Open Forum: January 11, 2020

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  1. JC

    Other than cavorting and taking orders from Putin, getting impeached etc. This is what Trump is doing to make life easier and lower costs.

    Getting Closer to ‘Shovel Ready’
    Environmental impact statements shouldn’t take 13 years and more than 16,000 pages.

    If you visit an aging American megaproject—say, the Hoover Dam—you’ll probably see a startling statistic about how quickly it was built. Congress authorized the damming of the Colorado River in 1928, construction started in 1931, and the 726-foot concrete wonder opened in 1936. That’s a “shovel ready” job.

    Today even modest public works, including roads, bridges and airport runways, can spend years in limbo, no thanks to the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. That 1970 law requires an environmental study of any major project that involves federal funding or permitting. NEPA hasn’t been overhauled in 40 years, which is why the Trump Administration deserves applause for moving last week to modernize it.
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    Everybody wants to protect the environment. But NEPA isn’t doing the job sensibly. No single agency has responsibility for its enforcement, unlike the Clean Water Act or the Clean Air Act. There’s no obligation for the feds to keep a specific timeline. Environmental assessments and impact statements are often monstrously detailed, since agencies and sponsors are trying to make them litigation proof.

    The result is a regulatory morass. From 2013 to 2017, the average final impact statement took more than four years and ran 669 pages, the Council on Environmental Quality said last summer. The longest file was for a contentious 12-mile expansion of Interstate 70 in Denver. The final report ran 8,951 pages, plus another 7,307 pages of appendices. The whole rigmarole took 13 years.

    That kills time, wastes taxpayer money, discourages development, and makes the government opaque to people without lawyers on retainer. Even bureaucrats don’t examine all this stuff. As Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said on a call with reporters: “When I asked our senior managers if they were reading these documents that were several thousand pages long, they said, emphatically, no.”

    In 2017 Philip Howard’s outfit, Common Good, estimated the cost of a blanket six-year delay on big projects. He came up with $3.7 trillion, including environmental losses, injuries to health, highway congestion, and so forth. Think about it: 13 years of studying I-70 is 13 years of Coloradans cursing traffic while their engines vaporize gasoline in first gear.

    On Thursday the Trump Administration released a proposed rule to streamline NEPA reviews. One highlight is that the process would have presumptive limits: two years and 300 pages for a full environmental impact statement; or a year and 75 pages for a smaller environmental assessment. Thorny cases could go longer with written approval by “a senior agency official of the lead agency.”

  2. It will only take a few Republicans to cross over and vote to impeach the President. It could not have happened before. But some Republicans are offended by the excuses made for the attack on Iran.

  3. 1735099

    I love it when you get into science.

    There’s no point in arguing the science with those who deny its existence.
    I’m arguing about social policy.
    Social policy which puts short term gain (e.g. removing vegetation to try to win a war – and we know how that worked out) above the long term viability of life.
    The mindset driving Dow chemical to make a motsa out of selling lethal junk to the US military back then, is exactly the same mindset driving the petro chemical industry to lobby political leaders to the tune of around two hundred million dollars annually.
    Always follow the money when trying to understand why the obvious scientific evidence is ignored.
    Short term profit will trump long term risk management every time.
    Forty years working with the consequences of this lunacy gives me (and most Australians) all the evidence we need.
    It’s called common sense.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    Domestic dispute gets interesting:

    Kansas Man Requests ‘Trial by Combat’ in Iowa Court to Settle Custody Dispute

    A Kansas man has requested that an Iowa court grant his motion for a “trial by combat” to settle a custody dispute with his ex-wife and her attorney on the battlefield.

    The Carroll Times-Herald reported that Ostrom filed a request with the Iowa District Court in Shelby County to give him 12 weeks to source or forge Japanese swords used in battle.

    “To this day, trial by combat has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States,” Ostrom argues in court records, adding that it was used “as recently as 1818 in British Court.”

    Lawyers may need to brush up on their kendo skills.

  5. Arky

    This is what Trump is doing to make life easier and lower costs.

