Tuesday Forum: January 21, 2020

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  1. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    m ohammed bin Salman personally attempted to “intimidate” Jeff Bezos with a WhatsApp message implying he had incriminating information about the Amazon chief’s extramarital affair in the weeks after Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, UN investigators claimed to The Daily Telegraph.

  2. Chris

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

    Pray for spontaneous human combustion.

  3. Tailgunner

    That was great, Tiger.
    Stolen.

  4. vlad

    John Wayne died a Catholic death. That is definitely how I want to go out.

  5. dover_beach

    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.

    How is that preferable to a 15 year old 1.8L that is cheap as chips to run?

  6. After we get through reducing the fuel load in the bush, we can start on reducing the fuel load in Vikpol.

  7. Tailgunner

    It’s actually really weird living in a soft police state down here.
    The posts on state intimidation via advertising/road signage…
    Never considered that, but true dat.
    I saw what happens if you counter,publicly.
    Look at that photo I posted.
    Far left. Jack already looking my way. 30 seconds in.

  8. 8th Dan

    6 speed CVT auto with hill-hold is currently the best of all worlds for day to day driving.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    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.

    JC – The whole thing is bullshit.

    The carmakers in countries like Germany are pursuing EVs because of the pollies, who are saying they will ban ICE cars. The reason for them doing so is the CAGW scam.

    Fuel cell/hydrogen died in the arse because of the hydrogen. And the price of PGMs, for which a replacement catalyst had not yet been developed. It will be. Hydrogen has very low energy density. It is expensive to compress. It is an excellent explosive. Hydrogen is not methanol, which is a natural liquid which is easy to handle and is quite safe to use.

    But the hangup with methanol is the perception, as per Mark A, that methanol is a fossil fuel. It doesn’t have to be. But try explaining that to a pollie and a bunch of green activists who think the world is going to end in four years unless we all drive EVs. It’s religious nuttery.

    Carmakers right now are scared because they tried to finesse the use of diesels in regard to the crazy emissions rules the pollies forced upon them and they got caught. Now they have no choice but kowtow. They’re all going to die. The carmakers who will inherit the new earth will all be Chinese because they don’t give a shit about mythical global warming and can sell an increasingly good 4×4 to an Aussie tradie for $20k.

    I have been doing technology and science for four decades. And financial analysis. I know what is economic and what is scientifically feasible. The EV thing is a bubble like the tulip one. It’s not supported by fundamentals. It will pop. Just don’t be around when that happens.

  10. Whale oil is roonable.
    Let’s harvest whales.

  11. dover_beach

    John Wayne died a Catholic death.

    I had no idea he was a late convert. Deo gratias.

  12. Tailgunner

    I was corralled by six tooled up,big cops.
    I was breaching the peace. Or potentially.
    ?
    My non-existent photo copied Konstitution wasn’t going to cut it.
    But,fk, they would’ve taken me down, no hesitation, if I cried Human Rights?
    Has to be Quiet in Yarragrad. No rallies.
    What would SABO do?

  13. Has anyone calculated the CO2 produced in the latest round of bushfires?

  14. Tailgunner

    6 speed CVT auto with hill-hold is currently the best of all worlds for day to day driving.

    This guy lives in Woods Point. Confirmed.

  15. Infidel Tiger

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

    So did Oscar Wilde and Bill Hayden.

  16. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bruce likely drives to Aldi every third day and stocks up on the sales items etc.

    Hehe…I do indeed bicycle twice as many ks per week than I do in my car…because I only have to stagger out of bedroom to my office, via the kitchen to get coffee. Commuting sucks. Aldi also sucks. Never liked it.

  17. Infidel Tiger

    Is there anywhere in Australia you can properly drive a car these days, not including a race track?

    In most civilized countries, speeding fines are only for being a dickhead.

  18. Tailgunner

    Rambler, shoosh, and you tell us,mofo?!
    Put your solar calculator out by the bbq and start crunching.
    Add in the last few volcanoes too,please.
    #GretaWouldLike2Know

  19. MatrixTransform

    so these Concentrator things got funded without a proper kWh ever getting churned out.
    I was there in about 2000 ( which btw was 20 FREAKING years ago ) there was squillions of dollars and a cast of thousands.
    But real stuff got researched, manufactured, built and deployed
    somebody paid.
    somebody got paid
    and then the installations ran for effectively a blink of an eye.
    never ever paid back their greenie-ish-ness

    I was personally involved in destroying millions of dollars of super-tech triple junction cells in a test rig
    34% efficiency we reckoned … stunning

    So why do we currently have perfectly arable fields full of 20% efficient flat-plate instead of the best planet-saving technology available?

    Amazing Technology

    …er fail

    predicting that 20 years from there will be some amazing Barn Finds …

    omg an original Tesla … lets hope it still has a motor.

    we can strip it for copper.

    also … best magnets evah!

  20. vlad

    So did Oscar Wilde and Bill Hayden.

    It’s an odd thing that all three players in the story of Wilde’s downfall – the Marquess of Queensberry, Lord Alfred Douglas and Wilde himself – died Catholics.

  21. Infidel Tiger

    Fuck. 3 dead firemen were Americans.

  22. Geriatric Mayfly

    Looks like Grumpy Greta may have found her sugar daddy at Davos. Step forward Al Gore, you old cradle snatcher.

  23. Tailgunner

    Ummm…PM me for details,IT.
    The mountains are your friend,generally.
    #privateroads

  24. Put your solar calculator out by the bbq and start crunching.

    Anybody know the CO2 amount emitted from one charcoaled koala??

  25. Geriatric Mayfly

    It’s an odd thing that all three players in the story of Wilde’s downfall – the Marquess of Queensberry, Lord Alfred Douglas and Wilde himself – died Catholics.

    What about Counsel for the Prosecution? A Devil’s Advocate if ever there was one.

  26. Tailgunner

    The Tennis is a fkn shitshow.
    No one cares,or even knows, who’s winning or anything.
    It’s just a Thing.
    Plenty of chickas, too.
    Meh, what are you gonna do?
    Enjoy the Decline ..ooooo…heresy!

  27. Tailgunner

    Half body weight, Inco….
    Fkn hell

  28. MatrixTransform

    Plenty of chickas, too.

    The grrls tennis was on in the other room all day.
    sounded like an ongoing murder … with ad breaks

  29. MatrixTransform

    Fuck. 3 dead firemen were Americans.

    not fair
    not fair at all
    Gaia is a rotten bitch

  30. Tailgunner

    Traffic updates, Yarragrad…
    Stay away from Tiger town.
    A bit snarly.

  31. Roger

    3 dead firemen were Americans.

    Very sad news.

    I hope Gladys &/or Scott will offer to their families a suitable token of our thanks for their service.

  32. Infidel Tiger

    3 dead firemen were Americans.

    Very sad news.

    I hope Gladys &/or Scott will offer to their families a suitable token of our thanks for their service.

    They need to get our highest civilian honours and we owe America a brand new plane.

  33. Roger

    They need to get our highest civilian honours…

    The Cross of Valour is awarded for acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril.

    Rarely awarded.

    The Star of Courage might be appropriate, though.

