Open Forum: January 25, 2020

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  1. Nick

    It will be interesting to see how the China virus pans out.
    In HK during the SARS episode, 300 people died, some due to the steroid doses admitted my medical staff. Last year some 8000 people died in HK from pheumonia.

  2. Mater

    Bob,
    You don’t smile much, do you?
    You strike me as a rather dour individual who is always seeking out new justifications for your miserable outlook…and often finding them, at the ABC.

    I don’t think you and I can be friends anymore. You’re a dampener on my happy-go-lucky spirit. 🙁

  3. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The first person known to have been infected by the Wuhan coronavirus had never visited the city’s seafood market – regarded as the epicentre of the outbreak – according to Chinese researchers, who also called for extra precautions against airborne transmission of the disease between humans.
    The researchers, seven of whom work at Wuhan’s Jinyintan hospital, designated for patients with the illness, revealed on Friday in The Lancet medical journal that symptoms of the new disease were first reported on December 1 – much earlier than the Wuhan government’s initial announcement on December 31 of 27 cases of the pneumonia-like infection.
    According to the report, the first patient had no exposure to the Huanan seafood market which was shut down on January 1 over fears – later confirmed – that the new virus was linked to its trade in wild animals. The researchers added that none of the patient’s family had developed fever or any respiratory symptoms. There was also no epidemiological link between the first patient and the later cases, they found.

  4. Snoopy

    When is Scotty from Marketing going to actually rescue the Aussies trapped in Wuhan?

    With so many children involved this would seem a perfect job for our female Diggers and RAAF pilots. It could be an all female show!

  5. Shy Ted

    I got it, feelthebern. I was on a plane with Bettina Arndt in Arnhem Land once when she was a consulting psychologist. Didn’t talk to her in case she schectioned or seduled me.

  6. LA Lakers great Kobe Bryant dead in a helicopter crash.

  7. Geriatric Mayfly

    With so many children involved this would seem a perfect job for our female Diggers and RAAF pilots. It could be an all female show!

    There’s bound to be trauma lurking somewhere.Throw in another plane load of counsellors, therapists and social workers.

  8. Leigh Lowe

    Mater

    #3303512, posted on January 27, 2020 at 8:06 am

    You never told me you were gay.

    You never asked!

    Quick quiz.
    Do you own any Barbra Streisand records?
    Do you fear you will never have enough throw rugs, cushions and other soft furnishings?
    Did you ever cry during a Qantas “Still Call ‘Straya Home” advert?”
    Is your favourite drink served with an umbrella and/or straw?
    Are you in the local musical theatre group and happy to play female roles if “numbers are short”?

  9. Leigh Lowe

    I don’t think you and I can be friends anymore. You’re a dampener on my happy-go-lucky spirit. 

    Q6 : Are you fickle when it comes to personal relationships?

  10. Cassie of Sydney

    Pay the rent…how long before a government introduces a special “Indigenous Stolen Land rent tax”?

    Pay the rent’ critics called racist

    The organisers of a Melbourne “Invasion Day” protest at which attendees were encouraged to “pay the rent” for living on “stolen land” have accused those asking questions about the governance of the fundraiser of being “racist”.

    Tens of thousands of people marched from state parliament to Flinders Street Station on Sunday, protesting against the celebration of Australia Day on January 26

    Buckets for cash collection, credit card facilities and online links were made available to attendees and other supporters who were told by protest organiser and Gunnai and Gunditjmara woman ­Meriki Onus: “Whether you live here, or in Gippsland, or up in Brisbane, you live on Aboriginal land, and you have an obligation to pay rent to the local blackfellas of that area.”

    Mr Onus’s uncle, Aboriginal activist Robbie Thorpe, suggested 1 per cent of annual income would be an appropriate amount to ­donate to the fund, which is not a registered charity and is being ­administered by activist group Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, of which Ms Onus and Mr Thorpe are members.

    Ms Onus said the money would be put towards funerals for indigenous Victorians.

    Ms Onus’s cousin, activist and former state Greens MP Lidia Thorpe, hit out at those who asked questions about where the money was going.

    On Friday, Melbourne broadcaster Neil Mitchell interviewed Ms Thorpe, telling her Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance is “not the most credible organisation in the world” and asking, “where will the money go?”. On Sunday, Ms Thorpe hit back, to cheers from fellow protesters.

    “For those questioning the governance of the pay-the-rent concept, how dare you? It is racist,” she said. “Why don’t you ask where everybody else is spending their money and what they’re using it for?

    “We have a sophisticated governance system in place that our old people are in control of, like they should be.

    “We have the oldest constitution on this planet, the oldest governance system on this planet, so if anyone wants to question how the money is being spent, then you need to talk to my old people, and you need to justify what you’re doing on stolen land.”

    Ms Thorpe said the “pay-the- rent” concept was devised by indigenous elders in the 1970s.

    “It’s a way we can self-determine and it’s a way you can help us to determine our future, ourself, our way,” she said.

    In Sydney, thousands including NRL players Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker marched from the central business district to inner-west Camperdown chanting “change the date” and “always was, always will be Aboriginal land”.

    Victoria Police said two men were arrested near the Melbourne protest on Sunday, both of whom were accused of breaching the peace as part of a counter-protest.

    About 20 men wore T-shirts reading “Gov Arthur Phillip did nothing wrong” and holding signs saying “Australia Day should never be changed”.

    The groups was persuaded by police to disperse.

    RACHEL BAXENDALEVICTORIAN POLITICAL REPORTER”

  11. Cassie of Sydney

    “I don’t think you and I can be friends anymore.”

    Mater….I never thought that you were that desperate.

  12. Mater

    LL,
    What’s the pass mark?
    How many yes’s am I allowed before I have to take up cheerleading?

    I’ve been known to shed a tear during a Qantas “Still Call ‘Straya Home” rendition. Usually if it coincides with my first glimpse of the Hosties, and the realisation that there is a newborn in the adjacent seat.

  13. Arky

    Leigh Lowe
    #3303532, posted on January 27, 2020 at 8:34 am

    ..
    You can tick four of those and still be hetro, right?
    Right?

  14. 132andBush

    Mater,
    You sound like his old platoon leader.

  15. Leigh Lowe

    Mater.
    I will concede 1 “Yes” answer as an aberration but conceivably still hetero.
    2 and you are on the watch-list.
    3 or more and you are gayer than Oscar Wilde.

  16. Mater

    And besides, LL.
    If I remember correctly, when we first ‘met’, you were the knitting specialist.
    Back in those days, the weapons of choice were ‘trebuchets’ and ‘heavy gauge knitting needles’.

  17. Leigh Lowe

    Q7 : Do you worry constantly about colour choices for the upholstery in your car restoration project?

  18. Arky

    Q7 : Do you worry constantly about colour choices for the upholstery in your car restoration project?

    ..
    Come on.
    It has to match the bichon frise.
    That’s just good taste.

  19. Mater

    Mater,
    You sound like his old platoon leader.

    Nah, couldn’t be me.
    I was never in charge of a Q Store until I was a Company Commander.

  20. Arky

    Don’t mix blues with browns.
    Awful.

  21. Leigh Lowe

    Knitting is not gay.
    The last person to suggest that got a Patons #8 needle inserted up their nose.
    .

    “When ma baby.
    When ma baby smiles at me I go to Rio.
    Rio de Janeiro.”
    .
    Oh, fuck!
    Who moved my maraccas?
    Never, ever touch my maraccas without askinh first!

  22. Rossini

    Mark A
    #3303432, posted on January 27, 2020 at 1:44 am
    Come on Mark A. I for one enjoyed them.
    Perhaps its an old guy thing.
    Thanks for what you have posted.

  23. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Samples from seven patients with severe pneumonia (six are seafood market peddlers
    58 or delivers), who were enrolled in intensive unit cares at the beginning of the outbreak,
    59 were sent to WIV laboratory for pathogen diagnosis (Extended Data Table 1). As a
    CoV lab, we first used pan-CoV PCR primers to test these samples13 60 , considering the
    61 outbreak happened in winter and in a market, same environment as SARS. We found
    62 five PCR positive.

    We then found a short RdRp region from a bat coronavirus termed BatCoV RaTG13
    84 which we previously detected in Rhinolophus affinis from Yunnan Province

    yunnan is 2000km from wuhan

  24. Leigh Lowe

    Bloody helicopters. Dangerous things that they are.

    Designed to kill people.

  25. stackja

    The National Transport Safety Board was investigating the crash, with early reports the helicopter had caught fire while flying.
    Visibility was reportedly impaired by fog at the time of the crash.

    The chopper was reportedly a Sikorsky S76, which Bryant was known for travelling in to watch Lakers games from his family home.

  26. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Given what’s known about the pace at which viral genomes mutate, if nCoV had been circulating in humans since significantly before the first case was reported on Dec. 8, the 24 genomes would differ more. Applying ballpark rates of viral evolution, Rambaut estimates that the Adam (or Eve) virus from which all others are descended first appeared no earlier than Oct. 30, 2019, and no later than Nov. 29.

    The progenitor virus itself was almost certainly one that circulates harmlessly in bats (as SARS does) but has an “intermediate reservoir” in one or more animals that come into contact with people, Andersen said. Presumably, that reservoir is one of the species of animals at the Wuhan market thought to be ground zero for the outbreak. The ancestor of 2019-nCoV existed in that species for some unknown time, never infecting people, until by chance a single virus acquired a mutation that made it capable of jumping into and infecting humans.

    The genome sequences suggest that was a one-time-only jump. “The genomes [from the 24 samples] are very uniform,” Andersen said. “If there had been multiple introductions,” including from many different animals, “there would be more genomic diversity. This was a single introduction.”

  27. Arky

    Not your Nationals, our Nationals:
    ..

    National Party Health spokesman Michael Woodhouse told TVNZ1’s Breakfast this morning the Government “really should’ve acted earlier in putting in place border screening”, but added that “even that isn’t enough, in my view”.

    “I became aware over the weekend that a tour party from China had arrived through New South Wales, having offloaded a passenger with symptoms of the virus,” Mr Woodhouse said.

    “That raises questions about whether our health authorities know about that and what they’re doing about it; whether they’re talking to accommodation providers, what advice they’re giving to schools at the moment.p

  28. lotocoti

    LL, Doomie still hasn’t forwarded your postal address
    for those jacquard and goose down throw pillows.

  29. Porter

    Be still my heart: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1221436736594681856

    Seriously sad news re Kobe Bryant…and his daughter too as well as two others.
    The world did not mourn the four US firefighters who died helping us though.

  30. stackja

    Rescue/Care Flight helicopters Designed to kill save people.

  31. Crossie

    Ms Thorpe said the “pay-the- rent” concept was devised by indigenous elders in the 1970s.

    What do they think the 35 billion dollar payments to the aboriginal industry is other than paying the rent. And how was it used? It’s the sit-down money that has ruined generations of aboriginals who don’t see a reason to strive because the money will always be there. How will upping this up by 200% change things?

  32. I had to eventually remove a pretty smart employee due to the consequences of his Brazilian wife.
    He would arrive at work distraught and ranting and babble on about her to the distraction of everyone. I didn’t believe it initially but the folks who had met her claimed that she could star in a vodoo movie. He was incapable of breaking free and apparently continued on a downward path after he left us.
    Where I live is infested with Brazilian backpackers. Local merchants initially employed them because exotic and short skirts, but they soon learned. Now they just clutter up the beach playing commo ball and yelling ‘gooooooool’ or something.

  33. Leigh Lowe

    Roger

    #3303208, posted on January 26, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Lovely program on the Vicorian town of Koroit – which I’ve visited a number of times – on the ABC.

    A little piece of Ireland in Victoria. Even the ABC can’t spoil it.

    One little blemish.
    The Eddie Everywhere of activism in the South West (one hit wonder, Shane Howard) gets his head on for 2 minutes early on.

  34. Boambee John

    Ms Thorpe said the “pay-the- rent” concept was devised by indigenous elders in the 1970s.

    “It’s a way we can self-determine and it’s a way you can help us to determine our future, ourself, our way,” she said.

    $33 billion a year not enough? It probably exceeds the 1% target mentioned earlier in the article. Perhaps reduce it to 1% of GDP?

  35. Entropy

    I should have known when you asked me to babysit your bichon frise

    Mine Got! Nothing screams “I have no self respect” than a man who lets his woman get one of these.

