Open Forum: September 28, 2019

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  1. thefrollickingmole

    It’s like anyone from the left now is protected species and you go after them at your peril. Are we really at this point now?

    Been pretty well at that point for over 40 years.

    Kennedys, Al Grasby, Nevile Wran, Clintons, Lionel Murphy all scabby pricks where the media of the day lay down supine because they were on the right “side”.

    The reason it seems more in your face now is because there is no longer a near homogeneous media landscape, and the internet can make it much easier for people to show just how full of shit some mainstream reporting is.

  2. Arky

    Chris Wallace on Fox interviews White house advisor.
    Interrupts him 25 times.
    Then tells him: “I will give you a full minute uninterrupted to answer this question” proceeds to interrupt him twice inside 40 seconds.
    Now I have no problem that some interviewers are going to be partisan one way, and some the other.
    I have no problem that some channels are for dems and some for Republicans.
    And some may choose to have a mix.
    But the rudeness of multiple interruptions again guests you don’t like, immediately contrasted with sycophantic soft questions to your team is not good.
    Don’t like it when it is done on behalf of the Trump camp by other presenters either.
    Fox is shit.
    Can anyone start up a channel that makes an effort at objective polite debate?

  3. Twostix

    HORROR film advertising should be banned in public spaces due to the psychological trauma it can cause young children, according to the Australian Council on Children in the Media

    So it should be.

  4. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    China could be using less Australian coal, in the future.

  5. JC

    It’s really depressing, Bespoke as there’s no cut through. Washington/Canberra are fucking swamps.

    The worst case here was the ATO’s Cranston who got off from the charge of informing his son the police were on his tail in potentially one of the biggest fraud cases in the country’s history. If you’re from the left or work in the public sector you could be Klaus Barbie and would get off. You even get an apology.

    We’re fucked.

  6. johanna

    There is no junkscience that TheirABC is willing to swallow and regurgitate:

    Cleaning clothes in a delicate washing cycle releases more plastic microfibres from clothing than any other cycle, new UK research suggests.

    When clothing made of synthetic fabrics such as polyester and nylon is washed, tiny plastic fibres are drawn out into the water, which then drains into waterways and can ultimately end up in the ocean.

    After comparing different wash cycles, researchers from the UK found that water volume, rather than the level of agitation of the clothing by the machine’s spinning, was the key factor in releasing microfibres.

    The more water used, the more plastics are pulled from the fabric.

    A staggering 800,000 more microfibres were released during a delicate cycle compared to a standard wash, a study published in the most recent edition of the Environmental Science and Technology journal found.

    A convenient marriage of two greenie myths – using water is evil, and plastics are killing Da Planet.

    Oh, and about a ‘staggering’ (no bias there) amount of something or other, these people have never been outside the Coogee Bay Hotel at closing time. Microplastics do not stagger, you illiterate.

  7. JC:

    It’s like anyone from the left now is protected species and you go after them at your peril. Are we really at this point now?

    Remember that the term ‘Arkancide’ was initially a joke. Not any more.
    So yes. We are at that point.

  8. Arky:

    Can anyone start up a channel that makes an effort at objective polite debate?

    Not worth it.
    Within 6 months you can see the maggots of the Left worming their way into the organisation. It only takes one, then ‘entryism’ lifts its rancid head…

  9. JC

    Here’s a question that’s been swirling around in my head. If Pell had been a flagrant gerbil warmer and had gone to gerbil warming hajj’s around the world and had done say a Cardinal’s version of the young Swedish head case, would he have been charged?

    I don’t thinks so.

  10. Rex Mango

    As with many in this thread, why were those two women not called as witnesses f0r defence in Pell’s case and why doesn’t a journalist ask them that question? Where are the politicians on this and some investigative journalism like 4Corners, well maybe not them due conflict of interest.

  11. Rex Mango

    Never been a conspiracy theorist, but the ability of the global warmers to disappear people is quite amazing.

  12. Old School Conservative

    Interrupts him 25 times.

    Also a distracting fault of Bolt’s.
    His message would be much clearer if he didn’t do it.
    Perhaps having fewer guests and not rushing to finish would be a better technique.

  13. jo

    stackja
    #3171303, posted on September 30, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Deputy Commissioner Burn will move to a senior intelligence role in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade later this month.

    The question begs, what intelligence would she bring to the table?

  14. JC

    If this is being considered, it likely going to happen.

    Ardern gives Greta a Nobel nod

    New Zealand Prime Minister ­Jacinda Ardern has batted away the prospect of winning the Nobel Peace Prize next week, giving a favourable nod to climate leader Greta Thunberg instead.

    Ms Ardern was lauded globally for her compassionate response to the Christchurch mosque attack in March before leading an international lobbying effort to take extremist and terrorist content off the internet.

    She has also positioned herself at the forefront of global efforts to restrict the effects of climate change, all the while becoming the second elected head of government to give birth while in office.
    Read Next

    The Labour leader was named, behind philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, as the world’s second-best leader by Fortune magazine earlier in the year.

    She appeared embarrassed on Monday by the suggestion that her efforts might be recognised by the Nobel Foundation.

    “That feels highly, highly speculative,” she said.

    Without nominating Ms Thunberg, the 16-year-old teenager, Ms Ardern was asked about some of the criticism that had arisen after Greta’s fiery speech.

    “I don’t think that’s fair. I do think we need climate advocates,” Ms Ardern said. “It certainly couldn’t be easy having been thrust onto the world stage in that way, but I have deep admiration for her.”

    Ms Ardern returned to Wellington after her own advocacy at the UN, which caused her to miss Friday’s record-breaking climate strikes across New Zealand.

    Speechless. Greta for the Nobel and Jacinta

  15. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    The worst case here was the ATO’s Cranston who got off from the charge of informing his son the police were on his tail in potentially one of the biggest fraud cases in the country’s history. If you’re from the left or work in the public sector you could be Klaus Barbie and would get off. You even get an apology.

    The worst crime of all is starting a legitimate business that does not beg for subsidies or rely on government departments to exist.

    Now actually think of being a oil wildcatter or a forester in Australia. Compare that to begging for wind subsidies or being a divorce lawyer…

    It’s like the welfare system and mental health. They want you to be a client or a sufferer. They want their empire to grow.

    “Have a mental ilness? Great! Here’s all the DSP you can dream of and no possibility of ever owning a firearm…”

    I’m old enough to be around after Pink Flloyd’s first peak.

    I should have been delivered to the theme of “Welcome to the Machine”.

  16. JC

    The worst crime of all is starting a legitimate business that does not beg for subsidies or rely on government departments to exist.

    The ATO threatens you on a weekly basis now, Frank. Last week they were threatening to perform 1 million audits.

    They threaten and intimidate you now on a weekly basis.

  17. jupes

    The worst case here was the ATO’s Cranston who got off from the charge of informing his son the police were on his tail in potentially one of the biggest fraud cases in the country’s history.

    Is that prick still working for the ATO?

  18. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    The worst case here was the ATO’s Cranston who got off from the charge of informing his son the police were on his tail in potentially one of the biggest fraud cases in the country’s history.

    The ATO threatens you on a weekly basis now, Frank. Last week they were threatening to perform 1 million audits.

    Amazing chutzpah. They’re not public servants, they’re a predatory class.

  19. JC

    Jupes.. No, but I’m sure he received a golden handshake though. How could it be anything else. Fuck I despise this class. I even hate the atoms that make them up.

  20. johanna

    BoN, spring has sprung for the boidies here. In the last couple of days, I have seen King Parrots, cukoos, galahs, magpies, currawongs, tiny wrens, rosellas and more. And, of course, the resident flock of very loud cockies.

    But, not a single Cockney sparrow. There were lots of them when I was growing up in Sydney. As has been discussed here before, they are disappearing and nobody knows why.

  21. Nick

    Adern: wears a hijab= Nobel peace prize
    Thunberg: loses her temper= Nobel peace prize
    Trump: had two meetings with Nth Korea in a rapprochement not seen in 70 years = derision

  22. Frank:

    They’re not public servants, they’re a predatory class.

    And people wonder why I say “Tear the whole bloody thing down, and start again.”
    But first, let’s bring out the tumbrils…

  23. JC

    But enough on hate. Lets love a little. This Brazilian dude is kicking some arse and could turn Brazil into a real head turner.

    I don’t like posting entire pieces, but this one has to be read. He’s potentially a great leader.

    WSJ

    Brazilian inflation is now around 3.5% a year, and real interest rates have dipped to between 2% and 3%. Credit-default risk is easing, the stock market is climbing, and forecasts for growth are improving—though still well below what Brazil needs to become a developed country.

    This brighter outlook, after nearly three years of recession, began during the presidency of Michel Temer, who took over after Workers’ Party President Dilma Rousseff was impeached in 2016. But it has gained momentum since the inauguration of President Jair Bolsonaro in January.

    In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly last week, Mr. Bolsonaro showed why he was elected. Two days after the Turtle Bay crowd feted a privileged Scandinavian teenager for delivering a climate harangue, Mr. Bolsonaro went before the assembly and invoked God, sovereignty and “the yearnings and ideals” of the Brazilian people.

    He denounced the “colonialist spirit” of the global elite, the socialism that spawned the dictatorship in Venezuela, and Cuba’s conscription of doctors sent abroad to earn money for the regime. Left-wing rule, he said, left Brazil with “widespread corruption, serious economic recession, high crime rates, and continuous attacks against family and religious values that are part and parcel of our traditions.”

    The speech was a challenge to U.N. orthodoxy. Many Brazilians celebrated it even as alarm spread in the salons of New York and Paris and newsrooms around the globe.

    Mr. Bolsonaro refuses to bow to green gods and the international thought police, and for this he is condemned. Yet something fresh and important is happening in Brazil even if ideologues at the U.N. are too wrapped up in environmental clichés and special-interest politics to recognize it.

    Mr. Bolsonaro could turn out to be one more old-school politician. But surprisingly, his agenda looks like a game changer for millions of impoverished Brazilians. If his critics were interested in Brazil’s future, they would hold him accountable for his promises instead of bad-mouthing him.

    Take his pledge to reform Brazil’s national development bank, BNDES, founded in 1952. Like many development banks, BNDES has largely served the politically powerful and has played an outsize role in the country’s recurring economic debacles.

    Last week in New York I interviewed Gustavo Montezano, a 39-year-old former investment banker and the sixth BNDES president in four years, about the reform agenda. If he fulfills promises to reduce the damage the bank does to economic growth, he will also have to reduce its usefulness as a political tool. That would be revolutionary.

    Mr. Montezano says BNDES reform fits into the government’s broader economic liberalization. Mr. Bolsonaro has already won approval of a long-overdue reform of the pension system, launched an aggressive privatization program, and won the passage of laws to reduce the regulatory burden on business.