  34. MatrixTransform

    the other week a C-130 flew by.
    Low and slow
    Trajectory straight to Avalon Airport.
    An hour later it flew back the other way
    couldn’t see it on FlightRadar24

  35. kaysee

    3 dead firemen were Americans.

    What is hard to take with these bush fires, is the loss of human lives. And when they are volunteers, it gets even harder.
    And then, the ones who’ve come from overseas to help out, get added to the list.

  36. stackja

    MatrixTransform
    #3300265, posted on January 23, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Not all aircraft show on FR. Many travel up the Parramatta River but don’t show on FR.

  37. Bruce of Newcastle

    They need to get our highest civilian honours and we owe America a brand new plane.

    +1
    Long way to travel to help Aussies, only to die in the bush in a plane crash.
    Thanks, guys, so much. I wish it’d turned out better.

  38. Eyrie

    Batteries are just no damn good. You may have to use them sometimes and sometimes they are good enough that you find it is more convenient than using mains power (hand held power tools) but in absolute terms , compared to a tank of hydrocarbon fuel (petrol, diesel or even ethanol and methanol which I like to think of as partly burned petrol) they aren’t even in the hunt.
    If you want electric car acceleration combined with IC engine convenience use a decent IC engine, a small battery and an integrated electric boost/starter/alternator.
    The only reason the major companies are even looking at electric cars is because of government mandates/subsidies/taxpayer and consumer ripoffs.

  39. Infidel Tiger

    Our Ambassador should be personally knocking on all their families doors to thank them.

  40. JC

    The only reason the major companies are even looking at electric cars is because of government mandates/subsidies/taxpayer and consumer ripoffs.

    Yes, but why not fuel cells, Eyrie?

  41. stackja

    kaysee
    #3300266, posted on January 23, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Unexpected turbulence caused by fires?
    Greens don’t like hazard reduction. Then aircraft are needed. Lives lost.

  42. stackja

    The two prime dangers from fuel cell and hydrogen-powered vehicles are the danger of electrical shock and the flammability of the fuel. Fuel cells power vehicles by electro-chemically combining hydrogen gas (H2) and oxygen (O2) from the surrounding air into water (H20) and electrical energy.
    https://dps.mn.gov

  43. Crossie

    3 dead firemen were Americans.

    What is hard to take with these bush fires, is the loss of human lives. And when they are volunteers, it gets even harder.
    And then, the ones who’ve come from overseas to help out, get added to the list.

    And all because greenies rule the roost. When will we hold them accountable?

  44. calli

    Our Ambassador should be personally knocking on all their families doors to thank them.

    Agreed. Hockey can make himself useful.

    Poor buggers. They fight euc fires at home then come over here and fight euc fires and perish.

  45. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Australian Federal Police has closed its investigation into “historian” Bruce Pascoe, who a couple of decades ago publicly started claiming he was Aboriginal. It says it can’t find that he’s broken any federal law: “no Commonwealth offences have been identified”.

    From over on Bolta.

  46. cohenite

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

    Hard as in impossible. If batteries were going to work the krauts would have done it during WW11. Then there’s scale. At any given moment the fuel tanks in more than 1 billion vehicles on the world’s highways and in garages hold about 10,000 million gallons of gasoline including diesel. That quantity of energy expressed in electrical terms totals 400,000 billion watt-hours (Wh). If we reduce this to take into account the efficiency advantage of electric motors, typically 4x better than an engine at converting stored energy into motion, then one needs only 100,000 billion Wh of batteries per day.

    Current production of batteries 100 billion Wh per year. Current exhaustion of rare earths used in battery production ~ 50 years.

    That comparison involving cars does not include household, industry and other social infrastructure power usage.

    Even flow batteries would not alleviate the problem.

    The only reason we’re talking about batteries is fucking alarmism.

  47. Bruce of Newcastle

    Our Ambassador should be personally knocking on all their families doors to thank them.

    Um, Infi, our ambassador to the US is Joe Hockey.

  48. 8th Dan

    They need to get our highest civilian honours and we owe America a brand new plane.

    Plane and crew were here on contract.

    The C-130 was contracted through American aerial firefighting company Coulson Aviation (USA).

  49. Roger

    Um, Infi, our ambassador to the US is Joe Hockey.

    It gets worse, I’m afraid.

    He’s about to be replaced by Arthur Sinodinos.

  50. JC

    Cronkite

    As a Corolla driver, you really shouldn’t be discussing energy needs and reserves. Factor in private transport usage rate. According to a Morgan Stanley note last year, 90% of the world’s car fleet is parked at any one time.

  51. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’d prefer for the Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management to do it.
    That’s David Littleproud.

  52. Roger

    Plane and crew were here on contract.

    Soldiers are also paid. As are police.

    Does that disqualify them from being awarded honours?

  53. Tailgunner

    Maybe we should find out who these guys were and send messages to their people?

  54. JC

    Current production of batteries 100 billion Wh per year. Current exhaustion of rare earths used in battery production ~ 50 years.

    And that’s straight out of the Club of Rome playbook about resources being finite. I’ve always pegged you for a ghey, green supporter, Cronkite.

  55. Infidel Tiger

    He’s about to be replaced by Arthur Sinodinos.

    How did Eddie Obeid’s rent boy get a visa?

  56. Tailgunner

    No, Sinodinis isn’t fit for purpose.
    Will this dickhead be in Washington late this year?

  57. Bruce of Newcastle

    The C-130 was contracted through American aerial firefighting company Coulson Aviation (USA).

    Canadian actually.

  58. JC

    How did Eddie Obeid’s rent boy get a visa?

    Diplomatic status avoids visa rules I think.

  59. Tailgunner

    I’ll get drunk with the Generals fans and then hit the Straya embassy.
    Fkn Griks

  60. Tailgunner

    As a Corolla driver

    Hehe
    Cohenite, is this true??

  61. kaysee

    stackja
    #3300273, posted on January 23, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    stackja, I have been calculating the penalties (fines+ prison + community service hard labour) that should be imposed on the entire lot: arsonists, greenies, wokerati and anyone who uses the words bush fires and climate change in the same sentence.

  62. Professor Fred Lenin

    The earlier talk about cars and fuel reminded me of many years ago when I styed with relatives in Normandy they own shipping and owned a farm out of town where they grew veg and flowers ,their workhorse was a Citroen 2cv van ,worked very hard over ploughed fields roads and lanes ,not quick but amazingly tough ,seemed to do hundreds of miles to the litre of benzine it was older me than at the time . The limo to go to Paris was a 1937 Citroen TR traction avant like the ones Maigret used to be driven around in . When I see those on TV it brings back happy memories of a car full of carnations to be sold at Les Halles market ,still love that perfume .

  63. Infidel Tiger

    Imagine Sinodinos meeting Trump?

    Let’s hope Trump never agrees to that.

  64. JC

    Hehe
    Cohenite, is this true??

    Yea, he bought because its so ‘vironmentally friendly. He’s a ghey greens supporter.

  65. Roger

    Our most important diplomatic posting and we gift it to political hacks.

  66. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #3300298, posted on January 23, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Imagine Sinodinos meeting Trump?

    Let’s hope Trump never agrees to that.

    And Staples was better value? Staples had to have his stomach reduced/stapled because he couldn’t stop eating.

