested and has been charged with robbery offences.

    Look on the bright side. At least he was up and working in the afternoon.

  3. Tom

    Mark Knight’s tribute to 27-year-old father of four Marlion Pickett, who made his AFL debut in last Saturday’s grand final.

  4. Tom

    Steve Bright on BoJo’s takedown of BBC hack Andrew Marr. More here.

  5. DrBeauGan

    Thanks, Tom. It’s three in the morning here and I should be asleep, but I ate and drank too much. So I slept for four years and woke up all perky.

    I thought Delingpole got it right. There are some extremely stupid people with neither sense nor judgment in the UK parliament. And we have the same problem.

  6. DrBeauGan

    There are rational arguments on both sides of the Brexit debate, but ultimately it comes down to whether you want the country run by a bureaucratic caste or think that democracy works better. The latter requires some faith in the wisdom and judgment of the people. My feeling is that the people can be wrong on technical matters but their values are generally sane and sound, while the bureaucratic class are better informed but pursue self interest except when they are taken over by an ideology, when they can be mad as bedbugs. So I’m mostly in favour of democracy. It’s not perfect, but the alternatives are worse.

    I don’t think treason is too harsh a word to describe the actions of some parliamentarians. Rather accurate, in fact. But I am more worried by the quantity of hysteria I see, in Westminster and around me. In the Greta child and those who take her seriously, for example.

  7. notafan

    Would be glorious if after Justin and Greta marched for the climate panic/mass extinction in Montreal Canada booted Trudeau and rejected the climate hoax.

    Scoldilocks will be so foot Stampy.

  8. Mother Lode

    Media Watch concludes the PM is the one being misleading about Climate, not the media. Now they segue onto drought.

    Trump’s genius was to point out that the media too has a reason to dissemble. He then left it to the people to decide, aided with a few examples of just that thing.

    The ABC relies on the fact that people still, with habitual torpor, think the media is one of the fixed true points in a bewildering sea of agenda swirling around them. To navigate this sea successfully you need to be able to take into account the media’s deliberate drift. And the media fortifies this belief because they don’t report on their agenda.

    But Trump did.

  9. Rafe Champion

    In case you didn’t see it in the comments on a climate post, a revealing video of Greta caught out with an attempt to talk without a script.

  10. Up The Workers!


    Sure beats our mooted “Mincing Poodle Class” subs to be built without any electricity in Jurassic Park, South Australia in 50 years time for an estimated cost of $50 Billion.

    You could staff the fleet of subs with Australians, Captained by Tanya Pillberserk’s hubby, with that well-known maritime man Richo as his First Mate, Oily Al Greaseball as Second Mate, the anonymous recidivist hoon-driver of the A.L.P. Prime Ministerial vehicle as helmsman, and with Craig Thomson, Bill Shorten and Honest Bob the Poor-Children’s Friend in the crew.

    What could possibly go wrong???

  11. 1735099

    The Kurds have always demonstrated sound common sense.

    Founded in 2015, the SDF is the US-backed paramilitary of a Kurdish semi-autonomous region of Syria.
    It has spent the past four years fighting IS and was the main ground force responsible for the terrorist group’s defeat in Syria earlier this year.
    The SDF has held the Australians and thousands of other foreigners since then and is growing increasingly impatient with dozens of nations who have ignored its calls to repatriate their citizens.

  12. notafan

    It’s been four days since the mass extinction matches.

    Are we there yet?

  13. 132andBush

    mass extinction matches.

    That would be homosexual relationships.

  14. bespoke

    I was thinking about what KD asked yesterday. What does it mean with his kid and friends goofing off in the kitchen.
    I think it shows he is a good dad. They could as to many other kids doing stuff they shouldn’t.
    All the crap between you and his mum was made irrelevant at that moment. 👍👍

    Life is good.

  15. 132andBush


    #3172095, posted on October 1, 2019 at 4:35 am

    David Rowe. FMD.

    Just look at how gloriously he portrays the dictatorial leader/s of China.

  16. pete m

    Abc news having kittens about nyt story trump phoned morrison about downer asking favour.

    What is the big deal?

    Do they really think world leaders never chat about shit without favours asked? How ro they think trade deals eork?

    Media are like kids let loose in a bar

  17. Bruce of Newcastle

    There are rational arguments on both sides of the Brexit debate, but ultimately it comes down to whether you want the country run by a bureaucratic caste or think that democracy works better.

    The bureaucratic class announced a ban on gas boilers yesterday. As I recall they already made sure that washing machines don’t wash and vacuums don’t suck. Or do suck, but not in the way they’re supposed to. Madness.

    So I doubt there’s a rational argument left for the globalist side, unless you really like your bananas very expensive and perfectly bendy.

  18. calli

    I love the way the ABC frame Trump’s alleged call:

    United States President Donald Trump reportedly phoned Prime Minister Scott Morrison to ask for help in discrediting the Mueller investigation into Russian election interference.

    Anyone got the transcript?

  19. calli

    If he thought Downer was involved, why wouldn’t he talk to the PM?

    Did he offer inducements or threaten sanctions if Morrison didn’t comply?

    It seems very silly, but we’ve come to expect things from the press that make you go.

  20. calli

    Rowe has mental problems and a fixation on fat, naked men. The same criticism that was thrown at Larry Pickering has found a new home.

    Seek help you silly pigmy.

