Open Forum: December 22, 2018

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  1. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    49s
    Mitch, use the Nuclear Option and get it done! Our Country is counting on you!

    Nuclear Option I believe refers to getting the funding bill passed in the Senate with a majority only, not the 60 votes. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  2. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    6s
    Thank you
    @SteveDaines
    for being willing to go with the so-called nuclear option in order to win on DESPERATELY NEEDED Border Security! Have my total support.

  3. zyconoclast

    Kerrie Batty was unavailable for comment

    Women in Latin America Are Being Murdered at Record Rates

    Latin America has the highest homicide rate in the world. The region’s most-murderous corner—the so-called Northern Triangle of Central America, including El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala—annually registers the deaths of thousands of young men who shoot, stab, bludgeon and asphyxiate each other, often in gang-related violence.

    Now, the Northern Triangle is turning deadly for women, too.

    El Salvador, a tiny country of 6 million, has seen homicides of women more than double since 2013 to 469 last year. The death rate per 100,000 women, at 13.5, is more than six times that of the U.S., with Honduras and Guatemala close behind.

    Gang violence has turbocharged the problem here, but doesn’t explain all of it. Women die disproportionately at the hands of men throughout much of Latin America. From Mexico to Brazil, episodes of lethal domestic violence are frequent staples on social media and television.

  4. zyconoclast

    ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Fact Check: Was Queen Elizabeth’s Ambassador Actually Black?

    Rourke told TheWrap that colorblind casting a period drama was important to her, because of the many years black and other people of color were left out of such portrayals and films.
    “I was really clear, I would not direct an all-white period drama,” Rourke said.

  5. zyconoclast

    Federal judge orders trial over census citizenship question

    A federal judge Wednesday rejected a request from the Trump administration to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its addition of a question regarding citizenship to the 2020 census.

    U.S. District Court Judge George J. Hazel’s ruling paves the way for a trial in January to determine if the question is constitutional.

    “The parties will be permitted to present evidence outside of the administrative record at trial; The defense will be permitted to argue at the close of trial that such evidence should not be considered in the Court’s final decision,” Hazel wrote in his decision.

    Latino and Asian-American groups filed the original suit in May claiming that the question would disenfranchise minority residents who are not citizens and lead to underrepresentation in Congress and unfair allocation of federal funds to communities of color.

    That suit, one of several challenging the Trump administration’s decision to add the question to the census, was combined with another lawsuit by a group of individuals from Maryland and Arizona making similar claims.

    “This case needs to go to public trial; characteristically, the Trump administration has obfuscated and outright lied about its motivation to add a citizenship question,” Thomas A. Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s president and general counsel, said in a statement. “Its decision to add the question serves a barely-concealed white nationalist agenda, and sacrifices the centuries-long integrity of the Census to that deplorable service.”

    While the Census Bureau eliminated a question on citizenship after the 1950 census, the Justice Department last year said such a question was again necessary to help it enforce the Voting Rights Act.

  6. Davey Boy

    “Reconciliation Australia (RA) is currently running a workplace barometer survey to monitor reconciliation in the workplace”
    “Welcome to the Reconciliation Australia workplace survey”

    Question 9:
    “How would you describe the level of prejudice in Australia between people of Anglo-Celtic cultural heritage and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Isander Australians”?

    How peculiarly specific. What are they looking for I wonder? As a descendant of the Normans, I feel a bit disenfranchised by this survey.

    https://www.reconciliation.org.au/reconciliation-action-plans/

  7. Mark A

    knew the new open forum was due and still missed podium.

  8. mh

    Sarah Sanders has just been on Fox and Friends stating that the nuclear option should indeed be used if necessary to get the Bill through the Senate.

    It’s only 5 billion dollars for the wall that is in the spending bill, just shows how much the Democrats hate America.

  9. triggered

    El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala

    Good, solid Christian countries.

  10. zyconoclast

    Trump’s J3ws

    These Loyalists Have Changed American Politics (For Better or Worse)
    Sheldon Adelson, Michael Cohen, David Friedman, Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller, Steven Mnuchin, Ivanka Trump

    Ever since Jimmy Carter served in the White House, every presidential administration has appointed a high-level official to serve as the authorized liaison with America’s organized J3wish community.

    Until the Trump administration, where, for nearly two years now, the position has been left vacant. And why not? President Trump probably believes he doesn’t need someone to tell him what the J3wish community thinks and needs. He can just ask his daughter and son-in-law, his administration officials, his (onetime) lawyer and his biggest financial donor.

    Never before have J3ws enjoyed this sort of access to raw political power in Washington. But, as we saw in 2018, never before have the powerful been so removed politically, religiously and demographically from the majority of American J3ws.

  11. triggered

    Speaking of good Christians, what’s George Christensen been up to lately?

  12. mh

    Never before have J3ws enjoyed this sort of access to raw political power in Washington. But, as we saw in 2018, never before have the powerful been so removed politically, religiously and demographically from the majority of American J3ws.

    Yeah, it’s not like Alan Greenspan, Paul Wolfowitz, Kissinger, etc ever had the ear of Washington.

  13. rickw

    “Reconciliation Australia (RA) is currently running a workplace barometer survey to monitor reconciliation in the workplace”
    “Welcome to the Reconciliation Australia workplace survey”

    Like surveying how much unicorn poop you find on the photocopier each morning.

  14. mh

    Trump backs call to nuke filibuster in drive to pass border wall $$, as shutdown looms

    Video of Trump speaking on border security.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-backs-call-to-nuke-filibuster-in-drive-to-pass-border-wall-as-shutdown-looms

  15. C.L.

    In surprising news …

    Doctor Who ratings plunge after Jodie Whittaker takes over with PC plots.

    DOCTOR Who has lost a quarter of its viewers as many blast “politically correct” storylines since Jodie Whittaker entered the Tardis…

    Producers, under new boss Chris Chibnall, have opted to tackle issues such as racism as Jodie, 36, travelled back to meet civil rights icon Rosa Parks in the US in 1955.

    Next week they have British Imperialism in their sights in 1947 India.

    And the latest episode explored gender with a pregnant man giving birth.

  16. Mark A

    C.L.
    #2890472, posted on December 22, 2018 at 1:40 am

    In surprising news …

    Doctor Who ratings plunge after Jodie Whittaker takes over with PC plots.

    So, 2 million viewers jut realised what a crap show it has become?

    I stopped watching it when Baker finished as the Dr.
    Watched it on and of for a time but it was never the same again.
    They have tinkered it to death.

  17. Nob

    Old Dr Who was shite.

    New one with Christopher Ecclestone was OK for a few seasons.
    Once my kids left home, I stopped watching.

  18. Mark A

    Nob
    #2890474, posted on December 22, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Old Dr Who was shite.

    New one with Christopher Ecclestone was OK for a few seasons.
    Once my kids left home, I stopped watching.

    Stopped watching it way before him.

    ———————–
    Old Dr Who was shite.

    Opinions are like ar…eholes, everyone has them.

  19. stackja

    Solstice at 9:23am.
    Climate change?

  20. stackja

    Telegraph story – solitude is a problem for teens.
    I ask how about reading a book?

  21. Tom

    Paul Zanetti’s year in review: Greenfilth.

  22. Tom

    Imagine being inside the head of a lefty: David Rowe gives us a glimpse of the dementia tormenting him this Christmas – woops, I mean pagan celebration season.

  23. Tom

    Speaking of lefty projection, no-one loathes democracy like a British cartoonist. Peter Brookes is one of the worst.

  24. Shy Ted

    I’m first to thank Tom. But what am I doing up at this ridiculous hour? Oh, I remember. Went on an internet date with a woman who described herself as “chatty”. She put all those women on TV panels to shame. I’m in hiding now.

  25. calli

    All sleeping in on the Longest Day?

    No Zombie Cyclones to report? No Dreadful Heat? No Morbidly Obese hail?

    It’s Climageddon out there you slackers!

  26. calli

    Uh oh. Spoke too soon.

    Seven has vision of Ominous Skies over Sydney.* Batten down the hatches guys.

    * and reporting a Super Storm in Brisbane.

  27. No Zombie Cyclones to report? No Dreadful Heat? No Morbidly Obese hail?

    It’s 12 degrees and raining, no snow yet.

  28. hzhousewife

    Coffee queue comment ” did ya see all those hailstones in Sydney? Some bloke lost about 20 solar panels on his roof, wasn’t happy”. I grinned in commiseration. Then I wondered how much my house insurance will go up this year.

  29. John Constantine

    Dunno about zombie cyclones.

    Australia’s one party State zombie political spittle oligarchy is our looming destruction.

    Zombie spittle dripped from the slavering jaws of our billionaire property developer Oligarchs.

    When did we vote to become an oligarchy and be ruled by the most corrupt sellouts the country has seen.

    The rum Corps were gentlemen.

    Comrades.

  30. egg_

    From the Farkwit:

    Whenever there is a weather event of large, damaging significance, there will be people here going “Ha! they call that a storm/cyclone/rainfall event. What a failure for the weather/climate alarmists.” A shattering new record for one day rainfall in a North Queensland town? “But it didn’t rain much in Brisbane.” Thousands of emergency call outs in Sydney and elsewhere in NSW for hail damage. “Just your average Sydney storm”.

    “they call that a storm/cyclone/rainfall event”

    The most cumulative damage to the National HFC aerial network occurs annually in February, due to electrical storms.
    How’s the cumulative effect of alleged sea level rise going?
    Alarmists are pushing it out to a century away to threaten our grandkids, I wonder why?

  31. egg_

    Zombie spittle dripped from the slavering jaws of our billionaire property developer Oligarchs.

    When are the bastards coming to rural ‘Straya?

  32. egg_

    Some bloke lost about 20 solar panels on his roof

    Gaia hath spruck.

  33. egg_

    No Zombie Cyclones to report? No Dreadful Heat? No Morbidly Obese hail?

    Maybe there’ll be a Christmas beetle plague and zombie cicadas to deafen us?

  34. calli

    A dozen tweets in quick succession. Hill’s thumbs must ache something chronic.

    And…just like that, Dems want troops in the ME.

  35. calli

    I’m waiting for Self Aware, Weaponised Lightning.

    It used to rain cats and dogs, but that might have been hyperbowl.

  36. Gab

    Some bloke lost about 20 solar panels on his roof

    Gaia’s revenge on carbon-based bipeds thinking they can control the climate.

  37. min

    After listening to a discussion on Steve Smith on Paul Murray when the lefties were after him for maybe taking money for the Vodaphone ad, my mind turned to other leaders, for Steve ‘s crime was to know about the incident and not stopping it .
    So how does Daniel Andrews stand up to the same scrutiny? The incidents are the Red Shirt admitions by those involved, the demolition of CFA, deals with unions to start with . Probably more than I have listed.
    Steve says he will be heckled if playing for Australia so where are the hecklers against Andrews
    Just where are the ethics in the Oz community something is very very wrong . Steve has taken the blame for ignoring someone scratching his balls with sandpaper. Compared to Andrews?

  38. 132andBush

    Some bloke lost about 20 solar panels on his roof

    I’ve heard they can attract lightning strikes as well.*

    *( Not really but wouldn’t it be good if they did? )

  39. Empire 5:5

    Why is Killary tweeting reams of apparently trivial data?

  40. OldOzzie

    Looking athe the Gatwick Drones,

    they should have got one of the Australian Robinson R22 Outback Pilots from the show Outback Pilots. who round up cattle in the Kimberleys and elsewhere with R22 Helicopters

    They are amazing to watch in amongst the trees and how they can turn on a dime – send them up to catch the drone (much faster) and bring the helicopter down onto the Drone to crash it to the ground – then look for fingerprints and serial numbers on the Drone

  41. Empire 5:5

    Jihadi John Brennan also losing his shit.

  42. johanna

    Fascinating expose of Greenpeace at WUWT here:

    Choose a campaigning issue that you label as catastrophic and urgent.
    Choose a villain (enemy agent) who can’t put up much of a defense and a sympathetic victim.
    You (the good guy) propose a plausible solution to the campaign issue and accuse the villain (for selfish reasons) of preventing the solution from being implemented.
    Issue a call to action and provide a way for people to become engaged (protest marches, face painting, financial contributions, etc.), so that they can become committed to the campaign.
    Choose media outlets where you control the narrative. Don’t debate with the bad guys.

