Tuesday Forum: February 14, 2017

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  1. Tom

    Gee, there’s a distinct lack of oxygen this high up in a new fred.

  2. Grigory M

    Everything old is new again.

  3. Grigory M

    Heh – Number Five is alive!

  4. One per day of these would not be a bad idea.

  5. Roger

    No representation without taxation!

    You know it makes sense.

  6. Tom

    From the old fred — this is fun: Iron Lady.

  7. egg_

    One per day of these would not be a bad idea.

    Donut forsake me..?
    (Sorry)

  8. Roger

    High feast day for the ABC: Closing the Gap report.

    Never miss an opportunity to signal one’s virtue on the back of the less fortunate.

  9. Leigh Lowe

    From the redundant fred…

    C.L.
    #2296277, posted on February 14, 2017 at 6:24 pm
    Dennis Weaver in Duel was inspired casting.

    Garrulous and verbose performance.
    Yacketty-yack-yack.
    Wouldn’t shut up.

  10. .

    There is a hilarious video on You Tube by Vox where they try to analyse why Kelly Anne Conway doesn’t take shit off journalists.

    “Ooh she’s a smooth talker”…

    Maybe, but you guys are still full of shit.

  11. Leigh Lowe

    Boomers rule! Nyuk nyuk.

    Um .. yeah.
    I was going to say something about that … but it’s gone.
    I’ll get back to you …

  12. Geriatric Mayfly

    My guiding star in the choice of Australian films, was always Margaret Pomerantz. Some of the ones given endorsement on the old thread would hardly raise a gush with this mistress of the deep and meaningful. The edgy stuff always caught her eye and therefore mine. I never wasted a single cent on anything she waxed lyrical about.

  13. JC

    This is a nice complement. Good bosses wanting the best out of their people do this sort of thing.

    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump Feb 12

    Congratulations Stephen Miller- on representing me this morning on the various Sunday morning shows. Great job!

  14. Roger

    C.L.
    #2296277, posted on February 14, 2017 at 6:24 pm
    Dennis Weaver in Duel was inspired casting.

    As was the truck.

    Alas, he was type cast after that role.

  15. a reader

    Nearly crashed my car when I heard Bull Shitten acknowledging the Aboriginal senators during his in reply speech to the Closing the Gap (is that when a train jumps the rails and gets too close to the platform?)…and a certain Tasmanian senator.

  16. Baldrick

    Grigory M
    #2296152, posted on February 14, 2017 at 5:17 pm
    Happy Valentines Day.

    At first I laughed, then I remembered:

    Grigory M
    #2293700, posted on February 12, 2017 at 10:07 am
    A few nights ago in the ED, a couple of nurses were talking loudly enough for everyone else to hear. One said she had a pet duck and felt guilty eating roast chicken in front of it – she wondered whether the pet duck could recognise the smell. The other nurse said she didn’t know, but maybe not. Then another nurse chimed in and asked them if they’d smelled a cooked human – they both said no, but that killed the conversation.

  17. Geriatric Mayfly

    a reader. Your train analogy re Closing the Gap is a new one. Mind the Gap is still ringing in my ears from days in London.

  18. .

    Close the gap. Up army compo payments!

  19. Happy Valentine’s Day, you poor things.

  20. srr

    Tread Carefully – Report: Michael Flynn Possible As National Security Adviser…

    Posted on November 17, 2016 by sundance

    Media are reporting that General Michael Flynn is being “offered” the position of National Security Adviser to President-Elect Donald Trump. However, there should be some reasonable caution on this announcement:

    Almost everyone who supports Donald Trump has also supported Michael Flynn.

    [image: mike-flynn-3]

    HOWEVER, recently, unbeknownst –at least originally– to the to the Trump campaign, General Flynn accepted a lobbying role for the government of Turkey, specifically to advocate for Recep Erdogan and Turkish interests, and presumably never told the campaign.

    It was stunning to discover this about a week ago.

    The revelation of that new lobbying contract, which has not been previously reported, raises several questions given that Trump is said to be considering Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), to take over as either Secretary of Defense or National Security Advisor.

    It also raises questions about disclosure.

    Flynn wrote an op-ed for The Hill on Tuesday, just before Trump’s stunning upset of Hillary Clinton, in which he heaped praise on Erdogan and called on the next president, whoever that would be, to accede his request to extradite the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen back to Turkey. (read more)

    From all indications the Trump campaign had no idea. Flynn acting as a lobbyist for Turkey has massive potential ramifications, specifically centering around Egypt’s forward perspective toward President Trump.

    There should be no doubt that Egyptian President Fattah al-Sisi would consider President Donald Trump adversarial to their interests if he was to have a lobbyist for Turkey representing the U.S. government and advising Trump on national security matters.

    This is a massive fail with potentially monumental ramifications.

    General Flynn did this to himself, and by extension has clouded the Trump Team with it.

    Let’s wait and see how this one plays out. However, if Trump would actually make Flynn the Condi Rice of his administration, there will be many people, myself included who would be very disappointed.

    [image: trump-el-sisi]
    Candidate Donald Trump meeting with Egyptian President Fattah al-Sisi in September

    Many more links within the article at –
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/11/17/tread-carefully-report-michael-flynn-possible-as-national-security-adviser/

  21. Myrddin Seren

    Damn – missed the opening.

    From Old Fred. In reply to Lizzie. Re Richo aka Davros

    He did the same on Paul Murray Live last night too.
    He’s a miracle of modern medicine as well.

    There is probably more of Richo functioning due to pumps, batteries and servo motors than muscle and blood.

    When the lights go out in NSW, Richo probably would too after a day. No wonder he has had a Damascene Conversion to cheap, reliable and abundant coal !

    Still – if that is what it takes to make Labor see sense on coal – whatever it takes, as the man said.

  22. Dr Fred Lenin

    Innovative and inspired slogan for youse know who ,”Make Malcolm Great Again ” ,i donate that to the laboral pardee gratis ,doubke edged swird that begs the question “when was he ever great?”

  23. My guiding star in the choice of Australian films, was always Margaret Pomerantz. Some of the ones given endorsement on the old thread would hardly raise a gush with this mistress of the deep and meaningful. The edgy stuff always caught her eye and therefore mine. I never wasted a single cent on anything she waxed lyrical about.

    Me either. In fact, a glowing recommendation from her meant that I wouldn’t go near it.

  24. Snoopy

    Gab
    #2296039, posted on February 14, 2017 at 3:34 pm
    Flynn is Democrat, yes?

    Superbly played.

  25. srr

    And from Dot Hillary 😉 …

    At Gateway Pundit – can’t link due to that word –

    Hillary Clinton Posts P i z z a gate Trolling of Mike Flynn Resignation

  26. H B Bear

    The ALPBC poaching that weird yartz frightbat and her geriatric offsider would have been an excellent excuse to de-fund and close the Socialist Broadcasting Service.

  27. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Hah! New fred, and I see the old one has put up all the iterations I was using in exasperation to find out what was wrong. I did apologize for that, in advance. The hamsters, it seems, were just having an arvo nap.

    I note too that Johanna couldn’t resist hoiking her walking frame all the way back thread to read them all too. And then going spare about me; to order.

    You’re too old to be a dominatrix, Jo. Give it away. 🙂

  28. Grigory M

    Happy Valentine’s Day, you poor things.

    Don’t threaten us. 😉

  29. Snoopy

    It is only February, but I’m nominating this for the Golden Rake Award 2017.

    m0nty
    #2296043, posted on February 14, 2017 at 3:37 pm
    Flynn is Democrat, yes?

    Oh dear, Gab. This is why you should stick to cheerleading.

  30. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Very amusing re Richo, Myrddin.

    Gotta say that he will go down fighting though. Admirable really.

  31. Tom

    Blot has bailed out of his brief support of Trump. He and Henry Ergas and Greg Sheridan are now the Antipodean Muppets who are appalled by the attempt to unseat the Washington establishment. I suggest Blot offers a daily column to Trump Derangement HQ at the Washington Post. His judgement is so faulty he would fit right in.

  32. Dave in Marybrook

    Last year, the Indigenous Procurement policy, where the government committed to buying products and services off Aboriginal suppliers.
    This year, a call for social services to be delivered by Aboriginal suppliers.
    This isn’t Closing the Gap, it’s closing the circle. Cultural relativism and welfare dependency will rule, and people with Aboriginal heritage will be Aboriginal for a long time yet.

  33. calli

    Speaking of Pomerantz and Stratton…

    Yay! This looks like fun.

    In the words of the aptly initialled DS, I’d rather run my face up a cheese grater.

  34. .

    I think RMS NSW has a 3% indigenous content requirement.

    Get an ABN and get a certificate of Aboriginality. Do it for your kids. They need drop top BMWs.

  35. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Iron Lady. Must say that Aunty Edna is more my style than Aunty Jack.
    Nothing like getting on top with a bit of beef, as she advises.

    *runs – ambles slowly away actually – from the walking-frame whip wielder*

  36. calli

    There is probably more of Richo functioning due to pumps, batteries and servo motors than muscle and blood.

    He’ll be seen next in a black helmet and cape. Whatever It Takes.

  37. .

    Dammit calli I made that crack earlier. Obi wan was plagiarised heavily. From a certain point of view.

  38. vr

    This is a nice complement. Good bosses wanting the best out of their people do this sort of thing.

    I saw the interviews he gave, JC. He ain’t ready for primetime.

