Open Forum: February 13, 2016

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  1. Stimpson J. Cat says:

    The statin I use works excellently without side effects and I’ve been taking it for something like a decade.

    I always thought you had a weak heart BON. 🙂

  2. calli says:

    Uh oh. It looks like the polls are becoming Disruptive! for The Agile One.

  3. Fisky says:

    Hahahaha! Go Shorten (and Sanders too!)

  4. JC says:

    The one thing I like about Trump is how he gets stuck into Jeb. This is classic. It’s bullying at the highest possible level.

  5. Delta A says:

    Thanks also to BoN.

    The best man has been tough as nails all his life, but now, when he has to take prescribed medicines, it turns out that he is a side-effects sooky, showing all those symptoms experienced by the one-in-ten-thousand users.

    At the moment he can hardly walk or raise his arms due (we surmise) to statin side effects. Time to watch the ABC report and, indeed, to gain whatever information we can about statins. And, when we return home, an extra visit to the cardiologist.

  6. JC says:

    Barrons writers must read the Cat.

    The rise of outsider presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders is more than a fascinating political story. Their ascendancy—Trump’s in the Republican Party, and Sanders’ among Democrats—could be one more reason why stock markets are under pressure and could remain so for awhile.

    Many market pundits are too focused on the latest Chinese economic data, oil-price movements, or negative-interest-rate chatter to connect the dots between the presidential-primary results and the stock indexes. By taking such a traditional view of market-moving developments, they might be overlooking a story that is leading news reports every day and night.

    Investors have every right to be nervous about what is playing out on the campaign trail.

    The thinking goes that those who buy and sell stocks are comfortable with establishment candidates such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, because both are fairly predictable and won’t upset Washington’s apple cart.

    If Donald Trump, a real-estate developer and television star, gets elected, however, and brings his reality show to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the Free World could have a shoot-from-the-hip leader who carries through on threats to punish China and other trading partners with tariffs to level the playing field. Many economists view such protectionist measures as a cause of the Great Depression, and Barron’s, too, thinks they would be harmful (see “Trump Is Wrong on China,” Nov. 16, 2015).

    And that’s when he isn’t trying to deport millions of undocumented immigrants—a view that most Republicans view as highly impractical and likely to cause tremendous civil strife.

    I connected the dots of Trump’s trade policy to Smoot Hawley ages ago. Well before any of these guys did.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    since Mr Squiggle and Miss Jane caught a rocket to another planet where their love would be accepted.

    Well that wouldn’t be on Earth.

    Malcolm Turnbull’s Valentine’s Day message stirs gay marriage row

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reignited criticism of his government’s same-sex marriage policy after posting on social media to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

    Mr Turnbull, who supports the reform of marriage, posted a photo of himself and his wife Lucy, a businesswoman and former lord mayor of Sydney.

    The Prime Minister wrote: “When I first asked Lucy to marry me, she said, ‘Let’s wait until we grow up.’ Well we didn’t wait long and now it is almost impossible to imagine, let alone remember, what it was like not to be together, so much so that I have a much clearer sense of ‘Lucy and me’ than I do of ‘me’.”

    While many responses were positive, others were disappointed and angered with Mr Turnbull’s stance since becoming leader.

    “What a sad state of affairs when our PM can’t express his love for his wife without being vilified,” wrote Lin Jessop. “Happy Valentine’s Day to Malcolm and Lucy.”

    I wonder, when the law is changed as they require, if the SSM activists will ‘marry’ their partners while wearing brown uniforms and jackboots. It might be appropriate.

  8. Rabz says:

    This debate is bloody hilarious.

    Jeb! “Most Americans are living paycheck to paycheck”.

    Is Kasich a real candidate or some sort of democrat plant (or vegetable)?

  9. Grigory M says:

    At the moment he can hardly walk or raise his arms due (we surmise) to statin side effects.

    Lipitor Side-effects

    You should call his GP and/or cardiologist a.s.a.p.

  10. Grigory M says:

    At the moment he can hardly walk or raise his arms due (we surmise) to statin side effects.

    Lipitor Side -effects

    You should call your best man’s GP and/or cardiologist a.s.a.p.

  11. Grigory M says:

    Test

  12. slackster says:

    Does anyone have a list of the votes by member on the Liberal leadership vote last year they are willing to share?

  13. Grigory M says:

    Delta – you should call your best man’s GP and/or cardiologist asap.

  14. Fisky says:

    Cruz-Rubio fight from 1.04.30

    Huge smackdown.

  15. Grigory M says:

    OK – Catallaxay won’t accept a link to the Lipitor web site, so here is part of what it says:

    Call your doctor right away if:
    You have muscle problems like weakness, tenderness, or pain that happens without a good reason, especially if you also have a fever or feel more tired than usual.
    You have muscle problems that do not go away even after your doctor has advised you to stop taking LIPITOR. Your doctor may do further tests to diagnose the cause of your muscle problems.
    You have allergic reactions including swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and/or throat that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing, which may require treatment right away.
    You experience nausea and vomiting.
    You pass brown or dark-colored urine.
    You feel more tired than usual.
    Your skin and whites of your eyes get yellow.
    You have stomach pain.
    You have an allergic skin reaction.

  16. JC says:

    This debate is bloody hilarious.

    Trump kills to birds with one stone in one interaction.

    He accuses Cruz of being a bigger liar than Jeb. Jeb has the funniest look of his face like he just saw a ghost. The exchange had nothing to do with him and Trump just went for Jeb.

    It’s fucking hilarious.

  17. Delta A says:

    Thanks, Grigory. I have relayed your advice. I think he’s starting to agree with that.

  18. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I always thought you had a weak heart BON.

    Nope, Stimpy. I have a strong heart. Too strong, given the number of relo’s who had strokes before carking it. Fortunately as a mostly WASPish male blood type O+ everything pretty much works on me as advertised. Not so for my type A- mum who had to go through a smorgasbord of statins to get one which worked the way it was supposed to.

    My advice on the basis of her experience is to find a helpful GP and try them out one by one.

    I was sad reading the news last week about the person whose heart survived 33 years longer than they did. Fortunately it was a fine heart and the recipient got great mileage.

  19. JC says:

    Interesting. Gargooley is now posting medication cautions at the Cat… randomly.

  20. Andrew says:

    You’re not on top of this subject at all.

    Some nobody in UnZid makes a bat which you say should justify changing something called the “ICC laws.” You then say I’m not “on top of it” because the bat isn’t for sale.

    WTFF? If he makes a piece of equipment, it matter not whether it’s for sale or a prototype. Your ignorance on this issue is breathtaking. You don’t even know what the laws of cricket are, and haven’t come up with a single reason for changing them other than “sweet spots are larger now.”

    Stop embarrassing yourself.

  21. Delta A says:

    And in this, he’s quite correct, JC. I trust his advice on this issue, as I trust yours on matters financial.

  22. Fisky says:

    It’s fucking hilarious.

    It’s not just on the stage though. It’s on Twitter and the newsites. Never seen so much internal bloodletting.

    Ironically, we keep it comparatively civil on this blog in contrast to the GOP civil war.

  23. custard says:

    Interesting. Gargooley is now posting medication cautions at the Cat… randomly.

    And golfing advice.

  24. Fisky says:

    The best Cruz-Trump smackdown is from 1.20.20;

    “you are the single biggest liar, you are probably worse than Jeb Bush!”

    ahahahaha

  25. JC says:

    Ironically, we keep it comparatively civil on this blog in contrast to the GOP civil war.

    I reckon they all read the Cat for advice, Fisky.

    It’s just great seeing a melee like the GOP debates.

  26. Fisky says:

    1.25.20 I mean

  27. Tel says:

    At the moment he can hardly walk or raise his arms due (we surmise) to statin side effects. Time to watch the ABC report and, indeed, to gain whatever information we can about statins. And, when we return home, an extra visit to the cardiologist.

    I’ve always been highly suspicious of statins… given that brains and nerves are mostly made of cholesterol, you have to be pretty darn careful removing cholesterol from the body.

    I know it supposedly only removes “bad” cholesterol and leaves the good stuff behind… you would want to be very sure to get that bit right.

    And yeah, heart attacks are also bad, so you take your chances, don’t ya?

  28. Rabz says:

    Ironically, we keep it comparatively civil on this blog in contrast to the GOP civil war.

    Indeed we do. Our treatment of m0nty being the classic example.

  29. JC says:

    The best Cruz-Trump smackdown is from 1.20.20;

    “you are the single biggest liar, you are probably worse than Jeb Bush!”

    ahahahaha

    lol… yea that’s the one I was referring to. Look at the expression on Jeb’s face.

  30. stackja says:

    slackster
    #1945378, posted on February 14, 2016 at 8:07 pm
    Does anyone have a list of the votes by member on the Liberal leadership vote last year they are willing to share?

    google search: Liberal leadership vote last year

    Abbott v Turnbull: how the Liberal party room voted
    theaustralian.com.au

    Senior ministers including Christopher Pyne, George Brandis, Ian Macfarlane and Julie Bishop were among the 14 of the 35 Liberal frontbenchers who backed the leadership spill to install Mr Turnbull as the country’s new Prime Minister.
    In Victoria, Senator Scott Ryan and assistant social services minister Mitch Fifield led the charge for Mr Turnbull, and were critical in building support among right-aligned MPs needed for the leadership coup.
    Queensland Liberal National Party senator James McGrath, South Australian senator Simon Birmingham and Education Minister Christopher Pyne were also critical in counting numbers for Mr Turnbull.
    Other ministers in the Turnbull camp included Human Services Minister Marise Payne and Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert.
    Rising stars Kelly O’Dwyer, Paul Fletcher and Steve Ciobo also backed in the change.
    Mr Turnbull entered yesterday’s meeting flanked by Senators Ryan and Fifield, Arthur Sinodinos, Wyatt Roy, Mal Brough and Peter Hendy.
    Earlier Mr Roy and Victorian MP Sharman Stone had indicated they would also switch their vote.

