Open Forum: January 18, 2020

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  1. feelthebern

    Fiona Scott looks like she swallowed a sheep over the holidays.

  2. areff

    Cohenite: rather than the they-do-it-too angle, a far more basic issue: Why in God’s name is the federal government slinging taxpayer cash to the Yarraville Trugo Club, the Macedonian Association of St Albans’ Twiddly Winks League, the Mosman rowing club and oodles of other clubs that could build their own clubhouses if their members’ taxes were 60% lower?

  3. cohenite

    Why in God’s name

    Pork barrelling. Or wanting to change the world for the better. Bahahahahaha.

  4. Tel

    Someone took a likeness of my banana … taped it to the wall … and called it art!

    It’s a scam. Doesn’t even look like the real one.

  5. feelthebern

    I’ve been listening to old Louie CK clips on youtube.
    FMD he’s a funny farker.

  6. cohenite

    PML taking call ins like talk back radio; callers all pretty anti-alarmism but lines full. PML and his panel, 2 libs still taking the line alarmism is real but filth responses are extreme.

    How to convince these people that the science is bullshit.

  7. Knuckle Dragger

    On this day in 1265 Simon V de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester called the first English Parliament, which voted to strip King Henry III of his divine authority.

    Later that year de Montfort tried to take on the King’s young bloke Edward (the future Edward I) at the Battle of Evesham. He died fighting, after which his head, hands, feet and testicles were cut off.

    Moral: If you’re going to fuck with royalty, get it right because you’ll only ever get one shot.

  8. Knuckle Dragger

    Right, that’s it.

    At least it could have been a POC penis.

  9. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    KD, I spent my very formative years between ten and nearly twelve living in a broken down old part of the ruins of Evesham Abbey. Grace and favor rental hovel for my nana who was charlady for the local Welsh canon. My grandfather told me folktales of the lost silver bells of Evesham buried to keep them from Simon de Montfort. There is a supermarket now over the spot granddad said they were buried.

    I used to walk through the Crown Meadows by the Avon there with Nana’s dog, imagining this battle raging on the hill near the Norman ruins of the Abbey. For ages I didn’t realize there was another historical Simon de Montfort as I jealously held onto mine.

  10. Lazlo

    I believe de Montfort’s last words were: Come back here and take what’s coming to you! I’ll bite your legs off!

  11. Dr Faustus

    In Shit People news:

    SAMANTHA MARKLE My sister Meghan has ripped through the Royal Family like a tornado… she and Harry will never find happiness

    Forget ‘progressive new take on the Monarchy’. The mass circulation, uber-tabloid Sun sets the tone for Sparkle’s media future. Low rent, reality-TV-style, they’re-no-better-than-us, must watch, train wreck.

    The narrative arc ends very badly.

  12. jupes

    The ABC joins in the mockery of the Space Force uniform by quoting twitter.

    What did they expect them to wear, a space suit? They’re a branch of the military FFS. Oh that’s right, Space Force was the brain child of President Trump so it must be bad.

    FMD talk about living in the age of ignorance.

  13. Porter

    Activism doesn’t pay unless you have a foundation like Hillary to which people want to donate in expectation of quid pro quo

    that’s precisely what they want to do. – set up a Clinton style foundation.

  14. Porter

    Thanks Calli. I was referring to Ellie.

  15. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    With nothing left to lose Zimbabwe’s leaders resort to thuggeryJill Baker

    6:50PM January 20, 2020
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    Freed from the shackles of Europe and in anticipation of new trading opportunities, Britain hosted the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on Monday night. Leaders from 21 countries were treated to a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

    Zimbabwe, a former British colony and one time foodbowl of Africa, was not invited.

    Harare’s stinging response to this diplomatic snub was a dismissive description of the UK as “no longer an investing global power”. President Emmerson Mnangagwa will go to the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday instead. South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, the leader of Africa’s economic powerhouse, will go to both. In all probability, Mnangagwa will do as he has done on several occasions in the last year, hire a luxury Boeing Dreamliner to fly him and his retinue to Davos.

    Mnangagwa has boasted of a deal with Russia trading precious minerals for “military hardware”. Speculation is rife as to what that military hardware might be and just how it will be used to subdue an increasingly volatile and angry population.

    Zimbabwe is verging on destitution. UN special rapporteur on the right to food Hilal Elver spoke in terms of “man-made starvation” when she estimated last November that close to 60 per cent of the population was “food insecure”. Elver said this was likely to escalate political instability in the country.

    Her statement has proved to be frighteningly accurate, with anecdotal evidence suggesting many Zimbabweans are deemed fortunate if they find one good meal every two days. World Bank estimates show an increase in the number of people living in extreme poverty from 4.7 million in 2018 to 5.7 million last year.

    One of the first signs of desperation arose in September after Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association head Peter Magombeyi was abducted from his home. He had been loud in his condemnation of the fact that it cost hospital doctors more to get a bus to work, than they earned in a week.

    After he was found the authorities would not let Magombeyi go to South Africa for urgent medical treatment for suspected poisoning. All junior hospital doctors refused to go to work until he was allowed to leave. Pictures of empty hospital wards crowded social media. Magombeyi returned to Zimbabwe a broken man and last week resigned from his role.

    From the Oz.

  16. mh

    When Ms Court was asked if she could “flick off the Christian switch for a week” to focus solely on tennis

    Let’s add a new word! Would the media ever use these in ANY situation?

    Gay
    Islam
    Climate change
    Aboriginal
    Race
    Gender equality

  17. mh

    When Ms Court was asked if she could “flick off the Christian switch for a week” to focus solely on tennis

    Let’s add a new word! Would the media ever use these in ANY situation?

    Gay
    Is lam
    Climate change
    Aboriginal
    Race
    Gender equality…

  18. Steve trickler

    I like the rules. And i do not even know what they are…yet to look them up. All based on observation.

    I sense the moment that you are on the back foot and cop a half decent punch? Game over. I like it. No need for a further flogging. You get that first blow in and you win. One round only.



  19. Mark A

    Some postcards when having a bit of fun wasn’t frowned on.

  20. Steve trickler

    Virginia.

    Let’s see what happens.



  21. Rex Mango

    Just stumbled across this and a song you hear at every wedding, but yeah full respect to Mr B. Ocean, he wrote it too – these backing girls carry him through & female sax soloist too:

  22. Rex Mango

    Steve T, here is a good video about the New York Central Railroad’s Niagara, aka better locomotive than anything else:

  23. Rex Mango

    Ok, what I just posted was crap, this much better:

  24. Rex Mango

    Arky, just saw you animations above. Good effort, but here is the standard you need to aim for. These guys have plenty of other songs too, which we never hear of:

  25. Tom

    Steve Bright (London Sun) on snowflakes in the House of Commons.

  26. Tom

    A.F. Branco 2014 flashback for Martin Luther King Day (Monday, January 20).

  27. 132andBush

    Abbott derangement still alive and well with Rowe.
    What a freak show he is.

  28. Bruce of Newcastle

    Crazy.

    Climate change ‘may trigger next GFC’ (Paywallian this morning)

    The world’s most powerful central banks have issued a stark warning that climate change could trigger the next financial crisis.

    So there you go, the next time markets fall it will be blamed on climate change. Is there anything it can’t do?

    And no the actual climate data still isn’t showing much going on.

  29. Mater

    Worth contemplating:

    “Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled.”

    — Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784), English author.

  30. 1735099

    The targeted assassination of Qasem Soleimani is only the latest in a long line of ex-judicial killings carried out by the USA, Israel, and many other countries. The fact that it was drone facilitated is also nothing new.

    Wikipedia reveals the Israelis as the most prolific users of targeted killings, listing 29 since 1972, but they’re certainly not the only state using the strategy.

    The most well-known of the Israeli attacks is Operation Wrath of God, avenging the Munich Olympic terrorist atrocity, although the Israeli catalogue includes targeting a wide range of individuals across a number of countries, including Malta, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Malaysia.

    The Israelis have used a wide variety of methods, ranging from airstrikes, Apache helicopter-launched missiles, electrocution and shootings. Collateral damage, on the shape of civilians in the wrong place at the wrong time, is also not unusual.

    These assassinations as carried out by Mossad have become almost commonplace.

    Next in line in terms of the frequency of these killings is the USA.

    The War on Terror was used by both the Bush and Obama Administrations to justify targeted killings, and the Trump Administration has followed suit.

    The most famous of these assassinations carried out by the USA was that of Osama Bin Laden in 2011, but there have been a succession, including most recently that of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Qurashi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

    The Intercept ran an interesting expose of US drone operations on its website recently.

    Other regimes, including North Korea, Iran, and Russia have used targeted killings. The Russian speciality is poisoning. The North Koreans are more creative.

    Perhaps I’m squeamish, but I have deep reservations about any strategy of targeted assassinations, however noble the motive.

    Extra judicial killings have no place in international law, and despite the fact that many countries, including the USA, scorn the notion of the rule of law applying internationally and universally, it is a noble concept worthy of recognition.

    Without it, the powerful can basically do what they like.

    Then there is the issue of innocents being caught up in these attacks.

    I can acknowledge that these killings target the worst of the worst, but even the most notorious NAZIs were given the privilege of trials.

    When you think about it, this use of technology is something entirely new.

    With all the power of artificial intelligence unleashed, nobody on God’s good earth, no matter where they live, or their race or nationality, is safe.

    God does not live in the White House, the Knesset or the Islamic Consultative Assembly, nor, as far as I know, does He have a squadron of Raptors handy.

  31. 1735099

    The targeted assassination of Qasem Soleimani is only the latest in a long line of ex-judicial killings carried out by the USA, [email protected], and many other countries. The fact that it was drone facilitated is also nothing new.

    Wikipedia reveals the [email protected] as the most prolific users of targeted killings, listing 29 since 1972, but they’re certainly not the only state using the strategy.

    The most well-known of the Israeli attacks is Operation Wrath of God, avenging the Munich Olympic terrorist atrocity, although the [email protected] catalogue includes targeting a wide range of individuals across a number of countries, including Malta, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Malaysia.

    The [email protected] have used a wide variety of methods, ranging from airstrikes, Apache helicopter-launched missiles, electrocution and shootings. Collateral damage, on the shape of civilians in the wrong place at the wrong time, is also not unusual.

    These assassinations as carried out by Mossad have become almost commonplace.

    Next in line in terms of the frequency of these killings is the USA.