  39. Rabz

    He and Henry Ergas and Greg Sheridan are now the Antipodean Muppets who are appalled by the attempt to unseat the Washington establishment

    Have they started wearing bow ties yet?

    P.S. Recognition of Italianos in da Constitooshunini – I endorsa thisa concepta!

  40. Chris

    Philippa,
    Thanks for the cheery St Valentine wish, and may you be blessed yourself.

    I regret to report that my star wanes on Valentine’s day. My lovely heart-throb has fallen for a new character in the Australian series ‘Offspring’. Quote: ‘He’s YUMMY!’ Alas, FIFO means I can only gnash my teeth – until I FI. Vengeance will be mine!

    A previous FLAME of some time ago was revealed by Dover Beach in a picture link up the previous thread: “Is he in Heaven, is he in Hell??” She fell – for that damned elusive Pimpernel.

  41. Bruce of Newcastle

    My valentine for the day is a beautiful young koel lady. About 4 months old I guess. She arrived yesterday. Couple minutes ago she accepted food from my hand for the first time. Awesome.

  42. egg_

    This looks like fun.

    Do you get a discount if you double book with Pirate Pete’s river cruise?

  43. vr

    This is a nice complement. Good bosses wanting the best out of their people do this sort of thing.

    I saw the interviews, JC. He is not ready for primetime.

  44. Rabz

    Why do people watch Australian films?

    – Severe brain damage
    – The paint is dry
    – Fed up with watching grass grow
    – They’ve finished extracting their teeth without anaesthetic
    – They’ve never met a disabled black lesbian muslim taxi driver who lives in Newtown

  45. calli

    Sorry Dot. He went to the Dark Side long ago.

    And like C.L. my scrollation only goes forward, depending on time-poverty.

    On Dame Edna, did anyone see Plibbers today? Holy cow! She had two Pye TV screens on her dial.

  46. Baldrick

    47the Battalion A.I.F

    McDougall, Stanley Robert (1889–1968)
    McDougall was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Dernancourt on 28 March 1918. He was on watch at a post on the 47th’s right flank when he heard Germans approaching. When a Lewis-gun team was knocked out by an enemy bomb McDougall snatched up the gun, attacked two machine-gun teams and killed their crews. He turned one of the captured machine-guns on the enemy, killing several and routing one wave of their attack. Meanwhile about fifty Germans had crossed a section of railway which the Australians had held. McDougall turned his gun on them and when his ammunition was spent he seized a bayonet and charged, killing four men. He then used a Lewis-gun, killing many Germans and forcing the surrender of the remaining thirty-three.

  47. Myrddin Seren

    Lizzie

    Gotta say that he will go down fighting though. Admirable really.

    Anecdote O’clock ( that is a ‘scroll by’ trigger warning )

    Couple of years ago Mrs Myrddin had a relatively minor medical issue that required a trip to causality.

    Guy came in to the next cubicle. He had suffered bowel cancer and a poorly handled operation that left him with huge issues with his bowels or what was left of them.

    He and his family were in the middle of a house move and his wife was unable to handle the problems of another rupture or something in his system. No wonder – it took two nurses at a time to deal.

    He was hugely embarrassed and hugely apologetic. Every mention of Richo since his operation – I am reminded of that poor bastard in the hospital.

    I feel for Richo and his family and do in fact admire his courage in dealing with the day to day challenges of that situation.

    Still think he is a Class A Labor grifter – but he has guts.

    Spacechook over and out.

  48. Tom

    The Slovenian Hag on Blot is telling us that 50% renewballs will drive down electrickery prices.

    Leftoids really think ordinary people are as dumb as dogshit like they are.

  49. Bruce of Newcastle

    And here she is, showing her undies.
    This is the best time of year for getting koels to be friendly as they’re stocking up ready for migration in early March.

  50. Gab

    Leftoids really think ordinary people are as dumb as dogshit like they are.

    And they’d be right.

  51. H B Bear

    Speaking of Pomerantz and Stratton…
    Yay! This looks like fun.

    Dunno. I’d check with Gargooglery’s Cruise World before booking.

  52. .

    50% renewballs will drive down electrickery prices

    This shit really is a religion.

    Renewable energy introduction video.

  53. herodotus

    Plibeserk just tried to poison Bolt’s waterhole.

  54. johanna

    Had no idea there were so many Duel fans out there. Great movie. Hated by the luvvie critics, needless to say. Always a promising sign. Anyway:

    Roger
    #2296310, posted on February 14, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    High feast day for the ABC: Closing the Gap report.

    Never miss an opportunity to signal one’s virtue on the back of the less fortunate.

    There are two presumptions that shit me to tears about this.

    The first is that it is all our fault.

    The second is that it is all up to us to fix it (in co-operation with local “leaders” with their hands outstretched for cheques from the oppressors.)

    The Ruddster’s Apology was nine years ago. Keating’s famous Redfern speech was 30-odd years ago. What next? An Australian PM being staked out on an antbed for reconciliation? (NADT) Maybe that might help those kids and women who are being beaten and abused as we sit here and type tonight.

    I really, really hate these people.

  55. Senile Old Guy

    Australia’s network of offshore immigration detention centres could constitute a crime against humanity, according to a submission before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The 115-page submission from the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) argues Australia’s immigration policy constitutes an attack against the civilian population — something which could be classified as a crime against humanity under the Rome Statute.

    So, yes, it’s from the ABC and it’s another group attacking Australia.

    What is always missing from these sob pieces is that these illegal immigrants can leave detention as soon as they go back to where they came from. It’s a very odd sort of ‘prison’ which you can leave any time you leave.

  56. Tom

    And they’d be right.

    I never picked you for an elitist, Gab.

    Or a wrongologist.

    Sad.

  57. miltonf

    Speaking of Pomerantz and Stratton…
    Yay! This looks like fun.
    In the words of the aptly initialled DS, I’d rather run my face up a cheese grater.

    Almost as good as going on a train ride to Teheran with Barry Jones!

  58. Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike

    Plibeserk just tried to poison Bolt’s waterhole.

    I’m not having any luck linking to the Bolt report – apparently Bill Shorten was saying in Parliament that “we poisoned the waterholes, and carried out the massacres.” I’ll believe the Labor Party guilty of a lot of villainy, but I never realized they went so far…

  59. miltonf

    Join Barry Jones on a private, fully-escorted, 21-day train journey from Tehran to Budapest, travelling through Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary.

  60. Gab

    Me, an elitist? Ahahahahaha! Nah, just observant, Tom.

  61. .

    I side with Gab. People generally don’t blame the RET (or know what it is) at all for recent blackouts and it is likely the next Federal election will see PM Shorten with an ALP/GRN controlled (not just a plurality) Senate.

    Now that is what I call sad.

  62. H B Bear

    Apart from Barry Jones, would anyone want to listen to Barry Jones crap on for 21 days while stuck on a train?

  63. Senile Old Guy

    Another victim of Stockholm Syndrome:

    Geelong woman Sara Purtill was a passionate artist, but she says three years as a residential care worker at homes run by MacKillop Family Services has destroyed her creativity.

    It’s odd but tragedy often sparks creativity. And I note that she is ‘passionate’ but not necessarily successful. Google finds only the ABC story.

    During her time working with some of the state’s most vulnerable and damaged children in the Barwon region she said she was threatened with knives, locked in her office as two children tried to set fire to the unit, and is now unable to work due to crippling post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Good old PTSD. It seems to strike a lot of people these days.

    But far from blaming the children for her own trauma, Ms Purtill said it was Victoria’s residential care system which had failed her and the young people she was employed to care for. “We’ve made them like that, society has done it to them,” she said. “They haven’t done anything wrong, they were born into a family that didn’t look after them, but they are treated like the prisoner or the person who has done the harm but they aren’t. A lot of people will never see their potential because of it.”

    Going by that, she does appear to have some mental issues. If the ‘young people’ were made like that by their circumstances, then so, inevitably, must have been their parents, and their parents, ad infinitum. Ultimately, no-one is responsible for anything…except oddly enough us!

  64. Tom

    This shit really is a religion.

    It’s a mental illness, Dot.

    Attempts to represent it as something else are disingenuous.

    The Liars and the Filth need our compassion to get them into proper care.

  65. Bruce of Newcastle

    Join Barry Jones on a private, fully-escorted, 21-day train journey from Tehran to Budapest, travelling through Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary.

    Out of darkness into light!
    Beats George Negus’ trips which start in darkness and stay in darkness.

  66. Myrddin Seren

    Join Barry Jones on a private, fully-escorted, 21-day train journey from Tehran to Budapest, travelling through Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary.

    If anyone could talk you out of ten years on a filthy third world slammer – it’s probably Barry. He would talk the secret police to death.

  67. calli

    milton, prison ships and prison trains.

    The punters who pay good money to endure such horror must experience unplumbable depths of self-hatred.

  68. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I really, really hate these people.

    Good, in context, that sounds sober.

    Carry on. No problems so far.

  69. srr

    Trump Administration Intel – White Hats Confer With Reform Agents Within Political Islam…
    Posted on February 14, 2017 by sundance

    To understand the activity within any intelligence action any observer must do two things:

    #1 You must stay elevated. If you try to get into the weeds you will be lost because your insight will be lacking specificity briefs.

    #2 You must always reflect upon the recent historic context of the engagement you are observing. Including, most importantly, the engagements of the parties therein.

