Open Forum: March 31, 2018

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  1. Leigh Lowe

    areff

    Can’t we all just get along?

    No.
    Fuck off.
    😉

  2. Dan Dare

    There’s a lot of people cracking the perkys here lately.

  3. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    today’s perky tits: Juju Salimeni

  4. egg_

    It is owned by Neoen and Tesla, with the government having the ability to call on the stored power under certain circumstances.[18]

    The one-eyed socks seem to suffer chronic comprehension failure.

  5. Leigh Lowe

    There can only be one resolution to this cat-fight.
    A jelly wrestle
    (Who wants my ticket).

  6. Some History

    Last week I provided a link to the antismoking nut case, Judy Mackay, using the “tornado” claim to browbeat the Japanese into wholesale smoking bans re the upcoming Olympics. The claim originally comes from a report prepared by antismoking ultra nut case, James Repace, for the Burswood Casino back in 2005. In it Repace, the American promoting himself as a “health physicist” (whatever that means) and secondhand smoke expert, claims that to dissipate ambient tobacco smoke to an acceptable level in the casino would require air exchanges the equivalent of a tornado. Since that’s not feasible, smoking should be banned altogether, natch. It’s not a published paper. It’s just a few pages slapped together, probably while he was on the toilet. Links to antismoking claims made in the early days are getting very hard to find: Original links have simply “disappeared”. But I did manage to find a copy of Repace’s report that was used to ban smoking at the Burswood Casino and many other places since. Those with some technical expertise should find the report of interest for its sheer crapness. Get a copy before it “disappears”.

    https://www.scribd.com/document/261692637/Critical-Evaluation

    Just think about the claim for a moment. According to Repace, the only way to get environmental tobacco smoke to an ‘acceptable’ level is to have ventilation power that can also suck the customers, the table cloths, the tables and other furniture, the espresso machine, the floor tiles and maybe a few feet into the bare earth up the ventilator extraction chute. It makes no sense whatsoever. But they’ve been getting away with this crap for many years. And shame on those that lap up this crap.

    Here Repace repeats the “tornado” claim in a media article:
    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/15520819/ns/health-addictions/t/ventilation-systems-can-make-cig-smoke-worse/#.Wr7NrMWge1s

    Repace has been responsible for numerous other as deranged antismoking claims. He is a pathological liar extraordinaire for the “cause”.

  7. Some History

    Repace, the ultra misocapnist/capnophobe, an Artiste with his own version of antismoking “physics”, “chemistry”, and “statistics”.
    https://imgur.com/ebbeuVV

  8. JC

    Zipperhead

    That’s not a woman. It’s a bloke, you nimrod. Perhaps that’s your cup of tea?

  9. calli

    Are these perky enough for you?

    Mmmmm…Italy.

  10. Gab

    Areff the peace-maker. What a cad!

  11. Tom

    Can’t we all just get along?

    No.
    Fuck off.

    Please, Leigh Lowe. it’s not that kind of blog.





    Um, what was I thinking?

    It IS that kind of blog.

  12. egg_

    Licciardello replied. Ergo: those now vilifying and going overboard-bananas about Smith and Warner should take responsibility for what they have wrought. They too had a choice and decided to go nuts.

    Who was the toxic Chaser member who publicly vilified his abused wife?

  13. Infidel Tiger

    Sorry, I prefer fulsome to perky.

    I’m a big naturals man myself.

  14. Leigh Lowe

    Retaliating to sledges in front of cameras is unacceptable. I shall learn the art of discretion and the Ninja. Sorry about that

    I forgot the prime objective of sledging.
    That the opposition empties their pram of dollies, whilst I retain all my dollies in my pram.

  15. Roger.

    Lots of kerfuffle on the intellects about the “whitewashing” of Jesus:

    “Jesus wasn’t white, he was a brown skinned Middle Easterner, therefore a white actor can’t play Jesus.”

    Yet every ethnic culture in the world that has been touched by the Christian Gospel portrays Jesus in images as one of them! Black Jesus, Chinese Jesus, English Jesus with blonde hair and blue eyes, aboriginal Jesus.

    Why is it only white Jesus that gets called out?

    Let’s have some consistency here!

    From now on, Jesus shall only be portrayed as a 1st C. J e w.

    Uh-oh.

  16. Spring is coming

    For my spelling I am sorry

  17. Leigh Lowe

    Focus, please, fellas.
    Focus.
    We need to get back to the cricket there is only eight more days of this Test to go, and only three more Tests after that.
    Let’s not waste it.

  18. Bruce of Newcastle

    Sorry, I prefer fulsome to perky?

    How about brains, beauty & opera…?

    Opera prodigy swaps singing in Scotland for stargazing with Nasa (30 Mar)

  19. Roger.

    It’s a secular state, Roger. He’s not a bishop.

    No, but he’s about as useless as most bishops.

    And we’re not a secular state in that sense, either.

  20. John Constantine

    Sport Reform.

    The social engineers of Stalin require a reform of the “win for your country” culture.

    There is no Australia, so the only victory that counts is the war to decolonialise the racist outpost cling to concepts of loyalty to country instead of loyalty to the movement.

    Plus, can cricket reform Australia be sued in India in front of judges that hate them?.

    If Australian footballers can be prosecuted in Switzerland, then why not officials be sued in IPL land?.

  21. JC

    How retarded would you have to be to pay 500K plus for a Range Rover?

    The SV Coupe will be hand-built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operation and limited to 999 examples. Australian buyers can expect delivery early next year, with prices starting above $500,000.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/weekend-australian-magazine/luxury-suvs-lamborghini-urus-porsche-cayenne-range-rover-sv-coupe-audi-etron-bentley-bentayga-hybrid-rolls-royce-cullinan/news-story/9bdae036d96240b84fa1366a6a1ccc9e

    Oh but don’t despair, you can fork over a mill for the ugliest car in production.

    Rolls-Royce Cullinan

    “Effortless, everywhere” is the mantra of Rolls-Royce’s debut SUV, which last month formally adopted its project name, Cullinan, as its badge. It’s a reference to the Cullinan Diamond, the largest gem-quality diamond ever found, and Rolls engineers have been testing the car in a range of environments worldwide to ensure it’s as polished and brilliant as the gem. The Cullinan shares its aluminium spaceframe with the second-generation Phantom limousine and pictures of the car (during testing in body-wrap disguise) suggest it shares its stately bearing, too. The engine will almost certainly be a version of that car’s 420kW turbocharged 6.8-litre V12 and it’s likely to adopt some of the Phantom’s innovations, such as self-levelling air suspension and rear-wheel steering. Unique features will include all-wheel drive and special seats that slide out from the rear cargo area for viewing events. Due to be unveiled this year, it’s unlikely to be more affordable than the Phantom, which starts at $950,000.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/weekend-australian-magazine/luxury-suvs-lamborghini-urus-porsche-cayenne-range-rover-sv-coupe-audi-etron-bentley-bentayga-hybrid-rolls-royce-cullinan/news-story/9bdae036d96240b84fa1366a6a1ccc9e

  22. Infidel Tiger

    We are not secular, we are pluralist.

  23. H B Bear

    Oh god. Candice was at the press conference with Roxy Jackenko. Sydney is a truly hideous place that must be pushed into the sea.

    A truly awful place full of spivs and sodomites. No surprise it has given us the likes of the Baird family, the Father of Middle Class Welfare, Bucket Guts, Photios’ Fags … It’s been all downhill since the Rum Rebellion.

  24. John Constantine

    Will their ABC now weep from their bully pulpit as they apologise for sledging the Abbottbeast and sledging his girlchildren?.

  25. egg_

    Sport Entertainment Reform.

    FTFY.

  26. Dr Fred Lenin

    Roger, everyone knows that God is an Englishman , it therefore figures that Jesus ,his son is white as there were very few Pakis and West Indians in England then beats mebwhy the bible is in Hebrew and Latin if the boss is English , immediate correction required

  27. Rae

    It is owned by Neoen and Tesla, with the government having the ability to call on the stored power under certain circumstances.[18]

    Still googling wrong information, Smutster. FYI, the Hornsdale Power reserve was developed by and is owned by Neoen. You can look it up for yourself. Tell me if any women were involved in building a bridge near it.

  28. H B Bear

    Why bother with a Range Rover? A friend’s old man, who played a minor role in the WA Inc saga, tried to get a S class Merc down the 4wd track to Three Bears near Yalingup after learning his son got there in a battered Gemini station wagon. Didn’t succeed but did provide some laughs for the local surfers.

  29. vr

    White Privilege for White Coats

    Americans think they have a progressive political correctness problem, but the politicization of everything runs across the Western democracies. Witness the new code of conduct issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, which oversees more than 389,000 health-care providers.

    The new code, published this month, requires nurses and midwives to uphold “culturally safe and respectful practices.” The board defines this as a “de-colonising model of practice” focused on “systemic and structural issues” and “challeng[ing] racism at personal and institutional levels.”

    Most controversially, the glossary states that “the acknowledgment of white privilege” is part of culturally safe practice. The implication is that nurses must confess their sins of being born white and having learned how to care for patients as a kind of political expiation before they can treat someone.

    Not surprisingly, the code and instructions created a stir. And amid the controversy the Nursing and Midwifery Board has back-pedaled, telling the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that, unlike the code of conduct, the accompanying glossary shouldn’t be viewed as policy.