  31. Fidel says:

    GM, my first flight was in a DC3 from Essendon to King Island.
    What a thrill that was for a young teenager.
    Then there was the chance to drive the Grey Fergie on the soldier settlement dairy farm I visited.
    Where the hell has the time gone?
    Oh well, I’ve got a Fergie now for a bit of fun. Wouldn’t mind a DC3 but.

  32. Rabz says:

    Bluddee hell – Trump truly is an economic troglodyte. His comments on the Carrier debacle are eye opening, to say the least.

  33. Fisky says:

    “If Donald Trump is President, he will appoint liberals. If Donald Trump is President, your Second Amendment will go away.”

    “He just called me a liar. He also denigrated one of my heroes.”

    “Why do you lie? Why do you lie?”

    “Donald, adults learn not to interrupt.”

  34. Arky says:

    Just watched these republican candidates for the first time.
    For sure, Trump is a buffoon.
    But the rest of them?
    Oh boy. What a bunch of fruits.
    For a while I thought Rubio sounded OK, but then he started on about Russia.
    The black guy sounds like a bloke trying to wheedle sex out of a reluctant spouse after staying out on the turps with the boys all night.
    Jeb Bush looks like the kid trying to avoid getting a wedgie from the school bully.
    Half of ’em want to put new taxes or spending programs in place.
    Fruitier than Con the fruiterer’s fruity fruit Friday all-fruits, fruit cocktail hour.

  35. Fisky says:

    Cruz whacked Trump hard on his campaign contributions and support for Chuck Schumer, John Kerry, etc. Trump was PISSED.

  36. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    From Winston Smith at 2:33 pm:

    ” Family puts the tele on, usually while I am running around in the kitchen – feeding the menagerie, firing up the coffee machine, making fresh juice etc etc etc ( Family Guy – LOL ).

    Myrrdin, your fault for tolerating the TV on at mealtimes. Make them talk to each other, or help you with the breakfast. It ain’t hard, mate.”

    It is that easy Winston Smith, the family eats together around the table and mobile calls and text messages are as welcome there as a stranger bursting into the room blasting out a tune on his trumpet and insisting to be heard.

    I see whole families out to lunch hunched over their devices – man, woman and child – paying a couple of hundred to spend time together by themselves. A year or two later the brat runs the hatchback up a telegraph pole and dies, mumma cries that “he was such a good boy” and I wonder to myself “how would she know?”

    My wife’s mob from another part of the world would be horrified to see the good fortune of food and family afforded such ignorant disrespect.

  37. Fisky says:

    Wow, the debate mods really stoked the fires there. Just 10 minutes after Cruz-Rubio were done ripping each other apart over immigration, the mods ask Rubio a question about the Gang of 8. LOL.

  38. Baldrick says:

    Delta A
    #1945370, posted on February 14, 2016 at 7:56 pm
    At the moment he can hardly walk or raise his arms due (we surmise) to statin side effects. Time to watch the ABC report and, indeed, to gain whatever information we can about statins. And, when we return home, an extra visit to the cardiologist.

    It could be as simple as changing the brand of statin Delta. Not all statins are the same. Alternatively, 150 mg co-enzyme Q10 and a 300 mg magnesium supplement is known to relieve muscle weakness and pain, but run it past your GP first.

  39. Fisky says:

    “He increased spending so much, that as soon as he got out of office, Florida crashed!”

    Trump blames the GFC on Jeb!

  40. stackja says:

    Reuters Top News [email protected] 13 minutes ago
    ‘Project Panic’ rather than love may keep Britain in EU
    http://reut.rs/20wpCRy

  41. Rabz says:

    Cruz’s points about Trump’s support of liberal causes over many decades is absolutely indisputable.

  42. Fisky says:

    FMD, none of these people is going to be able to govern after this. How the fuck are they going to get anything done with all that poison running through the GOP caucus?

  43. Rabz says:

    are absolutely indisputable, FFS …

  44. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I’ve always been highly suspicious of statins… given that brains and nerves are mostly made of cholesterol, you have to be pretty darn careful removing cholesterol from the body.

    Tel – They aren’t supposed to remove cholesterol from your body Tel. If they drop your value to zero you are doing it wrong. I use Crestor which lowers my LDL so combined HDL+LDL is a little below 5. It has sat on that level for all the time I’ve been taking it.

    My mum though told me that some statins she tried did drop her cholesterol level to 0.0. She gets mucho side effects from all sorts of pharmaceuticals so has to mix and match until she finds something which works without hives, spasms, gastro issues etc etc. I don’t know which one she uses now but it does the job: enough but not too much.

  45. stackja says:

    Fisky
    #1945417, posted on February 14, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    US politics is not a love fest.

  46. Delta A says:

    Alternatively, 150 mg co-enzyme Q10 and a 300 mg magnesium supplement is known to relieve muscle weakness and pain

    Yes, we came across this during our recent research. Some sources state that CoQ10 should always be prescribed with statins. We’ll certainly check it out. Thanks for your input.

  47. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    GM, my first flight was in a DC3 from Essendon to King Island.

    Fidel – Thanx for reminding me – SBS has a doco on the DC3 starting this minute.

    Bye!

  48. Rabz says:

    How the fuck are they going to get anything done with all that poison running through the GOP caucus?

    By “reaching across the aisle”, Squire. Hopefully they’ll call in Joe Biden to show how it’s done (after they’ve safely removed all women in the immediate vicinity).

  49. Leigh Lowe says:

    Bruce.
    My understanding is that statins don’t so much remove cholesterol from the system but stabilise it in a way that it won’t collect in dangerous places.
    That is a total layperson interpretation of a ten minute discussion with my GP.

  50. Fisky says:

    John Podhoretz –

    Donald Trump was so awful, so horrible, so disgusting in the latest Republican debate — his lies, his distortions, his deceits, and his libels thicker and fouler than they’ve yet been—that he’s done us all a favor. If he wins easily in South Carolina after his monstrous turn, he’ll be going straight to the Republican nomination.

    Such a victory in a classically conservative state like South Carolina after his romp in idiosyncratic New Hampshire will prove Trump’s repellent personality is the real key to his success. You want me to delineate his dishonesties? That would be like asking me to count how many breaths he took.

    We will not be able to labor under any delusions after a win comparable to his triumph in New Hampshire. We will know for a certainty that the man Republicans want for their tribune in 2016 is a disgusting jerk they somehow believe will have their backs when the only back he’s ever had is his own.

    The GOP is resembling the UK Labour Party in terms of dysfunction. This is how one of their leading columnists/editors describes the frontrunner!

  51. Rabz says:

    The stage in the debate where Trump makes allegations about Jeb’s governing of Florida are also “interesting”. Jeb! to his credit, punches back twice as hard.

  52. Roger says:

    Cockies on TV complaining that tax payer subsidised nannies are still too expensive.

    All children must have nannies!

    Whatever happened to self-reliance?

    We have lost the plot.

  53. stackja says:

    Statin side effects: Weigh the benefits and risks
    mayoclinic.org

    Statin side effects can be uncomfortable, making it seem like the risks outweigh the benefits of these powerful cholesterol-lowering medications. Consider the risks and benefits.

    Who’s at risk of developing statin side effects?

    Not everyone who takes a statin will have side effects, but some people may be at a greater risk than are others. Risk factors include:

    Taking multiple medications to lower your cholesterol
    Being female
    Having a smaller body frame
    Being age 65 or older
    Having kidney or liver disease
    Having type 1 or 2 diabetes
    Drinking too much alcohol (More than two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger and more than one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than 65)

  54. Rabz says:

    The GOP is resembling the UK Labour Party in terms of dysfunction.

    Is this not a wonderful thing?

  55. Rabz says:

    Top google searches during the debate:

    ISIS
    Immigration
    Economy
    Same sex marriage

    LOL.

  56. stackja says:

    Fisky
    #1945425, posted on February 14, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    John Podhoretz

    What does John Podhoretz want GOP or HRC?

  57. . says:

    As long as people are posting health stuff, check this guy’s channel:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/drjasonfung

  58. Fisky says:

    Podhoretz –

    South Carolina, a state filled with evangelicals and active and retired military, just listened to the Republican frontrunner blame George W. Bush for 9/11. And blame him again. And blame him a third time. We’re told the former president has an 87 percent approval rating in the state. So aside from saying something appalling and untrue and unjust, what Trump did would seem politically suicidal, no?

    Well, no—or let us say, we don’t yet know. Since he began running he has demonstrated he knows things we don’t know about the emotions roiling in the American underbelly. Maybe he knows this too. Or maybe he knows he needed there to be a shadow hanging over the former president’s appearance in the state as he campaigns for his younger brother Jeb on Monday.

    It’s an interesting, high-risk strategy of Trump’s. I think he is trying to delegitimise Dubbya in order to wreck the establishment lane, and if he pulls it off – i.e. winning S.C. despite throwing everything at the Bush family who are popular there – he will have proven that he is invincible and I think the race is over.