    ..
    I have real fears that Trump’s de-regulations are an unprecedented structural change to the US economy and therefore I have missed out because it has punted the next recession into the distant future.
    But probably not.

  6. Stimpson J. Cat

    I don’t care what the private joke was: “Hey I bet the next fat anglo orders a pork roll”.
    or: “Should we throw out the pork the dog pissed on or just cook it up”?
    You’re talking to a customer. Stow that shit and pay attention.

    You should have just pointed at yourself and said
    “My Lai? ”
    and burst out laughing.
    Bet they would have stopped laughing then.
    Maybe follow it up with a Haka just to be sure.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    There’s no point in arguing the science with those who deny its existence.
    I’m arguing about social policy.

    Oh ROFL! Numbers I’ve been a scientist for forty years.
    My expertise includes thermodynamics, statistical modelling, and a PhD in chemistry.
    I feel like I’m being schooled by a kindergarten kiddie.
    Social policy which is not based on science isn’t worth a bee’s dick.

    Always follow the money when trying to understand why the obvious scientific evidence is ignored.

    Oh yes Numbers, I do agree with you. What scam is raking in literal trillions of dollars right now? I give you clue, the initials are “CC”.

  8. Bruce of Newcastle

    Never stand between lefties and a trillion dollar bucket of other people’s money.
    Crooks, robbers and liars.

  9. lotocoti

    Lawyers may need to brush up on their kendo skills.

    Iaido and the Book of Five Rings.

  10. Arky

    So good, worth putting up at the start of a new page:
    Bruce:

    Oh ROFL! Numbers I’ve been a scientist for forty years.
    My expertise includes thermodynamics, statistical modelling, and a PhD in chemistry.
    I feel like I’m being schooled by a kindergarten kiddie.
    Social policy which is not based on science isn’t worth a bee’s dick.

    Always follow the money when trying to understand why the obvious scientific evidence is ignored.

    Oh yes Numbers, I do agree with you. What scam is raking in literal trillions of dollars right now? I give you clue, the initials are “CC”.

  11. OldOzzie

    China vehicle sales slump 8 per cent and forecast to fall again in 2020

    Philip King
    Motoring Editor

    China vehicle sales slumped by 8 per cent last year in a second consecutive decline and are expected to compound the slide with a further fall in 2020.

    Deliveries slipped to 25.8 million in 2019, led by an almost 10 per cent decline in light vehicles – cars and SUVs – the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said today.

    The figure for electric and hybrid vehicles also slipped for the first time, by 4 per cent to 1.2 million, after Beijing cut subsidies mid-year.

    Chinese demand has been driving global growth in electric vehicles and the government pledged to postpone further subsidy reductions this week.

    The strongest category was commercial vehicles, which dipped 1 per cent, but the 2019 figures confirm that China’s near-three decade boom has lost steam and the CAAM expects a further decline of 2 per cent this year.

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Oh ROFL! Numbers I’ve been a scientist for forty years.
    My expertise includes thermodynamics, statistical modelling, and a PhD in chemistry.
    I feel like I’m being schooled by a kindergarten kiddie.

    No more bets, ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.

  13. mh

    Players collapsing at tennis in Melbourne due to poor air quality.

    Here in Brisbane air quality is great and temp 27 C.

  14. Bruce of Newcastle

    She canna take any more Cap’n!

    Patrick Stewart Says ‘Star Trek: Picard’ will Tackle the World of Brexit and Trump

    Actor Patrick Stewart said the upcoming Star Trek series Picard will reflect the “world of Brexit and Trump” by portraying the show’s fictional United Federation of Planets as less “reliable and trustworthy” than in past series.

    The British actor serves as an executive producer on Star Trek: Picard, which is scheduled to debut on CBS All Access on Jan. 23. It marks Stewart’s return to the enduring Star Trek franchise after a 17-year hiatus following Star Trek: Nemesis in 2013.

    The Enterprise takes on a giant orange threat to all mankind!

  15. mh

    Costello’s bastard offspring

    A gang of about 40 youths spat at and hurled bottles at police during an ugly stand-off at an inflatable water park in Perth’s northern suburbs yesterday.

