Tuesday Forum: January 21, 2020

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  1. Infidel Tiger

    It’s now racist to believe that diseased filthbots should not gain entry to Australia.

    We are literally importing smallpox infected blankets and we won’t stop it because we fear our Gook Overlords.

  2. Arky

    “free market libertarians”

    take it up the arse.

  3. Boambee John:

    How about we spend those billions on fixing malaria and providing clean drinking water to the third world instead? It would provide more benefit to humanity.

    Malaria could be wiped out in a five year program of DDT spraying. The Greens had DDT banned because thin eggshells in birds somewhere.
    Nuke powered mini reactors driving desalinators and powering villages/small townships could fix this problem. The Greens won’t allow nukes.
    Green psychology, whose adherents comprise less than 1% of the world population, defines the ways we can solve problems. The major issue is the Green psychology doesn’t solve any problems. It exacerbates them, leading to millions of preventable deaths every year.
    Which is the aim.
    Look under a pile of bodies and you will see Collectivism.

  4. feelthebern

    Finally, all my years of watching The Walking Dead & Doomsday Preppers will pay off.

  5. feelthebern

    & top o’ the page to yer all too.

  6. Arky

    The greens are gnostic.
    They hate reality, hate humanity and hate the world.
    They fantasise about the Earth becoming a furnace.
    They fantasise about wiping humans off the planet.
    They fantasise about world government and drool over the power of totalitarian regimes.

  7. Shy Ted

    Anthony Albanese has pledged to keep Australia Day on January 26,
    but wants to do more to make indigenous Australians feel more included in the divisive national holiday.
    Why is this great man not at Davos?

    He can’t ski.

  8. Arky

    Thank goodness my comment on free market libertarians taking it up the arse is buried at the end of the last page.

  9. Infidel Tiger

    Saurabh Sharma
    @ssharmaTX

    Replying to
    @Vermeullarmine

    This reminds of the time @CatoInstitute rated Texas something like 35th on their freedom index and I dug into their criteria and strong anti-incest laws lost Texas a bunch of points 🤡

    Libertarians in a nutshell.

  10. Arky

    The greens love us.
    They wish to return us all to our pure spirit state.
    By killing us all.

  11. Shy Ted

    many of the UN delegates who are honorable individuals in senior positions in their respectable countries.
    No they bloody well aren’t. None of them. Except that American chap.

  12. Infidel Tiger

    Mud falling on Melbourne?

    One wonders how anyone could tell.

  13. Dr Faustus

    so you prefer to leave the pork barrelling to the Deep State?

    A strange conclusion.
    I have quite a long list of people I don’t trust with my money.

  14. rickw

    Why the fuck are we allowing these diseased filthbots into our country?

    Meanwhile customs are strip searching octogenarians for having too many ciggies.

    Australia is rooted beyond comprehension, this country makes absolutely no sense.

  15. Arky

    What greater love could a green have for Man than his wish to ensure we aren’t soiled and corrupted by existing in this dirty plane of reality?
    No. Better that none of us exist in the first place.

  16. rickw

    Mud falling on Melbourne?

    One wonders how anyone could tell.

    I was driving last night, it was unique, it was actually raining mud!

  17. Mud falling on Melbourne?

    One wonders how anyone could tell.

    Not mud. It is red shit.

  18. Dr Faustus

    Mud falling on Melbourne?

    The start of the End Times.
    Be of good cheer.

  19. We’ve had the fires, the floods, red rain,

    next up raining frogs and a locust plague. (or maybe just a plague)

    Repent ye sinners.

  20. cohenite

    British scientists may have discovered a cure for cancer — by accident.

    As The Telegraph reports, “Researchers at Cardiff University were analyzing blood from a bank in Wales, looking for immune cells that could fight bacteria, when they found an entirely new type of T-cell. That new immune cell carries a never-before-seen receptor which acts like a grappling hook, latching on to most human cancers, while ignoring healthy cells.”

    What makes this new discovery so exciting is that prior therapies, referred to as CAR-T and TCR-T therapies, which use immune cells to attach to HLA molecules on cancer cells’ surface, fight cancer but are incapable of fighting solid tumors. As The Telegraph points out, HLA molecules vary in people, but the new therapy attaches to a molecule called MR1, which does not vary in humans, which gives it the chance of fighting most cancers and additionally means people could share the treatment, allowing banks of the cells to be stored and thus be offered quickly to people suffering from the disease.

    Immune cells from the new treatment have killed lung, skin, blood, colon, breast, bone, prostate, ovarian, kidney and cervical cancer cells. The study stated:

    Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-independent, T cell-mediated targeting of cancer cells would allow immune destruction of malignancies in all individuals. Here, we use genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9 screening to establish that a T cell receptor recognized and killed most human cancer types via the monomorphic MHC class-I related protein, MR1, while remaining inert to noncancerous cells … These finding offer opportunities for HLA-independent, pan-cancer, pan-population immunotherapies.

  21. 1735099

    The Greens had DDT banned because thin eggshells in birds somewhere.

    It’s a little more complicated than that.
    DDT was initially banned in the US in 1972, before “Greens” were an active political movement in that country. The ban was an ultimate consequence of the findings of JFK’s Science Advisory Committee report in 1963.
    DDT was effective in killing mosquitoes but when used outdoors, they develop resistance to it.

    Pyrethroids such as deltamethrin and lambdacyhalothrin have largely replaced DDT. They are effective at far lower doses than DDT (c.25 mg/sq. metre compared with 2 gm/sq. metre), although they are more expensive per unit weight.

  22. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The greens love us.
    They wish to return us all to our pure spirit state.
    By killing us all.

    rocks and trees uber alles!

  23. Top Ender

    When one victim pool dries up, move on to another:

    Cancer fraudster Belle Gibson has become part of Ethiopia’s Oromo community with a video surfacing of her discussing the struggles “back home”.

    Gibson, who has adopted the name “Sabontu”, talks to community Shabo Media about the diaspora and hopes for local political hero Jawar Mohammed and the country’s leader Abiy Ahmed.

    She said the oppression of the Oromia people continued.

    “My heart is deeply embedded in Oromia people,” she said in October.

    “I feel blessed to be adopted by you.”

    Gibson was fined $410,000 by the Federal Court last year for contravening a section of the Australian Consumer Law regarding false claims of charitable donations.

    Oz

  24. Top Ender

    When one victim pool dries up, move on to another:

    Cancer fraudster Belle Gibson has become part of Ethiopia’s Oromo community with a video surfacing of her discussing the struggles “back home”.

    Gibson, who has adopted the name “Sabontu”, talks to community Shabo Media about the diaspora and hopes for local political hero Jawar M ohammed and the country’s leader Abiy Ahmed.

    She said the oppression of the Oromia people continued.

    “My heart is deeply embedded in Oromia people,” she said in October.

    “I feel blessed to be adopted by you.”

    Gibson was fined $410,000 by the Federal Court last year for contravening a section of the Australian Consumer Law regarding false claims of charitable donations.

    Oz

  25. johanna

    Brislurker
    #3299941, posted on January 23, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Any Canberra cats around who can confirm that Brindabella Business Park, near the airport is in danger from the fires. Just had a text from my sister telling me that. Is it spin?

    Looking at the latest maps, I think it will be OK as the prevailing wind is NW, so blowing it away from the BBP. However, I heard that it has been evacuated as a precaution.

    It is still burning out of control, though, as the winds are gusting at 50-80 KMH, and it is very smoky around here. Luckily, there is a lot of open country around there, so access is relatively good and it is not a forest crown fire inferno.

    Oh, and numbers, you dipshit, the DDT ban was based on a confection of lies concocted by the usual suspects. It is now being used again, on the quiet, in several places because nothing beats it for killing malaria carrying mosquitos.

  26. struth

    Conservatives thought they could woo them forever with the promise of cheap labor and zero taxes in exchange for campaign donations and occasional sponsorships for dumb conservative think tanks (sinecures

    Yes but my point being, you are calling Liberals conservatives and all manner of corruptocrats conservative.

    I’m conservative and you know I did not want anything to do with the Chinese, and thought it too costly in the long run.
    Which it is now proving to be.
    Do you not remember me arguing about just because you can buy something cheaper from a theif doesn’t mean it’s going to be better for you in the long run.

    You’re talking as if Howard was a conservative.

