Open Forum: August 4, 2018

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  1. zyconoclast

    CALIFORNIA WOULD LOSE FOUR ELECTORAL VOTES IF ONLY CITIZENS ARE COUNTED IN THE CENSUS

    The state of California would lose four seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and therefore four votes in the electoral college, if only citizens were counted in the decennial national census.

    The report comes days after a lawsuit that argues against including a citizenship question in the national census received the green light to go to trial Thursday, according to The New York Times’ blog The Upshot.

  2. zyconoclast

    Waitress reportedly scrawled racial slur on a receipt and tried to frame a sheriff’s employee for it

    Shipley said he met with the restaurant manager on Tuesday to discuss the disturbing allegation, and noted that the manager was cooperative and was willing to review surveillance video footage with the sheriff.

    Upon reviewing the video, and after comparing the penmanship on the check to other writing, the sheriff and manager reportedly met with the server in question.

    “During the conversation with the waitress, the waitress confessed to writing the racial comment on the ticket herself due to being upset that day,” Shipley explained.

    He noted that the server took the ticket book, which contained the ticket from the sheriff’s employee’s table, and hand-wrote the slur herself while hiding out in the restroom.

    What did the waitress say?
    The waitress apparently didn’t realize her apparent lie would “create this type of problem,” according to Shipley.

    “The waitress advised that she was sorry for what she did and advised that she didn’t know it would create this type of problem,” he added.

    Shipley concluded his remarks with a stern admonishing for people to be hyper-vigilant about believing what’s on social media before having all of the facts before them.

    “My employee did not deserve this, nor does my office or any law enforcement agency in this state or across America. This is a perfect time to remind people that just because it’s on social media doesn’t make it true,” Shipley said.

    A spokesperson for the restaurant told TheBlaze that two waitresses were fired in connection with the incident.

  3. zyconoclast

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Uncertainty surrounds next month’s Swedish election but one thing about its outcome seems clear: immigrants will find it harder to get jobs and the consequences will rebound on local businesses too.

    A shortage of qualified graduates and an ageing population are squeezing the supply of Swedish labour, leaving technology blue chips and blue-collar employers especially in need of more foreign workers.

    But the rise of the nationalist Sweden Democrats, who propose ending all job-creation subsidies for foreigners, has spooked other major parties into drafting immigrant labour clampdown measures of their own before the Sept. 9 ballot.

    After introducing curbs on asylum seekers, the governing centre-left Social Democrats – polling just ahead of the nationalists on around 24 percent of votes – proposed barring firms in sectors not classified as short of staff from offering work to non-EU nationals.

    Unions welcomed the proposal but it stunned many businesses which, worried that shortages of engineers, truck drivers and mechanics will only increase as a jobless rate of 6.3 percent trends lower, say it would add more red tape to an already unwieldy system.

    “Short term, we are absolutely dependent on immigrants to be able to expand,” said Robert Sobocki, CEO of truckmaker Scania’s Swedish retail business which has had to turn down work due to a lack of mechanics.

    One of its recent hires is Muhsen Mousa, 42, a mechanic who fled Syria for Sweden in 2015 and typical of the kind of immigrant who politicians are increasingly looking to turn away.

    “Sometimes I get worried a little bit,” Mousa said through an translator. “But then I think to myself … if I work and I support myself no one will do any harm to me.”

    Mousa, who repairs engines and gears at the company’s workshop outside Stockholm, is far from alone. About 35-40 percent of the Scania Bilar Sverige mechanics in Sweden’s three biggest cities are foreign.

    LABOUR DEFICIT

    In sectors of shortage also including education and health care, foreigners accounted for about 90 percent of jobs growth last year, according to the Swedish Public Employment Service.

    IT and telecoms face a deficit of 70,000 staff by 2022 if measures including immigration are not promoted, the sector’s employer association estimates.

    That would impact the local arms of tech firms including Spotify and Tieto, but also heavily IT-dependent companies such as consultants PWC.

    Elsewhere in the engineering sector, consultancy group Sweco wants to hire 2,000-3,000 engineers and architects every year, which also requires access to workers from abroad.

    “We are depending on it,” CEO Asa Bergman told Reuters.

    While the pre-election proposals of the Social Democrats and Sweden Democrats are primarily intended to make it tougher for refugees and unskilled workers to settle in Sweden, businesses say the measures would also mean more hurdles for skilled immigrants.

    Employment Minister Ylva Johansson argues Sweden needs to tighten labour immigration laws that have so far been the most generous in OECD countries, as some firms have bent rules to hire cheaper labour rather than plug shortages.

    “(Immigration) is needed in many professions, and for those professions it should be easy, but …we must put a stop to it in the professions where there is no labour shortage,” the Social Democrat told Reuters.

    Peter Karlsson, labour market expert at employers organisation Swedish Enterprise, said companies were simply looking for the right staff who were not necessarily available in the local market.

    However, from January 2016 to June 2018, average annual wage increases fell to 0.7 percent from 1.7 percent between 2000 and 2015, according to Nordea analyst Torbjorn Isaksson.

    DEPORTATION RISK

    Even where shortages are acknowledged, the rightward shift in political rhetoric – which has also seen a hardline anti-immigration faction emerge in the centre-right Moderate party, polling third on around 20 percent – has already made life tougher for foreign employees, companies say.

    The time it takes non-Swedes to be hired has jumped as new job requirements – including degree checks, certifications and language courses – have been phased in.

    Minor paperwork errors have even led to foreign staff being deported, prompting calls for change from 32 large firms including telecoms group Ericsson and bank SEB in an open letter to the government in February.

    “We feel this is threatening Sweden’s competitiveness,” said engineering company ABB Sweden’s CEO Johan Soderstrom.

    Employment Minister Johansson acknowledges the problem, which procedural changes at the migration agency had so far failed to address.

    “When people are extradited for rather trivial mistakes the employer made, it gives a bad image of Sweden and the Swedish labour market,” she said.

    ABB Sweden’s latest deportee, 38-year-old Iranian sales engineer Ali Omumi, has a last-ditch appeal pending against that ruling.

    If that fails, “I will lose Sweden, and Sweden will lose, at least, a taxpayer,” he said.

  4. zyconoclast

    Chinese Engineer Accused of Stealing General Electric Technology

    A Chinese engineer at General Electric (GE) was arrested this week for attempting to steal files detailing proprietary wind-turbine technology from his employer.

    Xiaoqing Zheng, a U.S. citizen who has worked in GE’s Schenectady, N.Y. power division since 2008, allegedly used his position at the company to steal trade secrets, according to an affidavit filed by the FBI Wednesday and obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

    Zheng, who also owns an energy technology company in China and holds senior positions at a number of other Chinese firms, encrypted the proprietary files within a photo of a sunset, which he sent to his personal email address, according to the affidavit.

    A search of Zheng’s house yielded a handbook that details “the type of resources the government of China will give to individuals or entities who can provide certain technologies,” according to the affidavit.

  5. zyconoclast

    Bolsonaro Says Black Brazilians Aren’t Owed Anything Over Slavery

    Jair Bolsonaro, a favorite in the Brazilian presidential race, said his country owed blacks no debt because of slavery and pledged to cut back affirmative action policies.

    “What debt of slavery? I never enslaved anyone in my life,” the former Army captain said in an interview on TV Cultura late on Monday. “Look, if you really look at history, the Portuguese didn’t even step foot in Africa. The blacks themselves turned over the slaves.”

