Open Forum: March 31, 2018

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  1. Entropy

    A scumbag in a toilet cubicle photographed her and sold it to the press – which gleefully published it.
    These are the moral amoebas judging her husband for roughing up a ball, ffs.

    I am trying to connect the dots here, CL. So a man’s wife has been treated very poorly and this is justification for proposing to cheat in an international game of cricket?

  2. John Constantine

    “Ms Pulford said resistance was futile and urged industry groups to instead contemplate the best approach to implementation.

    “That ship has sailed.”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-10-11/protests-against-electronic-tags-futile-pulford-says/7920914

    Their Stalinists hammer at their reforms until they are rammed through, then they move on to the next victory.

    Cleaning up and making sure you are not prosecuted for non compliance with the new reform is for the proles to worry about.

  3. Infidel Tiger

    What is the “Winx tape”?

    I get so freaking confused on this website.

  4. The autonomous car

    Shot through with teleology.

  5. John Constantine

    Once all pedestrians are individually electronically eartagged, the robot cars will be able to pick them out and not run over the compliant ones.

  6. stackja

    Centrelink welfare cheats to lose payments if they fail to look for work under new laws
    ANNIKA SMETHURST, National political editor, The Sunday Telegraph
    April 1, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only
    A DOLE bludger breached Centrelink’s rules 117 times last year but only lost his welfare payments for five days as the government targets welfare cheats who continually flout the law.

    The Sunday Telegraph can reveal the repeat offender missed or behaved inappropriately at 99 job interviews, triggering eight interventions by the Human Services Department.

    He also failed to show up to 10 meetings with his employment services provider.

    Payments for welfare recipients can be axed and the jobseeker can face financial penalties if they fail to meet mutual obligations such as job interviews, training courses or jobseeker programs.

    But the department waived five penalties, meaning the disobedient dole bludger continued to receive welfare payments for 99 per cent of the year.

    On one occasion the repeat welfare cheat was partially penalised, meaning he lost income for the equivalent of just five days.

    From July up to 80,000 welfare ­recipients could lose their taxpayer-funded handouts each year after strict new laws passed Parliament last week.

    The change will see welfare cheats lose their payments for up to one month if they fail to look for work or attend job interviews more than five times in any six-month period.

    Lazy jobseekers will accrue driver-style demerit points every time they breach the rules. Welfare cheats who continue to flout the rules after accruing five points will lose half their fortnightly payment.

    A second breach will see their payments axed for one week and a third failure will see jobseekers booted off welfare for an ­entire month.

  7. stackja

    Last year 78,749 dole bludgers breached mutual obligations set out for them by Centrelink six times or more, meaning they could lose their government handouts under the new regime. Half of the all the rule-­breaking welfare cheats lived in NSW or Queensland, while more than 14,500 Victorians repeatedly flouted the rules.

    Social Services Minister Dan Tehan said Australians are generous people but it was “time to shape up”.

    “This system will target non-genuine job seekers who will accrue ­demerit points when they don’t meet their mutual obligation requirements, just like people accrue demerit points on their driver’s licence,” he said.

    “Anyone on income support who is doing the right thing won’t be affected by these reforms, but if you’re on welfare and you’re not meeting your mutual obligations by looking for work and looking for job interviews, then you are now on notice.

    “People don’t want to see their taxpayer dollars funding the lifestyles of people who refuse to look for work and do the right thing.”

    * Follow Annika Smethurst on Twitter @annikasmethurst

    Originally published as End of the welfare super bludger

  8. egg_

    dover_beach
    #2303615, posted on February 21, 2017 at 3:40 pm
    Look, let’s not be dumb and fall for the con-job of past perverts like Kinsey who inflated the number of homosexuals by counting a single past encounter with the same sex and then labelled them ‘homosexual’ in perpetuity. If someone had a fleeting encounter in their youth but was hence forth only interested in the fairer sex, they aren’t ‘gay’.

    Utter bullshit.

  9. John Constantine

    In yarragrad, as nazgul pulford decrees:

    “Resistance is futile”

    Today the sheep are individually electronically eartagged, tomorrow the proles.

    Comrades.

  10. Infidel Tiger

    Are we now arguing about discussions from Feb 2017?

    I need a drink.

  11. H B Bear

    Being on the dole is now a full time job in itself.

  12. H B Bear

    Really cuts into your surfing time.

  13. egg_

    The internet is forever, excepting entropy.

  14. Leigh Lowe

    That doesn’t make any sense.
    A scumbag in a toilet cubicle photographed her and sold it to the press – which gleefully published it.

    CL, that was ten years ago.
    I am talking about the present day, where “WAGs” immediately become celebrities in their own right and relish in it.
    FFS why does someone who had a brief career in a B Grade sport which ended ten years ago need a publicist?
    She was even publishing shit on Instagram after all this blew up accusing everyone else of being horrid.
    No fucking idea.
    A number of cricketers gave her what for about how horrid her hubby was.
    She’s not the only one, but they are leeches revelling in reflected limelight.

  15. stackja

    Spin classes for passengers

    Here’s a new initiative that will have workout fans feeling pumped. Virgin Australia has today launched Spin Class, the world’s first in-flight cycling studio. The revolutionary new cabin class allows passengers to burn calories on board during long haul international flights.

    Passengers can even earn Velocity Points for every kilometre they cycle, as well as carbon offsetting their flights along the way. Exclusive in-flight change rooms are available so you can freshen up afterwards.

    Virgin Active Cycle Head Coach, Emma Masters said: “Our team at Virgin Active are used to running Spin Classes at ground level, but we’re thrilled to have partnered with Virgin Australia, and over the past year we have been busy designing the ultimate spin class in the sky.

    “Each Spin Class has been designed to achieve optimal in-flight heart rate and maximum calorie after-burn in the case of the Jetlag Buster and Spin & Sleep classes. For those looking to relax, the Cruise in the Clouds options provides a more laid-back workout.”

  16. stackja

    Virtual reality for cats

    In a breakthrough move bid to keep cats safe and conserve Australia’s wildlife, Zoos Victoria have introduced new technology to help our feline friends experience the great outdoors from the safety of their homes. Say hello to Cat VR headsets.

    Cat VR visualises every cat’s fantasy — chasing an endless ball of yarn, jumping through a forest of cucumbers and running through a maze of giant cardboard boxes — but without the accompanying threats.

    The headsets are part of Zoos Victoria’s Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife campaign, in partnership with RSPCA Victoria. The campaign provides cat owners with information and resources to ensure that both their cat and the neighbourhood wildlife are kept safe.

  17. egg_

    Entropy
    #2675853, posted on April 1, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Just relating to Muddy’s post about motion prediction technology.

  18. stackja

    Barrier Reef campaign revealed

    This initiative is bound to generate its fair share of controversy. Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au today revealed the completion of their latest advertising campaign situated on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. Using state of the art technology, the bookie has lasered into the actual coral of the reef to reveal SPORTSBET and the sight is even visible from space.

    The project began exactly one year ago and took a year to complete using high voltage lasers imported from North Korea.

    “Over two million visitors come to our beautiful Great Barrier Reef each year so it’s really prime advertising space and a no brainier for Sportsbet to expand our marketing with,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Will Byrne.

  19. egg_

    California seems to be the guinea pigs.

  20. stackja

    Celebrities stripped bare

    Have you ever wondered what Chris Hemsworth looks like naked? Well, obviously. Now’s the time to get down to Madame Tussauds Sydney. For today only, the legendary wax museum is getting all risque on us by opening up a special adults-only room. The 50 Shades of Wax experience will reveal what celebrities look like stripped bare.

    Dan Porter, Studios and Operations Manager, of Madame Tussauds Sydney said the decision to open the new adults-only zone was made as a result of suggestive questions from guests.

    “We lose count of how many people ask us if the wax figures are made to scale and if all the measurements were correct,” he said.

    “We thought it was time to remove the mystery by showcasing exactly what the celebrities look like for our inquisitive guests.

    The new experience is open after hours for adults only and tickets will cost $69 per person.

    The world-famous attraction will switch the figures each week to ensure guests have ample

    opportunities to see their favourite celebrities in all their glory.

    For tickets, visit http://www.madametussauds.com.au

  21. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2675867, posted on April 1, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Are we now arguing about discussions from Feb 2017?

    Read Sinc’s guidance notes at the top of the page.

