Tuesday Forum: January 14, 2020

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  1. Arky

    Gay Wars.
    I feel there is a movie there.

  2. calli

    Will it have Intergalactic Battle Cruisers?

  3. mh

    Stanthorpe is one of those towns that was running out of water. I heard this morning that they had about 30mm just last night.

    Still plenty of rain in that part of Qld

    http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR662.loop.shtml#skip

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    anyone who builds a house so close to the Australian bush in a remote area is (to put it mildly) an idiot

    OL – that was something that struck me in a lot of the footage of houses lost. So many of them were a nice house in tree change areas completely surrounded by eucalyptus forest. It was clear the people hadn’t had an education in what that meant.

    That is the cost of the propagandization of our schools. Any useful knowledge, especially of history and science, seems to be discarded. And people are suffering because of it – leading to ignorant sprays like the one Des just reported.

  5. Frank

    There was an article I read once that mentioned that if you receive a bone marrow transplant from someone it winds up incorporating their DNA into yours. After a few months it is possible to receive an organ from the marrow donor and not need anti rejection drugs. This was discovered after a woman got a kidney from the same person she got some bone marrow from.

    Read it in the press so maybe 50% chance it is true.

    Obviously you need to go to China when the liver packs it in (hello Hinchy) and select someone on death row with compatible bone marrow…

  6. calli

    And small, furry (but feisty) animals?

    I think it’s been done already.

    A remake? But with more fashionable outfits and décor.

  7. Fleeced

    We seem to have replaced it with a bar on discussions on race and gender.

    No – they’re encouraged to talk about that. Diets, on the other hand… you want to start an argument, start talking about diet.

  8. Fleeced

    OL – that was something that struck me in a lot of the footage of houses lost. So many of them were a nice house in tree change areas completely surrounded by eucalyptus forest. It was clear the people hadn’t had an education in what that meant.

    Not allowed to clear round the house, but.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    Oops, OL. When I said “Des just reported” that was actually you…
    My grey matter read “Canberra Times” and registered your icon, which is similar to Des’s, and the fingers did the rest without any actual input from conscious brain cells. Grr.

  10. Fleeced

    BTW, had anybody heard of the term “rain bomb” before?

    I really hate the media. Though I guess such doom and gloom is nothing new.

  11. Frank

    We seem to have replaced it with a bar on discussions on race and gender.
    Not sure why.

    The surest way to get a millennial to lock up internally is to go anywhere approaching there. Pointing out Liz Warren’s nickname is fauxcahontas is enough in some instances.

    The why is because it then forces them to live up to their own beliefs and take down the bigot like they’ve been trained to do.

  12. Bruce of Newcastle

    Gay Wars.
    I feel there is a movie there.

    Next James Bond may not be white — but he definitely won’t be a woman (15 Jan)

    Maybe he used to be a woman though. And the next Bond girl might be male!

  13. herodotus

    I wonder if the Oz would accept that last piece as a comment.
    Well, Lizzie, many of us are puzzled on a daily basis as to what’s acceptable in Oz comments.
    If you are too in-the-face of the Mods Enfants Terribles you will be rejected tout suite.
    If you’re a commenter doing a “numbers” on the thread it seems you are welcome, whatever the number of other (usually conservative) commenters you troll.

  14. Fleeced

    Maybe he used to be a woman though. And the next Bond girl might be male!

    “And this device,” says Q, “is our latest innovation. It lets you change your gender should you need to make a getaway.”
    “I see. And cunningly disguised as a cigar cutter.”
    “Disguised, er… yes.”

  15. Entropy

    Stuff spending tens of billions on stadiums and entertainment centres across Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast – the people want water projects like a hybrid version of the Bradfield Scheme so that towns right across Queensland don’t run dry ever again!
    Pauline Hanson 🇦🇺
    @PaulineHansonOz

    This is reason one million and eleventy why I despie politicians. Which towns that are running out of water (eg tamworth, Stanthorpe, teneterfield) would have access to water form any type of water scheme that could be linked to the vague idea on a A4 map Bradfield y are three thousand kms away! Towns linked to the Bradfield scheme are places like HUGHENDEN. It has plenty of town water, it has bores (and now, a bloody big recreation lake on the edge of town). The Bradfield scheme has nothing to do with town water, it was a thought bubble about irrigation.

    She only brings it up as a rhetorical point of difference to whoever she is competing with at the moment. Contemptible. Hanson is as just another side of the same coin as any other run of the mill politician throwing around Other Peoples’ Money. Another bloody Palaszczuk.

  16. Entropy

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3295469, posted on January 17, 2020 at 8:30 pm
    Gay Wars.
    I feel there is a movie there.

    Next James Bond may not be white — but he definitely won’t be a woman (15 Jan)

    Maybe he used to be a woman though. And the next Bond girl might be male

    Maybe they could go for a twofer like those American teen movies where the got it all together teenage heroine whose circle of also got it all together girlfriends includes a GBF who not only happens to be the only black boy in the whole school but is also wise beyond all knowing.

  17. OldOzzie

    How Joe Hockey remade himself into Australia’s Trump-whisperer

    Yet Trump had koalas on the brain.

    “He was asking a lot of questions about the bushfires,” says Hockey, who finishes his four-year term as Australia’s US ambassador this month.

    “We talked about the koalas on Kangaroo Island and the fact they are one of the only populations remaining that are chlamydia-free.

    “He said, ‘Oh that’s terrible! Is there anything else we can do to help?’

    “That is the level of detail we’re getting down to,” Hockey says, laughing in disbelief at one of the many surreal moments he has experienced during his time as Australia’s representative in Washington.

    The encounter, Hockey says, illustrates something he believes many Australians don’t appreciate about Trump: his inquisitiveness.

    “Donald Trump has a very curious mind, he likes to understand things,” Hockey tells The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in an extended interview at White Oaks, the US ambassador’s official residence.

    “He will ask you a lot of questions and store the information away. That would surprise people because that’s not always how he comes across.”

    he fact Trump met Hockey privately to bid him farewell reflects the unusually high level of access the ambassador has enjoyed during his tenure.