    Jair BolsonaroPhotographer: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg
    Under the leftist administrations of Presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, Brazil significantly stepped up university quotas for minorities and the poor, including for blacks.

    Bolsonaro, who leads opinion polls that exclude the imprisoned Lula, said quotas are unfair and pit Brazilians against each other.

    “I can’t say that I’ll end quotas, because it depends on Congress. At least decrease the percentage.”

    Brazil was one of the last large economies to abandon slavery in 1888, and it imported more slaves than any other nation. Roughly half of the country’s 210 million inhabitants consider themselves black or dark-skinned, according to the national statistics institute.

  6. calli

    That Weston video will not trend.

    No.

    And Weston will have to watch his back.

  7. Makka

    Sure, Weinstein is a pig but women have been known to consent to and are even attracted to pigs. Unless there has been some force involved it looks like a lot of these sexual transactions are more akin to prostitution than assault of some kind. Aspiring women actresses consent to Harvey’s offers and in turn he provides career opportunities for them. Sleazy, grubby yes. FFS It’s Hollywood.

    Which gets me to what I think is the real issue. The venom and fervour the Hollywierdos leapt onto this #meetoo, the scandals and twtter tirades, the Exposes! and Outrageous Outrage! the Righteousness! all smells smoke and mirrors. Covering for much more dark sinister shit bubbling away close to the surface these sickos want to keep suppressed. A very convenient diversion. How can so many of these freaks be so terribly traumatised by sleazy Harvey yet be deathly silent on the issue that defines them?

  8. Herodotus

    Patrick Moore says the nutters will resort to any lie to discredit the huge positive effect of more CO2, and the NYT is now an embarrassing joke.
    https://twitter.com/EcoSenseNow/status/1025400358523170816

  9. Gab

    Am munching away on imported American cherries and listening to Debussy’s Clair de lune. What a treat!

  10. calli

    Weinstein is a substitute for Trump. What they do to him, they really want to do to Trump, but can’t.

    I have no doubt he’s a sleaze. So are the women who slept with him as part of a transaction.

  11. cohenite

    CALIFORNIA WOULD LOSE FOUR ELECTORAL VOTES IF ONLY CITIZENS ARE COUNTED IN THE CENSUS

    The state of California would lose four seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and therefore four votes in the electoral college, if only citizens were counted in the decennial national census.

    That is incredible. California gets more demorat votes simply because more illegals are counted and those illegals also vote. It’s a double whammy.

  12. .

    Exactly Calli.

    Except I think they wanted to get Trump.

  13. calli

    Yes, Makka. A useful, palatable distraction that can be broadcast on the evening news for the approval of the proles.

    The other unspeakable stuff, not so much.

  14. Makka

    That is incredible. California gets more demorat votes simply because more illegals are counted and those illegals also vote. It’s a double whammy.

    Democrat re-election strategy via their Immigration Policy , a summary;

    Abolish ICE!
    Sanctuary cities.
    Open Borders!
    Undocumented voter enrolments.
    Border Children!

    It’s the left everywhere, not just the US.

  15. John Constantine

    Australia has systemically looted the poor countries of the world for medical staff to work outside the big cities, as Big Australia demographic change is producing heaps of Australian trained doctors that cannot live in a rural area.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-03/foreign-trained-rural-doctors-facing-crackdown-despite-shortage/10066748

    Now the medical board of Australia is purging the rural areas of these foreign doctors, without having any idea of how to replace them.

    Four in five rural foreign recruited doctors are failing the new testing regime.

  16. cohenite

    Western civilization, the best ever, has certain inviolate qualities: separation of church and state, individual rights, separation of powers, free press, expression and up until the commies took over, education and true capitalism, not crony capitalism. These are ubiquitous standards, none of which are shared by communism, islam or aboriginal cultures which are vastly inferior cultures.

  17. tgs

    Pretty sure Billy S is going to win the next election.

  18. tgs

    But in the meantime to take my mind off the Nation Building ^tm that is imminent I’ve been digging this cover, hope some cats like it:

    https://youtu.be/E4c7EE8_IX0

  19. testpattern

    ‘Western civilization’

    There is no such thing. There were multiple western civilisations. Now they are cultural nodes in the central civilisation.

  20. Combine Dave

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-15/regional-gps-retiring-with-no-young-doctors-to-replace-them/9543466

    Robot doctors are the obvious solution.

    A UN mandated influx of future ‘doctors and engineers’ would seem the obvious solution to Turdball and Bishop anyway.

  21. John Constantine

    “International doctors who have worked in regional areas for many years are being deemed incompetent and deregistered amid a Medical Board of Australia (MBA) crackdown.

    Key points
    •Four out of five overseas doctors failing AMB’s clinical exam as grace period ends
    •Questions raised as to quality of practice in rural and regional areas over last decade
    •Deregistration sparks fears for hundreds of patients
    •Rural areas already battling shortage of medical professionals

    Four out of five overseas doctors, some of whom have worked in small towns for as many as 10 years, are failing a clinical exam set by the MBA designed to prove they meet national standards.

    Historically overseas doctors were not required to sit any local exams before they were placed in ‘areas of need’ across rural Australia, where more than 3000 foreign doctors are currently practising”

  22. John Constantine

    One more way to accelerate the clearances of Old Australia from the racist settler regions, Purge the doctors first, the old people will leave or die as they see fit afterwards.

    Wait for the deals where doctors are supplied to ‘refugee dispersal area’ towns, but not racist ones.

    Comrades.

  23. tgs

    Hah, seen the history of japan one Steve Trickler? That was the precursor and arguably the funnier one.

  24. Combine Dave

    cohenite
    #2780711, posted on August 4, 2018 at 3:55 pm
    Western civilization, the best ever, has certain inviolate qualities: separation of church and state, individual rights, separation of powers, free press, expression

    +Separation of church and state; gone with the advent of blasphemy laws to protect the easily angered van of peace crowd.

    + Individual rights; separation of powers, free press, expression – All gone. With anti hate speech laws and all nonnarrative compliant laws forbidden as fake news.

    How long then until Western civilization is surpassed by those from the East who are not constrained by the idiocies of the PC crowd (commonly derided as baizuo).

  25. Mitch M.

    Don’t argue with a yank in a tank.

  26. testpattern

    10 hoaxes about immigration and refugees

    ‘These photos that are going viral are not civil guards injured in Ceuta. They are photos of an Australian policeman who was attacked with a samurai sword.’

    https://maldita.es/maldito-bulo/bulos-sobre-inmigracion-y-refugiados-que-te-van-a-intentar-colar-estos-dias/

  27. H B Bear

    See the Bombers … get done.

  28. Elle

    Good grief! Dot, I read your link about encouraging women to cheat. Such a sad read.

    I’ve never cheated. Never even considered it.

    I consider kissing to be cheating. The hickory dickory dock doesn’t need to be caressing the puddy tat. If it’s something you can’t tell your partner, you’ve cheated.

    Full stop.

  29. H B Bear

    That is incredible. California gets more demorat votes simply because more illegals are counted and those illegals also vote. It’s a double whammy.

    US electoral laws and voting practices would make a Third World African despot embarrassed.

  30. None

    Re Bosi and Smith for AC. Smiths is too narrowly focused and had a particularly bad interview with Andrew Bolt which I think will be used against her. Bosibis pretty fearless and therefore a risk to yeah believe it or not that good old Twitter mob. The question is will either of them have visibility and traction – mind you Sophie York, their first candidate, is pretty invisible.

