Open Forum: January 18, 2020

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  1. mh

    Trump into $1.70 with BetEasy.

    Democrats ruin everything.

  2. 8th Dan

    Mark A #3296797, posted on January 19, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Mark A #3296670, posted on January 19, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    8th Dan #3296776, posted on January 19, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Sure … still didn’t provide a link.

    ‘=====================
    Did numbers say there was no risk of election fraud in the US?
    ‘=================
    Posted it at 12:42 pm you dumb fu..k

    Sigh … you’re just not good at this at all. That’s not what he said, it’s what you said.

    So … still no link.

  3. struth

    The real, genuine, poll (the election) seemed not to agree.

    Suggest you read the Coalition’s Climate Solutions policy.
    Amongst other things, it promotes reducing emissions, supporting the uptake of renewables, and developing a national electric vehicle strategy.

    No thought.
    Just blurt out ignorance from his left wing freckle.

    The dumb is sometimes too much for me.
    I do despair for this country.

  4. BrettW

    Seems that Harry not only raised Megans voice over ability with Disney boss Iger at the Lion King premiere.

    Also did the same with the director Favreau further along the line up.

    From Daily Mail.

  5. egg_

    Scotty from Marketing is still PM?
    Trump’s still President?

    Trolls gotta troll.

  6. Tel

    Looks like our hysterical and fake news peddling media have destroyed our tourism industry.

    Whatever it takes and by any means necessary.

  7. Tel

    And blu-tac. Never underestimate blu-tac.

    For temporary problems.

  8. Steve trickler

    Having fun with some locals. 👍

    The optics are fantastic.



  9. Mark A

    8th Dan
    #3296878, posted on January 19, 2020 at 3:50 pm
    Sigh … you’re just not good at this at all. That’s not what he said, it’s what you said.

    So … still no link.

    This is I was referring to.
    Go back and his link is under “commission”
    Now piss off.

    1735099
    #3292868, posted on January 15, 2020 at 10:05 am

    plus a lot of electoral fraud

    Trump established a commission to investigate potential large-scale electoral fraud, despite the absence of credible evidence that would typically justify such an action.
    The commission was disbanded without having found any such evidence.
    Have you found something?
    Post any evidence of electoral fraud if you have it, as a public service.

  10. struth

    Looks like our hysterical and fake news peddling media have destroyed our tourism industry.

    They’re just finishing it off.

    Tourism Australia, Public Liability, Internal flights, Multiculturalism, Generally expensive, Black arm band politics and all round government interference in all matters killed it as soon as it started to crank up in the 80’s.

  11. Mark A

    Nnow something more interesting than numbers and his offsider.
    A nice car.

  12. johanna

    Great to hear that rain is falling here and there.

    I put in a plea for the Monaro, Canberra and Queanbeyan

    The good news is that the haze has abated, and the cockies are back, big flocks screeching as loud as at an air force base when they are all taking off at once.

    The bad news is that we have had only a few millimetres of rain. The leaves are filthy from smoke haze. The plants are dying.

    Oh, well, that is Australia.

  13. Tel

    Tourism Australia, Public Liability, Internal flights, Multiculturalism, Generally expensive, Black arm band politics and all round government interference in all matters killed it as soon as it started to crank up in the 80’s.

    Don’t fret yourself, the crashing Australian Dollar will soon hit record lows … making people around the world able to afford a holiday in Australia.

    All part of the plan … here would you like a negative interest rate cookie?

    I pay you to eat the cookie, then I pay you more to pretend to enjoy it.

  14. kaysee

    Why has the Left has been making so much progress against our side?
     

    A disturbing amount of the “big money” that funnels into some of the major conservative and pro-family organizations comes from wealthy individuals, corporations, and groups that are neither conservative nor pro-family. They are libertarian, or even “progressive.” While libertarians may support “small government,” they are invariably pro-“gay marriage” and “LGBT rights” and at best tepid on pro-life issues. And as we know, progressives are opposed to us on pretty much every issue.

    Major conservative groups revealed to be “selling out” to big money liberal groups.

  15. 8th Dan

    This is I was referring to.

    Ah, at last. But, nowhere in that comment did 1735099 say “there was no risk of election fraud in the US”.

    I repeat, you are not good at this at all. You don’t really understand what you yourself say and you certainly don’t comprehend what others say. So … I think you should give up.

  16. mh

    Breitbart

    Evelyn Yang, wife of Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang (D), stumped for her husband at the Women’s March in New York on Saturday, declaring that he is fighting for “big structural change.”

    “I am so honored to be here with you all — roaring for justice, roaring for equality, roaring for peace, and roaring for change,” Yang told the enthusiastic crowd.

    I’m not sure a candidate that literally creams in his supporters mouths has that much cred.

  17. cohenite

    No they don’t.

    You wouldn’t know. You’ve never stopped acknowledging them.

    I wasn’t just referring to this little place. I was referring to the wider world. The left are implacable. Taking the well mannered, turn the other cheek approach which conservatives have been taking since Whitlam has seen the left grow in power. The left see this as weakness and low energy; and about this they are right. Zero tolerance is the only way.

    You’re a junkie and your gear is Grig and Numbers. You yearn for them like a love sick puppy waiting for its master on the porch.

    Actually you arrogant kunt, I used to be a lefty. I know what horrible people the left are. These 2 trolls are of the left and their hatred of the non-left is their dominant characteristic. And I’m beginning to suspect you’re one too.

    Very sick behaviour.

    You’d fucking know.

  18. Mark A

    Yes well, argue with a stupid idiot and he beats you down with experience.
    Picking exact words now?

    What next?

    Peter is right, it’s all our fault engaging with trolls, serves me right.

  19. cohenite

    Voter fraud in the US is massive. At the 2016 election there were 3.5 phony names on the electoral roles, in demorat counties.

    With NY and California now giving licences to illegals and abolishing voter identity checks the voter fraud at the 2020 election will be massive. Trump and the GoP have no chance in California and NY due to demorat corruption.

  20. min

    Big hail stones here with lots of noise . I hope it was not the solar panels cracking.

  21. mh

    I think Tom had it right.

    Leave the engagement with trolls to troll wranglers who are good at it, like KD.

  22. Mark from Melbourne

    Not so big here, but the daughter has sent me a shot of them literally about the size of golf balls.

    How did we ever measure hail before we invented golf, I wonder?

  23. Mark from Melbourne

    For temporary problems.

    Tel, all problems are temporary, if gazed upon in the right light.

    Blu-tac for the hard to get at issues, gaffer tape (or, at a pinch, super glue) for the rest.

  24. cohenite

    I said and I repeat the only alternative to bashing the trolls every time they appear to spew is to ban them.

    The precedent has been set. Bird is a lunatic anti-Semite but on alarmism he is brilliant. These trolls bring nothing except stalking, stupidity, subversion of threads; they’re pure lefties, destructive and impervious to reason and rationality. I’d much rather argue with libertarians and the other hoi polloi.

  25. Mark from Melbourne

    My guess is min is in close proximity to Dannograd.

    I know I am!

  26. MatrixTransform

    says to the Crazy Old Mole … hmmm, we may get some hail.

    Tanks are full thanks Huey

  27. johanna

    So, how are our ‘organic food’ fans here going? Will you live forever? Or, at least, longer than the rest of us sinners?

    Let’s ignore the fact that their greenie ideology would mean taking up a lot more space to produce the same amount of food. You know, that ‘organic’ stuff you all cream your jeans over, is morally superior.

    It’s the feelz, right?

    Reading this blog last night made me wonder if some hack had been done to the grauniad. Inner city luvvies dribbling about ‘organic’ ( as if there is any other kind) food.

    I suppose that it makes you all feel superior to the rest of us.

  28. Mitch M.

    Arky
    #3296842, posted on January 19, 2020 at 3:07 pm
    The palliative for blog trolls is more frequent posting from others on interesting topics.
    Please go to it, as at times I feel I am hogging the place, but this is only because we need more contributions from others.

