Wednesday Forum: February 26, 2020

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  1. BorisG

    The former head of the American CIA voted for Gus Hall for President of The USA.

    I can’t bother to check but even if this is true it was an extremely rare exception.

  2. Porter

    First they came for biology. Then they came for botany.
    https://twitter.com/RealMarkLatham/status/1231699199642624000

    I warned many people years ago that Gladys was just another Photios lefty.

  3. BorisG

    Both left and right want to destroy the “elite”, the globalists, the neoliberals, the media and every one else who has sold us out.

    We have chosen Trump, the other side have chosen Sanders

    Being anti elite is not the same as being insane.

  4. Porter

    Bernie Sanders’ Rape Fantasy Essay?

    Holy …he said WHAT????!!!

  5. NoFixedAddress

    BorisG

    Watch out for the Chickens in Choppers

  6. EvilElvis

    Prime example, the member for Goldstein.
    Criticize him at your peril, as None found out.

    [Mistake. Sinc]

    Geez, that took some digging to find.

  7. Porter

    Hmm I have a rule: never give to GoFundMe campaigns, absolutely never for people playing the victim card

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/social-media-users-provide-proof-of-quaden-bayles-real-age/news-story/9580e9e246fc99217a27260ff326b12d

    I don’t know of any parent who films their kid demanding a knife to kill themselves and posting it online. That alone spelt scam to me. If my kid was being bullied to that extent I’d be confronting the school and the bullier’s parents and paying a visit to a cop shop with complaints of assault. So this entire episode smelt. Sure enough mummy is an activist. She and sonny just raked in over half a mill on the basis of what? Getting her son to play the victim. Yep that’s setting such a good example.

  8. Fisky

    I have a burning question to the Cat crowd: what is the secret to the popularity of Bernie Sanders and socialism more generally in today’s America?

    Neoliberalism has driven up the cost of college, ruined the career prospects of the young generation, and ensured that hardly any of them will ever afford their own home. A nation of renters is always a socialist nation.

    Too bad most of the dumb right have no strategy for turning any of this around. But at least Trump’s socking it to China and reducing immigration so there is hope.

  9. Porter

    Addicted to other people’s money. Alice Workman at the Oz:

    Scott Morrison’s department is using $72,000 of taxpayer funds to hire a New Zealand consultant living in Italy, for seven months’ worth of “strategic advice and review services”. According to a tender on the government’s website, Sally Washington from Washington Emerson Consulting won a Prime Minister and Cabinet contract for November 18 last year to June 28 this year. So, what exactly does she get paid to do and why does she do it from Rome? Last year Washington told NZ radio she was living in Italy on a “middle-age gap year”. But when Strewth sent through a series of questions, a spokesman for PM&C cited commercial-in-confidence and would only say: “The contract covers advice and expertise only — no travel or living expenses.” Washington was hired after a “limited tender procurement method” because “suppliers with skills to support the specialist advice required weren’t available through any existing commonwealth panel arrangement”. PM&C insists she reports directly to it and has no interaction with Morrison’s office. “Services delivered to date include peer review of draft project materials, advice on the draft work program, and reflections from relevant experience and learnings from the NZ Policy Project”. That’s all public servant gobbledygook to us, so we did some digging of our own. Washington worked in the Kiwi version of PM&C from 2014 to 2017. According to her LinkedIn, recent projects include a “report for the OECD on the roles and functions of offices of prime ministers”; gender analysis; public sector reform advice; and “critical friend” peer reviews. In a Q&A video posted to PM&C’s YouTube page on December 19 that has been viewed 21 times and looks suspiciously like it was filmed in Canberra, not Rome, Washington is described as a “global policy guru”. Proof-reading obviously is not part of the $72K service, as we spotted: “What changes do you suggest support policy advisers deliver better outcomes?” What was Washington’s top tip? “Be experimental, try stuff, if it fails it doesn’t matter, and, um, I think actually that’s how we should approach our role as advisers to Ministers as well.”

    Smells like corruption to me.

  10. NoFixedAddress

    Fisky
    #3336225, posted on February 27, 2020 at 2:44 am

    I have a burning question to the Cat crowd: what is the secret to the popularity of Bernie Sanders and socialism more generally in today’s America?

    Neoliberalism has driven up the cost of college, ruined the career prospects of the young generation, and ensured that hardly any of them will ever afford their own home. A nation of renters is always a socialist nation.

    Too bad most of the dumb right have no strategy for turning any of this around. But at least Trump’s socking it to China and reducing immigration so there is hope.

    Send them to College/University in India.

  11. NoFixedAddress

    Porter
    #3336226, posted on February 27, 2020 at 2:46 am

    Addicted to other people’s money. Alice Workman at the Oz:

    Liberal National Socialism at its finest

  12. NoFixedAddress

    An American communist who hid behind names and masks has outed himself

    Joe Walsh, the one-term Tea Party congressman swept into office by the 2010 conservative wave, has taken his NeverTrumpism to comic new lows with his Conserving Conservatism™ endorsement of Bernie Sanders on Twitter this weekend.

    Today he’s gone and done it again, with a new op-ed for the Washington Post making plain that he’ll vote for Sanders if Sanders is the nominee.

    https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/ex-gop-congressman-joe-walsh-will-conserve-conservatism-by-voting-for-the-socialist/

  13. BorisG

    Neoliberalism has driven up the cost of college, ruined the career prospects of the young generation, and ensured that hardly any of them will ever afford their own home

    Please explain (TM)

  14. BorisG

    An American communist who hid behind names and masks has outed himself

    Except he is not a communist or even a socialist. H doesn’t like sanders but he finds sanders a lesser evil than Trump. That does not surprise me.

  15. BorisG

    If you want to check whether Walsh is a communist, just check his voting record in Congress.

  16. NoFixedAddress

    Joe Biden – elitist communist

  17. NoFixedAddress

    BorisG
    #3336232, posted on February 27, 2020 at 3:01 am

    If you want to check whether Walsh is a communist, just check his voting record in Congress.

    BorisG

    Honest question.

    How do you, BorisG, define what is a communist?

  18. NoFixedAddress

    BorisG
    #3336231, posted on February 27, 2020 at 3:00 am

    An American communist who hid behind names and masks has outed himself

    Except he is not a communist or even a socialist. H doesn’t like sanders but he finds sanders a lesser evil than Trump. That does not surprise me.

    BorisG

    Ask your m8, dan8 how evil this bloke is

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/02/richard-grenell-american-hero-under-attack-daniel-greenfield/

  19. NoFixedAddress

    And a quote from Daniel Greenfield’s article

    When Grenell led President Trump’s campaign to decriminalize homosexuality around the world, he took on Iran and other, mostly Islamic countries governed by Sharia law, where homosexuality is punishable with death.

    “I want them to understand that you cannot put someone in jail or kill someone simply for being gay,” he had told a UN session on the decriminalization of homosexuality. “I want these countries to be called out, I want them to feel the pressure. This list should be read out every day.”

    The countries began with Afghanistan and included Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

    Instead of welcoming Grenell’s advocacy for gay rights, the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD, funded by Harvey Weinstein, attacked or dismissed the move while attacking the Trump administration.

  20. NoFixedAddress

    BorisG

    Honest question.

    How do you, BorisG, define a communist?

  21. NoFixedAddress

    And a quote from Daniel Greenfield’s article

    When Grenell led President Trump’s campaign to decriminalize h*m*sexuality around the world, he took on Iran and other, mostly Islamic countries governed by Sharia law, where h*m*sexuality is punishable with death.

    “I want them to understand that you cannot put someone in jail or kill someone simply for being g*y,” he had told a UN session on the decriminalization of h*m*sexuality. “I want these countries to be called out, I want them to feel the pressure. This list should be read out every day.”

    The countries began with Afghanistan and included Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

    Instead of welcoming Grenell’s advocacy for g*y rights, the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD, funded by Harvey Weinstein, attacked or dismissed the move while attacking the Trump administration.

  22. NoFixedAddress

    And a quote from Daniel Greenfield’s article

    When Grenell led President Trump’s campaign to decriminalize h*m*stuff around the world, he took on Iran and other, mostly Islamic countries governed by Sharia law, where h*m*stuff is punishable with death.

    “I want them to understand that you cannot put someone in jail or kill someone simply for being ***,” he had told a UN session on the decriminalization of h*m*stuff. “I want these countries to be called out, I want them to feel the pressure. This list should be read out every day.”

    The countries began with Afghanistan and included Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

    Instead of welcoming Grenell’s advocacy for *** rights, the Human Rights Campaign and Gl**D, funded by Harvey Winestain, attacked or dismissed the move while attacking the Trump administration.

  23. NoFixedAddress

    The Advocate complained that Grenell is “known for insulting powerful women, such as Hillary Clinton and Rachel Maddow”.

  24. NoFixedAddress

    Out Magazine ran an op-ed claiming that decriminalizing homosexuality was an “old racist tactic”.

    OutRight Action International’s executive director had attacked Grenell’s UN advocacy for the decriminalization of homosexuality by insisting that, “The drivers of violence and discrimination against LGBTQI people are stereotypical notions of who a woman or a man should be, so unless we tackle root causes, such as biological determinism, then we won’t really be able to fully defend the rights of LGBTQI people.” Forget Islamic law and its death penalties. The real threat to gay people was biology.

  25. NoFixedAddress

    Out Magazine ran an op-ed claiming that decriminalizing *sexuality was an “old racist tactic”.

    OutRight Action International’s executive director had attacked Grenell’s UN advocacy for the decriminalization of *sexuality by insisting that, “The drivers of violence and discrimination against LGBTQI people are stereotypical notions of who a woman or a man should be, so unless we tackle root causes, such as biological determinism, then we won’t really be able to fully defend the rights of LGBTQI people.”

    Forget Islamic law and its death penalties. The real threat to gay people was biology.

  26. NoFixedAddress

    Grenell not only called out the brutality of Islamic countries by name, tweeting about the violations of the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights by members of the Human Rights Council, by Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Somalia, Nigeria, Qatar, Egypt, Mauritania, Sudan and Libya, but challenged Europeans

  27. NoFixedAddress

    human rights council

  28. NoFixedAddress

    i haven’t given in but over to you Tom

    I’m after Akismet

  29. Tom

    Back to the creepy obsession with naked blokes (and Pauline Hanson) for David Rowe.

  30. NoFixedAddress

    Tom

    Is David Rowe from England?

  31. Tom

    Worse than that, NFA. Rowe grew up in Canberra.

  32. Porter

    ‘I hate you’: Ex-Wallaby star choked wife

    Exclusive A former rugby star — who played for the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs — choked and assaulted his wife before asking Manly Local Court if he could be let off.

    Sure he can. It’s not like he said the world ‘hell’ or something.

  33. Porter

    Thanks, Tom. Leak always a pleasure. Zanetti kicking some goals lately. Brookes was funny.

  34. NoFixedAddress

    Tom
    #3336269, posted on February 27, 2020 at 4:56 am

    Worse than that, NFA. Rowe grew up in Canberra.

    Aaahhh.,

    Has the stink of communism.

  35. stick to hanging around toilets (sic) blocks

    I’m not sure how to break this to you, Cassie, but my Gofundme page to buy you a toilet block is getting lots of emojis, but no money – nix – nada – nothing…..
    The punters seem to think it’s some kind of scam.

  36. Porter

    https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/wallabies/wallabies-rugby-news-israel-folau-saga-dave-rennie-samu-kerevi-sekope-kepu-greg-martin/news-story/50e51930d38d501148b04f16bab7c1e4

    “The ultimate irony is that it was white missionaries who taught them this faith and now they are getting bashed by white people.

    “You’ve got to let them have their prayer meetings and beliefs.

    “Some people don’t understand it or want to know about it, prayers after games but you’ve got to let them express their faith.

    “It’s a bit sad.”

    Raelene Castle, RA admin, along with the Gaystapo and their sychophants are all racist bigots.

  37. OldOzzie

    Coronavirus For All: Dems’ Plans Would Make Us Sick

    I & I Editorial Board
    February 26, 2020

    Other Democratic candidates’ plans are no better. All favor heavy government intervention into health care matters and would limit, and in some cases eliminate, private-sector participation.

    President Donald Trump has said the virus is “under control” in the U.S. He might be overconfident. But at least this country has a functioning health care industry that has a strong interest in stopping the outbreak. The same can’t be said for nations that have Medicare for All-type government medical care regimes.

    “Countries with single-payer health care may have a more difficult time,” Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute, wrote earlier this month in a Fox News op-ed. “In the not-too-distant past, Canada and the United Kingdom have struggled to handle outbreaks of everything from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to the seasonal flu.”

