Open Forum: October 5, 2019

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  1. JC

    Arky

    Read the healthline link I posted. It says the implants are silicon. How the fuck do you sit without squishing out the silicon liquid concoction? I’m curious because I only found out today this procedure exists.

  2. Cassie of Sydney

    “Free speech is sacred.”

    No free speech for None.

  3. JC

    It’s possible be just liked the video JC.

    Sure, anything is possible. Here’s the problem though. The other night the appalling redneck was acting like the nation’s Southeast Asian expert and reckoned he hates the place and wouldn’t go near the food etc. Today, it’s 180 degrees. It’s possible he liked the vid, but it’s likely he’s also a groveling turkey too. No?

  4. Gilas

    More of you need to watch this. and I am going to keep posting it until you do, or i get chucked off here.

    Good video Arkie. Entertaining and clever.

    Just a small suggestion, if I may…. pale blue subs…
    Strong yellow is the best colour, learned this when I used to watch SBS.

    You’re welcome.

  5. Fisky

    I’m coming to the conclusion that no principle is infallible, and everything must be tested over and over again in the real world for unintended consequences and corruption by your enemies. And this goes doubly for anything put forth as a principle by someone claiming to be motivated by a general sympathy with all mankind’s freedoms.

    Yeah, the idea of a perfect principle untainted by consequentialism, always falls apart somewhere.

  6. Mitch M.

    IT

    Ginseng Herbs Co south east end of Chinatown in Sydney.

    Walk through the shop and have a seat at the back.

    It would be optimal for one bloke who is a yang tai chi master to be on.

    It will hurt and you will get better.

    Be very careful with Chinese herbs. Too many contaminants. Ginseng is good stuff but finding a product that is actually Ginseng and not contaminated can be challenging.

  7. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Trump isn’t a lock.

    Listened to the Schiff podcast today.

    Hmm.

    Trump really hasn’t got much done since being elected (keep your pants on, readers). The US is basically going to QE again with public sector hiring rising and it looks like unemployment bottoming out.

    There have also been a few firms with stupid business models go kaput lately. As in large ones that got listed on US markets or venture capital funding (like Movie Pass).

    Wasted capital and non-recoverable business assets. From the Austrian point of view, that tends to mean lower output (growth at least) is next.

    If it turns south he might be in deep crap.

    I hope Hilary runs. I think the US distrust her so much he’s still a lock with the old phoney running against him.

    You can blame Congress but if Trump could have attacked the public debt and recurrent spending, as well as further tax cuts; the situation would be better. Since 2014, the LFPR hasn’t gone above 63.2%.

    The figure was that low prior when Carter was President.

  8. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Trump’s trade policies might be worse than critics suggested, US manufacturing is undergoing considerable consolidation.

    The bright spot in the US economy is the service sector, which Schiff suggests is Federal Government hiring…yep.

  9. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Where are the Mueller indictments against Trump?

    WHere are the 3,657,271 sealed indictments against Democrat child abuse rings?

    No. This was all stupid nonsense.

    Don’t get your “news” from Maddow or idiots like Bill Mitchell.

  10. Roger

    How did we go from “Does my bum look big in this?” to “I’ll have the Kim Kardashian butt lift please”?

    Don’t get me wrong; I think the womanly figure should have curves, but that’s a very…er, sizeable shift in the aesthetics of the female form in our culture within the space of a generation.

    Is it the case that the momentum of such (pop) cultural phenomena is accelerated in our hyper-digital age?

  11. Armadillo

    Is it the case that the momentum of such (pop) cultural phenomena is accelerated in our hyper-digital age?

    A mullet was easier and less painful.

  12. Arky

    How did we go from “Does my bum look big in this?” to “I’ll have the Kim Kardashian butt lift please”?

    ..
    Good point.
    Is the correct answer to “Does my bum look big in this”? now “Yes. Bloody huge”?

  13. candy

    Free speech for some and not for some others.
    It’s a bias thing not many immune to although Andrew Bolt walks the line well and gives dissenting views space.

  14. bespoke

    No one owes you a platform unless there is a mutual agreement in place . Why is this so confusing for some.

  15. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Bolt knew if he went to the High Court and lost he would have cemented in stone a chipping away of free speech.

    If you want free speech, get your own podium.

    Unless you’re going to entertain the absurd idea that we should allow Aly Waleed or m0nty a right to publish and edit articles here.

  16. Roger

    Is the correct answer to “Does my bum look big in this”? now “Yes. Bloody huge”?

    I just say “Well, it looks pretty good to me.” And quite honestly too!

  17. JC

    Frank

    The only weakness with the Austrian school is monetary policy. They essentially argue in the blind -suggesting low interest are bad while higher interest rates are good. Low interest rates cause distortions while higher interest rates don’t.

    Friedman essentially killed this theory stone dead. Friedman argued that low, market determined interest rates, like the long bond, is a sign of previous monetary tightness, while the converse is true. High interest rates are a sign of excessive monetary looseness.

    Interest rates are where they are now because people simply do not believe the large central banks will adhere to their monetary targets. People just don’t believe them.

    Unfortunately, the Austrian school looks at interest in the very present and is blind to what caused them to be where they are.

    Having said that though, the Austrian school is excellent with everything else.

    As for US business failures.. bank results suggest delinquencies are at the low point across all sector loans portfolios. WeWork is basically a fraud. It’s a real estate business masquerading as a high tech firm. People finally caught on to this and the added factoid that the founder and his founder girlfriend are stark raving lunatics. Consequently the IPO was called off. It’s very money short and can actually fail because it makes losses and needed the IPO for extra funding.

    Bank delinquencies are a much better marker.

  18. Fisky

    The only weakness with the Austrian school is monetary policy.

    And that prices are far too sticky. No one wants to take a hair-cut on their house, or see their nominal pay go down.

  19. feelthebern

    Trump isn’t a lock.

    Yes he is.
    He is one of a kind.

  20. Bruce of Newcastle

    You can blame Congress but if Trump could have attacked the public debt and recurrent spending, as well as further tax cuts; the situation would be better.

    Dot – The Purple Party got together and passed the last two budgets as I recall. Veto proof. What, exactly, do you propose Trump could do about that?

    Given he has had the media, Congress, the Senate (remember all the slow walk confirmations abetted by Mitch?), business, climate bedwetters, Hollywood, the deep state, Mueller, foreign intelligence services, Obama judges and sundry incompetent assassins out to get him I’d say he’s done rather well actually.

  21. Muddy

    Apologies as always if this has already been posted [via Sydney Watson – don’t hate me]:

    A Colorado mother is devastated after a video she took in March shows a Universal Orlando character making a hate symbol on her biracial 6-year-old’s shoulder.

    Tiffiney Zinger, 35, a U.S. Army veteran who lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said she and her husband were excited to bring their two young children to a breakfast with characters from one of their daughter’s favorite movies, “Despicable Me.”

    But those fond memories have been tainted after she and her husband were looking through photos and videos in August and noticed the hate symbol.

    Tiffiney Zinger, who is black, said she and her husband, Richard Zinger, who is white, were helping their now 3-year-old son with a school project when they noticed the OK gesture on their daughter’s right shoulder.

    According to the Anti-Defamation League, the OK symbol is used to express white supremacy in extremist circles. The symbol was added to the organization’s Hate Symbols Database in September.

    Zinger said she was shocked and devastated by the symbol of hatred directed at her child.

    “Oh my gosh. Oh no. What is this? Am I seeing what I really think I’m seeing,” Zinger said she thought when she first noticed the hate symbol.

    Zinger said she reached out to Universal Orlando just one or two days after noticing the hate symbol in the photos and videos. She said she received a generic response from Universal Orlando guest services apologizing for the incident.

