Open Forum: December 15, 2018

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  1. 2dogs

    Gahndi is racist. Can 2018 get any more feral before it is done?

  2. 2dogs

    Topic for new fred: Those who don’t believe judges should be elected, would FOCJ for the court system be ok?

  3. 2dogs

    Because we are getting a judiciary that is moving further and further away from the general public, and we need to do something about it.

  4. JC

    Won’t work, dogs. Some US states have the system you advocate and it doesn’t remove the politicization of the judiciary. In fact it could give it a good steroid dose. In some states and counties they also vote in the DA and AG. Get a load on the abortion that’s created in NYC with Schniederman and now the lunatic black chic. I reckon the way to go is appointment by the government and the ability to vote the scumbags out through recall.

  5. mh

    Mister President,

    You are about to sign the “Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” on 10 and 11 December, which establishes a genuine right to migration. It may impose itself on our national legislation through pre-existing treaties or the principle of common responsibility set out in this pact.

    It seems to us that the only sovereignty that will remain with France will consist in freely setting the way in which the objectives of the pact will have to be implemented. You can not give up this new part of the national sovereignty without a public debate whereas 80% of the French population considers that it is necessary to stop or regulate drastically the immigration. By deciding alone to sign this pact, you would add an additional reason for revolt to the anger of an already battered people. You would be guilty of a denial of democracy or treason against the nation.

    In addition, the finances of our country are drained and our debt is growing. You can not take the risk of an expensive call for air migration without first showing that you will not have to resort to more taxes to meet the objectives of the pact. On the other hand, you must be able, in terms of security, to curb the consequences linked to the arrival of extra-European populations. Finally, you can not ignore that the very essence of politics is to ensure security on the outside and harmony within. However, this concord can be obtained only if it maintains a certain internal coherence of the society alone capable of allowing to want to do together, which becomes more and more problematic today.

    In fact, the French state is late in coming to realize the impossibility of integrating too many people, in addition to totally different cultures, who have regrouped in the last forty years in areas that no longer submit to the laws of the Republic.

    You can not decide alone to erase our civilizational landmarks and deprive us of our carnal homeland.

    We therefore ask you to defer the signing of this pact and call by referendum the French to vote on this document. You are accountable to the French of your actions. Your election is not a blank.

    We support the initiative of General MARTINEZ against the signature of this pact which must be adopted by the Member States of the UN at the Intergovernmental Conference of Marrakech.

    General Antoine MARTINEZ

    Charles MILLON – Former Minister of Defense

    General Marc BERTUCCHI

    General Philippe CHATENOUD

    General André COUSTOU

    General Roland DUBOIS

    General Daniel GROSMAIRE

    General Christian HOUDET

    General Michel ISSAVERDENS

    Admiral Patrick MARTIN

    General Christian PIQUEMAL

    General Daniel SCHAEFFER

    General Didier TAUZIN

    Colonel Jean Louis CHANAS

  6. mh

    PARIS (AP) – Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, Paris’ police chief says armored vehicles and thousands of officers will be deployed again in the French capital on Saturday.

    Michel Delpuech told RTL radio on Friday security services intend to deploy the same numbers and strength as last weekend, with about 8,000 officers and 14 armored vehicles again in Paris.

    Delpuech said the biggest difference will be the deployment of more groups of patrol officers to catch vandals who roamed streets around the Champs Elysees last weekend, causing damage and pillaging.
    A sixth “yellow vest” protester was killed this week, hit by a truck at a protest roadblock. Despite calls from authorities urging protesters to stop the protests, the movement rocking the country has showed no signs of abating.

    (Breitbart)

  7. stackja

    mh – if NP had ER body make NP insanity more palatable?

  8. mh

    If Barry was Prez the corporate media would be doing cartwheels.

    U.S. labor market tightening; inflation pressures muted

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing applications for jobless benefits tumbled to near a 49-year low last week, which could ease concerns about a slowdown in the labor market and economy.

    Other data on Thursday showed import prices dropping by the most in more than three years in November as the cost of petroleum products tumbled and a strong dollar weighed on prices of other goods, pointing to subdued imported inflation….

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy/u-s-labor-market-tightening-inflation-pressures-muted-idUSKBN1OC1UV

  9. stackja

    Telegraph story about GP reports GP in Sydney for knee surgery. Mentions GP no longer C9. Of course Kidd order means story not mention …

  10. stackja

    mh – MSM can’t report good news anymore.

  11. stackja

    mh – Just curious. Too early to do much thinking.

  12. mh

    mh – MSM can’t report good news anymore.

    And America does have good news. If you look at France, where is the good news? UK, same again.

  13. judges should be elected

    Yes. Look at the great pollies we elect.

    Optional FPP.

  14. Mitch M.

    Once again the wisdom of biomedicine is proven foolish. No, being intellectually engaged throughout life will not prevent cognitive decline. It’s something else, or rather many other things and those things depend on the individual. Whatever, I’ve done enough reading in the last few days to drive myself stupid. I finished Lee Smolin’s hopeless attempt to rethink time(Time Reborn), read a mountain of literature on the potential benefits of niacin, explored the idea of reciprocal inhibition(wolpe) as a means of mitigating anxiety in ASD, and all I want to do now is load Tropico and play dictator for the weekend thereby anticipating the inevitable decline of the West into totalitarian barbarism.

  15. JC

    mh

    American news is very depressing. Everyday, for the past two years, there are reported attempts to remove a sitting president as a result of fakenews.

  16. Mark A

    incoherent rambler
    #2886169, posted on December 15, 2018 at 2:06 am

    judges should be elected

    Yes. Look at the great pollies we elect.

    That just squares the problem, lousy>pollies>lousier>judges.
    Electing them directly by voters, at least we cut out one lousy selection process.

    Can’t be any worse? Can it?

  17. Fisky

    Gahndi is racist. Can 2018 get any more feral before it is done?

    In his early career Gandhi was undoubtedly racist. The reason he started kicking off against the Brits in the first place was because he insisted on Indians being seen as full British citizens and was insulted at being lumped in with the blacks. He probably didn’t think that way by the 1940s, but he did have a curious passivity to the advance of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan, almost as if they were doing all his work for him in running down the British.

  18. None

    So Chris Kenny is planning to get a lot of mileage out of that interview he did with the uniting church minister who changed Christmas carols to sing about climate change https://mobile.twitter.com/chriskkenny/status/1073445057041117184

    I posted the link to the interview on the old thread and I forgot to mention that the woman minister almost sounded like she was going to burst into tears at the end.

  19. None

    Gandhi was a racist. Undoubtedly. Also not a very nice man. Probably a sexist pig in today’s terms as well.

  20. None

    The thing that really angers me about the yellow vest protest is that the overwhelming majority are just ordinary people and very peaceful but just a handful of ultra left and ultra right thugs have used the opportunity to infiltrate and cause all the violence and vandalism. It is because of them the fuckwitted French police shot into the crowd and one woman protester lost her eye and of course others have been killed. Fuck those exttemists. Fuck Macron and his pedophile wife. They’very got blood on their hands too.

  21. None

    Imagine going to church at the local green left socialist forum. It seems the most radical thing Christians can do these days is to actually worship Christ.

    Holy smoke! Carols turn green https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/climate/carols-turn-green-as-christians-sing-out-to-save-the-planet/news-story/a4c83660d88ad1fe430bcded507f3fad

  22. Mark A

    None
    #2886183, posted on December 15, 2018 at 3:36 am

    Imagine going to church at the local green left socialist forum. It seems the most radical thing Christians can do these days is to actually worship Christ.

    NVM Nota, they will dwindle down to a very small number anyway as the true believers go to other churches.

    Besides, I noticed it’s the uniting church again in the forefront, so nothing to do with Christianity.

  23. Tom

    Funny – zombies like David Pope never make this point about the climageddon scammers who fly to talkfests around the world in private jets. As for the Indian peasants — no electricity for you. Leftards who preach their towering hypocrisy from crumbling, readerless ivory towers like the Canberra Times make me sick.

  24. Tom

    Apparently, obsolete fire codes are a thing in America. Michael Ramirez #2.

  25. 2dogs

    Some US states have the system you advocate and it doesn’t remove the politicization of the judiciary.

    I’m advocating FOCJ. They don’t have FOCJ.

  26. 2dogs

    Re David Pope. Adani gets criticised, but never MacMines. Both mines practically next door to each other, similar size and environmental impact.

    China has bought the ALP.

  27. Tel

    Macron is developing new concepts in unpopulist government.

  28. Fred

    Interesting day at work.

    Told a new client that if the ATO ever did an audit on his business, it may consider some transactions to be fraud or evasion. I then copped 30 mins of verbal abuse, got called every name under the sun, including an awful lot of f words. He told me that he does everything by the book and that he pays tax and he is fuming that I accused him of tax fraud.

    And what, may you ask, was I referring to?

    One example – he did $50,000 of kitchen renovations on his home and claimed it as repairs and maintenance in his business.

    Honest taxpayers are idiots.

  29. Up The Workers!

    “China has bought the A.L.P.”.

    Yeah, well that makes sense.

    You’ve got to remove a lot of crap before you ever start getting to all the good stuff.

  30. Tel

    https://southfront.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Jack_SS_Sparrow.jpg

    Remember the Australian soldiers got caught with a few skull logos around the place? Well the Ukrainians got caught with wearing genuine SS Insignia … but fortunately they have salvaged their public image by working the pirate angle. Good thinking guys!

  31. rickw

    FRENCH GENERALS ACCUSE MACRON OF “TREASON” OVER UN MIGRATION PACT

    Who hasn’t that little freak pissed of? Probably just the muslims and the germans?

  32. Bruce of Newcastle

    Wouldn’t Louis love to have had a helicopter?

    Macron Had Helicopter on Standby to Escape Presidential Palace During Protests

    French President Emmanuel Macron was not only present at the Élysée Palace during “Act IV” of the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protests but had a helicopter on standby to escape in case protesters broke in, according to reports.

    The French leader fortified the Élysée Palace last Saturday with an unprecedented amount of security, including 500 republican guards, around a hundred police and gendarmes armed with water cannons, and other anti-riot measures, Le Dauphine reports.

    I hope he paid the gas tax on all the fuel the helicopter used. Fortunately, for the people, tumbrils don’t need petrol.

  33. rickw

    IDF and female infantry, ignore the robot voice and watch the review meeting:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iUSFF4NI_Us

  34. Shy Ted

    Another big win for the ScoMo gummint – A $1.2m inquiry, which included a fact-finding mission to London for the expert panel, found this week that the ABC and the SBS were not disrupting News Corp’s business model by offering free online news and streaming, and the biggest threat was Facebook and Google.
    But then there’s some good news – There’s one person who’s noticeably absent from the cricket coverage on Seven, or ABC radio, and that’s Catherine McGregor. “I look female and sound male,” McGregor said on Twitter. “It’s a huge problem for management. And I never played Test cricket. I simply don’t fit the paradigm.”
    What’s the world coming to when you need a bit of expertise to be a commentator.