    Pipes says that “because these countries’ government-run, ‘Medicare-for-All’-style systems lack enough health care personnel, hospital beds and other resources to meet the needs of their populations even in good times,” an expanding health threat such as “a pandemic can stretch single-payer health care to its breaking point.”

  38. OldOzzie

    In Iran, an Electoral Flop

    The regime’s continued rogue behavior has left the country increasingly isolated.

    What if you held a national election and no one turned out? That’s the situation currently confronting Iranian officials, who are grappling with the aftermath of a truly disastrous outcome in last week’s parliamentary elections.

    According to the official Fars News Agency, just 42 percent of Iranians voted in the country’s latest parliamentary elections, which took place on Friday. That’s the lowest percentage ever recorded in the 41-year history of the Islamic Republic. (By way of comparison: The turnout for Iran’s last parliamentary elections, in 2016, was approximately 60 percent.) Yet there’s good reason to believe that even those official numbers are inflated, and perhaps significantly so. Outside reports, relying on internal Iranian media sources, indicate that actual voting tallies fell far below the official 42 percent figure, forcing the regime to keep polling stations open longer than planned to scrape together even a minimum number of legitimate votes.

  39. OldOzzie

    In Iran, an Electoral Flop

    The regime’s continued rogue behavior has left the country increasingly isolated.

    What if you held a national election and no one turned out? That’s the situation currently confronting Iranian officials, who are grappling with the aftermath of a truly disastrous outcome in last week’s parliamentary elections.

    According to the official Fars News Agency, just 42 percent of Iranians voted in the country’s latest parliamentary elections, which took place on Friday. That’s the lowest percentage ever recorded in the 41-year history of the Isl*mic Republic. (By way of comparison: The turnout for Iran’s last parliamentary elections, in 2016, was approximately 60 percent.) Yet there’s good reason to believe that even those official numbers are inflated, and perhaps significantly so. Outside reports, relying on internal Iranian media sources, indicate that actual voting tallies fell far below the official 42 percent figure, forcing the regime to keep polling stations open longer than planned to scrape together even a minimum number of legitimate votes.

  40. rickw

    Are we still letting the bat students in?, or did idiocracy need to do a u turn thanks to the Italian outbreak?

  41. Cassie of Sydney

    “1735099
    #3336280, posted on February 27, 2020 at 6:14 am
    stick to hanging around toilets (sic) blocks

    I’m not sure how to break this to you, Cassie, but my Gofundme page to buy you a toilet block is getting lots of emojis, but no money – nix – nada – nothing…..
    The punters seem to think it’s some kind of scam.”

    “Nada”….big word from a low IQ duce. So racist and Joooo hater….now we know….you’re a scam artist…and you admit it.

    Remind me…how many dead Jooos did you fantasise about today?

  42. Cassie of Sydney

    The Joo hater from Toowoomba and 8th Toilet Block….running a protection racket for each other. You can always judge a person by “their friends”.

  43. OldOzzie

    ANALYSIS

    Democrats needed a good debate, but got a bad one

    It was a wasted couple of hours for a party and candidates who don’t have time to waste.

    The snarling incoherence of the latest Democratic presidential debate Tuesday evening made it painfully hard to follow. But in its own way, the encounter perfectly crystallized the twin strategic challenges facing the party.

    The first is the problem of the impassioned plurality represented by frontrunner Bernie Sanders taking control of the party. He is on the verge of succeeding in this goal even as ample evidence remains that he is out of step with a majority of Democrats on both ideology and on practical questions of how to win the 2020 election or to govern afterward.

    The second strategic challenge is to convey what most Democrats regard as the gravity of the case against President Donald Trump. Much of the debate seemed divorced from the present moment, as the president in the wake of his impeachment acquittal has embarked on a so-called Revenge Tour. He has sought to purge the executive branch of perceived enemies, drawn protests from the Justice Department for his raucous commentary in ongoing criminal cases, and criticized Supreme Court justices by name

  44. OldOzzie

    The Left Dumps NeverTrump

    The love affair between the Left and NeverTrump Right appears to be over. For real, this time.

    After working in tandem for four years to try to destroy Donald Trump and everyone in his orbit, NeverTrump and the Left are breaking up in a very public and a very ugly way. And for those of us who’ve been close observers of this twisted political romance, watching their divorce play out is deeply gratifying.

    But, for now, it looks like they are done brushing each other’s hair and sending late-night boozy texts confessing their mutual lust and loyalty.

    NeverTrump is getting the boot for breaching the boundaries of this toxic relationship by daring to opine about the seemingly unstoppable candidacy of Bernie Sanders. Trouble in paradise began when NeverTrump changed the mood music from Orange Man Bad to Crazy Bernie Bad as the commie senator from Vermont began to dominate early Democratic presidential primary contests.

    Per habit, NeverTrump once again has overestimated their value in the political realm. They are useful idiots to the Left insofar as they stay in their lane, which is to supply a nonstop loop of temper tantrums about Donald Trump; warnings of impending doom; diatribes about the complicity of Trump-supporting Republican lawmakers; and various profane name-calling and mockery of Trump voters.

  45. OldOzzie

    Coronavirus Is Killing China’s Factories (And Creating Economic Chaos)

    “Walmart, which essentially forces suppliers to manufacture in China, told consumers to “save money, live better.” Yet how can they live better if store shelves are bare?”

    This looks like the end of China’s central role in global supply chains. A microbe in China—and the response of a totalitarian government—is killing it.

    Americans are angry. “I was on the phone with leaders from several hospitals in New York, and they told me that they had contracts with Chinese companies where they were waiting on things like plastic gloves, masks, all of this stuff where they were on the ships on their way to the U.S., and the Chinese government said ‘no, no, no, no, turn around, we need this stuff,’ ” said Maria Bartiromo on her Fox Business Network show “Mornings with Maria,” on the 19th of this month. “How is anybody going to trust China in terms of keeping up their end of the bargain again in business?”

    The influential television anchor is voicing a concern heard throughout America these days. Peter Navarro, who appeared on her Fox News Channel show on the 23rd, provided more reasons for cutting links with Chinese suppliers. “China put export restrictions on those masks and then nationalized an American factory that produces them there,” said President Donald Trump’s director of trade and manufacturing policy, referring to N95 masks, used for protection against the COVID-19 coronavirus.

    The coronavirus has exposed a critical vulnerability. Americans at the moment are short of N95s. And that is not the only type of mask they need. Factories in China cannot open for, among other reasons, lack of industrial masks, so Beijing has taken steps to keep these Chinese-produced items in country. “Industrial safety masks have been banned from export from China,” Jonathan Bass, the owner of Los Angeles-based PTM Images, told me last week.

    “China has shown us that they will ban the export of masks for the protection of their own people over the protection of all people,” Bass said. “This shows us that America is extremely vulnerable to China’s whim of cutting exports for health-and-safety-related products. What’s next? Pharmaceuticals to save lives? Rare earth metals? Shoes?”

  46. OldOzzie

    Extremely long, and from a Democratic Viewpoint, but an excellent read

    The New Republic – Hate Is on the Ballot

    The hidden dynamic that’s transformed our politics—and will loom large in the 2020 election

    Against this backdrop of roiling cultural upheaval, our politics has remained rigidly binary—and indeed has grown far more brittle over time. Partisans in this culture struggle have sorted themselves ideologically into two parties that are now devolving into bitterly opposed enemy factions in the 1860 model. In 2014, pollsters with the Pew Research Center found that 27 percent of Democrats and 36 percent of Republicans believed their partisan counterparts were a “threat to the well-being of the country.”

    Now, just three years into the Trump era, and a whole new brand of negative partisan division, my survey finds that these indexes have skyrocketed. Seventy-one percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats now regard the opposition party as a force that stokes baleful national decline. In a study of what they call “lethal mass partisanship,” political scientists Nathan P. Kalmoe and Lilliana Mason found that 15 percent of Republicans and 20 percent of Democrats agree that the country would be better off if a large number of opposing partisans in the public today “just died.”

  47. 132andBush

    Cassie of Sydney
    #3336288, posted on February 27, 2020 at 6:31 am

    The Joo hater from Toowoomba and 8th Toilet Block….running a protection racket for each other. You can always judge a person by “their friends”.

    I’m guessing it’s his son.

  48. OldOzzie

    When China Sneezes

    The COVID-19 outbreak has hit at a time of much greater economic vulnerability than in 2003, during the SARS outbreak, and China’s share of world output has more than doubled since then. With other major economies already struggling, the risk of outright global recession in the first half of 2020 seems like a distinct possibility.

  49. Caveman

    Alot to be said about putting all your eggs in one basket. The virus being global shuts down other markets , would have been better if China nuked itself for the preservation of the global community.

  50. OldOzzie

    Thanks Tom,

    Tom Stiglich today although Johannes Leak is good as well

    Reading re rubbish bins in Victoria up thread, not quite sure what the problem is ( we have a good system here in Northern Beaches – Red General waste every week (we stuck with small bin and with 4 Adults and 3 kids cope easily), Yellow – Bottles/Containers and Blue – Paper/Cardboard, both large as standard every second week alternating, and 3 Large Green Bins (2 were free, we purchased extra bin) every 2 weeks.

    Given Mark Knight – https://content.api.news/v3/images/bin/335f032149c38bb5bc268d2c82d8adf0? – I assume, given Mark Knight is a Cartoonist for Herald Sun, Victoria has a Bin Collection Problem?

  51. OldOzzie

    Second Circuit Hands Trump a Huge Win in the Fight Against Sanctuary Cities

    The big prize was the case making its way from the leftist pesthole that is the Southern District of New York to the Second Circuit. Today the Second Circuit handed the Trump administration a resounding victory.

    The 2nd Circuit said the plain language of relevant laws make clear that the U.S. attorney general can impose conditions on states and municipalities receiving money.

    And it noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly observed that the federal government maintains broad power over states when it comes to immigration policies.

    In the past two years, federal appeals courts in Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco have ruled against the federal government by upholding lower-court injunctions placed on the enforcement of some or all of the challenged conditions.

    “While mindful of the respect owed to our sister circuits, we cannot agree that the federal government must be enjoined from imposing the challenged conditions on the federal grants here at issue,” the 2nd Circuit three-judge panel said in a decision written by Judge Reena Raggi.

    “These conditions help the federal government enforce national immigration laws and policies supported by successive Democratic and Republican administrations. But more to the authorization point, they ensure that applicants satisfy particular statutory grant requirements imposed by Congress and subject to Attorney General oversight,” the appeals court said.

  52. calli

    Me, going overboard on planning? Calli said that.

    I don’t recall anything of the kind. Unless it was a stupid pun. Geddit?

    For May, I have bought a squillion purse size sanitiser wipes and the same in surface ones. Plus a very large bottle of liquid to be decanted into little squeezies as and when. I will also be taking a precautionary course of antibiotics for any bacterial infections and the usual medical pack for all forseeable ailments and injuries.

    I think I’ll leave the collapsable crutches at home this time. 😁

  53. OldOzzie

    On the Economic Rise of China, Part IX

    The impeachment farce, the chaos in the Democrat primaries, and the spread of the coronavirus have taken our eyes off the ball of the real long-term threat to the US posed by The People’s Republic of China. Although the ChiComs are sustaining body blows to their economy thanks to their mismanagement of the coronavirus, they still invest heavily in military modernization and overseas. China represents an existential threat to the national security of the US in terms of growth of military capabilities but more importantly in the economic realm as they pursue their “Made in China 2025” and Belt-Road initiatives at home and abroad.

    The purpose of this series is to present the contents of one of those reports in “bite-sized chunks” that are more easily digestible in order to convey a better understanding of the Chinese economy and its long-term challenges to the US and the world.

    Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, and VIII can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

  54. OldOzzie

    Obama Social Engineering Policies Continue to Wreck the Military

    Many of us retired military officers viewed the US Marine Corps as the last bastion of commonsense against the destructive personnel policies and social engineering foisted on the US military for eight long years.

    Apparently, that last bastion has been overwhelmed without a shot being fired if this announcement by the USMC Commandant is any indication:

    Top Marine says ‘immediate execution’ items include more gender integration, smarter grunts and changes to parental leave for adoptive, same-sex parents

  55. Bruce of Newcastle

    Rowe

    I thought it was verboten to call a journalist “ape”?
    A Canberra journalist too!
    Given the diverse nature of the ABC surely someone will call Soupy at the HRC to complain.