    Many foreign leaders struggle to obtain one-on-one meetings with the US President, let alone ambassadors from mid-sized countries.

    “It is a privilege that is only reserved for the folks that we hold in the highest regard,” Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, tells The Herald and The Age.

    Only a handful of diplomats get an Oval Office meeting on their way out the door.”

  18. In other news it has been confirmed that Paddington will `remain a bear’ in the up and coming Paddington 3.

  19. jo

    Unless they fear the coming gay wars.

    Handbags at 10 paces.

  20. Bruce of Newcastle

    Fleeced – That would be the new Bond Girl called Pussy Surprise.

    Why Did It Take Two Weeks? …Ugandan Imam Is Suspended After Finding Out His Wife Of Two Weeks Was Actually A Man (15 Jan, via BCF)

    Sheikh Mo hammed Mutumba, 27, found out the truth when his bride was caught stealing a TV from a neighbour and was searched by police.

    The thief later admitted pretending to be a woman so he could marry the imam and steal his money, local media in Kayunga reported.

    Shocked Mutumba has been suspended from his duties as a cleric at the Kyampisi Masjid Noor mosque while an investigation is carried out.

    I admit my BS meter just broke from overstimulation.

  21. More worryingly still, this idiot had.made am living as a landscape architect. FMD.

    Note to Self: Ask to see pics of the the consultant landscape architect’s own home before hiring him.

    Arky, I hear you and have fwd your link to some peeps who may help out the Stop the Sale of Victoria March 22 rally. Thanks for the info.

  22. OldOzzie

    Progress – Soon to have Perthing with Red Flag walking in front of your car – “Back to The Past”

    Trial zone: Speed limits drop to as low as 30km/h in pedestrian areas

  23. mh

    Trump may already have been tipped off what a weasel the next ambassador is, and taking the opportunity to get as much info from Hockey as he can.

  24. Fleeced

    Hockey was already a bit weasley himself. Still…

  25. Siltstone

    Pauline Hansen has been on about the Bradfield scheme for ages. One Nation has just twigged that the Brisbane 2032 Olympics bid is unpopular, and brought those two ideas together. One Nation would do better just relying on the average punters aversion to the massive waste of Olympics. Billions to watch people run around a stadium, swim up and down, play with a ball (lets not mention greco-roman wrestling). May the best pharmacologist win! But I digress. All finished after a couple of weeks. And then? Brisbane rate payers saddled with huge debt, Queensland taxpayers saddled with huge debt, Australian taxpayers with huge debt. And a lot of underused facilities. Lots of internationals trips for pollies, administrators and media – they will be all in saying how good it is for you, the taxpayer.

  26. OldOzzie

    Liberal elites’ secret weapon is conservative family values

    This is far from the truth. A new study by Brad Wilcox and Wendy Wang at the Institute for Family Studies lays out the real picture.

    “When it comes to their own families,” the authors discovered, “California elites with kids overwhelmingly ‘live right’ in private, giving their children the benefit of growing up in a two-parent family.”

    Wilcox and Wang reveal granular data showing “that some of the most elite neighborhoods in the state — including several in Hollywood and San Francisco — have virtually no single parents.”

  27. johanna

    Well, the cockies are back, with a vengeance. After doing a strategic retreat during the worst of the bushfires and especially the smoke haze, the skies have cleared a bit, and they are now in usual January mode, big mobs screeching loud enough to drown out the TV.

    I wonder where they went during the hiatus? Since they are long lived, territorial birds, it is no surprise to see them again, but they disappeared right through the hatching season. Will there be no babies from this year?

    There is a lot that we don’t know about critters and plants and so on. Very humbling.

    Oh, and thanks to whoever posted the clip about pouring liquid concrete down a huge ants nest (I think in Argentina) and then digging it up. It was like a sci fi movie, with tunnels and chambers containing fungi to feed the masses, and it was huge.

    It was like a Fritz Lang movie. I’m not a huge fan of Jung, but perhaps there is something in the notion that our imaginations are connected to things other than ourselves.

  28. One Nation would do better just relying on the average punters aversion to the massive waste of Olympics.

    Plus the undoubted magnetic attraction for the top echelons of sport and sports administrators of third world countries to quit said countries and apply for asylum here. Have they tracked down all the absconders from Olympics 2000 or Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 yet?

  29. OldOzzie

    Success of knee replacement depends on timing, study says

    New research shows 90 percent of patients who could benefit from the procedure waited too long, while 25 percent who didn’t need it underwent the procedure too soon.

    The study was published Jan. 13 in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

    More at

    Editorial
    What’s New in Adult Reconstructive Knee Surgery

    Have Bookmarked this page

  30. Porter

    Arky do you know anything about the people behind that video?

  31. OldOzzie

    Somber Impeachment Ceremony Concludes With The Impeachment Dancers

    As the articles were handed over, the Impeachment Dancers entered the room, marking the dark day with a well-choreographed dance number accented by a tasteful amount of pyrotechnics.

    “It is gravely serious to accuse the president of high crimes and misdemeanors,” Pelosi said as dancers gyrated behind her. “And we do this reluctantly and with a heavy heart.”

    After the ceremony and the dance number concluded, Democratic leaders all had a moment of silence to reflect on the gravity of their undertaking, the only sound now being the making of impeachment balloons by the Impeachment Clowns there to entertain the children.

  32. OldOzzie

    Double Standard Much? Biden’s Threat to Withhold $1B from Ukraine Violated the Law

    On Thursday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) ruled that Trump violated the law by temporarily withholding aid to Ukraine. But, if the Trump administration broke the law, then Joe Biden (and the Obama administration) broke the law, too.

    Remember that $1 billion loan to Ukraine in 2014 that has come under scrutiny since Democrats started their whole impeachment nonsense? Remember how in January 2018, Biden spoke at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting in Washington, D.C., during which he bragged about how he threatened to withhold that $1 billion loan to Ukraine unless they fired the prosecutor who was investigating Burisma Holdings, the gas company his son Hunter was sitting on the board of, and making over $80,000 a month doing so?