  35. notafan

    How does looking female and sounding male affect working in radio?

    Especially ABC Radio.

  36. calli

    Dude, he’s Anglo. He’s a thieving Anglo builder. He’s really good at what he does though.

    Then he isn’t a thief. Just expensive.

  37. calli

    I bet he factored you into the price too JC! 😃

  38. Macron better not watch any of those old Ceaușescu videos. He won’t get any sleep at all.

  39. Malcolm attempts to play the pussy card. Tough luck fella.

  40. Senile Old Guy

    I repeat: Clint Eastwood is officially the most commercially successful actor ever.

    He is also a great producer and director.

  41. I’d rather watch the Don’t Blush Baby chick at lunch and tea time than some old military tranny. I doubt I am Robinson Crusoe there.

  42. Empire 5:5

    The alleged demands of the Yellow Vests as pushed by fakestream media, which are inconsistent across platforms and unverified, read like a 1970s BLF ambit wage claim.

    Right on cue:

    France’s Yellow Vests should join forces with labor unions to launch strikes and create disruption at companies, the head of the country’s biggest public service union said as the grass-roots movement readies for fresh demonstrations on Saturday.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2018-12-14/french-yellow-vests-should-strike-not-march-labor-union-says?__twitter_impression=true

  43. Homicides in Sadiq Khan’s London Hit Ten-Year High

    It’s a feature, not a bug 😈

  44. calli

    From memory Don’t Blush Baby was totally cool and professional over the “incident”. The ones complaining were the Perpetually Offended.

  45. Rae

    Told a new client that if the ATO ever did an audit on his business, it may consider some transactions to be fraud or evasion …

    One example – he did $50,000 of kitchen renovations on his home and claimed it as repairs and maintenance in his business.

    So, did you correct it? Is he still your client?

  46. Tom

    I’d rather watch the Don’t Blush Baby chick at lunch and tea time than some old military tranny.

    It’s self-evident why two new broadcasters with everything on the line commercially want nothing to do with a fucked-up old bloke with a serious mental illness and a political axe to grind.

  47. calli

    On GB and crime. I’ve canned plans for a long driving holiday that took in England Scotland and Wales. Off to the Dalmatian coast and Czech Republic instead.

  48. Baldrick

    BREAKING: Australian Government recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but keeps embassy in Tel Aviv

    Stand for nothing Stupid.Fucking.Liberals.

  49. Tom

    Calli, though I haven’t visited, the scenery along the Croatian coast looks spectacular and, now that the locals have stopped fighting each other, I would have to rate it a) Europe’s best-kept secret and b) Europe’s best value for money. Remember: too much travelogue will barely be enough.

  50. C.L.

    Flynn case unraveling …
    There is now the real possibility Robert Mueller will be charged with obstruction of justice:

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/378687.php

  51. min then aga

    The rev Dr woman interviewed by Kenny stated the 97% of scientist garbage and how Pacific islands are sinking . When Kenny stated the facts, she knew better because her church supports the islanders and they have told her the islands are sinking. Just like what they said in Poland.
    She was full of false facts bu

  52. C.L.

    Same old story latest …
    The Weekly Standard decided to destroy Trump.
    Trump destroys the Weekly Standard.

    The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine critical of Trump, to shutter after 23 years.

  53. calli

    Yes, Tom. I’ve visited Dubrovnik just for a day and want to go back and see more.

    A couple of interesting ones lined up for next year – one taking in Alaska and the Panama Canal (engineering junkie’s heaven) and the other the Galapagos and Falklands. Should be fun.

    The UK was for 2020. It was an add-on to visiting Iceland. Not any more.

  54. Mak Siccar

    In today’s Oz.

    Out in the bush, it’s way past party time

    CAROLINE OVERINGTON
    11:00PM DECEMBER 14, 2018

    What are you hoping to read over the Christmas break? My colleague Troy Bramston annually puts that question to the nation’s pollies, some of whom take the opportunity to show off and others to lie, but never mind that for a moment.

    One book this year received several mentions: Bill Shorten has it on his Christmas list; David Littleproud is reading it; so is Joel Fitzgibbon. If that weren’t enough, the Grattan Institute put it on its list of four books Scott Morrison really should read ­before parliament resumes.

    The book in question is Rusted Off: Why Country Australia is Fed Up by journalist Gabrielle Chan, who used to work at News Corp and now works at the Guardian Australia. Who says there’s no cross-pollination in the media?

    Chan grew up in a multicultural family in Sydney’s Coogee, entering journalism in what she calls “the golden age” — the 1980s, although I seem to remember terrifying subs on The Age backbench in the old building on Spencer Street reminiscing about the 50s. In her 20s she fell in love with a farmer, and married, and since 1996 she has lived on a farm in Harden-Murrumburrah, on the southwest slopes of NSW, a small town with one main street, where the following conversation might happen:

    “Have you always lived in Harden?”

    “No, I once lived in Murrumburrah.”

    It wasn’t easy for Chan to shed her city skin, but this isn’t a city-chick-gone-country book. It’s about politics, in particular the rise of a “neglected class” of voters, most of whom live outside the cities, who are ready to rumble.

    When Chan’s kids went to boarding school, she returned to the Canberra press gallery. For some years now, she’s led a dual life: some days she’s reporting on politics; other days she’s walking a cow trail down to the farm shed.

    This divide — city, country — has long existed but Chan says something fundamental has changed. We are now a nation divided, with city slickers on one side and country folk — “their concerns sidelined, their opinions downgraded” — on the other.

    In the cities, Chan finds “global citizens” who feel comfortable pretty much anywhere in the world. They fuss over the kids’ education and worry about how much sugar they’re eating and ­despair over the idea that Donald Trump may get a second term.

    In the country, she finds people who have lost patience with politics, and especially with party politicians. They’re quite sure, ­indeed keen, on the idea that Trump will be re-elected.

    “The whole of rural society, top to bottom, is pretty much disappointed, or angry at politics,” Chan writes. They no longer trust government and associated institutions like the media.

    “They are the neglected class and they represent a constituency up for grabs.”

    In Chan’s telling, country folk — not all of them are farmers; they are shelf-stackers, checkout chicks, truck drivers, and cafe workers — see themselves being driven down to a position near the bottom of society, while those at the top — city slickers, and ­especially politicians — are unrecognisable to them.

    She talks to former abattoir worker Ken, who says: “The major parties are there to see how they are going to fight to win the next election. It’s like a business. They are trying to outdo the other one. They aren’t worrying about people out in Australia. They are just looking after themselves.”

    In the drapery shop, Lorraine says: “Our politicians basically go from school to university and do law, and go into politics, and they don’t actually live in the real world.” They have lived comfortably for too long. They have forgotten what it’s like “down here for us, trying to make ends meet”.

    Chan says country people want jobs, “they want infrastructure, they want the access to education and broadband services that city people have” — high schools that offer two-unit maths, and hospitals where you can get cancer treatment and have a baby — but they “feel they have no sway over government”.

    They have no lobby group, and they see the “educated elite on both the Left and the Right looking after themselves”. They want to shake up politics, “because a vote is their only chance.”

    Pauline Hanson has made a career out of talking to them; Trump built an unexpected presidency on it.

    Their votes are up for grabs, because who represents them?

    The Nationals have long been associated with the landed class, and do not properly represent the working class in rural areas. Labor has often done well in the country — it had miners and shearers and others — but is now busy courting the inner city (and regaining ground in the suburbs, where the middle class became Howard battlers, although that’s about to change).

    The Liberal Party for a long time couldn’t get west of Balmain, let alone of the dividing range.

    Having lost patience with the status quo, “the neglected class are looking to other politicians, people who stand out because they don’t talk or act like politicians, people who speak the language of the (small town) main street”. Hanson, Xenophon, Lambie, McGowan. All these names come to mind. Their ideas are the same as those Chan hears on her main street: lack of trust, and a sense that “clever political advocates have changed the system to suit themselves”.

    In Chan’s telling, the crossbench in the Senate and independents in lower houses, state and federal, represent voters who have lost faith in government; and in a two-party system that has flamed out. The major parties may well be waiting for things to return to normal but Chan says that may well be “like waiting for a normal weather pattern on the farm … it has yet to arrive in the 21 years I have lived here”.

  55. He told me that he does everything by the book and that he pays tax and he is fuming that I accused him of tax fraud.

    DEFINITELY protesting too much. A dead giveaway when people react far out of kilter with the suggestion at hand.

  56. Rae

    mh #2886123, posted on December 15, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Mister President,

    You are about to sign the “Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration”

    Lol. srr is back.

    Tweet, tweet.

  57. Leo G

    “China has bought the A.L.P.”.

    Does that mean the parliamentary party now answers to the CPCCFMMEU?
    The union may have to chance its motto:
    “Stand up. speak out. Knife in back.”

  58. Leigh Lowe

    Calli … don’t miss Plitvice Lakes.
    Krka Lakes are good too, but be sure to pack ectra vowels.

  59. EvilElvis

    Hanson, Xenophon, Lambie, McGowan.

    FMD! What a bunch! No wonder we’re buggered.

    What a country.

  60. Confused Old Misfit

    Re Judges & the selection thereof.
    Have the aspirants sit an examination (Chinese style civil service competition) designed to demonstrate their knowledge and judgemental qualities.
    I like the recall idea.

  61. Tel

    “The whole of rural society, top to bottom, is pretty much disappointed, or angry at politics,” Chan writes. They no longer trust government and associated institutions like the media.

    Chan might have only recently discovered this but country people have been cynical about politics since as far back as I can remember … and very consistently they ask only one cynical question, “What am I gonna get out of this?”

    As for trusting government and the media … only a fool would trust that lot.

    Chan says country people want jobs, “they want infrastructure, they want the access to education and broadband services that city people have” — high schools that offer two-unit maths, and hospitals where you can get cancer treatment and have a baby — but they “feel they have no sway over government”.

    Yup, there’s line again … “What am I gonna get out of this?”

    I want a huge yard with a couple of horses, miles from my nearest neighbour, a bubbling brook, access to cheap land, peace and quiet like country people have. Country people should pay for me to get whatever I want, just like I should have to pay for fiber optics dragged down every country lane. Oh you want a clone of the Sydney Opera House built in Bendigo? Oh you want me to pay for that? So where’s my huge yard then?

    Hey wait, here’s an idea, maybe there’s some trade offs from living in the city, and there’s different trade offs living in the country and people should pay for the infrastructure that they use. That sounds fair.

    BTW: if you want to learn two-unit math then what you do is buy a second hand math textbook for five bucks. If you haven’t done that already it’s because you don’t want it all that much.

  62. John Constantine

    Country Australia has been desertified because big crony socialism is Australia’s economic model, and it demands Big crony networking.

    All the ability to ration out opportunity and dispense concessions to access the gravy train are concentrated in a corrupted cesspit where all the cronies wallow.