  56. OldOzzie

    Ted Cruz Takes a Sledgehammer to Sotomayor’s Dissent and Comes Up with a Fitting Metaphor

    He said:

    If you look at the facts of what’s happening with nationwide injunctions, I think it will explain why the DOJ has had to ask the Supreme Court to intervene over and over and over again.

    Nearly one-third of the nationwide injunctions issued against the Trump Administration have come from courts in the state of California. Two-thirds of the states, their district courts have issued a total of zero nationwide injunctions. So you have a handful of courts that are driving this problem.

    Cruz offered some perspective by comparing the number of nationwide injunctions issued during previous administrations:

    12 issued in 8 years of Bush Administration (1.5 per year)

    19 issued in 8 years of Obama Administration (2.4 per year)

    55 issued in 3 years of Trump Administration (18.3 per year)

  57. Bruce of Newcastle

    Some fun headlines in the Oz this morning:

    Rugby union up for sale: raiders move in

    The Rugby Championship and Super Rugby could end up partially in private hands as private equity ventures circle

    Sport to feel Nine’s $100m in cuts

    Nine Entertainment has outlined plans for $100m in cost cuts from its free-to-air broadcast business.

    Celebrity abroad, Jacinda Ardern labours at home

    Why is the image abroad so far removed from the reality at home for Jacinda Ardern, the unlikely Prime Minister of New Zealand?

    Who knew wokeness wasn’t popular with the punters? Or that few people watch wymminses sport?

  58. Farmer Gez

    The definition of silence: refugee advocates in a corona world.

  59. Porter

    The definition of silence: refugee advocates in a corona world.

    Gez wins the interwebs today.

  60. Diogenes

    Nine Entertainment has outlined plans for $100m in cost cuts from its free-to-air broadcast business.

    With 7 also in deep doodoo as well is finding its cricket and other sporting contracts “onerous” and I wonder what will happen to the millions paid for the Ulimpics (the way every bastard on the network pronounces it) should they be cancelled.

    Sporting administrators of all codes of ball kicking, hitting and throwing should be nervous, but I am sure Uncle ScoMo will step in

  61. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Football great Graham “Polly” Farmer has become the first Australian rules player to be ­diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy — the crippling neurological disorder caused by repeated head knocks.’

    Read this late last night and thought ‘shit, I thought Polly Farmer was already dead.’

    I wasn’t falling for this Roger Moore nonsense again.

  62. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘The definition of silence: refugee advocates in a corona world.’

    Damn straight.

    Ian Rintoul? Sea-Patrol? Where art thou?

  63. Mother Lode

    Coronavirus For All: Dems’ Plans Would Make Us Sick

    The myth that needs to be struck down is the idea that people without insurance are left to die in the streets – as I recall that was the argument being used to bring in Obamacare. Like all the ‘safety’ arguments for more government control here anyone opposing is morally equivalent to a murderer.

  64. Old School Conservative

    The latest in Fox Sports war against Rugby Australia:

    The man who unearthed the most sought-after teenager in Australian sport – South Sydney junior Joseph Suaalii – has launched a blistering attack on Rugby Australia and leapt to the defence of breakfast radio king Alan Jones.
    Sydney art dealer and Rabbitohs junior Steve Nasteski has labelled RA boss Raelene Castle “delusional” and “desperate” over the Wallabies’ repeated attempts to land the signature of South Sydney’s emerging superstar.

  65. Cassie of Sydney

    “Nine Entertainment has outlined plans for $100m in cost cuts from its free-to-air broadcast business.”

    Meanwhile their ABC sucks up taxpayer funds.

  66. Some History

    LOL

    The “Breakfast Club”
    AOC got together with some “knowers” – Angela Yee, DJ Envy, Charlemagne tha God.

    Some great insights from AOC, e.g., “If you’re attacking a person personally”.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Trump ‘Is Scared’ to Attack Me in Person

    Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said on the nationally syndicated radio morning show “The Breakfast Club” that President Donald Trump is “scared” of her.
    When asked about the supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders called Bernie Bros, she said, “The thing about the internet is it just puts dehumanization on hyperspeed. And we see that all the way from our schools up to adults. It’s just too easy now for a kid to drop a comment for a person to drop a comment that they would ever say in real life.”
    Co-host Angela Yee said, “You experience that a lot.”
    Co-host DJ Envy said, “Like with the president. The president threw some shots at you that I think he would never say to your face.”
    Ocasio-Cortez said, “Oh no, he would not.”
    Co-host Charlamagne tha God said, “He called you a whack job.”
    Ocasio-Cortez said, “Yeah, he never would, like, keep that same energy when he meets me.”
    Charlamagne tha God said, “Keep that same energy when you see me, Donald!”
    Ocasio-Cortez “Exactly!”
    Yee said, “I think it’s a compliment when Donald Trump doesn’t like you. It’s like, I’m doing something right.”
    Ocasio-Cortez “Yeah. Well, I mean, I think he’s scared. I think he is scared.”

    https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/02/25/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-trump-is-scared-to-attack-me-in-person/

    The Breakfast Club must be what they hit each other over the head with.

  67. Farmer Gez

    It’ll be interesting to see how devoted the young mummies are to their kids when corona gets here and the ‘disease factories’ called childcare centres become a positive menace to child health.
    There’ll be crying but it won’t be the kids.

  68. Mother Lode

    I’m guessing it’s his son.

    *shudder*

  69. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘It’ll be interesting to see how devoted the young mummies are to their kids when corona gets here’

    Watch for the ‘unfair disempowerment’ opinion pieces, themselves written by bored housewives with nominal jobs only, because they would then be compelled to stay at home to stop the kiddies setting themselves on fire or wandering into traffic.

    If they were truly egalitarian they could well demand that hubby stays home instead, but that would of course mean some belt-tightening in terms of doily collections and subscriptions to MAFS blogs.

  70. OldOzzie

    House Democrats Argue Against Diverting Ebola Funding to Coronavirus Response

    Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Subcommittee told Azar that they didn’t appreciate that part of the proposal. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the chairwoman, said that shifting the funds would be akin to “robbing funding for other emergency activities to pay for this emergency.”

    On a Definition of “Ugly” – Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the chairwoman comes close to being a winner!

  71. Mother Lode

    Sporting administrators of all codes of ball kicking, hitting and throwing should be nervous, but I am sure Uncle ScoMo will step in

    Yes, the fact that they have the public is turning away in droves will not be taken as showing that what they offering is not wanted, but as a reason to tip in dumptrucks full of taxpayer’s money to help them stay unwanted but solvent.

  72. Knuckle Dragger

    Well,

    To be fair and in the AFL context, wrapping male and ‘female’ players alike in six inches of bubble wrap might just level the playing field somewhat.

    Don’t think they haven’t thought about it.

  73. OldOzzie

    Miami-Based Cruise Ship Denied Entry in 2 Countries Over Coronavirus Fears

    The Cayman Islands confirmed that it didn’t allow the MSC Meraviglia to dock in Georgetown on Wednesday after ship officials announced someone on board had influenza-like symptoms. The ship had left Miami to Jamaica, which also denied the ship to port.

    Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness said it was told that a crew member reported influenza-like symptoms and subsequently blocked the ship from entry.

  74. Bruce of Newcastle

    It’ll be interesting to see how devoted the young mummies are to their kids when corona gets here and the ‘disease factories’ called childcare centres become a positive menace to child health.

    What, like this?

    Prince George and Princess Charlotte school in coronavirus scare – 4 students in isolation

    The affected students at Thomas’s Battersea were said to have returned from a skiing trip in Italy. Four children have been quarantined. It comes as Britain has been hit by coronavirus fears with dozens of schools affected. Archbishop Temple School in Preston, Lancs, Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough; Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst, Birmingham; Lime Academy Watergall in Bretton, Peterborough were among those which closed down.

    At least 15 schools were closed and more than 26 others sent pupils home or ordered students to remain in quarantine for 14 days.

    Despite calls from Health Secretary Matt Hancock for classrooms to remain open, headteachers took urgent action.

    Poor Liz has had enough on her plate in the last year, now there’s a chance the heirs are infected with bat soup disease.

  75. Up The Workers!

    To Calli, at 8.04am:

    “Is Roger Moore dead?”

    For his sake, I bloody hope so.

    They buried the bastard 3 years ago, and he’d be pretty pissed off in that box by now if he isn’t!

  76. Mother Lode

    Why is the image abroad so far removed from the reality at home for Jacinda Ardern, the unlikely Prime Minister of New Zealand?

    Like AGW where the real costs and burden of ‘combating’ the weather is always cast as nugatory (KRudd telling us it would cost $1 per Australian per year) or how the imposts would fall on other people – the people everyone is happy to punish: Kulaks Jooz Da Rich.

    People are happy to see virtue being done as long as it does not interfere with their own goings on.

    Hence, people overseas see Jacinda as an airborne spirit of wokedom, whose plenteously shed flakes of skin are glistening pixie dust, and from whose mouth issues a steady harmonious flow of unicorn farts.

    The people in NZ who actually bear the brunt of her dimwit ideas see it differently.

  77. Up The Workers!

    To Motherlode at 8.27am:

    “Sporting administrators of all codes of ball kicking, hitting and throwing should be nervous, but I am sure Uncle ScoMo will step in”

    So that’s what’s been missing from the Australian Womens’ Football Underachievers’ League (A.W.F.U.L.); – there is a severe deficiency of balls.

    As for ScoMo, happy-clapping might be welcomed on the sidelines, but is of bugger-all value on the field.

  78. Bruce of Newcastle

    Frydenberg calls out the Right.

    Ah so when is Frydenberg going to call out left wing extremism, like this:

    Antifa Extremists Blockade Major Passenger Railway Line, Force Toronto Cancellations (25 Feb)

    Or mu slim extremism like in the following story:

    A message from Abdi Nur (26 Feb)

    My name is Abdihakin Osman Nur and I live in Minneapolis Minnesota. I am an American citizen. I am the person who spoke to the media and said that Ilhan Omar married her brother and made legal papers for him to stay in America.

    Since that day I have received veiled threats about my safety, insults online and threats of a set-up in which to have me locked up. I have had fake complaints to try and shut my Facebook [page] down. They have also told a media personality on YouTube to threaten me and she did so live on a YouTube video.

    I would like to inform the public and the government of the USA. If anything were to happen to me and my safety that Ilhan Omar and her team will be responsible. I also ask for the support of the American people in case I’m set up or something happens to me because I have talked.

    The guy’s in a wheelchair, so he has little chance if Omar’s thugs come after him.

  79. Mother Lode

    On a Definition of “Ugly” – Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the chairwoman comes close to being a winner!

    Try to imagine the disaster area that would have to be in her head to look in the mirror in the morning and say, “Yes. I think this goes together well. And creates the impression I want.”

  80. It’ll be interesting to see how devoted the young mummies are to their kids when corona gets here and the ‘disease factories’ called childcare centres become a positive menace to child health.

    Thankfully, and amazingly, children appear to be the least affected group in the R0 of COVID19.

    But attention may one day turn to the very high rate of Anxiety and Attachment disorders amongst teenagers and even sub-teens. In consulting rooms the question of Long Day Care for infants of working mothers is raised by the psychiatric profession- but rarely by the media. Nor are professionals game enough to raise the issue in professional publications. Such is the strength of the Womens Movement today.

  81. OldOzzie

    Wuhan Virus Watch: Rod Rosenstein’s Sister Gins Up Fear With Her CDC Statement

    HHS Secretary Alex Azar gave a much calmer, more reasoned, and likely more factual risk assessment.

  82. cohenite

    Both left and right want to destroy the “elite”, the globalists, the neoliberals, the media and every one else who has sold us out.

    Partially right. Bernie wants to replace them with his elite and expand them. I’m willing to concede that he is a true believer, although his level of hypocrisy, being a multi-millionaire and all, is grotesque, so maybe his belief is just convenience. But Bernie is a true marixist; great evil will follow his election and the fact he is where he is because of 2 things: leftism infiltrating the education system and brainwashing generations; and the msm which is going to get its arse bitten hard if Bernie does get in.

    The existing swamp are just mercenary with no ideological base except self-interest.

  83. cohenite

    Great toons Tom. The cartoonists are going to have great fun with Bernie.

  84. OldOzzie

    Across the country, rural communities want to secede from their states. Here’s why.

    Americans outside of urban centers feel as though they have no voice. They want to reclaim their agency.