    Fair enough but with warning. The following is as dry as dust and an account of how human brains form in utero. I’m currently watching the second in the series on brain organoids which amply demonstrates that the organoids are nothing like a brain. I chose to watch the first one because almost all reports about neurogenesis are about the DRG which feeds new neurons into the hippocampus whereas the SVZ is much more interesting because it might have the potential to feed new neurons in a much wider way and with different types of neurons. I think understanding the SVZ is a much better strategy in relation to brain repair.

  29. Mark from Melbourne

    Looking at the radar, I think Springvale is going to be in the news adjacently…

  30. mh

    Ah, the storm that has just gone through Caulfield.

  31. Tom

    “I am so honored to be here with you all — roaring for justice, roaring for equality, roaring for peace, and roaring for change,” Yang told the enthusiastic crowd.

    Get used to the political wilderness, sweetie. You anti-democrats will be there for a generation with your feral top-down millionaires’ agenda.

    You’ve learnt nothing about 2016 and now your unrequited power lust is eating you alive.

  32. egg_

    Inner city luvvies dribbling about ‘organic’

    Gimme Long Life stuff any day, Fresh Food People.
    /Bomb Shelter/Scott’s Hut et al

  33. Some History

    WIP honours the ex-HRHs, Larry & Megh

    https://imgur.com/pDk1Qqx

  34. Tel

    So, how are our ‘organic food’ fans here going?

    I tried inorganic food for a while and while pleasantly crunchy, the grit sticks in your teeth … would not recommend to a friend … 2 out of 5 stars.

  35. Tel

    “I am so honored to be here with you all — roaring for justice, roaring for equality, roaring for peace, and roaring for change,” Yang told the enthusiastic crowd.

    His foreign policy does not mention bringing one single US soldier back home again … not one.

    https://www.yang2020.com/policies/foreign-policy-first-principles/

    My arse roars louder than Andrew Yang on peace, after a plate of organic beans.

  36. egg_

    Fresh Food People

    The green stuff that goes brown in the crisper, to be replenished weekly, conveniently located near the trolley dispenser.

  37. Tel

    Tel, all problems are temporary, if gazed upon in the right light.

    I sure hope that applies to Numbers, Monty and that weirdo who thinks that US interest rates are zero and Trump never ended any regulations. Tell me where to send blu-tack.

  38. min

    Down the road from dolittles and Josh Frydenberg.

  39. egg_

    WIP honours the ex-HRHs, Larry & Megh

    Harry’s just a tampon – in Meg’s handbag.

  40. Mark from Melbourne

    I sure hope that applies to Numbers, Monty and that weirdo who thinks that US interest rates are zero and Trump never ended any regulations. Tell me where to send blu-tack.

    Now THAT would be to send a boy on a man’s errand!

  41. Some History

    Global Warming™, Global Heating™, Global Emergency™

    from yesterday’s comments

    Crime Against Superannuation™

    now

    Crime Against Humanity™

    “Today’s business as usual is turning into a crime against humanity. We demand that leaders play their part in putting an end to this madness.” These are our demands for the #WEF2020 in #Davos
    https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1218562946001002496?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

  42. 132andBush

    Let’s ignore the fact that their greenie ideology would mean taking up a lot more space to produce the same amount of food. You know, that ‘organic’ stuff you all cream your jeans over, is morally superior.

    An excellent fact and one I make all the time when debating greenie veggos.
    Same goes for the vegan push, what they’re really advocating is “less humans”.

    Re the obesity epidemic.
    *Sedentary lifestyle.

    *Processed foods (salt and sugar still in abundance but the manufacturing process knocks out a lot of the vitamin and mineral content, leaving a “hollow food”). Our bodies are tuned into salts and sugars which are usually found in conjunction with all the other macro and micro nutrients. A lot of “food” these days only has the salt and sugars. People are hungry with full stomachs.

    *Certain people are very lazy.

  43. Geriatric Mayfly

    Lisa Page sues FBI and DOJ, citing ‘cost of therapy’ after Trump mocked her salacious text messages
    Another one who, rather than therapy, needs a good farrier to rasp back those fearsome teeth.

  44. Cassie of Sydney

    Excellent interview with Harry Miller….who was told by a the policeman that his thinking needed checking.

    “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUuZMyqhUUk

    The whole interview is great….and I particularly liked the end and what Harry says about the rainbow flag.

  45. Cassie of Sydney

    Ooops..the link may not have worked…

    https://youtu.be/YUuZMyqhUUk

  46. Mother Lode

    Besides, I ceased taking orders in 1971.

    Not that he thinks that orders in any way immoral and corrosive to the human spirit.

    He is a lefty.

    He thinks it is up to him to give orders, and everyone else to obey.

    It is an essence of leftism that it is an artificial creation bound together by fewer people having power over the more numerous ones below, but it is force and power all the way to the top, and coercion all the way to the bottom.

    Teaching was a perfect career choice. He would have gone home every night and rubbed himself to exhaustion with his diploma.

  47. Boambee John

    struth

    Just blurt out ignorance from his left wing freckle.

    Does this mean that the seagull gas two freckles? This would certainly explain the profligracy with which it [email protected] all over the blog!

    But do both point to the ground?

  48. cohenite

    Mother Lode
    #3296956, posted on January 19, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Very good.

    I still think it should be banned.

  49. egg_

    Would NumbNutz have fed his window lickers Obama slop?

  50. Peter the old fossil

    I still think it should be banned.

    Trolls only survive on the attention others give to them, Cohenite. The trolls here are very well fed.
    If they weren’t there wouldn’t be any need for talk of banning.

  51. Cassie of Sydney

    “I still think it should be banned.”

    No Cohenite….banning just make them into martyrs….they just need to be put in their place….which you do, I do, KD does, Struth does and others.

  52. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    No Cohenite….banning just make them into martyrs….they just need to be put in their place….which you do, I do, KD does, Struth does and others.

    I don’t believe Numbers should be banned – it’s really quite amusing, watching him get his sorry ar$e booted the length of the floor, and back again.

  53. Peter the old fossil

    they just need to be put in their place

    And it works so well, too.
    Why, one can almost smell the odour of their disappointment.
    Probably accounts for why they comment so infrequently.

  54. Bruce of Newcastle

    Autonomous drones?

    Autonomous drones…

    Why are Chinese fishermen finding so many ‘submarine spies’? (16 Jan)

    At first it seems like a quirky, what-are-the-chances-of-that headline: “China rewards fishers who netted foreign spy devices.”

    But behind that headline in Chinese state media, there is a different – and more intriguing – story.

    Firstly, this wasn’t two or three fishermen receiving awards. It was 11 – one woman, the rest men – who found seven devices in total.

    Secondly, this wasn’t the first time fishermen from Jiangsu had found “spy drones”. In 2018, some 18 were rewarded for finding nine devices. There was also a ceremony a year earlier.

    And thirdly, the rewards were huge – up to 500,000 yuan ($72,000; £55,000) – around 17 times the average disposable income in China.

    So where do the “submarine spies” come from? What do they do? Why are they valuable?

    And why are Chinese fishermen finding so many?

    UUVs seem to be breeding off China’s coastline for some reason. Oh well, should up the iron content of Chinese fish dishes.

  55. Cassie of Sydney

    “I don’t believe Numbers should be banned – it’s really quite amusing, watching him get his sorry ar$e booted the length of the floor, and back again.”

    My thoughts too. And I also don’t subscribe to the theory that if we ignore the likes of Numbers and others then they’ll go away. Nope…they don’t go away. Numbers comes here because such is his narcissism…he gets off on posting crap.

    Also……being so circumspect, being so polite and by ignoring the left has worked really well…hasn’t it?

  56. Mark A

    Let them be martyrs on their own blog and time, who cares?

  57. Peter the old fossil

    being so polite and by ignoring the left has worked really well

    Who knows?
    If I ever come across an example of that, I’ll be sure to check it out.

  58. Frank

    I don’t believe Numbers should be banned – it’s really quite amusing, watching him get his sorry ar$e booted the length of the floor, and back again.

    Kick Numbers and you get it out of your system, means you don’t have to kick the dog. Everyone likes dogs so it is a win win really.

  59. Cassie of Sydney

    “If I ever come across an example of that, I’ll be sure to check it out.”