    Rose argues that education increases knowledge and understanding, leading to a nuanced discussion of the topic, which undermines the campaign’s call to action. As a result, Rose believes successful campaigners should fight against education by deliberately oversimplifying the problem and providing a plausible, simple solution. All other potential solutions are rejected as inadequate. The “problem” is oversimplified and shown to be avoidable. An identified “enemy” (for example ExxonMobil or Proctor and Gamble) is needed to complete the story, enhance the drama, focus the public and, especially, the media. In Rose’s words on page 43 of his book: “Campaign communications need to roll out before an audience like a story.” A sympathetic “victim” or victims are needed to focus the news media and provide great news photographs and film. Rose emphasizes this on page 205 in his book:

    “… the most empathetic figure in the story is you, or on your side. Don’t let the media fall out of love with your campaign through the natural tendency for it to dry out and become an elite dialogue.”

    Of particular interest is the graph at Fig. 2 which shows the shifting patterns of Greenpeace campaign expenditure over time. They segue from issue to issue depending on fashion and opportunism, which hardly demonstrates any integrity about the issues themselves. Note that climate in trending down a bit at present, but they are moving into oceans and polar stuff, so prepare for lots more junk science in those fields in years to come.

    The authors also note that GP is not really interested in solutions, and doesn’t actually deliver any.

    Well worth a read.

  43. OldOzzie

    Thanks Tom,

    Ben Garrsion a Winner today

    with A.F.Branco a close second

  44. Bruce of Newcastle

    RBG in the wars again.

    Justice Ginsburg undergoes surgery to remove cancerous growths

    Mere cancer surgery doesn’t slow her down.

    Supreme Court rejects bid to revive Trump asylum policy

    Lower courts had blocked the policy while legal challenges are developing, and the justices, in a 5-4 ruling, declined to stay that blockade.

    Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh dissented, saying they would have granted the stay and allowed the president’s policy to take effect while the cases are being fought.

    Between healing broken ribs and malignant tumors removed from her lung it must hurt for her to type up her judgements. Tough lady.

  45. C.L.

    In The Australian:

    Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack says a federal police investigation into a government MP being open to blackmail because of visits to disreputable neighbourhoods in Southeast Asia “found no case to answer”.

    Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper reported yesterday that the Australian Federal Police had warned cabinet secretary Martin Parkinson an MP was open to blackmail or extortion because of visits to areas known to be frequented by prostitutes and drug dealers.

    Do they mean Canberra?

  46. stackja

    stackja
    #2890480, posted on December 22, 2018 at 3:58 am
    Telegraph story – solitude is a problem for teens.
    I ask how about reading a book?

    The Telegraph story:

    ALL THE LONELY CHILDREN
    EXCLUSIVE REPORT
    CLARISSA BYE

    Typical teens spend six hours a day alone

    DISTURBING research has revealed Australian teens are spending up to six hours a day alone — sparking fears of a looming mental health crisis.

    The nation’s biggest study into the lives of children — which analysed their own time-use diaries — found the amount of time the youngsters are left on their own rises markedly during their high school years.

    Typical 14 and 15-year-olds in Year 9 spent 4.7 hours a day on weekdays and 6.3 hours per day on weekends alone.

    Children aged between 10 and 11 years of age spent 3.5 hours alone and 4.5 hours alone on weekend.

    Parenting experts fear the long periods of isolation — likely to peak in the long summer holidays when parents return to work — will lead to a generation of lonely and socially inept adults, who lack the skills to interact with others, and whose mental health will suffer.

    They believe screen technology, streaming services and social media are contributing to children retreating to their bedrooms.

  47. Nick

    open to blackmail because of visits to disreputable neighbourhoods in Southeast Asia

    Seriously, we are talking Asia here. Sometimes there isn’t a lot else to do that’s fun.

  48. stackja

    Another Telegraph story:

    LONE STRANGERS
    Generation of children spend six hours a day on own
    EXCLUSIVE
    CLARISSA BYE

    AUSTRALIAN teens are spending more than six hours alone on some days, with experts warning of adverse impacts on the mental health and social skills of a generation.

    New research shows the amount of time the youngsters are left on their own rises markedly during their high school years.

    The results of the Longitudinal Study into Australian Children which analysed timeuse diaries filled out by children has shocked academics and psychologists.

    On weekdays, children aged between 10 and 11 years of age spent 3.5 hours alone and 4.5 hours alone on weekends.

    By the ages of age 14 to 15, typically Year 9 in high school, the average amount of time spent alone was 4.7 hours per day on weekdays and 6.3 hours per day on weekends.

    “A significant change in children’s time use as they get older is the increase in the time they spend alone,” Australian Institute of Family Studies researcher Jennifer Baxter reported.

    With isolation likely to peak at this time of year with the long Christmas holidays, experts fear excessive time alone will lead to a generation of lonely and socially inept adults, who lack the skills to interact with others, and whose mental health will suffer.

    Professionals believe screen technology including the growing use of streaming video services such as Netflix, is contributing to children retreating to their bedrooms.

    “Children need to interact in person with other people — that’s how they learn social negotiation skills,” said Professor Anita Bundy, from Sydney University’s health sciences faculty.

    “Those hours are extraordinary. I’m not against screen time per se — but it’s like eating chocolate … if that’s all you ever ate you’d be in trouble.”

    Parenting expert Dr Michael Carr Gregg, who wrote his PhD on adolescents with cancer, said he found those children were significantly impacted by not being able to spend time with friends or get social support.

    “Prolonged periods of limited interaction or loneliness, or social isolation, is very closely associated with mental health problems,” he said.

    Dr Carr Gregg believes busy families who often have moved geographically to find jobs have led to children being left to their own devices.

    The educational PISA surveys of 15-year-old students — run across OECD countries every three years — found this year that Australian teens have grown more lonely, “awkward”, are less able to make friends and have a poorer sense of belonging at school.

    Melbourne University’s Centre for Positive Psychology described the change as “alarming”.

    Lecturer Dr Michelle Lim said loneliness occurred where there was a “lack of meaningful connection”.

  49. Dr Fred Lenin

    Davey boy. Wonder why they are running a Workplace thingy about the i ndigenius and semi indigeniusc,is it held at Centrelink offices? You couldnt do it in the actual workplace as there wouldnt be any of them there, another total waste of taxpayers money conducted by deep staters.

  50. stackja

    And another Telegraph story:

    Beating isolation a key to happiness
    ALISON STEPHENSON

    JOSETTE Mouawad dreams of becoming a doctor, has a thriving network of university friends and is interested in debating and philosophy.

    But far from the independent and social teenager she is now, when she migrated to Australia from Lebanon at age eight, her new home in Sydney was a lonely place.

    The 18-year-old (pictured) from Condell Park in Sydney’s west would spend far too many hours in her own company, leading to isolation, loneliness and eventually depression.

    “I spent a lot of time on my own growing up,” she told The Saturday Telegraph.

    “I didn’t have a group of friends when I first arrived and that made it difficult, so I felt r e a l l y lonely. I like to read and so was spending time by myself but I still craved to be with p e o p l e and that’s something I wasn’t getting when I was a child.”

    At age 16, Ms Mouawad was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety which culminated, sadly, in an attempt to take her life.

    “It was very severe, I was unable to function at school, it was difficult to even leave the house or get out of bed.”

    Through professional help, medication and therapy, Ms Mouawad now recognises her mental health issues started long before she was diagnosed. “Loneliness makes you vulnerable to feeling depressed, so if you don’t have a group of friends, you’re not able to reach out to people,” she said. “When I was depressed, I was seeking isolation because that seemed like the easiest thing to do, but that was exactly what you shouldn’t do because it just made it worse.”

    Ms Mouawad found her way out of isolation via social activities such as a debating group, a philosophy club and other university groups and urges others to do the same.

    “Face-to-face interaction is really important,” she said.

    Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636

    Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800.

  51. Old School Conservative

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2890433, posted on December 21, 2018 at 11:28 pm
    Spot of spacechooking for military type Cats…..

    From the old Fred.

    By geeze Zulu you do it well. Pretending to be an old fart deep in self-funded retirement.
    Actually you are a millennial with exquisite JC-trolling abilities.
    You never fail to get a rise out of him.
    The question is not whether he bites, but how quickly.
    It’s usually just a few minutes.

  52. Nick

    But far from the independent and social teenager she is now, when she migrated to Australia from Lebanon at age eight, her new home in Sydney was a lonely place.

    The 18-year-old (pictured) from Condell Park in Sydney’s west would spend far too many hours in her own company, leading to isolation, loneliness and eventually depression.

    I’m guessing that mu and dad weren’t exactly keen on her joining the local Brownie troop or any other activity that involved the locals.

  53. Gab

    We know where these stories are going, don’t we? Loneliness is now a “mental illness” that may be cured by giving more money to mental “health” practitioners, of course.

  54. C.L.

    The MP concerned was George Christensen.
    The ALP was playing the race card to bring him down:

    Latest report (Courier Mail):

    George Christensen slams ‘vile smear campaign’ over Asia trips

    QUEENSLAND federal MP George Christensen has spectacularly slammed “gutless” and “vengeful” political enemies for a “vile and hateful smear campaign” to try to bring down him and the Federal Government.

    The Nationals MP has denied any suggestion his trips to South-East Asia were not for proper purposes, and provided legal advice stating he is not, and never was, under formal investigation for criminal activity.

    The Courier-Mail has confirmed this with law-enforcement agencies.

    Mr Christensen, who has decided to out himself as the MP at the centre of rumours, has provided a detailed account of his philanthropy and holidays in South-East Asia, where his fiancee lives.

    Earlier this year, Australian Federal Police were tasked to inquire into Mr Christensen’s frequent trips. It was quickly determined there was nothing to investigate.

    “All the innuendo is false,’’ Mr Christensen said in a detailed statement.

    “Apart from jaywalking or speeding, I have never, in my entire life, committed a criminal offence either in Australia or overseas.

    “My lawyer has received a letter from the (AFP) that dismisses notions that I have committed a criminal offence.

    “This would be the third time I’ve been vexatiously referred to the AFP for alleged offences by my political opponents … but this is by far the worst.

    Allies of George Christensen have blamed the office of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, whose spokesman rejected the claim.

    “If I had known that such House of Cards scenarios would be rolled out, I would never have gotten into politics in the first place.”

    Mr Christensen took aim at those who want him gone from his marginal seat of Dawson in north Queensland.

    “If someone wants me out of Parliament, beat me the old-fashioned way on the hustings, not through smear,’’ he said.

    Colleagues have rallied around Mr Christensen, and were blaming the office of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull for the leak.

    A spokesman for Mr Turnbull said the claim “we are involved is rubbish”.

    “The Prime Minister’s Office has made it clear that the complaint was from the Labor Party,” he said.

    Mr Christensen said the only reason for the “vile, hateful” smear campaign was that he had fought for his electorate.

    “These people are gutless, the lowest of the low, to stoop to such actions,” he said.

    Mr Christensen, who has strong Christian faith and aims to become a deacon, revealed how he met his Filipino fiancee April and how he supports her and her family.

    He travels to the Philippines regularly at his own cost to see his friends and April.

    “I met April in early 2017, through a good friend I’ve made over there,” Mr Christensen said in his statement.

    “We caught up at a small karaoke bar and my singing talents obviously impressed her.

    “While we clicked, we also didn’t think anything serious would come of it but we stayed in touch.

    “But it did get serious and I have visited April several times since we met, and she has visited me twice.

    “We also both travelled to meet in Bali last year.

    “I spent Christmas last year in the Philippines with April and got to meet her whole family, including father, mother, brothers, sisters and grandmother.

    “I have travelled with April to meet various uncles, aunties and cousins and her cousin’s families as well.”

    Mr Christensen confirmed he sent money to his fiancee, who works in her family’s convenience store, every month.

