Open Forum: February 15, 2020

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  1. JC

    Good question.

    Why didn’t you stay in Mexico?

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Money laundering!

    China cleans, locks away banknotes to stop virus spread (15 Feb)

    China is disinfecting and isolating used banknotes as part of efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus that has killed more than 1,500 people, officials said Saturday.

    Banks use ultraviolet light or high temperatures to disinfect yuan bills, then seal and store the cash for seven to 14 days—depending on the severity of the outbreak in a particular region—before recirculating them, China’s central bank said at a press conference.

    The Reserve Bank might have trouble with that idea. heat treating a plastic $10 bill is liable to produce a $10 postage stamp, like a chip packet in the oven.

  3. Tailgunner

    So that’s the funny smell people complain about.

    Hehe, nah, that’s Winning, m8
    🤙

  4. Tailgunner

    Money laundering!

    Better call, Saul!

  5. JC

    The Reserve Bank might have trouble with that idea. heat treating a plastic $10 bill is liable to produce a $10 postage stamp, like a chip packet in the oven.

    Would a microwave kill the virus?

  6. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Why didn’t you stay in Mexico?

    look at who reacts, wyminsis are the downfall of western civilisation

  7. Arky

    JC
    #3326455, posted on February 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    ..
    George Costanza blew their heads up.

  8. feelthebern

    look at who reacts,

    Far too much HRT in that room.

    PS, who’s raising all these pussy kids who cry about how they are spoken at school?

  9. Arky

    wyminsis are the downfall of western civilisation

    ..
    We need to sell them out at a faster rate than they are selling us out.
    Get yourself a hot chick from OS ASAP.

  10. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Mini-Mike appears so small every times he’s on camera.

    he wears raised shoes to be the same height as shrillary, I think her head is bigger

  11. Arky

    Every cat lady who dies childless and has her face eaten off is a victory for western civ.

  12. bespoke

    PS, who’s raising all these pussy kids who cry about how they are spoken at school?

    Boomers

  13. JC

    Always trust the government. It’s here to help. Libertarians cop a lot of bullshit here, but this is a perfect example why less, much less government is a good thing.

    We’re From the Government and We’re Here to Build a Bike Path
    Municipal officials are using eminent domain to take private property for recreational uses.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/were-from-the-government-and-were-here-to-build-a-bike-path-11581718779?mod=opinion_lead_pos6

  14. Slayer of Memes

    calli,

    Lefties were all hero-worship of Paul Parker after he abused ScoMo, and then came out on The Project last night with PvO and claimed he got the sack from the NSWRFS. They’ve been abusing the RFS for sacking him all day.

    Then the RFS came out and said he was not sacked…. so they’ve been claiming the REF are all liars (after spending the last 6 weeks lauding the RFS for agreeing that the bushfires were caused by ‘Climate Change’…

    AND NOW, footage of Paul has come out where he says that Pauline Hanson is ‘the only politician who cares about people in this country’, so the Left is busy trying to unperson him on Twitter

    It’s fucking GLORIOUS to watch them melting down

  15. mh

    George Costanza blew their heads up.

    Yes. Michael Richards, now George.

  16. Slayer of Memes

    Every cat lady who dies childless and has her face eaten off is a victory for western civ.

    Vale Alene Composta

  17. JC

    Arky is lying about his age and he also colors his hair for the pic.

    Arky granted ‘personhood’ turns 34, makes new friend

  18. feelthebern

    Surprise surprise JC.
    The US government fucking around with property rights in Ohio, in an election year.
    All those fuckers who are pushing this through need to be re-assigned to Alaska.
    Deep state at its worst.

  19. Tailgunner

    JC, I’m gonna listen to the Bremer V8 clip later on the home theatre. Then I’ll give my verdict…

  20. Arky

    The winner of WWT will be the gender that marries into imports quicker than the other.
    In other words, our young men have to knock up big titted lovelies from o/s quicker than their young women bang welfare cases from shitholistan and forget to abort the result.

  21. JC

    JC, I’m gonna listen to the Bremer V8 clip later on the home theatre. Then I’ll give my verdict…

    Dude, It’s Beethoven. Just the right notes at the right time. Perfection.

  22. Fisky

    Leftism is an inexhaustible reservoir of stupid. Check out this hashtag #iwilleatwithyou

    Chris Chaplin
    @leftlibertine
    ·
    8h
    Aussie racism is like a cold sore: it never goes away, and the least stress induces a nasty breakout. This time it’s Asian restaurants going under because of Coronavirus fears. Each of us can make a difference, by pledging #IWillEatWithYou http://getup.to/WpelytnXgF8dQi1 via
    @GetUp

    So, let me see if I have this right. There’s a large number of Australians who are incredibly racist against Asians, but who until now were also regular patrons of Asian restaurants.

  23. bespoke

    All licra clad cyclist are Libertarian.

  24. Tailgunner

    he wears raised shoes to be the same height as shrillary, I think her head is bigger

    Shut up Zippy and here, have a green cordial, mate!
    The Box is going to make a great DNC candidate that the whole Party can get behind!
    😄😄

  25. feelthebern

    Breaking news.
    Bespoke is a closet cyclist.

  26. EvilElvis

    BB, the Hannah Mouncey Update please?
    Is she getting a slot this year?

    Getting a slot? Is he up for surgery, Tailgunner? Damn, blurs the lines on Friday night tinder/hotties/glassing night. 😂

  27. feelthebern

    There is real Dragon Energy at the Cat today.
    Kanye must be close.

  28. egg_

    So you love tyranny and torture, Good to know.

    The Totalitarian tries on the binary equivalence, eh?
    Coming from a Totalitarian sh1thole, not easily shaken off – “my way or the highway” mentality, must come in handy for lecturing the proles.
    Logic trumps Maths, doc, and Maths is just language by another name.
    Lefties don’t do logic, by the way, just false equivalence like the above.

  29. Armadillo.
    Club champions get nothing in my neck of the woods unless they win a region title, or a zone title for NSW. But to win that amount for 6 games of a particular event is pretty ordinary.
    I was part of a pairs team that won our club title but I don’t know if we continue on to association champion of champions.

  30. Tel

    The Reserve Bank might have trouble with that idea. heat treating a plastic $10 bill is liable to produce a $10 postage stamp, like a chip packet in the oven.

    No it could work … get a sous vide machine and run the money at approx 80C for an hour. It should denature most proteins without softening the plastic.

    Requires a bit of trial and error … how hot the plastic can go and keep a stable geometry (if you want to feed it through a cash note slot on a vending machine). Not all protein can be defeated so easily, e.g. prions are ridiculously tough. I would guess the icosahedron shell of the corona virus would come apart at a lowish temp. Someone would have tested this.

    https://anovaculinary.com/anova-precision-cooker/

    Those are affordable, but even cheaper if you just get a ceramic slow cooker and turn it on low.

    Or keep a tub of meths with a lid on and soak the cash in there … cheapest option IMHO.

  31. Tailgunner

    Alright, JC, you and dot can run the new civic administration department,OK?

  32. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    Fisky, for once I agree with you. Mrs JB is Chinese. Never been subject to racism. The people who are bringing this up, are the idiots who will cause racism in Australia.

  33. Arky

    There’s a large number of Australians who are incredibly racist against Asians, but who until now were also regular patrons of Asian restaurants.

    ..
    It’s really weird. All those racist against Asians Australians staying home are… Asian.
    Almost as if they aren’t racist at all, just familiar with the spread of SARS in the previous decade and not believing how this one is being downplayed.
    Get back in Golden Dragon and order those dumplings and chicken feet that have spent ten minutes on a trolley doing laps of the restaurant, you racists.

  34. feelthebern

    Get back in Golden Dragon

    Phrasing?

