Monday Forum: July 16, 2018

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  1. DrBeauGan

    You call yourself a bogan but you allege that you’re a doctor, which means you’re upper class.

    M0nty, consider the following:

    https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/433311-brexit-split-families-country/

  2. H B Bear

    Surely the time has come for Googles G and the ALPBC to have a dedicated Trump Derangement Syndrome channel.

  3. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Black dog snapping at my heels. Don’t know why. Have to go upstairs and pretend all is OK. Would hate to worry my wife.

    Mate, get help with the “black dog.” I’ve been diagnosed with it twice, once in the early eighties – the medication then was horrendous – and again, about five years ago. Vast improvement in the meds. I didn’t realise how low I’d sunk.

  4. DrBeauGan

    The lady with the tats has a doctorate. Only in sociology, it’s true, but she’s got one. And she sure ain’t upper class.

  5. John Constantine

    Bruce, you live in a country about to embrace adult onesies, washable toilet paper and Billy shorten.

    What could possibly go wrong?.

  6. Bruce in WA

    If in danger or in doubt
    Don’t hesitate
    Self-medicate

    Glass of wine
    Sleeping tablet
    I’ll be fine in the morning.
    Night all.

  7. Stimpson J. Cat

    Black dog snapping at my heels. Don’t know why. Have to go upstairs and pretend all is OK. Would hate to worry my wife.

    There is no why.
    Don’t lie.
    Listen to some music you like, or exercise, or do something you enjoy.
    Watch some comedy.
    If all else fails go to sleep and sleep.

  8. mh

    The Savage Nation Podcast – July 16, 2018 Michael Savage Show / Full Show

    Excellent commentary on the media meltdown following peace summit

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xa7Wn5QJSI0

  9. Ftb, China is having awful trouble doing all of that right now and I can not see it getting any easier for them.

    Their days as the world’s factory are over and I give them zero chance of becoming services based.

    Interesting take IT, and none of us really knows what is going to happen, but I tend to disagree with you.

    China’s days as a factory may be over – a big call, and probably a bit early – but if that is true, then who is the world’s factory base next? Africa. And who is busily building infrastructure and tying up governments across Africa with debt in the style of the old Washington Consensus to control their development? China.

    The West can’t really complain because they ran the same playbook with SE Asia and South America for decades. Who can begrudge the Chinese for playing catch-up? The problem for America is that Chinese GDP has already caught up and is sailing past at a big rate of knots. You may say it’s all smoke and mirrors, but what does America have to offer the world in the way of new investment and ideas? US multinationals are spending the Trump tax windfall on share buybacks, while domestic real wages plummet.

    China are playing the long game, which is their advantage (but also maybe their curse if events overtake them). I foresee the Chinese middle class continuing to grow, with manufacturing shifted to Africa in factories owned by the Chinese. What they did to the solar panel industry should be feared by every Western manufacturer, because they can put you out of business like Amazon in retail, with no hope of survival once they bring their economies of scale to bear. Maybe one day the US government will bring antitrust to bear on Amazon but there’s no fighting the Chinese on volume.

  10. Stimpson J. Cat

    Remember Bruce, tell her that sex releases endorphins that combat depression.
    It is literally scientific.

  11. Bruce in WA

    ZK2A, mate … it just snaps away … hasn’t really sunk its fangs in.

    I was on heavy-duty meds for it years ago … horrendous!

    Swore I would NEVER get to that stage again.

    So far, so good.

    I just remind myself of everything I have in my life to be grateful for …

  12. Stimpson J. Cat

    OK they are uulating now.

  13. M0nty, consider the following:

    https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/433311-brexit-split-families-country/

    What the?

    Oh, you’re admitting that you’re a wanker.

  14. Death Giraffe

    But with my stumpy legs I’m basically a tripod.
    ..
    You forget that we’ve seen you on your home videos, Death. So we know that’s not true.

    ..
    It was cold.

  15. Bruce in WA

    Remember Bruce, tell her that sex releases endorphins that combat depression.
    It is literally scientific.

    That’s one I haven’t tried!

    Mrs B … Mrs B …!

  16. Death Giraffe

    Does exercise help you Bruce?
    I find it helps me a bit.

  17. Stimpson J. Cat

    Ramaphosa just called him President Obama.
    Twice.
    Jesus Christ.

  18. Bruce in WA

    Does exercise help you Bruce?
    I find it helps me a bit.

    Yes it does … but motivation’s the killer.

  19. Death Giraffe

    Also firing a rifle helps.
    Loose off few rounds at the range.
    Cheers me up.

  20. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bruce, you live in a country about to embrace adult onesies, washable toilet paper and Billy shorten.

    Oh, death, where is thy sting?

  21. Highly unconfirmed and massively speculative, but the interweb sleuths are on the case

  22. Infidel Tiger

    There’s a hell of a lot of people on this horrid website with depression.

    Why is that? Does reading the open forum not trigger depression?

  23. Death Giraffe

    Yes it does … but motivation’s the killer.

    ..
    I get that.
    Takes a while to kick in too.
    But you know it will.

  24. Stimpson J. Cat

    Yes it does … but motivation’s the killer.

    I am happy to stand behind you with a big f$cking stick if you like.

  25. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I just remind myself of everything I have in my life to be grateful for …

    That helps, indeed.

  26. Bruce in WA

    Also firing a rifle helps.
    Loose off few rounds at the range.
    Cheers me up.

    Oh, yeah.

    If the weather clears up, I’ll be there.

    Thanks, everyone, but I really think bed’s the best place for me now … 😀

  27. Infidel Tiger

    Monty that is pathetic!

  28. Stimpson J. Cat

    Apparently Nelson Mandela was the founder of the new non-racist non-sexist South Africa.
    Honestly this Ramaphosa speech is sickening.

  29. Bruce in WA

    Why is that? Does reading the open forum not trigger depression?

    No; the opposite in fact. I admire (most of) the people who post here and am cheered by their outlook.

  30. Stimpson J. Cat

    Thanks, everyone, but I really think bed’s the best place for me now … 😀

    Remember, sex is the cure.
    Tell her you are the doctor of love.

  31. Death Giraffe

    There’s a hell of a lot of people on this horrid website with depression.

    Why is that?

    ..
    Sign of intelligence, innit?
    Of course if you are as thick as two bricks you never get depressed.
    (Not you, you, the general you as in any old random stupid person)

  32. Monty that is pathetic!

    I know right, imagine Trump being involved in anything shady!!!

  33. Stimpson J. Cat

    Ramaphosa just segued from Mandela stopping corruption in SA to Obama.
    Jesus Christ.

  34. Oh come on

    m0nty
    #2766149, posted on July 17, 2018 at 11:28 pm
    Highly unconfirmed and massively speculative, but the interweb sleuths are on the case…

    m0nty channeling his inner SSR.

  35. Oh come on

    srr? Sorry. It’s been a while

  36. Infidel Tiger

    Does anyone on earth know what stimpson is talking about?

  37. Stimpson J. Cat

    There’s a hell of a lot of people on this horrid website with depression.
    Why is that? Does reading the open forum not trigger depression?

    Have you ever talked to a Libertarian for any period of time?

  38. Stimpson J. Cat

    I’m liveblogging the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture.

    Read upthread and follow my YouTube instructions.

    It’s f$cking nuts.

  39. ave you ever talked to a Libertarian for any period of time?

    Irrelevant. This is a Libertarian-free zone.

  40. Stimpson J. Cat

    Obama just said he is a very good dancer.
    Michelle is better.

  41. People who like redheads with decent gams doing gun-toting cosplay should enjoy this.

  42. Stimpson J. Cat

    Likes at 3.5K, Dislikes at 8.4K.
    He just said I was born in Hawaii and sidewinked.

  43. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Apparently Nelson Mandela was the founder of the new non-racist non-sexist South Africa.

    Ek roll ap die vloor.

    The tragedy of South Africa is that the average African is finding out that their fellow Africans can be just as brutal and corrupt as the old white “baas” could ever be.

  44. JC

    You know what’s depressing… watching a stock fizzle out the look of a strong premarket rally just after the open.

    Ronery, just a bit of medical diagnosis. You’re nowhere near fucking cured. You and the slob are the most miserable Debbie Downers at the Cat and no amount of pills will help. Just call the Hotline.

  45. Pedro the Ignorant

    I would rather poke my eardrums out with steel knitting needles than listen to Obongo pontificating to an African audience.

    Gawdalmighty.

  46. Makka

    A very good discussion on understanding Obama’s Administration of traitors and their latest panic over the Trump/Putin meeting.

    The burning questions:

    Who had access to the NSA data bases (prior to Adm Rogers cutting them off)?
    What data did they harvest?
    Who was the data shared with and why?