    Basically Trump figures he has a 20-point buffer at the moment. If he destroys the Bush family forever and still pulls off a 10-point win in S.C. with a high-risk maneuver, no one will mess with him again.

  59. Infidel Tiger says:

    The one thing I like about Trump is how he gets stuck into Jeb. This is classic. It’s bullying at the highest possible level.

    Jeb is however a decent human being with a solid gubernatorial record. Not a suitable Presidential candidate, but a decent human being.

  60. Eddystone says:

    For another view on the link between cholesterol and heart disease, and hence on the rationale for taking statins, try Dr Malcolm Kendrick’s site and books.

    Here’s a post about a paper describing how cholesterol levels have been rising in Japan for 70 years, yet heart disease and strokes have decreased.

    http://drmalcolmkendrick.org/2015/12/21/cholesterol-goes-up-heart-disease-goes-down/

  61. Fisky says:

    Jeb! showed some decent energy in this debate. He’s only fighting for honour now and he certainly didn’t let Trump walk all over him for once.

  62. Leigh Lowe says:

    Thanks Stackja.
    Names that will live in infamy.

  63. Rabz says:

    Kasich: Telling kids to stay off drugs, m’kay!

  64. Fisky says:

    Think about it. If Trump can use Michael Moore’s talking points to win South Carolina, the GOP should just give up.

  65. Roger says:

    Not a suitable Presidential candidate, but a decent human being.

    I don’t think a decent human being will ever be POTUS again.

  66. zaphod says:

    Catholic Leaders Say Zika Doesn’t Change Ban on Contraception, but 73% of Catholics in Latin America said that abortion should be allowed in some or all cases, and 91% supported the use of contraceptives.

  67. Rabz says:

    Surely Cruz is not serious about abolishing the IRS?

    It’s an admirable objective, to be sure.

  68. stackja says:

    Leigh Lowe
    #1945440, posted on February 14, 2016 at 8:44 pm
    Thanks Stackja.
    Names that will live in infamy.

    We are warned the Internet lives for long time. The plotters truly will live in infamy.

  69. Bill Thompson says:

    After a year away, I’m getting back into “Outside Insiders”. I cut the clip short because I wanted to talk to the guys about Chris Bowen’s pick for the most important photo of this century so far (Aylan Kurdi). I suggested the alternate pic of Khaled Sharrouf’s son, holding his dad’s handiwork. Thanks to Mark Riley & Andrew Probyn today!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zqZDmf8o5c

  70. Token says:

    If M0nty did an honest rant about an a mass killer in the US government, it would be about the lawless EPA – this was in an email sent June 8, 2015:

    Four months after being notified about high lead levels in a Flint home, the Environmental Protection Agency was prepared to let the city continue giving lead-contaminated water to customers until at least 2016, emails released Friday show.

    The GOP with cohones would move to defund this killer agency when they move legislation on Planned Parenthood.

  71. Rabz says:

    This is where the US is going.

    I thought that Prez Camacho, despite all his seemingly obvious faults, was actually a decent bloke.

  72. Fisky says:

    President Comancho: Number 1, we’ve got this guy, Not Sure. Number 2, he’s the smartest guy ALIVE. Number 3, he’s gonna fix EVERYTHING.

  73. Token says:

    Bluddee hell – Trump truly is an economic troglodyte. His comments on the Carrier debacle are eye opening, to say the least.

    Every time I try to like Trump more of his record is released or he makes such statements.

  74. Fisky says:

    National Review are apoplectic.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner

  75. Token says:

    JPod article is a great find Fisky. JPod ends with some of his usual flourish:

    Alas, just as you don’t bring a knife to a gunfight, you can’t bring disapprobation to a showdown with Hannibal Lecter and hope to survive. You have to eat his liver with fava beans and a good chianti before he eats yours. How? How the hell do I know? But I’m not running for president. They are.

    And the thing is, he might have eaten all their livers already.

  76. Rabz says:

    National Review are apoplectic.

    🙂

  77. Roger says:

    Every time I try to like Trump more of his record is released or he makes such statements.

    Don’t try to like Trump.

    Lower your expectations and you won’t be disappointed.

  78. Leigh Lowe says:

    Catholic Leaders Say Zika Doesn’t Change Ban on Contraception, but 73% of Catholics in Latin America said that abortion should be allowed in some or all cases, and 91% supported the use of contraceptives.

    Zika not guilty.
    ABC reports that Monsanto mosquito spray kills baby’s and shrinks their heads.
    Of course.

  79. Token says:

    Racial healing under Obama:

    Our military isn’t run by anti-Semites, and Pentagons run by both political parties have been equal offenders when it comes to Israel-based denials. So what’s going on here?

    The answer is Jonathan Pollard.

    Ever since Pollard pleaded guilty 30 years ago to spying on behalf of Israel, the military has been skeptical of American Jews with any connection to Israel. What disqualifies them is not anything they have done, but the ghost of Pollard.

    So when is Bernie Sanders going to be forced to swear his loyalty oath?

  80. Infidel Tiger says:

    #1945446, posted on February 14, 2016 at 8:49 pm
    Surely Cruz is not serious about abolishing the IRS?

    It’s an admirable objective, to be sure.

    As a strict constitutionalist he absolutely must abolish the IRS. It is an illegal organisation. This is why Cruz is the only option. He is determined to return the US to its original instruction manual.

  81. Token says:

    Ever heard him interviewed Roger?

    He is one charming bastard. He’s like Bill Clinton in his prime, you know he’s screwing you (& probably your misses too if it is Clinton ) but he is so charming.

    As the guys at Ace note, he’s so funny especially when he says Chine-nya in that funny way.

  82. Rabz says:

    It is an illegal organisation.

    Then it’s Mantra™ time.

    Who here would do similar to the ATO and the ALPBC?

  83. Leigh Lowe says:

    Leigh Lowe
    #1945440, posted on February 14, 2016 at 8:44 pm
    Thanks Stackja.
    Names that will live in infamy.

    We are warned the Internet lives for long time. The plotters truly will live in infamy.

    The internet lives for a long time, but I may not.
    Your later post about statins seems to support that.
    I missed only two risk factors … female and aged over 65.
    I will tick one of those (who knows, maybe two) off in the coming years.

  84. Leigh Lowe says:

    Turkey shelling Syria with Saudi-Arabia backup; this can’t be good.

    But who the fuck are they shelling?
    Assad forces?
    Some minor ethic group they are trying to dislodge from Northern Syria.

  85. Rabz says:

    People have been trying to talk me around to supporting Cruz* – John C, for example. If Cruz does want to abolish the IRS, then he is obviously a sensible candidate.

    The actions of the IRS over the last six or so years have been both indescribably inexcusable and abominable. No so called democracy can withstand such bureaucratic fascist overreach.

    *Not that my support would make a lick of difference anyway

  86. Infidel Tiger says:

    Turkey openly supports ISIS. We need to give Putin the green light to retake Constantinople.

  87. Gab says:

    Bill Thompson
    #1945452, posted on February 14, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    After a year away, I’m getting back into “Outside Insiders”. I cut the clip short because I wanted to talk to the guys about Chris Bowen’s pick for the most important photo of this century so far (Aylan Kurdi). I suggested the alternate pic of Khaled Sharrouf’s son, holding his dad’s handiwork. Thanks to Mark Riley & Andrew Probyn today!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zqZDmf8o5c

    Excellent work, Bill!

  88. Rabz says:

    I will tick one of those off in the coming years.

    You will remain one of the internet’s most legendary and witty grumps regardless, squire. More power to your arm.

  89. twostix says:

    Donald Trump was so awful, so horrible, so disgusting in the latest Republican debate — his lies, his distortions, his deceits, and his libels thicker and fouler than they’ve yet been—that he’s done us all a favor. If he wins easily in South Carolina after his monstrous turn, he’ll be going straight to the Republican nomination.

    Such a victory in a classically conservative state like South Carolina after his romp in idiosyncratic New Hampshire will prove Trump’s repellent personality is the real key to his success. You want me to delineate his dishonesties? That would be like asking me to count how many breaths he took.

    Their open loathing of the Republican everyman feels glorious, like a showering under a thousand angel’s tears.

    Let us not forget that Republican party members, every day men and women are voting overwhelmingly for Trump . So this is all in reality actually an attack on them. The establishment’s feelings are fully unmasked.

    Trump should be hailed as God Emperor for smashing open the ugly underbelly of ConservaCorp for all of us to see, for that alone was enough. It’s they who have been the problem with conservatism for the last 30 years and they who have been suppressing any attempt at a counter-revolution. We see that these bowtie wearing eggheads are as vicious and nasty as anybody on the left are, and it’s all because Republican voters are walking away from their ever changing, progressive definition of “conservative” (oh, conservatives are supposed to love gay marriage, trannies and open borders as of today? Ok “conservative” NRO, if you say so).

  90. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    But who the fuck are they shelling?
    Assad forces?
    Some minor ethic group they are trying to dislodge from Northern Syria.

    Bet the lights are burning bright in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

  91. Leigh Lowe says:

    Seriously, WTF goes on with AFL “personalities”.
    Supposedly one personality has shagged the former bride of another.
    OK, it’s awkward.
    Probably the end of jovial dinners for four and could make for a little tension in the workplace.
    But the whole “end of days” hand wringing and indeterminate “leave of absence” is bullshit.
    How many other lunch-cutting events happen in workplaces every day?
    Fuck, if Kerry was running Nine he would make sure both appeared on the first Footy Show and guarantee a ratings bonanza.