    You do that…I’m sure you’ll be guided by a familiar odour.

  60. Tom

    FMD. Nothing happened today so the six o’clock news (7) is leading with a summer hail storm which is, of course, part of Australia’s “extreme weather cycle”.

    There have always been slow news days, especially on Sundays when newspaper journalism is on holidays, but now we have overlaid weather hysteria.

    And journos wonder why we don’t trust them to report the truth about stuff that matters. They truly are the enemy of the people.

  61. Peter the old fossil

    Actually, my apologies Cassie. I take it all back. I’m wrong, you’re right.
    It only took a concerted effort of just over two hours by you, IT, Adam, Matrix, and Lizzie, to get rid of that nuisance Ellie. I’ve got a list of links to all the relevant posts, if you would all like to refresh your memories and bask in your collective glory.

    Time to take another break before I get abusive.

  62. cohenite

    How about this: ban both dickless and the twat troll for a week and see what happens; if peace and harmony prevails and some witty, interesting chatter takes over extend the ban.

    If silence and zombie like emptiness occurs encourage the bastards to stay.

  63. Helen

    Ok I spent all this time trying to get live mail 2012 going and then went with thunderbird only to find the same problems. Some email account would work on thunderbird ( ok, 1) when I put in the exact same stuff for 2012 it wouldn’t work so I thought I would revert to outlook had the install disk, so did it but hen outlook 2007 wanted me to sign in WTF? And I could no longer see the apps for opening up my outlook stuff it was all hidden behind a big red flag that I had to sign before I got through it.

    So I said Carl it and rolled back to W7. Except it didn’t. It won’t start and I am left with doing a system restore back to 23/8/2014. And will loose a heap of programs. My emails, contacts and docs ar backed up so I wouldn’t loose a lot, but I hesitate.

    Would it be worth taking the battery out for an hour and trying again? The error is it doesn’t know why it won’t/can’t restart.

  64. Cassie of Sydney

    “Time to take another break before I get abusive.”

    Yes do…..go off and cry. Pathetic. I note that once again you haven’t directed any venon towards IT…who made the comment that made Ellie vacate the blog….it wasn’t me and it wasn’t Lizzie. But clearly you are selective (or is that cowardly) as to whom you reserve your pathetic nastiness for. Go off and sob….sob…..sob….but don’t wet the keyboard.

  65. Mark A

    cohenite
    #3296979, posted on January 19, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Problem with people saying, ignoring them won’t work is that it simply never happened, someone always responds.

    I’m guilty myself, tried to be polite and keep to the subject, doesn’t work, they twist your words and obfuscate. There is no way they ever admit when they are wrong.

    I learned my lesson, no more response from me.

  66. Nelson Kidd-Players

    The other aspect of TV news is the need for accompanying pictures. I hardly ever watch nowadays. Apart from here, my preference is radio news, as I happen to catch it.

  67. Cassie of Sydney

    “I’ve got a list of links to all the relevant posts, if you would all like to refresh your memories and bask in your collective glory.”

    Is that what you’ve been doing with your time? You need a life. And fellow Cats…we have someone here who engages in “collective guilt”….how very fascist, how very totalitarian.

  68. cohenite

    Even leftie sharri is gobsmacked when a local who was prevented from hazard reduction by fitzsimmons says so and is criticised by that bastard matt kean who vomits climate change and defends fitzsimmons for refusing 6 times requests from local to hazard reduce.

  69. Cassie of Sydney

    Just watching Sharri on Sky…..all climate change hysteria.

  70. 132andBush

    Matt Kean, the answer to the question; “Why should I never vote for the Libs/Nats again?”

  71. Bruce of Newcastle

    Another bunch of alarmists gets stuck in ice which shouldn’t have been there.

    The article is from September…which is even more fun because September is when the Arctic sea ice hits its lowest point for the year. So they cherry picked the month to go see the vanishing ice and they still managed to get stuck…

    Plenty of cold cold weather around in the NH at the moment, very little of it you will hear anything about from the MSM.

    Record snowfall in Newfoundland – State of Emergency Declared (18 Jan)

    Residents stranded by snow for days in Washington communities (17 Jan)

    UK weather warning: Heavy snow to COVER Britain as Arctic blast sparks big freeze – maps (18 Jan)

    Summer is a climate emergency but winter is just weather.

  72. Armadillo

    There were almost 60,000 Australians that served in Vietnam.

    How many of them are here at “The Cat”? Day after day after day.

    Sinc takes the Libertarian view of this sort of stuff.

  73. Infidel Tiger

    Yes do…..go off and cry. Pathetic. I note that once again you haven’t directed any venon towards IT…who made the comment that made Ellie vacate the blog…

    I apologised to her.

    She is welcome back, but if she’s smart she won’t be. This is no place for people who aren’t really messed up.

  74. Cassie of Sydney

    “I apologised to her.”

    I know you did. But the old fossil blames me and blames Lizzie.

  75. cohenite

    This is no place for people who aren’t really messed up.

    Says the fucking leftie.

  76. Infidel Tiger

    How am I a leftie?

  77. JC

    I have a freaking blue tongue lizard in the house. It hides in the gas fireplace i think as i don’t think it has any openings to the outside. It must have come in through the doorway. I turned on the gas to see if I could “heat” the thing out. Nope.

    Dunno what to do with the fucking thing as we’re not here all the time.

  78. Bruce of Newcastle

    Cohenite may’ve been distracted by your lilac icon Infi, which looks quite like 8th Dan’s lilac icon.
    A suitable gravatar may be in order, say like this one.

  79. Cassie of Sydney

    “I have a freaking blue tongue lizard in the house.”

    He’s come for those organic eggs JC!

  80. JC

    Cronkite

    You’re just as bad as left wing idiot with your intolerance. Ignore the fucker, you idiot and STFU.

  81. Infidel Tiger

    JC, how do you square your love of organics with your worship of Monsanto?

    Have you become righteous and turned your back on corporatism?

  82. calli

    Anagram

    Riding leftie

    I prefer

    Diligent fire

    or

    Dire fileting

  83. JC

    Cassie

    There’s no way out from the gas fireplace, so the thing is hiding in there. The heat’s on and still no sign of it. We’re out at the beach, so we’re not here all the time. I might turn the fan off and overheat the steel, but it will wreck the fireplace. FMD.

    It’s cronkite, with his voodoo doll and pins. I’m convinced because festive season/2020 has been a disaster.

  84. Entropy

    JC
    #3296999, posted on January 19, 2020 at 6:42 pm
    I have a freaking blue tongue lizard in the house. It hides in the gas fireplace i think as i don’t think it has any openings to the outside. It must have come in through the doorway. I turned on the gas to see if I could “heat” the thing out. Nope.

    Dunno what to do with the fucking thing as we’re not here all the time

    A fox terrier will sort it out. Messy but.

  85. Bruce of Newcastle

    I have a freaking blue tongue lizard in the house.

    My brother the software CEO has two blue tongues who live in their house, or in the 1st floor walled garden to be exact. He and family put them there on purpose and hand feed them blueberries and strawberries. Excellent pets.

    I used to have one in garden, also very tame and lived on meat balls, but a neighbour’s dog ate her.

  86. calli

    Leave a bit of banana out for it, JC. You might lure it away. You can pick it up and put it outside. It won’t bite you, much.

  87. calli

    Cooked bluetongue will not smell nice, JC. Turn the fire off.

  88. Bruce of Newcastle

    I have a freaking blue tongue lizard in the house.

    My brother the software CEO has two blue tongues who live in their house, or in the 1st floor walled garden to be exact. He and family put them there on purpose and hand feed them blueberries and strawberries. Excellent pets.

    I used to have one in garden, also very tame and lived on Coles mince, but a neighbour’s dog ate her.

  89. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Facebook says it is working to find out how Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s name appeared as “Mr Shithole” in posts on its platform when translated into English from Burmese, apologising for any offence caused and saying the problem has been fixed.

  90. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #3297003, posted on January 19, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    JC, how do you square your love of organics with your worship of Monsanto?

    Have you become righteous and turned your back on corporatism?

    FFS, really?