    Take your pick. A bald Greek or an obese Armenian.

  67. Roger

    Will this dickhead be in Washington late this year?

    Next month, in fact.

  68. Infidel Tiger

    Hockey is a gregarious nimrod.

    Sinodinos is a filthy, greasy, slimebag. In a righteous world he would be cowering in a prison shower.

    Better than Bishop though.

  69. kaysee

    And all because greenies rule the roost. When will we hold them accountable?

    Crossie, it will only happen when someone grows a spine and calls out the truth. Toss the book at the greenies (every single one of them) and send them to prison. Then, with a record against their name, they will never ever be able to get into politics.

  70. Bruce of Newcastle

    Current production of batteries 100 billion Wh per year. Current exhaustion of rare earths used in battery production ~ 50 years.

    I’m with JC on this Cohenite.

    1. REE aren’t used in most batteries, except Prius NiMH batteries, and they only use lanthanum which is more common than copper.
    2. We find more when we look, and when the price signals are juicy enough. ASX mining minnors have found so much Li, which is used in batteries, that the LiCO3 price has collapsed.
    3. Most batteries are now either LiCoO2 or LiFePO4. The former are better, and are the ones used by Elon since they give the longest range for the least weight. But cobalt is about $35,000 per tonne. So a seriously expensive ingredient. And a lot of it comes from places like Congo.
    4. Li replacement by Mg and Al is seriously being worked on. But there’s so much lithium being found it probably isn’t worth the R&D costs.
    5. We ain’t going to be running out of good battery metals for millenia.

    Batteries suck. But the reasons they suck aren’t the reasons you cited.

  71. Eyrie

    Because fuel cells are also no damn good. The technology has been around for 150 + years and still isn’t ready for prime time. Again, useful in certain niche areas such as electrical power for spacecraft (Gemini, Apollo). If they were great they’d be widely used. Besides, where do you get the hydrogen from?

  72. 8th Dan

    The C-130 was contracted through American aerial firefighting company Coulson Aviation (USA).

    Canadian actually.

    Nah – Coulson Aviation (USA) actually.

    Coulson Aviation (USA) Inc. was founded in 1990 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Coulson Aircrane Ltd. From 1990 to 1993 Coulson Aviation (USA) provided the personnel for extensive heli-logging operations in Alaska. In the succeeding years, Coulson Aviation (USA) purchased its first C-130 Hercules that currently holds contracts within the United States and Australia.

  73. JC

    Better than Bishop though.

    Fuck, that was a collagen bullet we avoided.

  74. kaysee

    Donald Trump to Become First U.S. President to Speak at March for Life

    The theme of this year’s March is, Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a4mEoX-bUs&t=1s[/youtube]

  75. JC

    Because fuel cells are also no damn good.

    But are they better than battery tech for cars? That’s the comparison.

    Besides, where do you get the hydrogen from?

    Dunno. How did BMW get it to operate a 7 series?

  76. Tailgunner

    The theme of this year’s March is, Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.

    That’s Nazi hate speech now.

  77. struth

    The only reason the major companies are even looking at electric cars is because of government mandates/subsidies/taxpayer and consumer ripoffs.

    +++++me

  78. Roger

    Donald Trump to Become First U.S. President to Speak at March for Life

    Righteous!

  79. 8th Dan

    Bit quick to link to an article quoting Fitzsimmons, I thought, Bruce Not of Newcastle.
    I must be the only person here who hasn’t who hasn’t besmirched the Commissioner’s name and reputation in the past 2 months.

  80. Tailgunner

    Alright,Roger, you’re on.
    I’ll do a MAGA interception.
    I’ll just need a schedule.
    The Weasel will be off to a trough somewhere in DC around Election Time.
    The cameras will already be there.
    H/t Martin Sellner

  81. cohenite

    According to a Morgan Stanley note last year, 90% of the world’s car fleet is parked at any one time.

    Yeah, except when they aren’t. You’re an idiot head prefect:

  82. stackja

    kaysee
    #3300310, posted on January 23, 2020 at 7:48 pm
    Donald Trump to Become First U.S. President to Speak at March for Life

    The theme of this year’s March is, Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.

    youtube linky

    Great!

  83. cohenite

    I must be the only person here who hasn’t who hasn’t besmirched the Commissioner’s name and reputation in the past 2 months.

    Too busy looking for your dick.

  84. Bruce of Newcastle

    Dan – You should illuminate the commercial channels then, because I heard the aircraft was Canadian on their national newses. I forget which, probably Se7en because Nein gives me bad reception on hot days. Must be climate change.

  85. kaysee

    The theme of this year’s March is, Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.

    Sorry, here’s the link

  86. stackja

    Roger
    #3300300, posted on January 23, 2020 at 7:38 pm
    Our most important diplomatic posting and we gift it to political hacks.

    Richard Casey

    In 1939 the Menzies government decided to establish Australia’s first diplomatic posts, in Tokyo and Washington. Casey was asked to head the legation in Washington. Appointed Australian minister to the United States of America, he resigned from parliament on 30 January 1940. As in London, he proved to have an extraordinary flair for diplomacy, and, despite representing a country of which Americans knew little, soon enjoyed access to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the friendship of leading politicians, officials and servicemen. Although he was now 50, boyish charm and courteous deference opened doors to him, and he was a keen convert to the American craft of public relations.

  87. stackja

    kaysee
    #3300327, posted on January 23, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you.

  88. Bruce From Newcastle:
    Could one of those isotope electric batteries power say, a truck? Or a tank?
    (Ignoring the other problems)

  89. Cassie of Sydney

    “I must be the only person here who hasn’t who hasn’t besmirched the Commissioner’s name and reputation in the past 2 months.”

    Oh the sanctimony from the toilet block who, everyday for the last five weeks, has besmirched the PM’s name and reputation.

    He should stick to hanging around toilet blocks at midnight……it’s his only talent.

  90. JC

    We don’t need all that fuel reserve, because globally the average car is used as for a short commute. Imagine if batteries were more technologically advanced. It would be more efficient to allow a snake like device to charge up the car when you came home in the evening than heading to a petrol station.

    As a Corolla driver, you’d have some awareness of this because you’d refuel every couple of years? So ghey, cronkers.

  91. Cassie of Sydney

    “Sinodinos is a filthy, greasy, slimebag”

    That’s still too kind.

  92. vlad

    I’d take anyone over Joe (“call me Joe”) “Access Card” Hockey.

    Never trust anyone named Joe.

    Joe Stalin, Joe Biden, Joe Hockey.

    Case closed.

  93. Roger

    I must be the only person here who hasn’t who hasn’t besmirched the Commissioner’s name and reputation in the past 2 months.

    Those who occupy high office must expect close scrutiny, especially when life and property are at stake.

    If any of the criticism has been unjust and defamatory he has the option of recourse to the courts.

  94. 1735099

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

    So did Oscar Wilde and Bill Hayden.

    Bill Hayden is still alive and kicking.
    But this is Catallaxy, where making up facts is a pastime……

  95. Bruce of Newcastle

    Because fuel cells are also no damn good.

    But are they better than battery tech for cars?

    In theory, yep. As an R&D guy I look at the possibilities. Theoretically higher efficiency than ICE (the H2 ones are 40-60%). Fuel energy density is excellent provided you don’t use hydrogen.