    The Journal’s Paulo Trevisani reported on Sept. 23 that the government is “opening up one of the world’s most closed big economies, slashing import tariffs on more than 2,300 products and exposing local industries long accustomed to protectionism to the challenges of free trade.” Still to come, Mr. Montezano told me, is simplification of the tax code and an “overhaul” of public-sector administration.

    For most of the past six decades, politicians on the right and left have protected the BNDES status quo. The bank is financed by workers through a payroll tax, though they rarely benefit.

    Instead the influential receive government-guaranteed below-market loans for their companies, public and private. When loans go bad, the losses are piled on the national debt. This indebtedness raises the cost of borrowing for Brazilians who lack political clout.

    A notable BNDES-financed project was the Port of Mariel in Cuba, where the bank lent more than $500 million and Brazil guaranteed the loans. Most of that money is lost, according to Mr. Montezano, who also says there is “a perception” that the Mariel contracts are priced two to three times above actual costs.

    Mr. Montezano says BNDES will end the practice of subsidizing loans, pay back money owed to the treasury, and move the bank’s focus to facilitating the flow of private capital to infrastructure projects aimed at development. “Ideally, we shouldn’t use our capital,” he says. “If there is a private bank to finance the project, we should step out.”

    If the “no subsidies” pledge holds, there will be no more BNDES lending. But Mr. Montezano envisions the bank taking a greater role as a financial-services intermediary in federal, state and municipal projects and in concessions and privatizations, all of which need the high-quality technical expertise the bank can provide. The goal is “less lending, more development.” It isn’t unlike BNDES’s privatization work in the 1990s.

    BNDES reform is another major departure from business as usual in a top-heavy state. It is also another test of whether Mr. Bolsonaro is serious about changing Brazil.

    Read that again, about the Brazilian development bank lending Cuba (guaranteeing) $500 million dollars. This bank was supposed to help Brazil.

  24. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Seriously, give Ron & Rand Paul, Pat Buchannan, Justin Raimondo and Bannon the Ghandi gong.

    They have pushed for a cessation of hostilities for a long time.

    Whereas Obama…fucked it up and turned into “100 years” Mc Cain.

  25. JC

    Nick
    #3171625, posted on September 30, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Adern: wears a hijab= Nobel peace prize
    Thunberg: loses her temper= Nobel peace prize
    Trump: had two meetings with Nth Korea in a rapprochement not seen in 70 years = derision

    Lol.. so true. Remember that stupid Bint wearing a hajib and the only thing you could make out were her enormous teeth. They took on a life of their own.

  26. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    And people wonder why I say “Tear the whole bloody thing down, and start again.”

    There is a legitimate case to split NSW apart, at least giving statehood to the Riverina and New England; but more so for a brutal fragmentation of Victoria, I propose that the MPs, executive, judiciary, prosecution and police be made entirely of cleanskins.

    Arguably the “what should have happened to Nayzee Germany after WWII option” should be done again in Queensland now, as it should have been done by 1990.

  27. johanna

    Rand Paul hates Trump and never misses an opportunity to say or do something to prove it.

    You like this guy, dot, because you are at best an eejit. I can’t think of another excuse.

  28. Steve trickler

    Heller walks into a room of “Climate Scientists” and all their sphincters tighten up. Flannery wouldn’t last 5 minutes with this bloke.



  29. johanna

    There is a legitimate case to split NSW apart

    There he goes again!

    Dot, there is a legitimate case to split you apart.

  30. Roger

    But, not a single Cockney sparrow. There were lots of them when I was growing up in Sydney. As has been discussed here before, they are disappearing and nobody knows why.

    johanna,

    There is a theory based on field reseach undertaken in London that avian malaria is decimating the local population of sparrows.

    I don’t know if similar research has been done here but, simply based on observation, it seems something is causing a steep decline in our sparrow population.

  31. thefrollickingmole

    Cranston, odd outcome.
    Was sacked over violations of tax office policies regarding access info and his assistance to his son, but then the courts found he had not acted illegally.

    Looking at wiki hes been recruited immediately by a law/tax firm to lobby the ATO for customers with tax problems.

    But no golden handshake, which i had expected to see.

  32. Bruce of Newcastle

    they are disappearing and nobody knows why

    Johanna – I don’t know about the sparrows but my obese peewee has vanished too, a week ago along with his lady. They lost the second nest of the season, possibly due to another big rainstorm filling it up with water. Unlucky! I think they moved to a different tree then got into a fight with the neighbours, and effectively swapped territories with them, as there are two new peewees flying around who are quite wild.

    They come and go. A possible reason for the missing sparrows is if the crows have worked out how to catch them. The introduced birds aren’t so careful – whereas all the native species take cover when the noisy miners sound an alarm. I’ve noticed the indian mynahs don’t though, as they’ve not had time to adapt.

  33. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Trump isn’t perfect and the NSW government rigged a plebiscite to stop New England being a separate state.

    Let’s not backslide into big government compassionate conservatism, fella.

  34. JC

    Frank, you need to listen to Jezebel. You can’t get her angry because she’s a Gruppenführerin

    She’s Claudette Barbie, mein führerin of Jervis Bay

    I was once the public servant in charge of Jervis Bay,

    How about that, Jervis Bay was totally under her command. You don’t want to mess with mein führerin.

    ( And it knocks other people for bignoting and boasting.. FMD)

  35. Steve trickler

    A Chinese National trying to Up his Social Credit Score.



  36. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    I was once the public servant in charge of Jervis Bay,

    I once walked into a mirror shop.

    Good lord it was a spiritual and erotic experience.

  37. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Actually a great uncle was an administrator of the NT.

    I’m ALP royalty like half of the conservatives of this site.

  38. Speedbox

    KD

    The protests in Hong Kong originally had five demands although the 1st one was getting all the attention (and the protest effectively precipitated 3 & 4.)

    1. Withdraw the bill; 2. Leader Carrie Lam to step down; 3. An inquiry into police brutality; 4. For those who have been arrested to be released; and 5. Greater democratic freedoms.

    (It is too long to describe fully here but the history of the protests goes back several years to the original Umbrella Movement).

    Added to all this, there is growing concern amongst the younger age groups about the agreement that the UK made with China in handing back Hong Kong. The agreement has a kind of ‘sunset clause’. Namely, that HK would largely continue to operate as it has done so (the one country, two systems principle) and China’s socialist system would not be introduced into the Hong Kong until 2047.

    So, for many of the protesters, the socialist system will hit about the same time as they reach their late 50’s or 60’s. This has obvious implications for their own lives plus their children. I am not sure that many of the protesters are looking that far ahead but, generally speaking, HK people consider themselves Hong Kongese rather than Chinese (although most are ethnic Chinese). so the idea of living under Beijing’s rule is simply too awful to contemplate.

    The next big protest may occur tomorrow (October 1st) which is the 70th anniversary of Communist rule in China. This is a big deal for the ruling party and protests in HK will be viewed with horror and disgust by the Communist Party of China. President Xi will likely take it as a personal insult.

    So, whilst demand 1 has been achieved, it can always be reinstated; demand 2 is possible but unlikely as long as she is supported by Beijing; demand 3 is doubtful; demand 4, maybe, eventually. As for demand 5, I think we all know how that is being viewed in Beijing. As an aside and without defending the Chinese, any concessions to HK may have follow-on implications for Macau and of course, reinforce the breakaway of Taiwan not to mention Manchuria, Tibet, Uyghurs and others.

    Many HK’ers may eventually flee but as China tightens the screws, asset removal (currency) will become much more difficult. Within 10-15 years I will bet there will be a substantial HK expatriate community in Australia – how that sits with the 500,000 Chinese already in Australia is anyone’s guess. *

    * There was a very brief but spiteful clash between HK’ers and ‘Chinese’ students at a University of Queensland campus a couple of weeks ago. It was over in seconds and no Police were called but my daughter was walking past at the very moment it occurred.

  39. Gab

    Thanks, Nick. Only reason I have a landline is because I have cable. Can’t remember the last time I used the landline.

  40. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Can HK be the catalyst for the PRC regime to be overthrown in toto?

    They’re widely hated, but they’re too powerful.

    They’ve perfected the administrative state. There is a terrifying possibility that they might be around forever. The only thing that would undo them is economic collapse. I’m not sure a regime that got its start with a mandate from heaven can eliminate the concept entirely.

  41. Nick

    Speedbox, for up to date information on HK, read Hemlock’s Big Lychee blog.

  42. Mark A

    thefrollickingmole
    #3171639, posted on September 30, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    But no golden handshake, which i had expected to see.

    Kept his super.
    Worth more than a golden handshake

  43. Roger

    The only thing that would undo them is economic collapse.

    Xi’s philosophy calls for every job to be a creation of the Communist Party. It’s draining the private sector of capital and entrenching inefficiencies (and probably corruption, although officially that’s on the decrease) in the economy. It’s also bringing suspicion upon Chinese companies operating abroad. And when the economic slowdown comes, he owns it, because he’s made himself the centre of Chinese political and economic life.

  44. Rex Mango

    Not great visuals with Ch9 News showing hijab wearing mothers who were in on the child care scam.

  45. zyconoclast

    Rand Paul hates Trump and never misses an opportunity to say or do something to prove it.

    You like this guy, dot, because you are at best an eejit. I can’t think of another excuse.

    Rand Paul is a cuck

    Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
    Roy Blunt (R-MO)
    Susan Collins (R-ME)
    Mike Lee (R-UT)
    Jerry Moran (R-KS)
    Rand Paul (R-KY)
    Rob Portman (R-OH)
    Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
    Mitt Romney (R-UT)
    Pat Toomey (R-PA)
    Roger Wicker (R-MS)

  46. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Maybe, but it isn’t a good precedent using “national emergencies”.

  47. thefrollickingmole

    Trump has nearly crippled the people smugglers business in Mexico with a few treets and the threats of tarrif punishment.

    This is the usual sob sob story of people magically appearing in Mexico and not getting the outcomes they paid for. But it also demonstrates the “problem” was largely a matter of political will on the US side of the border.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/30/weve-been-taken-hostage-african-migrants-stranded-in-mexico-after-trumps-crackdown
    Until recently, African migrants were waved through Mexico by immigration officials who had no interest in stopping them.

    But after Trump’s threat of trade tariffs in May, Mexico’s government scrambled to clamp down: flooding the south of the country with law enforcement, and stepping up cooperation with the US policy of sending asylum seekers back into northern Mexico while their cases are processed.

    For Central Americans trying to get through southern Mexico the crackdown has brought more raids, record numbers of deportations, and greater vulnerability to criminal attacks as they are pushed into less visible routes.

    For migrants from countries in Africa, who are much harder to repatriate, it has meant being kept in limbo.

    Previously, Mexican immigration authorities had typically issued African migrants with documents ordering them to sort out their status or leave the country within 21 days. Now these documents, which had previously served as de facto transit visas, order them to leave by the southern border.