    But the code also requires health-care providers to actively “respect diverse cultures, beliefs, gender identities, sexualities and experiences of women.” And it states that caregivers must “acknowledge the social, economic, cultural, historical and behavioral factors influencing health, both [sic] at the individual, community and population levels.”

    The British Medical Association recently advised its members to “include intersex men and transmen who may get pregnant by saying ‘pregnant people’ instead of ‘expectant mothers.’” And earlier this month, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky declared on Twitter that “some men have a uterus,” repeating the phrase 11 times. The tweet got more than 77,000 likes.

    Here’s a radical thought: How about ditching all the gender-race-class mumbo-jumbo and treating every patient as a human being worthy of respect?

  30. calli

    That is truly horrible, JC.

    If it was a Decepticon, it would transform into Christine Nixon.

  31. egg_

    Oh god. Candice was at the press conference with Roxy Jackenko.

    S’OK, they can all go on Family Feud, MKR, etc. till next Season.

  32. H B Bear

    I would have thought the Easter break would be a great time to get out and molest a grey nurse shark?

  33. JC

    If anyone is still against the death penalty, feast your eyes on pure evil.

    Illegal devil smiles and tells court he wants to kill more cops.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/28/illegal-immigrant-luis-bracamontes-gets-death-penalty-for-slaying-2-california-sheriffs-deputies.html

  34. calli

    On that note, time for the gym. 🏋️‍♀️

  35. Rae

    I would have thought the Easter break would be a great time to get out and molest a grey nurse shark?

    Think big. Rottnest Island has Great Whites. You could swim there from Freo.

  36. Mark from Melbourne

    Perfume names are getting weird.

    https://i.redd.it/1gbo28vsh7n01.jpg

  37. Dr Fred Lenin

    Just saw on tv. Advertising Melbourne Comedy Festival , wonder where they are getting the comedians from? Not the western world these days , political correctness has destroyed comedy here ,just as socialism (communism)always does .I mean who laughed in the USSR ? Who’s laughing in Venezuela?whos laughing in North Korea ? Narx Engels , Ulyanov ,Stalin , Mao , Pol Pot , { Castro ,funniest guys in history . Same here , Hawke was the only one who laughed .but then he was pissed all the time ,the Libs are not much better .

  38. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    That’s not a woman. It’s a bloke, you nimrod. Perhaps that’s your cup of tea?

    put on your reading glasses JC, there’s no tuck and tape here

  39. egg_

    the Hornsdale Power reserve was developed by and is owned by Neoen.

    This is an Economics blog, imbecile.
    There is a difference in owning and operating of facilities* – common in mine sites, etc.
    Are you vying for the Chief Wrongologist in your contrarianism?
    There will be a contract in place as to whom is the operating company and, as per Wiki, in respect of the WBB – it’s Tesla.

    *Peabody Energy may own several Australian mines but Downer frequently operate them.

  40. John Constantine

    Pregnancy Reform is required to progress decolonisation and transform the polity.

    Use every tax funded weapon for the Movement.

    Comrades.

  41. C.L.

    That Rolls Royce SUV is just embarrassing.

  42. Roger.

    We are not secular, we are pluralist.

    Practically speaking – and that largely due to immigration policy in recent years – but we are not radically secular like France, for example, or even the United States. The Constitution does not exclude religion from public life, it simply prohibits the government from making any laws to establish a religion or religious observance, and even the latter is arguably overlooked on a regular basis, which probably won’t be the case for much longer if the radical secularists have their way.

    But if we were truly pluralist and the Prime Minister did issue an Easter message – which I don’t believe he has any business doing, but for argument’s sake – he should be able to give a hearty confession of faith instead of offering mealy-mouthed platitudes that distort the Christian Gospel for the sake of not offending anyone.

    Instead, we all know that any politician who openly professes the Christian faith makes himself for herself a target of the Green-Left msm. So be it. Blessed are the persecuted.

    And leave Jesus out of it, Malcolm.

  43. egg_

    Tell me if any women were involved in building a bridge near it.

    There are bridges everywhere, most likely so.
    How’s Mother, by the way?

  44. MichelLasouris

    Seven days gone by, and I STILL have to listen to those miserable sports worms blubbing like Hawke and Rudd. What’s up with these spoilt brats? Man up and get a productive job with reasonable pay like the rest of us. Every batty person should be wired for sound and every insult and snide comment about family and friends must be analysed the Umpires office, for immediate fines. Every cap/helmet kiss, every bottom squeeze and group grope must earn a hefty fine. Enough of these pussies

  45. JC

    Fair point, Zipperhead. However, you need to upgrade taste. Let’s say a little more upmarket!

  46. C.L.

    And we’re not a secular state in that sense, either.

    Huh?
    ——————

    Sorry, I prefer fulsome to perky.

    I like all kinds. Big, small. All good.
    But hips

  47. Chris

    Can someone explain the ‘perky tits’ thing as I missed it.

    It is regretted when people who have well-earned respect from their contacts and friends, throw it away on personal vendettas.

  48. C.L.

    Oh OK, Roger. See what you mean.
    I still think Turnbull’s remarks were pretty good.

  49. egg_

    Quotes attributable to Neoen Deputy CEO, Romain Desrousseaux
    Neoen is extremely proud to be working with the South Australian Government and Tesla to
    expand the Hornsdale Wind Farm in Jamestown.
    At 100MW and 129MWh, the Hornsdale Power Reserve will become not only the largest
    renewable generator in the state but also home to the largest lithium ion battery in the world,
    with our company’s long-term, direct investment in South Australia growing to almost $1 billion
    since 2013.
    South Australian customers will be the first to benefit from this technology which will
    demonstrate that large-scale battery storage is both possible and now, commercially viable.
    Together, the South Australian Government, Neoen and Tesla will demonstrate that
    renewables can provide dependable, distributable power that will turn a new page in
    Australia’s energy future.
    Tesla has today published a blog regarding this announcement:
    https://www.tesla.com/blog/tesla-powerpack-bring-reliable-sustainable-energy-south-australia .

  50. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    the balm of patriarchal praise

    lol.
    A few well chosen words and …….

    Nice try though.
    I am still sticking to plan. 🙂

    Just been for a walk down to Parsley Bay and then up hundreds of steps through the gully to the top. A creek washes down over a series of rocks and below overhang caves. The light is filtered by tall trees and I am eerily aware that I am alone with the bush. There are two waterfalls on the way up which temper the air of summer’s last fling. A little monitor lizard and I had a brief moment of stilled common interest in each other and then I noticed Big Daddy Monitor on an off-path rock. As I broke eye-contact, junior took flight. He did that awkward run they have, a sort of treading-on-chewing-gum movement of the legs up from the ground coupled with a swaying gait, while Big Daddy and I had a conversation about saurian dominance. Lizzie vs Lizard. It was a draw. I skirted around him and he didn’t flee.

    There are heaps of these lovely lizards, whole families of them in various sizes, around Parsley Bay.
    They are quite harmless and great fun to sit on a bench and watch. Surprisingly few people were there given it is Easter Saturday.

  51. JC

    It is regretted when people who have well-earned respect from their contacts and friends, throw it away on personal vendettas.

    Spare a thought for poor Areff, who now has to referee all this, having spilled over to Quadrant.

  52. Infidel Tiger

    Banging joos and lizard spotting. Just another day at the Cat.

  53. Rae

    Are you vying for the Chief Wrongologist in your contrarianism?

    No chance of that while you’re here, Smutster.

    Neoen developed and owns the Hornsdale Power Reserve. And is also the operator. You can look it up, but don’t rely on wiki.

  54. C.L.

    Maronites could teach us Latins a thing or two about enthusiasm and Christian culture.
    Good to see this public profession.
    Latin Rite Catholics have become far, far too skip-bourgeois.
    Thanks, Catholic schools; thanks, bishops.

  55. egg_

    Neoen developed and owns the Hornsdale Power Reserve. And is also the operator.

    Prove it.

  56. Tel

    Banging joos and lizard spotting. Just another day at the Cat.

    I’ve kept out of it… the discussion on nicotine was more exciting.

  57. egg_

    This week, through a competitive bidding process, Tesla was selected to provide a 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack system to be paired with global renewable energy provider Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia. Tesla was awarded the entire energy storage system component of the project.

    Tesla Powerpack will charge using renewable energy from the Hornsdale Wind Farm and then deliver electricity during peak hours to help maintain the reliable operation of South Australia’s electrical infrastructure. The Tesla Powerpack system will further transform the state’s movement towards renewable energy and see an advancement of a resilient and modern grid.

    Upon completion by December 2017, this system will be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world and will provide enough power for more than 30,000 homes, approximately equal to the amount of homes that lost power during the blackout period.

    Working in close collaboration with the South Australian Government and Neoen, this grid scale energy storage project is not only sustainable, but will help solve power shortages, reduce intermittencies, and manage summertime peak load to improve the reliability of South Australia’s electrical infrastructure. In addition, Tesla’s Powerwall is now being installed for residential customers across Australia and ramping up quickly. The same technology that can help stabilize the South Australian grid can also be used by homeowners to collect energy during the day so it is stored and made available day and night, providing uninterrupted power even if the grid goes down.

    Tesla is proud to be part of South Australia’s renewable energy future, and we expect this project will provide a model for future deployments around the world that will help significantly accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy.

    https://www.tesla.com/blog/tesla-powerpack-bring-reliable-sustainable-energy-south-australia

  58. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I’ve kept out of it… the discussion on nicotine was more exciting.

    nothing beats self-medicating

  59. sustainable energy.

    false advertising. sue ’em.