    Hence my link to methanol fuel cell tech. Throw a few billion of VC at it and see where you get. Could be good.

  96. JC

    By the way, lot’s of accounts where experiments have been tried in Europe, such as Germany and Italy, testing the efficiency of uncontrolled intersections like the one in the clip. They’ve found them to be more efficient than being controlled and directed with lanes and traffic lights.

  97. kaysee

    stackja
    #3300321, posted on January 23, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks.
    You know what happens, stackja, when one tries to multitask ? One gets garbage linkys. 🙂

  98. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bill Hayden is still alive and kicking.
    But this is Catallaxy, where making up facts is a pastime……

    Bill Hayden has been Catholic for a long time.
    Even I know that, Numbers, despite being a Calvanist.

  99. Tel

    As a Corolla driver

    Hehe
    Cohenite, is this true??

    Hey, don’t you even think about trashing those Corolla’s.

    I’m very happy with the way it drives, after many years of faithful service. The only issue is I’m finding the driver’s seat increasingly causing lower back pain on long drives. Does anyone have a suggestion for aftermarket driver seats that are comfortable on long drives? Preferably something affordable but I’m saving money not buying a new car, so seems worthwhile not being too stingy over it.

  100. Roger

    Richard Casey

    Yes, quite the contrast with more recent appointments, stacks.

  101. Cassie of Sydney

    “But this is Catallaxy, where making up facts is a pastime……”

    The Turd’s favourite pastime is making up facts……and everyday he comes to post his lies and fantasies.

  102. Bruce of Newcastle

    We don’t need all that fuel reserve, because globally the average car is used as for a short commute. Imagine if batteries were more technologically advanced.

    Imagine if unicorns existed and could teleport!
    We’d all be unicorn riders.
    And virgins.

  103. cohenite

    The 1984 Corolla; a masterpiece. When I drove it around a hush fell on the town.

  104. MatrixTransform

    where making up facts is a pastime

    and apparently cut’n’pasting facts is a PhD

    loser

  105. Roger

    Bill Hayden is still alive and kicking.

    The key phrase in the op being “before he carked it”.

  106. Infidel Tiger

    Better-than-expected employment data prompted economists to cut their expectations for a cash rate cut in February and put a dent in the market’s record run as it suffered its biggest sell-off for the year to date.

    That tells us all we need to know about the current share market.

    It’s certainly not based on anything rational other than cheap debt.

  107. Geriatric Mayfly

    Trump publicly endorsing pro-Life. It will not be just head explosions but a nuclear detonation. Once the feminist uglies have gone off, the ensuing chain reaction will be something to behold.

  108. Arky

    Babies.
    Bloody babies.
    Who brings a little baby on an international flight?
    Bloody gingers, thats who.
    If I end up with ANY ginger baby vomit on me, I’m bailing out.

  109. feelthebern

    The Wanderers is on one of the Fox movie channels.
    Classic cinema.

  110. calli

    The Beloved took me to my first school dance in this. Years later, it had cans tied to the tow ball and was booby trapped with confetti.

    And then the New Broom took his first ride in a bassinet on the back seat.

    Great little car.

  111. Roger

    The Beloved took me to my first school dance in this.

    Corollas were what UK Ford Anglias/Escorts aspired to be.

    Credit to the Japs.

  112. feelthebern

    The Wanderers was a NY version of American Graffiti, but still classic.

  113. Arky

    But this is Catallaxy, where making up facts is a pastime……”

    .:
    Something broke inside wang during that war.
    Was it seeing Mary Poppins one too many times?
    Was it the Vietnamese girls refusing to sleep with him because he ‘s black, and no matter how many times he insisted it “wasn’t too big, look, look really tiny”. they would not relent?
    Or was it the agent orange? Despite the fact Trump wasn’t known at the time surely he must have suspected that one day someone with a complexion like Trump’s would be president of some country he doesn’t live in or care about?

  114. feelthebern

    What did Amercian Graffiti, the Wanderers & the Outsiders all have in common?
    No gay story lines.

  115. Bruce of Newcastle

    Sadly I had two Corollas, a 1978 and a 1986. Both were lemons.

  116. Rex Mango

    Numbers, serious question. Know you hide behind the sub-optimal IQ facade that you present here, but just imagine if it was shown that global warming is not occurring. Would you be:

    A. Happy because we could get back to burning fossil fuels like the old days, or

    B. Upset because you would feel you’d been duped and hence probably not want to believe that there was no problem

  117. Zatara

    Coulson Aviation (USA) Inc. was founded in 1990 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Coulson Aircrane Ltd.

    Coulson Aircrane Ltd. is a privately owned family company based in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada.

    It’s part of the Coulson Group. As is:

    Coulson Aviation (Australia) PTY Ltd was created in 2010 to support Coulson Aircrane’s long term operations and commitment to its Australian Customers. It was setup as a wholly owned subsidiary of Coulson Aircrane Ltd. to provide aircraft personnel for Coulson’s rotary and fixed wing aircraft operating under contract in Australia for Firefighting and OffShore Oil applications.

  118. Armadillo

    As a Corolla driver, you really shouldn’t be discussing energy needs and reserves. Factor in private transport usage rate.

    Arky has nailed it with the model A.

    Zero emissions because he can’t get the fucking thing out of the shed.

  119. Rex Mango

    Medical question. How come all these diseases keep coming out of China? India has almost the same population and they are crammed into a much smaller country, so why China?

  120. Armadillo

    You have planned a fuel tank Arky? Yes?

  121. feelthebern

    Keep coming out of China ?
    Did I miss a few pandemics?

  122. mh

    Al Gore

    @algore
    Great to see @GretaThunberg at #WEF20 today. Once again, I was struck by her potent and sobering call to action. Nobody speaks truth to power as she does: “Our house is still on fire. Your inaction is fueling the flames by the hour.”

  123. Rex Mango

    One thing the Coulson crash has demonstrated is the professionalism of the RAAF. RAAF has flown C130’s continuously since the 50s (think they were the second customer after the USAF) and have never had a serious crash.

  124. vlad

    Other Catholic converts include Faye Dunaway and novelist Donna Tartt.

    Good night.

  125. Infidel Tiger

    Medical question. How come all these diseases keep coming out of China? India has almost the same population and they are crammed into a much smaller country, so why China?

    India being mainly vegetarian and practicing very basic ag may have saved it.

    There are very high level suspicions China has been conducting lots of cloning experiments on humans. God only knows how these have gone.

    Let’s hope this isn’t the reason.

    Aside from that China is one giant fetid swamp of human, animal and industrial waste. It’s also full of people who will fuck and eat anything. Recipe for disaster.

  126. mh

    Rex, in many parts of China – probably all – the people eat anything that moves. That can’t be healthy.

    Indians are much more particular in what they eat. Many being vegetarian.

  127. Rex Mango

    Steve McQueen another Catholic convert.

  128. Armadillo

    Nobody speaks truth to power as she does

    FFS. Not sure where to start with that…

  129. Arky

    Everyone ignore the armoured weasel.
    Syphilis is battling the leprosy for control of it’s brain.

