Open Forum: April 29, 2017

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  1. classical_hero

    I can’t leave this on the other thread.

    Shammy, good for soaking up hooker’s blood.

    Another thing is to find out what a “moose knuckle” is.

  2. Baldrick

    7th Battalion A.I.F

    Pearse, Samuel George (1897–1919)
    A few days before his eighteenth birthday he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and on 10 September 1915 sailed from Melbourne with the 9th Reinforcements for the 7th Battalion. He served briefly on Gallipoli in December before returning to Egypt and then going on to France next March.
    Pearse was wounded in action on 24 August 1916 and again on 19 May 1918. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery between 18-22 September 1917 when he attacked an enemy post.
    On 18 July 1919, while in London, he was discharged from the A.I.F. to join a company of the 45th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, being raised in London, largely from Australian volunteers, for service with the North Russia Relief Force.
    Pearse’s ‘utter disregard of danger’ during the fighting on the Western Front had already been noted and was again evident in North Russia. His officer there described him as ‘the bravest man I [have] ever seen’. Outside Emptsa on 29 August 1919 Pearse, now a sergeant, cut his way through the enemy’s barbed-wire while under heavy machine-gun and rifle-fire. He then, single-handed, attacked a blockhouse with hand grenades and put it out of action. Moments later he was shot down by another Russian machine-gun. For his bravery he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

  3. Rabz

    Another thing is to find out what a “moose knuckle” is.

    A term made famous in this country by a purveyor of “quality j’ism”.

  4. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I’ve said good night old the old fred till it be good morrow.
    Good morrow, all, and now goodnight.

  5. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    To the power of ten? Tenth?

  6. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Yes! The digital age is upon us. Naughts and ones rule.

  7. Motelier

    Damn, I just missed the first 11.

    Must try harder.

  8. In Trump’s First 100 Days, A Dramatic Reduction In Immigration

    #winning

  9. Motelier

    Just finished reading the ol open thread, and I have a bone to pick with Stimpson.

    Stimpson, if you ever try that fuba shit again you deserve to be beaten like a muslim wife.

  10. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Baldrick
    #2366557, posted on April 29, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Thanks, Balders. In memory of one of my mob. Was a miner at the Edna May, at Westonia. Enlisted, aged 40, and served in a tunneling company on the Western Front. Gassed in 1917, returned to Australia in 1919, never recovered his health, and was so disgusted by the treatment he got that he returned his medals in 1924. He died in 1941.

  11. Gerard O

    Iran should definitely have nukes. If a country as fucked up as Pakistan has them, why not the Iranians?

  12. .

    From the old OT:

    Interesting paper

    http://physicsfromtheedge.blogspot.com.au/2017/04/quantised-inertia-from-fundamentals.html

    Actual paper: McCulloch, M.E., 2016. “Quantised inertia from relativity & the uncertainty principle”, EPL, 115, 69001.

  13. johanna

    A couple minutes of joyous music for y’all Drivers Seat (try to ignore the lemon sucking singer, what a maroon.)

    Bop along and enjoy.

  14. Baldrick

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2366569, posted on April 29, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Hard to imagine a more dangerous and nerve-racking job on the Western Front than tunnelling.
    No wonder he was pissed.

  15. Stimpson J. Cat

    Iran should definitely have nukes. If a country as fucked up as Pakistan has them, why not the Iranians?

    I don’t trust them.
    Maybe give the Persians nukes, but not the Iranians.
    Bit shonky.

  16. squawkbox

    A vignette from Expatria:

    Scene – Trafalgar Square, London, around 1 pm. A crocodile of primary age schoolkids with teachers at each end is proceeding into the National Portrait Gallery to have their little minds elevated by contemplating the faces of the men who built the Empire, created the Industrial Revolution and bonked Yoko Ono. All of the kiddies were quiet, respectful, well-behaved etc etc.

    And, on this thoroughly ordinary London afternoon, all of them were wearing f**ing fluorescent high-viz jackets.

    I’ve been out of Australia for 2 years, but has this custom been adopted yet? I would hate to think Australia was falling behind in the insane nanny stakes.

  17. The Party of Hate

    The Democrat Party is the world’s most successful hate group.
    It attracts poor people who hate rich people, black people
    who hate white people, gay people who hate straight people,
    feminists who hate men, environmentalists who hate
    the internal combustion engine, and a lot of
    bratty college kids who hate their parents.
    However, the real secret of the party’s success
    is that it attracts the support of
    journalists who hate Republicans,
    and who therefore work tirelessly to convince
    the rest of us that we should vote for Democrats. . . .
    No matter who the Republicans nominate for president,
    the Organized Forces of Liberal Journalism will paint him
    as a greedy, cold-hearted, woman-hating racist.
    If the GOP nominated a Buddhist monk or a Latina lesbian,
    still the New York Times and NBC News would find
    a way to convince themselves that the Republican candidate
    represented everything liberals hate about America —
    the military, the police, Christianity, capitalism,
    the internal combustion engine and
    heterosexual white men who work for a living.
    – Robert Stacy McCain, 2016.

    Liberty Quote

  18. JC

    Oh look, look what Lachlan and James have done to themselves. The sheer genius.

    EXCLUSIVE: Advanced Talks Underway For New Conservative Network Amid Fears Fox News Moving Too Far Left

    On the heels of major shakeups at the Fox News Network, an alternative conservative network is being actively discussed amongst conservative fat cats.

    A well-placed source close to the proposal tells Mediaite that serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left. The source, who is engaged in the talks, says a meeting is planned for today with two prominent high-powered television executives, some underperforming conservative networks and people who have an interest and the ability to fund a new network.

    The potential aim? Putting “the old band” back together. There are certainly plenty of (out-of-work?) conservative powerhouses to pick from that could star on a new network, and perhaps even some executives from within Fox News who might be lured by the new opportunity. Could the new channel include stars like the ousted Bill O’Reilly, who didn’t waste much time hitting the podcast waves after he was fired amid a sexual harassment scandal? Could Tomi Lahren, the conservative mega star, who was recently sidelined at The Blaze also take on a prominent role? The exact “who” won’t be clear until the deal is more defined but the source says the pitch is that the network could immediately reach at least 85 million homes.

    This news comes on the heels of a long profile in last weekend’s New York Times which paints a picture of a changing Fox News Network with Murdoch’s sons, James and Lachlan, CEO and co-chairman of parent company 21st Century Fox, at the helm. The piece struck fear into the minds of some Fox News’ hardcore conservatives with talk of the sons wanting to rid the company “of the old-guard culture on which their father built his empire” and bringing “a warmer and fuzzier workplace” that would move away from an “anti-politically correct environment.”

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/exclusive-advanced-talks-underway-for-new-conservative-network-amid-fears-fox-news-moving-too-far-left/

  19. Rafe

    12.30 in Beijing. Very warm☺
    Hints of smog.

  20. Howard Hill

    And, on this thoroughly ordinary London afternoon, all of them were wearing f**ing fluorescent high-viz jackets.

    Never worn one in my life and never will. I call em, Lego People.
    It really does show how far we’ve fallen. I always wondered how the slaves were kept so docile? Now I know…

  21. Zatara

    JC

    There is one alternative conservative network to FOX in the US already. It’s called One America News Network and is independent and family owned (Herring Networks Inc.). Based in San Diego with a news bureau in Washington D.C.

    They are trying something new, they are reporting the news instead of trying to be the news.

  22. Tom

    Hahaha. Knight on the overhyped 100 days (his Steve Bannon in a corker).

    Meanwhile, at TrumpHitler Central (H/T Cut & Paste):

    Demetri Sevastopulo in the Financial Times on Thursday:
    Sitting across from Donald Trump in the Oval Office, my eyes are drawn to a little red button on a box that sits on his desk. “This isn’t the nuclear button, is it?” I joke, pointing. “No, no, everyone thinks it is,” Trump says on cue, before leaning over and pressing it to order some Cokes. “Everyone does get a little nervous when I press that button.”

  23. Carpe Jugulum

    Top 30, yeah baby

  24. Tom

    Memo Doomlord: the latest Ramirez is the equivalent of a liberty quote.

  25. srr

    “Freedom is not a gift of government, freedom is a gift of God.”

    President Trump Speech To NRA – 1:45pm Livestream
    Posted on April 28, 2017 by sundance

    President Trump is in Atlanta today to deliver a speech at the National Rifle Association forum.
    Live Stream Link* – Alternate Live Stream*

    * https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/04/28/president-trump-speech-to-nra-145pm-livestream/

  26. Tom

    Live at the NRA conference in Atlanta, a billion lefty heads explode as Trump pledges he will never infringe the constitutional right of Americans to bear arms.

  27. Tom

    Pic of the day: boys swim with buffalos on a hot afternoon in the Tawi River on the outskirts of Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India. India continues to experience scorching heat as temperatures across much of the country have already breached the 40-degree Celsius mark (WSJ).

  28. srr

    dover_beach
    #2366567, posted on April 29, 2017 at 12:29 am

    In Trump’s First 100 Days, A Dramatic Reduction In Immigration

    #winning

    Yep, over 70%, which is more than the Never-Trumpers/Always Slavers said he could achieve with The Wall, which makes pushing his other big Western Civilization Saving moves harder now and pushing through with The Wall a little later, very smart business [of Serving Humanity]! 🙂

  29. srr

    JC
    #2366604, posted on April 29, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Oh look, look what Lachlan and James have done to themselves. The sheer genius.

    EXCLUSIVE: Advanced Talks Underway For New Conservative Network …
    _____________________________________

    Why does everyone pretend like Rupert and Jerry’s dinner with Donald in Scotland, wasn’t anything special?

    Oh, coz it’s more cool to be near sighted smart arses, than to see the future by reflecting on the past, with the wisdom of age.

  30. srr

    Tom
    #2366609, posted on April 29, 2017 at 4:10 am

    Hahaha. Knight on the overhyped 100 days* (his Steve Bannon in a corker).
    ________________________________________________________

    HAHAHAHAHAHA … HA!

    … and if *that –

    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/723c8dd0185e62abdb1debff9d258e53?width=1024

    IS the impression that ourinsiders and movers and shakers‘ have, Civilisation Is Saved! 🙂 😉

  31. srr

    🙂

    Tom
    #2366611, posted on April 29, 2017 at 4:29 am

    Memo Doomlord: the latest Ramirez* is the equivalent of a liberty quote.
    __________________

    * http://www.michaelpramirez.com/ball–chain.html

    🙂 … can you imagine an American Economy strong enough to lift and fly away that burdensome tax ball and chain?

    My Trumpian mate already has … 😉 … I’ll shut up now … 🙂

  32. srr

    Tom
    #2366613, posted on April 29, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Live at the NRA conference in Atlanta, a billion lefty heads explode as Trump pledges he will never infringe the constitutional right of Americans to bear arms.
    _____________________

    “… Proud to be an American … Now, I have a message for the New York Times, CNN and MSNBC; look, look, I get it, I know you don’t wanna be here; you thought you’d be covering President Hillary Clinton this year. Well sorry about that, you’re not. So get over it, and join the men and women of the National Rifle Association in welcoming the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump!” –

    https://youtu.be/HXKuoND-Ptg?t=5641

  33. srr

    Secretary Rex Tillerson Remarks on North Korea to U.N. Security Council “The Time Has Come”…
    Posted on April 28, 2017 by sundance

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to New York Friday to discuss the ongoing threats by North Korea with the United Nations Security Council. Secretary Tillerson urged all member nations to act “before North Korea does.”