  31. Oh come on

    ‘Western civilization’

    There is no such thing.

    No you are lying.

  32. Mitch M.

    Women have more miscarriages than live births over their lifetime

    There is the interesting idea that some of these spontaneous abortions are due to DNA-mtDNA mismatches but there is also a host of other possibilities.

  33. .

    This Senate election and the next one, if they are both half-elections, are the most important ever for minor right-wing parties.

    The new voting system could see us all be crushed.

    It would be great if 1-2 per State could get up, AC, PHON, LDP, ALA, SFF, CDP, both times.

    I hope each State and Federal executive realises this. The next 3-4 years really determine if we’re going to see genuine liberals and conservatives have influence for generations or total dominance of the uni party.

  34. testpattern

    Re Bosi and Smith for AC

    The Times of Israel seems to have taken down Julie Nathan’s blog on True Blue Crew and Bosi but a cache remains.

  35. .

    Just started the 73 Easting video. Good stuff.

    A few Apaches and A-10s would have made the affair a non-starter.

    As could have some drones and standoff missiles with submunitions.

  36. .

    Um, why would a writer for the Times of Israel oppose this:

    Another speaker was Riccardo Bosi, a tall elegant man dressed in a long brown coat, who claimed that the Australian federal government was illegitimate due to sitting politicians being dual nationals, therefore passing illegal laws, and ruling on behalf of elites overseas. “We are at war” Bosi exclaimed. “If we lose the fight” he warned “what we are seeing in Europe is a taste of what is to come in Australia.” He called on people to unite politically, and to “build an army” to vote good people in to parliament.

    So he was right about eligibility, he as right that the uniparty goes along with any crap the UN makes up and he wants a peaceful grassroots political movement.

    I don’t think we’ll ever end up like Germany unless that stupid new treaty is signed.

  37. Mater

    The Times of Israel seems to have taken down Julie Nathan’s blog on True Blue Crew and Bosi but a cache remains.

    Why not be a stand up guy and just state whatever it is that you’re trying to insinuate.
    Then we can cut through the bullshit and have a grown up discussion about it.

  38. Combine Dave

    m, why would a writer for the Times of Israel oppose this:

    Another speaker was Riccardo Bosi, a tall elegant man dressed in a long brown coat, who claimed that the Australian federal government was illegitimate due to sitting politicians being dual nationals, therefore passing illegal laws, and ruling on behalf of elites overseas. “We are at war” Bosi exclaimed. “If we lose the fight” he warned “what we are seeing in Europe is a taste of what is to come in Australia.” He called on people to unite politically, and to “build an army” to vote good people in to parliament.

    So he was right about eligibility, he as right that the uniparty goes along with any crap the UN makes up and he wants a peaceful grassroots political movement.

    Sad!

  39. Combine Dave

    testpattern
    #2780735, posted on August 4, 2018 at 4:18 pm
    10 hoaxes about immigration and refugees

    I 100% support the right of the Euros to keep their borders open against the wishes of their own populace.

    In fact I am quite sure we can provide more if they find supply is not keeping up with demand.

    The denizens of Lakemba have as much right to a sea change as everybody else!

  40. tgs

    Thats so stupid but I can’t help but think the fault is with the party who didn’t vet her properly.

    Get Cory’s need to get numbers but someone who left the DLP? What did he think would happen?

  41. candy

    Western civilization’

    I think test pattern if you went down a local street and asked people if they knew what Western civilisation was or Eastern they would say America for one and China or Japan for the other. A universal fact. East is East, West is West.

    If you said what about Central civilisation they would probably think you meant a train station.

  42. Combine Dave

    I think test pattern if you went down a local street and asked people if they knew what Western civilisation was or Eastern they would say America for one and China or Japan for the other. A universal fact. East is East, West is West.

    This is more likely

  43. tgs

    zyconoclast
    #2780788, posted on August 4, 2018 at 5:12 pm
    Get Cory’s need to get numbers but someone who left the DLP? What did he think would happen?

    Could be worse.
    South Australian Liberal senator Lucy Gichuhi has told a Kenyan television program that her $200,000 salary is “not a lot of money” in Australia.

    I agree!

  44. Oh come on

    Ambrose Evans-Pritchard notes the China Miracle isn’t looking all that miraculous after all – ‘We’re at economic war ‘: China is playing with fire in Trump battle

    Fortunately, Australia is well-insulated from any Chinese economic woes that might be around the corner.

  45. Herodotus

    These letters are understood to have reinforced concerns in the senior ranks of the army that the secretive culture of the special forces had contributed to a serious breakdown of standards.

    We’ve had reason to be concerned about “senior ranks” of all three services.
    Has the “serious breakdown” caused the SAS to be less effective in carrying out their covert and killing duties?
    What “standards” are being discussed?

  46. Oh come on

    Why not be a stand up guy and just state whatever it is that you’re trying to insinuate.

    Umm because Pesty is not a stand up guy?

  47. zyconoclast

    South Australian politician Lucy Gichuhi to pay back thousands after misusing taxpayer funds

    From Oct 2017

    ‘No Christian-right warrior’

    With just 152 votes, Lucy Gichuhi went from $15 a day to a $200K senate seat. Now she has a game plan.

    Despite her political base, Gichuhi tells me she does not see herself as a warrior for the Christian right. “I am not here for the religious group … I am here for everyone.” She says she wishes the Christians in parliament would spend as much time and energy fighting for the poor and the elderly as they do fighting against same-sex marriage.

    She’s determined not to get sidetracked by every issue that comes into parliament. She points to Pauline Hanson’s burqa stunt, saying she was disgusted by it and saw it as a mocking gesture. Hanson’s crusade against the burqa and halal ­certification did nothing to address the issue of Islamic terrorism, she says. Gichuhi condemned the stunt when she appeared for a pre-scheduled interview on morning television the next day, but then didn’t waste any more time or energy on it.

  48. Herodotus

    In the small, dusty, out west town I grew up to high school age in we had excellent (if a bit colourful) Australian doctors. Dentists of any quality were harder to find, so a trip to the nearest hub town was part of that life.

  49. feelthebern

    I do not like Ray Hadley.
    But arresting his son for less than a gram of coke?
    Sounds like a get square.

  50. feelthebern

    Has Ray been all in on Husar?

  51. feelthebern

    Andrew Voss is now the best caller in league now that Ray Warren is as blind as Mr Magoo.

  52. mh

    Fortunately, Australia is well-insulated from any Chinese economic woes that might be around the corner.

    Forget the sarc tags?

  53. Oh come on

    I think test pattern if you went down a local street and asked people if they knew what Western civilisation was or Eastern

    Just ignore the silly old fool. He postures as a DFAT insider, a white knight for the indigenes and a pundit who out-Pilgers Pilger with his wacky takes on the affairs of our region and sometimes beyond, but the dolt clearly doesn’t know the difference between opinion and fact.

  54. Oh come on

    Forget the sarc tags?

    I didn’t think them necessary.

  55. JC

    feelthebern
    #2780800, posted on August 4, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    I do not like Ray Hadley.
    But arresting his son for less than a gram of coke?
    Sounds like a get square.

    True
    But think this this though. Earlier, someone mentioned he’s a cop. Would he arrest someone for carrying? Of course he would, so what goes around also comes around.

  56. feelthebern

    It would be good to get a stat or a cost on how many people in jail in Oz are non-violent drug offenders.