    In case anyone forgot, here’s what Biden said about that loan:

  33. vlad

    Hockey is, was and will remain a moron. The longer he stays in America the better.

    Remember his “Access Card”? No? Well, you haven’t got one in your pocket. That’s all to the good but it wasn’t for his lack of trying.

  34. Fleeced

    OldOzzie – been reading Instapundit? 🙂

  35. vlad

    And seriously, if your surname was Hockey, would you name your son Xavier?

    Xavier Hockey.

    Talk about Ford Prefect …

  36. Porter

    Related thanks, Ricardo for the update. So who is behind the Federation party and why is it yet again that conservative can’t unite to form a sizable block instead of splintering in these 15 little ineffective parties?

  37. No-one needs an access card, we’ve all got a mobile phone number.

  38. OldOzzie

    Fleeced
    #3295500, posted on January 17, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    OldOzzie – been reading Instapundit? 🙂

    Yep – passes the evening

  39. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Two more Australians stripped of citizenship for Izlamic State links
    Anthony Galloway
    By Anthony Galloway
    January 17, 2020 — 6.03pm

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    Two Australians in Syria have been stripped of their citizenship over links to Izlamic State, sparking family concerns about the status of their young children.

    The stripping of the couple’s citizenship has been backdated to 2016 – before the youngest two children were born – leaving the wife and the children stranded in the notorious al-Hawl camp in Syria. The husband is in a Syrian prison.

    The Department of Home Affairs says children do not lose their citizenship if their parent loses the right to be an Australian national.

    The pair are among 17 people who have lost their rights to be citizens of Australia under laws that allow the government to strip the citizenship of dual nationals.

    The development comes as a United Nations commission of inquiry on Syria raised the alarm about children of IZ fighters being harmed if their parents were stripped of their citizenship and called for them to be repatriated to their home countries.

    The couple, whom the family does not want named to protect the safety of the children, also have three older children in the al-Hawl camp.

    The decision was made by the Citizenship Loss Board, a group of senior officials from across departments and intelligence agencies set up to enable dual nationals to be stripped of their Australian citizenship.

    Sydney Morning Herald

  40. OldOzzie

    2020 Contrast: Trump’s Trade or the Dems’ Impeachment

    Those switching between coverage of the impeachment proceedings on Fox News and the signing of the Phase 1 China trade deal saw the stark election choice between the two parties and their priorities, between President Donald J. Trump and those Lilliputian Democrats who would remove him from power. Trump offers continued growth and prosperity freed from the power of government and the shackles of a command economy. The comedy team of Pelosi, Nadler, and Schiff offer a palace coup to undo the hopes and free choice of the American people and lead to economic collapse and a Third World justice system where there is no due process, no right to confront your accuser, or to call witnesses in your defense, and an Alice-In Wonderland world where hearsay and presumption trumps, no pun intended, actual facts, actual crimes and real evidence..

  41. Cassie of Sydney

    “Porter
    #3295502, posted on January 17, 2020 at 9:19 pm
    Related thanks, Ricardo for the update. So who is behind the Federation party and why is it yet again that conservative can’t unite to form a sizable block instead of splintering in these 15 little ineffective parties?”

    My thoughts too.

  42. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From stackja at 7:29 pm :

    “@PaulineHansonOz
    Annastacia Palaszczuk & Scott Morrison proved they have lost touch with everyday Queenslanders by signing off on bidding for this event. Why is it that Labor & the LNP have a 12-year plan for the Olympics, yet no 5-year, 10-year or 20-year plan for water? It beggars belief!
    Pauline Hanson 🇦🇺

    @PaulineHansonOz

    Stuff spending tens of billions on stadiums and entertainment centres across Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast – the people want water projects like a hybrid version of the Bradfield Scheme so that towns right across Queensland don’t run dry ever again!
    Pauline Hanson”

    You cannot argue with Pauline Hanson on this.

    Designing and developing dams and piping water across the State, just like gas is brought from Moomba in northern SA to Brisbane ought to be the State’s focus. The way Labor passes seats from father to daughter up here their families will receive the electoral reward anyway!

    After the dreadful commercial failure of Her Majesty’s Empire Games here on the Gold Coast a couple of years ago there is no way you would contemplate doing it all again across more fragmented venues. Our local accommodation, food and tourist businesses sat vacant, silent, gazing out over a ghost town.

    The cream of the crop from murderous African dictatorships were chauffeured about by starry eyed volunteer retirees in an enormous fleet of new vehicles, 300 odd from their societies’ privileged few tried it on for asylum and 20 went missing and still are.

    The only people who profited were those who signed up before the event to supply buffets, bedsheets and buses (all the way from Mildura and Two Waggas) hundreds of Indian security guards who sat about nodding off to sleep; and the usual platoons of bone idle coppers on overtime.

    The State never released any detail of what it cost. It did announce a couple of deceitful one liners about billions and billions of revenue earned, on Grand Final weekend six months later.

  43. Arky

    Porter
    #3295493, posted on January 17, 2020 at 9:11 pm
    Arky do you know anything about the people behind that video?

    ..
    Nope.
    And one should do own research.
    It is a world of misinformation out there.

  44. Fleeced

    Yep – passes the evening

    Yeah – one of my “go to” sites. Gives a nice collection of stories you need to know.

    Whatever happened to Drudge Report? I hadn’t visited for ages… is it left wing or something now?

  45. OldOzzie

    Sharyl Attkisson Refiles Spying Suit, Exposes Big Deep State Players

    National news media figure and multiple award-winning, straight-shooting investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has refiled a lawsuit against the federal government for illegally and unconstitutionally hacking her computers and trespassing at her home. It’s a whopper of a lawsuit, naming high-profile Deep State officials including Rod Rosenstein of Trump Spygate fame, the high-ranking Justice Department official who told colleagues he’d wear a wire to surreptitiously record Donald Trump at the White House when the Deep State coup was in its earlier stages.