  21. custard

    TheirABC’s Geraldine is trying to spin the line that this is the first time Auntie has heard of Downer/Papadopoulos/Mueller

    Lying cnuts.

  22. custard

    TheirABC’s Geraldine is trying to spin the line that this is the first time Auntie has heard of Downer/Papadopoulos/Mueller

    Liar liar pants on fire..

  23. John Constantine

    Are their abc demanding the transcripts of redfilth gillard telephoning the clinton crime cartel to organise the squandering of a hundred million dollars of australian taxpayers money to the clinton slush fund to buy her dream life after politics?.

    Are their abc demanding the telephone transcripts of keating getting his job as an influencer on behalf of the Tyrant of the chicoms?. Their abc going to keating to gotcha tories, but no abc interview has mentioned the million Uighers in the re-education camps, and how hawke and keating willingly do sondercommando to cover that up.

    Comrade Maaaaaaaates.

  24. A Lurker

    Watch this and share widely.

  25. John Constantine

    Stopping one of the worlds biggest copper mines resulted in a technical fine for the Pakistan State.

    How glorious would be the day that transnational courts find australian political orcs guilty of economic sabotage and fine them damages?.

    Their australian left are self-convinced that the transnational court/tribunal system will never be used to crush any leftists, but right after the revolution always comes the purges of the useful idiots that helped topple the old system, but now are excess to requirements.


  26. stackja

    AFTER decades of reliable and timely service, Australia’s Talking Clock is now silent.
    “At the third stroke …” of midnight last night, Telstra shut down the service — affectionately known as “George”
    — after 66 years.
    The clock’s phone number 1194, which Australians still called two million times a year, has now been discontinued.
    Telstra had extended George’s life by several months but said the service was not compatible with its new network technology. The voice of “George” was originally theatre critic Gordon Gow, who in 1953 first recorded the familiar “at the third stroke …” refrain. In 1990, Gow’s voice was replaced with late ABC broadcaster Richard Peach.

  27. stackja

    Calls for parole review after fatal stab attack
    CORRECTIONS Minister Anthony Roberts will ask the State Parole Authority to review why a woman convicted of a violent stabbing attack was not in jail when she allegedly murdered a man in an inner west apartment block on the weekend.

    Sharee Lorraine Turnbull, 30, received just over a year in jail for stabbing a 45-year-old woman in an attempted robbery in Tamworth in January, 2018. She was free on parole when she allegedly killed Jack Mulligan, 25, whose body was found riddled with stab wounds in front of a Camperdown unit block on Saturday night.

    Turnbull allegedly breached her parole two weeks ago by being in possession of a knife. She was arrested by police but not taken into custody.

    Victims of crime advocate Howard Brown said Turnbull should have been locked up.

    “When it is an incident involving a weapon, especially when her previous offence was with a knife, she should have automatically (had her) parole revoked,” he said.

    Turnbull appeared in Newtown Local Court yesterday, charged with Mr Mulligan’s murder. She was refused bail and is next due in court on November 25.

  28. John Constantine

    The Weekly Times
    Oct 1
    ICYMI: Forests are being flooded as the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder flushes 400,000 megalitres down the Murray River, des­pite the basin suffering its worst drought on record

  29. John Constantine

    The State is unswervingly committed to the great transnational treaties on clearances and rewilding it is signed up to.

    The water stored in the dams must never be used to save the rural proles from being driven to the gulags through drought, the stored water must be disposed of to quicken the clearances, in full and on time.


  30. Herodotus

    Dietary advice is constantly oscillating between “this is bad for you” and the complete opposite.
    Eat, drink and be merry.
    From The Australian:
    A major series of scientific reviews has found little evidence that the consumption of red meat is linked with cancer, diabetes and heart disease, casting doubt on dietary guidelines that recommend curtailing consumption.

    The research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the journal of the American College of Physicians, finds that nutritional recommendations to reduce red meat consumption are based on “weak, low-certainty evidence” and that there are very few health benefits to cutting meat consumption.

    The evidence is contrary to World Health Organisation recommendations which advise reducing the consumption of red meat.

  31. Mother Lode


    Saw that clip of the enfant certifiable, Greta.

    She was asked what she was trying to achieve with ‘what she was doing’ (which sounds like that other great effort to gloss over embarrassing detail ‘Some people did something’).

    She waffled for a minute, then threw it over to the other people on the panel because she could not speak for them.

    She stands up and tells us she speaks for all the young ‘uns on da planet, leveraging that supposed moral authority to scold every adult, and yet at a panel says she can’t speak for four other people. Besides which – what she is trying to do has nothing to do with what they are trying to do. What are they going to say? “No Greta. What you are actually trying to do is…”?

    The questioner also asks what she should do about Trump.

    A 16 year old tard who would know less on just about anything than the most powerful man on the planet.

    Sweet cheeses.

  32. Mother Lode

    A major series of scientific reviews has found little evidence that the consumption of red meat is linked with cancer

    I have found consumption of red meat is linked to a certain sense of well-being.

    Also to the heady fumes and flavours red wine.

  33. Tom

    The Cat saw this coming a year ago. Our fat-arsed MSM had to wait for a gotcha from the New York Times. Paywallian:

    Scott Morrison has confirmed Donald Trump called him to assist US Attorney-General Bill Barr’s investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation.

    The investigation is part of the Trump administration’s attempts to discredit the Russia probe as politically motivated.

    According to the New York Times, Mr Trump “pushed” Mr Morrison during a phone call in “recent weeks” for Australia’s help in the Justice Department’s investigation.

