Wednesday Forum: August 9, 2017

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  1. Mother Lode

    I am always impressed by Gab’s clout.

    First!

  2. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Queer Muslims Sydney, NSW, Muslim, Sydney Queer Muslims (SQM)

    How curious these queer muzzies didn’t put their name to the letter?

    I note that not one of the signatories is any way shape or form a church or religious leader. All are however nutters.

  3. Mother Lode

    Numbers are fluid. First, second, female…

  4. Tom

    What’s the point of identifying as first when you’ve got all these deplorables making fun of you?

  5. The Deplorable Barking Toad

    Top Twenty!!

  6. Chris

    I am always impressed by Gab’s breech clout.

    Fixed.

  7. calli

    Alex Al-Ekhtiyar

    A religious leader? Really? Under what definition?

    Quite a few of that sort on the list. Lots of laity, female pastors and the usual suspects.

    Leaders? No. More like false shepherds.

  8. Elle

    I find myself lurking around the Cat. First 15?

  9. Baldrick

    Thank you Doomlord. After last night’s flatearthers, this was sorely needed.

  10. Nick

    With all Pongy Wong’s impassioned whining today about the need for a parliamentary vote on SSM, how come no one has the guts to mention she has done so number of times, and voted no, each time !

  11. Gab

    I have no clout, Mother Lode, but my timing is perfect, 🙂

  12. Mother Lode

    May want to re-think that reference, Chris.

    Gab says ‘new fred’ and Sinkers immediately complies.

    She makes the world with her typed words.

    She is not a being such as we.

  13. calli

    Sorry, my comment referred to this list. H/t Stacks

  14. Tom

    Stupidest time to be alive update:

    A professor at the University of Georgia has introduced a “stress reduction policy” that will allow his students to choose their own grade.

    According to a report from Campus Reform, two business courses offered by Dr. Richard Watson at the University of Georgia will allow students who are “unduly stressed by a grade” can “email the instructor indicating what grade [they] think is appropriate, and it will be so changed” with “no explanation” being required.

    Watson writes in his syllabi that his exams will not only be open-book but will also only test for a “low-level mastery” of the course material.

    “If in a group meeting, you feel stressed by your group’s dynamics, you should leave the meeting immediately and need offer no explanation to the group members,” the policy states, saying such students can “discontinue all further group work” with their remaining grade being “based totally on non-group work.”

    According to FEC records, Watson donated $250 to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008.

  15. calli

    Gab has an excellent negative collection.

  16. Rafe Champion

    250 is mean for a professor!

  17. A professor at the University of Georgia has introduced a “stress reduction policy” that will allow his students to choose their own grade.

    I’m hoping that one bloke has destroyed all Georgia graduates’ chances of employment.

  18. struth

    First…………………

    You can’t tell me I’m not.
    That would be bigotty sexist racism and hetronormativeaphobiatic….ism.

    Hetronormative , yep that’s still not a word on spell check either.

    Somebody in silicon valley should be sacked.

  19. Snoopy

    With all Pongy Wong’s impassioned whining today about the need for a parliamentary vote on SSM, how come no one has the guts to mention she has done so number of times, and voted no, each time !

    Fatherhood has given Wong a new perspective.

  20. Gab

    How Penny Wong voted compared to someone who believes that the Federal Government should amend the Marriage Act 1961 so that same-sex couples can marry under Australian law

    Out of 12 voting opportunities, Wong voted ‘yes’ 4 times and voted absent on 8 occasions.

    https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/sa/penny_wong/policies/1

  21. Nick

    Lol, Pope’s new HK appointee as Bishop, says that forced removal of crosses from churches in China, may be due to safety reasons.

    In recent years, the Communist state has ordered the removal of Christian crosses from religious buildings across China.

    “I believe, at the outset, it was done by some provincial officials, then political factors were involved as it continued – the issue became bigger and bigger,” he said at his first press conference.

    “But I believe the issue is very complicated – is it related to building safety? Maybe… But before the demolition, did people discuss it well enough? Maybe that is the issue.”

    He said he would not want the crosses at his cathedral to be removed, if they compiled with building safety regulations.

    https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/08/03/new-hong-kong-bishop-says-forced-removal-crosses-china-may-building-safety/

  22. Carpe Jugulum

    Ooooh – new thread.

    It still has that new car smell too.

  23. Snoopy

    According to a report from Campus Reform, two business courses offered by Dr. Richard Watson at the University of Georgia will allow students who are “unduly stressed by a grade” can “email the instructor indicating what grade [they] think is appropriate, and it will be so changed” with “no explanation” being required.

    I’m good with that. Business degrees are a fraud anyway.

  24. Chris

    She makes the world with her typed words.

    All hail the Doomlord, and Gab who intercedes on our behalf.

  25. Snoopy

    Lol, Pope’s new HK appointee as Bishop, says that forced removal of crosses from churches in China, may be due to safety reasons.

    It is a valid concern. Apparently.

    During a screening of (The Exorcist) in Rome, a storm surged around the theater as the audience filed inside. Shortly after, a giant, 400-year-old cross on top of a nearby church was struck by lightning, causing it to fall into the plaza below.

  26. Bruce of Newcastle

    One for Sinc:

    NSW Police snatch 6 million cigarettes in Sydney tobacco bust

    Police have charged five men over a multi-million dollar tobacco smuggling syndicate in Sydney’s south-west.

    Surprise, surprise.

    More than 6 million cigarettes, 22 boxes of loose tobacco, $350,000 cash and a small amount of cocaine and methylamphetamine were seized.

    Lucrative business.

    Police say the arrests follow on from previous investigations about a drug supply network involving members of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang and other criminal groups.

    Looks like they’ve cottoned on to the new business opportunity afforded by that nice Ms Roxon.

  27. OldOzzie

    Snoopy

    since someone on the forum today mentioned that 8th August 2017 was International Cat Day

    I hope you follow your namesake, that World War 1 Flying Ace, who said

    “Cats are the Crabgrass in the Lawn of Life”

  28. Snoopy

    More than 6 million cigarettes, 22 boxes of loose tobacco, $350,000 cash and a small amount of cocaine and methylamphetamine were seized.

    What effect will the seizure have on GDP?

  29. .

    I hear ya, Old Ozzie:

    Skinner: Today, we celebrate the first of many, many, many, many diversity forums. Why is it that women ‘appear’ to be worse at math than men? What is the source of this ‘illusion’ or as I call it, the biggest lie ever told.

    Lindsey Naegle: You’re a worse version of Hitler!

    Skinner: Please believe me. I-I understand the problem of women. (he moves from behind the podium revealing he’s wearing a purple dress and purple heels) See. (the audience gasps)

    Nelson: Haw, haw! The principal’s a tranny.

    Skinner: Am I wearing women’s clothes? I didn’t notice. When I look in my closet, I don’t see male clothes or female clothes. They’re all the same.

    Edna Krabappel: Are you saying that men and women are identical?

    Skinner: Oh, no, of course not! Women are unique in every way.

    Lindsey Naegle: Now he’s saying men and women aren’t equal!

    Skinner: No, no, no! It’s the differences of which there are none that makes the sameness exceptional. Just tell me what to say! (he starts to breathe heavily then pass out)

    Chalmers: Oh dear. Um, attention students. Due to nervous exhaustion and diarrhea of the mouth… (the students start laughing) Yes, yes, yes. I said diarrhea.

  30. Snoopy

    “Cats are the Crabgrass in the Lawn of Life”

    OldOzzie, the cat by name, cat by nature, Rev Dr Peter Catt certainly is.

  31. Oh come on

    If the ALPGreenLeft are so worried about a ‘skewed postal plebiscite’ because they think their younger supporters lack the ability to use the mail service (not an unreasonable concern – they should probably be fretting about their older supporters, too), then they can simply instruct their senators to vote for a plebiscite via a conventional ballot.

  32. Oh come on

    OTOH, I’d rather Malcolm “I am a strong leader!” Trumble doesn’t get that win.

  33. Oh come on

    I was at a train station recently and saw a couple of deroes rolling ciggies from their bag of chop-chop. The country’s awash with the stuff, I’ll bet. People want to smoke. They don’t want to pay $30 a pack for the privilege. Consequence…?

    That being said, I bet law enforcement cracks down on illegal tobacco (and booze) far harder than, say, street drugs. Street drugs are bad mmkay but untaxed booze and tobacco??? That’s an entirely unacceptable diversion from the river of gold!

  34. Nick

    The dissonance is making my eyes pop, ‘Australians want SSM/a plebiscite is bad’. Why would they worry about asking Australians if ‘they all want it’? Oh wait…

  35. JC

    Even the terminal brain cancer hasn’t stopped McCain from being an evil, dishonest little bastard. He’s now a “peacenik”, as someone suggested.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa67MbwI5P4

    He has a go at Trump for talking tough about the Norks.

    What a poisonous arsehole.