    The War on Terror was used by both the Bush and Obama Administrations to justify targeted killings, and the Trump Administration has followed suit.

    The most famous of these assassinations carried out by the USA was that of Osama Bin Laden in 2011, but there have been a succession, including most recently that of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Qurashi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

    The Intercept ran an interesting expose of US drone operations on its website recently.

    Other regimes, including North Korea, Iran, and Russia have used targeted killings. The Russian speciality is poisoning. The North Koreans are more creative.

    Perhaps I’m squeamish, but I have deep reservations about any strategy of targeted assassinations, however noble the motive.

    Extra judicial killings have no place in international law, and despite the fact that many countries, including the USA, scorn the notion of the rule of law applying internationally and universally, it is a noble concept worthy of recognition.

    Without it, the powerful can basically do what they like.

    Then there is the issue of innocents being caught up in these attacks.

    I can acknowledge that these killings target the worst of the worst, but even the most notorious NAZIs were given the privilege of trials.

    When you think about it, this use of technology is something entirely new.

    With all the power of artificial intelligence unleashed, nobody on God’s good earth, no matter where they live, or their race or nationality, is safe.

    God does not live in the White House, the Knesset or the Islamic Consultative Assembly, nor, as far as I know, does He have a squadron of Raptors handy.

  32. calli

    I must have missed one of the two minute Morro Hates.

    What is Rowe on about?

  33. Knuckle Dragger

    You know Mater,

    I was just about to say ‘I’m picking up what you’re laying down’ in relation to that quote, but then after (an enormous gamble so early in the AM) reading that pious piece of shit from the resident coward-cum-geopolitical expert I will say Johnson’s quote is a better response than anything I could ever say.

  34. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Judith Sloan has a good article in today’s Oz on the ‘replication crisis’ in across-the-board science (difficult with much of climate science as it is based on models). In one aspect of climate science though, regarding ocean acidification and the behavior of reef fish, Peter Ridd seems well justified in raising concerns. So serious is that issue that Alan Finkal has chimed in. Judith Sloan comments:

    So how is this replication crisis to be handled? Finkel has a number of ideas including removing the incentives for scientists to publish as much as they do. He ­believes scientists should be judged — for the purpose of grant giving, for example — on a handful of outstanding papers across a five-year period. He also recommends accredited integrity training and points to the poor quality of some journals, particularly in the open access space, in which authors effectively pay to be published, and weak or non-existent assessment processes. He proposes a publication quality assurance process that journals would be encouraged to meet.

    I wonder if the Vice-Chancellor of James Cook University might care to reflect on her vindictive personal lawfare on fired academic Peter Ridd in the light of concerns that he drew attention to early on regarding scientific replication and refereeing, concerns that if not addressed as Dr. Ridd wished will bring her university into further disrepute.

  35. Huck

    How is your degree being funded Bob?

  36. Knuckle Dragger

    And now, a word on contemporary racism inspired by some reading overnight and the MLK toons.

    Racism in this country is practically non-existent. Only a complete muppet would say there is absolutely none, and the very little remaining is the domain of individual cretins rather than institutions.

    Look at what the Euros put up with when they arrived post WWII. Even 30 years ago, 40, 50 years back primary schools and workplaces were rampant with it.

    The great historian (not you Old Yeller) CEW Bean was a raging anti-Chooooish person. When Monash was appointed C in C of the Australian forces in 1918 Bean wrote ‘He is not the man for the job’, and that he possessed ‘that quality particular to the Chooo, of pushing oneself forward’ (self-promotion).

    And these were the prevailing views of the times, not isolated instances.

    Anyone of the view that this is a racist country is an uninformed dickhead.

  37. Mother Lode

    What is Rowe on about?

    Strangely he still has to bring Abbott in.

    In the recent bushfires while Rowe and his ilk were wringing their hands crying “Why doesn’t somebody do something!” Abbott was out doing something. He would have much better knowledge of the nature of the fires than the dismal Rowe whose knowledge goes no further than what 25 year-old ignoramuses are saying on TV.

    And, if course, Abbott is depicted in red scungies – Rowe being apparently unaware that Surf Lifesaving is actually a good thing.

    Rowe really is a monotonous mutt.

  38. Johno

    Huck,
    Sniffy was on this site some months back skiting about how he is receiving “a stipend” for his Piled High and Deep.

  39. Mater

    Some thoughts on playing God.

    God does not live in the White House, the Knesset or the Islamic Consultative Assembly, nor, as far as I know, does He have a squadron of Raptors handy.

    Bob,
    Being the aircraft expert you are, I’ll defer to your greater knowledge on the subject. 😉

    However, I’ve never heard of a Raptor drone (apart from the one my kids fly around the lounge room). Certainly not one capable of carrying out “ex-judicial killings”.

    Perhaps Reaper or Predator? Or is Raptor a clever conflation of the names of these evil killing machines?

    Please, I can’t rest until I know!

  40. Knuckle Dragger

    Speaking of giant penises, that monstrous perjuring cock Overland is back in the box for the resumption of the Do Not Let Nicola Gobbo Lick Your Giblets Royal Commission today.

    Further entertainment to be had, vis-à-vis the missing non-existent diaries that were found containing all the notes Overland didn’t take about his conduct that helped send a once-proud organisation into the shit pit.

  41. Mater

    Some thoughts on playing God.

    God does not live in the White House, the Kn3sset or the [email protected] Consultative Assembly, nor, as far as I know, does He have a squadron of Raptors handy.

    Bob,
    Being the aircraft expert you are, I’ll defer to your greater knowledge on the subject. 😉

    However, I’ve never heard of a Raptor drone (apart from the one my kids fly around the lounge room). Certainly not one capable of carrying out “ex-judicial killings”.

    Perhaps Reaper or Predator? Or is Raptor a clever conflation of the names of these evil killing machines?

  42. Knuckle Dragger

    Huck,

    Liability Bob also, when he forgets that he’s supposed to be the world’s biggest victim, regularly writes about how well financially and otherwise he’s done out of his service.

    And by ‘service’ I mean to himself, not to his country or his mates.

  43. Knuckle Dragger

    Bahahaaaaa.

    Good pick.

    Old yeller – you can fulfil your dream of world domination and finally wreak havoc on the BFBs with one of your Raptors*. Kogan are flogging them for $39 and up.

    *Image may not represent actual product*

  44. Knuckle Dragger

    Wait.

    Wait for it.

    ‘I’ll call it what I like.’

  45. Knuckle Dragger

    More Sparkle BoltOns-related buffoonery – from the Hun:

    ‘The Queen came close to taking away Harry’s title as the Duke of Sussex but pulled back to avoid looking “petty”, as new details of the Megxit discussions have been revealed. Harry and Meghan will still be referred to as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but they were nearly reduced to being just an earl and a countess.

    ‘The move would have dashed their plans to use the Sussex brand as they strike out from the royal family and seek financial independence. The Queen, who was criticised as being harsh in the way she dealt with Princess Diana’s decision to walk away from the monarchy after her divorce from Prince Charles, was lenient on Harry.

    ‘“The Sussex title is one of the ancient royal dukedoms given to him ahead of his wedding to Meghan, along with other titles. Removing it was seriously considered and discussed at the highest level,” a source told London’s Evening Standard newspaper. The Queen did not want to look “petty”, the source added.’

    What this pair of gormless imbeciles are slowly realising is that Er Maj, rather than striking a deal, has let them walk away with the shirts on their backs.

    If the old battleaxe has half the mongrel in her I suspect she has, there would have been a warning that if they set one foot out of the expected line, no more Duke and no more Duchess.

    Which would leave them with – let me count – one, two, fuck all.

  46. Johno

    Disgusting little Google botherer. FFS get it right, just once in your life, you disgraceful founding member of of the offenderati.

    I will be back in about 4 hours,gotta go ya know, try to think up something intelligent to say whilst I’m gone.

  47. Mother Lode

    Anyone of the view that this is a racist country is an uninformed dickhead.

    Like all the rest of wicked whitey men’s vices they have had to be redefined to keep the numbers up.

    Racism now includes saying something unwelcome to any representative of ‘race’ even if the statement is not addressed to the race. Goodes was a victim of racism when his prima donna act provoked the ire of sports fans, even though other Aboriginals get no such stick.

    Also, any hint that Western culture might do some things better than others is racism while other cultures do things better is just commonsense.

    Domestic violence now includes not being supportive enough – how ever that is calculated.

    Remember Southpossumarse having a sook because some flight attendant did not have encyclopaediac enough knowledge of the pronunciation of names (couldn’t they ‘deprioritise’ some of the emergency procedures training to make room for such a unit in Flight Attendant School?)

    I think she left off the ‘arse’, upon which he spun about, yanked down his dacks, revealing to her two great flabby continents of flesh with a forbidding crevasse between them, crying indignantly “Look! I have an ‘arse’!”

    And the HRC that employed him has to go out begging people to ‘inform’ on racists since no complaints were coming in.

  48. Mater

    Wait for it.
    ‘I’ll call it what I like.’

    A minor mistake, KD, and not one that he should get wrapped up about.
    After all, it was posted on his personal blog. If he hadn’t linked to it here, nobody would have seen it.

    However, his PhD is a different matter. Perhaps he should post it here, for a gross error check, before submitting?

  49. Knuckle Dragger

    Calli,

    ‘T-shirt cannon’

    I kinda like my son and heir, but I would offload him in a heartbeat to get one of those.

  50. Mother Lode

    ‘The Queen came close to taking away Harry’s title as the Duke of Sussex but pulled back to avoid looking “petty”

    Any surgery excising an organ from a gnat will necessarily be on the microscopic scale.

    As for the Queen: She’s a good sheila, Bruce. And not at all stuck up.

    She might have let him hold on the title as a fig leaf to conceal…that there is nothing underneath. It is also something that Sparkles will never be able to take from him, so it is a connection to the family and something to give him a sense that he is in at least one sense a distinct individual.

    I wonder if the Queen is simply leaving a door ajar for the inevitable return of the Prodigal Prince, once he has decided to escape from living in the muck with the pigs.

  51. calli

    Oh, I get it now.

    McKenzie and “Sports Rorts” and Bushfire Blame and Red Speedos are swirling around in Rowe’s fevered imagination.

    Because no politician has Pork Barrelled evah in the history of Australia. No, not one. Until now. Okay.

  52. Mother Lode

    After all, it was posted on his personal blog.

    For a moment I read that as ‘personal flog’.