    It said Mr Barr requested that the president ask Mr Morrison directly about the issue.

    A Morrison government spokesman told The Australian on Tuesday: “The Australian government has always been ready to assist and co-operate with efforts that help shed further light on the matters under investigation.

    “The PM confirmed this readiness once again in conversation with the president.”

  34. John Constantine

    Sky wymynsys breathlessly gushing there is proof that Trump rang Morrison .

    Wymynsys gleefully proclaiming that Trumps man approached Downer with claims about saint Hilary.

    They have no shame.


  35. Tom

    Alexander Downer is backpedalling at a million miles an hour. Paywallian:

    As part of his inquiry, Mr Barr is looking at the role played by former Australian High Commissioner to London Alexander Downer in triggering the Russia investigation.

    Mr Downer played a central role in the start of the Russia investigation when he reported a meeting in London in May 2016 with a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopolous.

    But Mr Downer told ABC Radio on Tuesday he had no information regarding a call between Mr Trump and Mr Morrison.

    “I’ve got nothing to say about it beyond what I’ve ever said,” Mr Downer said. “So I don’t know anything at all about conversations Scott Morrison has had with Donald Trump. That, I’m afraid, these days it’s not the sort of thing I’m privy to.”

  36. thefrollickingmole

    ABC belling the cat on how the kiddies crusade is all carefully stage managed ..

    Thats not their intention but the article essentially lays it out.
    Some highlights.
    Over the past six months, Foreign Correspondent has been following three young campaigners in three continents as they learn the art of activism.

    Alexandria and her mum, Kristin Hogue, make their way through rush-hour traffic to a hip office building in Brooklyn, for an appointment with “creative strategist” Cristian Fleming.

    They’re launching a not-for-profit climate education organisation and Mr Fleming is advising them on the dos and don’ts of starting up in the activist space.

    Her mother is a PhD student in climate and cultural studies and the other half of what’s become a savvy and successful double act.

    Now Alexandria and her mum are stepping their climate action up a notch with their not-for-profit organisation, Earth Uprising.
    She went from being a geography student living in a small German town to a full-time climate activist, spending most of her time in the capital Berlin, constantly on the go and always in demand.

    Backstage she’s multi-tasking: carrying out media interviews, signing autographs, posting on social media, dealing with audio problems, late guests, uninvited guests — all while trying to rehearse her speech.

    Keeping mum in the loop in Sydney
    In Sydney, Jean Hinchliffe’s mum is trying to nail down where her daughter will be staying when the 15-year-old flies to New York on her own for the UN Climate Summit.

    One year ago, Jean says she didn’t even know how to embed her signature in an email. Today, she’s a key player in the Australian and international youth climate movement, as well as the master of ceremonies at the Sydney climate strikes.

    “I mean I’ve spent my life growing up surrounded by this constant news of polar ice caps melting and the Great Barrier Reef dying and animals losing their homes and bushfires and floods,” she says.
    Jean is miles from the action when Ms Thunberg delivers her address to the UN Climate Action Summit in New York. The closest she can get is one block away, at a heavily guarded police barrier.

    “I think it’s kind of ridiculous that so many young people aren’t allowed inside for this event,” Jean tells us.
    Despite her frustrations, Jean feels invigorated by her trip to New York.

    Pedophrasts everywhere….

  37. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Teacher ‘recruited family as IZIZ breeders’

    Remy Varga
    10:52PM September 30, 2019

    A maths teacher from western Sydney is reportedly responsible for delivering most of the Australian women stranded at an Izlomic State camp in Syria, including his mother, wife and his four children.

    Morehammad Zahab supplied at least a dozen of his family members, who claimed they were tricked, to IZIZ, according to a ­report by the ABC’s Four Corners program.

    Mariam Dabboussy was married to Zahab’s brother Kaled when she said they thought they were going on holidays with their 18-month-year-old child in mid-2015.

    “My husband had never left the country, so we had a really nice holiday planned,” she said.

    Instead she and her family found themselves in a nightmare in which she has been widowed and married twice more and lives with her children in the Australian section of the al-Hawl camp that is home to about 70,000 women and children.

    She blames her dead brother-in-law. “I know Morehammad Zahab had facilitated and convinced him it was the right thing to do,” she said.

    Ms Dabboussy father, Kamalle Dabboussy, said the women were victims who had been trafficked for the purpose of breeding.

    “They were trafficked … their role was seen as childcare and bearers of children and they were taken for this purpose,” he said. “They are victims of this situation.”

    Mr Dabboussy said Zahab ­became a senior figure within IZIZ and wielded a significant amount of power.

    Australian federal agents froze about $500,000 from the proceeds of a house near the NSW town of Young that belonged to Zahab’s cousin Haisem Zahab.

    Haisem Zahab was ­arrested in February 2017 after it was ­revealed he had sent missile rocket system designs to IZIZ and was in the process of designing rockets using computer software and handwritten notes. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to at least six years and nine months in jail last June.

    Morehammad Zahab’s parents left Australia in 2015 after they sold their Sydney home. The Australia Federal Police alleged the family tried to use the proceeds from the sale to fund IZIZ.

    From the Oz.

  38. bespoke

    That, I’m afraid, these days it’s not the sort of thing I’m privy to.”

    I bet you are.

    I had some sympathy for the crap he got as opposition leader for the way he talked and for saying abortion is not a contraceptive. But he is swamp.