  27. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Rather than directions going one-way from DNA to RNA to proteins, the latest study shows that RNA itself modulates how DNA is transcribed—using a chemical process that is increasingly apparent to be vital to biology. The discovery has significant implications for our understanding of human disease and drug design.
    —-
    methinks the entire genome is a protein search space algorithm

  28. feelthebern

    Thanks for posting that milfy little number, P.

  29. Des Deskperson

    ‘Looking at the latest maps, I think it will be OK as the prevailing wind is NW, so blowing it away from the BBP. However, I heard that it has been evacuated as a precaution.’

    Yeah, it is travelling SE, has jumped the Molonglo river and has reached the Oaks Estate, a suburb on the outskirts of Queanbeyan but still in the ACT. Still ‘out of control’. It has to cross the railway yards to get to Queanbeyan proper.

  30. twostix

    I’m conservative and you know I did not want anything to do with the Chinese, and thought it too costly in the long run.

    Just stop calling yourself conservative then.

    “conservative”(TM) is a synonym for US liberal “conservatives” (conservative in wanting to conserve the political status quo of 1965-2016)

    Jettison it and be free!

  31. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From cohenite at 12:50 pm:

    “Christ almighty; someone sent me through of a short video just out of Nigeria showing boko harum burning the local Christian minister and his wife. FFS.”

    Highest point scorer in murders per acre in that region is Boko Haram, a medieval death cult champion.

    … and what are the newspapers and worldly Channel 2, 7, 9, 10 and 28 reporters focused on? What are Albosleazy, the opposition parties and contributors here talking about?

    The shock and horror at some ditzy minister allocating taxpayers’ money to favored community clubs, which is as time honored and customary as savage primitive black fellas in Africa slaughtering Christians with impunity.

    I saw Tom Uren readily allocate funds to friends of Labor via, inter alia, the Regional Employment Development Scheme and the Growth Centres Policy; Carr and that grub Frank Walker do it through the Housing Committee of Cabinet; and Roz Kelly is well known for making clear that which was self evident. There is no surprise in it at all – apart from the popular view here that John Howard is to blame even though he lost his seat twelve years ago.

    What a waste of self righteous indignation.

  32. Why do our Politicians allow the media to chuck these loaded ambush questions?
    Why not just tell them there will be a media brief at 1000 and they can turn up and ask questions?
    President Trump fixed the pricks up by cancelling the media brief because he got sick of the bullshit. They kept on with the attack questions so now they have to do it from outside, with the presidential chopper running in the background.
    Were I PM, I’d do something similar and if media tried to approach within 2 meters, they’d get their heads donged.
    PM Morrison: The media are not your friends, you idiot.

  33. Infidel Tiger

    US conservatives are not “conservatives”. They are Libs.

  34. Win

    Is it my disordered imagination that when China has a virus out break such as African Swine Fever that wipes out the industry there follows within months a human mutated virus that then kills the human population as with Coronavirus . Let’s keep on selling our agriculture to the communist Chinese Government . What on earth could go wrong.

  35. Mark A

    Arky, your next supadupa machine.
    Scroll down a bit for video.

  36. dopey

    IT..”What odds that Turnbull and Rudd end up together in a lesbian relationship? ”
    It worked for Whitlam and Fraser.

  37. cohenite

    Pyrethroids such as deltamethrin and lambdacyhalothrin have largely replaced DDT. They are effective at far lower doses than DDT (c.25 mg/sq. metre compared with 2 gm/sq. metre), although they are more expensive per unit weight.

    You’re an idiot. The synthetic pyrethroids draw the same kind of immune response that DDT did. It is called cross resistance. So mosquitos not only become resistant to pyrethroids but the use of pyrethroids also develops a resistance to DDT. Conversely reversion towards susceptibility by rotation was much greater in DDT than any other insecticide. DDT was far and away the most effective insecticide. Carson lied about the side effects of DDT and she is literally responsible for the deaths of millions of children from malaria.

    But old communists like you couldn’t give a fuck about that. Let’s hope you die soon.

  38. feelthebern

    I think I read somewhere that the plane from Wuhan is full of Wuhan zombie-flu pig hybrids.

  39. johanna

    Re the latest sports rorts – it depends on the legislation (leaving aside the question of whether the Commonwealth should be involved at all.)

    The large grants program I worked in for a while had the money allocated by the Minister based on recommendations from an independent Board. The Minister could accept or reject recommendations – but what he could not do was make up his own recommendations, as appears to have happened in this case. As I understand it, that is the legal problem with what happened here. The Minister did not have the power to just pick out applications that she liked as well as accepting some recommendations from the Board or whatever it was.

    There is not much point in having an independent evaluation process for grants if the program is essentially just a vehicle for Ministers handing out money to whoever they want irrespective of the funding guidelines, and I would be very surprised if it was set up that way.

  40. Cassie of Sydney

    “a medieval death cult champion.”

    Do you mean the Toowoomba Turd?

  41. struth

    I’m conservative in that I understand the history institutions and culture that produces wealth through freedom.

    I’m conservative. …they are not.
    I also call myself right wing and when the left tried to throw Hitler to our side some right wingers thought they’d walk away from being called right wing.
    That shit doesn’t work.
    I’m a right wing conservative.
    They’re pricks.

  42. calli

    An air tanker may have crashed in southern NSW. Search and rescue on now,

  43. struth

    A crony capitalist is not a conservative.
    They’re not really even capitalist as competition is not what they are about.
    A bank robber could be claimed to be a capitlist using that understanding.

  44. feelthebern

    An air tanker may have crashed in southern NSW

    Fvcking Chinese.

  45. Zyconoclast

    How to create a food desert.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Theft at one Northwest Jacksonville store has become such a common occurrence that employees said they have gone as far as to limit the number of people who can enter the business at one time.

    Employees at the Family Dollar on Moncrief Road near West 45th Street told News4Jax on Monday that they’ve restored to locking the door once five people are in the store at the same time so they can do their jobs while monitoring the aisles.

  46. Fisky

    Would any “libertarians” care to tell us what their position is on immigration from Wuhan right now? Is it still open borders?

  47. rickw

    Shooter at large in Seattle, multiple victims

    Strange that the shooter didn’t pick Richmond VA on the 20th as the target.

  48. IR:

    So the war with China starts earlier than I expected.
    Nor did expect them to start with biological weapons.

    au contraire, IR.
    I’ve always thought that’s the way they would start. Design a long incubation period/aerosolised virus to which their own people had already been innoculated.
    It’d be easily done, after all who really knows just what was in the last flu or tetanus injection you had?
    And in the Peoples Republic of the Wukkas, those who refused to get the injection have just self selected as Enemies of The State.
    They’ll make good maskirovka plausible deniability for when the bodies start piling up.

  49. 1735099

    Oh, and numbers, you dipshit, the DDT ban was based on a confection of lies concocted by the usual suspects. It is now being used again, on the quiet, in several places because nothing beats it for killing malaria carrying mosquitos.

    Posting bullshit doesn’t make it true, even on Catallaxy. Nor does ad hom abuse.

    Available data on global production of DDT showed a 32% decline over the reporting period, from 5144 to 3491 metric tons of active ingredient p.a. Similarly, global use of DDT, for control of malaria and leishmaniasis, showed a 30% decline over the period 2001–2014, from 5388 metric tons p.a. to 3772 metric tons p.a.

  50. Old School Conservative

    The Australian is not allowing any comments on the Belle Gibson adoption by Ethiopia’s Oromo community.
    Sensible move.
    Many many commentators will want to rip into Belle.
    Her statements like ‘Back home” and “joining the Oromo community was a blessing from A***h” just lend themselves to satire and ridicule.

  51. feelthebern

    How’s the bunker looking Winston?

  52. feelthebern

    The media created Belle Gibson.

  53. Des Deskperson

    ‘Re the latest sports rorts – it depends on the legislation (leaving aside the question of whether the Commonwealth should be involved at all.)’

    Johanna, as I understand it, there are regulatory procedures and guidelines for assessing the merits of applications for Commonwealth grants. I assume that these have legal effect.

    They do not, however, apply to the Sport Commission which has some sort of separate status. This is the basis of the claim that the Minister did nothing unlawful.

    The Commission does, however, have in place a set of policies and processes for assessing applications on the basis of merit. Subject to a recommendation for improving the paperwork, ANAO found that these policies and processes had been appropriately applied in developing the recommendations for grants that went to the Minister’s office.