    “It seemed like protocol,” Zinger said. “It didn’t feel genuine.”

    Zinger said she contacted Universal Orlando again in September after not receiving any updates about her initial complaint. She said that Universal Orlando did not seem to take the situation seriously until she sent them video of the character making and holding the hate symbol on her daughter’s shoulder.

    “When I found this video and sent it to them, everything went into motion,” Zinger said.

    In a statement to NBC News, Universal Orlando spokesperson Thomas Schroder apologized to the family.

    “We never want our guests to experience what this family did. This is not acceptable and we are sorry — and we are taking steps to make sure nothing like this happens again,” Schroder said. “We can’t discuss specifics about this incident, but we can confirm that the actor no longer works here. We remain in contact with the family and will work with them privately to make this right.”

    The incident was especially hurtful, Zinger said, because she and her husband are both U.S. Army veterans who have had multiple deployments to Iraq.

    “All of that hard work soldiers do for Americans…it feels awful that someone would use their freedom for hate,” Zinger said.

    Zinger warned other parents to always be vigilant when their children are interacting with adults, even if the situation feels safe.

    “It’s hard to watch everything at once, but be aware that there are people who don’t have good intent, even if it’s in an area that’s supposed to be safe and family-friendly,” she said.

    Firing one employee is not enough, she said, adding she wants Universal Orlando and other companies to revamp their hiring practices and do more research on who they hire.

    “They need to make sure that there’s training [and] supervision,” Zinger said. “Situations like this can become deadly like we’ve seen with El Paso and New Zealand.”

    NBC Universal is the parent company of NBC News, as well as Universal theme parks

  22. feelthebern

    After a week of grief, John Brogden tried to top himself.
    Trump has had grief for over 40 years non stop.
    Demonstrates how important it is not to drink ever.

  23. Cassie of Sydney

    “If you want free speech, get your own podium.”

    Dear me…..we have seen sites such as Gab, Butchute, Minds and so on built with the very intent of promoting free speech…and what happens…they are under incessant attack from the left….deplatformed and so on.

  24. Cassie of Sydney

    ” [via Sydney Watson – don’t hate me]:”

    Nothing to hate….I like Sydney’s youtube stuff.

  25. feelthebern

    Trump doesn’t care about the debt.
    To think so demonstrates a weak mind.
    He wants rampant asset price inflation.
    He wants to inflate away the debt.
    Think Sydney property market, but as a whole economy.

  26. JC

    And that prices are far too sticky. No one wants to take a hair-cut on their house, or see their nominal pay go down.

    Yep. Absolutely

    It be worth time for an economist the study this. I reckon that ALL the inflation we see in the economy these days is the government hand in the economy. From energy prices to whatever and you’ll find price rises are the result of government intervention directly or indirectly.

    Back to the Austrian school.. the way it tackles and explains capital structure and formation is genius. Pure genius.

  27. feelthebern

    A chap on the Kenny program applying for a job.
    Not sure what job.
    But this is definitely a job application.

  28. feelthebern

    I reckon that ALL the inflation we see in the economy these days is the government hand in the economy.

    Definitely the case with total cost to deliver education & medicine to the individual.

  29. Arky

    So anything that right wing groups adopt, even jokingly can now be “officially” labelled as racist and people sacked over it.
    My God we have been going about everything wrong.
    We just have to get the KKK to adopt rainbows, unicorns and climate change as part of their symbology.

  30. Bruce of Newcastle

    Trump doesn’t care about the debt.

    True. He realises that the Dems are going to spend it all anyway. Why fight for deficit reduction when you’re just giving it to them to waste? So he may as well spend it on something tangible and effective like the Wall.

    Unfortunately his own party refused to fund it. But finding capital from under rocks is something he’s been doing for decades. Amazing how a billion here and a billion there can be dug up.

    Also re-equipping the military and the tax cuts are effective uses of debt too. If you’re going to have debt anyway they’re not bad ways to spend the money.

  31. JC

    Definitely the case with total cost to deliver education & medicine to the individual.

    Incredible isn’t it.

    In those small nooks where the government doesn’t have its paw, we see real prices falling. That of course can’t apply in the healthcare area…because…..?

  32. Fisky

    It be worth time for an economist the study this.

    It should be more explicitly emphasised in Econ 101 – the fact is that markets do NOT clear or even necessarily tend towards clearance in a recession. Instead volumes tend to go down, at least for housing and labour markets. The Australian housing market should probably have gone down about 20% in the latest cycle, but bottomed out at around 10 with auction clearances falling through the floor.

  33. Frank

    Seems like the whole Epstein thing has blown over then?

  34. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Friedman was right and his conclusion is consistent with a clear understanding of the Austrian trade cycle theory. The Austrians also describe markets as a process so there isn’t an implicit assumption about markets always clearing automatically.

  35. Fisky

    Prices tend to go up a lot in the regulated parts of the economy, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that getting government out of those sectors will lead to a magic reduction in costs. A lot of the regulation is simply a way of managing liability and avoiding litigation, which has to be priced in no matter what the model. In the education sector in particular, it’s not clear that private education is more cost effective than public education.

  36. JC

    True. He realises that the Dems are going to spend it all anyway. Why fight for deficit reduction when you’re just giving it to them to waste? So he may as well spend it on something tangible and effective like the Wall.

    Trump has done one wonderful thing that you never see these days in the west. He understands the real meaning of purchasing power and what it means for living standards. That’s why he’s deregulated to hell thereby lowering business costs….. and also the US is now figuratively swimming in oil. He understands what purchasing power means and what it does.

    This is the price of of natural gas in the US now $US2.31. We’re about A$9.00 which translates to about US$6.12 and we’re the next largest exporter in the world.

  37. feelthebern

    Hang on.
    The Cat talking economic theory?
    Need more boobies.

  38. feelthebern

    Don’t start me about gas prices in Australia.
    A failing of government policy from start to finish.

  39. Infidel Tiger

    If re-elected Trump will have a lot more “flexibility” on his economic vision.

    Could be a wild ride.

  40. MatrixTransform

    Bought one of those Navman duo camera/navigation thingies.

    I bought eBay Chinesium. $69 about 4 years ago

    hasn’t missed a beat mind you the plastic mount has deformed and it now held in with cable ties

  41. Infidel Tiger

    Trump has appointed so many conservative judges that even the crazy 9th circuit will soon lean conservative.

    Needs to build the damn wall though.

  42. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Instead volumes tend to go down, at least for housing and labour markets.

    Which only implies price insensitivity (to begin with). Prices might be sticky; you would really have to analyse each sector to really know.

    But explain how reduced hours, nominal salary freezes or job losses in light of wage floors, employment regulation and persistent inflation isn’t markets at least tending to clear or moving towards a new equilibrium. In 2011 there was actually significant reductions in hours worked. WorkChoices was Howard’s best, most underrated and worst sold idea.

    SW Sydney had price drops of 40% in the property market during the credit crunch and GFC.

  43. Shy Ted

    Mr Constantine, comrade, I think out landlords may have solved the pig problem. I give you…. pigzilla. Sorry, pigzilla.

  44. custard

    Good short video on Taiwan Arky

    Lack of footpaths a bit of a worry in places.

  45. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    A lot of the regulation is simply a way of managing liability and avoiding litigation, which has to be priced in no matter what the model.

    Assuming that the price is always the same is an error. Even writing the same rule, drafted well, vs drafted poorly can make a huge difference to the cost of obeying a rule.

    In the education sector in particular, it’s not clear that private education is more cost effective than public education.

    What is the public cost of an average public school student vs the private sector?

    Or homeschooling?

  46. Gab

    Just saw your video, Arky. Loved it! Excellent background music choice.