    It was the access to the databases that became the feedstock for the infamous FISA warrants.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/07/17/paranoia-may-destroy-ya-the-collective-response-from-the-co-conspirators/

    If you note they (Brennan, Comey,Tapper, Yates) are all connected to the intelligence apparatus, and more specifically the well documented FISA abuse, well, yeah, things start making a lot of sense. After all, at the center of all the intelligence corruption in 2015/2016 is the exploitation of FBI/NSA databases for political opposition research and weaponization.

    The over-the-top responses to a meeting and press conference between President Trump and Russian President Putin highlights the extent to which the prior officials have formed all of their defenses around the Russian conspiracy narrative. They are all-in.

  47. JC

    Makka

    The more you read about these goings on, it really looks like it almost impossible for the general public to get a grip of what went on in terms of the swamp trying to wreck Trump’s chances or ruin the presidency. It’s extremely complex and too hard to explain it to people.

    Sessions is doing nothing on the conviction side. Crooked should be in jail for what she did. The Stork is still at the FBI and more than that Mueller is still out and about.

  48. C.L.

    Graham Ashton – idiot chief of the notorious Victoria Police – has finally hit out at the people making Melbourne a dangerous hellhole. Yes folks, this is real:

    Airbnb must take more control to stop wild parties, top cop says.

    Victoria’s police chief has hit out at Airbnb and other online short-term rental platforms over a recent string of wild parties, saying they need to impose stronger checks on guests.

    Impose stronger checks on guests, hey.
    There’s an idea.

  49. .

    A bit of perspective on the Russian involvement can be gained from reading these articles from the left wing MSM back in 2016 (US: LA Times and WaPo).

    Can you rig a U.S. presidential election? Experts say it’s basically impossible.

    The U.S. is no stranger to interfering in the elections of other countries

  50. Infidel Tiger

    The “Russian spy” in the Oval Office turns out to be an NSC staffer. But Monty knew that already.

  51. JC

    Lol..
    It should be easy catching the idiot/s who stole the car and contents. They’re glowing at night.

    Two security experts from the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory drove to San Antonio, Texas, in March 2017 with a sensitive mission: to retrieve dangerous nuclear materials from a nonprofit research lab there.

    Their task was to ensure that the radioactive materials did not fall into the wrong hands on the way back to Idaho, where the government maintains a stockpile of nuclear explosive materials for the military and others.

    To ensure they got the right items, the specialists from Idaho brought radiation detectors and small samples of dangerous materials to calibrate them: specifically, a plastic-covered disk of plutonium, a material that can be used to fuel nuclear weapons, and another of cesium, a highly radioactive isotope that could potentially be used in a so-called “dirty” radioactive bomb.

    But when they stopped at a Marriott hotel just off Highway 410, in a high-crime neighborhood filled with temp agencies and ranch homes, they left those sensors on the back seat of their rented Ford Expedition. When they awoke the next morning, the window had been smashed and the special valises holding these sensors and nuclear materials had vanished.

    Read more here: https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/northwest/idaho/article214731995.html#storylink=cpy

    But hey, there’s nothing wrong leaving a bunch of plutonium at the back of the car at the Marriot hotel. Everyone does it.

  52. Makka

    mOron:

    US multinationals are spending the Trump tax windfall on share buybacks, while domestic real wages plummet.

    Look at the 5 yr data set and see wages groth 2017 to present;
    https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wage-growth

    June 2017 – June 2018
    https://www.statista.com/statistics/215630/hourly-earnings-of-all-employees-in-the-us-by-month/

    Never accept mOron’s assertions. Especially his economic ones.

  53. Infidel Tiger

    The goal was never to rig the election. It was to create doubt and chaos. Destroy the institutions of the Republic.

    Mission accomplished.

  54. Makka

    A bit of perspective on the Russian involvement can be gained from reading these articles from the left wing MSM back in 2016 (US: LA Times and WaPo).

    Obama stated it himself. It’s impossible.

  55. Infidel Tiger

    Look at the 5 yr data set and see wages groth 2017 to present;
    https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wage-growth

    Look at the participation rate. Then look at the change in the male participation rate.

    It’s a national tragedy.

    There are still 100,000,000 working age Americans without work. They have given up.

  56. LOL, Makka still banging on about FISA warrants. We are way past that stuff now. Maria Butina, there’s a name you need to know.

    On July 11, 2015—more than a year before she began her studies at American University—Butina was in Las Vegas at an early rally for Trump’s embryonic presidential campaign. During a question-and-answer session, she asked Trump about Russian sanctions.

    “I’m from Russia. My question will be about foreign politics,” Butina said, glancing at prepared notes. “If you will be elected as president, what will be your foreign politics especially in the relationships with my country? Do you want to continue the policy of sanctions that are damaging [to] both economies? Or [do you] have any other ideas?”

    “I know Putin, and I’ll tell you what, we’ll get along with Putin,” Trump said in his response to Butina. “I would get along very nicely with Putin, I mean, where we have the strength. I don’t think you’d need the sanctions. I think we would get along very, very well.”t along very, very well.”

  57. Stimpson J. Cat

    Holy f$ck he’s going on about White Males.

  58. JC

    US multinationals are spending the Trump tax windfall on share buybacks, while domestic real wages plummet.

    Tha’s exactly my point about temporary depression. Bank of America, my biggest stock position was up 45 cents in the pre-market this morning and that rally was expunged the second the market opened. This after reporting a truly heaven like quarter last evening our time and announcing a US$20 billion dollar stock buyback which represents around 10% of the issuance. 20 bill is not small change FFS.

  59. C.L.

    But hey, there’s nothing wrong leaving a bunch of plutonium at the back of the car at the Marriot hotel. Everyone does it.

    Bob Mueller takes it to Russia.

  60. Makka

    JC,

    The article is a good one. If Trump chooses to declassify the redacted documents, then it’s over for the Dems. Nowhere to hide, not the swamp, not the MSM – it’s all in there.

  61. Infidel Tiger

    If they ever calculated the inflation rate correctly you would see that real wages have plummeted in the last few decades.

    Unsound money ruins everything.

  62. JC

    Cl, can you imagine the thief or thieves rummaging around the case etc .. holding the plutonium and trying to figure out what it is. Meanwhile every single cell in their body is lit up.

    “watcha think this is Darnell”

    ” Man, I dunno, Jamal. It doesn’t look like gold. It’s the wrong color”

  63. Makka

    There are still 100,000,000 working age Americans without work. They have given up.

    People don’t participate for a myriad of reasons. For sure it’s not because the economy is poorly or that jobs and wages growth are down, or that the jobs aren’t coming back to the US.

  64. C.L.

    Monty, who’s more dangerous: the Marriott hotel plutonium thieves or Bob Mueller?

  65. Infidel Tiger

    If companies are going to just buyback stock, Trump needs to hit them with punitive taxes.

    Crush the corporatist swines.

    This s is why company tax cuts are awful and must be avoided in Australia. Only income tax cuts are needed.

  66. JC

    Artiste

    Dude, that’s just so wrong. Forget fucking wages. Forget nominal wages and just look at one single chart that tells you how Mr.& Mrs Average is doing. Just look at personal real consumption expenditure and it’s there starting at you. Other than the minute wiggles during recessions it gone straight up since the sixties. The American middle class is doing fine. Period. End of story.

  67. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’m following the whole furor over the Trevor Ruthenberg matter in the upcoming by – election in Queensland. The general consensus of opinion among anyone who ever pulled on a boot, or picked up a rifle, is “big fucking deal. So what” and are unkind enough to remind the Labor Party that this by – election is due to the fact that their candidate couldn’t even remember what Nationality she was, FFS.

  68. Stimpson J. Cat

    Now he’s going on about evil closed borders and right wing extremists.
    Right wing billionaires funding street protests.
    Conspiracy theories on social media.
    Attacks on the press.

    The nerve of this f$cker.

  69. Stimpson J. Cat

    Global integration is the new buzzword.

  70. Makka

    You really are sounding quite manic mOron. Have you forgotten your Stormy! Cohen! thrilling exposes?

    Did Trump bang Butina too? or not. We’ll await your next installment with baited breath shall we?

  71. Stimpson J. Cat

    Obama – I believe in multiracial democracy.

  72. ABC News tonight gravely intoned about a “shock” revelation that has thrown the seat of Longman into utter chaos & totally frigged the LNP’s chances, blah blah blah.

    The LNP candidate has claimed to have received a military medal which was never awarded to him – gasp, etc.

    They way their ALPBC carried on, you’d swear Big Trev Ruthenberg had claimed to have a V.C. for actions at Lone Pine or something, when really he’d been peeling spuds in the canteen at ADFA corporal’s mess.

    There was footage of him saying something like “Crikey, it was all my fault, I hadn’t noticed”
    This was made to seem like a confession to murder.

    Only at the very end, once you’d got the impression that Big Trev was a civilian coward who’d tried to pass himself off as a modern Albert Jacka, did their ALPBC mention that someone 6 years ago had simply mixed up two insignificant pieces of tin and mentioned the wrong one on a Qld parliamentary profile.