  35. Tailgunner

    Elvis, I’m thinking of running a Mouncey head sticker on the hard hat for awhile.
    I’m so down with trans footyers!
    It’s gonna be epic watching 58kg chicks being hospitalized.
    Woke!
    🤣😎👊👊

  36. cohenite

    Why didn’t you stay in Mexico?
    look at who reacts, wyminsis are the downfall of western civilisation

    And the betas; this is why I don’t go to public protests anymore: the temptation to thump the crap out of these fuckwits is overwhelming.

  37. feelthebern

    Has Mouncey had the chop?
    Or does Mouncey tuck?
    Or does the cut-lunch come into play?

    h/t 12th man.

  38. Tel

    So, let me see if I have this right. There’s a large number of Australians who are incredibly racist against Asians, but who until now were also regular patrons of Asian restaurants.

    Yup … and those racists will go back to their Chinese restaurants, provided only that GetUp shouts long and loud about racism on their Twitter channel which is the one place most racists will be reading.

  39. Tailgunner

    Beethoven. Just the right notes at the right time. Perfection.
    Why isn’t Cole Trickle posting V8 Beemers smashing one out at Summernats?
    Let’s go for a Cat Mountain Race?
    It’s sick up there,dude. You can really see what your car&driver can do, for real. And all under 80ks.
    Cat Vicco Car Rally.
    Get a room in Richmond, we’ll party after.
    Arky, bring cameras please. And anyone with GoPros, always well received.
    It’ll be sik.
    Jupes, maybe don’t bring the drag car?

  40. Shy Ted

    I’m here to help. Actually you’re not here to help. You’re here because you have nothing else in your life and you haven’t been banned yet unlike at Tim Blair and Michael Smith. More fool Sinc but it’s his blog. Nor have you told us which other blogs you infest so we could do the research you claim to love but one thing is for certain, 100% of Cats know what your posts there consist of. That’s the trouble with that organic mental disorder, perseveration, you just persevere with the one or two themes for the rest of your days. What was it, TwoBob? A bang on the head? Syphilis? Substance abuse? Perhaps temporal lobe epilepsy which is the most likely explanation. It isn’t dementia because it hasn’t progressed, your posts are the same as 10 years ago. Yer average Cat can discuss a wide range of topics and offer a wide range of opinions. Not you. Arse on plate every day. Same again tomorrow.
    And as for your response at #3326244, posted on February 17, 2020 at 1:45 pm, astonishing. Now denying he’s been a teacher or principal. Not astonishing, just another TwoBob post ignoring all his previous posts claiming he was.
    So while we’re talking about organic mental disorders, let’s look at the native aboriginal brain over 10s of 1000s of years. Inventions? 5 different types of sticks. Ability to plan ahead or solve problems? Negligible. Not much of a frontal lobe you see. So when you add a pleasurable, intoxicating substance such as alcohol or nicotine to the native brain you get an addiction. Show me the early settlers or explorers report where it says the blackfella could walk away from the grog. Dispossession, loss of culture, language etc is just parroting the stolen generation line, you know, all those rich, employed grievance mongers. Average IQ of the native was estimated at 72. Biological alcoholics is what you’ve got, can’t touch a drop. Why do you think Aboriginal Protection Acts and the like came about?
    Decades and generations of alcohol abusers later you have massive rates of FASD and congenital brain damage. Can’t read, write, behave, control impulses? Look at Mum’ history. Hazardous drinking in pregnancy almost every time. The problems are the worst on aboriginal lands where most people are, what’s the word? Oh yeah, black. They love the grog and just never learn despite horrendous consequences.
    You? Humorlessness, Hypergraphia (excessive writing), Sense of personal destiny, Obsessionalism, Viscosity (like wading through treacle).
    Tell us about the bang on the head, Bob. And the other sites you contribute to.

  41. JC

    Get back in Golden Dragon and order those dumplings and

    Huge problem. Wifey went down the beach with her sisters yesterday so I was on my own for dinner. Normally I’d order a bunch of dumplings, a serving of special fried rice and beef with black bean sauce.

    I didn’t because of the virus scare and so I ended up at a new David Jones food hall that’s just opened focusing on prepared foods. It was absolute crap and the pricks charge buck and change for their cheapest bag. To top it off, the check out chick was Asian, which therefore nixxed my earlier concern ordering the Chinese food.

  42. Tailgunner

    The Model A will make it. Maybe.
    But not with an Armadillo in the dickie seat?
    Unveiling?

  43. egg_

    Get back in Golden Dragon

    Phrasing?

    Would Chinks eat at the White Python?
    /Owned an Asian restaurant meself

  44. bespoke

    I’m sure they will let restaurant owner and others know how woke they are. 😎

  45. Tailgunner

    Oz Cats, get over here!
    Drive your heaps of shit to the Americas Cu… Victoria Cat Car Rally.
    Love,
    Rhode Island Yacht Squadron

  46. Tailgunner

    dumplings, a serving of special fried rice and beef with black bean sauce.
    +1

  47. Gunner:

    Going to Daytona? It was probably Trumps idea! He really doesn’t need “advisers”.

    Only one thing could have beaten that – Ivanka dropping a pair of frilly knickers for the start of the race.

  48. Arky

    The Model A will make it. Maybe.

    ..
    First major failure of the project.
    Radiator not repairable.
    Put it back together and it had more leaks than a Abbott cabinet meeting.
    Have to buy new.
    Shit.

  49. Fisky

    Now a slightly more intelligent GetUp! campaign would point out that a major source of customers for these Chinatown restaurants was Chinese university students, and that 100,000 of them have been unable to return due to the mainland travel ban is most likely one factor in the decline in revenue of Asian restaurants.

    So where could GetUp! go with that campaign? Would they call for the Travel Ban to be lifted? That is probably NOT a very wise position. So they’re kind of stuck with pretending that there’s this vast undercurrent of racism among white Australians, who inexplicably made up the majority of customers at Asian restaurants prior to the Corona pandemic.

    To be fair, that is far from being the stupidest Leftist narrative I’ve heard.

  50. egg_

    Get back in Golden Dragon

    Phrasing?

    Would Ch inks eat at the White Python?
    /Owned an Asian restaurant meself

  51. zyconoclast

    A German man has bequeathed his €7 million fortune, including gold and property, to the far-right Alternative for Germany party in his will.

    The far-right party was the only benefactor under the will. In addition to gold coins, gold bars and real estate, the will also contained several patents that the engineer had taken out during his lifetime.

    The gift comes at a difficult time for the party, which has faced cash-flow problems in addition to political scandals in recent years.

  52. Tailgunner

    Trannies are excellent accellerants.
    🤟
    Love the trans attack.

  53. Filbert

    Don’t worry Ted.
    It’s all due to Sniffy’s progressive religious upbringing back in the 1890’s

  54. Fisky

    I didn’t because of the virus scare and so I ended up at a new David Jones food hall that’s just opened focusing on prepared foods.

    WAAAAAAAYTHIST!!!!!!

  55. egg_

    Ivanka dropping a pair of frilly knickers for the start of the race.

    Finish flag?

  56. Fisky

    https://twitter.com/wupton/status/1229123494018940928

    Hahaha! They are actually organising a “Summit on Principled Conservatism”. Bring your bow-tie!

  57. Tailgunner

    – Ivanka dropping a pair of frilly knickers for the start of the race.

    Even the god Emperor is a little in awe of how hot his daughter is.
    Take care of those titties, please.
    #MAGA

  58. Luke

    How much UV light exposure does it take to kill a virus on a surface? Could you simply run the notes through a UV light (top and bottom) like when it passes through the ATM slot. I take it the notes are made to take a bit of UV exposure.

  59. Tailgunner

    Yeah, but Stimpsons, we can’t bet on your mental predictions.
    FFS
    C’mon, man – what are the fkn Lotto nmbrs?!?!!!!