    The recent example of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo traveling to Saudi Arabia last weekend, at the request of President Donald Trump, to personally present Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef with an award named after former CIA director George Tenet, is an example of the need for this approach.

    [image: pompeo-and-crown-prince]

    If you want to understand what’s going on, you must understand the recent relationship of the parties. It begins with understanding modern political Islam.

    Within “political Islam” there are various factions. However, again with the intent to remain elevated, let us just approach two larger congregations as: “Authentic supporters” and “Reform Agents”.

    Continue reading →
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/02/14/trump-administration-intel-white-hats-confer-with-reform-agents-within-political-islam/#more-128584

  70. Zyconoclast

    I really liked Duel.

    Great movie. I’ve only seen it once but remember a lot of detail.

    This and Empire of the Sun are the only two Speilberg movies that I have liked.

  71. Zyconoclast

    cohenite
    #2296247, posted on February 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    From IMDB
    Wake in Fright : Parents Guide
    Sex & Nudity
    The main character imagines himself running a beer bottle over the breasts of his girlfriend, who is wearing a swimsuit. He is later seen climbing naked out of bed (alone) with his buttocks and genitals briefly visible. A woman attempts to seduce a man outdoors by lying down with him and unbuttoning her blouse, partially exposing her breasts (they don’t go any further because the man is too drunk). Two men wrestle drunkenly on the floor in a homoerotic manner; while the scene fades out and nothing more is shown, when the two men wake up on the floor next morning the implication seems to be that they had a sexual encounter off-screen. During a short fantasy/montage sequence a man imagines various other characters embracing each other; the characters in these rapid-fire images are shown naked from the waist up, although no explicit nudity is seen.
    Violence & Gore
    Several kangaroos are killed at night by spotlight as well as during the day. Some are wounded by rifle fire, not dying immediately and are physically stabbed or slashed by the characters. Their bodies are later shown cut to pieces. These hunting scenes are shot in a “raw manner” and not glorified. At the end of the film there is a statement discussing why the scenes were included. There is also a brief depiction of a man shooting a wild rabbit which is then cooked over a campfire and eaten. Some drunken fights. Near the end of the film, a man attempts suicide by shooting himself in the mouth, but he survives.
    Profanity
    Moderate language (“slag”, “bitch”, “arse”, “bastard”, “bloody”, “hell”).
    Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking
    Throughout the film the excessive use of alcohol is a major theme. Alcohol is not glorified, but rather presented as part of the decay. The main character is also seen smoking cigarettes on several occasions. In one scene he is offered an unidentified “hangover pill” to “pep him up.”
    Frightening/Intense Scenes
    The scenes in which real kangaroos are killed could upset many viewers. The whole film has a very intense, unsettling tone.

  72. Leigh Lowe

    Why do people watch Australian films?

    The few who still do either fall for the pumped up reviews that the “in-the-club” reviewers give, or do it out of a sense of duty, much in the same way parents sit through kinder Christmas Carols or Primary School award nights.
    Here is a convenient conversion scale for reviews of Australian movies given by Australian reviewers:-
    5 stars = real score 3 stars;
    4 stars = real score 1 star;
    Anything 3 stars or below = unwatchable, indulgent tripe.

  73. Geriatric Mayfly

    BoN Did you follow my earlier directive to have a look at the Ventusky site (via Google)? An interesting presentation of world weather events. I have a unique gift in being able to stare at moving images for hours on end. Lots of whirling graphics to swivel the right eye one way and the left in the other. Optic karma.

  74. Tom

    Me, an elitist? Ahahahahaha! Nah, just observant, Tom.

    No, Gab. You think ordinary people are stupid. That makes you an elitist.

    I would much rather be in the trenches with your mum and your Hungarian ancestors than members of a murderous politburo that think they know better than the proletariat.

  75. cohenite

    Zyconoclast

    #2296421, posted on February 14, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    cohenite
    #2296247, posted on February 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    From IMDB
    Wake in Fright : Parents Guide
    Sex & Nudity

    All true. I just re-watched my copy. I would give my right arm for a meal like the one the main character eats in the pub scene.

  76. Lady Nilk, Iron Bogan

    Bruce has Mr. Negus been on vacay in Venezuela lately?

  77. Myrddin Seren

    From Breitbart.

    Via active neglect and surrender of their streets to the mobs – the French do everything possible to kill the tourist trade:

    About forty South Korean tourists were robbed in Paris at the weekend when men climbed aboard their coach shouting threats.

    Yonhap reports that “three or four black men” pressed an emergency button on the outside of the coach as the vehicle stopped momentarily, opening its doors.

    Yelling as they boarded the coach, the intruders proceeded to threaten tourists with what is believed to have been a glass bottle, which they also used to “tap” the heads of passengers sitting towards the front of the vehicle, according to the Korean Embassy in Paris.

    I am betting these would be elderly Koreans – so forget the ‘Let’s roll – why didn’t they fight back ?’

    Way.To.Go.France – not.

    We must have a plan to rescue as many cultural treasures from France before it finally falls for good. Regrettably, we can’t relocate the great Gothic cathedrals. Their destruction will be a cultural tragedy.

  78. Gab

    No, Gab. You think ordinary people are stupid. That makes you an elitist.

    No, Tom as I said merely observation. And it’s the yoof especially although not limited to them.

    Call me whatever you want, I know what I’ve seen and heard and read. And on this, my dear Mother would agree with me. So go ahead, label her an “elitist” too. She’d be laughing from heaven.

  79. a reader

    Bloody Paris. For all its treasures it is a massive disappointment. Essentially it’s a massive, dirty city full of feral pests. I was chased up the steps at Sacre Coeur by an African man ffs.

  80. johanna

    Australia’s network of offshore immigration detention centres could constitute a crime against humanity, according to a submission before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The 115-page submission from the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) argues Australia’s immigration policy constitutes an attack against the civilian population — something which could be classified as a crime against humanity under the Rome Statute.

    As usual, the crimes against humanity in the hellholes these people came from don’t rate a mention.

    Alinsky-style, they always pick the softest targets.

  81. Bruce of Newcastle

    BoN Did you follow my earlier directive to have a look at the Ventusky site

    No. But have done so now. Linky. Cool stuff, I’ve added it to my bookmarks.
    It isn’t anything that I don’t know about since most days I check out BoM’s model projections. It’s fun to see how much they change between each run – humungously. Weather forecasting 7 days out is still a thing of trepidation.

  82. Snoopy

    ABC News Queensland is now Windsoring the Palaszczuk government. The ABC is sobbing and wailing over a confidential cabinet submission from Newman government days mysteriously leaked from Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. The cab sub proposed a range of cuts and assessed the ‘pain’ of each. Oh, the inhumanity!

  83. Tom

    No, Tom as I said merely observation.

    Your observation is that ordinary people are stupid — a devastating difference between you and me.

  84. John64

    All true. I just re-watched my copy. I would give my right arm for a meal like the one the main character eats in the pub scene.

    The scene where Chips Rafferty tells him; “I know where you can get a really good steak.”?

  85. calli

    No Aesthetic Barriers on Paris buses then?

    I sense a business opportunity.

  86. Gab

    I’ll try not to get too upset over it, Tom.

  87. Tom

    I was chased up the steps at Sacre Coeur by an African man ffs.

    Good grief, Reader. When was that?

  88. cohenite

    The scene where Chips Rafferty tells him; “I know where you can get a really good steak.”?

    Yep. And the scene where Chips downs a pint in 1.5 seconds is splendid too.

  89. struth

    Fromdalasthred.

    Your points about the failure of Australian, government funded, movies just support my argument.

    Punters don’t voluntarily pay to be preached to?

    Once you have watched a movie you have paid for, you can’t take the money back, so people do, unfortunately pay to be preached to.
    Avatar.
    How many knew they were being preached to?
    How many knew they were going to be preached to?
    But we are splitting hairs and basically in agreement.
    I will not do your research for you but these government departments aren’t backwards in coming forward about how much funding they are supplying to their pet private sector (crony capitalist) ventures.
    Go to any departments website.
    I have personal experience with a lot of the goings on in the NT.
    Tourism NT actually funded an episode of The Biggest Loser if it got filmed at a place called Ooraminna near Alice Springs.
    They were getting money from various government health departments and I also know the flop “Australia” had money thrown at it by what must have been every tourism department in the country, and bribes to film in certain areas.
    There are more examples that I personally know of, but it’s not hard to find out.
    The government are proud of their part in wasting our money and picking losers.

    My basic point is that the reality shows get some taxpayer money and are probably not economically viable at the moment.
    By the way, I would not be surprised, (I am not saying they are) but the recent spat again, of truck driving shows, Ice Road Truckers, Outback Truckers, Mega Truckers etc, in fact I would bet on it, that much government money heads their way, as Truck drivers are needed now the young ones won’t do it and the imported ones can’t drive one straight, read English signs, and reversing even a single…..ho f’n ho.
    Strange that we need chefs, we get chef shows.
    Cop shows are a constant.
    Doctors , nurses
    But excuse me for being cynical to the point where Johanna sees me as a conspiracy theorist.

  90. Leigh Lowe

    Join Barry Jones on a private, fully-escorted, 21-day train journey from Tehran to Budapest, travelling through Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary.

    Barry’s tour map …
    https://goo.gl/images/1YAip0
    Be afraid.
    Be very afraid.

  91. struth

    “at the moment” should read “without it”
    I blame Mrs Struth nagging me to do chores.