    Anyone able to recall an occasion when the ABC has given a flying farq about “army medals”?
    Anyone know of anybody who has read a parliamentary profile?

  73. Infidel Tiger

    Consumption of crap has skyrocketed.

    Meanwhile normal families can’t afford healthcare or housing.

    That is a completely stupid chart. The middle class has been hosed and hollowed out by funny money and a feckless political class.

  74. C.L.

    Franklin Roosevelt: the Democrat who gave half of Europe to the Russians …
    Here he is rebuffing a warning by US Ambassador to the USSR, William C. Bullitt:

    Bill, I don’t dispute your facts; they are accurate. I don’t dispute the logic of your reasoning. I just have a hunch that Stalin is not that kind of man. Harry [Hopkins] says he’s not and that he doesn’t want anything but security for his country, and I think if I give him everything I possibly can and ask for nothing in return, noblesse oblige, he won’t try to annex anything and will work with me for a world of democracy and peace.

    And regarding the Tehran Conference:

    [Stalin] kept putting off the meeting, frustrating and reducing FDR to pleading. Where once he had made a concession to FDR’s physical handicap, Stalin now began to insist on the capital of Iran as a venue, despite its extra hardship for the President. On 25 October 1943, Roosevelt pointed out that “I would have to travel 6,000 miles and you would have to travel 600 miles from Russian [sic] territory.” He implored Stalin not to fail him “in this crisis,” and stooped to the words: “I am begging you.”

    Then, thinking that yet another “mission to Moscow” might do the trick, he sent his aged and aching Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, to deliver this letter to the Kremlin and tell the tyrant once again what a great leader he was. But Stalin was used to servile praise and would not relent. He said he could go no farther from the front, indicating that his duties as Marshal of the Red Army were weightier than FDR’s as Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces. Finally convinced of Stalin’s inflexibility, FDR caved in. On 8 November, he wired his approval to Moscow. He could break his tight schedule in Washington and arrange for the signing of Congressional bills while abroad in order to meet Stalin in Teheran.

    Source: the CIA.

  75. Makka

    That is a completely stupid chart. The middle class has been hosed and hollowed out by funny money and a feckless political class.

    Goldbug!!

    Are you pissed because gold has taken a beating?

  76. JC

    If companies are going to just buyback stock, Trump needs to hit them with punitive taxes.

    Crush the corporatist swines.

    This s is why company tax cuts are awful and must be avoided in Australia. Only income tax cuts are needed.

    I personally don’t like stock buybacks because it’s not like hard cash in the hand and firms generally fuck it all up. They’re buying high and selling low. They all do it. They’re buying stock when the firm is doing well and their issuing stock to raise capital when the firm is in the shit. But don’t mistaken what a buy back is. It’s a dividend pure and simple. The firm is saying theoretically that the best investment you can make is buying the stock because we’re such fabulous managers and we’re going to do that for you with your money.

    Buybacks are also tax efficient in the US because unlike here there’s double taxing, so even at 21% corp tax rate it’s efficient use of money… so they argue.

    It also raises the ROI by reducing the stock count vs the profit… better ROI.

    I prefer the cash in my account.

  77. Their ALPBC, reporting on the fake medal scandal of the LNP candidate for Longman, got a comment from an RSL spokesman, the careful observer will notice that the RSL bloke’s comment seems to end suddenly, as if he was cut off.

    Couldn’t run the bit where he said it was no big deal & neither medal carried much more weight than one issued inside a box of Coco-Pops.

  78. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    LEGAL AFFAIRS
    No-veils ruling for Victorian Supreme Court public gallery

    The Australian
    12:00AM July 18, 2018
    Tessa Akerman
    Reporter
    Melbourne
    @TessaAkerman

    The wife of an accused terrorist has been banned from wearing an Islamic veil, or niqab, in the public gallery of the Victorian Supreme Court, with a judge ruling spectators must have their faces uncovered.

    The woman made an ­application to wear a niqab during the trial of her husband, who with two co-accused is charged with conspiring to plan a terrorist ­attack in Melbourne’s CBD last Christmas. He will stand trial next week.

    Judge Christopher Beale previously prevented a woman in a burka from entering his court. “I require anybody who comes into the court, and all are welcome, but anybody who comes into the court, for their face to be uncovered,” he said in February.

    Lawyers for the wife of the accused made an application to vary Justice Beale’s previous order, arguing it was oppressive.

    In a judgment handed down on Monday, Justice Beale ­rejected her application and ruled that people in the public gallery should have their faces uncovered in order to deter them from possible misbehaviour.

    “While it is rare for physical violence to erupt, it is not so rare that things are said by spectators in the public gallery which should not be said,” he said

    From the Oz.

  79. JC

    Consumption of crap has skyrocketed.

    Okay, so they’re making choices on what they spend their money on. Good. Choice is good.

    Meanwhile normal families can’t afford healthcare or housing.

    That’s just bullshit. Outside of the big cities… two or three big cities, healthcare is the best in the world and affordable. It’s just money traps like NYC, LA and SF where you get problems because docs are greedy fucking arseholes there.

    That is a completely stupid chart.

    No it’s not. It’s a great chart. It’s a wonderful chart.

    The middle class has been hosed and hollowed out by funny money and a feckless political class.

    Don’t make me laugh. The American middle class is healthier than it’s ever been. They’re certainly whinier though.

    Don’t you dare do a Wodge on me now. I won’t stand for it.

  80. BorisG

    The goal was never to rig the election. It was to create doubt and chaos. Destroy the institutions of the Republic.

    I don’t disagree with this. But it was also to support trump, if only to limit Clinton’s margin (as they believed firmly that, as trump said many times, that the system is rigged and clinton will win). This is because trump was positive about Putin, said he doesn’t care about Crimea and more generally advocated more isolationist policies. They got all they wanted and more.

  81. C.L.

    Graham Richardson is dutifully running the Labor line today in The Australian (home of hysteria and lots of fake news), accusing Trevor Ruthenberg of deliberately (and therefore illegally) misrepresenting himself as a recipient of the lowly Australian Service Medal. Richardson casually lies that the ASM is “awarded for distinguished service.” It is not awarded for distinguished service. It’s a participation ribbon, basically, and has been doled out to 37,000 people.

  82. Monty, who’s more dangerous: the Marriott hotel plutonium thieves or Bob Mueller?

    You do say the silliest things, CL.

  83. Stimpson J. Cat

    Obama talking about the impact of driverless cars in Africa.
    F$ck me.

  84. Infidel Tiger

    Don’t be silly Boris. The russkies didn’t change one vote.

    They successfully made everyone crazy and destroyed America instead.

  85. JC

    Obama talking about the impact of driverless cars in Africa.
    F$ck me.

    Dude, it’s keeps the half off the road, who are the most dangerous and selfish. Who will even try and block you access in a Keep Clear Intersection. Don’t knock it.

  86. Stimpson J. Cat

    Now he mentions the French World Cup team.
    Jesus Christ.

  87. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It’s a participation ribbon, basically, and has been doled out to 37,000 people.

    It’s all turning into something out of Monty Python. The Australian Defence Medal – the “thanks for playing” medal is engraved “For Service.” so I can see where someone may have become confused.

  88. Stimpson J. Cat

    We can’t have immigration policies based on race or religion.

  89. BorisG

    I had really high hopes when Dimitri became PM.

    He was even president for a while. This was just so he could keep the seat warm for Putin. There is a nice video circulating in Russia showing how corrupt he is.

  90. Infidel Tiger

    This is why econometrics and the modern political addiction to it is such bunkum.

    No one of sound mind actually thinks the US has low unemployment and the economy is doing great. This is broken thinking.

    A hundred million people who should be working aren’t. Wages are stagnant and the trappings of life that were attainable a generation ago are now a pipe dream for normal people.

    It’s even worse on australia due to the housing ponzi.

    This is bananas.

  91. JC

    We can’t have immigration policies based on race or religion.

    On that subject, is Trump’s travel ban in operation? Does anyone know, as you don’t hear much about it.

  92. BorisG

    IT do you really believe half of US population of working age are unemployed?

  93. Stimpson J. Cat

    Why aren’t you watching the Kenyans speech you Goddamned racists?

  94. Stimpson J. Cat

    We need community organizers who can tell leaders in fancy buildings that things aren’t working.

  95. Stimpson J. Cat

    Obama. Who he?

    King of Wakanda.

  96. Infidel Tiger

    IT do you really believe half of US population of working age are unemployed?

    Or underemployed.

    Yes.

    Look at the chart of the historical male participation rate. It’s a holocaust.

  97. Stimpson J. Cat

    8.9K Likes 15K Dislikes

  98. Stimpson J. Cat

    I can’t find common ground if you say climate change is not happening.
    We need objective truth.

  99. JC

    This is why econometrics and the modern political addiction to it is such bunkum.