    The Minister’s Office drew up an alternative list on a spreadsheet – a technological step up from a whiteboard – and undertook its own assessment that overrode, in monetary terms, about half of the recommendations of the Commission. ANAO analysed these recommendations in some detail and concluded that they were skewed toward marginal seats.

    The irony is that under the alternate recommendations, some safe liberal seats that would have received grants under the Commission recommendations missed out. It was about bribes, not rewards.

  54. MatrixTransform

    Pyrethroids such as deltamethrin and lambdacyhalothrin have largely replaced DDT. They are effective at far lower doses than DDT (c.25 mg/sq. metre compared with 2 gm/sq. metre), although they are more expensive per unit weight.

    the candidate forgot to reference

    Curtis, C.F. ed. (1991) Control of Disease Vectors in the Community. Wolfe, London.
    Curtis, C.F. (1994) Should DDT continue to be recommended for malaria vector control? Medical & Veterinary Entomology 8, 107-112.

    what was the Numptard saying earlier today? …something about misrepresentation and distrust?

  55. Old School Conservative

    Numbers, do you realise that your quote actually supports johanna’s point, not your own?

  56. Digits:

    It’s a little more complicated than that.

    Only to you.
    Fuck off.

  57. Top Ender

    Theft at one Northwest Jacksonville store has become such a common occurrence that employees said they have gone as far as to limit the number of people who can enter the business at one time

    Australia wins out over that!

    The NT News had a story the other day about Alice Springs stores having their front doors locked, and letting in shoppers who looked genuine, one or two at a time.

  58. Infidel Tiger

    Would any “libertarians” care to tell us what their position is on immigration from Wuhan right now? Is it still open borders?

    Libertarians believe the only reason you can’t have sex with wildlife or children is because of consent laws.

    If they could get an Orangutan to type yes on their Android phone, they would engage in cunnilingus with it.

    We are not dealing with full functional humans here.

  59. Mark A

    Old School Conservative
    #3300020, posted on January 23, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Numbers, do you realise that your quote actually supports johanna’s point, not your own?

    Nah, it takes a doctorate to do that.

  60. stackja

    Feelthebern – MSM created Belle. MSM creates many ‘celebrities’.
    MSM consumers seem very gullible.

  61. Leigh Lowe

    Planet Cornelius returns to earth orbit and wedges himself into the witness box.
    The lawyers had to shift Simon Underhand out of the box. He’d been in the box so long he was close to being able to claim freehold title due to adverse possession.

  62. feelthebern

    Who’s this Cornelius chap LL?

  63. Cassie of Sydney

    “feelthebern
    #3300017, posted on January 23, 2020 at 3:12 pm
    The media created Belle Gibson.”

    Yes….but I just can’t understand how people got sucked into the rubbish she was spruiking.

  64. Thefrollickingmole

    Orangutan cunnilingus

    Now my day is complete.

  65. feelthebern

    Look at all the medal ribbons this VicPol chap in the Nazi uniform has.

  66. feelthebern

    Imagine if this Cornelius chap fornicated with Maximum Nixon.

  67. calli

    Something for everyone here at the Cat.

  68. Zyconoclast:

    Employees at the Family Dollar on Moncrief Road near West 45th Street told News4Jax on Monday that they’ve restored to locking the door once five people are in the store at the same time so they can do their jobs while monitoring the aisles.

    Remember the old corner stores that had a counter as you came in, and all the goods were behind it in shelves, sometimes with a ladder to go up to the top?
    If you wanted something, the shoppie would retrieve it.

  69. Helen

    I’ve heard of perky, but really…

    A bit too much definition there, to sharp around the breast, cf to the naturals sitting next to her. Bolt ons for sure.

  70. Zyconoclast

    Libertarians believe the only reason you can’t have s3x with wildlife or … is because of consent laws.

    If they could get an Orangutan to type yes on their Android phone, they would engage in cunning linguist with it.

    I have heard that in Malaysia that some people pay to make it with an entirely shaved orangutan.

  71. Infidel Tiger

    I’ve heard of perky, but really…

    Looked like beef jerky wrapped in plastic.

  72. stackja

    Winston Smith
    #3300036, posted on January 23, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    And neighbours left door unlocked. Bars off prisons. Bars on houses.

  73. Infidel Tiger

    I have heard that in Malaysia that some people pay to make it with an entirely shaved orangutan.

    IPA and Cato types on holiday.

  74. feelthebern

    The good news is that all the passengers from Wuhan have been hurried through customs & are now enjoying the delights of Sydney.
    I can also report that all passengers with connecting flights made their connection & are safely on their way to other destinations.

  75. stackja

    How many times at X RC does someone ‘not recall’?

  76. Shy Ted

    I have heard that in Malaysia that some people pay to make it with an entirely shaved orangutan.
    Somewhat ironically they call him Hairy.

  77. feelthebern

    How many times at X RC does someone ‘not recall’?

    Only when it’s really incriminating.
    They seem to remember everything that makes themselves appear marginally less corrupt.

  78. feelthebern

    Overland will regret continually referring to some Celine Dion concert.
    A serious lack of self awareness.

  79. Narwhal Tusk

    Cornelius – more chins than the Hong Kong phonebook?

  80. Feelthebern:

    How’s the bunker looking Winston?

    I never had a bunker, FTB. But I do have unobstructed fields of fire around the house.
    As an aside, preparing for SHTF is very dependent on what sort of shit is striking the rotating airfoils. If it’s mass disease, it needs to be tackled at the individual level. So be prepared for keeping yourself isolated. Have a months worth of tucker and water available.
    Most other disasters need a community of >50 ; <200 to survive.
    Doesn't really matter to me – my anti rejection drugs will run out in a month, so I’ll be doing the Alien Table Dance after that.

  81. cohenite

    Check out the chin/chest situation on Cornelius.
    VicPol’s finest.
    https://livestream.com/accounts/4972777/events/8561828/player?width=640&height=360&enableInfoAndActivity=true&defaultDrawer=&autoPlay=true&mute=false

    I sleep well at night knowing people of the obvious calibre of this chap are protecting me. Who needs guns. But if you did this would be a good start:

    https://cdn.cz-usa.com/hammer/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/cz-usa-cz-scorpion-evo-3-s1-pistol-1024×682.png

  82. feelthebern

    Cornelius would be supporting several local greasy spoons to maintain chinage of that magnitude.

  83. Zyconoclast

    Sitting at a hotel bar looking at the new ‘paper’ straws.
    They are like cylindrical breadsticks with a narrow tube to drink through.

    Sea turtles and wales will rejoice.

  84. feelthebern

    Cornelius just fvcked up.
    He said he had NEVER heard something that was put to him.
    His blood sugar must be low.
    You always say, I don’t recall or not to my recollection.

  85. Cohenite:
    Now that’s a nice little sub sub sub compact.
    Good for indoor work.

  86. struth

    Just got a shearing from my favourite little hairdresser.
    Busy, slim, blonde, good looking little thing for about 4o to 45, sharp as a tack.

    Paid cash told her to keep the change, ……………………how’s that gonna work in a cashless society?

  87. feelthebern

    Imagine going to Maccas & seeing Cornelius & Maximum Nixon lined up in front of you.

  88. cohenite

    The DDT debate was big a few years ago and funnily enough alarmist dickheads back then took an anti-DDT view; but gradually the view is changing; a 2017 study:

    Urbanization and the ban on DDT, not climate change, have caused mosquito populations to explode in parts of the U.S. a recent study shows.

    Mosquito populations have exploded in parts of the United States, but not because of global warming, according to a recent study published in Nature Communications.

    The research indicates urbanization and the ban on the insecticide DDT are likely responsible for the surge in mosquito populations.

    According to the researchers, some types of mosquitoes, including those that commonly spread diseases, have adapted to human-created habitat; urbanization has created fertile ground for mosquito populations to expand. This doesn’t augur well for city dwellers, who are already feeling the brunt of mosquito-borne tropical diseases such as chikungunya, dengue fever, West Nile virus, and Zika virus.

    Tracking mosquito populations in California, New Jersey, and New York, the researchers found mosquito populations have increased as much as 1000 percent over the past five decades.
    The study was a collaborative effort between public health authorities in New York City and Salt Lake City, Utah and researchers at Rutgers University, the University of California–Davis, and the University of California–Santa Cruz.