    Video –
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOULhKAxTQQ

    [TRANSCRIPT] – SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, Secretary General, for that most helpful briefing. I shall now make a statement in my capacity as Secretary of State of the United States, and I thank you for the opportunity to address the Security Council.

    According to UN Security Council Resolution 2321, a stated objective of this council is North Korea’s abandonment of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

    For the past 20 years, well-intentioned diplomatic efforts to halt these programs have failed. It is only by first dismantling them that there can be peace, stability, and economic prosperity for all of Northeast Asia.

    Continue reading →
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/04/28/secretary-rex-tillerson-remarks-on-north-korea-to-u-n-security-council-the-time-has-come/

  34. rickw

    Memo Doomlord: the latest Ramirez is the equivalent of a liberty quote

    I know a relatively small operation in a US territory that has one person dedicated to handling regulatory reporting. Each year they churn out 130+ seperate reports which include such bizarre and pointless information as the number of welding rods used.

  35. rickw

    “Freedom is not a gift of government, freedom is a gift of God.”

    I wonder how many Australian Politicians agree with this statement, my guess is that it would be less than 5.

    The rest would question why there was any need for a notions as outdated as Freedom and God, when you have the privilege of living in a National Safety Multicultural LGBT Muslim Child Grooming Super State.

  36. srr

    Bill Mitchell‏Verified account @mitchellvii 3h3 hours ago

    YourVoice™ Spotlight at 3pm ET today!
    @EvanSayet, Author of
    “KinderGarden of Eden: How The Modern Liberal Thinks”

    LIBERALISM DEBUNKED!

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1ZkJzywbzaNGv

  37. Herodotus

    Today’s Fake News Roundup
    Westpac to ban loans to restaurants who use too much salt and sugar in their food.
    Mariqville Council bans smoke detectors which contain radioactive substances.
    Fox News endorses diversity in hirings and opens up its bathrooms to all genders.
    Victorian Government issues guidance paper to all departments: “First, ask what Chavez would have done, then do it”.
    Tasmania to drain all man-made lakes, return to nature, scrap hydro schemes and go completely wind and solar. All tourists to be issued with soft-soled moccasins to avoid damage to national parks.
    Labor and Greens to merge, new name Green Labor.

  38. Herodotus

    UK News That Ought To Be Fake
    Senior lawyers demand difficult and unpopular decisions in order to replace white males in judiciary.
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/28/lawyers-replace-white-males-judiciary/

  39. Peter

    Can we take our next intake of immigrants from the Czech Republic and Hungary? The anti Communist sentiment is strong over here, and the people could teach our youngsters a thing or two.

  40. Herodotus

    “In a powerful speech before the European Parliament Wednesday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán urged leaders of the EU to respect Hungary’s sovereignty and to examine its need for serious structural reform.”
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/28/hungarian-prime-minister-challenges-european-union-fiery-address/

  41. srr

    rickw
    #2366622, posted on April 29, 2017 at 5:35 am

    “Freedom is not a gift of government, freedom is a gift of God.”

    I wonder how many Australian Politicians agree with this statement, my guess is that it would be less than 5.

    The rest would question why there was any need for a notions as outdated as Freedom and God, when you have the privilege of living in a National Safety Multicultural LGBT Muslim Child Grooming Super State.

    ha, politicians; it’s hard enough finding church goers to agree with it, in this age when we’re not free to think about anything (let alone God), without being attacked for ‘the wrong politics‘ of our thinking –
    “The first time you think, is the last time you’re a Democrat [liberal]”

    Evan Sayet, Author of,
    “KinderGarden of Eden: How The Modern Liberal Thinks”

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1ZkJzywbzaNGv

  42. john constantine

    Lot of bulk grain in storage in Australia this year, with a looming mouse plague to attack grain stored on the ground in bunkers and storage bags.

    If all the logistics chain works efficiently, there still isn’t enough capacity to get rid of all the old seasons grain before new seasons rolls in.

    Big financial hits to the unlucky ones that cannot sell their grain in 2017, and have to wait until 2018 to get paid for the year. [if the mice don’t eat the lot, or downgrade it.]

    So the train drivers union goes on strike, goes on go slow, grabs the chance to extort bribes to not be utter bastards.

    Welcome to Australia, nice place you have, pity if something should happen to it……………..

  43. john constantine

    Anybody think there are more grain trucks on victorias crap roads than usual?.

    Train drivers on strike push grain traffic onto the roads, that is all part of the plan.

    Tens of millions of dollars of grain left dumped and stranded for the mouse plague.

    Bring on the robot trains, too soon isn’t quick enough.

  44. srr

    Tweaking Nick’s comments for Western Academia in general-

    Nick DeSenso‏ @NickDeSenso 5h5 hours ago

    The demonization and dehumanization of “white people” is now a virtue in American academia.

    They are laying the seedbed for genocide.
    ..
    Dems[Leftists] throw bricks, urine, and explosives at Trump supporters.

    Maybe bc the media & DNC dehumanized them and painted targets on their backs.

  45. Sparkx

    Lot of bulk grain in storage in Australia this year, with a looming mouse plague to attack grain stored on the ground in bunkers and storage bags.

    Out Goondiwindi way, a couple of years ago, the problem was corellas. They would tear holes in the super heavy duty plastic covering the grain in ground bunkers. Also denuded stands of trees on the river bank. Rumour has it a few locals put out some “special” grain for the marauders.

  46. Eyrie

    Don’t you people ever sleep?
    Self driving trains ought to be a doddle compared to self driving cars.

  47. Sparkx

    There are lots of examples of driver-less trains around the world –

    The Vancouver SkyTrain is the longest automated transit system in the world.
    Barcelona Metro line 9 without train driver.
    London’s Victoria line trains
    AirTrain JFK system.
    Vancouver Skytrain system.
    Rapid KL – Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line

    But we can’t have them here cause ‘wukkas’ or sumfin.

  48. john constantine

    Grain movement was also pushed onto the roads by their yarragrad government decision to cut rail transport on rural grain lines when summer temperatures got into low to mid thirties.

    Big Australia cannot afford to have rail lines that can transport grain in the Mallee summer.

    The unfunded infrastructure liabilities can be kicked further down the road, by shutting train lines in summer, and cutting rural road speed limits to eighty kilometers an hour.

    Social Justice electricity can work if the proles are curfewed to bed at sunset.

    Their Oligarchs have their indulgences 24/7 every day of the year, the proles of Big Australia not so much.

  49. Sparkx

    Social Justice electricity

    Love it. Ten points.

  50. C.L.

    Excellent piece by Gerard Henderson on the facts and statistics of child sexual abuse – and the corrupt royal commission into George Pell. Turns out the nation’s protestant churches are statistically the worst offenders but this has been censored by the media and the commission itself.

  51. JC

    Jeez

    Couples who are getting married should be forced to have a DNA test first to ensure they are not cousins amid growing concern about incest within Pakistani communities, Britain’s first Asian peer has claimed.

    Baroness Flather, a former Tory who now sits as a cross-bencher, said in the House of Lords that it is “absolutely appalling” that first cousin marriages in Pakistani communities are leading to “so much disability among children”.

    She said: “There are a lot of first-cousin marriages in certain communities, particularly among Pakistanis who come from the Pakistani Kashmir area. We know so much about DNA now, but there is so much disability among the children, which is absolutely appalling.

    Why

    . Medical data previously suggested that while British Pakistanis were responsible for 3 per cent of all births, they accounted for 30 per cent of British children born with a genetic illness.

    Where’s Fisk? Fisk, is this a stimulus to the genetic disease units at UK hospitals?

  52. UK News That Ought To Be Fake
    Senior lawyers demand difficult and unpopular decisions in order to replace white males in judiciary.
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/28/lawyers-replace-white-males-judiciary/

    In short – white chick hates white blokes.

  53. Shy Ted

    Malcolm announces grain will be prioritized for Australians. We’re saved.

  54. Dr Faustus

    From Herodotus’ link, @ 6:51:

    The all-party group said “positive action” must be taken to increase the share of women and ethnic minorities in the judiciary, stating: “‘Merit’ can all too easily become a vehicle for unconscious bias.”

    Whereas it is all too impossible that persons selected on the grounds of gender, religion, or skin colour rather than judicial merit could suffer from any form of bias, because perfection.

  55. Gunner, that Piggly sign in the background is s nice touch. Not as good as the rainbow ending in a bottle shop though.

  56. Excellent piece by Gerard Henderson on the facts and statistics of child sexual abuse – and the corrupt royal commission into George Pell. Turns out the nation’s protestant churches are statistically the worst offenders but this has been censored by the media and the commission itself.

    Indeed, the numbers for the Uniting Church are incredible, but since it is a ‘liberal’ church why would the media seek to investigate further?

  57. Shy Ted

    Give Malcolm Turnbull a chance. RENDEZVIEW: CONSERVATIVES have to accept the reality that Malcolm Turnbull is Prime Minister, writes Miranda Devine. And the Daily Telegraph want us to pay to read it. LOL.

  58. Geriatric Mayfly

    While on the topic of that selective Royal Commission. Has Fatty Ashton captured Geo. Pell yet and spirited him to a high security secret location? We have been waiting for a long time to see some action on this front. Meanwhile the accused continues to swan around Rome.

  59. Sparkx

    We know Trumble is PM. Do we like Trumble playing being PM. NO!

  60. Geriatric Mayfly

    Phat Phuk Un fires another fizzer.

  61. Baldrick

    Give Malcolm Turnbull a chance, writes Miranda Devine.

    Devine is Niki Savva, with a facelift.

  62. Infidel Tiger

    Does Henderson have the stats on what percentage was homosexual crime?

  63. C.L.

    It has been 78 days since the corrupt Victoria Police – led by a a commissioner who lied multiple times to a parliamentary committee into child sexual abuse – sent its fraudulent brief against against George Pell to the DPP (for the second time).

  64. Bruce of Newcastle

    CONSERVATIVES have to accept the reality that Malcolm Turnbull is Prime Minister, writes Miranda Devine.

    Counter to that:

    LIB GURU: TURNBULL GOVERNMENT “HATES THEIR OWN”

    This is a government which hates their own constituents. The Liberal Party has lost touch with what it stands for and will be decimated unless it changes tack. Across the next electoral cycle the Liberals will lose power federally and in every state with the exception, perhaps, of Tasmania…

    The Turnbull government has attacked every core constituency, small business, superannuants, pensioners, families with children, all because they have a budget that is out of control.

    All true. Turnbull thinks he has a constituency of soft left voters when actually they’re all going to vote for the ALP and Greens anyway. Meanwhile he’s stabbing what used to be the Lib base in the back with crazy policies like RET and stealing gas from companies while not building coal or nuke plants.

    Maybe Devine and Savva will come to their senses. I doubt it: something about Turnbull clouds the minds of such people so they don’t see reality.

  65. Tom

    On the occasion of one hundred days of global leftoid tantrums destined to last eight years, time for an encore: Hitler reacts to Trump becoming president. (H/T Gunner at 8.12am).

  66. calli

    On Seven reporter Mike Amor (who said he would leave the US if Trump became president) smirkingly laments that Trump has achieved little in the first 100 days “honeymoon period”.