  92. pete m

    I don’t accept the average person is dumb, but boy do they like living in ignorance.

  93. Tekweni

    Guardian Essential poll showing 14% voter support for Bernadi. Regardless of the validity of the poll this must be sending shivers up the spines (do they have a spine?) of the Liberal party.

  94. John64

    The scene where Chips downs a pint in 1.5 seconds is splendid too.

    I haven’t watched it in 15 years but I thought Chips Rafferty as the outback cop was fantastic. He played it like a Wild West sheriff; he was crooked, helpful, menacing, friendly all at once.

    I remember the RSL Club scene where the orgy of booze and gambling stopped abruptly for 15 seconds to remember the fallen at sunset. And restarted just as abruptly.

  95. cohenite

    I was chased up the steps at Sacre Coeur by an African man ffs.

    That’s terrible. But what was he chasing you for?

  96. cohenite

    I haven’t watched it in 15 years but I thought Chips Rafferty as the outback cop was fantastic. He played it like a Wild West sheriff; he was crooked, helpful, menacing, friendly all at once.

    When he walks to the bar for his free refills the tightly packed crowd just goes heads down and moves out of his way. He was a huge man but those were the days when the cops had such respect.

  97. egg_

    Join Barry Jones on a private, fully-escorted, 21-day train journey from Tehran to Budapest, travelling through Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary.

    What’s first prize?

  98. P

    Tomorrow being Saint Valentine’s Day I put up here a comment depicting a part of my life.

    When my husband died ten years ago I had to go through his wallet and found, in the front, a picture of our daughter taken when she was about 10yrs. I had never looked in his wallet before so I was surprised when I came across a poem folded and almost falling to bits it was so old (how many wallets it’d seen I don’t know) a poem I’d given him when we were became engaged 43ys earlier. My handwriting looked so ancient but I recognised it. It was an old poem I’d first come across at the age of about 18 and I’d prayed it for several years, a poem by Ruth Graham (wife of Billy Graham).
    Here is that poem I’d him written back in the early ’60s with a few of the original words altered by me.

    Dear God, I prayed, all unafraid
    as girls are wont to be
    I do not need a handsome man
    but let him be right for me;
    I do not need one big and strong
    nor yet so very tall,
    nor need he be some genius,
    or wealthy, Lord, at all;
    but let his head be high, dear God,
    and let his eye be clear,
    his shoulders straight, whate’er his state,
    whate’er his earthly sphere;
    and let his face have character,
    a ruggedness if soul,
    and let his whole life show, dear God,
    a singleness of goal;
    then when he comes
    (as he will come)
    with quiet eyes aglow,
    I’ll understand that he’s the man
    I prayed for long ago.

    Apologies to Ruth Graham for a few words altered by me.

    Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow to all.

  99. Zyconoclast

    All true. I just re-watched my copy. I would give my right arm for a meal like the one the main character eats in the pub scene.

    If it was set in outback South Australia, the meat may have well have been someone’s arm.

    Luckily it was filmed in NSW.

  100. john constantine

    http://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20170214/pdf/43fzwwl2755nx3.pdf

    PPP pan pacific petroleum to pay a crew 5 million dollars to take their share of the producing Tui oilfield off their hands.

    This is how real decommissioning costs are in the supposedly subsidised oil industry.

    How often does anybody see the decommissioning costs for windmills or rooftop solar mentioned?.

  101. egg_

    Guardian Essential poll showing 14% voter support for Bernadi.

    Nyuk Nyuk
    He got a bit of exposure on 7.30 tonight, too.

  102. Bruce of Newcastle

    Apologies to Ruth Graham for a few words altered by me.

    I don’t think Mrs Graham would mind. I saw Mr Graham once, in Sydney. He did good.

  103. Tom

    Guardian Essential poll showing 14% voter support for Bernadi. Regardless of the validity of the poll this must be sending shivers up the spines (do they have a spine?) of the Liberal party.

    That’s about 12% more than the LNP believes is possible. Since Bernardi’s cause is not a leftist cause, the Shy Tory misapportionment of the real support for him is likely understated by 50%, given the horrible track record of pollsters of predicting reality in the past two years.

  104. a reader

    God only knows. There were four of them deliberately making it hard to get past them so I went around them. Not sure if it was attempted pick pocketing or what. I had already ignored about 10 illegal immigrants/hawkers. That was about 4 years ago. I spent time in the UK, Paris & Italy and even Tower Hamlets felt nicer than Paris.

  105. DrBeauGan

    Tom, being ungenerous, at least 90% of the population are dumber than Gab. That doesn’t make them inferior except in ability to see connections and make reliable predictions about consequences of choices. So when she says most people are dumb, she’s right. Relative to her, they are.

    It doesn’t follow that she’s better than them in other respects and she didn’t suggest she thought she was.

    I get on well with checkout chicks, but I wouldn’t consult them on tensor calculus, economics or politics. Nice people, but compared to me, not so good at thinking. But they can all run faster than me. These are just facts.

  106. Nick

    The Libs don’t get it. It isn’t Bernardi per se, it’s any conservative candidate that isn’t a Liberal that voters will preference. Largely as a large ‘F U’.

  107. Rabz

    I have a feeling that Gab is in a very bad mood.

  108. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    So good to hear Ross Cameron and Mark Latham dissect ‘corporate social responsibility’ on Jones & Co tonight. They b0th make me laugh too with their ‘foodie’ intros.

  109. Bruce of Newcastle

    I spent time in the UK, Paris & Italy and even Tower Hamlets felt nicer than Paris.

    Yesterday.

    Coachload of Korean Tourists Robbed in ‘Horror’ Attack Linked to Paris Riots

    About forty South Korean tourists were robbed in Paris at the weekend when men climbed aboard their coach shouting threats.

    Witness statements from the event, described by South Korea’s leading news agency Yonhap as “ten minutes of horror”, revealed that one of the intruders threatened tourists on the coach with an object “resembling a glass bottle”.

    I suspect the threats being shouted might’ve been about Allen’s Snackbar.
    This stuff is related to the current bout of riots in Paris:

    PARIS ERUPTS IN VIOLENCE: Many streets are NO-GO ZONES as five suburbs in flames

    I’m sad that the country of Charles Martel appears to have surrendered.
    Why would anyone go there now?

  110. Tom

    Tom, being ungenerous, at least 90% of the population are dumber than Gab.

    Dr Bogan, an important part of your rehabilitation is to realise that you are also an elitist who thinks ordinary people are stupid. I fundamentally disagree with you and Gab.

  111. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    a ruggedness of soul

    That’s beautiful, P. I am grateful to have found that in my husband too. It’s what matters most.

  112. Zyconoclast

    My last comment on Wake in Fright.
    There is an excellent audio book that I first heard on ABC Radio National in 2009.
    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bookreading/wake-in-fright/3083600

    Then to the great book and the not as good movie.

  113. The scene where Chips Rafferty tells him; “I know where you can get a really good steak.”?
    Yep. And the scene where Chips downs a pint in 1.5 seconds is splendid too.

    fer crissakes, which movie are we talking about?
    Way kin fry it?

  114. chrisl

    Alex Wood $32.5 out of $35.9 !
    OMG I think he’s gonna make it!

  115. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    No, Gab. You think ordinary people are stupid. That makes you an elitist.
    No, Tom as I said merely observation. And it’s the yoof especially although not limited to them.

    This non-argument is over terms. They are not stupid but many are disengaged politically and fed as mushrooms. It is sad and could eventually bring Australia down hard. A bit of fightback on Sky but hardly enough; slowly people are waking up and sharing their open-eyed feelings, gee’d up by those who have been voting with their anger for some time now. Numbers will count and we’ll see what the next election brings.

  116. john constantine

    http://www.msn.com/en-au/money/personalfinance/sydney-housing-affordability-crisis-hits-iraqi-and-syrian-refugees/ar-AAmUBOO?li=AAgfOd8&ocid=AARDHP

    Housing, infrastructure and medium term, full medical unfunded liability.

    How do you calculate the forward looking uncrystalised taxation liability of Big Australia, and is it cheaper to dronestrike ISIS into the stoneage and help people where their roots are?.

    The radical lefties that keep forwarding me their new hammering points are exploring the fact that obsolete Australia was racist and celebrated migrants that were high achievers.

    The left now has herds of wymynsys that feel that people that struggle to cope have the right to live just as much as doctors and lawyers. Just because you are anxious and weepy shouldn’t be a death sentance, and Australia is just racist to demand only priviliged people can enter.

    Just saying that this is their next open borders voteherd thing.

  117. calli

    People are stupid and smart in a thousand different ways. “Most” people are just trying to do the best they can with what they’ve got.

  118. calli

    What I see as the most important thing for anyone with a soul would be viewed as idiotic. In some places it’s considered worthy of death.

  119. Anthony

    I’m in the Philippines at the moment and cannot get any real info on the NSW fires from any media, including our own. I read that the fires are described as catastrophic and that Will Steffen says that they are definitely caused by global warming but nobody is saying how many houses have been burned down.

    The other news I hear is that Dan, dan the socialist man is building a prison in the Labor-safe seat of Werribee (my home), without even discussing it with the locals. But that’s the sort of thing a devout catholic will do when not cutting children from the womb. The a—hole thinks that he has 20+ percent up his sleeve so he can treat his loyal followers like shit. Wrong time, wrong place.

  120. Jo Smyth

    At least 23% support for ON, 14% for Cory. Combined, that is more than the Libs now. Goodbye Turnbull.