    I hear ya, brother.

    No one of sound mind actually thinks the US has low unemployment and the economy is doing great. This is broken thinking.

    Monthly payrolls show employment rising and if you want to look at what could be a better approximation of the true unemployment rate, you can look at U6 which is 7.8%. It’s not bad, but it’s also not terrible either. If you take into consideration that the average age in the US in now 38, it’s pretty difficult to figure out if the problem is labor under-utilization or older geezers don’t want to work anymore after being fired in the GFC.

    A hundred million people who should be working aren’t. Wages are stagnant and the trappings of life that were attainable a generation ago are now a pipe dream for normal people.

    Labor econo0mics is complex. Stop trying to pin it down to a few sentences.

  100. Infidel Tiger

    It’s not bad, but it’s also not terrible either. If you take into consideration that the average age in the US in now 38, it’s pretty difficult to figure out if the problem is labor under-utilization or older geezers don’t want to work anymore after being fired in the GFC

    When the only places that are hiring are immoral sweat shops like Amazon you are better off sitting on your couch and taking Oxy all day. Which is exactly what is happening.

  101. JC

    When the only places that are hiring are immoral sweat shops like Amazon you are better off sitting on your couch and taking Oxy all day. Which is exactly what is happening.

    Seriously, that’s bulls. My kid has been getting calls from old head hunter contacts, asking if she wants to move and all her work colleagues are too. She was here till Sunday and received a couple of emails from search firms wondering if she was interested in moving. The job market is really humming there.

  102. JC

    Artiste,

    Fess up. Have you been reading Zero Hedge this evening? Stop it now! Go over to Rone’s place and he’ll give you his uppers stash, as they’re obviously not working on him. You will score a car too. 🙂

  103. Stimpson J. Cat

    Thank f$ck that is over.

  104. JC

    Stimson

    What are you talking about? What’s over?

  105. Infidel Tiger

    The tens of millions of working age men who used to have jobs in the rust belt of America probably aren’t receiving too many emails from Goldman Sachs or Apple about openings as Vice President.

    They should just move to Brooklyn and become baristas I know, but they are lazy.

  106. JC

    Well actually the jobs market in the rust belt is also humming along nicely. In places that were very depressed. It’s actually happening, Artiste. There’s the beginnings of a rebirth in those regions.

  107. Stimpson J. Cat

    YouTube changed their Logo button next to their Home button to automatically to link to the Barack Obama 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture live.
    The stream started off with live chat, but everyone, literally thousands were going berserk abusing the Kenyan and YouTube and SJWs so they disabled it.

  108. JC

    The rust belt will do fine… more than fine if Trump doesn’t fuck up trade and ends up turning things into a trade war.

  109. Mark A

    Stimpy,
    Maison Margiela 22 High Sock Sneaker
    Black & White
    AU$789

    I know many buy it but FFS $790??? for a piece of rubber?

  110. Infidel Tiger

    Let’s hope so.

    Shitloads of kraut and chink automakers will be moving to the US soon. Just like the Japs had to in the 80’s.

    Germany is in a lot of trouble. It’s really exciting.

  111. JC

    This has to be a bit of a joke surely.

    Germany intensifies hunt for war criminals still at large

    Where the fuck are they going to be looking for them… in nursing homes?

  112. Makka

    LOL, Makka still banging on about FISA warrants.

    And btw, when you see mOron quickly running out his decrepit distraction squirrels you know your on target.

  113. JC

    The war ended 73 years ago. Lets say the average age of these war criminals was 25 by the time the war ended. That means the Krauts are combing over people approaching 100.

  114. vr

    Maison Margiela 22 High Sock Sneaker

    I own a pair of Margiela shoes. It looks cool, but not comfortable… and they are flats!

  115. Stimpson J. Cat

    This has to be a bit of a joke surely.

    J$ws never joke about money or the Holocaust JC.
    Everyone knows this.

  116. Mark A

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2766254, posted on July 18, 2018 at 1:53 am

    They put an 88 year old grandma in jail in Germany JC. It’s hilarious.

    Not for her it’s not.
    There is real danger in both Austria and Germany of talking about certain things re. j…ws.
    Strangely it doesn’t apply to people practicing a religion other than Christianity.

    Best to keep stumm.

  117. Mark A

    Mark A
    #2766255, posted on July 18, 2018 at 2:09 am
    There is real danger in both Austria and Germany of talking about certain things re. j…ws.

    To top it off, try to listen to some old German military songs on YouTube, on an Austrian internet domain. There were complains, so they blocked them, for the life of me I can’t hear anything offensive.

  118. None

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2766245, posted on July 18, 2018 at 1:12 am

    if that’s true, that’s hilarious

  119. None

    Miranda Devine is still capable of a good column or a good podcast but when it comes to Malcolm Turnbull she is full on mental midget. In today’s episode of Turnbull fellatio she claims Turnbull, who undermined and knifed Abbott, has ended Canberra’s killing season.
    Next week: Miranda will claim Turnbull is a virgin.

  120. Peter Castieau

    Thanks Tom although I think it’s Garrison’s missus today. Their drawing style is so similar.

  121. Gary

    JC
    #2766227, posted on July 18, 2018 at 12:43 am
    We can’t have immigration policies based on race or religion.
    On that subject, is Trump’s travel ban in operation? Does anyone know, as you don’t hear much about it.

    I think the supreme court gave it the green light.

  122. Baldrick

    Cheers Tom. Tina Toon wins today.

  123. Baldrick

    Reality versus outrage:

    Michael S. Moates ✔ @freedom_moates
    When did Russia interfere in our election? 2016.
    Who was Pres.? Obama
    Who was head of the CIA? Brennan
    Who was the National Intelligence Director? Clapper.
    Who was head of FBI? Comey.
    It is 2018 & all of them are blaming @realDonaldTrump

  124. Gab

    101 uses for duct tape. NSFW

    Yes, yes! My first thought this morning was about duct tape and its uses! 😀 I’ll look at this later.

  125. Baldrick

    Democrats reveal their campaign poster for 2020.

  126. feelthebern

    Reading the interwebs over night, it seems like Trumps biggest mistake was saying there will be “No Perry Mason” moment.
    It turns out most in the msm had to youtube Perry Mason to find out what was being referred to.
    Maybe Trump should have used a less vintage lawyer show.
    Like LA Law or Ally McBeal or Boston Legal or The Practice or Suits or Damages or Law & Order or….FFS there are a lot of lawyer shows kicking around.

  127. feelthebern

    For the record, Glenn Close in Damages was the best TV lawyer since David Suchet played Poirot.

  128. stackja

    feelthebern
    #2766292, posted on July 18, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Other than PM, the other shows I never watched.

  129. woolfe

    But Julianna Margulies was the hottest (adjustment homogenised and approved by BOM)

  130. Elle

    Lots of great toons, Tom. Thank you. A predictable theme after yesterday.

  131. stackja

    Rita Panahi: Denial will not solve the problem of gang crime
    Rita Panahi, Herald Sun
    July 17, 2018 6:57pm
    Subscriber only

    DENIAL, victim blaming and shooting the messenger is not what you want to hear from a community leader but that is precisely what one of Melbourne’s leading South Sudanese figures delivered in an extraordinary interview.

    The chairman of the South Sudanese Community Association of Victoria, Ring Mayar, said homeowners shared the blame for their homes being trashed, denied that there was a gang crime problem and appeared to hold the media responsible for much of the malaise afflicting his community.

    Bizarrely, Mayar also told The Australian’s Richard Ferguson that the South Sudanese community believed that the mainstream media was contravening “the law of this country” by its reporting.

    “Stereotypes and discrimination become the forefront of ­reporting, therefore young people are unsettled in schools, some of them become homeless … this is the ripple effect of unfair reporting,” he said. “The overwhelming feeling of the community is that the mainstream media is not really following the law of this country. That’s how we feel about it.”

    Bashing the media is nothing new but blaming homeowners whose property has been trashed by gangs is a little rich even by the standards we’ve come to expect from the victimhood brigade.

  132. stackja

    “The responsibility does not fall squarely on those young people. Even the owners of those houses share their burden as well,” Mayar said. “What are the contracts in place, if I may ask the house owners, and how are they leasing these houses to the young people who may come with unruly behaviour? Are they aware that when they rent houses to those kids, and there are so many of them, that there’ll be problems?”

    Is Mayar suggesting homeowners engage in racial profiling and deny rentals on the basis of people’s race? That is rightly against the law and would attract all manner of censure and legal consequences.

    Of course the reality is that those intending to rent homes for wild parties are not honest with the homeowner or agent when they make a booking.

    In recent months we’ve seen a number of homes rented via short-term accommodation sites trashed by “youths of African appearance”.

    The properties ranged from modest dwellings to multimillion-dollar properties in the leafy inner suburbs; houses in Altona, Werribee, North Melbourne, Footscray, Malvern East and Hawthorn East are among those extensively damaged.