    Sums it all up really.

  67. Tailgunner

    Thanks Tom – the US election was just MADE for use in Downfall parodies!
    😀

  68. Senile Old Guy

    Miranda Devine continues her Turnbull campaign.

    But conservatives have to accept the reality that Turnbull is Prime Minister. He won the election, albeit by one seat. He is the legitimate Liberal leader and he deserves a fair go.

    The Nationals won the election because the ‘one seat’ Devine claims for Turncoat was won by them, from the ALP. And no-one deserves a ‘fair go’ just because they are leader: that’s partisan boosting.

    He also is regarded by Liberal/National voters as the best leader for the Liberal party by more than two to one over Abbott. It’s not the base, but a small and very noisy subset of “delcons” which is growing frustrated, and nasty, as they are thwarted by reality.

    Yes, it’s those nasty ‘delcons’ again. The delcons said Turnbull would destroy the LNP and, as Turnbull destroys the LNP, it is difficult to see how they are ‘thwarted by reality’. Those ‘thwarted by reality’ would be the Turnbull boosters who, oddly, seem to continually be baffled by the failings of their Messiah.

    Foolishly, however, the Prime Minister cited Abbott’s loss of 30 Newspolls in a row as the reason for his overthrow, and so polls now take on a disproportionate significance.

    But for all the Turnbull-haters, who are every bit as venomous as the Abbott-haters, the government is doing OK, on any fair assessment. It’s not setting the world on fire, but it’s now getting legislation through the Senate. Turnbull has kept faith with conservatives with tough border control, and holding the line on the same sex marriage plebiscite. He listened to backbench complaints about Safe Schools, made changes, and won’t continue funding beyond June 30. He has also ensured the refugee intake from Syria and Iraq is three-quarters Christian and Yazidi.

    Hahahahaha!

    The ‘doing OK’ bits seem to be mostly following Abbott’s policies, not Turnbull’s. Turnbull, for instance, we know is in favour of SSM. And border control was, and is, owned by Abbott and Dutton. Turnbull would dump it in a heartbeat if he could.

    Devine’s credibility as a political commentator is dead and buried, along with any hope of the LNP winning the next election.

  69. Nick

    Lol:
    Real Mark Latham @RealMarkLatham
    Here’s an idea: how about I convert to segregationist Islam and disgrace the ANZAC legend. Will get me jobs at ABC, SBS, Turnbull Government

  70. C.L.

    CONSERVATIVES have to accept the reality that Malcolm Turnbull is Prime Minister, writes Miranda Devine

    Oh they do, Miranda. What they don’t accept is that he should stay prime minister.

  71. Bruce of Newcastle

    But for all the Turnbull-haters, who are every bit as venomous as the Abbott-haters, the government is doing OK, on any fair assessment.

    Ah so presiding over “the most serious peacetime issue this country has faced since the depression” whilst making it worse not better is what Miranda thinks is “doing OK on any fair assessment”.

    If that’s “doing OK” I’d hate to know what not doing ok looks like.

    Robert Gottliebsen: a plan to avoid a power crisis (last weekend)

    The national emergency set to be created by the Australian power and energy crisis is only just becoming apparent.

    It is the most serious peacetime issue this country has faced since the depression.

    The commonwealth government has started to tackle gas but they have yet to take action on electricity.

    I have privately consulted with a number of best energy experts in Australia so, with their help, today I want to put forward a three-part solution.

    As I pointed out yesterday, power prices are set to double and gas prices will rise substantially over the next 12 to 18 months. Blackouts in New South Wales and Victoria will take place on hot days when there is no wind (that is usually about 10 — 15 days a year).

    Without action from the government shortages of gas are possible in coming months but are certain for the winters of 2018 and 2019.

    He’s correct about the crisis but just as wrong as Turnbull about what to do about it. Gottliebsen has drunk the climate Kool Aid too.

    We are so screwed.

  72. lotocoti

    Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason?
    Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.

    One of Preznit Dreamboat’s legacies isn’t looking too flash.

  73. C.L.

    Um, OK. More feminism like this please:

    ABC Online: Meet the women stamping out sexism in Canberra’s hospitality scene.

    The all-female “takeover” of Canberra’s Bar Rochford, to be held this weekend, exclusively features women in the kitchen, behind the bar and serving customers at tables.

    That’ll show men.

    The woman who came up with this revolutionary servitude wants rudeness banned in bars.
    Seriously:

    Ms Stevens said her idea of an event to showcase women’s talents in the hospitality scene stemmed from her own experiences as a cocktail bartender.

    “If you’re a woman in a bar, it gets to the point where you’re either considered one of the boys and laugh at the inappropriate comments that are made or you’re considered someone who can’t take a joke and told that you’re a prude,” she said.

    “You basically have to grin and bear it or leave.

    “The culture is really slow to change but I think it’s important to have women in leadership positions so that behaviour is less acceptable.”

  74. Notafan

    The Dutch ‘Illuminati’ Anne was spruiking a couple of days ago was himself spruiking a bank start up in 2015.

    Funny how someone claiming to be involved in an oh so vague satanic cult and resigning because he didn’t care to perform a human sacrifice doesn’t appear to have made the slightest effort to take his concerns to the police for years but instead is out there doing ‘don’t trust evil banks with your money trust me’ seminars

    Not to mention that you’d think a fair dinkum baby killing satanic cult of between 8000 and 8500 of the world’s richest and most influential people would know how to shut nobody foot soldier people up.

    I been they would only have to turn up at one of the dude’s seminars. Only 50 seats available!

    Poor Ronald, one minute shovelling Iraqi cash out of the back of trucks in German bank basements to practically running the entire Illuminati venture of trillions to speaking at €15 seminars for 50 folk.

    The only people who take this stuff seriously are the extremely gullible and the extremely malicious.

    Is this the catholic satanic cult shy srr was referring to?

    Credibility zero.

    If it’s trolling, lamer than test pattern and monty combined.


    Ronald Bernard in Dutch 2015

    https://irmaschiffers2014.wordpress.com/tag/ronald-bernard/
    Another link on joyful b bank

  75. Hydra

    The all-female “takeover” of Canberra’s Bar Rochford, to be held this weekend, exclusively features women in the kitchen, behind the bar and serving customers at tables.

    Is this even legal?

  76. Infidel Tiger

    The all-female “takeover” of Canberra’s Bar Rochford, to be held this weekend, exclusively features women in the kitchen, behind the bar and serving customers at tables.

    They should get some topless barmaids too.

  77. calli

    “If you’re a woman in a bar, it gets to the point where you’re either considered one of the boys and laugh at the inappropriate comments that are made or you’re considered someone who can’t take a joke and told that you’re a prude,” she said.

    On my list of most hated weasel words.

  78. C.L.

    North Korea’s latest scary missile launch may have killed a sun-bathing turtle when it crash-landed.

  79. Tailgunner
    #2366658, posted on April 29, 2017 at 9:05 am
    Skinny Monty beclowns himself @Darling Harbour.
    antifa can’t take a trick at the moment!

    Ezra Levant and Rebel Media in Australia?
    We have a non-violent Antifa interviewee whose lack of logic is breathtaking and whose anti-white and anti-job policy beggars belief. He is white and has a job.
    The most important issue – Does Ezra wear chinos?

  80. Bruce of Newcastle

    The all-female “takeover” of Canberra’s Bar Rochford, to be held this weekend, exclusively features women in the kitchen, behind the bar and serving customers at tables.

    To serve man?

  81. jonesy

    Let it be known…the only reason that the Malcolm is PM is because Denial Andrews couldn’t control his UFU buddies. They totally fecked up a careful plan to get Electricity Bill to take the poison chalice with an openly hostile conservative senate making sure he and the liars party wore every bit of the last ten years of disaster. In order to save the Liberals we have to destroy them!

  82. Nick

    If you’re a woman in a bar, it gets to the point where you’re either considered one of the boys and laugh at the inappropriate comments that are made or you’re considered someone who can’t take a joke and told that you’re a prude,” she said.

    This kind of misandry and stereotyping isn’t helpful at all. Does she really think that women out on a night out are angels? Spare me the double standards.

  83. Bruce in WA

    Segued into the top 100.

  84. Nick

    The all-female “takeover” of Canberra’s Bar Rochford, to be held this weekend, exclusively features women in the kitchen, behind the bar and serving customers at tables.

    That’ll show em, lol. The hand that washes the dishes controls the world.

  85. Geriatric Mayfly

    In most countries rocket science is up there with brain surgery. In North Korea, it seems there are a few who cannot even read a slide rule and will have to be euthanised. Or does ‘purged’ sound more humane?

  86. cohenite

    Places to avoid in Australia:
    1 Footscray.

  87. Bruce of Newcastle

    Little green fish doesn’t know what water is, and completely fails to see all the flying birds…

    Xenophon wants traditional media protected from ‘cannibals’

    Key Senate crossbencher Nick Xenophon says the Turnbull governmen­t must include measures dealing with the “existential threat” Facebook and Google pose to traditional media companies if it wants to get its media reform package through the ­Senate.

    Senator Xenophon said the $232 million half-yearly loss ­reported by the Ten Network on Thursday was indicative of how traditional media companies were struggling in an environment where their content and more than $3 billion in advertising revenu­e were being “cannibalised” by web firms.

    Odd how traditional media groups like the Daily Terror and the Hun seem to be doing pretty well, and Breitbart is rollicking along.

    Maybe it’s only the lefty media groups who are being cannibalized by other lefty groups like Facechook, Google and the ABC…?

    Maybe there’s a message in it, Mr Xenophon, that trying to sell oodles of green fake news and stupid SJW shows doesn’t work so well?

  88. Top Ender

    Little bit of investigative journalism:

    Speeches delivered by Muslim ­activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied during her taxpayer-funded tour of the Middle East and Africa ­did not include any mention of the oppression of women in the countries she visited.

    The ABC employee’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-sponsored book tour late last year took her to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, the West Bank, Israel, Egypt and Sudan.

    DFAT has confirmed in a ­response to questions on notice from Tasmanian Liberal senator Eric Abetz that Ms Abdel-Magied did not speak out against practices such as female genital mutilation and the death penalty, which occur in some of the countries she visited. The department also confirmed that the $11,485 bill for Ms Abdel-Magied’s trip included $3246.20 for travel, $4605.87 for accommodation and $3632.93 for “incidentals”.

    In Sudan, more than 90 per cent of women undergo forced genital mutilation, forced marriage is permissible, and polygamy is permissible for men. In Saudi Arabia women are flogged and stoned for adultery and not permitted to drive or leave the home without wearing the abaya, a sleeveless, full-body covering.

    In the United Arab Emirates, women require the permission of a male relative to remarry, while in Qatar marital rape is not a crime.

    During a Senate estimates session on March 2, Senator Abetz asked DFAT secretary Frances Adamson and first assistant secretary Rob Tranter whether Ms Abdel-Magied “spoke against the death penalty or spoke against ­female genital mutilation at any stage or, indeed, the oppression of women at any stage in some of these countries”.

    In a response published on DFAT’s website, the department responded “no”, adding: “Ms Abdel-Magied promoted Australia as a destination for investment and education and helped broaden knowledge and understanding of Australia’s modern, open, ­diverse and inclusive society.”

    “She also promoted the role of women in male-dominated industries such as science, technology and engineering, drawing on her background as a mechanical engineer.”