  36. P

    Sorry, my comment referred to this list. H/t Stacks

    Thanks stack, and calli for alerting me to the names on the list.

    Only name I recognized was Dr Paul Collins (Catholic).

    Here is a clip from a couple of years ago with Tony Jones, Gerald Henderson and Dr Paul Collins.

  37. Roger

    Pope’s new HK appointee as Bishop, says that forced removal of crosses from churches in China, may be due to safety reasons.

    Yes, yes, because we all know how concerned the Chinese authorities are about building materials complying with safety regulations.

  38. .

    Oh come on
    #2463535, posted on August 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm
    I was at a train station recently and saw a couple of deroes rolling ciggies from their bag of chop-chop. The country’s awash with the stuff, I’ll bet. People want to smoke. They don’t want to pay $30 a pack for the privilege. Consequence…?

    That being said, I bet law enforcement cracks down on illegal tobacco (and booze) far harder than, say, street drugs. Street drugs are bad mmkay but untaxed booze and tobacco??? That’s an entirely unacceptable diversion from the river of gold!

    The government does not like competition.

  39. test pattern

    ‘Northern Star Resources executive chairman Bill Beament said flying the Aboriginal flag at Centennial Park was a fitting acknowledgement to the Goldfields’ traditional owners and their enduring connection and historical contribution to the region.’

    https://thewest.com.au/news/kalgoorlie-miner/aboriginal-flag-to-fly-at-park-ng-b88559952z

  40. notafan

    ah yes ex priest Paul Collins, as much a ‘Catholic leader’ as Paul Bongiorno


    Paul Collins is also a patron of ‘Sustainable Population Australia’

  41. Oh, look! Elle has finally managed to unsnag herself from the batsmans gate at the MCG…
    🙂

  42. OldOzzie

    If Only Any Political Parties in Australia had enough sense to do this – as presciently stated by Kerry Packer in his 1991 House of Reps Select Committee on Print Media Appearance

    Trump slashing Obama’s regulation binge, saves businesses billions: Study

    President Trump’s assault on red tape has saved businesses nearly $4 billion per year compared with former President Barack Obama’s pace of imposing regulations, a new study found Tuesday.

    Final rule costs during Mr. Trump’s first six months in office will cost U.S. businesses about $378 million per year, compared with $4.2 billion for the same period of Mr. Obama’s presidency, according to the conservative American Action Forum.

    “The results are substantial,” said Dan Goldbeck, an analyst at AAF who prepared the report. “New regulatory burdens are a fraction of those established under President Obama’s first six months; overall regulatory volume has slowed to historically low levels; and a number of notable deregulatory measures have been initiated.”

    Compared with the Obama administration, Mr. Trump has imposed 5 percent of the lifetime costs on businesses, 9 percent of the annual costs and 12.5 percent of the employee hours required for paperwork, the study found.

    Mr. Goldbeck said the administration’s full impact on cutting regulations is yet to come. He noted that federal agencies have published proposals to roll back the Obama-era rules on “Waters of the United States” and hydraulic natural-gas drilling known as “fracking” that could collectively save about $350 million annually.

    “Both the volume and impact of new regulatory burdens have slowed dramatically,” Mr. Goldbeck said. “Beyond these first six months, the administration’s ambition is clearly to go even farther and deeper.”

    Corporate leaders and economists say the regulatory rollback has contributed to an optimistic business climate that has seen employers add more than 1 million jobs so far this year and contributed to a 20-percent rise in the stock market.

    A measure of U.S. small-business confidence rose in July, helped by strong hiring and an improving economic outlook, the National Federation of Independent Business said Tuesday.
    The group’s Index of Small Business Optimism rose to 105.2 from 103.6 in June, the first such increase since January.

    “Strong consumer demand is boosting small business optimism,” NFIB President Juanita Duggan said in a statement. “Small business owners are feeling better about the economy because their customers are feeling better about the economy.”

    Mr. Trump promised last year to cut regulations by as much as 70 percent to boost economic growth. While the financial impact of cutting regulations on companies has been modest so far, many business chiefs say the administration’s rollback also has signaled that it plans to impose fewer regulations in the coming months.

    Last month, the White House budget office said the administration had withdrawn or delayed 860 proposed regulations to boost economic growth.

    Federal agencies withdrew 469 proposed regulations, including 19 with an economic impact of $100 million or more. Another 391 regulations were delayed for further evaluation.

    Agencies expect to complete more than 1,700 regulations this year, roughly a 20-percent cut compared with last year.

    Mr. Trump said during the presidential campaign that he could cut up to 70 percent of regulations. Shortly after taking office, he issued an executive order directing federal agencies to create task forces to reduce regulations, and ordered that two rules be cut for every new regulation created.

    Republican lawmakers used the Congressional Review Act to overturn 14 regulations that the Obama administration had completed in its final months. The seldom-used law allows Congress a 60-day window in which to revoke regulations completed during the previous administration.

    Among the Obama rules erased permanently were requirements on teacher training, coal mining runoff and bear hunting in Alaska.

  43. notafan

    There are an estimated 12 million Catholics in China, but the Vatican has not had diplomatic relations with Beijing since 1951. Moves towards a rapprochement have led to unease among some Catholics who fear that a deal with Beijing may compromise the Church. The Hong Kong Church, unlike the state-sponsored official – or Patriotic – Church in China, answers to the pope. But there are fears that the Communist Party’s clear moves to take firmer control of Hong Kong’s political and more recently its legal system will eventually spill over to the Catholic Church.

    Meanwhile, in Rome, the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has admitted that ongoing secret negotiations with China – the latest being in June – over the appointment of bishops have presented “new challenges”. Tensions mounted in June when the Vatican expressed “grave concern” for one of its appointed bishops in China, Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, saying he was being held in an unknown location after being “forcibly removed” from his diocese in southeastern China.

    perhaps there are reasons why Chinese bishops don’t confront the government about non essentials


    article about the Hong Kong bishop

  44. Nick

    Paris, reports of a vehicle plowing through a group of police, injuring 6 people seriously.

  45. incoherent rambler

    You better have a link for that WInston!

  46. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    NATIONAL AFFAIRS
    Malcolm Roberts referred to High Court

    The Australian
    4:49PM August 9, 2017
    2
    Rosie Lewis
    Reporter
    Canberra
    @rosieslewis

    UPDATED: The Senate has unanimously referred the election of One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts to the High Court, after his leader Pauline Hanson conceded the case surrounding his citizenship had become “very complex”.

    Senator Hanson asked the Senate to back the referral hours after it became clear the Greens had enough votes from Labor and the crossbench to carry its motion, which would have also sent his election to the court.

    Attorney-General George Brandis pointed out the 45th parliament had now referred six of the 76 senators elected last year (Senator Roberts, Nationals MP Matthew Canavan, former Greens senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters, Formder Family First senator Bob Day and former One Nation-turned-indpendent senator Rod Culleton).

    “One might be forgiven for thinking that being a senator is one of the most hazardous occupations in Australia at the moment,” Senator Brandis said.

    Earlier, in a train wreck press conference that failed to clear up many unanswered questions over Senator Roberts’ eligibility to sit in parliament, he conceded he was a British citizen when he applied to become an Australian in 1974.

    Breaking news from the Oz. Seems they may be taking Sam Dastiyari along for the ride…

  47. Roger

    ah yes ex priest Paul Collins, as much a ‘Catholic leader’ as Paul Bongiorno

    To their credit, at least they both resigned when they could no longer accept church teaching.

    Others of their generation stayed, some even becoming bishops.

  48. one of them even has a box of envelopes in his room.

    If they’re the A4 size, buff coloured ones, they’re probably for drying his budheads.

  49. Nick

    perhaps there are reasons why Chinese bishops don’t confront the government about non essentials

    I’m not sure the removal of crosses by local officials would be a ‘non essential’ matter, Nota. The Central Govrnment is like a crocodile, even appeasers get eaten in the end.

  50. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Others of their generation stayed, some even becoming bishops.

    Hell, one became Pope!

  51. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Very sad to hear of Glen Campbell’s death.

    All the good stuff is going.

  52. Dr Fred Lenin

    See ads on tv warning banks are after your super ? Suppose the grubbermint is paying for them ,can’t have anyone else ripping off the money they need to solve their spending problems, for a few weeks . God knows what they will steal when that runs out ?

  53. notafan

    Yes Nick but I am not sure that the bishop was really doing anything but trying to be a little diplomatic, he is the man on the high wire and I am not seeing enough in his words to see a communist party lapdog, just yet.

  54. egg_

    God knows what they will steal when that runs out ?

    Toilet paper?

  55. thefrolickingmole

    Paris Ramadamamadingdong attack.

    French police are searching for a driver who ploughed into soldiers patrolling an upmarket Paris suburb on Wednesday morning.

    The car sped off after hitting six members of Opération Sentinelle, part of France’s ongoing state of emergency introduced after the November 2015 terrorist attacks.