    Can they sustain it for a whole winter?

  60. Rae

    This looks like being another massive unsuccessful googling effort to try to cover another yuuuge face plant by you, Smutster. Hope it’s a good show like your women involved in the falling Miami bridge was. Could go on for days, and you’ll just embarrass yourself even more.

  61. Roger.

    Oh OK, Roger. See what you mean.

    OK…good.

  62. cohenite

    That’s not a woman. It’s a bloke, you nimrod. Perhaps that’s your cup of tea?

    Well, if that’s a bloke I’m Thor.

  63. egg_

    Exactly how the contract with the South Australia government works is not clear, like so much of the opaque electricity market – but some insight into its capabilities was given on those same days by its offering to the frequency control and ancillary services (FCAS) markets.

    Just like Siemens staff (contractors) allegedly put the wrong engine oil in Navy’s new aircraft carriers, when they were only responsible for the Pods.

  64. Well, if that’s a bloke I’m Thor.

    I can’t resist.

    You’re Thor?! I’m tho thor I can hardly pith.

  65. egg_

    Rae
    #2675120, posted on March 31, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    It will be a confidential contract between the owner and the operating company – many here will know that.
    You disagree with wikipedia, but have offered no proof.
    Re the FIU bridge – we await the US litigious results, but I’ll happily clean the floor with whatever sock you’re running at the time, Septicmass.

  66. Bruce of Newcastle

    He’s back!
    The Hollywood actor who said the Haiti earthquake was caused by global warming has resurfaced!

    Danny Glover: Hollywood’s Biggest Useful Idiot

    Socialist Venezuela has become a workers’ hell – not the paradise Hugo Chávez promised. The poor literally pick through garbage to find food. Yet left-wing Hollywood actor and director Danny Glover was oblivious to this misery during his most recent good-will visit to Caracas, the capital, where he hobnobbed with President Nicolás Maduro and praised the socialist regime. The 71-year-old Glover, however, said nothing about Venezuela’s dire shortages of food, medicines, and even toilet paper – calamities that have made President Maduro widely despised by the poor majority in oil-rich yet impoverished Venezuela.

    “It is a privilege to be here,” beamed Glover, explaining that Venezuela’s revolution was about “uplifting human beings” and creating a “collective humanity.” It was a let-them-eat cake moment – or perhaps that should be “let them eat garbage.”

    Then it got even crazier:

    Danny Glover Praises Health Care of Socialist Country W/No Medicine

    This Saturday in Caracas, Danny Glover praised Maduro’s government for “advancing humanity through education, health, and other aspects that honor human kind.”

    At least he hasn’t blamed weather for Venezuela’s collapse yet.

  67. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Young bloke was in my local hardware store this morning, buying sheets of sandpaper.

    The sales assistant asked him if he was making a career change, to the Australian cricket team..

  68. egg_

    Rae
    #2675120, posted on March 31, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    On a similar note, who was the party responsible for the Genset maintenance at Adelaide hospital that resulted in a recent power outage?

    John Holland, now owned by Ruskis IIRC, operates facilities at many Australian military bases.

  69. Roger.

    In addition, Tesla’s Powerwall is now being installed for residential customers across Australia and ramping up quickly.

    No doubt underwritten by numerous grants and rebates from all levels of government, partly with funds from government owned generators & retailers who’ve gouged customers in the case of QLD at least.

    Thus the poor, who struggle to pay their bills, end up subsidising the rich who can at least sleep comfortably at night knowing they’re doing their bit to save the planet…without one drop of suffering.

    Australia, a country governed by idiots.

  70. André M.

    Hopefully some speaker at the Australian Libertarian Society’s Annual Friedman Conference will talk about this development and what kind of trend it may signal.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-31/chinas-social-credit-system-punishes-untrustworthy-citizens/9596204

    The announcements offer a glimpse into Beijing’s ambitious attempt to create a Social Credit System (SCS) by 2020 — that is, a proposed national system designed to value and engineer better individual behaviour by establishing the scores of 1.4 billion citizens and “awarding the trustworthy” and “punishing the disobedient”.

    As the national system is still being fully realised, dozens of pilot social credit systems have already been tested by local governments at provincial and city levels.
    For example, Suzhou, a city in eastern China, uses a point system where every resident is rated on a scale between 0 and 200 points — every resident starts from the baseline of 100 points. One can earn bonus points for benevolent acts and lose points for disobeying laws, regulations, and social norms.
    The Shenzhen traffic police website publishes the photos and identification details of offenders. [Photo: The Shenzhen traffic police website publishes the details of jaywalkers. Supplied: Shenzhen Traffic Police]
    According to a 2016 report by local police, the top-rated Suzhou citizen had 134 points for donating more than one litre of blood and doing more than 500 hours of volunteer work.
    The city said the next step was to use the credit system to punish people for transgressions such as dodging transport fares, cheating in video games, and restaurant no-shows.

    Note the goal of “engineer better individual behaviour” did not have quotation marks. May we assume this is the ABC journo’s opinion? This is published as news, not opinion.
    The only reason it has been mentioned at all by the ABC is because a journalist got nabbed for doing their job properly. If not for poor Mr Liu, we would not be hearing of the other 10 million people punished to date.

  71. C.L.
    #2675037, posted on March 31, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Can someone explain the ‘perky tits’ thing as I missed it.

    More importantly, are there pics?

    Yes.
    The Winston is happy to share this video in the hope it will lead to enlightenment and clarity in this debate.

  72. egg_

    another… googling effort

    For the benefit of lurkers, etc and posterity, not your fragile ego, sock swaddled one.

  73. Australia, a country governed by idiots.

    I’m currently favouring idiocy over Malevolence.

  74. Mother Lode

    Fark!

    Just got notification for my insurance from AAMI for a 2007 sedan.

    $1,000+

    Not feeling so lucky to be with AAMI right now.

  75. Frank

    Winston Smith, the next page on that link is to “Discover a woman’s personality by looking at her breast type by using a divination called ‘Sternomancy’.”

  76. Gab

    I don’t think that’s quite what the ‘perky tits’ conversation was about, Winston.
    CL here’s the link.

  77. JC;

    Get a load of this heap of shit

    What?
    No roo bar?
    I’d hate to think of the damages bill if it hit a big red at any rational speed.

  78. Arky

    I now have a shed and front garden full of 1929 Ford Model A pieces.
    Suffering from extreme trauma, anger, bewilderment and depression.
    Why didn’t any of you try to talk me out of this monumental stupidity?

  79. JC

    cohenite
    #2675122, posted on March 31, 2018 at 2:15 pm
    That’s not a woman. It’s a bloke, you nimrod. Perhaps that’s your cup of tea?

    Well, if that’s a bloke I’m Thor.

    Same excuse as in the Crying Game.

  80. Arky

    I’m going to bed for a week.

  81. Top Ender

    I now have a shed and front garden full of 1929 Ford Model A pieces.

    Think of the fun to be had, selling them one by one on Ebay.

  82. Gab

    Top Ender, did you decide which car to go with in the end?

  83. Maronites could teach us Latins a thing or two about enthusiasm and Christian culture.
    Good to see this public profession.
    Latin Rite Catholics have become far, far too skip-bourgeois.
    Thanks, Catholic schools; thanks, bishops.

    Agreed. These feasts days should be literally festive occasions that bring together the entire parish in communal celebration and in a public profession of faith.

  84. Top Ender

    You are lucky with your Model T Arky.

    At least you can sell it.

    We have inherited a Minton “Vulture and Python Teapot.” Has to be one of the ugliest pieces of crockery ever made. Apparently 147 out of a run of 1000. Put it on Gumtree – no takers. Have to try Ebay.

    Of course, there is the mini-sledgehammer in the shed….

  85. Top Ender

    Yes Gab. We ended up with a Kia Cerato, and in a fit of madness, decided to sell both cars not one. So we added a Mazda CX3.

    Seven and six year warranties respectively.

  86. Gab

    Seven and six year warranties respectively.

    Excellent!

  87. JC

    Justin Tredeau needs our help. For just a dollar a day we can help find Justin a pair of testicles.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=59&v=q1dP7p2dqUI

  88. Sean

    The Democrats really are sooks. Will they ever just accept the result of an election or continue to cry for 4 years each time a republican wins?

  89. Senile Old Guy

    Hartcher’s pick to replace Turnbull is…Julie Bishop!

    Hahaha!

    According to the terminally incorrect Hartcher, she can win the election for the LNP. The vacuous lightweight can win. This qualifies as astute punditry.

  90. cohenite

    Another disproof of alarmism:

    <

    strong>Abstract. We present 2500 years of reconstructed winter temperatures by using a fjord sediment archive from the NE Atlantic. The study is based on ca. 8-m long sediment core from Gullmar Fjord (Sweden), dated by 210Pb and AMS 14C and analysed for stable oxygen isotopes (d18O) measured on shallow infaunal benthic foraminiferal species Cassidulina laevigata. The bottom water temperatures (BWTs), calculated by using a palaeotemperature equation of McCorkle et al
    (1997), range between 2.7 – 7.8°C and are within the annual temperature variability, instrumentally 5 recorded in the deep fjord basin since the 1890s. The record demonstrates a warming during the Roman Warm Period (~350 BCE – 450 CE), variable bottom water temperatures during the Dark Ages (~450 – 850 CE), positive bottom water temperature anomalies during the Viking Age/Medieval Climate Anomaly (~850 – 1350 CE) and a long-term cooling with distinct multidecadal variability during the Little Ice Age (~1350 – 1850 CE). The fjord BWT record also picks up the contemporary warming of
    the 20th 10 century, which does not stand out in the 2500-year perspective and is of the same magnitude as the Roman Warm Period and the Medieval Climate Anomaly.

    https://www.clim-past-discuss.net/cp-2017-160/cp-2017-160.pdf

  91. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Can someone explain the ‘perky tits’ thing as I missed it.

    perky tits with diamonds it was. on that note:

    Viviane Araújo

  92. John Constantine

    Their Bishop can beat shorten, she is so far to the left of shorten that the media will not sledge her, and she is a girl and the focus groups feel it is a Girls Turn.