    “Kelly”, who watched as her Footscray property was trashed when about 100 youths smashed windows, walls and doors, rented the Ryan St house through Booking.com. She believed a small group of South Australians visiting Melbourne were renting her property. “They checked in and said five people were going to stay. Everything seemed normal,” Kelly said.

  133. feelthebern

    As of 2018, Australia is now one of the biggest client states of the US military industrial complex.

    quality=1080p

    What a monumental waste of money.
    I hope Pyne & Payne end up making a baby.

  134. Farmer Gez

    FFS.
    ABC news is running that anti Trump loon, Joe Siracusa, on a loop.
    I do love the ABC TV running its own online commentary as another news source.
    It’s like Mrs Slocombe on Are You Being Served, “And I am unanimous in this”.

  135. Tom

    Thanks, Custard. I posted the Garrison toon in a rush at the end before I realised it was Tina’s.

  136. mh

    Steve Price highlighting the media TDS this morning. This one was a Friedman from the NYT.

    I’m starting to cringe every time I hear these Je$#*h names trying to tear down a democratically elected US president.

  137. stackja

    Farmer Gez
    #2766304, posted on July 18, 2018 at 7:26 am

    ABC. I am shocked!

  138. C.L.

    New Democrat star and intellectual powerhouse, Alexandria Occasional-Cortex:

    “Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs,” she said. “Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their family.”

  139. .

    Barack Obama speaks at the 16th annual (Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence) Mandela Oration final tallies:

    No comments
    18k likes
    52k dislikes…

    Yep sure Obama, people still love you and white South Africans love being genocided.

  140. stackja

    H B Bear
    #2766129, posted on July 17, 2018 at 11:12 pm
    Surely the time has come for Googles G and the ALPBC to have a dedicated Trump Derangement Syndrome channel.

    Has ALPBC ever said anything positive about DT?

  141. I’m starting to cringe every time I hear these

    Geez mh, and Sinc in top smiting form as well.

  142. .

    The first women who speaks on the Obama lecture/Mandela lecture thing said, form around the 0:22 second mark onwards (within the first minute):

    *A community organiser is having a clipboard door to door, to energise people to solve their own problems
    *2008 (Obama’s campaign) was focused on individuals….focused on Normal people with normal needs
    *Active citizenry means the constitution can only be as great as we demand it to be

    What a horrible mess of stupidity and banal evil.

  143. zyconoclast

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2766285, posted on July 18, 2018 at 6:26 am
    101 uses for duct tape. NSFW

    They do this every year.
    Still haven’t heard back about my offer to help remove the tape after the show.

  144. Mater

    Victoria’s police chief has hit out at Airbnb and other online short-term rental platforms over a recent string of wild parties, saying they need to impose stronger checks on guests.

    Perhaps we could do that at our nation’s borders.

  145. Roger

    Trump backtracking on Russia.

    What on earth is going on?

  146. mh

    The NY Friedman types just can’t accept that they are not pulling The President’s strings.

    Trump has no strings, that’s why they see him as so dangerous.

  147. Boambee John

    .
    #2766071, posted on July 17, 2018 at 10:18 pm
    I suspect that you could notice by email, however, actual sackings might need a personal notice signed by a delegate under the Public Service Act – Dot might be able to research this. That is a lot of paperwork.

    The only people who cannot be sacked off the budget are Federal judges per section 72 (ii) of the Commonwealth Constitution. The standing act would be impliedly repealed for everyone else by the budget bill being duly passed and coming into effect.

    I didn’t say public servants could not be sacked, I said there were legal processes to be observed. Read more carefully.

    Also, unless you can somehow override the various Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (an action that could bring the just compensation clause of the Constitution into play)

    No, all contracts are subject to the law. This was an assumption when the constitution was written. You do not own a job. Given the really stupid decision in Roy Morgan Research Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation (2011) 244 CLR 97, your retirement funds are tax, not your property.

    You may not “own” a public service job, but you do “own” the conditions of employment in the contract. If not, contract law seems a bit pointless.

    redundancy payments would be inevitable. This itself is not an insurmountable obstacle. If the sackings occurred early in July, the budgeted personal costs for the new FY would probably be adequate to cover the payouts.

    That’s what – 3 months to 1-year max?

    Varies with length of service, some wouldn’t get much, others a lot. On average a year’s salary budget should go close to covering it.

    And the need for extra staff? The delegates who would sign the dismissal notices and the administrators who would organise the payments would themselves be undergoing the same process, some recalcitrance might be expected. The wise course would be to hire some short term staff to do those jobs, and let them go at the ends of their contracts.

    There is no need for this. At all.

    Depends how promptly you want the dismissals completed.

  148. Question for the day:
    if plastic bags are banned, what will the South American drug cartels, the mafia and the CFMEU use to suffocate their victims

  149. Farmer Gez

    More shit on a stick from the ABC TV news.
    Obama playing for laughs in South Africa. He is sooo funny.
    Michelle Obama at a jay Z and Beyoncé concert. She’s sooo cool.

  150. calli

    Ramirez #3 for me. Clever.

    I’m struggling to think of a better courtroom drama than Perry Mason.*And that moment when the scales fall off and the true criminal is revealed by clever questioning. And the poor, unfortunately named Hamilton Burger.

    The MSM is pretending not to know so they look cool to Millennials.

    * naturally, there’s Scooby Doo. But that doesn’t have the same gravitas. 🙂

  151. Peter Castieau

    Basketballer Andrew Bogut responds to #theirABC reporter Tracy Holmes request for an interview

    Happy to oblige.Let me know when you find a journalist to conduct the interview.

    Boom!

  152. mh

    Brisbane CH9 News is promoting a story tonight on the threat to public health from re-usable shopping bags. Cross contamination, etc.

  153. stackja

    incoherent rambler
    #2766322, posted on July 18, 2018 at 7:52 am
    Question for the day:
    if plastic bags are banned, what will the South American drug cartels, the mafia and the CFMEU use to suffocate their victims

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #2766285, posted on July 18, 2018 at 6:26 am
    101 uses for duct tape. NSFW

    102 use for duct tape?

  154. zyconoclast

    Challenges and opportunities facing Venezuela’s water industry

    Australian Water Association: What are Venezuela’s current engineering and water challenges?

    Gabriella Bausson: In order to identify the engineering and water challenges that Venezuela currently faces, it’s relevant to understand the changes to the engineering industry that Venezuela has recently undergone.

    However, after 20 years of political revolution with a lack of proper democratic processes and policymaking, and poor socioeconomic conditions, the engineering industry has been dealt a range of water challenges.

    The National Infrastructure Plan has been abandoned and with it, water supply and sewerage services. Only 45% of sewers are connected to the national network, with the remainder discharging directly into creeks, rivers or even discharging openly onto the streets. Only 23% of the planned sewer network has been built and only 10% is operational and barely achieving the required level of treatment.

    The water supply company suffers from mismanagement and corruption, with many important projects, which have been on the National Infrastructure Plan since 1999, still incomplete. This has led to the rationing of water all around the country, with potable water provided only one day a week in urban areas and just one day per month in the rural areas.

    Stormwater drains have been completely neglected in the National Infrastructure Plan, with no maintenance requirements for existing systems. Design standards have no requirements for flooding analysis or flood mitigation for new developments.
    Nevertheless, the current climate has pushed engineers’ problem-solving abilities. For today, engineers in Venezuela must consider new variables such as lack of data, syndicate corruption and professional resources.

  155. stackja

    calli
    #2766326, posted on July 18, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Erle Stanley Gardner
    From Wikipedia,

    In 1957, Perry Mason became a long-running CBS-TV series, starring Raymond Burr in the title role. Burr had auditioned for the role of the district attorney Hamilton Burger, but Gardner reportedly declared he was the embodiment of Perry Mason.[12] Gardner made an uncredited appearance as a judge in “The Case of the Final Fade-Out” (1966), the last episode of the series.[13][14]:24

  156. stackja

    zyconoclast
    #2766330, posted on July 18, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Water under the bridge?

  157. Mother Lode

    Democrats reveal their campaign poster for 2020.

    Can you imagine anyone doing the same with Obama?

    Oh, and every criticism of Obama, in the final analysis, when all other possible permutation of talking points had failed, was ‘raaaaacist’.

    In 2009 Delonas did that cartoon that unleashed a nonsense storm. It was not long after police had shot a chimpanzee that had attacked someone. Delonas drew this and had one of the cops saying that it looked like they would have to find someone else to sign the next stimulus bill.

    The connection: Chimpanzee+Obama=Racist

    You see there is absolutely no characteristic about chimpanzees that can be applied to humans. It is not like the way individual humans can be described as snakes, foxes, lions, ostriches etc. Chimps are not symbols of mischievousness for example. No, the only thing people mean when ascribing chimpness to someone is that black people are stupid evolutionary primitives.