  57. Oh come on

    If someone posts a news.com.au link, would they mind giving advance notice of the source? It’s embarrassing to have such things turn up in your browser history.

  58. feelthebern

    Roger Rogerson used to throw people into the ocean with white good attached for years & got away with it.
    Ray Hadley’s son gets arrested for $200 of coke.
    Only in Sydney.
    Wont someone think of the children?

  59. Oh come on

    I wouldn’t care so much if it was a donkey pron site, but news.com.au is intolerable!

  60. JC

    Trust me sweetheart, a lot of us aren’t.

    Meghan McCain on her dad, U.S. Sen. John McCain: ‘I’m scared of America without him’

  61. None

    Meghan McCain on her dad, U.S. Sen. John McCain: ‘I’m scared of America without him’

    We’re scared America will be left with her.

  62. None

    Hadley’s sun got arrested as part of an internal sting.

  63. Farmer Gez

    In the small, dusty, out west town I grew up to high school age in we had excellent (if a bit colourful) Australian doctors. Dentists of any quality were harder to find, so a trip to the nearest hub town was part of that life.

    Very few doctors but Asian dentists are plentiful in rural areas.
    Australia has to do the same as the National Health in the UK and tie provider numbers to a location. Doctors have a large taxpayer input into their training and ply their trade using assets provided by the state. Requiring some to be placed in rural areas isn’t a big ask.

  64. C.L.

    It’s not the first time Hadley’s son has been mentioned in dispatches.
    He was accused of kicking a teenager in the head at his sister’s party and dad Ray of rabbit-punching the same lad thereafter.

    2012:

    ‘Absolutely ridiculous’: Hadley denies assault allegation

    WHEN the Sydney radio host Ray Hadley opened his house to more than 60 students on Friday night, it was always likely to be a boisterous affair.

    The teenagers – all friends of Hadley’s daughter – were in celebration mode having just attended their year 12 formal at Hills Grammar School. When they arrived at the celebrity broadcaster’s home, many were carrying alcohol.

    Within hours the graduation party had turned ugly: Hadley’s electric front gates were allegedly kicked off their hinges and there were several heated exchanges with a drunk student believed to be responsible.

    NSW Police confirmed an investigation had been launched after a complaint from a 17-year-old boy relating to the 2GB presenter and his son, Daniel, who is a police officer.

    The boy alleges he was assaulted by both men. Hadley’s camp has described his account as ”absolutely ridiculous”.

    The Herald understands the police are also addressing counter claims by the Hadleys that the teenager might have been responsible for property damage and the assault of an off-duty police officer.

    According to the boy’s statement, lodged at Castle Hill police station and obtained by the Herald, Hadley’s daughter posted a Facebook event online about a month ago, inviting fellow students to her family’s house at Kenthurst for a ”year 12 after party”.

    When the school’s formal dinner ended about 11.30pm, students began making their way to the Hadley residence.

    By 2am, the boy – who had arrived with a large hip flask of whisky – was, by his own admission, ”pretty intoxicated”. His statement said: ”That’s when everything started to unfold.”

    After falling to the floor, the teenager claims Daniel Hadley kicked him while he was trying to get up. A series of verbal exchanges with Daniel Hadley and two other off-duty police officers allegedly followed.

    The teenager then alleged: ”I felt my head being hit from behind. I turned around and saw Ray Hadley standing right behind me. He was that close, he was almost touching my shoulders.

    ”As I turned around he grabbed my shirt by the right shoulder, lifted it up, scrunched it in his hand and it nearly choked me. He said words similar to: ‘You’re out of here, you little turd.”’

    The student said that, while Ray Hadley was dragging him down the driveway by his shirt, he continued: ”Shut your f—ing mouth … say one more word … I’ll roll you.”

    As they reached the end of the driveway, Ray Hadley then allegedly let go of the shirt and said: ”There’s the gate. Use it.”

    According to the boy’s statement, Ray Hadley returned a short time later, yelling words similar to: ”One of you little c—s broke my gate.”

    The boy denies damaging any property.

    The broadcaster was not available for comment. He was in hospital yesterday undergoing tests after reportedly contracting pneumonia while at the Olympics in London.

    However, Hadley’s lawyer, Peter Dawson, said any claims that Hadley or his son had acted violently were ”absolutely ridiculous”.

    ”These students arrived back there after midnight and Ray’s instructions were that only those over the age of 18 were allowed to drink.

    ”This boy was heavily drunk and there are numerous witnesses that will confirm that Ray acted nothing but appropriately. They will also confirm that the boy assaulted an off-duty police officer.

    ”He was escorted off the premises for both the assault and for his foul language. That’s when we believe he took his revenge out on the gate.”

    A NSW Police spokesman said that, as the investigation was continuing, ”it would be inappropriate to comment further”.

    At least one other student is known to have provided detectives with a formal witness statement backing the boy’s version of events.

  65. .

    feelthebern
    #2780800, posted on August 4, 2018 at 5:24 pm
    I do not like Ray Hadley.
    But arresting his son for less than a gram of coke?
    Sounds like a get square.

    Indeed. I hope it makes Our Ray wake up to the shenanigans & politics of NSW Pol and the stupidity of drug prohibition.

  66. Oh come on

    James Woods: Here she is!

    Well well. Big surprise there. So, she’s pissed off that she cannot choose to look like a freak and also get laid. White men and their preference for non-screechy, normal-looking women are clearly to blame.

  67. None

    Cory Bernardi never had any time for Lucy which is why she was never approached to join the Conservatives. If you asked him about it he will just say the less that is said about Lucy the better. I would not be surprised if he leaked some information about her extra financial activities to his old Liberal mates. South Australian Liberals are absolutely useless. I’m surprised that Cory Bernardi lasted as long as you did with them but then you can see how hard he works to building up a base and maintaining it. The rest of them just work on the premise of entitlement.

  68. Elle

    Roger Rogerson used to throw people into the ocean with white good attached for years & got away with it.

    Rogerson use to get thugs like hit man, Neddy Smith, to do his dirty work. And the anchor was “cement shoes”.

    Both Rogerson and Smith are now rotting in Sydney gaols. I’ve seen them. Not pleasant sights.

    Karma.

  69. calli

    It was around that time Hadley’s marriage went south.

    He’s a bigwig in Kenthurst. Good on the other student for supporting their friend. That took guts.

  70. .

    “Feggdit Jake, this is Kenthurst”

  71. Infidel Tiger

    Hadley’s son must be a complete and utter xunt to have been done.

    The cops never do this to their own unless they want to make a point.

  72. Makka

    Ambrose Evans-Pritchard notes the China Miracle isn’t looking all that miraculous after all

    AEP has been predicting China’s collapse and financial Armageddon in one form or another for nearly a decade. So his record speaks for itself in some ways. Trying to fathom China’s financial situation and future is a Machiavellian nightmare full of propaganda, made up shit and voodoo. There is a lot of the West and it’s capital invested in China’s continued viability that benefits from keeping us all in the dark.I think we won’t know if the miracle has exploded until after it happens and we see millions in boats on the horizon.

  73. None

    He’s a bigwig in Kenthurst. Good on the other student for supporting their friend. That took guts.

    Yeah my mate disrespected both the law and my mate’s father by bringing in alcohol while under age and then proceeding to get absolutely plastered and then expected to be treated like a gentlemen instead of the arsehole that he is. Oh one of those flaky types that have no friends and are under the sway of bullies like him.