    Police were called to the attraction at Hillarys Boat Harbour about 3.40pm on Monday and arrived to find members of the group shouting abuse at members of the public.

    Police say the gang started throwing bottles and other items at officers and their vehicles. There are reports on social media that officers used pepper spray.

    The scene was officially declared an “out of control gathering” and seven youths were arrested and issued with cautions for offences including obstructing police, stealing and disorderly conduct…

    https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/crime/bottles-thrown-in-hillarys-boat-harbour-water-park-stand-off-ng-b881432531z

  16. Boambee John

    Forty years working with the consequences of this lunacy gives me (and most Australians) all the evidence we need.

    Ah, that explains why Bull Shitten is now PM, with a thumping majority in both Houses!

  17. calli

    So when is Luc Picard going to “transition”?

    You can take the Captain out of the Borg, but you can’t take the Borg out of the Captain.

  18. calli

    Just show’s you how long the Orange Legacy is expected to last.

  19. Geriatric Mayfly

    How the Ginkgo biloba achieves near-immortality

    Have one in the garden. Might be time for some closer observation, or like Prince Charles, have a chat.

  20. Arky

    Actor Patrick Stewart

    ..
    I missed all the Star Trek episodes this guy was in.
    Someone help me.
    Did he play the first alien captain of the Enterprise? A species of aliens with great big bald dicks for heads?

  21. Bruce of Newcastle

    I quite liked the green guy in the cantina that Harrison Ford shot.

    Stanford PhD Student: ‘Star Wars’ Music Is Racist

    In a recent column for the Washington Post, Stanford Ph.D. student Jeffrey Chen made the case that the Star Wars franchise “reinforces our prejudices” through its soundtrack.

    Stanford doctoral student Jeffrey Chen published a column in the Washington Post to make the case that the Star Wars film franchise is racist.

    “[I]f we take a moment to think about it, George Lucas’s galaxy is, and has always been, far, far away from being an original or an inclusive creation,” Chen writes in the column. It suffers from “Orientalizing” stereotypes — “patronizing tropes that represent an imagined East, or the Orient, as inferior to the rational, heroic West.”

    I think it’s high time for some racist music.

  22. calli

    Good grief. Where did that come from?

    *shows*

  23. jo

    A short message to Patrick Stewart. Star Trek is not real. President Donald John Trump is real. You only pretend to be someone else. President Donald John Trump doesn’t pretend to be anyone but himself. He is the real deal.

  24. Johno

    Oh ROFL! Numbers I’ve been a scientist for forty years.
    My expertise includes thermodynamics, statistical modelling, and a PhD in chemistry.
    I feel like I’m being schooled by a kindergarten kiddie.
    Social policy which is not based on science isn’t worth a bee’s dick.

    Always follow the money when trying to understand why the obvious scientific evidence is ignored.

    Oh yes Numbers, I do agree with you. What scam is raking in literal trillions of dollars right now? I give you clue, the initials are “CC”.

    This explains lefties precisely. BON would have to be the most gentlemanly contributor to this blog. He is also articulate and very,very well educated. Now the reluctant ,mediocre resident leftoid interprets kindness and forbearance as weaknes and attacks. He then gets his ignorant uneducated botty handed to him on a plate. Does he apologise?Never!!!! Mediocre little male.

  25. lotocoti

    So when is Luc Picard going to “transition”?

    No need.
    He’ll just go where they don’t speak English.

  26. Stimpson J. Cat

    Can’t believe God took the only Good Gay Wilson from the entire LNP.
    How f®cking hard is it, honestly?

  27. Stimpson J. Cat

    Oh ROFL! Numbers I’ve been a scientist for forty years.
    My expertise includes thermodynamics, statistical modelling, and a PhD in chemistry.
    I feel like I’m being schooled by a kindergarten kiddie.
    Social policy which is not based on science isn’t worth a bee’s dick.

    Still no cure for Male Pattern Baldness, though.
    Maybe stop wasting time on Vietnam War Blogs and get back to work in the lab, Bruce.
    Priorities, people, please.
    😁

  28. Old School Conservative

    ROBERT HARDMAN

    Was he the bloke with the three-day erection?

