Tuesday Forum: January 28, 2020

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  1. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    LONDON/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Many global companies from hotels and airlines to industrial houses are expected to have to foot the bill for disruptions caused by a new coronavirus in China, with epidemics usually excluded from insurance cover, experts said.

  2. feelthebern

    I wonder how many airlines will follow BA’s lead overnight.
    I reckon it’ll have to be more than a few.

  3. feelthebern

    I have a conference in Macau in April that I expect will be cancelled.

  4. Dr Faustus

    Number of Wuhan coronavirus cases inside mainland China overtakes SARS, as virus spreads worldwide

    The rate of increase in reported cases in the past two days points to 1 million within the next month. If the ‘actual’ unreported infections are at 100,000, as suggested, China will be there next week.

    I expect our Authorities have contingency plans in place in case things get tricky.

  5. mh

    British nationals brought back from Wuhan will be quarantined in a secure facility for 14 days on their return, on the orders of ministers.

    Around 200 Britons are waiting to be airlifted from the Chinese province, with hopes of a flight back tomorrow.

    Government sources said the group will be quarantined in a secure facility – potentially a military base – for two weeks, regardless of whether they are showing symptoms or not.

  6. cohenite

    Beer virus and general leftie prophylactic:

  7. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    10-Year-Old Boy Raises Fears Wuhan Virus Could Spread Undetected
    The boy was part of a family who visited relatives in the central Chinese city over the New Year. While his parents and grandparents fell ill and were treated after they returned to their hometown, the 10-year-old appeared healthy and was only diagnosed with the virus after his parents insisted he too was tested, his doctors said, adding that he “was shedding virus without symptoms.”

    “These cryptic cases of walking pneumonia might serve as a possible source to propagate the outbreak,” Kwok-Yung Yuen and colleagues the University of Hong Kong, said in the Lancet paper.

    “So the question is, is this virus more SARS-like, or is it more flu-like?” Denison said. “The data suggests that it’s somewhere in the middle: that it is a more mild disease, but that there may be more transmission.”

  8. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    United to suspend most U.S.-China flights starting on Saturday

  9. Snoopy

    Around 200 Britons are waiting to be airlifted from the Chinese province, with hopes of a flight back tomorrow.

    Government sources said the group will be quarantined in a secure facility – potentially a military base

    Diego Garcia is always very comfortable.

  10. feelthebern

    I like the Chinese community spirit.

  11. feelthebern

    Footage of what happens to a round-eye when they contract the Wuhan Zombie virus.

    https://twitter.com/rexchapman/status/1222217451544489990?s=12

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ken Wyatt sets deadline for vote to recognise indigenous

    exclusive
    Paige Taylor
    Indigenous Affairs Correspondent
    @paigeataylor
    An hour ago January 29, 2020
    5 Comments

    Australians will vote on constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians by June next year at the latest, according to a timeline developed by Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt.

    Mr Wyatt confirmed on Wednesday the Morrison government intended to hold a referendum by mid-2021 on the question of whether to alter the Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Mr Wyatt told The Australian he wanted to present the required bill to the Australian parliament by the end of this year.

    “It is getting tight but we’ve set a timeline and by the end of this year I hope to be in a position to go forward,” Mr Wyatt said.

    Once a bill to alter the Constitution has passed through both houses of parliament, a referendum must be held not less than two and no more than six months later. Asked if the referendum would be held in the first half of next year, Mr Wyatt replied: “At the latest.”

    He wants to ensure the issue of constitutional recognition does not become confused with the indigenous voice to government.

    Indigenous leaders Marcia Langton and Tom Calma are co-chairs of a senior advisory group that is due to propose models for the voice at a national, regional and local level by June. After consultation, Mr Wyatt intends to legislate the voice. After that, he intends to hold a referendum on constitutional recognition.

    Mr Wyatt said it was important to make progress on the voice, and then to hold a referendum on constitutional recognition, well ahead of the next federal election due by September 2022.

    “(The) very critical and important issue of constitutional recognition needs its own oxygen and its own space,” he said.

    Mr Wyatt conceded that key supporters of the Uluru Statement from the Heart reject the constitutional recognition he proposes as merely symbolism. The landmark 2017 Uluru statement called for an indigenous voice to be constitutionally enshrined, which the Morrison government rejected.

    Mr Wyatt said there was a risk Uluru backers might campaign against a “yes” campaign on the grounds the referendum does not include a question about an indigenous voice.

    However, he and others see a legislated voice as pragmatic and hope that by the end of this year there will be “a tangible outcome from the voice process” that could win over Australians who are deeply disappointed by the decision not to enshrine an indigenous voice in the Constitution.

    From the Oz. Bring on the referendum, the sooner the better.

  13. jupes

    I expect our Authorities have contingency plans in place in case things get tricky.

    No doubt they will bring in a tax to cure it. Works for everything else.

  14. Infidel Tiger

    Imagine this virus gets into Indo and Bali in particular.

    FMD. We’ll need the biggest quarantine station the world has ever seen.

    The dead will fill the Super Pit.

  15. jupes

    “(The) very critical and important issue of constitutional recognition needs its own oxygen and its own space,” he said.

    Critical? Maybe to Wyatt’s racist agenda but it’s not critical to the national interest. Quite the opposite in fact.

  16. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Footage of what happens to a round-eye when they contract the Wuhan Zombie virus.

    he missed his elbow

  17. BrettW

    I watched a bit of a talk give by Pascoe in VIC State Library in 2017 on Aboriginal Culture.

    Just a few things he said :
    Half of Australia was “cropped” by Aboriginals (this claim is covered by Dark Emu exposed)
    The 300 plus nations lived together in peace
    The oldest society in the world was somewhere in western NSW
    Oldest language
    Their pottery is in a Museum in Adelaide but nobody wants to discuss it as it might prove Aboriginals were civilised.
    Had houses. One picture he put up looked like what I would call a lean too. Another “house” photo showed
    a very low wall in a U shape which was not tall enough to shelter people. Others were huts.

    Oldest language ?! By this not sure if he means in 1700’s they were still talking same as they were thousands of years earlier.

    Strange how never came up with writing apart from rock drawings.

    Had never heard of this guy until a few months ago via this forum. However he gets around and there are plenty of links showing him giving lectures in state libraries etc. Plus his books are best sellers and being used in schools.

    I can understand why Langton and Wyatt need to back his Aboriginality as there is too much at stake if he is shown not to be. Wouldn’t that make them look like fools ?

  18. Armadillo

    The dead will fill the Super Pit.

    IT has always been the optimist on this website. Regardless of race, colour or creed, he generally nails it.

    Respect.

  19. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Chinese President #XiJinping has ordered Chinese military to keep its mission firmly in mind and shoulder responsibility to make contribution to winning the battle against the novel #coronavirus epidemic

  20. Armadillo

    If the virus is transmitted by human contact, Arky should be safe.

  21. jupes

    Looks like Jesse Hogan has been on the wallop again.

    How come former champions who liked the odd cleansing ale, like Paul Vander Haar, never needed a “mental health break”.

  22. JC

    Imagine this virus gets into Indo and Bali in particular.

    Artie, why are these places so special?

  23. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    how airborne is this virus?
    Coronavirus: first reported cases of foreigners infected in China
    Health authority in southern province of Guangdong says two Australians and one Pakistani student diagnosed with the illness
    Source of infection unknown but all three in a stable condition, official says

  24. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Half of Australia was “cropped” by Aboriginals (this claim is covered by Dark Emu exposed)

    I’m a retired wheat farmer. When did the Aborigines invent wideline seeding equipment, broad-acre cropping techniques and combine harvesters?

  25. Infidel Tiger

    Artie, why are these places so special?

    There are 250,000,000 Indos

    At any one time there are tens of thousands of Australians in Bali.

  26. Twostix

    Mr Wyatt confirmed on Wednesday the Morrison government intended to hold a referendum by mid-2021 on the question of whether to alter the Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Mr Wyatt told The Australian he wanted to present the required bill to the Australian parliament by the end of this year.

    Is this a joke?

    The liberals take an unpopular labor 3rd tier policy and ramit down our throats?

  27. Infidel Tiger

    Wyatt is a far left goon.

  28. JC

    Artie

    Just keep calm and resign yourself to the fact there is a fucking locomotive like the one Steve Tickler is posting all the freaking time. It’s coming at you very slowly and methodically and there’s not a fucking thing you can do about it. Zero. Zilch.

  29. JC

    Is this a joke?

    No, it’s actually not a bad strategy as it will be voted down and finally put to rest.

  30. Armadillo

    When did the Aborigines invent wideline seeding equipment, broad-acre cropping techniques and combine harvesters?

    Do you mean seeding with wheat seed? Or something else?

    I can’t actually think of anything in the Australian landscape at that stage that would warrant it.

  31. Twostix

    Only the liberals could bring a.million screaming lebs in.
    Only the liberals could take our guns.
    Only the liberals could abolish federation with the GST.
    Inly the liberal ls could pass fag marriage
    Only the liberals could give abos special status in the contract that allows the federal government to exist.