  36. min

    If some indigenous activists want to charge rent for their land can we charge for cultural appropriation?
    Jacinta Price asks what part of our culture do you want?
    Elder respect well Other countries have that in spades China Japan Italy etc.
    Old men and teen brides we know what lot do that also.
    I am sure there are many attributes shared by many races.
    so let’s look at what we can charge rent for.
    All clothing, housing, the wheel, reading, writing, maths ,
    All somewhat ott but do they really want to go back to living a hunter gatherer existence?
    All I can say I do not even want to go back to a 50’s lifestyle that I experienced as a teacher in the country , outdoor dunnies, bath water heated in a copper and carted to bath room ,no heating or cooling , no fridge. that the extinction rebellionists are wanting for us.

  37. Old School Conservative

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #3303350, posted on January 26, 2020 at 10:56 pm
    confirmation???
    Jazz Jennings Says She Had A ‘Complication’ During Her Gender Confirmation Surgery

    Bloody hell.
    That should have been labelled Not Suitable During Breakfast,

  38. custard

    MSNBC news announcer has described Kobe Bryant as being a player from the LA Nig gers!

    No link.

  39. cohenite

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #3303555, posted on January 27, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Thanks for your posts about the beer virus. So, the beer virus is a product of chink culture interaction with animals rather than a spill from bio-warfare.

  40. Boambee John

    min

    outdoor dunnies, bath water heated in a copper and carted to bath room ,no heating or cooling , no fridge. that the extinction rebellionists are wanting for us.

    They want that for you and me.

    For themselves, they want all mod cons plus cheap,servants (slaves??).

    The new nomenklatura vs the peasants. I wonder when they will convert the Olympics to the Hunger Games?

  41. cohenite

    min
    #3303567, posted on January 27, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Correct.

  42. Anthony

    Probably much cheaper to forget about paying the rent and to drop any charges for all the years of living off the system.

  43. I wonder what Ms Lidia Thorpe’s salary is. And where she draws that salary

  44. Rockdoctor

    Never heard of Kobe Bryant till today, just wiki’ed him. Not contravesial, apart from the sexual assault allegation that seemed whiffy on the face, he seemed ok. Oh well RIP. Not sure why it is repeated front page news though, I’d consider basketball these days down among the minor sports.

  45. Mater

    Ms Thorpe said the “pay-the- rent” concept was devised by indigenous elders in the 1970s.

    As much as I absolutely despise this concept, if it must be done, it must be a percentage of our productivity as a country.
    Let them continue to pull this country asunder, to their own detriment. Nothing like self interest to pep up ideas.
    Pay them a CPI indexed amount, and they’ll take the money and continue to fuck this country up.

  46. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    December 30
    The health commission in Wuhan issues a directive demanding hospitals trace and report pneumonia cases of unknown cause after several hospitals in the Hubei provincial capital report patients suffering from a mystery illness.
    December 31
    The commission announces there has been a cluster of viral pneumonia cases in the city, some of which had been linked to the seafood market, which also sells live animals.
    No cases of human-to-human transmission are recorded.
    January 1
    The seafood market closes. Eight people are punished by police for publishing and spreading “untruthful” information about the pneumonia outbreak.

  47. dopey

    Farmers Insurance Open. Leishman 3 shot lead…3 to play.

  48. Narwhal Tusk

    At the Koroit pub after the Warnambool races in a previous life, I was overlooked and overlooked waiting for a beer and muttered that I must be opaque.
    The bar chick looked up and said that she didn’t know any O’Paques.
    A little bit if Ireland indeed.
    That pub rocked.

  49. Arky

    That should have been labelled Not Suitable During Breakfast,

    ..
    Sausage?

  50. Rockdoctor

    National Party Health spokesman Michael Woodhouse told TVNZ1’s Breakfast this morning the Government “really should’ve acted earlier in putting in place border screening”, but added that “even that isn’t enough, in my view”.

    My problem is that the PRC are notoriously loose with the truth as most communist regimes are when it comes to something like this and self interest. I am betting our spooks were tracking this more than a couple of weeks ago and by a couple of weeks ago when it surfaced probably advising the Government the PRC figures couldn’t be trusted. We should have been gearing up then and started screening as a precaution and tracking those visitors who showed signs. The Chinese themselves belatedly and even the Singaporeans have taken more decisive action than we have to date. Was in the arrivals hall Sydney International yesterday and saw only a few masks coming through and no coughing, guess the Chinese are stopping people leaving who are sick.

  51. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ms Thorpe said the “pay-the- rent” concept was devised by indigenous elders in the 1970s.

    Bring on the referendum, regarding constitutional recognition, the sooner the better,

  52. Geriatric Mayfly

    Pay the rent critics described as racists.

    That should keep the auditors and the tax man at bay.

  53. stackja

    China Eastern Airliner just landed at Sydney Airport. Wuhan!

  54. Leigh Lowe

    Rockdoctor

    #3303579, posted on January 27, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Never heard of Kobe Bryant till today, just wiki’ed him. Not contravesial

    Why would a black sportsman in LA bother with a helicopter when he could get a police escort home down a clear freeway.

  55. lotocoti

    Sausage?

    See Sargon chatting with Posie Parker.
    Turning an innie into an outie is trickier than turning an outie into an innie.

  56. Leigh Lowe

    Turning an innie into an outie is trickier than turning an outie into an innie.

    Yay, verily, it is harder to giveth than taketh away.

  57. Helen

    So following on from Zippys info that bat virus successfully placed in the spines of mice, and the Chinese feature dish

    Three Squeaks = one squeak to rule them all (no relevance, just popped into my head)

    is it too long a bow to suggest some enterprising chappie or chappette worker in the lab may have had a sideline selling excess mice and rat pups to local restaurants?

  58. calli

    Not a long bow at all, Helen.

    Food safety seems very low priority in China. Melamine in baby formula anyone ? A little virus in a mouse is a mere bagatelle.

  59. Helen

    I don’t mind the pay-the-rent concept

    I do, taxpayers are already coughing up $50K per head, natch this rent gouging would be on top of that. There would be no time limit, there would be rental increases forever.

    And Old Tom Parr, you are a bit naive. Kids are breast fed, and the nappy over their face soaked with petrol to keep them quiet, fetal alcohol syndrome in born babies, food stamps would be gambled away as are electricity tokens now, I don’t believe any of those micro loans have worked when looked into.

    No. Shut the communities down, move them all to big towns, education, health, it will hurt everyone for a while but in a generation or two or three, kids will be educated, they will learn English, they will have a chance at a better life.

  60. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Hong Kong protesters firebomb proposed quarantine building amid coronavirus outbreak: reports
    Protesters had created barricades and lined the road leading up to the building with bricks. They opposed the government’s decision to use the newly built building as a quarantine zone, fearing its location near a school and the city’s main residential area posed too great of a risk for infection.

  61. calli

    I’m booked China Eastern in early May to CDG. May have to re-think that.

  62. stackja

    Qantas from HK just landed at Sydney Airport. Wuhan?

  63. Geriatric Mayfly

    For some reason or another, I was roaming over the middle of Western Australia, courtesy of Google earth. Amidst the endless expanse of forbidding landscapes suddenly a dot would appear. Zoom in, and a ‘settlement’ emerges. The only reaction being – WTF.

  64. stackja

    Helen – Leftists insist remote communities are necessary.

  65. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Helen – Leftists insist remote communities are necessary.

    Those remote communities are a failed social experiment.

  66. Old School Conservative

    Here is my very original contribution to the pay the rent debate.

    The time has come to say fair’s fair
    To pay the rent, to pay our share
    The time has come, a fact’s a fact
    It belongs to them, let’s give it back.

    Additionally, the rent payment should be optional and in lieu of the current $30 billion p.a.

  67. Helen

    stackja, I now view communities as gulags, where hunger games like, people are trapped, never or rarely able top break free, as with out them, the gravy train would at least slow, if not stop. The piggies from 1984 need them else they cannot point then finger and say more! money money money.

  68. stackja

    Zulu – Leftism is a failed social experiment.

  69. lotocoti

    How long before someone makes a fortune selling a ‘traditional Chinese medicine’ prophylactic for coronavirus, which uses tiger penis or panda bile?

  70. Geriatric Mayfly

    How long before someone makes a fortune selling a ‘traditional Chinese medicine’ prophylactic for coronavirus, which uses tiger penis or panda bile?

    Both to no good use unless there is also powdered rhino horn to rub on your todger.

  71. Old School Conservative

    The last paragraph in The Australian’s coverage of “Invasion day” protests:

    About 20 men wore T-shirts reading “Gov Arthur Phillip did nothing wrong” and holding signs saying “Australia Day should never be changed”.

    The groups was persuaded by police to disperse.

    Yep, those 20 men were an absolute threat to the “tens of thousands” who marched.

  72. Old School Conservative

    “groups” was courtesy of the highly educated journos at the Oz, not me.

  73. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    the chicoms have cracked down on videos, only foreigners are posting

  74. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    anon gets in on the act

  75. Roger

    A little piece of Ireland in Victoria. Even the ABC can’t spoil it.

    One little blemish.
    The Eddie Everywhere of activism in the South West (one hit wonder, Shane Howard) gets his head on for 2 minutes early on.

    Yes, but they evidently left his tirade on the cutting room floor.

  76. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    NSFW in the what could possibly go wrong files

    chicom eating live rat

  77. Tom

    Marc Leishman wins the Farmers Insurance Open on the south course at Torrey Pines (San Diego) — his fifth victory on the US PGA Tour.

  78. Chris

    I should have known when you asked me to babysit your bichon frise

    Mine Got! Nothing screams “I have no self respect” than a man who lets his woman get one of these.

    I got a sneer from a guy at the beach over our fluffy little Maltese-Schitzu (chosen by our little daughter).
    “Maaate!” I said. “This dog is a chick magnet!”
    I didn’t tell him that all the chicks Sparky pulled were twelve years old.

  79. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “official” death toll now 76

  80. Nelson Kidd-Players

    A de-sausaging-gone-wrong story definitely deserves a NSFM warning.

    * NSFM: not safe for mealtimes.

  81. Tom

    Actually, that’s a rare Aussie double — a Marc Leishman victory on the US PGA Tour and Lucas Herbert in the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic.

  82. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Happy for ‘Pay the Rent’ to proceed on a voluntary basis. Any Extinction Rebellion marcher who didn’t contribute needs to be called out.

    Did one P. Garret do the same on the royalties from his song that contained the same exhortation?

  83. vlad

    Des Deskperson
    #3303330, posted on January 26, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    ‘Sorry, Des, but you are wrong.’

    I based it on my I-phone map app, that seemed to show a lot of water around Roselle.

    The question is still: would a possible 100 meters rise in sea levels as suggested by Williams in, IIRC, 2007, swamp Roselle??

    Rozelle, elevation above sea level: 3.41 metres.

  84. MatrixTransform

    The only reaction being – WTF.

    have had the dubious pleasure of being around some of them places.

    hearing about them is one thing, seeing it first-hand is another thing altogether.

    WTF indeed

  85. Roger

    This pay the rent claim has no legal basis.

    It’s not ‘their’ land.

    Cook claimed the east coast for the British Crown in 1770. Phillip extended that claim westwards in 1788.

    Aborigines have accepted that fact – a fact’s a fact, after all – for generations, including when they accepted the High Court’s authority to adjudicate on native title (yes, that’s another matter, but for argument’s sake). The Crown also retains the right to extinguish native title.

    What is really behind this is the further ‘Balkanisation’ of Australian society, with one group in particular being accorded special privileges on the basis of race. Their ultimate goal is ‘self-determination’, i.e. more public funds with less accountability. (Of course, not all indigenous folk ‘aspire’ to this goal, seeing their welfare as dependant upon being integrated with mainstream society while retaining aspects of their culture as they see fit.)

  86. Old School Conservative

    Quote of the day from Margaret Court:

    “I found when I won Wimbledon it wasn’t for me, it was for my nation, and it still brings tears to my eyes…pause…gulp….self conscious laugh….it’s still there! But you did. You loved playing for your nation.” (from TA’s tribute to Margaret Court.)

    Go you good thing.

  87. Top Ender

    Speaking of Elton, this in the Oz:

    When he finally retires, the planet-circling tour will have seen him give more than 300 shows on five continents.