    In legal terms the statute of limitations is usually seven years.
    In Cat years that is ten days.
    Posters here are advised that stale coals should not be raked under the bridge after this time.

  22. stackja

    Sea desks now the new normal

    In an Australian-first, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is now providing staff with water desks. Effective from today, the new program will see staff donning their wetsuits and working from the aquarium’s feature tanks in a bid to diversify work arrangements and increase productivity.

    Richard Dilly, General Manager of Sea Life Sydney, said staff members had given the new office set-up a thumbs-up.

    “It’s time to bid farewell to standing desks. Humans have a natural affinity to water as it provides a sense of calm and clarity — two sentiments that are vital to productivity and worker satisfaction,” he said.

    “Swimming also builds endurance and cardiovascular fitness while providing an all-over body workout, plus it’s fun! We figured we already have the aquatic resources, so why not test the waters?”

    Staff opting for a swimming desk session must first pass a comprehensive swimming assessment to ensure the new opportunity operates swimmingly and staff don’t find themselves in troubled waters.

  23. stackja

    The craziest April Fool’s Day jokes
    Zoe Smith, News Corp Australia Network
    8 minutes ago
    WATCH out, you’re about to get pranked. It’s April 1, the one day of the year when the funsters of this world enjoy taking the mickey and duping those gullible enough to take the bait.

    Here are some of the April Fool’s Day jokes doing the rounds.

  24. Leigh Lowe

    The cut off age for April Fool’s pranks should be 12.
    Any adult engaging in them thinking they are cool and “out there” should be taken offshore in a chaff-bag attached to an A-model engine block etc etc etc.

  25. stackja

    Race-based sentencing recommended in Queensland report
    Daryl Passmore, The Sunday Mail (Qld)
    April 1, 2018 1:00am
    Subscriber only
    A CONTROVERSIAL system of race-based sentences for criminals has been recommended by a landmark report aimed at reducing the number of indigenous people in prison.

    The Australian Law Reform Commission’s Pathways to Justice report, tabled in Federal Parliament last week, recommends changing legislation to force courts to take into account “unique systemic and background factors affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’’ when sentencing.

    And it calls for “indigenous experience reports” to be presented to District Court and Supreme Court judges before they decide on punishments.

    But the recommendations, which would lead to indigenous offenders often receiving lighter punishments than other criminals, have been slammed by Queensland’s Opposition.

    “There should be no special sentencing laws for special races,” Opposition frontbencher David Crisafulli said.

    “Our legal system must be colourblind.

    “The mother of a child killed by a drink-driver doesn’t care about the colour of the skin of the person driving the car, and nor should the law.

    “The father of a child sexually assaulted doesn’t care if the offender is black or white. They just want justice.

    “There shouldn’t be discounts because of the colour of someone’s skin.

    “All Australians should be treated equally by the law and, as Queenslanders, we should reject any part of this loony Left political correctness.’’

  26. Oh come on

    So now Warner has fronted the media, blubbing like a toddler denied another serve of ice cream.

    Honestly, they are giving arch-crybaby Justin Trudeau a run for his money.

  27. stackja

    But Bill Potts, a former president of the Queensland Law Society, backed the move, saying action was necessary to address a situation where indigenous people comprised 3 per cent of the population but one-third of those behind bars.

    “For justice to be justice, it has to be individual,” Mr Potts said.

    “While there should be one law for all and, all things being equal, punishment should be on parity for people convicted of the same offences, it is clearly an obligation for courts to take into account where relevant both the cultural background and circumstances of the individual.

    “Many people who grow up particularly in remote, rural and regional communities suffer violence, drug addiction, foetal alcohol syndrome and the consequences of unemployment and poverty.

    “That’s not exclusive to First Nations people… but they are literally strangers in their own land.”

    The Pathways to Justice report says that indigenous offenders may have suffered trauma unique to their aboriginality including direct or indirect experience of the Stolen Generation, loss of culture and displacement.

    It says it does not mean Aboriginal offenders should not go to jail or that they should be treated more leniently. It encourages community-based alternatives to jail terms.

    The State Government has reintroduced the Murri, special circumstances and drug courts.

  28. stackja

    Leigh Lowe
    #2675881, posted on April 1, 2018 at 1:17 pm
    The cut off age for April Fool’s pranks should be 12.
    Any adult engaging in them thinking they are cool and “out there” should be taken offshore in a chaff-bag attached to an A-model engine block etc etc etc.

    Yes!

  29. egg_

    Abs-normal behaviour for tall poppy Greg Norman

    Methinks ‘choker’ Norman is the norm and Fitz is the narc trying to chop him down.

  30. Oh come on

    I liked CL’s simile – he cried like a 13yo girl whose pony had just been flattened by a Kenworth.

  31. H B Bear

    But Bill Potts, a former president of the Queensland Law Society, backed the move, saying action was necessary to address a situation where indigenous people comprised 3 per cent of the population but one-third of those behind bars.

    Crime isn’t a normal curve. Prison isn’t a random sample.

  32. egg_

    In Cat years that is ten days.

    Mkay, gloves orff with the chattering class, then.

  33. egg_

    Methinks ‘choker’ Norman is the norm and Fitz is the narc trying to chop him down.

    Who did Turnbull get Trump’s phone number from, Abby Normal?

  34. Oh come on

    Now David Hogg is going after John McCain who is currently dying of brain cancer.

    I personally can’t stand McCain, but if he stays out of politics, he deserves a quiet and dignified death for his military service, if not much else.

    The jumped up little turd Hogg wouldn’t have even known who he was until 5 minutes ago.

  35. Entropy

    Bill Potts is an example of why people despise lawyers.

  36. Mother Lode

    A CONTROVERSIAL system of race-based sentences for criminals has been recommended by a landmark report aimed at reducing the number of indigenous people in prison.

    Sure!

    Considering the sanctions and tools of justice in traditional Aboriginal society, this could be great.

    Hit someone you aren’t supposed to, get a spear through the thigh, a whack from a nulla-nulla, and left to die under a tree.

  37. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Hit someone you aren’t supposed to, get a spear through the thigh, a whack from a nulla-nulla, and left to die under a tree.

    Whistlecocking?

  38. egg_

    I am not vainker.
    I am not a self promoting narcissist.
    I only talk and write about me because nobody else does, and I am soooo interesting*.

    *I am such a booful person. The mirror agrees. Only evil people disagree.

    Totally arse about.
    Malignant narcissists chronically seek ‘narcissistic supply’ from others, autists couldn’t care less, ‘personal best’ is likely more apt.

  39. Leo G

    WATCH out, you’re about to get pranked. It’s April 1, the one day of the year when the funsters of this world enjoy taking the mickey and duping those gullible enough to take the bait.

    CNN got this one in a day early:

    They say Easter is also a story about how charismatic female leaders such as Mary Magdalene … were victimized by some of the same behavior that sparked the #MeToo movement: the sexually predatory behavior of men, the intimidation of women and an orchestrated attempt to silence women who drew too much attention when they spoke up.

  40. DrBeauGan

    Some of you guys have overdosed on Easter eggs.

  41. JC

    Seriously, would people put up with this crap if the Kenyan was doing it.

    While we are on the subject, it is reported that the U.S. Post Office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon. That amounts to Billions of Dollars. The Failing N.Y. Times reports that “the size of the company’s lobbying staff has ballooned,” and that…

    Donald J. Trump

    @realDonaldTrump
    …does not include the Fake Washington Post, which is used as a “lobbyist” and should so REGISTER. If the P.O. “increased its parcel rates, Amazon’s shipping costs would rise by $2.6 Billion.” This Post Office scam must stop. Amazon must pay real costs (and taxes) now!

    If US Post is losing money on each parcel delivery, then change the fucking rates, but going after individual companies like this is really bad stuff.

    H/T trader’s blog.

  42. C.L.

    What I wrote:

    I do feel for Warner’s wife. Booze-fueled randiness in her 20s (captured on a phone and sold to the press by a revolting weasel) is at the centre of how this whole saga got started; she has children. Let’s rewind everything and ponder the mentality of the people who published that photograph all those years ago. Better or worse human beings than Warner? A more despicable decision than tampering with a cricket ball?

    Which becomes – for debating purposes …

    I am trying to connect the dots here, CL. So a man’s wife has been treated very poorly and this is justification for proposing to cheat in an international game of cricket?