    He also said that, during visits to the country, he had met the husband of the former Philippines Ambassador to Australia, charity groups, youth political leaders and various church leaders.

    “In January this year, at the request of a local constituent, I caught up with members of the RSL who have a sub-branch in the Philippines,” he said.

    “These men were putting together flat-packed wheelchairs for disabled kids.

    “The wheelchairs were sent from Australia.

    “After seeing the good work they do, I helped raise some money for this sub-branch’s efforts, including donating $1000 of my own to help purchase a new truck to run their medical missions.”

  55. stackja

    Telegraph history page:

    Japanese leader was hanged for crimes against humanity
    TROY LENNON
    HISTORY EDITOR

    Tojo freely admitted that as commander he should bear responsibility, trying to protect his emperor. But the US were also trying to shield Hirohito from blame, so that he could continue to command obedience from the Japanese, making it easier to preserve order in post-war Japane. So more blame was heaped on Tojo.

    But in the end, for all the blame he was made to wear, Tojo could only be hanged once. There were no photos or videos taken of the event, but when it happened, on December 23, 1948, 70 years ago tomorrow, it quickly made headlines around the world. Born Eiku Tojo on December 30, 1884, he was the son of a general from a long line of military men, in a family originally of the warrior caste. He followed in his father’s footsteps entering the military academy in 1899 and graduating in 1905, commissioned a lieutenant. In 1909 he married Katsuko Ito, with whom he had seven children, but being so ambitious and obsessed with his work he had little to do with their upbringing, leaving that to his wife.

    Tojo assumed powers over a wide range of areas, including the army, education and munitions, gearing Japan toward total war. But while a series of early victories initially made him popular, Tojo’s support began to wane as Japan suffered serious military failures and reverses. Taking control as commander-in-chief of the General Staff in February 1944 he became a virtual dictator, but the military disaster of the fall of Saipan (the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands, a commonwealth of the US) saw him removed as chief-of-staff in July 1944 and he tendered his resignation as prime minister.
    He continued to serve in the military but was banned from power for the remainder of the war. After the Japanese surrender in September 1945, a group of American soldiers went to Tojo’s home to arrest him. As they approached his house a shot rang out. They found Tojo bleeding from a badly aimed bullet wound, a botched attempt at suicide.
    He was nursed back to health so he could be tried for war crimes. In November 1948 Australian judge Sir William Webb reluctantly passed sentence. He thought it hypocritical to hang Tojo and not pursue Hirohito for war crimes. Webb said: “Accused Hideki Tojo, on the counts of the indictment of which you have been convicted, the International Military Tribunal for the Far East sentences you to death by hanging.”
    On December 23, 1948 the sentence was carried out.

  56. Boambee John

    From BoltA about GetUp.

    This far-Left activist group claims hundreds of thousands of supporters and at the last election commanded $10 million in donations.

    But is actually has just 12 members, including two founders fron the US, who are responsible to no one.

    IIRC, Greenpeace operates on a similar structure. The “supporters” provide the crowd scenes at protests, but have no actual influence on the policies of the organisation.

    Good to see the upholders of democracy implement their own policies internally. //sarc//

  57. stackja

    Old School Conservative
    #2890536, posted on December 22, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Sinc tolerates us all it seems.

  58. Boambee John

    Colleagues have rallied around Mr Christensen, and were blaming the office of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull for the leak.

    A spokesman for Mr Turnbull said the claim “we are involved is rubbish”.

    “The Prime Minister’s Office has made it clear that the complaint was from the Labor Party,” he said.

    So it was from Turdbull’s office!

  59. Nick

    Mr Christensen, who has strong Christian faith and aims to become a deacon, revealed how he met his Filipino fiancee April and how he supports her and her family.

    George is stupid. Had he gone to the Phils to help mentor ‘house boys’ in a charity he’d set up or be investigating gender reassignment techniques, he’d be untouchable.

    Interesting though that there’s been no mention that April in any way could be a gold digger. Lol.

  60. stackja

    Boambee John
    #2890544, posted on December 22, 2018 at 9:44 am

    If BS wins, will MT keep being MT?

  61. stackja

    2GB discussion that 20 somethings don’t know who Hunch is.

  62. Nick

    Stack, I know 20 somethings who don’t know who SHY is.

  63. calli

    Sinc tolerates us all it seems.

    He tolerates me, bless his dark and twisted heart! 💋

  64. mh;

    How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?

    Seventeen, mh.
    Not all of them are yours.

  65. stackja

    Turkey to take over fight against IS
    Ece Toksabay and Dahlia Nehme, Reuters
    December 22, 2018 5:57am

    Turkey will take over the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria as the US withdraws its troops, President Tayyip Erdogan says.

    The surprise announcement by US President Donald Trump that he would withdraw roughly 2000 troops has felled a pillar of American policy in the Middle East.

    Critics say Trump’s decision will make it harder to find a diplomatic solution to Syria’s seven-year-old conflict.

    For Turkey, the step removes a source of friction with the United States.

    Erdogan has long castigated his NATO ally over its support for Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters against Islamic State.

    Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group and an offshoot of the armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK, fighting for Kurdish autonomy across the border on Turkish soil.

    In a speech in Istanbul, Erdogan said Turkey would mobilise to fight remaining IS forces in Syria and temporarily delay plans to attack Kurdish fighters in the northeast of Syria – shifts both precipitated by the American decision to withdraw.

    The news was less welcome for other US allies.

    Both France and Germany warned that the US change of course risked damaging the campaign against Islamic State, the jihadists who seized big swathes of Iraq and Syria in 2014-15 but have now been beaten back to a sliver of Syrian territory.

    France and Germany are doing what?

  66. Empire 5:5

    A spokesman for Mr Turnbull said the claim “we are involved is rubbish”.
    “The Prime Minister’s Office has made it clear that the complaint was from the Labor Party,” he said.

    Shell game.

  67. Senile Old Guy

    They believe screen technology, streaming services and social media are contributing to children retreating to their bedrooms.

    See that word there: “social”. Every generation there is a new technology scare. When I was a kid, I was chatised for spending too much time reading.

  68. stackja

    Tons of dead fish wash up in Rio lagoon
    Associated Press
    December 22, 2018 5:57am

    Residents of a high-end neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro woke up to the unpleasant smell of 13 tons of rotting dead fish floating in the Brazilian city’s Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon.

    Biologists believe that the extreme heat caused by El Nino killed the fish overnight and caused them to wash ashore Friday.

    The lagoon played host to several events during the 2016 Olympic games and is a major tourist attraction.

    Rio’s environment ministry released a statement saying that it has been on alert since Thursday morning when oxygen levels in the body of water began to fall sharply.

    Biologist and ecosystem specialist Mario Moscatelli says that he inspects the lagoon every year and is convinced that climate change is causing temperature increases.

    A little history:

    The first recorded El Niño that originated in the central Pacific and moved toward the east was in 1986. Recent Central Pacific El Niños happened in 1986–87, 1991–92, 1994–95, 2002–03, 2004–05 and 2009–10. Furthermore, there were “Modoki” events in 1957–59, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1968–70, 1977–78 and 1979–80.
    El Niño – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Niño

    Occurrences
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Ni%C3%B1o#Occurrences

    El Niño events are thought to have been occurring for thousands of years.[10] For example, it is thought that El Niño affected the Moche in modern-day Peru, who sacrificed humans in order to try to prevent the rains.[21]

  69. stackja

    Shocking report reveals young Australians are spending up to six hours alone each day
    Clarissa Bye, Alison Stephenson and Georgia Hing, The Daily Telegraph
    December 22, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    Australian teens are spending hours alone every day — more than six hours on some days — and with the long Christmas holidays underway the likelihood is that many will spend more time than usual on their own.

    Experts fear the time alone will lead to a generation of lonely and socially inept adults, who lack the skills to interact with others, and whose mental health will suffer.

    New research from the nation’s biggest study into the lives of children shows the amount of time the youngsters are left on their own rises markedly during their high school years.

  70. Nick

    Let’s change this slightly and imagine the shrieking from feminists about misogyny, racism etc had such an inquiry been ordered into a female politician in the same situation:

    “I spent Christmas last year in Bali with Wayan and got to meet his whole family, including father, mother, brothers, sisters and grandmother.

    “I have travelled with Wayan to meet various uncles, aunties and cousins and his cousin’s families as well.”

    Ms Bishop confirmed she sent money to her fiancee, who works in his family’s convenience store, every month.

    She also said that, during visits to the country, she had met the husband of the former Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, charity groups, youth political leaders and various Islamic leaders.

  71. stackja

    Police investigate after man burnt – Blacktown

    Saturday, 22 December 2018 01:45:02 AM

    Police are investigating after a man was seriously burnt during an incident at Blacktown overnight.

    About 7.15pm (Friday 21 December 2018), emergency services attended a service station on Sunnyholt Road, where they found a man with burns to 50 per cent of his body.

    The man was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital for treatment. He is reported to be in a critical condition.

    Initial inquiries suggest the man sustained his injuries as a result of a fire at a nearby factory after a transformer exploded.

    Fire & Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze.

    Officers from Blacktown Police Area Command established a crime scene at the premises, which is being examined by specialist forensic officers.

    The man is yet to be identified and is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged between 35 and 45, of a medium build, with dark cropped hair, and a full trimmed beard.

    Investigators would like to speak with anyone who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

    Very strange story.

  72. calli

    Shocking report reveals young Australians are spending up to six hours alone each day

    See? This is what happens when they aren’t sent down t’ pit or chimneys.

    Bring back child labour and head off mental illness!

  73. Old School Conservative

    Breitbart allows Dr Jordan Peterson to elaborate on the “clean up your room” theme.

    “But I would still say — your best bet is to straighten up your life — I don’t think there’s a more psychological stance that you can take than that.”

    Dr. Peterson said that taking responsibility is what truly empowers an individual.

    “Most of the meaning that you find in your life — I’m talking about where you find the meaning that will sustain you through rough times — is actually to be found in the voluntary adoption of responsibility.”

  74. JC

    Between healing broken ribs and malignant tumors removed from her lung it must hurt for her to type up her judgements. Tough lady.

    She’s dead.

  75. stackja

    Christmas hams recalled over health fears

    If you’ve already bought your Christmas ham, check its brand and expiry date because there has been a major food recall over health fears.
    James [email protected]

    The NSW Food Authority has advised of a recall of Christmas hams over food safety fears.

    Customers are urged to return the 4.5kg Vic’s Meat bone-in ham half leg to their place of purchase for a full refund.

    The Australian product is being recalled over a listeria contamination.

    Listeria can cause illness in pregnant woman and their unborn babies, the elderly, and people with low immune systems.

    The contaminated hams come in two varieties: a brown cardboard box with a Victor Churchill illustration and a white cardboard box with a Vic’s Meat illustration.

    Customers should check for hams with the best-before date of January 29, 2019.

    The NSW Food Authority advises any consumers concerned about their health to seek medical advice.

    For further information, contact Vic’s Premium Quality Meat on 02 9317 6900 or via its website.

  76. A Lurker

    It’s not like scientists haven’t buggered things up in the past.

  77. stackja

    Nick
    #2890548, posted on December 22, 2018 at 9:49 am
    Stack, I know 20 somethings who don’t know who SHY is.

    And they have the vote!

  78. egg_

    I know 20 somethings who don’t know who SHY is.

    Da Greens yoof advocate?
    LMFAO!
    Maybe she needs her head put on a bikini model – oh, wait!

  79. calli

    I noticed that Apple has an RBG emoji, JC.

    🧟‍♀️

  80. calli

    Erk. That wasn’t nearly as impressive as the emoji on my iPad. It looked way more zombie-like.

  81. C.L.

    It’s very obvious that left-wing public servants decided that unashamedly public Christian, George Christensen, was a fantasy target whose dealings in Asia were almost too laden with potential schadenfreude to check. For make no mistake, this was illegally leaked to the ALP by people in sworn-to-secrecy agencies of the federal government. The leak should be investigated and the person or persons responsible should be jailed.

  82. calli

    On the listeria in Christmas ham – I always bake mine (with home made cumquat glaze). Kills any possible bugs.