  32. JC

    I was hoping to do mid spring in NYC and doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen.

  33. Infidel Tiger

    Statistically, not panicking is irrational.

  34. JC

    Stix

    Do you really think such a ref would be voted in? Come on dude.

  35. Armadillo

    There are 250,000,000 Indos

    “Beware the teeming millions” takes on new conitations with the virus.

  36. JC

    It’s not irrational at all. Reading that leb is though. There’s nothing you, Homer Paxton, Irma or Donald Trump can do about it. If it’s as contagious as the regular flu and it sounds like it is there’s no earthly way to stop it.

    Try and buy some face masks and stock up on canned food.

  37. Armadillo

    Try and buy some face masks and stock up on canned food.

    That or shoot the neighbour if they so much as cough.

  38. Infidel Tiger

    that makes no sense JC.

    Of course you can contain it. Opening the borders and carrying on as usual is crazy.

    Seal the borders. Intern all people who have been to China in the last 30 days. Quarantine everyone with it. Turn China into a giant festering bat soup pariah state.

  39. JC

    If something is going to kill me first it’s not that Kung Flu. I’ve been aiming Mortein at a fucking fly for 1/2 an hour and it’s still flying around annoying the shit out of me. The room is Mortein soaked.

  40. Armadillo

    Keeps the other neighbours away. Depends on how much tucker the fucker next door has stashed.

  41. JC

    Of course you can contain it. Opening the borders and carrying on as usual is crazy.

    Seal the borders. Intern all people who have been to China in the last 30 days. Quarantine everyone with it. Turn China into a giant festering bat soup pariah state.

    You know that’s just not going to happen, which is why I said this is a locomotive heading our way. Before something like that happens, the country will need to lose 300,000 people.

  42. Armadillo

    Before something like that happens, the country will need to lose 300,000 people.

    JC, stop encouraging IT. You know full well that he has a plan for this stuff.

  43. jupes

    No, it’s actually not a bad strategy as it will be voted down and finally put to rest.

    Well the Australian republic was hardly put to rest after the last referendum. Nor will this stupid idea.

    Of course, just like the homo marriage plebiscite, the government will only fund one side of the argument, which will be based on the premise that anyone who doesn’t vote for it is an evil white supremacist.

  44. Twostix

    Do you really think such a ref would be voted in? Come on dude.

    They’ll give zero funding to the no side and officially call everyone racist if they vote no.

    They arent putting it up to have it fail.

  45. JC

    Well the Australian republic was hardly put to rest after the last referendum. Nor will this stupid idea.

    But that’s the left, they keep coming at you. But look, the Republic vote was held in 1997(?). 23 years later and we still have the monarchy.

  46. Infidel Tiger

    300,000 deaths is okay as long as they are politicians.

  47. Infidel Tiger

    JC, looks increasingly likely Bernie is going to be the nominee.

    He’s the Dems best chance of Pres too.

    Only one I’m scared of.

  48. Knuckle Dragger

    Bruce goddamn Pascoe.

    He’s not fooling anyone by growing his white Traditional Owner beard, and Wyatt is out and proud supporting the indig gravy train for the connected, which naturally means fuck all for those who need a chop out.

    Latham. Someone. Anyone. Please. Publicly ask Wyatt if he’s indig.

  49. JC

    They’ll give zero funding to the no side and officially call everyone racist if they vote no.

    They arent putting it up to have it fail.

    Oh come on. Money really doesn’t win elections or votes like that. Crooked spent $1.3 billion to Trump’s $350 million and she still lost because people simply didn’t like her enough. If money counted, Crooked should have won by her spending ratio.
    If money counted Bloomberg would be the shoe in as he’s said he’d spend $1 billion of his own money to win plus what the D’rats contribute. He’s not even in the top 5.

    Really bad ideas lose.

  50. Steve trickler

    Men at Work.

    Some startling scenes here. And your guts might get rattled.



  51. JC

    JC, looks increasingly likely Bernie is going to be the nominee.

    He’s the Dems best chance of Pres too.

    Only one I’m scared of.

    Yea, it’s a bit of a worry. That’s what concerns me the most this year. That and Trump never exercising and potentially dropping dead on the White Lawn one day.

    Bernie and High Cheeks voters are a big number. High Cheeks supporters will cross over to the Bernmeister by the looks of things.

  52. Infidel Tiger

    Chinese tech giant Huawei has claimed security agencies never discussed “boundaries” or “requirements” for the company to compete for 5G contracts in ­Australia, as it launches a new charm offensive to remove the blanket ban on its participation in the rollout.

    If we cave to those depraved pickled dog sick scoffing Chicom pricks over Huawei, it’s all over for Australia.

    No recovery.

  53. JC

    Hey, the world may be able to scrap the Paris accords as we could end up reaching targets by a huge population cull.

  54. EvilElvis

    Of course, just like the homo marriage plebiscite, the government will only fund one side of the argument, which will be based on the premise that anyone who doesn’t vote for it is an evil white supremacist.

    Yeah, you’re right. But all that’s needed is one camera in the right area, filming say, a Western Australian Midwest town. Say there’s an indig funeral. And as usual the mourning hit the sauce, rioting in the town ensues for a week, it’s all Whitey’s fault!! Elder falls over drunk on the road, cracks head, dies. Say there’s an indig funeral. And as usual…

    This shit has played out in the last few weeks in Cue. One funeral, followed by a death, followed by another funeral. You get footage of the noble farm folk of Pascoe carrying on like this and make it go viral a week before any referendum. Wyatt won’t have a chance the dickhead.

  55. JC

    Real estate would certainly become cheaper.

  56. JC

    If this virus hits Africa it’ all over rover over there. There won’t be much talk of human encroachment on the natural habit going forward. Wildlife could rest easy.

  57. JC

    I’ve never understood the purpose of viruses. Not really the purpose so much because species don’t really need a purpose. Leftwingers, for instance, have zero purpose and are still exist. What I mean is that viruses kill their hosts, or at least destroy their hosts making their ability to survive absolutely zero. If a virus was completely successful, it would mean its hosts would be destroyed. What a way to live.

    It’s almost like it anti-evolution.

  58. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bruce Pascoe withdraws from all literary festivals…

    I don’t have a Twitter link, but there’s one of Bruce Pascoe, in his red nappy, with a lot of other fair skinned
    “Aborigines” while someone makes farting noises with a hollow log…

  59. The Beer Whisperer

    It is known from sociological studies of various institutions that once female staff levels reach certain levels a feminisation of the institution takes place as more traditional males leave the instituion to be replaced by women or more ideologically compliant males.

    But you repeat yourself.

  60. Armadillo

    Only one I’m scared of.

    Bernie has no chance. Zero. Zip. Zilch.

    “Weekend at Bernies” memes will flood the Internet.

  61. JC

    Apple had quarterly sales of $US92 billion.

    You don’t need a calculator for that. That’s ~US$1 billion a day! That’s US$42.5 mill an hour. US$710,000 a minute and close to US$12,000 a second. FMD

    If the average Apple transaction is say 50 bucks it means there are 235 individual transactions a second.

    It’s almost incomprehensible.

  62. Infidel Tiger

    The same people who like Trump also like Bernie.

    Both outsiders, both crazy, both authentic, both real estate millionaires… Bernie is a very good chance to be POTUS. No one else has a shot.

  63. JC

    Bernie has no chance. Zero. Zip. Zilch.

    Maybe.

  64. Armadillo

    I answered a question here about “Who would be the first to link Climate Change to the Virus”.

    My guess was Pelosi. Wrong. It was Warren.

    Although it wasn’t stipulated wether it was “privately” or “publically”. Pelosi would have been muttering it whilst stirring the cauldron.

  65. Infidel Tiger

    I remember another guy no one said could win, hated by his own party. He did okay.

  66. JC

    Arma

    Lets say Bernie doesn’t win and loses respectably. The D’rat candidate downstream will be from the hard left and you don’t know what caliber of a candidate the GOP’s will be. Bernie losing well will cement the hard left in the D’rat party. That’s of some consequence.

  67. Armadillo

    Bernie is a very good chance to be POTUS. No one else has a shot.

    LOL.

  68. JC

    I remember another guy no one said could win, hated by his own party. He did okay.

    Yea, some well respected fund manager made a similar comment a few months ago about this. He reckons that all the people who said Trump couldn’t possibly win were now telling him Trump can’t possibly lose. That’s kind of stuck in my mind.

  69. The Beer Whisperer

    people collapsing in the street, others running away

    How do you know it’s coronavirus and not plain old Corona? The side effects look identical 😂

  70. JC

    Bug eyes for president in 2024. I reckon there’ a real possibility she runs in 24. I think she will be 35 then. Think about that one.

  71. Infidel Tiger

    Michelle Obama will win 2024. That is a given.

  72. JC

    Biden runs a fucking crime family. Every one of his siblings and kids are on the take. We just learnt today, his sister pocketed $2.5 million helping run his 12 VP candidacy. His brother took $50 million in government loans for some bullshit and I think another brother was also on the lamb.
    Sure, the Biden’s aren’t big time like the Clinton crime family, but still!