  43. Mitch M.

    A CONTROVERSIAL system of race-based sentences for criminals has been recommended by a landmark report aimed at reducing the number of indigenous people in prison.

    Justice be damned then. What is this, reverse apartheid? When will it reach the point where aborigines demand that no non-aboriginals enter their remote communities without written consent?

  44. Egg seems angry with autonomous cars being teleological.

  45. Leo G

    If US Post is losing money on each parcel delivery, then change the fucking rates, but going after individual companies like this is really bad stuff.

    Isn’t that $1.50 on each parcel delivery just the average discount associated with the special rate the US Post Office is giving Amazon?

  46. Leigh Lowe

    Isn’t that $1.50 on each parcel delivery just the average discount associated with the special rate the US Post Office is giving Amazon?

    We could get into long debate about fixed and variable costs, average costs and marginal costs.
    But it’s not that sort of blog.

  47. nemkat

    The cops tend to hunt Aborigines for fuck all, resulting in most young male Aborigines being in and out of jail.
    Rather than pick a fight with the cops, that they would lose, the Qld Government is looking to introduce sanity through the Courts
    Another thing not mentioned is the Government reopening long closed prisons due to escalating Custodial Sentences from the Courts.

  48. Mater

    Passengers can even earn Velocity Points for every kilometre they cycle, as well as carbon offsetting their flights along the way.

    So the pedalling contributes to powering the aircraft and reducing fuel consumption?

  49. Leigh Lowe

    Which becomes – for debating purposes …

    I am trying to connect the dots here, CL. So a man’s wife has been treated very poorly and this is justification for proposing to cheat in an international game of cricket?

    CL, it would seem that Candy is saying precisely that herself.
    Headline in the Tele… “It’s all my fault and it is killing me” followed by a teaser paragraph talking about “mistakes when I was young and naive”.

  50. Leigh Lowe

    Welcome back Mater.
    Going well I hope.

  51. Infidel Tiger

    Egg seems angry with autonomous cars being teleological.

    Who isn’t?!

  52. Mater

    As well as can be expected Leigh. Thanks.

  53. Infidel Tiger

    Two of the scarier words in Australian politics: “bipartisan reform”.

    Aboriginal recognition (whatever that is) is going to be a disaster for this country.

  54. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2675911, posted on April 1, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Egg seems angry with autonomous cars being teleological.

    Who isn’t?!

    Steady on.
    There are two sides to this one.
    There always is.

  55. amortiser

    But Bill Potts, a former president of the Queensland Law Society, backed the move, saying action was necessary to address a situation where indigenous people comprised 3 per cent of the population but one-third of those behind bars.

    Crime isn’t a normal curve. Prison isn’t a random sample.

    Stacka was giving multiple examples of April Fools jokes.

    I suppose you could be forgiven for thinking this story was real. Maybe next year.

  56. Leigh Lowe

    You haven’t missed much here Mater.
    The odd fraudulent claim from posters (no names) declaring that they possess a pair of perky tits but, apart from that, business as usual.

  57. Leo G

    Egg seems angry with autonomous cars being teleological.

    Ultimately, I fear it’s autonomous human drivers- the one’ who make up their own rules- who’ll be the end of me.

  58. Oh come on

    Aboriginal recognition (whatever that is) is going to be a disaster for this country.

    It’s going to make the NDIS look like chump change in comparison. Time to start work on an exit strategy if you haven’t already.

  59. Mater

    A bit like watching ‘The Young and the Restless’ then?

  60. Leigh Lowe

    Mater

    #2675919, posted on April 1, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    A bit like watching ‘The Young and the Restless’ then?

    In 1/8 slow-motion.
    Terrible.
    I stayed above the fray and maintained my dignity as per usual.

  61. Mater

    I’d expect nothing less.

  62. Infidel Tiger

    Spare me. Air-conditioner salesman and Cricket Australia spiv, Mark Taylor, hints that sledging may be banned.

    What a typically Australian reaction.

  63. Baldrick

    Air-conditioner salesman and Cricket Australia spiv, Mark Taylor, hints that sledging may be banned.

    We can’t be nasty to brown people and should check our privilege.

  64. John Constantine

    No swing for New Zealand today either.

  65. John Constantine

    Decolonisation reform for colonialist cricket now.

    Comrades.

  66. Infidel Tiger

    Next Summer is going to be woke. We will have a rampant and degenerate Indian team making merry, while the Australian team anoint their feet.

  67. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2675923, posted on April 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Spare me. Air-conditioner salesman and Cricket Australia spiv, Mark Taylor, hints that sledging may be banned.

    That’s because Tubby always thought of his very best sledging replies in the team bus on the way back to the hotel after stumps.

  68. 132andBush

    The cops tend to hunt Aborigines for fuck all, resulting in most young male Aborigines being in and out of jail.

    Got proof?
    Retard

  69. Rae

    In the game as it is currently played, cricket is merely incidental to sledging.

  70. Infidel Tiger

    The media: “Be more like New Zealand!”

    Thinks to self: hmmm, I’m pretty sure half their recent side have been on charges of match fixing.

  71. Leigh Lowe

    Still talking cricket?
    Boooooring.
    Can we talk about Sydney-siders going to La Boheme and getting shitloads of culture into them?

  72. CL;

    Journalists are scum (with a few exceptions). They sandpaper Australian society and politics for a living and have the temerity to go berserk about Warner.

    I want their names – here’s an inch square piece of blotting paper and quill/ink set.
    Go for it!

  73. H B Bear

    Strength in unity socks.

  74. 132andBush

    Easy to bait troll socks.

  75. John Constantine

    The yarragrad boxing day test match will be a home game for India, and with quarter the Australian side Pakistani by then, who will interpret the sledging from the crowd?.

  76. Infidel Tiger

    SEX ABUSE
    He was older, bought her perfume and a phone but his intentions were unclear

    Fairfax headlines and intros sound like song titles and lyrics.

  77. 132andBush

    Now David Hogg is going after John McCain who is currently dying of brain cancer.

    I personally can’t stand McCain, but if he stays out of politics, he deserves a quiet and dignified death for his military service, if not much else.

    The jumped up little turd Hogg wouldn’t have even known who he was until 5 minutes ago.

    I get the feeling Hogg is going to crash and that crash will be beautiful in its ugliness.

  78. Atoms for Peace

    Most of the countries that we play cricket against speak Auatralian Government solar panel English. Sledging would be useless.

  79. Viva

    CL asks:

    “I am trying to connect the dots here, CL. So a man’s wife has been treated very poorly and this is justification for proposing to cheat in an international game of cricket?”

    Someone on a previous thread called Warner “A nutcase with a short fuse”

    Nobody rational believes in astrology of course but Warner is a Scorpio. Just saying lol.

    Here is one description of the breed.

    “Scorpios are known for their intense and vitriolic tempers. To say that they go ballistic is putting it mildly. Their tempers are analogous to a raging flood. No one in his/her right-thinking mind would want to get on their wrong side and arouse their temper.

    “Scorpios can love and hate hard. They do not believe in doing anything halfway. When they love, they love with utter abandon. There is nothing they would not do to please and satisfy the object of their passion. They are passion personified. Conversely, when they hate someone, it is pure, venomous, unadulterated hatred. Hell has no fury like Scorpio. When they hate, they hate. When they hate, they can be quite unstoppable in seeking revenge against the object of their hatred.”

  80. nemkat

    Got proof?

    Is living in Australia 60+ years and noticing things enough proof for you, Bush?
    Interesting that the Police Lobby at the Cat is in a frenzy whenever the cops shameful treatment of Aborigines is concerned, and they’re also in a frenzy when the cop’s perfectly respectful treatment of Archbisop Pell is concerned.

  81. H B Bear

    I get the feeling Hogg is going to crash and that crash will be beautiful in its ugliness.

    Yep his 15 minutes is just about up. Twerp. It says a lot about modern society that he even has an audience. I’d give him a Helen Lovejoy award except he is the children.

  82. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Ex-diplomat Tony Kemp gave an interesting view today on Outsiders – that the Russia beat-up is an attempt by Theresa May to slow or halt Brexit by re-uniting with Nato/EU b demonizing Russia. They won’t produce the toxicology and most pertinently, we’ve all been told that the substance concerned is only owned by the Russians. Tony Kemp says it exists in Britain just down the road in a government facility at Porton Down. Hairy sits up – his father used to work there in some chemical area; it’s just above Old Sarum near Salisbury where I insisted we go a while back. Ross Cameron agrees with Tony Kemp that claims about the Russian involvement are a furphy; Rowan Dean has more time for view that Russia is engaging in criminal acts.