    The desire for secession spans across our nation

    This phenomenon isn’t new — I wrote an article about it for the Notre Dame Law Review over a year ago — but it seems to be gathering steam. The reason it’s gathering steam is the same reason why most secession movements, including the American break with Great Britain in 1776, gain steam: the belief that the people who want to leave are being treated badly and callously by rulers over whom they have little or no influence. It’s not just “taxation without representation,” but also, “regulation without representation.” And a general sense of being held in contempt.

  85. Cassie of Sydney

    “1735099
    #3336341, posted on February 27, 2020 at 8:30 am
    Frydenberg calls out the Right.”

    Anyone recall the racist Turd calling out Muesli anti-Semitism? Their “supposed” holy book is riddled with Jooo hating and Jooo baiting. Go into any mosque in western Sydney on a Friday and you will hear the most blood curdling Joooo hatred…the kind of Joooo hatred that would put the motley white supremacist living in the burbs to shame.
    Anyone recall the racist Turd calling out leftist anti-Semitism?
    Anyone recall the racist Turd calling out Corbyn?
    Anyone recall the racist Turd calling out and denouncing the very racist BDS?
    Anyone recall the racist Turd decrying the fact that all Jooooish institutions in this country require massive security….and whilst probably about twenty percent of that need is from the “far-right”…the other eighty percent his from his own ideological side and from that religion that he is so enamoured with.

    But of course not…doesn’t suit or fit his narrative. I don’t call him a Jooo hating racist for nothing. And I will call him out for his venal hypocrisy.

  86. OldOzzie

    Pelosi says she’d be comfortable with Sanders at top of ticket

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said she would be comfortable with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as the Democratic presidential nominee in November.

    The congresswoman was asked the question as she was leaving a closed-door meeting in the House basement Wednesday morning.

    She replied with one word: “Yes.”

    Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday also suggested that he would be comfortable with the Vermont senator as his party’s nominee.

  87. stackja

    Coronavirus and travel insurance: Will Australian travel insurance cover you?
    Josh Dye

    ​The outbreak of coronavirus has caused panic across the world, particularly in China, as health authorities rush to halt its spread. By Friday afternoon, more than 200 people had died and with 7834 confirmed cases of the virus around the world.

    But for travellers there is another dimension: travel insurance. Specifically, are you covered if your holiday is disrupted? Or worse, what if you contract the disease overseas?

    The coronavirus outbreak would not be considered ‘unforeseeable

    Some airlines have cancelled all flights to and from China, while others such as Qantas are continuing to fly there. The Australian government’s travel advice for China is to “reconsider your need to travel”. It also declares Wuhan and the entire Hubei province a no-go zone.

    Are you covered?

    Travel insurance policies are renowned for being full of confusing legal language, plus there’s so much variation between policies it is difficult to compare them directly. The best advice is to check with your insurer to be sure.

    Many travel insurance policies have broad exclusions for certain events such as health pandemics, pre-existing medical conditions and acts of terrorism.

    For those that do include cover for pandemics, one of the confusing things is that different insurers each declare different dates when the pandemic became “known“. In other words, any cover purchased beyond that point would not cover coronavirus-related claims.

    Insurance Council of Australia communications manager Lisa Kable said each insurer’s policies are different and each has their own inclusions and exclusions.

    “There are so many nuances on this,” Ms Kable said. “You’ve got people who are over there who may want to cancel the rest of their trip, you’ve got people who are planning on going who have bought their insurance, and those who would like to travel but haven’t yet bought insurance.”

    Stay in Australia and hope.

  88. stackja

    OldOzzie
    #3336362, posted on February 27, 2020 at 9:04 am
    Across the country, rural communities want to secede from their states. Here’s why.

    Americans outside of urban centers feel as though they have no voice. They want to reclaim their agency.

    Same here. Urban voters only knew about drought when dust storms arrived. The same for fires, only when fire smoke arrived.

  89. Mother Lode

    Why is anyone surprised by Friesandburger doing this.

    The left are in a constant state of ‘calling out’ the right, partly to distract from their unending stream of abysmal intellectual, moral, and practical failure, and partly to obscure the allure of free and prosperous societies.

  90. OldOzzie

    Nuclear energy is hardly an option — it’s a must

    CORY BERNARDI

    Arguably the worst government contract in Australia’s history was entered into for shameless polit­ical expediency.

    In an attempt to prop up the re-election prospects of former Liberal­ minister Christopher Pyne, the Turnbull government inked a deal that undermined our defence capabil­ity while also guaranteeing an ­explosion in defence spending.

    This egregious combination of pork-barrelling, budget blowouts, dumb defence decisions and ministeria­l incompetence is not a rarity in modern politics but it has never been seen on the scale of the decision to award Australia’s new submarine contract to the French defence contractors.

    Only the vainglorious could believe that redesigning a nuclear submarine to use diesel power would deliver the outcomes Aust­ralia needs from its future submarine fleet. In fact, it’s difficult to see how any diesel-powered submarines could really fulfil our national requirements. They are ideal for shallow-water stealth missions but lack the long-term surveillance and strategic capability of the nuclear vessels.

    However, the diesel v nuclear option wasn’t even a consideration because of a more enduring political stupidity than ministerial boondoggles. The decision to prohibit the development of a nuclear industry in Australia, on the basis of multi-decade alarmist claptrap, has cost this country dearly.

    While not wishing to appease climate-change catastrophists, the only viable response to their demands for carbon dioxide abate­ment while maintaining our standard of living is nuclear power. That this successful, safe and proven option is not counten­anced by the green lobby demonstrates how its alarmism is as fake as its save-the-world rhetoric.

    An Australian nuclear industry would serve our country in myriad ways. Most obviously, it would open up the opportunity for emissions-free baseload power using one of our most abundant res­ources. In coastal areas, the cooling process could be coupled to a desalinatio­n plant that would provide almost limitless fresh water for irrigation or potable use.

    The irrigation potential of such a process could transform vast swaths of our arid regions, enab­ling­ higher-value crops to ­replace dryland farming commodities.

    There are 440 nuclear power reactors worldwide, generating about 10 per cent of the world’s electricity. They are the second largest source of low-carbon power, operational in 30 countries worldwide but exporting electric­ity to many more.

    Many of these countries depend on Australia’s mined uranium to operate but it is an advantage our political class denies to its own citizenry.

    Australia’s known uranium resource­s are the world’s largest and comprise about a quarter of our energy exports, yet we are unabl­e to use them for domes­tic benefit, with the single exemption of a multipurpose reactor located in the Sydney suburb of Lucas Heights.

    While Australia’s 20-megawatt Open Pool Australian Lightwater reactor is used primarily for medical, scientific and research purposes, its suburban locale ­demonstrates how the green-­inspired fictional horror of a ­nuclear industry is more political expediency than lived reality.

    However, it is this fictionalised nuclear horror story that has seen successive governments unprepared to embrace the unbridled potential that nuclear offers. Our leading scientists have told me that modern nuclear technology is safer than most comparable ­options, irrespective of the claimed climate benefits.

    Nuclear critics often cite the storage and processing of waste as a deal-breaker for nuclear power, but they conveniently ignore the capacity of countries with less political and geological stability than Australia to manage and profit from the exact same process.

    Few turn away from prestigious French wines or France’s lucrative tourism industry because that country generates 75 per cent of its power through nuclear fission, while also storing and processing nuclear waste.

    The same can be said of many other countries where governments have had the temerity to take on the hypocritical green lobby and its regressive anti-human stance. Unfortunately, this political cowardice doesn’t just affect our power potential. It now has had a demonstrable impact on our national­ defence capability as regards the Turnbull submarine contract.

    Rather than acknowledge the respective benefits that nuclear and diesel submarines offer, we have embraced the worst of both worlds by requisitioning a nuclear sub powered by diesel engines simply because political cowardice won’t support the development of a nuclear industry here.

    If it weren’t for this political intransigen­ce, we could be ready to build German or Japanese-­designed diesel submarines in Australia while strengthening our relationship with the US through commissioning its nuclear boats for our domestic use.

    The end result will be billions in wasted dollars, decades of delay and a shameful compromising of our national defence capability.

    Australia’s determination not to embrace the economic, defence­, environmental and research­ potential that a nuclear industry offers marks the greatest political failure of the past two decades. It has cost our nation ­significant global investment and scientific advances through collabor­ation on new nuclear technologies.

    Nowhere is this better demonstrated than the worst defence contract in the history of the natio­n. If it does nothing else in the national interest, the Morrison government would be wise to tear up the existing submarine contract and push the parliament to end the moratorium on a nuclea­r industry in Australia.

    Cory Bernardi was a senator for South Australia from 2006 to this year.

  91. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Lizzie – Me, going overboard on planning? Calli said that.

    Calli – I don’t recall anything of the kind

    Onya, Calli. I forgot the question mark. I certainly had no recall of you saying I was ‘going overboard’.
    In fact, I could only remember you detailing the purchase of large hand santizers to refill the smaller ones, which I have also done.

    Youse are welcome to borrow my little fan if you want for when you decide to open the balcony doors and turn off the aircon. It takes up virtually no room in the suitcase unlike the wider round type of small desk fan. I’ll let you know if it proved useful. They’ll probably confiscate it on the ship as a fire hazard, I know their type, but it may still be useful for hotels. 🙂

    The aircon on cruise ships and in hotels is a worry re aerosol transfer in spite of assurances re close contact and surface spread being the main transfers, and I would like some more technical info on it, such as that we get for planes, where it is marginally comforting to know they have special mostly anti-bacterial filters in place. Does the aircon in ships and hotels have large cooling towers and how often are they disinfected, for instance? Do they have protocols on this, and have they changed at all recently?

    Soon some recommendations are going to have to be made for those caught up in planes, ships and buildings where infection has been found. Best to isolate and remove the infected and let others just carry on or even go home to self-isolate imho. Isolation in infected aircon simply makes the problem worse. Diamond Princess has been very instructive re that. We’ll see in the next two weeks what is happening; a slow roll up a long relatively flat epidemic curve due to locational patching I hope will still be the pattern by the time we go, not a Wuhan style curve. By May, it will probably be community-based and people and authorities will stop trying extreme ‘containment’ measures, and just use simple ultra-hygiene and cancelling of crowds as the best defense. A yes/no immediate and available viral testing kit would be helpful in disbursing passengers and patrons out of contained systems. Eventually, a vaccine.

    Meantime, I am due an arvo immunity nap as I woke early but got to bed too late. 🙂

    Any aircon engineers here with more information?

  92. OldOzzie

    Public servant gobbledygook explains $72,000 taxpayer bill

    Alice Workman
    Strewth Editor

    Scott Morrison’s department is using $72,000 of taxpayer funds to hire a New Zealand consultant living in Italy, for seven months’ worth of “strategic advice and review services”. According to a tender on the government’s website, Sally Washington from Washington Emerson Consulting won a Prime Minister and Cabinet contract for November 18 last year to June 28 this year. So, what exactly does she get paid to do and why does she do it from Rome? Last year Washington told NZ radio she was living in Italy on a “middle-age gap year”. But when Strewth sent through a series of questions, a spokesman for PM&C cited commercial-in-confidence and would only say: “The contract covers advice and expertise only — no travel or living expenses.” Washington was hired after a “limited tender procurement method” because “suppliers with skills to support the specialist advice required weren’t available through any existing commonwealth panel arrangement”. PM&C insists she reports directly to it and has no interaction with Morrison’s office. “Services delivered to date include peer review of draft project materials, advice on the draft work program, and reflections from relevant experience and learnings from the NZ Policy Project”. That’s all public servant gobbledygook to us, so we did some digging of our own. Washington worked in the Kiwi version of PM&C from 2014 to 2017. According to her LinkedIn, recent projects include a “report for the OECD on the roles and functions of offices of prime ministers”; gender analysis; public sector reform advice; and “critical friend” peer reviews. In a Q&A video posted to PM&C’s YouTube page on December 19 that has been viewed 21 times and looks suspiciously like it was filmed in Canberra, not Rome, Washington is described as a “global policy guru”. Proof-reading obviously is not part of the $72K service, as we spotted: “What changes do you suggest support policy advisers deliver better outcomes?” What was Washington’s top tip? “Be experimental, try stuff, if it fails it doesn’t matter, and, um, I think actually that’s how we should approach our role as advisers to Ministers as well.”