  73. Armadillo

    The D’rat candidate downstream will be from the hard left and you don’t know what caliber of a candidate the GOP’s will be. Bernie losing well will cement the hard left in the D’rat party. That’s of some consequence.

    Conversely, Bernie and the Democrats will be destroyed as a party, pretty much for half a century or more, if not longer.

    The Democrats need to make a choice. I wouldn’t be surprised if some opt for not impeaching Trump. Butter, bread and so on. That’s a game changer.

    IMHO, you are going to see a lot of Democrats desert. They have no case, no credible candidate, and no credibility as a party. Once Trump gets 4 more years, it’s over for them. Finished.

  74. JC

    I was walking along Madison ave one day and I saw a bunch of people hanging around this palatial looking building that sits on the corner of Madison and the high 70’s. I looked in and saw a bunch of dudes wearing chefs hats. I couldn’t figure out what it was and asked the security dude out front. Bloomberg owns the build and houses his foundation there.

  75. Armadillo

    Case in point. The rally today. It wasn’t for no reason.

  76. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Hot off the e-press. A dictionary that Muddy would be proud to have as his own.
    https://quillette.com/2020/01/29/an-orwelexicon-for-bias-and-dysfunction-in-psychology-and-academia/

    e.g.

    Istaphobia: Fear of being called an “ist” (racist, sexist, fascist, etc.), usually followed by self-censorship.

  77. BrettW

    From the SMH link put up by TE.

    “The AFP found Mr Pascoe had no case to answer”.

    See how this is going to be used to refute any contrary view about Pascoe’s distorted history. No doubt the ABC will use this to support their still showing the doco series.

    The fact is AFP did not investigate anything. Reason being it is too politically hot as he is a favourite of the left.

  78. Infidel Tiger

    JC, did you use a Bloomberg Terminal?

  79. Armadillo

    Imagine how desperate these people are to not see Trump win in 2020. They know exactly what is coming their way.

    Trump won’t fuck about with “draining the swamp”. He will be waste deep in it, dragging them out by their necks.

    As a President in his second term, he won’t hesitate for a second. And these dickheads are goading him on by trying to impeach him? FMD. It’s actually hilarious to watch.

    No Dem candidate will beat him. None.

    What should scare the shit out of them is that there is “No Dynasty”.

  80. JC

    JC, did you use a Bloomberg Terminal?

    Later on. We mostly used Reuters and later on added Bloomberg. Bloomberg terminals were really freaking expensive and the fuckers wouldn’t budge a cent from their quoted price. Later on, it became indispensable, as they introduced stocks, commodities, great charts and really good news scrolling. Bloomberg started out as a system for bond traders mostly.
    I had a Bloomberg web based terminal until a few years ago and gave it up as most of the stuff I can now get for free from various web based brokers etc. I’m toying with getting it back though.

  81. JC

    There’s a funny story how Bloomberg started. He worked at Solomon Bros, which was the top Investment bank in the 70s and 80s. I think he worked as a bond trader or analyst. He was pushing Solomon to back his idea of setting up an electronic terminal for bond traders and the bank wouldn’t go for it. He had accumulated a few million dollars from his job and set out to start up the business. I think Merrill Lynch first backed him in some way.

  82. JC

    I had one part wrong. He was actually fired by Solomon Bros!

    In 1973, Bloomberg became a general partner at Salomon Brothers, a bulge bracket Wall Street investment bank, where he headed equity trading and, later, systems development. In 1981, Salomon Brothers was bought[20] by Phibro Corporation, and Bloomberg was laid off from the investment bank.[21] He was given no severance package, but owned $10 million worth of equity as a partner at the firm.[22]

    Using this money, Bloomberg, having designed in-house computerized financial systems for Salomon, went on to set up a company named Innovative Market Systems (IMS). His business plan was based on the realization that Wall Street (and the financial community generally) was willing to pay for high-quality business information, delivered as quickly as possible and in as many usable forms possible, via technology (e.g., graphs of highly specific trends).[23]

    Bloomberg, along with Thomas Secunda, Duncan MacMillan, and Charles Zegar, developed and built a computerized system to provide real-time market data, financial calculations and other financial analytics to Wall Street firms. The machines were first called “Market Master Terminals” and later on became known as “Bloomberg Terminals.” In 1983, Merrill Lynch became the company’s first customer, investing $30 million in IMS to help finance the development of “the Bloomberg” terminal computer system and by 1984, IMS was selling machines to all of Merrill Lynch’s clients.
    Michael Bloomberg in the 1980s with an early version of the Bloomberg Terminal
    A 2012 Bloomberg Terminal with a multi-monitor set-up composed of six screens

    The company was renamed Bloomberg L.P. in 1987.[24] By 1990, it had installed 8,000 terminals.[25] Over the years, ancillary products including Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Message, and Bloomberg Tradebook were launched.

  83. Infidel Tiger

    Solomon let him go with a. $10mn severance.

    He’s now worth $60bn from that terminal.

  84. Armadillo

    Make no mistake. Trump will “gut them like rabbits” in his second term.

    Most of the Democrats will retire or end up in prison. It’s why the whole impeachment is farcical.

    Desperate times, desperate measures. Schiff, Pelosi and co will make the history books, for all the wrong reasons.Traitors to the Republic.

  85. BrettW

    From The Daily Express :

    “It’s been 22 years since Lethal Weapon 4 hit cinemas, not to mention 33 years since the buddy cop action original. There have been rumours over the last few years that a Lethal Weapon 5 will finally get made and now producer Dan Lin has confirmed the sequel is going ahead. He made the reveal during a Hollywood Reporter Producers Roundtable”.

    Gonna need a couple of good stunt doubles as Mel 64 and Danny 73.

  86. C.L.

    All of the Lethal Weapon sequels were rubbish.
    The whole point was that Riggs was crazy but also a loose cannon killer.
    By LW III, he had short hair, was reformed and maudlin – and no longer smoked. Plus, he and Murtagh were being hen-pecked by a ballbreaker female cop (yawn). The storyline in the original was pretty confronting, actually, but Chris Rock wound up in the franchise doing sweary comedy bits in the middle of everything. The Yanks have no class when it comes to letting go of movies.

  87. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From BrettW at 11:36 pm:

    “I watched a bit of a talk give by (Jackie Jackie) Pascoe in VIC State Library in 2017 on Aboriginal Culture.

    Just a few things he said :
    Had houses (Pettit and Sevitt tri levels, full floor luxury condos on the Condamine, snow skiing chalets in the Gibson Desert)
    The oldest society in the world was somewhere in western NSW (North Tibooburra – err – Tibooburra East. Tibooburra like.)
    Oldest language”

    The reach on that last bit has been extended from 40,000 years to 747,312½ years, based on something Ernie Dingo mumbled in his sleep last November.

  88. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Infidel Tiger at 12:58 am:

    “Michelle Obama will win 2024. That is a given.”

    You can’t say that – don’t say that! Just don’t.

  89. BrettW

    One thing is for sure those Ancient Egyptians were Stone Age compared to the highly cultured Aboriginals.

    How dare the white man ruin the most successful civilisation ever to exist.

    In fact the more cultured they were the more compensation that should be paid.

    I am so glad my kids well out of school as I suspect the curriculum now is far worse than it was 10 years ago when my son’s history teacher said ” today’s younger generation feel the need to reconcile with the Aboriginal people. Naturally no discussion of $’s required to reconcile.

  90. JC

    Biden and his son will be massacred if they forced to testify in the senate. Trump will likely survive Bolton without much problem, but sleepy Joe and his useless son will be fucked.

    How coincidental Bolton’s tell-all was being pre-released at just at this time. Total coincidence.

  91. Last Update: Jan 28, 2020 11 pm EST.

    It looks like the WZV charts aren’t being updated by CDC.

  92. Mitch M.

    I’ve never understood the purpose of viruses. Not really the purpose so much because species don’t really need a purpose.

    You’re halfway there. No purpose. Replicating machines that hijack the DNA machinery to create so many copies of the virus that the cell literally bursts with volume increase thereby releasing viral particles to infect other cells. That is why viruses can be so deadly because when a cell bursts(lysis) the immune system detects all these dangerous molecules that can induce a massive inflammatory response(ie. cytokine storm) leading to sepsis and rapid death. Sepsis remains a leading cause of death. The tobacco mosaic virus is a stunning example. Chop it up and it will spontaneously reassemble into a functional virus. It’s just molecular biology, nothing to understand.

  93. Mitch M.

    Most of the Democrats will retire or end up in prison. It’s why the whole impeachment is farcical.

    Flynn. Lock her up! Lock her up! How did that work for Flynn? Not a single charge brought against HRC. She’s a disgrace and they still haven’t nailed her. Wake up, Dems excel in covering their tracks.

  94. Mitch M.

    One thing is for sure those Ancient Egyptians were Stone Age compared to the highly cultured Aboriginals.

    The so called oldest civlisation on earth(hello, the San Bushmen are clearly the oldest existing human population) couldn’t boil water, make bows and arrows, develop writing, mathematics, the wheel, pottery, or even leaky boats that could explore new lands. Go argue that on The Project and you will be deemed a racist but those are facts.