  93. Arky

    Three days ago as I set out on a 320km round trip to retrieve the Fordor Ford how young and naive does that happy, confident me seem.
    Unable to foresee the awful series of events, culminating with a soon to be older, wiser, sadder Arky, on his knees on the nature strip, 300 odd kilos of side valve engine lying on its side bleeding its ancient oil into the gutter as I shake both my fists in inexpressable fury, sobbing and cursing. Cursing God. Cursing my stupidity, Cursing this abomination stewn about my driveway.
    “Just one thing. Just one. Just one thing. Just one. That’s all I wanted. Just one single thing to go right. Just one. Just one. Just one thing. That’s all. All day you could have given me just one thing to go right. But you couldn’t. Not even one single fucking thing. Just one. Just one thing. All day. Just one”.

  94. Roger;

    Practically speaking – and that largely due to immigration policy in recent years – but we are not radically secular like France, for example, or even the United States. The Constitution does not exclude religion from public life, it simply prohibits the government from making any laws to establish a religion or religious observance, and even the latter is arguably overlooked on a regular basis, which probably won’t be the case for much longer if the radical secularists have their way.

    I’m just curious, from a Constitutional and Legal POV, could a system of thought which claims it is a religion such as Islam or Scientology, have that distinction removed?
    After that distinction was removed, could the Taxman then demand to see the books to find out where and to whom the money was going?
    Or perhaps they have that ability already?

  95. Tracey

    I think you’ll be happy with the CX3 Top Ender. I have one and it’s a great little car.

    Mother Lode – I just saved $210 on my car insurance by shopping around so it’s definitely worth taking the time.

  96. nemkat

    What race was Jesus.?
    According to 1 Samuel 16:12, Davis was a ruddy man of good countenance [fair of eyes], so it’s fair to say Jesus wasn’t a brown person.

    This article from Unz.com suggests that fair haired, blue eyed people originated in Asia Minor and northern Greece in Antiquity, and spread out in all directions, conquering the brown people, but not displacing them.

  97. John Constantine

    Their shorten looting cartel is merely going to plunder and ruination Australia for their personal satisfaction.

    Their Julie Bishop has the Grand Vision of looting and ruination of the entire Antipodes, totally, eternally and for The Cause.

  98. calli

    Top Ender
    #2675150, posted on March 31, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    No, no! Some people collect teapots. When you get a buyer, see if you can do a double deal with my hideous Family Silver tea service.

  99. calli

    CX3s are great! Did you get the sporty one with the red trim?

    They go faster.

    🎉

  100. John Constantine

    As soon as their feckless Libs gut themselves, sandpaper out the turnfailure and weep about it, the left will seamlessly bait and switch out shorten for an Australian jacindamania and it will be her Turn.

  101. miltonf

    John C, is Bishop really a member of emilys list?

  102. egg_

    another… googling effort

    Quoting:
    – SA Govt Press Release including Neoen CEO Statement
    – Tesla Blog reference from above
    – Wiki
    All in agreement.
    https://hornsdalewindfarm.com.au/hornsdale-power-reserve-now-complete/
    The Hornsdale Windfarm website does not claim Neoen has Operator status for the HPR, whereas its other proposed battery sites do:
    Bulgana in Vic
    Kaban in Qld
    And they won’t necessarily be using Tesla batteries.
    The common denominator?

  103. egg_

    Tesla claims it has not been paid for more than a third of the electricity its batteries have generated in South Australia because they are providing it too fast to be counted.
    The Tesla batteries have been providing back-up energy when generators fail or fall short. This is known as Frequency Controlled Ancillary Services. The energy market operator breaks down response time into six seconds, one minute and five minutes for power to be provided into the grid.
    But batteries can take less than 200 milliseconds to provide energy back into the grid, so any power sent between 200 milliseconds and six seconds is too fast to register.

  104. Gab;

    I don’t think that’s quite what the ‘perky tits’ conversation was about, Winston.

    Yeah. Thought I’d put it in to surprise those who were thinking it was going to be a bit dodgy. 😇

  105. Rae

    The Democrats really are sooks. Will they ever just accept the result of an election or continue to cry for 4 years each time a republican wins?

    Why do you ask? The Republicans cried for 8 years when a Democrat won. Twice.

  106. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    As soon as their feckless Libs gut themselves, sandpaper out the turnfailure and weep about it, the left will seamlessly bait and switch out shorten for an Australian jacindamania and it will be her Turn.

    Will she have perky tits?

  107. Tracey

    I can confirm Calli’s report that the models with red trim can go fast 😊

  108. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    “Just one thing. Just one. Just one thing. Just one. That’s all I wanted. Just one single thing to go right. Just one. Just one. Just one thing. That’s all. All day you could have given me just one thing to go right. But you couldn’t. Not even one single fucking thing. Just one. Just one thing. All day. Just one”.

    Hairy gets like this sometimes, Arky. I just gently lead him inside, sit him down, get on my computer for a phone number of the right sort of tradie and call a man in to fix it. Worth every cent for staving off hidden health costs.

    Last time we had such a meltdown was when Hairy was trying to attach a hose reel to the outside wall of our place and his drill bits kept breaking, were the wrong size, wouldn’t work, etc. He was an apoplectic mess, cursing the walls, the manufacturers of stupid drills, the designers of hopeless hose reels and the inept woman (me) who purchased it. He ended up threatening to sell Villa Chaos to get his own back and show that particular wall who was in charge.

    One hour later, man arrives, examines the reel, makes an adjustment to the screw system, takes out his special drill which has dealt with bigger problems than this, he tells me. Taking five minutes only, he drills the wall, attaches the reel and I pay him for his time and effort. Done.

    Arky, Google ‘putting together a vintage Ford’ or whatever and see what you get.
    Other than that, start a club. Loads of men would love to assist I am sure.
    Local men’s shed might be a place to start.

    As you can see, I am a problem-solver. It doesn’t matter then that I can’t cook. 🙂

  109. Jo Smyth

    Please,can all you tech savvy Cats come up with a reason for this. A friend lives in a Lifestyle Village. Some of the Villas in the village experience regular picture breakup on the free to air channels. The majority do not have the problem. It is a communal aerial which has been checked and found to be working ok by 2 independent experts. All tvs are fitted with the correct cables, some even have filters. We have been told, maybe, 4G aerials that are going up everywhere, maybe responsible. Some of the residents are turning nasty and before war breaks out, any suggestions.

  110. Arky;

    Why didn’t any of you try to talk me out of this monumental stupidity?

    Because this is going to give us belly laughs for the next decade.
    …and because we’re a bunch of bastards.

    Nb; As in any restoration project, take lots of pictures of stuff before you pull it apart, so you can get it together again, and file them in a decent filing format so you can find them again.
    Good luck mate.

  111. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Some of the residents are turning nasty and before war breaks out, any suggestions.

    netflix

  112. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Will she have perky tits?

    Definitely, if she’s as pregnant as Jacinda. 🙂

  113. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Local men’s shed might be a place to start.

    I’d second that suggestion – my local men’s shed has a good track record of machinery restoration.

  114. C.L.

    CL here’s the link.

    That is just appalling from Gab.

  115. None;

    We have inherited a Minton “Vulture and Python Teapot.” Has to be one of the ugliest pieces of crockery ever made. Apparently 147 out of a run of 1000. Put it on Gumtree – no takers. Have to try Ebay.

    Obviously the person who gave it to you hates your guts.

  116. calli

    My CX3 has perky headlamps.

  117. Mark A

    Jo Smyth
    #2675176, posted on March 31, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Please,can all you tech savvy Cats come up with a reason for this. A friend lives in a Lifestyle Village. Some of the Villas in the village experience regular picture breakup on the free to air channels. The majority do not have the problem. It is a communal aerial which has been checked and found to be working ok by 2 independent experts. All tvs are fitted with the correct cables, some even have filters. We have been told, maybe, 4G aerials that are going up everywhere, maybe responsible. Some of the residents are turning nasty and before war breaks out, any suggestions.

    Bender? (Futurama)

  118. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Justin Tredeau needs our help. For just a dollar a day we can help find Justin a pair of testicles.

    we can spare testes (aka gargoily) ! one down one to go.

  119. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    we can spare testes (aka gargoily) ! one down one to go.

    I didn’t post that, twas my thwock.

  120. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I didn’t post that, twas my thwock.

    I didn’t do it

  121. Top Ender

    No Calli, a blue grey Mazda.

    Will be happy to mention your hideous tea service.

    Somewhere out there are whole rooms full of ugly china. My mother in law had one. Two actually, rooms that is. She has departed, and her years of collecting have been dispensed to the family.

    Why can’t people be normal, and collect model soldiers and edged weapons like me?

  122. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I’d second that suggestion – my local men’s shed has a good track record of machinery restoration.