  83. C.L.

    Well it’s an interesting question …
    Is Ginsburg really casting votes and composing judgements?
    No, she isn’t.
    The latest one re asylum claimants at the border was brought before her when she was incapable of operating a bed pan alone, let alone writing an essay on law and precedent.
    Her left-wing cult staffers are now writing the judgements and plonking them in front of her for a scribbled signature.

  84. CL;

    For make no mistake, this was illegally leaked to the ALP by people in sworn-to-secrecy agencies of the federal government. The leak should be investigated and the person or persons responsible should be jailed.

    Yair.
    Like that’s going to happen.

  85. C.L.

    Hey Calli …
    Can roses grow in pots and, if so, what does one use – mix, soil, both??

  86. stackja

    Daily Telegraph editorial: Christmas is Economics 101 for kids
    The Daily Telegraph
    December 22, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    Sometimes the best forms of education are not intended to be purely educational.

    For example, children can learn a great deal about elemental physics just by playing sport. At an intuitive level, the effects of movements and forces in sport help inform young minds about how the physical universe operates.

    Likewise, kids can very quickly pick up on concepts such as thermodynamics and heat transfer just by observing events in a kitchen. All the basics are on display, requiring only a few explanatory comments.

    In theory, Christmas for most Australians is not an especially educational occasion, which is obviously the main reason that children are so thrilled by it.

    Yet Christmas plainly offers any number of profoundly educational opportunities, and not all of them are to do with faith, tradition and scripture.

    Very few children are naturally inclined to an interest in economics. For that matter, nor are most adults. But Christmas provides the perfect economics learning platform.

    The Saturday Telegraph reports today that the average Sydney resident will spend $1200 each during this festive season.

    To your youngster, that spending may not seem beneficial to anybody but those receiving all that cash.

  87. Myrddin Seren

    Earlier this year, Australian Federal Police were tasked to inquire into Mr Christensen’s frequent trips….

    Was there an effort to sit down with George and discuss the trips, or was this investigation by the government one of those ‘surprise’ inquiries ? Because surely there must have been some pretty serious willingness to believe George was doing something criminal to go to this length ?

    Nick

    Interesting though that there’s been no mention that April in any way could be a gold digger. Lol.

    Maybe. Maybe not. And as long as it is George’s money – care factor zero.

    Probably makes a refreshing change from Australian politicians walking in to ChiCom honeypot traps.

  88. mh

    Last week Ginsburg told CNN her health was “fine”.

    This week she is having cancerous growths removed from her lungs.

    Maybe it’s not a lie if you tell it to CNN.

  89. stackja

    Did AFP ever explain ACL gas bomb?

  90. Myrddin Seren

    Her left-wing cult staffers are now writing the judgements and plonking them in front of her for a scribbled signature.

    Does anyone believe Stephen Hawking was bashing out all those eco-doom pronouncements himself before he finally faded away ?

  91. stackja

    Department of Health starts legal action against supplements seller allegedly spruiking ‘Barbie drug’
    Annabel Hennessy, The Daily Telegraph
    December 22, 2018 8:20am
    Subscriber only

    A supplements seller allegedly spruiking peptides as a treatment for anxiety, anti-ageing, tanning and depression is facing federal legal action for misleading advertising.

    The Department of Health has filed federal court proceedings against Peptide Clinics Australia after it allegedly advertised peptides in a way that “encouraged inappropriate use of the medicines” and contained “scientific information that was inaccurate, imbalanced and misleading”.

  92. stackja

    AFL footy bosses accuse Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett of ‘cheap pot shots’ at Gold Coast Suns
    Michael Warner, Exclusive, Herald Sun
    December 21, 2018 9:30pm
    Subscriber only

    Three AFL club chiefs have accused Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett of “cheap pot shots” in an ugly email onslaught circulated to all of footy’s senior leaders.

    Gold Coast chairman Tony Cochrane initiated a brutal series of private emails after Kennett described the Suns’ plight as “a tragedy … but sadly a reflection on the capacity of the board and the people they employ”.

    Within hours of Kennett’s comments appearing in the Herald Sun on November 19, Cochrane fired off a scathing rebuke, copying in an AFL “who’s who” including commission chairman Richard Goyder, CEO Gillon McLachlan, and the other 16 club presidents.

    Approached yesterday, Kennett said of the comments: “I read them all and I didn’t respond — it didn’t surprise me and it proved my point.

    “Those who complain invariably are those who are most reliant upon the largesse.

    “Their comments don’t worry me at all. I’ve got broad shoulders. Some have difficulty facing up to the truth and the reality of life, but they are all good mates and defending their patch, I understand that.

    “But I remember when I used to argue at the AFL over the three-strike (illicit drugs) rule and everyone thought I was mad, but it turned out to be right. I remember when I argued about concussion … and I was right. At the end of the day you want a vibrant code where everyone can stand on their own two feet,” Kennett said.

    “In 1996, neither Collingwood, Geelong or Hawthorn were standing on their own two feet, but they fought back and now they are sort of leaders in the field. You can argue until the cows come home but it’s about leadership, and leadership starts at the top, and that’s the board,” he said.

    The Suns haven’t reached the finals in their eight seasons despite generous salary cap and draft concessions and huge AFL investment.

    They have sacked two coaches, lost almost all their big-name players to Victorian raiders, and have been handed fresh draft and financial aid.

  93. Shy Ted

    My computer opens up at MSN homepage with lots of Ch9 links and references. While I don’t read it you can’t help noticing the themes and the really good news is the beautiful talking heads losing their jobs. When you think about it, Peter Costello in charge and a commercial station, the great untapped market is for centrist and conservative views and the products they buy and the opinions they want to hear. The rest is just on the left continuum. My prediction – Ch9 and Fairfax will become decidedly conservative and clean up in the ratings. Talk show presenters, while still reading from the autocue, will have a conservative script and will become persona non gratas in celebrityland. Conservative voices will have a place to go and lefties will avoid it like the plague but will talk about it endlessly on the other stations – free advertising. And the worm will have begun tot urn. Contact me if you want tonight’ lotto numbers!
    Almost forgot to mention Geraldine Doogue (it’s the 1 day a week she works on their ABC). She’s not on a well-earned break, must be a B-lister.

  94. stackja

    Today’s Richard Wilkins replaced by unknown radio presenter
    Lydia Pedrana, Sydney Confidential, The Daily Telegraph
    December 21, 2018 10:10pm
    Subscriber only

    An unknown radio host has been named as the replacement for veteran entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins on the Today show.

    Despite refusing to comment “on speculation” over Wilkins throughout the week, Nine announced former Triple J breakfast news presenter Brooke Boney will replace Wilkins as entertainment correspondent on the beleaguered breakfast show.

    Will Brooke be Boney soon?

  95. Nick

    Probably makes a refreshing change from Australian politicians walking in to ChiCom honeypot traps

    This is where it gets interesting I can’t believe that is only Conservative politicians that could ever be accused of well, anything.

    The problem is that not only does the media selectively choose what it reports, any commentary would be met with how,s about ‘shaming’ or various ‘phobias’. A side issue is the way in which Peter Roebuck’s case was dealt with. You just know that had it been say, Andrew Bolt, no stone would have gone unturned.

  96. Does anyone believe Stephen Hawking was bashing out all those eco-doom pronouncements himself before he finally faded away ?

    Yep. It was all stuff he had personally observed while hiking through the Himalayas.

  97. stackja

    Deputy Premier Jackie Trad betrays sisterhood, say indigenous women
    Des Houghton, The Courier-Mail
    December 22, 2018 1:00am
    Subscriber only

    DEPUTY Premier Jackie Trad has betrayed the sisterhood.

    They are not my words but the words of a group of influential Aboriginal women from Cape York communities.

    They are on the warpath over her decision as Treasurer to kill off the Family Responsibilities Commission which has regulated anti-social behaviour in the Cape for a decade.

    One of the commissioners, Keri Tamwoy, likened Trad to former hard-line premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

    And she condemned Trad for announcing the changes during a luncheon to mark the success of the commission.

    “For me it was like a punch in the guts,” Tamwoy says.

    “We were telling the world about our communities and how we felt; from the heart. We don’t open up easily, especially with a room full of strangers. But we thought that Trad was here to hear us. But she already had a speech scripted for her and continued to read it out like a robot.

    “She does walk in the shoes of Joh Bjelke-Petersen.”

    Tamwoy adds: “Our leadership must not be squashed by powerbrokers in government. This is a betrayal on female leadership.”

    Cape women were already mistrustful of the Palaszczuk Government after two of Queensland’s most senior indigenous public servants, Helena Wright and Tammy Williams, had their contracts terminated recently only to be replaced by two whitefellas.

  98. struth

    Good Moaning and happy yuletidyness.

    One thing CCCCCClimate change has brought us is weather events.

    We used to just call it weather.
    Without the “event” it’s difficult to justify putting all your emergency services on standby, trotting out uniformed office bitches, panicking on the television…….. and won’t somebody thing of the deaf signers.
    They’ve become quite used to the regular income stream and have been able to borrow for homes FROM AUSTRALIN BANKS!
    The MSM would have to look for other stories…………………

    No, “it’s raining” has been turned into a weather “event”, people in tropical areas have been told to stay at home.

    The astounding heat wave that is always predicted is a terrible “event” with temperatures sometimes over a sweltering 30 degrees celcius for hours on end, hardly ever eventuates, but that part never gets reported.
    The head of emergency services quickly exercises emergency action and bombards news and television with dire warnings to drink water and slip slop slap.
    Unsurprisingly does not mention turning the aircon up.

    If only cyclones would turn up with the regularity they did when I was younger, in tropical Australia they may not call a tropical thunderstorm a severe weather event.
    Imagine if Tracy took out Darwin again………………………….
    That you could call an event.
    Now, fevered devout Warmists are finding the drought, no the rain, no the sea level rise, no the expansion of the pacific Islands, the snow, the lack of Ice , the increasing ice, the rain, did I mention the rain, that which is bucketing down in Flanneries filling dams that should have never been built because they don’t hold water we shouldn’t have now anyway……………………phew……………………
    AaaaaH, it’s everywhere, it’s everywhere, the proof their religion is the true virtuous one requiring …..my money.
    Demanding my money, my nation’s sovereignty and my culture as sacrifices justified.

    Wherever you see Climate alarmism, from education to the CSIRO, from businesses on the receiving end of grants and subsidies, we see that weather events are caused by tax payer’s money.
    As more and more public servant snouts realise just what the climate change trough can give them, the insanity you’re witnessing is just that of self benefit for tax payer funded snake oil salesmen, er, persons.

    If you’re gullible enough to believe it, they’ll fill you with all the bullshit they can, as it lines their pockets.
    It gives them power.
    And they’ll easily let themselves believe their own bullshit, to justify it to themselves.
    That’s exactly the trait succumbed to, that leftism is built on.
    Believing your own lies so as to steal wealth and not earn it.

    You note that mentioning the fact that the UN doesn’t believe there is any Climate emergency due to enthusiastically allowing China and any non western country to build hundreds of coal powered stations, is never even argued.
    A religious belief in your right to other people’s money is the most powerful of earthly religions.
    You don’t have to wait until the afterlife to get your reward.
    The Religion doesn’t require donors.
    It forces donations, and obedience to it’s doctrines in exactly the same way as Islam, and like Islam, full of raging hypocrisy, and for the benefit of the few, for the misery of the majority.
    It’s head Inman has put a Fatwa out on the west, a Jihad , his name is Gutterres.
    His disciples are amongst us and their terrorism is profound.
    They have attacked our children, impoverished us, brought fear in the hearts of the gullible, (I give you Harken)and really , gave us Islam as just a little bit extra to deal with.
    The children, our children, are being abused and are fearful of the Socialist Gaia, yet at the Mecca of this Insane religion, the enriched religious leaders sit, Popes bowing down to their religion and our leaders fly to them, and on bended knee report their progress as the well paid globalist missionaries they are.
    But, to all this, it is the same old religion.
    It is the religion of Marx, Hitler, Stalin, and it’s the religion that has always sought world domination.
    Let’s call it what it is.
    Socialism.
    Socialism uses force.
    Just like those before, Hitler etc, it takes away your weapons and then applies force.
    It must be met with force.
    We don’t have many Christmas’s left.
    Unless we fight.
    And the very good news is that if only we chose to fight, we will win.
    But they have attacked the minds of the young through our institutions, and we have little time.
    Trump has given us precious minutes.
    Will we, in 2019 step up?