    Monkey business

    Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt is pro monkey polygamy, it turns out! Three baboons (one 15-year-old male and two females) bolted from Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred hospital ahead of a vasectomy on Tuesday and went on the run. “He cut loose before the big cut,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard joked about the ballsy escape. The state minister said the snip was to prevent breeding issues at the Wallacia research colony, an hour’s drive out of Sydney, and he rubbished claims from activists that the animals were being used for tests into human-baboon hybrid organs to address the transplant crisis. Hazzard tweeted: “Baboon Snippet update: Male baboon’s vasectomy delayed (until Thursday). All 3 well & resting. Breakfasted on bananas, capsicum, apple & bread after big day out. The tripping trio will rejoin their family (4 other females) post op tomorrow.” When asked about the baboon and his six wives on Wednesday, Minister for Monkey Love Hunt said: “I have to say, my heart was with the baboons … They operated as a modern relationship and I’m fine with that.” Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi attempted to move a Senate motion that “wishes the baboons well”, but our favourite contributions came from Labor. Richard Marles accused the Prime Minister in question time of being “more nervous than a baboon in Camperdown!” and Jim Chalmers said Josh Frydenberg’s budget bluster had “all of the coherence of a Sydney baboon rampage”.

    Eastern bloc

    Liberal MP Dave Sharma would like you to know that he has never given money to GetUp. The member for Wentworth has been inundated with correspondence since he sarcastically tweeted a link to this paper’s exclusive that the left-leaning group spent more than 70 per cent of the $12.4m raised in donations last year on staff salaries and admin. “Sad,” Sharma posted with a crying face emoji. “That’s the last time I donate to Get Up for a while.” One outraged punter emailed Sharma: “I do hope your tweet was a mistake and a typo and not the truth. If a Liberal MP has ever donated to or support Get Up, you should just resign!” Another accused him of being “another Green invader” like predecessor Malcolm Turnbull.

    Silence of the lamps

    The lights went out in parliament twice as Labor MP Julian Hill attempted to shame the government over its silence on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. “I note that (pause) we’ve had a power failure,” he said. “They’re silencing me! They’ve hacked the parliament!”

  93. OldOzzie

    Public servant gobbledygook explains $72,000 taxpayer bill

    Alice Workman
    Strewth Editor

    Scott Morrison’s department is using $72,000 of taxpayer funds to hire a New Zealand consultant living in Italy, for seven months’ worth of “strategic advice and review services”. According to a tender on the government’s website, Sally Washington from Washington Emerson Consulting won a Prime Minister and Cabinet contract for November 18 last year to June 28 this year. So, what exactly does she get paid to do and why does she do it from Rome? Last year Washington told NZ radio she was living in Italy on a “middle-age gap year”. But when Strewth sent through a series of questions, a spokesman for PM&C cited commercial-in-confidence and would only say: “The contract covers advice and expertise only — no travel or living expenses.” Washington was hired after a “limited tender procurement method” because “suppliers with skills to support the specialist advice required weren’t available through any existing commonwealth panel arrangement”. PM&C insists she reports directly to it and has no interaction with Morrison’s office. “Services delivered to date include peer review of draft project materials, advice on the draft work program, and reflections from relevant experience and learnings from the NZ Policy Project”. That’s all public servant gobbledygook to us, so we did some digging of our own. Washington worked in the Kiwi version of PM&C from 2014 to 2017. According to her LinkedIn, recent projects include a “report for the OECD on the roles and functions of offices of prime ministers”; gender analysis; public sector reform advice; and “critical friend” peer reviews. In a Q&A video posted to PM&C’s YouTube page on December 19 that has been viewed 21 times and looks suspiciously like it was filmed in Canberra, not Rome, Washington is described as a “global policy guru”. Proof-reading obviously is not part of the $72K service, as we spotted: “What changes do you suggest support policy advisers deliver better outcomes?” What was Washington’s top tip? “Be experimental, try stuff, if it fails it doesn’t matter, and, um, I think actually that’s how we should approach our role as advisers to Ministers as well.”

    Monkey business

    Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt is pro monkey polygamy, it turns out! Three baboons (one 15-year-old male and two females) bolted from Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred hospital ahead of a vasectomy on Tuesday and went on the run. “He cut loose before the big cut,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard joked about the b*llsy escape. The state minister said the snip was to prevent breeding issues at the Wallacia research colony, an hour’s drive out of Sydney, and he rubbished claims from activists that the animals were being used for tests into human-baboon hybrid organs to address the transplant crisis. Hazzard tweeted: “Baboon Snippet update: Male baboon’s vasectomy delayed (until Thursday). All 3 well & resting. Breakfasted on bananas, capsicum, apple & bread after big day out. The tripping trio will rejoin their family (4 other females) post op tomorrow.” When asked about the baboon and his six wives on Wednesday, Minister for Monkey Love Hunt said: “I have to say, my heart was with the baboons … They operated as a modern relationship and I’m fine with that.” Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi attempted to move a Senate motion that “wishes the baboons well”, but our favourite contributions came from Labor. Richard Marles accused the Prime Minister in question time of being “more nervous than a baboon in Camperdown!” and Jim Chalmers said Josh Frydenberg’s budget bluster had “all of the coherence of a Sydney baboon rampage”.

    Eastern bloc

    Liberal MP Dave Sharma would like you to know that he has never given money to GetUp. The member for Wentworth has been inundated with correspondence since he sarcastically tweeted a link to this paper’s exclusive that the left-leaning group spent more than 70 per cent of the $12.4m raised in donations last year on staff salaries and admin. “Sad,” Sharma posted with a crying face emoji. “That’s the last time I donate to Get Up for a while.” One outraged punter emailed Sharma: “I do hope your tweet was a mistake and a typo and not the truth. If a Liberal MP has ever donated to or support Get Up, you should just resign!” Another accused him of being “another Green invader” like predecessor Malcolm Turnbull.

    Silence of the lamps

    The lights went out in parliament twice as Labor MP Julian Hill attempted to shame the government over its silence on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. “I note that (pause) we’ve had a power failure,” he said. “They’re silencing me! They’ve hacked the parliament!”

  94. OldOzzie

    apologies for dupe post, thought “ballsy” has blocked

  95. OldOzzie

    apologies for dupe post, thought “b*llsy” had blocked

  96. Snoopy

    Apart from David Speers and Andrew Probyn, has the ABC recruited any males in the last 5 years?

  97. OldOzzie

    Interesting re the above dupe – “the word that shall not be mentioned”, must create a loop off to the spaminator where it sits being evaluated and after cogitating finally decides to accept and spit out – quite a fair time, as I always wait and double check through second browser

    Note to self – allow 10 Mins for Spaminator to accept or reject.

  98. areff

    has the ABC recruited any males in the last 5 years?

    Well, sort of: Benjamin Law, who then got boyfriend Sandy Spark onto the payroll.

  99. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The link between eating meat and having a healthy immune system.

    Bad news for bugmen vegans. But we knew that already, especially those unhealthy-looking pale frail earnest cardigan-wearing ones.

  100. Bruce of Newcastle

    Tall story time.

    Rouhani: Iran to Make Thousands of Homemade Coronavirus Testing Kits (26 Feb)

    The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, announced on Wednesday that the country is preparing to manufacture “hundreds of thousands” of an Iranian version of the testing kit to confirm cases of Chinese coronavirus.

    Iran claimed this week to have invented a new testing kit independent of China, where the virus originated, that it has been using to confirm if individuals with symptoms of viral infection are indeed carrying it.

    Maybe they stuck labels saying “Bat Virus Detector” onto those Iraqi bomb detection widgets – you know the fake ones which are produced from “repurposed (also fake) golf ball detectors”.

  101. Eyrie

    https://thefederalist.com/2018/09/11/read-pile-top-nazis-talking-love-leftist-marxism/
    “They believe the free market has failed to solve issues like campaign finance, income inequality, minimum wage, access to health care, and righting past injustices. These people talk about “democracy”—the method of collective decisions.
    These Definitions Put Nazis Firmly on the Left

    By these definitions, the Nazis were firmly on the left. National Socialism was a collectivist authoritarian movement run by “social justice warriors.” This brand of “justice” benefited only some based on immutable characteristics, which perfectly aligns with the modern brand. The Nazi ideal embraced identity politics based on the primacy of the people, or volk, and invoked state-based solutions for every possible problem. It was nation-based socialism—the nation being especially important to those who bled in the Great War.”

    Also: https://reason.com/2007/08/15/hitlers-handouts/

    via Instapundit this morning

  102. Some History

    … infected with bat soup disease.

    Alphabat soup.

  103. OldOzzie

    Michael Bloomberg And His Rent-An-AG Program

    The power and voice of a State ought not be for sale—but billionaire Michael Bloomberg in 2017 started a grant program to try to at least rent it through the states’ attorneys general. As Ohio prepares for its primary election March 17, Mr. Bloomberg’s ethically cloudy initiative ought to raise some questions about how deeply—and whether—he considers ethical questions regarding the use of public power.

    The program hires two-year legal fellows through New York University School of Law to litigate for Mr. Bloomberg’s favored environmental policies. The next step is where the problem comes in: These lawyers then work in the offices of state attorneys general working on those cases. Public reports indicate there are at least 14 of these fellows, working in nine states and the District of Columbia, funded by a $6 million grant from the former New York City mayor.

    It’s not the subject matter of the litigation that is the problem, it is the private financing of the exercise of government power.

  104. Top Ender

    Old Ozzie, which “the word that shall not be mentioned” are you talking about?

    (I too have been frustrated by mysterious refusals to post material…)

  105. Leigh Lowe

    With 7 also in deep doodoo as well is finding its cricket and other sporting contracts “onerous” and I wonder what will happen to the millions paid for the Ulimpics (the way every bastard on the network pronounces it) should they be cancelled.

    Sporting administrators of all codes of ball kicking, hitting and throwing should be nervous, but I am sure Uncle ScoMo will step in

    Along with Channel Nein looking to pull $100 meg out of costs, free-to-air looks pretty sick.
    Both AFL and NRL have approached their broadcasters looking to “roll-over” existing broadcast deals. No increase … just more of the same. Both networks knocked back rollover proposals.
    This tells me a lot about the Pavosaurus’s plan to take Rugby Australia broadcast rights to tender and score a big win … she’s dreamin’.

  106. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Liberal MP Dave Sharma would like you to know that he has never given money to GetUp. The member for Wentworth has been inundated with correspondence since he sarcastically tweeted a link to this paper’s exclusive that the left-leaning group spent more than 70 per cent of the $12.4m raised in donations last year on staff salaries and admin.

    Is it too much to hope that this might make Sharma a little more aware that many of the voters in Wentworth do not appreciate supporting candidates who represent the worst of the climate scam? Perhaps he could review and revise his own views on the non-existent ‘global emergency’ and turn his thoughts more to the real one – how are the aged citizens of Wentworth going to deal with the Corona virus when it hits? How are the major hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and other institutions in Wentworth going to deal with this virus?

  107. OldOzzie

    Never waste a crisis to get economic game in order

    The Australian Editorial

    Treasurers can say the dopiest things. For sheer foolhardiness in the arena it would be hard to beat former Labor custodian Wayne Swan’s opening line on budget night 2012: “The four years of surpluses I announce tonight”. An ocean of red ink flowed for years. The porch light is still on for Swanny’s surplus to find its way home. Last April, Josh Frydenberg declared “the budget is back in the black and Australia is back on track”. We shall soon see whether the Treasurer got ahead of himself. Treasurers-in-waiting are not immune from sloppy talk either. Not long ago, Labor’s Jim Chalmers was claiming the economy was busted and the Morrison government needed to get over its surplus fixation and to spend. Now, after the bushfires and the coronavirus outbreak, Labor’s Treasury spokesman is a stickler for fiscal rectitude, surpluses and debt reduction.

    Given the budget update’s cautious coal and iron ore price forecasts, a lower dollar, low interest rates and solid employment growth, a surplus may yet materialise. The budget is essentially in balance, a reasonable fiscal starting position if things turn for the worse. The virus outbreak is a shock to the real economy and confidence levels, from consumers to financial markets. The spending slump is being felt in tourism and education as the February 1 ban on travellers from China bites hard. With supply chains disrupted, construction, manufacturing, agriculture and retail are also experiencing difficulties. The ensuing uncertainty from the spread of COVID-19 has wiped $129bn off our stockmarket in the past three days.

    The severe acute respiratory syndrome episode in 2003 can give us only a partial sense of the expected economic fallout. The good news is the rebound in China’s economy post-SARS meant we barely missed a beat after Beijing pumped up the fiscal stimulus. But China’s economy is four times larger now and enmeshed in the global trading system. The fallout is likely to be much worse, especially for us, given one-third of our exports go to China. Australia could experience negative GDP growth — that is, a fall in national output — this quarter, as well as a drop in the three months to December last year. International Monetary Fund economists pared back global GDP this year from 3.3 per cent to 3.2 per cent. Mr Frydenberg says the message from Treasury is the impact of COVID-19 will be more severe than the bushfires. Again, Scott Morrison is disinclined to panic. After all, the economy has solid foundations. “I can assure taxpayers,” the Prime Minister said, “that we’re not a government that engages in extreme fiscal responses.”