    Simply dumping mass numbers of imported consumption unit refugees into dispersal areas in rural host communities is doomed to fail.

    Success in Australia depends on how close you can get to the weeping gangrenous cancer that is the heart of Big crony socialism in Australia.

    Without spewing, or ever speaking out that the emperor has no clothes.

    Distance from dispensers of delights dooms you to the despised outer economy.

  63. struth

    I’m a country bloke who is not a farmer, but who still talks to and has business with farmers.

    Xenophon is never mentioned unless in jest about how you could change opinions faster than that “no Pokies” knob.
    Lambie and McGowan, pfft……………..

    They do like Hanson because she is anti mussie immigration and appears to be showing more balls than most of the other arseholes, who are indeed the hated enemy.

    May I suggest to the Journalist she is not the only one from the city that’s hooked up with old money in the Southern NSW money where white Moleskins and straight rimmed Akubra hats are warn (see Howard on his country outings) and low heeled, polished boots.
    Harden is a stone’s throw from Canberra, and that area is not representative of most country communities Australia wide.

  64. John Constantine

    Big crony socialism is central planning of the economy, but we can never speak of it.

    Silence on the subject of legal corruption is one of the currencies our kleptocracy demand to be paid in.

  65. Confused Old Misfit

    BTW: if you want to learn two-unit math then what you do is buy a second hand math textbook for five bucks. If you haven’t done that already it’s because you don’t want it all that much.

    There.
    Just saved someone $5.

  66. struth

    I’m a country bloke who is not a farmer, but who still talks to and has business with farmers.

    Xenophon is never mentioned unless in jest about how you could change opinions faster than that “no Pokies” wanker.
    Lambie and McGowan, pfft……………..

    They do like Hanson because she is anti moooossie immigration and appears to be showing more ba-lls than most of the other arseholes, who are indeed the hated enemy.

    May I suggest to the Journalist she is not the only one from the city that’s hooked up with old money in the Southern NSW money where white Moleskins and straight rimmed Akubra hats are warn (see Howard on his country outings) and low heeled, polished boots.
    Harden is a stone’s throw from Canberra, old Money,and that area is not representative of most country communities Australia wide.

  67. Senile Old Guy

    Panama Canal (engineering junkie’s heaven)

    Not just engineers, Calli. Impossible with today’s EIS. But a marvel. It created Barro Colorado Island, the most intensively studied bit of tropical rainforest in the world. I spent some time in Colon, on the northern coast of Panama.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barro_Colorado_Island

  68. Nick

    Calli, Croatia is well worth a visit, the Croats themselves are great. Be wary of a cruise that calls into Dubrovnik for one day in summer. It will be hell on earth. Try if you can for a few days there. Have a look at a cruise on a smaller boat down from Split, visiting the various islands. Sail Croatia are a reputable group.

  69. Confused Old Misfit

    It is understood Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce the decision to recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital today, but will not immediately move the embassy from Tel Aviv.

    Some good news (via ABC no less.)

  70. John Constantine

    Our scumbag politicals declare a registry of financial interests while in parliament.

    Legal corruption in Australia means they take their bribe payments once they leave parliament as afterpay.

    Demand that as long as a politician is getting paid parliamentary pensions they must declare a registry of financial interests, so we can see openly how the corruptocracy looks after its creatures.

    Speaking fees my big fat hairy arse.

  71. Bruce of Newcastle

    Good that ScoMo has recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    That will wedge Shorten when he gets in, at least a little bit. The announcement about “West Jerusalem” means Shorten can’t so easily dump the recognition without being outed as an anti-semite.

    I think moving the embassy there would have a lot of practical problems that haven’t been covered in the MSM. Where would you put it in a city the size of a postage stamp? The cost would be enormous given the security issue. We already have had our Indo embassy seriously blown up, and it survived only because of the security features. The Palis would cheerfully blow up ours if it was a softer target than the Yanks’ one.

    I do want to see the embassy move there eventually. Not announcing it now means Shorten can’t use the obvious high cost as a fig leaf to cancel the move. Never give the enemy a free hit.

  72. Confused Old Misfit

    Aspiring ppoliticians should have to pass an examination demonstrating their knowledge of the Australian Constitution and system of government as well as their comprehension of the platform of each contesting party.

  73. bespoke

    Hey wait, here’s an idea, maybe there’s some trade offs from living in the city

    That’s the attitude from the from the people I no, she is talking about is talking about the small town coffee shop owners and hobby farmers.

  74. Tel

    There.
    Just saved someone $5.

    Ahhh but you can’t learn anything from onlines unless you have at least 10 Gazigabits of tube.

    Because nothing travels faster than light! Nothing!!

  75. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Merkel’s poison pill

  76. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The UK was for 2020. It was an add-on to visiting Iceland. Not any more.

    Da Hairy Ape, in full early retirement mode now, has Alaska and the Panama Canal well into his sights for June 2019, Calli. I will look out for you with a secret Cat wave. 🙂

    I refuse to leave home before June, except to go briefly and occasionally interstate.

    My personal preference, I have finally decided, is always somewhere in the British Isles or Ireland. So much history and so much that is beautiful in nature and culture to see there, especially if you include Scotland and the Western and Northernmost isles. These things cancel out the bad bits of Londonistan and other British imported voteherds. The Hurtigruten ferry cruise up into the Arctic Circle from Bergen made Norway also a special place for me, probably the call of the Volk (hmmm), as my Ancestry results show Norway is in my blood! I like cold climates, whereas Hairy’s a Mediterranean man; my Irish ancestry is via the Norse, whereas his is via the Atlantic Coast up from Spain; all aeons ago of course.

    Summer midnight song in the true Gloria of the acoustically dynamic new white Cathedral of the Arctic on Tromso’s harbour is unmissable. Oh, and Christmas at the Fairmont in snowy Banff always comes top of mind at this time of the year. Lights and snow, sleigh bells under frosty stars in dark cold winter; magic.

    I’ve never been to Croatia though. Lots of lovely Roman ruins there, so it is on the list.
    Report back, Calli.

    ps. don’t miss Iceland – go Iceland Air from New York to London and you can fold in a stopover for nix.
    Best place in the world to see the Northern Lights, they are spectacular there and frequent.

  77. Ivan Denisovich

    Good that ScoMo has recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    That will wedge Shorten when he gets in, at least a little bit. The announcement about “West Jerusalem” means Shorten can’t so easily dump the recognition without being outed as an anti-semite

    Shorten might be very comfortable with that, Bruce, or quietly even regard it as helpful:

    https://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/labor-sells-its-soul-for-the-muslim-vote/news-story/0d62d79570e997d859517043332aa1bc

  78. Entropy

    Harden Murrumburrah is full of ex CANBERRA public servants.

  79. struth

    Tel you have based your comments about country people on the ramblings of a fool.

    Yes there are many people that wish country people had what city people do, but they are generally not country people.
    Case in point the recent drought.
    Notice one, it was country NSW bureaucrats and Nationals having a grizzle and gullible people in the cities wanting to help their poor country cousins with an outpouring of virtue signalling.
    Many country people were appalled.
    However, it is true, in this culture of it’s all about me, that it too is growing in the country, parasites are everywhere.

    Most country people will use phrases like “they’ve stuffed the country” meaning the city as well as the country.
    It may come as a surprise to you but country people complain about the traffic problems in the cities, because alas they actual do go to cities more often than a lot of city folk go country.

    They also understand the cost to the nation by poor roads and infrastructure, in being able to export and do business.

    I have never heard complaints from the productive side of the country about a lack of coffee cafe’s and movie theatres.
    They do want a doctor in at least one nearby town.

    Do not do this country/city divide thing as spurred on by an idiot journalist who has plonked herself in one little, tiny part of Australia and then claims to know “country people”
    It shows her utter ignorance, and arrogance to think she should and could supply an accurate assessment.
    Typical journalist.

    Most country people, me included, feel sorry for our city cousins, and you will often hear people saying “stuff that, I could never live in a city”.

    I certainly couldn’t, but hey no one’s making you live there, and I don’t care if others do, it’s horses for courses.

    The truth generally speaking Australia wide, is purely by means of self reliance that country living requires, people from there generally expect more from their governments because they understand they are paying for it, have got a lot of skin invested in the game, and not a “wotaboutme” mentality, and actually feel sorry for city folk.
    No matter what some dickhead thinks.

  80. mh

    C.L.
    #2886234, posted on December 15, 2018 at 8:47 am

    CNN spins the story:

    New York (CNN Business)The Weekly Standard, the magazine that espouses traditional conservatism and which has remained deeply critical of President Donald Trump, will shutter after 23 years, its owner Clarity Media Group announced Friday morning. The magazine will publish its final issue on December 17….

    Bill Kristol, the exemplar of traditional conservatism. Hahaha

  81. Senile Old Guy

    Mr Fowler has called on both the Northern Territory and Federal Governments to increase efforts to reduce carbon emissions to try and slow ocean warming.

    That’s their ABC again. The NT has a tiny percentage of Australia’s population and Australia has a tiny percentage of the world’s population, so any NT actions are utterly, utterly pointless and stupid. And AGW is stupid.

  82. Old School Conservative

    calli
    #2886228, posted on December 15, 2018 at 8:30 am
    Off to the Dalmatian coast and Czech Republic instead.

    You will have a ball.
    We got back from Croatia a couple of months ago and the only complaint we have is the number of locals who said “You should have been here 3 years ago!”
    Our highlight was a Cruise Croatia small-boat (38 people plus staff) jaunt from Split to Dubrovnik. Fantastic.

  83. calli

    On the list, LL. Also Montenegro.

  84. min

    I have “done” the Dalmation coast twice ,once on bus tour and the other on cruise ship. Friendly people beautiful scenery and the first time we went in the early days we warned not to wander as there were landlines everywhere. Dubrovnik is historically worth seeing but the last time I was there 9 cruise boats spewing tourists into a hot over crowded town.
    However theRomans and later Venetians settled along these trade routes so historically interesting towns all along the coast Do some research and chose where you go.

  85. Leigh Lowe

    The only disappointing thing about the Dalmatian coast wss that we only saw three black and white spotty dogs.
    By my reckoning that is 98 short.

  86. calli

    Da Hairy Ape, in full early retirement mode now, has Alaska and the Panama Canal well into his sights for June 2019, Calli. I will look out for you with a secret Cat wave. 🙂

    If you’re on the Queen Lizzie, see you there.

    Although…maybe not. We travel one up from steerage. 💃

  87. calli

    The Croatia thing will be land, not cruise. In late May.

    I was probably one of the hideous daytripping cruisetourists, min. Apologies.

  88. there were landlines everywhere

    No threat to mobile phones and wifi.

  89. Tel

    I certainly couldn’t, but hey no one’s making you live there, and I don’t care if others do, it’s horses for courses.

    I’ve looked around Dubbo … demand for bush computer engineers has slumped dreadfully. Maybe after we get the NPC population a bit larger the demand for maintenance will pick up. Those NPC do have a habit of shitting themselves at inopportune times … I guess someone will have the job of putting them back on their feet again.

