Open Forum: April 29, 2017

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  1. john constantine

    Sky mentioning again that with new cars now being basically mobile computers, the good old days of competition enabling people to discover the lowest price that capable repairs could be done to their cars is over.

    The car companies locking up the codes that enable cars to be worked on means that the whole of life price of owning a car has gone up, the purchase price is just the start, the locked in closed loop running costs can be extortionate and the consumer has no choice.

    As the State genocides older vehicles off the road, so centrally State controlled robot cars can take over, the Obsolete Male idea of owning, driving and working on your own car will vanish from the earth, replaced with the reality of wymynsys primly sitting in a pod with no steering wheel and doing texting on their mobiles while the robot does the navigating.

  2. Rabz

    So has anyone worked out the difference between “good debt” and “not so good debt” yet?

    Goose Morristeen is dying to hear from you. Perhaps we could arrange for him to meet Dame Judith Sloan, who’ll no doubt take great pleasure in enlightening the preposterous dullard.

  3. H B Bear

    QLD LNP leader Tim Nicholls goes full SJW:

    You can throw Pony Girl out of the Pony Club but nothing will change.

    Welcome to the UniParty. Have a nice day.

  4. Mother Lode

    When welcoming the audience to “the season finale of the White House Correspondents’ dinner”, the Muslim comedian joked that “in a few weeks” he would be known as “Number 830287”.

    He should be grateful he is having Arabic Numerals given back to him – no more of this cultural appropriation!

    But it reminds me of a joke.

    Some poor bloke who has been rather derelict in his paying traffic fines is given a short custodial sentence. Owing to overcrowding of the prison system he is sent to one in a remote location, with non-violent long-termers.

    He is assigned to a cell with a jovial late middle aged fellow who fills him in on the place – the different programs the place runs, movie nights and such.

    They sit down at lunch and start eating. Someone on the other side of the hall calls out “45” whereupon the whole place bursts into laughter. A few minutes later someone else calls out “37”. Again, peels of laughter erupt.

    The newbie turns to his mentor and asks “What is the deal with the numbers?”

    “Well, most of us have been here so long that we know each others’ jokes. We eventually came to assign each joke a number so instead of running through the whole joke, we just say the number. It’s really convenient, especially in a big crowded room like this. You should try it.”

    “Really? Yeah, OK. I’ll give it a shot.” He clears his throat and then calls out “65”.

    The place erupts with all manner of guffaws, chortles, brayings, and good old fashioned belly-laughs. He is a little surprised by the scale of the reaction and turns quizzically to his cell-mate and asked “What was it? What did I say?”

    “Oh, that was great. That was brilliant. We haven’t heard that one before.”

  5. john constantine

    The 50% wymynsys quota is a weapon for fundemental change.

    The idea that anybody, regardless of gender, can do the job if they merit the position is racist and obsolete and priviliged and deplorable.

    All jobs must be transformed so that wymynsys can do them and be happy.

    If this means cutting work hours, making the jobs sociable, spending whatever it takes to make the job pleasant and clean and quiet, then the money must be spent.

    Fire department diversity employees for example will be able to chat amongst themselves whilst breastfeeding, as the robot firetrucks and the air support waterbombers put out the pile of smouldering leaves. Spend whatever it takes to deconstruct the framework of obsolete western culture because the revolution is relentless and to the death.

  6. H B Bear

    So has anyone worked out the difference between “good debt” and “not so good debt” yet?

    Judith belled that cat in Teh Weekend Australian. Emperor Barney loaded WA up with about $40bn of “good debt” in the last 8 years. Shiny new roads, hospitals and circuses everywhere but still with billion dollar deficits and downgraded credit ratings.

    It’s all debt f*ckwits.

  7. Roger

    Two years old but I don’t imagine things have improved since then…

    Dutch Catholics brace for a future without churches as Archbishop of Utrecht tells them 2/3rds of parish churches will close.

    Dutch Catholics failed to evangelise or catechise after Vatican II (not wanting to be seen to be imposing their beliefs on others, I suppose). As a result Mass attendance dropped from 90% of Catholics prior to Vatican II to 5% presently.

    Meanwhile,

    “the Netherlands is also at the forefront of the global movement to abolish all legal recognition of the traditional family and to promote the Sexual Revolution throughout the world. One of the first to legalize prostitution, the country is also one of the main funding sources of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), one of the western world’s most powerful special interest lobby groups working through international bodies like the EU and the UN.”