  46. OldOzzie

    Fleeced
    #3295512, posted on January 17, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Yep – passes the evening

    Yeah – one of my “go to” sites. Gives a nice collection of stories you need to know.

    Whatever happened to Drudge Report? I hadn’t visited for ages… is it left wing or something now?

    yes totally left wing – gave given it a miss

  47. JC

    Last time I reported in Tesla stock was $439 with a market cap of US$82 billion.

    Last night Tesla fell 5 bucks. Stock closed at US$513 and the market cap is US$92 billion.

    Just letting people know.

  48. johanna

    Xavier is hispanic or Latin Saviour. Hispanics also have no problem with naming males Haysus.

    There is a Saint Saviour’s church in Queanbeyan. I went there for the funeral of my next door neighbour, a good guy in his early forties who didn’t realise that the persistent sore above his hairline was a malignant melanoma.

  49. OldOzzie

    Would love this in Australia

    2020 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell gets better cold weather performance

    The hydrogen vehicle is still only available to lease in California

    James and Jay (Leno, that is) take some time to reflect on the Honda’s impact on their favorite hobby, that of driving classic cars on the weekends, and conclude that the FCX Clarity and hydrogen cars in general will someday be the saviors of the automotive world – just as the internal combustion engine was the savior of the horse

  50. JC

    Irma

    Maybe he did realize it was a malignant melanoma. Maybe he did, but he thought it was the best way of getting away from his diabolical neighbor.
    Just putting out there as an alternative.

  51. OldOzzie

    ‘The Military Diet’ is the worst diet since starvation

    Fad diets come and go, as do the accompanying promises to fix weight issues or gym struggles that, in nearly every case, could be addressed simply by combining frequent exercise with a diet that avoids caloric counts more suitable for a woolly mammoth.

    The “Military Diet” is another such fad, except this groundbreaking eating regimen is largely built on a foundation of not eating.

    The stunted calorie plan — dieters are instructed to eat only 1,000 to 1,300 calories per day despite putting participants at risk for malnutrition — promises to shave off 10 pounds in just three days.

    With results like that, you too can achieve the skeletal, prisoner of war beach bod you’ve always dreamed of.

    In contrast, those in the special operations community are instructed to consume anywhere from 2,200 to 3,400 calories each day.

    The Military Diet, which has nothing to do with the military, has been endorsed by exactly zero individuals with credibility. The site, as noted by Insider’s Gabby Landsverk, lists Wikipedia as its primary source of foundational science.

    “Nutrition science is for nerds anyways,” a dieter says as he gnaws on a 3-inch sliver of tree bark for dinner.

  52. Fleeced

    yes totally left wing – gave given it a miss

    Amazing. Wouldn’t have expected it of Drudge back in the day.

    Was it just a business thing or Trump derangement, I wonder…

  53. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Entropy at 8:37 pm:

    ” … (summarised – I despise Pauline Hanson)

    This is reason one million and eleventy why I despie politicians. Which towns that are running out of water (eg tamworth, Stanthorpe, teneterfield) would have access to water form any type of water scheme that could be linked to the vague idea on a A4 map Bradfield y are three thousand kms away! Towns linked to the Bradfield scheme are places like HUGHENDEN. It has plenty of town water, it has bores (and now, a bloody big recreation lake on the edge of town). The Bradfield scheme has nothing to do with town water, it was a thought bubble about irrigation.”

    You make it so clear, yes.

    “linked to the vague idea on a A4 map Bradfield y are three thousand kms away!”

    Crystal clear.

  54. OldOzzie

    Fleeced
    #3295522, posted on January 17, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    yes totally left wing – gave given it a miss

    Amazing. Wouldn’t have expected it of Drudge back in the day.

    Was it just a business thing or Trump derangement, I wonder…

    Did Matt Drudge Shift to the Left and Sell the Drudge Report?

    What’s Going on With Drudge? Rasmussen Claims ‘Matt’s Not There Anymore…Word Is He Sold

  55. rickw

    “Donald Trump has a very curious mind, he likes to understand things,”

    A pretty unique approach for someone in politics, in Australia it’s all about “the vibe”.

  56. johanna

    Mick, scrolling up, I knew it was you before I hit the author – you have a distinctive writing style! And, you write well. Ignore the eejits, please post more.

    As for JC supporting the Tesla Ponzi: what would you expect from a half Arab who wishes that his loafers were tasselled by comely Nubian slaves.

    Wifey, who presumably never reads his meanderings and fantasies about silicone boobs and the attributes of women who would not even notice him, has got him by the nuts.

  57. There’s no need to impliedly insult wifey as a less than comely lass.

    Commenters are fair game, but their spouses? Please. This is a family blog!

  58. OldOzzie

    FISA Court Not Apolitical in Addressing Spying Abuses Against Trump Campaign

    Sharyl Attkisson

    The news of whom the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court has just appointed to oversee FBI fixes is nothing short of breathtaking.

    On Jan. 10, the FISA court posted an order naming anti-Trump lawyer David Kris to “assist the court” in assessing the FBI’s response to the court-ordered cleanup of lapses and abuses identified by Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz.

    In a report released in December 2019, the IG found that FBI officials violated rules, policies, and law in their applications to wiretap Trump 2016 presidential campaign volunteer Carter Page. Horowitz testified that the FISA surveillance process needs to be fixed “from top to bottom.”

    To some, the appointment of Kris to help with the job is as mysterious as to why the FISA court’s judges failed to flag the FBI abuses on their own. It would seem more important than ever to have an apolitical person, or a balanced group of people, conducting oversight of these politically sensitive matters. Kris’s vocal criticisms of President Donald Trump present numerous, obvious conflicts of interest.

    On Twitter, Kris called Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) “a politicized, dishonest [Intelligence Community] overseer who attempts to mislead,” and wrote that Trump and his advisers should be “worried” that the “walls are closing in” regarding the Mueller probe. Kris also bought into the now-disproven conspiracy theory about Trump colluding with Russia and Putin.

    But even more importantly, since that time, Kris has advocated for Trump’s removal.