    I could get into satellite comms but you end up spending about 10 years getting all the license bullshit under control (permit to climb a ladder, certificate for correct use of black tape, revision course in spanner turning, sensitivity training for the traditional owners of the sky, etc, etc). Even then, that kind of bob-a-job income is pretty tedious and I still won’t get my huge yard, I’ll be living in a trailer parked down the back of some other guy’s yard. Most of the income goes into fuel costs because the jobs are 500 miles apart. Far Cravat!

    I’ll probably retire to the country some day. Start a little hobby farm. I’d make a very good farmer … I picked up a few tips around the coffee shops you know.

  90. Bruce

    I hear that “high-speed rail” is back on the agenda.

    Sadly, in the light of pretty much every government “run” project, it will be an expensive shambles, with prodigious amounts of “spillage” built in from the start.

    Their ABC seems to be working on the “land-use conflict” angle already.

    An EDUCATED look at actual fast-train systems, say Japan and Italy, show two things very clearly.

    1. NOBODY in their right mind runs tracks at ground level, through livestock-littered paddocks, or across clearly known flood plains, etc.. What the Germans were thinking when they started running ICE trains at ground-level is anyone’s guess.

    2. It MUST be dual track (at least) for ALL sectors.

    There is another twist. Gucci passenger trains are fine, but in Queensland, at least, it is the FREIGHT traffic that makes the bucks. It is dangerous folly to even contemplate 300Km/h passenger trains sharing the same tracks as 70-90 Km/h freight services and conventional passenger trains..

    The same sort of “educated” blindness that has cursed Defence for decades, is rampant in all things “public” engineering in this country. There is a “Dilbert’ cartoon about “employee recognition” that boils down to:

    “We need an employee recognition programme”.

    “Our best employees LEAVE”.

    Yes, that’s how we recognize them”.

  91. bespoke

    JC
    #2886124, posted on December 15, 2018 at 12:35 am
    Struth
    Then possibly the best way is to simply take the total an actor is paid per movie. But you still have to adjust for inflation and population too I think. In 1980 the US population was 227 million. It’s 325 million now. 43% more now.

    No this isn’t libertarian but a sheep following others and hoping it quality.

  92. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I think moving the embassy there would have a lot of practical problems that haven’t been covered in the MSM. Where would you put it in a city the size of a postage stamp? The cost would be enormous given the security issue.

    That’s all true, from my observations of Jerusalem. The place works by being built on a series of eggshells that the various groups all walk over and everyone treads very carefully indeed. But they all also have mind map which accepts the status quo and the existing walkways/folkways, thus life continues jointly and apace. A new Embassy of a strong American ally could create a disturbance in the eggshell arrangement. Result: unpredictable. A slow move, firstly a Consulate or Information Centre, then see how things develop later, is how change is best effected there. Trump’s move has yet to play out.

  93. John Constantine

    450 gigaliters of water to be dumped unused out to sea, rewilding the Murray darling basin to transform a saltwater estuary system down in south Australia into a muddy nonsaline swamp system.

    Signing one united Nations convention meant unswerving compliance with the economic genocide of the racist colonialist settler culture of the irrigation districts.

    Comrades.

  94. calli

    Bruce, they go on their “study trips”, see what they want to see in between duchessing around, and come back full of silly ideas they imagine justify the original expenditure on the trip.

    Forget about reality – they want the monorail (or equivalent toytown crap) and they’ll have it!

    Childish stuff paid for by OPM.

  95. C.L.

    Heartache for evangelical warmenists as cyclone Owen downgraded to category gay.

  96. calli

    Apocalyptic to gay.

    What a letdown.

  97. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    VFT’s – yes, must be above ground and dual track, and I would add, must also have the population levels and demand to make them profitable. None of this applies to Australia. Gladys has rocks in her head even contemplating such a thing for Canberra-Sydney. I’ve even heard an argument that it will allow workers in new housing estates in Goulburn commute to work in Sydney. Cost factors kaibosh that, let alone all of the other problems with it.

  98. Senile Old Guy

    China and India, ranked first and third globally in greenhouse gas emissions, are planning to build coal-fired plants at home and in other countries to bring electrification to the developing world and to continue to grow their economies. While both countries have ratified the Paris climate agreement, they will continue to do what their populations need with respect to power generation and will also continue constructing coal-fired plants around the world.

    Exactly why the LNP should not buy into this nonsense. And note that China and India have ratified the Paris Agreement but are not actually going to do anything about it. It’s just PR for gullible westerners.

  99. struth

    Tel, it’s as obvious as tits on a bull.
    You want out of the city, and I can’t blame you.

    As the country descends into an over governed shithole it is getting harder for anyone to move anywhere.
    Fullstop.
    I’m just holding on to what I’ve got that’s nearly paid off.
    At least I didn’t buy in Sydney or Melbourne.
    My house will be somewhat insulated to the crash, as city folk head out to the regions to retire in cheaper housing they may be able to afford depending on attacks on super and how much they have already paid off.

  100. Tel

    Tel you have based your comments about country people on the ramblings of a fool.

    I’ve also spent more than a few years looking at National Party policy. Not sure if you ever bump into those guys in your wanderings. There’s a rumour going around that they represent the political will of country folk.

    https://nationals.org.au/our-plan-for-jobs-and-growth-in-regional-australia/

    The Coalition will boost jobs, investment and growth in regional Australia.

    We will establish a $200 million Regional Jobs and Investment package to deliver regional jobs and growth.

    The Regional Jobs and Investment package will incentivise local businesses to invest and employ, enable regional communities to upgrade local infrastructure and deliver new skills and training programmes.

    The package will be delivered in partnership with local communities.

    Community leaders and local experts will be engaged to assess the needs of regional communities and develop local investment plans covering the following three areas:

    * Business innovation grants
    * Local infrastructure
    * Skills and training programmes

    The package will support regional communities to diversify their economies, create new export opportunities and help boost regional jobs.

    The Coalition will contribute $200 million to the Regional Jobs and Investment package and will leverage a further $200 million in matched funding. Individual regions will be able to access up to $30 million in funding.

    Our commitment will boost confidence, jobs, investment, and growth in regional Australia.

    In a nutshell, their plan is to splash around as much money as they can get hold of. They have always been willing to use agrarian socialism where it suited them.

    Perhaps I’m being a tiny bit unfair, because in this world where pretty much no one supports personal responsibility, maybe the National Party by not moving has strangely become something of a leader in this area … but still at heart they want to spend a lot of money.

  101. Death Giraffe

    Western governments no longer even pretend to protect their populations, ard are therefore illegitimate.
    The way forward is either a rapid defunding of huge swaths of state apparatus in education and industry, or a series of revolutions around the world, similar to the ones that dethroned the anciens regimes.
    If our current cabal of technocrats and retail bullshit artists don’t want to go the way of the Romanovs etc, they better agree among themselves to a radical change in direction.
    They might start by ignoring the advice from marxist academics that steered them this way to begin with.

  102. calli

    VFTs work on big travelling population levels at the ends, government subsidies and very few stops.

    You know how it will “work” in OZ. No passengers, ruinious blackhole moneypit and stopping at every siding because “fairness”.

  103. struth

    China and India, ranked first and third globally in greenhouse gas emissions, are planning to build coal-fired plants at home and in other countries to bring electrification to the developing world and to continue to grow their economies.

    So it’s a globalist socialist racket to destroy the west and obviously there is no climate emergency.
    The UN is relying totally on socialist western MSM.

  104. Notafan

    In the cities, Chan finds “global citizens” who feel comfortable pretty much anywhere in the world. They fuss over the kids’ education and worry about how much sugar they’re eating and ­despair over the idea that Donald Trump may get a second term.

    so she never gets outside the goats cheese circle, and it stinks.

    where does she think the checkout chicks at a city supermarket live and who writes such dross?

    We should all bathe in the tears of Trump Term Two Tossers

  105. struth

    There’s a rumour going around that they represent the political will of country folk.

    That’s bullshit.
    There is never much choice, them nor labor, and sometimes not even Labor.
    Just like the cities.
    Our electoral system is a joke.
    Rich old farmers money keeps the agro- socialist Nationals there, and as discussed earlier, farmers aren’t the majority of country folk, and many don’t like the Nationals.

  106. You want out of the city, and I can’t blame you.

    One backwoods little country town in Victoristan that I passed through a while ago surprised me with the growth in residences. What used to be pop. 150 was now now pop. 1500 (or thereabouts).
    “Who lives in all the houses?” I asked a local.
    Answer: “All the kids that moved to the city in the 60s, 70s and 80s are returning.”

    Anyone know how widespread this is?

  107. John Constantine

    Claiming that high speed rail will allow dormitory rural areas to supply labour to the cities doesn’t work in a crony corruptocracy like Australia.

    If you aren’t totally immersed in the inner kleptocracy economy, you are first downsized, and last offered opportunity.

    Better to live in a Landsharks dogbox apartment development in the real city and try to crawl into the inner economy.

    Comrade Maaaaates.

  108. C.L.

    South Africas future looks incredibly bright.
    Really gives me hope.

    The Power of Bum. An inspiring true story.
    But seriously … South Africa will be a hellhole basket case within a few years.
    Whites ran the joint because nobody else could (or can).

  109. Leigh Lowe

    calli

    #2886291, posted on December 15, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Apocalyptic to gay.

    What a letdown

    Category 4 to category 2 overnight.
    It will be mist and heavy dew by lunchtime.

  110. Death Giraffe

    The coming revolution will be much easier on the common soldiery.
    As the current regime’s leaders are all childless, they won’t have to shoot any children.

  111. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    Bruce, for interest here is a map of Chinas High Speed rail network (built in ten years).

    https://images.chinahighlights.com/allpicture/2016/05/f0e33dbf82d549a5bd433fe3.jpg

  112. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    If you’re on the Queen Lizzie, see you there.

    That’s the one he has in mind, Calli.
    We did Princess Grill on the Queen Mary, but we can dine down.
    In fact, I’m not too keen on this ‘Cash for Coronets’ thing.
    Maybe we’ll do Britannia class balcony high floor and save a motza.

    Table for six? Or eight? 🙂

  113. Snoopy

    C.L.
    #2886290, posted on December 15, 2018 at 10:18 am
    Heartache for evangelical warmenists as cyclone Owen downgraded to category gay.

    I see the hysterically predicted 400 mm of rain has been downgraded to 300 mm. I expect 100 mm could be very optimistic. The rainfall over the 24 hours to 9am only exceeded 25 mm at a couple of places on western Cape York.

  114. lotocoti

    What a letdown.

    ‘ken oath.
    The 12/12 JTWC track map looked great.
    Now, not so much.

  115. John Constantine

    Romanovs.

    We see their Julia Romanov hand over to Kevin Romanov hands over to Malcolm Romanov passes on to Scomo Romanov to keep the chair warm for little Billy Romanov.