  29. calli

    Why is this a problem?

    No one complained when Jacinta did it IRL. Nancy and Chuck look charming in eastern garb.

  30. Arky

    Still no cure for Male Pattern Baldness, though.
    Maybe stop wasting time on Vietnam War Blogs and get back to work in the lab, Bruce.

    ..
    A cheap, easy chemical to eliminate bald men would be a boon to humanity.

  31. Stimpson J. Cat

    I’m about to watch the new
    Terminator – Dark Fate of Lesbian Scissors
    so you lot don’t have to.
    Would really appreciate your prayers and understanding right now.

  32. cohenite

    There was a time when the spraying of dioxin laced chemicals was considered harmless to human beings, although it was well understood to be an effective herbicide.

    You’re such a stupid prick; again the equivalence argument; dioxin is harmful so CO2 must be; I’m surprised you didn’t use the cigarette comparison; your pea-brain couldn’t handle 2 fraudulent concepts no doubt.

    CO2 is plant food; spectroscopically CO2 is dwarfed by water; Ramanathan’s early work showed that. There are 2 types of global temperature: the effective temperature of 255K (-15C) which is what the global temperature would be without GHGs primarily water and the greenhouse temperature of 33C which gives the global temperature of 288K (+15C). Of the greenhouse temperature H2O is responsible for 4/5s or 25C.

    I should point out that Lindzen considers the greenhouse temperature to be only 8C due to atmospheric heat processes other than radiation which the alarmists ignore.

    Anyway this is grist for the mill for the teacher troll who is an idiot. Since the 3rd highest human source of CO2 emissions is breathing the troll should stop breathing and lead by example.

  33. Stimpson J. Cat

    A cheap, easy chemical to eliminate bald men would be a boon to humanity.

    Already exists.
    It’s called Cycling and any Men that take it inevitably transition into Lycra wearing leg shaving Women.
    I am immune to it.

  34. calli

    With great donations comes great responsibility.

    A thought. The NSW RFS are not greedy people. When the windfall comes their way and they have topped up their equipment stores, they could share. And they most likely will.

  35. Stimpson J. Cat

    Neil deGrasse Tyson
    @neiltyson
    Imagine how much more advanced society would be today if women, who comprise half the world’s brain power, were socially & intellectually enfranchised from the beginning of civilization.
    7:42 AM · Jan 13, 2020

    A Ha ha ha ha ha ha ja ja ha ja ja!!!!!

  36. Mitch M.

    China has serious economic problems

    A while ago some here argued China might face significant social unrest concerns that could be dangerous for the regime. I argued otherwise. If this article is a good guide the government is very worried about social unrest, particularly after Hong Kong.

  37. calli

    Stimpson. One word.

    Ill-bred.

  38. egg_

    Newus fredus over there ——–>

  39. Tailgunner

    I saw that clip earlier today, Stimps. While we were all in the sheds because of the climate catastrophe air.
    I was down in the bowels alone though. No one came to get me. Fkn union, I’m texting John.

  40. 1735099

    again the equivalence argument

    You are very thick – or perhaps can’t read.
    Nowhere have I argued “equivalence”.
    I’m talking about the incapacity of some to look more than a few years ahead.
    Those who place no value on something if they can’t eat it, f^ck it, or spend it.
    It’s a very life limiting attitude.

  41. Bruce of Newcastle

    Still no cure for Male Pattern Baldness, though.

    Let me know if you find one Stimpy!

    It’s called Cycling and any Men that take it inevitably transition into Lycra wearing leg shaving

    Doesn’t work, at least not the cycling bit. Maybe if I shave my legs the fur will find refuge north?

  42. 1735099

    Oh ROFL! Numbers I’ve been a scientist for forty years.
    My expertise includes thermodynamics, statistical modelling, and a PhD in chemistry.

    I feel like I’m being schooled by a kindergarten kiddie.