    “Do we want to be a country in which elected officials can use their governmental power to attack political opponents? If not, it’s pretty simple: Trump has to go,” Kris wrote on Twitter in October 2019. Specifically, Kris criticized what he said was Trump using government powers against political opponents, seeming to dismiss the possibility that the government had used its powers improperly against Trump.

    In addition, Kris writes for the blog “Lawfare” and has called Lawfare’s Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Wittes “incisive.” Wittes is the man who wrote of the need for an “insurance policy” against Trump prior to Trump’s election:

  59. Fleeced

    What’s Going on With Drudge? Rasmussen Claims ‘Matt’s Not There Anymore…Word Is He Sold

    OK, seems to have been going on a while then… but still not official answer?

    Has anyone seen Matt Drudge out . and about? Do we have Proof of Life?

  60. “Donald Trump has a very curious mind, he likes to understand things,”

    There seem to be very few curious people these days, more’s the pity.
    I wonder of young Baron is curious also. Could be.

  61. This is reason one million and eleventy why I despie politicians. Which towns that are running out of water (eg tamworth, Stanthorpe, teneterfield) would have access to water form any type of water scheme that could be linked to the vague idea on a A4 map Bradfield y are three thousand kms away! Towns linked to the Bradfield scheme are places like HUGHENDEN. It has plenty of town water, it has bores (and now, a bloody big recreation lake on the edge of town). The Bradfield scheme has nothing to do with town water, it was a thought bubble about irrigation.”

    Not so far north but have a look at the Abercrombie River.

    130 km length and falls 758 m over that course before it joins the Lachlan River at Wyangla Dam.

    Hence there is a high potential for hydroelectric power, which can be coupled with flood mitigation and smoothing out water supply.

  62. Porter

    Thanks Gilas.
    Some contestable statements in your reply.

    Humans have evolved self-supporting systems of rights and wrongs for 1000s of years, Hammurabi Code being one of the earliest “secular” ones.

    Clearly you have or your source not read much about the Gammurabi code or about the ancient near East more generally. H. claimed to have received his laws directly from a Babylonian god. Some of the laws are pretty unjust by our standards. He himself was quite a tyrant in demanding obeisance to Babylonian gods and his devotees continued that fanaticism after his deatb. The concept of secular is an extremely, extremely modern one. No near east society had any concept of sacred vs secular in the way we do today and many of them still don’t.

    Jordan Peterson and Brett Weinstein have YT videos discussing the basis for desirable human behaviour being the search for attainment of mythical “hero” status, ie. to be that person who could lead a tribe out of the proverbial hole or hell on Earth.
    JBP’s Maps of Meaning YT lectures are amazing, they discuss these ideas at great length.
    These concepts, favourable to survival and group cohesion, evolved through pre-recorded history, finding their way into parables and stories, from the Old Testament, to Eastern texts from India and China etc..

    Yes Jordan Peterson made his name academically on his theories about mythology. They’re mostly based on ideas around Jungian archetypes. That was many many years ago and the study of mythology has moved on considerably since, especially outside the field of Jungian psychology, as has the study of related themes in anthropology, the study of meaning-making in various other disciplines and so on. This is not to say that there aren’t rational reasons for the development of some group behaviour but you can hardly term them universals because they are always dependent on context and social structures. So the aboriginal custom of demanding your relatives’ goods I have been applicable in a nomadic setting where you’re always living in a state of semi-starvationand food was scarce but totally inappropriate in 21st century Australia where it would be simply considered extortion or theft.

    We all evolved with these principles, passed on by parents/kin, often atheists (as were my parents).

    Yes our families are the prime transmitters but your parents were raised in a culturally judeo-christian society assuming they were raised here) with much stronger judeo-christian ethics then today and you yourself will pass on a considerably watered down version while in the meantime society around you will change with larger influxes of non judeo-christian groups setrying among us such as Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. I had this discussion with a colleague many years ago who used to run around teaching organisation or FX and I simply asked her whose ethics do you teach?

    In the end, we are simply highly developed “dumb” carriers of past human wisdom and knowledge (some of us, more than others..) etched in hardware – “archiencephalon” and pre-frontal cortex, and software – cultural norms.

    Not quite. We are not born with “memory” bar a few very basic reflexes like swallowing and recoiling from pain ( a form of procedural memory or perhaps something even more fundamental).

    What if what is right is difficult, painful, requires you to lose your job, etc?

    I would still try to do the “right” thing, but smartly ie. while still attempting to survive. The presence or absence of a God has SFA to do with it.

    As a perfect example of this, I am currently in a stoush with a famous, utterly evil, virtue-signalling leftist, mission-based organization which has targeted me for years, for daring to correctly criticize and stand-up to them.
    These fuckers are bathed in God, compassion etc..

    Sounds like you are dealing with Mission Australia.

    So, no, morality is independent of a belief in a God.

    Morality involves questions anout what one should do because it presupposes that the world ought to be a certain way. While those questions certainly involve reason they are not the questions than an evolutionist can ask. Who or what defines the ‘ought’? Even JP readily admits that he draws on judeo-christian thought to define his notion of how the world ‘ought’ to be.

    Anyway thanks for your reply. I appreciate it. Good luck with your battle.

  63. mh

    The new owners of Drudge wanted to push an anti Trump agenda. I expect part of the deal was Matt had to stfu.

    It allowed the media to use the line ‘If even Drudge is saying this then Trump really is in trouble’.

  64. 8th Dan

    You cannot argue with Pauline Hanson on this.

    Designing and developing dams and piping water across the State, just like gas is brought from Moomba in northern SA to Brisbane ought to be the State’s focus.

    Not just Queensland’s focus, but the nation’s focus, because the intentions should be to drought proof QLD, NSW, VIC and SA at the very least. And, as a first step there should be a combined design and feasibility study undertaken and completed by no later than December 2020.

    This could include arrangements for a modified Bradfield Scheme that incorporates the feeding of water from the north Queensland systems into both the Thomson River (as originally proposed) and the Warrego River (to revive the Murray-Darling system, as proposed in the most recent plan supported by Barnaby Joyce). Funding to be provided by agreed arrangement among the 4 States and the Commonwealth, and the project to be commenced by mid-2021.