    The officers were standing by their vehicle at about 8am at Place de Verdun not far from the town hall in Levallois Perret.

    Six military personnel were hurt – two of them seriously. The two seriously injured soldiers have been taken to the Percy military hospital at Clamart, near the French capital. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

    Patrick Balkany, the mayor of Levallois Perret, told BFMTV that a BMW parked nearby appeared to have been waiting for the soldiers to leave their barracks.

    He described the attack as a “deliberate aggression”.

    “It’s without doubt a deliberate act … this vehicle was waiting for them,” Balkany said. “The BMW accelerated very quickly the moment they came out. This happened in the middle of the town. It happened very quickly.”

  56. Nick

    Fair point Nota, let’s wait and see.

  57. Stimpson J. Cat

    Do we have any new news on the autistic Google martyr figurehead?

  58. Infidel Tiger 2.0 (Premium Content Subscribers Only)

    Good to see Abbott has finally worked out his sister is a treacherous snake.

  59. Geriatric Mayfly

    A line-up of suspects in Venezuela as pictured at a very sceptical American Thinker. I am struck by the description wife beater, commonly known as a singlet. I can see the connection quite clearly on the local front, such is the parade of ugly looking men who wear these emblems of menace.

    see an old man with a pot belly, two others with pot bellies, and – cripes – a scrawny apparent teenager in a hot pink wife-beater.

  60. Dr Faustus

    The clouds of objective expertise gather:

    Anne Twomey told Guardian Australia the ABS had the power to collect statistics, or “numerical data concerning facts”, describing it as “most unusual” for it to “collect opinions rather than facts”.

    “It is arguable that this goes outside its functions, although it could also be argued that it was collecting statistics about the number of people who hold particular opinions,” she said.

    Good pick up, Professor. The ABS has been surveying social opinions for years – for example the General Social Survey – without anyone noticing it had apparently gone off the reservation.

  61. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    New Fred, and yesterday was International Cat Day. No-one did anything for that.
    Well, here are some Captioned Cats. Enjoy as many as you can take. Re-caption to taste.

  62. Elle

    Oh, look! Elle has finally managed to unsnag herself from the batsmans gate at the MCG…

    I’m 12th man tonight. Or should that be woman or person? 12th guy sounds good, though I think David Morrison would have and issue with that.

    PS. I wasn’t snagged.

  63. Top Ender

    My old mate with postal address “Roadside Mailbox 353, Young, NSW” says he can’t wait to fill in the four postal votes which will arrive his box next month or whenever.

    My other old mate in the Outback doesn’t get mail delivery. Funny thing is his daughter who’s moved into a new city outer suburb where the mail service hasn’t started up yet doesn’t either.

    This bird ain’t gonna fly.

  64. herodotus

    Not sure I heard it right. Something about Hillary becoming an Alinsky Methodist minister.

  65. God knows what they will steal when that runs out ?

    I heard a rumour dentists will soon be required to keep a register of all gold fillings . . .

  66. Gab

    It’s credible how many reasons the left is putting forth to deny Australians the right to vote on SSM.

    It’s also amazing how suddenly they’ve become fiscally responsible with taxpayer’s money. Of course, it ‘s an isolated incident, not a long-term trend.

  67. H B Bear

    Even the terminal brain cancer hasn’t stopped McCain from being an evil, dishonest little bastard.

    Hard not to feel sorry for cancer when it catches McCain.

  68. Robert Mc

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha #2463349, posted on August 9, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    memoryvault #2462828, posted on August 8, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    A coloured man with heart so brave
    Volunteered to get the mail
    He swam the raging rivers wild
    Les Dingo was his name.

    I’m intrigued, Testes.
    Why, in 1966, was the mail to Carnarvon being delivered from the north?

    Also reposted from last night. Inquiring minds still want to know, Testes.

    I am intrigued. Why does it matter what direction mail deliveries to Carnarvon came from in 1966?

  69. thefrolickingmole

    Ahem, Doomlord…

    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/138047-judge-dredd-mega-city-one-tv-show-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-dredd-sequel

    We will soon see Judge Dredd return to our screens, through a new TV series.

    After years of rumours and speculation, it has been confirmed that Judge Dredd: Mega-City One is in development.
    ..
    https://youtu.be/C1ei-BY6dYY

    Judge Dredd: Mega-City One: Release date
    Although the TV series has now been confirmed, it is still early in development – actors and a broadcast partner haven’t even been attached to the project yet. However, we do know why Rebellion is taking its sweet time. It’s a very good reason.

    The company rightfully insists that, whoever takes on Judge Dredd or any other 2000 AD licence, they show it respect and do it right.

  70. H B Bear

    Must be Aldi ersatz Jatz time.

  71. Chris

    Re Riccardo Bosi’s topic NADT(Yet)
    I am sorry, but I can’t discuss operational matters.

  72. Elle;

    Oh, look! Elle has finally managed to unsnag herself from the batsmans gate at the MCG…

    I’m 12th man tonight. Or should that be woman or person? 12th guy sounds good, though I think David Morrison would have and issue with that.

    PS. I wasn’t snagged.

    Ah. Yes. I suddenly remembered your reply. Got it confused with ?MsDolittles? and was hoping I got away with it…

  73. Roger

    Heh, on the ABC wireless:

    Robot lawyers may be more efficient at helping clients negotiate divorce settlements.

    And cheaper.

  74. Roger

    It’s also amazing how suddenly they’ve become fiscally responsible with taxpayer’s money.

    And defensive of bourgeois parliamentary democracy.

  75. Top Ender

    Clive Palmer holds out for better price for superyacht Maximus

    Clive Palmer is holding out for a better price for his superyacht Maximus, with the luxury boat’s salesman revealing the former federal MP has rejected a $3m offer for the launch.

    Liquidators of Mr Palmer’s collapsed Queensland Nickel company are fighting to freeze $200m worth of the resources magnate’s assets, including the 100-foot 2008 Horizon 98 Sky Lounge Mr Palmer bought for daughter Emily for $5.5m in 2009.

    Marine Auctions’ Adrian Seiffert said his client Mr Palmer had turned down a $3m bid for Maximus, which went to auction on the Gold Coast in late May.

    “We’re close to $3m, but he wants $4m,” said Mr Seiffert, who sold the boat to Mr Palmer at a receivers’ auction of the assets of fallen IT whiz-kid Daniel Tzvetkoff.

    Mr Seiffert said he had not been contacted by taxpayer-funded special purpose liquidators PPB Advisory, or their lawyers, about attempts to freeze Mr Palmer’s assets in the Queensland Supreme Court.

    The matter will be heard by Justice John Bond on August 23, and Mr Palmer has vowed to fight the move, representing himself in court.

    Barrister Shane Doyle QC, for PPB Advisory, told Justice Bond last week that Mr Palmer was “accelerating” the sale of assets owned by him and his corporate empire, precipitating the need for a Mareva injunction, or freezing order.

    But outside court, Mr Palmer denied he would hold a fire sale of his holdings, including a large property portfolio, golf resorts, vintage cars, the Maximus yacht and other assets.

    “I wouldn’t sell anything at a fire sale,” the former federal MP said. “I didn’t become one of the wealthiest people in Australia by selling things cheap.”

    Mr Palmer also insisted he had rejected an offer of $18m for his corporate headquarters Mineralogy House in Brisbane’s CBD in June, before eventually accepting $23m for the high-rise.

    The liquidators’ Mareva injunction application is part of a wider lawsuit by PPB Advisory that sues Mr Palmer, his fugitive nephew Clive Mensink, and nearly two dozen other defendants over the collapse of Queensland Nickel, which cost creditors $300m and nearly 800 workers their jobs.

    Mr Mensink, the sole registered director for the company when it went into voluntary administration in January last year, has been overseas for more than a year. Two warrants have been issued for his arrest for contempt of court, after he flouted several orders to cut short his marathon holiday and testify in the Federal Court over the corporate failure.

    Asked whether Australian authorities had considered cancelling Mr Mensink’s passport, a spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Julie Bishop refused to say.

    “For privacy reasons we are unable to comment on the status of an individual’s passport,” she said.

    “Passports may be cancelled following a recommendation from a competent authority.”

    On Tuesday, the AFP confirmed it was assisting the Federal Court in relation to the arrest warrants out for Mr Mensink — after court documents showed the AFP had asked Interpol to issue a “Blue Notice” for the globetrotting businessman.

    “Should anyone have any information regarding this matter, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” an AFP spokesman said.

    Oz article

  76. Baldrick

    You’d reckon the cockheads at TheirABC would have just the slightest hint of self-awareness after advocating for Ruinables, the RET and divesting from evil fossil fuels:

    ABC News ✔ @abcnews
    To heat or eat? Households battle ‘energy poverty’ as power prices soar

  77. zyconoclast

    Even the terminal brain cancer hasn’t stopped McCain from being an evil, dishonest little bastard.
    Hard not to feel sorry for cancer when it catches McCain.