    Pack it all back in the box or whatever and visit Zulu for a few weeks, Arky.
    He has the right contacts. It sounds like a wheatfields job to me.
    Better take your swag in case he won’t let you into the house. 🙂

  123. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I didn’t do it

    yes you did

  124. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    we can spare testes (aka gargoily) ! one down one to go.

    Testes is the love child of Numbers Bob and Grogoily.

  125. Top Ender

    Hey Mark, what about checking what electrical fields the people with the problems are generating in their own houses?

    I’d be going after cordless phones placed near the TV; modems etc etc.

    Try walking around when the TV is showing interference, and turning such things off.

  126. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    yes you did

    no you did it

  127. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    no you did it

    no you did it

  128. Arky

    Pack it all back in the box or whatever and visit Zulu for a few weeks, Arky.

    ..
    I will be fine given some recovery time.
    I have found a dude who knows these things:
    http://henryspares.com.au/?page_id=35

  129. egg_

    Rather than just a much updated version of the Model A, Ford launched a completely new model for 1932. The V8 was marketed as the Model 18 in its initial year, and commonly simply known as the Ford V‑8. It had the new flathead V8 engine. The Model 18 was the first low-priced, mass-marketed car to have a V8 engine, an important milestone in Automotive industry in the United States. The 221 cu in (3.6 l) V8 was rated at 65 hp (48 kW) when introduced, but power increased significantly with improvements to the carburetor and ignition in later years. This engine choice was more popular than the four-cylinder, which was essentially a variant of the Model A engine with improvements to balancing and lubrication.

  130. Robber Baron

    Their Bishop can beat shorten, she is so far to the left of shorten that the media will not sledge her, and she is a girl and the focus groups feel it is a Girls Turn.

    I think it’s a homo’s turn actually.

    There are plenty from the Libs. Chris, Trent, Paul, Tim … and a few more.

    The turn after the homo gets a run is the abbo.

    White straight men will never get another go.

  131. Arky

    and because we’re a bunch of bastards.

    ..
    That was my initial suspicion.

  132. Pedro the Ignorant

    Jo Smyth @ 3.38pm
    My bet on the cause of your interference is one or more illegal 4G booster/amplifiers being operated in the area.

    The problem will be exacerbated by the dense and close living conditions in lifestyle village housing.

    Ring Telstra and they will (eventually) send out a tech with a detection device to locate the offending item. There are Telco approved boosters/amplifiers, but there are heaps of illegal ones available on eBay for 1/10th the price of the legal $G boosters.

  133. egg_

    It is a communal aerial which has been checked and found to be working ok by 2 independent experts.

    Coaxial cable shielding is important in such situations – can it be isolated to any particular geographic location?

  134. Marcus

    Hairy gets like this sometimes, Arky. I just gently lead him inside, sit him down, get on my computer for a phone number of the right sort of tradie and call a man in to fix it. Worth every cent for staving off hidden health costs.

    Not that it’s any of my business, but I really hope you don’t explain it to Hairy in those terms.

  135. JC

    Featured this week in Barrons.

    Other than Ronery (as he suggests), this must be the first billionaire coming out of the Australian military.
    Never heard of him, but then, that’s no biggie, he’s probably hasn’t heard of me either. 🙂 He was in early on the short oil trade. Great trade. He went straight into shorting oil. I held and went long airline stocks.

    There are many reasons to heed Sir Michael Hintze; the fact that he’s a billionaire is only one. At 64, Hintze has lived several lives. He was an officer in the Australian Army and an electrical engineer, and now manages CQS, a $15.3 billion London-based hedge-fund firm that he founded in 1999. The firm has performed admirably through multiple market dust-ups, and famously weathered the 2008 market wipe-out with a 72.8% return in its asset-backed securities fund.

    The ABS fund has returned more than 18%, annualized, since its 2006 inception. Other big CQS funds include Directional Opportunities, which has returned an annualized 15.6% since its 2005 inception, and Diversified, up 7.63% on an annualized basis since its 2007 launch.

    Hintze and his colleagues study economic interactions and imagine detailed “what-if” scenarios, which has helped them forecast turning points in various markets. In 2015 they anticipated correctly, if early, that Saudi Arabia would have trouble cutting oil production, which meant crude prices would fall. CQS shorted oil in its Directional Opportunities fund, and avoided energy-related investments. While the fund lost 8% that year, its short oil bet, and a subsequent wager on an energy rebound, helped produce a 30% return in 2016.

    Hintze’s conversation is expansive, encompassing numerous digressions and illuminating stories. In a recent discussion, he explained the role of imagination in successful investing, and how to position for a coming rise in interest rates.

    Self made fuckers are special people.

    Barron’s: What are the biggest risks to the capital markets now?

    Hintze: Interest rates and inflation are the elephants in the room. Rates could rise because quantitative easing [asset-buying by central banks] is being tapered, or because inflation returns. The U.S. labor market is getting pretty tight. Commodity prices are going up, in part because of oil. Fiscal stimulus in the U.S. is increasing, with the tax cuts and potential infrastructure projects. Global stimulus is also apparent; growth is accelerating. China, with its belt and road initiative [an international infrastructure project], is helpful, and global trade is still there. I’m constructive on global growth. It is good for equity markets, and not bad for credit markets. Inflation makes it easier to pay off debt, so that’s really constructive for global credit.

    What investment opportunities do you see in credit?

    One thing we’ve been able to do is steer away from rate risk. A classic way to do that is to invest in asset-backed stuff. It’s a credit-picker’s market. U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities are a big market; European collateralized loan obligations aren’t a bad place to sit. Double-B-rated CLOs issued in Europe are yielding 485 basis points more than double-B-rated high-yield debt. [A basis point is one hundredth of a percentage point.] Loans, especially floating-rate loans, are a good place to be. But choose your place carefully, because we are in a covenant-light world and, frankly, in somewhat of an asset-light world, too. A lot of companies are using intellectual capital, rather than financial capital, to execute their businesses.

    Short-duration structured credit isn’t a bad place to invest, either, because you can analyze it. The spread [the yield over Libor, or the London Interbank Offered Rate] is your driver. Convertible bonds tend to do well in this environment, and so do high-coupon bonds, because they have a shorter duration. If rates go up, you can then reinvest the coupon at a higher rate, so the effective internal rate of return of your overall investment is higher.

    https://www.barrons.com/articles/michael-hintze-every-crisis-is-a-trading-opportunity-1522422419

  136. Snoopy

    Is the $ formerly known as Stimpson J. Cat still suffering a pizza funk?

  137. Roger.

    Incidentally, in regard to the OT discussion on evolution a day or so ago:

    I always find it intriguing that atheists and agnostics attribute purpose to biology.

    Seems they can’t escape the shadow of their once believing self.

  138. Rae

    Arky. If you actually have acquired a 1929 Model A Ford, whether in pieces or otherwise, there is a Model A Ford Owners Club in NSW. If you want or need help in restoring one, the members will be happy to assist you.

  139. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Muslim beauty queen will become the FIRST Miss England contestant to wear a hijab – and reveals she might NOT take part in the competition’s swimwear round

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5561777/Muslim-beauty-queen-Miss-England-contestant-wear-hijab.html#ixzz5BIn7Jsv5
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

  140. Roger.

    Trouble at mill NATO

    Threatening a NATO member. So much for keeping Turkey in the tent.
    Erdogan, like Putin, doesn’t play by their rules.

  141. Tom

    My CX3 has perky headlamps.

    Laughed out loud. Thanks, Calli.

  142. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I always find it intriguing that atheists and agnostics attribute purpose to biology.

    I think you are confused between an external (ie intelligent) purpose and a self driving process.

  143. egg_

    Grigory M
    #1787547, posted on September 6, 2015 at 5:07 pm
    My son was building an aeroplane out of Duplo this week and tried to put a female in the cockpit. I told him off.

    Hopefully, you mentioned to him the old Chinese proverb:

    “Woman who fly plane upside down, sure to have crack up.”

    #pottymouth
    #smutser

  144. Roger.

    I think you are confused between an external (ie intelligent) purpose and a self driving process.

    Er…no; I think you are.

    😉

  145. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Threatening a NATO member. So much for keeping Turkey in the tent.

    seems Trump is moving out of the way to give erdogan plenty of rope to hang himself.

  146. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Muslim beauty queen will become the FIRST Miss England contestant to wear a hijab – and reveals she might NOT take part in the competition’s swimwear round

    she’s fat. watch the organisers do a double back flip to accommodate her

  147. JC

    Auction houses are like Australian real estate agents. Always surprised the price was much than the quoted indication.

    Picasso’s self portrait selling at Christies going for in excess of 70 mill.

    I bet it goes for over a hundi.

    https://www.barrons.com/articles/christies-to-auction-picasso-self-portrait-from-wwii-1522437497?mod=hp_penta

    I really don’t like later Picasso. I just don’t get it. Don’t like the subject and hate the colors.

  148. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Er…no; I think you are.

    A self driving process is in essence a purpose. Not an intellectual derived purpose, nevertheless can be categorised as having a purpose.

  149. Mitch M.

    I always find it intriguing that atheists and agnostics attribute purpose to biology.