  39. Mother Lode

    Seek help you silly pigmy.


    Let him wallow and rot.

  40. Mother Lode

    In 1990, Gow’s voice was replaced with late ABC broadcaster Richard Peach.

    I wonder if he got royalties every ten seconds?

    Mind you, being an ABC talent, I would assume Peach set up a company under which he was a contractor, which insisted that that it would only deal with another company of a pareticular structure rather than directly with Telstra, which company he was happy to set up, and another company created to liase between telstra and the Peach company set up to liase with the company under which Peach was employed.

    All sent invoices.

  41. bespoke

    Her mother is a PhD student

    Nothing to add but 🤣

  42. Herodotus

    Climate Emergency!
    Record Snow in Montana, and it’s early in the season. Most since 1934.
    Great Falls Tribune

  43. Roger

    A maths teacher from western Sydney is reportedly responsible for delivering most of the Australian women stranded at an Izlomic State camp in Syria, including his mother, wife and his four children.

    These women had no will of their own?

    World’s most feminist religion?

  44. Percy Popinjay

    G’day Bob Morristeen, how’s VenOztraliastan? Yuuuuuge, I hope!

  45. Top Ender


    It is with a heavy heart that Strewth conveys the death on September 17 of Marcus Dudley Aussie-Stone, Australia’s perennial and least successful political candidate.

    According to ABC election guru Antony Green, Aussie-Stone contested at least 20 federal election, including seven against sitting prime ministers, and never won more than 2 per cent of the vote. Family and friends gathered at the Petersham RSL in Sydney’s inner west on Monday to commemorate “Australia’s leading, defeated, independent candidate” (as Aussie-Stone described himself), who claimed to have stood for office more times than any one else since Federation.

    It’s a stupendous story and it all started back in 1972. After noticing a legal loophole, he added Aussie to his family name of Stone by deed poll. “It was the only way to attract attention and to be first on the ballot paper,” he said. This prompted authorities to alter the system of allocating ballot paper positions from alphabetical to random selection (depriving him of donkey votes). As Aussie-Stone explained on his website, he was galvanised into action after hearing the prime minister tell ABC radio “that the federal government viewed industry to be more important than the Australian people”. He explained: “Something clicked in my brain that this wasn’t right and I didn’t stop until I was standing as an independent candidate against PM Billy McMahon in the federal seat of Lowe.” McMahon comfortably retained his seat in 1972, with Aussie-Stone picking up 312 votes (0.59 per cent), but the Liberal government fell.

    Thus began Aussie-Stone’s claim to fame as the man who believed he could jinx prime ministers. Three years later he did it again, scoring 1178 (his career high of first preferences) against Gough Whitlam when Labor was trounced. That year he ran in eight seats — Casey, Cook, Diamond Valley, Henty, Isaacs, Lang (his highest vote percentage, 1.65), Paterson and Werriwa — a move that forced the Australian Electoral Commission to change the nomination rules to prevent people running in multiple electorates. Just think: if he’d won them all, he could have formed his own cabinet.

    After a well-earned break he came back in 1990 and won 316 votes in Wills against Bob Hawke, one of the few to survived the prime minister curse. Aussie-Stone had to run twice to topple Paul Keating’s Labor government, securing 204 and 267 Blaxland votes in 1993 and 1996 respectively. In 1998 he scored the honour of being the least popular lower house candidate in the whole country when he gained only 71 votes in Bennelong against John Howard. “It’s the worst result in the whole election — I know, because all my mates rang up and told me,” he told the Herald Sun.

    In 2010 he had no luck against Julia Gillard in Lalor, earning 410 nods. His final federal election was in 2016 against Malcolm Turnbull. Turnbull won 52,353 votes in Wentworth; Aussie-Stone 390. But the double dissolution left the Liberals with a one-seat majority and Turnbull was ousted from the prime ministership the next year. Aussie-Stone’s final hex?

    When asked why he spent 45 years running to lose, not only the result but his own money (it costs $2000 to nominate, returned only if one wins more than 4 per cent of first preferences), he replied: “I don’t see it as a campaign deposit. I see it only as a right to raise ‘issues of concern’ fee.” A fervent humanitarian and regional development advocate, he considered his candidature a protest against the bureaucracy, no matter which party was in power. He campaigned (with no donations or expenditure) on the same issues: a fair go; financing for inventions and innovations; a champion for indigenous communities and businesses; respect for refugees and an increase to inland tourism. While perusing his website, Strewth stumbled across this Dutch proverb: “Roasted pigeons will not fly into one’s mouth.” Vale.

    Oz print edition

  46. Mother Lode

    These women had no will of their own?

    In general, no. They are prey to evil djinn spirits which often whisk them away to what can only be called stupid locations, or lure them as if blindfolded into criminal enterprises.

    However, if she shows an ankle or asks why about anything, that willfulness warrants a thoroughgoing beating the likes of which they will never forget.

    Inshallah, y’all.

  47. Bruce of Newcastle

    Yes I want to impeach your ass, but please be nice to me!

    Schumer to Trump: Don’t let impeachment talk derail gun legislation

  48. Mother Lode

    That is sad, TE.

    Even in the afterlife he still has to wait for all those plumbers named A.A.A. Aardvark that I remember seeing advertising in the yellow pages in the 70’s.

  49. Roger

    WSJ, 29.09.19:

    “A Department of Justice team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham is separately exploring the extent to which a number of countries, including Ukraine, played a role in the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.”