  60. feelthebern

    I prefer Tiffany Trump.
    Ivanka looks a bit mongy.

  61. Nick

    So where could GetUp! go with that campaign? Would they call for the Travel Ban to be lifted? That is probably NOT a very wise position. So they’re kind of stuck with pretending that there’s this vast undercurrent of racism among white Australians, who inexplicably made up the majority of customers at Asian restaurants prior to the Corona pandemic.

    Only Australians are racist, Fisky.

  62. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Aussie racism is like a cold sore: it never goes away, and the least stress induces a nasty breakout. This time it’s Asian restaurants going under because of Coronavirus fears. Each of us can make a difference, by pledging #IWillEatWithYou http://getup.to/WpelytnXgF8dQi1 via

    don’t forget the big tongue pash, we wouldn’t want to think you’re homophobic.

  63. Tailgunner

    Bern, fkn, post Tiffany nudes or GTFO

  64. JC

    feelthebern
    #3326536, posted on February 17, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    I prefer Tiffany Trump.
    Ivanka looks a bit mongy.

    Cronkite finds the sons attractive.

  65. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Taiwan says China ‘stalling’ over repatriation flights
    Taiwan accused China of dragging its feet over the evacuation of about 1,000 citizens who have been stranded in the midst of the deadly coronavirus outbreak and have waited for nearly two weeks for a flight out.

    On Wednesday, Chinese state media quoted local officials accusing Taiwan’s government of “repeatedly delaying” their return, the AFP news agency reported. The state media said “political manipulation” was behind the delay but gave no concrete details.

    On Friday, Taiwan’s health minister Chen Shih-chung ended days of silence on the matter by saying Beijing had “refused to cooperate”, saying the “Chinese side has used all kinds of reasons to stall and refused our plans and recommendations. We deeply regret this.”

  66. Tailgunner

    I’m just amazed that I’m not the biggest raycis on the site.
    #CantKill4chan

  67. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Only white Australians are racist, Fisky.

    fixingky

  68. Caveman

    I think it should be #Iwilleatbatwithyou

    Back in the 70s the Chinese restaurants used to have an Aussie menu at the back for those Aussie racists that didnt like Chinese food but came to the restaurant anyway. Chicken Maryland was the highlight.

  69. Stimpson J. Cat

    Yeah, but Stimpsons, we can’t bet on your mental predictions.
    FFS
    C’mon, man – what are the fkn Lotto nmbrs?!?!!!!

    Put all your money into Tesla Stock.
    JC is NEVER wrong.
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ja ja ja!!!!

  70. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    do they know something

    County in Henan extends quarantine period to 21 days for travellers from Wuhan
    The Global Times – the tabloid mouth piece of the Chinese government – is reporting that the country of Xinxian in Henan province, south of Beijing, is extending the quarantine period for traveller returning from Wuhan to 21 days. This follows two unusual cases of Covid-19, which you can read about in the tweet below. This could obviously be very significant if this is replicated elsewhere.

  71. I’m just amazed that I’m not the biggest raycis on the site.

    That honour belongs to Reigh Rowe.

  72. Tailgunner

    I didn’t because of the virus scare and so I ended up at a new David Jones food hall that’s just opened focusing on prepared foods

    Lol, you’re in a bit of trouble in the coming WZV apocalypse!
    JC at the stove? FFS, Lizzie, get in Here and show him how to turn it on.

  73. Armadillo

    But not with an Armadillo in the dickie seat?

    No way. I’m not sitting in that death trap. Count me out.

  74. Tel

    I didn’t because of the virus scare and so I ended up at a new David Jones food hall that’s just opened focusing on prepared foods. It was absolute crap and the pricks charge buck and change for their cheapest bag. To top it off, the check out chick was Asian, which therefore nixxed my earlier concern ordering the Chinese food.

    Check out those “Hillcrest” bars at Aldi, there are so many different types … great flavours … great snack or meal booster and excellent shelf stability for the health conscious prepper planning a marathon stay at home effort.

    Turns out griggs was right after all … Central Coast Aldi does it again. I hold up my survival bar in salute to the Sock Army as they march into the sunset.

    Warning though … Aldi is not so great for tinned fish, better check out Woolworths in that case, try not to touch the trolley, and be sure to use the self serve checkout.

  75. Tailgunner

    Thanks, Stimps 😃 The TSLA love is just riding the Tulip Wave?
    But JC sticks his neck out sometimes though.
    His support of Hillary Clinton won’t be waved away in da Cathouse so easy though….

  76. cohenite

    Shy Ted
    #3326512, posted on February 17, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    I’m surprised the troll hasn’t claimed to be 23rd nations; or was it transitioning.

  77. Thefrollickingmole

    On the Lycra clad perambulation menaces. I walk to school each day only about 20 minutes. Major road into Perth with a dedicated bike lane.
    Most cyclists seen is 3 in 5 weeks.
    I still see more cyclists on the footpath most afternoons than on the road.
    If I was a government expert this would obviously mean we should spend much more money on dedicated bike lanes

  78. 8th Dan

    yelling abuse out of a moving fire truck – which he happened to be driving

    Yeah? Nah.

    “You from the Media?” as he pulled up,
    then said his piece while the truck was stopped,
    then drove away with another firie jogging alongside.

  79. Armadillo

    Arkys missus is probably contagious. I can’t see the Model A getting completed prior to his unattended funeral.

  80. Stimpson J. Cat

    Can’t believe JC actually eats in a food hall in a tailored suit.
    What an absolute peasant.
    Disgraceful slumming.
    Just order Uber Eats, Indians can’t get Coronavirus.
    😂

  81. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’m impressed with Seven News’s report of Holden folding.
    Apparently Holden has been making cars since 1860.

  82. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hehe, just checked. Holden was a saddlery company which started in 1856.
    Well there you go, I learned some history.
    I should search more often!

  83. Armadillo

    As if we don’t already pay enough for tobacco. I warned my poision seller about this before Christmas. Mate, there is no way that packet is 25 grams, it’s 15 grams at most. You could tell just by picking it up. No need for scales. Changed brands…..

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/tobacco-giant-pulls-its-pouches-after-weight-cut-by-technical-issue-20200123-p53u6f.html

  84. JC

    Stimson

    It’s called a food hall. You don’t eat there, you just buy mostly prepared food, take it home and microwave the crap. It was unspeakably terrible.
    As they say in the txrade, not a good customer experience, especially forking over a buck and change for a fucking hessian bag.

  85. JC

    Who said this? Don’t cheat by googling it. I’ll provide the answer within an hour.

    Transcript: “When I Come Home and Dinner’s Not Ready, I Go Through the Roof”

    Clue: He’s also known as Orange Hitler.

  86. cohenite

    Cronkite finds the sons attractive.

    That’s a lie head prefect; I’ve always been faithful to you; even though you’re a lousy provider; and don’t wash behind your ears.

  87. Tailgunner

    Based in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, the automaker was founded by Henry Ford, on June 16, 1903.
    Wiki.
    Dearborn ring a bell for any Cats?
    Arky and his come-lately Ford BS, BTFO
    😁

  88. Keith Forwheels

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #3326569, posted on February 17, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Feel a bit sorry for John, for some reason he expected better. Not sure why.

  89. Tailgunner

    Who said this?
    Dude was trolling, natch 😃
    He’s a level 9000.
    We’ll never see his like again
    #MAGA

  90. zyconoclast

    Ivanka dropping a pair of frilly knickers for the start of the race.

    Finish flag?

    Pit stop.

  91. Infidel Tiger

    Hahaha!

    Turns out the rude volunter RFS driver who gave ScoMo a serve is a rabid Pauline Hanson supporter.