    “When a man stops believing in God he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything.”
    [Attributed to GK Chesterton]

  8. srr

    val majkus
    #2367991, posted on May 1, 2017 at 8:27 am

    particularly as there is lots of chatter about people not getting paid as they expected

    hadn’t heard that chatter SIR

    It’s both fearfully grumbled in the real world, and online, but with Alphabet/google, ZuckerFace, DorckyTwit, Gate[s]Keeper et al running all their new silencing algorithms flat out, it’s getting harder to pick up on and follow the concerns about where and when money is coming from and going.

    But remember that we’ve also been through quite a lot of Advertising of how “Very Rich” Soros “is“, something the very rich don’t do, but those no longer so very rich, do, when they need to do a lot of borrowing against their “good name“, and nothing much else 😉 😀

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    Last Tuesday a bunch of students at Yale decided to go on hunger strike for free stuff. It was an odd sort of hunger strike as the students would take breaks from it to go off for a bite to eat, then come back and resume. Sort of like not actually having a hunger strike.

    Yale grad students’ ‘hunger strike’ apparently involves eating when hungry

    That was quite ROFLable in itself. But now it’s become even more entertaining:

    Yale College Republicans Hold Barbecue Next to Union Hunger Strike

    Members of the Yale College Republicans held a barbecue on Friday next to eight graduate student teachers on a hunger strike over the Yale University’s refusal to negotiate with its newly formed union.
    While the eight protesters sat in a tent next to University President Peter Salovey’s home, having not eaten in three days, the college Republican group cooked up a meal of beef, baked beans, and corn on the cob for the local community.

    Ah the wonderful smell of BBQing beef and corn wafting around and about!
    Well trolled guys! 😀

  10. Geriatric Mayfly

    the Muslim comedian joked that

    There’s a contradiction in terms if ever. Less capable of humour than sour, fault-finding feministas.

  11. Does the sex discrimination commissioner not realise that perhaps women don’t want to do such jobs?

    I saw a bit of Saving Private Ryan The other day. What woman would want to be a part of that?

  12. Notafan

    At Catallaxy we are all puppets.

  13. srr

    Pure [FAILING] Stasi Intimidation

    Ohio family surprised when Mark Zuckerberg comes to dinner

    …BILLIONAIRE SEEKING FACETIME WITH DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED TRUMP

    NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio family says they learned just 20 minutes before dinner this week that a planned mystery guest would be Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.

    The Vindicator of Youngstown reports (http://bit.ly/2oSVBQ3) Zuckerberg dined Friday with the Moore family in Newton Falls, about 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland. The newspaper reports Zuckerberg had asked his staff to find Democrats who voted for President Donald Trump.

    Not all the dinner chat was political. Daniel Moore says he and his wife, Lisa, talked about their work with an orphanage in Uganda and that Zuckerberg says he’s now planning a fundraiser to benefit the orphans.

    Zuckerberg’s project, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, says he visited Youngstown’s Eastern Gateway Community College Friday and met with people recovering from opioid addiction in Dayton Saturday. He has challenged himself to visit intimidate people in all 50 states.

  14. Notafan

    Much fun on Twitter with the Yale hunger strike.

    So sincere.

    In a world laden with loopy conspiracy theorists do you know there are people that think Kim Il is really a top bloke and
    the Nasa satellite photo of North Korea at night is photoshopped.

  15. srr

    Nick DeSenso‏ @NickDeSenso 2h2 hours ago

    You are now #DefaceTheNation @FaceTheNation

    It’s permanent.
    ___

    TRUMP TO CBS’S DICKERSON:
    ‘I LOVE YOUR SHOW —
    I CALL IT DEFACE THE NATION’

    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/04/30/trump-cbss-dickerson-love-show-call-deface-nation/

  16. Libby Zee

    So has anyone worked out the difference between “good debt” and “not so good debt” yet?

    Sco-Mo will educate us all about it in his Budget Speech next week. His brilliant enlightenment will probably see him declared World’s Greatest Treasurer, the latest in a long line of such eminent Australian financial wizards. The imminent loss of our AAA rating will be barely noticed as a groundswell of approval surges across the nation.

  17. stackja

    Security breach at Government House in Melbourne
    David Hurley, Herald Sun
    16 minutes ago
    A MAN has been arrested on the roof of Government House in Melbourne in what appears to be a major security breach.

    Helicopter footage from Channel 9 News shows police handcuffing a man on the roof of the building in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

    Police were called in following reports of an intruder.

    The man climbed onto the roof at 7.45am.