    Ms Abdel-Magied’s Anzac Day Facebook post: “LEST. WE. FORGET. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine …)”, which she subsequently deleted and apologised for, prompted calls for her sacking as host of the weekly Australia Wide ABC TV program and as a board member on the taxpayer-funded Council for Australian-Arab Relations, run by DFAT.

    The activist’s tour was intended to promote her book, Yassmin’s Story.

    Oz link

  89. Libby Zee

    western Sydney emerges as a challenger for country Victoria’s bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Games

    With the 2000 Olympics built facilities already available at Homebush and other parts of greater western Sydney it would be better to concentrate on getting the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Just refurbish the existing infrastructure and leave the 2030 Games to country Victoria.

  90. Nick

    Speeches delivered by Muslim ­activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied during her taxpayer-funded tour of the Middle East and Africa ­did not include any mention of the oppression of women in the countries she visited.

    I can’t see the surprise when she and many others don’t even speak out about it here, a safe place to do so.

  91. Infidel Tiger

    Australia should never ever bid for an Olympics, commonwealth games or World Cup. They are financial blackholes.

  92. Snoopy

    Australia should never ever bid for an Olympics, commonwealth games or World Cup. They are financial blackholes.

    We must direct our efforts to seats on the Security Council and the UNHRC.

  93. Nick

    Australia should never ever bid for an Olympics, commonwealth games or World Cup. They are financial blackholes.

    The off the record word is the reason why no infrastructure was built in Sydney until now, was because the State Government was still paying for the Olympics.

  94. Eyrie

    You forgot to mention corrupt, IT.

  95. Eyrie

    No stupid Car races either.

  96. Tom

    Maybe it’s only the lefty media groups who are being cannibalized by other lefty groups like Facechook, Google and the ABC…?

    Maybe there’s a message in it, Mr Xenophon, that trying to sell oodles of green fake news and stupid SJW shows doesn’t work so well?

    Fact check: true.

    It’s a structural problem: lefties in the news meeja are interested only in framing narratives that support the prejudices of the lunatic fringe — not the public interest stories that the masses are interested in and will pay to read, see or hear.

    For example, the reason the Ten Network bleeding cash is that it’s tailoring its programming for the chic, young, relatively poor leftist lunatic fringe — the Death Valley of demographics for commercial media served primarily by Fakefacts and Their ABC and SBS, via our $1.5 billion annual subsidy.

    That’s the demographic Zylophone’s freelance greens party panders to.

  97. alexnoaholdmate

    From the old thread:

    “Poor JC, whipped more often than a red-headed stepchild, and it is he who is doing the whipping!
    I think the word used for dudes like him is “massacre-ist” or something.”

    Guys, I don’t condone JC’s over-the-top aggressive attacks at all.

    But don’t think for one second you’ve ever whipped him. Ever.

    He owns you, and he’s set up shop inside your heads – every tme he shows up there’s a posse of you that come scrambling along together to hold hands and try to face him down.

    Poorly.

    (Checks to make sure cat has been properly released into pigeon aviary)

  98. Nick

    Chinese giants Guangzhou Evergrande will be disciplined after a banner slamming “British dogs” was unfurled by fans during a game in Hong Kong, Asia’s football governing body said Thursday.

    The anti-independence banner, which said “Annihilate British dogs, destroy HK independence poison” in Chinese, was held up during Evergrande’s 6-0 AFC Champions League win over Hong Kong’s Eastern on Tuesday.

  99. I’m sorry, but Yassmin is the spitting image of Chad Morgan. Just with darker skin.

    I have to assume he once did a tour in the Sudan…

  100. Carpe Jugulum

    I’m sorry, but Yassmin is the spitting image of Chad Morgan. Just with darker skin.

    With better dentition

  101. Gab

    There’s a police app you can use to dob in someone swearing at an AFL match. The police will immediately swoop down and “investigate” the alleged swearer. Beacause all crime has stopped in Melbourne, no breakins or car jackings etc so police resources are now focussed on nabbing people – with the aid of dibber dobbers – who cuss in public

  102. Infidel Tiger

    Poor old Yassmin. She’s had a rough week, but I’m confident it won’t hurt her Melbourne Cup campaign.

  103. Tom

    Tucker Carlson just had a frightbat on Fox News arguing that breastfeeding should be discouraged because it encourages gender roles. FMD.

  104. Rabz

    did not include any mention of the oppression of women in the countries she visited

    LOL. The late great Bleak may have made mention of it though.

  105. Fisky

    Ted Talks are an embarrassing forum for the propagation of Always Wrong (for some reason their speakers are all balding middle-aged guys trying to dress like Steve Jobs – what’s with that?), so it’s not surprising that Ivanka is spruiking them.

    Ivanka Trump‏Verified account
    @IvankaTrump

    Following
    More
    One of my favorite inspirational speakers @simonsinek teaches us the power of asking the simple question – ‘Why?’

  106. Nick

    Tucker Carlson just had a frightbat on Fox News arguing that breastfeeding should be discouraged because it encourages gender roles. FMD.

    I once asked a girl volunteer at a rescue hound agency what breed a dog was, only to be told ‘oh, we don’t like to breed label’.

    FFS, it makes a big difference if you have kids for example knowing the breed and its characteristics.

  107. Rabz

    Recent controversial events on Manus island reminded me of what is missing from Yassim Abdul McDweeb’s turban – lots and lots of fruit, especially bananas.

    She needs to go the full Carmen Miranda.

  108. And, on this thoroughly ordinary London afternoon, all of them were wearing f**ing fluorescent high-viz jackets.
    I’ve been out of Australia for 2 years, but has this custom been adopted yet? I would hate to think Australia was falling behind in the insane nanny stakes.

    Scene: Airstrip of a remote outback cattle station.
    Props: Royal Flying Doctor aircraft.
    Action: Pilot does a walk-around of the aircraft in preparation for take-off.
    Costume: Pilot uniform, covered in a high-viz vest.

  109. Guys, I don’t condone JC’s over-the-top aggressive attacks at all.
    But don’t think for one second you’ve ever whipped him. Ever.
    He owns you, and he’s set up shop inside your heads – every tme he shows up there’s a posse of you that come scrambling along together to hold hands and try to face him down.

    Don’t be stupid all your life.

  110. Rabz

    it makes a big difference if you have kids for example knowing the breed and its characteristics

    “Categorisation is the basis of cognition”.

  111. There’s a police app you can use to dob in someone swearing at an AFL match

    speechless.

  112. thefrollickingmole

    How much acid did Pillger drop back in the 60’s?

    (letter in the gruinaid)

    We note the growing concern across Latin America that elements of the right wing within Venezuela have called again for the ousting of the elected president, Nicolás Maduro – including overt calls on the military to oust the president – before the constitutional end of his term (Editorial, 26 April). This follows the US decision to renew sanctions against Venezuela. With Donald Trump attacking Venezuela during his election campaign, there is great concern that he may step up intervention aimed at regime change. We call for respect for Venezuela’s national sovereignty and an end to such interventions.
    John Pilger, Richard Gott, Andy de la Tour, Michael Mansfield QC, John Hendy QC, Judith Amanthis, Dr Julie Hearn, Dr Hazel Marsh, Professor Frank Land, Salma Yaqoob

    Just how shithouse does life have to get in how many different countries before the stinking corpse of socialism is finaly cremated?

  113. Zatara

    Ezra Levant and Rebel Media in Australia?
    We have a non-violent Antifa interviewee whose lack of logic is breathtaking and whose anti-white and anti-job policy beggars belief. He is white and has a job.

    Did you catch gawky antifa geek’s last desperate line?

    “Look. As a member of antifa I am high up and I’m going to make sure Rebel Media does not come to Australia”

    ….. as he hastily retreats stage left .

    Ezra couldn’t have written a better ending.

  114. Top Ender

    I read some time ago that Australia has one of the worst drug taking problems in the world.

    Maybe with this we can go for first place?

    ACT government considers pill-testing trial for music festivals with new working group

    The ACT government could be a step closer to allowing pill-testing at music festivals as it rounds up a working group to consider a controversial proposal.

  115. Atoms for Peace

    A bar in a Canberra? Best one is the departure lounge.

  116. Marcus Classis

    Scratch a ‘progressive socialist’, find a rockspider.

    This also works at the BBC, ABC and for the senior membership of the ALP.

  117. Bruce of Newcastle

    A couple of things out of the deadtree Weekend Oz Aaarrrrtzzz Section.

    First they’ve replaced uberlefty TV guy Graeme Blundell with much more balanced Eddie Cockrell. Graeame would always recommend only unwatchable ABC, SBS and Ten boilerplate, but Eddie this week is fifty fifty, with a couple ABC, a couple SBS, a Ten and the rest 7 and 9. Even the ABC, SBS and Ten ones are actually interesting.

    So that was encouraging. Then I read this book review.

    Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life

    Looks fascinating, and the review is a fine review.
    I’ll just let you read it first then look at who the reviewer is.
    Maybe there’s some hope for him after all.

    On the other hand the Aaarrrrzzz Section probably will return to its usual wall-to-wall leftiness next week.

  118. Nick

    Actually TE, that’s not entirely true. While JQ aren’t great, the methodology used can’t exactly equate them to being the worst in the world. Choice are on the right track but are pretty loose.

  119. incoherent rambler

    Meanwhile he’s stabbing what used to be the Lib base in the back with crazy policies like RET and stealing gas from companies while not building coal or nuke plants.

    Good moonin’ all.

    Is Mick Trumble still PM?

    Lysenkoism now rules Australia. Electricity generation is the equivalent to soviet tractor production.
    Tass – Our wonderful state sponsored generators (wind/solar) continue to generate more electricity than we could possibly ever want at cheapest price in the world. Making Australian citizens sooo wealthy.

    But there is work still to be done. There are still some coal fired electricity generators churning out electricity 24 x 7 x 365 at 3c per kwh that must be replaced by the peoples chosen power source. If these plants continue to operate (despite government threats and taxes) then the state will use dynamite to solve the problem.

  120. Geriatric Mayfly

    It’s the only question three year olds ever ask. Drives one to drink.

    One of my favorite inspirational speakers @simonsinek teaches us the power of asking the simple question – ‘Why?’

  121. Roger

    Excellent piece by Gerard Henderson on the facts and statistics of child sexual abuse – and the corrupt royal commission into George Pell. Turns out the nation’s protestant churches are statistically the worst offenders but this has been censored by the media and the commission itself.

    Not to mention the Commission’s own lack of curiosity about child abuse in Islam. They have held just three private interviews in regard to allegations of child sexual abuse in Islamic institutions and will not be conducting any more.

  122. val majkus

    If Labor wins the next election all those trucks are going to be driven by TWU members:

    If Labor is elected it is all over for tens of thousands of owner-drivers across Australia.

    Bill Shorten has today sent a clear message to the tens of thousands of owner-drivers across Australia that if a Labor Government is elected, it will re-introduce the Road Safety Remuneration System, deliberately putting small business operators out of work.

    Mr Shorten has today confirmed that he will acquiesce to the demands of the Transport Workers Union and re-establish the same ‘safe rates’ that nearly drove mum and dad small businesses across Australia to the wall in April. This extraordinary move only serves to further highlight how beholden Bill Shorten is to the union movement.