  92. Tailgunner

    Great work, Bruce!
    😎
    Holden Saddlery?
    Did they have a Lannister sigil back then?

  93. Roger

    Girl on The Chase is a Learning Advisor at Melbourne University.

    What’s that?

    She teaches students how to write essays, how do write a bibliography and sometimes where full stops go.

    Seriously.

  94. mh

    JC, that vid you put up. Someone should edit the George Costanza guy with Trump’s head.

  95. Frank

    JC

    Normally I’d order a bunch of dumplings, a serving of special fried rice and beef with black bean sauce.

    No, just no.

  96. calli

    Have a really good look at that again, Dan.

    The truck was moving and he had his arm extended out the window before he asked his question. In addition, he wasn’t watching the road, he was watching the cameraman as the truck was moving.

    Specsavers for you.

  97. Armadillo

    It’s called a food hall. You don’t eat there, you just buy mostly prepared food, take it home and microwave the crap. It was unspeakably terrible.

    We call them “supermarkets” in our neck of the woods.

  98. Tailgunner

    Turns out griggs was right after all … Central Coast Aldi does it again. I hold up my survival bar in salute to the Sock Army as they march into the sunset.

    Warning though …

    Love it, Tel

  99. Fisky

    The Economist magazine admits that reducing immigration is good for wages.

    In both 2018 and 2019 nominal wages rose by more than 3%, the fastest growth since before the recession a decade ago. Americans at the bottom of the labour market are doing especially well. In the past year the wages of those without a high-school diploma have risen by nearly 10%. Intriguingly, this has come as America has turned considerably less friendly to immigrants

    For the first time in half a century America’s immigrant population appears to be in sustained decline, both in absolute terms and as a share of the total. Net migration to America (ie, the difference between people arriving and people leaving the country) fell to 595,000 in 2019, the lowest in over a decade…

    The number of highly qualified immigrants continues to rise… It appears instead that the overall decline in the foreign-born population is a result of falling numbers of low-skilled migrants…

    That is a YUGE wage hike for Americans without college diplomas. 10% in a year!!

    Globalists, get over here and apologise NOW!

  100. egg_

    Indians can’t get Coronavirus.

    At Chatswood ServiceNSW today, Ch ink chick only one wearing a mask, 457 Injuns OK.

  101. calli

    Why, oh why did I just respond to a troll?

    Naughty corner for me.

  102. Fisky

    This is from The Economist no less, so it must be repeated:

    In the past year the wages of those without a high-school diploma have risen by nearly 10%.

    Amazing.

  103. Tailgunner

    No way. I’m not sitting in that death trap. Count me out.

    Fine, you can co-pilot for me. With the camera.
    Massive gumtrees,either side of the road. No safety rails, corner kph signs, just a skinny bit of blacktop through the forest.
    Go fast.
    Cat Car Rally

  104. Roger

    In the past year the wages of those without a high-school diploma have risen by nearly 10%.

    Our msm would never report such news.

    Meanwhile, the only people getting pay rises here are the public servants presiding over the slow decline of the nation.

  105. Tailgunner

    The new operators of my local have succeeded in driving off the “hard bittern,old skool men” locals.
    The pub is EMPTY.
    A few punters on the pokes.
    I know it’s Monday, but all the usual suspects have vamoosed.
    Sign of Progress?
    Lol.
    I’m next, I’d assume.
    Sad but true.
    #GentrifyingLyfe

  106. 8th Dan

    Specsavers? Nah.

    Said “You from the media?” as he was pulling up.
    Then launched into Fat Mo © while the truck was stopped.
    No question whatsoever.

    But then … no doubt in the heat of the moment no fire truck driver evah has yelled to someone outside while the truck was moving. Not even a SIL fighting an inferno at Singleton.

    Parker’s been sent to Coventry by Coalition supporting firies who didn’t like what he said about Fat Mo ©.

    Just another nail in the luau lover’s political coffin if he doesn’t put a lid on it.

  107. Tailgunner

    In the past year the wages of those without a high-school diploma have risen by nearly 10%.

    Ragu would ask them how they feel about wrecking the economy.

  108. Mark from Melbourne

    The god Emperor will win the Popular Vote, Win by more margin than last time…

    Gunner, I have told you before… do not be seduced by the popular vote. They don’t even count all of it!

  109. Armadillo

    Fine, you can co-pilot for me. With the camera.

    How am I meant to pass you beer and joints whilst holding a camera? It doesn’t sound feasible.

  110. calli

    As you wish, Dan.

    He was not watching the road, he had one arm out of the truck. Do you know that RFS guys have to do special training to drive those trucks? And have regular updates to keep their skills tip top. I wonder why that might be?

  111. Tailgunner

    Ooooo, now I need a fkn reel bespoke leather interior made for DPLRBL.
    What would Need Kelly do?
    Cowhide.
    Straya.
    Then make the debut video

  112. calli

    I would love to be in a crew with Mr Parker. You could count on him in all circumstances.

    Unless there’s a camera nearby.

  113. Armadillo

    Besides, I’ll be making conversation with your floosy who’s sitting in the back seat. Someone has to talk to her. I’m assuming you will be busy concentrating on the road. Yes? Please say yes.

  114. Tailgunner

    . They don’t even count all of it!

    Fine. I was just excited,is all…

  115. Arky

    calli
    #3326609, posted on February 17, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    ..
    Cooler.
    Six weeks.
    Leave the baseball glove.
    Heil Hitler!

  116. Confused Old Misfit

    Parker’s dummy spit was a dumb move.
    I would have fired him even if he had been sounding off about the NSW premier rather than the PM.

  117. dover_beach

    That is a YUGE wage hike for Americans without college diplomas. 10% in a year!!

    Globalists, get over here and apologise NOW!

    Blue collar workers should be flocking to Trump in droves. He is lifting black and rural worker’s standard of living to new heights.

  118. Arky

    How am I meant to pass you beer and joints

    ..
    No thumbs.
    Just a shell and a bad attitude.

  119. Tailgunner

    It doesn’t sound feasible.

    FFS, haven’t you ever done a midnight run down the coast to get some waves on Sunday morning?
    Fkn hayseeds,m8

  120. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Parker’s dummy spit was a dumb move.
    I would have fired him even if he had been sounding off about the NSW premier rather than the PM.

    Second that one.

  121. 8th Dan

    Excellent peripheral vision, Mr Parker has. Just like most other people … can look in one direction and see what’s happening on each side.

  122. Armadillo

    Unlike the majority of Cats, I’m too young to die.

  123. calli

    I know, Arky.

    Can I take some knitting to keep me busy?

  124. Tailgunner

    I know it’s only early, but I’m calling it.
    The 2020 Election thread will be the Cats finest hour.
    The last one will stand for the Ages, no doubt.
    But it will be our big moment. The only crew to get it right last time? Lol, we get it right early, every time,xunts!

    This is what Winning feels like!
    😃

  125. stackja

    Australia’s first mass-produced car launched
    The Argus (Melbourne) – Tue 30 Nov 1948 – Page 3 – Australia’s first mass-produced car launched

    THE HOLDEN, Australia’s first mass-produced motor-car, made its first official public appearance yesterday.
    About 400 guests of General Motors-Holdens Ltd applauded when curtains were drawn back in the company theatrette at Fishermen’s Bend to re veal the new car, softly spotlighted on a slowly revolving stage while the Brahms waltz in A-flat was played pianissimo. Mr Chifley, who flew from Canberra to be present at the inauguration ceremony, said the establishment of this gigantic new industry was not only important economically, but from a national defence point of view.

    FEATURES OF CAR
    Main points about the new car, which it is hoped will soon be coming off the assembly lines at the rate of 20,000 a year, are:
    Horsepower: 21.6.
    Top speed: 80.5 mph.
    Petrol consumption: 28-32 mph.
    Weight: 19cwt 102lb.
    Overall length: 14ft 4in.
    Minimum clearance: 8½in.
    Accommodation: Six.
    Price: £675 (plus tax).