    So they let us celebrate our Saviours birth, only for now.
    We know what socialists think of other religions.
    Sometimes, Christians need to pick up the Crusader’s sword.
    If we don’t battle for minds now, we’ll be fighting physical battles later.
    I wish you guys all the best dealing with your brainwashed rellies this year, but don’t stay silent just to keep the peace.
    If they start something, finish it.
    Thank you to all the cats I have learned from this year, and those I have battled with, as it’s great practice for the field of battle known as Christmas Dinner at the Lefties.
    So Merry Christmas.
    Love you guys.
    And good onya Sinclair Davidson for this blog.
    All the best to you and your family.
    God bless you and your families.
    There will probably be a thread dedicated to wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, but I may not get the chance.
    Going out of Mobile Range.
    Have a great day.

    .

  99. johanna

    C.L. – I have grown roses in pots very successfully, but it depends on the type of rose. Bush type roses and spreading types do well, but standard types tend to have a long, deep, tap like root, so they don’t.

    The bigger the pot, the better.

    I just use ordinary good quality potting mix, but they are greedy buggers so feed and water them generously.

    After a few years the soil gets sour from all the fertilizer, so in winter change it for a new lot. You don’t have to get every scrap of the old soil out, but the more you change the better.

    Calli probably has further tips.

  100. stackja

    NT industry heads back Ken Vowles after Gunner sacks him
    GARY SHIPWAY, NT News
    December 22, 2018 1:30am
    Subscriber only

    THE Territory’s peak industry bodies have reacted with shock and dismay and rallied behind sacked Resources Minister Ken Vowles.

    All expressed concerns about the Territory’s financial crisis and the key role Minister Vowles was set to play in leading a recovery.

    Minerals Council NT chief executive Drew Wagner said Mr Vowles would be sorely missed by the mining and resource sector.

    “He was a strong advocate for us and doing a great job and it is extremely disappointing that he has been sacked, given he has only been saying what the community has been saying.

    “We are at a critical junction. There is seven resource projects with Major Project status that the Territory economy is depending on.

    “We are in the midst of a financial crisis and changing the Minister at this critical time is dangerous to the Territory economy, the resource projects critical to it, and jobs associated with new projects.”

    Manufacturers Council NT head Owen Pike also said the sacking sends a message of instability and volatility to all stakeholders in our economy.

    “Ken Vowles was only challenging the cabinet to be more accountable and deliver a stronger economy and to be sacked for this, only communicates to all ministers to fall in line behind weak leadership and don’t challenge each other to do their best by the NT,” Mr Pike said.

    “Ken Vowles’ sacking is for the benefit of the NT Labor Party only and is at a cost to the NT people. Mining and Resources is the sector the NT is most seeking investment.

  101. Myrddin Seren

    Nine announced former Triple J breakfast news presenter Brooke Boney will replace Wilkins as entertainment correspondent on the beleaguered breakfast show.

    Well, I claim a partial win on the ‘Today’ bet with myself.

    I figured they HAD to get a ‘Woman of Colour’ on the desk to get the right Mummy Blogger vibe to the show.

    But I expected them to ‘bone’ Dicky for a gay entertainment ‘reporter’ like everyone else does.

    So it looks like a pale, stale male may yet get the co-pilot’s seat.

    Shy Ted

    My prediction – Ch9 and Fairfax will become decidedly conservative and clean up in the ratings. Talk show presenters, while still reading from the autocue, will have a conservative script

    My prediction – there is not a snowflake’s chance in Hell of this happening. If you think the folks in front of the camera are left wing, the writers, directors, producers etc in Australian TV look like Get Up’s management committee.

    If Sky News can’t squeeze out a modicum of centre right beyond Peta and Rowan – there is zero of seeing it in a major channel.

  102. stackja

    struth
    #2890591, posted on December 22, 2018 at 10:37 am

    BOM didn’t really warn Sydney in 1999 about that hail ‘event’. So now much exaggeration. Fits ‘AGW’ scam and compliant MSM follows on.

  103. Roger

    Interesting though that there’s been no mention that April in any way could be a gold digger.

    Why must we put the worst interpretation on a person’s motives?

    But for argument’s sake, even if she were seeking material security as a benefit from the marriage, if she’s a faithful and loving spouse what business is it of ours?

  104. stackja

    Myrddin Seren
    #2890595, posted on December 22, 2018 at 10:43 am

    How many really watch breakfast TV? Listening to breakfast AM radio is difficult enough. Breakfast FM is only a joke.

  105. Percy Popinjay

    Conservative politicians that could ever be accused of well, anything

    We can all eagerly await the next scandalous revelation, “morbidly obese nationals MP forces underlings to pick up his therapy dog’s droppings”.

  106. cohenite

    Fun Fact For Today

    When he leaves office Jim Mattis will have served as President Trump’s Secretary of Defence longer than any of the last three of Obama’s Secretaries of Defence

  107. mh

    Never before have J3ws enjoyed this sort of access to raw political power in Washington.

    Democrat Chuck Schumer has no power of course. Apart from currently stopping a bill in the Senate that will help keep out terrorists, criminals, drugs and rapists.

  108. H B Bear

    Australia’s first failed State, well territory actually, circles the bowl.

  109. C.L.

    Thanks, Johanna.
    Somebody told me potting mixes don’t hold water and you’re better off with a high quality soil.
    ?

  110. Myrddin Seren

    “Ken Vowles was only challenging the cabinet to be more accountable and deliver a stronger economy…

    With a radical proposal like that, Ken can count himself lucky he was only sacked, and not put in to a weighted sack and dumped in Darwin Harbour.

    Our political masters do not under any circumstances ‘DO’ accountability.

  111. P

    Last week Ginsburg told CNN her health was “fine”.

    This week . . .

    they are working on something I think

  112. C.L.

    At ABC Online, Laura Tingle has an article revealing her hot love for Mad Dog Mattis – hitherto unknown to the reading public.

  113. H B Bear

    Has there ever been a better time to be a white aboriginal in the media?

  114. C.L.

    Jim Hoft accuses Ginsburg staffers and cultists of elder abuse.

  115. mh

    Never before have J3ws enjoyed this sort of access to raw political power in Washington.

    Democrat Chuck Schumer has no power of course. Apart from currently stopping a bill in the Senate that will help keep out terrorists, criminals, drugs and r*pists.

  116. stackja

    Freemans Waterhole M1 Pacific Hwy just past Freemans Dr
    ACCIDENT Car, caravan
    Started today 9:43am, last checked today 10:43am
    Heavy traffic conditions. Expect significant delays.
    Impact: Impact 1 of 2 northbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).
    Queues: 10km
    Attending: Tow Truck, Roads and Maritime Services, Emergency services
    Advice: Allow extra travel time
    Expect delays

    Glad Bag NSW

  117. Tom

    George Christensen gets 10/10 for tactics by turning the smear on the smearers. He’ll be untouchable from now on in his NQ election battles in Dawson. Old fat Aussie blokes everywhere who court Filipina sugar babies — of which there are thousands — will be cheering him on. Now to track down the scum who tried to destroy him. He should hound the the federal wallopers do their job and start making arrests.

  118. johanna

    C.L. – good quality potting mix holds water just fine. You can also put a dish underneath it if you are really worried or can’t water every day or two in summer.

  119. Nick

    Interesting though that there’s been no mention that April in any way could be a gold digger.

    Why must we put the worst interpretation on a person’s motives?

    But for argument’s sake, even if she were seeking material security as a benefit from the marriage, if she’s a faithful and loving spouse what business is it of ours?

    Roger, my point was that there are many avenues the media and the Left can choose if it wants to go after someone like GC. They chose to go with the sleazy white man in Asia angle. It fits their overall narrative better.

  120. johanna

    Forgot to add – if you don’t have good drainage the roots will rot, which is why I don’t have a dish under mine.

  121. C.L.

    How is it that the AFP looked into the whole thing but didn’t bring charges against leakers in the Australian Government Financial Intelligence Agency? They have broken the law.

  122. Boambee John

    stackja
    #2890546, posted on December 22, 2018 at 9:46 am
    Boambee John
    #2890544, posted on December 22, 2018 at 9:44 am

    If BS wins, will MT keep being MT?

    Labor believes in keeping its friends close and destroying potential enemies.

    BS won’t want MT interfering from the sidelines. Some material about earlier “commercial” ventures might surface.

  123. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    38m
    Some of the many Bills that I am signing in the Oval Office right now. Cancelled my trip on Air Force One to Florida while we wait to see if the Democrats will help us to protect America’s Southern Border!

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1076256868190834689?s=20

  124. stackja

    Boambee John
    #2890619, posted on December 22, 2018 at 11:00 am
    Labor believes in keeping its friends close and destroying potential enemies.

    MT friend or enemy? How do they stop MT?

  125. Steve trickler

    Dinesh gives the mainstream media a good boot up the arse.



  126. Roger

    They chose to go with the sleazy white man in Asia angle.

    Christian white man in Asia.

    If it was a Labor lapsed Catholic who wore his support for ssm on his sleeve it’d never see the light of day.

    The media and large swathes of the public service are morally corrupt.

  127. Myrddin Seren

    stacks

    How many really watch breakfast TV? Listening to breakfast AM radio is difficult enough. Breakfast FM is only a joke.

    In Nein’s case – not enough. Viewers that is.

    The programming and some of their new subsidiaries like Nine Honey and what they will inherit from Fauxfacts, like Daily Life, suggest to me they are going after the female viewer in a big way.

    Apart from sport – your demographic – ‘bloke’, not so much.

    In part, this will reflect the biases of the staff as they push programming ideas and content – media being being almost exclusively ‘Left’, ‘Very Left’ and ‘Hang the Kulaks and Long Live the Revolution ! Left’.

    Using this comment as a hook, I was very intrigued by this one at Ace:

    Heading into the 2020 Democratic primaries, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll has a warning for Democrats: Americans are largely against the country becoming more politically correct.

    Well – maybe some common sense returning.

    But – says Ace

    There’s a big split between men and women on this issue, and having a college degree makes women more in favor of authoritarian thought-policing. Go figure.

    There’s also a big gender divide by place and education.

    Women who live in small cities or the suburbs say people need to be more sensitive, 52 percent vs. 37 percent. But just a quarter of men who live in the same place say so (27 to 57 percent), making for what have to be some very divided dinner tables.*

    Without me chasing an earlier link, this was the cohort that had a big impact on the Midterms – because Trump = icky.

    And I suspect Nein is going after women who Do Outrage Hard.

    * Be interested to see a follow up on this over time. Would be willing to bet a lot of marriages and relationships do not survive one partner being in a permanent state of outrage. Still, the Desperately Outraged Housewives will have divorce lawyers and Big Government – so au revoir males with a spine.

  128. stackja

    Myrddin Seren
    #2890624, posted on December 22, 2018 at 11:07 am
    so au revoir males with a spine.

    Or males who don’t associate with ‘Desperately Outraged’. I don’t like Desperately Outraged and ignore them.

  129. stackja

    Roger
    #2890623, posted on December 22, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Gough’s ‘reform’ of APS. And MSM lost the plot in the 1960s.

  130. Roger

    Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria was rational and prudent, although you won’t hear the rationale explained by our msm.

    Turkey is about to launch an offensive in northern Syria against the militia of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has been engaged in an insurgency within Turkey since 1984. 200 000 US troops would be in the middle of a war between bad guys & bad guys with a high risk of being inadvertently targeted.

    Now that the common adversary of all parties, IS, has been effectively neutered, Trump is not going to risk a war with a NATO ally, however unsavoury that ally may be, for the sake of a temporary alliance with far left Kurdish revolutionaries whom that ally regards as terrorists.