  83. Infidel Tiger

    Where did this Hogg fellow come from?

    All very strange.

  84. Whalehunt Fun

    None of the perfectly law-abiding aborigines I know ever have problems with the police. The few thieving wife bashing child raping ones do. So get out your violin and sob story for the vile filth. As for Pell, his lawyer will enjoy eviscerating the stupid police bigots and will likely cook their guts in front of them.

  85. nemkat

    Hogg won’t be crashing and burning over bagging John McCain.

    Here’s the real story of McCain’s record in the Vietnam War:
    http://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-when-tokyo-rose-ran-for-president/

  86. stackja

    Former Howard Government minister Jocelyn Newman loses battle with Alzheimer’s disease
    Rob Harris, National politics reporter, Herald Sun
    10 minutes ago
    HOWARD Government minister Jocelyn Newman has died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

    Mrs Newman, 80, served in the Senate for 15 years from 1986 to 2002 and served as social security minister and family and community services minister from 1996 to 2001.

    Born in Melbourne, she worked as a barrister and solicitor before moving to Tasmania.

    She was successfully treated for uterine and breast cancer during her time in office.

    Her son, former Queensland premier Campbell Newman, and daughter, Assistant Tax Commissioner Kate Roff, confirmed this morning their mother had died peacefully this morning at Berry, on the south coast of New South Wales.

    Her husband, Vietnam War colonel Kevin Newman, was a minister in the Fraser government.

    Tasmanian senator Eric Abetz said Mrs Newman would go down in history alongside Dame Enid Lyons as “one of the great female trailblazers in Australian democracy”.

    “Jocelyn was an army wife, a mother, a women’s shelter pioneer, a farmer, a tourism operator, a senator and a cabinet minister. She was renowned for her strength, resilience, vision and energy — along with a sense of humour.”

    A memorial service will be held in Canberra in the next fortnight.

  87. Mater

    Now David Hogg is going after John McCain who is currently dying of brain cancer.

    When they ban the guns and the shootings inevitably continue, where to for these naive f—wits? Arm the teachers, perhaps?

    Gun sales went through the roof under Obama due to the threat of Gun Control. Gun manufacturers are now going broke, under Trump, due to the (perceived) reduced threat to their freedoms. Do these people truly belief that a society which has demonstrated such a mindset is going to willing line up at the police stations like the Australian lemmings did?

  88. Tel

    Journalists are scum (with a few exceptions). They sandpaper Australian society and politics for a living and have the temerity to go berserk about Warner.

    The journalists only sandpaper one side of Australian society, while they lick and shine the other side. Supposedly this results in some kind of swing or something.

  89. nemkat

    Every single one of the police investigating Pell has an Irish surname, Whalehunt Fun.
    What is it you claim that they are bigoted against?

  90. Snoopy

    But Bill Potts, a former president of the Queensland Law Society, backed the move, saying action was necessary to address a situation where indigenous people comprised 3 per cent of the population but one-third of those behind bars.

    “For justice to be justice, it has to be individual,” Mr Potts said.

    “While there should be one law for all and, all things being equal, punishment should be on parity for people convicted of the same offences, it is clearly an obligation for courts to take into account where relevant both the cultural background and circumstances of the individual.

    If sentencing reform is necessary to reduce the numbers of indigenous people in jail, just remove jail sentences for all crimes committed by indigenous people upon other indigenes.

  91. John Constantine

    http://zeenews.india.com/sports/cricket/cricket-world-cup-ms-dhoni-hails-indian-supporters-at-packed-mcg_1550864.html

    “It’s always good to play in front of good support, and the kind of support we are talking about, even when we are playing in India, there are stadiums, some of the stadiums which don’t have that kind of capacity, so even when they are full they’re close to 40,000, so today we are seeing in Australia close to more than 50,000 to 60,000 people supporting us,” Dhoni said, profusely thanking the fans for their unmatched support.

  92. H B Bear

    Sock is trying too hard. Just relax Sock and let it happen. Here’s some music to help.

  93. Snoopy

    Where did this Hogg fellow come from?

    The loins of an FBI agent.

  94. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The cops tend to hunt Aborigines for fuck all, resulting in most young male Aborigines being in and out of jail.

    once were savages

  95. nemkat

    None of the perfectly law-abiding aborigines I know ever have problems with the police.

    So many lies in that sentence, it’s hard to know where to start.
    33% of Qld’s prison population is Indigenous.
    Do you think it likely that at least some of them shouldn’t be there?

  96. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Looking at 2hr Outsiders recorded.

    Ice Age Watch is fun; Milankovich cycles being discussed. Puts the focus on natural shifts in climate.
    Good to see this stuff being put into some forms of mass media, even if it is only Foxtel at present.

    Hey, Leigh Lowe have you got Foxtel?
    You seem a bit bored, upthread. Losing your mojo.
    They do have an Arts channel.
    Plenty of Opera on that for you to get up to speed on culture.
    Then you’ll be able to understand any discussion of it here.

    Some of you old guys really are a bit too titty-focused.
    Get over it. There is more to life than that.

  97. Mater

    So many lies in that sentence, it’s hard to know where to start.
    33% of Qld’s prison population is Indigenous.
    Do you think it likely that at least some of them shouldn’t be there?

    So it’s not just the police, it’s the judiciary as well?

  98. Nemkat;

    The cops tend to hunt Aborigines for fuck all, resulting in most young male Aborigines being in and out of jail.

    Here’s a test:
    Set up a cigarette stand in Redfern.
    Now set up one outside Avalon.
    Tell us the results.

  99. nemkat

    Go brush your hair, Lizzie.

  100. Infidel Tiger

    Is it any wonder Abos are struggling? The poor bastards have been the victims of every single leftist policy you can imagine. They are the freaking canaries we keep poisoning.

  101. nemkat

    So, what you’re saying, Mater, is that every single Aborigine jailed in Qld deserves to be there, even though you don’t know any of them, but Archbishop Pell shouldn’t even be charged, even though you don’t know him, either.

  102. Mater

    Nemkat,
    That was worthy of a Channel 4 interview.

  103. nemkat

    Here’s a test:
    Set up a cigarette stand in Redfern.
    Now set up one outside Avalon.
    Tell us the results.

    In both cases, you’d be given an on the spot fine, and moved on?
    You don’t like Aborigines, do you, Winston?

  104. Atoms for Peace

    Nemkat is confused about Lady Justice being blindfolded vs blind.

  105. Diogenes

    Still my favourite april fools. Our home eccys use it every year for the food tech classes
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tVo_wkxH9dU

  106. areff

    Do you think it likely that at least some of them [our dusky brothers] shouldn’t be there?

    None of them should be there, nor white prisoners or green ones with orange spots.

    They should be out on the streets (chained together collecting rubbish and slashing weeds under the gimlet eye of very large and stern men).

  107. Muddy

    Re HoggBoy (apologies if already posted):

    Second, this is not a campaign against Ingraham. It’s still going on after she apologized. The real target is Fox News and anyone in conservative media. Media Matters founder David Brock has previously described the mission of his organization as “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” against the Fox News channel. In 2010, arch-progressive financier George Soros gave $1 million to Media Matters, noting, “Media Matters is one of the few groups that attempts to hold Fox News accountable for the false and misleading information they so often broadcast.” This group has an agenda, and it’s out to destroy those who disagree with it.


    Source
    .

  108. Baldrick

    Please don’t feed the Troll:

    nemkat
    #2597791, posted on December 31, 2017 at 5:02 pm
    You used to be able to open Catallaxy files, speedscroll the Open Forums til you found the red, blue and yellow gravatar, and proceed to be entertained.
    Those were the days.

  109. Atoms for Peace

    Areff. One word. Lantana.

  110. nemkat

    Ever lived in rural Qld, areff?
    Or rural anywhere?
    I doubt it.

  111. Atoms for Peace

    Baldrick. I think we are are allowed to kick trolls in the nuts once a month.

  112. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Interesting talk on Christian values and the reality of Christianity – by a Dr. Michael Jensen from St. Marks at Darling Point: pastor and believer. He speaks well and persuasively about forgiveness and prayer and the concept of hell.