    Then I realised I had read it correctly – just that mater had used the wrong word.

  53. max

    CEW Bean was a raging anti-Chooooish person

    Over egging it I reckon, KD. Bean was a pom originally so is this Australian racism or English anti semitism ? Bean retracted his criticism of Monash later and that comment was part of a Murdoch campaign to boost someone else whose name I’ve forgotten.

    I agree with your view of modern day Australia. ABC panelists berate us ceaselessly with racism and it’s bullshit. They should try living in S Korea or Nippon or have dealings with the celestials. People like Malcolm Turnbull like to boast we have the most successful multi cultural country in the world and at the same time condemn us as racists. Make up your mind,Malcolm.

  54. calli

    ABC panelists berate us ceaselessly with racism and it’s bullshit.

    Blind self-styled elites who imagine the rest of us haven’t actually travelled.

    They do the same thing when discussing pollution. Perhaps they never step out of their 5-star bubble, or it’s the distorted view through the green goggles that blinds them.

  55. Knuckle Dragger

    It’s the moral equivalence argument writ large.

    Other, entire countries can disallow other nationalities certain types of employment, who they can marry and where they can live, but we’re no better because a bloke in Barcaldine called someone else a darkie once.

    You never hear anyone banging on about what racist bastards the Japs were for centuries, not letting anyone into their joint and killing people who had contact with outsiders. Nooooo.

  56. Mater

    For a moment I read that as ‘personal flog’.

    Then I realised I had read it correctly – just that mater had used the wrong word.

    You are partially right, ML.
    “Blog” was my own clever conflation of ‘Bloviating Flog’.

  57. Boambee John

    max

    Bean retracted his criticism of Monash later and that comment was part of a Murdoch campaign to boost someone else whose name I’ve forgotten.

    CB Brudenell White, the consummate staff officer. The architect of the Gallipoli evacuation.

    Unfortunately, he sometimes tended not too think too carefully through the objective. Hence, when told in early 1916 to double the number of Australian infantry divisions in the middle east, he did so very efficiently, largely by filling them with untrained reinforcements. This had regrettable effects in their early actions (see the 5th Division at Fromelles).

    A better solution would have been to raise only one new division, based on the two independent brigades (4th and 8th) plus one new brigade, and set up a proper reinforcement training organisation.

    The over-expansion had a worse impact in 1918, when lack of reinforcements for an over-large organisation led to using under-strength units in battle, and ultimately to some mutinies.

  58. ML – Racist behaviour has, in some contexts at least, has been extended to judging the coloured person according to a standard of achievement applied to whites. The result can have seriously deleterious consequences when this happens in contexts where the judgement is part of a process to determine ability to practice in a profession. There are no diubt many other such contexts.

  59. dover_beach

    Old bloke:

    Mitch M, you were having a discussion with someone last week (Zippy I think) about the mechanics of human sight. I was once told that the image which hits our retinas is the same as that which hits an un-mirrored camera lens, i.e., upside down, and from a very young age we learn to reverse the image.

    Is this so?

    That’s further evidence of our inability to immediately perceive the reality of our surrounds, the images we see are the result of a time delayed (millisecond) filtering and reorganisation of the image.

    Is it really though? Mitch last week referred to the homonculus fallacy but it is precisely this view of perception, representative realism, that generated this fallacy. Here is a brilliant seminar that John Searle gave on perception and intentionality at the University of Cologne. It concisely captures the important errors and dead ends that emerged from indirect realism in metaphysics and epistemology from Descartes onwards:

  60. Knuckle Dragger

    Hahaaa.

    Just saw some vision of the ex-Prince on the teev walking into a building for something. He’s got a bald patch on his crown the size of a saucer.

    It’s all downhill from here, son. Hair in a Can doesn’t some in orange.

  61. dover_beach

    I should also add that he explains his version of naive realism, i.e. that we see, in seeing, the object in the real world.

  62. max

    largely by filling them with untrained reinforcements. This had regrettable effects in their early actions (see the 5th Division at Fromelles).

    I’ve never read that information until your post BJ, so thanks. Trying to follow my grandfather’s story and that helps. He came back from France and treated his wife and kids very harshly but never talked about his four years over there. It makes it easier to forgive when you know a little more about what they must have been through.

  63. rickw

    Great to see the Virginia 2A protest completed without incident, huge attendance by armed protesters, one estimate says 300k. Politicians not really wanting to talk to any of them.

    I hope they manage to boot Northam and his cronies out.

    Time for A2A I think!

  64. feelthebern

    Paul Murray said he’ll go through all the hazard reduction data tonight.
    Latham is also scheduled to be on.

  65. rickw

    Just saw some vision of the ex-Prince on the teev walking into a building for something. He’s got a bald patch on his crown the size of a saucer.

    He will eventually punt or get punted by the crazy marxist and beg to be taken back in.

  66. areff

    Some postcards when having a bit of fun wasn’t frowned on.

    The Art of Donald McGill

    Enjoy

  67. The Barking Toad

    Being the son of the groomsman and a ginge to boot is a heavy cross to carry!

  68. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Apropos of nothing, a new term for Muddy’s compendium:

    BiPad: A carbon based life form capable of operating two iPads at the same time.

    H/T Perfesser Davidson (who was stridently denounced as one of the creatures above by a crazed correspondent several years ago).

  69. 1735099

    Does capitalism make us bad Christians?

    Eugene McCarraher thinks so. His new book, The Enchantments of Mammon, explains how money came to replace God in the modern era, seducing us with false promises of profit maximization.

    Or alternatively, join the Pentecostals, where accumulation of wealth apparently equates with accumulation of Grace.

  70. mh

    Joe Biden’s Brother Frank Bagged $54,000,000 in Taxpayer Loans for His Projects from the Obama Administration—Despite No Experience

    Frank Biden, the youngest brother of former Vice President Joe Biden, saw his business interests benefit from millions of dollars in taxpayer loans to Caribbean nations during the Obama years.

    The extensive overlap in Frank Biden’s dealings and Obama-Biden foreign policy in Central America is exposed in Peter Schweizer’s new book—Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite…

    https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/01/20/frank-bidens-business-interests-benefited-from-54-million-in-obama-era-foreign-loans/

  71. lotocoti

    Yesterday, some twenty-thousand Energex customers received a salutary lesson on the desirability of stable electricity supply.
    After a typical QLD afternoon storm, electricity ’round these parts was gradually restored after 2200.
    The evening was still, nudging 30°C with 90% humidity.
    A seventy year old, full brick Art Deco curiosity may not be an ideal design for these climes, but it was surely more hospitable than an A/C dependant modern build.

  72. Huck

    Who is paying for your degree Bob?

  73. mh

    A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged after Brisbane’s City Hall was vandalised with large letters in white paint spelling “SOVEREIGNTY” and an Indigenous flag logo overnight…

    https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/brisbane-city-hall-defaced-with-sovereignty-graffiti-20200120-p53syp.html

  74. Boambee John

    Huck
    #3297945, posted on January 21, 2020 at 9:31 am
    Who is paying for your degree Bob?

    We are. That is one of the things that keeps the seagull here, so he can gloat about it.

  75. Old School Conservative

    Huck
    #3297945, posted on January 21, 2020 at 9:31 am
    Who is paying for your degree Bob?

    IIRC, Bob once said the PhD was going to be self-funded.
    Which begs the question – should Uni resources like supervisors be allocated to vanity projects?

  76. Geriatric Mayfly

    Simon’s memory is under extreme pressure. But, the ‘Can’t recall’ button is still doing sterling service.

  77. Cardimona

    Cats, I need help.
    I’ve been asked to respond in letters-to-the-editor to the following editorial that appeared in yesterday’s Townsville Bulletin – with links so the journo can see for himself.
    Trouble is I have precious few nuclear-fired electricity links, as my main focus has been climate systems and battling the frightbat fraternity.
    Whaddayareckon?

    No sense in nuclear energy argument
    NUCLEAR power should not happen in Australia, and the idea that the country is behind developed nations when it comes to adopting the supposed “clean” energy source is a fallacy.
    A group of five North Queensland businessmen, including John Honeycombe and cane farming behemoths the Cox brothers, want the Federal Government to embrace nuclear energy, arguing that it will fix crippling power prices.
    But their views, that it is a “no-brainer” and that governments should “get off their backsides” and move forward with it, is largely unsupported by the LNP at a state level and Labor at both levels.
    For good reason.
    Australia has no nuclear power industry and trying to set one up would take more than a decade, and by the time that happens the price of solar, wind, and battery storage would be much cheaper and reliable.
    Why waste billions of dollars on generating energy from a source that makes no economic sense?
    The idea of a nuclear power station should be shelved, and the Federal Government should take its proposed coal-fired power station in Collinsville with it.
    And we aren’t “lagging behind” nuclear users like Germany. The European nation implemented a phase-out of nuclear energy in 2011 and shut down eight reactors immediately.
    Germany now gets about 12 per cent of its energy from seven reactors, and has significantly ramped up construction of renewable energy projects.
    North Queensland has a glut of renewable energy projects, so much in fact that existing solar farms are pushing energy into the grid at a financial loss.
    Yes, power bills in the region are crippling families, farmers and businesses, but a nuclear power station shouldn’t even be on the list of possible solutions.

  78. Dr Faustus

    In Oops news:

    Unprecedented Canberra hailstorm ‘destroys years of CSIRO research’

    Unprecedented. Could not be anticipated. Not at all.

    CSIRO/Research/Climate Extreme Events:

    We are helping Australia better understand, respond to and prepare for extreme events and emergency situations, such as bushfires, floods, cyclones and drought.

    Sure, buddy.

  79. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3297924, posted on January 21, 2020 at 8:49 am

    It’s the moral equivalence argument writ large.

    Other, entire countries can disallow other nationalities certain types of employment, who they can marry and where they can live

    Yes.
    When was the last time their ABC reported on institutionalised racism in Malaysia?

  80. Geriatric Mayfly

    The Diaries of Simon Overland. Not on a par with those of Duff Cooper or Chips Channon. However, it is unique in that, the most titillating entries are the ones that were never written.