  47. JC

    Artie, the D’rats are actively campaigning on stacking the Supreme Court. Think about that.

  48. Iampeter

    Yeah, the idea of a perfect principle untainted by consequentialism, always falls apart somewhere.

    That’s right, concrete problems can’t be solved with reference to principles. That would be autistic.
    just think of the “consequentialism!”
    Such deep political discourse happening here.

    You guys are totally not a bunch of breathtakingly clueless Marxists. Not at all.

  49. Shy Ted

    A number of internet dates I’ve had may or may not have had butt implants. At least 2 may or may not have had side butt implants.

  50. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Infidel Tiger
    #3177591, posted on October 7, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    If re-elected Trump will have a lot more “flexibility” on his economic vision.

    Could be a wild ride.

    That’s the hope with a decent Congress, not full of idiots and lunatics like “The Squad”.

    The average US voter likes Trump but if the US economy turns sour, there is no guarantee they will be as forgiving as Bruce.

  51. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    You guys are totally not a bunch of breathtakingly clueless Marxists. Not at all.

    Explain to me how I’m a Marxist.

    No, seriously.

    GO!!!

  52. Infidel Tiger

    OneampPeter is back!

    Yay! He’s super smart and principled too.

  53. feelthebern

    Trump would love the idea of an impeachment vote.
    Trump lining up against the Congress.
    Will take his approval rating amongst Republicans from 95% to 99.9%.
    The average American doesn’t even know where Ukraine is.
    They do know Biden & Clinton etc are as dodgy as fvck.
    If this keeps up & the Kavanaugh protests continue outside the Supreme Court, Trump is looking at a monster re-election.

  54. 132andBush

    Iampeter:

    A Marxist pretending to be right wing and attempting to troll a conservative blog from the far right.
    And failing.

    A case study.

  55. Neil

    WorkChoices was Howard’s best, most underrated and worst sold idea

    Some things in Workchoices like cashing in your annual leave are now legal. Before WC’s you were not allowed to cash in your annual leave. Somebody in the Union movement must have thought it a good idea.

  56. feelthebern

    The problem for Trump is a lot of GOP will be elected, re-elected on his coat tails in 2020.
    A lot of absolute turd.

  57. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Just like the Liberals.

  58. Gab

    Has there been another car ramming into pedestrians today in Flinders Street?

  59. feelthebern

    Tony Abbott was the only cabinet member to question Howard on Work Choices.

  60. feelthebern

    Was there one of these climate crisis protests in Toowoomba today ?

  61. Fisky

    What is the public cost of an average public school student vs the private sector

    Australia’s private education sector is heavily subsidised by the government, and there’s no easy way to calculate the true cost. It depends on where the kids go to school, how much the land costs, what facilities are on offer etc. In a lot of private schools the overheads are enormous.

    It’s not clear that public schools are more overstaffed or that salaries are higher, most likely the opposite. Class sizes tend to be bigger. And the things that can really jack up costs such as electronic devices/equipment and the maintenance as such, are widespread in the private system.

  62. Arky

    Thanks for kind comments everyone.
    Highly recommend Taiwan as a destination.
    About the same population as Australia, on an island with a billion Chinese who want to reclaim it just across the strait.
    See it while you can. They all learn English in school and are petrified in case you try to speak it to them!

  63. Explain to me how I’m a Marxist.

    No, seriously.

    GO!!!

    If i may interject Frank;

    Given the leninist/marxist doctrine you obviously have formed the paradigm of theoretical collectivism underlying…………………………….

    Yeah i got nothing.

    As you were, double away smartly.

  64. Cassie of Sydney

    “feelthebern
    #3177617, posted on October 7, 2019 at 8:59 pm
    Tony Abbott was the only cabinet member to question Howard on Work Choices.”

    That’s right.

  65. Infidel Tiger

    WorkChoices was a dogs breakfast and Howard had no mandate for it.

    Australians will never support such seismic policy changes without first being asked.

  66. Fisky

    Government funding per student

    As we can see, independent private schools are bringing in huge subsidies, over 70% of what government schools get per student. Also the independents will be averaging over 10K per student in tuition plus other amenities, easily.

  67. mh

    Dot, is the Schiff that you reference and rate so highly the Peter ‘buy gold’ Schiff that became an internet sensation during the GFC?

  68. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Australians will never support such seismic policy changes without first being asked.

    Like

    Superannuation
    Metadata retention
    Gun buybacks
    Australia Acts
    Native title

  69. Could someone else do interruption lotto tonight.

    A week and a half back in Oz and i have your fuvking flu, thanks for nothing.

  70. feelthebern

    I would have voted LDP, dot, but I was too busy eat a Tim Tam.

  71. feelthebern

    Seriously, after David L pulled that Tim Tam stunt during the union legislation debate, I pretty much binned the chap.

  72. Frank

    Given the leninist/marxist doctrine you obviously have formed the paradigm of theoretical collectivism underlying…………………………….

    Perhaps a reference to false consciousness might be appropriate. Failing that there is always the frothing about capitalist stooges and running dogs before flouncing off to form a splinter group.

  73. Fisky

    Peter Schiff’s investment fund was a disaster, all his clients got hosed in the GFC. That MMT guy Mike Norman did way better.

  74. Rex Mango

    Media Watch upset about Trump asking China to investigate Bidens. Also it seems he tweets too much & swore on Twitter.

  75. feelthebern

    I look forward to the climate crisis protesters doing their thing in Canberra in the middle of summer.
    Canberra roads in 40 degree heat.
    Yum.

  76. cohenite

    1000’s, 100’s, a few inbred fucktards at the extinction rebellion protests today.

    http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/extinction-rebellion-rally-in-sydney-marred-by-arrests-as-protesters-block-road-chain-themselves-to-water-tank/ar-AAIolh6?ocid=ientp

    The msm is responsible for this farce, along with filth and the liars and the lazy tarts in the lnp.

  77. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Bespoke, I wuz only joking. Everyone knows you can’t spell. It’s your signature. Stand tall and proud with it.

    I am proud I stand short, trim and focussed. 🙂

  78. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    What were the returns on both funds, Fisk?

    Schiff’s fund was up 35% y.o.y., last year.

  79. Rex Mango

    Media Watch now doing obituary for Ch7’s Sunday Night program. Never watched the show. RIP.

  80. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Fisky
    #3177626, posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Government funding per student

    As we can see, independent private schools are bringing in huge subsidies, over 70% of what government schools get per student. Also the independents will be averaging over 10K per student in tuition plus other amenities, easily.

    What you mean is that public school students are subsidised an additional 30% over private students.

  81. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Place seems empty already without None.

    This has not been one of Catallaxy’s best days.
    Just my opinion of course. 🙁

  82. Rex Mango

    Media Watch attacking vaping via the industries’ chief spruiker Dr Colin Mendelsohn & big tobacco. Typical ABC ad hominem attack.

  83. egg_

    The 1ampPenis is on the Open Fred?

  84. Cassie of Sydney

    “feelthebern
    #3177636, posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:21 pm
    I look forward to the climate crisis protesters doing their thing in Canberra in the middle of summer.
    Canberra roads in 40 degree heat
    Yum.”

    I was with my elderly mother this afternoon and she reprimanded me when I said…citing the late Robert Askin…that the police should just “run the bastards over”. Mum said that she never liked the ghastly Robert Askin and that was an awful thing to say. Then in the next breath Mum said that a grenade should be thrown at the protesters!

  85. egg_

    I look forward to the climate crisis protesters doing their thing in Canberra in the middle of summer.
    Canberra roads in 40 degree heat.

    Can they be tarred and feathered?
    Turkey feathers?