    A variety of factors impact the environment, and climate change is not the driving force behind most environmental problems, says Merrill Matthews, a resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation.
    “What the Nature Communications study reminds us is several factors can and almost always do play a role in environmental changes, [and] climate change is not the source of most environmental ills,” Matthews said. “In this case, the causes seem to be human progress and [neglect of] the remarkably effective role DDT plays in eliminating mosquito populations.

    “As humans change the landscape through urbanization, the mosquito populations also change, favouring those feeding on humans, which also appear to be major disease carriers,” said Matthews. “DDT was used heavily in the 1940s to the 1960s because it was cheap and very effective, and it apparently decimated some U.S. mosquito populations so they are only just now recovering. But even though several countries are using DDT, at least in a restricted way, there remains heavy international pressure for them to not do so.”

  89. struth

    Imagine going to Maccas & seeing Cornelius & Maximum Nixon lined up in front of you.

    They’d send in the cunstables, surely……………………..unless it was drive through.

  90. dover_beach

    Libertarians believe the only reason you can’t have sex with wildlife… is because of consent laws.

    Surely they believe that owning the animal concerned would be sufficient.

  91. feelthebern

    The good news is that when the Wuhan zombie apocalypse hits Melbourne, the lard arses in VicPol will keep them fed for a good few days to allow others to make their escape.

  92. feelthebern

    Footage of Cornelius clothes shopping.

  93. Farmer Gez

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #3300006, posted on January 23, 2020 at 3:02 pm
    Davos 2020: Ursula von der Leyen warns China to price carbon or face tax

    The EU head neatly encapsulates the best reason Britain left. Aussie farmers have faced the tariffs, import duties, quotas and now barriers to free trade dressed up as environmentalism. Just a pack of self serving arseholes who need pulling down.

  94. feelthebern

    Wuhan Zombie Apocalypse ™.
    WZA ™.

    Royalties please.

  95. johanna

    The Commission does, however, have in place a set of policies and processes for assessing applications on the basis of merit. Subject to a recommendation for improving the paperwork, ANAO found that these policies and processes had been appropriately applied in developing the recommendations for grants that went to the Minister’s office.

    The Minister’s Office drew up an alternative list on a spreadsheet – a technological step up from a whiteboard – and undertook its own assessment that overrode, in monetary terms, about half of the recommendations of the Commission.

    Des, I don’t think it matters that the Sports Commission is not a Department. If there are funding guidelines (and there were in this case) to be applied by whoever is making recommendations to the Minister, then the Minister cannot just unilaterally set up a parallel process in her office, because that means that she is making recommendations to herself.

    I am sure that there are multiple breaches of Dept of Finance guidelines and rules, ANAO guidelines and rules, not to mention major ethical breaches, at play here. That is leaving aside whatever legislation the program is established under. There must be some legislative basis for the Minister’s approval somewhere, and it is unlikely to say that the Minister can use it at her absolute discretion, which is what happened in practice.

  96. Helen

    Sounds like a C130 has crashed south of Canberra near the town of Bredbro fighting fires.

  97. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Australian is not allowing any comments on the Belle Gibson adoption by Ethiopia’s Oromo community.

    She should write a book.
    I suggest the title “Dark Omo”

  98. Porter

    Yes how I know I was just reading that a water tanker has crashed in the Snowy Monaro Justice Canberra Airport has been closed because of Fires. This probably going to make it very difficult to go have a look. This is why I want every arsonist in jail for life. Followed by every politician and every greeny and every councillor who stopped or reduced fuel reduction. They all have blood on their hands.

  99. Some History

    Ursula Von Der Leyen Eggs

     Climate change: Within days of taking office she promised a “European Green Deal”, to set Europe on a path to “climate neutrality” by 2050 – removing greenhouse gas emissions from the air – and creating a transition fund for countries still dependent on fossil fuels.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48841980

  100. Infidel Tiger

    A horrible tragedy that water bomber crashed.

    Completely senseless too. We all know they do absolutely nothing.

  101. Struth:

    Just got a shearing from my favourite little hairdresser.
    Busy, slim, blonde, good looking little thing for about 4o to 45, sharp as a tack.

    Paid cash told her to keep the change, ……………………how’s that gonna work in a cashless society?

    Barter. Instead of paying cash and getting the transaction booked up, something else will suffice. e.g a 6 pack of beer (or a keg of Southwark)
    The Cats favourite Third Reich Economics book gives clues – “The Wages of Destruction”
    Post war Germany had a lot of construction costed in cigarettes.
    So the Fiscal Fiend will end up getting less in taxes as the Black Market takes over.

  102. Porter

    Ok now I know why this page was jumpy – seems I was trying to post at the same time as three other people.

  103. Infidel Tiger

    Death Toll from White Island now 20.

    And that horse faced commo gets off Scot free.

  104. kaysee

    Mick Gold Coast QLD
    #3299471, posted on January 22, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Mick, when I came across that one, I knew it was something worth passing on.

  105. The Barking Toad

    What odds that Turnbull and Rudd end up together in a lesbian relationship?

    Odds on – wonder who goes on top?

  106. Zyconoclast

    She should write a book.
    I suggest the title “Dark Omo”

    We have a winner…

  107. feelthebern

    Rudd would be the catcher due to his gelatinous thighs.

  108. cohenite

    Sonny Bill Williams religious beliefs will see him refuse to wear the logo of Super League’s title sponsor.
    The Toronto Wolfpack’s marquee signing converted to RoP in 2009 and his religious beliefs preclude him from supporting companies promoting gambling.
    Toronto Chairman Bob Hunter confirmed the news to the Daily Telegraph
    “In today’s society there are some very sensitive issues but I think the sponsor can say ‘yes, okay, we understand this. He’s a big brand and big name but we get it’.”

    He’ll still take their money though.

    I don’t care if he did score with wing-wang’s missus he’s an arsehole.

  109. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From johanna at 2:50 pm:

    “Re the latest sports rorts – it depends on the legislation (leaving aside the question of whether the Commonwealth should be involved at all.)

    … the money allocated by the Minister based on recommendations from an independent Board. The Minister could accept or reject recommendations – but what he could not do was make up his own recommendations, … The Minister did not have the power to just pick out applications that she liked … .

    There is not much point in having an independent evaluation process for grants if the program is essentially just a vehicle for Ministers handing out money to whoever they want irrespective of the funding guidelines, and I would be very surprised if it was set up that way.”

    Johanna – we each did our apprenticeships at the same time and in similar surroundings. 😉 There was a way around this but the Liberals were never real good at employing subtlety or at being wary of an unfriendly public service accidentally leaving cupboard doors open for them to walk into.

    They have no seasoned operators to manage the discipline of looking at ways and means; evaluating downside risk; co-ordinating; courting important journalists and editors; being suspicious; standing back to stare at the whole picture; striking at the right time; making known which applicants will pass muster – via a third or fourth party; remaining aloof from the daily machinations but somehow knowing every word uttered in every committee meeting; and so on. McKenzie did not do her job – she wasn’t mediocre or careless or poor – she simply failed to do it.

    Neville Wran (who was good at surrounding himself with good people) brought David Hill and the Mau Mau (the powerful Ministerial Advisory Unit) with him in 1976 and there was not a departmental head or committee chairman appointed who was not keenly aware of the decision(s) which would most please the Premier. The Mau Mau will have spent plenty of time crafting the program “funding guidelines”, or leaving that page blank.

    Around 2000 I met Graham Richardson at an industry or professional function and spent a little time talking casually, some of it amused yarning about both growing up in inner western suburbs Labor territory. I questioned him about some topical issue involving an unpopular independent body finding and a call for ministerial intervention.

    His answer was simple and accurate … “The public doesn’t trust politicians. The voters clamoured for ministers to be precluded from having their way, and for them to follow independent advice and that’s what they got. People cannot have it both ways.”

  110. every politician and every greeny and every councillor who stopped or reduced fuel reduction. They all have blood on their hands.

    Indeed.
    Buy some D11s now?
    Firebreaks? so we can safely burn?

  111. Whalehunt fun

    No. D11s for burying those tried convicted and executed under the new laws. Shallow trenches a kilometer long sized through each greens voting electorate town hall should suffice

  112. Whalehunt fun

    And some special one is the Tarkine in Tasmania. I want every tree more than ten years old felled and burned. I want everything Brown is proud of despoiled and destroyed. I want his psyche gutted. I want him begging people to end his life because the world I have made is too depressing for him.

  113. The Barking Toad

    Check out the chin/chest situation on Cornelius.
    VicPol’s finest.