    Mr Shorten’s commitment ignores the fact that there is no tangible evidence that demonstrates that there is any link to remuneration in the trucking industry and safety, and no evidence that owner drivers are less safe than employee truck drivers. The TWU’s entire basis for the RSRT was based on a falsehood, yet Mr Shorten unquestioningly adopts the TWU’s position.

    This month the Coalition Government moved swiftly to introduce and pass legislation through the Parliament to abolish the Road Safety Remuneration System after it became apparent that the Tribunal’s Payment Order was forcing owner-drivers out of business – just as the TWU had always wanted. There was nothing safe and nothing fair and about the Road Safety Remuneration System.

    Yet despite the overwhelming support for the abolition of the System, and in the face of desperate requests by owner-drivers for the Labor Party to see sense, Mr Shorten has again sided with the TWU and promised that he will oversee thousands of job losses and small business bankruptcies just to keep the union happy.

    While union membership in Australia continues to decline rapidly, union influence over the Labor Party is increasing.

    There is a significant risk to Australia’s national interest when policy positions adopted by the Labor Party are formed on the basis of whether a particular union boss considers them necessary to increase their power and membership.

    The ALP’s opposition to the Australian Building and Construction Commission is not based on anything other than the CFMEU’s power over the Labor Party and the millions of dollars it provides to it.

    As the both the RSRT and ABCC show, Bill Shorten’s position as a willing puppet of the union movement is to the profound detriment of the interests of hard working Australians.

    Bill Shorten will always put the union bosses, rather than the Australian people, first.

    The only way to ensure the viability of the trucking industry and to protect owner-drivers from economic devastation is to reject the Labor Party at the next election and in doing so ensure that the Road Safety Remuneration System remains confined to history.

  123. incoherent rambler

    Jetstar is rated the worst airline in the world.

    I have been saying that for some time.
    Every flight on Jetstar is a flight to/from hell.

  124. Notafan

    Yassmin probably spoke to a total of 100 people in all seven countries, tops.

    You can bet this crowd of Sudanese will be signing up multi million dollar contracts any day now.

    Cousins?


    Yammie and her adoring fans.

  125. Robber Baron

    According to freedom of the press index, Reporters without Borders, Australia’s press has become even more free. Yes, it’s true! Read for yourself. Australia has jumped from 25 to 19 all in the space of a re-elected Turnbull Government. Sinc, take note…some evidence of potential greatness revealed.

  126. Fisky

    Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek finance minister, explains why negotiating with the EU is a complete waste of time for Theresa May.

    There are lessons for Brexit in this sad saga. Prof Varoufakis, a specialist on economic “Game Theory”, says Britain must not let itself be captured by the EU’s negotiating net.

    If the UK succumbs to that fate, it will be beaten down by one humiliating defeat after another in a slow campaign of attrition. The EU will exploit Britain’s political divisions, playing off regions and parties against each other.

    “My advice to Theresa May is to avoid negotiation at all costs. If she doesn’t do that she will fall into the trap of Alexis Tsipras, and it will end in capitulation,” he told The Telegraph.

    Theresa May mustn’t negotiate with these people at all. Just pretend to negotiate for 2 years and then cut ties.

  127. Tom

    Scratch a ‘progressive socialist’, find a rockspider.

    Wow.

    Compulsory reading.

  128. Senile Old Guy

    Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life

    Looks fascinating, and the review is a fine review.

    Thanks. Very interesting.

  129. incoherent rambler

    I have a question for Bruce of Newcastle.

    Has anyone calculated the amount of CO2 produced by green policy induced bushfires in VIC and NSW? Although nothing much happened in this hottest summer evah, the total tonnage of material that is oxidized on a Black xxxday must be enormous.

  130. John64

    Tim Blair has posted a quite magnificent three sentence riposte to Clammy Ford’s lengthy opinion piece in defence of Yassmin Abdel-Magied published in Fewfacts:

    “I have no doubt,” writes Fairfax’s Clementine Ford, “that there are people in this country who would quite happily line up to watch women like Abdel-Magied dragged into the street to be stripped, whipped and stoned to death.”

    Sadly, Clementine is right. Just as certainly, there are people in this country who would quite happily line up to watch women like Ford dragged into the street to be stripped, whipped and stoned to death.

    Australia has way too many female-hating fundamentalist Muslims.

  131. incoherent rambler

    Suggested citizenship question –

    Name the woman in the photo at this link.

  132. calli

    Jetstar is rated the worst airline in the world.

    Rubbish. They haven’t assaulted passengers or killed the Easter Bunny yet.

    Low achievers.

  133. thefrollickingmole

    val majkus

    Time to buy Toll shares.
    No capitalism like crony capitalism.

    Bruce of Newcastle

    I was reading an article similar to that one where they thought the main reason occkies werent more dominant underwater was their short lifespans.
    Like having everyone breed at 13 and die by 14 years old…

  134. Snoopy

    Anyone who claims Jetstar is the world’s worst airline hasn’t flown Aerolineas Argentinas.

  135. Roger

    Theresa May mustn’t negotiate with these people at all. Just pretend to negotiate for 2 years and then cut ties.
    The problem is that the UK desperately needs access to the European single market, which will be denied them unless and until they sign up for the worst possible financial settlement Merkel et. al. can inflict on them. Failing that some British businesses have already indicated they will relocate to EU countries. It’s a diabolical situation. The best thing for the UK would be for the EU itself to fall apart. Unfortunately May doesn’t yet realise that.

  136. cohenite

    incoherent rambler

    #2366730, posted on April 29, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I have a question for Bruce of Newcastle.

    Has anyone calculated the amount of CO2 produced by green policy induced bushfires in VIC and NSW? Although nothing much happened in this hottest summer evah, the total tonnage of material that is oxidized on a Black xxxday must be enormous.

    The biggest man-made source of CO2 was Obama as he kissed goodbye to Kuwait leaving over 500 burning oil wells which were not put out for over 3 years.

    Every year the burning off in Indonesia and the Amazon for agricultural purposes, a lot of which is for palm oil and green biofuel, rates very highly.

    Figure 7.3 from the IPCC purports to give both natural and human emissions of CO2:

    http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg1/en/figure-7-3.html

    However LUC is wrong; it is at worst neutral and probably a sink rather than a source of emissions because the plants cut down are mature and suck down less CO2 than the quick growing crops which replace them.

  137. cohenite

    The biggest man-made source of CO2 was Obama as he kissed goodbye to Kuwait leaving over 500 burning oil wells which were not put out for over 3 years.

    That should be saddam not Obama.

  138. Snoopy

    Mr Shorten has today confirmed that he will acquiesce to the demands of the Transport Workers Union and re-establish the same ‘safe rates’ that nearly drove mum and dad small businesses across Australia to the wall in April.

    This demonstrates perfectly the folly of voting ALP or Greens in the HOR to teach Trumbell a lesson.

  139. incoherent rambler

    That should be saddam not Obama.

    An easy mistake to make.

  140. Geriatric Mayfly

    Damn! Lost track of the article, but Baroness Somethingoranother goes public on first cousin marriages amongst the bearded and the bagged. Of course, no one will take any notice as it is a trigger topic and a stampede for the safe spaces may lead to harmful situations. But the ensuing birth defects, both in the home countries and now in Britain, are cause for much concern by the Baroness. The strain on the NHS is never divulged, nor the onus on the State when such offspring are rejected by the tribe.

  141. Mr Shorten has today confirmed that he will acquiesce to the demands of the Transport Workers Union and re-establish the same ‘safe rates’ that nearly drove mum and dad small businesses across Australia to the wall in April.

    This demonstrates perfectly the folly of voting ALP or Greens in the HOR to teach Trumbell a lesson.

    Hence the votes for Shooters, Pauline Hanson, Katter, Xenophon, Palmer, whoever.

  142. calli

    Mayfly, it’s quite an old story from 2015. Has it been rehashed because “irritants”?

  143. Roger

    Damn! Lost track of the article, but Baroness Somethingoranother goes public on first cousin marriages

    Here you go, GM.

  144. IR;
    Just assume that anything a Socialist government does, returns it to shit and there’s your answer.
    Delayed burning means that fire is hotter, kills more animals, destroys more seed, and so on.
    Greens are evil.

  145. Roger

    Note no British Muslim is reported as attempting to rebut her claims…just “bigotry”.

  146. I hope this bloke at Breitbart is correct.

    According to French physicist Serge Galam, a victory for populist anti-mass migration presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is entirely possible due to a phenomenon known as differentiated abstention.
    Professor Galam, who works as a research director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), says the science proves the possibility of a Le Pen victory, SFR reports.

    “Differentiated abstention” is the key, according to Galam, who defined the term as: “The gap between the vote intention declared in the polls and the actual vote.”

  147. calli

    Her chief critic was Lord Sheik. LOL

  148. incoherent rambler

    Mr Shorten has today confirmed that he will acquiesce to the demands of the Transport Workers Union and re-establish the same ‘safe rates’ that nearly drove mum and dad small businesses across Australia to the wall in April.

    This demonstrates perfectly the folly of voting ALP or Greens in the HOR to teach Trumbell a lesson.

    You miss the point.

    The shorten policy under normal circumstances would be rejected by enough voters to ensure that the ALP would never achieve government.

    However, the SFL (Stupid.Fscking.Liberals) have as their leader someone who is even more on the nose than one of shorten’s policies. Add to that booming energy prices (the Federalis will be blamed), collapsing job market, superannuation theft, muesli problems and host of other things that annoys the occasional SFL voter, and voila we have an unelectable party. The remaining federal SFL will fit in a commuter bus after the next election.

  149. Geriatric Mayfly

    Thanks Calla & Roger. Because I read it THIS morning, I assumed it must be topical news. Unless the Baroness has had another rush of blood.

  150. C.L.

    The problem is that the UK desperately needs access to the European single market, which will be denied them unless and until they sign up for the worst possible financial settlement Merkel et. al. can inflict on them. Failing that some British businesses have already indicated they will relocate to EU countries. It’s a diabolical situation. The best thing for the UK would be for the EU itself to fall apart.

    Indeed.

  151. Got it in one, IR.
    All we can do now is batten the hatches, save the furniture and hope like hell to weather the storm, avoid all cliches, and pray.

  152. John constantine

    Their Australian big truck crony oligarchy will get their money’s worth out of the shorten foundation government.

    Ruin the owner drivers, then charge rates that enable the robot trucks to replace the Apex predators on community release that currently do the steering wheel holding training courses.

  153. C.L.

    I could never find it within me to hate Alan Bond. I sympathise with his family, angry about the fictitious “bio-pic” on Nine last week (which was a ratings bomb).

  154. ian3029

    Mr Shorten has today confirmed that he will acquiesce to the demands of the Transport Workers Union”

    While I don’t douby he will, that article was written by Michalea Cash on Friday 29 April 2016.

  155. Roger

    The gap between the vote intention declared in the polls and the actual vote.

    Sort of like the Bradley Effect.

    Voters may tell pollsters they intend to vote for Macron because they don’t want to openly associate themselves with Le Pen, but in the privacy of the voting booth deeper sentiments come to the fore.

  156. Tom

    “Differentiated abstention”

    Popularly known as the shy Tory phenomenon.

  157. CL, I decided not to watch the Alan Bond mini-series because the trailers all focused on his womanising.
    His business career was going to be a side show.

  158. incoherent rambler

    …but in the privacy of the voting booth deeper sentiments come to the fore.