    Migrants are particularly angered by the perception that they are being coerced into applying for asylum in Mexico – where few feel safe and almost none want to stay.

    “Mexico is playing games with us,” said a 36-year-old engineer from Eritrea who identified himself as Mr Testahiwet. “This is the way to get to America and we want to go to America. Mexico is the wrong place to ask for asylum.”

  48. Roger

    Not great visuals with Ch9 News showing hijab wearing mothers who were in on the child care scam.

    Whited sepulchres.

  49. Bruce of Newcastle

    Seven News reports on the Red Roses organised childcare rort.
    I’m amused it will take 7 months to translate all the Arabic documents that plod collected.
    Golly, I wonder why they used Arabic?
    If only we still had MEOCS to explain it for us.

  50. zyconoclast

    The NSW government will spend $75 million to spur private investment in renewable energy and storage in the state ahead of the Liddell coal-fired power plant’s 2023 closure.

    More than $7 million in feasibility grants will be distributed to 10 companies, including Hydrostor Australia, which is planning to use abandoned mines near Broken Hill to store energy in compressed air.

    The Canadian-based company takes excess renewable energy and uses it to compress air and store it deep underground where it is held until it is needed, when it’s released through a turbine to generate electricity.

    Managing director Greg Allen said Australia was at a tipping point, with renewable energy generation becoming the more cost effective technology, but finding itself competing against a resistance to keep the fossil fuel industry alive.

    “It’s really an economics thing and I think we’re at a tipping point at the moment and it’s going to get really hard for the fossil fuelled sources to continue to compete, but at the same time we need to work out what we’re going to do with the excess energy,” Mr Allen told the Herald.

    The government has also shortlisted 21 projects, including solar thermal, pumped hydro and biogas, which could receive millions in capital funding in 2020.

    “It’s very exciting, we’re in the middle of a massive disruption and new things are coming along every day and moving very quickly.”

  51. Speedbox

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #3171650, posted on September 30, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Can HK be the catalyst for the PRC regime to be overthrown in toto?

    Dunno, but I seriously doubt it. The Chinese would be very aware of the eventual impact of glasnost in the USSR and hell will freeze over before they will embrace democracy (or openness as in Russia), even in a modest format.

    Anyway, look at what is happening in China with regard to social credit and other manifestations of totalitarian rule. These are not the signs of a government considering easing off. In fact, the opposite is true. So, I do think that ‘those who can’ will vacate HK in the years ahead. It is only a question of timing to relocate family and wealth.

    Nick
    #3171654, posted on September 30, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Yeah, seen it.

  52. Percy Popinjay

    uh oh – telstra are trying to foist the National Brontosaurus Network Network (NBNN) on me a hell of a lot earlier than I expected.

    Is there any way to avoid it? I’m waiting for 5G mobile.

  53. Tel

    zyconoclast #3171659, it’s unconstitutional for the President to use an emergency declaration in order to bypass congressional approval of government spending … that’s all spending, not just the things you find attractive. Rand Paul is entirely correct on that one.

    Trump can of course simply write an Executive Order that states have the responsibility to patrol their own borders including building whatever they want. He could also get Mexico to pay, which was his original strategy … get Mexico to build the whole thing.

  54. Roger

    “It’s very exciting, we’re in the middle of a massive disruption and new things are coming along every day and moving very quickly.”

    It’s no wonder with all that tax payers’ money on offer.

    QLD is further down this particular track, btw.

  55. Percy Popinjay

    He could also get Mexico to pay

    Via a remittance tax. Make it yuuuuge – something like 35% – or to please Syphilis “Four Leaf” Spuddentrop, 91.3%.

    Winning.

  56. Bruce of Newcastle

    The NSW government will spend $75 million to spur private investment in renewable energy and storage in the state ahead of the Liddell coal-fired power plant’s 2023 closure.

    Isn’t the Liberal Party supposed to be in government in NSW?
    Or have I somehow passed out and awoken in another universe when the ALP and Greens are?

  57. thefrollickingmole

    Reading up a bit on domestic violence to assist a copper mate of mine about to get a lecture from a frightbat being paid to “educate” police on the matter. (because god knows they dont ever deal with it).

    Looking for a few facts to ruin her lecture i found one which doesnt seem to be mentioned much.

    Nearly 50% of DV cases involve “reciprocal acts” that is to say violence/abuse from both parties.

    So 2 people staying together and abusing each other in various ways.

    Why the fuck would anyone bother doing that?

  58. zyconoclast

    The cautionary tale of Japan’s “s3x recession”

    Tokyo — All around the world, young people are having less s3x than previous generations. At the forefront of the so-called global “s3x recession” is Japan, which has one of the lowest fertility rates on Earth, and it could serve as a cautionary tale for the U.S. and other industrialized countries.

    Shota Suzuki works as a building custodian in Tokyo. After work, he likes to hang out in an area known for anime and manga with his friends. But at 28, Suzuki has never had a romantic relationship, and he’s pessimistic that he ever will

    A review of Japan’s National Fertility Survey reveals virginity is on the rise; one out of every 10 Japanese men in their 30s is still a virgin. That puts Japan’s virginity rate well ahead of that of other industrialized nations.

  59. Percy Popinjay

    the Liddell coal-fired power plant’s 2023 closure

    You f*cking treasonous moronic vandals. HOP Time.

  60. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    Just listening to Dr Phelps on the ABC, Dr Phelps was getting upset about the lack of progress in Australia, in the battle against the dreaded Climate Change.

    I wonder if she knows China will finish building a 1,800 k railway from coal rich Mongolia to Eastern China in a few months?
    Have all the Children’s Climate Marches and solar panels in the inner city you want, it makes not a poofteenth of a rat’s backside difference to the real World, outside stupid Australia.

    I posted a video of the massive railway a while ago.

  61. calli

    Knowledgable Cats – Seven has just had a piece on Kyle Sandilands and his evil comments about the Virgin Mary. They mentioned death threats. They did not mention the source of the threats.

    Any ideas? Something to do with SlimSlam rather than affronted Christians?

    Also, on Richter. He must have known his use of the descriptor “vanilla” would be reported. I wonder.

  62. calli

    Too much tofu, zyco.

    Not enough wagyu.

  63. Rex Mango

    Re DV, don’t ever fall for that old chestnut, ‘the rule of thumb’, whereby they will try and tell you in the 19th century, common law allowed hubbies to hit their wives with sticks no thicker than their thumb.

  64. Roger

    I wonder if she knows China will finish building a 1,800 k railway from coal rich Mongolia to Eastern China in a few months? Have all the Children’s Climate Marches and solar panels in the inner city you want, it makes not a poofteenth of a rat’s backside difference to the real World, outside stupid Australia.

    To paraphrase Donald Horne, Australia’s second rate elites are so incurious they are often taken by surprise by events.

  65. Percy Popinjay

    have I somehow passed out and awoken in another universe when the ALP and Greens are?

    The stupid.forking.NSW.gliberals never saw a braindead destructive labore/greenfilth policy they couldn’t fall over themselves fast enough to implement.

    “Return and yearn” for some peace and quiet, instead of listening to vagrants tipping over your bin at midnight.

    Then it’s off to the nearest Debris Dalek.

  66. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    Here it is, maybe a bit long about 10 minutes, but you get the scale of the project.

  67. Rex Mango

    Seems the Talking Clock no more. Only 5hr 39min left. Used to love phoning that up as a kid.

  68. Roger

    Here it is, maybe a bit long about 10 minutes, but you get the scale of the project.

    Here’s hoping they’ve used stricter standards than on building materials they export to mugs like us.

  69. Percy Popinjay

    Ah, good ol’ coal rich outer Mongolia.

  70. Rex Mango

    That Chinese rail line a bit more impressive than Sydney’s $2B+ 3 year+ build light rail.

  71. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Lawyer says mother was ‘trapped’ as courtroom overflows in Red Roses case

    The lawyer for a mother charged over the alleged $3.8 million Red Roses Family Day Care fraud said outside court “someone trapped her” into the alleged scam.
    Nick Hansen, The Daily Telegraph
    Subscriber only
    |
    September 30, 2019 1:09pm

    dailytelegraph.com.au1:10

    The lawyer for a mother charged over the alleged $3.8 million Red Roses Family Day Care fraud said outside court “someone trapped her” into the alleged scam.

    The cases of 38 co-accused in the syndicate which allegedly drained money from the Federal Government’s family day care system were all mentioned in Liverpool Local Court today in a case which is now too big for a single courtroom.

    More than a dozen defendants who showed up in person were told the wait outside the room and let their lawyers alone address the brief hearing.

    Pull the other one, it plays “Land of Hope and Glory.”

  72. Percy Popinjay

    Here’s hoping they’ve used stricter standards than on building materials they export to mugs like us

    Now now, Rog, we all know our shoddily built napalm and asbestos clad Ponxi dogbox existence pods are our strength, Squire.

  73. calli

    They’re turning George off?

    Shame.

  74. Herodotus

    Isn’t the Liberal Party supposed to be in government in NSW?
    Yes, Brian. Liberal used to mean conservative in this nation, but no longer.
    Once we would have regarded the following statement as “a bit over the top”, but no longer.
    “Australia? That socialist place where the government owns the railroads?”
    Dates from mid-20th Century, by an American.
    We might well ask these days (in return): America? That place where the loony left Dems run the House of Representatives?

  75. Roger

    The lawyer for a mother charged over the alleged $3.8 million Red Roses Family Day Care fraud said outside court “someone trapped her” into the alleged scam.

    Just like the Australian ISIS mums were trapped/tricked into their fate!

    Where is the defender of the world’s most feminist religion when we need her?

  76. calli

    What are you whinging about.

    I’m certain that Chinese viaduct was built with carbon offsets.

  77. Speedbox

    JB of Sydney/Shanghai
    #3171686, posted on September 30, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Jebus on a bike! That is furkin huge.

    But what about the Environmental Impact Study? They must have had lots of submissions and were there any protests? The hearing must have taken years. /sarc.

  78. Mark A

    Rex Mango
    #3171687, posted on September 30, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Seems the Talking Clock no more. Only 5hr 39min left. Used to love phoning that up as a kid.

    Did you say, thank you after listening?

  79. Roger

    Catholic bureaucrat Francis Sullivan on The Dumb trying to make a profound moral point whilst wearing clown glasses.

    Fail.

  80. calli

    But what about the Environmental Impact Study?

    One species that will be unaffected.

    Passer domesticus.

    By order of the Chairman.