  95. Mark A

    Armadillo
    #3306127, posted on January 30, 2020 at 1:35 am

    Make no mistake. Trump will “gut them like rabbits” in his second term.

    I hope you are right, so far he half disappointed half delivered.
    Was it by design just happened or failed?

  96. Mark A

    Some pictures from my inbox.
    ( I do have weird friends and relatives with time on their hands)

  97. Mark A

    Deny it’s not true!

    Arty-farty pretentious wanks.

  98. Mark A

    Avoid salads it makes you gain weight. Look at all the fat people buying it.

  99. Mark A

    Two Boys One Tampon : Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter.The pharmacist at the counter asked the older boy,’Son, how old are you?”Eight’, the boy replied.The man continued, ‘Do you know what these are used for?’The boy replied, ‘Not exactly, but they aren’t for me. They’re for him. He’s my brother. He’s four.””Oh, really?” the pharmacist replied with a grin.”Yes.” the boy said.”We saw on TV that if you use these, you would be able to swim, play tennis and ride a bike. Right now, he can’t do none of those.”

  100. Tintarella di Luna

    What has happened to Baldrick

  101. Top Ender

    Miranda Devine: Sydney’s trams were always bound to end this way

    In news that shocks only the state government, Sydney’s light-rail has proven to be a monumental dud. But any student of history would have known this would happen, writes Miranda Devine.

    Miranda Devine
    Subscriber only

    NTNEWS.COM.AU2:28

    So, a car bumps into one of Sydney’s gold-plated new dud trams, traffic in the centre of the city is brought to a screeching halt and the entire service is out of order for the rest of the day.

    Yep, that figures.

    Not only do they malfunction when it rains and take too long to go places, but our absurdly long trams are very delicate when it comes to the normal argy bargy on the road.

    On Sunday, after a car crashed into a 67-metre long tram, South Dowling Street in Surry Hills was blocked in both directions for about 90 minutes.

    No one was hurt but getting the tram back on track took four hours, services were suspended and marooned passengers had to walk to Moore Park.

    By contrast, your standard fender bender between a car and a bus would be cleared off the road in a timely fashion, traffic would still flow and passengers could just hop on the next bus.

    The trams are more suitable for tourists than commuters, but even then they fail, as we see from the fact they had to be partially closed on Australia Day for “crowd safety” reasons. In other words, pedestrians and trams aren’t a good mix.

    We used to know this 70 years ago. After all, the main reasons Sydney ripped out the trams last time was. drum roll … pedestrian safety and traffic congestion.

    When will they ever learn?

    @mirandadevine

  102. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Coronavirus: Finland confirms first case as Europeans evacuated from Wuhan

  103. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    3rd time lucky? WHO owned by CCP

    WHO panel to reconvene to decide if virus is global emergency

  104. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    British Airways has suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China,

  105. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    A fourth case of coronavirus has been confirmed in France, Le Parisien reports.

  106. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Prof Jonathan Ball, Professor of Molecular Virology, University of Nottingham:

    Given the level of coronavirus infection, it makes sense to quarantine and test people being evacuated form Wuhan City. But we might lose sight of the fact that the outbreak seems more widespread than that and at some time, probably soon, a decision will have to be made about all Britons located in Hubei province and China in general, especially if the virus outbreak continues to escalate. If these people also need to be brought back, then the task in hand would probably become unmanageable.

    The rapidity of this outbreak is startling and certainly much more rapid than Sars. The reasons for this are unclear, but clearly the larger the outbreak grows the more difficult it becomes to contain it using usual infection control measures – identifying then isolating infected people and tracing and monitoring their contacts.

  107. Nob

    Tonight’s UK news featured a story about ITV newsreader forcibly retired due to “errors of judgement in … social media”

    Oodles of Googles failed to reveal what exactly the problematic tweet (it’s always Twitter, innit?) was until I found this:
    https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1235163/ITV-News-anchor-presenter-Alastair-Stewart-quit-leave-steps-down-40-years-tweet-video

    Containing his tweet of Shakespeare’s:

    But man, proud man,
    Dress’d in a little brief authority,
    Most ignorant of what he’s most assur’d—
    His glassy essence—like an angry ape
    Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
    As makes the angels weep; who, with our spleens,
    Would all themselves laugh mortal.

    It appeared to be aimed at a black guy and contained the word *p*.

  108. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    At least four cases have been confirmed in Germany, making it the second European country to report cases after France.

  109. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Japan’s health ministry says a Chinese woman who visited Hokkaido has been confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus. She is the seventh case of infection in Japan.

    In Japan, around 200 evacuees landed on Wednesday morning at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Officials say several of them have symptoms such as coughing and fever. They say passengers received medical exams on board. All have been sent to medical institutions to undergo tests.

    The four who are showing symptoms have been brought to a special medical institution for infectious diseases.

  110. custard

    Baldrick is quite active on Twitter Calli. I don’t know why he has stopped posting here like he once did.

  111. Bruce of Newcastle

    In news that shocks only the state government, Sydney’s light-rail has proven to be a monumental dud.

    Yep. If they’d instead invested those tax billions like the Future Fund they could have used the return to buy a hundred or more buses, staff them, run them every two minutes down the same routes and do so free of charge forever. With money left over. And they wouldn’t’ve destroyed the CBD small business sector like the light rail construction work has done.

  112. 1735099

    My GP bother is very worried about the Corona virus.
    He reckons everybody should stay put, health authorities need a “flying squad” to visit people infected in their homes to keep them out of emergency, and on no account should anyone be flown out of an area where there are cases.
    He claims modern aircraft are petri dishes for all kinds of infections.

  113. The Beer Whisperer

    die you motherfucking communists, the CCP will not survive 2020

    Great rant, Zippy. There’s not enough of this, considering how much there is to be angry about.

    The left’s sinophobia is being overtaken by their adoration of China’s ever-growing expertise in the 21st century totalitarian model.

  114. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    It’s among the oldest adages in tech, the one about that product you think is free not really being free at all — that you, in fact, are the product in those cases. The manifestation of that truism this time comes in the form of Avast and its subsidiary AVG, which offer popular antivirus products and which are in hot water at the moment over a new report that blasts the company for sharing your browsing history with major corporations.

  115. calli

    All of the Lethal Weapon sequels were rubbish.

    Not quite.

    “Diplometic Immuniteh” is a cracker.

    And the bomb under the toilet seat.

  116. The Beer Whisperer

    In news that shocks only the state government, Sydney’s light-rail has proven to be a monumental dud.

    In one of the great truisms, never, ever listen to the left, esoecially if you’re a right wing government. “Hey, let’s take advice from our communist enemies!” has got to the single stupidest idea to have ever been thunk.

    Even Thatcher fell for it, and gave her enemies the ammunition they never had.

    The standard response should be “your idea, you take it to an election”, and should be mandatory instruction to ever elected Liberal leader. Labor always try and lead from opposition so they never have to take responsibility.

  117. notafan

    No doubt packed like sardines 14 hour flights are perfect for sharing viruses.

    I’ll get advise when I get to Paris.

    And you can be sure people who know they have been exposed will get on international flights regardless so good on BA for suspending flights.

    five cases in France

  118. Cassie of Sydney

    “My GP bother is very worried about the Corona virus.
    He reckons everybody should stay put, health authorities need a “flying squad” to visit people infected in their homes to keep them out of emergency, and on no account should anyone be flown out of an area where there are cases.
    He claims modern aircraft are petri dishes for all kinds of infections.

    Your GP brother is right.

  119. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    from above french link

    Of the five cases confirmed in France, two of them are under “intensive care surveillance”, according to information from the Minister of Health. The patient of Chinese origin, who was already in “severe clinical condition”, but also one of the members of the couple who had been diagnosed last Friday. Aged 30 years, the condition of this patient hospitalized at Bichat hospital has “deteriorated”, according to Agnès Buzyn.

  120. 1735099

    Your GP brother is right.

    Members of my family usually are.
    That’s the product of a sound progressive Catholic upbringing.
    What happened to you?

  121. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Your GP brother is right.

    He certainly is. Anyone with any epidemiological and/or clinical training in the area of communicable diseases, especially viral ones, would see these as sensible precautions. Our government has been taking advice from idiots so far re communicability. I have been advocating similar things here: self-isolation and visiting outreach health workers to put in drips, supervise medication and provide oxygen for intermediate level cases and to determine who should get immediately to a segregated ICU. I also suggested separating immediately a clinical area for presentation at medical centres and hospitals. Isolation plus hand and surface disinfection in public places is the only thing that works on limiting the spread of this or any similar virus. We need much better information on communicability and virulence – mortality and morbidity by age in particular and mild vs serious cases.

    Personally I am worried about travelling ourselves by air to Los Angeles in March and other air travel booked for later this year. Then taking a cruise. Cruise ships are fairly good at minimising contact virus epidemics as the reputable companies are meticulous at hand and general disinfection; a genuinely airborne virus though is much harder to control. We’re still going ahead, but taking significant precautions. As in all epidemics, life must go on and will go on. I will be booking travel insurance soon and wondering if this is all going to impact the fees.