    Christina with a haircut?

  114. Given our need for dozers in forestry and mining, how come we don’t manufacture something to compete with CAT and Komatsu?

  115. Geriatric Mayfly

    How can Plod Cornelius function on a day to day basis with such a deficient memory? Heard nothing, saw nothing, said nothing. How could he even write a speeding ticket given his inability to recall a fairly simple sequence of events?

  116. Whalehunt fun #3300087, posted on January 23, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Maybe we could just level Van Dieman’s Land.
    A nice smooth bulldozed surface, with occasional undulations, suitable for building many many golf courses.

  117. Infidel Tiger

    ScoMo’s Dad is brown bread.

    (how convenient – lefties)

  118. johanna

    Johanna – we each did our apprenticeships at the same time and in similar surroundings. 😉 There was a way around this but the Liberals were never real good at employing subtlety or at being wary of an unfriendly public service accidentally leaving cupboard doors open for them to walk into.

    True, dat, as are your observations about how Wran did it (although a lot of that was illegal as well.)

    That’s what comes of appointing Ministers with no brains and advisers who spend more on Clearasil than razor blades.

    Actually, in the program I mentioned we acted in good faith and were lucky enough to have an honest Minister with enough brains and sense to avoid the traps that ensnare young players. The thing is, the program and its guidelines were set up transparently, but still managed (for the most) to benefit the constituencies it was intended for.

    It is sheer stupidity and lack of organisational and political memory that brings these clowns down every time. They have no idea how to get what they want using the system, since they don’t even know what the system is. No wonder they keep walking into cupboard doors – half the time they are the ones who left them open.

  119. JC

    Morrison’s father passes away at 84

    Scott Morrison’s father, John, has died ‘peacefully’, the Prime Minister said on Thursday.

    Sorry for Morrison, but what does “died peacefully” mean : that he didn’t die kicking and screaming until his heart finally stopped?

  120. The Barking Toad

    Cournelius at Plod RC still can’t recall.

    These lady bits should just be jailed

  121. but what does “died peacefully” mean

    Its something aged care people say to make the offspring feel better.

  122. kaysee

    Cats! Quiz time!
     
    Q: Name the singer of this song?
     
    🎵
    I was sixteen, going on seventeen
    I knew not that I was naïve
    Wokeys I met, told me I’m smart
    And willingly I believed
     
    I was sixteen, going on seventeen
    Dumber than a gnat
    (Ab)used by, my mum and dad
    A puppet for UN rats
     
    I am seventeen, going on eighteen
    Still dumber, than a gnat
    I stand on a stage, and read from a page
    While someone pulls my strings-hat. 🎵

  123. Top Ender

    Q: Name the singer of this song?

    Greta Thunberg’s mum?

  124. Tailgunner

    What terrible judgment!

    Lol.
    Stop gloating,twostix.

  125. feelthebern

    Sweet baby jeebus.
    Cornelius actually remembers something.

  126. Leigh Lowe

    The Barking Toad
    #3300096, posted on January 23, 2020 at 4:41 pm
    Cournelius at Plod RC still can’t recall.
    These lady bits should just be jailed

    FMD!
    Questioning about Taskforce Petra (Hodson murders) and Taskforce Briars (Chartres-Abbott murder), both of which these clowns were desperate to pin on “corrupt coppers”.
    They attended all the steering committee meetings for both task-forces, yet they remember nothing and took no interest in the course of the investigation.

  127. AFter all the china posts:

    http://www.songlyrics.com/monty-python/i-like-chinese-lyrics/

    The world today seems absolutely crackers
    With nuclear bombs to blow us all sky high
    There’s fools and idiots sittin’ on the trigger
    It’s depressing and it’s senseless, and that’s why

    I like Chinese, I like Chinese
    They only come up to your knees
    Yet they’re always friendly, and they’re ready to please

    I like Chinese, I like Chinese
    There’s nine hundred million of them in the world today
    You’d better learn to like them, that’s what I say

  128. Tailgunner

    OSB must be enshrined in the constitution

    A referendum is needed,yes?
    Another good deplorables policy comes into focus.
    Will we break 70% Yes! vote?
    Hehe

  129. feelthebern

    Need Carl Williams to take the stand.
    Oh that’s right, VicPol had him killed.

  130. Johno

    The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), which reports new car sales with the exception of Tesla, reported about 3000 electric cars and plug-in hybrid were sold in 2019. This would mean Tesla outsold every other electric car by some margin in the past year.

    Sales of standard hybrids also boomed in 2019, which is another sign Aussies are starting to look for alternatives to conventional cars.

    The FCAI reported more than 30,000 hybrids were sold in 2019. And a mammoth 27,846 of those sales belonged to Toyota.
    Anyone make sense of this? It was on news.com

  131. stackja

    NSW been told conserve energy.
    Hot weather straining supply.
    Less coal power generation.
    What could possibly go wrong?

  132. Infidel Tiger

    Aella

    Verified account

    @Aella_Girl

    Has bestiality always been historically so taboo? Why? It doesn’t result in pregnancy; did it result in diseases? Why did humans evolve to get so repulsed from touching genitals with other species?

    This is liberalism.

  133. Leigh Lowe

    Check out the chin/chest situation on Cornelius.
    VicPol’s finest.

    Known internally with VikPlod as “Planet Cornelius”.

  134. Infidel Tiger

    Aella

    Verified account

    @Aella_Girl

    Has best iality always been historically so taboo? Why? It doesn’t result in pregnancy; did it result in diseases? Why did humans evolve to get so repulsed from touching genitals with other species?

    This is liberalism.

  135. Leigh Lowe

    feelthebern
    #3300106, posted on January 23, 2020 at 4:49 pm
    Need Carl Williams to take the stand.
    Oh that’s right, VicPol had him killed.

    Steady on.
    Merely an unfortunate cycling accident.

  136. JC

    No kidding, the AFR has a watch editor?

    Bani McSpedden is watch editor of The Australian Financial Review.

    You can reach him on Twitter or by
    email

  137. areff

    The FCAI reported more than 30,000 hybrids were sold

    Almost certainly sold in the main to councils, state governments and other virtue-signallers spending OPM.

  138. Old School Conservative

    Come on JC, you’ve seen enough of life to know “died peacefully” means died in his sleep, or his breathing simply shut down over a few hours.

    Are you scared of your own mortality to ask such an insensitive question?

  139. stackja

    Three dead in C-130.
    Greens no to hazard reduction to blame.

  140. Helen

    Chanel 7 reporting three dead in C130 crash. Witnesses saw a ball of fire as aircraft hit the ground. Very difficult terrain.

  141. feelthebern

    Cornelius will be back tomorrow morning.
    That is if he doesn’t choke on a box of wicked wings tonight.

  142. feelthebern

    JC, the AFR has a annual watch edition for their monthly magazine.
    It’s a paid promo thing.
    I reckon the chap gets a cut of the ad dollars he brings in for it.

  143. kaysee

    Top Ender
    #3300100, posted on January 23, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    You missed it by [’s mum] that much.
     
    What a pity! There was a prize too.

  144. The Barking Toad

    Hearing adjourned – fat plod Cornelious still can’t recall.

    How do these fat lady bits even get a job?

  145. Geriatric Mayfly

    Gobbo landing at the RC early Feb. Incoming by remote. Drop-outs expected.

  146. JC

    Old School

    It was a rhetorical question. I think it’s a stupid way of describing someone has died. Think of the antonym to “dying peacefully”. How about… dying belligerently, militantly?

  147. Leigh Lowe

    feelthebern
    #3300118, posted on January 23, 2020 at 4:53 pm
    Cornelius will be back tomorrow morning.
    That is if he doesn’t choke on a box of wicked wings tonight.

    Someone should tell him they are easier to digest if you take them out of the box and eat them individually.

  148. P

    I was sixteen, going on seventeen

  149. JC

    Bern

    I read some stories at the AFR because Artie put me on a free subscription I never knew I had.

  150. Johno

    A car is a means of getting from A to B. The only way to make decent profit from their sale is to introduce branding. People will pay a motza to buy a BMW or Mercedes for status. They will pay even more for Tesla because then you combine status and virtue.Top Tesla will cost you $106,000 and it wont get you from A to B any better than a $25,000 Toyota Corolla. And twenty years down the track you can give it to your grand kids,and it will still be a good car. How many batteries will the Tesla have used in this time? Actually not important because you will have upgraded 5 times.