    +100

  78. Baldrick

    Robert Mc
    #2463586, posted on August 9, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Fuck off troll

  79. Why is there always one sort of nut in a bag of mixed nuts that just shouldn’t be there and you have to pick them out?
    Stimpy?
    This is your field, sport. Gimme answers…

  80. calli

    McCain no doubt sees his mission, before he dies, is to bring down Trump.

    His “legacy”.

  81. Roger

    You’d reckon the cockheads at TheirABC would have just the slightest hint of self-awareness…

    And turn down another stick to beat the government with?

    Nah.

  82. srr

    Bill Mitchell Retweeted
    Nigel Farage‏Verified account @Nigel_Farage 16h16 hours ago

    It is time to drain the swamp of fake conservatives.
    https://twitter.com/Nigel_Farage/status/894949328263008256
    Nigel Farage
    _______________________

    Gee, it sounds like he’s talking about Oz politics

  83. Gab

    The “cockheads” at their ABC refuse to join the dots between renewable energy and high power bills.

  84. Why does it matter what direction mail deliveries to Carnarvon came from in 1966?

    Look up Carnarvon on Google Maps, locate the Gascoyne River, and identify where the NW Coastal Hwy crosses the river. Just maybe you can work it out for yourself.

  85. Mia Freedman @MiaFreedman
    How many young Australians have posted a letter in the past 12 months? This postal plebiscite is going to be badly skewed #marriageequality

    Just as no woman can be beautiful until she is over 30, and everybody at 40 has the face they deserve…….. Mia Freedman isn’t ageing well.

    She now has such a mean face that she looks less rootable than the Wicked Witch of the West.

    One glance from her would scare puppies or freeze water.

  86. Oh come on

    This AUSTRAC issue that CBA’s having is really a bad look for an important part of its customer base, I’ll bet. Probably will cost the bank more than whatever fine is pending (which I doubt will be steep).

    For example, I was chatting to an old lady today. Very with-it, but certainly an old fashioned banking customer. Passbooks on pension day type, I’d say. She was all “I wonder if they’ve been getting at our term deposits, I need to check my records” and so on.

    I worked for CBA in a former life. Loads and loads of its retail customers are legacy clients like this from the pre-privatisation days, ex public servants or people who liked the ‘safety’ of a government bank – lifetime customers. Many started from their school banking back in the 50s, think that was when their school banking program began? Anyway. People just like this old lady. Sure there are plenty of old folk savvy enough to know exactly what’s going on and if it might have affected them or not (ie. not). But plenty more would just see 53000 Illegal Transactions Corruption Dodgy Financial Advisors Possible Banking Royal Commission $1 Trillion Fine – seemingly endless bad news about CBA – not really have a specific idea of what’s been going on, yet quite reasonably conclude their money’s at risk, that they themselves have possibly been targeted etc.

    I wonder how many such people are prompted to switch banks on the basis of this? I don’t think it’d be an insignificant number. When I was working there, most of the oldies were pretty disillusioned with the bank; ‘it’s just another bank these days’ was a common comment. I guess people find shitty state owned bureaucratic service reassuring. But they were right – it was and remains just another bank post-privatisation. Why not look into relocating your life savings if you don’t have faith in the deposit holder?

  87. Roger

    And turn down another stick to beat the government with?

    Nah.

    Mind you, “Josh” Frydenberg deserves a good beating.

    [I speak metaphorically, Big Brother.]

    We’ve never had such a low energy Energy minister.

  88. srr

    Nick Short 🇺🇸‏Verified account @PoliticalShort 6h6 hours ago

    “No such thing as a lone wolf…that phrase was invented by the last admin to make Americans stupid.” [email protected]

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-aide-gorka-says-no-such-thing-as-lone-wolf-attack/

  89. Marcus Classis

    Interesting!

    Overall, the report says, all-male teams and crews outperformed mixed-gender ones on 93 out of 134 tasks evaluated. All-male teams were universally faster “in each tactical movement.” On “lethality,” the report says:
    All-male 0311 (rifleman) infantry squads had better accuracy compared to gender-integrated squads. There was a notable difference between genders for every individual weapons system (i.e. M4, M27, and M203) within the 0311 squads, except for the probability of hit & near miss with the M4.

    The report also says that female Marines had higher rates of injury throughout the experiment.

  90. Atoms for Peace

    FMD..even the kinder kids do outings round town to learn how to post letters etc.
    Anyone who is that dim that posting a letter is an intellectual challenge, should be banned from any sort of marriage and/or procreating, adopting.

  91. Dr Faustus

    Appropriation Act (No. 1) 2017-2018

    Part 3—Advance to the Finance Minister

    10 Advance to the Finance Minister

    (1) This section applies if the Finance Minister is satisfied that there is an urgent need for expenditure, in the current year, that is not provided for, or is insufficiently provided for, in Schedule 1:

    (a) because of an erroneous omission or understatement; or

    (b) because the expenditure was unforeseen until after the last day on which it was practicable to provide for it in the Bill for this Act before that Bill was introduced into the House of Representatives.

    It seems the High Court is going to be asked to test matters of fact:

    1) Is Cormann “satisfied that there is an urgent need for expenditure” – or is he foxing?

    2) Did someone in Government have a cunning plan to go postal with SSM before the “last day on which it was practicable to provide for it in the Bill for this Act” [ie some time in early May]?

    Sounds like we are in for a tedious orgy of second-guessing, paper trails, leaks, scandals, resignations.

  92. Elle

    The “cockheads” at their ABC refuse to join the dots between renewable energy and high power bills.

    Even if they could join the dots, they are focused on an issue that is a non-issue to most – gay marriage.

  93. Anyone who is that dim that posting a letter is an intellectual challenge, should be banned from any sort of marriage and/or procreating, adopting.

    Mia knows very well which side has intelligence & problem solving skills on its side.

    She’s worried the pro-ssm kiddies will be too dumb, or too lazy, to work out how to post a letter.

    Keep in mind that Mia is deeply embedded in the “pro” camp for years – she’s know exactly what she’s talking about here.

  94. Tim Neilson

    Marcus Classis
    #2463609, posted on August 9, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks Marcus,
    Another one for the “well who could possibly have predicted that?” file.

    Great quote from the article: relevant to a good many other situations as well I’d say.

    A military unit at maximum combat effectiveness is a military unit least likely to suffer casualties. Winning in war is often only a matter of inches, and unnecessary distraction or any dilution of the combat effectiveness puts the mission and lives in jeopardy. Risking the lives of a military unit in combat to provide career opportunities or accommodate the personal desires or interests of an individual, or group of individuals, is more than bad military judgment. It is morally wrong.

  95. Marcus Classis

    Mind you, “Josh” Frydenberg deserves a good beating.

    He likes that sortof thing. This is him, I think.

    (mildly NSFW)

  96. egg_

    ABC News ✔ @abcnews
    To heat or eat? Households battle ‘energy poverty’ as power prices soar

    Aunty’s Geriatric demographic are shivering to death under a blanket watching ‘Death in Paradise’?

  97. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stimpy?
    This is your field, sport. Gimme answers…

    I’m actually mentallyfluid at the moment, and self-identifying as sane.

    I can transition at any time obviously, but I think it would be helpful for you to visualize a stained Aldi catalogue, an old warped VHS copy of Once Upon a Time in America, and and dirty 1950s department store mannequin, to put you in the Grigsie zone.

  98. srr

    Ezra Levant 🇨🇦‏Verified account @ezralevant
    Ezra Levant 🇨🇦 Retweeted Mayor of London

    That’s the ticket. More Internet censorship will stop stabbings.

    Mayor of London‏Verified account @MayorofLondon

    I’m deeply concerned about the rise in knife crime. Internet giants must toughen guidelines & remove violent videos

  99. Atoms for Peace

    Stimp, you forgot the mummified flies stuck on fly paper; that slow moebious twirl of captured death.

  100. Snoopy

    If Australia Post renames ‘post boxes’ as ‘postal safe spaces’ the renaming will go viral. Every millennial will learn where they are and what they look like.

  101. Tim Neilson

    Sounds like we are in for a tedious orgy of second-guessing, paper trails, leaks, scandals, resignations.

    There should be a very simple preliminary hearing where the applicants get thrown out of Court on the basis that none of them have legal standing to bring the action.

    But no doubt there won’t be.

    In which case you’re right.

    But the upside is that it may delay things so long that we get close to the next election and the totalitarians will then have to argue why we can’t have a plebiscite in conjunction with the election.

  102. John Constantine

    This isn’t what i would run to the media with, but it has taken some space from sodomy.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-08-09/federal-mp-andrew-broad-claims-coles-will-not-buy-his-sheep/8788082

    Their mr broad has seen the wheels fall off, and he is sitting on what should be one of the safest seats in Australia, but there is a massive swing looming against him.