  86. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    “Canberra roads in 40 degree heat. Yum”

    Yep. Lightly cooked protesters basted with tasty sanctimony. As they do say in the best restaurants, stick a fork in them, they’re done.

    Youse can borrow my spare BBQ prod for that.

  87. bespoke

    Iampeter is owe only hope, just because his integrated thinking is beyond your understanding it’s no reason to be nasty.

  88. Rex Mango

    Sam Neil (who I like) did advert for the ABC prior to Media Watch. No mention of what his missus does for a living.

  89. Rex Mango

    Where is the Q&A Forum, really happy topic tonight, aged care.

  90. feelthebern

    A few websites are saying John Bolton is one of the whistleblowers.
    I find that hard to believe.

  91. Cassie of Sydney

    “Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #3177642, posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:27 pm
    Place seems empty already without None.

    This has not been one of Catallaxy’s best days.
    Just my opinion of course. 🙁”

    Agree with you Lizzie…funny how Sinc judges Abbott severely because of his failure to do anything about 18C when PM yet binned None because of her opinion on Tim Wilson…..just my opinion of course.

  92. mh

    This will cheer up None

    RAT RACY Emily Ratajkowski, 28, shows off her enviable figure to promote new swimwear line

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/10074935/emily-ratajkowski-swimwear-line/

  93. feelthebern

    I saw Maggie Beer is on the Q&A panel on aged care.
    What for?
    Is she planning on cooking some oldies to feed to the others?

  94. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Where is the Q&A Forum, really happy topic tonight, aged care.

    Carpe has begged off with the lurgie, any takers for interruption Lotto?

  95. feelthebern

    Em Rat needs to be force fed some cheese burgers until she maintains a healthy weight.

  96. Delcon

    Infidel Tiger
    #3177624, posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    WorkChoices was a dogs breakfast and Howard had no mandate for it.

    Australians will never support such seismic policy changes without first being asked.

    “Australians” may be smarter than you, IT, and realise that Unions are a net liability on the economic life of a nation.
    I beg to differ from the “common wisdom” re Howard’s 2007 defeat and suggest it was not necessarily WorkChoices.
    Unions’ power must be smashed, and good on Howard for giving it a go. Shame he failed.

    P.S.
    No Q&A thread today?

  97. custard

    Carpe,

    No one will do the QA thread because it doesn’t exist.

    Sinc will make certain corrections….

  98. Rex Mango

    Maggie Beer about to say something on Q$A re aged care. Imagine she wants better cooking.

  99. Cassie of Sydney

    “Feelthebern
    #3177654, posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:37 pm
    A few websites are saying John Bolton is one of the whistleblowers.
    I find that hard to believe.”

    I have wondered about Bolton….being the good neocon he is I reckon he could be one of the whistleblowers.

  100. calli

    Is she planning on cooking some oldies to feed to the others?

    They’ll be done in lots of butter but no chilli.

  101. egg_

    I saw Maggie Beer is on the Q&A panel on aged care.
    What for?
    Is she planning on cooking some oldies to feed to the others?

    Soylent Grey?

  102. Rex Mango

    Most boring Q&A ever. Motherhood statements by old people about aged care.

  103. calli

    Bolton, eh? Never trusted that mo.

  104. Delcon

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3177658, posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Where is the Q&A Forum, really happy topic tonight, aged care.

    Carpe has begged off with the lurgie, any takers for interruption Lotto?

    I volunteer my services to count Fran Kelly’s Question Count, if anyone is interested in a Question Count Lotto.
    Gosh, that radical Leftist Fran Kelly is everywhere these days. Just yesterday she ruined The Insiders. Today: Q&A.
    BTW, her question count is now on two.

  105. Rex Mango

    Would it be an option, when approaching aged care situation, to hold up the local bank and spend your twilight years in better accommodation?

  106. Cassie of Sydney

    “calli
    #3177664, posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:41 pm
    Is she planning on cooking some oldies to feed to the others?

    They’ll be done in lots of butter but no chilli.”

    Perhaps Maggie could give us a recipe on how to cook babies….I imagine they would be best done in a lot of butter and cream.

  107. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The long drought is on PM Live as reaching an exodus tipping point by Christmas. In the same area that in the late C19th bankrupted old Pat Durack after 7 years and sent his family of sons into the saddle to drove across the continent to claim the Kimberley for cattle. All droughts break but not before many people are broken too. This is Australia and its most marginal country. Only water infrastructure can save it.

    A bit of tourism might help. Murray is running a campaign to get you and me to visit to keep main streets alive

  108. Candy

    That is how it is I agree, Cassie. The free speech thing went out Prof. D’s window. As Lizzie said earlier, Tim Wilson may be the first to say None is allowed to express her opinion. Strange how things go.

  109. Rex Mango

    Fran Kelly is pathetic at interrupting. Am thinking she will max out at 9.

  110. Gab

    I can’t be bothered watching Q&A. It’s the same boilerplate lefty trash rehashed, reheated, re-heaved. Boring, no new insights, no intelligent discussion. Nothing new to learn.

    Nah! Youse can have it.

  111. Rex Mango

    Fran Kelly could try using Just For Men.

  112. egg_

    Did Nanny Franny just step out of the shower?

  113. Sinclair Davidson

    I have opened up a Q&A forum. Late I know. Sorry.

  114. Delcon

    Rex Mango
    #3177674, posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Fran Kelly is pathetic at interrupting. Am thinking she will max out at 9.

    Really?
    Stupid bitch just interrupted the Lib Minister 3 times in a minute.

  115. mh

    Listening to the news bulletin on the radio tonight it was stated that KPMG is campaigning for a rise in Newstart allowance.

    Regardless of the merits, what the fvck has it got to do with KPMG?

  116. Rex Mango

    Seems they want more staff who are better trained and better paid in Aged Care.

  117. feelthebern

    Hopefully Fran Kelly can pronounce Canada correctly.

  118. Muddy

    Rex Mango
    #3177670, posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Would it be an option, when approaching aged care situation, to hold up the local bank and spend your twilight years in better accommodation?

    Love it. I’m sure someone will think of an appropriate word for that – a derivation of sea-changing perhaps?

  119. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Cassie, Hairy wants me to wish you a good Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur. Repentance, prayer and charity. He knows more of Joosh traditions than I do probably due to his Joosh stepmother but also because he just does, being very wise etc.

  120. bespoke

    Tim Wilson possibly would add that it’s up to Sinc to do with his blog as he pleases.

  121. Nick

    Most boring Q&A ever. Motherhood statements by old people about aged care.

    I’m surprised a few Cats aren’t glued to it.

  122. feelthebern

    I’m surprised a few Cats aren’t glued to it.

    They will if they start speaking about old people sex.

  123. Infidel Tiger

    “Australians” may be smarter than you, IT, and realise that Unions are a net liability on the economic life of a nation.
    I beg to differ from the “common wisdom” re Howard’s 2007 defeat and suggest it was not necessarily WorkChoices.
    Unions’ power must be smashed, and good on Howard for giving it a go. Shame he failed.

    Well even if you what you say is true and there is much evidence it isn’t, Australians still want to be asked first.

    Huge mistake by Howard. Now thanks to his malfeasance we have gone backwards.

  124. Dave in Marybrook

    Rtajowski is awful. Perfected the empty stare, perpetually stands in contortion to push out her arse in one direction and chest in another.
    And the fanny hammock briefs look atrocious on any body.

  125. max

    Gosh, that radical Leftist Fran Kelly is everywhere these days.

    Wall to wall women on the national broadcaster. From 6 pm nightly.

  126. Any truth to the rumour that the Q&A thread has been blocked coz someone on there said a nasty word about Tim Wilson?