  151. feelthebern

    After seeing VicPol’s finest on display, I’m surprised Melbourne hasn’t descended into Bane-like anarchy.

  152. dover_beach

    It was a rhetorical question. I think it’s a stupid way of describing someone has died. Think of the antonym to “dying peacefully”. How about… dying belligerently, militantly?

    The antonym of ‘died peacefully’ is typically, murdered, or killed recklessly or died in an accident.

  153. Old School Conservative

    Got it JC.

  154. feelthebern

    Footage of Toorak.

  155. JC

    Top Tesla will cost you $106,000 and it wont get you from A to B any better than a $25,000 Toyota Corolla.

    Well actually , leaving aside the battery issue and it is an issue, electric motors are far superior as a stand alone to petrol engines. The acceleration is terrific and you’re not lurching up and down gears all the time. Smaller petrol cars a freaking awful because of the jerkiness going up gears. And yes, getting from A to B in a Tesla would be more fun than a fucking Corolla. Corrollas are very ghey.

  156. JC

    feelthebern
    #3300133, posted on January 23, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Footage of Toorak.

    It’s one of my most favorite movies of all time. Bane’s court was terrific.

  157. Tailgunner

    Which makes our constitution and all it’s good, just an absolute joke

    À1, struth.
    Mind Blown.
    We have to tear down the Temple then.
    Accelerate
    Straya

  158. Old School Conservative

    After seeing VicPol’s finest on display

    I wonder if Cardinal Pell’s team is finding any the details of help in their appeal.
    Even if “it’s the vibe” is all they get out of this RC I hope something will assist them.

  159. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ‘Enough is enough’: Kalgoorlie’s hard-drinking desert visitors not welcome
    By Kate Hedley, Marta Pascual Juanola and Hannah Barry
    January 23, 2020 — 4.22pm

    Share on Facebook

    “Frightening” and “anti-social” visitors to one of Australia’s best-known regional goldmining centres have been told they are not welcome, with a Liberal MP and the city’s mayor warning they are “done with pussyfooting around”.

    In a joint statement released this week by Kalgoorlie MP Kyran O’Donnell and the mayor of the city, John Bowler, the pair took aim at an “influx of visitors” from remote Indigenous communities and referred to “drunken carrying-ons, swearing and yelling, [and] frightening and threatening behaviour” and said enough was enough.

    “Kalgoorlie-Boulder welcomes any person who wishes to visit our wonderful city, no matter who you are or where you are from,” the pair’s statement read.

    “However these people show utter disrespect to our city, to our residents, our properties and they give their own people a bad reputation and total disregard for their own culture. We don’t want anybody here with behaviours like that.”

    Mr O’Donnell and Mr Bowler placed blame on those coming to Kalgoorlie from Ngaanyatjarra (Ng) Lands; a desert area the size of the UK which borders the Northern Territory and includes a number of Indigenous communities including Warakurna and Wingellina.

    The Shire of Ngaanyatjarra has been identified as having the lowest per capita income by local government area on mainland Australia, and is mostly made up of people living a largely traditional lifestyle.

    But, with community services thin on the ground in the desert communities, Goldfields pastor and Aboriginal activist Geoffrey Stokes said people from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands were entitled to come and stay in Kalgoorlie.

    If they want to complain about Aboriginal people, it’s not their country,” he said.

    “There’s plenty of room in Europe to go and complain about us, but not here.”

    Mr Stokes, a Wongatha elder, said there was a lack of support services and accommodation for those choosing to visit the region, leaving Lands visitors with no other options but to sleep rough.

    “[These] people can’t get a room in a hotel or the caravan park,” he said.

    “They should build something for us, not complain about it.”

    And while locals were quick to complain about anti-social behaviour and excessive drinking, Mr Stokes said there were not enough Aboriginal-run services receiving funding to tackle serious social issues.

    “There’s a lot of money for Aboriginal issues but it doesn’t get to the Aboriginal people,” he said.

    “If they don’t cater for the people they deserve to put up with it.”

    Sydney Moaning Hemorrhoid. Reconciliation?

  160. areff

    The career path to becoming a watch editor:

    http://www.milesago.com/Venues/tfmuchmore.htm

    Spent many happy nights there, reeking of dope smoke and patchouli oil. Think I did, anyway; don’t remember too much

  161. Tailgunner

    Dude I’ve been working with, new guy, dodgy AF, is soon to get his Model 3, JC.
    Nearly 3 year wait. $70k.
    Lol, I looked like our man, Captain Picard, face palming.
    😃😃
    He’s rethinking his contract now, after I showed him the Tesla fires reports from Singapore…

  162. stackja

    Electric cars with battery issues?
    What could possibly go wrong?

  163. Johno

    My wife has a Toyota Corolla and I have never once been able to detect a gear change. 7Speed Auto. The only reason to buy a Tesla is the “look at me ” thrill. I have driven GTHOs, but there was a reason for that, I would never buy one myself.
    Teslas have terrific acceleration, end of story.

  164. stackja

    Zulu – People claiming ownership of a town? Who pays the bills?

  165. kaysee

    P
    #3299973, posted on January 23, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Do you think the ABC would be interested in these Facts since Australia has been included?

  166. JC

    Gunner

    I wouldn’t buy one – an electric car. However, the feel of being in one while it’s accelerating without a gear change is great.

    I have a friend, who’s a chemical engineer with a Phd from MIT. He sits on the their innovation board. He reckons there’s really not enough money spent for primary research in battery technology.

    Gerbil warming “science” is sucking a huge amount of dollars from everything else.

  167. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    Some mentioned mentioned that Australia needs more bulldozers…..Caterpillar?

    ASIA PACIFIC
    CHINA
    Caterpillar has been involved in China’s remarkable progress since we first sold equipment in China in the 1970s. In the past 40-plus years, Caterpillar has built a strong local footprint that includes manufacturing facilities, research and development centers, financial leasing, logistics and parts centers.

    Caterpillar core products manufactured in China include hydraulic excavators, track-type tractors, wheel loaders, soil compactors, motor graders, paving products, medium and large diesel engines and generator sets. Caterpillar also manufactures components at several facilities in China.

  168. feelthebern

    This showed up on my youtube feed.
    A great scene in an otherwise only ok movie.

  169. JC

    dover_beach
    #3300131, posted on January 23, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    It was a rhetorical question. I think it’s a stupid way of describing someone has died. Think of the antonym to “dying peacefully”. How about… dying belligerently, militantly?

    The antonym of ‘died peacefully’ is typically, murdered, or killed recklessly or died in an accident.

    Okay, well say that then. The dude was killed in a hit and run, murdered etc. How about died in their sleep, or his heart just freaking stopped.

  170. Tailgunner

    Hope so. I put a few bob on her being the nominee.

    No, Winston.
    It’s going to a second round DNCeee Convention.
    Lol Mikey owns most of the swooper delegates. Game over.
    Deep State, flawless victory.
    The Hillbot 3.0 isn’t going to get out of the pits,mate.

  171. cohenite

    Corrollas are very ghey.

    Wanker; you can’t even spell it. I had one and I was the envy of the neighbourhood.

    However, the feel of being in one while it’s accelerating without a gear change is great.

    Right, there goes the thread; head prefect gets his jollies from voltage up his clacker. Buy a fucking light bulb and sit on that and spare us the quite frankly weird images.

  172. Infidel Tiger

    Tesla is amazing technology.

    The company however is a zombie debt trap that is going to explode one of these days.

    The IP then will be taken over by properly run businesses.

  173. Roger

    A peaceful death these days means dying without pain, which 70%+ of those who die in the West in medical or care institutions experience.

    Traditionally it meant a death where the dying person was not in emotional or spiritual anguish but died reconciled with others and with God. Even today the dying can hang on for days until a person arrives who they feel they must see and say goodbye to, after which they can ‘depart in peace’ (as the faithful servant Simeon requests in the Nunc dimittis which every liturgical Christian will know by heart).

  174. Bruce of Newcastle

    The only reason to buy a Tesla is the “look at me ” thrill.

    Plus that warm religious feeling of superiority?
    I love gear changes, I’ll be a manual driver until my left arm falls off.

  175. JC

    Cronkite

    I don’t quite understand the hostility. Also, you shouldn’t be advertising the sad fact you’re a Corolla driver. Hopefully, it’s a slow Cat day and not many people will read it.