  130. Rex Mango

    IT & mh thanks, the veggo theory is a good one. Got an Indian mate I need to speak to about this.

  131. Rex Mango

    My Indian mate told me how on his property they saw a mongoose attacking a cobra and was going to kill it. So they shooed the mongoose away and prayed to the snake.

  132. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    (think they were the second customer after the USAF)

    Correct – took delivery of the A models in 1958, IIRC.

  133. cohenite

    It’s amazing watching Schiff, that indescribably ugly, fat little turd natler and the rest of these scum; they lie outright; Schiff said the mueller report found Trump colluded with the wussians; it found the opposite; the bastard says Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president clearly shows quid pro quo when it showed no such thing; natler said biden’s sprog had no connection with the impeachment when in fact it’s central and so on.

    If the GOP team don’t eviscerate these bastards it’s all over.

  134. Mark from Melbourne

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

    Arma, that is the best pre-emptive slag I have seen in 45 years on the net.

    As taily would say… “respect”.

  135. Bruce of Newcastle

    India has almost the same population and they are crammed into a much smaller country, so why China?

    Hindu Indians don’t eat and live closely with pigs, ducks and chickens.

  136. Top Ender

    Belle faceplants again.

    She should team up with Salim Mehajer.

    Cancer fraudster Belle Gibson’s latest guise has unravelled with Victoria’s Oromo community rejecting suggestions she has joined their ranks after a video surfaced of her claiming she had reinvented herself as a member of the Ethiopian tribal group.

    Donning a headscarf and praising Allah, Ms Gibson, who was found guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct over the fake cancer scandal, has claimed to have been volunteering for the community group for about four years and was involved in efforts to raise money for its leaders “back home”.

    She has also taken on the name “Sabontu”.

    The president of the Australian Oromo Community Association in Victoria, Tarekegn Chimdi, rejected Ms Gibson’s claims when they were put to him on Thursday, telling The Australian that he had only just learned about her “shameful story”.

    In this Facebook video from October 2019, Belle Gibson discusses how Australia’s Oromo Ethiopian community has adopted her, and her activism for their causes.

    He said she was not a registered volunteer with the organisation and background checks were typically conducted on ­official volunteers.

    Dr Chimdi said he had seen her at events just two or three times and thought someone had brought her.

    “We hadn’t been aware of this woman and we do not know her backstory,” he said.

    Oz – sadly no comments allowed

  137. Tailgunner

    India has almost the same population and they are crammed into a much smaller country, so why China?

    Good point,Rex.
    Industrial disease?
    IT, thoughts?

  138. Rex Mango

    So we should give up trying to convert China to Christianity and instead truck in evangelical vegans to the place.

  139. Boambee John

    Al Gore

    @algore
    Great to see @GretaThunberg at #WEF20 today. Once again, I was struck by her potent and sobering call to action. Nobody speaks truth to power as she does: “Our house is still on fire. Your inaction is fueling the flames by the hour.”

    The Goracle is probably the only person in the whole wide world who is less impressive than Greta, and he lapses into pedophrasty at the sight of her. Greta envy?

  140. Infidel Tiger

    Have commented up thread Gunner.

  141. feelthebern

    Raining in Wentworth.

  142. Tel

    cohenite #3300369,

    Another poor bastard killed by a tesla battery.

    Was this a problem caused by insufficient energy density.

    Or perhaps the question is more related to reliably??

    How has earlier free market technology handled each of these issues with other situations, such as the development of safety and reliability features in regular cars?

    For what it’s worth, I think Musk is a grifter and Tesla diverts resources away from the taxpayer and away from real solutions … but that’s a different issue to the question of whether a solution exists.

  143. Tailgunner

    She has also taken on the name “Sabontu”.

    Lol, this chick has some front.

  144. Tailgunner

    Yes, Tiger, indeed.
    👌

  145. Rex Mango

    Tel, JC won’t like to hear that. Tesla just broke some share price record today & market cap is past $100M, second only to Toyota.

  146. Leigh Lowe

    Bill Hayden is indeed still with us.
    He was scheduled for last May, but Hawkey cut his lunch and pinched his spot.
    Old habits.

  147. vlad

    She should team up with Salim Mehajer.

    No, with Professor Pascoe.

  148. feelthebern

    No longer raining in Wentworth.

  149. vlad

    Raining in Wentworth.

    Yeah, but is it raining mud?

    My car got mudded on hard overnight.

  150. vlad

    No longer raining in Wentworth.

    Well, there you go.

    Meanwhile at the Cat the shitewell never runs dry.

  151. Leigh Lowe

    It was raining mud in Melbourne yesterday.
    I am not sure of the order of these things.
    Is it locusts next?
    Or will we be knee deep in newts?
    Maybe the Chinese virus is the next plague.

  152. cohenite

    Can’t watch PML; that leftie bastard is on.

  153. vlad

    Assuming mud = blood, the next plague will be frogs.

  154. feelthebern

    Kyrgios is our most naturally talented player since Rod Laver.
    Tragic to see talent wasted.
    Tragic.

  155. 8th Dan

    India has almost the same population and they are crammed into a much smaller country, so why China?

    The Chinks spit everywhere.

  156. Arky

    Arma, that is the best pre-emptive slag I have seen in 45 years on the net

    ..
    He is indeed a preemptive slag.

  157. Rex Mango

    8 the Dandruff, most intelligent thing you’ve ever written, but you would know about personal hygiene wouldn’t you.

  158. vlad

    I bought a new computer over the break and I’m getting nothing done in consequence, ie spending all my evenings watching youtube and monitoring catallaxy when I could be – and with the old computer that crashed every 20 minutes, would have been – reading a good book.

    To say nothing of staying up past my bedtime.

  159. Rex Mango

    8 the Dandruff, you going to Women’s Cricket World Cup Final at MCG on 8 March?

  160. Arky

    Ginger babies ugly ginger mother up and down like a yoyo.
    More annoying than finding an armadildo’s copse stuffed into your property’s sewage outlet.

  161. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I hope it gets better’: Tiny French down digs deep for Australian bushfire relief

    It might be more than 15,000kms away, but a commune in northern France that Australia liberated in World War I is digging deep to help rebuild communities ravaged by bushfires.
    Rory Mulholland in Villers-Bretonneux, France, News Corp Australia Network
    January 23, 2020 8:00pm

    Australia was there in France’s time of need.

    Now the town liberated by Australian forces in World War I has reciprocated the gallant gesture, digging deep for bushfire relief.

    The mayor of Villers-Bretonneux, which hosts the main memorial to Australian soldiers killed on the Western Front, launched a fundraiser after seeing reports of the fires that swept across swathes of Australia.

    “The idea came from my heart,” Mayor Patrick Simon told News Corp in his town hall, where a pair of decorative kangaroos adorn the entrance.

    “Everyone here was talking about the fires, and we were all appalled.”

    The town of 4500 people was recaptured from the Germans in a key battle in April 1918, in which 1200 ANZACs were killed.

    After the war, Victorians raised money to rebuild the local school, renamed Victoria School, and to reconstruct parts of the town.

    When News Corp visited that primary school, where the words “Do not forget Australia” are emblazoned on the playground wall, children were busy drawing pictures of the bushfires in Australia.