    John has said he is retiring from touring so that he can spend more time with his family. He and his husband David Furnish have two children.

    What is the rule for saying the partner of a gay bloke is a husband? Can the partner be a wife?

  88. mh

    Rabid anti-Trump media outlet MSNBC slips up

    Newby Conzallar, MBA 🇺🇸
    @newbyconzallar
    White news reporter from @MSNBC just said Kobe played for the Los Angeles “N*GGERS.” ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! #Kobe #KobeBryant #RIP

    https://twitter.com/newbyconzallar/status/1221546331983970304?s=20

  89. Crossie

    Hong Kong protesters firebomb proposed quarantine building amid coronavirus outbreak: reports
    Protesters had created barricades and lined the road leading up to the building with bricks. They opposed the government’s decision to use the newly built building as a quarantine zone, fearing its location near a school and the city’s main residential area posed too great of a risk for infection.

    They could easily be turned into detention centres (gulags) for troublemaking protesters. Two birds, one stone.

  90. Roger

    What is the rule for saying the partner of a gay bloke is a husband? Can the partner be a wife?

    Only if he identifies as a woman.

    It’s all very binary, wouldn’t you agree?

  91. mh:

    “Whether you live here, or in Gippsland, or up in Brisbane, you live on Aboriginal land, and you have an obligation to pay rent to the local blackfellas of that area.”

    I doubt I have ever heard such unbridled arrogance in my lifetime.
    If $34 Billion a year isn’t enough, we’ll see how well your lot survive when the sit down money stop.

  92. MatrixTransform

    conditions of entry to Pit Lands.

    no booze, no petrol, no photos

  93. Shy Ted

    When is Scotty from Marketing going to actually rescue the Aussies trapped in Wuhan?
    Who knows what to believe but would you want to be a pilot or hostie on that flight? Or a passenger should the pilot succumb? Noos says 43 flights from Chinaland yesterday. Not sure if that was just Syderney or Oz.

  94. Caveman

    Tennis Australia’s dynamic pricing , just another name for scalping.

  95. feelthebern

    The media will demand ScoMo pilot the mercy flight to China.
    Hopefully in a Biggles style get-up.

  96. Top Ender:

    I drag out The Mote in God’s Eye every now and then.

    One of my favourite lines from that book.
    “Mote Prime has blasted themselves back to the invention of the brick.”

  97. Crossie

    Helen
    #3303623, posted on January 27, 2020 at 10:19 am
    stackja, I now view communities as gulags, where hunger games like, people are trapped, never or rarely able top break free, as with out them, the gravy train would at least slow, if not stop. The piggies from 1984 need them else they cannot point then finger and say more! money money money.

    If these parents cared about their children and wanted the best for them they would be close to centres of population where good education and medical care is readily available.

  98. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Get rid of your chip off your shoulder’: Pauline Hanson’s Australia Day message to Aboriginal protestors campaigning for a change of date for the national day

    Pauline Hanson has said Australia Day protesters have ‘a chip on their shoulder’
    The federal senator was involved in heated debate with radio host Neil Mitchell
    Ms Hanson, 65, claimed date of Australia Day is not a big issue for Aborigines
    Her comments followed protests across Australia over the January 26th date
    Marking arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Harbour, it is seen as ‘invasion day’

    Daily Mail.

  99. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    One of Canada’s top scientists says he’s surprised and dismayed an “administrative matter” resulted in the sudden eviction of a prominent Chinese Canadian virologist, her biologist husband, and her students from Canada’s only level-4 lab in Winnipeg and prompted an RCMP investigation.

  100. Mindfree

    Interesting take on the Coronavirus just sent to me by a relative. If true then FMD. Click on the patent link

    https://symbolic-mirage.blogspot.com/

  101. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “Whether you live here, or in Gippsland, or up in Brisbane, you live on Aboriginal land, and you have an obligation to pay rent to the local blackfellas of that area.”

    How do you spell “reconciliation ” again?

  102. Old School Conservative

    The $64,000 question

    Name the religion of these two young men:
    * Police allege Fadi Zraika and Abraham Zreika, both 18, set off fireworks that sparked a grass fire at Bright Park on December 22 about 2.40pm.
    * Zreika, pleaded not guilty to the negligent handling of explosives but guilty to being a passenger that failed to disclose a driver’s identity and having custody of a knife in a public place.
    * they failed to stand for the magistrate during a court appearance.

    In the absence of Q&A the arseless chaps are also on offer for the first correct answer.

  103. Crossie

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #3303653, posted on January 27, 2020 at 10:56 am
    The coronavirus has reached Los Angeles, where the fourth person diagnosed in the US just arrived from China

    I’ll believe there is a crisis when all flights from China have stopped.

  104. Top Ender

    CAPE IN FEAR AFTER RIOTS

    SARAH ELKS

    A veteran thought of Somalia as he saved Australian refugees from Aurukun’s chaos

    Army veteran Tim White is surrounded by dozens of men brandishing axes and iron bars.

    It’s sweltering in Aurukun, far north Queensland, on January 4. A mob has been burning down houses and terrorising locals since a 37-year-old man was allegedly stabbed to death on New Year’s Day.

    The victim’s grieving relatives and allies have taken to the streets of Aurukun, torching six houses and smashing two more, hunting for those allegedly responsible and their families. Some of those pursued are young men White has helped through Kapani Warrior, a military-style program he runs for troubled young indigenous men.

    Two teenagers, 17 and 18, have been charged with murder, and 29 people have been charged over the violence that followed.

    The police station in the Aboriginal community, on the far northwest coast of Cape York, is in lockdown. Police inside are watching the violence via a network of CCTV cameras lining the streets.

    White, a veteran of the bloody Somalia conflict in of the 1990s, was in Aurukun when the man’s death ignited old tensions between two of the town’s clans.

    But unrest had been growing for months. Local authorities had lost control of daily fighting in the streets, fuelled by sly grog in the dry community over Christmas.

    Now, in early January, senior police are calling White, asking him to find and remove Freddy, a local man being pursued by the rioters after he threw insults at the grieving family of the dead man that morning.

    White is in his armoured vehicle. Two elderly women step onto the dusty road, pleading to be evacuated to a camp 80km out of town, where White is already providing sanctuary to more than 100 terrified locals. He loads them up, and they have a message: “Freddy is on the back of your truck.”

    He turns back to the road. About 60 men “of fighting age” are in front of him, and 30 behind. They’re brandishing weapons — axes, metal bars — and they want Freddy. The urgent voice of a police senior sergeant crackles over White’s CB radio: “Evacuate! Evacuate.”

    But there’s nowhere to go. He panics for a second, and then stops still, and the advancing mob stops too, before ransacking the truck, digging through the back for Freddy. White insists he’s got only women and children onboard. Freddy somehow slips away unnoticed and White and his evacuees are allowed to leave.

    “I can’t say a bad word about the QPS (Queensland Police), they were remarkable, even though we were left to fend for ourselves,” White says.

    “They were fighting for their lives. They were presented with a real risk of being burned alive in the police station.

    “I shouldn’t have to be hiding in the bush for 11 days looking after women and children in fear of their lives. Where were the agencies? At one point, I had 40 children under the age of 10. Where was children’s services?

    ‘‘I needed a social worker. We had to keep reminding ourselves we were in Australia. The state government failed this mob.”

    Refugees

    White was in Aurukun on New Year’s Day, preparing for a Kapani event for the nearby community of Napranum the next week.

    On January 2, he woke as the sun rose, jumped on a six-wheel all-terrain vehicle and headed into the bush, trying to track the fleeing residents before the mob did. He found some tracks, and figured he was on the trail of about a dozen people.

    By nightfall, he was about 50km out of Aurukun and now in his large truck pulling an eighttonne trailer. A lone man stepped out onto the road. To White’s shock, behind him, 60 men, women and children emerged from the bush. Elderly people. Babies in mothers’ arms. All terrified, they had fled Aurukun fearing they would be killed.

    They pleaded with White to take them to an oceanfront campsite on the traditional country of a neutral clan. When they arrived, 50 Aurukun residents were already there.

    “So at 9pm (on January 2), about 24 hours after the height of the riots, I’ve got 110 refugees on my hands,” White says.

    For 11 days, White and the rest of his motley Kapani crew of Somalia and Vietnam veterans ran the makeshift refugee camp with military precision and strict rules. There was to be no alcohol. The older women were in charge of the camp kitchen, the men collected firewood, caught fish and provided security, with some armed with star pickets.

    Through local police, White asked for help from Queensland Health authorities on January 3. He had eight diabetics in his camp, and small children. But he was told the clinic in Aurukun was in lockdown and staff could not leave. Health authorities did not make it to the camp until January 8.

    A Queensland government spokeswoman said Aurukun’s health clinic delivered emergency and routine care to people in the community itself throughout the crisis. “Patients needing urgent care received it.”

    White and his men finally evacuated the last of the camp’s refugees to Weipa on January 11. Others had driven three hours’ south to the tiny township of Coen, spirited away by relatives in a fleet of dilapidated Mad Max-style cars, to the already overcrowded community.

    “I can only compare it to Somalia,” White says.

    “I can handle all sorts of stuff, but I shouldn’t have to.

    “It’s a crazy world where a bunch of old burnt-out veterans (is the solution).”

    Paul Turner, Queensland Police assistant commissioner for north Queensland, has high praise for the Kapani staff, but will not be drawn on whether he agrees with White’s account of what happened in Aurukun.

    “We’ve got an excellent rapport with Dr Tim White and the Kapani Warriors … and Tim has been in the community for a long time, he does have a good rapport with people up there,” Turner tells Inquirer.

    “The police on the ground, whatever concerns they had for their personal safety, they were out there trying to assist the members of the community they serve.”

    Warning signs

    The violence that erupted in Aurukun on New Year’s Day was shocking, but would not have come as a surprise to many in the dry community, including mayor Dereck Walpo.

    Warning signs had been obvious for months. School attendance, a symptom of community social health, had slumped to an all-time low of 38 per cent in the second term of last year.

    By November, the police station had seven vacancies — two sergeants, one senior constable, and four constables — with the empty roles being filled by temporary deployments from elsewhere in the region.

    There were still tensions between two of the community’s clans after a 30-year-old man was run over by a car and murdered in late 2015. The same families were allegedly involved in the New Year’s Day murder, with the roles reversed.

    Minutes of council meetings tell of rising tensions, escalating violence, consumption of sly grog and home brew, regular break-ins, and daily fighting in the streets. At the meeting of October 17, there was a blunt and prescient forecast: “The unrest has been going for some time without any resolution and it is time plans to be implemented to prevent a serious incident occurring in the community.”

    Documents reveal that a week later, Walpo convened a regular teleconference with Aurukun’s ministerial champion, Queensland Child Safety Minister Di Farmer, and government champion Rachel Hunter, Director-General of the State Development Department. The top item on the agenda: community unrest.

    At the December 10 council meeting, Walpo insisted it was up to the local community justice group to quell the unrest, with the council in charge of “roads, waste, water, sewerage and infrastructure” only. Respected elder Phyllis Yunkaporta, a member of the justice group, said the community had to come together, the fighting needed to stop, and the elders must meet. Walpo agreed. “Who is going to drive this, who will lead?” he asked.

    No response was given.

    Police, state and federal government officials, and other authorities were often at these council meetings. Inquirer understands other senior Palaszczuk government figures, including in the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, were alerted to the trouble brewing. But it is not clear what — if anything — was done to heed these warnings late last year.

    Deputy Premier Jackie Trad is the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. Asked whether she knew of the unrest in Aurukun last year, whether she was personally warned, and what she did about it, Trad says: “No concerns were brought to my attention.”

    Farmer, Aurukun’s “ministerial champion”, did not directly answer the same questions. She tells Inquirer she had visited the community, and she and Hunter had monthly teleconferences with Walpo, where he had “regular opportunities to raise issues of concern”.

    “We act on requests made of the government and information provided by the mayor to help develop and support community-led responses to issues raised by the community, in collaboration with the Aurukun Shire Council, elders, community and local stakeholders. The health and wellbeing of the Aurukun community has been, and continues to be, a focus for our government,” Farmer says.

    A spokesman for State Development Department chief Hunter says she responded directly to a question by Walpo about police staffing levels in Aurukun. Hunter contacted the police commissioner, and reassured council in November that the vacant police positions were being recruited and police numbers were being sustained.