  50. Bruce of Newcastle

    Florida woman illuminates us about why smoking in a portaloo is not a good idea:

    Mysterious dead body found inside burning Florida port-a-potty

  51. Mother Lode

    Schumer to Trump: Don’t let impeachment talk derail gun legislation

    Yes, while we hope dealing with our vexatious and empty impeachment theatrics will prevent you from carrying out your agenda, we hope you will find time to carry out ours.

  52. Bruce of Newcastle

    LA Times journo has an important message for us:

    Opinion: When deciding what foods to eat for lunch, consider climate change

    There’s only one possible answer:

  53. cohenite

    The msm is amazing; how long has fish-net stocking downer’s involvement with wussia been known? 2 years? The issue with fish-net is whether Papadopoulos rang him or as seems the case fish-net was told to go to the meeting by the swamp which makes fish-net an agent of the swamp. What a fucking surprise. Yet we have that fucking idiot john laws saying this is breaking news and unfolding. I’d like to unfold him and the rest of the msm.

  54. stackja

    Melbourne’s coldest October morning in 35 years before burst of springtime warmth

    After shivering through Melbourne’s coldest October morning in 35 years, a glorious burst of spring warmth is on the way. It comes as the city’s thunderstorm asthma warning system was switched on today.
    Brianna Travers and Caroline Schelle, Herald Sun
    October 1, 2019 9:16am

  55. stackja

    Queensland public service executive bill skyrockets

    The Queensland public service has blown back out to pre-Newman Government numbers, with a shocking number of newly hired execs and technical experts earning the big bucks. You won’t believe how much they’re being paid.
    Jessica Marszalek, Jack McKay, EXCLUSIVE, The Courier-Mail
    Subscriber only

    October 1, 2019 12:00am

    THE Palaszczuk Government has brought on 33,100 extra public servants in its ongoing hiring spree – including 3375 new, highly-paid “fat cats” – in just three years.

    The latest State of the Sector report shows a 30 per cent explosion in executives and technical experts earning more than $129,000 a year, the majority in health and education.

    It comes as the latest boost to the public service – 4468 new hires in the first six months of this year – means nearly one in 10 Queensland workers are now employed by the State Government with the sector blowing back out to pre-Newman Government numbers.

    There were 229,947 full-time public servants in June – 33,091 more than were employed when Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk came to office in early 2015.

    And in 2018, there were 14,312 executives and technical experts, up from 10,937 in 2015.

    That included more than 8,700 workers in the health sector as well as 2,690 employees in the education sector.

    A Palaszczuk Government spokesman said the majority of employees earning senior executive salaries were doctors, senior nurses, senior principals, and the most senior police and emergency services employees.

  56. stackja

    Alleged crime spree kids already back on the streets

    THREE of the six kids allegedly involved in a terrifying crime spree across Darwin, Palmerston and the rural area on Monday have already walked free
    Subscriber only

    October 1, 2019 12:00am

    THREE of the six kids allegedly involved in a terrifying crime spree across Darwin, Palmerston and the rural area on Monday have walked free.

    One has been released pending further investigation and two are being considered for youth diversion.

    The other three kids were denied police bail and charged with a string of offences in relation to the morning of mayhem.

    It’s alleged the crime spree started with the theft of a Mitsubishi Lancer and Kia Sorrento from a home in Karama.

    At 3.40am, the Kia hit a light pole at Baldwin Dr in Moulden.

    It’s about the sixth break-in at the shop this year and Ms Bell’s frustration has reached boiling point.

    “They get diversion or they walk or you get no compensation for what they’ve done and you’re left to pick up the pieces,” she said.

    Territory Families Minister Dale Wakefield was not available for interview on Monday.

    Her office would not confirm whether the six children alleged to be involved were in the care of Territory Families or if they were known repeat offenders.

    In a written statement to the NT News, Ms Wakefield said the Government was “starting to see positive results” from its overhaul of the NT’s youth justice system, but acknowledged more needed to be done.

  57. thefrollickingmole

    Ok I know this may seem harsh, but I believe Ive cracked the riddle asked in this article…

    ‘I know love is real’: why is stunning comic Nicole Byer still single?
    The fact that Byer has been single her whole life is baffling; she is beautiful, hilarious, warm and in every other area seems pretty close to taking over the world. She is the host of the popular and extremely silly baking show Nailed It, on Netflix, in which contestants who are not exactly capable bakers are asked to make, say, a cake in the shape of Napoleon or a phenomenally lifelike shark. Since taking her first improv class in 2008, Byer has had roles on 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live; she has written and starred in her own semi-autobiographical comedy show Loosely Exactly Nicole for MTV, and later Facebook; and, this year, her standup special was released on Netflix.

    Answer here, may contain spoilers..

  58. stackja

    Japan’s efforts in the Rugby World Cup are a metaphor for their approach to everything

    It is not just their performance in the rugby that’s impressive. From energy to transport to infrastructure to service delivery, the Japanese have got it figured out, writes Alan Jones.
    Alan Jones, The Daily Telegraph
    Subscriber only

    September 30, 2019 11:28pm

    I am writing from Tokyo, where the Rugby World Cup fever is beyond anything that I could ­imagine.

    Having arrived on Saturday morning, all that mattered in Tokyo was Japan v Ireland in rugby. Even in our hotel rooms, we received a list of where in the city we could watch the rugby with the added reminder that the “smoking area is not completely isolated”. They are not keen on smoking over here and rugby came first.