  121. calli

    Trumballs has destroyed the Liberals. I wonder if that was his intention from the start.

    From the ashes a republic will rise!

  122. Bruce of Newcastle

    Anthony – Something like 30 houses were lost north of Newcastle.

    Philippines have had their own woes with the fire in Manila and the earthquake in the south. Those events had fatalities. Thanks to God there haven’t been fatalities in the fires here yesterday.

  123. Leigh Lowe

    Alex Wood $32.5 out of $35.9 !
    OMG I think he’s gonna make it!

    Good news.
    I know some have mixed feelings about funding Alex knowing where the money will end up, but look at it this way … part of the satisfaction that the HRC, Cindy Prior and her ambulance chaser lawyer would derive from this would be knowing Alex would have to struggle to get the money together, possibly running into more court appearances and garnishee his meagre graduate wage.
    The thought that strangers have stumped up the cash without him losing any skin financially would shit them to tears. They love to make the “evil doer” suffer.

  124. Tom

    This non-argument is over terms.

    No, Lizzie.

    People like Gab who think people are too stupid to vote are part of the problem.

  125. custard

    I just watched Bolts interview with the Slovenian Hag.

    The infernal delay between the Melbourne studio in Canberra resulted in a lot of talking over each other.

    Despite not being able to stop her rambling he touched a lot of raw nerves.

    She won’t come back on.

  126. Geriatric Mayfly

    Exactly Bruce. Why would anyone go to Paris now? How many miles have I walked in that city, never disappointed that something new and of interest will emerge around the next corner. For example, on the old thread there was discussion of the Jesuits. By chance, I came across one of those Histoire de Paris signs in some offbeat street, and it was in the basement of the building behind that the Order was hatched. I could go on, but I think you get the drift. Very much the walking target it seems, if you footslog it there these days in search of whatever takes your fancy. And Paris has it all in spades. Sad!

  127. Delta A

    P

    #2296477, posted on February 14, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Lovely post, P. I’m so grateful that I still have my soul mate, my first and only love.

    Best wishes to you.

  128. Boambee John

    Baldrick at 1933,

    Concerning MacDougall, after the war he worked in the Tasmanian forestry department, living in Scottsdale.

    He had no children, but was visited by nephews and nieces. One recalled playing “war” in the nearby bush. MacDougall would pin his VC on one boy and his MM on another while they played.

    He eventually lost the MM during an Anzac Day commemoration in Sydney.

    From “Battle Scarred, The 47th Battalion in the First World War”, Craig Deayton, page 304.

  129. DrBeauGan

    Tom, is it elitist to observe that some people think more and faster than others? Is it elitist to think that some people can run faster than others? That some are taller than others?

    What is elitist is to (a) think you are generally better than others and (b) to think this should entail your being able to direct their lives. I doubt if Gab subscribes to either belief, and I certainly don’t.

    If you haven’t noticed that you are better at thinking than the average Joe or Jo, maybe you’ve never met any. Or maybe you aren’t.

  130. Geriatric Mayfly

    Great news LL. Now let’s see Cindy Prior try and crowd fund the $200,000 she owes.

  131. john constantine

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

    Just watched a replay of Ross Kemp and the gangs of El Salvador.

    Brews up a grim and dour sense of dystopia in the viewer.

    Then we sit back and watch as their yarragrad Nazgul use the imported criminal gang culture as something they can exploit to justify crony socialist contracted jail expansions in Werribee and Ararat and a brand new Judge Dredd total surveillance totalitarian stasi state–if you have done nothing to offend comrad andrews, citizen, you have nothing to fear.

    We all know the stuff Kemp filmed, but what would make their elites choose this path to fund their new social justice aristocracy?.

  132. Tom

    Custard, have you made any headway in contacting Bernardi’s people?

  133. Gab

    People like Gab who think people are too stupid to vote are part of the problem.

    Wow. This has really riled you up. Continue slagging off at me then if it makes you feel better.

    I never said people were “stupid” and said nothing about voting, Tom.

    Here’s what I said:

    Caught ten minutes of I’m a Celebrity Get me out of here. I cannot believe how dumb Australians are today. The most boring inane drivel on a show ever. And Steve Price looks totally disengaged – or maybe out of his element – regardless, he just looks disinterested and hardly says a word.

    Fuck but Australians are simple-minded morons.

    But do continue with your rage. Sorry I have an opinion, based on observation, that is different to yours.

  134. Gab

    Tom, is it elitist to observe that some people think more and faster than others? Is it elitist to think that some people can run faster than others? That some are taller than others?

    The problem appears to be that Tom thinks I’m comparing myself to others. That’s a loser’s game and something I don’t buy into.

  135. Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike

    Great news LL. Now let’s see Cindy Prior try and crowd fund the $200,000 she owes.

    Indeed, great news, L.L. Regarding Cindy Prior, I might contribute a few cents.

  136. Anthony

    Anthony – Something like 30 houses were lost north of Newcastle.

    Thanks for the link, Bruce. There have been fires and earthquakes for much of the time I’ve been here in the PI. The earthquake down south has claimed at least six lives and possibly many more we will never learn about. We felt the quake at its edge in Cebu City in the Visayas. And the fires – there are fires almost every day of the week here. Some of the people seem inured to the pain and suffering but it’s more a stoical acceptance of the way the world is.

  137. Tom

    Dr BeauGan, don’t underestimate the proletariat. They are quite smart.

  138. Myrddin Seren

    calli

    Trumballs has destroyed the Liberals. I wonder if that was his intention from the start.

    Turning it in to the Turnbull United Party is a function of his personal issues. A degree of narcissism probably figures in this.

    I maintain my hypothesis that the destruction of the Liberal Party that ‘scorned’ her father is Lucy’s Shakespearian objective. Weaponising Martin Trumball is the agent of her revenge.

    ( Someone needs to copyright this plot – it will make a good TV minseries one day. I am happy to consult ).

  139. Snoopy

    Read this and weep (Dot, first hide sharps and sit down).

  140. John64

    Now let’s see Cindy Prior try and crowd fund the $200,000 she owes.

    GM, Ms Prior will never part with one cent and will never need to crowd fund one cent.

    The likes of Ms Moriarty will be paid while Tony Morris will have to whistle for his fee.

    The are enough cookie jars at various Aboriginal Legal Services put aside for “just such an emergency”.

  141. Gab

    Read this and weep

    Overall people in this country want more regulations.

    If that’s not dumb, I don’t know what is.

  142. Rev. Archibald

    Worst movies ever made:
    1. Duel.
    2. ET.
    3. Close encounters of the third kind.
    4. Jaws.

  143. candy

    Ordinary people get swayed by ideas that are forcefully presented. We all do.

    One Nation are anti-vax. This is a little dangerous, in my opinion. Pauline Hanson is a nice lady and nicely presents herself, genuine and caring, with some sound immigration policies, but this policy is poor.

    Autism could be caused by any number of things but blaming it on vaccinations resonates with people whose kids suffer this distressing condition. There’s no scientific basis whatsoever for vaccinations causing autism. Bad policy by ON.

  144. John64

    I know some have mixed feelings about funding Alex knowing where the money will end up, but look at it this way … part of the satisfaction that the HRC, Cindy Prior and her ambulance chaser lawyer would derive from this would be knowing Alex would have to struggle to get the money together, possibly running into more court appearances and garnishee his meagre graduate wage. The thought that strangers have stumped up the cash without him losing any skin financially would shit them to tears. They love to make the “evil doer” suffer.

    Well summed up, LL. I wrestled with it for a couple of days before chipping in my few bob.

    The satisfaction of Alex Wood not being out of pocket outweighs the disgust that ultimately this money will settle a bill that the Moriarty bitch should be liable for.

  145. .

    Who did they poll, Snoopy?

    Can we compare stated preference data to revealed preference data?

    Can it be modelled with choice modelling?

    I can’t believe people think education needs more regulation. It is so regulated it is amazing that anyone gets an education at all.

  146. Tom

    Overall people in this country want more regulations.

    If that’s not dumb, I don’t know what is.

    My god you’re stupid.

    Resistance against the Nanny State is one of the biggest sleeper issues in Australian politics.

  147. max

    Anthony, what’s Cebu City like ?

  148. .

    “Worst movies”

    1. Duel.
    2. ET.
    3. Close encounters of the third kind.
    4. Jaws.

    1. Yep 2. Yep. 3. No way. 4. No way.

    Jaws is a masterpiece at least in how to write a story arc.

    I dunno. Are story arcs even important?

  149. Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike

    Well summed up, LL. I wrestled with it for a couple of days before chipping in my few bob.

    The satisfaction of Alex Wood not being out of pocket outweighs the disgust that ultimately this money will settle a bill that the Moriarty bitch should be liable for.

    That’s well said. IIRC, it was you who said that the “industry” will probably look after Cindy Prior, but if we don’t start putting up for the likes of Alex Wood, then the industry just rides roughshod over everyone.

  150. H B Bear

    Guardian Essential poll showing 14% voter support for Bernadi. Regardless of the validity of the poll this must be sending shivers up the spines (do they have a spine?) of the Liberal party.

    Even if Bernardi’s support is half that it is coming straight off the Lieboral primary vote and there is a fair chance a lot of it won’t be coming back as preferences. Throw in PHON who are stripping primary votes off both sides and the Lieborals are in more trouble than the early settlers.

    Bernardi would easily take Senate seats off the Lieborals if he can maintain anywhere near those numbers.