    Civilizational values, stressing consequences. Jordon Peterson’s account of heaven and hell now being discussed. This pastor agrees, the human heart can be black and needs redemption. A good spokesman for Easter.

  113. Muddy

    Russian ships are skulking around underwater communications cables, causing the U.S. and its allies to worry the Kremlin might be taking information warfare to new depths.

    Is Moscow interested in cutting or tapping the cables? Does it want the West to worry it might? Is there a more innocent explanation? Unsurprisingly, Russia isn’t saying.

    But whatever Moscow’s intentions, U.S. and Western officials are increasingly troubled by their rival’s interest in the 400 fiber-optic cables that carry most of world’s calls, emails and texts, as well as $10 trillion worth of daily financial transactions…

    It’s not Moscow’s warfighting ships and submarines that are making NATO and U.S. officials uneasy. It’s Russia’s Main Directorate of Deep Sea Research, whose specialized surface ships, submarines, underwater drones and mini subs conduct reconnaissance, underwater salvage and other work…

    Source.

  114. Rae

    Hairy sits up – his father used to work there in some chemical area

    Fact check: Maybe contains an element of truth. They were probably still testing on rabbits back then.

  115. areff

    Poor old takmen — backward by nature deserves backward by name — should get someone to read him the first few chapters of Gideon Haigh’s The Racket, which neat describe the religious divide within VicPol.

    As for the reference to Pell, the cardinal should simply declare himself Aboriginal, avow that the Rainbow Serpent is the Trinity with dots, and switch the Eucharist from wafer to witchetee grubs.

    Not only would all charges be immediately dropped, he could pocket a nice grant or two as well.

  116. Rae

    Where did this Hogg fellow come from?

    All very strange.

    Yes, who is he to be wishing ill of McCain? He’s stealing the thunder of some Cats who were recently doing the same.

  117. nemkat

    What colour is your tinfoil hat, areff?

    Orange with green spots?

  118. areff

    Ever lived in rural Qld, areff?
    Or rural anywhere?
    I doubt it.

    Does an extended stint in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs count?

  119. areff

    Orange with green spots?

    Tinfoil hat is standard silver. Orange with green spots would seem more pertinent to the condition of a wanker’s overworked dick. Unzip, take a look. Tell me if i’m not right

  120. nemkat

    Does an extended stint in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs count?
    As a Policeman or as a Catholic Priest, areff?

  121. areff

    As an entrpreneur with an interest in a startup that kept me there for almost two years. Kingaroy is a lovely spot. Great RSL club, terrific fish and chips.

  122. nemkat

    Unzip, take a look. Tell me if i’m not right
    Sounds like dicks are something that excites your interest, areff.

  123. nemkat

    Kingaroy isn’t the Darling Downs, areff.
    It’s the South Burnett, the country is completely different.

  124. areff

    Well I do read your comments on the Cat. So, yes, I can recognise a putz when I see one.

  125. Robber Baron

    Just saw an advert on TV for Womens Weekly…Maol and Dame Edna feature this month. A puff piece to increase appeal and of course, poll numbers.

    Newspoll number 30 is coming up!

  126. areff

    I ranged far and wide, you peabrain — Dalby and Goondiwindi too. It’s moments like this I wish I had JC’s gift for obscenity.

  127. Infidel Tiger

    Nemkat has previously argued that Aborigines are sub-human.

    Methinks he ain’t here for the conviviality.

    P.s didn’t realise he was such an old Xunt.

  128. Anthony

    The poofter marriage mob will continue their efforts to destroy christianity until they annoy too many people. Then they’ll be slapped down and the pseudos will withdraw support for fear of their lives and the poofters will resume their status as misters 2 or 3 percent.

  129. squawkbox

    more socks here today than in a centipede laundry

  130. H B Bear

    Just saw an advert on TV for Womens Weekly…Maol and Dame Edna feature this month. A puff piece to increase appeal and of course, poll numbers.

    There wasn’t a knitted kangaroo in the background by any chance? The parallels between Waffleworth’s death spiral and the Slappers are uncanny.

    At least the Liars had someone who could at least save the furniture. The Lieborals are going to go up like a eucalypt forest during Christine Nixon’s dinner break.

  131. Marcus

    As for the reference to Pell, the cardinal should simply declare himself Aboriginal, avow that the Rainbow Serpent is the Trinity with dots, and switch the Eucharist from wafer to witchetee grubs.

    Or else become an arthouse movie director.

  132. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    No gun, no Molotov: why did a 19-year-old Palestinian protester die

    So the cultural marxist MSM could revel in anti-semitism.

  133. nemkat

    Infidel Tiger
    at 4:07 pm
    Nemkat has previously argued that Aborigines are sub-human.

    Care to link to that alleged comment, or are you going to slink off [again]?

  134. areff

    notice the way Numbcnut gets in an anti-catholic jibe, as all good leftists must. he or it is a teacher, i suspect, as such unjustified arrogance often belongs to people who take up chalk because they are too stupid even to be social workers. Skite, posture, preen, lecture, sermonise before a class of nine-year-olds and a lifetime of inadequacy can be papered over.

    “Finally, after all these years of intellectual humiliation, I really am the smartest person in the room.”

  135. H B Bear

    Mouthy socks today.

  136. Tel

    Tiangong “celestial palace” crossing right over central Aus now.

    Looks like we are in the clear after this, unless it hits Perth on the next orbit.

    Nice of the Chinese to schedule this for Passover… presuming that joke hasn’t been made already. 🙂

  137. nemkat

    areff at 4:06 pm
    I ranged far and wide, you peabrain — Dalby and Goondiwindi too.
    So why say ”Does an extended stay in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs count””? And then ramble about Kingaroy, which is nowhere near the Downs?
    Anyway, how many Aborigines did you notice in Kingaroy?

  138. Atoms for Peace

    Nemkat. How does one pick an indigenous person these days?

  139. struth

    Do you think it likely that at least some of them shouldn’t be there?

    No.

  140. struth

    Notice we haven’t had too much from Testes lately?

  141. max

    Every single one of the police investigating Pell has an Irish surname, Whalehunt Fun.

    Last I was in Dublin I read about an elderly nun being abused in the street. Times have changed, nemkat.

  142. nemkat

    Nemkat. How does one pick an indigenous person these days?

    It’s still pretty easy, Atoms for Peace.
    Normal eyesight will play a big part there.

  143. struth

    It’s still pretty easy, Atoms for Peace.
    Normal eyesight will play a big part there.

    Racist.

  144. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The National Security Council is a large intelligence bureaucracy, within the Washington DC intelligence apparatus, consisting of dozens of principles and hundreds of staff. Many of those staffers are career officials, holdovers from prior administrations.

    According to Foreign Policy, incoming National Security Adviser to the President, John Bolton, is planning a significant ‘clean house’ removing a significant number of people within the system.

  145. H B Bear

    In today’s Cat the part of Testes will be played by nemkat.

    Written and authorised by Bonds sock division.

  146. squawkbox

    Watch it, Nemsock. Andrew Bolt got into trouble with the Human Rights Commission for saying that sort of thing.

  147. struth

    If the blackfellas were pursued on heresay like Pell, the lefties would shit their nappies.

  148. nemkat

    Last I was in Dublin I read about an elderly nun being abused in the street. Times have changed, nemkat.
    You’re not saying this was bigotry though, are you, max?
    The commenter upthread is claiming Archbishop Pell is a victim of police bigotry, even though every single policeman called to give evidence has an Irish surname.

  149. Atoms for Peace

    Nemkat. Have you perchance just made an observation that indigenous people can be noted on the basis of colour?

  150. struth

    Every Australian with an Irish name is a roman catholic according to racist trolls.

  151. Stimpson J. Cat

    Get outside all of you useless Muppets.
    It’s a lovely day.
    #whatwouldJesusdo

  152. nemkat

    Where did i use the word ”indigenous”, Atoms for Peace?

  153. C.L.

    A nice Easter Day story:

    Missing 3yo boy found.

    A three-year-old boy who went missing last night from a central western New South Wales campsite is found safe five kilometres away, with his father saying it is an “Easter miracle”.

    James Skillen disappeared from a campsite on private property at Razorback, north of Bathurst, and a search was launched yesterday at 7:00pm.

    The search was suspended overnight and resumed at daybreak on the 100-acre property, with authorities and volunteers searching bushland, and a police helicopter looking from the skies.