    That is why we have helpers in nursing homes assisting the aged and infirm to ensure they make the correct choice.

  159. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I could never find it within me to hate Alan Bond. I sympathise with his family, angry about the fictitious “bio-pic” on Nine last week (which was a ratings bomb).

    As a former Bell Group shareholder, I have no difficulty whatsoever in hating the thieving prick – his family, by the way blew millions of dollars of Bell Group money on designer clothes and jewellery, so I don’t have much sympathy for them, either.

  160. The funniest moment of the week surely goes to American university students on their hunger strike.
    They eat when hungry.
    Gotta be some laughs in that for next 5 years.

  161. srr

    O.K. sports fans, particularly those who have played team sports or enjoyed watching the building of the League and Game Changing, Melbourne Storm* 😉 🙂 – how do you not see Trump’s Political and Social Boot Camp, for bringing a new, league and game changing, champion team, into the world’s game of life?

    It’s still pre-season (thank God), and lots of new players need to be trained up, not just in active skills, but more importantly, in mental and spiritual strength, endurance and will to power through the most daunting odds against success.

    From the first time anyone asked Trump to run (decades ago), there hasn’t been a day when someone hasn’t thrown their arms up in despair and disgust of him letting them down, only to find that while they were wailing and flailing, he was continuing to make good, solid ground, and not simply in scoring points, but also more importantly, in making the whole team stronger and harder to predict and plan successful counter plays against.

    He isn’t only playing for a game, or a season, but the world record of all time.

    And training a whole world of players to be a part of that greatness involves a lot of tempering of frustrations of the more naturally skilled players, as well as a lot of knocking down and hardening up of the softer souls, so that no matter how often they get knocked down, they get up, again and again and again and … WIN, Bigly! 😉 🙂

    * also a Murdoch baby that Murdoch ‘let down‘ and ‘knocked down‘ in their early building up. Great win after great win, we had to scour Murdoch Press for any hint of kind word about them, and if you relied on any positive media promotion of our Victorian team, Storm, to justify sticking with them, well, they wouldn’t have had a fan through any of their many finals appearances or Grand Final Wins 😉 … and yes Queensland, your gratitude to us for your Melbourne Storm era State of Origin successes, is appreciated 🙂 😉

  162. C.L.

    In the week that saw Scott Morrison shift debt around, definitionally, and allot it here and there to fool the shareholders (us), I actually laugh at the relative triviality of Bond’s misuse of Bell Resources. If he could be jailed for that, every Treasurer for the last 50 years should have done porridge. At least Bond built some stuff, won the America’s Cup (creating a knock-on windfall for the country) and died having made a new mega-fortune in African mining.

  163. incoherent rambler

    Metadata laws are a wonderful example of government idiocy.

    An individual or organization who does not want to be monitored by the government law enforcement agencies will use a logless VPN for all internet traffic and VOIP application for voice calls (this is common amongst state government departments). The only thing an investigator would possibly glean from a so protected communicator is that their target was using the internet (and in some cases, from where). In most cases, no indication of content, location, when or who they are communicating with.
    Whereas, for the normal phone/internet user; the content, location, time and who you are communicating with is apparent.

    Hence the bad guy and/or privacy obsessed will choose to use VPN and VOIP (who are probably already doing this anyway).

    So why bother with the metadata legislation? It only serves to monitor the innocent and stupid criminals.

  164. Bruce of Newcastle

    Incoherent rambler – I couldn’t tell you what the difference between the Green holocaust theory of forest management and sane forest management would be like in CO2 emissions.

    Cohenite’s comment on clearing in Indo and elsewhere for biofuel plantations is a good one. The palm oil plantations are sparse in biomass compared to the tall jungle they replace. I suspect the palm oil for biodiesel which is produced from them is a small fraction of the plant mass burnt off to clear the land for the plantations. Then there’s the biodiversity loss.

    Another example of Green hypocrisy, as if we need any more of them.

  165. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I actually laugh at the relative triviality of Bond’s misuse of Bell Resources.

    The theft of a cool billion and a half of someone else’s money is ‘relatively trivial” and “misuse?

  166. Fisky

    The problem is that the UK desperately needs access to the European single market, which will be denied them unless and until they sign up for the worst possible financial settlement Merkel et. al. can inflict on them. Failing that some British businesses have already indicated they will relocate to EU countries. It’s a diabolical situation. The best thing for the UK would be for the EU itself to fall apart. Unfortunately May doesn’t yet realise that.

    The only thing on offer from Merkel will be this: the UK will have access to the single market, so long as they accept open borders and pay the EU (Germany) $100 billion.

    That is the deal. May can either accept it or walk away. If she accepts this pile of garbage, the UK will destroy it’s credibility and negotiating power for a generation. If she doesn’t accept it, Britain might lose a couple of points in GDP. Which means nothing over the long run.

  167. Roger

    So why bother with the metadata legislation? It only serves to monitor the innocent…

    Bingo!

  168. Fisky

    May needs to prepare a massive tax cut and deregulation package for Brexit. That can be part of her “negotiating” strategy – UK taxes will go down to half of the EU’s.

  169. egg_

    Key Senate crossbencher Nick Xenophon says the Turnbull governmen­t must include measures dealing with the “existential threat” Facebook and Google pose to traditional media companies if it wants to get its media reform package through the ­Senate.

    Another Greek ‘Economist’; saving Ten, Pfft!

  170. Fisky

    The EU could fall apart if Russia invaded one of their countries and got away with it.

  171. Nick

    “The theft of a cool billion and a half of someone else’s money is ‘relatively trivial” and “misuse?”

    I agree. As a shareholder, lets just say I hope he rots in hell.

  172. Dr Fred Lenin

    Just read yesterday the Chinese government has banned Islamic names for new babies in Xingiang which has about ten million Uighers ,a Turkmen Islamic people . Ther are 29 names on the list ,including Mohammed and derivations on that name .,any child bearing a banned name will recieve no government benefit ,school. Hospitals etc . They are Changing . Mid East place names with Uighur and Han Chinese names . Moves are afoot to remove minarets and domes from mosques . These draconian steps are being because the Uighers are becoming infected with the lone wolf syndrome as the left has named Islamic rerrorism . Not only do the Chinese kill are ed terrorists and excecute those capturesd. they are attacking the cause of it. Islam . I suppose we in the west will have to copy this solution if we ever get leaders with the guts to defend western civilisation .wonder what happens tomoslem hate preachers in China ? They would have a very interesting life I imagine .

  173. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I agree. As a shareholder, lets just say I hope he rots in hell.

    Indeed. As another shareholder, I expressed my free and uncensored opinion upthread, and the comment is in moderation. There were at least two, and possibly four suicides as a result of that “misuse”, and yes, I hope he rots in Hell.

  174. Geriatric Mayfly

    Commissioned shortly after the Big Bang, the old Simpson washing machine, has been throwing a hissy. The waste water pump springs a leak. Much poking about reveals several small nails and screws inside pump, welded together with rust. Memo to self: Check pockets before placing clothes in machine.

  175. Bruce of Newcastle

    The only thing on offer from Merkel will be this: the UK will have access to the single market, so long as they accept open borders and pay the EU (Germany) $100 billion.

    The Continental System didn’t work for Napoleon and won’t work for Merkel, who anyway has a trade surplus with Pommyland.

    I love this stuff from guys like Juncker as every word and silly threat they make just means hard Brexit is more likely. Which is what it should be. Burn all the EU legislation, green crap and silly rules in one big bonfire and start again with sanity.

  176. Oxford University has apologised for saying that avoiding eye contact could be “everyday racism” after it was accused of discriminating against autistic people.

  177. incoherent rambler

    I hope he rots in Hell.

    In the daily pineapple treatment section.

  178. Roger

    If she doesn’t accept it, Britain might lose a couple of points in GDP. Which means nothing over the long run.

    Most predictions of the impact to British GDP of loss of access to the European market are quite pessimistic over the long run, averaging out at c. -5% over the next 10 to 20 years. If correct, that equates to a significant impact on household incomes and government revenue. Personally, if I were British I’d be prepared to cop that for the present so as to be free of the EU and with the not unreasonable hope that the EU itself will break up in the meantime. But the PM has to face re-election in the medium term, and may thus calculate things differently.

  179. Sparkx

    incoherent rambler

    ….the innocent and stupid criminals.

    I understand criminals being stupid. If they are innocent are they criminals?

  180. srr

    Hey notafan, why didn’t people just go to the police about Jimmy Savile and All The Rotherham’s, and … oh that’s right, they did … don’t stop digging, it’s important everyone lets it sink in, which side you are so driven to champion.

  181. Bruce in WA

    Location: Qaqartoq, Greenland — about as isolated a tiny community as you can get.

    Scenario: Cruise ship has anchored in the bay, we’re coming ashore in the tender. Waiting at the small jetty, having walked all of a hundred metres from the local kindy, is a gorgeous gaggle of kids … all wearing fluorescent lime green hi-vis jackets.

    I laughed at the incongruity, so one of the little kids picked up a stone and threw it at me. 😀

  182. Bruce of Newcastle

    If they are innocent are they criminals?

    Only if they’re in a band.

  183. thefrollickingmole

    My favorite way of pointing out the evil of the EU to lefties who love it is to emphasize its a protectionist trade block which screws Africans by denying them access to what should be their biggest market.

    Really harshes their mellow when you drop that into their conversation about how wonderful it is they can holiday in Spain without using their passport.

    The best thing is I can link to impeccably leftist groups pointing out the same thing.

    http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/africa/actsa.htm

    Unfair subsidies
    Even if all tariff barriers were removed overnight European farmers would remain at an enormous advantage. Despite the fact that European farming methods are expensive and African agricultural producers are often highly efficient, African farmers find it impossible to compete. The EU boosts its agricultural competitiveness through a complex web of policies called the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

    Through the CAP, Europe’s farmers are given various support programs and large subsidies including producer subsidies, subsidies to processors, and export subsidies. These enable farmers to earn a high price for their products while consumers still pay reasonable prices in the shops. African governments simply cannot afford to give their farmers the same benefits as European farmers receive through the CAP. Subsidies to processors of tomatoes, peaches, pears, citrus fruits and dried fruits have increased recently by 75 million Euros, to180 million Euros in 2001.

    If the EU continues to use these support mechanisms for European producers it could wipe out any benefit that African producers gain from not having to pay tariffs when their produce enters European markets. This would inevitably reduce the amount of Southern African produce entering the EU. These subsidies and support for European farmers also lead to cheap European agricultural produce being sold on other markets across the world. This can mean that even within Southern Africa heavily subsidized produce from Europe can be sold so cheaply that products from neighboring Southern African countries cannot compete.

  184. Baldrick

    Jetstar is rated the worst airline in the world.

    Catallaxy FactCheck: True
    (next to the self-centred, egotistical coffee servers at Qaintarse)

  185. Sparkx

    Geriatric Mayfly, thankfully parts are still available for the old Simpson and the pumps are easy to replace. You’ll get a few more years out of her yet. Never understood why they didn’t design a trap into the drainage system.

  186. Sparkx

    I am impressed Bruce. Hadn’t heard of them before. Rock music isn’t one of my strong points.

  187. incoherent rambler

    My bad grandma.

    If they are innocent are they [are] criminals?

    Seems to be the gist of the legislation.