  74. Infidel Tiger

    Rogerson is a psychopath and a serial killer.

    Good cop though.

  75. JC

    You know, Rogerson posted a few comments here one time.

  76. None

    The cops never do this to their own unless they want to make a point.

    Hadley’s son I think was off work for an extended period anyway the same injury or other. He’s been admitted to a mental health clinic now anyway.

  77. Infidel Tiger

    Hadley went after former policeman Dutton this week.

    Coincidence? I think not.

  78. Elle

    Rogerson was “old school”, as was my ex husband – an ex old school copper – back in the day before the Royal Commission – when the cops ran the town. F***ktards run it now.

  79. calli

    I think an inebriated teenager can be escorted out of a party without being beaten up. Perhaps a call to his parents was in order.

  80. mh

    You know, Rogerson posted a few comments here one time.

    What did he have to say?

  81. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    An afternoon stroll around Pem broke Lodge. We are back with Hairy’s brother and family in Richmond, London, and after a nap we shook off the jetlag with a walk around this famous old house and garden within Richmond Park, where we still felt on safari viewing Her Mafesty’s deer grazing in the sunburnt grass of England’s ‘scorcher’ summer: a pleasant thirty three degrees. We took in the view from this house where Bertrand Russell grew up. There is on the highest point a neolithic burial mound known as King Henry’s Mound, for this was Henry V111’s hunting territory. Bet this was originally King Arthur’s Mound, I say delightedly, adding that Henry loved to associate himself with that legendary king whose name we know is so often found attached to neolithic sites. Hammer,nail, Lizzie, admonishes Hairy, as I am merely speculating g here. I pull a face at hi, and we move on to view St Paul’s cathedral via a handily place telescope. Hairy’s bro lives in a wonderfully historic part of London here above the Old Father Thames.

    Having brekkie here now secluded away in their dining room looking out to a classic English garden alive with Pflox an Geranium and many variegated-leaf shrubs against the garden wall of their garage. Our last brekkie www on the savannas of the Masai Mara, where our tour group said goodbye sitting at wedding-style tables and chairs all decorated up, where we were served a full silver-service champagne breakfast in the wild. Lovely. I did get a champagne brekkie after all even though I missed the one at the balloon flight. Glad though to see two men in camouflage green, each earing a huge rifle, watching discreetly from beside a tree on the way to the canvas dunnies set up as Ladies and Gents, with a camping portapotty in each.

  82. None

    Leaving aside we don’t know who itold the truth , who do you think bought him the alcohol Calli?

  83. Oh come on

    AEP has been predicting China’s collapse and financial Armageddon in one form or another for nearly a decade

    But this is the problem. The China model has looked deeply dysfunctional and prone to failure since the 1990s. Yes, it could go any time. And it could have gone any time all of this time.

  84. Infidel Tiger

    You know, Rogerson posted a few comments here one time.

    What did he have to say?

    He was very against fractional reserve banking and wanted to privatise the commons.

  85. calli

    who do you think bought him the alcohol Calli?

    Probably raided dad’s grog cabinet, None. Or got a big brother to buy it.

    Something ingenious and nefarious like that.

  86. JC

    mh
    #2780850, posted on August 4, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    You know, Rogerson posted a few comments here one time.

    What did he have to say?

    I can’t recall the specifics but I think it was about something .. something to do with cops etc that was newsworthy at the time. Someone else may have better recollection.

  87. .

    He also hated tunnelling under his home. He loved big tittied blonde bitches and called me Joachim of Fiore.

  88. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Writing smart phone is not easy but still charging g my laptop.
    We head up to Edinburgh by train tomorrow to see the Military Tattoo.
    Off now to do some ironing. Hope I don’t destroy anything of Haity’s in the process.
    It was great in Africa. Put it in a bag and your washing is returned as new, all ironed.

  89. JC

    Dot

    It wasn’t birdie. I think it happened during Soon’s time.

  90. Elle

    LOL

    We’re talking about crims, bad cops and drugs and the elegant and articulate Lizzie stops by.

    Stlye and class.

    Enjoying your updates, Lizzie. You and Calli should write a book together on your ventures.

    I could write about the underbelly of Sydney’s dark side. I have plenty of material.

  91. Oh come on

    Roger Rogerson would have been an awesome cop if a reliable ‘copper’s hunch’ was actually a thing. Unfortunately, it isn’t, as we’ve seen from a number of high profile fit-ups by WAPOL detectives over the years.

  92. feelthebern

    Cement shoes is a myth.
    Takes too long.
    Nothing beats two coat hangers & and old stove, washing machine or fridge.

  93. .

    I think he was the real deal too.

  94. calli

    Having had a teenage party myself, these little buggers have ways and means of smuggling grog. The girls are by far the worst. The Beloved ended up confiscating car keys.

    My suspicion is that Hadley had an Oh Poo! moment when he realised his brains trust daughter published the invitation on the internet and got his son plus a couple of off duty officer mates to keep an eye on things. He shut his security gates thinking that woukd keep extras from the formal out, but these kids know how to disable the gates.

    All went pear shaped from there.

  95. jupes

    What a round of AFL.

    First three games decided by less than a goal and three points between Adelaide and Port in the third quarter. Plenty of goals too.

  96. feelthebern

    Parents should drive their kids to a party.
    Then stay to drink with the parents of kid having said party.
    Then everyone can uber home at end of night.
    Simple.

  97. None

    And do you think that such a teenager would want to ring his parents Calli, or that he be in a state to give another person his parents phone number? If he was sober enough to give Hadley his parents phone number he was so sober enough to ring them himself. And as I said only one kid backed this kid and Hadley claimed everybody else would back his side. I don’t know what the outcome was. In any case it was wrong of CL yet again to bring up that report given he didn’t bother to follow up what the outcome was, even if I actually do agree with Hadley’s son being arrested for buying cocaine. I’m glad to know they also arrested the dealer.

  98. Confused Old Misfit

    non-violent drug offenders.

    Surely an oxymoron?

    Australia has to do the same as the National Health in the UK and tie provider numbers to a location.

    Really bad idea.

  99. feelthebern

    Surprised Adelaide games aren’t held during the day light hours.

  100. Makka

    But this is the problem.

    Well possibly but AEP is a Chicken Little and drama enthusiast. I used to read him during and after the GFC and realised he tended to be financial pawn clickbait. I found Nuriel Roubini at that time far more insightful and accurate in predictions. Now he’s different .

  101. Des Deskperson

    ‘Rogerson use to get thugs like hit man, Neddy Smith, to do his dirty work. And the anchor was “cement shoes”.’

    According to the ABC drama, ‘Blue Murder’, it was a Metters ‘Early Kooka’ gas stove, in pristine condition, too.

  102. feelthebern

    How many blackfellas are in jail for smoking a spliff when the plod came knocking ?

  103. .

    non-violent drug offenders.

    Surely an oxymoron?

    No. Not at all.

    Australia has to do the same as the National Health in the UK and tie provider numbers to a location.

    Absolutely bloody horrible idea. That’s conscription and it would be ultra vires per s 51(xxiiiA) of the Commonwealth constitution.

  104. jupes

    Surprised Adelaide games aren’t held during the day light hours.

    No doubt Adelaide Oval is connected to the diesel gennies.

  105. None

    Likely , Calli. At least he gave enough of a damn to try to police matters and keep the extras out. Most parents of that social class couldn’t give a shit which is why their kids are among the worst perpetrators.