  81. Eyrie

    Update on Australian cheating at Women’s World Gliding Championships:
    The Australian Gliding federation owns and supplied the cell phone based tracking devices that transmit to base the location of each competitor many times a minute in real time. Use of these was compulsory for all competitors for safety and spectator interest but the information was only made publicly available with a 15 minute time delay to prevent its use for tactical advantage.
    Allegedly, the Australians “accidently” came across another website where the real time data was available (if you believe this I have a bridge to sell you – how do you accidently come across a website out of the hundreds of millions if not billions out there?) and the officials, instead of reporting the security breach and having it fixed, just decided to use it to give the Australian competitors an unfair advantage.
    The Contest Director and the Australian Team Captain are both high officials in the Gliding Federation of Australia and the CD is currently our delegate to the International Gliding Commission which sets the rules for contests. They certainly knew what was going on as they are apparently publicly defending their actions, claiming there was nothing wrong with doing what they did. The Team Captain was for many years Australia’s delegate to that body.
    Nice, eh? Really good for our sporting reputation and gives a nice insight into the morals and (lack) of moral compass of these people. As contest officials they have a duty to ensure a fair contest. FAIL.

  82. Top Ender

    NT has highest homicide rate in the nation
    JUDITH AISTHORPE

    THE Territory is the homicide capital of Australia.

    Territorians, per capita, are twice as likely to be killed by homicide than a person in any other jurisdiction.

    Western Australia has the second highest rate at 1.25 homicides per 100,000 people, compared with 2.44 deaths in the Territory.

    The lowest rate was in New South Wales at 0.7.

    Print edition – NT News

  83. 1735099

    Who is paying for your degree Bob?
    We are. That is one of the things that keeps the seagull here, so he can gloat about it.

    Let’s have some fun with this.
    There are three options.
    One is HECS.
    That would be nice, as when I cark it, the debt would be written off.
    If I say that is how I’m paying for it, the head explosions here would be worth the exercise.
    Another option is a grant from say, the ADF or the AWM.
    If I say that, there will also be head explosions, although probably the level of outrage might be lower.
    If I say I’m paying my way, there’d be some objections along the lines of “wasting time and resources”.
    So you can make up your own narrative, which is what usually passes for discussion on this site.
    Meanwhile, I’ll soldier on, and as they say in the classics – that’s mine to know and yours to find out…..

  84. Arky

    Nice, eh? Really good for our sporting reputation

    ..
    Sledging, dobbing and cheating is the only sporting reputation Australians have.
    Get over yourselves.

  85. Arky

    Wang reminds me of Spike Milligan.
    Without the sense of humour.

  86. stackja

    Canberra hailstorm damages valuable research as record number of emergency calls lodged

    ABC Radio Canberra By Niki Burnside
    Updated about an hour ago

    Chief operating officer Judi Zielke said the storm damaged about 65 of their glasshouses, destroying years of research.

    “Those 65 glasshouses of course held a lot of research and we’re really feeling for our scientists at the moment that are so dedicated to their work and have spent years working on some of the projects in there.

    “Unfortunately, most of those projects will be totally lost.”

    So CSIRO living in glass houses and being thrown hailstones.

  87. Old School Conservative

    Actor Lawrence Fox steps up to the plate again.

    …he once dumped a girlfriend for being “too woke” and said that he refuses to date women under 35 because of their politically correct views. The final straw came when the woman, whom Fox did not name, praised a Gillette advert that targeted “toxic masculinity”

    Soon the MSM will be denouncing Fox for being just an actor.

  88. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Diaries of Simon Overland. Not on a par with those of Duff Cooper or Chips Channon. However, it is unique in that, the most titillating entries are the ones that were never written.

    Pay that one, G.M. I’d add the Alan Clarke diaries to the list, though.

  89. Old School Conservative

    Dr Faustus
    #3297955, posted on January 21, 2020 at 10:18 am
    CSIRO/Research/Climate Extreme Events:
    We are helping Australia better understand, respond to and prepare for extreme events and emergency situations, such as bushfires, floods, cyclones and drought.

    That’s got to be one of the funniest mistakes in the history of government bodies.

  90. Huck

    One is HECS.
    That would be nice, as when I cark it, the debt would be written off.

    Please take option 1 Bob.
    And be quick about it. As a taxpayer, that’s a price I’m willing to pay.
    As an aside, it’s telling that you won’t supply the answer. I guess deep in your black heart you know that what you are doing is a waste of time, money and resources but you’re not willing to acknowledge it.
    Speaks volumes.

  91. Mother Lode

    First, Cardimona, a niggling point, but what they are talking about it is not a fallacy. A fallacy refers to defective logic while the writer is arguing is their set of ‘facts’ – it is just that fallacy sounds more unanswerable, I suppose.

    Second, it is interesting that this person suddenly finds a perceived reluctance on the Liberals and Nats part credible – I have a suspicion that in other matters they consider them mischievously dishonest. That is assuming the writer is a progressive, but in defence of that assumption I have only ever seen progressives stridently opposed to nuclear. Sure enough a lot of conservative balk at nuclear, having heard so many horror stories, but for them it is a matter of science, not a matter of doctrine as it is for progressives.

    Australia has no nuclear power industry and trying to set one up would take more than a decade

    We didn’t have a windmill and solar panel power industry either. And nuclear is more mature a technology than sun and wind. Besides a decade is peanuts – we have seen nuclear financially sustain itself overseas, while wind and sunshine have not been able to turn a profit yet.

    Saying it makes no economic sense is not an argument it is just an assertion. But all those countries that built up their nuclear grids did not do so because there was a lack of coal or gas or wind or sun. It is in fact demonstrably economical.

    I fell asleep after that.

  92. areff

    Lurch isn’t acquitting himself with aplomb today, KD. Not to worry, Uncle Dan won’t let anything nasty happen to his mates.

  93. 8th Dan

    David Rowe is a brilliant artist and satirist. Nice to see him honing in on the hubristics.

    “How good is the Lilli Pilli Football Club?”

  94. areff

    Jane Caro: Burn him!

    The next day:

    What a pity he’s all blackened and crumbly.

    https://twitter.com/CaldronPool/status/1216674200846397440

  95. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Meanwhile, I’ll soldier on, and as they say in the classics – that’s mine to know and yours to find out…..

    All this is Number’s speak for “We are paying, in some way.”

  96. Huck

    Amazing how often Googleroy makes its first appearance just after Sideshow Bob has completed his morning ablutions on the site.
    Eerie I tell ya!

  97. Geriatric Mayfly

    Excellent news Zulu. Can’t wait.

    Hutchinson will publish the “elegant, gossipy and bitchy” diaries of Conservative politician and socialite Sir Henry “Chips” Channon in full for the first time, calling them “a major document of twentieth-century British history.” Associate publisher Nigel Wilcockson acquired world rights to the unabridged journals from Georgina Capel at Georgina Capel Associates on behalf of the Trustees of the Sir Henry Channon diaries and papers. The first volume covering 1918 to 1938 will be published in hardback, e-book and audio on 10th September 2020, and edited by Professor Simon Heffer. A further two volumes will be released in 2021 and 2022.

  98. struth

    Australia has no nuclear power industry and trying to set one up would take more than a decade, and by the time that happens the price of solar, wind, and battery storage would be much cheaper and reliable.

    Assumption based on no fact whatsoever.

    And we aren’t “lagging behind” nuclear users like Germany. The European nation implemented a phase-out of nuclear energy in 2011 and shut down eight reactors immediately.

    And is losing it’s auto industries and support industries due to electricity prices as high as Australia.

    Equating us with a failing state is moronic.

  99. Cassie of Sydney

    “Old School Conservative
    #3297967, posted on January 21, 2020 at 10:33 am
    Actor Lawrence Fox steps up to the plate again.

    …he once dumped a girlfriend for being “too woke” and said that he refuses to date women under 35 because of their politically correct views. The final straw came when the woman, whom Fox did not name, praised a Gillette advert that targeted “toxic masculinity”

    Soon the MSM will be denouncing Fox for being just an actor.”

    I love Laurence Fox. Brendan O’Neill has just uploaded a superb interview with Laurence Fox that was done in the last two days. Please go to Spiked and listen.

    It is high time we all fought back against the drivel that is unhinged and hysterical PC wokeness. Laurence has also been bombarded on that sewer called twitter as racist, racist, racist……by the usual oh so tolerant woke hysterics….Laurence has been threatened, smeared and so on…..the type of twitter lynch mob that can propel some young people to suicide. Laurence Fox is made of stronger stuff.

  100. Cassie of Sydney

    “areff
    #3297975, posted on January 21, 2020 at 10:40 am
    Jane Caro: Burn him!

    The next day:

    What a pity he’s all blackened and crumbly.

    https://twitter.com/CaldronPool/status/1216674200846397440

    It is lynching.

  101. Boambee John

    max

    I’ve never read that information until your post BJ, so thanks. Trying to follow my grandfather’s story and that helps. He came back from France and treated his wife and kids very harshly but never talked about his four years over there. It makes it easier to forgive when you know a little more about what they must have been through.

    If you want to read a bit more, ask the Doomlord for my email.

    Doomlord, if max asks, please give him my email.

  102. Arky

    How dismal is unfettered free trade?
    It wasn’t even fit for it’s designed purpose of de-industrialising the free world.
    The wreckers had to supplement it with stupid renewables to get the job done.

  103. stackja

    Regarding CEW Bean and Monash. The best organiser was General Brudenell White. He organised Gallipoli evacuation. CEW Bean saw General Brudenell White as best to lead AIF. Monash planned Hamel but Blamey organised the operation. General Brudenell White was lost early in WW2 in plane crash.

  104. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Excellent news Zulu. Can’t wait.

    Excellent news, indeed, G.M. My compliments, and thank you for the “heads up.”

  105. Steve Trickler:

    All eyes on Virginia.

    If you consider that the Left is capable of setting the whole HEAT Conference in Virginia as an opportunity to gather propaganda footage that the Right is trying to foment a civil war, then I think the US is far enough down the road to some form of civil insurrection for President Trump to start moving military units around the US to enable the non collectivists to win.

  106. struth

    Cardimona, you could really go to town on that dill, but would you ever get it in print, as that was an editorial?
    If you have been asked by the paper to respond you could really have some fun, but if asked by others, who?

    Love to know age, education standard regarding power generation and personal details of editor.

    Is this the tedious young thing you are up against?

  107. Steve Trickler:
    Is this what Polly was suggesting?
    The media runs around collecting pictures and interviews that can be turned into Collectivist propaganda via the editing room?

  108. Shy Ted

    You told us ages ago, TwoBob, you were funding your Pizza Hut Delivery thesis. You got a B-. You got a bog-standard email from USQ saying “well done, give us more money this semester”. The people playing God are universities who get rich in the process. There’s one born every minute. A fool and his money. And so on.