    If the shooters farmers fishers and smokers party gets a high profile local candidate, mr broad might have to deal with coles again.

    [but selling lambs to coles makes the mafia look like lobster munching gentlemen]

  103. H B Bear

    Jeez who saw this coming? Could Jay Weatherdill’s unrequited love have been the trigger?

    And more importantly how is Amber going to turn a buck out of it?

  104. Nick

    If Australia Post renames ‘post boxes’ as ‘postal safe spaces’ the renaming will go viral. Every millennial will learn where they are and what they look like.

    Heh, true.

  105. Marcus Classis

    Tim Neilsen

    yep. There’s lots of jobs where it’s fine to have females, few of them are combat jobs which require upper body strength or the ability to bear a heavy load (>100% of bodymass) for a short distance or a medium load (50-100% of bodymass) over extended distance. Or for that matter to do cross-country marching with light loads (<50% of bodymass). Most of the females I have ever done routemarches with fall out after 20-30k with stress fractures or shinsplints. Neither of which is a joke!

    So lots of RAAF jobs (including flying but not ADG), plus maintenance, clerical, medical, system operator jobs. Not much in Army, a fair bit in Navy but I am really leery of them in damage control terms. That demands a lot of strength.

  106. Snoopy

    Mayor of London‏Verified account @MayorofLondon

    I’m deeply concerned about the rise in knife crime. Internet giants must toughen guidelines & remove violent videos

    Makes sense. There were no beheadings before the internet age.

  107. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    All-male squads, teams and crews and gender-integrated squads, teams, and crews had a noticeable difference in their performance of the basic combat tasks of negotiating obstacles and evacuating casualties. For example, when negotiating the wall obstacle, male Marines threw their packs to the top of the wall, whereas female Marines required regular assistance in getting their packs to the top. During casualty evacuation assessments, there were notable differences in execution times between all-male and gender-integrated groups, except in the case where teams conducted a casualty evacuation as a one-Marine fireman’s carry of another (in which case it was most often a male Marine who “evacuated” the casualty)

    More from the link by Marcus Classis.

    Back in the day, when the AN PRC 25/77 set was in use, one of the “girls can do anything brigade” was holding forth, in the depot of an infantry unit. . She was pointed in the direction of a signalers pack and basic webbing, loaded “to go bush.” Asked how she would manage, she seemed to think she could manage “but one of you guys would have to carry the radio.”

  108. Baldrick

    Mia Freedman @MiaFreedman
    How many young Australians have posted a letter in the past 12 months? This postal plebiscite is going to be badly skewed #marriageequality

    God only knows how these young Australians are going to figure out how the post a pre-paid, self-addressed envelope, let alone figure out you need to lick the glue to seal the envelope.

  109. rickw

    I heard a rumour dentists will soon be required to keep a register of all gold fillings . . .

    Makes the job easier when sorting through a pile of corpses, hammer and bag in hand.

  110. Marcus Classis

    Stimp:

    I’m actually mentallyfluid at the moment, and self-identifying as sane.

    No worries my friend, but you will always be bughouse nuts to us, OK?

    No-one’s gonna take your Cat title and position!

  111. Stimpson J. Cat

    I’m deeply concerned about the rise in knife crime. Internet giants must toughen guidelines & remove violent videos

    Also hot chicks on bus billboards.
    Incredibly triggering.

  112. Herodotus

    a noticeable difference in their performance of the basic combat tasks

    The zombie left are attacking on every front. There appears to be no way to fight this except by ignoring all the “rules” they have set up as precursor actions.

  113. Empire GTHO Phase III

    God only knows how these young Australians are going to figure out how the post a pre-paid, self-addressed envelope, let alone figure out you need to lick the glue to seal the envelope.

    You lick the glue?

  114. H B Bear

    Actually after a working life in the Australian media, Mia Freedman has a pretty good idea of her audience. They are window lickers, not stamp lickers.

  115. Stimpson J. Cat

    No worries my friend, but you will always be bughouse nuts to us, OK?

    I was psychotic and hallucinating for four hours on Sunday at work, but that doesn’t really count.
    Only four hours, and no voices or anything.
    Not even worth mentioning.

    😂

  116. rickw

    More from the link by Marcus Classis.

    The only place this mightn’t hold true is Singapore, the load carrying capacity of the Filipino maids generally appears to be higher than that of the local young men.

  117. rickw

    Mayor of London‏Verified account @MayorofLondon

    I’m deeply concerned about the rise in knife crime. Internet giants must toughen guidelines & remove violent videos

    The toxic little goblins orcs are the ones doing all the stabbing!

  118. Chris

    The only place this mightn’t hold true is Singapore, the load carrying capacity of the Filipino maids generally appears to be higher than that of the local young men.

    One those local young men, my nephew is doing his service right now. I think he will do OK in competition with the maids.

  119. Atoms for Peace

    Carols by Candlelight should be the real deal in SA this Christmas ay..

  120. srr

    Google Memo: Fired Employee Speaks Out!
    James Damore
    and Stefan Molyneux
    Aug 8, 2017
    Why would a successful Google engineer risk his career to make the case against Google’s current diversity initiatives? Former Google employee James Damore describes the intense media backlash to his Google diversity memo, intolerance shown towards political diversity in the company, the importance of discussing gender differences and why he wrote the memo in the first place.

  121. Baldrick

    What a country!

    The final member of a group of gold thieves has pleaded guilty to stealing more than kilogram of the mineral he stumbled across during an outback barbecue.
    Glen Stephen Rutherford was hit with a $5,000 fine by Kalgoorlie Magistrate Sandra De Maio, after he admitted his role in the bizarre theft.

    So how bizarre was the theft …

    Rutherford was returning from an unsuccessful prospecting trip on June 4 last year, when he stopped for a barbecue on the outskirts of Kunanalling, a ghost town 32km north of Coolgardie.
    Along with Andrew Mark Warren, Stephen Lindsay Rowe and Michael James Forward, who pleaded guilty to the theft earlier this year, Rutherford descended into a nearby mining pit to fossick for gold.
    Police prosecutor Carol Peterson told the court it was Rutherford who then stumbled on a large gold specimen protruding from the ground.
    The foursome managed to illegally remove $62,392 of gold, more than a kilogram, before an ill-advised Facebook post boasting of gold for sale drew the attention of the WA Police Gold Stealing Detection Unit.

    Yes, you read it right. W.A. Police have a Gold Stealing Detection Unit.

  122. rickw

    President Trump’s assault on red tape has saved businesses nearly $4 billion per year compared with former President Barack Obama’s pace of imposing regulations, a new study found Tuesday.

    Been waiting on a fucking FAA permit for almost two months now, between system glitches and the revolving door of people going on leave… Trump still has plenty to cut…

  123. egg_

    The “cockheads” at their ABC refuse to join the dots between renewable energy and high power bills.

    Even if they could join the dots, they are focused on an issue that is a non-issue to most – gay marriage.

    Turn up the heat by rubbing two faggots together?

  124. Roger

    All-male squads, teams and crews and gender-integrated squads, teams, and crews had a noticeable difference in their performance of the basic combat tasks…

    Same reported by my son after he ended up in a “stag platoon” at Kapooka.

  125. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Yes, you read it right. W.A. Police have a Gold Stealing Detection Unit.

    Members of that squad have actually been murdered in the course of their duty….

  126. rickw

    One those local young men, my nephew is doing his service right now. I think he will do OK in competition with the maids.

    There is a pretty regular outcry on this, someone always seems to manage to snap photo of a new recruit waiting for a bus with maid standing close by carrying the full kit!

  127. ZK2A;

    Asked how she would manage, she seemed to think she could manage “but one of you guys would have to carry the radio.”

    I went on exercise and carried one of those for three days with a two day broken clavicle. Why? I hear you ask? Because the bloody webbing pulled my shoulder and the clavicle back into position, and I didn’t have to carry any extra luggage or dig holes, that’s why!

  128. Chris

    Yes, you read it right. W.A. Police have a Gold Stealing Detection Unit.

    Baldrick, one of the reasons we have such crazy gun laws in WA is that two members of that squad were murdered in 1929. The memorial to police killed in the line of service started with them, and the 1930 Guns Act used outrage over their deaths and another for political momentum.

  129. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Yes, you read it right. W.A. Police have a Gold Stealing Detection Unit.

    Fornication, heavy drinking, and handling stolen gold are considered fine sport in Kalgoorlie.

  130. Stimpson J. Cat

    Carols by Candlelight should be the real deal in SA this Christmas ay..

    Of course you mean Songs Of No Particular Relevance by Gaialight this Holiday For No Particular Reason in South Indigenous Commie Land.

  131. rickw


    Members of that squad have actually been murdered in the course of their duty….

    Based on the story about their most recent arrest, doesn’t seem to be that unreasonable?

  132. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    and the 1930 Guns Act used outrage over their deaths and another for political momentum.

    I know the story of Walsh and Pitman, but who is the “other death?”