    But the parti pris ABC framed the story as Trump abandoning the noble Kurds, tracking down a retired American Lt-Gen. to provide the desired analysis.

    The Prog Left are now the imperialist war mongers.

  131. Boambee John

    stackja
    #2890621, posted on December 22, 2018 at 11:03 am
    Boambee John
    #2890619, posted on December 22, 2018 at 11:00 am
    Labor believes in keeping its friends close and destroying potential enemies.

    MT friend or enemy? How do they stop MT?

    MT has no friends, he just has temporary alliances of convenience.

    As for dealing with him, read the final para of my post. There are skeletons in his cupboard, and the Liars are good at opening cupboard doors.

  132. Dr Fred Lenin

    I see Bolts article about the communist getup filth claims there are only 12 of them , amazing ,didnt they claim they had forty million members , in Canberra alone ? . Theres a great future in career politics oor the law for people who can lie like that . Also I wonder if the former national Socialist collaborator soros/ schwartz knows all the money he gives them is making these tossers into typical rich “socialists “, Globalism ,the way to become a millionaire ,the socialits today are not national socialists they are globalist socialists ,would that be Sozis instead of Nazis ? A crooked dollar sign instead of a swastika ,ask the clintons .

  133. JC

    A Lurker
    #2890565, posted on December 22, 2018 at 10:07 am

    It’s not like scientists haven’t buggered things up in the past.

    It’s an excellent experiment. It appears to be privately funded by Bill Gates and if there is legitimate concern about gerbiling down the track, this test could be one of the things we could do on a mass scale to control temps, while we continue to burn what we want.

    Dot was also pushing the iron pellets experiment some time ago.

    Nothing wrong with this stuff at all.

  134. BrettW

    I don’t know but am guessing it would be a matter of protocol for a MP or Senator to inform local Embassy if visiting a country. If not it does seem likely they would be aware particularly if visits were frequent.

    In the Phillipines it would be easy to suggest an area is known for prostitution or drugs and areas where tourists likely to visit even more so.

    So which is worse GC visiting Phillipines for private purposes or other politicians from both sides being hosted on trips to China by various business entities.

  135. Rae

    They chose to go with the sleazy white man in Asia angle.

    Christian white man in Asia.

    If it was a Labor lapsed Catholic

    George is just a run of the mill former Catholic seminarian, now lapsed since he joined the Antioch Greek Orthodoxers. Wants to be a Deacon so it is said. Don’t know if they have any in the Aya Sofia in Istanbul, but definitely not a Filipina vocation of note for that church. Is there a Buy a Bride section in The Pioneer News? In Tagalog?

    Is the real story April Love?

    Or is it just that A Man Needs a Maid?

  136. Infidel Tiger

    Wow!

    There are only two places on earth where a Blockbuster Store still exists: one is one Perth, the other in Oregon.

    I have never heard of some thing that sums up WA better than this fact.

  137. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    20m
    Wishing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a full and speedy recovery!

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A woman barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild her. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic SCOTUS. RBG will be that SCOTUS. Better than she was before. Better, stronger, faster.

  138. JC

    Wishing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a full and speedy recovery!

    No he’s not.

  139. JC

    200 000 US troops would be in the middle of a war between bad guys & bad guys with a high risk of being inadvertently targeted.

    Can you confirm this number. I very much doubt there are 200,000 in Syria.

  140. Tailgunner

    Donald J. Trump

    @realDonaldTrump
    Wishing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a full and speedy recovery!
    20.8K
    11:16 AM – Dec 22, 2018

    Troll level is over 9000!

  141. mh

    Fox headline:

    Partial government shutdown appears inevitable, as lawmakers leave Capitol without spending deal

  142. John Constantine

    How many journos and lefties did their turnbullites background on the Gorgeous George incident.

    We do remember pynofilth trying to suck get up into working with him to destroy non turnfailure liberals.

    Comrades.

  143. JC

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A woman barely alive.

    Not true, she’s dead.

  144. Bruce of Newcastle

    Expect delays

    M1 north is often a parking lot this time of year. Beats me why humans are so antagonistic to global warming yet always want to go to warm places when they get the choice.

    Climate Change: Millions Of Americans Have Voted With Their Feet For A Hotter Climate (20 Dec)

    A new Census report shows that this year, the hottest states in the country had the biggest gains in population. Haven’t these people been listening to decades of warnings from climate change scientists about the myriad hazards of a warmer climate?

    Sun, sand and surf! Ok Arizona doesn’t have the surf, but two out of three ain’t bad.

  145. Black Ball

    Rest easy those who couldn’t sleep at night knowing that the AFL didn’t have an indigenous commissioner. She’s a woman too. From Rebecca Williams in today’s Hun:
    ‘The AFLs first indigenous commissioner views her appointment as an important opportunity to focus on the issue of mental health.
    Professor Helen Milroy yesterday became the AFL’s 10th commissioner, fulfilling the league’s indigenous vow.
    She is a descendant of the Palkyu people of the West Australian Pilbara and was born and educated in Perth.
    With more than 30 years experience in the health and mental health system, she is a former GP and is still a child and adolescent psychiatrist.
    She served on the AFL’S indigenous advisory committee and helped set up the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association.
    “This is an… opportunity to focus on mental health as well as the well-being of children and communities through their participation in sport.” she said.
    AFL chairman Richard Goyder said her skills and experience would add to the strength of the commission.’

    All very well and good but where is the business acumen, the actual running of the game in her CV? Perfect for Alice Springs and their woes. Or why can’t blacks emulate this woman and move to a place where there are greater opportunities rather than the mythical ties to the land? Just strikes me as odd. Good luck to her, 2nd paragraph pretty much says it’s a token gesture.

  146. JC

    Bruce

    I think it was in the 80’s. It used to be called migration to the sunbelt regions.

    No sane person would ever say, they would rather be in Detroit/Chicago instead of Miami in the depths of winter.

  147. Boambee John

    Wishing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a full and speedy recovery and a long and happy retirement!

    Fixed that for you Mr President.

  148. RobK

    thewest.com.au/politics/state-politics/wa-owned-power-provider-synergy-mired-in-costs-crisis-ng-b881057551z

    WA-owned power provider Synergy mired in costs crisis.
    The sharp decline in expected revenue has been caused by plummeting demand for energy from the grid as growing numbers of households in Perth and the South West generate their own power from solar panels.

    There are almost 200,000 households with rooftop solar panels on the south-west grid, which stretches from Kalbarri in the north to Kalgoorlie in the east and Albany in the south.

    Amid forecasts that the uptake of solar photovoltaic cells, or PVs, will continue to gallop along, Treasury said Synergy’s business model of generating electricity from power plants and selling it to customers over the grid was likely to take a battering.

    All RE pushers take note: WA has high amounts of gas generators and reserved gas piped to Perth, still it is not immune from the cancer that is non-dispatchable electricity. Gas is no stand-in to cheap power utopia. RE will not be cheap. PV owners pay along with other consumers in advance for upto 15years of incidental energy when the sun shines, then want the system to supply cheap backup. It won’t work with what we have now. Stop this stupid expensive experiment.

  149. Tailgunner

    Now,[b] liberals are fighting back the massive border wall fund that has evolved into a movement in just three days. They’ve started their own GoFundMe campaign to counter the campaign started by Brian Kolfage Jr, a triple amputee war veteran and Purple Heart recipient, who has already given so much for this country. As a wounded warrior, Brian understands the threat the nation faces with open borders more than most. But liberals believe it’s ladders that we need, not a wall.

    “Ladders for Migrant Siblings” began on GoFundMe just 11 hours ago and has already managed to raise $8,515 of their $100 millio0n goal. It’s laughable in comparison to our insanely popular “We The People Will Fund the Wall” campaign which grows by $100,000 every hour or less and shows no signs of slowing.[/b]

    https://www.gofundme.com/ladders-to-get-…p039s-wall

    It’s been a very #Winning week!
    All Aboard! #NoBrakes

  150. JC

    The D’rats are just scum. Total scum. They opposed Syrian intervention, opposed the Afghan war and now oppose troop removal from Syria and support the Afghan intervention.

    https://twitter.com/mtracey/status/1076151865967079425

  151. Tailgunner

    Grrr, can’t link to the search page on Google.
    Google “last adult in the room”

  152. JC

    MW
    ‏ @mhwestbrook
    Replying to @mtracey

    Trump forcing the left and media into becoming a bunch of war hawks is entertaining, that’s for sure.

  153. Senile Old Guy

    Their unbiased ABC:

    After the resignation of another four-star Marine Corps general — Mr Trump’s former chief of staff John Kelly — Mr Mattis was seen by many as the last “adult” in the Trump White House. “There is chaos in this administration,” declared the most senior Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer.

    The ABC goes to Democrat Schumer for comment on Trump. And – surprise – he is critical. This is pathetic, even by ABC standards.

  154. Bruce of Newcastle

    All RE pushers take note

    They can take note of this one too.

    Germany’s green transition has hit a brick wall (21 Dec)

    Germany has installed solar and wind power to such an extent that it should theoretically be able to satisfy the power requirement on any day that provides sufficient sunshine and wind. However, since sun and wind are often lacking – in Germany even more so than in other countries like Italy or Greece – the country only manages to produce around 27% of its annual electric power needs from these sources.

    Equally problematical, when solar and wind production are at their maximum, the wind turbines and solar panels often overproduce – that is, they generate more electricity than Germany needs at that time – creating major problems in equalizing production and consumption. If the electric power system’s frequency is to be kept close to 50Hz (50 cycles per second), it is no longer possible to increase the amount of solar and wind production in Germany without additional, costly measures.

    Production is often too high to keep the network frequency stable without disconnecting some solar and wind facilities. This leads to major energy losses and forced power exports to neighboring countries (“load shedding”) at negative electricity prices, below the cost of generating the power.

    Exactly as you’ve been saying Rob. Germany is using the rest of Europe as a giant battery, yet even with that they’ve hit a wall at 27% renewables.

    God help us if Labor actually tries to get to 50%. We have no one else to draw upon if we get into strife.

  155. stackja

    BON – Wood burning stoves.
    Greens won’t mind?

  156. Tel

    The D’rats are just scum. Total scum. They opposed Syrian intervention, opposed the Afghan war and now oppose troop removal from Syria and support the Afghan intervention.

    Both sides of the uniparty were balls deep in support of the Afghan war. When it’s both stupid and evil they call it “bipartisanship”.
    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/107-2001/h342

    Strangely the same authorization of military retaliation against the source of the 2001 attack continues to be used for a wide variety of purposes that have nothing whatsoever to do with the 2001 attack … and the Saudi’s who were really involved have seen no pushback whatsoever. Makes me wonder a bit.

  157. Tel

    The D’rats are just scum. Total scum. They opposed Syrian intervention, opposed the Afghan war and now oppose troop removal from Syria and support the Afghan intervention.

    Both sides of the uniparty were b a l l s d e e p in support of the Afghan war. When it’s both stupid and evil they call it “bipartisanship”.
    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/107-2001/h342

    Strangely the same authorization of military retaliation against the source of the 2001 attack continues to be used for a wide variety of purposes that have nothing whatsoever to do with the 2001 attack … and the Saudi’s who were really involved have seen no pushback whatsoever. Makes me wonder a bit.

  158. stackja

    SOG – ABC have a reputation to uphold.

  159. calli

    Just come in from the garden and spotted your question, CL. 🌹

    Yes you can grow roses in pots. There are specific potting mixes for them, or you could just use regular high quality mix. Do not use garden soil as it will not drain properly.

    Make sure the rose gets watered and stand the pot on spacers or feet, not in a dish. They like full sun and fertiliser. Prune as you would a ground grown rose – this will depend on variety and flowering.

  160. Bruce of Newcastle

    BON – Wood burning stoves.

    Stackja – In winter when out walking or treadlying in the bush I’d be amused seeing all the utes with chainsaws in the back along the firetrails. I don’t think Greens would like that, but I don’t think the ute drivers much care for Greens either.

    In the end the ute drivers did no harm since the whole area I used to wander through was bulldozed and turned into a suburb last year.

  161. calli

    Ha! Shoulda scrolled down.