  65. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Do they execute them before or after taking the organ?

    they are placed on a life support machine. once everything is harvested, the machine is turned off and they are incinerated.

    is anyone doing anything about it? not really, some minor sanctions from Trump. The UN has a report on it, has done nothing so far

  66. Fleeced

    Dang… RIP Derek Fowlds.

    He was the last of the Yes Minister trio.

  67. From Wiki

    In 2010 the Chinese Red Cross launched a nationwide initiative to attract voluntary organ donors, but only 37 people signed up

    Sounds like CPC bullshit justification to do the evil deeds.

  68. johanna

    There is a good series at Breitbart about how it started up, starring Alex Marlow.

    This guy is scarily bright, and Andrew Brietbart hired him as employee number one. Andrew is dead, and Marlow is the boss.

    People here wank about starting a right wing media outlet, but they have no idea.

    Alex Marlow sounds like a Noo Yok Joo (which his mother is) although he grew up in a very rich and privileged segment of California.

    People here are so naive, when they talk about buying or creating a media outlet. You don’t just buy something and pour forth.

  69. Imagine the GPS scions of the Photios clan.

    “Xavier-Rugby-Hockey-Fields”

  70. Geriatric Mayfly

    You don’t just buy something and pour forth.

    Best to pore over first.

  71. Porter

    Thanks Gilas.
    Some contestable statements in your reply.

    Humans have evolved self-supporting systems of rights and wrongs for 1000s of years, Hammurabi Code being one of the earliest “secular” ones

    .

    Clearly you or your source have not read much about the Hammurabi code or about the ancient near East more generally. H. claimed to have received his laws directly from a Babylonian god. Some of the laws are pretty unjust by our standards. He himself was quite a tyrant in demanding obeisance to Babylonian gods and his devotees continued that fanaticism after his death. The concept of secular is an extremely, extremely modern one. No near east society had any concept of sacred vs secular in the way we do today and many of them still don’t.

    Jordan Peterson and Brett Weinstein have YT videos discussing the basis for desirable human behaviour being the search for attainment of mythical “hero” status, ie. to be that person who could lead a tribe out of the proverbial hole or hell on Earth.
    JBP’s Maps of Meaning YT lectures are amazing, they discuss these ideas at great length.
    These concepts, favourable to survival and group cohesion, evolved through pre-recorded history, finding their way into parables and stories, from the Old Testament, to Eastern texts from India and China etc..

    Yes, Jordan Peterson made his name academically on his theories about mythology. They’re mostly based on ideas around Jungian archetypes. That was many many years ago and the study of mythology has moved on considerably since, especially outside the field of Jungian psychology, as has the study of related themes in anthropology, the study of meaning-making in various other disciplines and so on. This is not to say that there aren’t rational reasons for the development of some group behaviour but you can hardly term them universals because they are always dependent on context and social structures. So the aboriginal custom of demanding your relatives’ goods may have been rational in a nomadic setting where you’re always living in a state of semi-starvation and food was scarce as it was necessary for group survival but it is totally inappropriate in 21st century Australia where it would be simply considered extortion or theft.

    We all evolved with these principles, passed on by parents/kin, often atheists (as were my parents).

    Yes, our families are the prime transmitters but your parents were raised in a culturally j-deo-christian society (assuming they were raised here) with much stronger j-deo-christian ethics than today, and you yourself will pass on a considerably watered down version while in the meantime society around you will change with larger influxes of non j-deo-christian groups settling among us such as Mu sli ms, Hin dus and Budd hists. I had this discussion with a colleague many years ago who used to teach organisation ethics and I simply asked her whose ethics do you teach?

    In the end, we are simply highly developed “dumb” carriers of past human wisdom and knowledge (some of us, more than others..) etched in hardware – “archiencephalon” and pre-frontal cortex, and software – cultural norms.

    Not quite. We are not born with ‘memory’ bar a few very basic reflexes like swallowing and recoiling from pain (a form of procedural memory or perhaps something even more primordial).

    What if what is right is difficult, painful, requires you to lose your job, etc?

    I would still try to do the “right” thing, but smartly ie. while still attempting to survive. The presence or absence of a God has SFA to do with it.

    As a perfect example of this, I am currently in a stoush with a famous, utterly evil, virtue-signalling leftist, mission-based organization which has targeted me for years, for daring to correctly criticize and stand-up to them.
    These fuckers are bathed in God, compassion etc..

    Sounds like you are dealing with Mission Australia.

    So, no, morality is independent of a belief in a God.

    Morality involves questions anout what one should do because it presupposes that the world ought to be a certain way. While those questions certainly involve reason, they are not the questions than an evolutionist can ask. Who or what defines the ‘ought’? Even JP readily admits that he draws on j-deo-christian thought to define his notion of how the world ‘ought’ to be because he finds it more palatable than other ‘oughts’. Frankly, if it was a choice between Marduk and Yahweh, I’d go Yahweh every single time too.

    Anyway thanks for your reply. I appreciate it. Good luck with your battle.

  72. Porter

    I am too lazy to google, Arky. Thanks.

  73. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From johanna at 9:48 pm:

    I appreciate your generous comments Johanna, thank you.

  74. johanna

    Funny how whenever women have control over childbearing, they are barely seen for dust.

    It happens everywhere.

    As societies evolve, the richer they are, the less the women want to gestate and bear and look after children.

    It’s a fact, and let’s not confuse it with religion, because it happens everywhere.

    Rich women in the past always had nannies and even breast nurses to look after their children. Why would that not percolate down as people got richer?

    True, some women love spending their lives looking after their children, but history tells us that rich women almost always farmed out the boring and annoying bits.

  75. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Dang… RIP Derek Fowlds.

    He was the last of the Yes Minister trio.

    Damn, that show was brilliant.

    Hacker: Humphrey, do you see it as part of your job to help ministers make fools of themselves?
    Sir Humphrey: Well, I never met one that needed any help.