  109. struth

    Sorry good and smart cat ladies, but general speaking we have to get the hysterical sex back in the kitchen.
    The experiment has been a failure.
    If it weren’t for the fairer sex, there would not be a left wing government in an western country.
    There has got to be a reason for that.

  110. Mitch M.

    struth
    #3297979, posted on January 21, 2020 at 10:43 am
    Australia has no nuclear power industry and trying to set one up would take more than a decade, and by the time that happens the price of solar, wind, and battery storage would be much cheaper and reliable.

    Assumption based on no fact whatsoever.

    And we aren’t “lagging behind” nuclear users like Germany. The European nation implemented a phase-out of nuclear energy in 2011 and shut down eight reactors immediately.

    And is losing it’s auto industries and support industries due to electricity prices as high as Australia.

    Equating us with a failing state is moronic.

    There is no foreseeable technology to address the storage problem. It is pure faith to think that can be solved because energy storage isn’t a new problem, it is something people have been trying to improve upon for decades.

    Germany has big problems with renewables, not least being residents are getting sick and tired of these facilities popping up everywhere.

    I’m sorry Struth but I just can’t see this stupid nation getting over nuclear phobia even though new designs have huge advantages over the old and promise so much more. It is probably better we aim to build some more coal fired plants but even that seems improbable. There are hundreds being built around the world and Australia thinks a few more plants here is the end of the planet. We should build at least 3, that should have started in 2013 but the coalition is composed on spineless assholes who have lost the will to fight against the conclusions of focus groups analyses.

  111. Cardimona

    I am shocked at the ignorance, falsehoods and solipsism of that anti nuclear rant.

    Look up the LFTR in five minutes video.

    So much good information in that.

    https://youtu.be/uK367T7h6ZY

  112. Cactus

    So I got a letter from my energy provider yesterday informing me my rates were going up to $0.33/kwh. FMD! When are these renewables going to deflate my energy bill?

  113. Cassie of Sydney

    “struth
    #3297991, posted on January 21, 2020 at 11:01 am
    Sorry good and smart cat ladies, but general speaking we have to get the hysterical sex back in the kitchen.
    The experiment has been a failure.
    If it weren’t for the fairer sex, there would not be a left wing government in an western country.
    There has got to be a reason for that.”

    Struth…I generally agree with your assessment.

  114. C.L.

    The CSIRO never considered strengthening its now smashed greenhouses?

  115. Mitch M.

    I wonder if the Vice-Chancellor of James Cook University might care to reflect on her vindictive personal lawfare on fired academic Peter Ridd in the light of concerns that he drew attention to early on regarding scientific replication and refereeing, concerns that if not addressed as Dr. Ridd wished will bring her university into further disrepute.

    It’s disgraceful Liz and is a form of future proofing against any other academics that may wish to challenge the prevailing consensus. Appalling and so opposed to the progress of knowledge. An academic standing alone on the hill is not a disgrace for a university it is exactly what the university should want to see from at least a few of the bods.

  116. Dr Faustus

    Cardimona
    #3297954, posted on January 21, 2020 at 10:17 am

    The low-Wattage editorial has hit on the main points – just in the wrong order:

    Queensland has a glut of renewable energy projects, so much in fact that existing solar farms are pushing energy into the grid at a financial loss.

    Yes, power bills in the region are crippling families, farmers and businesses

    Why waste billions of dollars on generating energy from a source that makes no economic sense?

    On the road at the moment, I’ll flick a couple of links later that might help your response.

  117. Cassie of Sydney

    “feelthebern
    #3297996, posted on January 21, 2020 at 11:06 am”

    Hey Bern…have you seen any posters around spruiking the upcoming climate change rally to be held outside Sharma’s electoral office this Sat?

    I tore one down yesterday on Oxford Street…..and I’ll be hunting for more to tear down too. Very satisfying.

  118. Top Ender

    Complaint withdrawn

    THE mother of teenager Kumanjayi Walker, who was allegedly shot dead by an NT police officer, has withdrawn her complaint against the NT Police Commissioner, the Northern Territory and an unknown police officer.

    Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker, the Northern Territory and an “unknown police officer” were listed for a mention in Alice Springs Local Court with the alleged offence listed as omit, act or aid another person in an offence.

    Judge John Birch cancelled the complaint yesterday after Kumanjayi Walker’s mum, Leanne Oldfield, informed the court she did not wish to proceed with her complaint. Two weeks ago, Ms Oldfield said she hoped legal action would allow her “deeply traumatised family and the community of Yuendumu to participate in this quest for justice”.

    NT News

  119. Cassie of Sydney

    “I wonder if the Vice-Chancellor of James Cook University might care to reflect on her vindictive personal lawfare on fired academic Peter Ridd “

    The left don’t reflect.

  120. Tom

    The Federal Court has found Trivago breached the Australian Consumer Law when it made misleading representations about hotel room rates both on its website and television advertising.

    The Court ruled that from at least December 2016, Trivago misled consumers by representing its website would quickly and easily help users identify the cheapest rates available for a given hotel.

    In fact, Trivago used an algorithm which placed significant weight on which online hotel booking site paid Trivago the highest cost-per-click fee in determining its website rankings and often did not highlight the cheapest rates for consumers.

    “Trivago’s hotel room rate rankings were based primarily on which online hotel booking sites were willing to pay Trivago the most,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.

    “By prominently displaying a hotel offer in ‘top position’ on its website, Trivago represented that the offer was either the cheapest available offer or had some other extra feature that made it the best offer when this was often not the case,” Mr Sims said.

    The Court also found Trivago’s hotel room rate comparisons that used strike-through prices or text in different colours gave consumers a false impression of savings because they often compared an offer for a standard room with an offer for a luxury room at the same hotel.

    “We brought this case because we consider that Trivago’s conduct was particularly egregious. Many consumers may have been tricked by these price displays into thinking they were getting great discounts. In fact, Trivago wasn’t comparing apples with apples when it came to room type for these room rate comparisons,” Mr Sims said.

    The Court also found that, until at least 2 July 2018, Trivago misled consumers to believe that the Trivago website provided an impartial, objective and transparent price comparison for hotel room rates.

    “This decision sends a strong message to comparison websites and search engines that if ranking or ordering of results is based or influenced by advertising, they should be upfront and clear with consumers about this so that consumers are not misled,” Mr Sims said.

    I quite like the Trivago ads as they’re humorous and cleverly put together, but anyone who thinks Trivago rates are the cheapest is a moron.

  121. mh

    Let’s have some fun with this.

    So it’s us paying for it. Thanks Bob.

  122. cohenite

    David Rowe is a brilliant artist and satirist. Nice to see him honing in on the hubristics.

    FOAD dickless. rowe is queer, in every sense; so it makes sense you’d like him.

  123. feelthebern

    I haven’t seen any, but I haven’t been looking for any.
    Sharma’s office on the corner of Ocean Street, Edgecliff Road & New South Head Road?
    What a terrible place to have a protest.
    Seriously, avoid the area if possible on Saturday.
    What time does it kick off?

  124. Chris

    Calli,

    ‘T-shirt cannon’

    I kinda like my son and heir, but I would offload him in a heartbeat to get one of those.

    The fun starts when you choose the logos and slogans to fire over the happy throng.

    Personally I want the version that is deployed in Manga or anime stories, where duelling magician-esses are hit with magic bolts that blow their T-shirts to tactfully placed shreds, without injuring their persons.

  125. feelthebern

    The Trivago girl is up herself.
    Sell.

  126. DrBeauGan

    There is no foreseeable technology to address the storage problem. It is pure faith to think that can be solved because energy storage isn’t a new problem, it is something people have been trying to improve upon for decades.

    They’ve been trying to do it for well over a century, with very limited success. Some very considerable brainpower has been applied. I don’t think journalism graduates are going to manage it.

  127. calli

    I would be very surprised if those Canberra experiments were not being duplicated in other CSIRO facilities.

  128. feelthebern

    Sharma protest.

    Rod and Margot Cunich are organising the silent protest on Saturday, January 25 to be staged at 9.30am to 10.30am outside Mr Sharma’s Edgecliff office.

    What a cvnt of a time to disrupt traffic.

  129. struth

    I speak “generally” and it is a self admitted collectivist train of thought against my ideology of individualism.
    I would never want to deny cat ladies the vote, however I want to deny all children the vote, even though all kids are also individuals.

    The reason , of course, is the same reason I’m against all blind people becoming airline pilots.
    It’s merit based.
    If you do not have the training or skills to do something, you should not be allowed to do it.

    Some children [many in fact] will be more clued in than numbers politically, but many more aren’t and life experience for children is limited, hence a voting age.
    Yet with women we let all vote, however, based on natural maternalistic wiring, a desire for security to nest build so strong, that hysteria in women not surrounded and protected by strong men, can see complete in your face facts irrelevant and denied.
    Women have been taught the should attempt to be leaders and bosses, yet very few desire this or can successful do it.
    We should admire them for what the are, indeed cherish them and love them and protect them, as we do our children.
    Western civilisation cannot survive children voting, nor as we are fast learning, women voting.

    Women, especially young women, writing editorials about RE power generation instead of Cosmo will be the death of the west.

  130. calli

    The point of the timing is that harassed passers-by will be “counted” as protesters. Same as Sydney Town Hall at knock-off time on Friday.

  131. feelthebern

    There isn’t much foot traffic around there Calli.
    But it means one will have to use Paddo, Oxford street to get around on Saturday morning.

  132. Mitch M.

    Medicinal cannabis may not ease sleep problems in the long run

    Not surprising because most sleep aid drugs have very limited effectiveness and tolerance quickly arises. With cannabinoids more pronounced because ongoing exposure quickly reduces the number of receptors on the cell surface hence increasing tolerance. Most other sleep aid drugs target receptors that are much less likely to change so quickly. One potential solution is not to use the drugs all the time because in relation to cannabinoid receptors these very quickly bounce back.

    At the end of the day though drugs are not a solution to sleep problems. I know I’ve tried some and have sworn off trying anymore. The lithium orotate seems to be helping and it does have some interesting neuroprotective properties. Dosage very low so no risk of toxicity. Still need to be cautious regarding pre-existing kidney and thyroid pathology but the data on very low dose is strong enough to me to continue using it. Not available over the counter in Aus but can be purchased through overseas outlets.