    Victoria Police’s Critical Incident Response Team attended and arrested the man just before 8am.

    He remains on the roof and will be removed when it is safe to do so and will be taken to hospital for assessment.

    The investigation is ongoing.

  18. Geriatric Mayfly

    Behind the Paywall. Cut & Paste gave a hint that Barking Betty has had another convulsion. Now it’s gone.

  19. Snoopy

    Women could easily make up half of the construction workforce. All that’s required is innovative legislation to facilitate gender equality. For example a law to require every tradesman and labourer to have their own personal on-site WHSO.

  20. srr

    Gab
    #2367995, posted on May 1, 2017 at 8:30 am

    You realise, Gab, that srr is convinced that you are one of his puppets.

    LOL No, I didn’t know that as I don’t read any of srr’s posts.

    Ahh, so that’s how you have the power to judge and condemn people on the content of their posts, that you so proudly don’t read – your name’s a typo, it should read “God” instead Gab … 🙄 … is it a delusion you can’t shake since your hay day of being mentioned by Bolt?

  21. stackja

    The Australian 12:00AM May 1, 2017

    Angry survivor returns Black Saturday payout to ‘only winner’, Maurice Blackburn
    As cheques from the record-breaking Black Saturday class ­actions finally began flowing to bushfire survivors in December, many of the victims welcomed the payments as the end of another chapter in their emotional and financi­al recovery.

    Not Garry Angus. He, with an unquantified number of the thousands of claimants who joined the lawsuits, remained angry about Maurice Blackburn’s handling of the cases.

    The accountant from Pheasant Creek, just outside Kinglake, decided to put his money where his mouth is and sent back his cheque for $120,000.

    Now he is launching a website for fellow survivors to register their complaints about Maurice Blackburn’s administration of the settlement scheme.

    He hopes support from other aggrieved claimants will bolster his bid for a judicial review of the $494 million Kilmore East-Kinglake settlement and the $300m settlement for the Murrindindi-Marysville fire, announced in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

    “The only winners out of this have been Maurice Blackburn,” Mr Angus said.

  22. incoherent rambler

    “The only winners out of this have been Maurice Blackburn,” Mr Angus said.

    A design feature rather than a fault?

  23. Snoopy

    “The only winners out of this have been Maurice Blackburn,” Mr Angus said.

    That must have come as a shock.

  24. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    NATIONAL BREAKING NEWS
    No promises for small states in GST review

    Dan Mcculloch
    Australian Associated Press
    8:55AM May 1, 2017

    The federal government won’t guarantee Tasmania and South Australia will be no worse off under potential changes to the way GST revenue is carved up among the states.

    “You’re getting way ahead of yourself,” Finance Minister Mathias Cormann told ABC radio on Monday, after the Turnbull government ordered a revenue into the distribution of the consumption tax.

    “We have initiated a Productivity Commission review and we obviously can’t pre-empt what the findings and recommendations of that review will be.”

    Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman has vowed to fight tooth and nail against any changes to the GST, declaring his state deserves its fair share.

    Senator Cormann, who hails from Western Australia, says the federal government had long acknowledged his home state’s slice of GST revenues was unacceptably low, and top-up payments offered to Perth in recent years were a short-term fix.

    Breaking news, in the Oz. What’s the difference between a ‘fair share” and bludging off the rest of the Commonwealth?

  25. lotocoti

    Does the sex discrimination commissioner not realise that perhaps women don’t want to do such jobs?

    That’s easily solved.
    Require all women between the ages of 18 and 49 to register for Equal Employment Placement.

  26. srr

    Rodger, be careful mentioning how very UN-Catholic Dutch Catholics have become.

    It seems it’s such a very sore, sore point, for a certain cat, that it may be terminal if pushed … hummm …

  27. Combine Dave

    Breaking news, in the Oz. What’s the difference between a ‘fair share” and bludging off the rest of the Commonwealth?

    Allow the states to collect their own GST

  28. hzhousewife

    He has challenged himself to visit intimidate people in all 50 states.

    Zuck wants to be President, this is the beginning of his door-knocking campaign.

  29. Marcus Classis

    Sierra Game King SP’s perform very,very well on pigs. Aforementioned pigs now having a new abode hanging in the cool room before meeting ye olde freezer tonite after breakup. One’s a little ‘un, 12kg carcass – so he’ll be on the spit this Saturday.

    They also do a great number on foxes at 300+ yards, although I think I prefer BT’s for them. Slightly better flight characteristics at longer ranges.