    The cartoon showed a very specific chimp associated with a very specific situation – it was the one that was shot. The commentariat insisted that the reference was to ‘all’ chimps’. They didn’t even bother with this particular one having attacked a person – it was all chimps and therefore racist. The connection between the disastrous stimulus bill and the violence of the particular dead chimp did not exist – just that it was racist.

    Obama summoned Trump as a force into existence. His divisiveness, hostility toward traditional America, his imperious dictats, his absurd overreach, his weaponising of state apparatus to attack his enemies cleared the ground that Trump occupied. People would be able to take back some of what had been taken from them.

    But because it involved Obama, it was because they were raaaaacist.

  158. Trump backtracking on Russia.

    What on earth is going on?

    He must think his supporters are idiots.

    “The sentence should have been, I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t, or why it wouldn’t be Russia,” the president added later. “So just to repeated it, I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t’ and this sentence should have been, and I thought I would maybe be a little bit unclear on the transcripts or unclear on the actual video, but the sentence should have been, I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia. So sort of a double negative.”

    Mind you, they are.

  159. woolfe

    Interesting that the demand for electricity in Tasmania and Mainland Tasmania is always roughly the same.

  160. .

    I didn’t say public servants could not be sacked, I said there were legal processes to be observed. Read more carefully.

    The legal process is not a big deal as it is made out to be. It has been brought up before on this blog and people doing so were ignorant of implicit repeals.

    You may not “own” a public service job, but you do “own” the conditions of employment in the contract. If not, contract law seems a bit pointless.

    That is true though. Any contract you are a party to can be made inoperable or at least in part severable by a later law.

    Depends how promptly you want the dismissals completed.

    Typically a Federal budget is passed by the Senate in June, assented to on the day and made effective on 30 June. They can stay at home the next day.

  161. Tel

    You see there is absolutely no characteristic about chimpanzees that can be applied to humans.

    No no, it’s perfectly fine to do it to a Republican.

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=george+bush+chimp+cartoon&iax=images&ia=images

    Just the regular left wing total hypocrisy. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

  162. Snoopy

    Mueller relying on the testimony of crooks to prosecute Manafort.

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked a judge to give immunity to five people who may testify at the bank-fraud trial starting next week against Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman.

    Mueller didn’t identify the witnesses, who haven’t been charged. The five would invoke their constitutional right against self-incrimination and remain silent unless Judge T.S. Ellis III grants them immunity,

  163. Mueller relying on the testimony of crooks to prosecute Manafort.

    Standard procedure when prosecuting the mob.

  164. Tel

    Tom #2766268, Lisa Benson.

    That’s just dumbarse, what are they expecting Trump to do? Start a fist fight or something??

  165. stackja

    FDA looks to make more prescription drugs available over the counter

    July 17 (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to simplify the process of making some prescription drugs available over the counter and without physician approval.

    The FDA on Tuesday released draft guidelines on how a streamlined process could be beneficial for consumers, and could lead to savings on drug and care costs.

  166. .

    John

    John W Howard had a double majority in Federal Parliament in his last term. The size of the APS grew each year even into 2008, as Costello’s last budget played out.

    There were no cuts until 2014.

    It is a strange idea that Howard had the “just right” amount of APS as he was the highest spending PM until Swan delivered a budget and his last term was filled with brain spasms.

    The double majority was truly wasted. The problem was that the LNP had few true liberals and conservatives left, even back then.

    Menzies had (Federal) tax to GDP at around 16%, even after he gave money to Catholic schools (we also had a welfare system, CSP places at university and a much larger military with up to date weapons platforms). Howard was running the Federal only ratio over 24%. With more modern technologies, greater efficiencies than an 8% of GDP cut could have been made.

  167. stackja

    Almost two thirds of Australians are dissatisfied with Donald Trump – but One Nation voters are overwhelmingly happy with the US president’s performance

    A special Newspoll published today shows satisfaction with President Trump languishing at 32 per cent, with 58 per cent dissatisfied and 10 per cent uncommitted.

    Greens voters are the least impressed with the controversial world leader, with just 21 per cent in favour, while 36 per cent of coalition voters have given him the thumbs up.

    But 63 per cent of One Nation voters support Mr Trump.

    Read more in The Australian

  168. Tel

    The tens of millions of working age men who used to have jobs in the rust belt of America probably aren’t receiving too many emails from Goldman Sachs or Apple about openings as Vice President.

    They should just move to Brooklyn and become baristas I know, but they are lazy.

    They did live high on the hog during the days of union ascendance, every second one claiming bad back compensation, huge penalty rates. Then there was Detroit City Hall and what they got up to. Yes globalization hurt those people, but America needed to get out from under the weight of the crony unions somehow.

  169. cohenite

    Baldrick

    #2766286, posted on July 18, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Reality versus outrage:

    Michael S. Moates ✔ @freedom_moates
    When did Russia interfere in our election? 2016.
    Who was Pres.? Obama
    Who was head of the CIA? Brennan
    Who was the National Intelligence Director? Clapper.
    Who was head of FBI? Comey.
    It is 2018 & all of them are blaming @realDonaldTrump

    All true although he forgot to mention Hillary was head of the State Dept. And the only one’s who still support T are PHON voters. There’s the answer about who to vote for next election. It won’t matter though because the West is stuiffed. I don’t think even T can save it.

  170. Leigh Lowe

    Almost two thirds of Australians are dissatisfied with Donald Trump – 

    Looks like they’ll vote him out then.
    No, wait … they don’t matter.

  171. Tel

    Stimpson J. Cat #2766237,

    Monty would you wear these? What about you JC?

    They are trying to create a Western version of these (and doing a bad job of it).
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jika-tabi

  172. mh

    Tel
    #2766340, posted on July 18, 2018 at 8:32 am
    Tom #2766268, Lisa Benson.

    That’s just dumbarse, what are they expecting Trump to do? Start a fist fight or something??

    Great start to talks. Smash Putin on the nose, then have a meaningful conversation.

  173. thefrolickingmole

    Find a respected figure.
    Kill it.
    Parade around in its skin demanding the same respect.

    The lead character, who will be introduced this December at the CW’s annual DC Comics crossover event, is described as a woman “armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind”.

    Kate Kane is an out lesbian who has arrived in Gotham to handle a citywide resurgence in crime. “But don’t call her a hero yet,” reads the show’s synopsis. “In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”

    Originally introduced in the 1950s as a love interest for Batman to dispel rumors of homosexuality, Batwoman has since been the highest-profile openly gay character from any DC comic. In 2006, Batwoman was reintroduced as a lesbian of Jewish descent while Renee Montoya, a former Gotham police detective, was revealed as a love interest.

  174. Mater

    Almost two thirds of Australians are dissatisfied with Donald Trump –

    Almost two thirds of Australians don’t know how their own political system works, let alone the US.

    If you asked most Australians, they wouldn’t be able to differentiate between the Democrats and the Republicans, they wouldn’t be able to explain Obamacare (other than it was supposedly free healthcare) and they most certainly wouldn’t be able to outline what Social Security is.

    They should shut up and go back to watching the football with their hands down the front of their pants.

  175. Some History

    A good morning to all.

    For anyone interested.

    Volume up.

    80s classic.

    Eternal Flame (1988) – The Bangles

  176. Tom

    Almost two thirds of Australians are dissatisfied with Donald Trump – but One Nation voters are overwhelmingly happy with the US president’s performance

    The table that goes with that story at the Paywallian makes me embarrassed I once joined the sheep who vote for the Lieboral Party, which, like others here, I am now convinced must be destroyed.

    In fairness, it also reflects the 24/7 anti-Trump propaganda that floods the Australian news media.

  177. calli

    Almost two thirds of Australians are dissatisfied with Donald Trump – but One Nation voters are overwhelmingly happy with the US president’s performance

    And that is newsworthy because?

  178. zyconoclast

    My Health Record: confusion as some Australians shocked they already have one

    Australians have until October 15, 2018 to tell the Government they do not want a My Health Record — an online summary of their healthcare information.

    The project aims to give users greater access to documents about their health and increase communication between doctors.

    But some people have tried to opt out due to privacy concerns, only to discover they already have a health record set up.

    Almost 6 million Australians currently hold a My Health Record, according to the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA).

    …My Health Record could exist as far back as 2012…

  179. Bruce of Newcastle

    Reality versus outrage

    The utterly shallow outrageous outrage is very tiresome, especially since it misses the point Trump was making (ie that Wussian interference was completely insignificant compared with the traitorous activity from the Obama intel cabal).

    What it all occludes is the actual substance of the summit. So here is an article by an emiritus prof of international relations on some of the real stuff.

    Diplomacy 101 Versus Politics Writ Small (via Lucianne)

    The high professional quality of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s performance at their Monday press conference in Helsinki contrasts sharply with the obloquy by which the bipartisan U.S. ruling class showcases its willful incompetence.