  92. Fisky says:

    South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham, who has endorsed Bush, said after the event that Trump “went to a level of nut job we haven’t seen before.” In an appearance on CBS News, Graham proclaimed himself “the happiest man in South Carolina” after watching what he considered Trump’s self-destruction.

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/431291/south-carolina-gop-debate-marco-rubio-jeb-bush-blast-donald-trump

    I think Graham might have to eat his words soon.

  93. Fidel says:

    Life of Brian follows Great Planes on SBS.

  94. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Bet the lights are burning bright in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

    Sorry, should read “Bet the lights are burning late into the night in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.”

    Somebody care to explain, in words of one syllable, why the Russians are involved? Traditional allies of Syria? One eye on a warm water port, in Syria, the name of which escapes me?

  95. Infidel Tiger says:

    Their open loathing of the Republican everyman feels glorious, like a showering under a thousand angel’s tears.

    If you think Trump represent the “Everyman” then I feel sorry for you. He represents everything rant is wrong with the western world. He is the human embodiment of the sewage rant flows out of Kim and Kanye West’s toilet.

    He’s a lying, sleazy, degenerate, worm. His only contact with middle America has been hornswaggling them at his casinos or failed condo developments.

    He

  96. Rabz says:

    He …

    Continue, squire!

  97. Leigh Lowe says:

    I will tick one of those off in the coming years.

    You will remain one of the internet’s most legendary and witty grumps regardless, squire. More power to your arm.

    I will turn 65 (the alternative isn’t worth considering).
    I am seriously considering ticking the other box (the Caitlyn transformation).
    The advantages seem to outweigh the disadvantages in modern Australia.
    Last time I visited the GP he looked at my tackle and asked “can you urinate out of it OK?”
    “Yes” I replied.
    “Well” he said, “that’s all I’d use it for.”

  98. twostix says:

    One this is for certain, if these “conservative” NRO style losers ever get back into power again, they’ll work with the Democrats to do a Tony Blair third world immigration flood against white working class America as punishment for this.

    They’re that vicious.

  99. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    Found it Fidel and BoN. My “Fledgling’s Flying Logbook.” A memento issued by ANA for my First Flight as follows.
    My Name.
    Was Aboard Airliner: VH-ANL ‘Warratana’
    Date: 17th Day of January 1953
    Signed by: The Captain. The First Officer. The Hostess.
    I recall being a guest in the cockpit (Sans splodey vest) as the DC3 ploughed its way westward and having pointed out to me the rabbit proof fence between SA and Vic. Where has that gone?

  100. John Constantine says:

    Can we give a leave of absence to every ABC type that shags the partner of another ABC type, can we?, can we?.

    The fuckers are plugged into each other like a pile of Lego blocks, good excuse for the clean out.

  101. Arky says:

    That anyone wants to fuck with a world power like Russia, who have the neutron bomb, the delivery systems to put it anywhere they feel like, and the humiliation of losing the cold war, is truly insane.
    Does anyone here have a handle on what Turkey and the Saudis are thinking?

  102. Leigh Lowe says:

    He …

    Continue, squire!

    He was about to say something horrid about Trumpster and got Synced.

  103. Andrew says:

    Is Kasich a real candidate or some sort of democrat plant (or vegetable)?

    Kasich’s ineptitude is highlighted by (amongst many other things) his clash with Cruz on banking reform. Kasich, who worked at Lehmann Brothers (so you would expect he would know something about banking) was seriously arguing to maintain too big to fail and capital controls while magically wanting to bail out some depositors who would lose out from a bank run and not others, without detailing how that could possibly occur.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U3TRMPwyBY

  104. Infidel Tiger says:

    One this is for certain, if these “conservative” NRO style losers ever get back into power again, they’ll work with the Democrats to do a Tony Blair third world immigration flood against white working class America as punishment for this.

    They’re that vicious.

    Not surprisingly, like most of the Trumpkins you have never read NRO. They have been against amnesty and illegal immigration for decades.

    Trumpian thinking is terribly destructive and is turning his supporters into deranged liars.

  105. twostix says:

    If you think Trump represent the “Everyman” then I feel sorry for you. He represents everything rant is wrong with the western world. He is the human embodiment of the sewage rant flows out of Kim and Kanye West’s toilet.

    I didn’t say Trump is the everman, I said Trump is being supported by the everyman. By definition. He’s 30 points ahead.

    On the other hand that weird unelectable goblin looking leprechaun sounding Canadian preacher man that you’re supporting has no support anywhere and the republican establishment would have effortlessly smashed him out of the race before Iowa if he wasn’t able to hide behind Trump.

  106. Infidel Tiger says:

    Fuck apples keyboard. It always turns “that” into “rant” for me.

    Perhaps it is trying to tell me something.

  107. Tel says:

    One eye on a warm water port, in Syria, the name of which escapes me?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_naval_facility_in_Tartus

    It’s been there since the 70’s and you can easily understand why the Russians intend to keep it if they can. The Assad family have been Russian assets for two generations, going back to President Hafez al-Assad (father of Bashar). Remember that the Ba’ath movement has strong socialist elements to it, which made these Arab states natural allies to the USSR at the time.

  108. C.L. says:

    You have to laugh at all the NRO/RINO/RNC Brooksian bandicoots suddenly crawling out of the woods to defend the honour and immense presidential success of George W. Bush.

    That would be the George W. Bush they’ve been stabbing in the back, ignoring and distancing themselves from for the past seven years.

  109. Driftforge says:

    Does anyone here have a handle on what Turkey and the Saudis are thinking?

    A tad ticked off that their ploy that was doing ‘so well’ to see Syria carved up between them has been utterly ruined and a bunch of their auxiliaries shredded.

    Losing auxiliaries is a pain. You can’t really do anything about them openly because, well, they ‘aren’t yours’. But they expect you to do something, and your people expect you to do something.

    But yeah dunno that I’d want to be Turkey at the moment. They’ve pissed off Europe by dumping a couple million militants dressed up as reffos onto the continent. They’ve pissed off Russia by shooting down a plane (or two, given the Russian’s have now decided that the airliner lost out of Egypt was taken down by a Turkish group). And the US has switched favourites in the area to Iran now, leaving them pretty lonely.

    Still, as on as they keep their own forces in their own country, they should be ok. Wouldn’t want to make the mistake of moving south though.

  110. cohenite says:

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    #1945482, posted on February 14, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    But who the fuck are they shelling?
    Assad forces?
    Some minor ethic group they are trying to dislodge from Northern Syria.

    Bet the lights are burning bright in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

    The Turks are shelling Syrian army and Russian positions.

  111. C.L. says:

    Just look at this fat stupid woman’s reaction to an Air Force Major General fainting during a presser:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2Y_zHzBDPo

    Could have been a heart attack; could have been a stroke. Does she give a shit? No.

    He’s OK, by the way.

  112. Rabz says:

    I’m struggling to disagree with any of this:

    Trump actually extolling the virtues of Planned Parenthood on a GOP debate stage.

    Or this:

    Trump repeatedly and loudly holding George Bush responsible for 9/11 and the fall of the World Trade Center.

    Or this:

    An actual presidential candidate acting like an angry drunk — interrupting candidates, calling them names, and creating a social dynamic where the other GOP candidates either ignore him — and look weak — or engage him and risk lowering themselves to his shouting and name-calling level.

    Or especially this:

    Trump — the Republican front-runner, no less — borrowing language from MoveOn.org and Daily Kos to advance the absurd “Bush lied, people died” Iraq War narrative, attacking his fellow Republicans with far more fury than even Hillary Clinton can muster.

    Thankfully, the democrats are too stupid to be able to fully utilise the disastrous idiocy identified above.

    trump is a fucking joke and anyone who claims they support him is an even bigger douchebag than he is.

    P.S. The rear camera view of trump’s noggin was instructive, for those still still trying to comprehend what a “reverse double combover” is.

  113. Tel says:

    Trump should be hailed as God Emperor for smashing open the ugly underbelly of ConservaCorp for all of us to see, for that alone was enough. It’s they who have been the problem with conservatism for the last 30 years and they who have been suppressing any attempt at a counter-revolution. We see that these bowtie wearing eggheads are as vicious and nasty as anybody on the left are, and it’s all because Republican voters are walking away from their ever changing, progressive definition of “conservative” (oh, conservatives are supposed to love gay marriage, trannies and open borders as of today? Ok “conservative” NRO, if you say so).

    All that “conservative” means is someone who prefers ideas that have been well tested by someone else.

    A paleo-conservative demands quite a lot of testing (at least 50 years worth) before being willing to adopt something new. A neocon figures that 10 or 20 minutes should be sufficient, and besides the Democrats always get to go to war so that’s unfair we should too.

  114. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    ne eye on a warm water port, in Syria, the name of which escapes me?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_naval_facility_in_Tartus

    Thank you, Tel.

  115. Tel says:

    The Turks are shelling Syrian army and Russian positions.

    And some Kurds near the border I believe, but maybe Turks bombing Kurds no longer counts as news.

  116. Arky says:

    Still, as on as they keep their own forces in their own country, they should be ok. Wouldn’t want to make the mistake of moving south though.

    ..
    I thought the whole idea of a proxy war was you kept it between the relevant power’s proxies to avoid a wider (nuclear) conflict.
    With Syria, every bastard and his dog is in there already.

  117. rickw says:


    Does anyone here have a handle on what Turkey and the Saudis are thinking?

    They are basically idiots, the west has been getting ripped a new one by the worlds most backwards people, unfortunately for them they are now dealing with Vlad. My guess is that it won’t end well for them and they will be very surprised by it.