    The only thing I’ve said about “organics” is that I prefer organic eggs because other types make me feel like crap. That’s all.

    Fat Irma, like she always does, went off on an intellectual tangent, where the drunk imbecile was claiming you can’t tell the difference in taste.. But I never said I could tell the taste. I said non-organic eggs make me feel like crap. That’s it. Fuck, she’s thick.

    I don’t own Monsanto any more as they were bought out by Bayer a while ago at a nice price too I might add. Monsanto did the lord’s work on earth. Stop listening to the Leb as he’s an idiot. 🙂

    I’m boiling, so don’t annoy me as I have a fucking heater on.

  91. cohenite

    Weekly highlights from the wacky world of RoP include:

    UK tourists shocked to discover popular Turkish resort is now Sh.ria-compliant, serves no alcohol, women must cover.

    Iranian chess referee fears to return to Tehran after being photographed without h.jab

    and that recurrent favourite:

    Italy: Father of RoP migrant who brutally murdered his non-RoP girlfriend says “Marianne was not worthy of him”

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/

  92. egg_

    The MS MALMO is the latest in a long list of ships to have gotten stuck in surprisingly thick Arctic sea ice this year.

    Not the Gretatard?

  93. Infidel Tiger

    Hahaha!

    Irma gets very angry about food. The only thing she won’t scoff is humble pie.

  94. egg_

    The MS MALMO is the latest in a long list of ships to have gotten stuck in surprisingly thick Arctic sea ice this year.

    How dare you?

  95. cohenite

    Right, head prefect is terrified of a poor old blue tongue; no wonder the trolls wreak havoc here.

  96. JC

    Irma gets very angry about food.

    I know, it’s like a panic button for her. Go a millimeter out of line discussing food and she goes absolutely apeshit.

    Try it. Tell her, devouring 10 meat pies a day may not be good for you and see the tongue lashing/ ethnic abuse she comes out with.

    Or 30 pork sausages in one sitting.

  97. Entropy

    After a short interval after our dog died the water dragons have colonised our backyard. They seem to have hunted off a couple of fat blue tongues that used to carefully sneak around sans tails while Bilbo the furry mutt used to patrol the lawns.

  98. JC

    Cronkite

    Stop being a moron. I’m not sacred, but I have to try and get the fucking thing out of the house as we’re heading into town tomorrow.

    Put down the doll and pins. Please! You win.

  99. Entropy

    You’ve probably burnt the poor little bugger to death. Don’t eat him, apparently they taste oily, much worse than goanna.

  100. 8th Dan

    Dire fileting

    I once knew a chick named Mignon.

  101. JC

    Ent

    If I have, I’d smell burning lizard, but there’s no smell as I closed the doors to sniff out if it was roasting. It must still be there. I turned the fan off to heat up the steel. No doubt that will fuck up the fireplace… another minor disaster.

    Cronkite… I’m sorry. Please put down the voodoo things. Take note, it’s the first apology ever.

  102. mh

    UK tabloids agree it was a Hard Megxit.

  103. Bruce of Newcastle

    After a short interval after our dog died the water dragons have colonised our backyard.

    A friend has wild water dragons in backyard and hand feeds them. Cool!
    No water near to Cafe Bruce so I’m envious, but I often see water dragons basking on shared path when going past the dam or the creek at Wallsend.

  104. Roger

    Dunno what to do with the fucking thing as we’re not here all the time.

    Relax, JC.

    It’s not as if he’s going to call his mates ’round for a party and trash the place.

  105. Geriatric Mayfly

    A site worker in Zim relayed to me that he had something being restless behind the sink and cupboards in his hut. Being a slap up building, he pulled the assembly out from the wall to reveal a spitting cobra.

  106. Armadillo

    The blue tongue probably went in there chasing after a snake.

    Blue Tongue lizards are great in the garden. No snakes.

    Could be a baby brown or red belly black slithering about under the lounge room settee trying to escape.

    My advice, don’t panic.

  107. Mark A

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3297029, posted on January 19, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    What would you do to keep that blue tongue alive while the house is empty, in case it can’t be found?
    Providing the next visit is not months away?

  108. 132andBush

    JC,
    The lizard inside may be indicative of an underlying problem.
    Have you had the place checked for termites?

  109. Armadillo

    Opps. I meant to say panic. Disregard the “don’t”.

  110. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Margaret Thatcher: Looking behind the Iron Lady

    Peter Craven
    Contributor
    3:00PM January 17, 2020
    12 Comments

    Every so often a work of non-fiction commands your absolute attention, even if you have no automatic sympathy for its subject. Margaret Thatcher was a nightmare to many people in Britain during the 10 years she was prime minister. The grocer’s daughter from Grantham was despised by the university she attended, Oxford, and condescended to by the posh boys of the Conservative Party she led, some of whom came to see her as a bigot and a Euro-hater. She was so reviled in some parts of England, especially the Midlands where she crushed the miners and the north, that when she died in 2013, Ding Dong the Witch is Dead was a top 10 hit.

    But the image of her is indelible in the records of historical memory and will be in perpetuity, one suspects, partly because her biographer, Charles Moore, has captured the glory and grimness of the woman the Russians called the Iron Lady in such detail, with such a sense of comedy and such compassion. He paints a magnificent portrait of a woman of great fierceness and frailty who refused to acknowledge any of the blinding limitations of her vision, who nonetheless changed the world, probably forever, sometimes for the better, through sheer power of mind.

    She could not rightly own her horror of Europe, but she constantly resisted her chancellor Nigel Lawson’s attempts to go along with the ERM, which tallied with the Deutschmark and effectively led the way towards the acceptance of the euro and the idea of a common currency.

    It didn’t help that she hated the Germans with a passion and a prejudice that derived from her wartime childhood. When Helmut Kohl, the man who reunited Germany, remarked that in beating Britain at football, Germany had defeated the United Kingdom at its favourite pastime, she snapped, “Well, we’ve beaten you twice at yours” — meaning the world wars, no less.

    She was actually disturbed by the prospect of reunification. At one stage she called a conference to anatomise the German soul, at which Hugh Trevor-Roper, the author of The Last Days of Hitler, who came unstuck over the authenticity of the so-called Hitler’s Diaries, actually said to her: “I was in Germany in 1945, and if you had told us then that we would have a united Germany as part of the West, we would not have believed our luck.” Her foreign secretary, Douglas Hurd, spoke of her “extravagant suspicions of Germany”, and at some level she thought the Germans were the heirs of Hitler.

    To be fair, she was also partly concerned about Mikhail Gorbachev, the last of the Soviet Russian leaders, of whom she was the most significant Western ally. She described him in this context as “really making an effort”, and said to US General Colin Powell, when he told her Gorbachev had said to him he would establish the rule of law in Russia “regardless of the consequences”: “Oh, dear boy, don’t take that seriously. Even I say silly things like that from time to time.”

    It’s somehow that trick of capturing the throwaway remarks of Thatcher and this immense cast of formidable and furtive characters that makes Moore’s book such a delight and such a monumental and absolutely credible account of a historical landscape with a dominant figure.

    Book review, from the Oz.

  111. mh

    It didn’t help that she hated the Germans with a passion and a prejudice that derived from her wartime childhood. When Helmut Kohl, the man who reunited Germany, remarked that in beating Britain at football, Germany had defeated the United Kingdom at its favourite pastime, she snapped, “Well, we’ve beaten you twice at yours” — meaning the world wars, no less.

    Great lady.

  112. JC

    Bush

    The only thing we have that’s timber is floor and it looks fine. The rest of the house is sandstone, which I don’t think termites like much. 🙂

    Mark

    Dunno, but I don’t a fucking lizard in the house when we’re not here.

  113. Knuckle Dragger

    Conor McfuckingGregor.

    40 seconds it took him. Shit.

  114. Roger

    The blue tongue probably went in there chasing after a snake.

    It’s a definite possibility.

    But they only prey upon baby snakes.

    Which means there could be a nest of vipers in there…somewhere.

  115. 132andBush

    JC,
    No worries, just trying to be helpful, like Armadillo.