    Is that bravado from a former treasurer? No and yes. Mr Morrison won last May promising to run a tight budget, with tax cuts and no new taxes, and to pay down debt over the medium term. But if he thinks the economy is hunky-dory, that’s also worrying. Old-school politicians and officials, though few are on the ground these days, know the adage “never let a good crisis go to waste”. The COVID-19 outbreak is an opportunity for Mr Morrison and his team to do some home renovations and explain to the public that reforms are necessary to ensure we are prepared to meet the next crisis. As we have often argued here, that involves fixing the supply side of our economy so we can get faster GDP growth, produce more for certain levels of labour and capital, make our businesses more competitive, and reduce the hurdles they must go over to invest, innovate or negotiate with their workers.

    Governments should make less use of the pork barrel in target electorates and take the cost-benefit advice of the experts at bodies such as Infrastructure Australia to deliver the roads, rail, ports and water storage the nation needs. We must develop the skills base, especially in trades, if we are to be equipped to reap the benefits of mega projects such as Future Submarines. Key advisers keep arguing weak productivity growth is a drag on wages, living standards and asset values. As Mr Frydenberg frames the May budget, his advisers and message shapers will be seeking a rhetorical leap to reset the economic story. A good line or two won’t cut it. The test for the Morrison government is to look beyond this crisis, even the next election, and set out a game plan to improve the dynamism of the economy, to pare back the dead wood in the economy, including Canberra’s own footprint, and to go for growth.

  108. Tom

    Many thanks to OldOzzie for the New Republic read on America’s left-right hyper-polarisation (which is the template for our own).

    It’s long and there are lots of juicy stats, but, since it’s written by a wymmynses academic, there are classic leftard blind spots everywhere:

    Under the spell of negative partisanship, the campaign arms of both parties, their candidates, and their supporting groups all work in concert to reinforce and validate this set of emotional reactions. (Some more effectively than others, it should be noted. Republicans are particularly adept at emotive campaigning. This is because Republicans understand “soft” voters are most likely to be activated by “stakes” messaging—emotive appeals that tap directly into the threat response that characterizes negative partisanship. Democrats appeal to people’s heads, Republicans to their guts, and most voters are not politically cerebral.)

    At least Madame Vagina, who calls herself a political scientist, concedes that wannabe experts like her got 2016 totally wrong. But her conclusion suggests they will get it wrong again in 2020:

    The 2020 election will be a battle of the bases, with nothing less than the country’s survival as a functional democracy on the ballot. Partisanship is a hell of a drug—especially when it’s cut with a heavy dose of existential fear.

    The fear she’s talking about is the loss of political power that Obama had fed the zombie left like heroin — a drug with such horrendous withdrawal symptoms.

  109. OldOzzie

    Top Ender
    #3336394, posted on February 27, 2020 at 9:43 am
    Old Ozzie, which “the word that shall not be mentioned” are you talking about?

    (I too have been frustrated by mysterious refusals to post material…)

    Top Ender

    Ballsy seemed to send it into the ether loop

  110. Snoopy

    The recent propensity for media bugs and climate alarmists (BIRM) when discussing weather to confuse ‘average’ with ‘normal’ really gives me the shits. Any departure from average is cause for breathless alarm.

  111. mh

    rickw
    #3336286, posted on February 27, 2020 at 6:29 am
    Are we still letting the bat students in?, or did idiocracy need to do a u turn thanks to the Italian outbreak?

    On 22 February 2020, limited exemptions from travel restrictions were announced for Year 11 and 12 students who remain in China.

  112. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Iran claimed this week to have invented a new testing kit

    We call it a thermometer.

    It’s better than nothing, which is their other alternative.

  113. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    On 22 February 2020, limited exemptions from travel restrictions were announced for Year 11 and 12 students who remain in China.

    Because everyone knows that yoof only get a mild dose and show no symptoms.

    A great move. Now send them into schools and watch the older teachers drop first.

  114. Bruce of Newcastle

    Sweepstakes time!

    Prison officials ‘fear Harvey Weinstein may try to kill himself like Jeffrey Epstein and could house him in a private section of Rikers Island with round-the-clock surveillance’ (26 Feb)

    Will Harvey:

    1. stab himself to death from behind with a toothbrush
    2. drown himself in the toilet
    3. throttle himself with both hands, or
    4. smother himself with a pillow

    If you win you will receive a slow golf clap from Hillary.

  115. Leigh Lowe

    Belated thanks Tom.
    The Patrick Blower cartoon expresses beautifully what I have been saying for a while.
    Any attempts by the EU to whack Britain will impact EU imdustry, which will accelerate the demise of Bwussels.

  116. cohenite

    Eyrie
    #3336383, posted on February 27, 2020 at 9:30 am
    This is cool.
    https://tribunist.com/technology/do-you-need-a-handheld-minigun-of-course-you-do-video/

    I’ve ordered 2.

  117. OldOzzie

    Top Ender
    #3336394, posted on February 27, 2020 at 9:43 am
    Old Ozzie, which “the word that shall not be mentioned” are you talking about?

    (I too have been frustrated by mysterious refusals to post material…)

    Top Ender

    I tried entering the word of “the word that shall not be mentioned”

    it disappeared into the ether – after waiting 10 mins tried it again and it said duplicate entry

  118. mh

    A great move. Now send them into schools and watch the older teachers drop first.

    Sounds promising!

  119. OldOzzie

    Top Ender it was B*llsy

  120. Calli:

    And, no Winston, I don’t want to see one beheaded by a leopard seal.

    Are you sure?

  121. mh

    Bernie Sanders
    @BernieSanders
    ·
    19h
    A disgrace.
    Quote Tweet

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
    @AOC
    · 19h
    Not a single climate change question. Horrifying.

  122. calli

    Sharma was trolling. But to troll successfully, he needed more than just that one tweet. He needed a profile and persona that immediately alerted his supporters that he was actually trolling, while sucking in the credulous and offenderati.

    All he did was highlight his dripping “wetness”. Some of us twigged, but too late.

  123. OldOzzie

    Zero net emissions: Look no further than New Zealand for economic impacts

    matt canavan

    In some respects, the Labor Party is as Australian as the Magic Pudding, both revel in fantasy. According to past Labor leaders, high public spending won’t raise taxes and, in any case, high taxes won’t damage economic growth. Now we have Labor’s greatest magic pudding yet, we can cut our carbon emissions to zero and no coal miner will lose their job.

    The Labor Party refuses to produce numbers to explain this remarkable outcome, but fortunately others have. Last year, New Zealand passed into law a net zero emissions target and in doing so they commissioned actual economic modelling on its impact.

    The analysis, by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, evaluates a number of different assumed scenarios. All of these incorporate optimistic assumptions on future technologies, including for example a methane vaccine (which stops sheep from “emitting”). And, in another leap of faith, 50 per cent of trucks go electric by 2050.

    Even with these assumptions, the negative impact of net zero emissions on the New Zealand economy is massive. The policy would reduce the size of the New Zealand economy by 10 to 20 per cent. In Australian terms that would amount to a $200 billion to $400 billion annual impact. Employment would fall by 2 to 4 per cent. If that happened in Australia 200,000 to 400,000 people would lose their jobs.

    New Zealand’s main industry of agriculture would be smashed. Its dairy industry would reduce by more than half and that leads to a much poorer nation. Depending on technological assumptions, wages reduce by 8 to 28 per cent. In Australian terms, that would mean a $7000 to $24,000 annual hit to an average worker.

    Of course, the economic impact on Australia would be bigger given that we have large coal and gas industries, as well as agriculture.

    As it turned out, the New Zealand Government ended up exempting agriculture from its net zero emissions target. Agriculture makes up half of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions. New Zealand’s “brave” target that was welcomed by environmental activist groups is literally an example of doing things by half.

    Here in Australia, however, the Labor party has not ruled out imposing a net zero target on our farmers. A net zero target is a double hit to the agricultural industry. They pay the direct cost of having to pay more for fuel, for feed and for vehicles. They also pay the cost of having productive farmland turned to trees (so we can sequester more carbon) and the loss of future growth opportunities because more land can not be developed.

    This is where the “net” part of net zero kicks in. Under “net zero”, rich people can still fly to Davos to lecture others about carbon dioxide emissions. To do so, some pay an “indulgence” to have farming land locked up. Productive farm areas, in effect, would be turned into National Parks to house more weeds and fuel for bushfires.

    Net zero emissions means net zero development, net zero jobs but far from net zero hypocrisy.

    Labor has been keen to quote the CSIRO’s latest National Outlook report to conclude that net zero emissions is achievable but the CSIRO report does not do what Labor is saying it does. The CSIRO concludes that agricultural production levels “experience a substantial decline once the rising carbon price improves the relative profitability of other land uses such as forestry”. Up to 24 per cent of our agricultural land would be converted plantings on the CSIRO’s analysis.

    Nor does the CSIRO measure the net impact of net zero emissions. It measures the economic outcomes of two scenarios, one dominated by a protectionist world with high barriers to trade and the other a world of free trade, global cooperation on climate and magically high productivity. Surprise, surprise, free trade and high productivity lead to higher economic growth. The unique and separate impact of net zero emissions remains unmeasured by the CSIRO’s analysis.

    Also, to get to net zero, the CSIRO estimates that a global carbon price of $273 a tonne is required. Once again Labor shows their addiction to a carbon tax.

    In The Magic Pudding, the possum and the wombat create a fire to distract Bunyip Bluegum while they steal the pudding. A similar distraction seems to have afflicted the modern Labor Party, where this summer’s fires have distracted them away from their founding mission of defending and protecting workers. Labor once again has not seemed to learn the lesson that you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

    Matt Canavan is a Senator for Queensland.

  124. Old School Conservative

    He needed a profile and persona

    Here’s one for him:
    Instant Sharma. Going into bat for Australians.

  125. OK, I give up. Help please.
    What is the SEQ bird that has a mournful, drawn-out wail for a call?
    I have searched all the bird call dictionaries with no luck.
    I am beginning to wonder if the single malt is getting to me.

  126. Mark A

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3336408, posted on February 27, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Sweepstakes time!

    I never believed for a moment that Epstein killed himself, he was not the kind of man, but Harvey might.

  127. Cassie of Sydney

    “calli
    #3336420, posted on February 27, 2020 at 10:14 am
    Sharma was trolling. But to troll successfully, he needed more than just that one tweet. He needed a profile and persona that immediately alerted his supporters that he was actually trolling, while sucking in the credulous and offenderati.

    All he did was highlight his dripping “wetness”. Some of us twigged, but too late.”

    I actually rang his electoral office on Tuesday…so disturbed was I. Now whilst I believe them when they say “NO…he didn’t mean it..it was a joke”…the big problem lies in the fact that given Sharma’s “wetness” and his associations with Photius…it was all entirely believable.

  128. A great move. Now send them into schools and watch the older teachers drop first.

    Lizzie, I couldn’t believe the announcement of Greg Hunt when I heard it. Hunt is taking advice from Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy who initially assured everyone that COVID19 was “contained” in Australia & there was little chance of it spreading here. He later retracted this outburst of optimism – but by then the decision to allow Years 11 & 12 students back into the country was announced.

    It is astonishing that the economic imperatives of tertiary institutions and private schools are taking precedence over the health of the community at large. Those who have been following the development of this scourge (well documented on the net), and even those who watched Monday night’s 4 Corners will know that our country’s leading epidemiologists and pathologists have a very different view.

  129. Cassie of Sydney

    “Mark A
    #3336427, posted on February 27, 2020 at 10:25 am
    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3336408, posted on February 27, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Sweepstakes time!

    I never believed for a moment that Epstein killed himself, he was not the kind of man, but Harvey might.”

    Agree.

  130. cohenite

    Tony burka closes down Craig Kelly’s speech about BoM fiddling the temperature data:

    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=606139103574963

  131. Mark A

    lotocoti
    #3336413, posted on February 27, 2020 at 10:04 am

    How to handle cancel culture.

    what are we supposed to see there?

  132. calli

    It’s the koel. They are a parasitic bird that pops in from PNG every year. They’re sometimes called a “rain bird” because their call comes before a shower.

    And they drive some people barmy.