  118. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Life of Brian follows Great Planes on SBS.

    Ugh it’s like eating too much Christmas cake. The Loretta sketch was huge fun in view of the good Group Captain Cate McGregor, but I should go to bed. I can’t remember how many times I’ve watched Brian but it’s a lot. Spike’s scene is the best. Incidentally it took me years to work out what the aliens were about. Turns out to be quite biblical. 🙂

    Here is the on-demand link to the DC3 doco, which was wonderful.

    Planes That Changed The World, Season 1 Episode 2 — DC3

    I couldn’t pick between the SR-71 last week and the DC-3 this week. Like matching Makybe Diva against million quarter horses.

  119. C.L. says:

    Sorry, no.
    The Jeb donor assassins have been running around saying Trump’s no-nonsense talk undermines the US abroad and that he is a danger to the country’s security. If you’re going to accuse somebody of that, you can’t whine like a girl when he hits back. Moreover, the ‘debate’ was an orchestrated set-up and he must be tired of the RNC/Daily Kos open borders traitors doing this at every such event.
    Should he take the high road sometimes? Yes. Did he go too far? Yes.
    Should we – ergo – get behind establishmentarian flakes like icecream man and the water guzzler? No.

  120. Goanna says:

    Turkey openly supports ISIS. We need to give Putin the green light to retake Constantinople.

    Green light?
    Vlad likes to gatecrash.

  121. C.L. says:

    Life of Brian

    Great. The three people in the world who think it’s funny have got something to watch on the tele.

  122. Infidel Tiger says:

    He’s 30 points ahead.

    My God. That is the sum total of this whole angry loser cult.

    Forget principles and policies. We are number 1!

  123. twostix says:

    Imagine an alternative timeline where Trump didn’t run.

    Imagine Cruz in that timeline, in which the race is Jeb vs Cruz with Jeb leading slightly and the establishment busily working putting all their Hate Effort, not into Trump, but into Ted Cruz – as they would be.

    Now imagine this footage came out.

    The ensuing wall to wall mockery from the cool kids about “fundies” and “Evangelicals” would have had 3/4 of Cruz supporters capitulating and called it over for Cruz then obediently getting in line behind Bush immediately.

  124. Tel says:

    Losing auxiliaries is a pain. You can’t really do anything about them openly because, well, they ‘aren’t yours’. But they expect you to do something, and your people expect you to do something.

    Meh, losing auxiliaries saves payroll.

    I think the Turkish government was more annoyed about loss of oil revenue. That and Kurds eventually are going to get their Kurdish state, the way things are going. Assad has already obliquely discussed the idea, and I vaguely remember Putin hinted at it.

    Question 15: Mr. President, are you prepared to give northern Syria to the Kurds for self-rule after the crisis?

    President Assad: This question is directly related to the Syrian constitution; and as you know, the constitution is not given by the government, all sections of Syrian society have a say in it, and it is put to public referendum. That’s why this should be a national question, not a question put to any Syrian official, whether it has to do with self-rule, federalism, decentralisation, or any similar thing. All these things are part of the political dialogue in the future; but I would like to stress that the Kurds are a Syrian national group.

    It’s going to be difficult for the USA to suddenly declare Kurds the enemy, after arming them and providing green beret squad leaders.

    Oh, link for Assad interview — http://www.france24.com/en/20160212-transcript-exclusive-afp-interview-with-syrias-assad

  125. Token says:

    This is where the US is going.

    Don’t you love the tele-prompter that starts with…”Shi-t”

    At least Comacho’s didn’t force him to talk about the 57 states of the US and Lincoln’s intercontinental railroad plan.

  126. memoryvault says:

    At the moment he can hardly walk or raise
    his arms due (we surmise) to statin side effects.

    Probably. Ditch the statins.
    If he doesn’t have a cholesterol problem, he doesn’t need them.
    If his cholesterol is high, and it’s “good” cholesterol, he doesn’t need them.
    If his cholesterol is high, and it’s “bad” cholesterol, it’s his diet.
    Fix the diet, and ditch the statins.

  127. Rabz says:

    Trump repeatedly and loudly holding George Bush Bill Clinton responsible for 9/11 and the fall of the World Trade Center.

    That might have made sense.

  128. Rabz says:

    Imagine an alternative timeline where Trump didn’t run.

    We’d never have been gifted the sheer genius of 45% tariffs, for starters.

  129. twostix says:

    In fact in a world without Trump, Cruz would have just been another Rand Paul, Walker, Carson or Santorum. Maybe gotten a couple of delegates then been ordered to leave before he was forced to because of his “cringe worthy” “embarrassing” “gaffe” – and there a more than a few.

    The official Fox / NRO approved “race” would have been between Jeb! and Rubio.

    Cruz supporters can thank Trump later.

  130. Token says:

    I didn’t say Trump is the everman, I said Trump is being supported by the everyman. By definition. He’s 30 points ahead.

    Trump needs Bush to stay in the race. There is not way Trump will finish off Jeb! Then the anti-Trump vote will unify and from all indications so far Trump caps off between 35-40%.

    As long as Jeb! is locking up donor cash to use to throw at Rubio & Cruz the money is not going to, well, Rubio & Cruz.

  131. twostix says:

    Hey has Cruz been asked the mandatory “12 year old rape victim” abortion question yet?

    Weird that he hasn’t, especially since he’s the token evangelical in the race.

    Oh, that’s right, they save that until later don’t they? I wonder how he’ll answer it.

  132. johanna says:

    Last time I visited the GP he looked at my tackle and asked “can you urinate out of it OK?”
    “Yes” I replied.
    “Well” he said, “that’s all I’d use it for.”

    Bit of poetic license there, BoN.

    It’s from one of Spike Milligan’s war books, referring to a member of his unit who was rather poorly endowed.

    Nothing gets past the Cat. 🙂

  133. Tel says:

    Green light?
    Vlad likes to gatecrash.

    He was invited into Syria, by the fairly broadly recognized national government.

    In the case of Crimea, well he was already there, with a huge military base and plenty of support from the Russian-speaking population.

    Probably fair to say Georgia was a gate crash, using the old “humanitarian reasons” codeword that gets you into wherever you like. He did a quick, clean job of that one. Better than dragging things out for decades like what’s happened in the Middle East.

  134. Leigh Lowe says:

    The Turks are shelling Syrian army and Russian positions.

    And some Kurds near the border I believe, but maybe Turks bombing Kurds no longer counts as news.

    OK.
    When I studied military tactics and strategy at WestPoint, that is the classical situation which was commonly described as “The Five Star Clusterfuck.”

  135. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Johanna, I read the whole ‘his part in my downfall’ series. 🙂
    Excellent stuff. And a fine way to tackle PTSD too, which is not good. I have no answer for it since I regularly dream of labs and pilot plants, which are annoying but better than combat.

  136. Leigh Lowe says:

    Bit of poetic license there, BoN.

    It’s from one of Spike Milligan’s war books, referring to a member of his unit who was rather poorly endowed.

    Ha, ha.
    That was me doing the plagiarising.
    I couldn’t for the life of me remember where it came from.

  137. twostix says:

    All I’m saying is that Cruz is completely and utterly unelectable.
    That’s all.

    And it’s not just because “the left”, there’s been plenty of Cruz’s in the primaries before and none of them have ever made it past half way.

    Always the same story from the republican conservacorp losers: “cringe” “gaffe” “too extreme” “divides” and then if they get too uppity “12 year old abortion victim”.

    So just embrace the clown show and let Trump burn it all down.

  138. Driftforge says:

    With Syria, every bastard and his dog is in there already.

    Yeah, but only Vlad has an invite. Riff raff can’t compete with invited guests.

  139. Roger says:

    Fuck apples keyboard. It always turns “that” into “rant” for me.

    In which case pay it no mind, IT.

  140. Armadillo says:

    FMD. Who is the wanker on 2GB tonight? Bill Crews? The bastard is more left than Sarah Sea cow. Pro lock outs, hates Catholics, pro abortion, pro refugees. Hates freedom. It’s like listening to the ABC.

  141. Driftforge says:

    All I’m saying is that Cruz is completely and utterly unelectable.
    That’s all.

    Someone had a look at second prefs the other day; Trump leaving the race gives Cruz nearly no benefit. The same is not true the other way around.

  142. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    When I studied military tactics and strategy at WestPoint

    Hat doffed. I mean it, having managed to fail AAR corporal’s courses twice.

  143. Rabz says:

    All I’m saying is that Cruz is completely and utterly unelectable.

    Then the GOP are toast.

    It’s hello, Prezidentrix Shrillary or il Presidente Bernie “the Colonel” Sanders.

    At the end of the day, I’d be less concerned about trump winning the presidency than I was about bronco bama.

    How the fuck could trump be any worse?

    After all, I’m old enough to remember all the lobotomised lamestream media bloviataing about what a disaster Ronnie Raygun was going to be.

  144. Armadillo says:

    Seriously, you need to listen to this fuckknuckle. It’s creepy.

    http://www.2gb.com/listen-live

  145. Roger says:

    Turkey openly supports ISIS. We need to give Putin the green light to retake Constantinople.

    +1

    That means Kyrill of Moscow can usurp Bartholomew of Constantinople as head of Eastern Orthodoxy.

    Since Bart is a loathsome Green apologist this can only be good.

  146. Tel says:

    Trump needs Bush to stay in the race. There is not way Trump will finish off Jeb! Then the anti-Trump vote will unify and from all indications so far Trump caps off between 35-40%.