  81. Rex Mango

    Re DV training, have sat through plenty of those training sessions, where 1st and 2nd generation immigrants are re-educated about Australia’s history. You get free lunch, but embarrassing listening to PC mush being rammed down gullible throats. Standard tropes include Whitlam ending the white Australia policy, Australia being a racist, sexist hellhole until women/immigrants started sorting the joint out in 70’s and of course lots of wonderful Indigenous culture stories. Do remember once, they drew world map and got everyone to stand in their birth country, then going back generation by generation, until only person standing in Australia was the Aboriginal women leading the course, whose father was born in India. She didn’t count on Bob being in the class and him stating he was a ‘first fleeter’ and refused to leave Australia no matter how many generations she went back.

  82. Rex Mango

    Also remember Indig woman telling how in Aboriginal culture everyone is everyone else’s aunty/uncle and how wonderful it is. I put up my hand and said ‘I’ve had my aunty and uncle staying at my place for the past week and they are driving me up the wall.’

  83. Knowledgable Cats – Seven has just had a piece on Kyle Sandilands and his evil comments about the Virgin Mary. They mentioned death threats. They did not mention the source of the threats.
    Any ideas? Something to do with SlimSlam rather than affronted Christians?

    Calli: Mary is as revered as much by the splodey-type religion as she is by Christianity.
    (She is the mother of a prophet – a very serious position with much gravitas in splodey-dom)
    Kyle Sandilands may not have realised this before he made his remarks.
    He’d have believed he was giving a middle finger to Christianity only.
    He now knows differently. Very differently.

    Put me down for the death-threats not coming from Lyle Shelton & his ACL followers.

  84. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Did you say, thank you after listening?

    Winston Churchill was supposed to have, most courteously, thanked a talking clock, for being good enough to tell him the time..

  85. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘At the third stroke, it will be 7, 23, and ten seconds.’

    Beep, beep, beep.

    Sigh. Vale, talking clock.

  86. Knuckle Dragger

    Speedbox, earlier;

    A most instructive post re the HK protest motives. Appreciated.

  87. Rex Mango

    Best thing about getting a digital watch as a kid was phoning the talking clock to calibrate to the exact second, almost to atomic standards. Never said thanks to the clock, do regret that.

  88. Rex Mango

    Best advert on tele at moment (Besides New Love Island Australia) is Sportsbet, stop the BS one, where they stop the bloke buying a new suit for the races.

  89. Nob

    zyconoclast
    #3171666, posted on September 30, 2019 at 6:19 pm
    “It’s really an economics thing and I think we’re at a tipping point at the moment and it’s going to get really hard for the fossil fuelled sources to continue to compete,

    yet another green shill shouting : Give us money! Fossil fuel’s on the way out!

    My hairy arse it is:

    Continued stability in the global oil and gas industry is expected to deliver a record £57.7 billion in dividend payments for investors next year.

    https://www.energyvoice.com/oilandgas/208702/fossil-fuel-investors-can-expect-dividend-payments-of-57-7bn/

    But, as always, favours for the green:

    Planning red tape could be scrapped for green developments

    https://www.energyvoice.com/otherenergy/208710/planning-red-tape-could-be-scrapped-for-green-developments/

  90. Rex Mango

    1st story ABC tv News is review of Syd Lockout Laws. Of course govt talking head says he wants to see people able to dance all night long at mardi gras.

  91. Speedbox

    The Virgin Mary is the mother of Jesus in both Christianity and that other religion. Given it was an ‘immaculate conception’ etc. those of either Faith would think that insults directed towards her are particularly insulting. I have no doubt Sandilands thought he was only ridiculing Christianity.

  92. Knuckle Dragger

    Max, 4.48 pm;

    Murdered popes. Includes, but are not limited to:

    John VIII (872–882): Allegedly poisoned and then clubbed to death
    Stephen VI (896–897): Strangled
    Leo V (903): Allegedly strangled
    John X (914–928): Allegedly smothered with pillow
    John XII (955–964): Allegedly murdered by the jealous husband of the woman with whom he was in bed
    Benedict VI (973–974): Strangled
    John XIV (983–984): Either by starvation, ill-treatment or direct murder
    Clement II (1046–1047): Allegedly poisoned
    Celestine V (1294–1296): Allegedly murdered while in post-abdication captivity; allegations blame his successor, Pope Boniface VIII
    Boniface VIII (1294–1303): Allegedly (though unlikely) from the effects of ill-treatment

    Just the first one as an example – John VIII was knocked off for contrarian statements about the Saracen incursions on Christian turf (familiarly), and for not supporting the Carolingians (Charlemagne’s Frankish successors) who wanted him to take a harder line.

    This also doesn’t include popes who someone later decided were martyrs to the cause, were forced into exile and died there (handy for Commo Frankie), various anti-popes, Pope Clement 1 who was thrown into the sea with an anchor around his neck in 99AD, and of course St. Peter, who was crucified upside down by the Romans in 67AD.

    New research indicates the Romans meted out this unusual punishment to St. Peter because he reputedly asked for pineapple on a pizza.

  93. Knuckle Dragger

    Max, 4.48 pm;

    Murdered popes. Includes, but are not limited to:

    John VIII (872–882): Allegedly poisoned and then clubbed to death
    Stephen VI (896–897): Strangled
    Leo V (903): Allegedly strangled
    John X (914–928): Allegedly smothered with pillow
    John XII (955–964): Allegedly murdered by the jealous husband of the woman with whom he was in bed
    Benedict VI (973–974): Strangled
    John XIV (983–984): Either by starvation, ill-treatment or direct murder
    Clement II (1046–1047): Allegedly poisoned
    Celestine V (1294–1296): Allegedly murdered while in post-abdication captivity; allegations blame his successor, Pope Boniface VIII
    Boniface VIII (1294–1303): Allegedly (though unlikely) from the effects of ill-treatment

    Just the first one as an example – John VIII was knocked off for contrarian statements about the RoP incursions on Christian turf (familiarly), and for not supporting the Carolingians (Charlemagne’s Frankish successors) who wanted him to take a harder line.

    This also doesn’t include popes who someone later decided were martyrs to the cause, were forced into exile and died there (handy for Commo Frankie), various anti-popes, Pope Clement 1 who was thrown into the sea with an anchor around his neck in 99AD, and of course St. Peter, who was crucified upside down by the Romans in 67AD.

    New research indicates the Romans meted out this unusual punishment to St. Peter because he reputedly asked for pineapple on a pizza.

  94. Roger

    I note the magistrate who heard ther case recorded a conviction against the midwife who blocked Brisbane traffic this morning.

    Good.

  95. Empire 5:5

    Frank Walker from National Tiles

    #3171650, posted on September 30, 2019 at 5:59 pm
    Can HK be the catalyst for the PRC regime to be overthrown in toto?

    They’re widely hated, but they’re too powerful.

    They’ve perfected the administrative state. There is a terrifying possibility that they might be around forever. The only thing that would undo them is economic collapse. I’m not sure a regime that got its start with a mandate from heaven can eliminate the concept entirely.

    Culturally despotic, demographically doomed. The PRC can only ruin HK. Their best shot is to shed tyranny. Mainland economic contraction is a good catalyst. How much can HK people pay for animal protein this northern winter?

  96. Atoms for Peace

    I posted the other week that the yartist who did the Woke piece on Mary at UQ hadnt really thought through the ramifications as to which groups they had pissed off.

  97. Rex Mango

    Father of one of the ISIS girls begging for them to return to Australia. He’s normal enough, but then you see a room full of black letterboxes. Not a good look. Need to hire Max Markson and do a makeover. Perhaps do Queer Eye for ISIS Girl.

  98. Overburdened

    Rollicking good fun from America, with the so named whistleblower now filling news space for being in danger.

    I would say in danger of being hit when enough of a climate has been created by the press to blame the President.

    I doubt that it would be in the Presidents interest to have the bloke knocked.

    The swamp fights back since the day he was elected with ever more convoluted and devious ideas.

  99. Rex Mango

    KD, you missed Peter I.

  100. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Murdered popes. Includes, but are not limited to:

    Barbara Tuchman cites the example of the early Pope who decided that those, wishing to become Cardinals, should have a good grounding in religion, and was promptly poisoned for his impudence.

  101. Rex Mango

    No, you got him, didn’t read all through. Best story that is not in the Gospel.

  102. Roger

    Vulgar mockers of religion revealed to be ignorant bigots?

    Colour me unsurprised.

  103. Knuckle Dragger

    I still reckon John Paul I got one in the eye socket after his 33 day reign in 1978.

    It was, of course, a plot hatched by Masons in the Church in conjunction with the Mafia and the Vatican Bank. And the CIA.

  104. Rex Mango

    Woman driver ran over and killed two women and another woman stabbed a bloke to death today. Violence against women, Australia says no.

  105. Roger

    Father of one of the ISIS girls begging for them to return to Australia.

    He’s doing what he has to…but would you want your grandchild in kindy with one of their offspring?

  106. Nob

    Rex Mango
    #3171714, posted on September 30, 2019 at 7:03 pm
    1st story ABC tv News is review of Syd Lockout Laws. Of course govt talking head says he wants to see people able to dance all night long at mardi gras.

    Good tactic.

    Should at least make the ABC pause before they renew their assault on normal drinking Australians.

  107. Rex Mango

    ABC TV News coverage of Red Roses fraud very different to Ch9. ABC carefully filters out the hijabs and don’t mention the ringleaders surname.

  108. Nick

    Aren’t the laws already relaxed during Mardi Gras anyway ?

  109. calli

    The beast ran over her own daughter, Rex.

    So it’s DV as well.

  110. stackja

    How Nicola Gobbo stung loved up Mokbel drug cook
    Anthony Dowsley, Herald Sun
    September 30, 2019 7:05pm
    Subscriber only

    A Mokbel drug cook who barrister Nicola Gobbo turned on only found out this year that she was the snitch who stung him.

    In a case combining lawyers, guns and money, Gobbo not only stung the cook — a drug manufacturer who loved her — but gave him and his co-accused legal advice following his arrest in 2006.

    The Lawyer X royal commission quizzed Inspector Dale Flynn about his role in using Gobbo in the police operation before she turned up at the police station to give the cook legal advice despite being an “agent of police”.

    He said the “whole thing is unusual” and that since 2016 he had spoken to the cook, who only realised Gobbo was a double agent after reading about her in the Herald Sun.

    “He said she played us both off,” Insp Flynn said of the conversation this year.

    Counsel assisting the commission, Chris Winneke, QC, questioned Insp Flynn over the steps police took to hide Gobbo’s conflicted status as police informer and defence lawyer for the Mokbel cartel from being exposed in court.

  111. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ABC TV News coverage of Red Roses fraud very different to Ch9. ABC carefully filters out the hijabs and don’t mention the ringleaders surname.

    Daily Mail not filtering out the hijabs, and the (ahem) alleged ringleaders name is plain for all to see.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7519163/Ringleader-Sydney-fake-childcare-scam-protests-innocence.html

  112. stackja

    She was recorded by police handlers saying the “general ethics of this are all f—-d”.