    While their media breathlessly thunders from their billion dollar bully pulpit that the submission and compliance of the proles Is Our Strength.

    Comrades.

  116. struth

    Answer: “All the kids that moved to the city in the 60s, 70s and 80s are returning.”

    Yeah, it’s called retiring.
    See my comment above regarding selling up and moving back to (or just “to”) the country, to afford to be able to.
    It’s also a bit of white flight from what are now disgusting third world packed peace bollarded shitholes.

  117. Notafan

    There is only one profitable VTF in the world

    one

  118. Roger

    Heartache for evangelical warmenists as cyclone Owen downgraded to category gay.

    Darn it…last night they were warning it could cross the east coast and return again for a third go at us.

  119. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    ps get my email from Sinc, Calli.
    Perhaps we can have a coffee together in Sydney when you’re next around our way.

  120. Ivan Denisovich

    But seriously … South Africa will be a hellhole basket case within a few years.

    Following Zimbabwe’s lead.

  121. Bruce of Newcastle

    VFT’s – yes, must be above ground and dual track, and I would add, must also have the population levels and demand to make them profitable. None of this applies to Australia.

    Not having a bunch of maniacs wanting to commit mass murder helps. That also applies to Oz. Japan is ok in that respect, and China is rather coercive.

    I wouldn’t ride on Italy’s VFT. I can’t think of a softer target than several hundred people going along at 300 kph. Hitting an obstacle at that velocity would be deadly.

  122. max

    Mick Mulvaney’s kicked on from his days playing in the back line for Richmond.

  123. C.L.

    Emergency sign language guy should do the universally recognised wank gesture.
    That about covers it.

  124. Shy Ted

    The week in ScoMoland – Jerusalem the capital of Israel wins 0 votes. Another commissioner for the completely discredited HRC loses lotsa votes. Next Newspoll will be 44-56.

  125. Notafan

    Well said Tel

    Country people want city amenities and city people should pay for it

    a relative had her baby in a country hospital-had the entire maternity wing to herself and it was all free, even the parking

    she would have thoroughly enjoyed a four bed room as a public patient at the royal women’s

    If people’s only thoughts of government is what do they do for me then they deserve what they get

    I want government out of my life and out of my pocket

  126. C.L.

    Morrison doing the old move the embassy to Jerusalem some time down the track thing.
    God, this bloke is worse than Turnbull.

  127. jupes

    IDF and female infantry, ignore the robot voice and watch the review meeting:

    Good get rick. Those screaming harpies sure don’t like the red pill.

  128. John Constantine

    Will little billy romanov-shorten be the greatest prime minister that poor bastard australia will ever see from this time onwards?.

    Comrades?.

  129. Empire 5:5

    Heartache for evangelical warmenists as cyclone Owen downgraded to category gay.

    Also known as a rainbow.

  130. bespoke

    None
    #2886062, posted on December 14, 2018 at 10:57 pm
    Chris Kenny just did an interview with some fluffy brained female uniting church minister who changed all the Christmas carols to sing about climate change. An atheist arguing for keeping Christ in Christmas with a Christian minister arguing the exact opposite. It reminds me of the time I listened to a gay man explaining why he wanted to live a chaste life as a Christian away from his homosexual tendencies and an Anglican minister arguing that he was created that way. The world is nuts.

    https://www.2gb.com/podcast/rev-dr-margaret-mayman-christmas-carols-for-coal/

    My guess is the minister has never faced opposition to what she preaches before. “Wright wing deniers” is “just a bit of fun” and so inclusive.

  131. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    It’s just PR for gullible westerners.

    Climate change in a nutshell.

  132. Notafan

    Worrying about VFT terror is pointless

    it can happen anywhere, anytime

    Though the Italians have finally erected barriers to stop non ticket holders and bomb carriers getting on VFT

    Spain of course did it after Atoca

  133. Notafan

    Minister probably has a billboard in front of her gaia temple

    Get Christ out of Christmas

    Uniting church is the greens at prayer anyhow

  134. struth

    Country people want city amenities and city people should pay for it

    Bullshit.
    Where are you drawing that conclusion from?

    That’s as ignorant as me saying city people don’t want industry but still want their milk on the table.
    The point I’ve actually been making this morning is stop collectivist-ly grouping country people.
    It’s a pretty big place, and to say “country people want” is moronic.
    However, you were just looking for a niggle, weren’t you Notafan?

  135. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I wouldn’t ride on Italy’s VFT. I can’t think of a softer target than several hundred people going along at 300 kph. Hitting an obstacle at that velocity would be deadly.

    Yes. Cruise ships are another soft target, but at least some efforts are made to screen for trouble.

  136. John Constantine

    Their julia gillard-romanov declared that “We will never even fill the MCG” to progress the one party state objectives.

    Their turnbullites stopped the boats by gifting the concession to fly consumers into australia to the criminals that used to ship them in, creating a vast two million strong imported visa herd cramming into australias cities.

    Their shorten looting cartel will sign the paperwork to give the vote to the twenty odd MCG fulls of voters the one party state flew in on visas.

    Currently, the one party state promises that australias water will be dumped unused out to sea without causing the rewilding of irrigation districts.

    They would say that, wouldn’t they?.

  137. Leigh Lowe

    calli

    #2886279, posted on December 15, 2018 at 10:02 am

    The Croatia thing will be land, not cruise. In late May.

    Unless you have a particular aversion to messing about in boats, the islands are very close.
    Trip to Hvar from Split is about an hour on the ferry.

  138. John Constantine

    should have said ‘turnbull-romanov’ and ‘shorten-romanov’

  139. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Easily accessible tracks are the issue with the VFT. I’m with Bruce of Newk on that.
    Cruise ships too can be rammed by hostile floating objects, but it’s harder to do.

  140. Nick

    Unless you have a particular aversion to messing about in boats, the islands are very close.
    Trip to Hvar from Split is about an hour on the ferry.

    Agree. Korcula and surrounds along with Mjet are my favs.

  141. Notafan

    Mostly freeing up a bucket load of cash, and some white flight if you live in certain suburbs.

    My friend sold a very modest 50s weatherboard on a small block in the mid east for over $900,000 two years ago, country property on a couple of acres in a reasonable sized town for under $500,00 that is a lot of spare change for fun times, iirc they paid less that $100,000 for it.
    Tree change sea change it is a huge opportunity once you are free of work committments.

  142. Myrddin Seren

    You know how it will “work” in OZ. No passengers, ruinious blackhole moneypit and stopping at every siding because “fairness”.

    Dan-the-Man will insist the Melbournabad to the the Victoriastan border be built by China Rail Corporation, as part of his Belt-and-Surrender Agreement with the Han Supremacy.

    Our Glad ( assuming she staggers across the line at the the March election ) will insist the NSW leg goes to whoever Michael Photios tells her it should go to.

    Anna Pallychook will insist the Qld leg be built by an Industry Superfunds/AWU partnership. In a different gauge.

    It will cost four times the NBN-Minitel Class submarines and never be finished.

  143. C.L.

    Church of England announces new sacrament:

    Trans people invited to mark sex change in Church of England.

    The Reverend Dr Tina Beardsley is a retired healthcare chaplain and one of three trans clergy who were consulted on the guidelines.

    She said while herself and many other trans Christians had already taken part in such services informally, for them to be given official endorsement by the Church was significant.

    She told BBC News: “For me the most important thing was actually having this certificate to say that I had renewed my baptism vows and it had my chosen name on it.”

    She said the new guidance would also remove any doubt for clergy leading services.

    However, she expressed disappointment the new guidance stopped short of introducing a specific liturgical form of words to mark transition.

    The guidance, approved by the House of Bishops, will be incorporated into Common Worship.

    The Bishop of Blackburn Julian Henderson, who chairs the House of Bishops delegation committee, said: “We are absolutely clear that everyone is made in the image of God and that all should find a welcome in their parish church.

    “This new guidance provides an opportunity, rooted in scripture, to enable trans people who have come to Christ as the way, the truth and the life, to mark their transition in the presence of their Church family which is the body of Christ.”

  144. DrBeauGan

    rickw
    #2886205, posted on December 15, 2018 at 6:48 am
    IDF and female infantry, ignore the robot voice and watch the review meeting:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iUSFF4NI_Us

    Very instructive, rick. The feminists were shrieking and screaming and frothing, the man was quoting numbers. Ain’t that the way it goes.

    Women in politics degrade the whole business. They should never have been allowed to vote.

    Too late to get back now. We’ve let hysterical whackos into power.

  145. Leo G

    I can’t think of a softer target than several hundred people going along at 300 kph.

    What about several hundred people going along at 300 kph while a metre above ground.

  146. Snoopy

    Brisbane rainageddon update.

    Brisbane city 24 hours to 9.30 am – 3.0 mm.

  147. H B Bear

    Look what popped up in my Google feed. And this lightweight, desiccated attention whore still thinks she can become PM. Meanwhile someone is already making plans to jump ship as soon as she can after thwarting Christian Porters backstop jump into Curtin after he loses his seat next year.

  148. Snoopy

    The Reverend Dr Tina Beardsley

    Previously known as Ted.

  149. struth

    We’ve let hysterical

    virtue signalling

    whackos into power.

    FIFY

  150. Roger

    The Bishop of Blackburn Julian Henderson, who chairs the House of Bishops delegation committee, said: “We are absolutely clear that everyone is made in the image of God…

    Yes, “male and female he created them…”.

  151. Bruce of Newcastle

    What about several hundred people going along at 300 kph while a metre above ground.

    That’s what I meant. Although the other sort had a near miss yesterday:

    Passenger plane left with gaping hole after crashing with drone

    The Boeing 737-800, operated by Mexican airline Aeromexico, suffered a ‘huge hit’ as it came into land at Tijuana International Airport, in Baja California. Workers could then be seen tending to the gaping hole and dents left in the nose of the aircraft.

    It is not yet confirmed what collided the plane, although experts believe the damage is consistent with a drone collision.

    About 1 metre higher and…

  152. H B Bear

    Yes, “male and female he created them…”.

    And sometimes either or. or both, or none. Or so we are told to believe.

  153. Myrddin Seren

    The Reverend Dr Tina Beardsley is a retired healthcare chaplain and one of three trans clergy…..

    Okay – which part of the Book of Revelations is this ?

    Stimpson ??

  154. JC

    This is building code in NYC.

    Apparently, all of the contractors are required to include automobile liability and an umbrella policy in their COI. This is consistent with Lillian’s earlier mark-ups.

    In other words, if you hire a contractor in NYC, you may have liability if he has an accident on the way to work and causes damage – either to him, to others or property.

  155. Eyrie

    According to windy.com the cyclone will cross the east coast and degenerate into a tropical depression until fizzling completely over the next week.

  156. Snoopy

    COI = Certificate of Insurance?

  157. Tel

    Bullshit.
    Where are you drawing that conclusion from?

    Errrr now you mention it, there was that multi-billion dollar NBN thingy which rolled out in New England. You won’t believe the funny coincidence but I think that might have been Tony Windsor’s electorate … gosh … balance of power. Format National Party gentleman isn’t he?

