Monday Forum: February 17, 2014

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  1. Tom

    Heard landwhale Palmer on the news this morning – he’s awaiting the WA senate election with bated breath, thinks peoples over there will vote for PUP…

    In the WA half-Senate rerun, probably on March 29, I think the Greenfilth will lose one of their two WA senators (Ludlum) to the Palmer candidate. With government support surging (especially in WA), I’d predict LNP could actually win four, Liars one and PUP one; worst case is LNP three, Liars two, PUP one, assuming the theatregoers haven’t gone cold on bankrupt-in-waiting Krazy Klive. I think we will see the highest vote-below-the-line figure in Senate history:

    The initial count gave Palmer United Party’s Dio Wang and Labor Senator Louise Pratt the last two seats but a re-count awarded the seats to the Sports Party’s Wayne Dropulich and the Greens’ Scott Ludlam.

    The result hinged on whether the Australian Christian Party or the Shooters and Fishers Party were eliminated first.

    PUP and Labor benefited with the Shooters 14 votes ahead but the re-count gave the Christians a 12-vote gap, changing preference flows.

    Analysis of the original tallies show that if the ballot papers had not been lost, the Shooters would have been one vote ahead, delivering the seats to PUP and Labor.

    And where is the judicial inquiry into the Senate voting system? The current Senate inquiry is the usual self-interested fiasco staged by the unrepresentative swill themselves.

  2. Token

    With government support surging (especially in WA), I’d predict LNP could actually win four, Liars one and PUP one

    After the behaviour of the Coalition over 18C and similar issues, it would be better for the country (and the government indirectly) to have another member like David Leyonhjelm and Bob Day take the 4th seat.

    A mix of Liars / Greens are likely to take the other 2.

  3. Token

    And where is the judicial inquiry into the Senate voting system? The current Senate inquiry is the usual self-interested fiasco staged by the unrepresentative swill themselves

    I hope you are all writing to your local member to act upon electoral fraud and AEC incompetence.

  4. rugbyskier

    I heard on my wifi radio this morning yet another example of what the Green Luddite world is like. I was listening to CHUM from Toronto and the announcer crossed to a reporter from the station’s sister TV network for a report on what’s happening in the movie industry. The reporter noted that Emma Watson was working on location for a movie about Noah’s Ark when she fell ill with a gastro virus. Apparently the greenie director of the movie has banned plastic bottles from the set so the cast and crew have had to drink the local tap water and a number of them have fallen ill. The director then made her do some scenes because her illness would make the scenes “more authentic”.

  5. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    I observe many things. What is most interesting here to me is how the Socialist Marxist/Greens morphed so quickly into absolutely classic National Socialists complete with anti-semitism as a core plank of their belief system, and have so easily seduced the agrarian socialists to their evil cause. Especially amusing is how a Marxist can also be a ‘right-winger’ by their own definition of national socialism. This is most revealing of how the hard left really see national socialism – as indistinguishable from normal-spectrum socialism. They are perfectly aware that it’s part of it and their actions reveal this very clearly.

    Sadly, the collapse of France is accelerating:

    What’s next? If Dieudonné is the movement’s prophet, its caliph is Alain Bonnet, a.k.a. Alain Bonnet de Soral or just Alain Soral, a 55-year-old French-Swiss actor and lumpen-intellectual who started as a communist and switched to the Far Right some ten years ago while still claiming to be a “Marxist.” An erstwhile critic of Dieudonné, Soral eventually befriended him, and was probably the first one to fully realize his political potential. The key factor was that, as African-French, Dieudonné could be seen as “one of us” both by the white European French and by the non-white, non-European neo-French. Building up on such assets, Soral launched in 2007 a political club promoting an alliance between French and neo-French “anti-Zionists”: Egalité-Réconciliation (Equality and Reconciliation).

    Some suspect Dieudonné and Soral to be merely canvassing support for the National Front. Indeed, Dieudonné and Soral were very close for a while to National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, his anti-immigration posture notwithstanding. In 2007, Le Pen welcomed Soral to the party’s Central Committee. In 2008, he agreed to be the godfather of Dieudonné’s third child. However, Jean-Marie’s daughter and heir Marine very quickly distanced herself from both men, either out of principle or strategy or for more personal reasons: a charismatic Soral could easily become a rival.

    In 2009, Soral left the National Front, which according to him had been “taken over” by “Atlanto-Zionists” (supporters of the United States and Israel). While Marine Le Pen, who succeded her father in 2011, has been eager to recast the party as patriotic and democratic, somehow in the Gaullist tradition, and does not countenance explicit expressions of racism or anti-Semitism among her supporters, Soral now claims to be a “French-style national-socialist.”

    Emphasis added.

    The flow of French Jewry to Israel is accelerating, fast.

    RTWT

  6. rugbyskier

    Has 8675309 been hit with the ban hammer or is he off sulking after being made a fool again?

  7. Token

    As predicted, the cost benefit of Snowden’s dump of NSA data is becoming know.

    Just like Assange provided the Taliban with a roadmap of Afghani’s & Pakistani’s to execute for helping western forces, Snowden has enabled one of the most vile group of villians in Africa:

    In January, Al-Shabaab issued a 15-day ultimatum for local giant, Hormuud Telecom [Somalia’s biggest telco], to stop proving mobile internet and fibre optic services because it said they were used by Western spy agencies to collect information on Muslims

    The Mayor of Mogadishu, Mohamed Nur Tarzan, told the media that Hormuud officials had said company staff were forced “at gunpoint” by Al-Shabaab fighters to switch off the mobile internet service…

    Mohamed Yusuf, an academic in Mogadishu, said that the extremist group actions to ban mobile internet services in southern and central Somalia were triggered by the Edward Snowden revelations of widespread U.S. government surveillance programmes it maintained in and outside the country…

    Yusuf also said that the major reason for the group decision was the possibility that mobile internet connections could be used to track the leaders and commanders of Al-Shabaab, which the U.S. government considers a terrorist entity and a legitimate target for its drone attacks.

    [H/t Bolta]

  8. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Rafe from the link:

    Nobody likes an internet troll, but it’s been possible to take comfort in the idea most of them are just clowning around. Unfortunately, new research suggests that’s not the case — trolls’ personalities correlate highly with sadism.

    Which is why I use a ‘balls-to-the-wall/all-lefty-tactics-are-valid’ approach to confirmed lefty trolls like stalin’s butt-boy, Comrade Dense and Red and all the rest.

    A new study by Erin Buckels and her colleagues at the University of Manitoba found that trolls’ personalities are strongly linked to personality traits that form what some psychologists call the Dark Tetrad: sadism, narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.

    I think they miss one – an overweening belief that they are the smartest person in the room (altho perhaps they roll that into narcissism).

    This is why when you really shatter a left-wing troll’s belief in itself, it runs away and hides, never to return – they are basically cowards (remember THR?).

    it is also why you should NEVER feed them, only attack them all the time and on every level, completely ignoring what they say in reply – remember, turn-about is fair play.

  9. C.L.

    Good for Turnbull … named as the minister who spoke up about the AFP’s gestapo raid on Channel 7.

  10. JC

    Good morning Dot, good morning all (from TonyN).

  11. Fisky

    Indonesian foreign minister and crack whore Marty N bluffed about raising boats matter with John Kerry. ABC beclowned yet again –

    EMMA ALBERICI: How concerning was it for yourself and secretary Kerry to hear the foreign minister of Indonesia raise the issue of border protection vis a vis the relationship with Australia? Does it concern you that the relationship between Australia and Indonesia is becoming so strained as a result of those policies?

    DANNY RUSSEL [US assistant secretary of state for East Asia]: Well I didn’t see in our conversation evidence that the issue of border control was something that the Indonesians wanted us to understand let alone do anything about.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/natalegawa_fools_the_abc_again/

  12. JC

    Just look at these scumbags. If it were up to me, I’d raise their fucking taxes and remove any state protection of copyright. Let the arseholes go through the civil courts for damages. Douchebags.

    Hollywood asks California to cut taxes — for the film industry

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/17/hollywood-asks-california-to-cut-taxes-for-the-film-industry/#ixzz2tiFoJrxi

  13. Ed

    Yeah I don’t agree with Bolt on this at all.
    .
    Being interviewed is not “profiting from the crime” itself, it’s profiting from talking about your life experience.
    Profiting from the crime would be selling the drugs in Bali.
    But it is censorship: if you don’t let someone make money from speaking, then the world’s going to hear less of them. And what about reformed criminals who write repentance stories, or about how they learned from their mistakes? Or simply want to talk about their experiences in prison?

    Schappelle Corby is now defined by her experience. If she gets paid by anyone, for saying anything about herself or any topic, that would in the broad sense be ‘profiting from her crime.’ Which is absurd.

  14. C.L.

    Didn’t John Kerry leap from a patrol boat and shoot an oppressed teenager in the back in Vietnam? Is he the best person to represent your opposition to OSB?

  15. JC

    Stepford, Fatboy, Homer…… We know you’re reading this.

    Don’t say I never look out for you bobsey triplets. Get off the computer, stalking every word posted here and go for a fucking walk. It will make you less stupid.

    Taking a walk ‘makes your brain grow’: Energetic stroll three times a week can increase size of organ’s memory hub

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2561708/Taking-walk-makes-brain-grow-Energetic-stroll-three-times-week-increase-size-organs-memory-hub.html#ixzz2tiGxDB8z
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  16. JC

    Didn’t John Kerry leap from a patrol boat and shoot an oppressed teenager in the back in Vietnam? Is he the best person to represent your opposition to OSB?

    The gigolo secretary of state was told to resign by Gingrich.

    Gingrich calls for Sec. Kerry to resign over global warming remarks

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/18/gingrich-calls-for-sec-kerry-to-resign-over-global-warming-remarks/#ixzz2tiHylKAq

  17. Bruce of Newcastle

    Prince Charles is in Saudi Arabia. Oh dear.

    A few weeks ago he was going all in on global warming, now he’s visiting Big Oil Central.

    Throne, sword and bandolier? That could be quite embarassing when mum asks him to please explain next time he pops in for tea.

  18. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Saul Alinsky’s Eight Llevels of Control by which socialism shall destroy free peoples and enslave them.

    There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.

    1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people

    2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

    3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

    4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

    5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)

    6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.

    7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

    8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

    Look familiar?

  19. JC

    Bruce

    If the Brits don’t skip a generation, we ought to go Republic. The idea of that numbskull being our king is too much.

  20. JC

    The future head of the Church of England.

    Fme. That alone ought to turn the most ardent monarchist into a raging republican.

    What about a split kingdom? Appoint his son as our king? Let the Brits deal with the despicable hypocritical moron.

  21. Fleeced

    Ah, yes… Malcom is going to see how quickly lefties – who profess to love him and wish he were leader – jump up and down about his “involvement” in the Corby case.

    For once, I have some respect for the man. Raiding a network over this trifling issue is an extraordinary act, and definitely within the role of the Communications Minister to ask WTF is going on. Of course, he did claim that he was merely following up on the issue in his role and declared that he “didn’t express any sort of views about the merits of it either way.’’ No need to be shy, Turnbull – I’m with you on this one.

  22. Bruce of Newcastle

    Well Scotland, whose state emblem is the wind turbine, could ask him to be their king if the referendum gets up. That’d be a win-win.