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  152. Rev. Archibald

    There are all unwatchable because Spielberg, like that Tarantino freak, does not understand people.
    They wanted to make movies, technically good movies, but do not understand character, dialogue or personality.
    That is why all of Tarantino’s dialogues sound like exposition.
    Close encounters with that mound of mashed potatoes. Fuck me.

  153. Gab

    My god you’re stupid.

    Thanks. Most likely I am.

    ——————————————————————————

    LOl Valentine greeting spotted in today’s Herald Sun. Was it from Tailgunner?

  154. miltonf

    Resistance against the Nanny State is one of the biggest sleeper issues in Australian politics.

    Agree with you Tom.

  155. Rev. Archibald

    Did Spielberg really think any non- retarded person does that with mashed spuds?

  156. Bruce of Newcastle

    We felt the quake at its edge in Cebu City in the Visayas.

    Anthony – our small church here in Ncl helps out a church in Cebu – this one I think it is. They do good stuff, especially their pastors’ conferences each year and their assistance in Tacloban after the typhoon a few years ago. We also help other churches in the Philippines when we can.

  157. Tom

    Bernardi would easily take Senate seats off the Lieborals if he can maintain anywhere near those numbers.

    Exactly, Humphrey.

    The Stupid.Fucking.Lieborals are clueless about what is about to hit them.

  158. .

    Bernardi would easily take Senate seats off the Lieborals if he can maintain anywhere near those numbers.

    6% on primaries is the magic number to get a Senate seat. Polling 14% on primaries and he could get 1-2 in each State, or 9 Senators at each half election. In five-eight years time, he could be in a position to have a tilt at a lower house and Prime Ministerial run (maybe be one term ahead in the House).

    I want to believe Tom, but I am fairly pessimistic and predict Shorten PM and a Green-ALP Senate for a long time.

    I hope I am wrong. Really wrong.

  159. DrBeauGan

    Dr BeauGan, don’t underestimate the proletariat. They are quite smart.

    Overall, they usually get things right, Tom. I have a deal of faith in their being able to detect fakery and bullshit and I share their aversion to both. I think that when they vote, they tend to go for character, which is as it should be. They can sometimes be fooled, but not for long.

    Intelligence is real, and makes a difference in some areas, but it isn’t very high on the list of desirable human qualities. I rank integrity at the top, closely followed by moral courage and decency. With a sense of humour in fourth place. Somewhere down the list of desiderata comes sanity, with intelligence further down.

    Gab is, of course, implicitly comparing others with herself in terms of quality of thinking and she’s right in concluding that she’s much better than most. It isn’t surprising that she’s noticed. Anybody with her intelligence would. The real issue is whether this is of much importance. In nearly all respect, it isn’t.

  160. max

    13 Fast Facts About ‘Smokey and the Bandit’

    Smokey and the Bandit—a film thought up and directed by Burt Reynolds’ roommate/celebrated stuntman Hal Needham—combined the appeal of watching high speed chases with the appeal of watching Reynolds, Sally Field, and the comedic stylings of Jackie Gleason. It was the second highest-grossing movie of 1977, directly behind Star Wars. Here are some fast facts about the classic action comedy.

    1. IT WAS BASED ON A REAL COORS BANQUET BEER PROBLEM.

    While Needham was in Georgia working as Reynolds’ stunt double in Gator (1976), the driver captain on the set brought some Coors beer from California and brought a couple of cases to Needham’s hotel room. After he noticed that the maid kept stealing the beers from the fridge, he remembered a TIME magazine article from 1974 about how Coors was unavailable east of the Mississippi River, because the beer was not pasteurized and needed constant refrigeration, and couldn’t legally be sold outside of 11 western and southwestern U.S. states. Which made him realize that, “bootlegging Coors would make a good plotline for a movie.”

    2. BURT REYNOLDS’S FRIENDS BEGGED HIM NOT TO DO IT.

    Needham—who had been living in Reynolds’ pool house for 12 years (the two barely ran into each other due to their busy schedules)—presented his landlord and close friend with the script for Smokey and the Bandit, written on yellow legal pads. Reynolds told Needham that if he could get the money to shoot it, he’d star in it. The movie star’s friends, according to Reynolds in his autobiography, “got down on their knees with tears in their eyes and begged me not to do it.”

    3. SALLY FIELD DID IT BECAUSE SHE WAS SEEN AS UGLY.

    “I did Smokey and the Bandit because Sybil (1976) was coming out, and everyone said, ‘Whoa, the work is extraordinary. It’s really good work …’ or something like that, ‘… but man is Sally Field ugly! Man!’ And I thought, ‘Oh God, okay,'” Sally Field explained of why she took the role of Carrie, a.k.a. “Frog.” “And then Burt Reynolds, who was this really big box office star at the time, called me and said would I consider doing this, which I was completely flabbergasted that he would call me and do that. And there was no script. There was virtually no script. Since I wasn’t a person that had come from the New York stage, and I came from this sort of weird unorthodox background, I wasn’t one who stood on principle and said ‘Hmm, there seems to be no script here.’ So I just took a leap of faith, and thought, well, you know, ‘If I play this character that Burt is supposed to think is attractive, maybe the world will think I’m attractive, and somebody else will hire me.’ So I did it. And it was a great fun romp, journey, and certainly a good experience. And then it was all improv. It was almost entirely improvised.”

    4. NEEDHAM COULDN’T GET ALL THE CARS HE WANTED (AT LEAST FOR THE FIRST MOVIE).

    Needham saw a picture of a Pontiac Trans Am in a magazine and thought up a product placement idea. He asked for six Trans Ams, but Pontiac would only agree to send four. Needham also asked for four Bonnevilles for Jackie Gleason’s cars, but he only got two. By the time they shot the final scene, they had wiped out three Trans Ams and the fourth wouldn’t start after all of the stunts, so another car was used to push it into the scene. For Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), Needham asked for and received 10 Trans Ams and 55 Bonnevilles with no trouble.

    5. UNIVERSAL CUT THE BUDGET JUST AS PRODUCTION WAS ABOUT TO BEGIN.

    Set with his $5.3 million budget, a studio “hatchet man” was sent to Atlanta to inform Needham his budget was cut by $1 million. With Reynolds making $1 million, Needham still had $3.3 million to make his film.

    6. CARRIE’S ORIGINAL NAME WAS KATE.

    In the original screenplay, Bandit’s last name is LaRoue, Carrie’s name was Kate, Cledus’ was ‘Bandit II’, Big Enos and Little Enos were Kyle and Dickey, there was no Junior, Bandit’s car was not a Trans Am, and the reward for making the run was a new truck, not $80,000.

    Adding the Junior Justice character (Mike Henry) was Jackie Gleason’s idea. “I can’t be in the car alone,” Gleason said. “Put someone in there with me to play off of.”

    7. THE STUDIO WANTED RICHARD BOONE TO PLAY SHERIFF BUFORD T. JUSTICE.

    Reynolds wanted someone “a little crazier, a little more dangerous, and a lot funnier” than Richard Boone, so he suggested Gleason.

    8. BUFORD T. JUSTICE WAS BASED ON SOMEONE REYNOLDS’S FATHER KNEW.

    Reynolds’ father was a Riviera Beach, Florida police chief, and he knew a Buford T. Justice type. One of the things the real Buford T. Justice said was “sumbitch.” Reynolds told Gleason about the man’s bastardization of “son of a bitch” and Gleason ran with it.

    9. JACKIE GLEASON AD LIBBED.

    It was Gleason’s idea to have the toilet paper coming out of his pant leg when Buford left the Bar B-Q. Reynolds wrote that Gleason “never said a single word in the script.”

    10. GLEASON ENJOYED “HAMBURGERS” ON SET.

    Gleason would often ask his assistant Mal for a “hamburger,” which was code for a glass of bourbon.

    11. REYNOLDS AND GLEASON WERE SUPPOSED TO SHARE MORE SCREEN TIME.

    Variety reported that, “after shooting the first of what was intended to be a handful of scenes with Reynolds and Jackie Gleason on screen together, Reynolds demanded that the subsequent scenes be scrapped. Why? The question isn’t directly answered, or even indirectly addressed.”

    12. “EAST BOUND AND DOWN” WAS WRITTEN OVERNIGHT.

    Jerry Reed (Cledus) also provided the hit song “East Bound and Down” for the film. After promising he would come up with a song, he didn’t have one at the end of filming. After Needham asked him about it, Reed promised he would have something for him the following morning. Despite being out all night, Reed managed to sing his new song “East Bound and Down” for Needham the next day. When Needham didn’t react right away, Reed said, “If you don’t like it I can change it. “If you change one damn note, I’ll f*ckin’ kill you!” the director replied.

    13. ALFRED HITCHCOCK WAS A BIG FAN OF THE FILM.

    His daughter Patricia revealed that every Wednesday her father would screen films on the lot in his office. The last one he ever screened was Smokey and the Bandit, his favorite film of his last few years.

  161. Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike

    And here’s my editorial from The Bolt Report – why Bill Shorten was so dangerously wrong to give a speech on Aboriginal disadvantage claiming “we distributed blankets infected with diseases we knew would kill”.

    Ummm, Wee William, I think you’ll find those blankets were distributed by the British in North America, but don’t ever let the truth get in the way of a good story…

  162. Gab

    Gab is, of course, implicitly comparing others with herself in terms of quality of thinking and she’s right in concluding that she’s much better than most.