    Though I voted for Trump, I’ve never been a fan of his and I am not one now. But, having taught diplomacy for many years, I would choose the Trump-Putin press conference as an exemplar of how these things should be done. Both spoke with the frankness and specificity of serious business. This performance rates an A+.

    The article is worth a read. I disagree with a lot of it as I think he is falling into wishful thinking regarding Putin’s intentions and overall strategic aims. But at least it is a refreshing attempt to analyse the diplomacy going on in the summit.

    I very much doubt Trump will trust Putin to do anything at all. Trump has been in a dirty business (developing) for a long time with disingenuous bureaucrats, mobsters and greens all circling his projects. Yet he has overcome them all. I suspect he will be a match for the Russian master of dissimulation too.

  180. Helen

    Calling all Cat engineers, chemists, petroleum and generally smart people Can you help with this.

    We are having major valve probs across the north both fixed wing and helicopter where in the last 18 months and particularly the last 3, exhaust valves are showing excessive wear, leading to replacement at $2,000 ea sometimes every 100 hours. Normal life 2,000 +.

    Three forced landing from helicopters acoss North Aust and several shut downs in FW. They are engine that run on AvGas LL Blue. No-one dead or injured – yet.

    In the interest of Gaia and pollution, the lead had been lowered from 0.86g/l to 0.56g/l.

    We dont know if this is causing the deterioration of the valves, but we do want to exlude it as a first suspect. We have samples of fuel from across the North to hand.

    Can any one recommend a lab or shop that can analyse the components in the fuel for us.

    Much appreciated

  181. mh

    Is Trump Chamberlain or Hitler? Maybe the MSM could put a link to the current narrative.

  182. stackja

    zyconoclast
    #2766360, posted on July 18, 2018 at 9:05 am

    2GB reported people trust Facebook.

  183. thefrolickingmole

    Bird worded….

    Find a respected figure.
    Kill it.
    Parade around in its skin demanding the same respect.

    The lead character, who will be introduced this December at the CW’s annual DC Comics crossover event, is described as a woman “armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind”.

    Kate Kane is an out lesbian who has arrived in Gotham to handle a citywide resurgence in crime. “But don’t call her a hero yet,” reads the show’s synopsis. “In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”

    Originally introduced in the 1950s as a love interest for Batman to dispel rumors of homosexuality, Batwoman has since been the highest-profile openly gay character from any DC comic. In 2006, Batwoman was reintroduced as a lesbian of Jehoosh descent while Renee Montoya, a former Gotham police detective, was revealed as a love interest.

  184. Geriatric Mayfly

    Obama talking about the impact of driverless cars in Africa.
    F$ck me.

    Many of them are driverless already and the impacts are many and quite significant. There might be someone in the driver’s seat, but either totally stoned, pissed or both.

  185. zyconoclast

    Ellenbrook triple murder accused had long history of mental illness, father says

    Awatea Crofts said his son Teancum Vernon Peterson-Crofts had been admitted to mental health facilities on numerous occasions.

    With a name like that he could have got a job as head NSW Department of Education.

  186. hzhousewife

    But some people have tried to opt out due to privacy concerns, only to discover they already have a health record set up.

    I am rarely in a doctors surgery, but I do recall some time in the last five years, being approached in the doctor’s entrance/waiting area by a clipboard wielding lady saying she was from the Government and would I like to sign on for a computerized health record. I said no, but observed all the oldies sign up.
    A girl I work with was scammed two months ago for all her bank balance. Turned out to be a Chinese lady in Sydney, caught now, she had scammed 10 people that day and many for a whole lot more dollars than my work friend, who was pretty devastated at the time. I don’t know exactly what she did to lose her money, all she has said was that she was trying to be nice, but anyway she will get her money back in due course.
    I simply don’t trust computer security, this medi-scheme, where you have to set your own privacy settings, has holes you can drive a truck through IMHO.

  187. areff

    Lisa Page testified behind closed doors yesterday, reportedly ripping the rug out from under ex-lover Agent Smug.

  188. .

    They did live high on the hog during the days of union ascendance, every second one claiming bad back compensation, huge penalty rates. Then there was Detroit City Hall and what they got up to. Yes globalization hurt those people, but America needed to get out from under the weight of the crony unions somehow.

    I would hazard a guess that the US Nissan workers that refused to unionise are better off.

  189. thefrolickingmole

    Helen

    Valves burning out as a result of lower lead in fuel was a major issue when the switch over in cars first started.

    Im not an expert but I think your first instinct is probably correct, its the fuel change.

    The lead compound used in petrol did two things:
    It raised the fuel’s octane rating (the fuel’s resistance to engine knock) and,
    It protected the engine’s valves and valve seats from excessive wear.

    Apparently the valves etc can be modified, but as its aviation I cant imagine that being affordable or easy.
    Perhaps contact the manufacturer and see if they have after market refits for the lower lead avgas?

  190. areff

    “Teancum” — not something you’d like to witness after a cup of Earl Grey.

  191. Stimpson J. Cat

    In 2006, Batwoman was reintroduced as a lesbian of Jehoosh descent

    Oy Vey!

  192. .

    Teancum?

    Joeseph Smith had some unfortunate names written in the Book of Mormon.

  193. feelthebern

    Obama really fucked over US beef producers on his way out of office.

    https://newfoodeconomy.org/grass-fed-beef-labeling-fraud-country-origin/

  194. Some History

    Kate Kane is an out lesbian who has arrived in Gotham to handle a citywide resurgence in crime. “But don’t call her a hero yet,” reads the show’s synopsis. “In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”
    Originally introduced in the 1950s as a love interest for Batman to dispel rumors of homosexuality, Batwoman has since been the highest-profile openly gay character from any DC comic. In 2006, Batwoman was reintroduced as a lesbian of Jehoosh descent while Renee Montoya, a former Gotham police detective, was revealed as a love interest.

    Holy distortion, Batman!

  195. Stimpson J. Cat

    Mr Crofts said his son had been in and out of mental health facilities this year and his condition had worsened recently.
    “From what I’ve heard, from other family members, he was rejected for whatever reasons from mental health [services] and Michelle his mum often had the police around.”

    Father of the year.
    Gold star.

  196. C.L.

    In 2006, Batwoman was reintroduced as a lesbian of Jehoosh descent while Renee Montoya, a former Gotham police detective, was revealed as a love interest.

    Who breaks up their inevitable lesbian brawls?

  197. Infidel Tiger

    Almost two thirds of Australians are dissatisfied with Donald Trump –

    I remember when 90% of Australians rejected Bush. Fair enough too. He was the worst sores since Wilson.

    Good to hear DJT has clarified his inappropriate remarks. I knew he wouldn’t say anything as stupid as that and I was right.

  198. C.L.

    Near forgotten ex-president Barack Obama in South Africa, as reported by The Australian:

    Beware lying strongmen: Obama

    Barack Obama wasn’t naming names when he attacked ‘strongman politics’ but it was clear who he was talking about.

    The terrorist government of South Africa genociding white farmers?

  199. John Constantine

    https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20180717/pdf/43wlbhspksj8rr.pdf

    AJL A J Lucas announces it has the laterals drilled in Britain, now comes the fracturing and suddenly Brexit can occur with a domestic shale gas industry.

    So the godless hippy foreign funded commos must be getting their marching orders soon.

    Meanwhile in yarragrad, their Stalinist puppets have banned all gas exploration, fracturing or not.

    To media approval.

    Comrades.

  200. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull rushes to fix bureaucratic tangle that could set terrorists free
    Sheradyn Holderhead, National Political Reporter, The Daily Telegraph
    July 17, 2018 10:00pm
    Subscriber only

    UP to 20 of our most notorious convicted terrorists could soon walk free from prison without even basic conditions put on their release to protect the community like internet bans or curfews.

    The Daily Telegraph can reveal a bureaucratic mess means wannabe jihadis like the spiritual leader of Australia’s biggest terror plot Abdul Nacer Benbrika could slip through federal laws meant to keep offenders at bay.

    NSW courts have the power to keep convicted terrorists behind bars indefinitely but they have to prove to a “high degree of probability” that the person would commit another serious crime.

    If they fail, the same court doesn’t have the power to enforce strict post-release conditions. This power rests with the Federal Court and would involve mounting an entirely new and long court case.

    And because the offenders have served a full-term there usual parole sanctions do not apply.

    It’s understood Attorney-General Christian Porter is in a race against time to streamline the laws before the end of the year because of fears it will not be in place before the first high risk terror offender becomes eligible for release next year.

    The Government has refused to reveal the identity of the criminal or the other 19 currently behind bars.

    But The Daily Telegraph understands convicted jihadis who are coming up for release include Benbrika who was last year denied parole but whose full 15 year sentence expires in 2020.