  23. Tom

    If there’s one phrase that sums up the mental illness 0f the left as it stumbles forward in its quest to destroy Western civilisation, it is “unintended consequences” — just look at the chaos the Greenfilth and the Liarscum have unleashed in Victoria:

    AUSTRALIA’S aluminium smelters are urging the Abbott government to consider the “disproportionate” impact the Renewable Energy Target is having on their competitiveness.
    The Australian can reveal the Australian Aluminium Council has told the Department of Industry’s energy white paper reference panel that the sector has paid more than $300 million in RET costs since it was introduced and “this is not sustainable”.
    In a new submission, the council warns that high electricity prices have had “negative market consequences”. It points to Queensland’s Boyne Smelters, which is cutting aluminium production for the first three months of the year because of the high price of electricity over summer.
    It also challenges the government to deliver a mechanism to offset the period of higher electricity costs if the carbon tax repeal is delayed after July 1, and to review energy efficiency programs that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in company resources.
    The warnings came as power stations reeled yesterday from Alcoa’s announcement of the Point Henry smelter closure, as it consumed 5.8 per cent of Victoria’s electricity demand.
    (Alcoa’s Anglesea brown-coal power station supplies about 40 per cent of the power used by Point Henry.)
    Electricity generators warned the rapidly declining demand for electricity had compounded flaws in the design of the carbon tax and the RET. National Generators Forum executive director Tim Reardon said: “The closure of the Point Henry smelter will magnify these. The closure also means that there are fewer customers paying for the cost of poles and wires and . . . the cost of networks to remaining customers will increase.”
    EnergyAustralia, which owns the Yallourn power station in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, said the Point Henry closure would have a “significant” impact. “The closure will exacerbate the oversupply of generation and place further financial pressure on Victorian electricity generators,” said group executive manager of strategy and corporate affairs, Clare Savage.
    Alcoa has applied for an electricity-generation licence for Anglesea power station and The Australian has learned of industry concerns if it remains operational when Point Henry is closed it could add to the oversupply.
    Alcoa has said it needed to get a generator’s licence for Anglesea to continue to supply electricity to Point Henry or to the grid when a long-term contract with the State Electricity Commission of Victoria expired on July 31.
    The NGF says demand has declined since 2008 and at up to 3 per cent a year. Were it to continue at the rate of the past four years, emissions from power generation would be 5 per cent below 2000 levels by 2017-18 without government interventions via the RET or the Coalition’s direct action plan.
    In a submission on the emissions reduction fund the NGF warns the oversupply of generation “limits the ability of all market participants, including renewable generators, to achieve a commercial return”.

  24. lotocoti

    What about a split kingdom?

    No need.
    I suspect Madge will hang on until there’s a tragic bathroom accident, or he’s thrown when Camilla refuses a fence.

  25. Token

    Just look at these scumbags. If it were up to me, I’d raise their fucking taxes and remove any state protection of copyright.

    Glen Reynolds has documented well how Hollywood already has unbelievable tax treatment which allows them to write off things other businesses can’t.

    They are crony capitalists who know which party to fear / which to demonise for greatest profit.

    Victor Davis Hanson noted recently how they control the Hispanic vote & therefore how they have the state of California by the balls.

  26. JC

    Toke

    California up to Reagan’s time was the envy of the world. Silicon Valley? The entire state of California was Silicon Valley. The left destroyed it.

  27. JC

    California is just a larger version of Tasmania. Both states ought to be thrown out of the union and the Federation.

  28. Geriatric Mayfly

    I forget which, either SBS or ABC (they’re both the same anyway) shoved a microphone and camera in front of that Curr woman. She went off like a Gatling gun, claiming the Manus Island compound was invaded. She implied impeccable sources. If so, how do trouble makers like her, Rintoul and Ley become so well informed, so quickly, on any occurrence prejudicial to OSB?

  29. JC

    I had to…

    @howespaul Morning Paul.. Any union members left this morning?

    @howespaul Raise those wages dude. You know it makes sense.

  30. A Lurker

    What about a split kingdom? Appoint his son as our king? Let the Brits deal with the despicable hypocritical moron.

    King William of Australia? I like that. I like that a lot!

  31. JC

    He’s always good for a poke in the morning.

    @SwannyQLD Shane, no one really wants to hear from you anymore. Along with Tony Windsor you’re the most despised pol in the country. Silence

  32. Token

    …and crack whore Marty N…

    I know I have not been around a lot of late, did I miss a link on the man’s history?

  33. JC

    Nothing outta the ordinary, Toke. I think someone’s suggested cousin Marty, the former Filipino porn star, used to do coke when he was living here. Dunno anything else.

  34. Token

    What about a split kingdom? Appoint his son as our king? Let the Brits deal with the despicable hypocritical moron.

    With the many dopey statements the wannabe-tampon has made he will do more for Republicanism than any lefty campaign.

    It is in the interest of Australian monarchists to suggest this country adopt a cadet branch of the royal line. Who would say no to the veteran of Afghanistan Harry?

  35. JC

    Today in gerbil warming Headlines in Drudge.

    ‘HOMELAND’ BLOCKS ROAD SALT DELIVERY…
    Fast-Moving Storm Creates Whiteout Conditions in Chicago…
    Boston Blanketed For 9th Time — In 16 Days!
    2nd Snowiest February in NYC on Record…
    3rd Snowiest Winter In Philly…
    ‘Epidemic’ Of Potholes…
    Idaho Families Walk 19 Miles After Getting Stranded…

  36. Dan

    Michael ‘sideburns’ Stutchbury gets taken down a few pegs in today’s Oz editorial.

    Chenoweth called deranged.

    What a good start to the day

  37. Fleeced

    With the many dopey statements the wannabe-tampon has made…

    Ah, that’s right. So easy to forget that he wanted to come back as a tampon. Camilla’s tampon at that. We really need to keep reminding people about that – there’s probably a whole generation that haven’t even heard about it.

  38. Gab

    The future head of the Church of England.

    How long before he converts to Islam?

  39. Token

    California up to Reagan’s time was the envy of the world. Silicon Valley? The entire state of California was Silicon Valley. The left destroyed it.

    VDH has noted how quickly governor Moonbeam and the lefty elite trashed the state by passing key legislation which let the public sector unionise and stop the policing of illegal immigration.

    The crazy thing is today he is seen as to the right of the state’s D’rats.

  40. Driftforge

    It is in the interest of Australian monarchists to suggest this country adopt a cadet branch of the royal line. Who would say no to the veteran of Afghanistan Harry?

    I don’ t know that it is beneficial to start the movement back to hierarchical rule at the top. My sense is that we need to see it demonstrated at small scale first.

  41. It is in the interest of Australian monarchists to suggest this country adopt a cadet branch

    I’ve long argued for this solution. It worked for other countries—cf the Greek royal family, the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg. Prince Harry, however, being so close to the line of succession might not be given up so lightly by the British. I recommend the Princess Royal. Let’s see the feminists oppose her appointment.

  42. JC

    How long before he converts to Islam?

    I thought he had.

  43. Token

    In case anyone wants to see how process of making it legal for the public sector to unionise has distorted democracy in the US. look at the names on this list:

    The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) released its list of top all-time donors. It totaled contributions fro 1989 to 2012 from PACs and individuals affiliated with the heavy hitter organizations.

    CRP designated each of the heavy hitters as Democrat, Republican, or “on the fence,” meaning between 40 and 59 percent was donated to each party. In some cases, percentages did not add up to 100 due to third party donations.

    These are cold hard facts based upon dollars donated.

  44. Token

    While I was at the WFB I noted another of Obama’s cabinet is cashing in:

    Revolving Door: LaHood Joins Board of Electric Car Battery Company He Championed as Transportation Secretary

  45. C.L.

    I really cannot believe that Bolt has backed a police raid on a television station re an interview.

  46. Prince Charles, by way of Isabella of Castile, may be descended from the prophet Mahomet. I’m sure he believes it.

  47. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    King William of Australia? I like that. I like that a lot!

    Bugger it, lets just go whole hog.

    Turf Skeletor early, tell Cosgrove he’s Royal Advisor and appoint Harry King. Have our own bloody Royal Family that A/ knows how to party and B/ must have military careers.

    Oh, and the SAS becomes the King’s Life Guards.

    They can deal with left-wing republican knobgobblers under royal perogative (shoot first ask questions never)

  48. Gab

    Channel Seven offices were raided by police over the Corby matter? What were they hoping to find – Corby hidden away in a filing cabinet?

  49. Infidel Tiger

    C.L.
    #1194910, posted on February 19, 2014 at 9:48 am
    I really cannot believe that Bolt has backed a police raid on a television station re an interview.

    Bolts always backed censorship. He has his good points but he’s hardly a friend of freedom.

  50. dover_beach

    What was the reason for the raid?

  51. Gab

    You have an awesome memory, Deadman. You never cease to amaze. 🙂

  52. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Oh, and make the Royal Residence at Jervis Bay, on the grounds of the Naval College (HMAS Creswell). Give him JB Territory. Plenty of privacy and loads of places to dispose of the corpses of paparazzi and lefties.

  53. Gab

    Dover, apparently the police were “checking” to see if Seven was about to breach laws aginst criminals benefitting from their crimes. Sounds like the police were worried Seven was about to aid Corby.

    Chopper Read had no such problems.

  54. Token

    What was the reason for the raid?

    Jason Morrison noted police asked for the documents relating to the Corby deal and Channel 7 had got very uppity in their answers on whether they would cooperate. Apparently there are serious questions on whether providing the villa in Bali breaks the proceeds of crime act.

    It sounded like it was a bit of muscle flexing by the police telling Channel 7 they can not dictate how they cooperate with the law.

    PS: I am not supporting the action, just stating what I’ve heard over the past 24 hours.

  55. Token

    Prince Charles, by way of Isabella of Castile, may be descended from the prophet Mahomet. I’m sure he believes it.

    I’ve been wondering about that.

    By the actions of the muslim conquerers across the middle east & north africa most of the people in the region could make the same claim. There are similar numbers descended from other great conquerers.

    Khan did not limit his conquests to territory alone. The Mongol warlord plundered the occupied territories of its wealth and women. Genghis Khan fathered many children through force. 800 years later, DNA science indicates 0.5% of the world’s population can claim descent from Genghis Khan.

    For centuries, Asian rulers claimed descent from Genghis Khan to legitimize their rule. Some had real claims while others invented the genetic link. Khan ravaged Eurasia and its population in the 13th century. Plundering Eurasian women served to terrorize and establish Mongol dominance over conquests. As a result, the warlord fathered many children.

  56. Gab

    Jason Morrison noted police asked for the documents relating to the Corby deal and Channel 7 had got very uppity in their answers on whether they would cooperate. Apparently there are serious questions on whether providing the villa in Bali breaks the proceeds of crime act.

    All very Minority Report-esque.

  57. C.L.

    It’s self-evidently absurd to apply a “proceeds of crime” law to a Corby interview.

    Logically, it means the police are saying being interviewed by the media is a crime.

    This is equivalent to the banning of Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

    I wonder if my nose deceives me in sensing traces of George Brandis’s luvvie cologne.

    You know, a sop to the Indonesians.

  58. C.L.

    … Channel 7 had got very uppity in their answers …

    Good.

  59. Token

    All very Minority Report-esque.

    I’d like to see all the facts before making a judgement. It is as likely as not from the current evidence taht the police were acting within the powers given to them by a parliament in this land.

    If the issue is the powers provided to them, take away those powers.

  60. H B Bear

    As Dan noted last night, Australia’s highest profile geriatric care provider La Tingle gives us an insight into her “thought” processes as she re-tweets serial moron Russell Brand about the latest AFR anti-Murchoch beat-up.

    The Australian editorial gives the story the treatment it deserves with a big serve for the departed editor Stuch,

    Stutchbury, who was considered incompetent by staff of this newspaper before his removal as editor, and his senior editors should be held to account for publishing Chenoweth’s blatantly dishonest reporting. It does the AFR no credit when routine business events are dressed up as criminal conspiracies.

    Expect Ol’ Leathery and his circus clowns to be all over it on Sunday. Fauxfacts really is beyond a joke.