    Yeah, could be interesting how that goes. Based on the polls I’d say Jeb! has no chance. W Bush went into the Iraq war with no clear strategy, no victory conditions, and no plan for any sort of exit. Then Bush declared “Mission Accomplished!” at a time when clearly nothing had been solved, and gave a goofy grin. It’s going to be very difficult for the neocon establishment to keep pushing more Bush family on a war-weary and debt-weary population.

    Rubio has a lot more chance, his polls are higher, he doesn’t come across as flat footed. OK, he got caught being a robot once or twice, but a quick thump on the back jumps him out of that repeat loop. Give him a wind up and he’s off good as new.

    Carson is a nice guy, I wouldn’t be offended to see him win, but I kind of don’t think he is up to it. His polls aren’t doing too well, he comes across as a bit detached and philosophical about things. Might make a good leader, but in the USA they don’t go for leaders like that.

    So if the anti-trump vote does unify, has to be Rubio. Then what will Cruz do? Not support Rubio, that’s for sure, Cruz is going to shake hands with Trump and make a deal. Trump / Anti-trump will be pretty evenly split I think.

  147. johanna says:

    Eek, apologies, Bruce. And, LL, that’ll learn ya!

    I love those Milligan books, have read them many times and still get a chuckle out of them.

  148. Fisky says:

    Always the same story from the republican conservacorp losers: “cringe” “gaffe” “too extreme” “divides” and then if they get too uppity “12 year old abortion victim”.

    So just embrace the clown show and let Trump burn it all down.

    Exactly. First you destroy political correctness. Salt the earth it used to stand on. Then in the wreckage of political correctness do you start to contemplate “serious candidates” again.

    Another very clever strategic move of Trump’s I’ve noticed (I’m assuming he does it on purpose) – the way he occasionally retweets utter nutjobs with Twitter handles like “White Genocide”, causing a 24-hour media storm. I think he does this on purpose. Because the media’s favourite “gotcha” on anti-establishment candidates is “Oh look! David Duke says he’s voting for Ron Paul/Pat Buchanan/Donald Trump”, forcing the candidate to “apologise” for having racist supporters and then “disown” their support.

    I think Trump has decided to neutralise that by promoting the nutcase element himself, let the media wind themselves up about it, and basically say nothing about it, just putting it out there, no comment and no apology. So when the media finally do get around to their October Gotcha moment, he’s already defused the issue, and demonstrated he doesn’t give a shit.

  149. Infidel Tiger says:

    Cruz is completely and utterly unelectable.
    That’s all.

    That’s not what the general election polling match ups say.

    Trump gets smashed by everyone.

    If all you want to do is beat Clinton or Sanders, Rubio is easily the best candidate. If you believe in small government as defined by the US constitution the only candidate is Cruz. Everyone else is wasting their time.

  150. Fisky says:

    All I’m saying is that Cruz is completely and utterly unelectable.
    That’s all.

    His potential support base is WAY too narrow.

  151. Armadillo says:

    Tiger, aren’t you backing Bernie?

  152. Rabz says:

    Rubio has a lot more chance, his polls are higher, he doesn’t come across as flat footed.

    LOL. Except when he does.

  153. Rabz says:

    And just so nobody gets any funny ideas – there are few people on this planet that I despise more than that fat, corrupt fuck from Noo Joisey.

  154. Fisky says:

    Rubio is not going to be able to seize the agenda like Trump can (and to a lesser extent Cruz). He will debate and fight on the terms dictated by the Left. And he is EXTREMELY vulnerable on the usual abortion/war on women grounds – he’s a creationist who wants to ban abortion in all circumstances, including 12-year-old rape.

    Can you imagine Rubio being able to fend off those attacks in front of a panel of furious leftist debate moderators? I can’t.

  155. Infidel Tiger says:

    Tiger, aren’t you backing Bernie?

    Look, I’m a huge Bernie Booster, but I made an unforgivable error. I failed to take into account Democrat vote rigging rules.

    FFS. Bernie won New Hampshire 60/40 and still ended up with fewer delegates. Wowee!

  156. twostix says:

    Germany is winding up the hate machine against Poland again:

    Even the German carnival celebrations over the weekend caused a renewed diplomatic spat in this series. Poland registered its diplomatic protest to a parade float in Düsseldorf showing Polish leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski stamping his jackboot on the head of a woman depicting Poland.

    Government spokesman in Berlin promptly rejected Poland’s objections citing “freedom of expression.”

    Get it? Freedom of Expression in Germany, funny jok:.

    This would have be a valid argument, if German police themselves were not investigating into carnival floats in the states of Bavaria and Thuringia deemed “offensive” to Muslim migrants.

    Oh and just this minor stuff:

    Leading members of Merkel’s government have talked about taking “punitive measures” against Poland and placing the country “under supervision.”

    Between Russia and Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary need 100% to create a new middle Europe alliance if they have any hope of surviving the coming decades intact.

  157. Tel says:

    Rabz, it doesn’t matter that Rubio is a robot, because his purpose is only to repeat what the GOP establishment feeds into him. If he hits a glitch, they take him back to the workshop, reformat and reinstall.

    You only need a human candidate if you want a President with ideas of his own… and that’s the last thing Rubio’s supporters want.

  158. Rabz says:

    Can you imagine Rubio being able to fend off those attacks in front of a panel of furious leftist debate moderators? I can’t.

    It would be funny to watch, though. A two litre job at least.

  159. Armadillo says:

    Stimpy, any chance you can phone this fucker? It’s like a reverse JC hotline. He’s playing Elton John now. Someone needs to nail the prick.

    http://www.2gb.com/listen-live

  160. John Constantine says:

    Serious question, If the turks are.relying on the house of saud to bankroll them, isn’t that the last roll of the dice for them both?.

    Big changes for the world that mightn’t be good for super funds.

    Will Merkel manage to get open borders between turkey and Europistan in time for turkey to implode?.

  161. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    When I studied military tactics and strategy at WestPoint

    Hat doffed. I mean it, having managed to fail AAR corporal’s courses twice.

    Indeed. As someone whose Service career peaked at the rank of lance – corporal (unpaid, unloved and unwashed) I can only acknowledge military genius when I see it.

  162. Infidel Tiger says:

    I would happily nuke Germany.

    Sure my wife’s family once came from there, but aside from that it has offered the world nothing for at least two Millenia except terrible violence and foul creeds.

  163. Token says:

    That was me doing the plagiarising.
    I couldn’t for the life of me remember where it came from.

    Classy response. If only serial rip off merchants like Amy Shumer & M0nty had an inch of your class.

  164. Token says:

    FFS. Bernie won New Hampshire 60/40 and still ended up with fewer delegates. Wowee!

    That was even after Bernie genuflected to Al Sharpton and smooched his ring.

  165. Armadillo says:

    I failed to take into account Democrat vote rigging rules.

    Good Lordy. Drunk at the time? Stoned? Unlike you to make a basic mistake like that.

  166. Token says:

    Can you imagine Rubio being able to fend off those attacks in front of a panel of furious leftist debate moderators? I can’t.

    He screwed up the abortion in the case of rape or incest question in a previous debate and has not walked it back, so he’d be Todd Aitken’ed in a heartbeat by the base of the D’rat Party and medja moderators of debates (I know I repeat myself).

  167. Leigh Lowe says:

    Eek, apologies, Bruce. And, LL, that’ll learn ya!

    I love those Milligan books, have read them many times and still get a chuckle out of them.

    I may have para-phrased Spike here a couple of weeks ago regarding military mortality rates as a result of colourful plumage worn by soldiers in the 19th century.
    Spike published a photo of his grandfather with his regiment wearing white crossed bandoliers on a navy uniform with the caption “conveniently wearing target crosses to assist enemy marksmen”.

  168. Token says:

    Cruz is making great ads at the moment.

  169. twostix says:

    Germany is going to do another Germany in the next 20 years.

    Guarantee it.

    Her shackles disappeared with the death of the Anglosphere’s Greatest Generation.

    I bet a lot of the new conservative governments in Eastern European countries start sniffing around Russia looking for some promises.

    It’s going to be Bizarro century.

  170. Arky says:

    I can see why the media whores are pretty quiet on Syria now. No more ISIS atrocity stories, which they were hot for previously.
    The people we are backing are allied to ISIS and Al Qaeda.
    Bit embarrassing, really.
    May take some time to sort out the correct narrative.

  171. Grigory M says:

    I would happily nuke Germany.

    Sure my wife’s family once came from there, but aside from that it has offered the world nothing for at least two Millenia except terrible violence and foul creeds.

    Metternich was OK – and Bismarck – and all those vine dressers who emigrated to Australia in the mid-1800’s. Especially the vine dressers, who established the wine industry in various parts of Australia. The colony’s wine was lousy before they came.

  172. Armadillo says:

    I would happily nuke Germany.

    Far be it for me to judge, but I get the feeling that IT would happily nuke everyone, from Albania to Zimbabwe.

  173. Rabz says:

    I’m going to hunt down the indescribable arsehole responsible for that ad with the fat brain damaged underpant clad bogan and visit some entirely disproportionate medieval retribution on them (NaDT).

    FFS.

  174. Infidel Tiger says:

    You make a reasonable and fair point, Grigory.

    I would execute all Germans except vine dressers.

  175. Stimpson J. Cat says:

    He’s a lying, sleazy, degenerate, worm. His only contact with middle America has been hornswaggling them at his casinos or failed condo developments.

    He

    I’m going to assume you were so enraged that your brain actually spasmed right there.
    It amuses me.