    Totally independent, can be bought by either A or B.

  158. jupes

    Very instructive, rick. The feminists were shrieking and screaming and frothing, the man was quoting numbers. Ain’t that the way it goes.

    To a degree. But note that he didn’t get the numbers from the Army itself – who tried to hide them – he had to go to the ministry. Same with the (male) hierarchy of the ADF, they are the ones pushing this insane fad and hiding the truth.

    I have to ask myself why? What is the point?

  159. C.L.

    Apparently, all of the contractors are required to include automobile liability and an umbrella policy in their COI.

    People should buy their own umbrellas.

  160. Death Giraffe

    In other words, if you hire a contractor in NYC, you may have liability if he has an accident on the way to work and causes damage – either to him, to others or property.

    ..
    Doing anything other than sitting at home playing video games is a signal that you have money.
    A whole machine then moves into place to bilk you of as much as possible.
    For God’s sake, don’t try to do anything substantial, like build something new.

  161. JC

    COI = Certificate of Insurance?

    I think so. I have a computer full of acronyms as a result of this fucking thing. The cloud is 50% filled with emails going back and forth about this renno. Luckily the US is very state based, so I doubt construction is so oppressive in places like Texas.

  162. Myrddin Seren

    It is not yet confirmed what collided the plane, although experts believe the damage is consistent with a drone collision.

    Gen Playstation ISIS techies have been really getting their eye in dropping mortar shells on ground targets.

    ( Sorry about the Hindi news service – this is the first good example I could find )

    Going to be a damn sight cheaper and easier to acquire drones and load them with HE than smuggle shoulder-launched AA missiles in to Western countries.

    Expect an upsurge in flight sim games while they practice tracking and intercepting jets on take-off or landing.

  163. JC

    Snoopy

    I was actually ready to pull the plug of the whole fucking thing and sell out – calling it a lesson learned if I didn’t get approval by the end of the year. They’re starting Monday.

  164. bespoke

    That’s as ignorant as me saying city people don’t want industry but still want their milk on the table.

    But its true! 🙂

  165. Notafan

    Did you read what Tel wrote struth?

    or the article by the Guardianista?

    Chan says country people want jobs, “they want infrastructure, they want the access to education and broadband services that city people have” — high schools that offer two-unit maths, and hospitals where you can get cancer treatment and have a baby — but they “feel they have no sway over government”.

    I thought not.

  166. JC

    Mueller and the other D’rats could be in a whole lot of trouble with this judge.

    Former national security adviser Mike Flynn a year ago pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Mr. Flynn’s defense team this week filed a sentencing memo to Judge Emmet Sullivan that contained explosive new information about the Flynn-FBI meeting in January 2017.

    It was arranged by then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who personally called Mr. Flynn on other business, then suggested he sit down with two agents to clear up the Russia question. Mr. McCabe urged Mr. Flynn to conduct the interview with no lawyer present—to make things easier.

    The agents (including the infamous Peter Strzok) showed up within two hours. They had already decided not to inform Mr. Flynn that they had transcripts of his conversations or give him the standard warning against lying to the FBI. They wanted him “relaxed” and “unguarded.” Former Director James Comey this weekend bragged on MSNBC that he would never have “gotten away” with such a move in a more “organized” administration.

    The whole thing stinks of entrapment, though the curious question was how the Flynn defense team got the details. The court filing refers to a McCabe memo written the day of the 2017 meeting, as well as an FBI summary—known as a 302—of the Flynn interview. These are among documents congressional Republicans have been fighting to obtain for more than a year, only to be stonewalled by the Justice Department. Now we know why the department didn’t want them public.

    They have come to light thanks to a man who knows well how men like Messrs. Mueller and Comey operate: Judge Sullivan. He sits on the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, and as he wrote for the Journal last year, he got a “wake-up call” in 2008 while overseeing the trial of then-Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska. Judge Sullivan ultimately assigned a lawyer to investigate Justice Department misconduct.

    The investigator’s report found prosecutors had engaged in deliberate and repeated ethical violations, withholding key evidence from the defense. It also excoriated the FBI for failing to write up 302s and for omitting key facts from those it did write. The head of the FBI was Mr. Mueller.

    Judge Sullivan has since made it his practice to begin every case with a Brady order, which reminds prosecutors of their constitutional obligation to provide the defense with any exculpatory evidence. On Dec. 12, 2017, days after being assigned the Flynn case, Judge Sullivan issued such an order, instructing Mr. Mueller’s team to turn over “any evidence in its possession that is favorable to defendant and material either to defendant’s guilt or punishment.” Had any other judge drawn the case, we likely would never have seen these details of the FBI’s behavior.

    It’s clear that something has concerned the judge—who likely sees obvious parallels to the Stevens case. The media was predicting a quick ruling in the Flynn case. Instead, Judge Sullivan issued new orders Wednesday, demanding to see for himself the McCabe memo and the Flynn 302. He also ordered the special counsel to hand over by Friday any other documents relevant to the Flynn-FBI meeting.

    Given his history with the FBI, the judge may also have some questions about the curious date on the Flynn 302—Aug. 22, 2017, seven months after the interview. Texts from Mr. Strzok and testimony from Mr. Comey both suggest the 302 was written long before then. Was the 302 edited in the interim? If so, by whom, and at whose direction? FBI officials initially testified to Congress that the agents did not think Mr. Flynn had lied.

    Judges have the ability to reject plea deals and require a prosecutor to make a case at trial. The criminal-justice system isn’t only about holding defendants accountable; trials also provide oversight of investigators and their tactics. And judges are not obliged to follow prosecutors’ sentencing recommendations.

    No one knows how Judge Sullivan will rule. His reputation is for being no-nonsense, a straight shooter, an advocate of government transparency. Whatever the outcome, he has done the nation a favor by using his Brady order to hold prosecutors to some account and allow the country a glimpse at how federal law enforcement operates. Which is the very least the country can expect.

  167. Notafan

    Why bother with oh me oh mying about VFT

    Have your forgotten 9/11?

    Or even Strasbourg?

  168. From the Olde Fredde:
    Muddy:

    One means for the Australian Conservatives to gain free publicity would be to initiate a conflict, as I suggested at the tail end of the previous page. They need to use the feral media to their advantage, rather than the other way around, as is normally the case with conservative politics in this country.

    We know, with an almost Dreadful Certainty ™️, that there will be a power outage of major dimensions in the near future. AC need to be positioning themselves for advantage by having a platform of building HELE coal plants in every state as a matter of urgency. They also need to be sheeting home the blame to the renewable scam.

  169. Boambee John

    Giraffe at 1024

    If our current cabal of technocrats

    Oi! They are the fascist solution to government that m0nty favours. Surely you are not suggesting that this is a less than perfect solution?

    m0nty, get in here and defend government by fascist technocrats.

  170. Rae

    Morrison doing the old move the embassy to Jerusalem some time down the track thing.
    God, this bloke is worse than Turnbull.

    There is no downside for Shorten in this. He can just ignore it until after the election, then reverse it when he’s Prime Minister and Plibersek is Foreign Minister.

  171. Myrddin Seren

    It is a day ending in “Y” and

    Labor names candidates in two by-elections

    SA Unions secretary Joe Szakacs has been chosen as the Labor candidate to stand for the seat of Cheltenham in the South Australian parliament which is to be vacated by former Premier Jay Weatherill.

    Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas… has also confirmed lawyer Andrea Michaels as the Labor candidate for Enfield to replace the retiring former deputy premier John Rau.

    Kim Beazley Sr:

    “When I joined the Labor Party, it contained the cream of the working class. But as I look about me now all I see are the dregs of the middle class. And what I want to know is when you middle class perverts are going to stop using the Labor Party as a spiritual spitoon.”

  172. Rae

    Cruise ships are another soft target

    Nope. Absolutely not.

  173. struth

    Errrr now you mention it, there was that multi-billion dollar NBN thingy which rolled out in New England. You won’t believe the funny coincidence but I think that might have been Tony Windsor’s electorate … gosh … balance of power. Format National Party gentleman isn’t he?

    Totally independent, can be bought by either A or B.

    Agree entirely.
    What’s that got to do with country people’s views?

  174. JC

    Hey, you’d really have to be a loser in life, if you couldn’t score a leg over with this.

    I was going to say, the Ferrari in the air, but it’s actually like a traveling motor home when you think about it.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/7966948/boeing-777x-private-airliner-300-million-inside/

  175. Baldrick

    Good that ScoMo has recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    Good in what sense?
    He’s backed down again.
    Stupid.Fucking. Stand.For.Nothing.Liberals

  176. Death Giraffe

    Oi! They are the fascist solution to government that m0nty favours.

    ..
    We are probably beyond saving.
    But if we were to be saved, it would be by an end to compulsion.
    An end to both compulsory voting and compulsory “education”.
    And the massive de-funding of education, politics, media and industry that would ensue.

    With government unable to fund and enable the indoctrination and control systems, the money to corrupt political parties would evaporate.
    So too would the money to employ an army of dis-information whores in media.

  177. JC

    Which got me thinking. Gools, do you think you’d be able to get a leg over with one of those?

  178. Senile Old Guy

    Morrison doing the old move the embassy to Jerusalem some time down the track thing. God, this bloke is worse than Turnbull.

    Correct. Every time the LNP changes leader, it’s for a worse option. Ever more left wing, except for Morrison who appears to have no political principles at all.

  179. Nick

    AC need to be positioning themselves for advantage by having a platform

    This bit alone says it all.

  180. JC

    God, she’s going to be good value for the next couple of years or so.

    Nancy Pelosi says building a wall is immoral

    Eggactly, tell the punters it’s immoral to keep illegals out of the country. Way to go, Nance.

  181. struth

    Did you read what Tel wrote struth?

    or the article by the Guardianista?

    Chan says country people want jobs, “they want infrastructure, they want the access to education and broadband services that city people have” — high schools that offer two-unit maths, and hospitals where you can get cancer treatment and have a baby — but they “feel they have no sway over government”.

    I thought not.

    FMD.
    Yes I did.
    Did you read what I wrote in response to a dunderhead journalist who basically moved to a hobby farm, tree change area for cashed up Canberra public servants, and old entitled money farming aristocracy?
    Not all farmers are the same.
    Not all country people are the same.

    She’s about as country as a Sydney taxi driver.

    She hasn’t got a fucking clue about the country.

  182. Mak Siccar

    From my earlier post at 8.50am on the article in today’s Oz.

    The best comment IMHO with which I heartily agree:

    Hadyn
    4 HOURS AGO
    I haven’t read the book, but the city and regional divide may be partly explained by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

    The city has everything. It is no longer concerned with those that don’t. It is filled with fundamentally selfish people who, having got all their needs satisfied, now turn to “higher order problems” otherwise known as first world problems. Their quest for self-actualisation, and sense of “making a difference” inflates the significance of their pet issues, because they really don’t have any other problems.