  122. calli

    I think it was Lizzie who posted something about her car’s temperature display. Why it’s innacurate.

    Reading it brought back memories of Dad’s EH and vinyl bench seats, Queensland sun and shorts. A triple un-good combination. No air-con, just open windows and our tongues lolling out, longing for an icypole.

    The only thing worse was hopping onto a superheated motorcycle seat after a day at the beach.

  123. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘That’s the product of a sound progressive Catholic upbringing.’

    The elderly bigot’s up and about, I see.

  124. calli

    Cassie, don’t take the bait.

    Just sit back in the knowledge and glow of all those J-wish no-hopers who never excelled in any field of endeavour. Ever.

    🤣

  125. Mater

    Members of my family usually are.

    That’s always how it appears, when you are incapable of admitting you are wrong.

  126. MatrixTransform

    Imputator warp 9 Mr Zulu

  127. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Members of my family usually are.
    That’s the product of a sound progressive Catholic upbringing.
    What happened to you?

    Numbers, why ruin a good comment that you just made by adding terrible snark? If you’d like to join Catallaxy as a regular commenter treated in good faith, then drop this sort of thing. Others may get away with it because they have other credentials here, but you have none. It’s baby steps for a while in normal commenting for you.

    ps my Big Sis is a medical specialist; she has the same sort of concerns that I do.

  128. Knuckle Dragger

    Headline at Sky:

    ‘EU Approves Final Brexit Deal’

    What if the Eurotrash didn’t approve of the Poms having their own stuff, laws, regulations and defence force?

    Pointless high-handedness by unelected flogs.

  129. calli

    As in all epidemics, life must go on and will go on. I will be booking travel insurance soon and wondering if this is all going to impact the fees.

    I’m off to Europe in May via a layover in Pudong. Now investigating alternatives, insurance all sorted out over a month ago. Whew! Might be all burnt out by then, but you never know.

    As Yosemite Sam would say

  130. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Well said, Calli.

  131. Knuckle Dragger

    Hey. Hey, Old Yeller.

    Don’t disclose the secret Catholic handshake, okay? If you do, then everyone will know the password to get on the secret coronavirus ark and you’ll be demoted to ‘paddy minion’ in the Society.

  132. calli

    A bushfire should fix that.

    Then it can be blamed on climate change. And set up some wind turbines for da planet in response.

    Win/win.

  133. Shy Ted

    1735099 #3306204, posted on January 30, 2020 at 7:54 am
    Your GP brother is right. Members of my family usually are.

    All but one, TwoBob, all but one.

  134. Knuckle Dragger

    I found a picture of one of Old Yeller’s educational institutions he got paid to turn up to. I can’t link it, because it’s on microfiche.

    There’s a sign out the front. It says:

    ‘LIABILITY BOB’S TARD FARM
    MICK SPACKS ONLY
    BYO PENITENCE AND ROSARY’

  135. 1735099

    Numbers, why ruin a good comment that you just made by adding terrible snark?

    Lizzie’s definition of a “good comment” – “one that agrees with me”.
    This is supposed to be a “forum” – where disagreement flourishes.
    Most often here, any disagreement is met with foul abuse.

  136. The Beer Whisperer

    1735099
    #3306204, posted on January 30, 2020 at 7:54 am
    Your GP brother is right.

    Members of my family usually are.
    That’s the product of a sound progressive Catholic upbringing.
    What happened to you?

    Never give a leftist any concession, ever Exhibit ZTAVW.

  137. Dr Faustus

    What happened to you?

    Well, you’re a double poo bum.
    And your feet smell.

  138. Knuckle Dragger

    Speaking of Lizzie.

    She introduced a word to the general discussion quite some time back that is as relevant today as it was then.

    Popery.

    As in, ‘Bethany, shutter up the windows and put that candle out.
    There’s popery afoot.’

  139. Knuckle Dragger

    The Viet Cong were all Lutherans, by the way.

  140. mh

    No I’m not putting on the fucking mask!

  141. MatrixTransform

    Gets inulting.
    Complains about insults
    Wonders why everybody else thinks it’s a retard.
    Take it to 10 Sulu.

  142. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Good Lord. Hypersensitivity again about the literary usage of the term ‘ape’ and another long and decent career gone done the gurgler over it too. Why on earth did he resign over this? Time to stand up against these uneducated bleaters and fools. No doubt though this presenter had finally had enough of how debased the whole media landscape he had to work within has become and retirement beckoned as a relief.

    We are all ‘apes’, and that is exactly what Shakespeare meant. Long before Darwin, it was clear to any observer that species like us but not us had ways that were less than admirable and that we could behave in a similar manner at times too.

    Introducing modern concepts of Darwinian backlash racism into this usage is ludicrous.

  143. Mater

    Bob,
    Something for you. I’m here to help!

    Why Certain People Will Never Admit They Were Wrong

    …But what about when a person does push back against the facts, when they simply cannot admit they were wrong in any circumstance? What in their psychological makeup makes it impossible for them to admit they were wrong, even when it is obvious they were? And why does this happen so repetitively — why do they never admit they were wrong?

    The answer is related to their ego, their very sense-of-self. Some people have such a fragile ego, such brittle self-esteem, such a weak “psychological constitution,” that admitting they made a mistake or that they were wrong is fundamentally too threatening for their egos to tolerate. Accepting they were wrong, absorbing that reality, would be so psychologically shattering, their defense mechanisms do something remarkable to avoid doing so — they literally distort their perception of reality to make it (reality) less threatening. Their defense mechanisms protect their fragile ego by changing the very facts in their mind, so they are no longer wrong or culpable.

  144. Mother Lode

    Sydney trams – whose idea was it?

    Is it just within the confines of the City of Sydney, lorded over by Clover Moore?

    Was it Gladys’ idea from her days in Transport? Or something Clover came up with – thinking it would force people to abandon their own vehicles and drum up tourism?

    Simply put – who was the bloody idiot?

  145. Nob

    1735099
    #3306209, posted on January 30, 2020 at 8:02 am
    Andrew Bolt’ disappointment.

    Petulant polemic. Few facts.

  146. Mother Lode

    …But what about when a person does push back against the facts, when they simply cannot admit they were wrong in any circumstance?

    Perhaps we could get Defec8 secduled.

  147. 1735099

    I’m here to help.</blockquote
    Find something I posted that was factually wrong.
    Go back as far as you like.

  148. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Lizzie’s definition of a “good comment” – “one that agrees with me”.
    This is supposed to be a “forum” – where disagreement flourishes.

    There are many ways to make a ‘good comment’ here, Numbers, and they don’t all have to agree with me. You’ll note in my suggestions to you I’ve even left room for snarkers at me here because I think they contribute well in other ways.

    I wonder if you are aware of what you just did?

    Cassie has often accused you of being a J-hater. Sometimes perhaps you are. People may judge for themselves. Cassie has every right to be hyper-alert to such things; if I was born Jooosh I would be twice as vigilant as even Cassie is I think in calling such stuff out, for the appalling ideology pushing the Holocaust can never be too strongly felt by those who know in another time and place they would have been classified as ‘human vermin’ fit only for ‘extermination’. I cut Cassie plenty of slack for being hyper-alert.

    What you just did Numbers was make a general attack on the sort of religious education Cassie may have received vs that of your family. It really is the old J racism of the Popery dressed up as you taking a personal offense at another commenter. If you didn’t meant it like that, then please think before you fly off the handle and add more fuel to the suspicion you hold some rather unpleasantly racist ideas that sit rather poorly with your claimed ‘progressivism’ – or perhaps it is that these days such ideas sit very well with those claiming such a project?

    I get the feeling that you would like to be taken more seriously for your general opinions and I suspect that is because your attraction to Catallaxy is that it offers you perspectives you may not have previously considered. If so, good. In that case, far more politically neutral comments would stand you in good stead for a while so your general intelligence might shine, and laying off certain commenters here might help too.

    You can say what you like about me as I am well-blooded in the Cat War Room. I am older than Cassie and she is like my little sister. Lay off.

  149. Dr Faustus

    From Zippy @ 7:27

    [US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo] told reporters the UK had a chance to “relook” at the [Huawei] decision, stressing the US needed to be sure its allies had “trusted” information networks.

    But Culture Secretary Baroness Morgan said it “in no way” affects the ability of the UK to share classified data.

    The UK has insisted the firm will be barred from sensitive locations, such as nuclear sites and military bases and its share of the market will be capped at 35%.

    Baroness Morgan also told BBC Breakfast the UK had expertise is mitigating risks when using Huawei’s technology, as it was already part of existing 4G networks – unlike in the US.

    So, the UK Government acknowledges that Huawei is as risky as Old Joe Fuck – but is going to go ahead anyway, because the Bat Eaters are already listening in. Way to establish trust, right there.

    Presumably this is not a portfolio decision for the ‘Culture Secretary’ (whatever one of those is) and Baroness Morgan is just a disposable mouthpiece.

  150. Mother Lode

    It appeared to be aimed at a black guy and contained the word *p*.