    Other terrorists convicted through Operation Pendennis for their role in plotting attacks against the 2005 AFL grand final and Sydney’s Lucas Heights nuclear reactor including Omar Baladjam and Mohamed Ali Elomar who have separately launched appeals recently were also likely to be on the list.

    It would also affect Sydney architect Faheem Lodhi, the first person in Australia convicted of planning a terror attack, who in 2006 for planning to bomb the national electricity grid and the Holsworthy Barracks. He is eligible for parole next year while his sentence ends in 2024.

  201. zyconoclast

    “From what I’ve heard, from other family members, he was rejected for whatever reasons from mental health [services] and Michelle his mum often had the police around.”

    Father of the year.
    Gold star.

    Reminds me of Bill Leak…

  202. C.L.

    It would also affect Sydney architect Faheem Lodhi, the first person in Australia convicted of planning a terror attack, who in 2006 for planned to bomb the national electricity grid and the Holsworthy Barracks

    You’d thing a terrorist architect would at least have the decency to do something about Parliament House.

  203. Anthony

    Just switched the tv on and noticed that the ABC are covering a demo outside the WH. Stormy Daniels’ lawyer and about 10 other people. Good to know some things – like the ABC – never change.

  204. thefrolickingmole

    Who breaks up their inevitable lesbian brawls?

    Im more worried about batman starting to call Commissioner Gordon “Daddy” Milo style.

  205. 5.9M+ people have a My Health Record
    12.9K+ health professionals are connected
    6.5M+ clinical documents uploaded

    Be afraid.

    Related questions:
    how many “health professionals” do you trust?
    how many “health professionals” do you mistrust?

    Very, very few do I trust. Sadly, I have no trust in “health profesionals” (and airline pilots) whose native language is not English.

  206. Infidel Tiger

    No rae, no Nemkat, no testes.

    Could it possibly be true?

  207. thefrolickingmole

    incoherent rambler

    In theory, I, a humble medic running a regional medical center could in theory be able to access the health records of people as long as i know name & birthdate.

    In theory Id be able to tell how many STDs the pop star of the day has had, how many abortions etc.

    This wont end well.

  208. .

    as i know name & birthdate.

    Facespace. GPS data in exif and jpg files.

    This is a real shitstorm ready to brew. Fire up the colloquialism cannon, Kev.

  209. 132andBush

    Helen,
    Re the exhaust valves.
    It’s sounding like a fuel problem but also check the valves themselves and make sure there hasn’t been a change in the sourcing of steel or even original manufacturer if you know what I mean.
    I realize aviation standards are a lot higher but I’ve had first hand experience with a supposedly high quality farm equipment brand using what turned out to be sub standard bearings in a critical component leading to premature failure.

  210. Stimpson J. Cat

    In theory, I, a humble medic running a regional medical center could in theory be able to access the health records of people as long as i know name & birthdate.

    Look, let’s be honest.
    Healthy people who never go to the doctor have nothing to worry about.

    Who cares about the privacy of a bunch of crazy sick people.

    You just need better genes guys I’m sorry.

    😁

  211. Senile Old Guy

    In theory, I, a humble medic running a regional medical center could in theory be able to access the health records of people as long as i know name & birthdate.

    In theory Id be able to tell how many STDs the pop star of the day has had, how many abortions etc.

    This wont end well.

    Not “in theory”, in fact. As noted yesterday, the number of people with access will be about 900,000.

  212. Stimpson J. Cat

    Obama Mandela Lecture

    20K Likes 64K Dislikes

    Ha ha ja ja ha ha ja!!!!

  213. Chris

    Pop over to ABC news where zyconoclast linked the article about the Ellenbrook murderer’s father saying he was an untreated nutcase.
    Read the sidebar teasers.
    “Lesbian domestic violence not rare say cops” – why no.
    “Bodies in barrels and vampire murders – how gays dump used boyfriends” – unh-unh.

  214. Bruce of Newcastle

    Helen – I can’t help with a suggested lab as I’ve been pretty much all inorganic.

    However I wonder if sulfur in the avgas might be an issue, especially with the lowered lead. Having lead in the exit gas from the engine could capture some of the sulfur. So lowering the lead may leave more free sulfur in the form of H2S, SO2 and gaseous elemental sulfur in the exhaust gas. All three could react with the metal surfaces.

    Aviation and hydrocarbon Cats will know more about fuel specs than me though (since I know basically nothing).

  215. Hey mole, good thing I didn’t tell you my birth date. Eh?

  216. Stimpson J. Cat

    Look the Opt out is easy guys I literally just did it online.
    Make sure you get an email with a transaction reference number.

  217. Atoms for Peace

    Right about now, somewhere in the bowels of Canberra, some one is putting together a proposal to have Australia devise it’s own form of HIPAA to protect medical records. This will also create numerous job opportunities for the inspectorate that will be required.

  218. Leigh Lowe

    areff

    #2766370, posted on July 18, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Lisa Page testified behind closed doors yesterday, reportedly ripping the rug out from under ex-lover Agent Smug.

    Hell hath no fury …

  219. Make sure you get an email with a transaction reference number.

    So your email address can be linked with your drivers license and medicare number.

  220. Farmer Gez

    I had a bit of minor surgery and in my take home goodies are anti-inflammitory suppositories. The nurse tells me they’re all the rage in Europe and are catching on here. A new trick I have to learn.

  221. Stimpson J. Cat

    So your email address can be linked with your drivers license and medicare number.

    It already is on MyGov.
    It’s why you have more than one email address.

  222. anti-inflammitory suppositories

    Tried those. For all the good they did me, I may as well have stuck them up my …

  223. None

    There is another very good reason why you should opt out of government administered electronic health records. Your health record is very likely to be wrong and you may possibly get implicated by some dodgy practices by doctors and hospitals. For example. My doctor has been using electronic file notes for a few years now and I can only assume that it is that information that will get uploaded into any health record. Years ago my doctor referred me to a specialist and printed off the specialist referral which also listed a very basic health history and medications . The trouble is both were wrong. It listed aome sort of proc which I never had. When I pointed that out to my doctor we couldn’t for the life of us work out how on earth that got there – my only guess was that a day clinic I attended once put a wrong Medicare code on somewhere either by accident or by design. Either way it was way wrong. The record also showed I was on some medication. I am not on any meds. That turned out to be an very old script. A one off. Now I have no idea what’s on the rest of my record or how much other crap has been put on there but I sure as hell I can guarantee you that just about everybody’s medical record has got errors of some sort on them and unfortunately because people somehow get this mentality that if it’s on a computer system it must be true or it must be right, that can also have some very serious consequences if other people are accessing that record. So even if you are madly in love with big brother and want to suck on his ahem your entire life and want him to have all your medical records, I can guarantee you that he will f****** fire you or kill you eventually.

  224. .

    Helen
    #2766362, posted on July 18, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Might be a good idea to get a report from a mechanical engineer or a metallurgist. Most valve wear is mechanical and not chemical. I guess you got to ship things in and out so it might be a while. Fly them in?

    It is too hard to guess this sort of thing. You cannot really tell if it is from heat stress (possibly from lower quality fuel) or manufacturing defects.

    Hope everyone is safe up there.

  225. None

    Peter Castieau

    #2766327, posted on July 18, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Gold. Andrew Bogut is a legend. I am always glad that basketball Australia or whatever they are called don’t pay attention to his Twitter feed cause they would probably hyperventilate. On the other hand perhaps if he’s playing in the States he comes under their magnificent First Amendment. He’s one of the most authentic, down to earth, and intelligent sportsmen we have.

  226. JC

    He’s endearing. He can do a 180 better than anyone else in the world and get away with it.

    Trump Reverses Course, Says Russia Meddled in 2016 Election
    The president also insists no collusion took place between Russian officials and his presidential campaign

    My hunch is that the fat fuck was caught up in the heat of the moment and mouthed off without giving much thought to what he was saying, or he was telegraphing future canings to the US intel apparatus who thoroughly deserve it.

    Either way, all good and all is forgiven.

  227. Farmer Gez

    anti-inflammitory suppositories

    Tried those. For all the good they did me, I may as well have stuck them up my …

    Oh, is that where they go?
    I’ll ask my wife the help. What are my chances do you reckon?

  228. Stimpson J. Cat

    I’ll ask my wife the help. What are my chances do you reckon?

    Women excel at giving men the sh$ts.
    Everyone knows this.

  229. Zatara

    Victoria’s police chief has hit out at Airbnb and other online short-term rental platforms over a recent string of wild parties, saying they need to impose stronger checks on guests.

    So, I “impose stronger checks” on them and find out they are members of an ethnic gang with a record of house destruction and violence.

    And then what Chief? Refuse to lease to them?

    Then I wait for your lads to knock down the door on the way in to arrest me for ‘wacism’ or some such tripe? Or shall I await a summons from the HRC?

    Numbnuts.

  230. Farmer Gez

    As long as she takes the rings off Stimpy.

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