  176. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    I would execute all Germans except vine dressers.

    You might like to spare the lives of a few of the buxom lasses that feature in the Oktoberfest advertising. Deuced easy on the eye, some of those young ladies.

  177. harrys on the boat says:

    I’ve always said your tolerance is your strongest virtue, IT.

    I’d execute the vine dressers.

  178. Leigh Lowe says:

    You make a reasonable and fair point, Grigory.

    I would execute all Germans except vine dressers.

    As you were, soldier.
    Nuke ’em all.
    German wine is horrid undrinkable cats piss.
    Without exception.
    It only improved for a brief period in the 1980’s when they added anti-freeze.

  179. When I studied military tactics and strategy at WestPoint

    Hat doffed. I mean it, having managed to fail AAR corporal’s courses twice.

    Haha, BoN. I failed Regimental Officers Basic Course. “Needs to remember he is a Lieutenant – not a Lieutenant Colonel.”
    I can understand why Menzies sacked/shufflied aside all his ARA generals and put Militia (ARES) officers into command positions. Morrison is a good reason why that happened.

  180. harrys on the boat says:

    The birds carrying the steins are all Polish.

    German women are filthy lazy beasts who make Merkel look attractive.

  181. Stimpson J. Cat says:

    I would execute all Germans except vine dressers.

    Coward.
    Scared they’ll get angry?
    I’m not afraid of some cross vine dressers.

  182. Armadillo says:

    German women are filthy lazy beasts who make Merkel look attractive

    Harry’s got a point there. Hard to argue against. I’ve got nothing.

  183. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    I can understand why Menzies sacked/shufflied aside all his ARA generals and put Militia (ARES) officers into command positions. Morrison is a good reason why that happened.

    Winston, if I remember my lessons on Army history, the majority of generals would have been Miltia anyway, because the Regular Army was only about 5,000 men or so, to provide a cadre to train the militia when they were mobilized.

  184. Rabz says:

    I would execute all Germans

    At which point the sentence should end.

  185. It only improved for a brief period in the 1980?s when they added anti-freeze.

    A bit bloody late for the Ostfront Campaign, ja, LL?

  186. Fisky says:

    I bet a lot of the new conservative governments in Eastern European countries start sniffing around Russia looking for some promises.

    Already happening with the Hungarians and the Czechs.

  187. I would execute all Germans except vine dressers.

    You might like to spare the lives of a few of the buxom lasses that feature in the Oktoberfest advertising. Deuced easy on the eye, some of those young ladies.

    As the beneficiary of the skills of a German trained optician, I’d add their opticians to the Ark before nuking the country

    As you were, soldier.
    Nuke ‘em all.
    German wine is horrid undrinkable cats piss.
    Without exception.
    It only improved for a brief period in the 1980?s when they added anti-freeze.

    Er… ever tasted Australian “beer”? (eg, XXXX, VB, Reschs, etc)
    Supplemenary question, every tasted any of the output of the 850 breweries in Germany?
    Y’all can guess the next exemption card I’m about to issue (before we execute the lot).

  188. memoryvault says:

    When I studied military tactics and strategy at WestPoint

    Are you one of the ones they then sent over here so
    we could teach you how not to get killed in Vietnam?

  189. Armadillo says:

    They reckon Katy Perry is German? That’s a pretty long bow to draw. I get the dumb bit. Never heard of most of the rest of them.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TM-mnIcsBa0

  190. I’d like to believe that the Germans are our Allies.
    But under yet another lunatic leader, they are dragging Europe into another conflagration…

  191. srr says:

    Fisky
    #1945361, posted on February 14, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Trump is doing a terrific job. He is destroying the GOP, and if he becomes the nominee, the party will simply disintegrate. That’s a wonderful thing, we should applaud.

    😀
    It’s like here, where the hard arse talkers bleat about the need to gut and destroy the other side of Labor, the Libs, but then do all they can to get behind and make excuses for a Turnbull version of the same shit.

    Trump is doing what the bleaters lie they want done, and they are shitting at not being able to regain control of the narrative and losing their cushy jobs as narrative controllers.

    What I don’t get is why no one’s figured out how Trump knows what the people actually want, and why the people don’t buy the bullshit all sides keep throwing at Trump.

    I’ve only just started paying a bit of attention to Trump (I wasn’t particularly interested), but it only took me a few clicks to see trump’s power source, and how just how powerful it is …

    His only contact with middle America …

    is so broad and obvious, it’s blinding … hence his blindsiding all the know-nothing-know-it-alls 😉

  192. Old School Conservative says:

    C.L., I admit to being one of the 3 people who enjoy Life of Brian. Just finished, with me singing “Always look on the bright side of life” as the credits rolled.
    I see the anti-Christian message in the film, but can overlook that to laugh at the many time-tested jokes.
    For example, think of a skit based on indigenous Australians working out “but besides that, what have the whites ever done for us?”
    Or, the Popular Front of Judea scene translating into the AEC allowing Liberal Democratic Party as a real name in Australian politics. Just laughable!
    The full frontal nudity was interesting too.
    WELEASE BWIAN!

  193. Stimpson J. Cat says:

    Never heard of most of the rest of them.

    You can hear Katy Perry on the wireless, the rest you’ll have to go to the pictures to see.
    🙂

  194. John Constantine says:

    The Gates of Vienna turn back was a reasonable Germanic contribution to Europe.

    If not for the short filth napolean fucking Europe up and setting the Prussian Arseholes up to run the.show, an Austrian/ sounds of music Germany with Hans and Fritz only coming down from the mountains to kick frog butt and.reclaim Constantinople— that would be a bit better than now.

    (Plus the western allies won the big one because their Germans were supported with better infrastructure and logistics than Hitler’s Germans.)

  195. Fisky says:

    The Gates of Vienna turn back was a reasonable Germanic contribution to Europe.

    Polish!

  196. Armadillo says:

    I’m going to call the American election for Trump. I’m a bit miffed as to why IT wants Bernie to win. He’s not gunna nuke anyone. I can visualise the Trumpsters supporters holding up “Death to Iran” posters at his final rally. ITs on the wrong horse here.

  197. Token says:

    Most people who enjoy Life of Brian see through the anti-Christian messages because, well, they are the few bits that diminish rather than enhance the story. We ignore it.

  198. I’m amazed that anyone can remain awake through the life of brian.

  199. Infidel Tiger says:

    Srr, not for nothing, but you’re a real snake of a person.

    You never answer any questions put to you directly and and every comment you make looks like the Larouche newsletter’s cryptic crossword was put in a thermomix.

    If you can’t speak or write your opinions in plain English, then just shoosh, all right?

  200. Armadillo says:

    For example, think of a skit based on indigenous Australians working out “but besides that, what have the whites ever done for us?”

    🙂

  201. Fisky says:

    I don’t doubt that Scalia was murdered. The Left are certainly cheering his death, so we must assume they were involved.

  202. Infidel Tiger says:

    Fisky have you noticed Alex Jones site sells all those male potency magic potions?!

  203. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    For example, think of a skit based on indigenous Australians working out “but besides that, what have the whites ever done for us?”

    I’d give half my fortune to see that one……

  204. Leigh Lowe says:

    Gary Lyin needs to engage these guys as his PR flacks.
    FFS, if you are going to bullshit, at least get a little creative.
    In other words, escalate.
    (Substitute “Gary” for “Allan”, “AFL fans” for “British public” and “AFL footy shows” for “game shows” and it is perfect …)
    http://youtu.be/QI4C4UqLYQY

  205. Fisky says:

    I love Alex Jones. You absolutely have to be making these claims. It doesn’t matter if they’re true or not, you have to get it out there anyway.

  206. Leigh Lowe says:

    I don’t doubt that Scalia was murdered. The Left are certainly cheering his death, so we must assume they were involved.

    Look, if Captain Agility happens to be run down by a bus (1) I would be ecstatic, but that doesn’t make me guilty of his demise.
    (1) unlikely as buses don’t run through Point Pahper.

  207. Infidel Tiger says:

    Hey IT, check this out!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJqLAleEnKw

    Holy cow.

  208. Fisky says:

    Go Trump! Hahahaha That’s why we gotta back him.

  209. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    From srr at 11:28 pm:

    ” …

    What I don’t get is why no one’s figured out how Trump knows what the people actually want, and why the people don’t buy the bullshit all sides keep throwing at Trump.

    I’ve only just started paying a bit of attention to Trump (I wasn’t particularly interested), but it only took me a few clicks to see trump’s power source, and how just how powerful it is …

    His only contact with middle America …

    is so broad and obvious, it’s blinding … hence his blindsiding all the know-nothing-know-it-alls ;)”

    You’re right srr. Keep up the good work, posting in the manner that suits you best. I enjoy watching the glitterati castigate you for “not being one of us” with you grinning right back and ignoring them.

  210. Stimpson J. Cat says:

    I love Alex Jones. You absolutely have to be making these claims. It doesn’t matter if they’re true or not, you have to get it out there anyway.

    Fisky if your next post mentions lizardpeople I’m getting another beer.

  211. Armadillo says:

    Fisky if your next post mentions lizardpeople I’m getting another beer.

    I’m calling bullshit. Stimpy was knocking off the top as he typed that.

  212. Fisky says:

    Prophetic Donald Trump was against the Iraq War from the beginning. This from March 25, 2003, less than a week after Bush invaded:

    Donald Trump, with Amazonian beauty Melania Knauss at his side, pronounces on the war and the stock market: “If they keep fighting it the way they did today, they’re going to have a real problem.”