    Saw numerous deer, but all at night while spotlighting for foxes, and as we were south of the border left them alone.

  30. Myrddin Seren

    calli

    Looks like, along with the forests of OH&S documentation and union compliance crap, contractors will have to provide proof of affirmative action when they tender.

    All it means is that fewer and fewer small private companies will be tendering for lucrative contracts, which is just the way our union controlled governments want it.

    And it won’t just be government.

    You can bet your Blundstones that SJW-dominated Big Business will eagerly line up behind Big Government to drive this through their purchasing policies. Not “If” – only “When”. *

    If you have younger male relatives who carry the Privilege-crime of being white, male, heterosexual and not-a-Muslim – you should do them a favour and start suggesting they look outside Australia if they want a career or reasonable future. In Australia – it won’t be long before they are assigned a gender-equal job Cuban-style by the Ministry of Equality.

    * The ONLY exceptions will be the leadership of the CFMEU and a couple of other heavyweight unions; and the incumbents of various blue ribbon Labor seats.

  31. Mother Lode

    declaring his state deserves its fair share.

    It is an appalling state of affairs that such schoolyard arguments are being put up as a basis for national finances.

    Mind you, the current gender issue is essentially that the girls are not being allowed to play in the boys’s games because the boys are scared of girl-germs.

    I am trying to think of the most stupid thing Trumble could do. Then I will lay bets with people that he will do just that.

    I shall be rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

  32. C.L.

    God how far we have fallen since then.
    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/01/great-australian-photographs-rennie-ellis-an-audio-essay#img-11

    Those blokes would have been run out of an Australian pub in the 1950s – with their lives, if they were lucky.

  33. C.L.

    Telling that the media weaponised a brown Muslim to attack Trump at the White House Democrat Party Correspondents Dinner. Brown people seem to be very slow on the uptake when it comes to being used as step ‘n fetchits by the left.

  34. C.L.

    God how far we have fallen since then.
    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/01/great-australian-photographs-rennie-ellis-an-audio-essay#img-11

    The shirtless man in the duo at far left is explaining that he just backed into the other bloke’s Torana Sunbird.

  35. Snoopy

    Telling that the media weaponised a brown Muslim to attack Trump at the White House Democrat Party Correspondents Dinner.

    Sheer genius. That must have peeled away literally millions of Trump supporters.

  36. Top Ender

    Zulu, do you have The Hollywood History of the World?

    You probably do – I thought it was rare – but just checked and it’s in reprint.

  37. Boambee John

    Sydney Boy

    “Essentially, it is crowd-researching, with a profit motive”

    The ast four words are the problem for the left.

    Better the breed die out than a profit be made.

  38. Senile Old Guy

    If you have younger male relatives who carry the Privilege-crime of being white, male, heterosexual and not-a-Muslim – you should do them a favour and start suggesting they…

    …identify as woman.

  39. The idea that anybody, regardless of gender, can do the job if they merit the position is racist and obsolete and priviliged and deplorable.

    Merit is dead. I look forward to brain surgery performed by a Parkinsons suffering transgendered dwarf with rabies. On Muttley. Wait, you didn’t think I’d want it on me, did you?! With Muttley, surely the only way is up!!

  40. Howard Hill

    Even better: Me vs Lord Lightbulb for 1 round.
    There FIFY.

    Even better. Me vs their Wheelie Bin Laden the trolley collector. What I’d give for a round against that cnut!

  41. Norman Church

    Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman has vowed to fight tooth and nail against any changes to the GST, declaring his state deserves its fair share.

    Why on Earth should we pay any attention to Mr Hodgman on the impact of GST reform on Tasmanians? According to the Communist Grants Commission, Melbourne is the capital of Tasmania. So, we should only be paying attention to comments coming from Melbourne.

    True, this shameless act of sophistry was intended to allow the CGC to pretend that Western Australia shares its challenges in supplying government services across a vast area with a state the size of a postage stamp. But you can’t go picking and choosing what rules to apply, can you?

  42. JC

    I’m guessing this makes Texas the .. what’s the opposite of sanctuary… discourage? This makes Texas the discouragement state of the union.

    Texas’s Immigration Bill Allows for Jailing of Police Who Disobey
    Municipalities and police departments that refuse federal immigration orders to detain illegal immigrants could be penalized

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/texas-nears-approval-of-tough-anti-sanctuary-city-law-1493895602?mod=nwsrl_u_s_news

  43. JC

    Wow, this tab’s been up for a while

    Wrong fred. Very rong fred.

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