  116. Atoms for Peace

    If the lizard is dead, the blowies will find it. Ain’t nature grand!

  117. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Great lady.

    Supposed to have been presiding over a dinner with her Cabinet colleagues, when the waiter asked for her meal order.

    “I’ll have the steak.”

    “And the vegetables, Prime Minister?”

    “They’ll have what I’m having.”

  118. JC

    Bush, no probs.

    Armadillos should be shot on sight.

  119. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Which means there could be a nest of vipers in there…somewhere.

    Mother snake, with a nest of hatchlings?

  120. Conor McfuckingGregor.
    40 seconds it took him. Shit.

    Longer than most pub fights.
    (er.. just one way of putting some perspective on it)

  121. Geriatric Mayfly

    If you snare the blue tongue, do it a favour and remove the ticks from its ears. Tweezers and then drop the parasites into metho. I know you care.

  122. Roger

    Mother snake, with a nest of hatchlings?

    Doesn’t bear thinking about.

    Eastern browns, most likely.

    Mother could already have terminated the lizard.

  123. Atoms for Peace

    Might have to get a license for the lizard if it decides to squat at your house

  124. Geriatric Mayfly

    Mother snake, with a nest of hatchlings?

    Sounds like Nancy Pelosi.

  125. Roger

    No Australian snake has adapted to the human shaped habitat like the deadly Eastern brown.

    A holiday residence left vacant for extended periods is likely to attract rodents…a nice quiet, dry base from which to scavenge the neighbourhood.

    Bingo! Brown snake heaven.

  126. Caveman

    If you have any Celine Dion , play that ,Blue Tongues dont like it and they will leave.

  127. Exit Stage Right

    Australia 2/46 against the Taxi Drivers.
    Finch run out can you believe. Better ways to get out than that.
    I sense trouble.

  128. Bruce of Newcastle

    What would you do to keep that blue tongue alive while the house is empty, in case it can’t be found? Providing the next visit is not months away?

    Dunno, I could ask my brother to see what they do though. They go away for lengthy trips sometimes. I suspect they get a feeder in as they have a cat as well.

    If you trained one on hard dog or cat food you could leave out a bowl and be away for weeks. They usually get all the water they need from their food, but they’re able to suck stuff up (honey, yum!), so an automatic water dispenser might be the go. I’m just speculating as I’ve never kept blue tongues as actual pets.

  129. Armadillo

    Armadillos should be shot on sight.

    Here I am trying to give some sage advice, and this is what I get in return?

    Go right ahead, join the Arky fan club.

    I’m not bailing you lot out when the shit hits the fan. Which it will.

    Don’t be surprised if your great granddaughters are promised a ride to the church in a Model A and they end up walking there on foot.

    It’s probably only a month away, rather than years.

  130. Tel

    Blue Tongue lizards are great in the garden. No snakes.

    Our local nature reserve is full of blue tongues and red bellies … they don’t seem to stop each other, although I don’t spend much time checking what they get up to. The red belly snakes love drains and are happy to pop up out of a culvert … look around and then zoom back underground. The blue tongues seem to prefer dry spots but they like rocks to wedge under.

  131. Roger

    Our local nature reserve is full of blue tongues and red bellies … they don’t seem to stop each other,

    Red bellies are timid.

    The Eastern brown, otoh, takes no prisoners.

  132. Conservatives complaining about Reagan…FMD. Enough Kool Aid boys.

    His record on unemployment, inflation and wages growth is enviable.

    Trump has also offered 0% tariffs to the G7/G8 so “you MUST throw him under the bus with a good shove, etc”.

    Trump can be attacked from the right credibly. Do women really need more affirmative action legislation? Why is so much of the recent jobs growth in the US Federal civil service? What about the debt & deficit? When will personal income tax be cut as significantly as corporate rates?

  133. Bruce of Newcastle

    The lizard inside may be indicative of an underlying problem.
    Have you had the place checked for termites?

    More likely the blue tongue was feeling amorous. That’s the trouble with ones in my yard – free nosh is fine but when the season comes they wander off to find another blue tongue. Whereupon a dog eats them. And last time I had one stay for a while she had four fine kiddies, which my friendly kookas ate with relish one after another. This ain’t a family oriented cafe for blue tongues.

  134. Roger

    Bushfire hysteria has reportedly put the dampener on Chinese tourism.

    So there are some upsides.

  135. JC

    A holiday residence left vacant for extended periods is likely to attract rodents…a nice quiet, dry base from which to scavenge the neighbourhood.

    Yea, I have the pest control fuckers come twice a year. There’s always a couple of dead mice around poison contraption.

  136. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Eastern brown, otoh, takes no prisoners.

    A characteristic shared by it’s western counterpart, the gwardar.

  137. Armadillo

    More likely the blue tongue was feeling amorous.

  138. JC

    Trump can be attacked from the right credibly. Do women really need more affirmative action legislation? Why is so much of the recent jobs growth in the US Federal civil service? What about the debt & deficit? When will personal income tax be cut as significantly as corporate rates?

    Plodes was on some other thread this morning with his usual annoying shtick about righties really being lefties. The usual annoying slop.
    Now I know his bullshit is disguise for venomous leftism, but he does have a point about the the US deficit and debt. Orange Hitler needs to cut spending in the next term of office. It’s out of control.

  139. Pretty funny to see Johanna blow up over organic food. From a perspective of libertarian which she is not.

    I like organic food. It tastes better.

    I’m not forcing anyone else to consume it and the reasons why most farmers are not primarily using organic methods are completely reasonable.

    The claims of some organic producers and lobbyists are fatuous and most of their methodologies (e.g., food miles) are entirely invalid.

    There is an obvious whiff of champagne socialism in it all, just read the anti-industrial ramblings of the Diggers leadership. Despite their woke silliness, I still like their actual real world work.

    There is nothing wrong with liking organic or ethically raised food.

    It’s simply what your grandparents or great grandparents ate.

    The downside is that it might be more expensive. There is no problem with that as long as consumers are given choice in a free market.

  140. Roger

    Check the bed, JC.

    Carefully.

  141. Tom

    I’m not bailing you lot out when the shit hits the fan.

    FFS, Armadillo, you sound like Monty. Stick to stuff you know — like Iran.

  142. JC

    Frank

    Pretty funny to see Johanna blow up over organic food.

    She’s very blown up. Can you imagine the state of her arterial system and how clogged up it must be. Statins could never work to unclog her. They’d have to use Drano.

  143. vlad

    Apart from here, my preference is radio news, as I happen to catch it.

    I get all the news I need from the internet. And when there’s a major speech from, eg, DJT, I can watch it in full online. I watched KRudd’s teary farewell in full. 19m 55s. I’m not watching that again.

  144. JC

    I like organic food. It tastes better.

    Apricots most certainly do.

  145. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    ‘They’re turning the Royal Family into a Walmart with a crown on’: Meghan Markle’s father Thomas launches an extraordinary TV attack on Megxit as he tells Channel 5 documentary that the Sussexes are ‘cheapening’ the royals by quitting

  146. Armadillo

    Orange Hitler

    That’s pretty funny. Don’t be surprised if Trump raises it as a an icon of himself.

    He’s got a pretty good sense of humour. Very much laconic.

  147. Cassie of Sydney

    “Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #3297081, posted on January 19, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Great post Frank…particularly “There is nothing wrong with liking organic or ethically raised food.”…that is something that is important to me. I am going to dictate or proselytise to people but ethically raised food is something I choose…when and where I can.

  148. Cassie of Sydney

    I meant “I am NOT going to dictate or proselytise to people”

  149. Arky

    Conservatives complaining about Reagan

    ..
    Which fuckwit was having a go at Reagan?
    Reagan was great:

    ..
    Proclamation 5601 — Imposition of Increased Tariffs on Imports of Certain Articles From the European Economic Community
    January 21, 1987

    By the President of the United States of America

    A Proclamation

    1. On March 31, 1986, I announced my decision, pursuant to section 301(a) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the Act) (19 U.S.C. 2411(a)), to take action in response to restrictions imposed by the European Economic Community (EEC) affecting imports of United States grain and oilseeds into Spain and Portugal. I determined that these restrictions deny benefits to the United States arising under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) (61 Stat. (pts. 5 and 6)), are unreasonable, and constitute a burden and restriction on United States commerce (51 F.R. 18294). Accordingly, in Proclamation 5478 of May 15, 1986 (51 F.R. 18296), pursuant to section 301 (a), (b), and (d)(1) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 2411 (a), (b), and (d)(1)), I imposed quantitative restrictions on imports of certain articles from the EEC in response to the EEC restrictions in Portugal.