  127. MatrixTransform

    This will cheer up None

    nice tack
    shame about the boat race

  128. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Some very traditional aspects in the Joosh religion. On Mt Zion in Saint David’s tomb in Jerusalem we were separated by gender, as during the barmitzvah celebrations at The Wall, separate areas for men and women. Hairy quotes a 2013 survey showing 73% intended to fast on Yom Kippur. The attack by Egypt took place on Yom Kippur in 1973. A very holy time, coming up at sunset tomorrow.

  129. Cassie of Sydney

    “Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #3177689, posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:50 pm
    Cassie, Hairy wants me to wish you a good Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur. Repentance, prayer and charity. He knows more of Joosh traditions than I do probably due to his Joosh stepmother but also because he just does, being very wise etc.”

    Thanks honey…yes the fast start tomorrow night at about 6.45…then off to Shule for Kol Nidre…the most beautiful haunting service of the year……breakfast is at 7.45 on Wed night. Twenty-five hours of no food or fluid. I shall atone for my sins….here’s my favourite version of Kol Nidre…Jacqueline du Pre,

  130. Delcon

    Infidel Tiger
    #3177706, posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    “Australians” may be smarter than you, IT, and realise that Unions are a net liability on the economic life of a nation.
    I beg to differ from the “common wisdom” re Howard’s 2007 defeat and suggest it was not necessarily WorkChoices.
    Unions’ power must be smashed, and good on Howard for giving it a go. Shame he failed.

    Well even if you what you say is true and there is much evidence it isn’t, Australians still want to be asked first.

    Huge mistake by Howard. Now thanks to his malfeasance we have gone backwards.

    Nobody can really prove any claim why Howard lost the elections, I suppose.
    Common wisdom he was too extreme on the conservative side.
    My take was he simply lost touch with his conservative base.

  131. Nick

    They will if they start speaking about old people sex.

    Splutter. Lol

  132. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Yes, Bespoke. I made the point about blog ownership earlier. We may indeed have to recognize Sinc’s right without necessarily applauding his exercise of it with regard to a commenter here who is no troll and who is sticking to her rights too.

  133. John Constantine

    Shy Ted’s link of the giant mutant chicom pig does lead into some guesswork.

    Getting suddenly significantly bigger and faster growing pigs can’t be done overnight with genetics.

    Like making faster olympic swimmers though, there are hormonal growth promotants that do increase performance very quickly.

    Drugs are an efficient short term fix

  134. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The attack by Egypt took place on Yom Kippur in 1973.

    The Egyptians and Syrians, attacking across the Suez Canal, and the Golan Heights, outnumbered the Israelis fourteen to one. (The Syrians were attempting to capture the strategic “Bridge of the Daughters of Jacob” , which would have given them access to the Upper Galilee. It was discovered after the war that their staff hadn’t bothered to do their job – the bridge was too narrow to allow tanks to cross..) The war ended, with Israeli tanks going Hell for leather down the road to Cairo, and Israeli artillery shelling Damascus.

  135. Their SBS World News tonight;
    1/. Presented/mentioned the second whistleblower’s report as if it were unarguable fact.
    2/. Reported Trump as “having remained inside the White House” – implying that since the second whistleblower has come forward Trump is too scared to show his face.
    3/. Referred to “The Impeachment of Donald Trump” as if it were a foregone conclusion.
    4/. Used a most indignant tone to refer to Trump tweeting that Pelosi “should be impeached” – they did everything but actually say “Who the Heck does Trump think he is to demand anyone be impeached?”
    5/. Used the phrase “Republican figures decline to condemn Trump” as another way of saying “Trump has Republican support.

    Seriously, if this was your only news source, you’d think Trump was a shonky used car dealing hiding out somewhere to avoid being arrested for selling lemon vehicles.
    You’d seriously believe it is only a matter of days before he’s removed by popular acclaim of 99.9% of the American population.

  136. Nick

    Cassie:

    A man who allegedly tried to stab two police officers in a shocking incident of road rage has been revealed as the violin prodigy son of a Greens councillor.

    Oliver Scales-Copeland, 25, faced the Newcastle Magistrates Court on Monday charged with two counts of wounding with intent to resist arrest, destroying property and common assault over the incident on Sunday.

    His father is George Copeland, a Greens councillor on Waverley Council in Sydney’s east.

  137. MatrixTransform

    perhaps I missed the back story.

    … but didn’t Nonce flounce?

  138. Cassie of Sydney

    “A man who allegedly tried to stab two police officers in a shocking incident of road rage has been revealed as the violin prodigy son of a Greens councillor.”

    The son of a Greens councillor…..who’d have thought! Well I am not surprised….a spoilt grub…probably went to Cranbrook…..they breed them at that school. He’s no different to that that grub locked in up Bulgaria….he should be left to rot there.

  139. Delcon

    max
    #3177712, posted on October 7, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Gosh, that radical Leftist Fran Kelly is everywhere these days.

    Wall to wall women on the national broadcaster. From 6 pm nightly.

    The ABC, and the Left in general, has lost its collective mind.

  140. Nick

    I confess though, that I like Greens councillor Dominic Wy Kanak, who is on the council. A nice guy.

  141. Cassie of Sydney

    “The war ended, with Israeli tanks going Hell for leather down the road to Cairo, and Israeli artillery shelling Damascus.”

    Yep…and the Israelis should have gone to Damascus…but they were stopped…by Nixon.

  142. Cassie of Sydney

    “Nick
    #3177737, posted on October 7, 2019 at 10:20 pm
    I confess though, that I like Greens councillor Dominic Wy Kanak, who is on the council. A nice guy.”

    All Greens are anti-Semites.

  143. feelthebern

    Yom Kippur.
    Who was more surprised?
    The Arabs?
    Or the British Foreign Office?

  144. bespoke

    For Bern’s sake 😎

    I dissolved in giggles when I happened to look up again to check on the mystery man—I realized what I had seen had most likely been his bum. What was clearly visible in the window by then were an elderly gentleman and an elderly woman, both nude at least from about mid-stomach up, kissing passionately. I was so relieved to realize that no, no one was in distress—they were simply gettin’ some lovin’. As I considered it, I realized there was no way they would even need to consider closing the draperies—there is nothing across from the suite. I simply caught a view of them due to two quirky factors coming together—the steep angle of the driveway angled my already tall truck into just the right position for them to be visible, and the unusual amount of traffic kept me in place long enough to notice what was going on.

  145. EvilElvis

    Cassie of Sydney
    #3177646, posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Go mum!!

  146. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I can’t think of anyone else here in ten years whose arbitrary dismissal has caused such dismay. srr was little lamented, for instance, as she thread hogged badly although also not a troll. Popular Front had his supporters but he hardly fitted the ‘centre right’ appellation. And trolls and sad cases given nervous breakdowns by the robustness of the site or going OTT are definitely gone with no sense of loss. Joh and IT put under a mild form of control sort of OK, just part of running the site with legal sheets to the wind. This though …. ? Maybe it’s just me

    ——

    PM now showing an ad for NHS on mental health.
    Bah. Guess we should all just toughen up.

    Keep calm and carry on. 🙂

  147. Nick

    Bespoke, it sounds like the Cat with windows.

  148. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Yep…and the Israelis should have gone to Damascus…but they were stopped…by Nixon.

    Cassie, I’d be interested in knowing more about that – I was under the impression that it was American pressure that prevented Cairo and Damascus joining Hiroshima and Nagasaki as part of a very select club indeed, but I was also under the impression that the Israelis didn’t want the difficulties that would come with occupying any Arab capital cities.

  149. John Constantine

    Story is that a massive government aerial baiting program to kill off wild pigs is part of the first response to pig plague getting into Australia.