  61. Gab

    Token the key words “were about to” does not mean any crime was committed. Seems the AFP jumped a bit too soon and yes, Brandis/Indonesia appeasement sounds rational.

  62. C.L.

    The AFP officers on the news coverage were carrying Glocks.

    In the Channel Seven lobby.

  63. Token

    Token the key words “were about to” does not mean any crime was committed.

    Morrison’s point is that providing the villa to the Corby’s Shapelle has already gained financially from Channel 7. I don’t pretend to understand the act so I don’t know if provided accommodation in any form would constitute a breach.

  64. H B Bear

    The AFP officers on the news coverage were carrying Glocks.

    In the Channel Seven lobby

    Intel suggested Kochie was going to set the Cash Cow from the Sunrise onto them. Fair call in my book. He’s kinda unhinged.

  65. Driftforge

    If the law is that no benefit is to be received from crimes, then it is not only good but necessary that the police should act, especially if the network is making efforts to hide its act.

    There is nothing minority report about this at all; the networks have been broadcasting their intent for weeks.

  66. C.L.

    If the law is that no benefit is to be received from crimes …

    Being interviewed by the media is not a crime.

  67. Gab

    The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

    The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (the Act) was passed on 11 October 2002 and came into operation on 1 January 2003.

    The Act provides a scheme to trace, restrain and confiscate the proceeds of crime against Commonwealth law. In some circumstances it can also be used to confiscate the proceeds of crime against foreign law or the proceeds of crime against State law (if those proceeds have been used in a way that contravenes Commonwealth law).

    The Act also provides a scheme that allows confiscated funds to be given back to the Australian community in an endeavour to prevent and reduce the harmful effects of crime in Australia.
    Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce
    Launch

    Launched in January 2011, the Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce (CACT) was formed to enhance the identification and pursuit of potential criminal asset confiscation matters.

    The AFP led taskforce is a Commonwealth initiative dedicated to taking the profit out of crime by targeting criminals and their assets derived from criminal activity.

    View the launch video
    View the CACT brochure (PDF, 7MB)

    Taking the profit out of crime

    The multi-agency Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce provides a coordinated and integrated approach to identifying and removing the profits derived from serious and organised criminal activity.

    Led by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and utilising the resources from the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the Taskforce has stepped up the government’s fight against organised crime through a more intensive targeting of criminals’ accumulated wealth.

    Employing a proactive and innovative approach, the Taskforce uses intelligence, operations, legal, policy and other specialist resources from all participating agencies working together to ‘take the profit out of crime’.

    The Taskforce is managed from AFP headquarters in Canberra, with regional taskforce investigation and litigation teams located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra.

    It has the resources and ability to identify and pursue criminal assets and also works in partnership with relevant Commonwealth, State, Territory and international law enforcement agencies to identify, investigate and litigate appropriate asset confiscation matters at the Commonwealth level.

    Utilising an integrated approach, the Taskforce focuses on the development of the most effective and appropriate whole-of-government enforcement strategies on a case-by-case basis.

    These strategies can include criminal asset confiscation action, the referral of matters to the ATO for the application of taxation remedies, other Commonwealth processes such as debt recovery action, or recovery through State and Territory or foreign law enforcement agencies.

    The funds from confiscated assets are deposited into the Confiscated Assets Account, which is managed by the Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) on behalf of the Commonwealth.

    The funds can be used to benefit the community through crime prevention, intervention or diversion programs or other law enforcement initiatives. The Attorney-General’s Department support the Minister in managing programs of expenditure from the Confiscated Assets Account (www.ag.gov.au).

    http://www.afp.gov.au/policing/proceeds-of-crime.aspx

    Yep, Corby is the Mz Big of organised crime.

    Driftforge had the interview proceeded and aired and had Corby been paid and then had the AFP raided Seven only then one could say the actions were not Minority Report-esque.

  68. johanna

    Johanna,
    Having just changed to Outlook 2013 I spent a few weeks trying to work out why I suddenly had 25% view in the reading pane [like 6 font], changed status bar to have zoom function and all was good. Good luck with your frustrations with fixing problem.

    Thanks Jessie, sorry if I was a bit snippy above, but every time I raise this problem on a forum someone comes up with something I tried years ago, and it is getting old. Sorry!

    The emails look perfect on my screen – it is the unfortunate recipients who get microscopic text. After countless hours spent trying to fix it (and hearing from others who have the same problem and can’t fix it) I can only conclude that it is a bug in the software.

  69. Gab

    but every time I raise this problem on a forum someone comes up with something I tried years ago, and it is getting old.

    But how are people to know what you have or have not tried?

  70. Sinclair Davidson

    So Mark Riley’s employer got monstered by the Federal police?

    Shocking.

  71. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Don’t agree but not a lawyer. If Corby has been paid, then the above act would seem to apply.

  72. C.L.

    The Act provides a scheme to trace, restrain and confiscate the proceeds of crime against Commonwealth law.

    It is not against Commonwealth law to speak to the media about your life.

    This is far worse than Finkelstein.

    It could conceivably be applied to Mark Steyn or Andrew Bolt.

  73. Gab

    Great publicity for Seven. Before the raid feedback to Seven suggested not many would be interested in watching a Corby interview. I’m tipping that’s all changed now.

  74. Ripper

    johanna Have you tried using Thunderbird?

  75. Gab

    It is not against Commonwealth law to speak to the media about your life

    Had Corby netted money from the sale of the 4.2kgs of weed that would be “proceeds of crime”.

  76. Token

    Yep, Corby is the Mz Big of organised crime.

    Driftforge had the interview proceeded and aired and had Corby been paid and then had the AFP raided Seven only then one could say the actions were not Minority Report-esque.

    Neither was Muhammed Dawood. I see this as more over reach by an agency enabled by sprawling government (in this case the Howard government straight after 9/11).

  77. Eddystone

    It is not against Commonwealth law to speak to the media about your life.

    Of course it isn’t. Getting paid to do so as a result of a criminal conviction seems to be the bit that is illegal.

    I was quite happy that David Hicks didn’t get to profit from his crimes.

  78. C.L.

    LOL:

    Iran protests over Manus Island riot death.

    Good to see the Human Rights Commission is on the same page as Tehran.

  79. Token

    It is not against Commonwealth law to speak to the media about your life.

    I think we’ve done this to death, but just to re-state the critical point is whether Shapelle Corby (not Mercedes or Prius or other family members) gained from Channel 7 via accomodation & other gifts, irrespective of whether an interview is aired.

  80. Gab

    Chopper Read was never investigated for breaches against the Proceeds of Crime Act despite him writing several books and recieving money for those books.

  81. C.L.

    … the critical point is whether Shapelle Corby … gained from Channel 7 via accomodation & other gifts, irrespective of whether an interview is aired.

    Did the IPA pay for Mark Steyn’s digs when he was here?

    Wasn’t he convicted of something?

  82. johanna

    Gab, I made it clear from the outset that I (and others) have spent a lot of time and effort to try to fix the problem. So, off-the-shelf suggestions are unhelpful.

    Ripper, yes, the only solution seems to be to ditch Outlook. But it contains dozens of saved email addresses and history. It would be a long and boring job to transfer everything to another system. As my computer is getting close to sell-by, I guess I’ll just wait until I buy a new one and install a different email system then.

  83. Bruce of Newcastle

    Seems the AFP jumped a bit too soon

    The Seven reporter at 11:30am yesterday said when the AFP arrived Seven gave them a copy of the (draft?) agreement they had with Corby. The AFP had a warrant at that stage.

    My personal speculation is the AFP asked Seven for a copy of the agreement on Feb 11, Seven refused and only then they said OK you want to play we’ll play, then turned up with 20 officers, Glocks, a warrant and a bad attitude.

    It fits the data and the personalities on both sides.

  84. Dan

    Crikey it’s a toilet out there in Twitterland

    That Lenore Taylor tweets more per day than that other idiot, Emmo. No wonder she comes up with such absolute shit. I seriously doubt her mind ever left the time she was 22 yrs old

  85. Gab

    turned up with 20 officers, Glocks, a warrant

    Brilliant use of resouces. Cleary all crime has been solved, all streets are safe so lets send 20 armed police officers to get a bit of paper from a television station.

    How absurd.

  86. Eddystone

    Stop torturing that analogy CL, it’s dead.

  87. Dan

    Telling anecdotes is completely different to selling 2 pounds of grass.

  88. Ripper

    johanna

    But it contains dozens of saved email addresses and history.

    The latest version of thunderbird has a import facility.

  89. Tom

    Time to open a book on how wet the wet tram ticket will be that Liars appointee Charlie Rozencwajg uses to excuse Shagger Thomson’s minor errors of judgement – having done his duty to the public in finding him guilty, but not yet having done his duty to the Liars Pardy:

    FORMER Labor MP Craig Thomson is facing the prospect of jail time, hefty fines and being hauled before parliament after a court found he had stolen union funds and lied about using union money for prostitutes and other personal benefits during his time as Health Services Union national secretary.
    Thomson, 49, maintained a steely gaze as Victorian magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg yesterday ruled the former union official had committed at least 36 theft and dishonesty offences while leading the HSU, using union-issued credit cards to withdraw thousands of dollars in cash and charge escort services back to the HSU.
    The ruling comes nearly five years after the allegations were first aired publicly and Fair Work Australia (now the Fair Work Commission) began an inquiry that found in 2012 Thomson had spent about $6000 of union money on prostitutes, $70,000 on meals and travel and $100,000 on cash advances.

    Thomson has been released on bail and will return to court for a plea hearing on March 18.

    Shagger’s sentence market:

    Good behaviour bond — $4.50
    12 months’ gaol wholly suspended — $6.00
    12 months’ gaol with 30-day non-parole period — $2.50.
    12 months’ gaol with no minimum — $10.00
    More than 12 months gaol — $25.00.

  90. dismissive

    Gab – I don’t know if the legislation is retrospective but since Read was convicted in 1992 I suspect he was outside of the net.

  91. Leigh Lowe

    Chopper Read was never investigated for breaches against the Proceeds of Crime Act despite him writing several books and recieving money for those books.

    Chopper’s shit was pure fiction after the first three chapters of volume 1.

  92. johanna

    The AFP is second only to the AEC as a resting place for dolts who can’t make it anywhere else.

    Their Minister needs to do a serious review and hack out the dead wood at senior levels (which is most of those currently on the job).

  93. johanna

    Thanks Ripper – I’ll check it out. 🙂

  94. Token

    But it contains dozens of saved email addresses and history. It would be a long and boring job to transfer everything to another system. As my computer is getting close to sell-by, I guess I’ll just wait until I buy a new one and install a different email system then.

    Sounds like you have done what most tech support people do today and Googled for an answer, so I suspect your time would be better spent syncing your contacts.

    I have found Android/Apple phones have great software which can harvest your Outlook for all the contact information in a few clicks & little effort, so I suspect you’ll be able find software to do that same if you don’t have a phone. If you have Itunes installed and sync to an Iphone you just need to click a few buttons.

  95. Token

    …the wet tram ticket will be that Liars appointee Charlie Rozencwajg uses to excuse Shagger Thomson’s minor errors of judgement…

    AJ noted this morning that Rozencwajg may have provided a way for Thomson to get a lot of charges dismissed on a point of law on an appeal.

    This is something I hope Michael Smith & his readers work through as it might just be a slimy way by the Liars appointed judge to head off the royal commission, etc.

  96. Viva

    Here is a provocative piece from the UK Daily Telegraph on the Shirley Temple phenomenon which caused an outcry amongst commenters.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/hdequetteville/100259943/shirley-temple-and-the-dimpled-depravity-of-the-child-star/

    Read it an ask yourself? Were audiences in years gone by more innocent than we are today? Has our view of childhood and children been corrupted by the long running paedophile scare? Would that scene of Shirley singing The Good Ship Lollipop surrounded by adoring middle-aged males be allowable today? Do we watch that scene with different, more cynical eyes today? Why were commenter’s responses so shrill in their denial?