    The chassis and bodies will be built at the Adelaide works of GM-H, and the engines and gearboxes mainly at the new GM-H foundries at Fishermen’s Bend. General assembly will take place in several States.
    Mr Harold H. Bettle, managing director of GM-H Ltd, said that despite rising costs in the three years it had taken to launch the Holden project, the price of £675 in capital cities was almost in proportion to the price of other GM products. “We undertook this new project fully realising our responsibilities in establishing an industry that will have a new and lasting influence on the national economy,” Mr Bettle said. Mr Hollway, Premier, said production of the Holden marked not only an era in Australia’s industrial development, but another link between the British Commonwealth and USA, upon whose mutual friendship and understanding world peace and the future of our civilisation depended.

    FULFILLING VITAL NEED
    Mr Chifley said the war had warned Australia of the vital need for producing here the vehicles needed for transport in a time of national crisis.
    With Australia on the threshold of the most marvellous opportunities ever within the reach of a young country, it was hoped that new trends in education would bring about a better out- look and more understanding between employer and employee. Agreeing with Mr Hollway, Mr Chifley said he believed world peace depended almost entirely upon the English-speaking peoples. They must redouble their efforts to bring about improved human relationships and understanding as a safeguard against the threat of another war.

  126. Nick

    Trump at Daytona was trolling at its best. I can only imagine the tears of the Left.

  127. Armadillo

    I would guesstimate that I’m roughly Arkys age, but you can tell that he’s lead a miserable existence.

    Video doesn’t lie. He’s a total mess.

  128. Bruce of Newcastle

    JC – If you’re in the big apple, beware.

    Squeegee men, scourge of the ‘90s, are back in New York (16 Feb)

  129. Arky

    Don’t make me have to stomp your guts out in daylight hours, you toilet brush of a creature.
    there are ladies present.

  130. bespoke

    Jut don’t youtube it. Five minutes with Arky yelling vroom vroom and ending tears when reality hits.

  131. vlad

    Australia’s first mass-produced car launched
    The Argus (Melbourne) – Tue 30 Nov 1948 – Page 3 – Australia’s first mass-produced car launched

    According to wikipedia, there was some thought given to calling it the Canbra [sic].

  132. Bruce of Newcastle

    This guy likes New York City too.

    NYC subway thief thanks Democrats after his 139th arrest, release: ‘Bail reform, it’s lit!’ (16 Feb)

    Charles Barry, 56, has been arrested six times since the start of this year. He’s been released each time without having to post bail under New York’s new bail reform law since his alleged offenses were nonviolent, the New York Daily News reported.

    Pickpockets and squeegee men. What a town!

  133. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    thanks mitch that was really interesting

  134. PeterM

    Stacks at 6:2:

    Agreeing with Mr Hollway, Mr Chifley said he believed world peace depended almost entirely upon the English-speaking peoples.

    Fact check: True at the time

  135. Armadillo

    Just don’t youtube it.

    Mrs A felt sorry for him and paid a subscription fee (which she promptly cancelled). It was like dealing with the Russian Mafia.

    I did warn her.

  136. Entropy

    In both 2018 and 2019 nominal wages rose by more than 3%, the fastest growth since before the recession a decade ago. Americans at the bottom of the labour market are doing especially well. In the past year the wages of those without a high-school diploma have risen by nearly 10%. Intriguingly, this has come as America has turned considerably less friendly to immigrants…

    For the first time in half a century America’s immigrant population appears to be in sustained decline, both in absolute terms and as a share of the total. Net migration to America (ie, the difference between people arriving and people leaving the country) fell to 595,000 in 2019, the lowest in over a decade…

    The number of highly qualified immigrants continues to rise… It appears instead that the overall decline in the foreign-born population is a result of falling numbers of low-skilled migrants…

    Apart from the 10% wage rise, the other interesting figure is net immigration in country with 20x the population of Oz is not much bigger than ours.

  137. Top Ender

    No more taking the Kingswood out, then….

  138. JC

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3326634, posted on February 17, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    JC – If you’re in the big apple, beware.

    Squeegee men, scourge of the ‘90s, are back in New York (16 Feb)

    Of course they’re back, who’s mayor.

  139. JC

    Bruce, Melbourne has those annoying idiots (squeegee) too.

  140. cohenite

    This is the video of the RFS guy and some other bint having a go at scomo:

  141. stackja

    PRESS COUNCIL ADJUDICATION
    The Press Council considered whether its Standards of Practice were breached by the publication of a cartoon by Warren Brown in The Daily Telegraph on 11 February 2019.

    The Daily Telegraph
    February 17, 2020 12:00am

    The Press Council considered whether its Standards of Practice were breached by the publication of a cartoon by Warren Brown in The Daily Telegraph on 11 February 2019.

    The edition in which it appeared also had both a main story and an editorial on the Medivac debate.

    The cartoon depicted two figures running in a loop around the static figure of Kerryn Phelps, then the Member for the Federal seat of Wentworth.

    The figure at the front is a bearded man….

    Accordingly, the Council concludes that its Standards of Practice were not breached.

  142. Cold-Hands

    I bet these girls wouldn’t have dared protest like this if it had been Uncle Joe Biden…
    Bernie Sanders rally crashed by topless vegan protesters

  143. Roger

    Apart from the 10% wage rise, the other interesting figure is net immigration in country with 20x the population of Oz is not much bigger than ours.

    Ridiculous, eh?

    Thankfully most of them end up in Melbourne.

  144. Caveman

    Why do they keep giving this Paul firey guy air time, the guy was well aware of what he did and said. Your not tired if you have and make time to slag off . Must be difference between professional and volunteer.

  145. Roger

    Why do they keep giving this Paul firey guy air time…

    To embarrass Morrison.

  146. Arky

    Mrs A

    ..
    Cute nick name for your right paw.
    You muck encrusted vile reptile.

  147. Farmer Gez

    ABC PM putting the finger on Joe Hockey for challenging GM in parliament to be honest about the future of Holden after one billion taxpayer dollars were put on the table.

    You’d think that old scapegoat went to the abattoir long, long ago.

    Seriously? Clear and unabashed political bias from their ABC.

  148. Arky

    The armadildo, otherwise known as Onan’s sloth, is a solitary creature of vile habit and pungent odour.

  149. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bernie Sanders rally crashed by topless vegan protesters

    They need to be more careful.
    Can’t get Bernie too excited.
    He’s already had one heart attack this campaign.

    Btw Happy Birthday to the Boxman!
    Presidential Hopeful Michael Bloomberg Turns 78 as Top Democrat Candidates Near 80 (16 Feb)

  150. duncanm

    Thanks High Court:
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/dusty-martin-s-father-an-ex-bikie-boss-fails-in-bid-to-re-enter-australia-20200217-p541nd.html

    …f ormer Rebels bikie boss Shane Martin – has failed in his latest bid to return to Australia despite flying back into Sydney and claiming he had Aboriginal heritage.

    “Martin’s claims of indigeneity will be considered along with any evidence in support of these claims while he is offshore.”

    I suggest he set up his new clubhouse next to one of the HC judges’ homes.

  151. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Why do they keep giving this Paul firey guy air time…

    To embarrass Morrison.

    I’ll bet both of said firey’s will be having the little chat from their brigade commander “Look, if you can’t do the job, and keep politics out of it, you needn’t bother turning out, in future. You make the whole brigade look unprofessional.”

  152. vlad

    Bruce, Melbourne has those annoying idiots (squeegee) too.

    Even worse are the idiots who dance and juggle and hop skip and jump etc at a red light – in the name of “entertainment” – for which presumably they pass around a hat. Morons.