    Pithecine?

    My God! But Adam Goodes was right! White people are always calling blacks apes.

    And bouncers.

  151. Arky

    If the virus is transmitted by human contact, Arky should be safe.

    ..
    Damn right. I hate humans.

  152. Are the Swedes bringing in PRC refos yet.
    C’mon Lars social justice demands it. End discrimination against minority viruses now! Sweden will set the standard.

  153. stackja

    2GB reports – AMA against Wuhan virus disease control.

  154. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Shy Ted put up some very good advice, and a poem, the other day for Numbers.

    Count your blessings, basically. The bitter and twisted left never ever do that.

  155. Knuckle Dragger

    Here’s one. Two, actually. About the grunts in Townsville in the late 80s/early 90s.

    ‘The pubs were quiet.’
    ‘The ADF kept them on a short leash.’

    Both undisputedly, and factually wrong. Even taking into account your view from the ladies’ lounge.

  156. 1735099

    Cassie has often accused you of being a J-hater.

    Based on nothing except my comments on Netanyahu, and the treatment of Palestinians, many of whom are Joos.

    the appalling ideology pushing the Holocaust

    A far-Right ideology often worshipped here.

    It really is the old J racism of the Popery dressed up as you taking a personal offense at another commenter.

    That “popery”stuff disappeared from Australian discourse in the twenties. It’s an anachronism.

    and laying off certain commenters here might help too.

    Hahahaha…

    Have a chat to Cassie.
    Upthread is the first time she has commented on one of my posts without abuse.

  157. Mater

    Find something I posted that was factually wrong.
    Go back as far as you like.

    Ok. This one is topical, so I don’t have to go back far.

    1735099
    #3130727, posted on August 13, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Scheduled.

    Nope.
    In NSW the term is sectioned.
    (Section 4C5 of the Mental Health Act, 2007)

    After providing overwhelming evidence to the contrary, I asked you yesterday to confirm:

    Mater
    #3305641, posted on January 29, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    “Scheduled” or “sectioned” in NSW, Bob? You’re the self confessed seeker of truth and fact.

    And got this obtuse shit, in return. Despite the fact that it would have settled a ‘dispute’ that you claimed was the most boring you’d seen on the Cat.

    1735099
    #3305650, posted on January 29, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    “Scheduled” or “sectioned” in NSW, Bob? You’re the self confessed seeker of truth and fact.

    Where’s NSW?
    Is that where the cockroaches live?

    I think our kind host summed you up perfectly, when he said:

    Sinclair Davidson
    #750911, posted on March 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Numbers – your refusal to accept evidence and common sense displays a limitation on your part.

    And that was seven years ago.

  158. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘and the treatment of Palestinians, many of whom are Joos.’

    Great reminder. Here’s another one.

    ‘Israeli border guards made pregnant Pali women drink bleach’

  159. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    2GB reports – AMA against Wuhan virus disease control.

    AMA these days is run by people like Karen Wentworth Phelps.

    They have very little background in science, these emotional touchy-feely doctors who never actually examine a patient and who see medicine as some sort of archaic lost art of herbal essences and homeopathic magic.

  160. 1735099

    Both undisputedly, and factually wrong.

    I lived there at the time.
    I had a mate I served with who was a sergeant based at Laverack.
    I used to chat with him at mass every Sunday.
    The “short leash” comment was his.

  161. Some History

    WOW!

    Greta™. I must say I was ahead of the curve. 🙂 🙂

    Greta Thunberg files application to trademark her name

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/29/greta-thunberg-files-application-to-trademark-her-name

  162. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Upthread is the first time she has commented on one of my posts without abuse.

    So she handed you an olive branch in a time of serious social threat where your comment contributed well?

    And your response was?

  163. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘I have quite a bit of experience as a pro bono advocate’

    Factually, and unquestionably wrong, as real PBAs are entitled to charge fees but don’t. As established here by actual, real lawyer types.

    This was an undoubted attempt to pump your own tyres up to all assembled, but – wrong.

  164. Keith Forwheels

    It’s “Lavarack”, Bob. You should know that if you spent so long around those parts.

  165. Do yourself a favour and watch the po-faced Irish hag VP in the European Parliament scolding Farage for saying naughties about the EU presidium in his farewell speech.
    Beyond hilarious. At first I thought it was a gag, but no, she was in full Sister Mary Knuckle Wacker mode. Seriously Bitter Colleen.
    Followed by an interview with the UK Green MEP announcing that it is only temporary and the UK will be sold out again soonest.

  166. Tom

    Damn right. I hate humans.

    So you’re a member of the Filth and vote for them, Arky?

  167. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Greta Thunberg files application to trademark her name

    She probably took advice from Prince Charles on that.
    Dopey Charlie probably got the idea from the Suss-ex-Royals.

    I can just see his red-face jollity saying ‘So you’re Greta? You could trade mark that’ as he tweaked his cufflinks in excitation and stumbled off to the next drink.

  168. Mother Lode

    As in, ‘Bethany, shutter up the windows and put that candle out.
    There’s popery afoot.’

    LOL

  169. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘I lived there at the time.’

    So did I. I was one of those grunts. The comments were, and are, wrong. Factually.

    ‘I had a mate I served with who was a sergeant based at Laverack.’

    It’s ‘Sergeant’, and ‘Lavarack’. Named after the general. Lavarack.

    ‘I used to chat with him at mass every Sunday.
    The “short leash” comment was his.’

    Your churchgoing Sergeant mate clearly didn’t move in those circles, then. If he did say that, then not only is he wrong, but you’ve hijacked his opinion and put it out as your own.

    Instead of saying ‘I never went to the Criterion or the Seaview or Tatts or Opus One or The Bank or the Exchange, but I had a mate who said they were quiet’. Which MIGHT have got you off the hook for that one.

    This is even more pisspoor than your usual standard. When you start unqualified commentary and are proven wrong, you lay it off on your mate.

    As you’ve done so many times over the years.

    Woof.

  170. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    The Australian carries good news on the front page at last:

    “Dutton blasts Christmas Island evacuee critics

    Peter Dutton says there aren’t the same facilities on the mainland as there are on the island for potentially hundreds of evacuees from Wuhan.”

    Fight back you bastard and stick it right up the critics of your every move, including the dills and armchair experts who opened the batting here in the past few days with Abbott, Abbott, Abbott like Howard inspired derangement syndrome squealing about the offence of using existing facilities to deal with an unusual and unquantifiable emergency health demand. “How rude!” they scream.

    The Liberals have succumbed to the practice of having the Prime Minister announce everything, speaking publicly on all issues – from uneducated newspaper writers stranded by their own stupidity in foreign gaols, to the merits of this fire hose over that, attending worker’s funerals and behaving like a robot that needs an hour’s sleep a day and zero time sitting before an empty desk reflecting – an essential habit.

    I am delighted to see a Cabinet Minister doing the job of answering for his portfolio. With discipline, which they do not have, they could turn their fortunes around.

  171. max

    Melbourne, too, has its traffic issues. This morning, Princes Highway from the Westgate Bridge down to Pt Cook and beyond to Geelong was one long snarl. Km. after km. of vehicles at a standstill from 6.30 am. A nightmare for commuters and it’s like this every morning. Try the train and you end up packed in and standing for the length of the journey. Still, it helps all those Indian immigrants living that side of town feel at home.

  172. Knuckle Dragger

    Pretty quick on the draw there, Keith!

  173. Keith Forwheels

    Ah, ‘Pus, The Bank… good times. And who can forget the battle of Victoria Bridge… no, the lads from 1RAR & 2/4 RAR, they were not on a short leash, not by any measure.

  174. Knuckle Dragger

    I’m picking up what you’re laying down, Keith.

    Our pubs. Their pubs. Our turf. Their turf.

    Not much going on? Wander into the other crew’s pub and give it ten minutes.

  175. Keith Forwheels

    Thanks KD, normally I’d just keep lurking and let it scroll by, but some things are so hard wired that you can’t leave it go.

  176. Cassie of Sydney

    “Upthread is the first time she has commented on one of my posts without abuse.”

    Memo to the racist Jooo hater….I won’t make that mistake again…..I was actually agreeing with his line about his supposed “GP brother”…but thinking about it….that might be another of his lies.

    But the comedy line of the day has to be the following….

    That’s the product of a sound progressive Catholic upbringing.’

    As if a Catholic education in the 1950’s was “progressive”.

    I think that the Jooo hater might need a dementia diagnosis.

    Oh and as for his line “Based on nothing except my comments on Netanyahu, and the treatment of Palestinians”

    I remember a comment he made where he described religious Jooos as “religious extremists”. I remember his lies about “a pregnant Palestinian woman being forced to drink bleach”. I could go on.

  177. Mother Lode

    Greta Thunberg files application to trademark her name

    Ah, yes.

    That new brand ‘Nordic Scowl’.

  178. stackja

    Female teacher and boy

    Madeline Crittenden, Illawarra Star
    Subscriber only
    January 29, 2020 8:19pm
    Magistrate Kiely also sentenced Hingeley to a three-tear community corrections order, and put an AVO in place to prevent her from contacting the young victim for a period of at least two years.