    Not comparing myself to anyone, DrBG. That is foolish.

  163. custard

    Tom,

    Early days. They have my details.

    Essential has them ahead of PHON.

    Wow!

  164. John64

    Reece offers platitudes about his concern that a new stolen generation of Aboriginal children is being created.

    Credlin tears him a new one with some plain spoken truths about real child abuse and dysfunction in aboriginal communities.

  165. Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike

    Bob Hawke wants the State of Palestine recognized? Silly old bugger!

  166. candy

    Blind freddie can see Gab is smarter than the average bear.
    The main thing is she’s very nice, and I think if you met her in “real” life she would be even nicer, and a lovely loyal friend.

  167. Geriatric Mayfly

    Moriarty, I fancy, was being very circumspect with her fee, knowing it would be subject to forensic analysis by legal minds superior to hers. It is more than likely she hits lesser mortals for much more, knowing they will not dispute her skills at accountancy. Now that Woods has the wherewithal to pay the ransom, it will probably go into Moriarty’s gloatation account for special contingencies. Nardoo cakes and goanna’s tongues all ’round.

  168. Bruce of Newcastle

    Worst movies ever made:
    1. Duel.
    2. ET.
    3. Close encounters of the third kind.
    4. Jaws.

    That’s a tough question since the most awful movies are the most forgettable. My four would have to be these:

    1. Transylvania 6-5000 (which I had the misfortune of seeing)
    2. The Black Hole (awesome waste of Maximilian Schell)
    3. Avatar (green bullshit)
    4. Titanic (schmaltz)

  169. Gab

    Wow! Jacinta Nampijinpa Price really let loose on ABC the Dumb.

    Here’s 1.29 min snippet: https://www.facebook.com/abcthedrum/videos/1412717652135570/

    Brava!

  170. Infidel Tiger

    Guardian Essential poll showing 14% voter support for Bernadi. Regardless of the validity of the poll this must be sending shivers up the spines (do they have a spine?) of the Liberal party.

    It’s happening!

  171. Gab

    Blind freddie can see Gab is smarter than the average bear.

    wish I thought that! Thanks, Candy. (Ummm, how smart is the average bear anyway? 🙂 )

  172. DrBeauGan

    Gab, when you say most Aussies are dumb, you’re comparing them with you.

    Candy, you have really good instincts. Which means I agree with you. 😸😸😸

  173. hzhousewife

    Credlin tears him a new one with some plain spoken truths about real child abuse and dysfunction in aboriginal communities.

    Credlin spoke very movingly. But who wants to step in when the bleeding heart city abos scream “stolen, stolen” whenever a move is made to improve things (re getting abused abo kids out of their dysfunctional families).

  174. Rev. Archibald

    Intelligence is real, and makes a difference in some areas, but it isn’t very high on the list of desirable human qualities. I rank integrity at the top, closely followed by moral courage and decency. With a sense of humour in fourth place. Somewhere down the list of desiderata comes sanity, with intelligence further down.

    ..
    Top five human attributes:
    5. Rat cunning.
    4. Ruthlessness.
    3. Shamelessness.
    2. Conniving deviousness.
    And the number one top human attribute is:
    Inconspicuousity

  175. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Mark Latham laying heavily into Fake News on Fairfax SMH and ABC. (We are watching tonight’s show recorded because I had to watch Nurse Jackie first; Hairy tolerates this.)

    Crazy stuff, Latham says, particularly from these business writers. Really lunatic comments, comparing the Trump family to North Korea’s first family, and Brexit to the Holocaust, and economic failure due to Trump’s policies. Plus they are all for ‘moderating’ the news, as per Facebook owner’s Soros pleas.

  176. Rev. Archibald

    Oh yeah.
    Walked out of the theatre after 15 minutes of Avatar.

  177. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    And the number one top human attribute is:
    Inconspicuousity

    I’m out then. 🙂

  178. Gab

    No, DrBG. I can make an observation without comparison to me.

  179. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    If I have to watch that ad for Elite Singles one more time I’ll spew. They may be OK people when you see them the first time, but after the fiftieth time you want to strangle both of the self-satisfied little nerds.

  180. Gab

    But who wants to step in when the bleeding heart city abos scream “stolen, stolen” whenever a move is made to improve things (re getting abused abo kids out of their dysfunctional families).

    You should watch the video of Jacinta Price I linked to. Amazing.

  181. DrBeauGan

    Top five human attributes:
    5. Rat cunning.
    4. Ruthlessness.
    3. Shamelessness.
    2. Conniving deviousness.
    And the number one top human attribute is:
    Inconspicuousity

    😁
    Depends on whether you want to be successful or happy, Rev.

  182. candy

    Ummm, how smart is the average bear anyway?

    I’m an average bear, Gab. I did an IQ test once for some reason or other, and I’m “average”. I’m ok with that.

  183. Gab

    Well that’s alright then, Candy.

  184. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Candy, you have really good instincts

    +1
    Keep dropping in, Candy.

  185. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bob Hawke wants the State of Palestine recognized? Silly old bugger!

    Hehe…

    Hamas names a top militant Yehiya Sinwar as new leader in Gaza (yesterday)

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas has named a top militant commander as its new leader in the Gaza Strip, an official media outlet confirmed on Monday, placing one of the Islamic militant group’s most hard-line figures in charge of operations in its core power base.

    The appointment of Yehiya Sinwar, who was freed by Israel in a 2011 prisoner swap, solidifies the takeover of Gaza operations by the armed wing of the group. The military wing, which controls thousands of fighters and a vast arsenal of rockets, has battled Israel in three wars since Hamas seized Gaza a decade ago.

    Sinwar’s selection was reported by Hamas‘ al-Resala news site. A Hamas official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was discussing the group’s secretive election process, also confirmed the appointment.

    Sinwar replaces Ismail Haniyeh, who served as the prime minister of Hamas‘ government following the 2007 takeover of Gaza. Haniyeh is now expected to take over as Hamas‘ supreme leader, replacing Khaled Mashaal, who lives in exile.

    Khalil al-Haya, another political hard-liner, was elected as Sinwar’s deputy.

    Sinwar was sentenced to four life terms by Israel in 1988 for a series of offenses, including his role as mastermind of the abduction and killing of two Israeli soldiers.

    I think I can work out what his policy towards Israel is. If Bob wants to live he better not ever find himself in the clutches of this guy.

  186. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #2296578, posted on February 14, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Guardian Essential poll showing 14% voter support for Bernadi. Regardless of the validity of the poll this must be sending shivers up the spines (do they have a spine?) of the Liberal party.

    It’s happening!

    Why is that bad for the liberal party on a party preferred basis in the lower house. Bernardi’s votes are still going to prefer the Libs. The senate of course is a different animal. In fact it could cause them to go to the right.

  187. Infidel Tiger

    Looks like Bill Shorten has just made a monumental blunder and if it does not cost him the leadership of the Labor Party I will be very surprised . When he said “We poisoned the water holes , we distributed blankets infested with diseases we knew would kill ” I assume he was referring to his family because my family certainly did not do that along with 99.99 % of other Australians . I found it personally very offensive and it could only be an alternative fact from the twilight zone . How many Australians did commit those heinous crimes ?? What a disgusting allegation to be made against the people that built this country to insinuate they were all guilty . Just go Bill , you are a fraud

    – Darren De Bertoli

    Another reason to drink De Bertoli wines.

  188. Grigory M

    Inconspicuousity

    No such word.

    Try “Inconspicuousness”.

  189. DrBeauGan

    No, DrBG. I can make an observation without comparison to me.

    ‘Dumb’ is relative, Gab. There is some implied standard when you say most Aussies are dumb. It’s like saying most Aussies are tall. You may be comparing Aussies with the mean for the human race, I suppose. But I doubt it. I think you meant relative to you.

    I don’t see why you should feel bad about being smarter than average. I’m taller than average. I don’t take pride in this, nor am I ashamed of it. It’s just a fact.

  190. john constantine

    Their waleed the denouncer is australias most proclaimed public intellectual.

    So, yeah, smarts aint what they used to be.

  191. Rabz

    candy’s increasing tendencies to SJW style outbursts are disappointing, to say the least. I appreciate that you miss Hammy, sweetie, but ultimately he had all the authenticity of a three dollar note.

  192. H B Bear

    The first thing Bernardi needs is a plain speaking, knock-about deputy like an Australian Farage to emphasise the down-to-earth policy basis for the party. It is too easy for the media to portray him as a far-Right loony and some of the stuff he has said in the past doesn’t help in that regard. A new face alongside him would also deflect the idea that he is a one man band – which is always the downfall of PHON because by and large she is surrounded by loonies.

  193. egg_

    5. Rat cunning.
    4. Ruthlessness.
    3. Shamelessness.
    2. Conniving deviousness.

    Martin Trumble

  194. Bruce of Newcastle

    Another reason to drink De Bertoli wines.

    Bogan wino central – marvellous value and not bad. Just back of Cessnock. Which is a fine bogan town. I pick up a half doz of De Bortoli cab savs every now and then for about four bucks a bottle.

  195. john constantine

    When their plibblefilth appeared on Bolta’s, i just assumed that meant the numbers were just about up for the shortfilth.

  196. .

    Just back of Cessnock

    Griffith? 😕

  197. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Hairy has no sympathy for that Trump appointment who resigned after less than a month.

    He misled his boss, he says dismissively.

    Cardinal sin.