    The royal commission also heard how Gobbo felt “highly emotional” at the cook’s arrest after leading them to the cartel’s drug lab in 2006.

    When the cook refused to co-operate, Gobbo was called in to help Insp Flynn convince him to “roll”. Insp Flynn said the “pitch” was simple: do 20 years’ prison or co-operate and see his children on the outside before they were adults.

    The inquiry also heard:

    — The cook recently told Insp Flynn he gave Gobbo $250,000 before his arrest.

    — She told her police that guns were hidden in the drug lab following a lawyer-client meeting in which she was told about the firearms. They were found and charges were laid.

    — She implicated herself in criminal activity by encouraging the cook to commit crimes.

    The Lawyer X royal commission continues on Tuesday.

  113. calli

    ABC is not going to risk another tewibbly scary fatwa.

    Remember how tewified they were at Roger Franklin’s words?

  114. stackja

    Man shot by police in Sunshine after dramatic chase

    A determined tow truck driver wanted to track down his stolen truck but he got more than he bargained for, calling in police as the dramatic chase, from South Morang to Sunshine, unfolded.
    Tamsin Rose and Angelica Snowden, Herald Sun
    Subscriber only

    September 30, 2019 7:20pm

    A driver of a stolen truck was shot by police in Sunshine following a chase through Melbourne’s north and west this afternoon.

    The man was followed from Grange Dr in South Morang about 4pm until the tow truck eventually crashed in Wright St, Sunshine about 5pm — around 35km away.

    He was shot by police and taken to hospital with upper-body injuries.

    The distinctive yellow tow truck was stolen from MMM Auto Centre in Craigieburn shortly after 6am on Friday.

  115. Mitch M.

    CAR T cell therapy: On the cusp of ‘an immunotherapy revolution’?

    The history of this treatment goes all the way back to the 1970’s when we had a very undeveloped understanding of immunology. The immune system is something of a mess, with age it can and often does become a problem because of chronic inflammation and reduced adaptive responses. Will immunotherapy be the the final answer for cancer? No but it is a huge advance that will be an invaluable weapon in the arsenal.

  116. Knuckle Dragger

    It’s certainly passing strange, Rex.

    Real men don’t hit women. Yet equalideeee.

    In my experience of lots of TV watching and plying my streetside snack trade, and in line with what mole was enquiring about earlier, many, many chicks* take the ‘don’t belt a chick’ maxim to the bank when getting into a verbal barney that turns physical.

    Get him at a vulnerable point. Barb. Snark. Barb. Degrade. Screech. Shriek. Insult his manliness and his manhood.

    Prod. Push. Shriek. Slap. Hit with readily available things around the house. Sometimes hours of this pass, then he loses his rag and belts her.

    Gasping. Sackcloth and ashes. ‘You hit a guuuurrlllllllll….’ Straight onto Insta. Texts to all girls she knows. Cops. Aggressor is now the bloke. In the bin or kicked out of the house. The FC circus groans to life.

    Reputation gone. Finances gone. Family gone. Work quite often gone as well.

    *Don’t start, certain ladeeees. You know very well I’m not referring to kittehs, or all chickies, nor am I generalising or stereotyping, so stop it.

  117. stackja

    Labor MP Will Fowles spotted in MCC bar while on leave with ‘addiction issues’

    Labor MP Will Fowles is currently on leave to battle his addiction issues, but fellow politicians are demanding the Member for Burwood return to work after being spotted socialising at the Grand Final.
    Andrew Koubaridis, Herald Sun
    Subscriber only

    September 30, 2019 2:23pm

    A Labor MP who is on leave to battle addiction issues is expected to return to work soon after he was spotted enjoying the AFL Grand Final with friends in the MCC members reserve.

    Will Fowles, the member for Burwood, was seen in the Long Room in the aftermath of Richmond’s win over Greater Western Sydney.

    Mr Fowles told the Herald Sun today: “I attended the AFL Grand Final with family and friends. I have been clean and sober for 67 days and I look forward to returning to work shortly.”

    But his appearance at the footy has infuriated Liberal MPs, who are calling on him to return to work now.

  118. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘A driver of a stolen truck was shot by police in Sunshine following a chase through Melbourne’s north and west this afternoon.’

    The talking clock may have gone, but some things remain the same.

  119. Rex Mango

    If all the news you digest is Ch9, you heart does become very hardened towards a certain religion. On average every second story involves people of that background.

  120. Rex Mango

    No way that lawyer x wasn’t a big drug user/supplier herself.

  121. Knuckle Dragger

    Ellyse Perry feeling the effects of the cold weather during the Australian chickee 20/20 against Sri Lanka.

    They’ve employed Mrs Whatshername from Biloela as the sightscreen.

  122. stackja

    Mum named as victim of Nambucca crash as her mother remains behind bars

    Mother-of-two Skye Luland and another woman were both killed when they were allegedly struck by a car driven by Ms Luland’s own mother. Linda Britton was charged with two counts of manslaughter.
    Perry Duffin, Court Reporter, The Daily Telegraph
    Subscriber only

    September 30, 2019 4:50pm

    A mother will remain behind bars after she allegedly ran over her own daughter and another young woman at a shopping centre on the NSW mid-north coast.

    It comes after her daughter was remembered as a “soft hearted” mother.

    Police said there was a dispute between two women, aged 20 and 24, at the Nambucca Plaza carpark in Nambucca Heads about 11:30pm on Saturday night.

    A short time later, Linda Britton, the mother of 24-year-old Skye Luland, arrived in a small blue sedan and allegedly struck both women, trapping them beneath the car, police said.

  123. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Mr Fowles told the Herald Sun today: “I attended the AFL Grand Final with family and friends. I have been clean and sober for 67 days and I look forward to returning to work shortly.”

    The Oz points out that he’s been on leave, on full pay, for the whole time..

  124. stackja

    Woman arrested at public housing block after alleged stabbing murder

    Police returned to a notorious public housing apartment block in Sydney’s inner west on Sunday night and charged a woman with murder over the alleged fatal stabbing of a man.
    Nick Hansen, The Daily Telegraph
    Subscriber only

    September 30, 2019 8:04am

    A woman has been charged with murdering a man who bled to death in an 11-storey housing commission tower in Sydney’s inner west on Saturday night.

    The 25-year-old victim cried out for help about 8pm after suffering several stab wounds outside Johanna O’Dea Court. He was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital but later died.

    Forensic police combed the area on Sunday and returned to the apartment block that night with a warrant before arresting a 30-year-old woman inside one of the units.

    She was taken to Newtown Police Station and charged with murder and refused bail to appear in court today.

    Residents of the building say it is a haven for rats, drugs, crime and suicide with ice rampant among the hundreds of other tenants of the block.

    “At least once a week there’s someone getting stabbed here, there’s blood everywhere,” resident James Naylor said.

    “No one even comes and cleans it up, they just leave it there.

    “There are people overdosing every date mate … I’ve got my young partner that lives here with me as well, it’s just not a good environment.”

  125. Rex Mango

    Been thinking about small arms calibre. Seems recently Poms, USA & Kiwis shifting away from 5.56mm due longer ranges in Afghan. We might go to a new 6mm round, but 7.62mm is making a come back. When you look at it, the Poms nailed it with the 303 in the 1880s. Yanks swore by 30.06 in WW2, yet it was too long and not all the powder burnt. Afterwards the USA forced NATO to adopt 7.62mm, which is essentially a rimless 303. Also smaller than 7.92 Mauser. So the Poms had it right all along, way back in the nineteenth century fighting people with sticks in Africa.

  126. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3171754, posted on September 30, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    ALP rules. So OK.

  127. The Virgin Mary is the mother of Jesus in both Christianity and that other religion. Given it was an ‘immaculate conception’ etc. those of either Faith would think that insults directed towards her are particularly insulting. I have no doubt Sandilands thought he was only ridiculing Christianity.

    Speedbox, are you absolutely certain that the splodey religion says it was an immaculate conception?

  128. Speedbox

    Greta Thunberg wants you to be afraid, and big business will make a killing off it

    The fearmongering is deliberate. If Thunberg is a preacher, then her bible may be a 2016 paper by climate activist and The Climate Mobilization founder Margaret Klein Salamon entitled ‘Leading the Public Into Emergency Mode: Introducing the Climate Emergency Movement.’ In a revised version, published this May, Salamon notes with pride that the paper’s language has been “adopted by several new climate groups – Extinction Rebellion, School Strikers, Sunrise Movement, and more.”

    …..collateral damage is already apparent. Youth activist Jamie Margolin, who addressed Congress alongside Thunberg, said that her classmates suffer from anxiety and a “weird form of nihilism,” where they question the point of making any plans for the future. Some, under the hashtag #NoFutureNoChildren, are even pledging not to reproduce until government tackle the problem.

    From Russia Today

    https://www.rt.com/news/469534-greta-thunberg-fear-business/

  129. Knuckle Dragger

    5.56mm.

    There was school of thought once (IIRC) that the 5.56mm round was more effective because it didn’t guarantee a fatality when hit – and it would then take several more enemy soldiers to remove the injured one from the battlefield.

    The impact from a 7.62mm, however, will spread limbs and all sorts of other bits everywhere. Anything except the merest glancing strike and it’s all over.

  130. stackja

    Salvatore, Iron Publican
    #3171758, posted on September 30, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Unbeliever?

  131. Speedbox

    Speedbox, are you absolutely certain that the splodey religion says it was an immaculate conception?

    yeah, pretty sure. stand by.

  132. Speedbox

    According to the Quran, divine grace surrounded Mary from birth, and, as a young woman, she received a message from God through the archangel Gabriel that God had chosen her, purified her, and had preferred her above all “the women of the worlds.” This event, according to the same narrative, was followed by the annunciation of a child who was to be miraculously conceived by her through the intervention of the divine spirit while she was still virgin, whose name would be Jesus and who would be the “anointed one,”.

    Yep.

  133. stackja

    Speedbox
    #3171760, posted on September 30, 2019 at 7:45 pm
    Greta Thunberg wants you to be afraid, and big business will make a killing off it

    RT agenda?

    Soviet Information Bureau
    From Wikipedia
    In 1961 the Sovinformburo was transformed into Novosti Press Agency which was succeeded by RIA Novosti in 1991 and, in 2013, by International Information Agency Russia Today.

  134. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    Lots of big Engineering works in China.

    This one is the Jiaozhou Bridge, 26.3 miles long, the longest overseas bridge in the World.

    Took four years to build.

    While Australia dozed on, while being concerned about banning plastic straws.

    Not sure how much CO2 was released in the construction of the bridge, but no doubt a fair bit.

  135. Old Lefty

    JC’s theory about Pell and warmism is confirmed by none other than Thomas Keneally in his preface to the second edition of Milligan’s tract. He intones a list of thought crimes of which GP is guilty, in which warmism is prominent.