  153. duncanm

    Forget heat and UV – hit those notes with gamma radiation.

  154. Geriatric Mayfly

    Warning though … Aldi is not so great for tinned fish, better check out Woolworths in that case, try not to touch the trolley, and be sure to use the self serve checkout.

    Have the mask, the hand sanitiser, the tissues. Now it’s another encumbrance: disposable gloves and heavy duty I imagine. This doesn’t solve the problem of the ungloved pawing over the fresh fruit and vegies.
    Boiling a lettuce or a grape to kill the virus might be counterproductive.

  155. Mark A

    Thefrollickingmole
    #3326560, posted on February 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    On the Lycra clad perambulation menaces. I walk to school each day only about 20 minutes. Major road into Perth with a dedicated bike lane.
    Most cyclists seen is 3 in 5 weeks.
    I still see more cyclists on the footpath most afternoons than on the road.
    If I was a government expert this would obviously mean we should spend much more money on dedicated bike lanes

    Started riding recently, only an electric bike, I can tell you, riding on the footpath is far more dangerous than riding on the road.

  156. duncanm

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    6h
    #DAYTONA500

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1229204331112603649?s=20

    how good is the Daytona carpark party! ?

  157. Herodotus

    Turkey’s “ak” party – weren’t they the aliens in Mars Attacks? That’s what they kept saying, anyway.

  158. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    …f ormer Rebels bikie boss Shane Martin – has failed in his latest bid to return to Australia despite flying back into Sydney and claiming he had Aboriginal heritage.

    we are all abos now

  159. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    6 new infected cases with COVID2019 were confirmed Sunday in Japan, including 5 men in their 30s-60s in Tokyo and 1 man in his 60s in Aichi Prefecture: Yomiuri Shimbun

  160. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    interesting movie

    Yokohama, Japan announced on Sat that a man from the city’s fire department who rescued infected patients from the Diamond Princess cruise ship has been infected with NCP, raising concerns in the city as the man was wearing a protective suit: Yomiuri Shimbun

  161. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Frontline doctors in Wuhan denied online rumors about the viral impact being significantly weakened during the third and fourth-generation of infections and claimed that such statements are irresponsible

  162. zyconoclast

    Frank
    #3326585, posted on February 17, 2020 at 6:21 pm
    JC

    Normally I’d order a bunch of dumplings, a serving of special fried rice and beef with black bean sauce.

    No, just no.

    One minute video

  163. Bruce of Newcastle

    Started riding recently, only an electric bike, I can tell you, riding on the footpath is far more dangerous than riding on the road.

    10pts for a pedestrian.
    20pts for a stroller.
    It’s fun!

  164. stackja

    Terry McCrann: The good old days of Holdens and meat pies were never going to last
    Holden ceasing to exist might have only been announced on Monday, but the writing has been on the wall since the mid-1980s, writes Terry McCrann.

    Terry McCrann, Herald Sun
    Subscriber only

    February 17, 2020 7:32pm

    The king was actually, long dead; he’s now just being buried.

    And there’s no new king to be hailed. We now live in a republican — or at least egalitarian — motoring world of 55 or more brands and hundreds of individual models; Every single one of them imported.

    There will never be another king — not like Holden, both brand and car, was for so long in Australia — or not like its parent General Motors was, also for so long, in America. And no, Tesla will not be it.

    We are a long, long, long way from that distant and all but forgotten world of Holden cars and meat pies. And Ford Falcons.

    Indeed, that value had already pretty much evaporated, along with the sales of rebadged GM cars — from “somewhere else” — a few years ago.

    Why would you keep a brand that was now totally artificial; and not only had no market in a globalised world, but didn’t even have a tiny slice of the market in its own low-volume country?

    In its great days Holden was unique — both the brand and the car.

    Whereas the Ford brand was the parent brand and its car, the Falcon, was a version of the Falcon sold in the US, the Holden car was unique in the GM empire and the brand was also so, whether as GM Holden or spelt out General Motors Holden or just Holden.

    But in 2020 and likely even more so in 2030, even iconic branding is not by itself enough to even survive far less prosper.

    Without sustained, continual remaking, a franchise can evaporate in the blink of a 24/7 real-time eye.

    Think, Apple Amazon, Google and Microsoft — all either non-existent or very, very different companies even just 30 years ago, when Button set out to “save” Holden cars. And Falcons.

    Also think of “giants” like AOL and MySpace — non-existent back then, non-existent again now.

    A personal example neatly captures this frenzied reality.

    A product I ordered from India was picked up in Mumbai by the courier last Friday evening. By Monday afternoon it was sitting in my local newsagent, waiting for me to pick it up. Thank you DHL.

    Holden cars and meat pies and all VFL games on a Saturday arvo with just one telecast could not survive this change.

  165. Helen

    Scomo has found the people on that cruiser in Japan and Alan is bring therm back on Wednesday – the the Howard Springs facility. I can see Darwin is going to be the repository of all potentially diseased persons.

  166. zyconoclast

    The father of AFL star Dustin Martin – former Rebels bikie boss Shane Martin – has failed in his latest bid to return to Australia despite flying back into Sydney and claiming he had Aboriginal heritage.

    Shane Martin flew into Sydney International Airport from Noumea, capital of New Caledonia, with a barrister on Sunday afternoon, having been deported to New Zealand in 2016 on the grounds of bad character.

    His attempt to return to Australia came six days after the High Court ruled that Aboriginal people could not be deported from Australia and are exempt from the Commonwealth’s constitutional “alien powers”.

  167. vlad

    The squeegee boys are illegal in Victoria.

    ROAD SAFETY ROAD RULES 2017 (Vic) – REG 236(4):

    (4) A pedestrian must not stand on, or move onto, a road to—

    (a) solicit contributions, employment or business from an occupant of a vehicle; or

    (b) hitchhike; or

    [c] display an advertisement; or

    (d) sell or offer articles for sale; or

    (e) wash or clean, or offer to wash or clean, the windscreen of a vehicle (other than a parked vehicle).

    Penalty: 2 penalty units.

  168. Nick

    Scomo has found the people on that cruiser in Japan and Alan is bring therm back on Wednesday – the the Howard Springs facility. I can see Darwin is going to be the repository of all potentially diseased persons.

    Soupandsarnie who said it wouldn’t happen to ‘white’ people, needs open mocking as a fool.

  169. Fat Tony

    duncanm
    #3326679, posted on February 17, 2020 at 7:31 pm
    Forget heat and UV – hit those notes with gamma radiation.

    Duncanm – you gotta be joking – isn’t that how The Hulk got mutated???

  170. Tel

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared Australians will be fuming after Holden allowed its business to “wither away” even as it pocketed $2 billion in taxpayer-funded subsidies.

    I’m fuming that subsidies were offered in the first place … especially for a company that had long ago ceased being Australian (after being taken over by General Motors).

    That said, nearly every Japanese auto maker has already had a go at running a factory in Australia then finally given up, but not before collecting a metric shedload of government subsidies. I guess it must be the racism, huh?

  171. Mark from Melbourne

    The 2020 Election thread will be the Cats finest hour.

    No fun in an easy romp.

    Limp, at best.

  172. stackja

    Roger
    #3326664, posted on February 17, 2020 at 7:17 pm
    Why do they keep giving this Paul firey guy air time…

    To embarrass Morrison.

    Vic and NSW State forestry ministers created the fires by no hazard reduction. MSM don’t embarrass them.

  173. Roger

    BREAKING

    PM Scott Morrison has called for an inquiry into the 2001 break up of Email Limited, saying Australians are stil grieving the loss of the brand name on their gas & ‘lectric meters.

  174. Tel

    Forget heat and UV – hit those notes with gamma radiation.