  179. Arky

    Wang is Ah Q:
    The True Story of Ah Q:
    ..

    Whatever Ah Q thought he was sure to tell people later; thus almost all who made fun of Ah Q knew that he had this means of winning a psychological victory. So after this anyone who pulled or twisted his brown pigtail would forestall him by saying: “Ah Q, this is not a son beating his father, it is a man beating a beast. Let’s hear you say it: A man bearing a beast!”

    Then Ah Q, clutching at the root of his pigtail, his head on one side, would say: “Beating an insect—how about that? I am an insect—now will you let me go?”

    But although he was an insect the idlers would not let him go until they had knocked his head five or six times against something nearby, according to their custom, after which they would walk away satisfied that they had won, confident that this time Ah Q was done for. In less than ten seconds, however, Ah Q would walk away also satisfied that he had won, thinking that he was the “foremost self-belittler,” and that after subtracting “self-belittler” what remained was “foremost.” Was not the highest successful candidate in the official examination also the “foremost”? “And who do you think you are anyway?”

    After employing such cunning devices to get even with his enemies, Ah Q would make his way cheerfully to the wine shop to drink a few bowls of wine, joke with the others again, quarrel with them again, come off victorious again, and return cheerfully to the Tutelary God’s Temple, there to fall asleep as soon as his head touched the pillow. If he had money he would gamble. A group of men would squat on the ground, Ah Q sandwiched in their midst, his face streaming with perspiration; and his voice would shout the loudest: “Four hundred on the Green Dragon!”

    “Hey—open there!” the stakeholder, his face streaming with perspiration too, would open the box and chant: “Heavenly Gate! . . . Nothing for the Corner! . . . No stakes on the Popularity Passage! Pass over Ah Q’s coppers!”

    “The Passage—one hundred—one hundred and fifty.”

    To the tune of this chanting, Ah Q’s money would gradually vanish into the pockets of other perspiring people. Finally he would be forced to squeeze his way out of the crowd and watch from the back, taking a vicarious interest in the game until it broke up, when he would return reluctantly to the Tutelary God’s Temple. The next day he would go to work with swollen eyes.

    However, the truth of the proverb “misfortune may be a blessing in disguise” was shown when Ah Q was unfortunate enough to win and almost suffered defeat in the end.

    This was the evening of the Festival of the Gods in Weichuang. According to custom there was a play; and close to the stage, also according to custom, were numerous gambling tables. The drums and gongs of the play sounded about three miles away to Ah Q who had ears only for the stake-holder’s chant. He staked successfully again and again, his coppers turning into silver coins, his silver coins into dollars, and his dollars mounting up. In his excitement he cried our, “Two dollars on Heavenly Gate!”

    He never knew who started the fight, nor for what reason. Curses, blows and footsteps formed a confused medley of sound in his head, and by the time he clambered to his feet the gambling tables had vanished and so had the gamblers. Several parts of his body seemed to be aching as if he had been kicked and knocked about, while a number of people were looking at him in astonishment. Feeling as if there were something amiss, he walked back to the Tutelary God’s Temple, and by the time he regained his composure he realized that his pile of dollars had disappeared. Since most of the people who ran gambling tables at the Festival were not natives of Weichuang, where could he look for the culprits?

    So white and glittering a pile of silver! It had all been his . . . but now it had disappeared. Even to consider it tantamount to being robbed by his son did not comfort him. To consider himself as an insect did not comfort him either. This time he really tasted something of the bitterness of defeat.

    But presently he changed defeat into victory. Raising his right hand he slapped his own face hard twice, so that it tingled with pain. After this slapping his heart felt lighter, for it seemed as if the one who had given the slap was himself, the one slapped some other self, and soon it was just as if he had beaten someone else—in spite of the fact that his face was still tingling. He lay down satisfied that he had gained the victory.

    Soon he was asleep.

    ..
    Lu Xun was a May Fourth author, the movement responsible for sowing the seeds of the communist revolution in China.
    Read the whole book online:
    https://www.marxists.org/archive/lu-xun/1921/12/ah-q/index.htm

  180. Geriatric Mayfly

    Do yourself a favour and watch the po-faced Irish hag VP in the European Parliament scolding Farage for saying naughties about the EU presidium in his farewell speech.
    Beyond hilarious. At first I thought it was a gag, but no, she was in full Sister Mary Knuckle Wacker mode. Seriously Bitter Colleen.

    Orla Gurlein’s love child?

  181. Johno

    FFS people stop pussyfooting around, Sniffy is a bitter and twisted fact refugee. The pustulant ,racist, snot gobbler thinks he wins every argument on this site ,when in fact he has never won one.He should be abused,misused and discarded like a dust filled franger after he has watched pornhub.I don’t wish to be rude but these are the facts and I am a truth seeker.

  182. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Loved Leak this morning, Tom, thanks.

    The idea is great, about UK internet security, and the execution of it using an old-fashioned switchboard with cord plugs and Chinese operator was so well done. I used to use one of those switchboards in the small agency where I first worked as a ‘girl Friday and copywriter’ in advertising; I took over reception when Moira the receptionist went to lunch. I had fun juggling the cords and plugs and the little ‘hold’ switches and saying ‘putting you through now’; it felt so accomplished. My reference from that place which folded seven months later said I was highly recommended as a professional copywriter, experienced in all aspects of advertising production, research and media, and was ‘always good for a bright new idea. Her main asset is a natural writing talent’. I loved that last bit but somehow never believed it; I’d always written things for people in any job I’d had, but didn’t really see that as tradeable.

    The writer of that reference organized an appointment with the copy chief of a large agency, who met me for coffee, didn’t need to read the reference as he said he’d heard all about me, and he offered me a job immediately. No ID, no educational queries (they simply assumed I had my Leaving Certificate), and no worries. I was in with my own office immediately. He’d liked my ‘book’ of cuttings which he’d flipped through in the coffee shop while hearing my views on what I’d done. I pulled out the side leaf of the desk and on it was taped the Alcoholic’s prayer. I found out they’d just fired someone, an ex-journo who used to write the SMH music reviews, and that I was a quick answer to a need. I came in at half the cost too. Another lesson in life’s vale of tears.

  183. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    I also see the GetUp! and whoever else is whiteanting the country – the immoral opportunist millionaire Rintoul – has ramped up their campaign with enough new worker bees to man a shift yesterday attacking Israel Folau; to build a pyre to torch the witch Margaret Court on the day before; and now to chase down and terrorise Bettina Arndt, who has been a sane commenter throughout my life. They will find her to be way more resourceful and resilient for their standard tactics.

    Why is the acid tongued Michael Kroger, not tearing into the unskilled labourer caste in the media, the “journalists”, an easy target? What does that NSW Premier do for a job – other than stand around looking quite puzzled. Armenians are supposed to be tough, aren’t they?

    Scott Morrison could play lovable Uncle Buck all day long if these he had a few able warriors continuously carving a bloody path for him through the enemy.

    Is there no attack dog who has the blood lust to, every morning, go after the media and their Labor party brothers, slapping the lying skanks to the ground and kicking their ill equipped ever so soft “men” out of the room?

    Label the Victorian attorney general an unprofessional amateur for her demand that Bettina Arndt be stripped of her Order of Australia – it would be easy to do, she has worked for about five weeks as a personal injury ambulance chaser before becoming a Labor Party office girlie. Remind Australians of Labor’s record at the “elite” end of the legal sewer by citing Lionel Murphy’s utterly corrupt record.

    Switch seamlessly to go hard on Albosleazy’s love of prostitutes and his obligations to the dangerous Left. Thump ’em every day of the week, be as dishonest and as unscrupulous as them, behave like they deserve the win.

    The Liberals have not learned a thing from Donald Trump about how to succeed and grow stronger in hostile territory.

  184. Geriatric Mayfly

    Plod Cornelius off to a good start. Recalls two things in the opening minute. Whoa! Corrects himself ‘I don’t recall…’

  185. Geriatric Mayfly

    Redaction entanglements slowing down the RC.

  186. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Is there no attack dog who has the blood lust to, every morning, go after the media and their Labor party brothers, slapping the lying skanks to the ground and kicking their ill equipped ever so soft “men” out of the room?

    My own Hairy got in under the wire on Paul Murray Live the other nite, Mick, asking the same question. He did though use more measured tones, because TV not at home where he considerably more unmeasured, as in the style which you demonstrate so well above.

    Have none of them got any fight at all left?

  187. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Before I go off today to do other things, the housewife’s lot etc., I want to say thank you to Zippy, who trawls around and about to produce useful information from all over the place on the Corona virus. You learn more about it here than on many other sites, particularly those of the MSM. As ever, you need to use your own judgement as to what is good and what is less good information, but that’s the joy of Catallaxy.

    No pressure. 🙂

  188. The Beer Whisperer

    I’ve been suspended from Twitter for no reason given, and all my followers deleted. The only abusive tweet I can remember is against John McEnroe, of which no court on earth would convict me.

    When Jack ends up in jail for some crime we don’t know about yet, his left are supporters won’t raise a cent of their own money to bail him out.