  176. Infidel Tiger

    No kidding, the AFR has a watch editor?

    80% of magazine and newspaper advertising these days is watches and je wellery.

  177. Buccaneer

    Paul Murray reporting that ScoMo’s dad died last night, no surprise that numbers bob would come on this site to call him Scotty from marketing while he’s still grieving his dad. Just to prove numbers is just as big a c*nt as his hero bill shorten. Who’s prepared to give odds that bill the loser gets another free pass for being such a [email protected] this morning too…

  178. JC

    The company however is a zombie debt trap that is going to explode one of these days.

    It has US$13 billion in debt and cash on hand of about US$6 billion. It also has a market cap over US$100 billion. If they wanted to issue new stock, they could do it in a NY minute.

    Don’t be silly.

    Short the stock 🙂

  179. Infidel Tiger

    Never ever short stocks in a pump primed market. Another hedge fund blew up yesterday doing that.

    Tesla and Uber are going to meet their maker when the music eventually stops.

  180. Boambee John

    Top Ender

    The floatplane then proceeded to make several strafing runs before landing near the survivors. After failing to encourage the survivors to surrender, one of the crew was captured at gunpoint and flown to Dobo in the Aru islands where he was interrogated before being executed. This man, Reverend Leonard Kentish, was the only Australian to be captured in Australian territory.

    Not quite.

    At that time Papua was Australian territory, while New Guinea ans the Admiralties/Bougainville were governed under a League of Nations mandate.

    Some Australians were captured at Milne Bay, and up to around 100 were captured during the Kokoda Campaign. All were murdered within a short period after capture.

  181. Bruce of Newcastle

    I have a friend, who’s a chemical engineer with a Phd from MIT. He sits on the their innovation board. He reckons there’s really not enough money spent for primary research in battery technology.

    Battery technology is like biplane technology. You could have the ultimate in biplane technology but it will always be beaten by a monoplane jet. ICE is simple and uses the second-most energy dense fuel after nukes. That inherently can’t ever be beat by a battery – which is a complex and precision-engineered chunk of technology.

    Spending more money on batteries is not a waste, as there’re a lot of things they’re good for. But I’d rather he spends money on fuel cells, which leverage the energy density of liquid fuels into electricity with higher efficiency than ICE. A phone that runs for a week on a single shot of alcohol would be awesome.

  182. Tailgunner

    However, the feel of being in one while it’s accelerating without a gear change is great.

    I think an electric engine has way more top end potential than ICE. We’re near the limit now.
    But it’ll always be a JohnnyCab to me.
    Rockatansky would never drive one.
    6.0 V8 ftw

  183. dover_beach

    ‘Died peacefully’ is a perfectly apt description, JC. It has served us well for centuries.

  184. JC

    Never ever short stocks in a pump primed market. Another hedge fund blew up yesterday doing that.

    Remember this dude. He went all out shorting Herbalife. He wrote a big analysis piece and sent it out advertising the fact – calling Herbalife a ponzi. Everyone on the street fucking hated his guts, and also got on the wrong side of Carl Ichan. Carl advertised buying Herbalife and was continuing to buy it. Carl ended up selling his stake at much higher prices and turned Ackman into a laughing stock. Ichan almost ruined him.

    Ackman was up 58% last year!

    Shorting was great during the GFC though.

  185. Tailgunner

    If you aren’t scaring small children on the way to a Victory game under the Swan St rail bridge with your supercar exhausts, you’re just pretending.
    Naturally asspyrated.

    Sorry,kids, DPLRBL is in the move.
    😅😅

  186. JC

    But I’d rather he spends money on fuel cells,

    So why are all the carmakers with perhaps a minor exception here and there all focused on battery tech?

  187. Tailgunner

    I have driven GTHOs, but there was a reason for that, I
    Johno was a successful wheel man, confirmed.

  188. JC

    Bruce

    The big bets seem to be focused on battery technology for cars. We can’t dismiss that.

  189. Bruce of Newcastle

    JC could buy a ticket on Branson’s rocket plane.
    When the rubber* hits the road it gets 3g’s straight up.

    Virgin Galactic’s next spaceship reaches build milestone (8 Jan)

    LOS ANGELES — Virgin Galactic’s next passenger spaceship has reached a major construction milestone, the company said Wednesday.

    All major structural elements have been assembled and the rocket plane is standing on its own landing gear at Mojave Air & Space Port in California, Virgin Galactic said in a statement.

    Photos of the “Weight on Wheels” achievement show the craft in a hangar next to the Virgin Space Ship Unity spacecraft, which has been to space twice during test flights in preparation for commercial operations based at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico.

    “We now have two spaceships which are structurally complete, with our third making good progress,” CEO George Whitesides said.

    * It really uses rubber, plus N2O as the oxidizer.

  190. Porter

    Searing temperatures, NSW bushfires and an unscheduled outage at an AGL coal plant have forced extreme action.

  191. JC

    JC could buy a ticket on Branson’s rocket plane.

    No, I won’t. Last time I looked the fail rate for rockets was about 1 in 70.

  192. Tailgunner

    Picked up my gear from site today in DPLRBL,
    traffic girly&rest of the slack xunts, “Yeah, bah,bah, can’t park there,m8, no stoppin’ ”
    Fk off,xunt, I’m jess loading ma tools…
    Laughs.
    Then ginger comes up asking about the plate..
    “Wassit say? I saw it first and thought it said Double Bubble!?’
    25 y/O xunt.
    Shut up, idiot, just add the vowels! FFS
    He still didn’t get it.
    Nolezy’s. But not as sharp.
    Lol.
    “Sounds sik,but!”

  193. Armadillo

    Trump hinted at Davos that there were big things coming up technology wise.

  194. Bruce of Newcastle

    The big bets seem to be focused on battery technology for cars. We can’t dismiss that.

    No, JC, the big bet is on the global warming scam. Which is a bust because it isn’t happening.
    That will take down a lot of credulous companies who believed it.

    The early automobile engineers checked battery-electric tech and rejected it very early on. The inherent disadvantages are impossible to overcome compared with ICE.

    I have said this many times. If you are serious about global warming you don’t build EVs. Instead you build a centralized methanol (or derivative) production facility, using CO2 from the air to make the methanol. Then you keep the same ICE tech and infrastructure as we have now. Because liquid fuels are just so good.

  195. Tailgunner

    Shut up,JC, I’ve already started the GoFundMe page for you and Montel to go for a lol adventure!
    It’ll be epic. Challenger will have nothing on it.
    Trust Elon,dude, c’mon.

  196. Mark A

    Fuel cells should be the go but unfortunately they rely on fossil fuels.
    Hence the focus on batteries, which is still relying indirectly on fossil or nuclear, as wind and solar will be unreliable for a long time to come yet.

  197. Armadillo

    I was sort of hoping it’s an unending battery pack for the Merc, and cigarettes and booze taxed at somewhere below 5%. Even at that rate, they are greedy bastards.

  198. JC

    Bruce please. There are big bucks being spent on battery tech for transport. This can’t be dismissed out of hand. Also, we moved on and now comparing battery/electric cars to fuel cell technology. Fuel cell/ hydrogen died in the arse and no carmaker is serious about it anymore. Why? Some were like, BMW which actually introduced a hydrogen car in their fleet and it subsequently died a “peaceful death”.
    If you’re argument had merit, we’d be seeing carmakers turning to hydrogen/fuel cell tech, but we aren’t.

  199. Arky

    Tarkine in Tasmania. I want every tree more than ten years old felled

    ..
    Place should be clear felled just for being named after an inner suburban lesbian’s 13 y.o. daughter.

  200. Tailgunner

    I love gear changes, I’ll be a manual driver until my left arm falls off.

    Fkn oath, Bruce
    Love it.
    And save on pricey brake pads
    😀

  201. JC

    Tailgunner
    #3300188, posted on January 23, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    I love gear changes, I’ll be a manual driver until my left arm falls off.

    Fkn oath, Bruce
    Love it.
    And save on pricey brake pads

    In the city? Dude’s! It’s tiring and repetitive bullshit.

  202. MatrixTransform

    So why are all the carmakers with perhaps a minor exception here and there all focused on battery tech?

    subsidy has to end up in somebody’s pocketses

  203. Armadillo

    Arky, you have no place commenting on car technology. Don’t even think about it.

  204. Bruce of Newcastle

    Fuel cells should be the go but unfortunately they rely on fossil fuels.