    2. In Proclamation 5478, I also announced my decision, in response to the withdrawal of tariff concessions and the application of the EEC variable levy on Spanish imports of corn and sorghum, to suspend temporarily, pursuant to section 301 (a), (b), and (d)(1) of the Act, the tariff concessions made by the United States under the GATT on articles described in Annex II to that proclamation. I made no immediate change in the U.S. duty rates for these articles in order to afford the EEC an opportunity to provide, by July 1, 1986, adequate compensation for the imposition of variable levies on imports of corn and sorghum into Spain. I further stated that, in the event such compensation were not provided by July 1, 1986, I would proclaim increased duties for these articles as appropriate. Having due regard for the international obligations of the United States, I decided that any such increased duties on these articles would be applied on a most-favored-nation basis.

    3. On July 2, 1986, the United States and the EEC reached an interim agreement whereby the EEC agreed to take measures to avoid harm to U.S. sales of corn and sorghum to the EEC for the 6-month period ending December 31, 1986. In return, the United States agreed to defer action on the imposition of increased duties on imports of certain articles into the United States during this period so as to allow time for negotiation of a definitive settlement.

    4. Despite extensive negotiating efforts throughout 1986, the EEC has not yet agreed to provide satisfactory compensation. Accordingly, I have determined, pursuant to section 301 (a), (b), and (d)(1) of the Act, that increased duties should be imposed on a most-favored-nation basis on the articles provided for in the Annex to this proclamation. Pursuant to general headnote 4 to the Tariff Schedules of the United States (19 U.S.C. 1202), the U.S. rates of duty for countries not receiving most-favored-nation treatment will be modified accordingly.

    5. In the event that the EEC provides adequate compensation for the imposition of variable levies on corn and sorghum imports, or if other circumstances so warrant, I am authorizing the United States Trade Representative to suspend, modify, or terminate the increased duties imposed by this proclamation upon publication in the Federal Register of notice of his determination that such action is in the interest of the United States. Such suspension, modification, or termination shall be on a most-favored-nation basis.

    Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, acting under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the statutes of the United States, including but not limited to section 301 (a), (b), and (d)(1) and section 604 of the Act (19 U.S.C.. 2483), do proclaim that:

    1. Subpart B of part 2 of the Appendix to the Tariff Schedules of the United States is modified as provided in the Annex to this proclamation.

    2. The United States Trade Representative is authorized to suspend, modify, or terminate the increased duties imposed by this proclamation upon publication in the Federal Register of his determination that such action is in the interest of the United States.

    3. This proclamation shall be effective with respect to articles entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after January 30, 1987.

    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 21st day of January, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eleventh.

    Ronald Reagan

    [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 12:01 p.m., January 22, 1987]

    Note: The annex was printed in the “Federal Register” of January 26.

  150. miltonf

    The problem with Reagan was the deadbeat Bush taking over after he had to retire.

  151. Knuckle Dragger

    1. All food is to some degree organic. Goes down your screech. Leave it alone.

    2. The Sussexes (INO) aren’t cheapening the Royal Family. They’re not part of it any more.

  152. Roger

    There’s always a couple of dead mice around poison contraption.

    Only a couple, you say?

    Interesting.

  153. 132andBush

    I like organic food. It tastes better.

    Food that has been grown in properly fertilized soil tastes better.

  154. Arky

    Reagan followed 150 years of Republican party tradition, using tariffs to protect industry and as a foreign policy tool.
    In practice he was no libertarian free trade ideologue, despite it being the fashion of the time.

  155. Roger

    The Sussexes (INO) aren’t cheapening the Royal Family. They’re not part of it any more.

    Her Maj dodged a bullet there.

  156. miltonf

    His 1964 speech for Barry Goldwater is brilliant.

  157. vlad

    I like organic food. It tastes better.

    Apricots most certainly do.

    Best apricots I’ve ever eaten grew wild in the backyard. That was the ultimate organic produce: the only tending was watering. And the harvest began on Boxing Day.

  158. Knuckle Dragger

    Roger,

    Her Maj caught the bullet in her teeth, chewed on it for a bit, jammed it back into a prefilled casing, chucked it up the spout, got both those empty heads touching each other and at point blank went KABLAMMO.

    After that she had a nice cup of tea, during which she was heard to remark, ‘Fuck those xunts.’

  159. vlad

    I think a lot of these Thatcher quotes are apocryphal.

    She did, however, send Hawke a 60th birthday telegram. You can see it here.

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/uncovering-the-secret-thatcher-files-what-britain-thought-about-australia

    The UK briefing paper on Australia is devastatingly accurate. Two quotes stand out:

    “Despite the much expressed contempt for governments this [ie Australia] is in some ways the greatest nanny-state of all.”

    “The quality of government at State level is generally poor.

    “The population base of 16 million is too small to provide politicians of high quality to man political parties in nine separate political units.”

  160. Roger

    Her Maj caught the bullet in her teeth, chewed on it for a bit, jammed it back into a prefilled casing, chucked it up the spout, got both those empty heads touching each other and at point blank went KABLAMMO.

    That she did, KD.

    And if she’s still alive – which I expect she will be – she’ll be there to console and advise Harry upon his divorce.

    God save the Queen!

  161. Armadillo

    Food that has been grown in properly fertilized soil tastes better.

    Alfalfa grown in Tordon laced soil wouldn’t make the slightest difference to the equivalent grown in the highest quality soil. It’s still rubbish.

  162. Knuckle Dragger

    Two months today till we’re plagued once again by slack-jawed, drooling Essendon supporters getting in proximity to normal people.

  163. stackja

    USA Presidents in theory, don’t get elected to help others in other countries get elected. Trade that isn’t in the USA interest should not occur.
    NAFTA and TPP weren’t helping the USA. DT wants MAGA.

  164. Arky

    Trump: Reagan was no good on Trade:

    ..
    President Trump critiqued Ronald Reagan during an exclusive interview with Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Friday night, telling host Laura Ingraham that the 40th president was “not good on trade.”

    The comment came after Ingraham brought up China’s human rights record during a discussion of Trump’s trade policy toward Beijing.

    “[China’s] got a million people in reeducation camps, internment camps. The Catholics were getting missals in their pews at Christmas that had tributes to [President] Xi [Jinping] instead of ‘Silent Night’. Crazy stuff happening,” Ingraham said. “Reagan saw the power of the moral argument for freedom and married it to the economic and military argument for ‘peace through strength.’ Can you do more on that front without damaging your ability to make future trade agreements?”

    ..

    “Well, I’m riding a fine line,” Trump responded. “Because we’re making, not good trade deals, we’re making great trade deals.”

    “But human rights count,” Ingraham interjected.

    “They do count,” Trump answered. “I was a big fan of Reagan, but he wasn’t heavy into it. He wanted to do certain things. He wasn’t really heavy into it, but he wasn’t also making trade deals. He let Japan come in and take over our auto market. You know, as much as I like Reagan, he was not good on trade

    Earlier in the interview, Trump said that the U.S. had a “great relationship with China” before claiming that the Asian nation was “having the worst [economic] year that they’ve had. Last year was the worst they had.”

    “You know what we did?” the president said. “We opened it up to banking, but for banking, for our farmers, for manufacturers … it’s great.

  165. Roger

    Stay safe, JC.

    And good night all.

  166. egg_

    Food that has been grown in properly fertilized soil tastes better.

    Yup, growing exotic veggies in thin native topsoil won’t cut it.

  167. egg_

    Hard Megxit – teh Markledashians are out in the (Canadian) cold.

  168. JC

    Roger

    We are safe. Let’s not over-egg the omelette.