  106. feelthebern

    Blue Murder was a great watch, but a lot of licence was used.
    Flannery ended up in the drink, not shot in the back of the ford falcon between two coppers.
    Who’d want to sit next to a bloke getting shot?
    Who knows where the bullet(s) would end up?

  107. Makka

    If the Bunnies keep playing like they did last night demolishing Melbourne, there is no team that can touch them in the NRL. Haven’t seen such a powerhouse display since the Broncos heydays.

  108. feelthebern

    Roosters will beat all comers this year.
    Then back it up next year when Sonny Bill joins them.

  109. Makka

    Then back it up next year when Sonny Bill joins them.

    But how many games will the asswipe play?

  110. Oh come on

    I think a lot of analysts got burnt predicting the demise of the China model, which they previously and (IMO) correctly identified as being unsustainable, and now treat China’s relentless economic development as exceptional. It isn’t. What can’t continue endlessly won’t.

  111. Elle

    Cement shoes is a myth.

    No. Back in the 1980s they took the time to weigh down their victims. If Mr. Rent-a-Kill, Christopher Dale Flannery, were alive today am sure he would confirm that.

  112. feelthebern

    Abe Saffron died a few years back.
    I can’t believe no-ones put together a mini series based on his life.
    That’s the story to tell about Sydney town.

  113. Oh come on

    Flannery ended up in the drink

    Not in Perth, though. That city was abandoned for lack of water a decade ago.

  114. Delta A

    How pleasant is The Cat sans trolls.

  115. Infidel Tiger

    Not in Perth, though. That city was abandoned for lack of water a decade ago.

    There were literally ducks swimming on the rugby field this morning.

  116. feelthebern

    Abe Saffron used to love turning up to a property he wanted to buy with a contract prepared.
    He would leave with the contract signed, or he’d leave without it signed but then a heavy would walk in and beat you to a pulp.
    It was all about the threat of violence with him, not the actual beating.
    But he was ultra ultra violent in the few per cent of the time he didn’t get what he wanted via threats.

  117. Makka

    The FBI is corrupt to the core. Playing footsie with Hillary about access to her treasonous management of Secret and Classified information. Comey should be on bread and water in Gitmo already;

    https://twitter.com/JordanSchachtel/status/1025441538426523649

  118. Infidel Tiger

    Hadley’s son can’t get his coke: Straight to a mental hospital.

    Andy Murray has to play a long tennis match: Mental breakdown.

    WTF has happened to society?

  119. Elle

    I remember when in my late teens working in a bar on George Street, Sydney, and serving Mr Saffron. He was a gentleman. Not long after I met my “old school” copper husband to be. Memories.

  120. Shy Ted

    5.57pm in Adelaide. Is it too much to ask for a weathergirl with a few curves?

  121. jupes

    There were literally ducks swimming on the rugby field this morning.

    Langley Park has been renamed Lake Langley.

  122. DrBeauGan

    Steve, your history of the universe was fun, and fairly accurate. But Genghis is pronounced with a soft G as in generous, not a hard G as in grog.

  123. DrBeauGan

    The first one, anyways.

  124. Oh come on

    I will say that if China goes tits-up any time soon, Trump’s prospects in 2020 will at best become much more complicated, and probably much dimmer. A China hard landing will cause a sharp global recession that the US couldn’t escape. There is a flipside to Trump claiming credit for the strength of the US economy.

  125. feelthebern

    What was he drinking, Elle?
    Ah what a time to be alive in Sydney.

  126. Makka

    That Weezer feed is awesome!

  127. Infidel Tiger

    Whenever china collapses (and it will) Australian house prices will go back to 1980’s levels, but our incomes will be back to 1970’s levels.

  128. Snoopy

    Shy Ted
    #2780905, posted on August 4, 2018 at 6:39 pm
    5.57pm in Adelaide. Is it too much to ask for a weathergirl with a few curves?

    Move to Queensland and watch the ABC.

    ☺️

  129. Infidel Tiger

    Sky Weather has a stable of hotties that can cause a lightning strike in the trousers.

    They also have an Indian dude.

    Weird.

  130. Roger

    Whenever china collapses (and it will) Australian house prices will go back to 1980’s levels, but our incomes will be back to 1970’s levels.

    Good times ahead!

  131. John Constantine

    When the chicoms Ponzi scheme collapses, they will still own our politicals, still control the United Nations votes they bought, and will still be our colonial overlords.

    Because bent over a barrel as rough trade is the way our elites must have it.

    Comrade maaaaates.

  132. Makka

    If China hits any really serious problems, they can cook their books , manipulate the media and print like fk. It would take the West and the pleb investors years to figure it out and by that time much of the shock would have past. Nothing economic or financial that comes out of China can be completely verified or trusted. Except perhaps electricity consumption, maybe.

    That’s why China is so potentially dangerous. It’s a very big unknown and unknowable quantity.

  133. Elle

    What was he drinking, Elle?
    Ah what a time to be alive in Sydney.

    I remember a number of bottles of expensive Petaluma being served. I was in my late teens/early 20s in the 1980s. The most hedonistic time of my life!

  134. Death Giraffe

    I have a headache.
    Think I inhaled too much paint:
    ..


  135. feelthebern

    Amazing how Petaluma still pumps out decent plonk.
    Unlike Penfolds which is over priced slop.
    Usually when good winemakers get taken over by the big boys they go down in quality.

  136. feelthebern

    Arky, you’re editing reminds me of Guy Ritchie movie.
    Well done.

  137. feelthebern

    Your.
    Not you’re.

  138. Oh come on

    If China hits any really serious problems, they can cook their books , manipulate the media and print like fk. It would take the West and the pleb investors years to figure it out and by that time much of the shock would have past.

    This is obviously true, but what if they hit those really serious problems several years ago and will soon be out of ammunition?

  139. Infidel Tiger

    If China hits any really serious problems, they can cook their books , manipulate the media and print like fk. It would take the West and the pleb investors years to figure it out and by that time much of the shock would have past.

    M

    So they will continue doing what they have been doing for the last 30 years.

  140. cohenite

    China is turning Tibet into the biggest parking lot in the world through open cut coal mining. They use 10 times what we export to them. They’re going to start expanding what we export soon so that 1000 year reserve will shrink pretty quick, then they’ll start on our uranium. We’ll be using poo candles aromatically tinted with the animal offal the chinks don’t want. Good times ahead.

  141. egg_

    The reason for the tampon tax removal was the LNP were bleeding votes.

    sorry egg.

    Grogory, the pooblogger, would not approve of all this smut.

  142. Snoopy

    This could be interesting.

    The financial services royal commission turns its attention from next week to the $2.6 trillion superannuation industry with a focus on fees charged by funds and actual returns to retirement savers.
    >
    >
    Her are the funds called before the commission:

    AMP Super
    AustralianSuper
    Catholic Super
    Colonial First State
    Electricity Supply Industry Superannuation
    Host-Plus
    IOOF
    Mercer
    NULIS (MLC/NAB)
    Onepath and Oasis (ANZ)
    Suncorp
    Sunsuper
    United Super (CBUS)

  143. Roger

    That’s why China is so potentially dangerous. It’s a very big unknown and unknowable quantity.

    Inscrutable, you might say.

  144. egg_

    Grogory, the pooblogger, would not approve of all this smut.

    He’s probably out ‘cruising’ on the Ovulation of the Seas.

  145. Makka

    but what if they hit those really serious problems several years ago and will soon be out of ammunition?