    Almost worth doing it right now?.

    Plus buybacks of as many unquarantined household/backyarder pigs as can be taken out the system.

    Prevention better than amputation.

  150. max

    ABC News tonight reported on the start of the Amazon synod. Cardinals and pontiff all arrayed in green in a beautifully decorated St Peters. Quite a bit of time given over to ordaining older married men as priests because many groups living in remote areas of the Amazon only see a priest once a year.

    If this change were to become reality it would break with the past such that the modern Church would no longer be recognizable as the Catholic church. The invisible church – previous generations – would be at odds with the visible.

    There is nothing new or unusual about the small number of priests in the Amazon. In the 1930s Evelyn Waugh visited the area, staying with priests in isolated outposts and wrote a highly entertaining account of his adventures. His admiration, support and respect for such men is something Francis could learn from.

    Now, if None were here I’m sure she would give this a big thumbs up.

  151. bespoke

    Nick
    #3177749, posted on October 7, 2019 at 10:27 pm
    Bespoke, it sounds like the Cat with windows.

    Indeed

  152. EvilElvis

    Tim Wilson possibly would add that it’s up to Sinc to do with his blog as he pleases.

    I had a rant lined up which I’ve deleted. Suffice to say that unlike the rest of us who muddle on through the mire, and hat tip to those who have frequent verbal jousts which veer into abuse yet still return in good sport, the grand poobar has a not infrequent tendency to bundle drop and pull the leaver.

    Academics and politicians, cosy bedfellows, neither can be trusted.

  153. max

    …… and pull the leaver.

    Very clever, Evil.

  154. Rex Mango

    ABC Late Night News & big story about Trump telling Turkey they will have responsibility for ISIS reffos if they take over. ABC showing shots of Kurdish fighters. According to the ABC Kurdish troops are 100% female.

  155. Lazlo

    Is that a shofar at the top of the site?

    When it sounds at 7.45pm Wednesday, you can sigh and pour your favourite Sauv Blanc (although, I would recommend ‘water first’, like the beer ad).

  156. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    None refused to apologise for her expressed opinion about Tim Wilson’s lack of political effectiveness, and still refuses to do so. Sinclair disagreed with her assessment, claiming a factual error in it, although as with many ABC fact checks there is room for flexibility in interpretation, and required an apology if she wished to stay on his blog. His prerogative, but not a good look, imho (if I may be permitted to have ever so humble a one).

  157. MatrixTransform

    Who the feck is Tim Wilson?

  158. Infidel Tiger

    Lead singer of Mondo Rock.

  159. bespoke

    I’m not concerned about what went on just interested in what this has to do with ‘free speech’, Lizzie.

  160. Steve trickler

    I’ve yet to watch the flick…..Zimmer is a genius. A crazy body of work.



  161. Rex Mango

    Ross Wilson was Mondo Rock and Come Said the Boy would get them infront of a Royal Commission if released today.

  162. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    None’s ‘rights’, bespoke? The ones you think she doesn’t have here?

    Why, just the rather boring old rights to freedom of speech without being hauled before a tribunal and punished unless she recants. Those rights. That they do not necessarily apply here does not make them unimportant. None is prepared to fight for them on or off this blog. I commend that and so I hope would Tim Wilson. And Voltaire.

  163. Rex Mango

    Steve T, Zimmer is alright, but if you want decent movie soundtracks, then you go to those two blokes who did Last of the Mohicans.

  164. MatrixTransform

    Should I act on your rhetoric … that is the question

    poor None

  165. JC

    Cassie

    What should we be doing on our holy day? 🙂

    On a serious note, we used to go to some great Yom Kippur dos when we lived in NYC. They were great and the food was terrific. There were friends who lived in Trump Palace (funnily enough) a building in the high 60s on 3rd Ave and we’d often go to theirs. It was a massive apartment – two joined together or even three! They invited a large number of guests with most of the invitees being non-j**ws! It’s like that there. We have a few J**wish friends here but they seem to keep their hols with their coreligionists. I loved the way Americans do that though.

  166. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #3177768, posted on October 7, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Lead singer of Mondo Rock.

    naaaa he’s a melbourne real estate agent. True.

  167. bespoke

    No one has ‘rights’ hear but Sinc, maybe that his fault for not being clear on that.

    I have disagreed about his reasoning in the past but never on ‘free speech’ grounds.

  168. Muddy

    Rex Mango
    #3177670, posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Would it be an option, when approaching aged care situation, to hold up the local bank and spend your twilight years in better accommodation?

    “This place is far too big for us now, Mavis. I think we need a cell change.”

  169. Rex Mango

    Muddy, I do get the feeling that Ivan Milat is doing quite nicely in his terminal years.

  170. Zyconoclast

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #3177547, posted on October 7, 2019 at 7:47 pm
    Trump isn’t a lock.

    Listened to the Schiff podcast today.

    Hmm.

    Trump really hasn’t got much done since being elected (keep your pants on, readers)

    Also, he hasn’t built his border length wall.
    Replacement of the existing crap barriers is good but not enough.

    A combination of no wall and no mass deportations, the acceleration of demographic decline a lot of his 2016 voters won’t bother to turn up.
    Mean tweets achieve nothing.

    I’m not saying he can’t win
    2020 is for the Dems to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

  171. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    lol re your mum, Cassie. There is often not a great deal of consistency in some old people’s opinions, and precious little in younger people’s either. Must be something to do with the nature of opinions. Or the nature of people.

    Too deep for me. I’m going to bed. Night all. Especially None. Trust you’re still with us.

  172. RobK

    Lead singer of Mondo Rock.
    Nah, a diesel fitter in Perth I know, used to work at Westrac.

  173. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    You are a good little Injun, bespoke. Better than me most likely. But you still do a marvelous muddle with the language; this time its again more grammar than spelling, as you recognised correctly last time too. Here not hear.

  174. Beertruk

    feelthebern
    #3177618, posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:03 pm
    Was there one of these climate crisis protests in Toowoomba today ?

    Not that I am aware of. I did go for a look see to take some pics when the Climate Clingons wagged school a couple of Fridays ago. Sea Shepard Toowoomba Chapter ‘Barrier Reef…dieing… govmumt has to do sumting…bla bla bla…’ ” I’m from ‘insert primary/secondary school here’ I have to eat my lunch in 40 degree heat…drought climate change…four rain water tanks for two bubblers…bla bla bla…’ and so on.

  175. Zyconoclast

    The incident was especially hurtful, Zinger said, because she and her husband are both U.S. Army veterans who have had multiple deployments to Iraq.

    “All of that hard work soldiers do for Americans…it feels awful that someone would use their freedom for hate,” Zinger said.

    So the easiest way to defeat the US military is for the enemy to deploy a 5000 soldiers displaying the OK 👌sign and charge directly at Mr & Mrs Zinger.

  176. Lazlo

    Being a Lecturer with that much grey hair means you have not had a stellar academic career. Perhaps related to your lack of brightness when it comes to rational methods.

  177. Arky

    2020 is for the Dems to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    ..
    2020 will prove whether or not 2018 was due to those personally loyal to Trump not turning up or if he really has tarnished.
    Only an election will tell.
    Polls mean nothing, they are outmoded and manipulated.
    I would have thought after the Kavanaugh debacle Democrats would have had no hope, but people voted them in.
    This fuelled the latest impeachment craze. Why not? If putting Blazey Ford in front of people didn’t turn them off, it’s green light for any absurdity.

  178. DrBeauGan

    I watched your video, Arky. I liked it.

  179. Rex Mango

    It is sad that 8 coppers are in that picture to arrest one old academic. Do remember Dad telling me how during Petrov Affair there was a front page photo of a Territorian Policeman on the tarmac in Darwin leading away a KGB Agent in a headlock.