  97. Driftforge

    Driftforge had the interview proceeded and aired and had Corby been paid and then had the AFP raided Seven only then one could say the actions were not Minority Report-esque.

    No, I suspect the only relevant criterion there is that Corby had been paid, which may well have occurred prior to the raid.

  98. Token

    I love the image which goes with this take down of the serial dolt John Kerry:

    How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love ‘Climate Change’

  99. H B Bear

    Crikey it’s a toilet out there in Twitterland

    That Lenore Taylor tweets more per day than that other idiot, Emmo. No wonder she comes up with such absolute shit. I seriously doubt her mind ever left the time she was 22 yrs old

    Twitter provides a valuable insight into the echo chamber of modern journalism. Air heads like Latika Bourke with a degree in walking towards camera while speaking, pass themselves off as informed professionals.

    You can count the number of journalists and commentators actually worth reading on one hand.

  100. Infidel Tiger

    What if channel 7 paid Lexus Corby $2 million to Chapel St Corby to talk? How is that proceeds of crime?

    Surely it can’t be considered proceeds of crime to be paid exorbitantly for your time?

  101. dover_beach

    I fail to see how Corby conducting a paid interview would contravene the relevant act; the interview being so distant from the criminal conduct itself.

  102. nic

    She went off like a Gatling gun, claiming the Manus Island compound was invaded

    ‘Invaded’? Hmmm, that’s a touch insensitive. Did the kumuls burn their identification papers I wonder?

  103. johanna

    The hypocrisy, it burns.

    Federal Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek says it is appropriate her former colleague will suffer the consequences for misusing union funds.

    “I’m glad the law’s caught up with him,” she told Radio National.

    “I think everybody deserves their day in court.

    “We shouldn’t prejudge people – that’s part of our longstanding tradition in Australia that you get to have your day in court.

    “But if you did the wrong thing, I’m glad that he’s been caught and I’m glad he’ll suffer the consequences.”

    Right – so nobody in the union movement or the ALP had the faintest idea what Thommo was doing until today?

    Pull the other one Tanya – it plays Jingle Bells.

  104. Token

    DB, you have to be part of the group who seem to suffer from collective amnesia over why the legislation was introduced.

    It is astounding that a dopey girl from a family of small time drug dealers is being roped in by legislation constructed to stop jihadists and major crime figures from profiting from their illegal activities. 20 friggin cops?

    If you follow the link to the great discussion between Ben Fordham & Jason Morrison you’ll hear the 2 note how the NSW police have admitted that for over 2 years they refused to take the gun violence in the muslim communities seriously. We had day after day of shootings and the police conducted a PR campaign to fob off attention.

    This is a major scandal which won’t be discussed as the “raid” is stealing the oxygen.

  105. Leo G

    Yep, Corby is the Mz Big of organised crime.

    Yep. The Mz big of a crime ring that appears to have worked out how to smuggle Indonesian-grown marijuana leaf back into Indonesia, against the risk of a death penalty, and even though it’s more profitable to buy and sell in Indonesia, or even sell it in Australia.
    Mz Big of a ring of criminal imbeciles?

  106. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From johanna at 11:41 am:

    “The hypocrisy, it burns.”

    Fast forward to mid 2016 …

    Federal Labor Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek says it is appropriate her former colleague will suffer the consequences for inappropriate placement of his short one.

    “I’m glad the law’s caught up with him,” she told Radio National.

    “But if you did the wrong thing, I’m glad that he’s been caught and I’m glad he’ll suffer the consequences.

    Do you know that hubby and I can now afford an extension and a swimming pool – how cool is that?”

  107. Cold-Hands

    In a story that ties together popular science and Sports Illustrated, Kate Upton has done a bikini shoot in zero-G.

  108. Fleeced

    Telstra canning 800 jobs from Sensis…

    Gotta say, things are certainly gathering pace.

  109. brc

    I’m an advocate of adopting prince Harry as king of oz. Build a royal seat somewhere and crown him. Invite him to court a never ending parade of lovely young oz girls. He would hardly turn it down.

    If that fails, we could always nab one of princess Mary’s kids. They arent British, but what does that matter? Half the royals are German anyways.

    Royalty is good for tourism, good for a laugh and good for putting the possibility of getting a paul keating type elected president to the sword forever.

  110. Token

    Telstra canning 800 jobs from Sensis…

    Gotta say, things are certainly gathering pace.

    The companies who were too afraid to clear the decks when the last mob were in are now doing 6 years of housecleaning.

    The Abbott government better have a huge distraction planned for the week the quarterly unemployment numbers are released as that # is going to be shocking.

  111. nic

    That pic of Charles …….. all it needs is an unbeliever to smite with his scimitar.

  112. twostix

    No, I suspect the only relevant criterion there is that Corby had been paid, which may well have occurred prior to the raid.

    No raids with armed “officers” storming the ABC for releasing information from Top Secret documents though.

    Must be no bogans at the ABC I suppose.

  113. Fleeced

    The Abbott government better have a huge distraction planned for the week the quarterly unemployment numbers are released as that # is going to be shocking.

    Yeah, it’s gonna have a 6 in front of it for a while yet, I think – I expect it to increase for next two quarters before stabilising… that’s OK, best to get this stuff out of the way early. Apparently their first repeal day (they plan on having two a year) is in March. That should be entertaining.

  114. Tom

    … a story that ties together popular science and Sports Illustrated …

    Much appreciated, Cold Hands. I’m a real science buff so I have passed on that feature to all the scientists I know.

  115. Sinclair Davidson

    Surely it can’t be considered proceeds of crime to be paid exorbitantly for your time?

    As Shagger said to the judge.

  116. nic

    The Abbott government better have a huge distraction planned for the week the quarterly unemployment numbers are released as that # is going to be shocking.

    Monetary policy may remain loose, pending other stagflatory data.

  117. Fleeced

    I just hope the Abbott government doesn’t hold off cleaning out the public service to prop up employment numbers…

  118. Not that anyone was talking of abortion, but one woman rationalises her three abortions on the grounds that the souls of her fetûs agreed with being terminated:

    What I experienced was unique to me and my evolving self. To me, it was not an act of murder, as the religious zealots and right-wing oppressors would condemn, because I believe the soul and personality (which includes the body) are separate energies. I believe that we can check in and out of our physical vehicles when the situation requires it – or desires it. And I think that in cases where a woman chooses to terminate her pregnancy, there is an agreement between her soul self and that of her child. There is always agreement.

    Uh huh. However, when I tried explaining to the authorities that the bodies in my back shed were of people who agreed to be skinned alive…

  119. twostix

    It’s possible for me to feel a little bit of shraudenfruad towards 7 though. Here in the Hunter their local news quite seriously makes the ABC look like Fox News.

    So thick with Liberal Hate it is that on nearly every local or state news story it is a certainty that they will present someone named “The Local Greens Candidate” (I presume that’s his name, none other is ever given) and give him great swathes of time to put forth his deranged ideas about it. Otherwise they’ll lead the story with “Opposition Leader John Robertson says that the governments plan to X will lead to mass societal collapse / nurses being harmed / teachers losing out”.

    On the other hand one can go months without seeing or even hearing a quote from a Liberal Minister or MP on any issue local or national.

    Then there’s Mark Riley, Conroy skiing with Stokes and buying favourable coverage, etc, etc.

  120. C.L.

    Stop torturing that analogy CL, it’s dead.

    Yeah, no it isn’t.

  121. nic

    Bolt will add even more pressure onto the ABC, chortle.

  122. twostix

    What I experienced was unique to me and my evolving self. To me, it was not an act of murder, as the religious zealots and right-wing oppressors would condemn, because I believe the soul and personality (which includes the body) are separate energies. I believe that we can check in and out of our physical vehicles when the situation requires it – or desires it. And I think that in cases where a woman chooses to terminate her pregnancy, there is an agreement between her soul self and that of her child.

    It’s interesting to note the moment she stops making it about herself.

  123. Fleeced

    NEWS Corp Australia columnist Andrew Bolt is being given more airtime with his Network Ten show to double in length to one hour when it returns on March 2.

    Excellent news, and about time. I said from the start that it was too rushed in 30minute segment… though this news explains the outraged tweet I saw earlier: some lefty suggesting the Bolt ratings figures were clearly rigged, since surely, nobody actually watches it. LOL

  124. johanna

    So many sleazebags, it is easy to forget one or two of them

    “His defence team has told the court the definition of parliamentary business is at the heart of the matter and the prosecution must prove Slipper was not travelling on parliamentary business.

    The defence argues Slipper could not receive a fair trial under the Parliamentary Privileges Act and the court has no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

    His legal team says if the court determines what parliamentary business is that will have consequences not only for Slipper’s case but also for parliament as a whole.”

    So, they are saying that no court can determine what “parliamentary business” is, otherwise it could undermine constitutional government.

    In other words, no politician can ever be prosecuted for fraud on their parliamentary entitlements.

    Ah, the lovely Peter Slipper. There was certainly a vintage crop of creeps supporting Gillard’s government.

  125. C.L.

    What I experienced was unique to me and my evolving self. To me, it was not an act of murder, as the religious zealots and right-wing oppressors would condemn, because I believe the soul and personality (which includes the body) are separate energies. I believe that we can check in and out of our physical vehicles when the situation requires it – or desires it. And I think that in cases where a woman chooses to terminate her pregnancy, there is an agreement between her soul self and that of her child. There is always agreement.

    This year’s big contender for the Wow Just Wow Award.

    Only February, though.

  126. Fleeced

    With all the news making lefty heads explode at the moment, Bolt getting extra airtime is the icing on the cake. Hopefully he has Tim Wilson as his first guest, just to rub it in.

  127. Tom

    Australia’s biggest media company is getting mightily sick of the weekly attacks from the billion-dollar tax-funded leftist megaphone:

    NEWS Corp Australia has hit out at the ABC’s Media Watch for lacking professionalism after host Paul Barry failed to seek any response before airing an episode “littered with errors”.

    “You’d think after the national bollocking the ABC rightly received just this month about the lack of fact checking and serious lack of balance they would have been a little more careful with Monday night’s Media Watch,” News Corp CEO Julian Clarke said on Tuesday.

    The latest episode of the weekly 15-minute taxpayer-funded critique of print, TV and online news and current affairs coverage was largely devoted to an attack on News built in the main on grabs from unnamed former executives.

    “Paul Barry subjects his viewers to a lecture about the state of our business and the standards of journalism and fails to contact a single executive from our company while compiling his report,” Mr Clarke said.

    The episode also displayed a “lack of understanding about the media business”, he said.

    “Barry quoted the Herald Sun’s circulation as being under 400,000 sales per day. If Media Watch was attempting to give the viewers some insight into the newspaper business, it may have pointed out that the Herald Sun’s total audience, print and digital, is larger this year than last year and that the public are happily paying for the digital version,” Mr Clarke said.
    “He should also have pointed out that The Australian has over 57,000 digital subscribers, with paid digital sales growing 45 per cent over the last year. Total print and digital sales are up 4.4 per cent over the year.”

    RTWT

    Rolling coverage at Mumbrella. I trust you have also read the Oz’s devastating editorial this morning:

    FAIRFAX Media chief executive Greg Hywood needs to act now to salvage the reputation of The Australian Financial Review in the business community before it is completely shredded by the deranged output of senior reporter Neil Chenoweth. Under the inattentive eye of AFR editor-in-chief Michael Stutchbury, Chenoweth has been given both the latitude and valuable space in the pages of the paper to promote his absurd conspiracy theories, usually involving Fairfax’s chief rival, News Corporation, publisher of this newspaper.