    Sly grog

    Aurukun has been a dry community since 2002, when the Queensland government introduced alcohol management plans across the Cape.

    In an interview with Inquirer on January 10, Walpo said police and the state government did not do enough late last year to stop sly grog flowing into the community. He said he felt his warnings fell on deaf ears.

    “(My) gut feeling was that something was going to happen … no one believes you until it’s too late.”

    The victim of the alleged stabbing was the nephew of his wife, Ada Woolla, also a local councillor.

    “I think alcohol was the main fuel for it. That’s what we’ve been talking about — the roads need to be policed properly, the sly-grogging. I don’t want to be disrespectful to police and the state government, but if alcohol was controlled during the festive season, this incident wouldn’t have happened,” Walpo says.

    He is critical of the community as well, saying residents needed to work with police to stamp out the scourge.

    Walpo’s comments are met with quiet outrage from some in the community, who feel he has not done enough, even within his own family.

    Inquirer has confirmed Walpo’s nephew, Rene Simpson, 36, was charged with sly-grogging offences on New Year’s Eve, after police searched his house and allegedly found marijuana and 55 bottles of Bundaberg rum. The illicit spirit sells for about $250 a bottle on the black market in Aurukun, meaning Simpson’s cache was potentially worth more than $13,000.

    It was the biggest bust in years. Walpo later walked back his criticism of the police and the state government, and said he was unsure of his nephew’s situation.

    Afraid to go home

    More than 400 of Aurukun’s 1450 residents have fled the community, with nearly 200 heading south, to the town of Coen, where houses were already overcrowded. Only about 100 are believed to have returned to Aurukun, and more than 50 are still in Coen.

    The state government has engaged respected local Aboriginal leaders Dion Creek, in Coen, and Bruce Martin, in Aurukun, to encourage people to return to their homes.

    But even as authorities insist Aurukun is now safe, there is suspicion and resistance from those who have fled.

    Creek has helped more than 70 people — mostly relatives of the accused murderers — find new homes in the Cape community of Kowanyama and in Cairns.

    He says many don’t intend on going back to Aurukun for a very long time, if ever.

    “Someone has lost their life, eight homes have been destroyed, 400 people have been left homeless, because people are making a cheap buck from sly grog, from someone else’s misery.”

    Creek says there needs to be an overhaul of the way government deals with Aurukun.

    “This idea of throwing (government) money at problems needs to stop. There’s been tens of millions of dollars pumped into Aurukun. This situation now is unprecedented. Hundreds have fled the community fearing for their lives. If this was anywhere else, there would be a royal commission.”

    Your taxes at work. Oz print edition.

  105. I’ll believe there is a crisis when

    The biochemists I know refuse to leave a sterile lab.

  106. I’ll believe there is a crisis when

    Xi and Scomo both evacuate to Heard Island.

  107. Crossie

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3303667, posted on January 27, 2020 at 11:07 am
    “Whether you live here, or in Gippsland, or up in Brisbane, you live on Aboriginal land, and you have an obligation to pay rent to the local blackfellas of that area.”

    How do you spell “reconciliation ” again?

    Reconciliation was to make Kevin Rudd feel important, nobody believed it meant anything else and all the agitation since then is proof of it.

  108. Arky:

    The other concern, of course, is our politicians and public health people will feel their non- response “We are monitoring the situation” was the correct one.
    When very obviously it could have been a total disaster.

    Exactly right, Arkiosaurus. The success of the monitoring will lead them to believe it is the correct one until the SMOD arrives and it’s the wrong one.
    Meanwhile as this virus burns itself out, they will do SFA to stockpile food/potable water/protective gear and medicines, and these programs will be the first to suffer when the first confused ten year old boy with neurotic parents wants their ‘little girl’ given puberty blockers.
    “Do Nothing Morrison” is right.

  109. Dr Faustus

    Noos says 43 flights from Chinaland yesterday. Not sure if that was just Syderney or Oz.

    Given the abrupt self-evacuation of 5 million Wuhanites, it’s safe to assume that sensible Chinese with the necessary readies will be making for first world destinations with actual public health services.

    Our main hope is that expensive self-preservation brings rational awareness – and the sniffly and coughing will present for treatment.

  110. feelthebern

    According to Mindfree’s link, the Gates Foundation owns the patent on the Wuhan Zombie virus.
    If true, it’s another Tom Clancy book come to life.
    This time, Executive Orders.

  111. feelthebern

    Xi and Scomo both evacuate to Heard Island.

    Amber Heard has an island ?

  112. Arky

    If you wanted to contain a contagion you would:
    a) immediately and without warning close the city to travel.
    b) stay quiet about the whole thing.
    c) tell the population the day before the biggest holiday of the year that if they stick around you will be putting travel bans in the day after tomorrow?

  113. feelthebern

    China has extended the New Year holiday indefinitely.

  114. mh

    Winston Smith
    #3303656, posted on January 27, 2020 at 11:01 am
    mh:

    “Whether you live here, or in Gippsland, or up in Brisbane, you live on Aboriginal land, and you have an obligation to pay rent to the local blackfellas of that area.”

    I doubt I have ever heard such unbridled arrogance in my lifetime.
    If $34 Billion a year isn’t enough, we’ll see how well your lot survive when the sit down money stop
    .

    Peter Garrett agrees with them. We need to pay the blackfellas MOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRE!

    Give it BAAAAAAAACCCCCKKKK!

  115. feelthebern

    Has anyone else heard the Eurovision winner Hallelujah by Lordi?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Xl9tBWt54

    I hope they paid Alice Cooper a royalty for sampling Poison.

  116. mh

    China bans wildlife trade as Wuhan coronavirus spreads, death toll climbs

    China issued a blanket ban on the wildlife trade on Sunday, as the country struggles to contain a deadly virus thought to have jumped from animals to humans.
    Health authorities have linked exotic animals sold at a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan to the new coronavirus, which has killed 80 people and infected more than 2,400 others within China, and spread around the world.
    ..

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3047716/china-bans-wildlife-trade-killer-wuhan-coronavirus-spreads

  117. 1735099

    Hate He Said

    Hate, he said was in my heart
    Hate, he said tore us apart
    Hate, he said to let it go
    Hate, he said but he did not know
    That what I had inside of me
    Was a sadness born of empathy
    That because I did not celebrate
    It did not mean I was full of hate
    I asked him to just try and see
    Through my eyes the tragedy
    Of dispossession, of pain, of hurt
    Of the red of blood that stained this earth
    I mourn for all the lives that were lost
    I mourn for what this country cost
    I mourn for how we came to be
    For the end does not justify the means
    It’s in the past he said, move on
    Why mourn for something so long gone?
    I looked at him and came to say,
    Do you think we should forget about ANZAC day?
    It’s not the same was his retort
    I said wait a minute, give it some thought

    People died while fighting for their land
    Defending it from a foreign hand
    Make no mistake there was a war
    That had been fought on these very shores
    A war that didn’t always discriminate
    Where the elderly or infants could meet the same fate
    As those who fought to protect them so
    And that’s why we should never let go
    Never forget what price was paid
    For us to live as we do today
    He looked at me quite seriously
    Said he celebrates because we’re free
    He celebrates our democracy
    And everything great in this country
    I said, that’s fine, I get that, it’s clear
    Just please don’t forget how we got here
    Just take a moment to think it through
    What price was paid for me and you
    To live in this country as we do
    Don’t take for granted the sacrifice
    Both of land and of life
    We need to remember those who died
    Not let their legacy be swept aside
    You got an apology, he said
    It talked about loss and mentioned the dead

    What more do you want? He asked of me,
    And so I replied in the hope he would see
    We have a day for Australia, the Queen
    For New Years and Christmas and all those between
    Like Labour and Easter, the ANZAC Parade
    And just what the hell is Boxing Day?
    There’s even a day that we have for the Shows
    But nothing that speaks of my people’s woes
    A national day to acknowledge the cause
    To acknowledge all that has happened before
    And I don’t mean NAIDOC I mean something more
    Where the whole nation stops, like it does for a horse!
    A day, is that too much to ask?
    To remind us, don’t ignore the past
    He processed my words and looked at the ground
    We both sat in silence, then there was a sound
    A sound that seemed like heaven to me
    A sound of two words that said, I agree!
    We talked some more as the day came to end
    And despite our differences I’d made a new friend
    He understood as the day came to night
    That I needed some things in this country made right
    And because I did not celebrate
    It did not mean I was full of hate.

    © Steven Oliver 24/01/2012

  118. struth

    Good Moaning.
    It was a great Australia day, here in My town.

    From the sounds of things many of you had to put up with a less than celebratory situation.

    The pub went ooooorrrrrrffff up here.
    Flags everywhere, people in suits [with shorts] with flags all over the jackets, great dressing up was the thing to do, Qld games played out on the verandah, which were actually bloody funny, and I got asked to continue playing on ………………got myself another couple of hundred chipped in by some guys in the crowd and the pub.
    Just a lovely group of people, no more than a hundred and I did all Australian songs from Bondi Cigars and Powderfinger, Grinspoon to a “home amongst the gumtees” and the whole pub singing along to Waltzing Matilda……………………….god bless them all.
    It’s Queensland, so we have man Thais , aboriginals and whites.
    And all united in owning a part of this nation’s story.
    Not one more than the other based on ace.
    A great day and will be a slow one today.

    Then to get on here to see our resident commo admonishing the uppity black man for having an opinion he should not have if it doesn’t correspond to his skin colour, as appointed by same commos.
    And talking about respecting people based on race.
    Sick shit.

  119. Knuckle Dragger

    In contrast to some others today, I thought Garrison was bang on. Normally he’s a bit OTT but makes some very good points, and usually a fitting finale to the daily toonfest.

    This is less a country and more of an empire, which portrays itself as a world leader in importing and manufacturing. A powerhouse. Sure, the monetary turnover is massive, but the quality of goods produced from pens to concrete is undeniably – undeniably, shithouse. It can’t support its own yuuuuge population.

    Its Pacific coast is dotted with individual facades of cities that scream lights and glamour and money and power. Scratch the surface and it’s all shit.

    The vast interior is populated with hundreds of millions of superstitious punters beholden to the State, and who are either forced to, or prefer to stick to dietary choices which were all the rage when life expectancy was 35.

    Introduce gigantic manufacturing concerns to these areas and combine it with global mass transit systems and of course this, or something very much like this was bound to happen. It’s a frigging miracle it hasn’t happened before now.

    For all its size and (on paper) strength and power, Chai-nerr is vulnerable. And it’s just demonstrated to the West how to bring it down.

  120. 8th Dan

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday praised China’s handling of the newly discovered coronavirus that has killed 26 people in China and infected at least 800 others.

    “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!” Trump wrote in a tweet.

    #itsallgood
    #mybuddyxihasgotthis

  121. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Old School Conservative at 10:51 am:

    “Quote of the day from Margaret Court:

    “I found when I won Wimbledon it wasn’t for me, it was for my nation, and it still brings tears to my eyes…pause…gulp….self conscious laugh….it’s still there! But you did. You loved playing for your nation.” (from TA’s tribute to Margaret Court.)

    Go you good thing.”

    Listening to Margaret Court it is clear you are hearing what she believes. Listening to Serena Williams all you will hear is that which is popular and profitable.

    Tennis Australia is the same as the Australian Cricket Board and the Australian Rugby Union (who have become truly progressive by changing their letterheads) – absent loyalty, absent morality. In the Australian Open they placed a visitor ahead of an even more successful Australian champion. Williams routinely abuses volunteers and handsomely paid officials whenever she hits a poor patch. The tennis crowd cheers her for it and the officials bend over and beg for more.

  122. Dr Faustus

    Labor leader Anthony Albanese has called for the country to shun the “counterproductive” debate around possibly moving Australia Day from its current date.

    In Well, That Didn’t Workshop Too Well news:

    Labor Leader Anthony Albanese has urged Australians to acknowledge the “brutality” of the country’s colonisation, using an Australia Day address to renew his call for constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians.

    “There would be fear and courage, arrogance and humility, the failure of communication, the tragic triumph of brutality. Desperation, resistance, loss,” he said in a speech prepared for delivery in the Blue Mountains.

    “As a new society slowly and unsteadily rose to its feet, a mosaic of ancient societies was brought to its knees.”