  180. JC

    Here’s Martin Walterding on Twitter retweeting this.

    Martin Wolterding Retweeted

    Al Jazeera English
    @AJEnglish
    ·
    Oct 11, 2017
    “People die but their ideas never do”

    Bolivia honours #CheGuevara 50 years after execution http://aje.io/493zu

    Here’s remembering the death of a serial murderer. This crazed lunatic would put a gun to people’s heads and blow their brains out.

    Australian universities, what what you do without them.

  181. JC

    Rex, it’s really two cops leading the old commie away. The others just happen to be standing there.

  182. Rex Mango

    57,000 people yesterday in Melbourne to watch the UFC (aka pub fighting) & it seems the main concern of the Victorian Premier was that they not have girls in bikinis getting paid big money between rounds. We live in very strange times.

  183. Arky

    I watched your video, Arky. I liked it.

    ..
    I can’t stop watching it.
    There is something mesmerising about that music, and coincidentally the intervals in the music line up with some of the scenes.
    Usually I just watch a vid once after putting it up to check there is nothing I missed in editing, like unnecessary crack.

  184. Fisky

    There is no such thing as “one country, two systems”, or even “free trade between ideological incompatibles”. Doesn’t exist, as Abraham Lincoln learned at great cost.

    Gordon G. Chang
    @GordonGChang
    ·
    18m
    #China will soon require US companies to swear obedience, advance Communist Party positions, and implement its policies in our country and wherever they operate. We must force American businesses and organizations out of China if we want to preserve our democracy. #NBA #HongKong

  185. Zyconoclast

    They will if they start speaking about old people sex.

    NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  186. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Do remember Dad telling me how during Petrov Affair there was a front page photo of a Territorian Policeman on the tarmac in Darwin leading away a KGB Agent in a headlock.

    If anyone could post a link, I would be obliged. A couple of Northern Territory cops, dragging a K.G.B. agent off to the paddy wagon, in a headlock, just about summed it up.

  187. Beertruk

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3177727, posted on October 7, 2019 at 10:12 pm
    The attack by Egypt took place on Yom Kippur in 1973.

    The Egyptians and Syrians, attacking across the Suez Canal,

    The Egyptians came up with a cunning plan to cross the Suez (I remember reading about this in a book/article somewhere):
    The Egyptian Army put great effort into finding a quick and effective way of breaching the Israeli defenses. The Israelis had built large 18 metre (59 foot) high sand walls with a 60 degree slope and reinforced with concrete at the water line. Egyptian engineers initially experimented with explosive charges and bulldozers to clear the obstacles, before a junior officer proposed using high pressure water cannons. The idea was tested and found to be a sound one, and several high pressure water cannons were imported from Britain and East Germany. The water cannons effectively breached the sand walls using water from the canal.[125]

    Linky

  188. Arky:

    Good point.
    Is the correct answer to “Does my bum look big in this”? now “Yes. Bloody huge”?

    Definite wrong answer is “Yair. Ya look like Humphrey B Bear.”

  189. Steve trickler

    Too funny. Good stuff, Dice.



  190. Steve trickler

    Go Dutch! @4:20.

    This is from 2016.



  191. JC

    More on Chief High Cheeks and the curious case of that Harvard appointment.

    I’m sorry to say that I don’t think Joe Biden is going to last much longer in this presidential contest. Next up: Elizabeth Warren. Warren says that her claiming of “Native American” racial status had nothing to do with her getting hired by Harvard Law School. Honest or corrupt? It’s another question of motivation! What objective facts can we look to to infer what the motives — Warren’s and those of the people at Harvard who hired her — might be? It appears that all of Warren’s Harvard Law faculty colleagues — every singly one of whom will vote for her over Trump if those are the choices — assert that the claim of Native American status had nothing to do with her getting hired at Harvard. Just like with those “Ukrainian officials” and Biden! Do you credit these people with some special insights into Warren’s brain?

    But then there’s the objective fact that Harvard hires its faculty almost exclusively from the top handful of law schools. Go to its page on faculty biographies and you will see how true this is. In fact, the majority have at least one degree from either Harvard or Yale or both. Of all the faculty at Harvard Law, the one with the degree from the lowest-ranked law school is none other than Warren. (Her law degree is from Rutgers-Newark.) But the idea that Harvard main reason for hiring her may have been her claim of Native American race — that’s been “debunked.”

    https://www.manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2019-10-6-the-bidens-stone-cold-crooked-2

  192. Oh come on

    IT, watch this. Where The Houses Used To Be

    It’s a docco from 1971 about living in relatively newly-built London council estates. A terrifying urban dystopia.

    The first woman who appears is a prophet. She put her finger exactly on the most damaging aspect of the mass population movement into high rise council estates. The close-knit communities that lived in terraced housing were destroyed, never to return. Decades later, anthropologists noted exactly what this woman said would happen in 1971.

    There is a difference, though. Back then your dogbox was allocated to you by the council. Now you buy it from Harry Triguboff.

  193. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Egyptians came up with a cunning plan to cross the Suez (I remember reading about this in a book/article somewhere):

    Good account in Chaim Herzog’s book “The War of Atonement” about how the Egyptians used said fire pumps to breach the sand ramparts of the Suez Canal, of the desperate Israeli tankers attempts to relieve the forts of the Bar Lev line, along the Suez Canal, and the last, desperate messages from those forts “Goodbye to my parents, I hope I was a good son.”

  194. Infidel Tiger

    Haven’t watched it, but anyone with a brain knows that you can’t build a community by stacking people vertically in shit boxes.

    We interact with our neighbours and families on a street level. It’s engrained in our DNA

  195. Oh come on

    It’s a really interesting docco. 50 years old. Bloody depressing, though. Fancy raising children in such a hell-hole. Soulless and dehumanising.

  196. Rex Mango

    Haven’t watched it either, but seen similar shows. Funny part is a lot of the impetus for moving these people into high rise was the bombing in WW2. Essentially the people that bore the brunt of the attack, were then punished a second time round afterwards.

  197. JC

    Artie

    How many people especially of the younger generation care about tending to gardens in the back and front yards? Two? Gardeners are 60 bucks an hour these days and younger people can’t be bothered. Lots of people like living in apartments. We’re talking of moving to live in one over the next few years. Apartment living is nice. I lived in them for 16 years and liked it very much.

    As for communities – you can’t choose your neighbors. Ours next door is a total nutjob and we’re forced to be nice to him in case he burns the house down when we’re not here if he thought we don’t like him. He is suspected of damaging the water system of the flats across the road because the building water’s the garden and he doesn’t like that. He screams at neighbors.

  198. Rex Mango

    Good urban planning, like Haussmann’s Paris is always about trying to control the masses.

  199. John Constantine:

    Story is that a massive government aerial baiting program to kill off wild pigs is part of the first response to pig plague getting into Australia.

    Almost worth doing it right now?.

    There was an ad doing the rounds about four months ago where people were being asked to sign up for shooting wild pigs, but when I looked into it, it seemed a bit bizarre and was more about tranquilizing and relocating after capture.
    Anyway I decided to give it a great big miss when I realised it was being run by a government department.

  200. The reason you are asking me about sanctions on Russia is because you literally know nothing at all about the Trade War, including the fact that it is now a mainstream position within the US polity, and are looking for a distraction.

    No Fisky, I was merely curious to see if you would say anything bad about Putin. Evidently not.

    You would be aware of course that Trump has imposed stringent financial sanctions on Russia, on individuals and companies from ship-building through to oil production, while also cutting them out of the international financial system. The loudest opponents of Trump’s anti-Russia sanctions have been….the wonderful upholders of the “international liberal order”, the Germans! lol

    Congress laid those sanctions, Trump has tried to reverse the decision without success.