    Shortly before noon, James was found safe and well by members of the public in Sofala on a 4WD track, south-west of where he went missing, and then airlifted back to be reunited with his family.

    James’ father, Peter Skillen, said his lost son had tried to get a lift home from a kangaroo.

    “He said he tried to jump on a kangaroo this morning because he thought the kangaroo might take him home,” he said.

    “It’s an Easter miracle, it’s just amazing and we just can’t thank the emergency services so much for everything they’ve done.

  154. nemkat

    Roman catholic isn’t a race, Struth.

  155. Rae

    Last I was in Dublin I read about an elderly nun being abused in the street.

    Anna Livia? The drunks used to relieve themselves in her bathtub. So they replaced her with a massive silver phallic symbol.

  156. struth

    You thinking all people with an Irish name are catholic is collectivist, racist bullshit.

  157. struth

    Are all Chins Buddist you complete space cadet?

  158. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    ‘Fire will burn you’ ISIS terror plot to attack Russia World Cup with ARMED drones EXPOSED
    TERRORISTS plan to attack the World Cup in Russia using drones armed with grenades, missiles and mortars.

  159. Atoms for Peace

    Nemkat. 4.24. 4.28 4.36. Do pay attention. So, how does one’s eyesight pick the presence of indigenous people.

  160. nemkat

    To be sure, to be sure, Struth.
    So Acting Detective Sergeant Sheridan, for instance, not a Catholic, nosiree?

    Wake up to yourself.

  161. Rae

    indigenous people can be noted on the basis of colour?

    Sure. sTan Grant has been observed here often. In name if not in spirit.

  162. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    James’ father, Peter Skillen, said his lost son had tried to get a lift home from a kangaroo.
    “He said he tried to jump on a kangaroo this morning because he thought the kangaroo might take him home,” he said.

    That’s tears to the eye stuff, CL. Thank you. I hope the story travels the world and brings cheer and hope, as it is a true Aussie tale, a contemporary ‘Dot and the Kangaroo’ moment. Certainly an Easter miracle.

  163. C.L.

    The commenter upthread is claiming Archbishop Pell is a victim of police bigotry, even though every single policeman called to give evidence has an Irish surname.

    LOL.

    Fatty O’Ashton.

  164. nemkat

    Atoms for Peace at 4:52 pm

    As i said previously, where have i used the word ”indigenous”?

  165. struth

    As again, so easy to prove.
    The left are always, always, what they project onto others.
    We see this again with Nemkat.

    Racist.
    Envious.
    Lazy.

  166. nemkat

    Has Ashton been called to give Evidence, C.L.?

  167. Infidel Tiger

    Notice we haven’t had too much from Testes lately?

    A swingers sex ring that abused children was just arrested in Perth.

    Coincidence I’m sure.

  168. Atoms for Peace

    I stand corrected Nemkat; you mentioned Aborigines.
    Now, what does one’s vision have to do with that?

  169. Dr Faustus

    Tiangong “celestial palace” crossing right over central Aus now.

    Heavens Above is live tracking Tiangong-1 in what appears to be its last orbit. Presently approaching Columbia/Venezuela – (sort of) predicted to land near Ache.

    After that, the next inhabited place is Tasmania.

  170. None

    Stillbirth has affected my family and you never really get over it. But for God’s sake I am so tired of politicians like Keneally who think public office is only there to assuage their own personal demons or to indulge their own vices and vendettas. Keneally needs an exorcist or a psychiatrist- probably both- and should be deemed unfit for parliament.

  171. 132andBush

    James’ father, Peter Skillen, said his lost son had tried to get a lift home from a kangaroo.
    “He said he tried to jump on a kangaroo this morning because he thought the kangaroo might take him home,” he said.

    LOL,
    That’s awesome.

  172. nemkat

    Now, what does one’s vision have to do with that?

    Have to do with what, Atoms for Peace?

  173. Spring is coming

    Cricket Australia investigating ball doping have asked others involved to step forward and help CA with their enquiries before being named. Or ‘Come on out, we’ve got you Warnered!’

  174. C.L.

    Actually, given the boy was found on a 4WD track by members of the public, I’m saying the kangaroo led him to it. Thanks, Skip!

  175. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    CL, I just had an Easter text from Perpetua Durack and checked it back thread to her other communications with me. I wasn’t wrong at all, it was St. Anthony who does her such good service finding things and suchlike, not the dismissed St. Christopher at all. Perhaps he really did save my rings, being fully authorized. Not something to be sneezed at. 🙂

    Well, not today anyway.

  176. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Goodness. My sainted kangaroo. Well, mysterious ways have been mentioned before this.

  177. Atoms for Peace

    Nemkat. I’ve had my fun with you. It was interesting watching you back off high speed reverse.

  178. None

    All the O’xxxx’s in my family are Anglican.

  179. Rae

    Your O’xxxx’s are dead to me, None.

  180. C.L.

    Two detectives were called: Sheridan and Reed.

    One Irish surname. Reed is an English surname.

  181. Mother Lode

    Maybe Numkat means you can tell they are Irish by looking at them.

  182. nemkat

    Sure, Atoms for Peace.
    I’ll mark you down as a virtue signaling P.C. troll, then.

  183. C.L.

    Yes, Lizzie. Christopher was struck off a fair while ago.
    Mistaken identity. An Egyptian saint’s story became mixed up with others and Christopher became a remnant/composite with no historical claims to existence.

  184. squawkbox

    Two detectives were called: Sheridan and Reed.

    One Irish surname. Reed is an English surname.

    I knew a Sheridan once. Descendant of the 18th century playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Family Anglican and lived in England for at least 250 years. In nemsock world I guess he should have been living off Irish stew and warm guinness, doing whatever the priest told him and (if he was an Australian policeman) beating aboriginals to death with a weighted rosary.

  185. struth

    The trolls are very 4th rate these days.

    Boring.

  186. nemkat

    Squawkbox:
    You can’t get a more Irish Catholic name than Sheridan.

  187. Rae

    Two detectives were called: Sheridan and Reed.

    One Irish surname. Reed is an English surname.

    Holy Mother of God. Detective Superintendent Paul Sheridan could indeed be one of us. And so too could Detective Christopher Reed.

    I don’t know anyone named Christopher who is not a tyke. But then, I do have a close friend, Paul, who is Presbyterian

  188. Nick

    Perpetua!! Time to skol a drink Cats

  189. Rae

    As for Senior Constable David Rae …

  190. Snoopy

    Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear were tykes.

  191. nemkat

    Wiki doesn’t say, Snoopy, but he appears to have been a sook and lifelong whinger, so i’m saying…

  192. C.L.

    I don’t know anyone named Christopher who is not a tyke.

    I shut down your surname claim so you move on to Christian names.
    You really are low energy.

    Everybody knows the apron wearers and goat-riders are currently dominant in Victorian policing.

  193. Rae

    I shut down your surname claim so you move on to Christian names.

    I made no surname claim.

  194. C.L.

    But then, I do have a close friend, Paul, who is Presbyterian.

    The level of ignorance here is pretty embarrassing.
    Paul would be the most obvious Christian name for a Presbyterian.

  195. H B Bear

    Tag team idiocy this afternoon.

  196. Rae

    This is not the old days, C.L. We tykes are quite prominent among the goat riders and apron wearers these days. It has been so for some years now.

  197. Gab

    Ah yes, that great Catholic Christopher Hitchens, for example.

    😀

  198. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Get outside all of you useless Muppets.
    It’s a lovely day.

    Like Calli, I went for my morning health walk. Up to the ocean lookout at The Gap and then down the hill to Gap Park via a small hardly known pathway through densely overhanging hillside bush land and scrub. Half way down there is an amazing old native fig tree, absolutely enormous, with roots that wander twenty metres down the hillside in a sort of vertical terrace formation, roots that rise to make partitions up to a metre high. It is a grand gnarled old man of the hill, clinging in ownership, strangling the hilltop parasitically like a weird creature from some alien world. He almost winks at you, for I had the pathway all to myself, no-one else at all there and imagination takes over.

    Asian tourists see the narrow rather forbidding entry and eschew it, sticking to the bigger paths along the scenic cliffs. My secret path concludes behind the housing at Watson’s Bay, from whence it is an easy walk home for me along the beachfront looking out at Sydney’s Manhattan towers gathered together in the distance glinting glass in the sunlight, a temptress of Babylon ushering forth the day.