    He called for progress on truth-telling, constitutional recognition, a voice to parliament, and agreements with Indigenous groups.

    A man for all seasons.

  123. Steve trickler

    NBN on a public holiday is shit! And there is no place to stick a wire coat hanger to improve reception.

  124. Knuckle Dragger

    Mr Oliver, the inspirational (to Year 5 English students – let’s face it, it’s not John Donne) poet and entertainer:

    ‘Nothing beats the Adelaide winter blues quite like a superb, well-crafted cabaret show in a warm, cosy, intimate space. And few theatre spaces are more suited to cabaret than the Famous Spiegelent, which returns for the 2019 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, now under the leadership of Artistic Director Julia Zemiro.

    ‘Among the opening weekend highlights was the world premiere of self-described “faboriginal” Steven Oliver’s autobiographical Bigger and Blacker, a series of poignant, and hard-hitting stories told through song, prose, and spoken word poetry. Many will know Oliver from his brilliant character sketches on the ABC series, Black Comedy.

    ‘Working with musical director and cabaret stalwart Michael Griffiths, Oliver, a gay Aboriginal man, presents stories of “being lost and found again”. The journey touches on his recent success, one that suddenly made him if not famous, at least “gaymous”.’

    As Liability Bob so often does, he links to things which smack his own muddled point right in the face. In this instance, we have an Aboriginal fellow proclaiming to be the very thing that would have him beaten to death by his own family, should they return to the simpler life they pretend to crave.

  125. Knuckle Dragger

    Apologies – the ‘gaymous’ quotes etc above were from, err, The Conversation.

  126. Knuckle Dragger

    Anyone want to take a stab in the dark as to what Box Hill Hospital ED looks like right about now?

  127. Dr Faustus

    NBN on a public holiday is shit! And there is no place to stick a wire coat hanger to improve reception.

    Rudd? Turnbull?
    May not improve service speed, but.

  128. Nelson Kidd-Players

    KD: inadequate surgeon’s masks left, right & centre?

    An extension of Box Hill Central’s produce precinct?

  129. struth

    Steven Oliver is a half caste, funny that.

    How many fucking days do they want?
    Look how Many they got now, National Sorry days and the like.

    For the very few, very few aboriginals ever killed by whites, and usually it was due to retaliation for white spearings etc, white medicine has saved thousands of aboriginals since settlement and cures them of diseases they would have otherwise died, and we pay for them etc.
    The black people of this country should be over the moon that it was the British that came here, and no one else, celebrate the fact it was the British who brought them out of the stone age with minimal harm, [ they were treating white Irish convicts and the Irish in general much worse]

    This boils down to one thing only.
    Commos hating the west and it’s culture and making up stories and lies about it’s history.

    It’s just west hate.
    yesterday proved again, all races were united and having none of this bitter immaturity and spoilt brat nonsense.

  130. Nelson Kidd-Players

    * Haven’t been to the latter in 20+ years, but I cannot imagine it has improved since my last visit.

  131. Mark from Melbourne

    According to Mindfree’s link, the Gates Foundation owns the patent on the Wuhan Zombie virus.

    No, they own a patent on a coronavirus. Big difference.

  132. Helen

    I’ll believe there is a crisis when all flights from China have stopped.

    Tourism.

    The industry is in a bit of a funk over the loss of Chinese $$. How will they survive after the bush fires?

    They don’t want the Chinese stopped from coming in. Chinese are the biggest single demographic. 25% of them come on tours.

    OZ earlier today but now cant find. Que?

  133. Cassie of Sydney

    “This boils down to one thing only.
    Commos hating the west and it’s culture and making up stories and lies about it’s history.”

    Yes…and Bob the racist from Toowoomba makes up stories and lies about his own history.

  134. Knuckle Dragger

    Jesus, Gunner.

    Of COURSE blokes shouldn’t have female friends. It is permissible to have female mates (the difference is critical) and even the office wife, or preferably more than one.

    But a female bestie? Any bloke who has one of these needs to goddamn wake up to himself.

    Your mates’ handbrakes, though, are fair game. They will spend their waking moments thinking ‘who do I know that could tame him?’ which is of course the tap to a pipe rich with unguilty pleasure.

  135. Tailgunner

    I know, I know, preaching to the converted . …
    😄

  136. Knuckle Dragger

    Which brings me to French Bulldogs.

    Yesterday at the social event I was at, while taking the piss out of my mate for his staffies eating his girl’s mate’s French Bulldog I worked out why these miniature examples of French snobbery and yappage are so expensive – $8000 expensive, in fact.

    It’s because they can’t breed on their own any more. A male FB cannot physically get the leg over the lady FB. It all needs to be done via artificial insemination.

    The French Bulldog. A homo, useless dog in name only.

  137. Tailgunner

    Nmbrs, have you apologised to BlackBall yet?

  138. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’ll believe there is a crisis when all flights from China have stopped.

    Tourism.

    ‘So sorry we don’t need your load of coal today. Come back next week.’

  139. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    They don’t want the Chinese stopped from coming in. Chinese are the biggest single demographic. 25% of them come on tours.

    2000 a day come here. so still 1500 arriving on non-tour

  140. Knuckle Dragger

    Which brings me to homos.

    One of these was part of the cheerleader squad at a BBL match a couple of days back.\

    Cheerleader types – boys and girls are sitting down just inside the fence about 5-8 metres back from the boundary rope.

    Batsman cracks ball in air towards rope in front of cheerleader types. Fieldsman runs full pelt back towards rope to intercept ball in air.

    (Ostensibly) male cheerleader type gets up, minces across towards rope, hands out in the ‘crocodile catch’ position so favoured by eight year olds.

    Does not catch ball. Fieldsman also does not catch ball, having cannoned into mincing cheerleader and sending both to the deck.

    Mincer retreats to cheerleader group on fence. Lady cheerleader explains the situation to mincer, ie leave it the fuck alone. Much shrugging of shoulders from mincer before he is summoned from the ground.

  141. Roger

    To make money you need westerners, yanks etc.

    Backpackers.

  142. Top Ender

    Pascoe’s tale gets muddier

    Andrew Bolt

    WHAT a scandal. Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt now threatens to sack a whistleblower who called out “Aboriginal historian” Bruce Pascoe as a white.

    The whistleblower in Wyatt’s sights is Josephine Cashman, an Aboriginal businesswoman on his advisory council.

    Cashman says Pascoe, author of the bestseller Dark Emu and star of an upcoming ABC series, is a fake Aborigine – and she has plenty of evidence.

    Genealogical records on dark-emu-exposed.org suggest all of Pascoe’s ancestors are of English descent, and Pascoe refuses to say which is Aboriginal.

    Indeed, his story keeps changing. Once he identified as white, until a reviewer of his first novel said it would have been better had Pascoe been black.

    Once he claimed that one of his mother’s grandmothers was Aboriginal, before admitting she was English.

    Now he claims he’s descended from several tribes, including the Boonwurrung of Victoria, Tasmanian Aborigines and the Yuin of NSW.

    But his claims have been rejected by the Boonwurrung Land & Sea Council, the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania and members of the Yuin, and now even the Yolngu of Arnhem Land.

    Elder Terry Yumbulul says his fellow Yolngu want Wyatt to investigate Pascoe’s “claim to Aboriginal ancestry” and what he’s gained from an identity “he has been unable to verify”.

    Yumbulul, like the Boonwurrung and the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania, also rejects Pascoe’s claims that Aborigines weren’t hunter-gathers but farmers in “towns” of “1000 people”.

    “There is no evidence of it in our art, languages or songlines,” says Yumbulul, who accuses Pascoe of causing “concerns about our ancient cultures, our ancient traditions, our precious stories”.

    So what’s Wyatt’s reaction? It’s to defend white Pascoe and seemingly threaten Aboriginal Cashman with the sack.

    Wyatt told the Guardian Australia that Pascoe’s Aboriginality was “being played out publicly” when “we should deal with (it) within communities”.

    He said he could ask one of his advisers to quit: “I have to think of the greater good of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

    Really? Is truth to be sacrificed for the “greater good”?

    And where’s this “greater good” when Aborigines are being stripped of their past and even their right to say who is of their tribe?

    No Liberal MP should tolerate what Wyatt seems to have in mind. If Cashman goes, so should he.

  143. Arky

    Kobe Bryant is an anagram of torn kebab

  144. mh

    On today’s cartoon

    Ben Garrison – Chinese Take Out

    China’s President Xi Jinping has warned that the ‘coronavirus’ is spreading even faster than before. Millions are quarantined in several cities. Was it a bio-weapon released by accident? Did it occur when the virus mutated and jumped among various animal species?

    The Chinese eat a great variety of animals, which can be found in ‘wet meat’ markets throughout the country. Various viruses can mutate and jump among species and then get transferred to humans. The Chinese authorities themselves say it could have originated at a seafood market where illegal transactions of wild animals were occurring.

    Such wet markets offer a mix of a great many species including crocodiles, ostriches, donkeys, kangaroos, snakes, badgers, peacocks, camels, salamanders, wolves, koalas, dogs, cats, turtles and incredibly enough, bats! Apparently some people in China will eat just about anything. Worse, the animals involved are often mistreated or even tortured (to bring out the flavor). It’s sick behavior and while it may not be scientific, there’s a certain amount of karma involved when nature strikes back with viruses.

    China also caters to some very weird and abusive superstitions and traditions such as ‘tiger penis soup,’ which is supposed to increase virility. Thankfully, the authorities in China have outlawed such an evil ‘harvest,’ but the black market remains.

    China is also well known for being one of the most polluted countries on Earth. The communist dictators have no respect for the freedom of their own people and certainly no respect for their own environment. Their disrespect toward nature has brought about the deadly coronavirus.

    —Ben Garrison

  145. Shy Ted

    1735099 #3302733, posted on January 26, 2020 at 12:44 pm
    Two of the indigenous kids I worked with in Mt Isa are now in private practice, one as a paediatrician, the other a surgeon.

    Next link to these 2 special needs kids please, TwoBob. Take your time. Google might not be your friend on this one.

  146. Boambee John

    Crossie at 1115

    Reconciliation was to make Kevin Rudd feel important, nobody believed it meant anything else and all the agitation since then is proof of it.

    Actually, it was all about making Robert Tickner (Remember him? Went on to mismanage the Australian Red Cross.) look good. KRudd just parasitised on Tickner’s useless folly.

  147. Shy Ted:

    Who knows what to believe but would you want to be a pilot or hostie on that flight? Or a passenger should the pilot succumb? Noos says 43 flights from Chinaland yesterday. Not sure if that was just Syderney or Oz.

    A major issue with quarantine in Australia is the need for a destination point for the afflicted flights and boats. We need a large international air/seaport in the north to divert all flights to. Flights into Australia must be able to be directed to this destination even if it means sneaky buggers who don’t declare illness can be redirected after ground refueling.
    Dunno. Thoughts in progress.

  148. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    wuhan 6 hospital. anyone speak mandarin?

  149. 1735099

    Next link to these 2 special needs kids please, TwoBob. Take your time. Google might not be your friend on this one.

    These kids weren’t “special needs”.
    My portfolio in the Isa wasn’t restricted to this cohort.
    And if you think I’d identify them here you’d have to be pretty stupid.
    A site that contains page after page of racial abuse would not be the place to “out” anyone indigenous – too many unhinged crackpots and certifiable lunatics frequent this site.

  150. Jessie

    Zippy 11.06 and Mindfree 11.07

    2018 article co-authored Xiangguo Qiu, the Canadian/Chinese virologist reported as being stood down.
    Funding vaccines for emerging infectious diseases

    Additionally there have been reports the 2019-nCoV had been coded by the Chinese authorities and handed over to WHO.
    Wiki has a reasonable article on this.

  151. Roger

    Robert Tickner (Remember him? Went on to mismanage the Australian Red Cross.)

    Yet another example of how the managerial elite move profitably and seamlessly from sector to sector in the economy without any apparent regard for their competence.

    Meanwhile the burden of compliance to regulations that they impose upon the small businessman and his employees grows weightier with every session of parliament.

  152. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Prof Neil Ferguson, a public health expert at Imperial College, said his “best guess” was that there were 100,000 affected by the virus even though there are only 2,000 confirmed cases so far, mostly in the city of Wuhan in China where the virus first appeared.