    X rays you can make at home … and won’t get you into quite as much trouble.

  175. stackja

    Tel
    #3326711, posted on February 17, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Car union leaders? How many strikes?

  176. Herodotus

    The station wagon, more recently “sports wagon”, is still a practical alternative to the various utes (and haven’t they evolved?) and SUV style vehicles. It drives/handles comfortably much like a sedan but has a very useful load capacity – either for long items ex Bunnings or even for sleeping as per days of old in panel vans.
    Anyway, I’ve got one with plenty of life left in it.

  177. Bruce of Newcastle

    The 2020 Election thread will be the Cats finest hour.

    No fun in an easy romp.
    Limp, at best.

    Lefty head explosions!
    Worth the popcorn just for all those.

  178. Caveman

    QBE says parts of planet becoming uninsurable due to climate concerns

    It’s just gets too funny.

  179. mh

    Btw Happy Birthday to the Boxman!

    Trump likes to keep a good box nearby, too.

  180. Tel

    Car union leaders? How many strikes?

    Unions are the good guys, racism is the real problem … always caused by Tories, or Christians, or someone like that.

    I know this because I avidly read GetUp on Twitter. They so smart!

  181. Roger

    QBE says parts of planet becoming uninsurable due to climate concerns

    It’s just gets too funny.

    Unless you’re looking for insurance in such an “uninsurable” area.

    Which could include many Australians in the not too distant future.

  182. Knuckle Dragger

    Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
    17 February, 2020

    Approved Talking Points
    Response to Nelligan Firefighter’s Oestrogen Overload

    1. Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I won’t take up your time to any great degree, as we all have better things to do. This response is to the latest media attention on Mr Paul Parker, former firefighter with the Rural Fire Service.

    2. First, he’s not from Nelligan so has no authority to tell me what to do on behalf of people he hasn’t met.

    3. Mr Parker is deserving of our sympathy. I say this because he is clearly such a mong that when confronted at a fireground with a woman waving a microphone at him, a TV cameraman with camera and soundman that he still felt the need to ask them if they were from the media.

    4. In his own words, Parker says he was removed from the fireground and told his services were no longer required because he used his position as an RFS member to slag off at the Federal Government – who had repeatedly asked the children governing NSW if they needed help, which was consistently refused.

    5. I have spoken to the head of the RFS this afternoon, and have been informed that the RFS does not need people who can appear to drive fire trucks, faint, require assistance from two colleagues, make a speech on one elbow and then sufficiently recover to drive trucks again all in the space of 90 seconds. Also, the RFS has a ‘no dickhead rule’ which is rigidly enforced.

    6. Hawaii was very nice. I had people doing my job for me when I was gone.

  183. Cold-Hands

    …curtains were drawn back in the company theatrette at Fishermen’s Bend to reveal the new car, softly spotlighted on a slowly revolving stage while the Brahms waltz in A-flat was played pianissimo.

    Can’t think of too many of today’s journos likely to be able to identify a piece of classical music, or who would think to include it in their copy.

  184. Eyrie

    “According to wikipedia, there was some thought given to calling it the Canbra [sic].”
    Appropriate. Piece of crap that doesn’t work.

  185. Knuckle Dragger

    Tom Elliott’s drivetime show apparently had a Bat Lady on today who was frightfully upset that the roundeyes weren’t eating in Chai-nerr restaurants because racism.

    Her name was Erin Chew.

  186. JC

    Roger
    #3326724, posted on February 17, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    QBE says parts of planet becoming uninsurable due to climate concerns

    It’s just gets too funny.

    Unless you’re looking for insurance in such an “uninsurable” area.

    Which could include many Australians in the not too distant future.

    I was looking for a decent dip on QBE since about late(ish) December, but there was no big move down. I’m actually thinking of loading up because these fuckers are going to raise prems and investors see that as lasting forever. It could be a decent trade for the 12 months.

    In fact insurance could be the spot to place bets on gerbil warming. Gerbilers should short insurance stocks but I wonder how many actually have?

    https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/QBE.AX?p=QBE.AX&.tsrc=fin-srch

  187. JC

    QBE is obviously looking to egg other insurance players to raise prems too. They can’t do it in private because if ASIC found out they would de-ball the CEO and the board. What better way to talk to the others by publicly signaling gerbal warning. Smart.

  188. Knuckle Dragger

    Yes I’m catching up. Have stuff to do later too.

    I’m not from NSW, but I found far and away the best real time source of information during the fires was the RFS website.

    Maps (I can’t vouch for their accuracy of course) and information specific to each incident, refreshed every couple of minutes or so. Along with traffic hazards and smoke, etc. And it went on for weeks.

    Ita’s mob of effete pissants were finally proved to be redundant, if it even needed to be said.

  189. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3326730, posted on February 17, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Tom Elliott’s drivetime show apparently had a Bat Lady on today who was frightfully upset that the roundeyes weren’t eating in Chai-nerr restaurants because racism.

    Her name was Erin Chew.

    Erin work for Chicoms.
    Erin have Yum-Cha Lestaulant.
    I am fucking over this.
    Next Uni Vice Chancellor or Chicom Dim-Sum merchant who suggests a free-for-all needs to be asked if they will personally indemnify anyone who contracts bat-fever as a result.
    The sound of clickets chirping.

  190. feelthebern

    QBE says parts of planet becoming uninsurable due to climate concerns

    Keep in mind QBE is a global insurer.
    I think their Australian revenue is down to approx 20% of total group revenue.
    Statistically, events are becoming fewer, but they are becoming more intense.
    Considering population growth & the idiocy in the where that population likes to build things, QBE is quite right in their statement.

  191. feelthebern

    Example, Townsville floods a couple of years back.
    They built whole suburbs in a flood prone area.
    I would call that uninsurable.

  192. feelthebern

    I don’t understand how anything in Florida gets insured.
    Place gets flattened every couple of years.

  193. Knuckle Dragger

    Old Yeller, 11.16 p.m.;

    ‘None of them have ever revealed when and where they served, except for Johno’

    Wrong. ‘Uncanningly’ wrong, in fact.

  194. Knuckle Dragger

    Nut-related discussion, earlier:

    I had a girlfriend a couple of years ago. My pet name for her was ‘spanner’.

  195. Knuckle Dragger

    Because she made my nuts tighten.

  196. feelthebern

    Fun fact:
    Alabama had more insurance claims from Hurricane Katrina than Louisiana.
    Louisiana did have a fuck ton of flooding claims post Katrina.
    In related news, Ray Nagin has another couple of years in jail…maybe he shouldn’t have diverted funds & materials away from the levies….d’oh.

  197. feelthebern

    I tried to mute MAFS on twitter but my whole feed disappeared, even things unrelated to it.
    Fuck twitter.

  198. Entropy

    6. Hawaii was very nice. I had people doing my job for me when I was gone.

    That would be the invisible man running the national party whose name I forget who was supposedly Acting Prime Minister at the time. He should be made to pay back the extra dosh he got for “Acting”.

  199. Entropy

    Statistically, events are becoming fewer, but they are becoming more intense.

    no.

    Considering population growth & the idiocy in the where that population likes to build things, QBE is quite right in their statement.

    yes.

  200. Diogenes

    upset that the roundeyes weren’t eating in Chai-nerr restaurants because racism.

    Fact check : False
    Last time I ate at my local Chinese I spent 3 days uncertain which end to plonk over the loo. OTOH the local Malay and Singaporean regularly receive my custom. I have had students do work placement at three of the local Thai (there are 2 new ones – I haven’t tried yet) , and let’s just say I will not darken their doors either. After a bad experience with a curry one AFX I cannot even the smell of Indian food turns my stomach

  201. Leigh Lowe

    mh

    #3326542, posted on February 17, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    6h
    #DAYTONA500

    FMD!
    A lap in the limo.
    Blue Angels F/A18 formation fly-by.
    Air Force One also does a low level beat-up.
    For people who love burning hydrocarbons for fun it was a big day.
    Of course, the Dimocrats want to know who is paying for “campaign stuff”.
    A question never heard in 2012.