    Stutchbury, who was considered incompetent by staff of this newspaper before his removal as editor, and his senior editors should be held to account for publishing Chenoweth’s blatantly dishonest reporting. It does the AFR no credit when routine business events are dressed up as criminal conspiracies.

  128. Tom

    Australia’s biggest media company is getting mightily sick of the weekly attacks from the billion-dollar tax-funded leftist megaphone:

    NEWS Corp Australia has hit out at the ABC’s Media Watch for lacking professionalism after host Paul Barry failed to seek any response before airing an episode “littered with errors”.

    “You’d think after the national bollocking the ABC rightly received just this month about the lack of fact checking and serious lack of balance they would have been a little more careful with Monday night’s Media Watch,” News Corp CEO Julian Clarke said on Tuesday.

    The latest episode of the weekly 15-minute taxpayer-funded critique of print, TV and online news and current affairs coverage was largely devoted to an attack on News built in the main on grabs from unnamed former executives.

    “Paul Barry subjects his viewers to a lecture about the state of our business and the standards of journalism and fails to contact a single executive from our company while compiling his report,” Mr Clarke said.

    The episode also displayed a “lack of understanding about the media business”, he said.

    “Barry quoted the Herald Sun’s circulation as being under 400,000 sales per day. If Media Watch was attempting to give the viewers some insight into the newspaper business, it may have pointed out that the Herald Sun’s total audience, print and digital, is larger this year than last year and that the public are happily paying for the digital version,” Mr Clarke said.
    “He should also have pointed out that The Australian has over 57,000 digital subscribers, with paid digital sales growing 45 per cent over the last year. Total print and digital sales are up 4.4 per cent over the year.”

    RTWT

    I trust you have also read the Oz’s devastating editorial this morning:

    FAIRFAX Media chief executive Greg Hywood needs to act now to salvage the reputation of The Australian Financial Review in the business community before it is completely shredded by the deranged output of senior reporter Neil Chenoweth. Under the inattentive eye of AFR editor-in-chief Michael Stutchbury, Chenoweth has been given both the latitude and valuable space in the pages of the paper to promote his absurd conspiracy theories, usually involving Fairfax’s chief rival, News Corporation, publisher of this newspaper.

    Stutchbury, who was considered incompetent by staff of this newspaper before his removal as editor, and his senior editors should be held to account for publishing Chenoweth’s blatantly dishonest reporting. It does the AFR no credit when routine business events are dressed up as criminal conspiracies.

  129. Token

    Then there’s Mark Riley, Conroy skiing with Stokes and buying favourable coverage, etc, etc.

    The owners of commerical Free to Air TV licenses made a lot of money at the expense of the taxpayer with the Liars Party handed them digital spectrum for bugger all. I would suggest that the wealth of Stokes went up by more by that one government handout than its went up through any management decision in the last 10 yeas.

  130. Bruce of Newcastle

    Here in the Hunter their local news quite seriously makes the ABC look like Fox News.

    Which Hunter are you in twostix? In my Hunter Prime 7 News makes ABC look like the 1960’s Voice of the CCCP.

    No they aren’t great, but their ABC is unflushable by comparison.

  131. C.L.

    With all the news making lefty heads explode at the moment, Bolt getting extra airtime is the icing on the cake.

    Indeed. And he’s introducing a new media watch segment!

    Absolute gold!

  132. Token

    It’s interesting to note the moment she stops making it about herself.

    You can bet there will be more me, me, me comments when she returns around the age of 40 demanding free IVF paid by taxpayers in the name of “equity”.

  133. Gab

    Did I hear here that the Bolt Report has been canned? Wrong.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/media/media-diary/bolt-report-to-address-media-spin-in-expanded-format/story-fnab9kqj-1226831405225

    Poor old Hammy was wrong.

    JC, better man those suicide hotlines.

  134. nic

    There is always agreement.

    Yep, funny that. No need for judgement because that would ‘demonise’.

  135. C.L.

    JC, better man those suicide hotlines.

    I understand he’s now outsourced the call centre to India.

    “Hi, JC’s Suicide Hotline? I’m worried about Bolt getting an extra half hour.”

    “Dat is vedy vedy bad.”

  136. Token

    So, they are saying that no court can determine what “parliamentary business” is, otherwise it could undermine constitutional government.

    In other words, no politician can ever be prosecuted for fraud on their parliamentary entitlements.

    You can bet the ATO woudl dismisse that excuse in a heartbeat with their extraordinary tax raising powers.

    Politicians are predictable.

    Rules are for thee & not for me.

  137. candy

    Does Joe Hockey have any plans to combat all this unemployment and death of some industries and nothing to replace them, unless he’s hiding some big announcement. Another review would be extremely extremely tedious.

    He’s starting to look a little clueless, talking about “growth” ? and advising other countries, just as our unemployment heads towards 10 percent.

  138. twostix

    Which Hunter are you in twostix? In my Hunter Prime 7 News makes ABC look like the 1960?s Voice of the CCCP.

    It’s the Seven 7:30 news update that’s the worst Bruce. It’s only five minutes between prime time shows and so they absolutely go to town. I sometimes wonder if they let the recent graduates put it together.

  139. Gab

    That was a very racist remark, honky.

  140. twostix

    Does Joe Hockey have any plans to combat all this unemployment and death of some industries and nothing to replace them, unless he’s hiding some big announcement. Another review would be extremely extremely tedious.

    He needs to announce the end of the FWA act. It’s an emergency, Bill Shorten needs to stop preventing Australians from having a job.

  141. Fleeced

    Indeed. And he’s introducing a new media watch segment!

    That’s the best part of all.

    Mmmm… Lefty tears are so delicious.

  142. nic

    Bolt’s response to a tweet is hillarious

  143. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From twostix at 12:14 pm:

    “It’s possible for me to feel a little bit of shraudenfruad towards 7 though. Here in the Hunter their local news quite seriously makes the ABC look like Fox News.

    … On the other hand one can go months without seeing or even hearing a quote from a Liberal Minister or MP on any issue local or national.

    Then there’s Mark Riley, Conroy skiing with Stokes and buying favourable coverage, etc, etc.”

    For those reasons and for Token’s observation at 12:24 pm:

    ” the Liars Party handed them digital spectrum for bugger all. I would suggest that the wealth of Stokes went up by more by that one government handout than its went up through any management decision in the last 10 yeas.”

    … I really couldn’t care if Stokes, the AFP Comedy Cops and the Bogan Princess tear into each other with Kalashnikovs and Lewis guns on the city streets, no matter how much that might offend starry eyed notions of libertarian nirvana. They deserve each other.

  144. JC

    Has Paulie B been given the size 10 hobnail up the butt?

    Meanwhile Meet the Press, the political interview show formerly hosted by Paul Bongiorno which used to air on Sundays at 10.30am, remains on hiatus.

  145. Makka

    “I think everybody deserves their day in court.

    “We shouldn’t prejudge people – that’s part of our longstanding tradition in Australia that you get to have your day in court.

    “But if you did the wrong thing, I’m glad that he’s been caught and I’m glad he’ll suffer the consequences.”

    These are all fine sentiments. Which many reasonable people will agree with.

    The cow speaking them however would have us all forget that this person was a standing MP , in an illegitimate minority Govt, that blatantly LIED to the Australian nation and squandered it’s wealth while desperately clinging to power. She would like us to forget the that her Govt and PM mounted attacks on males, the family, the unborn, forget the corruption of the PM as she clung to power and her subservience to Union slime as they ruined our economy, the attempts at silencing the media… etc.

    And what will be her response if a Senior Labor Figure gets done for heinous charges?

    Context is everything.

  146. Brian of Moorabbin

    CRAIG Thomson faces a fresh inquiry for allegedly misleading the parliament over a 2012 speech in which he denied spending union money on prostitutes.

    Senior government sources have confirmed consideration is being given to re-referring Thomson to parliament’s powerful privileges committee, following yesterday’s court ruling that he defrauded the Health Services Union.

    A previous privileges committee investigation was put on hold pending the outcome of judicial proceedings. The investigation lapsed with the election of the new parliament.

    The House of Representatives has the power to impose jail terms of up to six months and fines of up to $5000 for a “breach of privilege”.

    It could also publicly admonish the former MP by calling him “to the bar”, and seeking an apology.

    Under parliamentary rules the former member for Dobell would be able to make submissions on findings against him.

    Once the committee reported, a motion would need to be moved and voted upon regarding any proposed penalty.

    Thomson told the House of Representatives on May 21, 2012, that he had been framed by “enemies” in the HSU. “I have consistently from day one denied any wrongdoing in relation to these issues,” he said at the time.

    He also used parliamentary privilege to accuse HSU official Marco Bolano of threatening to “set me up with a bunch of hookers”.

    But his legal team did not deny his use of union funds to pay for prostitutes. Instead, barrister Greg James QC argued that the rules of the HSU did not define the boundaries of work-related expenditure and, as a result, no party had been defrauded.

    Melbourne magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg said it would be “an affront to common sense” to believe spending union money on escort services fell within any “grey area”. Relatives of Mr Bolano shouted “liar!” at Thomson as he left the court.

    “It wuzn’t me. I wuz framed. I did nuffink wrong..” in Parliament, turned into “Yeah I dun it, but I wuz allowed to do it cuz the rules dun say not to…”

  147. Leigh Lowe

    So many sleazebags, it is easy to forget one or two of them

    “His defence team has told the court the definition of parliamentary business is at the heart of the matter and the prosecution must prove Slipper was not travelling on parliamentary business.

    Slippery’s legal-eagles should read the papers during morning tea, paying particular attention to Shagger’s demise.
    Part of the mountain of evidence against Shagger was his alteration of hookers bills to represent them as “dinner” or whatever. The point being that, if hookers were legit expenditure, why cover your tracks? That is prima-facie evidence that Shagger knew the expenditure was ‘out-of-bounds’ hence the alteration of the expense claim.
    Which brings us to Slippery Pete.
    He may have been able to make the case that he was visiting wineries to further his knowledge of viticulture for the upcoming debate on the “Noxious Weeds and Pests (Viticulture) Act -2012” and therefore it was Parliamentary business.
    But he didn’t.
    He doctored the locations and amounts on the taxi dockets – prima facie evidence that he knew the expenses were dodgy and thus attempted to disguise them.

  148. Leigh Lowe

    Meanwhile Meet the Press, the political interview show formerly hosted by Paul Bongiorno which used to air on Sundays at 10.30am, remains on hiatus

    .
    It’s the redundancy waiting game.
    Bonge is in his ’60’s and has an ego the size of Texas.
    Insteda of paying him out, they will simply not put him to air until he falls of the twig.

  149. Token

    …which used to air on Sundays at 10.30am, remains on hiatus

    What Douche proved by providing the Bolt ratings was Bonge’s 1/2 hour of sucking up to the Liars Party was a drag on the ratings.

    Each time he would give the numbers you would see that only the Canberra Press Gallery & Bonge’s family were watching MTP and after a while it was clear his family no longer watched.

    The little I know about TV is that advertisers will not pay much to advertise on an industry circle jerk.

  150. Poor old Hammy was wrong.

    JC, better man those suicide hotlines.

    This news was on Bolta’s blog yonks ago, if Hammy had bothered to look.

    But it was nice of everyone to give him his moment in the sun.

  151. johanna

    Indeed, Brian, and Slipper’s lawyers are running a variant of that argument.

    Yes, I did it, but as there is no rule that specifically says you can’t spend the public’s/union members’ money on hookers/trips to wineries, rack off.

    Let’s hope that Slipper’s arguments receive the same treatment as Thommo’s did.