  198. Gab

    Ummm, Wee William, I think you’ll find those blankets were distributed by the British in North America,

    Zulu, I thought this “infested blankets” story was debunked? Correct me if I am wrong.

  199. Rev. Archibald

    No such word.

    ..
    Until now.
    Thank you for crediting me with coining a new word, Grogoooly.

  200. John64

    There are a few De Bortoli vineyards around. Their wines are consistently great value for money.

    I remember many years ago staying with some mates at the Yenda pub (about 30 kms) from Griffith. We were knocking off bottles of Deen De Bortoli Shiraz at $5 each which went down very easily.

    Probably the cheapest hangover I’ve ever had ………

  201. Mike of Marion

    Benedictus by 2 Cellos.

    Real mood music with lovely orchestral bass playing.

  202. hzhousewife

    You should watch the video of Jacinta Price I linked to. Amazing

    She is one courageous woman I agree. Her message however must be heard by her own people, they are the ones increasingly standing in the way of improving their own futures.

  203. Steve tickler

    First time watching the Project on 10 in ages.

    Joel Creasey vs Milo would be fun.

    Would Milo be allowed in the country? 18c and all. I think not.

  204. Gab

    Her message however must be heard by her own people, they are the ones increasingly standing in the way of improving their own futures.

    She is going to cop a major backlash from the Aboriginal activists who are only interested in getting more taxpayer money and not interested in providing any real solutions. She doesn’t speak for any Abo “nation” as they will accuse her of doing. She simply states the facts.

  205. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Inconspicuousity

    An excellent neologism. A mixture of flagrant impetuousness and shy inconspicuousness.
    The one tends to cancel out the other out at times but no matter.

  206. DrBeauGan

    Candy tells us that she is of average intelligence, a fact I have been aware of for some time. Grigory could give her about 30 points. But in generosity of spirit, kindness and decency she leaves grigory for dead. And those qualities are hugely more important, as everyone except Grigs can see.

    I think her SJW pronouncements derive from her virtues as much as from her intellectual weakness. I’d still trust her judgments of who is a ghastly creep and who is honest.

  207. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Essential poll out now on ‘regulation’, Tom. Some figures might surprise you, although the issues are informative. Credlin comments that all of the middle issues are ‘nuisance’ regulations. People in general do not seem to be aware of this.

  208. Atoms for Peace

    Shorten was probably referring to an ALP preselection meeting.

  209. john constantine

    Ross Kemp in venezuela, filmed last decade.

    The vast wealth of the elite, built right on top of abject social justice. Violent organised crime, violent disorganised crime, drugs and a crushing totalitarian state.

    All built on one man and one commodity, so when chavez went and oil was socialised into decay, the venezuala of today was inevitable.

    In today’s yarragrad, it is their lefty clique, fueled by the melbournibad housing bubble. Once the coal power is dynamited, the Judge Dredd state imposed and their Apex Predators begin kidnapping the kids of unexplainedly wealthy Chinese right out of their Australian boltholes, Venezuela here we come.

  210. johanna

    I get on well with checkout chicks, but I wouldn’t consult them on tensor calculus, economics or politics. Nice people, but compared to me, not so good at thinking

    I’m guessing that the checkout chicks look at your bow tie and think “what a wanker” while smiling politely.

    The people you might consult on tensor calculus, economics or politics are quite likely to have the common sense and wisdom of a mentally challenged rabbit.

  211. Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike

    Zulu, I thought this “infested blankets” story was debunked? Correct me if I am wrong.

    First heard it, in connection with North America, back in the 1970’s – that’s the first I’ve ever heard it in connection with the indigenous in Australia.

  212. Steve tickler

    Sinc.

    Thanking Liz for “neologism”.

    neologism/nɪˈɒlədʒɪz(ə)m/
    noun

    1. a newly coined word or expression.

    Post removed?

    Weird. Just letting you know.

  213. john constantine

    If their shortfilth is speaking on topics supplied to him by his new wife and new family, instead of topics forensically workshopped through selected focus groups, that is the source of his maniacal success pissed on.

    But it is valentines day, so if the little lady wants billy to denounce racist australia for giving bubonic plague infested clothes to indigineous babies, that is what will happen.

  214. Stimpson J. Cat

    Candy tells us that she is of average intelligence, a fact I have been aware of for some time.

    Oooooh!
    Everyone do me next!
    Go go go!

  215. Fisky

    Intelligence is real, and makes a difference in some areas, but it isn’t very high on the list of desirable human qualities.

    It probably makes a difference up to around 120-130. After that there is very little correlation between intelligence and success.

  216. Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike

    First heard it, in connection with North America, back in the 1970’s

    Cited as an example of biological warfare, on the course I did in the mid 1970’s – carried out against the Indians by the British colonialists in the mid 1700’s.

  217. Top Ender

    Thanks for the encouraging words previous thread y’all.

    Just got back from giving a talk at a “Last Post” event.

    Lots of WWII diggers – well, a few – coming into town. Some of them are stalwart, some sick, but its probably the last time any WWII military personnel will make town en masse. It’s a long way from down south and this time of year it’s hot and humid up here.

    Respects to their service.

  218. JC

    Some people at the Cat were suggesting Crooked would be dead by now, but it appears she’s not and has morphed into a twitter troll.

    The two-time failed presidential candidate took to Twitter to mock President Trump for losing at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled Thursday that the halt to his travel ban would remain in place.

    “3-0,” Clinton tweeted right after the ruling had been handed down.

    The score appeared to allude to the unanimous 3-0 decision handed down by the appeals court.

    But Trump World isn’t too shabby on Twitter, either.

    White House counselor Kellyanne Conway responded with her own mockery of Clinton.

    “PA, WI, MI,” Conway said, referring to the states Clinton was supposed to win handily in the 2016 election, but ended up losing to Donald Trump.

    Conway’s has a decent set.

  219. Grigory M

    Thank you for crediting me with coining a new word, Grogoooly.

    I didn’t – so no thanks are needed. Someone else already tried that shit. 😉

  220. DrBeauGan

    The people you might consult on tensor calculus, economics or politics are quite likely to have the common sense and wisdom of a mentally challenged rabbit.

    Well, you are one of the several people here from whom I learn on the subjects of economics and politics. So you may well be right.

  221. Snoopy

    Cited as an example of biological warfare, on the course I did in the mid 1970’s – carried out against the Indians by the British colonialists in the mid 1700’s.

    Distributing plague infested blankets must have been a sought after detail.

  222. Macbeth

    She’s not the only decent one, but Candy brings her ownspecial touch of decency to this blog. Good to see.

  223. Old School Conservative

    “…we fenced their hunting grounds, we poisoned their waterholes, we distributed blankets infected with diseases we knew would kill…”
    Bill Shorten, Parliament House today.
    Any reputable sources for that Bill?
    However it’s good enough reason to keep pouring $30 Billion per annum into the indigenous industry.

  224. Infidel Tiger

    Remember this morning when lefties were talking about an awkward meeting between Castro Jnr and Donny From Queens?:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/831185943482793986

  225. candy

    I think her SJW pronouncements derive from her virtues as much as from her intellectual weakness. I’d still trust her judgments of who is a ghastly creep and who is honest.

    I don’t know about that all, DrBeauGan, but you often say very kind natured things, thank you.

  226. Snoopy

    She’s not the only decent one, but Candy brings her own special touch of decency to this blog. Good to see.

    Thanks, Macbeth. You’re okay too.

  227. It is only February, but I’m nominating this for the Golden Rake Award 2017.

    Stop encouraging him. He’s already guest posting for maximum rakes.

  228. DrBeauGan

    Fisky
    #2296638, posted on February 14, 2017 at 10:57 pm
    Intelligence is real, and makes a difference in some areas, but it isn’t very high on the list of desirable human qualities.

    It probably makes a difference up to around 120-130. After that there is very little correlation between intelligence and success.

    That just might be because very bright people have a rather different idea of what constitutes ‘success’.

  229. johanna

    Gab
    #2296567, posted on February 14, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Gab is, of course, implicitly comparing others with herself in terms of quality of thinking and she’s right in concluding that she’s much better than most.

    Not comparing myself to anyone, DrBG. That is foolish.

    Oh, stop being diningenuous.

    You put up a series of posts about how dumb certain TV shows are and how dumb people must be to watch them. Implicitly and explicitly, unlike the dummos out there, you are not one of them and you do not watch them.

    You are smarter than “them” and they are just stupid cattle.

    20 years ago, you would have smugly said that you only watch the ABC, because commercial channels are crass and vulgar and devoid of intellectual content.

    Who says women can’t wear bowties and bifocals (the better to look down their noses with?)

  230. Grigory M

    Don’t go out in the wind, Bo Gan.

  231. Fisky

    That just might be because very bright people have a rather different idea of what constitutes ‘success’.

    I think it’s also because a lot of very bright people find it hard to play the social/corporate game that gets them into leadership positions. It’s extremely rare to find a genius running a large organisation.

  232. “…we fenced their hunting grounds, we poisoned their waterholes, we distributed blankets infected with diseases we knew would kill…”
    Bill Shorten, Parliament House today.

    He cares about aborigines like i care about flies. who does he think he’s kidding?

  233. Fisky

    Hillary is dead. Her J-wish body double is trolling on Twitter, and doing a bad job.

  234. Grigory M

    Candy was dandy* – once. Now – I hae ma doots.

    * and was someone else a few years ago.

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