    Prepare to be annoyed.

  133. bespoke

    calli
    #3336420, posted on February 27, 2020 at 10:14 am
    He needed a profile and persona that immediately alerted his supporters that he was actually trolling, while sucking in the credulous and offenderati.

    Why?

    Iv no problem exposing frightbat’s and carpet baggers on my side (whatever that is). To me they are all the same.

  134. Mitch M.

    Anti-psychotic medication linked to adverse change in brain structure

    This issue has long angered me. I’ve read many earlier studies highlighting the potential dangers and have been amazed to see a steady climb in off label prescribing of antipsychotics. Psychiatry needs a huge kick up the ass for being so tardy in addressing this issue.

  135. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Did you guys see this the other day?

    Bloomberg accidentally admits to “buying” 21 house democrats.
    https://imgur.com/gallery/J4BLDrw

  136. Bruce of Newcastle

    What is the SEQ bird that has a mournful, drawn-out wail for a call?

    I was thinking it might be a channel-bill cuckoo, which sometimes calls a long loud wahhh-koo-koo-koo-koo. The link has an audio file on the bottom RHS, but that is the normal wah wah wah call. Still you can have a listen of it as it might be similar.

  137. Zatara

    Trump speaking from White House on coronovirus etc.

  138. Good to see that Border Force is doing its utmost to keep the Chinese students from entering the country. They are obviously constrained by the determined efforts of the students to enter via third countries but it is fairly clear that they don’t want them here.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/home-affairs-computer-glitch-adds-more-hurdles-for-chinese-students/news-story/db72c68911ef08a9c1cdde1bb581ec2a?

  139. calli

    Why?

    Because he worried Cassie.

    Being a sensible sort of person, I would never want to worry Cassie. I’d want a fast getaway car idling around the corner for a start. 😀

  140. Some airlines have cancelled all flights to and from China, while others such as Qantas are continuing to fly there.

    Is Qantas providing a track of aircraft that have traveled to China in the last 30 days?
    Doing so would allow consumers to avoid virus contaminated aircraft.

    Failure to do so, would surely render the airline liable for consciously infecting their uninformed passengers.

  141. lotocoti

    what are we supposed to see there?

    The cancel cultists getting sand in their gussets over a photograph.

  142. Geriatric Mayfly

    Some nonentity in the House on the hind trotters, milking domestic violence out the Q’ld tragedy for all he is worth. Fresh from a candlelight vigil no less. Like the bushfires, manna from heaven for those with an agenda.

  143. Cassie of Sydney

    “lotocoti
    #3336448, posted on February 27, 2020 at 10:40 am
    what are we supposed to see there?

    The cancel cultists getting sand in their gussets over a photograph.”

    We are witnessing our very own “cultural revolution”.

  144. Bruce of Newcastle

    They are a parasitic bird that pops in from PNG every year.

    Three tame ones this season, two males and a female – they’re frantically bulking up at them moment ready to migrate north in a week or two’s time. All three found my house again migrating back from PNG in October-November last year, which is an impressive feat.

  145. notafan

    I see the Herald Sun has picked up the Hobson’s Bay stink story.

    And the former mayor of Casey has fled to Egypt to avoid charges over alleged $900,000 in bribes from developers.

    His surname is Aziz.

    Dogboxes for every one!

  146. Fisky

    Just the Chicoms trying to infect Americans.

    Charlie Kirk
    @charliekirk11
    BREAKING:

    Three Chinese nationals were apprehended trying to cross our Southern border illegally

    Each had flu-like symptoms

    Border patrol quickly quarantined them and assessed any threat of Coronavirus

    Our weak border is a health risk

    Close the border—Build. The. Wall.

    RT!

  147. candy

    Sharma must have an easy job with a lot of time to fill to put stupid jokes on Twitter. He must have got a shock when people believed him.

    It did actually seem quite believable, weirdly enough. In fact, maybe he has donated to Get-Up and is not the only LNP rep to do so. Like protection money.

    I think Get-Up boss would take anyone’s money as long as no-one found out.

  148. notafan

    Private schools year eleven and twelve students from China?

    Perhaps but my SIL’s government school has dozens of full fee Chinese students, as do many others.

    She complains bitterly about them. Zero interest in doing the work, appalling English language skills and taking way too much time away from indigenous students.

  149. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Having a Koel nearby is one of the most irritating things that can happen to your sleep in. We had one once. Someone, not us, got rid of it somehow. Maybe chased it to a non-built-up area.

    No-one complained about that.
    ——–

    I would never want to worry Cassie. I’d want a fast getaway car idling around the corner for a start. 😀

    That’s usually me in the Audi at the end of Cat drinkies. Hairy and Cassie make a run for it. 🙂

  150. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Three Chinese nationals were apprehended trying to cross our Southern border illegally
    Each had flu-like symptoms

    Erk. How many of them are hovering in Mehhico awaiting the main chance coughing away?

    The news I expected but didn’t actually want to hear.

  151. Cassie of Sydney

    “In fact, maybe he has donated to Get-Up and is not the only LNP rep to do so. Like protection money.”

    Well maybe he has donated post-18 May election or if he did donate money to GetUp before 18 May 2019 then he really wasted his money because I can assure you that GetUp were out in force last May and they weren’t campaigning for Dave Sharma…they were out campaigning for Phelps.

  152. Snoopy

    What is the SEQ bird that has a mournful, drawn-out wail for a call?

    At night? The curlew aka bush thick-knee.

  153. Bruce of Newcastle

    Having a Koel nearby is one of the most irritating things that can happen to your sleep in.

    I fixed that by getting the alpha male laid.
    The female rather liked the free food from me, the male rather liked the fringe benefits, so he shut up.

  154. Bruce of Newcastle

    The curlew aka bush thick-knee.

    That sounds like it may be right. Lots of calls in this vid:

  155. calli

    I have a couple of koels hanging around here.

    The male was impressing his sweetheart by selecting berries from the bushes and popping them into her mouth. The old smoothie.

    Next year I’ll be on the alert for the inevitable – she’ll be racing around finding berries whilst he reclines on the frangipani in his carpet slippers.

  156. Mother Lode

    Bolta is going to pieces over all these investigations into war crimes in Afghanistan.

    He must think war is still a matter of dapper generals seated upon their steeds atop a hill, sipping on claret, lifting their ruffled kerchiefs to their nose to hide the smell of cannon and shot, while bodies of splendidly dressed in the Kings livery and beneath the Kings colours advanced in ranks, firing in volleys.

    What he doesn’t like about war is that it just isn’t cricket.

    Never mind that our defence establishment is more interested in appealing to civilian powers than championing their troops, and they think they show themselves nobly impartial be being ready to believe every calumny directed against soldiers in the field – claims which we have seen often enough are fed to them by enemy.

  157. Infidel Tiger

    Face with medical maskKyle BassFace with medical mask
    @Jkylebass
    China Southern Airliner from Guangdong (hotbed with 2nd most infections in China) landing in Kenya today. CCP has control of Kenyan govt…reckless behavior from the Chinese Communists. Africa can’t protect itself from this kind of virus. #coronaviruschina #WuFlu #coronavirus

    Our friends the Chicoms.

  158. notafan

    Best thing I packed for overseas was blister bandages.

    And the antibiotics with a repeat.

    #nothirdworldcountries

  159. bespoke

    Habitual totem climber. 😎

  160. Cassie of Sydney

    “Mother Lode
    #3336469, posted on February 27, 2020 at 11:05 am”

    I will no longer read or watch Blot the Craven Appeasing Wimp.

  161. Struth

    Are people really asking why socialism is growing?

  162. dover_beach

    What is the SEQ bird that has a mournful, drawn-out wail for a call?

    Anastasia Palaszczuk, obviously.

  163. Confused Old Misfit

    I think Bolt is severely conflicted over the Afghan/Army situation.
    I think he sees the investigation as media inspired. I think he suspects the Army of trying a cover up.
    Why? There is obviously some internal conflict within the Australian SAS.
    Is it a clash of war fighting cultures? Have the snowflakes infiltrated that element of the service?
    Those tasked with investigating are looking at an event that happened in a combat situation two years (?) ago and applying critiques that are in line with the New Woke World. As little as two years ago standards were different than this afternoon. Tomorrow morning they may be different again.

  164. mh

    SCMP

    Virus spreads from Italy to Brazil, reaching every continent but Antarctica

    I’m sure the Chinese will complete the grand slam soon.

  165. Top Ender

    Three US warplanes found in lagoon
    LOS ANGELES
    BEN HOYLE

    Investigators searching for Americans missing in action have found three World War II military aircraft at the bottom of a Pacific lagoon.

    Two SBD-5 Dauntless dive bombers and a TBM Avenger torpedo bomber were discovered using divers, robots and sonar scans of the ocean floor.

    The wrecks were found by researchers from Project Recover, a program from the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Delaware that aims to “find and repatriate Americans missing action since World War II”.

    The planes were brought down 76 years ago during Operation Hailstone, an Allied air assault on a Japanese naval base so well fortified that it was known as the Gibraltar of the Pacific.

    During the two-day battle in February 1944, more than 50 Japanese ships and 250 aircraft were lost in Truk Lagoon in what is now Micronesia. So, too, were 30 American aircraft and 23 aviators and crew.

    The Project Recover team was guided by an account from a field gunner who described seeing one of the Dauntless bombers fall from the sky just as he was firing at a Japanese ship, which also sank.

    Colin Colbourn, a historian, told the Live Science website: “We were able to line up this piece of the puzzle with this other piece of the puzzle, in order to say, ‘OK, let’s focus our search around this ship’. And that was actually where we ended up finding this airplane.”

    The group searched about 70 square kilometres of the lagoon and sonar scans identified debris at 61 sites. Further investigation found remains at depths of between 30m and 65m.

    About 79,000 US service personnel went missing in the war. More than 72,000 remain unaccounted for.

    THE TIMES

  166. Infidel Tiger

    Bolt’s greatest weakness apart from middle aged onset cuckery, is that he feels the need to have an opinion on everything.

    Just shut up about stuff you have no idea about.

    Truth be told, until last week I thought he had retired. He’s only relevant when he messes up these days. A paywalled blog and no twitter account is death in the media.

  167. Confused Old Misfit

    Beware the Gamma Trapdoor!

    Whatever that is. Wherever it might be.
    Just watch where you put your feet!

  168. Roger

    Bolt’s greatest weakness apart from middle aged onset cuckery, is that he feels the need to have an opinion on everything.

    I’ve never met a Dutchman who didn’t.

  169. Cassie of Sydney

    “I’ve never met a Dutchman who didn’t.”

    We have one here.

  170. Cassie of Sydney

    “Bolt’s greatest weakness apart from middle aged onset cuckery, is that he feels the need to have an opinion on everything.”

    Yep.

  171. mh

    American conservatives/centre right win battles against the Left partly due to them having people in the media who can speak.

    Steyn, Tucker, Hannity, Rush from the mainstream, Alex Jones, Milo, and I’m sure many others from the more alternate wing.

    In Australia the right has low energy types like Bolt and Henderson that don’t win any battles. Although they might help in a small way keeping the Coalition in power, who in turn capitulate to the Left anyway.

  172. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Best thing I packed for overseas was blister bandages.

    I’ve found the Heavy Duty Elastoplast ones are better than the thinner band-aid type for blisters or any sort of cut or lesion. They don’t rub off anything like as easily as the others do.

    Two courses of spare anti-biotics are a given. Always have them. Otherwise you may find yourself like me in Utah in the private medical system going through endless preliminary ‘make work’ data-gathering through a series of underling receptionists and nurses who are all employed to make you feeling you are getting your money’s worth before you even begin to get to see a GP, who does a thorough examination and then gives you exactly the same antibiotics you would have self-medicated with in the first place. I only took one supply on that trip, and Hairy had those. Recurrent chest infections are a hazard of travel for me (thanks to poor childhood care), rarely for him (with his middle class mum on the job).

  173. Confused Old Misfit

    Well, well!
    https://michaelsmithnews.typepad.com/.a/6a0177444b0c2e970d0240a5105533200b-pi
    One will wait for the objections from the practitioners of the RoP.

  174. “Bolt’s greatest weakness apart from middle aged onset cuckery, is that he feels the need to have an opinion on everything.”

    It’s a big club – especially here.

  175. Bruce of Newcastle

    Well, well!

    Good. But Dan the Man’s conflation of anti-semitism and the right is disgusting. Almost all anti-semitism is coming from the Left.