    As for the hotel rooms, there is every gadget imaginable. But unlike anywhere else I have been in the world, everything is unbelievably simple. For electronic simpletons like me, this is dream world.

    Everywhere I walked, stood or sat, I could not escape someone who wanted to talk rugby. Even the waiters in the hotel could tell you about Japan v Ireland.

    In many ways, the rugby side is a metaphor of Japan. They want things done as perfectly as is possible.

    You have never seen spotless taxis like it. You feel so grateful that you want to tip them! But tipping is not allowed. You don’t even leave your change on the table. Someone will run after you and give it back.

    And one other idiosyncrasy: no one eats on the run in Japan.

    You don’t grab a takeaway burger and woof it down on the train. You are reminded that if you are eating street food, stand still or find somewhere to sit.

    This is the largest city in the world if the entire Tokyo metropolitan area is included.

    With a total of more than 38 million residents (though the city itself is fewer than 10 million) it is regularly named the safest city in the world.

    The prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is the longest-serving post-war prime minister.

    You could talk all day about their state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology.

    They have had bullet trains since 1964 and, in Tokyo alone, there are 179 stations on the metro, another 99 on the subway. A new bullet train will come on stream next year travelling at more than 500km/h. They leave us for dead.

    But it is in the field of energy that they make a mockery of Australia.


    Their forecast energy mix for decades to come is 50 per cent from coal and nuclear, 25 per cent LNG and 25 per cent renewable.

    But before the renewable addicts in Australia get excited, most of the renewable is from hydropower. There is no appetite for wind and solar.

    And while the United Nations and backward-thinking Australian leaders continue to talk rubbish on renewable energy and climate change, Japan is pushing ahead with 37 new coal-fired power projects — more than any other developed country in the world — and, of course, they cannot get enough of our coal.

  59. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Absurdly hierarchical, bureaucratic’

    Anthony Albanese has a new organisation chart for his office … but it looks as if he’s spent more time watching The West Wing re-runs than thinking about how to win an election.

    By Troy Bramston

    From Commentary
    October 1, 2019
    4 minute read

    It took Anthony Albanese only four months to finalise an organisation chart for his office. But this is not any standard organisation chart. The three-page colour-coded document with a mix of boxes, arrows and dot points would make the Prime Minister’s office blush. It is absurdly hierarchical and bureaucratic for a 30-person office that is supposed to be a cutting-edge, flexible and fast-moving political machine.

    It should come as no surprise that the Opposition Leader’s office has only five dedicated policy advisers but has a large communications team with seven staff members. Even the “engagement” unit, which looks after scheduling, visits and stakeholders (read unions), has six staff. A “parliament and research” unit has five staff members. There is also a four-person “office support” group plus the electorate office staff.

    It looks as if they have spent more time watching re-runs of The West Wing than thinking about how to win an election. Managing this highly ordered and cumbersome office is capable and respected chief of staff Tim Gartrell. But, in a move that has surprised Labor frontbenchers, he has two deputy chiefs of staff and four division heads. A policy adviser is four steps removed from Albanese.

    It is no wonder there has been little policy renewal within Labor since the election. There has been no decision about whether to stick with the party’s more contentious policies on climate change or taxation. The party is paralysed between those who want a new direction and those who insist on keeping faith with an agenda that lost an election.

    Albanese is planning a series of “headland” speeches on policy direction. This is so 1990s. It is what John Howard did when he returned to the Liberal leadership before the 1996 election. At least Howard was considered a policy thinker. But the five-person policy team, no doubt, is on to it.

    From the Oz. Voters are supposed to take these clowns seriously?

  60. Rex Mango

    TFD, terrific riddle. Had me baffled for quite a while as to why ole Nicole still single.

  61. Bruce of Newcastle

    If only the Pharaohs had had cement.

    Robert Mugabe buried in a steel coffin encased in concrete as family claims people are ‘after his body’ (via BCF)

    The bizarre burial of Robert Mugabe saw the former Zimbabwean leader interred in a steel-lined coffin under a layer of concrete on Saturday, following a bitter dispute over his resting place between government officials, traditional leaders and family members.

    His eldest nephew, Leo Mugabe, who played a central role in the prolonged burial drama, said the coffin which brought his embalmed body to Harare from Singapore had to be changed for security reasons.

    “People really are after his body or his body parts, so we wanted something that is tamper-proof. That is why the casket was changed,” he told a local radio station.

    After the coffin was lowered into the ground in a private ceremony close to the home which Grace Mugabe had built after their marriage, concrete was laid down around it.

    Maybe someone will steal the block of concrete with him in it.

  62. calli

    Nicole is telling porkie pies. She has found true love.

    She just hasn’t worked out that when the door shuts, the light goes out.

  63. calli


    At least Albanese has switched programs.

    And remember the mirth in Parliament over the “headland” policies? I do. They were quite witty – Point Danger, Cape Tribulation etc. in fact, I suspect Therapeutic Albo was one of the contributors.

    He must be getting a bit old and forgetful.

  64. Rex Mango

    Sounds like Albanese has the same chart in his office that Control had at the start of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, before Gerald the Mole got him and the Circus. Albo better watch out.

  65. Roger

    Japan is pushing ahead with 37 new coal-fired power projects — more than any other developed country in the world — and, of course, they cannot get enough of our coal.

    Why are new coal-fired power plants economically viable in Japan but not in Australia?