    Treasuries will collapse , yields will skyrocket because they will dump their horde of them in an effort to survive. Several trillion$’s worth. Then, we are all fkd you are in USD. That’s my uneducated guess.

  146. Makka

    Then, we are all fkd unless you are in USD

  147. egg_

    We’ll be using poo candles aromatically tinted with the animal offal the chinks don’t want.

    Indigenous roo poo candles with tea tree oil.

  148. Delta A

    5.57pm in Adelaide. Is it too much to ask for a weathergirl with a few curves?

    Or, at least, a decent dress.

    Ugly!

  149. Oh come on

    China is turning Tibet into the biggest parking lot in the world through open cut coal mining.

    The Chinese don’t have enough fresh water to get a great deal more ambitious than they already are.

  150. Gab

    It is recommended that one wear a mouth and nose mask when spraying volatiles, Arky, for good reason.

    No need for a hi-viz vest though,

  151. feelthebern

    Tibet?
    Coal?
    First I’ve heard of it.
    The problem with most of the coal in Asia is that it’s ash & sulphur laden shit.
    The stuff they are getting out of Indo recently is the same grades as Powder River Basin & the Hunter Valley.

  152. Snoopy

    TheirABC

    An accountant for US President Donald Trump’s one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort admitted in trial testimony that she helped falsify financial records at Mr Manafort’s request to reduce his tax burden and help him qualify for loans.
    >
    >
    This is the first trial arising from the Mueller probe into Russian meddling

    Ahahahaha

  153. Oh come on

    Chinese US treasuries holdings aren’t that substantial, less than a trillion. I think Japan holds more treasury bonds these days, and the fed owns even more. Anyway, whatever the Chinese dump will be snapped up by any nation whose interests are not served by a collapse in the credit rating of T-bonds.

  154. Delta A

    I have a headache.

    Arky, before you tack all those metal thingies, you need to write something profound on the wood, so that the next guy who – a hundred years down the track – remodels your A will find words of encouragement, or warning, from the long deceased Arky.

    I’d probably hang around for another century or so just to have a chuckle about that.

  155. Shy Ted

    “Middle-aged male seeking accommodation in home of single woman. Low on funds so willing to give you a good rogering on rent day in lieu of cash. Won’t take long and you won’t know I’m around otherwise. No lefty women or trannies (I have standards).”
    About to put this on Craigslist. For a friend.

  156. Geriatric Mayfly

    Abe Saffron used to love turning up to a property he wanted to buy with a contract prepared.
    He would leave with the contract signed, or he’d leave without it signed but then a heavy would walk in and beat you to a pulp.

    Tony Soprano had a few tricks up his sleeve whenever his mind turned to property. (Other people’s)

  157. jupes

    Wow. Four out of four AFL games decided by less than a goal.

  158. C.L.

    After watching Ray Hadley’s teary presser, I don’t know what to think.
    Mmm.

  159. mh

    You don’t hear much about Tibet these days.

    I remember when Tibet was the cause du jour in Hollywood.

  160. C.L.

    Middle-aged male seeking accommodation in home of single woman. Low on funds so willing to give you a good rogering on rent day in lieu of cash.

    “Social Disease,” Elton John (Yellow Brick Road):

    My landlady lives in a caravan
    Well that is when she isn’t in my arms
    And it seems I pay the rent in human kindness
    But my liquor also helps to grease her palms

  161. John Constantine

    Trump looks at the chicoms and says they are book cooking over leveraged slumlord developers, depending on dodging tax, getting everything maaaaates rates and free.

    So far they are protesting while back pedalling.

    The fall back position for their chicom central committee is eternal access to aborted Chinese babies for fetal stem cells and fit young Chinese criminals for transplant spare parts.

    All else is up for the deal.

    Comrades.

  162. Death Giraffe

    you need to write something profound on the wood,

    ..
    Good idea. I was just going to draw dicks on it.
    But your thing is much better.

  163. Makka

    China is the biggest outside US holder of Treasuries , over a Trillion not several though.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/246420/major-foreign-holders-of-us-treasury-debt/

    If you don’t think think such a load dumped quickly won’t seriously impact interest rates or the USD then you’re far too sanguine. The shock worldwide would be ginormous. Dollar debts and credit outside the US would crush commerce and international finance. Trade would lock up because commodities would go through the roof in non-dollar terms. That’s the overarching importance of the Dollar Reserve. It’s thankfully not a very plausible scenario so we should all hope the Chinese can continue on their merry way. Australia, in particular would be seriously fkd.

  164. feelthebern

    Trump is doing deals with China.
    The long game is giving the Euroweenies a red hot poker up the bum.

  165. .

    What would happen to the RMB though? That probably creates some discipline.

  166. feelthebern

    If China dumped those treasuries – & they won’t – where are they going to put the money?

  167. Elle

    After watching Ray Hadley’s teary presser, I don’t know what to think.
    Mmm.

    I agree. Any parent would have compassion.

  168. feelthebern

    China is very happy with a weak RMB.
    What is concerning is the blow out in Chinese corporate credit spreads.
    But guess what, the blow out in Italian bond spreads over the German Bund is bigger.
    Not hearing much talk about Italy going down the tubes are we?

  169. Geriatric Mayfly

    You don’t hear much about Tibet these days.
    I remember when Tibet was the cause du jour in Hollywood.

    Wasn’t it Bob Brown (For it is he) who had his prayer wheels going at maximum revs. in supplication for the Tibetans?

  170. Infidel Tiger

    Italy will be fine. They are used to chaos.

    The gooks are such a broken people they can’t eat a meal without photographing it first. A nation of soft handed fatties.

  171. Delta A

    I was just going to draw dicks on it.
    But your thing is much better.

    On second thoughts… nah. In a hundred years western civilisation will have regressed to the point where only the most basic symbols will be decipherable.

    Best stick with your plan. At least it will teach them something about their d**khead ancestors.

  172. feelthebern

    You’re probably right.
    As long as Italy has ample supply of cigarillos & crazy women, the nation with handle any crisis.

  173. C.L.

    A back-handed compliment from the Trumpet:

    Donald J. [email protected]

    Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!

  174. Makka

    If China dumped those treasuries – & they won’t – where are they going to put the money?

    They ( the elite of the CPoC , their families and several million hangers on, the top Military brass etc) would have turned the treasuries into dollars, diamonds, gold, property, US stocks etc and be last seen bailing out.

    What could cause it? Famine? Disease? A war? Who knows.

  175. John Constantine

    Italy will be economically saved by mass importation of millions of military age revolutionary males from the third world to consume government public services.
    And be consumed by government public service wymynsys.

  176. Snoopy

    Wow! I’m shocked! Leaked SECRET UN report questions whether the Norks are really decommissioning their nuclear weapons.

    The UN? Secret? Leaked you say?

    LOL

  177. feelthebern

    China’s number one priority is stability.
    Number two though to nine is daylight.
    Power over the region comes in about 10, but that’s just in response to others fucking around with Chinese affairs.
    Same with Russia.
    If NATO hadn’t expanded, Russia wouldn’t be the dicks they are today.

  178. Neil

    China is the biggest outside US holder of Treasuries , over a Trillion not several though.

    But total US govt debt is around $20T. Most USA debt is local. I think about 70% with 30% foreign. They are not as vulnerable to foreign countries as we are. Australia foreign debt is the opposite to the USA- 70% foreign with 30% local

  179. feelthebern

    The biggest risk with North Korea are rogue generals.