    “Sooner or later we will get a case,” he said. “There are very large numbers of Chinese tourists across Europe right now. Unless the Chinese manage to control this, and I’m sceptical about whether that is possible, we will get cases here.”

  153. Arky

    Kobe Bryant is an anagram of torn kebab

    ..
    You don’t have to crash a helicopter into the side of a hill to get torn kebab out of koby bryant, but it helps.

  154. Roger

    We need a large international air/seaport in the north to divert all flights to.

    Christmas Island, although I don’t imagine the locals would be happy about it.

  155. Helen

    and all the Chinese students due to come start university – whats the go with them?

  156. Arky

    and all the Chinese students due to come start university – whats the go with them?

    ..
    Don’t lick them.

  157. Knuckle Dragger

    Strange.

    Can’t recall any racial abuse on this blog*.

    There’s been a bit of white man smacking around the uppity darkie, though, telling him what to think and so on and then determining that said darkie’s a liar and racist when he won’t sing the victim song.

    *Except the French. Smelly, surrendering bastards.

  158. lotocoti

    You’ll just have to rely upon our friend’s word of honour, Shy Ted.

  159. Knuckle Dragger

    Kobe Bryant. Greedy bastard to the last.

    As though he hadn’t won enough slam dunk contests in his life, he had to go out with one that will never be bettered.

    The NBA are hunting for his postal address to send the trophy.

  160. Boambee John

    Winston

    A major issue with quarantine in Australia is the need for a destination point for the afflicted flights and boats. We need a large international air/seaport in the north to divert all flights to. Flights into Australia must be able to be directed to this destination even if it means sneaky buggers who don’t declare illness can be redirected after ground refueling.
    Dunno. Thoughts in progress.

    Meekatharra used to be an emergency diversion point for Perth.

    Nice and isolated, easy to confine those in quarantine.

  161. Boambee John

    – too many unhinged crackpots and certifiable lunatics frequent this site.

    But enough about yourself and Danielle the 8th!

  162. lotocoti

    Ease up on the French.
    They know how to celebrate Chinese New Year.

  163. johanna

    Notice how Aboriginal ‘activists’ are always about extracting money from the productive folks without working for it.

    Rent, royalties – anything to avoid actually grafting for a living.

    They are parasites, pure and simple, and I know that plenty of Aboriginal people believe that you should earn your bread, and do so.

    It is a terrible form of moral corruption, to instill the idea that the world owes you a living just because. Really, really evil.

  164. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I don’t mind the pay-the-rent concept
    I do, taxpayers are already coughing up $50K per head, natch this rent gouging would be on top of that. There would be no time limit, there would be rental increases forever.
    And Old Tom Parr, you are a bit naive.

    I am absolutely with Helen on this one when after detailing how nothing else has worked she says ‘shut these communities down’. It’s been obvious to those who keep tab on aboriginal health and welfare that these remote communities provide nothing but misery for the next generation. If they want traditional life, stay there; if they want welfare, education and employment, here’s the gen. All welfare benefits for remote community dwellers end on the 20th of February and the date for community relocation is February the 21st. Army trucks will arrive for your goods at 11am, and buses will arrive to transport you to the nearest town of over 50,000 people. Hostel housing in Nissan huts with supervisory managers who insist on cleanliness is available for one year and then you may consider that you have migrated to the real Australia just as hundreds of thousands of other Australians have already done, by which time you will have found yourself a job and some housing. You kids will receive special assistance to compensate for the rough ride you’ve given them so far, and this assistance will be supervised at the schools which they must attend, where the English language is compulsory.

    If only we were tough enough to do this, which we did for migrants of my generation in the 1940’s and 50’s, but without any extra consideration for the children apart from strong teachers in schools where class sizes were often 43 students.

  165. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Actually, it was all about making Robert Tickner (Remember him? Went on to mismanage the Australian Red Cross.) look good

    THE Robert Tickner who beclowned himself so spectacularly over the Hindmash Island Bridge and the “secret women’s business?”

  166. shatterzzz

    it’s critical we take our views from buff media stars… lgd4033?
    Hollywood heavyweight and Byron Bay resident Chris Hemsworth has spoken out on Australia Day, saying “changing the date is the first step”.

    One of the sadder facts about the Oz media is there luv of home-grown celebritiesand repeated polishing of the halo.
    Seems Chris has been reading/watching all his press and become a believerand now thinks he is qualified to speak to & at the little folk.

  167. JC

    Irma

    Notice how Aboriginal ‘activists’ are always about extracting money from the productive folks without working for it.

    Huh.
    Pots and kettles come to mind, but can’t quite figure out why ,

  168. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Christmas Island, although I don’t imagine the locals would be happy about it.

    Good idea. It’s an empty facility with support services and an ideal quarantine station. Transition through to disease free status would be usually only a few weeks. A nice holiday for some, and not too onerous. You would have to ‘stage’ the arrivals into separate quarters though or you would be mixing the ‘exposed’ with the ‘time tested’ groups, and that would mean releases would be more difficult. This virus has an incubation period where it is contagious but no symptoms show in those incubating.

  169. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    Knuckle Dragger, may I suggest a visit to China for you? You could well find you thoroughly enjoy the county. For a start,Political Correctness is unknown there. However, beer and cigarettes are always available, day and night. Chinese like to party, get to know some. Street crime, drunken violence and so on….not so much. Chinese ladies are truly wonderful, in nature and looks. Frightbats (human)may exist, but are rarely seen.

  170. Knuckle Dragger, may I suggest a visit to China for you?

    Don’t do it KD.
    Someone will nuke the place soon to get rid of the virus.

  171. Knuckle Dragger

    I would never personally go to a Reginald Dwight concert. A bit too sparkly for mine.

    But I will give Elton John this. He is, and has always been, a naff old homo who ostentatiously displays his wealth from the punters, hangs around with royalty and is a pretentious old nancy boy who should be shortly buried inside one of his old pianos.

    And he’s never pretended to be anything different.

    Compare and contrast with Springsteen.

    He has made hundreds of millions of dollars over his lifetime singing about middle America, Hillary’s ‘deplorables’. About working men in small to mid size towns, screwed over by Big Gummint in various shapes and forms. About the hopes and dreams of small towns and the big men in them while they put food on the table for their families.

    Born in the USA.
    Badlands.
    Born to Run.
    Glory Days. Almost all of his most popular work was about the blue-collar man, and those blue collar men responded by making him richer than Croesus.

    And now, having risen to the top of the pile, he responds by shitting in the face of the very people that put him there by lecturing them about what’s good and what’s bad, because the little people are now too dumb to know what’s good for them.

    It doesn’t make me angry. It’s worse than that.

    It makes me disappointed.

  172. Geriatric Mayfly

    white medicine has saved thousands of aboriginals since settlement and cures them of diseases they would have otherwise died, and we pay for them etc.

    Which brings back to mind my tour via Google earth of the WA boondocks. Zoom and zoom again to delineate these vibrant ‘communities’ in the God forsaken wastelands, and lo! there is an airstrip attached to each one. Need one wonder why?

  173. Gilas

    Why are we wasting valuable electrons discussing the Abo’s rent proposal??
    We all know what should be done. Everyone with a functioning medulla oblongata has known this for the last 40 years.
    This idiot can take some of her viscid, malodorous, chlamydia-infected snatch secreta and top herself with it!

    On more important matters:
    what happened to Fossil Pete and Elle? It’s all gone so quiet…

  174. Knuckle Dragger

    JB,

    I’m not averse to a visit. I know how to say Happy New Year, although I’m not sure which language my variant’s in.

    I mean, Jesus. There’s 1,500,000,000 of them. Bound to be half a dozen good blokes in there somewhere.

  175. Mark from Melbourne

    On more important matters:
    what happened to Fossil Pete and Elle? It’s all gone so quiet…

    If only they’d taken numbers (and socks) with them…

  176. Knuckle Dragger

    Gilas,

    The famed ‘double flounce’, previously only spoken about in hushed tones over campfires in the desert.

    The old folk say the double flounce was a sign of the Rapture.

  177. EvilElvis

    The Black Mamba sleeps.

  178. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    This is what Greg Hunt, Health Minister, is currently telling Australians is the situation, as reported in The Australian today:

    “We continue to follow the advice which is being updated every day from the medical officials. As I say, the Chief Medical Officer is doing that.
    “The advice is that they are talking with passengers, providing information, if there are any signs of symptoms, then obviously action is being taken.
    “And that during the asymptomatic phase, so when no symptoms are showing, it is not at this stage, according to World Health Organization officials, the best advice that’s available in Australia and internationally, a transmissible condition at that phase.”

    So why are we hearing from Chinese officialdom that transmission during the incubation stage is entirely possible? How far behind is the WHO and would they have any reasons for not wishing to call an epidemic yet?

    I am not into panic on these matters, but relying on the presence of acute symptoms before isolating and not suggesting that home isolation might be a good thing for those coming from infected areas seems to me to be rather casual.

  179. Boambee John:
    Thanks for that, yes Meekatharra has an airport – ‘consists of runway 09/27 being a sealed surface of 2181m and a gravel runway 15/33 of 1065m.’
    Not enough for jumbo class aircraft. I don’t have any experience with flying, so couldn’t tell if the site were that easy to upgrade. Looks pretty flat, but.
    A support hospital and accommodation wouldn’t be that hard.
    Now we need one for the East. Many townships spring to mind…

  180. johanna

    Anyone who believes anything issued by the WHO is an eejit.

  181. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    what happened to Fossil Pete and Elle? It’s all gone so quiet…

    Ellie has access to surgical masks. She’ll be OK, she should come in here and cheer the place up a bit.
    Fossil may have said he was going off somewhere for a while? Or am I confusing him with someone else.

  182. Crossie

    Really? Is truth to be sacrificed for the “greater good”?

    And where’s this “greater good” when Aborigines are being stripped of their past and even their right to say who is of their tribe?
    No Liberal MP should tolerate what Wyatt seems to have in mind. If Cashman goes, so should he.

    I knew Wyatt was trouble as soon as I saw that pelt he wore to parliament. He is a parody of an aboriginal, what the Left think an aboriginal should be. Everything he has done and said since then has confirmed it.

    I would have said that it’s a mystery what Wyatt is doing in the Liberal Party but after Turnbull and Tim Wilson he fits right in.

  183. Old School Conservative

    Canberra League star is on prohibited lands at Moore park, behaving erratically, won’t follow police demands, kicks and punches the officers, gets tasered arrested and charged.

    But Israel Folau’s morality rules him ineligible from playing league. Go figure.

  184. Dave in Marybrook

    KD-
    latest Springsteen, Western Stars, is atrocious.
    The title track contains- “our American brothers cross the wires/ and bring the old ways with them”.
    Open borders, Boss! Illegal Mexicans are more ‘Murican that ‘muricans!

  185. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    This idiot can take some of her viscid, malodorous, chlamydia-infected snatch secreta and top herself with it!

    Which idiot is that, Gilas? Has some woman said that nothing should be done about these communities?
    I may have missed something there, back thread perhaps?

  186. EvilElvis

    MSNBC news announcer has described Kobe Bryant as being a player from the LA Nig gers!

    Christ that’s gold. Not many things you can accidentally mistake Lakers for. Nig wouldn’t be my first slip.

  187. GM:

    Which brings back to mind my tour via Google earth of the WA boondocks. Zoom and zoom again to delineate these vibrant ‘communities’ in the God forsaken wastelands, and lo! there is an airstrip attached to each one. Need one wonder why?

    RFDS flyouts for when the road to the local wet community is cut.

  188. Knuckle Dragger

    Apparently there is indeed a lake in LA.

    Full of infected, used needles and human shit.

  189. Helen

    Lizzie, he was talking abut the rent seeker speaker.

  190. EvilElvis

    “That raises questions about whether our health authorities know about that and what they’re doing about it; whether they’re talking to accommodation providers, what advice they’re giving to schools at the moment.p

    Take the bureacratic numpty females of any department out of the equation then dumbarse. Man up and shout from the top! “The border is closed to China, planes will be turned back, for the safety of our country”. These department clowns couldn’t control their own kids, how are they going to control this?

  191. Helen

    What did Sparkles and Harry have for breakfast?

  192. Diogenes

    Thanks for that, yes Meekatharra has an airport – ‘consists of runway 09/27 being a sealed surface of 2181m and a gravel runway 15/33 of 1065m.’