  76. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “Sir Humphrey Appleby: The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it’s really anti-Europe. The civil service was united in its desire to make sure that the Common Market didn’t work. That’s why we went into it. Britain has had the same foreign policy objective for at least 500 years: to create a disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, French and Italians against the Germans, and the French against the Germans and Italians. Divide and rule, you see. Why should we change now, when it’s worked so well?

    Jim Hacker: It’s all ancient history, surely.

    Sir Humphrey Appleby: Yes, and current policy. We had to break the whole thing up, so we had to get inside. We tried to break it up from the outside, but that wouldn’t work. Now that we are inside, we can make a big pig’s breakfast of the whole thing! Set the Germans against the French, French against Italians, Italians against Dutch —The Foreign Office is terribly pleased! It’s just like old times!

    Jim Hacker: Surely we are committed to the European ideal!

    Sir Humphrey Appleby: Really, Minister!

    Jim Hacker: If not, why are we pressing for an increase in membership?

    Sir Humphrey Appleby: For the same reason. It’s just like the United Nations, in fact. The more members it has, the more arguments it can stir up, the more futile and impotent it becomes.

    Jim Hacker: What appalling cynicism!

    Sir Humphrey Appleby: Yes. We call it diplomacy, Minister.”
    ― Jonathan Lynn, The Complete Yes Minister

  77. johanna

    Just a sliver of the genius of Yes, Minister.

  78. Fleeced

    Best show. Been meaning to rewatch them for a while.

  79. jupes

    Anyone want to talk watches?

    I have just made a down-payment on this beauty. There are none available at the minute because it is a limited edition and the next batch is still in production.

    I have also purchased this metal bracelet for it because I read a review from a journalist at an online magazine who reckoned “this might actually be the most comfortable watch I’ve worn this year.” So I’ve bought the red dial with the steel bracelet. I’ll pick it up in a few months when I return from my next trip overseas.

    I can hardly wait.

  80. Helen

    OK Gurus.

    I upgraded the notebook, win8 to 10, no probs.
    Then my laptop win7 to 10 and lost all my firefox setting and bookmarks and saved passwords etc. Three hours later I found how to make a profile and pointed that to the old firefow data tyhe refresh had put on my desktop and now I am talking to you but i cant email.

    Livemail2012, set it to run compatibility mode for Win 8 and got to see all my emails but wont send or download. Error message is

    Unable to send or receive messages for the xxx account. An unknown error has occurred.

    Server: ‘mail.skymesh.com.au’
    Windows Live Mail Error ID: 0x800C013E
    Protocol: POP3
    Port: 110
    Secure(SSL): No

    Unable to send or receive messages for the xxx account. An unknown error has occurred.

    Server: ‘mail.bigpond.com’
    Windows Live Mail Error ID: 0x800C013E
    Protocol: POP3
    Port: 110
    Secure(SSL): No

    Has anyone fixed this and if so, how? I know the fall back is thunderbird ….

  81. Maybe he did realize it was a malignant melanoma. Maybe he did, but he thought it was the best way of getting away from his diabolical neighbor.
    Just putting out there as an alternative.

    Lead by example. Use that method to leave the Cat.
    It’ll work.

  82. Mark A

    jupes
    #3295559, posted on January 17, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    Anyone want to talk watches?

    I’m curious, other than an accessory/je,,,rly, why do you need a watch?

  83. mh

    Issued at 10:11 pm Friday, 17 January 2020.

    Severe storms with heavy rainfall now expected to develop about parts of the Sunshine Coast and the Brisbane area over the next few hours.

  84. Helen

    Rob K thanks for the tip. I looked up those Symonds ploughs and they are big buggers, We are using the Perericks for cleaning up trash rather than big stuff, but would have to work out the economies of having one of those behind a D8.

    ZK2A, thanks for nearly helping! 🙂

  85. Mark A

    Helen
    #3295561, posted on January 17, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Server: ‘mail.bigpond.com’
    Windows Live Mail Error ID: 0x800C013E
    Protocol: POP3
    Port: 110
    Secure(SSL): No

    Most likely cause is the port is blocked, try to change the port your email client is using.

    One unusual side effect of VPN is that it sometimes interferes with port settings.
    Not saying you are using one but just in case.

  86. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Just a sliver of the genius of Yes, Minister.

    The Blessed Saint Hilda, who was totally lacking in any form of any sense of humour, saw “Yes Minister” and “Yes Prime Minister” as being a “how to “guide on running a Government.

  87. JC

    Lead by example. Use that method to leave the Cat.
    It’ll work.

    Driller, you m0ron. If you’re going to abuse me for some random reason, at least try and make some sense. Go pour drinks… or perhaps… there are no drinks to pour any longer, you loser.

  88. Helen

    No VPN, Mark. I have hunted the inter webs, like calli, lots have the problem but no solution.

    I have figured out the process to make a Samsung fridge ice maker usable, though. I need to make a vid like arky.

    I will have a go at that port thing tomorrow.

  89. JC

    Anyone want to talk watches?

    Yea okay. I nearly lost mine this evening because the pin holding the buckle thing loosened and if I didn’t see it I could easily have lost the watch. The strap is 4 months old and cost way over the vig because I bought it from the watch brand store. What a disgrace.

  90. jupes

    I’m curious, other than an accessory/je,,,rly, why do you need a watch?

    I didn’t get watches until just recently myself but now I’m obsessed by the mechanical marvels. To answer your question; you need an everyday (sports) watch for when you are wearing casual gear and a dress watch for when you have scrubbed up. Then when you have one each, you probably need a couple more just so you have a choice.

    Then you are always looking to upgrade.

  91. Leigh Lowe

    JC

    #3295575, posted on January 17, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Anyone want to talk watches?

    Yea okay. I nearly lost mine this evening because the pin holding the buckle thing loosened and if I didn’t see it I could easily have lost the watch

    See, I always had you pegged as a fob watch in the waistcoat pocket kind of guy … with ironed jeans and tasseled loafers to boot.