  202. JC

    Bern

    Can they hold the div this year?

  203. feelthebern

    Statistically, events are becoming fewer, but they are becoming more intense.

    Globally, this is true.
    Look at the global insurers.
    Less claims, but they rip through their single event exposures more often.

  204. feelthebern

    No idea.
    It’s all about their reserve releases.

  205. mh

    Her name was Erin Chew.

    Shortened to Er Chew.

  206. JC

    The “root causes” thread is an abortion. It smears the right side of the site in bright red. It hurts just looking at it.

  207. feelthebern

    Sinc, please remove Rafe’s posting privileges until he fixes his most recent post.

  208. Entropy

    The intense events are fewer FTB. It is just that the value of stuff damaged is higher. And there is more stuff to be damaged.

  209. Confused Old Misfit

    QBE says parts of planet becoming uninsurable due to climate concerns

    Any excuse to raise the rates.

  210. duncanm

    Duncanm – you gotta be joking – isn’t that how The Hulk got mutated???

    yeh – but I think that’s how we got Doctor Manhattan, too. So 50:50 it’ll work out.

  211. JC

    Any excuse to raise the rates.

    Yep. What’s wrong with that?

  212. Knuckle Dragger

    Someone (apologies) posted this just after dawn:

    ‘The communists have buckley’s chance of halting the spread in months if not years. It only takes a single carrier to restart the entire epidemic.’

    Undeniably true. 28 Days Later told us about this years ago.

    Zombie plague was in full fast-running screamer mode in Pomland, so not only did they quarantine the whole country, the sent the military in to kill off any survivors.

    And all the infected zombies starved to death or burned, except one. Brought out on the last chopper by a well-meaning fuckhead. Goodbye Europe.

    #nonwoketopfilm

  213. Entropy

    I would also add there are places in Australia, eg wet tropics, where you can’t get clyclone insurance for agricultural activity.
    Parametric insurance might be an option for them, but at present it is easier to wait for Scotty from Marketing to turn up with a big bucket of OPM. Cheaper too.

  214. Mark from Melbourne

    The “root causes” thread is an abortion.

    I’m colour blind and it hurts my eyes.

  215. feelthebern

    The value of the assets are quantifiable.
    The premiums charged are a function of the cover & the statistical probability of an event.
    Premiums rise as the value of the assets rise.
    The variables are interest rates (forecastable), returns on your float (manageable).
    The variable is the intensity & the frequency of events.
    Frequency is down.
    Intensity is up.

  216. feelthebern

    Parametric insurance might be an option for them, but at present it is easier to wait for Scotty from Marketing to turn up with a big bucket of OPM. Cheaper too.

    This is also correct.

  217. calli

    The horrors of Christmas Island.

    Smart people to take advantage of the evacuation.

  218. Bah. Get home from work and find Under Siege is almost finished. A fine fillum.

  219. feelthebern

    Frequency is down.
    Intensity is up.

    This is not a climate change argument.
    It’s more to do with sunspots & solar flares.

  220. JC

    The Nimitz encounter is really interesting. UFO doesn’t mean extraterrestrial. It means exactly that , it can’t be identified. But holy crap, if the US navy thinks it’s ET.

    https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/research/a30538203/navy-ufo-video-investigation/

    I really have huge doubts it’s ET though. It could also be a secret US Defense Dept. research program and didn’t let on as they wanted to test reaction from the ship.

    https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/research/a30538203/navy-ufo-video-investigation/

  221. Beertruk

    Diogenes
    #3326752, posted on February 17, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    If you want to know what are ok restaurants to eat at and which ones to avoid,have a yarn with your local plumber.

  222. feelthebern

    Punching out.
    Forgot Curb was on.
    Hopefully it will be better than last weeks awful awful episode.

  223. Oh come on

    A lap in the limo.

    I was kind of hoping The Donald would be driving but I’m sure that wouldn’t have been allowed. Oh well.

  224. cohenite

    QBE says parts of planet becoming uninsurable due to climate concerns
    It’s just gets too funny.
    Unless you’re looking for insurance in such an “uninsurable” area.
    Which could include many Australians in the not too distant future.

    A few years ago Lake Macquarie Council started putting up signs saying sea level would rise by 2 meters in areas like Blacksmiths. People living in those areas not only could not insure but also could not sell or borrow against an asset which was deemed to be worthless. There were a couple of public meetings at which I and others quoted chapter and verse contradictory evidence and the council people there became conciliatory and began dealing with the house-holders on an individual basis; the threat of legal action didn’t hurt either:

    https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/204993/lake-council-approves-flood-risk-plan/

    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/developer-may-sue-to-trigger-rethink-on-sea-level-rises-20120305-1uecc.html

  225. Oh come on

    You could make good money hyping how ‘uninsurable’ certain places are and then clean up in those markets.

  226. cohenite

    A conservative activist group – which bills itself as the right-wing version of GetUp – will target primary school children with a series of new resources designed to counter the “climate alarmist narrative” it says is being pushed in classrooms and the media.
    Advance Australia’s national director Liz Storer said the resource packs being developed will be sent to schools, parents and grandparents, and could be used in the classroom or at home. The resources will say human-induced climate change “isn’t true” and “there’s a lot more to the story”.
    But the NSW and Victorian governments have already indicated the materials in question would very likely be banned in public schools as they “would not be deemed objective”.

    The libs are fucked.

  227. Vic in Prossy

    Any fun with Q & A anymore?

  228. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Japanese officials have confirmed a further 99 people have been infected by the new coronavirus aboard the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, bringing the total to 454, the health ministry said on Monday.

  229. notafan

    Vlad
    Doesn’t that mean the squeegee police who conducted the mobile phone sting in Melbourne last year were breaking the law themselves?

    Pity the msm didn’t uncannily twig that at the time.

  230. Top Ender

    Peter O’Brien gets into Dark Emu forensically:

    …my quarrel with Dark Emu is not a disagreement with Pascoe’s interpretation of history. It is with his shameless distortion of facts and sources. The above examples are just the tip of a very large iceberg. The book is littered with such deceptions. They are the glue that holds it all together.

    https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/bennelong-papers/2020/02/the-further-fictions-of-dark-emu/

  231. vlad

    Vlad
    Doesn’t that mean the squeegee police who conducted the mobile phone sting in Melbourne last year were breaking the law themselves?

    Pity the msm didn’t uncannily twig that at the time.

    They probably got around it by not actually cleaning the windows.

  232. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “Many people are testing positive on the ship, but that is because we are testing everyone onboard, regardless of their medical condition,” said Shigeru Omi, chief director of the Japan Community Health Care Organisation. “And 70% of those testing positive are not showing any symptoms at all.”

  233. duncanm

    Black Ball
    #3326777, posted on February 17, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Bah. Get home from work and find Under Siege is almost finished. A fine fillum.

    lots of nasty killin’ and a good cake scene.

  234. Tel

    Doesn’t that mean the squeegee police who conducted the mobile phone sting in Melbourne last year were breaking the law themselves?

    Not one person in Melbourne was a tiny bit suspicious that the squeegee boy was clean shaven, had a tidy haircut, looked like he eats well and regularly works out and even irons his singlet and shorts?

  235. EvilElvis

    Elvis, I’m thinking of running a Mouncey head sticker on the hard hat for awhile.

    Stick the Mouncey head on top of a Taylahhhhh! sticker striking the pose. 3 minutes in the crib hut and some fucker will draw a dick on it. 😂

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