    If they are smart they won’t, if they are real smart they will not be sure. In the classical understanding of evolution there is no purpose, it is just natural selection etc. Yet the evolution of even complex cells, let alone multi-cellular organisms, remains contentious. The former has a good and very convincing story. With regard to the latter we have some tantalising insights such as even typically single celled organisms will form a biofilm and take on specialised functions. That, however is environmentally contingent and while some may wax lyrical about epigenetics, increasingly, and suspiciously, used to explain so much biological phenomena, to my knowledge at present there isn’t any empirical support for an epigenetic based causation of the biofilm dance.

  150. Roger.

    A self driving process is in essence a purpose. Not an intellectual derived purpose, nevertheless can be categorised as having a purpose.

    By whom?

  151. Arky

    Rae
    #2675212, posted on March 31, 2018 at 4:40 pm
    Arky. If you actually have acquired a 1929 Model A Ford.

    ..
    No I’m just making it all up for entertainment.
    /sarc.

  152. Roger.

    If they are smart they won’t, if they are real smart they will not be sure.

    🙂

    We have some atheists/agnostics here who consider themselves quite smart who will object to that.

  153. Arky

    Here, if you don’t believe me, I’ll text JC a photo of my garage contents.
    He can confirm I am in fact, a complete fuckhead who just purchased almost two tonnes of complete shit and almost died transporting it 160 km in Easter traffic.

  154. In the classical understanding of evolution there is no purpose, it is just natural selection etc.

    You cannot make sense of natural selection (fitness, competition, and the like) without reference to purposes of some sort. If this were absent, Darwin would never have been able to elicit his theory from what was observed.

  155. Rae

    Good joke from Grigory M there, Smutster. That gravatar of his was nice and bright.

  156. Leigh Lowe

    Is this the most bat-shit boring round of AFL, like, evah?
    And I am not asking you CL.

  157. Rae

    Rae #2675212, posted on March 31, 2018 at 4:40 pm
    Arky. If you actually have acquired a 1929 Model A Ford.

    ..
    No I’m just making it all up for entertainment.

    You could be.

  158. Arky

    You could be.

    ..
    Ask JC.
    He will currently be scratching his head wondering why anyone would send him a pic of scrap metal.

  159. JC

    Does anyone know about this. It made into the WSJ’s editorial Section, Review and Outlook.

    Australian nursing goes full Marxist retarded.

    By The Editorial Board
    March 30, 2018 7:11 p.m. ET
    107 COMMENTS

    Americans think they have a progressive political correctness problem, but the politicization of everything runs across the Western democracies. Witness the new code of conduct issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, which oversees more than 389,000 health-care providers.

    The new code, published this month, requires nurses and midwives to uphold “culturally safe and respectful practices.” The board defines this as a “de-colonising model of practice” focused on “systemic and structural issues” and “challeng[ing] racism at personal and institutional levels.”

    Most controversially, the glossary states that “the acknowledgment of white privilege” is part of culturally safe practice. The implication is that nurses must confess their sins of being born white and having learned how to care for patients as a kind of political expiation before they can treat someone.
    White Privilege for White Coats
    Photo: Getty Images

    Not surprisingly, the code and instructions created a stir. And amid the controversy the Nursing and Midwifery Board has back-pedaled, telling the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that, unlike the code of conduct, the accompanying glossary shouldn’t be viewed as policy.

    But the code also requires health-care providers to actively “respect diverse cultures, beliefs, gender identities, sexualities and experiences of women.” And it states that caregivers must “acknowledge the social, economic, cultural, historical and behavioral factors influencing health, both [sic] at the individual, community and population levels.”

    The British Medical Association recently advised its members to “include intersex men and transmen who may get pregnant by saying ‘pregnant people’ instead of ‘expectant mothers.’” And earlier this month, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky declared on Twitter that “some men have a uterus,” repeating the phrase 11 times. The tweet got more than 77,000 likes.

    Here’s a radical thought: How about ditching all the gender-race-class mumbo-jumbo and treating every patient as a human being worthy of respect?

  160. Rae

    Here, if you don’t believe me, I’ll text JC a photo of my garage contents.
    He can confirm I am in fact, a complete fuckhead who just purchased almost two tonnes of complete shit and almost died transporting it 160 km in Easter traffic.

    Entirely up to you. Why would I, or anyone else, believe JC?

  161. JC

    Arky

    Why are you sending me pics of garage trash? What’s the purpose?

  162. Mitch M.

    A self driving process is in essence a purpose.

    Do crystals have purpose? “Self driving”, what does that even mean? Organisms are not driven by selves. That should be the first lesson in psychology. Part of the problem is the ambiguity in the word, “purpose”, which is all the more reason why I will continue to read the classic paper, “On the Operational Analysis of Psychological Terms”, Skinner, which I read a few days ago and just sent off an email in regard the issue of anxiety in ASD and how we need to rethink our approach to anxiety treatment.

  163. Arky

    What’s the purpose?

    ..
    None.
    Self indulgent crap.
    Sorry.
    I won’t send you the photo of my leg then?
    I dropped a 1929 Ford Model A engine on it.

  164. Roger.

    “In a universe of blind forces and physical replication, some people are going to get hurt, others are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference. As that unhappy poet A.E. Housman put it,

    ‘For Nature, heartless, witless nature
    Will neither care nor know.’

    DNA neither cares nor knows. DNA just is. And we dance to its tune.”

    Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden.

    Dawkins is at least a consistent atheist, although a rather poor critic of Christianity. What intrigues me is that so many aren’t and attribute a teleology to biology, not just in a manner of speaking but seemingly out of a compulsion to find meaning in biological processes. Unlike Mitch I don’t ascribe that to a lack of intelligence or understanding. I rather think they are trying to suppress a knowledge of God that is written on the heart, so to speak, however faintly.

  165. Mitch M.

    You cannot make sense of natural selection (fitness, competition, and the like) without reference to purposes of some sort. If this were absent, Darwin would never have been able to elicit his theory from what was observed.

    In biology tele0logy is anathema. So some have created an alternate word which I have long since forgotten because synonyms don’t change an argument.

  166. JC

    No, send me the pic of the busted leg as I want to see it. Garage trash, no.

  167. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    A self driving process is in essence a purpose. Not an intellectual derived purpose, nevertheless can be categorised as having a purpose.

    By whom?

    Take the various protease. They have a very distinct purpose. To break down proteins. Nobody invented them or designed them. They are a natural outcome of various processes. The purpose arises entirely naturally in its context. In this case the context is self perpetuation. A self perpetuation process, well self-perpetuates. Take protease out of its context and it has no obvious purpose. Purpose in this sense is illusory but it doesn’t preclude it from having useful meaning in the right context.

    Whether anyone observes the process or not, it’s still does its thing. It does so because it just arises and fits into the overall outcome the process creates. All this works because things behave in predictable ways. Even when if things appear random, overly complex or chaotic we can still use probability distributions to make predictions about them.

    processes that don’t self-perpetuate, well just eventually disappear. I imagine there are many classes of self-perpetuating processes. stable. cyclic. evolutionary. etc

  168. Arky

    Entirely up to you. Why would I, or anyone else, believe JC?

    ..
    Because he isn’t a basement- dwelling transexual mass murdering seamstress skin suit wearing sock wrangler?

  169. Leigh Lowe

    JC at 4:25 …

    What investment opportunities do you see in credit?

    One thing we’ve been able to do is steer away from rate risk. A classic way to do that is to invest in asset-backed stuff. It’s a credit-picker’s market. U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities are a big market; 

    Yes.
    They were big in 2007 as well.
    Hope people are taking the brown paper off the bundle of mortgages and holding them up to a bright light this time.

  170. Mitch M.

    seemingly out of a compulsion to find meaning in biological processes.

    That is inherent in our cognition. It is not going away soon. As noted ….

    There is not one human being who, above a certain elemental level of consciousness, does not exhaust himself in trying to find formulae or attitudes which will give his existence the unity it lacks.

    Camus, The Rebel,

    Tough luck humans, not smart enough. We are doomed.

  171. Rae

    Because he isn’t a basement- dwelling transexual mass murdering seamstress skin suit wearing sock wrangler?

    Good to hear. But I only have your word for that. See my earlier comment about whether or not you actually acquired a 1929 Model A Ford.

  172. JC

    Arky

    Is the leg swollen, because that’s one ugly, hairy motherfucking leg.
    (I could never be gay!)

    The wound looks kind of superficial, no?

  173. JC

    Arky

    Stop talking to Geoffrey Dahmer ffs. What are you doing?

  174. Mitch M.

    Take the various protease. They have a very distinct purpose. To break down proteins. Nobody invented them or designed them.

    Prions are self-replicating pathologies in our bodies. If an intelligent being came up with the idea of purposeful prions IT is a malicious asshole.

  175. cohenite

    Muslim beauty queen will become the FIRST Miss England contestant to wear a hijab – and reveals she might NOT take part in the competition’s swimwear round

    she’s fat.

    Fat, she’s built like Blocker Roach.

  176. Arky

    The wound looks kind of superficial, no?

    ..
    What are you talking about? A car engine fell on me.
    I’m lucky to still be alive.

  177. In biology tele0logy is anathema. So some have created an alternate word which I have long since forgotten because synonyms don’t change an argument.

    Exactly. You can avoid using the words ‘purpose’ or ‘teleology’ but every explanation provided by biologists about why this or that organism developed this or that organ, limb, what have you, because of this or that environmental pressure is making reference to purpose. The tighter you clasp your hands to your ears won’t change that fact.

  178. Arky

    Alright.
    Maybe it did not so much fall on me as tilt over onto me.

  179. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Do crystals have purpose? “Self driving”, what does that even mean?