    You and your boy Trump are all in on Russia. The Chicom stuff is engineered by Putin to unite against a common foe. It continues to hold true that Trump and his Trumpkins never make a move against the interests of Uncle Vlad.

  201. Mark A

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #3177747, posted on October 7, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    And trolls and sad cases given nervous breakdowns by the robustness of the site or going OTT are definitely gone with no sense of loss. Joh and IT put under a mild form of control sort of OK, just part of running the site with legal sheets to the wind. This though …. ? Maybe it’s just me

    Not only you Lizzie, There are far more annoying posters on this blog, who need scrolling, than none.

    As to T Wilson, to me, he is a lightweight windbag who talks and talked the talk but short on the walk.

    His most memorable and cringworthy act was, announcing his engagement to his (wife-husband) to be in parliament.

    Libertarian? My foot.

  202. Rex Mango

    No Steve T, so shall do the honours, this song going out for None:

  203. Knuckle Dragger

    None.

    Of course, I’ve had discussions with her on various issues. But she rotates them all into one of two spheres.

    Sodomy, and imagining every male in the country lusts after prepubescent girls. You cannot discuss anything with her with it coming back to one, or both, of those two. Then copes with disagreement by screeching.

    I agree with her on a number of issues. I don’t know Wilson enough to make any sort of informed comment on him so didn’t get involved during the fracas. He got engaged in Parliament, apparently, but that’s pretty much the sum of my knowledge on the subject.

    This is a person, remember, that repeatedly advised us, apropos of nothing, that gay porn damages women. Now I’m not a woman, but I’m prepared to say that that is a deluxe retardo point of view, and it wasn’t a one-off.

    Christ, she even starting cracking at Mrs Liability Bob who had nothing to do with the subject at hand. Should have been smoted for that there and then.

    Of course people can be emotional. But that was an ongoing cavalcade of emotion with the dial ripped off at Armageddon level about everybloodything. Mr None, if there is one must have been overjoyed whenever she sat down to tap away or use her software or whatever to comment here, because when she was doing that presumably she wasn’t sandblasting his ears off with it.

    Yes, she was a robust contributor. But you can only have so many strikes, the latest of which was the weekend just gone. And free speech has nothing to do with it, because it’s not a public forum. You need permission to get in, stay in and if you misbehave enough you’re out. We get plenty of leeway.

  204. Mark A

    Arky ,
    Just got home and found your video in my inbox, great stuff.
    I actually wouldn’t mind a longer version if you could find the time.

  205. Rex Mango

    Arky, just found your video on Pornhub, great stuff.

  206. C.L.

    As for communities – you can’t choose your neighbors. Ours next door is a total nutjob and we’re forced to be nice to him in case he burns the house down when we’re not here if he thought we don’t like him. He is suspected of damaging the water system of the flats across the road because the building water’s the garden and he doesn’t like that. He screams at neighbors.

    You live next door to Mike Carlton?

  207. Mark A

    Rex Mango
    #3177825, posted on October 8, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Arky, just found your video on Pornhub, great stuff.

    Taking the piss or bored out of you tiny mind?
    F off. And I’m hardly ever rude.

  208. Mark A

    PS as it happens I subscribed to Arky’s videos.

  209. Rex Mango

    Just watching 3rd episode in a row of Vikings on SBS. This stuff should not be treated as subject material in the HSC. Essentially the ‘vikings’ are dark ages punk rockers who rape and pillage in style, while their womenfolk do the same.

  210. Rex Mango

    Going to bed, but SBS now has CGTN News In English From Beijing on. Feel good stories about China and their 5,000 years of civilisation. This stuff pure party propaganda.

  211. Rex Mango

    Imagine for a minute, back during the Cold War, ABC would run Pravda News each night. SBS should be held to account over running CGTN News, broadcasting Chinese state propaganda at taxpayer expense.

  212. Rex Mango

    Each episode of CGTN News begins with the opening bars of Beethoven’s fifth too.

  213. Mark A:

    PS as it happens I subscribed to Arky’s videos.

    So you were the other mug?
    🙂

  214. Mark A

    Winston Smith
    #3177836, posted on October 8, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Mark A:

    PS as it happens I subscribed to Arky’s videos.

    So you were the other mug?

    Mug if you prefer, I don’t.

    Seriously I like a man who dumps a trailer load of rusting bits and pieces on his nature strip, and after waking up, in the cold light of day, instead of calling the council rubbish removals, sets about to turn that pile of junk into a beautiful piece of motor car, he has my admiration and support.

    I liked his early efforts at the philosophical theme too. There he made a fundamental mistake on posting them on this blog seeking support and acknowledgment.

    He was literally clobbered by philistines and zealots.
    This is not, as popularly believed and claimed, a libertarian left of center blog, or it is in name only, but its members are far from being such.

    It’s a shame because it made him doubt himself and he lost the will to continue, while hacks of no value inhabit and prosper on YouTube..

    No I don’t know the man and never met him.
    Don’t even want a drive in the Model A.

  215. Tom

    Tina Norton (Ben Garrison’s partner to whom, until now, I have been mistakenly assigning Ben’s surname).

  216. Just looking at stuff on ebay – Huawei 1TB S/D Memory Card Class 10 TF Flash Memory Card. $9.99 each.
    Are they trying to dump stuff or just desperate for sales.
    What are the chances they have extra bits of firmware inside?
    Yeah, nah.

  217. Mark A

    Winston Smith
    #3177851, posted on October 8, 2019 at 4:22 am

    Just looking at stuff on ebay – Huawei 1TB S/D Memory Card Class 10 TF Flash Memory Card. $9.99 each.

    What size?
    Sounds incredibly cheap, just paid about $20 for 128GB for a reputable make.

  218. Mark A:

    So you were the other mug?

    Mug if you prefer, I don’t.

    Um. I was joking?

  219. This lunatic would turn the US into Sweden or Germany.
    Are the Democrats trying to lose this election?

  220. Mark A

    Winston Smith
    #3177853, posted on October 8, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Mark A:

    So you were the other mug?

    Mug if you prefer, I don’t.

    Um. I was joking?

    I gathered that Winston, I’m in a foul mood brought about by the treatment of None.
    We are no friends she and I, by any means but if a cc..t of a scum is tolerated and aided while she is not, somet is not right.
    Shouldn’t snap at anyone just the same.
    Apologies, you are one of my fav posters you should know by now, anyone like you and Arky who can attempt the nearly impossible and succeeds is highly regarded in my book.

  221. Mark A

    Winston Smith
    #3177854, posted on October 8, 2019 at 4:46 am

    This lunatic would turn the US into Sweden or Germany.
    Are the Democrats trying to lose this election?

    “The Embrace Act” would allow illegal aliens to claim the same welfare benefits as all U.S. citizens and legal immigrants.

    That should work out well.

  222. bespoke

    Mark A
    I have always been “Taking the piss” about Arky, If he thought otherwise then I should change my mind about his comments.

  223. bespoke

    We are no friends she and I, by any means but if a cc..t of a scum is tolerated and aided while she is not, somet is not right.

    Who is the ” cc..t of a scum”? numberwang, monty? If so then your wrong.

  224. Mark A

    bespoke
    #3177857, posted on October 8, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Mark A

    I have always been “Taking the piss” about Arky, If he thought otherwise then I should change my mind about his comments.

    bespoke, I care not about his flippant remarks about unzipping his fly etc. or that something is “shit” or not. He is obviously having a go at the stuffy posters.

    besides, his zip should be red hot to touch by now, he needs kitchen mitts to go to the loo.

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