  152. JC

    Leigh

    There was a family connection with Paulie B’s parents and mine going back a while. Doesn’t stop me from thinking he’s a douchebag.

  153. Oh come on

    Haha Ellis has cowed the Internet Gods into doing his bidding. They will soon Alter The Technology:

    The technology will be in place by the weekend.

    After which the Great Man will snap his fingers and the wheels will begin to turn:

    I’ll put up the mechanics on Monday.

    Guy’s completely detached from reality. I guess that’s what a good stint up in Byron will do to you. Speaking of detached from reality:

    and it may be that the Redcliffe by-election will trigger events that bring Abbott down, or not, like the Bass by-election of 1975. In such an onrush of dramatic probability Abbott would sack Morrison, Brough and Pyne be accused of conspiracy, Truss withdraw from the Coalition, the Senate announce an Inquiry into Morrison’s breaches of international law, the UN demand that Morrison stand trial for crimes against humanity and the GG order a federal election to coincide with the Senate election in Western Australia.

    Abbott sack Morrison? Dear lord, Morrison’s his star performer! Why on earth would he sack Morrison?

    Interesting to note that Ellis and John Kerr are on the same page in regards to the role of the GG in the Federation.

  154. candy

    He needs to announce the end of the FWA act. It’s an emergency, Bill Shorten needs to stop preventing Australians from having a job.

    I know.
    Sadly though Joe Hockey is starting to make Wayne Swan look good.
    Unless he’s hiding some great big secret plan, but it’s like waiting for the next round of a major firm collapsing with another 500 to 1000 jobs lost.

  155. Leigh Lowe

    Leigh

    There was a family connection with Paulie B’s parents and mine going back a while. Doesn’t stop me from thinking he’s a douchebag.

    Ditto.
    He was a priest in our parish before he ran off with one of the teachers at the CBC (a woman in case anyone is wondering).
    Always drove a flash car so I assumed his parents had a few bob.
    And I agree on your douchebag rating.

  156. Oh come on

    What if channel 7 paid Lexus Corby $2 million to Chapel St Corby to talk? How is that proceeds of crime?

    She can’t be Lexus Corby. Lexuses weren’t even around she was born. Maybe she can be Cressida Corby.

    Crown Corby?

  157. harrys on the boat

    I hope Shagger has read Junkies Wife’s (is that her official Cat nickname?) endorsement that she’s “glad he’ll suffer the consequences”.

    A few more Labor top brass highlighting their satisfaction that Shagger has been charged might make him name and shame.

  158. Brian of Moorabbin

    Janet Albrechtsen really laying the boots into Bull Shitten

    WITH Labor’s poll numbers falling, and the Opposition Leader’s personal satisfaction rating dive-bombing even further, Bill Shorten needs to do something different. Fast. To coin a phrase favoured by Labor, he has gone from “hero to zero”. The bright young thing of modern Labor looks more like the wrinkly face of a sclerotic political party.

    Shorten could do worse than take advice from Paul Keating, who, at least as treasurer, understood the key to political leadership. As Keating said to Kerry O’Brien during the second episode of Keating: The Interviews, the former treasurer was a risk-taker who didn’t just walk the high wire: he went about changing the wire underneath him. Keating understood the importance of stamping a new, more modern face on Labor. As he said, after the fiasco of the Whitlam years Labor could not afford to give the impression the “Hillbillies were back in town”.

    After the disasters of the prime ministerships of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, the new Opposition Leader faced the same challenge. As this newspaper has noted, Labor’s last period in office was akin to the Whitlam government – without the good bits. Sadly, Shorten has so far failed to mark himself and his team out as different from the last mob. Hubristic claims that the Prime Minister is a potential “oncer” do little to distract from Shorten’s problem: it looks like the Hillbillies are back in town.

    The ride down for Shorten is less exhilarating. Yet he only has himself to blame. Rather than bask in the hollow success of Labor’s win in the Griffith by-election, Shorten should ask himself why a seat that was Labor’s safest Queensland seat at the 2013 election is now teetering on a 2.27 per cent margin? With the LNP’s Bill Glasson winning more of the primary vote than Labor’s Terri Butler – making the Coalition more popular than either Labor or the Greens on primary votes – Shorten needs to fix Labor’s vision problem. Labor’s constant eye to the Left to attract Greens preferences, while trying to also attract mainstream voters, is making it politically cross-eyed. Publicly, Shorten has so far missed the opportunity to mark himself out as a different kind of Labor leader – someone who is willing to take risks for the sake of moving Labor back to the centre of politics.

    Labor’s hysteria over the end of taxpayer gifts to the car industry is yet another indication of Shorten’s disconnect with voters. Being wedded to propping up an industry that extracted $10 billion from taxpayers over seven years – and still can’t compete on the global stage – suits the union agenda, but it is not smart politics or sensible economics. While most voters are awake to this, Shorten is not.

    RTWT

  159. JC

    The bobster doesn’t sound very well.

  160. I would suggest to Ms Plibersek that it’s a wee bit late to be discovering your feminist principles and working-class solidarity after the verdict.

    She was awfully quiet during the five or so years preceding the verdict. But then again, she’s also very quiet about a Senior Labor Figure, too. Mind you, if that balloon goes up, Tanya Plibersek gets the leadership.

  161. nic

    (a woman in case anyone is wondering).

    I did.

  162. The bobster doesn’t sound very well.

    I wouldn’t worry. He sounds exactly like he always does, even without my help.

  163. Token

    Sadly though Joe Hockey is starting to make Wayne Swan look good.
    Unless he’s hiding some great big secret plan, but it’s like waiting for the next round of a major firm collapsing with another 500 to 1000 jobs lost.

    Do you think that governments create jobs rather than just defer the inevitable collapse to a later date?

  164. Oh come on

    He’s deep deep deep in a hole, he is. He’s reduced to defending probable KF enthusiasts:

    I wish him ill-fortune, wens and withered crops, and hope he ends up babbling on a park bench ‘Cate Blanchett is a phoney! And Woody Allen is a beast!’ In the imminent, smelly, toothless last days if his life.

    Because Bob could do with some company?

  165. Leigh Lowe

    She can’t be Lexus Corby. Lexuses weren’t even around she was born. Maybe she can be Cressida Corby.

    Crown Corby?

    She looks my like an Escort Corby to me.

  166. Leigh Lowe

    She looks more like an Escort Corby to me.

  167. Oh come on

    Philippa, what’s changed is that what’s most probably a chronic substance abuse problem has started to quite seriously affect his writing. The stuff he posts late at night and in the morning looks like he typed it out wearing boxing gloves. Then, as he sobers up throughout the day, he incrementally edits the mess he’d previously left.

    And so it goes.

  168. Poor old Bob levels what he clearly thinks is the ultimate insult:

    Stokes opts for Amy Adams, who was indeed very fine in American Hustle, in part, he says, because of her ‘low-cut dresses’ and her failure to catch her ‘death of cold’ when so accoutred — by, aha, ‘an Australian costume designer, Michael Wilkinson’. This he thinks is fair cause to praise her, and bedim with irrelevant stainings her rival Blanchett.

    Is this young man mad? If not, is he a fit guest at any Sydney dinner party? Would Annabel Crabb invite him? Would the Governor-General?

    I shall instantly have that young man over to dinner.

  169. Philippa, what’s changed is that what’s most probably a chronic substance abuse problem has started to quite seriously affect his writing. The stuff he posts late at night and in the morning looks like he typed it out wearing boxing gloves. Then, as he sobers up throughout the day, he incrementally edits the mess he’d previously left.

    Perhaps the bear cub has also made a reappearance. It was a trifle troublesome to Bob during the last days of the Gillard government.

  170. candy

    Do you think that governments create jobs rather than just defer the inevitable collapse to a later date?

    Well, he keeps going on about “restructuring” the economy but nothing’s out there about what that means. Blank.

  171. Token

    Haha Ellis has cowed the Internet Gods into doing his bidding. They will soon Alter The Technology:

    Does Ellis really think he’ll be talking with anyone once that paywall is in place?

  172. nic

    Perhaps the bear cub has also made a reappearance. It was a trifle troublesome to Bob during the last days of the Gillard government.

    The black bear of reality?

  173. JC

    Does Ellis really think he’ll be talking with anyone once that paywall is in place?

    I’m sure Bob Dredd Scott-Carr will fling the loon 50 bucks for a years sub. After all he hired him as his speechwriter.

  174. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Token at 1:12 pm:

    “Do you think that governments create jobs rather than just defer the inevitable collapse to a later date?”

    Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” should be the first port of call every time, be they banks or bolt and nut manufacturers.

    My earliest experience was giving up a couple of weekends in the mid ’70s as we beavered away on costings for Neville Wran to rescue British Leyland by closing Zetland and letting them have Pagewood (or the other way around?). That breathed oxygen into them for about five days or a year.

    Mobs like Adelaide Steamships were always around to pick over the bones and create wealth from selling off profitable parts, real estate or joint venture positions; and balance, profitability and certainty returns much more swiftly from that natural business evolution.

    These big business houses – Ford, GMH, Alcoa and so on – are propped up merely to briefly advantage a privileged blue collar class for a decade or so, and to return some inept government or other. This so distorts the markets that no-one knows just how much public money is diverted away from legitimate expenditure and just how much profit, if any, can be attributed to it.

  175. Brian of Moorabbin

    JOE Hockey is dead right: the $40 million of our money given to Alcoa in June 2012 has gone “down the tube”.

    Alcoa spent a lot of money on three new enterprise bargaining agreements. Alcoa didn’t need to make those new EBAs.

    Thanks to the EBAs, perhaps up to half of the $40m was committed to cash pay rises and flow-on labour costs. The rest may go towards the closure bill, estimated by Alcoa as between $250m and $270m. Roughly divided, this equates to a budget of $250,000 to $270,000 in redundancy pay and associated benefits for each employee. Must we pay to “transition” them all as well?

    The Point Henry Rolled Products EBA gave pay rises totalling 12 per cent from September 2012.

    Under the life of that EBA, the entry-level wage for a continuous seven-day shift worker was hiked from $82,106 annually to $91,571 by 2015. The wage for an experienced continuous seven-day shift worker went from $119,334 annually to $133,092 in 2015.

    The AWU is the key union at Alcoa. In 2012, Julia Gillard was a prime minister hanging on by her fingernails. The AWU had installed her and she was relying on AWU support to stay. It follows, then, that our money was given to Alcoa by Gillard with Paul Howes looking on. The way the money was spent was predictable too.

    I doubt any of the people involved have an ounce of shame over the matter. Still, it is a lesson for the rest of us; big business, big unions and big government playing little games with our money. We can refer to it as “a grand compact” that failed.

    Alcoa’s Point Henry aluminium smelter:
    – In June 2012 Gillard gifted them $40 million of our money to bribe them to stay amid fears they were going to close early because of the carbon tax.
    – Most of the $40 million went towards 12% pay rises demanded by the unions starting from September 2012.
    – Gillard’s sole objective was to keep the union governing Alcoa employees happy (the AWU) who’s support she relied on to keep her in the PM role (also Bill ‘Tits McGee’ Shortcrust’s main support base).
    – Alcoa paid last financial year a carbon tax bill of $137.2 million. It is expanding it’s American plants where no carbon tax is charged.
    – Alcoa workers receive $250 000- $270 000 redundancy payments
    – Gillard/Labor/Greens/Independent minority govt of the last 6 years has changed the face of Australia with the new Coalition government now trying to clean up the mess and steering it back on course.

    Conlusion: Union demands for over generous ABA’s, combined with the carbon tax, have killed this industry.

    Remember how Paul Howes from the AWU guaranteed no jobs would be lost?

    Where, o Where has Piggy Howes gone,
    Oh where, o where can he be?