  169. Exit Stage Right

    2/149 after 26 against the Taxi Drivers.
    Smiffy on a rescue mission.

  170. egg_

    console and advise Harry upon his divorce.

    How are the betting odds?

  171. Stimpson J. Cat

    Yes do…..go off and cry. Pathetic. I note that once again you haven’t directed any venom towards IT…who made the comment that made Ellie vacate the blog…

    Oh grow up you ancient whining skankers.
    I made Elle vacate the blog on numerous occasions “forever”, but she always came back.
    You know why?
    Because I am excruciatingly likeable and lovable and she was probably bored.
    If she doesn’t come back it is all you guys fault because you are all so goddamned boring.
    Why do you think I’m never here anymore?
    Be better.
    F®cking Cat Ladies Jesus Christ.

  172. egg_

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle four times more likely to divorce in the next five years than to rejoin the Royals full-time as a couple, bookmakers say

  173. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Phone call to say I’m to be a great – uncle again…

  174. Peter the old fossil

    I made Elle vacate the blog on numerous occasions “forever”, but she always came back.

    Not this time Stimpy.
    Those who were so keen for the blog to be rid of Ellie once and for all, have succeeded.
    I very much doubt that she will ever be back.

  175. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3297110, posted on January 19, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Two months today till we’re plagued once again by slack-jawed, drooling Essendon supporters …

    That’s not our default setting.
    It’s just that expression we get when we see a toothless Collingwood ice-addict rolling towards us in his Rene Kink duffel-coat.

  176. Leigh Lowe

    Meghan and her smartarse Hollywood lawyers and PR ponytails made a fatal error about Her Maj.
    They mistook politeness and formality for weakness.

  177. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    They mistook politeness and formality for weakness.

    They aren’t the first, and they won’t be the last, to make that mistake.

  178. MatrixTransform

    Not this time Stimpy.

    “History is written by the victors victims”
    ― MatrixBenjamin

  179. Stimpson J. Cat

    Not this time Stimpy.
    Those who were so keen for the blog to be rid of Ellie once and for all, have succeeded.
    I very much doubt that she will ever be back.

    Don’t be so f®cking dramatic.

    The only certainty when discussing the motives and minds of Women is that they possibly have them.
    Anything beyond possibly is pure hypothesis.

  180. Arky

    For those missing Elle, let me step into the void left behind…
    ..
    Spanky spanky,
    [splotch]
    [gnnnnnnrrrrrrrrr]
    baaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ahhh ahh
    Ahhhhhh.

  181. 132andBush

    For those missing Elle, let me step into the void left behind…

    Not the same, even if you do like salt and pepper hair.

  182. Stimpson J. Cat

    BAAAAAAA AAAA AAAA

    Just another Kiwi Sunday.

  183. Peter the old fossil

    “History is written by the victors victims”

    Well you’d know, Matrix. You were still putting the boot in at 11.03 pm, two hours after Ellie was down and out for the count and had tried to withdraw from the field.

    . Mind you, you were outdone by Lizzie and Cassie who were still taking turns at kicking her head in at 11.31 and 11.53 pm respectively. After all, what are “friends” for?

  184. Peter the old fossil

    Don’t be so f®cking dramatic.

    Don’t tell us, Stimpy. Contact Ellie and tell her yourself.
    Good luck with that.

  185. Steve trickler

    This is crafty.

    Geostationary weather satellite Himawari takes 144 pictures of Earth every day. I made this video by processing and interpolating 576 of them.



  186. MatrixTransform

    gawd yr pathetic
    I guess you’ll have to flagellate yourself now.

    …oh, here you are doing it right now.

    Well, I never

  187. Armadillo

    Is “Ellie” the pretend sock puppet that Peter has been crafting over the past month?

    It’s hard to keep up around here.

  188. Mark from Melbourne

    I’m not sacred

    No, JC, you’re not.

  189. Cassie of Sydney

    ” Mind you, you were outdone by Lizzie and Cassie who were still taking turns at kicking her head in at 11.31 and 11.53 pm respectively. After all, what are “friends” for?”

    Absolutely nonsense. SOB, SOB, SOB. You need help….you can see your pathetic adolescent tears blotting the Catallaxy website. Neither Lizzie nor myself were to blame for Ellie’s disappearance…and you know it. You’re just looking for someone to blame. And you know what…..old fossil….Ellie could also dish it out when it suited her. You’re angry because I took exception to your tedious, tawdry adolescent sex talk late at night….particularly your comment about using chloroform before sex. It wasn’t funny.

    Go get help or have another drink…actually have a few drinks. You’re a disgrace.

    For the record…I don’t believe in banning anyone…..but you know what…I don’t have to explain anything to you.

    Matrix is right….you’re pathetic.

  190. mh

    Brisbane Heat – a collapse for the ages.

  191. Knuckle Dragger

    McFidgetCheat Smith adheres to the tried and true adage.

    If you run your captain out, best you make a hundred.

  192. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Rene Kink duffel-coat’

    An deserving homage to one of the great men of our time.

  193. Armadillo

    You’re angry because I took exception to your tedious, tawdry adolescent sex talk late at night

    It gets even weirder if you consider Ellie is in fact Peters sock puppet. Really weird.

  194. mh

    During the Heat innings BetEasy had Brisbane at $1.01 and later Melbourne Renegades at $1.01.

  195. mh

    Armadillo
    #3297139, posted on January 19, 2020 at 9:50 pm
    Who’s Ellie?

    It was Elle – who was Elle Macpherson.

  196. Knuckle Dragger

    Bloody hell.

    Heat lost 9/36 to lose by 44 runs.

    Mr Lynn – if you wouldn’t mind, fuck off with your Bash Brothers schtick and your bitching about not being picked up for at least a mill in the IPL.

    This is why, you bald-headed flog.

    BOOOOOOOO

  197. Armadillo

    During the Heat innings BetEasy had Brisbane at $1.01 and later Melbourne Renegades at $1.01.

    They would be legally required to “put up a market” as part of their licence agreement.

  198. Old Lefty

    A fond farewell from some luvvies for one of the ABC’s in-house pedal fillers. Don’t hold your breath waiting for ABC or Fairfax news reports.

    https://m.legacy.com/obituaries/canberratimes-au/obituary.aspx?n=jon-macggregor-stephens&pid=195072587&referrer=0&preview=True#_ga=2.111397060.1307913882.1579302385-291979754.1573258821

  199. Peter the old fossil

    I guess you’ll have to flagellate yourself now.

    No need to tell me Matrix. I’ve already been doing it for the last two weeks.

    For six months I watched powerless as Ellie sank further into her own personal dark place. You see, Matrix, Ellie was not quite the bubbly, outgoing personality she worked so hard to portray here. It was partly a shield, a mask used to hide her own personal grief. That was why she was able to be such a comfort to me. She was going through the same dark place herself. Kindred spirits and all that.

    From the beginning of January she had pretty much hit rock bottom. That was why when IT called her a “degenerate Kiwi filthbot” simply for defending Jacinda Arden, she tried to simply crawl out of here. But that was not to be. IT’s blood was up, and he was soon joined by Cassie.

    After that IT, Matrix and Adam took turns, to be joined again later by Lizzie and Cassie again.

    Ellie wept through it all. I know, I was in constant email contact with her throughout. She finally broke off contact about 2-00 am in the morning. I had one more brief email from her on 11/01, by which time she was where she is now. I have not heard from her since, and I’m not expecting to anytime soon.

    Nonetheless, I email her once every day, just to let her know I’m still around. I doubt she even reads them. It doesn’t matter.

  200. Knuckle Dragger

    Hang on, no.

    They lost 10/36, given the fall of the first was at 84.

    Flogs.

  201. mh

    During the Heat innings BetEasy had Brisbane at $1.01 and later Melbourne Renegades at $1.01.

    They would be legally required to “put up a market” as part of their licence agreement.

    All during the same innings. Live betting. Good for the smart punters.

  202. Cassie of Sydney

    We have here our very own “Days of Old Fossils”……..SOB….SOB….SOB.