    Many kindergarten kiddies have a better grasp of reality.
    And most don’t make a habit of wishing people dead.

    “My expertise” ROFL.
    Someone as “expert” as you wasting your time on this scrufulous blog?
    With all those “qualifications” you should be pulling a motsa as a consultant.

    Social policy which is not based on science isn’t worth a bee’s dick.

    Now that is funny – advanced on this site.
    Policies on obesity, recognition of the health outcomes of smoking, and initiatives on road safety based on scientific analysis of statistics, are routinely caned on this site.

  43. struth

    Was he the bloke with the three-day erection?

    I knew a woman who had one of those.
    The tent was still saggy after she’d been at it all Easter.

  44. Bruce of Newcastle

    With all those “qualifications” you should be pulling a motsa as a consultant.

    Numbers – Yep. USD$250 per hour. I stopped after a while. Matthew 6:24.

  45. cohenite

    The people of Iran are with Trump and against their leadership and sausageman who Trump blew up. Of course the wretched demorats support sausageman and the Iranian leadership. As clear a sign as we need of the treasonous poison the left are.

    Which is why they should be banned everywhere.

  46. struth

    Now that is funny – advanced on this site.
    Policies on obesity, recognition of the health outcomes of smoking, and initiatives on road safety based on scientific analysis of statistics, are routinely caned on this site.

    That is a thick statement.
    My god.
    Are the policies caned, the standard of research, the twisting of statistics?

    Don’t concern yourself with such brain hurty stuff , Sniffy, you keep believing all the UN and governments tell you.
    That’s your true religion after all.

    Oh, Is BON allowed to retire?

    This site is not for you.
    Just keep your arse.
    We are sick of handing it back to you.

  47. mh

    Those who place no value on something if they can’t eat it, f^ck it, or spend it.
    It’s a very life limiting attitude.

    Numbers, are you talking about Meghan?

  48. Roger

    The people of Iran are with Trump and against their leadership and sausageman who Trump blew up.

    Iran’s people barely can scrape together enough calories to keep body and soul together in the big cities, while entire parts of rural Iran are emptying out as rivers and wells go dry. Things are so bad that the number of babies born in Iran has fallen by nearly 25% in the past five years.

    The author thinks the theocracy will hard to dislodge, regardless, the only real hope being the regular army staging a coup against the mullahs and the revolutionary guard. RTWT

  49. Bruce of Newcastle

    Interesting story on the current Hunter vintage.
    With the drought great flavour.
    But with the fires smoke taint.
    Be interesting to see how the wines turn out.

    Mixed results for the Hunter 2020 vintage (9 Ncl local news)

    The grey headed guy is Bruce Tyrrell. He makes good stuff, as does Andrew Margan the other guy.

  50. cohenite

    New Zealand schools to teach students about climate crisis, activism and ‘eco anxiety’

    The twat troll must be in charge over there. Note it’s a guardian article.

    Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.

  51. Bruce of Newcastle

    Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.

    Those who can’t teach, administer.

  52. OldOzzie

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3292388, posted on January 14, 2020 at 7:03 pm
    Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.

    Those who can’t teach, administer.

    Couldn’t even work out Conscription!

  53. OldOzzie

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3292380, posted on January 14, 2020 at 6:56 pm
    Interesting story on the current Hunter vintage.
    With the drought great flavour.
    But with the fires smoke taint.
    Be interesting to see how the wines turn out.

    Mixed results for the Hunter 2020 vintage (9 Ncl local news)

    The grey headed guy is Bruce Tyrrell. He makes good stuff, as does Andrew Margan the other guy.

    BON,

    I recommend Tyrell’s Vat 1 Semillon – a Superb White

  54. Rockdoctor

    Mitch M.
    #3292324, posted on January 14, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Long chat yesterday with someone I know who has spent the last month in Thailand. Apparently TAT (Tourist Auth Thailand) has been belling the growth in tourism line, this bloke reckoned he had never seen the Airport so quiet for the peak season. Ecomomies of Phuket & Pattaya 4% down, Hotel bookings everywhere down. He said the drop off in westerners was supposed to be offset by Indian & Chinese arrivals, he saw some but not that much. Immigration hassles & getting rid of street food another thing apparently turned a lot of tourists off.