  133. Chris

    Also, when you start work in the gold industry in WA you get warned not to keep any visible gold specimens, because that rock with a bit of colour you put on your mantelpiece or in your rock collection is an opportunity for someone who doesn’t like you – eg the deluded lesbian vegan colleague who is offended by my beliefs – to dob me in.
    That will result in blown shifts, loss of job, and if you dont go to jail, you will get your arse reamed by the costs of legal defence.

  134. zyconoclast

    Mind you, “Josh” Frydenberg deserves a good beating.
    He likes that sortof thing. This is him, I think.
    (mildly NSFW)

    Surprisingly Josh looks OK in a dress.
    I hate what he is doing to the tax payer’s bottom.

  135. Robert Mc

    Why does it matter what direction mail deliveries to Carnarvon came from in 1966?

    Look up Carnarvon on Google Maps, locate the Gascoyne River, and identify where the NW Coastal Hwy crosses the river. Just maybe you can work it out for yourself.

    Just maybe you are a bit obtuse. I know where the highway comes into Carnarvon from both the north and the south. Why does it matter which direction the mail came from in 1966?

  136. Marcus Classis

    Zyconoclast:

    Surprisingly Josh looks OK in a dress.
    I hate what he is doing to the tax payer’s bottom.


    Bwahahahahahahahahaha!

    You, sir, win the intertubes for today.

  137. zyconoclast

    More from the link by Marcus Classis.
    The only place this mightn’t hold true is Singapore, the load carrying capacity of the Filipino maids generally appears to be higher than that of the local young men.

    Sounds like the line from US marine in/near Saudi Arabia.
    The heaviest thing a Saudi picks up is his wallet. About the same weight as a the marine’s back pack.

  138. cohenite

    srr

    #2463608, posted on August 9, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Nick Short 🇺🇸‏Verified account @PoliticalShort 6h6 hours ago

    “No such thing as a lone wolf…that phrase was invented by the last admin to make Americans stupid.” [email protected]

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-aide-gorka-says-no-such-thing-as-lone-wolf-attack/

    Gorka is great. He alone makes Trump’s election worthwhile. And what a team he and Huckabee make.

  139. herodotus

    Mary Kissel of the WSJ on Bolt. Very impressive.

  140. Roger

    According to ABC TV News, Donald Trump is responsible for NorKo’s aggressive stance.

    They even included a clip from NorKo state TV saying so!

  141. Baldrick

    Also, when you start work in the gold industry in WA you get warned not to keep any visible gold specimens, because that rock with a bit of colour you put on your mantelpiece or in your rock collection is an opportunity for someone who doesn’t like you – eg the deluded lesbian vegan colleague who is offended by my beliefs – to dob me in.

    The W.A. Gold Stealing Detection Unit should be renamed the W.A. Potato Gold Marking Board

  142. OldOzzie

    And now for some Good News

    Yassmin Abdel-Magied axed from key government board

    The Turnbull government has not renewed Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s position as a board member of the Council of Australian-Arab relations.

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop today thanked Ms Abdel-Magied and businesswoman and outgoing council chair Sue Ismiel for their contributions, announcing the appointment of former Adelaide deputy lord mayor Houssam Abiad as the new chair.

    Former Liberal MP Peter Hendy — who was a key Malcolm Turnbull ally during the 2015 leadership spill and took a job as the PM’s chief economist after losing his seat at the last election — has been appointed as a new board member.

    Mr Hendy will be joined on the board by organic beef businesswoman Dalene Wray and Fox Studios managing director Wayne Borg.

    According to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade evidence tendered to Senate Estimates earlier this year, board members are entitled to $393 per day and travel costs for every day the board sits.

    The chair receives $523 per day and the board typically sits three times per year.

    Ms Bishop said the new board members would contribute to the council’s efforts to strengthen Australian-Arab relations by advancing areas of shared political, economic and social interest and building greater awareness of each other’s culture and values.

    “The new members will bring a wealth of skills, networks and experience,” she said.

    Ms Abdel-Magied, an engineer and writer, moved to London last month.

    In May the ABC axed Ms Abdel-Magied’s TV program Australia Wide, but said at the time that the move was part of a larger restructure, and unrelated to Ms Abdel-Magied’s controversial Anzac Day Facebook post: “Lest We Forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine)”.

    Ms Abdel-Magied also sparked controversy in June when she declared Australia’s system of parliamentary democracy “doesn’t represent anyone” and generated outrage in February when she claimed Islam was “the most feminist religion” during an appearance on the ABC’s Q&A program.

    In November Ms Abdel-Magied went on a taxpayer-funded tour of some of the world’s most repressive Islamic regimes to promote her book about being a Sudanese-Egyptian Australian Muslim woman who wears the hijab.

    Despite visiting locations such as Sudan, where more than 90 per cent of women undergo forced genital mutilation and forced marriage is permissible, and Saudi Arabia, where women are flogged and stoned for adultery and not permitted to drive or leave the home without wearing a sleeveless, full-body covering, Ms Abdel Magied did not discuss the countries’ oppression of women during any of her appearances.

  143. egg_

    According to ABC TV News, Donald Trump is responsible for NorKo’s aggressive stance.

    They even included a clip from NorKo state TV saying so!

  144. Roger

    Yassmin Abdel-Magied axed from key government board

    Thanks OldOzzie.

    But let’s not make a virtue out of a necessity.

    She was hardly likely to attend board meetings from London.

    We await her next carer move with ‘bated breath.

  145. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ms Abdel-Magied, an engineer and writer, moved to London last month.

    There is a God.

  146. egg_

    Despite visiting locations such as Sudan, where more than 90 per cent of women undergo forced genital mutilation and forced marriage is permissible, and Saudi Arabia, where women are flogged and stoned for adultery and not permitted to drive or leave the home without wearing a sleeveless, full-body covering, Ms Abdel Magied did not discuss the countries’ oppression of women during any of her appearances.

    But their Baklava was to die for!

  147. OldOzzie

    Unfortunately the Bad news from Yassmin Abdel-Magied axed from key government board

    Former Liberal MP Peter Hendy — who was a key Malcolm Turnbull ally during the 2015 leadership spill and took a job as the PM’s chief economist after losing his seat at the last election — has been appointed as a new board member.

    Mr Hendy will be joined on the board by organic beef businesswoman Dalene Wray

    More Parasites on the Public Purse in yet another Useless Qango

  148. H B Bear

    So YAMmy is replaced by a Waffleworth stooge?

    I guess that’s an improvement. Isn’t it?

  149. OldOzzie

    Unfortunately the Bad news from Yassmin Abdel-Magied axed from key government board

    Former Liberal MP Peter Hendy — who was a key Malcolm Turnbull ally during the 2015 leadership spill and took a job as the PM’s chief economist after losing his seat at the last election — has been appointed as a new board member.

    Mr Hendy will be joined on the board by organic beef businesswoman Dalene Wray

    More Parasites on the Public Purse in yet another Useless Qango

  150. Roger

    Speaking of the CBA, my wife has just discovered the bank’s insurance arm failed to disclose a benefit available to her during a recent period of time off work due to an accident.

    It’s very difficult not to conclude that there is a problem with the culture of the company.

  151. H B Bear

    I’d be interested in knowing what qualifications former Liberal MP and Waffleworth stooge Peter Hendy has in the Australian-Arab relations area. Maybe he bought some falafels at a farmers market once or bought a re-birthed Commodore real cheap from someone’s cousin.

  152. Yes, you read it right. W.A. Police have a Gold Stealing Detection Unit.

    Has existed since the gold rush days of the 1890’s. If you want a job anywhere in the industry where you might come into physical contact with gold, you need a Gold Stealing Unit clearance. My Dad was seconded to the unit for a while during his three year stint as a copper in Kalgoorlie in the 1950’s.

  153. herodotus

    Lots of contradictions in what David Coltart was saying about Africa.

  154. herodotus

    According to ABC TV News, Donald Trump is responsible for NorKo’s aggressive stance.
    They even included a clip from NorKo state TV saying so!

    Why are we not surprised by anything the ABC does any more?

  155. John constantine

    United Nations warns of coming genocide in the Central African Republic.

    Ethnic cleansing on religious grounds.

  156. Baldrick

    According to ABC TV News, Donald Trump is responsible for NorKo’s aggressive stance.
    They even included a clip from NorKo state TV saying so!

    I’m sure they have a live feed of NorKo state TV at TheirABC.

  157. Stimpson J. Cat

    The Turnbull government has not renewed Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s position as a board member of the Council of Australian-Arab relations.

    Test Pattern, your thoughts on this travesty of justice?

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

  158. Been waiting on a fucking FAA permit for almost two months now, between system glitches and the revolving door of people going on leave… Trump still has plenty to cut…

    That’s a whole lot quicker than most Australian depts.
    Red tape is going through the roof here *sigh*

  159. Stimpson J. Cat

    We await her next carer move with ‘bated breath.