  162. Eyrie

    “JC
    #3300338, posted on January 23, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    By the way, lot’s of accounts where experiments have been tried in Europe, such as Germany and Italy, testing the efficiency of uncontrolled intersections like the one in the clip. They’ve found them to be more efficient than being controlled and directed with lanes and traffic lights.”

    Quite a few years ago my airline pilot mate had me drive him to Brisbane Airport in his Ford Fairlane. When I’m in the car he usually gets me to drive as I can’t stand his distracted driving. So we get to the top end of Nudgee road and running out of time for him to make his flight (this was morning peak hour) and the lights are out at the intersection where you turn right to the airport. I said you’re gunna miss your flight. Not so. The traffic moved very efficiently and everyone was immensely polite. When we went through the intersection we could see that the lights were, indeed out. About 15 meters out, along the road, trailing their wires. Lots quicker than when the lights were working.

  163. Truly Al Gore is a ponce.
    What I don’t understand is why, as the illuminati left Davos, they did not mount their wooden bicycles and ride helter-skelter down the mountain back home. Like Greta told them to do.

  164. Eyrie

    Fuel cells are still no damn good otherwise they’d be in everyday use. Theoretical efficiency is no substitute for operational experience.
    JC, there are no Hydrogen wells. The Hydrogen is made from natural gas, methane, CH4. You get Hydrogen and CO2 if you do it right. Not “clean”.
    Methanol might be better but direct Methanol seems to have a 10% efficiency and lots of problems. Pathetic.
    FUEL CELLS ARE NO DAMN GOOD.

  165. Infidel Tiger

    on January 23, 2020 at 9:22 pm
    Kyrgios is our most naturally talented player since Rod Laver.
    Tragic to see talent wasted.
    Tragic.

    Easily the most gifted player on the circuit, but he has bi-polar for sure.

    Only player worth watching and listening too.

  166. Tel

    Are you insulting my intelligence community?

  167. Rockdoctor

    Whew busy week, now a nice but nasty looking storm storm brewing… Come in spinner still very warm, reminiscent if NQ but without the humidity.

    Wouldn’t be surprise if the Chinese or at least the Wuhan City Officials have been lying through their teeth about the latest SARS permutation for a few weeks now. Friend was on a flight from Bangkok to Singapore in the first week of Jan that was chock a block full of mainland Chinese. The whole lot of them were coughing hacking & spitting in sick bags. 3 days after he landed in Australia he got cold like symptoms, shallow dry chest cough with phlegm that would come out, sore throat, fevers & headaches. He relied on the reports the Wuhan SARS couldn’t be transmitted very easily by humans and thought it was probably something else, didn’t seek help. After a few days off work keeping to himself the worst passed. He is now not so certain at what he had was so benign.

    Our authorities today should have quarantined that whole plane one of the last to leave the infected city, at least for the incubation time. What makes them think that a nation of people who are habitual food smugglers thumbing their nose at our quarantine regulations will suddenly be honest about their contact with this virus and limiting contact voluntarily for about a week?

  168. Tel

    Tel, JC won’t like to hear that. Tesla just broke some share price record today & market cap is past $100M, second only to Toyota.

    Meanwhile Walmart has a court case against Tesla for installing rooftop solar cells that catch fire.

    I mean, rooftop solar ain’t exactly a new idea … and every other supplier the world over can at least make them NOT CATCH FIRE!

  169. Armadillo

    I’m pretty sure there was no “rain mud” on Arkys car. It hasn’t seen sunlight yet.

  170. Zatara

    Medical question. How come all these diseases keep coming out of China? India has almost the same population and they are crammed into a much smaller country, so why China?

    Biological warfare experimentation? As in something got loose from the lab, or an experimental population that wasn’t properly quarantined?

  171. Rex Mango

    ABC RN Theatre Show now discussing Aust Day. It is true, our moral betters are redesigning Australia Day to become like Anzac Day, ie start with solemn remembrance that transitions to celebration. They are using terms in the present tense like ‘the colonial project’, as if it is ongoing and the country won’t be complete, until it is binned.

  172. Rex Mango

    Now these cultural geniuses have seamlessly merged from an Aust Day discussion into banging on about cultural burning, climate change, blah blah blah. Unbelievable the way all these topics line up to point in the indig direction.

  173. egg_

    That Mu llins fwit pushed to get the useless C-130s here.
    Probably feels no guilt/shame.

  174. Rex Mango

    They had all the answers 100,000 years ago.

  175. EvilElvis

    Massive ABC endorsement for Senior Aussie of the Year (nominee?) on ABC kids banging on about activism and climate change. The old crackhead straight up spruiks a mob called OzGreens, not to far removed from Australian Greens. What a pack of bastards and AOTY is a pile of shit. Luckily my kids can tell the difference between entertainment and bullshit.

  176. Zyconoclast

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

    +1

  177. Armadillo

    I would suggest that Trump is a pretty good student of history. His priorities lie around the military, police, ICE and veterans.

    Replacing Generals (or keeping them) is as important as replacing high court judges. Probably more so.

  178. Top Ender

    They had all the answers 100,000 years ago.

    Odd, really.

    The more the great backstory is proclaimed, the more the average punter can see it’s not true, and the more annoyed they get at the money spent for no result; white guilt etc.

  179. Fat Tony

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3300361, posted on January 23, 2020 at 8:46 pm
    Sadly I had two Corollas, a 1978 and a 1986. Both were lemons.

    BoN – we’ve gone thru this before – it’s because you drove them like an old maiden aunt.

  180. Zyconoclast

    They need to get our highest civilian honours and we owe America a brand new plane.

    And a suitable and substantial cash payment.

  181. max

    Donald Trump to Become First U.S. President to Speak at March for Life

    Pope Frank to issue a condemnation any minute now.

  182. Armadillo

    The fact that the military has remained “non partisan” to date is a credit to them.

    As much as that can be so.

  183. Narwhal Tusk

    Corollas are probably good cars but are just whitegoods.
    My fridge is more exciting.

  184. Helen

    It was a Canadian plane – Coulson. A large company they do lots of logging and have lots helicopters. Had an Sikorsky F61 crash a few years ago, killed 14 people. I believe Coulson was a test pilot for Bell Helicopters. He and the company are very, very highly regarded across the industry.

    +2
    Long way to travel to help Aussies, only to die in the bush in a plane crash.
    Thanks, guys, so much. I wish it’d turned out better.

  185. Rex Mango

    TE, the grand ABC Narrative is thus; Australia is gradually discovering it’s amazing 100,000 year old history (think Numbers) as people become aware of the truth and the colonial project (ie the patriarchy) is wound up and consigned to the historical dustbin as a failed experiment, like apartheid South Africa. They have given up trying to ditch Australia Day (Invasion Day), this year the big push is to appropriate it and turn it into Survival Day.

  186. Rex Mango

    N Tusk, agree. Was watching a show where this German bloke spent 10min slagging off every aspect of his old Landrover. It’s sloppy steering, lack of aircon, creature comforts etc. Then he looked into the camera and said ‘It’s the one car I would never get rid of.’

  187. Helen

    I read the Chris Kenny piece on the mouldy Ghost whinding back his comments of a few years ago as regards global warming and bushfires – back then there was no connection, now it is totally connected.