    As for the economy there people are hurting, a lot of factories are closing doors & moving to lower cost countries like Vietnam. Apparently New Year where he was, was subdued as people are saving money. The baht apparently has strengthened recently against a lot of other currencies which 2 fold is diluting remittances from overseas workers & making manufacturing less competitive. Also the puppet Government for the Generals hasn’t got a clue, they have just introduced a sugar tax, talking about taxing plastic, introduced land taxes that will probably get squashed and just before he left talking about a tax to lower Carbon emissions. That’s just after they tried to ban Glycophospate and with no consultation closed down a heap of fisheries. Issues above don’t even rate on the average Thai’s mind.

    Long and short he thinks if the fractious Government/Military/Royals don’t change tack soon there will be some serious unrest again starting in the North East. Unsure what the rest of Asia is like but Singapore when I was there last year seemed to be purring along.

  55. Eyrie

    Don Surber: https://donsurber.blogspot.com/2020/01/media-misses-big-story.html

    Tearing down empires is the story of President Trump. He vanquished and converted the Republican Party to suit his purposes. He is doing the same against the Democrat Party, and he also is taking on the media.

    This is a man of derring do who would, if necessary, row across a frozen Delaware River on Christmas night to attack a drunk and sleeping enemy. In a later time, I could see him leading 16 bombers with a range of 1,300 miles on a 2,400 mile excursion over Japan. I certainly have seen him approve sending a dog to chase the top terrorist leader in the world down a rathole where he killed himself and his children.

    Americans are said to lack the discipline to be soldiers, but what Americans lack in spit and polish, they make up in grit and daring.

  56. 1735099

    Not the first time.
    Previously it was displayed on an ADF vehicle in Afghanistan.

  57. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    Bruce of Newcastle, “thank you.” However, it is unlikely anything less than Kryptonite will silence the Ancient Warrior.

  58. Twostix

    Someone as “expert” as you wasting your time on this scrufulous blog?

    One of the most prolific and habitual posters on this blog just wrote these words.

  59. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Previously it was displayed on an ADF vehicle in Afghanistan.

    Any military type Cats heard of this?

  60. Armadillo

    Numbers is on this blog because every other blog refuses to take him.

    Day in, day out, he never stops. Much like “Dan” (AKA Septimus) in one of his many reiterations.

    I get the whole “Libertarian” thing, but when you deliberately let a couple of fuckwits intentionally destroy your blog from within, it no longer becomes “Libertarian”, you just simply look foolish.

    “Freedom of Speech” and wanton and deliberate destruction of your cause should not be confused.

  61. pete m

    egg_
    #3292334, posted on January 14, 2020 at 6:24 pm
    Newus fredus over there ——–>

    FFS STOP POSTING IN THE OLD FRED OR FRED GETS IT!

  62. Armadillo

    Some Cats fight for first place, others to have the last word.

    I know which I prefer.

  63. Porter

    Just get Numbers to criticise Tim Wilson so he can get smoted. Isn’t that how it’s supposed to go?

    In the meantime, the most excellent Brendan O’Neill on the woke Wallis Simpson.
    https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/01/09/a-woke-wallis-simpson/
    Woke Wally seems apt.

  64. candy

    “Freedom of Speech” and wanton and deliberate destruction of your cause should not be confused.

    I disagree with that. We need to hear the views of anyone unless they are advocating actual bad stuff. Shut them down and it becomes underground.
    If you don’t hear those views, you can’t understand the mindset of those you think are opposite. It is really important to listen and try to understand where another is coming from without anger getting in the way, just imo.
    why None was banned is just strange though.