  66. Eyrie:

    Compressed air storage. Oh goody. Air gets compressed. Gets hot. Heat leaks away into storage cavern walls.
    Release air to generate power. Air gets cold. I must calculate the efficiency of this process. I doubt it is as good as pumped storage hydro.

    That plan sounds even less workable than my (in jest) plan to harvest the potential energy in the Kosciusko Mountain.
    Run twenty km of dual track railway down the hill. get many, many coal cars and fill them with rock from the mountain. Link the cars together to turn a generator. Have the cars unload their cargo at the bottom, use the rock for gravel for roads. The linked coal car will now, because it’s empty, get pushed up the mountain again for refilling.
    Easy bloody peasy.

  67. stackja

    #3172210, posted on October 1, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Greens vote in Japan?

  68. thefrollickingmole

    She just hasn’t worked out that when the door shuts, the light goes out.

    Meeeeow!,thats going to leave a mark…

  69. Rex Mango

    Am working on a scheme of large black PVC spiral piping, with one end in the ocean and the other running uphill over the Great Divide to the head waters of Murray-Darling. Through process of evaporation, salt water travels up the pipe and is then desalinated to drought proof the south east of Australia. Perhaps could integrate some hydro-electric power into the scheme too and maybe geothermal hot rocks.

  70. calli

    Nah, TFM. I’m just heartily sick of unhealthy, grossly overweight people being held up as being something to aspire to.

    She may be a beautiful person. She probably is. And probably would make some man a terrific life partner.

    But the cynicism of that piece in ladling it on is despicable. The writer knows full well what the problem is. So does the reader. The woman is fat. She is unhealthy. She needs to lose weight. Now.

    Normalising it adds to the problem.

  71. stackja

    Trump threat prompts Whistleblower fears
    Donald Trump’s tweet that a whistleblower’s actions could be treasonous has raised concerns for that person’s safety when they testify to Congress.
    Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press
    October 1, 2019 9:53am

    The House and Senate intelligence committees have been in negotiations for more than a week with the whistleblower’s lawyers and Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire to ensure the person is protected if he or she testifies behind closed doors.

    The person is willing to speak to Congress, the lawyers say, but only if Maguire can ensure anonymity and safety from reprisal.

    “Unfortunately, we expect this situation to worsen, and to become even more dangerous for our client and any other whistleblowers, as Congress seeks to investigate this matter,” Andrew Bakaj, one of the whistleblower’s lawyers, wrote in a letter to Maguire on Saturday.

    Bakaj referred to Trump’s comments that he wants to know who the whistleblower is, and that people who gave the person information are “close to a spy.”

    Meanwhile Deep State ?

    Andrew Bakaj is a former intelligence officer and criminal investigator who brings a history of distinguished service to the firm. This experience enables the firm to represent individuals in adverse security clearance actions, whistleblower activities, and individuals, corporations, and organizations who are facing criminal and/or administrative investigations. Notably, his background as a subject-matter expert in whistleblower reprisal investigations makes him uniquely qualified to represent individuals who have experienced retaliatory action as a result of lawfully engaging in protected activity—whistleblower reprisal—particularly when the action involves a security clearance. Moreover, he is a leading expert in security clearance matters. In his professional capacities, Andrew has advised and counseled numerous senior U.S. Government officials in a variety of legal and investigative areas.

  72. thefrollickingmole

    Rex Mango

    These sort of things are how runiables should work.

    While the suns shining and wind is blowing push shit up hills into storage.
    When the demand is there let it flow back down again.
    Pretty well how Snowy works except using excess coal fired power.

  73. thefrollickingmole


    Got it, thought it was a great little reply…

  74. calli

    Chortle. I found another one.

    That’s enough now. I’ll stop.

  75. Rex Mango

    Only hurdle to be overcome in my PVC Spiral Black Pipe Scheme is salt disposal. Huge amounts of salt will be accumulate in the piping and needs to be disposed of.

  76. Top Ender

    Maybe someone will steal the block of concrete with him in it.

    Funny story concerning concrete and bodies. Well, not so funny for those concerned.

    Was working in the Philippines back around 04 when Imelda Marcos was scheduled to turn up to open a new building. The final touches were still going on that morning with the good lady doing the honours at 1100.

    Apparently they still had minor scaffolding up and were also laying a final slab early in the day. Some of the scaffolding collapsed and four, some say six, blokes hurtled to their death – you guessed it, into the slab below being poured.

    A hurried conference was held and it was decided the slab had to be laid and all made good for the ceremony. More concrete was smoothed over the bodies and all of the building apparatus taken away. Ceremony proceeded as normal and all was a success. Apart from the families not getting the bodies of their loved ones, that is.

    Dunno how true it was in detail, but was just apparently another part of life in the Philippines. Guns in people’s cars’ gloveboxes, and roofs collapsing because the reo had been stolen were everyday parts of life, and death.

  77. thefrollickingmole

    Huge amounts of salt will be accumulate in the piping and needs to be disposed of.

    WA has a (last time I looked) 5 million tonnes a year salt project in the works near Onslow. Salt is a commodity as long as its dumped near a port for shipping.

  78. thefrollickingmole

    Heres the planned project.

    It will apparently be so automated it will need only about 60 people to run.

  79. Dr Faustus

    Only hurdle to be overcome in my PVC Spiral Black Pipe Scheme is salt disposal. Huge amounts of salt will be accumulate in the piping and needs to be disposed of.