  133. jo

    Dr Faustus
    #3297955, posted on January 21, 2020 at 10:18 am

    In Oops news:

    Unprecedented Canberra hailstorm ‘destroys years of CSIRO research’

    Unprecedented. Could not be anticipated. Not at all.

    CSIRO/Research/Climate Extreme Events:

    We are helping Australia better understand, respond to and prepare for extreme events and emergency situations, such as bushfires, floods, cyclones and drought.

    Sure, buddy.

    27 Feb 2007 Supercell hit Canberra CBD. 20 cm deep hail, Bobcats used to remove said hail. Drains blocked allover. I guess CSIRO are right, it was unprecedented. From what I read of the CSIRO its the first thing they have been right about for a long time.

  134. Old School Conservative

    feelthebern
    #3297996, posted on January 21, 2020 at 11:06 am
    Cultural differences.
    Yes, that’ll work.

    “…the lower end of seriousness for that charge.”
    Looks like it’s OK to defend immigrants with a “plain vanilla” expression but not Cardinals of the Church.

  135. Tom

    Bern, I like the silver-haired chick bragging about what a good deal she’s got. The Trivago chick is just some frightbat trying to sell you something you probably don’t want. The fact that Trivago is using an algorithm that steers you towards the highest commission payers — not the cheapest rates — just tells me Trivago is run by greedy scammers, so they’re right at home in the world capital of the scam, Straya. I’m tipping their next move will be into car rental, where scamming is a high art.

  136. calli

    I know exactly where the office is, bern. Been through there gazillion times.

    Nasty.

  137. Chris

    Women, especially young women, writing editorials about RE power generation instead of Cosmo will be the death of the west.

    My initial impulse is to call for a decent editor to adjust out the sexism here. 😉 I personally know more women engineering graduates than Cosmo writers.

  138. Cassie of Sydney

    I bet Skank Phelps turns up at the protest on Sat….I still think she’ll run again.

    I wonder if Turdbull will also join the protest or a turdbull sprog?

    It will be interesting to see how many Wentworthians turn up…….I hope not many as I will continue to do my activism….tearing down more posters!

  139. feelthebern

    turdbull sprog

    He really needs to do something about his man-boobs.

  140. EvilElvis

    North Queensland has a glut of renewable energy projects, so much in fact that existing solar farms are pushing energy into the grid at a financial loss.
    Yes, power bills in the region are crippling families, farmers and businesses, but a nuclear power station shouldn’t even be on the list of possible solutions.

    I’d hit this retard with a question on how he squares his whole editorial away while lumping these two paragraphs together.

  141. feelthebern

    Can an anonymous Cat tweet something at Turnbull junior about his man-boobs?
    When’s he going to get a reduction or something.

  142. C.L.

    Rolodex “constitiutional law expert” Anne Twomey is back:

    Bridget McKenzie didn’t have legal power over sports grants, law expert Anne Twomey says.
    ————————-
    September 2018: Dutton disqualification risk considerable.

    Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has been dealt another legal blow as constitutional law expert Anne Twomey says her advice for his referral to the High Court is “stronger” than ever.

    Professor Twomey told The Australian the Solicitor-General’s opinion brings up information about funding for the child care centres owned by Mr Dutton’s family trust which “raised considerably the risk of disqualification” under section 44 of the constitution.

    August 2019: Court rejects claim Dutton’s childcare interests threaten validity of his decisions.

  143. Mater

    Cardimona,
    To counter this:

    And we aren’t “lagging behind” nuclear users like Germany. The European nation implemented a phase-out of nuclear energy in 2011 and shut down eight reactors immediately.
    Germany now gets about 12 per cent of its energy from seven reactors, and has significantly ramped up construction of renewable energy projects.

    Read this:
    https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/02/05/if-saving-the-climate-requires-making-energy-so-expensive-why-is-french-electricity-so-cheap/amp/

    People always forget Germany’s interconnectors with France (and France’s nuclear power).

    I’m busy currently, but this should get you started.

  144. DrBeauGan

    My initial impulse is to call for a decent editor to adjust out the sexism here. 😉 I personally know more women engineering graduates than Cosmo writers.

    I spent a lot of time when lecturing at uni encouraging young women to do science, engineering and mathematics. In retrospect, it was a mistake. The best are fairly good, but few in number. Most are mediocre, and some are bloody awful. And the worst feel a strong sense of entitlement and no need to learn.

  145. Top Ender

    Letter in the Oz today:

    Small reactors are safe

    Thanks to Leslie Cook (Letters, 20/1) for reminding us that in the past 60 years nuclear power plants have changed significantly. Small reactors can be flexible and effective. For that reason the US operates 82 nuclearpowered warships, including 72 submarines, and has never experienced a single reactor incident.

    Small reactors can work just as well on land as at sea. A land-based reactor could be located underground with just a few cables to control the reactor and extract the power. The nuclear cycle can be set up so that it can never have a meltdown, and refuelling would be needed only every 10 years or so.

    Now we are really talking about nuclear energy let’s look at both land and sea applications.

    Paul Clark, Heidelberg, Vic

  146. mh

    Did academia feminise science? That used to be a debate.

  147. Cactus

    I have had my fair share of arguments with lefties over energy. When I bring up the intermittent nature of renewables and the costs that is then imposes on users they tell me that storage holds the key to fixing that. I tell them that the problem or economically storing solar power has already been cracked. Yeah I says, there is millions of years of solar energy stored in these convenient black lumps which can be used whenever you want! Give Coal a chance!

  148. areff

    Rod and Margot Cunich are organising the silent protest on Saturday, January 25 to be staged at 9.30am to 10.30am outside Mr Sharma’s Edgecliff office.

    Eggs are $3 a dozen.

    Imagine the impact if these protesters were pelted, just as the Extinction Rebellion fools were dragged off Tube trains and roughed up in London. A little energetic counter-protesting would go a long way towards eroding the fools’ dominance of media coverage.

  149. DrBeauGan

    Engineering in particular is a subject demanding competence. A bad medic can kill a handful of people in a lifetime. A bad engineer can kill a few hundred in an afternoon.

  150. struth

    Those reports back to Thatcher from her Australian Ambassador is spot on the money.
    Even back then.

    This country is not just stupid, it is deluded.
    A few years ago I found out Australia was one of the three most regulated countries on Earth.
    I would not be surprised if it now takes out first place.
    Britons have much greater freedoms and are treated more as adults by their government by far.
    I remember being in England filming the wine for sale in an English Roadhouse , and then having to explain to a puzzled onlooker that I was from Australia, and this would never be allowed.
    To which she then looked even more puzzled and said, why not, that’s ridiculous.

    That Ambassador picked it back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when us gullible twats were only just starting to cotton on to just how corrupt Australia is.
    He said , even then, Australia was not of the Myth , but probably the largest Nanny state on earth.
    The corruption in, especially state governments was, I believe he said, astounding.

    Imagine what is being reported now.

    Until we see that our whole political class is lost to corruption and being bought, until we realise it’s not the Greens, but the UN’s western destroying agendas that are being followed [that shackle us] to allow the growth of communism and just hidden by the word “environment”, then our fighting back is like fighting against the few Japanese traitors in our country during ww2 while ignoring the Japanese Imperial Army that supports them, heading your way.

    Meanwhile Davos goes on, Soros goes on, Guterres goes on, China expands due to the support of the UN, and we blame Di Natalie and Sarah sea Patrol?
    They are just the honest useful idiots.

  151. Cassie of Sydney

    “Imagine the impact if these protesters were pelted, just as the Extinction Rebellion fools were dragged off Tube trains and roughed up in London. A little energetic counter-protesting would go a long way towards eroding the fools’ dominance of media coverage.”

    Agree.

  152. Whalehunt fun

    Siting nuke reactors is simple. Sort electorate bu greens voting. Start with highest greens vote and work your down the list. And to make them cheaper shield only the operators but not the reactor. Tell the green filth they can stay and die or they can leave their unsaleable homes.
    Hatred is so enlivening.

  153. Cactus

    In response to struth on Nanny State in Australia.

    Look at Pubs in London. Weather permitting, on a Friday afternoon, after work people just naturally spill out of the pub and have a social chat over a beer on the footpath. The odd patron will smoke a cigarette from time to time. Try doing that in Sydney.

  154. Cardimona

    Thank you, Cats – all suggestions gratefully received.

    Struth at 10.55, this is the tedious young thing – https://twitter.com/rowanhunnam – apparently standing in for the usual editor.
    Wymmynses at it again….

    Dr Faustus at 11.10 – much appreciated, my journo contact may be in the process of flipping to our side and he loves that I support my assertions with links.
    He reads the links and considers them – a sure sign of emerging scepticism.

  155. Porter

    I knew Cory Bernardi was not legit when he confessed that he had whopping big solar panels on his home. The other reason I never trusted him was because his CV was very thin. I couldn’t work out what he did between failing at rowing and entering politics.

  156. feelthebern

    Cory tried to promote live horse racing in Australia that would be prime time in the US.
    True story.

  157. Porter

    Cardimonia. I think your son in-law is going to be back in the top job soon. Can you please ask him to sack the deputy when he is?

  158. Tom

    The best are fairly good, but few in number. Most are mediocre, and some are bloody awful. And the worst feel a strong sense of entitlement and no need to learn.

    It’s not as if you didn’t encourage them, Beaugy. You were even prepared to let a gorgeous Cuban temptress prance half-naked around you to show off her entrepreneurial spirit, but it turned out that communism already owned her listless soul and only sugar daddies need apply.

  159. struth

    Good Lord Cardimona………………………it makes the other one look like an elder statesman!

    What bullshit.

  160. 8th Dan

    Interesting 7.30 segment last night, about Newton’s Principia.

    Sydney University owns one of only 4 copies of the original edition published in 1687, personally annotated by Newton.

    The curator/librarian says:

    With careful handling, it will last centuries to come and it’s our job to act as steward and pass important texts like this on to future generations.

    But, throughout the segment she is seen handling the pages of this rare 400 year old book not so carefully … with bare hands.

    Surely she is aware of the damage caused to such a precious old document in this way. It should only ever be handled with clean cotton gloves.

  161. Porter

    You are all yearning for an England that no longer exists. Remember England now has police who monitor Twitter in case you say trannie. Speaking of which whatever happened to the guy who got hauled off to court for training his dog to annoy his girlfriend?

  162. Confused Old Misfit

    I personally know more women engineering graduates than Cosmo writers.