    The second time I went outside was to the washing line to bring in the sheets. 🙂

  199. nemkat

    I made the surname claim, C.L.
    Plenty of English Catholics moved to Ireland, Reeds would have been amongst them.
    Irish Catholics are known for nepotism, and promoting their own, so, if you’ve got a Sheridan in a senior position, all his underlings will end up being Tykes, sooner or later.

  200. Rae

    Tag team idiocy this afternoon.

    On the evidence before me I would have to agree. You, Atoms for Peace and C.L. have not done well so far this afternoon.

  201. Snoopy

    nemkat
    #2620724, posted on January 27, 2018 at 9:15 am
    Very few Aborigines have demonstrated the ability to achieve much.
    Those that have are not representative of the vast majority, because low intelligence imposes limitations.

  202. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The trolls are very 4th rate these days.

    Bring monstie back at least he he can write in english

  203. nemkat

    I stand by that, Snoopy.
    Infidel Tiger has claimed i called Aborigines ”Sub Humans”.
    You won’t find any evidence for that claim anywhere, but keep looking.

  204. Knuckle Dragger

    Nemkat,

    Aboriginals, like everybody else, are in jail because they are idiots. Jail time is rarely imposed in cases of first offending – there are usually hurdles of fines, community service, various behaviour order and suspended sentences before they actually go to the Big House.

    So, from that we can see that every single person in our jails is, in fact, a recidivist offender. Coppers invest plenty of time and paperwork in this field of endeavour, so much so that they don’t have time to waste picking up the nearest blackfella and making stuff up that will stick.

    So if 33% of prisoners in Queensland jails are of Aboriginal descent, they are there because they deserve to be. End of story.

  205. We have you surrounded!
    Drop your sandpaper and come out with your balls up and you won’t get hurt!

  206. Rae

    Ah yes, that great Catholic Christopher Hitchens

    I didn’t know him, Gab. But, it’s a comfort to know that he was in the care of Catholics towards the end of his troubled life.

  207. Oh come on

    The trolls are very 4th rate these days.

    Simply awful. Remember we thought we had it bad when the main trolls were m0nty and that other dumbarse leftist who used to come on here, opine brainlessly, then act the internet tough guy and make physical threats against those who laughed at him?

    They were actually pretty decent trolls compared to the abominations (abomination?) we have now. The last 5 or so hours of OT comments ought to be deleted and never spoken of again. Just appalling.

  208. Bruce in WA

    Quick report: on Sapphire Princess between Phuket and Colombo. Midday. Ploughing through rain and thunderstorm. Ship has benefitted from its quick refurb. New carpets, paint, beds, flat screen TV, chairs in public areas. Passengers (2633) generally mid-70s; we feel positively youthful! About 1500 Aussies who so far have been well behaved — generally. Food good, entertainment average, casino punk. Music in public areas hopelessly mismatched to audience. Hip-hop, Mechanical and Doof-doof at 110% volume. And why do Cruise Directors and their assistants all screech at the top of their lungs? So far so good. Report later; internet time is precious.

  209. Tom

    If you feed the trolls, you make this place a toilet. The only reason for their presence here is to make arseholes of themselves — the Cat ownership’s new traffic minimisation strategy. Sort of like Spacechook for dummies.

  210. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Too much trolling here today while the regulars are not manning the barricades to the Cat.
    Sinc should make a roster. Or reduce the onslaught.
    It’s difficult to hear yourself think in here with the troll racket going on.

  211. Boambee John

    Snoopy at 1507

    If sentencing reform is necessary to reduce the numbers of indigenous people in jail, just remove jail sentences for all crimes committed by indigenous people upon other indigenes.

    Refine that a bit.

    All crimes committed by indigenous people upon other indigenes on aboriginal land, or land under native title. Traditional punishments to apply to such crimes.

  212. This morning’s homily the Christian witness of Colonel Beltrane was mentioned, in the same breathe as that of Saint Maximillian Kolbe.

    Worth remembering them both this Easter Sunday.

  213. DrBeauGan

    Watching Tiangong on Dr.Faustus’ link. Tasmania is safe this orbit. Bugger it.

  214. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Kick your heels up and dance Bruce while you can, for the years fly by and you’ll be going to bed early before you know it. I’ve noticed in the past ten years that they’ve made the years shorter than they used to be. When I find the person responsible I’m going to have a few words to say about that. Someone’s mucking around somewhere. I woke up this morning and the time had changed. It’s my theory that’s how it starts, baby steps, and then they get on to making it Easter when you’ve only just finished Christmas and five years later you can’t remember where four of them have gone to.

    We’re living in a time warp. 😀

    Glad the cruise is going well.

  215. Ed Feser on ‘No hell, no heaven’:

    As Aquinas teaches, Christ did not die to save the fallen angels, because they cannot be saved. They cannot be saved because their wills are locked on to evil. It is impossible for them to repent. It is impossible for them to repent because they are incorporeal, and thus lack the bodily preconditions for the changeability of the will’s basic orientation toward either good or evil. An angel makes this basic choice once and for all upon its creation. It is because we are corporeal that Christ can save us. But he can do so only while we are still in the flesh. Upon death, the soul is divorced from the body and thus, like an angel, becomes locked on to a basic orientation toward either good or evil. If it is not saved before death, it cannot be saved. It’s game over. I explained the reasons for all this in a post on the metaphysics of damnation.

    RTWT.

  216. Gab

    Thanks, Dover. Very interesting reading with some contemplation to be had later.

  217. A nice piece by Feser again thank you DB

    A good simple logical analogy for we simpler folks.

  218. Knuckle Dragger

    More overnight culture from our ‘noble, gentle’ people:

    In Katherine, a three year old Aboriginal girl was sexually assaulted by her 17 year old cousin. The cousin’s mother is stalling the investigation and hiding the offender from police.

    In Alice Springs, an Aboriginal man asked a woman for sex near the Todd River. She refused, so he belted her with a tree branch, dragged her into the Todd River bed and stabbed her in the vagina repeatedly with a pair of scissors. Captured, he told the coppers ‘I wanted to fuck her’. The victim remains in hospital undergoing surgery.

    Welcome to Country my arse.

  219. Tom

    Thanks, Dover. Very interesting reading with some contemplation to be had later.

    +1.

  220. Dreher on the urban bugman’s ‘No-Trust Society’:

    Remember this 2015 pseudonymous essay in Vox, titled, “I’m a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me?” Last night I was at an event, and met a college professor. At some point in our conversation, he mentioned an incident in which he used a common word that upset a (white, female) student, who accused him formally of racism. It was a preposterous charge, and nothing came of it ultimately, but it had a chilling effect on the professor. He said that he now is not eager to get involved with mentoring, for example. If you limit your exposure to the students, you limit the opportunities they have to accuse you of racism, sexism, homophobia, or any of the other sins against the Holy Zeitgeist.

    I told the professor that I try never to talk about anything controversial in personal company unless I’m sure that everyone around me already agrees with me. It’s not simply that I don’t want to get into it with a screaming SJW who wants to have it out with me at a cocktail party because I don’t share her view of some political issue. That’s part of it, but I am a public figure, and say lots of controversial things in this space. I try to leave work here on the blog, and not take it into private life. With me, it’s more the case that I don’t want to say something controversial that I wouldn’t say on the blog, and have someone overhear it, send it out on social media, and ruin me.

    RTWT.

  221. Anyone else here having problems with various internet servers? I just did a ping test and certain servers in Europe and US have terrible connection problems.

  222. Infidel Tiger

    Anyone else here having problems with various internet servers? I just did a ping test and certain servers in Europe and US have terrible connection problems.

    Russia lashing out. It’s all that failed state full of whores and drinks has left.

  223. calli

    I enjoyed that, Dover. It mirrors something I have been meditating on for the past week or so.

    The truth, of course, is that you want me not to be harmed and that that is precisely why you are warning me, and that if you were to tell me that a left turn would not lead to a fiery death you would be deceiving me and putting me in grave danger.

    No-one can be argued into Life. It’s impossible. They can only be persuaded to at least consider the appeal.

    And the appealer doesn’t go out on a limb because they want a scalp for their belt. They do it because they appreciate the danger and want it averted.