    Columnist for The Guardian or Buzzfeed.

    It is the only sane decision.

  160. Roger

    How dare Penny Wong use her children as ammunition in the SSM debate.

  161. calli

    I’m sure they have a live feed of NorKo state TV at TheirABC.

    No. It goes to SBS. Via a diversity carrier cocky.

  162. Nick

    According to ABC TV News, Donald Trump is responsible for NorKo’s aggressive stance.

    Ch7 talked about Trumps’ provocative words!!!!!!!!

  163. herodotus

    Black Cockatoos Matter, Calli.

  164. Snoopy

    It is the only sane decision.

    No. Al Jazeera correspondent to the Court of St James.

  165. calli

    Yes, I saw Riley parroting the lines, Nick.

    Trump is responsible for North Korea being ruled by a genocidal maniac.

  166. Stimpson J. Cat

    How dare Penny Wong use her children as ammunition in the SSM debate.

    Surprised they haven’t transitioned yet.
    There’s still time kids, don’t worry.

  167. Nick

    Yes, I saw Riley parroting the lines, Nick.

    Can you remember what the other, similar line from Mike Amor was, Calli?

  168. herodotus

    How dare Penny Wong use her children as ammunition in the SSM debate.

    She’s the one who should be fired out of a cannon.

  169. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Turnbull government has not renewed Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s position as a board member of the Council of Australian-Arab relations.

    The Oz is allowing comments on this – should be interesting.

  170. Stimpson J. Cat

    No. Al Jazeera correspondent to the Court of St James.

    Al Jazeera won’t exist soon.
    The Saudi’s have had enough of those Goddamned Muslim Libertarians in Qatar with their poisonous promoting of the Western Freedoms.

  171. srr

    🙂 …

    James O’Keefe‏ @JamesOKeefeIII Aug 7
    James O’Keefe Retweeted Donald J. Trump

    Stay tuned…

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump

    How much longer will the failing nytimes, with its big losses and massive unfunded liability (and non-existent sources), remain in business?

  172. The foursome managed to illegally remove $62,392 of gold, more than a kilogram, before an ill-advised Facebook post boasting of gold for sale drew the attention of the WA Police Gold Stealing Detection Unit.

    Oh my Goodness!

  173. Roger

    Uh oh:

    Facing its own looming economic crisis, the Chinese government begins to frown on foreign property investment, tightening funding for foreign property investment loans via its regulatory body.

    Chinese property investors dump 84% of their foreign properties in response, apparently accounting for a softness in prime property markets such as London and New York.

    Chinese buyers account for 12-25% of the Australian property market.

  174. Just maybe you are a bit obtuse. I know where the highway comes into Carnarvon from both the north and the south. Why does it matter which direction the mail came from in 1966?

    And just maybe you are a bit stupid. The Gascoyne River crossing is NORTH of Carnarvon. By 1966 the bulk of the mail came via MMA’s F27 daily flight from Perth in the south. Larger parcels came via road, from Perth, in the South. Mail from north of Carnarvon was flown south to Perth for sorting, and then flown north again.

    There would have been no good reason for Les Dingo to attempt to swim the flooded Gascoyne River, north of Carnarvon, to collect the mail – from the north side – for the simple reason that there wouldn’t have been any.

  175. calli

    Can you remember what the other, similar line from Mike Amor was, Calli?

    Chuckle. The human parrots all look the same to me, Nick.

    It must be the fist magnet faces and smugging.

    Feathered ones are much nicer.

  176. The recovered gold has been claimed by the State Government, ….
    While the men were officially charged with defrauding tenement holder Evolution mining by stealing the gold, prosecutors argued that because the gold had not been mined before it was stolen, it remained the property of the people of Western Australia.

    Huh?
    They’re charged with stealing the property of Evolution Mining, but the stolen property is forfeited to the state government on the basis that the stolen property was, and remains, the property of the state?

    Them’s some flexible laws you got there WestOz.

  177. Stimpson J. Cat

    Chinese buyers account for 12-25% of the Australian property market.

    No excuses anymore millenials.
    Plenty of cheap houses now.

  178. Stimpson J. Cat

    Trump is responsible for North Korea being ruled by a genocidal maniac.

    Why hasn’t Trump sent in Rodman?

    What the f$ck is he waiting for?

    This is getting dangerous.

  179. Roger

    No excuses anymore millenials. Plenty of cheap houses now.

    Only in certain sectors of the market.

  180. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    They’re charged with stealing the property of Evolution Mining

    As a shareholder in Evolution mining, I demand they be given a fair trial, then executed. Drawing , hanging and quartering will suffice.

  181. Robert Mc

    There would have been no good reason for Les Dingo to attempt to swim the flooded Gascoyne River, north of Carnarvon,

    You really are obtuse. Who said Les Dingo swam the flooded Gascoyne River? And why would he have swum any flooded river north or south of Carnarvon in 1966?

  182. pete m

    “No such thing as a lone wolf…that phrase was invented by the last admin to make Americans stupid.”

    For half the population that vote Dem they wasted their time – work was done.

  183. notafan

    Have to say that the prior membership of the Australian Arab relation thingy was very suspect, all but one young female and Muslim iirc, at least one of those Twitter account was very dubious.

    Putting Australian business people on seems just a little logical, if we must have these quangos.

    I don’t doubt Yammie would have been retired anyhow.

    What happens when entities like this find themselves getting a little public scrunity.

  184. Stimpson J. Cat

    Only in certain sectors of the market.

    It’s nice being able to choose NOT to buy a house isn’t it?
    Very stressful not being able to fulfill all our lifelong houseowning dreams with our first purchase.

  185. calli

    memoryvault
    #2463701, posted on August 9, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I love the random stuff Cats know. Made my day.

  186. Chris

    There would have been no good reason for Les Dingo to attempt to swim the flooded Gascoyne River, north of Carnarvon, to collect the mail – from the north side – for the simple reason that there wouldn’t have been any.

    There would be a rural mailman run across the river to ‘communities’ and roadside mailboxes though.

  187. Tom

    Trump is responsible for North Korea being ruled by a genocidal maniac.

    The Australian peasantry has figured out that the entire MSM is treating them like idiots — lying to them about everything except daily car crashes (except when a jungle bunny is at the wheel, when they lie about that too). Fifty years ago, nobody took any notice of how newspapers told them to vote. They’re taking even less notice now. Trust me.

  188. srr

    More Granules – “Friends With Benefits” – Quiet Activity Appears After Phone Calls…
    Posted on August 9, 2017 by sundance

    As you know CTH takes a different approach at significant world events. We try to share the untold stories as they shake out, in real time, in granular details not noted by the MSM. We discuss the stuff on the way to the destination. That way when we arrive at a ‘way point’ we have a historic reference, a back-story, to comprehend consequential headlines when they happen.

    With that in mind, here’s another non-discussed granular detail, spotted recently, building toward a much more significant geopolitical outcome, vis-a-vis Russia.

    You might remember on August 4th President Trump and French President Emmanuel had a phone call. The outline of the phone conversation is HERE, but there was no real reason for them to be chatting…. or was there?

    Western media has paid virtually no attention to how Trump’s big picture economic policy enmeshes and bolsters his national security policy.

    Quite literally, and I really want to emphasize this, Secretary Mnuchin (Treasury) and Secretary Ross (Commerce) are just as important as Secretary Mattis (Defense) and Secretary Tillerson (State).

    Stop and think about that for a minute.

    When President Trump went to Saudi Arabia …

    RTWT –
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/08/09/more-granules-friends-with-benefits-quiet-activity-appears-after-phone-calls/

  189. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Encore! Sing it again Buddy!

    The Gascoyne river was in flood.
    It was running wild and wide
    Carnarvon town was cut right off.
    And was short of food supply.
    The mailman couldn’t get to town
    Cause the Gascoyne was too high
    So he left the mail for Carnarvon folks.
    On the bank of the river side.
    A coloured man with heart so brave
    Volunteered to get the mail
    He swam the raging rivers wild
    Les Dingo was his name.
    Les Dingo was his name
    Les Dingo he died game

    A coloured man with a great big smile
    Les Dingo was his name.

    What a great Murchison family.

    From Testes original post. I’ve highlighted the relevant bits, Grogarly.

  190. You really are obtuse. Who said Les Dingo swam the flooded Gascoyne River? And why would he have swum any flooded river north or south of Carnarvon in 1966?

    You don’t even have a fvcking clue what the original conversation was about, do you? Fvck me, talk about a waste of time. Here’s a clue, dipshit. If you want to be taken at least halfway seriously, at least ascertain what the original discussion was about before leaping in with both feet firmly lodged in your gob. FYI the words of the song from the original post:

    The Gascoyne river was in flood.
    It was running wild and wide
    Carnarvon town was cut right off.
    And was short of food supply.
    The mailman couldn’t get to town
    Cause the Gascoyne was too high
    So he left the mail for Carnarvon folks.
    On the bank of the river side.
    A coloured man with heart so brave
    Volunteered to get the mail
    He swam the raging rivers wild
    Les Dingo was his name.
    Les Dingo was his name
    Les Dingo he died game
    A coloured man with a great big smile
    Les Dingo was his name.