  176. Cassie of Sydney

    “vicki
    #3336506, posted on February 27, 2020 at 11:50 am
    “Bolt’s greatest weakness apart from middle aged onset cuckery, is that he feels the need to have an opinion on everything.”

    It’s a big club – especially here.”

    No one is forcing you to be “here”.

  177. Since this blog is about opinions (& thank God for that), & the SAS controversy has been raised –

    The question is whether the general public understands, or agrees with the rigorous protocols that are now demanded of our fighting forces. Few would oppose the general concept of individual responsibility in combat formulated in modern times. But surely a reasonable balance must be found since war involves the taking of life in unpredictable circumstances. The investigation of every civilian casualty defies reason on many levels and would appear to be unsustainable in terms of the long term morale and quality of our defence forces, particularly in relation to those engaged in combat behind enemy lines.

    Rogue combatants who deliberately and callously take the lives of civilians must not be allowed to operate within the special forces, but we must be very clear about the viability of these units in a battle zone where all is unpredictable.

    The general public is tired of public policy that is inconsistent with the expectations of the community.

  178. Roger

    Almost all anti-semitism is coming from the Left.

    Can someone on Twitter tell him that please.

  179. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Having a Koel nearby is one of the most irritating things that can happen to your sleep in.
    I fixed that by getting the alpha male laid.

    You weren’t holidaying in leafy harbourside Vaucluse at the time were you Bruce?

    If so, a mysterious Koel shutting up is now solved.

  180. Cassie of Sydney

    “Bruce of Newcastle
    #3336508, posted on February 27, 2020 at 11:53 am
    Well, well!

    Good. But Dan the Man’s conflation of anti-semitism and the right is disgusting. Almost all anti-semitism is coming from the Left.”

    Correct.

  181. No one is forcing you to be “here”.

    Absolutely, Cassie.

    Quite frankly, I consider this blog as a daily joy.

  182. Cassie of Sydney

    “The general public is tired of public policy that is inconsistent with the expectations of the community.”

    Agree Vicki….but nothing changes…in fact it just get’s worse.

  183. Cassie of Sydney

    “vicki
    #3336515, posted on February 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm
    No one is forcing you to be “here”.

    Absolutely, Cassie.

    Quite frankly, I consider this blog as a daily joy.

    I would hope “joy” in a good way Vicki. We all come here to vent and opine about issues.

  184. Cassie of Sydney

    “get’s”

    gets.

  185. I would hope “joy” in a good way Vicki. We all come here to vent and opine about issues.

    Cassie, I wouldn’t participate in these threads if it wasn’t a joy to do so. I trust the good sense and good will of the contributors here. Otherwise, I tend to avoid the social media.

  186. calli

    Good. But Dan the Man’s conflation of anti-semitism and the right is disgusting. Almost all anti-semitism is coming from the Left.

    If you’re going to lie, tell a big one. And stay on the front foot. And walk it forward as and when necessary.

    Fix in the minds of the young that anti-semitism is always the province of conservatives.

    And if places like Gaza and the West Bank and movements like BDS are a problem, paper over them and move on. And never, ever mention the Yom Kippur war.

  187. calli

    Oh, and always laud the concept of the Kibbutz. That’ll reel them in.

  188. Confused Old Misfit

    Dan the Man’s conflation of anti-semitism and the right is disgusting.

    It certainly is but it is a common error made by the ignorant.
    The introduction may give some children an idea of the horrors that their great grandparents fought.
    As they grow a little older they may be able to make better connections.
    Let us not reject the gift because of the failings of the giver.

  189. mh

    Liberty Quote
    Taxing profits is tantamount to taxing success.

    Ludwig von Mises

    It is a strange system.

  190. Cassie of Sydney

    As for Dan the Man…..I don’t recall him apologising or even distancing himself from the Year 12 sample exam paper of last year which “claimed as fact that ­Israel has persecuted Arabs by demolishing their homes ­because “they don’t follow the Jewish religion”.”

    Now…I don’t believe for a second that that specific exam paper which contained the smear, libel and lie was due to some secretive neo-Nazi white supremacists lurking and working in the Victoriastan education dept…..rather my strong hunch is that it was formulated by a group of far-left progressives lurking and working in the Victoriastan education dept.

    I wonder….far-right or far-left operatives in the Victoriastan education dept?

  191. Roger

    Let us not reject the gift because of the failings of the giver.

    Let’s see inside the gift before we accept it, lest it be a Trojan Horse.

  192. Cassie of Sydney

    As for Dan the Man…..I don’t recall him apologising or even distancing himself from the Victorian Year 12 sample exam paper of last year which “claimed as fact that ­Isr**l has persecuted Arabs by demolishing their homes ­because “they don’t follow the Jooooish religion”.”

    Now…I don’t believe for a second that that specific exam paper which contained the smear, libel and lie was due to some secretive neo-N*zi white supremacists lurking and working in the Victoriastan education dept…..rather my strong hunch is that it was formulated by a group of far-left progressives lurking and working in the Victoriastan education dept.

    I wonder….far-right or far-left operatives in the Victoriastan education dept?

  193. calli

    Misfit, I’ll reject any gift that tells my grandchildren lies.

    I await the details of Andrews’ new addition to the curriculum with interest. And a pinch of salt.

  194. Porter

    “if you want to change society you have to change your schools” – Dan Andrews.
    Spoken like a true Marxist. And what bet teaching the Holocaust will mean imbibing young minds with concepts of ‘hate speech’ and need to police it (fat lot of good Germany’s anti-hate speech laws did in the Nazi era).
    The way you combat anti-semitism is by teaching kids morals and virtues. And that starts in the home, and is supported by civil socieity. Fat change of that happening with big eared fat Dan out to run your life and re-educate your kids.

  195. calli

    Let’s see inside the gift before we accept it,

    Why oh why did that conjure up a picture of Wile E. Coyote? 🧨

  196. Some History

    Bloomberg Refuses to Call Xi Jinping a Dictator, That Raises the Further Question of His China Ties

    Bloomberg accidentally admits to “buying” 21 house democrats.

    Lil Mike Bloomborgchen gets higher and higher on the obscenity scale by the day.

  197. need to have an opinion

    I don’t have opinions.
    Just data, knowledge and wisdom.

  198. Some History

    Let’s see inside the gift before we accept it,
    Why oh why did that conjure up a picture of Wile E. Coyote? 🧨

    DON’T OPEN THE BOX!!!!

    https://imgur.com/xtqxnkB

  199. Confused Old Misfit

    calli
    #3336533, posted on February 27, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    As ever, the devil will be in the details.
    But you would prefer the matter not be included in the curriculum at all?

  200. Mother Lode

    The test for the Morrison government is to look beyond this crisis, even the next election, and set out a game plan to improve the dynamism of the economy, to pare back the dead wood in the economy, including Canberra’s own footprint, and to go for growth.

    Problem with politicians is that they think the state of the government is the state of the nation.

  201. Cassie of Sydney

    “Confused Old Misfit
    #3336526, posted on February 27, 2020 at 12:09 pm
    Dan the Man’s conflation of anti-semitism and the right is disgusting.

    It certainly is but it is a common error made by the ignorant.”

    No…there is nothing “ignorant” in what Dan the Man says and does. He deliberately and knowingly conflates anti-Semitism with the right…..and he deliberately and knowingly ignores anti-Semitism on the left and in a particular religious ideology….Joo hatred which is just as toxic as traditional far-right anti-Semitism and is now much more common than traditional far-right anti-Semitism. As I wrote above…do you really think that the Victorian Education department is filled with far-right white supremacists?

  202. dover_beach

    Good. But Dan the Man’s conflation of anti-semitism and the right is disgusting. Almost all anti-semitism is coming from the Left.

    Indeed. The BDS movement led by Leftists world-wide is at the forefront of antisemitism.

  203. Confused Old Misfit

    do you really think that the Victorian Education department is filled with far-right white supremacists?

    No, of course I do not. Now, what is your point?
    Do you, or do you not, want the history of the Holocaust included in the school curriculum?
    Or, would you rather it was not included for fear of it being wrongly presented?

  204. Mother Lode

    How to handle cancel culture.

    Oh, man. That is brilliant.

  205. Cassie of Sydney

    “Confused Old Misfit
    #3336549, posted on February 27, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    No, of course I do not. Now, what is your point?
    Do you, or do you not, want the history of the Holocaust included in the school curriculum?
    Or, would you rather it was not included for fear of it being wrongly presented?”

    Methinks you are confused.

  206. Twostix

    Do you, or do you not, want the history of the Holocaust included in the school curriculum?

    You honestly think victorian communists on the education dept are going to give a dry factual history lesson on ww2?

    Dear me.

  207. Roger

    How to handle cancel culture.

    Oh, man. That is brilliant.

    Yorkshire tea added to today’s shopping list.

  208. Some History

    Roylene Gothica is either a comedian or INSANE

    Rugby Australia denies players were gagged during Israel Folau saga

    News Corp obtained the documents that show 110-Test forward Kepu was “disappointed” in how the governing body managed the situation. The veteran says he boycotted a pre-World Cup Wallabies camp because he thought his support of Folau would cause division in the lead-up to the tournament – at which Australia crashed out at the quarter-final stage.
    “I did not attend the camp. This was because I was so upset about the way in which management had handled Israel’s situation that I didn’t think it would be a good thing for me to attend,” Kepu wrote.
    He said as a fundamentalist Christian he felt marginalised by both RA and NSW Waratahs and was pulled from a Super Rugby media opportunity due to fears he might speak in Folau’s favour. But Castle said players were not gagged from speaking out in support of Folau.
    “We’re very comfortable with the way that we dealt with things,” she said. “We gave all players an opportunity to step up and express their views. I felt we engaged as widely as possible on what was a very difficult issue and they were given opportunities to speak both privately and publicly.”
    Among the allegations tabled, Kepu said that prayer groups had stopped since Folau’s axing. Castle denied RA’s involvement in stopping such gatherings.
    “I’m so insulted that people think that would be acceptable behaviour for Rugby Australia,” Castle said. “I’m on public record saying I’m proud of the fact that Israel was a strongly Christian man and was proud of his faith and expressed it as such. But he made a comment that was insulting.”
    Castle said players could have their own beliefs as long as they acted within code of conduct expectations. “As long as what you’re doing to express your own views inside those environments, that’s what being a player inside the Wallaby program is all about,” Castle said.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/feb/26/rugby-australia-denies-players-were-gagged-during-israel-folau-saga

  209. Old School Conservative

    “if you want to change society you have to change your schools” – Dan Andrews.

    Indeed.
    So let’s introduce pure phonics, rote learning, academic rigour, strict discipline, streaming, end of year exams, testing of all teachers, trades training, high level STEM subjects, a Western Civilisation-inspired curriculum, and teach the breathtaking impact of Christianity.
    De-fund early childhood “education”, and 80% of university courses.
    Ban sex education, compulsory schooling, and climate change hysteria.

    Not asking much am I?

  210. Mother Lode

    what are we supposed to see there?

    The twitter-gnome at Yorkshire tea responded to the deranged Sue’s demand that the company react (react as she saw fit) to the Tory politician who took a photo with their product.

    He twit was the usual roll-call about income-gaps and tens of thousands of ‘austerity dead’,

    The reply:

    Sue, you’re shouting at tea.

    Posted to much applause.

  211. Arky

    From half hour in…
    Orange Hitler playing down coronavirus.
    Bloody.
    ..



    ..
    It’s not the flu, you copper coloured Nazi.

  212. cohenite

    “I’m so insulted that people think that would be acceptable behaviour for Rugby Australia,” Castle said. “I’m on public record saying I’m proud of the fact that Israel was a strongly Christian man and was proud of his faith and expressed it as such. But he made a comment that was insulting.”

    There you have it folks; Izzy was fired because he insulted someone.

    Castle is one of these people whose strikingly ugly appearance masks an even uglier character.

  213. Porter

    How fucking demented is this. Kudos again to Bernard Lane for exposing these psychos. Whoever said it is right: Victoria really is a toilet.

    It’s unethical to help children feel more comfortable with their biological sex and akin to trying to “cure” a gay man of homosexuality, according to Australia’s busiest youth gender clinic.

    The clinic at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne was defending itself in the British Medical Journal from criticism over its long-term study, called Trans20, of “gender affirmative” care, a worldview in which children are “experts” on their “gender identity”, even when this is at odds with their biology.

    It’s even more unethical to castrate kids.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/unethical-conversion-therapy-to-help-kids-feel-more-comfortable-in-their-bodies-gender-clinic/news-story/5350ff59c6c3654b6aa1ce4ed433c797

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