    While being in a similar situation with respect to the medical profession I have to admit that, regrettably, its the Cosmo writers that influence the shop assistants, checkout chicks, real estate agents, etc. and there are many more of these than there are engineers of either sex.

  163. feelthebern

    numbers is paying for his studies via his p0rnhub channel.

  164. Michael Lewis

    Just looked at an article in The Oz about how CC could/might cause the next GFC. Reading the comments and article in general, impressed on me, how we use the words elite, elites totally inappropriately.
    I made this comment;

    “Why are “elites” referred to as elites – implying a higher status and hence ability – when the correct word is “cliques” – a bunch of like thinkers (or perpetrators). Please everyone, use clique instead of elite!”

  165. Porter

    No it’s not necessary to handle old books with cotton gloves.

  166. feelthebern

    You are all yearning for an England that no longer exists.

    Don’t mistake London for England.
    Don’t mistake Birmingham for England.
    It would be like mistaking NY for the US.

  167. Porter

    Good point, Michael. You can even substitute sheeple for cliques.

  168. 8th Dan

    I personally know more women engineering graduates than Cosmo writers.

    Ditto.

    And none of them has the unjustified sense of self-worth that Bo Gan displays here.

  169. Porter

    Speaking of New York where is JC. I have a work trip to the States coming up and thought to linger a few days in New York. Should I stay uptown, midtown or downtown? Will probably do the art- cultural stops and just need somewhere which has enough choice for evening dining.

  170. Top Ender

    I think I posted when we were in Germany in July about the number of wind turbines we saw.

    They would number in the tens of thousands. (Just checked – as of 2015 they had 28,217.)

    And as part of their new Green-eco-socialism, the Germans have some of the highest electricity prices in the world.

  171. feelthebern

    If you don’t stay at Trump Tower, you are not supporting the God-King.

  172. candy

    He will eventually punt or get punted by the crazy marxist and beg to be taken back in.

    Seems to me that Harry is a person easily influenced -and could become a little traumatised at what he has done. Leaving everything he has ever known behind some airy fairy wokey ideas.

    Megan on other hand seems a very ambitious person with a goal of how her life should be as a star player in an elite circle, mixing with Obamas, Winfrey, Clooneys. Nothing wrong with ambition at all, she might step on toes though. She seems more hard headed and hard hearted than her husband. She goes for what she wants. I get the impression neither seem interested much in baby Archie. Just an impression. He’s taken away from his paternal side of the family and never sees the maternal side. Some weirdness there.

  173. feelthebern

    And as part of their new Green-eco-socialism, the Germans have some of the highest electricity prices in the world.

    That would depend on where you live.
    My sister lives there & their bill is less than a 1000 euro’s a year.
    Their suburb, which is less than 10 years old has one of those rubbish to to methane plants.

  174. struth

    The speed cameras in England are marked.
    The speed limit is 75 miles an hour yet the cops who you rarely see don’t seem to care if you ae doing 85 or so, maybe they’d pull you up for 90…………………………..no country I have been in is as anal about speed as corrupt money hungry Australia.

    I am going to admit something now, and I will be mocked I suspect.
    Due to a life of heav vehicle driving on Australian roads where in the later years especially, you were deemed as no more than a criminal just for being out there, where point to point cameras, blitzes and harassment made you attack the job as if you were an escaped convict on the run,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I drove on a European AutoBahn.
    While doing 180 kph I was passed as if I were standing still by a Ford Transit work van, [and man others]
    I started laughing almost hysterically and a little bit of crying at the same time.
    I have loved driving all my life, and to finally do it without the Australian government ruining it, was such a joy, and such a freedom, after all those years , it was too much.

    I now avoid driving in this country as much as possible.
    Even cars.

  175. struth

    You are all yearning for an England that no longer exists. Remember England now has police who monitor Twitter in case you say trannie. Speaking of which whatever happened to the guy who got hauled off to court for training his dog to annoy his girlfriend?

    Bullshit.
    England has man different Police Forces.
    Speaking of dogs, the ACT will now fine you if ou don’t take your dog for a walk when you get home, within an hour.

    Anyway, if you travel outside of London, England is still there, it’s still mostl white, it’s got a decency this country has never had and it still has it’s sense of humour.
    Truth is, London and a couple of bigger centres aside, England is still a rural country with lovely villages every 10 k’s or so.
    England’s last election is proof.
    They are still there and not done yet.
    We on the other hand………………………

  176. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I get the impression neither seem interested much in baby Archie. Just an impression. He’s taken away from his paternal side of the family and never sees the maternal side. Some weirdness there.

    he’s a firm anchor in harry’s wallet

  177. dover_beach

    England is still a rural country with lovely villages every 10 k’s or so.

    If only Victoria was like this.

  178. Infidel Tiger

    The real England still exists.

    Does the real Australia?

  179. mh

    Democrats getting jiggy wit it

  180. Infidel Tiger

    Speaking of New York where is JC. I have a work trip to the States coming up and thought to linger a few days in New York. Should I stay uptown, midtown or downtown? Will probably do the art- cultural stops and just need somewhere which has enough choice for evening dining.

    Stay at JC’s apartment.

    Sleep in his bed and wear his robe.

  181. struth

    The governments of England would never put a sign up saying the likes of “Drink and drive and You’re a bloody idiot.

    I’ve driven all over England, not one of those type of threatening signs anywhere………………..

    You know, the picture of the cop, “we’re watching you” or “anywhere anytime” shit.

    No “welcome, this is white people’s country” or this is “Scouser country”

  182. struth

    I personally know more women engineering graduates

    Who then get pregnant and…………………..

  183. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I would never want to deny cat ladies the vote,

    in general I would. there’s a sound reason they were not granted the vote in the first place.

  184. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Australia steps up airport screening as coronavirus outbreak in China spreads through human contact, stoking epidemic fears

  185. calli

    I’ve driven all over England, not one of those type of threatening signs anywhere………………..

    And Europe. And north America.

    It’s creepy.

  186. feelthebern

    Sleep in his bed and wear his robe.

    & his ironed jeans with the crease down the front.

  187. calli

    there’s a sound reason they were not granted the vote in the first place.

    Do tell.

    There. I bit.

  188. Struth:

    Yet with women we let all vote, however, based on natural maternalistic wiring, a desire for security to nest build so strong, that hysteria in women not surrounded and protected by strong men, can see complete in your face facts irrelevant and denied.

    Are you saying, struth, that women are so determined to have safety and sustenance for their offspring, that they are – in the main – incapable of seeing that the present path of cradle to grave socialism is the one sure way to destroy the chance of it happening?
    Because, when times are tough, it’s the women and kids who get the shitty end of the stick.

  189. feelthebern

    Anyone over the age of 18 should be able to vote, as long as they’ve passed a civics exam.

  190. dover_beach

    Speaking of New York where is JC. I have a work trip to the States coming up and thought to linger a few days in New York. Should I stay uptown, midtown or downtown? Will probably do the art- cultural stops and just need somewhere which has enough choice for evening dining.

    Anything in between 34th and Canal is going to be great. Sweet spot for me is anything around 23rd near Madison Park.

  191. Arky

    Sleep in his bed and wear his robe.

    ..
    Fondle his pet blue tongue lizard.

  192. Roger

    The real England still exists.

    Does the real Australia?

    As far as the eastern seaboard goes I think you’ll only find it west of the Great Divide.

    (There’s a metaphor there, I think.)

  193. Top Ender

    New test reveals electric cars are practically unusable in winter

    Article talks about snow conditions etc. One cutting comment:

    ….electric cars have so far only been suitable as city cars for rich people who can afford to put a classic car with a combustion engine in their garage alongside an electric car.

  194. feelthebern

    Australia has Chicago disease.
    We need a cleanse.

  195. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The left don’t reflect.

    True. They have to be brought to pay attention sometimes though.
    Alan Finkel is the Chief Scientist, and while I don’t think he is a great one by any means, even he now feels that he must enter this debate about the general degradation of science, exactly what Ridd got fired for pointing out. The Vice Chancellor of JCU is a lightweight when it comes to science, but even she should be having a few worries about what her actions against Ridd have done to the JCU scientific reputation. Judith Sloan is pointing out that what Ridd said is a mainstream opinion in scientific circles now and there is a feeling abroad that something must be done.

    No wonder the money is pouring in for Ridd. We’ve donated twice now and will do so again if necessary, and so will others we know, some of whom have surprised us by the intensity of their feelings on this matter, for they are simply quiet thinkers, maybe even lefties in the past, very much ‘on the turn’ now. What a tattered reputation for this senior administrator (one hesitates to say ‘leader’) to leave behind when she goes; as she must.

  196. struth

    Are you saying, struth, that women are so determined to have safety and sustenance for their offspring, that they are – in the main – incapable of seeing that the present path of cradle to grave socialism is the one sure way to destroy the chance of it happening?

    Women need safety and sustenance without even thinking about children, for their own safety and sustenance assures the same for children that come along.
    Natural instincts, just as we have a natural instinct to provide it.
    However, men have walked away from that, western men anyway, in trying to be too nice and groovy, and gave women what they said they wanted but didn’t really, and it’s sent many women hysterical.
    They turn to government for that which men don’t supply, hence the inherent socialism.

  197. JC

    Porter

    Stay down in the east village. It’s really nice.

    Take a thick coat , gloves and a beanie. It can get really cold.

    No, you can’t stay in our apartment as artie suggested. We have an interloper- our daughter -who’s moved in and doesn’t look like going anytime soon.

  198. Feelthebern:

    Cory tried to promote live horse racing in Australia that would be prime time in the US.
    True story.

    It would have been more successful than dead horse racing, I’ll bet!

  199. struth

    block quote fail, please invert.

  200. mh

    No “welcome, this is white people’s country” or this is “Scouser country”

    The scouser sign could be helpful.

  201. Mater

    8th Dan
    #3298057, posted on January 21, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    I personally know more women engineering graduates than Cosmo writers.

    Ditto.
    And none of them has the unjustified sense of self-worth that Bo Gan displays here.

    Perhaps you could pick up the phone and ask some of them about direct buried cables and ‘pulling’ optic fibre?

  202. feelthebern

    Boom tsch.
    His idea was that horses would run under lights at midnight through to 4am.

  203. Roger

    Alan Finkel is the Chief Scientist, and while I don’t think he is a great one by any means, even he now feels that he must enter this debate about the general degradation of science…

    I’m waiting for him to inject some realism into the current climate change-bushfire-apocalypse hysteria.