  191. Delta A

    Regarding the escalating situation with North Korea:

    I remember when Obama first faced Phat Boy’s sabre rattling. Greg Sheridan, self-acclaimed expert, assured us that this was SOP for the NK Kims, and the US’s standard response was to look a little rattled, then lift (or impose) a new sanction. Then everyone went on their merry way again.

    Not for a moment did Sheridan contemplate the possibility of armed, nuclear warheads in his happy equation.

  192. Fleeced

    Hi all, just checking in after a long absence from the Cat. Hope you all doing well.

    For your amusement, check out this Royal Dutch Airlines twitter post.

    It’s a “supportive” post of gay marriage, but see if you can spot the obvious marketing fail (most who point it out are accused of being “haters” – because that’s how things work, nowadays)

  193. From Testes original post. I’ve highlighted the relevant bits, Grogarly.

    Snap! Zulu.

  194. Robert Mc

    memoryvault, your lapse into name-calling does you no credit. Here is my original question:

    Why does it matter what direction mail deliveries to Carnarvon came from in 1966?

  195. Fergus

    So they are saying young people don’t really give a rat’s, but let’s blame someone else
    “Right now, they don’t want people to be on the roll, and young people can do something about this.”
    http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/how-to-have-your-say-on-ssm/8790718

  196. Tel

    … the gold had not been mined before it was stolen …

    Hmmm stealing gold while it sits at rest underground. That’s very clever.

    Who knows what other underground resources have already been stolen? Perhaps the very core of Uluru belongs to a thief and nobody suspects a thing.

    Some cunning pilferer might be stealing the foundations of Parliament House itself and no one would be the wiser.

  197. calli

    Fleeced!

    Diversity buckles. I sense Darwin’s Heteronormative Law in operation.

  198. Fleeced

    Thank you Doomlord. After last night’s flatearthers, this was sorely needed.

    Is that a figure of speech, or did we have genuine flat-earthers at the Cat? I’ve noticed a few of them in the interwebs lately. It’s one of those beliefs that are so stupid, you throw it aroundas an insult, but there are some who actually believe it.

    Of course it’s silly. The Earth is round – but we’re on the inside!

    Hollow Earthers, unite!

  199. Fleeced

    Diversity buckles

    Love that name.

    People should be able to buckle up however they choose!

  200. There would be a rural mailman run across the river to ‘communities’ and roadside mailboxes though.

    You’ve led a sheltered life, haven’t you, Chris?
    The closest thing to a “rural mailman” out there is the fuel delivery truck driver, once a month.
    Which explains why Cessna 172’s are almost as common as Toyota Landcruisers.

  201. Armadillo

    Price and Clennell tag teaming a Trump 666 on 2GB.

  202. srr

    Jordan B Peterson‏ @jordanbpeterson 19h19 hours ago

    The Rise of the Violent Left

    https://twitter.com/jordanbpeterson/status/894950493981732867

    Antifa’s activists say they’re battling burgeoning authoritarianism on the American right. Are they fueling it instead?
    _____________
    Recognise much? There’s the answer.

    8 Months in Ukraine (Euromaidan – MH17) [1/5]

  203. Why does it matter what direction mail deliveries to Carnarvon came from in 1966?

    Sorry, Robert, but I can only deal with so much stupid at any one time.
    You have used up today’s quota.
    And probably tomorrow’s as well.

  204. Robert Mc

    I can only deal with so much stupid at any one time

    Heavens. Don’t look in the mirror then.

  205. Marcus Classis

    H B Bear
    #2463677, posted on August 9, 2017 at 7:38 pm
    I’d be interested in knowing what qualifications former Liberal MP and Waffleworth stooge Peter Hendy has in the Australian-Arab relations area. Maybe he bought some falafels at a farmers market once or bought a re-birthed Commodore real cheap from someone’s cousin.

    A Turdball stooge?

    Something to do with goats or Bacha bazi catamites, then?

  206. srr

    Jordan B Peterson‏ @jordanbpeterson 20h20 hours ago

    Controversy Over Diversity Manifesto Reveals Google’s Ugly Secret: Blacklists @sonyaellenmann https://www.inc.com/sonya-mann/google-manifesto-blacklists.html … via @Inc

  207. cohenite

    Armadillo

    #2463732, posted on August 9, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Price and Clennell tag teaming a Trump 666 on 2GB.

    With Bolta’s mild conservatism gone price quickly reverts to type. I don’t know the other fuckwit.

  208. Snoopy

    Do we have a Council for Australian-Inuit Relations? If not, why not?

  209. Geriatric Mayfly

    The One Nation leader has been accused by a Labor senator of a ‘racist rant’ for saying Muslims are reliant on welfare. The Oz.

    Fact check: True.

  210. Marcus Classis

    Tel:

    Who knows what other underground resources have already been stolen? Perhaps the very core of Uluru belongs to a thief and nobody suspects a thing.

    Curses!

    My evil plans are uncovered again!

  211. Mark A

    Robert Mc
    #2463735, posted on August 9, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I can only deal with so much stupid at any one time

    Heavens. Don’t look in the mirror then.

    Baldrick, say it!

  212. Rabz

    Not for a moment did Sheridan contemplate the possibility of armed, nuclear warheads in his happy equation.

    Given he’s one of this country’s most profound wrongologists, that’s entirely unsurprising.

  213. Tel

    Heavens. Don’t look in the mirror then.

    Robert, you are the guy who asked, “Who said Les Dingo swam the flooded Gascoyne River?” right after several pages of argument over a song about exactly that event.

    Even Monty is a touch sharper than that.

    I think you might best just be quiet and let it blow over at this point. That’s just a suggestion.

  214. val majkus

    was going to tiptoe in but now they’ve put ‘million dollar listing NY’ on early

  215. Rabz

    I’d be interested in knowing what qualifications former Liberal MP and Waffleworth stooge Peter Hendy has in the Australian-Arab relations area.

    It’s probably because he’s seen Lawrence of Arabia and once regaled the Waffler with amazing tales from that famed documentary.

  216. Tel

    Curses!

    My evil plans are uncovered again!

    That’s the cunning part… if you steal something deep enough, it will NEVER be uncovered.

    I’m quietly thinking about the biggest heist of all. Tonight we steal the very core of the Earth. Who is with me?

  217. Fleeced

    I’m quietly thinking about the biggest heist of all. Tonight we steal the very core of the Earth. Who is with me?

    Silly. The Earth is hollow!

  218. Armadillo

    With Bolta’s mild conservatism gone price quickly reverts to type. I don’t know the other fuckwit.

    Andrew Clennell writes for the Daily Telegraph. He’s a pompous arse.

  219. cohenite

    Why Cheese Is the Most Sexist Thing You Can Eat: according to the four legs good, 2 legs bad ratbags at PETA.

    I thought bananas were the most sexist food.

  220. C.L.

    Julie Bishop says tonight that North Korea is an “existential threat” to Australia.
    So what are we going to do about it?
    Is our sensitivity-trained, castrated, dress-wearing military ready to rumble?

  221. calli

    I’m in. We could discover the remains of Arne Saknussemm. Plus dinosaurs. And an ocean.

  222. Robert Mc

    Tel, I don’t care if Les Dingo was the Johnny Weismuller of the North West. What interests me is an answer to my original question, which I did repeat:

    Why does it matter what direction mail deliveries to Carnarvon came from in 1966?

  223. Tintarella di Luna

    My goodness has anyone see Simon Birmingham and Senator Trevor Evans in the same room — they both look like Alfalfa

  224. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Snap! Zulu.

    Great minds, Memory Vault…FWIW, I was at school with Ernie Dingo, and some of what was written in his biography, differed quite markedly from what I recall…

  225. Fleeced

    Why Cheese Is the Most Sexist Thing You Can Eat

    If you eat cheese you’re a rapist!

    I wonder how they’d feel about veal with cheese?

  226. Tintarella di Luna

    I’m quietly thinking about the biggest heist of all. Tonight we steal the very core of the Earth. Who is with me?

    Silly. The Earth is hollow!

    Yes that would be as silly as trying to find principles and a soul in the Liberal party

  227. That’s the cunning part… if you steal something deep enough, it will NEVER be uncovered.

    The trick is, Tel, to steal it before its very existence is discovered.
    I started stealing and stockpiling Unobtainium years before Cameron made Avatar.
    One day I will be filthy rich.

  228. C.L.

    Just saw interview with Alice Cooper re Glenn Campbell …
    Apparently Eddie Van Halen asked him to line up a guitar lesson with Campbell.
    He was that good.
    My Lord, he was good … My favourite:

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