    The idea that two blokes getting “married” is a serious issue with which to be concerned; or that we really should concern ourselves with Stan’s right to be Loretta; or whether we should give some people an extra voice to parliament because of their DNA, or that morally, we should stop digging up and exporting the fuel that employs thousands, earns us billions and has lifted much of the world out of poverty (and is continuing to do so), is just a sad joke to those outside the cities.

    Putting a roof over our heads, keeping the lights and heating on, providing jobs and careers – a future – to our children; being able to hold to our beliefs and values that have helped us endure through the centuries; these are the concerns of those of us outside the city.

    It is a shame those sorts of issues don’t resonate with the high minded, more intent on “saving the world from global warming”. The sneering sanctimony of those who deign to tell us how to live our lives, that we must sacrifice at their altar, is galling and frankly obscene.

  183. Nick

    Nancy Pelosi says building a wall is immoral

    How do they justify the customs lines at LAX and JFK?

  184. Roger

    The sneering sanctimony of those who deign to tell us how to live our lives, that we must sacrifice at their altar, is galling and frankly obscene.

    Well said, that man!

  185. OldOzzie

    meanwhile someone with a bit of Sense/Brains

    Egyptian President: Migrants Must ‘Abide by Laws, Customs, Traditions, and Culture’ of the West

    Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has urged migrants to “completely abide by the laws, customs, traditions, and culture” of the countries they move to, or — better yet — to work on making their home countries worth staying in.

    “Every country has the right to protect its people and their interests,” the Arab leader told the World Youth Forum in Sharm-el-Sheikh, explaining that Western countries had the right to uphold human rights “in a framework that preserves [their] national interests.”

    The former army general told his audience in no uncertain terms: “[I]f you go to another country as a guest, you must completely abide by its laws, customs, traditions and culture. You must abide by them completely. If you are not willing to do this, don’t go” — advice which would have provoked outrage from the left-liberal commentariat had been issued by a Western leader.

    “Instead of asking me why countries [in the West] close their gates to us, you should ask yourself why the people of Afghanistan don’t take better care of their own country. Why have they been killing one another for 40 years? he continued provocatively.

    “This happens in other countries as well – in Pakistan, in Egypt, in Syria, in Libya, in Iraq, in Yemen, and in Somalia. We fight amongst ourselves in our own countries, and then we expect countries that work day and night to achieve progress to protect their people and to maintain a certain standard of living for them — we demand that they let us in so we can have part of their [success],” he added.


    “Do you expect them to open their doors so that we can go there demanding to keep our own culture?”

    Al-Sisi chided migrants who “demand to go [to the West] with your culture which you consider to be non-negotiable. You say, ‘this is how we are and you must accept us [because of] human rights’. No.”

    “Don’t expect them to open the door for you so you can go into their country and cause trouble. No.”

  186. mh

    Brisbane rainageddon update.

    Brisbane city 24 hours to 9.30 am – 3.0 mm.

    Is BCC handing out sandbags yet?

  187. struth

    The best comment IMHO with which I heartily agree:

    Yep.
    That’s why I often use the term “insulated”

    It’s never an inner city lefty dying on a potholed goat track driving a truck with his milk, and cherry tomatoes and bree in from the country.
    It’s never an inner city green that seems to have power outages.
    Strange about that.
    It’s never the insulated inner city green who works underground in the mines at the coal face so that he can turn on his airconditioner.
    He’s a parasite faculty member of a University dribbling shit he knows nothing about, and causing disasters that he never has to deal with…………………………………………………..yet.

  188. Roger

    Macron Had Helicopter on Standby to Escape Presidential Palace During Protests

    After reading the generals’ letter I thought to myself “I wonder if he has an escape plan?”

    But then, who would give him asylum…the Germans?

    A fitting end.

    Let us pray…

  189. Ivan Denisovich

    From Battle of Britain to this:

    ‘Daring’ Boys, ‘Caring’ Girls Banned from UK Ads in ‘Harmful Stereotypes’ Crackdown

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/12/14/stereotypes-banned-uk-ads-harmful/

  190. Bruce of Newcastle

    I had to do a little maintenance, so I thought I’d take a peek while I was at it…

    NOT happy!

    Sorry kid.

  191. Rae

    Nancy Pelosi says building a wall is immoral

    How do they justify the customs lines at LAX and JFK?

    What’s to justify? They are no different to the queues at the 48 official border crossings that already exist on the US/Mexio border.

  192. Senile Old Guy

    Their ABC:

    How to practise safe sexting

    We pay a billion for this.

  193. Empire 5:5

    Ah, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The FBI’s favorite lovebirds. It’s such a shame that their fairytale romance was spoiled by a bunch of right-wing conspiracy theorists, the fact that they sent a bunch of politically inflammatory texts regarding individuals they were investigating and the fact that they were both were married to other people. True love really is dead.

    However, if you want to see the dying embers of that ill-starred fling, I have some good news: over 20,000 more “lost” texts from them have been uncovered thus far. So, if they’re ever declassified, you can see even more of Strzok and Page than you’ve already seen. The amour. The chills. The incessant calls to “stop” Trump.

    https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/get-ready-fireworks-insp-gen-s-office-recovers-20k-previously-lost-strzok-page-texts/

    Sec. 1.7. Classification Prohibitions and Limitations. (a) In no case shall
    information be classified, continue to be maintained as classified, or fail
    to be declassified in order to:

    (1) conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error;
    (2) prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency;

    EO13256. Thank you Traitor44.

  194. John Constantine

    In australia, the new one party state chain of resposibility legislation, started by ruddfilth, escalated under their turnbullites and poised to be used by shorten to wipe out all trucking businesses that do not donate to the filth and employ unionised workforces looks like this.

    https://www.bigrigs.com.au/news/its-your-responsibility-5-ways-stay-cor-compliant/3580305/

    If you hire a truck to cart something, you must be able to prove that it is a perfect truck, and that you inspected the truck and driver before it left your place, and that you took steps to discover it was compliant before you hired it to drive to your place.

    If you are not qualified to inspect the truck and driver, you are guilty of criminal neglect for not being trained in compliance.

    No offence need occur for successful prosecution, simply having your property entered, unwarranted, by the State, and having non-compliant machinery and paperwork discovered is a crimescene.

  195. Nick

    The NYT has an anti Trump article blaming him for destroying Obama’s White House food practices! Then has this:

    A number of chefs said that although the Trumps might not be asking, they feared the backlash from liberal patrons if they turned up in Mr. Trump’s kitchen. “I don’t know a chef in their right mind who would cook in this White House,” said Dan Barber, the chef and co-owner of Blue Hill in New York and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County in New York, and who served on Mr. Obama’s fitness commission

    It’s still all Trump’s fault.

  196. John Constantine

    ” WHEN strict amendments to existing Chain of Responsibility (CoR) requirements came into effect in October, the toughest penalties in history were also introduced.

    Individuals who breach the new National Standard will now face up to five years jail time and/or a $300,000 fine, with companies risking fines of up to $3million. And directors, managers and company partners are now considered individually responsible for any breaches – even if the vehicle hasn’t hit the road yet. “

  197. Senile Old Guy

    The majority of 500 advertisers surveyed admitted to prioritising so-called diversity above market relevance with the insertion of same-sex couples and non-traditional families into campaigns even when doing so clashed with their brand identity. In addition, half of advertisers in Britain had reported using fewer white actors in their commercial spots, asserting that the demographic no longer represented “modern society”.

    In other words, the majority of the advertisers are going to p*ss off most of the population for PC bullsh*t.

  198. Notafan

    Iff you arrive by plane, road or boat at an official crossing you should be subject to scrutiny, hold a visa, passport etc but you cross the border anywhere else wit is perfectly fine to avoid that?

    Building a wall tends to force people to use official crossings does it not?

  199. John Constantine

    Once their shorten looting regime seizes power and does the branch stacking of the voteherds to lock in decades of election victories, safe trucks will be the crony payback for the crony dobors of the truck unions and the truck companies.

    wipe out the competition to donors will be the crony model of the shorten looting cartel.

    Then the same legislation for farm machinery. New machinery, no home mechanics, no old stuff, refusing to co-operate with all your heart and soul is a thoughtcrime.

    Comrades.

  200. Rae

    both were married to other people. True love really is dead.

    No !?? Surely not? The PGiC and Melania? Yes, yes, they were. Marla Maples probably thought true love was dead, if it was ever alive for her. And Celina Midelfart too?

  201. Bruce of Newcastle

    The NYT has an anti Trump article blaming him for destroying Obama’s White House food practices!

    That is awesome in view of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed and her totalitarian approach to cuisine.
    Pelosi also has form.
    Maybe congresscritters will have to start a black market in sugar and salt too.

  202. Rae

    OK. My bad. The Slovenian woman apparently wasn’t married before.

  203. Zatara

    “…..note that he didn’t get the numbers from the Army itself – who tried to hide them – he had to go to the ministry. Same with the (male) hierarchy of the ADF, they are the ones pushing this insane fad and hiding the truth.

    I have to ask myself why? What is the point?”

    Unfortunately, the point is that during peacetime senior military personnel don’t become senior by being great warriors. They become senior by sucking up to politicians and the winds of popularity.

    They are also keenly aware that they won’t be in the military forever and keep a weather eye out for not aggravating possible future employers (or opportunities to ingratiate themselves to them).

    The civil serpents in the ministry on the other hand are in protected sinecures so face nearly no consequences for being truthful and occasionally they have the motivation to do so.

  204. twostix

    Church of England announces new sacrament:

    Trans people invited to mark sex change in Church of England.

    So that whole thing was worthwhile.

    A church started by a serial killer ends with degenerate trannies and homos running it. I bet nobody at all predicted that at the time.

  205. Tel

    She’s about as country as a Sydney taxi driver.

    She hasn’t got a fucking clue about the country.

    Neither do I have a clue about the country … but I do get to see the people they vote for.

    I can tell you, the country people are not sending us their best.

    If the City of Sydney needs to take the blame for Lee Rhiannon (and there’s no one else to blame) then I’m buggered if I’m going to stand back and not bag the shit out of the people who voted for Windsor, Oakshottte and “Backdoor” Barnaby. There’s blame to go around buddy … sing ya song about that.

  206. Notafan

    The city has everything. It is no longer concerned with those that don’t.

    Putting a roof over our heads, keeping the lights and heating on, providing jobs and careers – a future – to our children; being able to hold to our beliefs and values that have helped us endure through the centuries; these are the concerns of those of us outside the city.

    And that is the same concern of most families that live in cities you nincompoop

    ‘the city’ is not the people that inhabit it

    the 7 geriatrics I saw lying on gurneys (or sitting in a wheelchair) waiting for hours to be admitted to hospital didn’t look like they had everything.