    Patterns can be self driving because they are inherently a bunch of repeatable rules. A glider in the game of life is self driving for example.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA-RPmSmHg8

    context defines its purpose. if a pattern of things participates in a context in such a way that it is essential to the maintenance of the whole then it certainly has a purpose within that context.

  180. JC

    What are you talking about? A car engine fell on me.
    I’m lucky to still be alive.

    WTF are you doing underneath car engines? Madness.

  181. Tom

    Three days ago as I set out on a 320km round trip to retrieve the Fordor Ford how young and naive does that happy, confident me seem.
    Unable to foresee the awful series of events, culminating with a soon to be older, wiser, sadder Arky, on his knees on the nature strip, 300 odd kilos of side valve engine lying on its side bleeding its ancient oil into the gutter as I shake both my fists in inexpressable fury, sobbing and cursing. Cursing God. Cursing my stupidity, Cursing this abomination stewn about my driveway.
    “Just one thing. Just one. Just one thing. Just one. That’s all I wanted. Just one single thing to go right. Just one. Just one. Just one thing. That’s all. All day you could have given me just one thing to go right. But you couldn’t. Not even one single fucking thing. Just one. Just one thing. All day. Just one”.

    You are my soul brother, Arky.

    A while ago, I decided to work two jobs, about 70 hours a week, which – I guess I was thinking at the time – would secure my economic future.

    In order to relieve the stress of working 70 hours a week, I did a motor mechanic’s course and, being a farm boy with an interest in machinery, I bought a World War II four-wheel-drive Blitz troop transport, which, as it turns out, had been fitted out as a fire tanker.

    The three months I spent re-building the Blitz with a six-cylinder GMC engine imported from America and a high-speed gearbox was very therapeutic. It was never designed to do 70 miles an hour, but it could now.

    I eventually dumped it in a yard in Adelaide, as it had no value except as scrap iron.

    I am your soul brother, Arky. We do dumb shit because we are male. It’s just who we are.

    Celebrate being male, Arky. If you were confused and had mummy issues, you could have become a shemale with a fake vagina manufactured by a surgeon like Googleory and all this would have been denied to you.

  182. Nick

    Hearing that Roxy Jacenko is working with Candace Warner only solidifies my view that they are a pair of self centred attention whores.

  183. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    You can avoid using the words ‘purpose’ or ‘teleology’ but every explanation provided by biologists about why this or that organism developed this or that organ, limb, what have you, because of this or that environmental pressure is making reference to purpose.

    self driven purpose. certain patterns survive in conway’s game of life like the glider without any external purpose as nothing more than the outcome of a set of simple rules.

    The universe is no different. Simple rules drive behavior which scales into arbitrarily complex things.

  184. vr

    Does anyone know about this. It made into the WSJ’s editorial Section, Review and Outlook.

    I posted this afternoon. I hadn’t heard of it.

  185. Mitch M.

    Patterns can be self driving because they are inherently a bunch of repeatable rules. A glider in the game of life is self driving for example.

    They will do so only in specific environments. An ice crystal can’t be self driving because if the temperature changes … . That was my point, when we think about patterning we don’t need the idea of purpose we need the proper level of analysis and with crystals “self driving” explains nothing, it is a colloquial referent not a scientific referent. We need to know the underlying dynamics which are mathematically tractable in practice if not always in principle(ie. the level of analysis!).

  186. Arky

    In order to relieve the stress

    ..
    It isn’t working Tom.
    I’m stressed out of my mind right now.
    But this looks pretty good.

  187. calli

    I am your soul brother, Arky. We do dumb shit because we are male. It’s just who we are.

    And I am your soul sister. I garden. I till, fertilise, water and wait. And then the weeds grow.

    Three years ago, I planted out 80% of my rear garden with native grasses. The doctor tells me two months ago that I am allergic to them.

    Guess how I have spent a nice, restful Easter? 🙃

  188. John Constantine

    The old A-model Ford here is sadly packed away so tightly down the back of a shed I will have to clear a dozen projects just to let sunlight on it again.

    Really did want to take it for a spin again one day…..

    The big money for A models and T models is over, the good prices are now for the muscle cars that made Bathurst great in the seventies and eighties.

    Dunno what of the crap cars of the last thirty years would ever be worth collecting n the future.

  189. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hope people are taking the brown paper off the bundle of mortgages and holding them up to a bright light this time.

    This answer your question?

    Deja Vu All Over Again? Subprime MBS Demand “Oversubscribed” And S&P Says Risk Is “Contained” (30 Mar)

    The stock market is at record highs and people with FICO scores as low as 500 are once again happily obtaining mortgages. Not only that, but these mortgages are once again being securitized and are in demand by yield chasers.

    “Issuance of securities backed by riskier US mortgages roughly doubled in the first quarter from a year earlier, as investors lapped up assets blamed for bringing the global financial system to the brink of collapse a decade ago. Home loans to people with scratches and dents in their credit histories dwindled to almost nothing in the aftermath of the crisis, as litigation-weary lenders retreated to patch up their balance sheets.”

    Ninja loans sliced and diced. Yum!

  190. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    German woman, 32, who was blocked from becoming a police officer because her fake breasts ‘posed a health risk’ wins six-year court battle to make force review its policy

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5563797/Woman-32-blocked-joining-police-fake-boobs-wins-six-year-court-battle.html#ixzz5BJ6mXAUk
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  191. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I rather think they are trying to suppress a knowledge of God that is written on the heart, so to speak, however faintly.

    The movement that is life, the pulse of the blood, the beings that we are with minds of extraordinary beauty and facility. Our language. Cognition. Things numinous, which mystics reach for but for which mysticism is a blind man’s folly. That ‘within’ of us that none of us ever escape. The hold of the self and the imperfect reach – something faint, Roger – that belongs with the coming of light and breath. And the darkness comprehended it not. There is nothing better than ‘we are such stuff as dreams are made on’. We have no idea what that is.

  192. egg_

    That gravatar of his was nice and bright.

    For posterity, sock #1342.
    How’s the biology sock travelling?

  193. Stimpson J. Cat

    native grasses.

    Are we actually really talking about Australian grasses or Blackboys because I get easily confused when it comes to plants.

  194. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Three years ago, I planted out 80% of my rear garden with native grasses. The doctor tells me two months ago that I am allergic to them.

    Bummer, Calli. And I am allergic to cats.
    It’s hard to win in this life.

  195. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    They will do so only in specific environments. An ice crystal can’t be self driving because if the temperature changes … . That was my point, when we think about patterning we don’t need the idea of purpose we need the proper level of analysis and with crystals “self driving” explains nothing, it is a colloquial referent not a scientific referent. We need to know the underlying dynamics which are mathematically tractable in practice if not always in principle(ie. the level of analysis!).

    feel free to pick your own term if you don’t like self-driving, this a blog not a scientific paper.

  196. Mitch M.

    We have no idea what that is.

    Which is why I don’t like the new Atheists and prefer being agnostic. I don’t know. In this life I will never know. A came across the following very long ago and there are hundreds if not thousands of reported cases that had too many coincidences to be coincidences. I am referring to reported past life experiences that have been investigated. People automatically assume it is proof of reincarnation. I don’t accept that but I can’t dismiss all those accounts as coincidences. I’m even tempted by Jung’s concept of collective unconsciousness. But I am left peering blindly into the darkness but will not succumb to a deliberate hebetude(apologies to TS Eliot).

  197. egg_

    Here’s the BESS constructor’s account of the Project, by the way:

    http://www.conpower.com.au/our-projects/hornsdale-wind-farm-battery-energy-storage-system

    So many involved, what?

    When was the site’s post Commissioning handover and to whose ‘boots on the ground’?

  198. JC

    Bruce

    They say the safest place to be in the world after a terror attack is where a terror attack occurred. Possibly the same for asset backed 🙂

  199. Mitch M.

    feel free to pick your own term if you don’t like self-driving, this a blog not a scientific paper

    .

    Fair enough but I have my scientist hat on today because earlier I was discussing how to reframe “anxiety” as “unusual stimuli”. Also a few days ago I read a famous paper by Skinner: On the Operational Analysis of Psychological Terms. Tough slog for me but academic because I got the message long ago. My apologies, at present I am rather focused on the issue of language used to explain phenomena.

  200. Arky

    The big money for A models and T models is over

    ..
    Good.
    Maybe some of us can afford to own something cool.
    If those bastards who cut them up into hot rods or rat rods have left any.

  201. Stimpson J. Cat

    with minds of extraordinary beauty and facility.

    Speak for yourself.
    My mind looks like a billion shards of broken mirror taped back together with gaffer tape by a blind man with no arms.

  202. It must be very, very hard talking about organs like the brain or liver, or limbs like fins or hands, or bodily systems like the musculoskeletal or immune systems, let alone group dynamics and ecosystems, without making any reference to purposes.

  203. Dave in Marybrook

    John Con-
    The big money growth collector’s car tip from me is- the mid-70s Volvo 244.
    Rear wheel drive fun. Lots of space under the bonnet for extras. Made up of flat square bits, easy to fabricate, interior and exterior. And there’s a gazillion of them in Eastern Europe, still making spares. Body panels were all good steel- maybe be careful of the aging metallic paint numbers.
    Very very good on fuel consumption, and more space than a SUV.
    I wish I still had my ’76, but I dumped it with a cracked exhaust manifold for a ’95 850 wagon, which might be a bit too fuss-arse to keep alive for ever.