    Looking as pensive as a “Nightline” talking head, the Donald concludes, “The war’s a mess,” before sweeping off into the crowd.

  213. Mark Steyn was terrific tonight.

  214. Fisky says:

    So Donald Trump was against Iraq in its first week, when “warbloggers” like Andrew Sullivan were accusing anti-war advocates of treason. Pretty courageous positioning by Trump. Good guy.

  215. Stimpson J. Cat says:

    Mark Steyn was terrific tonight.

    Yes but did he sing Cat songs?

  216. Lysander says:

    Anyone who loves Alex Jones needs their head examined

  217. No songs. He was funny but it was more serious this time. Should be a good tour. Thanks to ubique for introducing yourself! It’s always nice to meet a Catster in real life.

  218. Infidel Tiger says:

    Trump has run with the Daily Kos crowd for decades.

    It’s about the only thing that has stayed constant in his position statements.

    Funnily enough though there is not one single recorded statement from him that he was against invading Iraq prior to the invasion.

  219. Stimpson J. Cat says:

    Anyone who loves Alex Jones needs their head examined

    Don’t be like that.
    As a fellow madman, I admire his principled stand against sanity.

  220. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Philippa Martyr
    #1945627, posted on February 15, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Mark Steyn was terrific tonight.

    Thank you for the “heads up.’ Fuelled by several large Scotches, I may break the habit of several years, and watch Mark Steyn on Q and A. I hope he has Sarah Sea Cow served on a silver platter.

  221. Stimpson J. Cat says:

    No songs. He was funny but it was more serious this time. Should be a good tour. Thanks to ubique for introducing yourself! It’s always nice to meet a Catster in real life.

    Damn it!
    I would have gone but:
    I didn’t know it was on.
    I wasn’t sure if Asian children were welcome.

  222. Fisky says:

    Funnily enough though there is not one single recorded statement from him that he was against invading Iraq prior to the invasion.

    Misleading! He was interviewed by a celeb reporter (which I just linked to) saying it was a disaster on March 25, 2003. That was when Bush had already “captured” Basra and a couple of other places (which was a lie – it turned out they had only surrounded them). NO ONE in the establishment was prepared to come out that early against the war. Bush had an 80% approval rating, there was no push back at all.

    So if Trump was on record as opposing Iraq on March 25, 2003, it’s almost certain he was against it from the beginning.

  223. Thank you for the “heads up.’ Fuelled by several large Scotches, I may break the habit of several years, and watch Mark Steyn on Q and A. I hope he has Sarah Sea Cow served on a silver platter.

    Added bonus, Barnaby Joyce.
    It is going to be a pleasure watching the 47% Liberal voting crowd, which claps all lefty talking points and from which 100% of questions are asked by swampies & islamics, getting sliced & diced by Steyn/Joyce.

  224. Infidel Tiger says:

    The Iraq War was won in a cake walk. It was perhaps the most comprehensive military victory ever.

    The nation building shit didn’t go too well but that was crazy leftist pipe dream stuff.

  225. Manged to talk the parents into watching Steyn on Sky Friday night.
    They nearly had to put marched in front of the TV at gunpoint, but as soon as Steyn started talking they were transfixed.
    Comment afterward: “Easy to see why the ALP hierarchy all have ‘previous engagements’ for Monday night Q&A”.

  226. Fisky says:

    Infidel Tiger
    #1945639, posted on February 15, 2016 at 12:23 am
    The Iraq War was won in a cake walk. It was perhaps the most comprehensive military victory ever.

    The nation building shit didn’t go too well but that was crazy leftist pipe dream stuff.

    The LDP could have beaten Saddam with a platoon of privateers. His army was incredibly weak. Bush’s mission statement was to turn Iraq into a democracy and reduce WMD proliferation. Total disaster. He lost, big time.

  227. srr says:

    Infidel Tiger
    #1945610, posted on February 14, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Srr, not for nothing, but you’re a real snake of a person.

    You never answer any questions put to you directly …

    IT, you mob trained me early and well, that it never matters what I say, the verballing liars will simply reconstruct my words and meanings to, well, verbal and lie.

    But that’s ok, because I’m not a professional full time narrative salesman, desperately trying to shove some filthy agenda down peoples throats. I simply drop bits of news and ideas for anyone to ponder for themselves if they care to.

    Also, I do baulk at anonymous bloggers trying to weadel personal details out of others, which I find too many direct questions are actually aiming at, so I tend to mostly ignore those 😉

    So, nah, not a snake, more a slasher of the long grass, so others can better see the real snakes. 🙂

  228. Fisky says:

    Trump exposes the Bush-Saudi 9/11 cover-up. Bush put all Bin Laden’s relatives on planes so they wouldn’t be interrogated.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcj724VsBpk

  229. Personal detail of me: I am a most enthusiastic supporter of the “google tax”, at least as far as it can be applied to Facebook.

    I am sick & tired of having profiles deleted, or suspended, purely because I express opinions that differ from that of swampies.

    ANY financial punishment dished out to Facebook is a moral thing to do.

    I’m all for the power of government being used to smash, punish, take money from, this fascist corporation.

  230. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Completely off topic, the reading in the cold old right wing cave that serves as my library is William C Davis “Crucible of Command.” Comparing Robert E Lee and Ulysses S Grant, their lives, their military careers and their methods of command.

    U.S. Grant. “Years later (after the end of the Civil War) after sending hundreds of thousands of men into battle and possible death, he told Ammen (his neighbor) that he had never, in his life, shot or killed any living creature.” Um, yeah.

  231. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    From Monday’s Australian:

    “Cabinet’s leap into the unknown
    11:00pmPhillip Hudson

    Two-thirds of Malcolm Turnbull’s senior ministers are on P-plates in their portfolios.”

    There has never been a more exciting time to be alive than today and there has never been a more exciting time to be governed at by hopeless blokes who their leader sat and watched in the party room for a decade, seeing only votes.

    Evidently someone with a clue has tapped prime minister The Spiv on the shoulder and said “These blokes are useless”, to which he has responded “Oh? I hadn’t noticed. Lucy and I were … Useless? Oh dear, I need to be re-elected. What do you think I should do?”

  232. Leigh Lowe says:

    Philippa Martyr
    #1945627, posted on February 15, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Mark Steyn was terrific tonight.

    When is he appearing in Sodom?
    Or, failing that, Melbourne?

  233. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    From the Tele:

    “A bitter pill from a Summer Hill dill

    EXCLUSIVE: LABOR’S rookie inner west MP has called for sniffer dogs to be banned and illegal party drugs to be tested at music festivals to ensure they were safe for young people to take. “Kids smoking pot or taking pills at music festivals won’t go away,” Summer Hill MP Jo Haylen says. “Let’s get drug users into the health system.”

    “I’m from the government and we are here to fund your lifestyle.”

    In other news the rookie counseled young wymminses to always carry condoms because rape won’t go away; suggested that old people avert their eyes when they see a mob of muslim fake reffo goons advancing to steal the ten bob they have in their purse, in the hope of not being noticed; and bemoaned the fact that bundles of sticks just don’t get enough government and media attention.

    What a spiffing time in such a splendid place.

  234. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    “I’m from the government a taxpayer, and we are here to fund your lifestyle.”

    FIFY. FMD.

  235. areff says:

    How management consultants killed Fairfax:
    (paywalled)
    The performance of each journalist is analysed by their total cost, or salary, how many articles they wrote, and the number of online page impressions they generated.

    The only metric used to measure the quality of the stories is the average ratio of page impressions per article.

    On this system, some of the cheapest and most inexperienced journalists appear to be the most effective.

  236. Leigh Lowe says:

    Haw, haw, haw.
    Captain Agility posted an ode to his bride Lucy on Spacebook only to have the Gaystapo marriage activists start a stacks-on.
    Reap what you sow, bro.
    Reap what you sow.

  237. #Casinomike is also experiencing…er.. connection… with voters with his Valentine’s message on Facebook.

  238. C.L. says:

    Captain Agility posted an ode to his bride Lucy on Spacebook only to have the Gaystapo marriage …

    Link?

  239. Stimpson J. Cat says:

    EXCLUSIVE: LABOR’S rookie inner west MP has called for sniffer dogs to be banned

    When a junkie dies they are reincarnated as a sniffer dog.
    Can you imagine the horror of it?
    All that gear so close but yet so far.

  240. C.L. says:

    Ahahahahhahaha.

    Fairfax-Ipsos poll: voters cool on Turnbull as Coalition support drops below 2013 election levels.

    A summer marred by ministerial crises and the prospect of a higher GST has taken the shine off the Turnbull government, sending the Coalition’s share of the vote below that achieved by Tony Abbott at the 2013 election.

    Ahahahahhahaha.

  241. Or this one may be better, it is the second post down.

  242. C.L. says:

    EXCLUSIVE: LABOR’S rookie inner west MP has called for sniffer dogs to be banned …

    Story link. This Jo Haylen bird sounds great:

    She also criticised the Baird government’s increase in roadside drug testing…

    “The Baird government’s heavy handed approach doesn’t fix the problem. “Sniffer dogs are ineffective — they’re wrong three quarters of the time, causing unnecessary interactions between police and young people. “Likewise the intensified pressure of police at music festivals and events doesn’t stop young people taking drugs — it just encourages them to take all their drugs to avoid arrest.

    “Roadside drug testing hurls people into the legal system for having the most minute traces if drugs in their system, but operates without a shred of evidence to prove it reduces the number of accidents.”

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