    No, no. There’s a simple and sustainable solution. You take water from the headwaters of the Murray Darling and use gravity to backwash the black PVC pipe to dissolve and remove the salt – which can be disposed of back into the ocean.

    No, really, don’t thank me.

  80. Nick

    TE, it’s a true story. The media centre itself is largely abandoned and is said to be haunted.

  81. Top Ender

    Actually speaking of reo the best part of inspecting some of the newer buildings in the ME is if you can get a bit of access behind the scenes, or see where someone has smashed in the stonework of a pillar or a wall.

    They really do use chicken wire for reinforcing.

  82. stackja

    Top Ender
    #3172236, posted on October 1, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Opal Tower?

  83. stackja

    Helen Mirren dismisses binary sexuality
    Dame Helen Mirren says we’re all “a wonderful mix of male and female”.
    Lucy Mapstone, Press Association

    In Age of Consent Helen Mirren was female.

  84. Dr Faustus

    They really do use chicken wire for reinforcing.

    I was casually watching Indonesian concrete construction on a mid-rise in Jakarta a few weeks ago. The builders were using a combination of shuttering and hand placed concrete on the supporting walls – and then hammering reo bars down into the wet mud at random spacings.

    The ‘finished’ lifts below actually had holes right through the walls, which were being filled in with half bricks.

  85. Top Ender

    Can’t remember Stackja – we drove past it a few times over the next few weeks and the accident was always mentioned.

  86. Mother Lode

    Nicole is telling porkie pies. She has found true love.

    She just hasn’t worked out that when the door shuts, the light goes out.


  87. stackja

    Radio ratings: 2GB, Alan Jones lead despite major advertiser backlash

    Advertisers who pulled dollars from Alan Jones’ breakfast show in the wake of his controversial comments about the New Zealand PM are the biggest losers in the latest Sydney radio ratings.
    Jonathon Moran, Chief Entertainment Writer, The Daily Telegraph
    Subscriber only

    October 1, 2019 11:14am

    Advertisers who pulled sponsorship from the Alan Jones Breakfast Show are the biggest losers in the latest radio ratings survey.

    Macquarie Media owned 2GB held steady across the board with an overall share of 13.4 per cent of the Sydney market to remain the number one radio station across the AM and FM dials.

    For Jones in the all important breakfast slot, his show dipped slightly by 0.3 of a percentage point to hold the market leading share of 16.8 per cent, a long way off its nearest rivals being KIIS FM duo Kyle and Jackie O with their 11.6 per cent share of the market (up 0.6).

  88. Zatara

    Hockey responds to AG Barr

    “The Australian Government will use its best endeavors to support your efforts in this matter. While Australia’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, The Hon. Alexander Downer, is no longer employed by the Government, we stand ready to provide you with all relevant information to support your inquiries.”

    Sounds like they are trying to wash Downer off their hands. “Alex who”?

  89. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The House and Senate intelligence committees have been in negotiations for more than a week with the whistleblower’s lawyers and Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire to ensure the person is protected if he or she testifies behind closed doors.

    testify that he heard someone say something. how is that evidence of anything?!??

    the left are just plain deadshits

  90. stackja

    ABC Sydney is also one to note with the station down in all slots and registering an overall drop of 1.1 per cent to a share of 8.3.

    Other ABC Radio Sydney ratings down too.
    2RN 2.1 -0.1
    ABC NEWS 1.6 -0.5

  91. For all the farmers out there:
    Farmyard Helpers.
    My favourite is the cow scratcher.

  92. Mother Lode

    New Fred, folks.

    Don’t tell Numberwang but.

  93. stackja

    ‘Offensive’ Kyle’s comments highlight hypocrisy of the politically correct brigade

    If ever there was an example of the cultural left’s hypocrisy and double standards go no further than Israel Folau and Kyle Sandilands
    Dr Kevin Donnelly, The Daily Telegraph
    Subscriber only

    October 1, 2019 9:08am

    If ever there was an example of the cultural left’s hypocrisy and double standards go no further than Israel Folau and Kyle Sandilands.

    Folau has been vilified, attacked and condemned in the media and on social networking sites for arguing unless they repent drunks, adulterers, homosexuals, liars, thieves and fornicators would suffer in hell.

    For expressing a sincerely held religious belief Folau has been sacked by Rugby Australia, lost millions in potential earnings and forced to take costly legal action to defend his reputation and, hopefully, restart his career.

    Compare this to the response to a series of deeply offensive comments by Kyle Sandilands on KIIS FM over a week ago. When talking about the Virgin Mary, obviously a figure central to both the Christian and Is lam faiths as the mother of Jesus the Christ, Sandilands said Mary was not a virgin.

    Clearly, such is the power and influence of politically correct ideology and group think that if you espouse a religious belief it’s open season and you are fair game. Vilify and insult religious beliefs for no good reason and you get a free pass and there are no consequences or sanctions.

    To date, unlike Alan Jones who is another victim of corporate hypocrisy and virtue signalling, no sponsors have publicly withdrawn support and there has been no move to take Sandilands off air. And it’s not as though Sandilands doesn’t have form when it comes to making gratuitously offensive and insulting remarks.

    While it is OK to vilify and insult religion, especially Christianity, make the mistake of criticising or insulting those the cultural-left identifies as protected and you suffer adverse consequences.

    Dr Kevin Donnelly is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University and author of A Politically Correct Dictionary and Guide (forthcoming Connor Court Publishing).

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