  224. None

    I am afraid that the metaphysics of damnation don’t make sense to me. While the concept of a disembodied soul -which actually comes from Greek philosophy -was very prominent in Christianity particularly amongst many mediaeval thinkers like Aquinas, I don’t think modern theologians subscribe to notions of disembodied souls. We are embodied creatures, we can only exist in body, that is why Christian’s also believe in a bodily Resurrection. At the same time notions such as corporeality meant entirely different things in ancient philosophy from which Christianity do its own metaphysical vocabulary. Your author seems to equate body with corporeality which is quite common in popular thought today but I don’t think it would have made sense to the ancients
    There is no rational reason why a disembodied or non corporeal angel should get a choice at creation as that seems to imply will. On the other hand it could also imply that humans embodied souls but souls nevertheless l, only get a choice at their creation too which speaks to Predestination. Sure, I didn’t pay much attention in my philosophy classes about this metaphysics of damnation as presented by that particular writer makes absolutely no sense to me.

  225. Dr Faustus

    It’s all that failed state full of whores and drinks has left.

    Whores and drinks?
    Sounds perfectly viable.

  226. None

    *but this metaphysics of damnation…

  227. squawkbox

    Good article, Dover,

    Dover, we’re living in our own version of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, where the deep state uses fanatic and dimwitted youth to cull its enemies. The good thing is that when Mao died and the Cultural Revolution ended, the fanatic and dimwitted youth found that while they were not persecuted in their turn they had acquired no useful talents, and were doomed to spend the rest of their lives as unskilled labour. It’s been noticed for a long time that senior Chinese management in any field either matured before 1965 or after 1975, with a noticeable gap inbetween.

    Our modern cultural revolutionaries will find it even harder. Not only will they have no useful skills and Mickey Mouse qualifications, they will also have huge college debts and a social media record of exactly how repellent they are as human beings. I’m trying hard not to gloat in advance.

  228. cuckoo

    So London has set, for February-March, a higher murder rate than New York (by one murder, admittedly). Most of them by stabbing. I was in London last year and was gobsmacked to read that something like 12 people had been stabbed to death in the city within the previous fortnight. And yet Londoners at dinner parties obsess about gun crime in the US. Tried not to laugh when a spokesPlod was quoted as saying that that spike in the murder rate was due to…wait for it…an “increase in knife crime”.

  229. Knuckle Dragger
    #2676090, posted on April 1, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    More overnight culture from our ‘noble, gentle’ people:

    Jesus H fvking Christ

  230. Snoopy

    Because it deserves repeating.

    Infidel Tiger
    #2675963, posted on April 1, 2018 at 3:22 pm
    Is it any wonder Abos are struggling? The poor bastards have been the victims of every single leftist policy you can imagine. They are the freaking canaries we keep poisoning.

  231. Dr Faustus

    Our modern cultural revolutionaries will find it even harder. Not only will they have no useful skills and Mickey Mouse qualifications, they will also have huge college debts and a social media record of exactly how repellent they are as human beings.

    At some point, a future Labor government in deep electoral shite will forgive the HECS debts “of those who can least afford to pay“. There is no point holding non-performing debt on the National balance sheet when it can be converted into goodwill. And votes.

  232. No-one can be argued into Life. It’s impossible. They can only be persuaded to at least consider the appeal.

    Calli, that is true. Intellect and will. In time, however, if their will changes for the better, even if only to neutrality, the arguments they have heard earlier can get a hearing and nudge the will itself.

    And the appealer doesn’t go out on a limb because they want a scalp for their belt. They do it because they appreciate the danger and want it averted.

    Exactly.

  233. Gab

    Don’t know if this has already been posted …

    Opening weekend for the movie“I Can Only Imagine” crushed box office expectations by making $17.1 million. This epic Christian movie demonstrates that there is a huge need for wholesome and faith-based movies and Hollywood needs to be taking notes.

    Roadside Attractions-Lionsgate estimated that the movie would make in the range of $2 million to $8 million, but opening weekend alone surpasses any previous objectives. Box office sales of this degree were certainly not expected for the opening weekend even though there had been a glimmer of hope for victory because there were 130 million trailer views and $1.6 million in pre-sale tickets.

    The Christian movie was produced by an independent film company that outdid Oprah Winfrey’s movie “A Wrinkle In Time.” Hollywood needs to wise up and heed the demands and interests of the Christian audience.

    https://www.davidharrisjr.com/news-events/listen-up-hollywood-christian-movie-beats-oprahs-movie-opening-weekend-at-the-box-office/

  234. H B Bear

    Dreher on the urban bugman’s ‘No-Trust Society’:

    Little bit rich for academics to be complaining about being scared of their students now. Who do they think set the whole thing off in the late 60s?

  235. I am afraid that the metaphysics of damnation don’t make sense to me. While the concept of a disembodied soul -which actually comes from Greek philosophy -was very prominent in Christianity particularly amongst many mediaeval thinkers like Aquinas,

    None, Feser or Aquinas don’t believe that human beings are disembodied souls. We might have them after death until the Resurrection of the Dead, but these souls are extremely attenuated because they are separated from the body. I’m not surprised the essay doesn’t make immediate sense to you though, as it wouldn’t have made much sense to me before I became more and more acquainted with Aristotelian-Thomism but it will over time. As Moderns, we have been confused by Cartesian ghosts in the machine, and their ilk, but in time, the Medievals will make more sense because to them human beings were neither ghosts or machines.

  236. Roger.

    Tried not to laugh when a spokesPlod was quoted as saying that that spike in the murder rate was due to…wait for it…an “increase in knife crime”.

    No shit, Sherlock.

    The Met are hopeless.

  237. Dreher on America’s Camp of the Saints:

    This is going to be interesting when — and if — they arrive at the US border:

    For five days now hundreds of Central Americans — children, women, and men, most of them from Honduras — have boldly crossed immigration checkpoints, military bases, and police in a desperate, sometimes chaotic march toward the United States. Despite their being in Mexico without authorization, no one has made any effort to stop them.

    Organized by a group of volunteers called Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, the caravan is intended to help migrants safely reach the United States, bypassing not only authorities who would seek to deport them, but gangs and cartels who are known to assault vulnerable migrants.

    Organizers like Rodrigo Abeja hope that the sheer size of the crowd will give immigration authorities and criminals pause before trying to stop them.

    “If we all protect each other we’ll get through this together,” Abeja yelled through a loudspeaker on the morning they left Tapachula, on Mexico’s border with Guatemala, for the nearly monthlong trek.

    Unbelievable. RTWT.

  238. squawkbox

    Tried not to laugh when a spokesPlod was quoted as saying that that spike in the murder rate was due to…wait for it…an “increase in knife crime”.

    No shit, Sherlock.

    The Met are hopeless.

    My toilet has overflowed due to an increase in shit. Just thought you would all like to know.

  239. Roger.

    This is going to be interesting when — and if — they arrive at the US border:

    Mexican authorities are ushering them through thus far, dover.

  240. Infidel Tiger

    Paine has a fractured thumb.

    What a wretched and horrid tour.

  241. feelthebern

    The cricket gods are angry at Maxwell being 12th man.
    Need a smoking ceremony to appease them.

  242. None

    I hear you Dover but I have no reason to believe that the author is an accurate interpreter of Aquinas, or mediaeval thought. For all Aquinas’s brilliance he’s not necessarily always coherent.

  243. Tel

    Anyone else here having problems with various internet servers? I just did a ping test and certain servers in Europe and US have terrible connection problems.

    There’s a thing called “memcached” and it’s a server that provides a lightweight and fast data cache that can be used for any short term storage, especially for website cache. There were of course plenty of other cache solutions before this one came along, but hey if it wasn’t made out of reinvented wheels it wouldn’t be modern software. Anyhow, when they say “lightweight” they mean no need for any security protocol whatsoever, and that’s fine if you keep it INSIDE your network and not exposed to the open internet.

    What’s that you say? Never, never do this? OK I’ll do it.

    Well, you probably wouldn’t, but when there’s stupid afoot, someone surely would and indeed many people who really, really knew better but kinda didn’t care put these things up unprotected and pointed them at the world in general to blast garbage in every possible direction. Hence, overall shitness for everyone.

    There’s some space for a user pays strategy where people who fill the internet with crap get the bill. Interesting parallel to pollution and the mysterious “externalities”… if only we had an economist around these parts to sort that out for us.

  244. Tel

    Russia lashing out. It’s all that failed state full of whores and drinks has left.

    More likely a self uppercut, but let’s see how this plays out.

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