  204. JC

    At first, I read this that the dude is a fat porker, then realized, that couldn’t be right. The name of the freaking firm is, Huge.

    Huge CEO Aaron Shapiro to Leave the IPG Digital Agency

  205. egg_

    another… googling effort

    For the benefit of lurkers, etc and posterity, not your fragile ego, sock swaddled one.

    Catallaxy is being preserved for posterity at the National Library of Australia.

    The page can be accessed here.

    An exposition on Mental ‘elf.

  206. Arky

    Life exists because under the current rules there is a non- zero possibility of it occuring and sufficient time.
    The real question is: what or who set up the rules?

  207. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Tough luck humans, not smart enough. We are doomed.

    Red Queen. As a species we are constantly on the biological run.
    Prions are not even the worst of it.

    Don’t think about it too much or you’ll go mad.
    If you are male, buy a disassembled old car to play with then toss it.
    If you are female, prune the shoe cupboard and the wardrobe. Toss all old make-up.
    You are then obeying the call of the wild and the laws of the universe as best you can. 🙂

  208. Senile Old Guy

    I always find it intriguing that atheists and agnostics attribute purpose to biology.

    Well, I’m agnostic and don’t attribute purpose to biology, not in the sense commonly understood. The word is often used loosely to avoid convoluted constructions.

    But this debate has been going on on the internet since Usenet. And few on either side show any sign of convincing those on the other side.

    I can say that God is in no way secretly, inherently or invisibly on or in my heart. And I do find it a little arrogant for people to claim something that I have not expressed.

  209. nemkat

    How much did yo pay for the Model A, Arky?

  210. Mitch M.

    the beings that we are with minds of extraordinary beauty and facility. Our language. Cognition. Things numinous, which mystics reach for but for which mysticism is a blind man’s folly.

    I regard human behavior as a striking example that cannot be explained by evolution and often is contrary to our ideas about evolutionary pressures. BTW, I am not as cynical as you with regards to mysticism. I am not surprised that neuroscientists and physicists often find Buddhist mysticism in particular as possessing some interesting insights.

  211. cynical1

    He will currently be scratching his head wondering why anyone would send him a pic of scrap metal.

    So will Tim Flannery if QLD gets any more fucking liquid evaporation.

    Does a desal plant work underwater?

  212. calli

    I love the way words like “rules” and “laws” come into these discussions.

  213. Mitch M.

    I can say that God is in no way secretly, inherently or invisibly on or in my heart. And I do find it a little arrogant for people to claim something that I have not expressed.

    Definitely. Arguing that in all of us is a small faint voice is just another story that cannot be demonstrated. That is insulting. Quite the contrary, hearing voices is typically associated with malevolence. So perhaps the Good Lord has not read the New Testament or regards it as heresy and prefers to the Old Testament.

  214. calli

    I can say that God is in no way secretly, inherently or invisibly on or in my heart.

    If you are an agnostic, how can you know that?

  215. Mitch M.

    Don’t think about it too much or you’ll go mad.

    Or worse …

    “Weariness comes at the end of the acts of a mechanical life, but at the same time it inaugurates the impulse of consciousness. … At the end of the awakening comes, in time, the consequence: suicide or recovery.”

    Camus, The Myth …

  216. I love the way words like “rules” and “laws” come into these discussions.

    Me too. When the early moderns ‘banished’ teleology they nevertheless made reference to laws of nature, as if they hand any causal power themselves.

  217. None

    Evolution cannot explain homosexuality or the desire of some mean to stick their dick up other men’s sh**holes. Well it could but you probably wouldn’t like the answer. Religion can and did long before evolutionary science caught up.

    By the way I suggest that if you talk of God then that in itself would suggest God exists even if you personally don’t think he does.

  218. Arky

    nemkat
    #2675286, posted on March 31, 2018 at 6:18 pm
    How much did yo pay for the Model A, Arky?

    ..
    I don’t want to say, in case we discover it was you who sold it to me, and that would make things really uncomfortable when I go back to pick up the fenders and running boards.
    Under $2000.

  219. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Speak for yourself.
    My mind looks like a billion shards of broken mirror taped back together with gaffer tape by a blind man with no arms.

    I’ve been there Stimps. Bad LSD trip, first and only real one, back in the days when some of it was brutal. I looked down the hallway of our student house and saw exactly what you describe. It was like being in the middle of a Picasso in his cubist period, but less organized, all bits and upside down and menacing. I was petrified, because I suddenly knew what my mother experienced in her ‘episodes’ and I thought I had stupidly thrown myself into one and would never get out. Close to panic. It all settled down somewhat after a few hours and became the usual hippy dreamy stuff with psychedelic dissolves and elation. I thought that part of the experience was stupid and not worth doing, while the other was a lesson in how never to take it again. Particularly if it came with the name ‘Animal’ attached.

    Thankfully my normal beautiful mind came back home to my head.

  220. calli

    Sorry, SOG. That sounded like a smart aleck.

    You understand and sense the passage of time. That what the writer may have been getting at in Eccl 3:11, and a shadow of God’s image in Genesis 1:27.

  221. Tel

    WTF are you doing underneath car engines? Madness.

    What do you call an Irishman under a car?

    Jack!

  222. JC

    Evolution cannot explain homosexuality or the desire of some mean to stick their dick up other men’s sh**holes.

    It may. Homos can on the edge also be extremely creative. Maybe the gene play at the point goes a little haywire.

  223. Senile Old Guy

    Calli, grass pollen allergy sucks because you can’t get away from it. Find a good antihistamine. You might need to try a few to find one that works for you. Get advice from a doctor who knows something about allergies. I am fortunate that it is a particular interest of my GP. She is always tracking new developments. Or, perhaps, get a referral to a specialist. Pollen allergy is one of those non-serious nuisances.

  224. egg_

    I love the way words like “rules” and “laws” come into these discussions.

    Ditto, Newton’s “Laws” for example.

  225. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    By the way I suggest that if you talk of God then that in itself would suggest God exists even if you personally don’t think he does.

    I point I have considered. We all want to believe, don’t we? I once had a little chat to the Virgin Mary about one of my sons who had some problems. We were in the waiting room of a Catholic counselling and testing facility. My son went in alone at first, and I found my chat quite comforting. She was a mother, so she knew about this sort of stuff, the worry and the anguish of it. Help him, I said. We can do a deal. What would you like me to do in return? I was pretty half-hearted and highly manipulative about it, but at the time I’d take any long shot going.

  226. Arky

    Evolution cannot explain homosexuality

    ..
    Of course it does.
    For sub-standard males in certain environments the probability of getting semen into a fertile female is enhanced by mimicing female traits such as to not present a threat to the alpha males.
    For example, when sultans gather 2000 females into giant harams, they might foolishly assume it was safe to let mincing girly- men hang about, but chase off manly types.
    Of course, historically this happened, Sultan realised his mistake when a heap of “his” ofspring turned out go be Christopher Pyne, and subsequent Sultans demanded girly men hand in their balls before entering the haram.

  227. egg_

    That is inherent in our cognition.

    I itch therefore I am?

  228. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Arguing that in all of us is a small faint voice

    Nup. It’s definitely not a voice. Try to materialize ‘a hope’ or another ‘sense’.
    That might be closer to it.

  229. Mitch M.

    Bad LSD trip, first and only real one, back in the days when some of it was brutal. I looked down the hallway of our student house and saw exactly what you describe.

    There was a recent study which claimed that that who took hallucinogens were on average more mentally healthy that non-users. I am not prepared to argue that but it is important to remember that psychiatrists and psychologists only see the pointy end of drug taking. When population wide sampling is conducted sometimes a different picture emerges.

    On a number of occasions I have taken LSD and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Context is everything. You have to carefully plan trips and one of the most important criteria is not tripping around unknown people or in unusual environments. Too many surprises. Recent studies, which I do believe, found very widespread cerebral activation and the b0ds argued that the reason why so many studies now find benefit in the use of psychedelics in treating psychiatric issues is because that widespread activation allows a resetting of the brain pattern activity, an idea that very long ago was obvious to myself and many others. It was dead easy for me back then, so easy so I was probably mistaken, I simply thought about synaptic thresholds being changed because of the very long time period and enhanced activation involved in psychedelic use. I was wrong, too vague, there must be something much more specific involving the stress response axis and top down modulation of emotional regulation, possibly via enhanced orbitofrontal driven inhibition of the amygdala. But I’m guessing again …

  230. egg_

    The aye aye’s ball joint finger is a pretty good specialisation.

  231. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I am not surprised that neuroscientists and physicists often find Buddhist mysticism in particular as possessing some interesting insights.

    Yes, it attracts cerebral types. My first husband, the Lefty Philosopher, is veering towards Buddhism and the abnegation of being in his more recent years. I think that’s just a way of snuffing out something important. Like being drugged or mentally missing a beat, as in schizophrenia etc.

  232. Entropy

    Evolution cannot explain homosexuality or the desire of some mean to stick their dick up other men’s sh**holes.

    Well, maybe it increases the chances of survival for their nephews and nieces as it is more than mum and dad looking after them, and more loot, sorry, hunted and gathered food, is distributed amongst less kids, who are better protected. The genes win by closely aligned proxy.

  233. egg_

    My mind looks like a billion shards of broken mirror taped back together with gaffer tape by a blind man with no arms.

    Feeling pain in an amputated phantom limb would be hard to beat.

  234. Snoopy

    I once had a little chat to the Virgin Mary about one of my sons who had some problems.

    Bad acid is a bummer.

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