  180. feelthebern

    Stability.
    Liquidity.
    These are what the central bankers want & that is what the central bankers will get.

  181. .

    Wow.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Sirico

    Robert Alan Sirico (born June 23, 1951) is an American Roman Catholic priest, and the founder of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a political, religious, and cultural commentator. He is also a pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    His brother, Tony, of course, played Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri in The Sopranos.

  182. mh

    I did a quick google search on Tibet, and it seems the western media lost interest in Tibet around 2012.

    There is this:

    https://www.freetibet.org/news

  183. feelthebern

    How good was the Sopranos.

  184. C.L.

    Dot, I’ve made reference to Fr Sirico and his brother here several times.
    The reverend Sirico is an economic libertarian whose life’s intellectual work is uniting free market thinking with orthodox Catholicism.

  185. .

    You’re the good brother in the family, right C.L.?

  186. feelthebern

    Roosters just scored the try of the season.

  187. Makka

    How good was the Sopranos.

    The Sopranos was life. All the elements present.

  188. Shy Ted

    And to the thief who broke into my house and stole my antidepressants, I hope you’re happy!

  189. C.L.

    It’s interesting; the other day, Vinny “The Chin” Gigante was mentioned here. He was the boss of the Genovese family. His brother Louis is a famous Catholic priest in the Bronx, to this day.

    Tony Sirico (Paulie “Walnuts”) was actually a real life associate of the Colombo family in his young days. Fascinating career trajectories in those old Italian families.

  190. JC

    I had to read that twice bern. “Rooster’s just scored?” That’s a first…. and then realised it’s the team.

  191. Eyrie

    The Battle of 73 Easting appears to have been on Mars.

  192. JC

    I once read that about Sirico, but always thought it was bullshit in order to give him more cred in the series.

  193. feelthebern

    Furio was a walk-on wasn’t he?
    From an open casting.
    They had half of New York turn up to it.

  194. .

    Stupida facking casting agents.

    “You have a bee on your running sheet”

  195. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Zacapa Centenario XO Rum

    neat… smooth

  196. JC

    Anyone see 8mm? It’s one of the spookiest movies I’ve seen. Gandolfini had a part and was really good.

  197. feelthebern

    8mm is a movie I wish I could un-watch.

  198. Gab

    Agree with that, FTB. Most disturbing movie I’ve ever watched,

  199. JC

    Which is why it’s an excellent movie. Really disturbing though.

  200. feelthebern

    JC were you still in NY when the Sopranos was on?

  201. JC

    You know, there were a lot of characters to feel sorry for, but the one I felt the worst was the old rich lady finding out about her husband and what he’d done. The sheer horror.

  202. feelthebern

    For Cats who aren’t watching the footy, there is a cracking movie coming up on fox.
    The Snowman.
    Michael Fassbender.
    Those weirdo Scando’s can write a great murder mystery.

  203. Makka

    Most disturbing movie I’ve ever watched,

    That’s how I felt when I first saw Pvt Ryan. In a cinema with no editing out. Those first 15 minutes, I didn’t know what hit me.

  204. JC

    Bern

    Yea, I watched part of the series here too. But I gave up here because I think it was on free to air which meant oceans of ads.

    They got Neu Jorseyians down pat. They are different.

  205. feelthebern

    There was a Vince Vaughan, Jennifer Lopez movie called The Cell.
    That gave me nightmares for weeks.

  206. feelthebern

    The Cell.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQUdbvUVfgE

    The director is a full blown weirdo.

  207. feelthebern

    It would have been cool to drive to Jersey to go to that butcher that was in the show.
    Satrioles ?

  208. C.L.

    Sirico was a serious mob associate in the 1960s and 70s – with the rap sheet to prove it. He was on his way well and truly to made man status in the Colombo family.

  209. JC

    Jennifer Lopez

    Can’t stand her. Can’t stand her stupid voice, the child like inflections and her fat arse. She’s a fucking idiot. At her short peak, I read she turned up to a BBC interview with an entourage of 100 people. Total dickhead.

  210. .

    Satriales.

    Ask for a veal parm hero.

  211. .

    At her short peak, I read she turned up to a BBC interview with an entourage of 100 people. Total dickhead.

    But she’s still Jenny from the block. Hilarious.

  212. thefrolickingmole

    Arkys theme song.

  213. JC

    Bern

    Trust me. The only thing that’s “fun” about jersey are the access tunnels and bridges into Manhattan.

  214. .

    Hello there you limited edition MAGA waifu pillows…

  215. feelthebern

    What about when the Asian dude sat Christophers Series 7 exam?

  216. JC

    Sirico was a serious mob associate in the 1960s and 70s – with the rap sheet to prove it. He was on his way well and truly to made man status in the Colombo family.

    Oh ok, so it’s true.

    Did he get blown away in the series as I forget.

  217. .

    Nope, I reckon he and Patsy actually put the hit on Tony.

    Silvio gets shot and I think Bobby Baccalieri gets shot in Made in America or the second last episode.

  218. .

    What about when the Asian dude sat Christophers Series 7 exam?

    LOL. That’s right, he was technically a stockbroker.

  219. feelthebern

    I just was looking up series 7, from Oct this year, they have cut the questions from 250 to 125.
    Soft.

  220. JC

    I’m a series 7 veteran. I was forced to take it and never studied. I failed it the first time and told if it happened again I get whacked bonus wise. I then studied for it and passed.

  221. Death Giraffe

    thefrolickingmole
    #2781022, posted on August 4, 2018 at 8:36 pm
    Arkys theme song.

    ..
    Very funny.

  222. C.L.

    Pauly was pretty dirty about the Vito situation:

  223. Death Giraffe

    Where the hell is Stimpson?

  224. JC

    I think he gets the kids on weekends.

  225. Makka

    Sexiest shrink ever : “ What kind of work are you in?”

    Tony: “ Waste management consultant.”

    Bwahahahaha! Hooked.

  226. John Constantine

    The only good mob/mafia television series is the Punisher.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs6eWkj7sSU

    Having the State tax you is bad enough without having crooks lounging around waiting to tax you 100% instead of working themselves.

    Pushing the mafia out of publically running the city let the place join the twenty-first century.

  227. Infidel Tiger

    Best Soprano’s moment was when Tony made that punk take his cap off in the restaurant.

  228. mh

    Headline at the Daily Mail:

    ‘Armed’ white supremacists set to attend Portland’s pro-fascist Patriot Prayer Rally stoke fears it could lead to levels of violence not seen since Charlottesville

    No bias there.

  229. Gab

    Pretty sure they say inflammatory things like that to keep black patriots away, mh.

  230. Elle

    Look past the piercings and tattoos. Listen to the ‘Sound of Silence’ – a spectacular rendition.

    Turn it up!

    https://youtu.be/u9Dg-g7t2l4

  231. rickw

    If NATO hadn’t expanded, Russia wouldn’t be the dicks they are today.

    What’s China’s excuse?

  232. Nick

    I’m in Croatia, they have a soft drink that’s orange/yellow, called ‘pipi’ of all things.
    The shopkeeper asked what I was looking for, ‘a bottle of pipi’ I replied.

  233. Makka

    He dropped that ball, bern.

  234. feelthebern

    Probably.
    But its the Roosters.
    Uncle Nick will not be denied.

  235. Nick

    I can’t wait till the cheating Roosters get a dose of Bunny power.

  236. feelthebern

    Friday night, Nick.

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