    What about that chinese owned airport up in the Kimberly that is “identical to the ones Ronnie RAAF uses” ? 🙂

  193. Geriatric Mayfly

    when the road to the local wet community is cut.

    What if the local community has pronounced itself ‘dry?’

  194. Lizzie:

    I am not into panic on these matters, but relying on the presence of acute symptoms before isolating and not suggesting that home isolation might be a good thing for those coming from infected areas seems to me to be rather casual.

    Greg Hunt is doing what every other bureaucrat in Canberra is doing.
    Fuck all.
    No decision making, no quarantining Australia while it may do some good, just arse covering, protocol waving posturing. Making soothing noises because it’s all they have.
    Just like every other bloody problem the Canberra Clown Circus ever have encountered.
    And every bloody night, they hit the knees praying it doesn’t get worse before their pension and super payout happens.

  195. johanna

    TheirABC has scoured the nation to find a nice Muzzie Afghan kid who is doing something to help bushfire victims.

    te Barber’s bushfire fundraiser — what next?

    Murtaza Hussain knows what it is like to go through tragedy, after his mother and brother were killed in a suicide bombing in Pakistan eight years ago.

    But the 11-year-old Afghan refugee is now doing what he can to help his community.

    Murtaza has donated every cent of the pocket money he saved since his family arrived in Australia seven years ago to victims of South Australia’s recent bushfire disasters.

    The boy from Elizabeth East in Adelaide’s north lost his older brother and mother in a terrorist attack in Quetta in Pakistan in 2012, about six months before his family were set to reunite with his father.

    His traumatic experiences at a young age have helped instil a strong sense of compassion.

    Well, good for him. But, TheirABC neglects to mention that Hazara Muzzies are regarded as apostates by the mainstream, and are persecuted up to and including death.

    Nah, he’s just a typical Afghani from a typical family. Just like the ones who spawn the amateur explosives crowd, and the driving into populated public spaces crowd.

    Nothing could be further from the truth, but the inconvenient bits are carefully elided by TheirABC.

  196. Des Deskperson

    ‘ For a start,Political Correctness is unknown there. .. Street crime, drunken violence and so on….not so much. ‘

    Yet you might find Beijing a bit too regimented, Ba’o’ans – the black clad government security guards – everywhere, brusque and unhelpful. Anytime you want to go somewhere that might be interesting, a portable security barrier is shoved in your way. Public spaces are crime free not only because they swarm with Ba’o’ns – who do not normally carry fire arms. – but because there are white mini-busses parked discreetly – or not so discreetly – full of cops in fatigues with fire arms.

    Having said this, you can still get practically anything you want, any time of the day or night, in Beiijng.

  197. Cassie of Sydney

    “I would have said that it’s a mystery what Wyatt is doing in the Liberal Party but after Turnbull and Tim Wilson he fits right in.”

    Here are a few more….

    Craig Lardy
    Julie Bitchop
    Sissy Pyne
    Arfur Snidodinos

    I could go on…one needs a bucket.

  198. Helen

    about six months before his family were set to reunite with his father.

    Did Dad come on a boat?

  199. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    From Zippy’s link to a Guardian article. It seems that our best hope is that this is just another mild viral influenza-like disease. Even a high killing virus is likely to eventually mutate to something less bad. Perhaps this is happening already. The Chinese reaction suggests perhaps not, but steady-as-she-goes seems to be the public health mode of choice here and probably in the UK too.

    “My best guess now is perhaps 100,000 cases right now,” he said, although it could be between 30,000 and 200,000. “Almost certainly many tens of thousands of people are infected.”
    Most of the cases that have been exported to other countries from China have been mild, he said. That could mean mild cases of disease spread more easily than severe, life-threatening cases, which sounds like good news. But on the other hand, it means it is possible there will be a reservoir of mild disease in the country that goes unnoticed and can spread until it affects somebody vulnerable because of underlying poor health, who becomes seriously ill.
    “People looking for people with a travel history to China are not necessarily looking in their local population,” he said.
    There is a lot still unknown, he explained. “We don’t have reports as yet as to the extent to which children are becoming infected, probably because of the bias towards severe cases.”
    Unlike Sars, which made everyone who contracted the virus severely ill, the new virus appears to be able to slip under the radar, he said. Firstly, there are the many mild carriers, who will infect other people without necessarily being recognised. Secondly, there are reports from China of people who have infected others before they have experienced any symptoms.
    Ferguson said it was possible this is not quite as it appears. It may be that the authorities have not actually identified the index case – the person who infected a group of people – making it look as though they picked up the virus from someone who had no symptoms.
    But although only people with symptoms of illness spread Sars, scientists point to other diseases, such as influenza and some colds, that can be passed on by those who appear well. These viruses “are carried into the air during normal breathing and talking by the infected person”, said Prof Wendy Barclay of the department of infectious disease at Imperial College London.
    “It would not be too surprising if the new coronavirus also does this. If this does prove to be the case then controlling the spread does become more of a challenge, and measures like airport screening are unlikely to stem the virus effectively.”

  200. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘And every bloody night, they hit the knees praying it doesn’t get worse before their pension and super payout happens.’

    Exactofuckingmundo, Winston. The fires was this monstrous dereliction of duty in action.

    In this instance, they will be hoping that some inscrutable dry cleaner doesn’t have quite enough command of English to write a Letter to the Editor saying ‘Bring my Mum in Wuhan home’.

  201. Knuckle Dragger

    Were.

    The fires WERE this monstrous etc etc.

    Fucking penis banner.

  202. Confused Old Misfit

    The “One Big Day” for indigenous people should be that day on which they relegate their past to the records of history and make the leap from the late stone age to 2020ce.
    Until they recognize that their culture has little to recommend it as an ongoing way of life and that the only way for them to survive as a unique society is to accept and adapt to life as we know it today they are doomed to the squalor of existence somewhere between the two extremes.

  203. EvilElvis

    Boambee John:
    Thanks for that, yes Meekatharra has an airport – ‘consists of runway 09/27 being a sealed surface of 2181m and a gravel runway 15/33 of 1065m.’
    Not enough for jumbo class aircraft. I don’t have any experience with flying, so couldn’t tell if the site were that easy to upgrade. Looks pretty flat, but.
    A support hospital and accommodation wouldn’t be that hard.

    FMGs Christmas Creek is your spot, Winston. Worked with the mob who built it, long, modern, camp facilities close just begging to house the leppers. Still reasonable proximity to other airstrips in a pinch.

  204. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Lizzie, he was talking abut the rent seeker speaker.

    Great. I’d hate to think such invective was delivered to any of the three Kittehs commenting on the issue.

    It wasn’t very nice to read, element of truth or not. But understandable in context I guess.

  205. candy

    No decision making, no quarantining Australia while it may do some good, just arse covering, protocol waving posturing. Making soothing noises because it’s all they have.

    Looks that way to me too. There seems very little mettle in the government. Just hope and pray it all stops.

    Wonder if Greg Hunt does not want to upset the Chinese Australians, for various political type reasons?

  206. The fires WERE this monstrous etc etc.

    Rule 1. Politicians will only address what the media forces them to address.

    The implication is that politicians are only as good as the journalists that you have.
    When you have a cesspool of journalists whose only ambition is to get a job at the ABC, then you know your democracy is really fscked.

  207. Crossie

    Well, good for him. But, TheirABC neglects to mention that Hazara Muzzies are regarded as apostates by the mainstream, and are persecuted up to and including death.

    We may be giving the “journalists” at the ABC too much credit, the truth is more likely that they are ignorant idiots.

  208. Knuckle Dragger

    Rambler,

    Excellent point. To my detriment, I have forgotten the name of the young journo punter who nailed Tits to a tree mid-presser about how much something or other was going to cost.

    Wouldn’t let it go. And Billy Topender had the shits on big time. Magnificent television it was.

  209. EvilElvis

    They don’t want the Chinese stopped from coming in. Chinese are the biggest single demographic. 25% of them come on tours.

    Not sure on the proclivity of Chinese tourists but the ones we get through, like Indian groups, are normally spenders.
    The boomer tourists of caucasian countries are slightly more affable but are tight bastards.

    So ponzie property card is a wall out of the house of cards thanks to the east coast love affair of Chinese building products. Another is the education imports, a lot from China. Another tourists. Apart from self inflicted bushfires when will it come down? I can assure you, the rest of the country is fucked financially already. Not sure we can afford another taxpayer bail out of the east.

  210. Helen

    Oz, but the other story that interviewed tourism people – cant find it.

    Tourism Australia confirmed the central government in China announced that all international group travel from China will be stopped from 27 January.

    The decision made by China was confirmed in an email sent to operators in the Australian tourism industry on 26 January.

    The email, signed off by Managing Director of Tourism Australia Phillipa Harrison, said there had been further developments with coronavirus since the last email to industry.

    “Probably of greatest impact to the Australian tourism sector is the announcement that all group travel from China will be suspended from the 27th of January,” the email read.

    The government agency could not confirm the “scope or duration of the decision” and are waiting for further information to clarify how the measure will affect tourism in Australia.

    The message said that Tourism Australia would monitor the impact of the travel ban and asked for “insights or data” from operators to share in their next update.

    The World Health Organisation have not recommended any “unnecessary restrictions” to international travel amid the outbreak in their latest update online.

    “WHO advises that measures to limit the risk of exportation or importation of the disease should be implemented, without unnecessary restrictions of international traffic.”

    Ms Harrison has been contacted for comment.
    Angelica Snowden
    Journalist

    So the Chinese had to shut it down. I think there were still 18 planes coming in from China today.

  211. MatrixTransform

    A site that contains page after page of racial abuse would not be the place to “out” anyone indigenous – too many unhinged crackpots and certifiable lunatics frequent this site.

    Wasn’t it only yesterday the Numptard was complaining about abuse ?

    Maybe it needs another Mass to top up its graces ?

    disgusting, bigoted, lying, hypocritical POS

  212. EvilElvis

    So a massive health issue is being handled by a woman at the head of an agency who’s biggest job is doing Lara Bingle ads. What a fucking country.

  213. Crossie

    Confused Old Misfit
    #3303806, posted on January 27, 2020 at 1:35 pm
    The “One Big Day” for indigenous people should be that day on which they relegate their past to the records of history and make the leap from the late stone age to 2020ce.
    Until they recognize that their culture has little to recommend it as an ongoing way of life and that the only way for them to survive as a unique society is to accept and adapt to life as we know it today they are doomed to the squalor of existence somewhere between the two extremes.

    All peoples and nations were forced to adapt to modernity at some point in their history, some did it at the family level, some at clan level and others at national level. Wise people recognise when a better way of life presents itself and adopt it.

    The aboriginal people were well on the way to doing the same until the advent of the Left’s adoption of the victim culture as a form of subjugation of civilisation.

  214. candy

    “And that during the asymptomatic phase, so when no symptoms are showing, it is not at this stage, according to World Health Organization officials, the best advice that’s available in Australia and internationally, a transmissible condition at that phase.”

    Hard to understand that. I thought you could contract a cold and during the next 24 hours or so have no symptoms at all, but be passing it on to other people still? so that’s a very worrying stage.

  215. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    KD, I suggest Shanghai as a great place for your first visit to China. Stay in the old French Concession, for a touch of the old city, tree lined streets, night life if you amenable to such ways , or maybe the Bund (known as Waitan), or Pudong, which is only about 20 or 30 years old. No security to be seen, unlike that which Des Desk saw in Beijing. Try a visit to Hangzhou a city of 8,000,000 which is only one hour on the fast train from Shanghai (160k.) Fascinating place, Shanghai.

  216. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Top Ender
    #3303670, posted on January 27, 2020 at 11:13 am

    CAPE IN FEAR AFTER RIOTS

    SARAH ELKS

    A veteran thought of Somalia as he saved Australian refugees from Aurukun’s chaos

    Army veteran Tim White is surrounded by dozens of men brandishing axes and iron bars.

    It’s sweltering in Aurukun, far north Queensland, on January 4. A mob has been burning down houses and terrorising locals since a 37-year-old man was allegedly stabbed to death on New Year’s Day.

    Creek says

    there needs to be an overhaul of the way government deals with Aurukun.