    (Answer: Hiding from the RC into Union Corruption…)

  176. twostix

    On the “bonge”:

    Paul Bongiorno is perhaps the least friendly to the Coalition of all political editors who belong to the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Canberra. In off-the-record mode, Canberra based journalists speak about how “Bonge” (as he is affectionately termed) invariably manages to present an interpretation of Channel 10’s evening news which is unfavourable to Opposition leader Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party and the National Party.

    In her book Confessions of a Conservative Leftie, Niki Savva wrote about her experiences with Bonge when she was media adviser to Peter Costello – treasurer in John Howard’s Coalition government:

    The media was only too willing to take up anti-Howard stories and there were too many people willing to supply them. Paul Bongiorno, for example, was one of the senior people in the gallery who made clear his distaste for the government, and who couldn’t wait to see it booted out…

    Bonge on Albanese:

    Labor’s leader of the house still has some press gallery fans. “I’m so proud to have a name ending in a vowel after your gutsy performance,” Ten’s Paul Bongiorno tweeted on Saturday.

    “Bonge” on Carr

    Paul Bongiorno tweeted, “Bob Carr’s speech, erudite, inclusive, non partisan and visionary in humanity’s regard.” Seriously.

    And finally who can forget the infamous tweet about Thatcher that had our very own JC’s reply elevated to Cut and Paste:

    Paul Bongiorno [email protected]
    When in strife invade the Falklands. Maybe Gillard could look for a target before September.

    What a loser!

  177. johanna

    “After the disasters of the prime ministerships of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, the new Opposition Leader faced the same challenge. As this newspaper has noted, Labor’s last period in office was akin to the Whitlam government – without the good bits. ”

    Well, ALP National Secretary David Combe said this of the Whitlam government:

    “We look like a party of junketeers who don’t expect to be in office often or long.”

    So true. The minute the Ruddster and Gillard got the keys to the Treasury, they ripped us off on a grand scale. Handouts of borrowed money to union mates, employers who passed the money on, frauds like Tim Flannery and his mates – the list goes on. Did they really think that this gravy train was going to last for ever?

    Of course not. They took everything that was not nailed down during their brief window of opportunity.

    Alley cats are models of ethics compared to them.

  178. twostix

    Well, he keeps going on about “restructuring” the economy but nothing’s out there about what that means. Blank.

    He can’t do anything until the traitorous, lame duck swine in the ALP stop voting down everything the Libs send to the Senate.

  179. Brian of Moorabbin

    Another one from ‘The Law of Unintended Consequences” file…

    The world’s largest solar plant is awesome—unless you’re a bird like the one in this image published by the corporation BrightSource Energy. This bird flew over the plant and was killed by its deadly heat levels, which can reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit (537C). Apparently, this was expected.

    The Wall Street Journal and a Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System monthly compliance report (PDF) already pointed out that this was going to be one of the side-effects of the $2.2 billion 5-square-mile solar farm and its three 40-story-high towers southwest of Las Vegas.

    When its 350,000 mirrors converge on the water boilers sitting atop the towers, they effectively turn into a gigantic death ray. Anything that goes through the concentrated light beams will be killed.

    The California Energy Commission says that the loss of wildlife—and other severe environmental problems associated to it—is acceptable because “the benefits the project will provide override those impacts.” According to them, the plant will be producing enough electricity to power 140,000 homes when running at maximum power with a reduced carbon footprint. Environmentalists claim that the benefits may not be that clear.

    To add salt to the injury, biologists say that the birds may be confusing the sea of mirrors with a lake, which is attracting them to the deadly mirage.

    First it was bird-shredding windmills… Now it’s solar-powered death rays…

    Fuck the wildlife, For Gaia!!!

  180. H B Bear

    Piggy ain’t popping out from the QANTAS Chairman’s Lounge any time soon.

  181. Leo G

    I fail to see how Corby conducting a paid interview would contravene the relevant act; the interview being so distant from the criminal conduct itself.

    The Proceeds of Crime Act may be used against any person who is suspected of intending to gain a benefit from the notoriety of any other person (or themselves) who is suspected of committing an offence- where the offence may be under the law of any country, and committed in any country, at any time, even long ago.
    Anyone intending to author, publish or sell nonfiction that relates to any offence could be targeted.

  182. JC

    And finally who can forget the infamous tweet about Thatcher that had our very own JC’s reply elevated to Cut and Paste:

    Oh yea, what an imbecile. His stupidity even made it into cut and paste.

  183. H B Bear

    Bungjourno, like everything on Channel 10, is a half-arsed knock-off of something done by a successful channel.

    The poor man’s Jabba.

  184. My 17 y.o. son, at a packed electoral meeting in the Town Hall for young people today, could not help himself when Nick McKim brought out the ol’ 97% lie—of the supposed consensus of scientists who support the pseudo-scientific conjecture of AGW—and, when he had the microphone in hand, said “Please stop lying; the 97% statistic if f*cking bullshit, and you f*cking know it, you c*nt.”
    This was, he concedes, a tad rude but The Greens of all people should appreciate the triumph of feelings over rational argument.

  185. johanna

    More bad news for consumers and business, with gas prices set to rise by a shedload, even though we have heaps of it:

    “Gas prices in New South Wales and the ACT may be set to rise, with two of the biggest gas retailers in south-eastern Australia applying to raise their retail prices by about 20 per cent from mid year.”

    The rest of the article is rubbish. The problem with gas supply is that morons like Fatty O’Barrell have ring-fenced huge areas off from gas extraction because of greenie hysteria. There is absolutely no empirical evidence to support their claims that properly conducted gas extraction is a menace to underground water, or anything else. But dickheads like Alan Jones and greenies have frightened Fatty and his colleagues into making extraction unviable or impossible across large swathes of NSW.

    As someone who uses gas heating in chilly Canberra winters, I am furious. It has nothing to do with export gas (a canard that gets raised every time in these debates) and everything to do with government regulation making it impossible for a competitive market to operate. Only the big players can afford to remain in the market, and they write their own ticket.

  186. harrys on the boat

    If only there was vision of that, Deadman.

  187. dover_beach

    Leo G, so the true crime section of every bookstore is there by the grace of the Crown prosecutor? If that is the law, without further qualification, than it is so broad as to make the law a mockery.

  188. dover_beach

    Deadman for Father of the Year.

  189. dover_beach

    Chilly winters in Canberra? Ahaha, I just spent a week in Ottawa. It was a chilly -18C yesterday.

  190. Brian of Moorabbin

    My 17 y.o. son, at a packed electoral meeting in the Town Hall for young people today, could not help himself when Nick McKim brought out the ol’ 97% lie—of the supposed consensus of scientists who support the pseudo-scientific conjecture of AGW—and, when he had the microphone in hand, said “Please stop lying; the 97% statistic if f*cking bullshit, and you f*cking know it, you c*nt.”
    This was, he concedes, a tad rude but The Greens of all people should appreciate the triumph of feelings over rational argument.

    If only there was vision of that, Deadman.

    If only it actually had any effect on the lying Greenfilth who, no doubt, will continue to repeat the lie right up until the point where the whole scam comes crashing down around their ears (and probably still try it on, in a vain effort to ‘keep the narrative alive’….)

    What was the reaction from the other young people around your son Deadman? Did they cheer and agree? or did they decry him as an unbeliever at him for not kowtowing to ‘the science’?

  191. C.L.

    “Please stop lying; the 97% statistic is f*cking bullshit, and you f*cking know it, you c*nt.”

    All true.

  192. Fisky

    Paul Montgomery [email protected] 4h
    @jc6543 @lokicat_ @mickfisk When are we having that second lunch? My treat this time.

    JC – didn’t m0nty insist he paid his bill last time??? Now he has basically admitted it was a lie!

  193. C.L.

    Jelly-back Joe Hockey backs AFP gestapo raid.

  194. johanna

    Gee, dover, I bet it was even colder in Antarctica. So what?

    The point is that gas prices could go up by as much as 20%, not because there is a shortage of gas, but because dumbkopf governments laid down in front of baseless greenie propaganda.

    That kind of rise not only makes all consumers (including business) poorer, it is for no good reason, and has nothing to do with markets. There is plenty of gas. It is the stranglehold of government regulation that is responsible for this fiasco.

  195. Infidel Tiger

    “Please stop lying; the 97% statistic is f*cking bullshit, and you f*cking know it, you c*nt.”

    Double his allowance.

  196. Driftforge

    Jelly-back Joe Hockey backs AFP gestapo raid.

    Good.

  197. C.L.

    Open borders update:

    Asylum seeker jailed for indecent assault on blind woman on train.

    Note the defence:

    A Bangladeshi asylum seeker has been sentenced to at least 15 months in jail for stalking and indecently assaulting a blind woman on a Sydney train.

    Rubel Sheikh, 26, followed the 23-year-old woman to Ashfield station in July last year before boarding a train with her.

    There he touched her breast twice, told her she was “sexy” and repeatedly asked for a “goodbye kiss”, the woman said.

    At the Sydney Central Local Court on Wednesday, Sheikh was sentenced to 20 months’ jail, with a minimum term of 15 months, for aggravated indecent assault and stalking.

    In sentencing, magistrate John Andrews said Sheikh had preyed on the vulnerable woman and exploited her disability.

    But his barrister Jonathan Cohen argued the victim had proved to be “no shrinking violet” by telling Sheikh to leave her alone and wasn’t violently threatened.

    “The stalking was for … the purpose of legitimately making a pass at her,” he said.

  198. Mark from Melbourne

    Does Ellis really think he’ll be talking with anyone once that paywall is in place?

    What a dilemma! Lose one of the true comic treats of the interwebs or actually pay Ellis money?

    I’m tipping the “wall” will have more holes than his logic and/or last for a very, very brief period.

  199. C.L.

    Good.

    Next stop for the AFP: getting convicted race discriminator Andrew Bolt’s new contract.

    Right?

  200. nic

    Open borders update:

    Just what is it with these ‘refugees’? There’s this clown, a guy assaulting girls at the Homebush bay swimming pool, another assaulting a girl at Balmain and another example in the paper today of a Sri Lankan refugee who gropped a girl at a shopping mall.

  201. JC

    Why yes Fisk. However I thought the science was well and truly settled in that he lied.

    I’m going to take him up, because I feel sorry for the galoot. He’s basically been sitting at the front door of the cat and Sinc won’t let him in.

    How would you feel if the only regular company you had was homer Paxton and the disability pensioner (Stepford).

  202. harrys on the boat

    Nic, all the women in those cases were no shrinking violets…………

  203. Brian of Moorabbin

    Rare moment of clarity from Tanya “Israel is a rogue state” Pliberserk…

    IRAN’S foreign ministry has reportedly summoned Australia’s ambassador to protest the death of an Iranian asylum-seeker during rioting on Manus Island, in a move dubbed “a bit rich” by deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek.

    But Labor’s Ms Plibersek said it was “a bit rich” for the Iranian government to criticise Australia given its own human rights record.

    “Of course any reports of a death or injury on Manus Island concern me greatly,” said Ms Plibersek, Labor’s foreign affairs spokeswoman.

    “But I do also think it’s a bit rich for anyone from the Iranian government to be criticising the treatment of asylum-seekers from a regime that may well be making positive steps in recent times, but has a record for not respecting the human rights of its own citizens, particularly anyone who is critical of the government there.”

    One commentor also notes:
    “He was seeking asylum from Iran and they are complaining about the way he was treated. You must be kidding. If he was treated properly in his own country he wouldn’t be seek asylum.”