    I think metadata laws are worse than the RDA, 18C.

    Add to that, the costs imposed on the providers is passed on to the consumer*.

    *But, if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear.

  188. Infidel Tiger

    The EU needs Britain. Britain sure as hell doesn’t need those parasites.

    Let the muzzies and the sodomites do as they wish with it.

  189. Geriatric Mayfly

    Geriatric Mayfly, thankfully parts are still available for the old Simpson and the pumps are easy to replace

    Good to know Sparkx. My surgery seems to have worked, as the river no longer runs and the pump continues to do its job.

  190. IR;

    So why bother with the metadata legislation? It only serves to monitor the innocent…

    And there you go.
    Because no one knows what these ‘innocents’ are saying around their kitchen tables.
    The government needs to know that they are truly innocent before they are no longer surveilled.

  191. Bruce of Newcastle

    Location: Qaqartoq, Greenland

    Bruce – They probably know Aussies well. About 20 km north is a big REE deposit owned by an Aussie company, which looks like it’ll get built. They regularly do Q&A sessions with the locals in Narsaq, Qaqortoq and Nanortalik.

  192. Pedro the Ignorant

    Alan Bond stole about $1.2 Billion.

    He spent 1298 days in prison, most of it in a low security prison farm where he filled out fellow inmates’ tax returns and tutored them on business management. He also paid some inmate thugs to be his bodyguards in the clink, so he never faced the usual extortion, blackmail and threats of violence made to rich white collar criminals.

    Repaid his debt to the victims at about $1 million a day, and his son Craig miraculously hit the “wealthiest 500 in Australia” list shortly after the cell door clanged shut.

    Bond was degenerate crook who swindled and robbed thousands of investors. I am surprised that somebody like CL has even a shred of approval for the thieving mongrel.

  193. Fisky

    Most predictions of the impact to British GDP of loss of access to the European market are quite pessimistic over the long run, averaging out at c. -5% over the next 10 to 20 years.

    Any economist who thinks they can predict GDP in 10-20 years is lying. They can’t even predict it for next year. Economists is arguably worse at forecasting than climate science.

  194. Currency Lad;

    In the week that saw Scott Morrison shift debt around, definitionally,

    So we’ve finally found that well hidden surplus, eh?

  195. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bond was degenerate crook who swindled and robbed thousands of investors. I am surprised that somebody like CL has even a shred of approval for the thieving mongrel.

    And when he died, some of the unfathomably moronic thought he should have been given a State funeral..

  196. egg_

    Social Justice electricity

    Those special ‘Al Gore’ electrons cost heaps, y’know!

  197. [GT]
    The CSA said on Tuesday (April 25th) to have opened a file on the remarks of Ivan Rioufol, editorialist of the Figaro , held on CNews last Friday. Guest of the show L’heure des pros , animated by Pascal Praud, the polemist quoted a poll of the Institut Montaigne demonstrating according to him that “27% of the French Muslims claimed in the end the ideology of the” Islamic state and 50% of the young Muslims of the cities ” . The audiovisual authority has received about 40 reports, as revealed by Buzzfeed , while the replay of the show is not available on the CNews website .
    At the AFP, Ivan Rioufol denounces an “intimidation” that would be “exploited by a religious minority”. “To say that 50% of young Muslims have a practice of Islam” rigorist “and” adopted a system of values ​​clearly opposed to the values ​​of the Republic “is a fact noted in this study of the Montaigne Institute, affirms -he. To bring it closer to the ideology of the Islamic State that applies sharia is a matter of my freedom to comment. ”

    Video: 50% of French muslims support Islamic State in no go zones

  198. calli

    This is curious.

    A group of young men roaming Waterloo accidentally stumbles across some fellas leaving Bible class. And a fight breaks out. How about that?

  199. Roger

    The next posturing politician who says it is absurd that with its abundant coal and gas resources Australia should be facing a looming energy crisis without at the same time admitting that it is politicians who have put us in this situation deserves a good thrashing.

  200. thefrollickingmole

    Pedro the Ignorant
    and his son Craig miraculously hit the “wealthiest 500 in Australia” list shortly after the cell door clanged shut.

    Amazing how often that happens, the gifted (in more than one way) child of the swindler gets their cock caught in the cash register and are able to assist the old man return to the lifestyle hes become accustomed to fairly rapidly.

  201. egg_

    self-centred, egotistical coffee servers at Qaintarse

    Bring on the robots/’457′ Philippino gals.

  202. Beachside

    Top Ender
    #2366683, posted on April 29, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Little bit of investigative journalism:

    Speeches delivered by Muslim ­activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied during her taxpayer-funded tour of the Middle East and Africa ­did not include any mention of the oppression of women in the countries she visited.

    The ABC employee’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-sponsored book tour late last year took her to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, the West Bank, Israel, Egypt and Sudan.

    Some of the comments that followed the story:

    “Yassmin’s father Midhat Abdel-Magied is a migration agent. Migration Agent Registration Number: 0702087. His agency recruits in North Africa and the Middle East for students and business migrants. The name of his agency is Australia-MENA Links Pty Ltd. He has set up a number of business names under his company being Australianventure, Move2oz, Studyinginaustralia. Is it a coincidence that Yassmin is promoting Australia as a destination for business and education? Yassmin was a speaker, along with her father, in Khartoum in September 2016 for Startup Grind.”

    “YAM’s father, apart from being a migration agent recruiting from the Middle East was also appointed by the Queensland Government as that state’s sole representative in the region. One of his specialities. Is writing grant applications. Who would have guessed?”

    “So Yassmin’s father is a migration agent who recruits in north Africa and the Middle East for students and business migrants. So her DFAT funded visit to nine counties (accompanied by her father) was really to drum up business for him? Julie Bishop would not have known of this $11,000+ trip but some gullible public servant in DFAT authorised it and Ms Bishop needs to make sure this person is moved to a position where he/she has no authority to waste our money.”

    “….. the Queensland Government appointed Dr Midhat Abdul-Mageid sole representative in the region – Doha, Quatar, as that States trade representative. Coincidentally, Quatar was one of the states included in YAM’s tax payer funded jaunt. Her promotion of his business was not solely reliant on handing out his business cards. I doubt even YAM would be that blatant.”

    ~~~

    Included in Midhat Abdel-Magied LinkdIn profile, was this:

    Economic Development & Innovation:

    Assisted over 100 firms successfully apply for government and private funding exceeding $400m to assist their growth.

    Recommended the sponsorship of over 300 business migrants to Queensland with a potential investment of $300m+ and creation/retention of 300 jobs.

    Received ‘High Commendation for Innovation’ for “Pro Edge” (a technology diffusion product – lean manufacturing – to assist local furniture manufacturers compete with imports).

    Successfully lead the final stages of the negotiations for the signing of the contract estabkishing the technology diffusion centre: Co-operative Research Centre for Construction Innovation

    Team members:

    Midhat Abdel-Magied

    Criously, Midhat Abdel-magied’s company website page redirects to:
    Queensland Government Queensland – Reconstruction Authority

    STARTUP GRIND HOSTS
    Dr. Midhat A Abdel-Magied (Australia-MENA Links)
    Khartoum
    September 24, 2016 / 5:00 PM

  203. val majkus

    While I don’t douby he will, that article was written by Michalea Cash on Friday 29 April 2016.

    oops … sorry about that, it’s only just now doing the rounds on facebook

  204. H B Bear

    I hope he rots in Hell.

    Where he will join Holmes a Court for dumping minority shareholders in an effort to save his own skin.

  205. calli

    Also, the first I’ve heard about security guards outside a church (yes, I live under a rock). The only ones I’ve ever seen are at the synagogue.

  206. val majkus

    here’s something which is topical (from the Oz) NOTE Adani has not asked Westpac for a loan:

    Westpac has sparked the ire of the federal government by ruling out funding for the multi-billion-­dollar Adani coal project in Queensland, prompting Resources Minister Matt Canavan to call for retaliation against the bank for buckling to the demands of “noisy activists in Sydney”.

    Announcing new lending policies as part of an updated climate action plan, Australia’s second-largest bank said any financing for new thermal coal projects would be strictly limited to “existing coal-producing basins” and those with a high efficiency hurdle above that of the proposed Adani project.

    The move was seen as a win for environmental activists who have campaigned for the bank to step away from the $22 billion Carmichael Coal Project that will be Australia’s largest coalmine.

    Senator Canavan, who yesterday had a “robust” discussion with Westpac chief executive Brian Hartzer, accused the bank of being “wimps” for bowing to the ­demands of activists while ignoring jobseekers in north Queensland. “It didn’t seem clear to me that they (Westpac) have spoken to basically anybody in north Queensland about this decision, despite the fact that this is the most important project for north Queensland, despite the fact that unemployment remains just below 11 per cent in Townsville, and that we need job-creating ­opportunities in this state,” he said.

    Senator Canavan urged a boycott on the bank, saying Queenslanders should consider their options when looking for their next home loan or term deposit.

    “It seems to me that some corporations unfortunately today are wimps in regard to standing up to these activists,” he said, accusing the bank of capitulating after protesters targeted their 200th anniversary celebrations this month.

    Though Adani had never approached Westpac for finance, the bank’s previous decision not to rule out funding the project made it a target for protesters.

    In 2015, NAB said it would not finance the project, while the Commonwealth Bank has ended an advisory role it held with Adani. ANZ last year told shareholders the bank was decreasing lending to thermal coal.

    Mr Hartzer said the decision to limit lending to new thermal coal projects was part of the company’s commitment to “supporting climate change solutions that will drive the transition to a more sustainable economic model”.

    Senator Canavan, who is also Minister for Northern Australia, said it was incongruous that Westpac would deem a mine in the Hunter Valley in NSW good, while a mine in north Queensland’s Galilee Basin would be bad.

    “I can only conclude from this decision by Westpac that they are seeking to revert back to their original name as the Bank of NSW because they are turning their back on Queensland,” he said.

    The rebuke from the Resources Minister was backed by the Queensland Resources Council, which called the bank’s position “ridiculous” given the central role coal played in the economy.

    “It is extraordinary that a bank like Westpac would now be judge, jury and executioner on whether something is environmentally sustainable,” the council’s chief executive, Ian Macfarlane, said.

  207. Makka

    The best thing for the UK would be Europe playing very very hard ball. It then exposes the Socialist totalitarian scum for what they are and removes any doubts about the future toilet Europe had in mind for the UK.

  208. Roger

    More evidence that we’re approaching peak stupid:

    The new AEMO boss, New Yorker Audrey Zibelman – who speaks in a dialect of opaque jargonese that I thought only existed in the APS – is a renewables enthusiast. In fact, that’s why she took the job – to further integrate renewables with our electricity grid, thus making electricity even more expensive and unreliable.

    Interview here.

  209. H B Bear

    The Aus-Sudanese startup sector sounds truly agile and innovative. There has never been a more exciting time to be an Aus-Sudanese tax moocher.

  210. Makka

    Bring on the robots/’457′ Philippino gals.

    I flew JAL for the first time a few years back after that Nippon internally. Wow. The service was extraordinary and that was cattle class. Faultless, friendly and very easy on the eye.

  211. val majkus

    also from the Oz (tip, the AWU is after more deals)

    The Australian Workers Union has held secret meetings with the union movement’s bitter enemy, Australian Building and Construction Commissioner Nigel Hadgkiss, sparking uproar from rival unions, which have accused the AWU of “treachery”.