    There were a few pics of Tony Abbott in the story as well, and I have to say the fatigue is showing. He is as gaunt as a kangaroo dog, he has lost muscle, his face is grey with strain. This was a super fit man who went into these scenario a few months ago, he has had a number of rotations through over 30 days in all, (I counted them up in another story) and it bought home to me how close to the end of their tether everyone must be at this stage.

    It is a war out there. Stay safe, guys and gals. Let it end.

  188. Rex Mango

    Helen, in a fair world, Morrison would make a phone call and Abbott would get AOTY and the ABC/Fauxfacts would go into meltdown.

  189. Infidel Tiger

    Abbott was an ordinary PM (led astray by his horrid C of staff and Treasury) but an extraordinary human being.

    He really is a great Australian.

  190. Zyconoclast

    All you need to know about Bill Hayden is this

    Labor won the 1983 election handily, and Hayden became Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. In that post, he advocated closer integration between Australia and its Asian neighbours. In a 1983 interview, he stated: “Australia is changing. We’re an anomaly as a European country in this part of the world. There’s already a large and growing Asian population in Australia and it is inevitable in my view that Australia will become a Eurasian country over the next century or two. Australian Asians and Europeans will marry another and a new race will emerge: I happen to think that’s desirable.” Asiaweek, 19 August 1983.[16]

  191. 132andBush

    C130 Air tanker crash 2002

    Fatigue cracks in the main spar from memory.

    Talking to a youngish aviation buff tonight and he said the sudden dropping of all that weight puts a lot of strain on the airframe. In the above vid the wings snap off just after the dump.

  192. Old School Conservative

    There were a few pics of Tony Abbott in the story as well, and I have to say the fatigue is showing

    Not helped by friendly fire.
    Sky is advertising an upcoming show; in the trailer Mr Abbott gets asked a gotcha question and is seen just gabbing air and no words coming out.
    Cut to another scene.
    He is made to look like an imbecile.
    (Peter if you are reading I still think he was the best PM we could have had)

  193. Infidel Tiger

    Holy shit.

    PML is horrendous. What is going on with that set? Looks like a bogan won lotto.

  194. Infidel Tiger

    The C130 crash is even more devastating because we know those planes do zero for bushfires. They are flying white elephants.

    Such a tragic waste.

  195. 8th Dan

    Abbott … an extraordinary human being.

    He really is a great Australian.

    +1,000

  196. Armadillo

    In a fair world an Australian Conservative Prime Minister would do lots of stuff.

    No need to look to the future.

    Repeal most of the bullshit legislation enacted in the past 30 years.

  197. Geriatric Mayfly

    Was someone above saying they will eat anything that moves (or flies)? Wait until they get stuck into the frightbats.

    GROSS: Scientists Blame Coronavirus on Bats — In Chinese Province Where Bat Soup Is Served in Restaurants

  198. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    PM Live now has a phone-in function. In ya go, Cats. Hairy just up re on phone-in re the need to call out Liberal nervousness on tackling the climate hysteria, taking issue with Corman.

  199. Old School Conservative

    I just read the full text of Scott Morrison’s statement about his dad’s death. (Michael Smith)
    Sounds like a very good man, and Scott wrote well about Morrison Snr’s legacy.

  200. Rex Mango

    Ok, David Williamson on Phil Adams radio show & quite good as they have worked on a number of movies together. Then they spruik Williamson’s new play & guess what, it’s about a Fed Court Judge having his 70th birthday to discover his daughter is hiding a reffo from Nauru, while another kid (think a son) is a right wing Christian. Then conflict results. So yeah typical Williamson political stuff to be expected. Then Phil asks Williamson an interesting question. He says ‘If you went back in time, would you have expected Australia to turn out like it has?’ Williamson then is gushing about all the great things that have happened in last ten years, like he wouldn’t have dreamed of it (think he was referring to SSM). PHIL ADAMS then failed to ask the next obvious question; ‘Why then David, after the battles have all been won, do you keep writing all this left wing boiler plate dross?’

  201. Armadillo

    No one eats bats. Surely?

    Just like people going on a fox hunt. You aren’t actually going to eat the fox?

    Arky, NO. Don’t comment. I know you want to.

  202. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Campbell Newman took Hairy’s point of view and ran heavily with it.

    ps. I don’t much go for the Man Cave background. I know it is supposed to be folksy and comforting but I find it distracting. Hairy came out as an ex-academic but he also draws an industry bow. Too hard to get that in as well in this context.

  203. Rex Mango

    132, you may well be right. They were not designed as bombers. Pushing pallets out the back one by one different to everything at once.

  204. Helen

    Indigenous eat flyng fox, does that count? Big delicacy in PNG, too, They knock down a few trees on a ridge line and string nets across, the bats flying over nach go for the gap. Dinner. Yum!

    Paraguay eat bats too, I read a book named dead bat in Paraguay about some looser traveler trying to get this woman anyway one meal was a big bat. I remember more about that than the story which was trying so hard to be funny or ironic or both.

  205. Villers-Britteneux? Zulu Kilo Two Alpha, for some reason this town has been etched into the memory. History lessons suggested that this was one of the great battles during World War One. Many heroic tales. Also it is the twin town of Robinvale VIC.

  206. Zyconoclast

    2021 Lucid Air to debut at New York motor show

    Lucid’s rival to the Tesla Model S, an electric car called simply the Air, is set to debut in production form in April at this year’s New York motor show.
    The company has said its unveiling will be accompanied by specifications, pricing and configuration information for the production model.
    That indicates the pricing information the company revealed all the way back in 2017 is no longer accurate.
    Production of the Air is set to begin by the end of the year, with pre-production models rolling off the line early in Q4.
    Lucid has yet to reveal information about its retail sales and service network, though it says such information is coming soon.

  207. 8th Dan

    It was a Canadian plane – Coulson.

    Sure, babe.

    From The Coulson Family

    Coulson Aviation (USA) Inc
    610 SW Alder Street Suite 910
    Portland, Oregon 97205

  208. Zyconoclast

    South Korea orders dismissal of transgender soldier

    On Wednesday, the army decided Byun could no longer serve in South Korea’s military because of “mental and physical disability.” Byun, a 21-year-old staff sergeant, recently underwent sex reassignment surgery to become female.

    South Korean authorities said that while the military has no specific regulations banning transgender service members or concerning their transition, it considers the removal of genitals a disability necessitating the discharge decision.

  209. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Villers-Britteneux? Zulu Kilo Two Alpha, for some reason this town has been etched into the memory. History lessons suggested that this was one of the great battles during World War One. Many heroic tales. Also it is the twin town of Robinvale VIC.

    It was the last major battle of the last German offensive of 1918 – with Russia out of Wobbly Wobbly One, the Germans transferred troops to the Western Front, and launched said offensive as a last ditch effort to win the war. After that, it was all downhill. Thanks for pointing out it was the twin town of Robinvale.

  210. MatrixTransform

    From The Coulson Family

    retard

  211. cohenite

    Corollas are probably good cars but are just whitegoods.
    My fridge is more exciting.

    You can’t have a root in a fridge.

  212. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    You can’t have a root in a fridge.