    No. Same thing. A methanol fuel cell doesn’t have to be fossil fuel. It’s easy to synthesise. The link I gave in my comment to JC is to nuclear methanol: using nuclear heat and electricity and CO2 to make the methanol. Which has about 10 times the energy density of a battery and needs only a $10 plastic fuel tank to carry it in the vehicle. And if you want twice the range you have a $20 plastic fuel tank.

    Batteries are very complex, very sensitive and very very expensive. Plastic fuel tanks are cheap.

  205. Tailgunner

    Arma, can you get the bag on and do some fkn old skool touting, to get the business of flush Cats when we come for our Tony Windsor Memorial Race Wa,…
    Day, please?
    It’ll be cool 😃

  206. Infidel Tiger

    So why are all the carmakers with perhaps a minor exception here and there all focused on battery tech?

    Same reason all the grifters are focused on the ancient and failed solar and wind tech.

    Grifters gunna grift.

  207. JC

    subsidy has to end up in somebody’s pocketses

    Matrix.

    The subsidies would also apply to fuel cell tech as its considered “clean”. That’s my point. Bruce is suggesting fuel cell tech is better, but the carmarkers are going in to that direction.

  208. areff

    And how many of those big bucks going into battery research are taxpayer subsidies intended to enrich rent-seekers and bolster the green swindle?

    Quite a lot, it seems

  209. MatrixTransform

    Solar Systems (concentrated solar) lived and breathed subsidy and grant money.
    went tits-up

    IP and remaining ‘assets’ got bought up by a proper company that knew what they were doing
    went tits-up

    …still tits up

    amazing technology though

  210. Tailgunner

    ! It’s tiring and repetitive bullshit.

    The guy in the creased pants is right.
    It’s like Billabong said all those years ago…
    Only a Surfer Knows the Feeling.
    Only a racer would prefer a stick.
    #PrivateRoads.ShutUpVikPolStasi

  211. EvilElvis

    If they could get an Orangutan to type yes on their Android phone, they would engage in cunnilingus with it.

    I don’t identify as ‘libertarian’.

    But, I have an Android phone.
    And a thing for reds…

    Ah, shit.

  212. Mark A

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3300192, posted on January 23, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    I know BoN, but it’s the perception of people preventing it be it methanol or petrol, add in nuclear and the case is lost.

  213. JC

    Areff

    To get any meaningful tech in battery tech, there would probably need US$ 1 to 2 trillion spent over the next decade. That’s MIT’s rough estimate.

    As Bruce says, it’s really hard science. Hard as in difficult.

  214. Armadillo

    when we come for our Tony Windsor Memorial Race Wa,…
    Day, please?

    That fucker loved Tamworth Racecourse as part of his NBN drive (because it was apparently the only place the ABC could get coverage). Never saw him on the track when there was a racehorse there.

  215. areff

    Hard is difficult — and unnecessary.

  216. JC

    Only a racer would prefer a stick.

    They use paddles on the wheel now. 🙂

    I heard a funny story today and don’t know if its true. I went to my regular dentist who I’ve been going to for about 30 years. He told me one of his pals has Bugatti, for which he paid around ~$3 million. In order to get a major service done, it has to be sent to Europe in a crate then shipped back.

  217. areff

    The dinner gong beckons. Keep it nice, cats. Been very civilised today.

  218. calli

    On the dying “peacefully”, here’s John Donne’s take:

    As virtuous men pass mildly away,
    And whisper to their souls to go,
    Whilst some of their sad friends do say
    The breath goes now, and some say, No:

  219. Tailgunner

    Fk him, we’ll call him out to meet the electorate. The People.
    And if he doesn’t come, good. We still get to whack the bludger.
    If he does, then we let the deplorables loose.
    Hehe.
    He won’t come.
    #altRightrules

  220. JC

    areff
    #3300204, posted on January 23, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Hard is difficult — and unnecessary.

    Yea, but I’d rather see money spent on that, than this crap.

  221. Infidel Tiger

    Imagine if the money wasted on solar, wind and carbon scamming was spent on clean water, sewage treatment and plastic capture in the third world?

  222. Armadillo

    there would probably need US$ 1 to 2 trillion spent over the next decade

    Take it out of the aid budget.

  223. Atoms for Peace

    EVs with their current battery systems are the Koalas of the automotive world. Cute but useless and evolutionary dead end until they get the magic unicorn battery.

  224. JC

    areff
    #3300206, posted on January 23, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    The dinner gong beckons. Keep it nice, cats. Been very civilised today.

    Was this posted today or yesterday as I forget? Reference to Greta T who is 16 years old.

    I trust the dangerous, wicked little slag cops a super cell dose of the clap.

  225. Tailgunner

    In order to get a major service done, it has to be sent to Europe in a crate then shipped back.

    I can’t change the oil myself, so wtf you want me to do,bro?!?
    No one in Oz services them!?!
    Lol.
    Don’t be that guy.

  226. dover_beach

    Battery tech as a replacement for fossil fuels is analogous to artificial chicken as a substitute for the real thing. Interesting tech but unnecessary.

  227. calli

    You may say I’m a Dreamer,
    But I’m not the only one.

  228. 8th Dan

    Think of the antonym to “dying peacefully”. How about…

    – died fighting against it because he didn’t want to go.
    – died coughing and gasping for breath as he choked to death on his own lung fluids.
    – died in agony because the palliative medications didn’t control his excruciating pain.
    – etcetera, etcetera.

  229. calli

    This place is quicksilver.

    That was in response to IT. Something I often think about. Perhaps we could share World Domination, turn about days.

  230. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #3300210, posted on January 23, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Imagine if the money wasted on solar, wind and carbon scamming was spent on clean water, sewage treatment and plastic capture in the third world?

    Yep. Totally.

    dover_beach
    #3300215, posted on January 23, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Battery tech as a replacement for fossil fuels is analogous to artificial chicken as a substitute for the real thing. Interesting tech but unnecessary.

    I’m not sure. Take Bruce from N. Bruce likely drives to Aldi every third day and stocks up on the sales items etc. That would be at the most 15 k every three days. EV would be eminently suitable for that.

  231. Arky

    There must be some way to boil bookies down as a fuel source.
    Maybe add them to other undesirables such as lawyers to improve the octane rating.

  232. Armadillo

    and plastic capture in the third world?

    Are we talking wheelie bins? They need to start with toilets.

    A slit in a bit of concrete DOESNT constitute a toilet. Nor does a “bowl design” that flows upwards rather than downwards.

  233. Chris

    Imagine if the money wasted on solar, wind and carbon scamming was spent on clean water, sewage treatment and plastic capture in the third world?

    Imagine powering The Greens’ Segways with their own farts. Makes sense but won’t happen.
    Not enough graft in it.

  234. dover_beach

    Yea, but I’d rather see money spent on that, than this crap.

    The only reason non-trivial amounts are being spent on battery research for vehicles is because of the climate scam.

  235. vlad

    Manning Clark had a terrible death, one I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

    I can’t remember all the details, but he was at home when he suddenly had a heart attack and realised he was dying, ie upright, fully clothed, no warning – and he wasn’t ready for it psychologically – and so he died in a complete panic – about dying.

    (I’ll add at this point that I don’t know how we know any of this – I read it in Mark McKenna’s hagiography in a bookshop. I didn’t buy it, nor have I read it in full.)

    Clark toyed at various times with conversion to Catholicism. He left it too late.

    Unlike John Wayne, who was received into the Church two days before he carked it. Wise move, Duke.

    But assuming that is how he went out – as said, that’s definitely not my death of choice.

  236. Hey Arky, there is plenty of blubber for a fuel source at Vikpol.

  237. vlad

    Bit of a glitch there. I’ll repost, corrected, thus.

    Manning Clark had a terrible death, one I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

    I can’t remember all the details, but he was at home when he suddenly had a heart attack and realised he was dying, ie upright, fully clothed, no warning – and he wasn’t ready for it psychologically – and so he died in a complete panic – about dying.

    (I’ll add at this point that I don’t know how we know any of this – I read it in Mark McKenna’s hagiography in a bookshop. I didn’t buy it, nor have I read it in full.)

    But assuming that is how he went out – as said, that’s definitely not my death of choice.

    Clark toyed at various times with conversion to Catholicism. He left it too late.

    Unlike John Wayne, who was received into the Church two days before he carked it. Wise move, Duke.

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