    The Weekend Australian understands Mr Hadgkiss and Cathy Cato, the ABCC manager overseeing the new building code, ­addressed Victorian branch delegates at the AWU’s West Melbourne office about the code this week.

    Mr Hadgkiss has confirmed he also gave a “formal presentation” to the AWU in February.

    The AWU’s decision to meet with Mr Hadgkiss was condemned yesterday by the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union and the Electrical Trades Union, which have campaigned to abolish the ABCC and attacked Mr Hadgkiss as a Liberal Party ­operative who should resign.

    John Setka, the CFMEU’s Victorian branch secretary, said the AWU’s conduct was “an act of treachery against the Australian union movement and all working Australians, pure and simple”.

    Troy Gray, the ETU’s Victorian secretary, said he would be calling on Victorian Trades Hall Council secretary Luke Hilakari next week to force the AWU to appear before the Trades Hall executive to ­explain the meeting with Mr Hadgkiss.

    The CFMEU and the ETU have declared they will not re­negotiate workplace agreements to make them compliant with the building code.

    Mr Gray said the AWU had ­engaged in “not only treachery but hypocrisy” and the official responsible for organising the meeting should be forced to resign.

    “You can’t bring the devil to address­ your delegates without justifying it, and I don’t know how they justify it, to be honest,’’ he said. ”From a union movement point of view, and as a point of principle, whoever orchestrated it should fall on their sword.

    “The overwhelming feedback from the AWU delegates is that they were not only unimpressed with Nigel Hadgkiss, they were disgusted with their union inviting the ABCC.

    “We know where Hadgkiss is coming from. His politics are just right of Genghis Khan. He’s no friend of the union movement. He’s been put in there to dismantle the union movement through the vehicle of the ABCC and here’s a union inviting them into their house. It’s ludicrous and if it wasn’t so serious it would be laughable.”

    The AWU’s Victorian branch secretary, Ben Davis, initially ­refused to comment before telling The Weekend Australian yesterday: “The AWU interacts with regul­ators on a daily basis, whether we agree with their position on any given issues or not. We had no choice but to co-operate with the trade union royal commission. We deal with regulators even when we disagree with them.”

    Mr Davis said the AWU believed­ the ABCC should be scrapped but he refused to ­comment on who organised the meeting. He said he would be “happy to participate” if the issue was brought before the Trades Hall executive. The right-wing AWU and left-wing CFMEU have a history of demarcation battles over membership, with the CFMEU regularly accusing the AWU of “selling out” workers.

    An ABCC spokesman said ­yesterday the regulator regularly made presentations to industry and “engages constructively with a variety of stakeholders”.

  212. Roger

    “….. the Queensland Government appointed Dr Midhat Abdul-Mageid sole representative in the region – Doha, Qatar, as that States trade representative.

    Why am I not surprised the whole family is living out of the tax payer’s pocket?

    “The revolution will be subsidised.”

  213. JC

    I see Ronery complaining about Bell Resouces again.

    Investors had months to get out of the stock and I’m surprised that a stock trader of Ronery’s self described calibre would run the stock price to the bottom and not get out.

    It’s really interesting how Rones does it. It’s basically whining mixed in with inappropriate boasting.

    Just sad.

  214. val majkus

    More evidence that we’re approaching peak stupid:

    Roger, sadly subscribers only

  215. Roger

    Roger, sadly subscribers only

    Here you go, val:

    When New York-based Audrey Zibelman was approached by an executive recruitment company to apply for the job running the Australian Energy Market Operator she was taken by surprise.

    Although she thought the job would be filled by a local candidate, Zibelman wanted to apply for the position for one key reason – Australia was at the forefront of the integration of renewable energy, such as wind and solar, into the electricity grid and she wanted to be a part of it.

    As chair of the New York Public Service Commission, Zibelman had been involved with transforming New York state’s energy network with solar panels and battery storage. But a chance to run Australia’s geographically-diverse energy market took things to another level.

    “I was intrigued by the [AEMO] role but assumed they would put someone on domestically,” Zibelman said in an interview AFR Weekend.

    AEMO boss Audrey Zibleman says a consumer-lead energy revolution was on its way.
    AEMO boss Audrey Zibleman says a consumer-lead energy revolution was on its way. Chris Hopkins
    “In all honesty, I thought a lot of the stuff we were talking about in the rest of the world we are actually seeing in Australia. For someone who is part of the industry I couldn’t see a better place to be to actually put a lot of things into action.”

    Zibelman – who is a big advocate of “distributed energy resources” (think batteries, solar, smart thermometers and consumer demand management)- has only been in the job a month but she has hit the ground running with long list of energy producers and industry bodies forming a long queue to meet the person who now runs Australia’s electricity and gas markets.

    She was also at last week’s meeting between gas producers and the Prime Minister in Canberra, backing the Turnbull government’s plans to intervene in the gas market to ensure there is enough domestic supply.

    With Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declaring Australia is in the middle of an “energy crisis”, Zibelman will play a key role in overhauling the National Electricity Market to deal with the rapid influx of new technology.

    Summer deadline approaches

    Following the sudden death of the well-respected Matt Zema in last July, AEMO has also been rudderless for the past nine months during a crucial time in the energy sector, including energy shortfalls in South Australia, a power scare in NSW and the Finkel review into energy security.

    The body has also been on the end of criticism from gas producers (who questioned their forecasts) and SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis for AEMO’s response to the SA storms last September which resulted in a state-wide black-out.

    Zibelman, who only briefed staff in the Melbourne head office for the first time on Wednesday, understands there needs to be rapid change to bring the NEM up to speed with the deadline of next summer fast approaching. She is well aware of the need for secure and affordable energy as their number one priority.

    “I think a lot of the challenges I’m looking at are fairly self-evident,” she said. “Technology is moving very fast and that’s on both sides of the meter – the grid side as well as on the demand side,” she explained.

    “New types of resources, such as wind and solar, don’t have the same attributes as traditional resources, like coal and gas. That doesn’t mean they are good or bad, it just means we have to think about how we operate the system differently.”

    The new AEMO boss said she wanted the Finkel review, which will be handed to government in June, will provide something that can be acted on quickly by AEMO, other energy bodies and industry. She wants AEMO to be more effective in shaping policy in the future.

    Push to change habits

    Prior to her role driving New York state’s push for 50 per cent renewables by 2030, Zibelman had 25 years experience in the energy sector including a regional transmission company, PJM, which operated the power grid and wholesale power market across 14 states in the eastern United States.

    While there has been a natural suspicion of new technologies by utility companies, Zibelman says they have to get on board and change their business models to offer these new products to consumers “rather than be resistors”.

    “What we have to do is to adapt the markets so that they can take on these different technologies and really become a way of enabling change as opposed to resisting change,” she says.

    Zibelman says the consumer-led revolution where households are paid to reduce their power usage during hot days was the future of the NEM, rather than spending billions of dollars building more capacity into the grid.

    “If we can look at how network companies can use customer-based resources to drive efficiency we can reduce the operational expenses and risk to the network and avoid those extreme peaks,” she says.

    “In New York we had to change the business model of the network. It’s how we re-make the networks to give them a job for the future. If people don’t feel there’s a future for them they are going to resist things. The goal is the productivity of the system which will drive the price and make sure there are environmental and economic outcomes as well.”

    While some are declaring the end of coal as fuel source, Zibelman says it will still play a crucial role, along with gas as a transition fuel as the market adapts to new technologies which will have to take on the roles formally provided by synchronous generation like inertia and frequency control.

    Zibelman says while there had been strong investment in solar and wind – driven by the Renewable Energy Target – the Turnbull government needed to sort out its climate change policies to end investor uncertainty and drive the push to reduce carbon emissions post-2020.

    “Until there is certainty as to where it’s all going to go, there is a hesitancy of anyone wanting to invest so it would be good to get some certainty there,” she said.

    “What we are lacking in Australia is a view to where we want to end up and there are several paths to get there. We just have to work out the best way we can design the grid.”

    Read more: http://www.afr.com/news/politics/aemo-boss-audrey-zibelman-tasked-with-overhauling-the-energy-grid-20170427-gvuce7#ixzz4fbjSledu
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  216. egg_

    Graeame would always recommend only unwatchable ABC, SBS and Ten boilerplate

    Sad when they’re relegated to the ABC trough/watercooler in their latter years.

  217. JC

    Any economist who thinks they can predict GDP in 10-20 years is lying. They can’t even predict it for next year. Economists is arguably worse at forecasting than climate science.

    Longer term trends like 20 years with the usual caveats ,like not electing someone like Huggy Chavez, are usually easier to predict than very short term flickers. Keep in mind that a large run off on the Boeing production line in one month can impact US GDP. You’d have to factor in strikes in Detroit in the old days.

    Extending a momentum line isn’t that difficult.

  218. thefrollickingmole

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  219. Roger

    Evidently, all Zibelman’s talk about the “empowerment of the consumer ” in the ABC radio interview yesterday amounts to paying people to turn off their air conditioners on hot days and their heaters on cold days.

  220. val majkus

    thanks Roger, much appreciated. No inspiration there for energy security and low prices.

  221. val majkus

    amounts to paying people to turn off their air conditioners on hot days and their heaters on cold days.

    yes, noticed that … home run generators is the answer if you actually want those things on hot and cold days? Or down to the shopping mall and leave your pets to cope

  222. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Lysenkoism now rules Australia. Electricity generation is the equivalent to soviet tractor production.

    Our Five-Year Plans are working. So good to know.

  223. egg_

    Zibelman – who is a big advocate of “distributed energy resources” (think batteries, solar, smart thermometers and consumer demand management)- has only been in the job a month but she has hit the ground running with long list of energy producers and industry bodies* forming a long queue to meet the person who now runs Australia’s electricity and gas markets.

    *’Green’ Carpetbaggers.
    Save us.

  224. thefrollickingmole

    Roger

    and consumer demand management

    I think thats code for “brownouts and social justice load shedding”…

  225. Beachside

    It’s obvious, Zibelman’s up to her neck in the renewables tank.

    Useless Liberals

    We’re sunk!

  226. val majkus

    I think thats code for “brownouts and social justice load shedding”…

    someone upthread (from WA?) mentioned ‘social justice electricity’

  227. egg_

    amounts to paying people to turn off their air conditioners on hot days and their heaters on cold days.

    It is not cold Komrad, it is your imagination – more Borscht?

  228. thefrollickingmole

    val majkus

    I find putting “social justice” in front of nearly any new idiot idea from out “betters” aids communication of the real outcomes immeasurably.

    Social justice sex education
    Social justice transport policies
    Social justice healthcare

    And so on.
    Assume social justice means the reverse of both those words when applied to whatever is being talked about.

  229. val majkus

    someone upthread (from WA?) mentioned ‘social justice electricity’

    or it could have been ‘social licence’ electricity

  230. val majkus

    I find putting “social justice” in front of nearly any new idiot idea from out “betters” aids communication of the real outcomes immeasurably.

    agree TFM – those darn greyhounds!

  231. egg_

    consumer (demand) management

    Oh oh, Central Planning, here we come.

  232. Beachside

    Borscht? No thanks, I think I’ll just get stuck straight into the Vodka, if you don’t mind.

    It’s going to be a long slog, might as well deaden the senses, and the pain. 😉

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