    I know a bloke who was shocked to discover he’d been conceived on the back seat of his mother’s Corolla, with the aid of a bottle of Jack Daniels.

  213. Zyconoclast

    You can’t have a root in a fridge.

    Root vegetable?

  214. Knuckle Dragger

    Electric cars.

    Gunner, at 5.39 p.m.;

    ‘Rockatansky would never drive one.’

    End of discussion.

  215. max

    The Indians are not big on touching or sharing things like drink bottles or kissing. The Brahmin refuse to be touched by lower castes. One of the reasons cricket was embraced, particularly by the Brahmin caste. Non contact.

    Though everyone craps outside so you’d think that would not help.

  216. Geriatric Mayfly

    Indigenous eat flyng fox,

    You could actually carve a haunch off one of them. But bats are small in comparison, unless the indigenes are into entrees an appetisers. As for soup Chinois, I imagine four brace of bats or five are thrown in the pot without too much ado.

  217. Knuckle Dragger

    candy, 1.14 p.m;

    ‘It seems a straight up case of buying votes.’

    No one, and I mean no one can possess this level of naivety. Has to be taking the piss.

  218. Mark A

    Helen
    #3300481, posted on January 23, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    https://coulsongroup.com/

    What are you trying to prove?
    These are mere facts. /sarc

  219. Infidel Tiger

    Candy is a sugar troll.

  220. Lazlo

    Black Ball: VB is where the German Spring Offensive (Operation Michael) was finally halted. It involved incredibly vicious hand to hand fighting. Our grandfathers.

  221. JC

    Eyrie

    Why are you preaching to me about fuel cells? I can’t recall who it was touting them, but wasn’t me. I was ambivalent initially asking if fuels were better then why aren’t being adopted instead of battery EV.

  222. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #3300453, posted on January 23, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    The C130 crash is even more devastating because we know those planes do zero for bushfires. They are flying white elephants.

    Such a tragic waste.

    Think about this one.
    Eastern Victoria had 25mm of rain the other day, and we are told it won’t put the fire out.
    That is one inch on EVERY square yard of territory over thousands of square miles.
    So a C130 full of water is SFA.
    OK for protecting houses in difficult terrain, but they are never putting out big fires.

  223. MatrixTransform

    So, you Sydneystanis how was temperature today?

    crack the predicted 40 billion °C ?

  224. Lazlo

    Fittingly, VB is where the Australian War Memorial is on the Western Front. Designed by Lutyens, and perfect.

  225. JC

    cohenite
    #3300478, posted on January 23, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Corollas are probably good cars but are just whitegoods.
    My fridge is more exciting.

    You can’t have a root in a fridge.

    And neither in a Corolla – at least with a woman.

  226. JC

    Tel

    You’re a computer programmer. In other words a geek. It’s perfectly fine and fitting you drive a Corolla and no one would ever hold that against you.

  227. Rex Mango

    JC, Dow Jones breaking records for longest bull run ever. Surely now time to sell?

  228. Rex Mango

    MT, Sydney was hot, pretty dry but nothing ‘unprecedented’. Dust storm came though too round dusk. Now a southerly change just hitting and temperature dropping. I blame climate change.

  229. Lazlo

    It did get very hot, 41c according to BoM. Around here we used to call it “summer”. But I can’t remember the last time I head cicadas calling.

  230. max

    He really is a great Australian.

    A caller to 3AW last week said she was on a Sydney – Melb flight a while ago and noticed Tony Abbot sitting a few rows away.

    He got up during the flight and walked forward to the toilet and many of the passengers must have noticed who it was. As he was returning to his seat people started abusing him.

  231. Rex Mango

    Southerly change rather mild, so I am self medicating with Dr James Beam.

  232. Rex Mango

    max, if that story is even half true all the more reason to make him AOTY. Would make so many idiots angry.

  233. Rex Mango

    I work with an old gentlemen who is eminently sensible and well read, but at heart a Fabian Socialist. Mention Abbott’s name and he froths at the mouth and one particular characteristic he hates, this bloke who would never judge another human by their skin colour, is the way Abbott walks.

  234. Infidel Tiger

    Think about this one.
    Eastern Victoria had 25mm of rain the other day, and we are told it won’t put the fire out.
    That is one inch on EVERY square yard of territory over thousands of square miles.
    So a C130 full of water is SFA.
    OK for protecting houses in difficult terrain, but they are never putting out big fires.

    They may work on small grass fires or helping in residential areas, but you are pissing in the ocean with a eucalyptus fire.

  235. JC

    JC, Dow Jones breaking records for longest bull run ever. Surely now time to sell?

    Naaa and buy what eggsactly? At the margin the only thing to worry about is the election in November and at this stage markets think Trump will win. That’s a huge risk though as I don’t believe it’s as laid down as what conventional wisdom thinks.

    I think we’re in a new world. Every single recession in the US since WW2 has been caused by the Fed. People think the Fed is sophisticated, but it isn’t. It used to do the same thing every single turn. Tighten policy until the US swung into recession.
    I think the Fed is moving towards a monetary policy regime which is to target nominal GDP/ aggregate income and this will make downturns shallower and less harsh. For all intents, I believe that looking back we will see last year as a slowdown/”recession” year.

    Moving forward, the Fed will be more friendly towards a slightly higher inflation base rate and won’t be spooked into tightening in a big way like it used to.

    In this game, you have to own assets.

    If you don’t think this is possible then think about the Australian scenario. We haven’t had a meaningful recession in 28 years and I consider this span of time as a real possibility in the US. It doesn’t mean this year won’t be volatile though, but if you have nominal income growth across the sectors, markets will come back.

  236. Lazlo

    Rex : it’s also the way he talks. Abbott had a speech defect in early life. He measures his words to compensate, very well in my opinion. George 6th learned to live with it, as did Winston Churchill.

  237. Rex Mango

    Just watching Tour Down Under on SBS. Couple of observations. They throw plastic drink bottles everywhere. Does someone come along afterwards & clean up the mess? Also, unlike horse racing, they are happy to replay the crashes and blokes going into Armco rails etc. Very brutal sport, but environmentally friendly, no.

    Also ABC News just said the coronavirus in China started in a market selling live animals for food & they are now shutting down some more cities.

  238. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We’ve been enjoying the aircon today and last night for the second time only this summer. Fans have been all we’ve needed here on the coast, aircon only in reserve for mid-Dec to mid-Jan we have found. Much cooler in Wentworth now, a pleasant summer’s evening, with the wind gusting now just a bit cooling things down more. No rain here today.

    All teens’ used sheets and towels washed, dried and folded to go back in the linen closet.
    I feel like a paragon housewife when I do things like that.

    We ordered Chinese, over-ordered and there is enough left for another meal.
    It was nice. Very tasty and I have pigged out on the bag of those prawn crisps they give you.

    I will dance them off in a dance class tomorrow morning. Promise myself.

  239. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Dates wrong above for aircon. It is mid-Jan to end-Feb, so the sticky month is yet to come.

  240. JC

    it’s also the way he talks. Abbott had a speech defect in early life.

    Abbott has a camera defect. If you watched him operate in parliament he was a decent speaker and very lucid. Sticker the fucker in front of a camera and he’d shut down like a clam.

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