    Wot Joh said. On the saucer vs feet issue, I worry about fungus. Roses are fungus magnets.

    Out, damned black spot! And don’t start me on downy mildew!

  162. Senile Old Guy

    SOG – ABC have a reputation to uphold.

    Of course! If they weren’t using my money, I would not care. In my youth, the ABC radio was great. I listened on a crystal radio.

  163. Trump has goaded the left into rampant stupidity.
    ABC News Radio had a US “expert” discussing the Chinese hacking issue.
    He claimed Trump was too cosy with dictatorships like China and Russia. He needed to hurt China.
    A trade war not enough it seems.
    Their ABC did not quibble. Any anti Trump shite smells sweet.

  164. It’s been a year of losses for conservatives.
    Except for:

    Trump
    Got rid of Trumble (sort of)
    Buried the Viktoristan Liberals
    Yellow vests

    The exceptions aside, it has been pretty grim.

  165. C.L.

    Is there a Buy a Bride section in The Pioneer News?

    Bill Shorten’s young blonde cost him a fortune.

  166. C.L.

    I remember Tim Blair doing a piece on GetUp! too.
    He discovered the average age of its membership is about 85.
    “GetUp! slowly,” he quipped.

  167. Helen

    JC, without checking, I thought 2,000 had been spoken of a lot over the last few days.

  168. C.L.

    The turds at Daily Mail Australia are leading with this:

    ‘All the innuendo is false’: Christian MP spectacularly outs himself for regularly visiting seedy south east Asian towns after drawing scrutiny from federal police… BUT says it’s because he’s in love.

    He should sue them for this.
    The article repeatedly uses the words [he] “claims” and “claiming” and says the AFP hasn’t said yay or nay one way or the other (in fact they have).

  169. candy

    M Turnull & Son going after the comservatives. That’s where the George C leak comes from.
    I wonder what they have planned for the big fish.

  170. Oh come on

    Trump’s week started badly but is ending well. He uncaved on the wall. He pulled out of Syria. Mattis – good guy, but military men tend to resort to military solutions before considering alternatives – is gone. When losers like Stanley McChrystal are weeping over Mattis’s resignation, you can be sure it’s a good outcome.

  171. Steve trickler

    I remember this bloke…..just. I learn’t of his existence in primary school.

    Those memories are a few pictures. Flash imagery. Until now.



  172. Oh come on

    Alex Trumble is more insufferable than his father, which is impressive.

  173. Infidel Tiger

    I think the “Option c” theory about Trump’s cabinet is spot on.

    Now he is cleaning house we can only hope he gets back to implementing The Wall strategy.

  174. JC

    The church of Trump derangement is a religion.

    Witchcraft moves to the mainstream in America as Christianity declines – and has Trump in its sights

    Witchcraft is thriving in the US, with an estimated 1.5 million Americans now identifying as witches – more than the total number of Presbyterians. As Christianity declines across the country, paganism has swung to the mainstream, with witchcraft paraphernalia for sale on every high street and practises normalised across popular culture. In the past two years, it has also become darkly politicised.

    Dakota Bracciale, a 29-year-old transgender/queer witch and co-owner of Catland Books and witch shop in Brooklyn, is pleased with the outcome of the ritual hex placed on US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in October. The curse, carried out from Catland Books, was well attended by witches, atheists ad humanists – and was followed around the country on social media.

    Millennials, says Bracciale, are looking for spiritualism outside traditional religion. “The hex centres on the notion that we live in a universe of chaos, entropy, destruction, death, decay with a final ending of oblivion – scientists are telling us. So the witch does everything for themselves – there is no other help in this universe of decay and chaos. If you don’t get in the driver’s seat things will just get worse,” the witch said.

    In a wide-ranging discussion with the Telegraph, Bracciale, who described the interview questions as “sensationalist”, talked about political hexes and witchcraft in general.

    Bracciale is “absolutely” willing to cause physical harm through a hex – “no issue with that”. And while Bracciale would have been just as pleased with the new Supreme Court Justice’s death, resignation or physical disfigurement, the main goal of the Kavanaugh hex, and the three hexes on President Donald Trump from Catland Books this summer, was to “let them be exposed for who they are – especially as impotent men”. The curse began with a recitation of the Biblical scripture Psalm 109: 8: “let his days be few, let another take his office.”

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/witchcraft-moves-mainstream-america-christianity-130445984.html

    Why are atheists hanging around with witches?

  175. JC

    Yea, thanks Helen. I thought it was around that number.

  176. John Constantine

    Grain burning stoves.

    Once the chicoms tariff up Australia’s cereals and wrong priced drought insurance brings continuous high input cropping to vast areas of Australia’s marginal grain belt, the profitless boom arrives meaning burning food grain for heat becomes cost effective.

  177. Helen

    Went looking for an orphan calf this morning, I had her a couple of days ago, but she was a heavy little thing and I only got her as far as the garden fence, where upon she raced down to a corner and got out through a weak spot I didnt know was there. Curses! Why didnt I take my bra off to tie her up with, while I got a wheelbarrow or car to cart her in? Well I didnt, and she hasnt come back so I went for a walk – sadly without my beautiful mate. He would have loved it.

    As I wondered up the creek, searching and looking for tracks, I noticed a heifer some ways ahead, acting oddly. She was back and forth across a drying puddle in the creek and as I got closer, I saw she was half persished, all tucked up. Even more strangely she let me walk right up to her and lay a hand on her, whereup she took off. But only in circles, crashing through bushes and circling around to the right, all the time.

    So I foot walked her as best I could, doing many more steps than necessary on account of the circling and eventually got her onto a fence where I thought I could take her to water. She is blind, from some sort of toxin she has consumed, I was thinking, and then she fell through the fence into a small ovenight paddock we used to use for horses, years ago.

    The trough for this paddock was away from where we were, but I gave it a go, and got her within 6 m of it. I was thinking there is good grass here, if I can get her onto the water she would not have to go far for feed and this would give her a chance to recover. But then she fell through the next fence, I got her back, but then she started charging me.

    So I thought. Safety – I only have Japanese riding boots on and I could be bitten by a snake as I flow through the grass like a working dog to head her back. She is now thirsty, hot and a bit distressed. So leave her to cool down for a few hours and try again later.

    On another note, Mr Brolga has been by himself the last few days which tells me Mrs Brolga has other duties. I wont be videoing it like Arky, because she is not in my potting house. They bought their youngster from last year back with them this year, but then hunted him away – it must have been distressing for the teenager, to be turned out by the parents like that. And only the pair, so far. Last several years we have had 5-6 here. Still time for them to turn up, although Captain says generally a pair every large water, whereas a pair of Jabiru every 20 km or so along the creek systems.

    There is so much to do, it really doesnt feel like Christmas is only three days away.

  178. mh

    Why are atheists hanging around with witches?

    Why not? Both types are people lost in life searching for meaning in all the wrong places.

  179. Helen

    Look at this. We always killed an older, fat cow for our station meat, better eating, by far. And now it is to be gormet! Good the rest of the country is waking up and value adding to these old girls.

  180. johanna

    Heh, Helen, cattle, eh? They are nearly as stupid as Merino sheep.

    A friend of mine on the land never went out without loops of light but strong twine around his middle, for occasions such as you describe. Much more dignified than using your bra!

    Merry Christmas.

  181. Helen

    Merry Christmas to you, too Joh.

  182. JC

    mh

    You can’t be an atheist and then believe in witchcraft.

  183. H B Bear

    WA-owned power provider Synergy mired in costs crisis.
    The sharp decline in expected revenue has been caused by plummeting demand for energy from the grid as growing numbers of households in Perth and the South West generate their own power from solar panels.

    One of the major problems is that all the network charges are bundled up with actual energy prices. People with solar panels don’t pay for these when consuming their own output but still rely on the network on 40 degree days when it is still 30 degrees at 10pm and their air-conditioners are still blasting away.

    Network charges must be unbundled from energy costs in the same way drainage is from water consumption.

  184. JC

    Scott Sumner shows “public opinion” is mostly bullshit.

    Warning : Scott is a Trump “derangee”, but I still like his stuff.

    https://www.econlib.org/the-many-problems-with-public-opinion/

  185. JC

    Helen

    I saw Japanese wagu at a butcher’s in Prahran market at $490 a kilo. It was basically fat.

  186. JC

    There must be a way of scamming/ arbing that price 🙂 I have to admit though it looked different to a regular domestic Wagu which they sell at $180 a kilo.

  187. Helen

    You could buy this dry aged old cow, JC for a fraction and pretend it was waygu!

    The Japanese waygu cattle get fed beer and have massages, hence the price.

  188. Nick

    Just remember that his ‘crime’ is having a Fiancée that’s a Phillipina:

    News Corp reported the investigation had been hampered by restrictions on encrypted messages, but the Prime Minister’s Office said no evidence of wrongdoing had been uncovered and the investigation had concluded.

  189. Helen

    Another myth busted! No beer, no massage. poor cows

  190. JC

    The Japanese waygu cattle get fed beer and have massages, hence the price.

    So Japanese cattle are drunk all the time.

  191. RobK

    A passing thought for the day:
    The standard basic household electricity connection is rated at 63A. This is about 15kW or about 20 horsepower, on demand, 24/7. The average domestic PV system is around 5kW or 7 horsepower peak output, generally for only a few hours per day on sunny days.
    Why do people conflate the two, they are not the same.

  192. mh

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7. According to the thoracic surgeon, Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation. Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. Currently, no further treatment is planned. Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days. Updates will be provided as they become available.

  193. JC

    Look at the dude’s ed background.

    Castel Gandolfo, Italy

    An Astronomer’s View of the Christmas Sky
    The pope’s chief stargazer, Br. Guy Consolmagno, discusses what the Wise Men saw, how to deflect an asteroid, and why science and faith are more than compatible.

    The Wise Men were led to Bethlehem, says the Gospel of Matthew, by a heavenly sign. “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” the Magi asked, “for we have seen his star in the east.” Two thousand years later, the question often posed to Guy Consolmagno, an American Jesuit brother with a doctorate in planetary science, is what that star perhaps was.

    A supernova, the last detonation of a dying sun? No. “When supernovas occur, they leave a remnant,” Brother Consolmagno says. The magnificent Crab Nebula consists of the glowing ashes of a supernova that Chinese astronomers noted in 1054. Nothing similar is contemporaneous with Jesus: “Our radio surveys of the sky are complete enough, we would have seen the radio signal.”

    Might the star have been a comet, blazing past Earth the way Hale-Bopp did in 1997? Probably not, given a lack of historical corroboration. “Nobody else talks about such a comet,” Brother Consolmagno says. Worse, spotting one in the ancient world wasn’t a good tiding: “Comets are always described as arbiters of doom.”

    Maybe the star was a planetary conjunction—say, in 6 B.C., when calculations show that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn gathered together. This theory, Brother Consolmagno says, is everybody’s favorite. “The particular one in 6 B.C. that’s attractive is—they’re all right next to the sun, which explains why nobody actually saw it in the sky,” he says. “But the astrologers who can calculate these things would have calculated that they should all be there.”

    Then again, perhaps the Star of Bethlehem was purely a literary symbol. “Caesar Augustus used a story like this, too,” Brother Consolmagno says, “as propaganda for why he should be the emperor and not his rivals. Maybe Matthew is saying: ‘Better than Caesar Augustus, we’ve got astrologers who could say this about Christ.’ ”

    It might seem an odd line of inquiry, especially to a secular world that sees science and religion as separate, if not conflicting, domains. But Brother Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory and thus the pope’s chief astronomer, is accustomed to fielding offbeat questions with good humor. One of his books is titled “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?” His short answer: “Only if she asks!”

    Brother Consolmagno, 66, grew up in Detroit as a self-described “Sputnik kid.” He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Arizona, and then, at 37, joined the Jesuit order. At conferences or when meeting newsmen, he pairs a clerical collar with an MIT class ring. The outfit, along with his thick beard, has a way of confounding expectations.