    The poor that wait for 12 months or more for ‘elective’ surgery don’t look like they have everything

    my friend living in a caravan park until he was evicted with more than half of his income spent on rent for a tiny stinking hot dogbox didn’t look like he had everything either

    Country people in a first world country like Australia are not the new have nots and to pretend that they are is specious

    As for country people not being all the same and not all city people being the same -lol it is good to see you finally agree with me struth

    Anyone that thinks the role of government is to give them stuff is a 100% lose cause and the root of our currents problems

    They are the ones who will take us over the edge of the abyss

  207. John Constantine

    ” 5. Consistently ensure you’re ticking every box

    New CoR laws require heavy vehicle owners to maintain full visibility on the condition of their fleet at all times – and missing just one step could result in severe punishment. One simple way to ensure you’re ticking every box is to use iAuditor’s mobile-ready, easy-to-use checklists, which are designed to comply with new CoR requirements.

    With iAuditor, heavy vehicle owners can:

    Create customised inspection templates to help identify, assess, evaluate and control risk.
    Schedule and assign inspections across multiple locations.
    Report in real-time and generate and share PDF’s.
    Document and assign actions.

    Need a reminder?
    Download a free ‘Are you Breach Proof?’ poster for your office

    Make sure you and your team avoid these severe penalties by hanging our ‘Are you Breach Proof?’ poster where your team can see it. ”

    Once the one party state decides that electric vehicles are the go, then chain of responsibility will be introduced for petrol and diesel cars, to make sure they are safe, and to make sure the emissions are compliant with progressing totalitarianism.

    Comrades.

  208. Snoopy

    “The OIG forensically recovered thousands of text messages from FBI mobile devices issued to Strzok and Page through its multiple extraction efforts.

    “Approximately 9,311 text messages were recovered from Strzok’s S5 (Samsung),” the report read. “Approximately 10,760 text messages were recovered from Page’s S5.”

    Oh dear, Team Mueller is not so clever after all. This is a BAD omen.

    The dimmer twins, Monty and Rae, will be gutted. Expect blizzards of distraction squirrels.

  209. calli

    Watching the ABC “news” for the first time in aeons. Wall to wall Trumpetty Trump Trump and Climate Horror. Plus a bit on the Indo’s reaction to consulate move to Jerusalem.

    Worth every penny.

  210. JC

    They are no different to the queues at the 48 official border crossings that already exist on the US/Mexio border.

    LOl

  211. Notafan

    Yes Tel

    Who gave us Cath McGowan?

  212. Helen

    That gaia (97% of scientists and sinking islands are fact – apparently) minister Chris was talking to was an import. She is a kiwi.

  213. OldOzzie

    Checking Robert Mueller

    The sentencing judge brings to light dodgy FBI conduct in the Mike Flynn case.

    By Kimberley A. Strassel WSJ

    Robert Mueller has operated for 19 months as a law unto himself, reminding us of the awesome and destructive powers of special counsels. About the only possible check on Mr. Mueller is a judge who is wise to the tricks of prosecutors and investigators. Good news: That’s what we got this week.

    Former national security adviser Mike Flynn a year ago pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Mr. Flynn’s defense team this week filed a sentencing memo to Judge Emmet Sullivan that contained explosive new information about the Flynn-FBI meeting in January 2017.

    It was arranged by then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who personally called Mr. Flynn on other business, then suggested he sit down with two agents to clear up the Russia question. Mr. McCabe urged Mr. Flynn to conduct the interview with no lawyer present—to make things easier.

    The agents (including the infamous Peter Strzok) showed up within two hours. They had already decided not to inform Mr. Flynn that they had transcripts of his conversations or give him the standard warning against lying to the FBI. They wanted him “relaxed” and “unguarded.” Former Director James Comey this weekend bragged on MSNBC that he would never have “gotten away” with such a move in a more “organized” administration.

    The whole thing stinks of entrapment, though the curious question was how the Flynn defense team got the details. The court filing refers to a McCabe memo written the day of the 2017 meeting, as well as an FBI summary—known as a 302—of the Flynn interview. These are among documents congressional Republicans have been fighting to obtain for more than a year, only to be stonewalled by the Justice Department. Now we know why the department didn’t want them public.

    They have come to light thanks to a man who knows well how men like Messrs. Mueller and Comey operate: Judge Sullivan. He sits on the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, and as he wrote for the Journal last year, he got a “wake-up call” in 2008 while overseeing the trial of then-Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska. Judge Sullivan ultimately assigned a lawyer to investigate Justice Department misconduct.

    The investigator’s report found prosecutors had engaged in deliberate and repeated ethical violations, withholding key evidence from the defense. It also excoriated the FBI for failing to write up 302s and for omitting key facts from those it did write. The head of the FBI was Mr. Mueller.

    Judge Sullivan has since made it his practice to begin every case with a Brady order, which reminds prosecutors of their constitutional obligation to provide the defense with any exculpatory evidence. On Dec. 12, 2017, days after being assigned the Flynn case, Judge Sullivan issued such an order, instructing Mr. Mueller’s team to turn over “any evidence in its possession that is favorable to defendant and material either to defendant’s guilt or punishment.” Had any other judge drawn the case, we likely would never have seen these details of the FBI’s behavior.

    It’s clear that something has concerned the judge—who likely sees obvious parallels to the Stevens case. The media was predicting a quick ruling in the Flynn case. Instead, Judge Sullivan issued new orders Wednesday, demanding to see for himself the McCabe memo and the Flynn 302. He also ordered the special counsel to hand over by Friday any other documents relevant to the Flynn-FBI meeting.

    Given his history with the FBI, the judge may also have some questions about the curious date on the Flynn 302—Aug. 22, 2017, seven months after the interview. Texts from Mr. Strzok and testimony from Mr. Comey both suggest the 302 was written long before then. Was the 302 edited in the interim? If so, by whom, and at whose direction? FBI officials initially testified to Congress that the agents did not think Mr. Flynn had lied.

    Judges have the ability to reject plea deals and require a prosecutor to make a case at trial. The criminal-justice system isn’t only about holding defendants accountable; trials also provide oversight of investigators and their tactics. And judges are not obliged to follow prosecutors’ sentencing recommendations.

    No one knows how Judge Sullivan will rule. His reputation is for being no-nonsense, a straight shooter, an advocate of government transparency. Whatever the outcome, he has done the nation a favor by using his Brady order to hold prosecutors to some account and allow the country a glimpse at how federal law enforcement operates. Which is the very least the country can expect.

  214. dover_beach

    Trans people invited to mark sex change in Church of England.

    Words fail.

  215. JC

    Can I make an observation. I can’t see how Trump clears his way through this legal morass, the American left are putting him through, without it impacting on his presidency. I think there’s a possibility the markets historical volatility could be suggesting his presidency is on the decline. I sincerely hope I’m wrong.

    They are going after him from every single angle in the book – and they’ve even added pages to the book.

    It’s not a prediction as much as a fear. I’ve never seen anything, or even imagined anything like it. It’s hard to contemplate the psychological pressure he must be under.

  216. Helen

    calli, make sure you catch a taxi home in Dubrovnik

    Britt Lapthorne – and others.

  217. Dr Fred Lenin

    Notafan. Only one VFT in the world ,but this is Australia mate , the home of the. Best overpaid overconfident inept politicians in the world they will make a world famous VFT, ,Built at astronomical cost ,making NDIS look like petty cash ,with the most stops per 100km and the fewest passengers,the most staff and the lowesr earnings ,the most breakdowns due to cost cutting by the Chinese builders . It will owever convey politicians and public servants in extreme luxury and comfort with complimentary tickets , oh yes !It would be world renowned as ,”this is how not to build a VFT” and “dont get the Chinese to build anything for you “.

  218. lotocoti

    I’ll take asked and answered for $500, Alex.

  219. Death Giraffe

    Can I make an observation. I can’t see how Trump clears his way through this legal morass, the American left are putting him through, without it impacting on his presidency. I think there’s a possibility the markets historical volatility could be suggesting his presidency is on the decline. I sincerely hope I’m wrong.

    ..
    He is done.
    One term president or at best a lame duck with a second term without the house and senate.

  220. Ivan Denisovich

    China and India, ranked first and third globally in greenhouse gas emissions, are planning to build coal-fired plants at home and in other countries to bring electrification to the developing world and to continue to grow their economies. While both countries have ratified the Paris climate agreement, they will continue to do what their populations need with respect to power generation and will also continue constructing coal-fired plants around the world.

    Book the next flight to Beijing, Greta:

    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/blogs/tim-blair/little-greta-bossyberg-heroine-of-authoritarian-girl-children-everywhere/news-story/40956f1a608b630ae95896308b742181

  221. John Constantine

    “Huang Yongzhen, the CEO of Watrix, said that its system can identify people from up to 165ft away, even with their back turned or face covered.

    This can fill a gap in facial recognition, which needs close-up, high-resolution images of a person’s face to work.

    ‘You don’t need people’s cooperation for us to be able to recognize their identity,’ Huang said in an interview in his Beijing office.

    ‘Gait analysis can’t be fooled by simply limping, walking with splayed feet or hunching over, because we’re analyzing all the features of an entire body.'”

  222. mh

    They are going after him from every single angle in the book – and they’ve even added pages to the book.

    JC, this is definitely worth watching. It’s from 2007, and will give a sense of exactly what Donald Trump interrupted.

  223. Death Giraffe

    This is the danger in voting for one goodish man to fix everything.
    Instead you have to build the atmosphere where even shit men have to do goodish things.

  224. Snoopy

    They are going after him from every single angle in the book – and they’ve even added pages to the book.

    Trump should declassify everything that has anything to do with Clinton’s corruption and Russian collusion dating back to the Obama White House ‘Stop Trump’ campaign. Blow everything up.

  225. vr

    Obamacare ruled unconstitutional…by a judge in Texas.

  226. John Constantine

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6357013/Chinese-gait-recognition-tech-IDs-people-walk.html

    The Tyrant for life of all the chicoms can reach his hand out to just about all australian security cameras.

    He doesn’t have to sell gait recognition technology to the supposed australian owners of the cameras, but if he had the ability to run surveillance artificial intelligence gait recognition scans piggybacking on the camera feeds paid for by others, then why wouldn’t he?.

    We will be all so much happier, when we all just comply with Tyranny, eternal, global and allpowerfull tyranny.

    Comrades.

  227. Empire 5:5

    JC
    #2886434, posted on December 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm
    Can I make an observation. I can’t see how Trump clears his way through this legal morass, the American left are putting him through, without it impacting on his presidency. I think there’s a possibility the markets historical volatility could be suggesting his presidency is on the decline. I sincerely hope I’m wrong.

    They are going after him from every single angle in the book – and they’ve even added pages to the book.

    It’s not a prediction as much as a fear. I’ve never seen anything, or even imagined anything like it. It’s hard to contemplate the psychological pressure he must be under.

    All predicted and planned for. No sane person expected the bad guys to walk out of DC with their hands in the air waving white flags. The stakes are incredibly high for powerful bad actors.

    He’s comfy. Keep calm and covfefe.

  228. Safety regs for AWU wukkas means that a new AU VFT would be speed limited to 30kph

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