    Does anyone know how much the Keneally clan extorted out of the taxpayer through the failed eclectic car venture Better Place?

    And why do we hear so little about Bambi Keneally running a policy (advised by Plibersek’s ex-junkie partner) of litigating the former residents of NSW government institutions into the ground until hey gave up in despair or died?

  136. Speedbox

    I don’t think that RT is necessarily the font of all purified unbiased global news – and the piece was an opinion article. Nevertheless, still interesting.

  137. Rex Mango

    KD, long range marksmanship has become issue in Afghan as often 5.56mm outranged by sandal wearers with a 303. Kiwis have junked the Steyr in favour of non-bullpup weapon, but still 5.56mm. UK have increased numbers Designated Marksman. Just interesting as going back to a very old round. This from Wikipedia:

    On 28 December 2009, the UK Ministry of Defence announced the adoption of the L129A1 Sharpshooter rifle made by Lewis Machine & Tool of the US for use as a semi-automatic DM rifle, firing the 7.62×51mm NATO round, providing accurate fire of up to 1000m as an urgent operational requirement (UOR) in Afghanistan.[12]

  138. Rex Mango

    Tex Perkins on Q&A, lets hope he stays off the ABC koolaid in the green room.

  139. Rex Mango

    Read that Daniels piece re Pell. Steyn mentioned it too on his MailBox. With enough international coverage Australia will become a legal laughing stock. If it gets overturned, it will be hilarious to watch the shock waves around the Vic establishment.

  140. Rex Mango

    Who is the journo currently writing the book about Milligan, Kenneally, Marr, the ABC, Age, Vicpol, etc etc in the 20 year Get Pell saga?

  141. candy

    I have no doubt Sandilands thought he was only ridiculing Christianity.

    For sure. When he realised the other religion was offended too he high tailed it to the UK to hide.
    I reckon he was scared and still is. The other religion is known for revenge at times (not so much Christianity – much easier to abuse our lot).

  142. siltstone

    JB of Sydney/Shanghai
    #3171686, posted on September 30, 2019 at 6:31 pm
    Here it is, maybe a bit long about 10 minutes, but you get the scale of the project.

    A few points about this video of railway line to bring coal from inner mongolia (outer mongolia is actually “Mongolia”, a nation state that distrusts PRC with good reason). It is dual track, electrified. That is great (the electricity will mainly come from coal but that is great too). The Russians had dual track electrified rail from Valdivostock to Moscow decades ago (much longer distance than this), but good on the Chinese. 90% of the video is of the same section of track, built on very high elevated piles for no reason (wasting steel and concrete… did a Party member get the contract?). There are also existing (inferior) railways from these coal fields…so take it with a grain of salt that coal is not supplied from these sources already. The coal quality from these fields is nowhere near as good as Australian coal. It would displace even more inferior Chinese coal, not Australian coal.

  143. stackja

    Poor, Ignorant, Exploited Scoldilocks
    Michael Galak
    quadrant.org.au

    It might come as a surprise to some, but Greta Thunberg isn’t the first teenager whose innocence has been tapped to wrap the Left’s agenda in persuasive emotionalism. Few these days recall Samantha Smith, the Maine 10-year-old who wrote in 1983 to USSR supremo Yuri Andropov to plead for world peace and nuke-free happiness. This happened when the Left was telling all and sundry that Ronald Reagan was intent on pushing the button and plunging the world into nuclear winter. Invited to visit Moscow, she was feted with fawning TV interviews, radio broadcasts, newspaper coverage and a trip to the Young Pioneers in Crimea, the best children’s resort in what was then the USSR.

  144. Knuckles at 7.28 sort of justifies referring to women as ‘chicks’. There is an easier way to do so. It may be – probably is – derived from ‘chicquita’, Spanish for ‘young woman’, and used in USA States in the south-west. I flummoxed some ANU frighbats with this exolanatiin.

  145. Rex Mango

    Australian Story about IVF babies and these families in Brisbane. Most boring television ever.

  146. Rafiki

    Knuckles at 7.28 sort of justifies referring to women as ‘chicks’. There is an easier way to do so. It may be – probably is – derived from ‘chicquita’, Spanish for ‘young woman’, and used in USA States in the south-west. I flummoxed some ANU frighbats with this explanation.

  147. Rex Mango

    Thanks Rafiki for the tip, have needed that explanation many times. What about the ABBA song Chiquitita?

  148. candy

    I am not sure Greta is being exploited as such. It’s because she looks 10 years old we think that. She’s nearly 17.

    She has an unusual demeanour and seems unsmiling, hard-eyed and just a bit strange. Possibly her parents are happy to have a break from her now she’s out of the house because she seems so sullen. I believe “selective mutism”, which is basically freezing people out using silence as a form of power. We all know people who do that tactic.

  149. Rex Mango

    Reads like something bit weird going on here:

    Chiquitita, tell me what’s wrong
    You’re enchained by your own sorrow
    In your eyes there is no hope for tomorrow
    How I hate to see you like this
    There is no way you can deny it
    I can see that you’re oh so sad, so quiet

  150. stackja

    Rex Mango
    #3171775, posted on September 30, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Tex Perkins, Australian Rock Legend

    Tex Perkins – Wikipedia
    Gregory Stephen Perkins (born 28 December 1964), better known by his stage name Tex Perkins, is an Australian singer-songwriter

    Born 1964 Rock Legend?
    Tex is touring and pretending to be Johnny Cash. I believe Johnny Cash was more country than rock.

  151. stackja

    Rex Mango
    #3171789, posted on September 30, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Songwriter(s)‎: ‎Benny Andersson‎; ‎Björn Ulvaeus

  152. Crossie

    Roger
    #3171733, posted on September 30, 2019 at 7:18 pm
    Father of one of the ISIS girls begging for them to return to Australia.

    He’s doing what he has to…but would you want your grandchild in kindy with one of their offspring?

    Don’t worry, they won’t be anywhere near you grandchildren in kindy. They will be attending one of the Red Roses centres.

  153. Arky

    Survey reveals virginity is on the rise; one out of every 10 Japanese men in their 30s is still a virgin.

    ..
    You can’t be a male virgin.
    The correct term is “loser”.

  154. Rex Mango

    My word etymology theory is the letter L. I reckon it comes from a crouching lion as in the Sphinx type shape. Egyptian hieroglyphics for L is a crouching lion and Latin for lion is leo, similar to Greek leonidis. Coincidence?

  155. Frank

    Tex Perkins. The Beasts of Bourbon still manage to force a smile for memories of misspent afternoons at some of the scuzzier venues in Sydney and Melbourne in the nineties. Good times, people were up for a bit of fun in those days, even if it killed them. It would be a shame if he were to go all ABC on us.

  156. Pete of Perth

    Is Q&A a victim of the climate emergency?

  157. Rex Mango

    4 Corners doing Aussie girls in Syria expose. Islamic brides to ABC are like the Nayzis are to SBS. Completely fixated, every second show about them.

  158. Crossie

    candy
    #3171788, posted on September 30, 2019 at 8:24 pm
    I am not sure Greta is being exploited as such. It’s because she looks 10 years old we think that. She’s nearly 17.

    She has an unusual demeanour and seems unsmiling, hard-eyed and just a bit strange. Possibly her parents are happy to have a break from her now she’s out of the house because she seems so sullen. I believe “selective mutism”, which is basically freezing people out using silence as a form of power. We all know people who do that tactic.

    Greta is trying to look like either Dorothy from Wizard of Oz or Heidi. I tend to think this is her idea to deflect criticism while being able to criticise and rant at everyone else. The “How dare you?” is indicative of being conscious that she is manipulating people, the “selective mutism” proves it.

    When the circus is over and the caravan moves on she may be in big trouble psychologically.

  159. 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.

  160. Rex Mango

    Media Watch doing show about climate tonight.

  161. notafan

    The comment at the quadrant article is excellent too

  162. Eyrie

    “When the circus is over and the caravan moves on she may be in big trouble psychologically.”
    She’s a complete whackjob right now. How much worse can it get?

  163. Pete of Perth

    The person behind the alien mask is……Nikki Webster. Finally I can turn off the idiot box

  164. Eyrie

    We should pity the poor bastard that eventually hooks up with Greta.

  165. Rex Mango

    4 Corners are the media arm of Bring Our Girls Home From Syria campaign.

  166. Rex Mango

    They’re out in the Greater West at a meeting full of beards and letter boxes and this old RSL digger in blazer whose granddaughter is in Syria.

  167. Steve trickler

    You’ve got to like the look on Zimmer’s face. He’s stoked.



  168. JB:
    I know they would have designed for it, but think of how well that thing would stand up to a cyclone/earthquake/flood event.

  169. Crossie

    Eyrie
    #3171803, posted on September 30, 2019 at 8:38 pm
    “When the circus is over and the caravan moves on she may be in big trouble psychologically.”
    She’s a complete whackjob right now. How much worse can it get?

    At present she is enjoying herself enormously and feeling very important. When the fame ends I’m afraid she may become self-destructive.

  170. cohenite

    Angry pol tot kid; pish, you want angry, here’s angry kid (who does this to kids):

  171. Rockdoctor

    The coal quality from these fields is nowhere near as good as Australian coal.

    From my knowledge agree with Siltstone on this. Mongolia coal certainly isn’t Peak Downs grade. Most major companies eased off after the rush to get in there during the boom, quality & corruption were the clincher. However know some who have worked in Siberia and they say there could be some good deposits untapped there if Russia ever gets off it’s collective and starts exploring there with more detail. That’s if the Chicoms don’t get there first…

    In the Hunter atm, honestly WTF is going on in NSW. Mines & quarries being held up by Judicial activism. 2 I know of at Wybong near Denman & the Daracon Quarry near Muswellbrook. Headline on DT dated last Wednesday I saw opining Sydney Council can’t even fill potholes in the road. WTF is the Ministry doing here AG should be winding back Environmental courts/defenders as well as posting judges to the magistrates court in Wilcania or similar and LG Minister should be all over Clover threatening dismissal. Blokes around where I am at moment are all ex Nat’s voters now solid S&F Party. All reckon Nat’s have gone woke.

  172. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This one’s for connoisseurs of good Scotch – Dan Murphy’s stocks the Glendronach 12 year old.

  173. MatrixTransform

    Use of “Hidden Debt Loophole” Spreads Among Australian Corporations

    Australian engineering group UGL, which is working on large infrastructure projects such as Brisbane’s Cross River Rail and Melbourne’s Metro Trains, recently sent a letter to suppliers and sub-contractors informing them that as of October 15, they will be paid 65 days after the end of the month in which their invoices are issued. The company’s policy had been, until then, to settle invoices within 30 days

    Yet in its last financial report, Telstra disclosed that it had extended payment terms to suppliers from 30 to 45 days to 30 to 90 days. This is part of “a persistent trend” that is hurting the cash flows of small and family businesses across Australia, revealed a review of payment terms released in March by the Australian small business and family enterprise ombudsman.