    A desire to integrate science and faith publicly was part of the reason the Vatican established the observatory in 1891, though the church’s study of astronomy long precedes that. The Gregorian calendar used today was instituted in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII to correct the old Julian system, which by that point had drifted out of season by 10 days.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/an-astronomers-view-of-the-christmas-sky-11545435357

  194. JC

    Look at the dude’s ed background.

    Castel Gandolfo, Italy

    An Astronomer’s View of the Christmas Sky
    The pope’s chief stargazer, Br. Guy Consolmagno, discusses what the Wise Men saw, how to deflect an asteroid, and why science and faith are more than compatible.

    The Wise Men were led to Bethlehem, says the Gospel of Matthew, by a heavenly sign. “Where is he that is born King of the [email protected]?” the Magi asked, “for we have seen his star in the east.” Two thousand years later, the question often posed to Guy Consolmagno, an American Jesuit brother with a doctorate in planetary science, is what that star perhaps was.

    A supernova, the last detonation of a dying sun? No. “When supernovas occur, they leave a remnant,” Brother Consolmagno says. The magnificent Crab Nebula consists of the glowing ashes of a supernova that Chinese astronomers noted in 1054. Nothing similar is contemporaneous with Jesus: “Our radio surveys of the sky are complete enough, we would have seen the radio signal.”

    Might the star have been a comet, blazing past Earth the way Hale-Bopp did in 1997? Probably not, given a lack of historical corroboration. “Nobody else talks about such a comet,” Brother Consolmagno says. Worse, spotting one in the ancient world wasn’t a good tiding: “Comets are always described as arbiters of doom.”

    Maybe the star was a planetary conjunction—say, in 6 B.C., when calculations show that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn gathered together. This theory, Brother Consolmagno says, is everybody’s favorite. “The particular one in 6 B.C. that’s attractive is—they’re all right next to the sun, which explains why nobody actually saw it in the sky,” he says. “But the astrologers who can calculate these things would have calculated that they should all be there.”

    Then again, perhaps the Star of Bethlehem was purely a literary symbol. “Caesar Augustus used a story like this, too,” Brother Consolmagno says, “as propaganda for why he should be the emperor and not his rivals. Maybe Matthew is saying: ‘Better than Caesar Augustus, we’ve got astrologers who could say this about Christ.’ ”

    It might seem an odd line of inquiry, especially to a secular world that sees science and religion as separate, if not conflicting, domains. But Brother Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory and thus the pope’s chief astronomer, is accustomed to fielding offbeat questions with good humor. One of his books is titled “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?” His short answer: “Only if she asks!”

    Brother Consolmagno, 66, grew up in Detroit as a self-described “Sputnik kid.” He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Arizona, and then, at 37, joined the Jesuit order. At conferences or when meeting newsmen, he pairs a clerical collar with an MIT class ring. The outfit, along with his thick beard, has a way of confounding expectations.

    A desire to integrate science and faith publicly was part of the reason the Vatican established the observatory in 1891, though the church’s study of astronomy long precedes that. The Gregorian calendar used today was instituted in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII to correct the old Julian system, which by that point had drifted out of season by 10 days.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/an-astronomers-view-of-the-christmas-sky-11545435357

  195. RobK

    HB,
    The State should also stop paying feed-in tariffs to encourage the PV owners to more self consumption during on-peak times and relieve the general consumer from all the hidden on-costs of RE.

  196. H B Bear

    The Yanks are doing a better job of keeping Ginsburg going that Graeoogs did with Mother.

  197. Infidel Tiger

    I saw Japanese wagu at a butcher’s in Prahran market at $490 a kilo. It was basically fat.

    Fat = flavour.

    Lean beef basically tastes like a lesbian’s bike shorts.

  198. Twostix

    If liberals were’t a bunch of faggots they’d tell the ATO to crush turnbull’s traitorous sleazy singapore based tax dodging bugman son like the bugman he is.

    They’d tell singapore to help them do it.

    And tell Turnbull to not come back from his new home in new york or he’s next.

    Then they’d order the APS to flush out the criminals employed inside of it or the bugmen heads and deputies would next.

    That’s what labor would do.

  199. mh

    Why are atheists hanging around with witches?

    mh You can’t be an atheist and then believe in witchcraft

    Atheists can hang around with witches without having to believe in witchcraft lore. Just like atheists and Christians hangout at this site.

  200. bespoke

    OldOzzie
    #2890520, posted on December 22, 2018 at 8:52 am
    Looking athe the Gatwick Drones,
    they should have got one of the Australian Robinson R22 Outback Pilots from the show Outback Pilots. who round up cattle in the Kimberleys and elsewhere with R22 Helicopters
    They are amazing to watch in amongst the trees and how they can turn on a dime – send them up to catch the drone (much faster) and bring the helicopter down onto the Drone to crash it to the ground – then look for fingerprints and serial numbers on the Drone

    I think they would be better of using a frequency scanner to locate the operator. I doubt it was set up to go with out constant contact with the operator and if the gets severed it set to return to home or land. Iv visited some UK drone forums and they are say no pic of the drone has been released.

  201. C.L.

    At conferences or when meeting newsmen, he pairs a clerical collar with an MIT class ring. The outfit, along with his thick beard, has a way of confounding expectations.

    What sort of ignorant yokel would be confounded by the pairing of a clerical collar and an alumnus ring? Priests invented universities – and I don’t mean TAFE colleges like MIT. I mean real historical universities.

  202. H B Bear

    RobK – I don’t know how much scope there is to change consumption patterns for consumers. The biggest issue for electricity is that it is time dependent (excluding limited battery storage) – if it cannot be consumed when generated it has no value. On that basis governments should not pay any feed in tariff at all or if you can somehow sell it privately you should pay a network charge to transmit it to someone else. Ain’t going to happen though.

  203. Tom

    Wonderful post, Helen!

    Yes, indeed. Helen has that magic wannabe writers yearn for (but don’t have): a simple, compelling approach to telling stories of life in the raw that doesn’t need embellishing.

    You could make a living out of it, Helen. Your life is wonderful material.

  204. Tel

    Why are atheists hanging around with witches?

    Humoring them in the hope of getting laid … sheesh that was an easy question. What else have you got?

  205. Tom

    Wonderful post, Helen!

    Yes, indeed. Helen has that magic wannabe writers yearn for (but don’t have): a simple approach to telling stories of life in the raw that doesn’t need embellishing.

    You could make a living out of it, Helen. Your life is wonderful material.

  206. C.L.

    Yes Helen, you should write a book.

  207. Tom

    Note to self: that post took two tries because I attempted to use the word “comp*lling”. LOL.

  208. JC

    Ginsberg re-dead by June? I’m betting though 🙂

  209. Gab

    JC will you please stop betting when RBG will die? I’m sure you prolong her life with your bets!

  210. Notafan

    Chimes it with yes said same a long while back Helen

    Americans would lap up a fair dinkum life in the outback book

    you could do it as a sort of diary through the seasons

  211. mh

    Are there any potential SCOTUS picks that are more conservative or politically to the right of Trump’s first two picks?

  212. cohenite

    BREAKING: Roberts Sides With Liberal Justices, Strikes Down Trump’s Asylum Policy.

    Roberts said they don’t have Obama judges. I’m beginning to feel sorry for Trump; he lives in a world of arseholes.

  213. JC

    Helen

    Forget the book and all these accolades. Let’s see how we can figure how to sell Australian wagu pretending it’s jap stuff for 500 bucks a kilo. If it means feeding a bunch of cows Melb. Bitter stubbies a few times a day, so be it.

  214. Helen

    Thanks Tom and CL, I am flat out writing a vignette let alone a chapter or heavens to besty, a book!

    Maybe when I am really old.

  215. JC

    Oh shit

    Should read

    I’m NOT betting.

    Thanks for pointing it out Gab.

  216. RobK

    HB,
    I agree, but rather than enticing punters with subsidies for batteries, removing FiT puts the cost back on them to invest in batteries to save on-peak consumption. Its the least they can do. The state should never have gotten itself in this predicament, but here we are.

  217. DrBeauGan

    Lean beef basically tastes like a lesbian’s bike shorts.

    Golly. How do you know?

  218. DrBeauGan

    Helen
    #2890738, posted on December 22, 2018 at 2:38 pm
    Thanks Tom and CL, I am flat out writing a vignette let alone a chapter or heavens to besty, a book!

    Maybe when I am really old.

    It’s great stuff, Helen, and you write really well. Don’t leave it too long!😁

  219. Infidel Tiger

    Are there any potential SCOTUS picks that are more conservative or politically to the right of Trump’s first two picks?

    Amy Barrett is easily the best pick possible. But as a proper Catholic and a proper Constitutionalist, she will have to pass through the gates of hell to be confirmed.

    Rubio, Sasse, Murkowski, Collins et al will probably block her.

  220. Tel

    Forget the book and all these accolades. Let’s see how we can figure how to sell Australian wagu pretending it’s jap stuff for 500 bucks a kilo. If it means feeding a bunch of cows Melb. Bitter stubbies a few times a day, so be it.

    I’m happy spending $30 on a pork belly … maybe you can dumpster-dive out the back of the artisanal Melbourne craft brewers, feed the used mash to pigs and invent a fancy name for it. There’s got to be room for some wank value upside on “luxury” pork products. Heck, they managed to crank the price of lamb chops up higher than a Sydney mortgage payment; and BBQ pork belly is pretty darn tasty to begin with.

  221. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    no laughing

  222. mh

    Chuck Schumer shuts down government over 5 billion dollars on border security, but had no problem bailing out Wall Street.

    Schumer, favorite senator of Wall Street and K Street, takes over Senate Dems

    …The Great Wall Street Bailout of 2008 provided Schumer with a perfect opportunity to raise money from Wall Street. Schumer was an early champion of a massive Wall Street bailout, and he spent one weekend in September helping craft the $700 billion-dollar deal.

    The Times reported: “The next day, Mr. Schumer appeared at a breakfast fund-raiser in Midtown Manhattan for Senate Democrats. Addressing Henry R. Kravis, the buyout billionaire, and about 20 other finance industry executives … he offered some reassurance: The businessmen could count on the Democrats to help steer the nation through the financial turmoil.”…

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/schumer-favorite-senator-of-wall-street-and-k-street-takes-over-senate-dems

  223. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Ginsberg re-dead by June? I’m betting though 🙂

    what odds you giving?

  224. Helen

    Right on JC, do you still have your farm or have you sold it?

    Needs to be grass fed (mainly) for at least 60 days, I think to make the grass fed bit true. Grain fed before that. So we need a paddock or two, some grain feders like these .

    Go down the local market and buy some old (but not too old – they go shelly) shorthorn cows (shorthorn have good marbling) and bring them back and grain feed them for at least 100 days, then finish them off on grass. Or might not have to finish them off, as they have access to grass the whole time they are on grain. They can also be labelled free range, as they are in the paddock.

    Then get the local abbatoir to slaughter them (using the aich bone stretching method) which makes the expensive hinquarter cuts more tender) and the butcher to cut them up how you want – like this .

    Then dry age selected cuts and sell them at some very expensive farmers market or even better, straight into high end restaurant. The rest you can precut into the suggestions for the waygu link above, vac pack and sell as preprepared meal, just cook and add vegies of choice, with some handy recipies and pretty pictures stuck on the packet. Price according to restaurant, not weight – ie if normal main is $25.00, sell meal for two for same with discount for veggies having to be bought. Could have sachet of sauces inside the packet as well.

    A winner?

  225. Helen

    You could call it Australian grassfed Guway, except indigenous would probably think you were culturally appropriating. What was the big marble called when we used to play marbles – call it that. The big marbelling free range dry aged beef – for the discerning taster. Market it like whisky or a good cigar.

  226. Tom

    Isn’t it funny, Tel. I was put off pork belly by the name; it sounded very fatty. But since I tried it three months ago, I’m sharing a pork belly meal 2-3 days a week. It’s the opposite of what it sounds like: gourmet pork. Even better with a sliver or two of crackling. With a glass of cleanskin Coonawarra Shiraz: 3 bottles for twenty bucks from my local liquor store. (I know: red wine with white meat. How bogan of me. But the Shiraz cuts the meal beautifully after a couple of Coopers Mild Ales).

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