    “This idea of throwing (government) money at problems needs to stop. There’s been tens of millions of dollars pumped into Aurukun. This situation now is unprecedented. Hundreds have fled the community fearing for their lives. If this was anywhere else, there would be a royal commission.”

    Whoever “Creek” is he or she is as useless as everyone else named in the long press article – wants a “royal commission”. There are way too many dills in Australia who believe a royal commission is a forum which changes things.

    I discovered Senate committees are just as pointless – lots of consulting solicitors scurrying about preparing 27 copies (at the Baker and Mackenzie rate of $7.87 per page) of voluminous reports which nobody other than the author consultant reads. The consulting solicitors pretend to read it, all eleven of their appointed staff at the double time and a half hourly rate. The Labor goon finds some chink in the other side’s armour and the Liberal dill attacks a public servant witness in retribution. A couple of weeks of this then it’s sincere thanks to all who sat there watching senators behave like the pre-school mothers club squabbling over halal Christmas decorations, and off to a well earned all afternoon lunch.

    Think back to the trade unions royal commission in recent years, reported on here in detail by Johanna. Does anyone remember who went to gaol? … if anyone went to gaol? … if anyone faced a magistrate? … if anyone suffered a ministerial glare with hands on hips? What about the one into the Painters and Dockers called by Prime Minister Fraser?

    Then read back through this media report and count how many names and public service roles are identified – ten or twenty – every one of whom has done nothing.

    This Aurukun thing was dealt with here in detail weeks ago. If the several police who claimed they were holed up by a mob of lurching abo drunks had opened the building door on January 5 and walked out firing their several hand guns in the air they would have shat their pants and scampered off like mangy rats.

    The wallopers ought to have hoofed it to their vehicles and left town, driving as if they were on the road after dark in Port Moresby, returning a month later with a couple of D12s, to drop their blades and push what remained into the nearest creek bed.

    I have thirty or more news reports from 2006 and 2007 on file, revealing the Aurukuners are behaving precisely as they were fourteen bloody years ago! Government decision makers are behaving precisely as they were then, as are police on overtime and area allowances. The abo grievance industry has done alright too – fourteen continuous years of consultancy fee income for earnest, detailed, repetitive accounts of abo riots, house burnings, demands for uncooked housing, complaints about racist juicy white teacherettes and nurses who offend the sensibilities of local teenage boys by locking their windows and doors at night, and so on.

    Read the Wikipedia entry on Aurukun – it has a heading “Education” which takes four paragraphs to inform you there is no-one in town who can count to ten.

  217. Not Uh oh

    Chris Hemsworth wants to change the date does he? OK Chris, you have 364 days to choose from; which one, and why?

  218. vlad

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3303812, posted on January 27, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Rambler,

    Excellent point. To my detriment, I have forgotten the name of the young journo punter who nailed Tits to a tree mid-presser about how much something or other was going to cost.

    Wouldn’t let it go. And Billy Topender had the shits on big time. Magnificent television it was.

    Was it this?

  219. Crossie

    The implication is that politicians are only as good as the journalists that you have.
    When you have a cesspool of journalists whose only ambition is to get a job at the ABC, then you know your democracy is really fscked.

    We know well how to fix this problem, shut down the ABC or privatise and within half a decade they will fail miserably a la Fairfax and be bought by another network.

  220. johanna

    Did I hear mention of Box Hill above?

    During my one and only year of living in Melbourne (1973) I saw Lobby Lloyd and the Coloured [email protected] at the Box Hill Town Hall. There were a lot of skinheads there, but it was a fun, good-humoured night – and the band rocked!

    They were crowd-pleasers, in the tradition of Slade, and didn’t give a fig about political correctness, which was even then seeping into Melbourne cultural life.

    That year in Melbourne was enogh for me. Lousy climate, and a lot of people who took themselves way too seriously – Feminist/Marxist Discussion Groups, those ghastly anti-artists at the Pram Factory, and so on.

    As a Sydney girl, I found their gloomy outlook and absurd attachment to Marxist though ridiculous, and, worse still, boring.

    Still, Melbourne did produce Hunters and Collectors:

  221. vr

    Is Singapore’s ‘perfect’ economy coming apart?

    January 22, 2020 15:10 JST

    SINGAPORE — From around 10 p.m. until the early hours of the morning, Aziz drives a private hire car through the streetlit hinterlands of Singapore. On weekdays, he shuttles from the airport to downtown condos and back; on weekends he patrols around Tanjong Pagar where the upscale bars kick out late, picking up drinkers, bar staff and other nocturnal tradespeople. On an average night, he can book upward of 150 Singaporean dollars ($111). His situation, he said, is “jialat.”

    Jialat, a Singlish word taken from Hokkien, literally means “drained.” In his early 50s, Aziz — not his real name — was retrenched from his job in a professional services company two years ago, and turned to the gig economy to make ends meet, joining hundreds of other former white-collar workers in a nocturnal demimonde of midrange saloons and weary discontent. “Cannot retire. Cannot take my [pension],” Aziz said. “As soon as they let me take it, I’ll buy a house in Indonesia and retire there. If I stay here, what am I going to do?”

    Midlevel jobs in manufacturing and multinational companies are disappearing, and being replaced by technology and financial services roles, which are easier to fill with younger, more affordable migrants. Singaporeans like Aziz struggle to get back into the workforce. Only half of retrenched over-50s are reemployed full time within six months. Nearly three-quarters of people laid off in Singapore last quarter were what the country classifies as professionals, managers, executives and technicians, or PMETs.

    A quarter of a million people are in functional poverty. The bottom 20% of Singaporean households have an average monthly shortfall of S$335 between their incomes and outgoings, according to the government’s latest economic survey. Living costs have risen. Water bills are up 30% since 2017; medical costs have increased 10% in just over five years, an acute problem in a population that is aging rapidly. Technological disruption is breaking the link between economic growth and earnings. Growth has slowed to its lowest level since the 2009 financial crisis tipped the island into recession.

  222. vlad

    Does anyone doubt that if they changed the date the rent-a-crowd protestors wouldn’t simply change the date they protest?

    26 January is Australia Day. Always will be.

  223. Crossie

    Not sure on the proclivity of Chinese tourists but the ones we get through, like Indian groups, are normally spenders.
    The boomer tourists of caucasian countries are slightly more affable but are tight bastards.

    I have observed this to be true during our recent European holiday. Asian seems to shop and in upmarket outlets to boot.

  224. 1735099

    No. Shut the communities down, move them all to big towns, education, health, it will hurt everyone for a while but in a generation or two or three, kids will be educated, they will learn English, they will have a chance at a better life.

    There you go – another “final” solution.
    Not so far from Lang Hancock’s 1984 idea.

  225. A Lurker

    and all the Chinese students due to come start university – whats the go with them?

    Online lectures?

  226. Bubbles #3303562, posted on January 27, 2020 at 9:05 am
    …Where I live is infested with Brazilian backpackers. Local merchants initially employed them because exotic and short skirts, but they soon learned. Now they just clutter up the beach playing commo ball and yelling ‘gooooooool’ or something.

    Were they employed illegally? i.e. were off-books & paid cash under the table?
    Brazilian nationals are not eligible for a Working Holiday visa.

  227. Cassie of Sydney

    “There you go – another “final” solution.”

    I reckon the racist got a thrill writing that….he likes “final” solutions.

  228. Sinclair has the final solution to the numeric anti-semite.

  229. MatrixTransform

    the racist over estimates its own efficacy.

  230. Roger

    So a massive health issue is being handled by a woman at the head of an agency who’s biggest job is doing Lara Bingle ads.

    No, no…we’ve got a CMO who’s a perfesser of nephrology on the case.

    His job is to delegate someone to monitor the WHO website and pass on their updates to the Health Minister (in a simplified form that he can grasp).

    The relevant WHO committee is unsure if we have a health emergency on our hands but stands ready to be reconvened if required. In the meantime it recommends no restrictions on international air travel and no restrictions on travel to China or Wuhan (just avoid the bat soup). Our CMO and Health Minister, being apparently incapable of undertaking independent research and risk analysis despite being paid extremely well to gaurd the nation’s health and having a whole department of bureaucrats at their disposal, have simply passed the WHO’s advice on in the local dialect while making concerned faces for the TV cameras.

    Just so you know who’s responsible if this thing goes pear shaped.

  231. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘there needs to be an overhaul of the way government deals with Aurukun.’

    Indeed there does. Said proposed overhaul should take into account the tens of millions of taxpayer dollars which could have been used for defence, caring for the elderly or even giving Liability Bob’s tard schools a chop out, but were instead poured into the garbage disposal units that are Aurukun, Yuendumu and dozens of other similar enclaves.

    Remove the services. All of them. If the people in them have the self-administered system of law that worked so well for 100,000 years or whatever there won’t be a problem.

    In two years’ time send a delegation back. If the town’s still standing, and there are people left there then something can be worked out. If they continue to behave like prehistoric savages using modern stuff to compound the damage, they get nothing.

    Return on investment, or (as I believe) the corporate types call it. If you can’t demonstrate that what you’re given won’t be wasted, you get fuck all and it’s your own fault.

  232. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    f the people in them have the self-administered system of law that worked so well for 100,000 years or whatever there won’t be a problem.

    Good luck when the tribal elders start administering traditional punishments.

  233. candy

    No. Shut the communities down, move them all to big towns, education, health, it will hurt everyone for a while but in a generation or two or three, kids will be educated, they will learn English, they will have a chance at a better life.

    Education is the key to a better life, because job and some money to buy things you might like, and feeling empowered and productive.
    I don’t know how you can make a whole community believe that though, especially with the hatred of white folk and Pascoe’s book is fanning the flames of hate.

  234. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “official” figures, 2744 confirmed, 80 deaths

  235. Dave in Marybrook

    Everything about this Australia Day, Sunday the 26th of January 2020, is a European import- the Frenchified Latin name for the great southern land, the base-ten mathematical system canonised by the Greeks and communicated with Arabic numerals, the Norse day-name within the Christian seven-day week, even the Roman months of the Gregorian Calendar which counts years within decades within centuries within millennia.

    It’s impossible to talk about a unifying, or divisive, day of national commemoration without using these tools, and even then we must face up to the fact that Australia as a Nation State- continent-wide, underpinned by a written constitution with full adult suffrage electing a representative parliament- was a concept barely dreamed of before 1788, and still a work in progress in 1901, let alone here in 2020.

    Even a National Day ceremony – celebrated by all and sundry- is anathametic to any aboriginal ceremony that I have ever heard of. They tend to be open only to the initiated, excluding women, and definitely excluding anyone outside the tribal group.

  236. Roger at 10.51

    The Crown could not extinguish native title. The Parliament might try by passing a statute that explicitly overrode the Racial Discrimination Act. The extinguishment Act would be invalid if it did not afford just terms compensation. There remains the possibility that that an extinguishment law, as any law, that breached the nebulous concept of ‘equality under the law’ would be invalid. Some High Court judges have held that is an implied limit on power to this effect, and there is nothing to stop the current or a future court from taking this view. (There is a 1997 HRC paper on all this.)

  237. Knuckle Dragger

    Liability Bob,

    Just hang on and think for a minute. You’re in an excellent position to comment on this issue, having paid $15,000,000 in tax and all.

    If the Gummint had taken just a fraction of the Niagara Falls of cash poured into Aurukun for no benefit, you could have kept your spack bus.

  238. areff

    Here you go, Johanna, 40 minutes of Lobby and George Guitar. Great player. Pity about the haircut.

  239. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “official” figures, 2744 confirmed, 80 deaths

    guardian is quoting 30,453 under observation

  240. Cassie of Sydney

    “Just hang on and think for a minute. “

    KD..I’m not sure he is capable of “thinking”.

  241. Knuckle Dragger

    An Open Letter to Chris Hemsworth

    Dear Mr Hemsworth,

    Fuck off.

    People in Australia remember when you were a pimply, spindly, stuttering milquetoast in a shit soapie that came on the teev at tea time.

    We appreciate that your primary residence overseas is full of tents and human faeces, that you’ve roided up in recent years and have some money in the bank playing cartoon characters. You are not proficient in anthropology.

    Your single greatest claim to fame is being the brother of the bloke that got a lick on the giblets from Miley Cyrus once, so please stop pretending that your opinion on our national day matters, because it doesn’t.

    Your humble servant, fondest regards &c,

    Straya

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