    Looks like its churn and burn time

  174. Old School Conservative

    We should pity the poor bastard that eventually hooks up with Greta.

    Thats so heteronormative of you.
    Consider the non-binary alternatives before you post on such a progressive organ as The Cat.

  175. Rex Mango

    Then 21yo Nesrine reckons she didn’t know she wandered into Syria from Lebanon. She says she went to deliver aid and woke up one morning to see the black flag.

  176. dover_beach

    immaculate conception

    The immaculate conception relates to Mary’s conception, not Christ’s, and does not even mean that she was conceived without sexual intercourse but that she was born without original sin.

  177. Rex Mango

    Then she discovered her cousin Muhammed was already there.

  178. Nick

    The story about Mary’s own conception and the background story with Joachim and Anne, her parents, is quite beautiful.

  179. Rex Mango

    Second girl reckons she went to Lebanon on holiday with hubby and says she didn’t know she was crossing into Syria until too late.

  180. Rex Mango

    Like going for holiday to France in 1936 and wandering into the Spanish Civil War.

  181. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘All reckon Nat’s have gone woke.’

    Good. Cop that, you rebadged envirocretins. The bell tolls for thee.

    On a slightly less joyous note, one of the things Mr. Bosi may need to be wary of would be the tsunami of applications coming his way from the detritus of the self-destructing Nats, some of the AC people (hi Cory!), as well as opportunists from the Libs and the odd fruitcake single platform indy wanting something to cling onto.

    I would respectfully submit, having nothing to do (at the moment) with A1, that it’s not that broad a church.

  182. John Constantine

    He looks like a guy who would invent a blowjob robot.

    https://www.ebaumsworld.com/articles/the-worlds-first-robotic-bj-sex-toy-hits-the-market/85825585/

    How can incels be losers when they can invent brand new lifeforms to work around their problems?.

    The original AutoBlow, struggled with some unfortunate accidents during testings phases.

  183. MatrixTransform

    “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”

    Kierkegaard

  184. John Constantine

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6730555/Swedish-feminists-demand-ban-sex-robots-dehumanise-women-just-like-pornography.html

    Demands for an inquiry to be held into ‘how technology and activities that normalise abuse can be restricted and prohibited’ have been put forward by the feminists.

    With automated brothels, with no human prostitutes, now open in neighbouring Denmark and Finland, the feminist groups have called for Swedish authorities to make it hard for the brothels to open.

    Sweden has had a government that puts focus on women’s rights since 2014 and ‘has for 20 years had a regulatory framework that punished sex buyers and which has reduced the demand for prostitution’, say the groups.

    Adding: ‘Now, Sweden must take the next step and dare to address the ongoing technological developments that are driven by the sex industry at the expense of real women and girls.’

  185. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘We should pity the poor bastard that eventually hooks up with Greta.’

    Nope.

    Any bloke or transporpoise that hooks up with that thing deserves everything he gets.

    Selective mutism and tanties. A developing yet laughable thousand-yarder. Wait till she gets the shits over something truly important, like ‘I woke up today and wanted to paint the whole inside of the house even though it was painted 12 months ago and you don’t want to paint it with me, by which I mean I’ll start on a corner in one room and you do the rest of the house while I talk to my sister on the phone and play tennis and don’t forget the terracotta feature wall’.

  186. MatrixTransform

    With automated brothels, with no human prostitutes, now open in neighbouring Denmark and Finland, the feminist groups have called for Swedish authorities to make it hard for the brothels to open.

    Just going down the milking shed … back in halfa

  187. Rex Mango

    The Australian Section of this Syrian Refugee Camp isn’t exactly Earls Court circa 1968.

  188. cohenite

    In the Hunter atm, honestly WTF is going on in NSW. Mines & quarries being held up by Judicial activism. 2 I know of at Wybong near Denman & the Daracon Quarry near Muswellbrook. Headline on DT dated last Wednesday I saw opining Sydney Council can’t even fill potholes in the road. WTF is the Ministry doing here AG should be winding back Environmental courts/defenders as well as posting judges to the magistrates court in Wilcania or similar and LG Minister should be all over Clover threatening dismissal. Blokes around where I am at moment are all ex Nat’s voters now solid S&F Party. All reckon Nat’s have gone woke.

    Correct. Their state leader, barilaro, was on Credlin tonight talking tough about dams and mines but at the same time sprouting alarmist crap, genuine alarmist talking points like long dry spells and when it rains it will be heavier and less frequent. The nats are pigeon poo.

  189. Knuckle Dragger

    John C’s excellent link above:

    The Nobel Peace Prize. Jacinderrr Horseface – piss off. Tiny rich eurotrash kiddie – on yer bike. It goes to the inventor of this.

    ‘The CEO says the Autoblow AI is

    “The world’s first oral sex simulator that is capable of using artificial intelligence to teach itself to improve its performance”. “When is an adult toy worth spending $249 on? When it works.”

    Disposable income in single males is about to skyrocket.

    “We spent the last three years listening to feedback from our 200,000 Autoblow 2 owners’

    200,000? What?

  190. Rex Mango

    Would rather take my chances putting it in a Nutribullet.

  191. Knuckle Dragger

    There is not a single situation facing mankind that could not be made better by the addition of the Autoblow AI to the equation.

    Not one.

  192. Rex Mango

    Media Watch contacting leading climate experts, they all have tenured gigs researching the climate, or working on the IPCC Report. They asked them if Australia doing enough about climate? Answer, No.

  193. Boambee John

    John Constantine

    Adding: ‘Now, Sweden must take the next step and dare to address the ongoing technological developments that are driven by the sex industry at the expense of real women and girls.’

    Some men should start a campaign to ban vibrators and dildos, on the grounds that they “are driven by the sex industry at the expense of real men and boys.”

  194. Knuckle Dragger

    Date night could be every night, and about infinity cheaper.

    Whilst watching crikkit on the teev.

  195. Rex Mango

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

  196. Rex Mango

    All I know, is that the secret to owning a high end sex doll, is you need to run a warm bath 30min prior to use and get the doll to body temp. Warm bath the key.

  197. Mark A

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3171842, posted on September 30, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    ‘We should pity the poor bastard that eventually hooks up with Greta.’

    truly important, like ‘I woke up today and wanted to paint the whole inside of the house even though it was painted 12 months ago and you don’t want to paint it with me, by which

    I mean I’ll start on a corner in one room and you do the rest of the house while I talk to my sister on the phone and play tennis and don’t forget the terracotta feature wall’.

    Experience or a good guess KD?

  198. MatrixTransform

    Autoblow AI

    I wonder are they working on a firmware update for The Missus 1.4.34

  199. Bidding is open for interruption Lotto

    Pony up kids.

  200. Knuckle Dragger

    Mark A,

    We all have our dark pasts.

  201. MatrixTransform

    Experience or a good guess KD?

    he obviously has a spy cam in my house

  202. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Sex robots will be banned soon.

    Women have owned boatloads of dildos for decades.

    When men do it…we must use force to prevent this, etc. For the infant derps (for good measure) and wahmen derps who “earn less” but find men “economically attractive”, derp.

    This is why the “plantation” meme makes sense.

    Some feminist somewhere, either on the bench, in academia or on tumblr wants you to pay up.

    The blokes with feminine wives with traditional values have hit the jackpot. She could look like bigfoot and they’ve still won lotto.

    Saw an insta profile of a gal who is a friend of a friend of mine.

    “When I settle down”

    This is arse backwards.

    Women can have it all (she definitely could – a blonde stunner with a rich daddy). But they have to do it in the exact reverse order that feminists and a lot of lonely professional women have tried or advise to do it in.

  203. Knuckle Dragger

    Matrix,

    Apparently they’re having trouble artificially replicating cellulite.

    Also they can’t remaster the decibel level to the requisite standard.

  204. Rex Mango

    Media Watch onto Sandilands, slapping him about by finishing ‘…Kyle you are a complete jerk.’

  205. MatrixTransform

    KD,

    best chuckle of the day

  206. Rex Mango

    If you want to make some money, invest in a couple dozen high end sex robots, then setup a delivereoo type operation for those blokes on mopeds to deliver the girls around town as part of the gig economy.

  207. siltstone

    A contractor I know who works for the agencies approving mines in NSW told me 18 months ago that the universal public service position was now no new coal mines in the state, regardless of the environmental and social impact assessment findings. This has been proven correct and NSW politicians are nowhere to be seen.

  208. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Women have owned boatloads of dildos for decades.
    When men do it…we must use force to prevent this, etc. For the infant derps (for good measure) and wahmen derps who “earn less” but find men “economically attractive”, derp.’

    Preeeee-cisely.

    I’ve had several GFs over the journey, before and after marriedness that for reasons of their own, or more likely on the advice of the sewing circle, decided that if I didn’t do every single thing they wanted every hour of every day of every week, it was time for a ‘nookie ban’.

    And were, to a chick, mortified when I told them to hit the road. Which was in one respect a bit of a shame because all but one were pretty good quality, with the other being a solid 6.

    This basic function should be a whole pile of fun for both parties, but if it’s used as a bargaining tool or handed out as a treat to a dog for obedience, they can take it and fuck off because frankly it and the chick it’s attached to aren’t special enough to sell your self-respect for.

  209. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Global warming and even the abortion lobby stuff motivating the Get! Pell! movement is simply about other people’s money.

    1. Cultivate socialism by investing in fear of a problem with nil, very low or easily dealt with consequences.

    2. The abortion rate would plummet if you had to pay for it yourself. Not only financial incentives, but having a financial interest would sharpen the mind as to what you are paying for.

    If politics is war by another means, most of the time it is just motivated by plunder.

  210. Nick

    Women have owned boatloads of dildos for decades.

    Those Japanese egg things for men, just look plain weird

  211. Knuckle Dragger

    Rex, 9.43;

    Oh. My. Fucking. God. *gasps*

    Hiring them out like Kennards. Hiring the Autoblow AI!

    My idea! Stolen! SINC! Get in here and ban Rex and delete all his shit! C’mon, ten per cent coming your way……..

  212. feelthebern

    But at 28, Suzuki has never had a romantic relationship, and he’s pessimistic that he ever will

    If this is true, it’s probably best he doesn’t procreate.

  213. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Bring these up for yourself, Jamie:

    —————————

    ‘We won’: Landmark climate ruling as NSW court rejects coal mine

    By Peter Hannam
    UpdatedFebruary 8, 2019 — 10.10amfirst published at 7.56am
    Environmental groups are cheering a decision in NSW’s Land and Environment Court that found the emissions of greenhouse gases and resulting climate change from a proposed coal mine were among the reasons to reject the project.
    Brian Preston, chief judge of the court, handed down his judgment in a case between Gloucester Resources Ltd and the NSW Planning Minister in Sydney on Friday. He concluded the mine project was “in the wrong place at the wrong time”.