  92. jupes

    How many watches do you own JC?

  93. Porter

    Riccardo, apologies, I misspelled your name.

  94. Arky

    , other than an accessory/je,,,rly, why do you need a watch?

    ..
    No.
    You only need a rolled up newspaper.
    Good techniques for keeping your woman in line should she get stroppy:
    ..


  95. Porter

    Wiggles lead singer Greg Page has collapsed on stage during a reunion concert for bushfire relief.

    Cardiac arrest. CPR. Kids are going to be heartbroken.

  96. Arky

    On no.
    He gave her the newspaper.
    Idiot!
    Now the boot is on the other foot.

  97. JC

    This what makes the Cat an intellectual power house. The Dutch public sector employee referring to Telsa as a Ponzi scheme.

    As for JC supporting the Tesla Ponzi:

    Markets are wrong, and she’s right.

    This is how her lardness recently described facets of the industrial revelation and its aftermath.

    If you look at the massive mansions the British aristos built in the C18th and C19th, the attempts by modern plutocrats are like toytown. They cashed in big during the fat years, and very little of it trickled down. It was all about connections, and still is. Tony Blair’s father in law is getting almost a million quid a year from taxpayers for the wind turbines on his properties.

    That’s one of the reasons they ended up with the ghastly NHS. It was a massive reaction against a political culture which allowed sick people to go untreated if they were poor. It was also a reaction against the fact that one of the richest countries in history allowed most of the wealth to be siphoned off by the upper class, while the masses got nothing.

    And, even if European peasants had it tough, there was nevertheless a written language, a grasp of mathematics, and plenty of cultural doodads for the rich, like very highly developed music and fashion.

    It’s like Marxism from beginners.

    what would you expect from a half Arab who wishes that his loafers were tasselled by comely Nubian slaves.

    Along with the ethnic slurs from a white trash sack of refuse.

    Wifey, who presumably never reads his meanderings and fantasies about silicone boobs and the attributes of women who would not even notice him, has got him by the nuts.

    Lol..
    This is coming from someone whose only friend is a bottle of gin , but lets not forget she was in high demand once. How do we know?

    She told us.

    I can assure readers that I have had no shortage of high quality men, some of whom wanted to marry me,

  98. Arky

    Wait. Wait. Let me find a good book.
    No. Hold on, wait…
    ..


  99. Leigh Lowe

    Wiggles lead singer Greg Page has collapsed on stage during a reunion concert for bushfire relief.

    Cardiac arrest. CPR. Kids are going to be heartbroken.

    Hopefully the other four kept the ball rolling with an improv of “Wake Up Greg!”

  100. MatrixTransform

    Rose gold Citizen the old man bought me before he died and a decent Tissot.
    All day, everywhere.

    women dig watches and shoes.

    nice brogues JC

  101. JC

    Driller

    Remember this for old times sake:

    Salvatore at the Pub
    #1598877, posted on February 10, 2015 at 1:46 am

    You need to get him in the pub for a beer Steve.
    I reckon he could tell some tales…

    Never had Barnaby in.
    He knows who I am though (or used to) as he rather spectacularly dropped me in it a few years ago, and was rather shocked when someone pointed out to him just how connected was the “bush publican” he’d treated with such disdain.

    This was the sort swill I objected to and began to refer to is as narcissistic pubbling. I had to literally beat it out of you, successfully too. 🙂

  102. JC

    Maxi

    Last night was the first time I’d ever heard of brogues.

    jupes
    #3295587, posted on January 18, 2020 at 12:03 am

    This is the watch JC nearly lost tonight.

    Yea right, Jupes. I reckon that value for money in the Swiss brands, Chopard actually makes decent watches. But the name is just too feminine.

  103. Leigh Lowe

    Is your watch slow JC?
    New fred >>>>

  104. Lazlo

    Brogues are not a Melbourne thing. Now, galoshes – actually saw some worn in Sydney today by an Asian lady, presumably escaping the fires, floods, etc.

  105. Mark A

    MatrixTransform
    #3295586, posted on January 18, 2020 at 12:03 am

    Rose gold Citizen the old man bought me before he died and a decent Tissot.
    All day, everywhere.

    My birthday present from my father, a gold Tissot circa 1980.
    The wife gave away my old suits to the salvos and didn’t realise the watch was in the pocket, as I don’t wear watches as a rule and kept it with the suit.

    Check the pockets of clothes you give away/dump people.

  106. OldOzzie

    The Washington Post Delivers a Scorching Shot and Chaser On the GAO Report Saying that Trump ‘Broke the Law’

    but

    The GAO Decision that Trump ‘Broke the Law’ Is Meaningless and Here’s Proof

    As I wrote yesterday (see The GAO Decision that Trump ‘Broke the Law’ Is Meaningless and Here’s Proof), the media reaction to a GAO report deciding that the OMB didn’t follow the law in placing a temporary hold on Ukrainian aid is simply not what it seems. The statutes involved are administrative in nature and the fix is administrative in nature (including the possibility of suing to get the funds released). Nowhere is impeachment a recommended action and every President ends up with a bad decision from the GAO at some point or another.

    The facts of the situation didn’t matter though. Breathless headlines frolicked about the media sphere proclaiming that Trump had done something absolutely awful and unprecedented. And they got the response they wanted, with more “Trump should be arrested” hot takes than you can shake a stick at.

    You see, Trump is now a criminal.

    but

    The Washington Post
    @washingtonpost

    The GAO says the Bowe Bergdahl swap broke a law. In the past, that hasn’t resulted in much.

  107. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    “I think I love you.”
    Thanks Struth…..I am very lovable….as the Cats who know me personally can attest!
    I just write how I feel….I get very passionate about these things!

    Cassie is definitely very lovable. A spectacular force of dynamism in any Cat social gathering.
    But well able to tone it down when necessary in less politically aware company.
    A very sassy lady as all would agree.
    We hadn’t known each other long when Hairy had me worried sick re his stent and I said so here.
    She was on the phone immediately to offer support and help, a call that was much appreciated.

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