  203. Siltstone

    Old Lefty
    #3297157, posted on January 19, 2020 at 10:22 pm
    A fond farewell from some luvvies for one of the ABC’s in-house pedal fillers. Don’t hold your breath waiting for ABC or Fairfax news reports.

    Yes, Totally Wild ABC is totally blind to their own.

  204. Armadillo

    I’ve never seen a troll “out” their own sock puppet before.

    First time for everything I guess. The Cat is absolutely ruthless.

  205. Old School Conservative

    Just had a look at the Conor McGregor fight. All over in 40 seconds.
    It reinforced my view that cage fighting is barbaric.
    For all the athleticism and fighting skills on display in MMA, it isn’t over until a bloke on the ground is pounded senseless by a light-gloved opponent smashing their head.
    Those blows have the crowd roaring, another reason UFC is beyond the pale as entertainment.
    In an era when contact sports are assessing the concussion ramifications of their sport, to have UFC encourage attacks to the head is incomprehensible.

    Punching the living shit out of an opponent’s head looks like a fight to the death.

  206. MatrixTransform

    No need to tell me Matrix

    What a ghastly appeal you shame-based fucking full-o-shit

    granted, your’e not actually running around in public in real life with yr c0ck in yr hand…it is an internet forum after all

    if anybody should feel shame … it’s you mate

    you creepy old skank

  207. Peter the old fossil

    Armadillo,

    Why don’t you stick with sick jokes about my “allegedly dying wife in the upstairs bedroom”? At least the full story of that was known here. No missing bits. Including the part where she ended up “allegedly dead”. Herr Doctor Mengele was going though customs hours ago, so he’s undoubtedly lurking around. You can tag team again.

    It will be just like old times.

  208. MatrixTransform

    took turns

    like you weren’t in-line you pathetic old pervert….if you know what I mean?

    and that, speaks to the mindset of both the aggrieved parties

    …if you know what I mean

  209. Armadillo

    There are plenty of “sports” that shouldn’t be classified as such.

    For example, wrestling (excluding jelly wrestling).

  210. Peter the old fossil

    What’s your problem Matrix? Run out of Scotch?
    Again?

  211. MatrixTransform

    What’s your problem Matrix

    my problem is stupid hyper-sexualised old perverts

  212. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Hi, ho. Sunday night on the Cat, and the kicking, biting, eye gouging, kidney punching and throat chopping goes on.

    I’m pouring a large Scotch, in honor of the fact I’m to be a great uncle, and retreating to the verandah with said large Scotch and a good book.

  213. Knuckle Dragger

    I will weigh in here.

    Motor ‘sports’ are not sports.

    Excellence in these activities should naturally be met with thunderous applause, because it is a skill mixed with a science mixed with an art.

    But it’s not sport.

  214. Peter the old fossil

    The only “sex” involved in any of this, was in your own alcohol-sodden brain, Matrix.

  215. Snoopy

    Synchronised swimming, KD?

  216. Knuckle Dragger

    Excellent news, Zulu.

    Cut the spawn out from the family cash if it decides to strike out on its own and make money off your name by going on talk shows.

  217. Mark A

    Armadillo
    #3297171, posted on January 19, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    There are plenty of “sports” that shouldn’t be classified as such.

    Or horse or dog racing, I love ’em but wouldn’t call them sports.

  218. MatrixTransform

    I’m to be a great uncle

    I, also am a great uncle so, cheers.
    …better than being a mediocre uncle

  219. mh

    btw, I’m not a smart punter. But you knew that.

    At least I didn’t bet on the Heat.

    I bet ‘cash out’ got a big work out tonight.

  220. Knuckle Dragger

    Snoopy,

    No. It’s performance art.

    Horse racing isn’t a sport either. Greyhound racing is, but only for the dogs.

  221. Mitch M.

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3297178, posted on January 19, 2020 at 11:01 pm
    Hi, ho. Sunday night on the Cat, and the kicking, biting, eye gouging, kidney punching and throat chopping goes on.

    I’m pouring a large Scotch, in honor of the fact I’m to be a great uncle, and retreating to the verandah with said large Scotch and a good book.

    Congrats.

  222. Armadillo

    It will be just like old times.

    Pal, you would have to be the most transparent troll I have ever come across.

    Your wife isn’t dead (although if you had one, she probably wishes she was). The sock puppets you introduced to “back up your story” are a telling sign of your retardedness.

    You fucked up here on multiple occasions. I doubt you even comprehend how that happened.

    You are way to clever for that. Yes?

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  224. Siltstone

    Synchronised swimming, KD?

    As a sport, it resembles the famous “bottom-breathing-turtle” of the Fitzroy River (Qld).

  225. Leigh Lowe

    They would be legally required to “put up a market” as part of their licence agreement.

    For real?
    Say side A is bowled out for 50 in a T20, and side B is 0/49 off four overs, and side A has four bowlers with pulled hammies.
    The bookies still have to offer side B at $1.01?
    If they do, the bet limit would drop to $2, once-off.

  226. Peter the old fossil

    Your wife isn’t dead

    She isn’t? I must say that comes as a complete surprise. I wonder who the hell it was I had cremated in Marilyn’s birthday, a couple of weeks later?
    And all her relatives and friends from all over Australia that attended the Celebration of Life we held the next day? Man, are they going to pissed off. Or whose ashes it was that #1 son scattered along the foreshore of Bribie Island? Or how much DiL paid for the obviously counterfeit “official” Death Certificate? So many questions.

  227. Armadillo

    Or horse or dog racing, I love ’em but wouldn’t call them sports.

    Let’s just agree it’s an “Organised Sport”. Like the rest of them.

    At least there is the element of surprise occasionally. Can you imagine running humans around a track every 5 minutes on Skysports, 24 hours a day? That would be totally dodgy. Conceivable, but dodgy.

    They won’t even let you race camels and donkeys at the Country Music Festival these days.

    Killjoys.

  228. Peter the old fossil

    Time to write an email to an “allegedly absent friend”.

    Have fun.

  229. struth

    Get a life peoples.
    This is a political blog.
    Not a dating site.
    We all have our problems and now we have to listen to grizzles about “not being nice to my girlfriend”.

    If she is not in contact with you via email, Maybe you’re the problem MV, as I saw that she didn’t handle you slobbering all over your zimmer frame over her, very well.
    you took seriously what was offered in fun, and made it weird for her.
    And I wasn’t going to get involved as you’re just tedious these days, but spare us the pompous grandstanding you’ve been doing lately, as you’ve been known to dish it out when you feel like it.
    You know you can, and have been quite the prick here, so spare us.
    Your laughable condescension to all us “liberal voters” [as if] on this site has me wondering why you haven’t worked out there are dating sites out there.
    Try oldwrinklies.wank.au.
    You’re a bombastic hypocrite of the highest order and your little object of desire had to flee the scene because her middle age crisis had old pervs like you dribbling.
    This is a blog for economics and politics.
    You couldn’t give a rat’s arse if I ever posted here again, and probably many others.
    But we’re all supposed to give a shit about someone we don’t even know who came on here not to talk about politics, anyway?
    And you were getting quite rank.
    Pull ya fucking head in.

  230. Knuckle Dragger

    The interwebs inform me that there is a group called Yellow Vests Australia, whose platform is to inform the public at large of the global criminal events purposely engineered to control us all. Two of apparent note:

    1. Chemtrails. These are actually made of aluminium, and the global aerospace cartel has organised for all the jets everywhere to cropdust entire continents with the chemtrails’ contents which fall to the ground, poison the soil and thus the plants which are eaten, thus ensuring our future compliance; and

    2. There is a worldwide arrangement of radio antennae that are not what they seem. They are in reality highly secret powerful ray emitters that go through the Earth’s crust and on demand create earthquakes and tsunamis in areas whose governments oppose the dark regime.

    Yellow Vests Australia will rid us of these monstrosities, and bring the population into the light.

    Sounds legit. I’m in.

  231. Arky

    Getting a bit nasty here.
    Ease up people.
    We aren’t communists.

  232. MatrixTransform

    because her middle age crisis had old pervs like you dribbling

    what?
    the fag-hag dominatrix did’t get it’s quota of narcissistic supply and flounced?

    who coulda known?

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