    —————————————————————————-

    THE ROLE OF COURTS IN RELATION TO
    ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE
    by
    The Hon. Justice Brian J Preston
    Chief Judge
    Land and Environment Court of NSW

    ————————————-

    Very poor, solipsistic jurisprudence and nothing like the law applied in Heydon’s case which founded the mischief rule.

  214. Arky

    or handed out as a treat to a dog for obedience,

    ..
    You should stop doing that to your dog.
    Pretty sure it’s illegal.

  215. Arky

    5.56mm.

    ..
    You can carry more rounds and they will probably die eventually anyway?

  216. Knuckle Dragger

    Ha!

    Still with us, I see Arky.

    No more pasta, I trust?

  217. Arky

    No more pasta, I trust?

    ..
    Taiwanese doctor diagnosed it as being down to my sinus operation from nearly two decades ago.
    I knew that bastard surgeon had butchered it, but did not realise the cascading effects has produced all these related problems.
    But this dude has treated a number of people with the same thing.
    Apparently 20% of people who have had their turbs cut out suffer this type of thing.
    Turbs are these bits inside your sinus that act like air flow sensors.

  218. jupes

    The lawyer for a mother charged over the alleged $3.8 million Red Roses Family Day Care fraud said outside court “someone trapped her” into the alleged scam.

    She should consider herself lucky. At least she didn’t wake up in Syria:

    Like Mariam, she found herself at an IS building inside Syria, had her phone and passport confiscated and was told she was now a citizen of Islamic State.

    Could happen to anyone …

  219. MatrixTransform

    Brother In Law has to get it done… he’s suffering badly.

  220. jupes

    The lawyer for a mother charged over the alleged $3.8 million Red Roses Family Day Care fraud said outside court “someone trapped her” into the alleged scam.

    She should consider herself lucky. At least she didn’t wake up in Syria:

    Like Mariam, she found herself at an IS building inside Syria, had her phone and passport confiscated and was told she was now a citizen of Isl *mic State.

    Could happen to anyone …

  221. Arky

    Many people have either committed suicide over these operations or in a few cases murdered the surgeon.
    A bit extreme in my view, but I can see how the constant pain and pressure and feelings of suffocation could lead to a dark place.
    Luckily, as a lifelong pessimist I never expect anything else, and have therefore remained pretty positive.

  222. Knuckle Dragger

    No wonder those RoPers are cranky all the time.

    They’re just about the unluckiest people in allllllll the world.

  223. MatrixTransform

    you’re an inspiration to pessimists everywhere

  224. Arky

    It must be awful for these fucking sunshine kid optimists who assume everything is lollipops and dancing cinnamon unicorns when they finally realise life is shit.

  225. MatrixTransform

    there’s some hard classes in the school of life.
    can’t graduate unless you pass ’em

  226. classical_hero

    Life is about “Sunshine lollipops and rainbows everywhere”.

    https://youtu.be/8we5SSLfoQs

  227. Top Ender

    Looks like one of the biggest fakes on the planet might go down…

    The Liberal Party supporters who lined up behind Justin Trudeau during a campaign stop in Brampton, near Toronto, were an ethnically diverse lot, yet they looked universally glum. Thanks only partly to the release of several photographs showing a younger Trudeau wearing blackface make-up, the man who was once his party’s greatest asset has become its biggest problem.

    Trudeau, who came to power in 2015, is a prominent exception to the domino run of right-wing populist world leaders. At international events he promotes immigration, globalisation and feminism. At home, his government has raised taxes on the wealthy, launched a means-tested child benefit, imposed a carbon tax in provinces that do not have their own ones and legalised marijuana.

    Gradually, though, Trudeau has acquired a shifty reputation. In 2017, he broke his promise to reform Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system, which benefits his party. In February this year, he broke the parliamentary ethics code by pressing his attorney-general to intervene in the criminal prosecution for bribery of a large Quebec engineering firm. Then the blackface pictures appeared.

    Trudeau has told reporters that his privileged background as the son of former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau left him with a blind spot about race. He is somewhat vague about when his vision improved.

    To keep his job as Prime Minister in the October 21 elections, Trudeau must do two things. He has to hold on to moderate voters who might be tempted by the Conservative Party, while convincing supporters of the Green Party and the left-wing New Democratic Party that he is their best hope for pushing through a progressive agenda. The Greens and the NDP are polling at about 10 per cent and 15 per cent respectively; thanks to the first-past-the-post system, neither stands to win many seats in parliament. But the right-left two-step is a tricky dance.

    The Conservatives, who are neck-and-neck with the Liberals in the polls, are running a good campaign. Andrew Scheer, a former Speaker of the House of Commons who leads the party, has tapped into widespread unease about the cost of living. His promises, which include tax cuts for people on low incomes, tax credits for new parents and children’s sports activities, and loosening mortgage rules so that more young people can buy homes, fit tidily under the Conservative campaign: “It’s time for you to get ahead.”

    He talks often about fighting for ordinary people against elites — a tiresome populist trope that works when aimed at a political scion like Trudeau.

    Canada’s unemployment rate was 5.7 per cent in August, close to a 40-year low. Average wages are growing by nearly twice the rate of inflation. Trudeau repeats some version of these numbers frequently. Yet Scheer’s message about affordability resonates and has forced the Prime Minister to focus on the issue. He presented slightly altered versions of the Conservative tax cut and maternity benefits plan within days of their announcement.

    Parts of the coalition of voters that brought Trudeau to power are looking shaky. In 2015, eight out of the 10 constituencies with the highest proportion of immigrants went for his party. The blackface scandal could put some immigrant voters off, although Trudeau’s support for high levels of immigration will weigh in his favour. More than 321,000 permanent residents were admitted in 2018 (0.9 per cent of Canada’s population) and the target for 2021 is 350,000.

    Young voters, who also backed the Liberals in 2015, may be harder to retain. The environmentally minded were offended by the government’s decision to buy an oil pipeline whose backer was threatening to pull out. Yet Trudeau is trying to woo them. Last week, his party announced it would commit to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    On this issue, the dividing line is sharp. The Conservatives, who have a strong base in oil-rich Alberta, vow to repeal the national carbon tax of $C20 ($22.3) a tonne. Peering through his affordability lens, Scheer says the tax raises the cost for ordinary people of heating their homes and driving to work. The Conservative climate-change plan, which includes investments in green technology and tax credits for homeowners who retrofit their homes, has been criticised as expensive. Such measures are less economically efficient than a carbon tax.

    Scheer has some weaknesses. He has had to rebut Liberal suggestions that he might try to restrict abortion and ban same-sex marriage once in power. In Ontario, he is tainted by association with Doug Ford, the unpopular Progressive Conservative premier who cut education and healthcare services after promising not to. And the Conservatives must watch their right flank, too. The People’s Party of Canada, a new outfit, opposes Trudeau’s “cult of diversity” and wants to slash immigration.

    Yet this election, like most, is a referendum on the incumbent. And Trudeau is no longer the fresh-faced celebrity that he was four years ago. Glum acceptance might be the best he can hope for.

    Oz

  228. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    They’re just about the unluckiest people in allllllll the world.

    No one’s blaming the evil Joos?

  229. Arky

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
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    “After many years, the United States is finally waking up to Beijing’s plans and ambitions to pass us as the dominant economic & military superpower in the 21st Century. What’s happening now is that the U.S. is finally responding (thank you President Trump). This is taking

  230. Arky

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
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    ….place in TRADE, it’s taking shape in Military Competition.” Johnathan Ward, author and China expert. We are winning, and we will win. They should not have broken the deal we had with them. Happy

  231. Zatara

    It’s now one week into Fall and the State of Montana just declared a Snow Emergency. Wonder what thier Winter will look like?

    “You have to go back to the 1930s before you find another storm like this, this early in the season,” said Josh Weiss, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Weather Prediction Center.

    Temperatures dropped to record lows in the 20s F (-6.6 C) or below on Sunday night across western Montana and north-central Idaho, according to the NWS. Billings, Montana got 4 feet (121 cm) of snow in 24 hours.

    Several Montana global warming protests scheduled for yesterday reportedly chilled out instead.

  232. Steve trickler

    I am still trying to fathom millions of electric cars on the road?

    Hahaaa! Not going to happen. Alice in Wonderland!



  233. Rex Mango

    Arky, China is >5,000 years old. Celebrating their birthday tomorrow is more culturaly inappropriate than pretending Australia’s birthday is 1788.

  234. Peter

    I celebrated 1788 in 1988. Now you tell me that was inappropriate.

    Oh dear.

  235. Arky

    National Day (simplified Chinese: 国庆节; traditional Chinese: 國慶節; pinyin: guóqìng jié; literally: ‘country celebrate holiday’), officially the National Day of the People’s Republic of China, is celebrated annually on October 1 as a public holiday in the People’s Republic of China commemorating the establishment of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949

    ..
    It isn’t China’s birthday.
    It is the birthday of a ridiculous communist party that took over and destroyed traditional Chinese culture on the mainland, and murdered roughly 100 million people, including by “jet plane-ing” them to public struggle sessions before chucking them down the village well.

  236. Knuckle Dragger

    Alan Joyce could do with a bit of that jet plane-ing.

  237. Snoopy

    “Commonwealth Bank’s Dollarmites program is a thinly veiled marketing program to turn our kids into customers for life,” Choice consumer advocate Jonathan Brown said.

    I bet Choice is perfectly at ease with schools turning kids into warmenista shock troops for life.

  238. JC

    Guys,what’s wrong with teaching kids about banking and saving?

  239. JC

    What the hell happened at the New Statesman. It found Christianity? WTF?

    Why the liberal West is a Christian creation

    Christianity is dismissed as a fairy tale but its assumptions underpin the modern secular world.

    Roger Caillois’s fiction suggests a truer view of history. The rise of Christianity was an accident, and the liberal West a spin-off. Of course the hand of God can be seen in the decision Pontius Pilate made to have Jesus crucified. In recognition of Pilate’s pivotal role in the Christian story, he is canonised as a saint in the Coptic and Ethiopian churches. But unless these and later events were providentially ordered, the triumph of Christianity was fortuitous. If any one of an uncountable number of contingencies had not occurred, Europe might still be shaped by a mix of polytheistic cults and classical philosophy and Christianity would never have spread across the globe.

    Such a world might be better, in some respects, than the one that actually exists; but it would lack the vision of human equality and moral progress that formed the modern West. If they read Dominion, as they certainly should, secular liberals might pause to reflect that they acquired their deepest values by chance from a religion they despise.

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