  65. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    OldOzzie, I looked up that word that you said I am, a ‘prepper’, and it means someone prepared for any doomsday. Well, my doomsday prep lasts for less than 24 hours, two days max, but there’s the rub, yes, I do intend to be well-prepared to be comfortable for any failure of the grid lasting that long. After that my plan is just to blame the gov’mint like everyone else and line up for the rice dole after which I’ll break up the furniture to cook it. 🙂

    Quiet ole thread tonight, although maybe that’s just me skimming the surface of the Cat after tonite’s marathon three-episode trip through 1968 with Don Draper and the Mad Men crew living with their regrets as they get more and more stoned. Stuffing up one’s personal relationships is the theme of the decade, one which I personally resisted by actually getting married, leaving the full catastrophe to wait until the babies arrived in the early seventies. By the mid-seventies I was where Don was in 1968, grasping at the straws of a collapsing marriage. Well, it’s a soapie by this time all through the sixties and the sixth series, for you have to have watched the whole lot that precedes or each vignette and scene switch makes absolutely no sense. It still has its moments though. We had best call halt after this one, and leave the final series, number seven, for when we return from Panama and America; we set off in about eight weeks time now.

    Came across this press clipping in my memorabilia – from the Penrith Press in 1958:

    Fashion Parade at St. Marys
    A very successful parade of Spring fashions was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.B Dixon, Australia Street, St. Marys, on Monday September 7.

    The evening was arranged by the Catholic Ladies’ Auxiliary in conjunction with the fashion house of ‘Diana Rita’, of Queen Street. After Mr. Nick Devery opened the function, Mrs. Monica Astley compered the parade in a very capable manner. The 160 guests showed great appreciation of the fact that all the mannequins were local lasses and gave very polished performances.

    The extensive range of sports wear, day and evening wear, and gowns of the bridal group, were modelled by (redacted – names of five girls including me) and Mrs. Flora Ramsden. A humourous (sic) touch was added to the parade by the ‘Charleston’ era costumes modelled by Mrs. Peg Malone and Mrs. Joan Martin.
    Miss Robinson, of “Diana Rita”, is to be complimented on the fine selection of inexpensive garments presented. Soft music throughout the evening was provided by Mr. Burt Huiskes and his piano accordion.
    Mrs. Chaffey accompanied by Mrs. Buckley, also rendered two delightful solos.

    The auxiliary is very grateful to all those who helped to make the function such an outstanding success.”

    I was dragooned into this by Miss Robinson. I purchased one of her ‘inexpensive’ dresses for my first real ‘date’ when I was nearly fifteen (she thought I was seventeen). It cost me over a week’s salary, for she serviced the more well-to-do people in this small working class town. I thought I had really made the big time that evening. Wistful now when I think about it and all of those real people, fully named, who are most likely passed on now, remembered in one evening’s community fun more than sixty years ago.

    I

  66. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    It may have been 1957 not 1958 that I purchased that dress or even when parade took place. I turned fifteen in July ’57, but that carried me through at 15 till July ’58. Turned 16 in July ’58, 17 in July ’59, 18 in July, ’60. The clipping is undated. Diana Rita was the only dress shop in town; you went to Penrith for something cheaper in a chain store, and to Parramatta for things that the city girls wore. St. Mary’s was a rural town swamped by post-World War Two migrations of people from the UK and Europe’s Baltic States in particular, working as factory hands and laborers, many of them haunted by wartime but wanting to forget in a rural community that had seen no such horrors. The people mentioned in the write up were from the elite of the town, small business owners, the publican, farmers and other community stalwarts, not people I usually mixed with; the girls were not my friends. One who did this parade I was in became friendly with me. I learned from her that she went to a private Catholic school, Santa Sabina in Sydney. We arranged to meet up once, but it never happened; she was quickly told by her mother that I was not a suitable local friendship for her to make, so she did the Meghan thing – she ‘ghosted’ me.

  67. Whalehunt Fun

    Good news for socialists. We have been advised by that the excise on liquid fuel (except aviation fuel) will increase on Monday February 3rd. The new rates are not yet advised, but be prepared to celebrate the increase. It is virtually certain that 98 octane will breach A$2 per litre soon. This will give the government more scope for waste and stupidity.

  68. Good afternoon all.
    The Flannerys coming down in buckets and sideways. Black as a dog’s guts, lightning everywhere. Quite a performance Mother Nature!

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