  204. JC

    Filed under, I had to

    @PaulBongiorno Hey Paul, sorry to hear they axed your show, but it was getting a little long in the tooth anyway and bolt brings fresh blood

  205. B. o. M., Most of the students around me laughed, some students and the organisers glared, the Liberal candidate (Elise Archer) might have smirked, the ALP candidate looked miserable the whole time so I could not discern any difference; McKim seemed annoyed the whole time, and was constantly talking down to people, and kept spouting the “climate change” bullshit.
    In his answer to me he said there was overwhelming support for “global warming” or—he used the term interchangeably—climate change, and people were causing it.
    Some people nearby agreed with me. Other students asked Dorothy Dixers such as “How important is education?” and “What is Gonski?”
    We had the acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait ownership of the land business twice: once when the organisers launched the meeting, and a second time when Nick McKim initially spoke. McKim said that he wanted 16 and 17 y.o. people to vote because, if he could have voted when he was sixteen or seventeen, he would have done far more research on the candidates and party policies than most adults ever would. Voting, he said, in his condescending tone, was “awesome”.
    At the end, there was the obligatory gratitude to the candidates from a representative student thanking them for their valuable time, and “we’ve learned so much about voting” and the like. The thanks were premature because no-one explained about enrolling and voting until after the candidates were finished.

  206. Leo G

    Leo G, so the true crime section of every bookstore is there by the grace of the Crown prosecutor? If that is the law, without further qualification, than it is so broad as to make the law a mockery.

    I believe so. Consider s153 relating to literary proceeds orders under the confiscation scheme of the Proceeds of Crime Act:

    153 Meaning of literary proceeds
    (1) Literary proceeds are any *benefit that a person derives from the commercial exploitation of:
    (a) the person’s notoriety resulting, directly or indirectly, from the person committing an *indictable offence or a *foreign indictable offence; or
    (b) the notoriety of another person, involved in the commission of that offence, resulting from the first-mentioned person committing that offence.

    (2) The commercial exploitation may be by any means, including:
    (a) publishing any material in written or electronic form; or
    (b) any use of media from which visual images, words or sounds can be produced; or
    (c) any live entertainment, representation or interview.

    (3) If the offence is an *indictable offence, it does not matter whether the *benefits are derived within or outside *Australia.

    (3A) If the offence is a *foreign indictable offence, then a *benefit is not treated as *literary proceeds unless the benefit is derived in *Australia or transferred to Australia.

    (4) In determining:
    (a) whether a person has derived *literary proceeds; or
    (b) the value of literary proceeds that a person has derived;
    the court may treat as property of the person any property that, in the court’s opinion:
    (c) is subject to the person’s *effective control; or
    (d) was not received by the person, but was transferred to, or(in the case of money) paid to, another person at the person’s direction.

    S153 represents only a part of the absurdity.

  207. Gab

    So if Corby got a paid job based on her much-publicized image would her salary be considered as ‘proceeds of crime’?

  208. Token

    The poor man’s Jabba.

    Zing. That’s a keeper.

  209. Bear Necessities

    I just went to Bongiorno’s twitter and saw a tweet from Ben Cubby. He tweeted that Australia’s emissions are globally significant because it is approximately 40% of all Africa’s. I would think that would be the best advertisement for carbon emissions given the sewer that most of Africa is.

  210. Token

    McKim said that he wanted 16 and 17 y.o. people to vote because, if he could have voted when he was sixteen or seventeen, he would have done far more research on the candidates and party policies than most adults ever would.

    What is he talking about?

    Under current rules and with the way the AEC runs things if they show up to any both in their electorate with a legitimate name & postal address of anyone on their street they can vote as often as they like.

  211. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From harrys on the boat at 2:44 pm:

    “Nic, all the women in those cases were no shrinking violets…………”

    It’s common cultural practice dating back centuries and honored by tradition; they are persecuted war torn traumatised most vulnerables; “uncovered meat” Sheikh Taj El-Din Hamid Hilaly of Lakemba 2006™; and moving house is said to be a time of extraordinary emotional confusion.

    The defence winning quadrella.

  212. nic

    He tweeted that Australia’s emissions are globally significant because it is approximately 40% of all Africa’s

    (To Cubby) So #$^%$ what?

  213. Brian of Moorabbin

    Thanks for the feedback Alfred. Good to hear that most of your collegues are questioning the crap put forward by the Greenfilth and their attendant hangers-on of the AGW scam.

  214. johanna

    “McKim said that he wanted 16 and 17 y.o. people to vote because, if he could have voted when he was sixteen or seventeen, he would have done far more research on the candidates and party policies than most adults ever would.”

    Huh?

    What a lunatic.

  215. Token

    He tweeted that Australia’s emissions are globally significant because it is approximately 40% of all Africa’s. I would think that would be the best advertisement for carbon emissions given the sewer that most of Africa is.

    That is a lie and those C**ts know it.

    This link shows the number of active volcanos on the African continent. By contrast there are NONE on the Australian continent.

    Considering 97% of emissions are natural it is easy to prove the African bare a greater responsibility for any Climate Doom the cultist tell will happen than we are.

  216. dover_beach

    We all know why he wants the voting age dropped to 16.

  217. Infidel Tiger

    McKim said that he wanted 16 and 17 y.o. people to vote because…

    …unfortunately they are really susceptible to Greenist bullshit at that age.

  218. H B Bear

    Anyone looking to mark the point when Fauxfacts reached the point of no return, the appointment of Ben Cubby as deputy editor of the SMH would be a pretty fair bet.

  219. cynical1

    “This is why when you really shatter a left-wing troll’s belief in itself, it runs away and hides, never to return – they are basically cowards ”

    You are kidding. Right?

    Numbers and his ilk get an (semi) erection from reactions.

    The one thing that irks them is ignorance.

    Numbers is a fucktard.

    Make him a redundant one and he will wither…

  220. JC

    Bear

    It looks to me The fucker is on twitter all day. When does he get time to, you know, edit?

    I think I’ll ask him.

  221. JC

    @bencubby Hey Ben, with 42K tweets under your belt, when is there time to ummmmm, edit. No freaking wonder Fairfax is on its knees. Focus!

  222. twostix

    He tweeted that Australia’s emissions are globally significant because it is approximately 40% of all Africa’s

    So Ben Cubby wants Australia to be more like Africa.

    We’ve been saying that’s the desire of the Green-left for years, nice for their spruikers to finally admit it.

  223. Gab

    He tweeted that Australia’s emissions are globally significant because it is approximately 40% of all Africa’s

    Africa’s emissions represent 3.6% out of the total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.

    Australia is 1.2% . 2010 figures.

    Ben Cubby is a moron arguing about two fifths of fuck all. “Globally significant” LOL what an idiot.

  224. johanna

    JC, they have a “Carbon Economy Editor”, Peter Hannan, as well.

    Peter spends most of his time trying to destroy the economy. Well, just those bits that use anything that include the element known as C in their inputs or outputs.

    Why do they need two of them?

  225. Senile Old Guy

    The emails look perfect on my screen – it is the unfortunate recipients who get microscopic text. After countless hours spent trying to fix it (and hearing from others who have the same problem and can’t fix it) I can only conclude that it is a bug in the software.

    Straps on hard hat and peers over wall…

    I’m not going to suggest a fix. I’m not that foolish! Nor am I going to assume I know more about this than you. It does appear to be a fairly widespread problem and the solution suggested (change zoom) works for some but certainly not all.

    The thing that interests me is that the problem occurs when some, but apparently not all, recipients read the message. I can understand some recipients not realizing that they’ve accidentally changed the zoom level but that’s an unlikely explanation for a group of people.

    Can I ask what font you use for your outgoing messages?

    Oh, I did see of reports of a bug in a DLL file that caused font problems in Outlook.

    Ducks and runs, hands protecting all sensitive bits.

  226. JC

    Stix

    With the inevitable introduction of the Fisk doctrine… And cubby plugging we should be more like Africa…It may be worth sending the fucker to a salt mine with a bucket and shovel for a couple of years… You know so he experiences how some of them live a “sustainable”life there.

  227. .

    They can deal with left-wing republican knobgobblers under royal perogative (shoot first ask questions never)

    America had it right. Shoot left wing monarchists or send them to Canuckistan, and always threaten or always have an implied lay down misère invasion to keep them honest.

  228. dover_beach

    Gab’s right, there is nothing ‘globally significant’ about 1.2% emissions, but Cubby thought he was being a clever dick.

  229. Gab

    And cubby plugging we should be more like Africa

    I agree, We should be emitting more if we are to catch up with Africa’s emission volumes.

  230. .

    Good morning JC, good morning all.

    If Prince Chuck thinks he’s like T E Lawrence, he is beyond deluded.

  231. johanna

    Oops – typo – the name of the Carbon Economy Editor is Peter Hannam, with an “m”.

  232. .

    JC’s twitter commentary is getting better and better. One day it will be the GS Elevator of AusPolitics…

  233. JC

    Dove

    He’s editor of the silly…clever doesn’t even come close. Those imbeciles have destroyed then once great firm to the point where only Gina would be able to save them and that’s by sacking 99% of those idiots and starting again.

  234. .

    I hope we see some real Icahn or Milken style takover moves on FXJ.

    It would be like using garlic, anoak stake, holy water, fire, a beheading and silver bullets to slay Dracula etc…

  235. johanna

    SOG, thanks for your interest.

    I use Kartika 13pt for my outgoing messages. And yes, some lucky recipients get my emails in perfectly readable form but most don’t. No-one seems to know why.

  236. dover_beach

    JC, this is important, does he look like pyjama boy? I’m guessing the resemblance is uncanny.

  237. Token

    If Prince Chuck thinks he’s like T E Lawrence, he is beyond deluded.

    The man is on tape declaring his desire to be a tampon. The man is so loopy he will make George III look like a stella first rate monarch.

  238. JC

    @bencubby: @jc6543 I work fast.

    @jc6543: @bencubby lol. Dude seriously, focus on the editing. At 200k circulation you’re not even paying for the renewable energy bill.

  239. JC

    Dove…

    You kidding . They’re twins. You can’t tell’em apart. Ben likes a little cinnamon sprinkled on his hot chocolate though. That’s how you know the difference.

  240. Gab

    All your attempts to get Cubby to work hard have failed, JC.

    Ben Cubby [email protected] 11m

    @dylanwelch @ABCMediaWatch I might as well take an early mark then.

  241. Token

    FFS Holder is a clusterf**k of a moron.

    Only under Holder
    A suspected pirate, freed after a civilian trial, is seeking asylum here.

    RTWT, staggering. This “suspected” pirate is someone they had hard evidence on.

  242. Senile Old Guy

    I use Kartika 13pt for my outgoing messages. And yes, some lucky recipients get my emails in perfectly readable form but most don’t. No-one seems to know why.

    This is why I pursue some of these things. I am a font fanatic — I have books on the topic — but I hadn’t heard of that one.

    Okay, possible explanation… I don’t know if this has been suggested. If it has, apologies.

    The Kartika font has been used by Micro$oft since Windows XP SP2, so that’s a while, but the fact I didn’t know it suggests that it may not be used often and may not always be installed. If people don’t have that font, Outlook will guess at what it thinks a suitable substitute might be and that may be a bad guess. This would explain why it looks okay to you and most recipients but is wrong for a few.

    I have had web pages suddenly start to display strangely because the font file became corrupted.

  243. JC

    Gab

    All these fuckers never take my advice. Look a shiny for instance. No longer at UNSW. Homer and his skanky ho thesis. Stepford, he’s still reluctant to admit the climate models are fucked. Cubby.. What’s he going to do when Gina finally takes them over?…. Boast about 42,000 tweets? That will get him a part time cleaning job a Crikey’s owner’s pad.

    They never listen to me and look what happens.

    And that’s only a few of the many I’ve advised.

    I would have made a great, great life coach for leftwingers.

  244. Gab

    Well one of them listened to you, JC and he became a PM.

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