    Where is he? On a web?

  204. feelthebern

    Trump still at $1.73 at Ladbrokes.
    Biden is now into $5.00.

  205. 8th Dan

    Haunting banner picture.
    Ghostly figures of a furry critter and a bird rising over a bushfire devastated landscape and a fiery sky.

  206. Mother Lode

    Feelthebern:

    Cory tried to promote live horse racing in Australia that would be prime time in the US.
    True story.

    It would have been more successful than dead horse racing, I’ll bet!

    Can’t argue with that, Winston.

    Hard to think of anything more pointless than flogging ‘dead horse’.

  207. struth

    And Europe. And north America.

    It’s creepy.

    Yep.
    Even NZ’s has very few and are much more polite the few they do.

    Here we have had in SA…….Don’t be a cock, ………………….don’t be a knob, ……………..do a burn out and girls make the sign for little penises, heads being smashed against windows on TV in graphic slow motion while you are eating dinner, etc etc………………………….and every k over is a killer , as if the bureaucrat designating the speed limit knows at exactly what speed, in all weather conditions that is.

    DOUBLE DEMERITS…………………………………….and speed cameras set up dangerously in vehicles on the breakdown lane or verges.
    Our governments are out of control, they hate us and we are going down.

  208. Nob

    struth
    #3298064, posted on January 21, 2020 at 12:10 pm
    The speed cameras in England are marked.
    The speed limit is 75 miles an hour yet the cops who you rarely see don’t seem to care if you ae doing 85 or so, maybe they’d pull you up for 90…………………………..no country I have been in is as anal about speed as corrupt money hungry Australia

    The speed limit is 70mph (112kph) on motorways and dual carriageway but if you sit on that everyone will pass you. Yet their road fatality stats are better than Australia’s.

    I do 85mph pretty commonly on UK roads. Never been ticketed for anything except driving in a bias lane in the middle of town (camera).

    Ask any UK or Ireland visitors to Australia what they think and they’ll have two main complaints:
    1. Cost of everything
    2. Fuckin nanny state. Especially Victoria.

    And 2 is one of the reasons for 1.

  209. feelthebern

    Nixon vs Overland.
    It’s on.
    It’s on like donkey kong.

  210. feelthebern

    Booze is so much cheaper in the UK.

  211. Mother Lode

    Our governments are out of control, they hate us and we are going down.

    They are certainly not afraid of us, and think nothing of traipsing all over our freedoms to pander to a few dim-witted faddists in cardigans and sandals, and stinking of mung bean fueled farts and congealed layers of perspiration.

    There is no downside to dismissing the great washed.

  212. … on TV in graphic slow motion while you are eating dinner, etc etc

    One of the benefits of living in Qld used to be there was none of that Russian/Soviet style propaganda.

  213. Top Ender

    Have to agree on country comparisons Struth.

    We visit the UK, the USA, and Japan often, and get to many others now and then.

    By comparison, Oz is the lead nanny-state of the world.

    One of the odd things though is that most people – if they haven’t visited extensively or lived here – don’t think that is the case.

    Crocodile Dundee did more for Oz’s image than any advertising campaign in history:

  214. areff

    Cory tried to promote live horse racing in Australia that would be prime time in the US

    Apart from the Kentucky Derby, Americans aren’t big on horse racing. Spend an afternoon at Aqueduct* and you’ll be lucky to find 300 punters, and most them West Indians. Neighbourhood associations are always campaigning against the OTB (their TAB) and trying to have the betting shops shut.

    It’s a common mistake amongst Australians. Rupert bought Daily Racing Guide (the world’s best form guide, IMHO) back in the Nineties and, try as he might, its circulation continued to fall.

  215. struth

    Rowan Dean was good last night.

    Must go and exercise and then rehearse.
    The same whacky Pub always gets me to do Australia day.

    After sharing my true feelings about this shithole here, I must rehearse me Chisel and me Barnsey, and me Angels and me Acka dacka,and me Aus Crawl and me Powderfinger and me Russel Morris and Axium, LRB and the like and pretend I love nthe place.
    I’m the ultimate musical whore it seems.

  216. Porter

    JC thanks. And don’t worry I would not have stayed in your apartment even if you offered. A few days freedom are to be savoured. DIY nothing.

  217. cohenite

    Map of where Sharma’s office is.
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/287+New+South+Head+Rd,+Edgecliff+NSW+2027/@-33.8793437,151.23582,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6b12ade13d412d27:0xce8099622ca90267!8m2!3d-33.8793437!4d151.2380087
    An absolute choke point.

    Far be it for me to encourage violence but stack up on eggs as has been suggested; after all if it was good enough for scomo to cop a grade 6 egging from a skank and Anning a grade 7 from a little turd it’s good enough for some liars and woke filth to cop it too. Leave the eggs in the Sun for an hour before going for maximum effect. Hydrogen sulphide is the hardest odour to eradicate although off fish and prawns are excellent as well. Wear gloves and some striking face make-up; if anyone asks say it is part of your spiritual connection with the land and 51st nations; then pelt eggs at them.

    Make sure some of your party are at least 6′ and 220 lbs. And unshaven.

  218. Nob

    scousers

    As the North Sea joke used to go:

    “You know a boom’s on the way when the paddies start turning up.”

    “Yeah and you know it’s fucked when the scousers get here”

  219. feelthebern

    Australia does horse racing better than any other country.

  220. Cassie of Sydney

    “struth
    #3298113, posted on January 21, 2020 at 12:52 pm
    Rowan Dean was good last night.”

    Rowan was superlative last night. And Outsiders resumes next Sunday…..can’t wait.

  221. Porter

    Thanks for those tips too, Dover.

  222. Roger

    I must rehearse me Chisel and me Barnsey, and me Angels and me Acka dacka,and me Aus Crawl and me Powderfinger and me Russel Morris and Axium, LRB and the like…

    What! No Percy Grainger?

  223. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Diary proves police chief Christine Nixon knew of Lawyer X, Simon Overland says

    Remy Varga
    Reporter
    @RemyVarga
    0 minutes ago January 21, 2020

    Simon Overland says the contents of his recently discovered diary proves he told former Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon that criminal lawyer Nicola Gobbo was registered as a human source, according to documents released by the royal commission.

    This contradicts evidence Ms Nixon gave to the royal commission into the Police Management of Informants in December last year.

    Mr Overland, who at the time was the assistant commissioner of crime, told the commission last year he couldn’t recall if he told Ms Nixon that Ms Gobbo was a police snitch.

    But, in a supplementary statement based on his newly discovered diaries released on Tuesday, Mr Overland said he informed Ms Nixon of Ms Gobbo’s recruitment as a police informant on 29 September 2005.

    “Having now reviewed my diary, I note that I was involved in 14 meetings with Ms Nixon regarding Purana Task Force matters and I believe that I did in fact inform her of Ms Gobbo’s recruitment on 29 September 2005,” he said in the statement.

    “I have no independent recollection of this meeting, but note the contents of my diary entry that indicate I did tell her about the registration of Ms Gobbo as a human source.”

    Ms Gobbo, who has been ordered­ to give evidence at the royal commission, was a high-profile criminal defenc­e barrister who represented underworld heavies such as Tony Mokbel at the height of Melbourne­’s gangland wars.

    Her tainted information was used in scores of cases to secure high-profile gangland convict­ions. Since the scandal emerged, one conviction has been overturned and more are expected to follow.

    Ms Nixon, who is the third person to have served as chief commissioner to give evidence at the royal commission, refused to take responsibility for the actions of police officers involv­ed in the management of Ms Gobbo when she gave evidence in December.

    Breaking, from the Oz. More from the Overland diaries.

  224. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Like many others, we’ve contributed solidly to funds for Ridd, Israel Folau and the IPA. Crowd funding is a very important means of signifying public concern. On donations, I’m glad we didn’t volunteer more than the occasional token fifty or one hundred dollars to the Australian Conservatives now plus our time, although I think Hairy lobbed in a bit more at the end for some media slots. Basically, we both knew it was over when we first put our names down to assist on the booths and realized how few people were doing that. We’d already experienced the lack of organization when handing out for Aust Cons for a friend standing at the State election, and we both said we probably wouldn’t be doing this booth support any more after this Federal one. The writing was well on the wall by then; they would fold, we expected it.

    In hindsight, the Conservative tag was probably too much of a stretch for Australian ears, carrying the British stigma, but with proper organization that might have still worked; perhaps it takes a Boris though.
    One Nation is the only smaller party with any real cut through as big as the Greens; Latham could see that. I’d like to see him rise high and take it places nationally. The Nationals are just a woke rump of go-alongs with the Liberals. They hardly represent country interests any more. Barnaby is distracted these days.

  225. cohenite

    Surely she is aware of the damage caused to such a precious old document in this way. It should only ever be handled with clean cotton gloves.

    Exactly; and if you ever grow a dick that’s how you should handle it too.

  226. yet the cops who you rarely see don’t seem to care if you ae doing 85 or so, maybe they’d pull you up for 90

    In the far north of the uk. If you aren’t doing 90mph, you aren’t in the crowd.

  227. Megan

    Nice to see him honing in on the hubristics.

    Says a PhD candidate who demonstrates he doesn’t know a noun from an adjective.

  228. feelthebern

    John Williamson’s Rip Rip Woodchip started a movement.
    He’s a national embarrassment.

  229. Infidel Tiger

    We need to ban all flights from China.

    I spent 2 hours stuck in customs yesterday because they were screening every passenger for Coronavirus and for swine flu.

    Those Chicom pricks are the worst.

    P.s Humble suggestion for authorities. Please make separate lines for Asians and non-Asians at customs. Either that or please run campaigns in their stupid countries that we serve their food here and they have no need to smuggle that filth in.

  230. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Rowan was superlative last night. And Outsiders resumes next Sunday…..can’t wait.

    Missed it due to Mad Men addiction, which ends very soon; we’ll fit in the last couple of episodes before the weekend, regardless of having visitors overnight Wednesday. Paul Murray tonight looks like a must see. We will be back on board by next Sunday or Outsiders for sure. Hairy records it for over a leisurely Sunday lunch. I will remind him to check the settings.

    Rowan Dead deserves a medal. Without his input, Australians would be much more captive to the climate hoax than they are now. For every viewer, there are five others who are informed by the viewer of how much of a hoax the whole thing is. Word of mouth. It spreads. It brought down communism.

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