    Karma always wins.

  189. Mother Lode

    It appeared to be aimed at a black guy and contained the word *p*.

    Holy cow!

    The ‘offending’ word was ‘ape’?

    The fact that Shakespeare used it should provide a clue that it has more meanings than making fun of black people.

    I remember a few years ago a senior police officer in Britain was forced to apologise for using the word ‘niggardly’ in a presentation to his underlings. The word used and the word apologised for are no even remotely cognates.

    But rather than expect the offended people to understand the language is a bit bigger than their neuroses, and they should be perhaps a little embarrassed at their ignorance, people are being forced to apologise for what they have not done.

  190. lotocoti

    Have none of them got any fight at all left?

    They don’t want to be accused of foul play by the people who have them in a squirrel grip.

  191. Cassie of Sydney

    Thanks darling Lizzie for your comment upthread.

    “The Liberals have not learned a thing from Donald Trump about how to succeed and grow stronger in hostile territory.”

    No Mick…and they never will…the Liberals are spineless toadies.

  192. 1735099

    Factually, and unquestionably wrong, as real PBAs are entitled to charge fees but don’t. As established here by actual, real lawyer types.

    I worked in disability advocacy from 1972 until 2017.
    Between the late eighties and early nineties, a great deal of Commonwealth money became available to set up advocacy organisations.
    Invariably, the people who were employed in these positions called themselves pro bono advocates whether they had legal qualifications or not.
    This created some backlash from the legal eagles who, like most formally qualified professions, guarded their status energetically.
    The term was used, and continues to be used, by individuals who work in support of minority groups without remuneration. It is a valid and legitimate label, and applied to what I did during that time, accurately descriptive.
    This continues to get well up the nose of the professionals.
    I enjoyed immensely the discomfort of the solicitor I encountered in one of my cases when the HREOC Commissioner told him to go away and read the legislation.

  193. Roger

    In Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the organisation “deeply regrets” its reports last week that referred to the global risk of the outbreak as “moderate” instead of “high”.

    Oh dear, the ‘experts’ at WHO got it wrong.

    Has our CMO issued a mea culpa yet?

  194. Cassie of Sydney

    “I worked in disability advocacy from 1972 until 2017.”

    Some people never sleep….the Toowoomba Turd never stops lying.

  195. The Beer whisperer

    The Liberals have not learned a thing from Donald Trump about how to succeed and grow stronger in hostile territory.

    Because we don’t have any real estate moguls who’ve had to deal with and survive the mafia. Our closest equivalent is the CFMEU, of which no one has the balls to stand up to. And the Liberal party is a closed club now, such that outspoken people are unwelcome.

  196. Roger

    Ken Wyatt sets deadline for vote to recognise indigenous

    Seems to me Ken has a bit of trouble recognising indigenous himself.

    But seriously, before we vote on giving this group special recognition in the constitution, can we be advised on how it is to be determined just who is indigenous?

  197. Leigh Lowe

    Mick Gold Coast QLD

    #3306272, posted on January 30, 2020 at 9:17 am

    The Australian carries good news on the front page at last:

    “Dutton blasts Christmas Island evacuee critics

    Yep.
    Junior woodchuck presenter on Nein kicks off the outrageously outraged “discussion” on Christmas Island quarantine by accusing the Feds of “blindsiding the WA government” with the announcement.
    To her credit the lady political correspondent let the air out of it by saying, “Well, if you survey 1,000 people, you won’t find one who wants the virus here.
    Her bemused look at the opening rant from the junior woodchuck also indicated that she knew that Christmas Island is an Australian external territory, and has fuck all to do with WA.

  198. The Beer whisperer

    2GB reports – AMA against Wuhan virus disease control.

    In other news, the sun is hot.

  199. Arky

    Wang:
    I enjoyed immensely the discomfort of the solicitor I encountered in one of my cases when the HREOC Commissioner told him to go away and read the legislation.
    ..
    Ah Q:
    In consequence, Ah Q could not help feeling rather “entranced,” the terror of all the villagers only adding to his delight.

  200. cohenite

    This is worth putting up again; the left are so dangerous because their ideology stops them recognising reality; the women can’t define a woman, ie a human with a uterus and womb who can get pregnant, because it would insult trans people, that is men who think they’re a woman:

    kaysee
    #3305840, posted on January 29, 2020 at 6:53 pm
    Women at ‘Women’s March’ stumped when asked to define ‘woman’

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/watch-women-at-womens-march-stumped-when-asked-to-define-woman

  201. 1735099

    The pustulant ,racist, snot gobbler thinks he wins every argument on this site ,when in fact he has never won one.

    Have a chat to your old mate Hazmatic, you abusive twat, and ask him the following –
    1. Was Doug Gibbons a Nasho?
    2. Did Frank Topp Join D Coy 6RAR two weeks before the battle of Long Tan?
    3. Was there a cinema at Gaythorne in the seventies which showed classic movies for high school students?
    And whilst you’re at it, post your regimental number so you service bona fides can be checked out.

  202. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Invariably, the people who were employed in these positions called themselves pro bono advocates whether they had legal qualifications or not.’

    You can call a cow a horse as often as you like, Liability Bob, but that doesn’t make it so.

    I also realise this fits nicely inside your mantra of ‘I’ll call it what I like’, but it is wrong.

    Factually, and indisputably wrong.

  203. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Have a chat to your old mate Hazmatic, you abusive twat, and ask him the following –

    Does anyone else see the irony in this sentence?

  204. Leigh Lowe

    Arky

    #3306316, posted on January 30, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Wang:
    I enjoyed immensely the discomfort of the solicitor I encountered in one of my cases when the HREOC Commissioner told him to go away and read the legislation.

    I enjoyed it so much I got a pro-boner.

  205. Danoz

    > the appalling ideology pushing the Holocaust
    A far-Right ideology often worshipped here.

    Even coming from someone as loathsome as you, that sets a new low bar for the most vile and despicable comment here. Dancing on the graves of those who died in the Holocaust. What an odious POS you are.

    I guess you haven’t changed in all your years – still volunteering, despite your obvious shortcomings (mental in this case), to make Daddy proud, but spending all of your days shit-scared, wetting your bed and crying yourself to sleep cos you know that you are so woefully inept in every respect. Waiting for it to all end so you can come home; only to find that your Dad has even more contempt for you than everyone else who knows you.

  206. Mother Lode

    Magistrate Kiely also sentenced Hingeley to a three-tear community corrections order

    What is a three-tear community corrections order?

    One tear sadder than a two-tear one?

    Or one that has been ripped three times?

    I didn’t even realise that there were tiers of community correction orders.

  207. Tom

    The Liberals have not learned a thing from Donald Trump about how to succeed and grow stronger in hostile territory.

    Mick, that assumes the Lieborals actually believe in something — anything — which they don’t.

  208. Cassie of Sydney

    “Danoz
    #3306324, posted on January 30, 2020 at 10:26 am
    > the appalling ideology pushing the Holocaust
    A far-Right ideology often worshipped here.

    Even coming from someone as loathsome as you, that sets a new low bar for the most vile and despicable comment here. Dancing on the graves of those who died in the Holocaust. What an odious POS you are.”

    Thanks Danoz…but that’s the Turd…..as I have long said…the only Jooos he likes are dead Jooos.

  209. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘pro-boner’

    The Winner.

  210. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    What is a three-tear community corrections order?

    its like three squeaks, but only involves pain

  211. Infidel Tiger

    Shows you Asianised Australia is now.

    We have 7 cases of Coronavirus, the US has 4.

    We’ll be eating fermented pig vulvas with sticks within 5 years.

  212. Eyrie

    Your biggest danger in Lion Air isn’t the virus.

  213. Bruce of Newcastle

    Infi’s comment on Chinese cuisine just now is a bit rough so I won’t quote it. But it harks to my hypothesis that empires hit their decadent phase when the elites get into exotic edibles in a big way. As did the Romans with peacock tongues and ocelot spleens. In the US and here it’s impossible burgers, smashed avo and soy lattes.

  214. Geriatric Mayfly

    Counsel runs off an exhaustive list of Plods in the frame, all of whom knew of Gobbo’s role. The only one who cannot recall whether he was told or not is our man Cornelius. Bare faced and shameless.

  215. feelthebern

    Fortescue’s cost of production hits an all time low of $US12.54/t.
    Incredible Australian success story.

  216. Arky

    We’ll be eating fermented pig vulvas with sticks within 5 years.

    ..
    Utter nonsense.
    We don’t have the technology to ferment meat anymore, and the best cuts like the vulvas will go to the Chinese market.
    Just eat your raw pig’s arseholes and shut up.

  217. 1735099

    Factually, and indisputably wrong.

    Because you say so?
    Only the pope is infallible, and that’s open to dispute.
    Henceforth, KD is Pope Talo Trahendo 1st.

  218. Johno

    Sniffy hates being treated with disrespect.Completely at odds with its’ self view. You are still a combat dodging slug,always will be.

    Nobody here doubts my service history and no-one believes your fantasies Sniff, you old fraud.

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